The US army inaugurated the first American military base on Israeli soil. The base's opening comes as Israel faces a slew of regional threats, especially from its arch-nemesis Iran. The Israeli military says the new base sends a message of readiness to Israel's enemies.
On the eve of the new Jewish year, Israel's population numbers about 8,743,000 people, according to data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Monday ahead of Rosh Hashanah. Since Rosh Hashanah last year, Israel's population has increased by some 156,000 people. According to the CBS, the Jewish population numbers 6,523,000 and makes up 74.6 percent of the population.
Israel will hold a large-scale event in late September to mark 50 years to the "return to the historical lands of Judea and Samaria, the Jordan Valley, and the Golan Heights." It will feature stories about the lands and the Jewish communities established there alongside videos telling the historical, cultural and human story of these lands, along with pyrotechnics.Pray that God will soon give to a faith-filled Israel all the land that He has promised.
HCJ Abolishes Rabbinate Monopoly on Kosher Certification
Previously, Israeli law only recognized establishments holding certification from the Chief Rabbinate as being kosher, and therefore, permitted to advertise as such. Restaurants that lacked a Rabbinate-issued certificate were prohibited from advertising their food as "kosher," or from using "kosher-related" words like "supervision" or "Jewish law." As a result, businesses holding "alternate" kashrut certifications issued by ultra-Orthodox or non-Orthodox groups were forced to obtain secondary certification from the Rabbinate, often at great expense.Pray that all Jewish people will come to live under the Law of Messiah by faith.
The Trump administration is backing legislation that would suspend US financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it ends what critics say is a long-standing practice of rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded," Trump reportedly told President Mahmoud Abbas in May.Pray that God will give wisdom and courage to President Trump and other leaders.
The IDF has announced a new plan to improve the standing of its combat soldiers in light of dropping motivation for combat service over the past three years. The proposed plan will include a number of benefits, from raising their wages to free transportation even wearing civilian clothing.Pray that God will grant courage and trust in God to all those who serve in dangerous situations.