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The Israeli Report - News from the War Updated Weekly

Updated: 11 hours ago

by David Silver (reporting from Israel)

June 4th 2024



(Israel is starting to move troops to northern border to prepare for war with Hezbollah.)



Israel at War Day 259  

June 21st, at 4.00 pm in Israel


The War in Gaza

  • It was announced last Saturday afternoon that 8 soldiers has been killed by an explosion in Rafah at 5 am in the morning. The number who have died in Gaza is now 309.

  • The armoured personnel carrier that the 8 soldiers were traveling in was part of a 6 vehicle convoy returning from a night-time mission in Rafah when it exploded in flames. It was either hit by a large shell or ran over an explosive device planted under the road. One of the dead soldiers was a 23 year old Israeli Druze Arab captain and deputy company commander. Three other soldiers died in other clashes in Gaza over the weekend, and one other soldier has died from injuries he sustained the week before.

  • Intense fighting is still taking place between Israeli forces and terrorists in Rafah, and other parts of Gaza that have been retaken by the terror groups. Many terrorists have been killed or arrested.

  • Several rockets and 1 drone were launched towards Israel over this week from Gaza, even from inside a humanitarian aid compound.

  • The total number of rockets, anti tank missiles and drones fired at Israel from Gaza and southern Lebanon since October 7 is now over 20,000.

  • Israeli media is reporting that army intelligence had knowledge of Hamas plans to invade southern communities and take 200 - 250 hostages, well before the invasion and massacre on October 7.



(Large Amounts of Military Equipment are being moved to the Northern Border,

in preparation for an invasion.)



The Northern Border

  • After a very intense 3 days of conflict in the north last week, Saturday and Sunday were much quieter, and most of the fires that had been started by Hezbollah rockets and drones have been brought under control. Fires are a big problem now because of the hot and dry summer conditions.

  • After more than 2 days of almost no rockets and drone launches, warning sirens and interception explosions have been heard again all around the north since Tuesday morning.

  • The Biden Administration sent an envoy to Israel and Lebanon to negotiate a cease-fire with Hezbollah, but the terror group is refusing the demand by Israel to move away from the border, stating that they will not agree to any cease-fire until Israel ends the war in Gaza.

  • The Israeli military is making final preparations to force Hezbollah back behind the Litani River, where they were supposed to retreat to at the end of the previous conflict in 2006.

  • The leader of Hezbollah is warning that the terror group will invade the north of Israel and the Galilee if Israel escalates the conflict in the north.

  • Hezbollah has fired more than 30 rockets Thursday afternoon, after Israel carried out targeted air strikes in southern Lebanon, killing at least 1 high rank Hezbollah terrorist.


Judea and Samaria (the West Bank)

  • Israeli forces continue to operate in Jenin, Nablus and other terror centers, with more arrests of suspected terrorists, and destroying illegal weapons.

  • There are legitimate fears that these terror groups may be planning a mass cross border invasion and massacre, similar to what took place from Gaza on October 7.

  • Terror groups in the area are continuing to post videos of young boys being trained to use various types of weapons. Some of the boys are seen wearing Hamas facemasks or headbands. 


The Hostages

  • Negotiations for a cease-fire and the release of hostages seem to be stalled, with neither Israel nor Hamas moving ahead with the latest proposal, and no new talks taking place.

  • The 4 hostages who were rescued 2 weeks ago, are receiving the best medical and emotional care to help them re-adjust to life back home in Israel. They are slowly opening up and sharing more details of mistreatment, including slavery and abuse, during their 8 month ordeal inside Gaza.

  • Some of the released or rescued hostages are now joining the regular protest demonstrations, calling for the return at any price, of the 120 still held in Gaza. A Hamas spokesman has told Arab media that no-one knows how many hostages are still alive. The American State Department believe about 50% are still alive.

  • I have no idea what the protesters expect the government to do to get the hostages released, if Hamas is not willing to agree to mutually reasonable conditions.


Other News

  • Aid, food and fuel supplies are entering Gaza by truck through the Kerem Shalom border and Erez crossings. There are more than 1200 truckloads waiting inside Gaza to be unloaded.

  • After an investigation of the real situation inside Gaza, the IPC Famine Review committee has concluded that there are no famine conditions, as aid agencies and the media claim.

  • Along with the Houthis, the Taliban terror group have now informed Iran that they have tens of thousands of armed men ready and willing to join the conflict against Israel.

  • Armenia has now recognized the ( illegitimate ) State of Palestine.


Prayer Requests

  • Pray for a GOD ordained miracle victory over Hamas, as He did for Israel in the Six Day War of 1967, and in the days of ancient Israel.

  • Pray for wisdom from above for the War Cabinet and military leaders as they plan and direct the war to defeat Hamas, and to somehow bring all of the hostages back home.

  • Pray that PM Netanyahu and the other leaders will not make decisions based on manipulation or threats by international leaders, or pressure from inside Israel. 

  • Pray for Divine protection over all of the IDF officers and soldiers inside Gaza, at the northern border and those operating in the West Bank. Also pray protection for the pilots.

  • Pray for miraculous healing for all of the wounded soldiers and that there will be no more accidents or friendly fire incidents or accidental killing of hostages.

  • Pray that all of the top level leaders of Hamas and the other Gaza terror organisations who are still alive, will be captured by Israel very soon.

  • Pray that all of the tunnels and stockpiles of weapons in Gaza, on the northern border and in the West Bank will be exposed and destroyed.

  • Pray for angelic protection over all the borders with Gaza - Lebanon - Syria - the West Bank and Jordan, that every attempt to infiltrate and attack Israelis will be foiled.

  • Pray for the physical and emotional health, and the miraculous release of the hostages who are alive, and supernatural healing for the hostages who have been released.

  • Pray for the Shalom of GOD over all those who have lost loved ones, or whose loved ones are still in Gaza - fate unknown, and for every Israeli who has been affected by this war. 

  • Pray for the many Messianic soldiers who are in the army, that they are fully protected and that they would be salt and light to their comrades.

  • Pray for supernatural protection over all Israeli civilians, and the same for the truly innocent people in Gaza, the West Bank towns and villages and in Lebanon and Syria.

  • Pray for a safe, quiet and peaceful weekend for all of Israel over the Sabbath and Passover week.



(The Wall of Israeli Hostages held by Hamas more than 245 days!)



Israel at War Day 245  

May 7th, at 4.00 pm in Israel



The Cease-Fire Negotiations

  • Late last Friday evening President Biden announced an updated proposal for a 3 stage cease-fire and hostage release The proposal calls for an initial 6 week cease-fire which would be extended until all Israeli forces are out of Gaza, and all the hostages returned. This sounds to me like a devious, forced end to the war, however PM Netanyahu is still declaring that the war will not end until the hostages are returned and Hamas is destroyed. To stop the war now will leave Hamas in control and will be seen as a surrender by Israel.

  • It looks like it was the Americans who created the new proposal which President Biden, Egypt and Qatar are strongly urging Israel and Hamas to agree to. The United Nations Security Council will also vote to endorse the proposal, which will mean that Israel and Hamas will be obliged to comply with the terms of the agreement. Saudi media reporting that Hamas has rejected the proposal.

  • The head of the American CIA came to Israel during the week to add extra pressure for the latest proposal to be accepted, but neither Israel or Hamas have done so as yet.

  • The right wing coalition ministers are again threatening to leave the government if there is a decision to accept the conditions outlined in the latest proposal.


The War in Gaza

  • An Israeli Arab soldier was killed on the Gaza border Wednesday, raising the total number killed to 290.

  • Israeli forces searching for the hostages, tunnels, weapons and terrorists have reached the center of Rafah and are continuing to achieve their goals, except for finding any hostages.

  • The 2 week operation in the town of Jabalya ended earlier in the week, with some of the soldiers being re-deployed in Central Gaza and other locations, and others have come back to Israel. Specific military operations against Hamas and other terror groups are still taking place in various locations in the Gaza Strip.

  • There was a heavy exchange of fire between soldiers and 3 terrorists in southern Rafah as they tried to cross the border into Israel. The 3 terrorists were eliminated by the soldiers.

  • A number of Hamas long range rocket launchers have been captured and destroyed over the last few days, and the number of rockets fired from Gaza was less than the week before.

  • Hamas claims that civilians were killed in an air strike on a UNRWA school compound in Central Gaza. Israel claims that the compound was being used by more than 30 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists, some of who took part in the October 7 massacre. 

  • A major anti terror operation was under way in Jenin late on Thursday afternoon, with an air force attack helicopter backing up the soldiers on the ground.


The Northern Border

  • The situation in the north continued to escalate over the weekend and into the new week with some of the heaviest barrages of rocket being fired into Israel since the war began. At least 2 Israelis were injured and army bases and private homes close to the border have been damaged. Also on Sunday a school bus full of children had to be evacuated and the children ran to take cover in a bomb shelter. The air force has been carrying out increasing retaliatory strikes on an increasing number of terror targets in Lebanon. Large wildfires started by the rockets exploding on the dry ground are burning in areas along the northern border, the Golan Heights and the upper Galilee. Israel has increased its attacks on terror targets in Lebanon and Syria.

  • Israel is being accused of killing 12 pro Iranian militia members, including an Iranian Guards general, in an air strike near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo early Monday morning.

  • Also on Monday a barrage of rockets heading towards Katzrin, Acco and Nahariyah sent 100,000 Israelis to take cover in their bomb shelters. No injuries reported.

  • On Wednesday at lease 11 people were injured by a double drone attack on a Druze Arab town on the Israel side of the border. One soldier later died from his injuries.

  • Israeli forces in the north have carried out another 2 military exercises in preparation for a more serious conflict with Hezbollah and Hamas in Lebanon and Syria.

  • The government has approved the possible call-up of 350,000 reserve soldiers, also in preparation for a full scale war in the north, which appears to be getting closer by the day.


Judea and Samaria (the West Bank)

  • A video is being circulated on social media of Arab boys as young as 4 years old wearing terrorist masks and carrying guns. They are being brainwashed to hate Israel and the Jews, to become the future generation of martyrs for the cause of killing Jews and destroying Israel.

  • There was terror shooting attack against a car and a bus near Hebron on Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported and the shooter was neutralized.

  • The internal security service has prevented a major terror attack that was being planned by a Hamas operative based in Turkey.

  • The Jerusalem Day flag march was held on Wednesday, in and around the Old City, to celebrate the reunification of the west and east sides of the city on June 5 1967. Even though the record size march passed through the Damascus Gate and Arab area, most marchers holding large Israel or Jerusalem flags, and some people went up on to the Temple Mount, there were only minor scuffles between the marchers and local Arabs. Jerusalem is now the first city in Israel to reach a population of 1 million.


The Hostages

  • The status of the latest hostage release and cease-fire agreement has yet to be officially confirmed or rejected by Israel and Hamas, with a lot of contradicting reports in the media.

  • It was announced on Monday night that 4 more hostages have died in Gaza. 3 of the men were 79 or older and the other was 51. The 3 older men had been seen alive in a Hamas propaganda video that was released a few months ago. It is thought that all 4 men died together in Khan Yunis.

  • The body of a 35 year old man who thought to be killed on October 7 and held in Gaza, has been found inside Israel and identified by DNA testing, reducing the number of hostages thought to be still held captive in Gaza to 124. Most likely less than half of them are still alive.

  • The families of 70 hostages and some of the released hostages led the annual Israel Day march in New York city. More people than ever before took part in the march.

  • Hostage release and anti government protests in Tel Aviv and other locations are growing larger and louder, demanding that the government does whatever is necessary to bring the hostages home now, and for new elections to be held as soon as possible. The fate of the hostages is really in the hands of Hamas and the other groups that are refusing to release them.


Other News

  • Another country has recognized the non-existent "State of Palestine,' this time it is Slovenia. Last week Australia voted against recognition with a very large majority.

  • Prime Minister Netanyahu has been invited to Washington DC to address both sides of the United States Congress on July 24th.

  • The Houthis continue to attack ships in the Red Sea and launch drones and missiles at Israel. They claim to have attacked 3 ships on the way to Haifa port.



Prayer Requests

  • Pray for a GOD ordained miracle victory over Hamas, as He did for Israel in the Six Day War of 1967, and in the days of ancient Israel.

  • Pray for wisdom from above for the War Cabinet and military leaders as they plan and direct the war to defeat Hamas, and to somehow bring all of the hostages back home.

  • Pray that PM Netanyahu and the other leaders will not make decisions based on manipulation or threats by international leaders, or pressure from inside Israel. 

  • Pray for Divine protection over all of the IDF officers and soldiers inside Gaza, at the northern border and those operating in the West Bank. Also pray protection for the pilots.

  • Pray for miraculous healing for all of the wounded soldiers and that there will be no more accidents or friendly fire incidents or accidental killing of hostages.

  • Pray that all of the top level leaders of Hamas and the other Gaza terror organisations who are still alive, will be captured by Israel very soon.

  • Pray that all of the tunnels and stockpiles of weapons in Gaza, on the northern border and in the West Bank will be exposed and destroyed.

  • Pray for angelic protection over all the borders with Gaza - Lebanon - Syria - the West Bank and Jordan, that every attempt to infiltrate and attack Israelis will be foiled.

  • Pray for the physical and emotional health, and the miraculous release of the hostages who are alive, and supernatural healing for the hostages who have been released.

  • Pray for the Shalom of GOD over all those who have lost loved ones, or whose loved ones are still in Gaza - fate unknown, and for every Israeli who has been affected by this war. 

  • Pray for the many Messianic soldiers who are in the army, that they are fully protected and that they would be salt and light to their comrades.

  • Pray for supernatural protection over all Israeli civilians, and the same for the truly innocent people in Gaza, the West Bank towns and villages and in Lebanon and Syria.

  • Pray for a safe, quiet and peaceful weekend for all of Israel over the Sabbath and Passover week.



 



Israel at War Day 238  

May 31st, at 3.30 pm in Israel


(The Philadelphia Corridor - at the Gaza border - Now Controlled by Israel)



The War in Gaza

  • More soldiers have been killed over the last week, raising the number killed in Gaza to 289, and the total number of soldiers killed since October 7 is now over 730, with many more injured, some very seriously, and a growing number maimed for life.

  • Israel continues military operations in parts of Gaza, including Rafah, in spite of the non-binding order by the International Court of Justice in The Hague last Friday.

  • Terrorists are being arrested and eliminated, more tunnels and weapons being found and destroyed, but the terror groups are still able to fire rockets out of Gaza into southern Israel.

  • At least 8 Hamas rockets were fired from Rafah at Tel Aviv, Herzliya, and other central population centers on Sunday. Most were intercepted by Iron Dome, but a few did impact causing some minor injuries and light damage to buildings. This was the first time in 4 months that rockets have been fired towards the center of Israel.

  • Rockets have been launched towards Israeli communities close to the Gaza border several times during the week. No injuries have been reported.

  • A targeted air strike killed 2 Hamas commanders in a building in Rafah. Hamas claims that 45 civilians died in a fire that broke out in a civilian shelter compound over 1km away from the attack site. Israel is investigating the incident, as world leaders and the media immediately blamed Israeli bombs for starting the fire.

  • Israeli forces now have full control of the Philadelphia Corridor which runs along the Gaza Egypt Border. More than 20 tunnels have been discovered under the border.

  • An Israeli Muslim Arab doctor is now speaking out in defense of Israel after he was shot and tied to a lamp post by the October 7 terrorists. He watched the killers shooting every Israeli Jew that they could find, while he was tied up and bleeding badly from the bullet wound. He was finally rescued and taken to hospital, where his life was saved.


The Northern Border

  • On Friday afternoon last week, a direct rocket strike badly damaged the Messianic congregation building in the northern town of Kiryat Shemona. Thankfully no-one was in the building at the time, as most of the people in that town were evacuated months ago. The pastor, his family and a few others remained to carry on the ministry that cares for Holocaust survivors who were not able to move elsewhere, and also to prepare hundreds of hot meals every day except Shabbat, for the soldiers and police in the north. They had left the building 3 hours before it was struck.

  • 2 members of Hezbollah were killed in a car bombing attack near the Iranian embassy in Damascus last Saturday.

  • Rocket and drone alert alarms have been sounding more often in the border towns, the Upper Galilee and Golan Heights. Response attacks by Israel are also increasing.





Judea and Samaria (the West Bank)

  • It is suspected that various terror groups are planning and preparing for an invasion into Israel, similar to the Hamas invasion last October.

  • Arab students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem were given a permit by the Israeli Police to hold a pro-Palestinian demonstration on the grounds of the university. There was a similar protest at the university in Tel Aviv, with reports of violence at both events. Many Israelis are opposed to allowing these anti-Israel protests to take place while our soldiers are dying to protect the nation.

  • A Hamas cell in the West Bank claimed responsibility for a rocket that was fired towards an Israeli town in the center of the country. No injuries were reported.

  • Two soldiers were killed in a car ramming attack near in Samaria on Wednesday night. The driver has been apprehended.


The Hostages

  • Talks were set to begin again on Tuesday this week, after the heads of Mossad and the CIA and the PM of Qatar met in Paris to restart negotiations for a hostage release deal. The War Cabinet had given the negotiating team a broader mandate, probably meaning that Israel is prepared to give more away in exchange for the hostages to be released. However Hamas is refusing to negotiate unless there is a cease-fire.

  • The Islamic Jihad group has released 2 video clips of a male hostage who was taken to Gaza with his girlfriend, mother and grandmother, all 3 women were released in November and his father was killed on October 7. What he is saying in the videos is most likely scripted Hamas propaganda.

  • A number of the rescued hostages and other survivors of the massacre are now well enough to travel outside of Israel to tell their stories in the hope of changing public opinion of the way that Israel responded and to raise solidarity with the remaining hostages. Their testimonies are deeply moving, and it is hard to believe that human beings can treat others in such an evil way.


Other News

  • Israeli law experts say that the South African charge of genocide against Israel was not proven, and the findings and the decision of the court has no legitimate legal foundation. Even if the figure of 36,000 deaths released by the Hamas run Gaza Health Ministry is true, minus the 12,000 terrorist`s as Israel claims, this is about 1.2% of the civilian population, which is not genocide.

  • Israel continues military operations in parts of Gaza, including Rafah, in spite of the non-binding order by the International Court of Justice in The Hague last Friday. Terrorists are being arrested and eliminated, more tunnels and weapons being found and destroyed, but the terror groups are still able to fire rockets out of Gaza into southern Israel.

  • Parts of the American built floating pier for bringing aid into Gaza broke away due to strong winds and waves, and were washed ashore further north near Ashkelon. 900 tons of aid was unloaded using the pier in the first week, but most of it has not yet reached the people who need it. The pier is now out of service until it is repaired.

  • Aid trucks are now able to enter Gaza through the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings daily, hopefully not to be stolen by Hamas, as it has been in the past.

  • Iran has supplied the Houthis with long range ballistic missiles that can be launched from boats, giving the Yemen based terror organization more ability to strike targets in Israel.- Ireland, Norway and Spain have now officially recognized the State of Palestine, causing serious diplomatic tension between the 3 countries and Israel.




(L-R: Hostages Michel Nisenbaum, Orion Hernandez, Hanan Yablonka. Their bodies were recovered from northern Gaza's Jabaliya in an operation announced May 24, 2024.)



Israel at War Day 231  

May 24th, at 7.00 am in Israel



Four More Hostages Recovered, but ........ 

I am sure that most of you heard the news that broke last Friday evening, that 3 more hostages had been brought back to Israel after being found in Gaza. A 4th body was announced on Saturday evening. Here in Israel the news came as a long overdue breakthrough, but sadly it was the lifeless bodies of 2 young women and 2 men, that were recovered. For their families and friends, the return of the remains of their loved ones, will at least enable them to respectfully bury their bodies and bring some closure to the life changing 7 months of grief and pain that they have endured, but I am sure life will never be the same again. 


I am not despising small beginnings, but there are still about 128 hostages yet to be found and brought home, and thousands of their families and friends who are still enduring the grief and pain of not knowing when, and in what condition they will be returned. And of course millions of Jews in Israel and in the nations, true Bible believing Christians, and millions of other decent people around the world are rightfully identifying with the grief and pain of those in Israel who are suffering from personal loss, and many of them are praying!


- David Silver, outofzion.org




Updates on the War in Gaza  

  • Several soldiers have been killed over the last few days, raising the number killed in Gaza to 281, and the total of soldiers killed since October 7 is over 725. 

  • Very heavy fighting has been taking place in Rafah, Central Gaza and Jabalya with many more active terrorists being killed or arrested. More weapons have been found in 2 UNRWA facilities.

  • Tragically, several more soldiers have been killed in combat this week, and many more wounded, some seriously.

  • About 1 million Gazans have been evacuated from Rafah and Israel claims to have control of about 60% of the city. It is being reported that Israel will not engage in a full-scale military offensive in Rafah. Instead, it will continue its limited operation, with the blessing of the Biden administration. There is a possibility that the ICC may order Israel to stop the war.

  • In defense of the operation in Rafah, Israel has told the ICC in the Hague that they have discovered about 50 tunnels running from Rafah to Egypt. Some of the tunnels are large enough to drive trucks through. Some hostages may still be concealed in buildings or tunnels in Rafah.


The Northern Border

  • Exchanges of fire across the border, and drone infiltration continued over the weekend after one of the worst weeks for rockets and drones since the war began.

  • More than 3272 rocket and drone alert alarms have sounded in the north since October 7, overtaking the number of rocket alerts in the south of the country.

  • Incoming rocket and suspected drone alerts continued through the week, with more than 100 on Thursday, igniting wild fires across the upper Galilee.

  • The Hezbollah terrorist responsible for significant weapons manufacturing and proliferation of infrastructure, was eliminated by an air strike.

  • It is estimated that 35% of homes in the far north have been damaged in some way by rockets and anti tank missiles, with a growing number totally destroyed.


Judea and Samaria (the West Bank)

  • Clashes between soldiers and terrorists have been reported in a number of locations over the last week.

  • Several terrorists were killed in a counter-terror operation in Jenin on Tuesday. The air force assisted ground troops during the operation.

  • On Wednesday a larger scale operation against the terror network in Jenin, lasted for more than 40 hours, with more terrorists being eliminated and more arrested.


The Hostages

  • The announcement of the recovery of the bodies of 3 hostages last Friday evening, and another on Saturday evening, impacted most of the nation, as well as Jews and our Christian friends around the world. The remains of the 2 young women and 2 men in their 50's have received a proper Jewish burial, while family and friends now have some degree of closure.

  • That leaves about 128 hostages, some alive and at least 38 not, still being held by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, a number of them believed to be held in Rafah.

  • The families of 7 female army observers who were taken hostage on October 7th, have agreed to release a graphic video of the capture of their daughters, in the hope that it will help them to raise more support negotiations for them to be released. One of the girls died in Gaza and another was rescued, leaving the other 5 still held hostage.

  • Protests continue daily in Israel, hostage and cease-fire talks have been in limbo, however the War Cabinet is sending the negotiating team back to Cairo for renewed talks.



(Very Disturbing Footage of Young Israeli Women being Abducted and Taken into Gaza)


Other News

  • Many Jews and Bible based Christians are looking at Genesis 12:3 and Psalm 2:1-6 as they think about the death of the Iranian president, just 1 month after promising Iranians that Israel will be eliminated. The supreme religious leader of Iran has pledged to keep that promise.

  • Thinking people are asking why did the United Nations, the USA and others honor the late Iranian president, also known as the 'Butcher of Iran' for killing thousands of Iranian dissenters, and an unknown number of other people during his life? I call it political appeasement and political hypocrisy of the highest order!

  • Most Israeli Jews and Jews in the nations, along with millions of others, are disgusted with the International Criminal Court prosecutor calling the court to issue arrest warrants for Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Gallant. The court may also, and rightfully, issue arrest warrants for 3 top leaders of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, Yahya Sinwar and Mohammed Deif.

  • The Pentagon says that most of the 560 tons of aid that entered Gaza by the $320 million American built floating wharf has been stolen by Hamas and none has reached the people of Gaza yet.

  • Experts estimate that Hamas has earned more than US $500 million from selling humanitarian aid they stole off the delivery trucks.

  • Ireland, Norway and Spain plan to officially recognize the State of Palestine, which Israel describes as a reward for terror.




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