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Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

Alot of regional action in the Middle East this week affecting Israel, so let's get right to it.

Iran: Large protests in Iran against their psychotic leadership. Many experts on Iran already predicted a short time ago that the regime's days were numbered. This is further proof in their favor. Crowds chanting "death to palestine" - some wild stuff going on! Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman have been publicly communicating with the Iranian people and encouraging the protests. Going as far as expressing words of consolation after Iran's World Cup elimination. Let's hope and pray things get much worse for the Iranian Government and let's not forget where the compelling pressure is currently coming from - The Trump Administration.

Yemen: The civil war in Yemen has intensified. The united Sunni forces are attempting to seize control of Yemen's most important port from the Houthi (Shiite) forces that have held it for years. If they can succeed, it would be a major setback for the Houthis, and more importantly, Iran - their steadfast supporters. The Houthis continue to control the capital, Saana, and regularly shoot missiles at Saudi Arabia. So it ain't over yet. Let's hope and pray both sides can keep up a great fight - against each other well into the future.

Syria: Bashar Assad's forces, with heavy Russian air force assistance, are presently aggressively attacking rebel-held areas in southern Syria, bordering both Israel and Jordan. These areas have been held by the rebels (sunnis) for years. The current fighting has caused tens of thousands of Sunnis arabs to flee their villages to escape the war zone. Earlier in the conflict, over a million similar such refugees were able to enter Jordan. Now Jordan has closed their border and vowed not to take any more. In an incredibly ironic twist, some of these arabs are now seeking cover near the border with Israel because they know that both Syrian and Russian forces don't want to do anything that will antagonize Israel. In the midst of all this drama, Israel continues to hit iranian targets in syria with great precision and little fanfare. So, once more, prayers are called for to continue the carnage of our enemies.

Switching to Israel!

Hamas continues to "fire" on Israel. Last night, some reports have upwards of 35 projectiles shot at Israel from Gaza. Additionally, the flammable kites continue and at least 20 fires were burning as of tonight. Some right-wing Knesset members are calling for Israel to retake Gaza. Very little chance anything remotely similar to this will happen. I'm not saying it shouldn't happen, just don't think so. Really don't think so. I think if the attacks from Gaza continue not to be lethal, Israel will tolerate them. If someone gets killed, G-d forbid, that would be a different story.

Prince William is in the house!!! That's right, the first ever official royal visit to palestine. Whoops, I mean Israel! Actually, he's visiting both Israel and the palestinian authority in ramallah. Regrettably, his itinerary referred to the Old City of Jerusalem as "occupied palestinian territory". Anyway, we're still happy he's here. Its not good for BDS. And its loads of fun. A bit surprised that he stayed at the King David Hotel - not such a great place for British folks to hang out historically. BOOM!!!!

Alot of regional action in the Middle East this week affecting Israel, so let's get right to it.

Iran: Large protests in Iran against their psychotic leadership. Many experts on Iran already predicted a short time ago that the regime's days were numbered. This is further proof in their favor. Crowds chanting "death to palestine" - some wild stuff going on! Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman have been publicly communicating with the Iranian people and encouraging the protests. Going as far as expressing words of consolation after Iran's World Cup elimination. Let's hope and pray things get much worse for the Iranian Government and let's not forget where the compelling pressure is currently coming from - The Trump Administration.

Yemen: The civil war in Yemen has intensified. The united Sunni forces are attempting to seize control of Yemen's most important port from the Houthi (Shiite) forces that have held it for years. If they can succeed, it would be a major setback for the Houthis, and more importantly, Iran - their steadfast supporters. The Houthis continue to control the capital, Saana, and regularly shoot missiles at Saudi Arabia. So it ain't over yet. Let's hope and pray both sides can keep up a great fight - against each other well into the future.

Syria: Bashar Assad's forces, with heavy Russian air force assistance, are presently aggressively attacking rebel-held areas in southern Syria, bordering both Israel and Jordan. These areas have been held by the rebels (sunnis) for years. The current fighting has caused tens of thousands of Sunnis arabs to flee their villages to escape the war zone. Earlier in the conflict, over a million similar such refugees were able to enter Jordan. Now Jordan has closed their border and vowed not to take any more. In an incredibly ironic twist, some of these arabs are now seeking cover near the border with Israel because they know that both Syrian and Russian forces don't want to do anything that will antagonize Israel. In the midst of all this drama, Israel continues to hit iranian targets in syria with great precision and little fanfare. So, once more, prayers are called for to continue the carnage of our enemies.

Switching to Israel!

Hamas continues to "fire" on Israel. Last night, some reports have upwards of 35 projectiles shot at Israel from Gaza. Additionally, the flammable kites continue and at least 20 fires were burning as of tonight. Some right-wing Knesset members are calling for Israel to retake Gaza. Very little chance anything remotely similar to this will happen. I'm not saying it shouldn't happen, just don't think so. Really don't think so. I think if the attacks from Gaza continue not to be lethal, Israel will tolerate them. If someone gets killed, G-d forbid, that would be a different story.

Prince William is in the house!!! That's right, the first ever official royal visit to palestine. Whoops, I mean Israel! Actually, he's visiting both Israel and the palestinian authority in ramallah. Regrettably, his itinerary referred to the Old City of Jerusalem as "occupied palestinian territory". Anyway, we're still happy he's here. Its not good for BDS. And its loads of fun. A bit surprised that he stayed at the King David Hotel - not such a great place for British folks to hang out historically. BOOM!!!!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem