The Bible doesn’t actually say in Jeremiah 31:31 that God will make a new covenant with Israel. I was reading the verse in Hebrew expecting to see the word לעשות l’asote, which means to make or do, as in “I will MAKE a new covenant”…but the language actually is much more graphic.

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On Monday, Sudan cleared a 20th-century law off the books, ending a decades-old boycott of Israel and opening the way for commerce and travel between the two nations in the 21st century. And as a result of last year’s Abraham Accords, Moroccan and Israeli officials met Tuesday to discuss opening doors for joint ventures between the countries.

While Sudan is not in close proximity to Israel, it has played at least a symbolic role over the years in the Middle East conflict. Sudan maintains connections with Hamas and Hezbollah, militant groups backed by Iran, and Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, served as the host for the 1967 Arab League summit.

Before that, in 1958, Sudan, like many Arab nations at the time, made it illegal for anyone to do business with Israel or visit there. An offense was punishable by a fine and up to 10 years in prison.

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As the countdown clock winds down for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a governing coalition, the “anti-Bibi” parties made a surprise move Monday and wrested power from him through a parliamentary maneuver.

In Israel, after most elections, while a leader works to build a ruling coalition, the Arrangement Committee in the Knesset runs the government. Netanyahu’s party, Likud, had put in a bid to lead the committee, which is in charge of the budget, foreign affairs, the legislative agenda, and key government appointments.

Through two unexpected twists, Netanyahu has lost control of the Knesset. First, the Islamist party, Ra’am, committed their support to Netanyahu’s opponents, allowing the leadership of the powerful committee to go to the so-called “anti-Bibi bloc,” a diverse group unified mainly through their hatred for Netanyahu. Many of these, if not most, are ideologically aligned with Netanyahu but no longer trust him.

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After a recent suspected Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facility at Natanz, Syria launched a missile Thursday morning which landed 185 miles to the south, almost reaching the Jewish state’s top-secret nuclear reactor in the Negev desert.

Air-raid sirens sounded near Dimona, where the Israeli facility is located, and explosions were heard throughout Israel, possibly the result of the air-defense system deployment. It is not clear whether the missile’s intended target was an Israeli jet, which was on a mission to strike Iranian military assets in Syria, or if it was intended for Dimona.

Historically, Israel neither confirms nor denies that it has a nuclear arsenal, and the facility at Dimona is thought to be the centerpiece of the program.

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Avner Boskey, a Messianic leader in Israel, as well as a respected worship leader and theologian, wrote an op-ed in Israel Today last week, trying to separate myth from fact surrounding Israel’s vaccination campaign.

The “news” coming out of a small part of Israel’s Messianic community is filled with dire and apocalyptic predictions about the “true” nature of the nation’s efforts to vaccinate as many Israelis as possible. Their conspiracy theories and videos have circled the globe, as they label the program as “diabolical,” “evil,” and on par with the Nazi holocaust. Boskey waded into the controversy, hoping to shed some light on the dark forecasts.

“There is a traditional Yiddish proverb, ‘Two Jews, three opinions.’ We Jewish people are known for the richness of our expressions…in Israel, everyone has a strong opinion about nearly everything, and sometimes it may seem that everyone is right. Messianic Jews in Israel also have intense opinions about many issues, especially about perspectives concerning the coronavirus pandemic and its ramifications.”

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