The country was inundated with heavy rains, wind, hail, and havoc on Sonday. The first storm of the winter (the clocks were also turned back that same day to standard time) caught everybody by storm! Not that the rains weren’t forecast, but the intensity of the weather was not. Even as I write on Tuesday late afternoon, our daughter in Raanana, whose car windshield was cracked by large hailstones, says that they are still without full electricity and phone/internet service restored.
The storm was described just now on the news as a microburst, similar in some ways to a tornado, but quite different.
Driving down to Eilat that day took us 3 1/2 extra hours because of flooding of the highway in the Arava, alongside the Jordanian border.
Yesterday evening around 7:30, the Beer Sheva Central Bus Station was the scene of panic as a gunman opened fire inside the station, killing a soldier, taking his rifle, and then shooting at others, wounding several, including policemen. Many people were also treated for shock. The terrorist was a Bedouin resident of the Israeli town of Hura, about 15 km outside Beer Sheva. An Eritrean foreign national, who was reportedly mistaken as also being involved in the terror, was shot and injured before being attacked by a mob of civilians venting their anger, fear, hatred. In the end, he died in the hospital and was wrongly accused in the panic. Police are also investigating this.
The bus station in Beer Sheva is a major transit point for thousands of Israelis every day, including Jews, Arabs, soldiers, students. It is at the hub of the city center, which also has the central train station and a major shopping mall. The station is situated near the Government Center. Security is very selective and casual at the station, not like in Jerusalem.
Many Bedouins work and study in Beer Sheva, and have free access like any other resident and citizen, which they also are. Such an attack by a fairly local resident brings an added dimension to the already heightened level of fear and mistrust, which is one of the goals of terrorism.
Once again tensions and violence are escalating and spreading in Israel. The Islamic version is that the Temple Mount is strictly theirs, and that the presence of non-Muslims up there is an affront to their holy site.(Consider Is 14:12-17) They deny any Jewish Israeli history there, which, of course, stirs up the emotions of the Jewish people whose soul has been forever connected to that site which YHVH God chose to place His name there. Without saving faith in Jesus, there is no peace for anyone. The site belongs to Him, and He will re-possess it for Himself in due time — in His righteousness, not ours.
According to the words of Messiah Himself, there will be some “holy place” of the Jews in these last days, and He was referencing the prophet Daniel to be sure that we (the “reader”) understand that this is not just past history fulfilled. As believers in Yeshua, we are not to aid and abet in the building of such a structure, nor to participate in sacrifices once it is in use. Jesus also says that many people are going to Hell, but we are not to help them on their way there, but rather to tell them the gospel in hope that they be saved and delivered from such a destiny.
A “package deal”, the biggest of its kind in the State of Israel’s history, has been agreed to and signed between the government and the local Municipality of Beer Sheva. This “roof agreement” includes plans to build 20,000 new housing units in the city by 2019, with an expected 50% increase in the population from the present 200,000 to around 300,000, making Beer Sheva the 3rd largest city in Israel, according to current figures.
You can read more about this here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/201505#.VhVIIJSs-rU
This plan comes on the heels of the military move southward, and of Beer Sheva becoming the cyber hub of the country.