Hamas terrorists in Gaza have fired more than 40 rockets into central Israel, including parts of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem over the last day or so. This is in addition to smaller, shorter-range rockets that have been falling in others areas of country for weeks. In fact, Israelis have been under Hamas rocket fire for many years. More here.
An Israeli friend, Dr. Susan Jackson, emailed me today, saying "Day to day we are safe, and praying that God will protect the Land and all of its inhabitants." She also reminded me of this Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel, from the IFCJ website,
Our Father in Heaven, Protector and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel, the first flowering of our redemption. Shield it beneath the wings of Your love and spread over it Your canopy of peace. Send Your light and truth to its leaders, officers, and counselors, and direct them with Your good counsel.
Strengthen the defenders of our Holy Land; O God, grant them salvation and crown them with victory. Establish peace in the land and everlasting joy for its inhabitants.
Remember our brethren, the whole house of Israel, in all the lands of their dispersion. Speedily bring them upright to Zion, Your city, to Jerusalem, Your name's dwelling-place, as it is written in the Torah of Your servant Moses: "Even if your outcasts are dispersed to the uttermost parts of the heavens, from there HASHEM your God will gather you and take you in. HASHEM your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it, and He shall make you more prosperous and numerous than your forefathers."
Unite our hearts to love and revere Your Name, and to observe all the precepts of Your Torah. Speedily send us Your righteous messiah of the house of David to redeem those who long for Your salvation.
Shine forth Your glorious majesty over all the inhabitants of Your world; let every creature that breathes proclaim: "HASHEM, God of Israel, is King; His dominion rules over all." Amen. Selah.In 2007 I spent half a day in the Israeli town of Sederot, not long after it had been struck by a handful of Hamas rockets. See here. Since then Hamas' rockets have become much more powerful and accurate.