Israel asks U.S. for arms that could aid Iran strike. According to Reuters, Israel has asked the United States for advanced "bunker-buster" bombs and refueling planes that could improve its ability to attack Iran's underground nuclear sites. An Israeli official said "such a request was made" around the time of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington. But the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, played down as "unrealistic" Israeli reports that the United States would condition supplying the hardware on Israel promising not to attack Iran this year.
With tensions high in the Mideast, evangelical Christians tighten embrace of Israel. According to MSNBC, Pro-Israel rhetoric — fueled in part by increasing tensions in the Middle East over Iran's nuclear program and the threat it might pose to the Jewish state — is a staple of many U.S. evangelical leaders' speeches and sermons. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said such staunch support for Israel is fundamental to the evangelical movement. He said, "American evangelicals have it in their DNA. We want God to bless America and if America doesn't support Israel we don't have his blessing. It doesn't mean Israel is always right, it doesn't mean we don't remonstrate Israel, but we are going to have their back."
God said to Abraham in Genesis 12:3: "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
Christians are being rounded up across Iran. According to Christian Today, the Barnabas Fund is reporting that Iranian authorities have initiated a wave of arrests across the country, targeting ordinary church members and leaders. Security agencies have swept house churches in Ahwaz, Shiraz, Esfahan and Tehran
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