Prophecy News Watch - January 6, 2023

Around the World
Ukraine Rejects Russia’s Call For Orthodox Christmas Truce
Ukraine on Thursday rejected Russian calls for an Orthodox Christmas cease-fire, the first such truce since war broke out in January.
EU Restricts Chinese Travel Over COVID Fears
Diplomatic tensions were rising Thursday after the European Union “strongly" urged its 27 member states to insist on “negative COVID tests” from Chinese arrivals before they travel.
Russia’s Putin Facing More Embarrassment After Deadly Strike (Worthy News Radio)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin faced more embarrassment Wednesday after one of his senior generals admitted that the unauthorized use of mobile phones caused one of Ukraine's deadliest attacks against Russian troops.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Oman parliament votes to criminalize normal relations with Israel
Dashing hopes that Oman will become the next Arab state to normalize relations with Israel, the Omani parliament on Friday went so far as to criminalize relations or interactions with “the Zionist entity,” the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.
Israel: Increased number of IDF soldiers killed or committed suicide in 2022
An increased number of soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces were killed in uniform or died by suicide in 2022 compared to the previous year, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Survey shows 40% of Israeli Americans will settle in the US
A new survey by the Israeli American Council (IAC) shows that 40% of Israeli-Americans plan to settle in the US and not return to live in Israel, the Jerusalem Post reports. According to the IAC, there are currently 800,000 Israeli citizens and their families living in the US.
Jordanian lawmaker threatens suicide bombings in defense of Al Aqsa mosque following Ben-Gvir visit
Outraged that Israel's new National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem this week, Jordanian lawmaker Yanal Abd al-Salam Nour al-Din al-Fraihat stated the following day that his countrymen would become "suicide bombers" in defense of Palestine and the Al Aqsa Mosque, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.

Inside the United States
South Carolina Supreme Court strikes down ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban
The South Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a ban on abortion after cardiac activity is detected - typically around six weeks - ruling the restriction enacted by the Deep South state violates a state constitutional right to privacy.
McCarthy appeals to holdouts as House sits in limbo
The House sat in limbo for a third day while Republicans scrapped over the speaker’s gavel, but a deal that would end the gridlock has been offered, according to allies of Rep.-elect Kevin McCarthy and sources close to the talks.

Christian News
Iran Detains Christian Converts, Prayers Urged
Iranian Christians requested prayers Thursday for Iranian Pastor Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad and his wife, Anahita (Anna) Khademi, after their detention in northern Iran.