Prophecy News Watch - November 17, 2023

Around the World
US Navy Ship Intercepts Yemen Drone
The U.S. military confirmed Thursday that the Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner shut down a drone over the Red Sea launched from Yemen but said the ship wasn’t the “intended target.”
Russia Shows New Nuclear Weapon As Tensions Rise
Russia's military prepared to launch a new nuclear supersonic weapon on Thursday as Washington-Moscow relations dropped to their lowest point since the previous Cold War.
Iran Reluctant To Join Israel-Hamas War
Iran's supreme leader has reportedly told the leader of Hamas that his nation won’t enter the Israel-Hamas war amid fears the armed conflict will spread throughout the Middle East.
Germany Raids Suspected Hezbollah Strongholds
German police raided 54 locations Thursday as part of a nationwide crackdown on a group that allegedly supports Iran-backed Hezbollah, viewed by Germany as a terrorist organization, officials confirmed.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
‘Israel Strikes Syria, Several Missiles Shot Down’
Syria says it shot down Israeli missiles fired from the Israel-controlled Golan Heights towards the surroundings of the capital, Damascus, early Friday.
Israel Finds Dead Body of Missing Hostage
Israel’s army confirmed Friday that its troops in Gaza found the body of hostage Yehudit Weiss, a 65-year-old woman abducted by Hamas on October 7.
Latest Poll Shows Netanyahu Would Suffer Massive Loss If Elections Were Held Today
According to the most recent Israel Channel 12 poll, the coalition led by Benjamin Netanyahu, which secured 64 seats in last November's elections, would plummet to just 45 seats in the 120-member Knesset if elections were held today. Conversely, the anti-Netanyahu "change" parties would surge to 70 seats, with the Hadash-Taal alliance claiming the remaining five.
Israel Strikes Underground Bunkers Where Hamas Commanders Were Hiding
The Israel Defense Force (IDF) carried out two significant airstrikes targeting Hamas' underground infrastructure in the Gaza Strip this week, according to IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari.
Percentage of Israeli Arabs who identify with Israel sky-rockets since Oct.7 massacre
A new survey shows that the percentage of Arab Israelis who feel they are part of the Jewish state and its problems has skyrocketed since the Oct. 7 surprise brutal attack on Israeli civilians by the Hamas Palestinian terror group, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports. Hamas murdered around 1,200 mostly civilian Israelis in the Oct. 7 disaster, including around 70 Arab Israelis.

Inside the United States
US Lawmakers: ‘Sanction Iran’s Missiles, Drones Program’
Two U.S. Congress members have tabled legislation that would strengthen sanctions on Iran's long-range missiles and drones program after a U.S. Navy ship shut down a drone likely fired by Iran-backed Houthis over the Red Sea.
FBI Warns of Terrorist Attacks in the U.S.
FBI Director Christopher Wray warned on Wednesday before a Congressional Hearing that the United States faces "the greatest threat to the homeland" originating from lone actors or small groups radicalized online and "inspired" by terrorists. Wray testified on Capitol Hill that the U.S. is in a current "heightened threat environment."
Anti-Israel Protest Erupts Outside the DNC Headquarters in Washington DC (Video)
Police in the capital responded to the protests outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C. The demonstrations escalated into violence as protesters demanded an immediate cease-fire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
US Court Says It Has No Jurisdiction to Decide Lawsuit of Congregations Wanting to Leave United Methodist Church
A US county court has ruled it has no jurisdiction to determine whether the United Methodist Church acted unfairly toward congregations in Alabama and Florida who are trying to leave the denomination because of disagreements on LGBT issues, the Christian Post reports.
Senate Approves Spending Bill, the Threat of a Government Shutdown Has Been Averted
The Senate approved a stopgap spending bill with an 87-11 vote on Wednesday night, securing government funding until early next year averting a government shutdown.
Government Shutdown Averted, Yet New Speaker Issues Warning: ‘We’re in Such Trouble with Our Federal Debt’
Newly appointed Speaker Mike Johnson led the U.S. House of Representatives in a decisive vote earlier this week, successfully preventing a government shutdown by approving an emergency funding measure. Despite this accomplishment, Speaker Johnson issued a warning about the imminent threat posed by the growing federal debt.

Christian News
US Church Leader Shares the Gospel with 17,500 Attendees at Revival Event in Egypt
An Egyptian-born church leader from Georgia, USA preached the gospel to over 17,500 people at an evangelistic event in Egypt earlier this month, with nearly 8,000 people responding to a call to put their faith in Christ, Christian Index reports.
Thousands gather to hear the Gospel and worship God at evangelistic event in NYC
Thousands of people gathered at an evangelistic event in New York City’s Times Square last week to hear the Gospel and worship God, CBN News reports. Approved by Democratic Mayor Eric Adams’ office, the event was organized by Pastor Mike Signorelli of V1 Church in New York City.

Worthy Watch
Speaker Johnson Says the Separation of Church and State ‘a Misnomer’
Recently elected House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) in his CNBC's s interview on "Squawk Box," stated that "faith, our deep religious heritage and tradition is a big part of what it means to be an American."
BBC Inaccurately Reports on Situation in Gaza
While the Reuters reported what the Israel Defense Forces released in a statement to the press, "The IDF forces include medical teams and Arabic speakers, who have undergone specified training to prepare for this complex and sensitive environment, with the intent that no harm is caused to the civilians being used by Hamas as human shields." The BBC inaccurately reported, and later apologized, but initially stated, "they are targeting people including medical teams as well as Arab speakers."
Pro-Palestine Protesters Climb London’s War Memorial After Parliament Rally
Tensions remained early Thursday in London after Britain’s Metropolitan Police said no laws were broken when pro-Palestinian protesters climbed on a war memorial in London. The crowd climbed on the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner after a noisy rally outside Parliament, where they could be heard chanting: “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free.” Critics see the slogan as effectively calling for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people. Protesters also shouted: “Ceasefire Now!” in the war between Israel and Hamas.
DNC HQ in DC: Pro-Palestinian Protest Turns Violent, Capitol Police Injured
Police in the capital responded to the protests outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C. The demonstrations escalated into violence as protesters demanded an immediate cease-fire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) reported approximately 150 individuals engaging in "illegal and violent protests" near the DNC headquarters in Capitol Hill, Washington. Officers sustained injuries, including minor cuts, pepper spray burns, and physical assaults, as the anti-war protest turned violent.

Worthy Insights
Videos Of People Sympathizing With Bin Laden’s ‘Letter To America’ Go Viral
Videos showing people reading Osama bin Laden’s 2002 letter justifying the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon went viral Wednesday evening, prompting a media outlet to delete its translation of the document.
Meme Mocking Iranians’ Non-Involvement in Palestinian Conflict Causing Stir in Iran
An amusing video, with Farsi subtitles, is being widely spread across social media platforms across the Middle East mocking the Iranians for not actively aiding the Palestinians in their conflict with Israel. Reportedly this has stirred discontentment among some supporters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Israeli Satire Show Mocks BBC Reporting of Hamas
The Israeli satirical show, Eretz Nehederet, strongly criticizes the BBC through a satirical "interview" featuring Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.