Prophecy News Watch - October 19, 2023

Around the World
US Remains Committed to Slowing Iran’s Missile Program
The United States is leveling new sanctions against entities and individuals involved in Iran's missile, unmanned aerial vehicle and conventional arms industries.
European Central Bank moves ‘digital euro’ to next phase
The European Central Bank took a further step towards launching a digital version of the euro on Wednesday.
Jordan, Egypt Don’t Accept Gaza Refugees; 1 Million Face Uncertainty
Hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians faced an uncertain future Wednesday in wartorn Gaza after Jordan’s king Jordan told them they weren’t welcome in Jordan or Egypt.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Lebanon Rockets Target Israel As Frontlines Spread
With sirens wailing in northern Israel, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said Wednesday that “nine rocket launches from Lebanon” were detected.
US, Israel Agree On Limited “Life-Saving” Aid To Gaza
U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Israel had agreed to let “life-saving” humanitarian aid into Gaza, but the Jewish nation’s government made clear it was limited in scope and would be allowed only to enter from Egypt.
IDF says Hamas terrorists may be hiding in Israel’s Negev desert
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) warned Wednesday that a number of Palestinian terrorists may still be hiding in the Negev region of southern Israel after infiltrating during the brutal surprise attack on Israeli citizens by up to 2,000 members of the Hamas terror group on October 7, i24News reports.
PA to give families of Hamas terrorists nearly $3 million in “pay for slay” scheme
The Palestinian Authority led by President Mahmoud Abbas will pay the families of Hamas terrorists killed by Israel an estimated combined total payment of $2.8 million under a "pay-for-slay" system, the Jerusalem Post reports. The PA governs the West Bank, and is a political rival of Hamas, but it is still expected to reward the families of Hamas terrorists who kill Israelis.
US President Joe Biden Praises Israel’s Bravery And Blames Militants For Hospital Massacre
As rocket sirens wailed in some areas Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden landed in Israel, where he praised Israeli “bravery” and assured the Jewish nation that the United States supported its battle against the enemy.

Inside the United States
China Forced to Give Up Land Owned in US
Arkansas has become the first state to order that a Chinese company give up ownership of local land, amid fears of attempts by Beijing to malignly infiltrate and influence the U.S. through various means.
U.S. sending war supplies to Israel on ‘near-daily’ basis, Pentagon says
The U.S. has provided Israel with enough military firepower to fill five C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes since the start of its war with Hamas barely more than a week ago, and Pentagon officials say additional assistance is on the way.
Judge upholds Idaho law barring biological male students from using girls’ bathrooms
A judge in Idaho has upheld a state law that requires students with gender dysphoria to use the bathrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their biological sex rather than their preferred gender identity.
US Defense Department to pay $1.8 in settlement of vaccine mandate cases
A Florida District Court has ordered the US Defense Department to pay $1.8 million in legal fees as settlement for two lawsuits that challenged a former requirement that all American troops be vaccinated against COVID-19, reports.
Jordan fails to win House speakership in second round of voting
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, failed in the second round of voting in the House speaker election on the House floor Wednesday.

Worthy Watch
Protests Erupt Near American Embassy in Lebanon
As tensions escalate in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia issued a statement calling all Saudi citizens in Lebanon to return. Meanwhile, protests continued around the American Embassy in Beirut. The State Department raised a travel advisory for Lebanon urging U.S. citizens not to travel to the country "due to terrorism, civil unrest, armed conflict, crime, kidnapping" and the embassy's "limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens."