Israel dismayed at U.S. cuts to Egypt military (Second Coming Watch Update #413)

1. According to the New York Times, Officials and experts in Israel responded with a mixture of disappointment and alarm to the news that the United States planned to reduce its military aid to Egypt in response to this summer's brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the continuing violence it has spawned.

2. According to the Times of Israel, Iranian officials have reportedly ordered the cancellation of an annual anti-Zionism conference.

3. According to Israel National News, the Jewish state may become the first country in the world to cease using cash. The government has authorized he establishment of a committee that will examine ways to eliminate cash from the Israeli economy.

4. According to the Associated Press, in India, officials ordered tens of thousands of coastal villagers to flee their homes on Friday as a massive cyclone -- so large it filled nearly the entire Bay of Bengal -- gathered strength and headed toward India's eastern seaboard.

5. According to Reuters and Israel Today News, the International Monetary Fund said the Israeli economy is expected to grow by 3.8 percent in 2013 and 3.3% in 2014. The fund's economists pointed out that Israel's economy was strong, stable and diverse and that it was set to outpace all other Western economies throughout the entire period.

Mark 14:61-62 / Alexander MacLaren / / @SecondComingH /

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