Latest Articles  Feb. 19, 2017

It has been reported that some 500,000 Syrians have been killed in the six-year-old civil war. This has created a refugee problem numbering more than 10,000,000. Yet, it is the country on Syria’s southern border—her mortal enemy, Israel—that has done more for the refugees and for those wounded in attacks, than Arab countries like Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Israel agrees to take 100 Syrian Orphans

According to an Amnesty International report, these countries have not taken in even one Syrian refugee. And yet, Israel is preparing to receive 100 Syrian refugee orphans. (Note: some of the nations listed dispute the Amnesty report.)

It does seem quite strange that you would take in refugees from a country that would love to see you eliminated from the face of the earth. In fact, the L.A. Times published an article back in 2015 entitled: One country that won’t be taking Syrian refugees: Israel.

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JNN News Update Feb. 19, 2017

INVESTORS SAY ISRAELI ECONOMY STANDS TO GAIN FROM WARMER TREATMENT JEWISH STATE WILL RECEIVE FROM TRUMP: According to the American MarketWatch web-site report, exchange-traded funds that track the Israeli equity market have flourished since Donald Trump won the Nov. 2016 presidential election. “The Trump administration has repeatedly signaled that it is going to treat Israel as a major USA ally and strategic asset. While the Obama administration maintained security ties between the countries, you didn’t always get this kind of language,” MarketWatch quoted Steven Schoenfeld - chief investment officer of BlueStar Indexes - as saying. “With a closer relationship, Israel will benefit not only in terms of investor perception, but also tangibly.” Schoenfeld further noted that the Israeli technology and defense stocks are in the highest demand. “If the Trump administration moves forward with its own initiatives on border security, military spending or intelligence, Israeli companies are likely to benefit from that,” he said. “The Israeli tech scene is second only to Silicon Valley, and it includes many of the biggest cybersecurity and ‘actionable intelligence’ companies that trade. The focus on closer security ties between the USA and Israel may mean bigger orders for Israel’s military or the militaries of its allies.” Any Trump administration policy initiatives regarding the peace process with the Palestinians, Schoenfeld stated, will have “minimal impact” on the Israeli economy. “There could be strife, but every time there’s geopolitical issues like that the market takes a short-term hit and brushes it off,” he said. “If there’s civil unrest, that doesn’t mean Check Point will export less software.” The report was published the same day Trump met with visiting PM Netanyahu at the White House. (Algemeiner)

OUR CROWD GLOBAL INVESTOR SUMMIT IN JERUSALEM: Over 6,000 guests from 82 countries attended the OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, held Thurs. 16 Feb. 2017 at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. Now in its third year, the summit hosts thousands of investors, venture and corporate partners, entrepreneurs, global delegations, industry leaders and members of the press. According to OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved, OurCrowd is the leading global equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors. “OurCrowd provides post-investment support to its portfolio companies, assigns industry experts as mentors, and takes board seats,” said Medved. “The OurCrowd community of almost 17,000 investors from over 110 countries has invested over $400 million into 110 portfolio companies and funds.” Medved said Thursday’s summit was the largest equity crowdfunding conference in the world, and Israel’s largest investor event ever. “We have twice the number of attendees that we had last year, giving proof to the tremendous vitality and dynamism in the global equity crowdfunding market,” he said. The theme of this year’s summit was “The Future is Here,” and featured over 60 booths demonstrating a variety of frontier technologies, including industrial drones, companion care robots, tracking devices with centimeter accuracy, and phone-based glucose monitors. (J.Post)

ISRAEL’S ECONOMY POSTS STRONGEST QUARTER SINCE 2013: Israel’s economy had its strongest quarterly performance since 2013, the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics said on 16 Feb. 2017. The economy grew by an annualized 6.2 percent in the last quarter of 2016, 4.2% in the third quarter, and 5.3% in the second quarter. The increase in gross domestic product in the second half of 2016 reflected a 3.5-% increase in public consumption, and 2.9% growth in private consumption per capita. Israel’s exports of goods and services, excluding diamonds and start-ups, were up 4.5% in 2016, and investments in fixed assets climbed 10.2%. Imports of goods and services went up 10.6% in the second half of 2016, the report said. (Algemeiner) “Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” Ps. 35:27

NETANYAHU AFTER TRUMP MEETING: ‘PRESIDENT UNDERSTANDS THE COMMON THREAT POSED BY IRAN’: The United States and Israel have a “grand mission” to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, the Jewish state’s leader told Fox News on 16 Feb. 2017. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu - fresh off his White House meeting with USA President Donald Trump - said, “Since the signing of the nuclear deal, Iran has become more aggressive, more deadly, sponsoring more terrorism and with more money, a lot more money. And people are saying, wait a minute, this roaring tiger, if it’s not stopped, will devour all of us. We’re all prey to this militant Islamic regime that will arm itself with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that could reach you. They’ve killed Americans all over the place. They sponsor terrorism against Americans all over the place. Now they’re going to build ICBM that can reach the United States and have the multiple warheads to do that. It’s dangerous for America, dangerous for Israel, dangerous for the Arabs. Everyone now understands it, and there is an American president who understands it, and we are talking about what to do about this common threat.” The prime minister called his White House visit this week “historical” and described his encounter with Trump as “a meeting of the minds and a meeting of the hearts. (Algemeiner/Fox) In a past report , a media interviewer had this to say: “I recently asked one of his advisers to gauge for me the depth of Mr. Netanyahu’s anxiety about Iran. His answer was to think in terms of Amalek – a nation that wished to wipe out the Jews.” Amalek was the first to make war against Israel, attacking the rear guard of the Israelites on their deliverance from Egypt. Jewish tradition hold the Amalekites are the undying foe of the Jews. “Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, ‘Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation’” Ex. 17: 15-16

LIBERMAN: THE THREE MAIN PROBLEMS ARE IRAN, IRAN, IRAN: Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met on Friday 17 Feb. 2017, in Munich with USA Secretary of Defense James Mattis. It was the first meeting between the two since Mattis assumed office. Mattis and Liberman said they plan to engage in an open and honest dialogue, and to cooperate in order to strengthen Israel's security and preserve American interests in the region. During the meeting, the two ministers discussed a series of issues, led by Iran. Liberman said, “The three main problems with which we have to deal are Iran, Iran, Iran. We must build a real and effective coalition that can deal with the terrorism that it is spreading around the world, with its development of missiles and with its nuclear arms race.” Liberman continued, “North Korea and Iran are the two ends of the axis of evil in which Hezbollah and the Assad regime are also integrated, and Iran is the common thread.” The two ministers agreed that firm action must be taken against Iran. The ministers concluded the meeting by saying that the United States and Israel are true allies that will continue to work together to maintain the common interests to both countries. They agreed to meet again soon. (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL AND ARAB STATES COMBATING COMMON THREAT OF RADICAL ISLAM AND NUCLEAR IRAN: In a media interview before returning to Israel, PM Netanyahu spoke about his successful meeting with President Trump, as well as the growing support and future alliances of Arab states with the State of Israel, speaking at length of the threat of nuclear Iran to the globe. On Israel’s growing relations with Arab states, particularly Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Emirates, Netanyahu spoke of Israel and Arab states as combating the same threat of radical Islam. He went on to state that “Radical Islam has two fountainheads: The radical Sunnis led by ISIS and before that, by Al Qaida, and the radical Shiites led by Iran. The Arab countries are threatened by both, and when they look around they say ‘who is going to help us from these twin threats?’ Well, there is one country in the region that’s powerful, that’s determined, that’s resolved to fight this common enemy- and that is Israel. So they don’t view us anymore as their enemy, but increasingly they see us as their ally against a common threat.” When asked specifically about Israel’s forging alliances with the Saudis, Egyptians and Jordanians in relation to Iran’s efforts to gain “hegemony in the region”, Netanyahu stated, “That’s an understatement. They think Iran will cut their throats- and they are right.” He referred the threat of a nuclear Iran to the globe as a “roaring tiger,” that “if it not stopped, it will devour all of us.”

On USA-Israel relations under the Obama Administration, Netanyahu stated, “We had our differences-the most important was on Iran. The Arab countries sort of whispered things in the dark. I had to speak out for everyone in the region. But now, it is not just in the region- people understand that Iran is a malevolent force and if the nuclear deal with Iran is kept, the deal essentially says: no bomb today, 100 bombs in 10 years. And Iran doesn’t change its attitude. Iran has become more aggressive, more deadly, sponsoring more terrorism,” emphasizing “with a lot more money,” referring to economic growth and partnership between Iran with European states, most recently Sweden. (Kehila News) Intercede that the menace of the Islamic Republic posed to Israel, the USA and Arab nations will cement an alliance between them to deal effectively with this common threat.

JANUARY TALLY OF TERRORIST ATTACKS IN ISRAEL BLOODIEST IN 6 MONTHS: The slaying of five Israelis by Palestinian terrorists made that month the deadliest since June 2016, according to the Shin Bet security service. Four of the victims were killed by a terrorist in Jerusalem on 8 Jan. 2017 when the assailant drove his truck into a crowd of soldiers near the Armon Hanatziv building in the neighborhood of East Talpiot. Another man was killed the previous week in Haifa. A total of 100 attacks recorded in January left 16 wounded in total, according to Shin Bet’s monthly report, which was published earlier this week. Shin Bet recorded 98 attacks in Dec. 2016. Of the attacks documented last month, 81 involved the hurling of firebombs. (J.Post) Continue to pray against murderous terrorist attacks, especially in and around Jerusalem.

FRANCE PASSES LAW TO PUT OPERATORS OF PRO-LIFE WEB SITES IN PRISON FOR TWO YEARS: On 16 Feb. 2017, the French legislature passed a new law that could jail people who operate pro-life websites that they claim give women “misleading” information to discourage them from having an abortion. “Obstruction to abortion” has already been a crime in France, and the new law applies the existing punishment - up to two years in prison and a €30,000 fine - to online activity. Pro-life attorney Gregor Puppinck, who is based in Europe, explained: “The French administration makes it every day more difficult for pro-life associations to express their ideas and to promote pro-life choices. The mere display on a website of information about the risks of having an abortion, or an attempt to convince women that there are other solutions than abortion would be considered, with the new law, as a criminal offense punishable by up to 2 years of imprisonment and €30,000 fine,” he said. Approximately 220,000 unborn babies are killed in abortions every year in France. (Politico)

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff

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Mishpatim 5777

Is There an Inspired Oral Law?

Virtually all of modern Rabbinic Judaism subscribes to the belief that G-d gave Moses an oral law, which he gave to Joshua—meant to go along with the written Torah—and that that oral law eventually became the Talmud we have today. This belief originated with the Jewish sect commonly known as the Pharisees. “Pharisee” means separated or holy one, from the word “Parshe,” which means a separate or set apart portion. We are familiar with that word from the weekly Torah portions.

Most historians believe that the Pharisees originated sometime after Israel’s return from the Babylonian Captivity. The group liked to trace their inception to Ezra, who, according to Nehemiah 8:8, gave the sense of the Torah’s meaning and helped the people to understand it. The group actually probably developed a bit later during the Second Temple period, but at any rate the motives of the Pharisees included a desire to put a “hedge around the Torah” with extra laws that protected the people from repeating the disobedience that brought about the Babylonian invasion and subsequent captivity.

Over the period of time that spanned from the second or third century BCE and continued through the rest of the Second Temple period, the Pharisees developed counsels to deliberate on the meaning and application of scripture, particularly from the Torah but also from the rest of the Tanach. These counsels, or sanhedrin, took on a more authoritative nature over the years. In time, the Pharisees claimed that the rabbis among them who oversaw these deliberations were the inheritors of the mantle of the Judges that are mentioned in Deuteronomy 16:18.

“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which the LORD your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment.” Deuteronomy 16:18

Therefore, although there is no office of rabbi mentioned in the Tanach, the Pharisees could now claim that theirs was a divinely ordained office instituted in the Torah. Over time, in order to further cement their claim to divine authority as the shepherds of Israel, as opposed to other groups—like the Sadducees, who were connected to the priesthood and Temple system—the Pharisees further claimed that the precedent of their decisions went all the way back to oral commands that had been handed down through the ages—from Moses, through Joshua, to others, and finally to them as Israel’s divinely appointed judges of what is right and proper and wrong and improper.

In one of the most famous texts in the Talmud, the “Oven of Achnai” account, the Pharisees clearly affirm their authority over Israel by pointing out that the wisdom of God on a matter is not revealed from heaven as a divine revelation, but by the majority opinion of the Pharisaic sanhedrin. This is expressed through a story about an oven, and whether it is kosher. The rabbi who advocates for it’s being kosher calls forth several miracles that conclude with a voice from heaven, a “Bat Kol.” But the rabbis vote the opposite way, and the story ends by expressing God’s approval that his people have “won Him over.”

The view that an authoritative oral Torah exists survived the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. Yochanan Ben Zakkai, who was secreted out of Jerusalem in a casket and ended up in Yavneh, started a school there and perpetuated the oral Torah belief—and the Pharisaic or rabbinic authority associated with it. Not only do virtually all traditional Jews today subscribe to this belief  (although Reform and Reconstructionist Jews may not take the divine origins as literally as some Conservative most Orthodox and Chabad Jews would,) but also some Messianic Jewish leaders subscribe to this belief. The problems with this are twofold.

First, as Jewish Voice Ministries founder Jonathan Bernis once said, we are either under the authority of the rabbis or Yeshua. Yeshua Himself spoke of problems associated with some of the Pharisaic decisions. And if there were sometimes problems, how could the “oral Torah” be divinely inspired and authoritative? Here is an example.

“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’” Matthew 23:16

It must be pointed out that Yeshua supported a number of rabbinically sanctioned post biblical mechanisms for Torah observance that were the result of community consensus, like using wine sacramentally and the wearing of leather boxes as a literal interpretation of Deuteronomy 6:8. And he supported various other rabbinic teachings when they lined up with His Word. But He did not consider them part of a divinely ordained demand for how things must be observed.

Second, there are verses in Joshua that inform us conclusively that there is no such thing as an oral Torah, which was divinely given to Moses. Here they are.

“And afterward he [Joshua] read all the words of the law, the blessings and the cursings, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law. There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, with the women, the little ones, and the strangers who were living among them.” Joshua 8:34, 35

This text tells us that everything Moses commanded was written down. It was all read by Joshua. None of it was transmitted orally by Moses, separate from what was written down.

In closing, I happen to believe that the Pharisaic belief in an oral law was more about politics than theology. Perhaps they had started out well as biblical interpreters in the mold of Ezra. However, like so many religious groups, power-based corruption eventually crept in. And if we are not careful as a Messianic movement that skewed understanding of the origins of rabbinic writings can impact us negatively as well. I urge the movement I value so much—the movement I’ve been serving for almost 40 years—to pay heed to what I’m sharing here, and to allow it to inform their Messianic Jewish experience.

Parashat Yitro (Jethro)

Shemot (Exodus) 18:1-20:23

Do you know that your testimony of what God has done in your life can change others’ lives? In this week’s Scripture portion, we see a very interesting occurrence:

“Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt.”

Exodus 18:1

The word was out, so to speak! News of the many signs and wonders that God did for the people of Israel was traveling! Jethro heard about it, which indicates that people were speaking about it, and he brought Zippora (Moses’ wife) and their two sons to Moses to hear his account first-hand. I wonder if Jethro wanted to confirm with Moses that the rumors of all of the great things that God did were true? Was it possible that they were so incredible, almost too incredible to be true?

“And Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians on behalf of Israel, all the hardship that had befallen them on the way, and how the LORD had saved (Delivered) them. ” Exodus 18:8

What we have here is Moses sharing his testimony with his father in law; he confirmed that everything Jethro heard was true, and possibly even filled in details that were missing from the rumors! Jethro’s response is very significant in that it shows how powerful the telling of one’s testimony (God’s story) can be in changing someone’s life:

“And Jethro rejoiced over all the goodness which the LORD had done to Israel, in delivering them from the hand of the Egyptians. So Jethro said, “Blessed be the LORD who delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of Pharaoh, and who delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. “Now I know that the LORD is greater than all the gods; indeed, it was proven when they dealt proudly against the people.” Exodus 18:9-11

As Jethro heard Moses’ personal testimony, it was no longer that he just heard about God’s mighty power, but he now knew that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Israel and of his son in law, Moses, was (and is) indeed the Almighty, the ruler of the Universe, and that He indeed is greater that any other!

A few years ago, as I entered a restaurant, I saw a group from Australia sitting at a nearby table. A few of them stopped me and told me that they knew me from somewhere, but I did not really pay much attention, thinking they were joking. Then one man said to me, “I’m sure I know you. Where do I know you from? “ I responded that he probably saw me share God’s story of my life (my testimony) somewhere. His response to me was, “Yes, I saw your testimony, but I didn’t think you were real.” As strange as it sounds, that man had to personally meet me in order to know that I was real.

But isn’t that how we are with God? For many years, I heard about God, but it was only when I said to God, “I want to know you, not just about you”, that I encountered the Living God through Messiah Yeshua. I experienced a personal deliverance knowing the same God who delivered my people from Egypt thousands of years before, had also done the same for me.

We’ve all heard about Him…but do you know Him?

Shabbat Shalom,

Ron Cantor will be busy this weekend. He, Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Erev Soref will be speaking tonight and tomorrow at a conference entitled “Israel, Islam and the Church” at Calvary Chapel Oceanside in San Diego. Tomorrow morning Ron will also be speaking at Tree of Life Messianic Congregation in San Diego in their Shabbat service at 10AM. If you live in or around San Diego, you will not want to miss this opportunity to be blessed.

Cantor is in leadership at Tiferet Yeshua Congregation, a Messianic Jewish congregation in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has taught this all over the world in places like the U.S., Canada, Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Hungary, Switzerland, France, Uganda, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine and Germany on the subject that later became his first book, Identity Theft– How Jesus Was Robbed of His Jewishness. Ron served on the leadership team at Beth Messiah Congregation in Rockville, Maryland, ministered in Ukraine and Hungary training nationals to Jewish ministry and was on faculty at Brownsville Revival School of Ministry teaching and mentoring young leaders.

In June 2003, Ron and Elana (his wife) returned with their three children to the Land of Israel where they now live and minister. Over the years, Ron has served as the associate leader of King of Kings Community in Jerusalem, as well as the interim senior leader. He has now served as senior leader of Tiferet Yeshua Congregation in Tel Aviv for some time and as of this week, just turned senior leadership over to Gil Afriat, and Ron is remaining as an elder on the leadership team.

Ron has also written two books, one mentioned early, Identity Theft- How Jesus Was Robbed of His Jewishness, and the follow-up book, The Jerusalem Secret which was recently released.

Calvary Chapel Oceanside is located at 3715 Ocianic Way in Oceanside.

Tree of Life is located at 11330 Campo Road in La Mesa, California and is led by Rabbi Joel Liberman.

JNN News Update Feb. 17, 2017

ISRAEL’S RIGHT HAILS ‘NEW ERA’ AFTER TRUMP, NETANYAHU CONFERENCE: Israel's right wing on Wed. 15 Feb. 2017, welcomed what they called a "new era" following a joint press conference by USA President Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in which Trump said he would support a single state if it led to peace -- dropping the long-held public USA stance that the establishment of an independent Palestinian state was the only viable solution to the conflict. Hard-line Education Minister Naftali Bennett wrote on Twitter after the conference: "A new era. New ideas. No need for 3rd Palestinian state beyond Jordan & Gaza. Big day for Israelis & reasonable Arabs. Congrats." Culture Minister Regev wrote on her account: "The construction freeze in Judea & Samaria is over. The freeze in USA-Israel relations is over. A new diplomatic era began in Washington today." Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan also said Trump's remarks "prove we are in a new era. The stances expressed by the president testify to the understanding that the two-state solution is not the only solution for achieving peace and that the moment has come to flip the equation and put the pressure on the Palestinian side, which is the rejectionist side, and send a clear message that rejection of peace and teaching of hate and violence will have a price." (i24)

DEPUTY FM HOTOVELY: ‘TWO-STATE EPOCH HAS ENDED’: Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely referred to the press briefing in Washington between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu on 15 Feb. 2017 and said that "the press conference with Netanyahu and Trump this evening ushers in a new era of statesmanship and initiates the idea of a regional solution. I welcome the fact that for the first time in 25 years there is an American desire to think afresh and to respect the Israeli interest which was determined by the people of Israel." Hotovely added that "the two-state epoch has ended. The prime minister is talking now about new ways of achieving peace." She described the political commentators as "shocked by the thought that finally pressure won't be exerted on Israel and we will be able to shape our future according to our national interests." (Arutz-7) “The nations shall see your vindication and all the kings your glory.” Isa 62:2

TRUMP AT JOINT WHITE HOUSE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH NETANYAHU: PALESTINIANS MUST STOP TEACHING HATE: The Palestinians “have to get rid of some of the hate they are taught from a very young age” before a peace deal with Israel can be reached, USA President Donald Trump said on Wed. 15 Feb. 2017. “They’re taught tremendous hate,” Trump stated at a joint White House press conference with visiting PM Netanyahu. “I’ve seen what they’re taught. It starts at a very young age and it starts in the schoolroom. They have to acknowledge Israel; they’re going to have to do that. There is no way a deal could be made if they’re not ready to acknowledge a very, very great and important country.” Earlier at the East Room event, Trump turned to Netanyahu and said, “As far as settlements, I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We’ll work something out. But I’d like to see a deal be made. It might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand. That’s a possibility. So let’s see what we do.” Netanyahu then chimed in tersely, “Let’s try,” to which Trump replied, “That doesn’t sound too optimistic.” Both Trump and Netanyahu touted the idea of rethinking the traditional paradigm of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. (Algemeiner) It is an important turning point that a USA president finally has addressed the issue of Palestinian hatred of Israel, taught almost from the cradle. In actuality, beneath the facade of the so called “moderate” Palestinian Authority and Israel’s unrelenting enemy, the Hamas terrorist group, there is little difference. Little has been said in the past by Western leaders regarding ceremonies honoring terrorists, or hate-filled Palestinian text books and children’s television shows. Scant mention has been made of how the wide-spread and ongoing malice in Palestinian Authority society shatters Israel’s trust that Palestinians have any plans for future Arab generations living side by side with her in harmony. Intercede that changes will be made in the education of the Palestinian young that make peace a goal in their hearts and minds, rather than the jihad destruction of the Jewish State.

NETANYAHYU: ‘WE CAN SEIZE A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY’: “For the first time in my lifetime, and the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly, as an ally, said Israeli PM Netanyahu at a White House conference with USA President Trump on 15 Feb. 2017. “This change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace. I believe that the great opportunity for peace comes from a regional approach, from involving our newfound Arab partners in pursuit of a broader peace and peace with the Palestinians,” the prime minister went on to say. On the same matter, Trump stated, “We have been discussing that. It is something that is very different and hasn’t been discussed before. It’s actually a much bigger deal, a much more important deal, in the sense that it would take in many, many countries and would cover a very large territory. I think it’s a terrific thing. And I think we have some pretty good cooperation from people who in the past would never, ever, have even talked about doing this.” The two prerequisites for peace, Netanyahu stated - Palestinian recognition of the Jewish state and Israel maintaining security control over all land west of the Jordan River. (Algemeiner)

NETANYAHU PRAISES TRUMP AS LEADER TO DEFEAT RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM: At a joint press conference Tues. 14 Feb. 2017, Israeli PM Netanyahu said President Trump was the right leader to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. “Under your leadership I believe we can reverse the rising tide of radical Islam,” Netanyahu told the president during his first visit to the White House since Trump took office. The prime minister commended the president for showing “great courage in confronting this threat head-on.” During the campaign, Trump ran on a strong pro-Israel platform and vowed to make defeating the terrorist army, ISIS, a top priority of his administration. He frequently criticized former President Obama, who had a strained relationship with Israel, and avoided even saying the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” (Washington Times)

TRUMP PROMISES ISRAEL: ‘IRAN WILL NEVER GET THE BOMB’: President Donald Trump hailed the United States' "unbreakable" bond with Israel on Wed. 15 Feb. 2017 and promised PM Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon. Trump's vow was designed to address Israeli concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, which Netanyahu has warned expires too soon to permanently remove the threat. "The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions, which I've talked a lot about," he said. "One of the worst deals I've ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing -- I mean ever -- a nuclear weapon." Critics of the agreement, including Netanyahu, have argued then when some of the terms of the deal expire in 10 and 15 years it will leave Tehran on the threshold of building a bomb. (Yahoo)

SHADOWY IRANIAN GENERAL VISITS MOSCOW, VIOLATING SANCTIONS: A shadowy Iranian general responsible for the deaths of nearly 500 Americans traveled to Moscow on 15 Feb. 2017, to meet with high-ranking Russian officials -- a trip that violated multiple UN resolutions forbidding him from leaving his country, numerous western intelligence officials with direct knowledge of the visit told media sources. Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani arrived in Vnukovo airport outside Moscow and was scheduled to remain in Russia for a few days for meetings, officials said. This is Soleimani’s third trip to Moscow following visits in April and July 2015. Soleimani is thought to be the mastermind behind Iran’s proxy war in Syria in order to prop up the Assad regime. Soleimani met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu days after the Iranian nuclear deal was agreed to in Vienna. Iran has been a key ally along with Russia in Syria, working together to shore up support for Syrian President Assad against opposition fighters, some of who are backed by the United States.

The Quds Force, which Soleimani heads, is the special operations wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, responsible for supporting terrorist proxy forces across the Middle East. Soleimani reports directly to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Soleimani was first designated a terrorist and sanctioned by the USA in 2005 for his role as a supporter of terrorism. In October 2011, the USA Treasury Department tied Soleimani to the failed Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States at a popular restaurant in Washington, D.C. UN Resolution 1747 prohibits Soleimani to travel, and any country that lets him transit or travel is also defying sanctions. Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and would be a aware of the restrictions against meeting him. During his confirmation hearing before Congress in 2015, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said many Americans were killed by Iranian-backed forces under the command of Soleimani. The number is estimated to be about 500. (Fox)

OVER 100 MEMBERS OF INDIAN ‘LOST JEWISH TRIBE’ TO MAKE ALIYA THIS WEEK: Thirty members of India’s Bnei Menashe Jewish community landed in Israel on Tues. evening, 14 Feb. 2017, the first in a group of 102 due to immigrate to Israel this week. The aliya is being facilitated by the Jerusalem-based organization Shavei Israel, which works to strengthen ties between the Jewish people and descendants of Jews around the world. The 102 new immigrants arriving this week all hail from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram, which borders Myanmar and Bangladesh and is home to the second-largest concentration of Bnei Menashe in India after the state of Manipur. The olim plan to make their homes in Nazareth Illit, following in the footsteps of other members of the Bnei Menashe community. Shavei Israel Founder Michael Freund said this week’s arrivals mark the launch of Operation Menashe 2017. “Over the course of the coming year, with God’s help, we will bring a total of more than 700 Bnei Menashe immigrants to Israel – the largest-ever airlift in a single year,” Freund added. “After 27 centuries of exile, this lost tribe of Israel is truly coming home. But we will not rest until all the remaining Bnei Menashe still in India are able to make aliya as well.” (J.Post) “He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth” Isa. 11:12. Pray for Israel’s new arrivals from India. May they quickly adapt, learn the language, find housing and employment and enjoy their new home all the days of their lives.

The suggestions, opinions and scripture references made by JNN writers and editors are based on the best information received.  Feb. 17, 2017

Born in New York and raised in Miami with conservative Jewish parents and a religious grandfather, artist Shoshana Silver found her own path to Yeshua in 1978. Her journey exemplifies how the Good Shepherd seeks and saves the lost and those seeking him — even though the person himself doesn’t yet know it.

As an art student in university, Silver applied for further study, but was rejected by seven universities and placed on a waiting list of the eighth one, Albany. A private art teacher of hers, an Albany graduate, intervened and helped her get accepted. It was Silver’s last choice, but she accepted. Little did she know that God had a plan.

“During my studies in Albany I found myself in severe crisis and couldn’t paint at all. I was in pieces, and had no idea what to present for my finals,” she told KNI.

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Scott Volk, founder of Together for Israel, will be guest speaker at Beit Tikvah Messianic Congregation in Newcastle, Washington this Shabbat, Saturday, February 18 at 10:30 AM.

Scott was born in Brooklyn, New York into an American-Jewish family. Although he became a Jewish believer in Yeshua since age 10, Scott rarely identified with his Jewish roots or the Jewish culture. It was while Scott was flying home after leading a tour to Israel in June of 2010 that God put a burden for the Land and its people in his heart. As a result of that momentous flight, doors have miraculously opened for Scott to express this message to synagogues, churches, Bible studies and conferences around the globe.

For more information about Scott Volk and Together for Israel, please visit

Beit Tikvah is located at 7935 136th Avenue SE in Newcastle and is led by Rabbi Hylan Slobodkin.
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