JNN News Update Jan. 26, 2017

GEORGE SOROS DONATED $90 MILLION TO GROUPS BEHIND D.C. WOMAN’S MARCH: On 21 Jan. 2017, crowds of women crowded the streets of cities around the country to voice their dissatisfaction with newly-inaugurated Donald Trump. In Washington, D.C., the largest of the marches across the country was even bigger than the inauguration crowd the day prior. Like other recent left-leaning demonstrations, the Women’s March described itself as a grassroots effort coordinated by many local leaders. However, a look at its website shows that the march has numerous ties to groups receiving significant financial support from left-leaning philanthropist George Soros. The website for the Women’s March on Washington lists 402 groups as “partners.” Some are groups with longstanding ties to the Democratic Party and liberal causes. Planned Parenthood and the Natural Resources Defense Council were the top two financial sponsors of the event. The Soros family has long supported Planned Parenthood. Last year, George Soros gave Planned Parenthood an additional $1.5 million to help it respond to the release of undercover videos showing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses. His son donated another $1 million around the same time. His donations to Planned Parenthood since 2000 total more than $20 million. The Women’s March’s other “premier partner,” the Natural Resources Defense Council, states on its website that it receives funding from Soros’ Open Society Foundations. “The George Soros-backed Open Society Institute and Foundation to Support Open Society gave NRDC over $2.2 million since 2008,” the group says. These two groups are merely the most prominent recipients of Soros money. Fifty-six of the groups listed as “partners” of the March have received some financial support from Soros. The prevalence of Soros money at the Women’s March resulted in a protest that, despite its supposed grassroots origins, has alienated many women who are ambivalent about Trump, but do not agree with the liberal focus of the march. “As someone who voted for Trump, I don’t feel welcome, nor do many other women who reject the liberal identity-politics that is the core underpinnings of the march, making white women feel unwelcome, nixing women who oppose abortion and hijacking the agenda,” wrote Asra Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and self-described “lifelong liberal feminist.“ (Value Walks)

LAST ACT: JEW-HATING OBAMA QUIETLY SENDS $221 MILLI ION TO PALESTINIANS IN HIS FINAL HOURS: The Obama administration in its waning hours quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that Republican members of Congress had been blocking. Congressional aides said written notification dated 20 Jan. 2017 was sent to Congress just hours before the new president took the oath of office. Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Kay Granger (R-Tex.), who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, had placed holds on the Palestinian funding over moves by the PA to seek membership in international organizations. Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch but are not legally binding. Obama's parting gift to the Palestinians was seen as a final act of official support for their campaign against Israel, as well as a repudiation of President Donald Trump’s stated Middle East peace policies. (Israel Today/Washington Post) More millions for PA coffers out of which American and other global taxpayers are paying the salaries of Palestinian terrorists serving time in Israel jails for violence and murder– as well as for the hefty monthly stipends to their families.

GLAD TO SEE OBAMA GO, GULF ARABS EXPECT TRUMP TO COUNTER IRAN: Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump's short temper and abrasive Tweets may at times heighten tensions in the combustible Middle East. While many countries around the world listened with concern to his protectionist inaugural address, Gulf Arab officials appear optimistic. They see in Trump a strong president who will shore up Washington's role as their main strategic partner in a region central to USA security and energy interests. In Gulf Arab eyes, that involves above all checking what they see as a surge of Iranian support for paramilitary allies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon and for fellow Shi'ite Muslims in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia's oil-producing Eastern Province.

Saudi Arabia in particular appears relieved at the departure of Barack Obama, who it felt considered Riyadh's alliance with Washington less important than negotiating a deal in 2015 to neutralize Iran's nuclear program. The relationship is a pillar of the Middle East's security balance. But it has suffered since Riyadh took issue with what it saw as Obama's withdrawal from the region, and a perceived inclination towards Iran since the 2011 Arab uprisings. There have been tensions over Syria, where Obama dismissed Gulf Arab urgings to give more aid to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, who has survived thanks to Iranian and Russian backing. "Perception is important: Trump does not look like the kind of guy who will bend towards Iran or anyone else," said Abdulrahman al-Rashed, a veteran Saudi commentator. "If he behaves as he says, then we will see another Ronald Reagan, someone all the forces in the region will take seriously. That's what we have missed in the past eight years." (J.Post)

ISRAEL APPROVES 2,500 NEW SETTLEMENT HOMES: Israel approved the construction of approximately 2,500 homes in Judea & Samaria, most of them in existing settlement blocs, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced on 24 Jan. 2017. The decision came two days after a Jerusalem planning committee approved the construction of 566 housing units in East Jerusalem, and on the heels of a phone conversation over the weekend between Netanyahu and USA President Donald Trump, in which the two discussed their plans for the region. Most of the housing units will be built in the large settlement areas, notably in the city of Ariel and in Givat Ze’ev, outside Jerusalem. But some will also go up in settlements outside the larger blocs, due to prior agreements and court decisions. “We’re building - and will continue to build,” PM Netanyahu said, following the announcement. (Arutz-7) Pray Israel will stand strong in its resolve to provide much needed housing for its citizens and peruse its rights to expand well established and thriving Jewish communities – despite Palestinian and international unmerited disapproval. “For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.” Isa. 54:3

BRUSSELS AIRPORT BOMBERS TARGETED USA AND JEWS: The ISIS suicide bombers who attacked Brussels airport on 22 March 2016, targeted passengers travelling to the USA and also Jewish people. Airport security camera footage shows one bomber apparently pursuing Hasidic Jews seconds before one of the blasts. One of the airport bombers attacked the Delta Airlines check-in at Zaventem airport. "Early on in the investigation there were indications that they targeted USA, Russian and Israeli check-in counters," a USA law enforcement source said. An airport source said a bomb that did not explode was left near the United and El Al counters, which face each other. Mohamed Abrini, a member of the attack team nicknamed the “man in the hat” who was arrested in Brussels on 8 April, 2016 told a Belgian court that one of the original targets in the attacks that killed 32 was the departure area for flights to Tel Aviv. Abrini ran from the scene of the airport attack without detonating his bomb-filled suitcase. “We know they wanted to target Americans. It’s clear they had quite specific targets,” the law-enforcement source told AFP. “We know they were obsessed with the Israelis too,” he added. (AFP)

UNDER COVER OF NIGHT, SYRIAN WOUNDED SEEK HELP FROM ENEMY ISRAEL: It happens nearly every night. After dark, the Syrian wounded come to known locations on the Israel-Syria front in the Golan Heights, driven by desperation to seek help from an enemy army. Israeli soldiers on lookout or patrol spot them waiting by the fence and whisk them away to a rear position where army medics soon arrive, according to army officials operating in the area that was seized by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war. Israel refuses to accept refugees fleeing the nearly six-year conflict in Syria, a country with which it remains technically at war. But it has allowed in more than 2,600 Syrians for medical care. On one bitterly cold January night, gunfire and explosions could be heard in the near distance as Israeli medics dressed the injuries of two Syrian men, one suffering a head wound. "We're doing everything we can to save their lives, to stabilize them and evacuate them to hospital," said Captain Aviad Camisa, deputy chief medical officer of the Golan brigade.

"Some of the stories stir your emotions. When children come, as a father, it touches me personally," Camisa said. Millions have fled and hundreds of thousands have been killed in Syria's conflict, which shows only fitful signs of being resolved. The Israeli army helps facilitate access to nearby hospitals. One man, his legs pierced by shrapnel, survived a bomb attack in his village in which 23 people were killed. "In the past we used to know Israel as our enemy. That's what the regime used to tell us," he said. "When we came to Israel we changed our minds, there is no enmity between us. In the end we discovered that our regime is the enemy of us all," he said, referring to Syrian president Bashar al-Asad. (Reuters)

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JNN News Update Dec. 12, 2016

CAIRO CATHEDRAL BLAST LEAVES AT LEAST 25 DEAD: A 12-kilogram TNT bomb caused the explosion at a Coptic church in Cairo on Sunday morning, 11 Dec. 2016. The blast left at least 25 people dead and dozens injured. The explosion took place in the small church of St. Peter and St. Paul attached to the St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, said the Church's Rev. Paul Halim. The attack targeted one of the most symbolic religious sites for Copts, an ethno-religious group centered in Egypt. The Coptic Orthodox Church released a statement on its Facebook page, saying in part: "As we are bereaved by this violence and terrorism that attacks worshipers, we pray for these martyrs and for the wounded. The Egyptian church stresses on persevering national unity that keeps all Egyptians on Egypt's blessed land." President Abdel Fattah El Sisi condemned the attack and declared a three-day period of national mourning. (CNN) Intercede for those who have lost beloved family and friends as a result of this brutal attack and for those who have suffered injury to be comforted and healed. Pray that those who planned and carried out this bombing will be apprehended and brought to justice.

TWIN BOMBING OUTSIDE ISTANBUL SOCCER STADIUM KILLS 38, WOUNDS 166: Twenty-nine people were killed and 166 wounded in Istanbul on Saturday 10 Dec. 2016, when twin bombings struck the heart of the city close to the stadium of top flight football giants Besiktas after a major game. The two blasts, apparently one by a car bomb and one by a suicide bomber, occurred less than a minute apart, after the end of a soccer match in the center of Istanbul. Most of the dead were police officers, and Turkish officials said at least ten people had been arrested in connection with the attack. Turkey’s Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus said that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) could be behind the attack. TV footage showed what appeared to be the wreckage of a burned out car and two separate fires on the road outside the stadium. President Tayyip Erdogan described the blasts as a terrorist attack on police and civilians. He said the aim of the bombings, attended by thousands of people, had been to cause the maximum number of casualties. “Nobody should doubt that we as a nation will overcome terror, terrorist organization and the forces behind them,” he said. Turkey declared a national day of mourning after the attack. In June, three suicide bombers, apparently from ISIS, killed 45 people at Istanbul’s main airport. (Medialine)

HAMAS TERRORIST CELL PLANNING TO ATTACK ARMY BASE UNCOVERED IN JERUSALEM: A “serious terrorist attack in Jerusalem” was prevented by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) in conjunction with Israel Police, it was announced on 9 Dec. 2016. Security forces uncovered an eight-person terror cell of east Jerusalem residents, planning to carry out a shooting attack against an IDF base in Jerusalem. The cell, made up of mostly minors and Hamas activists, were arrested last month. During the investigation, some of the cell members admitted to having taken part in violent demonstrations during the month of Ramadan in the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, as well as during memorial rallies for terrorists who had been killed by security forces. According to the Shin Bet, the cell “demonstrates the grave danger of attackers with Israeli documentation who enjoy freedom of movement and have access to arms and the relative ease of carrying out assaults.” Likewise, on Sunday 11 Dec. 2016, Israeli security forces managed to arrest at a security checkpoint an Arab who intended to carry out a stabbing attack at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The suspect, a 22 year old resident of Hebron, was arrested and is being questioned. He was stopped before he managed] to carry out the attack. Security measures by police and border police are on the alert and continue to prevent terror attacks from taking place. (J.Post) “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lam 3: 22-23

UN EXPECTED TO VOTE FOR FUNDING UNHRC BLACKLIST OF COMPANIES WITH TIES TO ISRAEL: The UN Fifth Committee, which oversees the international body’s budget and administration, is expected to vote this week to fund a blacklist of Israeli and international companies operating in Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and Judea & Samaria. The Israeli mission to the UN said the list is expected to be utilized by BDS activists for anti-Israel activities. Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said the Israeli Mission will publicly oppose the list and is committed to bringing together international partners and pro-Israel organizations to propose new ideas to combat the initiative. "We will not be silent in light of this shameful initiative," Danon said. "The UN's intent to mark Jewish businesses and international companies with ties to Israel so that they can be boycotted reminds us of dark times in history. The UNHRC has become an anti-Israeli circus with their attacks on the only democracy in the Middle East and their disregard for the gross violations in Iran, Syria and North Korea.” The UN is known for its anti-Israel bias, and days ago passed a series of anti-Israel resolutions during its annual “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People”. The body’s outgoing chief, Ban Ki-moon, admitted that the UN is biased against Israel during a 2013 session with students participating in a UN educational program. (INN)

WITH IRAN AS TOP PRIORITY, ISRAELI DELEGATION MEETS WITH TRUMP TEAM TO SHARE VIEWS, SET EXPECTATIONS FOR COMING YEARS: A delegation of Israeli officials traveled to the USA and met with members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, Israeli sources reported on 9 Dec. 2016. According to the report, the purpose of the meeting was to start the process of sharing views and setting expectations for the years ahead. The Americans, the report said, were particularly interested in hearing the Israeli government’s positions on a number of key diplomatic and security issues. For Israel, the report noted, the top priority is dealing with the danger posed by Iran. Israeli PM Netanyahu, days ago, reiterated his criticism of the nuclear agreement reached last year between Iran and six world powers. “I look forward to speaking to Trump about what to do about this bad deal.” In a pre-election interview last month, senior Trump adviser David Friedman said a Trump administration would “reengage with the world powers in a way that seeks to reintroduce leverage on Iran.” (Algemeiner)

NEW REPORT: 1,500 ISIS JIHADISTS HAVE QUIT THE MIDDLE EAST TO ATTACK EUROPE: ISIS has sent at least 1,500 jihadi terrorists back to Europe from Middle East warzones with instructions to “carry out attacks”, according to a new European Union report. Experts believe up to 5,000 Islamic fundamentalists have left Europe for Iraq and Syria in recent years. While 1 in 5 have been killed between 30 and 35% have been ordered to return to Europe to carry out “specific missions”. The other 2,500 or so have apparently stayed in the Middle East. The report states: “There are largely two categories of returnees: those in the majority who will drift back and those who will be sent back on specific missions, which are of most concern.” The report says returnees are keeping in touch with ISIS in the Middle East via social media platforms. EU counter-terrorism sources said it is impossible to be certain how many terrorists were already in Europe but indicated that the internet now represents a considerable threat to security. Under the worst case scenario, nuclear power stations and air traffic control systems could be attacked. According to one source although the terrorist organizations have not used the internet as a weapon, to mount an attack thus far, the possibility should not be excluded that “before five years we will be confronted by this.” (Heat Street)

NO HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: ASSYRIAN CHRISTIANS UNABLE TO RETURN TO VILLAGES DESTROYED BY ISIS: A total of five Assyrian towns in Northern Iraq have been liberated from ISIS, but none of its residents - Christians who were forced to flee from ISIS, are able to return after the terror group left a wake of destruction in its path. As the campaign to liberate Mosul from ISIS rages on, Christian residents of surrounding villages already freed from the terror army's grip have returned to find their homes booby-trapped, in ruins and uninhabitable. In some towns, most of the infrastructure has been reduced to rubble; in others, dangerous chemical compounds have been dumped, polluting the ground. But what all the places have in common is that they are unsafe and nearly impossible for those who fled to return any time soon. “It’s a catastrophe,” said one Assyrian from Bashiqa. Like many from his village, he was forced to flee two years ago for Kurdish-held territory. “ISIS has destroyed it all. God willing, we will return soon." (Fox) Pray for the comforting and protection of persecuted Christians in Iraq and surrounding areas. May their faith stand firm and be a beacon of hope for many adults and children in their nation. “Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.” Ps 82:4

STUDENTS AT TEN ITALIAN HIGH SCHOOLS LIST HITLER’S ‘MEIN KAMPF’ AMONG FAVORITE BOOKS: Students at ten Italian high schools included Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf in recently-compiled lists of their top ten favorite books, media sources reported on 8 Dec. 2016. Italian Education Ministry official Alessandro Fusacchia called the students’ choice a “particularly nasty case.” Students had been asked to pick from books by Italian authors that were published after 2000. “We are looking into it, but we are convinced that it was not a bad interpretation of the request, but rather a free choice,” he said. Earlier this year, the Italian newspaper Il Giornale faced criticism after it distributed free copies of an annotated version of Mein Kampf. (Algemeiner)

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JNN News Update Nov. 28, 2016

FIRES IN DIFFERENT AREAS OF ISRAEL THROUGH SHABBAT AS ‘ARSON INTIFADA’ CONTINUES: On Friday night 25 Nov. 2016, all the residents - 350 families - of the town of Neve Tzuf in Samaria were forced to leave their homes after arsonists set fire to 3 different locations throughout the town. Fifteen houses were completely destroyed and collapsed, while 25 other houses were seriously damaged from the flames. Four civilians were lightly injured, including two firefighters. Three firefighting teams from the Palestinian Authority helped to battle the blaze. A spokesperson for Neve Tzuf said, "The town has had a hard hit, but we're strong and we'll manage to deal with it.” As well, arsonists reignited a fire in Haifa on Saturday, 26 Nov. Three civilians were critically injured and nine others more moderately injured on Saturday morning 26 Nov. 2016, in a fire in Ma'ale Adumim on the outskirts of Jerusalem. On Friday, arsonists set fire to Beit Meir, also located near Jerusalem. Israeli police are currently holding 23 individuals suspected of arson or incitement to commit arson. More than 30 suspects have been questioned by police since the first fires broke out. Earlier Saturday, the Israeli said that more than 10 Palestinian suspects had been arrested and handed to the Shin Bet for further investigations. In several cases arson suspects have been caught in the act and on video footage. (Arutz-7/Ha’aretz) Intercede against spiritual forces of violence and hatred as well weather conditions contributing to these tragic fires. May those who have ignited fires intentionally be apprehended and brought to justice and those considering future acts of arson be detoured.

HAIFA INFERNO MOSTLY CONTAINED - BLAZE IN JERUSALEM HILLS SPREADS AND GATHERS FORCES OVER THE WEEKEND: Israeli firefighters on Friday 25 Nov. 2016, reined in a blaze that had spread across the country's third-largest city, Haifa, and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, but continued to battle more than a dozen other fires around the country for the fourth and fifth day in a row. Multiple teams of firefighters were battling a blaze in the Ma’ale Hahamisha and Nataf areas on Friday afternoon and into the night, and more were being deployed. At least 20 planes were operating in the area, tackling the flames from the skies. The fire expanded and progressed through the afternoon and evening. Initially none of the homes in Ma’ale Hahamisha or Nataf were thought to be in danger, police said, but in mid-afternoon they ordered the evacuation of Nataf, and said homes were under threat. Some Nataf residents were taking refuge in the community center at the nearby Arab town of Abu Ghosh on Friday night. Rama’s Kitchen, a famed Nataf restaurant, was destroyed, and much of the owner’s home was destroyed in the flames as well. A wedding was taking place at the restaurant when firefighters ordered an urgent evacuation.

By Friday evening, the nearby settlement of Mevo Horon was also in danger. By late evening, most of the blazes in the Nataf area were said to be under control, but residents were told not to return home Friday night. An earlier massive blaze in the Jerusalem hills overnight Thursday-Friday nearby devastated at least 10 homes and threatened to destroy the small village of Beit Meir. The blaze was part of a wave of forest and brush fires that have cut a swath of destruction across several of Israel’s forests since 22 Nov. 2016, and in several places entered residential areas. No one has been killed, but hundreds have been injured, dozens of homes burned and, in Haifa, tens of thousands evacuated. (Times of Israel/Algemeiner)

ISRAEL’S DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS TO REMAIN THROUGH TUESDAY: The Israel Meteorological Service released a report Friday stating that weather conditions in Israel will remain dangerous and susceptible to wildfires through Tues. 29 Nov. 2016. The severely dry and west-ward winds are expected to continue in the mean time. (J.Post) Pray that extreme weather conditions that have led to the outbreak and spread of dozens of fires across Israel will subside and that much needed rain will ease the situation.

ISRAEL’S ARAB AND MUSLIM ALLIES AID IN FIRE FIGHTING EFFORT: In a show of regional cooperation and solidarity, several of Israel’s Arab and Muslim allies have sent firefighting equipment to help douse the fires raging across the Jewish state. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday 25 Nov. 2016 that Egypt was sending two helicopters, while Jordan was dispatching a number of fire trucks to battle the blazes. Azerbaijan, a Muslim-majority nation and one of Israel’s closest allies in central Asia, announced Friday that it sent BE-200CS amphibious aircraft to Israel. The Palestinian Authority has also contributed to the firefighting effort, sending several firefighters from Judea & Samaria to battle blazes in northern Israel. The show of solidarity from Arab and Muslim allies was a welcome sign for Israel after Arabic-speaking social media users had used the hashtag “Israel is burning” to celebrate the destruction. Israel has also received help from a number of its non-Muslim allies in Europe. “Thank you Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Romania & Bulgaria for sending help to fight the fires in Israel. True friends!” the Israeli Foreign Ministry tweeted. (Algemeiner)

USA SUPERTANKER LANDS IN ISRAEL TO ASSIST WITH RAGING FIRES: The USA 747 Supertanker landed in Israel Friday evening 25 Nov. 2016, to assist with extinguishing the raging fires that have erupted across the country. The Supertanker, based on the Boeing 747, is the largest aerial firefighting aircraft in the world and is capable of carrying up to 19,600 gallons of retardant or water. In addition to the Super Tanker arriving in Israel, the USA sent 50 firefighters to Israel. The Super took off on its first mission Saturday afternoon. Based on the Boeing 747, the plane was set to help extinguish the flames near Jerusalem, adjacent to Highway 1.

Meantime, a spokesperson for the Haifa Fire Department said Friday that they have evidence that a fire started near the city's main fire depot was an act of arson. Speaking to Channel 2, Uri Chibotaro said video evidence proved the cause of the blaze. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon told Israel Radio that the Haifa firestorm, which caused widespread damage on Thursday, was an "intentional act of arson." Earlier, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that the results of an investigation into Thursday's fire in the northern town of Zichron Ya'akov concluded that the blaze was caused by arsonists. Police reported that in total 13 individuals have been investigated for arson and incitement. (J.Post)

FORMER MK: WE ARE AT WAR: Former MK Dr. Michael Ben Ari, in a media interview, said that a war is currently being waged against Israel. "Whoever doesn't understand that we are at war, when these fires are destroying homes [across Israel] are blind." Dr. Ben Ari said. "These evil men are attempting to burn down the whole country. This war was planned. It was coordinated. And it has leaders. Our enemies wish to destroy us with fire and knives. We forget how during Operation Brothers Keeper when our three boys were kidnapped how Arab doctors and public officials celebrated the kidnapping. We kept our heads in the sand. This is our only country, and we have all of our enemies here. If they want to stay here they should declare loyalty and receive the benefits [of citizenship] without national rights. If they want national rights they should go to the Arab countries." He said that Israel should declare war on the enemy in its midst. "There is no difference between them and ISIS.’’ (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL FURIOUS AS FRANCE DETERMINES TO LABEL SETTLEMENT GOODS: Israel has slammed France for its decision to implement new guidelines for labeling goods from Judea & Samaria settlements, accusing it of aiding a boycott of the Jewish state. "The Government of Israel condemns the French government decision to implement European Commission directives regarding Israel products originating beyond the Green Line," read a Foreign Ministry statement issued Thurs. night 24 Nov. 2016. "We are saddened that it is France – where there is a law against boycotts – that is moving forward with these steps that could be interpreted as giving support to radical elements and to the boycott movement against Israel," the statement said. Israel further accused France of a "double standard" by focusing on Israel and "ignoring the other 200 territorial disputes around the world." (i24)

FRANCE: FOILED TERROR PLOT WAS DIRECTED FROM ISIS HEARTLAND: Five men arrested in France for planning an attack in the Paris area were directed from the ISIS group's heartland, a prosecutor said 24 Nov. 2016. Over last weekend police had arrested seven men and seized weapons in raids in the cities of Strasbourg and Marseille. Islamist extremists have carried out three large-scale attacks in France since January 2015, when gunmen targeted the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and the Jewish supermarket Hyper Cacher, where four Jews were murdered. Ten months after those two attacks, ISIS jihadists massacred 130 people in attacks on the Bataclan concert hall, France's national stadium and a handful of bars and restaurants in eastern Paris. In July 2016 a terrorist ploughed a truck into crowds watching fireworks in the southern city of Nice on Bastille Day, killing 86. ISIS claimed responsibility for that attack as well. The government has said 17 attacks were foiled since the beginning of the year in France, and seven in 2015. Hollande said Friday the "fight against terrorism," will be "long and difficult but one thing is certain, we will win because France, when it stays together, is capable of overcoming all challenges." (INN) It is difficult to grasp the mentality of those who fight against terrorism in France and yet continue to push Israel to make a false peace with the same kind of evil entities seeking to destroy the Jewish state with ongoing vicious acts of violence and destruction. Likewise, France now endorses the labeling of Israeli products from Judea & Samaria, giving support to radical elements and to the boycott movement against Israel. French Government efforts to fight terrorism on their own turf will likely be subject to failures if they don’t support and help Israel who is at the forefront of the battle against terrorism.

JOIN US MAY 7 – 17, 2017 FOR THE MILLENNIUM TOUR WITH BARRY & BATYA SEGAL AND THE CENTER DEDICATION: An exciting time is approaching. This spring Israel will be celebrating the year of Jubilee for Jerusalem’s reunification! In addition to touring, sightseeing and stimulating insights into Israel, we will be dedicating The Millennium Center on May 14, 2017. Explore the beautiful port city of Jaffa, see the breathtaking view from the Mount of Beatitudes, enjoy a boat ride along the Sea of Galilee, take in the breath-taking fortress of Masada, visit all around Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and prepare to enjoy so much more. Those joining us from the USA will depart on May 7, arrive in Israel on May 8 and remain until May 17. The package price for flights, hotels, even all tips included will be $3,650 per person sharing a double room. The UK dates will be May 8-16 with the package price per person sharing a double room, plus flights, hotels and all tips will be £2,040 Make your reservations now by clicking on one of the following links depending on your location. USA: http://vfiusa.com/MillenniumUSA.pdf or UK: http://vfiusa.com/MillenniumUK.pdf

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JNN News Update May 9, 2016

HAPPY IN ISRAEL: According to the World Happiness Index, Israel is the 11th-happiest country in the world, which means its citizens are happier than those in the USA (13th place), the UK (23rd), France (32nd) and Italy (50th). In addition, our country was named the fourth-best place in the world to raise children in the 2015 Family Life Index poll. A recent report by the Health Ministry reveals that Israel's suicide rate ranks second-lowest among 28 European countries. Every person who lives in Israel plays a role in building and strengthening our relatively young state, and plays a role in the continued survival of the Jewish people and in the contribution which our nation gives to the world. I believe this sense of purpose and meaning is what feeds the feeling of happiness and satisfaction among Israel's citizens, despite the many challenges which we face. The writer, Dov Lipman, is director of public diplomacy in the vice chairman's office of the World Zionist Organization. (J Post) “You have multiplied the nation, and increased its joy. They rejoice before You according to the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.” Isa 9:3 PM: ISRAEL TO SPARE NO RESOURCES TO COUNTER TERROR THREAT: PM Binyamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday's 8 May 2016, Cabinet meeting that "Israel will continue to act as necessary to uncover and counter the threat of tunnels in the south. We will spare no resources and means in providing security to the residents of the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip. In the past two years, these communities have flourished amidst a considerable increase in the number of residents. We are working to continue this trend. We are not seeking escalation, but we will not be deterred from doing whatever is necessary to maintain security. Today the Cabinet will approve benefits for reservists – municipal tax discounts, increased scholarships, an extension of the period of eligibility for assistance from the fund for discharged soldiers and exemptions from several fees. Our position is that those who bear the heavy burden, reserve soldiers, at the expense of their families and places of work, deserve more. We are committed to act on behalf of those who contribute more toward security.” (INN)

UN BODY REJECTS NETANYAHU OFFER OF HISTORY LESSONS: UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, wasted no time in firmly rejecting Israeli PM Netanyahu’s offer to provide history lessons for any employee of the UN interested in learning the real story of the Middle East or as he put it: “a seminar on Jewish history for all UN personnel in Israel.” The back-and-forth was no joking matter for Netanyahu who was enraged by the UNESCO resolution passed against Israel last month. The resolution stated that it “strongly condemns the Israeli aggressions and illegal measures against the freedom of worship and Muslims’ access to their Holy Site Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al Sharif.” Netanyahu furiously responded that such wording indicated to the Israelis that their own history was being re-written, that the resolution ignores the unique historic connection of Judaism to the Temple Mount, where the two temples stood for a thousand years and to which every Jew in the world has prayed for thousands of years. “I was shocked to hear that UNESCO adopted a decision denying any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, our holiest site,” said Netanyahu. “It is hard to believe that anyone, let alone an organization tasked with preserving history, could deny this link, which spans thousands of years,” the prime minister said. (Medialine)

OBAMA AIDE RHODES CLAIMS THEY BUILT ‘ECHO CHAMBER’ TO SELL IRAN DEAL: In a stunningly blunt interview, top Obama adviser Ben Rhodes asserted that the administration’s foreign policy team built an “echo chamber” of experts to help sell the controversial Iran nuclear deal. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes made the comments as part of an extensive profile in The New York Times Magazine. The article detailed how Rhodes’ “war room” worked to influence Capitol Hill lawmakers and reporters as the details of the Iranian nuclear deal were being hammered out in negotiations. “We created an echo chamber,” Rhodes said, when asked about arms-control experts that appeared at think tanks and were then used as sources for hundreds of reporters – whom the article described as “clueless.” Of those experts, Rhodes said: “They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. They literally know nothing,” he said. (Fox)

REPORT: USA PLANNING TO TAKE TOUGHER LINE AGAINST ISRAEL: The Middle East Quartet, made up of the USA, EU, UN, and Russia, is scheduled to release a major policy report in coming weeks, and senior diplomats involved in its drafting have indicated the USA is taking a far harder line on Israel than in the past. The report, which is likely to be released in early June, will focus heavily on Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem, senior diplomats told media sources. The Quartet’s report will also take Israel to task for the demolition of illegal Arab buildings – many of which were built with the support of the European Union. While in the past the USA worked to soften some of the criticism against Israel leveled by the EU, UN, and Russia, now, say officials working on the Quartet report, USA diplomats are pushing for harsher language against the Jewish state. One diplomat said the report was the Obama administration’s way of putting Israel “on notice” that its patience was wearing thin. Other officials involved in the drafting of the document claimed the report will also criticize Israel for the legalization of some Jewish communities in Judea & Samaria. (Arutz-7) Obama seems intent to graduate from the White House with top honors in negotiating “landmark” false agreements, Iran being case in point.

UNDERSTANDING THE BUILDING-FREEZE NEGOTIATORS DEMAND OF ISRAEL: Vision for Israel periodically takes time to review facts on key Middle East subjects, enabling our readers to better understand the background and substance of controversial issues. Focusing on Israel’s settlement communities, as of July 2012, the estimated Jewish population of the nearly 130 officially recognized Judea & Samaria settlements was over 350,000. A further 300,000 Israelis live in settlements in East Jerusalem and over 20,000 live in settlements in the Golan Heights. The official population figures have, of course, increased since 2012. Settlements range from farming communities to suburbs to frontier villages, and, in the case of East Jerusalem, city neighborhoods. The three largest settlements, Modi'in Illit, Ma'ale Adumim and Betar Illit, are cities with over 40,000 residents each. These Jewish communities include homes, schools, government buildings, shopping centers and thriving business. Israel has long withstood pressure from foes, and also from well-meaning allies, who have insisted the Jewish state forgo even natural-growth construction towards meeting the need for additional schools, medical facilities, apartments, and shops in these populated areas.

A complete construction halt has always been a Palestinian Authority pre-condition for returning to peace negotiations with the Jewish state. The Palestinian hope behind the settlement-freeze demand is that Israelis will eventually agree to walk away from these thriving towns and neighborhoods and turn them over to their enemies in return for a false peace. The Gaza Strip is an outstanding example of what happens when Israel and others fall for the lie of attaining peace with terrorist entities, who hate Israel and the West. The bad fruit resulting from the Gaza “land for peace” deal has been Hamas violence leading to wars against Israel, terrorist attack tunnels being built beneath the borders reaching into Israel, rocket attacks against Israel’s southern communities, terrorist kidnapping and murder of Israeli soldiers, and years of Jewish work on homes and businesses obliterated. Now, once again, on 8 May 2016 the latest of the Quartet report comes amid leaks indicating the Obama administration is considering unprecedented moves to force Israel and the Palestinian Authority to the negotiating channel. One option reportedly on the table is a UN Security Council Resolution to layout the frame work for a final status agreement – and force both Israel and the Palestinian Authority into final talks. (JNN ) Pray against all international pressure to force Israel into making a false peace with its enemies who always have the total obliteration of the Jewish state on its agenda. Such moves in the past have proven to be catastrophic when it come to endangering Israel’s national security. Pray according to scripture: “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.” Ps 33:10-11

CANADA: FATAH IS A TERRORIST GROUP: The Federal Court of Canada validated the decision of the Immigration Division (ID) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada which denied a Palestinian man refugee status in Canada because of his affiliation with the Fatah terrorist organization. Akram Muslih Anteer, a permanent resident of Sweden, joined Fatah when he was 10-years-old and recently worked with high ranking Fatah officials in the Jenin area. The ID found that “it had been established that likely Fatah did not entirely disassociate itself from acts of terrorism against the Israeli state even after renouncing armed struggle and that the most notorious faction within Fatah, the AAMB (Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades), did not exist separately from Fatah as a whole.” Anteer did not dispute his connection to Fatah but argued that Fatah is not listed on many countries’ lists of proscribed terrorist organizations, including Canada’s, and therefore should be viewed differently. None-the-less, the ID issued a removal order against Anteer returning him to Sweden. (INN)

GUNMEN KILL EIGHT POLICE IN CAIRO SUBURB, ISIS CLAIMS ATTACK: ISIS terrorists killed eight plainclothes police on the southern outskirts of Cairo overnight, Saturday 7 May 2016. Four gunmen pulled alongside in a pick-up truck and sprayed a police vehicle with automatic weapons fire before fleeing, the ministry said on Sunday. Egypt's government is facing an insurgency that has killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen, mostly in northern Sinai, since mid-2013, when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi following mass protests. (Sky)

MARK THE DATES FOR THE 2016 SUCCOT CELEBRATION CONFERENCE IN ISRAEL: Join us for a very special time in Israel as we celebrate Succot together! We will be gathering at Jaffa St. 97, in downtown Jerusalem, October 18-20, 2016. In this season of rejoicing, people from all nations come together to praise the Lord for his goodness and provision. This powerful conference is an event you don't want to miss. We'll have live worship and dance teams, and exciting teachings from Pastor Allen Jackson, Pastor Alistair Scott (UK), Rev. James Boateng (UK), Lee Behnken, David Herzog, Maurice Sklar, Paul Clark, and our very own Barry and Batya Segal, with Israeli leaders and speakers to be announced. To register, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/succot-celebration-2016-tickets-20928364301 or visit: https://www.visionforisrael.com/content/succot-celebration-conference-jerusalem

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Barry Segal,
Reporting from Jerusalem

JNN News Update May 3, 2016

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2016: Each year six torches are lit at Israel's central memorial ceremony held at Yad Vashem on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which beings this year at sunset Wed. 4 May in memory of the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. On Thurs. 5 May, the Jewish state will come to a virtual stop as the two-minute siren goes off at 10 a.m., marking Holocaust Remembrance Day. When the siren sounds, coffee cups will be set down mid-sip. Arguments will end mid-sentence. A joke will breaks at the punch-line. Even the children will stop playing, their bodies eerily still on the playground. Every car will pull to the side of the road. Thurs. morning, Israelis will stand silent and unified as sirens pierce the air to remember the six million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. (Ynet/Times of Israel)

THE HOLOCAUST: The "Holocaust" refers to the period from January 30 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, to May 8 1945, the end of the war in Europe. Millions of Jewish men, women and children were murdered by Hitler and his brutal cohorts during this time. While it is impossible to ascertain the exact number of Jewish victims six million is the round figure. Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of concentration and death camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. Buchenwald was a German Nazi concentration camp established near Weimar, Germany, in July 1937, one of the first and largest of the concentration camps on German soil. It was in holes such as these that Jewish victims were starved, tortured, subjected to slave labor, beatings, inhumane medical experiments and murdered in gas chambers by the millions. Elderly Holocaust survivors in Israel suffer mental and physical torments to this day. Their children in many cases bear traumatic scars as a result of being raised by such emotionally and physically shattered parents. (JNN) Pray for the nation’s Holocaust Survivors on this Day of Remembrance- that they will be comforted and honored and richly provided for throughout the remaining years of their lives.

POLISH CLERGY TO ATTEND 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF POST-HOLOCAUST POGROM: Polish clergy and researchers will hold a seminar in Kielce about a historically significant pogrom in which locals killed Holocaust survivors in that city 70 years ago. Occurring amid an acrimonious debate in Poland on local complicity in the Holocaust, the conference is planned for July 2016 in Kielce,110 miles south of Warsaw. It aims to promote “the spiritual concept of forgiveness” in relation to the 1946 murder of 42 Jews, Poland’s chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, said last week. Titled “Memory, Dialogue, Reconciliation,” the seminar is being organized on the pogrom’s anniversary by Bogdan Bialek, a writer and political activist who is also president of the Jan Karski Society - an anti-racism group named after an officer of the Polish underground who risked his life to provide the Allies with evidence of the Nazi genocide. Taking place shortly after the genocide in Poland, the pogrom spurred a wave of emigration by survivors of the Holocaust who felt unsafe even after it ended. Far from an isolated incident, it is the most famous pogrom in a series of attacks that left 1,500 to 2,000 Jews dead after the Holocaust had ended. Kielce, Schudrich added, “remains a sensitive and painful subject in Poland.” In recent months, Poland’s center-right government has faced international criticism for statements and actions by officials that are seen as unfavorable to open discussions about the complicity of some Poles in the killing of Jews. (JTA)

UK LABOR LEADER’S CLOSEST AIDE: 'ISRAEL’S FOUNDING WAS A CRIME': The ongoing anti-Semitism scandal within Britain's Labor Party has now reached new heights, with one of party leader Jeremy Corbyn's closest aides - former London Mayor Ken Livingstone - suspended from the party for outrageous comments about Adolf Hitler, triggering calls for a party coup. That latest anti-Semitism controversy to rock the UK's second-largest political party comes on the heels of so many others that it would take an entire column to enumerate them all. Understandably, many observers - both within Britain but particularly abroad - will be shaking their heads in disbelief and wondering how the worst extremists of the far-left came to take over the leading UK opposition party so rapidly. Leader Jeremy Corbyn's own links to anti-Semites - whether of the far-left, Islamist, or far-right persuasion - go a great deal towards explaining how his comrades quickly came to define the tone of the Labor Party in 2016. But just as crucially are the even more extreme views held by Corbyn's closest adviser, the man who many say is really "pulling the strings" behind the former hard-left backbencher-turned party leader, Seumus Milne.

Milne was appointed as Labor's Executive Director of Strategy and Communications shortly after Corbyn took over in 2015. Remarkably, he did so as a "sabbatical" from his post as a senior editor for the far-left Guardian newspaper, long known for its hyper-critical attacks on the State of Israel. Since then, he has taken on the role of Corbyn's personal spin doctor, and - according to many Corbyn critics - is essentially running the show from behind the scenes. But Milne is extreme even by Guardian standards - as a recording of him speaking at an anti-Israel rally during 2014's Operation Protective Edge shockingly attests to. The video shows Milne openly hailing Hamas terrorism (putting Corbyn's own statement of "friendship" with the genocidal Islamist terrorist group to shame) and describing the foundation of the State of Israel as a "crime." Milne goes on to call for the UK to enact a total arms embargo on Israel and back international sanctions against the Jewish state. Little wonder then that people who share Hamas' own views about Jews should find such a comfortable place within the Labor Party. (Arutz-7) “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them.” Isa 41:11-12

LEBANESE JOURNALIST: ‘ALEPPO WOULD HAVE BEEN SAFE LIKE THE GOLAN WERE IT ANNEXED BY ISRAEL’: In a contentious move, Naidm Koteich, a well-known Lebanese political analyst revealed his support for Israeli annexation of the currently embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. In a comment he wrote on his Twitter page, Koteich expressed his dismay. "If Israel would have annexed Aleppo, it would have been safe today, like the Golan. Aleppo's citizens would have been better off living under occupation than living under ruins," Koteich wrote. This comment came shortly after Israel’s PM Netanyahu declared that Israel would never renounce the Golan, which it officially annexed in December 1981, infuriating Syrian politicians. Koteich anchors DNA, a daily show broadcast on the Lebanese Television Network. On his show, he tends to criticize Iran and its involvement in Lebanon, calling Lebanon "a mafia state" controlled by Hezbollah. The northern Syrian city of Aleppo has been witnessing endless bombardments by the Syrian air force for over a week, in a bid to oust rebel factions from the city's outskirts. Over 200 hundred civilians have reportedly been killed in the air-strikes. Since the city was excluded from the truce forged by the American administration and Russia last week, air strikes continue hitting the city, causing hundreds of civilian causalities. (J. Post)

GIANT AUSTRIAN BANK SHUTS DOWN BDS ACCOUNT: One of Austria’s largest companies – the Erste Group – closed a bank account held by BDS Austria. The Vienna-based BDS Austria announced 29 April 2016, on its website: “bank account of BDS Austria closed by bank as a result of political pressure. We therefore are obliged to cancel the account and until further notice will not have any bank account.” The Jerusalem Post investigative series on the shadowy world of Israel-boycott funding and terrorism finance transactions revealed the Erste Group bank account with BDS Austria in late March 2016. The BDS campaign targets the Jewish state with economic pressure to advance Palestinian interests. Michael Mauritz, a spokesman for the Erste Group, told the Post, ”We are by law not allowed to comment on clients, but you can be sure that compliance is carefully observing the legal framework. If there is any legal action needed, Erste Group will act accordingly.” This is the second instance in which a European BDS bank account was closed due to stepped up measures to stop unsavory transactions. In February 2016 the Post reported on the closure of the main German BDS bank account. DAB Bank Munich, owned by the massive French bank BNP Paribas, pulled the plug on an account held by the German BDS campaign. (J.Post)

PLO ‘OUTRAGED AND INDIGNANT’ OVER EUROVISION BAN ON PALESTINIAN FLAG: The decision by European broadcasters to ban any display of Palestinian flags during the upcoming Eurovision song contest next month in Sweden provoked outrage in Ramallah. Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s top peace negotiator who recently assumed the post of secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, slammed the decision. In a letter to the European Broadcasting Union, the body in charge of producing the show, Erekat said that the decision to bar the colors of the PLO was “discriminatory and a serious offense against our nation.” The venue hosting the contest this year published guidelines on spectator conduct which includes an official flag policy. While it is customary for fans in the arena to wave the flags of their favorite countries competing in the contest, those wishing to make provocative political statements by waving certain flags of political movements and extremist groups will not be welcome. (Jerusalem Post)

OIL DEPOSIT DISCOVERED NEAR DEAD SEA: On Sunday 1 May 2016, the Hatrurim consortium, operating in the Dead Sea area, announced that a report from the Dunmore Consulting company had confirmed the presence of an oil reservoir in an area under license by Hatrurim. A geological survey conducted at the Halamish drilling site, located within Hatrurim’s 36 square milesli cense, estimated that there was between 7 and 11 million barrels of oil in the deposit, worth some $316 - 474 million. The Hatrurim license area was first surveyed in 1995, when the Delek Group carried out the first drilling in the area. Despite evidence of oil, follow up operations to confirm the indication were not conducted for more than 20 years. (Arutz-7)

MARK THE DATES FOR THE 2016 SUCCOT CELEBRATION CONFERENCE IN ISRAEL: Join us for a very special time in Israel as we celebrate Succot together! We will be gathering at Jaffa St. 97, in downtown Jerusalem, October 18-20, 2016. In this season of rejoicing, people from all nations come together to praise the Lord for his goodness and provision. This powerful conference is an event you don't want to miss. We'll have live worship and dance teams, and exciting teachings from Pastor Allen Jackson, Pastor Alistair Scott (UK), Rev. James Boateng (UK), Lee Behnken, David Herzog, Maurice Sklar, Paul Clark, and our very own Barry and Batya Segal, with Israeli leaders and speakers to be announced. To register, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/succot-celebration-2016-tickets-20928364301 or visit: https://www.visionforisrael.com/content/succot-celebration-conference-jerusalem

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

Barry Segal,
Reporting from Jerusalem

JNN News Update March 17, 2016

HOTOVELY SCHOOLS HARVARD LAW STUDENTS ON JUDEA & SAMARIA: Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely spoke on Wed. 16 March 2016, with 50 law students from Harvard University's honors program. As part of her ongoing efforts to campaign for Israel's rights in its Biblical heartland of Judea & Samaria, Hotovely took the opportunity to speak to the students about the criticism against Israel over its presence in the region. "The time has come to return to the legal truth according to international law - the 'occupation' is a lie from the Palestinian libel factory, together with the claims of apartheid. This is slander disconnected from the legal reality," she said. Hotovely explained, "the state of Israel did not occupy Judea & Samaria in 1967 from the state of Palestine, because there never was such a state. Jordan was illegally in possession of the territory, and we liberated Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria in a defensive war. After they were unable to defeat us in war throughout the years, the stage of delegitimization began; the BDS movement negates the state of Israel's right to exist, and the way to fight it is by revealing the lies and letting the truth be heard throughout the world." Regarding the legal status of Israel's presence in Judea & Samaria, the 2012 Levy Report determined that Israel's presence is fully legal according to international law. (INN) “They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.” Ps 139:20

HOW EU USES DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY TO GRAB ISRAELI LAND: Newly published documents show the EU spends tens of millions of Euros from public funds to build illegal settlements and roads for Palestinians within the designated Israeli sections of Judea & Samaria. The documents outright state that the construction is designed to "pave the way" for Palestinians to take control of more land. The EU does not deny its actions, nor that they violated the Oslo Accords. Instead the European organization tries to justify them by claiming they are in accordance with the body's belief that all of Judea & Samaria should be "part of any future Palestinian state."

According to the Oslo agreement, Judea & Samaria were divided into three sections, known as A, B and C. The Palestinian Authority was given civil and security control of Area A, only civil control of Area B, and Area C remained under Israeli control. Despite this, the EU has illegally paid for over a thousand buildings for Palestinians in Area C. Israel regularly destroys the illegal constructions, but the EU continues to send more taxpayer money to rebuild them. PM Binyamin Netanyahu has pointed out that "When we take down these illegal constructions, we are then again condemned, so it's a Catch-22. This is a clear attempt to create political realities. I think we need to re-set our relationship with the EU." Regavim CEO Ari Briggs says, "The EU is attempting to establish a de-facto Palestinian State on Israeli territory, with mountains of European taxpayers' money. They act as if they are above the law and are now attempting to hide behind diplomatic immunity. These actions would not be acceptable anywhere else on Earth, and the EU must be held accountable." (Arutz-7)

ISRAELI PRESIDENT IN MOSCOW: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin landed in Moscow Tues. night, 15 March 2016, and on Wed. began talks with Russian leaders including President Vladimir Putin. Rivlin is expected to press his – and Israel’s - admonition that Iran is as great a threat as is ISIS. Israel was reportedly caught by surprise when Putin announced the Syrian pullout and Rivlin will no doubt do what he can to understand what the strategic thinking behind the move was. It seems clear to the defense echelon that Russia will maintain a military presence in Syria after the withdrawal and Israel needs to understand the limitations and complications of its own operations in Syria based upon the Russian presence there. A senior Israeli official was quoted as saying, “What we want is that Iran and Hizbullah not emerge strengthened from this process.” Jerusalem is hoping that Russia shares its belief that the Lebanon-based Iranian proxy Hizbullah terror network that has been fighting alongside Syrian President Assad’s forces must not be allowed a stronger foothold in Syria. Russian envoy Alexi Drobinin was quoted as saying, “We will try to ensure that the Syria crisis is resolved, and we will also do everything so that Israel’s national security interests are not harmed in this process. (Media Line) Be prayerfully alert to events taking place in countries adverse to the Jewish state on the other side of Israel’s northern borders. This region, most immediately, includes Syria and Lebanon, out of which terrorists groups rabidly hostile to Israel and supported by Iran, operate. Pray for the Lord’s angelic shields to be along Israel’s northern borders.

SAUDI JOURNALIST: IRAN – NOT ISRAEL – IS THE GULF STATES’ NUMBER 1 ENEMY: On 8 March 2016, Saudi journalist Muhammad Aal Al-Sheikh wrote in the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah that today, Iran is the number one enemy of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries, supplanting the historical enemy Israel. Arguing that Iran is exploiting the Palestinian issue as a pretext for "infiltrating deep into the Arab world, shredding its Arab fabric, and dragging Arab society into supporting its expansionary plan," he emphasized that the Palestinians should expect no salvation from Iran. He also warned the Gulf Shi'ites that they were mere pawns for Iran, which was using them to promote Persian national aspirations. (MEMRI)

HAMAS DELEGATION TO EGYPT FAILS TO IMPROVE RELATIONS: A delegation of senior Hamas members who recently traveled to Cairo in an effort to improve relations between the Islamist regime and the Egyptian government has failed to achieve its objective, according to an Egyptian media report published Tues.15 March 2016. The Al-Ahram media outlet reported that the attempt to mend relations with the government of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi failed due to Hamas' refusal to admit any responsibility in Sinai terrorist incidents, and its "refusal to admit mistakes." According to the report, Egyptian authorities presented to Hamas evidence of Hamas' involvement in Sinai incidents, with a view to setting up a joint investigation, "but the Hamas delegation did not show a will to cooperate." Hamas continues to be in a state of strategic distress due to ongoing Egyptian hostility, which has kept the Rafah border crossing shut with few exceptions over the past year. The failure to advance reconciliation efforts with the Palestinian Authority has also increased pressure. Hamas’ military wing is also investing heavily in digging terrorist tunnels for future use against Israel. (J. Post) “The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.” Ps 7:16

ISIS VIDEO SHOWS CHRISTIAN BOOKS BEING DESTROYED, ADDS FUEL TO GENOCIDE DEBATE: Having driven the last Christian out of Mosul, ISIS has now released a chilling video showing a bonfire consuming a huge pile of Bibles and other Christian literature. The video, entitled “Diwan of education destroys Christian instruction books in Mosul,” was made by ISIS’ “morality police,” according to Christian Today. It comes as the USA is deliberating over whether to label the terrorist group’s actions in Iraq as genocide, a term that has important ramifications under international law. The House voted unanimously this week to approve a resolution branding ISIS’ actions as genocide, which the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide defines in part as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” The State Department is under pressure to reach the same conclusion, which could obligate the USA to take action.

Mosul, long considered a haven for Iraq’s Christian population, was overrun by terrorists in 2014. After the takeover, ISIS demanded that Christians convert to Islam, pay a tax known as a jizya, or flee the city. Although Mosul was once considered a center of Christianity in the region, all Christians are believed to be gone from the city. The Christian population of Iraq has dropped from 1.5 million to 275,000 since ISIS established its caliphate. “The stated purpose of ISIS to eliminate and force the Christians and Yazidi people out of the region,” Curry said. “They are succeeding. The Christian population in the region has greatly diminished.” If USA Secretary of State John Kerry determines their actions amount to genocide, the UN could be forced to address the issue. "This has always been genocide,” Curry said. “The West has realized that they cannot deny it any longer.” (Fox) Indeed, more deeply heart-rending than the loss of precious Christian books is the loss of lives, loved ones, homes, limbs, dignity and peace for hundreds of thousands of Christians in Middle East war-torn areas. Pray for comfort, relief and liberation to come to those who suffer beyond anything most of us can begin to imagine.

‘BRITISH SCHINDLER’ HONORED BY ROYAL MAIL COMMEMORATIVE STAMP: The British Royal Mail postal service has issued a stamp honoring Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 Jewish children from Europe in 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. Winton arranged for eight trains carrying the children to travel from Prague to the UK, utilizing Britain’s Kindertransport program allowing for refugees under 17 from the continent to gain asylum if they had a hosting family. Winton bribed Nazi officials, arranged for forged travel documents and found families to take the children in and pay a £50 deposit for their eventual return travel fees. The families of most of the children rescued were murdered during the Holocaust. Winton, who died last year aged 106, is one of six humanitarians honored in the Royal Mail’s presentation pack issued on Tues. 15 March 2016. (J. Post)

WHERE DID ISRAEL PLACE ON THE 2016 WORLD HAPPINESS INDEX? The annual World Happiness Report published on Tues. 15 March by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) ranked Israel as the 11th happiest country in the world for a third year in a row, out of 156 countries surveyed. The top 10 this year were Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. The bottom 10 were Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi. The United States came in at 13. "There is a very strong message for my country, the United States, which is very rich, has gotten a lot richer over the last 50 years, but has gotten no happier," said Professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of the SDSN and special adviser to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. "The message for the United States is clear. For a society that just chases money, we are chasing the wrong things. Our social fabric is deteriorating, social trust is deteriorating, faith in government is deteriorating," he said. (J. Post)

RECIPES AT VFI SITE: “ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR ME”: Many of you have written asking us for the Middle Eastern/Israeli styled recipes that either Batya has cooked on Roots and Reflections, my TV program, or other recipes in our calendars. You can now access these and try them for yourselves by going to www.visionforisrael.com or by clicking on this link: https://www.visionforisrael.com/blog?tid=6 Warning: We are not responsible for any calories you may consume as a result. Barry

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I recently attended a conference for Messianic soldiers. I heard Jonathan share his testimony and was amazed to hear how God healed him. I hope that this testimony will encourage you and strengthen your faith in God. God can heal anything, you only need to believe and thank Him for everything. Our God still performs miracles!

Jonathan’s Testimony:

I’m Jonathan, 22 years old, born and raised in Israel. I grew up in a Messianic family where my parents taught and raised us according to the Bible and faith in Yeshua.

I have believed in Yeshua from a very young age, accepting Him into my life in 2004. As a kid, I was very shy and introverted, and the type of child who does everything that’s expected of him. I wasn’t rebellious. When I was 11, I decided to take a step forward and was baptized. Many people asked me, “Aren’t you too young to decide this?!”, but this decision, I believe, kept me from falling away because I always knew to whom I belong, and knew that I represent Yeshua here in Israel.

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JNN News Update March 14th 2016

ONE IN FOUR LIFE SCIENCE INNOVATIONS HAS ISRAELI ROOTS: Few people realize that more than one out of every four of the medicines, treatments, and technologies in use today have Israeli roots.“Research in Israel is present in between 25% and 28% of the world’s successful biotech-based solutions,” according to Ruti Alon, a General Partner at Pitango Venture Capital and chairperson of the upcoming IATI-Biomed Conference, set to take place in Tel Aviv in May, 2016. “Many of the patents in pharmaceuticals that are now being used to treat cancer, heart problems, and much more were developed at Israeli institutions like Hebrew University or the Weizmann Institute. All of the big pharma and health tech firms, from Merck to Pfizer to Sanofi, and many more, have R&D centers in Israel, and there are dozens, if not hundreds of start-ups that over the years have come up with unique solutions to some of the most pressing problems in biotech,” said Alon. Some of those solutions and patents are part of the main treatments in some of the world’s most devastating diseases. Many of Israel’s biotech and life science solutions were first introduced to the world at the annual IATI-Biomed Conference, now in its 15th year.” (Times of Israel) "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” Gen 12:2

GAS PIPELINE FROM ISRAEL TO JORDAN TO BEGIN OPERATING IN 2017: The CEO of Israel Natural Gas Lines said Thurs.10 March, 2016 that the first natural gas pipeline from Israel to Jordan is scheduled to begin operating in 2017. Samuel Tordjman was referring to the pipeline which is currently being constructed in the Sodom area near the Dead Sea. The pipeline will supply gas from the Tamar reservoir to private customers in Jordan, as part of a gas deal signed between Israel and Jordan in 2014. Under the agreement, Israel will supply Jordan with $15 billion worth of gas from its Leviathan field over the next 15 years. Leviathan, which holds an estimated 22 trillion cubic feet of gas, is operated by USA-based Noble Energy and the Israel-based Delek Group. (i24)

ISRAELI WOMEN CONNECT AFRICAN VILLAGES TO WATER, ELECTRICITY: Innovation Africa, an Israeli charity led by women and employing Israeli technologies, has connected 104 villages across Africa to water and electricity in Malawi, Uganda, and Tanzania, Israel's Channel 2 reported last week. Israeli solar panels allow power for refrigerating medicine and food, or for turning on the lights in schools. They allow villagers to recharge cellular phones and expand their access to communications and the Internet. At the same time, Israeli drip irrigation systems are dramatically leading to cheaper and larger crop yields. And a manual pump that can purify water to make it drinkable without the use of electricity is making water safer. These projects have reached nearly a million people since 2008. (Times of Israel)

ISRAEL DONATES WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is donating a GalMobile water purification vehicle to drought-stricken Papua New Guinea. The GalMobile connects to any possible water source and produces drinking water in 30 minutes, yielding 8,000 cups of water per hour. Hundreds of children in Papua New Guinea die every year from diseases caused by drinking poor quality water. (Israel21c)

FRANCE OBLIGES ISRAEL’S REQUEST TO END BROADCASTING HAMAS TV STATION: The Israeli embassy in Paris announced on Saturday, 12 March 2016 that France will oblige a request by Israel to end the broadcast of the Al-Aqsa television station, affiliated with the Gaza-based Hamas movement, over France's EUTELSAT satellite company. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with French President Francois Hollande and asked for his help in the fight against Palestinian incitement against Israelis and Jews by ending the station's transmission over French satellites. Israel in recent months has stepped up its crackdown on incitement in Palestinian media, which it implicates as a driving factor behind the recent upsurge in stabbings, car-ramming, and other attacks, many of which have been perpetrated by Palestinian youths. Israeli forces on Friday 11 March, 2016 conducted an overnight raid of the Judea & Samaria offices of Palestine Today television and arrested its manager over allegations of inciting violence, Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said. (i24) Continue to pray that Israel will be successful as it seeks measures to combat incitement to violence that has lead to the recent outbreak of terrorist knifing, car-ramming, and other attacks against Israelis. Many of these assaults have been carried out by Palestinian teenagers and children raised on Palestinian television programs, school books, and summer camps that glorify Jihad terrorism and hatred of the Jewish state.
USA TEXTBOOK RECALLED FOR PUBLICATION OF MAPS DEEMED BIASED TO ISRAEL: McGraw-Hill Education, a major USA textbook publisher, announced the recall and planned destruction of a political science book containing maps that are deemed inaccurate and anti-Israel. The book, Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World, was taken off McGraw-Hill Education’s website and slated for recall and destruction in recent weeks following complaints about the maps, the news site insidehighered.com reported last week. The book features four maps of what is now Israel, Gaza and Judea & Samaria and says that it shows “Palestinian loss of land” from 1946 to 2000, with which many historians and supporters of Israel strongly disagree. The critics of these maps argue that they distort key facts, such as Jewish ownership of land before Israel became a country in 1948. McGraw-Hill Education received complaints over the maps from advocates of Israel. Catherine Mathis, a spokeswoman for McGraw-Hill Education, said that, “As soon as we learned about the concerns with it, we placed sales of the book on hold and immediately initiated an academic review. The review determined that the map did not meet our academic standards. We have informed the authors, and we are no longer selling the book. All existing inventory will be destroyed. We apologize and will refund payment to anyone who returns the book.” (J. Post)

SECURITY CABINET APPROVES COMPLETION OF BARRIER AROUND JERUSALEM: The security cabinet late Thurs. night, 10 March 2016, approved the immediate renewal of construction work on the security barrier around the area of Jerusalem, in an effort to halt Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis. It was one of a series of measures the cabinet took just hours after USA Vice President Joe Biden flew out of Ben-Gurion Airport for Jordan. The security barrier has been largely frozen since 2007. Only some 470 km. of its 790-km. route has been erected. It has yet to be built around the Gush Etzion, Ariel and Ma’aleh Adumim settlement blocs. There are also gaps in the barrier around Jerusalem that need to be completed. The USA has opposed construction of the barrier in Judea & Samaria, but while Biden was here opposition leader Issac Herzog spoke with the vice president about the need to finish it. “Only separation will stop terrorism. If we do not separate from the Palestinians, the Jews will continue to be killed here,” he told Biden. (J. Post)

DUSTIN HOFFMAN BREAKS DOWN ON ‘FINDING YOUR ROOT’ AFTER DISCOVERING HIS JEWISH HISTORY: Dustin Hoffman didn’t know the names of his paternal grandparents when he appeared last week on the PBS show “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates.” After learning of the tragedies in his family’s past and how his great-grandmother survived a Russian concentration camp to escape to the USA the Oscar-winning actor broke down in tears. The story - by the Harvard historian Gates - began with Hoffman’s grandparents, Frank and Esther Hoffman, who emigrated to Chicago from Belaya Tserkov, a region of the then-Russian empire that is now in Ukraine. When Frank heard that Jews in the region were being killed in pogroms, he rushed back to find his parents, Sam and Libba Hoffman. Sadly, he never found his parents - he was imprisoned and ultimately killed by the Bolshevik’s secret police force. Sam Hoffman was jailed and killed shortly thereafter. Libba Hoffman, however, survived five years in a concentration camp. She then managed to escape to Argentina and find her way to the United States in 1930. Gates showed Dustin Hoffman Libba Hoffman’s Ellis Island records, which revealed that she had battled through daunting physical health issues - including the loss of one arm, poor vision and “senility” - to make it to the States at age 62. “This is the hero of your family tree,” Gates said. After hearing that, Hoffman couldn’t hold back his emotions. “People ask me today, ‘What are you?’ I say, ‘I’m a Jew,’” Hoffman said, struggling through tears. “They all survived for me to be here. Hoffman explained that his father kept this story from him for his entire life. “I have so much trouble connecting to this because I come from a family where there were no relationships or need for them,” Hoffman said. (JTA)

AT 112 HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR IS WORLD’S OLDEST MAN, GUINNESS SAYS: An Israeli citizen who survived two world wars and some of humanity's worst horrors and suffering was named the world's oldest man Friday, 11 March 2016 by Guinness World Records. Kristal was born in Poland in 1903 and worked in his family's candy business before Adolf Hitler's Nazis seized Poland. He and his family were forced to live in the infamous Warsaw ghetto, where thousands of Jews were incarcerated in just a few blocks before nearly all of them were sent to Nazi death camps. Kristal was put in Auschwitz and weighed just 37 kilograms (less than 82 pounds) when he was freed. His wife and children had been killed. Kristal moved to Israel, remarried, and started a successful candy business. His daughter said her father considers it a privilege to have reached his age. (VOA/Arutz-7) “With long life I will satisfy him.” Ps 91:6

MARK THE DATES FOR THE 2016 SUCCOT CELEBRATION CONFERENCE IN ISRAEL: Join us for a very special time in Israel as we celebrate Succot together! We will be gathering at Jaffa St. 97, in downtown Jerusalem, October 18-20, 2016. In this season of rejoicing, people from all nations come together to praise the Lord for his goodness and provision. This powerful conference is an event you don't want to miss. We'll have live worship and dance teams, and exciting teachings from Pastor Allen Jackson, Pastor Alistiar Scott (UK), Rev. James Boateng (UK), Lee Behnken, David Herzog, Maurice Sklar, Paul Clark, and our very own Barry and Batya Segal, with Israeli leaders and speakers to be announced. To register, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/succot-celebration-2016-tickets-20928364301 or visit: https://www.visionforisrael.com/content/succot-celebration-conference-jerusalem
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JNN News Update March 8, 2016

BEN GURION AIRPORT EXHIBIT CELEBRATES ISRAELI INNOVATION: A year-long exhibition featuring 60 celebrated Israeli innovations was launched Monday, 7 March 2016, at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport. The exhibition is displayed along a large wall just beyond passport control at the airport, with the goal of introducing Israeli science and leading innovators to the 8 million travelers who pass through the airport annually. “The exhibition is a major public diplomacy asset for Israel,” said Israeli Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis. “We are showing the vast contributions of Israeli science and technology to the world and all of humanity. The world admires and is amazed by our achievements. Therefore, it is fitting that they be shown at the gateway into and out of Israel.” (Algemeiner) “Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.” Gen 18:18

PASSOVER EVENT IN LONDON, UK: Dr. Michael Brown, a Jewish believer, radio host and author will be coming to London, England, April 16 (Saturday) to celebrate and teach on the Passover feast. Together with Barry and Batya Segal and Pastor Alistair Scott, the event will be held at the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster from 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM. That's plenty of time to use public transportation if needed. There will also be music and fun while going through the Seder demonstration and teaching like you've never heard from Dr. Brown who has a nationally syndicated radio program in the USA called "The Line of Fire". The registration fee is 10 British Pounds for the whole event but free for children and teens 18 years and under. Call now to register in the UK at 01793-279111 and visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk.

‘EXTRAORDINARY’ 2,500-YEAR-OLD SEAL OF A BUSINESS WOMAN FOUND IN JERUSALEM : On the eve of International Women's Day, a 2,500-year-old seal has been found in Jerusalem belonging to a woman who was, exceptionally for the time, allowed to conduct business and own property. The discovery, announced on Monday, 7 March 2016, by the Israel Antiquities Authority, was made in the course of an ongoing archaeological dig in the City of David, a major tourist attraction in East Jerusalem that seeks to highlight the area's Biblical heritage. The seal belongs to one Elihana bat Gael, and was found near another seal belonging to a man called Sa'aryahu ben Shabenyahu. While further details about the two remain shrouded in mystery, the fact that Elihana bat Gael had a seal is evidence of the legal status she held, a rarity during the First Temple Period. "Personal seals, such as those of Elihana and Sa'aryahu, were used for signing documents, and were frequently inlaid as part of a ring that was worn by the owner," excavation directors explained in a statement. (I24)

NETANYAHU EULOGIZES NANCY REAGAN – ‘A GREAT FRIEND OF ISRAEL’: PM Benjamin Netanyahu expressed condolences to the family of Nancy Reagan, the former first lady, who died at the age of 94 on Sunday, 6 March 2016. “I remember Nancy as a noble woman who supported President Ronald Reagan and stood by his side,” the prime minister said. “She will be remembered as a great friend of the State of Israel.” Reagan, the former actress who was fiercely protective of husband Ronald Reagan through a Hollywood career, eight years in the White House, an assassination attempt and her husband's Alzheimer's disease, died at her home on Sunday at age 94. (Jerusalem Post)

ARAB KNESSET MEMBERS BACK HEZBOLLAH TERRORIST GROUP: Knesset members representing the Arab Joint List party issued a formal condemnation on Monday, 7 March 2016, of the decision by a number of Arab states labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Last week, the Gulf Cooperation Council, which represents Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman voted to recognize the radical Iran-proxy Shi’ite organization as a terrorist group, joining the United States, France, and Canada among others in labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Hezbollah, which enjoys representation in the Lebanese parliament, has organized terror attacks against not only Israel, but Western powers including the massive 1983 Beirut barracks bombing, which left more than 300 dead, including hundreds of USA Marines and dozens of French soldiers.

The Joint List, however, rejected the designation of Hezbollah as a terror group, blasting the decision as an endorsement of the “occupation" and claiming that it "could serve Israel's interests". Ignoring the organization’s history, the Joint List asserted there were no grounds to condemn Hezbollah. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) responded to the Joint List's condemnation saying "It's simply unbelievable that Knesset members would harm Israel's interests." Katz blasted the Joint List's leadership, drawing parallels to disgraced former MK Azmi Bishara. Bishara, the founder of the Balad faction currently within the Joint List, fled Israel in 2007 after it was revealed he had provided technical support to Hezbollah during the 2006 war with Lebanon, when he guided its missiles to hit Israeli civilians. "Ayman Odeh and Jamal Zahalka, go join Azmi Bishara in Qatar or Syria - that's the place for traitors to our country." (Arutz-7) Such people don’t belong in Israel – let alone, in the government of Israel. Please pray them out of the Knesset. Israel needs laws to bar enemies of the Jewish state from serving in the capacity of Israel’s leaders.

ISIS SAID PLANNING ‘ENORMOUS AND SECTACULAR’ ATTACKS AGAINST UK: ISIS fighters want to carry out "enormous and spectacular" attacks against Britain and the Western lifestyle in general, Britain's most senior anti-terrorism officer said on Monday, 7 March 2016. London Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said the threat from the group which has taken over large parts of Syria and Iraq was evolving, and that it was keen to repeat elsewhere incidents such as last year's Paris shootings and suicide attacks that killed 130 people. "What we are now seeing in recent months is the broadening of that threat, more plans to attack Western lifestyle, going from that narrow focus on police and military and symbols of the state to something much broader," Rowley told reporters. British security chiefs have previously warned that the biggest threat posed by the group was the radicalization of young Britons over the internet and the danger posed by those who joined the fighting in Syria and Iraq to return home to carry out attacks. About 800 British citizens are thought to have travelled to Syria, many to join ISIS, since the outbreak of civil war. (Ha’aretz)

ISIS ‘STUDIED NAZI METHODS’ TO CREATE OWN VERSION OF HITLER YOUTH AND TRAIN CHILDREN TO BE KILLERS FROM BIRTH: ISIS is indoctrinating children from birth through an extremism-based education similar to that taught by the Nazi regime in a bid to create a generation "more lethal than themselves", a study has revealed. The report outlines how indoctrination by ISIS through schools and training camps - which sees children encouraged to watch public executions, hold up decapitated heads and carry out killings - has been influenced by elements from Nazi Germany. "Islamic State’s approach to education reflects elements of Nazi Germany in the way that children and pedagogy are perceived," states the report. Elements from Nazi Germany can be glimpsed in the systematic indoctrination of children through ISIS schools and training camps. The concepts used by the Nazis are perfectly applicable to ISIS . According to Quilliam, the London counter-extremism thinktank that produced the report, ISIS as been quick to seize control of the education system in Syria and Iraq in a bid to prepare a new, stronger second-generation mujahedeen who are conditioned to extreme values from birth. (Independent) Continue to intercede that the diabolical ISIS terrorist group will be utterly defeated and torn down - and that the women and children being held captive, raped, brutalized, and turned into murderers will be set free. “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” Isa 61:1

PUTIN FREEZES S-300 MISSILE TRANSFER TO IRAN: Russia has decided to freeze its shipment of S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Iran, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Saturday, 5 March 2016. The paper quotes a highly reliable source as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to suspend delivery of the advanced aerial defense system because Iran failed to lived up to its promise not deliver advanced weaponry to the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah. The source, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Kuwaiti paper that Putin based his decision on information he received from Israel, proving that the Iranians had transferred the advanced Russian-made SA-22 surface-to-air missile system to Hezbollah more than once. (Ynet)

REPORT: OXFORD STUDENTS LAUGHED AT ATTACKS ON PARISIAN JEWS: Members of a prominent Oxford University student group affiliated with the British Labor Party laughed at Jewish victims of terrorism and made fun of the Holocaust, the Sunday Times reported. According to the British weekly, club members called Jewish students “Zios,” dubbed the Auschwitz death camp “a cash cow,” sang about rockets being fired at Tel Aviv and expressed approval for both attacks on Parisian synagogues in 2014 and the shooting of four Jews in a Paris supermarket the following year. A number of students belonging to the club spoke to the newspaper following the failure of the group’s national leadership to publish the results of an internal investigation more than a week after its completion. (Jerusalem Post)

TED CRUZ PRAYER RALLY PASTOR SHOT 4 TIMES IN BACK NEXT DAY: Tim Remington, a pastor in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, was shot in the back four times outside his church on Sunday, 6 March 2016, just one day after leading a prayer at a Ted Cruz rally. Police said the shooting took place around 2:00 p.m. Kyle Odom, 30, is suspected of shooting Remington in the back four times, then fleeing the scene in a 2004 Silver Honda Accord. Witnesses said that Odom attended church services, then waited in his car until Remington came out to the parking lot. Church outreach pastor, John Padula said Remington suffered a shattered pelvis, a skull fracture, a broken arm, and a punctured lung. He is, however, expected to make a full recovery, and could be released this week. The motive for the shooting is under investigation and it is not clear whether it was linked to Remington's support of the Texas senator. (Newsmax) Pray for the complete recovery of pastor Tim Remington – also that his attacker will be found and brought to justice.
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At the Christ at the Checkpoint (CATC) conference in 2014 an invitation was extended to Rami Hamdallah, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority and president of An-Najah University in Nablus, to give the opening address. It was under Hamdallah's presidency that a grotesque Hamas-sponsored recreation of the Sbarro Pizzeria terror attack was celebrated. In this attack, 15 civilians were murdered, including children and a pregnant woman, and another 130 wounded.

If the invitation extended to Hamdallah was not enough to warn of the affiliations and heartfelt allegiances of the CATC conference organizers, then this year's speaker lineup should remove all doubt.

This year's speakers, almost without exception, are an impressive lineup of hard-core ecumenical supporters and supercessionists. They will no doubt clamour to take the limelight in denigrating Israel for her "humanitarian abuses" and the "illegal occupation of the Land of Israel", the right of which has long passed from the natural offspring of Abraham to the "spiritual" offspring of Abraham.

Despite the fact that all the speakers claim to be "peacemakers" and protagonists of "reconciliation" based on "biblical principles of peace, justice, and love", this year we have a new face making an appearance at CATC.

There is an old Aesop adage that says "you are known by the company you keep". This adage is based on Proverbs 13:20 "Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm." (NIV)

The new face at CATC this year is in the personage of Mustafa Abu Sway. A Muslim scholar, Islamic apologist and theologian. His association, activities with, and support of Hamas institutions are well known and documented. He is an overt Islamist. His activities on and around the Temple Mount are also well known.

This year the noticeable absence of any notable Israeli Messianic leadership as speakers, with the exception of Lisa Loden, is not a coincidence either. Loden serves as an advisor to Musalaha, whose founder has sympathized with and downplayed the uses of, and reasons for, Hamas terror tunnels. (Listen from 43:10 onwards for the appropriate part of Munayer's talk.)

Loden authored a 2007 article "Reconciliation - against the wall in Israel / Palestine", in which she states:

"As the wall continues to be built, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the believers who live on opposite sides of the wall to meet one another."

And in another statement:

"The situation in Israel/Palestine today is one of separation, animosity, hostility and destructive conflict and imbalance of power. Walls will not aid the situation."

The fact is that acts of mass terrorism, initiated from the areas of Judea & Samaria, have effectively been reduced to a trickle since the highs of the second Intifada by the erection of the security barrier.

It seems as if the Messianic Jewish community have understood the primary purposes of CATC, despite previous attempts at presenting the biblical rights of the Jewish people to inherit and inhabit the Land of Israel, and have decided to heed King Solomon's admonition.

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