JNN News Update June 4, 2017
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05 June 2017 Written by  Vision for Israel
A HEALTHIER BUT POORER ISRAEL: The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel published a report last week presenting its most recent study, Picture of the Nation 2017. While the study touched on positive subjects such as declining unemployment levels, development of the education system, increased expenditure on health and correlating improvement on overall wellbeing of Israelis, it conversely emphasized the higher rates of poverty and highlighted the overall declining welfare of the elderly who are not being cared for by the various authorities tasked with doing so. The study echoes a report from the Shoresh Institute for Socioeconomic Research released in May 2017 showing that a majority of Israelis are living below the poverty line. In terms of disposable income, Israel is the poorest among all the 34 OECD countries. Not covered in detail in the report is the cost of living index as well as cost of housing. A website with average yet conservative up-to-date figures shows that it is almost 15% more expensive to live in Israel than in the United States. (Kehila News) Please intercede that the government of Israel will increase its benefit payments to the elderly and Holocaust survivors who are among the most hard hit of Israel’s poor.


TRUMP KEEPS USA EMBASSY IN TEL AVIV, SAYS PROMISE ‘DELAYED’ NOT BROKEN ON MOVE TO JERUSALEM: President Donald Trump has signed a waiver to keep the USA Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv, the White House announced on 1 June 2017, backing off from a campaign pledge to move it to Jerusalem. White House officials have described the decision as a delay in Trump’s plans to move the embassy, which likely would provoke Palestinian outrage. “No one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President’s strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance,” the White House said in a statement. “President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, fulfilling his solemn obligation to defend America’s national security interests. But, as he has repeatedly stated his intention to move the embassy, the question is not if that move happens, but only when,” the statement said. Still, the announcement disappointed Israeli leaders and Trump’s supporters at home who rallied to his call on the campaign trail to move the embassy to “the eternal capital of the Jewish people.” In Israel, PM Netanyahu took the blow gracefully. “Though Israel is disappointed that the embassy will not move at this time, we appreciate today’s expression of President Trump’s friendship to Israel and his commitment to moving the embassy in the future,” the prime minister’s office stated. (Washington Times)

‘WE DON’T NEED EMBASSIES IN JERUSALEM – THE WORLD NEEDS THEM’: MK Yehuda Glick responded to President Trump’s decision to leave the USA Embassy in Israel at its present location in Tel Aviv, saying the move had little impact on Israel, but boded ill for efforts to forge a lasting peace in the region. Despite his disappointment with the decision, Glick nevertheless expressed appreciation for the president’s pledge to move the embassy, and said he was optimistic the shift would ultimately be made. Glick added that while he supported the embassy relocation, it had little direct bearing on Israel or the Jewish people and their connection with the city. "Jerusalem is the capital of the people of Israel and the State of Israel. It has been the capital of the people of Israel for 3,000 years. Jerusalem is the heart - three times a day in our prayer. Nobody can change that - Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The question of whether the embassy will be moved to Jerusalem - we don't need the embassies in Jerusalem, the world needs it. If the world wants to be relevant and connected to reality, they should move their embassies to Jerusalem." (Arutz-7) “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Isa 60:3

STATE TO APPROVE WAVE OF CONSTRUCTION IN JUDEA & SAMARIA: The Civil Administration’s Higher Planning Committee is scheduled to meet this week to approve a series of building projects in Jewish communities in Judea & Samaria. Combined, the projects include plans for more than 2,600 housing units. If passed as expected, this would mark the first time the committee has approved housing projects in Jewish communities in Judea & Samaria since President Trump took office in January 2017. The hearings will cover a number of projects which had been blocked out of political considerations. The projects include housing outside of the major settlement blocs, in towns such as Kfar Tapuah in central Samaria. Officials in Jerusalem say the housing projects are not likely to elicit criticism from the White House, noting the communication between the Prime Minister’s Office and the Trump administration regarding Israeli policy in Judea & Samaria. (INN) Pray Israel will stand strong in its resolve to provide much needed housing for its citizens and pursue its right to expand long standing and thriving Jewish communities – despite international disapproval, which always rears its ugly head when Israel considers building new homes, schools and community facilities in Judea & Samaria.

PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD IS A GRAVE THREAT TO SAUDI ARABIA: Introducing President Trump to the assembled 50 Muslim/Sunni Presidents on 21 May 2017, King Salman of Saudi Arabia spent 8 pages of text excoriating the “Iranian Regime and its affiliated organizations such as Hezbollah and the Houtis, as well as ISIS and Al-Qaeda” for “attempts to exploit Islam as a cover for political purposes that fuel hatred, extremism, terrorism, and religious and sectarian conflicts.” The Saudis have realized that the Iranian knife is at the Saudi and Sunni jugular vein. The Saudis need all the military help they can get and have finally come to understand how militarily vital Israel’s existence is to the safety of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Pundits have claimed Israel needs to create a Palestinian State in order for the Saudis to allow the Israelis help protect them from Iran. That is nonsense. Israel is only valuable to Saudi Arabia and the Sunni Muslims as a military superman and if Israel is pushed back to the 1967 Auschwitz borders, Israel won’t be militarily capable of defending itself, let alone defending Saudi Arabia.

How dangerous is a Judia & Samaria (aka 'West Bank') State to Saudi Arabia and all the Sunni Muslim countries? First, an Israeli withdrawal from Judea & Samaria is most dangerous to Abbas, the master-terrorist himself, and to his cronies. Without Israeli protection, Abbas and his entire corrupt crew will be murdered by Hamas or ISIS, thrown off buildings, unless they manage to run away just like they did in Gaza. The Judea & Samaria Palestinians themselves will be subjected to Hamas' corrupt rule that makes the Abbas regime look like paradise. Iran will have eliminated Abbas, and claimed East Jerusalem for itself. Judea & Samaria will turn into even worse suffering for the Palestinian Arabs living there. And Jordan? Iranian proxies Hamas and Hezbollah were the tactical forces that helped overthrow President Mubarak of Egypt. With an Iranian proxy PA State next door, how long will King Abdullah last? Not very long. Thus, in two short strokes, a Palestinian Arab State will catastrophically destabilize what has been a reasonably stable Saudi Arabian northern border for 60 years. (INN)

ISRAEL RUSHES AID TO SRI LANKA AS FLOODS DISPLACE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE: Israel has delivered emergency supplies to Sri Lankan authorities as they struggle to cope with the impact of floods and mudslides that have killed nearly 200 people and displaced more than 80,000 from their homes in recent days. Daniel Carmon - Israel’s ambassador to India and Sri Lanka - delivered boxes of relief supplies to Colombo’s Foreign Ministry, including power generators that were taken immediately to afflicted areas. Close to a hundred people are missing, according to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center, and the death toll is expected to rise as authorities try to rescue those still stranded. (Algemeiner)

PORSCHE INVESTS EIGHT FIGURES IN ISRAEL: Porsche is establishing an "innovation office" in Israel, and investing eight figures in the effort, the German sports car manufacturer said in a statement released 1 June 2017. "Porsche is a company that draws on innovation, and now it is establishing an 'innovation office' in Israel." Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of Porsche's Executive Board said "Israel is a key market for IT experts and engineers. It has more start-ups per capita than any other country in the world. This talent and technological know-how coupled with the great expertise offered by our employees creates the ideal breeding ground for future business models." The first step of the move is to invest eight figures in the Magma and Grove venture capital funds, followed by further investments in startups and funds. "By setting up the office in Tel Aviv," the statement reads, "Porsche intends to guarantee access to technology trends and talent." Such investments by an automotive manufacturer in venture firms dedicated to AI are unsurprising, considering Intel's recent $15 billion purchase of Mobileye, a Jerusalem-based autonomous driving company. It seems that the world is looking to Israel to bring it into the future of transportation. “Autonomous cars are not a dream anymore," Mobileye CEO Ziv Aviram said in a media interview. "It's not a matter of if. It's a matter of when." (J. Post)

NEWLY DISCOVERED WELL REVEALS ISRAEL’S ‘SOPHISTICATED ENGINEERING METHODS’ DURING OTTOMAN-ERA: Israeli archaeologists last week announced the discovery of a well that is hundreds of years old and illustrates the “sophisticated engineering methods” of the Ottoman period. The well, found as part of ongoing work to widen Highway 38 near Ramat Bet Shemesh, is the latest in a series of discoveries along the same highway contributing to the reconstruction of the ancient landscape in the lower Judean hills. “Highway 38 constitutes a corridor that links the north of Israel with the south, and it was this way during the course of many periods in the country’s history,” said Michal Haber, the excavation’s director on behalf of the IAA. “Throughout the generations, sites, villages, farms and monasteries were built along this artery, and roadside stations prospered between them. We believe that wells such as the one we exposed were installed at various times to meet the needs of the public traveling on the road and the people who resided alongside it. The latter were careful to maintain the wells as an exclusive source of fresh water and by means of sophisticated engineering methods they prevented these sources from drying up.” (Algemeiner)

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