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Israel fires missile into Syria

Israel fires missile into Syria

Israeli forces stationed on the Golan Heights fired a missile at a Syrian military post across the border on Saturday, destroying an artillery piece that had fired several shells into Israel.

A number of shells landed in Israeli territory early Saturday morning. Israeli officials believed the incident to be spillover from ongoing battles in Syria, and not a deliberate targeting of Israel.

Nevertheless, Israel has repeatedly warned that it will respond with force to every act of aggression that endangers Israel’s citizens and sovereignty.

There was no immediate response from Syria.

Israelis remain concerned that it is only a matter of time before the situation along the border escalates.

It should also be noted that both sides in the Syrian civil war are enemies of the Jewish state, and would presumably have no problem bloodying Israel’s nose as part of their conflict with one another.

The regime of embattled dictator Bashar Assad is still officially at war with Israel, and has for decades sheltered and aided anti-Israel terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah.

The Syrian rebels are composed largely of Islamist groups, many affiliated or allied with the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, both of which ultimately seek the destruction of the “Zionist regime.”

As the fighting inches ever closer to the border, the situation is understandably very tense, and a cause for great concern in Israel.


United Nations admits bias against Israel

United Nations admits bias against Israel

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday finally admitted what most people already knew, that the world body operates with an unfair bias against Israel.

During a meeting with university students at UN Headquarters in Jerusalem, Ban was told that Israelis feel the UN and the international community at large discriminates against the Jewish state.

Ban acknowledged the “unfortunate situation” of automatic and unfair negative attitudes toward Israel and Israeli officials.

The UN chief tried to clarify that as a full-fledged member of the world body, Israel would always be treated equally along with the other 192 member states. But the grossly disproportionate number of resolutions passed against tiny Israel provided evidence to the contrary.


Israel declares war on polio

Israel declares war on polio

Decades ago, Israel joined a global effort to eradicate the polio virus, and for years it appeared that campaign had been successful. Now, polio has returned, and Israel is preparing to inoculate more than one million children to ensure the debilitating condition finds no more victims in the Holy Land.

On Sunday, 1,000 children’s clinics across Israel began administering an oral vaccination to children born after January 1, 2004.

Israelis still receive a polio vaccination as babies, but until now a dead sample of the virus was used. The new vaccinations use a significantly weakened live polio virus. The vaccination received as infants will protect the children from the live strain in the new vaccination, and, because it is still alive, that weakened strain will also spread to those around.

From the one million children inoculated, the vaccine is expected to spread to the entire population. Health Ministry officials stressed that while there was nothing to fear from the vaccine, the renewed polio threat is very real.

It is believed that the resurgent virus first made a comeback in Egypt last December. From there is crossed the border to the Bedouin community living in southern Israel. Now, it has been found in patients across southern Israel and into the populous coastal plain.

"The danger from this disease is real and imminent, and is not expected to disappear if the children go unvaccinated," warned a Health Ministry statement.


Belgium forbids Israelis to name child ‘Jerusalem’

Belgium forbids Israelis to name child 'Jerusalem'

City Hall in Brussels, Belgium has refused to register the local birth of an Israeli baby because her parents named the child “Jerusalem.” The name does not appear on an approved list of monikers for children born in the European country.

Alma Jerusalem was born to Alinadav and Hagar Hyman, Israelis who have lived and worked in Brussels for the past three years. Hagar is a security agent with Israel’s El Al Airlines, and Alinadav works for the Israel lobby in the European Parliament.

"We are both Jerusalemites, we grew up in Jerusalem, we met in Jerusalem and we very much miss the city, so we decided to call our first child ‘Jerusalem,’" said the new father. "We actually argued over whether Jerusalem would be the first or middle name, and in the end decided it would be our daughter’s middle name."

When Alinadav went into the municipal offices in Brussels to get a birth certificate, he was shocked. “The clerk asked for the baby’s name, so I said ‘Alma Jerusalem,’” recalled the father. “After checking the computer, the clerk said Alma was OK, but that Jerusalem did not appear on the list of approved names, so could not be used for the baby’s name.”

Alinadav was certain the clerk must be joking. “There was a Finnish man in line next to me that named his child something in Finnish with 25 letters, and this name the Belgian clerk accepted, but not Jerusalem.”

Oddly enough, the clerk suggested that the Israeli family name their child “Bethlehem,” as that did appear on the list of approved names.

Finally, the clerk agreed to a compromise - the family could obtain an official letter from the Israeli embassy confirming that “Jerusalem” is a valid name for a child, and then the Belgian’s would provide a birth certificate. The only problem - the Israeli embassy is not providing consular services due to a Foreign Ministry strike at home.

"Now we’re trapped. We cannot take the baby to Israel because she has no passport, and without Israeli consular approval, the Belgians won’t register the birth," explained the father. "I cannot say if the refusal to call the baby Jerusalem is political, but the speed with which the clerk refused us compared to how quickly the [unpronounceable] Finnish name was approved raised suspicions."

Alinadav concluded: “If the decision is political, it probably didn’t come from upstairs, but rather from the clerk, who I am certain could have exercised discretion. I am very frustrated that in 2013 we have to pick names from approved lists, and we are both saddened that we cannot officially name our child Jerusalem, a city that is in our hearts and means so much to us.”


A Study in Contrasts - Palestinian Christians

A Study in Contrasts - Palestinian Christians

When extremist Jews commit acts of aggression toward Palestinian Christians, Israel is quick to condemn those actions and hunt down the perpetrators. But that doesn’t stop said Christians and the international community from coming down hard on Israel.

By contrast, those same Palestinian Christians routinely shrug off even worse provocation from their Muslim neighbors.

Palestinian Arab Christians who were brave enough to speak out told Israel Today that the truth is that local Christians are too scared of the Muslims to behave any differently, and that in reality, Israel is the only safe place for Christians in the region.

The full story appears in the August 2013 issue of Israel Today
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IDF Navy Arrested Major Weapons Smuggling Operation On High Seas

If there is any question why Israel has enforced a maritime cargo on the Gaza Coast, it was removed with the release of a gag order that the Navy stopped a weapons smuggling ship in the Red Sea.


By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu


The Israeli Navy has foiled an apparently major weapons smuggling operation in the Red Sea and arrested suspects for questioning, according to security forces who lifted a gag order Tuesday on the eight-month-old counterterrorist operation.

The IDF added that the suspects have been released. Israeli media reported that they probably are from Yemen, which raises the possibility that the smugglers are connected with Taliban or Al Qaeda.

The length of the investigation and gag order  before the announcement indicates that the arms and weapons were heavy-duty, possibly anti-tank or anti-aircraft missiles.

The Red Sea borders Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan and the Sinai Peninsula, as well as reaching the port of Eilat.

Security officials were tight-lipped about the capture of the ship and weapons, but it is a good guess that the weapons were destined for terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula, possibly for smuggling into Gaza.



News Update June 10th 2013

JNN NEWS, P.O. Box 7411, Jerusalem 91073, Israel

“The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters; but God will rebuke them and they will flee far away, and be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.” Isa 17:13

GOLAN FIGHTING SPELLS MORE SYRIA TROUBLE FOR ISRAEL: Brush fires from stray mortar bombs were still ablaze on the Golan Heights on Friday as Israeli farmers returned to their fields, a day after battles in Syria’s civil war reached a UN-manned border crossing. Once the smoke clears, Israel could find itself facing more trouble from multiple threats on its northern front. On Thursday, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces beat back rebels who seized the Quneitra crossing on the Golan, a strategic plateau captured by Israel in a 1967 Middle East war. The battles sent UN peacekeepers to their bunkers and prompted Austria to announce it was pulling its men out of the mission. Israel is now concerned the entire United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) is on the brink of unraveling - a scenario that could bring further escalation along what has been for decades a quiet frontier with Syria. (Reuters)

ISRAEL INTENSIFIES WARNINGS TO SYRIA OVER GOLAN HEIGHTS: Israel has reiterated its warnings to Syria over activity in the Golan Heights, threatening in a document sent to the UN over the weekend, that the IDF will attack Syrian tanks on its border. Israel warned it would “take action” if Syrian tanks continued to operate in the buffer zone. Tensions are rising in Israel’s northern region, as the country prepares itself for “any possibility.” Coastal police conducted a drill simulating an emergency response to a terrorist attack on Sunday morning in Haifa. Bomb Squad sappers, detectives and scouts all participated, and the public was warned to expect the presence of “many police vehicles” as well as temporary traffic adjustments. The US State Department called on the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad last Thursday to take care to avoid violating the ceasefire with Israel in the Golan Heights. (INN) Pray for Israel to have wisdom and might to protect its borders, its cities and its people.

NETANYAHU: ISRAEL CAN’T RELY ON INT’L FORCES FOR SECURITY: The disintegration of the UN peacekeeping forces in the Golan shows why Israel cannot rely on international forces for its security, PM Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday. Netanyahu was referring to Austria’s decision last week to pull out its 380 troops from the 1,000-strong UN Observer Force on the Israel-Syria border. While international forces can be part of agreements, they cannot be what Israel relies upon for its security, Netanyahu said. He added that he will raise this in his talks this week with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry’s recent efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic talks has revived the idea international forces may be able to replace withdrawing IDF forces in the Jordan Valley as part of a peace agreement. Netanyahu said any agreement will be based on a de-militarized Palestinian state that will recognize Israel as the national home of the Jewish people, and on “concrete” security arrangements based on an IDF presence. Netanyahu said he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin again on Friday, the third time in a month, about the situation in Syria that Netanyahu said was getting more complicated by the day. (J.Post)

SYRIAN ARMY USES INNOCENT CIVILIANS AS BAIT: President Bashar Assad’s troops have been using innocent civilians as human bait to lure rebels from their hiding places, according to an Arab affairs expert. A recent video distributed by the rebels shows the brutal methods used by the Assad regime in its war against the rebels. The video shows a woman and her little son as they are arrested by soldiers who proceed to attack, abuse and torture the mother. The soldiers then shoot the woman in the legs and throw her half-naked in the middle of the street, in one of the battle frontlines at the center of Damascus. The soldiers then beat the boy so his mother will hear his voice and move her body. This tactic uses the mother as bait so that rebel fighters will come out of their hiding to try to save the woman, essentially walking into a trap and being attacked by Syrian snipers. The evil plan worked as planned and a number of rebels were killed in the failed rescue attempt. Both Syrian soldiers as well as rebels have been committing atrocities towards one another. Rebels have tortured, executed and carried out public floggings to those found to be traitors. Most of these incidents are being documented on videos. (INN) Pray with mercy for those who are suffering such heartbreaking violence and loss in Syria. May breakthroughs and solutions come after so many months of human agony.

TENS OF THOUSANDS HIT TURKEY’S STREETS AS PROTESTS CONTINUE: Tens of thousands of demonstrators packed the streets of Turkish cities on Saturday, challenging PM Recep Erdogan’s call to end their civil uprising with a chorus of angry chants and a shower of flares. The government claimed the protests were “under control” even as the largest crowds yet packed every inch of Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the epicenter of nine days of nationwide unrest. As the sun set over Taksim, fans from rival soccer teams Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray united in the square. They set off red flares to loud cheers from the crowd. In the capital Ankara, hundreds of riot police used tear gas and water cannons late Saturday to disperse some 5,000 demonstrators from the central Kizilay Square. The political turmoil erupted after police cracked down heavily on a small campaign to save Gezi Park from demolition, spiraling into nationwide protests against Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), seen as increasingly authoritarian. (Arutz-7)

IRAN SCOFFS AT ARGENTINA’S TERROR CHARGES: Iran has scoffed at charges leveled by the Argentine prosecutor investigating an anti-Jewish attack that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires in 1994. Days ago, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused Iran of infiltrating several South American countries “to install espionage bases - destined to commit, encourage and sponsor terror attacks like the one that took place against AMIA.” He was referring to the bombing of the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation building in Buenos Aires in 1994, the worst attack of its kind ever in Argentina. Nisman, who is in charge of investigating the bombing, also accused Iran of “making dual use of diplomatic agencies as well as cultural and charitable associations to conceal terrorist activities.”  However, an Iranian foreign ministry official dismissed Nisman’s charges. Argentine courts have charged eight current and former senior Iranian officials over the bombing, including Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and ex-Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezai - both candidates in the June 14 presidential elections - along with former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. (AFP)

IRAN FM: ELECTION OUTCOME WON’T CHANGE NUCLEAR POLICY: Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Saturday his country’s nuclear policy will not change after his country’s presidential elections that are scheduled for June 14. Salehi made the comment a few hours after a televised debate among the presidential hopefuls on the subject of the nuclear program. In media statements the foreign minister said: “It may be there will be different approaches on this matter, but Iran is on a specific policy track with regard to nuclear energy and will continue forwarding its nuclear program. The candidates presented their perspectives on the issue, which will not influence Iran’s foreign policy after the elections,” Salehi emphasized. Israeli PM Netanyahu said last week the presidential elections in Iran will have no impact whatsoever on the country’s continued march toward nuclear weapons, or its arming of Syria, Hizbullah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. (J.Post)

IRAN SAYS ARAK REACTOR ONE STEP CLOSER TO COMPLETION: A heavy water reactor in Arak, Iran came one step closer to completion after it installed the “upper container,” according to a report by a news site associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Fereidoun Abbasi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said the Arak heavy water reactor will receive virtual fuel by March 2014. US diplomat Joseph Macmanus, who serves as the ambassador to the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), called the creation of the Arak reactor “deeply troubling.” He questioned Iran’s refusal to disclose the requisite design information, which the IAEA said Iran must provide in order to properly monitor the site. In response, Iran’s ambassador told reporters that Tehran had every determination to continue with plans to build the reactor regardless of international pressure to delay further building. “We will not yield to pressure, sanctions, threats of attack,” Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh said. Israel sees Iran as a major threat. “Without a direct military threat, Iran will not stop,” Netanyahu said, referring to the Islamic Republic’s growing nuclear achievements. “Israel’s right to defend its existence is not subject to a traffic light.” (J.Post) Iran (less than a 1000 miles away from Jerusalem), continues it lawless advancement towards obtaining nuclear arms with an eye towards annihilating the Jewish state. The US has allowed Iran to cross seven “red lines” over 18 years with few consequences. Urgent is the need for intercession that Israel will know what to do - and at what point in time - in order to protect itself.

US TESTS BUNKER BUSTER BOMBS, DESTROYS REPLICA OF UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR FACILITY: The Pentagon recently completed a series of field exercises on US soil during which a replica of an underground nuclear facility was destroyed, Israel’s press reported Friday. The results of the experiment were relayed to friendly nations with the aim of reassuring them of the US’ ability to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities in a single strike. The experiment included several GBU-57 B bunker buster bombs that penetrated the underground facility’s concrete ceilings. The tests were declared a resounding success. (Ynet)

(Source: jnnnews.com)

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News Update April 8th 2013

JNN NEWS, P.O. Box 7411, Jerusalem 91073, Israel

“Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful-hearted, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.’” Isa 35: 3-4

NETANYAHU: WE CANNOT FORFEIT OUR SECURITY TO OTHER NATIONS: Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial activities began Sunday evening with the state ceremony at Yad Vashem’s Warsaw Ghetto Square. PM Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the main event during which he quoted antisemitic statements by Iranian heads as evidence the hatred against the Jews that existed during the Holocaust is still in existence. Netanyahu quoted Iranian religious leaders as recently saying, “The Zionists are bacteria, the Jews are polluted people that spread disease.” The prime minister continued: “That was not just said then, it is said today. They call us ‘a cancerous growth which must be removed from the Middle East.’” Netanyahu stated that antisemitic hatred “has not disappeared, it has been switched with murderous hatred against the state of the Jews. What has changed is our ability to defend ourselves.” The prime minister added that while Israel appreciates the efforts of the world to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Israel cannot forfeit its security to other nations, not even to its closest allies. President Shimon Peres addressed the  ceremony prior to Netanyahu, saying the world must ask itself how a regime such as that in Iran can deny the Holocaust and threaten a new Holocaust so soon after six million people lost their lives. “The threat of a Holocaust against one people is a threat of a Holocaust on all people,” Peres stated. “The Holocaust will not be lost in the depths of history,” Peres told the audience, “It is right here with us, burning and tangible.” (J.Post)

‘COLOR RED’ INTERRUPTS HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL CEREMONY: Hamas terrorists, the modern heirs of Nazism, who declare openly their wish to commit genocide against the Jewish people, marked Holocaust Remembrance Day their way Sunday – with a salvo of rockets fired at Jewish civilians. Three rockets were fired, the action timed, to coincide with the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony taking place in Jerusalem at the same time. One rocket exploded in an open space within the Shaar Hanegev Regional Authority’s jurisdiction, causing no injuries or damage. A Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in the targeted area was interrupted by a “Color Red” warning, giving residents a few seconds to reach shelter from an incoming rocket. Two other rockets fell short and exploded inside Gaza. (Arutz-7) “’Comfort, yes, comfort My people!’ says your God.” Isa 40:1

EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF SAYS NUCLEAR TALKS WITH IRAN HAVE FAILED: Iran and six world powers failed to reach agreement Saturday on how to reduce tensions that Tehran might use its nuclear technology to make weapons. The breakdown extended years of inconclusive talks and added to concerns the diplomatic window with Tehran may soon close. “What matters in the end is substance, and we are still a considerable distance apart,” Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s head of foreign policy, said at the end of the two-day meetings. She made no mention of plans for new talks. While no breakthrough had been expected, the lack of forward movement in international negotiations that started a decade ago has increased concerns diplomacy is ineffective as a tool to stop Iran from moving toward nuclear-weapon making capacity. Israel maintains Iran is only a few months away from the threshold of having material to turn into a bomb and has vowed to use all means to prevent it from reaching that point. The US has not said what its “red line” is. (Fox News)

ISRAEL: ‘IT’S TIME FOR A FIRMER STAND ON IRAN’: Israel again warned it was time for world powers to adopt a “firmer stand” with Iran on its controversial nuclear program after their latest round of negotiations closed on Saturday without any breakthrough. “It is time for the world to tell the Iranians in no uncertain terms that the masquerade of negotiations is about to end,” Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said. “Israel has already warned that the Iranians are using the rounds of negotiations to win time to advance their uranium enrichment to the stage of acquiring a nuclear weapon,” he said. “Without a tangible and significant threat, together with a short, clear and definitive timetable, it will not be possible to dismantle the nuclear program,” the minister said. (AFP)

NORTH KOREA SHOULD BE AN ALERT REGARDING IRAN: North Korea’s warning that its military has been cleared to launch a nuclear attack against the US should be on everyone’s mind as the Western powers sit down again with Iran on Friday in Kazakhstan, Israeli leaders stressed on Thursday. “Today it is more clear than ever that we simply cannot allow a situation in which a regime that calls for our annihilation obtains the weapons of annihilation,” PM Netanyahu – alluding to the North Korean threats – said before a meeting with a five-member US Senate delegation. “This must be prevented at all costs.” (Fox News)

EXPERT: IRAN AND NORTH KOREA DEAL TO WORK TOGETHER INCLUDES NUKES: North Korea’s repeated willingness to ignore the demands of the international community to desist from testing nuclear weapons testing can only send the worst signals to Iran, which is that the UN will have meetings and denounce actions, but will not prevent further tests. Two of the world’s most brutal regimes, Iran and North Korea, each bent on intimidating any country which dares to challenge it, signed an agreement last September to cooperate on science technology and education. In other words, North Korea is officially helping Iran move forward on its path to nuclear weaponization. Both countries are the subject of numerous sanctions by the UN, and under strong US pressure. North Korea is rich in raw uranium and other natural resources necessary for building nuclear weapons. It also has the scientific know-how and centrifuge technology to share with its partner Iran. On February 12, North Korea conducted its third and most successful nuclear test thus far. It later declared it had made progress in securing a functioning atomic arsenal. In response, the UN unanimously expanded sanctions on North Korea. (Jewish Express)

FIVE DIE IN CLASHES BETWEEN CHRISTIAN, MUSLIMS IN EGYPT: Five Egyptians were killed and eight wounded in clashes between Christians and Muslims in a town near Cairo, security sources said on Saturday, in the latest sectarian violence in the most populous Arab state. Christian-Muslim confrontations have increased in Muslim-majority Egypt since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 gave freer rein to hard-line Islamists. Four Christians and one Muslim were killed when members of both communities opened fire on each other outside the Egyptian capital, sources said. The violence broke out Friday when a group of Christian children were drawing on a wall of a Muslim religious institute. No further details were immediately available. A Christian official said unidentified assailants had attacked a local church during the clashes and set parts of it on fire. Police stepped up security at the church after Muslim youths began gathering in the area. (Ha’aretz) Pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for the Christian community in Egypt that they may be a light in the midst of Egypt’s growing political and religious darkness. Pray for protection against Islamist violence.

ISLAMIST ‘CLEANSING’ OF CHRISTIANS IN MIDEAST: Islamist terrorists and fanatics are methodically exterminating the 2,000-year-old Christian civilization of the Middle East through oppression, threats, appropriations and deadly violence. Christianity’s greatest thinkers, greatest monuments and greatest triumphs for its first 1,000 years rose in the Middle East. But today, the end is in sight. In Iraq, the country’s Christian population, estimated at up to 2 million a decade ago, has fallen by half - perhaps by three-quarters. Over 2 million Christians in Syria dread Islamist terror and religious cleansing. Multitudes have fallen victim to violent deaths and persecution in Syria even during the past two years. Two-thirds of the West Bank’s and more of Gaza’s Christians have been driven out. They’re now a small minority even in Bethlehem. Christians in Iran? Suffering. Turkey? Almost gone. Saudi Arabia? Once-thriving Christian and Jewish populations have long been finished off. Egypt has the region’s largest remaining Christian population, at least 10 million Copts. With rare exceptions, they’ve long been confined to squalid quarters and treated as third-class citizens. Things have gone from bad to worse now the Muslim Brotherhood and other extremist groups have been unleashed. (NY Post) IslamicTerror groups have had a favorite taunt for several decades which says, “First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.” This means of course, first the Jews then the Christians will be targets for terrorist persecution, subjection and elimination. Pray for Christian communities across the Middle East undergoing ever increasing persecution and violence. May they know His protection and comfort and stand strong in faith through evil times.

MINISTRY: ALL GOVERNMENT SITES UP AND RUNNING: Israeli government web sites came under heavy attack by anti-Israel hackers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday afternoon. However, the hackers failed to bring down any Israeli sites, the Ministry said in an official announcement. Anti-Israel cells, among them international hacker group Anonymous, had threatened to carry out a major hacking attack against Israeli sites on Sunday. According to the Ministry, Israeli experts had successfully fought back the attacks, with the cooperation of Internet service providers. The Ministry said that it expected the attacks to continue Sunday night, but was confident that government technology staff would be able to deflect that attacks. (INN) Answers to prayer!

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News Update April 6th 2013

JNN NEWS, P.O. Box 7411, Jerusalem 91073, Israel

“Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.” Ps 16:1

NO BREAKTHROUGH IN IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS…AGAIN: Iran and world powers once again failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear crisis. The latest talks in Kazakhstan saw Tehran being criticized for failing to give a clear response to a proposal aimed at breaking the deadlock, the report said. The powers are seeking answers about a nuclear program they fear may hide military dimensions. The onus is now on Iran to accept a series of demands that include curbing enrichment activities in exchange for concessions which would ease UN sanctions that have choked the Iranian economy and seen its currency’s value plummet. Iran said its chief negotiator Saeed Jalili opened the negotiations in the city of Almaty with goodwill by presenting a three-point outline of its own vision for how the dispute may be resolved. Western officials, however, said the plan was just a rehash of old ideas that had already been cast aside at a meeting last year in Moscow. “Their presentation was pretty much a repetition of what they put forward in Moscow. There were some not fully explained general comments on our ideas,” said the official on condition of anonymity. (Arutz-7) No surprises here. Meanwhile, Iran has once again successfully stalled for needed time to advance its nuclear development program.

UNRWA SUSPENDS GAZA DISTRIBUTION OVER RIOT: The main UN humanitarian agency for Palestinians said on Thursday it was suspending operations in the Gaza Strip after demonstrators angered by aid cutbacks stormed its headquarters. Some 800,000 Palestinians, two-thirds of Gaza’s population, look to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for aid. Citing budget shortfalls, UNRWA said it had suspended some of its cash handouts and that this provoked violent protests this week, culminating in Thursday’s breach of its Gaza headquarters. “What happened today was completely unacceptable: the situation could very easily have resulted in serious injuries to UNRWA staff and to demonstrators. The escalation, apparently pre-planned, was unwarranted and unprecedented,” said Robert Turner, head of the agency’s Gaza operations. Turner said that despite the trimming of cash disbursements, UNRWA’s food distribution in Gaza “will continue unchanged.” (Arutz-7) Since 1950, US taxpayers have provided billions of dollars for the United Nations Relief and Works. Reports from the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) have claimed that UNRWA actually helps promotes terrorism and holds Palestinians back from building their lives. It charged UNRWA schools with being hotbeds of anti-American, and antisemitic indoctrination and recruiting offices for terrorist groups. It said also UNRWA facilities are used to store and transport weapons, actually serving as terrorist military bases. Pray for permanent changes in UNRWA’s policies that will lead to greater self-improvement and independence among Gazans. Pray for the right use of venues that continue to be centers for antisemitic and anti-American activities and that promote terrorism.

PROSOR CALLS ON UN TO CONDEMN GAZA ROCKETS: Israeli UN envoy Ron Prosor called on the UN Security Council to condemn the recent rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on Thursday. In a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Prosor wrote, “While children were on their way back to school from the Passover vacation two rockets landed near Sderot. Instead of rushing to classrooms, these children and their families were forced to rush to bomb shelters.” Prosor called on the Security Council to condemn the attacks before the situation escalates. “The time has come for the Security Council to begin to worry for the safety of Israeli citizens as well.” A Gazan mortar shell exploded in the Eshkol region in the South early Thursday morning. The shell triggered the Color Red alert before striking a field, and did not cause injuries or damages. Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel landed in open areas near Sderot on Wednesday morning. PM Netanyahu responded to this week’s rocket fire assaults from Gaza by warning that if the quiet continues to be violated, Israel will respond strongly. “The security of Israel’s citizens is my chief concern and we will know how to defend the security of our people.” (J.Post) Pray terrorist rocket fire on Israel’s southern communities - violating yet another truce agreement on the part of Gaza’s ruling terrorist group Hamas - will not escalate once again.

WE’LL HAVE TO DEFEND OURSELVES: Minister of Economics and Trade, Naftali Bennett, told Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Eide this week that Israel will have to defend itself against terrorism from Gaza. The meeting between took place against the backdrop of rocket fire from Gaza against Israeli civilian targets. Bennett presented “new approaches” to managing the Middle Eastern conflict and suggested to the Norwegian minister that Oslo rethink its own positions in view of the regional developments. “The thousands of missiles that fell on Israel from Gaza crushed the remainders of the Israeli public’s trust in ceding land in return for peace. Now we will have to defend ourselves through our own actions,” he said. “Children in Israel deserve to go back to school after the holiday vacation without fearing a rocket will fall on their classroom.” Earlier in the day, Bennett cautioned against making territorial concessions to the enemies. “Last time we made these experiments it resulted in Oslo and well over a thousand Israelis murdered, so this time around we will not make the same mistakes.” (INN)

AMIDROR: UNIFIL FAILING TO TRACK HIZBULLAH ARMS: UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon have failed to report on Hizbullah terrorist armaments as required, a senior Israeli official said Thursday, arguing that Israel could not rely on foreign intervention for its security. The remarks underscored the conservative strategies of PM Netanyahu as instability rocks Israel’s neighbors and world powers urge it to evacuate its Judea and Samaria settlements to make way for a Palestinian state. “Under pressure, a multi-national force is like an umbrella that gets folded up on a rainy day,” Yaakov Amidror, Netanyahu’s national security adviser, said. He continued that the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hizbullah terrorist group has been building its arsenal despite the 35-year presence of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in its heartland. “Has Hizbullah avoided bringing any kind of rocket, missile or other arms into southern Lebanon because UNIFIL is there?” he said. Israel believes Hizbullah has amassed 60,000 rockets, including 5,000 with heavy warheads capable of hitting Tel Aviv. (J.Post) “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Ps 118:8

UN: 4 MILLION PEOPLE ARE DISPLACED INSIDE SYRIA: The UN is hiking its estimates of people trapped in Syria after fleeing their homes. Sources said Wednesday some four million are now displaced inside the country and in dire need of international help. The figure is a dramatic increase on earlier estimates of some 2.5 million displaced put forward by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for the period from January to June. Aid workers have struggled to reach those in most need, braving dangerous situations to get shelter, food and help to those fleeing the fighting. According to the report, health services, bakeries, schools, vital components of normal life are teetering or have shut down, leaving a population in distress. “What we’re presently seeing is that now it is not just violence that is driving flight,” UN sources explained. “It is also just a decline in livelihoods, a decline in the economic means for families to be able to support themselves, it’s disruption to services, it’s kids not being able to go to school, it’s water systems that have been either cut off or somehow affected.” (Arutz-7)

SHIP SEIZED BY EGYPT ‘CARRIED 40 TONS OF WEAPONS’: Egyptian maritime authorities have seized a ship with a crew of 14 and a cargo of 105 crates of unspecified weapons and ammunition which belonged to an African security company, Egyptian security officials have disclosed. Israel’s Channel 10 television reported the boat was carrying 40 tons of Iranian weapons destined for Syria or Gaza. Egyptian sources said the vessel would be held while authorities investigate whether it was carrying smuggled weapons (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL BRACES FOR MASSIVE CYBER-OFFENSIVE: Hackers around the world are plotting to strike Israel’s online presence in a coordinated cyber-attack later this week. The effort, known as “OpIsrael,” which is being organized by hacktivist group Anonymous, aims to target the 100 largest websites in the country, especially those of banks, credit card companies, and communications firms. The attack is scheduled to take place Sunday, April 7. That evening, Israel begins to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day. According to “Mauritania Attacker,” who leads a group of hackers called AnonGhost, “the hacking teams have decided to unite against Israel as one entity, and Israel should be getting prepared to be ‘erased’ from the Internet.’” (Times of Israel) Pray this malicious plot and its hateful timing will fail to accomplish its intentions.

IDF PERFECTS SELECTIVE HEARING WITH COMBAT EARPLUGS: The IDF is planning to give its top combat soldiers new earplugs that allow for selective hearing. The specialized earplugs can block outside noise while allowing soldiers to continue to hear human voices. They will be given to soldiers in elite units in Judea and Samaria. The devices reduce background noise and completely block anything louder than 80 decibels. They are tuned in to communications devices, allowing soldiers to continue to hear orders. Major Yuval Yaron, head of the Central Command branch for technology and combat equipment, said currently soldiers face a dilemma, “If they shoot without earplugs, their hearing is likely to be damaged. If they use the existing earplugs, they cannot speak to or hear the other members of their team or the commanders. The new earplugs solve the problem and allow them to talk to one another with no problem,” he said. (INN)

RACE CARS AND DRIVERS COMING TO JERUSALEM: For the first time, Formula 1’s internationally renowned race cars and drivers will traverse the capital’s streets. The event, scheduled for June 13 to 14, is part of Formula 1’s “Peace Road Show” and will feature world-class cars and drivers representing Ferrari, Mercedes and Audi, among others. The cars will be exhibited before the show at the Old Train Station from June 9 to 13. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said he was delighted the city had been chosen by Formula 1, joining the ranks of Monaco, New York, Moscow, Rotterdam and Sao Paolo. “Jerusalem joins other leading cities in the world which hold motor events attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators, who contribute greatly to the city’s economy, tourism and world image,” Nir said. (J.Post)

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Israel Today:

Palestinians: No comparison between Holocaust an ‘occupation’

Palestinians: No comparison between Holocaust an 'occupation'

Palestinian Arabs visiting Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum as part of a program called “Combatants for Peace” said it was a gross error to compare the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict with what the Nazis did to the Jews.

Many Palestinian propagandists and their apologists abroad like to claim that Israel’s so-called “occupation” of Judea and Samaria is a new holocaust, and that the Jews, of all people, should refrain from such behavior.

One of the Arabs visiting Yad Vashem said such comparisons are made out of angry ignorance. He and other Arab participants said they can now more clearly understand why Israel bears scars and is so focused on the security of its people.

"When you look at the background of the Jewish nation, we can try to understand your anxiety and fears. A nation that went through something like this cannot live without scars," Ahmed al-Jaafari told Israel’s Ynet news portal. "I don’t agree with the comparison between the Holocaust and the situation in the territories, and people who make this comparison make it out of pain and anger."

Another Arab who lost a daughter in the current conflict said it was a grave mistake and a disservice to the “Palestinian cause” to make comparisons with the Holocaust, which was a tragedy on an entirely different level.

Such statements will no doubt anger many Palestinians and be ignored by media outlets and organizations biased against the Jewish state. But most Israelis would agree that until these historical backgrounds are acknowledged and understood, there is no basis for genuine dialogue, reconciliation and coexistence.


Israel hopes world doesn’t fall for Iran nuclear ploy

Israel hopes world doesn't fall for Iran nuclear ploy

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has ordered that his nation’s nuclear program slow down a bit in order to remain under any “red lines” that might spark a harsh reaction by the international community.

That according to US and Israeli officials cited by the Wall Street Journal this week. According to those officials, Khamenei wants to avoid any external distractions ahead of Iran’s presidential election in June, when he hopes to replace President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with someone even more in line with the thinking of Iran’s Islamic overlords.

Despite this order, UN officials this week reiterated that they believe Iran does indeed seek to build an atomic weapon.

Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was quoted in several media outlets recently as saying that Iran continues to work in secret toward the goal of fielding a nuclear bomb.

Israel is again urging the world to not fall for Iran’s ploy, which is a stalling tactic Tehran has put to great use in order to reach the point it is at now with its nuclear program.

Unfortunately, the international community seems to be itching to “fall” for such a ploy, with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton quickly declaring her “cautious optimism” over the ayatollah’s reported move.

Should the world continue to drag its feet as Iran comes closer to attaining the nuclear arms that even the UN now admits it is after, Israel might have no choice but to attack alone.

In an interview with Messianic author Joel Rosenberg, former CIA Director James Woolsey said he doesn’t believe Israel has enough sustained firepower to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program entirely, but that it could feel compelled to try if the international community continues to do next to nothing.

Should it come to that, Woolsey said that Israel has unprecedented human assets among its top national leaders who will certainly have a trick or two in mind to effectively deal with Iran.

"The one thing that gives me a little bit of optimism is that [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] and [former Defense Minister Ehud] Barak are the two most experienced men in the art of unconventional warfare serving in the leadership of any country anywhere in the world," said Woolsey.

The former CIA director continued: “These two guys are used to thinking about the art of war the way Sun Tzu told us to.”


Palestinians less concerned about ‘settlements’ than poverty

Palestinians less concerned about 'settlements' than poverty

A survey of Palestinian Arabs finds that the presence of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, the so-called “West Bank”, is only the third most important issue to them at present.

More important in their eyes are growing poverty and the deep rifts that remain in Palestinian society as a result of the activities of groups like Hamas.

While a plurality of respondents said they most want to end what they call the “Israeli occupation”, that can probably be chalked up to a heavy dose of indoctrination over the past decade, and a general feeling that the economic issues have no immediate solution.

That the so-called settlements were not the number one problem for Palestinians is evidence that Jews living in these areas really isn’t such a big deal as the world makes of it.

The survey was conducted by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.


Palestinian convicted of murder for throwing stones

Palestinian convicted of murder for throwing stones

An Israeli court has convicted a Palestinian Arab stone-thrower of murder for a 2011 attack on Jewish motorists near Hebron that killed a man and his infant son.

Wa’al al-Araji, 25, was just doing what most other Palestinian Arabs his age have been raised to think is acceptable when he assaulted Jews driving near the biblical town.

Driving in the opposite direction, al-Araji hurled a large stone at the vehicle of Asher Palmer. The stone smashed through the windshield, knocked Palmer unconscious causing him to crash, which killed both him and his 1-year-old son Yehonatan.

Typically, Israel does not seek a murder charge in stone-throwing attacks, even those that have resulted in fatalities in the past. But the judges in this instance ruled that it was undeniable that al-Araji sought to kill his victims.

But many Israeli commentators noted that in every instance of stone-throwing attacks againts Jewish motorists there is a possibility of fatalities, and the perpetrators know it.

What the world calls “peaceful protest” is more often than not nothing short of attempted murder.


Palestinian ex-Muslim hosts Evangelical TV program

Palestinian ex-Muslim hosts Evangelical TV program

The Media Line has a moving and rather telling story of a young Palestinian Arab man who 10 years ago converted from Islam to Christianity and today hosts a popular Evangelical television program.

Hazem Farraj recounted his rather typical Muslim upbringing in a large Palestinian family, most of it spent in eastern Jerusalem.

At age 15, Farraj was growing wary of Islam and attended a church service with Christian neighbors. Of course, he couldn’t reveal the name of that church because, even a decade later, it would instantly come under attack from local Muslim extremists.

Farraj said that for “almost three years I was an underground believer.” When he finally revealed his faith just before his 18th birthday, Farraj’s family severed all ties with him.

This is not a unique account. There are a great number of Arabs in the region who come to faith in Yeshua only to find themselves living under great threat. Many feel forced to hide their faith. Their plight is all but ignored by Christians who would rather spend their time smearing Israel.

Read the full report about Farraj’s journey.


Gaza, Syria borders heat up with rocket attacks

Gaza, Syria borders heat up with rocket attacks

Southern Israel was being faced with a possible fresh explosion of violence on Wednesday after the firing of several Hamas missiles resulted in fierce retaliatory strikes by the Israeli air force.

Two mortar shells fired into southern Israel a day earlier led to Israeli air strikes on terrorist positions in Gaza overnight. Hamas resumed fire on Wednesday morning, firing two missiles at towns in Israel just as parents were taking their children to school.

There were no injuries reported in any of the attacks, but southern residents feared a renewal of the open warfare that engulfed the region last November.

At the same time, forces involved in Syria’s ongoing civil war fired a mortar shell into northern Israel and directed heavy machine gun fire at an Israeli army border patrol on Tuesday.

New Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Israel will not tolerate cross-border attacks in either region.

Jerusalem Online News

An Israeli court has ruled that a soccer player for Maccabi Netanya suspected of murdering Zahava Chekul will not be released from house arrest. A court ruled earlier that he would be permitted to play in the soccer team’s game on Saturday. The judges expressed concern that the soccer player, a citizen of Congo, would attempt to flee from the country.

A 17 year old boy was released to house arrest following suspicions that he was driving an all-terrain vehicle which crashed during the filming of a bar mitzvah video of 13 year old Neuray Danino, who was critically injured during the accident. The 17 year old has denied that he was driving when the incident occurred.

Searches continue for three brothers, all members of a Bedouin tribe, who disappeared off the coast of Ashkelon. Police divers participated in the search. Police fear that the brothers aged 26, 19 and 16, may have drowned.

The Mayor of Acco, Shimon Lankri, was released from the hospital after he was moderately injured last week when he was shot in his car while visiting friends in a nearby Arab village. The assailants have still not been apprehended. Lankri expressed hope that he would return to the job in the near future.

And now for this week in Israel:

Saturday, March 23rd

Obama concludes visit to Middle East

Sunday, March 24th

Finance Minister Lapid warns of budget cuts

Monday, March 25th

Israel renews transfer of tax money to Palestinians

Tuesday, March 26th
Egyptian kidnappers release Israeli, Norwegian tourists abducted in Sinai

Wednesday, March 27th

Following the apology, Naftali Bennett lashes out at the Turks while Turkish president attempts to keep the peace

Thursday, March 28th

Cyprus court jails Hezbollah man for plotting to attack Israelis


News Update March 27th 2013

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“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.” Ps 5:11

ABBAS ACCUSES ISRAEL OF ‘DESTRUCTIVE’ JERUSALEM PLAN: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused Israel of carrying out a “destructive” plan against Jerusalem and urged the Arab and Islamic countries to work toward preventing it from implementing its scheme. Abbas’ accusation came during a speech he delivered at the Arab summit in Doha, Qatar. “The Israeli occupation is systematically and continuously working toward Judaizing east Jerusalem,” Abbas told the Arab heads of state. He said Israel was also seeking to expel its Palestinian residents and assault Islamic and Christian holy sites. Abbas urged the Arabs and Muslims to go to the UN and other international organizations to stop Israel from pursuing its “destructive scheme.” Abbas also sought the help of the Arab and Islamic countries in putting pressure on Israel to release Palestinian prisoners, whom he described as “brave.” Abbas told the summit that during his recent meeting with US President Obama in Ramallah, the two discussed all the final-status issues. Abbas quoted Obama as stressing that the US was resolved to achieve the two-state solution through negotiations. “We reiterated to Obama our commitment to the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders and the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002,” Abbas said. “We also emphasized that halting settlement construction and releasing Palestinian prisoners were not Palestinian pre-conditions, but Israeli obligations in accordance with signed agreements and the Road Map.” (Arutz-7) Palestinian leaders unceasingly feign peaceful intentions, while slandering and making impossible demands of the Jewish state. Meanwhile the Obama administration would dearly love to gain a political feather in its cap by bringing about so called “peaceful solutions” in the Middle East.  As we go around the “peace process” mountain for the hundredth time, continue to pray for backbone, strength and wisdom for Israeli leaders. Israel has made dozens of good will gestures towards the Palestinians including multiple releases of Palestinian terrorists from Israeli jails. The PA, in return, has rendered not a solitary token of peace towards the Jewish state or kept its part of Road Map obligations- rather ongoing violence and animosity.

TURKS EXPECT ‘TENS OF MILLIONS’ IN COMPENSATION FROM ISRAEL: Justice Minister Tzippy Livni on Sunday spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, discussing the possibility that Israel would pay reparations to the families of nine Turkish supporters of Hamas who were killed in 2010 aboard the Mavi Marmara, after they attempted to attack and murder IDF soldiers boarding the illegal flotilla. Turkey’s vice-premier, Bulenbt Arink, confirmed that a dialogue for compensation had taken place, but he gave no details. Turkish media reported Sunday that the families were due to receive “tens of millions of dollars” in compensation. Turkish PM Erdogan told reporters Turkey had set forth three conditions for restoring relations with Israel. One of those was a demand for a full Israeli apology. “They wanted to express regret, but we said no. We insisted they use the word ‘apology,’” he said. (Arutz-7)

UN MOVES STAFF OUT OF CONFLICT-RIDDEN SYRIA: The UN is moving half of its 100 international staff still in Syria out of the country due to the growing danger. The Damascus office of UN-Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, will be closed as part of the new measures, diplomats confirmed Monday. “The UN has told us this is due to the growing danger in Damascus. There have been suicide bombs and a number of attacks very near the UN mission,” said an unnamed official. The UN has a huge humanitarian operation in Syria aiming to feed and help more than two million Syrians caught in the two-year-old conflict. Most of the distribution work is now handled by Syrian staff and through the Syrian Red Crescent. (INN)

JORDAN SHUTS SYRIA CROSSING: Jordan closed its main border crossing with Syria on Monday after two days of fighting there between Syrian troops and rebel fighters, Jordan’s information minister confirmed. Border traders said passengers were turned back at the Jordanian border crossing of Jaber and prevented from entering in the first such closure of the crossing since the revolt against President Assad’s rule started two years ago. According to a Jordanian official, “The border post is effectively closed because there have been clashes since yesterday and they are continuing.”  The crossing is a thoroughfare for passengers and was a transit route before the Syria conflict for hundreds of trucks daily carrying goods to Turkey from the Gulf and vice versa. Situated near the Jordanian border, Syria’s southern Deraa province is a critical battleground. Rebels in the last month have stepped up fighting for control of the border area and Deraa town after gaining territory in the countryside and capturing several army bases. They have also over-run several towns near the Golan Heights, fueling tensions in the sensitive military zone. (J.Post)

IRAN AND HIZBULLAH ACCESSING TREASURE TROVE OF SYRIAN WEAPONS: Syrian President Assad’s forces have reportedly lost 13,000 men and another 40,000 have deserted. Iran and Hizbullah are gaining access to a treasure trove of weapons in Syria, “obtaining air defense capabilities, shore-to-sea missiles, surface-to-surface missiles and other capabilities,” IDF Military Intelligence Chief Aviv Kochavi disclosed this week. “Hizbullah and Iran understand that Assad’s fate is sealed, and they’re preparing for the day after.” (Ha’aretz)

CYPRUS VERDICT COULD INHIBIT HIZBULLAH OPERATIONS IN EUROPE: The conviction in Cyprus of a Hizbullah operative plotting to attack Israelis could undercut efforts by the terrorist group to carry out additional attacks outside the Middle East. Last week’s guilty verdict was the second confirmation in recent months that Hizbullah is active on European soil. The first was when Bulgarian authorities identified the Lebanon-based terrorist group as being behind the July 2012 bombing in Burgas that left six people dead, five of them Israelis. Hizbullah is also believed to be behind recent plots against Israelis and Jews in India, Thailand and Azerbaijan. The Cyprus conviction makes Europe likelier to list Hizbullah as a terrorist group, and that would bring new restrictions on Hizbullah that would have immediate operational consequences for the group, says Daniel Benjamin, a top US counterterrorism official. “If Hizbullah has to increase its operational security in Europe, if it can’t use Europe to fund raise or travel through, it will be challenged to innovate to avoid being caught by European authorities,” said Benjamin. Meanwhile on Tuesday in Bahrain, lawmakers voted to label the Lebanese Hizbullah a terrorist organization. Tensions have been high since Bahrain, situated on the western shores of the Persian Gulf, accused Hizbullah trained insurgents in Lebanon and Iran of seeking to overthrow its government in 2011. (JTA/INN) Continue to pray Hizbullah will be officially listed as a terrorist group by European nations - facilitating sanctions and a debilitating blow to its murderous activities on European soil as well as abroad. This ground is slowly being gained through intercession and as European nations are being furnished with ongoing concrete proof of Hizbullah’s terrorist actions and intents. This Lebanon-based terrorist entity is one of Israel’s leading foes.  From the inception of Hizbullah to the present, the elimination of the State of Israel has been one its primary goals. Translations of Hizbullah’s 1985 Arabic-language manifesto state that “our struggle will end only when Israel is obliterated.”

ISRAEL FIGHTS OFF LOCUST SCOURGE ON PASSOVER EVE: Crop-dusting planes on Monday bombarded a scourge of locusts with pesticides in an effort to cull the biblicaly timed plague that threatened to annihilate crops in southern Israel. Israel has battled swarm after swarm of the voracious insects for the past three weeks, with ever-larger plagues of the destructive insects arriving daily from neighboring Egypt. Unlike previous swarms that have entered Israel in the past month, the locusts that hit Israel Sunday are yellow and fertile and, in this stage of their metamorphosis, pose less risk to crops because they eat significantly less. Once the insects lay eggs and they hatch, however, Israeli farmers will face the threat of this wave’s insatiable brood, which will eat anything green in their path. “The planes spray the swarms and stop them from going further into the country,” a Ramat Negev Regional Council official said. “You spray them in the morning to stop them from arriving at moister areas, where they would lay eggs and the larvae would eat everything in sight.” The latest swarm to hit Israel on Passover eve carries biblical significance: Of the 10 plagues which, according to the Bible, smote Pharaoh to ensure the release of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, the eighth was locusts. (Times of Israel) Pray ongoing hoards of pests will be driven back and destroyed.

PASSOVER SEDER IN THE WHITE HOUSE: US President Barack Obama and his family hosted about 20 Jewish friends and staff for the traditional Passover seder, Monday evening, which included the reading of the Haggadah and eating of traditional holiday dishes made by the White House chef. As he said in his speech in Israel last week, the president sees great importance in the story of Passover and its link to liberty and freedom throughout the world. The White House seder meal included the use of a seder plate given by PM Netanyahu’s wife Sara to first lady Michelle Obama. (Arutz-7)

POPE FRANCIS EXTENDS PASSOVER GREETINGS TO JEWISH COMMUNITY: Pope Francis on Monday extended his wishes to Rome’s chief rabbi and Jews worldwide in a gesture aimed at strengthening relations between the two religions, as the Jewish world marked the beginning of the holiday of Passover. In his message to Rabbi Riccardo di Segni, the pope said he hoped “that the Almighty, who freed his people from slavery in Egypt by guiding them to the Holy Land, continues to free them from all evil and accompany them with his blessing.” The pope also requested prayer from the Jewish community: “I ask you to pray for me - as I assure you my prayer - confident of being able to deepen the bonds of mutual respect and friendship,” he said. A large delegation of rabbis attended the pontificate’s inaugural mass on March 19, underscoring the strong ties between the two religions. (INN)

PLAN EARLY TO JOIN US FOR THE 2013 SUCCOT CELEBRATION IN ISRAEL: This year’s Vision for Israel Succot Celebration will take place September 22-24 in downtown Jerusalem. Visit our Succot Celebration website at which you can reserve your spot early, obtain helpful information and view exciting glimpses of past festivities.  If you would like to register for the 2013 Succot Celebration in Israel, or obtain further details, go to www.succotcelebration.com . Dynamic speakers and Spirit-filled worship leaders planned for this coming joyful and prophetic event will be posted on this website in the near future.

(Source: jnnnews.com)

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