35,000 Race Through Jerusalem in Capital's Largest Marathon

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35,000 RACE THROUGH JERUSALEM IN CAPITAL'S LARGEST EVER MARATHON: More than 35,000 runners, including some 4,000 from 72 different countries, joined the Jerusalem Marathon on Friday morning, 9 March 2018, the largest-ever number to take part in the annual race. The winner, it was announced shortly after 9:30 a.m., was Kipkogey Shadrack, 27, of Kenya. Shadrack finished the race in 2:21.26. The half-marathon race kicked off at 6:45 a.m., followed by the full marathon at 7. The 10-kilometer race began at 9:30. The guest of honor at the marathon was Olympic medalist and long-distance running world champion Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia. International runners came from 72 countries — including China, the USA, Germany, Poland, Portugal, and Lithuania. The city of Hong Kong sent the greatest number of runners from outside Israel, followed by Los Angeles, Beijing and London. But, perhaps befitting an event that marks 50 years since the reunification of the city, the vast majority of runners in the full, 42.2-kilometer marathon were Jerusalemites, the Jerusalem municipality said. (Arutz-7)

USA AND IDF TROOPS, IN MAJOR JOINT DRILL, SIMULATING BATTLE ON 3 FRONTS: Juniper Cobra, the largest joint USA-Israeli air-defense exercise, is under way, with thousands of troops deployed across the country simulating scenarios where Israel faces missile barrages simultaneously on various fronts. In the two years since the last Juniper Cobra exercise, Israel’s enemies have changed. And while 2017 was a relatively quiet year for Israel, the IDF’s Aerial Defense Division successfully intercepted drones in the North, as well as rockets fired from the Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The environment in which Israel finds itself is “explosive,” said Brig.-Gen Zvika Haimovitch, head of the Aerial Defense Division, adding that “at the beginning of the next war the enemy will use more fire in the opening barrage.” Some 2,000 IDF Aerial Defense troops will be participating alongside 2,500 USA troops – some 1,400 Marines and 1,100 sailors – in the largest joint exercise with the USA military’s European Command. Over the course of the two-week-long exercise troops will practice challenging and complex scenarios adapted to Israel’s operational reality such as missile threats in various sectors simultaneously as well as the threat posed by precise missiles that Iran is trying to produce for Hezbollah. While “the exercise demonstrates the close and strategic cooperation between the IDF and the USA armed forces,” Haimovitch continued, Israel has the capabilities to protect the country from threats posed by its enemies. Nevertheless, “you want to have all the capabilities and the Americans bring additional strengths.” (J.Post)

HEZBOLLAH IN LEBANON FEARS ISRAELI ATTACK, DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY: Hezbollah in Lebanon has declared a state of emergency for fear of an Israeli attack approved by the USA. "Hezbollah declared its ranks in readiness for the past two days, for fear of Israeli aggression on Lebanon," media sources reported on 8 March 2018. "High alert was declared in light of information received that the Israeli army is conducting secret military maneuvers jointly with the United States, which are currently taking place in the country and in the Mediterranean," said journalist Kamal Halaf, who is close to the Hezbollah terrorist group. (J.Post) Pray according to scripture: “Scatter the nations who delight in war.” Ps. 68.30

NAFTALI BENNETT: ‘IN THE ERA OF TRUMP, TIME IS NO LONGER ON PALESTINIANS’ SIDE’: According to the Jewish Home chief, President Trump’s historic December 2017 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announcing plans for the relocation of the USA embassy removed any incentive for the Palestinian Authority leadership to delay final status talks. The declaration, argued Bennett, has the potential to “allow or enable peace.” The Palestinians, continued Bennett, “over the past 50 years, had a very simple strategy. Time was on their side, so they’ll just wait. And every time they wait, they get a better deal. If you look through ’93, through 2000, in 2007 the deal just got better. So why not wait? What Trump has actually done is to reverse that trend, and suddenly, the Palestinians realize that time is not necessarily on their side, and maybe they should start moving.” Following Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, Palestinian Authority officials declared Trump administration officials, including VP Mike Pence, persona non grata in the PA. They snubbed him during his Jan. 2018 visit to Israel. PA chief Mahmoud Abbas has sought an alternative to direct talks with Israel and has refused to consider the Trump administration an honest broker for negotiations since Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “They’re not talking to the Americans; not talking to the Israelis,” Bennett said of the PA leadership. “They’ve sort of fell in love with being the victim, the eternal victim, even though there’s so much good stuff that we can do together.” (Arutz-7)

HALEY: I’M CONCERNED FOR ISRAEL: Israel’s PM Netanyahu met with USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in New York on 8 March 2018, following Netanyahu’s visit to Washington last week, where he met with President Donald Trump and gave the headline address at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. During the meeting, Netanyahu thanked Haley for her efforts and the work of the Trump administration to combat anti-Israel sentiment at the UN. “Everything is fine and you’re making it better,” Netanyahu said. “I wanted to tell you how much we appreciate the defense of Israel and the truth that the president and you bring into these cloistered halls that are so damp with anti-Israel venom,” Netanyahu said of the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan. He called the Trump administration’s attempts to change UN behavior vis-à-vis the Jewish state “a tsunami of fresh air.” 

Haley accused the UN of “abusive” treatment of Israel, but said she was optimistic about the possibility for change, noting that the tone had already softened. Haley, added that she “felt bad” for Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon “and what he had to put up with”. Turning to Iran, the USA Ambassador said she was “concerned” about Israel in the face of Iran’s increasingly aggressive behavior, hinting at the possibility of a wider conflict between Israel and Tehran. “Iran is a big focus right now. We’re very concerned – I’m very concerned for Israel. I think that they’re feeling more and more threatened. That’s something that we’re very focused on.” PM Netanyahu discussed his recent meeting with President Trump, saying that the president was “completely focused” on the threat posed by Tehran. (Arutz-7)

FARRAKHAN: JEWS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR STOPPING BLACK ADVANCEMENT: Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan released a video statement via Twitter last week accusing Jews of “controlling” the USA government, and actively conspiring to use the levers of government to bar “black advancement”. The 84-year-old black supremacist leader publicized comments made earlier claiming that “the Jews” were responsible for a recent wave of criticism of Farrakhan, as well as alleged efforts by the USA government to block “black advancement”. “The FBI has been the worst enemy of black advancement. The Jews have control over those agencies of government,” Farrakhan tweeted. In the attached video clip, Farrakhan referred to American Jewry as “This enemy”. The tweet drew criticism from some Democratic lawmakers, who have largely remained silent following a wave of revelations regarding the ties between senior Democrats and the controversial Chicago figure. “This is unacceptable in a progressive coalition or any political coalition,” tweeted Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz last week. “Anti-Semitism has no place in American society. We must reject this, left right and center.” Over the past few months, a number of senior Democratic officials have been cited for ties with Farrakhan, including former President Barack Obama, who met with the Nation of Islam leader on Capitol Hill in 2005 and posed for a joint photograph. (Arutz-7) “Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me.” Ps 69:4

CZECH PRESIDENT WANTS EMBASSY MOVE TO JERUSALEM EXPEDITED: Milos Zeman, recently elected to his second five-year term as President of the Czech Republic, would like to speed up the process of moving his country’s embassy to Jerusalem. After the USA announcement that their Jerusalem consulate would become an embassy on 14 May 2018 for Israel’s 70th anniversary, Israel's Ambassador to Prague, Daniel Meron, tweeted last week that, Zeman would like his country to follow USA President Donald Trump’s lead. “It makes me truly happy because, as I said during my visit to Israel four years ago, I would like to transfer the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem, and had it happened, we would have been the first to do so,” he noted. (INN)

YAD VASHEM LAUNCHES FREE ONLINE COURSE ON ANTI-SEMITISM: With an onslaught of anti-Semitic themes prevalent on today's social media, anti-Semitism is currently entering the private sphere of millions, and acts and rhetoric targeting Jews are still prevalent. Yet for a phenomenon so widespread, its boundaries and expressions often come into debate. As such, Yad Vashem has partnered with FutureLearn to provide a free online course which analyzes the history of anti-Semitism as well as its current nature and expressions. Titled "Anti-Semitism: From its Origins to the Present," the six-week course investigates over 2,000 years of history, explaining how anti-Semitism has manifested itself through various eras of the past – including, of course, its ultimate articulation during the Shoah – and its new forms to be grappled with in modern society. The course is centered on video clips by 50 prominent intellectuals and historians, such as Prof. Irwin Colter, EMET prizewinner Prof. Yehuda Bauer and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. For Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, the course exemplifies the relevancy of the Shoah for generations to come. The course, now open to for registration, will be available to the public from 19 March 2018. (J.Post) Pray that many people will participate in this very important educational program. Anti-Semitism is steadily rearing its ugly head across the globe. It must be fought with truth, a constantly alert media exposing hatred against Jews and Israel, along with many educational programs doing the same.

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