Incendiary Kites From Gaza Cause 4 Fires In Israel on Saturday

“The Lord is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.” Ps. 9:16

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INCENDIARY KITES FROM GAZA CAUSE 4 FIRES IN ISRAEL ON SATURDAY: Four air tankers and 12 firefighting teams battled a massive blaze that broke out in the Karmia Nature Reserve on Saturday afternoon 2 June 2018 because of an incendiary kite flown from Gaza. According to initial estimates 2,000-3,000 dunams of the reserve and its surrounding area were damaged in the fire. The topographical conditions in the nature reserve, combined with the strong winds blowing in the area, made it very difficult for firefighting forces to gain control of the flames. Thick smoke covered the area, and there were concerns the blaze might spread to nearby Israeli greenhouses. In recent weeks, Palestinians have been flying incendiary kites across the border, which have caused numerous fires on the Israeli side. Not merely farmers and agricultural lands have been targeted, however, as nature reserves and forests have gone up in flames as well. According to Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL) data, more than 2,100 dunams (2.1 square kilometers) of woodland have been torched near the Gaza border. Damaged wheat fields can no longer be used as birthing grounds for the area's gazelle population, while the reptilian populace of natural sites such as Be'eri Forest and the Besor Stream will take long to recover. (Ynet) Pray for the protection of Israel’s southern borders; its communities, businesses, schools, agriculture and beautiful nature reserves. Intercede that the fires set over the weekend by incendiary kites will be fully extinguish and that the various forms of terrorism being continued by Hamas and those associated with it will be severely penalized.

UN ‘HOPELESSLY BIASED AGAINST ISRAEL’ SAYS HALEY: The majority of the 15 states on the UN Security Council were “willing to blame Israel, but unwilling to blame Hamas, for violence in Gaza,” the American Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said on Friday 1 June 2018, after the USA vetoed a Kuwait-sponsored resolution that urged the deployment of an international force to Judea, Samaria and Gaza. “It is now completely clear that the UN is hopelessly biased against Israel,” Haley said after the vote. “The United States will not allow such bias, which is why we did not hesitate to cast our veto.” Earlier this week – at an emergency session of the Security Council called by the USA to condemn rockets fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza against Israel – Haley remarked that the Palestinians did not require protection from an external predator, but from a Hamas leadership that cynically manipulates the civilian population into violence. Israel’s UN Ambassador, Danny Danon, condemned the Kuwaiti draft “as a hypocritical resolution that sought to condemn Israel while failing to even mention the terrorists of Hamas as the root cause of violence and unrest in our region.” Danon continued: “We thank the United States for vetoing the resolution and commend all the Council members who in refusing to support it, defended Israel’s right to defend our citizens.” (Algemeiner) “May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.” Ps. 129:5

REPORT: PUTIN GIVES OK TO ISRAELI STRIKES ON SYRIA: According to a report in a leading Arabic website, Moscow has given its consent to Israeli military strikes deep in Syrian territory. Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported Friday 1 June 2018 that Moscow and Jerusalem held talks the previous day concerning Syria and agreed to “limit” the Iranian presence in the south of the country. Israeli counterpart Avigdor Liberman met in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, while Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and President Vladimir Putin spoke about Syria over the phone. The two sides agreed to “limit” Iran, keep its forces away from the south, and to allow the IDF to target "menacing bases in the deep Syrian territories," according to the influential London-based website. The Kremlin confirmed that the conversation between Putin and Netanyahu focused on “some aspects of the Syrian settlement.” A Russian source told Asharq Al-Awsat that Moscow refuses to offer details about the understanding with Jerusalem "to respect the balance in its separate relationships with Israel and Iran" – as the report phrased it. “Russia is somehow embarrassed because talks with the Israelis mainly focus on a plan to remove Iran and its forces from southern Syria,” the source added. Liberman told Shoigu that “Israel greatly appreciates Russia's understanding of our security needs especially regarding the situation on our northern border." (Arutz-7)

USA REFRAINS FROM CONDEMNING ISRAELI APPROVAL ON NEW JUDEA & SAMARIA HOMES: The Trump administration refrained from condemning Israel’s approval of the construction of nearly two thousand new housing units in Judea & Samaria as the White House reportedly readies to present its much-anticipated plan to revive the moribund peace process. Instead of denouncing Jerusalem, a spokesperson for the USA National Security Council stated that “the Israeli government has made it clear that it is going forward with its intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes the American president’s concerns into consideration.” While President Donald Trump has assumed a much more lenient approach to the issue than his predecessor Barack Obama’s “not one brick” policy, he has nevertheless described Israeli building in Judea & Samaria communities as “unhelpful”. According to the Peace Now organization, about half of the latest homes to be advanced will be located outside of the so-called “settlement blocs,” where hundreds of thousands of Jewish Israelis live and which many therefore maintain will remain part of Israel in any future peace deal. It remains unclear, however, whether any negotiating process can be jump-started given Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ repeated assertion that he will not engage in any USA-led initiative. (Medialine) Pray according to God’s promises: “I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” Ezek. 36:11

‘THERE IS NO FUTURE FOR ORTHODOX JEWS IN THE UK’: Demands by the British government that Orthodox Jewish schools in the United Kingdom conform with educational requirements, including the teaching about same-sex marriage, pose an existential threat to the observant Jewish community in Britain, a senior haredi leader warned. In recent years, Britain’s Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services, and Schools (Ofsted) has demanded that Jewish religious schools include instruction on same-sex marriage and “sexual orientation” issues. Ofsted has threatened the closure of schools which are not in compliance of the 2010 “Equality Act”, which requires schools to teach “about protected characteristics” including sexual orientation and “gender re-assignment”. Anti-religious organizations like “Humanists UK” have joined the campaign against Orthodox Jewish schools, filing protests with Ofsted against institutions for removing references to homosexuality and abortion in state-issued textbooks. The efforts to compel Jewish schools to teach about subjects fundamentally against their core values are tantamount to an “eviction notice” for members of the Orthodox community, warned Rabbi Aaron Klein. The UK’s Education Department is reportedly expected to strengthen regulations regarding mandatory education on same-sex relationships and gender re-assignment. If adopted, the new requirements could mean that “a school that does not teach a syllabus that includes totally alien, atheistic values could be summarily closed,” Rabbi Klein continued. (INN)

POLL: 23% OF BRITISH RESPONDENTS ‘UNWILLING’ TO HAVE A JEW IN THE FAMILY: Nearly a quarter of British respondents to a poll on attitudes to minorities in Western Europe said they would be unwilling to accept Jews as family members. The Pew Research Center’s report contains results from interviews with more than 24,000 randomly selected adults in 15 countries. In the United Kingdom, 23% of 1,841 respondents interviewed said “no” when asked “Would you be willing to accept Jews as members of your family?” It was the second-highest proportion of negative responses, directly after Italy’s 25%. The highest level of acceptance of Jews as family members was in the Netherlands, where 96% of 1,497 respondents said they would have no problem with a Jew joining their family. In Germany, 19% of 2,211 respondents said they would not accept a Jewish relative. In Austria, non-acceptance was at 21%. The mostly Catholic nations of Spain, Portugal, and Ireland also had high non-acceptance levels at 13%, 18%, and 18%, respectively. In Italy, 12% of 1,804 respondents said they would be unwilling to accept even a Jewish neighbor. (INN) And God’s reply is: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, 'Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.'"

DANISH LAWMAKERS SET TO DELIBERATE CIRCUMCISION BAN: Lawmakers in Denmark are set to debate a measure to ban circumcision for children under 18 after organizers attracted more than 50,000 signatures on a petition. “I’m really pleased. This is a great day for us,” said Lena Nyhus, the driving force behind Intact Denmark, the group behind the petition. The petition, citing UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, calls for a six-year prison sentence for those carrying out circumcisions on boys under the age of 18 unless there is a medical reason. The Jewish community in Denmark has objected to the petition, saying that it has practiced circumcision without issues in the country for more than 400 years. Earlier this year, the fellow Scandinavian country Iceland considered a ban on circumcision. However, that bill stalled amid opposition from lawmakers and international outcry. (Algemeiner)

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