JNN Newsletter - April 6, 2017

“Like birds flying about, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem. Defending, He will also deliver it; passing over, He will preserve it.” Isa 31:5

ISRAEL DECLARES MULTILAYERED AIR DEFENSES FULLY OPERATIONAL: The David's Sling missile defense system became fully operational on Sunday 2 April 2017, completing Israel's multilayered air defenses amid tensions on its northern and southern borders. Developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense giant Raytheon, David's Sling is designed to intercept medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired at ranges from 24.85 miles to 186.41 miles. It is part of Israel's four-tiered air defense system, alongside Iron Dome, designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells, the Arrow 2 short- and medium-range ballistic missile interceptor, and the Arrow 3 long-range missile defense system. Speaking at the system's induction ceremony on Sunday, Netanyahu noted that defending the homefront was of the "utmost importance," and warned that "whoever seeks to strike us will be hit. We have pioneering technology, and Israel continues to lead the world in this field. The ingenuity of our people and the fighting spirit of our soldiers multiply our strength against our enemies and enable us not only to defend the homefront but to achieve victory in battle. But despite the importance that I attribute to our defensive capabilities, I reiterate: Whoever seeks to strike us will be hit. Anyone who threatens our existence places themselves in existential danger. This approach has ancient origins. Not far from here is the Elah Valley, where David defeated Goliath with his sling. King David defended the people of Israel against its enemies 3,000 years ago. He did so with a combination of extraordinary daring and extraordinary ingenuity. We recognize the age-old adage, 'Those who dare, win.'” (Israel Hayom)

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USA: NO UN RESOLUTIONS ON ISRAEL UNTIL PA RESUMES TALKS: United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, Mon. 3 April 2017 that the USA will not allow UN resolutions to be adopted on the Israeli-Palestinian Authority conflict as long as the PA does not return to the negotiating table. Haley said that since it's the USA’s turn to be president of the Security Council, the council's monthly discussion on the Middle East Council, to be held in two and a half weeks, will not focus on Israel. Instead, the discussion will revolve around issues such as Iran’s support for terrorism, the Syrian crisis, Hezbollah and Hamas among others," Haley explained. “So much has been put towards Israel and the Palestinian authority and not enough has been put towards some of these other issues,” she said. Haley had come out strongly against the United Nation’s anti-Israel bias just after her first Security Council meeting in Feb. 2017 saying the USA will no longer tolerate this. (J.Post/INN) Ambassador Haley is doing a superb joy at combating UN anti-Israel bias. Pray for her continued success at doing so and for her protection against the entities that are and will be pitted against her.

JEWISH GROUP URGES UNESCO TO REJECT ANTISEMITIC QATARI CANDIDATE FOR UNESCO DIRECTOR- GENERAL: UNESCO should reject the candidacy of former Qatari minister of culture Hamad bin Idealizes Al-Kawari for its director- general, Simon Wiesenthal Center’s European Office has said. Al-Kawari is one of nine candidates under consideration to replace Irina Bokova, who has headed the organization since 2009. On 31 March 2017, Shimon Samuels, international relations director at the Wiesenthal Center, wrote to UNESCO’s Executive Board chairman Michael Worbs, saying that when Al-Kawari was culture minister, Qatar sold texts at the Frankfurt Book fair that “fomented” conspiracy theories against Jews. “Mr. Chairperson, he who apparently endorses the language of the Nazi minister of propaganda Joseph Goebbels must not head the intellectual arm of the United Nations. We expect you to advise the Executive Board accordingly,” said Samuels. He added that Qatar supported UN resolutions on Jerusalem that ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. UNESCO’s executive board will interview all the candidates in Paris in late April 2017. A secret ballot will be held at its October 2017 meeting. Another secret ballot to affirm the nomination will be held at the body’s general conference in November 2017. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was established in large part to focus on preserving cultural heritage sites around the world. But the Palestinian Authority and the Arab states have pushed anti-Israel resolutions at its board and committee meetings, turning them into diplomatic battle grounds for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (J.Post) Intercede that a candidate favorably disposed towards the Jewish state will be voted in as director-general of UNESCO. This UN organization is a major battle front in winning the war against UN anti-Israel bias.

UN AGENCY TO RELEASE NEW DOCUMENT EQUATING ISRAELI 'OCCUPATION' TO USA SLAVERY: Less than a month after its executive-secretary resigned over a controversial report describing Israel as an “apartheid regime,” the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia is writing another report, this time equating “50 years of Israeli occupation” to the United States’ history of slavery. The UN Conference on Trade and Development is also said to be collaborating with ESCWA on the report. The document's publication is expected to symbolically coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War in June 2017. The agency’s last report caused much controversy, stating that “Israel has established an apartheid regime that dominates the Palestinian people as a whole.” It angered Israeli officials, who compared it to Der Sturmer – a Nazi propaganda publication that was strongly anti-Semitic. “The attempt by UN bodies to publish such defamatory reports are reprehensible and can be described only as a disgusting perversion of the truth,” said Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon. “We have made it clear that we will stand strong and demand that such libelous publications not see the light of day.” (Breitbart)

LONDONISTAN: 500 CLOSED CHURCHES, 423 NEW MOSQUES: The city of London now has 423 new mosques, which are "built on the sad ruins of English Christianity." So writes Italian journalist and writer, Giulio Meotti. The Hyatt United Church, for instance, on Hamilton Road, was purchased by the Egyptian community and is being converted into a mosque. St Peter's Church is now the Madina Mosque, and the Brick Lane Mosque used to be a Methodist church. Not only buildings are converted, writes Meotti, but also people: "The number of converts to Islam in London has doubled; often they embrace radical Islam, as with Khalid Masood, the terrorist who struck Westminster. Given the current trends," he predicts, "Christianity in England is becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future." It is estimated that by 2020, the number of Muslims attending prayers will top the number of Christians attending weekly Mass, 683,000 to 679,000. Within a generation, the number of churchgoers will be three times lower than that of Muslims who go regularly to mosque on Friday. Demographically, Britain has been acquiring an increasingly Islamic face in many cities. Birmingham, England's 2nd largest city, has a population that is 21.8% Muslim; Manchester, stands at 15.8% Muslim, and Bradford, with well over 300,000 people, is a quarter Muslim, including half its children. In Leicester, too, Britain's 10th largest city, half the children are Muslim. (Arutz-7)

JEWISH PARENTS PULL SON FROM BERLIN SCHOOL OVER ANTI-SEMITISM: Allegations of anti-Semitic harassment of a Jewish student in Germany that forced him to leave his school have spurred demands for a federal investigation by Germany’s top Jewish leader. The student’s parents said they pulled their 14-year-old son from the Friedenauer Community School in March 2017, after four months of verbal and physical harassment, culminating in a brutal attack. The parents said the harassment came from students of Arab and Turkish background. In March, according to the parents, “he was attacked and almost strangled, and one of the pupils pulled a toy gun on him that looked like a real gun. And the whole crowd of kids laughed. He was completely shaken.” Early on, when some pupils learned the boy was Jewish, one who had been friendly told him they couldn’t be friends anymore because “Jews are all murderers.” Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, demanded on 3 April 2017 that the education ministry investigate the incident and the response of the school, and state clearly where any failings might be. The school leadership said on its website that the alleged perpetrators in the incident would be held accountable. The boy has been enrolled in an English-language high school. (Arutz-7)

ISRAAID HELPS PERU REBUILD AFTER FLOODS: The Israeli NGO IsraAID is helping teachers in Peru prepare to reopen their schools after more than two weeks of flooding and mudslides that have devastated areas of the country. "One of our biggest concerns is water access," said Naama Gorodischer, IsraAID programs director and head of the mission to Peru. The IsraAID team is offering water purification solutions. (J.Post)

THE DEAD SEA GETS NEW LIFE : On a recent sunny morning Tourism Minister Yariv Levin led a cavalcade of Segways down the picturesque coastline of the Dead Sea in a wondrous, juxtaposition between the past and present. Nestled by the Judean Desert’s breathtaking canyons, with sweeping views of Jordan across the sea, Levin, several architects, and members of the press slowly traversed a new 3 km.-long stone promenade, featuring dozens of canopies, showers, and elegant beaches. Following several years of planning and a NIS 200 million ($55m) investment, Levin traveled to the Ein Bokek resort from Jerusalem for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially unveil the new and unprecedented attraction. Considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world, on Mon. 3 April 2017, the Dead Sea hosted a burgeoning hotel development and vacation resort.

“We invested hundreds of millions of shekels here, and we’re going to continue this investment in order to not just expand the beaches, but to promote the building of new hotels and commercial centers,” said Levin. “What is important is to provide tourists an overall experience that includes the beach, the sea, great hotels, excellent restaurants and attractions with many things to do, so I believe that coming here will be an unbelievable, unique experience – especially for those who know it from the past.” Indeed, Levin – who commissioned world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie to develop a sprawling master plan stretching 13 kilometers and including some 30 hotels, restaurants and public space – said he is banking on turning the Dead Sea into a world-class resort. “I urge everyone, Israelis and foreigners, to come to the Dead Sea,” he said. “They won’t regret it, and the truth is that they won’t even be able to believe it.” (J.Post)Israel’s expansion and beautification of the dead sea coast line is exciting news for both Israelis and tourists. Pray, however, for the restoration of water levels in the Dead Sea Estimates say this body of water is on pace to dry out by 2050. To save the Dead Sea, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories together with the World Bank have agreed to create what is being dubbed the "peace canal." Saltwater from the Red Sea is to be pumped into a desalination plant in the Jordanian coastal town of Aqaba and turned into fresh water. The remaining salt brine is to be pumped through a 180-kilometer pipeline into the Dead Sea.

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff