JNN Newsletter - December 1, 2017

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Ps. 82: 3-4

AGING WITH DIGNITY – A MULTI-SECTOR PLAN: A panel of experts headed by Professor Eytan Sheshinski, emeritus professor of economics at the Hebrew University, formulated a report that was presented this week to President Reuven Rivlin. The bottom line, Brosh told Rivlin, is that the minimal monthly pension that a couple should receive is NIS 7,780 ($2020) – and that, only on the premise that they own their home, meaning that they don’t have to pay rent. Single seniors should receive a minimal pension of NIS 4,668. ($1333) Couples currently receive NIS 5,025 ($1435) while singles get NIS 3,018; ($862). The proposed amounts would be an increase of 55% for both groups. The current sums may enable them to exist, but not to live in dignity. An example was given by Eran Weintraub, the CEO of Latet (To Give), an umbrella organization that represents some 60 non-profits. Weintraub said that in the winter many Holocaust survivors, fearful that the electricity bill will prove to be beyond their means, sit in the dark bundled up in blankets rather than using a heater to give them warmth. This also applies to other seniors living in impoverished conditions.

Where would the money come from to pay for increases in pensions? The employers have decided to donate NIS 1.3 billion per annum, Brosh said, providing that the Finance Ministry donates matching funds to the National Insurance Institute. Finance Ministry Director General Shai Babad said that he would have to study the report, but agreed that the most urgent problem is that of senior citizens, especially since they are growing in number. In 2015, there were 911,000 citizens over the age of 67; with increased life expectancy, the forecast for 2021 is 1.2m., growing to 1.9m. by 2036 and 2.6m. by 2049 – almost triple the number in just 34 years. (J.Post) Please continue to intercede for the care of the disabled, the elderly and Holocaust survivors that they may have their essential needs met to exist and financial increases to live with dignity. Many of the elderly do not know their rights and live in abject poverty. Others don’t speak the language and are afraid of involvement with the endless bureaucracy, meetings, forms and time that it takes to get anything done in Israel. May God have mercy on the poor of Israel from many resources. What a shame it is especially for Holocaust survivors and the disabled to live in such degradation and need. The disabled until this week were demonstrating in wheel chairs and on crutches to make their voices hear in the only way they know how. Now, police are issuing 500 NIS fines for each demonstrator that interferes with the flow of traffic or business as usual. “The righteous considers the cause of the poor, but the wicked does not understand such knowledge.”Pr.29:7

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117 COUNTRIES CO-SPONSOR ISRAELI UN RESOLUTION FOR AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY RESOLUTION: An Israeli resolution focusing on utilizing agricultural technology for sustainable development passed the United Nations Second Committee 141 to 1 with 34 abstentions. 117 countries co-sponsored the Israeli initiative, the highest number of co-sponsors to date for any Israeli resolution. The only country to vote against the Israeli resolution was Syria, while the rest of the Arab bloc abstained. “Israel is proud to work with our friends around the world in promoting cutting-edge solutions to some of the world’s oldest agricultural challenges,” said Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon upon adoption of the resolution. “This is an issue that should bring all of us together. Those opposing this resolution have clearly shown that instead of planting shoots of peace, they prefer to sow seeds of hate.” (Arutz-7)

‘UNRWA SERVES TO PROTECT TERROR ACTIVITIES’: Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee member MK Sharren Haskel held a discussion this week at a lobby she established for reform of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). "Only two weeks ago a Hamas terror tunnel was discovered under a school run by UNRWA in Gaza, the second tunnel uncovered in the last two months. During Operation Protective Edge, a weapons cache was discovered at the UNRWA facility in Gaza, and since 1999, Hamas has controlled the UNRWA Workers Union and the Teachers Union," said Haskel. The aim of the lobby is to bring about a profound reform in UNRWA, to demand dismissal of Hamas activists working in the organization, to stop education to incitement and hatred of Israel, to raise awareness among donor countries and to monitor the funds donated to UNRWA. The world will understand: UNRWA perpetuates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." (Arutz-7)

HAMAS REFUSES TO DISARM: Palestinian Arab terrorist movement Hamas again refused to disarm this week ahead of a key reconciliation deadline, instead threatening to carry out attacks against Israel in Judea and Samaria. "The weapons of the resistance are a red line that is non-debatable," Khalil al-Hayya, deputy head of Hamas in Gaza, told a press conference, referring to the Qassam Brigades. "These weapons will be moved to Judea to fight Judea & Samaria occupation. It is our right to resist the occupation until it ends.” United States and Israel have said they will reject any reconciliation agreement leading to a unity government including Hamas unless it disarms. (Arutz-7)

“NEXT WAR WILL BE PARTICULARLY VIOLENT”: Roni Daniel, a military correspondent for lsrael’s channel 2 News, stated during the panel 'Coverage of the Next War' at the annual media conference in Eilat that: "The next war will be particularly violent. I see the arena of the next war as being in Israel's cities," Daniel said. "This will be the first war in which there will be more casualties on the home front than on the front lines, and small communities will be hit dramatically. We must coordinate expectations for the citizens of the state. The Iron Dome cannot provide complete protection. The IDF spokesman will not succeed in conducting the discourse on the social networks, but we have to live with it. The army will have to take these recommendations and explain the current situation," he added. Daniel continued: "In wartime, it will be necessary for the IDF to be in all the social media groups in order to calm the public, and the next war will be particularly violent. During the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah was on the verge of collapse, but we did not know it then. It is impossible to return to a situation in which the Lebanese state and its forces threaten Israel."IDF Spokesman Ronen Manelis said in response: "First of all, we are making an effort to keep the next war as far off as possible."

"We are currently 11 years removed from the Second Lebanon War and three and a half years removed from Operation Protective Edge. However, the way we estimate the enemy and its abilities, the next war will affect the home front. It will look very different from the other side, because our operational plans and fire capabilities are stronger than ever. From the media's perspective, it will be a different war from a technological point of view. We have already invested a lot of effort so that we can communicate directly with the public in an effective manner." The IDF Spokesperson's Office also revealed that the IDF is currently setting up a war room with the purpose of combating related to military matters. "This room will monitor and refute all these rumors soon. The problem is that the rumors will often be close to the truth, and this is the biggest challenge, because this information flows into traditional media." (INN)

ISIS ISSUING CHRISTMAS THREATS; NEW YORK’S TIMES SQUARE APPARENTLY TARGETED: The ISIS terrorist group is using hi-tech and professional graphics to threaten cities in the United States and Europe during the Christmas season. A threat to New York City depicted Santa Claus standing on a platform overlooking Manhattan’s Times Square with a case marked “dynamite” at his side. The caption warns “We meet at Christmas in New York, soon.” Also targeted are landmarks like Regent Street in London, the Vatican and in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. In each case, cryptic and threatening messages authorities say are encrypted accompany the image. References to previous attacks that took place in European cities are also prevalent in the ISIS pieces. (Medialine) Please intercede that holiday celebrations and places of joyful gathering will not be marred by this most brutal of terrorist organizations.

MIGRATING BIRDS WINTER IN ISRAEL AS CLIMATE CHANGE MAKE DESERT TOO DANGEROUS: Climate change is turning Israel into a permanent wintering ground for some of the 500 million migrating birds that used to stop over briefly before flying on to the warm plains of Africa, Israeli experts say. The birds now prefer to stay longer in cooler areas rather than cross into Africa, where encroaching deserts and frequent droughts have made food more scarce. “In the last few decades Israel has become more than just a short stopover because many more birds and a greater number of species can no longer cross the desert,” said ornithologist Shay Agmon. “They will stay here for longer and eventually the whole pattern of migration will change,” he said.

Cranes are one of the most abundant species to visit the Hula wetlands and Agmon said that the number that prefer to stay in Israel until the end of March has risen from less than 1,000 in the 1950s to some 45,000 currently. Although migrating birds are a welcome attraction for ornithologists and tourists, their hunger for food from crop fields makes them a threat to farmers. Workers at the lush Hula reserve, which lies in the Syrian-African Rift Valley, have lured the birds from surrounding fields by feeding them at the wetlands site and offering them a far more comfortable existence. “It's harder for the birds to cross a much larger desert and they just cannot do it. There is not enough fuel, there are not enough ‘gas stations’ on the way, so Israel has became their biggest ‘gas station,’ their biggest restaurant,” Agmon said. (Google) They bless and delight us with their beauty and presence, even though they eat a lot.

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff