JNN Newsletter - February 12, 2017

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it.” Col 4:2

PALESTINIAN WOUNDS 6 ISRAELIS IN MARKET ATTACK: A Palestinian teenager, on 9 Feb. 2017, opened fire and stabbed shoppers with a screwdriver at a market in central Israel wounding six people, including a man and woman in their 50s, a man in his 40s, and a woman in her 30s. Most of the victims were shot by the terrorist, while at least one was stabbed. The injuries of all six were said to be light-to-moderate. Police say the terrorist, a 19-year old man from the Palestinian Authority city of Shechem in Samaria, was subdued by civilians at the scene while still carrying his gun. He was then handed over to authorities. A senior EMT who responded to the attack said the market was in “chaos” following the shootings. "There was a riot and chaos when I arrived on the scene. I identified a 30-year old female sitting on a chair at the entrance of a store. She suffered wounds to her limbs but was fully conscious. Ten meters away, there were a male and a female in their 50s, also fully conscious, with wounds to their lower extremities. We provided them with preliminary medical treatment and quickly evacuated them to the hospital." Since 2015, Palestinian attackers have carried out numerous stabbings, shootings and assaults using cars, killing 41 Israelis and two visiting Americans, plus wounding many others. (Fox/INN) Pray for the full physical and emotional recovery of those wounded in Thursday’s attack.

JAMMED GUN SAVES LIVES IN PETAH TIKVA TERROR ATTACK: The terror attack in Petah Tikva Thurs. afternoon 9 Feb. 2017, could have been deadly had the terrorist’s gun not jammed midway into the attack, says an eyewitness. The gunman, a 19-year old resident of the Palestinian Authority city of Shechem in Samaria, opened fire on shoppers at the entrance to the Petah Tikva market at approximately 4:40 p.m., wounding several people before charging into a sewing machine shop. But when the terrorist attempted to open fire at those inside, his firearm jammed and he was unable to continue shooting. At that point, the terrorist grabbed a screwdriver and began stabbing customers. The terrorist was then subdued and handed over to police. (Arutz-7) “Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death” Ps 68:20. Continue to pray that God in His miraculous ways will undermine and avert murderous attacks against innocent Israelis.

TRUMP: “I WANT PEACE BETWEEN THE ISRAELIS AND THE PALESTINIANS”: USA President Donald Trump told Israel media sources on Friday 10 Feb. 2017, "I'm not someone who believes that advancing settlements is good for peace. But we are examining a number of options. No deal is a good deal if it isn't good for all sides. We are currently in a process that has been going on for a long time. Decades. A lot of people think that it can't be done. And a lot of smart people around me claim that you can't reach an agreement. I don't agree. I think we can reach an agreement and that we need to reach an agreement." Trump added that he has no interest in publishing condemnations of Israel during his time as president. "Israel has a long history of condemnations and difficulties. I don't want to condemn Israel during my term. I understand Israel very well and have a lot of appreciation for it. Israelis have gone through very difficult times. I want peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and beyond that I think peace for Israel will be great for Israel, not just good." (Ha'aretz) A society, whose leaders persist in perpetrating hatred and lies against the Jewish state, can never be considered a peace partner with whom Israel can reasonably negotiate. PA run-schools and their textbooks continue to teach children to abhor the Jewish state and to promote its destruction. Terrorists who have murdered and maimed Israelis, including babies and children, are openly glorified as “heroes,” and media incitement against the Jewish state is rampant. Intercede that changes will come from within the Palestinian society that result in softened hearts, educational and media shifts, and a true desire for good relations. Until such transformations occur, peace - as it has and is presently being touted - is only an illusion.

NEW USA GOVERNMENT ISN’T OBSESSED WITH WHERE ISRAEL’S JEWS LIVE: Stories about Israeli settlements invariably generate breathless international headlines, as though there is something uniquely newsworthy about Jews in the Jewish state building homes and schools to accommodate a growing population. It takes a curious derangement to conclude that all would be well in the Middle East if only Israel would stop enlarging Jewish neighborhoods. To its credit, the new USA administration rejects that paradigm, with the White House spokesman saying days ago that the president and his foreign-policy team "don't believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace." Palestinian rejectionism has always been the insurmountable impediment to Middle East peace - not Jewish housing. (Boston Globe) Pray Israel will stand strong in its resolve to provide much needed housing for its citizens and peruse its rights to expand long standing, well established and thriving Jewish communities – despite international unmerited and lopsided disapproval.

POLL: MOST EUROPEANS SUPPORT MUSLIM IMMIGRATION BAN: A majority of Europeans would support a ban on further migration from mainly Muslim countries, a poll of more than 10,000 people in 10 countries finds, according to NBC News. An average of 55 percent of those Europeans surveyed for the London-based think tank Chatham House agreed that immigration from Muslim-majority countries should be halted. The poll, released on 7 Feb. 2017, comes after a string of terrorist attacks across Europe which were linked to radical Islam, as well as record-setting levels of migration that have created social tensions across the continent. Majorities in all but two of the 10 countries polled supported a ban, ranging from 71% in Poland, to 53% in Germany, 47% in the United Kingdom and 41% in Spain. In no country did the percentage that disagreed surpass 32%, noted NBC News. Chatham House said the findings were "striking and sobering", adding that the figures "suggest that public opposition to further migration from predominantly Muslim states is by no means confined to Trump's electorate." The Chatham House poll, was carried out between 12 Dec. 2016, and 11 Jan. 2017, and involved 10,195 respondents. It was carried out before USA President Trump took office and implemented his executive order, which temporarily bans travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations until proper vetting measures are formulated. (NBC/Arutz-7)

ARAB COUNTRIES OFFER LIMP OPPOSITION TO TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER: There are apparently voices in Arab countries supporting the executive order which President Trump is trying to enforce against the entry of nationals to the USA from seven countries defined as "encouraging terror". Researchers of the MEMRI organization have gathered a number of statements in this vein over the past few days which testify to the fissure in the Arab world. They also cited the fact that the Arab League did not loudly protest the president's directive but offered a laconic statement on the matter. Egypt, Morocco, and Jordan have also kept silent as they wish to maintain cordial relations with the new administration. Saudi Arabia has offered audible support for the president's initiative. Saudi Energy Minister Khaled Al-Falah said in a BBC interview that it was not directed against Islam and that "it is the right of America to ensure the security of its nation." Another senior Arab quoted by MEMRI is the Foreign Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who said that "there is no doubt that countries have the right to take sovereign decisions. America took a step within the framework of these sovereign decisions.” MEMRI estimates that the reason Trump's move is being supported by these nations is due to the fact that the directive included Iran together with six other Arab countries - Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. The UAE and Saudia Arabia have very strained relations with Iran and therefore support Trump's initiative. (Arutz-7)

IRAQI ARCHBISHOP BACKS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN, HOPES FOR AID TO CHRISTIANS: The Archbishop for the Christian community in Iraq said President Trump’s travel ban on immigrants from terror hotspots is a good thing and will help minority religious groups in the region. Bashar Warda, the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil in Iraq, said as long as Trump's executive order includes special preferences for all victims of ISIS, it can be a positive for Christians in the region, whose plight Trump has been sympathetic to. “That said, the fact that an American administration seems to know that there are Christians and other religious minorities here who need help is something I find heartening. I hope this means that we will no longer be excluded from USA government and UN aid, which our people desperately need.” Warda, a key figure in the beleaguered Iraqi Christian community, has been vocal in the past about the lack of assistance from the previous Obama administration to Christians and other minorities in the region. Now, he hopes the current administration in Washington has started a helpful dialogue. “How is it possible that a community suffered genocide that has seen its numbers decline by more than 8 in 10 in a little over a decade, receives nothing at all from the American government that is funding countless humanitarian projects for internally displaced persons in this country?” he said.

The Nineveh Plain region, also known as the Plain of Mosul, has been the ancestral homeland of Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac Christians, Yazidis and other minorities -- all of who were under attack from ISIS since the terror group rose in 2014. These ethnic and religious minority groups were driven from the Plain when ISIS attempted to establish their caliphate. The Christian population in Iraq alone has plummeted from 1.5 million in 2003 to current estimates of 275,000 and could be gone for good within five years if no action is taken, according to a Nov. 2015 report from international Catholic sources. The dwindling numbers are due to genocide, refugees fleeing to other countries, and internal displacement. (Fox) Urgent is the need for ongoing intercession for the plight of persecuted Christians in Islamist countries. Please pray for their cause to be taken up by the nations in terms of granting aid, justice and protection. Intercede for courage and comfort to be granted to those who suffer.

PATRIOTS OWNER KRAFT TO DONATE $6 MILLION FOR ISRAEL’S FIRST AMERICAN FOOTBALL STADIUM: On the heels of his franchise’s latest Super Bowl title, New England Patriots owner and five-time National Football League (NFL) champion Robert Kraft has announced that he will donate $6 million for a new stadium near Jerusalem. “This isn’t a business trip. It’s something about spirituality,” said Kraft, who is currently visiting Israel. Set to open later this year, the stadium will be Israel’s first regulation-sized American football field and will serve the country’s growing interest in the sport. Currently, there are 1,350 active football players in Israel, with dozens of teams across the country. (Algemeiner)

UK PURIM CELEBRATION 2017: Join us in London for a special and joyous time as we pray and celebrate Purim together in remembrance of the heroic story of Mordecai and Esther and the salvation of the Persian Jews from the wicked plot of Haman. Date: Saturday 11 March 2017 - Venue: The Emmanuel Centre, 9 - 23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London - Start Time: 10.30am - Cost: £12.00. per person. Reserve your place by calling the UK office at: +44 (0)1793-279111, or book online at: 

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff