JNN Newsletter - February 17, 2017

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lam. 3: 22-23

ISRAEL’S RIGHT HAILS ‘NEW ERA’ AFTER TRUMP, NETANYAHU CONFERENCE: Israel's right wing on Wed. 15 Feb. 2017, welcomed what they called a "new era" following a joint press conference by USA President Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in which Trump said he would support a single state if it led to peace -- dropping the long-held public USA stance that the establishment of an independent Palestinian state was the only viable solution to the conflict. Hard-line Education Minister Naftali Bennett wrote on Twitter after the conference: "A new era. New ideas. No need for 3rd Palestinian state beyond Jordan & Gaza. Big day for Israelis & reasonable Arabs. Congrats." Culture Minister Regev wrote on her account: "The construction freeze in Judea & Samaria is over. The freeze in USA-Israel relations is over. A new diplomatic era began in Washington today." Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan also said Trump's remarks "prove we are in a new era. The stances expressed by the president testify to the understanding that the two-state solution is not the only solution for achieving peace and that the moment has come to flip the equation and put the pressure on the Palestinian side, which is the rejectionist side, and send a clear message that rejection of peace and teaching of hate and violence will have a price." (i24)

JOIN US MAY 7 – 17, 2017 FOR THE MILLENNIUM TOUR AND CENTER DEDICATION WITH BARRY & BATYA SEGAL: This spring Israel will be celebrating the year of Jubilee for Jerusalem’s reunification! Join us for this exciting time. In addition to touring, sightseeing and stimulating insights into Israel, we will be dedicating The Millennium Center on May 14, 2017. Explore the beautiful port city of Jaffa, see the breathtaking view from the Mount of Beatitudes, enjoy a boat ride along the Sea of Galilee, take in the Historical fortress of Masada, visit all around Jerusalem, float in the Dead Sea, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane and prepare to enjoy so much more. Those joining us from the USA will depart on May 7, arrive in Israel on May 8 and remain until May 17. The package price for flights, hotels, even all tips included will be $3,650 per person sharing a double room. The UK dates will be May 8-16 with the package price per person sharing a double room, plus flights, hotels and all tips will be £2,040. Make your reservations now by clicking on one of the following links depending on your location. USA: http://vfiusa.com/MillenniumUSA.pdf or
UK: http://vfiusa.com/MillenniumUK.pdf

DEPUTY FM HOTOVELY: ‘TWO-STATE EPOCH HAS ENDED’: Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely referred to the press briefing in Washington between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu on 15 Feb. 2017 and said that "the press conference with Netanyahu and Trump this evening ushers in a new era of statesmanship and initiates the idea of a regional solution. I welcome the fact that for the first time in 25 years there is an American desire to think afresh and to respect the Israeli interest which was determined by the people of Israel." Hotovely added that "the two-state epoch has ended. The prime minister is talking now about new ways of achieving peace." She described the political commentators as "shocked by the thought that finally pressure won't be exerted on Israel and we will be able to shape our future according to our national interests." (Arutz-7) “The nations shall see your vindication and all the kings your glory.” Isa 62:2

TRUMP AT JOINT WHITE HOUSE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH NETANYAHU: PALESTINIANS MUST STOP TEACHING HATE: The Palestinians “have to get rid of some of the hate they are taught from a very young age” before a peace deal with Israel can be reached, USA President Donald Trump said on Wed. 15 Feb. 2017. “They’re taught tremendous hate,” Trump stated at a joint White House press conference with visiting PM Netanyahu. “I’ve seen what they’re taught. It starts at a very young age and it starts in the schoolroom. They have to acknowledge Israel; they’re going to have to do that. There is no way a deal could be made if they’re not ready to acknowledge a very, very great and important country.” Earlier at the East Room event, Trump turned to Netanyahu and said, “As far as settlements, I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit. We’ll work something out. But I’d like to see a deal be made. It might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand. That’s a possibility. So let’s see what we do.” Netanyahu then chimed in tersely, “Let’s try,” to which Trump replied, “That doesn’t sound too optimistic.” Both Trump and Netanyahu touted the idea of rethinking the traditional paradigm of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. (Algemeiner) It is an important turning point that a USA president finally has addressed the issue of Palestinian hatred of Israel, taught almost from the cradle. In actuality, beneath the facade of the so called “moderate” Palestinian Authority and Israel’s unrelenting enemy, the Hamas terrorist group, there is little difference. Little has been said in the past by Western leaders regarding ceremonies honoring terrorists, or hate-filled Palestinian text books and children’s television shows. Scant mention has been made of how the wide-spread and ongoing malice in Palestinian Authority society shatters Israel’s trust that Palestinians have any plans for future Arab generations living side by side with her in harmony. Intercede that changes will be made in the education of the Palestinian young that make peace a goal in their hearts and minds, rather than the jihad destruction of the Jewish State.

NETANYAHYU: ‘WE CAN SEIZE A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY’: “For the first time in my lifetime, and the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly, as an ally, said Israeli PM Netanyahu at a White House conference with USA President Trump on 15 Feb. 2017. “This change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace. I believe that the great opportunity for peace comes from a regional approach, from involving our newfound Arab partners in pursuit of a broader peace and peace with the Palestinians,” the prime minister went on to say. On the same matter, Trump stated, “We have been discussing that. It is something that is very different and hasn’t been discussed before. It’s actually a much bigger deal, a much more important deal, in the sense that it would take in many, many countries and would cover a very large territory. I think it’s a terrific thing. And I think we have some pretty good cooperation from people who in the past would never, ever, have even talked about doing this.” The two prerequisites for peace, Netanyahu stated - Palestinian recognition of the Jewish state and Israel maintaining security control over all land west of the Jordan River. (Algemeiner)

NETANYAHU PRAISES TRUMP AS LEADER TO DEFEAT RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM: At a joint press conference Tues. 14 Feb. 2017, Israeli PM Netanyahu said President Trump was the right leader to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. “Under your leadership I believe we can reverse the rising tide of radical Islam,” Netanyahu told the president during his first visit to the White House since Trump took office. The prime minister commended the president for showing “great courage in confronting this threat head-on.” During the campaign, Trump ran on a strong pro-Israel platform and vowed to make defeating the terrorist army, ISIS, a top priority of his administration. He frequently criticized former President Obama, who had a strained relationship with Israel, and avoided even saying the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” (Washington Times)

TRUMP PROMISES ISRAEL: ‘IRAN WILL NEVER GET THE BOMB’: President Donald Trump hailed the United States' "unbreakable" bond with Israel on Wed. 15 Feb. 2017 and promised PM Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon. Trump's vow was designed to address Israeli concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, which Netanyahu has warned expires too soon to permanently remove the threat. "The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions, which I've talked a lot about," he said. "One of the worst deals I've ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing -- I mean ever -- a nuclear weapon." Critics of the agreement, including Netanyahu, have argued then when some of the terms of the deal expire in 10 and 15 years it will leave Tehran on the threshold of building a bomb. (Yahoo)

SHADOWY IRANIAN GENERAL VISITS MOSCOW, VIOLATING SANCTIONS: A shadowy Iranian general responsible for the deaths of nearly 500 Americans traveled to Moscow on 15 Feb. 2017, to meet with high-ranking Russian officials -- a trip that violated multiple UN resolutions forbidding him from leaving his country, numerous western intelligence officials with direct knowledge of the visit told media sources. Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani arrived in Vnukovo airport outside Moscow and was scheduled to remain in Russia for a few days for meetings, officials said. This is Soleimani’s third trip to Moscow following visits in April and July 2015. Soleimani is thought to be the mastermind behind Iran’s proxy war in Syria in order to prop up the Assad regime. Soleimani met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu days after the Iranian nuclear deal was agreed to in Vienna. Iran has been a key ally along with Russia in Syria, working together to shore up support for Syrian President Assad against opposition fighters, some of who are backed by the United States.

The Quds Force, which Soleimani heads, is the special operations wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, responsible for supporting terrorist proxy forces across the Middle East. Soleimani reports directly to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Soleimani was first designated a terrorist and sanctioned by the USA in 2005 for his role as a supporter of terrorism. In October 2011, the USA Treasury Department tied Soleimani to the failed Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States at a popular restaurant in Washington, D.C. UN Resolution 1747 prohibits Soleimani to travel, and any country that lets him transit or travel is also defying sanctions. Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and would be a aware of the restrictions against meeting him. During his confirmation hearing before Congress in 2015, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said many Americans were killed by Iranian-backed forces under the command of Soleimani. The number is estimated to be about 500. (Fox)

OVER 100 MEMBERS OF INDIAN ‘LOST JEWISH TRIBE’ TO MAKE ALIYA THIS WEEK: Thirty members of India’s Bnei Menashe Jewish community landed in Israel on Tues. evening, 14 Feb. 2017, the first in a group of 102 due to immigrate to Israel this week. The aliya is being facilitated by the Jerusalem-based organization Shavei Israel, which works to strengthen ties between the Jewish people and descendants of Jews around the world. The 102 new immigrants arriving this week all hail from the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram, which borders Myanmar and Bangladesh and is home to the second-largest concentration of Bnei Menashe in India after the state of Manipur. The olim plan to make their homes in Nazareth Illit, following in the footsteps of other members of the Bnei Menashe community. Shavei Israel Founder Michael Freund said this week’s arrivals mark the launch of Operation Menashe 2017. “Over the course of the coming year, with God’s help, we will bring a total of more than 700 Bnei Menashe immigrants to Israel – the largest-ever airlift in a single year,” Freund added. “After 27 centuries of exile, this lost tribe of Israel is truly coming home. But we will not rest until all the remaining Bnei Menashe still in India are able to make aliya as well.” (J.Post) “He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth” Isa. 11:12. Pray for Israel’s new arrivals from India. May they quickly adapt, learn the language, find housing and employment and enjoy their new home all the days of their lives.

The suggestions, opinions and scripture references made by JNN writers and editors are based on the best information received.

Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff