JNN Newsletter - February 2, 2017

“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered.” Ps 68:1

IRAN CARRIES OUT BALLISTIC MISSILE TEST IN VIOLATION OF UN RESOLUTION: Iran carried out a test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile on 29 Jan. 2017, which exploded after 630 miles, a USA official said the following day. The source disclosed the test launch was carried out from a site 140 miles east of Tehran. The last time this type of missile was test launched was in July 2016. The Obama administration previously said that Iran's ballistic missile tests had not violated the nuclear agreement, but President Donald Trump has said he will stop Tehran's missile program, per the UN resolution agreement. Under the UN motion approving the nuclear deal that was made in 2015, Iran is 'called upon' to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years. The deal was brokered by the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France. (UK Daily Mail)

UK PURIM CONFERENCE 2017: PRAYER, PROCLAMATION AND PRAISE! 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 the Jewish Queen Esther, and the salvation of the Persian (Iranian) Jews from the wicked plot of Haman. Esther encountered tragedy in her life, but the impact of her obedience and courage makes her story one of great victory. Not considering the consequences for herself when the Jewish people were under threat, Esther put her life at risk to save her beloved people. Esther could only achieve what she did with God’s favor and protection, so she asked her uncle, Mordecai, to call the Israelites together to fast for three days before she went before the King.

Now in this crucial time in the history of the UK, Israel and of the world we are calling you to pray with us. Just as the Israelites fasted for Esther we need to intercede for God’s people who have opportunities to reach those in power. We need to pray and proclaim victorious scriptures and decrees over those who have national and global influence, and whose decisions can affect the lives of so many. We want to dedicate a special time at our Purim conference to join in unison to cry out to God. We are calling all the Joseph Storehouse prayer warriors to come and intercede, to proclaim and to praise our mighty God! 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/purim-celebration-tickets-29435218531

IRAN WILL BE A KEY TOPIC WHEN NETANYAHU VISITS TRUMP: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with President Trump at the White House on 15 Feb. 2017. Netanyahu thanked Trump for the invitation and said he looked forward to discussing “the areas of cooperation between us that are so vital to the security and well-being of our two countries.” Iran is expected to be a main topic at the White House meeting. Iran this week test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile, in what Netanyahu called “a flagrant violation of a Security Council Resolution.” The Israeli leader said he plans to “raise the need for a renewal of sanctions against Iran - sanctions against ballistic missiles but also other sanctions, against Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism, and also to deal with this entire failed nuclear agreement” in his meeting with Trump. Israel’s Intelligence Minister, Israel Katz, likewise said on Tues. 31 Jan. 2017 that "there is no doubt that further sanctions on Iran are needed," following the ballistic missile test. Katz said that not only Iran's ballistic missile program, but also its entrenchment in Syria and the aid it gives to Hezbollah constitute threats to Israel's security. The intelligence minister suggested that the Trump administration and its stance on Iran, offers new opportunities to thwart Iran's hegemonic ambitions in the region that endanger Israel. "The Trump administration and other [Middle East] leaders see Iran in a negative light. This is a significant development. There are initiatives to prevent Iranian meddling in the region, and Iran's entrenchment in Syria. These are goals that we must promote," Katz said. (NY Post/Times of Israel/J. Post) Intercede that world leaders will take action against the ploys and moves of the Islamic Republic to advance its weapons arsenal and its support of terrorism.

DANON: SECURITY COUNCIL RESPONSE NEEDED TO MISSILE TEST: Danny Danon, Israel's Ambassador to the UN, has responded to the Iranian ballistic missile test by saying, "Iran has once again defied Security Council resolutions and revealed its true intentions." Danon warned, "The international community must not bury its head in the sand in the face of this Iranian aggression. The Security Council members must act immediately in response to these Iranian actions which endanger not only Israel, but the entire Middle East." (Arutz-7)

IRAN WARNS USA AGAINST ‘CREATING NEW TENSIONS’ OVER MISSILE TEST: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tues. 31 Jan. 2017 warned the USA against “creating new tensions” with Tehran over ballistic missile tests, a day after Israel’s prime minister said he would urge Washington to impose new sanctions over the launch. “We hope that Iran’s defense program is not used by the new USA administration as a pretext to create new tensions,” Zarif said at a press conference with visiting French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault. The UN Security Council was due to hold emergency talks called by Washington on Tues. regarding Iran’s recent test-firing of a medium-range missile. Iran says its missiles do not breach UN resolutions because they are for defense purposes and not designed to carry nuclear warheads. [Challenging this blatant lie, a missile launched from Iran on 9 March 2016 had on it, inscribed in Hebrew, "Israel must be wiped out."] Following this week’s launch, Israel’s PM Netanyahu called it a “flagrant violation” of the nuclear deal and said he would urge President Donald Trump to impose new sanctions on Iran. Ayrault said France had also expressed its concerns over the missile tests. He said the continued tests are “contrary to the spirit” of the Security Council resolution which enshrined a landmark July 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, and “hamper the process of restoring the confidence established by the Vienna agreement.” (Times of Israel) “Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.” Ps 5:9

IRAN HAS CHANGED, BUT FOR THE WORSE: The pro-Iran engagement camp has long advocated that a nuclear agreement with Iran would lead to numerous changes in the regime. More than one year down this road, the changes in Iran are nothing to boast about. Tehran continues its atrocious executions, human rights violations and ongoing oppression of ordinary citizens inside the country. And the mullahs have continued their mantra of exporting "Islamic Revolution" throughout the Middle East, as we are witnessing so vividly today in Syria. The change the world has witnessed in Iran's pursuit of a vast weapons-of-mass-destruction program is its bold new approach in efforts to master ballistic missiles. Iran's missile tests have continued to violate UN Security Council resolutions, yet there has been hardly any serious global response. (Forbes)

ISRAELI HOME FRONT PREPARING FOR THOUSANDS OF ROCKETS: The IDF Home Front Command is preparing for the thousands of rockets expected to strike Israel during the next war, investing hundreds of millions of shekels over the past two years on defensive measures and strengthening strategic capabilities. The IDF considers the Lebanon-based terrorist group, Hezbollah, the most substantial threat, with at least 120,000 rockets aimed at Israel, many of them able to strike anywhere in the country. While most rockets are expected to hit open fields due to a lack of precision guidance systems, the IDF expects that an estimated 150,000 civilians would leave their homes in the North in the event of a war with Hezbollah.

Coordination and division of responsibilities between the Home Front Command and the National Emergency Authority (known by its Hebrew acronym RACHEL) is said to have significantly improved in the past two years. Local governments, who, along with the command and RACHEL, would be responsible for providing evacuees with any necessary services, have also markedly improved their level of preparedness. In addition to planning for a mass evacuation, the IDF has spent millions of shekels on upgrading and constructing new public bomb shelters. The command, which conducts annual drills to prepare for emergency scenarios, has also begun carrying out annual nationwide emergency drills for schoolchildren. In addition, it has begun to teach high school students how to administer first aid to themselves, in the event that the arrival of emergency services is delayed. (J.Post) Intercede over situations and events taking place in countries adverse to the Jewish state on the other side of Israel’s northern borders. This region, most immediately, includes Syria and Lebanon, out of which terrorists groups - rabidly hostile to Israel and supported by Iran - operate. Pray for the Lord’s angelic shields to be along Israel’s northern borders and that all of the nation’s security measures will be anointed to operate at fully successful capacities should the need arise.

UN CHIEF SAYS TEMPLE MOUNT WAS HOME TO JEWISH TEMPLE, PALESTINIANS DEMAND APOLOGY: Palestinian officials are demanding an apology from the new UN chief after he said it was “completely clear that the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple.” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also told Israel Radio last weekend that “no one can deny the fact that Jerusalem is holy to three religions today,” including Judaism. On Sunday 29 Jan. 2017, Adnan al-Husseini, the Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem Affairs minister, said that Guterres “ignored UNESCO’s decision that considered the Al-Aqsa mosque of pure Islamic heritage.” He also said Guterres “violated all legal, diplomatic and humanitarian customs and overstepped his role as secretary general, and must issue an apology to the Palestinian people.” Guterres also told Israel Radio that he would not initiate a new peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, but that he did believe in a two-state solution and would be willing to assist in a peace process if asked. (JTA) Bravo for the UN chief who knows some basic Jewish and Jerusalem history!

POLL: HALF OF ISRAELIS AVOID TRAVEL TO CITIES HIT BY TERROR: A New poll indicates the preferred travel destination in 2017 for Israelis who defined themselves as “children,” “adults,” “secular,” or “religious” is New York. Thailand and London came in second and third, respectively. On the other hand, 52% of respondents said that they were apprehensive of traveling to a city like Paris, Berlin, or Istanbul which saw a terror attack in the past year. Eyal Shmueli, publisher of Israel Travel News commented on the findings. “There’s no doubt that international tourism has taken a blow as a result of terror in central capitals around the world, but one can see that, with time, things are going back to normal and tourists are returning to routine, especially with respect to central destinations like Paris or Berlin. Nevertheless, the poll shows that half of Israelis are apprehensive about travelling to these cities, something which surprised us due to the fact that Israelis are pretty used to emergency situations. I believe that the lack of desire to travel to these places stems from the Israeli tourist’s need to take a rest from the difficult daily life in Israel. When on vacation, we want to stop worrying about being in a place that could be a terror target,” he concluded. (Arutz-7)

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