JNN Newsletter - January 31, 2017

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge.” Ps 48: 1-3

NETANYAHU REAFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR USA EMBASSY MOVE - SAYS 'ALL EMBASSIES SHOULD BE IN JERUSALEM': PM Benjamin Netanyahu clarified on Sunday 29 Jan. 2017 that the Israeli government holds the position that the USA embassy in the country should be located in Jerusalem. The premier's remarks came amid implications that Israel had urged new USA President Donald Trump to delay fulfilling his pledge to move the American mission in Israel from Tel Aviv to the capital. "I would like to clarify unequivocally that our position - now and at all times - has always been that the USA embassy should be here in Jerusalem," he stated. "Jerusalem is Israel's capital, and not only should the American embassy be in Jerusalem, but all embassies should be moved here, and I believe that in due time they will all reach Jerusalem," Netanyahu added. The prime minister's remarks came after Marc Zell, the co-chairman of the Republicans Overseas Israel group, indicated that Netanyahu had urged Trump to delay the process of moving the embassy. "Before the election Trump said that he would move the embassy to Jerusalem. Then he spoke to Bibi Netanyahu. I don't know what happened, but suddenly the White House said 'we'll think about it' and that same week Israel announced the construction of 2,500 new settlement units and the response from Washington was extraordinary - quiet," Zell told Army Radio on Sunday morning.

Once committed to quickly moving America's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Trump administration has recently turned to express caution, promising only to review the matter extensively and in consultation with "stakeholders" in the conflict. Asked days ago about moving the embassy, a move he said he favored during the campaign, Trump said, “I don’t want to talk about it yet. It’s too early.” That deliberative process tracks closely with the policy evolution of two prior presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who also campaigned on a pledge to move the embassy. Both ultimately reversed course while in their first terms office. Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and other Arab allies have warned the White House of severe repercussions should it proceed with the move, including a review of bilateral relations with both the USA and Israel. Arab states have also warned of an upsurge in violence should the embassy be relocated. (J.Post) “This is what the Lord says, ‘I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.’”Zech 8:3

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: 

NETANYAHU BACKS TRUMP’S MEXICO WALL: Israel’s PM Netanyahu on Saturday 28 Jan. 2017, expressed his support for President Trump’s controversial plan to build a wall along the USA-Mexico border, saying the barrier he built along his country’s southern border “stopped all illegal immigration”. Trump last week signed executive actions to start the construction of a continuous, “physical” wall, making good on a campaign promise to keep out illegal immigrants from Mexico, particularly “rapists” and drug dealers. "Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders," Trump declared. "We are going to save lives on both sides of the border." Trump has forged ahead on the wall promise, despite Mexico refusing to pay the bill, as Trump said it would. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto responded immediately to Trump’s declaration, saying in a nationally televised address that he regrets and rejects the president’s decision, nixing a planned meeting between the two leaders.

The southern wall in Israel -- completed in 2013 after two years of construction and paid for by Israel -- is not the Judea & Samaria barrier, built to end terror attacks launched from Palestinian Arab cities. The Southern wall was built because Israel was facing problems from the influx of tens of thousands of illegal African immigrants through Egypt -- mostly from Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Nigeria and seeking employment and asylum. Their arrival also coincided with a spike in crime, more burden on the Israeli health system and other social problems. Those coming into the USA from the south are seeking better economic conditions and include people fleeing El Salvador and other parts of Central America, ravaged by poverty, violence and other consequences of the region’s drug wars. (Fox)

DISAPPOINTED: MEXICO REBUKES ISRAEL OVER TRUMP WALL PRAISE: Mexico on 28 Jan. 2017, chided PM Netanyahu for endorsing USA President Trump’s plan to build a wall along its border with the United States. Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a communique that it had expressed its “profound surprise, rejection and disappointment in the prime minister’s message on Twitter. Mexico is Israel’s friend and should be treated as such,” it said. Netanyahu had welcomed praise from Trump for Israel’s security barrier in Judea & Samaria. Referring to the recently built fence along Israel’s border with Egypt, the prime minister said the measure had been a “great success” in keeping out illegal immigration, mainly came from African nations.Backtracking after Mexican officials demanded a clarification, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry stressed that Netanyahu was not commenting on USA-Mexican relations. “Netanyahu referred to our specific security experience which we are willing to share. We do not express a position on USA-Mexico relations,” he said. (Times of Israel)

TRUMP SAYS SYRIAN CHRISTIAN REFUGEES WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY: USA President Trump said on Friday 27 Jan. 2017 that Syrian Christians will be given priority when it comes to applying for refugee status in the United States. “They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair is everybody was persecuted. They were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians.” Trump signed an executive order on Friday that will suspend travel visas for anyone from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the USA. The order will affect people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, reports suggested. Trump campaigned on hard-line anti-immigration rhetoric, saying in Dec. 2015 that he wanted a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”. (Reuters/Ynet)

IRAN: TRUMP’S BAN A ‘FLAGRANT INSULT’ TO ENTIRE MUSLIM WORLD: Following President Donald Trump's ban on Muslims entering the USA, Iran's Foreign Ministry on 28 Jan. 2017, announced the country would "take appropriate consular, legal and political measures" against the ban. Iran also announced a reciprocal ban on American citizens wishing to enter Iran, and denounced the USA prohibition as a "flagrant insult" to the entire Islamic world. The new ban applies to all persons wishing to enter the USA from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for an initial and extendable period of 90 days. It also suspends the USA Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, until it can be reinstated for those "nationals of countries" who can be properly vetted. Under the new policy, Syrian refugees are prohibited indefinitely from entering the USA. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also condemned Trump's decision and called on the USA to continue allowing refugees entry. President Trump on Sunday 29 Jan. 2017, reaffirmed his support for strong borders. “Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world - a horrible mess!” (Arutz-7)

‘LIFE IS WINNING:’ PENCE FIRED UP MARCH FOR LIFE CROWD: Vice President Mike Pence fired up the crowd at Friday's 27 Jan. 2017, March for Life in Washington, telling the pro-life throng their movement is succeeding. "Life is winning in America and today is a celebration in that progress," Pence said at the Washington Monument. "We’ve come to a historic moment in the cause of life and we must approach it with compassion for every American. Life is winning in America because of you.” The 43rd annual event was the third major event in the nation’s capital last week, and drew activists from around the country. In addition to Pence, speakers included key adviser to President Trump; Kellyanne Conway, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and others. Pence was the first vice president or president ever to speak at the March for Life. “We are very pleased to welcome Vice President Mike Pence to speak at this year’s March for Life,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life. “Vice President Pence has been a friend and champion of the pro-life cause his entire career.” (Fox) Intercede for the lives of the unborn and that the abominable practice of abortion will be defeated in the West. Pray that government funding for Planned Parenthood with taxpayers money will be eliminated.

WINTER WEATHER POUNDS ISRAEL: Massive winter storms ushered in severe weather starting on Thurs. 26 Jan. 2016 and brought a significant amount of precipitation and high winds. From Thurs to Sunday, Jerusalem was hit the hardest, recording 70mm of rain. The country also saw snow fall in several high-altitude communities in the center and the north. Mount Hermon saw more than 50cm of snow. Temperatures have been unseasonably cold in recent days and the trend were expected to continue with more rain predicted for Mon.30 Jan. and Tues. 31 Jan as well. (Ynet) Continue to pray for much needed abundant rains to fall upon Israel this winter and spring. “Be glad, O people of Zion; rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.” Joel 2:23

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff