JNN Newsletter - July 12, 2017

“His wisdom is profound, His power is vast. Who has resisted Him and come out unscathed?”
Job 9:4


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IDF SOLDIER WOUNDED IN CAR RAMMING ATTACK, ASSAILANT NEUTRALIZED: An IDF soldier was moderately wounded in a car ramming attack near Tekoa, in Judea & Samaria, on10 July 2017. The assailant drove his vehicle into a guard post and toppled an electricity pole. The pole fell on the soldier, lightly wounding him. The assailant was neutralized by security forces after he exited his vehicle armed with a knife and attempted to stab other soldiers at the location, northeast of Hebron. (J.Post) Continue to pray against terrorist attacks in Israel.

PLEASE HELP US TO ASSIST ISRAEL’S POOR: Vision for Israel continues in its decades-long endeavors to impart comfort and provision for many of the nation’s poor, including terrorist victims and their families, the elderly and Holocaust survivors, children at risk and entire households suffering from poverty. Please give generously at www.visionforisrael.com For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk Your donations are deeply needed and appreciated.

PM NETANYAHU: UNESCO's DENIAL OF HISTORY IS ‘ABSURD.’ Israel’s PM Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday 10 July 2017, welcomed Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Jerusalem. Speaking about Rwanda and Israel's shared legacy, Netanyahu said, "We possess, both of our peoples a tragic legacy. Ours in the Holocaust, you in the great genocide that befell your people.” Netanyahu then honored President Kagame personally led military effort that put a stop to the carnage after more than a million people were butchered. He added that, “It is one of our deepest pleasures to be able to cooperate with you in rebuilding your state in agriculture and water and so many other areas, and security as well. We welcome you in Israel with an open heart and open arms.” Netanyahu also addressed last week’s UNESCO votes undermining Israel’s connections to Jerusalem and Hebron: Speaking to Kagame he said, "We see how you stand up for Israel in international forums. You already expressed a principle that we believe in that bilateral relations should be reflected in multilateral forums. There is a dissonance, obviously between us and quite a few nations still. We saw that in the absurd vote in UNESCO that said that King David, depicted there with a harp, was not in Jerusalem, he was in Tibet. His son, Solomon, didn't build the temple in Jerusalem, he built it in South America, I don't know. I mean, it's absurd, the whole denial of history… of the Bible." (Arutz-7) “Not a word from their mouth can be trusted… with their tongues they tell lies,” Ps.5:30

HALEY CALLS UNESCO HEBRON MOTION “AN AFFRONT TO HISTORY”: USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said following last week’s UN vote: "UNESCO has voted to designate the Old City of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as part of Palestinian territory and a World Heritage site despite protests by the United States, Israel, and other countries. The UNESCO vote on Hebron is tragic. It represents an affront to history. And it further discredits an already highly questionable UN agency. Today's vote does no one any good and causes much harm." PM Netanyahu responded to the motion by calling the measure “another delusional UNESCO decision” and ordered that $1 million be pulled from Israel’s UN funding to establish a museum showcasing Jewish heritage in Hebron. (Times of Israel)

IRAQI FORCES DECLARE VICTORY OVER ISIS IN MOSUL, BUT FIGHTING CONTINUES: Iraq’s prime minister entered the city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, on 9 July 2017 to declare victory in the nine-month battle for control of the former stronghold of the ISIS terror group. The victory signals the near end of the most grueling campaign against the group to date and dealing a near-fatal blow to the survival of its self-declared caliphate. On a walk through the city’s eastern districts, Haider al-Abadi was thronged by men holding camera-phones as music blared and others danced in the streets. “The world did not imagine that Iraqis could eliminate Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS. “This is all a result of the sacrifices of the heroic fighters who impressed the world with their courage.” But in a sign of how tenaciously ISIS has fought, even as Abadi was touring the town, the sound of airstrikes echoed through the skies and smoke rose from the last pocket of territory the terrorists control, thought to be no more than 200 yards long and 50 yards wide. (Washington Post)

DESPITE CEASEFIRE DEAL, IRANIAN STRONGHOLD IN SYRIAN GOLAN STILL POSSIBLE: A ceasefire agreement in southwestern Syria, which went into effect on 9 July 2017 freezes the situation in the areas controlled by the Syrian regime, the areas controlled by militias operating on behalf of Iran, the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group and the areas controlled by the rebels. For now, as a result, the Iranians and their proxies are unable to create a land corridor connecting Tehran and Beirut and flanking Jordan and Israel. However, the agreement fails to completely remove the Iranian militias and Hezbollah from the area, currently 40 km. from the Golan border. This means that if and when the ceasefire is violated, the forces supported by Iran and Hezbollah would be able to continue their advance towards creating a strategic corridor to the Mediterranean Sea and establish a stronghold in the Golan Heights. Assad and the Iranians have realized that they are incapable of conquering the city of Daraa on the Jordanian border and that the rebels are successfully attacking them near new Quneitra in the Golan Heights, so they agreed to a ceasefire. But the moment the Syrian regime and the Iranians conclude they are strong enough to reoccupy Daraa, they will do it without any hesitation. (Ynet) “The word of the Lord came to me again: ‘What do you see?’ ‘I see a pot that is boiling,’ I answered. ‘It is tilting toward us from the north.’ The Lord said to me, ‘from the north disaster will be poured out upon all who live in the land,’” Jer 1: 13-14. Continue to intercede that the escalating dangerous forces in Syria - hostile to Israel - will be contained and controlled.

FIRST HALF OF 2017 SEES RECORD INCREASE IN TOURISM: Breaking incoming traveler records month after month in 2017, Israel has experienced its best half-year ever in the history of the country's tourism industry. During the first six months of the year, 1.74 million tourists entered Israel, up 26% from the first half of last year the Tourism Ministry reported on 10 July 2017. In June alone, 303,000 tourists arrived – a 28% rise in comparison to June 2016. Tourist arrivals from China took a particular leap from the first half of 2016 to the first half of 2017, climbing some 76%. The number of Russian tourists increased by 30%, while the number of travelers from the United States rose by 20%, the data said. As the second half of the year moves forwarded Israel is expected to continue to attract rising numbers of tourists and positively impact the country at large. (J.Post) “Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations -their kings led in triumphal procession,” Isa. 60:11

ISRAEL TOUR: “70 YEARS – A MIRACLE”: Come join us from the Americas for a unique tour and opportunity to bless and be blessed as we will celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday, as a revived modern nation, during Independence Day next year: April 15-23. For those in the western hemisphere, the flights you choose should depart on April 14 in order to arrive on the 15th.The package price will be for the tour package only(land) which will allow you to shop around for convenient prices for flights. For more information and the USA price, call JDI Travel at (248) 340-9191, Ext. 110 and talk with Bethany or Dee. This will be the opportunity of a lifetime. Watch for more details at www.visionforisrael.com.

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