JNN Newsletter - July 5, 2017

“Save your people, and bless Your inheritance; shepherd them also, and bear them up forever.”
Ps. 28:9


USA AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN HAIFA: The USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier has docked in the Israeli port of Haifa for the first time since 2000. An Israeli army spokesman said, “its arrival symbolizes the steadfast cooperation between the IDF and the USA Armed Forces, a relationship based on shared values and common interests. Visits of senior leadership of both the IDF and the USA Armed Forces will take place while the USS George H W Bush is docked in Haifa. The huge aircraft carrier is 333 meters long, and it can carry nearly 5000 crew members, including members of the carrier and the aerial crew. The carrier is a part of the coalition’s effort against the ISIS terror group. As part of a joint exercise, an Israeli air force helicopter landed on the aircraft carrier. (Media Line)

MAJOR DEFENSE DEALS TO BE SIGNED DURING HISTORIC MODI VISIT TO ISRAEL: Israel and India are expected to sign several major defense deals during PM Narendra Modi's historic visit to Israel marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Modi who landed in Israel on Tues. 4 July 2017 has stressed that defense will not be the primary focus of the visit, and the two sides are also expected to sign number of agreements in the fields of innovation, development, science and technology and space. India has traditionally voiced its support for Palestinian statehood, initially shunning diplomatic relations with Israel. But the frost has thawed in recent years, with India seeking closer ties with the Jewish state. (INN) “The nations shall see your vindication and all the kings your glory.” Isa. 62:2

MODI TO HOLD MASS RALLY FOR INDIANS IN ISRAEL: With an estimated 31 million India-born people living abroad either temporarily or permanently, Indian PM Narendra Modi views the Indian Diaspora as a significant and valuable diplomatic asset. This is why he makes it a point to hold large events with people of Indian origin when he travels abroad. Modi will keep this practice alive during his visit in Israel this week for the first ever visit of an Indian prime minister. Israel is in the list of top 35 countries around the world with a significant Indian Diaspora. Modi is expected to address 4,000 to 5,000 of these people when he holds a large-scale event for their benefit this week at the Tel Aviv fairgrounds. Modi’s logic in holding these events, he said, “is that as part of his travels, he wants to connect with everyone, and there are people who obviously retain some connection with India. He wants to reach out to them and say thank you for their contribution, for the ways they are helping build relationships with other countries. He always sees these people as friends for our country.” (J.Post)

ISRAEL – 70 YEARS CELEBRATION TOUR: After a very fun and successful tour in Israel this spring, we are already announcing next year's "Israel - 70 Years Celebration" tour for 2018. The date of arrival and beginning of the tour in Israel will be April 15 and the departure date or end of tour will be on April 23. This is a one time opportunity to celebrate with the Israeli nation 'for such a time as this' during Independence Day. For more information as it develops, go to www.visionforisrael.com or make sure you are receiving the JNN news and prayer updates.

ON A QUEST TO MICRO-IRRIGATE INDIA’S SMALL FARMS: As the vast Indian agricultural market continues to thirst for efficient water supplies, Israeli companies are trailblazing the path to bring affordable micro-irrigation to small-scale farmers. Since the two countries established relations in 1992, the turnover of drip irrigation projects launched by the Israeli private sector in India has grown from $1 million to more than $1 billion. Amnon Ofen, director of NaanDanJain Irrigation Ltd., said, “We are giving holistic solutions and this is what the farmer needs.” NaanDanJain has been focusing on bringing drip irrigation to small-scale farmers who each have less than one acre of land, Ofen explained. All in all, Israeli companies occupy some 50% of the global drip-irrigation market and about 75% of the Indian market. Today, about 15 million Indian farmers are benefiting from the use of drip irrigation, according to Ofen. Meanwhile, both the federal and state governments have joined forces to help farmers subsidize 50% of the cost of the systems, he explained. (J.Post) “Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” 1 Chr. 29:12

ARAB FUNERAL TURNS INTO ANTI-ISRAEL PROCESSION: Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevi on Sunday evening 2 July 2017, ordered the cancellation of the funeral procession of an Arab resident of eastern Jerusalem, during which participants waved Palestine Liberation Organization flags, shouted slogans against Israel and violated public order. During the funeral the Arab participants did not respond to the orders of the policemen, blocked the road and threw rocks at the officers who tried to disperse them. A police officer was wounded by a rock that hit him in the face and was treated at the scene. The police stressed that they would not allow anyone to take advantage of a funeral and turn it into an event of a nationalist nature in violation of public order. "The police responded immediately and the incident was dispersed. "The police will work to identify the lawbreakers and bring them to justice,” the Israel Police said. (Koenig) Continue to intercede against riots and acts of terrorism in and around Jerusalem.

PA PRESIDENT ABBAS PLEDGES TO RESTORE TERRORIST MONUMENT IN JENIN: The ruling Fatah faction of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has promised to restore a monument in the city of Jenin to the terrorist who planned a massacre of Israeli schoolchildren in 1974. The monument, in a square that is also named for Khaled Nazzal – who co-ordinated a terrorist operation in the northern town of Ma’alot, in which Palestinian terrorists murdered 22 schoolchildren and four adults on 15 May 1974 – was removed over the weekend by the IDF amid clashes with local Palestinians, some of whom were armed. One soldier suffered moderate wounds after being shot by a protester, while six Palestinians were also injured. On 1 July 2017, local supporters placed the monument back in its original location. “It does not matter how many times the occupation removes the monument in memory of the Martyr – it is our obligation to rebuild it,” Abbas’ Fatah movement declared. Fatah further announced that – as an act of “solidarity” with Jenin – a monument in honor of Nazzal was quickly assembled in Ramallah bearing the inscription, “This is a monument in memory of Martyr Khaled Nazzal, which was established as a challenge to the occupation authorities.” Fatah’s glorification of Nazzal further undermines the pledge made by Abbas to USA President Trump during their meeting at the White House in May 2017 to stop incitement. “Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace,” Abbas said at the time. (Algemeiner)

‘65% OF LATIN AMERICAN JEWISH LEADERS FEAR TERRORIST ATTACKS’: Sixty-five percent of Latin American Jewish leaders fear that their community could suffer a terrorist attack, a new survey found. That figure climbs to 90% of Argentinean Jewish leaders, whose community already has suffered two terrorist attacks: in 1992 on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29 and injured 242; and in 1994 on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, which killed 84 and injured more than 300. The survey compiled by the Latin American Jewish Congress, reveals that Jewish leaders feel that their communities are highly probable targets of terrorist attacks but also that it is possible to live openly as Jewish in their countries. The view of USA President Donald Trump on Israel is divided, according to the survey. The Latin American Jewish leaders from 14 countries believe Trump will help with the security of Israel, but will hinder the peace process. (J.Post)

NEO-NAZIS STRIKE IN LAKEWOOD, NEW JERSEY: A pair of hate crimes targeting local Jews were reported in Lakewood, New Jersey on Sunday 2 July 2017, the work of a Virginia-based neo-Nazi organization. The pre-dawn acts of vandalism took place early Sunday morning, and included the draping of a large anti-Semitic banner at a local Holocaust memorial in front of a synagogue, and the placing of anti-Semitic fliers on car windshields. New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino called the acts of vandalism “sickening” and offered a $10K reward for any information leading to a conviction. (Arutz-7)

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