JNN Newsletter - June 15, 2017

“The Lord will not reject his people; He will never forsake His inheritance,” Ps. 94:14

WARREN BUFFET IS ATTEMPTING TO RAISE $200 MILLION IN ISRAEL BONDS: Business magnate Warren Buffett is encouraging the purchase of Israel Bonds at private events in New York. Guests attending the events with Buffett on Thur. 15 June 2017 have pledged to buy $1 million to $5 million in Israel Bonds in order to meet the American billionaire, whose net worth of $75.6 billion makes him the second richest person in the world. Israel Bonds said that following Thursday’s events, Buffett was expected to have helped bring in about $200 million in bonds investments. “Israel Bonds is proud to call Warren Buffett a friend,” said Israel Maimon, president of Israel Bonds. “By supporting the Israel Bonds organization through these events and investing directly in Israel Bonds himself, Mr. Buffett is helping to ensure that the State of Israel will continue to prosper, and will continue to be a model of innovation and economic growth for decades to come.” Buffett has spoken highly of the Jewish state. “If you are looking for brains, energy and dynamism in the Middle East, Israel is the only place you need to go,” the billionaire said. (JTA) “May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life,” Ps. 128:5

MAYOR OF HOUSTON LOOKS TO ISRAEL AS HE BUILDS HI-TECH SECTOR: As the city of Houston works to shape a still nascent hi-tech sector, its mayor is seeking inspiration from the Israeli innovation experience, “There is no question that Israel has done really well in the start-ups that exist,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is leading an economic and trade delegation to Israel this week. The mayor said he hopes to learn from the country’s entrepreneurs, as well as encourage Israeli start-ups to do business in Houston. The fourth largest city in the United States, Houston is not only America’s energy hub, but is also home to the world’s biggest medical facility and the NASA Space Center. (J.Post)

PALESTINIAN MAN DONATES RECOVERY ROOM TO HAIFA HOSPITAL: A senior Palestinian official who underwent cancer treatment at Rambam Hospital in Haifa has donated tens of thousands of shekels to support improved treatment of childhood cancers and Israeli-Palestinian medical cooperation. "Palestinian, Israeli, Syrian and children from other countries receive treatment in the hospital for a variety of serious illnesses and need all the help they can get. I decided to contribute as much as I could, both as a humanitarian act and as a symbol of solidarity," said M., who would not reveal his identity. M. underwrote the establishment of a children's recovery room to provide a supportive environment for children before and after chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. Some 1,200 Palestinian children and adults from the PA and Gaza visit the hospital every year for cancer treatment. (Ynet)

THE EARTHQUAKE SYSTEM THAT WILL SAVE LIVES IN ISRAEL: Using a special fence, which has hundreds of sensors along the Syro-African Depression, Israel’s new system will receive a warning of tens of critical seconds before an earthquake hits. At any given moment, the system will detect the land fluctuations in the area and will be aware of the early waves that are characterized by earthquakes. When the waves are detected, the system will generate a voice alert so the people inside the buildings will know to step out to an open area. According to the horror scenario presented in the Knesset, a powerful earthquake in Israel could cause some 7,000 casualties and some 9,500 people trapped. (Ynet) According to historical patterns, Israel and surrounding areas are long overdue for a major earthquake. Please pray that earthquake disasters will continue to be delayed.

ISRAEL MOVES TO WITHHOLD AMOUNT PALESTINIANS PAY TERRORISTS’ FAMILIES: Broad support is forming for a bill submitted to Israel’s parliament that would reduce the amount of funding the Palestinian Authority receives each month from Israel by an amount equivalent to stipends the PA pays to families of terrorists. With international voices expressing outrage at the payments, Israeli lawmakers are seizing the opportunity to quash this PA practice. On 11 June 2017, a Ministerial committee approved the bill which now must survive three readings before the entire body. (Media line) Pray that this bill will pass all three readings. May action be quickly taken against paying jailed Palestinian terrorist a salary as well as benefits to their families – also to relatives of terrorists killed while carrying out acts of violence and murder against Israelis.

SAUDI NEWSPAPER CRITICIZES HAMAS: The Saudi newspaper Okaz reported last week that Hamas has invested "$120 million in the past year in intensive tunnel construction. Hamas allocates millions of Saudi and UAE dollars in order to support Iranian-orchestrated terror." Saying "there is no difference" between ISIS and Hamas, the paper called for immediate Arab intervention in order to prevent Hamas' exploitation of Gaza's citizens. "Hamas uses all the aid the Palestinians receive to support their interests, it digs tunnels under schools, houses and hospitals and thereby poses a danger to the lives of Palestinian [and Israeli] civilians." (J. Post)

THE UK BALANCE OF POWER –WEIGHTED TOWARD ISRAEL: Last week’s general election in Britain resulted in what is known as a “hung parliament.” While PM Theresa May’s Conservatives won the most seats, they did not gain enough to command a majority in the House of Commons. To win essential parliamentary votes, such as on the legislative program or the budget, they will need additional support. The only grouping in the new parliament politically close to the Conservatives is the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a rightwing Northern Ireland party that won 10 seats in the election – 10 vital seats for, added to the Conservatives’ total, they provide that essential majority over all other parties. The (DUP) party was founded in 1971 by the Reverend Ian Paisley. When Paisley launched the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel in March 2009, he drew a parallel between Israel’s and Northern Ireland’s struggles against terrorism. He also prayed for peace in Jerusalem, demonstrating another strand in the genetic makeup of the DUP – a Bible-believing Protestant background. Many supporters of the DUP sincerely accept the biblical basis of the Jewish people’s connection to the land. It is comforting to consider that this aspect of Conservative thinking will be sustained at the highest decision-making level in the new UK administration by the dependable voice of the DUP. (J. Post)

CONGRESS BILL TO ENSURE ISRAEL’S QUALITATIVE MILITARY EDGE: A bipartisan bill introduced 9 June 2017 in the House of Representatives will strengthen the processes that have ensured Israel’s qualitative military edge. It stipulates that the president would be required to consult with officials in the Israeli government about their defense needs before authorizing arms sales or defense items to countries in the Middle East. The legislation comes as Congress is considering a $350 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia that has caused the USA and Israeli leaders to question the future of Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East. (JTA)

POVERTY IN ISRAEL IS HARSH: THE NEED IS URGENT FOR YOUR DONATIONS: Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse continues to provide desperately needed aid to poor Israelis. Holocaust survivors and victims of terror receive food, clothing and household necessities from our storehouse each week. Hospitals catering especially to the underprivileged and elderly obtain life-saving equipment and medical supplies, and hundreds of at-risk children are equipped with new school packs each school year. All of this, and so much more is being provided through your generous donations. Please continue to assist us to do all that we can. Your financial gifts are welcome and appreciated at: www.visionforisrael.com. For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk.

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