JNN Newsletter - June 18, 2017

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places," Eph. 6:12

USA CLAIMS, PALESTINIANS VOW TO CONTINUE TO PAY TERRORISTS’ FAMILIES: Palestinian officials have denied USA Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's claim that they will stop financial support for the families of convicted Palestinian terrorists. Issa Karaka, head of prisoner affairs for the Palestinian Authority, said that no such decision could ever possibly be made, since it would spell the end of the PA with the Palestinian public. "Almost every other household among the Palestinian people is the family of a prisoner or martyr," Karaka said. Tillerson had said 13 June 2017 the PA has changed its policy of paying families of convicted terrorists and intends to stop supporting them, as a result of pressure from the Trump administration. Israel rejected Tillerson's claims. "We are not aware of any change in the Palestinian Authority's policy," said a senior Israeli official. "The Palestinian Authority continues to praise, incite to and encourage terror through financial support," the official added. (Ha’aretz) This is certainly a matter which calls for ongoing spiritual wrestling and intercession until this abominable use of foreign aid money is defeated.

ISRAEL REDUCES POWER SUPPLY TO GAZA, AS ABBAS PRESSURES HAMAS: The Palestinian Authority has told Israel that it would only pay NIS 25 million of its NIS 40 million per-month electricity bill, explaining that Hamas could pay the remainder with tax fees it collects. Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said 14 June 2017 that Hamas has the funds to pay the electricity bill, but is diverting that money into a military buildup, particularly the construction of tunnels that it plans to use to attack Israel. Hamas collects hundreds of millions of shekels in tax fees from Gaza residents and in addition receives millions more from Iran and other extremists groups. The cabinet decided that it was “crazy” to take Israeli tax payers' money to pay for Gaza electricity, when Hamas refuses to do so, Liberman said. (J.Post)

USA PLACES ONUS ON HAMAS TERRORIST GROUP FOR GAZA CRISIS: USA State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said this week, “We do remain deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. We continue to underscore the need for international support for Gaza’s recovery and assistance to the Palestinian people,” she said. “But no one should lose sight of the fact, of this fact, that Hamas bears the greatest responsibility for the current situation in Gaza,” Nauert added. She did not comment on Israel’s decision to cede to the Palestinian Authority’s request to reduce the electricity its supplies to Gaza. (J.Post)

CYPRUS & GREECE TO WORK WITH ISRAEL ON COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY: Israeli PM Netanyahu departed 14 June 2017 for Greece for meetings with leaders there, and for the third trilateral summit between the leaders of Israel, Greece, and Cyprus. Netanyahu will meet with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, and with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades. The three will hold a trilateral meeting after which they will issue a joint statement. Agreements will include cooperation in the fields of energy, communications, environmental protection, innovation and scientific research. There will also be an Israel-Greece-Cyprus meeting between the heads of government, focusing on "economic growth through innovation and initiatives." The goal of the inter-governmental consultations is to continue strengthening the developing strategic cooperation between the three countries and to hold discussions on regional and strategic issues. During the visit, a plaque marking the construction of Thessaloniki's future Holocaust Museum will be unveiled. (INN) Pray that mutual co-operation between Israel, Greece, and Cyprus will further the good image of the Jewish State and help to combat record-high levels of anti-Semitism in Greece. A recent study confirmed Greece has rates of anti-Semitism in Europe matching those recorded in countries that neighbor Israel rather than ones in the EU.

NAZI OBJECTS FROM WWII UNCOVERED IN ARGENTINA: Argentinean federal police have discovered original Nazi objects from World War II, including tools for Nazi medical experiments. The objects were found in a hidden room of a house located in the northern part of greater Buenos Aires. The objects are now in the custody of the justice who is tasked with investigating the find. Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich on 13 June 2017 defined it as: “the biggest seizure of archeological objects and Nazi pieces of our history.” Argentina was a refugee for Nazis after World War II. Adolf Eichmann was captured in the northern area of Buenos Aires in 1960. Nazis war criminals Joseph Mengele and Erich Priebke also choose Argentina as a refuge. (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL TO BUILD ITS FIRST ‘DARK MATTER’ DETECTOR: An advanced detector of “dark matter” – thought to be one of the basic components of the universe and five-fold more abundant than ordinary matter – will be built and operated by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Although dark matter has yet to be detected, several astronomical measurements have corroborated its existence, leading to an international effort to observe it directly. The detector will be based on the theory that some types of dark matter produce a signal imitating a magnetic field and may therefore be detectable by extremely sensitive magnetic sensors. Experts in the fields of atomic spectroscopy, magnetic sensors, lasers and optics, atomic clocks and advanced electronics will cooperate on the effort. Astronomical observations have brought the scientific community to the conclusion that a very large portion of the mass in the universe does not emit light and is therefore invisible to our telescopes. This has led to the dark matter paradigm. The essence of this project is to find new methods to detect this material. (J.Post)

FINAL PREPARATIONS AT THE ROSH TZIPPOR BIRDWATCHING CENTER: June 2017 saw the opening of the Rosh Tzippor or Bird Head bird watching Center in Tel Aviv. The avian observatory is in the Yarkon Park in the heart of the Tel Aviv metropolis, and sprawls over some 8 acres of trees, greenery and wetland. The site was once home to a rich variety of vegetation, birds and other wildlife. Environmentalists say it has great potential to be rejuvenated to its former state. Ecologist Liav Shalev explained that the Center was built in a way to facilitate the attraction of birds naturally. “The park was designed so that the different bird species will be able to find the spots that suit them. There is ample food and places for shelter. We will not introduce birds artificially, but we have spread out an “invitation” for them to come.” (J.Post) “It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end,” Deut. 11:12

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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