JNN Newsletter - June 2, 2017

“May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow.” Ps 129: 5-6
 

PALESTINIANS PAID TERRORISTS $1 BILLION IN PAST 4 YEARS: The Palestinian Authority has paid out $1.12 billion over the past four years to terrorists and their families, Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, told Knesset members on 29 May 2017. He added that PA claims that the payments are social welfare benefits are false. The Palestinians' own budgetary documents "clearly state that these are salaries and not welfare payments. The Palestinians are trying to depict themselves as supporting peace while they are still paying the families of terrorists," he said. "Assurance of a cash prize for acts of terror is encouragement to terrorism, and is against international law." Dore Gold, a former Foreign Ministry director-general, said, "The idea that a body such as the Palestinian Authority pays money as compensation to families who lost their sons as they were engaged in terror is unacceptable and contradicts common sense. Former USA Secretary of State Colin Powell called it 'providing an incentive to terrorism.'" (Times of Israel) Please continue to intercede that the despicable practice of paying salaries to jailed terrorists and their families - thanks to foreign aid money provided by USA and other taxpayers - will be exposed again and again and brought to a complete end.

NETANYAHU: ISRAELI LAND SWAPS WITH PALESTINIANS WON’T BRING PEACE: PM Benjamin Netanyahu on 30 May 2017 said that any future peace agreement reached with the Palestinians must include an Israeli military presence in Judea & Samaria, and offered insight on security concerns the government may have following a prospective deal. Netanyahu said that "In any peace agreement we [Israel] will have to maintain military control of all the territory west of the Jordan River. This is the truth and I will continue saying this truth." Netanyahu indicated that an Israeli military withdrawal from all areas of Judea & Samaria would create a vacuum prone to takeover by extremists, who could pose a threat to Israeli security. (J. Post) Should anyone think it far-fetched reasoning for Israel to be concerned about creating a vacuum for Islamists by surrendered territory for a false peace agreement: In 2005, Israel uprooted every soldier and Jew living in the Gaza Strip hoping it would encourage peace. Instead, Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls for genocide of all Jews, quickly came to power in that area, has launched tens of thousands of rockets and missiles at Israeli civilians and provoked three wars against the Jewish state since 2008.

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ISRAELI MINISTER: NETANYAHU NO LONGER BACKS TWO-STATE SOLUTION: Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said this week that neither he nor PM Netanyahu see the two-state solution as viable. Hanegbi claimed that he himself had never backed the two-state solution and Netanyahu no longer has the same vision he outlined in 2009. According to Hanegbi, Netanyahu said "The Palestinians have emptied the two-state solution of its content. Under the conditions they want at present, it is simply not something we can consider. There is no partner for an agreement." Netanyahu and Hanegbi are not the only Israelis who have given up on the two-state solution. A recent op-ed by Dr. Max Singer, posted by the Begin-Sadat Center suggested most Palestinians believe reaching a peace agreement with Israel is tantamount to admitting "defeat in their 100-year struggle. Continued Israeli [so called] occupation is one of the Palestinians' best weapons against Israel,’ he wrote, "and they will not give it up while their war to eliminate Israel continues." Israel is not facing a dilemma about relinquishing sovereignty over disputed areas, Singer said. "There is zero chance that there could be a real peace agreement now regardless of how much land Israel would be willing to give up," he explained. "A true two-state solution would finally defeat Palestinian and Arab efforts of a century, and they are not yet ready to accept defeat.” (CBN) The root of the problem is that making peace with Israel is against their religion: Arabs under the banner of Islam have hurtled themselves against the Jewish State in numerous wars and continual terrorism. Children from infancy are taught to hate and kill both Jews and Christians. Now, almost an entire generation is fully programmed to carry out the assignments taught in their youth. Asking the Palestinians and Arab nations to be nice to Israel amounts to wishful thinking on the part of well meaning but uninformed, and in many cases ambitious politicians. Likewise the majority of Israelis are fed up with talk of slicing off more of the Jewish State and handing it over to terrorist foes in hopes of ending the Middle East Conflict. Understandably, the trial run of sacrificing the Gaza Strip to the Palestinians, in hopes of non violent co-existence with its Islamist neighbors, has proven to be a lethal illusion and is dead. Why should it not be? From the onset Israel has been subjected to peace “double dealing” from a nest of venomous entities rooted into a religion that hates every nation and creed not in submission to Islam, and calls especially for the destruction of Israel.

CORBYN VISIT TO GRAVE OF PLO TERRORIST FROM MUNICH ATTACK STIRS UPROAR: Jewish community leaders in Great Britain expressed shock and outrage this week after it was revealed that UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn attended a ceremony honoring a Palestinian terrorist partly responsible for the 1972 Munich killing of Israeli Olympians. Corbyn, who is currently campaigning to become Britain's next prime minister, reportedly traveled to Tunisia in October 2014 to visit the grave of Atef Bseiso, the former head of intelligence for the Palestinian Liberation Organization and direct accomplice involved in the Munich attack. "In light of today's news reports, it is high time that Jeremy Corbyn clarifies his views regarding Palestinian terrorism," said Simon Johnson, the CEO of the Jewish Leadership Council. "At first sight, attending a wreath laying ceremony of a known terrorist, who led one of the most notorious acts of international terrorism, the attack on the Munich Olympics, would appear to be beyond the pale." Corbyn had described visiting Bseiso's grave in a column he had written for the communist-founded Morning Star newspaper, recalling that "wreaths were laid on the graves of those killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991," while commenting that the day was "poignant."

Members of Corbyn's own party also lashed out at the faction leader, with Jennifer Gerber, Director of Labour Friends of Israel stating: “It is almost unbelievable that any Labour MP would participate in a ceremony honoring a man involved in the vicious murder of innocent Israeli athletes. Unfortunately, this appears to be part of a very disturbing pattern of behavior and we are seeking urgent clarification from the Leader's office on this matter." Members of the Palestinian terror organization Black September killed 11 Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympics along with one German Police officer. Israel later hunted down and allegedly killed anyone involved in the massacre. The election for Great Britain's next prime minister is scheduled for 8 June 2017 where Corbyn faces an uphill battle from current incumbent Theresa May. (Jerusalem Post) Please intercede that a stunning defeat unfolds for Jeremy Corbyn in his race for the next UK prime minister. Corbyn has time and again expressed by words and actions his warm regard for terrorist leaders, and those serving them, who have carried out acts of brutal carnage against the Jews and Israel. Theresa May is a decades-long, outspoken friend of the Jewish state and its people.

IRANIAN LEADER: ‘ISRAEL IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO HUMANITY’: Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani launched a scathing attack on Israel, calling it “aggressive and racist” and saying it will always remain a source of threat to the nations in the Middle East and humanity in general. Larijani's attack came in a message to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, on the 17th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon. He expressed confidence that unity and solidarity among different Lebanese groups would shape a “bright future” for people in Lebanon and the Islamic resistance movement. This is not the first time that Larijani, who is referred to in Iran as a “moderate conservative”, has attacked Israel. He has in the past referred to Israel as a “cancer” and once boasted of the fact that Iran provided Hamas with the technology it has used to rain down rockets on Israel from Gaza. Larijani is not alone in his attacks of Israel, as Iranian officials consistently threaten the Jewish state. In Dec. 2016 Iran’s defense minister warned that if Trump’s policies lead to a war in the Middle East, it would result in the destruction of Israel. Many of the threats against Israel have come from Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has referred to Israel as a “cancer” and in the past threatened to "annihilate" the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa. In Feb. 2017, a senior member of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and a former Revolutionary Guards official, said that if attacked, Iran could hit Tel Aviv with a missile within seven minutes. (INN)

DROUGHT DAMAGE: 30% RISE IN SALINITY OF THE KINNERET: An annual report published by the Regional Council of the Jordan Valley has found that Israel’s national lake, the Kinneret, is becoming saltier every year. According to the report, the salinity of the Kinneret has risen by about 30% in the past 5 years. The Regional Council of the Jordan Valley responded to the findings. “There is no doubt that, for farmers, this is not encouraging news, to say the least. Yesterday, they were informed of a leap of dozens of percentage points in the price of water for agricultural purposes. If the water of the Kinneret becomes unsuitable for irrigation purposes, the price farmers will be required to pay is likely to jump again.” (Arutz-7)

ANCIENT WAR FOR JERUSALEM ECHOES AS STONES AND ARROWHEADS UNCOVERED: The remains of weapons used by Roman legionnaires and desperate Jewish rebels in Jerusalem in the first century AD recently went on display, with Israeli archaeologists linking the last battle before Jerusalem fell 2,000 years ago with ongoing celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification after the 1967 Six Day War. According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, an account by first century Roman-Jewish historian Josephus on the fall of Jerusalem is being confirmed by objects discovered on an ancient road that used to ascend from the city’s gates and the Pool of Siloam to the Jewish Temple, including the arms. “On the following day, the Romans, having routed the brigands from the town, set all on fire as far as Siloam,” Josephus wrote in “The Wars of the Jews.” Among other finds, archaeologists dug up stone ballista balls flung by Roman catapults and arrowheads used by Jewish rebels behind barricades as the city fell to the Romans in 70 AD. “Josephus’s descriptions of the battle in the lower city has come face-to-face for the first time with evidence that was revealed in the field in a clear and chilling manner,” dig organizers Nahshon Szanton and Moran Hagbi said in a statement. (Times of Israel)

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