JNN Newsletter - June 28, 2017

“Redeem Israel, O God, from all their troubles.” Ps 25.22

TRUMP ADMIN: ASSAD PLANNING MASS CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACK: The Assad regime in Syria is preparing for a massive chemical weapons attack aimed at civilians, the Trump administration claimed Mon. evening, 26 June 2017. USA intelligence agencies have evidence suggesting the Syrian government was preparing for a large-scale chemical attack, similar to the strike near the city of Idlib in April 2017 which left dozens dead and hundreds more with serious injuries. The White House strongly advised Assad that a new chemical weapons attack would not go unpunished. Days after the April 4th attack, two USA guided missile ships in the Mediterranean fired a barrage of 50 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian military facility used in the chemical weapons attack. USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley added that in addition to the Assad regime, the Russian government and Iran would also be held responsible for the mass murder of Syrian civilians. (Arutz-7) Intercede that another brutal chemical weapons attack will not take place against Syrian civilians, which will result in agonizing deaths and injuries for multitudes - and likely lead to further harsh discord between superpowers Russia and the USA.

THE DANGER IN SYRIA – A CLASH BETWEEN THE USA AND RUSSIA: Former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said on Tues. 27 June 2017 that the United States warning Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad against using chemical weapons on his citizens "is new." He added, "If the USA also initiates action against the Assad regime and against the Iranian forces and Hezbollah, this is certainly an interesting development." The head of the Institute for National Security Studies stressed, "Assad would not want the Americans to attack him, but if he received assurances from the Russians and the Iranians to protect him, that is the great danger, the danger of a clash between the two superpowers, the USA and Russia, when both have strong and unpredictable leaders." (INN)

LATEST UNESCO RESOLUTION TARGETS HEBRON, JERUSALEM: A new United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution backed by Arab countries and submitted at the behest of the Palestinian Authority declares the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, one of the oldest Jewish holy sites, to be a Muslim Palestinian shrine, utterly devoid of its Jewish connection. The resolution also includes a clause denying Israeli sovereignty over the Israeli capital of Jerusalem. Israel’s Mission to the UN is scrambling to form a coalition against the resolution and block its passage when the measure comes up for a vote during next month’s World Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow, Poland from July 2nd to the 12th. Blocking the resolution will require building a 7-state coalition within the 21-member body. In recent years, UNESCO has become a platform for Arab states and their allies to attack and delegitimize Israel, with a series of resolutions singling out the Jewish state being passed by UNESCO’s steering committee. (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL BLOCKS UN DELEGATION FROM ENTERING HEBRON: Israel is finally standing its ground against the hostile UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and that could have a lot to do with the American president's aggressive position toward the world body. On 24 June 2017 Israel denied access to Hebron to a delegation from UNESCO. The aim of the planned visit was to make a show of solidarity with Hebron's Old City, which UNESCO lists as a "threatened" Palestinian World Heritage Site. Hebron's Old City is one of 35 sites to be discussed at UNESCO's World Heritage Committee next week in Krakow, Poland. The Palestinians requested the Hebron be addressed there, claiming that the biblical city is being threatened with "destruction." Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, applauded the decision to bar his UN colleagues from Hebron. "Israel should not allow any political action by the Palestinians under the cover of culture," he said. (Israel Today)

USA JEWS ANGRY OVER ISRAELI DECISION ON WESTERN WALL DEAL: An Israeli government decision on freezing a previous deal to create an egalitarian prayer space at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall, sparked angry reactions among both USA Jews and some in Israel. The decision came after pressure from ultra-Orthodox religious parties, which are part of the government ruling coalition. The Jewish Agency, which represents world Jewry, and is currently holding its annual Board of Governors Meeting in Jerusalem, cancelled a dinner with Israeli PM Netanyahu in anger over the decision. The move indefinitely freezes a plan to build an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall, next to the current men’s and women’s areas. The new space would have allowed Reform and Conservative Jews, who make up more than 80 percent of the six million Jews in the USA, to pray according to their custom. “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to say “no” to his previous “yes” is an unconscionable insult to the majority of world Jewry,” said Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union of Reform Judaism. “The stranglehold that the Chief Rabbinate and the ultra-Orthodox parties have on Israel and the disenfranchisement of the majority of Jews in Israel and the world must – and will – be ended.” In a separate decision, the government also passed a preliminary law that would revoke all state recognition of Reform and Conservative conversions for the purpose of registration with the Interior Ministry. If passed by the entire Knesset, it would be yet another blow to non-Orthodox Jews. (Medialine)

PA TO USE NGOs TO BYPASS USA PRESSURE AGAINST PAYING TERRORISTS: In a meeting in Ramallah last week, USA envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt asked PA President Abbas to cease paying stipends to the families of terrorists who are either jailed in Israel or were killed while carrying out terrorist attacks against Israelis. Kushner and Greenblatt entered the meeting with specific salary charts that had been prepared by Israel in advance. Senior Palestinian officials stated that Abbas has no intention of suspending the payments. Instead, Abbas will dismantle the Palestinian Prisoners Society which makes the payments, while dozens of other NGOs will be established to replace it. (Israel Hayom)

POVERTY IN ISRAEL IS HARSH: PLEASE GIVE: Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse continues to provide desperately needed aid to poor Israelis. Many who suffer hardship, including 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.

HEAVY HEAT STRESS THIS WEEK IN ISRAEL: Tues. 27 June 2017 was clear and hot in the extreme in the inland and mountain areas of Israel with high humidity in the coastal plain. Heavy heat stress is expected this week in most regions. Despite the start of a slight cooling trend, it will be unseasonably hot and dry in the mountains on Wednesday still muggy on the coast. The heat stress will go down slightly with the temperatures on Thursday and no significant change is expected on Friday. Temperatures throughout the country are currently ranging from 107F in the Galilee area to 109F around the Dead Sea. (INN) The poor of Israel, including many Holocaust survivors and the elderly must suffer through the punishing temperatures of Israel’s summers without even a fan, let alone air-conditioning. Please pray for the safety and relief of Israel’s needy and that centers and public places will be provided for their relief during the heat of the day.

PM: HANDICAPPED STIPENDS TO INCREASE TO NIS4K IN JANUARY: PM Netanyahu has decided to combine the recommendations of the head of the Economic Council, Professor Avi Simhon, and the Zelekha Committee on the issue of the disabled, and to raise the allowance for seriously disabled people in January 2018 to 4,000 ($1,133) shekels a month. In addition, within four years, assistance to the disabled will increase by NIS 4 billion per year, as a budgetary framework set by the Minister of Finance. The pace of budget growth and division will be determined in a joint discussion between the treasurer, the prime minister and the minister of welfare. (Arutz-7) This is an answer to prayer! Please intercede that nothing will cause this government decision to be reversed or changed or cut back in the coming months as Israel’s disabled community is desperately in need of increased finances to cover the bare minimum of their monthly living expenses.

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