JNN Newsletter - May 30, 2017

“You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased,” Ps 4:7

SHAVUOT 2017: This year’s festival of Shavuot begins in the evening of Tuesday, 30 May and ends at dusk Wednesday 31 May. The Biblical holiday of Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai, 50 days after the exodus of Moses and the Hebrew slaves from Egypt. The holiday is also the celebration of the wheat harvest and ripening of the first fruits. The deeply moving Book of Ruth, a biblical story of love and covenant, is read and reflected upon during what is also known as the Feast of Weeks. Meals eaten during the holiday are traditionally based on fruit, vegetable and dairy products. We at VFI extend to dear friends, near and far, joyous 2017 Shavuot greetings. Please pray for the joy and refreshing of Israel’s people and for protection from all violence during this time.

TRUMP FURIOUS WITH ABBAS: ‘YOU LIED TO ME’: President Donald Trump has lambasted Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, after the president claims the PA leader deceived him regarding his party’s involvement in anti-Israel incitement. Trump, recently met with Abbas in the PA-controlled city of Bethlehem during his two-day visit to Israel. The two held a joint press conference, at which time the president praised Abbas’ commitment to restarting negotiations with Israel for a final status agreement. But according to a report by Israel’s Channel 2, the closed-door meeting between the president and the PA chairman was anything but cordial. A USA official present during the meeting claims the president expressed outrage with Abbas, yelling at him regarding Abbas’ claims that his Fatah faction was not involved in anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement. “You tricked me in Washington,” the president is said to have yelled at Abbas, referencing the PA leader’s March 2017 trip to the USA capital. During his March get-together with the president, Abbas claimed he was dedicated to advancing peaceful relations with Israel, and that the PA was not engaged in incitement against the Jewish state.

PM Binyamin Netanyahu publicly called out Abbas’ claim, noting the PA’s continued material support for jailed terrorists and promotion of hateful propaganda encouraging young Arabs to take up arms against Israel. "I heard President Abbas yesterday say that the Palestinians teach their children peace,” said Netanyahu. “Unfortunately, that's not true. They name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists,” he said at a meeting in Jerusalem. According to the American official, Israel also provided the White House with proof of the PA’s support for and promotion of terrorism. “You talked to me about peace, but the Israelis showed me that you are personally supporting incitement,” Trump told Abbas. The USA president alluded to the PA’s funding for jailed terrorists, calling it an obstacle to peace. "Peace can never take root in a place where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded,” said Trump. We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single, unified voice." (INN) Intercede that President Trump and his administration will be aware of every exposure of the Palestinian Authority and its leader Abbas’ treachery - and that they will not be deceived as to the agenda PA leaders have in place beneath their sheep masks for the Jewish state - destruction and control over all of Israel.

CULTURAL CENTER NAMED FOR TERRORIST MURDERER: Despite President Donald Trump's straight talk to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas about the need to stop supporting and commending terror, another educational institution in the Palestinian Authority has been named for Dalal Mughrabi, who headed the brutal murder of no fewer than 37 people in the Coastal Highway massacre in 1978. The most lethal terror attack in Israel's history, it included the hijacking of a bus by Mughrabi and other Fatah terrorists, as well as random shootings at cars on the highway and passengers on the bus. The dead included 12 children, and over 70 people were wounded. The new center's inauguration ceremony was held last week in the PA town of Burqa, near Nablus. The sign on the new building includes logos of the PA's Ministry of Local Government, United Nations Women, and the Norwegian Representative Office to the PA. Ironically, the center's purpose is billed as "focusing especially on the history of the struggle of Martyr Dalal Mughrabi and on presenting it to the youth groups." Thus, this is yet another "show of admiration for terrorist murderers," in accordance with the Palestinian Authority's "policy of presenting them as role models for Palestinian youth." (Arutz-7) Case in point, regarding Abbas’ lies about Palestinian schools “teaching their children peace.”

ISRAEL RIPS UN OVER SUPPORT FOR PA CENTER GLORIFYING TERROR: The Foreign Ministry expressed concern over the UN’s financial support for a PA women’s center named after notorious female terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. Foreign Ministry representative Elon Bar spoke with the UN’s “Humanitarian Coordinator” for the Palestinian Arabs, Robert Piper. During their conversation, Bar expressed concern over the UN’s continued support of Palestinian Arab incitement and glorification of terrorists who murdered Jews. He demanded that Piper clarify the UN’s funding, and expressed Israel’s expectation that the UN act so that such occurrences do not happen in the future. Hours earlier, Norway condemned the PA for its use of Norwegian money to fund the new women’s center. He called on the PA to immediately remove the logo of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry from the center and demanded that the PA return the money from Norway that it had used to fund the center. The Foreign Ministry praised the action. “Norway has done the right thing. Standing strongly against the positive commemoration of terrorists is an essential part of the international effort to eradicate terrorism. Israel suggests that all members of the international community check where money invested in the PA ends up, and expects all other partners in this project to follow Norway's example,” the Foreign Ministry said. (Arutz-7)

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HAMAS INSISTS: WE’RE NOT A TERROR ORGANIZATION: Hamas - the terrorist group ruling the Gaza Strip - continues to blast USA President Donald Trump for saying in a speech last week that Hamas and Hezbollah were on par with other terrorist organizations such as ISIS. Hamas member Mushir al-Masri claimed that the description of Hamas as a terrorist organization by Trump was an expression of bias in favor of Israel which, he claimed, serves the interests of the "enemy". He accused Washington of a double standard, and stressed that Palestinian Arabs would continue to liberate “Palestine” by fighting the [so called] “occupation”. Hamas Vice President Mousa Abu Marzouk said in response to Trump’s speech that the organization is a movement for national freedom from the Israeli "occupation." "The USA is partnering with the Zionist occupation, and providing them with money and weapons so they will be able to carry out terror attacks against our oppressed nation," Marzouk tweeted. "The political blindness is painting as innocent those who destroyed Gaza and placed it under siege, killed and injured thousands of innocent victims, called Hamas a terrorist organization when it protects its nation, and refuses to compromise or to negotiate about the rights of the Palestinian people," he added. (INN) Lies! Lies! And more lies! “Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies,” Ps 5:9

GAZA’S MISERY IS NOT ISRAEL’S FAULT: Palestinian misery in the Gaza Strip portrays a harvest of hatred for all the world to see: Billions of dollars of humanitarian aid have been seeded into an endless pit of Islamic disdain for Israel and the Jewish people - have been spent on weapons instead of schools and sanitation facilities - squandered or siphoned into foreign bank accounts by terrorist leaders. The Palestinians could have had thriving orchards and green houses, businesses and homes built by Israelis - forced to abandon the Gaza Strip “for the sake of peace.” But Gaza is in ruins, racked with poverty and despair because her hate-filled Hamas terrorist leaders continue to shout out, plot, and perpetuate violence and destruction against the Jewish nation. Instead of a new state, global assistance to prosper, a future for their young, Hamas leaders rule over an oozing, putrefying sore of human misery. Like madmen they are always preparing for the next war against Israel; building terrorist tunnels, better projectiles, hurling rockets at Israel’s Negev communities - then howl to the world they have no food, no fuel when Israel, after restraint beyond human understanding, enforces defensive measures to defend her harassed, shocked, disrupted and outraged citizenry. When mercy comes, Palestinians resume tunnel building, terrorists bomb Israel’s well-laden aid trucks, and return to potshotting the Jewish communities of Sderot and Ashkelon. What Gaza is, is what Gaza Palestinians and their Israel-hating, jihadist leaders have chosen. All that was ever asked of them was to recognize the Jewish nation, stop terrorist violence, and abide by previous peace agreements. They continue to choose instead; gall, destruction and chaos. Their harvest is bitter fruit of their own sowing. (JNN)

HOMELAND SECURITY HEAD SAYS TERROR SITUATION IS SCARIER THAN YOU KNOW: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Friday 26 May 2017 said if people knew what he knew, they’d “never leave the house.” Kelly cited four different terror attacks that have unfolded in the past few days as proof - including the suicide bombing in Manchester and strikes in Egypt, the Philippines and Indonesia. He claimed they were all carried out “by generally the same terror groups,” meaning ISIS. “I was telling Fox host Steve Doocy on the way here, if he knew what I knew about terrorism, he’d never leave the house in the morning,” Kelly said. “But the good news is, we have the finest men and women in uniform, out of uniform - police officers, and local law enforcement - protecting us.” The ISIS has claimed responsibility for the bombing in Manchester, which left 22 people dead and scores more injured. In Egypt, dozens of Coptic Christians were shot and killed by masked gunmen on Friday 26 May 2017, as they were heading to a monastery. At least 28 people were killed, and 25 more wounded. On Wed. 24 May 2017, ISIS-linked terrorists set upon the southern Philippine city of Mindanao - beheading a police chief, capturing a Catholic priest and his flock, and burning down buildings. That same day, suicide bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia, left three police officers dead and 12 others injured. (NY Post) How essential it is to pray over oneself, family members and friends as we go about our daily business or travel further afield in these dangerous times.

ISRAELI COWS ARE WORLD’S BEST MILK PRODUCERS, NEW REPORT SHOWS: The report, released ahead of the 2017 Shavuot holiday, said the average Israeli cow produces some 3,162 gallons of milk a year. Between milk and other dairy drinks, yogurt, cheese and pudding cups, Israelis consume an average of 47 gallons of milk a year per capita, the report showed. Some 774 dairy farms operated in Israel in 2016 compared to 1,026 in 2006. Still, the average dairy farm production has increased by 71% over the same period. In 2016, consumer demand for dairy products saw a 53% spike ahead of Shavuot. The data also showed a 3.5% increase in demand for milk and dairy products in 2016. (Israel Hayom)

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff