JNN Newsletter - November 17, 2017

"The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you.” Obad. 1:15

AMID INCREASED TENSIONS, IRON DOME BATTERIES NOW DEPLOYED IN CENTRAL ISRAEL: Amid increased tension on both its northern and southern borders, Israel has deployed Iron Dome batteries in the Gush Dan region in central Israel; it was published on 14 Nov. 2017. The deployment of the batteries in an area that encompasses Tel Aviv and other central Israeli cities comes amid threats from Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) after Israel destroyed one of its cross-border attack tunnels earlier this month, killing 12 terrorists who were inside. While the army has not called up reservists, the IDF also has upped its readiness along the Gaza border, forbidding farmers and other civilians from approaching close to the Hamas-controlled enclave, and closing down three tourists sites along the Strip.

Amid rising tensions between the Gaza-based terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Israel, PIJ has raised its level of readiness for conflict to the highest degree. The terror group is also closely monitoring the movements of Israeli citizens in the communities bordering Gaza, media sources reported on 14 Nov. 2017. Earlier this week, the IDF deployed Iron Dome missile defense batteries throughout central Israel and began military drills in the vicinity of Gaza. The Trump administration’s international negotiations representative, Jason Greenblatt called on the terror group to tone down its war rhetoric, tweeting, “Extremist statements & provocation vs. Israel by Islamic Jihad harm the people of Gaza & are very dangerous.” (Worthy News/Algemeiner) Intercessors: Pray for the safety of Israel’s southern and northern borders. “Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain!” Joel 2:1

ISRAELI TERROR VICTIMS VISIT WHITE HOUSE: Michal Salomon and her five children who survived last summer’s Halamish terror attack visited the White House on Tues.14 Nov. 2017. She and her family were visiting her in-laws for Shabbat in the Halamish settlement when a Palestinian terrorist with a knife walked into their home on Friday night, killing her husband Elad, 36, her sister-in law Chaya, 46, and her father-in-law Yosef, 70. She managed to hide with her children in a room upstairs. USA special envoy Jason Greenblatt, who visited the family while they sat Shiva in their hometown of Elad, met them in the White House on Tues. 14 Nov. 2017. Her husband, sister-in-law, and father-in-law were brutally murdered by a terrorist at the Shabbat table. Michal & her children escaped certain death only because of her courage,” he wrote. The family is in Washington to seek support for the Taylor Force Act, which if passed by the House, would halt USA aid to the Palestinian Authority unless it stops its monthly payments to terrorists and their family members. (J.Post) Please intercede that the Taylor Force Act will be passed in the House and that all USA aid will be stopped to the Palestinian Authority until it ceases monthly payments to murdering terrorist and their family members.

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KNESSET SETS UP TASK FORCE TO KEEP EU FUNDS AWAY FROM TERRORISTS: The Knesset is setting up a special task force designed to ensure that money the European Union donates to the Palestinian Authority for welfare purposes will not be funneled to terrorist elements and used against Israel, or to the families of terrorists with blood on their hands. The project is the brainchild of opposition Zionist Union MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, who brought in MKs from six other parties. "Every month, some 4.5 million euros in EU funds are divided among those who carried out terrorist attacks against Israel and the families of terrorists. It's hard to convince Israelis that the Palestinians want to promote the peace process as long as donations from countries throughout the world, especially Europe, are transferred to murderers rather than benefiting the Palestinian population," she said. (Israel Hayom)

IRAN ENDS QUAKE RESCUE OPERATIONS AS HUNGRY SURVIVORS BATTLE THE COLD: Rescue operations have ended in areas of Iran hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands, state television reported on 14 Nov. 2017, as many survivors, in need of food and water, battled the cold. Sunday's 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq while many people were at home asleep. At least 14 provinces in Iran were affected. State television said thousands were huddling in makeshift camps while many others spent a second night in the open for fear of more tremors after some 193 aftershocks. Television showed footage of rescue workers frantically combing through the rubble of dozens of villages immediately after the quake. But Iranian officials said the chances of finding any more survivors were extremely low. "The rescue operations in Kermanshah province have ended," Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services, said on state TV. Iran's top authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, offered his condolences and called on government agencies to do all they could to help. (J.Post)

NETANYAHU: WE OFFERED ASSISTANCE TO IRAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS: PM Netanyahu revealed on 14 Nov. 2017 that Israel has offered medical assistance to victims of the earthquake in Iraq and Iran earlier this week. Netanyahu said Israel's quarrel is with the regimes, “but our humanity is greater than their hatred. We have no quarrel with the people in Iran but rather with the regime in Iran, which holds its citizens hostage and threatens to destroy Israel," the prime minister added. Following Netanyahu's remarks, an official in the Prime Minister's Office said, "As part of an ongoing strategy, PM Netanyahu communicates directly with the Iranian people and presents the difference between the Iranian public and the regime in Iran.” The official added, "Israel turned to the Red Cross with the intention of providing civilian humanitarian aid and was immediately refused, a fact which presents the true face of the Iranian regime.” More than 450 people were killed and close to 8,000 were injured in Sunday's 12 Nov. 2017, 7.3-magnitude earthquake, which was also felt in Israel. (INN)

COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER INVITES SAUDI MUFTI TO ISRAEL: Communications Minister Ayoub Kara tweeted on 13 Nov. 2017, that he welcomed comments by Saudi Arabia’s most senior Islamic authority, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, in which the mufti had condemned war and the killing of Jews. Kara’s tweet praised the mufti for saying that “Hamas is a terrorist organization that hurts the Palestinians and the al-Aksa Mosque protests are a form of demagoguery.” According to Daily Sabah, a Turkish newspaper, the mufti had appeared on a television program and was asked about fighting against Israel. The mufti responded that Hamas is a terrorist organization. The Mufti was also asked about the wave of protests that swept Jerusalem after the state placed metal detectors at the gates to the al-Aksa compound in July. “Also it is possible to cooperate with the IDF to eliminate Hezbollah,” Kara tweeted. “I invite the Mufti to visit Israel and be welcomed with honor.” The Mufti has been an outspoken critic of extremism and terrorism. In October 2017 he welcomed the creation of a new center in Saudi Arabia’s Medina called the King Salman Complex for the Prophet’s Hadith. It aims to “eliminate fake and extremist texts and any texts that contradict the teachings of Islam and justify the committing of crimes, murders and terrorist acts.” According to The National in the UAE, the Mufti said he hoped that people would study proper Islamic teachings, “to liberate people from the darkness of thought, the extremism and misinterpretation of the Koran.” (J.Post)

FBI ASKS FOR SENATE DOCS IN FETAL TISSUE PROBE: The FBI has reportedly asked the Senate for unredacted documents obtained from abortion providers, which may signal an investigation into Planned Parenthood and other parties involved in the market for fetal tissue from abortions. The document request occurred recently and was directed to the Senate Judiciary Committee, The Hill reported. The chairman of that committee, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, referred Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers for criminal investigation in December 2016, following the release of the committee’s lengthy probe into the market for fetal tissue. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said she welcomes the potential investigation into Planned Parenthood’s business practices. “Not content with their status as the nation’s largest abortion business, evidence shows Planned Parenthood sought to squeeze every last opportunity for cash from the sale of hearts, brains, lungs and livers of the unborn children whose lives they end,” Dannenfelser said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood and its associates are terrified of having their sordid business model exposed. We commend the Trump administration for holding them accountable and urge Congress to follow through on the promise to redirect the half-billion dollars in taxpayer funding the abortion giant receives each year.” (Israel Ha’yom) Abortion is murder of the most innocent members of our society! Intercede that men and women in authority will actively present and pass laws that respect all human life from conception to natural death and that “Planned Parenthood”- abominable organization that it is – will cease to exist!

CANADA LIGHTS UP WINTER POSTAL DELIVERY WITH HANUKKAH STAMP: Alongside the usual candles, donuts and dreidels that traditionally mark the holiday of Hanukkah, Canada Post is adding a stamp recognizing the Jewish "festival of lights" to this year's celebrations. The stamp features a geometric design representing different types of menorahs and a strong contrast between light and dark, creating the appearance of flickering candles. Hanukkah is also written "Hanoukka" on the stamp, reflecting Canada's second official language, French. Those wishing to purchase the special stamps will be able to buy online on 20 Nov. 2017, and in Canadian post offices later in the week. The Hanukkah holiday remembers the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following the victory of the Maccabean Revolt over the Greeks in the second century BC. This year, the eight-day festival will begin at sunset on 20 December 2017. (J.Post)

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