JNN Newsletter - November 3, 2017

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks
about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist
him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings
are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” 1 Pet. 5:8-9

VFI STAFF MEMBERS SEND THEIR PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK: Israel grieves with the people of New York in the wake of the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack on Tuesday 31 Oct. 2017. The attack killed eight people and injured at least 12 more. We, at VFI, and others across the nation, are praying for the swift and complete recovery of the injured and for the comforting of those who have lost loved ones in this latest act of terrorism. We ask all of our readers and intercessors to please join our prayers for the people of New York.

12 TERRORIST KILLED IN DESTRUCTION OF TUNNELS ALONG GAZA BORDER: At least twelve terrorists were killed when the IDF Southern Command destroyed a network of terror tunnels found near Khan Yunis in southern Gaza on Monday 30 Oct. 2017. A senior figure in the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization was killed in the blast. The Hamas terrorist organization, which rules the Gaza Strip, said two of those killed were members of Hamas' armed wing. IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel network in question crossed the border from Gaza into pre-1967 Israel. The passageways were detonated from within Israel, close to the security fence. The IDF's actions were said to be “in light of this grave and unacceptable violation of Israeli sovereignty.” According to Brigadier General Ronen Manelis, the tunnel network extended deep into pre-1967 sovereign Israeli territory, and thus posed a serious security threat to the nation. The IDF responded by setting off an explosion in the tunnels as close as possible to the Gaza border, approximately 0.6 miles from the town of Kissufim. According to the IDF, additional units will be sent to the area as a precaution against further security incidents. (Arutz-7)

FATAH CONDEMNS ISRAEL FOR DESTROYING TERROR TUNNELS: The Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, on 30 Oct. 2017, condemned what it called "the Israeli crime directed against our people in Gaza, which resulted in the deaths of twelve terrorists and the wounding of several others." The statement was referring to the IDF destroying terror tunnels leading from Gaza into Israel, during which terrorists were killed, including two senior member of the Islamic Jihad. Fatah claimed that the destruction of the tunnel was “part of the policy of fleeing, adopted by successive Israeli governments, in an attempt to evade the corruption cases at the expense of the blood of the Palestinian people." Hamas' military wing also condemned Israel and said the destruction of the tunnel was "an attempt by the enemy to impose new rules by committing crimes and attacks against our land, our jihad fighters and our people." The IDF responded to the terrorist groups in Gaza on Monday evening, saying it did not set out to kill terrorists. IDF spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis stated, "The operation in which a terrorist tunnel network was bombed this afternoon was carried out in Israeli territory. The intention was for the explosion to knock the tunnels out of commission." (Arutz-7) There is a scripture in Job that says: “He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste” Job. 12:4. Perhaps prayer is needed for the restoration of sanity in Hamas and Fatah leaders as the above article is proof of the lack of rational thinking in the leaders of the Palestinian society. One simple, obvious solution to the problem of terrorist tunnel destruction and the loss of life or injuries involved in this endeavor is: Don’t build terrorist tunnels in order to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel!

NETANYAHU HAILS ‘BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY’ IN DISCOVERY OF HAMAS ATTACK TUNNELS: PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on 30 Oct. 2017, hailed the IDF for destroying an attack tunnel network from the Gaza Strip discovered near a kibbutz inside Israeli territory. Israel’s two leaders attributed the discovery to Israel’s new “breakthrough technology.” In remarks at the weekly Likud faction meeting, the prime minister said the long-rumored advanced technology to locate the attack tunnels had been utilized in the recent operation. “I told you many times before that we are developing breakthrough technology to deal with the tunnel threat,” said Netanyahu. “We are implementing it. Today, we located a tunnel network and we destroyed it.” Also hailing the “breakthrough technology,” Liberman warned that Israel would not tolerate incursions on its territory, while stressing that Israel was not seeking renewed conflict with Gazan terror groups.“I think the message is clear to all: We will not tolerate a breach of our sovereignty,” said Liberman. (Times of Israel)

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UNRWA DEMANDS END TO TUNNEL BUILDING UNDER ITS SCHOOLS: Palestinians must stop building tunnels under Gaza schools, UNRWA said last weekend as it made public the presence of a new tunnel under one of its schools. "The presence of a tunnel underneath an UNRWA installation, which enjoys inviolability under international law, is unacceptable. It places children and agency staff at risk," the UN agency said. Israel Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said, "We are glad that UNRWA noticed what we have been telling them for years." Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said, "This is what Hamas rule looks like and this is more proof of the double war crime committed as terror tunnels are built to attack Israelis, while using the children of Gaza as human shields." J.Post) Intercede that Israeli and multiple international pressures will be placed on the Hamas terrorist organization to keep it from building terrorist tunnels. Among other things the money and materials to build these evil structures meant only for the death and kidnapping of Israelis is provided, for the most part, by international aid money meant to build up the Gazan society. The exception being Iran, who fully supports and contributes to Hamas terrorist goals.

HAMAS REJOINS IRAN’S TERRORIST AXIS: Hamas is deepening its ties with Iran and its radical Shiite axis — and Iranian cash is once again expected to fund Gaza’s war preparations and arms build-up program. Before the 2011 outbreak of the war in Syria, Sunni Hamas and Shiite Iran were united by their goal to destroy Israel, and Iran helped arm and fund Hamas’ terrorist army in Gaza. But the two had a falling out when they found themselves on opposite sides of the Syria war. Now the Iranians have welcomed Hamas back to the fold and said that Hamas will get all of the help that it needs to prepare for future war against Israel. The Islamic Republic will grant Hamas “all assistance that it requests,” a senior Iranian official told the Al Mayadin TV network. “Relations with Iran are excellent and Iran is the largest supporter of the Hamas armed wing Izz Al-Din Kassam Brigades with money and arms,” said Hamas’ chief in Gaza, Yehya al-Sinwar. “The relationship today is developing and returning to what it was in the old days,” Sinwar said. “This will be reflected in the resistance against Israel and in the agenda to achieve the liberation,” he said. “Liberation” is a reference to Hamas’ ideological long-term commitment to destroy Israel and replace it with a Palestinian-Islamist state. (Algemeiner)

HUNDREDS DEAD AS NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR BASE COLLAPSES: An underground North Korean military facility used for nuclear tests collapsed last month, Pyongyang revealed Tues. 31 Oct. 2017. The collapse occurred at the Punggye-ri underground nuclear facility, 50 miles from the Chinese border. According to a North Korean official, the cave in occurred during the construction of an underground tunnel. Recent thermonuclear weapons tests at the site are believed to be responsible for the collapse. Roughly 100 people were trapped in the initial collapse, with 100 more lost during failed rescue attempts. Last month, just after N. Korea confirmed it had tested a hydrogen bomb, Chinese scientists warned that the Punggye-ri facility was at risk. Researchers claimed that an explosion at the facility could spread dangerous radiation across the entire hemisphere. “China cannot sit and wait until the site implodes. Our instruments can detect nuclear fallout when it arrives, but it will be too late by then. " (INN)

USA VOWS TO HELP MIDEAST CHRISTIANS: Lobbyists for Christians in the Middle East say that they’re used to getting a cold shoulder from Washington. But Vice President Mike Pence recently told those gathered in Washington for the In Defense of Christians (IDC) summit that things were changing. Protecting Middle East Christians will be a priority for the Trump administration, Pence said. “We will not rest until we hunt down ISIS and destroy it at its source, so that it can no longer threaten our people or anyone who calls the Middle East home,” he added. Pence said the USA would not ignore the pleas of genocide victims, promising that USAID would take direct charge of providing aid to Christians and other religious minorities. The IDC lobbied for years to get USAID to distribute aid instead of the UN, which it and other groups believe has performed poorly. Members of Congress from both parties likewise pledged overarching support for Mideast Christians at Capitol Hill sessions. Throughout the IDC conference, speakers complained about the West’s indifference to the plight of Christian minorities in the Middle East. (Algemeiner) Please pray that USAID will indeed be quickly appointed to provide aid to Christians in the Middle East, in place of the UN. Intercede for the restoration, encouragement and protection of the Christian Community across the Middle East who have suffered so much abuse, loss and death due to ISIS and other Islamist groups.

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