JNN Newsletter - October 23 2017

Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!" Amos 5:24
 

USA DEMANDS HAMAS RENOUNCE VIOLENCE, DISARM BEFORE UNITY DEAL: In the first detailed USA response to this month’s Palestinian unity deal, Jason Greenblatt, President Trump's special representative for international negotiations, said Thurs. 19 Oct. 2017: "Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognize the State of Israel, accept previous agreements and obligations between the parties - including to disarm terrorists - and commit to peaceful negotiations. If Hamas is to play any role in a Palestinian government, it must accept these basic requirements." Hamas has thus far rejected calls for it to disarm its estimated 25,000 troops in Gaza, even as talks on the unity deal move forward. (Times of Israel/AFP) How tragic that Hamas has used billions of dollars of foreign aid money to build terrorist attack tunnels into Israel to buy and use weapons against the Jewish state, and to pad their own pockets. So much could have been done to build up the suffering Gaza Strip society, to provide jobs, homes, schools, and so much more. Instead, Hamas continues to feed its men, women and children on hate and jihad. An entire population is starving on such a diet. Pray that Hamas will in fact be overthrown and that others with a positive eye towards rebuilding the Gaza Strip and co-operating with Israel will be put in place.

USA UNDERSTANDS ISRAEL’S DECISION NOT TO NEGOTIATE WITH PA: Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely sees the cabinet's decision to freeze diplomatic negotiations with the Palestinians as long as Hamas does not reform, as an important breakthrough. She said: "It is clear that over the years of discussion on Palestinian Authority union with Hamas, part of the thought of future negotiations has dealt with the idea that the PA represents only some of the Palestinians and that they are separate from Hamas. This has changed, and therefore the government made a decision that we will not allow the Palestinians to continue telling the world on the one hand that they want peace, and on the other hand to conduct a political campaign against Israel while embracing a terrorist organization. We're not willing to play this game anymore. The Israeli government has made a value-based statement here that has wide implications - even when we sit with the Americans and talk about the future of the region and what we expect. It is no secret that the Americans hoped that a regional agreement could be reached and there is no doubt that this undermines the ability of the Americans to force the Palestinians to come to the negotiating table - because of this situation in which they bound themselves with Hamas terrorists.

"Throughout the years, we have demanded that the Palestinians stop the incitement to terrorism and that the Palestinian Authority stop financing the families of terrorists. We have engaged in this campaign, and some European countries responded to our request to reduce the amount of funds they transfer to the PA, which receives more foreign aid per capita than anywhere else in the world. Also on the issue of recognition of the State of Israel; we have demanded this in all our dialogue and negotiations with the Palestinians. Our basic expectation is that they recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, that we have a historical right here and not only that there happens to be an entity with that name on a map. Our demands are on the PA as well, not just on Hamas." Hotovely said that the signals coming from the White House indicate that the Trump Administration understands the Israeli position, even if this is not explicitly stated. "There are red lines for every country when it wants to negotiate, and in any normalization negotiations, red lines must be drawn. This embrace and partnership with Hamas, which is more than just a political partnership, is such a red line that Israel cannot remain silent about it, and the Americans understand this. Instead we see support from the USA, and the most important issue that concerns us at this time is the Iranian issue," said Hotovely. (Arutz-7)

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IRAN SEEKING NUCLEAR WEAPONS TECHNOLOGY, GERMAN INTEL SAYS: “Despite the nuclear agreement reached with world powers in July 2015, Iran has not given up its illegal activities in Germany. The mullah regime also made efforts this year to obtain material from German firms for its nuclear program and the construction of missiles, said security sources.” They added, “Iran has according to the security sources clearly not given up its long-term goal to become a nuclear power that can mount nuclear weapons on rockets.” Frank Jansen, who is a one of Germany’s most prominent journalists covering counterterrorism, radical Islamism and neo-Nazism, wrote in his Tagesspiegel article: “Security experts say Iran is very interested in equipment to extend the range of missiles. Iran made more than 30 attempts to obtain equipment for its nuclear and missile programs in 2016."

According to thecity state of Hamburg’s intelligence agency: “There is no evidence of a complete about-face in Iran’s atomic polices in 2016” after it signed the nuclear accord the previous year. Iran sought missile delivery technology necessary for its rocket program.” Meanwhile, USA Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urged the UN to crack down on Iran's behavior, telling the body that Iran "has repeatedly thumbed its nose" at Security Council resolutions. "Iran hides behind its assertion of technical compliance with the nuclear deal while it brazenly violates the other limits of its behavior, and we have allowed them to get away with it. This must stop,” said Haley. (INN/ (J.Post)

IRAN TO CO-OPERATE WITH SYRIA TO DESTROY ‘THE ZIONIST ENEMY’: Iran's Chief of Staff declared on Wed. 18 Oct. 2917 that he will cooperate with other countries in order to destroy the "Zionist enemy." "We arrived in Damascus in order to coordinate and cooperate to confront our common enemies: the Zionists and the terrorists," Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri told Syria's state television channel. Bakqeri arrived in Syria accompanied by several senior Iranian military figures. Among others, he is expected to meet with Syria's Defense Minister. On Monday, 16 Oct. 2017 Israeli Air Force planes responded to a Syrian attack on Israeli aircraft, destroying the surface-to-air missile battery which had attacked them. A report in August revealed that Iran has been building a Scud missile factory in Syria near the city of Baniyas, south of Latakia. (INN)

LONDON REJECTS ANTI-ISRAEL AD CAMPAIGN: Adverts highlighting Palestinian objections to the Balfour Declaration of 1917, when Britain promised to establish a Jewish national home in Palestine, have been blocked by Transport for London. Theresa May and her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, are expected to be the guests of honor at a London dinner celebrating the centenary of the declaration, the most high-profile of several events. Israeli officials say it is right to celebrate the centenary and have accused those demanding that Britain apologize for the declaration of being anti-Semitic and ignoring Palestinian hostility and intransigence. (Arutz-7/UK Guardian)

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ARGENTINA FORMER PRESIDENT TO BE INVESTIGATED: A local judge has sent a special order to former president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, which allows the authorities to investigate her about the attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires and the death of Jewish special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was investigating the bombing. In addition to the investigation, Kirchner and 14 others will also be required to give testimony in court. The main suspicion is that Kirchner forged a deal with Iran during her presidency, in which she undertook to help conceal the fact that the Iranian government was involved in the attack. (Arutz-7/JTA) Alberto Nisman’s body was found on 18 Jan. 2015, hours before he was to present evidence to Argentine lawmakers that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner covered up Iran’s role in the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded. More than a year after Nisman’s death, the investigation was moved to the federal courts, meaning that the case was being investigated as a political murder rather than as an alleged suicide. Since then, Prosecutor Eduardo Taiano, has led the investigation into Nisman’s death and received death threats. Pray that the truth behind this brutal terrorist attack and investigations into Nisman’s death will be completely made known, and that those who are guilty will be brought to justice.

ISRAELI DOCTOR TO LEAD PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL MEDICAL ORGANIZATION: Israeli Medical Association (IMA) Chairman Prof. Leonid Eidelman has been chosen to serve as the next president of the World Medical Association. Medical association leaders from across the globe - representing more than nine million doctors worldwide - elected Eidelman at the organization’s annual convention in Chicago earlier this month. Eidelman, 65, will succeed India’s Dr. Ketan Desai to lead the organization beginning in October 2018. As Israel faces repeated calls to expel Israeli medical organizations from international bodies, the appointment of a doctor from the Jewish state to one of the top positions in the medical world - with a major influence on the most important decisions regarding the behavior of doctors - is seen as carrying considerable significance. Eidelman is a prominent authority in the area of medical ethics in Israel. (Algemeiner)

ISRAELIS WIN THREE GOLD MEDALS AT INTERNATIONAL JUDO MATCH: Three Judokas representing Israel each won gold medals while competing at the International Judo Federation’s 2017 Grand Prix in Uzbekistan boosting Israel to the highest medal ranking at the tournament that took place in Tashkent between Oct. 6-8, 2017. The gold medalists, who each came first in their respective weight categories, were heavyweight Or Sasson, lightweight Sagi Muki and half-lightweight Betina Temelkova. Sasson, aged 27, is known in international judo as having won the bronze medal at the Olympics in Brazil. Muki, aged 25, took on Dagvasuren Nyamsuren from Mongolia, and beat him in a sudden-death tiebreaker. Temelkova, 20, claimed victory over Polish opponent Agata Perenc. Notably, Temelkova is Bulgarian and is not an Israeli citizen. Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev has asked the Ministry of Interior to grant Temelkova citizenship “so that she can continue to represent us with honor in the European Championship next year in Israel.” (Kehila News)

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