JNN Newsletter - October 25 2017

“So you shall know that I am the Lord your God, dwelling in Zion My holy mountain. Then Jerusalem shall be holy, and no aliens shall ever pass through her again.” Joel 3:17

ISLAM HEADS AGAINST NORMALIZATION WITH ISRAEL: The Conference of Scholars Against Normalization announced the formation of a committee that will discuss proposals by Muslim clerics relating to the formulation of a credo, to be published in coming days, for guiding the struggle against normalization with the "Zionist entity." At the close of the religious scholars meeting in Istanbul, participants announced that any form of normalization with the "entity" is prohibited by religious law and comprises a "crime," be it economic normalization or in the fields of communications, sport, or society. The clerics stressed that all of "Palestine" and all the "occupied" land by the "robber entity" is Islamic land that must not be relinquished for any reason or by any pretext. "Giving up Palestine and recognizing the right of the Zionist entity to establish its state on the land of Islam and the Muslims is a betrayal of Allah, His Messenger (Muhammad) and the rest of the believers," the concluding statement said. (Arutz-7) And here's the impossible bottom line; for those who are followers of Islam, peace with Israel is against their religion.

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THE USA SUPPORTS ISRAELI POSITIONS ON PALESTINIAN UNITY PACT: The USA came out with its strongest statements yet regarding the accord signed between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas, expressing support for Israel’s position not to engage in any diplomatic initiative with a Palestinian unity government unless Hamas agrees to disarm, end its terrorist activities and recognize the Jewish state’s right to exist. American special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt affirmed that any future Palestinian political entity “must explicitly commit to nonviolence, accept previous agreements and obligations with Jerusalem and commit to peaceful negotiations.” A major sticking point remains the fate of Hamas’ military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Both Netanyahu and Abbas have called for its complete dismantlement, a demand Hamas has repeatedly refused. On Thur. 19 October Yahya Sinwar, the new leader of Hamas in Gaza, said “Over is the time Hamas spent discussing recognizing Israel. Now Hamas will discuss when we will wipe out Israel. No one in the universe can disarm us," he added. (Medialine/ Times of Israel) The Palestinian Authority and the Hamas terrorist organization are linked entities having only one long lasting goal – not to build its own state – rather, to destroy the Jewish state. As PM Netanyahu told the Israeli Presidential Conference in 2013: “The Arabs want it all.”

A FEW MORE GLITCHES IN THE PALESTINIAN – HAMAS UNITY DEAL: The Hamas terrorist organization has persistently refused to recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish state or renounce terrorism against it, resulting in the destruction of Israeli citizens and property, as well as the ruin of its own Gaza Strip population. The USA and Israel, along with UN nations in 2007 deemed the Palestinian Authority, led by Fatah chief, Mahmoud Abbas, to be the legitimate Palestinian government and peace partner for Israel - on the condition he did not make future connections with the Hamas terrorist organization. Abbas agreed he would not even speak with Hamas leaders – one of many broken promises…. Since then money, munitions, and combat training have flowed from Israel, the USA and other nations to strengthen the Palestinian Authority, which as it turns out, has never been a legitimate peace partner for the Jewish state. Where will many of these assets go and against what country will it be used if the PA successfully unites once again with Hamas? Do we need three guesses? (JNN) Pray Israel’s enemies will be scattered - not unified.

DEPUTY HAMAS LEADER: WE WILL NEVER CUT TIES WITH IRAN: Deputy Hamas leader Salah al-Aruri stressed on Saturday 21 Oct. 2017 that the group would never agree to sever its ties with Iran and give up the armed struggle as prerequisites for talks with Israel. Aruri is heading a high-ranking Hamas delegation which arrived in Tehran last weekend and is meeting with local leaders to discuss its reconciliation efforts with rival faction Fatah. His comments came during a meeting with Ali Akbar Velayati, a top advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Referring to talks with Fatah in Cairo, Aruri said that Israel had set three preconditions for talks, including the disarmament of Hamas, recognition of Israel and cutting ties with Iran. "In response to the first prerequisite that was disarmament of Hamas, we have declared that we don’t accept it at all," he said, adding that the second precondition was also rejected as Hamas is now fighting “to annihilate the Zionist regime. Our presence in Iran is the practical denial of the third precondition that was cutting ties with Iran," Aruri stressed. Hamas and Iran had been at odds over the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. As a result of Hamas’s refusal to support Assad in the uprising, Iran stopped supplying the terror group with weapons. This past summer, however, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh thanked Iran for its "unlimited" support for the Al-Qassam Brigades and its contribution to the development of Hamas' military capabilities, an indication that the rift was over. The advisor to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif clarified that there are good relations between his country and Hamas. (INN)

PA CITY ERECTS SADDAM HUSSEIN MEMORIAL: The city of Qalqilya, under PA jurisdiction, has recently erected a memorial and named a street in honor of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Arab leaders expressed appreciation for Hussein at the dedication ceremony, hailing him as “an emblem of heroism, honor, originality and defiance. According to the report, the monument bears the inscriptions "Saddam Hussein – The Master of the Martyrs in Our Age," and "Arab Palestine from the River to the Sea -” a favorite mantra of Hussein's. The report documented the unabashed praise PA leaders had for Hussein at the dedication ceremony. Qalqilya District Governor Rafi' Rawajba said that "Saddam was an emblem of heroism, honor, originality and defiance, as was the martyr Yasser Arafat. Both served as a compass for the Arabs and their resolute decisions, and when they departed, Arabism departed with them. President Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) makes sure to follow in the footsteps of these two great leaders." (Arutz-7)

PA MISSION TO COLOMBIA CALLS FOR ISRAEL’S DESTRUCTION: The official Palestinian Authority mission to Colombia posted a call for the complete destruction of the State of Israel on its Twitter account on 19 Oct. 2017. The PA mission posted a Spanish translation of a quote from former PA leader Yasser Arafat. “Our goal is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediations. We don’t want peace. We want WAR and victory - Yasser Arafat." The quote was removed following a report by Israel's Channel 1 News. The mission has offered no explanation or apology for the quote. Israel's Foreign Ministry condemned the tweet and said that the quote illustrated Arafat's legacy of hatred and death. (JTA)

NETANYAHU: " JORDAN VALLEY WILL ALWAYS REMAIN A PART OF ISRAEL: The Jordan Valley will always remain a part of Israel. We will continue to settle it, invest in infrastructure and tourism," PM Benjamin Netanyahu said last week at a ceremony marking 50 years of Israeli settlement there. "The Middle East is unstable and violent. The valley is a strategic defensive belt for the country, and without it the fundamentalist flood could reach the interior, up to greater Tel Aviv. Thus, our eastern defensive line starts at this place. If we won't be here, Tehran and Hamastan will be here. We won't let that happen." Netanyahu said Israel will never abandon the Jordan Valley settlements "because they are of utmost security importance to Israel." (Ha'aretz)

ISRAELI RESEARCHERS DISCOVER ALZHEIMER’S TRIGGER: Israeli researchers have discovered that the amount of a specific protein is severely reduced in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease caused by brain cell death. Currently there is no cure, but according to researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), we now know what may trigger it. Dr. Debbie Toiber, of the BGU Department of Life Sciences, and her team discovered that a specific protein -Sirtuin-6 -is severely reduced in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. SIRT6 is critical to the repair of DNA, the deterioration of which “is the beginning of the chain that ends in neurodegenerative diseases in seniors,” she explains. She discovered that as a person ages, the amount of the SIRT6 protein in the brain declines. In fact, according to Dr. Toiber, “In Alzheimer’s patients, it is almost completely gone.” Dr. Toiber is currently working on finding a way to increase the expression of the protein into the brain.

Dr. Toiber acknowledges that healthy habits like good diet and exercise might make a difference in our DNA health. She points out that engaging in sports and even working past retirement can challenge the body in positive ways, preparing your cells to react more readily and thus be more likely able to repair themselves. She concludes, “We should be focusing our research on how to maintain production of SIRT6 and improve the repair capacity of the DNA damage that leads to neurodegenerative diseases.” (Arutz-7) “Israel shall blossom and bud and fill the face of the earth with fruit.” Isa 27:6

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