JNN Newsletter - September 20 2017

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isa. 43: 18-19

ROSH HASHANA 2017: Rosh Hashana - the Jewish New Year also known as the Feast of Trumpets begins in the evening of Wed. 20 Sept. The first of the Biblical autumn festivals, Rosh Hashana celebrates the birth of the world and humanity. Symbolic foods such as apples and honey are central to the holiday, symbolizing the sweetness, health, success and good deeds which we hope the coming year will bring. In the midst of the troubled Middle East, we will pause in Israel to thank God for His sovereign goodness to us and to others throughout the exiting year. May His blessing be showered upon all of you who love Israel. A sweet and a good year from your friends at Vision for Israel. Please remember to intercede for the safety of all of those visiting in Israel, as well as those travelling abroad during the High Holidays. Pray against terrorist attacks, rocket fire and for the protection of all of the nation’s residents, borders and communities during this season.

REPORT: ISRAELI POPULATION CONTINUES TO INCREASE IN ALL SECTORS: 88% OF ISRAELIS WERE SATISFIED WITH THEIR LIVES IN THE PAST YEAR: The Central Bureau of Statistics released its annual report on Mon.18 Sept. 2017 ahead of Rosh Hashana. The report looked at population trends in Israel over the course of the year and includes information on education, social welfare, public attitude and employment trends. According to the data, Israel’s population is on a consistent incline. Israel’s population grew by 156,000 or 1.8% since last year’s report. In terms of public attitude, 88% of Israeli citizens aged 20-years-and-older said they were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their lives. 21% or some 1.1 million people feel stressed on a constant basis. 6% of the population of 340,000 admits to feeling lonely on a regular basis and 34% say they find it difficult to cover their monthly expenses. Today, Israel’s population is estimated at approximately 8.743 million. The Jewish population makes up approximately 6.523 million or 74.6% of the total population. The Arab population is about 1.824 million, 20.9% of the population and the rest make up about 396,000 or 4.5%. Each of these sectors experienced consistent growth since the previous report. (J.Post) “Like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezek. 36:38

SPECIAL JEWISH NEW YEAR APPEAL: The Jewish New Year begins at dusk 20 Sept. 2017. We’ve had a donor come forth that will match every gift you give in September, 'dollar for dollar', or whatever currency you represent, until Sept. 30, 2017. These donations will go towards the final completion of the Millennium Center complex. Other incoming donations will still go for the various needs of the citizens of Israel. However, this is a first and one time opportunity in 2017. This means your donation will be doubled in size and capacity. Please go to one of the following Donate links to make a generous donation today: www.visionforisrael.com. For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at: www.josephstorehouse.co.uk. Thank you for your love and support of Vision for Israel and the Joseph Storehouse. Barry Segal.

USA PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WISHED AMERICAN JEWS A HAPPY ROSH HASHANA: USA President Donald Trump released a videotaped message to Jewish families on Mon.18 Sept. 2017, wishing them "many blessings" and a happy new year as they enter the holiday season. "The High Holy Days are a time of both reflection on the past year and hope for renewal in the year to come," Trump said. "Jewish communities across the country, and around the world, enter into a time of prayer, repentance, and rededication to the sacred values and traditions that guide the incredible character, and spirit, of the Jewish people. We reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel, and we ask God to deliver justice, dignity, and peace on Earth," he added. "Melania and I wish everyone a sweet, healthy, and peaceful year, which we hope will bring many blessings to all." (J.Post)

TRUMP SLAMS THE UN IN HIS FIRST UN APPEARANCE: President Trump used his inaugural address at the United Nations on Mon.18 Sept. 2017 to criticize the world body for not living up to its potential because of bureaucracy. “Despite a ballooning budget and a doubling of staff since 2000, Trump said, “We are not seeing the results in line with this investment” and encouraged UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to focus more on people than bureaucracy.” We encourage all member states to look at ways to take bold stands at the United Nations with an eye toward changing business as usual and not being beholden to way of the past, which were not working,” he said, pledging the USA would be full partners in the reform efforts. Trump also said none of the 193-member nations should shoulder a “disproportionate share of the burden – militarily or financially.” And he called on creating “clearly defined goals and metrics for evaluating the success” of the UN’s peacekeeping mission around the globe. With the changes, Trump said, “I am confident that if we work together and champion truly bold reforms, the United Nations will emerge as a stronger, more effective, and greater force for peace and harmony in the world.” In his address, Guterres said what keeps him up at night is the “bureaucracy, fragmented structures, Byzantine procedures and endless red tape” of the UN. I even sometimes ask myself whether there was a conspiracy to make our rules exactly what they need for us not to be effective,” he said. (N.Y. Post)

NETANYAHU SATISFIED WITH MEETING WITH TRUMP: Netanyahu, met with USA President Donald Trump for the third time this year at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan on Mon.18 Sept. 2017. The Israeli premier expressed his desire for a tougher stance vis-a-vis Iran in a bid to frustrate its ambitions to produce a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu later expressed satisfaction with his meeting with the USA President: “Under your leadership, the alliance between the United States and Israel has never been stronger,” Netanyahu tweeted. He also thanked Trump for standing alongside Israel in the UN. “Under President Trump, the USA position toward Israel in the UN has been unequivocal; it's been strong; it's got both clarity and conviction. I want to thank you on behalf of the people of Israel and Israel's many friends around the world.” At the start of his meeting with Trump, Netanyahu said, “I look forward to discussing with you how we can address together what you rightly called is the terrible nuclear deal with Iran and how to roll back Iran's growing aggression in the region, especially in Syria. As you said, we will discuss the way we can seize the opportunity for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab world, I think these things go together and we look forward to talking about how we can advance both,” he added. Netanyahu has recently expressed grave concern at Tehran’s attempts to spread its influence throughout the Middle East, and particularly to Syria and along Israel's northern border. (INN/Ynet)

BAHRAIN RULER DENOUNCES ARAB BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL: King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa of Bahrain condemned the Arab boycott of Israel in Los Angeles, California last week. King Hamad made the remarks during an event denouncing religious hatred and violence at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in LA. Bahrain, a kingdom of some 1.5 million people in the Persian Gulf, currently does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. King Hamad also told Simon Wiesenthal Center director Rabbi Abraham Cooper that Bahraini citizens are free to visit Israel as they please. Rabbi Cooper said that he was encouraged by King Hamad's softening stance on Israel. "If I had to predict, I would tell you that the Arab world’s relationship with the state of Israel is going to dramatically change,” he said, adding that the Bahraini king is “ahead of the pack and smart.” (INN)

NEW QUESTIONS OF ‘WHO IS A JEW” IN ISRAEL: Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has a blacklist of Israelis who are not eligible to get married in Israel, even though they are listed as Jewish in the country’s Population Registry. Israel has no civil marriage and the Chief Rabbinate has a monopoly on conducting marriages for Jews. According to Israeli press reports that list is growing quickly. The Chief Rabbinate has begun to summon immigrants to Israel for background checks, after doubts were raised about the religious status of relatives seeking to marry in the country. The issue is expected to deepen tensions between the Chief Rabbinate and Jews living abroad, especially in the USA. (Media Line)

USA AVIATOR WHO HELPED FORM ISRAELI AIR FORCE DIES AT 94: Mitchell Flint, an American aviator who helped form the Israeli Air Force in 1948 and served in Israel's first fighter squadron has died. He was 94. Flint, a former USA Navy fighter pilot, died 16 Sept. 2017 in Los Angeles of natural causes, said his son, Michael Flint. Flint was one of the founding members of "Machal," a group of non-Israelis who fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. He was one of the original members of the Israeli Air Force's first fighter squadron and helped train Israel's first military pilots, his son said. Flint and other members of the Machal had flown in German planes that were captured during World War II and covered the Nazi insignia with Stars of David. When he returned to the United States, Flint moved to Los Angeles and became a lawyer. He continued flying until last year, his son said. "He was a humble man who did what he did and never looked for glory," Michael Flint said of his father. (Times of Israel)

2017 LONDON VFI FEAST OF TABERNACLES: Celebrate the most joyful holiday in the Jewish calendar with us! The Feast of Tabernacles is a time to give thanks and praise to God for His faithfulness and provision. If you can’t make it to Israel, come celebrate, worship and fellowship with us in London. Special Guest Speakers include Pastor Wes Richards, Pastor Dennis Greenidge, Pastor Derek Walker and Barry & Batya Segal. Venue: Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3DW; Times: Friday 20th October: from 7.30pm. Saturday 21st: from 10:30am. Cost: £15 per person (no charge for children aged 12 and under). BOOK NOW! By calling the UK office on 01793 279 111 or online at; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-feast-of-tabernacles-2017-tickets-34790411056

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