At Least 10 Countries Discussing Embassy Move To Jerusalem

“The moon will be dismayed, the sun ashamed; for the Lord Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders - with great glory.” Isa. 24:23

AT LEAST 10 COUNTRIES DISCUSSING EMBASSY MOVE TO JERUSALEM: Since Guatemala’s announcement this week that it will follow the USA and move its embassy to Jerusalem, at least 10 more countries are in talks with the Israelis about doing the same, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told Israel Radio. She declined to say which countries were involved, but “noted that several of the talks are just beginning, while others are further along.” Guatemala’s decision to return its embassy to Jerusalem is “no less than the beginning of Israel’s victory,” a leading analyst and author said on 25 Dec.2017. “I believe many countries will follow, and not only Latin American ones,” said Dr. Gustavo D. Perednik, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and a well-known commentator on Latin American and Israeli affairs. “A few candidates: Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Togo, Rwanda, Uganda, Canada, and then when one or two Western European countries will dare – dozens will follow.” Asked whether the move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had more than symbolic value – Perednik said, “Absolutely! Having foreign embassies in Jerusalem means recognition of Israel as the embodiment of Jewish history and serves to counterbalance the clepto-history perpetrated by the Palestinians over the past decades. (Koenig) “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations.” Isa.2:2-4

STATE OF CHILD REPORT FINDS 1 IN 3 CHILDREN UNDER POVERTY LINE IN ISRAEL: More than 880,000 Israeli children lived in poverty in 2016 – meaning one out of every three, according to the National Council for the Child’s annual report released on 26 Dec. 2017. The rate of child poverty has not improved for the past decade, and is more than double the average in the OECD. At the end of 2016 there were 2,851,911 children in the country, comprising 33% of the population. President Reuven Rivlin, upon receiving the report from Vered Vindman, director-general of the National Council for the Child, said: “A poor child is a child who goes to bed hungry. He is a child who comes to school without a sandwich. He is a child who finds it difficult to concentrate in school. He is in danger.” The document, composed of data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, government ministries, and nonprofit organizations, covers a number of aspects including, education, health, poverty, and abuse. In response to the statistics, Vindman said that in many aspects children’s situation in Israel is worsening or at the very least not improving. Vindman called on the government to make the welfare of children a top national priority, something she said has not been the case to date. (J.Post)

A SEASON TO GIVE A SPECIAL GIFT TO JERUSALEM: As 2017 comes to a close we want to thank all of you who have given so generously throughout the year. We couldn’t have blessed the needy of Israel in so many diverse ways without you. For those who would like the opportunity to bless Israel before the year’s end there is still time for you to make a tax deductible gift before 31 Dec. 2017, according to the laws in your own country. Give generously at For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at Please continue to help hands and hearts at VFI rebuild hope and provide for the nation’s poor both now and in 2018. “Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.” Rom.15: 26-27

USA SAYS IT NEGOTIATED $285M CUT IN UNITED NATIONS BUDGET: The USA Mission to the United Nations said on 24 Dec. that the UN’s 2018-2019 budget would be slashed by over $285 million. The mission said reductions would also be made to the UN’s management and support functions. USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the “inefficiency and overspending” of the organization is well-known, and she would not let “the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of.” She also said that while the mission was pleased with the results of budget negotiations, it would continue to “look at ways to increase the UN’s efficiency while protecting our interests.” (Washington Times)

RUSSIA ESTABLISHING PERMANENT PRESENCE AT ITS SYRIAN BASES: Russia has started establishing a permanent military presence at naval and air bases in Syria, the defense minister said on 26 Dec. 2017, as parliament ratified a deal with Damascus to cement Russian presence in the country. The deal will expand the Tartus naval facility, Russia’s only naval foothold in the Mediterranean, and grant Russian warships access to Syrian waters and ports, said Viktor Bondarev, head of the upper house security and defense committee. Russian news sources quoted Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu as saying: “Last week the Commander-in-Chief , President Vladimir Putin, approved the structure and the bases in Tartus and in Hmeimim air base. We have begun forming a permanent presence there.” The Tartus naval facility, in use since the days of the Soviet Union, is too small to play host to larger warships. According to the report, the agreement will allow Russia to keep 11 warships at Tartus, including nuclear vessels. The agreement will last for 49 years and could be prolonged further. The Hmeimim air base, from which Russia has launched numerous air strikes in support of President Bashar al-Assad during his war with rebels, can now be used by Russia indefinitely, according to the deal. (Reuters) This is another potentially dangerous development for the Jewish State, along with the close proximity of Iran’s secret bases in Syria and the presence of the Hizbullah terrorist group on Israel’s northern doorstep. Continue to Intercede for the safety of Israel’s northern border communities and military personnel who serve there.

ISRAELI COURT EXTENDS DETENTION OF PALESTINIAN TEEN ICON WHO KICKED, SLAPPED SOLDIERS: An Israeli military court has extended the detention of a Palestinian teen who was filmed kicking and slapping Israeli soldiers. Ahed Tamimi, a blonde 17-year-old from the village of Nebi Saleh, has become a national hero since the incident. Tamimi was arrested last week by Israeli troops and faces charges of attacking soldiers. An Israeli military court on 25 Dec. 2017 extended her detention, along with those of her mother and cousin, for four days for questioning. Tamimi was filmed earlier this month outside her family home shouting, pushing, kicking and slapping Israeli soldiers, who fended off the blows without retaliating. Palestinians are celebrating her as an icon of a new generation of resistance to Israeli occupation, while the soldiers' restraint stirred uproar over what some perceive as the army's humiliation. (Fox) This is another sad example of the children whose minds have been taught to hate Jews and Israel from early childhood by their families, their educators, politicians and religious leaders. Pray for these young people indoctrinated with lies and violence that miracles and knowledge of a better way through Yeshua will come to them and be received by them.

AFTER DEFEAT OF ISIS, CHRISTMAS RETURNS TO NORTHERN IRAQ: Christians in Mosul and surrounding areas in northern Iraq are openly celebrating Christmas this week after three years under the brutal rule of ISIS. “The last Christmas mass here was in 2013. Now, the cross is lifted again over the Church of St. Paul,” Rev. Martin Banni, a Chaldean Catholic priest, told media sources. “Celebrating Christmas here is a message, that despite all the threats, persecution, killing and what we faced in Iraq, we have hope that this country will change,” Banni said. During its time in control in northern Iraq, ISIS routinely executed, abducted and banished Christians. Chaldean, Assyrian and Syriac Christians who live in Nineveh Plain towns now kindle a “Christmas Flame” in the courtyards of their ancient churches – many of which had been desecrated and burned by ISIS. “The young people spent the night decorating our town with lights just like we used to before ISIS came,” said Bernadette Al-Maslob, a 59-year-old resident of Karamlesh, 18 miles southeast of Mosul. (Media Line) “My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior - from violent people you save me.” 2 Sam 22:3

ISRAEL’S BEN-GURION AIRPORT TO UNDERGO $1.4 BILLION EXPANSION: The Israel Airports Authority announced this week that it plans to significantly expand Ben-Gurion Airport during the next five years in a $1.43 billion project. The upgrade was initiated as a result of an increased number of passengers traveling through the airport, which serves as the primary international gateway in and out of the Jewish state. Since the beginning of 2017, Ben-Gurion Airport - located on the periphery of Tel Aviv - has seen an 18% increase in international passenger turnover, with more than 20 million passengers passing through the airport this year. The Ministry of Transport expects 23 million passengers in 2018 and 30 million by 2024. Tourism to Israel has reached an all-time high in 2017. (Algemeiner/Globes)

VEGANISM TO SET TOP CULINARY TRENDS OF 2018, WITH ISRAEL AT THE HELM: Plant-based food is slated to be the hottest culinary trend of 2018, according to many food trend lists, and Israel is well ahead of the game. New York-based international food and restaurant consulting company Baum+Whiteman has said that restaurants are way behind the curve when it comes to a rapid consumer shift to plant-based foods, but expect that to change in 2018. “Millennials are embracing 'plant-based' food while still young and will probably be sticking with it. So we’re looking at a food industry divide where plant-based products capture increasing shelf space in supermarkets but so far little space on restaurant menus,” the consultants said. They predicted that in the new year, more and more restaurants will offer vegan dishes, to catch up with the growing number of people who are embracing vegan foods. According to data published by Baum+Whiteman, 83% of USA consumers are adding plant-based foods to their diets to improve health and nutrition, while 62% do so for weight management. The firm also noted that 58% of adults drink non-dairy milk, and Google has seen a 90% increase in vegan searches in the past year. (J.Post)

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