Shrinking Kinneret To Get Infusion Of Desalinated Water
“When He thunders, the waters in the heavens roar;
He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning with the rain and brings
out the wind from His storehouses.” Jer. 10:13
SINKING KINNERET TO GET INFUSION OF DESALINATED WATER: Israel is preparing to pump desalinated water into the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). The state’s Water Authority recently started work on the $300-million project, which will take about two years to complete. With Israel apparently approaching a fifth consecutive dry year, the Sea of Galilee has dropped to dangerously low levels. This has increased the lake’s salinity and harmed the quality of the water, which constitutes a quarter of Israel’s potable supply. The Water Authority is also overseeing projects to pump out salt water from the lake, in order to maintain its ability to be used as drinking water. The Authority says it is currently extracting about 17,000 tons of salt each year. In October 2017 the Water Authority warned that the Kinneret was at a dangerously low level and expected to reach “the lowest level ever recorded.” (J.Post) Please intercede for strong rains in Israel to nourish the crops, fill up the wells, the Sea of Galilee and the underground aquifers. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. Jas.5:18
A SEASON TO GIVE A SPECIAL GIFT TO JERUSALEM: As 2017 soon 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 www.visionforisrael.com. For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk. 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
IMPOVERISHED SENIORS’ PENSIONS TO BE RAISED: A new initiative by the Manufacturers Association of Israel and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beytenu party created sufficient funds to budget a raise in pensions for senior citizens in dire financial straits. Employers called on the state to raise monthly pensions for those of few financial means two weeks ago, so that a lone senior will receive NIS 4,700 ($1340) whereas a couple will receive NIS 7,800. ($2230). Should such a raise be enacted, it will improve the lot of some 200,000 seniors who have thus far had to contend with the National Insurance Institute's income supplements and an additional 150,000 who receive no benefits whatsoever. The President of the Manufacturers Association Shraga Brosh said the plan will bring real change to “Israel's most vulnerable population.” Brosh added, "We're finally underway. This means taking Israel's most vulnerable population and removing it from abject poverty. It's a real change." It still remains to be seen whether the Finance Ministry does indeed consent to releasing the funds, and whether people who are self-employed—also included in the prospective purview of the increased National Insurance payments—will be willing to take a cut to their net monthly income. (Ynet) Please intercede that this will not prove to be simply more government talk about aiding the poor of Israel. The elderly, especially Holocaust Survivors, often do not know their rights or sufficient Hebrew or have enough strength to wade through a string of bureaucratic offices and forms to receive their rights. It is the same situation, in part, as Israel’s disabled community that has been promised much in the past months and has yet to receive anything.
STUDENTS UNEARTH 1,500-YEAR OLD MONASTERY AND CHURCH: The remains of a 1,500-year-old monastery and church were discovered near Beit Shemesh, a city located about 19 miles west of Jerusalem. The Byzantine-era buildings, complete with mosaic floors and imported marble items, were discovered by over 1,000 students participating in an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) excavation in preparation for the construction of a new neighborhood in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Binyamin Storchen, who is leading the IAA excavation, said, "We were surprised by how well the findings were preserved, as well as by the wealth and beauty we discovered. This wealth may prove that the large building, which served as a monastery, was an important center, and it could be that it was one of the main pilgrimage centers in the Judean plain. During the excavation, we uncovered the remains of walls made of smooth and expensive stones, as well as impressive architectural items. These were specially imported from Turkey, and were brought by wagon from the port. In one of the rooms, we discovered a gorgeous mosaic floor, decorated with the images of colorful birds, leaves, and pomegranates." The monastery was deserted in the seventh century AD, for unknown reasons. Only a small portion of it has been uncovered. (Arutz-7)
ISRAELI BUS COMPANY INVESTS MILLIONS IN WIRELESS CHARGING ELECTRIC ROADS: With this innovation, there is no need for batteries or cable charging. Israel transit service Dan Bus Company will invest $2.2 million in technology that turns regular roads into electric power sources. Electric buses in Tel Aviv currently need to be charged via cable at departure stations, but this could soon be unnecessary, reports Globes. ElectRoad has developed technology that powers vehicles from the road while driving, using conduction coils to wirelessly charge them through magnetic induction. With this innovation, there is no need for batteries or cable charging. It also boasts zero emissions, high efficiency, and low cost. The startup will be focusing on public transportation, and will begin with laying charger coils underneath designated lanes to power the buses traversing the road daily. Eventually, ElectRoad says it may even be possible to share energy between vehicles. (Reuters)
TRUMP ADMIN THREATENS REPERCUSSIONS FOR NATIONS THAT OPPOSE JERUSALEM DECISION: After the USA vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the nations of the world vowed to take the matter to the broader General Assembly, where there are no vetoes. The Trump Admin warned that these nations would do better to keep their mouths shut. USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that when the General Assembly votes on the resolution on Thurs. 21 Dec. 2017, Washington "will be taking names" of those countries that vote in favor. At the UN we're always asked to do more and give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the Americans where to locate OUR embassy, we don't expect those we've helped to target us. On Thurs. there'll be a vote criticizing our choice. The USA will be taking names.
Haley expounded on her threat in a letter sent to fellow UN ambassadors, which read : "The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue.” After exercising America's veto power in the Security Council, Trump's fiery envoy berated the international community for putting forward such a resolution in the first place, calling it an "insult" that "won't be forgotten." The resolution doesn't call out the United States by name, but rather laments recent changes to an international status quo that has long denied Jewish historical and religious claims to Jerusalem. The upcoming vote in the General Assembly does not carry the same legal weight as that in the Security Council, but it also can't be vetoed. (Israel Today)
SAUDI ACADEMIC CALLS ON ARABS TO RECOGNIZE JEWISH CONNECTION TO JERUSALEM: A Saudi academic has voiced backing for USA President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and called on Arabs to recognize the city’s sanctity to Jews. Abdulhameed Hakeem, head of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jedda, told USA-based Alhurra television this week that Trump’s move, which touched off protests across the Muslim world from Tunisia to Indonesia, constitutes a “positive shock” to the peace process. Hakeem added: “We as Arabs must come to an understanding with the other party and know what its demands are, so that we can succeed in peace negotiation efforts, so that negotiations not be futile. We must recognize and realize that Jerusalem is a religious symbol to Jews and sacred to them, as Mecca and Medina is to Muslims.” Hakeem – who in a March 2017 article for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy stressed that Israel and Saudi Arabia face a common Nazi-like threat in Iran – said the “Arab mind must liberate itself from the legacy of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdul-Nasser and the legacy of both the Sunni and Shi’a sects, which has instilled for political interests the culture of Jew hatred and denial of their historic right in the region.” (J.Post)
176 NATIONS AT UN CALL FOR PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD: The General Assembly voted 176-7 on Tues.19 Dec. 2017 to affirm the Palestinian right to self-determination, one day after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pledged to renew his quest for state membership in the international body. The vote is nonbinding and has no impact beyond underscoring international support for Palestinian statehood among most of the UN’s 193 members. The United States, Canada and Israel were among the seven that opposed the text; four states abstained. While the General Assembly approves a similar text each year, PLO Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour said this year’s vote had to be seen within the context of international opposition to USA President Donald Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. (J.Post) Once again, JNN editors remind readers: The UN does not have the authority to establish states. Additionally, Palestinians are not in a position to declare statehood. Internationally accepted criteria for statehood include unified territory, capability of responsible governance and readiness to abide by international obligations. With Gaza controlled by Hamas/Iran; and Judea and Samaria by Fatah, and with Gaza-based terror groups indiscriminately lobbing rockets into Israel's towns, the Palestinians have a long way to go until they fulfill these requirements. Likewise they need to stop teaching lies about Israel in school textbooks, naming streets and town squares after Palestinian terrorists and making them heroes for their children to emulate.
POLAND TO INVEST $28 MILLION TO RESTORE WARSAW JEWISH CEMETERY: The Polish government will invest $28 million to restore the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery, Polish Deputy PM Piotr Glinski told World Jewish Congress CEO president Robert Singer this week. Projects include involvement with the Auschwitz Museum, and the establishment of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, as well as Jewish schools and educational institutions across the country. The decision to restore the cemetery was adopted by the Polish parliament with a vote of 416-4. The Warsaw Jewish Cemetery was established in 1806 and with approximately 250,000 graves, it is considered the most recognizable of the 1,400 Jewish cemeteries in Poland, and one of the largest in Europe. Earlier this month, the World Jewish Congress released a statement urging Poland to put a stop to the excavation of an old Jewish cemetery in the town of Siemiatycze in eastern Poland, where human remains were dug up for the construction of an electrical substation and parking lot. (J.Post)
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