JNN Newsletter - May 4, 2017

“Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel,” 2 Chron. 6:6

ON ISRAEL’S INDEPENDENCE DAY, UNESCO OKAYS RESOLUTION DENYING ISRAELI CLAIMS TO JERUSALEM: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted Tues. afternoon 3 May 2017, to adopt a resolution denying Israel's rights to its own capital, Jerusalem. The vote took place on Israel's Independence Day. 23 nations voted in favor of the resolution, compared to 22 which voted against it. 3 nations abstained. Among the countries which voted against the resolution were the United States, Italy, Britain, Holland, Lithuania, Greece, Paraguay, Ukraine, Togo and Germany. The resolution declares that "all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the “basic law” on Jerusalem, are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith." The resolution also condemns Israel for the military conflicts with the Hamas terrorist organization, which rules the Gaza Strip. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, slammed the resolution as an assault on the history of the Jewish people. “This biased and blatantly deceitful decision, and the attempts to dispute the connection between Israel and Jerusalem, will not change the simple fact that this city is the historic and eternal capital of the Jewish people. Israel will not stand silently by in the face of this shameful resolution,” Danon said. (Times of Israel/INN) Pray according to scripture as UN organizations and anti-Israel NGOs repeatedly try to undermine the legitimacy and integrity of the Jewish state and its sovereignty over its capital city, Jerusalem: “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow,” Isa. 62:1-2

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ISRAEL CONDEMNS UNESCO VOTE: Israeli leaders from across the political spectrum slammed the UNESCO vote to deny Israel's right to sovereignty over its capital city of Jerusalem on Tues. 2 May 2017. Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu said that fewer nations supported Tuesday's resolution than had supported similar anti-Israel UNESCO resolutions last year. “Over the last two days I’ve had numerous conversations with various heads of state and foreign ministers about the absurd vote at the UN. The result is that a number of countries that support this absurd proposal is shrinking,” he says. “A year ago it was 32, six months ago it dropped to 26, and now it’s down to 22 countries,” Netanyahu said. “I still want to make a systematic and consistent effort to reduce this even further, because these kinds of votes have no place at the UN,” Netanyahu added. “Today there are more countries that support Israel or abstain than countries that oppose Israel,” he adds. “It’s a change, for the first time.”

Opposition leader Yizthak Herzog called the resolution anti-Semitic. “This UNESCO resolution is an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel disgrace that distorts the history of the Jewish people and their unshakable connection to their capital, Jerusalem,” Herzog said. “This is a miserable, baseless and aggressive decision that will find itself in the garbage can of history, just like the accusation that Zionism is racism," Herzog added. Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin told foreign ambassadors gathered at his residence to celebrate Israel's Independence Day that their governments should respond to the resolution by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving their embassies there. “It is time to recognize Jerusalem, as the official capital of the State of Israel. It is time to move all the official embassies here, to Jerusalem,” Rivlin said. (Arutz-7)

HOTOVELY: ‘FAKE HISTORY’: Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said: “UNESCO’s expected political decision only harms the organization - which is supposed to preserve heritage and culture - by repeatedly misusing its role when it comes to Israel. Israel does not need approvals from political bodies to connect the unshakable historical connection to our eternal capital, a connection that is over 3,000 years old and cries out from each and every stone in this city," she added. Hotovely derided the UNESCO resolution and the denial of the fact of Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem as “fake history”. "This is absurd. We have become used to the concept of 'fake news'. Well, welcome to 'fake history',” said Hotovely. "UNESCO has long been politicized and unfortunately has become a tool in the service of Palestinian propaganda against Israel. We, as Israelis, don’t need UNESCO's approval of our history in our land. Meanwhile, Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev (Likud) called for the closure of the UN headquarters in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood and a return of the land to the state. " We’ve had 50 years of sovereignty in the city, there is no need for the presence of UN observers. They were given the opportunity to use the compound to supervise the ceasefire agreements of the Six Day War - agreements that are no longer relevant. This saga must end,” said Regev. (Arutz-7)

ABBAS: WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY SOLUTION THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE STATE ON ’67 LINES: On the eve of his first meeting with USA President Donald Trump, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tues. 2 May 2017 that the Palestinian leadership “will not accept any solution” that does not include a state along 1967 lines and east Jerusalem as its capital. Abbas made the remarks at an event in Washington, D.C., where he spoke before members of the Palestinian diaspora, who reside in the USA. Abbas has long stated that he supports the establishment of a Palestinian state along 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital, but also proposed minor land swaps in previous negotiations. Abbas and a team of his advisers on Wed. 3 May 2017, were slated to meet with Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a number of American-Jewish leaders. (Jerusalem Post) Pray that Palestinian, USA and global leaders, will understand there is absolutely zero chance Israel is going to comply with any plan for a future Palestinian state based on pre-1967 lines. It is a ludicrous objective, one which a long line of Israeli government and military leaders have considered to be “suicidal,” for the Jewish state.

ISRAEL CANNOT RETURN TO THE PRE-1967 BORDERS: Israel cannot return to the pre-1967 borders. It would leave the center of the country a mere nine miles wide and its borders indefensible. The Jewish State could be cut in two by an Arab tank charge in just minutes. Arab forces would be positioned all along Israel’s eastern border, including the areas that contain the greatest concentration of Israel’s population, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. Israel would be stripped of its protective Judea-Samaria mountain ranges. USA Lieut.-General Thomas Kelly, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War, pointed out that Israel would be virtually indefensible without those mountainous areas. An Israeli retreat to the pre-1967 borders would also include the re-division of Jerusalem. The Arabs would gain control of the Old City section of Jerusalem (known as “east Jerusalem”), which includes the holiest sites in Judaism, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. That area also includes the historic Jewish Quarter and the Mount of Olives cemetery, which is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world. An Israeli retreat to the indefensible pre-1967 borders would encourage further Arab attacks and lead to an all-out war. (JNN staff)

‘HAMAS INVESTS ALL ITS RESOURCES IN DESTROYING ISRAEL’: Israel responded with skepticism to reports that Hamas intends to remove the call for the destruction of Israel from the new policy document it is formulating. "We see that Hamas continues to invest all its resources not only in preparations for war against Israel, but also in educating the children of Gaza to annihilate Israel," the prime minister's office said Monday evening 1 May 2017. "The day Hamas stops digging tunnels and diverts its resources to civilian infrastructure and stops educating to kill Israelis, it will be a real change," Netanyahu's office said in response to the reports that Hamas is seeking a new direction. Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan added that "the political platform” published by Hamas is a false representation and a public relations exercise whose only purpose is to enlist international legitimacy. In practice, Hamas continues to promote terrorist attacks and wild incitement calling for the murder of Israelis and continues to refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist. The international community must not treat the Hamas platform as a change in the policy of the movement, Erdan said.

Arab media reported Monday afternoon that Hamas would remove the call to destroy Israel from the movement's policy, in order to improve relations with the Gulf states and Egypt. In addition, Hamas will reportedly declare support for a Palestinian Arab state along the 1967 lines without recognizing Israel's right to exist. Observers say that Hamas’ acceptance of a Palestinian state along pre-1967 borders as “a national consensus” indicates that Hamas is positioning itself to make territorial compromises with Israel. However, Hamas makes clear throughout the document that it is not prepared to make such a compromise. “Hamas rejects any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,” the document states. It also says that Hamas refuses to recognize Israel. “There shall be no recognition of the legitimacy of the Zionist entity,” the document reads. Taken together, Hamas’ rejection of territorial compromise and recognizing Israel leaves no room to believe it is moving in the direction of making concessions to Israel. (J.Post)

RARE: 40,000 LEVANT SPARROW HAWKS FLY OVER EILAT: Forty thousand Levant sparrowhawks, representing two-thirds of the species' global population, flew over Eilat and landed in the bird-watching park and palm plantations in the southern Arava. CEO of the Eilat Birdwatching Center Noam Weiss said, "This week, Eilat saw one of the most beautiful bird-watching weeks she has ever seen. In less than 36 hours, 40,000 Levant sparrowhawks flew over our city. Early Friday morning, 28 April 2017, the sparrowhawks began to fly in groups of thousands, low over the ground. As the day became warmer, they flew higher in the sky, until they looked like flies, and only experienced birdwatchers could make them out. Towards evening, they landed in the Eilat Birdwatching Park and at the palm plantation in the Arava. As more groups of a thousand arrived, they made a tumult in the usually silent plantation." According to the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), little is known about Levant sparrowhawks because of the regions it populates and the fact that it nests in the Balkan Mountains forests. Most nature scientists believe the species' numbers are declining as a result of hunters, competition with the northern goshawk, and harm done to its natural habitats. More Levant sparrowhawks are expected to fly over Israel in the coming week. (Arutz-7)

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff