JNN Newsletter - November 24, 2017

“I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.” Ps 3:6

‘THE SMILES HAVE BEEN WIPED OFF THE PALESTINIANS’ FACES’: Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz responded on Mon. 20 Nov. 2017, to the Trump administration’s proposed peace plan, as reported on the weekend by Israeli media sources. Katz spoke at a conference held at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. “Less than a year ago, the United States chose not to veto an anti-Israeli resolution against the settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria, and two days ago the USA administration, headed by President Trump, warned the Palestinians that it would close their embassy if they continued to act against Israel. The smiles on the Palestinians’ faces from a year ago have been erased,” said Katz. "It’s not a coincidence. President Trump sees and divides the world clearly into two main axes: the axis of evil, headed by Iran and North Korea, and the axis of friendship led by the United States, which includes its pragmatic Sunni allies and of course, Israel.

The Palestinian leadership must decide whether it chooses to be part of the axis of evil or to join the axis of friendship," he stressed. Katz noted that the Trump administration makes it clear today that any Palestinian government must comply with the conditions of the Quartet, commit to non-violence, recognize Israel and honor previous commitments and agreements, including dismantling the weapons of terrorist elements. Referring to the issue of Jerusalem, Katz said, "I expect and believe that President Trump will correct the historical distortion and move the American Embassy as soon as possible to Jerusalem - the spiritual center and eternal capital of the Jewish people. In the meantime,” he continued, “we must strengthen our position in the city, which is constantly challenged, first and foremost by establishing the Greater Jerusalem metropolitan area, and connecting Ma’aleh Adumim, Givat Ze'ev, Beitar Illit and Gush Etzion to the city.” (Arutz-7) "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” Isa.54:2

LEBANESE ARMY AT ‘FULL READINESS’ ON ISRAELI BORDER: The commander of Lebanon’s military called on the army to prepare for a possible conflict with Israel on Tues. 21 Nov. 2017, ordering forces deployed near Israel’s northern border be placed on high alert. Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces Joseph Aoun, called on soldiers near the Israeli border to be on “full readiness.” Aoun said the Lebanese army must be prepared to face “threats of the Israeli enemy and its violations.” Aoun’s comments come just days after Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil threatened Israel, claiming his country would defeat the Jewish state militarily if provoked. Lebanon’s saber-rattling comes following the resignation of PM Saad Hariri, who stepped down earlier this month during a trip to Saudi Arabia, claiming in a recorded video message that his “life is being targeted”. (J.Post) Continue to intercede for the safety of Israel’s northern and southern borders. Hostile forces such as Iran, the Lebanon-based terrorist group, Hezbollah, and other rouge terrorist entities are a growing threat to Israel’s northern communities.

NEW SCHOOL CRITICIZED FOR HOSTING PANEL ON ANTI-SEMITISM FEATURING LINDA SARSOUR, ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVIST: The New School is being criticized for hosting a panel on anti-Semitism featuring speakers known to be vocal critics of Israel and Zionism, including Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour and the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace. Critics of the 28 Nov. 2017 event, which is titled “Anti-Semitism and the Struggle for Justice,” also say it is meant to justify anti-Zionism on the left, and not address the full range of threats facing Jews from the left and the right. The panel is being organized by several left-wing groups, including Jewish Voice for Peace, (JVP) which supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Jonathan Greenblatt, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, slammed the inclusion of Sarsour and JVP in the event, saying it was akin to “Oscar Meyer leading a panel on vegetarianism. These panelists know the issue, but unfortunately, from the perspective of fomenting it rather than fighting it,” Greenblatt wrote last week. The American Jewish Committee also objected. A petition opposing the panel organized by a pro-Israel group called Zioness had amassed over 10,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon 20 Nov. 2017. It asserts the panel is an attempt to “whitewash” anti-Zionism and “deny its unequivocally anti-Semitic nature and intent.” Sarsour, who helped organize the Women’s March on Washington, has been criticized by right-wing and centrist Jews for her vocal criticism of Israel (JTA)

EUROPEAN JEWISH CONGRESS: ‘WE OPPOSE ALL CONTACT WITH EUROPEAN FAR-RIGHT': A delegation from the European Jewish Congress told French President Emmanuel Macron on 20 Nov. 2017 that the EJC unanimously opposes any meetings or dealings with far-right political parties in Europe. EJC President Moshe Kantor said, “Some like to use the Jewish community as a fig leaf for their racist and xenophobic agendas or try and make common ground over views on Israel. We emphatically reject all these overtures and stand in complete solidarity with all targets of their intolerance and racism.” Doctor Kantor continued, “Yesterday, Jews were the main targets and today it may be some other group. But we are under no illusions whatsoever that anti-Semitism remains a significant part of their worldview regardless of political tactics or electoral expediency.” (Arutz-7)

HALF THE WOMEN IN ISRAEL MURDERED BY THEIR SPOUSE HAD COMPLAINED TO POLICE: Only 30 percent of the cases opened in the last decade for the attempted murder of women resulted in indictments, according to a report by the Knesset Research and Information Center to mark the International Day of Violence against Women . A number of committees will devote part of their agenda to the observance. Between the years 2016 and 2007, 35% of the women murdered by their spouses had complained to the police about domestic violence. Between 2015 and 2016, the percentage of women killed by their spouses in cases known to the police increased to almost half. (INN) Pray for the protection of both Jewish and Arab women in Israel against domestic violence. Pray Israel’s police will take seriously and investigate situations where women call for help in “at risk” situations.

TRUMP DECLARES NORTH KOREA A STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM: USA President Donald Trump on 20 Nov. 2017 declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, promising a rapid ramp-up of Treasury sanctions against the isolated state. "This should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago," Trump declared, citing the death of a USA student who had been held in a North Korean jail and the assassination by nerve agent of the elder brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on foreign soil as reasons for the move. (Arutz-7)

RUSSIA FINDS 1,000-TIMES NORMAL RADIOACTIVE LEVEL AFTER NUCLEAR ACCIDENT CLAIMS: Russia's meteorological service said on Tues. 21 Nov. 2017, it had measured pollution of a radioactive isotope at nearly 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains, the first official Russian data supporting reports that an accident had taken place. The data appears to support a report by the French nuclear safety institute IRSN, which said on 9 Nov. 2017 that a cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe had indicated an accident had taken place at a nuclear facility either in Russia or Kazakhstan in the last week of September 2017. Neither Russia nor Kazakhstan has acknowledged any accident. (Reuters)

HEBREW UNIVERSITY GRADUATES 62ND MOST EMPLOYABLE IN THE WORLD: A recent analysis published by Times Higher Education has ranked Hebrew University of Jerusalem students as the 62nd most employable graduates in the world, placing the school's graduates as the most employable from Israeli universities, followed by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology at 113, and Tel Aviv University at 135. The Hebrew University moved up five places this year, while the Technion advanced nine spots and Tel Aviv University improved by four places. The global employability ranking, designed by the French human-resources consultancy Emerging, reveals which universities the recruiters at top companies think are the best at preparing students for the workforce. The survey was conducted among thousands of recruiters and managers from a range of firms and industries around the world. The top 5 ranked institutions globally were the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge. (INN)

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