JNN Newsletter - October 9 2017

“He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, 
and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. 
In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows.” Isa. 30:23 


120,000 ISRAELIS VISITED NATIONAL PARKS DURING THE FIRST DAY OF SUCCOT: Around three thousand Israelis spent the night camping on beaches or in overnight parking lots before joining more than a hundred thousand fellow backpackers and hikers who used the beginning of the Succot holiday on Thurs. 5 Oct. 2017 to explore Caesarea Maritima, originally built by King Herod, and Ashkelon National Park. Both parks registered more than three thousand visitors each. Mamshit National Park also gained a lot of visitors thanks to a lively Nabataean market that will keep operating in the next few days. The market, while not a historically accurate portrayal of the ancient desert civilization, is a colorful event in which adults and children can watch traditional craftsmen, listen to music, and try new foods. The public is encouraged to visit the various parks and learn more about the wildlife and nature of Israel. (J.Post) “You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” Isa. 62:3

SUCCOT IN JERUSALEM 2017: Join us this October 8-10 for the Jerusalem Succot Celebration. This will be a powerful conference that you don't want to miss. We'll have exciting teachings from Allen Jackson, Malcolm Hedding, David Herzog, Wes Richards, Sophocles Christodoulou and Barry Segal; dance groups from Europe and the USA; and live worship with Joshua Aaron, MIQEDEM, local congregations, and our very own Barry and Batya Segal. Admission: $129 (Adults - ages: 31+) $69 (Young Adults - ages: 18-30) Children 17 and under: Registration is free! For questions or more information about the conference, please email us at:[email protected], or click on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/succot-celebration-2017-registration-31458245459?mc_eid=8b7532155a&mc_cid=566c3162d1 We will be livesteaming our event which you can view at: https://livestream.com/visionforisrael

ON THE EVE OF SUCCOT, ISRAEL’S SEA OF GALILEE APPROACHES LOWEST-EVER RECORDED WATER LEVEL: As thousands of Israelis prepare to enjoy the Succot holiday at the Sea of Galilee, Israel’s Water Authority has warned that the country’s largest freshwater lake is critically low and in danger of reaching its “lowest water level ever recorded.” The Sea of Galilee is currently 703 feet below sea level, just a few feet above the historical low of 705 below sea level measured in 2001 - beneath the water source’s so-called “black line.” When water levels in the Kinneret cross below the black line, severe ecological complications can irreversibly contaminate the water and disrupt the lake’s fragile ecosystem. The situation in the Kinneret has deteriorated in recent years, as Israel’s north faces an ongoing drought. Israel has substantially invested in water conservation, reclamation and desalination technology, allowing the Jewish state to significantly reduce its use of water from the Sea of Galilee. Nevertheless, the lack of water flow into the lake has led to deep concern over its vitality, as the drop in water levels causes the salinity of the lake to rise, threatening marine life. The Sea of Galilee has played a prominent role in both Jewish and Christian history, with much of Yeshua’s early ministry centered around the shores of the lake, according to the Christian Gospels. (Algemeiner) Please intercede for an abundant rainy season for Israel during the autumn and winter months. The need for more precipitation is critical. "He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’” Job 37:6

TRUMP TO DECLARE THAT IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL IS NOT IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST: President Trump is expected to announce this week that he will "decertify" the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the USA, according to sources briefed on the White House strategy. But Trump would hold off on recommending that Congress reimpose sanctions. Trump faces a 15 Oct. 2017 deadline to report to Congress on whether Iran is complying with the agreement and whether he judges the deal to be in the USA national security interest. On Thurs. 5 Oct.2017 Trump said at a White House dinner, "The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos across the Middle East. That is why we must put an end to Iran's continued aggression and nuclear ambitions. They have not lived up to the spirit of their agreement." (Washington Post)

ABBAS ADMITS PALESTINIAN STATE WON’T HAPPEN ANY TIME SOON: Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas admitted last week that an independent Palestinian state wouldn't be established any time soon. He then predictably blamed Israel for that situation, just after he had all but acknowledged that the Palestinians and their chaotic, violent society were holding up the process. Hours before his own Palestinian Authority government was to convene with the Hamas rulers of Gaza in an effort at Palestinian unity, Abbas told Egypt's CBC News that failure to reconcile for so many years had precluded the establishment of a Palestinian state. "Without Palestinian unity, there is no Palestinian state," said Abbas. Israel has repeatedly noted that it can't make peace with only one half of the Palestinian population. Abbas went on to hint that while his government and Hamas appeared to making strides toward reconciliation, some fairly insurmountable obstacles remained in the way. Chief among those is Hamas' refusal to dismantle its sizable military force. Even if the two Palestinian factions reconciled, a separate Hamas army would be seen by Israel as unacceptable under any final status agreement. For its part, Hamas has repeatedly rejected all calls for it to turn over its weapons. Indeed, the Islamist group's primary claim to fame is its history of armed violence against Israel. (Israel Today)

HAMAS NAMES 2014 KIDNAPPING MASTERMIND AS NEW DEPUTY POLITICAL CHIEF: Hamas has named as its new deputy political chief Saleh el-Arouri, a man best known for attacks against Israeli targets, including the 2014 abduction and murders of Israeli teenagers Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frankel. El-Arouri is held responsible by Israel for a long list of terrorist attacks in Judea & Samaria. The move is seen as toughening the Islamist movement’s posture in advance of reconciliation talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement. A leading Gaza analyst, Naji Shurrab, noted that Arouri’s being tapped to become deputy to politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh comes at the height of Hamas reconciliation contacts with Fatah. In his opinion the move is meant to strengthen Hamas’ position in unity negotiations and to signal that the movement will not accept Abbas’ political program, including recognition of Israel and acceptance of agreements signed with it. “Abbas wants Hamas to support his political program, including recognition of Israel, respect for agreements, peaceful resistance and being against violence. But the message here is we can’t make more concessions on the political program.” Hamas and Fatah negotiators are due to meet under Egyptian auspices in Cairo this month in a bid to advance efforts to end a decade-long division stemming from Hamas’s seizure of the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces. (J.Post)

PM NETANYAHU: PALESTINIAN DEAL WITHOUT HAMAS RECOGNITION OF ISRAEL ‘BOGUS’: Prime Minister Netanyahu stressed last week that Israel would not deal with a Palestinian government that included Hamas if it maintained its anti-Israel stance and remained committed to terrorism. Netanyahu said: "We expect everyone who talks about a peace process to recognize the State of Israel and, of course, to recognize a Jewish state. We are not prepared to accept bogus reconciliations in which the Palestinian factions apparently reconcile at the expense of our existence. Whoever wants to make such a reconciliation must know our clear terms : recognizing the State of Israel, disbanding Hamas' military arm, severing ties with Iran, which calls for our destruction, and so on and so forth. These very clear things must be clearly stated by the Palestinians.” (Israel Hayom)

OHIO LAWMAKER CALLS ANTI-SEMITISM A ‘GROWING THREAT ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES’: Lawmakers in Ohio are working to pass legislation expressing support of Israel and denouncing attacks against its supporters, especially on university campuses. Speaking days ago at the Ohio Statehouse, Rep. Andrew Thompson (R-Marietta) raised awareness of House Concurrent Resolution 10 (HCR10), which is also sponsored by Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) and co-sponsored by over two dozen other lawmakers. The resolutions condemns the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign - which seeks to isolate Israel until it complies with Palestinian demands - as well as efforts to silence Israeli academics and students. It further calls on Ohio universities to “take an active stand against all anti-Semitic actions and intimidation taken against Jewish students on their campuses,” and to act against any attempts to restrict free speech on campus. A recent report by the Israel on Campus Coalition advocacy group found that BDS activists routinely engage in “hostile disruptions of pro-Israel events” in order to silence dissenting voices. “Anti-Semitism is not just in existence, but it’s a growing threat on college campuses across the state of Ohio,” Thompson said. “We shouldn’t kid ourselves,” the lawmaker added. “The BDS movement is about wiping Israel off the map. And if we don’t stand strongly and firmly against that, if we do not insist that our campuses protect the rights of Jewish students and allies of Israel, we could potentially face much darker outcomes.” (Algemeiner) Continue to intercede that university groups, teachers, leaders and individuals who promote and participate in campus anti-Semitic activities or delegitimization campaigns against Israel will be confronted, penalized and silenced.

PROMINENT BRITISH CABINET MEMBER: THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANTI-ZIONISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM: There is no difference between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, a prominent British Conservative politician declared last week. Speaking at a Conservative Friends of Israel event in Manchester, Michael Gove - currently the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs - said, “At a time when people say that ‘I’m not an anti-Semite, I’m just anti-Zionist,’ it is important that we should say no, anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.” Referring to the 100th anniversary of the issuance of the Balfour Declaration - in which the British government announced its support for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” - Gove exclaimed, “At a time when people are casual, cruel and callous towards the fate of the Jewish people, it is time for all of us to say that over the last 100 years if we have learned anything it is that when there is prejudice and hatred directed towards the Jewish people darker times will follow, and it is our moral duty to say that what begins with the Jews never ends with the Jews. We stand with Israel. We stand with the Jewish community.” (Algemeiner)

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