Netanyahu, Receives Hero's Welcome at AIPAC

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NETANYAHU RECEIVES HERO’S WELCOME AT AIPAC: PM Benjamin Netanyahu, embroiled by evolving scandals at home, received a hero's welcome by more than 18,000 attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Tues. 6 March 2018. Netanyahu, who was greeted alongside his wife Sara with standing ovations, saluted Trump on his stance on Iran, repeatedly saying "we must stop Iran, and we will stop Iran" to thunderous ovations from the crowd. The prime minister said that "darkness is descending on our region," adding that "Iran is building an aggressive empire." He noted that Trump has made it clear that he, too, will never accept a nuclear Iran. "If the flaws of the nuclear deal are not fixed, he will walk away and restore sanctions," he said. "Israel will be right there by America's side, and so will other countries in the region." Netanyahu added that he appreciated the efforts of the Trump administration's delegation, including Jared Kushner, working on his Middle East peace plan, but said that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas must stop supporting terror before there can be peace. "I have a message for President Abbas: Stop paying terrorists," Netanyahu said. Israel’s prime minister said the Israeli military has never been stronger and thanked American presidents, Congress and AIPAC "for helping bring this about." Netanyahu went on to say that Israel's intelligence agencies "have foiled dozens of major terrorist attacks across the world in dozens of countries." (Ha’aretz)

“FIX THE IRAN DEAL OR CANCEL IT”: Israel’s PM Netanyahu on Tues. 6 March 2018, held a series of meetings on Capitol Hill following his speech at the AIPAC Policy Conference. The prime minister met with leaders including Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer. Later, Netanyahu met with members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. He also met with House Speaker Paul Ryan and with members of the leadership of the House of Representatives from both parties. Netanyahu told the lawmakers, "This place represents the American people, the great friends of the people of Israel, who give thanks to all of you." Speaker Ryan responded, “In the name of the bipartisan leadership here in the House of Representatives, we welcome you, Prime Minister, you are a great friend and a great ally, we are very excited by the ongoing dialogue between us." The prime minister described Iran's aggression in the region and its attempts to establish a military base in Syria, and noted Israel's determined position to prevent it. Netanyahu also presented the dangers in the Iranian nuclear deal and said that there was a need to fully correct the failures of the agreement or to cancel it. (Arutz-7) Iranian sources claimed this week that Iran has tripled its production of missiles. Please continue to intercede for global astuteness and divinely conscripted strategies to come into play that will avert and dismantle the threat Iran is to Israel and the nations. Iran has missiles capable of striking Israel on the other side of the region. But far more dangerous is Iran's effort to establish missile bases in neighboring Syria. With this increased missile production and a firm military foothold in Israel's war-torn neighbor, the Iranian threat to the Jewish state has grown exponentially.

"TRUMP MADE ‘HISTORIC’ CHANGES TO USA-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP”: Addressing close to 20,000 attendees at the 2018 AIPAC conference in Washington DC, Friedman hailed President Trump’s “historic” recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, adding that it capped off a year of “historic firsts”, including the first visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem by a sitting USA president. “I am so proud of what the Trump administration has accomplished this past year in regards to Israel. We owe Trump a tremendous debt of attitude. We entered historic territory when Trump declared Jerusalem as the capital of Jerusalem. Friedman also used his address Tuesday to lambast what he called “disingenuous” supporters of Israel, a veiled reference to self-described peace organizations. “Using that phrase suggests Israel is not pro-peace. Saying pro-Israel and pro- peace is a redundancy. If you support Israel, you support peace and it is dangerous to suggest otherwise.” (Arutz-7) Pray for ongoing excellent relations and understanding to continue between the Israel and the USA. What answers to prayer that Israel’s leaders are being welcomed with honor and respect by a vast number of America’s top leaders including President Trump and V/P Pence- also that the USA is making its presence strongly felt on behalf of the Jewish state in the bias and anti-Semitic UN

REPORT: POLISH OFFICIALS NOT WELCOME AT WHITE HOUSE OVER HOLOCAUST LAW: A leading news site in Poland reported that it had obtained documents suggesting that the country’s highest officials are not welcome at the White House over a law limiting discourse on World War II. The documents mean that President Andrzej Duda and PM Mateusz Morawiecki will not be received by President Trump or any other member of the administration in the United States, the report said. Staff from the USA Embassy in Warsaw also threatened to suspend funding for joint military projects between the United States and Poland. The alleged crisis in USA-Polish relations is over the passing last month of a law that criminalizes blaming Poland for Nazi crimes. Critics of the law include Israeli PM Netanyahu, who called it “baseless.” Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem warned it is detrimental to debate and research of the genocide. And Israeli politicians, including the opposition lawmaker Yair Lapid, said it whitewashes what they called Polish complicity in the Holocaust – an allegation many Poles find offensive and that the Polish government reject. The USA Embassy in Poland last month warned that it was “concerned about the repercussions” for bilateral relations after the Polish Senate passed the legislation. (J.Post/JTA)

NETANYAHU: CONSCRIPTION CRISIS WITH HAREDIM MAY TOPPLE GOVERNMENT: The coalition crisis revolving around Haredi conscription into the Israeli Defense Force could bring down the government, PM Netanyahu hinted on 5 March, 2018. Netanyahu, at a briefing with reporters after meeting with USA President Donald Trump, said, “I want to come to an agreement that will enable the government to fulfill its term until Nov. 2019, but at the present time I can’t say that this goal is achievable.” The prime minister said that he, and even more so his chief of staff Yoav Horowitz, have been dealing with the crisis since arriving in the USA on 4 March, and have had frequent conversations with United Torah Judaism chairman Ya’acov Litzman, as well as with other coalition partners. Netanyahu dismissed the notion that he is interested in a coalition crisis in order to give him a reason to call an early election before Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit makes a decision to indict him in any of the various corruption investigations under way. “This is simply not true,” said Netanyahu. “We are trying to solve the crisis. If there is goodwill, we will solve it; if not, we won’t. I have goodwill.” (J.Post)

FOUR OUT OF FIVE ISRAELI JEWS WANT HAREDIM TO SERVE IN ARMY: An overwhelming majority of the Jewish public opposes legislation being demanded by the haredi parties to reinstate blanket exemptions from military service for yeshiva students. Seventy-nine percent of the Jewish public opposes the legislation, compared to 21% in favor, the poll conducted by the Smith Polling Institute for the Hiddush religious pluralism lobbying group showed. The poll also demonstrated blanket opposition to the bill among every political party in the Knesset other than United Torah Judaism and Shas. The legislation being advanced by UTJ and Shas would create a Basic Law stipulating that Torah study is a supreme value of the Jewish state, and undertaking this endeavor for a lengthy period entitles a person to an exemption from military service. The haredi parties have demanded that the legislation be passed through all three readings in Knesset and into law before the end of the Knesset’s Spring Session, and condition supporting the state budget for 2019 on the Basic Law’s passage. “At stake is not only the principle of sharing Israel’s civic burden, but also the question of whether there is a limit to the obsequiousness of the civil parties in dealing with the ultra-Orthodox politicians’ blackmail (and the rabbis who pull their strings),” said Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev. “This is a test for both the coalition parties and for the opposition parties, in view of the broad public opposition to the demands of the ultra-Orthodox parties. Now it is clearer than ever that the public will call to account those who continue to treat equality of civic burden and blood as up for sale.” (J.Post)Continue to pray for God’s appointed outcome to the impending collapse of Israel’s government a year and a half early. Intercede against Religious Party manipulation in this situation.

NETANYAHU: SAUDI ARABIA NOW ALLOWING AIR INDIA TO FLY ACROSS TERRITORY TO ISRAEL: When Air India begins direct flights from New Delhi to Tel Aviv in the coming weeks, it will take about as long to fly to the Indian capital as it currently takes to fly to London, PM Netanyahu said on 5 March 2018. At a briefing with reporters after his meeting with USA President Donald Trump, Netanyahu said that Air India signed an agreement that day enabling the flights to and from Israel over Saudi Arabia. Up until now the Saudis have not allowed planes either bound to or coming from Israeli to overly their territory, something that has added a number of hours and more expense on flights from Tel Aviv to the East. The route over Saudi Arabia will cut down the flying time to India from some eight hours to about five and a half. If the flights over Saudi Arabia are finalized, it would be a small step toward normalized interactions between the two countries. It would mark a significant departure from past Saudi policies and is coming amid a steady stream of reports of security and intelligence cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as with some of the other Persian Gulf states. (J.Post)

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