Netanyahu Thanks Guatemala For Jerusalem Recognition

"I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;  and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." Gen. 12:3

NETANYAHU THANKS GUATEMALA FOR JERUSALEM RECOGNITION: PM Benjamin Netanyahu met Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales within hours of arriving in Washington early Sunday, 4 March 2018, and thanked him for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Morales announced in Dec. 2017 that his country would follow the USA lead and move its embassy to Jerusalem. Guatemala was one of only nine countries to vote against a UN resolution slamming the USA for its recognition of Jerusalem. Morales is an evangelical Christian whose election in Oct. 2015 led to a strengthening of ties between Guatemala and Israel. He confirmed on Sunday night, 4 March 2018 that he will move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem in May 2018, and that the relocation will take place two days after the USA moves its embassy to the holy city, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding. (Times of Israel/J.Post) “At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord.” Jer. 3:17

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ISRAEL WINS 2 GOLD MEDALS AT ABU DHA-JITSU COMPETITION: The Israeli ju-jitsu team won two gold medals at the Abu Dhabi Ju-Jitsu World Championship Juniors and Aspirants 2018. Israel was the only country represented at the competition whose national anthem was not played and whose flag was not flown in the main competition hall. The Israeli team came home with two gold medals, four silver medals, and seven bronze medals. This event was the second international sports competition in Abu Dhabi in which the Israeli team was not allowed to wear or show the Israeli flag or to have Hatikva played. In Oct. 2017 the Israeli delegation to the Grand Slam Judo competition was forced to compete as part of the International Judo Federation instead of as Israelis. The jujitsu team was likewise forced to compete under the banner of the Ju-Jitsu International Federation. The event organizers stated that the Israeli team could not be identified as Israeli due to "security concerns." (Arutz-7)

NETANYAHU GOVERNMENT IN DANGER OF COLLAPSING: According to sources within the coalition, Israel might have early elections as soon as June of this year. The issue at hand is passing the national budget, which the ultra-Orthodox parties in Netanyahu's coalition are refusing to support unless the prime minister first pushes through legislation exempting Jewish seminary students from serving in the IDF. Secular Israelis have long balked at the status quo that enables the religious sector to skirt the obligations and responsibilities carried by every other Israeli Jew. The heads of the other parties in Netanyahu's coalition have vowed to never allow such "exemption" legislation to pass. If the ultra-Orthodox parties were to revolt, the Opposition would presumably call for a vote of no-confidence in Netanyahu, which would pass with the backing of the religious factions, necessitating either the formation of a new government coalition, or early elections. Complicating matters further is that Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is threatening to pull his Kulanu Party out of the coalition if Netanyahu gives in to ultra-Orthodox "blackmail" and postpones the budget. Netanyahu said "there is no reason for us to go to early elections" over the question of ultra-Orthodox Jews doing military service. But, Israel has gone to early elections over less in the past. Netanyahu officially has another year-and-a-half on his current term. (Israel Today) Pray that ultra-Orthodox parties will be greatly weakened in their attempts to manipulate and destabilize the present government. May they be restrained from triggering dangerous and premature national elections.

HAMAS SIPHONING OFF ELECTRIC POWER IN GAZA: Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai uploaded footage to his Facebook page showing Hamas operatives hooking up illicitly to a Gaza power line on 3 March 2018 in order to siphon electricity. "The Hamas terror group continues stealing from the people of Gaza," Mordechai wrote. "This power was intended for hospitals and schools, but Hamas is uninterested in the populace and even exploits it. Watch the daylight robbery. Only a week ago it was published that Hamas is stealing fuel brought into the strip for the Palestinian public, and selling it on the private market to the highest bidder." (Ynet)

DANON DECRIES UN INACTION ON IRAN AT AIPAC: Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon urged the United Nations to prioritize its agenda and start taking concrete steps to curtail Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East instead of passing resolutions against Israel. While speaking at the AIPAC Committee Policy Conference on 4 March 2018, Danon said it was crucial that the international community recognizes the threat Iran poses to regional stability. “It is vital that the UN focus on the real problems of the world, like Iran,” the ambassador said. “We all know just how dangerous this threat is, but the UN is wasting time and energy on votes and reports against Israel.” Despite the UN’s current inaction, Danon expressed confidence that “Israel and the United States will succeed in stopping the Iranians and halt the expansion of their regime from the Gulf to the Mediterranean.”

The Israeli envoy also touched on the UN Human Rights Council’s “blacklist” of Israeli and international companies operating in Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria and the Golan Heights. Danon noted Israel’s cooperation with the USA against the initiative, and implied there could be far-reaching implications if the list is made public. “I only speak for Israel, but if this list is published, I believe that the USA will withdraw from the Human Rights Council,” Danon said. The so-called “blacklist” is a database compiled by the council and includes American companies such as Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, and Airbnb. Danon has repeatedly lashed out against the international body for its continued efforts to publish the full contents of the database, which Israel fears will repel companies from doing business with the country. In Jan. 2018 Danon condemned the United Nations for making a partial portion of the “blacklist” public just hours before the UN was set to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day at UN headquarters in Manhattan. (J.Post)

IRAN CALLS ON USA, EUROPE TO SCRAP NUCLEAR ARMS, MISSILES: Iran will not negotiate over its ballistic missiles until the United States and Europe dismantle their nuclear weapons, a top Iranian military official said on 4 March 2018 keeping up the Islamic republic's tough stance on the issue. While Iran has accepted curbs on its nuclear work - which it says is for purely peaceful purposes - it has repeatedly refused to discuss its missile program, something the United States and the Europeans have called for. European powers and Iran have started talks over Tehran’s role in the Middle East and will meet again this month in Italy as part of efforts to prove to USA President Trump that they are meeting his concerns over the 2015 nuclear deal. (J.Post)

USA SLAMS RUSSIA, IRAN OVER BRUTAL ASSAULT ON SYRIA’S EASTERN GHOUTA: The United States on 4 March 2018 condemned the Assad regime’s “brutal” Russian-backed assault on the Eastern Ghouta rebel enclave that has left hundreds of civilians dead. Washington also accused Moscow of ignoring a UN Security Council resolution calling for a 30-day cessation of hostilities, saying Russia has killed innocent civilians under the false auspices of counterterrorism operations. “This is the same combination of lies and indiscriminate force that Russia and the Syrian regime used to isolate and destroy Aleppo in 2016, where thousands of civilians were killed,” it said, referring to Syria’s one-time economic hub, which was devastated by the country’s civil war. The White House also called on pro-regime forces to “immediately cease targeting medical infrastructure and civilians” in Eastern Ghouta. Assad’s forces have seized over a quarter of the enclave on Damascus’s eastern edges after two weeks of devastating bombardment, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The advance on the back of air strikes, artillery fire and rocket attacks that are reported to have killed more than 650 civilians, and sent hundreds into flight to western parts of the enclave. (Times of Israel)

MISSISSIPPI LOOKING TO INVEST IN ISRAEL BONDS: The Mississippi Legislature might authorize the state treasury to invest in Israel bonds. The House passed Senate Bill 2051 last week by a 118-2 vote. If enacted, the law would allow the state to use excess general funds to invest in bonds issued by Israel. The bill says these investments must be made in USA currency and are capped at $20 million. State treasury Chief of Staff Michelle Williams says the treasury invests most of its excess funds into state banks, then into the USA Treasury. The bill would give the treasury another option for investment — one that Williams said is safe, but with a higher rate of return. The bill is now heading back to the Senate for debate. (Times of Israel) Pray that Mississippi will have every freedom and opportunity to invest in Israel.

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