“Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting. Then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’" Ps. 126:2
NETANYAHU THANKS USA FOR ‘TREMENDOUS’ SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL: PM Benjamin Netanyahu on 26 Sept. 2018 praised USA President Donald Trump for his support for Israel. "An excellent meeting with USA President Donald Trump. Thank you for your tremendous support of Israel," he wrote on Twitter immediately after his meeting with the American President. Trump defended Israel's right to respond militarily to threats to its borders on all sides. "We are with you one hundred percent," Trump emphasized. In a press briefing after the meeting, Netanyahu said, "I heard the United States' unreserved support for Israel, its right to self-defense in general, and also regarding the incident of the downing of the Russian plane in Syria. I made specific requests and got everything I asked for. The president gave explicit instructions regarding Israel's security.” Following the meeting in New York between President Trump and PM Netanyahu, USA Vice President Mike Pence reiterated Washington’s support for the Jewish state. “ The United States of America is proud to stand with Israel and her people, as allies and cherished friends. Under President Trump, we continue to work tirelessly to strengthen the relationship between the USA and Israel, tweeted Pence. (Arutz-7)
UK FEAST OF TABERNACLES 2018: ISRAEL UNITED: If you were unable to be with us for this year's joyous Succot celebration in Jerusalem, join Vision for Israel in London at the Emmanuel Center on Friday 5 October and Saturday 6 October. 2018 is Israel’s 70th year as a modern nation. Through the centuries, God has been her covering, and He continues to keep His promises to her and to His people. So let’s come together and celebrate! At the Feast of Tabernacles 2018: Israel United, we will: Experience worship with a live, local UK band as well as our own Barry & Batya Segal; Enjoy teachings focused on Israel and the Middle East, featuring Evangelist David Hathaway, Pastor Dennis Greenidge and Barry and Batya Segal; Join in intercession for Israel at this important time in her history; and Remember God’s goodness, protection, generosity, care and covering of those who are faithful to Him. For more information on this coming celebration. including ticket purchases, meeting times and maps to the Emmanuel Center click on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feast-of-tabernacles-2018-israel-united-tickets-41273677681#tickets
IRAN HAS ‘SECRET ATOMIC WAREHOUSE’ NETANYAHU CLAIMS: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Thur. 27 Sept. 2018 revealed that Iran had a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran. “Today I am disclosing for the first time that Iran has another secret facility in Tehran, a secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of equipment and materiel from Iran’s secret nuclear program,” Netanyahu said in an address to the UN General Assembly. The Israeli leader said the site contains technology for the country’s nuclear program, adding that Iran “took this radioactive material and spread it around Tehran like Nutella” to try to hide it. Using maps and photos, Netanyahu said the facility was hidden as a rug-cleaning operation. Iranian officials, he said, had started cleaning out the warehouse, but still have “at least 15 ship containers, they’re gigantic, 15 ship containers full of nuclear-related equipment and materials stored there,” he said. He called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect the facility immediately. “Do the right thing. Go and inspect; go and investigate,” he said. “The reason Iran did not destroy its atomic facility and warehouse is because it is not finished with them.” He also lashed out at European leaders for appeasing Tehran by continuing to stick to the parameters of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. President Trump pulled out of the deal brokered by President Barack Obama in May 2018 calling it a “horrible, one-sided” agreement. But some countries - England, Germany and France — said they wanted to remain in the deal because they believe it’s the best way to ensure Iran doesn’t become a nuclear power. (NY Post)
NETANYAHU SAYS ‘NO’ TO UNESCO: Israel's PM Netanyahu has refused to participate in an anti-Semitism conference run by UNESCO after the organization denied Jewish heritage. Although I welcome every effort to combat anti-Semitism, I decided not to participate in the conference due to the organization's incessant inclinations against Israel. Since 2009, UNESCO has adopted 71 resolutions against Israel and only two resolutions that protect all other countries together. Anti-Semitism once discriminated against and defamed the Jewish people. Today it distinguishes against and defames the Jewish state. If UNESCO wants to erase this mark, the organization should do more than just host a conference on anti-Semitism, and it must stop being anti-Semitic. It must also desist from the absurd behavior that denies the connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel, and between the Jewish people and our eternal capital, Jerusalem. No matter what they say at UNESCO - the Western Wall is not Palestinian territory under occupation, and the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the burial place of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah, is not a Palestinian heritage site. Our withdrawal from UNESCO in 2017 was a clear moral statement by Israel and the United States that we would no longer tolerate the anti-Semitism of UNESCO. (Arutz-7)
AUSTRIA’S KURTZ TO NETANYAHU: I’M COMMITTED TO FIGHTING ANTI-SEMITISM: PM Benjamin Netanyahu met Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz in New York on 26 Sept. 2018. Netanyahu expressed appreciation for a series of decisions and actions that the Austrian government has adopted in recent months. The chancellor briefed Netanyahu on the steps taken by the Austrian government and parliament to reflect their appreciation of the Jewish community, the memory of the Holocaust and the struggle against anti-Semitism, including the closure of the journal Aula associated with the far-right Freedom Party of Austria. The chancellor said that Austria is committed to fighting anti-Semitism not only in its own country but throughout Europe, and that he intends to urge the leaders of the EU to fight anti-Semitism. Austria is currently the rotating president of the EU. The two leaders also discussed regional challenges and the need to curb Iranian aggression in the region and in the world. (J.Post)
REPORT: PALESTINIAN TEXTBOOKS CLAIM ENTIRETY OF ISRAEL AS ARAB LAND: Palestinian Authority textbooks encourage children to view the entirety of Israel as Arab territory, and teach them to seek the land’s liberation even at the cost of martyrdom, according to a new report by a Jerusalem-based research group. Palestinian nationalist and Islamist ideologies that reject Israel’s basic legitimacy saturate lessons for children as young as six, with various science, math, and humanities exercises all reinforcing this overarching narrative, the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT) found. The group studied grade 1–11 textbooks published for the 2017–18 academic year, and grade 12 textbooks that were inaugurated this August. Israel is routinely referred to as the “Zionist Occupation” within the curriculum, including in contexts before the 1967 Six-Day War, in which it came to control Judea & Samaria, the Gaza Strip, and eastern portions of Jerusalem. Various areas within Israel are described as Palestinian, with a geography textbook for 12th graders stating that the “Negev Plateau is located in southern Palestine,” while a textbook for the same grade claims that the Israeli city of Nazareth is located in the “Palestinian North.”
A map in a grade 10 geography and history textbook of “Palestine after the 1948 War” separates the territory into “Arab lands” and “Lands seized by the Jews after the war.” The negative undertones become more overt in a grade 12 Islamic studies textbook, which mentions a certain Quranic verse that speaks of Jews as being “sinful and liars”. One learning exercise, this time from a grade 5 Islamic studies textbook encourages children to draw parallels between the death of an early Muslim warrior who was crucified by enemies of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and that of Palestinian “martyrs.” After learning of the hero, children are instructed to “tell a story of a martyr from my hometown, who rose in defense of his religion and his homeland Palestine.” Among these Palestinian martyrs are figures such as Dalal Mughrabi, a Fatah terrorist who participated in the massacre of 38 people, 13 of them children, on a bus near Tel Aviv in March 1978. (Algemeiner) Pray that the Palestinian people will stop sacrificing their children upon the altars of hatred and violence.
CHILDREN IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL OFTEN SUFFER PTSD: A leading international expert on the psychological struggles facing children living in conflict and war zones recently visited southern Israel and concluded that Israeli children residing within range of the Gaza Strip face an unhealthy upbringing. Voices in the international community like to complain about the siege Israel has allegedly imposed upon Gaza. But Eliasz Gocal-Czerwinski, adviser to the secretary-general of the International Human Rights Commission on child affairs, described the living conditions for children in southern Israel as very much a kind of emotional siege. “From my point of view as a clinical psychologist, I am concerned about the needs of youth and their development, which you achieve not through economics, but through having a stable and safe environment. This isn’t safe, not for the Palestinians and especially not for the Israeli children,” the expert continued, as he visited a facility storing the remains of hundreds of rockets fired at southern Israel over the summer. Gocal-Czerwinski lamented that children living in the southern town of Sderot and surrounding community have come “to accept a world where every playground must have a bomb shelter. This does not provide safety and comfort” of the type children need for a healthy upbringing. Keider informed his guest that over 90% of children living in Sderot today suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If the situation continues like this, Gocal-Czerwinski worries that the children of southern Israel will carry the emotional trauma all their lives. “You look at people 40–50 years old who were raised in such situations, and the constant fear for their lives, the instability becomes a part of their personality,” he noted. (Koenig) Pray for the protection of Israel’s southern borders against Hamas rocket fire, riots and kite terrorism. Even terrorist methods that cause no physical or property damage cause great emotional stress especially to children. Intercede for God’s angels to be around schools and kindergartens in Israel’s southern communities.
ISRAELI DOCTORS BRING CATARACT TREATMENT TO THE DEVELOPING WORLD: MASHAV - Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation - has run eye camps across Africa to aid people with cataracts. Amb. Gil Haskel, the head of MASHAV, said: "They come in blind, and within 30 minutes of treatment they have full vision. Once they open their eyes, the first thing they see in front of them is an Israeli doctor and an Israeli flag, and that is always very heartwarming." For 60 years, MASHAV has offered nourishment on many levels to the developed world. From agriculture to water sustainability and medical treatment, Israel has harnessed its impressive arsenal of innovation and exported that know-how to the countries that need it most. It was a vision of David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir, who saw Israel’s mission to not only be an independent and successful homeland for the Jewish people, but also to be a beacon of tikkun olam, [repairing the world], and presenting itself as a light unto the nations. “For Israel, development cooperation is both a moral and a political issue, and from both aspects Israel must look upon such aid as a historic mission,” Ben-Gurion said. (J.Post) “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isa. 49:6
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