“The Lord shall reign forever—your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!" Ps. 146:10
SAYING GOODBYE TO USA ENVOY NIKKI HALEY: USA President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the UN. Haley will leave by the end of the year and her successor will be named within two or three weeks. The president added that he hopes Haley will return to the administration at some later point, and that he told her she could choose what position to be appointed to. Haley thanked Trump and said it was “the honor of a lifetime” to serve as his UN ambassador. Trump said that Haley had told him about six months earlier that she intended to leave after serving in the role for two years. He called her a “great person” and someone who is “very special to me” and said his administration “hates to lose” Haley. Haley has emerged over the past year as one of the most popular officials in the Trump administration, particularly among supporters of Israel. She has repeatedly defended Israel’s government from criticism, and criticized the Palestinians many times.
Haley's defense of Israel and criticism of the UN and Palestine was reflected in Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon's response to her resignation. "Thank you, Nikki Haley!" Danon wrote on Twitter. "Thank you for standing up for the truth without fear, thank you for representing the values common to Israel and the United States. Thank you for the support you gave Israel, which led to a change in Israel's status at the UN. Thank you for your close friendship. You will always be a true friend to the State of Israel." PM Benjamin Netanyahu also took the opportunity to praise Haley. "I would like to thank Ambassador Nikki Haley, who led the uncompromising struggle against hypocrisy at the UN, and on behalf of the truth and justice of our country," he said on Twitter. (Haaretz)
ANCIENT INSCRIPTION FROM SECOND TEMPLE PERIOD DISCOVERED: An exciting archaeological discovery uncovered in Jerusalem was presented for the first time Tues. 9 Oct. 2018 at a press conference at the Israel Museum. It is a stone inscription from the Second Temple period (1st century B.C.), which marks Jerusalem's name in Hebrew letters in full spelling - as is written today. During excavations conducted before the paving of a new road, foundations of a building from the Roman period that was supported by column sections were exposed. The crowning glory was a round stone column that was incorporated into the Roman building repeatedly with an Aramaic inscription in Hebrew letters, typical of the Second Temple period. Archaeologists who studied the writing, say the inscriptions from the First and Second Temples that mention the name ‘Yerushalem’ [Jerusalem] are very rare. They claim this is the only stone inscription from the Second Temple period recognized in studies, which mentions the name Jerusalem in full spelling. The scarcity of the name in the full spelling is also evident from the Bible, where the city appears 660 times, and only in 5 cases, relatively later, is the spelling full. (Arutz-7) “For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, and show favor to her dust. So all the nations shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory.” Ps. 102:14-15
ISRAEL RECEIVES SEVEN BIDS TO BUILD WORLD’S BIGGEST DESALINATION PLANT: Israel has received bids from seven groups to build the world’s largest desalination plant at Sorek in central Israel, with a capacity of about 200 million cubic meters of water a year, the Finance Ministry said this week. “The new facility, expected to be the largest in the world of its kind, will increase water production in Israel by 25% and help the water system cope with a chronic deterioration in natural water sources in the country,” the ministry said. A smaller desalination facility already operates at the site. When the new facility comes online, Israel’s desalination plants will be able to supply 85% of the country’s household and municipal water usage. (Haaretz) This is a wonderful development to counter years of drought in Israel and the ongoing shortage of water from natural sources. We ask however that you continue to intercede for an abundant rainy season in Israel this year, and in the years to come. “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.” Jl. 2:23
ISRAELI CONDUCTOR TO HEAD BBC PHILHARMONIC: Israeli Omer Meir Wellber has been appointed the chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. Wellber, a 36-year-old native of Beersheba, will officially step into the role in September 2019. “Having seen Omer conducting a number of orchestras over the last year I have been fortunate to have experienced his brilliance first hand in a wide range of repertoire,” said Simon Webb, general manager of the BBC Philharmonic. “His immediate connection with the BBC Philharmonic was evident in his first concert, and we are now delighted to have secured one of the most sought after young conductors of his generation.” Wellber graduated from the Beersheba Conservatory in 1999, and then studied at the Jerusalem Music Academy from 2000-2008. Over the years, Wellber has directed some of the most prestigious ensembles in the world, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a regular guest conductor of the Israeli Opera, and has often appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra which offered its congratulations this week on Wellber’s new appointment. “Congratulations from Tel Aviv to Manchester,” the IPO wrote on Facebook. “Wellber’s appointment to this prestigious position is a badge of honor for both him and for the new, young generation of Israeli musicians. Good luck Omer!” (Jerusalem Post)
ISRAELI 15-YEAR OLD SWIMMER WINS GOLD IN YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES: Israeli swimmer Anastasia Gorbenko, barely 15, broke a six-year Israeli record and won the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games on 7 Oct. 2018 finishing the 200-meters individual medley race in 2:12.88 minutes. Despite being two to three years younger than the other swimmers in the Youth games, Gorbenko ascended to the finals after achieving top speed in the preliminary contest, finishing the race in 2:14.74 minutes. At the finals, she beat Serbia's Anja Crevar by more than a second. (Haaretz)
PRO-ISRAEL ‘TRUMP’ CANDIDATE ADVANCES IN BRAZILIAN ELECTIONS: A far-right and pro-Israel candidate many have likened to USA President Donald Trump has taken the first round of the Brazilian presidential elections. Jair Bolsonaro, a 62-year-old conservative politician, won 46% of the vote, forcing him to a runoff on 28 Oct. 2018 with left-wing Workers' Party candidate Fernando Haddad. Bolsonaro's populist candidacy was viewed by many around the world with alarm, with numerous comparisons between him and USA President Donald Trump. Bolsonaro is also known for his strong pro Israel stance. In August 2018, he announced he will close the Palestinian Authority's embassy in Brasilia in addition to moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” Bolsonaro declared when the National Congress re-opened after a three-week recess. “You do not negotiate with terrorists,” he said. (INN)
NETANYAHU: IRANIANS WILL DIP THEIR TOES IN KINNERET IF ISRAEL LEAVES GOLAN: “If Israel withdraws from the Golan Heights it will find itself with Iran and Hezbollah on the banks of Lake Kinneret”, PM Netanyahu said on 8 Oct. 2018. Speaking at the dedication of the restored 1,500-year-old synagogue at the Umm al-Qanatir archaeological site in the Golan Heights, Netanyahu warned that Iran and the Lebanon-based, Hezbollah terrorist group are “continuously trying to establish a force that will act against Israel in the Golan and Galilee. We will thwart that.” The prime minister noted that Israel’s presence in the Golan is a guarantor of stability in the area, and is justified by its ancient Jewish ties – something he said the international community should recognize. Netanyahu reiterated that Jerusalem will “continue to act against Iranian efforts to open an additional front against us in the Golan and in Syria, and will act against efforts to transfer lethal weapons to Hezbollah.” Last week, Russia delivered S-300 advanced anti-aircraft missile batteries to Syria, making IAF action against Iranian positions in Syria more challenging. (J.Post) Israel captured the Golan Heights in the 1967 Six-Day War, after years during which the Syrian armed forces positioned there bombarded Israel's farms and towns, situated roughly 1,700 feet below, with artillery fire. The Syrians also sought to divert the headwaters of the Jordan River that flowed through the Golan Heights. The Jewish state annexed the territory in 1981, in a move never recognized by the international community - including by the United States - which still regards it as occupied. While Syrian ground forces have been severely degraded in the recent civil war, massive Russian arms transfers to the Syrian armed forces are providing the basis for the renewal of Syrian military power. There also remains the presence of Iran in Syria, and its ally Hezbollah operating from next door in Lebanon. All of this presents a serious military threat to the Jewish state. Israel is hoping the Trump administration will recognize its sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Please intercede that this will take place in the very near future - and for the safety of Israel’s northern borders.
RUSSIAN OFFICIAL: S-300 TO SYRIA WAS FREE OF CHARGE: Russia’s recent supply of S-300 air-to-missile systems to Syria was free of charge, a Russian military diplomat said this week. "On 1 October 2018 three battalion sets of S-300PM systems of eight launchers each were delivered to Syria," the source said. Along with the launchers Russia delivered more than 100 surface-to-air guided missiles for each battalion. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the delivery of the system to Syria had been completed and that work on training of the crews will be finished by 20 October 2018. The missile system fires missiles from trucks and is designed to shoot down military aircraft and short and medium-range ballistic missiles. One report in Israel had indicated that Russia received $1 billion from Syria in payment for the S-300. Israel has made repeated efforts to persuade Moscow not to sell the S-300s to Syria, as it fears this would hinder its aerial capabilities against arms shipments to the Hezbollah terrorist group. Russia announced it would upgrade Syria’s anti-air defense network and send the S-300 system there, following the downing of a Russian military aircraft in Syrian airspace. USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized Russia's delivery of the S-300 system to Syria and said it was a "serious escalation". (INN)
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