“You will rule in the midst of your enemies.” Ps. 110
USA VOTES NO ON ANTI-ISRAEL UN RESOLUTION: The USA on Friday 16 Nov. 2018 voted against an annual resolution condemning the “occupation” of the Golan Heights -- a change from the USA decision to abstain in 2017-- and ripped into the body’s anti-Israel bias, part of an increasingly pro-Israel stance under the Trump administration. Ambassador Nikki Haley said: "The United States will no longer abstain when the United Nations engages in its useless annual vote on the Golan Heights. If this resolution ever made sense, it surely does not today. The resolution is plainly biased against Israel. Further, the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone. The destructive influence of the Iranian regime inside Syria presents major threats to international security. ISIS and other terrorist groups remain in Syria. And this resolution does nothing to bring any parties closer to a peace agreement." USA Political Advisor Samantha Sutton, in remarks to the committee on Friday, said that UN resolutions frequently blame Israel for problems in the region, without mentioning terrorist acts by Hamas. She also urged countries to focus on issues of genuine urgency in the region rather than “grandstanding against Israel.” Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon welcomed the USA move and called it another testament to the strong cooperation between the two countries. The USA does not recognize Israel’s claim to the territory but USA Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said in Sept. 2018 that he could not imagine a situation where it is returned to Syria. (Fox)
GOLAN HEIGHTS: A BRIEF REVIEW: 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. While Syrian ground forces have been severely degraded in the recent civil war, the eventual recovery of the Syrian army must be anticipated. Massive Russian arms transfers to the Syrian armed forces will likely provide the basis for the renewal of Syrian military power. A new focus of concern involves the role of Iran in converting Syria into a satellite state that will host Iranian forces and Shiite proxy militias, some of which have been integrated into the Syrian army in its campaign to take control of south Syria. (JNN) Intercede that the Trump administration will renew efforts that will result in the USA officially recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights on its northern borders. As Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas said on Friday 16 Nov. 2018: “It’s past time to acknowledge the reality of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which should never come under the control of the Iran-backed Assad regime.”
HAMAS LEADER: DON’T TEST US AGAIN: Just days after agreeing to a ceasefire with Israel, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar on Friday 16 Nov. 2018 issued threats against the Jewish state. Speaking at a memorial service for Hamas terrorists who were killed during the clash with Israeli soldiers last week which started the latest escalation, Sinwar threatened to kidnap Israeli soldiers and claimed that his organization was holding weapons that were seized during the clash in Gaza on Sunday 11 Nov. 2018. "I advise Israel not to try and test us again. This time you did not have a lot of casualties and you managed to rescue your special forces," Sinwar said, according to Channel 10 News. “You should not try again, because next time you will have to release thousands of prisoners,” he warned. "Listen Netanyahu, and listen whoever will receive the defense portfolio. Anyone who tests Gaza will find death and poison. If we are attacked, we will let the barrage on Tel Aviv do the talking. Our missiles are more accurate, have a longer range and carry more explosives than before." (Arutz-7)
JEWISH STATE APPOINTS CHRISTIAN ENVOY TO MUSLIM COUNTRY: Israel's Foreign Ministry announced the appointment of George Deek as Israel's next Ambassador to Azerbaijan, a Muslim-majority country on Thur. 15 Nov. 2018, making him Israel's first ever Christian Arab ambassador. "We are proud of his appointment, which perfectly symbolizes the integration of Israelis from different backgrounds in the representation of the state," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon. Azerbaijan, a Muslim-majority country, is important for Israel, as it sits on Iran’s border and supplies some 40% of Israel’s oil. It also is one of Israel’s largest arms markets. (J.Post)
IRANIAN WORKERS PROTEST AGAINST GOVERNMENT AS USA SANCTIONS TAKE ITS TOLL: Workers at the Haft Tapeh sugarcane factory in Shush, Iran, unhappy with unpaid, overdue wages, protested on 16 Nov. 2018 during Friday prayers at a city mosque. The enraged employees interrupted prayers and chanted, ”death to the oppressor; peace be upon the worker," according to videos posted to social media. The workers have been on strike for 12 days over months of unpaid wages, according to Radio Farda. Other Iranian cities and towns have recently seen protests erupting during Friday prayers, Farda reported. These protests have focused not only on wages, but also on the lack of clean drinking water and unequal water distribution. The protests come as Iran’s economy has been hard-hit by USA sanctions, which were reimposed on 5 November 2018. "Our enemy is right here; they lie saying it's America," the protesters chanted during Friday’s prayer. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claims that the unrest in the labor force is a "foreign plot" to bring down the Iranian government. (J.Post)
IIHAN OMAR NOW SUPPORTS BDS AFTER ELECTIONS: Ilhan Omar, the newly elected congresswoman from Minnesota, said after being elected that she supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel, after saying during her campaign that it was “counteractive” and prevents dialogue. Omar’s comment came in response to a website called Muslim Girl, which pressed her on her appearance during the campaign at a Minneapolis area synagogue, in which she had said that BDS “stops the dialogue” and is “counteractive” to achieving a two-state outcome. Like many other Democrats, she noted her opposition to anti-BDS legislation but framed it as a free-speech issue. “Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” her campaign told Muslim Girl after the election. TC Jewfolk, the local Jewish news website which originally reported her ostensible rejection of BDS, pressed her on the issue after the Muslim Girl statement in text messages which it posted on Twitter. Omar insisted there was no contradiction. “I believe and support the BDS movement and have fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized,” she said. “I do, however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution, which is what I said at the forum.”
The TC Jewfolk reporter pressed her further, asking Omar why she didn’t simply answer “yes or no” when asked about the issue at the synagogue forum for candidates. “It was a bigger issue and she didn’t ask for a ‘yes or no’ answer,” Omar replied, referring to the person who posed the question. Omar said her position during the campaign was not “politically expedient.” Omar is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. The other Muslim woman Rashida Tlaib of the Detroit area, also backs BDS. Omar has faced controversy and accusations of anti-Semitism for spreading conspiracy theories about the State of Israel and Zionists. In 2012 she tweeted: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel." (Arutz-7) “Stealth Jihad” is the financial, cultural, and religious subversion of a country until it dominates the political and social life of that nation. The USA is a target for furthering unarmed as well as violent Islamic extremism, and many Americans are unaware that it’s taking place all around them. Pray to be alert as to what is happening in your community, as well as your country. Intercede that the covert ploys of those seeking to move into positions of influence and power with hostile agendas will be exposed and blocked before they succeed.
FIGHTING THE GLOBAL DIABETES EPIDEMIC WITH ISRAELI INNOVATIONS: Some 425 million adults worldwide are living with diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation. While there is currently no cure for either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, a range of breakthrough Israeli medical technologies is changing the rules of the game for diabetics: Jerusalem-based Oramed Pharmaceuticals has developed an innovative oral insulin capsule that transforms injectable treatments into oral therapies. The capsules, for both types of diabetes, are currently in advanced Food and Drug Administration clinical trials. “We have something that can help hundreds of millions of people around the world,” said Oramed CEO and cofounder Nadav Kidron. Kidron grew up in a home where diabetes was always part of the conversation. His mother, Miriam, worked for almost 20 years in the Diabetes Unit at Hadassah-Hebrew University. Together with Nobel Prize winner Prof. Avram Hershko, they developed a previously-unimaginable solution that enables proteins, such as insulin, to be delivered orally and intact into the liver – the organ that regulates the secretion of insulin into the bloodstream. “Rather than treating excessive glucose in the blood, we shut off production from the source,” explained Kidron. Oral administration of current injection-only therapies for conditions including diabetes also offers clear benefits for patient lifestyles. “There should be a world that will push back the point where patients are insulin-dependent, which is also far more expensive. The dream is to see smiling kids and adults because they can have a better lifestyle which can cost less.” (J.Post)
ISRAELI HANDHELD DEVICE KILLS HEAD LICE WITH ULTRASONIC WAVES: Israeli start-up ParaSonic has developed a hand-held device that uses ultrasound technology to kill head lice and their eggs in a treatment that takes minutes. Pesticide shampoos and fine-tooth combs are the only current treatments. The new device sends extremely low-intensity ultrasonic waves through the hair, said Michael Kardosh, ParaSonic VP for Technology. "We found a single frequency that applies to both the eggs and the lice." The company says the ultrasound technology is safe for use with children and it has already been approved for use in the USA. Its trials show 95% efficiency and the product will launch in mid-2019. (Reuters)
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