President of Muslim-Majority Chad Visits Israel

Nov 27, 2018

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Ps. 143: 8-10

PRESIDENT OF MUSLIM-MAJORITY CHAD VISITS ISRAEL: Chad President Idriss Déby met with PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Sunday 25 Nov. 2018, the first-ever visit of the president of that Muslim-majority African country with whom Israel has no relations. The president of Chad said he is ready to restore ties between his country and the Jewish State. The visit was kept carefully under wraps for days, with Netanyahu's office only announcing it Sunday at noon. “This is another diplomatic breakthrough,” Netanyahu said. “This is a historic and important visit that comes against the background of efforts that we have led. I welcome the president of Chad on his arrival to Israel.” Since becoming the first Israeli prime minister in July 2016 to visit Africa in some three decades, Netanyahu has place improved ties with Africa high on the country's diplomatic agenda. Since that visit, he has made two other trips to Africa. Chad, which has found itself on the front lines in the battle against Islamic extremists, severed ties with Israel in 1972 after coming under intense pressure from its Arab neighbors; Libya and Sudan. Contacts with Chad about re-establishing diplomatic ties have been taking place intermittently since then Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold went to the country and met Déby shortly after Netanyahu's visit to Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda in 2016. (J.Post) Pray for increasingly good and stable relationships between Israel and the nations from which she has been estranged or on enemy terms.

OMANI DIPLOMAT ACKNOWLEDGES ISRAEL IS A ‘FACT OF LIFE IN THE MIDDLE EAST’: Oman made its second public statement in support of normalized ties with Israel over the weekend, just days before the president of the Muslim-African country of Chad, Idriss Déby, made a historic visit to Israel on Sunday 25 Nov. 2018. “The Arab states need to come to terms with the reality that Israel is a fact of life in the region and as such, it should share the rights as well as obligations,” said Oman’s Foreign Affairs Ministry official Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al-Busaidi. He spoke at the fourth Mediterranean Dialogues in Rome, which drew leaders from all over that region, including Israel. Just one month earlier, the Omani foreign minister made a similar statement at a summit in Bahrain. He spoke after PM Netanyahu made a visit to Oman, which like Chad, had no diplomatic ties with Israel. But as a sign of the slow shift in the region’s attitude toward Israel, Muslim leaders have become more open about their ties with the Jewish state and their reflections on the role it could have in the region. “We are all part of one region and we have to come to terms with that reality. The only way to really reach a situation of a sustainable degree of stability is that we have to reach one another and talk and translate that talk into concrete action,” Busaidi said. (J.Post)

REPORT: ISRAEL IN TALKS WITH OTHER MUSLIM COUNTRIES: Senior Israeli official has told media sources that Israel is in talks to warm relations with several other Muslim countries in Africa, including Sudan. It is estimated that the visit of President Idriss Deby of Chad will significantly promote relations with its Muslim neighbors from Mali and Niger. The official added that one of the goals is to allow the passage of flights between Israel and Latin America over those countries. In the case of Brazil, that would shorten the trip by four hours. Israel is also working to promote diplomatic relations with Bahrain, the island state situated in the Arabian Gulf. The announcement came hours after the visit of Chad’s President to Israel. (INN)

KENYAN-ISRAELI RUNNER WINS THE FLORENCE MARATHON: Kenyan-Israeli runner Lonah Korlima Chemtai, 29, won the Florence Marathon on Sunday, 25 Nov. 2018. Under heavy rain, Chemtai broke the record, finishing in 2:24:17. Chemtai won the Tel Aviv Marathon in 2016 and won the 10,000 meters European Championship in August. She grew up in a village in West Pokot County in western Kenya and gained Israeli citizenship in 2016 after she married her coach, Dan Salpeter, in Kenya. Chemati began her running career as a short-distance runner and started running marathons after the birth of her son, Roy. She lives in Yanuv, a moshav in central Israel. (J.Post)

BEVERLY HILLS BOYCOTTS AIRBNB: The Beverly Hills, California city council unanimously passed a resolution condemning Airbnb's decision to remove its list of apartments and holiday units in Judea and Samaria “settlements” from its website. “We find the actions of Airbnb deplorable. On behalf of our residents, this unanimous resolution reflects the City Council's ongoing commitment to Israel and to exposing hatred anywhere it exists," Beverly Hills Mayor Julian Gold said in a statement. “Airbnb is not welcome in Beverly Hills as long as its policies are based on anti-Jewish double standards,” added Vice Mayor John Mirisch. “Jew hatred is a disease. We can try to inoculate others against this malady but we also must protect ourselves against its effects. In the event that Airbnb does not stop, we call upon all civilized people across the globe to boycott Airbnb until such time as they desist from these despicable anti-Semitic actions." (Arutz-7)

ARGENTINA: SOCCER FANS CHANT ‘KILLING THE JEWS TO MAKE SOAP’: Home-team fans chanted about 'killing the Jews to make soap' during a match with a team associated with Jews, then rioted when the visitors won. Atlanta, a professional Argentine team founded more than a century ago in a Jewish neighborhood, played All Boys at their stadium in Buenos Aires last week. All Boys fans chanted the anti-Semitic slogan as they waved Palestinian flags and T-shirts bearing Iranian symbols. Atlanta won the match, 3-2, triggering violence by the All Boys fans. Some spectators entered the locker area for cover until police arranged for them to exit the stadium safely. All Boys fans also assaulted police, destroying property at the stadium. “The Argentine Football Association must sanction the club for this anti-Semitic offense,” Shimon Samuels, Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for International Relations, wrote in a statement Friday, 23 Nov. 2018. Atlanta has several Jewish players, as well as members of its administrative staff. Police are investigating the incident. (INN) Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me apart like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me. Ps. 7: 1-2

POLISH NUN WHO HELPED HIDE VILNA GHETTO REBELS DURING HOLOCAUST DIES: Cecylia Roszak, a Polish Catholic Dominican nun who was honored by Israel for helping to hide Jewish resistance fighters in her convent during World War II, died last week aged 110. In 1938 Roszak traveled with a group of nine nuns to Vilnius in Lithuania to set up a new convent. According to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial page dedicated to Anna Borkowska, the mother superior of the convent, the sisters took in 17 members of a Jewish underground movement that formed to fight back against the extermination of the Vilna ghetto's residents. Borkowska smuggled the first hand grenades into the community. Borkowska was arrested in 1943 and the convent closed down. She and Roszak both survived the war. In 1984 Yad Vashem gave the members of the convent, including Borkowska and Roszak, its Righteous Among Nations award, which honors non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. (Times of Israel)

DUTCH CHRISTIAN BOAT MAKER AIMS TO SAIL HIS EXACT REPLICA OF NOAH’S ARK TO ISRAEL: For two years, the world’s only seaworthy life-size replica of Noah’s Ark has been wowing passengers traveling along Holland’s Maas River. Built according to the specifications detailed in the Hebrew Bible, the 390-foot-long vessel towers to a height of 75 feet. It boasts enough wood to fell 12,000 trees. And its distinct form dominates the coastline of the small town hosting it deep in southern Holland’s Bible Belt. Dwarfing even some modern-day cruise ships, the ark instantly became an international tourist attraction when it was completed in 2012 after four years of construction. But the man who built it, the devout Christian businessman Johan Huibers, can’t wait to take the mammoth to Israel — a country whose problems and successes, he said, are always on his mind. “My preferred destination for the ark is Israel,” Huibers, 60, told JTA earlier this month on the forward deck, which features a life-size statue of a giraffe. His love for the Jewish state and people, he said, flows from the same impulse that compelled him to raise nearly $5 million to build the ark. “It may sound scary, but I believe everything written in this book, cover to cover,” he said while pointing at a copy of a translation into Dutch of the Hebrew Bible. “This is a copy of God’s ship. It only makes sense to take it to God’s land.” (JTA)

FAMILY EXTENDS FORGIVENESS TO TRIBE THAT KILLED AMERICAN MISSIONARY ON REMOTE INDIAN ISLAND: The family of an American missionary killed by an arrow-wielding tribe on a remote Indian island says that they forgive their son’s killers. John Allen Chau, 27, was killed on North Sentinel Island, Indian police reported days ago. The island in the Bay of Bengal is home to a tribe known for attacking outsiders with bows and arrows. Authorities are working with anthropologists to try to recover his body from North Sentinel, in the Andaman Islands. Chau, a graduate of Oral Roberts University, a Christian college in Oklahoma, has been described as a Christian missionary. Citing a source with access to notes made by Chau during his visit to the island, Reuters reported that he was planning to preach to the tribes-people. In the notes, Chau wrote that he was “doing this to establish the kingdom of Jesus [Yeshua] on the not blame the natives if I am killed,” according to the source, who asked not to be named. In a heart-wrenching post on Chau’s Instagram account, his family extended their forgiveness to his killers. “He loved God, life, helping those in need, and had nothing but love for the Sentinelese people,” they wrote. “We forgive those responsible for his death.” (Fox) Intercede for the comforting of the family of John Allen Chau and for light and salvation to come to North Sentinel Island. “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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