Trump on Hanukkah: Light Will Always Break Through the Darkness

Dec 4, 2018

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Ps. 119.105

TRUMP ON HANUKKAH: LIGHT WILL ALWAYS BREAK THROUGH THE DARKNESS: USA President Donald Trump issued a greeting to the Jewish people on the occasion of the holiday of Hanukkah, which began at sundown, 2 Dec. 2018. "Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah. For eight nights, Jewish families and friends will come together to engage in the lighting of the menorah. This special tradition started more than 2,000 years ago during the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which followed a trying period when Jews were persecuted for practicing their faith. Unfortunately, Jews today continue to face many different forms of violence, hatred, and bigotry around the globe. We remember all those from the Tree of Life—Or L’Simcha Congregation—whose lives were tragically taken in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this past October. As one Nation, we pledge our continued love and support for the victims, their families, and the community, and we pray that the victims’ families find some measure of peace and comfort during this holiday season. Over the coming days, may the warming glow of each candle on the menorah help fill homes and hearts with love and happiness. Together, we reaffirm the truth that light will always break through the darkness. We send our very best wishes for a blessed and happy Hanukkah.” (Arutz-7)

EDELSTEIN THANKS PENCE FOR ARAB WORLD'S CHANGING VIEWS ON ISRAEL-USA TIES: Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein thanked USA Vice President Mike Pence for changing the Arab world's attitude toward the USA-Israeli alliance. "The attitude of the Arab world towards Israel is changing, thanks to the Trump government," Edelstein said. "A few years ago many countries hoped and waited for tension between USA-Israeli relations, but today that has changed completely," Edelstein continued. "The countries of the world, including the Arab states, understand that the alliance between the United States and Israel is stronger than ever. They understand that they have no choice but to cooperate with Israel." Edelstein also fondly remembered former USA President George H.W. Bush who passed away on Friday 30 Nov. 2018, thanking him for his help. “He was the final touch on my release and I am forever grateful to my friend”. Edelstein believes Bush was instrumental in his release from Soviet prison, where Edelstein was kept because of his involvement in 'Zionist activity' and teaching Hebrew over 30 years ago. He also addressed the American Diaspora saying that “Every Jew has a right to speak about Israel. The Israeli government has to take into consideration the influence of their decisions on the Jews of the Diaspora.” Yet, he also added, “That being said, the first responsibility of every democratic government, including Israel, is to protect its citizens and keep them in mind all the time.” Pence and Edelstein met at the Israeli American Council in Miami on Friday 30 Nov. 2018. (J.Post)

WHY MIKE PENCE’S SPEECH INSPIRED ICONIC BEREAVED MOTHER: Miriam Peretz, who lost two sons in combat, hailed Mike Pence's rousing speech supporting Israel on Friday 30 Nov. 2018. USA Vice President Pence, who spoke at the IAC conference in Miami, received thunderous applause from the audience after making it clear that America stood by Israel. Pence also attacked Airbnb's boycott of Judea & Samaria and promised that Iran would not arm itself with nuclear weapons. He also condemned any expression of anti-Semitism. After leaving the stage, Pence met with Miriam Peretz, an Israel Prize winner who lost two of her sons fighting in IDF combat units. Peretz told Pence about her fallen children Eliraz and Uriel and thanked him for his rousing speech. "His speech strengthened me greatly, because it was a speech of hope, and that is what we should have heard," Peretz recounted. During his speech, the USA Vice President said that President Trump is Israel's best friend. "As I said in the past in the Knesset, we stand by Israel because the goals are the same and the values are the same. Its war is our war. I stand by Israel because supporting the Jewish state is not a party matter, but an American one," Pence said. "President Trump promised to stand by Israel and promised that the Palestinian Authority would not receive financial aid as long as it supported terror. In light of the decision by Airbnb to boycott Judea & Samaria, we say that the BDS is wrong and has no place in the United States," added Pence, addressing the vacation rental giant's decision to delist Jewish-owned properties on its website. (Arutz-7)

PENCE ON AIRBNB: BDS HAS ‘NO PLACE’ IN USA MARKETS: Vice President Mike Pence said the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel has “no place” in the USA market, and cited Airbnb’s delisting of Judea & Samira Jewish settlements as an example of the movement. “In the wake of Airbnb’s decision to ban Jewish homes in Jerusalem and Judea & Samaria we made it clear, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is wrong and it has no place in the free enterprise of the United States of America,” Pence said at the conference of the Israeli American Council, which took place this year in southern Florida. As Indiana governor from 2013-2017 Pence was among the first to sign a law banning state cooperation with businesses that boycott Israel. There are similar bills under consideration federally. Pence, long a pro-Israel leader dating back to his days in Congress, got multiple standing ovations during the conference and repeatedly said — to applause — that Donald Trump is the most pro-Israel president ever. “It’s a great pleasure to serve with a man who has made the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever before, President Trump,” he said. (Ynet) “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.” Prov. 29:2

CNN DROPS COMMENTATOR AFTER ANTI-ISRAEL REMARKS: CNN dropped commentator Marc Lamont Hill on Thur. 29 Dec. after he made remarks calling for the elimination of Israel. Speaking at the UN the previous day, Hill called for a "free Palestine from the river to the sea." The statement, which refers to the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea where Israel is located, is a rallying cry used by several Palestinian groups, including Hamas. "Those calling for 'from the river to the sea' are calling for an end to the State of Israel," said Sharon Nazarian, the Anti-Defamation League's senior vice president for international affairs. (Politico)

ANTI-SEMITISM RISES IN CANADA, JEWS REMAIN MOST TARGETED MINORITY GROUP: Hate crimes against Jews in Canada have spiked 60% since last year, making them the most targeted minority group in the country for the second straight year. Statistics Canada reported days ago that the number of incidents reported to police rose to 360 in 2017 from 221 in 2016. The increase was attributed to nonviolent “mischief” hate crimes. “It is disturbing to think an anti-Semitic hate crime takes place every 24 hours in our country,” Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs CEO Shimon Koffler said. “History demonstrates that those who target Jews and other minorities pose a threat to society as a whole. All Canadians should be vigilant in standing against hate.” Overall, hate crimes in Canada jumped 47% in 2017. (J.Post)

IDF’S OKETZ CANINE UNIT DRILLING FOR WAR: The IDF’s elite Oketz unit held a week-long intensive drill, practicing emergency scenarios and various combat scenarios, the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit said Saturday 1 Dec. 2018. The exercise began at the end of the previous week. Troops, both regular and reserves, were mobilized and transitioned from routine to emergency, and began a series of preparations for combat situations. The troops, who are trained in three specialized fields were embedded with forces from the Oz commando unit and Kfir Brigade deployed at various sites. The IDF’s Oketz (Hebrew for “sting”) was established in 1974 and is considered part of the army’s elite special forces, with the dogs and their handlers attached to all of the army’s combat units filling several important tasks such as detecting explosives and weapons, chasing and attacking wanted suspects, as well as taking part in search and rescue missions. During the course of the week, troops from Oketz drilled on offensive raids, combat in urban areas both above and underground, as well as thwarting enemy infiltration, locating bombs and seizing weapons. As part of the training program the IDF has invested hundreds of millions of shekels into upgrading training facilities in the Golan Heights, Jordan Valley and Southern Israel and adapting them to the challenges facing troops on various fronts. (J.Post) Continue to pray for the safety of Israel’s northern and southern borders and that security and military forces will be prepared for any and all attack scenarios from its enemies. Pray according to God’s promise: “The Lord will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over His enemies.” Isa. 42:13

ISRAELI STARTUP RESTORES SPEECH ABILITIES TO STROKE VICTIMS: When Danny Weissberg's grandmother was overcome by a stroke 10 years ago, she lost the ability to speak intelligibly. The engineer resolved to find a way to help. The result is Voiceitt, a Tel Aviv-based startup that has developed deep learning, signal processing and customizable speech recognition technologies to provide a synthesized voice for those whose speech has been garbled. Millions of people have their speech impaired due to strokes and aneurysms, diseases such as cerebral palsy and Parkinson's, brain injuries from accidents, and other medical conditions. Voiceitt's mobile app converts non-standard language into readily understood speech. It's already in beta testing with more than 200 users in four different languages. The algorithms are fine-tuned for each user because speech patterns are unique to each individual and their condition. (Nvidia)

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