“Blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth. You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies...You will sustain him on his sickbed.” Ps. 41:1-3
OVER ONE MILLION ISRAELI CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY: Some 2.3 million Israelis, including over one million children and accounting for 26.5% of the entire population, live below the poverty line, according to Latet’s 2018 Alternative Poverty Report published on Thur. 12 Dec. 2018. According to Latet, the primary food of 80.2% of children in the welfare system is bread and butter (36.9%) and carbohydrates (43.3%). This marks a significant increase since 2016, when the figure stood at 67.7%. Among the welfare-dependent elderly, some 92.4% of those in poverty said that their monthly pension does not enable or only partially enables them to meet the basic needs of dignified living. A majority of welfare recipients, almost 53%, said they frequently or occasionally lacked sufficient food at home during the past year, compared to only 5.8% of the wider population. A total of 77.5% said they did not have sufficient finances to purchase food to provide balanced meals, compared to 17.4% of Israeli society. A total of 68.4% of Israel’s unemployed due to illness admitted to not purchasing necessary medicines or treatments as they did not have the financial means to pay for them.
“This report attests to the severe detached nature of a government suffering from choice blindness. No traffic jams with new cars or lines at Ben-Gurion Airport can hide the shameful hunger of one million children,” said MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, chairwoman of the Knesset Lobby for the Israeli Family. The report detailed that 66% of the Israeli public considers poverty and social gaps as the most pressing or second most pressing issue to be addressed by the government today – a decrease from 70.5% last year. While three-quarters of the public believe the government is the primary body responsibly for reducing poverty, only one-quarter said that the government is actually addressing the issue. Some 36.9% of the public believe the government refrains from setting targets for poverty reduction as long-term results are not of interest to politicians. (J.Post) Please intercede for the poor of Israel. May the government find means to increase basic living allowances to those who are without work, underemployed, ill, victims of terror, disabled, elderly and hungry.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO HELP THE NEEDY IN ISRAEL: The poor and their needs for basic commodities such as food, housing, appliances and medicines are among Israel's top concerns. Think of the blessing you can be to underprivileged children, the elderly and entire families living in this Land who are beloved of the Lord. Consider His promises to you as you share your financial gifts on behalf of those who are undernourished, cannot buy necessary medicines, or pay their bills. Please continue to help Vision for Israel ease the pain of poverty by giving generously at: www.visionforisrael.com. For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk. Your donations are appreciated. “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.” Ps. 112:9
JERUSALEM TO BUILD EMBASSY QUARTER: Israel is preparing a special embassy quarter in the historic city of Jerusalem. Last week officials from the Construction and Housing Ministry announced plans to build a complex in the capital with space for nine separate embassies. The plan is being advanced by Construction and Housing Minister Yoav Galant who instructed ministry officials to prepare for additional embassy moves, following the opening of the USA embassy earlier this year. Along with the USA, Guatemala has also relocated its embassy to Jerusalem. Other countries are expected to open embassies in Jerusalem in the near future, including Honduras and the Czech Republic. Australia, which has just officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, is also considering opening either an embassy or consular facility in the city. Construction and Housing Ministry officials are examining the possibility of building the new embassy quarter in Jerusalem, on a plot of land in southeastern neighborhood of East Talpiot. The project will include nine separate sections built across 25 acres of land. The area will include both embassy facilities and housing for embassy staff. (Arutz-7) “When the Lord shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory.” Ps. 102:16
ISRAEL TECHNOLOGY CONTINUES TO REVOLUTIONIZE HEALTHCARE: The start-up nation continues to be a driving force in technology, with some of the latest additions to healthcare set to increase life expectancy and improve the quality of life for many people around the world. With the pill cam being one of the most impressive Israeli innovations in recent years, here is another interesting businesses to come out of Israel in the health industry. Raziel Therapeutics has developed a fat melting injection to replace current treatments such as liposuction and gastric bands. The product melts existing fat cells and also prevents them from forming. This is achieved through heat which frees fatty acids and reduces the amount of fat tissue. With clinical trials underway, having one injection is expect to reduce an individual’s fat by 50%. (Arutz-7)
COURT THROWS OUT HAMAS APPEAL OVER TERROR LISTING: A top EU court on Friday 14 Dec. 2018 threw out an appeal by the Hamas terrorist organization against its listing by the bloc as a terrorist organization. The General Court of the EU rejected a bid by Hamas to end a freeze on assets held in the bloc that was imposed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. The ruling by the Luxembourg-based court is the latest round in a protracted legal battle between the EU and Hamas, which has opposed the sanctions from the outset. "By its judgment today the General Court dismisses Hamas' appeal concerning the acts of the Council adopted between 2010 and 2014 and in 2017," the bloc's second-highest tribunal said. In Friday's ruling, the General Court said the EU was entitled to list Hamas as a terrorist organization on the basis of a decision made by the British interior minister. "The General Court observes, contrary to Hamas' submissions, that holding on to power following elections, the political nature of an organization or its participation in a government do not constitute grounds for avoiding the application of the rules," the court said. (INN)
HAMAS TAKES CREDIT FOR MURDER OF UNBORN CHILD: Terror organization Hamas formally took responsibility Friday 14 Dec. 2018 for two terror attacks in which a Jewish man, woman and unborn child were murdered and 11 people injured. It said that the perpetrators – Salah al-Bargouti and Ashraf Na'alwah – belonged to Hamas. Both terrorists were killed last week by IDF forces. The organization hailed the two men as "martyrs" and noted that Na'alwah managed to evade the IDF for two months before being located and killed. Na'alwah murdered Ziv Hajbi and Kim Yehezkel-Levengrund at the Barkan Industrial Zone in early Oct. 2018. Bargouti murdered an unborn fetus this week when he fired at Jews near Ofra, wounding 11. One of the wounded was the pregnant Shira Ish-Ran, whose fetus died as a result. (INN)
PALESTINIAN LEADERS HAVE A DISTURBING IDEA OF ‘HEORISM’: Propaganda from Hamas and Fatah, the rulers of Gaza and Judea & Samaria, routinely sings the praises of the “heroes” and “martyrs” who slaughter Israeli civilians in the name of justice for the Palestinian people. Obscenely, that even extends to the murderer of a 4-day-old baby. Little Amiad Yisrael Ish-Ran perished Wed. 12 Dec. 2018, just four days after his delivery by emergency Cesarean at 30 weeks — surgery made necessary when he and his mother, Shira, were badly wounded in a local shooting (as was father, Amichai). Hamas’ military wing, the Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, took “credit” for the attack, but both rival Palestinian groups praised the killer, Saleh Omar Saleh Barghouti — himself killed Wed. 12 Dec. 2018, while resisting arrest. Hamas called the attack a “heroic and qualitative operation,” serving “to affirm our people’s legitimate right to resist the occupation.” Fatah called him a “heroic martyr of the homeland,” with lots of poetry about his blood spreading a fine scent on the wind. As with all Palestinians who commit the political murder of any Israeli, the late killer’s family will qualify for a substantial stipend from the Palestinian Authority. You don’t have to support Israel to find this beyond barbaric. (NY Post)
MOTHER WHO LOST INFANT IN TERROR ATTACK VOWS TO GAVE ‘MANY MORE BABIES’: Shira Ish-Ran, the pregnant woman who was severely wounded and lost her baby boy in a Judea & Samaria shooting attack last week, vowed on Thur. 13 Dec. 2018. 2018 to have “many more babies” in response to the terror attack. The 21-year-old, who was 30 weeks pregnant at the time of the terror attack outside the Ofra settlement, was seriously wounded in the shooting, and doctors prematurely delivered the infant in an emergency C-section hours later. The baby died in a Jerusalem hospital on Wed. 12 Dec. 2018. On Thursday, after her condition improved further and a day after her four-day-old son was laid to rest, Ish-Ran was quoted by Hebrew-language media as saying, in her first remarks since the attack: “I will prove to them, I will show them. I will bring many more babies into this world." (Times of Israel) Intercede for God’s faithfulness and mercy to comfort Shira Ish-Ran and her husband, Amichai, who were seriously injured in one of last week’s terrorist assaults and who are mourning the loss of their premature baby who died as a result of this cruel attack. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps. 147:3
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