“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer. 29:11
BRAZILIAN GOVERNOR REQUESTS SOUND OF SHOFAR AT HIS INAUGURATION: Wilson Witzel, an ardent supporter of Israel, took office last week surrounded by several members of the local Jewish community at a ceremony in Rio’s Legislative Assembly. The non-Jewish governor of a Brazilian state was inaugurated with the sounds of a shofar blown by a rabbi. “One of the most touching moments during my campaign was when I heard the shofar at the Beit Lubavitch synagogue. It gave me the strength I needed to carry on,” Witzel told reporters. Witzel, 50, was elected in Oct. 2018 for a four-year term. He has pledged to fight against corruption and to clean up politics, language that is aligned with President Bolsonaro, his political godfather. Last month, Witzel spent a week in Israel to learn anti-terror techniques that can be deployed against urban violence in his home state. “We have very similar situations. Our policemen will come to Israel to get familiar with the patrolling techniques in conflict areas, checkpoints and borders,” he said. Witzel and his wife days ago escorted Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to the Sugarloaf Mountain part of his five-day visit to Brazil, the first-ever by a sitting Israeli prime minister. (INN) “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isa. 49:6
BRAZIL’S BOLSONARO: ONLY ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT TO DECIDE ITS CAPITAL: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro declared Thur. 3 Jan. 2019 he would transfer the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem. "Israel is a sovereign state and we must respect it. Only Israelis have the right to decide what the capital of Israel will be," Bolsonaro said. "Extremist Arab countries will object if we move the embassy to Jerusalem, others will not." Israel’s PM Netanyahu later hailed Bolsonaro's announcement. Arab leaders, however, have condemned the move and have pressured Bolsonaro not to go through with it. A date has not been set for the embassy move, but Israel’s PM Netanyahu, who visited Brazil for Bolsonaro’s inauguration last week, said that it is only a matter of time until Brazil moves its embassy to Jerusalem. (J.Post)
HONDURAS AND JERUSALEM ADVANCE MUTUAL EMBASSIES: On the sidelines of last week’s inauguration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Israeli PM Netanyahu met with USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez. The three discussed advancing the opening of a Honduran embassy in Jerusalem, and the possibility of opening an Israeli embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Pompeo, Netanyahu, and Hernandez agreed to hold tripartite meetings in each of their respective capitals and “strengthen political relations”, according to a statement by the USA Department of State. In Dec. 2017 Honduras was one of only nine countries, including Israel and the USA, to vote against a motion adopted by the UN General Assembly condemning USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (C.Tech)
NEW CONGRESS SWORN IN WITH DEMOCRATS CONTROLLING HOUSE: The 116th Congress was sworn in on Thur. 3 Jan. 2019 with Democrats retaking control of the House of Representatives, dividing the government once again after two years of single-party rule. Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the speaker’s gavel after suppressing a rebellion from freshmen congressmen, who sought a new face in Democratic leadership. Those same freshmen – including Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York – entered Congress vowing to forge a new path for liberals on Israel policy in Washington in favor of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American women ever elected to Congress, arrived for her swearing-in wearing a traditional Palestinian dress. She supports a one-state solution and does not believe in Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Linda Sarsour, a controversial Palestinian activist staunchly in favor of the BDS movement, was on Capitol Hill to attend Tlaib’s swearing-in. A world map in her new office was marked with a Post-it marking Israel as Palestine just hours before Tlaib took her oath, on a Quran. (J.Post) What is seen here is the ripening bad fruit of “Stealth Jihad”. JNN editors remind readers again: “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 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. Begin now to pray for the Nov. 2020 USA presidential election.
MUSLIM CONGRESSWOMAN RASHIDA TLAIB DELIVERS PROFANITY-LACED TIRADE AFTER TAKING OFFICE: Promising to "impeach the @#$%#@", new Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib delivered a speech bashing President Trump following her swearing in. Tlaib's profanity-laced tirade came during an event held by the MoveOn progressive organization. Recalling a conversation she had with her son, who told her that “Look mama you won- bullies don’t win," Tlaib said that she replied “You’re right, they don’t. And we’re gonna go in and impeach the [expletive]". (Editors have refrained from publishing the obscenity due to the severity of the swear word.) Tlaib, who won Michigan's 13th Congressional District, is joined by Representative Ilhan Omar from Minnesota in becoming one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar has in the past called Israel an “apartheid regime”. She also sparked controversy for saying after being elected that she supported the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel, after saying during her campaign that it was “counteractive” and prevents dialogue. (INN) A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Lk:6:45
WOMEN’S MARCH NEW ORLEANS SCRAPPED, CITING ISSUES OF ANTI-SEMITISM: The New Orleans Women’s March has been canceled with its chapter citing “several issues,” one being anti-Semitism within the national movement. Marches are scheduled nationwide for 19 Jan. 2019. “Many of the sister marches have asked the leaders of Women’s March, Inc. to resign but they have yet to do so,” the New Orleans chapter said in its announcement last week. Additionally, “the controversy is dampening efforts of sister marches to fundraise, enlist involvement and find sponsors, and attendee numbers have drastically declined this year. New Orleans is no exception.” Other local marches that have been canceled include those in Chicago and Eureka, Calif. (Algemeiner)
ISRAELI DEVICE WATCHES SWIMMING POOLS TO PREVENT DROWNING ACCIDENTS: During the past year there was a tragic increase of children and adults who drowned at home in private swimming pools. The patent-pending system by Coral Drowning Detection Systems constantly "watches" and detects movement in private pools using a built-in underwater video camera, computer vision and artificial intelligence technology. When it identifies a potential drowning situation, it sounds an ear-piercing alarm and immediately sends a smartphone alert to all household members. Company entrepreneur Eyal Golan said, "Coral Manta is not meant to replace adult supervision, but to fill the gap when you are distracted and compensate for our human flaws."
ISRAELI STARTUPS RAISED A RECORD $6.1 BILLION IN 2018: The total figure beats last year’s record of $5.24 billion. Israel is known as a “Startup Nation,” having the third-most companies on the Nasdaq. The Nasdaq is an electronic exchange where stocks are traded through an automated network of computers instead of a trading floor. It stands for National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations System and is the world's second-largest stock exchange based on market capitalization. (Algemeiner)
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