“You are my King and my God, who decrees victories for Jacob. Through you we push back our enemies…. I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.” Ps. 44: 4-8
INTEL TO INVEST AN ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ 11 BILLION IN ISRAEL OPERATIONS: USA technology giant Intel Corp is to invest an "unprecedented" $10.9 billion in the company's Israel-based operations, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced earlier this week, significantly expanding its multi-billion dollar presence in the country. "This is huge news for everyone who cares about the State of Israel, the Israeli economy and Israeli citizens," Kahlon said, adding that the "unprecedented decision" following a year of government efforts would create thousands of jobs for residents of the South. Israeli media reported that it is planning to use its largest investment in Israel to date to construct a vast production facility in the southern city of Kiryat Gat. "Our continued confidence in Intel’s future and excellent partnership with the State of Israel is at the foundation of the business plan we will submit," said Yaniv Garty, Intel VP and Intel Israel General Manager. The new factory is expected to span some 370,000 square meters, and the land will be allocated by the government without having to go through a tender process. "Intel's choice to continue to significantly invest in Israel is an important expression of confidence in the Jewish state and the Israeli economy," said Economy Minister Eli Cohen. (J.Post)
JOIN US FOR THIS YEAR’S SUCCOT CELEBRATION: Begin to plan now for the annual Vision for Israel Succot Celebration at the Pavilion in the very center of downtown Jerusalem. The dates will be 15 Oct. 2019 – 17 Oct. 2019. Take part in praise and worship with local teams. Enjoy teachings with Dennis Greenidge, Benjamin Siegal, Barry Segal, and more to come, focused on Israel and the Middle East. Connect with local believers and congregations in the land. Walk and dance on the streets of Jerusalem during the annual Jerusalem March! VFI will also be marking its 25th anniversary in Jerusalem for which there will be a special celebration. For further details including times, venue location, and suggested hotel accommodations, visit our Events page on the VFI website at: https://www.visionforisrael.com/en/events
USA SECURITY AID TO PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY ENDING: The Palestinian Authority - the interim self-government body of Gaza Strip Areas A and B - stopped accepting security aid from the United States on Thur. 31 Jan. 2019 which is an indirect consequence of an anti-terrorism law that went into effect the same day. The Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ATCA) will allow Americans to sue recipients of USA foreign aid in American courts over alleged complicity in “acts of war.” With the Palestinian Authority now being potentially liable starting this week, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has opted not to accept further security aid. Senator Chuck Grassley introduced the bill last May while eleven others, some Democrats and other Republicans, co-sponsored it. A Palestinian official said anonymously, “We do not want to receive financial aid, including aid provided to the security forces, so as not to be subject to the anti-terrorism law approved by Congress.” Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said when asked about the cut in USA funding, “Israel cannot save the failing leadership of the Palestinian Authority.” (Daily Caller)
ISRAEL EXPELS FOREIGN OBSERVERS FROM HEBRON AFTER 22 YEARS: Israel’s PM Netanyahu decided on Tues. 29 Jan. 2019 to oust the international observers of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) after 22 years. The 64 international civilian observers are from Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. A recent report by Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan found that TIPH members had interfered with the work of IDF soldiers and the police, created friction with Israeli residents, and cooperated with organizations that promote the delegitimization of Israel. In incidents caught on video, TIPH's legal counsel can be seen slapping a 10-year-old Jewish child across the face, and a staff member is seen slashing a tire of a car belonging to a Jewish resident in Hebron. (J. Post)
TRUMP CALLS USA INTELLIGENCE CHIEFS 'EXTREMELY PASSIVE AND NAIVE' ON IRAN: President Donald Trump on Wed. 30 Jan. 2019 called top USA intelligence chiefs "extremely passive and naive" on Iran and dismissed their assessments of the threat posed by North Korea a day after they contradicted his views during a congressional testimony. Leaders of the USA intelligence community told a Senate committee the previous day that the nuclear threat from N. Korea remained and that Iran was not taking steps toward making a nuclear bomb, drawing conclusions that contrasted starkly with Trump's assessments of those countries. "The Intelligence people seem to be extremely passive and naive when it comes to the dangers of Iran. They are wrong!" Trump said in a Twitter post. The Republican president cited Iranian rocket launches and said that Tehran was coming very close to the edge. "Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!" he said. Trump last year pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran put in place under his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, saying Tehran was "not living up to the spirit" of the agreement, and re-imposed sanctions. (J.Post)
ROOTS AND REFLECTIONS WITH BARRY SEGAL BROADCASTING IN THE UK AND EUROPE: Join Barry Segal every week for his biblically based travel program focusing on the reality of life in Israel. It’s all about archaeology, history, the Bible, culture, music, the language, interviews, the food and humor. View VFI’s Roots and Reflection Program every week on the UK/European channel, Revelation TV at the following broadcast time: Friday evenings at 20:30. Revelation TV is available on: Website, Apple TV, App (apple & Android) , Sky 581, Freeview HD 264, Freesat 692, Christian TV Box and Roku Box.
TOP SAUDI OFFICIAL: BARACK OBAMA LIED, SET MIDDLE EAST BACK 20 YEARS: Former USA president Barack Obama lied to Saudi Arabia when violating the redlines he famously declared regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons and then not acting when they were used, a former senior Saudi official said in a media interview. Bandar bin Sultan served for years as head of Saudi intelligence as well as the Saudi ambassador to the United States. In the interview, he recalled a last phone call between the late Saudi King Abdullah and Obama, during which the Saudi leader told the USA president: “I did not expect that after this long life, I would see the day when an American president lied to me.” Obama, bin Sultan said, “would promise something and do the opposite.” He said that the president took the Middle East back 20 years and also spoke critically of the Iran nuclear deal and how the former president spoke publicly about curbing Iran’s activities, but then went behind Saudi Arabia’s back and negotiated the nuclear deal. These policies by Obama, he said, emboldened Russia and Iran and paved the way for them to enter Syria and interfere in the civil war that has raged there since 2011. Syrian President Bashar Assad, he said, was a “kid” and that while his late father Hafez was capable of making decisions, Bashar could not. Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, bin Sultan said that the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat committed a “crime” against his people by rejecting the peace plan proposed by former president Bill Clinton. (J.Post)
'MISSILES FROM GAZA AND LEBANON ARE READY TO BE FIRED AT ISRAEL': General Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, referred for the first time to the espionage affair involving former minister Gonen Segev, whom he called "the Israeli cabinet minister who became a source of intelligence information." Shamkhani said additionally that "the affairs of corruption are about to suffocate the Israeli prime minister, whose cabinet ministers have become a source of information for Iran and under whose feet hundreds of kilometers of tunnels have been dug.” He warned that accurate missiles are in the strong hands of the resistance fighters in Gaza and Lebanon, ”and they are ready to fire at Israel if it commits an act of stupidity. The shooting of the missiles can make their lives hell,” Shamkhani said. He added that Iran would not accept any threat to the realization of its plans to increase the range and accuracy of its missiles. (Arutz-7) Pray for the protection of Israel’s northern and southern border residents and all military personnel who serve there. “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.” Isa. 54:17
ISRAEL’S HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS DOWN TO SOME 200,000 AHEAD OF REMEMBRANCE DAY: Ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday 27 Jan. 2019, newly released figures regarding Israel’s survivor population reveal that the number of those remaining has dropped by 8,500 people in the course of one year. The statistics published by the Central Bureau of Statistic show that 220,800 people were eligible for survivor benefits at the end of 2016 in comparison with 212,300 survivors a year later. The numbers will drop more steeply in coming years as survivors are increasingly dying off: Israel expects the number of survivors to plummet drastically to 167,000 by next year, 102,000 by 2025, and to just 53,000 by 2030 who will all be over the age of 90. (i24) Please intercede that all Holocaust survivors will be able to live their remaining days in peace and with needed care and provision. Pray that these victims of inconceivable hatred, torture and loss will find eternal rest and comfort for their souls.
VA CONSIDERING BILL LEGALIZING ABORTION UP TO 40 WEEKS IN PREGNANCY: Virginia is considering a bill allowing women to abort their unborn child until the moment the baby is born. Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran introduced the Repeal Act, which seeks to annul the state’s current restrictions on late-term abortions. If passed, the measure will do away with the state’s requirement that second and third-trimester abortions be performed only to preserve the health or life of the woman. A woman seeking to abort would no longer need to obtain an ultrasound before having an abortion, under the proposed law. Currently, three physicians must conclude that a third-trimester abortion is necessary to preserve the health or life of the woman. Those requirements are stripped under the proposed legislation, which also removes the state’s mandate that second and third-trimester abortions be performed in hospitals. “The third trimester goes all the way up to forty weeks,” according to Tran. The bill would allow a doctor to perform an abortion when a woman is dilating, meaning she is about to give birth. The proposal saw its first subcommittee hearing on Mon. 28 Jan. 2019 and has received support from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as well as a number of Democratic lawmakers. (Daily Caller) Cold blooded murder using the most heinous methods on the innocent is beyond belief for any who have a thread of conscience! Intercessors, all who read, and pray according to the JNN newsletter, please implore the God of heaven and earth to defeat this hellish bill and to deliver the nations from apathy and deception.
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