“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.” Ps. 143:8
40 UN AMBASSADORS VISIT CITY OF DAVID: A delegation of 40 UN ambassadors visited the City of David on Friday 1 Feb. 2019. They were led by Israel's UN Ambassador, Danny Danon. The ambassadors met Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon and Vice-President of the City of David Foundation Doron Spielman. Leon told media sources: "I am excited to be here and I have no doubt that they will become our ambassadors in their countries and in the UN. Danon showed the ambassadors a 2,000-year-old Hebrew coin that was used by the Jewish rebels just before the destruction of the Second Temple. "The relationship between the Jewish people and its eternal capital, Jerusalem, began over 3,000 years ago," he declared, "and this coin is only one of the many proofs of this. No UN decision can erase this bond, and no one can argue with this archaeology." (Arutz-7) Pray for more trips to Jerusalem, briefings, lectures, films, correct statistics and all manner of factual/educational material to be mandatory for those representing the nations and world- body organizations. All of these are needed to help break down the anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias that is blatant and persistent - especially in the UN.
ROOTS AND REFLECTIONS WITH BARRY SEGAL ON GOD TV: 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. You can view VFI’s Roots and Reflection Program on God TV at the following broadcast times: Monday 6:00 PM ET) also on Friday, 10:30 AM ET (9:30 AM CT, 8:30 AM MT and 6:30 AM PT.)
JEWISH LAWMAKER ELECTED PRESIDENT OF BRAZILIAN SENATE IN HISTORICAL FIRST: An ally of Jair Bolsonaro won a fraught vote for the head of Brazil's Senate on Saturday 2 Feb. 2019, a boost for the far-right president's legislative efforts to open the economy, tackle crime and enact socially conservative measures. Davi Alcolumbre, from the Democratas party, was supported by the president's son, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, and Bolsonaro's Chief of Staff, Onyx Lorenzoni. He won 42 votes, one more than was needed to become Senate president. His election comes the day after Rodrigo Maia, also of the Democratas party, won his bid to remain leader of the lower house. Their victories should help Bolsonaro as he seeks to pass a divisive pension reform, which is widely seen as necessary to shore up Brazil's creaking public finances but is likely to face stiff opposition. The leaders of Brazil's legislative bodies have broad powers to pick and choose what bills are debated, and when. With two business-friendly legislature heads, Bolsonaro's pension reform bill stands a better chance. (J.Post)
BRAZIL’S PRESIDENT THANKS ISRAEL FOR POST-DAM DISASTER AID: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro thanked Israel on Thur. 31 Jan. 2019 for providing emergency relief to the victims of a recent dam collapse. “The brave Israeli troops sent by Prime Minister Netanyahu finish today their mission here in Brazil,” he tweeted. “On behalf of the Brazilian people, I thank the state of Israel for the services provided in Brumadinho MG in partnership with the Brazilian Armed Forces and Firefighters.” A team of 100 Israeli military personnel arrived in Brazil on Sunday 27 Jan. 2019 to assist in search operations after a dam collapsed in Brumadinho in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. The Israeli delegation included medics, rescue specialists and a scuba unit. Israel was the only country to send a team of this kind to Brazil. The IDF team was unable to locate any survivors of the disaster, but recovered some 37 bodies. One of the soldiers who took part in the mission was an army psychologist, who spoke about the traumatic impact of the dam collapse, saying, “One of the bodies we recovered turned out to be a partner of the driver who drove us to the disaster area. We saw a picture of her in his car and realized who she was. He burst out crying, and said that he knew from the start she didn’t survive.” (Algemeiner)
ROUHANI: WE’RE FACING UNPRECEDENTED PRESSURE: Iran’s president said last week that the country was facing the toughest economic situation it had seen in 40 years. “Today our problems are primarily because of pressure from America and its followers. And the dutiful government and Islamic system should not be blamed,” he added. He vowed that the nation would “endure” the external pressure. “The USA administration will definitely fail in its latest move against the Iranian nation,” he said. “Nobody can harm us as long as we follow the Supreme Leader.” USA President Donald Trump re-imposed sanctions on Iran in May of last year. As a result, the value of the Iranian rial fell sharply, and many foreign companies left the country amid the recession. On Thur. 31 Jan. 2019, Trump tweeted, “When I became President Iran was making trouble all over the Middle East, and beyond. Since ending the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal, they are MUCH different, but a source of potential danger and conflict. They are testing rockets and more, and are coming very close to the edge. Their economy is now crashing, which is the only thing holding them back.” (Arutz-7)
FACEBOOK REMOVES HUNDREDS OF IRANIAN ACCOUNTS: Facebook removed hundreds of Iranian accounts which were used to spread misinformation in Israel and around the world. According to Facebook's announcement, 783 fake accounts and groups on Facebook and Instagram, which originated in Iran, presented themselves as real accounts. According to the Hebrew site, The Marker, the fake accounts included anti-Israel compositions in English and other languages, including articles which deny Israel's right to exist. The accounts that were removed were opened in dozens of countries, including Israel, the USA, Germany, France and Spain. "The page managers and bookkeepers generally presented themselves as locals, often using fake accounts and posting news stories about current events," Facebook stated. Israel’s Likud party said in response that "it is not surprising that Iran is trying to topple PM Netanyahu, who blocked its nuclear program, destroyed its efforts to establish military bases in Syria, crushed its economy and sent the Mossad to steal its secret nuclear archive under its nose. It will not work for them. As long as Netanyahu is the prime minister of Israel - Iran is in trouble," the party added. (Arutz-7)
TEHRAN DOWN THE SINKHOLE: HOW DROUGHT THREATENS IRANIAN STABILITY: Massive sinkholes are spreading around the Islamic Republic, leading some to question the stability of a regional player. For the first time, Iranian officials admit that the ground around Tehran is sinking. Slower than an earthquake, sinkholes and massive cracks can be just as destructive over long stretches of time. A 30 year drought and excessive water pumping created a series of underground air-pockets which then implode, creating cracks or massive holes in the ground that endanger agriculture, roads and public safety, the Christian Science Monitor reported. In the neighborhood of Yaft Abad in Tehran, residents fear poorly built buildings will collapse after water-pipes already burst and cracks appeared on several walls. The ground is sinking under airports, oil refineries, and factories without distinction, leading many in the Islamic Republic to support much over-due reforms in water usage and agriculture. (J.Post)
ISRAEL WARNS HAMAS: STOP RIOTING OR FACE WAR: Israel relayed a warning message to Gaza terror group Hamas, through mediators, demanding Hamas stop the riots along the border fence or face an Israeli military campaign. Israel's message was: "Warn Hamas – elections will not prevent a military campaign." Hamas sources reported on Saturday 2 Feb. 2019 that at least 32 people were wounded by IDF fire, in the 45th consecutive week of riots along the border with Israel. About 10,000 people rioted for several hours in several locations, throwing explosives and rocks at IDF soldiers. (Arutz-7) Continue to pray for the safety of IDF soldiers facing Palestinian rioters with dangerous weaponry every Friday and often during the middle of the week. Intercede also for the protection of Israel’s southern border residents.
JAPANESE FIRMS PURSUING OPPORTUNITIES IN ISRAEL: The number of Japanese companies doing business in Israel has tripled since 2013 to 80. Some 200 people from 100 companies accompanied Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko on a visit to Israel in Jan. 2019. Japanese investments in Israel have increased dramatically, from $10 million in 2013 to $1.2 billion in 2017. Japanese companies used to be reluctant to advance into Israel for fear of the Arab boycott of Israel. However, with better relations between Israel and Arab nations now, Seko said: "The Arab boycott has lost substance. There are companies in Israel that have great innovative ideas, and Japan has technology to turn those ideas into reality. We have a mutually complementary relationship." (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
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 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 Event’s page on the VFI website at: https://www.visionforisrael.com/en/events/681/succot-celebration-jerusalem-2019-darkness-to-light
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