Thousands Of Storks Rest In Israel As They Fly To Europe

Mar 24, 2019

“My beloved spoke and said to me, ‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.’” Song 2:10-13

THOUSANDS OF STORKS REST IN ISRAEL AS THEY FLY TO EUROPE: One-quarter of the planet's stork population can be found in Poland, yet Israel is a significant resting point on their long journey from Africa to central Europe. Hundreds of thousands of storks are currently gathering in Dudaim park in the northern Negev to rest and eat before they continue on their migration from Africa to Europe. Tel Aviv University Scientist Daniel Berkovitch said that the storks will remain in the country for a period of between a week and a month. “A stork arrived to the land of Israel with an African spear stuck in it in the 19th century,” he said, “which is the first time it became apparent they fly here from Africa. One-quarter of white storks reside in Poland,” he said, “and the oldest known stork was 38 years old when it died.” Hundreds of people flock to the park to see the majestic birds in this time of year, the park reported. (J.Post) “To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” Isa. 61:3

BILLIONS OF BUTTERFLIES VISIT ISRAEL ON THEIR WAY TO CYPRUS: Billions of painted lady butterflies were spotted in Israel on Thur. 21 March 2019 during the holiday of Purim as the colorful insects make their way to Cyprus, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority reported. The butterflies pass through the country at the rate of 25,000 per hour. Common to all continents except Antarctica and South America, painted lady butterflies now fill the sky above Israel from the Negev to the north of the country. The butterflies seen in the Middle East travel from Saudi Arabia to Greece, while the ones seen in North America travel from California to Mexico. Unlike monarch butterflies, chemical signatures of painted lady wings reveal they make such immense trips within a single generation. The migration has been noted since antiquity, yet humans have not been able to fully understand what triggers it and how it is performed. It had been observed that when painted lady butterflies are separated from the sun, they can no longer navigate. (J.Post)

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“NEWSWEEK” RANKS ISRAELI HOSPITAL IN WORLD’S TOP TEN: "Newsweek" has ranked Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer near Tel Aviv as one of the world's top ten hospitals. In citing its reasons for selecting Sheba, "Newsweek" says the hospital is, "a leader in medical science and biotechnical innovation, both in the Middle East and worldwide. The center’s collaborations with international parties have advanced innovative medical practices, hospital systems, and biotechnology. The tertiary referral hospital, affiliated with Tel Aviv University, includes centers for nearly all medical divisions and specialties and serves over 1 million patients per year. More than 25% of all Israeli medical clinical research takes place at its state-of-the-art facilities, and as a hospital, it works with nearly every Israeli medical institute to educate students and advance the future of the medical profession." (Globes)

ISRAELI AGRI-TECH HELPS ADDRESS GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY CHALLENGE: In the past decade, the Israeli agri-tech sector has produced a high number of innovative companies addressing global agricultural issues. Israel is developing areas such as robotics, precision agriculture, eco-friendly pesticides and herbicides, and new animal breeding techniques. Drones, software, and robots are used more and more in the fields of Israel. Israeli scientists closely collaborate with farmers to invent cutting-edge products such as heat-tolerant tomatoes, drought-resistant cucumber seeds, and ultra-efficient drip irrigation. "Israel already uses its innovative technology to sterilize the soil with solar energy instead of using robust harmful chemicals, before seed crops," said Haim Rabinowitch, a professor at the faculty of agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

TRUMP SET TO SIGN OFFICIAL PAPER DECLARING ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY OVER GOLAN: USA officials are preparing an official document that would recognize the Golan Heights as a sovereign Israeli territory, which USA President Donald Trump is likely to sign this week. The document echoes Trump's remarks made on Thur. 21 March 2019 when he said that "it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights." Trump is likely to sign the presidential document when Israeli PM Netanyahu visits Washington on Mon. 25 March 2019. The Golan Heights area was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in 1981 in a move not recognized internationally. Netanyahu has pressed the United States to recognize its claim and raised that possibility in his first White House meeting with Trump in February 2017. The statements drew criticism from the Arab league nation as well as from Syria who vowed to recover the Golan Heights. (J.Post) Pray that this measure on the part of Donald Trump will be followed by many Western nations.  The Golan Heights is Israel!

POMPEO: ISRAEL’S BATTLE FOR THE GOLAN 'WAS ISRAELI HEROISM AT ITS MOST AMAZING': Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thur. 21 March 2019: "As a West Point cadet, I studied the battles of the Golan. There's a famous battle called the Battle of the Valley of Tears, and it was Israeli heroism at its most amazing, saving this great nation at a time of enormous challenge, a threat that came from east of the Golan, from Syria, a tank battle of epic and historic proportion, of amazing Israeli bravery. Tonight [Thur. 21 March 2019] President Trump made the decision to recognize that that hard-fought real estate, that important place, is proper to be a sovereign part of the state of Israel. The people of Israel should know that the battles they fought, the lives that they lost on that very ground, were worthy and meaningful and important for all time." (USA State Department)

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES CANCEL THEIR ATTENDANCE AT AIPAC: Some of the Democratic candidates for the USA presidential elections said on Thur. 21 March 2019 that they would not attend the annual AIPAC conference in Washington DC this week. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former House of Representatives member Beto O'Rourke and Senator Kamala Harris of California, all of whom announced they would run for the Democratic primaries next year, decided not to attend the conference. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who considers running for president as an independent candidate, will also avoid attending the conference. The absence of these Democratic candidates comes as the organization MoveOn called on the Democratic presidential candidates not to attend this year's conference, claiming that AIPAC worked to derail the nuclear agreement with Iran, on which former President Barack Obama worked hard, and on the grounds that the lobby uses "anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric." However, the fact that the Democratic candidates will not attend the conference has given USA President Donald Trump an opportunity to emphasize his ties with the Israeli government.  On Thur. 21 March, Trump announced in a historic step that the time has come for the USA to recognize Israel's sovereignty on the Golan Heights.

The Democratic Party's disagreements over the USA-Israel relations were evident last month when New Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who is the first Muslim Congresswoman in USA history, claimed that AIPAC lobbyists pay Congress members to support Israel. Her words drew harsh criticism from both parties, and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also scolded her for the anti-Semitic statements. Omar's remarks since her swearing in to Congress in January 2019 underscore the deepening crack in the Democratic Party between its old establishment members, who are closer to the Center camp, and the radical Left camp that is growing stronger within the party.  USA President Trump accused the Democratic Party two weeks ago of becoming an anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli party. (J.Post)

J STREET: GOLAN RECOGNITION ENHANCES NETANYAHU’S REELECTION PROSPECTS: J Street reacted to the recent statement by USA President Donald Trump regarding the Golan Heights. "Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over Golan is a needlessly provocative move", J Street wrote in their official response. J Street claims that the recognition "defies international law and does not enhance Israeli security". The official statement ended with a political message: "What it does enhance is Netanyahu's reelection prospects - & the timing suggests that's Trump's intent". (INN)

PRO-ISRAEL AMERICAN ORGANIZATION SHOULD HAVE J-STREET CLASSIFIED AS A HATE GROUP: Of all the anti-Israel Jewish groups, none are more repulsive and vicious than J-Street. The American ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, referred to members of J-Street as “worse than Kapos.” Senator Ted Cruz has called the organization “rabidly anti-Israel.” Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has said that “J-Street has done more damage to Israel than any other American organization.” J-Street was founded in 2007, in part to weaken AIPAC. They receive funding from George Soros and other anti-Zionists. The members of J-Street describe themselves as “the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of the Jewish people.” They are lying. On the contrary, J-Street is a political home for anti-Israel and pro-Jihad Americans, who are bent on destroying the world’s only Jewish state. J-Street has done tremendous damage to Israel’s relationship with Jewish young people in the United States by vilifying Israel on college campuses and providing support to the BDS movement. J-Street has also played a significant role in ruining Israel’s relationship with the Democrat Party by using their immense influence to have Democrat lawmakers support their anti-Israel policies. J-Street has lobbied Congress to fund the Palestinian Authority, despite its support of terrorism against Israel. J-Street also aggressively lobbied for the genocidal Iran nuclear deal. J-Street’s members have slandered Israeli PM Netanyahu and President Trump, and they have hosted rabid Israel haters, such as Bernie Sanders, at their banquet dinners. (Geller Report) Intercede that this anti-Israel group will be recognized on USA campuses and among the Democrat's lawmakers for the hate-monger and enemy to the Jewish state that it is. Intercede that J. Street's influence will be greatly diminished.

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