“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isa 40: 8
DANNY DANON’S BIBLE SPEECH GOES VIRAL: The UN Security Council recently convened for a periodic discussion on the Middle East, during which Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, delivered a speech detailing the rights of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel. In his speech, Danon presented the "four pillars" that link Judaism to the Land and even read a chapter from the Bible in Hebrew while wearing a kippah (skullcap). Danon mentioned the Balfour Declaration and the story of the tribe of Judah to illustrate the Jewish people's historical connection to Israel. He also referred to the UN Charter and international law, saying that they too recognize the right of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. A few days after the UN debate, websites around the world began to cover the speech extensively, calling it the "Biblical speech" and "the speech defending the rights of the Jewish people." The message was translated into Spanish, Polish, French, Portuguese and even Turkish.
The video of the speech also gained momentum among the Evangelical Christian community worldwide. After the message went viral, Danon was invited to be interviewed on CNN, and Fox News. The speech has already received tens of thousands of views in its Hebrew and English versions on the YouTube page of the Israeli delegation to the UN and continues to gain momentum on Facebook groups which support Israel. Ambassador Danon expressed his satisfaction with the reactions to his message. "The speech resonated so well due to the power of truth, and its success was a welcome surprise, as it conveyed to the world the strength of an eternal connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel." (INN) At the UN Security Council on Mon. 6 May 2019 Danon opened the Bible and read from the book of Genesis about the covenant between God and Abraham. “I will maintain My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout the ages as an everlasting covenant, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. I will give to you and to your descendants after you the land in which you are now residing as aliens, the whole land of Canaan, as a permanent possession; and I will be their God.” Gen. 17:7-8
GERMANY ADOPTS MOTION DEFINING BDS AS ANTI-SEMITIC: Germany's Bundestag adopted on Friday 17 May 2019 a motion defining the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as anti-Semitic. It marks the first time a major European parliament has taken this step. The motion, backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party, as well as social-democrat SPD, the Green Party and FPD, also calls on the German government to refrain from funding or supporting any groups that "question Israel's right to exist." It stipulates that in light of the Bundestag’s recognition of the importance of combating anti-Semitism, Germany must resolutely condemn calls to boycott Israel. The motion says that the BDS movement’s "Don't Buy" stickers evoke a Nazi slogan, "Don't buy from Jews." The motion also states that the German parliament "welcomes the many municipalities that have already decided to refuse financial support to the movement" and "strongly condemns campaigns against the sale of Israeli products or for boycotting prominent Israeli individuals". The German government has stressed the importance of fighting anti-Semitism in recent years as reports find that it has been on the increase in the country. (Arutz-7) More voices of protest are being raised on behalf of Israel, and ever-increasing action being taken in high places against organizations that further BDS, anti-Israel bias and anti-Semitism. These changes are answers to prayer. Continue to intercede for far-reaching Western government decisions to be made on behalf of the Jewish state.
NETANYAHU PRAISES GERMANY: PM Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday 17 May 2019 welcomed the German Bundestag’s approval of a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. “I congratulate the German Bundestag on the important decision that recognizes the BDS as an anti-Semitic movement and declares that it is forbidden to fund it. I particularly appreciate the Bundestag's call on Germany to stop funding organizations working against Israel's existence. I call on other countries to adopt similar legislation,” said Netanyahu. (Arutz-7)
HAMAS THANKS BRITISH LABOUR LEADER: The Hamas terrorist group on Thur. 16 May 2019 thanked British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for his message of solidarity to a pro-Palestinian rally in London. “We have received with great respect and appreciation the solidarity message sent by the British Labor Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to the participants in the mass rally that took place in central London,” the group said. The message followed a recent march in London in honor of “Nakba Day”, on which Arabs mark what they view as the “catastrophe” of the establishment of the State of Israel. Corbyn sent a message to the marchers calling on the British government to condemn the killing of protesters in Gaza and freeze arms sales to Israel. He also promised that if he becomes prime minister he would recognize “Palestine” as a state. Hamas praised Corbyn for taking an “advanced moral and political position worthy of all praise and thanks.” The message was read out to a huge crowd in central London at a rally that was slammed by anti-racist campaigners as highly anti-Semitic.
Corbyn’s Labour party has been embroiled in a series of controversies related to anti-Semitism in recent years. Dozens of Labour members have been suspended over their anti-Semitic statements. Corbyn himself has been accused of holding anti-Semitic views by senior UK Jewish leaders. Corbyn has also been criticized for calling Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends" and for outright refusing to condemn those two terrorist organizations despite being urged to do so by local Jewish groups. A spokesman for Corbyn said, "Jeremy Corbyn has a long record of solidarity with the Palestinian people. That is the right thing to do." (INN)
‘PA CAN PAY ITS HOSPITAL BILLS IF IT STOPS PAYING TERRORISTS’: Jason Greenblatt, the USA Representative for International Negotiations, said on Thur. 16 May 2019 that the Palestinian Authority (PA) could pay its own hospital bills if it stops paying salaries to terrorists and their families. Greenblatt was replying on Twitter to an inquiry by a Channel 13 News reporter, who asked Greenblatt why the USA stopped funding PA hospitals in eastern Jerusalem. “The PA incurred bills at the hospital and assumed someone else would pay. We want those patients to receive the best care - the PA could easily pay its own bills to the hospital by ending incentive payments to terrorists/their families and use the money to care for their people,” Greenblatt wrote in response. PA officials have made clear that the PA will never cease paying terrorists' salaries. (INN) Israeli Arabs live in a country, with extensive economic opportunities and democratic freedoms. These benefits, rights, and possibilities for growth are obtainable for Palestinians living in Judea & Samaria and Gaza. The cost is simply choosing methods to bring about peace rather than - incitement to and rewards for - committing acts of terror, hatred of the Jewish state, educating children and young people to despise Israel, and glorifying terrorist murderers as heroes. Intercede for new Palestinian leaders to come to the forefront who have a true vision and capabilities for promoting peace.
MISSOURI HOUSE APPROVES 8-WEEK ABORTION BAN, SENDING IT TO GOVERNOR’S DESK: The Missouri House on Friday 17 May 2019 approved a restrictive abortion bill that would ban abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy -- one of a slew of similar bills in southern states that have sparked a heated national debate on abortion rights. The bill was passed by the Senate on the previous day, and now with approval from the House goes to Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who is expected to sign it. The legislation would make Missouri one of the most restrictive states in the country for abortions. The bill includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for rape and incest. It also bans abortions based solely on race, sex or a diagnosis of potential Down Syndrome. Doctors could face 15 years in prison for performing an abortion at eight weeks and beyond. The bill’s passage in the House comes after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a law on Wed.15 May 2019 that would outlaw almost all abortions, making performing one punishable by up to 99 years in prison unless the mother’s health is at risk. That law, too, did not grant exemptions in cases of rape or incest. (Fox)
EARTHQUAKE ROCKS ISRAEL: A 4.6-magnitude earthquake shook Israel last week. No injuries were reported, but residents from the North to the South of the country including Jerusalem described shakings and damage to homes. The epicenter of the quake was 200 kilometers west of Israel and 10 km (6.2 miles) under the Mediterranean Sea. Israel’s Home Front Command posted guidelines to residents across the country on how to take action to protect lives. The last time Israel was rocked by an earthquake was just this past January, when a tremor of 3.6 magnitude was felt in the north of the country. There have been 5 earthquakes in the past 365 days in Israel, according to the USA Geological Survey program, which accurately monitors seismic activities around the globe. (Israel Today)
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