The Stronger We Make Israel, The Safer We Make The World

Jun 30, 2019

“Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them, that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise.” Ps. 106: 4-5

DEAR JNN READERS:  Please note, on 2 July at 12 noon ET time, Barry and Batya will be on the Daystar Television Network with Marcus and Joni Lamb. They will be dedicating another ambulance to be shipped on afterward to Israel. Be sure to tune in for this exciting event.  

‘THE STRONGER WE MAKE ISRAEL, THE SAFER WE MAKE THE WORLD’: Former USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley discussed the USA diplomatic efforts in the Middle East at the Israel Hayom Forum for USA-Israel Relations held in Jerusalem late last week. Interviewed by Dr. Miriam Adelson, Haley said that her approach as UN ambassador of “kicking” anyone she saw doing the wrong thing “was the only approach we could use. You had a situation where there was this organization of 193 countries that were anti-American and anti-Israel, continuing to give us a hard time, but had their hand out for aid. I didn't want to just be another ambassador. I felt the American people deserved that,” said Haley, who added that she would not do anything differently because “the truth needed to be said, without any apology.” Addressing the USA-led conference in Bahrain last week which the Palestinian Authority boycotted, the former ambassador said that she has seen the USA peace plan which she described as “well thought out, detailed, doable. It does things that would improve the lives of the Palestinians, but would not compromise the security of Israel. We're not going to beg the Palestinians to come to the peace table, but it says a lot about the PA that they wouldn't want better for their own people. The Palestinians deserve better. I think the Arab community will see over time that they can't continue to babysit the Palestinians” added Haley.

Asked what Israel should do if the Palestinians insist on rejecting the peace deal, Haley replied, “I think we should see how the peace plan plays out. We have to see where the Palestinians are, this is a moment of truth for them. Do they want to continue living the way they are living, or see what opportunity could look like?” Israel is mistreated and singled out at the UN, argued Haley, because “Arab countries realized after 1967 that they'd never defeat Israel. They did all they could, which was to go after Israel in the UN. Because of their wealth, the oil, they went to all the little countries and said, you need to vote with us. Behind closed doors, a lot of those ambassadors respect Israel. Israel is the one bright spot in a really rough neighborhood. The better and stronger we make Israel, the safer we make the world.” (Arutz-7)

HALEY COMMENTS ON THE NUMBER OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES AND IRAN: In a continuing interview on Thur. 27 June 2019, Dr. Miriam Adelson asked Former USA Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley what is the true number of Palestinian refugees, as far as the United States is concerned? “The number of actual Palestinian refugees is classified. There are multiple people working to get it unclassified. I think we should because it speaks to the truth of that scenario,” replied Haley. “I looked into UNRWA and the Palestinian refugees. I wanted to find out what they did. What I found was an agency that didn't want to be told what to do. The way they count refugees is to say any Palestinian anywhere in the world is a refugee. They want to give refugee status for generations going forward. The USA has given the Palestinians $6 billion. We've done our part. But when we went to UNRWA and said, you should reform, they refused,” she continued, referring to the UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”. “When they wouldn't make the reforms we demanded, the president was courageous to say we wouldn't give any more. Why should we be more responsible for the Palestinians than the Arab world?” On Iran, Haley stressed, “We don't want war. The president doesn't want war. Iran is the No. 1 threat we are facing. The Obama administration did not help. They went in thinking they could bring peace, but all they did after bringing in a planeful of money was spread war. Look at Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan. Iran's tentacles started going everywhere. The deal didn't work. The president was right to pull out - the Iranians were still testing ballistic missiles, still selling weapons, still supporting terrorism, and we were giving them money to do it. Defunding them slowed down the nuclear process, but it did not slow down their culture of hate. They're still saying 'Death to Israel,' 'Death to America.'" (Arutz-7)

NETANYAHU: GIVING UP THE JORDAN VALLEY WILL ENSURE WAR: "Loss of Israeli control over the Jordan Valley will lead to war,” PM Netanyahu said on Thur. 27 June 2019. It was his second strong statement within days about the security importance of the stretch of territory between Jerusalem and the country of Jordan. Israel has long claimed that it must retain military control of that area, particularly in light of larger regional threats from Iran. “There are those who say that if we do not hand over the Jordan Valley, there will be no peace. I say: If we deliver the Jordan Valley, war will be assured.” Netanyahu made similar comments to USA National Security Advisor John Bolton, who visited Israel earlier last week.  Bolton assured Netanyahu that he believed that the Jordan Valley was a strategic asset to Israel. But when questioned later by media sources, he urged the public to wait for the rollout of the political aspect of the Trump Peace Plan before commenting on what Israel’s final borders should be.  (J. Post)

25 FIRES RAVAGE SOUTH, 100 BY FRIDAY OF LAST WEEK: Twenty five fires ravaged the South of Israel on Thur. 27 June 2019 as incendiary balloons from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip continued to fly into Israel. There were some 100 fires from incendiary devices reported in southern Israel last week including 19 fires on Wed. 26 June 2019. Blue and White MK Alon Shuster, who is a member of Kibbutz Mefalsim, which was hit by an incendiary kite and ignited on Thursday, slammed PM Netanyahu, saying: “It looks like Netanyahu really doesn’t care about allowing the world to burn, all that matters is that he escapes the court.”  Netanyahu is facing an indictment for bribery, breach of trust and fraud.  Shuster further slammed the current administration for what he called “criminal negligence” of Gaza border communities. Former Education Minister Naftali Bennett also blamed the government for not doing enough to combat the fires. "The South is burning and the government is busy with elections. When incendiary balloons began I warned that the terrorists must be hit," he said, "but my opinion was rejected in the cabinet and now we have 19 fires in a single day." The number has since risen. (J. Post) Pray for the wisdom and strategy of Israel’s government and military leaders as Israel deals with unrelenting terrorist arson attacks piloted by Hamas.

ISRAELI COMPANIES BOOSTED NEW YORK ECONOMY BY OVER $30 B. IN 2018: Israeli-founded companies operating in New York directly contributed $18.6 billion in revenue in 2018, a new study by the independent New York – Israel Business Alliance has revealed. The economic benefit to the state by 506 Israeli companies has surged to $33.8b. The publication of the report accompanied the arrival of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in Israel last week, seeking opportunities with Israeli businesses that can strengthen the state's economic development agenda. The companies directly employ 24,850 residents of New York, and indirectly employed a further 27,502 based on additional demand for locally-sourced goods and services. "While Silicon Valley may be perceived as a dream destination for start-ups, New York is where Israeli start-ups are best positioned for success," New York – Israel Business Alliance founder and president Aaron Kaplowitz told media sources. "Today, there are more direct flights between Tel Aviv and the New York metropolitan area than all other American cities combined. Conducting business with the Eastern Standard Time also allows for the most business day overlap. (J. Post)

NFL QUARTERBACK GETS BAPTIZED IN JORDAN RIVER DURING ‘LIFE-CHANGING’ TRIP TO ISRAEL: Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who set records as a rookie and will be going into his third season this fall, was submerged in the Jordan River, the same place the Bible records Yeshua was baptized, during his first trip to the Holy Land co-sponsored by America's Voices in Israel. “It is simply overwhelming," Watson explained. "To be baptized in the waters of the Jordan River, sail on the Sea of the Galilee, and visit one of the first towns where Jesus (Yeshua) preached his Gospel – I am truly in awe of this wonderful land and the wonderful people who live here." The organization takes Latino and African-American celebrities, athletes and political leaders on a weeklong trip to experience Israel for themselves and combat the widespread negative perception in the mainstream media against the Jewish state. Last year the group brought Mario Lopez to the Holy Land and he was also baptized. (Fox) “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jn. 10:10

VISION FOR ISRAEL IS CELEBRATING ITS 25TH YEAR! This ministry of love could not keep going without God and without you, our partners, so this is our way of showing our gratitude and sharing the work we have achieved together over the last 25 years. You are invited to a special evening event on Friday, 26 July 2019, 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW. Reserve your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/25th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-6395862095  We will continue on 27 Saturday in a Day of Prayer and Praise! 10.30am – 3.30pm. City Coast Church, North St, Portslade, Brighton BN41 1DG. Tickets can be ordered at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/day-of-prayer-brighton-tickets-63959018145  Also feel free to call our office to book tickets: +44-1793 279 111

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