“The the arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.” Isa. 2:17
JOIN US FOR THE 2019 SUCCOT CELEBRATION: Begin now to plan for the annual Vision for Israel Succot Celebration at the Pavilion in the center of downtown Jerusalem. The dates will be 15 Oct. – 17 Oct. 2019. Take part in praise and worship with Joshua Aaron, Barry and Batya Segal, the Kadosh Dancers and local worship teams. Enjoy teachings focused on Israel and the Middle East with Dennis Greenidge, David Herzog, Barry Segal, Benjamin Siegal, Jones Boateng, Victoria Sarvadi, Tony Sperendao, Nizar Touma and more to come. 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
TRUMP: ‘SORRY, I DON’T BUY REP. TLAIB’S TEARS’: Last week, House Democrats Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota, and Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, were stopped from entering the gates of Israel due to their high-profile attempts to boycott Israel. They had no friendly appointments to visit Israeli officials nor were they hoping to understand the plight of Israel’s government as it deals with Islamist terror daily at its borders and in its midst. They weren’t planning to investigate both sides of an ongoing conflict or even to take in some of the important sites, such as the Jerusalem Holocaust Museum. Omar and Tlaib had their own agenda; to promote boycotts and sanctions against the Jewish state, to be outspoken with their anti-Israel bias along the way and to visit some of Israel’s most politically and religiously sensitive sites –spots often troubled with outbreaks of Islamic violence – where they could potentially cause more of the same.
Additionally, these two were being sponsored by an organization which not only supports BDS but is known for anti-Semitic comments and for supporting terror. Palestinian-based organization Miftah, which has terror ties and in the past promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, was partially sponsoring the trip. This week Tlaib dodged responsibility for the partnership when asked about Miftah at a press conference. “We’re not the ones who chose the organization,” Tlaib said. “A USA-based sponsor organization chose it. Tlaib’s chief of staff did not return an email inquiring which members pointed Tlaib and Omar to Miftah. Tlaib even broke down crying at one point in the press conference. A day later President Donald Trump slammed Tlaib on Twitter. He wrote, "Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long. Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!" (JNN) To all of our readers and intercessors, it is vital to spot and to identify those making their way into high places in the USA government who have neither loyalty nor love for the country they are representing or for Israel, its closest ally in the Middle East. The 2020 USA presidential elections will be taking place before we know it. Please be informed, share your information, plan to vote, and pray without ceasing.
A BRIEF REVIEW: "SEALTH JIHAD": “Stealth Jihad” is the financial, cultural, and religious subversion of a country until it dominates the political and social life of that nation. Stealth jihadists have already become ensconced in the American political and media landscapes. This effort aims not to bring America to its knees through attacks with guns or bombs, but to subvert the country from within--by gradually Islamizing America. The ultimate goal, the stealth jihadists themselves declare, is nothing less than the adoption of Islamic law in the United States. The USA is a target for furthering unarmed as well as violent Islamic extremism. (JNN) Pray to be alert as to what is happening in your community, as well as your country. Intercede that the covert ploys of those seeking to move into positions of influence and power with hostile agendas will be exposed.
ABBAS PREFERS TO PAY TERRORIST PRISONERS RATHER THAN HIS ADVISERS: PA President Mahmoud Abbas: “Oh dear, oh dear, how shall we keep paying our murderers, stabbers, bombers, and rammers sitting in Israeli jails, plus their families on the sidelines? I have an idea, we have already halved the salaries of our hardworking civil servants, now I will fire all of my advisers. That way we can keep those fat salaries flowing to our faithful terrorists who have killed and maimed hundreds of innocent Israeli men women and children! Tomorrow I will shoot myself in the left foot and everyone will rejoice in the sacrifices we have all made for the advancement and support of jihad against the Jewish state.” Does this sound like “fake news”? Actually, earlier this week PA Chief Abbas canned all of his advisers amid a major budgetary crisis. The PA is feeling monetarily - if not ideologically - squeezed following USA President Donald Trump’s decision last year to cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to its headquarters in Ramallah. Additionally, the Palestinian Authority decided to make things worse for its people by reducing by half the salaries of thousands of civil servants to compensate for its refusal to accept any of the $1.2 billion in annual taxes distributed to Ramallah by Israel. Yes, you read correctly, the PA refused Israel’s payment of over a billion dollars into its coffers. That decision was made after Jerusalem passed a law to withhold $10 million dollars per month from the money dispersed to the PA. This is roughly equivalent to what Abbas’ government pays to Palestinian prisoners who perpetrated terrorist attacks and to their families. (JNN) Rightly did Job say, “He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he makes them wander in a trackless waste.” Job 12:24
UNRWA SUFFERING FINANCIAL SETBACKS DUE TO HIGH-LEVEL CORRUPTION AND TERRORIST SUPPORT: UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees this week reported that it is facing a budget deficit of $150 million in its annual budget. A recently released UN report found alleged mismanagement and abuses of authority at the highest levels of UNRWA. Following the report, Switzerland decided to suspend funding to UNRWA. The Netherlands discontinued its contribution as well. The USA, which was previously UNRWA's largest contributor, last year cut a full $300 million in funding to the agency. Additionally, the Palestinian Authority is concerned that the mandate of UNRWA will not be renewed next month at the UN General Assembly. Through UNWRA, the Palestinian Arabs have received 25 times more aid per capita than did the whole of Europe to rebuild their shattered countries after World War II. Decades later, Palestinians continue to claim poverty and statelessness, even though massive funding flows through the hands of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. UNRWA educational facilities notably employ Hamas members and encourage continued belligerence against Israel. During the 2014 counterterrorism Operation Protective Edge, Hamas rockets were discovered inside a school building run by UNRWA. Likewise, a booby-trapped UNRWA clinic was detonated, killing three IDF soldiers. In addition to massive amounts of explosives stored in the walls of the clinic, it also was discovered to stand on top of dozens of terror tunnels, showing how UNRWA is closely embedded with Hamas. (JNN) Intercede that different channels will be found to fund those who are truly in need in the Palestinian society rather than through the corrupt and Israel-hating UNRWA that is fostering continued violence and crippling dependence among so-called Palestinian refugees.
ISRAEL PRAISES PARAGUAY'S DESIGNATION OF HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS AS TERROR GROUPS: Paraguay joined Argentina earlier this week as the only Latin America countries to have officially recognized Hezbollah as a terrorist group. The government of Paraguay made it known on Mon. 19 Aug. 2019 that it had moved to designate both the Lebanon-based Hezbollah organization as well as the Hamas group operating from the Gaza Strip to be terrorist entities in a move praised by Israeli officials. Foreign minister Yisrael Katz applauded the decision in what he described as the “struggle against Iranian-sponsored” terrorism. Brazil is also considering a similar move that would see Lebanon's Hezbollah designated a terror group, however, Tehran currently imports some $2.5 billion in goods from Brazil annually, which could be significantly impacted by the decision. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is said to be in favor of the designation as he seeks to align his foreign policy goals with the USA and to encourage stronger ties with the Trump administration. Argentina blames Hezbollah for the bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people in 1994. Hezbollah is also designated as a terrorist organization by the USA, UK, Israel and several Gulf Arab states, but Argentina was the first country in Latin America to do so. (JNN) Pray for Brazil and other Latin American countries to officially recognize and to impose sanctions on Iranian sponsored terrorist groups operating in their midst as well as abroad.
GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR EXCAVATIONS AND PROJECTS OF INTEREST: The Central Bureau of Statistics estimates that tourism to Israel will hit some 4.7 million visitors this year. This is a noteworthy increase over 2018’s record-breaking year of 4.12 million tourists. Israel’s Ministry of Tourism is always at work to increase the variety and value of sites of interest to the residents of the nation as well as to visitors. For example, the Cabinet Ministers earlier this week moved to increase the budget of the Five Year Plan to upgrade infrastructure and encourage visits to the Western Wall plaza. The budget addition is intended "for the construction and development of the Western Wall and the Western Wall tunnels, including the exposure and preservation of archaeological finds." For people who have never been to Israel, it can only be said that a whole new interesting world awaits you here. Many folks who have come say their lives have been changed by the hours and the days they have spent in this historically, spiritually and culturally rich land. For those people who visit often, there is always something new to delight and to inspire you on your next trip. (JNN) “Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations-- their kings led in triumphal procession.” Isa. 60:11
EVEN TURKEY AND ARAB COUNTRIES BUY ISRAEL’S MEDJOOL DATES: If you want a great Israeli dessert try a few Medjool dates. Healthy and delicious, they are low in fat and packed with nutrients like potassium, copper, magnesium, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, iron, and vitamin K. Israelis eat on the average of a kilo of dates each year while their Arab neighbors eat around ten kilos annually. However, it is the Israelis who have a corner on the sale on the giant nutritious and flavorful Medjool dates. Today Israel supplies about 60% of the global market for Medjool dates exporting this caramel-flavored fruit to some 30 different countries, most notably Turkey and even Arab countries whom you might think would be growing some of the best of their own. This week the date harvest began at Kibbutz Eliot in Israel and will continue for about two months. 140 employees will participate in this year's harvest, of which 40 are in the kibbutz's packaging department, which recently purchased a sophisticated sorting machine, which photographs each date from 18 different angles. Dates avocados and mangoes have become among Israel’s most profitable agricultural exports, having taken the place of citrus fruits and peppers, which used to be the most popular in Israeli agricultural produce abroad. The date palm is said to be one of the oldest fruit-bearing trees on our planet. (JNN) “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. Ps. 92:12, 14-15
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