Israel's September Elections Fail to Establish New Leadership

Nov 24, 2019

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  2 Chr. 7:14

ISRAEL’S SEPTEMBER ELECTIONS FAIL TO ESTABLISH NEW LEADERSHIP: Talks between PM Benjamin Netanyahu and contender Benny Gantz broke down Tues. 19 Nov. 2019 a day ahead of secular right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman's announcement that he would support neither a right-wing, orthodox-supported majority government helmed by Netanyahu nor a left-wing minority government led by Gantz and upheld by Arab party support. "There is no chance," said Lieberman, who holds kingmaker powers with the seats necessary to put either Netanyahu or Gantz over the 61-seat threshold needed for a majority government. He cited "anti-Zionist cooperation in the Knesset between the Arab parties and the Haredim" as the main reason for digging in his heels. Gantz failed to obtain enough Knesset support to form a government by midnight Wed.20 Nov 2019.  As a result, any member of Israel's parliament will now have a 21-day window to seek the 61 seats necessary to become Prime Minister, after which, if no clear frontrunner emerges, a new election will be called.  President Reuven Rivlin upbraided Netanyahu and Gantz for failing to "set aside your election swords and clean away the dirt" and "show awareness of our sovereignty, statesmanship, and responsibility for the people of this dear land," calling the leadership's inability to arrive at a self-definition "a time of unprecedented darkness" for the state of Israel. Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit, also on Thursday, decided to bring up Netanyahu on corruption charges that have long been pending against him. (JNN) Intercession for Israel’s leadership has never been more important:  “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim. 2:1-2  

INTERNATIONAL LEGAL TEAM SAYS NETANYAHU’S ATTEMPTS TO INFLUENCE THE MEDIA ARE STANDARD FOR POLITICIANS – NOT ILLEGAL:  There are three accusations in the indictment against Netanyahu. In what is known as Case 4000, the prime minister allegedly benefited a telecom company in exchange for favorable press coverage on the company’s popular Walla! news site. In another case called Case 2000, Netanyahu is accused of trying to make a deal with a newspaper publisher to advance legislation to help the publisher’s business in exchange for positive media coverage. In this case, there is no evidence that the media deal ever actually happened. Netanyahu's attempts to influence the media are standard practice for politicians and not criminal in nature, according to a high-profile international legal team that rushed to Netanyahu's defense during recent pre-indictment hearings.  A member of the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University, Professor Avi Bell, said that "prosecuting a bribery charge in these cases is a mistake. Pursuing these charges is unprecedented in the democratic world. There is no case we can find anywhere in the democratic world where positive coverage has ever been considered a potential 'bribe.’"  Finally, in Case 1000, the prime minister is accused of receiving gifts including jewelry, cigars, and champagne for his wife Sarah worth over 1 million NIS (about $300,000) from several wealthy friends. Netanyahu has maintained his innocence on all counts throughout the investigations. Both Sarah and the prime minister do admit to receiving gifts but claim there was nothing wrong since these were given from their personal friends. Netanyahu also claims that all three cases against him are perpetrated by leftwing media and political plots”. (JNN)  Pray that justice will be coupled with honor and mercy as the charges against PM Netanyahu are sorted out. May those that are trumped up for political purposes and by political enemies be thrown out of court.  Pray that Israel’s legal advisors will give the Prime Minister opportunities to make amends where mistakes have been made. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolations brought joy to my soul. Ps. 94:19 

UN NUCLEAR WATCHDOG CALLS ON IRAN TO EXPLAIN UNDECLARED SITE: Cornel Feruta, acting director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told its board of governors Thursday 21 Nov. 2019 that Iran has not provided additional details about the discovery of uranium particles of man-made origin at a location that had not been declared, which appeared to confirm allegations made by the USA and Israel about a secret nuclear warehouse. "It is essential that Iran works with the agency to resolve this matter promptly," Feruta said. (Washington Post)

SANCTIONS CAUSING IRANIAN REGIME TO CRACK FROM WITHIN: The Iranian government might gain control of the streets once again, as has happened in the past. But the latest demonstrations reveal an uncomfortable truth: the Islamic Republic is increasingly a government without supporters. This current revolt represents a significant uprising by Iran's working class, which had long been viewed as supportive of the ruling regime. The government in Iran has forfeited much of its legitimacy, which suggests the USA should keep up the sanctions pressure to further weaken the regime's standing. Tehran's decision to risk a public backlash by sharply raising the price of gasoline indicates that Washington's economic pressure is forcing the regime to risk its political stability in order to prevent a financial collapse. Ignited by gasoline prices, the protests quickly turned to demands for an end to dictatorship, religious rule, and the bankrolling of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad along with the Hizbullah and Hamas terrorist groups. The protests are a testament to the effectiveness of Washington's maximum pressure campaign.  (JNN) Continue to intercede for the fall of the present Iranian regime, which has caused the Islamic Republic to become Israel’s worst enemy with constant threats of destroying the Jewish state and making plans to do so.  Pray that new leadership will come into place which will do away with oppressive Islamist policies, robbing people of their rights and furthering poverty in Iran.

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JERUSALEM HAS ONE OF THE WORLDS ‘SMARTEST’ TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS: The City of Jerusalem was chosen as a finalist for the Smart City Expo’s award for the world’s ‘smartest’ transportation city, at last week’s competition in Barcelona, Spain. The Smart City World Congress event highlighted technological innovations and hi-tech urban planning in cities around the globe. Seven cities, representing seven different categories, netted awards at the expo, out of a total of 450 cities that competed. Of the 450 entries, 28 cities made it to the expo’s finals. Jerusalem, one of the 450 cities entered into the competition, was among the 28 finalists. While it did not win the award, Jerusalem was one of two runners-up for the Mobility Award, in recognition of the integration of its light rail train system and traffic light network with a cutting-edge artificial intelligence program. The timing of traffic lights across Jerusalem is optimized to give the city’s light rail trains faster rides across town. Since the integration of AI optimization into the traffic and light rail systems, ridership has jumped by 50%, from an average of 40,000 riders per day to 60,000, while travel time has decreased from an average of 80 minutes to get from one end of the light rail system to another, to 42 minutes. Oren Dror, CEO of Axilion Smart Mobility, said "Our company is now working in full cooperation with Microsoft to implement solutions, working with the Technion and Tel Aviv University, in about 30 different cities, including some of the largest and most crowded in the world.” (Arutz-7)

ISRAELI WATER-FROM-AIR-TECH FEATURED IN TIME’S 100 BEST INNOVATIONS: An Israeli company leading the field in water-from-air technology has had one of its products featured among Time Magazine's Best Inventions 2019. The GENNY by Watergen looks like a standard water cooler but can filter up to 27 liters a day of clean, drinkable water directly from ambient air. The company, based in Rishon LeZion, says their invention will help cut down on domestic plastic waste by allowing families to ditch water bottles. All the unit needs to work is a source of electricity or solar power. The GENNY harvests water using patented heat-exchange GENius technology by collecting water vapor in the air and cooling it to its dew point. The water then undergoes physical, chemical and biological treatments followed by a mineralization process to produce safe, clean and fresh-tasting drinking water. Designed to operate even in high air pollution conditions, the unit's air filtration system then vents ultra-dry clean air back into the room, making it suitable for domestic use. Although Time opted to feature the GENNY, which is designed for domestic or small-scale use, the company's focus is geared more toward water-technology solutions for disaster relief or impoverished communities. The company has donated systems to authorities in Brazil, Vietnam, and India, as well as assisting with relief efforts during the California wildfires in 2018, and provided clean water to residents hit hard by the devastating impacts of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. (J. Post)

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