Israel's PM Netanyahu Averts Early Elections

Nov 20, 2018

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Ps. 86:15

ISRAEL’S PM NETANYAHU AVERTS EARLY ELECTIONS: After days of speculation and last-minute political wrangling, Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu appears to have saved his governing coalition and prevented early elections. Education Minister Naftali Bennett was widely expected to announce his resignation Monday morning 19 Nov. 2018 and confirm the pull-out of his Jewish Home party from the coalition, which would have brought down the government as it no longer would have had a majority in parliament. Instead, the minister walked back his demand that he be given the defense portfolio following last week’s resignation of Avigdor Liberman, a position that Netanyahu has since assumed for himself. The shock news has for the time being stabilized the political arena, and comes after dire warnings by the premier that an early vote would have harmed Israel’s security. In a rare prime-time press conference Sunday night 18 Nov. 2018, Netanyahu warned that the Jewish state is in the midst of an undisclosed military operation, “and you don’t leave during such a campaign, you don’t play with politics.” Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman resigned last week citing the government’s “weak” response to the terrorist organization Hamas and the “excuses” it made in reaching a ceasefire after nearly 500 rockets were launched at Israel in one day. The deal drew criticism from within the government as well as from Israelis who live near the Gaza Strip and have been coping with episodes of both sporadic and intense rocket fire for more than a decade. In the South, hundreds demonstrated after the ceasefire was announced Tues. evening 13 Nov. 2018. Residents were expecting a stronger military response that would put an end to the situation. (Medialine/Kehila News) Intercede that God will send his light and truth to Israel’s government, military and security leaders, and direct them with His good counsel.

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PRO-ISRAEL CANDIDATE WINS FLORIDA SENATE SEAT: Florida’s outgoing Republican Governor, Rick Scott, on Sunday 18 Nov. 2018 defeated Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in the state’s Senate race that triggered two recounts. The contest came to an end on Sunday as a noon deadline passed for county election officials to submit the results of a hand recount. Shortly after the results came in, Scott released a statement saying Nelson had called to concede. Scott is a supporter of Israel and was in attendance for the opening ceremony when the USA embassy in Israel relocated to Jerusalem. Before President Donald Trump officially announced that he would be relocating the embassy, Scott was among those who called on the president to make good on his 2016 campaign promise to move the embassy. He has also spoken out against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement working to delegitimize the Jewish state. “It’s disgusting that people think about doing that. Israel is a sovereign nation; Israel deserves to be respected like everybody else. There should be no anti-Semitism in the world. I’m going to do everything I can to stand with Israel.”

Scott will be replaced as Governor by another pro-Israel lawmaker, Ron DeSantis, who officially won the election on Saturday 17 Nov. 2018 when his Democratic rival, Andrew Gillum, conceded defeat. Last week, DeSantis told the Israel Hayom newspaper that his first overseas trip as governor of Florida will be to Israel and promised to be aggressive in the fight against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. During his time in the House of Representatives, DeSantis sponsored the 2013 Palestinian Accountability Act which called for the withholding of USA aid to the Palestinian Authority until the PA officially recognizes Israel as a Jewish state and cuts ties with the Gaza-based terror group Hamas. DeSantis promoted the relocation of the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying that Americans were “excited to see the embassy move”. In 2017, DeSantis joined other lawmakers in forming the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus. (Arutz-7) Continue to intercede for your government’s support of Israel, and reap benefits for your nation. “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.” Gen 12:3

KENTUCKY BECOMES 26TH STATE TO ENACT ANTI-BDS MEASURE: Kentucky became the 26th state last week to enact an anti-BDS measure, prohibiting awarding state contractors who partake in the anti-Israel movement. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed the executive order during a ceremony at the state’s capitol with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer. “The State of Israel is an important friend and trading partner to the Commonwealth,” said Bevin. “We will not allow state resources to benefit entities that intentionally engage in discriminatory practices to harm the sovereignty and economic prosperity of any ally nation. Today’s executive order makes it clear that Kentucky condemns the BDS movement and that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our friend, Israel.” Matthew Goldberg, director of community relations for the Jewish Federation of Louisville, remarked: “Boycotting Israel is immoral, as it specifically targets the only democracy in the Middle East, a staunch ally of the United States for decades. Everyone in the Commonwealth of Kentucky should be proud that we are now on record as officially opposing the demonization of Israel. In this executive order, Kentucky follows 25 other states in protecting its citizens from becoming de facto participants in discrimination and anti-Semitism. (Algemeiner)

MORE THAN 2,000 HANDMADE JEWISH STARS HUNG THROUGHOUT PITTSBURGH: The mostly knitted Stars of David were created by more than 1,000 volunteers from around the world in response to the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue. The stars, were hung on Saturday 17 Nov. 2018 by 40 volunteers. Each star – some crocheted, some made with leather – had a heart in the center. The stars were the brainchild of Hinda Mandell and Ellen Dominus Broude, who created the Facebook page Jewish Hearts from Pittsburgh in response to the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue building in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood that left 11 worshippers dead. The page called for donations of handcrafted stars to help strengthen the community in the wake of the tragedy. (JTA) “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.” Isa. 40:1

ISRAELI JUDOKA WINS GOLD IN THE NETHERLANDS: Israeli judoka Peter Paltchik won a gold medal on Sunday 18 Nov. 2018 at The Hague Grand Prix in the Netherlands, adding to his tally of three previous first places in international competitions this year. Paltchik beat Mikita Sviryd to win the under-100 kilogram contest in a bout that ran into nearly a minute and half of extra time before the Israeli finally threw his opponent to the mat. It was the second medal for Israel in the contest, after Baruch Shmailov won a silver on Friday 16 Nov. 2018 in the under 66-kilo contest. Last month Paltchik won a gold medal at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where fellow athlete Sagi Muki also won the top medal in the under-80 kilogram category. Their successes led to Israel’s national anthem, Hatikva, being played for the first time at a Gulf State sporting contest. In March 2018 Paltchik won gold at the Grand Prix Tbilisi, Georgia. Israel’s national coach, Oren Smadja, himself a former Olympic judo bronze medalist, said the recent successes show the team is proving its abilities “on the way to Tokyo” games in 2020. The competition results put Israel 6th on the medal table out of 32 countries. (Times of Israel)

CANADIAN TYCOON ADAMS GIVES $5 MILLION TO ISRAEL MOON BID PROJECT: Canadian real estate mogul Sylvan Adams, who helped bring the prestigious Giro d’Italia Big Start cycling race to Israel earlier this year, has joined a project to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon and has donated $5 million to SpaceIL, the non-profit organization that is behind the initiative. “I believe that sending the first Israeli spacecraft to the moon will inspire Israeli school children to take up STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] studies and think about space exploration, and especially to believe that everything is possible,” Adams said. The Israeli-built unmanned spacecraft is expected to launch for the moon in early 2019, and if all goes well, the SpaceIL spider-like craft will give Israel entry into the exclusive club of just three nations that have so far achieved a controlled landing on the moon’s surface. (Times of Israel)

ISRAELI PRODUCT FEATURED ON TIME MAGAZINE COVER, INCLUDED IN LIST OF 2018 BEST INVENTIONS: An Israeli product was recognized in the latest issue of TIME magazine as one of the best inventions of the year. Included in TIME magazine’s list, titled “Best Inventions 2018,” is the Nanobébé, which the magazine described as a “better baby bottle.” The product was launched by longtime friends and biomedical engineers Ayal Lanternari and Asaf Kehat to help breastfeeding moms. “With more surface area than a traditional bottle, it allows milk to heat and cool twice as fast, which preserves critical nutrients,” the magazine explained. “Its domelike shape resembles an actual breast, which can comfort bottle-resistant tykes. And it’s topple-proof, thanks to a thin silicone edge and low center of gravity. Lanternari hopes Nanobébé will help parents everywhere, including dads like him. ‘You want to give the best to your baby,’ he says.” Nanobébé is also featured in the cover of the latest TIME magazine issue, which is dedicated to the list of this year’s best inventions. The annual list recognizes 50 groundbreaking inventions that are “making the world better, smarter and even a little more fun,” according to the publication. The inventions are chosen based on key factors, including originality, creativity, and effectiveness. (Algemeiner)

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