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Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Hamas causing problems, prayer letter

Prayer Letter –April 4, 2006
JNN NEWS, P.O. Box 7411, Jerusalem 91073, Israel

"I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them." Amos 9:15

P.A. FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS, 'NO ROOM FOR ISRAEL ON THIS LAND': Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar was quoted in a weekend interview to a Chinese news agency defending Hamas' declared goal of eventually destroying Israel. Zahar, a prominent Hamas leader told the Xinhua news agency that he is certain the goal will be realized, because "there is no place for Israel on this land." According to the interview, Zahar maintained that Palestinians have no problem with the Jewish religion, only with Israel, and said he does not rule out the possibility of Jews, Muslims and Christians living together in one Islamic state. (Haaretz) Barry’s Comment: The President of Iran and the Palestinian Foreign Minister have something in common: They are standing against God’s will and His word.

HAMAS: NO MORE ARRESTS OR SECURITY COOPERATION WITH ISRAEL: A Hamas Authority minister told the French AFP news agency that Hamas will no longer cooperate with Israel on security matters or arrest terrorists. Analysts say this is an open invitation for all terrorists. Sa'id Siyam, the Palestinian Authority's interior minister, essentially closed the door on one of the critical aspects of the Oslo Accords. Siyam said that Hamas would no longer exchange security information with Israel, nor make arrests based on Israeli intelligence. Even Al-Qaeda terrorists are now officially welcome into PA-controlled areas. (Arutz-7)

NO VIP STATUS FOR HAMAS AUTHORITY LEADERS: Israel no longer issues VIP free-travel cards to Palestinian Authority leaders who wish to travel between Gaza and Judea/Samaria. The new policy began upon the establishment of the Hamas government. Since 1993, the Palestinian Authority has applied for the travel permits for its legislature members and other senior figures. The VIP cards must be renewed every three months. This month, the first time the requests were made on behalf of a Hamas government, Israel did not approve, or even consider, any of the applications. The only Palestinian Authority leader to retain VIP status is PA Chairman Abu Mazen. (Arutz-7)

AID ORGANIZATIONS SAY GAZA IS ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE: Israel will keep the Karni crossing closed this week, despite the warnings of U.N. aid organizations that the Gaza Strip is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster due to a lack of money and food. Israeli officials have said the decision not to open the crossing was due to focused warnings of a terror attack. (Haaretz)

QUARTET WARNS HAMAS OVER FUNDING: Mediators have told the new Hamas-led Palestinian government that it must recognize Israel if it wants to be guaranteed continued aid. The Quartet said in a statement Thursday that aid would "inevitably" be affected as long as Hamas failed to renounce violence. (BBC News) “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” Gen 12:3

BUSH: U.S. WON'T AID P.A. UNDER HAMAS: U.S. President George W. Bush said in response to the swearing-in of the Palestinian Authority's new Hamas government that he would not agree to aid a Hamas-led PA. "I weep for the Palestinians' suffering," Bush said in a speech. "They've been ruled for years by a disappointing government, but we can't fund a nation that seeks to destroy its neighbor.” Soon after Hamas formally took power, Canada also announced it was suspending aid to the Palestinian Authority. Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said that Canada had no choice but to suspend assistance to the PA and decline contact with the new Hamas cabinet. (Jerusalem Post)

IRAN TESTS RADAR-AVOIDING MISSILE: Iran successfully test-fired a missile that can avoid radar and hit several targets simultaneously using multiple warheads, the military said last Friday. The Fajr-3, which means "Victory" in Farsi, can reach Israel and U.S. bases in the Middle East. The report is causing alarm in the United States and Israel. The announcement also is likely to stoke regional tensions and feed suspicion about Tehran's military intentions and nuclear ambitions. (Jerusalem Post) “If my people would but listen to me…how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!” Psalm 81:13-14

IRAN SAID SET TO RESPOND TO U.S. STRIKE WITH GLOBAL TERROR: According to a Saturday Washington Post, report citing unnamed "intelligence experts," Iran would respond to U.S. military strikes against its nuclear sites with global attacks. It would attack U.S. targets in Iraq and there is "growing consensus that Iran's agents would target civilians in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere." (Reuters)

THREE CHEERS FOR AUSTRALIA: Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told last week to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks. Prime Minister John Howard and his ministers made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown. Treasurer Peter Costello hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state and its laws were made by parliament. "If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you," he said on national television. (Liberty Post) “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2

10% OF ISRAELIS CAN'T AFFORD A SEDER: The number of people who have requested food aid for Pessah is up 28 percent from last year, according to statistics published Monday by the charity organization Latet ahead of next week's holiday. Latet, together with more than 100 local charities throughout Israel, kicked off its annual Pessah food collection drive Tuesday to encourage the public to donate food packages to hundreds of needy families. The results of the survey found that one third of all Israelis will find it financially difficult to get through the Pessah holiday and 10% of the general population will not be able to hold a Seder meal at all. (Jerusalem Post)

ISRAEL'S OLD-AGE PENSIONS ARE LOWEST AMONG DEVELOPED NATIONS: A Bank of Israel report published on Sunday shows that Israeli old-age pensions rank 19th out of 23 countries surveyed. Only Norway, Australia, the Czech Republic and Ireland give more meager old-age pensions than Israel. Israel's child allowances came 22 out of 23, with only Spain ranking more austere than Israel. (Haaretz) “Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.” Psalms 82:3

ROAD TO TEMPLE MOUNT UNCOVERED: The main road that ran from Jerusalem's City of David to the Temple Mount during the time of the Second Temple has been uncovered by Israeli archeologists. The 2,000-year-old road was discovered adjacent to the Shiloah pool, said Israeli Antiquities Authority archeologist Eli Shukrun. It was used by the tens of thousands of people who came to Jerusalem for the Jewish pilgrimage holidays during the Second Temple Period, who immersed themselves in the Shiloah pool before entering the Temple Mount. Shurkrun said the road showed the centrality of both the Temple and the pool for life in the city at the time. (Jerusalem Post) “…Arise, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God.” Jeremiah 31:6

VISITING THE WESTERN WALL BY CABLE CAR: The Jerusalem Municipality and Transportation Ministry is considering a proposal to establish a cable car system that would transport worshipers straight to the Western Wall. The multi-million dollar plan is meant to allow visitors direct aerial access to the Western Wall by bypassing the often-congested traffic in the Old City of Jerusalem.” The proposal, still in its initial stages, is being studied for its economic feasibility and would only begin in another three years. Each cable car would accommodate up to 70 passengers. (Jerusalem Post)

Visit our recently updated humanitarian aid website at: http://www.succotcelebration.com/ . We now provide an on-line donations service.
Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff

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