Friday, November 23, 2007
Vision For Israel Update
Prayer Letter – November 22, 2007
JNN NEWS, P.O. Box 7411, Jerusalem 91073, Israel
EREKAT: PALESTINIANS WILL NOT ACCEPT ISRAEL AS JEWISH STATE: Saeb Erekat, Chief Negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, last week rejected the government's demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Erekat said "no state in the world connects its national identity to a religious identity." This is a lie as more than 55 countries comprising of the Organization of the Islamic Conference are entitled to recognition as Muslim states. Twenty two members of the Arab League are universally accepted as Arab states. Why is there a problem with recognizing Israel as the world's single Jewish state? (Haaretz)
PM'S PEACE PLAN PERILOUS FOR ISRAEL: Dani Dayan, Chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, days ago warned PM Olmert that a large-scale territorial withdrawal from Israel 's heartland as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians would involve more than 100,000 people and be like a tsunami. He said it could not be compared to the Gaza evacuation of 8,500 residents and warned that the aftermath of such a large withdrawal would break the backbone of Israeli society. He further warned Israel 's withdrawal from the West Bank would greatly endanger its security, including Ben Gurion International airport. "Olmert is leading Israel to disaster," declared Dayan. ( J.Post) "My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders; for the Lord Almighty will care for his flock." Zechariah 10:3
MOST ISRAELIS WANT OLMERT OUSTED AS PM: A majority of Israelis (55%) believe that the Knesset should suspend or topple PM Ehud Olmert due to the criminal investigations against him, according to a recent poll. A majority (53%) agreed the main reason Olmert is seeking an agreement with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is because he is worried about his personal and political future, and not about Israel 's national interest. ( J.Post)
KNESSET FAVORS BILL REQUIRING 80 MKS TO DIVIDE J'LEM: The Knesset passed, in a preliminary vote last week, a bill that would make it far more difficult to divide Jerusalem in the context of a peace agreement with the Palestinians. An absolute majority of 61 MKs is currently needed to change the basic law, and raising the bar to 80 MKs would make it nearly impossible to gain Knesset approval for concessions on Jerusalem . The bill warns the government it cannot divide the capital a few weeks before the Middle East peace conference in Annapolis , Maryland . (Haaretz) "On that day I will set about to destroy all nations that come against Jerusalem." Zechariah 12:9
CHABAD UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR MAMMOTH EMBEZZLEMENT: Police, days ago, arrested the Chabad Youth Organization's Chairman, its Chief Accountant, and several other people suspected of embezzling millions of shekels through tax evasion and laundering money for several businessmen. Police Commander Avi Mantzur, who is heading up the investigation, said enormous amounts of money are believed to have been pocketed by the suspects. (Haaretz) "The Lord enters into judgment against the elders of His people: 'It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.'" Isaiah 3:14
AHMADINEJAD: CRITICS IN IRAN TRAITORS: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently labeled his critics at home "traitors" and accused them of collaborating with Iran's enemies. Ahmadinejad , who is facing growing domestic backlash over his hard-line policies which have led to UN Security Council sanctions , vowed to soon publicly expose those speaking against him. Iranian civilians , including university students , are increasingly being rounded up , imprisoned and even tortured for voicing opposition to Ahmadinejad's policies. (J.Post) "A cruel man brings trouble on himself." Proverbs 11:17
ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS IN HOLLAND UP BY 64%: Non-violent anti-semitic incidents in Holland have surged by 64% in the past 16 months. Most harassment reportedly occurred on Amsterdam streets and was confined to insults shouted at people wearing distinctly Jewish clothing. Attacks on Jews also took place via email , while others received hate mail through the regular post. (Haaretz)
VATICAN-ISRAELI TIES WORSENING: A senior Vatican diplomat has described Vatican-Israeli relations as worsening. Among the unresolved issues are the status of expropriated church property, services that Catholic groups perform for Israel 's Jewish and Arab population, and tax exemptions for the Church. An additional sore point is the granting of permits for Arab Christian clergy traveling to and around the West Bank . Israel has rescinded some travel privileges for those clergy because of security concerns. ( J.Post)
SECOND CENTURY ROMAN ROAD & BATH FOUND NEAR TEMPLE SITE: Israeli archaeologists last week unearthed remains of a second century terraced street and bath house which provide clear indications of the layout of Roman Jerusalem. The alley was used by the Romans to link the central Cardo public road with a bath house and with a bridge to the Temple Mount . Archaeologists say the street is remarkably well preserved, and remains of the passageway will eventually form part of Jerusalem 's Western Wall tunnel tours for visitors. (Reuters) "He tunnels through the rock; his eyes see all its treasures." Job 28:10
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff
1: The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2: To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3: To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4: To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5: A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8: My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
9: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
10: My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11: If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
12: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
14: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
16: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
17: Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
18: And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.
19: So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
20: Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22: How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23: Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24: Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25: But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27: When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28: Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
30: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31: Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32: For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33: But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.