“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” Ps. 91:1-2
BRAZIL TO MOVE EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM: Brazil intends to move its embassy to Jerusalem, the country’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro announced on his Facebook page on Thurs. 1 Nov. 2018, wasting no time in declaring intent to implement one of his campaign pledges. Bolsonaro is a populist, ultra-conservative, Evangelical Christian whose victory last week signified a stunning shift in the direction of Brazil which has been ruled for the last 15 years by the far-left Workers Party. It also represents a tectonic shift in the country’s relationship with Israel. In a media interview on 1 Nov. 2018 Bolsonaro repeated his pledge to move the embassy: “Israel is a sovereign state. If you decide on your capital city, we will act in accordance. When I was asked during the campaign if I’ll relocate the embassy when I was president, I said yes, and that you’re the ones who decide on the capital of Israel, not other people,” he said.
He also said during the campaign that he would close the Palestinian Embassy in Brasilia. Asked about this in the interview, he said: “As for the Palestinian Embassy, it was built too close to the presidential palace. No embassy can be so close to the presidential palace, so we intend to move it. There’s no other way, in my opinion. Other than that, Palestine first needs to be a state to have the right to an embassy.” Bolsonaro also said that Israel can now “count on having our vote in the UN. I know that often the vote is almost symbolic, but it helps to define the position a country intends to take. Rest assured that you can depend on our vote in the UN on almost all the issues having to do with Israel.” (J.Post) “The nations shall see your vindication and all the kings your glory.” Is 62:2
PLO ‘SUSPENDS’ RECOGNITION OF ISRAEL: The Palestinian Authority’s Central News Agency (Wafa) reported this week that the PLO Central Committee in Ramallah had decided to cancel recognition of Israel until it recognized a Palestinian state on the 1967 border with eastern Jerusalem as its capital. The PLO’s Central Council, headed by PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, stated that “this decision was made in light of Israel’s continued denial of the signed agreements.” It was also decided to revoke the validity of the Oslo Accords. The Council additionally made a decision to cease security coordination with Israel in all its aspects, economic separation and taking practical steps to realize the independence of the sovereign state of Palestine. The decision made on Monday night 29 Oct. 2018 at the end of the two-day meeting in Ramallah, is non-binding. A committee will now be created to examine the recommendation, which would also need the approval of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The Palestinian Authority has never accepted the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish State, and the PLO charter continues to reject the existence of the State of Israel despite the provision of such recognition in the Oslo Accords. Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon told Army Radio, “This is a big mistake. Over the last year, Ramllah has become more and more extreme and is torpedoing any chance of an agreement.” Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid called the PLO decision a “bad joke.” “When the Palestinians decide to recognize reality, they are more than welcome to give us a call.” Education Minister Naftali Bennett responded to the PLO’s announcement by stating: “The Palestinians have never been serious about recognizing Israel. They have always been planning to destroy Israel piece by piece and throw the Jews out of our land. The charade has ended. They have shown their true colors – the Palestinians are not interested in peace and never have been.” (Arutz-7/J.Post) “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.’ This is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.’” Zech. 8: 2-3
ISRAEL’S MOSSAD FOILS IRANIAN ASSASSINATION PLOT IN DENMARK: Israeli intelligence services aided Denmark in foiling a recent assassination attempt by Iranian agents, Israeli media outlets reported Wed. 31 Oct. 2018. Denmark announced that it had recalled its ambassador to Iran, after it accused Tehran of plotting to assassinate three Iranian nationals residing in Denmark. “I have decided to recall Denmark’s ambassador in Tehran for consultations. Denmark can in no way accept that people with ties to Iran’s intelligence service plot attacks against people in Denmark,” Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told reporters. “It is the Iranian government, it is the Iranian state that is behind” the plot, Samuelsen added. A day later, Israeli media outlets reported that Israel’s Mossad agency had played a key role in foiling the Iranian assassination plot, a senior Israeli official said. The official claimed that the Mossad provided Danish security services with information which led to the arrest of a member of the suspected Iranian terror cell operating in Scandinavia. Prior to Samuelsen’s announcement, the head of Denmark’s intelligence service PET, Finn Borch Andersen, said his agency believed the Iranian intelligence service “was planning an attack in Denmark” against three Iranians suspected of belonging to the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz.
The plot joins other Iranian-backed attacks and incidents in Europe. On 26 Oct. 2018, France expelled an Iranian diplomat over a plot in June 2018 to attack an opposition rally. In connection to the same case Germany has backed the extradition of Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat based in Austria and detained in Germany. In the complex June plot a bomb was supposed to be delivered to a couple who would bomb the opposition event in France. The case spans Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany and France. In November 2017 an activist named Ahmad Mola Nissi from ASMLA was assassinated in Holland. The latest arrest in Denmark comes as USA sanctions are about to increase on 4 Nov. 2018. Pompeo congratulated Denmark on its arrest. “For nearly 40 years, Europe has been the target of Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks. We call on our allies and partners to confront the full range of Iran’s threats to peace and security,” the USA Secretary of State tweeted.(J.Post/INN)
ABU DHABI CROWN PRINCE MEETS EVANGELICAL DELEGATION: In another sign of growing ties between Israel and the Gulf, Mohammed Bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, hosted a delegation of Evangelical Christians on 29 Oct. 2018 led by a prominent pro-Israel advocate who also lives in the Jewish state. It was the first meeting of its kind for Bin Zayed who is also the deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates’ armed forces. The delegation was led by Joel Rosenberg, a well-known Evangelical activist and author who lives in Israel. The meeting, initially scheduled for 30 minutes lasted two hours. Bin Zayed’s interest in meeting Rosenberg is part of a trend among Arab leaders who are seeking for ways to grow close to USA President Donald Trump and believe the key might be through Evangelical Christians, who are overwhelmingly Republican and supportive of the current administration. Last year, Rosenberg led a similar delegation to Cairo where the group met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Rosenberg’s visit to Abu Dhabi comes amid a warming of ties between Israel and moderate Sunni Arab states in the Persian Gulf. (J.Post) Pray that the visit of the Lord’s ambassador’s to Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince will bare much good fruit in the days to come. Pray for increasingly good relations between Israel and its Gulf neighbors.
IN FIRST, NETANYAHU ATTENDS EUROPE’S CRAIOVA FORUM: Israel’s PM Netanyahu was present at the Craiova Forum, which is attended by the elected leaders of Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Greece. This is the first time a foreign leader has attended the forum. Earlier, Netanyahu held bilateral meetings with Bulgarian PM Viko Borisov, Romanian PM Viorica Dãncilã, Serbian President Alexander Vucic and Greek PM Alex Tsipras. At the end of the bilateral meetings, Netanyahu said that “ach of them assured me that they will improve their votes on matters that concern us both in the European Union and the UN. Everyone wants us to advance the gas pipeline from Leviathan to Europe and the Balkans. They very much want Israeli gas, they very much want Israeli technology and they very much want Israel’s friendship. That’s a good sign. ” (INN)
NETANYAHU HAILS BRAZIL’S EMBASSY RELOCATION: PM Binyamin Netanyahu on Thur. 1 Oct. 2018 hailed Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s plan to move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem: “I congratulate my friend Brazilian President-Elect, Jair Bolsonaro, for his intention to move the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem, a historic, correct and exciting step!” Bolsonaro, who has been dubbed “the Trump of Brazil”, was elected in a runoff defeating Workers’ Party candidate Fernando Haddad by a ten-point margin, 55% to 45%. Education Minister Naftali Bennett also praised Bolsonaro: “I congratulate Brazil’s President-elect’s decision to move their embassy to Jerusalem,” said Bennett. International recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel and the Jewish people is a just and moral step towards ending the conflict.” The Brazilian move would be following in the footsteps of the USA and Guatemala. (Arutz-7)
AMID PITTSBURGH FUNERALS, SYNAGOGUE MASSACRE SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Appearing defiant and swaggering, the man charged with killing 11 worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue, pleaded not guilty on Thur. 1 Nov. 2018 in a federal court as the Jewish community buried three more of the dead. Robert Bowers, 46, an avowed anti-Semite, was brought before Judge Robert Mitchell in USA District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, dressed in a red jumpsuit with a bandaged left arm. He spoke little, other than to say he understood the charges against him and that some of them could result in the death penalty, then entered a plea of not guilty. He also requested a jury trial. Bowers was injured in a shootout with police during the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood in what is believed to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in recent USA history. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against Bowers. He is accused of bursting into the synagogue and opening fire with a semi-automatic rifle and three pistols in the midst of the Sabbath prayer service, shouting, “All Jews must die.” The case against Bowers will be prosecuted first in federal court, with the USA Justice Department saying it was in the national interest to protect freedom of religion, which is guaranteed under the USA Constitution. Bowers also faces state charges, including 11 counts of criminal homicide and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation. Four police officers, were wounded before the suspect was shot by police and surrendered. (Algemeiner) Continue to pray for the comforting of those who have lost loved ones in this brutal attack and for the entire Jewish community in Pittsburgh. Pray also for the complete recovery of those who have been injured.
UK POLICE PROBE LABOUR PARTY ANTI-SEMITIC HATE CRIMES: British police announced on Friday 2 Nov. 2018 they were investigating alleged “anti-Semitic hate crimes” within the main opposition Labour Party after receiving an internal dossier. The probe comes two months after a leaked dossier was handed to Britain’s top police officer Cressida Dick at a national talk radio station, LBC. Police are seeking early advice from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), England’s state prosecutors who decide on whether to bring criminal charges once an investigation is complete. LBC had received a dossier detailing 45 cases involving messages posted by Labour party members on social media. Labour, led by veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn, said they had not been contacted by the police but stood ready to co-operate with the investigation. “The Labour Party has a robust system for investigating complaints of alleged breaches of Labour Party rules by its members,” a spokesman said. “Where someone feels they have been a victim of crime, they should report it to the police.” (INN)
ISRAEL INTRODUCES NEW FARMING AND WATER TECHNOLOGY TO HANOI: The Israeli embassy has introduced new technology in Hanoi. The “vertical rice field” was developed by Israel-based Vertical Field that designs and builds modular, lush, green vertical gardens and fields. An exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of Vietnam-Israel diplomatic relations last week featured a vertical rice field covering 100 square meters that combined the deployment of soil-based technology for water conservation and plant nutrition. Also displayed was Israeli technology developed by Watergen that provides a low-cost, abundant and renewable source of fresh and clean drinking water by extracting it directly from the atmosphere. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
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