“The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.” Ps 33:10-11
‘FREE ZION’ COIN MINTED 1,967 YEARS AGO UNVEILED: Long before the “Free Palestine’ slogan became popular – in fact about 1,967 years before – a “‘Freedom of Zion” coin was minted and circulated in Jerusalem. Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev unveiled that coin at Sunday’s cabinet meeting as part of a presentation she gave about preparations for next year’s celebration of 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem. The coin was uncovered during an excavation about a month ago in Jerusalem. The ancient coin was one of a series minted during the Jewish revolt against the Romans that eventually led to the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. The flip-side of the coin bears the inscription, “Two years to the Great Revolt,” which dates it to the year 67. “Exactly 1,900 years later, in 1967, the paratroopers entered Jerusalem’s Old City and renewed its freedom, and ours,” Regev said.
Regev, noting the recent “ridiculous” UNESCO resolutions that sought to expunge any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, said, “In 1967 we returned to Bet El, Hebron, Shiloh and Elon Moreh. These are places stamped into Jewish history and Jewish identity, where our patriarchs and matriarchs walked, where Joshua and the Judges walked, places where the prophets prophesied. And the peak, of course, is our return to a united Jerusalem, the liberation of all Jerusalem, including places holy to us, first and foremost the Temple Mount.” Noting the upcoming jubilee celebration, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that “until the Six Day War we Jerusalemites lived under the fear of sniper fire and war in the middle of the city. The liberation of Jerusalem changed the city fundamentally,” he added. “Jerusalem ceased being a border town; rather it became the vibrant capital of Israel.” (J.Post) “At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts.” Jer 3:17
TRUMP “FEELS VERY WARMLY” ABOUT ISRAEL AND JEWS, SAYS NETANYAHU: In an interview with 60 Minutes on 11 Dec. 2016, Israel’s PM Netanyahu said he’s never been more hopeful about Israel’s place in the world than he is now – and that he welcomes the presidency of Donald Trump. “I know him very well,” Netanyahu told interviewer Lesley Stahl. “And I think his attitude, his support for Israel is very clear. He feels very warmly about the Jewish state and about Jewish people. There’s no question about that.” Netanyahu has served the longest stretch as prime minister in Israel’s history. He optimistically told Stahl he expects US-Israel relations to grow stronger under a Trump administration. Meanwhile, Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, stated this week that Trump is determined to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after he takes office on 20 January 2016. “That is very big priority for this president-elect,” Conway said in a radio interview. “He made it very clear during the campaign,” she said, adding that she has heard Trump reiterate it in private meetings since he was elected. (CBS/Ha’aretz)
NY TIMES EXECUTIVE EDITOR: ‘WE DON’T GET RELIGION’: The executive editor of the New York Times, Dean Baquet, said in an interview last week that journalists at his publication, and elsewhere, have a hard time understanding religion and the role it plays in people’s lives. “I think that the New York- and Washington-based media powerhouses don’t quite get religion. We don’t get the role of religion in people’s lives. And I think we can do much, much better.” The editor, who has helmed the Times since 2014, added that he believed “there are things that we can be more creative about to understand the country.” Since President-elect Donald Trump’s unforeseen victory over Hillary Clinton last month, various news outlets have pondered how forecasts and predictions could have been so wrong. “That’s how I look at it,” Baquet said. “I now have two big jobs. Big job one is to cover the most compelling and unusual president we have had in my lifetime. Big job two is to really understand and explain the forces in America that led to Americans wanting a change so much that they were willing to select such a different figure for the White House.” (NY Times) “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.” 1 Cor.1:27
FATAH TV BROADCASTS TERROR SONG 72 TIMES IN ONE MONTH: Palestinian Media Watch reports that the official Fatah TV station broadcasted the same terror-promoting song 72 times in November alone. The lyrics to the song are: “From my wounds, my weapon has emerged. O, our revolution, my weapon has emerged. There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand. My weapon has emerged.” In at least one of the broadcasts, Fatah leader and former Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat is shown saying: “For our movement, ‘armed struggle’ means taking part in an armed revolutionary war of the masses.” The song was played on average more than twice a day throughout the month of November, which was the same month in which Fatah held its seventh congress. According to PMW, the same terror-promoting song has been broadcast hundreds of times on Awdah TV since February 2015. (Artuz-7)
HAMAS OFFICIAL: WE’LL GIVE ROCKETS TO ANYONE WHO FIGHTS ISRAEL: Hamas official Fathi Hammad on Al-Aqsa TV has announced the terror organization is willing to supply rockets and weapons to anyone willing to fight Israel. Though Israel decimated 80% of Hamas’ weapons stockpile during 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has continued to manufacture and smuggle rockets and weapons. It is estimated they now own tens of thousands of rockets which may be used against Israel. Hamas’ stockpile includes upgraded short-range rockets, as well as the longer-range M-75, which can easily hit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. As well, Hamas owns Syrian M-302s and is able to manufacture Iran’s Fajr-5 which can carry up to 175 kilograms of explosives. In addition, Hamas has continued work on their complex and expansive network of terror tunnels, which now crisscross the entirety of Gaza. While Israeli citizens tend to rely on Israel’s famous Iron Dome missile defense system, many do not realize Hamas figured out how to defeat the Iron Dome at the end of Operation Protective Edge. Operation Protective Edge was forced to end prematurely after US President Barack Obama refused to supply Israel with more Iron Dome missiles unless Israel ended the war targeting Hamas’ leaders, tunnels, and weapons stockpile. (Arutz-7) Pray according to scripture: “Let those be put to shame and brought to dishonor who seek after my life; let those be turned back and brought to confusion who plot my hurt.” Ps 35:4
MACY’S STOPS FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD: It is a miracle on 34th Street. Macy’s will no longer donate money to Planned Parenthood. The famous department store group has dropped the role of benefactor to Planned Parenthood – their decision prompted by pro-life customers who complained about the practice. And Macy’s responded. Still, 36 other major retailers and businesses continue donating to the cause, including Ben & Jerry’s, Nike, American Express, Starbucks and Verizon. “This Christmas, pro-lifers should consider shopping at Macy’s. Because, as it turns out, the giant chain listens to its conservative consumers,” notes Katie Yoder, an analyst with Newsbusters.com who monitors corporate advocacy efforts. “It’s unlikely that liberal media outlets – which boast strong ties to Planned Parenthood and have been instructed not to expose the abortion giant – will publicize Macy’s funding halt,” she adds. (Washington Times)
BAVARIA PASSES NEW LAW TO MAKE MIGRANTS RESPECT ‘DOMINANT’ LOCAL CULTURE: The German state of Bavaria has passed a controversial new integration law requiring all immigrants to respect the ‘dominant’ local culture. The state’s governing Christian Social Union (CSU) said the new legislation was being introduced to cope with an influx of hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers under German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ‘open-door’ refugee policy. Germany took in more than 1 million migrants last year, after Angela Merkel announced it would accept all Syrians escaping from the war-torn country. Following the influx of migrants, Bavaria was the first state to dictate where asylum seekers will live, in an attempt to stop them gathering in segregated communities within Germany. “We are guaranteeing that migrants in Bavaria live with us, not alongside us,” said minister for social affairs Emilia Müller. The new law also provides extra funding for schools and German language classes. (UK Daily Mail)
TURKISH COURT DROPS CASE AGAINST IDF COMMANDERS: In accordance with a reconciliation deal with Israel, a court in Istanbul days ago dropped a case against four top former Israeli commanders who were being tried in absentia over the 2010 raid of the Mavi Marmara ship bound for Gaza. Dropping the charges against the Israeli commanders was a key pillar of a deal agreed between Israel and Turkey in June 2016 to normalize bilateral ties. The Mavi Marmara incident occurred when IDF soldiers boarded the ship after the Islamists on board, who claimed they were carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza, refused to reverse course and dock at the Ashdod Port. As soon as they boarded the ship, the soldiers were attacked by the Islamists with clubs and knives, forcing the troops to open fire and killing 10 of those on board. Upon inspection it was discovered that there was no humanitarian aid whatsoever aboard the Marmara. After the raid Turkey angrily cut off ties with Israel. As part of the reconciliation agreement in June, Israel also paid $20 million in compensation to Turkey for the Marmara incident. (Arutz-7)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff