“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
IRAN SET TO COMPLETELY DERAIL NUCLEAR DEAL: The Islamic Republic announced on Saturday 7 Sept. 2019 that it had begun using advanced centrifuges in violation of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The decision by Iran marks what it calls its “third step” away from the accord. Centrifuges that speed uranium enrichment will further shorten the time Tehran needs to have enough material available to build a nuclear weapon. Experts estimate that it will take Iran about a year to reach that point. Last July, Tehran announced it was enriching its uranium beyond the 3.67% limit imposed by the accord. It also has gone beyond the 300-kg. limit on the size of its stockpile. (JNN)
US PREVENTS UNFAIR UN SECURITY COUNCIL STATEMENT ON ISRAEL: The US on Thurs. 5 Sept. 2019 blocked a UN Security Council statement on recent tensions between Israel and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization. The statement attempted to put Israel’s right to self-defense on the same level as the violent anti-Israel aggression of Hezbollah. America rejected any criticism of Israel and forced the draft authored by France to be scrapped. The US called for Hezbollah to be specifically condemned in the text saying it was impossible for it to back any statement putting Israel’s right to self-defense on an equal footing with Hezbollah, a “terrorist organization.” Several other members of the Security Council objected to the US position, and the text was eventually abandoned. The Iranian-backed movement, Hezbollah, accused Israel of carrying out a drone strike on its Beirut stronghold in late August 2019. Israel has charged Hezbollah and Tehran with working together to produce precision-guided missiles on Lebanese soil. (JNN)
PALESTINIAN CHILDREN START SCHOOL WITH NEW CURRICULUM ‘MORE RADICAL THAN BEFORE’: Israel’s students returned to school on 1 Sep 2019. In the Palestinian sector this year’s PA (Palestinian Authority) school curriculum, – according to IMPACT an institute that analyzes how textbooks measure up to UNESCO standards for peace, and tolerance – is more radical than any that came before. “It is suffused with ideas of martyrdom and Jihad,” said IMPACT’S CEO Marcus Sheff. “There was a strategic decision by the Palestinian Authority to radicalize 1.3 million school children. This curriculum was not created by accident”, continued Sheff. “The curriculum encourages children to martyr themselves, and even to count martyrs in math problems like most children would count apples.” Mere days ago the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in a report on the Palestinians, said it was concerned about “hate speech in media outlets, social media, and in school curricula and textbooks, which fuels hatred and may incite violence against Israelis.” The report marked the first time the UN panel had criticized Palestinian officials. The question remains, however, of who or what is going to do anything about the PA’s violence-inciting curriculum? Those who produce, market, distribute and teach such hate-filled materials to Palestinian students are obviously zealous to keep turning children into murderers and victims of suicide. (JNN)
TLAIB AND OMAR EXPRESS DELIGHT IN COURT DECISION BANNING TERRORIST WATCHLIST: US congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are cheering last week’s ruling by a federal judge that the government’s watchlist of more than one million people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of those placed on it. “This is tremendous. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make sure Constitutional rights are extended to all regardless of religion, race or ethnicity!” Omar tweeted on Thur. 5 Sept. 2019. The ruling from US District Judge Anthony Trenga grants summary judgment to nearly two dozen Muslim US citizens who had challenged the watchlist with the help of a Muslim civil-rights group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR has been accused of links to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and its director, Hussam Ayloush, in Nov. 2018 tweeted that the Middle East would be better off if Israel were “terminated.” Omar and Tlaib, who are both Muslim, have been shown to have ties with CAIR. Omar was invited as the main speaker in March 2019 to fundraise for the organization. The following month Tlaib expressed a need to “protect” anti-Israel figures like the radical Islamist CAIR leader Zahra Billoo who does not believe in Israel’s right to exist.
In court, the FBI’s lawyers argued that the difficulties suffered by the plaintiffs pale in comparison to the government’s interests in combating terrorism. Sadly, however, the Council on American-Islamic Relations scored a big victory last week with the federal judge ruling that the FBI’s terror watchlist violates the Constitution. Both Tlaib and Omar have faced allegations of anti-Semitism due to their rhetoric on Israel and their support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Last month the two women were banned from entering the State of Israel, a move applauded by President Donald Trump, as he has repeatedly accused them of anti-Semitism. “It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit,” Trump said. “They hate Israel and all Jewish people, and there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. They are a disgrace!” (JNN)
NEW YORK CITY INCREASINGLY UNSAFE FOR JEWS: Anti-Semitic hate crimes in NYC are up 63% from 1 Sept. 2018 to 1 Sept. 2019. This year so far, 152 violent incidents related to anti-Semitism have been reported compared to 93 over the same period last year. NYPD officials said last week that more than half of hate crimes reported this year in New York City have been anti-Semitic in nature. NYC Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said there was no definitive cause for the jump in reports of hate crimes related to anti-Semitism. (JNN)
EXPATS LOVE ISRAEL FOR ITS QUALITY OF LIFE, DESPITE HIGH COSTS: Israel has become the 14th most- favored location for expats, having risen eight places in a single year. Expat Insider recently surveyed some 20,000 expats located in 64 countries around the globe to determine their level of satisfaction. Results disclosed that expats living in Israel are very happy with their work situation and the high quality of life in the Jewish State. Their commonly expressed struggle, however, has been with Israel’s high cost of living. The survey revealed that Israel is among the world’s worst countries (61st place in 2019) for cost of living for the sixth consecutive year. On a positive note, expats in Israel expressed widespread satisfaction regarding the affordability of healthcare (84% vs. 55% globally), the quality of medical care (88% vs. 65% globally), and the availability of leisure activities in the country (88% vs. 75% globally). Taiwan, Vietnam, and Portugal were ranked as the best global destinations, all of them attracting expats with their ease of settling in and good personal finances. Kuwait was ranked as the least desirable destination for relocation, followed by Italy and Nigeria. Israel is currently at its highest ranking since InterNations published its first survey six years ago. (JNN)
ELECTRIC BUSES COME TO JERUSALEM: Jerusalem’s Environmental Protection officials continue their efforts to boost the level of breathable air for Jerusalem’s residents and visitors. Last week ten electric buses began operating on the streets of Jerusalem. The Egged vehicles have zero pollution emissions, less than half of the greenhouse gas emissions than diesel buses, and quieter operation. The electric buses are charged for about five hours and can travel for 200 kilometers between charges. Protection Minister MK Zeev Elkin said in the future, dozens of other electric buses will operate in the capital. “This move is joined by a number of other steps we are making such as the creation of a low-emissions zone in Jerusalem, funding shuttles to industrial zones, and subsidizing bicycle-sharing services – so that Jerusalem residents can enjoy both clean air and a better quality of life.” (JNN)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff