“You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly…. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. Ps. 65: 9, 11
BASHAR ASSAD HAS USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS 300 TIMES SINCE OBAMA’S ‘RED LINE’: The Syrian government and affiliated forces have launched more than 300 attacks using chemical weapons in the past eight years, ranging from nerve agents to chlorine bombs, a report by the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute said on Sunday 17 Feb. 2019. Medical workers in opposition-held areas say they have treated more than 5,000 people for chemical exposure since 2012, and that at least 188 people died after chlorine attacks. The comprehensive study makes the case that Assad has gone unpunished for his use of chemical weapons. This is in spite of then President Barack Obama’s declaration in August 2013 that Syria’s use of chemical weapons was a “red line” that would lead to a military response from the US. Instead, the administration struck a deal that centered on Russia overseeing the supposed dismantling and destruction of Assad’s chemical weapons capability. That process appears to have been little more than a sham, as chemical weapons have remained strewn across Syria for years afterward. Notably, there have been no confirmed uses of chemical weapons since President Trump ordered retaliatory airstrikes against the Assad regime in April 2018, the study says, suggesting the US military action had a real impact on the Syrian leader’s strategy. (Washington Times)
IRAN REVEALS NEW CRUISE MISSILE SUBMARINE: The Iranian military revealed its newest naval vessel last weekend – a Fateh class submarine. The boat was reportedly completed in Dec. 2013, the Iranian military said, but underwent extensive testing, beginning in 2014. The Fateh is Iran’s first semi-heavy submarine, weighing 600 tons. The new boat will be able to remain submerged at below 200 meters underwater for five weeks. According to Iran’s Tasnim outlet, the Fateh is equipped with a guided-missile system for launching cruise missiles and is armed with four torpedoes, two reserve torpedoes, and eight mines. Aside from the Fateh, Iran’s military is also working on two new submarines, both significantly larger than the Fateh class. One boat is estimated at 1,300 tons, the second at 3,200. Maysam Bizar, an Iranian political commentator, called the unveiling of the Fateh a message intended to create a “deterrent factor” against the US. “There are definitely messages which are being conveyed to Washington,” said Bizar. (INN)
PENCE SAYS TIME HAS COME FOR EU TO WITHDRAW FROM IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: US Vice President Mike Pence pressed European countries on Saturday 16 Feb. 2019 to withdraw from a nuclear deal between Iran and major powers. “The time has come for our European partners to stand with us and with the Iranian people,” Pence told the Munich Security Conference. “The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.” Pence accused Iran of anti-Semitism akin to the Nazis following his recent visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland that had strengthened his resolve to act against Tehran. “We have the regime in Tehran that’s breathing out murderous threats, with the same vile anti-Semitic hatred that animated the Nazis in Europe,” Pence told reporters. He said that being in Auschwitz had made him reflect to “strengthen the resolve of the free world to oppose that kind of vile hatred and to confront authoritarian threats of our time.” (J.Post) Edmund Burke’s famous quote from the 1700’s rightly says: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
SEA OF GALILEE RISES OVER 4 FEET SINCE START OF WINTER: The water level of Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) has risen more than four feet since the rainy season began in late October 2018. According to the Water Authority, the Kinneret has been steadily rising, increasing by some four inches since Thur. 14 Feb. 2019. Despite current rainfall and the lake’s increased water levels, the Kinneret is still more than 16 feet below the mark that is considered full. Water levels are expected to rise as the winter progresses. (J.Post) Praise God for His answer to many prayers for an abundant rainy season this year! Please continue to pray for an exceptional increase in Israel’s natural water sources as the wet season continues. “Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” Jas. 5:18
ILHAN OMAR TO FUNDRAISE FOR ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION: Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is scheduled to raise money in March 2019 with the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) only a week after she used an anti-Semitic trope to claim Israel had paid for GOP support. Omar will be the keynote speaker at CAIR’s 4th Annual Valley Banquet on 23 March 2019 to discuss advancing justice and empowering Muslims, according to the organization’s invitation. Single tickets start at $55 per person and a table can cost upwards of $500. Hassan Shibly, the chief executive director for CAIR-Florida, will also be speaking at the event. Shibly has emphatically stated that Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations. Hussam Ayloush, the chief executive director for CAIR-LA, who is hosting the event, compared the state of Israel to ISIS during a speech in April 2018. Shibley has repeatedly echoed those sentiments. CAIR is a notable pro-Palestinian organization with ties to Islamic terror groups. The US Department of Justice listed CAIR as a co-conspirator in funding millions of dollars to the terrorist organization Hamas. Additionally, the United Arab Emirates named CAIR a terrorist organization in 2014.
Omar faced massive backlash after she stated on 10 Feb. 2019 that Republicans’ support for Israel is bought by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The anti-Semitic comments received swift condemnation from congressional members on both sides of the aisle, including the Democratic leadership and the White House. Omar has been in office less than two months and is surrounded by a number of controversies. The freshman congresswoman defended anti-Israeli statements, such as ones invoking Allah to expose Israel’s “evil doings,” and she has come out in favor of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which seeks to punish the nation-state of Israel by economically depriving the country for its alleged mistreatment of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and Judea & Samaria. The Minnesota congresswoman is also on record for implying Israel is not a democracy and gave an interview to a host that referred to Israel as the “Jewish ISIS.” Omar and Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib became America’s first Muslim congresswomen when sworn into office in January 2019. Their time in office has been embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism. (Daily Caller)
BDS FAIL: MUSLIM CONGRESSWOMAN USED ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY: The Israel Advocacy Movement has uncovered an ironic fact about newly elected US Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who has endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In a video published on Sunday 17 Feb. 2019 the organization revealed that Tlaib’s website was built using Wix, an Israeli company that provides a free platform for web development. The video exposes several other activists and organizations that have used Wix to build their websites. These include, among others, Washington University Students Against Apartheid, Students Against Apartheid at the University of Utah, Football for Palestine and Boycott Divest and Sanction Israel. Tlaib, in addition to backing BDS, was asked in a past television interview whether she would vote against military aid to Israel when she goes to Congress and replied “absolutely.” “US aid should be leverage,” she said. “If you’re going to be a country that discriminates on somebody solely based on their faith, solely based on their skin color to me, that doesn’t fit our value of our country.” Tlaib and the others mentioned in the Israel Advocacy Movement’s video are not the first anti-Israel activists discovered to have used Wix for their websites. In 2015, the University of Denver’s branch of Students for Justice in Palestine was discovered to have used Wix to build its website meant to disseminate its call for a boycott of Israel. Two years earlier, the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland (ZF) discovered that “pro-Palestinian” activists who promote the BDS movement against Israel had similarly used Wix to create their websites. (Arutz-7)
BDS MOVEMENT UNDERMINES SOUTH AFRICANS: The path taken by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement in South Africa (BDS-SA) to selectively discriminate against entrepreneurial and business opportunities by corporations linked to Israel, if not challenged, may lead to unwarranted job losses in South Africa. With the unemployment rate remaining alarmingly high at 27%, the South African reality necessitates the need to focus on the economy and maintain trade relations with other countries that excel in certain vital economic aspects. This is in the best interests of the people of South Africa. A few days ago, BDS-SA threatened to disrupt investments from Brimstone Investment Corporation that has committed to developing and improving South Africa’s biggest dairy company, Clover. Why is BDS-SA so willing to sacrifice its fellow South African workers for its own self-serving position? The call by BDS-SA undermines the strides made by President Cyril Ramaphosa to attract vital foreign investment. Palestinian Authority officials were recently seen sitting around a table with several juice bottles, all products from Israel. How does BDS-SA call on South African companies to boycott Israeli products while Palestinian leaders themselves are not boycotting those same products? BDS-SA does not hold any electoral mandate and its lobbying must not be at the expense of the South African worker. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
ISRAELI CABINET TO CUT $140 MILLION IN FUNDS TO PA: The political-security Cabinet decided on Sunday 17 Feb. 2019 to implement the policy to offset the Palestinian Authority’s payments to terrorists. Under the law passed by the Knesset in July 2018, $140,350,300 in tax revenue will be withheld from the PA. According to a Defense Ministry report, the PA paid that amount to terrorists in Israeli prisons, to released terrorists, and to their families in 2018. The government will withhold funds equal to what the PA provided to terrorists last year. Education Minister Naftali Bennett said that “the despicable Palestinian terrorist who murdered Ori Ansbacher, is expected to begin receiving a monthly salary of NIS 20,000 ($5,528) in the coming days. The terrorists are no longer afraid, and at this moment they are preparing the next terrible murder of Jews, because they know they will receive a high salary for themselves and their families for life.” (Arutz-7)
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