“From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people,” Ps. 3:8
REPORT: ONLY 1 OUT OF 7 IRANIAN MISSILES REACHED ITS TARGET: Only one out of the seven missiles which Iran fired at ISIS targets in Syria on 18 June 2017 reached its target, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. “Iran is trying to play at being a great power,” explained Middle East analyst Ehud Ya’ari. “There was no operational need” to attack ISIS from within Iranian territory.” According to a website of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the surface-to-surface missiles hit ISIS targets in the Deir Ez-Zour district in Syria. According to Ya’ari, three of the seven missiles did not even reach Syrian territory, and instead landed in neighboring Iraq. One missile managed to strike within a few hundred meters of its target, but still missed. A fifth missile landed in the Deir Ez-zor region, which was far from the ISIS position it had been intended for. The location where the sixth missile struck is unknown. (Arutz-7)
WORLD’S DEMOCRACIES ABSENT AT ANNUAL ISRAEL-BASHING DEBATE: The world’s democracies collectively snubbed the UN Human Rights Council’s annual condemnation of Israel in Geneva on 19 June 2017 when none of their representatives attended the council’s presentation and debate on “Item 7” — a permanent agenda item focused on the “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.” The seats of all the democratic nations represented on the council were empty for the duration of the discussion, sparking protests from Arab countries. In an address to the council on 6 June 2017, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley charged that “Item 7 is a scandalous provision that must be removed.” Hillel Neuer – executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch NGO said, “The democracies are absent to protest prejudice — because this is the only agenda item that singles out one specific state, the Jewish state. Not Syria, Sudan or North Korea is treated this way.” Nonetheless, the absence of these countries did not prevent routine denunciations of Israel, with serial human rights abusers like Syria, Lebanon and Venezuela attacking Israel’s human rights record and depicting it as the “greatest threat to peace in the Middle East.” (Algemeiner) Continue to pray that anti-Israel bias will be overcome in all UN branches.
NETANYAHU: “I HAVE ONE MESSAGE TO IRAN: DO NOT THREATEN ISRAEL”: Iran on Sunday 18 June 2017 fired missiles from the western part of the country into eastern Syria targeting what it called “terrorist bases” in Deir Ez-Zor. The attack was in retaliation for combined attacks in Iran earlier this month in which 17 people were killed. The US and Saudi Arabia were specifically mentioned by an Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps spokesman as part of its audience for the “message” it sent by firing the missiles. Israel, although not explicitly mentioned, has been the focus of constant threats by Iran. After Iran launched six missiles into Syria, an adviser to the Iranian foreign minister, Sheikh Hussein al-Islam, said that Israel “is the main enemy” of Iran and that Israel should be worried.” Israeli PM Netanyahu responded sharply saying “I have a message to Iran: Do not threaten Israel. The army and our security forces are constantly monitoring the activity of Iran in the region.” Netanyahu further said the activity also includes “Iran’s attempts to establish themselves in Syria and, of course, to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and other operations.” Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel was not worried by Sunday’s strike. “We are prepared for every development,” he said’. (Media Line/Arutz-7/J.Post)
NETANYAHU TO ABBAS: STOP POISONING PALESTINIAN YOUTH: PM Netanyahu on 19 June 2017 blasted Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas for his continued incitement against Israel. In a series of tweets, Netanyhau condemned the PA for naming – not for the first time – a public square after a terrorist. This time, the PA named a square in Jenin after arch-terrorist Khaled Nazzal. Nazzal was responsible for planning the 1974 Ma’alot massacre, in which terrorists entered a school in the northern town of Ma’alot and took dozens of children and teachers hostage. 22 children and four adults were murdered in the attack. “Palestinian President Abbas tells the world that he educates Palestinian children for peace. That’s a lie,” tweeted Netanyahu. “President Abbas: stop poisoning the minds of Palestinian youth. Educate for peace, not terror.” Naming a square after Nazzal is just another example of ongoing PA incitement to terrorism against Israel. The PA regularly names schools, public squares and community centers after terrorists who murdered Israeli citizens. (INN)
GROUND BROKEN FOR FIRST NEW JUDEA & SAMARIA SETTLEMENT IN 25 YEARS: PM Netanyahu announced 20 June 2017 that ground had been broken for the construction of the first Israeli Judea & Samaria settlement in 25 years. The new community, to be known as Amichai, is to accommodate residents of the Amona outpost, which was evacuated in Feb. 2017 in line with court orders because it was built on private Palestinian land. “Today, ground works began, as I promised, for the establishment of the new community for the residents of Amona,” the prime minister tweeted. “After decades, I have the privilege to be the prime minister who is building a new community in Judea and Samaria.” Judea & Samaria is the biblical term for the area also known as the West Bank, which was among the territories conquered by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War. (Times of Israel)
ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER: WE DON’T INTERVENE IN SYRIA WAR, BUT WE DO GIVE HUMANITARIAN AID TO CHILDREN: Israeli PM Netanyahu appeared to pour cold water on a media report, Mon. 19 June 2017 that the Jewish state has been secretly providing rebel groups in southern Syria with money, fuel, food and medical supplies in recent years. “We do not intervene in this terrible, bloody conflict, but we do provide humanitarian assistance to boys and girls,” Netanyahu said during a visit to a medical center in Safed, where more than 2,000 Syrians wounded in the ongoing war have received treatment. “I see men, women and children who viewed us as enemies when they arrived here,” he continued. “They now understand that the State of Israel is a moral stronghold and a ray of light in our region.” (Algemeiner)
LAWSUIT AGAINST SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY FOR FOSTERING ANTI-SEMITISM ON CAMPUS: A group of students filed a lawsuit on 19 June, 2017 against San Francisco State University, alleging that the school fostered a climate of anti-Semitism “marked by violent threats to the safety of Jewish students on campus.” The suit claims the school violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection. “I didn’t have the right to speak on my own campus; I felt afraid as a Jewish student,” said Jacob Mandel, a recent graduate. He said “the administration was actively working against me.” “There is a tactic to silence people with who extreme members of society don’t agree,” said Amanda Berman, director of legal affairs with the Lawfare Project. “There’s a sense people don’t have a right to speak if certain communities don’t want that message to get out.” (Washington Post)Continue to intercede that campus anti-Semitic activities will be confronted.
GOOGLE: WE HAVEN’T DONE ENOUGH TO STOP TERRORISM: Google admitted this week that it was not doing enough to fight online terrorism, pledging to take steps to do more. Walker listed four steps that Google and YouTube would be taking in order to fight against terror. These include an increase in the use of technology to help identify terrorism-related videos, an increase in the number of independent experts in YouTube’s Trusted Flagger program, a tougher stance on videos that may not clearly violate policies but that contain inflammatory religious or supremacist content, and a move by YouTube to expand its role in counter-radicalization efforts. “We have also recently committed to working with industry colleagues—including Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter-to establish an international forum to share and develop technology and accelerate our joint efforts to tackle terrorism online,” added Walker. Israel’s Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan welcomed Google’s announcement. “Well done Google. Facebook and Twitter must also act — in order to prevent the next attack,” added Erdan. (INN)
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