“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isa. 40: 29-31
NEW POLL SHOWS AMERICANS FAVOR GREATER RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION: A poll conducted this month shows that while a majority of Americans define themselves as generally pro-choice on the issue of abortion, the vast majority also favor wide-ranging restrictions on the right to terminate pregnancy. The poll conducted by Marist and published on Tue. 15 Jan. 2019, surveyed 1,066 adults from 8 Jan. -10 Jan. According to the survey, an absolute majority (55%) of Americans identify as pro-choice. Yet 75% of Americans also say abortion should be banned after the first trimester. Even 60% of Democrats believe abortions after the first trimester should be barred, along with 78% of Independents and 92% of Republicans. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans also believe the Supreme Court should either overturn the Roe vs. Wade ruling or significantly alter its interpretation of the Constitution, allowing either for the outright banning of abortion or for significantly stricter limitations. Americans also are more likely to accept one of the key arguments put forth by opponents of abortion, that a fetus is a unique life, rather than a part of the mother’s body. Only 35% of Americans believe a fetus is “a part of a woman’s body”, while 56% say an unborn child is a “unique life”. Forty-two percent of Americans say life begins at conception, compared to 13% who say it begins at birth. (Arutz-7)
PM TO IRAN: ‘GET OUT OF SYRIA FAST: Israel’s PM Netanyahu sent a warning to Iran on Tuesday morning, 15 Jan. 2019. Referring to Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, Netanyahu said: “I’m telling you, get out of there fast. We won’t stop attacking.” Netanyahu mocked an Iranian official who denied the presence of Iranian troops in Syria and said that Iran only served in an advisory position. “They always lie. They are lying with that and they are lying when they say their attempt to launch a satellite into space failed,” Netanyahu said. The Premier accused Iran of using the issue to cover up their real intentions of developing intercontinental ballistic missiles. On Wednesday 16 Jan. 2019 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commander announced Iran will leave all its forces in Syria despite Israel’s threats. “Netanyahu, don’t play with the lion’s tail – because he’ll attack,” warned the Iranian general. “You have to know and fear that one day the precision missiles will work, and all our facilities and military personnel and advisers will remain in Syria and will not exit. Even if Israel continues to attack Syria – they will only continue to grow.” (J.Post/INN) Iran’s Islamist leaders have repeatedly threatened the Jewish state and are steadily preparing for war against Israel on its northern borders with militias and terrorist groups.
PRO-HEZBOLLAH ACTIVIST POSTS PHOTOS WITH RASHIDA TLAIB AT SWEARING-IN CEREMONY: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Democrat, was called out Monday 14 Jan. 2019 after Palestinian activist Abbas Hamideh, a staunch defender of the terrorist group Hezbollah, posted photos of the two of them posing at her swearing-in ceremony in Detroit. Mr. Hamideh tweeted a photo of himself with Ms. Tlaib along with the caption, “I was honored to be at Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s swearing-in ceremony in Detroit and private dinner afterward with the entire family, friends and activists across the country.” Critics were quick to point out that Mr. Hamideh has a history of praising Hezbollah leaders such as Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and declaring that Israel has no right to exist. In December 2015, Mr. Hamideh called convicted terrorist Samir Kuntar a “legendary Hezbollah martyr,” days after he was killed in an explosion in Damascus. Kuntar was convicted of murder and terrorism for his role in a 1979 attempted kidnapping that resulted in the deaths of four Israelis but was released in a 2008 Israeli-Hezbollah prisoner exchange. Max Samarov, executive director of the pro-Israel group Stand With Us, said that Mr. Hamideh has a “long record” of incendiary rhetoric. “Just one example: He called Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah ‘the most honorable man on earth,’” Mr. Samarov said, referring to a Feb. 2016 social media post. “Hassan Nasrallah has made genocidal threats against Jews, he has actively aided the dictator Bashar al-Assad in the mass murder of the Syrian people.” (Washington Times)
ABBAS TAKES OVER AS CHAIR OF U.N. DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has taken over as head of the key group of developing countries at the United Nations, promising to confront “assaults” on multilateralism and pledging a peaceful two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Abbas took over the chairmanship of the Group of 77, a block of 134 mainly developing nations and China. Palestine is a non-member observer state of the U.N. He accepted the gavel Tue. 15 Jan.2019 from Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, the outgoing chairman. Before the ceremony, Abbas reiterated to reporters in Arabic that he will seek full U.N. membership for Palestine, but gave no timetable. In his acceptance speech, Abbas said Palestinians are suffering “under the yoke” of Israel’s [so called] occupation. In Oct. 2018, the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of allowing the PA to chair the group in 2019, thus allowing the PA to act more like a full UN member state during meetings in 2019.
The PA has unilaterally joined international organizations in recent years as part of the diplomatic war it has been waging against Israel and its attempts to achieve international recognition as a state while bypassing peace talks. In 2012, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the “state of Palestine” when it upgraded the PA’s U.N. observer status to non-member state. The Egyptian-drafted resolution approved in October 2018 allows the PA to operate as a member state when acting on behalf of the G77 and China – making statements, submitting and co-sponsoring proposals and amendments, giving rights of reply and raising points of order. In recent years the PA has also joined the International Criminal Court (ICC) and has attempted to push for an investigation of alleged “Israeli war crimes” in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. (Ynet/Arutz-7)
REPORT: IRAN LAUNCHED SATELLITE INTO SPACE, FAILED: Iran has admitted that it tried to launch a satellite into space but that the experiment failed, Israeli media reported on Tue. 15 Jan. 2019. Iranian Communications Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari said the rocket carrying the satellite “failed to reach the required speed in the third stage, even though it succeeded in the first two stages of the launch.” Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif announced that, despite US warnings, Iran would be continuing its space program. The program includes Space Launch Vehicles which have technology akin to that of a ballistic missile. “There is no international law that prohibits us from continuing,” Zarif said. This comes not long after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo advised Iran “to reconsider these provocative launches and cease all activities related to ballistic missiles in order to avoid deeper economic and diplomatic isolation.” Last week, the European Union froze the assets of an Iranian intelligence unit and two of its staff, as the Netherlands accused Iran of two killings on its soil in 2015 and 2017, and joined France and Denmark in alleging Tehran plotted other attacks in Europe. The move, although in part symbolic, marks the first time the EU has enacted sanctions on Iran since lifting a host of curbs on it three years ago following its 2015 nuclear pact with world powers. (J.Post)
US OFFICIAL CRITICIZES HEZBOLLAH: The US State Department on Monday 14 Jan. 2019 criticized the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group for digging tunnels into Israel and stockpiling rockets. “While Lebanon has the right to defend itself that is the right of the Lebanese state alone,” said David Hale, US undersecretary of state for political affairs, after meeting Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri in Beirut. “It is unacceptable to have a militia outside the control of the state, and unanswerable to all people of Lebanon, digging attack tunnels across the blue line to Israel or assembling an arsenal of over 100,000 missiles with which to threaten regional stability,” he added. In December 2018, the IDF launched Operation Northern Shield in order to dismantle terrorist tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon into Israeli territory. Last weekend the end of the operation was announced after Israeli troops discovered a sixth tunnel dug by Hezbollah reaching into Israel’s terrain. (Reuters)
UNWRA AS A RACIST AGENCY: Through UNWRA, Palestinian Arabs have received 25 times more aid per capita than did the whole of Europe to rebuild their shattered countries after World War II. And yet, many decades later, Palestinians still use the victimhood card of poverty and statelessness, even though massive funding flows through the hands of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. As for the Palestinians, 90% of so-called refugees were never displaced, therefore should not carry the status of refugees. Of the ‘refugee’ recipients, 40% are not refugees at all, having been given citizenship in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Yet their numbers appear in the UNWRA and Palestinian Authority ledgers. International funding to UNWRA in 2016 was in excess of $1.2 BILLION. The agency deals exclusively with Palestinians, while it ignores 50 million genuine refugees elsewhere in the world. (INN)
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