“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” I Tim 2:1-2
BDS SUPPORTING REP. ILHAN OMAR APPOINTED TO HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar was named last week to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In a Tweet on Thur. 17 Jan. 2019, Omar announced her excitement at being appointed to the committee that “oversees all foreign, national security affecting the country’s foreign policy, treaties, peacekeeping and war powers.” I finally have committee assignments and I am excited.” Omar, who supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, in 2012 accused Israel of “hypnotizing the world” and of evil doings. “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” she tweeted in reaction to Israel’s November 2012 “Operation Pillar of Defense” in Gaza, in response to rockets launched by Hamas into Israel. (Arutz-7) Please intercessors, take note of who is gaining power in your country’s government. Such people will bring curses and not blessings upon your land. “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you.” Gen. 12:3
RABBIS CALL OMAR APPOINTMENT A ‘SLAP IN THE FACE’: In a strongly-worded letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), representing over 1000 traditional rabbis in matters of public policy, called the appointment of Representative Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee a “slap in the face” and “tantamount to saying that anti-Semitism is acceptable to the United States House of Representatives.” The CJV called for Omar to be removed from the committee. As detailed in the CJV’s letter, Omar declared that Israel “has hypnotized the world” and prayed that “Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel” when Israel defended itself against an unprovoked Hamas missile barrage aimed at civilians in 2012. On CNN this week, Omar defended these comments and said they were aimed only at the “Israeli regime.”
“Madam Speaker,” reads the CJV letter, “you know well that the word ‘regime’ is specifically associated with authoritarianism, whereas Israel is the sole democracy in the Middle East.” It goes on to detail three separate ways in which Omar’s statements fall within the US State Department definition of anti-Semitism, and concludes that “according to both the United States State Department and thousands of years of rabbinic knowledge (and cruel experience) of the virulent hatred directed against the Jewish People, Rep. Omar’s comments clearly and obviously crossed the line into anti-Semitism. The Democrat Party once proudly included the strongest of Israel supporters among its national leaders,” said Rabbi Dov Fischer, Vice President of the CJV. “It is painful to acknowledge that the party that once was led by people like Hubert Humphrey, Henry Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan has placed an unabashed Jew-hater onto the one committee where an anti-Semite can perhaps do the most harm.” (INN)
DANON CALLS ON UNSC TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST IRANIAN BALLISTIC MISSILES: “The UN Security Council must take action to curb the threat of Iran’s ballistic missiles, particularly those with the ability to carry nuclear warheads”, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, wrote in a letter to the UN Security Council. Danon called Iran’s recently failed satellite launch a “rogue act,” a clear violation of Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015) which “prohibits Iran from engaging in ballistic missile activity.” He added, “the launch clearly reflects another stage in Iran’s development of ICBMs”. Danon continued, “Iran completely disregards Resolution 2231, not only by launching missiles itself – both toward outer space and into neighboring countries – but also by leading a frenzy of missile proliferation across an already volatile Middle East. It blatantly defies the calls of the international community, and by doing so, cynically threatens the stability of our region, Europe and beyond. I call on the Security Council to join the nations and unions of states that have already taken measures to curb the threat of Iranian missiles, especially those capable of carrying nuclear weapons,” he said. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated days ago that Iran will be ready for a new satellite launch in a few months’ time after a failed attempt last week. Western officials say the missile technology used in such launches could be applied to delivering a nuclear weapon. (Arutz-7)
LINDA SARSOUR PROMOTES ANTI-ISRAEL MOVEMENT DURING WOMEN’S MARCH: Linda Sarsour took the stage at the Women’s March on Saturday 19 Jan. 2019 and used the platform to express her support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.The movement petitions companies and groups to protest and penalize the state of Israel over its [so-called bad] treatment of the Palestinian people. Sarsour said, “We will protect our constitutional right to boycott, divest and sanction in this country.” She was referencing a bill in the Senate that would allow state and local governments to boycott companies that boycott the country of Israel. The leaders of the Women’s March have been battling over allegations of anti-Semitism in recent months. While the BDS movement calls for a protest of the country of Israel, many find it to be a disguised version of anti-Semitism because they are targeting only one country for its alleged behavior. The Anti-Defamation League describes the movement as “the most prominent effort to undermine Israel’s existence. The BDS campaign is rampant with misinformation and distortion.” (Daily Caller) Linda Sarsour is an American political activist and former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.
ISRAEL STEPS UP FIGHT AGAINST UNRWA: As of next year, UNRWA schools will no longer be permitted to operate in eastern Jerusalem and will be replaced by municipal schools. A closed discussion was held a few weeks ago at the National Security Council in the Prime Minister’s Office about the plan to remove UNRWA institutions from eastern Jerusalem, Channel 12 News reported on Saturday night 19 Jan 2019. According to the report, the motivation for this discussion was US President Donald Trump’s decisions against the UN agency for “Palestinian refugees.” The United States, the largest single contributor to UNRWA, announced last August that it would end its $350 million a year funding for the agency, describing the organization as an “irredeemably flawed operation.” According to last weekend’s report, during the discussion in the Prime Minister’s Office, a dramatic decision was taken: To take in practice the plan of the former mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, regarding UNRWA institutions in the city, and to implement the part that relates to education as early as next year. This means that UNRWA schools will no longer be given permits and licenses to operate in eastern Jerusalem and will be replaced by municipal schools. In this way, the National Security Council hopes that the process in which pupils in eastern Jerusalem will study under an Israeli framework will be completed. Israel has logged multiple complaints against the agency for using UNRWA schools and ambulances to hold Hamas weapons. UN Watch has found that at least 10 UNRWA employees used social media to incite stabbing and shooting attacks against Israelis. UNRWA educational facilities frequently employ Hamas members and encourage continued belligerence against Israel. (Arutz-7)
ISRAEL BLASTS MALAYSIA FOR REFUSING TO ADMIT ITS PARALYMPIC SWIMMERS: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thur. 17 Jan. 2019: “The Malaysian government has taken the decision to ban the participation of Israelis in official international sport events in Malaysia, including the participation of athletes with disabilities in a swimming competition organized by the International Paralympic Committee. This is shameful and totally opposes the Olympic spirit. Israel condemns the decision, inspired no doubt by Malaysia’s PM Mahatir’s rabid anti-Semitism. We call upon the International Paralympic Committee to change this wrong decision or change the venue of the event.” (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
MIKE AND KAREN PENCE MAKE SURPRISE VISIT TO MARCH FOR LIFE: VP Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence made a surprise visit on Friday 18 Jan. 2019 to the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. Pence first called into Ben Shapiro’s show as Shapiro broadcasted live from the March for Life, however, he later shocked the crowd by appearing in person with his wife, Karen. The Pence family took the stage and the vice president delivered a speech affirming their pro-life values and touting President Donald Trump’s appointment of conservative judges to federal courts. The vice president also mentioned his wife’s decision to teach art at a Christian elementary school, a move that some have criticized due to the school’s traditional values, but the March for Life crowd applauded. (Daily Caller)
NETANYAHU, CHAD PRESIDENT ANNOUNCE RENEWED DIPLOMATIC TIES: PM Binyamin Netanyahu and Chad President Idris Deby have announced the renewal of diplomatic relations between Chad and Israel. The two sides signed an official memorandum to renew relations between the two countries on Sunday 20 Jan. 2019. The announcement was made during the historic visit of PM Netanyahu to Ndjamena, the capital of Chad, where he was received by an honor guard and welcomed by Chad Foreign Minister Mahamat Zene and other dignitaries. Both sides view the renewal of relations as the key to future cooperation for the benefit of both countries. Deby visited Israel in Nov. 2018, where he met with Netanyahu and the two discussed advancing the relations between the two countries towards a full resumption of diplomatic relation. (Arutz-7) “The nations shall see your vindication and all the kings your glory.” Isa. 62:2
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