“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Rom. 15:13
PENTAGON CALLS IRAN’S SHOOT-DOWN OF DRONE AN ‘UNPROVOKED ATTACK’: The US military on Thurs. 20 June 2019 said Iran carried out an “unprovoked attack” on a surveillance drone that was flying in international airspace. “This was an unprovoked attack on a US surveillance asset that had not violated Iranian airspace at any time during its mission,” Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, the commander of US Air Forces Central Command in Qatar, said at a Pentagon briefing. Guastella acknowledged that a surface-to-air missile downed the RQ-4 Global Hawk and said the rocket had been fired from Iran. “The aircraft was over the Strait of Hormuz and fell into international waters,” Guastella said, adding that the drone was flying at a high altitude and at least 21 miles away from the Iranian coastline. He accused Tehran of trying to disrupt the US military’s ability to monitor the area to secure the “free flow of commerce” following the assault last week on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. “This dangerous and escalatory attack was irresponsible and occurred in the vicinity of air corridors, possibly endangering innocent civilians,” he said. (NY Post) Continue to intercede that the US, Israel, and European nations will be focused and unified with effective solutions to prevent Iran from continuing with its military threats.
TRUMP GIVES IRAN AN ULTIMATUM: US President Donald Trump sent a message to Iran setting a deadline for the rogue power to initiate talks, after which the US will attack in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone last week. Reuters quoted a source in the Iranian government which said Trump’s message was passed via Oman and emphasized that the US does not want war. Iran responded that “Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei opposes talks with the US.” Air France-KLM and Qantas have announced that they will avoid flying over parts of Iran due to “precautionary measures.” Lufthansa, as well as USAairlines, noted the downed drone and said they will avoid flying over the Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz. (Arutz-7) Pray according to scripture: May God arise, may His enemies be scattered; may His foes flee before Him. Ps.68:1
UK RABBI TO HOUSE OF LORDS: RISE IN ANTI-SEMITISM TODAY SIMILAR TO HOLOCAUST-ERA: The UK House of Lords debated on the subject of anti-Semitism in the country’s politics on Thur. 20 June 2019, where their former chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks described the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe today much as that of Holocaust-era Europe. Sacks expressed his shock that when he visited Poland, he found that Warsaw Ghetto was located in the center of town. “Try to imagine 400,000 Hindus or Sikhs imprisoned within ghetto walls in the middle of London,” Sacks said. “Imagine people passing those walls every day, knowing that behind them, thousands were dying or being sent to their deaths, and no one said a word. How did it happen? It happened because, in the 19th century, in the heart of emancipated Europe, anti-Semitism, once dismissed as a primitive prejudice of the Middle Ages, was reborn,” Sacks continued.
Sacks brought up the different politicians of the 19th century during the Holocaust that allowed that same anti-Semitism of the Middle Ages to prevail once more. “That is where we are today,” he emphasized. “Within living memory of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism has returned exactly as it did in the 19th century, just when people had begun to feel that they had finally vanquished the hatreds of the past. Today, there is a hardly a country in the world, certainly not a single country in Europe, where Jews feel safe,” Sacks declared. “It is hard to emphasize how serious this is, not just for Jews but for our shared humanity.” Pointing his finger at the long-running wave of anti-Semitism taking over the UK Labour Party, Sacks said that “a society, or for that matter, a political party that tolerates anti-Semitism, that tolerates any hate, has forfeited all moral credibility. You cannot build a future on the malign myths of the past,” Sacks concluded. “You cannot sustain freedom on the basis of hostility and hate.” (J. Post)
US ANTI-SEMITISM ENVOY: ARMED GUARDS NEEDED AT SYNAGOGUES, JEWISH CENTERS: Elan Carr, the US special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism, said in Jerusalem last week that in the US, “We live in a time of danger. Any synagogue, every JCC, should have guards. God willing, may they never be needed, but they should be there.” Carr said the threat comes from both a “pathological, ethnic, supremacist Right” and “an anti-Zionist Left.” “We need to make this fight a joint, bipartisan fight. All decent people – Jewish and not Jewish – need to do it together. I don’t care what ideological clothing it wears: Jew hatred is Jew hatred. We need to fight it and oppose it.” (J. Post)
GERMANY ACCUSED OF DOWNPLAYING ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS BY MUSLIMS: The annual al-Quds Day march in Berlin features frequent calls about killing Israelis, Zionist conspiracies and chants of “free Palestine from the river to the sea.” Flags of terrorist groups like Hamas and Hizbullah are on display, and imams regularly preach anti-Semitic verses from the Quran. Iran launched al-Quds Day starting in 1979. Yet some of the recent incidents documented at the Quds Day march in Berlin have been classified by authorities as forms of far-right anti-Semitism. Last month, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that supporters of far-right groups were responsible for 90% of the 1,800 anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Germany in 2018. However, in a 2016 survey of German Jews who had experienced anti-Semitic incidents, 41% said the perpetrator was “someone with a Muslim extremist view” and another 16% said it was someone from the far left. Only 20% identified their aggressors as belonging to the far-right. In France, by contrast, more than half of anti-Semitism incidents, and virtually all the violent ones are perpetrated by immigrants from Muslim countries or their descendants, according to the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism. (JTA)
ILHAN OMAR BACKS AOC ON ‘CONCENTRATION CAMPS’ AT THE BORDER COMMENT: Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, is backing her freshman colleague, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., over the claim that there were “concentration camps” along the southern border, saying what the US government is doing fits the “general definition.” Ocasio-Cortez created a firestorm during Monday’s 17 June 2019 Livestream by declaring that the Trump administration was “running” concentration camps, invoking the Holocaust-link “never again” saying and claiming that a “fascist” presidency is currently in office. During an interview the following day on Public Radio International, Omar echoed Ocasio-Cortez’s stance. “When you look at what is taking place, people are being put in camps. These people are coming to the border. We are removing them from the border. We are placing them in camps. Some of them are being removed from communities and being put in what we’re calling detention centers — but what are essentially camps.” Earlier this month, Omar claimed that it was “un-American” for ICE to detain illegal immigrants and called for the agency to be defunded. Ocasio-Cortez has received plenty of blowback from critics but has been heavily defended from progressives as well as liberal journalists, who point to concentration camps that predate the Holocaust and their existence afterward. (Fox)
BLACKLISTED TERRORISTS STILL ACCESSING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS DUE TO LOOPHOLE IN UN SANCTIONS: Accused al Qaeda and ISIS terrorists are being allowed to access their bank accounts even after the United Nations has frozen their accounts, according to documents the Wall Street Journal reviewed as well as people close to the matter. The UN blacklists members and supporters of terrorism, and blacklisters are not supposed to be allowed easy access to their financials. This is mostly used as a way to ensure they don’t continue funding terrorism. Blacklisters’ home countries are supposed to apply for UN exemptions, which allow accused terrorists to get small amounts of money to pay for food, rent, and other necessary living expenses. However, member countries are not monitoring blacklisted terrorists living in their countries and are allowing them to access much larger sums of money, according to UN officials. These exemptions are being granted loosely and without much oversight, according to the officials.
Khalifa al-Subaiy, a Qatari financier that the USA has accused of giving money to those heading up al Qaeda, is allowed to take up to $10,000 a month from his frozen accounts. He funded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was behind the 11 Sept. 2001 attacks. Khalifa al-Subaiy, who allegedly funded the 11 September attacks is able to access large sums of his money. The Security Council approved 71 out of 72 requests from terrorists to access money from accounts between 2008 and 2018, according to UN documents WSJ reviewed. There are over 250 al Qaeda and ISIS members or supporters, and many are allowed to access their frozen accounts by their home countries with no prior permission from the Security Council. The USA has expressed concerns about Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf nations regarding lack of enforcement. Gulf countries have accused Qatar of being loose with their regulations as well. “There are serious shortcomings. In essence, virtually everyone is in violation.” (Daily Caller)
WORLD’S FIRST FULLY-ELECTRIC PLANE UNVEILED BY ISRAELI COMPANY: Eviation Aircraft Ltd., an Israeli aviation company, displayed the Eviation Alice, an entirely electric commuter plane, at the Paris Air Show last week. The Alice’s unusual and modern look, which Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay described as “whale-shaped,” is due to its aerodynamic efficiency. The plane, which can seat nine passengers and two pilots, can fly at 273 miles per hour for up to 621 miles on one battery charge, at a cost of $200 per hour of flight. The battery comprises 65% of the plane’s weight. Eviation already has orders for a “double-digit” number of airplanes from US regional carrier Cape Air, with which Eviation signed its first deal. Each plane will carry a $4 million price tag. “Operating at a fraction of the costs of conventional jetliners, our Alice will redefine how people travel regionally and usher in a new era of flying that is quieter, cleaner, and cost-effective,” Bar-Yohay said. The use of electric planes is a step in the right direction to a cleaner environment, as the high carbon emissions from standard planes have been a source of concern for environmentalists. Electric planes can also potentially decrease the high costs of plane travel due to the huge amount of oil planes require. The company is expecting Alice to be ready for commercial use by 2022. (Arutz-7)
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