“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11
‘ISRAEL’S REMARKABLE STORY LOOKS TO THE FUTURE’: The following are excerpts from a speech given by Prince William at the British Embassy Reception, in Tel Aviv on Tues. evening 26 June 2018. Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here in Israel. This morning I went to Yad Vashem as my first official engagement. It was a profoundly moving experience. At Yad Vashem, I met survivors of the Holocaust who came to the UK on the Kindertransport, whose 80th anniversary we mark this year. I heard their stories of a new life made after the United Kingdom in Israel. I will also visit the grave of my great-grandmother, Princess Alice, who was declared Righteous Among Nations for saving Jews during the Second World War. Her story is a matter of great pride for my whole family. We must never forget what was perpetrated against the Jewish people in the Holocaust. I am well aware that the responsibility falls now to my generation to keep the memory alive of that great crime as the Holocaust generation passes on. And I commit myself to doing this.
Israel’s remarkable story is partly one of remembering this terrible past but, also, looking forward to a much more hopeful future. There is – and I’ve seen it already – an essential vibrancy to this country. From the early stories of the kibbutzim; to the revival of Hebrew as a living, modern language; to the hi-tech economies that we see around us here in Tel Aviv – the modern story of Israel is one of inventing, creating, innovating, and striding confidently into its future The ties between our two countries have never been stronger, whether in our record levels of trade and investment, our cooperation in science and technology; or the work we do together to keep our people safe. The United Kingdom stands with you, as we work together for a peaceful and prosperous future. Thank you again for the warmth of your welcome. (J.Post) Pray for the UK’s positive political and personal friendship towards Israel to be increased as a result of Prince William’s visit to Israel.
PRINCE WILLIAM MEETS DESCENDANTS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS: PM Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, together with Prince William, met on Tues. 26 June 2018 with the descendants of Haimaki and Rachel Cohen, who were saved during the Holocaust by Princess Alice, Prince William’s great-grandmother. Netanyahu described the meeting: “There was a very moving moment in Prince William’s visit. He is the great-grandson of Princess Alice. He met descendants of the family that she saved in Greece. She was there and protected a Jewish family from the Gestapo. I told him that he must be very proud of his great-grandmother for saving defenseless Jews. And as Prime Minister of Israel I am very proud that Jews are no longer defenseless. We have, thank God, an army to defend ourselves by ourselves.” (Arutz-7) Pray for an increasing awareness among Israel’s people and her leaders that while the Israeli army is a great defense that the God of Israel is her greatest protection. “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” Ps.29:2
IRANIAN PROTESTERS CHANT “DEATH TO PALESTINE”: At protests this week in Tehran, protesters chanted “Death to Palestine” and “Leave Syria, think of us,” according to videos of the protests. “Iranians are fed up with the regime,” said Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iran research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “Over the last year, the dollar appreciated 140% against the rial. The regime is selling oil to fund terrorist groups and its military adventures in the region while Iranians become poorer and poorer every day.” Additionally, foreign banks that kept Iran trading oil through previous sanctions are pulling out under pressure from the latest round of US restrictions. Even banks with no direct US exposure are refusing to deal with Tehran, fearing that they will be cut out of the dollar-based global financial system. With no international banks to fund trade and handle payments, Iranian businesses will struggle to buy and sell with the outside world. Almost all trade in oil, Iran’s main export, is in dollars. (Wall Street Journal) Intercede for the Iranian people, a majority of who view Israel and the West with favor but are oppressed under the Islamist regime.
IRAN’S ‘DEATH TO KHAMANEI’ PROTESTS CONTINUE INTO THIRD DAY: Iran’s regime is struggling to restore calm in the capital after three days of protests have rocked central and symbolic areas, including the Bazaar and near parliament. The protests have focused on the economic crises in Iran and the feeling that the leadership is disconnected from the concerns of average Iranians. The protests come after six months of unrest in Iran that began in December 2017 and have included sporadic protests about a variety of issues, from the economy to women’s rights and foreign policy. On Sunday afternoon, 24 June 2018, protesters were chanting slogans in the historic Bazaar in Tehran and protesters gathered at parliament. The protesters targeted Iranian involvement in Syria. By Monday 25 June, the police in Tehran had taken control of the Bazaar and many shops remained closed. Clashes also erupted with protesters near parliament. But social media showed continuing support for the demonstrations. Police attempted to suppress the Monday protests in Tehran with tear gas, but reports from Iran hours later seem to indicate the demonstrations are expanding. The emphasis on rebuilding Iraq and fighting far away conflicts have fueled the protesters who shouted slogans against involvement throughout the region, wondering why Tehran was wasting money for Iraqis, Syrians, Palestinians, Lebanese and others, while ignoring locals. The protests in Tehran also capped six months of unrest that began in Dec. 2017. According to columnist Amir Taheri, the parliament’s security committee was holding a session to examine the recent protests. (J.Post)
IRAN SEEKING TO BUY GAZA’S SUPPORT WITH MONEY, FOOD: Even as Israel’s most lethal foe has been attempting to establish a permanent foothold in Syria that borders with Israel in the north, Iran has bolstered its civil activity in the Gaza Strip that borders Israel in the south. This has taken place over the past few weeks to gather public support that can be used at the appropriate moment, likely during a potential conflict with Israel. Its efforts to harness the public’s loyalty with money and food are made with Hamas’ knowledge and authorization. Iran has invested $15 million in Gaza’s civil activity since the “March of Return” campaign was launched in March 2018. The activities partially focuses on families of Palestinians who were wounded or killed during clashes with the IDF on the Gaza border fence during the violent marches. Iran distributed $500 to each of the families of Palestinians killed in the Hamas-initiated March of Return clashes during the final Ramadan feast, which took place a few days before Iran’s Al-Quds Day rally during which Tehran demonstrated solidarity with Gaza. During the month of Ramadan, Iran donated 250,000 meals to Gaza as part of its efforts to rally the population’s backing. In addition, Iran has shown military support for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group and Hamas’ military wing. The Islamic republic’s goal is to create another proxy bordering with Israel, as it has done in Lebanon and Syria. (Ynet)
‘WHERE’D YOUR MONEY GO’ LIBERMAN ASKS ANGRY IRANIANS: Israel’s defense minister joined demonstrators blaming Iran’s economic woes on the regime’s support for regional terror groups. “Citizens of Iran, where’d your money go?” Liberman wrote in a Persian-language post on his social media accounts, as protesters demonstrated in Tehran for a second straight day on Tues. 26 June 2018. Iranians took to the streets Monday following the collapse of the country’s currency amid the renewal of US sanctions over the regime’s nuclear program. “As of today, despite the economic difficulties at home, the Iranian regime continues to invest billions in Syria, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Houthis in Yemen and Shiite militias in Iraq,” Liberman wrote. He said Iran agreed to provide these groups with $2.5 billion in 2018 alone, on top of the $14 billion he said the country has invested in Syria over the years. “Even last month, when you were fighting for your bread in the streets of Iran, Qassem Soleimani was conducting a number of operations, including logistical missions for Syria at a cost of $70 million,” the defense minister wrote. Soleimani is the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, which oversees Iran’s military activities abroad and provides support to terror and paramilitary groups. At the end of last year, similar economic protests rocked Iran and spread to some 75 cities, becoming the largest demonstrations in the country since its 2009 disputed presidential election. The protests in late Dec. 2017 and early Jan, 2018 saw at least 25 people killed and over 5,000 arrested. (Times of Israel)
EL AL: DON’T WANT TO SIT NEXT TO WOMEN? DON’T FLY: El Al, Israel’s national airline, has adopted a new policy regarding the handling of male passengers who refuse to sit next to women, following criticism of a series of incidents on a recent flight. Thurs. night, 21 June 2018, four male passengers, all members of the haredi community, refused to take seats assigned to them after they discovered that they had been seated next to female passengers. Claiming that their religious beliefs required that they be seated away from female passengers, the four men demanded that special accommodations be made in their case. Despite orders by one of the flight attendants that the four men take their assigned seats, the flight was delayed by more than an hour, with the dispute only being resolved after several women agreed to change seats. The incident drew heavy criticism, including from Barak Eilam, the CEO of NICE Systems, an analytics software company. In a social media post, Eilam vowed to cut all business ties with El Al and to boycott the airline until the airline banned “actions discriminating against women”. In response to Eilam’s post, El Al CEO Gonen Usishkin emphasized that El Al had adopted clear guidelines in the wake of last week’s incident to prevent similar occurrences in the future. Usishkin added that he had released a new directive, requiring that in the future, passengers who refuse their assigned seats will be immediately removed from the flight. (INN)
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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff