“Behold, I am coming quickly.” Rev. 22:12
PRESIDENT RIVLIN: ISRAEL’S PEOPLE DESIRE A ‘STABLE UNIFIED GOVERNMENT’: Over the coming days, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin will consult with representatives of all the parties elected to the Knesset according to the outcome of last week’s national elections. Rivlin will decide to whom will fall the task of forming the new government. The president said on Sunday, 22 Sept. 2019 that the only way to form a stable government is to have the two large parties – Likud and Blue & White – join forces. The other options for what will happen as a result of last week’s vote promise to be wrought with difficulties – that of a third national election in 2019-2020 or a narrow coalition made up of the right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties. The option considered to be the most beneficial to Israel’s long-term stability and wellbeing – according to pre-election opinion polls and now Israel’s President – would be a unity government. Rivlin said on Sunday, “The people of Israel want a government that will be stable and capable of leading the state. As an Israeli citizen, I feel that the only way to prevent another election is the ability of the two large parties – almost equal in size – to join forces and form a government.” (JNN)
INTERCEDE FOR ISRAEL’S NEW GOVERNMENT TO BE EFFECTIVELY FORMED SOON: Please pray for the leaders of Israel’s two largest political parties to arrive at workable agreements and to be able to form a new unity government between them. The second option of a narrow coalition of the right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties would lead to more political stalemates or other highly unfavorable scenarios. While a third national election in the coming months seems unreasonable to most Israelis, the possibility could occur. The damage to the country as a result of repeated elections – for a third time this year – would be immense. The direct cost alone would be approximately 700 million shekels, a sum that equals the entire annual budget of the Science Ministry. The indirect price-tag for going back to the polls again would cost the Israeli economy more than 2 billion shekels. This would only be part of the consequences of such an outcome lengthening the current political impasse. For close to a year now Israel has been unable to carry out important procedures. Senior officials in the various ministries have said the government is “treading water.” They report that new programs cannot be approved, serious processes cannot be conducted and long-term plans cannot be adopted. The Ministry of the Economy cannot progress with reforms to lower the cost of living. The Interior Ministry is holding back major projects needed by local authorities. The appointments of senior officials – judges, the police chief – are frozen. Diplomatic processes with a direct impact on Israeli security, such as President Trump’s peace plan, have been deferred. Everything is on hold. Again, please intercede in this vitally important issue that Israel’s leaders will be able to form a strong and stable government and that other options, including a third national election, will be avoided. (JNN)
DANON WELCOMES NEW US AMBASSADOR KELLY CRAFT TO THE UN: US ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft, was warmly welcomed into her new position on Friday, 20 Sept. 2019 by Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon. Danon said before the UN body, “We welcome your presence here and look forward to your voice being heard on behalf of the American people.” Ambassador Craft in return expressed her support for Israel. “The United States has always supported Israel in the past. The United States supports Israel today. Israel will have no better friend than Kelly Craft,” she said. Danon later remarked that Ambassador Craft had made it clear that the US remains strongly committed to Israel and Israel’s security. “With her help, together we can continue to change the culture at the United Nations.” In his address to the Security Council on Friday, Danon warned that Iran continues to pose the greatest danger to regional stability and security. He said that Iran must be stopped, “not with smiles and handshakes, but with economic, political, diplomatic and any other pressure as necessary. I call on the members of this esteemed Council to act against the Iranian violations and exert more pressure on Iran,” he said. (JNN) Pray for Kelly Craft that she will able to fill this very difficult position in the UN.
DONALD TRUMP IMPOSES HIGHEST SANCTIONS EVER ON IRANIAN BANK: President Trump said Friday, 20 Sept. 2019 that he’s imposing economic sanctions on Iran’s national bank as an initial response to Tehran’s role in attacking Saudi oil fields. The 14 Sep. 2019 drone attack on fields east of Riyadh disrupted the global oil supply. Trump said that while some people want him to strike Iran, others much prefer his heavy-sanctions approach. “I think the sanctions work, and the military would work, though the military would be a very severe form of winning”, he said. Trump added that Iran could be a “great and rich country” were it not for its bad choices. “But they are choosing to go a different way. They will be very sorry for that choice,” he said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hailed the sanctions saying Iran must face consequences for its aggression in the Middle East. “Attacking other nations and disrupting the global economy has a price”, he said. “The regime in Tehran must be held accountable through diplomatic isolation and economic pressure.” (JNN) Continue to intercede that non-military measures will bring Iran to halting aggression, support of terrorist groups and nuclear ambitions.
ZARIF SAYS THERE’S NO CERTAINTY WAR CAN BE AVOIDED: The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, over the weekend warned of “all-out war” in the event of US, or Saudi military strikes. “I’m not confident that we can avoid war. I’m confident that we will not start one,” Zarif said in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” aired on Sunday, 22 Sept 2019. “I’m confident that whoever starts one will not be the one who finishes it,” he added. Explaining his comments Zarif said, “That means that there won’t be a limited war.” Tensions continue to rise between the US and Tehran following drone strikes attributed to Iran earlier this month on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. The assault disrupted about half of the kingdom’s oil capacity or 5% of the daily global oil supply. On Friday 20 Sept. 2019 US President Trump agreed to dispatch troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that in doing so, the US was responding to requests from Saudi and United Arab Emirates to help improve their air and missile defenses. Weekend comments by Zarif represented the starkest warning yet by Tehran in a long summer of assaults and incidents following the collapse of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, more than a year after Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the accord. (JNN)
IRANIAN CONNECTIONS TO YEMEN’S HOUTHI REBELS: Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for this month’s drone-and-missile strike on the Saudi kingdom’s oil industry that shook global energy markets. But both the US and its ally Saudi Arabia – Iran’s main regional rival – said the Islamic Republic was behind them. Iran has denied that it was responsible for the Saudi assault or that it is backing the Houthis. Iranian sources have also denied Saudi Arabian accusations that Tehran provided the Houthi rebels in Yemen with ballistic capabilities. Houthi rebels are at the center of a civil war against Saudi-backed forces. Since the start of the conflict within Yemen, the Houthis have sought to punish Saudi Arabia for its major role in the conflict by launching assaults on Saudi soil. It has long been believed that Iran is planning to use the Houthis to take over Yemen and seize the key strategic port of Aden, which controls the entrance to the Red Sea and ultimately to the Israeli resort city of Eilat. (JNN)
ANTI-SEMITIC PERSECUTION ON US COLLEGE CAMPUSES REACH HISTORIC HIGH: Hatred towards Jews and pro-Israeli students is escalating according to a new study by the AMCHA Initiative that monitors anti-Semitism on more than 400 college campuses. AMCHA reported that there had been a major spike in students being targeted with hate speech and violence during the past year due to their open support for Israel. The findings also noted that the anti-Semitic harassment is chiefly coming from activists linked to the anti-Israel, Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions movement. Anti-Semitic acts involving the singling out of Jewish and pro-Israel students and groups for personal vilification more than doubled, according to the report, including a 147% increase in incidents being linked to “white supremacy”. Attempts to exclude Jewish and pro-Israel students from campus activities more than doubled, with expressions calling for the total boycott or exclusion of pro-Israel students from campus life nearly tripling. The study shows that the endorsement of anti-Israel causes by students and professors has created an unsafe environment for Jewish students and non-Jewish students who support Israel. (JNN) “Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me. Fight against those who fight against me.” Ps 35:1
ISRAEL’S NATIONAL BASEBALL TEAM WILL BE HEADING FOR THE OLYMPICS IN 2020: Israelis were gladdened by news on Sunday, 22 Sept. 2019 that its national baseball team beat South Africa 11-1, securing a place in Japan where it will face five other teams at the Tokyo 2020 summer games. The Israeli team defeated South Africa 11-1 at a qualifying contest in Italy between European and African nations. Israel’s team moved ahead to the Europe/Africa Olympic qualifier after beating France in the European Championship on 13 Sept. 2019. There are only six national teams in the Olympic baseball event and Israel is the first to qualify for the contest. Japan, as the host nation, automatically qualifies and the other teams will earn their places during various preliminary competitions. (JNN)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff