“I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.” Lev. 26:4
RAIN WELCOME – LIGHTNING AND HIGH WINDS NOT THE BEST CONDITIONS FOR SUCCAH DWELLERS: Unseasonably hot temperatures, high winds, rain, and lightning have caused many Israelis to abandon their succahs (palm-covered huts) this week to celebrate their remaining holiday meals in kitchens and dining rooms. In some cases, succahs themselves have been scattered by high winds leaving brightly colored decorations strewn across gardens or in nearby olive trees. Meteorologists say an atmospheric phenomenon has occurred in which warm wind in lower layers of the atmosphere clashed with cold wind of the higher layers, leading to unseasonably hot temperatures coupled with intermittent rain showers. Hopes that the rain at the beginning of the week might signal the end of another long hot summer in Israel have dwindled as the weather has continued hot and muggy across the country. Israel Nature and Parks Authority warned local folks and guests from abroad, celebrating the weekdays of the festival of Succot, to refrain from going on hiking trails near the rivers in the area of the Judean Desert. The popular Ein Gedi Nature Reserve along the Dead Sea was closed to visitors due to the extreme heat that reigns in the area, with the temperatures reaching some 40 degrees celsius. The heat is expected to subside as the week comes to an end, while intermittent rain continues. (JNN)
SYRIAN TROOPS AID KURDS AGAINST TURKISH FORCES: Syrian troops this week began moving into Kurdish-held territory to confront Turkish forces and their allies. The military operation began a day after the Kurds agreed to relinquish key cities to Damascus in exchange for protection after four days of bombardment by Turkish artillery and jets. Syrian state media said on Mon. 14 Oct. 2019 that its army was moving north to “confront Turkish aggression on Syrian territory.” Meanwhile, at least 750 people with links to ISIS escaped from detention camps in northeastern Syria earlier this week. US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Vice President Mike Pence announced on Monday that Washington had imposed new sanctions against Turkish officials and institutions over the country’s incursion of northern Syria. “The president of the United States called on the president of Turkey to stop the invasion,” Pence said. Russia on Tues. 15 Oct. 2019 called Turkey’s invasion of northeast Syria “unacceptable” and demanded that the operation be limited. (JNN)
BERNIE SANDERS GAINS BACKING OF “SQUAD” MEMBERS FOR DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S 2020 PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION: Far-left Democratic freshmen known as members of “The Squad,” are gearing-up to endorse the Jewish senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, for US president. At a major rally in Queen’s New York last weekend, Sanders sought to assure American voters that he was fit to run in next year’s elections in the wake of a recent heart attack. Media outlets announced close to the time of the meeting that “Special Guests” at the event would include the prominent member of the so-called “Squad”, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York who said she was prepared to endorse Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. Within minutes, following Cortez’s announcement another Squad member, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, added her endorsement and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan was reportedly soon to announce her backing. Both Omar and Tlaib support the boycott Israel movement; Sanders does not but upholds the right of Americans to boycott Israel. In her announcement, Omar hinted that Sanders’ tough criticism of Israel drew her to him. Omar and Tlaib also have been accused by fellow Democrats and by Republicans of crossing the line into anti-Semitism. President Donald Trump has said the party is anti-Semitic because of their influence. (JNN) Be informed as to the stands and voting history of those who are running for top offices regarding abortion, same-sex marriage, anti-Semitism, Israel, and Iran. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” Prov. 14:34
IRAN’S ECONOMY TO DIP BY 9.5% THIS YEAR DUE TO INCREASED US SANCTIONS: An International Monetary Fund (IMF) report, published on Tues. 15 Oct. 2019, predicted that Iran’s economy will shrink by 9.5% this year, down from a previous estimate of a six percent reduction, as the country feels the impact of tighter US sanctions. The IMF forecasts are close to estimates given last week by the World Bank, which said the Iranian economy by the end of the 2019/20 financial year would be 90% smaller than it was two years ago. Sanctions brought in after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 painfully target nearly all sectors of Iran’s economy. A drop in the Iranian currency following the re-imposition of sanctions has disrupted Iran’s foreign trade and boosted annual inflation, which the IMF forecasts at 35.7% this year. The Iranian rial official rate is set at 42,000 rials to the dollar, but its market rate stood at around 115,000 against the dollar on Tuesday. (JNN)
ANTI-SEMITISM SHARPLY INCREASES IN EU NATIONS: For years, Europe maintained the notion that it was earnestly confronting anti-Semitism after the horrors of the Holocaust. It now faces the alarming reality that anti-Semitism is sharply on the rise, often from the sadly familiar direction of the far-right, but also from Islamists and the far-left. Anti-Semitism has steadily gained a foothold throughout many European Union member states, according to a recent study performed by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Most of the anti-Semitic incidents that occurred this year took place in Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, according to FRA. The FRA survey found that 65% of French citizens and 43% of Germans consider anti-Semitic occurrences a “very serious problem.” According to one FRA source, “the problem affects all member states,” though countries like Germany and France are impacted more because they have a larger number of Jewish communities which makes Jewish life more visible there. A strong link was seen between growing right-wing populism in Europe and anti-Semitism. FRA sources said, “the group mentality behind these views has led to rises in racism and anti-Semitism within these countries and all across Europe.” What is clear is that these strains of anti-Semitism – from the right, from the left, and from radical Muslims -have morphed into a resurgence of a blight that should have been eradicated long ago, and that is causing serious anxiety among Europe’s Jews. (JNN) Continue to pray that people from endangered Jewish communities will make decisions and find the means to immigrate to Israel.
ISRAEL TAKES GLOBAL LEAD IN FIRST WASTE-TO-POWER ENERGY PARK: Israel is a leader in science, medicine, technology and dozens of other areas that assist our planet and its inhabitants to heal and to prosper. Israel’s Finance Ministry and Ministry of Environmental Protection days ago announced plans to construct Israel’s first waste-to-energy power plant. Incinerating waste to produce electricity, the facility will be built at the “Good Samaritan” recycling park outside of Jerusalem. The plant is expected to serve as the primary waste treatment facility for the Jerusalem metropolitan area and surrounding areas and will be constructed to convert an estimated five million tons of waste annually. The new site is scheduled to begin operations in another six years. It is expected to be the most advanced energy recovery facility worldwide, producing electricity from waste under stringent environmentally-friendly conditions. (JNN) “And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing…” Zech. 8:13.
ISRAELI GYMNAST ON HIS WAY TO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES: Last Weekend, Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat won a silver medal in the floor exercise competition of the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. Dolgopyat achieved a notable score of 15.200 points for his exercise. Last year he won gold at the Paris World Challenge Cup and silver in the European Championships. Dolgopyat also won the silver medal in the 2017 World Championships. He is seen as one of Israel’s greatest hopes for an Olympic medal. (JNN)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff