“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions
fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lam. 3: 22-23
UK DEMANDS UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL DROP ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS: The United Kingdom condemned the UN Human Rights Council on Monday 18 June 2018 over the body’s long-standing anti-Israel bias, demanding the council drop a controversial agenda item placing Israel under intense scrutiny. British foreign affairs chief Boris Johnson slammed the UN Human Rights Council – a 47-member body headquartered in Geneva – calling on the council to drop Agenda Item 7, an item which has made the Israel-Arab conflict a permanent focus of the council. Speaking at the opening of the UNHRC’s 38th session, Johnson said that the UK viewed Agenda Item 7 as “disproportionate” and “damaging.” Johnson also threatened to vote against all motions brought under Agenda Item 7 in the future. “We share the view that the dedicated Agenda Item 7 focused solely on Israel and the Occupied [Disputed] Palestinian Territories is disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace, and unless things change we shall vote next year against all resolutions introduced under Item 7,” Johnson said. (INN)
IRAN-BACKED SYRIAN TERRORISTS CHANGE UNIFORMS, HEAD TOWARD GOLAN: Syrian rebel sources claim up to 500 Iranian-backed terrorists and members of the Hezbollah terrorist group changed uniforms and are digging in near the Golan in preparation for a major offensive. They are reportedly concentrating in an area dubbed the “triangle of death” near the Golan Heights, as the Syrian regime prepares its major post-Ramadan offensive. The offensive is designed to defeat the rebels in southern Syria and has raised concerns in Jerusalem, Washington, Moscow and Amman as a potential crisis looms. This comes as Israel continues warning the Syrian regime to remove Iranian forces from the country. On Sunday 17 June 2018, PM Netanyahu said he reiterated Israel’s demand that Iran withdraw from all of Syria, in conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend. With the defeat of Syrian rebels in Damascus, the regime has begun to concentrate forces along its long front line that stretches from the environs of the southern Damascus countryside down to Daraa near the Jordanian border. This front line ranges from 10 kilometers to just one kilometer from the Israel’s Golan Heights. Israel previously stressed to Moscow and Washington that Iranian forces must be kept 40-60 km. (25-37 mi.) from the Golan border. (J.Post) Pray continually for the protection of Israel’s northern borders.
PRO-IRANIAN HEZBOLLAH TERRORIST GROUP USES BEIRUT AIRPORT AS SMUGGLING POINT: According to media reports, the Lebanese are corrupting the Beirut airport and facilitating the smuggling of weapons and drugs, and enabling the transition of pro-Iranian fighters to other countries from the civil wars in the Middle East. Hezbollah allowed the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to take the Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport as a base for Iranian regime operations, which consists of transporting weapons and fighters to locations and countries serving the Revolutionary Guards’ strategy for regional intervention. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps plays the leading role in fueling major wars in the Middle East, including the current wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. The IRGC declared its strategy of meddling in the region in 1990, following the establishment of the Quds Force. The regime’s inner circles describe the Quds Force as the “center of an international Islamic army.” Iran continues its strategy and agenda of sowing mayhem and continues its effort to destroy the Jewish state. (Washington Times)
MORE JEWISH IMMIGRANTS SETTLING IN JERUSALEM: The total number of immigrants (olim) to Israel living in Jerusalem within 10 years of their arrival in Israel currently stands at 23,122. This number includes 6,764 immigrants from the US, 6,169 immigrants from France, and 3,618 immigrants from the Former Soviet Union. According to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, “One of the city’s challenges is to remain attractive to young people and immigrants. Today, the city absorbs the highest number and percentage of immigrants. In the past five years (2012-2017), 20,547 immigrants arrived in Jerusalem and 6,735 left. Their contribution to the city is huge – 13,812 people – representing a quarter of the city’s natural growth. Our upcoming challenges include expanding the Etzion Ulpan to be a magnet for young immigrants, [Ulpan Etzion Jerusalem is Israel’s intensive Hebrew learning program that has served as the model for all ulpanim catering to new immigrants], creating absorption facilities for immigrants to live in, and turning the city into one which receives preferential treatment from the government.” Absorption Authority Director Pinny Galinkovich noted that most immigrants who speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese come to Jerusalem, and most immigrants are young. He also spoke about the various aid programs offered by the city, including cultural programs, educational programs, housing, employment and post-immigration counseling. (Arutz-7) “For the Lord shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory.” Ps. 102:16
IAF STRIKES 9 HAMAS TARGETS IN RESPONSE TO KITE TERRORISM: Israel Air Force jets attacked nine Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday 18 June 2018, in what were the most significant strikes in the fight against the incendiary kites and balloons terrorism. The strikes hit two military bases in Jabalia, Al-Shati and a weapons production facility in Gaza City. During the strike, three rockets were fired at the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, with one apparently falling inside the Strip. No casualties were reported from the rockets or air strikes. The IDF Spokesman’s Office said the strikes were in response to the incendiary and explosive balloons and kites being launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip. “These are terror attacks that endanger the residents of southern Israel,” the IDF said. “In recent days, the IDF carried out several attacks near the cells responsible for the arson and destruction of lands in Israel as well as infrastructure used by these cells,” the army added.
The IDF has has also recently taken measured steps in the Gaza Strip, firing warning shots from the air and destroying property belonging to the kite launchers but has refrained from targeting them. Some Israeli ministers have called for those launchers to be targeted directly. The kite terrorism has been plaguing the Gaza border communities for two and a half months now. Palestinians have sent kites dangling coal embers or burning rags across the Gaza border to set fire to arid farmland and forests, others have carried small explosive devices in a new tactic that has caused extensive damage. Seventeen fires broke out on Sunday 17 June 2018 as a result of the incendiary kites and balloons, with hundreds of turkeys suffocating to death in Ein HaShlosha from smoke inhalation. Earlier, police sappers were called to a home in south Israel after two balloons carrying incendiary devices landed in a residential backyard tree. (Ynet)
ISRAEL FOILS HAMAS PLOT TO BOMB JERUSALEM, TEL AVIV: Israeli security forces recently exposed a Hamas terror cell operating in the Nablus area, which planned to carry out attacks in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Security forces found explosive devices, one of which weighed 10 kg. and could be detonated remotely. A firearm and bomb-manufacturing instructions were also found. As part of their investigation, security forces uncovered and foiled another Hamas cell which was plotting to carry out attacks. PM Netanyahu said of the incidents, “Hamas is trying to harm us from Gaza and from Judea & Samaria. That is the reason that we will continue to maintain security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River.” (Ynet)
WOMAN CHASING AFTER JEWISH KIDS WITH KNIFE ARRESTED IN LONDON: A woman was arrested in a London neighborhood for running after Jewish children while brandishing a knife and shouting “I want to kill all you Jews.” The incident took place on Sunday evening 17 June in Stamford Hill, which has a large haredi Orthodox population. Some 15 children aged 8 to 15 were walking home from a local synagogue following the evening prayer service. London Police were alerted to the threat by the Shomrim neighborhood watch group, according to the London-based Jewish Chronicle. The woman, 47, was arrested on suspicion of a “racially aggravated public order offense,” police told the newspaper. She was sent for a mental health evaluation. (Arutz-7)
ISRAELI COMPANY INVENTS PLASTIC PACKAGING THAT DECOMPOSES: Israel-based TIPA has invented film that is 100% compostable. TIPA packaging disintegrates into water, carbon dioxide and organic matter that bacteria then degrade. “No practical technology exists to recycle plastic film. If we toss it out with bottles, the recycling plants shrug, weed out the bottles by machine and throw the rest into landfills”, explains Merav Koren. She is marketing director for TIPA, an Israel-based company that aims to change all this by making 100% compostable packaging film. “TIPA films look like plastic and behave like plastic but end life like an orange peel,” says Koren. “Every aspect of it, from the packaging’s film to its adhesive, is 100 percent compostable. Not a molecule will be added to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch located between Hawaii and California. Unlike conventional plastic, this wrapping will not stay with us and our children’s children forever more.” (Ha’aretz)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff