“Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.” Isa. 54:15
UK ELECTIONS: CORBYN’S DEFEAT IS ISRAEL’S WIN: Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu congratulated his British counterpart Boris Johnson following Johnson’s landslide win in last week’s UK general election. “Congratulations my friend Boris Johnson on your historic victory,” Netanyahu tweeted on Friday 13 Dec. 2019. “This is a great day for the people of Great Britain and for the friendship between us.” UK PM Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party the previous day emerged triumphant in a crushing defeat over Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. Israel’s politicians have hailed Corbyn’s downfall as ‘a milestone in the fight against anti-Semitism’. Corbyn, who was elected to lead the party in 2015, lost the support of many Jewish and non-Jewish voters due to his friendly connections with terror groups and his documented anti-Semitic statements and actions. Many British Jews said the elections were critical for them because they believe that the Labour Party has become institutionally anti-Semitic under Corbyn. The Labour Against Anti-Semitism group has documented thousands of cases of anti-Semitic hate speech by members since 2015. Signaling a final defeat, Jeremy Corbyn announced his resignation as leader of the Labour party early Friday morning 13 Dec. 2019. (VFI News)
UK TO BAN BDS: Landing another blow to the jaws of anti-Semitism this month, the new Conservative government in the UK has announced it will pass a law making it illegal for public bodies to engage with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. The Conservative Party’s platform in the general election last week included a commitment to “ban public bodies from imposing their own direct or indirect boycotts, disinvestment, or sanctions campaigns against foreign countries.” Specifically, the move is meant to bloc local councils controlled by the Labour Party from using taxpayer funds to boycott Israel. UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues Eric Pickles said over the weekend that Labour’s historic defeat in last week’s election showed that the British people reject anti-Semitism. “Anti-Semitism is an attack on the British way of life and British identity. Without our Jewish citizens, we would be a lesser nation. BDS is anti-Semitic and should be treated as such.” The envoy continued to explain that the new law will not allow public bodies to work with those who boycott, divest from or sanction Israel in any way. The Palestinian launched and backed BDS movement, rejects Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and is among the most prominent efforts to undermine Israel’s existence. (VFI News)
BDS AND AMERICA’S NEW ANTI-SEMITES: The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) pushes for economic measures to oppose Israel’s [so-called] occupation of Judea & Samaria. The campaign’s Palestinian instigators initially called for changes in Israeli policies, but numerous backers have taken it up to oppose Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state. Supporters of Israel have pointed out that the boycott movement is anti-Semitism in disguise. Backing this observation, a report scheduled to be issued in full this week has exposed what it called “unprecedented similarities between the BDS movement and far-right groups to propagate anti-Semitism in the United States.” The 120-page report, titled “The New Anti-Semites,” is backed by 23 Jewish and Christian American non-governmental organizations. “The wide coalition behind the report illustrates the growing concern about the spike in anti-Semitism in the United States,” the report’s authors said. “Much of this hatred is often disguised under the veil of the delegitimization campaign (BDS) against the Jewish State of Israel.” The report warned that “this bigotry does not end with the Jewish people; it threatens to dismantle American values and result in mass violence. (VFI News)
ISRAELIS HEAD FOR A THIRD NATIONAL ELECTION IN 2020: The deadline passed on Wed. 11 Dec. 2019 to nominate a candidate for Israel’s next prime minister, officially launching the third election in less than a year. The Knesset voted to dissolve itself late Wed. night. New elections will be held on 2 March 2020. Unable to find common ground following inconclusive election results in April 2019 and again in Sep. 2019, lawmakers from PM Binyamin Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud and Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White blame each other for the impasse. Yair Lapid, Blue and White’s second in command, predicted that the next few months would be “a festival of hate and violence and disgrace.” According to two opinion polls, the public seems to agree with more than 40 percent of respondents blaming Netanyahu for the political deadlock. More than a quarter of the public believes Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman is responsible, and a similar percentage says all parties are equally at fault. Another poll conducted last week revealed that the prevailing sentiment could have tangible effects, with Blue and White predicted to win 37 out of the Knesset’s 120 seats in March 2020. However, neither party is expected to be in a clear position to head a minimum 61-member coalition, as the country’s Right and Center-Left blocs are projected to receive about the same overall representation as they did in both April and September of this year. (VFI News)
IT’S NOT ALWAYS SUNNY IN ISRAEL: For those who have never visited Israel, it’s easy to picture it as a land of deserts and white stretches of beach with occasional rain in the winter months – but mostly sunny and warm. Actually, Israel is a country of two seasons; summer and winter with a short-lived, breathtaking spring and a brief reminder of autumn sandwiched between the hot and the cold. In the late fall and winter months, snow, freezing temperatures, storms, and blustery gales can cause chaos from Israel’s well-forested north to its wind-carved deserts in the south. For example, last week turbulent weather lashed the coastline of Israel on Thur. 12 Dec. 2019 and moved inland, causing numerous injuries and damage to cars and buildings. Flash floods were predicted in the Judean Desert and the ski resort at Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights was closed down for the weekend due to weather conditions. The Magen David Adom rescue service said a number of people were hurt in weather-related incidents around the country.
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff