“I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” Mic. 7: 7
TRUMP AT THE UN: IRAN’S ‘MONSTROUS ANTI-SEMITISM’ WILL NOT BE TOLERATED: US President Donald Trump told the UN this week that Iran’s anti-Semitic hatred of Israel is unacceptable. He warned Tehran that his administration’s recently imposed sanctions against it would not be revoked as long as its “bloodlust” and nuclear drive continued. In describing the dangers of Iran, Trump said that its leaders “conduct ritual chants of ‘Death to America’ and traffic in monstrous anti-Semitism. He pointed to one example of Iranian bigotry in remarks from the country’s supreme leader who said last year that Israel was a malignant cancerous tumor that has to be removed and eradicated. “America will never tolerate such anti-Semitic hate,” Trump said. “Fanatics have long used hatred of Israel to distract from their own failures. Thankfully, there is a growing recognition in the wider Middle East that the countries of the region share a common interest in battling extremism and unleashing economic opportunity.” He then called on the international community to stand up to Iran. “All nations have a duty to act,” Trump said. “No responsible government should subsidize Iran’s blood lust. As long as Iran’s menacing behavior continues, sanctions will not be lifted: They will be tightened,” said Trump. (JNN) “He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Prov 29:1
THE US, EUROPEAN ALLIES AND ISRAEL AGREE IRAN WAS BEHIND SAUDI OILFIELD ATTACK: Delegates from around the world gathered this week for the annual opening of the UN General Assembly. The main topic of discussions and speeches has centered around the Iranian attack on Saudi oilfields earlier this month. European countries France, Germany and the UK released a statement agreeing “there is no other plausible explanation” except that Iran, not Yemen’s Houthi rebels, bear responsibility for the assault. Although blame for the drone and missile strike that sent repercussions throughout global energy industries has been laid at the feet of Tehran, leaders of the three European countries have not suggested solutions to deal with Iran’s latest act of aggression. Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who remained in Jerusalem this week due to political upheavals resulting from last week’s national elections, responded on social media: “Britain, France, and Germany have said that Iran is responsible for the recent attack on Saudi Arabia. Let me say on behalf of Israel, very simply: Iran did it. A to Z.” Netanyahu added that Israel will know how to defend itself against this type of aggression and called on all members of the international community to join US President Trump’s effort to increase the pressure on Iran. Blue and White’s Benny Gantz also applauded Trump’s call for an international front against the Iranian nuclear threat. “Iran is first and foremost a threat to international peace and is a hostile force against regional stability,” Gantz said. “It is incumbent upon the international community to impose sanctions and to enforce sanctions already in place in order to put pressure on Iran.” (JNN)
ISRAELI ENVOY DANON WELCOMES ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ UN REPORT ON COMBATTING ANTI-SEMITISM: The United Nations, for decades a hotbed of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias released a report on Monday 23 Sept. 2019 focusing on the shocking rise of anti-Semitism in several countries due to the growing use of anti-Semitic narratives by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and radical Muslim extremists. Such narratives, according to the report, are creating “a climate of fear among a substantial number of Jews, impairing their right to manifest their religion.” Also cited was left-wing anti-Semitism in various nations, “in which individuals claiming to hold anti-racist views employ anti-Semitic tropes in the course of expressing anger at policies of the Government of Israel.” In certain cases, said the report, “individuals expressing such views have engaged in Holocaust denial; in others, they have conflated Zionism, the self-determination movement of the Jewish people, with racism. They have claimed Israel does not have a right to exist and accused those expressing concern over anti-Semitism as acting in bad faith.” The report also noted that the Boycott, Divestments, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel is “fundamentally anti-Semitic.” The author of the report, Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed stressed that “expression which draws upon anti-Semitic stereotypes, rejects the right of Israel to exist, or advocates discrimination against Jewish individuals because of their religion should be condemned.” Shaheed urged countries and the UN to root out and prohibit anti-Semitism. Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon called the report “unprecedented’ and said it “is another example of the change in the UN attitude towards Israel.” (JNN)
UK LABOUR PARTY’S DENIAL OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN ITS MIDST IS ABSURD: The British Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, are still trying to ward off long-standing accusations of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias but the masquerade has become an increasingly bizarre display of self-deception and/or attempts at national deception. On Monday, 23 Sept. 2019 Britain’s Labour faction called for a future government led by Jeremy Corbyn to approve a boycott of Israeli settlement products. The majority of party members vowed to discard trade agreements with the Jewish state which they claim “fail to recognize the rights of the Palestinians.” The anti-Israel motion was passed nearly unanimously as Palestinian flags were unfurled to the shouts of “Free Palestine.” The party also appears to have endorsed a Palestinian “right to return” and reaffirmed its opposition to British arms sales to Israel. Unbelievably, a survey published on Sunday, 22 Sept. 2019 revealed that only 23% of Labour members believe the party has a serious problem with anti-Semitism. Labour Friends of Israel director Jennifer Gerber called Monday’s vote “another dark day in the history of the Labour party. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party is the home for anti-Jewish racists and Israel haters. It’s no wonder the Jewish community fears the prospect of Corbyn becoming prime minister,” said Gerber. (JNN) Intercede that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will not become Britain’s next prime minister.
‘RIGHT OF RETURN’: AN IMPOSSIBLE PALESTINIAN DEMAND: When Israel was created in 1948, Arab states and Arab Palestinians attacked the Jewish community in Palestine and the Jewish state, vowing to “drive the Jews into the sea.” Some 725,000 Arab Palestinians – at the behest of Arab leaders to leave their homes until they destroyed Israel – voluntarily fled the area. Arab armies lost the war, however, and those who had left wanted to return after Israel’s miraculous victory over five Arab nations. They were encouraged by their defeated leaders to cause violence and upheaval from the inside. Understandably, the plan was blocked. Countless opportunities to resettle under better conditions and more UN refugee aid is given to the Palestinian people than any other refugee group in history has not budged them from passivity and bitterness. Palestinian Arabs claim any peace agreement with Israel must allow the descendants and families of these refugees, now numbering five million to return to Israel. If Israel were to agree to this Jews would become a minority in their own state. Return of the refugees would put an end to the Jewish homeland.
On 30 March 2018, the so-called ‘Great March of Return’ a series of Palestinian protest demonstrations was launched near the Gaza/Israel border. The demonstrations which continue weekly each Friday demand that Palestinian refugees and their descendants be allowed to return to the land they voluntarily fled a generation ago. These protests rapidly turned into and remain to this day occasions for violent border riots on the part of Palestinians including attempted infiltrations into Israel and the use of various weapons against IDF soldiers and outposts. The march has two distinct strategies. The first is to garner international sympathy for the (self-induced) plight of Gazans and Palestinians. The second strategy – through Hamas terrorists who are attempting to approach and attack the border – is to use the demonstrators as human shields for the group’s terrorist ambitions, as well as to provoke a strong Israeli response that will result in headlines condemning the Jewish state. The so-called right of return has long been a nonnegotiable closed door on the part of Israel. This utterly outrageous Arab demand fulfilled would destroy the Jewish identity of the nation. (JNN)
HEZBOLLAH TERRORIST CONDUCTS SURVEILLANCE OF NYC FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES: Alexei Saab, 42, of Morristown N.J. was charged on Thurs. 19 Sept. 2019 in a nine-count indictment for providing material support to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization. The New Jersey resident spent 22 years training with and scouting terror-attack locations for Hezbollah. Saab supplied the terrorist organization with intelligence on the Port Authority, Grand Central Terminal, the New York Stock Exchange and the city’s two airports, according to the federal indictment against him. Saab also inspected dozens of other locations in New York City, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, the UN headquarters, and the Statue of Liberty. Detailed information recovered from his computers included photographs and details on the structural weaknesses of these locations. “While living in the United States, Saab served as an operative of Hezbollah and conducted surveillance of possible target locations in order to help the foreign terrorist organization prepare for potential future attacks against the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “Such covert activities conducted on US soil are a clear threat to our national security.” Saab joined Hezbollah in 1996 and his earliest activities with the group include spying in Lebanon on the movements of Israeli soldiers, and intelligence-gathering in Istanbul. In 2000 he received extensive training in military tactics, including how to construct bombs and other explosive devices. Saab entered the US in 2000 using a Lebanese passport. He became a naturalized US citizen in 2008. (JNN)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff