“He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made. The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.” Ps. 7:14-16
UNITY GOVERNMENT TALKS END IN ANOTHER DEADLOCK: The Rosh Hashanah holiday commenced this year on Sunday evening, 29 Sept. 2019, with still no progress toward forming Israel’s next government. Negotiators from PM Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Blue and White bloc led by contender Benny Gantz adjourned shortly before sundown Sunday without a breakthrough. Netanyahu was given the authorization to form the country’s next government but lacks sufficient support to form the narrow right-wing coalition he favors. Gantz meanwhile is saying he won’t sit in a government with anyone facing criminal prosecution. The Prime Minister for the past two years has been warding off indictments for three corruption cases. Unable to form a government, Netanyahu according to wide-spread speculation, will hand back the mandate early in what analysts say is a critical effort at timing aimed at stalling the indictment process. This is being viewed as a move closer to a third round of elections, believing that rival Blue and White bloc will have no better success behind Benny Gantz. (JNN) Pray the Lord will hand-pick upright men and women to serve in Israel’s next government and that a coalition will be formed soon.
MAKE NO MISTAKE – BLUE AND WHITE PARTY LEADER GANTZ IS NOT PLANNING TO SHARE THE POLITICAL THRONE WITH NETANYAHU: Hopes for renewed talks between PM Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz following the Rosh Hashanah holiday were dashed on Tuesday evening, 1 Oct. 2019. Prospects for a unity government dissipated as Netanyahu’s political rival Gantz, at the end of the festival, canceled any future talks between the two parties. Blue and White sources called the move part of a strategic and deliberate design to weaken the Prime Minister’s chances for remaining in power. One senior official in Blue and White said, “Netanyahu won’t toy with us. Benny Gantz will be prime minister, and Netanyahu will climb down and resign. His time is over.” When a second official was asked whether or not negotiations on a possible unity government had been “blown up,” he responded, “We will never sit in a government with Netanyahu. That’s what we promised our voters.” Blue and White is happy that Netanyahu was the first one tapped to form the next government. Senior officials in Blue and White said their party would have a better chance of forming a government if it was the second in line. Blue and White also reportedly believes that it will have a better chance of forming a government due to increased pressure from the other parties to avoid a third election. (JNN)
IRAN’S LEADING GENERAL SAYS DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL IS NOW AN OBTAINABLE GOAL: A decades-long dream for Iran, according to Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Gen. Hossein Salami is about to come true. In comments delivered to an audience of IRGC leaders on Monday 30 Sept. 2019, and carried by multiple news outlets, the military commander said that wiping Israel off the map is now an “achievable goal” thanks to the country’s technological advances. He continued that his country has “managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the imposter Zionist regime,” four decades after the Iranian Revolution. Israel’s Brig.-Gen. Dror Shalom, head of the IDF Military Intelligence Research Division, has not brushed off this week’s habitual saber-rattling from Iranian military and religious sources, but rather warned that Israel is in a much more complex reality than it was in the past, “and it’s only getting worse.” Shalom estimates it will take Iran two years to build a nuclear bomb. He also said this week, “I think it’s very likely” that Quds Force commander Maj.-Gen. Qassem Soleimani will shoot at Israel from Iraq. “It could be surface-to-surface missiles, cruise missiles, or long-range UAVs. He has UAVs that can fly 600-700 miles that he has used in the Persian Gulf. My working assumption is that it’s only a matter of time until he tries.” (JNN) “May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow.” Ps.129: 5-6
SAUDI CROWN PRINCE CALLS FOR FIRM ACTION AGAINST IRAN TO PREVENT CATASTROPHIC WAR: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a media interview aired on Sunday, 29 Sept. 2019 that a regional war with Iran would bring about a catastrophic blow to the global economy. The Saudi royal advises a firm non-military solution to tensions with the Islamic Republic. He warned that in a military scenario with his country’s regional foe, “supplies will be disrupted and oil prices will jump to unimaginably high numbers that we haven’t seen in our lifetimes,” the prince said. “The region represents about 30% of the world’s energy supplies, about 20% of global trade passages, about five percent of the world GDP. Imagine all of these three things stop,” he continued. “This means a total collapse of the global economy, and not just Saudi Arabia or the Middle East countries.” The Crown Prince also said that Iran’s attack on Saudi oil facilities last month was the work of a “fool.” “There is no strategic goal. Only a fool would attack five percent of global supplies. The only strategic goal is to prove that they are stupid and that is what they did,” said the prince. (JNN)
TRAVELERS: FREE BED & BREAKFAST – NO HOSPITAL INSURANCE NEEDED FOR THOSE REQUIRING CARE: During the migration season some 500 million birds pass through Israel. Especially prominent are white storks; half a million stop in Israel for food and rest. Also pelicans – some 40,000 of which of fly over the region in spring and autumn – consider Israel to be their preferred inn of hospitality. In addition to bed and breakfast sites for transitory feathered friends, Israel is providing extensive hospital care for injured birds – both for the local population and for those just passing through. Especially during times of migration, the struggle against nature and environmental changes prove to be fatal to individual birds. In Israel, thousands of birds are being treated in the Israeli Wildlife Hospital which has been in operation for 14 years. Birds often arrive in the hospital with severe injuries and have to go through complicated orthopedic surgeries that call for a long rehabilitation period. In order to be released back into the wild, these birds require a second rehabilitation period that focuses on re-learning how to fly and practicing it. A new facility will soon allow them all the air time they need before being released. The Israeli Wildlife Hospital, operated by the Nature and Parks Authority and the Ramat Gan Safari Park is building an immense enclosure, set to become a flight school for injured birds before they return to the wild. (JNN)
ISRAELI DOCUMENTARY WINS EMMY: Israeli cable network, YES. recently won its third documentary award. The honor came this year for a film called “Trophy” which looks into the controversial sport of animal hunting in Africa and the USA. It discusses the issue of endangered species and whether the hunting industry is contributing significantly to the demise of animals facing extinction. The Israeli documentary won the Emmy for Outstanding Nature Documentary at the 2019 News and Documentary Emmys. YES previously won Emmy documentary awards for “Google Baby” in the Outstanding Science and Technology Programming category in 2011 and “Forever Pure,” about the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team’s extremist fans, for Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary in 2018. (JNN)
BIBLICAL KINGDOM OF EDOM UNEARTHED: Newly published research has uncovered the story of the wealthy biblical kingdom of Edom, located in parts of Israel and Jordan that existed during the 12th-11th centuries BC. University Prof. Erez Ben-Yosef said researchers were able to identify and characterize the development of Edom. “Our results prove it happened earlier than previously thought and in accordance with the biblical description.” According to their study, published days ago by the scientific journal PLOS ONE, the kingdom’s affluence was built on a “hi-tech network” of copper, the most lucrative commodity in the region at the time. Copper was used to craft weapons and tools, and “copper smelting was essentially the hi-tech of ancient times,” said Ben-Yosef. (JNN) The Hebrew word Edom means “red,” and is derived from the name of its founder, Esau, the elder son of the Hebrew patriarch Isaac because he was born “red all over.” Early in life, Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for “red pottage.”
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff