From, by Barry Segal, 11/16/13 –

“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.” 1 Thes 5:5-6

Barry Segal

Barry Segal

US  LAWMAKERS UNFAVORABLE TO WHITE HOUSE PLEA ON IRAN: US lawmakers are strongly rejecting a White House plea for a delay in a new  round of economic sanctions against Iran. After a briefing on Wednesday by top  administration officials, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said, “The pitch was  very unconvincing. It was fairly anti-Israeli.” Senate Minority Leader  Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, “It’s obvious that what the administration  is promoting is something the Israelis think is a bad deal for them. It’s  pretty clear the Sunni Arab allies of ours also think it’s a bad deal. Looking  at it strictly from an American point of view, I think it’s a bad deal as  well.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said: “Put  your mind-set that you’re in Israel. There are not thousands of miles  separating you from Iran. It’s scores of miles. What we do has to be done  right.” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking Democrat on the House  Foreign Affairs Committee, said action on a new round of sanctions would  actually help negotiations by allowing diplomats to say that absent major  Iranian concessions, Mr. Obama’s hands will be tied by Congress. Sen. Robert  Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, still  wants the new sanctions on Iran, a spokesman said after the briefing.  (Politico/Reuters/ NY Times)

SENATORS  TOLD TO ‘IGNORE ISRAEL’ ON IRAN: Republican  senators who were briefed on Wednesday about recent talks with Iran were  reportedly told to “ignore anything the Israelis say” about the issue, BuzzFeed  reports. Members of the Senate Banking Committee who spoke to the website after  a briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry and lead Iran negotiator Wendy  Sherman sharply criticized the presentation. The briefing came as part of an  ongoing appeal by the Obama administration to the Senate to hold off on a new  round of sanctions against Iran. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Il.) commented, “I was  supposed to disbelieve everything the Israelis had just told me, and I think  the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service.” He added that  the Israelis had told him the “total changes proposed set back the program by  24 days.” A Senate aide reported that “every time anybody would say anything  about the Israelis they would get cut off and Kerry would say, ‘You have to  ignore what they’re telling you, stop listening to the Israelis on this.’” The  aide said Administration officials “had no details. They had no ability to verify  anything, to describe anything, to answer basic questions.” Senator Bob  Corker (R-Tenn.) said he was “very disappointed in the presentation.” Corker  explained senators were given no details of the interim deal being formulated  in negotiations between Iran and world powers in Geneva this month. “I am  stunned that in a classified setting when you’re trying to talk to the very  folks that would be originating legislation relative to sanctions, to have such  a lack of specificity. It was solely an emotional appeal,” Corker said. (Israel  National News)

KERRY’S  FEAR: NAFTALI BENNETT: US Secretary of State  John Kerry is apparently afraid of Israel’s Minister of Economy Naftali  Bennett’s visit to the United States. Kerry made headlines early Thursday for  advising US Senators to “stop listening to the Israelis” when it comes to  Iran’s nuclear program. His controversial comments came as Bennett is in the US  to meet with senators and congressmen from both the Republican and Democratic  parties, and to urge them to delay approval of any agreement with Iran that  includes easing sanctions. Analysts say the timing is no coincidence. Kerry  fears Bennett will be successful in arguing that sanctions are still necessary,  they explained. That would be a blow to Kerry’s own campaign to convince  senators that no new sanctions are needed. A sanctions relief package offered  to Iran as part of nuclear negotiations could be worth up to $40 billion to  Tehran, or 40% of the impact of the sanctions, Israel’s Strategic Affairs  Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday. (INN) Continue with strong  intercession that sanctions will not be eased against Iran as it moves  full-speed ahead with its nuclear program. Pray for Naftali Bennett to have a  positive impact on US representatives regarding Iran. May Israel’s facts,  concerns and top level intelligence reports be taken into full account.

REPORT:  OBAMA HAS BEEN EASING IRAN SANCTIONS FOR FIVE MONTHS: A  report indicates US President Obama has been easing sanctions on Iran for five  months without Congressional approval, and despite the lack of any agreement  over the Islamic regime’s nuclear weapons program. Sources in Congress revealed  that Obama’s administration has been suspending or lifting many sanctions  without informing Congress since Iranian President Hasan Rouhani was elected in  June, reports the World Tribune. An unnamed House staffer stated that  “orders to stop the designations for new sanctions came from the White  House,” adding “this has not gone down well in the Treasury.”  Congressional sources added that Obama’s policy has allowed Iran to maintain  its crude oil exports. The Tribune report falls in line with previous analysis  that warned that Obama was rushing to seal a deal with Iran, and in the process  was turning his back on US allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia. (Arutz-7)

PALESTINIAN  PEACE NEGOTIATORS RESIGN OVER LACK OF PROGRESS: The Palestinian negotiating team with Israel this week resigned in protest over  continued construction in settlements and east Jerusalem neighborhoods. Israeli officials did not seem particularly fazed by the resignations,  saying the Palestinian pattern of negotiation “brinkmanship” has  occurred on numerous occasions. The officials said that often when there is a  crisis – either real or artificial – the Palestinian negotiators will resign,  or threaten to dissolve the Palestinian Authority, or say they are abandoning  the two-state solution. “This is the way the Palestinians negotiate, and we are  familiar with it,” the official said. The source added that any crisis over  settlement construction at this time was an artificial crisis. (J. Post)

ANOTHER  MURDERED ISRAELI SOLDIER LAID TO REST: “Eden, come home!” cried the mother of  19-year-old Eden Atias, the IDF soldier who was stabbed to death by a  terrorist, at his funeral Wednesday night. Thousands gathered at the cemetery  in Nazareth Illit, Atias’ home town, as he was laid to rest. On Wednesday  morning, a terrorist stabbed Atias, who fell asleep on a bus that took him to  his base. Atias had enlisted in the IDF just two weeks ago. Following the  attack, demonstrators converged on the Afula Central Bus Station, where the  murder took place, in a spontaneous outpouring of public anger. Likud MK Tzipi  Hotovely said the terror attack “is another proof the Palestinian Authority  is not serious about peace with Israel,” and that its only motivation is  to gain “international legitimacy for terror attacks.” (INN) Pray  for the comforting of many families who have recently lost loved ones to brutal  acts of terrorism. Pray senseless Arab violence against Israelis will come to  an end.

PHILIPPINE  ENVOY THANKS ISRAELI GOVERNMENT, NGOs AS AID AND ASSISTANCE CONTINUES: Philippine Ambassador to Israel Generoso Calonge expressed appreciation on  Tuesday for the assistance Israel has offered to his storm-ravaged country,  saying it made him so happy. “I can’t describe the feeling right now – that my  host country cares about our stricken nation,” he said. “I hope the people of  Israel will maintain their attitude toward people who have been hit with this  crisis and who are on the losing end of natural disasters.” The IDF, Foreign  Ministry and Israeli and Jewish humanitarian organizations have sent aid  workers to the Philippines to provide rescue and relief efforts in the wake of  super-typhoon Haiyan. In a letter to Philippine President Benigno Aquino  III, Israel’s PM Netanyahu extended his “heartfelt condolences” to the victims  of the “horrific typhoon” and guaranteed Israel’s “assistance to alleviate the  suffering.” (J.Post)

BABY  BORN IN IDF’s FIELD HOSPITAL TO BE CALLED ISRAEL: The Israeli delegation to the Philippines has already registered a heartwarming  story – the birth of baby boy. As the IDF medical team in the Philippines had  finished building its field hospital in the city of Sebo, a woman in labor  arrived at their door and with the help of doctors, successfully delivered a  baby boy. The IDF reported the baby was born during the eight month of  pregnancy, weighing roughly 4.7 pounds. His birth was performed by the five  person gynecology team which arrived in the islands together with Israel’s  rescue delegation. “As a sign of gratitude to the delegation, his father  decided to call him Israel,” the IDF Spokesperson Unit said. (Ynet) “Be merciful to me, O  God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your  wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.” Ps 57:1

ISRAELI  PILL TO REPLACE COLONOSCOPY: Given Imaging, an  Israeli medical technology company, has received FDA approval for their Pill  Cam SB3 which will potentially replace colonoscopies in screening for  colorectal cancer. While men and women over 50 are advised to have a  colonoscopy every 10 years, studies show 50% of Americans over 50 forgo the  procedure due to its uncomfortable nature. Sixty percent of colon cancers are  diagnosed at later stages of the disease, when only 5% survive the disease more  than five years. Given Imaging is set to change all that with its non-invasive  pill-sized camera. The PillCam allows physicians to see the esophagus, colon,  and areas of the small intestine, thereby detecting disorders in the  gastrointestinal tract. The capsule is 11mm by 26mm, containing a mini video  camera, light source, batteries, radio and antenna. (Arutz-7)

ROOTS  AND REFLECTIONS TOUR 2014: Enrich your knowledge of  Israel while touring and enjoying a fun vacation with Barry Segal next spring.  The Roots & Reflections Tour in 2014 will be from April 22-30 (UK and other  nations), April 21-30 (N. America participants). The price of the N. American  tour package is $3,695 based on double occupancy. The UK tour package costs  1,499£ and is also based on double occupancy. Mark the dates and we’ll keep you  posted with further details.

SILENT  TSUNAMI OF POVERTY THREATENS ISRAEL’S MOST VULNERABLE: PLEASE CONTINUE TO GIVE  GENEROUSLY: A silent tsunami is washing away the  safety net that protects poor people in Israel. With the June 2013 budget cuts  in place, 50,000 more children and 20,000 more elderly people will be living  below the poverty line. Government subsidies for those who qualify for welfare  assistance were slashed by 75%. And indeed, the children have been hit the  hardest. A staggering 40% of Israeli children have now fallen below the poverty  line and countless others are hovering just above it, according to a report  released this October by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics. Please  join with us at Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse today to spread  blessings of essential aid to needy families within Israel. We can’t do it  without you. Your necessary and highly valued donations can be made at: For  residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at .

“Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy praise your name.” Ps  74:21

The suggestions, opinions and scripture references made by JNN writers and editors are based on  the best information received.

Blessings  from Jerusalem,                                   Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff

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One response

  1. Gee…the Jewish rabbis are dancing in the streets on seeing this article…”Got the stupid Goyim cheer-leading for their handlers, the Jews, once again. Suckers!”

    A brief snippet for the legions of gullible, “pro-Israel Christians” out there…the Jews are not God’s chosen people anymore. You’re not going to hell if you don’t give the Jews your tax money…billions upon billions…and send your children to die in the wars that they sucker us to fight for them. To-wit:

    “Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, pronounced judgment on the Jews for rejecting Him:

    The Jews generally rejected Jesus, the true Messiah, therefore Jesus cursed the fig tree, which represents Israel, saying, ‘May you never bear fruit again!’ (Mat. 21:18).

    When the Jewish chief priests and elders questioned Jesus’ authority He said to them, ‘I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people [Gentiles] who will produce its fruit’ (Mat. 21:43).

    When Jesus told a parable to the Jewish chief priests, scribes, and elders (Lk. 20:19), they knew He was talking about them when He said that the vine-growers, to whom the owner had sent his son, killed his son. Then in the parable Jesus asked what will the owner of the vineyard do to those who killed his son, to which He said, ‘He will come and destroy these vine-growers [Jews] and will give the vineyard to others [Gentiles].’ ”

    Read more at…

    Now it’s time to throw the…”You’re an anti-Semite!!”…misnomer at me. Please educate yourself and realize that Arabs are Semites also…i.e., they are “a member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs…or a descendant of these peoples.” See this link…

    I have “no dog in the hunt” per se…I am a WASP…white Anglo-Saxon protestant.

    The Jews and Arabs are simply feuding cousins in an age-old religious dispute and have way more in common religiously than Jews and Christians do…regardless of the “Judeo-Christian” fairytale spun to ignorant Christians. Of course, Jews would love for us to forget that they crucified Christ…yet, somehow they are still “God’s chosen people”.

    When Jews only comprise 3.5% of the Amerikan population, they apparently resort to misinformation to convince gullible Christians to back them up after 66 years of squatting on Palestinian land with the immoral backing of the United States, France, and Britain in the late 1940’s…and tens of thousands of murdered Palestinians with U.S.-supplied weaponry ever since. “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”

    With that said…there is “no, zero, nada, zilch” proof that Iran has nukes, is trying to build nukes, or even has the capability to do so. On the other side of the coin, it is common knowledge in the international community that Israel has 100-300 nuclear weapons…or enough to make the entire planet uninhabitable if they all exploded.

    Looking at a “different coin”…Iran is a signatory to the NNPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and they allow IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspectors into their nuclear facilities for independent audits and inspections. On the other side of this coin, Israel allows NO ONE to inspect its nuclear facilities.

    Almost a year ago, the United Nations voted 174 to 6 on a resolution urging Israel to sign the NNPT and to allow independent inspectors to go into Israeli nuclear facilities. Israel is one of only four(4) “nuclear weapons states” that have not signed the NNPT, North Korea being one of them also. Gee…what a claim to fame.

    John Kerry was only partially right when he said, “Ignore anything the Israelis say.” I would correct the Secretary of State to add “lying and hypocritical” in there somewhere.

    The right-wing Jewish rabbis who teach Jews that the Goyim (non-Jews) are like cattle, “use them, but don’t abuse them” are tickled pink when young Amerikan boys come home to Amerika in body bags rather than “good Jewish boys” being mourned by their Jewish mothers. So, I strongly encourage any breast-beating, pro-Israel Christians out there to sign up in the military…U.S., Israel, whichever one you please…or sign your kids or grandkids up…ask for a Middle East assignment close to Israel, and fight Israel’s wars to your hearts’…or your children’s hearts’…content.

    Unfortunately, the Jewish rabbis are generally correct…”stupid Goyim”.

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