|From JNNnews.com, 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
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)
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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: www.visionforisrael.com. For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk .
“Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy praise your name.” Ps 74:21
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