“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
His love endures forever.” ”
Psalm 107:1 (NIV)
Shalom, my friend.
In this last week of 2021, I hope you can spend a moment to reflect and recall the goodness of God in your life – through overcoming challenges, enduring difficulties and seeing His love ministering to you.
No matter what you’ve been through, and what you face today, God’s love will endure to the end. His goodness is there for you. There’s no scarcity to God’s presence – and no lack in His affections for you.
That’s a tremendous hope to cling to as we start another year. And it’s my prayer for you – that God would you give you a fresh revelation of His love and goodness.
Thank you for standing with us. And for your love of God’s people. Please continue to pray for Jewish Voice and for the Jewish people in Israel and around the world.
MANSOUR ABBAS, HEAD OF THE RA’AM POLITICAL PARTY, SLAMMED FOR RECOGNIZING ISRAEL AS A JEWISH STATE
The Jerusalem Post reported that Palestinians from across the political spectrum have strongly condemned Ra’am leader, Mansour Abbas, for recognizing Israel as a Jewish State. Ra’am, more formally known as United Arab List, routinely advocates for a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as the capital. It played a surprising role in breaking the stalemate in the last election by agreeing to join a coalition government for the first time.
Early last week, at an economic news conference, Abbas was quoted as saying, “The State of Israel was born as a Jewish State, and it will remain one.”
Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who has repeatedly stated his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish State, expressed his outrage over the statements . . .
“These irresponsible statements are consistent with the calls of extremists in Israel to displace the Palestinians and harm the status of the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque and the history of the Palestinian people.”
The statement from the PA President added that Mansour Abbas represents only himself when he talks about accepting Israel as a Jewish State.
According to The Jerusalem Post, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee accused the Ra’am leader of supporting Israeli “racist” laws and aligning himself with the “right-wing, racist and extremist policy.”
The Iran-backed terrorist group Hamas said that the statements of Mansour Abbas concerning the Jewish state “represent a flagrant bias in favor of the Zionist narrative and a clear violation of the position of the Palestinian national consensus.”
Hamas continued by saying that despite Mansour Abbas’s statements regarding the Jewish identity of Israel, the Palestinians will “remain steadfast on their historical land and refuse to give up an inch of it.”
TOP ISRAELI OFFICIALS SCRAMBLE, BRACING THEMSELVES FOR THE EFFECTS OF THE OMICRON TSUNAMI
According to The Times of Israel, top Israeli officials said last week that the country was bracing for a “tsunami” of Omicron infections to wash over the country in the coming weeks.
As government officials scramble to deal with the expected onslaught, Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, was quoted as telling his closest advisers that a massive outbreak would likely hit in the coming days.
“The wave will hit us in 10 days. There will be mass infections, it is not preventable,” Bennett reportedly said. “It will be more powerful but shorter than previous waves and last about eight to nine weeks. Everything we knew from previous waves will be different.”
The warnings, according to The Times of Israel, came as Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said Israelis over 60 will become the first people in the world eligible for a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot.
Local Israeli news outlets also reported that there were serious fears that the Omicron wave would paralyze Israel’s economy and education system even if it did not cause severe illness.
Under Israel’s current rules, anybody coming into contact with a person infected with Omicron has to quarantine regardless of vaccination status. This would likely confine hundreds of thousands of people to their homes.
Israeli Finance Minister, Avigdor Liberman, has been one of the most vocal opponents of fresh lockdowns or restrictions.
“My stance is clear – yes to vaccines, no to closing the economy,” he told reporters last week. “The most dangerous virus in the world is not the coronavirus, it’s the stress and hysteria.”
The Health Ministry in Israel said last week that 170 new cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus had been confirmed in Israel, doubling the number of infections. There have been 341 verified Omicron cases in Israel to date, the Health Ministry continued. Another 807 infections were “highly suspected” to be Omicron cases but were awaiting verification.
Israel is the first country to authorize a fourth shot.
ISRAEL, U.S. ALIGNED IN THEIR COOPERATION TO DENY IRAN A NUCLEAR BOMB
During a recent visit to Israel, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan updated Israeli counterpart, Eyal Hulata, on nuclear negotiations in Vienna as they discuss issues of “vital strategic importance” to both countries.
According to Israel Hayom, Sullivan and Hulata discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program and Tehran’s other “destabilizing” activities in the Middle East.
The White House released a statement last week concerning the meeting and the outcomes. “They agreed that Iran’s rapidly advancing nuclear program poses a grave threat to the region and to international peace and security. The officials affirmed that the United States and Israel are aligned in their determination to ensure that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon.”
Washington has been spearheading efforts to revive the 2015 atomic pact in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.
Israel bitterly opposed the deal.
According to Israel Hayom, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said he and Sullivan discussed “the strategy for combating Iran’s nuclear program and the way in which the U.S. and Israel cooperate on this issue.”
LET US PRAY TOGETHER
Please pray with me for:
- God to move in the hearts of world leaders and the global threat of a nuclear Iran
- God’s protection to be upon His people in Israel who are constantly facing threats and violence from enemies who hate them
- Peace in the hearts and minds of the people of Israel and their enemies
- Jewish people to recognize Yeshua (Jesus) as their Messiah
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