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Thursday, December 1, 2016
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The Middle East in Focus
1. Fatah unanimously re-elects Abbas as party leader - Times of Israel
RAMALLAH - Fatah unanimously re-elected Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to a new five-year term as party leader on Tuesday, at its first conference since 2009, when he was last elected for a five-year term.
Party official and Palestinian National Council chairman Salim Zanoun asked the gathering to elect the 81-year-old Abbas "by consensus."
The hundreds of delegates stood up and applauded Abbas, who then hugged Zanoun.
Abbas was scheduled to give an address at 6 p.m. to an expected 1,400 delegates.
The election of members of Fatah's parliament and its central committee, which will begin Friday, will signal the direction the oldest Palestinian party will take at a time when Abbas is weakened by his own unpopularity and internal dissent.
2. Erdogan calls on Muslims to 'protect Jerusalem' - Israel National News
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on all Muslims to "defend the Palestinian cause" and protect Jerusalem.
Speaking in Istanbul at a parliamentary symposium on Jerusalem and quoted by Al Jazeera, Erdogan said "it is the common duty of all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem", adding that safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque should not be left to children armed with nothing but stones.
He accused Israel of "policies of repression and discrimination against our Palestinian brothers" and condemned the so-called Israeli "Muezzin Law", which would prohibit houses of worship from using loudspeakers, specifically mosques, which disturb the sleep of nearby residents when the Muezzin calls worshipers to prayer in the early hours of the morning.
3. Sinai Peninsula earthquake tickles Eilat- Times of Israel
A minor earthquake was recorded in Eilat on Tuesday evening, causing no injuries or damage.
The quake measured 4.4 on the Richter Scale, according to the US Geological Survey, and was centered some eight kilometers (five miles) west of the town of Dahab in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.
It was estimated to be at a depth of 14.2 km (8.8 miles).
The Israel Geographic Institute said the tremor would not have been felt by residents of the southern port city, the Hebrew-language Walla website reported.
4. Aleppo battle: UN alarm as 16,000 civilians flee government advance - BBC
Humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said thousands more were likely to flee if the fighting continued to spread and intensify in the coming days.
He expressed concern about their fate, calling the situation deeply alarming.
Troops and militiamen have retaken more than a third of the rebel-held eastern half of Aleppo since the weekend.
5. 'Anti-Balfour Declaration campaign amounts to political warfare' - Israel Hayom
Former Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold and Israeli Ambassador to the U.K. Mark Regev spoke at the House of Commons in London on Tuesday at an event called "Refuting Balfour's Detractors."
The event comes 99 years after British Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour wrote his historic letter stating that his government views "with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."
Gold, who has resumed his work as president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, attacked the Palestinian efforts to cast the letter in a negative light.
6. Stunning World, UN Passes 6 Resolutions Confirming Everything Is Israel's Fault - Jewish Press
The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted six resolutions on "Palestinian and Middle East issues," ranging from Jerusalem to the United Nations special information program on the question of Palestine. (Read more)
7. Report: Obama won't force a peace plan before he leaves - Israel National News
Obama will almost certainly not pressure Israel to advance a peace process with the Palestinians during his final weeks in office, a new report claims. AP reported that it had obtained information from "US officials" that Obama had no intention of shaking Israel up with a new peace plan before he steps down. (Read more)
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Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. US officials: Obama has nearly ruled out UN action on Israel - Times of Israel
President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with the Palestinians, US officials said, indicating Obama will likely avoid one last row with Israel's government as he leaves office.
Frustrated by the lack of progress, Obama for more than a year had considered giving a major speech describing his vision for a future peace deal or, in a more aggressive step, supporting a United Nations resolution laying out parameters for such a deal. Although the goal would be to impart fresh urgency to the moribund peace process, either step would have been perceived as constraining Israel's negotiating hand while strengthening the Palestinians' argument on the world stage.
Discussions about those potential maneuvers, underway before the US election, have fallen off since Donald Trump's surprise victory, officials said. Obama is now highly unlikely to approve either of those options presented to him by US diplomats, said the officials, who weren't authorized to discuss internal deliberations and requested anonymity. (Read more)
- Thank You, Father God, for this report. We continue to ask You to turn the heart of this "king" to be a blessing to Israel, and not a curse. In prayer, we serve as a restraining force against any evil intent towards Your people and Your land. In Your name, amen.
- "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes." (Proverbs 21:1)
2. Europe's Trump moment: Countries see rise of populist leaders amid anger over economy, migrant crisis - Fox News
Italians vote Sunday on a series of sweeping reforms, the outcome of which could determine the future of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's rule - but also serve as a gauge for the rising populist movement throughout Europe.
If Italians reject the reforms - which are basically an unofficial plebiscite on the prime minister - Renzi has vowed to step down, setting up a caretaker government and the chance for the populist comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement to take power in the next election.
Italy's situation is a microcosm of what is happening across Europe, where the political establishment is being challenged by a slew of populist - and mostly conservative - politicians who are riding the same anti-establishment anger that earlier this year saw the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union and the United States elect Donald Trump as president. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the people of all nations to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in the midst of tremendous upheaval. We pray for wisdom in the face of poor decisions that have been made in recent years, and ask for a good direction for all.
- "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
3. Donald Trump plans to announce he's leaving his business 'in total' - Washington Times
President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will divorce himself "in total" from his business empire, promising more details in the next few weeks - but still faces intense criticism from ethics watchdogs who insist he needs to give up all ownership stakes.
In a series of early morning tweets, Mr. Trump said he plans to hold a Dec. 15 press conference to lay out how he will distance himself from his business interests and focus on the presidency.
"While I am not mandated to . . . do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses," he tweeted, saying legal documents are being drafted to take him "completely out of business operations."
Mr. Trump's team said details are still being ironed out. (Read more)
- Lord God, we entrust our new president to You, as he charts his own course now for the days ahead. Thank You for granting him "wisdom from above" as he seeks the correct decisions to make in this time of adjustment and transition. In Your name, amen.
- "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." (Psalm 32:8)
4. Many Muslim-Americans suggest Trump presidency could help anti-terror fight - Fox News
Both Abbas Abdul and Ali Olaikhan were born in Iraq and worked as translators for the United States military forces in the early 2000s. They served in regions such as Ramadi and Mosul, some of the most violent places in the world - experiencing firsthand the devastating impact of terrorism.
Olaikhan said he didn't "blame Trump" for proposing the ban, and understood Trump's motivation was not to harm Muslim-Americans, but rather to protect America from more terrorist attacks.
"To be honest, Islam's reputation right now is really messed up," says Olaikhan. "I don't blame American people when they get scared of Muslims."
Abdul, a truck driver who voted for Hillary Clinton, believes it's not the ban that has Muslims concerned, but rather a narrative which Abdul claimed pushed the "trigger for violence."
. . . Despite conflicting views of who is best suited to run the country, both Abdul and Olaikhan agree the next four years boil down to one crucial issue: defeating ISIS. "A lot of Muslims they like him, most of the Muslims I know like Trump," says Olaikhan. "They like him because he is serious about ISIS, and serious about the tax and the middle class."
Abdul also hopes to see Trump make good on his promise to eradicate terrorism, and his message to the President-elect is pretty clear, "go fight the terrorists out there, wherever they are." (Read more)
- Lord God, we do thank You that, indeed, not all Moslems are terrorists; and that there are a great many men and women who follow Islam in our nation who are wonderful, law-abiding citizens. We pray the best for each one of them in this next administration, that we all will enjoy the freedom that is ours as American citizens. Amen!
- "The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 19:34)
5. Hundreds could still lose jobs at Carrier's Indianapolis plant, despite Trump deal - Fox News
In persuading Carrier to keep hundreds of jobs in Indiana, President-elect Donald Trump is claiming victory on behalf of factory workers whose positions were bound for Mexico. But the scant details that have emerged so far raise doubts about the extent of the victory.
By enabling Carrier's Indianapolis plant to stay open, the deal spares about 800 union workers whose jobs were going to be outsourced to Mexico, according to federal officials who were briefed by the heating and air conditioning company. This suggests that hundreds will still lose their jobs at the factory, where roughly 1,400 workers were slated to be laid off.
Also, neither Trump nor Carrier has yet to say what the workers might have to give up or precisely what threats or incentives were used to get the manufacturer to change its mind. (Read more)
See also: Trump, Pence tour Carrier plant to tout job-saving deal - Fox News
- Lord, we pray that in spite of the fears, You will move to help Americans who have lost jobs.
- "You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the Name of the Lord your God who has dealt wondrously with you. And MY people shall never be put to shame."
6. Federal Debt Tops $19,900,000,000,000-On Black Friday - CNS News
The federal debt moved above 19,900,000,000,000 for the first time as of the close of business, Nov. 22, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, according to data released by the Treasury. On that day, it rose from $19,899,004,081,493.50 to $19,907,540,739,514.52. However, on Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving, the debt dropped back to $19,897,994,347,700,50, according to the Treasury.
No Treasury business was conducted on Thanksgiving.
But by the close of business on Nov. 25-"Black Friday"--the debt had climbed back above $19,900,000,000,000, hitting 19,928,118,193,162.55. On Monday, according to the Treasury, the federal debt continued to climb, closing the day on Nov. 28 at $19,929,184,161,352.13.
Thus, Thanksgiving week of 2016 marked the first time since the United States declared independence on July 4, 1776 that the debt of the federal government exceeded $19,900,000,000,000. (Read more)
- Father, we ask that You find a way to begin removal of this overwhelming debt load on America before it topples our economy.
- "Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You." (Psalm 56:3)
7. Opec countries agree first oil output cut in eight years - BBC
Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Opec's president, said a cut of 1.2 million barrels a day would start from January. It comes after more than two years of depressed oil prices, which have more than halved since 2014, due to a supply glut on the market. The price of Brent crude jumped 10% to $51.94 a barrel, and US crude rose 9% to $49.53.
In addition to the production cut by Opec members, non-Opec countries will be expected to reduce production by 600,000 barrels a day, according to Mr Al-Sada. He did not list which countries these might be, beyond saying Russia was prepared to cut 300,000 barrels from its output of more than 10 million barrels a day.
"This agreement comes from a sense of responsibility from Opec member countries and non-Opec member countries for the general well-being and health of the world economy," he said. The deal comes after oil ministers agreed to a cut in principle in September, which would have limited output by about 700,000 barrels a day while allowing Iran to increase production. (Read more)
- Lord, this action will raise the price of oil once again. We pray that you will protect the finances of Your people from higher gas prices and heating oil prices. We ask that You continue to make America less and less dependent on foreign oil.
- "For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2:6)
8. Tennessee officials say wildfires that left 7 dead 'likely to be human-caused' - Washington Post
Efforts to pinpoint the cause of deadly wildfires that engulfed two popular tourist towns outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park focused Thursday on their devastating path through East Tennessee, where officials said at least seven people were dead and hundreds of buildings have been damaged or destroyed.
At least 53 people have been treated for injuries at hospitals, though their conditions were not known. The fires are estimated to have damaged or destroyed more than 700 homes and businesses throughout Sevier County - nearly half of them in the city of Gatlinburg.
Park Superintendent Cassius Cash said Wednesday that the first wildfires spotted last week were "likely to be human-caused." (Read more)
- Father , we pray against any human plan to cause more fires. We pray Your comfort for the families who have suffered losses of loved ones and treasured property. We also ask that Your Spirit move through America, granting the people the ability to put their trust in You no matter that the circumstance.
- "You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, not of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday." (Psalm 91:5,6)
9. Gunman dead after shooting that killed Washington police officer - Fox News
A Washington police officer died late Wednesday after being shot several times while responding to a domestic violence call, officials said, adding that the suspect was shot and killed after an 11-hour standoff. Police said rescuers freed a girl and boy who the unidentified gunman had used as human shields inside the home where he was holed up. (Read more)
- Father, let Your arms of peace and comfort surround this police department and the family of the officer. This is but one symptom of the evil that has been unleashed over our nation. Lord, let our nation be saved, let our paths be changed from evil to Your ways.
- "Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord - Your salvation according to Your word." (Psalm 119:41)
10. British PM Theresa May Says Faith in God Is Guiding Her on Brexit - Christian Post
British Prime Minister Theresa May says as a practicing member of the Church of England, her faith in God is behind every important decision she makes, including going forward with Brexit, or Britain leaving the European Union.
"I suppose there is something in terms of faith. I am a practicing member of the Church of England and so forth, that lies behind what I do," she said in an interview with The Sunday Times. "It's not like I've decided to do what I'm going to do and I'm stubborn. I'll think it through, have a gut instinct, look at the evidence, work through the arguments, because you have to think through the unintended consequences."
May added that her faith in God shows her she's "doing the right thing" as the U.K.'s leader, and is how she copes with what she called the "hugely challenging" task of negotiating Brexit. "I want to make sure that everything we do ensures Britain is a country that works for everyone. And that we really get out there and forge a new role in the world post-Brexit," she said. (Read more)
- Lord, we thank You for Prime Minister May, and we ask that You bring her faith to a fresh level of intimacy, and her ability to lead be filled with wisdom from Your Throne.
- "Now faith is the substances of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)
The Daily Jot
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Draining the swamp
As news of President-Elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks come in, draining the swamp of politicos in Washington, DC would appear harder than expected. There are a lot of his picks that look like previous Republican administrations. This is an indicator of how one has to deal with getting things done in the nation's capital. You pick a senator's wife, a Goldman Sachs exec, former opponents, and some supporters for your cabinet posts. You mix it in with the reformers that can make their points and hopefully you have a winning team that can get things done. As Trump's picks roll out, it is clear that the swamp is not draining as fast as some of us had hoped, but these are qualified people that deserve a chance.
Already the markets are responding positively to the Trump presidency and he hasn't even taken office. Record gains on Wall Street speak volumes for job growth. His cabinet choice for Education, Betsy DeVos, favors charter schools and school vouchers. This is a good thing because we need to break the grip of government schools on the brainwashing of our children--a step in the right direction. Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin is eyeing a tax cut for the middle class and more of direct talks and incentives with businesses to keep them here in the US, such as recent examples Ford and Carrier. Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross is saying he will move away from trade agreements that do not benefit the US.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General is a most excellent choice. Sessions is a strong Christian. He is one of the few voices on Capital Hill who has stood consistently for secure borders and enforcing the laws on the books. In meetings with him and his staff, he is open to learn more about the issues surrounding Islamic migration as it is linked to terrorism and he would be a fierce protector of the Constitution. Under him, organized crime won't have free reign (translated: Clintons), He will also be the most controversial pick because the Democrats hate his common sense pro-American positions. Sessions is a game changer for reform from what we have had over the past decade.
On the surface, Trump's picks may look like the more things change, the more they stay the same. But with what these folks say they stand for, and what their body of work has been over the years, maybe, just maybe, this new Trump Administration will get America back on the right path. There are many detractors by those who are impatient or hate the overall agenda. At the same time, we should be vigilant in holding accountability, but we already are seeing positive things. It takes a long time to drain the swamp. And even still, the smell of it remains even longer. But it has to start somewhere. Proverbs 20:26 says, "A wise king winnows the wicked, and drives the wheel over them." Let's pray for wisdom among our leaders as there is a lot of wicked to winnow and a deep and wide swamp to drain.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
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The Persecuted Church
"Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body." (Hebrews 13:3)
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Thank you for interceding for our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Asia, the Islamic World, and the Far East.
JESUS LOVES ME, THIS I KNOW
And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3)
Jesus loves me, this I know, For the Bible tells me so; Little ones to Him belong; They are weak, but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me,
The Bible tells me so.
Jesus, take this heart of mine; Make it pure and wholly Thine. Thou hast bled and died for me; I will live henceforth for Thee.
Jesus loves me he who died heaven's gate to open wide. He will wash away my sin, let his little child come in.
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Signs and Wonders
Record cold coming to 'almost entire USA' - Low temperature records set to be SHATTERED
Climatologist Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. announced: 'I cannot recall last time I have seen such a cold anomaly forecast across almost entire USA.' (Read more)
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)
The Good News Corner
Steve Shultz: "I Saw Angels At Almost the 'Speed of Light!' You Must Pray Them Through For Yourself and For Our Nation!"
Albany, OR)-[ElijahList.com] Early yesterday morning, while it was still dark outside, I began to see, in the Spirit, angels up against a blue sky, traveling at almost "light speed" all over the United States of America on huge, important assignments. The air was blurry with the rush of angels! It was an amazing thing to see.
Though the skies were literally FILLED with angels traveling throughout the US, not even one angel veered from its course. Each angel knew what the task was that they were assigned to and paid no attention to other problem areas in the nation.
Angels Assigned to War Zones!
There were pockets of dark activity below, and these angels and angelic army forces, who were assigned to these "war zones" in the US, were doing their fighting with amazing and purposeful focus. I knew this was going on throughout the earth but my focus was our USA skies.
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