Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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The Daily Brief
Streamlined Edition
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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Focus on Israel

1. In first, Netanyahu gives testimony in submarines probe - Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave testimony to police Tuesday in a massive corruption investigation surrounding the purchase of submarines and naval vessels from a German shipbuilder.

Investigators questioned the prime minister at his official residence in Jerusalem for five hours over the so-called Case 3000, in which the premier is not a suspect. It was the first time the prime minister was questioned about the case.

(Read more)

2. Entrance to J'lem blocked over destruction in Netiv Ha'avot - Israel National News

A few dozen demonstrators arrived this afternoon, Tuesday, to the junction at the entrance of Jerusalem and burned tires in protest of the eviction and destruction in the Netiv Ha'avot neighborhood of Gush Etzion.

The demonstrators waved signs, blocked traffic from entering the city, and shouted slogans such as "The Land of Israel is not real estate."

Police said that the intersection was blocked to traffic towards the entrance of the city. Israel Police officers are there and are working to direct traffic and restore public order.

(Read more)

3. Prince William to meet Netanyahu, Abbas on landmark Middle East trip - Israel Hayom

Britain's Prince William will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas when he makes a landmark trip to the region later this month, his office said on Monday.

William, Queen Elizabeth's grandson and second-in-line to the British throne, will be the first senior British royal to pay an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

While the trip is at the behest of the British government, the prince's Communications Secretary Jason Knauf said such a visit had been discussed for years.

"Now is the appropriate time and the Duke of Cambridge is the right person to make this visit," Knauf told reporters, referring to William by his title. He said the prince was looking forward to building "a real and enduring relationship with the people of the region."

(Read more)

4. Israeli Defense Minister: Hamas Seizing Helium Supplied to Gaza Hospitals for Use in Incendiary - Algemeiner

Hamas has been seizing helium supplied by Israel to hospitals in Gaza and using it to inflate the incendiary balloons it has been sending across the border in recent weeks, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman revealed on Tuesday.

During a visit the IDF's Gaza Division headquarters, Lieberman said, "We manage to intercept two-thirds of all the kites and balloons, despite the increase in the use of this tool. Hamas is exploiting in the most despicable and cynical manner the medical system of the Gaza Strip. The helium we supply to hospitals, for medical equipment, mainly for MRI use - instead of this helium going to those patients who need MRIs, [Hamas] uses it to set fields on fire here in the south."

In a message to Gaza residents, Lieberman said, "You have become hostages of the Hamas government. You can build a much better future for your children. You can have all the humanitarian, economic, and civil aid, but first you must topple the Hamas regime."

"As long as the Hamas regime endures, unfortunately, the chance for coexistence, for cooperation, for a better future for Gazans, simply does not exist," he continued.
(Read more)

5. Report: Syrian Army Boosts Air Defenses Near Golan Frontier- Jerusalem Post

BEIRUT - The Syrian army has reinforced its anti-aircraft defenses near the frontier with the Golan Heights, a commander in the regional alliance that backs President Bashar Assad said on Tuesday.

Additional defenses are set to be deployed in the coming days, the commander told Reuters. The stationing of the Russian-made Pantsir S1 weapon aims "to renew the air defense system against Israel in the first degree," added the commander, a non-Syrian who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Syria's multi-sided war has pivoted towards the southwest in recent weeks, risking escalation in an area of major concern to Israel where the conflict has been contained since last year by an agreement underwritten by the United States and Russia.

The Syrian government has been preparing an assault on rebels who hold territory at the border with Israel and Jordan. This led Washington last month to warn of "firm and appropriate measures" against any ceasefire violations.
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The Daily Brief

1. Republicans demand vote on any North Korea deal - POLITICO

Congress is determined to have the final say over any deal President Donald Trump strikes with North Korea. As Trump signed a joint statement with Kim Jong Un that offered few details on how the North Korean leader would make good on his vow to denuclearize, Republicans on Capitol Hill said Tuesday that they want and expect the White House to submit any final agreement for their approval. And that means the president and his team will have to work overtime to sell it.

And that means the president and his team will have to work overtime to sell it. What's at stake is more than just the terms of a deal with a dictator who Trump praised as "talented" and "a very good negotiator." It's whether any agreement will outlast the current administration.

"If the president reaches a significant agreement with North Korea, I hope it takes the form of a treaty," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). "Which route that the administration takes will be up to them but I do believe it will need to come to Congress in some form." (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for North Korea's commitment to deneuclearization and we pray the Senate will not do anything to interfere with the progress made by President Trump and our State Department.

- David replied, "What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? What right do you have to interfere? Should anyone be put to death in Israel today? Don't I know that today I am king over Israel?" (2 Samuel 19:22)

2. Pentagon begins planning which South Korea exercises should be 'sped up, scaled back or suspended' - Washington Examiner

The U.S. military is making plans to restructure, scale down, and reschedule military training with South Korea, while ensuring troops remain at a high state of readiness, Pentagon officials said Tuesday after President Trump's surprise announcement that the exercises will end. "We will maintain the fighting readiness of our forces," said one official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the policy is still being refined. But several sources said training would continue without the high-profile "in-your-face" named exercises that are regularly announced and given aggressive code names such as Max Thunder and Key Resolve.

"The Department of Defense welcomes the positive news coming out of the summit and fully supports the ongoing, diplomatically-led efforts with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," said a statement from chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White. "Our alliances remain ironclad, and ensure peace and stability in the region. The Presidential summit outcome is the first step along the path to the goal: complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a free and open Indo-Pacific." (Read more)

- Father, we pray You will give our military commanders wisdom as they continue to defend American interests in the Northern Pacific.

- There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven-A time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,8b)

3. Trump says Trudeau's comments are going to cost Canada 'a lot of money' - CNBC

President Donald Trump is still angry at Justin Trudeau for a perceived slight during a speech by the Canadian Prime Minister following the G-7 meeting. Trudeau said after the G-7 meeting that the aluminum and steel tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Canada on national security grounds were insulting and that "Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around."

Trump then tweeted Saturday evening, "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, 'US Tariffs were kind of insulting' and he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak." The president also withdrew U.S. support for a G-7 communique. "We are being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries," Trump said Tuesday of the G-7.

It's unclear what additional action the U.S. would take against Canada. The U.S. at the end of May imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports against Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The U.S. and Canada are in the middle of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement along with Mexico. (Read more)

- Father, we ask You to bring the nations of the world into fair and reciprocal relationships with the United States and pray for Your Spirit to heal this rift with Canada.

- Even my close friend, someone I trusted, one who shared my bread, has turned against me. (Psalm 41:9)

4. US economic advisor Larry Kudlow in good condition following heart attack, White House says - CNBC

White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, an important voice in U.S. trade policy, suffered a heart attack and is in good condition at Walter Reed Medical Center. "Earlier today National Economic Council Director and Assistant to the President Larry Kudlow, experienced what his doctors say was a very mild heart attack," press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Monday evening. "Larry is currently in good condition at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and his doctors expect he will make a full and speedy recovery. The president and his administration send their thoughts and prayers to Larry and his family," she said.

Just last weekend, Kudlow accused Canada of directing "polarizing" comments toward the United States following a fractious G-7 meeting of advanced economies. The conclave in Quebec pitted the United States against its traditional allies, which are trying to head off a full-blown trade war. "Here's the thing," he told CNN, speaking of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "He really kind of stabbed us in the back." (Read more)

- Father, we pray Larry Kudlow will fully recover from this heart attack. Help him make whatever changes he needs to better care for his body and continue his important work for our nation.

- Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path: Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, (Psalm 23:19-20)

5. Politicians fear for safety as threats against Congress skyrocket - NY Post

Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia bought body armor. Rep. Gregg Harper hired armed security guards for events back home in Mississippi. And Rep. Dan Dovonan fortified his Brooklyn and Staten Island offices with security cameras and buzzer systems. This is the new normal for members of Congress. One year after the horrific congressional baseball shooting that almost took the life of Rep. Steve Scalise and former Hill staffer Matt Mika, members are keenly aware that serving in public office has put a target on their backs.

In 2016, there were 902 threatening incidents and communications against members of Congress. By 2017, the reports had more than doubled to about 2,000, according to the House Sergeant at Arms office. In response, the House Administration Committee allocated $25,000 to each member in 2017 and again in 2018 to beef up their personal and office security, prompting members to hire bodyguards for events and equip offices with panic buttons and shatter-resistant glass.

Since the baseball shooting, Loudermilk has been reminded regularly how perilous life is. Three months after the shooting in September, he got rear-ended off the road, flipping his vehicle several times. About a week after the car crash, a gunman shot at the car he was driving with his wife in the North Georgian mountains. Then he was on the Amtrak train Jan. 31 with other Republicans heading to a West Virginia retreat that hit a garbage truck, killing one person. "Do I feel safer? No," said Loudermilk, whose baseball practice clothes still have Mika's blood. "Threats went up significantly. We have these - almost like wanted posters - in our district office of people who have made threats against me and my staff." (Read more)

- Father, we lift up all our elected officials and pray for their safety and peace of mind as they serve the American people.

- In God, whose word I praise-in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 56:4)

6. The Eight States that Will Determine Which Party Controls the House of Representatives - Breitbart

The outcome of each of these competitive House races will be influenced by three types of issues: some that are local and specific to that district, some that are statewide and specific to that state, and some that are national in nature. Of the 435 seats in the lower chamber of Congress, 336 are not competitive-180 held by Democrats, 156 held by Republicans, according to the Cook Political Report's ratings. Only 15 of the 99 competitive seats are currently held by Democrats, while 84 are held by Republicans.

The simple math-24 more non competitive seats are held by Democrats than are held by Republicans-and the Republicans have 69 more seats at risk in competitive districts than Democrats-suggests that the Democrats are well positioned to secure the net gain of 23 seats they need to secure a narrow 218 to 217 majority in the November 2018 mid-term elections. Fifty-one of the 99 competitive races are in those eight states-California (10), Pennsylvania (9), Florida (7), Ohio (5), Minnesota (5), New Jersey (5), New York (5), and Michigan (5).

The generic Congressional ballot, which looked so promising for Democrats in December, when they had a 16 point advantage, tells another story now, six months later. The Real Clear Politics Average of Polls currently shows the Democrats with a 7.6 point generic ballot advantage, barely above the five point generic ballot advantage most political analysts say Democrats need to break even, due to Republican success in state legislatures gerrymandering Congressional Districts after the 2010 census. (Read more)

- Father, we pray Your Spirit will hover over our elections, in every district and every state. Help our people choose righteous people of integrity to represent them throughout the nation.

- For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. (Ecclesiastes 9:1a)

7. Trump and Sessions create amazing and unusual week at the Justice Department - Washington Examiner

Last week was an amazing and unusual week at the Department of Justice, and it went largely unnoticed by the mainstream media. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with the approval of President Trump, submitted court filings in two lawsuits agreeing that Obamacare will be unconstitutional as of Jan. 1, 2019, and that DACA is and always has been unlawful. Thus, DOJ will not defend Obamacare nor will it defend DACA on the merits.

Not since the Obama administration flipped its position on DOMA has the DOJ declined to defend something this important. And unlike the DOMA case, in both the Obamacare case and the DACA case, DOJ is relying on existing rulings from the Supreme Court and the 5th Circuit, respectively, in formulating its positions. While some may say that Sessions and Trump made the logical and correct decisions in both of these cases (myself included), it does not change the fact that both decisions were bold defenses of constitutional government and the restoration of the separation of powers - both severely damaged under the prior administration. (Read more)

- Almighty God, we thank You for this good report - that lawlessness will no longer prevail in our nation!

- The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness. (Matthew 13:41)

8. Treasury Hits Russian FSB for Underwater Reconnaissance of Internet Cables - FreeBeacon

The Treasury Department on Monday announced the imposition of economic sanctions against Russian entities engaged in targeting undersea internet cables and cyber spying inside critical U.S. infrastructures. For the first time, Treasury revealed one of the sanctioned companies, Divetechnoservices, has worked with the FSB since 2007 to spy on underwater cables used to connect the internet around the world. The Russian underwater equipment company in 2011 was paid $1.5 million by the FSB to procure a submersible craft for underwater cable spying.

American defense officials, however, have said Russia has been aggressively probing undersea cables in the Atlantic over the past several years. Russia's Yantar intelligence-gathering ship, which makes annual forays to the U.S. East Coast, is believed to be conducting reconnaissance of undersea cables, according to defense officials. The Washington Free Beacon reported in 2015 that the Yantar is equipped with deep-sea surveillance craft and cable cutting equipment. The ship was engaged in identifying undersea cable trunk lines and nodes.

Pentagon intelligence officials said one major target of the Russian underwater reconnaissance is identifying links used by the Department of Defense Information Network, or DoDIN, which uses dedicated military links and leased communications and computer systems. Severing underwater internet cables would severely disrupt the highly networked U.S. military as well as civilian populations. (Read more)

- Father, we pray no one will be able (or willing) to destroy this important infrastructure. Give our nation wisdom to counter these types of threats.

- The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land. (Proverbs 10:30)

9. Iran Admits To Facilitating 9/11 Terror Attacks - FreeBeacon

Iranian officials, in a first, have admitted to facilitating the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. by secretly aiding the free travel of al Qaeda operatives who eventually went on to fly commercial airliners into the Twin Towers in New York City, according to new remarks from a senior Iranian official.

Mohammad-Javad Larijani, an international affairs assistant in the Iran's judiciary, disclosed in Farsi-language remarks broadcast on Iran's state-controlled television that Iranian intelligence officials secretly helped provide the al Qaeda attackers with passage and gave them refuge in the Islamic Republic, according to an English translation published by Al Arabiya. The remarks represent the first time senior Iranian officials have publicly admitted to aiding al Qaeda and playing a direct role in facilitating the 9/11 attacks.

Larijani admitted that Iranian officials did not stamp the passports of the al Qaeda militants in order to obfuscate their movements and prevent detection by foreign governments. Al Qaeda operatives also were given safe refuge in Iran. (Read more)

- Father, the blood of the 2,977 victims of this terrorist attack still cry out for justice. We pray You help President Trump respond to this confirmation of Iranian involvement.

- "Let all their wickedness come before you; deal with them as you have dealt with me because of all my sins. My groans are many and my heart is faint." (Lam. 1:22)

10. Al Qaeda in North Africa Threatens Attacks on Western Companies - FreeBeacon

The al Qaeda terrorist group in North Africa last month issued a threat to attack Western companies, and U.S. security officials are taking the threat seriously. The May 8 statement by the group al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb indicated that attack planning against French and other Western companies is advanced and that strikes could be carried out during the Islamic holiday month of Ramadan that ends June 14.

Al Qaeda terrorists in Somalia conducted a second attack on a military base in the southern part of the country, detonating a car bomb outside the base late Saturday. Al Shabab stated on its website,, the attack killed 50 Somali soldiers. The base is the same location where an Army Special Forces commando was killed in an attack Friday. Four other U.S. troops were wounded. The commandos were part of a training mission for Somalian and Kenyan troops. The Pentagon on Saturday identified the soldier as Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad, 26, of Chandler, Arizona, who was killed from "enemy indirect fire." A State Department security report issued June 8 said all Western companies are at risk of attack, including those in AQIM target group-natural resources, mining, and state-owned and government supported businesses.

The U.S. forces are working to counter the terrorist threat posed by al Qaeda, al-Shabab, and the Islamic State. "Our strategy in East Africa is to build partner capacity to ensure that violent extremist organizations, who wish harm in the region, wish harm on the European continent, and ultimately wish to harm the United States, are contained," said Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, Africa Command commander. "Simply put, we're working to prevent atrocious acts before they come to fruition." (Read more)

- Father, we are reminded the enemy continues to establish a foothold wherever he can. We ask You to comfort the family of Staff Sgt. Conrad, the latest American to lose his life to Al Qaeda. We pray for the people pulled into Islamic terrorism to be delivered and saved by Your mercy.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. (Matt. 5:44)

The Daily Jot

Importance of good leadership

June 13, 2018

The Bible says in Proverbs 29:2, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn." Proverbs 28:15 says, "As a roaring lion, and a charging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people." America has had poor leadership for so long that many are repulsed by good leadership. Case in point is how the media has handled President Donald Trump's dealings with North Korea. The examples we have seen for decades in leadership from the White House have bent toward appeasing the wicked rather than dealing with them straightforward. Many Americans have been so lulled into the group think of appeasement, they are offended by the alternative.

The definition of appease is "to make concessions to (someone, such as an aggressor or a critic) often at the sacrifice of principles." That is exactly what we have seen in the White House for so long that when someone doesn't appease an enemy, many get nervous to the point of apoplexy. President Jimmy Carter appeased the radical Iranians when they stormed the US Embassy in Tehran. This led to the establishment of the Islamic terrorist reign of the Ayatollahs. Carter did much the same with the Palestinian Liberation Organization in appeasing Yassir Arafat, rewarding his terrorist acts with White House recognition and billions of US foreign aid dollars, much of which Arafat pocketed.

President Ronald Reagan persisted in calling the Soviet Union an evil empire. The news media and the liberals attacked him relentlessly, saying he would lead America into World War III. Reagan's straightforward tenacity eventually led to the dismantling of a regime that was responsible for the deaths of some 80 million people. When terrorist Moammar Kadafi of Libya was found responsible for the bombing of a West Berlin discotheque, Reagan bombed Kadaffi's compound in Libya. The media freaked. The Democrats cried. But no problems with Libya again until the most recent ex-"president." After the Reagan presidency, the long, slippery slope of appeasement took root in American leadership culture.

Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and the most recent ex-"president" all appeased Islam--from Saudi Arabia to Iran to the Palestinian Liberation Organization-terrorist sponsors all. Europe followed America's lead, kissing the ring fingers of the Islamic elite, appeasement on steroids. So it is no surprise that when a leader like Trump steps up and figuratively thumps a two-bit dictator in the chest, the world responds with fear and trepidation. Remember a year ago the world was talking about how Trump would start a nuclear war with North Korea. But Trump's strong, no-nonsense leadership has brought the promise of something good. He painted a positive vision of a developed, prosperous North Korea. Kim Jong Un agreed to lay down his arms. Time will test the success, but there is at least a chance. Good leadership in important.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

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