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Israel Blasts CNN's Coverage: 'Stop Your Manipulations'

“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night that I may meditate on your promises.” Ps. 119: 147-148

ISRAEL BLASTS CNN’s COVERAGE: ‘STOP YOUR MANIPULATIONS’: The Israeli Foreign Ministry chastised the Cable News Network (CNN) last weekend, after the network released a news brief which appeared to reverse the order of events in the latest clashes between Israel and the Hamas terror organization. On Friday, 20 July 2018 terrorists operating out of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip opened fire on Israeli soldiers stationed on the border, killing 20-year-old Givati Brigade Staff Sergeant Aviv Levi. In response to the terror attack, Israeli fighter jets pounded Hamas positions inside the Gaza Strip, hitting roughly 60 different terror targets in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave. A day later, Gaza-based terrorists breached the Israeli border fence, prompting the IDF to shell a Hamas observation post in the Strip. But a news brief by CNN International on Saturday 21 July presented the events in reverse order, and made no mention that the Israeli airstrikes had been in direct response to the Hamas attack. CNN International wrote, “Israel says one of its tanks targeted a Hamas military post in Gaza Saturday in retaliation for a border fence breach, one day after violence that left four Palestinians, including three Hamas militants, and an Israeli soldier dead.” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon responded via Twitter to the CNN news brief, accusing the media outlet of manipulation. “No CNN !!! You got it wrong and not for the first time - an Israeli soldier was killed by Hamas and IDF retaliated, protecting its country and citizens against murderous terrorists. By misrepresenting the facts you manipulate against Israel! STOP YOUR MANIPULATION!” CNN made no official response to the Israeli Foreign Ministry. (Arutz-7) So much of the war Israel fight’s against terrorism and anti-Israel bias is hindered due to outright misrepresentation of media facts concerning the Jewish state and her self-defensive measures. Your individual voice counts a great deal in this battle. Let it be heard as you speak with friends about Israel and make use of blogs and social media sources to correct false and misleading statements against the Jewish state. Remember to pass the JNN updates to your family and friends.

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STEINTZ WARNS OF ‘BROAD MILITARY OPERATIONS’ AGAINST HAMAS: Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz warned that recent escalations in violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip region may lead to a conflagration of war. "The situation is going to be a quiet established under the framework of an agreement, or it will be a flare up that could be very severe including a broad military operation," Steinitz said. The violence rose to a point on Friday, 20 July 2018 in which sniper fire from the Gaza Strip killed 21-year-old Givati brigade infantryman, Aviv Levi. The IDF responded by striking more than 60 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip and killing several members of the terrorist organization. According to Israeli news sources Egypt had warned Hamas that any response on its part to the retaliatory strikes by the IDF would force Israel to go to war within two hours. The Energy Minister also touched upon the incompetence of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to govern over Arabs in Judea, Samaria as well as Gaza. “Almost 20 years after the establishment of the Palestinian Authority, we see its total failure.” The PA was handed the Gaza Strip after Israel withdrew all soldiers and Jewish residents from the area in 2005. However, by 2007, Hamas took control over Gaza after successfully kicking the PA out during clashes in the summer of 2007. “The PA is anti-Semitic and does not function democratically or economically,” Steinitz added. (Arutz-7)

TRUMP'S MIDEAST PEACE TEAM TO HAMAS: STOP TERROR IN EXCHANGE FOR AID: Senior Advisor to USA President Donald Trump Jared Kushner, Top Negotiator Jason Greenblatt and USA Ambassador to Israel David Friedman called on Hamas to stop terror, return Israeli prisoners to their families and, in exchange, receive aid to improve the situation in the Gaza Strip in a recent column published by the Washington Post. "International donors are conflicted: Should they try to help the people directly, at the certain risk of enriching terrorists, or withhold funding to Hamas and watch the people it is supposed to govern suffer?" The piece explained the dilemma in providing humanitarian aid to the coastal enclave, clarifying that in the past any form of aid had been weaponized instead of being used for civilian purposes. "Until governance changes or Hamas recognizes the state of Israel, abides by previous diplomatic agreements and renounces violence, there is no good option," the article pronounced. "Seventy years after the founding of Israel, it would be wise for Hamas to acknowledge that the existence of Israel is a permanent reality," the piece added, arguing that the existence of Israel was an accepted fact in almost all of the Middle East. On his Twitter account Greenblatt, clearly aimed at Gaza residents, wrote in Arabic "If Gaza lives in peace with its neighbors, it can be a tourist destination like Sharm el-Sheikh and Tel Aviv. But with the leadership of Hamas, seawater that can provide suitable conditions for the establishment of resorts has become dangerous due to untreated sewage. There is no money to pay for wastewater treatment or to provide electricity because Hamas spends Palestinian money on terrorism instead." (J.Post)

BENNETT: TERROR IN NORTH AND SOUTH IS LED BY IRAN: Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Mon. 23 July, 2018 responded to the security situation in Israel's north and south. "The terror events in the north and south are caused by the head of the snake - Iran," he said. "The Iranians want to make us fight on two fronts at once. We can prevent terror even without sending ground forces into Gaza, and we will continue that policy." On Monday morning, concerns of spillover from Syria's civil war led the IDF to fire two "David's Sling" interceptors at missiles fired near the Syrian border. On Friday, 20 July, 2018 Hamas snipers killed IDF solder Aviv Levi. In response, the IDF struck 60 Hamas terror targets. (Arutz-7) “Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips. Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet.” Ps. 104:1-4

NIKKI HALEY: SOMETHING ‘REMARKABLE HAPPENED IN THE UN’: On 13 June 2018, Algeria proposed a resolution blaming Israel for the recent escalations on the Gaza border, completely ignoring the violent Gaza border riots, rockets fired by Gaza terrorists at Israel, and incendiary kites and balloons sent by Gazan terrorists into Israeli territory which scorched thousands of acres of nature reserves, forests, and agricultural land. In response, United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley proposed an amendment to the resolution, placing some of the blame on Hamas' shoulders. "Nothing like this had ever been done before at the United Nations. Hundreds of resolutions passed by the General Assembly dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have failed even to mention Hamas," the CNN op-ed noted. "What happened next was the beginning of a paradigm shift." In the vote that followed, the USA amendment passed with a vote of 78-59. Calling the vote "a miracle by UN standards," they noted that for "the first time in the United Nations, more nations than not acknowledged that peace between Israel and the Palestinian people must be built on a foundation of truth regarding Hamas. They recognized that reconciliation is impossible if reality is denied for the sake of scoring political points. And part of that reality is recognizing the primary responsibility Hamas bears in perpetuating the suffering of the people of Gaza. (Arutz-7)

TRUMP TO IRAN: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE USA AGAIN: USA President Donald Trump on Sunday night, 22 July 2018, replied to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's threat that "playing with the lion's tail" would lead to "the mother of all wars." In a tweet, Trump wrote, "To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!" Also Sun. night, USA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, "The level of corruption and wealth among regime leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia." Pointing out that many Iranians have been protesting their government, Pompeo continued, "All those voicing dissatisfaction share one thing: they have been ill-treated by a Revolutionary regime. Iranians want to be governed with dignity, accountability and consent." Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the USA on Sunday that it could shut down international oil shipments in the Strait of Hormuz if Washington continued to provoke Tehran. "Americans should know that a war with Iran would be the mother of all wars," he said. (INN)

ISRAEL HELPS RESCUE HUMANITARIAN WORKERS FROM SYRIA: Israel at the weekend played a critical role in rescuing hundreds of humanitarian workers and their families trapped in southern Syria. Eight hundred so-called "White Helmets" and their family members had taken refuge in Quneitra, the one small part of southern Syria not already under the control of Russian-backed regime forces. The White Helmets are mostly Syrian nationals who over the past several years have taken it upon themselves to conduct rescue operations following major military confrontations in the war-torn country. They operate mostly in rebel-held territory where nearly all civil services have collapsed. But, that's resulted in them being identified with opposition forces, and therefore a target for the Syrian army. The USA, UK, Germany and Canada had all been aiding the White Helmets logistically in recent months. As it became clear that the forces of dictator Bashar Assad would reconquer the south of Syria, those same nations lobbied Israel and Jordan to help get them out, with the promise that the White Helmets and their families could then take up residence in the West. Last weekend, a convoy of buses carrying the White Helmets streamed into northern Israel under cover of darkness. They were then escorted by Israeli and UN forces to a border crossing into Jordan. Israelis involved in the rescue operation said that it was one of the most emotional efforts to help Syria to date. (Israel Today)

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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff