VFI News April 23, 2021

Israel Pledges to Prevent a Nuclear Iran in Talks

Israel pledged to do “whatever it takes” to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons when it participated Friday in the first-ever quadratic meeting with the United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, and Greece.

“We will do whatever it takes to prevent the extremist and antisemitic regime [in Tehran] from acquiring nuclear weapons,” Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told reporters in Paphos, Cyprus.

Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias also issued statements, as did UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash. Ashkenazi invited the three diplomats to visit Israel in the near future. (JPost / VFI News)

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. - Ephesians 6:11

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Israeli Cabinet Concerned the US Wants an Iran Deal “At All Costs”

Israeli ministers expressed concern about the nuclear talks between the US and Iran, following a diplomatic-security cabinet meeting on Sunday.

“The Americans want a deal at all costs and the Iranians know it,” said a source in the meeting.

The Biden administration is open to hearing Israeli concerns, the source added but doesn’t seem to be taking them into consideration.

The diplomatic-security cabinet meeting – the first in two months – focused on the Iranian threat a week after a major attack on the nuclear site at Natanz, as well as an attack on an Iranian ship serving as a military base on the Red Sea, both by Israel according to security sources, and as the US and Iran hold indirect negotiations. (JPost / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you protect the safety of your people from all threats.”

Israel Disappointed in US 'Folding' to Iran

Jerusalem is very disappointed by what unofficial political sources define as a "complete folding of America" in the nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, the Israel Hayom newspaper reported Sunday morning.

In contrast with the heated confrontation the Obama Administration had with Israel in 2015, the Biden administration is trying to prevent surprises and is updating Israel on its moves. However, the difference in attitude between the two countries is enormous.

According to information received by Israel, the six powers and Iran are indeed close to signing an agreement that will stipulate that the parties will return to the original nuclear agreement signed in 2015, from which President Trump withdrew in 2018. (INN / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you heal and bolster key alliances in the interest of peace for all in the region. We pray that you would give wisdom to the leaders of the nation and stop any evil intent in its tracks.”

Donation of Shoes to the Children of Ashdod

This winter we donated shoes to 44 underprivileged children in Ashdod. Told that these gifts were especially for them—from people who loved them—their faces were filled with joy. Thank you for helping us bless these dear children, and for helping them in their walk with the Lord.

Deputy Chief of Iran's Quds Force Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

The deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force, Brigadier General Mohammed Hejazi, died Sunday, the IRGC announced.

Hejazi died of a "heart condition" the Iranian military said, without providing additional details.

Hejazi was appointed deputy commander of the Quds Force in January 2020, following the assassination of Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani.

The American Jewish Committee has accused Hejazi, then an adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, of taking part in the planning of the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires. (INN / VFI News)

Iran Commander-In-Chief Issues a New Threat to Israel

The commander-in-chief of the Iranian military said Israel would soon “disappear,” while touting Iran’s efforts to bolster the Hezbollah terrorist organization’s “plan to defeat the Zionist regime”.

Major General Hossein Salami, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, addressed mourners at the funeral of Mohammed Hejazi, deputy commander of the Quds Force, Monday morning.

Brigadier General Hejazi died Sunday of a "heart condition" the Iranian military said, without providing additional details. Hejazi was appointed deputy commander of the Quds Force in January 2020, following the assassination of Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani. (INN / VFI News)

Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned. - Psalm 34:21-22

Direct Flights Between Israel And Bahrain Starting in June

Gulf Air, the national airline of Bahrain, announced that in June, the airline will provide direct flights between Bahrain and Israel, according to a report by Mako.

Direct flights from Bahrain will be landing at Ben-Gurion Airport. The first flight will take off from Bahrain to Tel Aviv on June 3 and land in the Israeli city at 11:50 a.m.

This news comes months after the peace agreement between Israel and Bahrain that was part of the Abraham Accords, as well as meetings in recent months between Gulf Air and senior figures in the Israeli aviation industry, where both sides have expressed support for both countries to have direct flights. (JPost / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you continue to help your people expand their friendships and influence among their neighbors.”

Israeli Ninth-Grader Wins Gold at European Girls Mathematical Olympiad

Israel's team for the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) won two medals in this year's competition, which was held remotely on Friday.

Ninth-grader Noga Friedman of Rehovot's De Shalit Middle School won a gold medal and Ya'ara Shulman, a tenth-grader who studies at Herzliya's Rishonim High School, won a silver medal.

They were joined on the team by Nicole Grossman, a senior from Ehad Ha'am High School in Petah Tikva, and Tamar Pe'er, another tenth-grader who studies alongside Shulman at Rishonim in Herzliya. (JPost / VFI News)

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. - Psalm 127:3

Dutch Soccer Fans Chant Antisemitic Slogan Before Match against Ajax

Fans of the Dutch soccer team Vitesse chanted “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas” at a fan rally before a scheduled match against Ajax, an Amsterdam-based team known for its history of Jewish supporters.

Police began examining footage from the action on Wednesday night, which occurred in Arnhem, where Vitesse is based. The two clubs played Sunday, and Ajax won 2-1.

Supporters and rivals of Ajax often affectionately refer to the club and its fans as “Jews,” out of recognition of the centuries-long strong presence of Jews in Amsterdam. It’s a pattern across Europe, used for fans of teams in England, Italy, and Germany.

But in the Netherlands, the “Hamas, Jews to the gas” chant has become more commonplace in recent years.

Pascal van Wijk, director of the Vitesse team, condemned the chants.

“It is just deeply saddening that a small group of supporters misbehaved in such a way.” (INN / VFI News)

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. - 1 John 4:20