VFI News February 1, 2022

Israeli President visits UAE & potential need to evacuate Ukrainian Jews

President Herzog to make the first-ever visit to UAE for an Israeli President &Israel preparing for the potential need to evacuate Ukrainian Jews and more! Join Barry to hear more!

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  • 00:20 - President Herzog to make the first-ever visit to UAE for an Israeli President
  • 02:15 - UAE intercepts two ballistic missiles over Abu Dhabi
  • 03:30 - Iran will consider good direct talks with ‘firm’ guarantees
  • 05:36 - Russia conducting joint patrols of the Syrian border
  • 06:32 - Israel preparing for the potential need to evacuate Ukrainian Jews
  • 07:28 - 2021 was the worst year in a decade for Antisemitism
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Nearly 2,000 Children Recruited by Houthi Rebels Dead

Thousands of children recruited and taught to fight by Yemen's Houthi rebels have been reported dead as a result of ongoing fighting.

A four-member panel of experts released a report to the United Nations Security Council detailing that almost 2,000 children had been reported dead between January 2020 and May 2021, according to the Associated Press. Lists obtained by the panel showed that 1,406 children died fighting during 2020, and 562 died between January and May of 2021.

"They were aged between 10 and 17 years old," the panel said. A large portion of the children had been killed in places such as Amran, Dhamar, Hajjah, Ibb, Saada, and Sanaa.

The panel said that they had investigated several schools and mosques where Houthi rebels were running summer camps. At these camps, children "as young as 7" were taught how to "clean weapons and evade rockets," along with learning Houthi ideology.

"The children are instructed to shout the Houthi slogan 'death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, victory to Islam,'" said the panel.

Several cases were discovered by the panel in which children had either been promised false rewards, denied aid, or sexually violated. Ten cases involved children taken to fight after being told they would be enrolled in courses, nine involved children and teachers denied humanitarian aid based on whether they "participated in fighting" or "taught the Houthi curriculum," and one involved an act of sexual violence on a child during training.

The Yemeni civil war has progressed into a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Neighboring Arab states have intervened in the conflict weeks after Houthis seized Yemen's capital city of Sanaa.

Houthi rebels have recently been firing ballistic missiles toward the United Arab Emirates, with two intercepted on Jan. 24, a week after rebels fired a drone strike that left at least three people dead in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. (WE / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you protect all children.”

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Ukraine's Jews Warned to be Ready for Evacuation if Russia Invades

Ukrainian Jews were warned on Wednesday, January 26, to be ready to be evacuated to Israel as the threat of a Russian invasion looms over the country.

While Russia denies that it intends to invade, military drills have taken place along the border with Ukraine and in the Russian-annexed Crimea. These drills continued even as de-escalation talks were held among Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.

Alongside growing tensions between the countries, Ukraine has been preparing for war and has received aid from the US in the form of weapons and military equipment, although according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Russia has not yet amassed enough troops on the border to attack. He did not rule out the possibility that they might later on.

While the Jews were told to prepare to leave, one leader in the Ukrainian Jewish community said he did not yet see cause for concern.

Meanwhile, the US delivered written replies to sweeping Russian security demands on Wednesday, a key step in a fragile diplomatic process as Russia staged new military drills on land and sea near Ukraine.

Washington has made clear that Russian demands for NATO to pull back troops and weapons from eastern Europe and bar Ukraine from ever joining are nonstarters. It says it is ready to discuss other topics such as arms control and confidence-building measures.

Whether Russia is prepared to accept that limited agenda will determine the next phase of the crisis, which has seen Moscow mass around 100,000 troops near the Ukraine border while denying that it plans to invade. (JPost / VFI News)

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. - Matthew 24:6

Time Running Out to Decide Whether Iran Can Make a Deal

Negotiations for the US and Iran to return to the 2015 nuclear deal are nearing the point where a decision must be made or that agreement will no longer be salvageable, European diplomats said on Friday, January 28, as the negotiating teams returned to their capitals for consultations.

“January has been the most intensive period of these talks to date,” negotiators from the US State Department and the E3 – France, Britain and Germany – said in a statement at the end of the eighth round of talks in Vienna. “Everyone knows we are reaching the final stage, which requires political decisions.”

Brett McGurk, the White House’s national security council Middle East coordinator, said on Thursday that “we’re in the ballpark of a possible deal... [but] there’s also a very real chance that these talks could collapse very soon.”

Western diplomats have said that Iran is moving too slowly in the talks to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action while it enriches and stockpiles uranium, and that weeks, not months, remain until the restrictions of that deal will have been irreversibly hollowed out.

Nearly 10 months after the negotiations started – with a five-month break imposed by Iran – the hardest issues remain, they say. (JPost / VFI News)

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” - Matthew 5:9

Us Reps Question Withdrawal of US Support for EastMed Pipeline from Israel

Withdrawing US support for the EastMed Pipeline undercuts US allies and the European Union’s push for energy independence, US representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-Florida) and Nicole Malliotakis (R-New York) wrote to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“The administration must realize the significant economic, environmental, and national security implications that are at stake in this matter and reconsider its decision to withdraw support for this critical project,” Bilirakis said this week.

The US Biden administration informed Israel, Greece and Cyprus in recent weeks that it no longer supports the proposed EastMed natural-gas pipeline from Israel to Europe, in a reversal of US position from that of the Trump administration. The project was announced in 2016, and several agreements on it have been signed between the three countries that aim to complete the €6 billion ($6.8b.) project by 2025, though no financing has been secured.

Europe is facing a surge in energy prices, the representatives pointed out, arguing that the continent will primarily rely on natural gas for energy for decades. They noted that the EU considers the EastMed pipeline a “special project.”

The change in policy is “hypocritical and offensive,” because of “the administration’s continued tacit approval of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, deepening Europe’s energy dependence on an adversary... Biden’s announcement last May to suspend sanctions on the Russian pipeline and his continued fight against sanctions shows clear preference toward Russia over our allies.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin “is once again using Europe’s reliance on Russian gas to seek concessions from Europe... preparing to invade Ukraine in the middle of winter when energy demand is highest,” they argued. (JPost / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you advance the cause of peace and collaboration between affected countries, and that resources are available so that all may have access to heat, light, and security..”

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Antisemitic Incidents in France Increased by 75% in 2021

Reports of antisemitic incidents in France increased by 75 percent in 2021, according to the French Jewish community’s main watchdog group.

SPCJ recorded 589 hate crimes against Jews last year, including a 36% increase in physical assaults over 2020. The group released its annual report Wednesday,, January 26.

Incidents targeting people – as opposed to communal buildings and institutions – accounted for 45% of all incidents in 2021. Of those, 10% were physical assaults.

A quarter of all incidents happened inside or just outside the victims’ homes, typically perpetrated by a neighbor, SPCJ wrote, adding this was a new and worrisome phenomenon.

Use of weapons, mostly knives and guns, in antisemitic incidents was also unusually high in 2021, occurring in 20% of all assaults and 10% of all cases of intimidation, the report said.

Dozens of incidents happened within the space of 11 days in May, when Israel and Hamas were exchanging fire amid rioting by Israeli Arabs and attacks on Arabs by Israeli Jews. During that period, SPCJ documented on average five antisemitic incidents per day. (TOI / VFI News)

But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. - Matthew 5:44

Hundreds of Antisemitic Flyers Found in Several Cities Across US

Hundreds of antisemitic flyers falsely placing blame on Jewish people for the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic were anonymously delivered to South Florida homes over the weekend, according to authorities.

The flyers claimed that Jewish people were responsible for the COVID-19 public health response, according to a copy of the flyer obtained by CNN. The flyers reportedly showed the Star of David, hate speech and a list of government health officials, pharmaceutical industry leaders and investment executives incorrectly labeled as Jewish.

“Miami Beach PD has been made aware of an antisemitic flyer distributed overnight in residential neighborhoods. Detectives are actively investigating to determine their origin,” Miami Beach Police (MBPD) tweeted Jan. 23. “We have increased patrols in our neighborhoods and also at our religious institutions.”

MBPD said it is working with local, state and federal partners to investigate the incident.

“There is no place for hate in our community and it will not be tolerated,” the department said.

Similar flyers were distributed in Alabama, Colorado, Wisconsin, Texas, California, Nevada and Maryland, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). (DC / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you foster acceptance, peace, and understanding among all communities, and rid the world of antisemitism and hate crime.”

Israel Home to 165,800 Holocaust Survivors

Israel is home to 165,800 Holocaust survivors, according to data released on Wednesday, January 26, by the Ministry for Social Equality and Pensioners ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Israeli state agencies define as survivors anyone “exposed” to the Nazi regime, including those who lived in countries conquered by Nazi Germany or were under direct Nazi influence in 1933-1945, as well as refugees who fled those areas due to the Nazis.

Today’s survivors are all over 75 — World War II ended 75 years ago — and around 19% of them are over the age of 90.

Over 950 Holocaust survivors living in Israel at the end of 2021 were aged 100 or more.

As women generally outlive men, they make up 60% of the survivor population. The percentage of women rises as each cohort ages.

Nearly two-thirds, or 64%, of those hail from Europe. Of these, 59,900 were born in the former Soviet Union, 19,100 in Romania, 8,900 in Poland, 4,500 in Bulgaria, 2,400 in Hungary and 2,300 in Germany.

The other 36 percent immigrated from Asia and North Africa, with 30,600 born in Algeria and Tunisia and 18,000 from the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

Those from the Muslim world fled Nazi-inspired pogroms, such as the 1941 Farhud pogrom in Iraq, or Nazi-controlled or Nazi-allied territories where they faced restrictions on daily life, such as in Vichy-ruled Morocco and Tunisia.

About 40% of the survivors had immigrated to Israel by 1951, and more than a third in the last wave of immigration in the 1990s from the former Soviet Union.

The past year saw 15,324 survivors pass away, a daily average of 42 fatalities, with many being victims of the coronavirus pandemic. (TOI / VFI News)

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. - Psalm 91:1-2

Tel Aviv Ranks Second after Silicon Valley on 2021 Global Startup Ecosystem Report

Tel Aviv has ranked second globally as a Cleantech ecosystem on the Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER): Cleantech Edition from Startup Genome, launched on Monday,, January 24, at the CleanTech Forum San Francisco.

Tel Aviv came in at a close second after Silicon Valley and before key global hubs in the field such as Stockholm, London and Los Angeles.

The Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) is the world's most comprehensive and widely read research on startups with 280 entrepreneurial innovation ecosystems and 3 million startups analyzed.

The Cleantech Edition looks into the "the globally competitive landscape of technology-based startups focused on reducing environmental impact and solving the scaleup gap in Cleantech."

The report includes startups "dedicated to renewable energy, transportation, logistics, and more." (JPost / VFI News)

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