Ambassador’s Trip to UN Reaffirms Support for Israel

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Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, attended her first UN Security Council meeting. Haley said she found the council’s agenda “a bit strange,” since their job is to maintain peace and security in the world, but not one minute of the meeting was devoted to Israel’s safety and security. Instead, the focus was on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East, said Haley.

The issues Israel faces on a daily basis include Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of rockets in Lebanon, Iran’s supply of money and weapons to terrorists, the civil war in Syria, and ISIS.

Haley noted there is a breathtaking double standard where the UN refuses to condemn terror attacks in Israel, yet the UN Department of Political Affairs has an entire unit devoted to Palestinian affairs. Likewise there is no division investigating the launching of missiles by North Korea. Haley restated that U.S. will not hesitate to speak out against these biases, and in support of our friend Israel.

Why this Matters: We have a President who has publicly stated his devotion to a good relationship between the U.S. and Israel. We know that we have a blessing from God because we are blessing to Israel.

Gen. 12:3 – I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.

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President Increases Budget for Defense

The President will ask Congress for a ten percent boost, which is an additional $54 billion. He says he will offset the increase with cuts from non-defense agencies, such as the EPA, and a cut in the budget of the State Department, which doles out aid to foreign governments.

Trump is calling the budget a “public safety and national security budget,” and his plan will rebuild the military, increase border security, and take care of veterans.

The bump includes additional spending for ships and aircraft. The President wants to establish “a more robust presence in key international waterways and chokepoints” such as the Strait of Hormuz and South China Sea.

President Trump spoke before CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) on Friday and promised “one of the greatest military buildups in American history.”

U.S. military spending is around $600 billion annually, and the State Department budget is around $50 billion annually, which includes foreign assistance.

The budget blueprint will likely be released in mid-March, and the plans are just one stage in a lengthy process. The agencies can argue for more funding, and final spending plans must be approved by the U.S. Congress.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said the administration would not seek cuts in federal social programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

Why this Matters: China has been throwing its weight around in the South China Sea and building new islands with military bases and runways. The Strait of Hormuz is where Iran captured U.S. military and threatened U.S. Navy ships.

The good news is these cuts may force a major restructuring of the State Department–which has many anti-Trump employees. Perhaps those who cannot bring themselves to support the President will either resign or be cut.

Military aircraft is antiquated and in ill-repair. Museum aircraft are often a source for parts to keep some of our jets in the sky. The President wants to remedy this situation, which we have prayed would happen, so consider this a win for Praying Citizens, patriots and our troops!

How to Pray: Father, lead and guide our President and the Congress. Bless those who listen and obey. Keep our nation safe and protect our troops. Direct the funds to the right places. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Ps. 27:11 – Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

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Townhall Protesters Shout “Boo”
at the Name of Jesus

At Sen. Bill Cassidy’s town hall meeting in Metairie, Louisiana, a chaplain opened in prayer. The crowd balked–loudly protesting and shouting, “Pray on your own time,” and “Separation of church and state!”

They continued protesting when a Vietnam War veteran recited the pledge of allegiance. They shouted, “We want answers; do your job.”

Some booed when the chaplain concluded, “in the name of Jesus,” and others turned their back during the pledge.

Sen. Bill Cassidy’s district is solidly Republican. In the last Congressional election, 62 percent voted republican and just 37 percent voted Democrat. Two hundred people attended the meeting.

Why this Matters: This is another instance in which the media claims these obnoxious demonstrations are natural–an outgrowth of real grassroots dissent. But it’s hard to believe that in the Bible belt where children are raised to say, “Yes, Ma’am,” would be so perverse and shower a chaplain with such disrespect. The chaplain said that a majority of the 200 people present were troublemakers.

Pray that the real organizations that fund, train and direct these protesters would be exposed. Our God is not mocked. We pray that the media outlets who do not tell the truth would be unmasked and disregarded by the American people.

Ps. 27:14 – Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD.

Gal. 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

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