Category: Gog-Ezekiel 38 & 39

Russia Furious At Azerbaijan After Helicopter Shot Down

by Andrew Bieszad on January 4, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh is far from over. While Azerbaijan may have one, Russia’s entrance into Armenia is the beginning of potentially something much more serious.

Armenia and Azerbaijan were both part of the Soviet Union until her breakup in 1991. Azerbaijan, a Shiite Muslim nation culturally influenced by the Persians, ethnically influenced by the various Caucasus peoples, and linguistically influenced by the Turks, has since given her full support to Turkey, and she has openly expressed a desire to be annexed by the Turks. Armenia is hated by Turkey, who has made clear with her recent encirclement of Armenia following the capture of Nagorno-Karabakh that by her actions she is preparing to isolate and “finish the job” that she began in 1914. Armenia, however much she does not like the Russians, is also part of the CSTO, or a Russian attempt at her own NATO, and while really powerless, is there to be a thorn in the side of the Turks for the Russians. Meanwhile, Putin has made clear that since he equivocates Russian glory with Stalin and the USSR, his words and actions show attempts to rebuild the Red Giant.

The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, with a Russia trying to revive the USSR and an Ottoman ghost attempting to summon herself from the grave of history, sets up a scenario for a clash of major powers, between the first and second largest militaries in Europe and the second and seventh most powerful militaries in the world. Considering how Turkey has NATO and specifically, US and German backing, given that they are the first and ninth most powerful militaries, it has the potential to make any conflict between Russia and Turkey more interesting.

Just hours before a peace agreement was to be signed between Azerbaijan and Moscow, a Russian aircraft was shot down. While the Azeri government has apologized and offered to pay for it amid other concessions, it is being reported by Reuters that Russia is treating it as a case of murder.

Russian military investigators are now treating the Nov. 9 downing of a helicopter over Armenia as “wilful murder”, a more serious charge than the previous “death through negligence”, Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing a source.

A Russian Mi-24 helicopter was shot down over Armenia near the border with a region belonging to Azerbaijan, killing two crew members and injuring another, just few hours before a Moscow-brokered peace deal over Nagorno-Karabakh was reached.

Heavy fighting between Azerbaijan, which has the political backing of Turkey, and ethnic Armenian forces over the mountainous region had been raging for six weeks at the time of the incident.

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said Azeri forces shot down the helicopter by accident, expressing apologies to Moscow and a readiness to pay compensation.

Interfax said on Monday, citing the source, that a case had initially been opened into a potential infringement of flying regulations that had resulted in deaths through negligence.

The reported switch to a murder charge, which could lead to a sentence of life imprisonment for those held responsible, may complicate relations between Moscow and Azerbaijan.

The conflict has tested Moscow’s influence in the South Caucasus, a swath of the former Soviet Union it views as vital to defending its own southern flank. (source)

While one cannot confirm anything, one must say that the timing is highly suspicious, especially since portraying Azerbaijan as the ‘aggressor’ may be a card Russia tries to use to force influence into that nation, up to and including potentially declaring war against her. However, the main target would not be Azerbaijan, but Turkey, since Russia wants what she considers “her territories” from the USSR back, but also to prohibit further expansion of a nascent Ottoman Empire that through Azerbaijan would have control over the oil sands of Baku and given new construction developments, passage into Central Asia, another bloc of nations under Russian control.

The world right now bears an increasing semblance to the world pre-World War I, where nations were scrambling against each other over small territories, building up troops and with tensions brooding between them, eventually breaking into the First World War. However, the difference was that major technologies then were the machine gun and poison gas. This time it is robotics, artificial intelligence, and computers, which is far more dangerous.

It will be interesting to see where this conflict goes and how Russia responds, given the trends toward war and potentially grave responses from either side.

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SHOCK AS US NATIONAL NUCLEAR SECURITY ADMINISTRATION NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED THAT AUTHORITIES ARE SAYING HAS RUSSIA’S SIGNATURE ALL OVER IT

Authorities were alarmed after suspicious activity was detected in a number of networks belonging to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as the Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico and Washington. Networks belonging to the Office of Secure Transportation and Richland Field Office of the Department of Energy were also reportedly breached. Officials close to the incident claim that hackers were able to do more damage at FERC than the other networks, according to the report.

by Geoffrey Grider December 17, 2020

A major cyber espionage attack has hit a number of U.S. federal agencies, including networks belonging to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Department of Energy (DOE), which are responsible for maintaining the country’s massive stockpile of nuclear weapons.

 

Iwasn’t joking when I first told you a while back that 2021 is going to be even crazier than 2020 has been, and with each passing day it is ringing truer and truer. When you go to the web site for cyber security company SolarWinds, the company responsible for keeping US Federal agencies safe from hackers says ‘SolarWinds: We Make It Look Easy’. That didn’t age well.

So is it Russia, is it China, perhaps a combination of the two? At this point, no one really knows, but what we do know is that it’s really bad. Microsoft said they found evidence of the hacker attack on their own systems as well. I have the feeling that something really big is about to break out, it has all the earmarks when take everything that has been happening lately and add it all together. They hacked the NNSA to get at our nukes, and the scary part is, they might actually have gained access deep enough to cause some real problems.

Hackers Target US Nuclear Weapons Agency in Massive Unprecedented Cyber Attack

FROM ACTIVIST POST: On Thursday, officials swiftly began coordinating notifications about the security breach to congressional oversight bodies following a briefing by DOE Chief Information Officer Rocky Campione, reports Politico.

Authorities were alarmed after suspicious activity was detected in a number of networks belonging to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as the Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories in New Mexico and Washington. Networks belonging to the Office of Secure Transportation and Richland Field Office of the Department of Energy were also reportedly breached.

OFFICIALS CLOSE TO THE INCIDENT CLAIM THAT HACKERS WERE ABLE TO DO MORE DAMAGE AT FERC THAN THE OTHER NETWORKS, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT.

Authorities have scoured the networks to ascertain how much data has been accessed or stolen, but officials are still largely in the dark about the extent to which government networks have been compromised. According to the report, officials at DOE could take weeks to understand how much damage was wrought by the attacks.

It is believed that the attack on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could have been part of a broader attempt to disrupt the U.S. electric grid. While FERC isn’t involved in the direct management of power flows, the data it stores could potentially reveal the most critical locations in case of future attacks.

The National Nuclear Security Administration, on the other hand, is the key agency tasked with managing the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and its operations take up the bulk of the DOE budget. Likewise, the Sandia and Los Alamos laboratories are critical sites where atomic research related to both nuclear weapons and civil nuclear power takes place. The Office of Secure Transportation is in charge of moving enriched uranium and other material related to the maintenance of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.

Federal officials have expressed concern about the breach, which is feared to have impacted computer systems not only in the U.S. and across the globe. So far, Russian hackers tied to the country’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) are being looked at as the most likely culprit. However, Moscow has denied any involvement in the attacks.

The attack on DOE networks appears to signal the potent threat posed by hackers even when they are up against core components of the U.S. national security enterprise. It is believed that the hackers were able to compromise the federal networks by exploiting security flaws in the networking software sold by IT company SolarWinds, which has hundreds of clients across the U.S. government and the private sector.

On Thursday, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an ominous warning about a significant computer intrusion, noting that it “poses a grave risk” to governments on the federal, state, and local levels. On Wednesday, the FBI, CISA, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement acknowledging their collaboration in an “ongoing” cybersecurity campaign, noting that they had only begun their work in earnest in recent days after learning of the incident.

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The Israel-Iran shadow war locks in on southeastern Syria

 

Dec 13, 2020 @ 12:39 GolanHizballahIran vs IsraelSouth Syria

In the last weeks of the Trump administration, Israel is fast-tracking the military drive to push Iran and its helpers back from their advance on southern Syria and the Golan border. The IDF is urged to hurry up in case the Biden administration decides that Iran’s presence in Syria need not be addressed by the US in a potential renegotiated nuclear deal with Tehran.

Iran is using the uncertain transition period to advance on the Syrian-Israel Golan border by infiltrating and hiding behind Syrian army positions in the southern Syrian provinces of Deraa, Quneitra and Sweida. The Iranians are also practicing clandestine tactics on the Syrian Golan with the help of a special Hizballah unit and dozens of local armed groups and soldiers, taking advantage of the overall chaos prevailing in the region. The IDF is hitting back by expanding the targets of its air strikes to include the Syrian regime army positions hosting or covering Iranian Revolutionary Guards or Shiite militia forces in the south and the east.

The success of the IDF’s ramped-up operations to counter Iran’s strategy was indicated by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi in an end-of-year summary last Thursday, Dec. 10. “Iran has begun cutting back on its military presence in Syria as a result of our operations,’ he said, “but there is still a long way to go before the job is done.” The tempo and quality of Israeli strikes against Iranian assets in Syria, including kinetic operations, the general said, have been enhanced this year, along with more numerous covert and clandestine missions.”

Iran had also significantly stalled its cargo airlift for smuggling weapons into Syria, Gen. Kochavi revealed. This came as a result of the destruction by aerial bombardments in recent months of vast quantities of advanced weaponry, that were to have been handed over to Iran’s proxy, Hizballah, for using in Lebanon as a convenient forward base for attacking Israel.

To escape Israel’s air strikes, Iran has moved its bases, camps and headquarters out of the line of Israeli fire around Damascus towards the northern and eastern parts of Syria. Iranian forces have also been drawn down. Hizballah and Syrian armed units have been left to anchor Iran’s presence in the south. Moreover, reported IDF air strikes on IRGC positions at Abu Kamal in eastern Syria on the sensitive border with Iraq showed Israel to be undeterred by the proximity of US bases.

Tehran is acting on the assumption that Israel is intent on provoking a major clash to provide Donald Trump with justification for clobbering Iran or its interests in the waning days of his presidency. Tehran is therefore at pains to avoid overt or extreme response to the intensified IDF campaign. Its presence in South Syria is denied except for “a few advisers.” Reported casualties are dismissed as “Zionist propaganda.”

The IDF is using Tehran’s caution to seriously bludgeon its assets and collaborators in Syria for the purpose of driving home Israel’s determination to drive them out.   

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MOROCCO JOINS THE UAE, BAHRAIN, AND SUDAN AS THE FOURTH MIDDLE EAST MUSLIM NATION TO SIGN UP WITH ISRAEL IN THE PRE-DANIEL 9:27 ABRAHAM ACCORDS

President Donald Trump congratulated the two parties in a tweet: “Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations – a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!” Less than a year ago, President Trump launched his Abraham Accords Middle East peace plan, which departed from previous efforts in that it sought agreements between Israel and Arab states without giving a veto to the Palestinians.

by Geoffrey Grider December 11, 2020

Morocco became the fourth Muslim nation to reach a peace deal with Israel this year, as news broke Thursday that the Kingdom would sign an agreement establishing diplomatic relations with the Jewish state and join Abraham Accords.

 

For those of you, like myself, who are patiently scanning the eastern skies in anticipation of taking off on Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines, I have good news for you. We are not only getting giant steps closer to departing, things are heating up so much that Spring 2021 is starting to look like the time when that might be taking place. Not setting a date, not predicting anything, just looking out my window and talking. Just ask King Solomon how he felt about it, the answer might surprise you.

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” Song Of Solomon 2:10-13 (KJB)

Putting the wonderful thought of the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church aside for just a moment, let’s focus on the rapidly-expanding Abraham Accords Middle East Peace Treaty, the necessary precursor to the Daniel 9:27 Covenant with Death and Hell the Jews will agree to sooner rather than later. As we have been telling you, every major Muslim nation that rings around the Palestinians are going to sign the Abraham Accords, thus putting overwhelming pressure on the Palies to sign it as well. What will Israel receive in exchange for such open-minded, forward thinking? Not much, just the rebuilt Jewish Temple that Antichrist will inhabit, that’s all.

Another Abraham Accords Middle East Peace Deal: Morocco Latest to Establish Ties with the Jews and Israel

 

FROM BREITBART NEWS: President Donald Trump congratulated the two parties in a tweet: “Another HISTORIC breakthrough today! Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco have agreed to full diplomatic relations – a massive breakthrough for peace in the Middle East!”

Less than a year ago, President Trump launched his Middle East peace plan, which departed from previous efforts in that it sought agreements between Israel and Arab states without giving a veto to the Palestinians.

Earlier U.S. administrations had believed, incorrectly, that such an approach was impossible. Then-Secretary of State John Kerry said in 2016 that no separate peace between Israel and Arab states was possible:

Morocco has quietly enjoyed unofficial ties with Israel for many years. The country has a large Jewish community, many of whose members moved to Israel after the Jewish state declared independence in 1948. The Trump administration has been reaching out to Morocco for years. Ivanka Trump visited the kingdom last November. Morocco also granted an exclusive interview with Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita to Breitbart News in 2018.

On Thursday, Trump announced that the U.S. would be recognizing Morocco’s claims to the disputed Western Sahara:

The kingdom is the fourth state to make peace and forge diplomatic relations with Israel this year. The other three include the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which signed the Abraham Accords on the White House lawn in September; and Sudan, which announced it had reached an agreement with Israel several weeks later.

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REPORT: KILLED IRANIAN NUCLEAR SCIENTIST WAS MAKING 5 WARHEADS

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | DEC 7, 2020 | TERROR WATCH

I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws, and lead you out with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all of them clothed in splendor, a vast assembly, all of them with bucklers and shields, wielding swords.Among them shall be Persia, Nubia, and Put, everyone with shield and helmet; Ezekiel 38:4 (The Israel BibleTM)

Inert Titan at the ready in the launch silo.

A report in the Hebrew-language news site Yediot Ahronot  written by investigative reporter Ronen Bergman and published on Friday stated that on a 2008 visit by George W. Bush to Jerusalem, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert played a tape of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the senior Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated by a hit squad outside of Tehran ten days ago, speaking about his efforts to produce “five warheads.”

The recording was made by a source close to Fakhrizadeh who had been recruited by Israeli intelligence. Played as part of an effort to convince the US of the dire threat of an Iranian nuclear program, Olmert requested that the room be emptied of any non-essential people, including Bush’s national security adviser Stephen Hadley, in order to ensure the identity of the source remained a secret.

According to the report in Yediot, Israel had been compiling a dossier on the Iranian scientist for over three decades, indicating his deep involvement in a nuclear weapons program. The recording was considered by Israeli intelligence experts to be the final proof that the Iranian nuclear program was not focused on peace-time goals, as the Iranian government still insists in the public forum. 

At the time, Ehud Barak, Olmert’s Minister of Defense, requested the US to supply Israel with weapons that it did not have in its arsenals, such as vertical take-off aircraft and bunker-busting bombs. It was believed that Israel intended to use the weapons to carry out an attack against the Iranian nuclear program. 

According to the report, Bush responded to the request by pointing at Barak and saying, “This guy frightens me.”

Bush then reacted to the new information concerning the Iranian nuclear weapons program by saying:

BUSH: “US WILL NOT ACT”

“I want you to know the official position of the United States government. The US strongly opposes Israel taking action against the Iranian nuclear program,” Bush said, according to Ehud Barak in the Yediot report. “And in order not to be vague, I will tell you that the United States does not intend to act either as long as I serve as president.” 

After this response, Olmert decided to play the tape for the US president the next day in an attempt to convince him of the dire necessity. Before the meeting, Olmert insisted that everyone leave the room except for the president. Headley stated that protocol demanded that as national security adviser, he stay. But Olmert insisted that he leave and Bush assented. 

Olmert played the tape which was, of course in Persian, but the Israeli prime minister provided an English transcript.

“I’m going to play you something, but I ask that you not talk about it with anyone, not even with the director of the CIA,” the report quoted Olmert as telling Bush, identifying Fakhrizadeh as the man speaking on the tape. 

IRAN’S LONG HISTORY OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS DEVELOPMENT

Olmert described him as the head of the Iranian AMAD program. AMAD is the Iranian program aimed at developing a nuclear weapon that was begun in 1989. The Iranian government claims to have ended the program in 2003. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, was predicated on the truth of this Iranian claim. President Trump pulled the US out of the JCPOA but the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, who helped set up the JCPOA, and many of his cabinet nominees have vowed to return the agreement. 

The Yediot  report cites the recording, quoting Fakhrizadeh, but does not use the word ‘nuclear’. The nuclear scientist discusses his weapons program, complaining that the government is not providing him with sufficient funding. 

“They want five warheads,” Fakhrizadehsaid. “But on the other hand, they won’t let me work.”

Though Bush did not relent and sell Israel the requested weaponry, he did agree to full-intelligence cooperation on the Iranian nuclear weapons program and joint operations against it. 

Fakhrizadeh was named in 2018 when Prime Minister Netanyahu revealed a trove of secrete documentation taken from a warehouse in Tehran by the Mossad. The documentation was from Iran’s nuclear program.

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AFTER IRAN THREATENS RETALIATION, US DEPLOYS AIRCRAFT CARRIER TO PERSIAN GULF

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | NOV 29, 2020 | TERROR WATCH

Ships come from the quarter of Kittim; They subject Assyria, subject Eber. They, too, shall perish forever. Numbers 24:24 (The Israel BibleTM)

kForce437, in ‘operation Clemenceau’. (courtesy: Shutterstock)

The US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was deployed to the Persian Gulf this week at a time of heightened tension in the region.

IRANIAN NUCLEAR GENERAL ASSASSINATED; REDUCTION OF US TROOPS IN REGION

One cause for concern was the assassination of Mohsen Mahabadi, a brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a senior official in the nuclear program of Iran, on Friday. Members of the Iranian government have blamed Israel for the targeted killing. 

“There were no specific threats that triggered the return of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group,” Commander Rebecca Rebarich, spokeswoman for the US Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said in an emailed statement after the carrier deployed on Wednesday. Rebarich did acknowledge that the redeployment of the carrier strike group was in anticipation of a US reduction of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon is expected to keep a total of 5,000 US troops split evenly between the two countries.

“This action ensures we have sufficient capability available to respond to any threat and to deter any adversary from acting against our troops during the force reduction,” she said.

The Nimitz was last in the Persian Gulf three weeks ago, leaving after two months in the sector,  the longest amount of time a U.S. aircraft carrier has spent in the waters since 2018. 

LARGEST, OLDEST, NUCLEAR-POWERED

At 1092 feet and over 100,000 tons displacement, the nuclear-powered Nimitz, touted as the US Navy’s oldest and finest aircraft carrier, is one of the largest warships in the world. The Nimitz has a complement of over 3,500 sailors and an airwing of over 2,400  capable of operating 90 warplanes and helicopters. 

The strike group consists of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), and guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104).

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REPORT: NETANYAHU HELD SECRET TALKS IN SAUDI WITH POMPEO FOR POSSIBLE UNITED FRONT AGAINST IRAN

BY DAVID SIDMAN | NOV 23, 2020 | MIDDLE EAST

When you take the field against your enemies, and see horses and chariots—forces larger than yours—have no fear of them, for Hashem your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, is with you. Deuteronomy 20:1 (The Israel BibleTM)

 Jerusalem on November 18, 2020. Photo by Menahem Kahana/POOL

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held secret talks in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,  and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli media reported on Monday. The trip would be the first of its kind by an Israeli premier to the Gulf State.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who visited Israel (including Judea and Samaria) last week, also reportedly attended the meeting. Israel’s public broadcaster Kann’s diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid reported. Mossad chief Yossi Cohen accompanied Netanyahu as well.

The journalist cited anonymous Israeli officials quoting them as saying that Netanyahu as well as the head of the Mossad spy agency, Yossi Cohen “flew yesterday to Saudi Arabia, and met Pompeo and MBS (Prince Mohammed bin Salman) in the city of Neom,”

Oddly, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi were not informed of the meeting. This could possibly be because Gantz has been accused of being compromised by Iran who reportedly hacked into his phone and discovered incriminating material.

Several other Israeli media outlets reported similar information on Monday as well.

Netanyahu’s office did not confirm nor deny the reports. The meeting comes following Israel agreeing to forge historic accords to normalize ties with two Saudi Arabian allies in the Gulf – Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

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SHEBA TURNS TO ISRAEL TO COPE WITH PRE-EXODUS PLAGUE OF LOCUSTS

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | NOV 18, 2020 | BIBLICAL NEWS

For if you refuse to let My people go, tomorrow I will bring locusts on your territory. Exodus 10:4 (The Israel BibleTM)

(Photo: Vladimir Wrangel / Shutterstock)

Like its Biblical archetype, a massive swarm of locusts has engulfed Ethiopia as a harbinger of an Exodus of Jews and a group of Israeli experts step in to help as a graphic reminder of the Biblical connection between Israel and the modern country of Sheba.

ISRAELI EXPERTS CALLED TO HELP WITH ETHIOPIAN LOCUST CRISIS

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed requested help from Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabi Ashkenazi, in coping with a massive swarm of locusts plaguing his country. The Embassy of Israel in Addis Ababa is now leading the operation run by Yoav Mortro, Israel’s top locust expert, in coordination with the authorities in Ethiopia. The Israeli team is comprised of four experts, a logistics officer, drone pilot and scout, and spraying expert. The Israeli team arrived last week and plans on spending two weeks in the country, training 300 Ethiopians in fighting the locusts. The Israeli task force brought with it more than 2 tons of equipment including 27 drones and other advanced equipment that will be handed over to the Ethiopian authorities at the conclusion of the operation. The Israeli strategy for coping with the locusts involves using drones to remotely monitor the location and movements of the swarms and then spraying insecticide at night.

“The better thing as the experts told us is that it is possible to work at night; as locust is cold-blooded and sleeps at night it is efficient to fight the locusts at night. The experts will train over 300 persons at the locust affected fields,” Agriculture Minister Oumer Hussien told the Ethiopian News Agency.

Recent reports claim that the infestation has destroyed crops in over 900,000 acres of farmland belonging to half a million farmers since July in what authorities called the worst in 25 years. In addition to the locusts, flooding destroyed another 90,000 acres of farmland, displacing some 64,630 people. TO make matters worse, Ethiopia is being ravaged by a civil war in the north. 

Swarms are often tens of square kilometers in size.  A swarm of just one square kilometer eats the same amount of food in one day as 35,000 people. The swarms also can travel 93 miles a day making efforts to control an outbreak even more difficult. Officials warned that further rains in the region could lead to an even larger outbreak.

About 600,000 people in the region depend on food assistance, while another million people receive other forms of support, all of which are now disrupted, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report released on 7 November.

Lesser swarms have been reported in Kenya, as well as smaller ones in Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan, and Somalia. Yemen, also wartorn, is struggling with an outbreak of locusts. 

Desert locusts are always present in the region but are typically solitary. Favorable breeding conditions generate swarms and their behavior changes as they form groups that can be miles long and contain a billion individuals. Last year, locusts destroyed 350,000 tons of grain and more than 3 million acres of pasture in Ethiopia.

BIBLICAL PLAGUE, MODERN EXODUS

This wave very much resembles the Biblical plague in this respect, coming as part of a wave of catastrophes that left the land of Egypt bereft of any food.

Locusts invaded all the land of Egypt and settled within all the territory of Egypt in a thick mass; never before had there been so many, nor will there ever be so many again. They covered the face of the whole land, so that the land was darkened, and they ate all the plants in the land and all the fruit of the trees that the hail had left. Not a green thing remained, neither tree nor plant of the field, through all the land of Egypt. Exodus 10:14-15 

Like its Biblical precedent in Egypt, this plague of locusts comes in time to precede an Exodus of Jews from Ethiopia. Last month, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss deepening the ties between their two countries. In the course of the conversation, Netanyahu expressed his desire to immediately bring to Israel some  2,000 Ethiopian Jews currently in Addis Ababa and Gondar waiting to immigrate. The plan is expected to cost Israel $109 million.

Approximately 13,000 Jews currently reside in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, and in Gondar in the northern part of the African country. About 9,000 of the Ethiopian Jews have been waiting for 15 or more years to immigrate. Travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the situation. In 1991, Israel airlifted some 14,500 Jews out of Ethiopia in less than two days as part of Operation Solomon. About 140,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel today.

The connection between the two countries goes far deeper than a telephone call between two heads of state. According to Ethiopian legend recorded in the Kebra Nagast (Glory of the Kings), the Ethiopian national saga translated from Arabic,  Menelik I,  from whom the Ethiopian dynasty claims descent to the present day, was the son of Makeda, the Ethiopic name for the queen of Sheba, and King Solomon. 

According to Jewish tradition, the ten-plagues will reappear before the Messiah. Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, explained this aspect of the Messianic process to Israel365 News, quoting the Prophet Micah.

I will show him wondrous deeds As in the days when You sallied forth from the land of EgyptMicah 7:15

“All of the miracles will reappear, all of the plagues, the entire story, in all its pain and all its glory,” Rabbi Berger said. “Our job in this generation is to speak about it, to pray for it, even while it is unfolding in front of our eyes.”

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Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia sign peace deal over Nagorno-Karabakh

By Aren Melikyan, Arzu Geybulla, Gul Tuysuz, Mary Ilyushina, Tim Lister and Ivana Kottasová, CNN

Updated 6:05 AM ET, Tue November 10, 2020

(CNN)Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has announced he had signed an “unspeakably painful agreement” with Russia and Azerbaijan to end the war over the disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh, just hours after Azerbaijan claimed it captured the region’s strategic city of Shusha.

“I have made a difficult, extremely difficult decision for personally me and all of us. I have signed a declaration with the Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan on stopping the war starting from 01:00 (local time),” Pashinyan said in a statement posted on his Facebook page early Tuesday.

After claiming earlier on Monday that the fight over Shusha was not over, Pashinyan said he made the decision to sign the agreement based on a deep analysis of the military situation and “on the conviction that in the existing situation this is the best possible outcome.

Speaking after the agreement was announced, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev said the deal would “return our territories without any further bloodshed.” He said all military operations in the region that sits in Azerbaijani territory but has been populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians have stopped.

“Today, I am signing this agreement with pride! Congratulations to the people of Azerbaijan!,” Aliyev added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russian peacekeeping forces will be deployed along the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh and within the corridor that connects the region with Armenia.

He said the ceasefire deal stipulates the exchange of prisoners of war and bodies, according to the Russian official news agency, TASS. Russia neighbors Azerbaijan, but has a security alliance with Armenia. Moscow had tried to broker a ceasefire several times in the past few weeks, but each agreement fell apart within a short time.

Aliyev declared Sunday that his forces had taken Shusha, a city sometimes described as “the Jerusalem of Nagorno-Karabakh” for its religious significance.

Azerbaijan’s defense ministry released a video Monday showing the country’s flag flying on public buildings in the city, putting Azerbaijani forces mere miles from the regional capital Stepanakert. The video shows deserted streets and damaged buildings.

Later on Monday, Azerbaijan apologized for downing a Russian helicopter near the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, saying it was an accident.

Shusha — or Shushi as it’s known to Armenians — lies some 10 kilometers south of Stepanakert and is on higher ground, making the capital more vulnerable. It has already suffered regular rocket and missile attacks; many civilians fled towards Armenia over the weekend.

The first Armenian acknowledgement that Shusha had fallen came Monday from the spokesman for Nagorno-Karabakh’s presidency, Vahram Poghosyan. He posted on Facebook that the “city is completely out of our control and all kinds of encouraging or inspiring propaganda do[es] not give us anything besides losing the sense of reality.” Poghosyan added that “the enemy is in the vicinity of Stepanakert and now the existence of the capital city is threatened.”

Videos posted on social media Sunday showed convoys of cars heading away from Stepanakert, but reports from the city say many civilians remain there.

Hours after Azerbaijan’s defense ministry posted the Shusha video online, the Russian defense ministry said a Russian military helicopter was shot down over Armenia near the border with Azerbaijan.

The helicopter was downed using a portable surface-to-air missile, the ministry said, adding that two crew members were killed when the Mi-24 crashed in a mountainous area in Armenia and a third was taken to an airfield with injuries.

Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry later issued a statement apologizing for the downing of the helicopter, which it said was an accident.

“The Azerbaijani side apologizes to the Russian side in connection with this tragic incident, which is accidental and was not directed against the Russian side,” the statement said. The statement went on to express Azerbaijan’s “sincere condolences” to the families of the Russian crew members and offered to pay compensation.

“The helicopter flight took place in close proximity to the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border, while active military clashes continue in the zone of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the Azerbaijani statement said.

“The flight took place in the dark, at low altitude, outside the air defense radar detection zone. Russian Air Force helicopters have not been seen in the specified area before,” it added.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — a vocal supporter of Azerbaijan — told a rally in the Turkish city of Kocaeli on Sunday that “the liberation of Shusha also signals that liberation of remaining occupied territories is near.”

In a call with Putin on Saturday, Erdogan said Armenia must withdraw from the Azerbaijani lands under its occupation, according to a read-out of the call from the Turkish presidency.

The unrest in Nagorno-Karabakh dates back to the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the region, backed by Armenia, declared independence from Azerbaijan.

Shusha was captured by Armenian forces in 1992 and Nagorno-Karabakh established a de facto independence that is not recognized by most of the world. A 1994 ceasefire brought the violent conflict over the enclave to an end, but tensions continued to simmer.

Azerbaijan has long claimed it would retake the territory, which is internationally recognized as Azerbaijani. Tensions flared up again over the summer and escalated in September.

Both sides have reported dozens of civilian casualties since the conflict began in September.

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Iran threatens Arab nations making peace with Israel

‘We will respond the way we would toward any enemy’

By WND Staff
Published November 8, 2020 at 5:54pm

Iran is in a fury over President Trump’s peace deals between three Islamic nations and the Middle East’s premiere democracy, Israel.

The mullah-led regime sees the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and the Jewish state as a direct threat, endangering its hegemony in the Persian Gulf,  reports the Middle East Media Research Institute.

It’s also a “severe blow to Iran’s narrative of Islamic unity and Islamic values, and to the ideological messages of the Islamic revolutionary regime in Iran that claims to be the standard-bearer of the defense of the pure and correct Islam,” MEMRI said.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei wrote in Twitter that the  Muslim nations “will not tolerate any normalization with the Zionist regime.”

“The Americans are wrong if they think they can solve the problem of the region in this manner,” he said

Iranian President Hassan Rohani, during a meeting, blasted the Arab Gulf states.

“Sadly, there are countries in the region whose citizens are observant and faithful Muslims, [but] whose rulers do not understand the religion, do not heed its directives and do not implement them, [including] with respect to the Palestinian people, who are their brothers and speak their language,” he said. “They claim to be Arab. … Where is your [Arab] identity? What has happened to it? [The Israelis] are committing more and more crimes in Palestine every day. How can you reach out to Israel, which will later [lead to] giving it a base in this region? All the grave outcomes [of this agreement] will be on your head. You are the ones who are violating the rules and [endangering] the security of this region.”

The Trump administration went against precedent, bypassing the Palestinian issue and approaching the Arab nations directly.

The White House has said that several more nations are on the brink of agreements with Israel.

Any nation that follows the path of the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan will be seen as aiding and abetting “the enemy,” Israel, warned Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Mohammad Bagheri

He said that “if the Zionists have a foothold here, and if even the smallest harm were to be caused to our national security and defense, we will view these countries as providing bases for the enemy, and we will respond the way we would respond towards any enemy.”

Ali Akbar Velayati, a Khamenei adviser, said the “enemies of the pure Islam and the hypocrites have once again removed the mask from their faces and evilly and deceptively declared their shame and their treason throughout the world.”

“The American strategists, who in the recent years have experienced numerous and ongoing defeats in the international arena, and especially in the Middle East, have no goal but to employ propaganda so as to achieve normalization between the region’s autocrats [and Israel] as a service to the Zionist lobby, in order to win [the Zionists’] votes in America’s presidential elections and save the prime minister of the wretched Zionist regime, whose position in the occupied territories [i.e., in Israel] is now very weak,” he said.

He accused the Arab nations normalizing relations with Israel of building their foundations on “the hollow promises of the Great Satan, the criminal America.”

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said any “threat” will be met “with a clear and direct response.”

And Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, an adviser to the Majlis speaker, said: “The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain are giving the Zionist Israelis a foothold in the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. They must know that in this dangerous game, they are fanning the flames. The response of the Islamic Republic of Iran to maximally preserve its national security, and regional security… If even the smallest harm is caused to the Islamic Republic or its allies in the region, its response will not only be aimed at the Zionists. It will also be aimed at those who have given the Zionist regime a foothold in the region. The political and security arrangements in the region will not allow the Zionists to breathe a sigh of relief. This is a necessity for the maximal preservation of Iran’s national security…”

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said: “The hangman-ruler of Bahrain should await the bitter revenge of the fighters of Jerusalem, the fighters of the devout Islamic nation, against his country. The disgraceful act of [Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa] Aal Khalifa and of his regime, which is dependent [on America] the establishment of relations with the Zionist regime, against the will and aspirations of [his] country’s Muslim people is an act of great stupidity that is entirely illegitimate and will meet with appropriate responses.”

The IRGC, warning of a domino effect, called Trump the “hated and stupid American president.”

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