Category Archive: Islam

Jun 28

Construction to Begin on Israel-Lebanon Border Wall

By Tazpit Press Service June 26, 2017 , 1:30 pm

“Then said I unto them: ‘Ye see the evil case that we are in, how Yerushalayim lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire; come and let us build up the wall of Yerushalayim, that we be no more a reproach.’” Nehemiah 2:17 (The Israel Bible™)

Israeli media reported Sunday that the IDF is expected to start construction of a wall on the Israeli-Lebanese border within the next month, Israeli media reports on Sunday. The initial stage of the wall will be built from Rosh Hanikra, at the northwest corner of Israel, running around 12 kilometers to Hanita to the east, and from Misgav Am to Metula.

The wall, the tender for which was published over a year ago, comes in response to fears that Hezbollah will stage a ground invasion of northern Israel and attempt to take over Israeli communities along the border. The barrier is expected to eventually run the entire 80 kilometers from Rosh Hanikra on the coast to Har Dov and the Hermon Mountain range in the east.

The report quoted security sources as saying Hezbollah may try to disrupt the works by organizing demonstrations on the grounds that the barrier does not comply with the international border, known as the Blue Line, and could even respond with sniper fire. They added, however, that Hezbollah is not interested in an all-out conflict.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in the summer of 2006, but the Lebanese border has remained quiet ever since. But Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot recently called Hezbollah Israel’s “top priority” at an event marking the 11th anniversary of the war, although the Israeli intelligence community believes the northern border will remain quiet as long as Hezbollah remains embroiled in the Syrian civil war.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech last week that the next war with Israel could see “hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world”  taking part.

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Jun 26

Saudi king appoints son successor in major royal shakeup

Salman removes powerful counterterrorism czar Mohammed bin Nayef from position as crown prince, boosting defense minister’s rise to power amid warming US ties

By AP June 21, 2017, 7:44 am 5

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him firmly as first-in-line to the throne and removing the country’s counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the royal line of succession.

In a series of royal decrees carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the monarch stripped Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who had been positioned to inherit the throne, from his title as crown prince and from his powerful position as the country’s interior minister overseeing security.

The newly announced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman already oversees a vast portfolio as defense minister and head of an economic council tasked with overhauling the country’s economy. He had previously been the second-in-line to the throne as deputy crown prince, though royal watchers had long suspected his rise to power under his father’s reign might also accelerate his ascension to the throne.

The young prince was little known to Saudis and outsiders before Salman became king in January 2015. He had previously been in charge of his father’s royal court when Salman was the crown prince.

The Saudi monarch, who holds near absolute powers, quickly awarded his son expansive powers to the surprise of many within the royal family who are more senior and more experienced than Mohammed bin Salman, also known by his initials MBS.

The royal decree issued Wednesday stated that “a majority” of senior royal members from the so-called Allegiance Council supported the recasting of the line of succession. Saudi Arabia’s state TV said 31 out of 34 of the council’s members voted in favor of the changes.

The Allegiance Council is a body made up of the sons and prominent grandsons of the founder of the Saudi state, the late King Abdul-Aziz, who vote to pick the king and crown prince from among themselves.

Over the weekend, the king had issued a decree restructuring Saudi Arabia’s system for prosecutions that stripped Mohammed bin Nayef of longstanding powers overseeing criminal investigations, and instead ordered that a newly-named Office of Public Prosecution and prosecutor report directly to the monarch.

Mohammed bin Nayef was not believed to have played a significant role in Saudi and Emirati-led efforts to isolate Qatar for its support of Islamist groups and ties with Iran.

The prince had appeared to be slipping from public eye as his nephew, Mohammed bin Salman, embarked on major overseas visits, including a trip to the White House to meet US President Donald Trump in March. That visit to Washington helped lay the foundation for Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia in May, which marked the president’s first overseas visit and which was promoted heavily by the kingdom as proof of its weight in the region and wider Muslim world.

Saudi-US relations had cooled under the Obama administration after Washington pursued a nuclear accord with Shiite-ruled Iran that the Sunni-ruled kingdom strongly opposed.

The warm ties forged between Riyadh and Washington under the Trump administration may have helped accelerate Mohammed bin Salman’s ascension as crown prince.

Despite his ambitions, which include overhauling the kingdom’s economy away from its reliance on oil, the prince has faced failures and strong criticism for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which he oversees as defense minister.

In this April 5, 2017 photo Saudi King Salman, right, and Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wave as they leave the hall after talks with the British prime minister, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

The war, launched more than two years ago, has failed to dislodge Iranian-allied rebels known as Houthis from the capital, Sanaa, and has had devastating effects on the impoverished country. Rights groups say Saudi forces have killed scores of civilians and have called on the U.S., as well as the UK and France, to halt the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used in the Yemen war.

The US already is helping the Saudis with intelligence and logistical support for the bombing campaign in Yemen, and the Trump administration has signaled it could assist with greater intelligence support to counter Iranian influence there.

The newly-minted crown prince also raised eyebrows when he ruled out any chance of dialogue with Iran. In remarks aired on Saudi TV in May, Mohammed bin Salman framed the tensions with Iran in sectarian terms, and said it is Iran’s goal “to control the Islamic world” and to spread its Shiite doctrine. He also vowed to take “the battle” to Iran.

Iran and Saudi Arabia’s rivalry has played out in proxy wars across the region. They back opposite sides in the wars in Syria and Yemen and they support political rivals in Lebanon, Bahrain and Iraq. The conflicts have deepened Sunni-Shiite enmity between hard-liners on both sides

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Jun 14

The Sufi Muslim Nation Of Turkey And The Shiite Nation Of Iran Are Now United Against Mecca While Turkish Television Just Announced That Erdogan Must Become Caliph Of The Muslim World By Shoebat Foundation on June 13, 2017 in Featured, General

Years ago you normally read our alarmist headlines as if Armageddon was just around the corner. Sure, we did this to get your attention, but reality is that a verse could take decades or even centuries to be fulfilled. For example, in Ezekiel 38, when one reads “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them.” While this “them” is Turkey, the question is how will Persia (Iran) unite with Turkey and go against Arabia?

This is especially the case when we read later on that the Arabs (Sheba and Dedan) refuses to enter this Islamic alliance. (Ezekiel 38:13)

When it came to Sunni Saudi Arabia versus Shiite Iran, Turkey, officially has always taken the side of Saudi Arabia over Iran. Therefore there is much to consider here in just that one little verse. This doesn’t happen overnight.

But not anymore. This verse is being fulfilled by the day.

Today much of the Islamic newspapers suddenly changed direction to start talking about a “conspiracy by Saudi Arabia to conquer Qatar and Iran.”

Amazingly, even Iran turned its pages from saying that Erdogan is “criminal supporting the killing of Syrians and Iraqis” to “victim of an American conspiracy” as Yeni Shafq Ibrahim Qara Gul writes.

And even in Turkey, the pro-Erdogan Turkish newspapers began to switch its position and defend Iran (biblical Persia) referring to the attacks in the heart of the Iranian capital Tehran, targeting the shrine of Khomeini and the Iranian parliament as a Saudi plan.

Years ago you would never read any newspaper in Turkey taking Iran’s side over Saudi Arabia or in Iran taking sides with Turkey like we are seeing.

But this week it all switched. Erdogan’s Yeni Safak condemned Saudi Arabia claiming that Saudi Arabia seeks to mobilize all Arab countries against Iran:

“Saudi Arabia is seeking to mobilize all Arab countries against Iran. The crisis between the two parties turns into an opportunity for polarization. Iran is close to Qatar to strengthen its relationship with it, to ignite the Gulf differences.”

Erdogan’s Aksham newspaper in its editorial blamed Saudi Arabia as being behind “the latest campaign  and mastermind in the Middle East: a siege in Qatar and a bomb in Iran,” and then quoted the Iranian Revolutionary Guards vowing revenge from Saudi Arabia.

The newspaper “Milad” close to Erdogan also described the United States of America, Saudi Arabia and Egypt as “global war gangs” and claimed that they hit Iran using a preacher, in an editorial entitled “A conspiracy against the nation!”.

A month ago if you told the best of political analysts that Turkey will take the side of Iran over Saudi Arabia they would laugh you off. But show these analysts our decades old reports predicting exactly that this will happen and they would still ignore you for this proves the existence of a God Who draws the destiny of nations in advance and Him giving the keys to unlock all this is only given for a handful few.

For years we told you that sooner or later Turkey will turn on Saudi Arabia and will unite with Iran against Saudi Arabia. To the analyst this was an impossibility since Saudi Arabia is Sunni.

It was two years ago that Erdogan during his trip to Iran said:

The Islamic world is at risk of “disintegration” due to the current conflicts in the region between the Sunni and Shiite strands of the Muslim faith.

But the uneducated who hates knowledge used to read these ‘prophecy updates’ and think “the Muslims are coming, the Muslims are coming” while the ones privy to the Muslim would would say “sure the Muslims are coming, but wait a decade or two for Turkey to turn on Saudi Arabia”.

First we have to come to the point where Iran unites with Turkey. Turkey to go against Saudi Arabia is not something that will happen overnight.

Only two weeks ago can we say that we have come to this point where Turkey is siding with Iran over Saudi Arabia. Weeks ago it was impossible for any analyst to predict this much fathom this scenario.

But last year in 2016 we warned:

It is impossible to understand how the hatred develops for Arabia to be destroyed by her spiritual offspring unless she is hated by them. This means a unity between Shiites and non-Wahhabi Sunnis against Arabia including wanting Mecca out of Al-Saud’s control. This is what Iran this week called on all Muslims to do; to abandon Saudi Arabia. This complete abandonment will not happen unless it is coupled by Turkey’s abandonment of Arabia as well. While all Muslims honor Mecca, this Turkish abandonment is not far-fetched, as we shall examine …The most common misconception by westerners is this Sunni-Shiite divide. Fact is, there is a certain Shiite-Sunni alliance and not a divide. It is from Ali, Shiism’s icon, that stems the progenitor of nearly all Sunni Sufi orders. This is huge. This will encompass Turkey and several central Asian nations leaving Wahhabi Saudi Arabia out. It is truly a Wahhabi-Excommunicated divide and not a Shiite-Sunni divide.

Do you see “This will encompass Turkey and several central Asian nations leaving Wahhabi Saudi Arabia out”?

And what analyst last year would even consider what we have been writing for two decades about such happenings? None would entertain it but it was all true. Now we must wait for all others to completely abandon Saudi Arabia which will take a few years.

And in Qatar they are already adoring Erdogan. Posters and stickers of Erdogan with Sheikh Tamim on cars and walls is seen all throughout the country. Turkey is also sending food stuffs to Qatar to ease the boycott.

But its not only this. In Turkey itself the media is now openly talking about appointing Erdogan as Caliph. Here, check this out for yourself:

Pro-government Star daily Editor-in-Chief Nuh Albayrak said during a TV show on Sunday that he has been raising the issue of reinstating the institution of the caliphate and suggested President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan become the caliph, saying “Will you find a better caliph than Erdoğan?”

Then there is this ora spreading the notion that conspiracies are being cooked-up to silence the pro-Erdogan movement. He said he has been targeted by government critics for repeatedly raising the “caliphate issue” in his columns in the Star newspaper:

“They [Western powers] removed the institution of the caliphate, which had united the entire Islamic world. Now they have a free hand [in the Islamic world]. I have been targeted for raising this issue in my columns. Someone has to raise it. [Government critics ask] ‘Do you want to make Erdoğan a caliph?’ Yes. Let him be [caliph]. What will happen? Will you find a better caliph than Erdoğan?”

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Jun 12

Turkey Is Sending A Massive Military Force (10,000 Troops) Near The U.S. Military base In Qatar Forming An Ottoman Muslim League In Fulfillment Of Bible Prophecy. Saudi Arabia Is Toast.

By Shoebat Foundation on June 7, 2017 in Featured, General

By Walid Shoebat

While Qatar says “death to Saudi Arabia” and Saudi Arabia says “death to Qatar,” Turkey moves into Qatar with massive troops. Turkey’s parliament has approved a legislation allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar Al-Jazeera reported today. Turkey has now made its decision, it is a key ally of Qatar, not Saudi Arabia and is now setting up a military base with 10,000 Turkish soldiers in the country which also hosts the largest US air base in the Middle East with 10,000 American soldiers.

Now what!

Riyadh now cannot plan to send troops into Qatar and forcibly remove Qatar’s ruler Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani from office for his support of the very Wahhabi Islam which Saudi Arabia initially promoted. Saudi Arabia is not ‘Wahhabi’ enough for Qatar’s taste.

Qatar’s emir rejects the Saudi demands to stop aiding terrorism—including its refusal to abide by the GCC “commitments and agreements,” to cease “hostilities against the Saudi Kingdom,” and to stand “against terrorist groups and activities”.

Saudi Arabia, the fountain that started Wahhabi-Islamic ideology has its hatchlings come against their mother (Saudi Arabia) to slowly consume her and set her on fire in the end.

Al Udeid American airbase has its 10,000 US troops in Qatar now has 10,000 Turkish troops opposing U.S. stand with Saudi Arabia. Now what will Trump do?

Saudi’s attempt to thwart Iran for regional hegemony is out the window. And how will this bode with Saudi Arabia’s relations with Turkey taking into consideration Qatar’s fallout with Saudi Arabia and today’s recent attack in Iran by ISIS which Iran blames Saudi Arabia?

Think major shifts on the near horizon that will change the demography of the Middle East forever.

For decades when western media dished out the news about the Middle East, from the New York Times to Fox News, they would make the error of stating that Iran and Saudi Arabia are the leading nations on the opposing sides of the Middle East split between Shiite and Sunni Islam.

Such a simplistic division is all a westerner can consume. We warned this is not the case.

Fact is what we stated: the Muslim states on the opposing sides of the Middle East split is between SHIITE/SUFI/SUNNI versus WAHHABI Saudi Arabia. The situation is not as cut-and-dry the way westerners put it.

Our decades prediction that Turkey will ally with Saudi Arabia’s enemies is now coming to fruition and its a time for ‘we told you so’, in 2015 we wrote predicating Turkey’s military advances into Qatar:

When it comes to the Bible and Christ’s Second Coming, we do not find any mention of New York City, Tokyo, or Paris, but Egypt, Libya, Elam (Iran), Lydia (Turkey), Yemen, Arabia and Jerusalem. “Ethiopia, And Libya, And Lydia, And All The Mingled People, And Chub, And The Men Of The Land That Is In League, Shall Fall With Them By The Sword.”– Ezekiel 30:5 

Staying focused on these nations, Ezekiel speaks of them coming as a “league”. And while looking at the current news this week, we have had successive and escalating developments in the Turkish-Gulf relations effecting  regional, military and geopolitical impact as we have seen the latest visit paid by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan …

But the problem for Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt is that Turkey and the U.S. both major powers support the Muslim Brotherhood, the archenemy of the Egyptian government specifically and it is Turkey that continues to revive it. Both Turkey and the U.S. realize that the Muslim Brotherhood is key to influencing the Muslim world since they hold the Muslim scholarly realm.

And Qatar is the base for the Muslim Brotherhood.

And now, Saudi Arabia which historically fomented Wahhabism has Qatar “instigating against the Saudi State and infringing on its sovereignty,” supporting various terrorist and other groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State, using its media to attack Saudi Arabia, and undermining the war in Yemen.

Based on these “violations,” Saudi Arabia proceeded to sever all relations with Qatar—diplomatic, economic, food imports, and flights—and ordered all Qatari citizens, including diplomats, to leave the kingdom.

The mantra has always been that Erdogan’s Sunni supporters are generally opposed to predominantly Shiite Iran and keen on seeing Turkish-Saudi Arabian ties develop.

This slogan, as we predicted and warned about, is not true anymore.

Turkey will never give up anything at the expense of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Riyadh and Cairo consider a terrorist organization while Turkey considers as ally.Without the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey cannot establish its Caliphate agenda since it has the religious scholarly think-tank to drive it.

Saudi Arabia aims at regime change in Qatar by replacing Tamim bin Hamad with another Al Thani who could act as a pro-Saudi puppet. Such a dangerous game could not have been accomplished without a nod from President Trump’s recent visit to the kingdom, but this is a western miscalculation.

What this does, is it forces Turkey to becoming Saudi Arabia’s enemy. This will advance Iran.

Iran has military advisers in Iraq and Syria controlling and financing militias in those countries and in Lebanon. Tehran also has some influence over the Houthis fighting the government in Yemen, and it often speaks out in support of Shiites in Bahrain, a majority group that Iran says is repressed by the Sunni monarchy.

This situation will definitely escalate, it will soon become Turkey, Iran and Qatar versus Saudi Arabia.

This will escalate this conflict to a new level where you will begin to see all nations abandon Saudi Arabia including even the U.S. where the U.S. is now self-sufficient oil supplier and is in no need of Saudi oil.

Saudi Arabia currently has Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Yemen, Libya and the Maldives, all of which form an anti-Iranian bloc. But prophecy is clear, Turkey goes against Egypt and Libya (Daniel 11) and will make an alliance with Iran which will encompass Yemen and Bahrain leaving Saudi Arabia completely naked to beg Israel, its cousin, for help and is why Sheba and Dedan stand against Magog (Turkey).

Its all lining up.

Turkey does not forget when Iran did not wait for the coup’s failure against Erdogan to speak up when President Hassan Rouhani supported Erdogan during the coup in contrast, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud congratulated Erdogan for suppressing the attempt, but only after it failed.

By this, Saudi Arabia signed its own death-sentence. To add more to the tightening noose around the Saudi kingdom’s neck, sources close to Iran are zestfully reporting claims that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were involved in the coup attempt, in an apparent hope this might encourage Ankara to change its axis.

And that it did. Turkey moved quickly to shake hands with Putin and Iran and now with Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood’s stronghold. Such a move by Erdogan will force the West to reconsider its options on Turkey. This new emerging prospect of a Turkish-Iranian-Russian axis is pressuring the U.S. to mend fences with Ankara while it too abandons Saudi Arabia.

In the Middle East, politicians fear the religious institutions most. Announcing a Caliphate is under the authority of the Union of Muslim Scholars led by the Muslim Brotherhood, which only it represented the decision making power in the Muslim world. This would be Qatar. This is why Turkey is in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood while it has its eyes on Arabia gaining not only Muslim Brotherhood blessing for its new revival of a grand Caliphate, but now its closer to taking they keys of the two holy mosques (Mecca and Medina) from Saudi Arabia as well are giving the Ottomans blessings from the Kaaba’s  Zamzam water.

As we stated in 2015, the world thinks that “Turkey’s goal is to eventually establish a military alliance involving Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.” But we emphasized “But such goal can never be established with the Al-Sisi’s anti Muslim Brotherhood current government. Is it no wonder why Antichrist finally has to invade Egypt (Daniel 11).”

The Gulf states realizes that despite their wealth, they are still vulnerable and continuing to depend on the United States to guarantee their security no longer appears tenable given the possibility of a broader U.S.-Iranian rapprochement.

And in another article in 2015, we stated:

“We have no religion called ‘Sunni’ or ‘Shiite’” said Erdogan reminding the Muslim world that Turkey will  not join a Sunni alliance with Saudi Arabia, but an Islamic alliance of both Sunnis and Shiites which also includes Iran and wants to become the guardian of this new coalition (Ezekiel 38:7)

It can’t get anymore accurate than this. Everything fits like a glove once you understand biblically which nation is which.

We have been saying this all along. In August 2014 we wrote that:

“Erdogan will not enter any party in the sectarian conflict but intends to use his Sufi brand of Islam to unite the entire Muslim world.”

Far from Wahhabism, Sufism is the most dangerous, not only that because it teaches tremendous violence since it was the Sufis who are the muscle and sinew of the faith advancing it to become the world’s second-largest religion. Sufis are not simply a sect of Islam, but rather heirs of an ancient mystical tradition within both the Sunni and Shia branches of the faith combining their inward quest with war and expansion worldwide. Sufism is also the ecumenical force in which it is the best uniting factor between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

“This ‘Islamized shamanism’, covering the geographic areas of modern-day Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirghizstan, northern Afghanistan, the Turkoman province of Iran and the Uygur district of Xinjian province of China will play a major role in the end times and we predict that the Antichrist is likely to be Sufi.”

Indeed, this is what is happening and as we have been saying years ago: Saudi Arabia is being abandoned, so expect the news headlines for the next couple years to be shock to the world, but not to you.

Erdogan, single-handedly was able to do several things as of late. He was able to revive an Islamic theology which enables himself to be declared as God (here, here, here). He seeks to change set laws in Turkey. He seeks now to unite Shiites and Sunnis to be the guardian of the Muslim world:

“Be you prepared, and prepare for yourself, you, and all your company that are assembled to you, and be you a guard to them.” (Ezekiel 38:7)

The “you” is “Gog” “chief prince of Meshech and Tubal,” that is Turkey. And the “them” are “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya …” (Ezekiel 38:5). Persia is Iran. This verse alone got us to conclude all of our previous reports that Shiites and Sunnis will be the subject of unity and false peace as Erdogan will attempt to be their guardian. Few verses from the Bible could take a library to explain. And in order to stop Libya and Egypt calling “death to Turkey,” Turkey will invade both Egypt and Libya (Daniel 11:42-43) while Arabia (Sheba and Dedan) will take a sideline when Turkey unites the Muslim world with Turkey’s and Iran’s unifying slogan “death to Israel”.

In the end, it matters little what Muslim divides exist between Shiite vs. Sunni, Wahhabi ISIS vs.  Wahhabist Saudis, Brotherhood vs. Wahhabist. Indeed, all this matters to some extent, these will always divide. But nothing can unite the Muslim world, not even Allah and Muhammad or even their direction of prayer and pilgrim can unite them. It is not the black stone that will unite them, but the burdensome stone, Jerusalem, which will unite them for a moment and will crush them in the end.

Let me explain the Middle East simply: “Death to Turkey,” says Egypt, and while Turkey responds “death to Egypt,” Libya too says “death to Turkey,” and while Turkey responds “death to Libya,” Saudi Arabia says “death to Iran” and while Iran responds “death to Saudi Arabia,” the Yemeni Houthis says “death to Saudi Arabia,” and while the Saudis respond “death to the Houthis,” Hamas says, “death to the Palestinian Authority,” and while the Palestinian Authority responds  “death to Hamas,” all these agree on one ‘death slogan’, that is “death to Israel and death to America”

Why the optimism? ‘Because Trump has arrived on the scene…’

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Jun 07

Tillerson urges calm after 5 Arab nations sever diplomatic ties with Qatar

Published June 05, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the Gulf nations to work out their differences after five countries severed ties with Qatar Monday for allegedly embracing several terrorist groups and its ties with Iran.

Tillerson, speaking alongside Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Sydney, said he did not believe the diplomatic crisis would affect the war against the Islamic State.

“I think what we’re witnessing is a growing list of disbelief in the countries for some time, and they’ve bubbled up to take action in order to have those differences addressed,” Tillerson said. “We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences.”

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar, which is home to a major U.S. military base used for the air campaign against ISIS. Saudi Arabia also said Qatari troops would be pulled from the ongoing civil war in Yemen.

All the nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic. Saudi Arabia said it also would shut its land border with Qatar, effectively cutting off the country from the rest of the Arabian Peninsula.

Yemen’s internationally recognized government said it would follow Saudi Arabia and supported the kingdom’s decision to remove Qatari troops from the Gulf coaltion fighting the war.

Qatar had appeared unperturbed by the growing tensions. On May 27, Qatar’s ruling emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, called Iranian President Hasan Rouhani to congratulate him on his re-election.

The call was a clear, public rebuttal of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to force Qatar to fall in line against the Shiite-ruled nation, which the Sunni kingdom sees as its No. 1 enemy and a threat to regional stability. Qatar shares a massive offshore gas field with the Islamic Republic.

Saudi Arabia said it took the decision to cut diplomatic ties due to Qatar’s “embrace of various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region” including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and groups supported by Iran in the kingdom’s restive eastern province of Qatif. Egypt’s Foreign Ministry accused Qatar of taking an “antagonist approach” toward Egypt and said “all attempts to stop it from supporting terrorist groups failed.”

The tiny island nation of Bahrain blamed Qatar’s “media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain” for its decision.

Qatar said later Monday there was “no legitimate justification” for the Arab nations to cut ties.

The crisis comes after U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia for a summit with Arab leaders. Since the meeting, unrest in the region has grown.

At that Saudi conference, Trump met with Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

“We are friends, we’ve been friends now for a long time, haven’t we?” Trump asked at the meeting. “Our relationship is extremely good.

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May 24

Europe Will Become Muslim in 30 Years, Russia In 50 Years’ Russian Archpriest Warns Christian Apathy Is Fueling The Islamic Conquest Of Europe

By Andrew Bieszad on May 17, 2017 in Featured, General

We at Shoebat.com and others have hammered at this for years- between Christian apathy, apostasy, self-indulgence, and a refusal to both honor God and have children while allowing millions of Muslims to enter who have children and practice Islam, the West is allowing itself to be conquered by the Muslims without the need for military conquest. Calling European ‘exhausted and sick people,’ he warned that without a massive return to Christ and a rebirth of the family, Europe is living on borrowed time and will be conquered by Muslims by 2047 and Russia by 2067:

Russian Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov, chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on Family Matters and the Protection of Motherhood and Childhood, predicts that Europe with turn Muslim within 30 years, while Russia will turn to Islam in about 50.

According to the Russian Orthodox cleric, Christians will be persecuted and live in semi-underground conditions.

Smirnov explained that Islam will prevail in the West because Muslims are willing to sacrifice themselves in order to fight for their own values, while Westerners are just “exhausted sick people, as good as dead.”

In an interview with Russia’s Soyuz TV earlier this month, the priest said Christian existence in Europe in the future “will be like peas scattered across European countries.”

Christians will not dare stick their necks out, they will congregate in small groups and will be persecuted,” he warned.

He also warned that the process is already underway: in Europe, Christian women are being raped and murdered by Muslims, and the men are unable to protect them. The rapists are sentenced to one-year probation maximum.

“This goes on in today’s Europe, and we are next in line,” Father Dmitri cautioned.

He mentioned that Muhammad has become the most popular name for baby boys in the UK.

Given current trends, Christianity in England is becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future. By 2020, estimates are that the number of Muslims attending prayers will reach at least 683,000, while the number of Christians attending weekly Mass will drop to 679,000.

Since 2001, 500 London churches of all denominations have been turned into private homes, while 423 new mosques have been established.

In one of his sermons, Smirnov said that “unlike Christians, modern Muslims know God’s will. And as a result, who is closer to God? That is why the future belongs to the Muslims. The future is theirs. They will inhabit the earth. Because today’s Christians have no use for all this.”

On another occasion he pointed to the fact that the “modern Muslim is willing to die for his faith. He wraps himself with dynamite and blows himself up wherever his mullah orders him. He is prepared to sacrifice himself. He is labeled a terrorist. But his goal is not to terrify the world… [they commits acts of terrorism because] they don’t want to have their values corroded. That’s what they are dying for. They are not some ‘terrorists’ coming down from the mountains. Most of them have college education. Yes, they are fanatics. They are willing to sacrifice themselves. And we are exhausted sick people, as good as dead.”

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May 24

Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

By Josh Rogin May 17 at 6:00 AM

When President Trump arrives in Riyadh this week, he will lay out his vision for a new regional security architecture White House officials call an “Arab NATO,” to guide the fight against terrorism and push back against Iran. As a cornerstone of the plan, Trump will also announce one of the largest arms-sales deals in history.

Behind the scenes, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have been conducting extensive negotiations, led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The discussions began shortly after the presidential election, when Mohammed, known in Washington as “MBS,” sent a delegation to meet with Kushner and other Trump officials at Trump Tower.

After years of disillusionment with the Obama administration, the Saudi leadership was eager to do business. “They were willing to make a bet on Trump and on America,” a senior White House official said.

In that meeting and during a follow-up meeting three weeks later, the Saudis proposed a broad elevation of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and proposed various projects to increase security cooperation, economic cooperation and investment, White House officials said. The Trump team gave the Saudis a list of Trump priorities, calling on the kingdom to step up actions to combat radical Islamic extremism, intensify the fight against the Islamic State and share the burden of regional security.

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has tasked various government agencies to develop a series of announcements Trump will make this weekend. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now heavily involved. One main objective is to put forth a framework and basic principles for a unified Sunni coalition of countries, which would set the stage for a more formal NATO-like organizational structure down the line.

“We all have the same enemy and we all want the same thing,” the official said. “What this trip hopefully will do is just change the environment.”

The idea of an “Arab NATO” has been bandied about for years — and has always had strong Saudi support — but until now was never openly endorsed by the U.S. government. Officials said the concept fits three major tenets of Trump’s “America First” foreign-policy frame: asserting more American leadership in the region, shifting the financial burden of security to allies and providing for U.S. jobs at home (through the massive arms sales).

The president is looking for an answer to the question of how the United States can eventually hand over security responsibility in the region to the countries that are there, officials said.

Reports from the region about early discussions of the project said that in addition to Saudi Arabia, initial participants in the coalition would include the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan, with the United States playing an organizing and support role while staying outside the alliance.

The White House admits that many of the details of how the new alliance will operate remain to be worked out. The countries of the region harbor deep historical grievances and don’t agree on key issues, including the way forward in Syria. A 2015 effort by Egypt to establish a pan-Arab fighting force collapsed due to squabbling among the countries involved.

“This is the sort of gesture many of America’s security partners have been looking to get from the United States for many years,” said Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center of American Progress. “The value of any such a pact would depend on the results it produces — whether it achieves greater stability, helps resolve conflicts like Yemen and Syria, and achieves progress in the fight against terrorist groups across the region.”

The most concrete part of the idea is a mammoth U.S. arms package for Saudi Arabia that Trump will also announce in Riyadh. Final details are still being worked out, but officials said the package will include between $98 billion and $128 billion in arms sales. Over 10 years, total sales could reach $350 billion.

The sales include huge upgrades for the Saudi army and navy to include Littoral Combat Ships, THAAD missile defense systems, armored personnel carriers, missiles, bombs and munitions, officials said. Some of the production and assembly could be located in Saudi Arabia, boosting MBS’s project to build a Saudi domestic defense industrial capability. But most of the items would be built by American defense contractors.

“The U.S. has sought for a long time to get the Saudis to do more to focus on its navy, to modernize and make the forces in the Gulf more effective,” said Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “From the U.S. perspective, the stronger the Saudi deterrent is, the lower the risk of any military confrontation with Iran.”

The pending announcements of the new security framework and the huge arms deal are evidence that the Saudi courtship of the Trump White House has been successful beyond expectations. Whether that results in real stability in the region, real progress against terrorism or real deterrence against Iran depends on what happens after Trump’s overseas trip is over.

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May 10

Iran-We Will Destroy All Saudi Arabia but Not Mecca & Medina

May 08, 2017

Tehran, in response to Saudi Arabia’s most recent threats, said it would destroy all of the Saudi kingdom besides Mecca and Medina.

Responding to Saudi Arabia’s latest threats to take their conflict inside Iran, Tehran said it will leave nothing standing in the kingdom except for Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina if the Saudis do anything “ignorant,” Al-Manar reports.

“We warn them against doing anything ignorant, but if they do something ignorant, we will leave nowhere untouched apart from Mecca and Medina,” Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told Arabic-speaking Al-Manar channel, as cited by Reuters.

“They think they can do something because they have an air force,” he added in an apparent reference to Riyadh’s bombing of Yemen, where Iran-affiliated Houthi forces are being routinely targeted by the Saudi Air Force.

Dehghan’s comment followed unusually blunt remarks by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who said on Tuesday that any struggle for influence between Riyadh and Tehran would take place “inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia.”

In a rare interview broadcast on multiple Saudi TV channels, the 31-year-old prince, who was named in 2015 by his father, King Salman, as successor to the throne, outlined his vision of modern-day Iran.

Making use of sectarian terms, Prince Salman said Iran is eager “to control the Islamic world” and to spread its Shiite doctrine, according to AP.

When asked if there is a mere possibility to mend ties with Iran, the prince said: “How can I come to an understanding with someone, or a regime, that has an anchoring belief built on extremist ideology?”

The prince, who is also in charge of the Sunni kingdom’s economy, argued that the predominantly-Shiite Iran aims to reach Mecca – the holiest site for all Muslims.

“We will not wait until the fight is inside Saudi Arabia and we will work so that the battle is on their side, inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia,” he threatened without elaborating.

Ties between regional powers Saudi Arabia and Iran have been strained since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but tensions began to mount rapidly over the past few years.

Perhaps the most significant flare-up happened in January last year, when Riyadh executed Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shiite preacher. Massive demonstrations erupted in Tehran, with some protesters ransacking the Saudi embassy and setting it ablaze.

The next day, Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran, though Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said there was no justification for the assault.

The incident took place amid the infamous Saudi intervention in Yemen aimed at restoring the power of ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Riyadh accuses Tehran of waging a proxy war there by arming and supplying Houthi rebels, though Iran denies the allegations. According to UN estimates, the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen killed over 13,000 civilians during the two years of the conflict.

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May 01

Christians Prepare To Build The World’s Largest Statue Of Jesus In The World’s Most Populous Muslim Nation

By Andrew Bieszad on April 26, 2017 in Featured, General

Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world, and right now Christians are working on making it home of the world’s largest statue of Jesus as well.

According to a report, the statue is planned to be almost twice the size of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

Authorities in the Papua region of Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, are reportedly planning to build the world’s largest statue of Jesus Christ, which would dwarf the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue in Brazil.

The statue, which would be built at the top of Puncak Gunung Swajah in the city of Jayapura, would cost somewhere between $22.6 million to $37.6 million, which is a significant amount of money for Papua, where 28.5 percent of the population live below the poverty line.

Mambaya explained that the Jesus statue would be at least 165 feet tall in height, with a base of 328 feet, which is far larger than Rio De Janeiro’s “Christ the Redeemer,” which is 98 feet tall, though adding in the platform rises to 124 feet.

“We will build an elevator in the statue of Jesus Christ, like the one in Jakarta’s Monumen Nasional, in order to see the entire city of Jayapura through the eyes of Jesus,” Mambaya added.

Although a location for the proposed statue has been chosen, the provincial government is still waiting for approval from the regional parliament in order to go ahead with the building project, so the plans are not yet finalized.

If built, the monument would also be taller than the “Christ of Peace” statue in Bolivia, which stands at over 112 feet in height.

The title of the tallest Jesus statue in the world has changed hands on a few occasions over the past decades, with USA Today reporting in 2015 that the 118-foot-tall “Christ the King” in western Poland being the tallest at that time

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May 01

Bible Prophecy Fulfilling At Alarming Speed: Turkey Is Declaring That They Are “The Beast Rising Out Of The Dead”

By Walid Shoebat

When I read the news from Erdogan’s demonic mouthpiece these days, the words seem to jump right out of prophecy, right out of scripture and without a doubt, what we will show here is prophecy fulfilling right before your very eyes. They even speak literally of Erdogan visiting the graves and reviving dead spirits. Here, read some shockers:

İbrahim Karagül, Erdogan’s favorite mouthpiece at Yeni Safak writes today:

“A new Turkey reality will stand out with the political identity of our past

What past?

That “past” is the wounded Ottoman Empire coming back to life.

And when scripture in John’s Apocalypse says: “And I saw another beast rising up out of the earth” it is speaking of a wounded empire in the process of resurrecting from burial since symbolically it was buried beneath the earth and then comes back to life, to resurrect, following the exact political, religious and expansionist system from its past glory.

Empires that die do not revive. Today there are no Egyptian Empire, Mughal Empire, Roman Empire, Grecian Empire, Persian Empire …

Such expression as a ‘rising beast’ (empire) is exactly what we see read from İbrahim Karagül, Erdogan’s favorite mouthpiece at Yeni Safak:

The rising period post-World War I has started now, just as it started after the Crusades, just as it started after the Mongolian invasion. This is the third rising period after the third shock.

So what constitutes this “third rising”? Karagül explains:

Turkey, which has been putting up a relentless fight against the global tutelage system, which has been displaying an example of “relentless resistance,” overcame the intervention of almost the entire world, “counter-revolution” scenarios and has now managed to draw a hard-to-intervene path for itself. This has thus triggered that “rising period,” the period of “Turkey’s becoming a star” that we have all been waiting for. The era of being trapped into Anatolia  is over.

This “trapped” beast “executed all the power of the former beast” “the first beast” “whose wound to death was healed”. The Ottomans are no longer “trapped in Anatolia” and will expand via warfare. It broke the shackles out of its abyss.

“Following this stage, it [Turkey] needs to make the utmost investment in power” writes Karagül hinting that the time for war is coming after the completion of this resurrection in 2023.

And what is this new empire representing? This former beast had seven dynasties that persecuted Christendom. No other power has persecuted the church more than the seven Islamic dynasties from Rashidun, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, Ayyubid, Almohad and ending at the Ottoman, which was wounded when the threat to Christendom ended by the fall of the Ottomans.

Now its all coming back. John even warned of its rising:

And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns, like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he executed all the power of the former beast [the seven headed beast] in his sight; and he caused the earth, and them that dwell therein, to adore the first beast, whose wound to death was healed.

Hello. “To adore the first beast, whose wound to death was healed.”

It really can’t get any simpler than this. A Bethlehem shepherd would get it, but a scholar?

For how many centuries did these so-called Bible scholars muddy this prophecies. This rising threat “adores the first beast, whose wound to death was healed” and Karagül says: “A new Turkey reality will stand out with the political identity of our past” to heed the prior structure, the Ottoman Empire which according to Karagül has been healed.

Such re-arising from the dead is being depicted in bizarre hints. Karagül says that with Erdogan’s victory “Both Yavuz and Fatih are here now”.

Say what? Yavus and Fatih died nearly six centuries ago. How could they be “here now”?

Are Muslims all of the sudden into Hindu re-incanation?

Indeed. Turkey’s Sufi Islam is in to all sorts of dung. Erdogan now has their spirit in him so that when they behold Erdogan, they behold Muhammad, Allah and all the Muslim sages in the past.

Yavus is Yavuz Sultan Selim I and Fatih is Mehmed II commonly known as Mehmed the Conqueror who took the mantle from the Christian Roman Byzantine Empire in 1452.

Karagül makes it clear that when Erdogan visited the graves of the dead heroes, that he was sending a clear message that Erdogan obtained the spirits of the dead who will accompany Erdogan during his journey to Caliphatehood:

Now, Erdoğan is accompanied on this path by Yavuz, Fatih and Kanuni as much as by Necmettin Erbakan and Turgut Özal. The message is clear.

Erdogan is claimed to be literally “accompanied” by the spirits of these dead icons of Ottoman heroes.

They believe that they have not only revived an empire, but dead spirits.

Indeed it is a clear and utterly demonic revival of a dead empire which is coming after the seed of the woman (Mary’s children), the martyrs of Jesus Christ.

The April 16 “yes” decision that resulted from the referendum, Karagül says “is a history, a struggle for power” that says “who is like the beast, who can make war with him”. After all, according to Erdogan’s mouthpiece, this “rising period” started before “after the Crusade” war and after “the Mongolian invasion”.

This “third rising period” to us Christians is the “second rising period” of Islam’s seven caliphate dynasties coming as the “eighth”.

This “rising period” according to Erdogan will take six years from now to land at 2023.

To Karagül:

“There is no doubt that this step [April 16th victory] will take its place in the pages of history as ‘the day of great transformation’. In other words, a new history has begun.”

What is happening in Turkey debunks the modern biblical scholars who did not see it coming because they focused on Rome. Even the demon infested Karagül gets it:

“the European Union are beginning to collapse and new power axis are forming.”

With all the lousy interpretations of John’s Apocalypse saying that the Holy Spirit is what stops the beast from rising until He, the Holy Spirit, is “removed out of the way”.

What utter nonsense. The hatred of Rome generates faulty interpretations. The text was speaking of the mystery of iniquity which is already at work. He who now holdethdo hold is the very Pope of the Holy Roman Empire, which restrained Islam and heresy and it combated Islam. The haters of Rome therefore must be the heretic for they agree on one goal with the Muslim: the destruction of Rome.

This Christendom is slowly falling away and is being taken out of the way. One can even argue that the European Union and NATO which were designed to hold the rise of such tyrannies are slowly being taken out of the way with the praise by foolish crowds.

Europe is no longer “holy” and is turning into all sorts of syncretism, atheism, neopaganism and ultranationalism.

“The game-setters” according Karagül “did everything they can to ‘stop Turkey’” from coming out of the dead.

And in the Muslim world, there is jubilation. The Turkish Hurriet Daily reports:

“From Beirut to Tripoli, in many areas in the Middle East, Arabs have been campaigning on social media for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Janna Jabbour told France 24.

“Why? Because for many in the Middle East, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan represents a hope to balance relations between the East and West. He is the leader to stand up to the West to say that the Middle East and Muslims are not subjugated by imperialist Westerners,” she added.

What can I tell you. I’ve been sounding the trumpet for decades. The Turks are coming.

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