Category: Islam

If Ethiopia Continues On With Its Damn Project, Egypt Will Lose 72% Of Its Farmland And Egypt And Ethiopia Could Go To War

by Shoebat on July 12, 2021 in FeaturedGeneralHighlight

Ethiopia wants to build a dam for the purpose of creating what would be Africa’s biggest hydroelectric power plant and the seventh largest one in the world. Egypt has been filled with consternation because, as the Egyptians argue, this dam would divert water from the Nile River which provides over 90% of their country’s water. According to Egyptian scientist, Essam Heggy, if things do not get resolved Egypt will lose 72% of its farmland, as we read in Middle East Eye:

Egypt could lose as much as 72 percent of its farmland when the latest phase of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is completed, according to a new study cited in the London-based Al Quds al-Arabi.

The study, conducted by NASA, the University of Southern California and Cornell University, finds that while the dam offers development opportunities for Ethiopia, the changing flow of the Nile River will lead to significant water deficits in Egypt.

Egyptian scientist Essam Heggy, who worked on the study, said that if the deficits created by the completion of the second phase of the dam’s construction are not addressed with a joint agreement for water storage, he expects Egypt to lose up to 72 percent of its arable land.

The loss of water – which he estimated could be as much as 40 percent of Egypt’s current water share – could see unemployment rates rise to 25 percent and the gross domestic product drop by as much as 8 percent.

“Egypt will overcome this crisis, but at a high price, which will make it more vulnerable to other water and environmental crises looming over a near horizon,” Heggy said.

“The quick profit diggers investing in the Renaissance Dam project are fully responsible for the disaster that could take place not only in Egypt but in the entire region, as well as the destruction of a river which represents is the cradle of human civilization and the legacy of all mankind.”

It is no wonder that Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has stated that Ethiopia’s dam project threatens “security and peace” in the region. Egypt is not the only one worried, but Sudan as well. Both Egypt and Sudan have lobbied the United Nations, the US government and other countries to intervene and stop Ethiopia. Egypt consumes 84 billion cubic meters of water every year, and this demand is expanding as the population grows. If Ethiopia continues with its aims, and there is no resolution, we could be seeing a war over water between Egypt and Ethiopia. In fact, going all the way back to the 1950s, Egypt has threatened Ethiopia with military intervention for wanting to conduct dam-building. War between Egypt and Ethiopia is not far-fetched. In 2020, when Ethiopia began filling up the dam, Egypt lobbied the Arab League to demand Ethiopia to cease with its dam project, and Sudan refused to join with the League in fear of a pan-Arab conflict with Ethiopia.

Initially, Al-Sisi ruled out the possibility of war with Ethiopia, but as discourse between the two countries has broken down to an impasse, in 2021 al-Sisis said that “all options were open.” Political leaders in Egypt have even argued that the use of military force to stop the dam project is possible.

Relations between the two countries has not always been relaxed. In 1979, Egypt wanted to preclude plans by Ethiopia to build a dam along the Nile. Ethiopia, on the other hand, opposed a plan by Egypt to divert water to irrigate the Sinai Peninsula which would have decreased the water levels in the Nile basin. Things got even more tense between the countries after gunmen tried to assassinate Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa in 1995. It was during the Arab Spring, in 2011, when Egypt was overtaken by revolution, that Ethiopia took advantage of the situation and began its dam project, making a deal with the Italian company, Webuild. Regardless of the fact that in 2015 Egypt and Ethiopia signed an agreement of cooperation (which included a seven-year timelines for fill the dam), tensions remain and a solution has not come to fruition.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has called the dam an existential threat for Egypt: “Egypt — a nation of over 100 million souls — is facing an existential threat … A grand structure of mammoth proportions has been constructed across the artery that bequeaths life to the people of Egypt.” Ethiopia has resisted any sort of arguments from Egypt with a nationalist approach, stating that Egyptians are exaggerating. In 2020 Ethiopia filled the dam with 4.9 billion cubic meters of water. Ethiopia began the second filling in July 5 of 2021, without an agreement with Egypt and Sudan on water flow. Efforts for mediation have reached an impasse, with Ethiopia refusing to come to an agreement for an international-mediated agreement with Egypt and Sudan for management of water flows downstream from the dam. According to Al-Monitor: “For Egypt, as well as Sudan, the mediation efforts of the African Union over the past year have hit a dead end.” The stalemate is occurring regardless of three hour meeting in which members of the UN Security Council called on Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt to settle their dispute over the dam under the superintendence of the African Union. “We got engaged in a whole year of talks that were convened and facilitated by our African brethren to forge an African solution to this intractable problem,” Shourky said. “And yet, we have failed,” he added. Shourky also stated:

“After a year of abortive negotiations and despite the tireless efforts of the Chairpersons of the African Union and our international partners, we find ourselves – again – confronted by the reality of the unilateral execution of the filling of the GERD without an agreement to protect downstream communities against the dangers of this dam … This blatant act of unilateralism is not only a manifestation of Ethiopia’s irresponsibility and its callous indifference to the damage that the filling of this dam could inflict upon Egypt and Sudan but it also illustrates Ethiopia’s bad faith and its attempt to impose a fait accompli in defiance of the collective will of the international community as expressed and embodied in the holding of this Security Council session to discuss and take action on the question of the GERD … the AU-led process, in its current format, has reached an impasse

The United States wants to see international mediation that would settle the dispute, as Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US representative to the Security Council, stated:

“The African Union is the most appropriate venue to address this dispute, and the United States is committed to providing political and technical support to facilitate a successful outcome. We urge the African Union and the parties to use the expertise and support of the three official observers — South Africa, the European Union, and the United States — as well as the United Nations and other partners to help achieve a positive outcome.”

Egypt has already been suffering from drought, and a dam that would divert the Nile’s waters would also be destructive. Magda Ghoneim, a professor of agricultural development at Ain Shams University, warned: “Nobody is telling farmers how to mitigate and adapt to climate change …Adding the pressure of a dam puts Egypt on the verge of catastrophe. Soon enough we won’t [find food to] eat.” Egypt’s farmers have also had to face new plant diseases and insects and unprecedented humidity. There has also been the phenomena of rising seas contaminating groundwater with salt. When Abo Khokha, a farmer, pumped underground water to make up for the reduced flow of the Nile, he found only half the usual volume, with a higher level of salinity. Mohamed Abdel-Ati, Egypt’s minister of irrigation and water resources, affirmed that Egypt cannot live without the Nile and that Ethiopia must prove that its dam will not harm Egypt: “Egypt cannot live without the Nile …Egypt understands Ethiopia’s right to development but Ethiopia has to prove, practically, that the dam won’t harm Egypt.”

The Bible itself foretold that the Nile will dry up. In Isaiah 19:5 it reads: “The waters of the Nile will fail to rise and flood the fields.” Ezekiel 30:12 tells us: “And I will dry up the Nile and will sell the land into the hand of evildoers; I will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it, by the hand of foreigners; I am the LORD; I have spoken.” 

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Newsweek: Turkey Is Seeking “Soft Power” In Afghanistan

by Shoebat on June 22, 2021 in FeaturedGeneral

An article recently published on Newsweek points out that Turkey has been seeking “soft power” in Afghanistan, especially now by asserting itself as the force of security in the country to fill up the vacuum soon to be left by the US:

The relationship between Afghanistan and the Ottoman Empire and later Turkey is rooted in history, with adequate relations during the 20th century.

Following the fall of the Taliban government, Turkey, as the most prominent Muslim-majority member of NATO, considered its national interests and sent its troops to Afghanistan in 2001. Ankara also sought to expand its influence in the country, taking into account various political, economic, security and cultural considerations.

Two elements of Afghanistan’s society—the Sunni religious majority and the Turkish-speaking minority (Uzbeks and Turkmen) are of importance to Turkey. Turkey has always paid attention to the Turkish-speaking minority in Afghanistan, supporting them, especially when it came to former Vice President of Afghanistan Abdul Rashid Dostum.

Establishing Afghan-Turkish schools, expanding the number of Turkish scholarships, staff training, cultural consulting, growing the presence of the Younes Amre Foundation, broadcasting Turkish shows and movies and teaching the Turkish language all play an important role in increasing Turkey’s soft power, especially in Afghanistan’s Turkish speaking regions.

It really is quite obvious as to why Turkey wants in on Afghanistan. America is leaving Afghanistan and will be completely withdrawn after September 11th. Turkey wants to fill that power vacuum. Just look at what Turkey has done in Syria, Iraq,  Libya and the South Caucasus and you will see Turkey growing as a global power.

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Warning sounded: China soon could patrol U.S. East Coast

Communist regime ‘is scouting for a naval base on the west coast of Africa’

By Bob Unruh
Published May 31, 2021 at 12:30pm

China’s military soon could be patrolling the Atlantic Ocean, not far from some of America’s major population centers, warns China expert Gordon Chang, a Gatestone institute distinguished senior fellow.

The Communist regime “is scouting for a naval base on the west coast of Africa,” he explained in a column at Gatestone.

“In the near future, therefore, Chinese ships could be regularly patrolling off America’s East Coast.”

He cited recent testimony from Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command.

He revealed that right now, China’s only offshore military base is in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa.

But Townsend believes “the People’s Liberation Army Navy is surveying locations on Africa’s west coast, from Mauritania in the north to Namibia in the south,” Chang said.

The location is at a crossroads, with influence over the Strait of Gibraltar, the Strait of Sicily, the Red Sea, the Bab al Mandeb, and the Mozambique Channel, the column explained.

Africa’s land mass is huge, and the continent is home to 11 of the 25 fast-growing economies around the world, the column said.

Specifically, he identified the Lajes Field, a port on a Portuguese island called Terceira, one of the Azores.

“If China controlled the base, the Atlantic would no longer be secure. From the 10,865-foot runway there, Chinese planes could patrol the northern and central portions of the Atlantic and thereby cut air and sea traffic between the U.S. and Europe. Beijing would also be able to deny access to the nearby Mediterranean Sea,” the commentary explained.

Chang said, “Whether China takes over Lajes or not, China’s plans for Africa are clear. As Bradley Bowman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told the Washington Times this month, ‘It’s just a matter of time before you have regular surface and subsurface Chinese naval vessels in the Atlantic.'”

He noted Lajes is only 2,300 miles from New York, not even as far as Pearl Harbor is from Los Angeles.

It could be worse, he said.

“About 90 miles east of Palm Beach, on Grand Bahama Island, a Hong Kong-based business is spending about $3 billion on a deep-water container facility, the Freeport Container Port,” he explained.

That’s intended to take advantage of traffic from the recently expanded Panama Canal. But China already has a record of moving into such commercial ventures, and eventually taking them over.

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As Israel Relentlessly Pounds Terrorists In Gaza, The War Threatens To Expand Elsewhere

May 17, 2021 by Michael Snyder

Residents of Gaza spent the night cowering in fear as a series of dramatic airstrikes destroyed buildings used by Hamas terrorists.  We have never seen anything quite like this, and the Israelis haven’t shown any signs that they plan to let up any time soon.  In fact, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is saying that the IDF “will continue to operate as long as needed to restore quiet and security to all Israelis”.  That could take a while, because Hamas just keeps firing even more rockets into Israel.  On Monday, Hamas rockets forced Israeli citizens into bomb shelters in the cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beer Sheva

On Monday, a fresh barrage of rockets from Gaza once again set off sirens and sent Israelis fleeing into bomb shelters in Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beer Sheva. At least one residential building in Ashdod was hit, the IDF said.

If Hamas really wants the fighting to end, they should stop firing rockets at Israeli cities.

But instead, they just keep doing the exact thing that they know will cause the Israelis to attack them.  Hamas fired 200 more rockets into Israel on Monday, and the grand total for the conflict is now above 3,300

The Israeli military said late on Monday that Hamas and other Palestinian groups had fired about 3,350 rockets from Gaza – 200 of them on Monday alone – and that Israeli air and artillery strikes had killed at least 130 militants.

Of course Hamas insists that they were just responding to attacks by the IDF earlier on Monday.  According to USA Today, those attacks destroyed the personal homes of nine Hamas commanders…

The Israeli military unleashed another heavy wave of airstrikes Monday on the Gaza Strip, saying it destroyed militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders. International diplomacy to end the weeklong war that has killed hundreds appeared to be making little headway.

And the IDF also announced that the strikes on Monday had destroyed 15 kilometers of underground tunnels that Hamas had constructed…

The latest attacks destroyed the five-story building housing the Hamas-run Religious Affairs Ministry, a building Israel said housed the main operations center of Hamas’ internal security forces. Israel also killed a top Gaza leader of Islamic Jihad, another militant group whom the Israeli military blamed for some of the thousands of rocket attacks launched at Israel in recent days. Israel said its strikes destroyed 15 kilometers (9 miles) of tunnels used by militants.

Originally, I had thought that the fighting would subside during the early part of this week as Israel celebrated Shavuot.

I was wrong about that.

Instead, the fighting has only intensified, and it threatens to spill over into other arenas.

For example, global media outlets were deeply alarmed when six shells were fired from Lebanon toward Israel…

Around midnight, six shells were fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel, but fell short of crossing the border, the Israeli military said, adding that it fired artillery at “the sources of the launches” in Lebanon.

If Hezbollah were to join this war, that could completely change the nature of this conflict.

Hezbollah is far better organized and far better armed than Hamas is, and it has been reported that Hezbollah currently has at least 150,000 missiles pointed at Israel.

So we need to watch developments in Lebanon very carefully, because if Israel and Lebanon start lobbing missiles at one another, things will start to get “apocalyptic” very quickly.

Elsewhere, Turkey is making a lot of noise about the conflict between Israel and Hamas.  In fact, the president of Turkey just publicly declared that “84 million Turks will continue to defend Jerusalem”.

That is not the sort of statement that you would make if you are hoping to calm things down.

Of course Iranian officials continue to hurl hateful words at Israel, and those two nations have been on the brink of war for quite some time.

Eventually, war between Israel and Iran is coming, but hopefully that day can be put off for as long as possible.

Because when it does finally arrive, it will be a truly horrific conflict.

The fighting that we are already witnessing between Israel and Hamas is certainly horrible enough, and officials all over the globe are crying out for peace.

In recent days, Israel has been endlessly criticized by corporate media outlets for the death and destruction that has happened in Gaza, but the truth is that the IDF has been far more kind and far more gentle than I would have been.

Most of the time, before the IDF destroys a building that terrorists have been using, it sends a warning first so that everyone can safely evacuate.  The following is just one example

The Israeli military has struck a six-story building in Gaza with a “roof-knock” bomb, indicating that Israeli forces intend to demolish the structure.

It is not immediately clear why the structure, al-Muhannad Tower, has been targeted by the Israel Defense Forces. Israel says it targets buildings used by Hamas or other Gaza terror groups.

Who else in the world does such a thing?

If I was conducting a war, I certainly wouldn’t give my enemies advance warning before I hit a target.

The IDF has gone to extreme lengths to minimize civilian casualties, and yet we have seen an explosion of anti-Semitism all over the globe in recent days.  In London, some of the language being used by anti-Semitic protesters is beyond sickening

People have been filmed driving through London in a convoy of cars shouting antisemitic obscenities.

One of the passengers yelled ‘**** the Jews, rape their daughters’ through a loudspeaker as they drove through residential areas.

Video was filmed in Finchley Road, St John’s Wood, near a Jewish Community centre, with the man claiming ‘We have to send a message’.

Sadly, we saw crazed pro-Palestinian protesters gather in major cities all over the western world this weekend, and that included major U.S. cities such as Chicago and New York.

I have never seen as much anti-Semitism around the globe as I am seeing right now, and that is truly, truly frightening.

Even a CNN contributor was caught making a very hateful statement that should have been unthinkable for someone in his position to ever utter.

Our world is so full of hate, and now a war in the Middle East has erupted.

These are very dark times, and a lot more death and destruction is on the horizon.

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ARABIST EXPERT: “THIS IS NOT INTIFADA; THIS IS JIHAD – HOLY WAR!”

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | MAY 13, 2021 | MIDDLE EAST

Blessed is Hashem, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for warfare; Genesis 144:1 (The Israel BibleTM)

Dr. Mordechai Kedar has a deep understanding of the Arab mindset. A senior lecturer on Arabic culture at Bar-Ilan University, he served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic press and mass media, and the Syrian domestic arena. Fluent in Arabic, he is one of the very few Israelis appearing on Arab television, frequently debating Arab thought leaders and imams in their native tongue.

NOT ABOUT ‘OCCUPATION

Dr. Kedar had very clear opinions as to the reasons behind the current multi-front explosion of Arab violence facing Israel today.

“This is not about ‘occupation’,” Dr. Kedar posted in Hebrew. “This was an expected conflict and it was a matter of time before it was going to happen.” 

Dr. Kedar emphasized that previous intifadas were characterized by individual Arabs attacking individual Jews. Even though this was incited and supported by the Arab establishment, the attacks inside Israel were acts of individuals acting alone. 

“They don’t want a country of their own,” Dr. Kedar said. They don’t want even this country as their own. They just want to get rid of the Jews. They believe that if they make enough trouble, the Jews will just run away.”

“When synagogues and yeshivot (a place for religious studies) are burned, it is a religious war,” Dr. Kedar said, using the Arabic word ‘Jihad’. “When desecrating the sanctity of Torah scrolls – this is a religious war. When cars are burned only after they were verified to belong to Jews – this is a religious war. When roadblocks are blocked and only Jewish car passengers are beaten – this is a religious war. When the violence is accompanied by the cries of ‘In the spirit in the blood we redeemed Ya Aqsa’ (Dome of the Rock Mosque)- this is a religious war.”

IT IS A RELIGIOUS WAR

“When the struggle is described and labeled as jihad – it is a religious war, Dr. Kedar said. “When the struggle is against a Jewish ‘settlement’ in the Land of Israel, even within the so-called ‘Green Line’, as in Jaffa or Lod – it is a religious war.”

“When the jihadists in Gaza, Jerusalem, Lod, Jaffa, and Acre unite – this is a religious war.”

“This is a religious war when the violence is accompanied by shouts of “Khyber Khyber Ya Yehud, Jish Muhammad Sa-ya-hud” – “Khyber, Khyber, oh Jews, Muhammad’s army will return,” Dr Kedar said, explaining that Khyber was an oasis near Al-Madinah where Jews lived, and Muhammad slaughtered the men and took the women.

“But all kinds of people here, whose way of life and way of thinking are detached from religion, try to convince us that the problem is territorial, national, economic, civil, and/or legal because they are unable to understand, internalize and admit the fact that our problem with our neighbors is Islam,” Dr. Kedar said. “According to Islam, a Jew has no right to a state in any territory because the Jew must live under the wings of Islam as a ‘tent of God’, a ‘protege’, in a state of ‘mercy’. That is to say, miserable, with only limited rights.” 

A “LAW OF CANCEL”

According to Islam, Judaism (like all other religions) is a “law of cancel” – “a religion of idleness” (non -existence) – while only Islam is a “law of law” (Law of right), a “true religion”, and therefore there is no justification for the establishment and existence of a Jewish state. 

According to the Islamic approach, the Jews are not a people or a nation but communities of people belonging to all the nations of the world, and therefore there are no Jewish people who are entitled to their own state. According to Islam, Palestine in all its territory is an Islamic territory and enclave that there is no way to get out of the rule of Islam and therefore the State of Israel, as a Jewish and democratic state, has no right to exist even if it was in a square inch on Tel Aviv beach.

FACTIONS INSPIRED BY RELIGION

The religious war against Israel was led by Haj Amin al-Husseini, and later by the Muslim Brotherhood, in its Palestinian branch – Hamas, and in its Israeli branch – the Islamic Movement. All of these factions are inspired by religion, and not by something else.

The acceptance of Israel by Muslims, in Israel and abroad, is only to the extent that it is strong and invincible, and they will continue to accept the reality of Israel only as long as it is strong and invincible. Only a strong, organized, determined and invincible Israel will be able to survive in the shabby and conflicted region called the “Middle East”.

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HOLY WAR: HAMAS HAS CHOSEN THIS TIME TO ATTACK ISRAEL BECAUSE THE PALESTINIANS KNOW THEY HAVE THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION

In April, Biden announced that America would restore some $235 million in aid to the Palestinians that had been withdrawn by former President Donald Trump. About two-thirds of the money is being given to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which Trump cut off in 2018 because of its ties to terrorism. “Hamas and Islamic Jihad were looking and saying to themselves that if the US restored this aid unconditionally, then we can do whatever we want,” Gilboa explained. Finally, that same month, the US lifted sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, also without any conditions.

by Geoffrey Grider May 12, 2021

The policies of the Biden administration have inadvertently contributed to the lethal round of hostilities in Israel and Gaza, some Israeli analysts claimed on Wednesday.

Like Obama before him, pretend president Joe Biden is a friend of Hamas and the Palestinians and openly hostile towards the Jews and Israel, the current rocket fire from Gaza at Israel certainly shows this to be true. Why do I say that? Because Biden and actual president Kamala Harris have been very firm in their support of the Palestinians from Day One, removing restrictions and funneling them hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5 (KJB)

The attacks against Israel that began last Friday have escalated into something that is, as of this writing, one small step removed from all out war. Over 1,000 rockets have been fired by Hamas in Gaza, with no end in sight. The death toll is approaching 50 with hundreds of people injured. Israel has declared a state of emergency in Lod, as riots are sending people running for shelter. I stand with Israel and the Jews, and against the Palestinian terrorists illegally occupying the land God gave to Abraham, and will continue to do so until the Rapture.

Biden failed the Israel-Palestinian rocket and riot test

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The escalation “is a test and US President Joe Biden has failed,” said Prof. Eytan Gilboa, an expert on US policy in the Middle East at Bar-Ilan University. Biden’s mistakes, he said, began before the first rocket was fired.

Back in February, Biden lifted the designation of the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen as a global terrorist organization. Analysts said that the president believed the move would reduce violence in Yemen and against Saudi Arabia, but it has produced the opposite result.

“If you are a terrorist organization, and you don’t do anything and sanctions are lifted against you, this means you can do whatever you want,” Gilboa said. “Other terrorist organizations in the Middle East, like Hamas, look at this and say, ‘This is what the US is doing? Very good. We can exploit it.’”

“WE ARE IN DISAGREEMENT WITH THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION AND HOPE TO SEE IT WISE UP IN LIGHT OF THE PALESTINIAN DISTURBANCES AND VIOLENCE,” ERDAN TWEETED, ALBEIT IN HEBREW. “PRESSURE MUST BE EXERTED ON THE PARTY THAT SPREADS VIOLENCE AND HATRED — THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND ABU MAZEN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS, AND NOT ON ISRAEL.” SOURCE

In April, Biden announced that America would restore some $235 million in aid to the Palestinians that had been withdrawn by former President Donald Trump. About two-thirds of the money is being given to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which Trump cut off in 2018 because of its ties to terrorism.

“Hamas and Islamic Jihad were looking and saying to themselves that if the US restored this aid unconditionally, then we can do whatever we want,” Gilboa explained.

Finally, that same month, the US lifted sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, also without any conditions.

“The ICC decided to investigate Israel for alleged war crimes in Gaza,” the professor said. “Bensouda is supposed to leave office by June 15 and the Biden administration did not even say to her that it would [only] lift the sanctions providing she did not investigate Israel but [would] leave that to her successor.”

Amid the violence, the administration has likewise shown a lack of understanding of the situation, including falsely equating Israel with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

“We urge de-escalation on all sides,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said on Tuesday, failing to mention Hamas or Islamic Jihad as terrorist organizations targeting civilians. Price further stressed that “we welcome the steps the Israeli government has taken in recent days aimed at avoiding provocations, including the decision to avoid confrontations during the Jerusalem Day commemoration and the delay in the decision regarding the Sheikh Jarrah evictions.”

But the real estate feud in Jerusalem, Gilboa said, has little to do with the violence, and mentioning it seems misplaced once rockets were raining down. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been inciting violence and terrorism for weeks inside Israel and the Palestinian territories, and specifically on the Temple Mount, in response to a decision by the Palestinian Authority to cancel the elections that Hamas hoped to win. Their goal is to take over the West Bank and turn it into another Gaza, Gilboa said.

“THE US IS STRENGTHENING TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE AGAINST PEACE,” HE SAID.

Biden has given the vibe that he at best has “ambiguous feelings toward the current Israeli government, which might influence his overall attitude toward Israel,” according to Prof. Boaz Ganor, head of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

Ganor said that with two-thirds of the Israeli population running to bomb shelters for cover – vying to protect their children and the elderly – Israelis across the political spectrum should expect a different attitude from the American administration. “This unprecedented situation is far from ending and this is the time that Biden’s friendship is being checked,” Gilboa said. “The American administration’s attitude, for the time being, is quite disappointing.” 

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TEMPLE MOUNT DEATH TOLL RISES TO 20 AS IDF RETALIATES AGAINST HAMAS TERRORISTS AFTER OVER 150 MISSILES FIRED ON ISRAEL FROM THE GAZA STRIP BORDER

At least 20 people were killed, including nine children and a senior Hamas commander, and 65 others wounded, Gaza authorities said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Hamas had crossed a ‘red line’ by directing missiles towards Jerusalem and that the Jewish state would ‘respond with force’. Mr Netanyahu added on Monday: ‘Whoever attacks us will pay a heavy price,’ he said, warning that the fighting could ‘continue for a while.’

by Geoffrey Grider May 10, 2021

Israel launched deadly air strikes on Gaza Monday in response to a barrage of rockets fired by Hamas and other Palestinian militants, amid spiraling violence sparked by unrest at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

 

By any scale, the intense fighting going on in Jerusalem is only one step away from becoming all out war, which it very well may be by the time the sun rises over the middle east tomorrow morning. Hamas wants war with Israel and it looks like they’re going to get it, already 20 Hamas militants have been killed in retaliatory strikes.

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Zechariah 12:2, 3 (KJB)

These types of events are not unusual for the Temple Mount, as they have been going on for years, but this time some things have changed. For one, the Abraham Accords now exist between Israel and a nice handful of Muslim nations, and two, the United States has a ‘president’ that is very pro-Palestinian, and wants very much to be the one who creates the Two State Solution. If the tensions and terrors currently going on on the Temple Mount do advance to war, then it is highly likely the Two State Solution will rise up from the ashes.

Twenty killed – including nine children – as Israel launches air strikes in Gaza in response to Hamas firing rockets towards Jerusalem after clashes in the Holy City left hundreds injured

 

FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: At least 20 people were killed, including nine children and a senior Hamas commander, and 65 others wounded, Gaza authorities said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Hamas had crossed a ‘red line’ by directing missiles towards Jerusalem and that the Jewish state would ‘respond with force’.

‘WE WILL NOT TOLERATE ATTACKS ON OUR TERRITORY, OUR CAPITAL, OUR CITIZENS AND OUR SOLDIERS. THOSE WHO ATTACK US WILL PAY A HEAVY PRICE.’

Israel’s army said 150 rockets had been launched from Gaza, dozens of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defence System, with no casualties reported. The Israeli military said it had targeted ‘two rocket launchers, two military posts’, a tunnel and eight Hamas operatives in Gaza. Hamas sources confirmed that one of their commanders, Mohammed Fayyad, had been killed

Mr Netanyahu added on Monday: ‘Whoever attacks us will pay a heavy price,’ he said, warning that the fighting could ‘continue for a while.’

Hamas, a militant group which controls the Gaza Strip, had earlier issued a 6pm ultimatum for Israel to withdraw security forces from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in east Jerusalem. The rockets were fired after the deadline lapsed. It follows days of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces around the mosque that began on Friday and have continued since. Fighting today saw at least 700 Palestinians hurt, including 500 taken to hospital.

Some 21 police were hurt, including one seriously, the Israeli security services said.

Speaking of the Israeli response to Hamas’s rocket attacks, army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said on Monday evening: ‘We have started, and I repeat started, to attack military targets in Gaza.

‘WE HAVE MADE PREPARATIONS FOR VARIOUS SCENARIOS, INCLUDING HIGH INTENSITY ONES… HAMAS WILL GET THE MESSAGE.’

Diplomatic sources told AFP that Egypt and Qatar, who have mediated past Israeli-Hamas conflicts, were attempting to calm tensions  In perhaps the most serious incident of clashes today, CCTV captured the moment crowds of Palestinians pelted a car driving near Jerusalem’s Old City with rocks before the Israeli driver accelerated on to the pavement – sending people flying.

People continued to pelt the driver after the car came to a halt, suspended on a nearby wall, before a gun-waving police officer arrived. The officer helped the man from the car, before he was again attacked by a pedestrian. Police then cancelled a right-wing Israeli march that was due to pass through the Old City and its Muslim Quarter in an effort to calm tensions. The fighting has drawn calls for de-escalation from the international community and sharp rebukes from across the Muslim world.

In Washington, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration, including President Joe Biden himself, was monitoring the violence.

‘WE HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE SITUATION, INCLUDING VIOLENT CONFRONTATIONS THAT WE’VE SEEN OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS,’ SHE TOLD REPORTERS. THE U.S. EMBASSY IN ISRAEL SAID THE ROCKET FIRE WAS ‘UNACCEPTABLE.’

The Israeli military said well over 50 rockets were fired into Israel throughout the evening, most of them aimed at southern Israeli towns near the border. Lieutenant Colonel Conricus said six rockets were aimed at Jerusalem, some 60 miles (100 kilometers) away. It was believed to be the first rocket attack on the city since a 2014 war.

Shortly after the sirens sounded, explosions could be heard in Jerusalem. One rocket fell on the western outskirts of the city, lightly damaging a home and causing a brush fire. The Israeli army said one rocket was intercepted and the others fell in open areas.  Israel then responded with airstrikes on Hamas targets throughout Gaza.

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EGYPT THREATENS ETHIOPIA WITH POTENTIAL WAR OVER NILE: ‘END-OF-DAYS’ IMPLICATIONS SAYS RABBI

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | APR 11, 2021 | BIBLICAL NEWS

And the Nile papyrus by the Nile-side And everything sown by the Nile Shall wither, blow away, and vanish. Isaiah 19:7 (The Israel BibleTM)

Failed trilateral negotiations being carried out in the Congo over an Ethiopian dam in the Nile river led to Egyptian threats of war. The negotiations broke down last week after Ethiopia rejected a Sudanese proposal to include international mediators in talks leading to threats of war.

THE GRAND ETHIOPIAN RENAISSANCE DAM ON THE BLUE NILE RIVER

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi implied in a speech on Wednesday that Egypt could respond with war to Ethiopia filling the dam on the Nile River. “We have witnessed the costs of any confrontation,” Sisi said at the opening of a new government complex. “I am telling our brothers in Ethiopia, let’s not reach the point where you touch a drop of Egypt’s water because all options are open.”

Sisi noted that Egypt and Sudan were cooperating and” “cooperation and agreement are much better than anything else”.

Ethiopia responded that his country would continue filling the dam but that war was not an option. “As construction progresses, filling takes place,” Bekele said. “We don’t deviate from that at all.”

Filling the reservoir began in July 2020. It will take between 4 and 7 years to fill with water. Egypt fears a temporary reduction of water availability due to the filling of the dam and a permanent reduction because of evaporation from the reservoir which could reduce Nile flows by as much as 25%. 

“There is no need to enter an unnecessary war,” Ethiopia’s water minister Seleshi Bekele told reporters on Wednesday. “A war can’t start because of water. Water flows if you fight today, it’ll continue to flow tomorrow.”

The dispute is three-pronged as Sudan also has an interest. Though not as extreme as Sisi, Sudan’s Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasser Abbas also suggested that a harsh response to Ethiopia as on the table.

“For Sudan, all options are possible, including returning [the matter] to the United Nations Security Council and hardening policy … (if) Ethiopia embarks on a second filling (of the dam) without agreement,” Abbas told reporters last week.

“We are not utilizing water generated from Egypt or Sudan as water doesn’t flow upstream to Ethiopia,” Bekele explained. “We are utilizing water from Ethiopia for our dire need following equitable and reasonable utilization without causing significant harm to our neighbors.”

The situation has been volatile for some time and last year, President Trump intervened, brokering a deal that Ethiopia eventually reneged on. Trump warned Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok that Egypt could resort to “blowing up the dam.”

The conflict over the Nile has been brewing for almost a century but came to a head when construction began in 2011 on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River(GERD) formerly known as the Millennium Dam and sometimes referred to as Hidase Dam. The primary purpose of the dam is electricity production to relieve Ethiopia’s acute energy shortage. It is expected to go online next year and eventually, the dam will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa as well as the seventh-largest in the world. 

ISRAEL THE KEY TO RECEIVING THE NILE’S BLESSING

Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi of King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, noted that the Nile River can be the source of blessings as well as the source of curses from God. 

“When Jacob went to Egypt, he settled in Goshen because of the blessings the Nile bestowed upon the Hebrews,” Rabbi Berger told Israel365 News. “But when it came time for the exile to end, the Nile became the source of several of the plagues. As long as the Egyptians were kind to the Jews, the river remained a source of blessing.”

This became clear last September when the Nile flooded, displacing at least half a million Sudanese and killing at least one hundred. This blessing, according to Rabbi Berger, is, like any blessing, dependent on the relationship between the countries and Israel.

I will bless those who bless you And curse him that curses you; And all the families of the earth Shall bless themselves by you.” Genesis 12:3

“This was especially true of Egypt and the Nile,” Rabbi Berger said. “The Egyptians saw the Nile as the source of their power, which is why they used it to kill the Jewish babies. So God used the Nile to punish them to show that even the Nile serves Him.”

Israel currently has relations with all three countries. Israel signed a peace agreement with Egypt in 1979. Israel has long had relations with Ethiopia culminating in the government allowing the emigration of Ethiopia permitted the emigration of the Beta Israel Jews. Israel recently presented Sudan with a draft agreement for establishing diplomatic relations but the Sudanese want an endorsement from the Biden administration.

Rabbi Berger noted that the prophets predicted that the Nile River would play a role in the final redemption.

And the Nile papyrus by the Nile-side And everything sown by the Nile Shall wither, blow away, and vanish. Isaiah 19:7

“These three countries are correct to fight over the Nile,” Rabbi Berger said. “It will be the method their role in the end of days will be expressed. But what they don’t understand is that if they want the blessings of the Nile, they must bless Israel.”

NILE LIBEL BLAMING ISRAEL

Egypt jealously protects its prime water source and has even seen Israel as a partner in the Ethiopian threat.  In 2003, when Ethiopian announced that it intended to construct the GERD, Arab media claimed the project was a subterfuge intended to conceal an Ethiopian-Israeli plot to cripple Egypt. 

Though Israel is clearly not looking toward the Nile as a water source, water has frequently been the source of conflict between Israel and its neighbors. From the inception of Israel in 1948, the issue of water sharing from the Jordan–Yarmuk system turned out to be a major problem between Israel, Syria, and Jordan resulting in frequent border skirmishes. In 1964, the Arab states decided to deprive Israel of 35% of the National Water Carrier capacity, by a diversion of the Jordan River headwaters (both the Hasbani and the Banias) to the Yarmouk River. Control of water resources and Israeli military attacks against the diversion effort are considered among the factors which led to the Six-Day War in 1967.

Fortunately, Israel currently has a surplus of water due largely to home-grown innovations in the field of desalination resulting in five major desalination plants producing around 600 million cubic meters a year. Hopefully, this will prevent future conflict, though it clearly has not silenced the water libels.

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SAUDI ARABIA CALLS FOR NORMALIZATION WITH ISRAEL

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | APR 5, 2021 | MIDDLE EAST

His sons Yitzchak and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre, Genesis 25:9 (The Israel BibleTM)

At the Munich Security Conference at which international security concerns were discussed, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said to the forum, that “the normalization of Israel’s status within the region would bring tremendous benefits to the region as a whole”.

In an interview with CNN, the Saudi FM was asked about the developments in relations with Israel in light of their common enemy, Iran, and if a normalization deal was ”imminent.”

“I don’t know if it is imminent,” the Saudi FM said to CNN. “That is very much dependent on the peace process. There is, of course, a normalization deal on the table that has been on the table since 2002.”

The FM explained that he was referring to the Arab Peace Initiative, also known as the Saudi Initiative that was presented by Saudi Arabia and endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 at the Beirut Summit and re-endorsed at the 2007 and at the 2017 Arab League summits. The initiative offered normalization of relations by the Arab world with Israel, in return for a full withdrawal by Israel from the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan Heights, and Lebanon, and the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

“This puts forward full and complete normalization with Israel in return for a just settlement to the Palestinian issue,” the FM said. 

“It would be extremely helpful both economically and socially, and from a security perspective,” he said in the interview with CNN.“That normalization in the region could only be successful if we address the issue of the Palestinians and we were able to deliver a Palestinian state within 1967 borders that gives the Palestinians dignity and gives them their rights.”

The FM noted that under such a normalization, Saudi Arabia would welcome Israelis of all religions. 

In September last year, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain signed the Trump-brokered Abraham Accords to normalize ties with Israel. Sudan and Morocco soon after signed similar agreements with Israel. Israel also signed a peace agreement with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

In November, Prime Minister Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia for the first time where he met with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Saudi Arabia officially denied that the meeting had taken place.

Saudi Arabia has since opened its airspace to Israeli commercial flights.

The Saudi FM’s language is subtly, though significantly different than the Arab Peace Initiative, also known as the Saudi Initiative that was presented by Saudi Arabia and endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 at the Beirut Summit and re-endorsed at the 2007 and at the 2017 Arab League summits. The initiative offered normalization of relations by the Arab world with Israel, in return for a full withdrawal by Israel from the West Bank, Gaza, the Golan Heights, and Lebanon, and the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Rabbi Pinchas Winston stated emphatically that under these circumstances, Saudi Arabian normalizing relations with Israel is not the prophesied repentance of the Children of Ishmael that would reunite the Arabs with the Jews.

“This is not even a little bit of repentance,” “The Saudis kicked out the Palestinians that lived in their country. Our problem with the Palestinians is based on what the other Arab countries did to the Palestinians. Now, they expect us to fix it for them.”

“What the Saudi Foreign Minister is saying is what Ishmael would say to Isaac before he repented; What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is also mine.”

“Real repentance by the Children of Ishmael would be if they recognized the land that Hashem gave to the Children of Isaac, including Judea and Samaria of course. The Palestinians could do repentance by being faithful citizens of Israel.”

The concept of the repentance of the Children of Ishmael in the end of days is based on the precedent set in Genesis when Abraham’s two sons came to his funeral:

His sons Yitzchak and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre Genesis 25:9

The medieval commentator known by the acronym Rashi explained that in this verse, Ishmael should have come first since he was older. Ishmael acknowledged the spiritual superiority of Isaac by allowing him to go first when burying their father. According to Jewish tradition, this will be replayed in the end of days by the Arabs showing respect for the offspring of Jacob.

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PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAID TUESDAY THAT FOUR MORE MUSLIM NATIONS ARE IN LINE TO JOIN THE ABRAHAM ACCORDS PEACE DEAL

“I brought… four peace agreements, and there are another four on the way,” he said in an interview with the Hebrew-language Ynet news site. “I talked about one of them yesterday.” According to the Israeli premier, he conversed with “one of the leaders in the region” on Monday night for 45 minutes about the possibility of a normalization deal. If he only knew what was actually happening, his enthusiasm might be dampened just a tad as he realizes he is making the Isaiah 28 covenant with death and hell.

by Geoffrey Grider March 16, 2021

Israel is set to make Abraham Accords peace deals with four more Arab countries in the region, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.

Benjamin Netanyahu is very excited today, and from a human perspective you can see why that might be true. But from a prophetical perspective, if he only knew what was actually happening, his enthusiasm might be dampened just a tad as he realizes he is making the Isaiah 28 covenant with death and hell.

“Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.” Isaiah 28:14-18 (KJB)

But his eyes, along with the eyes of the rest of this unsaved world, are closed shut and will remain that way until the time of Jacob’s trouble commences shortly after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church takes place. Pray for PM Netanyahu, pray for the Jewish people who are making this covenant with death and hell. Their eyes will open when Antichrist sits in the rebuilt Temple, but pray a remnant may escape with us on Flight #777 before that day takes place.

Netanyahu: Four More Abraham Accords Peace Deals on the Way for Israel

FROM BREITBART NEWS: “I brought… four peace agreements, and there are another four on the way,” he said in an interview with the Hebrew-language Ynet news site. “I talked about one of them yesterday.”

According to the Israeli premier, he conversed with “one of the leaders in the region” on Monday night for 45 minutes about the possibility of a normalization deal.

“I pledged to take care of the citizens of Israel and I do so with a deep sense of mission,” he added.

The so-called Abraham Accords, brokered by the Trump administration, saw four Arab Muslim states — the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan — establish ties with Israel.

Several Muslim-majority nations, including Indonesia, Mauritania, and even Saudi Arabia, are thought to be next on the list.

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