Category Archive: Antichrist

Aug 09

Erdogan Wants The Keys To Mecca And Jerusalem And Will Stop At Nothing To Expand His Muslim Caliphate Agenda

By Shoebat Foundation on August 6, 2017 in Featured, General, Highlight

By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Sunday Special)

The one obstacle for an Ottoman Caliphate is that Saudi Arabia holds the keys to Mecca and Medina while Jordan holds the keys to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. For a Caliphate to succeed it needs to hold both keys: the keys to the Temple Mount (Al-Aqsa) and the keys to Mecca. Erdogan wants these keys and will do everything in his power to restore what once belonged to the Ottoman Caliph which was lost when Arabia betrayed the Ottomans by allying with the British during Ottoman fall. For that, Turkey is executing plans to redraw the Middle East region back to Ottoman times. All caliphates held such keys; the Ayyubids, the Mamluk Sultans of Egypt, the Ottoman Sultans, and then to have the modern Saudi kings hold it is unacceptable for Erdogan.

The plan to regain these keys starts by using Erdogan’s ally, Qatar, under the care of Erdogan’s neo-Ottomans. Now Qatar demands that Mecca become an international city for all Muslims while Saudi Arabia threatens “war”. In reality, this is all about control of these keys. Erdogan then moves in on Jerusalem (he must obtain these keys) demanding all Muslims to begin to visit it. What westerners do not understand is that this is expanding the Hajj to also be observed in Jerusalem as an extension of Mecca via the Umrah:

Turkey’s Directorate General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has included the al-Aqsa Mosque [Temple Mount] into the religious Umrah program that will be effective as of April 15. One of the Muslim pilgrimages, the Umrah, which is not compulsory but is highly recommended for Muslims who can afford it, will also include the visiting of the al-Aqsa Mosque [Temple Mount] in Jerusalem, Israel.

By next year (2018), the world will begin to see the change. In Istanbul on Thursday was hosted the signing ceremony of the “Protocol of the Declaration of Jerusalem” as the Muslim youth capital in 2018. The Turkish Daily Sabah had this to say:

“The main objective of the declaration of Jerusalem being the capital of the Muslim youth in 2018 is to attract young people to Jerusalem from all over the world and defend the Islamic sanctuaries in it.”

The whole region is realizing that they need to redraw their political and governmental structure. They either be magnetized towards Turkey and its Islamism or towards secularism.

Even Israel see this. When the Temple Mount in Jerusalem had the fiasco with metal-detectors, Turkey took the lead in fomenting the violence. Israel had to make a diplomatic choice; does it cow-tow to Turkey or seek Jordan to deal with Israel’s capitulation to remove the metal detectors. And since Jordan holds the key to the Temple Mount, Israel finally reconsidered the equation of forces, responded to Jordan’s request instead of Turkey’s. This was the only way to thwart the Islamists’ plan to pour regional chaos on Israel. Arab states fearing the end of their rule, noted the Islamists’ attempt to create chaos claiming al-Aqsa (Temple Mount) was in danger. In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Sheikh Raed Salah recently demanded a coup against these Arab regimes in the name of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israelis saw Netanyahu’s capitulation as weakness where Israelis using social media began circulating a mock-photo of the Israeli army’s entry into Old Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967. The picture was created and the faces of Islamic figures were placed in place of Israeli military figures. In the photoshopped picture, the faces of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sheikh Raed Salah (the head of the Islamic Movement inside the Green Line) and Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein were installed on the bodies of the chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces during the 1967 war Yitzhak Rabin and the then Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, and the commander of the central region of the army, Uzi Narkis; a picture that Jews consider historic, coming four hours after the fall of Jerusalem.

In other words, Israelis are beginning to see Erdogan’s march towards Jerusalem and Israel’s capitulation fearing Erdogan. The Islamist Turkey wants the key to the Temple Mount (al-Aqsa) and will not mind using any excuse, even the controversy over some metal detectors installed.

And to add more prophetic chips on the table, Egypt, Somalia (part of biblical Cush) and the entire Arabian Peninsula is in the cross-hairs of Turkey’s expansion. While Qatar is in Turkey’s pocket, the rift with the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is growing.

Recent leaked emails from an Emirate’s ambassador reveals that every nation in the region now is magnetized to move towards western-securalism or the neo-Ottoman Muslim Brotherhood.  The Daily Sabah reported:

“the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey have strived to coexist in the Middle East since the 2013 military coup in Egypt. The Egyptian coup against the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muhammad Morsi removed the legitimately elected Muslim Brotherhood-led government, which resulted in the two sides backing opposing groups … Turkey and the UAE continue to be in each other’s crosshairs. Recently leaked emails that appear to belong to Emirati ambassador to Washington Yousef al-Otaiba clearly illuminate the extent of the animosity between the two countries.”

The emails confirm the perception that the UAE treats Turkey, along with Qatar, as one of the main antagonists with competing regional visions. Otaiba is concerned about the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain’s future within the next 10 years.

But these countries have regulations based on Islamic sharia law. Otaiba believes Turkey, a constitutionally secular country, is a part of the Islamist axis that can undermine the UAE’s rule in the region. Otaiba, in response to a Turkish expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, said in May that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan only understands the language of power. He also encouraged the individual to write more about Turkey, saying that “most Americans have no idea what is fundamentally happening to Turkey and the long-term threat it poses to most of us.”

In the Middle East they know better. They live close by.

The UAE ambassador also seems to be very concerned about the possible Turkish and Qatari responses to Abu Dhabi and its allies’ future policies.

Future policies in the Middle East is set up via military strength. And its not only in Qatar that Turkey is setting up military camp, Somali capital Mogadishu next month will have more Turkish troops moved there. The military camp is spread over 4 square kilometers (1.54 square miles) and has the capacity to train more than 1,500 troops at a time. Turkey’s forward-basing posture is a political-military raison d’etre to serve Ankara’s foreign and defense policies. The Anadolu Agency reported:

“The Turkish forward-basing in Somalia is an integral part of Ankara’s Africa initiative, which is intended to boost Turkey’s smart-power capacity throughout the continent. Somalia has been at the epicenter of Turkey’s geopolitical perspective in the 2010s.”

So in the future, any regional fluctuation, Turkey now can twist arms by using politics plus military power in Africa and Arabia. From the Eastern Mediterranean to the Horn of Africa, Turkey has been building its sphere of political-military influence to promote a robust regional military architecture. This is Turkey’s strategic posture for the 21st century.

Somalia is part of “Cush” in Ezekiel 38:5 revealing what we see “Persia, Cush, and Put” uniting with the Gog of Turkey. If one wants to know Turkey’s agenda, they are no secret, all one has to do is read Erdogan’s mouthpieces. The pro-government daily Yeni Söz’s headline on Tuesday claimed that Turkey would even conquer Europe in just three days if a campaign were to be launched in the morning.

The paper is using arguments by George Friedman, the founder of Stratfor said that Stratfor’s calculations were wrong, that the battle would be won much faster since Europe has no will to fight:

“Friedman said the Turks can beat the Germans in an afternoon and the French, if they show the courage to turn up, in an hour. Friedman was proven wrong. According to a survey conducted by international research center Gallup that asked ‘Would you fight for your country?’ the citizens of Europe already have their white flags ready to wave in the event of a war. In the great Germany, only 18 percent of people say ‘I would fight for Germany.’ Twenty-nine percent of French, 27 percent of English, 21 percent of Spanish and 20 percent of Italians said they would fight for their country. So according to these results, if we leave for a conquest in the morning, we can do the evening prayers in Bellevue Palace! Taking into account the reality of July 15 [the day of a botched coup attempt in Turkey], we would have Rome on the second day”

It is obvious, Erdogan wants Rome.

Erdogan was furious when on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, Pope Francis received 27 European Union heads of state in the Vatican’s Sala Regia. Erdoğan then lashed at the E.U and the Pope saying: “the alliance of crusaders has shown itself in the end.” Erdogan calls his forces the forces of “the Crescent” and Europe whom he called “the Cross”.

Ironically, Erdogan views Rome similar to the typical Protestant ‘prophecy buff’ who lashes out at the E.U and calls the Pope as Antichrist or false-prophet. Erdoğan’s followers are mostly conspiracy theorists and these say that Rome is the center of all evil. Therefore, Erdoğan and the typical ‘Left Behind’ crowds have much in common with the ones who go roundabout warning of the ‘evils of the Vatican’. It is no wonder why scripture warns that Antichrist will work with the ones who abandoned the covenant “he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake [abandoned] the holy covenant.” (Daniel 11:30). In other words, the ones who abandoned the ancient church will unite with Antichrist.

CHANGING THE RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION
Antichrist will attempt to “change set times and set laws” (Daniel 7:25) and in Turkey all governmental systems are being revamped even including the main religious institution, Diyanet (Turkey’s religious institution). On June 31, Mehmet Gormez, a Turkish cleric who headed the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), a government department that runs more than 85,000 mosques, bid farewell to his post he had occupied since 2010. But Gormez’s term didn’t end until 2020, which is why his early departure is signaling that in the Middle East, not only nations must now fear Turkey, but all the Waqf, Muftis, Muslim scholars and Imams must soon comply.

Within Turkey, ferocious Erdoganists, began slamming Gormez, the head of Diyanet for being soft on the Gulenists, which amounts to the ultimate political heresy in today’s Turkey. In Turkey, all the old hat must go and be replaced with Erdogan’s loyalists. The current leadership now is gone because the institution was created back in Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s time (1923-1938) under pressure from the West. Now the whole structure will change to Muftis ruling under Erdogan. And with ‘Muftism’, any Mufti all across the globe must soon adhere to a ‘Muslim-Pope’ if you will and this one will be centered in Turkey. In a few years, we will see Erdogan then demanding Saudi plus Jerusalem muftis to submit to him. It is likely to see that in Jerusalem, Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein (in the mock-photo) will later be replaced by his successor, Ibrahim Shoebat (my first cousin).

The Diyanet is a government body whose budget exceeds many key government ministries, such as the Foreign Ministry, and whose influence over society is extremely significant controlling all mosques and also supervising the content of their sermons. Since the 1960s, its influence even spread to Europe, as it opened hundreds of mosques in countries like Germany with substantial Turkish immigrant communities. Now the messages and sermons will change in all mosques throughout Europe where the caliphate-message will be heard.

Turkey’s land, air and navy commanders were reshuffled on Aug. 2, restructuring the military in the Gendarmerie Forces, Air Forces and naval forces. This was all a surprising move since some of the commanders were expected to assume the role till 2019. Around 200 generals were expelled from their positions in the aftermath of the coup attempt and this year’s annual YAŞ meeting was supposed to reshape the military cadre. Some 61 colonels were promoted to general and admiral ranks. Six generals and admirals were also promoted to higher ranks.

IRAN VS. TURKEY
To top it all, Arabic speaking Shiites are now looking towards Turkey giving it the lead. Iran cares for Iraq-Syria-Lebanon corridor and Lebanon’s Islamic Council President Shiite leader Mohamed Ali al-Husseini wants Turkey to manage this corridor instead of Iran: “Iran aims to draw a new map of the region, and that Turkey has a historic responsibility to prevent this” he said emphasizing that a new map is going to be drawn in the region where Iran wants to expand, and added: “Turkey has a historic duty. It should prevent this project. Turkey, which is a very powerful state, can take action.” Al-Husseini has visited many countries and met Shiites to warn them to take Turkey’s side against Iran.

Al-Husseini reveals that eventually both Turkey and Iran will take various steps to leave sectarianism aside. Even Saudi Arabia has started taking various steps to leave sectarianism aside. Qatar’s unity with Turkey against Saudi Arabia including Iran’s animosity against Saudi Arabia will soon bring Turkey and Iran to come to terms on how the Middle East region is divided.

Al-Husseini even reveals Berlin’s support for Ankara’s ambitions which is also obvious. While the media in Germany reveals a rift between Germany and Turkey, this is for the novices to read, truth is that Germany has its different interests with Turkey than Great Britain and France and wants to enlarge the European Union towards the east.

It is this which constitutes the great threat since history repeats. The Germans are well aware that their country provides luxury and industry. It seeks to open up markets in the east to export industrial products and import agricultural crops. For this to happen, this makes it necessary to join new countries such as Turkey, Macedonia, Moldova and Serbia. Yet France and Britain have large agricultural production and fear competition from crops coming from Eastern European agricultural economies, so they refuse to expand eastwards. This leaves France and Great Britain out of the picture. The rifts and new unities confirm biblical wisdom that history repeats.

“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.”

What God is basically saying here is simple: if you want to understand prophecy, just study history. Therefore, why do prophecy buffs come up with fanciful algorithms as if they hold the secrets to God who is hiding in some cave? God does not speak in secret (Isaiah 45:19).

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Aug 02

Erdogan As Leader Of The Muslim Nations Says That Jerusalem Belongs To 1.7 Billion Muslims And He Plans To Unite Them To Rule It

By Shoebat Foundation on July 24, 2017 in Featured, General

By Walid Shoebat

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now honed in on Jerusalem said on Sunday that “the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the honor of 1.7 billion Muslims, not just the Palestinians, and that the Muslim world cannot wait to remain indifferent to the restrictions imposed on the A-Qsa Mosque [Temple Mount]”. (Source: The Daily Sabah)

“As the periodic president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), I again call on Israel to act in accordance with humanitarian law and values,” Erdogan said, stressing that Israel should move away from what would escalate tension in the region.

So now Jerusalem according to Erdogan is the property of all Muslims and he wants to unite them to rule it. But notice the crucial point, Erdogan here was not speaking just as President of Turkey, but as leader of the O.I.C. Organization of Islamic Cooperation (O.I.C) considered to be the Muslim ‘U.N’ coming second to the United Nations in size and global power.

This tickles in the ears of over a billion Muslims worldwide.

Erdogan made the remarks at a press conference at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport ahead of his departure for Saudi Arabia, starting with a two-day Gulf tour that also includes Kuwait and Qatar.

“Turkey has expressed its strong and public resentment and condemnation of the Israeli restrictions imposed on al-Aqsa,” Erdogan said, referring to two metal detectors Israel positioned on the Temple Mount to prevent terrorists from entering the sanctuary with weapons.

Using the O.I.C as a platform, Erdogan is also acting as the mediator on the Gulf crisis, Erdogan said: “Turkey is sorry about the recent developments in the Gulf, and Muslims today more than ever need to unite and lined up. Unfortunately, the tragedies in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Palestine are increasing day by day” He said.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar on the grounds of “supporting terrorism,” which Doha denied, saying it faced a “campaign of fabrications and lies.”

Erdogan is now taking sides with terror-state Qatar acting as the leader of the Muslim world and is taking control of the Muslim world via the O.I.C.

Founded in 1969 consisting of 57 member states, the organisation states that it is “the collective voice of the Muslim world”. It was set up as result of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the Caliphate after World War I which left a vacuum for a pan-Islamic institution. Losing the Six-Day War in 1967 provided the incentive needed where leaders of Muslim nations met in Rabat to establish the OIC on 25 September 1969.

In May, Erdogan spoke about the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims around the world and urged more Turks and others to visit the city that “Jerusalem is ‘The first of the two directions of prayer, the second of mosques, the third of sanctuaries’”

And by this Erdogan is reestablishing Jerusalem as the central focus since Jerusalem was “the first of the two directions of prayer”.

As Zechariah the prophet predicted that Jerusalem will be the central focus to the surrounding nations and that these nations will be drunk over Jerusalem. Whoever would imagine two metal detectors could make such a ruckus? But this is the type of thing God foretold.

Islam’s false prophet Muhammad redirected the Qibla (direction of prayer) from Jerusalem (the first direction of prayer) to Mecca. Jerusalem was initially the direction where all Muslims worshipped five times a day. Yet “All Muslims should visit Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Erdogan said during a speech at the International Forum of Endowments for Jerusalem in Istanbul to re-establish the Muslim Omra where Muslims are mandated to pilgrimage to Jerusalem in order to flood it “The city and the Temple will be destroyed by the invading army of a powerful ruler, “The end will come like a flood, bringing the war and destruction”.

Last year we predicted:

this red-dragon eyes Jerusalem as the “apple of the eye of every Muslim” as Erdogan once put it … Soon you will see him sending and opening the flood gates of Muslim pilgrims to Jerusalem (Revelation 12, as we have seen in Europe) making Jerusalem an extension of the Haj they call Umra.

An antichrist is a spewer of floods and Jerusalem’s destiny will be with a flood.  Last year we also predicted:

In the near future we will see Muslim demand to allow them entry to Jerusalem from all around the world. While Israel welcomes this economically the repercussions will only be known, we predict, when they create havoc in the city.

We also warned last year that:

“What Caliph Al-Baghdadi wanted to gain through terrorism, Erdogan of Turkey was able to gain ‘by peace’ where he is “deceiving many”. Erdogan is also now leading the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (O.I.C) considered to be the Muslim ‘U.N’ coming second to the United Nations in size and global power. But thats not all. As this happens, the cunning Erdogan was able to woo Saudi Arabia to arrange the Turkey-Egypt talks setting the framework for a peace deal between Turkey and Egypt to be finalized before April where Al-Sisi hands over the leadership of the O.I.C to Erdogan. Keep in mind, that the O.I.C represents the association of 56 Islamic states promoting Muslim solidarity in economic, social, and political affairs. But the devil is not wiser than Daniel who tells us: “And after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small number of people.” (Daniel 11:23)

This “league” is a united Muslim states and the O.I.C plays a major role in this affair. Remember the Scriptures: “Cush, and Put, and Lud [Turkey], and all Arabia, and Libya, and the people of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.” (Ezekiel 30:5)

Don’t say that we never told you so, way ahead of time, that you may consider the state of your spiritual affairs by becoming one of the five virgins with oil in their lamps before the coming of the Bridegroom.”

And a league it is. Just as we stated will happen is happening. Erdogan lately traveled all over to create such a league. From Saudi Iranian relations to expressing concern at the stand-off between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, Erdogan offered to get involved in settling many issues to bring this unity together.

Erdogan now offers the OIC’s references to self-determination as a means to resolving differences not just over Qatar or Kashmir but other crises such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, the Palestinian problem, Iraq, Syria, the Kurdish issue, the Tibet, Taiwan all the way to Balochistan.

Erdogan said that the OIC is the answer:

“It (OIC) has its area of influence. It has economic and political strengths, it has a say in global matters and it can contribute to world peace. If something has been approved by all member-states, it should not be criticised or questioned. OIC members also have weight in the United Nations. Turkey supports India to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.”

Beware of anyone who uses flattery and says that they are for all religious rights. Erdogan uses flattery and offers of peace he is deceiving many:

“We are not against any faith. We protect synagogues or churches from possible terror attacks but the West needs to reciprocate but it is not doing so.”

But Erdogan wants to unite all religions in the region into a syncretist reality.

Making a league involves much work which you will see coming on its way in the years to come. Turkey’s president has even called on all Muslim countries around the world to build efficient transportation networks in order to accelerate integration among themselves. “Reinforcing our cooperation in the field of transport – one of the six areas covered under the COMCEC Strategy – is important for facilitating trade between our member countries and accelerating integration,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his opening statement at the 33rd meeting of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Ankara.

But we at Shoebat.com see the writing on the wall. Erdogan is on a quest to becoming anointed as the leader of all Muslims and the Solomon who solves all disputes between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Hamas and the PA … So now Erdogan is presenting Turkey as the defender of Islam replacing the Saudi role whose economy is under the weather due to the US discovery of shale oil.

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Jul 10

CERN scientists one step closer to unlocking key to Universe after LHC breakthrough

SCIENTISTS investigating the origins of the Universe through the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are celebrating a major breakthrough.

By Jon Austin

PUBLISHED: 18:04, Thu, Jul 6, 2017 | UPDATED: 18:21, Thu, Jul 6, 2017

CERN LHC boffins are celebrating the discovery of baryons.

Boffins from CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) which runs the bizarre complex in Geneva have discovered a brand new heavy particle.

The new particle, named Xi-cc++ (pronounced Ks?-CC plus-plus), is part of a family of “doubly-charmed baryons” that are predicted to exist by the Standard Model theory of particle physics.

It is the first time scientists have been able to confirm their existence.

The Large Hadron Collider is in a complex of tunnels beneath the Swiss-French border, where particles are smashed into each other to discover what matter formed the universe.

Chris Parkes, deputy spokesperson for the LHCb experiment and Professor of experimental particle physics at the University of Manchester, said: “This discovery opens up a new field of particle physics research.

“An entire family of doubly charmed baryons, related to this particle, now await discovery.”

Nearly all the matter that we see around us is made of baryons, which are common particles composed of three quarks, the best-known being protons and neutrons.

The LHC – The Large Hadron Collider. What is the LHC, how does it work

Inside the Large Hadron Collider

Tue, October 20, 2015

Pictures of The Large Hadron Collider which is the worlds most powerful particle accelerator held in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

This discovery opens up a new field of particle physics research.

Chris Parkes

However, there are six types of existing quarks, and theoretically many different potential combinations could form other kinds of baryons.

Baryons that have been observed so far are all made of, at most, one heavy quark such as a bottom or charm quark.

University of Glasgow physicist Dr Patrick Spradlin, who led the research and announced the findings at the European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics in Venice today, said: “The properties of the newly discovered baryon shed light on a longstanding puzzle surrounding the experimental status of baryons containing two charm quarks, opening an exciting new branch of investigation for LHCb.”

Guy Wilkinson, former Spokesperson of the collaboration, said: “In contrast to other baryons, in which the three quarks perform an elaborate dance around each other, a doubly heavy baryon is expected to act like a planetary system, where the two heavy quarks play the role of heavy stars orbiting one around the other, with the lighter quark orbiting around this binary system.”

LHCb is one of the four main experiments at the collider solving the mysteries of our universe.

The collaboration has submitted a paper reporting these findings to the journal Physical Review Letters

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Jul 05

Turkish dictator ‘removes mask’ in seizure of 50 churches

Policy of returning country to Shariah gains speed

Published: 11 hours ago. Updated: 06/28/2017 at 9:48 PM

Leo Hohmann

Mor Gabriel Monastery in Turkey is one of more than 50 Syriac Christian properties seized by the government of Turkish dictator Erdogan.

The government of Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seized at least 50 Syriac Christian churches and monasteries, according to press reports in Turkey.

The Turkish-Armenian daily Agos reports that in 2012 the province of Mardin established a “liquidation committee,” which started to expropriate and redistribute the property of churches and other Christian institutions whose legal charters had expired. The seizures and liquidations are ongoing, and the Syriac community has been especially targeted.

The Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation appealed to the decision, but the liquidation committee rejected the appeal in May. Inquiries by the foundation revealed dozens of churches and monasteries had been transferred to the state treasury first and then allocated to the Diyanet. And the cemeteries have been transferred to the Metropolitan Municipality of Mardin.

The church seizures are occurring against the backdrop of Erdogan’s policy of turning Turkey back to its Shariah-compliant Ottoman roots. The Hagia Sofia, one of the most famous churches in the world, is in the process of being converted to a mosque.

The Hagia Sofia was constructed during the Byzantine Empire in its capital of Constantinople, modern-day Istanbul.

The great church was turned into a mosque in 1453 after the Muslim Turks conquered Constantinople and subjugated the surviving Christian inhabitants. Following the defeat of the Ottoman empire in World War I, the new leader of the secular state of Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, in 1935 put a stop to Islamic prayers in Hagia Sophia and had it converted into a museum.

The maintenance of some of the seized churches and monasteries are being provided by the Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation, and they are opened to worship on certain days. Similarly, the cemeteries are still being used by the Syriac community, who are allowed to visit them and perform burials, but they are no longer owned by the church.

Now the world’s oldest Syriac Christian monastery is reportedly in danger of being expropriated by the state.

The Syriacs have filed court appeals for the return of their property.

“We started to file lawsuits and in the meantime our enquiries continued,” said Kuryakos Ergün, the chairman of Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation.

Ergün said they would appeal to the court for the cancellation of nearly 30 title deed registries.

Included in the seizure is the 1,600-year-old Mor Gabriel Monastery.

The petition filed to the court noted the properties subject to the court case had been, since ancient times, under the possession and ownership of a church foundation and the significance of Mor Gabriel Monastery has been underlined.

Its history dates back to the 4th century AD. It’s one of the oldest active monasteries in the world and one of the most ancient religious centers of Syriacs, with its history of more than 1,600 years.

The Midyat Syriac Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation had been established on the basis of the imperial order of Sultan Abdülmecid Han during the Ottoman Empire in “1267 Islamic calendar (1851/1852 Gregorian calendar) and its status was redefined, became a legal entity, on the basis of the Foundations Law of 13.06.1935 with no 2762.”

Joel Richardson, a Christian filmmaker and author focused on the Middle East who produced the new documentary film “Antichrist, Turkey and the Coming Caliphate,” said Erdogan is becoming the most dangerous actor in a region noted for bad actors.

Richardson’s film crew visited Turkey and was present at an Erdogan political rally three years ago. Since then, he has further marginalized Turkey’s Christian minorities.

“If Erdogan is not stopped, history will recognize him as the closest thing to the Adolf Hitler of our generation. President Erdogan began his career pretending to be a moderate,” Richardson told WND.

A prime example is that for years Erdogan spearheaded the U.N.-sponsored program Alliance of Civilizations.

The program would invite various religious and political leaders to Turkey to engage in “religious dialogue,” Richardson said.

“The sole purpose of this was to sell various gullible leaders on the moderate and peaceful nature of Islam. Now Erdogan has increasingly, particularly over the past year, removed his mask,” he said. “While publicly castigating President Trump for breaking the recent tradition of holding a Ramadan ending Iftar dinner at the White House, he has seized control of over 50 churches in his own nation.”

This is but the tip of the spear in the grand scope of what Erdogan is capable of, Richardson contends.

“Erdogan and his government are emerging as the greatest potential entity to take control of the emerging pan-Islamist Caliphate,” Richardson said. “It is long past due that the American government and the praying church awakens to the profoundly caustic mixture of nationalism and Islamism that has emerged in Turkey.

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Jun 26

Turkish Funding in Jerusalem Could Be “Explosive”

By Andrew Friedman June 23, 2017 , 7:00 am

“Who devise evil things in their heart; every day do they stir up wars.” Psalms 140:3 (The Israel Bible™)

Turkey’s interest in Jerusalem could have the potential to spark a diplomatic explosion with the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, former Foreign Ministry director general Alon Liel told Tazpit Press Service Wednesday on the heels of a report published by the Israel Hayom free sheet outlining 63 Turkish-funded projects in the city’s Arab sector, including funding for Palestinians who are paid to harass Jews on the Temple Mount (known in Arabic as Murabitoun).

The report said that a government subsidiary, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), has given millions of dollars to Islamic projects in the capital. TIKA president is headed by Dr. Serdar Cam, a close ally of Erdoğan and his former bureau chief in the Turkish Parliament. Last month, Erdoğan leveled a furious attack at Israel for retaining control of Jerusalem, that the prime minister called a “humilation to the Muslim world.”

The paper said that TIKA’s projects include restoring the archive of Muslim Ottoman documents on the Temple Mount, purchasing a large water tank for worshippers on the Mount, financing a salvage excavation on Sharsheret (chain) Street in the Old City, rebuilding the Muslim cemetery at the foot of the eastern wall of the Temple Mount and in several religious and community projects throughout East Jerusalem.

In addition, Turkey also replaced the crescent atop the Dome of the Rock several years ago.

“Turkey has always been interested in Jerusalem and involved in one way or another in what’s going on there. That’s been true for decades, not just in Erdoğan’s time,” Liel, a former chargé d’affaires to Ankara, said. “Even when Turkey was a largely secular society, the Jerusalem issue was enormous. Add into the mix the Islamization of recent years, and the fact that Turkey is in a much better economic place than it was 15 years ago when Erdoğan came to power, and the issue suddenly looks very explosive,” Liel said.

Despite the potential for a diplomatic “explosion,” Liel said that Israel does not place the importance on relations with Turkey that it once did.

“Israel has enough friends in the region today that Jerusalem doesn’t really care too much if they upset Turkey,” he said. “We have developed strong enough relationships around the region that we don’t have to rely on strong ties to Anakara anymore.”

Still, Liel cautioned against provoking Erdogan by moving to curtail Turkish-funded activities in the capital.

“In addition to the Jerusalem issue, the Turks are very, very angry that Israel has not fully implemented the deal to normalize ties, especially in the gas sector. The issue is so sensitive, if you add something else into the mix right now, Erdoğan could well explode. I don’t really see that Israel has an interest in moving against the Turks in Jerusalem,” he said

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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 12

Turkey Throws Support Behind Qatar in Rift Among Arab Nations

By PATRICK KINGSLEYJUNE 7, 2017

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, center, met with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, left, in Ankara on Wednesday. The Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, is at right. Credit Yasin Bulbul/Turkish Presidential Palace

ISTANBUL — Turkey signaled support for Qatar on Wednesday after the tiny Gulf country was isolated by several of its neighbors in a major rift among Arab nations.

Meeting in a special night session of Parliament, Turkish lawmakers rushed through new laws that will allow the Turkish Army to conduct joint military exercises with Qatar and members of the Turkish gendarmerie to train their Qatari counterparts.

The new legislation also allows Turkey to send more troops to Qatar, where it has an army base and about 150 soldiers.

The moves followed a speech by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in which he criticized the countries that acted against Qatar, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yemen.

On Monday, those nations cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed their airspace to Qatari planes; Saudi Arabia, Qatar’s only land neighbor, also closed its border to Qatari traffic. Qatar, which imports a large majority of its food, was thrown into crisis.

“I want to clearly say that we disapprove of the sanctions on Qatar,” Mr. Erdogan said in a speech on Tuesday evening, according to the Anadolu Agency, the state-owned news service.

Qatar has angered its neighbors by supporting certain Islamist political movements in the region. Qatari news outlets like Al Jazeera have criticized many of the country’s neighbors. And Qatar is seen in the region as being sympathetic to Saudi Arabia’s nemesis, Iran.

Turkey had initially tried to position itself as an honest broker in the dispute among the Arab states. Mr. Erdogan had a round of phone conversations on Monday with the leaders of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait, whose emir also tried to act as a peacemaker.

“They’re all our Sunni brothers and our friends,” Ilnur Cevik, a foreign policy adviser to Mr. Erdogan, said of the Arab states on Tuesday afternoon, in a show of neutrality.

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But with the new laws, Turkey showed that it was “transitioning from neutral mediator to the role of firmly supporting the side of Qatar,” said Galip Dalay, the research director at Al Sharq Forum, a Turkish research organization.

Mr. Erdogan also met in Ankara on Wednesday with Mohammad Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, another sign that Turkey was no longer staying on the sidelines.

“Turkey does not want to be forced into this crisis, and having to take one side against another,” Mr. Dalay said. “On the other hand, Turkey is very concerned that if Qatar succumbs to pressure, inevitably Qatar will re-evaluate its relationship with Turkey.”

Turkey is already relatively isolated in the region and is frightened of losing its staunchest regional ally. The Qatari emir was the first foreign leader to telephone Mr. Erdogan during a failed coup in Ankara last year, on a night when Turkey’s other allies were slow to offer support.

Qatar and Turkey also share the same vision for the Middle East, said Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, the Ankara director for the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

“The countries allied with Saudi Arabia want to see Qatar capitulate,” Mr. Unluhisarcikli said. “But Turkey doesn’t want to see this, or see Qatar change its strategy in the Middle East, because broadly speaking, the two countries have the same approach to groups in Egypt, Syria and Palestine” like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

Both Qatar and Turkey welcomed many Muslim Brotherhood members who fled Egypt after the 2013 ouster of Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who had been elected president of Egypt the year before.

“If Qatar gives in to this pressure” from its Arab neighbors, Mr. Dalay said, “that will mean that Turkey’s role in the region will be further constrained.

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Jun 05

Turkey Eclipsing Jordan in Arab Claims to Old City, Temple Mount

By JNI Media May 30, 2017 , 9:00 am

“And they deceive every one his neighbour, and truth they speak not; they have taught their tongue to speak lies, they weary themselves to commit iniquity.” Jeremiah 9:4 (The Israel Bible™)

The Jerusalem municipality’s eastern Jerusalem experts have revealed in recent days that Turkey has been competing with Jordan over influence among Arab residents as well as over control of the Temple Mount, Hashiloach—an Israeli journal for thought and policy, created by the Tikvah Fund—reported last week.

The city’s experts, David Koren and Ben Avrahami, also revealed that Turkey has begun pouring millions of dollars into non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in eastern Jerusalem, in order to strengthen Ankara’s status among the Arab residents, at the expense of Jordan and Israel.

The Arab population of Jerusalem numbers approximately 320,000, with another 50,000 residents of Judea and Samaria who are staying in the city illegally or through family reunification. Jerusalem Arabs constitute about 37 percent of the city’s population and about 20 percent of the Arab population in Israel. In fact, Jerusalem is the city with the highest Arab population density between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea (excluding Gaza). Ramallah has 280,000 residents, and Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel, has only 75,000.

The vast majority of Jerusalem’s Arabs are Muslim – the Christian population is estimated at between 10 and 15 thousand.

“The growing involvement of the Erdogan regime, which is now the main patron of the Muslim Brotherhood worldwide, shows that the Turkish actions in Jerusalem are part of a wider process of creating regional Turkish hegemony at the expense of other players,” wrote the Jerusalem mayor’s advisers on the eastern part of the city, noting that “the biggest loser from the increased Turkish presence is Jordan, which for many years had enjoyed the status of Custodian of the Holy Places and the protector of the residents of eastern Jerusalem.

“The greatest threat to the Hashemite Kingdom on the Temple Mount comes from Turkey.”

Earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Israel for “massacring the Palestinians,” calling on the Turks to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and dubbing Israel’s control of Jerusalem “an insult.” He also attacked President Donald Trump’s plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, and declared that “all Muslims must defend Jerusalem.”

The experts added that in May 2015, Muslim worshipers expelled the chief Jordanian Kadi from the Temple Mount, while at the same time receiving with great honor the Turkish minister of religious affairs. “In recent years, the Turks have poured considerable sums of money into the Temple Mount for a number of activities: Koran reading groups, transporting worshipers to and from the mosque, Ramadan meals, renovations, and cleaning. As a rule, whether deliberately or not, Muslim groups on the Temple Mount are acting in favor of Turkey and to the detriment of Jordan.

“In their view, replacing the Jordanian presence with Turkish presence would be a positive and welcome step,” Koren and Avrahami wrote.

“Erdogan’s Turkey now enjoys unprecedented popularity among the residents of eastern Jerusalem,” the report continued. “Turkish flags are often seen hanging from rooftops in the eastern part of the city and even on the Temple Mount, and Turkish culture is being revived, which is reflected in Turkish language courses, Turkish music and Turkish cuisine.”

One hundred years after the last Turkish soldier was chased out of Jerusalem by the invading British Empire, “Turkey’s public support for the Palestinian cause and the Al-Aqsa conflict, and their channeling of millions of dollars into eastern Jerusalem, bear many fruits in the form of sympathy and support,” the experts concluded, adding that the Turks’ “involvement is made possible by their cooperation with Muslim Brotherhood elements in the city, who are often being used as their allies and collaborators.”

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May 15

End-of-Days Prophecy Describes Erdogan Leading Ishmael to Final War for Jerusalem

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz May 11, 2017 , 12:30 pm

“And he said: ‘Hearken ye, all Yehudah, and ye inhabitants of Yerushalayim, and thou king Yehoshafat: thus saith Hashem unto you: Fear not ye, neither be dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” II Chronicles 20:15 (The Israel Bible™)

This week, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan established himself as a leader in the End-of-Days by calling for the Islam to unite for Jerusalem. Erdogan’s perplexing statement could be the cry that rallies the world of Ishmael for the prophesied third and final battle of Jerusalem preceding the Messiah.

On Monday, at the opening ceremony of the International Forum on Al-Quds Wakfs (Islamic trusts) in Istanbul, Erdogan called for hundreds of thousands of Muslims to ascend to the Temple Mount, thundering, “Each day that Jerusalem is under occupation is an insult to us.”

Rabbi Berger, rabbi of the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion, believes that Erdogan’s call to Muslims was based in a Jewish prophecy that predates Islam.

“Erdogan is fulfilling a prophecy as the leader of his country,” Rabbi Berger told Breaking Israel News. “Just like Pharaoh in Egypt.”

The rabbi related a prophecy written in Pirkei D’Rebbe Eliezer, a collection of Biblical exegesis believed to have been compiled in the seventh century. He explained that according to the prophecy, the “sons of Ishmael”, which the rabbi identifies as Islam, will wage a war against “Edom”, which the rabbi identifies as Christianity. After this war, the sons of Ishmael will wage three wars against the Jews focused around Jerusalem.

“Rabbi Ishmael (the High Priest) said, ‘Three wars of turmoil the Sons of Ishmael are destined to wage in Israel in the end-of-days’,” the prophecy reads, citing a verse in Isaiah.

For they fled away from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war. Isaiah 21:15

The prophecy continues, “And from there, the Messiah from the House of David will grow, and he will witness their destruction, and then he will come to Israel.”

Rabbi Berger explained how the prophecy, written hundreds of years before Muhammad founded Islam, related to current events.

“The war between Islam and Christianity has been going on for some time now, in Europe and America,” Rabbi Berger said.  He identified the two intifadas Israel has suffered, the first from 1987-1993 and the second from 2000-2005, as the first two wars to which the prophecy refers.

“Erdogan has just declared the third and final war for Jerusalem as foretold in the prophecy,” Rabbi Berger said.

He noted that while Erdogan might not seem the natural Arab leader to unite the Muslims, he had touched on a universal message in targeting Jerusalem which would, in a sense, ‘activate’ the need to fulfill the prophecy.

“The world of Islam is fighting among itself and Erdogan is not a major Islamic leader,” Rabbi Berger said. “But his call to unite in the fight for Jerusalem will resonate among the Muslims because it is the call they have been waiting for. It is written in their soul.”

The Islamic war for Jerusalem was also predicted in the Zohar, the foundational work of Jewish mysticism. It is written in the Zohar that in the sixth cycle of 1,000 years, “there will be a spiritual process of 70 days”, which “will return the Torah to Moses”. After that, “a great cry will go up to God from Israel from the suffering.” The Zohar (Vayera 1:119a) then predicts a multinational war for Jerusalem led by Islam, basing this prophecy on a verse in the final chapter of Zechariah.

For I will gather all nations against Yerushalayim to battle; and the city shall be taken and the houses rifled and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity but the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Zechariah 14:2

Professor Ze’ev Maghen of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic studies (BESA) explained that Turkey has a powerful political interest in Jerusalem as well which relates to the historic ties between the two regions.

“It should be remembered that Erdogan inherited the title of leader of the Ottoman Empire, which ruled over Jerusalem and its holy places, politically and religiously, for 400 years,” Dr. Maghen told Breaking Israel News. “Erdogan is, after all, an Islamist, and Jerusalem is the third holiest city in Islam.”

The professor explained that as leader of the current incarnation of the Ottoman Empire, Erdogan sees it is his role to lead the Islamic battle for Jerusalem.

“Since Saudi Arabia as the leader of Sunni Wahabism rules over the holy city of Mecca, it is only natural that a call to war would focus on Jerusalem,” said Dr. Maghen. “For that reason, Iran has a Jerusalem Day.”

Iran instituted ‘Quds Day’ in 1979 as an annual holiday held on the last day of the Ramadan period of fasting. It was intended to be in direct opposition to Israel’s celebration of Jerusalem Day. At its inception, the Ayatollah Khomeini, the spiritual leader of Iran, declared the “liberation” of Jerusalem a religious duty to all Muslims.

Essentially, Dr. Maghen concluded, “Erdogan’s call for Islam to unify in the fight for Jerusalem dates back to Suleiman the Magnificent, leading to the 200-year battle against the Christian Crusaders.”

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