Senior Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, a participant at the Munich Security Conference, emphasized that a peace agreement must be in accordance with Palestinian conditions.
By GIDEON KOUTS / MAARIV
FEBRUARY 16, 2020 12:36
relations with Israel will occur only when a peace agreement is signed and is
in accordance with Palestinian conditions,” Saudi Arabia’s new
foreign minister, Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud noted on Saturday at the Munich
Security Conference in response to a question from Maariv
relations. The Jerusalem Post‘s sister
publication also asked whether improvements to the relationship would include a
non-aggression pact as well as open and formal relations with the Arab Gulf
Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif complained at the conference that any
violent action in the Middle East is now being blamed on Iran. He provided the
example of how US President Donald Trump’s peace plan has lead to an increase
in tensions and alleged violence against Israel and in the region, which he
notes will be likely blamed on Tehran.
also asked Zarif if
Iran itself would engage in violent actions against Israel, to which he
replies, “not in this case, but of course we will be blamed.”
Minister Israel Katz was about to attend the Munich conference and reportedly
had planned to meet with Arab ministers, but his trip was canceled.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also spoke to Maariv, referring
first to Trump’s “Deal of the Century” as a test for seeing whether
it will return the two sides to negotiations, but Trudeau added that “in
the meantime, that doesn’t seem so.”
asked whether Canada would be willing to join a multilateral initiative on the
issue, Trudeau said that he would support any initiative that would promote a
two-state solution and resume talks between the two sides.
Iranian issue, Trudeau said: “We will continue to work with Iran so that
the Ukrainian passenger plane downing is fully and independently investigated,
and we can provide the families with answers.”
of the coronavirus also hovered over the conference. Hand sanitizer was made
available to the participants at the entrance to each hall, but masks were not
Foreign Minister Wang Yi promised that “the epidemic will soon pass.”
In contrast, World Health Organization Chief Todros Adenhum Gabris gave
alarming figures on its continued spread.
With the geopolitical situation now firmly on the backburner, we remind
readers that the last time we checked into the flurry of recent events in Syria
the weekend, we found that the Syrian Army was making major gains inside
Idlib in a military offensive condemned by Turkey and the United States,
capturing the key town of Saraqib from al-Qaeda linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Amid
the military advance, in the latest embarrassment to the US State Department,
the Syrian and Russian governments said they’ve recovered proof of US support
for the anti-Assad al-Qaeda insurgent terrorists, publishing photographs of
crates of weapons and supplies to state-run SANA.
In any case, the growing feud between Russia and Turkey over control of
Syria last remaining rebel holdout in Idlib province escalated overnight, and
as Bloomberg reports, Turkey sent hundreds of tanks, armored personnel
carriers and commandos to the Syrian province of Idlib as preparations continue
for a likely attempt to break the siege of some of its outposts by Bashar
The massive buildup over the weekend included the deployment of howitzers,
multiple-rocket launchers, ambulances and trucks loaded with munitions,
according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.
Meanwhile, Turkey resumed talks with a Russian delegation in Ankara on
Monday after failure to reach an agreement on Idlib on Saturday, Foreign Minister
Mevlut Cavusoglu said, adding that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s
Vladimir Putin may meet if no deal can be reached
Turkey dramatically reinforced its forces across the border since Syrian
troops killed five Turkish soldiers and a civilian in Idlib on Feb. 3 as they
closed in on the country’s last major rebel holdout.
“Five of our troops were killed and five others were injured in the
shelling by the Syrian regime,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Monday,
adding that “return fire was opened.”
It wasn’t the first shelling incident between Turkish and Syrian forces in
Idlib. A week ago, six Turkish troops were killed by Syrian artillery fire in
an incident that Russia said was a result of miscommunication. The casualties
could have been avoided if Ankara properly notified Damascus that it was moving
troops in a border area where Damascus was holding an anti-terrorist operation
at the time, Moscow said.
Turkey’s Daily Sabah reported that in response to the alleged death of
Turkish soldiers, 115 regime targets have been struck, 101 regime soldiers have
been neutralized (i.e. killed), and 3 tanks and 2 mortars have been destroyed,
as the conflict is rapidly devolving into an all out war between Syria and
Turkey also called on Moscow to put pressure on Damascus to halt its
offensive in Idlib. Meanwhile, Syria’s government has been using Russian air
support to vanquish onetime al-Qaeda affiliates and Turkey-backed rebels in the
Erdogan last week threatened to use force to break the siege of military
outposts in Idlib unless Syrian forces withdraw before the end of February. At
least three of 12 Turkish outposts were confirmed to be cut off by Syrian
forces in the area.
Feigning humanitarian concern, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told
Hurriuet newspaper that Turkey’s main goal was “to prevent a refugee
exodus and humanitarian drama” adding that “we’re trying to reach a
cease-fire and stop the bloodshed.” However, he then made it quickly clear
that the fight over northern Syria is all about strategic positioning, noting
that if the violation of the Sochi and Astana agreements, which were signed by
Turkey, Russia and Iran to curtail fighting in northern Syria, “continued,
then we have plans B and C,” Akar said. “We keep telling them not to force
us” to implement those plans.
Ankara was expected to use its influence on anti-government militants to
prevent fighting with Damascus troops in order to create the basis for a
peaceful resolution. However, jihadist groups in Idlib continue hostile
activities, with Russia saying there were several thousand attacks in the last
two months alone, in which hundreds of Syrian troops and civilians died.
Netanyahu remarked on the historic change of the Trump administration recognizing Israel’s right to Jerusalem and the West Bank – as opposed to the world, including previous administrations, which did not. “I’m happy that American policy changed under Trump’s courageous leadership, starting with
the Iran Deal, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,
moving the US embassy, recognizing our sovereignty in the Golan and recognizing
the legality of settlements in Judea and Samaria,” he stated. Netanyahu also
said that he withstood American pressure to make concessions that would have
has begun preparing a precise map of the parts of the West Bank, Judaea and
Samaria, it will annex in accordance with the new US peace plan, Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Saturday.
For bible prophecy watchers, we are living in truly
exciting and unprecedented times as we begin to see the fulfillment of
long-awaited scriptures from the prophets. Israel is the time clock of bible
prophecy, with Jerusalem the epicenter, and from the moment that God placed
Donald Trump into office things having been absolutely sprinting along.
Today we learn that Israel is preparing to reclaim Judaea, the very land that
Jesus said that the Jews would be living in during the time of Jacob’s trouble.
Yes, we are that close.
“But when ye shall see the abomination of
desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let
him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee
to the mountains: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the
house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:
And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his
garment. But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in
those days!” Matthew
Prophecy clearly tells us that Israel will be back in Judaea
during the time
of Jacob’s trouble, as we see outlined in Matthew 24 and Luke 21. So if
Israel is about to reclaim Judaea, we understand that the Jews and Israel are
unknowingly preparing themselves for the coming Great Tribulation. Remember,
1948 did not restore the Jews to Israel, because if that were true
then there would be no coming time of Tribulation for them. But that time is
indeed coming, quickly, showing us that Israel was actually regathered to be
scattered, not regathered to be restored. Their restoration can only
come when King Jesus and His Bride arrive on white horses at
the Second Coming.
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with
armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them
which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in
the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter
thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are
written may be fulfilled.” Luke
Keep that in mind when you read about all the things God is
using President Trump to
accomplish for Israel, He is really using him to set the stage for the
arrival of Antichrist and the time of Jacob’s trouble. God is giving Judaea
back to the Jews so the prophecy of them fleeing from there can be fulfilled!
That’s what’s happening, Israel and the Jews are being groomed to be plunged
into turmoil and chaos at the hand of God, according to the prophets and the
“Alas! for that day is great, so
that none is like it: it is even the
time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7 (KJB)
Pray for Israel and the Jewish people, and their coming
time of trouble that will try the whole world. We get out of here in the
Rapture, but the vast majority of them will not.
Israel begins mapping out West Bank land for
annexation after election
FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: “We are in the middle of the
process of mapping out the territory that will be part of Israel according to
the Trump plan,” Netanyahu said at a Likud event in Ma’aleh Adumim. “It won’t
take much time… Within a few weeks, it will happen.”
Ronen Peretz, director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office, will head the
Israeli side of the committee, a source in the office said. An American
diplomatic source said: “We are in close conversations with the Netanyahu
Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump presented his
peace plan, by which the US will approve of Israel annexing some 30% of the
West Bank, including all settlements and the Jordan Valley, as well as not
expanding construction beyond that area, while being ready to recognize a
Palestinian state in the rest of the West Bank.
THE COMING EVENT OF THE GREAT TRIBULATION AS
FOUND IN THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE EXPLAINED
That state would be demilitarized, could no longer pay
terrorists a monthly salary and would have to be democratic and provide its
citizens with basic civil rights, according to the Trump plan. Immediately
after the plan’s presentation, Netanyahu said he would annex Israeli
settlements in the West Bank within a matter of days and the rest of the 30% at
a later time. His plan soon changed to a one-step annexation after the March 2
election, in light of comments by special adviser to the US president Jared
Kushner that the map included in the Trump plan was a “conceptual” one and that
the specific border would have to be delineated by a joint US-Israel committee.
Netanyahu said of the delay: “It’s 800 square kilometers.
It’s a lot of land… We’ve been waiting since 1967, and people are making a big
deal over a few weeks. It will happen.”
He added that, “Trump will do it: I trust him completely.”
The prime minister’s speech was replete with digs at Blue
and White leader Benny Gantz, including that he won’t be able to annex the
territory. The upcoming election is a referendum of sovereignty, Netanyahu
said. The prime minister explained that the peace plan reverses the usual
demands, by which “Israel had to agree to concessions like freeing prisoners
and freezing construction in communities [in the West Bank], and the
Palestinians didn’t have to do anything. Now, it’s the opposite.
“Just to enter negotiations, they have to stop paying terrorists and
withdraw their suit in the International Criminal Court,” he stated. “And to
complete it, they have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, give up on the
right of return, recognize Israel’s security rights to the west of the Jordan
River, demilitarize Gaza, recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel [and] have a
began his remarks by discussing Israel’s historic connection to the West Bank
and its victory in the Six Day War.
“Our great victory brought back parts of the homeland to our hands. We
canceled the narrow and dangerous borders that [Israeli diplomat] Abba Eban
called ‘Auschwitz borders.’ They moved from the suburbs of Tel Aviv to the
protective wall of Judea and Samaria… We returned to the lands of our
forefathers,” he said.
“Without our homeland, we don’t have a future. This is our identity; this is
our heritage and here is our future,” Netanyahu stated. “Therefore, our enemies
are trying to uproot us and take us out of the heart of our homeland… They will
not succeed. We are here to stay – forever.”
Netanyahu remarked on the historic change of the Trump
administration recognizing Israel’s right to Jerusalem and the West Bank – as
opposed to the world, including previous administrations, which did not.
“I’m happy that American policy changed under Trump’s
courageous leadership, starting with canceling the Iran Deal,
recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moving the US embassy,
recognizing our sovereignty in the Golan and recognizing the legality of
settlements in Judea and Samaria,” he stated.
Netanyahu also said that he withstood American pressure to
make concessions that would have endangered Israel.
“I stood up to two US presidents who wanted us to withdraw and concede… I
will maintain our place under the sun and I will not give up our homeland,” he
said. “By myself, with my intellect and my heart, I blocked and I stood up to
pressures that no prime minister stood up to,” Netanyahu stated. “Thanks to the
great support I got from the people of Israel, we blocked the danger.” Gantz
responded to Netanyahu’s speech, saying that “no one remains on the Right who
believes your delusions about toppling Hamas and annexing territory.”
WASHINGTON – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, and the UAE on
Tuesday issued statements welcoming the Trump administration’s peace plan.
“The Kingdom reiterates its support for all efforts
aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian
cause,” said the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The kingdom appreciates the efforts of President
Trump’s administration to develop a comprehensive peace plan between the
Palestinian and the Israeli sides, and encourages the start of direct peace
negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, under the auspices of
the United States,” the statement reads. It also called to resolve any
disagreements with aspects of the plan through negotiations, “to move
forward the peace process to reach an agreement that achieves legitimate rights
of the Palestinian people.”
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman told
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that “our position towards
the Palestinian issue has not changed, all the Arabs and we are with you. The
establishment of a just and comprehensive peace must be worked for. Peace is a
strategic choice, which will bring a permanent solution that will fulfill the
rights of the Palestinian people,” according to Channel 13.
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a similar
statement, calling the sides to consider the plan to resolve the
“The Arab Republic of Egypt appreciates the continuous
efforts exerted by the US administration to achieve a comprehensive and just
settlement of the Palestinian issue, thereby contributing to the stability and
security of the Middle East, ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” the
ministry said Tuesday.
“Egypt recognizes the importance of considering the US
administration’s initiative from the perspective of the importance of achieving
the resolution of the Palestinian issue, thus restoring to the Palestinian
people their full legitimate rights through the establishment of a sovereign
independent state in the Palestinian occupied territories in accordance with
international legitimacy and resolutions,” the statement reads.
It went on to call the two sides “to undertake a
careful and thorough consideration of the US vision to achieve peace and open
channels of dialogue, under US auspices; for the resumption of negotiations to
present their respective views on reaching an agreement that satisfies the
aspirations of both peoples, to achieve a comprehensive and just peace and the
establishment of an independent Palestinian state.”
THE QATARI News Agency released a statement, saying that “the State
welcomes all efforts aiming towards a longstanding and just peace in the
occupied Palestinian territories.”
“It also appreciates the endeavors of President Trump
and the current US administration to find solutions for the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict. All solutions should be consistent with international law and the
relevant UN resolutions,” the statement continues.
Qatar also called on the sides to hold direct negotiations.
However, unlike Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the Qatari statement also calls for a
Palestinian state “within the 1967 borders, including East Jerusalem,”
as well as the right of return.
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Yousef Al Otaiba,
said that his country appreciates continued US efforts to reach a
Palestine-Israel peace agreement. “This plan is a serious initiative that
addresses many issues raised over the years,” he wrote.
“The plan announced today offers an important starting
point for a return to negotiations within a US-led international
framework,” he added. Otaiba was among the three Arab ambassadors who
attended the ceremony at the White House earlier on Tuesday. Ambassadors of
Oman and Bahrain attended the event as well, signaling warming ties with Israel
and support for the administration’s vision.
Jordan and Turkey, on the other hand, were critical of the
plan. Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said in a statement following the
announcement of the US peace vision that an “independent Palestinian state
on June 4, 1967, lines with East Jerusalem as its capital – living in peace
side by side with Israel on the basis of the two-state solution that fulfills
the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, in accordance with
international law – is the only path to a comprehensive and lasting
Safadi warned against “the dangerous consequences of
unilateral Israeli measures, such as the annexation of Palestinian lands; the
building and expansion of illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian occupied
lands; and encroachments on the Holy Sites in Jerusalem, that aim at imposing
new realities on the ground.” He stressed that Jordan condemns such
measures, “as a violation of international law and provocative actions
that will push the area toward more conflict and tension.”
Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement
saying that, “the so-called US peace plan is stillborn. This is an
annexation plan aiming to destroy the two-state solution and seize the
Palestinian territories. The people and the land of Palestine cannot be bought
“Jerusalem is our redline,” the statement reads.
“We will not allow any step seeking to legitimize Israel’s occupation and
atrocities. We will always stand by the brotherly Palestinian people and will
continue to work for an independent Palestine on Palestinian land.
“We will not support any plan that does not have the
support of Palestine,” the ministry added. “There will not be any
peace in the Middle East without ending Israel’s occupation policies.”
VP Mike Pence arrived at the Vatican for what was billed as a ‘meet and greet’, then stunned everyone by turning into a high-level, closed-door meeting on something so sensitive that neither party was willing to discuss it. And within mere hours of that bombshell, President Trump announced he was finally ready to reveal his ‘Deal Of The Century’ Middle East Peace Plan, and asked Benjamin Netanyahu to fly to Washington this coming Tuesday, for a meeting on that very subject. Do you see where all this is heading? Trump has the relationship with Israel, Pope Francis has the relationship with the Muslims, put the two together and….peace in the Middle East?
President Trump announced he is finally ready to reveal his ‘Deal Of The Century’ Middle East Peace Plan, and has asked Benjamin Netanyahu to fly to Washington this coming Tuesday. So what does that have to do with Chrislam? Plenty.
Suddenly, everything begins to makes sense. From one side,
I have been watching Donald Trump over the past three and a half years, the man
that God placed in power of the world’s strongest and most-prosperous nation,
things for the nation of Israel. The thing he wants most to do in
Israel is his ‘Deal
Of The Century‘ Middle East Peace Plan, headed up by his Jewish son in
“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.” Isaiah 28:14-16
For quite awhile, I viewed both these paradigms as
something happening separately from each other, until today. The thing that
always nagged at me in the back of my mind was how to combine the two and keep
all parties happy at the same time. It was seemingly impossible. Then last
week, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, held
a meeting at her office at the Vatican and declared to Pope Francis
that the United States is “fully committed to working with you to advance our
shared goals of mutual respect, religious freedom, and peaceful coexistence” in
regards to the Abrahamic Faiths Initiative, otherwise known as Chrislam.
Leaked Items in the upcoming ‘Deal Of The Century’:
Israeli sovereignty in all 100-plus
West Bank settlements, all but 15 of which would be territoriality
contiguous. (An estimated 400,000 Jews live in some 120 official settlements.)
Israeli sovereignty throughout Jerusalem,
including the Old City, with only “symbolic Palestinian representation” in
Were Israel to accept the deal, and the
Palestinians to reject it, Israel would have US support to begin annexing
The Palestinians will be granted statehood, but
only if Gaza is demilitarized, Hamas gives up its weapons, and the Palestinians
recognize Israel as a Jewish state with Jerusalem as its capital.
Then just yesterday, VP Mike Pence arrived
at the Vatican for what was billed as a ‘meet and greet’, then stunned
everyone by turning into a high-level, closed-door meeting on something so
sensitive that neither party was willing to discuss it. I bet it was about
Chrislam. And within mere hours of that bombshell, President Trump announced he
was finally ready to reveal his ‘Deal Of The Century’ Middle East Peace Plan,
Benjamin Netanyahu to fly to Washington this coming Tuesday, for a
meeting on that very subject. Chrislam.
Do you see where all this is heading? Trump has the
relationship with Israel, Pope Francis has the relationship with the Muslims,
put the two together and….peace in the Middle East? Sure seems like it to me.
The missing ingredient that no other political leader has had in the past 70
years is Chrislam. Rick Warren
started it, handed the baton with full evangelical
support to Pope Francis, the pope then signed a covenant with Islam,
and the Trump administration has thrown in their full support in the same week
as announcing they are finally ready with the Peace Plan. Across the board you
have complete and total harmony, everyone gets something, everyone is happy.
Peace and safety all around. Hello, Chrislam, and hello Antichrist.
Maybe this is all wild speculation, and maybe I am on to
something, but let me say this. In the nearly 30 years I have pondered how
peace in the Middle East between the Jews and the Palestinians could be
possible, this is the one way that would actually work. Chrislam. Now let’s see
if I’m right. And if I am, Flight #777
is not boarding, it’s taking off.
President Trump tweeted his intention to reveal details of the much-awaited
‘Deal of the Century’ to Prime Minister Netanyahu and his political opponent,
Benny Gantz when they come to Washington next week.
Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with the president on Tuesday, though Gantz’s
schedule has yet to be announced.
As VP Pence noted, the meeting with the president comes at Netanyahu’s request.
The two are long-time friends and close allies. Pence added that he invited
Gantz at Netanyahu’s suggestion.
Netanyahu and Gantz have been at odds since national elections in April 2019
and then again in September failed to result in the formation of a coalition
for either of the two leading parties; Likud under Netanyahu or Blue and White
under Gantz. The third round of elections is planned on March 2.
The Trump peace plan referred to in the media as ‘the deal of the century’,
is an Israeli–Palestinian peace proposal intended to resolve the conflict. In
December 2017, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cut ties with the Trump
administration after United States recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of
Israel. The Trump administration and cut hundreds of millions of dollars in
annual aid to the Palestinians, citing the PA’s refusal to take part in the
administration’s peace initiative. Previous administrations have based
negotiations on Palestinian pre-conditions that included a capital in
Jerusalem, ethnically cleansing Judea and Samaria of all Jews, and granting
Israeli citizenship to all descendants of Palestinian refugees.
Earlier this week, Channel 12 News correspondent Amit Segal
reported what he believes the deal will (and will not) include. Segal predicted
that under the deal, all of the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria will
remain untouched with only about 15 will be surrounded by Palestinian
territory. Other settlements will be connected to Israel by roads under Israeli
jurisdiction. Israel would apply sovereignty to about 30% of all the land in
Judea and Samaria. All of Jerusalem and its holy sites will remain as part of
Israel’s capital. The Jordan Valley will remain under Israeli
jurisdiction, and the Palestinians will have no border with countries other
than Israel and Egypt in Gaza. The Palestinians are expected to recognize
Israel as a Jewish state.
Israel would be required to recognize a Palestinian Arab state on the
remaining 70% of Judea and Samaria. The Palestinian Authority will be ceded
some territory in the Negev to compensate for the land they relinquish in Judea
and Samaria. A demilitarized Palestinian state will be declared if they
accept the plan and its terms.
The Palestinian Authority would be required to accept four conditions to
receive recognition as a state. The PA would have to recognize Israel as the
Jewish State, recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, Hamas
must disarm, and Gaza must be demilitarized.
Many pundits have suggested that even if Trump offers conditions that
include the establishment of an ethnically cleansed, Arab-only Palestinian
state inside Israeli borders, the Palestinian Authority will reject the deal.
Indeed, PA President Mahmoud Abbas reacted negatively to the announcement that
the plan is to be revealed.
“We warn Israel and the American administration against crossing the red
lines,” Abbas said in a statement. “The Palestinian position supports ending
the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories whose capital is East
Jerusalem. If the U.S. publishes the ‘Deal of the Century’, the authority will
take steps to protect its basic rights.”
On Thursday, Abbas met with Russian President Vladimir Putin who,
ironically, was in Israel for a ceremony commemorating the Holocaust, an
unsuccessful attempt at genocide that was supported by Haj al Amin Husseini,
the founder of Palestinian nationalism. The meeting was held in Bethlehem.
“I welcome my dear friend, President Vladimir Putin, the President of the
Federal Republic of Russia, my personal friend and the friend of the
Palestinian people who never misses an opportunity to talk about or support the
Palestinian cause, and this is what we are accustomed to,” Abbas said as he
welcomed Putin, according to the Wafa news agency, reporting that
the two discussed Trump’s proposed peace deal.
On Wednesday, Abbas met French President Emmanuel Macron in
Ramallah and expressed hope that France will recognize a Palestinian state.
A new military incursion into Libya is part of a long-awaited dream by
Turkish President Erdogan to return the Ottoman Caliphate, a global Islamic
rule that subjugated Jews and Christians for six centuries.
Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday that Turkish-backed
Syrian mercenaries have begun arriving in Libya. Approximately 2,400 troops are
already in Tripoli while another 1,700 are currently undergoing training in
Turkey. Activists informed the SOHR that Turkey intends to send a total of
6,000 troops to Libya.
Turkey is backing the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in
its fight against the eastern-based Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa
Haftar and backed by Russia. The GNA is supported by Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
The GNA also receives air support from the United Arab Emirates.
Until now, the role of the Turkish military has been limited to 35 military
personnel involved solely in training and advisory roles. The new Syrian troops
are mercenaries, hired from rebel groups opposing Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad. The Turkish government will pay each soldier a monthly stipend of
$2,000, far more than the $50 they earned to fight back home in Syria. The Syrian
troops are also fighting against the Kurds in Libya.
Turkish intervention is a manifestation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan’s aspiration to establish himself as the leader of a global Islamic
nation. The SOHR reported that a commander of the Turkish-backed Syrian troops
en route to Libya announced as their battle cry, “We will present our souls for
the Ottoman Caliphate.”
The Ottoman Caliphate, known in the West as the Ottoman or Turkish Empire,
was founded in the 13th Century and eventually controlled much of Southeast
Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. This control lasted for several hundred
years and only truly ended after WWI when the empire was partitioned by the
Allied Powers and the 101st and final Caliph, Sultan Abdulmecid II, was deposed
The Ottoman Empire was a Sunni Caliphate which exerted a hegemonic power of
Muslim control over the non-Muslim populations, most notably a
Christian/Catholic majority. In accordance with the Muslim dhimmi
system, Christians were guaranteed limited freedoms, such as the right to
worship. They were forbidden to carry weapons or ride on horseback, their
houses could not overlook those of Muslims, in addition to various other legal
limitations. Many Christians and Jews converted in order to secure full status
Before his election, Turkish political analysts feared that candidate
Erdogan’s rise to power was fueled by his aspirations and those of his
supporters to return Turkey to its former glory at the head of the Muslim
world. His term in office confirmed these fears. In the wake of a failed
attempt at a coup by a faction in the army in 2016, Erdogan mobilized the
military against the populace and jailed hundreds of dissidents.
But Erdogan’s Caliphate aspirations extend beyond the borders of Turkey and
target Israel and, most specifically, Jerusalem. At a summit of the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul last year, Erdogan called
on all of the 57 Muslim member nations to join together against Israel to
avenge the deaths of Palestinians killed while charging the southern border
In 2015, Erdogan gave a speech commemorating 562 years since the Turks
captured Constantinople (now known as Istanbul) from European Christians in
which he called for the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem.
“Conquest is Mecca, conquest is Saladin, it’s to hoist the Islamic flag over
Jerusalem again; conquest is the heritage of Mehmed II and conquest means
forcing Turkey back on its feet,” Erdogan said in the speech in Istanbul.
Erdogan’s support of the Palestinians was returned in kind. In a Muslim
gathering on the Temple Mount earlier this month commemorating the conquest of
Constantinople in 1453 CE, Nidhal “Abu Ibrahim” Siam, a Palestinian
preacher, addressed a crowd of approximately 7,000.
As reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Siam told
the crowd that three prophecies would soon be fulfilled: a rightly-guided
caliphate will be established, that Jerusalem will be liberated and established
as its capital and that Islam “will throw its neighbors to the ground” thereby
achieving world domination.
The gathering was organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir, an international,
pan-Islamist political organization dedicated to establishing a global
caliphate. Founded in Jerusalem in 1953, the organization is banned in many
Erdogan has also been suspected of aiding Hamas, allowing the terrorist
organization to operate out of Turkey. The terrorist group is also reportedly
in contact with the Turkish intelligence agency.
The key to the Turkish incursion into Libya and the hidden motivation is
actually quite straightforward. Two months ago, Turkey signed a maritime
borders deal that gave Turkey a claim to parts of the eastern Mediterranean. In
addition to its strategic military importance, the eastern Mediterranean has
huge natural gas deposits. Turkey’s entrance into the eastern Mediterranean
puts it into close proximity with Israel and its offshore natural gas
“The whole thing is about natural gas,” Dr. Kedar said. “The agreement
between Turkey and Libya bypassed Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt. They
related to the entire Mediterranean and the enormous natural gas deposits as if
they belonged only to Libya and Turkey.”
“This could bring Israel into direct conflict with Turkey but since Israel
is supplying vital gas to Europe, this also brings Turkey into conflict with
“In order to make sure that the Libyan government stays and Turkey’s gas
interests in the Mediterranean stay secure, Turkey is ramping up the
hostilities in Libya in favor of the GNA.”
Dr. Kedar emphasized that Turkey’s interest in Libyan hostilities is, in
essence, but not exclusively, financially motivated.
“But religion is big business,” he added. “Establishing a caliphate is
certainly a big part of Erdogan’s agenda but to do that, he needs money and
power. Taking over the gas in the Mediterranean will give him that.”
This aspect of the Libyan conflict concerning natural gas in the
Mediterranean is of grave concern to international leaders, including U.S.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish
President Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Premier Giuseppe
Conte, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, all of whom gathered in Berlin
on Sunday to discuss the issue. Also in attendance were UN Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres along with senior representatives of the European Union, the
African Union, and the Arab League.
IDF intelligence reported that Iran
will have enough uranium for a nuclear warhead by the end of year but President
Trump is leading a multinational effort to prevent this from happening.
An article published in Haaretz
on Tuesday reported that Israeli military intelligence estimated that by the
end of the calendar year, Iran will have 40 kilograms of 90% enriched
uranium; enough needed to produce a single nuclear bomb. But the same IDF
report notes that Iran is still two years away from developing a missile
capable of delivering a nuclear payload.
Last week, President Trump
challenged this timeline when, in the midst of confrontations with Iran, he
stated simply, “As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never
be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.” The president criticized the Iran deal
set in place by his predecessor as enabling, rather than curtailing, Iran’s
nuclear aspirations and its “destructive and destabilizing behavior in the
Middle East and beyond.”
President Trump has been a maverick,
breaking from the pack of world leaders in rejecting the Iran deal. Former
President Barack Obama implemented the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal, in 2015. The agreement lifted
long-standing economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for a shift in Iran’s
nuclear program, delaying its production of a nuclear weapon for ten
Known as the P5+1, it included the
participation of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security
Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany
together with the European Union. The agreement was criticized for containing
inadequate measures for verifying Iranian compliance. The JCPOA required Iran
to cease its program for intercontinental ballistic missiles which Iran refused
to do, claiming its ICBMs were for defensive purposes.
In May 2018, President Trump
announced the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA. 13 months later, Iran announced
its uranium had exceeded limits set by the agreement.
Ten days ago, in the aftermath of
the Baghdad Airport Airstrike that targeted and killed Iranian general Qassem
Soleimani, Iran declared that it would no longer abide by the limitations of
The bond between the U.S. and Israel
was highlighted on Tuesday when Prime Minister Netanyahu echoed Trump’s vow.
“We know exactly what is happening
with the Iranian nuclear program. Iran thinks it can achieve nuclear weapons. I
reiterate: Israel will not allow Iran to achieve nuclear weapons. I also call
on all Western countries to impose snapback sanctions at the UN now.”
Trump had another supporter in newly
elected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“From the American perspective, it’s
a flawed deal… plus it was negotiated by President Obama,” the Johnson said to
the press on Tuesday. “Let’s replace it with the Trump deal. That’s what we
need to see. President Trump is a great dealmaker by his own account, and by
many others. Let’s work together to replace the JCPOA and get the Trump deal
In fact, the JCPOA does seem to be
crumbling. The foreign ministers of the U.K., France, and Germany announced
Tuesday that they are lodging a formal complaint that Iran is not meeting its
“Our three countries are not joining
a campaign to implement maximum pressure against Iran,” the diplomats explained
in a joint statement released Tuesday, explaining that their hope was to retain the agreement.
“Our hope is to bring Iran back into full compliance with its commitments under
set its sights on a new goal.
In Libya, a
long-forgotten civil war was raging. The government in Tripoli, often called
the Government of the National Accord, was losing ground to the Libyan National
Army, led by a man named Khalifa Haftar, whose forces were based in eastern
Turkey supports Tripoli; Egypt supports Haftar. It is part of a much wider
struggle that represents Turkey’s attempt to revive influence not seen since
the end of the First World War. A century ago, the European powers thought that
the Ottoman Empire could be easily chopped up and its territories given away.
is back, moving into areas like northern Iraq, northern Syria, Libya and even
the Gulf and Somalia.
Peace Conference that ended in January 1920, 100 years ago, helped the stage
for many of the issues still facing the Middle East. It is hard to remember
now, but much of what we take for granted regarding the borders of the Middle
East is in some ways arbitrary. They were decided on partly after World War I
in a series of treaties, such as the Treaty of Sevres of 1920 and Treaty of Lausanne
Why is Hatay
province, once called Alexandretta, in Turkey, when it could have been in
Syria? Why is Mosul in Iraq and not in Turkey, as Turkey once claimed it? Why
do the Kurds lack a state? The recent tensions in the Middle East, the unresolved
questions from Lebanon to Iraq, Libya, Turkey and Gaza, are all part of this.
LET US begin
where Turkey now ends its recent ambitions – in Libya. Libya was once the
setting for a quiet proxy war that reflects divisions in the Muslim world
between the Muslim Brotherhood, which Turkey’s ruling party has roots in, and
countries that oppose the Brotherhood.
ruler President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has increasingly global ambitions.
Embattled Libya could be a key to them, thought Turkish leaders around Erdogan.
Turkey was already sending drones and armored vehicles to Tripoli. But they had
not stemmed the tide. Haftar vowed in November to take Tripoli and rid the
country of “terrorists” and “militias.” Turkey responded that the “warlord”
Haftar would have to be stopped.
wanted something in return for helping to stop him. It wanted rights to the
Mediterranean between Turkey and Libya.
If you draw
a line from Libya to Turkey, you run into Greek islands like Crete. But if you
draw a line from eastern Libya, there is a passage between Cyprus and the Greek
islands that narrowly links Turkey to Libya. It is here that Turkey made a bold
chess move. In exchange for sending some fighters to bolster the Tripoli
government, Turkey would get an exclusive economic zone that splits Cyprus from
Greece by sea and gives Turkey rights to explore for natural gas. It also sinks
the dreams of Greece and Cyprus to invite companies like ENI to explore for
natural resources under the sea.
The play by
Turkey has muscle behind it. Ankara has been sending its navy out to conduct
drills around Cyprus, showing the flag and its power. Turkey has new sea-based
missiles. It is buying new drilling ships. Cyprus thought it was ahead of the
curve, signing deals with Egypt in 2003, Lebanon in 2007 and Israel in 2010.
But Turkey has thrown down a gauntlet.
understand Turkey’s treatment of the Greeks and Cypriots historically. Turkey
invaded Cyprus in 1974 claiming to help protect members of the Turkish
minority. Turkey has stayed ever since, recognizing Northern Cyprus as a
country. No one else recognizes it, but Turkey says Northern Cyprus has
widespread rights to explore for gas around Cyprus. Turkey has sent drones to
Cyprus to show that it will police those waters it claims.
the Cyprus operation was a way to show it would not be removed from more
islands in the Mediterranean – for instance, the Dodecanese Islands, near
Rhodes, were taken by Italy during a war with the Ottoman Empire in 1912.
Rhodes also was held by Italy, then by Germany during World War II, and finally
became part of Greece in 1947. Turkey today says that these islands, even
though they are part of Greece technically, cannot be used by Greece to
determine its rights to the waters off the islands. Instead, the continental
shelf that extends from Turkey gives Erdogan’s country rights to the sea.
DECISION to revive its claims to the sea and send forces to Libya should be
seen in light of a century of Turkey’s policies since the fall of the Ottoman
Empire. The Ottomans lost Libya to the Italians in 1912. Now, the Turks are
flirted with various policies since the end of the Ottomans. For a few years in
the 1920s, it looked like the country would be dismantled. However, Turkey
pushed the Greeks out of modern-day Turkey and embarked on a campaign of
Turkish nationalism and secularism that supplanted European rule in Istanbul
and created the current borders. But Ankara was never entirely satisfied. It
felt that its formerly powerful role had been reduced.
Cold War, Turkey was an ally of the US and also suffered its own internal
troubles and coups. At the time, Turkey’s neighbors seemed to be advancing.
Syria under Hafez Assad, father of the current embattled president, was trying
to be an Arab socialist paradise. Borrowing heavily from secular nationalist
traditions of European fascism blended with socialism and Arab nationalism, the
Assadist regime was brutal to dissenters, but treated loyalists decently. It
wanted to modernize and look like an eastern European state, with the
Communist-style brutalist high-rises and lots of Soviet tanks and other
assorted accoutrements. It left to fester the questions that arose after 1920.
For instance, what about the Kurds in eastern Syria? The Assadist Ba’athist
regime treated them like they didn’t exist, suppressing them and denying many
regime also ignored large Arab tribes along the Euphrates. Those tribes
sometimes looked to Saddam’s Iraq across the border for cultural relations with
other tribes in Anbar province. Saddam Hussein, like the Assads, was a product
of the Arab nationalist revolutionary era. All these regimes, from Assad to
Saddam to Nasser’s Egypt, were products of a reaction against the colonial era
of the British and French mandates. They had replaced the old system of kings
and colonials and sheikhs. They wanted modernity.
In some way,
they were reactions also against the Jewish nationalism of Zionism, which they
hated, and also the secular Turkish nationalism of Ataturk. If there were to be
Jewish and Turkish states, so there would be an Arab nationalist group of
states as well.
Iraq never worked out the problems the British colonials had saddled it with.
The British wanted to include Mosul in Iraq so there would be more Sunni Arabs
to support the Hashemite king they had chosen. The king was from what is now
Saudi Arabia and a brother of the king of Jordan at the time. But for Iraq, he
became the first Iraqi.
mean much to Kurds in the north, who also wanted freedom and independence. It
is sometimes forgotten that a brief independent Kurdish state called the
Republic of Mahabad had arisen in 1946 after World War II. Like the changeover
in power of Rhodes, or the question of whether Hatay would be part of Turkey,
this republic was a byproduct of unresolved questions from the 1920s.
freedom and rights. Instead, they were forced to be part of states that didn’t
recognize or want them. They were told to be Arab nationalists or Turkish
nationalists, not Kurds. For the colonial powers, this didn’t matter. For the
nationalist regimes, they were a headache. For the US and Soviets in the Cold
War, they were tools to be used and discarded.
that arose in the 1920s and then in the 1960s revolved around questionable
states like Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Egypt was an ancient state, but Damascus
had its own ambitions. At one point, the Arab Revolt had sought to hold
Damascus as part of a greater Arab state. The British and French said no to
that. Instead, the Kingdom of Jordan became a Bedouin kingdom. The kingdoms
that were created in the 20th century may have seemed weak at the outset, but
they had more staying power than the nationalist regimes. Instead, the regimes
– from Gaddafi in Libya to Saddam in Iraq and Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen –
were overthrown. The Nassserist regime, too, fell apart in 2011 when the Arab
Spring broke out. Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia was also forced out. So
too the Algerian regime.
Why did some
of the monarchies survive and not others? The British helped shepherd to power
the kingdom of Egypt of Farouk. King Idris of Libya appeared a more formidable
ruler, but he was pushed from office in 1969 while away for medical treatment
in Turkey. The Gulf monarchies, by contrast, and the Moroccan and Jordanian
monarchies, have survived. Likely because their states are either more
homogenous or because of their traditions of rule, they have had more success.
THE PAST 10
years have witnessed an extraordinary reversal, as most of the Arab countries
have been torn apart from within. Where monarchies or Arab nationalism failed,
a rising religious extremism preyed on weak states. But even this Islamist
terrorist rise did not supplant the new states.
and went. Even the Muslim Brotherhood, briefly rising in Gaza and even in
Tripoli or other areas, and seeking election in Tunisia, Jordan and other
places, has not been the success that some thought. Political Islam is not
happened is that the historically powerful periphery states, Turkey and Iran,
have risen to grab influence throughout the Middle East. These states, as the
Ottoman Empire and Persian Empire, were weakened in 1920 and European powers
supplanted their historic role. But now, with Europe looking more insular,
these countries are rising again.
Turkey’s expedition to Libya is just one symbol of that new world order in
the Middle East.
There has never been a greater threat of terror attacks on U.S. soil than
there is right now. In the aftermath of the killing of Iranian military
chief Qassem Soleimani, top Iranian leaders are vowing revenge. Many
of the talking heads on television are speculating that Iran may hit American
targets in the Middle East, but what they are forgetting is that Iranian-backed
terror groups already have a substantial presence in North America. In particular,
Hezbollah has been involved in the North American drug trade for a very long time.
Over the years, the mainstream media gave Al-Qaeda and ISIS a lot of attention,
but the truth is that Hezbollah is far better funded and far better armed than
either of those groups ever were, and now the man at the top of the military food
chain that gave Hezbollah their marching orders has been killed by the United
States. If Hezbollah sleeper cells are ever going to be unleashed in the
United States, now is the time when it will happen.
Of course U.S. officials clearly understand that there is a threat. As
Paul Joseph Watson has noted,
authorities in New York and Los Angeles are both ramping up security…
The threat posed by Iran-backed Hezbollah sleeper cells embedded in
major American cities has once again come to the fore following the
killing of Iran’s Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani.
Following last night’s assassination of the Iranian military leader,
authorities in both New York and Los Angeles announced that they were ramping
up security in readiness for possible revenge attacks on U.S. soil.
This is because Iran is known to have placed Hezbollah terrorist
sleeper cells throughout not just Europe but the United States too.
Former CIA operations officer, Sam Faddis, warned that Hezbollah sleeper
cells were hiding in the U.S. and potentially had targets in its sights.
‘It is more than possible that Hezbollah has sleeper cells in the United
States ready to strike,’ Faddis told DailyMail.com.
‘Based on what we know we must assume they do and that they can hit
targets on U.S. soil at anytime without warning.’
Up until now, Iranian leaders such as Soleimani have always held back their
proxies from committing terror attacks on U.S. soil because the Iranians knew
that it would potentially spark a full-blown war with the United States.
But now that Soleimani is dead and war is virtually a certainty, there would
appear to be no reason to hold back any longer.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rarely makes any sense at all, but for
once I have to agree with him. During a press conference on Friday, he
told reporters that we are “in a de facto state of
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said they would be protecting key locations from
‘any attempt by Iran or its terrorist allies to retaliate against the U.S.’
‘We have to assume this action puts us in a de facto state of war,’
he told a press conference on Friday.
It comes amid fears that the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group, which has
been designated by the U.S. government as a foreign terrorist organization, may
have sleeper cells in the U.S. that are ready to retaliate.
And he is right.
In particular, the Iranians and their proxies are going to be looking for
high value targets to strike, and there are certainly a lot of them in New
That doesn’t necessarily mean that something will happen there, but it is
definitely a possibility.
Last year, the criminal prosecution and conviction in New York of the
Hezbollah operative Ali Kourani revealed that the terror outfit has already
plotted to attack U.S. interests inside the country and is ready to activate if
it considers the existence of either Hezbollah or Iran to be at stake.
Following the arrest of Kourani and another Hezbollah operative named Samer
el-Debek, the U.S. intelligence community reversed its belief that Hezbollah
was unlikely to attempt attacks within the U.S.
“It’s our assessment that Hezbollah is determined to give itself a potential
homeland option as a critical component of its terrorism playbook,” said
National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen.
Unfortunately, a lot of Americans don’t understand the seriousness of what
we are potentially facing.
Hezbollah is made up of the most radical Shiite terrorists on the entire
These are the guys that ISIS and Al-Qaeda are afraid of.
Of all the terror groups in existence, Hezbollah is the most competent and
the most frightening of them all.
Analysts believe Tehran has stepped up its capacity to attack key Western
cyber infrastructure and has even built up a so-called “cyber army” that
pledges allegiance to the Islamic Republic.
Loic Guezo, head of French information security group Clusif, said Iran’s
cyber attacks above all sought to damage industrial targets such as dams or
“What is feared here is the impact on society — electricity cuts, poisoning,
gas leaks, explosions, transport chaos and hospitals,” he told AFP.
So at some point your power may go out, and you may not even realize that
the Iranians are behind it.
If and when the Iranians and their proxies start hitting us, it is going to cause
a lot of panic. America is totally unprepared for what is coming, and our
enemies are going to take full advantage of that fact.
The Iranians and their proxies don’t fight clean and their don’t fight fair.
Getting into a fight with them won’t be pretty, and when it erupts a whole
lot of people are likely to end up dead.
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
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