Category: Israel

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

May 17, 2021 by Michael Snyder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was wrong about that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who else in the world does such a thing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOT ABOUT ‘OCCUPATION

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

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

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

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

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

IT IS A RELIGIOUS WAR

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

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

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

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

A “LAW OF CANCEL”

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

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

FACTIONS INSPIRED BY RELIGION

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

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

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

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

by Geoffrey Grider May 12, 2021

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

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

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

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

Biden failed the Israel-Palestinian rocket and riot test

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Geoffrey Grider May 10, 2021

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IRAN RELEASES HORRIFYING PROPAGANDA VIDEO DISPLAYING THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL BLOWN UP BY MISSILE STRIKE SHOWING CONTEMPT FOR BIDEN RULE

The day the faux Capitol attack footage emerged, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani proclaimed that the USA has lost the “economic war” against Iran. Rouhani described the sanctions against Tehran as being on the “brink of extermination” as tensions escalate, despite reports of a mutual pact. In the tape obtained by the Beacon, Zarif said Tehran won’t ever concede to Washington, nor will they ever come to an agreement. “I believe Iran and the U.S. will never be friends as long as the Islamic republic preserves its identity,” the Iranian official stated, per the tape. “Never will our issues with America be resolved.”

by Geoffrey Grider May 5, 2021

HORRIFYING fake footage of the US Capitol being blown up was released by Iran as Joe Biden comes under increasing pressure to take action from a GOP senator.

 

The entire 4 years that Donald Trump was president, the rogue terror state of Iran was kept under fairly tight control, at the very least the Iranians knew that Trump would act decisively when pushed. Evidentially there is no such respect for the pretend presidency of the Joe Biden administration as evidenced is a video Iran released showing an Iranian missile destroying the United States Capitol building.

It’s brutally difficult watching Joe Biden attempt to read from the teleprompter, he gets lost on the simplest of subjects, so much so that he stumbles trying to read pre-written answers to ‘candid’ interviews. It will be interesting to see how his handlers push him to respond to this latest crisis, as his silence on Iran nuclear uranium enrichment is deafening.

Iran releases horrifying fake propaganda video showing the US Capitol blow up as GOP senate pushes Biden to take action

FROM THE SUN US: The video leaked on state-controlled Iranian TV on Sunday before Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s speech depicted a missile being fired as the Washington DC building is engulfed in flames. Biden is now under mounting pressure not to surrender to Iran’s threats by Republicans as tensions between both countries continue simmer. The Washington Free Beacon reported that Khamenei praised the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), who have repeatedly launched operations against the United States, in his address. The head of the IRGC, Qassem Soleimani, was killed during a drone strike conducted on Donald Trump’s orders.

“THE AMERICANS HAVE BEEN FOR YEARS DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC’S INFLUENCE, AND THEY WERE ANGRY WITH GENERAL SOLEIMANI FOR THIS REASON AND MARTYRED HIM FOR THIS REASON,” KHAMENEI RAGED.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania blasted the fake attack on the US Capitol on Twitter and highlighted a video of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, giving a grim assessment of their relations with America.

Toomey wrote: “Last week, Iran’s chief diplomat allegedly admitted the IRGC calls the shots in Tehran.

“Now, Iran releases a fake video of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps blowing up our Capitol. The Biden admin’s priority should be ensuring Iran cannot carry out such an attack, not capitulating by removing sanctions.”

The day the faux Capitol attack footage emerged, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani proclaimed that the USA has lost the “economic war” against Iran. Rouhani described the sanctions against Tehran as being on the “brink of extermination” as tensions escalate, despite reports of a mutual pact. In the tape obtained by the Beacon, Zarif said Tehran won’t ever concede to Washington, nor will they ever come to an agreement.

“I BELIEVE IRAN AND THE U.S. WILL NEVER BE FRIENDS AS LONG AS THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC PRESERVES ITS IDENTITY,” THE IRANIAN OFFICIAL STATED, PER THE TAPE. “NEVER WILL OUR ISSUES WITH AMERICA BE RESOLVED.”

Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, which was completed under Obama, and he introduced new sanctions on Tehran. The US’ European allies objected to this sanctions and Iran violated the deal when Trump withdrew, continuing its nuclear program far beyond the stipulations of the deal. However, Iranian and American officials are reportedly in talks about reviving the Iran nuclear deal, according to reports. But officials there are refusing to roll back their nuclear activities until Biden lifts the Trump administration sanctions.

Meanwhile, the White House won’t repeal these until Iran has complied with terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plant of Action (JCPOA). Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told ABC News’ This Week “there’s still a fair distance to travel to close the remaining gaps.

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SYRIA: ISRAEL STRUCK MULTIPLE TARGETS NEAR PORT CITY OF LATAKIA

BY JNS | MAY 5, 2021 | IDF

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

The Israeli Air Force struck multiple targets in northwest Syria early on Wednesday, Syrian state television reported.

The attack, launched shortly after 2 a.m., targeted several sites in the region of the port city of Latakia, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). One of the strikes hit a “plastics factory” and killed a civilian, as well as injuring six people, said the report.

Reuters described the strike as a “rare attack on the ancestral home region of the Syrian leader,” in reference to the predominantly Alawite population in the area. The area also hosts a Russian air force base.

A second strike reportedly hit a target in the town of Masyaf, which is also in the northwest of the country.

SANA quoted a Syrian military source as saying “some of” the enemy’s missiles had been downed by Syrian air defenses.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor group based in the United Kingdom, the strikes constituted the tenth Israeli wave of strikes this year. Israel’s targets had included regime military positions and pro-Iranian militias, as well as weapons and ammunition depots, it said.

The watchdog said 14 people had been wounded in Wednesday’s strikes, in the region of Hifa, east of Latakia. The IRGC was known to have warehouses in the area, it added.

On April 22, a Syrian surface-to-air missile fired at an IAF fighter jet that had been involved in airstrikes on targets in Syria exploded in Israel’s southern Negev region, triggering warning sirens.

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MISSILE FIRED FROM IRAN IN SYRIA AT ISRAELI NUCLEAR REACTOR IN DIMONA EVADES IRON DOME AS IRANIANS INCH CLOSER AND CLOSER TO MAJOR STRIKE

The IDF activated its air defense systems in an attempt to intercept the missile, but the attempt failed. The military is investigating why its air defenses failed to intercept the SA-5 and did not intercept the large warhead.  Early reports indicated that the explosion was the result of a Patriot missile defense system battery responding to the firing of the missile into Israel. The IDF later confirmed the reports and on Thursday morning, missile parts were located in the swimming pool of the Negev community of Ashalim. “Due to a surface to air missile entering Israeli territory, air defense systems were activated,” a statement by the IDF read, noting that the military was still investigating the incident. 

by Geoffrey Grider April 22, 2021

Israel and Syria exchanged missile attacks early Thursday morning after Damascus launched an advanced surface-to-air missile that landed all the way in the Negev Desert.

Iranian forces in Syria fired yet another rocket at Israel’s nuclear reactor in Dimona, and this time, Iron Dome did not stop it in time. This is the longest-range attack yet by Syrian and Iranian forces, showing that Iran’s capability is growing each time they take a shot. Add to that the fact that Iran is now refining uranium up to 60%, and you have a recipe for disaster. At some point in the not-too-distant future, Iran is going to hit a couple of their targets in Israel.

“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.” Luke 21:20,21 (KJB)

Two things are certain, the first being that the Abraham Accords will create the nation of Palestine as Israel gets divided according to Joel 3:2 (KJB), and the second being that Israel will be lured into a covenant with Death and Hell according to Isaiah 28 and Revelation 6. The Pretribulation Rapture removes the Church before the bulk of these things heat up, but if I were to use a rocket launch metaphor, the rocket engines are ignited and we are awaiting liftoff. That’s really how close we actually are, I hope you are ready to fly.

Syrian missile lands near Dimona nuclear reactor, Iron Dome interception fails

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: Alarms sounded in Abu Qrenat near Dimona in the South. Syria fired the missile in response to what it claims was an Israeli Air Force bombing near Damascus. Israel frequently strikes Syria to prevent Iranian entrenchment in the country as well as weapons shipments to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Reports from across the country, including central Israel and Jerusalem, spoke of “loud explosions” that “shook the houses.”

The IDF activated its air defense systems in an attempt to intercept the missile, but the attempt failed. The military is investigating why its air defenses failed to intercept the SA-5 and did not intercept the large warhead.  Early reports indicated that the explosion was the result of a Patriot missile defense system battery responding to the firing of the missile into Israel. The IDF later confirmed the reports and on Thursday morning, missile parts were located in the swimming pool of the Negev community of Ashalim.

“DUE TO A SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE ENTERING ISRAELI TERRITORY, AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS WERE ACTIVATED,” A STATEMENT BY THE IDF READ, NOTING THAT THE MILITARY WAS STILL INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT.

The Patriot was reportedly launched from somewhere near the city of Dimona, not far from the location of Israel’s secretive nuclear reactor. The IDF said that in response to the launch, it attacked several missile batteries in Syria, including the one that fired the projectile that struck its territory. Syria’s state news agency said Syrian air defenses intercepted the Israeli attack that had targeted areas in the Damascus suburbs.

“AIR DEFENSES INTERCEPTED THE ROCKETS AND DOWNED MOST OF THEM,” THE AGENCY SAID. HOWEVER, FOUR SOLDIERS WERE INJURED IN THE ATTACK AND SOME MATERIAL DAMAGE TOOK PLACE, IT SAID.

A Syrian military defector said the Israeli strikes targeted locations near the town of Dumair, some 40 km. northeast of Damascus, where Iranian-backed militias have a presence. It is an area that Israel has hit repeatedly in past attacks.
 
It was unclear at first where the missile was launched from. Several indications pointed to it having been launched from Iraq, while according to other reports, it came from the city of Daraa in southern Syria following an Israeli airstrike. IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Hidai Zilberman told reporters that the explosion was due to the firing of an SA-5 surface-to-air missile toward Israel from Syria and that it exploded in the southern Negev.

The firing of the missile came during Israeli airstrikes in southern Syria. The missile was not directed towards the Dimona nuclear reactor and was an errant missile, Zilberman said. According to the spokesman, Israel responded to the firing of the SA-5 towards IAF jets by striking several anti-aircraft batteries in Syria, including the one which fired the missile that exploded in southern Israel.

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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION REMAINS SILENT AS IRAN PREPARES TO TAKE URANIUM ENRICHMENT TO 60% AFTER ISRAEL ATTACKED THEIR NATANZ NUCLEAR FACILITY

The Jerusalem Post has learned that the attack was carried out through an explosive device that was smuggled into the facility and detonated remotely. An intelligence official told The New York Times on Tuesday that the attack took out both the primary and backup electrical systems. Iran is almost ready to start enriching uranium to 60% purity at an above-ground plant at Natanz and plans to add 1,024 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to an underground plant Tehran says was hit by sabotage, the UN atomic watchdog said on Wednesday. Iran has said it will enrich uranium to 60% – a big step closer to the 90% that is weapons-grade from the 20% maximum it has reached so far – in response to what it says was an act of sabotage by Israel against the underground plant.

by Geoffrey Grider April 14, 2021

The alleged Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility targeted an electrical substation located 40 to 50 meters underground and damaged “thousands of centrifuges,” Iranian officials revealed in recent days.

During all the years of the Trump presidency, Israel lived in relative security with their enemies well aware that the Trump-led United States would step in and defend them should the need arise. But with Joe Biden in the White House, the enemies of Israel know that she is left to fend for herself, and barely three months into Biden’s term Iran has already begun enrichment of the uranium needed for a nuclear bomb to use against the Jewish state.

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

Without the full support of the United States, Israel is forced to do things like last week’s attack on the Natanz nuclear facility to stall Iran as long as possible from getting the bomb. That attack was successful, but now Iran is fully striving towards creating uranium enriched enough for a nuclear bomb. Iran knows that Joe Biden will do nothing to stop them from getting the bomb, especially after watching Biden authorized $235 million to fund Palestinian terrorists.

As you read this, Russia is on the Ukraine border threatening war, China is on multiple fronts threatening war, and Iran is now enriching uranium, with the tacit blessing of Biden administration, for war against Israel. If you read and believe Ezekiel 39, then you know what’s right around the corner.

Iran has ‘almost completed preparations’ to enrich uranium to 60% -IAEA

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The Iranian official stressed that such an operation takes years, saying “the design of the enemy was very beautiful.” Davani added that the substation was built underground in order to protect it from air and missile strikes, and that the attack was carried out either via cyber, sabotaged equipment or sabotage committed by agents.

The Jerusalem Post has learned that the attack was carried out through an explosive device that was smuggled into the facility and detonated remotely. An intelligence official told The New York Times on Tuesday that the attack took out both the primary and backup electrical systems. Iran is almost ready to start enriching uranium to 60% purity at an above-ground plant at Natanz and plans to add 1,024 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to an underground plant Tehran says was hit by sabotage, the UN atomic watchdog said on Wednesday.

Iran has said it will enrich uranium to 60% – a big step closer to the 90% that is weapons-grade from the 20% maximum it has reached so far – in response to what it says was an act of sabotage by Israel against the underground plant.

“THE AGENCY TODAY VERIFIED THAT IRAN HAD ALMOST COMPLETED PREPARATIONS TO START PRODUCING UF6 ENRICHED UP TO 60% U-235 AT THE NATANZ PILOT FUEL ENRICHMENT PLANT (PFEP),” THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY SAID IN A STATEMENT, REFERRING TO URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE, THE FORM IN WHICH URANIUM IS FED INTO CENTRIFUGES FOR ENRICHMENT.

Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers only lets Tehran enrich uranium to up to 3.67% purity, one of many limits that it breached more than a year ago in response to Washington’s withdrawal from the deal under President Donald Trump and the reimposition of US sanctions against Tehran.

The deal also says Iran can only produce enriched uranium with up to 5,060 IR-1 centrifuges at its underground Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz. While it has broken that rule by adding more advanced centrifuges to the FEP, until now it has stuck to the limit on the number of IR-1 machines there.

“IN A REPORT ISSUED TO MEMBER STATES TODAY … DIRECTOR GENERAL RAFAEL MARIANO GROSSI SAID IRAN HAD INFORMED THE AGENCY … THAT THE COUNTRY INTENDS TO INSTALL SIX ADDITIONAL CASCADES OF IR-1 CENTRIFUGES AT THE NATANZ FUEL ENRICHMENT PLANT (FEP) COMPRISING A TOTAL OF 1,024 CENTRIFUGES,” THE IAEA SAID.

That report, one of two issued on Wednesday evening and obtained by Reuters, added: “Iran intends to use 6,084 IR-1 centrifuges installed in 36 cascades (in total at the FEP).”


Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani, former head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told Iranian media on Monday that the attack hit an electrical substation located deep underground and managed to damage both the power distribution system and the cable leading to the centrifuges in order to cut power to them.

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REVELATION: IRAN AND CHINA SIGN MIND-NUMBING 25-YEAR, $400 BILLION DOLLAR COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO DICTATOR NATIONS

The deal with China marked the first time Iran has signed such a lengthy agreement with a major world power. In 2001, Iran and Russia signed a 10-year cooperation agreement, mainly in the nuclear field, that was lengthened to 20 years through two five-year extensions. The New York Times reported that China will invest some $400 billion in Iran in exchange for oil as part of the deal. The two countries will also step up military cooperation with joint training, research and intelligence sharing.

by Geoffrey Grider March 28, 2021

Iran and China on Saturday signed a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement addressing economic issues amid crippling US sanctions on Tehran, according to Iranian state media.

 

Under Donald Trump, America was in full control of the Middle East, doing things like declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, creating the Abraham Accords and checking the dictatorial ambitions of nations like Iran in check. Under the trojan horse presidency of Joe Biden, who has abandoned the Middle East and especially Israel, a power vacuum now exists that China is only too eager to step in and fill. Yesterday, China signed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Iran, and the balance of power in the Middle East shifts once again.

“And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” Revelation 16:16 (KJB)

The United States must decrease, that is a foregone conclusion, and the powers of darkness like Iran, China, North Korea, Russia and all the others we read about in Ezekiel 39 must increase. Naturally, one of the very first things to happen after they signed was to discuss Iran hosting direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Excuse me while I roll my eyes with pretend shock and surprise. Ezekiel 39 right on track, Flight #777 preparing for liftoff.

Iran, China sign huge 25-year strategic deal; could reduce US regional influence

FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: The agreement, dubbed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, covers a variety of economic activity from oil and mining to promoting industrial activity in Iran, as well as transportation and agricultural collaborations, according to the report. No additional details of the agreement were revealed as Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi took part in a ceremony marking the event.

The New York Times reported that China will invest some $400 billion in Iran in exchange for oil as part of the deal. The two countries will also step up military cooperation with joint training, research and intelligence sharing, the report said. China is Iran’s leading trade partner and was one of the biggest buyers of Iranian oil before then US president Donald Trump reimposed sweeping unilateral sanctions in 2018 after abandoning a multilateral nuclear agreement with Tehran.

The deal signed Saturday could undermine US leverage over Iran ahead of expected negotiations and lessen American influence in the Middle East. Ongoing US sanctions against Iran could hamper its trade with China despite Saturday’s agreement, however.

The Times report said Iran was prepared to host direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, further suggesting that US influence in the region could be waning.

“WE BELIEVE THIS DOCUMENT CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE IN DEEPENING” IRAN-CHINA RELATIONS, IRAN’S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN SAEED KHATIBZADEH SAID, RECALLING THAT THE PACT HAD FIRST BEEN PROPOSED DURING A VISIT TO TEHRAN BY CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING IN JANUARY 2016.

Xi and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed then to establish a roadmap for “reciprocal investments in the fields of transport, ports, energy, industry and services.”

“IRAN’S GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE ARE STRIVING, AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE, TO BROADEN RELATIONS WITH TRUSTWORTHY, INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA,” SUPREME LEADER AYATOLLAH ALI KHAMENEI SAID AT THE TIME, DESCRIBING THE PROPOSED COOPERATION AGREEMENT AS “CORRECT AND REASONABLE.”

Xi has championed the Belt and Road Initiative, a plan to fund infrastructure projects and increase China’s sway overseas.

The deal with China marked the first time Iran has signed such a lengthy agreement with a major world power. In 2001, Iran and Russia signed a 10-year cooperation agreement, mainly in the nuclear field, that was lengthened to 20 years through two five-year extensions

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SAUDI ARABIA CALLS FOR NORMALIZATION WITH ISRAEL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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