Category: Israel



I will bless those who bless you Genesis 12:3 (The Israel BibleTM)

Israel and the United Arab Emirates are scheduled to formally sign the Aug. 13 normalization agreement—named the “Abraham Accord”—at the White House on Sept. 15, a senior White House official told JNS.

U.S. President Donald Trump will attend the ceremony. A senior Israeli delegation will be led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while a senior Emirati delegation will be headed by Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed.

It will mark the first public meeting between an Israeli prime minister and an Emirati minister, and the first White House peace-accord signing since the one between Israel and Jordan in 1994.

“I am proud to leave for Washington next week at the invitation of President Trump and to participate in the historic ceremony at the White House on the establishment of a peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” said Netanyahu in a statement released by his office.

The upcoming signing would follow the U.S.-brokered agreement between Israel and the UAE to normalize diplomatic relations. Under the deal, Israel has agreed to suspend applying sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, also known as Judea and Samaria.

Israeli and Emirati delegations have been meeting to work on bilateral agreements on security, technology, health care, culture, energy and the environment. Flights, telecommunications, banking and finance between Israel and the UAE are already underway.

Additionally, Israel and the UAE agreed to accelerate the development and treatment of a vaccine for COVID-19.

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Washington looks to mediate the peace talks between Israel and Bahrain and hopes to hold the official normalization ceremony before the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, according to the official. The report follows the historic peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, which was brokered by the United States in August. Like the UAE-Israel deal, the normalization of relations between Bahrain and the Jewish state would likely entail a series of economic and security ties. Just last month, Bahrani prime minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa reportedly spoke with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen.

by Geoffrey Grider September 3, 2020

Bahrain is set to be the next Gulf country to normalize relations with Israel, a senior Israeli official told Israel’s Kan 11 News Wednesday.

The Abraham Accord is beginning to catch fire across the Middle East, with the Muslim nation of Bahrain agreeing to sign on to the peace covenant. Master architect of the deal, Jared Kushner, says to expect as many as 20 Muslim nations to become part of the Abraham Accord over the next two months. President Trump is on record as saying he believes that Saudi Arabia will join up as well fairly soon. What could possibly go wrong?

“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:” Isaiah 28:15 (KJB)

Here’s a little fun fact: In order for the United Arab Emirates to agree to join the Abraham Accord, Israel was required to make a teeny, tiny, little, baby-sized concession first. Israel had to agree to no longer seek to apply annexation on Judea and Samaria. Ouchies! Oh, one more thing, the UAE gets to purchase F-35 fighter jets, which would effectively erase the military edge in air superiority that Israel enjoys at the current moment. But other than that, hey, it’s a great deal. Oh Daniel, chapter 9 is needed at the customer service counter.

Bahrain Set to Normalize Relations With Israel

FROM WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: Washington looks to mediate the peace talks between Israel and Bahrain and hopes to hold the official normalization ceremony before the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, according to the official.

The report follows the historic peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, which was brokered by the United States in August. Like the UAE-Israel deal, the normalization of relations between Bahrain and the Jewish state would likely entail a series of economic and security ties. Just last month, Bahrani prime minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa reportedly spoke with Mossad chief Yossi Cohen.


In the wake of the Emirati peace deal, Trump administration officials hope other Gulf states will normalize ties with Israel as part of an anti-Iranian coalition. Last month, President Donald Trump said that he believes Saudi Arabia—which boasts one of the largest defense budgets in the world—will also sign on to the UAE-Israel agreement.

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Yerushalayim built up, a city knit together, to which tribes would make pilgrimage, the tribes of Hashem, —as was enjoined upon Yisrael— to praise the name of Hashem. Psalms 122:3 (The Israel BibleTM)

President Trump announced yet another historic peace agreement signed between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti in the White House on Friday.

Balkans meet the Holy Land

The agreement established for the first time in more than two decades the normalization of economic relations between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. In an addendum to the agreement, Serbia agreed to move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in July 2021. Israel and Kosovo agreed to mutual recognition of each other and to establish diplomatic relations. Kosovo also announced that they would locate their embassy in Jerusalem. In doing so, Serbia will become the first European, and Kosovo the first Muslim majority country, to have embassies in Jerusalem.

Haters weigh in

Though Kosovo and Serbia are both located in Europe, they are not members of the European Union. There are no EU member states with embassies in Jerusalem and the EU, along with the United Nations, criticized President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

To date, there are only three embassies in Jerusalem: The United States, Guatemala, and the International Christian Embassy. Kosovo President Hashim Thaci tweeted his intention to move the embassy.

Recognizing Israel’s enemies

As an additional nod to Israel, both countries agreed to designate the Islamic group Hezbollah in its entirety as “a terrorist organization.” And as part of President Trump’s opposition to China’s plan for global economic domination, both countries agreed to prohibit the use of “5G equipment supplied by untrusted vendors in their communications network.”

Trump expressed hope that the Serbia-Kosovo agreement would bring more peace in its wake.

“We’ve also made additional progress on reaching peace in the Middle East. I will say that Kosovo and Israel have agreed to normalization of ties and the establishment of diplomatic relations. The agreement we made with UAE [and Israel] has been incredible,” Trump said.

He added: “We have other countries in the Middle East coming very much to us and saying, like, ‘When do we go? When can we sign?’ I think we’re going to have great peace in the Middle East. And nobody has been able to say that for a long time.”

Christian perspective

At the signing event, Vice President Mike Pence noted the role Jerusalem had in the agreement, adding a quote from the New Testament: “Like the good book says, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers.”

David Parsons, the Vice President and Senior International Spokesman for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, noted that the ICEJ was established in 1980 with the vision of Jerusalem playing a central role in world peace.

“We are inspired by the vision of the Hebrew prophets that one day there will be an age of peace,” Mr. Parsons told Israel 365 News. “The Jews call it the Age of Redemption and the Christians call it the Age of the Messiah. But until we get there, there will be wars and conflict. This age is happening right now in an unusual time; with the Arab Emirates and possibly with Saudi Arabia.”

He noted that the peace agreements with the Arab and Muslim nations bore a special spiritual significance.

“This Muslim Arab Zionism is a recapturing of the Truth that the Koran affirms that God, what they call Allah, gave the land of Israel to the descendants of Jacob,” Mr. Parsons said. “This is a reconciliation of the Abrahamic religions and a reawakening of the centrality of Jerusalem.”

“As a Christian organization, we welcome this agreement in which they are finally giving Jerusalem its due. We don’t necessarily agree with everything in the agreement, aspects that may not be based on the Hebrew prophets or centered on the Messiah.”

Mr. Parsons also noted the political implications were also timely and great.

“Trump’s reelection is a central part of this. Globalization talks about peace but it is not centered on Jerusalem.”

“History is passing the Palestinians by. They are stuck in a Marxist revolution in an attempt to capture the whole land for themselves. They can’t break away from that.”

Israel reacts

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, praised the agreement as an achievement that will bring more peace in its wake.

Predictable response from PA

The Palestinian Authority saw the agreement as a distraction from peace. PA negotiator Saeb Erekat tweeted, “Palestine has become a victim of the electoral ambitions of President Trump, whose team would take any action, no matter how destructive for peace and a rules-based world order, to achieve his re-election. This, just like the UAE-Israel agreement, isn’t about Middle East Peace.”

A brief history

The agreement is especially significant as the two countries have a long and bitter history. Kosovo broke away from Serbia in 1999 when NATO bombed Soviet-allied Serbia for 11 weeks to halt the massacre and expulsion of Kosovo Albanian civilians. Serbia was forced to withdraw its police and armed forces from KosovoKosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, a move that Serbia rejected. Until this agreement, Serbia did not recognize Kosovo as an independent state. The two countries are also divided by religion. Kosovo is a majority Muslim whereas the majority of Serbians are Christian.

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Israel hopes to sign normalization deal with UAE by mid-September: minister


August 30, 2020, 03:56 AMlatest revision August 30, 2020, 12:57 PM

Signing ceremony to take place in Washington, D.C., exact date to be hammered out in talks with Abu Dhabi

Israel is hoping to sign a deal formalizing the normalization of ties with the United Arab Emirates by mid-September, Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Ofir Akunis told Kan public broadcaster on Sunday. 

Akunis said that the exact date for the signing ceremony, which will take place in Washington, D.C., will be hammered out in the upcoming talks between Israeli and Emirati negotiators.

He told the broadcaster that Jerusalem was hoping to ink the accord before the Rosh Hashana holiday on September 18.

The statement comes as Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner landed in Israel Sunday, leading a high-profile US delegation set to accompany the Israeli negotiators when they head out to the UAE later this day.

Kushner was accompanied by US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brian, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz, and special Iran representative Brian Hook.

Before taking off for Abu Dhabi, the US officials will meet with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz.

Earlier, the UAE officially ended its boycott of Israeli businesses and goods, paving the way for companies from both countries to start doing business with each other.

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In the days to come, The Mount of Hashem‘s House Shall stand firm above the mountains And tower above the hills; And all the nations Shall gaze on it with joy. Isaiah 2:2 (The Israel BibleTM)

Last week, the entrance to an underground tunnel complex on the Temple Mount. The potential for important archaeological discoveries connected to the tunnel are enormous but on Tuesday, the Waqf (Muslim authority) filled in the tunnel entrance with concrete. 

Last week, a broken flagstone on the Temple Mount revealed a tunnel, approximately two feet square, descending several yards where it seems to join up with a larger tunnel. The entrance is located in the southern end of the Temple Mount,  between the Aqsa Mosque and the Mughrabi Gate. Dr. Zachi Dvira, an Israeli archaeologist from Bar-Ilan University, confirmed that the shaft was from the Second Temple Period.

“This is from the part of the Temple Mount that Herod added later,” Dr. Dvira said. “It was part of the Temple Complex, though not part of the Temple itself.”

Dr. Dvira co-directs the Temple Mount Sifting Project which began in 2004 to recover archaeological artifacts contained within debris removed from the Temple Mount without proper archaeological care during illegal construction carried out by the Waqf. In 1999, approximately 9,000 tons of archaeologically-rich soil were removed from the Temple Mount by the Waqf, using heavy earth moving equipment and without a preceding salvage excavation or proper archaeological care, following works in and around the newly constructed underground el-Marwani Mosque.

“Unfortunately, it was to be expected that the Waqf would fill in the entrance to the tunnel,” Dr. Dvira said. “The Israeli Antiquities Authority did not act fast enough. They should have gone in and checked it out. This is their responsibility. This has religious and archaeological ramifications.”

According to classical Jewish sources, the Ark of the Covenant is hidden under the Temple Mount in a specially prepared underground chamber.

“This does not destroy the tunnel. It can be removed but it is preventing the tunnel from being researched. If the IAA would have filled it in but not with concrete. Currently, Israel is not initiating any research on the Temple Mount because that would upset the Muslims.”

Dr. Dvira noted that under the new normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates, the Israeli government is hoping that the Temple Mount will attract Muslim pilgrims from other countries. “The Israeli government does not want to jeopardize the relationship with other Muslim nations. It may even be that the government encouraged the Waqf to fill in the tunnel to prevent the possibility of unrest.”

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Pompeo: We’ll supply UAE with arms without hurting Israel’s advantage

The remarks came amid controversy in Israel over whether the Washington will sell F-35 stealth jets to Abu Dhabi, now that Israel and the UAE have diplomatic relations.


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The US will find a way to balance helping its military ally the United Arab Emirates without weakening Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on Monday.

The remarks came amid controversy in Israel over whether Washington will sell F-35 stealth jets to Abu Dhabi, now that Israel and the UAE have diplomatic relations.

“The US has legal requirements with respect to the QME, and we will respect that,” Pompeo said. “We have a 20-plus-year security relationship with the UAE as well.”

Without mentioning F-35s or any other systems by name, Pompeo said the US wants to “make sure we are delivering the equipment [the UAE] needs to defend themselves from the… threat of the Islamic Republic” of Iran.

But he said he is “sure we’ll find a way” to do so while ensuring Israel’s military superiority in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the normalization deal with the UAE “did not include Israel’s acceptance to any arms deal. I don’t know of any arms deal that has been agreed upon but our position hasn’t changed.”

The prime minister added that he reiterated his objections to Pompeo, who said he is strongly committed to maintaining Israel’s QME.

“That has been true over four decades of peace with Egypt and two and a half decades of peace with Jordan. The US has stood by that and I have no doubt will continue to do so,” he said.

Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz emphasized after his meeting with Pompeo the need to maintain Israel’s QME, in light of statements by White House officials that the US is considering selling F-35s to the UAE now that it has formal ties with Israel.

The QME is “a necessary condition for regional stability and for Israel’s security when facing the challenges of the Middle East,” he said.

A day earlier, White House special adviser Jared Kushner said on CNN that “this new peace agreement should increase the probability of [the UAE] getting [F-35s].”

In the past week, talk of the UAE purchasing the planes has raised questions as to whether the prime minister knew it would happen soon after normalization – which he denied on Monday – and criticism of Netanyahu for not informing Gantz, who is also defense minister, of the matter.

Pompeo and Netanyahu also addressed the US move to trigger “snapback sanctions” on Iran, which would stop the UN arms embargo on the Islamic Republic from running out in October. The other parties to the Iran nuclear deal say the US is not authorized to do so, because it left the framework in 2018. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is a separate document from the UN Security Council resolution instituting the snapback mechanism, which states that any permanent UNSC member can trigger the continuation of sanctions.

Netanyahu commended the US for having “stood up to Iranian aggression” by calling on snapback sanctions, warning that it would be “outrageous” for the world to allow the arms embargo to run out, facilitating its regime in obtaining “tanks, aircraft missiles and anti-aircraft defenses to continue its campaign of aggression in the region and the world.

“It’s just absurd,” he said.

Netanyahu pointed out that Gulf states are as strongly opposed to the end of the embargo as he is.

“I suggest to our friends, especially our European friends at this point, that when Arabs and Israelis agree on something, it makes sense to pay attention,” he said.

Pompeo said the US will “use every tool we have” to ensure Iran does not attain nuclear weapons, and he is confident they will succeed.

“We think its in the best interest of the whole world. Many leaders tell me so privately. It’s time to stand up… Iran is on the cusp of having access to those weapons and the money,” he said. Last week, Pompeo specified that the leaders of the UK, France and Germany made those remarks privately.

The US decision to trigger snapback sanctions on Iran is “necessary to maintain stability in the Middle East,” Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said after meeting with Pompeo. “Iran cannot be allowed to import and export arms, and all the sanctions must be brought back.”

Netanyahu and Pompeo lauded the UAE-Israel deal, with the prime minister calling it “the alliance of the moderates against the radicals” and “a boon to peace and regional stability.”

The prime minister expressed hope that more nations will formalize their ties with Israel, saying there may be “good news in the near future.”

Pompeo’s itinerary for this week includes Sudan and Bahrain, two countries with which Israel’s ties have warmed recently and could follow in the footsteps of the UAE, which the secretary of state also plans to visit.

Ashkenazi also brought up the issue of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), whose mandate is coming up for a renewal vote in the Security Council. The US has threatened to veto the renewal, abolishing UNIFIL if its mandate is not changed to make it more effective in combating Hezbollah’s presence in southern Lebanon.

“We cannot allow UNIFIL not to fulfil its mandate fully and effectively. The American stance on this matter is important and will lead to practical implementation” of the mandate, Ashkenazi said.

Pompeo courted controversy, filming an address from an “undisclosed location” in Jerusalem, which will air at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.

The State Department said Pompeo “will address the convention in his personal capacity. No State Department resources will be used. Staff are not involved in preparing the remarks or in the arrangements for Secretary Pompeo’s appearance. The State Department will not bear any costs in conjunction with this appearance.”

Democratic Majority for Israel criticized Pompeo, tweeting: “By violating another vital norm – speaking to the RNC from Israel – [Pompeo] is helping [Trump] further degrade American government, just as their never-ending effort to politicize Israel damages that country. Trump and Pompeo care only about themselves, not the US, not Israel.”

Jewish Democratic Council of America executive director Halie Soifer said “by arranging for Secretary Pompeo to speak to the RNC while on official travel in Jerusalem, Trump is once again using Israel to score political points.

“Jewish voters see through this cheap political stunt and reject Trump’s ongoing use of Israel as a political wedge issue,” Soifer added. “The US-Israel relationship has been, and should remain, a bipartisan issue and… US taxpayers should not pay for politicized State Department activity in Israel.”

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Turkish-Greek gas row boils up as each plan rival exercises in E. Mediterranean


Aug 25, 2020 @ 13:41 E. Mediterranean oilgasIsraelLibyaTurkey vs Greece

Old enemies Turkey and Greece have warned vessels to stay out of disputed parts of the eastern Mediterranean where both scheduled rival military exercises for Tuesday, Aug. 25. Germany has stepped in to defuse the row over gas and oil between the two NATO allies, before it explodes into open warfare, recalling the conflict that erupted in 1974 when Turkey invaded Cyprus.

On August 13, President Recep  Erdoğan warned of a heavy price for anyone attacking the Turkish drilling vessel Oruç Reis, which is exploring for oil and gas in waters claimed by both Turkey and Greece. The research, with naval escort, was extended up until Aug. 27 after a collision between Greek and Turkish navy frigates. Greece, which says the survey is unlawful, responded by announcing naval exercises in the area. Athens also said the United Arab Emirates would dispatch F-16 fighters to Crete this week for “joint training.”

The epic normalization agreement the UAE signed last with israel clearly has multiple layers. Israel’s offshore oil and gas rigs are visible on the E. Mediterranean skyline. In January, Israel, Greece and Cyprus signed a $6.86 billion deal to build a major 700km subsea pipeline from Israel’s offshore Leviathan and Cypriot gas fields to eastern Crete and on to Italy.

This project and others may be overlapped and jeopardized by Turkey’s urgent drive for a stake in the E. Mediterranean energy bonanza. To prop up his claims, President Erdogan last year signed a bilateral agreement with the UN-recognized Libyan government of Tripoli for bringing parts of the E. Mediterranean under their bilateral control. More recently, Greece countered with a similar accord with Egypt.

Turkey claims it owns exploitation rights within an area it terms “continental shelf.” Athens replies that all its inhabited islands are surrounded by a 200-mile exclusive economic zone. This claim is respected by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which Turkey is not a party.

Although Greece belongs to the EU as well as NATO, Berlin appears more sympathetic to Turkey’s claims, while the EU has not agreed on new sanctions on top of those previously imposed for Turkey’s illegal drilling off Cyprus. France has pledged support for the Greek side of the argument

The conflict is also tightly woven into the Libyan civil war as well. There, the UAE backs the Haftar campaign against the Tripoli government, which Turkey is fighting for. And in this context, the Emirates’ peace deal with Israel may be seen as a blow not just to Iran but also to Turkey’s expansionist aspirations and support for Israel’s enemy, the Palestinian Hamas terrorists.  

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“The president laid out his vision for peace in January this year … and this is the first map ever agreed to by one of the parties publicly put out in a peace negotiation. We got Israel to agreed to negotiate on the basis of the process of division, they agreed to the map and agreed to move forward on a Palestinian state. This was a major breakthrough that changed the view of a lot of people in the region about Israel’s seriousness to actually make concessions to resolve this longstanding conflict,” Kushner said, adding the countries in the region also questioned why the Palestinian Authority boycotted the economic conference in Bahrain. There is a generous offer of a state state and an exchange of territories, and we offer the Palestinians a return to the table,” he said

by Geoffrey Grider August 17, 2020

Jared Kushner, adviser and son-in-law to US President Donald Trump addressed the peace agreement he helped broker between Israel and the United Arab Emirates Monday.

OK, now we are ‘off to the races’, as the old saying goes. Jared Kushner today said that Israel has finally agreed to give up land to create a Palestinian state, Kushner ever used wording that was very much in line with Joel 3 where God warns against dividing His holy land of Israel. Kushner proudly stated that “We got Israel to agreed to negotiate on the basis of the process of division.” If that did not just make you go “wow!” there’s something wrong. Let’s listen to the words of the prophet Joel:

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3:1,2 (KJB)

It has been a crazy year, a crazy month, but the last 4 days have been absolutely dizzying! Story after story of unprecedented peace treaties in the Middle East involving Israel and the Muslims can only be leading you in one direction, straight to Daniel 9 and Isaiah 28. As we have shown you from recent articles on Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, prophecy is coming to light nearly faster than we can count it.

This is what we have been telling you for quite some time now, and you are watching it all begin to come to pass. As soon as the man of sin is officially installed, according to 2 Thessalonians 2 we will fly up and out of here on Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines. We are that close now, don’t give up your boarding pass for that blessed hope to anyone.

Jared Kushner: The first time Israel has agreed to a map of a Palestinian state

FROM ARUTZ SHEVA 7: Addressing Israeli reporters, Kushner said that “Israel has made a very generous proposal for the establishment of a Palestinian state, including an exchange of territories. The understanding that this is the situation has enabled the breakthrough that led to the current agreement.”

“The president laid out his vision for peace in January this year … and this is the first map ever agreed to by one of the parties publicly put out in a peace negotiation. We got Israel to agreed to negotiate on the basis of the process of division, they agreed to the map and agreed to move forward on a Palestinian state. This was a major breakthrough that changed the view of a lot of people in the region about Israel’s seriousness to actually make concessions to resolve this longstanding conflict,” Kushner said, adding the countries in the region also questioned why the Palestinian Authority boycotted the economic conference in Bahrain.


When asked how the US would make certain that Israel does not unilaterally annex any territory, Kushner said, “We built a very trusting relationship with Israel. President Trump is committed to holding them accountable to it, and Israel has agreed with us that they will not move forward without our consent. We do not plan to give our consent for some time, as right now the focus has to be on getting this new peace agreement implemented. We really want to get as much interchange between Israel and the United Arab Emirates as possible, and we really want Israel to focus on creating new relationships and new alliances.”

“That land is land that right now that Israel, quite frankly, controls. It’s Israelis who are living there. It’s not going anywhere. There shouldn’t be any urgency to apply Israeli law. So we believe that they will stick to their agreement,” he said

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I will bless those who bless you Genesis 12:3 (The Israel BibleTM)

by David Sidman | Aug 18, 2020 | Uncategorized

Bahrain and Oman might be the next Arab countries to join the United Arab Emirates in normalizing ties with Israel, Israel’s intelligence minister said on Sunday.

“In the wake of this agreement (with the UAE) additional agreements will be forthcoming, with both more Gulf countries and with Muslim countries in Africa,” Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen told Army Radio. “I believe that Bahrain and Oman are definitely on the agenda. Plus, according to my assessment, there is a chance that in the coming year already, there will be a peace accord with more countries in Africa, most prominently, Sudan,” he added.

Both Bahrain and Oman lauded the UAE-Israel deal, however neither have commented on their own expectations regarding normalization with Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with both Sudanese and Omani leaders in the past.

A senior White House official said on Friday that Washington has been in contact with “numerous” countries in the region, in an attempt to see if more deals would come to fruition.

However, the official declined to name which states but did say that they were Arab and Muslim nations in the Middle East and Africa.

Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a peace agreement on Thursday to begin the process of normalizing relations between the two Middle Eastern countries, in part brokered by U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration.

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He will be a wild ass of a man Genesis 16:12 (The Israel BibleTM)

by David Sidman | Aug 17, 2020 | Middle East

The chief of Iran’s armed forces, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, said on Sunday that his country’s approach to the United Arab Emirates would shift because of the UAE’s normalization agreement with Israel.

“Definitely, the Iranian nation’s attitude towards this neighboring state [UAE] will change fundamentally, and the Islamic Republic’s armed forces will also deal with that country with different calculations,” said Bagheri, according to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency.

Iranian parliament speaker Baqer Qalibaf said on Sunday that friendship with Israel was treason against the Islamic world, Tasnim reported. A day earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harshly criticized the UAE over its Aug. 13 announcement.

“These days we have faced a neighboring country which has approached the enemy of the Islamic world and the region and the murderer of the Palestinian nation in a decision to get close to the Zionist regime,” said Rouhani, according to Iran’s Fars news agency. “[The UAE’s] measure is one hundred percent wrong and condemned,” he added.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday that the normalization agreement was intolerable, and that Turkey may suspend diplomatic ties with the UAE and withdraw its ambassador. “The move against Palestine is not a step that can be stomached. Now, Palestine is either closing or withdrawing its embassy. The same thing is valid for us now,” said Erdoğan, reported Reuters. He added that he had given orders to his foreign minister regarding the matter, according to the report. “I told him we may also take a step in the direction of suspending diplomatic ties with the Abu Dhabi leadership or pulling back our ambassador,” he said.

Turkey maintains diplomatic relations with Israel, but the ties are tense as the Islamist Turkish president pursues a foreign policy at odds with Israel and supports radical movements throughout the region.

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