Articles of the Day 1/31/14: Israel Strikes Back, Assad reneges

In Response to Rocket Fire, IDF Targets Terror Sites in Gaza

Israel strikes Gaza after missile attack

“Israeli fighter jets targeted Hamas in Gaza Strip Friday morning hours after a Grad missile fired from the Palestinian enclave hit the northern Negev. Two strikes attacked training sites used by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s armed wing, in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza. Two additional air strikes hit sites west of the southern city of Rafah, injuring two Palestinians.”

Dramatic Increase in Gaza Terror in January 2014

“Since the beginning of 2014, over 28 rockets were launched from Gaza at Israel by Gaza terrorists.”

Fatah official: Palestinians interested in Iranian role in conflict with Israel 

“The Palestinians have an interest in Tehran playing an increased role in the region, Jibril Rajoub, a senior Fatah official, said on Thursday.”

Great, why not give them the Jordan Valley? 

The White House is trying to impose a Mideast peace deal. Here’s what you need to know

“The Obama administration is about to tell the Israelis and Palestinians how to solve their problems. The White House is about to pressure both sides to agree “in principle” to an interim agreement, and then work on a final peace treaty. How the two sides will react is anyone’s bet. Could the dynamic actually lead to a peaceful resolution of an ancient conflict? Seems unlikely. Could it lead to a calm and quiet at least for a while? Sure, theoretically. But to be candid, it could also lead to political chaos, or even to renewed violence.”

Israel mustn’t give up its security valley

“The Jordan Valley should serve as a buffer zone creating physical separation between the Jordanian kingdom on the east and the Palestinian Authority on the west. Giving up on Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley means creating territorial continuity between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

This will immediately put the State of Israel in double jeopardy: First of all, the lack of control over the Palestinian Authority’s eastern border will allow the smuggling of weapons strategically threatening the State of Israel into its territory, contrary to the agreements the sides will sign. Secondly, the Palestinian Authority’s shared border with Jordan, whose population is mostly Palestinian, may undermine the stability of King Abdullah’s regime – a moderate regime which the State of Israel has the utmost interest to maintain.

The Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley is necessary in order to handle threats of terror from the east, like the infiltration of terrorists and weapons, and as a response to other possible military threats. Without security control in Judea and Samaria – and especially in the back of the mountain – Israel will remain without vital strategic depth, considering the fact that the Palestinian territories will be just hundreds of meters to several kilometers away from Israel’s large population centers and key strategic facilities.”

Syria has given up only 5% of chemical weapons, sources say. Could it wind up in al-Qaeda’s hands?

‘Show us the chems, Syria’

“The article quotes US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as expressing American concern over the Syrian regime’s repeated delays in submitting its chemical weapons to an American ship docked at the port of Latakia.”

As many predicted, Assad is not making good on his promises. This is what happens when you confront evil with weakness and appeasement.

Christian conversions in the midst of Syrian civil war

“Literally thousands of Syrians from traditional Muslim backgrounds are turning to Jesus Christ,” the charity asserts. “It’s not an inflating of numbers, nor is it an optimistic estimate.”

Some good news from an otherwise horrible situation. 

Secrets from the Temple Mount

“Not only have the relevant government agencies failed to prevent acts of vandalism and destruction on the Temple Mount — acts which have been written about in the press for years — but they have also prevented the public from being informed of new archaeological discoveries that came to light as a result of unauthorized, unfettered, and unchecked excavations by the waqf and Muslims on the Temple Mount.

This is not the kind of publicity that the Antiquities Authority was hoping for. It usually wants press attention whenever it unearths a valuable historical item. Now, however, it is walking around the Temple Mount on its tiptoes with its hands tied. All of the relevant authorities in charge — whether it has been the Israelis since 1967; the Jordanians from 1948 until 1967; and even the British since 1917 — have refrained from conducting excavations on the Temple Mount.

The Muslims have consistently quashed any attempts to dig there. Nonetheless, thanks to routine construction and maintenance of structures which was carried out at the site by Muslims, hundreds of artifacts and treasures were accidentally unearthed, some of them truly historic which were documents by the authorities as well as researchers and scientists.”

What is happening at the Temple Mount today is a travesty. 

Bennett And Livni Talk About Canceling Presidency

“Economics Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni are reportedly investigating the possibility of joining forces to cancel the post of President of Israel, a largely figurehead position that is currently held by Shimon Peres.”

What is the prophetic significance?

“The president, who holds term for 7 years, signs every law and international treaty, but does not wield actual executive power.”

Daniel 9:27 immediately popped into my mind when I saw this.

“He will confirm a covenant with many for one seven. In the middle of the seven he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

Don’t you find it odd that two traditional political enemies would suddenly be inclined to remove the post of President?  I’m not saying Shimon Peres is the anti-christ but I will be very curious to see what happens to this effort to remove this “figurehead” position. If the post survives, the next person who has it might be the one who “confirms” the treaty written about in the book of Daniel. Also, why get rid of the post now when an agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is supposedly happening in April? If the post is removed then we at least know it is not going to be that person.

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