Articles of the Day 5/20/15: What Are They Thinking?
Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’—Isaiah 46:9-10
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“Jordanian daily claims sides discussing deep-water port between Gaza and Cyprus to meet long-held Palestinian demand.”
This is worrisome indeed. Unfortunately, very typical of Israeli governments. This will not lead to sustained peace. It will just make it easier for Hamas to import arms used to attack Israeli civilians. What are they thinking?
“JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli policeman shot dead a Palestinian driver in East Jerusalem on Wednesday after he rammed into two policewomen, injuring them, a police spokesman said.”
“The international community and the media often ignore the fact that Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah has a number of armed groups. Their fight is to destroy Israel, eliminate the “Zionist entity” and achieve the “right of return” for millions of descendants of refugees.
The Palestinian Authority leadership has never distanced itself from the rhetoric and actions of these groups. Fatah’s militias will be the first to reject any peace agreement that includes the slightest concession to Israel.
Several Fatah leaders, in fact, often speak in English about the need for reviving the peace process, while in Arabic they praise and endorse the Fatah gunmen.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“Extent of Iraqi army chaos revealed by Pentagon alongside claims that corrupt officers sold battle plans to jihadists.”
Since Obama has decided not arm police departments in the US perhaps they can go to Iraq. Apparently they are having free giveaways.
“The fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State has raised new questions about the Obama administration’s Iraq strategy, including its efforts to resurrect Iraqi security forces and the focus of U.S. and Iraqi attention on retaking the city of Mosul by the end of this year.”
“After the Ramadi defeat, the Obama administration’s next major test in the region comes from an Iranian cargo vessel heading, accompanied by two warships, for the Yemeni Red Sea port of Hodeida and scheduled to dock Thursday, May 21. According to Tehran, the ship will unload 2,500 tons of humanitarian aid for Yemen, and the hundreds of passengers who disembark are Red Crescent medical relief workers.
The Saudi, US and Egyptian fleets have imposed a sea and air blockade on Yemen to prevent Iran provding the Yemeni Houthi rebels with fresh arms. Saudi and other regional intelligence agencies are convinced that the “paramedics” are in fact Revolutionary Guards officers and instructors in disguise, sent to strengthen the Houthi revolt.”
Debka likes to link everything but this is more of a challenge from Iran to Egypt and Saudi Arabia then the US. This could be a major flash point. If Egypt decides to board the ship it could spark a war but I think Iran is really bluffing here.
“Arab military chiefs held an unpublicized meeting in Cairo Monday to confirm coordinated plans for Egyptian-led regional intervention into the eastern Libya region of Cyrenaica to drive out the armed extremists, who have kept the country locked in chaos since Muammar Qaddafi’s ouster, and install a stable government in the region;s capital of Benghazi. The meeting was attended by the chiefs of staff of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sudan and the Libyan Tobruk government. Talks are ongoing with France and Libya to take part in the operation. Both have a direct interest in putting a stop to the ungoverned flow of African refugee migrants to Europe through Libya, which is being used by Islamic State terrorists to infiltrate Europe. France will be asked for logistic support and special forces for the Libyan operation and Italy to provide naval support. Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi is seeking early military action cut down the fast-expanding ISIS threat to his country, the region and southern Europe.”
This is Obama’s mess. Where is he to fix it?
“Vic Batista: We are living in exciting times, right, Nathan? These are not really times to be fearful, for as Christians these are exciting times.
Nathan Jones: No doubt. I used to while growing up as kid think we were living in such a dull time. Wouldn’t it be cool to be living back with the Medieval knights or some other time period. Now I realize we are living in one of the most exciting time periods in all of human history, because we are the generation that is living when Israel has become a nation again. The Lord said in Matthew 24 that when Israel is a nation again, when the fig tree re-blossomed, that would be the generation that would see His return. That’s us!”
“Q. A friend of mine wants to know ‘why can’t a prophecy today be considered scripture, if it is all inspired by the Holy Spirit?’
A. There are two reasons. First, Scripture is defined as that collection of 66 books called the Holy Bible. Since the time is was accepted (canonized) it has been viewed as complete and nothing has been added to it.
Second, the gift of prophecy, as practiced in the church today, is much different from the office of prophet, wherein God appointed a man to speak for Him on Earth, often revealing new aspects of His plan. The last person who held the office of Prophet was Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-2).
Today the gift of prophecy is meant to illuminate Scripture, not create or modify it. For that reason it must conform to the Word of God as it’s already been revealed. In other words, it only helps us understand Scripture, it doesn’t become Scripture.”
“According to Bishop John McAreavey, the Chair of the Council for Justice & Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, statistics show that the situation of Christian persecution in the world is far more dire than most people understand.”
“80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed against Christians.”
Why isn’t the Pope bringing the worlds attention to this instead of rebelling against God and recognizing false Palestinian claims to Israeli land?
“The numbers are stark. Almost 1.5 million Christians lived in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Between the U.S.-led invasion that toppled his regime in 2003 and the rise of Islamic State, three-fourths of the country’s Christians are believed to have fled Iraq or died in sectarian conflict. The carnage continues. Of the 300,000 Christians remaining in 2014, some 125,000 have been driven from their homes within the past year, according to a March report on “60 Minutes.”
The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) worth around $1.87bn to Israel for joint direct attack munition (JDAM) tail kits, munitions, and associated equipment, parts and logistical support.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress about the possible sale. Under this proposed deal, approximately 14,500 KMU-556C / B JDAM tail kits will be delivered to Israel. Of the total, 10,000 JDAMs will be used for Mk-84, 500 bombs, as well as Mk-83, 4,000, Mk-82, 3,500 Mk-82, 4,500 Mk-83, 50 BLU-113, and 4,100 GBU-39 Small Diameter bombs. “Under this proposed deal, approximately 14,500 KMU-556C / B JDAM tail kits will be delivered to Israel.”
In addition, the delivery will also include 1,500 Mk-83 and 700 BLU-109 Paveway kits, as well as 3,000 AGM-114K / R Hellfire missiles, 250 AIM-120C advanced medium range air-to-air missiles and 500 DSU-38A / B Detector Laser Illuminated Target kits for JDAMs. These deliveries will help Israel’s self-defence requirements and the munitions will allow it to maintain operational capability of its existing systems, while also improve interoperability with the US. For the US, this deal will allow it to maintain its national interests to assist Israel in order to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defence capability. Principal contractor for this sale will be Boeing. In May this year, the US State Department approved a potential FMS to Singapore for equipment, including eight KMU-572/B 500lb JDAM tail kits, nine KMU-556/B 2000lb JDAM tail kits and two FMU-152 munition fuse units.
“Examples uncovered by NGO Monitor include:
The ENP report fails to specifically mention violent attacks against Jewish targets, despite the steep rise in such attacks in 2014. In sharp contrast, the report discusses in detail actions done by individuals or groups that are identified by the EU as “extremist Israelis” or “far-right Jewish groups.”
The report also wrongfully identifies the Israeli restrictions and Egypt’s closing of the smuggling tunnels to Gaza as the “primary obstacle for long-term economic development” in Gaza.
“This unsupported claim fails to acknowledge Hamas’s violent takeover of Gaza in 2007, continuous terror attacks from Gaza, and the uncontrolled flow of arms that compelled an Israeli response in order to protect civilians from attacks,” noted NGO Monitor.
The report does not mention Hamas’s grave violations of international law and human rights, including the use of UNRWA facilities, mosques, and hospitals to stockpile weapons and shield combatants. Simultaneously, the report does not address Israel’s humanitarian commitment to the so-called “humanitarian windows” (cease fires to transport of civilians to in Israeli hospitals) during military operations, as Hamas repeatedly violated the cease-fires.
NGO Monitor also noted that Israel is the only ENP country that has an entire chapter devoted to responsibilities under international law, including other ENP countries involved in territorial disputes and/or armed conflicts.
“This deviation from the standard template of ENP reports highlights the EU’s singling out of Israel and follows significant lobbying efforts from highly politicized NGOs,” the group said.
“Like previous ENP Progress Reports on Israel, the EU relies extensively on material provided by a narrow group of fringe NGOs, resulting in a distorted approach that has affected the reports’ content and credibility,” added Professor Steinberg.”
“Additional F-35 jets, anti-missile defense batteries reportedly part of package to win Israel’s quiet acceptance of nuclear accord, Israeli media reports.”