Articles of the Day 8/21/15: Northern Border Starting To Flare
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
Netanyahu was just up in the north last week inspecting the northern border. They obviously knew something was brewing. Also last week Iran released that 300-like video depicting terror groups (funded and trained by Iran) overlooking Jerusalem. The Iran nuke deal has given Iran new found boldness. Hezbollah is staying out of this. Islamic Jihad has taken over provocation duties on the northern front.
“Defense Minister links Iran with rocket fire from Syria, warns things will get worse once the sanctions are lifted.”
“This is the second airstrike launched by Israel in response to rockets launched by Islamic Jihadists from the Syrian Golan Heights on Thursday.”
“Palestinian commander planned assault, and Islamic Jihad carried it out, defense sources say; IDF responds with largest assault in decades.”
“In a joint operation involving the IAF, the artillery corps and the armored corps, IDF hits 14 targets belonging to the Assad regime.”
“The Israeli air force struck Syrian army positions in the Quneitra region of the Golan Thursday night, in quick succession after the artillery and Tamuz guided missile attacks on those positions, in response to the four-rocket salvo fired earlier from the Golan into northern Israel. The Israeli army accuses Iran of orchestrating. the rocket attack, as DEBKAfile reported.”
“Israelis living on the western slopes of the Golan have just been told to seek shelter from an unspecified danger from across the northern borders. The warning alert was circulated to Gonen, Kfar Szold, Lahavot Habashan, Neot Mordecai and the Huleh Valley. No details are provided about the source of the threat.”
“Iran is trying to transfer state-of the-art weaponry, including the SA-22 (Pantsir- S1) air defense system and the Y‑akhont anti-ship cruise missile, from military storehouses in Syria to Hezbollah, Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday from Berlin.”
No word on nuke transfers yet.
“Israel strikes Syria after rockets hits Golan and Galilee; tensions high in the West Bank and South as Allaan ends his hunger strike.”
“Two Iron Dome batteries were posted Thursday opposite Gaza in Ashdod and Beersheba after repeated Jihad Islami rocket threats.”
“After alleged brain damage suffered by Mohammed Allan leads to his release, details emerge of his terrorist past.”
All terrorists have some sort of brain damage. He will recover and return to terror.
“Hamas accuses Egyptian intelligence of kidnapping senior commandos who were in Sinai en route to Iran for training.”
Not sure what the Egyptian motive would be. Israelis more likely conducted this operation to gain intelligence.
“Military assessments singal out Hamas naval commandos as significant threat in next conflict with high motivation, advanced training and Western technology.”
This article highlights the concern the IDF about Hamas naval commandos.
“Arabs hit motorcyclist in head with rocks near site of gas station stabbing; three others wounded including a baby – day after baby wounded.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“State-run media cites intelligence sources saying 430 PKK militants killed in Iraq, another 260 in southeastern Turkey.”
“But it’s a dangerous bet. As the Obama administration doles out weapons and money to fend off one extremist threat in Lebanon, it’s risking that U.S. equipment might end up supporting another group that’s no friend to America: the Shiite paramilitary organization Hezbollah — a key ally of Iran, backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and unrelenting foe of U.S. ally Israel.”
“There are two areas of God’s Word that have been terribly ignored and abused in the history of the Church. They are the opening of the Bible and the conclusion of the Bible — the books of Genesis and Revelation. People have tended to spiritualize the opening of the Bible by claiming that the 6 days of Creation were really 6 million or 60 million or 600 million years. When you start out spiritualizing the Bible by claiming that it doesn’t really mean what it says, there is a tendency to do the same thing with the ending of the Bible, arguing that the book of Revelation really doesn’t mean what it says.”
“Q. In regard to end times, will God only do the things that have been revealed thru scripture? I know He has had a plan from the beginning. Could he even change this plan if he wanted to? Will he “tweak” it some? Does Satan have free will too? If so, why would Satan not change his plan because he can read the Bible too?
A. In Amos 3:7 God had the prophet say, “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”
Knowing the end from the beginning, including all of Satan’s attempts to thwart His will, God does not need to change or tweak His plan. He has already seen the successful outcome.
This is why prophecy is often called “history written in advance. ” It always comes to pass just as God described it.”
“Pastor McConnell’s prosecution is one of a growing number of examples in which British authorities — who routinely ignore incendiary speech by Muslim extremists — are using hate speech laws to silence Christians.”
“The one specific way you can help protect girls and women from Islamic rape and slavery.”