Articles of the Day 9/2/15: A Game Changer?
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“Blaming wars with Israel and blockade for deteriorating situation in Gaza, UN report makes no mention of Hamas and its terror activities.”
Scare mongering by the UN won’t change the fact Hamas is the root cause. But rather then holding Hamas accountable the UN prefers fiction.
“Incident marks second time in 24 hours in which terror groups in Strip try but fail to hit Israel with rockets.”
Interesting how ‘human rights’ groups neglect to acknowledge the danger terrorists groups pose to their hostage populations. I would wager Palestinians rockets have killed more Palestinians then Israelis.
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“American commandos and CIA have jointly launched a secret drone operation to track down and kill senior Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in Syria, The Washington Post is reporting in Wednesday editions.
According to the Post, the campaign is an independently run initiative that is separate from the overall military effort being waged against the extremist movement by the US and other regional allies.
The new campaign is considered to be an escalation of the CIA’s involvement in the war against ISIS. Thus far it has yielded results, including the recent killing of a British national thought to be behind ISIS’ social media efforts.
According to the Post, American counter-terrorism officials say that the secret plan is the latest indication that decision-makers in Washington now view ISIS as a more menacing threat than al-Qaida.”
Most experts agree the American air war against ISIS is an utter failure. So a slightly different approach will be tried. Doubtful this effort will have much more success.
“The Russians do not harbor offensive intentions towards Israel or other sovereign states in the area, and their main stated goal is battling ISIS and preserving Assad’s rule. However, their presence will represent a challenge to the Israeli Air Force’s freedom of operation in the skies above the Middle East.”
This is a game changer! Depending on what type of aircraft the Russians send in, the balance of power in the air is no longer assured in the favor of Israel in Syria. Surgical attacks in Syria by Israel may be off limits for now. Not that Israel can’t handle Russian pilots. But the Israeli government may not want to risk a confrontation with Russia if they contest the air. So again, it comes down to Israeli will.
Hezbollah and Iran will no doubt try to take advantage of the air cover provided by Russia and move advanced weapons to Lebanon. They may also attempt to stir trouble in the Golan. Remember a couple of weeks ago there were reports Israel was considering a limited ground incursion into Syria. Where is that idea now? I don’t think Russia wants to get into a shooting war in Syria as they are heavily involved in Ukraine already. It’s a risky move by Putin honestly. Think about all the air activity over Syria and Iraq. You got: US fighters, Israeli fighters, Syrian fighters, now Russian fighters which could all be operating in near or same air space. Not too mention Turkish or Jordanian fighters which could also intervene.
Here is another thing to think about. We don’t know what type of Russian fighters will be used but the Sukhoi SU-34 is a possibility. It is designed to attack ground and naval targets and can carry nuclear bombs. It was always been assumed Israel would be the one to nuke Damascus fulfilling biblical prophecy in Isaiah 17 because Israel was the only power with a nuke and the motive to attack Damascus. Israel will be blamed no matter what, but if Damascus falls, which might be soon, who else would have motive to nuke Damascus? It could be Assad using a Russian nuke in a desperate attempt to bring Israel in the war or perhaps Russia performs the act.
“In recent weeks, the Russians have taken four military steps related to Syria:
1. On Aug. 18, six of Russia’s advanced MIG-31 Foxhound interceptor aircraft landed at the Syrian Air Force’s Mezze Airbase, which is the military section of Damascus international airport. After the fighters landed, they were immediately followed by giant Russian Antonov AN-124 Condor cargo planes carrying 1,000 of Russia’s 9M133 Kornet anti-tank missiles.
The advanced jets are intended to serve as air support for the Russian units that arrive in Syria.
2. Before the Russian planes landed in Damascus, Moscow reached an agreement with Washington for the removal of NATO’s Patriot missile batteries from Turkey. The removal was carried out gradually during the month of August, thus preventing the possibility that NATO Patriot missiles could hit Russian fighters carrying out operations in Syrian airspace.
3. During the last week of August, a large number of Russian troops, mostly logistical teams whose job is to lay the groundwork for the arrival of the combat units, arrived in Syria. The troops were seen in Damascus and in Jablah district of Lattakia province, where the Russian forces are building a military base.
4. Our intelligence sources also report that Moscow has started to supply Damascus with satellite imagery of the ground situation on the different fronts.”
Explains why US Patriot systems were suddenly removed from the region. Patriot systems also removed form Jordan. Will the MIG-31 contest with Israel over the airspace of Syria? I don’t think they will use these as they are not top line new models.
“Extending aid by a decade, R&D collaboration, F-35 strike fighters among measures eyed for heightened US-Israel security cooperation; ‘Band-Aids on a hemorrhage,’ says one critic.”
All that expensive hardware is worthless if Israel is nuked. It only takes one to eliminate Israel. The White House must really think the Israelis are stupid.
“The same day the raids were launched, the daily Bugun claimed to have documented weapons-related supplies being transferred from Turkey to IS in Syria. The grave banner headline read, “War supplies for ISIS at Akcakale,” and was followed by two full pages of “shocking” color photos.”
“Kuwait has been on alert since a suicide bomber killed 27 people in an attack on a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the capital, Kuwait City, on June 26.”
Seems like where ever there is evil Iran is behind it. Take out Iran and Turkey would there be peace in the Middle East?
“Q. I have always understood from Romans 11: 25-26, that all Jews will be saved as they have been hardened by God so that the full numbers of Gentiles can come in? Please help to further enlighten.
A. Romans 11:25-26 does not say all Jews will be saved. It says all Israel will be saved. That means all 12 tribes will be represented in Israel during the Kingdom Age (Ezekiel 48). In Romans 2:28-29 Paul said that in God’s sight being Jewish is more than outward appearance or physical behavior. It has to be internal and spiritual.
Jesus said that no one will see the Kingdom of God unless he’s born again (John 3:3) and no one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6) This includes both Jews and Gentiles.
Israel’s national repentance will take place near the end of the Great Tribulation and is described in Zechariah 12:10 .”
“Historical, political, and societal factors have turned Israel an epicenter of security innovation, attracting companies like Microsoft.”
“Francis is expected to enthusiastically endorse a new U.N. document that promises to wipe out poverty by 2030 by reordering the world economy along the lines of socialist principles. The document, titled “Transforming Our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” also seeks to “strengthen universal peace” and usher in a new era of shared prosperity.”
Aside from the September convergence hysteria the article alludes too, the Pope’s trip to the US could be revealing. Look for any trends where he proposes one world government, religion, and economy. These are doctrines of demons and something the False Prophet would champion. I become more convinced each day that this Pope is indeed the False Prophet.
“They keep close tabs on potential terrorists. They connect the dots to build a situational assessment. They direct infantry forces from the moment a target is discovered to the second it’s neutralized. And they do it all with incredible precision. Meet the elite unit of the Combat Intelligence Corps: The Target Intelligence Unit.”