Articles of the Day 9/23/15: Like A Blind Date
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
- Drizzle rocket attack returns to the Southern border– No rocket attacks in the past two days. ⇓
- Deepening Russian involvement in Syria–Reports now of at least 28 Russian combat aircraft in Syria. Russia also expanding naval base in Syria. ⇑⇑
- Precarious position of Damascus–No major offensives reported in or near Damascus in the last two days. ⇓
- Temple Mount tensions at an all time high–Israel pushes back against Jordan. ⇑
- US retreat from Middle East– ⇔
- Pope Francis active in politics–While in the US, Pope calls for halting ‘Climate Change’. ⇑
- Refugee migration to Europe–⇔
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“During the night, an IDF soldier was lightly wounded from stone throwing near Joseph’s Tomb. This incident joins many others in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas, where dozens of Israelis had stones and Molotov cocktails thrown at them.”
‘Peace loving’ Palestinians continue to attack women and children with rocks. Odd, since they really want peace so badly. Experts are scratching their heads.
“Children aged 10-11 hurled rocks at an Egged bus as afterschool recreation. Their young age means they’ll likely go free.”
Children attacking children. Nice culture those Palestinians have there.
“After rumors of his death in Israeli airstrike more than two months ago, Kuntar appears alive and well in TV interview.”
“Operating on assumption sanctions will be lifted, Tehran increases support to proxies, while freezing out Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.”
Another foreign achievement for the Obama administration.
“Hamas gains ground in West Bank as Palestinians despair of the PA and increasingly support its dissolution; two-thirds support Abbas resignation.”
After generations of brain washing, and indoctrination of hate for Israel. The heart of the average Palestinian is harden to the point of no return. Peace never had a chance. Only God can save them now.
“Israel on Monday accused Jordan of exacerbating tensions on the Temple Mount, with inciteful statements and actions.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“Satellite photos taken in mid-September and obtained by IHS Jane’s show Russian forces developing two additional military facilities near Syria’s Mediterranean coast, Rob Munks, editor of IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review, said on Tuesday. Munks said the previously undisclosed work was taking place at a weapons storage facility and a military base north of Latakia, suggesting Russia is preparing to place troops at both locations.”
“A new impressive satellite image has just been released.
It shows at least 12 Su-25 Frogfoot attack planes lined-up on the secondary runway at al-Assad airbase near Latakia, the same airfield hosting the four Russian Air Force Su-30SM multirole combat planes.
It looks like the Frogfoots, the Russian aircraft most suitable for Air Interdiction and potential Close Air Support missions against ISIS have eventually arrived in Syria.
They will operate alongside the Su-24 Fencer jets spotted trailing an Il-78/76 plane over Homs on Sept. 20 (not visible in the latest satellite snapshots).
According to the most recent reports, as many as 28 Russian planes have already been deployed to Syria. The question is: where are those not exposed by satellite imagery yet.”
“The Russian military is expanding its tiny naval facility at Tartus on the Syrian coast to handle bigger warships and transport vessels amid a general buildup of Russian forces in territory controlled by Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Kommersant newspaper reported Monday, citing military sources.”
“The number of Mi-17 and Mi-24 attack helicopters has grown to 15, nearly double the number of helicopters at the base last week, the U.S. official said.
Russia now has 36 armored personnel carriers, nine tanks and two air-defense missile systems at the airfield in Latakia, according to U.S. officials. The ground vehicles and helicopters are consistent with the type of equipment that would presumably be needed to defend the new operations hub. It is believed that there are now more than 500 Russian military personnel operating at the airfield.”
Perhaps just force protection now but at some point Assad will need the Russians to take over offensive operations. If the Russians are serious, and we will soon see if they are, that will have to happen sooner then later.
“As Iran and Russia step up direct support, group says it will shift to defensive stance after helping Assad capture border town.”
Be interesting to see if they really do. Could be the reason the Russians are getting involved now. With Lebanon being so close though I think they will find it hard to disengage.
“Officials say Moscow has already deployed 28 planes, and plans to send 2,000 military personnel for base in Latakia.”
“The meaning of all this is that in everything related to the issue of missile development, Iran will disregard UNSCR 2231. Already during the negotiations, it insisted on no imposition of sanctions on Iran regarding its missile development (and no sanctions at all). When the Americans moved the sanctions on the missile program to UNSCR 2231, Iran did not object, as, according to their statements above, they can violate Security Council resolutions, as they have done in the past, and this will not be regarded as a violation of the JCPOA.”
Now with no sanctions, they are free to violate what ever they want.
“The IDF and Russian military will set up a joint working group to coordinate their Syria-related activities in the aerial, naval, and electromagnetic arenas, a senior defense source said Monday.”
This is so awkward. So are they really going to inform the Russians ahead of time that they are going to destroy SA-300 the Russians sold Syria or Iran? Or hit Hezbollah along the Golan Heights? Notice too the US and Russia are not ‘coordinating’ in Syria. This is like a blind date. You really don’t know what will happen.
“Netanyahu said that he told Putin in “no uncertain terms” that Israel will not tolerate Tehran’s efforts to arm Israel’s enemies in the region, and that Jerusalem has taken and will continue to take action against any such attempts. “This is our right and also our duty. There were no objections to our rights and to what I said. On the contrary: there was readiness to make sure that whatever Russia’s intentions for Syria, Russia will not be a partner in extreme actions by Iran against us.”
Again, awkward and hard to believe. Huge risk for the Russians here.
“Q. 1 Corinthians 15:50 says that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. Yet the Millennium seems to be populated with people in their mortal bodies. How is one to reconcile these two points? Thanks for your response.
A. The Kingdom of God is headquartered in two locations. The one where the church will reside is called the New Jerusalem, where only perfect, immortal beings can enter. (Revelation 21:27) This is what Paul was talking about.
On earth, there will still be natural people who have become believers during the end times judgements. They will go live in their natural state into the kingdom age, which will be headquartered in Israel. If they are Jewish, they’ll live there. And if they are gentiles, they’ll repopulate the nations.
It’s this part of the kingdom that will still experience sin. And that’s why there will be a temple where sacrifices for sin will be conducted daily. (Ezekiel 40-46)”
“Q. I read your writings with great eagerness. This question come as a result of a discussion I’ve had in a forum.
Has the 70th week occurred?
I’ve been taught for many years NO it has not. But this new mathematical equation from a pyramidologist is claimed to prove that it has. That history shows the 70 weeks started in 485 BC and Christ crucified ended it. They threw out a myriad of verses from Daniel 9:25-27, Luke, and Romans to prove the theory.
A. This is what comes from using extra-biblical sources to interpret the bible. There are several points I could illustrate here, but the simplest and clearest one comes from Daniel 9:26-27. This tells us that after the 69th week the Messiah will be cut off, which means executed, leaving one week unfulfilled. That verse alone seems to destroy the theory that all 70 weeks had been fulfilled at the time of the crucifixion.”
“Some high-profile commentators think they smell a Marxist clothed in white papal robes, who dreams of redistributing the world’s wealth. Pope Francis insists that he has little interest in Marxism and that his political advocacy against materialism, capitalism, greed and idolatry are largely religious in nature. However, the flavor of some of his statements might suggest otherwise.”
“They point out that Israel does not possess the heavy bombers — B-2s or B-52s — required to deliver the 15-ton Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or GBU-57. And they say only one air base, Nevatim, has runways that could conceivably be upgraded to handle such flights.
Israeli experts also warn that the tiny country would have to invest a fortune in related infrastructure — simulators, training, facilities, mechanical systems and experts — to handle such weapons. They argue that Israel came close to buying a dozen V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor troop transports last year before putting the $800 million deal on ice after weighing all the associated costs.
Instead, Israel is believed to be focused on acquiring one more squadron of F-15 and F-35 fighter jets, Tomahawk cruise missiles and a bump in annual US military aid from $3 billion to $5 billion as part of upcoming negotiations over a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding when the current one expires in 2017.”
Like all US allies in the region, Israel regards US reassurance as meaningless. Nice job Obama!
“The trickle-down effect: Palestinian with terror links speaks to third graders in Ithaca, NY about ‘Israeli oppression.'”
Third grade must be the most opportune time to brainwash kids. The Palestinians would know this very well.