Articles of the Day 10/12/15: The Fear of Jewish Prayer
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– Is Russia working ISIS?. ⇑
Precarious position of Damascus– ⇔
Temple Mount tensions at an all time high– Israel may outlaw Islamic movement. ⇑
Palestinian terror across Jerusalem– Attacks by Palestinians continue. ⇑⇑⇑
US retreat from Middle East– US removes Patriots from Turkey despite Russia tension, US may bow out of Syria altogether. ⇑
Pope Francis active in politics– ⇔
Hezbollah\Iran military buildup in north– Could the Russian presence actually prevent weapons transfers to Hezbollah? ⇓
Northern Border Tension– ⇔
Southern Border Tension– More rocket attacks over the weekend with Israeli response. ⇑
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“In last move as Israel’s ambassador to UN, Ron Prosor blasts Security Council for ‘standing in silence’ against attacks on civilians.”
Oh the condemnations will be coming, they just won’t condemning the Palestinians.
“Arab lawmakers sitting in Israel’s Knesset are painting Israel’s Jews as responsible for the violence gripping the Holy Land. But Nazareth Mayor Ali Salam knows who the real troublemakers are. That’s why he’s demanding the Arab MKs stop coming to his town so the Jews will return.”
“Security officials say Abbas is not inciting Palestinians to attack Israelis, PA actually cracking down on violence.”
Not sure I believe this.
“PA head’s advisor calls stabbing murder of two civilians in Jerusalem a ‘heroic operation.’”
“The Islamic Movement is likely to be declared illegal, after ministers met again Sunday night to discuss the latest round of terror attacks.”
“Much of the recent flare-up of violence has centered around Palestinian claims that Israel is seeking to change the decades-old status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a site holy to both Jews and Muslims. The site, which houses the al-Aqsa Mosque, is administered by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf. Under rules set by Israel, Jews are allowed to visit but not to pray at the site. Israel has repeatedly denied that it is intending to make changes to the current rules, and says the accusations are incitement to violence.”
The recent violence and bloodshed is because of something people in the West take for granted. Religious freedom to pray. Jews simply want to pray to God. For whatever reason, Arabs fear this praying to God.
“Op-ed: Moshe Dayan’s historic decision in 1967 to ban Jewish prayer from Temple Mount has evidently hardened Palestinian intransigence rather than encouraged reciprocal imperative for understanding.”
You would think after 48 years of violence and bloodshed the Israeli government would give up this wishful thinking that somehow one day Arabs would be peaceful in return. This is the kind of thinking that actually spurs more violence.
“The attack came as a response to the launching of a rocket from Gaza on Saturday evening, for which Israel sees Hamas as the sole responsible body.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“Advanced weapons used by #Russia to save Assad shows Putin’s intervention in #Syria is no limited op.”
“Air campaign will continue at full force, but Russia not sending any more ground troops, Vladimir Putin insists.”
Given the risks, the investments already made, and what is at a stake I find it hard to believe Russian ground troops won’t be used.
“BEIRUT — American antitank missiles supplied to Syrian rebels are playing an unexpectedly prominent role in shaping the Syrian battlefield, giving the conflict the semblance of a proxy war between the United States and Russia, despite President Obama’s express desire to avoid one.”
“Syrian forces made advances against rebels in Hama and Latakia provinces Saturday as the US and Russia declared “progress” in talks designed to avoid accidents in war-torn Syria’s increasingly crowded air space.”
“Though Russia claims it killed hundreds of ISIS fighters, terrorist organization continues to expand its control in Syria.”
“BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Islamic State registered significant gains on Friday in the area of northwestern Syria that Russian warplanes have been bombing, taking six villages near Aleppo and threatening to cut off an important route north to the Turkish border. Late in the day, there were reports that rebels had reasserted control in one village.”
So after being “bombed relentlessly” by Russia ISIS makes gains? Something smells here.
“The main intention of Russia’s intervention in Syria is to prop up the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad and to do that Russia is seeking to ensure that the Islamic State (I.S.) is the only alternative to Assad’s regime. If the conflict becomes binary—Assad or I.S.—nobody can support I.S., and by default it will be accepted that Assad has to stay; even if international help is not given to put down the insurgency at that point, tacit support and political legitimacy will be extended to Russia’s effort to keep its client regime alive. In service of this mission, Moscow has consistently targeted the moderate rebels and even some non-moderate rebels, while avoiding I.S., in the conscious hope that the rebel positions it destroys will be replaced by I.S. fighters. In northern Syria in the last few days, Russia got its wish in a major way.”
“As Washington abandons modest plans to train rebels, Kurdish forces making new headway in northern Syria against ISIS.”
Will the US finally fully support the Kurds now that plan A has failed…utterly?
“ISTANBUL – Islamic State is the focus of investigations into a twin suicide bombing that killed at least 97 people in the Turkish capital Ankara and investigators are close to identifying one of the suspects, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.”
So Turkey’s plan of bombing the Kurds instead of ISIS is looking rather stupid right now.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has boasted that the Imad Missile has successfully passed all tests and they published video documentation of the experiments. It is capable of hitting a distance of 1,700 kilometers.”
Wow, it sure is a good thing those guys don’t have nukes……oh wait!
“ANKARA, Turkey — The United States has started pulling its Patriot missiles stationed on Turkish soil, Turkish officials said.
“We do not think this is the best time to withdraw these batteries,” said one senior Turkish diplomat. “This is a delicate time for our border with Syria.”
On Oct. 3 and 4, Russian warplanes twice violated Turkish airspace during Moscow’s bombing campaign in Syria aimed at bolstering the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Then on Oct. 7, the Turkish military said that Syria-based missile systems harassed Turkey’s warplanes while eight F-16 jets were on patrol along the Syria border. Turkey also said an unidentified MiG-29 harassed its jets Oct. 6, prompting the Foreign Ministry to summon the Russian ambassador three times in protest.”
It is astounding the US would still remove these defense systems after repeated Russian violations of Turkish air space. I am no fan of Turkey but they are a NATO member are they not?
“Syrian jets and surface-to-air missile systems again locked onto Turkish F-16s, according to news reports.”
“Syrian fighter jets and missile systems harassed Turkish F-16 warplanes near the Turkish-Syrian border on Saturday, the Turkish military said on Sunday, once again bringing the conflict to NATO’s southeastern flank.”
“Israel will provide Russia with intelligence information about opposition sites in Syria to facilitate Moscow’s military operations, Channel 2TV has reported. The Israeli network said that a senior delegation of Russian army officials will arrive in Israel on Tuesday to coordinate the military cooperation.
According to the media report, Israel will submit more requests to the Russians in exchange for “attractive” offers to facilitate the Russian army’s military operations in Syria. It also revealed that Netanyahu and Putin have agreed on several issue in principle, including a Russian pledge to stop the flow of weapons from Syria to Hezbollah, as well as to allow the Israeli air force to carry out operations freely in Syria, even in areas where the Russian army is stationed on the Syrian coast.”
“A week into Russia’s military intervention in Syria, some top White House advisers and National Security Council staffers are trying to persuade President Barack Obama to scale back U.S. engagement there, to focus on lessening the violence and, for now, to give up on toppling the Syrian regime.”
“The stunning move in recent weeks by Russia and Iran to intensify their military alliance and to actually engage in combat operations in Syria, not far from the borders of Israel, has prompted renewed interest in these ancient prophecies. So has Israel’s discovery this month of massive amounts of oil in the Golan Heights, the explosion of Radical Islam and Apocalyptic Islam in the region, and the surge of interest in eschatology (the study of End Times matters) among Muslims, Jews and Christians around the world.”
“The next event on God’s scheduled plan will be the rapture. After that the wrath will be released in the Tribulation, Armageddon will occur at the end of it upon Jesus’ return, the Millennial Kingdom will be established, satan will be bound during that time, then after 1000 years satan will be let out and there will be one more rebellion and then the eternal state will begin with New Jerusalem descending to a new hearth through a new heaven. But next up, the rapture.”
I am not so sure it is the next event on God’s plan, but it will be a significant event for sure. I think there could be a major regional war, perhaps a few, before the rapture takes place though. I do believe it is near.
“Q. I would like to know something about the actual presence of the devil in heaven. Does this mean that his millions of “minions” are also there and for what purpose exactly would they be there? I suppose it cannot be in order to “tempt” the saints to sin, considering that there is no sin in heaven. Is it to accuse them day and night as he did for Job?? Whatever your thoughts on this, I am looking forward to know them and also the scriptures that support them.
A. According to Job 1:6 and Rev.12:10 Satan has access to the Throne of God where his purpose is to accuse the brethren. Rev 12:7-9 speaks of a great battle in heaven where Michael and his angels battle Satan and his, but there the word means the heavens, not God’s Throne.
In 2 Cor. 12:2 Paul wrote about being caught up to the 3rd heaven. This is a strange thing for us because we’ve been taught about only one. But technically there are three. The first heaven is Earth’s atmosphere, often called the air in the Bible. The second heaven is the visible expanse of the universe above our atmosphere, what Genesis 1:8 refers to as the firmament or heaven. In the Hebrew this word is neither singular nor plural, it’s a dual form, denoting 2, the atmosphere and the sky we can see. The 3rd heaven is God’s throne and that’s where Paul went. Satan has access to God’s Throne, but we’re not told of any of his demons being able to join them there. The great battle of Rev.12 is fought in the 2nd heaven, what we would call outer space.”
“Q. If there is no difference between Jew and Greek, etc, then why is there a difference made between Jew and Gentile? I know that Israel is God’s chosen people. So where do Gentiles fit into all this? Is there really a place in The Kingdom for Gentiles?
A. You’re quoting from Galatians 3:28 where Paul is addressing the Church. It means that once a person is born again it doesn’t matter whether he was a Jew or Gentile, now he’s neither. He’s part of the Church.
The Terms Gentile and Greek are often used interchangeably in the Bible. Gentile can refer to those who aren’t Jewish and aren’t part of the Church, since God believes that the Church is a separate race of Human, but often it just means everybody who isn’t Jewish.
The way into the Kingdom for Gentiles is the same as it is for the Jews; through the Lord Jesus.”
“Israel’s “resilient growth model, effective governance and steadily improving debt metrics” are positive signs for future growth, despite a current temporary dip in the economy, Moody’s said in its latest report on Israel, “Credit Analysis: Israel.”
“Israel’s economic growth has outpaced that of most advanced industrial economies over the past decade, supported by a competitive high-tech export sector, substantial spending on research and development and a well-educated labor force,” said Kristin Lindow, a Moody’s senior vice president and co-author of the report.”