Articles of the Day 10/20/15: Now The Demands Come
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– Russians to build another base and air strip in Syria. ⇑
Precarious position of Damascus– ⇔
Temple Mount tensions at an all time high– ⇔
Palestinian terror across Jerusalem– Abbas demands Israeli’s hand over Western Wall. ⇑⇑⇑⇑⇑
US retreat from Middle East– Another US carrier vacates the Middle East with no replacement. ⇑
Pope Francis active in politics– ⇔
Hezbollah\Iran military buildup in north– ⇔
Northern Border Tension– ⇔
Southern Border Tension– ⇔
“Update: Last night after a beautiful time of prayer and worship over him, Jack went home to meet his Savior. It wasn’t the healing I, and so many others, had asked and believed for. But it is, in Jack’s words, the ultimate healing. Below are the words that he wrote in 2006 that bring me comfort in this while my heart is broken. I pray they give you comfort as well.”
This happened so suddenly I’m still processing it. I learned so much from Jack. So many people can say that. Sad that he is gone now. God bless you Jack!
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“Terror wing’ of PA ruling party follows Hamas in calling for suicide bombings, urges ‘popular struggle.’
“Proposal likely to pass due to automatic Arab-Muslim majority there; proposal also condemns Israel for calling on its citizens to bear arms.”
Now the demands come. With a knife at the neck of Israel.
“Israel cannot accept the French draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council,” Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. “It doesn’t mention Palestinian incitement; it doesn’t mention Palestinian terrorism; and it calls for the internationalization of the Temple Mount.”
Remember this is Israeli land. It would be like the UN telling the US that Ground Zero must be handed over to International observers. Because of the tension caused by the 9/11 attacks by Muslims you should reduce the tension by submitting your territory to the UN (who will then give it to Muslims). See how stupid the logic is? Why do they call it a “Jerusalem Shrine”? It’s a Jewish holy site, on Jewish holy land, given to the Jews by God! What are you so afraid of Bloomberg?
“PTSD experts note psychological help hotlines are overwhelmed, as public is inundated with news, images of attacks from within.”
Imagine living this way.
“During the night of October 19, a joint IDF and ISA operation led to the arrest of Hamas leader Hassan Yousef, in Beitunia, southwest of Ramallah. Hassan Yousef (1955), resident of Ramallah, is a leader of the Hamas terror organization in the Judea and Samaria region. Yousef has been arrested and imprisoned multiple times in the past. During the Second Intifada Yousef was arrested with the assistance of his son Mosab who published the autobiography Son of Hamas and now lives in the United States. He has been actively instigating and inciting terrorism by publicly encouraging and praising the execution of attacks against Israelis.
“Hamas’ leaders cannot expect to propagate violence and terror from the comfort of their living-rooms and pulpits of their mosques.” Explains Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, IDF Spokesman, “You cannot encourage, promote and praise the death of the innocent. The IDF will act swiftly in order to contain the hateful incitement that jeopardizes the safety and well being of Israelis and Palestinians alike.”
“I am dismayed, as we all should be, when I see young people, children, picking up weapons and seeking to kill,” UN secretary-general said.”
No it won’t bring peace but it will make the Israelis safer from attacks by Palestinians. That is about the best they can hope for right now. Leaders in the world just can’t bring themselves to hold the Palestinians accountable.
“JERUSALEM – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews announced this week that it will send 4,000 Israeli Shekels, or approximately $1,034, to every individual or family injured in the ongoing wave of terrorist attacks against Israelis.”
“The drill is part of an annual IDF training exercise on the Golan to test the security forces’ preparedness. From Monday night to Thursday, the practice will entail heavy traffic in northern Israel and explosions.”
“PA chief negotiator silent on knife attacks, demands UN investigate Israel’s “executions” of Palestinians.”
Just one of many examples of Palestinian incitement.
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group left U.S. 5th Fleet on Tuesday with no public timeline for when its replacement will reach the Middle East to continue U.S. air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq in Syria (ISIS) targets.”
“Russian commanders are now looking to create “a single base that would include sea, air and land components,” said Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper published Friday.”
“The Kremlin’s real goal is to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad retake as much as possible of the territory his forces have lost to opponents, including U.S.-backed rebels, Russian officials told Bloomberg News. Moscow’s deployment of several dozen planes, as well as ships in the Black and Caspian Seas, could last a year or more, one official said.”
This is no big surprise. The real question is, will Russia prevent Israeli attempts to prevent weapons transfers to Hezbollah? The first time Israel attempts to attack (if they even try) and the Russian response will be very revealing.
“ERBIL (Reuters) – U.S. Marine General Joseph Dunford played down the chances of Russia joining the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State in Iraq in the near future as he made his first trip to Iraq as top U.S. military official.”
Putin’s main goal is to preserve the Assad regime, but a secondary goal is to increase Russian influence during the US retreat. I see Putin and Iran eyeing Iraq. Obama completely blew it in the Middle East.
“While there might be some dispute over whether the Russians are hitting ISIS targets versus other Syrian rebel groups opposed to the Assad regime, if the sortie generation number is accurate—it is an extremely impressive feat. That would put the Vozdushno-KosmicheskieSily Rossii on par with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy in terms of turning aircraft. But while the Russian forces might be able to surge their sortie generation rate up to eighty-eight per day, it remains to be seen if they can maintain that pace for long.”
“Rebels battling the Syrian army and its allies near Aleppo said on Monday they had received new supplies of U.S.-made anti-tank missiles from states opposed to President Bashar al-Assad since the start of a major government offensive last week. The rebels from three groups contacted by Reuters said new supplies had arrived in response to the attack by the army, which is backed up by Russian air strikes and on the ground by Iranian fighters and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. The delivery of the U.S.-made TOW missiles to rebels in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria appears to be an initial response to the new Russian-Iranian intervention. Foreign states supporting the rebels include Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.”
“Sudan has deployed ground forces to the Yemeni port city of Aden in support of the Arab coalition that is attempting to reinstall the country’s ousted president.”
“The two conflicts have cast the United States and Russia as enemies in one war and nominal allies in the other.”
“Indeed, while there are exceptions, the “progressive” left is overwhelmingly anti-Semitic, anti-Christian and pro-Muslim. Liberals and Islamists, such as those belonging to the American-Islamic terrorist group CAIR, as well as Obama’s pals in the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran, have forged a bizarre and notably incongruous sociopolitical partnership I call the “Islamo-’progressive’ axis of evil.” The only explanation for this, as far as I can tell, is best illustrated by the maxim: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
The common enemy, of course, is Christ Jesus, who is Truth.”
Must read. So true.
“The next day he came back and said, ‘I came to kill you, but last night I saw Jesus, and I want to know what are you teaching – who is this One who held me up from killing you?’” the ministry director told Christian Aid Mission. “He received Christ with tears, and today he’s actually helping in the church, helping out other people. We’re praying for lots of such Sauls to change to Pauls.”
Jesus is working in the Middle East!