Articles of the Day 10/23/15: When is it extortion?
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in Syria– ⇔
Precarious position of Damascus– ⇔
Temple Mount tensions at an all time high– PA, Jordan demand Jewish holy sites in exchange for calm. ⇑⇑
Palestinian terror across Jerusalem– Palestinian attacks are not letting up. ⇑⇑⇑⇑⇑
US retreat from Middle East– ⇔
Pope Francis active in politics– ⇔
Hezbollah\Iran military buildup in north– Will the Russian presence embolden Hezbollah? ⇑
Northern Border Tension– ⇔
Southern Border Tension– ⇔
A message to the Palestinians:
“31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” Ephesians 4:31
Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)
“While in Quneitra, the Iranian general also sought to find out whether Col. Hamid really did die in battle or was targeted for assassination by Israel to distance Iranian commanders from its border.
The possibility of Israeli fighter jets being scrambled against Russian aerial intervention in the Quneitra battle was not ruled out.”
“While the PA’s incitement against Israel continues, Israel agrees to have PA chairman’s brother in law undergo surgery in Tel Aviv.”
“Palestinians have condemned Israeli measures, including the shooting of Palestinians who Israeli security forces believe are about to carry out attacks against Israelis, as heavy-handed or brutal; Israelis see the tough response as essential to protecting the lives of civilians and officers.
Israeli medics saving the lives of attackers, who many Israelis view as terrorists, is nothing new. But what sets Stolero apart is that her father, Alexander Levlovitz, was the first Israeli killed in the new round of Israeli-Palestinian violence that started just over a month ago.”
Jesus would be proud of this lady, for it is written:
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren[c] only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors[d] do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.Matthew 5:43-48
“Deputy Foreign Minister quotes poems taught to Palestinian children which glorify martyrs.”
This is from NPR, normally a Leftist propaganda machine, but even they cannot defend the crimes of the Palestinians.
“Thousands at site of Jewish matriarch’s tomb ahead of day of her passing; UNESCO just recognized site as ‘Muslim.'”
“Gaza university dean of Koran studies approves killing Jewish women and children.”
Dean of Koran studies. So that is what the Koran teaches? You bet!
“Abbas and King Abdullah to present demand in upcoming talks with secretary in Amman, say restoring authority to Waqf would calm tensions.”
This is extortion. What is the definition of extortion. ‘the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats‘. In this case it is land, not money, but same concept. Giving into Palestinian demands will only encourage more demands and more violence.
“In addressing the situation today, it should be clear that there is no justification for any incitement to violence. When you say that Israel wants to undermine the status of the al-Aqsa Mosque or change the status quo on the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif, it is equivalent to yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, given the role that such allegations have played in provoking past violence.
As Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview with National Public Radio last Friday, “There’s no excuse for the violence. No amount of frustration is appropriate to license any violence anywhere at any time. No violence should occur. And the Palestinians need to understand, and President [Mahmoud] Abbas has been committed to nonviolence. He needs to be condemning this, loudly and clearly. And he needs to not engage in some of the incitement that his voice has sometimes been heard to encourage. So that has to stop.”
“The Obama administration is cutting aid to the Palestinians by $80 million in what congressional sources describe as a “message” to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.”
Even the Obama administration cannot deny who the ‘aggressor’ is in this round of terrorism. Abbas blew it with this wave of terror.
“UN suspends and cuts the pay of several UNRWA workers after UN Watch exposed that they incited to anti-Semitic violence.”
“Explicitly supporting violence, terror and terror groups must be the criteria UNRWA uses when hiring. (Ahmed Banat, above, only started teaching at UNRWA last week, showing how much UNRWA checks its employees.)
Unfortunately, all of those are against UNRWA’s neutrality policy for which employees supposedly could be docked for pay or suspended or fired. We have no evidence that this has happened outside of UNRWA’s tepid statement this week with no details.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“The Wall Street Journal quoted American officials who claimed that the US had discovered Israeli air activity over Iran in 2012, amid an extremely high level of tension between the two allies over the nuclear negotiations with Tehran.”
First of all, the Wall Street Journal article is behind a paywall. That alone casts doubts on its credibility. Also, it seems highly unlikely Israel would conduct a ‘dry run’ attack over Iranian territory. That would be way too risky and reveal too much about the plan of attack. Israel would need overflight permission from several countries. I doubt most countries would agree to over flight for a dry run. Highly doubt the Wall Street Journal article.
“TEL AVIV — Israel’s high-resolution eyes in space are keeping close track of Russian efforts to fortify the flailing regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as evidenced by imagery obtained by Defense News from just one satellite.”
“Riyadh and Tehran have thrown diplomatic niceties to the wind and are attacking each other without restraint over Syria and Yemen.”
“Russia and Jordan are to establish a coordination center in Amman for sharing information on counter-terrorism operations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday. Russia is already in touch with Iran, Iraq and Syria through a Baghdad-based center used for the same purpose. Lavrov said Jordan would play a positive part in finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict through negotiations between Damascus and opposition forces, an outcome that Russia itself is pursuing. His Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh said the center would serve as an efficient communication tool for the militaries of the two nations.”
The US also has a counter-terrorism center in Jordan. Despite what is said publicly I believe there is some level of coordination between the US and Russia.
“While it may lose territory in Iraq it will be hard fought and will be far more difficult to displace from major urban centers such as Mosul and Falluja.”
“Syria’s skies are filled with a mess of armed warplanes, and a new “understanding” between the United States and Russia might not help.”
“Eavesdropping by Russia’s intelligence services has found that ISIS is seeking to join forces with the Al-Nusra Front and other rebel groups in their war against the Russian army, said the spokesman of Russia’s Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, on Wednesday.”
“World leaders in America, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East are working to bring about a peace in the Middle East even as three peace agreements between Israel and their neighbors are actually unraveling and may not be in effect for very long.”
I don’t agree with this assessment. The only peace agreement in doubt is the Oslo Accords and since the Palestinians never really adhered to that one in the first place you can’t really count that. The Camp David Accords are as strong as they have ever been with Egypt. The Jordan treaty, despite the rhetoric on the the Temple Mount, is holding up fine mainly because the Jordan military would be no match for Israel. Frankly, Arab nations in the region are more concerned about Iran and ISIS then they are about Israel. It is more likely you will see an alliance with Israel then a breaking of a treaty. Not counting the Palestinians of course.
“Vic Batista: Here we learn that Bible prophecy is supposed to be like a light in a dark place.
Nathan Jones: True, God’s prophetic Word is a light shining in a dark place. When you are driving down a dark tunnel and you can’t see the end of it, you have to turn on your car’s headlights to see a few more feet down the road so as not to crash in the walls.
That is what Bible prophecy is like. We go through life like we are traveling down a dark tunnel. We don’t know what the future has in store for us, but the Word of God lights our path. The Bible shines ahead of us so that we know that when we get to the end there is going to be a gloriously bright light, and that is the light of our eternal life with Jesus Christ.”
“Navy Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Defense Department spokeswoman, confirmed Tuesday that the U.S. has sent A-10s to Turkey after the French news agency Agence France Presse reported that 12 A-10s had arrived at Incirlik Air Base.”
“For the first time ever, the Pentagon has demonstrated its ability to shoot down a ballistic missile in Europe. The test was part of larger event put on by the Martime Theater Missile Defense Forum, or MTMD Forum. On Oct. 20, the U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ross launched an SM-3 interceptor and blew up a two-stage Terrier-Orion target missile. At the same time, USS The Sullivans — another Arleigh Burke vessel — lobbed a less advanced SM-2 surface-to-air missile at mock cruise missiles hurtling toward the ships. The whole event took place in the United Kingdom’s missile range off the Scottish Hebrides islands. The range has more than 18,000 square miles of “sanitized airspace,” according to QinetiQ, the defense contractor that runs the facilities.”
If they can do it in Europe, they can do it in the Middle East. It would not be hard to park a few destroyers in the Med to protect Israel. Bad news for Iran.