Articles of the Day 7/6/16: Life is Hard for Hezbollah

Current Major Trends To Watch

(=increasing, =decreasing =no change)

Deepening Russian involvement in Syria
Temple Mount tensions
Palestinian terror
Palestinian incitement
US retreat from Middle East
Pope Francis active in politics
Northern border tension
Southern border tension
One world government advancement
One world religion advancement

 

Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)

Hamas ops admit to building tunnels beneath homes and mosques in Gaza

“An investigation conducted by the Shin Bet reveals that Hamas builds terror tunnel shafts underneath civilian structures, residential areas, and mosques. Additionally, rocket launch sites have also been discovered within civilian areas. Their location openly endangers the civilian population in the Gaza Strip.”

US accuses Israel of systematically seizing Palestinian land

“State Department says plans for new homes in East Jerusalem, West Bank raise questions about Israel’s commitment to peace; Netanyahu: Palestinian incitement is the problem, not Israel building.”

Typical of the US to pick settlement building not Palestinian violence as the impediment to peace. Israel should keep building it is their land. Best response to the constant violence from Palestinians is too keep building.

Over half of Israelis support annexing the West Bank

“According to a survey by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, over half of the Israeli population supports annexing the West Bank.”

Shaked seeks end to ‘judicial intifada’ against Jewish farmers

“Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) signed on Tuesday a series of reform aimed at curbing the use of Israel’s judicial system as a political weapon against Jewish farmers in Judea and Samaria.

The changes, referred to as the “Jordan Valley Reforms”, protect employers from baseless lawsuits filed by non-citizens who possess no property inside of Israel and offer no credible evidence for their claims.

Ordinarily in a lawsuit a plaintiff who loses his or her case or who files a claim ruled to be without merit must compensate the defendant for the costs imposed on them by the suit. Plaintiffs in most lawsuits are also required to pay a filing fee prior to the suit.

In most Israeli labor courts, however, plaintiffs are not required to pay any filing fee or offer any collateral.

In recent years Jewish farmers in Judea and Samaria, particularly in the Jordan Valley area, have been inundated with labor court lawsuits filed by Palestinian Authority residents, the overwhelming majority of which have been found to be without basis.

Arab plaintiffs living beyond the Green Line and possessing no property accessible by Israel courts are thus able to file endless claims with penalty or punishment, and as such have nothing to lose.

While very few cases succeed in court, some farmers buckle under the pressure and settle out of court, paying out a small fraction of the original claim. According to data provided to Arutz Sheva, the average compromise settlement in these cases stands at around six percent of the figure demanded in the filing.

For some farmers, paying out what amounts to extortion money is cheaper and easier than fighting the fraudulent claims in court.”

Crackdown on Hezbollah accounts raises tensions in Lebanon

“Implementation of US sanctions on militia’s finances could lead to closure of hospitals and charities.”

Odd article from an Israeli media outlet. Fails to mention that sanctions also limit Hezbollah’s ability to carry out terror attacks globally and against Israel. This provides some stability because Hezbollah is the main aggressor on Israel’s northern border. Yes Hezbollah will whine about hospitals and charities but they are mostly cover so they can carry acts of terror and enjoy the support of the local people. Hezbollah went out and made an enemy of the United States so they should not be surprised. Life is hard for Hezbollah right now.

Lapid rips UNRWA ‘insanity’

“Yesh Atid chief rejects UNRWA criticism over demolitions of terrorist homes, slams UNRWA incitement. ‘Why do you erase Israel on your maps?'”

Atid is right, and the UNRWA bias against Israel is well documented. There are many corrupt institutions in the UN but the UNRWA is at the top of that list.

Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)

Syrian army declares 72-hour nationwide ceasefire

“Damascus (AFP) – The Syrian army said Wednesday it was observing a 72-hour ceasefire across the country coinciding with the festival marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.”

All that momentum from the Russian intervention seems to have been lost.

Hezbollah’s mounting losses in Aleppo

“The most likely explanation behind the mass casualties is that Russia was not on board when the Syrian regime and Iran launched their Aleppo offensive. Nasrallah argued the fighting near Aleppo was necessary to “defend what remains of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan.” However, it seems that Hezbollah was not able to convince Russia to fully support this battle. “Nasrallah’s latest speech exposed Iran’s failure to convince Moscow to fully join the fight to retake Aleppo and its countryside from the opposition,” wrote Mustafa Fahs, a former fellow at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Interfax news agency also quoted Russia’s ambassador to Syria saying that he did not expect the Syrian army to assault the city in the near future. Nevertheless, it seems that Iran had a plan to change Russia’s position, but the strategy backfired. “Iran was trying to drag Russia into Aleppo by starting the fight there alone and hoping that the developments on the ground would push the later to join. However, it seems that Hezbollah is the one who paid the heaviest price for Iran’s gamble,” said a Western diplomat based in Lebanon, who spoke under the condition of anonymity.”

 

Bible Prophecy

How Can I Stop Doubting The Pre-Trib Rapture?

Q. My question is this; As followers of Jesus and believers in the pre-trib rapture, how can we protect ourselves from re-occurring doubts about the rapture? I am surrounded by opposition to faith in the rapture and often begin to think that I might be so motivated to believe that I convince myself it is truth, especially when the Bible can be interpreted to say otherwise at times. Do you have any suggestions beyond the basics of nurturing our faith such as time in fellowship with the Lord, time studying His word, fellowship with like-minded believers, etc.?

 

A. The exact timing of the Rapture cannot be known in advance. But I disagree with you that the Bible can be interpreted to say any thing other than pre-trib and still remain true to its intent. There are several indications, both implicit and explicit, that require a pre-trib rapture. To arrive at any different conclusion requires either a departure from a strict literal interpretation or worse, an actual re-interpretation of Scripture.

The way you protect yourself from doubts about the rapture’s timing is to know your scripture so well that you can’t be confused or misled by others. It’s not just a matter of faith. It’s a matter of understanding all the the Bible teaches about the Church. By gaining this knowledge you can know for certain that the rapture will precede all the end times judgments.”

Meanwhile…

All Israelis Will Have to Join Biometric Database From Next Year, Minister Says

In event marking millionth person to sign on, Interior Minister Dery says after end of pilot phase, all passports, ID cards will be biometric; ‘I can say with certainty that this is a secure database.’

Israel, US syncing missile defense systems for joint response to future attacks

“In face of the increasing missile threat to Israel, the Defense Ministry and the US Missile Defense Agency completed a test in recent days aimed at synching Israeli and American air defense systems so they can operate cooperatively in a future war.”

‘Political correctness is a weapon’

“Jay Shapiro claims that Western society is under siege by radical Islam. In his opinion, political correctness is often employed by jihadists as a weapon in their war on Western civilization.”

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