Articles of the Day 8/15/16: A Jewish Third Temple?
Current Major Trends To Watch
(⇑=increasing, ⇓=decreasing ⇔=no change)
Deepening Russian involvement in the Middle East– ⇔
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)
“That’s because technological innovations are turning them into intelligence-gathering platforms that can reveal the exact location of hostile combatants all around them, keeping them lethal and relevant to 21st-century Middle Eastern warfare.”
“The Mediterranean is fast filling up with bigger and more sophisticated warships than ever before, leaving the Israeli Navy lagging behind and short of the new kind of vessels needed to meet the changing challenges to its shores and marine assets, notably from seaborne terror.
Israel’s naval edge has melted down rapidly in the past year.
Egypt took delivery in June of the first of two advanced French Mistral-class helicopter carriers, the Gemal Abdel Nasser, with the second due in two months. Each carries 46 attack helicopters. And Russia has moved over to the Mediterranean its aircraft carrier, as well as a fleet of cruisers and nuclear surface and submarine vessels.”
“Since that war several top Hezbollah commanders were assassinated, including ”defense minister” Imad Mughniyeh and his successor and brother-in-law Mustafa Badreddine, in operations attributed to the Mossad. This shows how Israeli intelligence managed to deeply penetrated the Lebanese Shi’ite group.
Hezbollah is a much weaker organization while Israel is much stronger. This is also due to the bloody civil war in Syria in which at least 1,600 Hezbollah fighters were killed and another 6,000 wounded. Not a small matter for an army – conscripts and reservists combined – of 45,000.”
“The first sign of Hamas’s frightening platform emerged when one of its top muftis, Yunis Al-Astal, issued a fatwa banning Palestinians from voting for any other party other than Hamas. “Any person, male or female, who votes for a party other than Hamas will be considered an infidel and apostate and his or her repentance will not be accepted even if they fasted or prayed or performed the hajj [pilgrimage] to Mecca,” the mufti ruled.”
“Despite the weight of their history and its primary place in the Jewish national consciousness, the Jews have never allowed their tragic and tumultuous past to impede the development of their future. Nowhere is this more evident than in the crystallisation of the Jewish yearning to return and self-govern, into a coherent national liberation movement rooted in decolonisation and indigenous rights, which restored the Jews to their ancestral lands and saw the rebirth of a Jewish homeland.”
Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)
“The head of Iran’s Martyr Foundation, Mohammad Ali Shahidi, admitted Saturday that at least 400 people were killed fighting in the pro-Iranian Shiite militias fighting for Bashar Assad in Syria as Tehran’s proxies. Their families would receive financial support. Announcing the number, the Revolutionary Guards said around half of them were Afghan. DEBKAfile: This was the first time any Iranian official has attached a figure to casualties for the pro-Iranian militias from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq fighting in Syria under the command of IRGC officers. However, according to DEBKAfile, the real death toll is much higher than the official figure.”
“The event, organized by the Women in Green organization, has been held every year since 1994, and both memorializes the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem and calls for the restoration of full Jewish sovereignty across the Land of Israel.”
“The first two Temples were destroyed because we failed miserably. G-d gave us two chances and we blew it. He won’t do that again. The third Temple will be the final Temple and it will be everlasting. It must be built on the firmest of foundations with the strongest morals and principles behind it. It will not be built catering to one faction or the other. It will not be a place of tension and feuding. It must be a place where not only can all Jews freely flock but all nations of the world as well. We will ALL bring our own unique voices to declare the Name of G-d as One.”
Reading the whole article it sort of sounds like the author is a proponent of interfaithism.
“The Washington Times and the Jerusalem Post were very lonely in reporting that Muslim animosity toward Israel’s 47-member Olympic delegation has triggered a reprimand from the International Olympic Committee and protest from Jewish groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, which issued a statement this week decrying anti-Israel “hostility” in Rio de Janeiro.”