Articles of the Day 9/14/16: Tensions Rise in the North

Current Major Trends To Watch

(=increasing, =decreasing =no change)

Deepening Russian involvement in the Middle East– Are the US and Russia really working together on Syria?
Temple Mount tensions–
Palestinian terror–
Palestinian incitement–
US retreat from Middle East– Increase in military aide to Israel.  BDS meeting on Capitol Hill. 
Pope Francis active in politics– Pope Francis warns of Devil, oblivious to his own teachings
Northern border tension– Mortar fire continues from Syria, Israel air attacks. Assad actually fires back. ⇑⇑⇑
Southern border tension– Rocket fire from Gaza. No response from Israel yet.
One world government advancement–
One world religion advancement–

 

Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)

Gaza rocket explodes in southern Israel

“Rocket fired by Gaza terrorists explodes in open area of Eshkol Regional Council. No physical injuries or damages.”

UPDATE: IAF now striking targets in Gaza

Despite ceasefire in Syria: 3 Mortar shells land in Golan Heights

“Within less than an hour, 3 mortar shells landed this evening in the Golan Heights. In light of the fire, the IDF blocked off a section of Route 98. According to the IDF, it appears that the fire was intentional.”

Spillover mortar fire from Syria again hits Golan Heights

“No injuries or damage reported as errant shells strike northern Israel; US urges citizens to stay away from Golan.”

IDF says Syria fired missiles at its jets, but denies claim aircraft was downed

US embassy issues a travel warning for northern Golan

“The US embassy Wednesday advised US citizens to “carefully consider and possibly defer travel” to the northern Golan “until the situation stabilizes.”  All US government employees were temporarily prohibited from personal travel north of Route 87 and east of Route 918 on the Golan.  In the last 10 days, around mortar shells landed on the Israeli side of the Golan border from Syrian battles around Quneitra.”

Israeli jets strike Syria in retaliation for latest spillover

“Israel targeted the Syrian regime’s rocket launchers in retaliation for the latest spillover of military action into Israel’s territory.”

IDF Practices Evacuating Israeli Population to Safety in Largest Exercise to Date

“Yesterday, September 13, 2016, the IDF’s Home Front Command successfully drilled a major evacuation exercise in northern Israel, simulating a scenario in which the majority of the Israeli towns and villages along the border with Lebanon would have to be evacuated within hours.”

Very timely exercise. Almost too timely.

Israel arrests man smuggling explosive material into Gaza

“The man was arrested in August after attempting to smuggle explosives and weapons-making material into the Gaza Strip; Investigation reveals that the man intended to carry out a terror attack on IDF forces in Zikim.”

Hamas rejects Israeli prisoner swap proposal

“The Palestinian Hamas terrorist organization rejected Israeli proposals to release all of its prisoners and bodies in return for two Israelis who crossed into the Gaza Strip and the remains of two fallen soldiers, Brig. Gen. (res) Lior Lotan, the prime minister’s adviser on prisoners and missing persons, reported Tuesday. Hamas refused to surrender Afar Mengistu and Hisham a-Sayed despite medical documents confirming their condition. Also rejected was the handover of the remains of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, who were missing and presumed killed in the last IDF counter-terror operation in the Gaza Strip. Lotan made this disclosure at a conference of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.”

End US aid to Palestinian terrorists

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

Flow of foreign fighters plummets as Islamic State loses its edge

The flow of foreign fighters to the ranks of the Islamic State — once a mighty current of thousands of radicalized men and women converging on Syrian and Iraqi battlefields from nations across the globe — has been cut to a trickle this year as the group’s territory has shrunk and its ambitions have withered.”

 

Meanwhile….

Pope Francis: The Devil Wages a ‘Dirty War’ to Destroy the Church

“In his homily at morning Mass, Pope Francis told the faithful Monday that Satan is out to divide the Church by sowing ambition, jealousy and greed among its members.”

The devil does not need to do anything to the church as the Pope himself is doing quite enough to destroy the Church and lead many astray through a false teaching.

U.S. and Israel reach agreement on unprecedented amount of military aid

“The State Department said the agreement, known as a memo of understanding, will be signed Wednesday afternoon. Jacob Nagel, Israel’s acting national security adviser, arrived in Washington on Tuesday morning to sign on behalf of his country. The agreement is expected to give Israel as much as $3.8 billion a year over 10 years, more aid than the United States has ever provided to any country. That represents a significant increase over the $3.1 billion the United States gives annually now, a figure that increases to about $3.5 billion a year with aid supplements approved by Congress. That is also much lower than the $4 billion to $5 billion a year that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought.”

Congress to Host First-Ever Forum in Favor of Boycotting Israel

“Congress is scheduled to host what insiders described as the first-ever forum in favor of boycotting Israel, according to congressional sources and an invitation for the event being circulated by an anti-Israel organization.”

 

 

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