2,000-year-old complex near Western Wall puzzles experts

2,000-year-old complex near Western Wall puzzles experts

An underground complex carved out of rock that dates back to the Second Temple era has recently been excavated at the foot of a 1,400-year-old building near the Western Wall. On Tuesday, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Western Wall Heritage Foundation presented the first images of the complex, which is located beneath the entrance lobby to the Western Wall Tunnels site.

Archaeologists said this was the first time a complex of this type has been discovered near the Western Wall.

The complex was exposed for the first time in two millennia by students from several pre-military academies, who take part in archaeological digs under an initiative designed to instill a sense of heritage. The IAA wants to connect today’s youth to their cultural past.

Researchers think that the complex, which includes two rooms and an open courtyard that are arranged on three levels, connected by stairs carved out of rock, was used by Jerusalem residents in early Roman times, before the city was sacked and the Temple was destroyed. It sits beneath the mosaic floor of a building from the Byzantine period.

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Iran is pushing ahead with its uranium enrichment and missile and space programs, as well as its activities in Syria.

In July 2019, Iran began to explicitly violate the July 2015 nuclear agreement. The recent International Atomic Energy Agency report (March 3, 2020) addressed the following breaches by Iran on uranium enrichment:

Iran pledged to reduce the number of centrifuges in the Natanz enrichment plant to 5,060 IR-1 units and to limit its uranium enrichment to 3.67 percent. However, as of July 8, 2019, it began to enrich up to 4.5%.The agreement demands that the Fordow underground uranium enrichment facility, containing 2,710 IR-1 centrifuges, including 696 active centrifuges, be converted into a “Nuclear Research, Physics and Technology” center with 1,044 centrifuges cut off from the UF6 feed pipeline (UF6, or uranium hexafluoride, is a uranium-fluorine compound fed in a gaseous state into centrifuges for enrichment).

However, on Nov. 9, 2019, uranium enrichment was renewed at Fordow, with 1,044 units in operation, including those intended for stable isotope separation.

The agreement stipulates that the amount of uranium Iran is permitted to enrich to 3.67% is limited to 300 kg (661 pounds) of UF6 (the uranium content of which is 202.8 kg, or 447 pounds). But as of Feb. 19, 2020, the amount of uranium enriched at Natanz and Fordow totaled 1,020.9 kg (2,251 pounds), or more than five times the allowed amount. Of that amount, 806.3 kg (1,777 pounds) was enriched to 4.5% and 214.6 kg (473 pounds) to 3.67%.

 

On Sept. 7, 2019, Iran began to violate the limit to which it had agreed regarding the operation of advanced, high-enriching centrifuges. Contrary to the agreement, Iran is enriching uranium with about 400 centrifuges of advanced models (IR-2m, IR-4 and IR-6). The enrichment capacity of the IR-6 centrifuge is over eight times that of the IR-1.

 

The latest IAEA report says the agency continues to liaise with Iranian authorities regarding IAEA inspections of natural (non-enriched) uranium particles of an anthropogenic (i.e., man-made) source from an undeclared Iranian site: the warehouse in Turkuzabad, a suburb of Tehran, which was unveiled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Sept. 27, 2018.

According to the BBC on March 3, the IAEA dispatched a document to several member states claiming that Iran had rejected a request to allow inspection access to three other unidentified sites as well. According to the document, the inspectors want to find out if natural uranium is being used at any of the sites from which they are being barred. At another site, the IAEA says there have been activities that are “consistent with efforts to sanitize part of the location.”

Iran’s violations of the nuclear agreement — its raising of the uranium enrichment rate to 4.5%  and accumulation of uranium in excess of the 300 kg UF6 limit — do not currently have a military aspect. This is because uranium enriched to less than 5% is suitable solely as fuel for nuclear reactors and cannot be used for nuclear weapons (for which enrichment to at least 90% is required). Iranian officials claim these violations are meant to pressure the European Union into neutralizing the sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States.

 


 

Iran expanding military base in eastern Syria, satellite images show

Images released by ImageSat International indicate Iran, whose IRGC forces are deployed in Syria extensively, is building a new weapons storage facility at the Imam Ali military base in the country’s east. Construction includes a tunnel capable of holding advanced weapons systems.

New satellite images released Wednesday suggest that Iran is building a new underground weapons storage facility in a military base in eastern Syria.

Photos by ImageSat International show extensive construction at the Imam Ali military base in the al-Bukamal region in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border.

Work apparently includes the construction of a tunnel, as images captured on May 12 show bulldozers at the entrance of the structure estimated to be around 15 feet wide.

Such a tunnel would be capable of holding advanced weapons systems, shipments of which to the region Israel has previously admitted to foiling.

Iran has been heavily invested in Syria since the civil war erupted there in 2011. Iranian military forces, including its Revolutionary Guard Corps, have been deployed in the country for years, with aim of expanding the Islamic republic’s grip on the Middle East.

Israel has stated that it will not tolerate Iranian presence on its northern border and has, in the past, admitted to mounting hundreds of strikes targeting Iranian and IRGC assets in Syria.

According to Fox News, ImageSat analysts’ conclusion that the tunnel can be used for the storage of advanced weapons systems was drawn from looking at similar tunnels that were dug over the past nine months on the same complex.

One such tunnel, 2 miles away, was bombed in March, forcing the Iranians to abruptly stop construction, the report said.

“The tunnel is fit to be used as a shelter and storage for trucks and vehicles, including vehicles carrying advanced missile weapon systems,” the report quoted ImageSat’s assessment.

Also on Wednesday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah taunted Israel’s Defense Minister Naftali Bennett over his ambition to drive Iran out of Syria by the end of 2020.

“Bennett said stupidly that by the end of 2020 he will expel Iran from Syria. Take notice of that date – end of 2020 – and we shall see,” the head of the Lebanon-based Iranian-backed terrorist group said.

“Bennet tried to create a false narrative and lie to the Israeli public when he talked about Israel’s achievements in Syria at the expense of Syria and Iran.

“Israel sees the missile production capability on Syrian soil a threat, which is why it attacks everything connected with missile production in Syria,” he said.

Last week after a series of alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria, Bennett declared Israel will continue to pursue operations in Syria until Iran withdraws all of its forces from the country.

Muslim Waqf: We’ll Reopen Al-Aksa Mosque if Jews Allowed on Temple Mount

On Sunday, the Waqf (Islamic authority) held an emergency meeting concerning the Temple Mount. At the meeting, the Waqf extended the ban on Muslims praying at the silver-domed Al Aqsa Mosque and the gold-domed Dome of the Rock, a Muslim shrine built on the site of the Holy of Holies of the Jewish Temples.

The Jerusalem Islamic Waqf is an Islamic religious trust controlled by Jordan that manages the Islamic sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.


Following the meeting, the Waqf threatened the Israeli government, saying that if Jews continue to tour the area surrounding the structures, they will open the gates and allow Muslims to enter en masse. This will be in direct violation of Health Ministry regulation requiring social distancing and will endanger the Palestinians who come to the site.

The Waqf declared that even though it will result from their orders, the responsibility will be on the Israeli government.

 

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Anti-Semitic incidents in US hit record high in 2019

ADL: Anti-Semitic incidents in US hit record high in 2019

American Jews were targets of more anti-Semitic incidents in 2019 than any other year over the past four decades, a surge marked by deadly attacks on a California synagogue, a Jewish grocery store in New Jersey and a rabbi’s New York home, the Anti-Defamation League reported Tuesday.

The Jewish civil rights group counted 2,107 anti-Semitic incidents in 2019, finding 61 physical assault cases, 1,127 instances of harassment and 919 acts of vandalism. That’s the highest annual tally since the New York City-based group began tracking anti-Semitic incidents in 1979. It also marked a 12% increase over the 1,879 incidents it counted in 2018.


Jonathan Greenblatt, the group’s CEO, attributes last year’s record high to a “normalization of anti-Semitic tropes,” the “charged politics of the day” and social media. This year, he said, the COVID-19 pandemic is fueling anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

“Anti-Semitism is a virus. It is like a disease, and it persists,” Greenblatt said. “It’s sometimes known as the oldest hatred. It never seems to go away. There truly is no single antidote or cure.”

The ADL’s count of anti-Semitic assaults involved 95 victims. More than half of the assaults occurred in New York City, including 25 in Brooklyn. Eight of those Brooklyn assaults happened during a span of eight days in December, primarily in neighborhoods where many Orthodox Jews live.

“Objects were thrown at victims, antisemitic slurs were shouted, and at least three victims were hit or punched in their heads or faces,” says the report first given exclusively to The Associated Press

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Site near Jordan River could hold evidence for biblical account of Exodus

Historical evidence for the biblical account of the Exodus might be located at a site near the Jordan River, according to a recently announced discovery.

Exodus, the second book of the Bible, has been a subject of much debate over its historical accuracy, as some scholars have questioned the claim that the ancient Israelites immigrated from Egypt during that time period.

However, at the Jordan Valley site of Khirbet el-Mastarah, archaeologists Ralph K. Hawkins and David Ben-Shlomo have said that there is evidence of ruins from a nomadic people believed to be the Hebrews coming from Egypt.

Ben-Shlomo said in comments quoted by the U.K. Daily Express on Tuesday that the ruins offer potential evidence for the biblical account.

However, at the Jordan Valley site of Khirbet el-Mastarah, archaeologists Ralph K. Hawkins and David Ben-Shlomo have said that there is evidence of ruins from a nomadic people believed to be the Hebrews coming from Egypt.

Ben-Shlomo said in comments quoted by the U.K. Daily Express on Tuesday that the ruins offer potential evidence for the biblical account.

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The Winds of Meggido are already blowing Rapture soon

by George C Duke

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM MY BOOK CONSPIRACY

God spoke to me and informed me about the battle and it was then that he spoke to me about the Rapture. He said that he would not tell me the day or hour of his return for his Bride but it would be within the next ten years. When he spoke to me regarding this event, I felt his power overshadow me and tears came to my eyes as I felt his Spirit sending chills all over my body. After he spoke to me I had another voice to speak to me and tell me that if I propagated this that people would think I was out of my mind. So I did not publish it at that time nor relate it to others. But during the writing of my book Conspiracy God spoke to me again and asked me, “Why are you not telling people about what I revealed to you?” My reply was, Lord I felt that they would think I was out of my mind. It was then that I asked God to forgive me and I promised to tell it and to publish it. Later God inspired me to make another journey to the UK. I wanted to share with everyone that I could what God had revealed to me. Apparently the enemy did not want me to spread this prophecy because he used every means to hinder or to stop me from visiting the various churches. I heard all kind of excuses from the Pastors as to why they could not have me to visit their congregations. Some that I had made bookings with many months before opted out. I wept as I realized that so many of those that I brought to the Lord many years ago had decided that the things of the world mattered more to them than the man of God that had revealed to them How to become a son of God! Also during the time I was in the UK I became very ill and lost most of my strength. Each time that I spoke in the various churches I found my energy was exhausted. But in spite of this ,I was thrilled to visit churches in Cardiff, Wales, Red Lodge, Bury St. Edmunds, Oxford, and the UPC Church in Milton Keynes, England. On the last Sunday that I was there I was scheduled to speak in Cambridge but because of my exhaustion and illness, I had to cancel out much to my regret. My prayer today is that these churches that I did visit will share what God has revealed to me with others before he comes for his sons and daughters. Another message that I also spoke about was, “ 50 Reasons why the Lord is about to return.” Which I list here:

1- Instability in nature Luke 21:11

2-Increasing lawlessness and violence Mt 24:12

3-Increasing immorality  Mt 24:37

4-Materialism 2 Timothy 3:2

5-Hedonism  2 Timothy 3:4

6-Influence of Humanism 2 Timothy 3:2

7-Depraved Entertainment 2 Timothy 3:4

8-Calling Evil good and Good evil 2 Tim. 3:3

9-increasing use of drugs 2 Tim 3:3

10-Increasing blasphemy 2 Tim 3:2

11:Increasing Paganism  2 Tim 3:1-4
12-Increasing Despair  2 Tim 3:1

13-Signs in Heaven Luke 21:11 & 25

14- Increasing Knowledge Daniel 12:4

15-Increasing Travel Daniel 12:4

16-Explosion of Cults  Matthew 24:11

17-False Christ’s   Matthew 24:5

18-Apostasy in the church 2 Tim 4:3-5

19-Increasing attacks on Jesus Romans 1:18

20-Inc. attacks on the Bible  Rom 1:18

21-Inc. Persecution of Christians Matthew 24:9

22-Occultism    1 Tim  4:1

23-Wars & Rumors of wars   Matthew 24:6

24-Weapons of Mass destruction Luke 21:26

25-Increasing Famine  Luke 24:11

26-Pestilence    Luke 21:11

27-Computor Technology  Rev 13:7

28:Television   Rev 11:8-9

29-Satellite Technology  Rev 13:7

30-Virtual Reality  Rev 13:14-15

31-Unification of Europe   Daniel 2 & 7

32-Far Eastern powers   Rev 9:16 & 16:12

33-World Government  Daniel 33:7-23

34-Regathering of the Jews   Isaiah 11:10-12

35-Re-establishment of Israel   Isaiah 66:7-8

36-Reclamation of land of Israel Ezekiel 36:34

37-Revival of Biblical Hebrew  Zephaniah 3:6

38-Reoccupation of Jerusalem Zech 12:6

39-Resurgence of the Israeli Military Zech 12:6

40-Re-Focus. of World  politics on Israel Zec 12:3

41-Russian threat to Israel  Ezekiel 38 & 39

42-Arab threat to Israel  Ez. 35 & 36

43-Denial of the 2nd coming   Peter 3:3-4

44-Denial of creation by God   Romans 1:18-22-

45-Outpouring of the Holy Spirit  Joel 2:28-29

46Translation of the Bible Many languages Mt. 24:14

47-Preaching of the Gospel whole world Matt. 24:14

48-Revival of Messianic Judaism  Isaiah 40:3-5

49-Revival Davidic praise worship  Isaiah 40:3-5

50-Undering of Bible Prophecy Amos 9:11

  

I am sure that most of you looking at this list might think that most of these have been being fulfilled for years but there is one difference. The frequency! Jesus spoke about the frequency of these events as similar to a woman in child birth. They get stronger and more frequent at the moment of birth. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. Wake up smell the roses. It’s time to be ready.  Please share this with others that you know. The clock is ticking away the final seconds before the Rapture.

Palestinians exploiting corona to destroy Hasmonean-era fortress

Report: Palestinians exploiting corona to destroy Hasmonean-era fortress

Under cover of the coronavirus shutdown, the Palestinian Authority paved an access road at the Samaria site that has destroyed the remains of the ancient fortress wall and water cisterns, says Israeli NGO.

The Palestinian Authority, taking advantage of the absence of Civil Administration inspectors during the coronavirus shutdown, is consolidating its takeover of Tel Aroma, a Hasmonean fortress in Samaria, according to Israeli NGO Regavim.

The NGO, which according to its website aims to “ensure responsible, legal, accountable and environmentally friendly use of Israel’s national lands and the return of the rule of law to all areas and aspects of the land and its preservation,” reported that on Sunday a fleet of heavy engineering tools from the PA and the Beta Village Council arrived at Tel Aroma and paved a road leading toward the remains of the fortress.

 

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France pushing for tough EU response to any Israeli annexation move

Britain also says it would not support Israeli annexation of settlements in Judea and Samaria, arguing it would make a two-state solution with the Palestinians more difficult to achieve.

Urging Iran against destabilizing Syria, France backs Israeli security

France is urging its European Union partners to consider threatening Israel with a tough response if it goes ahead with a de facto annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria, three EU diplomats said.

Belgium, Ireland and Luxembourg also want to discuss the possibility of punitive economic measures during a foreign ministers’ meeting on Friday, the diplomats told Reuters, though all member states would have to agree to any collective action.

Britain also said it would not support an Israeli annexation, arguing it would make a two-state solution with the Palestinians more difficult to achieve, junior Foreign Office minister James Cleverly said on Monday.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said it is up to Israel whether to annex parts of Judea and Samaria.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said cabinet discussions will start in July about extending Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley, under the auspices of US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan.

The EU diplomats did not give details on what punitive measures EU member states might consider to try to dissuade Israel from making the move.

In terms of procedure, EU governments would need to ask the Commission and the EU foreign policy division, the EEAS, to draw up a list of options.

All 27 EU nations would need to agree to any EU response and Israel’s closest allies, such as Hungary and the Czech Republic, could still block even preparatory work.

An EU spokesman on Monday declined to comment on internal discussions but said: “Annexation is contrary to international law and if annexation goes ahead, the EU will act accordingly.”

Israel has long been a part of the EU’s research and innovation program, Horizon 2020, which was worth nearly 80 billion euros between 2014 and 2020, according to the European Commission.

 

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As Nations Amass Against Israel, the IDF Troops Need God Now More than Ever

“At that time, the great prince, Michael, who stands beside the sons of your people, will appear. It will be a time of trouble, the like of which has never been since the nation came into being. At that time, your people will be rescued, all who are found inscribed in the book. Daniel 12:1 (The Israel Bible™)

In a recent interview, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said that there’s “no reason” for Iran to set up military installations in Syria noting that the Islamic Republic doesn’t even share a border with them.

But there is an obvious reason for Iran to be in Syria. And that is to better position their multi-pronged attack against Israel. Iran’s economy is collapsing. The people are upset at Tehran’s poor handling of the country’s coronavirus crisis which is reported to boast the most Covid-19 related deaths after China. The only way that the mullah’s can dig their way out of the hole they created is to gain sympathy and support throughout the Mulslim world by attacking Israel.

This is also why the Iran-backed Hamas organization in the Gaza Strip has also stepped up their efforts against the Jewish State.

And although we all know that according to the Scriptures, Iran will not prevail, the amount of Israeli casualties Israel suffers in the process could depend on how many Israeli soldiers repent before God.

Unfortunately, many IDF troops don’t have the means to repent. Many army bases simply don’t have a Torah scroll that they can read the word of God from.

But thankfully, there is one organization that is changing all that.

The Israel Soldier Fund (ISF), works to provide every IDF base with a Torah Scroll to protect Israel’s warriors against modern-day Philistines. The organization has over a decade of experience bringing Torah scrolls to IDF bases.

That’s because many people don’t realize that “many IDF bases  don’t have Torah Scrolls, even those with over 5,000 soldiers” explains the organization’s founder, Yosef Bar-David. “And most bases that do have a Torah Scroll, have one that is extremely old and dilapidated making it non-kosher” he adds.

Therefore, Bar-David seeks to supply a kosher Torah Scroll to every IDF base in Israel. But the cost of a Torah Scroll isn’t free. Each one costs him $50,000.

And although he doesn’t expect most people to be able to afford $50,000, he is offering people the opportunity to donate and purchase a letter of the Torah Scroll at the very low price of just $10 per letter.

But anyone who does donate a full Torah scroll will be allowed exclusive access into the IDF base where the Torah scroll was delivered for a tour with their family as well as a certificate of recognition from the IDF. Additionally, donating a Torah scroll is a segulah (a heavenly  protection) for the donator and their family for years to come.

And since we’re in the era of the coronavirus plague, you might find it interesting to know that Jewish legend teaches that to end a plague, one should ‘purchase’ the amount of letters in a Torah Scroll that corresponds to their name.

This actually protected the people in the book of Daniel when they were struck with a plague but anyone whose name was inscribed in the Torah scroll was protected.

 

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