Mysterious missile strikes hit military bases in Syria

NY Times’ Infantile Support for Gaza Rioters Empowers Reactionary Regime

There’s a difference between running an unfair piece which once again points the finger at Israel for this or that failure of its Arab neighbors – and actually contributing to the suffering and hopelessness of those same Arabs. Iyad Abuheweila and David Halbfinger on Sunday actually joined the forces of repression which have been devouring the Arabs of the Gaza Strip since 1948.

Their story, For Gaza Protester, Living or Dying Is the ‘Same Thing,’focused on Saber al-Gerim, 22, a Gaza Strip Arab whose grandmother fled her home in what is today the city of Ashdod in Israel. One of the thousands of Gazan youths who threw themselves against the border fence over the past five weeks, al-Gerim’s dispair has reached a level where he tells the Times’ writers: “It doesn’t matter to me if they shoot me or not,” because “Death or life — it’s the same thing.”

The CIA World Factbook in 2017 offered a grim analysis of things inside the Gaza Strip: “Movement and access restrictions, violent attacks, and the slow pace of post-conflict reconstruction continue to degrade economic conditions in the Gaza Strip,” goes the report. “Israeli controls became more restrictive after Hamas seized control of the territory in June 2007.”

The reason for that tightening of the controls had to do with the fact that Israel, which had let go of every last inch of Gaza in the summer of 2005, watched helplessly as the partner with which it had signed a peace agreement, the PLO, was being roughed up, its members thrown off rooftops, by the zealot terror group Hamas whose primary goal, above all else, was and has since remained the annihilation of the Zionist state.

Indeed, over the 11 or so years since the Hamas takeover, Israeli civilian populations were targeted by thousands of rockets, aimed at schools and kindergartens, private homes and synagogues. The fact that the Israeli response was devastating – disproportionate, according to some international bystanders – colored the aggressors as the victims and the injured party as the villain.

When I read the reports about the devastation of Gaza by the wrath of the IAF in 2014, I’m reminded of the Germans who complained about the firebombing of Dresden and the obliteration of Cologne. Knowing those fierce bombings were carried out while my father, skeletal and bewildered, was being tortured by Germans and all their Polish, Ukrainian and whatever other trash in Auschwitz, my heart sings the praise of those B-17 Flying Fortresses that rained divine justice on Germany.

The IAF devastated the Gaza Strip? Good, I’m thinking, let it avenge the four-year-old Israeli toddler Daniel Tragerman who was murdered by a mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon, August 22, 2014, outside his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz. Let it be a warning to Hamas the next time they wish to provoke us: we will rain divine retribution on you, on your wives and on your children.

“Under Hamas control,” goes the CIA report, “Gaza has suffered from rising unemployment, elevated poverty rates, and a sharp contraction of the private sector, which had relied primarily on export markets.”

The reason fewer goods are being let into Gaza is that Hamas usurps them to promote its efforts to dig terror tunnels stretching into Israel, manufacture rockets to be fired into civilian neighborhoods across the border, and plant explosive charges by the border fence to trap and kill Israeli patrols. Several times each month, the IDF Spokesperson’s office disseminates stories about cleverly disguised instruments of death which alert Israeli customs officials at the Ashdod harbor have discovered in one of those trucks destined for Gaza.

But Hamas has been at war not only with Israel, but with the Palestinian Authority and Egypt as well, reports the CIA World Factbook: “Since April 2017, the Palestinian Authority has reduced payments for electricity supplied to Gaza and cut salaries for its employees there, exacerbating poor economic conditions. Since 2014, Egypt’s crackdown on the Gaza Strip’s extensive tunnel-based smuggling network has exacerbated fuel, construction material, and consumer goods shortages in the territory. Donor support for reconstruction following the 51-day conflict in 2014 between Israel and Hamas and other Gaza-based militant groups fell short of post-conflict needs; only 53% of pledged aid had been delivered as of December, 2017.”

It’s as if God’s designation for Ishmael, father of the Arabs, in Genesis 16:12: “He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers” has been gulped in by Hamas and shared generously with all its miserable subjects. Indeed, Gaza today is the epitome of the Heart of Darkness notion, where it would make perfect sense for a young Arab to fail to recognize the advantage of being alive versus the alternative.

Had Iyad Abuheweila and David Halbfinger made even a half-hearted effort to provide just part of the context above, their depiction of Saber al-Gerim could have been a magnificent, Pulitzer-prize worthy condemnation of the death cult of Hamas, perhaps helping to steer a few responsible adults in the West to end Gaza’s reign of terror. Instead, naturally, they put the blame on the Jewish state.

“The protests, with an outdoor festival’s schedule of fun and games, performances and creative programming — and carnage every Friday — is meant to build to a climax on May 15, the day Palestinians mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, of their flight and expulsion when Israel was established 70 years ago,” they report, depicting the obvious reason: “Israel continues to treat the tiny coastal enclave like a deadly virus to be quarantined and, other than that, more or less tunes it out.”

Never mind that the main source of power in Gaza, when its Arab providers fail, is the Israel Electric Company, which uses Israeli customers’ fees to feed Gaza’s lines; never mind that Israel remains the only reliable shipping source for Gaza, forgiving the terror-smuggling and processing the goods on truck convoys to the crossings; never mind that Israeli hospitals continue to take in critical patients from Gaza when no one else would. Makes no difference how much or how little Israel is doing, every failure and every measure of cruelty of Hamas against its people and of the PA against the people under Hamas is ignored in favor of casting the blame on the Jewish state.

Al- Gerim doesn’t have a girlfriend, and no prospects for marriage, because “Marriage is not free.” Which is why he assembles kites from sticks, clear plastic and paper, to which he would attach soda cans full of gasoline-soaked rags, to sail over the fence and set fire to the Israeli fields across the border.

Makes perfect sense. His kite might even ignite the field the belongs to the parents of little Daniel Tragerman who would have been eight this summer.

Later, al-Gerim crouches behind the barbed-wired fence, whirling his slingshot, aiming at Israeli soldiers “again and again.” Maybe he’ll hit one of them, maim or kill him. Why not? Death and Life – it’s all the same.

Around 5 PM, he sees a group of men a few hundred yards to the south, who had breached the barbed wire, and were trying to get to the main border fence, risking being shot. One of them collapses, apparently hit by a grenade fragment, the local version of a friendly fire.

“I could be shot or killed anytime,” al-Gerim tells the two nice reporters from the Times, “It doesn’t matter.”

Imagine, I’m thinking, if 10,000 Gaza Arabs, instead of hurling themselves at the barbed wire fence of a neighboring country, were to storm the offices of Hamas and drag out their dozens upon dozens of ranking tormentors and tied them up and declared: We’ve had enough of a life of nihilism and hopelessness. We ask for help. Please come in through the crossings with your bulldozers and your big spools of electric wire and your construction plans and your money, and help us rebuild our lives.

Someone should tell Iyad Abuheweila and David Halbfinger that if, say, that fantasy-storming of the Hamas offices were to take place at 2 PM, right after the afternoon prayer, the first Israeli rescuers would be at the gates of Gaza by 4 PM, max, probably sooner. But that’s just my private fantasy, knowing the quality and love in the hearts of my fellow Israelis.

Of course, the NY Times has no interest in such a scenario.

Lieberman to Saudi-owned paper: We will bomb Tehran if Iran attacks

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warns Iran not to test Israel amid mounting tensions • As U.S. President Donald Trump nears decision on Iran nuclear deal, Iran’s supreme leader calls on Muslim nations to unite against “bullying” by U.S. and other enemies.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued a stern warning to Iran Thursday amid an onslaught of recent threats from Tehran.

In a rare interview with the the Saudi-owned online news portal, Elaph,  Lieberman said: “If Iran attacks Tel Aviv, Israel will attack Tehran,” adding that Israel will not hesitate to confront Iran in Syria if it tries to establish a permanent foothold in the country.

Israel will destroy every Iranian military site in Syria if it becomes a threat to us, regardless of the cost,” Lieberman said.

Earlier this month, a number of Iranian officers, including a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, were killed in a strike on a Syrian base. Foreign media attributed the attack to Israel, and Iranian officials have vowed to avenge this attack with a painful blow to Israel.

Meanwhile, two weeks before the May 12 deadline for the U.S.’s likely withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, Iran’s supreme leader called on Muslim nations to unite against the U.S., saying Tehran would never yield to its arch foe’s “bullying.”

“The Iranian nation has successfully resisted bullying attempts by America and other arrogant powers and we will continue to resist,” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. “All Muslim nations should stand united against America and other enemies.”

Also Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron, on a state visit to the U.S., called on Washington not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal as Western envoys said Britain, France and Germany were nearing a package aiming to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump to salvage the pact.

Trump has described the 2015 accord, under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions, as the worst deal ever negotiated, and has threatened to “shred” it by reimposing U.S. sanctions next month unless its “terrible flaws” are fixed.

Brian Hook, the lead U.S. negotiator with the three European nations trying to keep Trump in the deal before his self-imposed May 12 deadline, told National Public Radio in Washington that “we’re not there yet, but we’ve made some progress.”

Capping a three-day visit to the U.S., France’s Macron told a joint meeting of Congress that the 2015 deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was not perfect but must remain in place until a replacement is forged.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said Wednesday that a newly proposed U.S.-European deal on Iran’s nuclear program might dissuade Trump from abandoning the current agreement between world powers and Tehran.

In a radio interview, Katz stopped short of saying whether Israel – which has called for the 2015 nuclear deal to be “fixed or nixed” – backed a separate arrangement put forward by Macron.

Iran’s president on Wednesday ruled out any changes or additions to the 2015 nuclear deal.

“I have spoken with Macron several times by phone, and one time in person at length,” President Hassan Rouhani said. “I have told him explicitly that we will not add anything to the deal or remove anything from it, even one sentence. The nuclear deal is the nuclear deal.”

Speaking at a conference in the northwestern city of Tabriz, Rouhani asserted that Macron has no right to amend an agreement that was signed by seven nations.

Third Temple Alert: Police Authorize Passover Sacrifice Next to Temple Mount

(Worthy News) – Religious Jewish factions say they are moving ever closer to the realization of the Third Temple in Jerusalem.

The latest evidence of this is police authorization, granted on Sunday, for a Passover sacrificial ceremony to be held just tens of meters from where the Second Temple once stood.

Religious groups have been holding public Passover sacrifices, in accordance with the biblical outline, for years. But never before have they been permitted to conduct the ceremony so close to the Temple Mount, which the Muslims claim as their own, even as they deny the holy site holds any religious or historical significance for the Jewish people. [ Source: Israel Today (Read More…) ]

 


Sanhedrin Calls on Arabs to Take Their Role in Third Temple as Prophesized by Isaiah

The nascent Sanhedrin, a Biblically mandated court of 71 elders, released a letter in Hebrew, English and Arabic inviting the Arabs as the sons of Ishmael to take their role in supporting the Third Temple as prophesied by Isaiah. This move is far more than symbolic. It is intended to bring the entire world one step closer to the global peace that will characterize the Messianic era.

The letter reads:

“Dear brothers, the distinguished Sons of Ishmael, The great Arab nation,

“With the gracious help of the protector and Savior of Israel, Creator of the world by covenant, we declare that the footsteps of Messiah are evidently heard and that the time has come to rebuild the Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem in its ancient place.”

“We, the Jews who advocate building of the Temple, are applying to your Honorable ones, who were nominated by their peoples to give oath, raise vows and gifts to the Temple as prophesied by prophet Isaiah concerning your essential role and honorable position in keeping the Temple and supporting it with lamb sacrifices and incense in order to receive God’s Blessings.”

Raise your eyes and look about: They have all gathered and come to you. Your sons shall be brought from afar, Your daughters like babes on shoulders. As you behold, you will glow; Your heart will throb and thrill— For the wealth of the sea shall pass on to you, The riches of nations shall flow to you. Dust clouds of camels shall cover you, Dromedaries of Midian and Ephah. They all shall come from Sheba; They shall bear gold and frankincense, And shall herald the glories of HashemIsaiah 60:4-6

“By virtue of this, we are certain that you will choose peaceful means and avoid all paths to hostility and violence. And we are sure that together we shall open doors to love and respect.”

The letter was signed by 23 respected Rabbis who have received smicha (Rabbinic ordination) for the purpose of re-establishing the Sanhedrin. The rabbis are in the process of acquiring signatures of the full quorum of 71, after which they will send the letter to major Arab institutions and leaders. They hope to hold a conference with Arabs.

Rabbi Yehoshua Hollander, a member of the Sanhedrin who signed the letter, felt it will serve to be an important bridge to the other nations.

“The Jews are commanded to be a nation of priests,” Rabbi Hollander told Breaking Israel News, citing a verse in Exodus.

But you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the children of Yisrael.” Exodus 19:6

“We are to be of service to the whole world in connecting to Hashem,” Rabbi Hollander continued.

“This is our purpose in life as Jews. The Sanhedrin is inviting them to benefit from this since the Temple is good for the whole world. This universal aspect is essential to what the Temple is; a house for all nations.”

I will bring them to My sacred mount And let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices Shall be welcome on My mizbayach; For My House shall be called A house of prayer for all peoples.” Isaiah 56:7

“Of course, for us to serve, the other people need to cooperate,” Rabbi Hollander added.

Rabbi Aharon Yitzchak Shtern, a member of the Sanhedrin who is prominent in the Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) community, believes the time for such a declaration including the Arabs in the Third Temple is at hand.

“This is precisely what it seems to be: a simple move towards true peace, ” Rabbi Shtern told Breaking Israel News. “Geula (redemption) is very near. It can either come in war and hardship, or it can come in peace and mercy. We are inviting the B’nei Yishmael to choose peace and godliness.”

The rabbi explained that should the quoted Rabbi Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, a foremost Jewish authority from the 18th century known as the “Vilna Gaon.”

“If a single sacrifice is brought in the Third Temple,” Rabbi Shtern said, quoting the Vilna Gaon. “The shofar announcing the Messiah will already start to blow.”

“Until now, there has not been a place for Jews to have peace, for non-Jews among themselves to have peace,” Rabbi Shtern said. “Every religion has a belief in moshiach (Messiah), in an end to one reality and the beginning of a new reality. In this new reality, every person, every religion, has their place and their purpose.”


HAS SODOM AND GOMORRAH BEEN FOUND?

 

Steven Collins, a professor of biblical studies and apologetics at Trinity Southwest University, says a “monstrous” site in Tall el-Hammam in the southern Jordan Valley, which lies eight miles northeast of the Dead Sea, perfectly matches the biblical descriptions of the “city of sin,” destroyed in a day by fire and brimstone.

Collins began exploring the rubble in 2005 and eventually concluded that it is indeed the site inhabited by Lot who was saved by Abraham from judgment of the dominant city-state of the era.

“When we explored the area, the choice of Tall el-Hammam as the site of Sodom was virtually a no-brainer since it was at least five to 10 times larger than all the other Bronze Age sites in the entire region.”

The site is a large mound, or tel, that he believes represents the ruins of the two cities. The team of researchers has since found high and thick defensive walls, gates, towers, plazas and ramparts as well as a palace in the upper city.

As one would expect, life in the city appears to have come to a sudden halt near the end of the Middle Bronze Age period before being abandoned for 700 years.

“Tall el-Hammam seemed to match every Sodom criterion demanded by the text,” said Collins.

Based on the excavated site, despite the heavily fortified defensive capabilities, the city seems to have come to a sudden, inexplicable end – just as the Genesis account in the Bible says.

For millennia, the ancient cities have been used as metaphors for vice and homosexuality.

Collins said the city was likely abandoned after an earthquake, while other experts suggested an asteroid may have been to blame.

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In 2008, mysterious circular clay tablets were identified as a witness’ account of an asteroid that destroyed the cities. Two rocket scientists – Alan Bond and Mark Hempsell, who spent eight years trying to solve the mystery – believe that the tablet’s symbols give a detailed account of how a mile-long asteroid hit the region, causing thousands of deaths and devastating an area of more than 386,000 square miles. The impact, equivalent to more than 1,000 tons of TNT exploding, would have created one of the world’s biggest-ever landslides.

The clay tablet, called the Planisphere, was discovered by the Victorian archaeologist Henry Layard in the remains of the library of the Royal Palace at Nineveh.

The duo used computers to recreate the night sky thousands of years ago and pinpointed the sighting described on the tablet by a Sumerian astrologer, pinpointing the likely date to before dawn June 29 in the year 3,123 B.C.

What does the Bible say about Sodom and Gomorrah? There are references in Genesis and the New Testament as well.

Genesis 19 is a detailed account of two angels who visited the city in an effort to save Lot and his family and were confronted by a gang threatening to sexually assault them. The angels had been dispatched by God at the urging of Abraham, Lot’s uncle.

The angels gathered Lot’s family and took them out of the city, saying: “For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.”

The angels cautioned Lot’s family not to look back once they had been safely removed from the cities.

“Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven,” it says in Genesis 19:24-26. “25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

Genesis 13:13 explains that the people of Sodom “were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.”

The prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos and Zephaniah all refer to the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Jesus referred to Sodom and Gomorrah in Matthew 10, explaining to His disciples that when they visited towns to share the good news and met resistance to shake the dust off their feet before leaving:

“Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city,” it says in verse 15.

Jesus is also quoted in Matthew 11:23 as pronouncing judgment on the Galilee town of Capernaum with a reference to Sodom. The ruins of Capernaum have since been excavated and it remains a popular tourist site today.

2 Peter 2:6 quotes the apostle as saying the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes remained as an example to “those that should live ungodly” in his day.

Likewise, Jude 7:7 says: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”


 

Preparing for Armageddon?

‘Largest military base in world’ building up across Israel’s border

( Editor George Duke- Over the past many years the world has been in a coma beleiving every lie that has been spoken by politicians that have cheated, lied, stole, and made deals for monetary gain instead of standing for what was right or for what they had promised their constituents. Politicians enter into the political arena poor and leave wealthy and the ignorant continue to put them back into office. Also many Christian people continue to sleep as the world marches onward toward the brink of the war of Armageddon. Forces from around the world are building around Isreal to destroy her very existance. But Christians still continue to sleep beleiving that lie that was perpetrated that it is not yet time. Muslims are slowly capturing our Christian nations and we continue to allow it to occur. WAKE UP CHRISTIANS AND SMELL THE (roses) TIME THAT YOU ARE SLEEPING IN. IT STINKS )

The fuse to light the powder keg that is the Middle East continues its slow burn, as Israel’s enemies mass huge stockpiles of weapons in Syria and Lebanon pointed alarmingly at the Jewish people.

“The combined territories that Iran and Hezbollah controls in Lebanon and parts of Syria is the largest military base in the world right now,” U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher told radio host Hugh Hewitt on February 14th.

Rep. Gallagher serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He also spent seven years as a Marine on active duty as a counterintelligence/human intelligence officer in the Middle East and North Africa and aided General Petraeus’s Central Command Assessment Team.

He believes the biggest story in the Middle East in the last six years has been the rise of the Iranian-Russia axis.

“The Iranian threat network has advanced across the Middle East,” he observes. “Certainly in places like Lebanon, Hezbollah has transformed hundreds of villages into military strongholds, effectively conscripting human shields who will become human casualties blamed on Israel.”

It is difficult to believe the weapons being amassed are purely for defensive purposes. “They have stockpiled 180,000 rockets and missiles across Lebanon and 70,000 rockets in Syria, that have transformed key parts of Syria into effectively a military base.

“That’s 250,000 rockets – many hidden under human shields that they can use to impose an enormous cost on Israel.”

Ironically, Americans may have inadvertently bankrolled some of the weaponry. “By the way, a lot of this was financed by money we gave them for the nuclear deal,” Rep. Gallagher asserted. “Think about how this threatens Israel!”

“I don’t think we fully grasp what the cost of this conflict could be. I don’t think the Israelis have faced a threat like this since 1973, maybe ever. I don’t think we’ve grasped the cost caused by Hezbollah’s use of human shields. More than 80 % of their assets are in civilian areas.”

Rep. Gallagher believes it is an urgent priority for the U.S. to develop a clear end-game in Syria. “We need to aggressively back Israel’s moves in Syria,” he told Hewitt. “I think we should explicitly recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights considering Hezbollah is trying to claim that territory and use that territory as a staging ground for a future attack against Israel.

“They have boasted about their ability to launch an effective ground campaign against Israel, using in part, very sophisticated tunnel networks they have built in those areas.”

Hezbollah stated that the recent downing of the F-16 marks the beginning of a “new strategic phase” that will end Israeli violations of Syrian airspace. “I think we should take them at their word and start gearing up for how serious this situation is,” Rep. Gallagher warned.

Radio host Hugh Hewitt noted the complexity of Syria. “It is an archipelago of gangs and warlords. Assad has his rule over Damascus and he’s a brutal dictator and they are executing people in his prisons. But we have a slice of Syria, the Russians have a slice of Syria, Iran has a slice of Syria…there are gangs everywhere, there is the Free Syrian Army, a centrist Kurdish group, a left wing Kurdish group…and Turkey has invaded and is marching toward us!”

To further complicate matters, U.S. backing of 60,000 Syrian Democratic Forces, which includes a mix of Kurdish forces and non-Kurdish forces, has caused a rift between the U.S. and Turkey.

“We have to find a way – as difficult as it will be — to get on the same page with Turkey,” Rep. Gallagher said. “I think we can do that without surrendering our support of the Kurds as long as we signal that our support for the Kurds doesn’t mean support for the PKK. I don’t how to make a strategy work in Syria unless Turkey secures their own border.”

“We can’t allow the Iranian-Russia axis to turn into an Iranian-Russian-Turkish axis. That would be an absolute disaster for us.”

Rep. Gallagher says one intermediate goal for U.S. policy should be to deny Iran a land bridge that links their efforts from Tehran through Baghdad to Damascus and Lebanon. “Right now they effectively have that land bridge. I think we should push back aggressively against all advances by Iran and their proxies in the region.”

In 2017, Rep. Gallagher worked to get a bill passed sanctioning Hezbollah for their use of human shields. He would like to see the Senate take up the matter as well.