Monday, December 21, 2015
ISRAEL TAKES OUT HEZBOLLAH TERRORIST JUST OUTSIDE OF DAMASCUS.
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LAND FOR PEACE (THE FUTURE 7 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH)
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people(ISRAEL) and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.(UPROOTED ISRAELIS AND DIVIDED JERUSALEM)(THIS BRINGS ON WW3 BECAUSE JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED,WARNING TO ARABS-MUSLIMS AND THE WORLD).
THE WEEK OF DANIEL 9:27 WE KNOW ITS 7 YRS
Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:3
3 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.
8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant,(7 YR TREATY) he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.(THE WORLD LEADER-WAR MONGER CALLS HIMSELF GOD)
20 And Isaac was forty years old (A BIBLE GENERATION NUMBER=1967 + 40=2007+) when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
22 And the children (2 NATIONS IN HER-ISRAEL-ARABS) struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels;(ISRAEL AND THE ARABS) and the one people shall be stronger than the other people;(ISRAEL STRONGER THAN ARABS) and the elder shall serve the younger.(LITERALLY ISRAEL THE YOUNGER RULES (ISSAC)(JACOB-LATER NAME CHANGED TO ISRAEL) OVER THE OLDER ARABS (ISHMAEL)(ESAU)
24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.(THE OLDER AN ARAB)
26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob:(THE YOUNGER-ISRAELI) and Isaac was threescore (60) years old when she bare them.(1967 + 60=2027)(COULD BE THE LAST GENERATION WHEN JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED AMOUNG THE 2 TWINS)(THE 2 TWINS WANT JERUSALEM-THE DIVISION OF JERUSALEM TODAY)(AND WHOS IN CONTROL OF JERUSALEM TODAY-THE YOUNGER ISSAC-JACOB-ISRAEL)(AND WHO WANTS JERUSALEM DIVIDED-THE OLDER,ESAU-ISHMAEL (THE ARABS)
ISAIAH 28:14-19 (THIS IS THE 7 YR TREATY COVENANT OF DANIEL 9:27)
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
Greek parliament set to recognize Palestine-Vote on nonbinding resolution will be attended by Abbas, comes after Greece’s foreign affairs committee approved similar motion-By AFP December 20, 2015, 6:33 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The Greek parliament is set to recognize the state of Palestine in a parliamentary vote to be attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a government source said Sunday.A ceremony will accompany the vote on the resolution Monday, as Greece joins dozens of other countries that accord recognition to Palestine, the source said.The resolution is nonbinding, and does not constitute a full government recognition of Palestine as a state. However, officials in Athens were playing up the move as if it were a full recognition.In Athens, Abbas will meet President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The latter visited Israel last month for a two-day trip and high-level meetings aimed at bolstering ties between Athens and Jerusalem.Last week, the Greek parliament’s foreign affairs committee unanimously approved a motion to recognize Palestine.Israel had no immediate comment on Greece’s planned recognition of Palestine.The European Parliament and parliaments from several EU member states have recognized a Palestinian state, as has the government of Sweden.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
ISRAEL SATAN COMES AGAINST
1 CHRONICLES 21:1
1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I (GOD) will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee,(ISRAELIS) and curse (DESTROY) him that curseth thee:(DESTROY THEM) and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee (ISRAEL) shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing;(DESTROYED) and they that strive with thee shall perish.(ISRAEL HATERS WILL BE TOTALLY DESTROYED)
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble;(ISRAEL) but he shall be saved out of it.
1 And at that time shall Michael(ISRAELS WAR ANGEL) stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:(ISRAEL) and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation(May 14,48) even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro,(WORLD TRAVEL,IMMIGRATION) and knowledge shall be increased.(COMPUTERS,CHIP IMPLANTS ETC)
IDF shells south Lebanon after rocket fire on Western Galilee-Israel says it holds Lebanese army responsible for any cross-border activity aimed at harming citizens of the Jewish state-By Adiv Sterman and Judah Ari Gross December 20, 2015, 7:33 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Israel Defense Forces artillery units shelled targets in south Lebanon Sunday, shortly after at least three rockets were fired from across the border into Israeli territory.“The Israel Defense Forces have responded with targeted artillery fire following the rockets that hit Israel earlier today from southern Lebanon,” a statement from the army said.“The IDF considers the Lebanese army as solely responsible for what is happening in the territory and will continue to act against any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its citizens,” the statement said.Earlier, Lebanese news website MTV reported heavy Israeli air activity over southern Lebanon, along with flares being fired at the al-Mansour area, close to the capital city of Beirut.The Israel Defense Forces did not confirm any air activity on its part.The rockets struck open areas near the northern city of Nahariya in the Western Galilee, only hours after an alleged IDF airstrike killed Samir Kuntar, the Hezbollah terrorist who spent decades in an Israeli jail for his role in the brutal 1979 murders of a Nahariya family.Air-raid sirens warning of incoming projectiles sounded in towns and cities throughout the Western Galilee ahead of the rockets’ fall. Local residents later reported hearing several explosions.There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the rocket strikes.Security forces searched the area adjacent to Nahariya and along the border with Lebanon for the rocket landing sites. The IDF launched an investigation into the incident, in order to determine who had fired the rockets. Lebanon’s Naharnet news site reported that two rockets were fired at Israel from the al-Hinniyeh area, near the city of Tyre, and two more were fired from Tal al-Maaliyeh. Some reports by Lebanese media suggested that a fourth rocket may have landed in the sea.A Lebanese source told AFP that the rockets were Katyushas.Northern Israel had been bracing for a possible Hezbollah response since the killing of Kuntar, 54, overnight Saturday.Arab media reported that several Israeli Air Force missiles struck the Damascus suburb of Jaramana, killing Kuntar and eight other operatives.Hezbollah on Sunday morning said that Kuntar was killed in an Israeli airstrike, and alleged that Israel may have coordinated the hit with Syrian rebel “terrorists” operating in the area. The Assad regime also blamed “terrorist groups” for the strike. Reports said that Kuntar was assassinated not as revenge for his past actions, but rather because he was planning fresh attacks against Israel.There was no official Israeli confirmation of the attack, although officials expressed satisfaction over his death. Kuntar was with a group of commanders from various terrorist groups that were planning attacks on Israel, reports said.A Lebanese Druze, Kuntar became infamous for a brutal 1979 raid from Lebanon in which he helped kidnap an Israeli family from Nahariya, then smashed the head of a four-year-old Israeli girl, Einat Haran, with his rifle butt, killing her. Three other Israelis, including her father, Danny Haran, were killed in the attack.Kuntar was 16 at the time, a member of the Palestine Liberation Front.He spent 29 years in an Israeli prison before being traded to Hezbollah in 2008 in exchange for the bodies of IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. After that, he took on a senior role in the group, was honored by then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and by Syrian President Bashar Assad, and helped to organize Syrian Druze on the Golan Heights and elsewhere into terror cells charged with carrying out attacks against Israel.AFP and Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report.
Rockets hit northern Israel, hours after Hezbollah terrorist killed-No injuries or damage reported as at least 3 projectiles land in open areas near Nahariya-By Adiv Sterman, Judah Ari Gross and Times of Israel staff December 20, 2015, 6:16 pm Updated: December 20, 2015, 6:20 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
At least three rockets landed early Sunday evening in open areas near the northern city of Nahariya in the Western Galilee, only hours after an alleged IDF airstrike killed Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar, who had been previously jailed in Israel for his part in the 1979 murders of a family.There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.Air raid sirens warning of incoming projectiles sounded in towns and cities throughout the Western Galilee ahead of the rockets’ fall. Local residents later reported hearing several explosions. Security forces were searching the area adjacent to Nahariya and along the border with Lebanon for other rockets that may have landed within Israeli territory. The IDF launched an investigation into the incident, and was attempting to determine who fired the rockets.Lebanon’s Naharnet news site reported that two rockets were fired at Israel from the al-Hinniyeh area, and two more were fired from Tal al-Maaliyeh. Some reports by Lebanese media suggested that a fourth rocket may have landed in the sea.Jacky Sabag, the mayor of Nahariya, and Shlomi Regional Council head Gabi Naaman ordered the opening of bomb shelters in their respective jurisdiction areas following the rocket landings.Northern Israel has been bracing for a possible Hezbollah response since the killing of Kuntar overnight Saturday.“We were expecting this after the assassination of Samir Kuntar,” said Rotem Azati, a resident of Nahariya. “But even so we were surprised,” she added.Arab media reported that several Israeli Air Force missiles struck the Damascus suburb of Jaramana overnight, killing Kuntar and eight other operatives.Hezbollah on Sunday morning said that Kuntar was killed in an Israeli airstrike, and alleged that Israel may have coordinated the hit with Syrian rebel “terrorists” operating in the area. The Assad regime also blamed “terrorist groups” for the strike. Reports said that Kuntar was assassinated not as revenge for his past actions, but rather because he was planning fresh attacks against Israel.There was no official Israeli confirmation of the attack, although officials expressed satisfaction over his death. Kuntar was with a group of commanders from various terrorist groups that were planning attacks on Israel, reports said.A Lebanese Druze, Kuntar became infamous for a brutal 1979 raid from Lebanon in which he helped kidnap an Israeli family from Nahariya, then smashed the head of a four-year-old Israeli girl, Einat Haran, with his rifle butt, killing her. Three other Israelis, including her father, Danny Haran, were killed in the attack. He was 16 at the time, a member of the Palestine Liberation Front.He spent 29 years in an Israeli prison before being traded to Hezbollah in 2008 in exchange for the bodies of IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. After that, he took on a senior role in the group, was honored by then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and by Syrian President Bashar Assad, and helped to organize Syrian Druze on the Golan Heights and elsewhere into terror cells charged with carrying out attacks against Israel.AFP contributed to this report.
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(SATAN HAS PROUD I PROBLEMS)
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.
12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
Samir Kuntar died as Iran’s mercenary, not Hezbollah’s-In recent years, the notorious killer was allied with Tehran against Israel; still, the Lebanese militia will retaliate — the only question is when-By Avi Issacharoff December 20, 2015, 3:00 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
As has been the case following previous alleged Israeli airstrikes, Hezbollah and its chief Hassan Nasrallah are now faced with a thorny dilemma: to retaliate or not to retaliate, or perhaps more accurately, how to retaliate, since the response is sure to come.The assassination of Samir Kuntar, who became a member of Hezbollah after his release from Israeli prison in 2008, is another in a series of blows to the Shiite Lebanese militia, on both an operational and a symbolic level.On the operational level, the assassination is further evidence — after the assassination of Jihad Mughniyeh in January and the killing of Hassan al-Laqis in December 2013 — of the ease with which intelligence services can infiltrate the organization.Symbolically, the raid was a blow to the terror organization’s morale, as it underlines its weakness and compromises its image amid its ongoing involvement in the war in Syria.Kuntar, who was Druze, is credited with having salvaged Hezbollah’s terror network on the Syrian Golan Heights, and at one time was working separately for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.He was a marked man from the moment he was released from Israeli prison in 2008, and during the past seven years, was continually preoccupied with planning attacks against the Jewish state.In recent months, Kuntar was working under the guidance of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, and had slightly distanced himself from Hezbollah. In this sense, one could say that Kuntar died as a mercenary for Iran rather than a model Hezbollah fighter. Farhan al-Shaalan, a second commander listed among the dead in the strike, was also enlisted by the Iranians rather than Hezbollah.Still, because Kuntar was significant to Hezbollah, which had won his release from prison, a retaliation against Israel for the strike is likely to come. He’s identified with the Shiite group despite being Druze, and had been spotted at various events organized by Hezbollah.In January, after the assassination of Mughniyeh, considered the foremost symbol of the organization, Hezbollah was satisfied with a retaliation that included a volley of rockets toward an IDF convoy that killed Staff Sgt. Dor Chaim Nini and the company commander, Maj. Yohai Kalangel. The strike included some seven rockets and could have ended with far more tragic results. In the end, Hezbollah, like Israel, stopped at that point and did not allow a wider security escalation.While it can be assumed that Hezbollah will attempt to retaliate now as well, in light of its situation on the Syrian front — where one-third of its fighters have been killed or injured — it is not expected to seek a broader escalation. The Times of Israel reported last week that between 1,300 and 1,500 of its fighters have been killed in combat in Syria, and some 5,000 injured.In the past few months, Hezbollah has launched a massive draft of youths 17 and older to make up for its losses. However, the recruits are not at the same level as the trained and sophisticated fighters that filled its ranks just a few years ago. The thousands of young recruits still require months of training, and Hezbollah is thus unlikely for now to seek out war with Israel.Hezbollah has also found itself in a complex political position in Lebanon with its attempts to push a Maronite Christian presidential candidate. Thus far these attempts have failed, and the political paralysis in Lebanon surrounding the president is ongoing.Meanwhile, Israel has been careful not to claim the strike, although Hezbollah has already directly accused the IDF of responsibility.If Israel operated in the Damascus suburbs, at risk of Iranian or Hezbollah retaliation, then one may venture a guess that the operation was designed to thwart an imminent attack by Kuntar.As Israeli officials used to say with regard to Palestinian terrorists targeted in order to prevent impending attacks, Kuntar was a “ticking bomb.”
Hezbollah MP: Vengeance for Kuntar is matter of time-Shiite terror group joins Iran, Syria in condemning alleged Israeli attack that killed notorious terrorist; his brother vows to keep trying to eliminate Israel-By Times of Israel staff December 20, 2015, 6:03 pm
Hezbollah is planning a response to the assassination late Saturday night of Lebanese terrorist Samir Kuntar in a suburb of Damascus, a Lebanese MP from the terror group’s faction told local media Sunday. The strike, which is attributed to Israel, also killed eight associates of Kuntar.“Hezbollah will in no way let the death of the martyr Kuntar pass without a price,” said Ali Amar, according to Israel’s Channel 10 television. “The subject of retaliation is in the hands of the relevant commanders, and will determine the way, place and time that we will punish the killers — the Israeli enemy.”Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi also condemned the reported Israeli airstrike that killed Kuntar, calling it “a cowardly act of terror,” according to Syrian state-run SANA news agency.SANA also quoted a statement from the Syrian parliament condemning the “terrorist crime,” and said that Syria is fighting “takfiri [apostate] Zionist terrorism, led by several countries [and] topped by the Israeli occupation entity.”The statement also accused other regional nations, including Sunni Arab states, of acting as accomplices to the strike in the Damascus suburb of Jaramana.Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari strongly condemned the assassination, calling it a “crime” and asking the world “to condemn such terrorist and aggressive acts” by Israel, The semi-official Iranian Fars news agency reported.Kuntar’s brother, Bassem, told AFP that he was more than ever committed to wiping Israel off the map. “The resistance will end only when the Zionist entity disappears,” he vowed.The Palestinian group terror Hamas also issued a condemnation of the attack, calling it a “heinous crime.”There was no Israeli confirmation that it had carried out the attack, although officials expressed satisfaction over Kuntar’s death.A Lebanese Druze, Kuntar became infamous for a brutal 1979 raid from Lebanon in which he helped kidnap an Israeli family from Nahariya, then smashed the head of a four-year-old Israeli girl, Einat Haran, with his rifle butt, killing her. Three other Israelis, including her father, Danny Haran, were also murdered in the attack. Kuntar was 16 at the time, and a member of the Palestine Liberation Front.Kuntar spent 29 years in an Israeli prison before being traded to Hezbollah in 2008 in exchange for the bodies of IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser. After that, he took on a senior role in the group, was honored by then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and by Syrian President Bashar Assad, and helped to organize Syrian Druze on the Golan Heights and elsewhere into terror cells charged with carrying out attacks against Israel.Smadar Haran, the widow and bereaved mother of the Israeli victims whom Kuntar brutally killed in 1979, hailed the alleged Israeli assassination of the Hezbollah operative as “historic justice” and the “closing of a circle.” She said Kuntar’s death was not a matter of “revenge,” and highlighted that Kuntar had continued to orchestrate attacks on Israel.Nina Keren, mother of Danny Haran, told Channel 10, “There is no place here for consolation, since because of [Kuntar] I will have no grandchildren.”Reports said that Kuntar was assassinated not as revenge for his past actions, but rather because he was planning fresh attacks against Israel.Joshua Davidovich and agencies contributed to this report.
Israel: Iran has withdrawn most of its Revolutionary Guards from Syria-Dozens of Iranian fighters said killed; Hezbollah, which has lost up to 1,500 men, reportedly fears anti-Assad rebels could now prevail-By Avi Issacharoff December 18, 2015, 6:52 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Iran has withdrawn most of the Revolutionary Guards fighters it deployed to Syria three months ago, Israeli security officials told The Times of Israel. The decision to withdraw the forces was likely made due to the rising number of casualties among Iranian soldiers fighting in Syria and the subsequent growing public outcry back home.The officials confirmed the withdrawal to The Times of Israel days after a report in Bloomberg quoted American sources saying such a withdrawal was in its early stages, and after Iran issued a denial. The Israeli sources stressed, however, that most of the troops have actually now been withdrawn.Iran sent some 2,000 Revolutionary Guards fighters to Syria in September. There are just 700-800 remaining, the Israeli sources said.The pullout has sparked concern for Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi’ite terror group that is also fighting alongside ally Bashar Assad, the embattled Syrian president.The high number of Revolutionary Guards casualties in Syria came as a shock to Iranian commanders, notably including IRGC Al-Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani, who has been closely following developments in the war-torn country.While Israel does not know the precise number of Iranian fatalities, the figure is thought to have reached several dozen since September, with hundreds more wounded.The Iranian press now publishes obituaries of IRGC fighters killed in Syria on an almost daily basis. Earlier this month, senior IRGC officer Abdul Rashid Rashwand and 14 other fighters of lower rank were buried in a single day.Rashwand was the fifth senior IRGC officer to be killed in Syria since September, but not the last. This week also saw the death of General Hossein Faradi, a Revolutionary Guards officer who had previously commanded Afghan forces in Syria.The reports of fatalities are creating widespread dismay in Iranian public opinion, and especially among the families of the dead and wounded. There is anguished debate over how necessary it is for Iran to deploy its fighters to Syria. This at a time when the country is preparing for parliamentary (Majlis) elections. It is also holding elections for the council to select the Islamic Republic’s next supreme leader.Many of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s allies apparently have a good chance of being elected to the council, but the military intervention in Syria and the ensuing casualties may harm their prospects, analysts say.Iranian forces have over the last few weeks focused their activities in the north-western area of Syria, trying to repel the advance of the “Fateh Army” — a conglomeration of several opposition groups. The Iranians are coordinating their activities there closely with what is left of Assad’s Syrian army as well as with fighters from Hezbollah.The extraction of Iranian troops from Syria is a source of discomfort and genuine concern for Hezbollah. The Shi’ite terror group’s men are worried about their prospects as the war in Syria continues, since the support they are receiving from Russian warplanes has so far failed to effect a significant change in the country’s years-long civil war. Hezbollah has seen between 1,300 and 1,500 of its fighters killed, and 5,000 injured, in battles in the Syrian civil war — which means it has lost as much as a third of its fighting force, according to Israeli estimates cited by The Times of Israel earlier this week.
Iran said exporting uranium stockpile to Russia in coming days-Rouhani says Tehran will meet all obligations needed to lift sanctions in next two weeks-By Times of Israel staff and AP December 19, 2015, 1:11 pm
Iran is preparing to export the majority of its stockpile of enriched uranium to Russia in the coming days as part of its efforts to meet the terms of the July 14 agreement with world powers, Reuters reported Saturday, citing the head of the Islamic republic’s Atomic Energy Organization.“In the next few days around nine tonnes of Iran’s enriched uranium will be exported to Russia,” Ali Akbar Salehi said, according to Reuters. The deal involving the United States, Iran and five other world powers would curb Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for an end to strict sanctions on Tehran, giving it access to billions in frozen assets and oil revenue. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the country would carry out its remaining obligations in the next two weeks to pave the way for the lifting of sanctions in January. He said Iran would now dismantle some nuclear centrifuges and ship out a major portion of its stockpile of enriched uranium. Stephen Mull, the US State Department’s lead coordinator for implementation of the deal, said Wednesday that Iran has begun dismantling its uranium enrichment system by removing thousands of centrifuges and transferring them into a storage facility that will be monitored by international nuclear inspectors.“It has already removed more than 5,000 of its machines and is likely to move quickly to remove the rest in the coming days,” Mull said.He said Iran is reducing its stockpile of various forms of enriched uranium to no more than 300 kilograms of material enriched up to 3.67 percent.“It will accomplish this primarily by shipping a significant amount of such material outside Iran, while also diluting the remaining excess to the level of natural uranium or below,” Mull said. “Commercial contracts are in place for Iran to ship its enriched uranium stockpiles to Russia. We expect that this material — approximately 25,000 pounds of material enriched up to 20 percent low-enriched uranium — could leave Iran in the coming weeks.”
Iran: We will continue developing missiles-Regime defiant following UN report that October test violated Security Council resolution-By Times of Israel staff December 17, 2015, 4:37 pm
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said Wednesday that Iran would continue its research, development and production of missiles and other military equipment, irrespective of UN resolutions.“Since day one of the endorsement of the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed between Iran and five world powers), our different tests have not [been] postponed even for a single day, hour or moment; rather we have not even felt any doubt about declaring them,” Dehghan told the Fars News Agency. Dehghan’s statement came a day after UN sanctions monitors said that Iran had violated a Security Council resolution in its October test of a nuclear-capable ballistic missile.The Security Council’s Panel of Experts on Iran said that the launch of the Emad long-range missile was in violation of Security Council resolution 1929, which prohibits the Islamic Republic from carrying out any military activity related to the use of ballistic missiles. The Iran nuclear deal, signed in July, also bars the country from developing missiles “designed to carry nuclear warheads.”The missile test, carried out on October 11, was hailed by Iran as a great advance in the country’s growing arsenal.“This is Iran’s first long-range missile that can be guided and controlled until hitting the target,” Dehghan was quoted as saying at the time.Dehghan said mass production of missiles would be followed by supplies of the weapon to the Iranian military, the semi-official Press TV reported.Iran has said its missiles would never carry a nuclear warhead as it has no plans to develop atomic weapons, but military officials have insisted on expanding the country’s missile program.The deal reached with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States aims to limit Iran’s nuclear program in return for lifting international sanctions.Since 1992, Iran has emphasized a self-sufficient and indigenous military production industry, producing missiles, tanks and light submarines. The government frequently announces military advances which cannot independently verified.Also Tuesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, at a meeting at its headquarters in Vienna, closed its investigation into whether Iran sought to acquire nuclear weapons. Israel bitterly criticized the move.Agencies contributed to this report.
UN watchdog closes probe into Iran nukes, drawing Israeli ire-After report finds Tehran stopped most work by 2003, IAEA paves way for implementation of nuclear deal in early 2016; Jerusalem accuses body of acting out of political motivations-By AFP and Times of Israel staff December 15, 2015, 6:39 pm
VIENNA, Austria — The UN atomic watchdog’s board Tuesday closed a long-running probe into Iran’s past efforts to develop nuclear weapons, removing an important obstacle to implementing July’s landmark deal with big powers, diplomats said.A resolution approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-nation board of governors said the investigation was “implemented in accordance with the agreed schedule” and that this “closes the board’s consideration of the matter.”Iran had warned that unless this happened, it would not implement key parts of July’s accord with six major powers to scale down its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday welcomed the decision by the UN atomic watchdog’s board to end a long-running probe into Tehran’s past efforts to develop nuclear weapons.“This resolution goes far beyond closing the issue of so-called PMD (possible military dimensions) and cancels the 12 previous resolutions of the Council of Governors of the IAEA which seriously restricted our country’s nuclear program,” Iranian media quoted Zarif as saying.But Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz criticized the decision to close the investigation, saying it was politically motivated.“The IAEA decision does not correspond to the report by IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, who said Tehran continued partial development of a bomb until 2009. It seems, therefore, that the decision made today was political and not practical, and for this reason it sends a wrong message to the Iranians, that the international community is willing to look the other way,” he said, according to the Ynet news website.The IAEA keeps close tabs on Iran’s nuclear program, and its inspections role is set to grow under July’s hard-fought deal, which defused a standoff dating back to 2002.But the Vienna-based watchdog has also long sought to clear up allegations that until 2003, and possibly since, Iran also secretly sought to develop an actual nuclear weapon.After stalling for many years, Iran agreed in July to cooperate with the IAEA to address the claims, which it has always rejected, allowing inspectors to visit sites and providing additional information.As a result the IAEA on December 2 released a “final assessment” — even though it did not receive all the information it sought — concluding that some of the allegations were indeed accurate.It said Iran conducted “a range of activities relevant to the development” of a nuclear bomb before the end of 2003 in a “coordinated effort,” and that some activities continued until 2009.It stressed though that these “did not advance beyond feasibility and scientific studies” and that there was no evidence that Iran diverted nuclear material such as uranium or plutonium to these efforts.However, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem earlier this month said that the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report “exposed the techniques of deception and obfuscation that Iran employed regarding its nuclear program.”The most blatant example of Iranian mendacity is “its conduct around the Parchin facility, where the Iranians tried to cover up evidence of their illegal activity,” the statement said.“Israel expects the international community to continue its investigation through the IAEA on these issues and to use all means at its disposal to ensure that Iran cannot secretly build a nuclear weapon,” the statement added. “Without completing this investigation, the world will not know how far Iran went in its secret program, and what its current status is.”-Continued scrutiny-But despite the findings, the six major powers — the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, who co-authored the IAEA resolution — have decided to move on.Despite Iran’s “long history of concealment, denial and deception,” the July deal is “forward-looking,” the US ambassador to the IAEA, Henry Ensher, said Tuesday.The powers stress that Iran will remain under close IAEA scrutiny to ensure that it does not contravene the July deal or again secretly engage in more research on getting the bomb.Nor is Iran completely out of the woods with the IAEA, with the agency’s “broader conclusion” that all Iran’s activities are exclusively peaceful still to come.This could take several more years, and Tuesday’s resolution stated that the board will “remain seized” on the matter for another 10 years, or until the “broader conclusion,” whichever is sooner.-Implementation Day-The IAEA will also have to confirm that Iran has enacted all its commitments under the July deal on a day to be dubbed “Implementation Day,” which is expected to happen in early 2016.Under the deal Iran has pledged to slash the number of centrifuges — which “enrich” uranium for peaceful uses but also for a bomb — from around 19,000 to 6,104, of which 5,060 will still enrich.Iran also has to change the design of a new nuclear reactor being built at Arak so that it produces substantially less plutonium, the alternative to uranium in a nuclear weapon.By “Implementation Day” the Arak reactor core has to have been made inoperable by filling the openings with concrete.Plus, Iran must reduce its stock of low-enriched uranium from several tonnes to just 300 kilos. Iran is expected to ship this material to Russia.The last IAEA update on November 18 said that Iran had removed some 4,500 centrifuges. However, there was no progress at Arak or on the uranium stock.
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