Tuesday, March 28, 2017
VACATIONING ISRAELIS WARNED OF IMMEDIATE TERROR THREAT IN SINAI.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)
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)
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
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
SYRIA THREATENS TO SHOOT SCUD MISSLES AT ISRAEL
ISIS WARNS SYRIAN DAM ON EUPHRATES AT RISK
CHRISTIANS FREE SPEECH AT RISK IN CANADA
Vacationing Israelis warned of ‘immediate’ terror threat in Sinai-As travel season set to kick off, Counter-Terrorism Bureau says Islamic State poses largest threat around the world, including close to home, in Turkey and Europe-By Judah Ari Gross March 27, 2017, 2:54 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Israel intensified its warning against citizens traveling to the Sinai Peninsula on Monday for fear of an imminent terror attack by the Islamic State, with the knowledge that thousands will spurn their advisory and travel to the area in the coming months.The annual travel warning from the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau came two weeks ahead of the Passover holiday, marking the unofficial start of the travel season.Eitan Ben-David, the head of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau, told reporters that the Sinai, which has seen a years-long, bloody conflict between an Islamic State affiliate and Egyptian forces, already bears his agency’s highest level warning, indicating a concrete threat.Ben-David said that in light of the threat in Sinai, Israel “has considered the possibility of closing the Taba border with Egypt, but right now we have no intention of doing so.”Israelis were also warned away from Turkey, which was given the agency’s second-highest warning, in light of the terror attacks in Istanbul and other Turkish cities in recent months, including one in January in which an Israeli teenager was killed and another in March 2016 in which three Israelis were killed.Israel instructed its citizens to refrain from traveling to both of those locations and to leave, if they are already there.Once a popular vacation destination for Israelis and others, the restive Sinai has been wracked by terror attacks carried out by a local Islamic State affiliate known as Sinai Province, including the downing of a Russian passenger jet in 2015.Despite intensive efforts by Egyptian forces to battle the group, it has rebounded and grown brazen in attacks on Egyptian troops and civilians, including Coptic Christians, in recent months, Ben-David said.“There is a serious and current threat of terror attacks being carried out against tourists, notably Israelis, in the immediate future,” the travel advisory said.While Hezbollah has been blamed for attacks against Israelis abroad that caused dozens of the deaths over the years, the Iran proxy does not currently present as immediate a threat as Islamic State, according to Ben-David.The threat from Islamic State, also known by its Arabic nickname Daesh, comes from both its own directed attacks and the so-called “lone wolves” who gain inspiration from the terrorist group and carry out attacks on its behalf, without actual support from the organization.Islamic State’s battlefield recent losses in Iraq and Syria may push its foreign fighters to flee back to their home countries, which represent a softer target for the terrorist group’s attacks, he said, warning Israelis traveling to safer locales like Western Europe to also remain vigilant.“As long as Islamic State is in distress, it will try to carry out attacks around the world — against the Christians, the Crusaders and maybe the Jews,” Ben-David said.In the Sinai, officials are hoping harsher language will help dissuade the Israelis who have continued to visit the area. Those intrepid tourists have claimed that Islamic State is powerful only in the northern peninsula and that their travel is coordinated ahead of time with known drivers and hoteliers.“We work on this all year round. We are watching what’s happening. We have no interest in crying wolf. We believe in what we say. The threat is grave,” Ben-David said, in the bureau’s office in Tel Aviv’s Kirya military base.Elsewhere, threats have remained relatively unchanged since the bureau last offered its annual advisory ahead of last year’s Passover, which is both itself a week of increased travel and the start of the summer tourism season. Despite Islamic State taking on a central place in the worldwide threat profile, the bureau warned that Hamas and Hezbollah are still capable of carrying out attacks.Jordan and the rest of Egypt, besides the Sinai, carry the bureau’s third-highest level advisory, in light of their proximity to Syria and Sinai, respectively.Morocco, meanwhile, holds the CTB’s fourth-highest warning.Areas of Africa controlled by Boko Haram, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, and the al-Shabab terrorist group are also under an “immediate” terror warning, as are other high-conflict areas, like Kashmir, southern Thailand and the southern Philippines.Ben-David said his organization worked with local communities to find where large Passover events would be celebrated around the world, in order to be able to respond quickly should the need arise.He encouraged Israelis to remain aware of their surroundings while abroad, specifically in the United States, Russia, France, Belgium, Germany and India.In December, Israel put in place a travel advisory on India, citing a “concrete threat,” but that was rescinded the following week.Though there is no travel warning for Western Europe, the bureau said Israelis should be particularly alert in popular tourist destinations, like sports arenas, cultural centers, houses of worship and holiday markets.Ben-David cited last week’s terror attack in London as the type of attack — a car-ramming followed by a stabbing — that is liable to occur.He also pointed to a truck-ramming attack in a Berlin Christmas market last year, as an example of what his bureau is concerned may be committed in the coming weeks, which will see both the Jewish Passover and Christian Easter holidays. An Israeli woman was killed in that attack.
TV report says Israel may agree to settlement limits in exchange for new Amona-PMO denies Channel 2 report that comes after four days of marathon talks between Jerusalem and Washington-By Times of Israel staff March 25, 2017, 11:09 pm
Israel and the US are close to reaching an understanding on settlement construction that would see Jerusalem commit to construction limits in return for being allowed the build the first new settlement in 25 years, Channel 2 reported Saturday.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to build a new settlement for the residents of the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona, which was evacuated in January, but has encountered resistance from the administration of US President Donald Trump.Netanyahu’s office denied the report as “not true.”The report comes amid mounting speculation on the outcome after four days of high-level discussions between the administration and an Israeli delegation, which concluded Thursday.The Channel 2 report, which called the purported understandings “the Trump formula,” followed a report in The New York Times, which said that Israel is expected to make a general commitment to the Trump administration to slow settlement construction, but will likely not commit to numbers or specific areas.After the Washington talks, the White House believes it is currently unrealistic to expect Jerusalem to provide a more substantial pledge, officials told the Times.The administration indicated Thursday that the talks had not led to any concrete agreement on Israel’s ongoing settlement construction.“The United States delegation reiterated President Trump’s concerns regarding settlement activity in the context of moving towards a peace agreement,” according to a joint readout of the talks. “The Israeli delegation made clear that Israel’s intent going forward is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes those concerns into consideration.”The two sides said they will continue to engage in dialogue over Israel’s continued building in disputed areas of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. They described the discussions as “serious and constructive, and they are ongoing.”Also Friday UN envoy to the region Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council that Israel has taken no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop settlement activity and instead authorized “a high rate” of settlement expansions in violation of international law.The large number of settlement announcements and legislation action by Israel indicate “a clear intent to continue expanding the settlement enterprise in the occupied Palestinian territory,” he said.The series of meetings in Washington this past week followed Trump’s special envoy for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt’s trip to the region last week, in which he met with both Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to try and jumpstart peace talks.In those talks in Jerusalem, Greenblatt reportedly demanded that Israel halt all construction in isolated West Bank settlements and put curbs on new building inside the major settlement blocs, but Netanyahu was said to have rejected the idea. An official in the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday denied that any such terms had been advanced by Greenblatt.Greenblatt led the US delegation to this week’s follow-up talks along with other representatives of the National Security Council staff and State Department, including Michael Ratney. The Israeli delegation was led by Yoav Horowitz, Netanyahu’s chief of staff, and Israel’s ambassador to the US Ron Dermer.Other topics of discussion included boosting the Palestinian economy in the West Bank and reconstruction of vital infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.Eric Cortellessa contributed to this report.
As Israeli forces go on high alert after Faqha killing, Hamas may be looking to avoid a war-The assassination of a key planner of West Bank terror attacks was meant to send a signal; now the ball is in Hamas’s court-By Avi Issacharoff and Times of Israel staff March 26, 2017, 4:29 am
Israeli forces near the Gaza Strip have been placed on high alert, fearing retaliation from the Hamas terror group over the assassination of one of its top military leaders in Gaza on Friday night.The alert was ordered Saturday by the IDF’s Southern Command.Israel has not claimed responsibility for the killing of Mazen Faqha, a former prisoner in Israel who oversaw Hamas’s efforts to instigate terror attacks in the West Bank, but Hamas leaders have lined up to blame Israel for the killing throughout Saturday. Faqha was freed in the Gilad Shalit exchange deal in 2011; he had been serving multiple life terms for orchestrating a 2002 suicide bombing in which nine Israelis were killed.At a mass funeral procession for Faqha Saturday afternoon in Gaza City, participants shouted, “Revenge, revenge!”Hamas’s Gaza Attorney General Ismail Jaber also blamed Israel for the killing of Faqha, who was freed as part of the 2011 deal to release captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, and was deported to Gaza.“This assassination has the clear marks of Mossad,” Jaber said.Faqha, 38, was killed in an apparently professional hit job when he was shot near his home in the Tel Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City with a handgun equipped with a silencer.His father, who lives in the West Bank, told a Hamas TV station that Israeli intelligence officers had warned the family three times that his son’s terrorist activity was going to get him killed. “They said Mazen was carrying out attacks against Israel, and that Israel’s arm is long,” he said.Khalil al-Haya, a deputy to Yahya Sinwar, the new leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, promised retaliation.“If the enemy thinks that this assassination will change the power balance, then it should know the minds of [Hamas] will be able to retaliate in kind,” he said.On Friday, al-Haya said that only the Jewish state would have had something to gain from Faqha’s death.Yet, for all its rhetoric, Hamas has yet to show any firm evidence of Israeli involvement, a fact that may give the organization the political maneuvering room to avoid a dramatic response that could lead to a full-fledged confrontation.Faqha is from the northern West Bank town of Tubas, where he was arrested in 2002 for helping to plan suicide bombings during the Second Intifada. He was released in October 2011 during the Shalit deal, after which he was expelled to Gaza, where he and fellow West Banker Abd el-Rahman Ghanimat founded the “West Bank section” within the Gaza-based group.The section was composed of military wing members formerly from the West Bank who were expelled to Gaza. Their task was to bolster Hamas infrastructures in the West Bank, including by means of terror attacks against Israelis. This included sending both funds and instructions to Hamas cells in Hebron, Tulkarem, Qalqilya and elsewhere in a bid to escalate violence and force new rounds of confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians in the West Bank. Each area in the West Bank was served by a “regional commander” within the section who sat in Gaza but was originally from the area in question.According to Israeli intelligence, Faqha and Ghanimat’s “fingerprints” were on many attempted and successful terror attacks emanating from Hamas cells in the West Bank in recent years, a fact that suggests Israel had a clear interest in his removal.-The message: Nobody is safe-Faqha lived and traveled in Gaza without bodyguards or other protection, and was assassinated near his beach-side home. If Israel did indeed carry out the assassination, it may have intended to send a message that Hamas leaders’ apparent belief that they are safe during periods of quiet is incorrect.It is likely that the entire leadership of the organization is now changing its daily routines, on the assumption that if Faqha could be killed, they are all potential targets. They will have to live surrounded by security, and occasionally changing homes and hideouts – a return to the life that many Hamas leaders from the West Bank were forced to live a decade ago.This was clearly the message of the killing: that everyone is a potential target.But that’s doesn’t mean Israel’s alleged responsibility for the killing is obvious or indisputable. The assassins were highly professional, leaving no shred of evidence as to their identities. Indeed, this professionalism – the silencer and the clean disappearance – is the only real evidence pointing to Israeli intelligence agencies. Nothing more.That lack of clarity means Hamas may decide it can be satisfied in the short term with the sort of threatening declamations issued by the group on Saturday, such as: “No more restraint” or “We won’t permit assassinations to go without a response.”Hamas’s decision on Saturday not to start shelling Israel in response, shows the group likely does not actually want a war with Israel at this time.None of this is to suggest the group will refrain from responding to the assassination in due time. Its new Gaza chief, Yahya Sinwar, is known as a dangerous, unpredictable and uninhibited commander. He may prefer to wait for a moment when Israel will be caught by surprise, and to launch the sorts of operations seen in the past, such as kidnappings or, in a throwback to the previous decade, suicide bombings.If Hamas launches such attacks, it will likely also attempt to do so without leaving evidence of its involvement, in order to give Israeli leaders the political space to avoid all-out war while still signaling that continued assassinations will be met with painful retaliation.As one Hamas official said Saturday, Israel was “trying to force a new model of a clandestine war on Hamas, as it has failed in the open war model.” He said Hamas would know how to respond to such tactics.
EU calls for privacy-security balance on message encryption-Head of European Union says ‘there is a fine line’ between need for safety and protection of privacy-By AP March 27, 2017, 1:46 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The European Union’s presidency says people’s privacy must be protected following British calls for police access to encrypted messages in case of attacks.Maltese Interior Minister Carmelo Abela said Monday “there is a fine line here. We need to of course protect the privacy of the people but we also have to protect the security of the people.”British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Sunday that “we need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp — and there are plenty of others like that — don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other.”British press reports suggest that London attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message just minutes before the Wednesday rampage that left three pedestrians and one police officer dead and dozens more wounded. The message that can’t be accessed because it was encrypted.Abela said that EU states and internet providers should continue talks to establish the right security-privacy balance.As controversy swirled over the encrypted messages, police made another arrest in Birmingham, England, where Masood had lived. The 30-year-old is one of two men now in custody over possible links to the attack. Neither has been charged or publicly named.Masood was shot dead on the grounds of Parliament.Masood drove a rented SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before smashing it into Parliament’s gates and rushing onto the grounds, where he fatally stabbed a policeman and was shot by other officers. A detailed police reconstruction has found the entire attack lasted 82 seconds.Police are trying to pinpoint his motive and identify any possible accomplices, making the WhatsApp message a potential clue to his state of mind and his social media contacts.Rudd said attacks like Masood’s would be easier to prevent if authorities could penetrate encrypted services after obtaining warrants similar to the ones used to listen in on telephone calls or — in snail mail days — to steam open letters and read their contents.Without a change in the system, she said terrorists would be able to communicate with each other without fear of being overheard even in cases where a legal warrant has been obtained.Rudd also urged technology companies to do a better job at preventing the publication of material that promotes extremism. She plans to meet with firms Thursday about setting up an industry board that would take steps to make the web less useful to extremists.British police investigating the attack say they still believe Masood, a 52-year-old Briton, acted alone and say they have no indications that further attacks are planned.
Bahrain alleges Iran-backed group planned assassinations-14 suspected conspirators accused of training with Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah in Iraq-By AP March 27, 2017, 2:57 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Bahrain is alleging a 14-member group backed by Iran planned assassinations in the island kingdom.The Interior Ministry issued a statement early Monday saying 11 members of the group “are suspected of receiving overseas military training under the supervision of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah in Iraq.”It says police had arrested 14 suspects in raids that saw officers seize weapons and explosives. It says the group’s two leaders are abroad in Iran.Iran’s government called the allegation a “futile and baseless lie.”Sunni-ruled Bahrain, like other Gulf Arab nations, remains suspicious of Shiite power Iran and periodically announces similar arrests.Bahrain, home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet, has seen unrest present since its 2011 Arab Spring protests escalate recently amid a government crackdown on dissent.
Analysis-After Trump’s difficult courtship last year, Pence ushers in the AIPAC honeymoon-As pro-Israel lobby meets, there are public displays of great affection, private talk of deep US-Israel coordination, and a long, unpredictable road ahead-By David Horovitz March 27, 2017, 11:12 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
WASHINGTON — What a difference a year makes.When presidential candidate Donald J. Trump prepared to address AIPAC’s annual policy conference on Monday night, March 21, 2016, it was widely believed he would be facing one of the toughest tests of his campaign. Demonstrative walkouts were planned against this most divisive of would-be presidents. Worried that some, even many, in the 18,000-strong crowd at the Verizon Center would give him a very torrid time, AIPAC organizers had reminded the audiences at session after session running up to his speech to treat all speakers with courtesy.In the event, Trump triumphed without breaking a sweat. He was greeted with lukewarm applause. There was laughter — laughter not with, but at him — when he claimed, risibly, that he’d studied the Iran nuclear issue “in great detail… I would say greater by far than anybody else.” But as the unconditional, caveat-free pledges of love and support for Israel accumulated, the audience — whose unifying factor is, of course, love and support for Israel — was gradually won over.While a few characteristic, off-script swipes at outgoing president Barack Obama — “in his final year — yay!” and “He may be the worst thing that ever happened to Israel” — appalled many in the vast arena, many others delighted in them. By the end, when he was hailing daughter Ivanka’s then-imminent “beautiful Jewish baby,” the crowd was roaring its approval.President Trump opted not to return to AIPAC for this year’s conference, possibly because the lobby’s leadership took the dramatic step, on the morning after Trump’s speech last year, of publicly apologizing to Obama, castigating those participants who had applauded the “ad hominem” attacks on him, and without naming Trump, excoriating the candidate’s criticisms of the president.Instead it was Vice President Mike Pence who arrived at the Verizon Center on Sunday — speaking, as he said repeatedly, on behalf of the president — to pledge an “unbreakable” bond with Israel and a “nonnegotiable” commitment to its security.Astutely, AIPAC deployed its president, Lillian Pinkus, who had issued that apology a year ago, to introduce Pence. But whatever Trump may feel about what unfolded last year, the vice president gave no hint of any grudge held. For much of his address, indeed, Pence seemed to be fighting back tears, so emotionally overwhelmed was he, as a lifelong supporter of Israel, to be addressing Israel’s best friends in the United States.In contrast to Trump, Mike Pence has been to Israel. Several times. He took his whole family there in 2014. When Pence declared that, in his house, “we pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” nobody in that vast crowd would have doubted him. When he described touring Dachau last month, taking his wife and daughter, and remarked that he had already been there once before as a young man, only a cynic would have questioned his evident lifelong empathy for the Jewish people.Along with the public declarations of unstinting support, behind the scenes at this year’s AIPAC conference there are Israeli officials who assert that something of substance is playing out in the emerging relationship between the Trump administration and the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu.Netanyahu’s trusted envoy here, Ambassador Ron Dermer, said in his Sunday morning address that for the first time in years, there is “no daylight” between the US and Israeli governments — a far subtler swipe at Obama than Trump’s from last year. But away from the microphones, away from the daylight, the talk is of a new administration working far more intimately with Israel than the previous White House did, formulating its policies on the region in deep coordination with Israel.Where the Obama administration presumed to know what was best for Israel, and took umbrage when Netanyahu and no shortage of other Israeli leaders bitterly criticized its handling of the Iran nuclear deal or its failure to intervene when Bashar Assad gassed his own Syrian people, with the new American leadership, these Israeli officials assert, there is a greater appreciation for, and deference to, Israel’s hard-learned expertise in Middle East realities.With the new American leadership, some Israeli officials assert, there is a greater appreciation for, and deference to, Israel’s hard-learned expertise in Middle East realities-These officials do not claim that everything is plain sailing. Hours and hours of talks, and then more hours still, have failed to yield anything close to an agreement on the vexed issue of settlement building. Failed so signally, in fact, that both sides may well have given up, and will have to work instead toward nonbinding “understandings” — which sounds like it could be a recipe for trouble.America is divided under President Trump. And AIPAC — desperately seeking to maintain Israel as a unifying, bipartisan American cause — is no exception.But looking back to last year’s conference, and to Trump’s speech, one can see it now as representing the candidate’s courting of another section of the electorate, the pro-Israel community — well-intentioned, rather ham-fisted, ultimately successful.In November, America tied the knot. For four years, at least.For the new Trump administration and AIPAC, this year’s conference, then, is the honeymoon. Declarations of love, high emotion, a good deal of optimism, and a long, unpredictable road ahead.
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