Iran Endorses Jihad (Daniel 8:4)

Iranian Envoy: Only Resistance, Jihad Can Liberate Palestine

Hamas Militants In Gaza

Hamas Militants In Gaza
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Mohammad Fathali strongly condemned the recent Israeli attacks on the Palestinians, and underlined that Palestinians should continue their armed struggle against Tel Aviv.
He underlined that the international resolutions which have been issued since the occupation of Palestine in 1948 have merely postponed a decision about the fate of Palestine to future.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will stay beside the Palestinian nation and lays emphasis on the solidarity of all Palestinian groups in confronting the Zionist regime,” the Iranian ambassador said.
In relevant remarks earlier this week, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that Palestinians should continue their armed struggle against Tel Aviv.
“The armed resistance by the Palestinians is the only way to confront Israel,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a group of Iranian university students in Tehran on Wednesday night.
The Iranian Supreme Leader noted that criminal acts of wolfish, child-killer Zionist regime in Gaza have revealed its true nature, and said, “Only way to solve this problem is full annihilation and destruction of the Zionist regime.
“We should realize that the truth and reality of the United States is manifested in this approach, and the Iranian nation, too, will show in the International Quds Day with its huge and roaring demonstrations that they are the supporters of the oppressed and the enemies of the oppressors,” added Ayatollah Khamenei.
He noted that as founder of the Islamic Republic late Imam Khomeini used to say “Israel must be annihilated”, but of course the annihilation of Israel, as a true way to resolve the problem, does not mean that the Jews in the region should be evacuated, as for conducting this logical approach there is a practical way that the Islamic Republic has proposed to the international society.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that in accordance with Iran’s proposal, which is a favorable method for the world nations, the people who live there and comprise the true natives of that land should in a referendum announce the preferred political system, adding, “In this way the usurper and forged regime will be practically annihilated.”
“It would be wrong for anyone to assume that if the Gaza missiles would not have existed, the Zionist regime would have come to terms with the Palestinians,” Iran’s Supreme Leader said.
He further noted that in the West Bank where the people’s only weapons are little stones Israel both kills and humiliates the Palestinian people.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that based on such realities “we believe the West Bank, too, should be armed just like Gaza and those who are interested in the fate of the Palestinians must work in this respect so that the pains and miseries of the Palestinian people will be decreased due to their mighty hands and the weakness of the Zionist enemy.”
Israel has been pounding the blockaded Gaza for 19 consecutive days, killing at least 891 people and injuring more than 5,700 others.
According to the UN, 77% of the victims in Gaza are civilians and defenseless people.
Since July 8, Israeli warplanes have been carrying out incessant airstrikes against Gaza.
On July 17, thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion into the densely-populated Gaza Strip.

The Fourth Horn Opens Up (Daniel 8:22)

Facing Escalating Violence, U.S. Evacuates Staff From Its Embassy in Libya

Smoke rose after heavy fighting near the airport in Tripoli on Friday. Credit Hani Amara/Reuters
CAIRO — The United States closed its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated the embassy’s staff under military guard, in what the State Department said was a response to escalating violence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
Officials called the evacuation “temporary” and said they were looking for ways to reopen the embassy, even as the State Department issued a new travel warning on Saturday, advising United States citizens to leave Libya “immediately.”
Weeks of heavy fighting between rival Libyan militias for control of Tripoli’s international airport had in recent days edged closer to the heavily fortified embassy, which is on the main road to the airport. The clashes have all but destroyed the airport, severely limiting air travel to Libya.
The embassy staff was evacuated over land, traveling in convoys to neighboring Tunisia under the watch of United States military aircraft, according to a Pentagon statement.
Speaking in Paris during a series of diplomatic meetings about Gaza, Secretary of State John Kerry said the embassy was evacuated because of “freewheeling militia violence” and said the embassy was only “suspending” activities.
The evacuation, which follows the withdrawal of other foreign diplomats, deepened Libya’s isolation at a moment when violence in the country appears to be spiraling out of control. Libya’s weak central government has been powerless to halt weeks of broadening battles in Tripoli and in the eastern city of Benghazi, the country’s two largest cities, which have succumbed to a growing lawlessness and bloodshed.
As the militiamen have fought with heavy weapons in residential neighborhoods, with no central army to stop them, armed groups have stepped up a campaign of assassinations and kidnappings targeting political activists, journalists and human rights workers.
The chaos has unnerved Libya’s neighbors, including Egypt, which has expressed alarm over militant groups operating on Libyan soil. Two weeks ago, the United Nations withdrew its staff from Tripoli in response to the fighting there, and last week, Turkey announced on Friday that it had suspended operations at its embassy in Tripoli.
The United States last closed its embassy in February 2011, during the Libyan revolt against the country’s longtime dictator, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. The Obama administration later opened a diplomatic post in eastern Libya, in Benghazi, an area that was under the control of anti-Qaddafi forces.
In 2012, militants attacked the Benghazi mission, which included an annex used by the Central Intelligence Agency, killing the ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other people. The embassy in Tripoli had served as a base for investigators from the Department of Justice investigating the Benghazi attack.
The current United States ambassador, Deborah K. Jones, wrote about the approaching violence on Twitter over the last few days. “A Libyan citizen reports from Gasr bin Ghashir indiscriminate shelling from early evening,” she wrote on July 19, referring to a neighborhood abutting the airport.
The next day, she wrote about “heavy shelling and other exchanges” in the embassy’s neighborhood. On Wednesday, she tried to tamp down a rumor that United States drones were operating over Libyan airspace. “We are not engaged in this fighting, just trying to stay safe under fire,” she wrote.
During the evacuation early Saturday, residents in Tripoli reported hearing the sounds of airplanes overhead and said there was a two-hour interruption of Internet service. A Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John F. Kirby, said that evacuation, which took approximately five hours, was secured by United States Marines who had been working at the embassy and military aircraft, including F-16s.
In a statement on Saturday, Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, said the decision to evacuate was not made lightly.
“Securing our facilities and ensuring the safety of our personnel are top department priorities,” she said, adding that United States was “currently exploring options for a permanent return to Tripoli as soon as the security situation on the ground improves.”
After the withdrawal on Saturday, the embassy compound sat empty and unguarded. No one answered at the front gate. A man, driving away from the compound and clearly frustrated, asked a reporter if he worked at the embassy.
“There was no one here,” he said.
The Americans had been processing documents for him — he did not specify what kind — but now, those documents were stuck inside.

Germany One Of Ten Nuclear Horns (Daniel 7:7)

US nuclear bombs will remain in Germany

German Nuclear Missiles

German Nuclear Missiles

The Local | 5 Sep 2012, 11:12

American nuclear weapons will not be removed from Germany, despite their departure being a long-term aim of the German government, it has emerged.

Although Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had put the removal of the 20 or so US nuclear warheads from Germany at the heart of his foreign policy aims, signs emerged two years ago that this might not be feasible.

Now, the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper reported on Wednesday, the government has bowed to NATO plans to not only keep the bombs in Germany, but to modernise them.

Billions will be spent on modernising the bombs themselves, while the Bundeswehr is expected to spend around €250 million to keep its Tornado fighter jets – which would be used to drop the US nuclear bombs – serviceable until 2024.

In what it called an about-turn in German defence policy, the newspaper said the move was particularly painful for Westerwelle, who it noted had anchored the withdrawal of the US nukes from Germany in the 2009 coalition agreement.

Officially there are between 10 and 20 nuclear bombs at the Büchel Air Base in Rhineland Palatinate – relics of the Cold War stock of about 200 which were kept there until the 1990s.

Although many do not see the point of keeping the weapons in Germany, the paper said France, Turkey and eastern European states are keen to see them stay, while other countries want to see Russia reduce its tactical nuclear weapons arsenal first.

The Berliner Zeitung newspaper heard from military experts that the government had given up its position at the NATO summit in Chicago at the end of May, when Chancellor Angela Merkel and Westerwelle both assented to a joint declaration.

That declaration included a statement saying that nuclear weapons were a central component of the total NATO capacity, and that the current deployment was sufficient to provide an effective defence.

But although the foreign ministry still stresses that NATO is, in principle, working towards disarmament and control, Karl-Heinz Kamp, research director of the NATO Defence College in Rome, said there were several reasons why the Germans had to back down.

“Generally the euphoria about nuclear disarmament has dissipated,” he told the Frankfurter Rundschau. “And the relationship between Russia and the USA has cooled again. And with his public foray, Westerwelle did not make negotiations in NATO easier.”

He said the US was planning to spend around $4 billion to modernise the bombs and make them steerable rather than just drop bombs as they are now, yet this has also brought criticism.

“The modernisation of these weapons by the USA threatens to remove the strict distinction between tactical and strategic weapons,” said Gernot Erler, foreign affairs spokesman for the opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD).

He said the SPD would call on the government to explain what steps it now planned in working towards the aim of removing US nuclear weapons from Germany and Europe.