Hamas and Israel Trample Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

Israel pounds Hamas after 17 injured in rocket barrage

By ANNA AHRONHEIM

The Israel Air Force retaliated by striking targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening after 17 people were treated for injuries resulting form rocket attacks from Gaza against southern Israel.

Following the barrages the IAF struck 12 terror targets including a plant used to manufacture components intended for the construction of tunnels as well as a tunnel for maritime terrorism along Israel’s coast.

A number of terror targets in several military sites, including weapons and rockets, as well as a military compound that serves as a central logistic warehouse were also hit by IAF jets.

Red Alert sirens continued to sound in the South into late in the evening.

Hamas issued a statement saying:  “We are delivering on our promise. The resistance accepted the responsibility to even the playing field with the enemy and it is succeeding in doing so.”

According to the IDF, 36 projectiles were launched  from the Hamas-run enclave as of late Wednesday night; four were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman held a security assessment with senior military and defense officials at the IDF Kirya Headquarters in Tel Aviv following the initial rocket barrage.

According to Barzilai Medical Center, six people were treated for body injuries and nine people were treated for shock.

Four of the projectiles fell in Sderot. A 34 year old was in light-to-moderate condition with wounds from glass shards and a 20 year old was in light condition with injuries to his limbs from Iron Dome shrapnel.

Civilians were treated at the scene after suffering from stress, including two pregnant women who started having contractions.

Two homes in Sderot were also reportedly hit by the shrapnel and several cars were damaged.

The rocket fire from Gaza came shortly after an IDF tank struck Hamas posts in Gaza after shots were fired across the border towards civilian engineering vehicles working on the IDF’s underground barrier with the coastal enclave.

At least one Gazan citizen was reported injured.

“Terrorists shot at civilian vehicles that were being used in an effort to construct the barrier around the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip. One vehicle was hit,” the IDF said.

Earlier on Wednesday, the IDF closed several roads near the Gaza border after warning that it was concerned about a retaliatory attack by Hamas after two of its elite members were killed in an IDF strike on Tuesday.

According to the IDF, Route 25 and several other smaller roads were closed after Hamas was identified as having cleared several military positions along the border and threats made by the group.

The rocket fire also comes as a senior Hamas official said that UN and Egyptian-mediated cease-fire talks between the terror group and Israel have reached “advanced stages,” with a deal expected to be signed soon.

“We can say that actions led by the United Nations and Egypt are in advanced stages and we hope it could yield some good from them,” Khalil Al-Hayya, deputy Hamas chief in Gaza, told Al Jazeera television.

“What is required is for calm to be restored along the border between us and the Zionist enemy (Israel).”

On Sunday, Israel’s Security Cabinet met to discuss the proposed cease-fire agreement. The Prime Minister’s Office released a statement afterward saying that the IDF was ready for any eventuality.

Despite the cease-fire talks, dozens of fires have ignited following the continued launching of aerial incendiary devices into southern Israel. In response, IDF aircraft have continued to strike the cells launching the devices.

Hundreds of such devices have been launched towards Israel since late March when Gazans began weekly protests along the border with Israel.

The protests have been called the greatest threat to Israeli security in the region since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, due to the combination of terror tunnels, riots, attempted infiltration and the use of incendiary items.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 158 Gazans have been killed since the start of the weekly “March of Return.”

The Sixth Seal: More Than Just Manhattan (Revelation 6:12)

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New York, NY – In a Quake, Brooklyn Would Shake More Than Manhattan

By Brooklyn Eagle

And Brooklyn, resting on sediment, would shake more than Manhattan, built on solid rock. “There would be more shaking and more damage,” Dr. Kim told the Brooklyn Eagle on Wednesday.

If an earthquake of a similar magnitude were to happen today near Brooklyn, “Many chimneys would topple. Poorly maintained buildings would fall down – some buildings are falling down now even without any shaking. People would not be hit by collapsing buildings, but they would be hit by falling debris. We need to get some of these buildings fixed,” he said.

But a 5.2 is “not comparable to Haiti,” he said. “That was huge.” Haiti’s devastating earthquake measured 7.0.

Brooklyn has a different environment than Haiti, and that makes all the difference, he said. Haiti is situated near tectonic plate.

“The Caribbean plate is moving to the east, while the North American plate is moving towards the west. They move about 20 mm – slightly less than an inch – every year.” The plates are sliding past each other, and the movement is not smooth, leading to jolts, he said.

While we don’t have the opportunity for a large jolt in Brooklyn, we do have small, frequent quakes of a magnitude of 2 or 3 on the Richter Scale. In 2001 alone the city experienced two quakes: one in January, measuring 2.4, and one in October, measuring 2.6. The October quake, occurring soon after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, “caused a lot of panic,” Dr. Kim said.

“People ask me, ‘Should I get earthquake insurance?’ I tell them no, earthquake insurance is expensive. Instead, use that money to fix chimneys and other things. Rather than panicky preparations, use common sense to make things better.”

Secure bookcases to the wall and make sure hanging furniture does not fall down, Dr. Kim said. “If you have antique porcelains or dishes, make sure they’re safely stored. In California, everything is anchored to the ground.”

While a small earthquake in Brooklyn may cause panic, “In California, a quake of magnitude 2 is called a micro-quake,” he added.

How Obama and Trump Have Lead US to the End

Obama’s Nuclear Deal Saved Iran From the Sanctions Trump Has Put Back On

News Analysis

As attention focuses on Iran and the sanctions President Donald Trump has put back in place, it’s worth revisiting events leading to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—known as the Iranian Nuclear Deal.

On Feb. 9, 2010, Iran began the crucial step of producing 20 percent enriched uranium. In response, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1929 on June 9, 2010, expanding sanctions against Iran.

On June 24, 2010, Congress tightened sanctions on firms investing in Iran’s energy sector and imposed new sanctions for selling refined petroleum to Iran. The EU followed suit on July 26, 2010.

On May 8, 2011, Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant began operations and achieved a sustained chain reaction. On June 8, 2011, Iran announced intentions to triple the rate of 20 percent enriched uranium production.

On Dec. 31, 2011, Congress passed legislation to sanction foreign banks if they processed transactions with Iran’s Central Bank. On Jan. 23, 2012, the EU imposed a phased ban on oil purchases from Iran.

On Feb. 15, 2012, Iran announced a number of advances, including new centrifuges allowing for faster uranium enrichment.

Negotiating tactics aside, economic sanctions were proving effective.

Iran’s GDP contracted by 6.6 percent in 2012. The official unemployment rate jumped to 14 percent. Iran’s economy was later estimated to be 15-20 percent smaller due to sanctions—which cost Iran an estimated $160 billion between 2012-2015.

In response, Iran’s currency collapsed, losing 80 percent of its value in the first ten months of 2012. On Oct. 1, 2012, the rial dropped by 15 percent.

The rial’s fall caused inflation to spike from an already uncomfortable 20.6 percent in 2011 to 27.4 percent in 2012. Inflation in Iran would peak at 39.3 percent in 2013.

As Iran’s economy was failing, the sanctions were preventing Iran from taking the last steps to becoming a nuclear weapons state.

On the Threshold

On Aug. 30, 2012, the IAEA reported that Iran was building stockpiles of 20 percent enriched uranium. The step from 20 percent enriched uranium to weapons-grade uranium is surprisingly small.

Foreign Policy wrote in January 2012, “If Iran decides to produce weapons-grade uranium from 20 percent enriched uranium, it has already technically undertaken 90 percent of the enrichment effort required. Using 20 percent enriched uranium as a feed, 250 kg UF6 can be turned to weapons-grade material in a month’s time.”

By late 2012 Iran had produced enough 20 percent enriched uranium to produce weapons grade uranium. Iran’s problem was the lack of a delivery system, as outlined in a 2012 Congressional Report:

“It is increasingly uncertain whether Iran will be able to achieve ICBM capability by 2015 for several reasons:

• Iran does not appear to be receiving the degree of foreign support many believe would be necessary.

• Iran has found it increasingly difficult to acquire certain critical components and materials because of sanctions.

• Iran has not demonstrated the kind of flight test program many view as necessary to produce an ICBM.”

Sanctions significantly impaired Iran’s ballistic missile program. Medium-range ballistic missile production was severely limited. ICBM’s were simply not attainable.

Negotiations

On June 14, 2013, Hassan Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator, was elected president of Iran. Rouhani immediately called for negotiations.

On Sept. 27, 2013, Obama called Rouhani—the highest level contact between the United States and Iran since 1979. Talks began in October 2013. On Nov. 23, 2013, Obama announced the first round of sanctions relief, even while Congress was pushing for further sanction tightening. Obama’s announcement was material—$3 billion in cash plus another $16-17 billion in sanctions relief, boosting Iran’s foreign exchange reserves by 25 percent.

This translated into a flood of Trade Delegations visiting Iran—ten in the first two weeks of 2014. Iran’s economy began to recover immediately. GDP grew 3 percent in 2014. Inflation fell from 39 percent to 17 percent. As the Iranian economy grew so did Iran’s negotiating power.

On July 14, 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was reached. The JCPOA lifted all economic sanctions and gave Iran access to $120 billion in reserves held abroad. It also contained Sunset Clauses.

According to a 2015 report from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, “The sunset clauses—the fatal flaw of the JCPOA—permit critical nuclear, arms, and ballistic missile restrictions to disappear over a five-to-15-year period. Tehran must simply abide by the agreement to emerge as a threshold nuclear power with an industrial-size enrichment program.”

The JCPOA stipulated that, “For eight years the ballistic missile restrictions will remain in place.”

Page 99 of the document contains defining language, which states “Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

Note the crucial differences with the original language contained within Resolution 1929, which said “Iran shall not undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

Reversing Iran’s Situation

Iran has bolstered its ballistic missile capabilities, achieving up to 23 launches and masking ICBM development through its Space Launch Program.

On Aug. 22, 2017, Iran’s atomic chief shocked the International Community by declaring that Iran needs only five days to ramp uranium enrichment back up to 20 percent.

Recall the situation in 2012:

1 Iran had achieved 20 percent enriched uranium production. Stockpiles were sufficient to produce weapons-grade uranium.

2 Iran was facing intense international pressure regarding its nuclear ambitions.

3 The Iranian economy was on verge of collapse.

4 Iran’s ballistic missile program was underfunded and component constrained from sanctions.

5 Sanctions were costing Iran tens of billions each year.

6 Iran had no access to overseas cash reserves.

The JCPOA effectively solved Iran’s problems:

1 Iran retained capability to resume 20 percent uranium enrichment.

2 Iran’s nuclear capability was not materially reversed, merely suspended.

3 The Iranian economy immediately rebounded with sanction removal.

4 The JCPOA loosened restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missile program.

5 Foreign investment resumed.

6 Iran gained access to $120 billion in cash.

The New York Times summed things perfectly in July 2015, stating “Mr. Kerry described an Iranian capability that had been neutralized; the Iranians described a nuclear capability that had been preserved.”

On May 8, 2018, President Trump withdrew from the JCPOA. Sanctions on Iran are being re-imposed. The first round of sanctions became effective on Aug. 6, 2018. A second round of sanctions begins on Nov. 4, 2018:

Nov. 4 marks the anniversary of Iran’s takeover of the US. Embassy in Tehran.

• Iran celebrated the last anniversary with a parade featuring the Qadr missile, which has a range of 2,000km.

The rial began to fall in late 2017. Following U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, the rial collapsed. Official rates are meaningless and black market transactions must be used. According to Steve Hanke, a Professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University, Iran’s implied annual inflation rate was 186 percent on Aug. 2, 2018.

Street protests have broken out over the last week. In response, Iran announced it will implement a financial rescue plan to halt the rial’s decline. Any effect will be minimal.

The first round of sanctions prohibit Iran from using U.S. dollars—the primary currency for oil transactions.

The second round of sanctions target purchases of Iranian oil.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Preparing for World War 3 (Revelation 15)

World War 3 nuclear weapons MAPPED: 14,535 nukes exist TODAY in these 9 countries

Amani Hughes

| UPDATED: 15:00, Tue, Aug 7, 2018

NINE countries across the globe possess a total of 14,525 nuclear weapons. The United States and Russia account for 92 percent of them, but these are the countries which own the nukes globally.  

China tests hypersonic aircraft capable of firing nuclear weapons

The last time a nuclear weapon was used to attack people was on August 9, 1945 in Nagasaki, Japan.

Only a few days prior, a bomb was dropped over the Japanese city of Hiroshima, causing an explosion which killed tens of thousands of civilians and made thousands sick in the weeks after the attack.

The two bombings remain the only use of nuclear weapons in the history of warfare – but countries continue to stockpile and hard the deadly devices.

Between nine countries, the most current estimate suggest they possess 14,525 nuclear weapons – including those deployed, stockpile and retired.

Whichcountries have nuclear weapons – and how many do they have?

• Russia – 6,850

• USA – 6,450

• France – 300

• China – 280

• UK – 215

• Pakistan – 150

• India – 140

• Israel 0- 80

• North Korea – 60

Russia, the US and North Korea have detonated thousands of nuclear devices in test explosions in recent years.

According to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), more than 70,000 useable nuclear weapons had been stockpiled by the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s.

The FAS monitors the number of nuclear weapons in operation and releases updated weapon counts.

The global collection of nuclear weapons may be a lot lower, but is still surprising in its numbers.

Weapons experts Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris said: “Comparing today’s inventory with that of the 1950s is like comparing apples and oranges; today’s forces are vastly more capable.

The pace of reduction has slowed significantly. Instead of planning for nuclear disarmament, the nuclear-armed states appear to plan to retain large arsenals for the indefinite future.”

The map above shows the estimates of the nine countries with nuclear weapons and how many they have in their arsenal.

World War 3 nuclear weapons MAPPED: Russia and America has the highest number of nuclear weapons (Image: Getty )

With certain expectation, the tally above counts viable, deliverable warheads.

However, the numbers do not include roughly 20,000 plutonium pits or vital cores of atomic bombs, which are stored at Pantext Plant – a US government facility in Texas which assembles, maintains and dismantles nuclear weapons.

North Korea is understood to have built as many as 60 nuclear weapons, has a miniaturised thermonuclear warhead, and long-range missiles capable of reaching distances as far as the US.

President Donald Trump’s administration has worked to “denuclearise” North Korea but the country appears to be continuing its weapons development programme.

Who has Nuclear Weapons?

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These countries are in the world’s nuclear weapons club.

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However there are many across who are focused on ridding the world of the dangerous arms technology.

In 2017, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

They won the prize for their “work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons” and their “ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said in its decision that ICAN “works vigorously to achieve nuclear disarmament” and noted the organisation’s process to get 122 UNN member states to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.