Increased Violence Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

Israel report tallies ‘sharp increase’ in Palestinian violence in past two months

Cleveland Jewish News

A “sharp increase” in Palestinian violence has been seen in the past few months at the Israel borders, including two deadly terror attacks in the Barkan Industrial Park and Gush Etzion, as well as attempted stabbings at Israel Defense Forces soldiers, according to a report released this week by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy.

Between the months of September to October, encouraged by both Hamas and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian leadership continues to publicize support for terrorism. And they have praised the recent attacks, even calling on Palestinians to launch a third intifada.

Amid the 25-year anniversary of the Oslo Accords, Palestinians were called upon to conduct suicide attacks in Judea and Samaria. They also published anti-Semitic content against Israel timed to the scheduled eviction and subsequent demolition of the illegal Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, which has been halted by the Israeli Supreme Court.

They are attempting to organize a BDS campaign of the Eurovision Song Contest, slated to be held in Tel Aviv in May 2019, and accused Israel of purposefully killing children in Gaza, where there have been Hamas-led riots along the border with the Jewish state since March 30, the start of the “March of Return.”

“The various Palestinian factions, led by [Mahmoud Abbas] and Hamas, are constantly working to undermine Israel’s standing in the world and to promote boycotts against the Jewish state,” said Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan. “This behavior reveals that they have not abandoned their dream of destroying Israel.”

He added that “the Ministry of Strategic Affairs will continue to expose the true face of the leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, and demonstrate that incitement and anti-Semitic attacks against Israel are continuing unabated and even intensifying.”

Iran’s New Nuclear Sites (Daniel 8:4)

Digitalglobe imagery acquired on 05SEPT2018

Iran: New SAM Site At Mashhad

Satellite imagery shows some new developments at Iran’s Mashhad civil-military airfield. A new surface to air missile (SAM) site has been constructed on the north side of the runway to support Khatam al-Anbia’s S-300PMU-2 deployments. Between 2017-2018, Iran jumped the S-300 system to the airbase on three occasions which coincided with visits by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The first deployment occurred between June and July 2017 when Khamenei was speaking to the Iranian Judiciary in the city. The second deployment took place between March and April 2018 when Khamenei addressed the Assembly of Experts during Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. And the most recent deployment occurred between July and August 2018 when the Ayatollah attended the ritual ceremony of clearing dust from the tomb of Imam Ridha.

Components observed typically include two 5P85TE2 transporter-erector-launcher (TEL), a 30N6E2 (Tomb Stone) target engagement radar, and the 96L6E target acquisition radar. All components were visible at the airbase except during July 2017 when the 96L6E did not deploy. On all three deployments, the system components relocated from their position at the Tehran-Mehrabad International Airport located in western Tehran. Handheld video suggests they were transported via highway.

In addition to Mehrabad, Iran’s other active S-300PMU-2 sites are located at Bushehr, Khavar Shahr, and Esfahan. A full-strength Iranian battery is comprised of four TELs. Mashhad, located in the northeast, is approximately 75 km and 170 km from the borders of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, respectively. The S-300PMU-2 has an engagement range of 200 km.

Bottom Line

The new construction activity suggests that Iran will continue with deploying the system out to the airbase. The current pad configuration suggests that it will maintain the less than full strength deployment.

This post was originally published at Offiziere.ch

The Fighting Continues Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

Gaza militants launch rocket, Israel responds with airstrikes

By Ian Lee, CNN

Updated 8:17 AM EDT, Thu October 25, 2018

Jerusalem (CNN) Gaza militants launched a rocket from Gaza into Israel on Wednesday night, prompting airstrikes by the Israeli military.

Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defense system was activated and launched an interceptor missile, but no interception took place, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). No one was injured by the rocket.

Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the two main militant factions in Gaza, have denied firing the rocket, and there has been no claim of responsibility.

In response, the IDF said fighter jets hit eight military targets in three Hamas compounds in the Gaza Strip, including a training facility, a weapons manufacturing site and storage site.

No one was injured in the airstrikes.

Israel said it held Hamas responsible „for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it,“ adding that Hamas would „bear the consequences for the terror it has waged against Israeli civilians.“

Last week, one rocket fired from Gaza struck a home in the city of Beer Sheva in southern Israel, the IDF said, while a second landed off the coast of central Israel. There were no claims of responsibility for those rockets either. Israel responded by striking nearly two dozen Hamas military targets across Gaza.

There are now suggestions in Israeli media that a lightning strike may have triggered last week’s rocket fire. Earlier this week, Israel Radio quoted Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked saying, „Based on what we know, Hamas did not mean to shoot the rockets,“ and Times of Israel cited an unnamed minister as saying, „It would not have been right to go to war over the weather.“

CNN’s Michael Schwartz contributed to this report.

More Wounded Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

Israeli soldiers have wounded at least 78 Palestinians in an attack on demonstrators that had gathered along Gaza’s territorial waters to stage a new protest against Israel’s occupation.

The injuries occurred after Israeli forces attacked hundreds of peaceful Palestinian protesters with live ammunition during a naval march in the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday.

The Palestinian Ma’an News Agency said Israeli forces opened fire at protesters approaching the fence separating Gaza from the occupied territories and hurled teargas bombs that caused many to suffer from respiratory problems.

The Palestinian protesters, in response, moved dozens of boats toward an Israeli navy vessel in an attempt to break the 12-year-long siege on Gaza.

A Palestinian boat sails off the the coast of the northern Gaza Strip in an attempt to break the decade-long siege on the enclave on October 22, 2018. (Photo by Ma’an)

The demonstration on Monday was the 13th naval march against the crippling blockade of the enclave.

The Gaza Strip has been under an inhumane Israeli siege since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008. The blockade has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and poverty.

Tensions have been running high near the fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests dubbed “The Great March of Return.” Palestinian protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.

The deadly clashes in Gaza reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day, or Day of Catastrophe, which coincided this year with Washington’s relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

More than 200 Palestinians have so far been killed and over 20,000 others wounded in the renewed Gaza clashes, according to the latest figures released by the Gaza Health Ministry.

Israel Ready to War Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

‘No choice but war’: Israel ‘exhausted all options’ in dealing with Hamas, says defense chief

Published time: 23 Oct, 2018 11:37 Edited time: 24 Oct, 2018 07:30

Israel is left with no choice but to unleash a military action against Hamas militants, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has threatened. The bellicose tirade comes amid reports the IDF are amassing tanks along the Gaza border.

“Wars are only conducted when there is no choice, and now there is no choice,” Lieberman told the parliament. Apparently anything less than the “toughest response” to Hamas is not being considered as Tel Aviv had “exhausted the other options.”

Speculation about a potential offensive on Gaza has been swirling for several days, as the IDF stationed around 60 tanks and armored personnel carriers near the Palestinian border in what may be the largest military deployment since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.

That’s after an exchange of fire last week, in which a rocket from Gaza hit the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, damaging a house, while another fell into the sea near Tel Aviv.

The Israeli Air Force retaliated, killing one Palestinian and injuring several others.

Lieberman pinned the blame for the escalation on Hamas, a Palestinian militant faction that rules Gaza. He claimed that there is no popular uprising in Gaza and that Palestinians taking part in large-scale protests are on Hamas’ pay.

Palestinians say they are protesting of their own free will to counter Israeli oppression. Over 200 Palestinians have been killed, including medics and journalists, and more than 22,000 injured since border protests – the Great March of Return – began in March.

Israel has also intensified demolition of Palestinian villages in the West Bank to make way for the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements.

Babylon and Russia Prepare for a Nuclear Buildup

US confirms withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty with Russia

John Bolton said Russia had been violating treaty for years and rising powers such as China meant there is a ‘new strategic reality’

Andrew Roth

Last modified on Tue 23 Oct 2018 18.21 EDT

John Bolton said Russia had been violating treaty for years and rising powers such as China meant there is a ‘new strategic reality’

The US national security adviser, John Bolton, has confirmed that the US will withdrawal from the landmark intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty (INF) after meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin and senior Russian officials.

Speaking in Moscow, Bolton said that Russia had been violating the treaty for years and that rising powers such as China meant that it was a “new strategic reality out there”.

Bolton also said that China’s cyber-attacks against the United States made Russia seem like the “junior partner”. He did not go into detail.

The INF was a “bilateral treaty in a multipolar ballistic missile world”, Bolton said, adding that no formal steps had yet been taken but that the US would exit the treaty “in due course”.

The treaty, concluded in 1987, barred the United States and Russia from deploying missiles with a range from 500 to 5,500 km, and largely was credited with banishing nuclear missiles from Europe.

Bolton avoided directly answering questions from press about whether “we’ll soon be seeing US missiles in Europe”, saying only that the single country constrained by the INF treaty was the United States.

“It is the American position that Russia is in violation,” Bolton said at Interfax, the same press agency where he discussed US plans to withdrawal from the anti-ballistic missile treaty in 2001. “Russia’s position is that they aren’t. So one has to ask how to ask the Russians to come back into compliance with something they don’t think they’re violating.”

Bolton also announced that Putin would meet with Donald Trump for talks when the two leaders are in Paris next month for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, marking the formal end of the first world war.

It will be the first meeting between the two presidents since their controversial Helsinki summit in July, and just their fourth meeting in person since Trump became president.

Russia played up the meeting, with a Kremlin aide saying the talks would be “a full-fledged meeting. There will be serious preparations.”

Bolton met with Putin at the Kremlin on Tuesday, where he came to explain the US exit from the INF. The Russian leader joked that the US seal showed an eagle carrying olives branches and arrows. “The question is: did your eagle already eat all the olives and only the arrows are left?”

“Hopefully I’ll have some answers for you,” Bolton replied. “But I didn’t bring any more olives.”

The two also discussed cooperation in Syria and accusations that Russia was meddling in US elections. Bolton on Monday said that he had confronted Russia on its elections meddling, but also said that the interference had little effect on the outcome of the 2016 elections, a view that seemed tailored to Donald Trump.

“What the meddling did create was distrust and animosity within the United States,” Bolton said on Tuesday when asked about his remarks. “It made it almost impossible for the US and Russia to make progress diplomatically for two years. That’s a huge loss to both countries but mostly to Russia. It’s a message to Russia: don’t mess with American elections.”

A Kremlin aide, Yuri Ushakov, on Tuesday evening said that US accusations about elections interference were “mentioned but not discussed”, according to Interfax.

“In fact, both the president and Mr Bolton decided to abandon mutual accusations and hold this serious, normal substantive conversation, and they did,” he said, according to Interfax.

Antichrist Rejects New Iraqi Cabinet

Iraq’s al-Sadr rejects secret vote for new cabinetIraq’s al-Sadr rejects secret vote for new cabinet

Abdul-Mahdi is scheduled on Wednesday to announce his government for approval by parliament

Iraq’s firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr

BAGHDAD

Iraq’s firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday rejected a secret vote in parliament on the new cabinet lineup.

“The people want to reform the system through an honest government with independent technocrats supervised by the prime minister-designate without pressure from parties and blocs,“ al-Sadr tweeted.

Prime Minister-designate Adil Abdul-Mahdi is scheduled on Wednesday to announce his government and its program for approval by parliament.

Earlier this month, Barham Salih, Iraq’s newly elected president, assigned Abdul-Mahdi with forming the new government.

The prime minister-designate is allegedly backed by spiritual leader of Iraqi Shia Muslims Ali al-Sistani.

Abdul-Mahdi has served as the finance minister in the caretaker government and the oil minister from 2014 to 2016.

Reporting by Ibrahim Saleh:Writing by Mahmoud Barakat