Hamas Terrorism Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

How Hamas Terror Will Lead to War

by Yoav Limor / JNS.org

JNS.orgNaturally, new reports on recently thwarted Hamas terror attacks highlighted the juiciest details: The way certain directives were transmitted, the agreed-upon codes, the encrypted messages, etc.

But the truth is that Hamas isn’t much different from other organizations that act clandestinely — be they intelligence agencies or criminal and terrorist syndicates. The media was being used decades ago to transfer and receive messages and orders, for example. Spies were handled via innocuous newspaper ads, or encrypted messages on the TV or radio news.

But with all due respect to these spy games, the real story is much bigger — and it is Hamas’ unceasing motivation to perpetrate terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria.

This is one of the organization’s main projects, and one in which it invests considerable time and money. Hundreds of terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria were thwarted in 2018, most of which were orchestrated by Hamas; and in recent weeks, the signs have pointed to similar numbers for 2019.

Ever since Operation Defensive Shield in 2002, Hamas has struggled to rehabilitate its military infrastructure in Judea and Samaria. The thwarted terrorist attacks together with intensive preemptive operations by the IDF and Shin Bet — and the fact that Hamas’ leadership in Judea and Samaria has been eradicated or imprisoned — led the organization to relocate its terrorist command outside of Judea and Samaria.

Up until last year, Hamas terrorist operations were run from its headquarters abroad (simultaneously in Lebanon and Turkey, headed by Saleh Arouri, who was freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange). However, after failing to carry out major attacks from abroad, Hamas moved its headquarters to Gaza, from where, on a daily basis, it tries to orchestrate mass-casualty attacks in Judea and Samaria.

Hamas wants to achieve three things through this activity: prove it is continuing its armed resistance against Israel, exact revenge for the situation in Gaza, and undermine (albeit indirectly) the Palestinian Authority, with the intent of replacing it one day.

Even Israel’s warnings that a large terrorist attack in Judea and Samaria will trigger a harsh response in Gaza haven’t deterred Hamas. The organization apparently believes that it will be able to separate Judea and Samaria from Gaza, despite its experience in Operation Protective Edge, which began when the group abducted and murdered three Israeli teens in Judea and Samaria.

Hamas’ terrorist efforts help shape the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate’s annual assessment. Naturally, intelligence officers are focused on Iran and the northern front (Syria, Hezbollah, and Iraq, and Russia’s influence there), but they explicitly cite the instability on the Palestinian front due to the succession battles in the Palestinian Authority and the dire situation in Gaza.

The MID warns that a conflagration in Gaza is highly probable — and that the sides could spiral into a war without wanting it, because of a mass-casualty attack in Judea and Samaria or anywhere else in Israel.

Yoav Limor is a veteran Israeli journalist and columnist for Israel Hayom.

Russia’s Newest Nuclear Missile


Russia claims to have successfully tested a NUCLEAR-POWERED cruise missile that can fly forever, has an unlimited range and is impossible to shoot down

  • The Burevestnik is a nuclear-powered missile which can evade detection
  • It is claimed the missile possesses an ‚unlimited range‘ and is extremely agile 
  • Russia has said it can fly up to ten-times further than any other cruise missile 

By Will Stewart In Moscow for MailOnline

Published: 07:10 EST, 18 February 2019 | Updated: 10:45 EST, 18 February 2019

Russia claims to have successfully tested a nuclear-powered cruise missile – supposedly capable of flying for days on end as it probes weaknesses in Western defence systems.

The Russian state news agency on Friday released a video claiming to show a test of the Burevestnik missile which the Kremlin says is designed to strike over ‚unlimited‘ range and with with unprecedented ability to manoeuvre.

In theory, the Burevestnik could fly forever because it has a nuclear power source, potentially circling the globe until remotely ordered to approach a target and hit it with a nuclear warhead.

Scientists claim to have developed a nuclear power plant small enough to fit inside the missile and power a turbojet engine – but these claims have been met with scepticism in the West.

The missile is designed to use a conventional engine for takeoff, switching to a nuclear powered power source for flight – hence its theoretical ability to be in the air for days.

The Russian state news agency on Friday released a video claiming to show a test of the Burevestnik missile which the Kremlin says is designed to strike over ‚unlimited‘ range and with with unprecedented ability to manoeuvre.

The missile is designed to use a conventional engine for takeoff, switching to a nuclear powered power source for flight – hence its theoretical ability to be in the air for days.

If the Burevestnik actually works, the heat from the nuclear reaction inside the small reactor would be used to heat the air inside a jet engine, replacing the need for fuel.

In March last year, Vladimir Putin spoke about the weapon. He said: ‚One of them is a small-scale, heavy-duty nuclear energy unit that can be installed in a missile like our latest X-101 air-launched missile or the American Tomahawk missile—a similar type but with a range dozens of times longer, dozens—basically an unlimited range.

‚It is a low-flying stealth missile carrying a nuclear warhead, with almost an unlimited range, unpredictable trajectory and ability to bypass interception boundaries. It is invincible against all existing and prospective missile defense and counter-air defense systems.‘

Now the Russian state news agency TASS claims the missile has been successfully tested.

A source in the missile program told the agency: ‚A major stage of trials of the cruise missile of the Burevestnik complex – tests of the nuclear power unit – have been successfully completed at one of facilities in January.‘

The trials ’sustained stated specifications of the reactor ensuring the missile’s unlimited range‘, claimed the source.

No further details were given about the top secret trials.

The Russian defence ministry has not commented on the report.

A video shows an undated launch, and images from inside the secret defence plant where it is manufactured.

The production assembly line of the missile. The Burevestnik is seen by the Kremlin as a low-flying ’stealth‘ cruise missile incapable of interception

The missile us designed to use a conventional engine for takeoff, switching to a nuclear powered power source for flight. Pictured: An engineer working on the missile at Russia’s top secret facility

The weapon is seen as a vital update in Vladimir Putin’s vast nuclear arsenal.

Western experts had identified Burevestnik tests last month at Russia’s Kapustin Yar weapon-testing ground.

Yet analysts in the West claimed that until the start of this year of 13 test flights only two were partially successful, portraying the missile system as jinxed.

Moscow denied earlier missile test failures.

A CNBC report in August citing US intelligence claimed Russia was seeking to recover a nuclear-powered Burevestnik test missile that had crash landed in the Barents Sea north of Norway and Russia.

The new Russian weaponry threatens nuclear contamination, according to reports.

Two engineers cover one of the missiles after it has been assembled at the Russian munitions plant

 

‚It goes without saying that if you fire a missile with a nuclear engine or energy source, that nuclear material will end up wherever that missile ends up,‘ said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists.

‚If this missile was lost at sea and recovered in full, then you might hypothetically be able to do it without pollution, I would have my doubts about that because it’s a very forceful impact when the missile crashes. I would suspect you would have leaks from it.‘

The missile is designed to use a conventional engine for takeoff, switching to a nuclear powered power source for flight – hence its theoretical ability to be in the air for days.

Vladimir Putin boasted in a state of the national; speech in March that the missile was capable of delivering a warhead to any point in the world.

The new Russian weaponry threatens nuclear contamination, according to reports as it is simply left wherever it lands after testing

How would a nuclear-powered missile work?

Modern cruise missiles use turbojet or turbofan engines and typically have ranges of 1,000 miles or so, a limit that is dictated by their fuel supply.

A nuclear-powered cruise missile could fly for much longer, perhaps staying aloft for days and flying intricate routes to exploit holes in enemy air defenses.

If Burevestnik becomes operational, Russia will be able to program its missiles to travel around the globe using any possible route – not just the shortest to save on fuel.

Most applications of nuclear energy simply swap a nuclear reaction out for whatever they previously used as a source of thermal energy.

In nuclear power plants and shipboard nuclear propulsion, for example, fission took the place of coal and oil burned to turn water into the steam used to spin turbines.

The same principle, in theory, works for multiple types of aircraft propulsion, but getting past the weight-to-thrust ratio required for flight would require making reactors lighter and more compact.

But many scientists believe Russia is bluffing about having created a nuclear reactor small enough to fit inside a missile

Israel Bombs Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

Israel Airstrikes Hit Gaza

Israeli air raid on Gaza. (Photo: via Twitter)

The Israeli army yesterday shelled two separate sites in the Gaza Strip, with the number of casualties unknown.

The army claimed that the two sites were surveillance towers belonging to Hamas, which governs the besieged enclave. The first strike took place in Beit Hanoun, on the northeast edge of the Strip, while the second hit Jabalia, also in the north, Anadolu reported.

The Gaza Health Ministry has not made a statement about possible casualties.

The Israeli army claimed in a written statement early today that the shelling had come after one Israeli soldier was injured by shrapnel during the Great March of Return, which took place on Friday for the 47th week in a row.

The marches have been ongoing since March 30 and to draw attention to Palestinians’ right of return to the homes from which they were forcibly displaced in the Nakba of 1948. The rallies have also aimed to break the 12-year-long Israel-Egyptian siege of the Gaza Strip, which has seen the enclave blockaded by land, air and sea.

Since the Gaza rallies began on 30 March, more than 230 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed by Israeli army gunfire.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

11,000 Riot Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

11,000 Riot on Gaza Border, Throw Explosives; IDF Officer Injured

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz February 17, 2019 , 12:19 pm

“For see, the wicked bend the bow, they set their arrow on the string to shoot from the shadows at the upright.” Psalms 11:2 (The Israel Bible™)

Palestinian rioters clash with Israeli security forces near the Israel-Gaza border. (Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

An IDF officer was wounded as a result of 11,000 Gazans rioting on the Israeli border on Friday. The rioters burned tires and threw rocks, explosive devices, and grenades at IDF troops who responded with crowd control measures including rubber bullets and tear gas. Rioters burned tires and launched aerial incendiary devices as well. IDF snipers resorted to live-fire as per strictly enforced rules-of-engagement. One Gazan man was arrested after infiltrating the border.

As thousands of Israeli families got ready for the Sabbath dinner, 11K Gazans rioted minutes away on the Israel-Gaza border fence, throwing explosives & grenades.

Our soldiers are there to ensure that no terrorists harm Israeli families. A duty that we proudly fulfill. pic.twitter.com/BBihlJb7Mc

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) February 15, 2019

An officer in the IDF Border Police Undercover Unit was lightly injured in his leg by shrapnel from an explosive device.

A cluster of incendiary balloons landed in the Eshkol region of southern Israel. No injuries or damage were reported. Sappers arrived at the scene and removed the threat.

The violent riots are part of the March of Return riots that have been ongoing since late March. The Gaza Health Ministry has reported over 220 people killed in the clashes, many of them idntified as Hamas military personnel.

On Sunday, Israeli Navy patrol boats opened fire on Gazan boats. No injuries were reported.

Newly appointed IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi prioritized the southern border as especially sensitive, ordering two more Iron Dome anti-missile batteries into place, bringing the total to ten.