The Nations Trample Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Hamas Admits It Receives Arms And Money From Iran’s Terrorist Regime

In an unusually stark and blunt admission this week, Yahya Sinwar, chieftain of the Sunni sharia supremacist death cult Hamas, which was democratically elected to govern the Gaza Strip following Israel’s 2005 unilateral withdrawal from the area, openly admitted that the jihadist group takes funding from the terrorist Shiite sharia supremacist regime in Iran.

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The leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip publicly admitted on Thursday that the terrorist group was getting military and financial backing from Iran.

“We have developed our capabilities,” the Israeli news site Mako quoted Yahya Sinwar saying at a Hamas rally in Gaza, “and we have received financial and military support from Iran.”

“We will only continue to improve our capabilities,” he pledged, and admitted, “If Iran didn’t support us in recent years, we wouldn’t have achieved what we achieved.”

Sinwar stated that the Grad rockets fired at Israel during the latest round of fighting in early May were of “Iranian manufacture.”

Iran is mainly known for funding Hamas rival Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which is a fellow terrorist group also operating in the Gaza Strip. Sunni nations Qatar and Turkey, by contrast, have emerged over the past decade as the chief benefactors of Hamas.

Since its unilateral withdrawal in 2005, Israel has been forced into three full-scale wars with Hamas, which routinely bludgeons Israeli civilians and metropolitan areas with indiscriminately fired terrorist rockets. In a March Daily Wire op-ed, I laid out the case for Israel to utterly destroy Hamas once and for all:

Try as the Israel Defense Forces might to keep on “mowing the grass” when the “infidel”-loathing jihadists of Hamas flare up in impulsive paroxysms of “anti-Zionism” Jew-hatred, the status quo in Gaza is completely unsustainable. No other sovereign country on Earth would deal so passively with such a cancerous threat living on its border — with its biggest civilian centers under constant fear of city-wide sirens signaling the incoming threat of crude Iran-manufactured rockets fired haphazardly from a bordering terroristic death cult. Indeed, no sovereign country on Earth should have to deal with such a threat. If the Sinaloa Cartel or Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion ever decided to shoot terrorist rockets at Texan or Arizonan ranchers, the United States would (rightfully) send in M1 Abrams tanks across the Rio Grande tomorrow. …

It is long past time for the Israeli government to commence a full-on, comprehensive land/air invasion to hunt down and permanently root out every last one of the Hamas leadership there. Israel surely has no interest in formally re-annexing Gaza — calamitous as Sharon’s withdrawal was, the Israeli government could not be any less interested in now re-absorbing the radicalized Arab populace there. And while the Israel Defense Forces would no doubt suffer high and tragic casualties as a result of a prolonged land invasion, one is forced to consider the tradeoff of inaction — the continuance of the status quo. And that status quo is truly terrible for all parties involved.

Hamas is merely the Palestinian-Arab branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the preeminent Islamist group in the world and often serves as a “gateway drug” for more universally recognized extremist groups such as al-Qaeda, Islamic State, and Jamaat-e-Islami. The Brotherhood’s founding Egyptian preacher, Hassan al-Banna, described his ideology thus: “It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations and to extend its power to the entire planet.” Today, Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the Brotherhood’s spiritual leader who finds a comfortable home surrounded by terror-supporting emirs in Doha, publicly endorses suicide bombings against “infidels” such as U.S. soldiers deployed in the Middle East.

New York Subways at the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6)

How vulnerable are NYC’s underwater subway tunnels to flooding?

Ashley Fetters

New York City is full of peculiar phenomena—rickety fire escapes; 100-year-old subway tunnelsair conditioners propped perilously into window frames—that can strike fear into the heart of even the toughest city denizen. But should they? Every month, writer Ashley Fetters will be exploring—and debunking—these New York-specific fears, letting you know what you should actually worry about, and what anxieties you can simply let slip away.

The 25-minute subway commute from Crown Heights to the Financial District on the 2/3 line is, in my experience, a surprisingly peaceful start to the workday—save for one 3,100-foot stretch between the Clark Street and Wall Street stations, where for three minutes I sit wondering what the probability is that I will soon die a torturous, claustrophobic drowning death right here in this subway car.

The Clark Street Tunnel, opened in 1916, is one of approximately a dozen tunnels that escort MTA passengers from one borough to the next underwater—and just about all of them, with the exception of the 1989 addition of the 63rd Street F train tunnel, were constructed between 1900 and 1936.

Each day, thousands of New Yorkers venture across the East River and back again through these tubes buried deep in the riverbed, some of which are nearing or even past their 100th birthdays. Are they wrong to ponder their own mortality while picturing one of these watery catacombs suddenly springing a leak?

Mostly yes, they are, says Michael Horodniceanu, the former president of MTA Capital Construction and current principal of Urban Advisory Group. First, it’s important to remember that the subway tunnel is built under the riverbed, not just in the river—so what immediately surrounds the tunnel isn’t water but some 25 feet of soil. “There’s a lot of dirt on top of it,” Horodniceanu says. “It’s well into the bed of the bottom of the channel.”

And second, as Angus Kress Gillespie, author of Crossing Under the Hudson: The Story of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, points out, New York’s underwater subway tunnels are designed to withstand some leaking. And withstand it they do: Pumps placed below the floor of the tunnel, he says, are always running, always diverting water seepage into the sewers. (Horodniceanu says the amount of water these pumps divert into the sewer system each day numbers in the thousands of gallons.)

Additionally, MTA crews routinely repair the grouting and caulking, and often inject a substance into the walls that creates a waterproof membrane outside the tunnel—which keeps water out of the tunnel and relieves any water pressure acting on its walls. New tunnels, Horodniceanu points out, are even built with an outside waterproofing membrane that works like an umbrella: Water goes around it, it falls to the sides, and then it gets channeled into a pumping station and pumped out.

Of course, the classic New York nightmare scenario isn’t just a cute little trickle finding its way in. The anxiety daydream usually involves something sinister, or seismic. The good news, however, is that while an earthquake or explosion would indeed be bad for many reasons, it likely wouldn’t result in the frantic flooding horror scene that plays out in some commuters’ imaginations.

Horodniceanu assures me that tunnels built more recently are “built to withstand a seismic event.” The older tunnels, however—like, um, the Clark Street Tunnel—“were not seismically retrofitted, let me put it that way,” Horodniceanu says. “But the way they were built is in such a way that I do not believe an earthquake would affect them.” They aren’t deep enough in the ground, anyway, he says, to be too intensely affected by a seismic event. (The MTA did not respond to a request for comment.)

One of the only real threats to tunnel infrastructure, Horodniceanu adds, is extreme weather. Hurricane Sandy, for example, caused flooding in the tunnels, which “created problems with the infrastructure.” He continues, “The tunnels have to be rebuilt as a result of saltwater corroding the infrastructure.”

Still, he points out, hurricanes don’t exactly happen with no warning. So while Hurricane Sandy did cause major trauma to the tunnels, train traffic could be stopped with ample time to keep passengers out of harm’s way. In 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed all the MTA’s mass transit services to shut down at 7 p.m. the night before Hurricane Sandy was expected to hit New York City.

And Gillespie, for his part, doubts even an explosion would result in sudden, dangerous flooding. A subway tunnel is not a closed system, he points out; it’s like a pipe that’s open at both ends. “The force of a blast would go forwards and backwards out the exit,” he says.

So the subway-train version of that terrifying Holland Tunnel flood scene in Sylvester Stallone’s Daylight is … unrealistic, right?

“Yeah,” Gillespie laughs. “Yeah. It is.”

Got a weird New York anxiety that you want explored? E-mail tips@curbed.com, and we may include it in a future column.

More Children Shot Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

According to medical sources, seven Palestinians, including one child, were injured by live ammunition on Friday, as Israeli forces attacked the hundreds of protesters participating in the weekly Great March of Return at the eastern border of the Gaza Strip.

Hundreds of Palestinian protesters gathered at several locations along the Israeli/Gaza border, while Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets from border watchtowers and armored military vehicles, reported WAFA News Agency.

Some of the protesters hit with live bullets were treated in field hospitals, while others were transferred to the nearest medical facility in Gaza.

Since the beginning of the Great March of Return protests at the Gaza border on March 30, 2018, Israeli forces have been responsible for the killing of more than 250 Palestinians, and injuring over 23,000. Many Palestinians have suffered debilitating injuries, including limb amputation.

The stated objective of the Great March of Return demonstrations is to demand the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to the pre-1948 historical Palestine, to call for the complete lifting of the illegal blockade of Gaza.

The Iranian Horn Nukes Up (Revelation 8:4)

NUCLEAR WARNING: Iran seeks weapons of MASS DESTRUCTION, claims intelligence reports

IRAN is trying build an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction despite claims the nation is sticking to the terms of a nuclear arms deal, according to German intelligence reports.

The US military has beefed up its presence in the Gulf (Image: GETTY)

Officers from the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution found Iran to be a “risk country” that is “making efforts to expand its conventional arsenal of weapons with weapons of mass destruction”. The agency, Bavaria’s equivalent of M15, defined weapons of mass destruction as “the spread of atomic, biological, chemical weapons of mass destruction.” The German report emerged as tensions in the Middle East continue to soar.

US defence chiefs beefed up their military presence in the Gulf by deploying the the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the volatile region and warned American citizens to steer clear in response to unspecified threats from Iran.

Washington has also has accused Iran of being behind a string of incidents, including the sabotage of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and a rocket that landed near the US Embassy in Baghdad.

Tehran-backed Houthi rebels have been firing rockets in to Saudi Arabia from neighbouring Yemen as the bloody conflict there rumbles on.

Iran has taunted the US by declaring it was quadrupling its production capacity of low-enriched uranium, making it likely the country will soon exceed stockpile limits set by the nuclear accord.

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America has deployed the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to the Gulf (Image: GETTY)

The Islamic Republic had agreed to restrict development on its nuclear program in exchange for economic concessions as part of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

But Donald Trump puled America out of the JCPOA, informally known as the Iran deal, a year ago because he believed the agreement did not stop Tehran from building nuclear weapons.

Richard Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany, told Fox News: “We know the Iranian regime is on the hunt for money to fund their malign activities and so it is imperative that the US and our European allies work together to deny this regime the capital they seek.

“They will use secretive schemes and dark money. We must be vigilant. They are strapped for cash.”

USS Abraham Lincoln

US Navy flagship USS Abraham Lincoln (Image: GETTY)

The Bavarian intelligence report said: “In order to obtain the necessary know-how and corresponding components, these states Iran, North Korea, Pakistan are trying to establish business contacts to companies in highly technological countries like Germany.”

According to the 335-page report, Germany’s criminal customs police prevented an electronic beam welding machine from being transported to Iran through a shady Malaysian company.

It said: “The machine can be used for the production of missile launch vehicles.”

Bolton Continues to Spin the Bowls of Wrath (Revelation 16)

Trump adviser John Bolton accuses Iran of seeking nuclear arms; claims it ‘almost certainly’ sabotaged ships

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Wednesday there was “no reason” for Iran to back out of its nuclear deal with world powers other than to seek atomic weapons, a year after the U.S. president unilaterally withdrew America from the accord.

John Bolton, long a hawk on Iran, also claimed – without offering evidence – that the alleged sabotage of four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates came from naval mines placed “almost certainly by Iran.”

Speaking in Abu Dhabi, the Emirati capital, Bolton told journalists that there had been a previously unknown attempt to attack the Saudi oil port of Yanbu as well.

However, Bolton stressed that the U.S. has not seen any further Iranian attacks in the time since, something he attributed to military deployments – America recently sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf.

He warned the U.S. would strike back if attacked.

“The point is to make it very clear to Iran and its surrogates that these kinds of action risk a very strong response from the United States,” Bolton threatened, without elaborating.

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Saudi officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Bolton’s claim on Yanbu, which is the terminus, or end point, of the kingdom’s East-West Pipeline. That pipeline was attacked in recent days in a coordinated drone assault launched by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

In recent weeks, tensions have soared as the U.S. beefed up its military presence in the Persian Gulf in response to a still-unexplained threat from Iran.

The U.S. also has accused Iran of being behind a string of incidents, including the alleged sabotage of oil tankers near the UAE coast and a rocket that landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, while Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels have launched a string of drone attacks targeting Saudi Arabia.

Iran, meanwhile, has announced it was backing away from the 2015 nuclear deal, which saw it limits its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Trump withdrew the U.S. from the accord as he believes it didn’t go far enough in limiting the Iranian nuclear program, nor did it address Iran’s ballistic missile program.

Bolton said that without more nuclear power plants, it made no sense for Iran to stockpile more low-enriched uranium as it now plans to do. But the U.S. also earlier cut off Iran’s ability to sell its uranium to Russia in exchange for unprocessed yellow-cake uranium.

Iran has set a July 7 deadline for Europe to offer better terms to the unraveling nuclear deal, otherwise it will resume enrichment closer to weapons level.

Bolton declined to say what the U.S. would do in response to that but he criticized Iran’s actions.

“There’s no reason for them to do any of that unless that’s part of an effort to reduce the breakout time to produce nuclear weapons,” Bolton said. “That’s a very serious issue if they continue to do that.”

Iran long has insisted its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes. However, Western powers pushed for the nuclear deal to limit Iran’s ability to seek atomic weapons.

“This is just more graphic evidence that it hasn’t constrained their continuing desire to have nuclear weapons,” Bolton added. “It certainly hasn’t reduced their terrorist activities in the region that we just discussed or their other malign behavior in their use of conventional forces.”

Bolton declined to offer any evidence in blaming Iran for the attacks, citing ongoing investigations.

“Who else would you think is doing it?” he asked rhetorically at one point. “Somebody from Nepal?”

ANTICHRIST CALLS FOR ACTION IN KIRKUK AFTER SIX BLASTS HIT THE CITY

Kirkuk become victim of 'corruption'

Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr speaks during a media conference in Najaf, Iraq. Reuters (Council on Foreign Relations)

SULAIMANI — Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on the Iraqi government to either act or let them act after six blasts rocked Kirkuk city on Thursday night (May 30).

Sadr said Kirkuk had become the victim of corruption and national conflicts.

“Save the beloved Kirkuk,” said Sadr in a tweet on Thursday. “Either you [the government of Iraq] act or let us act. We can benefit and not hurt.”

Sadr added the nation is suffering from hunger, domination and corruption at the highest level in the country.

“Southern provinces suffer from poverty and corruption and central provinces suffer from corruption and hunger. But the Diyala, Kirkuk, Saladin, and Anbar provinces have become the victim of tyranny and corruption.”

Sadr called for the removal of parties’ officials from their positions and removal of the officials managing the provinces. He said the provinces should be administered by the three presidencies, including President, Prime Minister, and Parliament, in cooperation with police and army.

Sadr ‘s comments came after six blasts killed six people and wounded 19 others in the city of Kirkuk on Thursday night.

Six improvised explosive devices (IED) went off in Kirkuk and two more were defused by security forces, the Iraqi military said in a statement.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamic State (ISIS) militants are active in the area, despite its military defeat. Iraq declared victory over the group, which once held large swathes of the country, in December 2017.

Commander of Kirkuk Operations Command Saad Harbiya said ISIS militants were behind the explosions.

(NRT Digital Media)