Israel shells Hamas Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Israel shells Hamas targets in response to rocket fire from Gaza (PHOTOS, VIDEO) At least five rockets have been fired from Gaza toward Israel, with one landing near Sderot, according to the IDF, which retaliated by attacking an observation post in northern Gaza with tanks.​

One of the rockets landed in an open area near Sderot, causing a fire to break out with minor damage. No casualties have been reported.​

The rockets were launched on Friday night, just a few hours after two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead during the ongoing Great March of Return protest at the Gaza border. Friday’s protest saw approximately 66 protesters injured by Israeli soldiers in what the IDF claims were “especially violent” demonstrations.

Hamas declared Israel would “bear the consequences of this crime,” according to public broadcaster Kan.

The launch came less than two weeks after Israeli airstrikes targeting Gaza in response to a rocket landing in an open field. Israel has also targeted a Palestinian militia in Lebanon as well as what it claims are Iranian-linked targets in Syria and Iraq in recent weeks.

Warning About the First Nuclear War (Revelation 8 )

The head of Pakistan-administered Kashmir has warned that a deteriorating security situation along and across the disputed border with India had the potential to escalate into a nuclear conflict that could reshape the world as we know it.

The contested territory of Kashmir, split with a de facto border between India’s Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan’s Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has been the subject of countless deadly skirmishes and several all-out wars between the two neighboring rivals and Islamabad has reacted with outrage to New Delhi’s decision nearly months ago to unilaterally remove the special status afforded to India’s only majority-Muslim region there. Speaking to Newsweek, Azad Kashmir President Masood Khan described the situation on the frontier as “volatile.”

“We have beefed up security, we remain vigilant,” Khan said, arguing that “India with its aggressive and aggravating steps has pushed the region to the brink of war.”

“We are in a state of war right now, but the situation could escalate even further,” he added. “Any military exchange will not remain limited, it can and we fear it would escalate to the nuclear level, that is tantamount to nuclear armageddon.”

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan devoted much of his speech Friday at the United Nations General Assembly to issue an appeal for international support in condemning India’s controversial move. His Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, did not mention Kashmir in his own speech and instead discussed other major issues, such as sustainable development.

Modi has justified repealing Articles 370 and 35a regarding India-administered Kashmir’s semi-autonomy by arguing it was necessary to rein in a violent insurgency that has rocked the region for three decades. New Delhi has long accused Islamabad of backing militant groups and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar accused Pakistan on Tuesday of “creating an entire industry of terrorism to deal with the Kashmir issue” and undermine Indian national security.

“There’s no industry of terrorism coming out of Pakistan or Azad Kashmir, that’s an absolutely false accusation and they know it,” Masood Khan said. “We’ve been fighting terrorism and we’ve had successes.”

He said such claims may have rung true “in the 1990s, when mujahideen would go across the Line of Control and young men from the occupied territory were coming to Pakistan for help, but that came to a stop in 2004.” Today, he argued, “this has no credibility, they use this terminology which has some traction with the Western audience.”

India has also utilized this narrative in its dealings with President Donald Trump and his administration, which initially expressed interest in playing a mediating role on the Kashmir issue, something welcomed by Pakistan but rejected by India. The U.S. has since shown little desire to get involved, however, as it more heavily invested in India as a strategic partner in South Asia.

“The United States is concerned by widespread detentions, including those of politicians and business leaders, and the restrictions on the residents of Jammu and Kashmir,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told journalists Thursday, noting Imran Khan’s “concerns” about the region. “We look forward to the Indian Government’s resumption of political engagement with local leaders and the scheduling of the promised elections at the earliest opportunity.”

“As President Trump emphasized, Prime Minister Modi made a commitment that the recent changes to the status of Kashmir will improve the lives of the Kashmiri people, and we look to him to uphold this promise,” she added

The situation on the ground, however, was reportedly getting worse, with stories of arbitrary detentions, a media blackout and instances of violence among a population that Masood Khan told Newsweek was “seething with anger, trapped in their homes.” He explained: “The entire territory is under siege, security lockdowns, long curfews, thousands of Kashmiris have been arrested.

Echoing previous comments given to Newsweek by senior Pakistani officials such as his chief executive, Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, as well as ambassador to the U.S. Asad Majeed Khan, Imran Khan’s special assistant for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Masood Khan expressed concern that the blowback of India’s actions could trigger another cross-border conflict as it nearly did in February.

After Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 40 security personnel in a suicide attack in India-administered Kashmir’s Pulwama, Indian fighter jets bombed what they claimed were militant camps across the Line of Control, triggering Pakistani retaliatory strikes that led to a dogfight and the loss of at least one Indian fighter jet. Its pilot survived and was detained in Pakistan.

He was returned in what Imran Khan called a peace gesture, but Modi’s government regarded simply as international protocol. Relations between the pair only worsened as nuclear rhetoric rose on both sides.

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Masked Kashmiris participate in anti-India protest in the Aanchar area, Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir, September 27. As the strict lockdown approached the two-month mark, tensions on both sides of the Line of Control were beginning to spill over.Yawar Nazir/Getty Images

“We are not blackmailing the world, the first threats over the use of nuclear weapons came from India,” Masood Khan said, highlighting Modi’s threat in April to launch “the mother of nuclear weapons” if Pakistan ever attacked.

Asked what Pakistan’s red line was, the Kashmir leader told Newsweek “the red line has already been crossed, we are just showing restraint and responsibility, we don’t want to push the region to war.”

He discussed, however, the point at which “Pakistan takes actual steps to safeguard the rights of Kashmir and its people.” He said “the stakeholders are discussing” such a decision, but ultimately “the Kashmiris are going to say enough is enough.”

“We would take the right decision, the people of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir are ready,” he said, explaining why, with nuclear weapons at the ready, such a move would not be taken lightly.

He cited scientific estimates that a large-scale nuclear conflict involving the exchange of 15 to 20 weapons comparable to those used by the U.S. against the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, would kill hundreds of millions of people and affect billions more through “global recession, mass migration” and other worldwide catastrophes. “You would be entering the globe into nuclear winter, and it would not just be India and Pakistan affected,” he stated.

“None of this will happen if the international community, if the United Nations Security Council acts,” Masood Khan said. “We do not want to be a nuclear flashpoint between India and Pakistan, we are a peace-loving people. We want to be a symbol of peace and connectivity. I make an appeal to you—help us.”

China’s Potent Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7) China’s Potent Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7) l

The Dongfeng-41 nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile at a military parade in Beijing on Tuesday.

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China unveils nuclear-ready Dongfeng-41 supersonic missile to test US

Bill Bostock Oct 1, 2019, 8:30 AM

• China used a huge military parade on Tuesday to show off a new intercontinental missile designed to bypass the US missile-defense system.

• The Dongfeng-41 passed through Beijing’s Tiananmen Square as part of a parade marking 70 years of Chinese Communist Party rule.

• Chinese authorities say each missile can carry 10 nuclear warheads. Defense analysts believe the missile has a range of 9,320 miles and could travel at 25 times the speed of sound.

• The Dongfeng-41 is also designed to bypass barriers like the US’s Ballistic Missile Defense System by firing decoy missiles.

China used its 70th-anniversary national parade on Tuesday to unveil a supersonic, nuclear-capable missile designed to test the US’s missile-defense system.

The People’s Liberation Army showed off at least 16 Dongfeng-41 missiles and transports as part of the parade in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

The Dongfeng-41 is believed to be the world’s longest-ranged intercontinental weapon and capable of striking targets 9,320 miles away, the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank said, according to The Associated Press.

Defense analysts told the AP they believed the missile could travel at 25 times the speed of sound and could reach the US in 30 minutes. Neither US nor Chinese official figures are available.

The three-stage solid-fuel missile can carry a payload of 10 warheads, Xu Guangyu, a senior adviser with China’s Arms Control and Disarmament Association, told China’s state-run Global Times newspaper in August.

The Dongfeng-41 could pose a legitimate threat to the US’s missile-defense system. This is because the Dongfeng, which means “east wind” in Chinese, carries decoy missiles to deceive such systems into targeting them instead of the actual warheads, the Financial Times reported.

This feature was designed to bypass defense systems like the US’s Ballistic Missile Defense System, the nation’s primary defense against long-range attacks.

Read more: China steals US designs for new weapons, and it’s getting away with ‘the greatest intellectual property theft in human history’

Yue Gang, a retired People’s Liberation Army colonel, told the Financial Times: “We want to use this big killer to contain America.

“Although we have no way to compete with you, we are now developing some unique equipment so that America does not dare to go first against us.”

China’s Xinhua state news agency has also called the missile “the country’s most advanced and powerful deterrent.”

Tuesday’s massive military parade involved 15,000 troops, 580 pieces of military equipment, and more than 160 fighter aircraft, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported, citing a Ministry of Defense spokesman, Maj. Gen. Cai Zhijun.

Chinese authorities ordered residents to vacate their apartments and banned flying kites, lanterns, and homing pigeons to make way for the parade, The New York Times reported.

The B team States the Obvious

Unleashed from Donald Trump, Former NSA John Bolton Says North Korea Still Seeks Nukes

At a think-tank conference on North Korea, Bolton said he could now “speak in unvarnished terms” about the “grave threat” posed by the regime of Kim Jong Un, who has courted Trump.

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Updated: October 1, 2019, 9:31 AM IST

Washington: John Bolton warned Monday that North Korea had not truly chosen to give up nuclear weapons in the hawk’s first public appearance since he left as President Donald Trump’s national security advisor.

At a think-tank conference on North Korea, Bolton said he could now “speak in unvarnished terms” about the “grave threat” posed by the regime of Kim Jong Un, who has courted Trump.

“It seems to be clear that the DPRK has not made a strategic decision to give up its nuclear weapons,” Bolton said, referencing the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“In fact, I think the contrary is true. I think the strategic decision that Kim Jong Un is operating through is that he will do whatever he can to keep a deliverable nuclear weapons capability and to develop and enhance it further,” Bolton said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“These are the questions that need to focus our attention — not can we get another summit with Kim Jong Un.”

His comments are at odds with Trump’s rosy depictions of Kim after three meetings, with the US leader hailing the young strongman’s “beautiful letters” and insisting that Kim would stay true to his word.

Bolton has long been known for his strong opposition to North Korea, which once, before he served with Trump, denounced him as “human scum.”

When they parted ways, Trump pointed to a comment by Bolton — how he favored a “Libyan model” for North Korea — as an example of his top aide “being not smart.”

In 2003 as the United States was invading Iraq, Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi negotiated an end to its nuclear program in return for reconciliation with the West.

But Western powers in 2011 backed an uprising against Kadhafi, who was later found in a drainage pipe, tortured and lynched.

Bolton on Monday stood by his remarks, saying the “Libyan model” referred to a strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons.

“We saw Moamer Kadhafi make an unambiguous decision that he and Libya would be better off without developing nuclear weapons,” said Bolton, an architect of the Iraq war.

Seeing threat in launches

Bolton also took aim at North Korea’s repeated firing of short-range projectiles. Trump has played them down, saying that Kim enjoys the launches and that they do not violate agreements.

“The testing of shorter-range ballistic missiles that we’ve see in recent months doesn’t give us any reason to think that those are not threatening,” he said.

He said that short-range projectiles would help the North develop the technology behind longer-range missiles.

He faulted the halt to military exercises with South Korea, ordered by Trump as a conciliatory gesture, saying that it weakened military preparedness.

He also said that the United States was paying insufficient attention to tensions between South Korea and Japan, which have soared over issues related to colonial history.

“It’s well below the radar screen here in the United States, which is a big mistake for our country not paying more attention to,” he said.

Trump announced on September 10 that he had fired Bolton — who said he quit — after multiple disagreements.

Besides North Korea, Bolton had pushed for a tough line on Iran and Venezuela, musing in the past about military action.

Bolton at the conference urged a more engaged United States, an implicit criticism of Trump’s hopes to scale back US commitments overseas.

“This is not the time for US disengagement or withdrawal. It is a time for more US involvement and leadership on the Korean peninsula, in Asia and worldwide — more, not less.”

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IRGC Hopes to Eradicate Israel

IRGC: ‘Israel’s elimination, an Achievable Goal’

October 1, 2019 — News Tags: IDF, Iran, Iran-Israel, IRGC, Israel, Israel news, Israel now

The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj.-Gen. Hossein Salami, has declared that the elimination of Israel is attainable as part of the second step of the Islamic Revolution. In opening remarks at a conference of top IRGC officers, General Salami asserted that Israel “must be wiped from world geography,” while claiming that “this is not an aspiration or a dream… but an achievable goal.”

The IRGC-affiliated IFP news agency cited the military leader arguing that contrary to Iran, ‘Israel is an example of a power that appears to possess offensive tools, but is too “fragile” to withstand a full-scale offensive.’ In contrast, General Salami insisted that the Islamic Republic boasts both defensive and offensive capabilities to ‘strike its enemies with any magnitude, intensity and accuracy, over any area.

Salami went on to say that Iran’s strategy of so-called “active resistance,” devised by Tehran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has prevented his nation’s enemies from adopting an effectual strategy.

It is important to mention that Ayatollah Khamenei declared in December 2016 that the State of Israel “will cease to exist in the next 25 years” if the Muslim world would unite behind Iran, together with the Palestinians, against what he referred to as “the Zionist regime.”

There has been no immediate response from the Israeli Foreign Ministry to TV7’s request for comment.

Iran Confirmed Responsible for Saudi Bombings

Iranian Opposition: Khamenei Ordered Saudi Oil Attack

Patrick Goodenough

(CNSNews.com) – The September 14 cruise missile and drone attack on Saudi oil infrastructure was ordered by Iran’s supreme leader and approved at a meeting in July attended by Iran’s president, foreign minister, and commanders of IRGC divisions including the notorious Qods Force, an exiled Iranian opposition group alleged Monday, citing sources inside the regime.

In a new report released at the National Press Club, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said the attack was launched from the Omideyeh air base, near Ahvaz in southwestern Iran.

According to Saudi authorities, missiles struck the Aramco oil processing plant in Abqaiq, and the Khurais oilfield came under drone attack in the predawn strike. Half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production was suspended as a result.

The Trump administration has accused Iran of responsibility, and last week the British, French and German governments backed that assessment, saying there was “no other plausible explanation.”

The NCRI and its Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) affiliate boast a network of sources inside the Iranian regime and armed forces, and has over the years exposed its workings in a number of areas – most significantly when it provided key intelligence in 2002 on a nuclear program that Tehran had hidden from the international community for two decades.

Its new report says that supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the direct order for the attack on the Saudi facilities, and the plan was approved at a July 31 Supreme National Security Council meeting presided over by President Hassan Rouhani.

According to its sources, attendees included Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, IRGC-Qods Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, IRGC Air Force commander Brig. Gen. Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, and the commander of the IRGC’s central headquarters, Maj. Gen. Gholam-Ali Rashid.

The NCRI said Hajizadeh and Rashid oversaw the operation, along with IRGC Air Force deputy commander Brig. Gen. Mohammad Fallah.

The report said IRGC commanders and personnel with missile and drone expertise were relocated to the Omideyeh base, from where the strike was launched. The “Ya-Ali” cruise missiles used, it said, were manufactured in the Parchin military complex southeast of Tehran.

Following the attack, the report said, the operational personnel reported back in detail to Rashid.

(It also said that according to fresh reports, a new IRGC Air Force squad had been deployed to Omideyeh on September 22 – that is, a week after the Saudi attack. “There is no information on their orders yet.”)

Reading from the report Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the NCRI’s U.S. office, told the briefing that the attack “emanated from inside Iran, and was a blatant act of war that Khamenei, Rouhani, Zarif and other regime heads were responsible for in deciding, approving and implementing.”

“The regime is counting on inaction of the international community in its aggression,” the report concluded. “As long as this regime exists, it will not cease its aggression.”

The NCRI made a number of recommendations, including a call for the European Union to place Khamenei, the IRGC and Iran’s intelligence ministry onto its terrorism watchlist.

It also said previous U.N. Security Council resolutions on Iran’s nuclear weapons activities – which were lifted after the Iran nuclear deal was negotiated – should be reinstated.

‘A vile and cowardly regime’

The regime in Iran has repeatedly denied that it carried out the attack on the Saudi oilfield and oil processing plant. Its Houthi allies in Yemen, fighting against a Saudi-led coalition, claimed responsibility for the attack, and Tehran says that claim should be taken at face value.

Rouhani told reporters at the U.N. last Thursday that people accusing Iran of responsibility for the attack should come up with evidence to back their charges.

“Yemen has used its right to defend against the Saudi aggression, why should Iran be accused?” he asked. Rouhani also claimed that when he met with European leaders in New York they confessed to having no evidence of Iranian responsibility for the attack.

When Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz al-Assaf addressed the U.N. General Assembly the following day, his speech was dedicated almost entirely to condemning Iran.

“It is a vile and cowardly regime, which hides behind its affiliated militias, pushing them to claim responsibility for” the attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure, he said.

“We have known that regime for 40 years. It is good at nothing but masterminding explosions, destruction and assassinations, not only in our region but also throughout the world.”

Al-Assaf said the international community has a “moral and historic responsibility to take a firm and united position: Utmost pressure with every tool available should be applied to end the terrorist and aggressive conduct of the Iranian regime.”

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday, warned that if the international community does not deter Iran, “oil supplies will be disrupted and oil prices will jump to unimaginably high numbers that we haven’t seen in our lifetimes.

Asked whether the response had to be a military one, he replied, “I hope not,” adding that a “political and peaceful solution is much better than the military one.”