A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Ramapo Fault is the longest fault in the Northeast that occasionally makes local headlines when minor tremors cause rock the Tri-State region. It begins in Pennsylvania, crosses the Delaware River and continues through Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties before crossing the Hudson River near Indian Point nuclear facility.

In the past, it has generated occasional activity that generated a 2.6 magnitude quake in New Jersey’s Peakpack/Gladstone area and 3.0 magnitude quake in Mendham.

„There is occasional seismic activity in New Jersey,“ said Robinson. „There have been a few quakes locally that have been felt and done a little bit of damage over the time since colonial settlement — some chimneys knocked down in Manhattan with a quake back in the 18th century, but nothing of a significant magnitude.“

Robinson said the Ramapo has on occasion registered a measurable quake but has not caused damage: „The Ramapo fault is associated with geological activities back 200 million years ago, but it’s still a little creaky now and again,“ he said.

„More recently, in the 1970s and early 1980s, earthquake risk along the Ramapo Fault received attention because of its proximity to Indian Point,“ according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Historically, critics of the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County, New York, did cite its proximity to the Ramapo fault line as a significant risk.

„Subsequent investigations have shown the 1884 Earthquake epicenter was actually located in Brooklyn, New York, at least 25 miles from the Ramapo Fault,“ according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Pakistan Continues to Export Her Nukes (Daniel 8 )

‘Nuclear skill helped Pakistan to earn $7.4B’

ANKARA 

Dispelling the impression that pursuing nuclear technology was a drain on national resources, a top Pakistani nuclear scientist claimed that its peaceful use helped the country to add 1,200 billion rupees ($7.4 billion) to its national exchequer.

Participating in a webinar program to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear testing organized by Islamabad-based think-tank, the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Ansar Pervez, the former chairman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, said that the nuclear technology was being used for peaceful purposes in diverse sectors including medicine, health, agriculture, industry, pollution control, water resources management, and safe and sustainable electricity production.

He said that it allowed Pakistan to develop 100 new crop varieties, which added $7.4 billion to the treasury. He further said that 800,000 cancer patients are being treated every year by hospitals using nuclear radiation.

The nuclear program, Pervez said, has not only ensured its national security and regional peace but also helped pursue at least 12 sustainable development goals and promote socio-economic development.

Pakistan is one of only 13 countries across the globe capable of sharing its nuclear knowledge and expertise with other countries for peaceful purposes.

Director General of Arms Control and Disarmament Kamran Akhtar stated that the huge Indian defense acquisitions and developments in the areas of artificial intelligence, cyber security and space militarization are destabilizing for the region. He said the international community must exercise care and caution in sharing its advanced nuclear and other related technologies with India.

“Pakistan can be compared with any developed country in terms of its nuclear expertise, knowledge and capabilities, and is completely qualified to become an active and productive member of the strategic export control regime of the world,” he added.

Naeem Salik, the former director of Strategic Plans Division, said Pakistan became a nuclear weapon state once its security needs were neither understood nor met by the world and its several arms control initiatives were not reciprocated. He said Pakistan has a credible minimum deterrence posture which provides Pakistan security without engaging in a costly arms race with India.

Khalid Rahman, the executive president of IPS, said the unparalleled success of Pakistan’s nuclear program provides a principle to follow in policymaking to address various issues of national significance.

“If we understand this principle and pursue our other national goals with similar zeal, spirit, determination, consistency and unity, then we can effectively meet all other challenges that our nation faces,” he argued.

How Babylon the Great Nearly Started World War 3

World War 3: How US dropped nuke 1000 times greater than atomic bomb in Air Force blunder

WORLD WAR 3 could have erupted when the US Air Force accidentally dropped a nuclear weapon 1000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

By CALLUM HOARE

PUBLISHED: 12:25, Thu, May 28, 2020

UPDATED: 12:30, Thu, May 28, 2020

The event came at the height of the Cold War, just one year before the Cuban Missile Crisis, as tensions between the US and the Soviet Union could not have been more febrile and one mistake of this kind would not have only been highly embarrassing for the US, but could have also been the catalyst for the outbreak of World War 3. A Boeing B-52 bomber carrying two four-megaton Mark 39 nuclear bombs was due to rendezvous with a tanker for aerial refuelling, but during the process, the tanker crew advised the B-52 commander, Major Walter Scott Tulloch, that his aircraft had a fuel leak in the right-wing. The aircraft was directed to assume a holding pattern off the coast until the majority of fuel was consumed, but when the bomber reached its assigned position, the pilot reported that the leak had worsened and that 17,000kg of fuel had been lost in three minutes.

The bomber was immediately directed to return and land at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, but as it descended for its approach, the pilots lost control and were forced to abandon the aircraft, watching it crash into a field in North Carolina with the two nuclear weapons still on board.

BBC correspondent Alex Last revealed during the “Witness History” podcast how Lieutenant Jack ReVelle was immediately called to assess the situation.

He said in 2018: “In January 1961, 25-year-old Lieutenant Jack ReVelle led a US Air Force explosive ordnance disposal team based in Ohio, he had been told it was an accident involving nuclear weapons – a Broken Arrow in military terminology.

“Jack was the advanced party for his team, he sped to his airbase and was met by a pilot who had been ordered to immediately fly him in a military jet to Goldsboro, North Carolina.

The event came at the height of the Cold War (Image: GETTY)

“It turned out that a huge B-52 bomber had suffered a catastrophic inflight failure, fuel had gushed out from the right-wing and as the plane headed for an emergency landing at its base in North Carolina, its wing had fallen off.

“The plane spun out of control, broke apart and crashed in a fireball on farmland near Goldsboro, three of the eight crew had been killed.”

Mr Last detailed the gravity of the situation that Mr ReVelle found himself facing as he arrived on the scene of the crash.

He added: “Crucially, the plane had been carrying two thermonuclear bombs that had been sucked out of the bomb bays as the plane was torn apart and had landed near the crash site.

“They hadn’t gone off, at least not yet, but no one was sure what state they were in, Jack was taken to where one bomb had been found.

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The plane crashed after the crew evacuated (Image: WIKI)

“Jack checked the safety switch to see if the bomb had armed, but it was on safe, he followed procedure, took it apart and got it onto a truck to be returned to the local Airforce base.

“The second bomb, though, was a different story.

“They were thermonuclear devices, hydrogen bombs, 100, sometimes 1000 times more powerful than the atomic weapons dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki because they contain two nuclear devices.”

In a segment of the show, Mr ReVelle recalled the dangerous operation he and his team carried out.

He said: “Two weapons fell to the ground, one parachute pack deployed and it floated gently to the ground and it ended up standing up straight like a Washington monument.

“The second weapon, the parachute did not deploy, it penetrated the ground at around 700mph and buried itself into the swamp of the field.

A bomb disposal team was sent in (Image: WIKI)

One part of the bomb was never recovered (Image: GETTY)

“So we searched for the hole of entry and had to probe with non-sparking tools to see if there was something down there.

“We had to devise the procedures ourselves, there was no textbook, no checklist for a situation like that.”

Eventually, after digging deep into the ground, the team uncovered the primary nuclear weapon.

Mr ReVelle explained the chilling story of how he personally recovered the explosive by hand.

He added: “We didn’t know the status, or the condition of either of the weapons, for all we knew the things could have gone off while we were working.

“It’s hard to say how close we were to detonation, in my personal opinion damn close.

“The Sash Sargent called out and said he’s found the armed safe switch, and I said ‘great,’ he replied ‘no, it’s on armed’ for all we knew that’s not good news.

“Since I was the senior technician when the primary was found, it became my responsibility to get it out of there, so there I was in a hole that was 20 or 30 feet deep, with zero protective closings.

“I took this grey sphere, held it to my chest and walked up a ladder out of the deep hole, holding a nuclear sphere.

“I got to the top, it was placed on a truck and taken back to the Airforce base.”

Mr Last went on to reveal how parts of the nuclear bomb were never recovered.

He added: “After eight days, they found most of the bomb, but one key part was still missing the secondary nuclear device.

“Jack and his team were pulled out and digging continued for five months, but the secondary has never been found.

“In the end, the hole was concreted over, covered with earth and the area around the site was bought by the Air Force.”

Celebrating the Pakistani Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8:8)

Pakistan Celebrated ‘Nuclear Test Day’ When Islamic Republic Got Parity With India

By Preeti RainaMay 29, 2020

Pakistan celebrated Youm-e-Takbeer – a day when Pakistan became a nuclear power and matched arch-rival India with a  ‘bomb for a bomb’. The nuclear tests that Pakistan conducted in May 1998 made it the only Islamic nations to possess nuclear weapons.

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In a tweet, Pakistan DG-ISPR wrote – On 28 May 1998 Pak successfully established credible min nuclear deterrence & restored the balance of power in the region. AFs salute all those involved from conceptualisation to actualisation especially scientists & engineers who made this possible. Long Live Pakistan. #YoumeTakbeer

On May 28, 1998, responding to Indian nuclear tests, Pakistan successfully carried out five nuclear tests in Chaghi, an area of Balochistan. The nuclear detonations, which Islamabad claimed were carried out in self-defence were a direct response to India’s nuclear aggression, Pakistani experts write.

“Every year, May 28 serves as an earnest reminder of Pakistan’s wish for peace as well as a resolute determination to preserve its national integrity, sovereignty and independence,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said at a seminar.

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Pakistan insisted that it was forced to conduct nuclear tests due to “hostile posturing” by India. Islamabad has maintained that despite the nuclear testing, Pakistan is committed to non-proliferation and global peace and strategic stability and exhibited utmost caution and accountability in the stewardship of its nuclear capability since 1998.

Pakistan has also assured the world that it recognizes its obligations and the country had developed a sturdy command and control system led by the National Command Authority, and powerful nuclear safety and security management and export controls.

Trump’s Delusional Nuclear Deal

Trump thinks he can get Russia and China to agree on nuclear weapons? Not even close

Opinion: A three-way nuclear deal with Russia and China is non-starter. And isn’t a true America-first approach. There’s a better way.

ROBERT ROBB | ARIZONA REPUBLIC | 3 hours ago

President Donald Trump conducts foreign policy the same way he conducts domestic policy: by instinct and impulse.

For the most part, this has meant ad hoc responses to events. With rare exceptions, such as moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Trump administration’s foreign policy has been reactive rather than proactive.

There is another curious exception, but one that still seems motivated by instinct and impulse, rather than reflecting some overarching strategic approach to managing the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world.

Trump wants a three-way nuclear deal

The New START accord with Russia, which limits the number of long-range nuclear warheads each possesses, expires in February. The accord, negotiated by the Obama administration, has a provision to extend it for five years by mutual consent.

Rather than do that, Trump wants a three-way deal with Russia and China. And to have the agreement cover all nuclear weapons – long-range and shorter-range tactical weapons, where Russia and China have a geopolitical advantage at the moment.

Trump has appointed a negotiator, Marshall Billingslea, to try to wangle such a deal. And Billingslea recently announced plans to meet with a Russian counterpart to begin the discussions.

This is sure to be a non-starter for various reasons. But what is the strategic purpose?

Russia and China are going to cheat

Yes, it would be valuable to limit Russian and Chinese tactical nuclear weapons. And it would be valuable to limit the expected increase in China’s nuclear arsenal.

But, if anything has been proven in a half century of arms control agreements, it is that Russia will cheat. No verification regimen will be rigorous enough to detect precisely when the Russians cheat or the extent to which they have cheated. And no enforcement regimen will be tough enough to deter or correct the cheating.

Russia under Vladimir Putin is certain to continue cheating. And there is no question that China under Xi Jinping will also cheat. Under current leadership, these are not trustworthy regimes.

Now, there are those who believe that arms control agreements are worthwhile even though cheating is likely. Perhaps, even after the cheat, there are fewer nukes than there otherwise would be. And, these advocates believe, there is intrinsic value in engaging potential adversaries in an arms control process, even if the results aren’t optimal.

The Trump administration, heretofore, hasn’t shared that view. In fact, it has withdrawn from two arms control deals explicitly because Russia was cheating on them. One of them limited intermediate land-based missiles. The other was a protocol permitting aerial surveillance for verification purposes.

If existing arms control deals with Russia aren’t worth keeping because Russia cheats, why negotiate a new one? And add another party, China, also sure to cheat?

There is no chance for a deal

Particularly when the likelihood of success is nil.

Russia is willing to enter into the talks. But, if negotiations are expanded to include China’s nukes, Russia wants them further expanded to include those of Britain and France.   

This is not an unreasonable position. China is thought to have around 320 nuclear warheads. Britain and France combined are thought, with greater certainty, to have nearly 500. China is expected to increase its arsenal markedly, while Britain and France are not.

Still, there is not much of a rationale to including China but excluding Britain and France, except that the United States doesn’t perceive a nuclear threat from Britain and France. That will be unpersuasive to Russia, for whom Britain and France’s arsenal is geopolitically significant.

China has refused to even consider a three-way deal or enter into three-way negotiations. And it’s hard to imagine any deal to which it might even possibly agree.

China has a fraction of the nuclear weapons that the United States and Russia possess. It sees itself as a rising world power. It won’t enter into an agreement that locks in its inferior position.

Nor will the United States agree to allow China to increase nukes to our position, or reduce our nukes to China’s level. Nor would Russia for that matter.

What Trump should do instead

A true America-first approach to nuclear weapons wouldn’t involve a quixotic quest for a three-way deal. It would involve a clear-eyed assessment of what nuclear deterrent the United States needs to protect our country and our security interests.

The answer would probably be a much smaller arsenal, but one with more modern and flexible warheads and delivery systems.  

But that wasn’t the direction that caught Trump’s fancy.

Reach Robb at robert.robb@arizonarepublic.com.

Testing Nuclear Weapons Again WILL Be a Terrible Idea

Testing Nuclear Weapons Again Would Be a Terrible Idea

The Washington Post has reported that the Trump administration discussed conducting the first U.S. nuclear test explosion since 1992. Experts say this is a bad way to make a political point. By Matthew Gault May 29 2020, 6:00am

So you’re worried about dying in a nuclear war. Given recent world events, it’s a perfectly reasonable concern. Iran said on Sunday it would no longer abide by most of the restrictions on uranium enrichment and production as detailed in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Iran isn’t rushing towards developing a nuclear weapon, but it’s laying the groundwork to make it easier if wanted to.

In June, the Pentagon accidentally published its plan for fighting a nuclear war. In early August, the US officially pulled out of one of the most important anti-nuclear treaties in world history. In December, it tested a missile that could soar beyond the bounds laid out in that now defunct treaty. Days after Christmas, Russia deployed its hypersonic glide missiles—a new kind of reentry vehicle meant to deliver nuclear warheads past missile defense systems. Add to this the failing treaties and fire and fury rhetoric, and nuclear war now seems like a real possibility—but so does surviving it.

Today’s nuclear weapons are devastating nightmares, but people can and do survive even when they are close to the bomb’s blast radius. Japanese man Tsutomu Yamaguchi lived through the bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki and died at the age of 93. Yamaguchi wasn’t the only person to survive both blasts, either, just the most famous. The horrific American bombings killed more than 200,000 people, but around 70 percent of each city’s population survived. Many lived with severe complications related to the bombing, but they lived.

To find out exactly how one might survive a nuclear explosion today, we called up Alex Wellerstein, Brooke Buddemeier, and Eliot Calhoun. Wellerstin is a professor at Stevens Institute of Technology and the creator of the Nukemap, a website that lets people see the effects of nuclear bombs in their area; Buddemeier is a radiation safety specialist in the Global Security directorate of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Calhoun is the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosions Planner at New York City’s Office of Emergency Management.

How people survive a nuclear blast

A nuclear blast comes in six stages. There’s a flash of light, a wave of heat, a release of nuclear radiation, a fireball, a blast of air, and finally the radioactive fallout.

This all happens very quickly—within just a few seconds—but modern early warning systems will likely give you some time to react. In January 2018, for example, the state of Hawaii warned residents that a ballistic missile was inbound. It was a false alarm, but state officials estimated that, had it been a real missile, the amount of time from warning to impact would have likely been 12 minutes.

According to Buddemeier, the blast zone of a nuclear explosion breaks down into three areas: the severe damage zone, the moderate damage zone, and the light damage zone. If you’re in the severe damage zone (the area consumed by the fireball) your chances of surviving are low, but you may live through it if you have the right shelter.

“People did survive in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in that zone,” Buddemeier said. “And they weren’t in any kind of bunker, they just happened to be in a strong concrete building. One woman survived in a bank just 300 meters from the epicenter. Not in the vault, just the bank.”

But around the edges of the blast, in the moderate and light damage zones, there is even more room for survival. Your first instinct might be to hit the road, but according to Wellerstein, that could be a deadly mistake.

Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima city in Japan. Image: Getty Images

“Whatever you do, don’t flee,” Wellerstein said. “You likely don’t know where it is ‘safe’ to go anyway, you’ll just clog up the roads, and your car gives you nearly no protection against anything.”

According to Wellerstein, no matter which damage zone you’re in, the safest place to be during a nuclear blast is in a large, secure building.

“If you do have some warning, find the nearest large, commercial, well-built building. If it’s got a basement, go in there. If it doesn’t, move to the center of the building,” he said. “Sit tight. Nothing is guaranteed, and you don’t know where the weapon will likely go off, but these kinds of structures do much better against blast, heat, and radiation than anything else.”

Calhoun said the most important thing to do was to “Get inside and stay inside.” That’s the core message NYC’s Office of Emergency Management wanted to stress. Calhoun said it didn’t matter if the explosion came from a small suitcase detonated by a terrorist or an ICBM launched by a rival country, the message to the public was the same: “Get inside and stay inside.”

It’s also important to not to look at the bright flash of light emitted as the bomb detonates; it will blind anyone looking at it. This blindness is temporary, only lasting for a few seconds or few minutes, but for that brief time it could make people more vulnerable to hazards such as rubble. During the day, the blinding effects of a nuclear flash can reach 10 miles from the blast zone. At night, those effects extend even farther.

Sheltering in a building is extremely important for surviving the next stage of a blast: the heat wave. The thermal blast of a five-megaton warhead (the high end of modern intercontinental ballistic missiles) will be around 15 miles. That blast is so powerful that it can sear away pain nerves while causing third degree burns. Simply sheltering in a building, preferably underground, can mitigate the worst effects of this heat wave.

A building could become dicey during the air blast that follows the fireball, however. “It’s like a wall of air coming through,” Buddemeier said. “Buildings will be blown apart.”

The air blast in the moderate damage zone will likely cause another wave of injuries even for those who sought shelter, but it will be worse for anyone who stayed outside or attempted to flee by car. Like a tornado or an earthquake, getting to a secure location in the middle of a building is safer than the alternative. After the air blast comes the radiation, and a building is also likely to provide the most protection.

The light damage zone is on the very fringes of the explosion. The airblast dissipates as it moves outwards, but it’s still dangerous on the fringes. “It’s more like a sonic boom or a thunderclap,” Buddemeier said. “There’s just enough force that it’s actually breaking windows and throwing glass across the room. It might pop the roof of a building.” This zone extends for miles outside the immediate blast radius, and should cause the least significant injuries.

In all three zones, your best bet is to stay inside and hunker down.

“If you survive the initial blast, and the building isn’t too damaged to be an immediate threat—it’s not on fire, say—stay inside it,” Wellerstein said. “You won’t know where the contamination is outside, and for the first few days it could be dangerously high levels of radioactivity.”

How to survive after the bomb drops

Surviving the initial blast requires some luck even inside a building, but staying safe after the initial detonation requires patience.

“[The nuclear blast will] suck up thousands of pounds of dirt and debris, coat that dirt and debris with the fission products produced during the explosion, and after it stabilizes miles up in the air the heavier particles will come down. They will be radioactive,” Buddemeir said. “Protecting yourself from exposure to that is something you can do after the blast occurs.”

Around 15 minutes after the initial blast, this fallout will begin to move through the atmosphere and pepper the ground. “Being as far away from that material as possible is what’s going to change your outcomes,” Buddemeir said. “Get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned. If you can get into a basement, that’s even better.”

Being indoors during the blast will help, but if you are outside for any part of the detonation, it’s important to minimize the amount of fallout you absorb once you’re safe inside. The longer you’re in contact with radioactive material, the more it’ll eat away at your body. An early warning sign is nausea and vomiting. Under stronger doses of radiation, the body melts from the inside out. Lower doses will break down your DNA, eventually leading to cancers such as Leukemia and, eventually, death.

According to the US Department of Energy, your clothing will absorb a lot of fallout and simply getting rid of that clothing can go a long way towards keeping you safe. Strip, and, if you can, get those clothes into a plastic bag and get the bag as far away from you as possible. Then, take a shower with soap and water to remove the fallout from your body’s surface.

If you can’t shower, use the water from a sink or bottled water and a damp cloth to wipe down your skin with a focus on areas that were exposed outside. Do not use conditioner in your hair, however. The unique chemical properties in conditioner will bind radioactive material to your hair.

The most important thing is not to hesitate. The faster you remove the contaminated material from your body, the better.

As for food, because you’ll need to eat even during Armageddon, packaged food and drink that was inside a building during the blast will likely be safe (or safe-ish) to eat. The US Government did extensive testing of the effects of nuclear blasts and fallout on packaged food, even nuking bottles of beer to see what would happen. Needless to say, avoid consuming anything that was outside during the attack.

The good thing about the gamma radiation from a nuclear blast is that it decays quickly. An hour after the blast, about 50 percent of the fallout will have already dissipated. According to both Wellerstein and Buddemeier, the fallout will have decayed by 80 percent after 24 hours. The longer you wait, the safer the outside will be.

Eventually, it will be time to leave your shelter and brave the irradiated world.

“After three days or so, [depending] on the size and number of the blasts, but three days is a good rule of thumb for single detonations of modern warhead sizes—the outside radiation will have likely subsided to a degree that you can flee the area without putting yourself too much at risk,” Wellerstein said. “Ideally you would wait for external information from emergency personnel before leaving, but depending on the scenario that might not be possible.”

The blast radius of a 5 megaton nuclear bomb hitting New York City. Nukemap

Calhoun agreed. “We recommend people wait 72 hours and have three to four days worth of food and water on hand at any given time,” he said.

If the blast hasn’t knocked out communications infrastructure, information will be key to survival from here on out, but it’s also likely to be difficult to parse truth from fiction.

In the aftermath of the false alarm in Hawaii, bad information spread across social media. In the event of an actual nuclear attack, Twitter, Facebook, and whichever other services or websites that remain online will be full of bad info, misinformation, and rumors shared in a panic. There’s also a good chance the blast will knock devices such as smartphones out of commission, and make the internet less accessible. A battery or crank-operated AM/FM radio will be your best bet for staying connected to the outside world.

When you’re huddled inside a building, cleaning radioactive fallout off your body, and trying to survive, it may be hard to take a deep breath and scrutinize the information that comes your way. But no matter how the info gets to you—either by radio, word of mouth, or the internet—the important thing will be to scrutinize it.

If you need some guidance, Sweden recently published a civil defense pamphlet that lists excellent questions to ask about information during a time of crisis: what’s the point of the information? What’s the source? Is the source known to be trustworthy? Can you verify the information with another source? Don’t believe unverified or unverified rumors and don’t spread them.

Nuclear war is one of the most terrifying threats the world has ever faced. It’s an existential threat to both civilization and life itself. Nuclear weapons are a big-picture political problem that—like climate change and the rise of fascism—require political solutions. Until then, you can prepare for the worst and hope it doesn’t happen.

IRGC commander Soleimani: Iran Will Always Be Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

IRGC commander Soleimani to Hamas: Iran will never abandon Palestine

Prior to his death in a U.S. strike in Iraq, Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani sent a letter to Izz ad-Din al-Qassam head Muhammad Deif emphasizing Iran’s support for the Palestinian cause.

(May 27, 2020 / MEMRI) Prior to his death in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq in January, Iranian Quds Force Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani wrote a letter to Muhammad Deif, the commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, promising him that Iran would never abandon Palestine, “the pearl of the Islamic world.”

In the letter, published on the the website of the Al-Mayadeen television channel, the Iranian commander conveyed his greetings to Hamas’s fighters and to the Palestinian people as a whole, and promised them that Iran would not abandon them under any circumstances. He added that “the death knell of the invading Zionists will soon be heard,” and expressed hope to die as a martyr for the sake of Palestine.

The letter is further evidence of the close relations between Iran, which calls for the annihilation of Israel, and Hamas, and in particular of the ties between Soleimani and Deif.

It should be noted that Hamas officials have recently made many statements in praise of the Iranian regime and its ties with their movement. On May 20, for instance, in a speech on the occasion of Quds Day—a day of solidarity with Jerusalem and the Palestinians marked by Iran on the last Friday of Ramadan—Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas’s political bureau, said that “Iran has never hesitated to support the resistance and assist it financially, militarily and technologically.”

Haniyeh’s deputy, Saleh al-Arouri, said in an interview with the Al-Mayadeen channel that “the relations between Hamas and Iran are strong,” and that “Iran has given Hamas and the resistance movements all the support and weapons they need.”

He revealed that during the 2008-09 Israel-Gaza war, Soleimani had been present in Hamas’s military operations room in Damascus, and noted that Soleimani’s successor, Esmail Ghaani, was “maintaining the coordination and assistance to the Palestinian resistance. Hamas’s representative in Iran, Khaled al-Qadoumi, said in an interview with a Hamas-affiliated website that “via its ties with Iran, Hamas strives to establish that the Zionist enemy is the common enemy of the entire Arab and Islamic nation.”

The following is a translation of Soleimani’s letter to Deif, as posted on the Al-Mayadeen website:

“My dear brother, the great jihad fighter, living martyr and brave resistance fighter, general commander of the Martyr Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, [Muhammad] Abu Khaled Deif, may God protect and strengthen you …

“[I convey my] heartfelt greetings to, and deep longing for, the battle-ready jihad fighters of the purest [battle]front, for which millions of hearts weep with yearning. May God’s mercy and will be with the courageous Palestinian people, who carry deep sorrow and suppressed pain in their hearts due to their many wounds, in the face of the oppressive siege and the enemies’ barbaric attack [carried out] in plain sight of the hundreds of millions of Muslims [around the world].

“Greetings [also] to the jihad and resistance fighter [Hamas political bureau head Ismail] Haniyeh and to his loyal supporters who declare from Gaza their steadfastness and call for jihad, out of faith and with their eyes yearning for the dawning of victory.

“Rest assured that, no matter how much the pressures and the siege upon it increase, Islamic Iran will not leave Palestine—the pearl of the Islamic world, the Muslims’ first direction of prayer and the place of the Prophet Muhammad’s ascent to heaven—alone [in the fray].

“Defending Palestine [is] our honor and glory, and we will not relinquish this religious duty for any of the pleasures and frivolities of this world.

“The friends and supporters of Palestine are our friends and supporters, and its enemies are our enemies. This has been our policy in the past, and so it shall remain.

“The defense of Palestine is the real proof that one is defending Islam and the Koran; one who hears your call and does not come to your aid is not a Muslim.

“With God’s permission and help, the dawn of victory will soon come, and its refreshing breezes will stir the soul, as the death knell of the invading Zionists will be heard.”

“We hope for the day on which God will permit us to stand by your side and lead us to [realize] our perpetual hope to die as martyrs for the sake of Palestine.

“Your brother, Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani.”