1884 A Forewarning Of The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

January 20, 2010New York City isn’t immune to earthquakes; a couple of small tremors measuring about 2.5 on the Richter scale even struck back in 2001 and 2002.But on August 10, 1884, a more powerful earthquake hit. Estimated from 4.9 to 5.5 in magnitude, the tremor made houses shake, chimneys fall, and residents wonder what the heck was going on, according to a New York Times article two days later.The quake was subsequently thought to have been centered off Far Rockaway or Coney Island.It wasn’t the first moderate quake, and it won’t be the last. In a 2008 Columbia University study, seismologists reported that the city is crisscrossed with several fault lines, one along 125th Street. With that in mind, New Yorkers should expect a 5.0 or higher earthquake centered here every 100 years, the seismologists say.

Translation: We’re about 30 years overdue. Lucky for us the city adopted earthquake-resistant building codes in 1995.1884 A Forewarning Of The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12) 1884 A Forewarning Of The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

The Political Movement of the Antichrist Has Quietly Come to … – Latest Tweet by Reuters

The latest Tweet by Reuters states, ‘The political movement of nationalist Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has quietly come to dominate the apparatus of the Iraqi state, and is poised to be the biggest winner in October’s election …’

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The Political Movement of Nationalist Shi’ite Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr Has Quietly Come to … – Latest Tweet by Reuters

The latest Tweet by Reuters states, ‘The political movement of nationalist Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has quietly come to dominate the apparatus of the Iraqi state, and is poised to be the biggest winner in October’s election …’

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Biden’s great delusion about the Iranian nuclear horn: Daniel 8

Biden declares Iran will never get a nuclear weapon ‘on my watch

The comments came in an Oval Office meeting with Israel’s outgoing president and after the U.S. launched airstrikes on Iranian-linked facilities.

By November 2020, Iran had surpassed previous limits on low-enriched uranium, according to the United Nations nuclear watchdog.

Rivlin is the first high-ranking Israeli official to meet with Biden at the White House, and will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders before he leaves office in early July. Biden said he planned to soon host the new Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, who took office earlier this month.

The Israeli Parliament on June 13 narrowly approved a new coalition government in a 60-59 vote, ousting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after a historic 12 years of leadership. The vote marked the end of a two-year cycle in which the country held four elections, with votes focused on Netanyahu’s fitness to remain prime minister as he faced corruption charges. Netanyahu’s critics have cast him as a polarizing leader who deepened divides in Israeli society, including tensions between Jews and Arabs. 

Bennett now oversees the new fragile coalition, a patchwork of eight parties — with deep-seated ideological divisions — that could crumble if any members decided to depart. Bennett’s party holds just six seats out of 120 in Parliament. 

Political centrist Yair Lapid, the main force behind the coalition, agreed with Bennett that he would rotate to take over as prime minister in two years — if the government still remains. 

Biden was quick to congratulate the new government and said he looked forward to working with Bennett. He said the administration was committed to working with the new government to “advance security, stability, and peace for Israelis, Palestinians, and people throughout the broader region.”

Myah Ward contributed to this report.

New semi-autonomous robot to be deployed outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

The Jaguar traversing through the land (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT)

New semi-autonomous robot to be deployed to Gaza border

The Jaguar is equipped with dozens of sensors, an automated driving system and advanced fire capabilities.

The IDF’s Gaza division will soon deploy a new semi-autonomous robotic ground vehicle called the Jaguar along the border with the Gaza Strip, replacing soldiers along the border where they could be targets by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.Developed over the past year and half by Israel Aerospace Industries in close cooperation with the technological department of the IDF’s Ground Forces Command, it is currently being integrated into the Gaza division.

The Jaguar is equipped with dozens of sensors, an automated driving system, and advanced fire capabilities.

Based on a six-wheeled chassis, it is equipped with a 7.62mm MAG machine gun that can be operated remotely against suspicious objects or people, both while stationary or on the move.

The Jaguar uses high-resolution cameras, dozens of sensors, transmitters and a remote-controlled PA system, and is powered by an electric motor that allows it to patrol the border fence with a low heat signature.

It also has the ability to transmit its precise location to a UAV so that it can be destroyed from the air should it fall into enemy hands.

With IDF observers and commanders in full operational control, the robot can compute a route for itself and then drive itself to the destination. Using its advanced driving system, the Jaguar can also spot and bypass obstacles in its way.

The Jaguar robot traversing the land. (Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

“We have led a groundbreaking technological development – an independent robot that reduces the combat soldier’s friction with the enemy and prevents risks to human life,” Lt.-Col. Nathan Kuperstein, Head of Autonomy and Robotics at the IDF’s Land Technology Division was quoted by the military as saying. “It even knows how to charge itself – almost like an iRobot.”

The Jaguar can be used for a wide range of missions including intelligence, surveillance and armed reconnaissance as well as convoy protection, decoy and attack roles.

By using the robot instead of soldiers, it “thus reduces the risk to human life,” the IDF said in a statement, adding that “the Jaguar is one of the most innovative ground robots of the ‘smart and deadly’ border project in the northern division of the Gaza Strip.”During  Operation Guardian of the Walls, last month, the IDF relied heavily on robots and machine learning, calling the fighting the first “Artificial Intelligence War.”

“For the first time, artificial intelligence was a key component and power multiplier in fighting the enemy,” a senior IDF officer told reporters in May. “This is a first-of-its-kind campaign for the IDF – we implemented new methods of operation and used technological developments that were a force multiplier for the entire IDF.”

As part of the Momentum multi-year program, the Israeli military has been focusing on turning the military into a deadly, hi-tech force, and has invested a significant portion of the military’s plans on innovation and advanced technology.

The IDF’s Combat and Innovation Methods Division was opened last year and is leading plans for developing future weapons systems in order to meet threats the military will likely face in the future.

Hamas And Islamic Jihad Summer Camps Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Hamas And Islamic Jihad Summer Camps In Gaza: A Framework For Jihadi Indoctrination, Military Training

June 28, 2021Palestine | Special Dispatch No. 9417

For over ten years, summer camps for children and teens held in Hamas-controlled Gaza have served as a framework for inculcating an extremist ideology that glorifies jihad, terror and armed struggle against Israel with the aim of “liberating Palestine from the river to the sea.” The camps, most of which are operated by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), also provide military training, such as practice with knives and firearms (in some cases with live ammunition); hand-to-hand combat; marching and foot drills, obstacle courses and tunnel combat. Campers also stage plays and enact scenes of fighting and capturing Israeli soldiers or firing rockets into Israel. Many activities are themed around the liberation of Palestine,  Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, or deal with commemorating and glorifying terrorists.

Recruitment and registration for the camps is carried out via the Hamas and PIJ websites and social media, and at booths manned by Hamas and PIJ operatives at mosques and other public spaces across the Gaza Strip. Hamas and PIJ officials attend the camps’ opening and graduation ceremonies and deliver speeches there.

Over the years, MEMRI has published reports and videos documenting the summer camps and their activities, as well as statements by Hamas and PIJ officials describing their character and goals.[1] 


Teens training at Hamas and PIJ camps (Sources: Tlae3Camps.ps, June 27, 2021; paltoday.ps, June 26, 2021)

This year’s summer camps started this week. The following are details about them and photos from their first days of activity. 

Military Training At Summer Camps Operated By Hamas’ Military Wing

Registration for Hamas’ “Pioneers of Liberation” camps, operated by the organization’s military wing, the ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, was held on June 14-18, 2021.  This year’s camps have been dubbed “Sword of Jerusalem,” which is Hamas’ name for its latest round of fighting with Israel, in May 2021. There are camps for four age groups: junior high school students, high school students,  university students and older adults. According to the Telegram channel of the ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, “the goal of the camps is to fan the flames of jihad among the generation of liberation, instill Islamic values and prepare the long-awaited army for the liberation of Palestine.”[2] 


Registration booth for the “Pioneers of Liberation – Sword of Jerusalem camps” (Source: T.me/Tlae3Camps, June 17, 2021)

The spokesperson for the Hamas summer camps, “Abu Bilal,” announced the opening of the camps at a June 26, 2021 press conference, and stressed that the Al-Qassam Brigades have held the “Pioneers of Liberation” camps for about a decade “out of belief in the role of the young people and a sense of responsibility for the [younger] generation.” He added that “the young people have [always] been the ones to carry out armed operations, and were the fuel of the intifadas and uprisings, including the Al-Quds Intifada [of 2015-2016],[3] the Marches of Return [on the Gaza border in 2018-2019][4] and the recent uprising at Al-Aqsa [in May 2021].”  Abu Bilal stated further that the Al-Qassam’s summer camps have several goals, including “instilling Islamic values and national values in the young people, as well as a spirit of faith in Allah, courage, hope, honor, a sense of belonging to this sacred land [Palestine] and readiness for the stage of liberation and return.” The Al-Qassam Brigades, he elaborated, want to provide Palestinians of all ages with “a basic [level of] military training and skill with light weapons, just like all the peoples that have suffered occupation.”[5]

In a promotional video posted June 25 by the Al-Qassam Brigades on Telegram, Hamas’s “Pioneers of Liberation” campers, wearing Hamas military fatigues, practice shooting anti-tank missiles at an Israeli bus and tank, infiltrating an IDF outpost, and liberating the Al-Aqsa Mosque, among other simulated military training activities. To view the video, click on the player below:

https://www.memri.org/player/clip/52685/780,440/1

After the camps started, the Al-Qassam website posted many photos from their first day:[6]

Operatives of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, greet the campers

Weapons and combat training under the tutelage of Al-Qassam operatives

Campers train using a shooting simulator

Campers carry out close order drills and run obstacle courses

Military Training At Summer Camps Operated By The PIJ Military Wing

Registration for the summer camps run by the PIJ military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, was held on June 17-22, 2021 in mosques across the Gaza Strip. The name given to these summer camps was similar to that of the Hamas camps: “Sword of Jerusalem – The Promise Draws Near.”[7] Intended for teens aged 14-17, they will be held between June 26 and July 15.[8] The spokesperson for the PIJ summer camps, Ahmad Al-Ra’i , explained that teens of these ages need to be “purged” of “distorted” values and imbued with values of “patriotism, jihad and resistance.” He added that the Al-Quds Brigades had been surprised by the turnout, which “far exceeded” the expected number (10,000), and that the activities at the camps would include “culture and entertainment; jihad, military and security activities; combat and self-defense [training], as well as lessons on shari’a, religion and jihad.” The religion, culture and indoctrination activities, he explained, will be held in mosques, whereas the other activities will be held at PIJ military camps, where participants will be “familiarized with military culture and jihadi and military activity and with the stages of the Al-Quds Brigades’ operations, and given basic military training in [the use of] firearms and in self-defense.”[9]

PIJ political bureau member Khader Habib explained at a press conference that the objective of the camps is “to prepare a generation of resistance raised to liberate and conquer the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque  from the Israeli occupation and to remove the alien corn [i.e., Israel] that was planted by the West and took over Palestine… [The goal is] to prepare the generation of victory, so that it will launch the campaign to [liberate] Jerusalem, which is a campaign of the [entire] Arab and Islamic nation… Our [Palestinian] people is the spearhead of the struggle against the Zionist enterprise…”[10]


PIJ official Khader Habib at the camps’ opening ceremony (Source: Paltoday.ps, June 26, 2021)

The following are photos of the first day at the PIJ summer camps:[11]

The campers run a military-style obstacle course:

Military training with smoke and fire:

Practicing “tunnel combat”:


[1] For information on previous Hamas and PIJ summer camps, see MEMRI reports:

Special Dispatch No. 9411 – Hamas’ Camps For Children And Youth – A Means Of Indoctrination For Jihad And Martyrdom, Imparting Military Skills – June 24, 2021;

Special Dispatch No. 8242 – Blog Post On Website Of Qatar’s Al-Jazeera Network Praises Hamas Summer Camps And Its Efforts To ‘Raise A Generation That Believes In The Duty Of Jihad’ – August 26, 2019.

Special Reports – Hamas Military Wing ‘Izz Al-‎Din Al-Qassam Brigades Launches Facebook Page For Its ‘Liberation Vanguards’ Military Summer Camps – July 22, 2019.

Special Dispatch No. 6151 – Hamas Summer Camp Graduation in Gaza: Teen Cadets Demonstrate Military Training, “Capture” Israeli Soldier – July 31, 2017;

Special Dispatch No. 6145 – Hamas Military Wing Summer Camp: Teens Enact Scenes from Al-Aqsa Mosque Standoff, “Kill” Israeli Soldiers, “Liberate” Al-Aqsa Mosque – July 19, 2017;Special Dispatch No. 7046 – Motto Of Hamas Summer Camps This Year: ‘Marching On Jerusalem’; Their Goal: To Train The Generation That Will Liberate Palestine, Jerusalem – August 8, 2017;Special Dispatch No. 6560 – Al-Quds Intifada Summer Camps In Gaza Offer Training In Stabbing, Firearms, Tunnel Combat – August 8, 2016;

Special Dispatch No. 5025 – Hamas Summer Camps in Gaza Train Youth in Warfare, Instill Spirit of Jihad – July 27, 2015;

Special Dispatch No. 6093 – Intense Campaign By Hamas’s Military Wing To Recruit Youths For Its Summer Camps – July 6, 2015;

Special Dispatch No. 5778 – Hamas Summer Camps: Liberating Palestine With Rockets, Rifles, And Pistols – July 24, 2014;

Special Dispatch No. 5339 – Motto Of Hamas’s Summer Camps In Gaza This Year: ‘The Generation Of Return‘ – June 18, 2013;

Special Dispatch No. 5333 – In Islamic Jihad Summer Camp In Gaza, Boys Practice Kidnapping Soldiers And Firing Guns Using Live Ammunition – June 13, 2013.

[2] T.me/Tlae3Camps, alqassam.ps, June 13, 2021.

[3] On this terror wave see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 6627 – Wave Of Incitement On Palestinian Social Media Pages Following Recent Spike In Attacks On Israelis – September 26, 2016.

[4] On these marches see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 7476 – The ‘Great Return March’ Campaign: An Initiative Sponsored By Hamas, Whose Goal Was To Breach The Border Fence, Penetrate Israeli Territory – May 18, 2018.

[5] T.me/Tlae3Camps, alqassam.ps, June 26, 2021.

[6] Al-Qassam.ps, June 26-27, 2021.

[7] The name is a reference to the latest round of fighting with Israel and also to Quran 21:97, which states that “the time for the fulfilment of the true promise of Allah [i.e., the Day of Judgement] draws near.”

[8] Paltoday.ps, June 17, 2021.

[9] Paltoday.ps, June 25, 2021.

[10] Paltoday.ps, June 26, 2021.

[11] Paltoday.ps, June 26, 2021.

U.S. strikes on Iran-backed militias may destroy the nuclear deal

Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi during his first news conference in Tehran on June 21. 
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U.S. strikes on Iran-backed militias test Ebrahim Raisi and nuclear talks

  • Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi during his first news conference in Tehran on June 21. | AFP-JIJI

The latest U.S. airstrikes on Iranian-backed militia groups come at a delicate time for Washington and Tehran, with a conservative president-elect in Iran and talks expected to restart shortly on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

U.S. President Joe Biden ordered strikes on “operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq” on Sunday evening Washington time to deter future attacks on U.S. interests in Iraq, where the U.S. is aiding government forces in efforts to defeat Islamic State, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.

Kirby’s statement made clear that Iran was the common denominator in the targets but also that the U.S. move was meant to be defensive in nature.

“Given the ongoing series of attacks by Iran-backed groups targeting U.S. interests in Iraq, the president directed further military action to disrupt and deter such attacks,” Kirby said. “The United States took necessary, appropriate and deliberate action designed to limit the risk of escalation — but also to send a clear and unambiguous deterrent message.”

The strikes could mark an early test for Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, who takes office in August and has been seen as a harder-line leader than departing President Hassan Rouhani. Yet the fact that the U.S. hit Iranian proxies outside the country could give both sides plausible deniability to avoid escalating tensions.

Even before the military strikes, indirect talks in Vienna aimed at getting the U.S. and Iran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — were already dragging past initial timetables. The negotiations took a pause for Iran’s elections earlier this month and weren’t expected to restart until early July.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the airstrikes would force a postponement in those meetings, but it’s not the first time the Biden administration has carried out such a move. His first military action as president in February involved airstrikes in eastern Syria on sites connected to Iranian-backed groups after a series of rocket attacks on facilities in Iraq used by the U.S., including one that killed a contractor working with the U.S.-led coalition in the country.

Whatever Raisi’s calculus as president-elect, the latest U.S. strikes and the ones in February are likely to be far less provocative than then-President Donald Trump’s move to kill a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, outside Baghdad’s airport in early 2020. That move sparked fears of a resurgence of Iranian-sponsored terrorist activities or even a broader war between Iran and the U.S.

Now the bigger risk may be to the timetable for the nuclear talks. Even before the latest military tensions, Iran had missed a deadline to renew its temporary atomic-monitoring pact with international inspectors, raising the prospect that it could delete sensitive enrichment information and complicating the broader negotiations in Vienna.

The government in Tehran has yet to inform monitors whether it will renew the agreement after earlier saying it would make a decision following the pact’s expiration at midnight on Thursday. Iran let a previous deadline lapse by 24 hours last month before agreeing to extend the pact, which preserves video and enrichment data captured at Iranian nuclear installations.

Intrusive inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency were originally seen as the centerpiece of Iran’s landmark 2015 agreement with world powers, which verifiably rolled back its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. Though he is weeks from officially taking power, Raisi last week demanded an end to U.S. sanctions on his country and Washington’s fully compliant return to the 2015 nuclear accord.

U.S. officials say Iran, which has been enriching uranium beyond levels agreed to in the nuclear deal, should take the first step to return to compliance.

The U.S. strikes could temporarily stifle criticism — mostly among Republicans — that the Biden administration’s efforts to reach a new agreement with Iran represent a capitulation to the Islamic Republic after years in which Trump ramped up pressure on Tehran.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Italy and will likely face questions about the U.S. actions and potential repercussions following meetings with officials there. Over the weekend, Blinken met with Israel’s foreign minister, Yair Lapid, who said his country has “serious reservations” about the talks in Vienna.

Russia encounters the British nuclear horn in the Black Sea: Daniel 7

Sailing Into Troubled Waters. Russia Counters Britain in the Black Sea

No one in Moscow expects the West to accept Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea in the foreseeable future. However, dismissing the reality carries a price one should understand before taking the risk of actually having to fight.

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The U.K.-Russia incident off the Crimea coast highlights Britain’s new role in the international system. It features the newly baptized “Global Britain” as a proactive member of the U.S.-led coalition that seeks to reassert the West’s global leadership against the challenge of China and the actions of Russia. In doing so, London is willing to go to the edge and take non-negligible risks.

Before, as in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United Kingdom was the first responder to U.S. calls for joint action. Now, Britain has demonstrated that in some cases it can lead the way. Until this week, Russia’s sovereignty in Crimea had been directly challenged only in 2018 by Ukrainian navy boats sent by then president Petro Poroshenko from Odessa to the Sea of Azov. Now, the message of non-recognition of Russia’s incorporation of Crimea was delivered by HMS Defender, which sailed into the 12-mile territorial waters not far from Sevastopol. This potentially presages a new, riskier level of confrontation.

The current incident is more serious than the 2018 one not only because of who the challenger is, but also because of when the challenge was made. London’s apparent testing of the Kremlin’s red lines came less than a week after the meeting in Geneva between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden. In response, Russian forces sailed and flew close to the British ship, fired warning shots, and —according to the Russian defense ministry — dropped bombs to make HMS Defender change course.

A BBC report from aboard the ship indicated that the ship’s crew had been ready from the start for some sort of a physical clash with the Russian forces. The Russian interpretation of this fact is that HMS Defender’s mission was a premeditated provocation, designed to make the Russians use force to dispel the new “spirit of Geneva,” but the motivation for the voyage was probably to dismiss rather than test Russia’s red lines. The situation should become clearer as developments unfold: will this week’s incident remain a one-off event, or will similar attempts be made in the future?

Simply put, fresh attempts to expose Russian “red line” deterrence as hollow — whether on the ground, in the air, or at sea — would push Moscow to defend what it cannot give up without losing its self-respect. This would almost inevitably lead to clashes and casualties, which would carry the risk of further escalation.

Should this happen, Russia-NATO confrontation would deteriorate literally to the point of brinkmanship, a truly bleak scenario. Red lines, of course, are not there to be accepted, merely acknowledged. No one in Moscow expects the West to accept Russia’s sovereignty over Crimea in the foreseeable future. However, dismissing the reality carries a price one should understand before taking the risk of actually having to fight.

Britain has fewer reservations about confronting Russia than some other European NATO member states. The recent UK national security strategy is candid in naming Russia the main security threat to Britain and the West. Thus, U.K.-Russia relations, in an increasingly deeper freeze for the past decade and a half, are possibly moving to a hot zone.

The location of the incident with HMS Defender — not far from Sevastopol — readily brings back memories of the Crimean War, itself part of the bitter Great Game, a hybrid rivalry between two empires across Eurasia. Those days are gone forever, but the fighting spirit is alive and well on both sides.

In the 2020s, the risks of war between the major powers are higher than they were a half-century ago. Presidents Biden and Putin, by reasserting the maxim that nuclear war can never be won and should never be fought, rightly focused on strategic stability issues. But there is more to stability than strategic nuclear weapons and cybersecurity.

One likely path to war in the XXI century is an inadvertent escalation arising out of an incident, e.g., in the Baltic and the Black Sea, or local conflict, such as in Donbas, that gets out of hand. Even as efforts are made to better manage or even somewhat regulate U.S.-Russian confrontation, preventing dangerous encounters between Russian and NATO countries’ forces should be the absolute top priority for both sides.

This article was first published by the Carnegie Moscow Center.