Biblical – Prophetic Events Happening Worldwide…2019
Published on Aug 26, 2019
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Matthew 24:3-14 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Prophecy Update End Times News Headlines – 8/24/19
Published on Aug 25, 2019
Prophecy Update End Times News Headlines – 8/24/19 It’s Later Than You Think… Time is Short! A fast-paced highlight and review of the major news stories and headlines that relate to Bible Prophecy and the End Times… All the signs of the last days are converging at the same time. Bible Prophecy is happening right before our eyes and like birth pains, the predicted events are happening more frequently and more intently. Never, in the history throughout the world have so many forces, including economic, scientific, techno-logic, ecologic, cultural, geopolitical, moral, spiritual and religion, converged together to bring this world that’s already teetering over the edge into the abyss, to a point of no return. Jesus said when you see all these signs happening, know that I am near, even at the door.
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Published on Aug 25, 2019
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BLAST OFF North Korea launches ballistic missiles over Sea of Japan in second test in a week
Published on Aug 24, 2019
North Korea launches more missiles AGAIN – the 7th in a month.
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John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST (Those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Saviour) IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER’S 6 to 22:
Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
so won’t you accept Jesus now and be removed from that event and live forever with Jesus in the Family of God?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
EDOM OR ELAM?
QUESTIONS: I have a question regarding the descendants of edom. In Joel Rosenberg’s novel The Ezekial Option, some Iranians claim that they are descended from the Edomites and that Iran is in danger of God’s judgment upon the edomites. Are some Iranians descended from edom? And if so, could Obadiahs prophecy against edom be a warning for Iran? Thanks for your ministry and God bless.
ANSWER: The Iranians are the modern day Persians who originated in Elam, not Edom. Edom was the birthplace of the Ammonites and the Moabites and was later inhabited by the family of Esau, Jacob’s brother. Edom got its name from Esau, and is called Jordan today. Elam was located further east on the other side of Iraq, where Iran is today.
Obadiah prophesied against the Edomites who were driven out of their capital (Petra) by the Nabateans, a Bedouin people descended from Ishmael, in fulfillment of Obadiah’s prophecy. Many believe that during the Great Tribulation, the Jordanians will hide believing Jews in Petra where God will protect them against the anti-Christ. The area is called Bosrah in Isaiah 63.
EDOM FIRST, THEN JERUSALEM
QUESTION: Isaiah 63 tells us about Jesus destroying Edom, when you compare this with Revelation 19:11-16 it almost sounds like Jesus does this before he brings the armies out of heaven. Am I just reading this wrong?
ANSWER: Isaiah 63 shows the Lord coming from Edom, having apparently been engaged in battle there. In verse 2 He’s asked,
“Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the wine press?
In verse 3 He replies.
“I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing.”
Then in Rev 19:13 we read,
“He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.” And verse 15 adds, “He treads the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.”
From this comparison it seems clear that upon His return, the Lord first sees to the safety of the remnant of Israel in the desert, and then comes to Jerusalem to defeat the anti-Christ.
WHY PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM?
QUESTIONS: On several occasions I’ve been asked something like, “If this is a great cosmic problem that won’t ever be solved until the 2nd coming, how can our prayers help?” Here are some good reasons why we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
ANSWER: 1st, speaking of the Jewish people the Lord said,
“Whoever touches you touches the apple of my eye” (Zech. 2:9)
and to tribulation survivors He’ll say,
“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40).
I know it breaks His heart to see the way His city has been defiled by hate and bloodshed. As Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision has said, “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” It’s good for us to be on the Lord’s side.
2nd, He has commanded it and rewards us for obedience. All of Psalm 122 speaks of the special nature of Jerusalem, the one place on Earth God specifically chose for His dwelling, and promises prosperity to those who pray for its peace.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. (Psalm 122:6 KJV)
And 3rd, when you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, you’re praying for the Messiah to come and establish His Kingdom. Maybe that’s the best reason of all. You can almost hear the Footsteps of the Messiah.
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Rev. 6:5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
Rev. 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine
MASSIVE EARTH CHANGES/EARTHQUAKES/VOLCANOES ETC:
2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
CHRISTIAN AND RELIGIOUS WORLD NEWS:
Matt. 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
Matt. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another
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MIDDLE EAST AND WORLD WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNSTABLE FINANCIALLY, POLITICALLY, PHYSICALLY, MORALLY, GODLY: – AND BECOMING MORE SO DAILY. (WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS (MATT 24:8)
THE BIBLE STATES THAT IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE BEFORE THE START OF THE TRIBULATION OF MANKIND – (REVELATION 6)
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
JEREMIAH 49: PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Possible Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
ISRAELI AIR FORCE SATURDAY STRIKES IRANIAN FORCES IN DAMASCUS TO STOP IRAN FROM LAUNCHING DRONE ATTACK AT TARGETS IN NORTHERN ISRAEL
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the military had thwarted the planned Iranian attack. “Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our forces operate in every sector against the Iranian aggression,” he said on Twitter. Syrian state media said Syrian air defences intercepted “hostile targets” over Damascus, the capital, Saturday night. Witnesses in Damascus said they heard and saw explosions in the sky.
Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus that had been planning to launch “killer drones” at targets in Israel, an Israeli military spokesman said.
Israel and Iran are not ‘going to war’, they have been at war and fighting each other openly for quite sometime now. Israel has made hundreds of attacks on Iranian targets in Syria, and Iran continues to attack Israel through their Hamas proxies in the Gaza Strip. This under the radar war has produced hundreds of casualties with thousands injured, and no end in sight to the hostilities.
Hezbollah in Lebanon blasted Israel on Sunday after two drones, one being armed, crashed in the Lebanese capital of Beirut early Sunday morning, shortly after the Israeli military said it foiled an Iranian drone attack against northern Israel from Syria. Calling the “Israeli aggression” on the southern suburbs of Beirut a “blatant attack on Lebanon and the integrity of its territory,” Aoun said that Israel’s “aggression is a threat to regional stability.”
ISRAEL HITS IRANIAN FORCE IN SYRIA TO STOP ‘KILLER DRONES’ – MILITARY
FROM REUTERS: “The strike targeted Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias which were preparing to advance attack plans targeting sites in Israel from within Syria over the last number of days,” the military said in a statement.
The elite Quds Force is the overseas arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters the forces on Thursday had been preparing to launch “killer drones” armed with explosives at northern Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the military had thwarted the planned Iranian attack. “Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our forces operate in every sector against the Iranian aggression,” he said on Twitter.
Syrian state media said Syrian air defences intercepted “hostile targets” over Damascus, the capital, Saturday night. Witnesses in Damascus said they heard and saw explosions in the sky.
“The aggression is ongoing and air defences are confronting hostile targets and are downing most of them in the southern region,” state media outlet SANA said, indicating areas south of Damascus.
The Syrian army said in a statement that “the majority of the Israeli missiles were destroyed before reaching their targets.” Conricus, however, said the impact of the Israeli strikes was “significant.”
Israel says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against Iranian targets trying to establish a permanent military presence there and against advanced weapon shipments to Tehran-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah.
Iran and Hezbollah are helping President Bashar al-Assad in the eight-year Syria war. Russia, which is also aiding Assad, has largely turned a blind eye to the Israeli air strikes. Netanyahu spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, the Israeli leader’s office said.
On Thursday, Netanyahu hinted of possible Israeli involvement in a series of blasts in the past few weeks that have hit weapon depots and bases belonging to paramilitary groups in Iraq, many of them backed by Iran.
On Wednesday, the PMF, the umbrella grouping of Iraq’s mostly Shi’ite Muslim paramilitary groups, said the United States had allowed four Israeli drones to enter the region accompanying U.S. forces and carry out missions on Iraqi territory. The U.S.-led coalition, in Iraq to fight remnants of the Islamic State group, dismissed the statement and the Pentagon denied it. READ MORE:
Israeli Warplanes Bombed an Iranian Military Base in Syria
The success of Israel’s security forces, intelligence bodies and air force in thwarting Iran’s plans to carry out a high-profile attack using drones launched from Syria is far from the last we will see of the war that has been raging in the Middle East in recent years.
This is not an Iranian-Israeli clash or war over the future of Syria. The events of the past week only underline the wide-reaching extent of this fight, which is sometimes waged covertly and sometimes breaks into the open: Attacks reportedly carried out by Israel on Shiite militias in Iraq; Iranian plans to launch UAVs from Syria into Israel as revenge; two drones going down in Hezbollah stronghold Dahiyeh in southern Beirut early Sunday; and all the while a surfeit of attacks carried out by the Houthis, Iran’s allies in Yemen, against various Saudi Arabian targets.
In Israel, they refer to all of this as a fight between wars. Sunni Arab states, though, see Iran literally trying to create a modern Persian empire stretching anywhere there are Shiites.
Tehran, under the guidance of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and military leadership of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force, is trying to overturn the old and familiar structure of the Middle East and redraw the map of the region.
Iran’s advance in the massive geographical theaters of Iraq and Syria has become mainly an Israeli mission.
But even the string of Israeli successes in these areas is not expected to stop Iran from spreading out. Tehran has been beholden in recent years to a doctrine that focuses on exercising control in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and beyond.
Iran has tough financial problems and hardships faced by the average citizen like rising prices, poverty, drugs and prostitution in large cities, but these all take a backseat to the megalomaniacal games played by Soleimani and his IRGC buddies.
Billions of dollars are spent keeping arms flowing to Hezbollah in Lebanon, putting bases in Syria, waging endless war against the Saudis in Yemen and, of course, sending thousands of freelance militiamen, including from Pakistan and Afghanistan, to build up Shiite strongholds in Iraq.
But Israel is not going to just allow the Iranians to put a foothold where they want. And this means that the level of fighting between Iran and Israel will only ratchet higher and higher. Along the way, it may change shape in some ways; it’s eminently possible that, instead of drones, we’ll see an Iranian attempt to take revenge through some other sort of attack.
The contours of Israel’s actions may also shift away from the familiar routine of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq (according to foreign reports, of course; Israel doesn’t admit carrying them out).
Israel has shown more than once that it knows how to take out dominant Shiite-Iranian personalities, like Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh in 2008 and his son Jihad Mughniyeh in 2015.
According to American reports, while tracking the senior Mughniyeh, an opportunity opened up to assassinate Soleimani, but it was stopped by the US government, then under president George W. Bush.
Should the opportunity to hit Soleimani present itself to the US or Israel now, it’s unlikely there would be anyone in either government to call off the attack again.
The Times of Israel is liveblogging Sunday’s events as they happen.
IDF chief Aviv Kohavi says IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani personally led the plot to attack a number of targets in northern Israel with explosives-laden attack drones from Syria.
“The person who led this attack and commanded it was Qassem Soleimani personally. He funded, coached and trained Shiite operatives, who were supposed to carry it out,” Kohavi says in a video of a meeting in the IDF Northern Command late Saturday night, released by the military.
The army chief warns that the military must “prepare for any eventuality,” as Iran may retaliate against the Israeli strikes.
“We will [prepare] in the best way possible,” he says.
A war monitor raises the death toll from an Israeli strike on Iranian targets in Syria to five.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, two of those killed were operatives from the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah and one was a member of an Iranian militia. It says the identity of the other two casualties are not yet known.
The Israel Defense Forces says the attack drones that Iran intended to use against the Jewish state on Saturday night had been flown into Syria from Tehran several weeks ago, along with a number of Iranian military officials.
According to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, four members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps planned to fly the explosive-laden kamikaze drones into a number of targets in northern Israel.
“Each one of these attack drones would carry several kilograms of explosives,” he says.
Conricus says the military has been monitoring the Iranian plot for “a number of weeks.”
Last Thursday, the IRGC-backed cell first tried to fly these attack drones into northern Israel from the Syrian village Erneh, the IDF spokesman says, but this effort was blocked by the Israeli military.
Conricus refuses to comment on the exact method used to thwart the attack, but says it was “not necessarily kinetic,” appearing to indicate that some method of electronic warfare was employed.
According to the spokesman, the Iranian drones used in the attack were of a similar variety that Tehran-backed militias have used elsewhere in the Middle East, namely by Yemen’s Houthis.
“The modus operandi is similar to what we have seen in other places in the Middle East — in Yemen and Saudi Arabia,” Conricus says.
He says the equipment, as well as a number of operatives, were flown in from Tehran through the international airport of Damascus.
The spokesman says their base of operations was in the village of Aqrabah, near Damascus.
Conricus says Israel sees Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s regime as responsible for the attacks as it aware of the plot and gave it de facto support by allowing it to take place.
An official with Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group claimed two Israeli drones went down in a neighborhood of southern Beirut.
The official said one drone went down and another one exploded near the ground, causing a fire in the Hezbollah stronghold of Dahiyeh.
Iran’s Press TV quoted a Hezbollah official saying the two drones had been downed by the group.
People in the Lebanese capital said a large explosion shook the area and triggered a fire.
They said they heard an aircraft flying just before the blast and reported later that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group sealed off the area. The blast occurred near the group’s media office in the Moawwad district.
Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon regularly and have struck inside neighboring Syria from Lebanese airspace on numerous occasions. Israel also uses drones to monitor Hezbollah activity in southern Lebanon, according to Beirut.
The incident came hours after Israel carried out airstrikes in Syria against what it said was an imminent Iranian drone plot to attack Israel with explosives-laden drones.
Israeli forces in the north have been put on high alert amid fears of a reprisal attack.
A Hezbollah official said Sunday that an Israeli drone went down over the Lebanese capital of Beirut and another exploded in the air, amid regional tensions between Israel and Iran.
Residents of the Iranian-backed group’s stronghold in southern Beirut reported one large explosion that shook the area early Sunday, triggering a fire. They said the nature of the blast in the Moawwad neighborhood was not immediately clear, but said it ighty have been caused by an Israeli drone that went down in the area amid Israeli air activity in neighboring Syria.
They said they heard an aircraft flying just before the blast and reported later that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group sealed off the area. The blast occurred near the militant group’s media office in the Moawwad district.
The Hezbollah official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as the person was not authorized to speak on the record to journalists. No details were immediately available.
Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon regularly and have struck inside neighboring Syria from Lebanese airspace on numerous occasions.
A few hours earlier, late Saturday, the Israeli military attacked targets near Syria’s capital of Damascus in what it said was a successful effort to thwart an imminent Iranian drone strike on Israel, stepping up an already heightened campaign against Iranian military activity in the region.
The late-night airstrike, which triggered Syrian anti-aircraft fire, appeared to be one of the most intense attacks by Israeli forces in several years of hits on Iranian targets in Syria.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Al Quds force, working with allied Shiite militias, had been planning to send a number of explosives-laden attack drones into Israel.
On Twitter, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the attack by Israeli warplanes a “major operational effort.”
Syrian state TV said the country’s air defenses had responded to “hostile” targets over Damascus and shot down incoming missiles before they reached their targets.
In recent days, U.S. officials have said that Israeli strikes have also hit Iranian targets in Iraq.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Sunday condemned Israel for allegedly sending drones that fell over southern Beirut, calling it a “blatant attack on Lebanon’s sovereignty.”
“This new aggression… forms a threat to regional stability and an attempt to push the situation towards more tension,” Hariri said in a statement.
Hariri also charged that it was in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War between Israel and terror group Hezbollah.
A Hezbollah spokesman said earlier that an armed Israeli drone exploded outside the organization’s propaganda offices in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, causing damage to the structure. Another Hezbollah spokesman said later that a second drone crashed, causing no damage, and was being studied by the terror group. He denied reports that Hezbollah had shot down the drones.
Several well-connected Israeli commentators, including a former IDF general, said the drones appeared to in fact be of Iranian origin.
The Lebanese military confirmed Hezbollah’s claim, saying in a statement, “Two of the Israeli enemy’s drones penetrated Lebanese airspace above the Madi neighborhood in the southern suburb of Beirut. The first fell to the ground and the second exploded in the air, only causing material damages.”
Official Lebanese state media later released a photograph of the quadcopter-style UAV that crashed. The models used appeared to be civilian drones with extremely limited range that the Israeli military would likely be unable or uninterested in using for a sensitive operation like conducting reconnaissance in a Hezbollah stronghold.
Israeli fighter jets carried out airstrikes in Syria to thwart a planned attack on Israel by Iran-backed fighters using armed drones, the Israel Defense Forces said Saturday night.
The Israeli military said its strike late Saturday targeted operatives from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force as well as Shiite militias who had been planning on sending “kamikaze” attack drones into Israel armed with explosives.
“The IDF, by Israeli aircraft, was able to thwart an Iranian attempt led by the Quds force from Syria to conduct an attack on Israeli targets in northern Israel using killer drones,” military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters.
Conricus said Israel had monitored the plot for several months and on Thursday prevented Iran from making an “advanced attempt” to execute the same plan. Then, Iran tried again late Saturday to carry out the same attack, he said.
According to Conricus, the Israeli attack targeted “a number of terror targets and military facilities belonging to the Quds force as well as Shiite militias.”
“This was a significant plan with significant capabilities that had been planned for a few months,” Conricus said. “It was not something done on a low level, but rather top down from the Quds Force.”
He said the Iranian attack was believed to be “very imminent.”
Conricus also noted that while Iranian forces had launched rockets and missiles at Israel from Syria three times during 2018, the use of “kamikaze” drones set to explode on their targets was a new and “different tactic.”
“The threat was significant and these killer drones were capable of striking targets with significant capacity,” he said.
The rare Israeli announcement of a strike inside Syria came minutes after Syrian state television reported air defenses were activated against hostile targets.
The SANA state news agency claimed that “most of the hostile Israeli missiles were destroyed before reaching their targets.”
“The attack was dealt with immediately and efficiently,” SANA said.
It was not immediately clear if there were casualties in the strike.
There was no immediate comment from Iran on the attack.
Conricus said Israel’s chief of staff was meeting with senior officers and forces were on high alert near the Syrian frontier. Hebrew-language media reported that an Iron Dome anti-missile battery had been deployed to northern Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Israeli strike a “major operational effort.”
Several explosions were heard in the sky over the Syrian Capital of Damascus on Saturday night, a correspondent reported.
Several explosions over Damascus were reported by a correspondent around 11:20 pm (8:20 pm GMT) local time. Minutes later SANA agency reported that Syrian air defences were repelling ‘enemy targets’ over the city.
Later, an Israeli military spokesman claimed that Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus to prevent a drone attack on Israel.
BREAKING: We just prevented a pending, large-scale attack of multiple killer drones on Israel by striking Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite Militia targets in Syria.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 24, 2019
This is not the first such instance. In July, a correspondent from the scene also reported that a series of powerful blasts had rocked the skies over Damascus. Back then, a Syrian military source reported that the missile attacks were carried out by the Israeli Air Force. Back then, the attack resulted in four people being killed and 21 more wounded, according to the local media data.
Israel has previously admitted to carrying out “hundreds” of air attacks against Syria in recent years, saying that the strikes were aimed at countering alleged Iranian and Iranian-linked presence in the war-torn country. Damascus has condemned the attacks as a blatant violation of international law. Iran has said that its presence in Syria has been limited to helping Damascus fighting terror groups.
DRONING ON AND ON: 8 THINGS TO KNOW FOR AUGUST 25
https://www.timesofisrael.com/droning-on-and-on-8-things-to-know-for-august-25/ – By Joshua Davidovich
Israeli strikes in Syria against Iran, rising violence in the West Bank, and Likud aiming fire at the attorney general, it’s all somehow so familiar, yet there’s still much to say
DRONE WARS: Israel carried out airstrikes on Iranian forces in Syria late Saturday night, but unlike the case with other such strikes, it quickly owned up to them, with the IDF alleging a massive plot by Iran to fly explosives-laden drones into the country and carry out attacks.
Army spokesman Jonathan Cornicus is quoted telling AFP that while Iranian forces had launched rockets and missiles at Israel from Syria three times during 2018, the use of “kamikaze” drones set to explode on their targets was a new and “different tactic.”
He is quoted in AP saying that the army believed the attack was “imminent,” and that the army had seen Iran try to execute it on Thursday and again Saturday night.
The news agency says the attack “appeared to be one of the most intense attacks by Israeli forces in several years of hits on Iranian targets in Syria,” though there is not much indication as to how many sites were struck, or casualties.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it knows of one civilian killed during the strikes, though it’s unclear if they were killed by the Israeli strike or Syrian anti-aircraft fire, which is famous for not always hitting its target.
Reuters, quoting the ILNA semi-official Iranian state media site, cites someone it calls call a senior IRGC official denying that Israel hit any of its forces in Syria. However Israeli researcher Raz Zimmt notes on Twitter that the person quoted, Mohsen Rezaei, is no such thing.
“He left the IRGC in 1997. Today he is the head of a body that sets the regime’s agenda, a body that has almost no intervention in security matters, and he is not seen as having weight on any level regarding security and is not an official Iranian spokesperson,” he writes.
AN ENIGMA WRAPPED IN A STRONGHOLD: While Israel was open about striking inside Syria — a rarity — reports of drones falling and exploding in Beirut hours later are shrouded in an equal amount of mystery.
While most Western outlets report Hezbollah saying one drone “fell” while another “exploded in the air” above the group’s stronghold in southern Beirut, Iran’s Press TV reports that Hezbollah claimed to have brought the two down.
However, Hezbollah spokesman Muhammad Afif later says one drone crashed into the group’s media center, causing damage, while another fell harmlessly.
According to AP, after the incident, Hezbollah put the area of the explosion on lockdown and did not let journalists take pictures or video.
Some reports on social media indicate the exploding drone had been targeting a car, with some assuming that it had been an assassination attempt somehow tied to the Iran drone plot in Syria.
BBC producer Riam Dalati tweets that an eyewitness told him, “We saw it drop something, a grenade or an IED. We started pelting it with rocks, it ran away then crashed. But the IED it had previously dropped detonated.”
Former military official Amos Yadlin tells Army Radio that he does not think the drones were actually Israeli. “Maybe they were trying to take off from there,” he theorizes.
IRGSEE YOU: What Israelis are really interested in, though, is trying to figure out how this figures into the larger Iran-Israel conflict.
Writing for ToI, Avi Issacharoff says that Israel has taken a leading role in a wider Sunni effort against Iranian plans for hegemony across the region: “Israel is not going to just allow them to put a foothold where they want. And this means that the level of fighting between Iran and Israel will only ratchet higher and higher. Along the way, it may change shape in some ways, and it’s possible instead of drones we’ll see an Iranian attempt to take revenge through some other sort of attack.”
In Haaretz, Amos Harel describes the drone plot as designed to avenge reported Israeli attacks on Iranian sites in Iraq, and says the question now is whether and how Iran will try again.
“If it turns out that Iranians were killed in the Israeli strike, including senior officials, the chances of revenge will grow,” he writes.
In Ynet, Ron Ben Yishai describes Iran’s plot in almost comical terms, noting that an Iranian publication on Thursday claimed Israel was in for a drone attack, though that attempt had already failed: “It seems someone didn’t update the Iranian analyst.”
“I wouldn’t want to be [IRGC Quds Force head Qassem] Soleimani now,” Yadlin quips to Army Radio. “The whole world knows he failed again.”
BLABBERBOMBER: Part of the reason the whole world knows is because Israel was not shy about the strikes it had carried out. That includes a tweet sent out by the government in Persian with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s threatening words against Iran accompanied by a video purporting to show a building in flames after the attack.
But not everybody thinks Israel should be talking so loudly. Former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon tells Kan radio that he thinks Netanyahu is trying to use the attack for political purposes: We had a lot of attacks like these and we didn’t run to tell everyone about it.”
Avigdor Liberman, another former defense minister and political rival, also thinks Netanyahu should have shut his yapper: “The bragging is unnecessary, we need to maintain ambiguity.”
Ynet’s Ben Yishai surmises that the public declaration was aimed more at Iran than at Israeli voters. “Israel chose to expose its operations to warn the Iranians from trying something like it in the future, and to show them how much [Israeli] intelligence has penetrated their operation.”
Alon Ben David writes for Channel 13 news that Israel seems to have returned to its policy of ambiguity, pointing to the fog surrounding the Beirut drones.
WITHOUT RINA: The Syrian sorties came after a weekend that saw a deadly attack on a family at a spring outside the West Bank settlement of Dolev.
Rina Shnerb, 17, was killed in the bomb attack and her father and brother injured. A picture of Rina takes up almost the whole front page of Yedioth Ahronoth, which also runs a headline mourning “A hole left in the heart of the nation” by her death.
Many of the stories on the family surround an emotional hospital reunion Saturday night between father Eitan Shnerb and his son Dvir after spending Shabbat being treated for wounds they sustained in the blast.
“We cried after hours in which I didn’t know how he was and was really scared,” Israel Hayom quotes the father saying. “He told me he can’t imagine the world without Rina and I told him we need to stay strong.”
Speaking to Radio 103 Shnerb recalls that after the blast he started to panic but his son told him to call for help. Instead of calling emergency services, though, he accidentally dialed his wife and blurted to her that there was an attack and they were hurt.
“I didn’t want to tell her Rina was dead, even though we knew it then already, and Dvir told me, Dad, don’t tell mom, she needs someone else to tell her so she doesn’t find out like this on the phone.’ so I just said, call them to come quick, there are injuries here, Rina’s in a bad situation and me and Dvir are also hurt.”
WEST BANK DANGERS: Israeli forces spent the weekend searching for the perpetrators, and made some arrests, but have not announced that they found the main suspects.
Channel 12 news quotes Palestinian security officials saying they believe that given the sophistication of the attack, it was likely the work of an organized cell and not a lone wolf, which they call a “dangerous” development.
In Haaretz, Harel notes that taken together with other attacks in the West Bank recently, including a foiled Hamas bomb plot, “It seems this isn’t just a spontaneous wave of individual terrorists, but a sign of local cells getting together, some of them associated with terror groups and operating with the avid encouragement of the West Bank division of Hamas headquarters in Gaza.”
In Israel Hayom, Nadav Shragai claims that just as important a common denominator is the fact that “all the recent attackers … are suckling from the same religious source, the same modern blood libel that ‘Al-Aqsa is in danger,” accusing both the PA and Hamas of spreading inciting lies.
In Yedioth, Shimrit Meir writes that if Israeli authorities don’t get a handle on the uptick in violence, they will have a dangerous development to contend with: “The Gazaization of Judea and Samaria.”
SECOND VOTE, JUST LIKE THE FIRST: While Israel Hayom does fill most of its front page with the Dolev attack, it saves some room on the bottom for an op-ed taking aim at Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit for “intervening” in the electoral process by releasing the draft charge sheet against Netanyahu.
The placement of the story on the front page of a newspaper seen as a mouthpiece for Netanyahu may herald a return by his Likud party to attacking Mandelblit, after mostly laying off of him over the past few months as the election rerun has gotten underway.
While it’s little surprise that season 2 will continue the themes of season 1, the writers of Israeli Election decided to spice things up recently by having Joint List leader Ayman Odeh says he would be willing to join a coalition with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White.
But Gantz is apparently a big fan of season 1 and prefers to keep things how they are.
Given the cold shoulder, Odeh took to Channel 12 to accuse Gantz of racism and a lack of courage: “If he is really for peace, equality, democracy, social justice – he should accept it. But apparently he is against [those].”
In Yedioth, Ben-Dror Yemini also urges Gantz to be open to breaking bread with Odeh, even if the chances of actually forming a coalition with him “are close to zero.”
“Politics isn’t the only important thing. Good will is as well, and when an Arab offers you his hand … you should offer yours back. It’s not too late.”
BURNING BROMANCE: A few weeks late, but along with the rest of the world, the Israeli media has caught on to the massive wildfires raging in the Amazon, covering them as a major news story.
Googling “Amazon” in Hebrew, though, one still finds more stories about the e-tailer’s coming entrance to the Israeli market, and an anti-Semitic shirt it had on offer recently, than about the fire.
ToI’s Sue Surkes writes that Netanyahu, who has cherished his ties with Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro as a tropical Donald Trump, should have spoken up for Planet Earth instead of sticking to his right-wing posse of climate change deniers.
“Brazil is a long way both from Europe and Israel — it is closer to the US — but there’s no chance of intervention from Trump, himself a climate change denier. Nevertheless, the fires are very much the business of us all,” she writes. “The issue simply transcends sovereign boundaries as well as the traditional politics of right and left.”
Hong Kong protests took a violent turn on Saturday following stand-off in working-class neighbourhood
Police fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters who retaliated with stones, bottles and bamboo poles
Protesters are now calling for the removal of ‘smart lampposts’ over fears of increased surveillance
Union head at Cathay Dragon was fired yesterday after she showed support for pro-democracy movement
Incident has added to the chill in the semi-autonomous territory and the fast-spreading sense of ‘white terror’
British Consulate employee in Hong Kong has been released after 15 days of detainment in mainland China
Yesterday, more than 39,000 protesters applied to hold hands to form human chains across Hong Kong
Latest protest in nearly 11-week-old movement that began with calls to scrap now-suspended extradition bill
Hong Kong pro-democracy protests took another violent turn as a standoff in a working-class neighbourhood descended into chaos.
Riot police fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters who retaliated with a barrage of stones, bottles and bamboo poles, breaking an uneasy peace that had lasted several days.
Frontline protesters – known as ‘braves’ – pulled together a barricade of traffic barriers and bamboo construction poles. As the afternoon wore on some fired stones from slingshots, prompting a charge from police, wielding batons and pepper spray.
The protesters called for the removal of ‘smart lampposts’ that raised fears of increased surveillance in the semi-autonomous region. One such lamppost was cut down by demonstrators in Kowloon with an electric saw.
Tears gas swept across the road as protesters retreated, leaving a trail of broken bottles and at least one small fire in their wake.
Several of the black-clad protesters were detained as officers swept through.
Hong Kong’s police force have become the target of the protesters’ ire for their perceived heavy-handed response to the months of demonstrations.
Antipathy has soared towards the police, who have used baton charges, rubber bullets and tear gas against hardcore protesters, but are also accused of beating peaceful demonstrators.
The city had appeared to have pulled back from a nosedive into violence, with the last serious clashes taking place a week and a half ago just after the city’s airport was paralysed by demonstrators.
But tension rippled across Saturday’s march, where a number of frontline radical demonstrators known as ‘braves’ had gathered.
‘I understand being peaceful will not solve the problem,’ 19-year-old student protester Ryan told AFP, giving one name.
‘The government won’t respond to peaceful protest. If I am arrested it is because I come out to speak for justice.’
Police chased hundreds of protesters, holding a line underneath a bridge but threatening a new charge.
‘I’ve never seen Hong Kong in such a situation,’ 65-year-old Dee Cheung told AFP earlier, before explaining why he joined the protests.
‘The youngsters who come out have put their future at stake… they are doing this for Hong Kong.
‘There might be some things we don’t agree with, like the ‘braves’ who tend to charge. But let’s think about why they do that?’
Supporters of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement lined the streets and part of the city’s harbor front on Friday, inspired by a human chain in a historic Baltic states protest against Soviet control 30 years ago.
Some raised linked hands while others switched on their smartphone lights and held the devices aloft to create a row of white lights against the nighttime skyline. Organizers hoped the chains, which traced three subway routes, would total 40 kilometers (25 miles) in length.
It was the latest protest in a nearly 11-week-old movement that began with calls to scrap a now-suspended extradition bill and has widened to include demands for full democracy and an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality at protests.
As the 2020 election still hovers just over the horizon, a storm is brewing that could obscure We The People’s view of that contest, and our ability to have our voices heard.
I’m speaking, of course, about the impenetrable liberal curtain that hangs over the nation’s social media landscape. On Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere, algorithmically-assisted progressives are censoring and shadow-banning the views with which they disagree, while hiding behind the default argument regarding their status as a “private” company.
Now, as we near the 2020 election itself, these Big Tech corporations aren’t simply stifling the cacophony of the constituency, however…they’re going after candidates too, in a technocratic overreach that should bring the Constitution crashing down around their head.
In March, conservative commentator and congressional candidate Laura Loomer and conservative non-profit Freedom Watch had their big tech anti-conservative bias lawsuit dismissed by a court. Now a District of Columbia (DC) Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the merits of this lawsuit.
The lawsuit accuses Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter of working together to “intentionally and willfuly suppress politically conservative content.” It also alleges that the tech giants have breached the Sherman Act (an anti-monopoly law), DC’s public accommodation law (prohibits acts performed wholly or partially for a discriminatory reason: “To deny, directly or indirectly, any person the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation…”), and the First Amendment. Additionally, the suit claims that being banned from some of these social media platforms caused Loomer “to suffer severe financial injury.”
The Big Tech behemoths were not expecting the response they received.
Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter were seeking a quick ruling and a motion of “summary affirmance” of dismissal from the DC Court of Appeals – a ruling where the court concludes that the case is weak and it would be a waste of time to hear. However, the DC Court of Appeals has denied this motion and said that it will hear the merits of this suit…
If successful, Loomer’s lawsuit could open the proverbial floodgates for further litigious assault on Big Tech’s ultra-liberal ivory tower.