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Published on Sep 2, 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.
Israel and Hezbollah Exchange Fire on Border — What’s Next?
Published on Sep 2, 2019
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Israel and Hezbollah exchanged fire on the Israel-Lebanon border. Will it escalate to an all-out conflict? What’s behind these types of incidents? Our Adi Koplewitz and Owen Alterman analyze. Story: Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Sunday that a military base was struck by anti-tank projectiles fired by Lebanese-based terror organization Hezbollah near the northern border. Following the missile fire, the Shi’ite terror organization claimed to have destroyed an IDF vehicle in the attack. In an official statement, the IDF said: “Following the initial report of an incident in Avivim, a number of anti-tank missiles were fired from Lebanon at an IDF base and military vehicles in the area. “The IDF returned fire at shooting sources and targets in southern Lebanon. Additional details are under investigation and will be provided later,” the IDF added. The IDF did not state whether there were any casualties. According to Hezbollah-affiliated news channel Al-Manar, the IDF responded by attacking the town of Maroun al-Ras in south Lebanon with artillery shells, believing it to be the area where the projectiles were launched. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been updated on the incident and emergency units have been ordered to the northern border. Residents of the town of Avivim and Kibbutz Yir’on in the Upper Galilee, where Hezbollah is believed to have struck, said they could hear explosions Sunday afternoon, reported Haaretz. In light of this, nearby roads were blocked by the IDF. The IDF has ordered residents in range of 2.5 miles from the northern Lebanese border to open shelters. Furthermore, residents are not obliged to enter shelters unless they hear alarms. Should alarms go off, people in the area should stay in shelter for 10 minutes and wait for further instructions, the IDF spokesperson said in a statement. Earlier on Sunday, the IDF reportedly fired a number of artillery shells near the contested Shebaa Farms on the northern border surfaced, according to Lebanese media. Tensions between Israel and Lebanon are at a fever pitch, with the Shi’ite terror organisation Hezbollah blaming Jerusalem for a string of bombings it has suffered over the past several weeks.
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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:
INTERPRETING TWO VERSES OF PROPHECY
QUESTION: I am having trouble reconciling two verses and wonder if you could help.
One is Matt 24:10-14, when Jesus predicts the great ‘falling away’ and the other is Acts 2:17: In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
Many prophecy experts speak of the ‘Great Apostasy’, especially in relation to the ‘Florida Revival’. Many people in my church , however, believe it is a manifestation of Acts 2:17 and that in the last days God will do great things.
I must say i am quite confused over this, and would appreciate your thoughts.
ANSWER: In Matt. 24:4-14 Jesus gave a rough overview of the End Times beginning with the so-called birth pangs and ending with the gospel being preached in the whole world and the end coming. But remember, He was a Jewish prophet standing in Israel answering questions from His Jewish disciples. Put yourself in their position. They knew that Daniel’s 70 week prophecy had only 7 years to run, and He had just told them that the Temple Herod had spent the previous 40 years building was going to be torn down. They didn’t understand how that could happen, so their questions concerned Israel and its future. We can see hints of the Church in hind sight, but making the Olivet Discourse about the Church is a mistake.
In verse 9 He talked about the persecution of Jews after the birth pangs but before the end of the age. The falling away is in the context of that persecution so He has to be talking about Jews falling away. Also, the Church will be gone by then because in verse 15 the word “so” means He was backing up to the beginning of the Great Tribulation. In effect, He was saying that the persecution will begin after the introduction of the anti-Christ and that’s why they should flee when they see the Abomination of Desolation.
Concerning Acts 2:17, Peter was using the widest definition of “the last days” to include the entire church age. We know this because he used the prophecy from Joel to justify the disciples speaking in tongues. He said that signs and wonders would be characteristic of this age, from that day (Pentecost) until the 2nd Coming.
But you can’t use Acts 2:17 to justify the Florida “revival”. No where in either Peter’s sermon or Joel’s prophecy is the need for discernment abolished. The Florida revival began with the ascension of a man and ended with the fall of a man, and it was characterised by false doctrine and false claims. This was not of the Lord.
I AM NOT A WACKO
QUESTION: I am convinced that we are living in the Last Days and that prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes. But when I talk to my husband about it he says I am a “wacko”. He was very instrumental in helping me to be saved in the first place. But now (after 33 years of marriage) I feel like have reached a higher level of spiritual insight, thanks to sites like yours.
I know the Bible says in the last times there will be scoffers, but what do I do if I am married to one? I pray that his eyes will be opened, but it is difficult to live day to day with him and his refusal to see thee things. He spends most of his time reading magazines about money and investments. Shouldn’t he be spending at least part of that time reading and learning about his eternal inheritance?
ANSWER: It’s important to remember that many of the scoffers 2 Peter 3:3-7 said will come in the last days are believers. Some have been brought up in churches that never teach anything about prophecy. They down play its significance to disguise the fact that they don’t know enough to discuss it. Others have been taught to ignore it, because it’s “too confusing” or because it can distract them from the “more relevant” parts of the Bible. And others are so firmly rooted in the things of this world that they ignore the next one, even though it’s far more important. It’s a good thing the Lord didn’t make prophecy a salvation issue.
These folks don’t understand that if God didn’t think prophecy was important He wouldn’t have put so much of it in the Bible. Some of it has been fulfilled in the past, so He can prove that He always does what He says He will do. And some of it is still in our future so we can know in advance what he’s still going to do. By reading both kinds we can become more certain that He’s God, the one who knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).
Like most things, the best course of action for you is to keep praying that the Lord will get your husband’s attention and turn him toward the Word. I know He wants that for your husband, so your prayers will be in His will. I’m also sure there are many readers in similar situations who will agree with you about this in prayer.
WEBPAGE ADMINISTRATOR: No the person mentioned above is a very “Blessed” and “Enlightened” By God’s Holy Spirit; A Christian who has the Holy Spirit pouring into their life, and that blessing of God “urges” them to speak out about God’s Plan for the “NEAR” Future. It is not their “Will” but “God’s Will” that will be done. The hopeful result is that many people will pour their hearts out to God in these last days, and turn their attention to God’s Word the Bible, in search of the spoken and written “TRUTH”.
John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and HE WILL SHEW YOU THINGS TO COME
For those that “TOTALLY” want to reject God he has sent them a “STRONG DELUSION” in these last days – 2 Thess 2:11-12
2Th. 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th. 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2Th. 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
2Th. 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th. 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th. 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th. 2:11 AND FOR THIS CAUSE GOD SHALL SEND THEM STRONG DELUSION, THAT THEY SHOULD BELIEVE A LIE:
2Th. 2:12 THAT THEY ALL MIGHT BE DAMNED WHO BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH, BUT HAD PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.
2Th. 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
2Th. 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Th. 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
2Th. 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
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Zech. 12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
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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
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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:
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Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Possible Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
Hezbollah said on Saturday its field commanders were ready to respond to an attack a week ago that the Lebanese group blamed on Israeli drones, after Israel’s military ordered extra forces to deploy near the border.
Tensions have heightened between the Iran-backed Lebanese movement and its old enemy Israel — who fought a month-long war with each other in 2006 — since two drones crashed in the southern suburbs of Beirut which are dominated by Hezbollah.
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech that all options were open to counter Israeli drones violating Lebanon’s sovereignty.
Drones like the ones used in the Beirut attack last weekend “open the door to assassinations” if left unanswered, he said. “This matter will not be tolerated … Israel must pay the price.”
Israel has accused Iran of stepping up efforts to provide Hezbollah with precision-guided missile production facilities, a warning to Beirut that Israeli counter-strikes could escalate.
Israel’s army said on Saturday that in the past week its “ground forces, air, navy and intelligence forces improved their preparedness for various scenarios in the northern command area.”
It posted on Twitter footage of tanks and ground forces being deployed.
Without claiming responsibility for the drone attack, the Israeli military has published what it said were details about the Iranian campaign to boost Hezbollah’s missile capabilities.
Precision-guided missiles could pose a counter-balance to Israel’s overwhelming military force in any future war, with the capacity to home in on and knock out core infrastructure sites.
Nasrallah accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of seeking a pretext to attack and to change the rules of engagement with Hezbollah.
He denied that Hezbollah had factories to produce the weapons. “We have as many precision-guided missiles in Lebanon as we need for any confrontation, small or big,” he said.
A new conflict between the two adversaries would destabilize a Middle East already fraught with tensions between the United States and Iran.
Washington has also ratcheted up sanctions against Tehran in a row over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Israel is concerned about the growing regional influence of Iran and its militia allies, such as Hezbollah, in countries like Syria and Iraq.
Shi’ite militias in Iraq, many of whom are backed by Iran, blame recent blasts at their weapons depots on the United States and Israel.
In recent months, the Israeli Defense Forces have gone about confronting Iran on a variety of different battlefields, including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon.
But the reasons for the attacks remain the same: Iran is resupplying their proxy terrorist army Hezbollah and other groups, with technologically advanced missiles. Although Hezbollah has 100,000 missiles, most of them are short-range and wildly inaccurate. Now Iran is supplying the terrorists with sophisticated, long-range guided missiles capable of hitting any city or town in Israel.
And in Hezbollah’s home base in Lebanon, the Iranians are openly assisting the terrorists in building their arsenal.
DECLASSIFIED: These are the senior Iranian commanders running Hezbollah’s precision missile project in Lebanon. pic.twitter.com/4bw24MBoco
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 29, 2019
As usual, the Iranians are building the bases in civilian areas to make sure there are plenty of human shields to protect the terrorists’ behinds.
The IDF is obviously making the case for war with Hezbollah and, if necessary, Iran.
By naming Iranian officers allegedly operational in Lebanon, Israel is effectively painting targets on their backs for its air force. In insisting that the Lebanese government should dismantle Iranian efforts to build Hezbollah guided missiles, Israel is warning that it’s prepared to risk MAD to prevent what it sees as strategic weapons ending up in the hands of terrorists.
Israel also knows, and so does everyone in Lebanon, that there’s nothing that the Lebanese government could do to stop Hezbollah’s weapons programs. So, Israel is simply making the case for war, in public.
In perhaps the most useless news of the year, the United Nations has reauthorized the 10,000-man United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). It was UNIFIL that, in 2006, politely stepped aside and allowed Iran to resupply Hezbollah after the war in Lebanon. The force was specifically tasked by the UN Security Council with preventing that. It was one of the stipulations Israel demanded in halting its attacks.
Now, Hezbollah is stronger than ever and openly daring Israel to stop its buildup.
The Lebanese government is, as usual, powerless to stop anything in their own country. But even Sunni leaders like former Prime Minister Saad Hariri are supporting Hezbollah and opposing any Israeli incursions into their territory.
Lebanon Daily Star:
Israel bears full responsibility for last weekend’s attack on Beirut’s southern suburbs, Prime Minister Saad Hariri told the head of the United Nations Friday.
“This unacceptable act threatens the stability and peace that has prevailed on the international border for 13 years,” Hariri said in a telephone call to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday afternoon, according to a statement from the premier’s office.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, two Israeli drones were seen hovering in a residential area of Beirut’s southern suburbs. One crashed and a second exploded shortly after, damaging Hezbollah’s media offices.
Such aggressions, Hariri said according to a statement to his office, “threaten to drag the region into an unaccounted for conflict.”
With elections in Israel scheduled for September 17, one is tempted to see these maneuvers by the IDF and Netanyahu as little more than an election ploy. Would Bibi really pull the trigger so close to an election?
The fact is, Iran has their own timetable and Prime Minister Netanyahu has his. Elections or no, Netanyahu will strike Lebanon if conditions are right. He already has what he believes is his casus belli. Whether Israeli voters would agree with him is another question.
The Palestinian Authority has announced that it will cease to recognize the division of the West Bank into three areas of differing Israeli and Palestinian control, and will lay claim to the entire territory.
The pronouncement, if acted upon, will end the current division of the West Bank into areas A, B, and C, as set forth in the Oslo Accords, signed by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel in 1993 and 1995.
The news comes a month after PA President Mahmoud Abbas decided to halt all agreements with Israel, and several weeks after newly-appointed Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh tweeted that “we will deal with all the lands belonging to the State of Palestine as Area ‘A’, including occupied East Jerusalem.”
Israel does not respect any of the signed agreements and deals with the entire occupied Palestinian territory as Area “C”. Accordingly, we will deal with all the lands belonging to the State of Palestine as Area “A”, including occupied East Jerusalem.
— Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh د. محمد اشتية (@DrShtayyeh) August 4, 2019
Under the terms of the Oslo Accords, Area A comprises 18 percent of the West Bank, and includes all large Palestinian cities. This area is under the full control of the PA. Area B – 22 percent of the West Bank – is under Israeli security control and Palestinian administrative control. Area C occupies 60 percent of the West Bank’s land but is sparsely populated. This area is under full Israeli control, and has seen a controversial expansion of Israeli settlements since the 1980s.
Though the division is more than two decades old, it was originally intended to last for five years, until a more long-term peace agreement could be reached. That never happened, and the divisions have since become entrenched. As such, it remains unclear how the PA will exercise this newly-claimed authority, especially in the settlements of Area C and in East Jerusalem, which was not placed in any of the three categories by the accords in the first place.
Though Tel Aviv has yet to formally respond to the announcement, it is extremely unlikely that Israel will relinquish its control of Area C and East Jerusalem. Indeed, the policy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been the exact opposite. The hardline leader has overseen a steady expansion of settlements and declared upon taking office in 2009 that “all of Jerusalem would always remain under Israeli sovereignty.”
Netanyahu also declared in June that any future peace deal must guarantee an Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley, which makes up much of Area C.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi launched his “we are changing the equation” campaign against Hizballah with a drone attack on Beirut’s Dahya district last Saturday, Aug. 24, with no official disclosure of its real target.
Kochavi running this campaign in person. He is the first Israel military chief to be granted by the prime minister and defense minister full latitude for a war operation, after first presenting his plan for crushing Hizballah’s tools of war to the national security-foreign affairs cabinet.
When a northern front commander asked the chief of staff this week: What if the government interferes? He replied: They’ve given me a free hand.
Since the Dahya operation, the army chief has been stalking Hizballah in slow steps up to the brink of war.
On the operational level, IDF forces are conspicuously ranged ready for a full-scale conflict against the Shiite group along Israel’s borders with Syria and Lebanon, especially the latter. Pushed up front was a full array of the IDF’s armored and artillery brigades, as well as its special and naval forces. The Air Force started round-the-clock circuits in Lebanese air space, primed ready to strike at any moment.
An unprecedented intelligence/propaganda campaign was switched on. Select confidential data gathered by Israeli intelligence was leaked judiciously day by day. Its purpose was to drive home to the leaders of Hizballah and Iran’s Al Qods the unsettling news that their highest operational ranks were deeply penetrated and their secret plans an open book.
By these steps, Kochavi is challenging Nasrallah to follow through on his threats of revenge, while making sure he appreciates the high price tag attached to such action: Any Hizballah attack on Israel – large or small in scale – would result in the destruction of Hizballah’s missile arsenal together with other offensive systems, such as its fleet of explosive UAVs.
The chief of staff’s plan stemmed from a determination never to let Hizballah launch the kind of war of attrition which Yemen’s Houthi rebels are waging against Saudi Arabia with sporadic assaults of ballistic missiles and armed drones against the kingdom’s strategic military and civilian facilities. Hizballah has recently accumulated the weapons for launching this sort of cross-border aggression against Israel. Kochavi is resolved to cut down this mountain of deadly weaponry before it is activated, even if this takes weeks or more.
In conversations with the leaders of local council and communities of northern Israel this week, the general said there are no guarantees for how this campaign turns out, or if and when Iran may step in to support its Lebanese proxy. Tehran may see the total destruction of the Hizballah arsenal, in whose buildup the Islamic regime has invested heavily for many years, as a direct assault on a vital national security interest – especially since Israel extended its reach to the Iraqi sector.
Kochavi also explained in his round of the northern communities that Israel was changing the equation in view of the changed, more threatening, circumstances arising since the Israel-Hizballah ceasefire, confirmed by UN Security Council Res 1701, ended the 2006 war. Israel then pledged not to initiate hostile operations against Hizballah. Since then, this Shiite group’s troops have been fighting outside Lebanon in Syria under the command of Iranian officers, hand in glove with a regime sworn to annihilate Israel and beginning to upgrade Nasrallah’s missiles for high-precision attacks.
Kochavi now confronts Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah with two broad options. He can defer his revenge attack and wait for a move opportune moment, or he can go for broke in the coming hours. Whichever course he chooses, he will understand that the third round of the Hizballah-Israel war to be fought in 13 years has begun and it will take place in a different scenario.
The Israel Defense Forces on Saturday postponed a massive exercise scheduled for next week in light of ongoing concerns of a reprisal attack by the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group that continued to issue threats.
The military said it had also begun preparing ground, air and naval troops for the possibility of an outbreak of violence in northern Israel, specifically in the Galilee region.
Tensions with Hezbollah and its patron Iran have soared over the past week, after the IDF last Saturday night detected an attempt by Iranian operatives — including two Hezbollah members — in Syria to carry out an attack on northern Israel with armed drones and attacked their base, and following a drone attack in Beirut that reportedly destroyed key components of a joint Hezbollah-Iran project to manufacture precision-guided missiles in Lebanon, which has been attributed to Israel.
On Saturday night, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened that the response to last week’s events would come from Lebanon and could strike anywhere along the border, including Shebaa Farms, the site of a reprisal attack by Hezbollah in 2015 after several senior members of the group were killed in an airstrike attributed to Israel. Two Israeli soldiers were killed in the retaliatory strike and seven were injured.
Shebaa Farms, known in Hebrew as Mount Dov, and the adjacent Kfar Chouba hills are small patches of land captured by Israel from Syria during the Six Day War in 1967 and kept under Israel’s control since. Lebanon maintains that the strip of land is its territory, though it was under Syrian control from the 1950s until it was captured in 1967 along with the Golan Heights.
The IDF believes Hezbollah intends to again attack Israeli soldiers or a military installation on the border, and not civilians.
In light of the terror group’s threats, the Israeli military has been on high alert over the past week, restricting soldiers’ movements in vulnerable areas, canceling weekend leave for troops in the IDF Northern Command and reportedly sending artillery and other heavy equipment to the Lebanese border.
“In the past week, IDF troops — including ground, air, naval and intelligence forces — have improved their preparedness for a variety of scenarios in the area of the Northern Command and the Galilee Division,” the army said in a statement.
On Saturday night, the Iran-backed terror group released a new Hebrew-language video threatening to attack northern Israel, using portions of a speech made by Nasrallah following last week’s attacks and video footage apparently filmed along the border.
“I am telling residents of the north and residents of all of occupied Palestine, do not rest, do not relax for a second,” the terrorist leader shouts in Arabic with Hebrew subtitles, over images of northern Israeli towns.
The Israel Defense Forces sent artillery and other heavy equipment to the Lebanese border on Saturday, bolstering forces there as it remained on high alert in anticipation of a possible attack from Hezbollah.
There was no comment from the IDF, but TV news showed a convoy of transports hauling self-propelled howitzers toward the border.
Israel has been on high alert over fears of a reprisal attack from Hezbollah or another Iranian proxy following Israeli airstrikes against Iran-linked targets in Syria, and an armed drone attack on Hezbollah’s south Beirut stronghold, which has been blamed on Israel.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday the Lebanese terror group’s response to an alleged recent Israeli drone attack on its Beirut stronghold had been “decided.”
It is about “establishing the rules of engagement and… the logic of protection for the country,” he said in a televised speech, adding that Israel “must pay a price” for the assault.
His comments came in a speech to supporters Saturday night, a week after an alleged Israeli drone crashed on the roof of Hezbollah’s media office in southern Beirut, while another exploded and crashed nearby.
The Iranian-backed group said both drones were armed with explosives and were carrying out an attack mission.
Nasrallah threatened that the response to last week’s events would come from Lebanon and could strike anywhere along the border, including Shebaa Farms, the site of a reprisal attack by Hezbollah in 2015 after several senior members of the group were killed in an airstrike attributed to Israel. Two Israeli soldiers were killed in the retaliatory strike and seven were injured.
Shebaa Farms, known in Hebrew as Mount Dov, and the adjacent Kfar Chouba hills are small patches of land captured by Israel from Syria during the Six Day War in 1967 and kept under Israel’s control since. Lebanon maintains that the strip of land is its territory, though it was under Syrian control from the 1950s until it was captured in 1967 along with the Golan Heights.
The Israel Defense Forces believes Hezbollah intends to again attack Israeli soldiers or a military installation on the border, and not civilians.
As tensions remain high along Israel’s northern border, the IDF has closed the airspace to civilian flights and put the Navy on high alert for an attack by Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Israel’s Northern Command has been on high alert since last week expecting a limited strike against military targets and on Saturday a convoy of artillery was seen being moved north. The Navy has also stepped up their alert and the civilian airport in Kiryat Shmona has been closed.
In addition to the reinforcement of artillery batteries, Iron Dome missile defense batteries have been deployed and leave for combat soldiers in the area has been cancelled.
The moves are part of the military’s strengthening of power and readiness in anticipation of any retaliation by the Lebanese Shiite terror group which it expects against IDF troops or a military installation along the border, but not civilians.
Last week the Israeli Air Force carried out strikes against a cell belonging to the IRGC in Syria, which it says was on its way to launch armed drones to attack targets in northern Israel. Two Hezbollah militants and an Iranian was killed in the strike.
Two explosive laden drones crashed and exploded in the Hezbollah stronghold of Dahiyeh in Beirut several hours later. The attack, which reportedly targeted a component of Hezbollah’s precision missile project, was blamed on Israel by Hezbollah and the government of Lebanon.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi toured the area on Friday and the Head of the Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Amir Baram warned that Hezbollah and Lebanon would suffer a “harsh response” to any attack.
“You should be preparing not for Hezbollah’s response against the IDF, but for their response to our response” to such an attack, Baram said, vowing that “if an IDF soldier is so much as scratched, our response will be harsh.”
While the military believes the response by Hezbollah will be limited to the north, a Hezbollah official was quoted by Lebanese media on Friday that the retaliation will take place “deep inside Israel.”
“The stance of Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has pushed the Zionist enemy to live in a state of extreme terror, panic and caution, to an extent that it has started hiding behind dummies in its military vehicles,” ex-MP Mohammed Yaghi, who is Nasrallah’s executive aide, was quoted by Naharnet as saying.
“Our decision is to strike this enemy, which has launched a direct attack on us, on a normal house in (Syria’s) Aqraba and in Beirut’s southern suburbs (through a drone explosion). This is not a mere threat but a real action after which the enemy will learn not to commit new follies,” he continued, adding that the group is prepared to respond.
“We have prepared equipment, weapons and personnel to confront the enemy and the resistance is today much stronger than the pre-2006 aggression era. We will let the enemy taste the bitterness and it will regret its deed and aggression very much. They struck deep inside and we will respond deep inside and we will have another response for their drones,” Yaghi said.
ISRAEL RISKS BECOMING THE FALL GUY IN DONALD TRUMP’S ‘SHADOW WAR’ WITH IRAN
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/31/israel-risks-becoming-fall-guy-in-donald-trump-war-with-iran – Simon Tisdall
Benjamin Netanyahu is counting on fear of conflict with Iran to win crucial election votes
Donald Trump with Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in March. Israel’s prime minister brags about his close ties to the US president. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters
Donald Trump’s offer to talk peace with Iran sent a shiver of alarm through Israel’s political and security establishment last week. With a too-close-to-call general election looming on 17 September, Benjamin Netanyahu is counting on his hardline anti-Tehran alliance with Washington – and fear of conflict – to win him crucial votes. A North Korea-style Trump tryst with Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, was the prime minister’s “ultimate horror scenario”, one analyst noted.
Yet after a recent series of escalatory strikes against Iran-linked forces in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, Israel’s voters may reflect that if one thing is worse than peace with Iran, it’s war with Iran. Trump’s policy of “maximum pressure” on Tehran, strongly backed by Netanyahu and fellow Tel Aviv hawks, is placing Israel squarely in the firing line. The intensifying confrontation is also sucking in regional states, notably Iraq.
Netanyahu constantly brags about his close ties to Trump, taking personal credit for US recognition of Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights and of Jerusalem as its capital. He encouraged Trump’s decision to renege on the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which is the primary source of today’s tensions. And he applauded punitive US sanctions – including an oil embargo that swiftly led to clashes in the Gulf.
But slavish allegiance comes at a price. The US-Iran confrontation is increasingly endangering Israel’s own security amid evidence that Tehran, wary of direct conflict with US forces, is focusing its military pushback on an attritional campaign by its proxies against the Jewish state. In this respect, Trump and Iran’s leaders have something in common. Neither wants an all-out war, but neither will back down. Both prefer that others fight their battles for them.
The recent spate of covert strikes on Iran-linked targets, reportedly ordered by Netanyahu with tacit US backing, appeared to have the shared aim of preventing Tehran equipping Hezbollah in Lebanon and allied Shia forces in Iraq and Syria with precision-guided missiles, drones and other advanced arms. It’s uncertain whether the strikes did lasting damage. But they did provoke a defiant response from Iran, which vowed to redouble its efforts. And together they marked a significant escalation.
At this critical moment, Trump’s word plainly cannot be trusted. His impetuous shift at the G7 summit, when he offered a peace summit, did not impress Rouhani, who insisted sanctions be lifted first. Who knows what Trump really intends? Probably nobody, including Trump. What is clear, however, is that the regional security situation is worsening, with Netanyahu’s Israel in danger of becoming the fall guy in the wider, undeclared American “shadow war” with Iran – a war Trump is loth to fight himself.
Trump’s Iran policy, swinging indiscriminately like a wrecking ball through the most brittle regions of the Middle East, is taking a toll on Iraq, too, whose government is being pulled both ways. The US is pressing for an end to Iraqi gas and electricity purchases from Iran and closer ties between Baghdad and Washington’s Arab allies. But Tehran continues to exercise considerable influence among the Shia-majority population, not least since the US invasion in 2003.
Recent attacks on Iran-linked militias and US installations in Iraq were “clear warnings of how badly escalation between the US and Iran could destabilise Iraq and the region as a whole”, the independent International Crisis Group said last week. “Washington’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign could wind up placing as much stress – and inflicting as much harm – on its nominal ally Iraq as it does on Iran.”
If Isis’s undercover resurgence is taking place in the shadow of Trump’s Iran fixation, so too is the humanitarian emergency in Yemen
Unsuccessful attempts by Adel Abdul-Mahdi, Iraq’s prime minister, to rein in pro-Iran militias belonging to the Popular Mobilisation Forces – as demanded by the US – have underlined Iraq’s fragile state. Leaders of the militias, which led the fight to expel Islamic State (Isis) from northern Iraq earlier this summer, refuse to accept Baghdad’s authority while their political allies are demanding the withdrawal of 5,000 remaining US troops.
Speaking last week, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the UN envoy to Iraq, said US-Iran rivalry threatened to deal a “huge blow” to efforts to rebuild the country following the defeat of Isis. Her warning came amid reports that Isis jihadists are making a comeback in northern and western Iraq and Syria – notwithstanding Trump’s claim to have eliminated the group, and perhaps in part because the US has, on his orders, reduced its military presence there.
If Isis’s undercover resurgence is taking place in the shadow of Trump’s Iran fixation, so too is the disaster in Yemen, where an inept Saudi-led campaign to defeat Iran-backed Houthi rebels has triggered a humanitarian emergency. The US has backed Riyadh in the teeth of an international outcry. Yet with the Saudis and the UAE now at odds, and with the Houthis unbowed, this chaotic offshoot of Trump’s proxy war with Iran is further exacerbating regional instability.
Of all the blunders Trump has made pursuing his Iran obsession, his failure to intervene to help stop Syria’s civil war is surely the most puzzling. It has led to a situation where, as of today, civilians in Idlib city are trapped by murderous fire in a dreadful echo of previous sieges. It seems he does not care about that. But US inaction has also enabled the Assad regime’s ally, Iran, to establish a permanent military presence on Israel’s doorstep.
If Trump is such a great and trusted friend of Israel, why has he tolerated this threatening development? And why is he essentially leaving Israel to cope with it on its own? These are questions that Israelis should consider when Netanyahu – aka “Mr Maximum Pressure” and cheerleader of the Donald J Trump fan club – comes asking for their vote.
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Civil liberties are in greater danger today from the intolerant hard-left than from the bigoted hard-right. This may seem counterintuitive: There has been far more violence — mass shootings in malls, synagogues and other soft targets — from extremists who identify more with the hard-right than with the hard-left. But the influence of the hard-left on our future leaders is far more pervasive, insidious and dangerous than the influence of the hard-right.
People on the “woke” hard-left seem so self-righteous about their monopoly over Truth (with a capital T) that many of them see no reason to allow dissenting, politically incorrect, views to be expressed. Such incorrect views, they claim, make them feel “unsafe.” They can feel safe only if views they share are allowed to be expressed. Feeling unsafe is the new trigger word for demanding censorship.
No university student has the right to be safe from uncomfortable ideas, only from physical threats, and any student who claims to be in physical fear of politically incorrect ideas does not belong at a university. The most extreme example of this distortion of the role of higher education took place at my own university when a distinguished dean of a Harvard residential college was fired from his deanship because some “woke” students claimed to feel unsafe in his presence because he was representing, as a defense lawyer, a man accused of rape.
We often forget that the concept of “political correctness” originated in the Stalinist Soviet Union, where Truth — political, artistic, religious — was determined by the central committee of the Communist Party and any deviation was regarded as unacceptable. To be sure, there is a vast difference between how Stalin treated political incorrectness and how the “woke” generation treats it. Stalin murdered those who deviated from his Truth, while “wokers” generally shun and discredit, though there has been occasional violence from elements of the hard-left toward those who deviate from their Truth. But both produce a similar result: less dissent, less reliance on the marketplace of ideas and more self-censorship.
For many “wokers,” freedom of speech is nothing more than a weapon of the privileged used to subjugate the unprivileged. It a bourgeois concept that emanates from an anachronistic white, male constitution that is irrelevant to the contemporary world. Free speech for me — the underprivileged — but not for thee — the privileged. That is what the “wokers” want. Affirmative action for speech!
The other dangerous similarity between the Stalinists and the “wokers” is that both disdain due process for those they deem guilty of political incorrectness or other crimes and sins. They reject any presumption of innocence or requirement that the accuser bear the burden of proof. These bourgeois concepts are based on the recognition of human fallibility and uncertainty. For Stalinist and “wokers,” there is no uncertainty or fallibility. If they believe someone is guilty, he must be. Why do we need a cumbersome process for determining guilt? The identities of the accuser and accused are enough. Privileged white men are guilty perpetrators. Intersectional minorities are innocent victims. Who needs to know more? Any process, regardless of its fairness, favors the privileged over the unprivileged.
Now that it is conservatives who are being censored and denied due process on campuses around the country, many on the left have remained silent. Civil liberties for me, but not for thee.
That is why I make the controversial claim that today the “woke” hard-left is more dangerous to civil liberties than the right. To be sure there are hard right extremists who would use — and have used — violence to silence those with whom they disagree. They are indeed dangerous. But they have far less influence on our future leaders than their counterparts on the hard-left. They are not teaching our college age children and grandchildren. They are marginalized academically, politically and in the media. The opposite is true of hard-left Stalinists. Many have no idea who Stalin even was, but they are emulating his disdain for free speech and due process in the interests of achieving the unrealizable utopia they both sought. They also have in common the attitude that noble ends justify ignoble means.
It is precisely because the ends sought by the “wokers” are often noble — racial and gender equality, a fairer distribution of wealth, protection of the environment, a women’s right to choose, gay marriage — that liberals find it harder to condemn them for their intolerance toward civil liberties. But we must always remember that it is not only the road to hell that is paved with good intentions. It is also the road to tyranny.
You see, a few weeks ago I wrote a quasi-humorous columnsuggesting that China’s social credit system was being informally implemented right here in the USA courtesy of such fair and balanced organizations as Google, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple.
“Think about it,” I wrote at the time. “The U.S. is in the grip of a progressive mobocracy trying to standardize everyone’s thoughts and actions. Leftists insist you support their side or they will find some way to hurt you – economically, politically, socially, educationally, or in your career.
“Little by little, incrementally, the progressive dominance of politics, schools and the media means conservative thought is being suppressed (at best) or punished (at worst). Don’t believe me? Just consider the number of people afraid to admit their support for Trump lest they have their grades penalized or their job jeopardized or their car keyed. If you’re caught wearing a MAGA hat in public, you’re practically taking your life in your hands.
“Conservatives are heckled in the streets, harassed in restaurants, and have their homes or businesses sabotaged. In school, children are bullied or expelled for expressing Christian opinions or objecting to ‘transgender’ athletes dominating girls’ sports.
“In an unregulated (and some might argue, unhinged) invasion into our privacy, the Google/Facebook/YouTube/Amazon/Microsoft/Apple cabal is listening and tracking everything: what we say, what we research, where we travel, what routes we take, what we buy, and everything else about us. China does the same thing.”
OK, that’s what I wrote (among much else) at the beginning of June. It was supposed to be something of a joke, for Pete’s sake. I had no idea additional evidence would crop up as fast as it did
Within days of that column, I started collecting headlines that this kind of dystopian scheme is being implemented right here in America, culminating with screaming headlines on Drudge a few days ago about China’s social credit system coming to Silicon Valley. Consider these stories:
I could go on and on, but you get the point. And I haven’t even touched such issues as YouTube censoring videos by Dennis Prager and Steven Crowder. You’ve seen the media and leftist activists go after Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and of course WND.
The scary thing about America’s credit scoring system is that it’s outside government control. Don’t misunderstand: I don’t like government control, but at least in theory we have constitutional protections (notably the First and Second Amendments). In the eyes of a constitutional republic, a liberal and a conservative are given exactly the same treatment.
But social scores offered by left-leaning corporate tyrants means everyone and anyone they don’t like are scored low, and the sky’s the limit. If you fall outside the narrow judgmental tyrannical expectations of the Google/Facebook/YouTube/Amazon/Microsoft/Apple cabal, you’re toast.
As a Fast Company article explained: “If current trends hold, it’s possible that in the future a majority of misdemeanors and even some felonies will be punished not by Washington, D.C., but by Silicon Valley. It’s a slippery slope away from democracy and toward corporatocracy.”
In China, surveillance allows the authorities to rank individuals by degree of “trustworthiness,” and to send anyone it deems unreliable to reeducation camps. When will this happen in America? You can dismiss this as just conspiracy-theory nonsense if you like, but darn it, those conspiracy theories have a nasty habit of coming true.
“Surveillance is … dangerous in formal democracies,” observes Pierre Lemieux. “One reason is that yesterday’s extreme cases often become today’s standard practice. … Until about 2010 … the FBI had more DNA records than the Chinese government (which started later in the competition), although the collection is proceeding so fast in China that America doesn’t ‘win’ the race anymore; per capita, the two countries are now about equal.”
The problem with a surveillance state, Lemieux argues, “is not so much what it knows as what it can do with what it knows. The Surveillance State is dangerous not so much because it violates some standard of privacy, but because surveillance fuels control.”
Move over, George Orwell. There’s a new game in town.
The Supreme Court of British Columbia recently dismissed a defamation lawsuit by celebrity climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann against global warming skeptic climatologist Dr. Tim Ball. Mann must pay the full legal costs to the defendant. The ruling is explosive because it means that Ball’s claim that Mann was a scientific fraudster is now supported by the court.
In 1999, Mann published a 1000-year-long global temperature reconstruction from tree rings that severely undercut the then-accepted knowledge of climate. IPCC’s 1995 Second Assessment Report acknowledged that it was warmer during the Medieval Warm Period than today and that a significant cooling called the Little Ice Age followed and lasted until the end of the 19th century.
Mann’s reconstruction demolished that view and replaced our climate history with something that looks like a hockey stick: For 900 years, the temperature was a slightly falling straight line and then, during the period of human activity, rapid warming in the 20th century.
Climate catastrophists immediately seized on this persuasive graph and made Mann the poster boy of the IPCC, which was now thoroughly controlled by radical greens appointed by leftist politicians.
There was only one problem with the graph: It was junk science. Future university courses in statistics will undoubtedly teach the hockey stick as a classic case of faulty methodology. In layman terms: Mann was using a statistical technique that cherry-picked the data needed to make the hockey stick shape.
In 2006, Congress commissioned three statisticians led by Dr. Edward Wegman to produce the so-called Wegman report on the controversy. The report proved that the technique Mann used could create any desired outcome and demonstrated this fact by creating the shape of the global temperature data from 1995.
If Mann had produced this graph in a graduate thesis in statistics, he would have flunked.
HIDING THE DECLINE
Canadian engineer Stephen McIntyre spent several years after the publication of the hockey stick graph trying to prove that it was faulty. He ultimately prevailed – but, during this debacle, Mann engaged in what many have described as intellectually dishonest or even fraudulent behavior. He refused to release the full data and source files that he used in his infamous 1999 publication.
In 2011, Tim Ball summarized this by stating that Michael Mann “belonged in a pen, not in Penn University.” This statement was the basis for Mann’s defamation lawsuit.
Ball defended his remark by saying that if Mann released his data, it would prove that he was a fraudster. Nine years of delay tactics later, the court dismissed the case because Mann refused to release the data that could prove his honesty.
Under normal circumstances, Mann’s career would have been lying in a pool of utter disgrace long ago. Instead, he is still one of the leading scientists in the climate catastrophe mafia. His colleagues had to defend him because if they ever were to admit that the hockey stick graph is junk science, it would discredit the IPCC and the entire field of paleoclimatology that hailed Mann’s result.
They have doubled down and used political pull and a friendly media to the scandal. So far, they have succeeded, but for every year, the gap between the climate models and reality is widening. At some point, nothing can hide the shaky ground upon which the climate hysteria stands.
NASA admits that climate change occurs because of changes in Earth’s solar orbit, and NOT because of SUVs and fossil fuels
For more than 60 years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has known that the changes occurring to planetary weather patterns are completely natural and normal. But the space agency, for whatever reason, has chosen to let the man-made global warming hoax persist and spread, to the detriment of human freedom.
It was the year 1958, to be precise, when NASA first observed that changes in the solar orbit of the earth, along with alterations to the earth’s axial tilt, are both responsible for what climate scientists today have dubbed as “warming” (or “cooling,” depending on their agenda). In no way, shape, or form are humans warming or cooling the planet by driving SUVs or eating beef, in other words.
But NASA has thus far failed to set the record straight, and has instead chosen to sit silently back and watch as liberals freak out about the world supposedly ending in 12 years because of too much livestock, or too many plastic straws.
In the year 2000, NASA did publish information on its Earth Observatory website about the Milankovitch Climate Theory, revealing that the planet is, in fact, changing due to extraneous factors that have absolutely nothing to do with human activity. But, again, this information has yet to go mainstream, some 19 years later, which is why deranged, climate-obsessed leftists have now begun to claim that we really only have 18 months left before the planet dies from an excess of carbon dioxide (CO2).
If we had to sum the whole thing up in one simple phrase, it would be this: The biggest factor influencing weather and climate patterns on earth is the sun, period. Depending on the earth’s position to the sun at any given time, climate conditions are going to vary dramatically, and even create drastic abnormalities that defy everything that humans thought they knew about how the earth worked.
But rather than embrace this truth, today’s climate “scientists,” joined by leftist politicians and a complicit mainstream media, insist that not using reusable grocery bags at the supermarket and not having an electric vehicle are destroying the planet so quickly that we absolutely must implement global climate taxes as the solution.