Israel bombs Syrian base operated by Iran – Hezbollah – TV7 Israel News 12.06.19
Published on Jun 12, 2019
Today’s top stories 12.06.19; 1) Israel has reportedly conducted a bombardment of a Syrian intelligence gathering base, which according to an informed source “is actively operated by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards and its Lebanese-proxy Hezbollah.” 2) A Lebanese businessman detained in Tehran since 2015 on charges of collaborating with the West against the Islamic Republic of Iran arrived in Beirut, after the Lebanese government secured his release. 3) The transition government in Moldova announced its decision to relocate its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem – a move in question due to domestic political turmoil.
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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 IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER’S 6 to 22:
TRIBULATION IS COMING AND THE REMOVAL OF THE CHURCH IS IMMINENT.
THE GREAT “DECEPTION” IS READY TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. ARE YOU READY FOR JESUS CHRIST RETURN
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:
PICK UP YOUR CROSS
QUESTION: I’ve been reading about how Jesus said all who are not willing to pick up their cross and follow Him are not worthy of Him and also II Timothy 3:12 That all who desire to live a godly life will suffer persecution. I have told the Lord that I desire to surrender my will to Him and want to follow Him completely. I want to carry the cross I am given. What if I’ve deceived myself into believing I am doing this when actually I am not? I do not suffer persecution. I’m a disabled lady who is housebound unless I have help from the husband to get to the car. The surgery I need for my hip was denied due to my weight. I’ve had difficulty all my life trying to lose weight; from the time I was a child. This to me is not persecution in Christ Jesus.
Am I disobedient because I do not lose weight when this has always been a problem for me? Am I deluded into thinking I am a Christian when possibly I am not? Will the Lord say to me He never knew me one day? I am sorry if some things it would seem I should know better but I am easily upset. I came from an abusive childhood and have PTSD and depression and anxiety. When I read Scripture like this all the compassion and mercy I thought I saw in Jesus is gone.
ANSWER: The phrase “take up your cross and follow Me” means to give up your own plans for your life and live the life God has planned for you. If you’re doubting whether or not you’re serving God in the manner He desires, then ask Him to reveal this to you. Not all believers are called to suffer persecution at the hands of others so don’t use that as a guide, although many would say that your life contains a fair amount of it.
Jesus only requires that you believe in Him. (John 6:28-29) That’s the basis on which you became a Christian, not by suffering or even serving, but by believing. Ask the Lord to forgive you, and ask Him to heal you of the mental anguish you suffer. Your doubts are tricks of the devil trying to steal your joy. Resist him and he’ll flee from you. Draw near to God and He’ll draw near to you. (James 4:7-8)
SALVATION BEFORE THE CROSS
QUESTION: How were old testament prophets like Abraham and those who lived in China, India, or Samaria saved?
ANSWER: They were saved by faith, just like we are. In Romans 4:3 Paul wrote, “Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” He was speaking about a righteousness from God that’s imputed to us by faith. The message of the cross is as old as Genesis and through out history every believer has looked to the cross for salvation. In the Old Testament they looked forward. In the New Testament we look back.
It’s important to remember that at the beginning everyone believed in God, and in His promise to redeem them from their sins. As men were scattered from Babel to populate the Earth, they took the knowledge of a coming Redeemer with them. Many rejected the message, just like they do today. But a there was always a remnant who believed and no matter where they went their faith sustained them and ultimately saved them.
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I AM GOING TO MAKE JERUSALEM A CUP THAT SENDS ALL THE SURROUNDING PEOPLES REELING … Zech. 12:2
God is in control, and He told the nations the consequences of dividing the Promised Land and declaring peace and safety on their own terms (Joel 3:1-2; I Thess. 5:3)
WORLD TERRORISM – WARS
GENERAL WORLD NEWS:
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.
A MISSILE ATTACK ON AN AIRPORT IN SAUDI ARABIA HAS LEFT AT LEAST 26 INJURED, OFFICIALS IN THE DESERT KINGDOM HAVE SAID.
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen said they carried out the attack on Abha airport, in south-western Saudi Arabia, using cruise missiles.
The wounded represent the largest number of civilians and to be injured in Saudi Arabia as a result of its intervention in the civil war in Yemen.
The Houthi rebels said the attacks were in response to Saudi “continued aggression”.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-backed rebels promised to respond to what they said was a war crime carried out with “advanced weapons” supplied by Tehran.
According to Houthi-run Masirah TV, the rebels had launched a cruise missile attack on the airport, which is about 125 miles north of the border with Yemen.
A Houthi military spokesman threatened that the group would target every airport in Saudi Arabia and that the coming days would reveal “big surprises”.
Another Houthi spokesman, Brigadier General Yahia Sarie claimed the missile hit and destroyed the airport’s traffic control tower.
US-made air defence systems were unable to intercept the missile, he said.
The Saudi-led coalition said said it would make a “firm” response to the attack.
A coalition statement, carried on Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV, said a projectile hit the arrivals hall at the airport, causing damage.
Three women and two children were among the 26 wounded, who were of Saudi, Yemeni and Indian nationalities, it said.
Eight people were hospitalised and 18 sustained minor injuries, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said
SAUDI ARABIA AND THE CIVIL WAR IN YEMEN
The desert kingdom has been embroiled in neighbouring Yemen’s civil war since 2015
The fighting can be traced back to the handover of power from long-time autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh to his deputy and current president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in November 2011.
Salah was forced to stand down in a bid to return stability to the country following the Arab Spring, a series of uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.
In January 2015, Houthi rebels – Shiite Muslims backed by Iran – seized control of the much of the country including the capital Sana’a.
Hadi was put under house arrest but managed to escape to safety in Saudi Arabia before returning to recaptured Aden. His government is still internationally recognised.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE intervened in 2015 to support the Yemeni government against Houthi rebels, in a war that has left around 10,000 people dead.
The war has been seen as a proxy for the region power struggle between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran.
The country has been fiercely criticised for launching air strikes which have killed or maimed thousands of civilians.
Some analysts have said as many as 50,000 people have been killed directly by the violence, plus another 50,000 from disease and famine.
The attack comes amid tensions in the Gulf, which has seen a massive US military build up in response to what it says are Iranian threats.
In May a pipeline in Saudi Arabia came under attack from drones armed with explosives flown by the rebels.
The Houthis have repeatedly launched drone and missile attacks on Saudi cities, but two Saudi sources said this was the first time an Aramco facility was hit by drones.
According to experts, the attack represented a massive leap in the Houthi’s military capability.
The US has also accused Iran of being behind a string of incidents, including alleged sabotage of oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and a rocket that landed near the US Embassy in Baghdad.
According to reports Iran’s military has ordered Shia militias to “prepare for a proxy war” against the US and its allies.
Michael Knights, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said Iran is using the Houthis to attack US ally Saudi Arabia as a means of indirectly targeting American interests.
“It is very clear that Saudi interests would be threatened by Iran,” he told Foreign Policy.
“The question is, for how long and to what extent and until when would the U.S. tolerate it.”
The Israel missile strike that Syrian military sources claimed took place early Wednesday, June 12, struck Iranian radars situated at Tel Al-Harrah, a hill overlooking the Golan, Galilee and the Sea of Galilee, DEBKAfile reports. Hizballah also maintains an observation post in the same Quneitra region some 15km from the Israeli border.
The Syrians claimed to have thwarted an Israeli electronic attack for interfering with its radars which it thwarted by shooting the missiles down.
DEBKAfile’s sources report that Tel Al-Harrah is the southernmost point in Syria at which Russian forces have permitted Iran to maintain a military presence in the vicinity of the Israeli border.
In other parts of the border region, especially the Daraa district, Russian “military police” prevented Iran and its proxies from establishing military posts, allowing only temporary positions holding no more than 15-20 Iranian or Hizballah military personnel. Neither are allowed to enter the southern Syrian towns of Daraa and Quneitra. Moscow and Tehran are at loggerheads on this issue.
According to our military sources, the IDF’s Tel Al-Harrah strike was mounted to prepare the way for a high-powered meeting planned to take place in Jerusalem later this month of the American, Russian and Israeli national security advisers – John Bolton, Nikolai Patrushev and Meir Ben-Shabbat – for an airing of the situation in Syria and Iran’s military presence there.
Syrian state media reported early Wednesday that Israel had fired several missiles toward the town of al-Harra just across the Golan Heights border and said air defenses intercepted several of the projectiles.
There were no immediate reports of injuries and no Israeli response to the claims.
The report also claimed that Israel was jamming Syrian air defense radars in the area.
While Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria, the have usually targeted bases linked with Iran. In the rare occasions that Israel has targeted villages and towns along the Golan Heights border it has been after identifying Iranian and Hezbollah attempts to set up cells in the area.
On Saturday, two rockets were fired from Syria toward Israel’s Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. There were no reports of injuries or damage
The Israel Defense Forces said it was still investigating if both projectiles landed inside Israeli territory. The military was also checking if the rocket fire was intentionally directed at Israel and if so by whom. There has been no fighting reported in the area around the Syrian-Israeli border in recent days, indicating this was not likely the result of errant fire from internal battles.
The launches came less than a week after a limited clash between Israel and Syria.
On Monday, a Syrian anti-aircraft battery fired at an Israeli fighter jet that was flying within Israeli airspace. Shortly afterward, in response, the IDF attacked the battery and destroyed it, reportedly killing a Syrian officer and soldier. A military vehicle was also said damaged in the attack.
Saturday night’s rockets appeared to be a relatively long range variety, reportedly fired from the Damascus area, some 35 kilometers (22 miles) away, similar to an attack earlier this year aimed at the Hermon.
The Hermon is located in the northern tip of Israel’s Golan Heights. In addition to a popular ski resort, the area is also home to a number of military installations.
Israeli missiles targeting the mountain of Tell Al-Harrah in northwestern Daraa Governorate Wednesday morning were engaged by Syrian air defenses, a local reporter for Al-Masdar News reported.
The mountaintop, which gives a commanding view of the region as far as the Golan Heights and the Hauran, was recaptured from al-Nusra by the Syrian Arab Army in July 2018. The area now reportedly harbors an air defense base.
Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported Wednesday that a number of the Israeli missiles had been shot down.
Video documenting the Syrian army ‘s attempt to stop the attack on Tel AlHara in south #Syria.#Israel #IDF #IAF #Iran #IRGC #Russia #USA pic.twitter.com/5rL0CzOZuu
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Israeli attacks on Syrian territory are nothing new. An Israeli airstrike against the Syrian T-4 airbase near the northern city of Homs last week killed one Syrian soldier and wounded two more and destroyed much of the SAA equipment at the site, Sputnik reported. Throughout May, Israel has attacked Quneitra, a province near Tel Al-Harrah, as well as the region surrounding Damascus.
TRUMP ADMIN SANCTIONS IRAN TO DISRUPT ARMS NETWORK
https://freebeacon.com/national-security/trump-admin-sanctions-iran-to-disrupt-arms-network/ – By Adam Kredo – June12, 2019
Iran running $100m arms-smuggling operations in Iraq
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps / Getty
Iran’s paramilitary fighting force has been running a multi-million-dollar illicit weapons smuggling program in Iraq, according to new disclosures by the Trump administration, which issued a bevy of sanctions on Wednesday aimed at disrupting the arms network.
The Trump administration Treasury Department announced new sanctions on an Iraq-based arms network being operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), Tehran’s elite fighting force that recently was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S.
The arms network “has trafficked hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of weapons to IRGC-[Quds Force]-backed Iraqi militias,” according to an announcement by the Treasury Department.
The disclosure of this arms network comes amid growing tensions between the Trump administration and Tehran over the country’s global terror operations and efforts to work with Europe on plots to skirt tough new U.S. economic sanctions. In response to these economic penalties, Iran has boosted its contested nuclear work and sought to arm regional militant groups, such as those operating in Iraq.
“Treasury is taking action to shut down Iranian weapons smuggling networks that have been used to arm regional proxies of the IRGC Quds Force in Iraq, while personally enriching regime insiders,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement announcing the arms network. “The Iraqi financial sector and the broader international financial system must harden their defenses against the continued deceptive tactics emanating from Tehran in order to avoid complicity in the IRGC’s ongoing sanctions evasion schemes and other malign activities.”
The arms network is directly tied to IRGC Commander Qasem Soleimani, who has led Iran’s terror operations in Syria and elsewhere.
Using a financial conduit called South Wealth Resources Company (SWRC), Iran has funneled scores of weapons to Iraqi militias targeting U.S. and coalition forces in the region.
“SWRC and its two Iraqi associates, who are also being designated today, have covertly facilitated the IRGC-QF’s access to the Iraqi financial system to evade sanctions,” the Treasury Department disclosed. “This scheme also served to enrich previously sanctioned Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi advisor to IRGC-QF Commander Qasem Soleimani, who has run weapons smuggling networks and participated in bombings of Western embassies and attempted assassinations in the region.”
The Trump administration also designated several individuals tied to the arms network who have help Iran skirt detection, as well as international sanctions of the shipment of illicit arms.
These two Iraqi-based individuals—called Makki Kazim ‘Abd Al Hamid Al Asadi and Muhammed Husayn Salih al-Hasani—also were sanctioned by the administration and will now face international penalties as a result of their efforts to help Tehran proliferate weapons.
“Makki Kazim Al Asadi has acted as an intermediary to facilitate IRGC-QF shipments destined for Iraq, and has helped the IRGC-QF access the Iraqi financial system to evade sanctions,” according to information provided by the Treasury Department. “Makki Kazim Al Asadi is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 for assisting in, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF.”
“Muhammed Hussein Salih Al Hasani is the authorized agent and representative of SWRC, which he registered in Iraq in 2013,” the Treasury Department said. “He has signed weapons contracts for SWRC.”
Meanwhile, Iran continues to boost its construction of advanced weaponry, which also has been shared by Tehran with regional terror groups, including its chief Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.
This includes a newly installed missile shield and other offensive weapons that could be used to target U.S. forces in the region.
The head of the IDF Northern Command on Tuesday threatened overt and covert action against the Hezbollah terror group and its home country of Lebanon, in response to its efforts to build up terrorist infrastructure along the border, in the latest of increasingly bellicose statements by senior military officers against the Iran-backed Lebanese militia.
Maj. Gen. Amir Baram accused Hezbollah of violating United Nations resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War, by “building infrastructure in the villages right here across [the border] and trying to threaten us with attack forces.”
The Northern Command chief said that in a future war against the terror group the country of Lebanon was likely to “pay a heavy price” for allowing Hezbollah to take root there.
“Hezbollah’s loyalty was and remains to the supreme leader of Iran, not to the citizens of Lebanon. As a direct result of this, the nation of Lebanon will pay a heavy price in the next campaign for cooperating with Shiite terror,” Baram said, referring to the sect of Islam practiced by Hezbollah and Iran.
Baram made his remarks at a memorial ceremony commemorating the 13th anniversary of the 2006 Second Lebanon War. His comments come days after the head of Military Intelligence boasted that Israel knew more about Hezbollah’s rocket program than its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, did.
“The 13 years that have passed since the Second Lebanon War and the security stability that it brought to the region are the best evidence of the deterrence created by the war,” he said.
UN resolution 1701 called for all armed groups besides the Lebanese military to remain above the country’s Litani River. Israel maintains that Hezbollah is in constant violation of this, keeping a significant percentage of its 100,000-strong arsenal of rockets and mortar shells in southern Lebanon, as well as conducting patrols and other military activities along the border.
In late 2018 and early 2019, Israel uncovered at least six cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah from southern Lebanon into Israel. According to the army, Hezbollah had planned to use the tunnels to kidnap or kill civilians or soldiers, and to seize a slice of Israeli territory in the event of any hostilities. The peacekeeping force UNIFIL confirmed these to be a violation of resolution 1701, but did not identify Hezbollah as the group responsible for their excavation.
“Israel will not allow [Hezbollah] to fulfil its plans and the destructive ambitions that it and its patron Iran have,” Baram said.
“We will continue to thwart Hezbollah’s efforts to threaten our security both overtly and covertly, as necessary. And if a war is forced upon, we will exact a heavy price from this organisation and from those who provide it cover — wherever is necessary,” he said.
The Israeli military considers the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group to be one of its most significant foes, with a rocket arsenal larger than many countries’ and ample combat experience from its years fighting in the Syrian civil war on behalf of dictator Bashar Assad.
Analysts anticipate that a future war with Hezbollah would be devastating for both Israel and Lebanon. Hezbollah’s massive arsenal of rockets and mortar shells could overwhelm the Israeli military’s air defences, likely leading to large numbers of Israeli casualties, and the terror group’s practice of fighting from within heavily populated areas would also likely result in massive Lebanese civilian casualties.
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday said it “deeply regrets” the decision by Egypt and Jordan to participate in the upcoming American-sponsored economic workshop in Bahrain and called on them and other “brotherly” nations to withdraw.
Egypt, Jordan and Morocco have informed US President Donald Trump’s administration that they will attend the conference, a senior US official told The Times of Israel on Tuesday, ending weeks of uncertainty and paving the way for Israel to be invited as well.
The Palestinian government “deeply regrets the declaration of Cairo and Amman about its participating in the workshop and call on them and all brotherly and friendly countries to withdraw from participating in the workshop,” said spokesman Ibrahim Melhim.
“Under the cover of this participation, the US is trying to create solutions outside the realm of international legitimacy that detracts from the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people,” he said.
However, earlier a top PLO official took a more understanding approach to the decisions from Egypt and Jordan, but dismissed the meet as one organized by the “ruling Zionist lobby group in America” and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Azzam al-Ahmad, a senior Fatah and Palestine Liberation Organization official, told Turkey’s Andolu news agency that he believed the Arab countries’ participation would be merely symbolic.
“The decision is not surprising. They have special ties with the United States and we cannot judge the circumstances that caused them to participate, but we are certain [their] participation will be symbolic and not at a high level,” Ahmad said.
“We would have preferred that they did not participate at all and that Bahrain did not host such a meeting, which the ruling Zionist lobby in America that is allied with the extremist right led by [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, is organizing,” he added, also expressing hope that other Arab countries would refuse to participate in the workshop.
“How can the workshop take place in a brotherly Arab country in the absence of the main stakeholder of the [Palestinian] issue…? The mere holding of [the conference] is in contravention with the Arab Peace Initiative that affirmed the two-state solution, ending the occupation, establishing an independent Palestinian state and the return of refugees in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 194,” he said.
“Whatever the results of the workshop, there is no legal value to them as long as the stakeholders oppose them,” he concluded.
The US administration and Bahrain announced in mid-May that they would host an economic workshop in the Bahraini capital of Manama on June 25 and 26 that “will facilitate discussions on an ambitious, achievable vision and framework for a prosperous future for the Palestinian people and the region.”
American officials have said that the meeting will deal with the economic portion of its apparently forthcoming plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a plan whose unveiling has been again delayed by political instability inside Israel.
The US has been attempting to rally support for the conference, which has come under criticism for seemingly placing economic issues ahead of reaching a political solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinians have firmly rejected the conference; Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said the Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership will not attend the conference nor accept its results. Lebanon said Tuesday it also would not attend the conference, although it is not known if the country was in fact invited.
WHY ISRAEL WON’T LAUNCH A FULL-SCALE GROUND OPERATION IN GAZA
image: – By Yaakov Lappin/JNS.org June 11,2019
In the past year alone, Gaza’s terror factions fought eight rounds of conflict with Israel, signaling a collapse of the four-year period of quiet. Yet despite the frequent flare-ups, Israel stayed clear of launching a ground operation so far.
Southern Israeli cities and towns repeatedly came under mass rocket attacks, yet Israel made due with air power in its responses, unleashing waves of precision airstrikes. The Israeli Air Force destroyed assets and killed operatives of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, but when the dust settled, nothing significant had changed.
There were times when it looked like a ground operation was close. During escalations in November and, most recently, in May, the Israel Defense Forces stationed infantry, armored corpse and artillery units around Gaza, preparing the option of an offensive—an option that never materialized. The move was seen by many as a flexing of muscle, rather than a real intent to move into the Gaza Strip.
“The question is always: For what do we go to war?” asked Gabi Siboni, director of the Military and Strategic Affairs Program at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. “If you look at the IDF’s 2018 strategy, it has two types of approaches: decisive victory on the one hand, and prevention and influence on the other.”
So far, the Israeli cabinet has not instructed the IDF to launch an operation aimed at decisive victory, which would involve a substantial change of the strategic situation. Instead, the cabinet ordered limited maneuvers, aimed at operations that “do not shatter the status quo,” noted Siboni.
Now, he argued, Israel has to decide where it is going in respect to its belligerent neighbor. This means setting strategic objectives and deciding ahead of time whether Israel seeks a substantial change, which would mean toppling the Hamas regime.
“What does this mean? Ending Hamas rule? Setting up [Israeli] military rule in Gaza? We have to state what we want,” said Siboni.
The option of fully occupying Gaza and destroying its terrorist infrastructure would require a year to two years of combat operations, he assessed. “It can be done, but it takes a major effort. Let’s say we do it in two years and destroy the military infrastructure in Gaza. A few attacks may remain, but the combat comes to an end. Now what do we do? Stay there and set up a military government?”
That option has long-term implications for Israel, which would, under such a scenario, become Gaza’s new ruler and take responsibility for the Strip’s services for nearly 2 million civilians.
The unattractiveness of that option has been sufficient to make Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and military chiefs stay far away from ordering a full-scale military invasion of Gaza.
A second alternative that has been brought up by observers is to bring in international forces to control Gaza, instead of Hamas, following an operation. “My assessment is that this is doomed to fail,” said Siboni. “If you look at all past experiences and combine them, we see that international elements do not have the motivation to act. This option has no value in my eyes.”
It matters little whether the international forces would be Arab, NATO or others, he added.
Another alternative would be to bring in the Palestinian Authority to rule Gaza. But the P.A. “riding into Gaza on Israeli spears” is also likely to prove a nonstarter, warned Siboni. “I struggle to see how they can do it if they don’t want to get their hands dirty. If Gaza turns into Judea and Samaria, we’d have a new status quo, but this would require giving full freedom of operation to the IDF, like it has in Judea and Samaria.”
‘THERE ARE NO GOOD ALTERNATIVES’
Without the IDF launching nightly counter-terrorism raids, as it does in the West Bank, the P.A. would not be likely to survive as a regime in Gaza.
As a result, all of the options linked to decisive victory over Hamas “would need real courage because their significance is difficult, no matter how you look at it,” said Siboni. “Decision-makers could say, ‘Let’s invade and look for a solution in five years because the situation became intolerable.’ But they have to think very seriously because there are no good alternatives.”
On the other hand, continuing the pattern of operations aimed at punishing Hamas and PIJ, without toppling Hamas’s rule, would be easier to conduct and would not necessarily have to be as limited as past responses.
“Israel could do more of the same, but use the next escalation to deliver a very painful blow,” he said. “The objective would be not just to destroy immediate terrorist infrastructure.”
Instead, Israel could threaten the survivability of Hamas’s leadership. “I assume that at a certain stage, the leadership will say ‘stop. We do not want to commit suicide.’ This leaves open the option of [an Israeli] withdrawal.”
Putting the existence of Hamas’s leadership under threat and launching much harsher responses before withdrawing from Gaza is the most realistic option, assessed Siboni.
Chuck Freilich, a former deputy Israeli national security adviser, told JNS that “keeping a weakened Hamas in power is the best of the bad options. We have to think in terms of conflict management, not resolution.”
Israel has no better realistic options than living with Hamas as the governing body in Gaza, he assessed.
“Only a severe and sustained change for the worse justifies the heavy losses a ground operation would incur,” stated Freilich.
“A ground operation which will solve nothing will cost tens or hundreds of lives,” he cautioned. “Unless there is a serious diplomatic objective based on a settlement with the P.A., the objectives remain limited to a return to the status quo.”
Past Netanyahu governments have been aware of this fact, which is why they have not launched an operation to destroy Hamas, despite their rhetoric, argued Freilich.
Should this change, he added, and Israel would feel forced to launch a major ground operation, it will need “U.S. support and to the extent possible, Egyptian, Arab and international support.”
Originally published at JNS.org – reposted with permission.
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Seventy-five years after the D-Day landings paved the way for Europe’s salvation from tyranny, its nations have once more become enslaved to godless ideologies our heroes gave their lives to defeat.
At the same time war and rumors of war dominate the headlines as the world shakes amid fierce political, social and spiritual storms, at the epicentre of which stands Israel where a couple of real earthquakes (measuring 4.5 and 4.6 on the Richter scale) have struck in recent days.
Having consistently vowed to wipe Israel off the map, Iran is now feared to be just six months away from developing a nuclear bomb. In the aftermath of its announcement that it has begun violating the 2015 nuclear accord with world powers, a former leading official in the International Atomic Energy Agency is warning that Tehran could be as close as “six months away from an atomic bomb”. In an interview with IDF Radio, Olli Heinonen said that “Israelis need to be worried, and the Gulf states also have reason for concern.”
Meanwhile Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar has thanked Iran for providing the rockets his terror group used to strike deep into Israel and warned the Jewish state that Tel Aviv would be struck again in response to any offensive against the Gaza Strip.
And as President Trump sweeps through London to howls of protest, his Mideast ‘Deal of the Century’ looks in jeopardy as the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s future is replicated in Jerusalem where Benjamin Netanyahu has been forced to hold another election after failing to form a coalition. We do not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.
Meanwhile, as the once Judeo-Christian nations of the West have turned away from God, so Jew-hatred is on the increase, much of it thinly veiled as ‘legitimate’ criticism of Israel.
As the Nazis successfully brainwashed the German people to believe the lie that the Jews were behind all the world’s troubles, so much of today’s liberal Western media repeatedly questions the status and legitimacy of Israel, not to mention the civilization built upon the Scriptures they gave us.
We now hear that British Jews have been forced to close their businesses as a result of the aggression of a pro-Palestine group supported by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, of which Mr Corbyn is patron, targeted shops selling Israeli products in Brighton, London and Manchester, forcing two businesses to fold. And this comes as Labour became the only party after the ultra-right BNP to be formally investigated for racism by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.
Meanwhile Israelis are this week celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem, after nearly 2,000 years in Gentile hands, through the 1967 Six-Day War. But Palestinians have predictably responded with riots on the Temple Mount, refusing to acknowledge Jewish claims to the city and its holy sites.
The Latest on the Ebola outbreak in Africa (all times local):
The World Health Organization says an expert committee has been alerted for a possible meeting to discuss whether to declare the Ebola outbreak a global health emergency.
A WHO spokesman says the director general might convene a third meeting after two previous ones decided this Congo-based outbreak was not yet fit for a declaration.
Now the deadly virus has crossed into Uganda, where three cases including one death have been confirmed.
Nearly 1,400 people have died since this outbreak was declared in August.
The World Health Organization says two more cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Uganda after the first was announced late Tuesday in the East African country.
The two new cases are believed to be family members of the 5-year-old boy who entered Uganda from eastern Congo earlier this week and has since died.
Family members, including the boy’s mother, have been isolated at a hospital near the Congo border.
These are the first Ebola cases outside Congo since the outbreak began in August. Nearly 1,400 people have died.
Authorities are trying to determine how the family, exposed to the virus, managed to cross the border.
The World Health Organization says the 5-year-old boy who became the first cross-border case in the current Ebola outbreak has died.
The boy’s death was confirmed the day after WHO announced the first Ebola case outside eastern Congo since the outbreak began in August. Nearly 1,400 people have died.
Authorities are trying to determine how the boy’s family, exposed to the virus, managed to cross into Uganda. His relatives are isolated at a hospital there.
A 5-year-old boy vomiting blood has become the first cross-border case of Ebola in the current deadly outbreak. Now authorities in Congo are trying to determine how his family, exposed to the virus, managed to cross into neighboring Uganda.
The World Health Organization late Tuesday confirmed the first Ebola case outside Congo since the outbreak began in August. Nearly 1,400 people have died.
Congo’s health ministry says a dozen members of the boy’s family had showed symptoms of Ebola and were put in isolation.
But six managed to leave while awaiting transfer to an Ebola treatment center. Authorities say they entered Uganda, where the boy is receiving treatment and relatives are isolated.
Experts have long feared Ebola could spread to neighboring countries because of unrest hampering response work in Congo.
PROGRESSIVE CHURCHES NOW PUSHING THE LGTB AGENDA
By PNW Staff June 12, 2019
Just as residents of one town make progress towards stopping the indoctrination of our kids with Drag Queen Story Hour, the United Church of Christ has come to the rescue of LGTB activists.
Open Cathedral, a member of the United Church of Christ, rented out a room at the Leander Public Library after the City of Leander in Texas nixed the Drag Queen Story event due to local opposition.
The event will now be hosted in the conference room at the library on June 15.
According to the event page, the church will select a drag queen to read children books about “how wonderful it is to be unique and special.”
Open Cathedral will be paying the fees to rent out the room and the local pastor with members of the church will be there to volunteer.
The church describes itself as a ‘progressive’ Christian church startup that values community, not conformity, and welcomes members of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
As of press time, nearly 500 people had marked themselves as “going,” with 2,000 “interested.”
The First United Methodist Church Of Birmingham in Alabama has also decided to make a ‘progressive’ statement on June 15th.
The church has partnered with the Shout LGBTQ Film Festival by hosting a “wedding party” featuring a free screening of the popular “Arthur” cartoon episode surrounding the same-sex “wedding” of Mr. Ratburn after Alabama Public Television said that it would not air the broadcast.
Alabama Public Television director of programming explained the episode ban by saying “Parents have trusted Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide children’s programs that entertain, educate and inspire.
More importantly, although we strongly encourage parents to watch television with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards, parents trust that their children can watch APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than the ‘target’ audience for Arthur also watch the program.”
The real issue at the root of the actions by these churches is not so much the endorsement and promotion of the LGTB agenda, as bad as that is, but how one approaches Scripture.
Whether it is abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism or the next issue that society decides is morally acceptable. Without a belief that Scripture is the Word of God, to be taken literally – each new generation will treat the Bible as a buffet, picking and choosing what is the truth of God and what are simple suggestions.
Oliver Thomas is a retired American Baptist minister and he sums up the misguided views of such ‘progressive’ churches in his recent USA Today column in which he complains that churches will continue hemorrhaging members and money at an alarming rate until we muster the courage to face the truth: We got it wrong on gays and lesbians.
According to Thomas, “It’s difficult to watch good people buy into the sincere but misguided notion that being a faithful Christian means accepting everything the Bible teaches”.
Thomas is wrong however as study after study has shown that the dying churches are almost all mainline churches that have veered to the left. United Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian (U.S.A.) and Episcopal churches are all in major decline, while conservative, evangelical churches continue to grow.
The Presbyterian Church USA declined by 11.6 percent over the previous decade, while the United Methodist Church lost “only” 6.7 percent and the Episcopal Church lost 5.3 percent. The United Church of Christ was abandoned by 14.8 percent of its members, while the American Baptist Churches USA were reduced by 5.7 percent.
On the other side of the theological divide, the conservative Presbyterian Church in America [PCA] grew 42.4 percent in the same decade that the more liberal Presbyterian denomination lost 11.6 percent of its members. Other conservative denominations experiencing significant growth included the Christian Missionary Alliance (21.8 percent), the Evangelical Free Church (57.2 percent), the Assemblies of God (18.5 percent), and the Southern Baptist Convention (five percent).
Another study found that 93 percent of clergy members and 83 percent of worshipers from growing churches agreed with the statement “Jesus rose from the dead with a real flesh-and-blood body leaving behind an empty tomb.” This compared with 67 percent of worshipers and 56 percent of clergy members from declining churches.
Furthermore, all growing church clergy members and 90 percent of their worshipers agreed that “God performs miracles in answer to prayers,” compared with 80 percent of worshipers and a mere 44 percent of clergy members from declining churches.
The more a church lacks belief in the inerrancy of the scriptures and, in turn, the essentials of the Christian faith – the quicker it declines. When the church tries to be just a moral social club, it can’t compete with the world. Why attend somewhere that doesn’t truly believe the core foundation of its purpose for being?
What we believe will affect how we live and this plays out in church growth as well.
Because of their conservative outlook, the growing church clergy members in the study took Jesus’ command to “Go make disciples” literally. Thus, they all held the conviction it’s “very important to encourage non-Christians to become Christians,” and thus likely put effort into converting non-Christians.
Conversely, because of their liberal leanings, half the clergy members at the declining churches held the opposite conviction, believing it is neither desirable nor necessary to convert non-Christians. Some of them felt, for instance, that promoting their religion outside of their immediate faith community is culturally insensitive.
Progressive liberal Christians have long claimed that the Church must change with the times or it will die. They just get the direction of the change wrong.
BOTSWANA DECRIMINALIZES HOMOSEXUALITY IN LANDMARK RULING
(Fox News) – Botswana on Tuesday decriminalized homosexuality in a landmark decision by the nation’s High Court on Tuesday. The High Court rejected sections of Botswana’s penal code punishing gay sex with up to seven years in prison, deeming it unconstitutional. The ruling stated that penalizing people for who they are is both disrespectful and discriminatory, and said that the law shouldn’t deal with private acts between consenting adults.
The judges of the High Court said sexual orientation is innate and not a “fashion statement,” and cited a comment from President Mokgweetsi Masisi — which was shared by LEGABIBO, or Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana, ahead of the decision — in their ruling. “There are also many people of same-sex relationships in this country who have been violated and have also suffered in silence for fear of being discriminated,” Masisi said. “Just like other citizens, they deserve to have their rights protected.” READ MORE:
UNPRECEDENTED U.S. WEATHER CHAOS CONTINUES: 120F IN THE WEST, MORE RECORD-SETTING FLOODING IN THE EAST
Global weather patterns are dramatically shifting, and week after week we keep seeing things happen that we have never seen before. As far as our weather is concerned, this is definitely the strangest year in modern American history, and many believe that what we have witnessed so far is just the beginning. Up until just recently, the endless rain, catastrophic flooding and horrific tornado outbreaks in the middle of the country have been dominating weather headlines. But now the west coast is getting into the act. This week, new record high temperatures have been established in city after city, and this includes San Francisco… (READ MORE…)