Galatians 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!
(John 8:32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
SHOULD CHRISTIANS FEAR?
QUESTION: Is it wrong in the eyes of the Lord if I have fear of the unknown despite that I asked and ask His forgiveness and His help and I trust Him with everything? I handle hard my bad feelings, especially distress and fear. Are these feelings equal to doubt in the eyes of the Lord? I have problems with the definition of doubt, what the Lord counts as doubt.
ANSWER: In the secular world fear is considered natural, a warning sign to be alert for danger. In the Spiritual world, John wrote that perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18) If you’re afraid that you’ll somehow miss out on the Bible’s promises, then you aren’t trusting the sufficiency of the Lord’s work on your behalf. You’re listening to other voices that are trying to make you doubt. Doubt is a lack of belief or trust. It causes fear. Study John 6:37-40 and Romans 8:38-39, two very clear statements on the unconditional nature of His promises. Then rebuke the voices who counsel fear.
FEAR OR FAITH?
QUESTION: Places like Psalm 25:12 & 14 speak of the fear of the Lord. Is it by fear then that we ultimately look toward Him for salvation?
ANSWER: According to Strong’s Concordance it’s a reverent fear, which I think is more like the respect we feel toward a powerful dignitary.
Even so, in the Old Testament it was the fear of loss that ultimately motivated most people. Violations of God’s Law were not tolerated and justice was often swift and decisive. The security of their relationship with God was only good for a year at a time, and had to be renewed every fall on Yom Kippur. Blessings were contingent upon obedience and could be quickly withdrawn.
In the New Testament it’s our faith in the promise of gain that drives us, because through the cross God has reconciled us to Himself and made peace with us (Colossians 1:19-20). In coming to Him we gain a better life here and for all of eternity. Romans 2:4 says it’s God’s kindness that leads us to repentance, showing how the cross changed things from God’s perspective.
Fear and faith cannot occupy the same mind at the same time. 1 John 4:18 says, “Perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.” The Lord is the only source of perfect love. His promise of forgiveness drives away our fear of punishment and gives us peace. His gift of the Holy Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance (Ephes. 1:13-14) gives us life long security.
In coming to Him we are assured of a better life, now and forever. We really have nothing to lose.
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WAR: AS IRANIAN QUDS FORCES RAIN DOWN ROCKETS ON ISRAEL, NETANYAHU KNOWS THAT NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE ON IRAN
The Israel Defence Forces has deployed Iron Dome missile defence systems in Golan Heights and in northern Israel in preparation for a retaliatory strike, reports Haaretz. Tuesday’s strikes represent an immediate escalation in tensions in the region after US President Donald Trump walked away from the 2015 nuclear agreement Barack Obama struck with Iran.
Iranian forces in Syria have launched missiles at the Israeli military in the annexed Golan Heights region, Israel’s army has claimed.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Benjamin Netanyahu knows that, for the first time in generations, Israel has an American president who is willing to fully back them in a war against their arch-enemy Iran, and Netanyahu also knows this opportunity may never come again. Israel has been repeatedly attacking Iranian targets in Syria for the past few weeks, and tonight Iran directly fired back for the first time. If Israel is ever going to neutralize the Iranian threat, it will have to be done now. Right now. May 14th is now only 5 days away, and the clock is ticking…
An Israeli air defence spokesman said “about 20 rockets” were fired by Iranian Quds Force at the Jewish state’s defensive line in the area – which has been occupied by Israel since 1967.
IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus later confirmed to reporters that no one has been injured and that defence systems intercepted some of the missiles. He said that Israeli forces had “responded”, adding: “The IDF sees this Iranian attack on Israel with severity. This event is not over.”
Fighter jets have also been seen flying over the area, which lies near the Syria’s southern border, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Shortly before the suspected strikes on the Golan Heights, reports within Syria claimed that Israel had attacked targets in the Quneitra province south of Damascus.
This comes after missiles strikes last night were attributed to Israel following reports of “irregular activity” of Iranian forces in Syria. Campaigners said the strikes killed nine people and targeted depots and rocket launchers that likely belonged to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.
The Israel Defence Forces has deployed Iron Dome missile defence systems in Golan Heights and in northern Israel in preparation for a retaliatory strike, reports Haaretz. Tuesday’s strikes represent an immediate escalation in tensions in the region after US President Donald Trump walked away from the 2015 nuclear agreement Barack Obama struck with Iran.
Following America’s withdrawal from the deal, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said his country would develop nuclear weapons if Iran restarted its nuclear programme.
Known officially as the JCPOA, the so-called Iran deal was designed to curb Iranian nuclear ambitions while in return easing the sanctions crippling its economy. Israel, which almost never confirms or denies airstrikes in Syria, did not comment on Tuesday’s attack. source
IDF HITS BACK: ISRAEL LAUNCHES MASSIVE COUNTER ATTACK AGAINST IRANIAN FORCES IN SYRIA IN LARGEST EXCHANGE SINCE 1973 YOM KIPPUR WAR
“The Israel Defense Forces is taking action at this moment against Iranian targets in Syria. Any Syrian involvement against this move will be met with the utmost seriousness,” wrote Avichay Adraee, the Israeli military’s Arabic-language spokesperson, on Twitter. A source in the Israeli security establishment said this attack was the largest carried out by Israel since it signed on a disengagement agreement with Syria in May 1974
In response an earlier Iranian missile attack, Israel launched an extensive retaliatory campaign, striking suspected Iranian bases throughout Syria for hours following the initial Iranian bombardment, an Israeli military spokesperson said, warning Syrian dictator Bashar Assad not to get involved.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Israeli Air Force has just finished with an absolutely blistering counterattack on Iran in Syria, in the largest show of firepower by Israel in Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. The IDF warned Assad to not even think about using anti-tank missiles against its planes, and would be hit immediately if they did. This is breaking news and we will update this story as it develops…
“The Israel Defense Forces is taking action at this moment against Iranian targets in Syria. Any Syrian involvement against this move will be met with the utmost seriousness,” wrote Avichay Adraee, the Israeli military’s Arabic-language spokesperson, on Twitter.
A source in the Israeli security establishment said this attack was the largest carried out by Israel since it signed on a disengagement agreement with Syria in May 1974.
According to Arabic media reports, the Israel Defense Forces struck numerous targets across Syria, including weapons depots and Assad regime radar and air defense systems. The Israeli military would not immediately comment on its specific targets.
Syrian rebels said these strikes targeted three airfields: the Shayrat air base, which was targeted by the United States last year for its role in an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun; the Tha’lah air base, in southwest Syria, which has been tied to Hezbollah; and the Mezzeh military air field outside Damascus, which is reportedly home to Assad’s elite republican guard.
A large Israeli bombing raid was reported near the northwestern Syrian town of Qusayr near the Lebanese border, a known Hezbollah stronghold.
Syria’s state news agency, after initially reporting that the country’s air defenses were intercepting dozens of “hostile Israeli missiles,” later said Israeli jets were “aiming to destroy anti-aircraft defenses and radar.” source
ISRAEL AND IRAN-MAGEDDON ON PATH TO EZEKIEL 38-39 WAR? MIDEAST TINDERBOX ONLY AWAITS END-TIMES SPARK
By David Wainer , Donna Abu-Nasr , and Henry Meyer – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-03/israel-sees-iran-war-looming-as-mideast-tinderbox-awaits-a-spark
There have been coups and revolutions, external invasions and proxy conflicts, but the Middle East hasn’t seen a head-to-head war between major regional powers since the 1980s.
There’s a growing risk that one is about to break out in Syria, pitting Israel against Iran.
The Islamic Republic’s forces are entrenching there, after joining the fight to prop up President Bashar al-Assad. The Jewish state, perceiving a direct threat on its border, is subjecting them to an escalating barrage of airstrikes. Nobody expects those strikes to go unanswered.
The path to escalation is clear, and the rhetoric is apocalyptic. “We will demolish every site where we see an Iranian attempt to position itself,” Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told the London-based Saudi newspaper Elaph, adding that the Iranian regime is “living its final days.”
In Tehran, Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards, said that “100,000 missiles are ready to fly” in Israel’s direction, and warned they could bring about its “annihilation and collapse.”
Light a Match
Iran and Israel have been exchanging threats for decades. What’s different now is that Syria’s civil war, which sucked in both countries, provides a potential battlespace—one that’s much closer to Jerusalem than to Tehran.
Israeli officials say there are 80,000 fighters in Syria who take orders from Iran. As they help Assad recapture territory, militiamen from Hezbollah have deployed within a few kilometers of the Golan Heights on Israel’s border. Iran has vowed to avenge its citizens killed by the Israeli airstrikes, and it has plenty of options for doing so.
It’s a tinderbox, says Ofer Shelach, a member of the foreign affairs and defense committee in Israel’s parliament. “I’m worried about the possibility that a match ignited in the Golan will light up a war going all the way to the sea.”
Even more troubling is the absence of firefighters.
Israelis lament that Washington has become a bit-part player, unable to impose a Syrian settlement that would guarantee its ally’s security. Absent that, “we can only represent our interests through force,” Shelach says.
Asked about Israel-Iran tensions at a press briefing on Thursday, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the U.S. is concerned by Iranian actions that “destabilize the region,” including through its proxy Hezbollah. “Wherever Iran is, chaos follows,” she said.
Able or Willing
Far from tamping down tensions, President Donald Trump—egged on by Israel—has been ramping them up. By threatening to withdraw next week from the international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program, he’s added another volatile element to the regional mix.
The only power with channels open to both sides, and the clout to play mediator, is Russia.
President Vladimir Putin’s intervention in 2015 to shore up Assad has left Russia as the strongest actor in Syria. Putin is seeking to impose a peace that would lock in his political gains, so he has every interest in averting any spread of the war.
But that doesn’t mean he’s able or willing to rein in Iran. While Russia has cordial ties with Israel, they’re likely outweighed by the confluence of interests with the Islamic Republic, whose ground forces were crucial to the success of Putin’s Syrian gambit. Repeatedly threatened with attack or regime-change by its enemies, Iran sees the sympathetic governments in Damascus and Beirut as providing strategic depth.
Now, the Iranians in Syria have graduated from helping Assad to “building their strategic presence against Israel,” said Paul Salem, senior vice president at the Middle East Institute in Washington. “It appears that neither the Russians nor the Assad regime are in control or can limit these things,” he said. “The situation is highly unstable and highly unmanaged.”
One test of Russia’s ability to manage it may come in southern Syria, where Islamic State and other jihadists and rebels still hold territory near Israel’s border—enclaves that are among the likely next targets for Assad’s advancing army.
“Before they do that, the Russians need to have an arrangement with the Israelis,” said Yuri Barmin, a Middle East expert at the Russian International Affairs Council, which advises the Kremlin. Russia is “willing to negotiate on the issue of Iran and Iran’s presence” in those regions, he said.
That may not be enough to meet Israeli concerns, which extend far beyond the border.
Earlier in the Syrian conflict, Israel’s airstrikes typically aimed to destroy weapons convoys bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon. There’s been a significant change. Two strikes in the past month—widely attributed to Israel, though the Jewish state doesn’t comment on such matters—targeted permanent infrastructure used by Iran’s forces. Both took place deep inside Syrian territory.
“It’s shortsighted to look at it in terms of how many kilometers from the border Iran is sitting,” said Amos Gilad, who recently stepped down as director of political-military affairs at Israel’s Defense Ministry. “Iran cannot be allowed to base themselves militarily in Syria. And Israel is fully determined to prevent that.”
To be sure, the goal could be achieved without a full-blown war. Salem, at the Middle East Institute, says the likeliest outcome is that Israel and Iran will avoid a conflict that neither really wants—though he says the risk that they’ll end up fighting is higher than at any time since the Israel-Hezbollah war in 2006.
And although hostilities have effectively begun with the airstrikes, many analysts say that they can be contained to Syria—where Israel and Iran can square off without their allies necessarily being drawn into the fight.
“Never!” said Liberman, when asked if clashes with Iran could lead to clashes with Russia. “There will be no confrontation with them.”
In Beirut, Sami Nader of the Levant Institute for Strategic Studies said that Russia may not oppose an Israeli attack on Iranian positions in Syria, provided it doesn’t threaten to topple the Assad regime that is “the Russians’ main card at the negotiating table.” Barmin, the Kremlin adviser, said there’s plenty of daylight between the “diverging interests” of Russia and Iran.
So far, Russia’s response to Israeli airstrikes has been muted. But after the U.S. bombed Syrian targets last month, to punish Assad for an alleged chemical attack, Russian officials said they may deliver state-of-the-art S-300 missile defense systems to Syria. That would pose new risks for the Israeli air force—and increase the chance of a flashpoint.
Israel’s parliament this week passed a law empowering the prime minister and defense to declare war without wider Cabinet approval in “extreme circumstances.”
Half a century ago, Israel launched a surprise attack against its Arab enemies. A few years later, in 1973, the tables were turned. In both cases, one of the combatants consciously opted for war.
But that’s not how Israel’s more recent conflicts have started, says Shelach. “It always happened because the situation escalated, deteriorated, without any of the sides making a decision.”
And that’s the risk he sees now, with no obvious off-ramp.
ISRAEL AND IRAN LURCH CLOSER TO ALL-OUT WAR IN SYRIA AFTER ALLEGED ROCKET ATTACK ON GOLAN HEIGHTS
srael and Iran lurched closer to an all out war in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces allegedly fired rockets into the Golan Heights and Israel responded with some of its heaviest airstrikes in years.
The exchange of fire was the most direct confrontation between the Middle East rivals after years of escalating tensions in Syria and came just one day after Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear agreement and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
According to the Israeli military, Iranian forces based in Syria fired a barrage of around 20 rockets at Israeli troops in the Golan, the mountainous region Israel captured from Syrian in 1967 and has occupied since.
No Israelis were hurt and there was only limited damage to Israeli positions in the Golan, a military spokesman said.
Israel said the Quds Force, the expeditionary wing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, carried out the attack at around 12.10am on Thursday. Israel accused General Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Quds Force, of being behind the attack.
“It was ordered and commanded by Qassem Soleimani and it has not achieved its purpose,” said Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli Defence Forces.
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Syrian forces fired missiles at the Israeli attack Credit: AFP
Israel struck back with widespread strikes against dozens of targets inside Syria, Lt Col Conricus said. The attack appeared to be one of the largest Israel has carried out since it began periodic strikes against Iran and its ally Hizbollah inside of Syria.
Among the targets were Iranian intelligence bases, a Quds force logistics headquarters, and a weapons depot at the Damascus international airport, according to Israel.
Syrian regime air defence systems also fired missiles at attacking Israeli aircraft. Israel said that it struck several of the anti-aircraft systems and also destroyed the Iranian Uragan rocket launcher used to fire the rockets into the Golan.
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system brought down four of the rockets, the military said.
Syrian state media reported Israeli missile attacks targeting Baath City in Quneitra, near the border with the Golan Heights. The Syrian regime said it had intercepted several missiles over Damascus, Homs and the southern city of Suwayda.
Missiles fire is seen over Damascus Credit: Reuters
There was no immediate word on casualties inside of Syria.
Israel said it had informed Russia, Syria’s ally, of the strikes before carrying out the attack. The Israeli and Russian militaries have a “deconfliction channel” designed to stop the two sides from accidentally attacking each other in the crowded skies above Syria.
A long-running cold war between Israel and Iran across the Syrian border has turned increasingly hot in recent months.
At least seven Iranians were killed on April 9 during a suspected Israeli strike on the T4 airbase in central Syria, prompting Iran to vow revenge against Israel.
Hours after Mr Trump announced he was pulling the US out of the Iran deal on Wednesday, Israel allegedly carried out a strike against an Iranian facility south of Damascus. Nine people were reported killed, including some Iranian fighters.
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An Israeli soldier stands on a tank as another jumps off it near the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Credit: Reuters
In February, Iran allegedly launched an armed drone from Syria into Israel. Israel shot down the drone and carried out a wave of airstrikes in response. One Israeli F-16 was shot down by Syrian air defence systems during the attack, the first time Israel has lost a warplane in combat since 1982.
Israel has said repeatedly it will not allow Iran to build up a permanent military presence in Syria and is prepared to go to war to stop it.
“We are determined to block Iran’s aggression against us even if this means a struggle. Better now than later,” Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said last week.
“Nations that were unprepared to take timely action to counter murderous aggression against them paid much heavier prices afterwards.”
While Israel has scored tactical military victories over Iran in Syria, it has struggled with a broader diplomatic campaign to convince world powers to rein in Iran’s build up in Syria.
Israeli soldiers stands on a closed road near the Syrian border in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights”>
Israeli soldiers stands on a closed road near the Syrian border in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights Credit: Xinhua / Barcroft Images
Mr Netanyahu travels regularly to Moscow – his last visit was on Wednesday – to urge Vladimir Putin to pressure Iran out of Syria. So far the diplomatic effort has yielded few visible results on the Iranian question.
Syrian media said Thursday’s attack was the first time in years that Syrians had fired at Israeli forces in the Golan Heights.
Israel has been on heightened alert in recent days, anticipating an Iranian attack. Israeli residents of the Golan Heights were told to ready their bomb shelters on Tuesday after Israel spotted what it called “irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria”.
IRAN FIRES ROCKETS AT ISRAELI MILITARY IN ‘FIRST DIRECT ATTACK EVER’
Jerusalem: Confrontation between Israel and Iranian forces sharply escalated on Thursday after Iranian forces shelled Israeli army outposts overnight, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli strikes in Syria since its civil war began in 2011.
The attack into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights marks the first time Iranian forces have fired directly onto Israeli troops from Syria, where Iran-backed Hezzbolah militias support President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war.
Within hours, around noon AEST, Israel said it had attacked dozens of Iranian targets in Syria in response to the rocket salvo. The attack came after Israel said it had detected unusual Iranian troop movements across the border and had intelligence about a possible attack from Syrian soil.
Israel also struck five Syrian anti-aircraft batteries that fired at its planes, the Israeli military said in a statement to local media.
Heavy military jet activity, explosions and air-defence fire could be heard throughout the night in the area. An Israeli military spokesman said around 20 Iranian projectiles or rockets were fired by Quds forces, a special unit affiliated with Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Syrian state media said dozens of Israeli missile strikes hit a radar station, Syrian air defence positions and an ammunition dump, underscoring the risks of a wider escalation involving Iran and its regional allies.
The damage in Golan Heights was “limited” Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said, adding that Israel had intercepted “a few” of the Iran rockets and there were no reports of casualties.
Tensions between Israel and Iran had already spilled over in Syria. Iran vowed retaliation after an Israeli air strike last month killed seven of its military personnel in a desert airbase in Syria.
Israel regards Iran as its biggest threat, and has repeatedly targeted Iranian forces and allied militia in Syria. It has repeatedly warned in recent months that it would not accept a permanent Iranian military presence in Syria.
Syrian state media said Israeli missiles had been brought down over Damascus, Homs and Sueida.
Flames rising after an attack in an area known to have numerous Syrian army military bases, in Kisweh, south of Damascus, Syria. Syrian state-run media said Israel struck a military outpost.
Fearing that Iran and Hezbollah are setting up a Lebanese-Syrian front against it, Israel has occasionally struck at their forces. Iran blamed it for an April 9 air strike that killed seven of its military personnel in Syria, and vowed revenge.
Expectations of a regional flare-up were stoked by US President Donald Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that he was withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal. An hour later, Israeli rocket rockets targeted a military base in Kiswah, Syria, killing 15 people, including eight Iranians, the Syrian Obse The Israeli miliary said it “views this event with great severity and remains prepared for a wide variety of scenarios.”
With Syria’s civil war raging just across the border, Israeli residents of the Golan Heights have become used to the air-raid sirens and errant fire. But recent days have been different, and war jitters have spread across Israel.
On Wednesday, it had seemed like business as usual on the Golan, a plateau that rises dramatically behind the Sea of Galilee, captured from Syria by Israel in the 1967 war. Children went to school and wineries welcomed groups of tourists.
But Israel trucked in tanks and additional air defence batteries, and the military chief of staff touched down in a helicopter to tour the area to assess the army’s readiness.
Iran had threatened to retaliate against Israel after an air strike in April that killed seven Iranian soldiers at a base in Syria.
Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the nuclear deal with Iran has given Tehran less reason to exercise caution in confronting Israel, analysts said.
“US withdrawal has accelerated the escalation between Israel and Iran,” said Ofer Zalzberg, and analyst at International Crisis Group. “Iran faces less restraint in terms of the timing for a retaliation,” he said, adding that Iran likely had been waiting for the US decision before formulating its next move.
While Trump was in Washington announcing the withdrawal on Tuesday, US time, Golan residents were being told to open up their bomb shelters – the first time the army has instructed them to do so during seven years of civil war in nearby Syria.
At Kibbutz Ein Zivan, a few miles from the Syrian border, David Spelman had pulled up a text on his phone sent from the regional council just minutes after Trump finished speaking. It instructed resident to be “watchful and prepared”.
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Heights was officially annexed by Israel in 1981, but that action has not been internationally recognised.
“You have different level of worries, but people are pretty seasoned here,” said Spelman, a former regional council member who has lived on the kibbutz since it was established in 1968.
“There are certain points of time that you have to face things head on, and Netanyahu is doing it,” he said of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
“It’s a really tense time,” said one regional council official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss preparations. “We are telling the citizens to still have regular life; children are going to school. But our job and the army’s job and people involved in security, it’s 24 hours. It’s something a little more this time.”
At a winery on Ein Zivan, American tourists said they were unaware the US government had told its employees to stay away from the Golan until the situation stabilises.
“Seems like much ado about nothing,” one said as he left after a tasting.
Amid warnings of a potential attack, some 62 per cent of Israelis think a war is imminent, according to a poll commissioned on Wednesday by Israel’s Hadashot news channel.
“Iran will retaliate through proxies, sooner or later, against Israeli military sites in the north,” Gary Samore, a former White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction, said at a security conference in Herzliya, Israel.
But he said that no side is interested in a full-scale conflict, and there is debate in Iran over how to proceed. He said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wants to avoid confrontation because he is trying to preserve the nuclear deal with world powers. But Iranian miliary commanders want to retaliate for the death of Iranian soldiers.
Rouhani said his government remains committed to a nuclear deal with Europe, Russia and China, despite the US decision to withdraw, but is also ready to ramp up uranium enrichment if the agreement no longer produces benefits.
Netanyahu had been a leading advocate of a US withdrawal, but his military chiefs had been more cautious. Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. Russia, which is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces alongside Iran, is seen as key in preventing Iranian-Israeli tensions from escalating.
Israel, determined not to let Iran expand its military presence in Syria, has struck over the border at least 100 times during the war, extending its targets from suspected arms convoys to Iranian-linked military bases.
“Iran is not fully inside. It has not yet succeeded in building what it wants to build there, and now is the time for Israel to push back,” said Chagai Tzuriel, director general of Israel’s Intelligence Ministry.
ISRAEL GOES ON HIGH ALERT OVER SYRIA AS TRUMP QUITS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
Syrian state media accused Israel of launching missiles at a target near Damascus on Tuesday, shortly after US President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the Iranian nuclear deal, a move that had prompted Israel to go on high alert.
The Israeli military said that, upon identifying “irregular activity” by Iranian forces in Syria, it instructed civic authorities on the Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters, deployed new defenses and mobilized some reservist forces.
Israel’s top general, Gadi Eizenkott, canceled a scheduled appearance at an annual security conference and was conferring with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other national security chiefs, officials said.
Trump’s hard tack against the nuclear deal, while welcomed by Israel, has stirred fears of a possible regional flare-up.
Within two hours of the White House announcement, Syrian state news agency SANA reported explosions in Kisweh, south of Damascus. Syrian air defenses fired at two Israeli missiles, destroying both, SANA said.
A commander in the regional alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Reuters that Israel’s air force had struck an army base at Kisweh without causing casualties.
Asked about those statements, an Israeli military spokeswoman said: “We do not respond to such foreign reports.”
Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah have been helping Assad beat back a seven-year-old rebellion. Israel has carried out repeated air strikes against them, hoping to stop the formation of a Lebanese-Syrian front to its north.
An April 9 strike killed seven Iranian military personnel at a Syrian airbase. Iran blamed Israel and vowed to retaliate.
Israeli media said Tuesday’s order to prepare bomb shelters on the Golan was unprecedented during Syria’s civil war.
Israel has posted Iron Dome short-range air defenses on the Golan, local media said, suggesting that the anticipated attack could be by ground-to-ground rockets or mortars.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a televised address lauding Trump’s Iran policy and alluding to the tensions over Syria.
“For months now, Iran has been transferring lethal weaponry to its forces in Syria, with the purpose of striking at Israel,” Netanyahu said. “We will respond mightily to any attack on our territory.”
On Twitter, Lieberman said he had spoken to his US counterpart James Mattis and “updated him on regional developments.”
NETANYAHU ORDERS BOMBS SHELTERS OPENED IN ISRAEL AS IDF JETS STRIKE NEAR DAMASCUS TO DESTROY IRANIAN MISSILES AIMED AT TEL AVIV
A pro-Assad commander said Israeli fighter jets struck a Syria army position south of Damascus, adding that there were no casualties. Syrian state media reported that Syrian air defenses fired at two Israeli missiles, destroying both in the Kiswah area. The reports come on the heels of U.S. President Donald Trump’s dramatic withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
Syria said Israel carried out an attack on a military base south of Damascus on Tuesday, which was used by Iranian forces. According to reports, Israeli fighter jets entered Syrian airspace and struck Iranian missiles aimed at Israel.
“And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad.” Jeremiah 49:27 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: As events continue to unfold today, it’s rapidly becoming clear that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has received permission from the United States to finally begin using military force to neutralize the ever-growing Iranian threat to Israel. It is no coincidence that mere hours after President Trump announced pulling out of the Obama Iranian Nuclear Treaty that Israel began striking Iranian-held military installations in and around Damascus. Has the end times fuse just been lit? Stay tuned…
The military said it identified what it said was unusual movements of Iranian forces in Syria. The military believed those forces were preparing for an imminent retaliation against Israel. Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli military ordered communities in the Golan Heights, bordering with Syria, to open public shelters. Intelligence officers and other specialized forces have been called up, though reserve combat units have not been drafted. Israeli military bases were preparing for a possible Iranian attack.
At least nine troops were killed tonight as Israel launched air strikes against Iranian military targets in Syria just minutes after Donald Trump’s speech withdrawing America from the Iran nuclear deal. Missiles fired from Israel ‘targeted weapons stores belonging to the [Iranian] Revolutionary Guard’ at a base south of the Syrian capital Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
A pro-Assad commander said Israeli fighter jets struck a Syria army position south of Damascus, adding that there were no casualties. Syrian state media reported that Syrian air defenses fired at two Israeli missiles, destroying both in the Kiswah area.
There was no immediate comment from Israel, which almost never confirms or denies airstrikes in Syria.
The reports come on the heels of U.S. President Donald Trump’s dramatic withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
Israel believes Iran is determined to retaliate for the April 9 airstrike on Syria’s T4 airbase, which killed seven Iranian military advisers and members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Iran blames Israel for this attack.
The military said any Iranian strike against Israel will be met with a severe response, even as the working assumption is that Iran is has limited capabilities to engage in conflict with Israel.
Earlier the U.S. Embassy in Israel issued an alert warning all U.S. government employees not travel to the Golan Heights unless they obtain an approval in advance.
“Due to the recent tensions in the region, until further notice, U.S. government employees are required to obtain advance approval if they wish to travel to the Golan Heights,” the warning on the website read.
U.S. government employees are asked to “maintain situational awareness” and monitor media to be up to date with the situation on Israel’s Northern front. They are further encouraged to visit the website of Israel’s Home Front Command for guidance. source
JERUSALEM IS RISING AS ISRAEL’S ENEMIES FALTER
By Alex Traiman http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2244
In the past 70 years, no single country’s stock has risen faster or farther than the State of Israel. Once a resource-poor, existentially endangered nation-state comprised of refugees from post-Holocaust Europe and Muslim countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa, Israel has emerged into a world economic, military and diplomatic superpower.
In just one week, Israel’s elevated status is being put on full display, in no small part due to the unlikely and oft-polarizing duo of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
While announcing America’s exit from the flawed Iran nuclear deal—officially the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA—Trump’s direct reference to Netanyahu’s publication of incontrovertible evidence exposing the full nature of Iran’s sophisticated nuclear-weapons program places Israel at the center of policymaking in the free world.
Just prior to Trump’s speech, it was reported that Israel had briefed at least 22 nations on the full contents of the documents, photos and simulations daringly confiscated by Israel’s Mossad, clearly signaling that Israel’s intelligence is among the best in world. Following Trump’s speech, it became clear that Israel’s analysis of Iran’s nuclear program and the nuclear deal now defines and supports America’s policy.
In the hours after Trump announced America’s withdrawal from JCPOA on May 8, a large explosion occurred at an Iranian weapons depot outside of Damascus, with reports of yet another alleged Israeli airstrike into foreign territory that penetrated its targets, despite the presence of Russian missile-defense systems in Syria.
Just a few years ago, leading up to the signing of the JCPOA in 2015, Israel was a pesky obstacle to the deal that was supposed to be the crowning foreign-policy legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning President Barack Obama. At the time, Netanyahu obstinately delivered an impassioned speech before Congress opposing the deal, angering Obama, the Democratic Party, the international community and liberals at large.
Yet with Trump’s exit from the deal, which he noted during his speech on Tuesday “failed to make the world safer,” it now becomes clear that Netanyahu’s views have prevailed. Jerusalem’s position and Washington’s position have aligned to dictate a new international policy towards Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.
In just a few days, Washington will further crown Jerusalem’s status as a leading center of international policy by officially moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s historic capital city, home to the executive, judicial and legislative branches of Israel’s government.
It is, of course, fitting that the very date—May 14–of the new embassy’s opening ceremony corresponds both with Yom Yerushalayim (“Jerusalem Day”) on the Hebrew calendar and the 70th anniversary of Israel’s Independence on the secular calendar.
While the Jewish state’s stock is rising, Israel’s enemies are imploding. Though Iran has expanded its reach across the Middle East—wreaking havoc on Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen—severe cracks have been exposed in the dictatorial regime of the Islamic Republic.
During the past year, public protests against the regime’s corruption have broken out across the country. And in the past several weeks, the value of Iran’s currency, the rial, has plummeted, throwing Iran into severe economic uncertainty even before the impending onset of the “highest level of economic sanctions” about to be imposed by the United States.
At the same time, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza are showing signs of collapse.
Gaza is an economic disaster, with billions of dollars of aid money for its nearly 2 million residents over the past several years diverted towards the building of terror tunnels and rockets meant to inflict damage on Israel. In the past year, Israel has destroyed most of the Hamas tunnel network and neutralized the impact of missiles through the Iron Dome defense system.
With close to nothing to show for its investment in Israel’s destruction, Hamas now resorts to sending “flaming kites” into Israel in the hopes of starting brush fires in Israel’s south.
In the West Bank, the P.A. has been exposed as a corrupt kleptocracy—led by aging autocrat Mahmoud Abbas who is now in year 13 of a four year term—hell-bent on inciting and incentivizing the murder of Jews. The P.A. is perhaps as far away as ever from the creation of a Palestinian state in the disputed Israeli territories.
Just last month, the United States passed the Taylor Force Act designed to withhold international aid to the P.A. if it continues its sophisticated practice of making payments to jailed terrorists and the families of terrorists killed in the act of murder.
Rather than comply with the regulations of the Taylor Force Act, the P.A. continues to pay terrorists, and has simultaneously ended all communication with the U.S. government over its official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In just a few weeks from now, U.S. aid to the P.A. will end, likely igniting a fiscal crisis.
Israel this week advanced its equivalent of the Taylor Force Act through a first reading in Knesset. The law is intended to offset monthly transfers of taxes and tariffs collected by Israel on behalf of the P.A. at Israeli ports. A sum equivalent to nearly two months of the Palestinian annual budget will be withheld should Israel pass its version of the law.
As Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary and the official recognition of Jerusalem as its nation’s modern capital, Palestinians will commemorate the nakba, or “catastrophe,” on May 15 as a result of the founding of the Jewish state.
Just days after the nakba, Palestinians will begin celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a period during which too many Palestinians in recent years have observed the modern jihadi traditions of attempted murder via car-rammings, knife-stabbings and suicide-bombings.
Yet perhaps this year, if aspiring martyrs realize that they and their families may no longer receive the financial compensation promised for terror, and that those acts are doing little to no damage to the existence of a strengthening Jewish state—even as they sometimes succeed in taking a handful precious Jewish lives—they may begin to recognize that the only way they stand to benefit is by ditching their anti-Israel activity and by aligning with Washington and Jerusalem.
Jerusalem historically has been a city of epic highs for the Jewish people, as well as challenging lows. We may yet see more difficult times ahead for Israel’s oft-embattled capital city. Yet at the present, all indications are that Jerusalem is rising.
JACOB’S TROUBLE: ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER AVIGDOR LIBERMAN SAYS THAT ‘PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST WILL COME WITH THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH’
“Peace in the Middle East will come with the coming of the Messiah,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said. “There is no peace in the Middle East,” he continued. “Whoever talks about that in this region is confused about their geography.”
The IDF hit almost all of Iran’s infrastructure in Syria, said Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in Herzliya on Thursday, hours after Israel and Iran exchanged a barrage of missiles and airstrikes. Then he said that peace could only come with the coming of the Messiah.
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Revelation 1:7 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: It was stunning watching Iran attack Israel from Syria barely one day after President Trump announced that the United States was pulling out of the Iran Nuclear treaty negotiated by Barack Obama. It was electrifying watching Israel respond to Iran’s attack with the full shock-and-awe of the Israeli Air Force. But it was jaw-dropping reading this morning that Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman, when asked about the prospects for peace in the Middle East firmly and resolutely stated that peace can only come with the coming of the promised Jewish Messiah. Pray for Israel and the Jewish people as they approach all the coming turmoil surrounding regathered Israel’s 70th anniversary on May 14th. Pray that God will do a mighty work there in the coming time of Jacob’s trouble that will take place immediately after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church.
“For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV)
Early Thursday morning, Iran fired 20 rockets on Israel. Four were shot down by Iron Dome and the other 16 landed in Syrian territory. The IDF responded with air strikes against around 50 Iranian military training sites, Iranian Revolution Guard Corps intelligence collection and logistics, rocket firing positions, airfield positions and weapons storage facilities.
Liberman said that not a single Israeli civilian or piece of Israeli property was harmed. “Last night, Iran tried to attack Israeli sovereign territory and failed,” he said. The defense minister also threatened Iran going forward, stating that “if Iran hits us with rain [a small number of rockets] – we will hit them with a deluge [of airstrikes].”
“Peace in the Middle East will come with the coming of the Messiah,” he said. “There is no peace in the Middle East,” he continued. “Whoever talks about that in this region is confused about their geography.” source
In a dramatic escalation of Israeli-Iranian tensions, Israel struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria after 20 rockets were fired towards Israel’s front defensive line in the Golan Heights early Thursday morning.
“Last night the Quds Force carried out an attack, a most serious attempt to attack Israel,” Manelis said.
However, he said, the Iranians were not able to achieve their objective. “Some 20 rockets were fired, and not one fell in Israeli territory,” he said. “Iron Dome intercepted the rockets. There are no injuries and no damage was caused to IDF positions.”
“This is an achievement for the Israeli operation that aimed to disrupt and prevent the other side’s achievement of their goals, and we can sum this up as a success,” Manelis said. “It was impudence on the part of the Quds Force and Qassem Soleimani.”
“Last night, the IDF conducted dozens of strikes against Iranian targets in Syria. This is the largest Israeli strike in decades. Dozens of targets belonging to the Iranians Quds Force were struck, including intelligence and logistics centers, camps, weapons depots, listening posts and more. We struck the vehicle that launched the rockets against Israel,” the IDF spokesman said.
“We consider the Syrians responsible for what happens in Syria, and it will take a long time for the Iranians to rebuild the infrastructure that was hit,” Manelis said. “We struck all the planned targets, and the person responsible for this incident is Qassem Soleimani.”
Russia was informed prior to the Israeli operation, the IDF spokesperson said. “We have acted against Iranian ticking time bombs several times, and there were Iranians involved in the command and control of the rocket firing.” source