August Israel News Summary

From David Dolan’s latest post:

The Middle East appears to be on the brink of possible all-out war as the United States prepares to respond militarily to the apparent Syrian regime use of chemical weapons on a major scale last week. Israeli officials are warning that embattled Syrian dictator Bashar Assad may order his Hizbullah ally to launch a major rocket assault upon the small Jewish State in response to any significant US action. How Iran and other enemy countries might respond to such action is anybody’s guess, but the chances the situation could spiral totally out of control are being seriously asked at present in Israel. Naturally this month’s Israel news report of looks at the situation in Syria, although it begins with the crisis rocking Egypt.

Despite the growing prospects of wider military action in the region, I wish all of my Jewish friends in Israel and around the world a shana tova, or a good new year ahead as we begin the calendar year 5774 next week.

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Director, WindowView.org

July 10 in a Hot Hot Political State of Conflicted Peoples

The past several months only bring the most fascinating headlines. Trouble in Egypt make the verses of Isaiah 19 leap off the page. And while economic conditions in Europe and the US hang by a thread of government supports, oil prices rise like a Middle East barometer foretelling more complications to come.

Like they say … It’s of biblical proportions!
Hey, take a look … Right there … Outside your window …

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HEADLINE: After a pre-dawn strike, Syria naval base blast points to Israeli raid

Foreign forces destroyed advanced Russian anti-ship missiles in Syria last week, rebels said on Tuesday – a disclosure that appeared to point to an Israeli raid.

Qassem Saadeddine, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council, said a pre-dawn strike on Friday hit a Syrian navy barracks at Safira, near the port of Latakia. He said that the rebel forces’ intelligence network had identified newly supplied Yakhont missiles being stored there.

“It was not the FSA that targeted this,” Saadeddine told Reuters. “It is not an attack that was carried out by rebels.

“This attack was either by air raid or long-range missiles fired from boats in the Mediterranean,” he said.

HEADLINE: EUN calls on Hezbollah to end involvement in Syrian conflict

The UN Security Council called on Lebanese Hezbollah militants on Wednesday to end any involvement in the conflict in neighboring Syria, while Lebanon’s UN envoy pledged that his country would keep its borders open to Syrians fleeing the violence.

Hezbollah has sent thousands of fighters to help Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces combat rebels, according to Israeli and Western estimates. Israel is now boosting its forces on the Syrian border, where it believes Hezbollah is preparing for the day when it could fight Israel.

“The Security Council calls upon all Lebanese parties to recommit to Lebanon’s policy of disassociation, to stand united behind President Michel Sleiman in this regard and to step back from any involvement in the Syrian crisis,” the UN body said.

HEADLINE: Egypt pushes transition, naming prime minister; Saudis and UAE promises $8 billion, oppose Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt’s military-backed interim leader named a new prime minister and won $8 billion in promises of aid from wealthy Arab allies in the Gulf on Tuesday in moves aimed at stabilizing a political transition less than a week after the army deposed the Islamist president.

The armed forces warned political factions that “maneuvering” must not hold up its ambitious fast-track timetable for new elections next year. The sharp message underlined how strongly the military is shepherding the process, even as liberal reform movements that backed its removal of Mohammed Morsi complained that now they are not being consulted in decision-making.

The Muslim Brotherhood denounced the transition plan, vowing to continue its street protests until ousted Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, is returned to power.

HEADLINE: Is Egypt heading for holy war?

Away from the troublespots, life for millions of Egyptians continues as normal. Egypt’s most fundamental problems are more economic than political.

But in a week when the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood called for “an uprising by the great people of Egypt against those trying to steal their revolution with tanks”, when dozens were killed in clashes between the army and Islamists and when the grand sheikh of al-Azhar warned of a civil war, an awkward question hovers in the air.

Is Egypt now prone to a new “holy war” fought by Islamists against the authorities?

HEADLINE: As in the days of Noah and Lot: White House to name new liaison to Jewish community, a LGBT activist and point man

Lawyer Matt Nosanchuck has served as LGBT pointman in Justice Department, was active in crafting Obama’s gay rights agenda

The White House is set to name Matt Nosanchuk, a lawyer who has been prominent in advancing the Obama administration’s gay rights policies, as its new full-time Jewish liaison.

From 2009 to 2012, Nosanchuk was a top staffer in the Justice Department’s civil rights division, where he helped shape the Obama administration’s response to a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. That challenge last month successfully nullified the act, extending federal rights to same-sex couples.
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All of the above ‘smack of truth’ from a biblical perspective. The last headline is troubling because no God fearing person hates anyone, but at the same time cannot reject God’s leading. So really, WHAT is Kosher? If men or women of this era ‘burn with passion’ for the same sex … Then the biblical account that such would be a sign of the end times … is now here. So read this as an observation of what the Bible foretells in prophecy and then you can see why the organization that prepared the headline refers to the days of Noah. If a gay person is convicted by God’s will, then all the better. But a leader of the free world who calls himself Christian and then does what is contrary to Torah … well, you think about that … again, we are just pointing out the obvious.

All together … All these headlines ‘smack’ of end time truths. These headlines are fantastic … Amazing! And if you aren’t sure why we’d say this … it would be a good time to unravel the web of information the Bible holds inside.

But again, we are just making observations … you can look through the window and see for yourself!

Director, WindowView.org

Reflections of ISAIAH 19 in Egypt TODAY

Read what Isaiah says here and look at the headlines below!

The burden against Egypt.
Behold, the Lord rides on a swift cloud, And will come into Egypt; The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence, And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst. “I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; Everyone will fight against his brother, And everyone against his neighbor, City against city, kingdom against kingdom. The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst; I will destroy their counsel, And they will consult the idols and the charmers, The mediums and the sorcerers. And the Egyptians I will give Into the hand of a cruel master, And a fierce king will rule over them,” Says the Lord, the Lord of hosts. (Isaiah 19:1-4 NKJV)

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HEADLINE: Post-Coup Violence Spreads In Egypt

Morsi supporters protest near Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo, where Morsi is under house arrest.

Two days after Egypt’s military replaced the country’s president, it sent soldiers into the streets to quell demonstrations, as a week of tensions between Islamists and the military transformed into deadly confrontations that heightened some Egyptians’ fears of civil war.

Demonstrations turned bloody Friday as hundreds of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters turned out to protest this week’s military-led ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. Muslim Brotherhood officials said police opened fire on protesters in the Cairo suburb where Mr. Morsi and 12 aides were being held under house arrest, killing five people. The military denied those allegations.

Later in the day, armored personnel carriers arrived on the October 6 bridge, near Tahrir Square, to restore order after rival camps clashed with rocks, fireworks and, according to several witnesses, gunfire from automatic weapons.

HEADLINE: Egypt: A nation divided

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy clash with riot police during the swearing in ceremony of Adly Mansour as interim president in Cairo on Thursday, July 4

Three days after a coup that overthrew the nation’s first democratically elected president, Egypt is a nation divided over who should lead the country and which government reflects the democratic will of the people.

One side is fighting for the reinstatement of Mohamed Morsy, who the military forced from office Wednesday. The other applauds the military and is fighting to keep out Morsy over allegations his government was getting closer to autocratic rule.

Each side accuses the other of thwarting democracy. By the thousands, Egyptians have filled public squares nationwide, at times confronting one another with deadly violence.

Each side was trying to present a unified front.

The Egyptian Armed Forces, responding to “rumors and lies,” said on its Facebook page that there was no division among its ranks over its decision to back “the demands of the Egyptian people” over the government.

“These rumors are completely and utterly untrue,” it said.

HEADLINE: Egypt: Coptic Christian priest shot dead

A Coptic Christian priest in Egypt’s Northern Sinai has been shot dead, in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist Mohammed Morsi.

The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was attacked in the early afternoon while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish.

The shooting in the coastal city was one of several attacks believed to be by Islamist insurgents that included firing at four military checkpoints in the region, the sources said.

Saturday’s attacks on checkpoints took place in al-Mahajer and al-Safaa in Rafah, as well as Sheikh Zuwaid and al-Kharouba.
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A similar comparison can be made with what Isaiah says about Syria and continued events there.

These are remarkable times!

Director, WindowView.org

Hillary and Barack Say Goodbye

On the news magazine (TV show) 60 Minutes, Hillary Clinton was given a very public send off by her boss, Mr. Obama. Very civil and perhaps with much sincerity. The media call it politics. On the flip side, we might ask how much safer the world is after four years of an Obama administration. Not the war on terrorism … No, indeed the question is more about the civility of foreign states to one another.

The headlines below end on the same old note of a two state peace resolution. Ironically, all the rest say much more about the continued strife that will sustain the push to put Israel at the bottom of the sea. And frankly we know one Authority who says that won’t ever happen (documented by a written source to be revealed here soon).

The real irony is, the nuclear solution Iran seeks, will kill and pollute Arabs. Arabs might thank Israel for any role in putting off the nuclear option. And the real irony is that the putative solution to politics and religion in the Arab world reveals itself as the pendulum swings in Egypt. When the Morsi regime collapses … what next? And NONE of this is being explored by the media in the very country where Hillary and Barack share a civil goodbye …

Read, think, open the window …

HEADLINE: Kissinger: US, Israel on Brink of Nuclear Crisis with Iran

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel Peace laureate Henry Kissinger is warning that the United States and Israel are very close to facing a crisis with a nuclear-arming Iran.

The 89-year-old Kissinger told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that such a crisis — a full-fledged atomic war — would be “a turning point in human history,” the BBC reported.

“There has emerged in the region, the current and most urgent issue of nuclear proliferation. For 15 years, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council [UNSC] have declared that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable, but it has been approaching,” he said.

HEADLINE: Egypt in show of defiance against Islamist leader

Protesters battled police for hours in Cairo on Monday and thousands marched through Egypt’s three Suez Canal cities in direct defiance of a night-time curfew and state of emergency, handing a blow to the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s attempts to contain five days of spiraling political violence.

Nearly 60 people have been killed in the wave of unrest, clashes, rioting and protests that have touched cities across the country but have hit the hardest in the canal cities, where residents have virtually risen up in outright revolt.

HEADLINE: Masked ‘Black Bloc’ a mystery in Egypt unrest

An unpredictable new element has entered Egypt’s wave of political unrest: a mysterious group of masked young men called the Black Bloc who present themselves as the defenders of protesters opposed to the Islamist president’s rule. They boast that they’re willing to use force to fight back against Islamists who have attacked protesters in the past – or against police who crack down on demonstrations.

HEADLINE: White House: Egypt’s democracy on ‘difficult path’

Egypt is on a “difficult path” to a peaceful democracy, the White House said Monday as months of lukewarm political support for the conservative Islamic government was in danger of backfiring after deadly weekend riots pushed Cairo to crack down on civil rights. The Obama administration has already delayed $1 billion in U.S. aid to Cairo because of Egypt’s instability.

HEADLINE: Tehran suspects Mossad in Fordo blast, says Iranian expat

White House dismisses report of explosion in nuclear facility; cameras stationed at plant could reveal truth in the coming days

HEADLINE: Did an explosion occur at Iran’s Fordo nuclear site?

US-based website World Net Daily has reported that a mysterious explosion destroyed a significant part of Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility. The website stated that Hamidreza Zakeri, formerly with the Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security, confirmed that the facility was hit, but the report has not been corroborated by other Western sources. (See link in previous post for the WND article.)

HEADLINE: Hezbollah threat: Missile attacks on navy bases, gas rigs

Israel fears that Syrian chemical weapons may reach Hezbollah, but the Shiite terror group has its eye on conventional weapons that can change balance of power and undermine the IDF’s aerial superiority in Lebanon.

While Israel fears that Syrian WMDs may end up in Hezbollah’s hands, Bashar Assad is continuing to acquire lethal conventional weapons despite the civil war raging in his country. The Syrian president has paid $2-3 billion on military equipment in what the IDF defined as Syria’s largest arms deal since the Yom Kippur War.

HEADLINE: Jordan’s king meets Mashaal, urges 2-state solution

Jordan’s King Abdullah II met Monday evening in Amman with Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal. Mashaal said after the meeting that the two discussed the Palestinian issue and its future in light of the Israeli and American elections. He added that the inner-Palestinian reconciliation issue was also discussed.

Following the meeting, King Abdullah addressed the efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and said that lately a series of meetings between the opposing sides have taken place in order to try to renew the negotiations and jumpstart the process. Abdullah said that in the meetings the sides tried to set a clear timetable to achieve a two-state solution, which according to him “is the only way to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East.”

In December the Arab media reported that Abdullah had been meeting in secret with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Amman. In addition, Abdullah visited Ramallah twice in 2012 for meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Abdullah also met last week with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Davos Summit.

For these news spots and more we refer you to watch.org

Director, WindowView.org

What’s Happening in the Middle East – Part II

NEWS SOURCES TO CHECK

Our readers have searched the web for “Middle East,” “events,” “news,” and simply “what’s going on in the Middle East.” We previously responded with a link to World Watch Daily‘s web site (watch.org). Many of their daily reports relate to global politics, events related to Israel and the Arab states in the Middle East.

MEMRI: Here is another source that may open eyes with disturbing implications for days to come. The video posted below is provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI.org). We also encourage a visit to their home page and a reading of their “About Us” information. This is a web site to take seriously, by East and West!

DISTURBING BUT NOT UNEXPECTED — IS WAR SOON ON THE HORIZON?

The words expressed in the following MEMRI video fall in line, exactly, with what the Bible tells us will happen in the days ahead. The reality of this video footage brings us uncomfortably close to dire events … but as Scripture has it … these events will happen … the human will expressed is not peaceful but intent on bloodshed.

How do the majority of Muslims view these events —personally and deep from within the consciousness of a difference between good and evil — especially regarding the news from radical or extreme elements from the Middle East.

More importantly, we ask if the broader Arab public understands that the desire to invade and take over Israel and Jerusalem is recorded as the exact events that bring back the Messiah of Israel. That is a fact. This video ‘walks’ right into fulfilling the verses of Scripture – exactly! Get it? It’s real today in your presence — undeniably!

The Bible clearly states ‘nations’ will turn on Israel and that Jerusalem will be a focal point of battle and its people ravished, defiled, and persecuted. The Koran isn’t warning Muslims that jihad ends up in judgement by the Messiah, but then isn’t this exactly the direction we see from Egypt in the video?

THE WINDOW

Again, the window’s view is one of looking, thinking, and discerning for ourselves. With a world wide web of information access, any one of us can find out what is happening in the Middle East … and further draw conclusions about where the world is headed … to peace and harmony or to judgement.

Director, WindowView.org