News from Israel and the Middle East

Foreign Minister: Hamas is Waiting in the Wings

Israel National News reports: “Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says: Hamas is currently strong enough to wrest control over Judea and Samaria from Fatah – but is waiting until Fatah receives as much as it can from the international community.

Lieberman briefed the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee today on Israel’s diplomatic situation around the world. Regarding the Fatah-Hamas rivalry, he said:

‘Foreign Ministry assessments are that Hamas is stronger than Fatah not only in Gaza, but also in Judea and Samaria [Yesha]. However, Hamas is being smart and does not want to capture Yesha right now – because it is waiting for the ‘day after,’ when Abu Mazen [PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas] and [PA prime minister Salam] Fayyad get the maximum they can from the international community – and then Hamas will take over.’

Hamas took control of Gaza from Fatah in 2007, following a short but bloody war in which 170 Arabs were killed. Both groups killed opponents by throwing them from building tops. Since then, sporadic clashes have erupted between the groups as well, though these are also dotted by periodic reports of attempts to make peace.

Lieberman explained why the Palestinian Authority does not want to negotiate with Israel: ‘They figure they can get more in the international arena than they can by talking with Israel.’…” (Iran’s sponsorship of Hamas is bound to take over Fatah and it will only mean a greater slaughter of Jews in Israel – Psalm 83:4, 5. See also the next report.)

Ahmadinejad calls for Mideast without Israel and US

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Egypt’s popular uprising shows a new Middle East is emerging, one that will have no signs of Israel and US ‘interference.’

The Iranian president spoke as the country marked the 32nd anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. His remarks came hours after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down, angering hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who have been demanding he relinquish his three-decade grip on power.

Ahmadinejad says Egyptians have the right to live in freedom and choose their own government.

Iran crushed opposition protests against Ahmadinejad’s disputed 2009 re-election and on Thursday, Iranian opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi was placed under house arrest because of calls for a rally in support of Egyptian protesters…”

Iranian President Underlines Further Expansion of All-Out Ties with Venezuela

The Fars News Agency reports: “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Venezuelan Ambassador to Tehran David Velasquez Caraballo stressed Iran’s eagerness to further develop relations with Caracas in all fields.

‘Expansion of Iran-Venezuela ties in all domains helps peace, stability and security in the world,’ Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

During the meeting, he also said independent nations and governments would not be deceived by Imperialism’s plots.

‘Independent and justice-seeking nations and governments have been vigilant against Imperialism’s plots and would not be deceived by them,’ Ahmadinejad added.

The Venezuelan ambassador on his part stressed boosting the bilateral ties, and said, ‘The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Revolution and Venezuelan Revolution can put imperialism aside and design the clear future for the whole humanity.’

Since taking office in 2005, the Iranian President has expanded Iran’s cooperation with many Latin American states, including Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba.

But the strong and rapidly growing ties between Iran and Venezuela have raised eyebrows in the US and its western allies since Tehran and Caracas have forged an alliance against the imperialist and colonialist powers and are striving hard to reinvigorate their relations with the other independent countries which pursue a line of policy independent from the US…” (Chavez of Venezuela has released a devastating message to the world. He stated that he will back Ahmadinejad and Islam in gaining their global control. Other South American nations are uniting under the despot for the upcoming battle of the ages – Matthew 24:6, 7; Mark 13:7, 8’ Luke 21:9, 27, 28, 31, 32.)

Iran Planning to Widen Naval Presence in Oceans

The Fars News Agency reports: “A top Commander of the Iranian Army announced here on Wednesday that the country plans to boost its naval presence in the far seas and oceans in the coming Iranian year (starts on March 21).

Elaborating on the Army’s strategies for the coming Iranian calendar year, Commander of the Iranian Army Major General Ataollah Salehi recalled dispatch of Navy forces and warships to the Mediterranean Sea and the Syrian coasts, and added, ‘The Navy will move along oceans next year.’

‘The move will demonstrate Iran’s might and power and at the same time conveys Iran’s message of peace and friendship (to the world countries),’ Salehi stated.

He further said that the Army also plans to display its latest achievements and products in the field of air-defense next year.

Earlier this month, two Iranian military vessels, Khark and Alvand, docked in Syria for training amid attempts by the United States and Israel to brand the mission as a cause for concern…” (See Revelation 8:8, 9 and Revelation 16:3 – could these predictions occur because of nuclear war at sea? I personally think so.)

IRGC Official Terms Iran “Axis of New Middle-East”

The Fars News Agency reports: “A senior Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) official underlined Iran’s might and power in the region and the world, and said a new Middle-East will be formed with Iran as its axis.

‘Iran’s pivotal role in the new Middle-East is undeniable,’ IRGC Politburo Chief General Yadollah Javani said on Monday, addressing a conference in the Western Iranian city of Kermanshah.

‘Today the Islamic Revolution of the Iranian nation enjoys such a power, honor and respect in the world that all nations and governments wish to have such a ruling system,’ he added.

Javani said enemies have always been fearful of the spread of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in the world, but this is happening in the Middle-East now, and the Muslim nations are experiencing gradual change by the wave of Islamic awakening.

The comments by the Iranian official came after several revolutions and uprisings in the regional countries, including Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya.

Earlier this month, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei had also stressed that the recent developments in North of Africa and other parts of the Muslim world signify the impacts of the Islamic awakening inspired by the Islamic Revolution in Iran…” (Persia changed its name to Iran in 1935 and unites with Russia to incinerate the Mid-East for the war of “The Latter Years” and “Latter Days” – Ezekiel 38:1, 2, 8, 11, 16; Joel 2:3, 30.)

Quartet ‘giving up hope’ of renewing Israeli-Palestinian talks

Haaretz reports: “Growing pessimism about the prospects of a breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations is prompting new international calls for the unilateral establishment of a Palestinian state.

Representatives of the Middle East Quartet – the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations – who attended talks held in Tel Aviv and Ramallah last week with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators emerged without much hope for the resumption of peace negotiations in the near future, according to senior Israeli officials and European diplomats. The representatives said that the differences between the two sides were far too wide to get negotiations back on track.

On Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said recognition of a Palestinian state by the European Union is a ‘possibility that should be kept in mind.’ Speaking at the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, the newly appointed minister said: ‘There’s no point in recognizing the Palestinian state on our own. It must be done together.’ His statement comes amid mounting international pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make an overture to the Palestinians…” (It should be the Jewish people giving up hope. Why? President Obama of America wants to give Jerusalem to the Palestinians, mainly Muslims. The United Nations constantly shows their animosity toward Israel while allowing Ahmadinejad liberty to spew out anti-Semitic (Jewish) hatred at UN international meetings. The European Union is horribly anti-Israel at this period in history and Russia will along with Iran try to destroy God’s Chosen People. See what Jesus said to His Jewish brethren – Matthew 24:9; John 16:12. See what Russia and Persia [Iran] do in their attempt to wipe the Jew out of existence in Ezekiel 38: 8, 11, 17, 18, 29; 39:2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 12, 17, 22.)