NEWS FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Vatican to recognise Palestinian state in treaty
May 14, 2015 — BBC News reports: “The Vatican is to formally recognise Palestinian statehood in a treaty that will be signed shortly, officials say.
Israel has expressed its disappointment at the decision which it says will not advance the peace process.
Talks between the Palestinians and the Vatican – which favours a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – have gone on for 20 years.
President Abbas meets the Pope this weekend when two 19th Century Palestinian nuns will be canonised.
The Vatican is eager that property and civil rights of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian state is protected, correspondents say.
According to the New York Times, it has strong religious interests in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories that include Christian holy sites…” 120 Biblical texts inform the world that the land and its Holy City, Jerusalem, belongs to Israel and God’s Chosen People – the Jews. See Deuteronomy 7:7, 8; Psalm 2:6; Isaiah 59:20; Zechariah 2:10; 14:4; Luke 1:32, 33. The House of Jacob is Israel – “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed” – Genesis 32:28.)
Israelis’ security ‘compromised’ by Vatican recognizing Palestine
May 14, 2015 — WND.com reports: “The diplomatic recognition of the ‘state of Palestine’ by the Vatican will open the door to a new wave of anti-Semitism and endanger millions of Israeli Jews and Arabs, charge several leading evangelicals who have written about the end times.
And the controversial decision by Pope Francis is even leading to allegations the Roman Catholic Church will be an adversary to Christians and the state of Israel during those times.
New York Times bestselling author and filmmaker Joel Richardson slammed the decision as ‘an act of profound hatred toward the Jewish people globally.’
In an interview with WND, the author of ‘When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God,’ observed: ‘To the uninformed, from the outside, recognizing ‘Palestine’ might seem to be reasonable. Certainly, the God of Heaven loves the Palestinian people as much as the Jew.
‘But not to those who have a better grasp of the various political, religious and security related realities on the ground. None who are informed will deny that the establishment of a Palestinian state will compromise the security of the millions of Israeli Jews and Arabs in a profound way.’
Richardson explained the Israeli situation is akin to living next to a large family made up of many people who openly declare their intention to take your property and kill your children…” (Israel is the apple of God’s eye – Zechariah 2:8, and His elect – Isaiah 42:1; 45:4; 65:22. Satan and Satanically controlled humans have always sought after ways to annihilate the Jews – I Chronicles 21:1. There will be a final attempt by Islamic terrorists and armies – Psalm 83:4 – but Israel, God’s Chosen People – Deuteronomy 7:7,8 – has the Lord’s promise recorded in Isaiah 56:5 stating: “I will give them [Israel] an everlasting name.”)
Hollande Warns the Holocaust ‘Could Yet Return’
April 26, 2015 — Israel National News reports: “Europe on Sunday remembered the atrocities and horror of three death camps run by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War with ceremonies in Germany, Croatia and France.
At the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, the president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, recalled the shock of the first images to emerge from the camp when it was liberated 70 years ago, reports AFP.
‘We saw the bulldozers pushing naked bodies into open pits. The walking skeletons. The unbelievable sadness and loss,’ he said at a ceremony attended by around 70 survivors.
The sombre and emotional scenes were mirrored at Jasenovac in Croatia, where families, officials and diplomats gathered to remember the liberation of a concentration camp where tens of thousands were tortured and brutally murdered.
In France, President Francois Hollande warned that the continued existence of racism and anti-Semitism meant ‘the worst could yet return’ as he led commemorations at Struthof in the Alsace region, site of the only Nazi camp on French soil…” (Pray for the peace of Israel and Jerusalem – Psalms 122:6. Great trouble is about to break loose in the Middle East over the Holy city. Islam is calling for a second Holocaust. Jeremiah 30:7; II Kings 17:34; Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:21, 22. In this text Israel is the elect group attacked – Isaiah 42:1; 45:4; 65: 9, and 22. Thank God for his promise of protection for His Chosen people: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” – Genesis 12:3.)
Arab Citizens Mourn ‘Catastrophe’ on Independence Day
April 24, 2015 — Israel National News reports: “As Israel celebrated 67 years since the establishment of the renascent modern Jewish state on Thursday, thousands of the state’s Arab citizens decided to ‘celebrate’ their state by mourning the ‘Nakba’ – Arabic for ‘catastrophe’ – of Israel’s existence.
Thousands of Arab citizens of Israel, many of them waving the flag of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist organization, gathered on Independence Day in the Galilee to protest the existence of the country they are citizens of, reports AFP.
The protest march focused on the ruins of Al-Haditha, located near Tiberias, which was an Arab village destroyed in the fighting as numerous Arab states launched a war against the fledgling state of Israel from all fronts in 1948.
While Arab residents living under the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Judea and Samaria or Hamas in Gaza mark May 15 as ‘Nakba day,’ Israeli Independence Day has become a rallying point for subversive displays among Arab citizens of the state.
Those protests against the existence of the state by Arab citizens on Independence Day is something of an annual tradition; just last year on Independence Day former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari filmed thousands of Arabs in the Galilee protesting the state…” (It’s prophesied – Psalm 83:4 “Let us cut them off from being a nation that the name of Israel be no more in remembrance’. Verses 5-7 list the enlistment of Arabic nations that join together in this destructive attempt, including the ‘Philistines.” [Palestinians])
Top Iran Commander: ‘We Welcome War With The United States’
May 8, 2015 — Breitbart.com reports: “A top commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) told a state-run media outlet on Wednesday that Iran is prepared to go to war with the United States and will even ‘welcome war’ to show off Tehran’s power.
‘We have prepared ourselves for the most dangerous scenarios and this is no big deal and is simple to digest for us,’ said IRGC Lieutenant Commander General Hossein Salami. ‘We welcome war with the US as we do believe that it will be the scene for our success to display the real potentials of our power,’ he added.
Salami’s remarks come as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently insisted that military action is still on the table for the Obama White House.
The Iranian general added: ‘We warn (US) pilots that their first flight (to attack Iran) will be their last one.’ The IRGC commander continued, seemingly implying that Iran would violate the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. ‘No one will be allowed to go back safe and sound and they should call their flights as their last flight,’ said Salami.
On Wednesday, Salami told a religious gathering that any military action against Iran would draw a unified response from the worldwide Muslim population, who would engage in holy war against the United States and its partners…” (Yahweh God says in Ezekiel 39:6: “…I will send a fire on Magog [Russia], and Persia [Iran] in Ezekiel 38:5. Revelation 9:14 – 18 pictures this nuclear war and the defeat of Russia, China, and her Muslim allies: “Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, [Rosh or Russia] the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown [a highly honored moment] the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord God.” – Ezekiel 39:1, 2, 12, and 13. See the next two reports.)
Iran Claims it Chased US Warship in Gulf of Aden
May 6, 2015 — Israel National News reports: “The Iranian navy is claiming to have chased off a US warship and several American aircraft, in the latest aggressive move by the Islamic Republic’s military.
According to the semi-official Fars News Agency, 2 US reconnaissance planes and US Navy destroyer DDG81 ‘rapidly changed direction’ on Monday, after being confronted by an Iranian fleet in the Gulf of Aden, south of Yemen.
The Iranian Destroyer ‘Alborz’, part of Iran’s 34th fleet, sent a warning to the US vessels telling them to turn around after the Americans strayed into the ‘5-mile standard distance’ from the Iranian fleet, Fars claimed…”
‘If Iranians Decide to Be Stupid, We’ll Respond’
May 1, 2015 — Israel National News reports: “The US Navy has begun accompanying American-flagged ships in the Strait of Hormuz, US defense officials told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. The move is a response to Iran’s seizure of a Marshall Islands-flagged ship this week in the strait that separates the Persian Gulf from the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean.
Iranian patrol boats confronted and took control of the M/V Maersk Tigris on Tuesday as it moved through the Straits.
The Navy makes a distinction between accompanying ships and escorting them, explained Fox News. Officials told the AP the Navy won’t technically escort these ships but will let them know in advance that they will monitor the situation as they traverse the Strait.
The Navy already has sent a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Farragut, to the region. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said Wednesday the destroyer is ‘keeping an eye on things,’ and in close enough proximity to the seized ship that they ‘will be able to respond if a response is required.’
The increased tensions in the Gulf are bringing ‘further uncertainty’ to US efforts to forge a nuclear agreement with Iran by a June 30 diplomatic deadline, stated the Journal, adding that while Iran said it had seized the cargo ship because of a financial dispute, American military officials said they saw it as a provocative show of force by Tehran.
Defense officials said that the Pentagon informed President Barack Obama about its plan to begin escorting ships in and out of the Gulf, and then began to implement it Thursday.
‘Out of an abundance of caution, because of the unpredictability of our Iranian friends, we’re now positioned so that, should the Iranians decide that they’re going to be stupid, we’re ready to respond,’ said one US official…”