NEWS FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Iran’s Zarif says Israel ‘greatest threat to international security’
May 22, 2020 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday morning that the State of Israel was the greatest threat to international peace and security.
‘Jerusalem Day is the day to revive Palestinian rights and for the occupation and settlers to disappear,’ Zarif said on Twitter. ‘Israel is the largest human rights violator and the only holder of nuclear weapons in the region.
The official continued, saying Israel is ‘the most serious chronic threat to international peace and security,’ adding that US President Donald Trump’s ‘racist’ Deal of the Century ‘proved Washington to be a hopeless partner of the aggressor.’
Zarif added that ‘the referendum is the solution,’ referring to a Quds Day poster shared by the Islamic Republic, saying ‘Palestine will be free,’ adding, ‘The final solution: Resistance until referendum.’
The poster that showed assassinated Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Qasem Soleimani was broadly condemned by the international community, particularly Germany, due to its wording reminiscent of the Nazis’ ‘Final Solution,’ being the Holocaust…” (“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” – Psalm 2:1-12.)
Iran’s Khamenei: Israel will not survive
May 22, 2020 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Israel will not survive and will ‘be eliminated’ on Twitter Friday morning.
‘First, I would like to highlight the magnitude of the tragedy of the occupation of #Palestine and the formation of the Zionist cancerous tumor in that country,’ Khamenei said. Among crimes against humanity in recent times, there is no crime that equals this crime in terms of scope and gravity’
He continued, saying that ‘the dawn of the Islamic Revolution in #Iran opened up a new chapter in the struggle for #Palestine. The emergence of the #resistance front presented the Zionist regime with increasing problems.’ Khamenei added that ‘God willing, the Zionist regime will encounter even more problems in the future.’
Khamenei said that ‘today, the resistance front is moving with increasing power and hope, while the front of oppression, unbelief and arrogance is growing more hopeless and powerless by the day. Today the ‘invincible’ Zionist army is forced to retreat against resisting people in Lebanon and Gaza.’…” (Almighty God has stated: “…I will give them [Israel] an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off” – Isaiah 56:5. Everlasting means everlasting. God promised to Abraham in Genesis 22:17: “…in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the starts of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore…” “And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt; To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day. Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for ever” – Deuteronomy 4:37 – 40. See the next two reports.)
Khamenei explains ‘final solution’ poster: I want Israel destroyed, not all Jews
May 21, 2020 — The Times of Israel reports: “Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday said he seeks Israel’s destruction but not the annihilation of all Jews, after Israeli and American leaders accused him of encouraging genocide. He said Iran would support any nation or group that fights against Israel.
Khamenei was commenting on a poster published on his website that used the words ‘final solution’ in calling for Israel’s destruction, a term usually associated with Nazi Germany’s efforts to eliminate all Jews during the Holocaust.
‘Eliminating the Zionist regime doesn’t mean eliminating Jews. We aren’t against Jews. It means abolishing the imposed regime & Muslim, Christian & Jewish Palestinians choose their own govt & expel thugs like [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,’ Khamenei wrote on his Twitter account.
‘This is ‘Eliminating Israel’‘ he explained, insisting ‘it will happen.’…”
Hamas: Our goal is to fight Israel
May 21, 2020 — Israel National News reports: “Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the Hamas terrorist organization, is calling on the Islamic nation to formulate a comprehensive strategy and plan to combat the great danger which, he says, is threatening Jerusalem and the Palestinian issue.
In a speech in honor of Al-Quds Day, Haniyeh said that ‘the heart of the overall Islamic strategy must rely on a plan of resistance in all its manifestations, first and foremost the armed military struggle.’
‘Jerusalem is under threat in the face of Israeli and US policies that advance the Deal of the Century, which is intended to eliminate the Palestinian issue and all its components, including Jerusalem, the refugees and the land,’ he added…”
Iran warns US: Wherever you are, we are right next to you
May 29, 2020 — Israel National News reports: “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Thursday warned the United States against its naval presence in the Gulf as they received 110 new combat vessels, AFP reported.
The vessels included Ashura-class speedboats, Zolfaghar coastal patrol boats and Taregh submarines.
‘We announce today that wherever the Americans are, we are right next to them, and they will feel our presence even more in the near future,’ the Guards’ navy chief Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri was quoted as having said during a ceremony in southern Iran.
‘Advancing while remaining defensive is the nature of our work,’ added Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami.
‘But this does not equal passivity against the enemy,’ he stressed, noting that Iran ‘will not bow down to any foe.’
According to Salami, the Guards’ navy had been instructed to expand Iran’s naval power until it can adequately defend ‘territorial independence and integrity, protect naval interests and pursue and destroy the enemy’…” (Iran will be blotted out when Russia, China, and Islamic nations fight Israel and her allies during Armageddon – Revelation 16:16. The battle is described in Ezekiel 39:1 – 5: “…thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, 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 I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured…” Soon the war of wars will arrive from the North and East [Russia and China] – Daniel 11:44. The battle is described in Ezekiel 38:1 – 5: “…the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief [Russian] prince of Meshech and Tubal: [Moscow and Tubal, or Tubalsk – Southwest of the Russian capital]: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:” See the next two reports.)
Iran says it will continue nuclear work despite US sanctions
May 29, 2020 — The Times of Israel reports: “Iran said Friday its experts would continue nuclear development activities, despite sanctions imposed earlier this week on their fellow scientists by the United States.
State TV cited a statement from the country’s nuclear department saying the US decision to impose sanctions on two Iranian nuclear scientists indicate continuation of a ‘hostile’ attitude. It said the sanctions would make them ‘determined to continue their nonstop efforts more than before.’
The statement said the sanctions violate international law.
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed sanctions on two officials with Iran’s atomic energy organization, Majid Agha’i and Amjad Sazgar, who are involved in the development and production of centrifuges used to enrich uranium.
Pompeo also said he would revoke all but one of the sanctions waivers covering civil nuclear cooperation. The waivers had allowed Russian, European and Chinese companies to continue to work on Iran’s civilian nuclear facilities without drawing American penalties…”
‘Iran crossed a red line – Israel had to respond’
May 19, 2020 — Israel National News reports: “A cyber-attack on an Iranian port attributed to Israel was carried out in retaliation for a similar attack by Iran on an Israeli target, according to a report by Channel 12 Tuesday morning.
Hours after The Washington Post published a report Monday evening claiming that Israel was responsible for a May 9th cyber-attack on the Shahid Rajee terminal at the Bandar Abbas port in Iran, Channel 12 reported that a Western source not only confirmed that Israel was indeed behind the May 9th attack, but explained Israel’s reasoning behind the cyber-strike.
The source told Channel 12 that the May 9th cyber-attack on Iran was carried out in response to an attack Iran launched in late April.
‘Israel carried out the attack. Iran had crossed a red line, and Israel had to respond,’ the source said…”