NEWS FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Hamas: Eliminate the ‘cancerous’ entity
October 21, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, is calling on the Islamic nation to eliminate the existence of the State of Israel.
Speaking at the opening of the 35th Conference of Islamic Unity in Tehran, al-Hayya, the head of the Hamas movement’s Arab and Islamic Affairs Department, said that the unity of the Islamic nation goes through its unity around the liberation of ‘Palestine’ and the removal of the ‘cancerous power’ from its body, meaning ‘the Zionism in Palestine and Jerusalem’.
According to al-Hayya, the United States is assisting the ‘criminal entity that conquered our country and desecrated the holy places.’
‘We are afraid we will wake up one day and find that the occupation and Zionism have already completely taken over the Al-Aqsa Mosque or destroyed it and expelled the Muslims from Jerusalem,’ he said…” (The Middle East nations have a long history of calling for the destruction of Israel. It will never happen. 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.)
Fatah calls for an ‘uprising’ against Israel
October 8, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “The Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is warning Israel against what it calls ‘its insistence on setting the fire of a religious war.’
In a statement issued on Thursday, Fatah said that ‘the decision of the court in Jerusalem to allow silent prayer of Jews on the Temple Mount is a spark that will drag the area into a religious war.’
The organization called on the Palestinian Arab public to support the Al-Aqsa Mosque through an ‘organized popular uprising’ and to show a presence in the plaza of the mosque in order to ‘block the plans of the occupation’ to take over the place and Judaize it.’…”
Khamenei: Countries that normalized ties with Israel ‘sinned’
October 25, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Sunday that Arab nations that normalized ties with Israel last year have ‘sinned’ and should reverse such moves, AFP reported.
‘Some governments have unfortunately made errors – have made big errors and have sinned in normalizing (their relations) with the usurping and oppressive Zionist regime,’ Khamenei said, referring to Israel.
‘It is an act against Islamic unity, they must return from this path and make up for this big mistake,’ Khamenei added, in a speech marking a public holiday honoring the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
‘If the unity of Muslims is achieved, the Palestinian question would definitely be resolved in the best fashion,’ Khamenei added…”
PA: Temple Mount belongs only to Muslims
October 12, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet leader Mohammad Shtayyeh on Monday blasted Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who ruled out the establishment of a Palestinian state for fear of it becoming a state of terror.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Ramallah, Shtayyeh said that the Palestinian people are the ‘victim’ of colonial Israel, they are defending their right and therefore cannot be accused of terrorism.
He stressed that ‘the occupying state is committing terrorism against our people that is manifested in taking over the land, killing children, demolishing houses, breaking into places of worship, expelling people from their homes, demolishing their villages and intimidating children.’…” (In Genesis 22:1-14 God commanded Abraham to bring his son Isaac to the land of Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice there. As he was about to complete the sacrifice, God stopped him and provided a ram as a substitutionary sacrifice. In I Chronicles 21:18 – 26, King David purchased this mount so he could build an altar to offer a sacrifice when he confessed his sin. This was the location where the angel of the Lord was commanded to stop the destruction of Jerusalem [I Chronicles 21:15]. In II Chronicles 3:1, King Solomon built the First Temple on Mount Moriah, this was started in 966 BC. This Temple stood until 586 BC when it was destroyed by the Babylonians. The Second Temple was built in 516 BC and enlarged by Herod the Great in 12 BC. It stood until it was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70. The Dome of the Rock was built in AD 692, and the Al Aqsa Mosque was not built until AD 705. It is obvious who has the rightful claim to the Temple Mount. See the next report.)
PA Mufti warns against harming Al-Aqsa
October 18, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the Mufti of ‘Palestine’, is calling on the Arab and Islamic world to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevent Israel from equalizing the status quo.
In a Friday sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque attended by about 45,000 people, Sheikh Hussein, as quoted by the Hamas-affiliated newspaper Felesteen, said that the site of Muhammad’s ascension to heaven (which according to Islamic tradition is the Western Wall) suffers from ‘injustice’ and ‘violence’ used against it by the ‘occupation’.
He warned the ‘occupation’ of trying to undermine the Islamic nature of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, saying it would lead to a loss of security…”
Israel said to approve $1.5 billion budget for potential strike on Iran
October 19, 2021 —The Times of Israel reports: “Israel has approved a budget of some 5 billion shekels ($1.5 billion) to be used to prepare the military for a potential strike against Iran’s nuclear program, Channel 12 reported Monday.
The NIS 5 billion budget is made up of NIS 3 billion from the previous budget and an additional NIS 2 billion from the next budget slated to be approved by the government in November,
It includes funds for various types of aircraft, intelligence-gathering drones and unique armaments needed for such an attack, which would have to target heavily fortified underground sites, the unsourced report said.
The report comes days after the US Air Force announced that it had carried out a successful test of its new ‘bunker buster,’ the GBU-72 Advanced 5K Penetrator. The 5,000-pound bomb could be used as a tool to strike Iranian nuclear sites.
Crucially, the GBU-72 is designed to be carried by a fighter jet or a heavy bomber. Israel does not have bombers capable of carrying the massive bunker busters in the current US arsenal…” (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.)
Air Force resumes training to attack Iran nuclear sites
October 22, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “The Israeli Air Force has resumed training for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities after two years in which no such training had taken place, Channel 12 News reported.
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi has even ordered a significant budget be used to facilitate the training exercises.
The resumption of training for a possible attack on Iran is taking place against the background of American attempts to resume talks with the Iranians on a nuclear agreement…”
Bennett warns: There are non-peaceful ways to deal with Iran’s nuclear program
October 12, 2021 — The Times of Israel reports: “Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called on the international community to hold Iran accountable for its nuclear program, hinting at the possibility of military action if world powers do not act.
‘Iran is blatantly violating the IAEA commitments,’ Bennett said on Tuesday morning at the Jerusalem Post Conference at the Museum of Tolerance in downtown Jerusalem.
‘We’re not going to wait. I expect the global powers to hold them accountable,’ he emphasized.
‘That would be the peaceful route. There are other routes,’ Bennett warned…”
Iran claims to have 80% of uranium needed to build nuclear bomb
October 11, 2021 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Iran has enriched more than 120 kg. of 20% enriched uranium, the head of its atomic energy organization, Mohammad Eslami, said Saturday evening, state news agency IRNA reported.
‘We have passed 120 kilograms,’ IRNA quoted him as saying. ‘We have more than that figure.’
‘Our people know well that they [Western powers] were meant to give us the enriched fuel at 20% to use in the Tehran reactor, but they haven’t done so,’ Eslami said. ‘If our colleagues do not do it, we would naturally have problems with the lack of fuel for the Tehran reactor.’
If true, the numbers could be considered a major jump forward in uranium enrichment, potentially eventually toward a nuclear weapon if Tehran made the choice to try and break the nuclear threshold…” (Nuclear war is part of the battle of the ages – see Revelation 9:18. Other prophesied texts are predicted in Psalm 97:3; Isaiah 66:15; Ezekiel 20:47: …Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched… Study also Zephaniah 1:8; Malachi 4:1; and Revelation 8:7. The Oriental nations along with Iran will be involved in World War III, Armageddon – Revelation 16:16. Iran and the Islamic nations will join Russia – Ezekiel 38 & 39. Then China, North Korea, and Oriental nations will join Russia in the second invasion of Israel – Revelation 16:12 and for the third and final invasion all nations will come against Israel – Isaiah 14:2.)
IDF official: Israel expects Hezbollah to fire 2,000 rockets a day in wartime
October 18, 2021 — The Times of Israel reports: “Israel does not want war with Hezbollah, but is prepared to face about 2,000 rockets a day from the terror group if conflict breaks out, a senior Israeli military official told AFP.
During the 11-day May conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian terror groups fired around 4,400 projectiles towards the Jewish state. The Iron Dome air defense system intercepted around 90 percent of the rockets headed for populated areas, while just under 300 hit inhabited districts.
Cities like Tel Aviv and Ashdod experienced the ‘highest number of fire towards them in the history of Israel,’ said Uri Gordin, chief of the army’s Home Front Command. ‘We saw a pace of more than 400 rockets fired towards Israel on a daily basis.’
Gordin said that in the case of a future ‘conflict or a war with Hezbollah, we expect more than five times the number of rockets fired every day from Lebanon to Israel.’
‘Basically, we are looking at between 1,500 and 2,500 rockets fired daily towards Israel,’ he told AFP…” (I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. – Psalm 121.
We believe that the second half of verse 1 should actually be a part of verse 2. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills – possibly the Psalmist is looking up and seeing himself surrounded by enemies. From whence cometh my help? My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth – Israel’s help always has been and always will be from the Lord. It has been said that every time Israel has been attacked by a militarily superior enemy – Israel gets a new national holiday. Isaiah 56:1 states: “I will give them [Israel] an everlasting name that will not be cut off. See the next two reports.)
Report – Israeli Officials Fear Joe Biden Iran Approach: ‘The Situation Is Very Bad’
October 13, 2021 — Breitbart.com reports: “Israeli officials are increasingly concerned the Biden administration is not taking the Iranian threat seriously enough and does not have a backup plan in the case a return to the 2015 nuclear deal collapses entirely, a senior Israeli official told Al Monitor.
The anonymous official told veteran journalist Ben Caspit ‘the situation is bad. Perhaps very bad.’
‘Right now, there is no joint operational contingency plan against Iran should efforts to return to the nuclear agreement fail. And even worse, the Americans do not have any solution whatsoever to such a situation. They do not have a Plan B,’ he said after a meeting between Israeli national security adviser Eyal Hulata last week with his American counterpart Jake Sullivan…”
Concerns raised of Syrian revenge against Israel
October 15, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “Israel’s defense establishment is alert to recent threats that Iran may retaliate for attacks on Syria allegedly carried out by Israel, Israel Hayom reported.
The establishment is also taking very seriously the possibility that Syria or one of the Iranian satellites in the region will attempt to retaliate.
On Wednesday, the pro-Iranian militias in Syria threatened revenge outright, a statement by a joint command center shared by the various militias in Syria said. The statement also claimed that four members of the groups were eliminated and several others injured in an IDF strike near Homs…”