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NEWS FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Iranian Brig.-Gen. urges destruction of Israel prior to nuke talks

November 29, 2021 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “The spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces, Brig.-Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, on Saturday urged the total elimination of the Jewish state during an interview with an Iranian regime-controlled media outlet.

‘We will not back off from the annihilation of Israel, even one millimeter. We want to destroy Zionism in the world,’ Shekarchi told the Iranian Students News Agency.

Shekarchi’s genocidal antisemitic remarks come just days before the nuclear talks are set to restart in Vienna Monday on curbing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s illicit nuclear program. The United States and other world powers are seeking to provide Tehran with economic sanctions relief in exchange for temporary restrictions on its atomic program. Israel and other countries believe Iran’s regime seeks to build a nuclear weapons device…”  (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.  The heathens may impotently rage against Israel, but God sits in Heaven and laughs at them.)

IRGC commander: If Israel starts a war, it will end with its destruction

November 11, 2021 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Aerospace Force, warned on Thursday that if Israel starts a conflict Iran will ‘destroy’ it, according to Iranian media.

‘The Zionist regime officials know that they can be the initiators, but the end is with us; the end of this work is the destruction of the Zionist regime, and if they give us an excuse, they will not see after this period, and their destruction will certainly be advanced historically,’ added the commander.

Hajizadeh stated that Israel is the only country in the world that talks about its own survival and continued existence. ‘A regime that speaks about its existence is doomed to destruction and such a regime cannot talk about the destruction of other countries, and the threats it issues are mostly for domestic consumption,’ said the IRGC Aerospace Force commander…”  (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.)

Israel ‘doomed to termination,’ Iranian general threatens

November 11, 2021 — The Times of Israel reports: “The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Aerospace Force said Thursday that Israel is ‘doomed to termination’ and that any move by Jerusalem against the Islamic Republic will expedite that demise.

Israeli security chiefs have ramped up their rhetoric against Iran, with IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi warning Tuesday that the military was boosting its preparations for a possible attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.

The same day, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israel would carry out operations that ‘haven’t been seen in the past’ if regional war breaks out.

Speaking at a ceremony in Tehran, Amir Ali Hajizadeh mocked Israel for being the ‘only regime in the world arguing about how to survive,’ according to Iran’s Tasnim news agency.

‘The (Zionist) regime that discusses its existence is doomed to termination and cannot talk about destroying other countries,’ Hajizadeh was quoted as saying…”  (Israel will never be destroyed.  God has declared His love for Israel from its very beginning: And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.  None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.  And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live… Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil – Ezekiel 16:4 – 6; 9.  Deuteronomy 7:6-8 states: For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:  But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  Despite the rantings and ravings of the world: …let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance – Psalm 83:4, God has promised: …I will give them [Israel] an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off – Isaiah 56:5.)

Bahrain FM: Iran getting nuclear weapons would be ‘catastrophic’

November 23, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “Bahrain Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani told i24NEWS he was ‘concerned’ about Iran getting nuclear weapons.

‘I am concerned. Iran achieving nuclear weapons status would definitely be a catastrophic development, not just for the region, but also for the wider world, enabling Iran to hold large parts of the world as kind of ransom, through its nuclear threat.

‘That is why it is so important that this cannot be allowed to happen.‘…”  (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.  See the next report)

Senior EU official: ‘Iran doesn’t have peaceful intentions with its nuclear program’

November 4, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “‘I don’t believe that the Iranians only have peaceful intentions with their nuclear program,’ said David Lega, a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament. Lega was responding to recent protestations of the Iranian regime that it has only ‘civilian purposes’ in mind with its progress toward nuclear capability.

Speaking exclusively to Israel Hayom from his residence in Sweden, Lega said that, ‘We haven’t yet come to a decision regarding Iran; we are monitoring the situation closely, using great caution. I don’t want to speak on behalf of the Committee as we haven’t debated this issue yet, but I think that most of the other members hold similar views to my own.’

In the interview, Lega mentioned the letter of condemnation that he, together with his fellow committee members, sent to the European Union (EU) Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, protesting the presence of Enrique Mora, the EU’s deputy secretary-general for political affairs, at the inauguration ceremony for the new president of Iran, Ibrahim Raisi, last June…”

Israel needs to ‘be ready’ for war, IDF officer says as large-scale drill ends

November 4, 2021 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “As the IDF’s large-scale Homefront Command and National Emergency Authority (RAHEL) drill simulating a large-scale conflict with Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group comes to a close, officers warn that both citizens and soldiers need to be ready for any type of emergency to hit the homefront.

‘The homefront needs to be ready, and so do we. Whenever something should happen we all need to be ready, the citizens and the army,’ said Training Officer of the Northern Command, Lt.-Col Yaniv Friedman.

Along with the Homefront Command and RAHEL, all security and various governmental bodies as well as Israel Police and Magen David Adom participated in the drill that ended on Wednesday night.

‘The drill became more complicated as days went on, just like we expect war to become,’ said Friedman. ‘We know that there are not only soldiers but also reservists who need to be drilled in order to protect the state of Israel.’…”  (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 three reports.)

Former Mossad chief: Attack on Iran must be on the table

November 26, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “Former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen has warned that Israel must be prepared for all scenarios, and that a military strike on Iran must remain on the table.

Cohen’s warning comes just ahead of the resumption of talks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna on Monday.

‘An independent attack on nuclear sites, if Iran goes that route, endangering our existence, needs to be and must be on the table – unequivocally,’ Cohen told Ynet.

Cohen explained to Ynet what Israel sees as the differences between a reasonable agreement and one which would be very dangerous.

‘A good agreement will be able to prevent Iranian achievements towards the bomb, and a horrible agreement, like what was signed in the past, will not be able to do that perfectly,’ Cohen stressed.

‘The bottom line is that we must take these abilities from Iran, because we cannot take their motivations from them. The Iranian vision and motivation are still there, and so they are insisting, strongly insisting, on maintaining the abilities to develop nuclear abilities – and we must take that from them,’ he emphasized…”

IDF spokesman: ‘We’re accelerating our plans against Iran’

November 30, 2021 — Israel National News reports: “On Tuesday morning, to the backdrop of the Vienna nuclear talks, IDF spokesperson Brigadier-General Ran Kochav discussed the IDF’s readiness for action against Iran if necessary and stressed that Israel’s armed forces are preparing for all possible scenarios.

‘I won’t go into policy details, but as we have said in the past, we are preparing for all eventualities,’ Kochav told Kan Bet. ‘We have enhanced our level of readiness, and the military and operational spheres are at the forefront of both preventing Iran from establishing itself in the northern arena and preventing it from becoming a threshold state.’

He added that, ‘When I say that we are accelerating our plans against Iran – I mean precisely that.’

On Monday, talks on Iran’s nuclear program and associated sanctions began in Vienna, with the participation of representatives from Iran and other world powers. The United States is not actively participating in the talks…”

‘Israel could take unilateral action against Iran if sanctions lifted’

December 1, 2021 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Lifting sanctions on Iran could lead to military action by Israel, officials in Jerusalem warned world powers, as negotiations to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program continued on Tuesday.

If the US lifts sanctions – along with international sanctions soon to be lifted under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal – Iran could reach the nuclear threshold within six months, Israel has warned.

At that point, Israel could find it necessary to take unilateral action.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called for the world to ramp up the threat to Iran in order to deter it from developing a nuclear weapon.

In a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Lapid emphasized that Israel views the talks as an attempt by Tehran to stall as it advances its nuclear program, and the world must have a plan B…”

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