NEWS FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Hamas official: May Allah bring annihilation upon the Jews
April 12, 2023 — Israel National News reports: “Hamas official Sheikh Dr. Hamad Al-Regeb in a sermon in Gaza this past Friday prayed for Allah to bring annihilation and paralysis upon the Jews and to ‘enable’ the Muslims to ‘get to’ the Jews’ necks.
Al-Regeb also said that the Jews are ‘filthy animals’ and ‘brothers of apes and pigs’ who spread corruption, injustice, and evil at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
His remarks were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
‘We see the hordes of foreigners, the brothers of apes and pigs, spread corruption, injustice, and evil [at the Al-Aqsa Mosque]. According to the tradition, [the Jews] killed 70 of the Israelite prophets in one hour during the daytime, and they did not even close their markets,’ claimed Al-Regeb.
‘[Allah] transformed them into filthy, ugly animals like apes and pigs because of the injustice and evil they had brought about. How can we defeat the enemy? Unfortunately, some beloved preachers in different corners of the Earth, do not understand what defeating the enemy means for us,’ he continued…” (Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah. Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth. Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession. O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth Psalm 83:1-18.)
Iran’s supreme leader: Israel’s demise coming faster than I expected
April 5, 2023 — The Times of Israel reports: “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei told local leaders on Tuesday that the ‘Zionist regime’ was disappearing faster than he had anticipated, amid internal Israeli divisions over the government’s controversial judicial overhaul.
‘Their own officials continuously warn that their collapse is nearing. Their president says this, their former prime minister says this, their [military] chief says this and their defense minister says this. They all say it,’ Khamenei said, appearing to refer to concerns voiced by public figures, such as President Isaac Herzog, that civil conflict could break out over intense disagreements on the legislation that seeks to shackle the Supreme Court.
‘They say their collapse is nearing and that they won’t make it to their 80th birthday. We said a few years ago [in 2015] that they wouldn’t reach the next 20 or 25-year point from then. But they themselves are in a rush and want to leave sooner,’ he said.
The comments on Israel were made during a special Ramadan address Khamenei gave to government officials in Tehran…” (Iran has 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.)
Palestinian TV Airs Musical Calling to Attack Israelis ‘Everywhere’ with ‘Bullets, Bombs’
April 17, 2023 — Breibart.com reports: “A violence-themed musical broadcast on Palestinian Authority (PA) television called to fight Israelis ‘everywhere’ with ‘blood and stones,’ as Palestinian violence continues to escalate during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Appearing on PA TV, the musical titled ‘The Journey of a Nation’ depicts the ‘struggle’ of the Palestinians over nearly a century, apparently from decades before even the establishment of the State of Israel.
Performed in the Gaza Strip, the musical featured young men in military outfits carrying mock weapons, dancing and singing about combating the ‘enemy’ through the use of machine guns, RPGs, daggers, rifles, and bombs, throughout the Jewish state.
The men are later joined by a group of children who dance alongside them…” (God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early – Psalm 46:1 – 5. See the next report.)
Iran will destroy Tel Aviv, Haifa at slightest Israeli action – Raisi
April 18, 2023 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Iran will destroy Haifa and Tel Aviv if Israel takes ‘the slightest action’ against it, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned on Tuesday during an Army Day address, according to the Iranian Tasnim media agency.
‘The extra-regional and American forces should leave the region as soon as possible because it is in their own interest and in the interest of the region,’ he said.
Raisi said that Iran’s army is ‘well equipped and up-to-date’ and that it ‘sees itself as a servant by the side of the people.’…”
‘War is closer than peace’: Iran is behind recent escalation, says former security chief
April 13, 2023 — Israel National News reports: “After a week that featured two deadly terrorist attacks and rocket fire in the north and the south of the country, ‘War is much closer than peace,’ assesses Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, a former National Security Advisor and head of research in IDF Military Intelligence.
‘America is no longer the same America it once was in terms of preparedness,’ Amidror told Radio 103FM. ‘And the Iranians have noticed this. The United States has much more complex issues to deal with than the Middle East right now, and the rest of the world sees Israel differently from the way it used to.’
Amidror added that, ‘Iran is now more self-confident than it was and has succeeded in crafting more and more agreements with Arab countries. The world is changing, and the chances of things deteriorating still more are greater than ever. We must prepare for war, and it’s possible that we’ll reach the point where we have to attack Iran without America’s aid.’
‘The Iranians are pushing hard to create unrest,’ he continued. ‘We haven’t seen anything quite like this before. Things have reached boiling point, and even if we aren’t yet seeing the volcano erupt, it doesn’t mean that things aren’t bubbling inside. The Iranians are fomenting trouble on a scale that we haven’t seen in years and are doing their best to escalate things, including on the Temple Mount, which provides them with a pretext. Tomorrow is Iran’s Jerusalem day and from their point of view, it will be the perfect time to escalate things on the Temple Mount,’ Amidror warned…” (Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Lord. They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold. Thou therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah. They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear? But thou, O Lord, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision. Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence. The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies. Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield. For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak. Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah. And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city. Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied. But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy. – Psalm 59:1-17; Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation. Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholdeth the righteous. The Lord knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. – Psalm 37:7-18; 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. – Psalm 2:1-5.)
Netanyahu: ‘We will cripple our enemies, they will pay a heavy price’
April 7, 2023 — YnetNews.com reports: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday opened a security cabinet meeting that was expected to weigh a response to rocket fire from Lebanon earlier, saying: ‘We will cripple our enemies, they will pay a heavy price.’
The high-level security cabinet convened for the first time in nearly two months after a barrage of rockets was fired from Lebanon into northern Israel, in an attack attributed to the Gaza-based Hamas terror group.
‘I have made it clear that our enemies should not misjudge us: The internal debate in Israel will not prevent us from taking action against them wherever and whenever necessary. All of us, without exception, are united on this,’ Netanyahu said.
‘We have no intention of changing the status quo on the Temple Mount. We are calling for calming the situation and we will take strong action against extremists who use violence there,’ he continued. ‘Regarding the aggression against us on other fronts, we will strike our enemies and they will pay the price for any act of aggression.’
‘Our enemies will discover, again, that at moments of truth, the citizens of Israel stand united and unified, and back the actions of the [army] and the other security services to defend our country and our people.’…” (Prime Minister Netanyahu is correct. 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. See the next two reports.)
Gallant warns: We will hit anyone who tries to harm us and make him regret it
April 6, 2023 — Israel National News reports: “Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant on Wednesday afternoon completed a visit to an Iron Dome battery stationed in Israel’s southern region, together with IAF Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Eyal Greenboim.
The Minister was briefed on recent security events and spoke with the soldiers who intercepted the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip overnight…
‘I want to be very clear: We will hit anyone who tries to harm us, and exact a heavy price that will make them regret any threats against Israeli citizens or IDF troops. I hope we all enjoy a happy and peaceful Passover,’ he added…”
Defense Minister Gallant: ‘We will not allow the Iranians and Hezbollah to harm us’
April 3, 2023 — Israel National News reports: “Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant recently toured the IDF Etzion Regional Brigade with the Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, the Chief of Staff of the Central Command, and Commanders of the Etzion Regional Brigade and the ‘Shaked’ Battalion.
Minister Gallant was briefed on the initial investigation into the ramming attack that took place overnight Saturday in Gush Etzion that left three soldiers wounded and received an overview of the IDF’s operational activities during the month of Muslim and Jewish holidays.
Following the operational briefings, Minister Gallant visited the brigade headquarters and proposed a toast with the soldiers of the ‘Shaked’ Battalion of the Givati Brigade ahead of the upcoming holidays. ‘All our fronts are tense. The Iranians are extending their outreach to Judea, Samaria, and Gaza and attempting to entrench themselves in Syria and Lebanon. We will not allow the Iranians and Hezbollah to harm us. We have not allowed it in the past, we won’t allow it now or anytime in the future,’ Gallant remarked during the visit. ‘When necessary – we will push them out of Syria to where they belong – and that is Iran.’…”