NEWS FROM ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Iranian President: The first foolish step of the Zionist entity will be its last
May 3, 2023 — Israel National News reports: “Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi issued threats against Israel ahead of his scheduled visit to Syria on Wednesday, Israel Hayom reports.
Speaking on Tuesday to the Lebanese television channel Al-Mayadeen, which is associated with Hezbollah, Raisi said, ‘The Zionist entity cannot provide security within its borders, as the conditions differ greatly than in the past. It is clear to everyone that the Sharm el-Sheikh, Camp David, and Oslo agreements cannot provide security to this entity. The decision today is in the hands of the Palestinian Mujahideen and not determined at the negotiating table.’
Raisi also claimed that ‘the Zionist entity knows very well that they will never be able to confront Iran. Its threats are empty and the proof of this is that it cannot deal with the youth resistance in Palestine and the region. No one in the world believes these threats.’
He added, ‘If the Zionist entity takes the smallest step against Iran, our first step will be to remove it. The first foolish step of the Zionist entity will be its last step.’…” (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.)
Hamas threatens: We will expand the attacks to additional targets in Israel
May 12, 2023 — Israel National News reports: “Hamas spokesperson Abdel Latif al-Qanoa threatened on Thursday that the terrorist organizations will expand the rocket fire towards Israel if the IDF attacks in Gaza continue.
‘The Palestinian resistance organizations continue to respond to the Zionist aggression against us and the crime of murdering the commander and deputy commander of the organization’s rocket array,’ said the spokesperson.
He noted that the terrorist organizations in Gaza are cooperating with one another. ‘The joint operations room will continue to operate with all its might to thwart the objectives of the occupation, and disrupt its plans, and it (the occupation) will be the one to bear the consequences of expanding its aggression against our people and the commanders of the struggle organizations.’…”
Abbas demands UN ban Israel
May 16, 2023 — Israel National News reports: “Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas demanded that the United Nations take the unprecedented step of suspending Israel’s membership in the organization if it does not give in to his demands to create a Palestinian Arab state and to accept millions of descendants of refugees from the 1948 War of Independence.
Addressing the ‘Nakba Day’ event held at the UN today, Abbas claimed that Israel’s acceptance as a UN member was contingent on its fulfillment of the 1947 UN Partition Plan and General Assembly Resolution 194, which called for refugees who were willing to live in peace to be allowed to return to their former homes following the war. ‘Forcing Israel to implement these two resolutions was a condition, a prerequisite for their membership in the UN at the time. However, sadly, certain countries — we all know we are talking about, we will mention them later — in this organization have deliberately obstructed the implementation of these resolutions in a practice that undermines justice, ethics and human values.’
‘We demand today, officially, in accordance with international law and international resolutions, to make sure that Israel respects these resolutions, or suspend Israel’s membership in the UN, particularly since Israel never fulfilled its obligations and the prerequisites for its membership in this organization that they committed to implementing,’ he said…”
Over 800 rockets fired at Israel
May 12, 2023 — Israel National News reports: “The IDF released updated statistics this evening (Thursday) on the number of rockets which have been fired at Israel by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization since the beginning of Operation Shield and Arrow earlier this week.
According to the IDF, 803 rockets had been fired at Israel as of 8 pm. The IDF had previously reported that 547 rockets had been fired at Israel as of 2:30 pm, meaning that over 250 rockets were fired in under six hours.
One person was killed and five people injured when a rocket struck a residential building in the city of Rehovot this evening.
The IDF further stated that 620 rockets crossed into Israeli airspace, while 152 rockets fell short in Gaza. 179 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems…” (They may threaten Israel, but Psalm 121 states: 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. Notice especially verse 4 – Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. During his confrontation with the prophets of Baal, Elijah mocked the prophets after they were unable to get a response from Baal. I Kings 18:27 states: And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. God does not sleep, and He will preserve Israel. See the next three reports.)
Iran unveils 2,000 km ballistic missile
May 25, 2023 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Iran unveiled the fourth generation of its Khorramshahr ballistic missile under the name Khaibar, with a range of 2,000 km (1,243 miles) and a 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) warhead, the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday.
Iran has expanded its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles, despite opposition from the United States and expressions of concern by European countries. Tehran says the program is purely defensive and is for deterrence.
‘Iran’s newest ballistic missile and the latest product of the defense ministry’s Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO) was unveiled today in a ceremony attended by the defense minister,’ IRNA added…”
Gallant reveals new threat: Iran establishes ‘floating terror bases’
May 23, 2023 — YnetNews.com reports: “Defense Minister Yoav Gallant revealed Monday a new threat Israel may have to face – Iran converts civilian merchant ships into military vessels to serve as ‘floating terror bases.’
Speaking at Reichman University at the annual Herzliya Conference on the topic Policy and Strategy in an Age of Uncertainty, the minister said that ‘these vessels are of considerable size, ranging from tens to sometimes hundreds of thousands of tons. They are intended to carry various types of combat capabilities, including aircraft, missiles, offensive systems and advanced intelligence, in order to serve as forward terror bases in areas located far from the Iranian border.’
Gallant noted that the coastal terrorist bases are already operational in a practical manner…”
IDF intel chief: Nasrallah close to ‘mistake that could plunge region into big war’
May 23, 2023 — The Times of Israel reports: “The IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate chief assessed on Monday that the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group was ‘close to making a mistake’ that could spark a regional war, while warning that the conflict between Israel and Iran was becoming increasingly direct.
Speaking at a conference hosted by the Institute for Policy and Strategy of Reichman University in Herzliya, Aharon Haliva said ‘the chances of an escalation that could deteriorate into war is not low,’ and that, as far as Hassan Nasrallah is concerned, a recent flareup on the Israel-Lebanon border may not be over.
Haliva alluded to Nasrallah’s past comments that Hezbollah’s abduction of two Israeli soldiers on the border in 2006, which set off the Second Lebanon War, was a mistake, but said he is now starting to believe the balance of power can be tested.
‘The story of the terrorist at the Meggido Junction isn’t a one-off,’ Haliva said, referring to a bombing attack in March that seriously injured a man, and is suspected to have been orchestrated by the Iran-backed terror group. ‘Nasrallah is close to making a mistake that could plunge the region into a big war. He is close to making this mistake from Lebanon or Syria.’
He also said Syrian President Bashar Assad, another Iranian ally, was growing increasingly confident, noting his inclusion at the Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia last week after a 12-year absence and a recent drone attack launched from Syria…”
Netanyahu: Israel is prepared for a multi-front war with Iran
May 10, 2023 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “Israel is ready to fight Iran on multiple fronts if it needs to, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, following the launch of Operation Shield and Arrow.
In separate comments, Netanyahu said that ‘95% of Israel’s security problems come from Iran,’ referring to ‘an attempt by Iran to start a multi-front campaign against us.’
Israel ‘will do all it can to prevent Iran from establishing terror fronts around us,’ he said at a conference for Habithonistim, a right-leaning group of former senior defense officers…” (Though Satan has always stood against Israel — I Chronicles 21:1 – Yahweh God will …send a fire against Magog [Russia] and her Arabic allies –Daniel 11:40; Isaiah 17:1; Ezekiel 38:5-7 and Psalms 83:5-7. In the heat of the battle to destroy Israel – Psalms 83:4 – the enemies of God will be crushed as Jesus, the Son of God sets up His kingdom. Isaiah 59:20 states: …the Redeemer shall come to Zion [Jerusalem], sent by His Father – Psalms 2:6 – to reign over the world from Jerusalem forever – Luke 1:32 – 33.)
Erdan slams UN Nakba Day event
May 15, 2023 — YnetNews.com reports: “Israeli UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan appealed to member states to refrain from attending what he called ‘an abominable and blatant attempt to distort history,’ as Palestinians will mark a 75-year anniversary of the Nakba – the Palestinian Catastrophe – at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.
The event in which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is set to speak is the first time, the UN will officially commemorate the flight of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from what is now Israel.
Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. envoy, called the U.N. observance ‘historic’ and significant because the General Assembly played a key role in the partition of Palestine.
In a speech to the U.N. Security Council on April 25, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said ‘it is time to bring the Nakba to an end,’ stressing that the Palestinians have suffered from the most protracted refugee crisis in the world…” (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. See the next reports)
California school to host ‘Nakba 75’ event on Jerusalem Day
May 18, 2023 — The Jerusalem Post reports: “An event headlined ‘Nakba 75’ is scheduled to take place in the auditorium of the Public Santa Ana High School in Orange County, California on Thursday evening, May 18th. The stated goal of the event is to mark the 75th anniversary of the ‘Nakba’ (Arabic for ‘catastrophe’), the term commonly used by Palestinians and anti-Israel groups to refer to the founding of Israel. The event is sponsored by American organizations that support terrorist attacks against Israelis and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Notably, the event’s invitation refers to Israel as a ‘settler-colonial state.’ The auditorium in which the event is taking place in the Santa Ana High School is available to rent for $151 an hour and can be rented through a platform called Facilitron.
Santa Ana High School hasn’t responded to The Jerusalem Post’s request for comment on whether the school supports this narrative and whether the school would host pro-Israel events as well…”