CHIEF PRINCE OF PERSIA
2473 years ago, Queen
“I and my people
are to be destroyed, killed and annihilated.”
“Then Ahasuerus, the
King of Persia, asked Queen Esther:
‘Who is he, and where
is he, who would presume to do such a thing?’
“Esther said, ‘A foe
and an enemy is this wicked Haman!’”
Haman, an Amalekite Persian, had
been promoted by King Ahasuerus and had been given authority to rule
over the Persian Empire. But this man hated the Jewish race, and in
particular, Mordecai, who happened to be the cousin of Esther, a Jewish
girl whom Ahasuerus had chosen as his queen.
Haman’s plan to annihilate all the
Jews in the Medo-Persian world, backfired, and he himself was hung on
the gallows he had prepared for the execution of Mordecai.
another hard-line “Haman” has been
elevated to the position of ruler of modern Persia, which is, of course,
Iran. His name is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And his second term as president
has been strongly endorsed by the Supreme Leader of the nation -
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
For several years, Ahmadinejad has
aggressively called for Israel to be wiped off the map, as have the two
Ayatollahs ruling Iran in the past 30 years - Ruhollah Khomeini and Ali
In June 2008, this same “anointed”
“I must announce that the Zionist
regime (Israel) with a 60-year record of genocide, plunder, invasion and
betrayal, is about to die and will soon be erased from the geographical
scene.” And, “today, the time for the fall of the satanic power
of the United States has come and the countdown to the annihilation of
the emperor of power and wealth has started.”
the hottest topic in the world and
the prophetic news media today is IRAN, because of four reasons: 1. the
“Tehrananmen Square” crackdown. 2. the extreme rhetoric and threats of
Iranian leaders. 3. Tehran’s aggressive nuclear program. 4. the
“apocalyptic” Imam-Mahdi doctrine.
1. THE “TEHRANANMEN
(This is the Tehran version of
the Chinese Tiananmen Square bloodbath.)
After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was
proclaimed the winner of the presidential election on June 12, thousands
of opposition supporters took to the streets every day for more than a
week, to protest against what they saw as a massive fraud.
The Iranian government responded
by launching a brutal crackdown on the freedom-seeking protestors. More
than 3,000 reformers were arrested; at least 600 were wounded, and
unofficial reports put the number of deaths at around 150. The protests
were the biggest in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
A subsequent public battle within
Iran’s clerical establishment posed an unprecedented challenge to the
authority of Ayatollah Khamenei who had come to power in 1989.
IRAN’S CLERICS DEFY
July 5/09. A group of
clerics in Iran called the presidential vote invalid, contradicting
official results. The pro-reform clerics group said that the top
legislative body, the Guardian Council, no longer had the right “to
judge in this case.” The group’s statement pitted it against the top
legislative body, which formally endorsed the re-election of Mahmoud
RAFSANJANI CALLS FOR
RELEASE OF PROTESTERS’
Former Iranian President, Ali
Akbar Rafsanjani, called for the release of the people who were jailed
after protesting against the result of the election. In his first Friday
sermon since the vote, Rafsanjani said large numbers of Iranians still
doubted its result.
Outside the mosque, police fired
tear gas at thousands of opposition supporters who were chanting slogans
in support of defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.
Chanting also broke out among the
tens of thousands of people inside, while thousands of opposition
supporters rallied in streets near the university - the first public
opposition demonstration after a lull of more than a week.
July 20/09. Another former
President of Iran, Mohammad Khatami, has called for a referendum on the
legitimacy of the government. He quoted Iranian websites and said
millions of Iranians had lost faith in the electoral process.
Only the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei, can authorise a referendum. But Khamenei has already
declared the election, which the incumbent, President Ahmadinejad, “won
by a landslide,” as valid.
The Iranian opposition, including
Mr Khatami and the leading defeated presidential candidate, Mir Hossein
Mousavi, say the election was rigged.
IRAN BLOWS UP IN
June 25/09. Barack Obama’s key
policy of seeking dialogue with Iran’s leaders, in a bid to keep a lid
on Iran’s nuclear program is looking more and more ridiculous.
After a week of soft-pedaling on
the brutal crackdown, Obama finally said he was “appalled and outraged”
at the violence with which the reform-minded protestors have been
But the crisis has blown up in
Obama’s face as Tehran’s leadership accused the Western nations of
fuelling the protests. And speaking of Obama personally, Ahmadinejad
said: “Mr Obama made a mistake to say those things (against Iran).
Our question is why he fell into this trap, and said things that
previously (President) Bush used to say.”
2. THE EXTREME
THREATS OF THE
The “re-elected” president,
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is renowned for his fierce rhetorical outbursts
that call for the
destruction of Israel, and of the Western Nations.
Last year he called
Israel a “germ of
corruption” that would be “removed soon,
and slammed the “murderous Zionists” as being responsible for the global
financial crisis, and America as being the cause of much of the world’s
“IRAN WILL BRING DOWN
“Iran would not tolerate outside
pressure,” Mr Ahmadinejad said recently, and his new government “would
bring down the global arrogance,” signaling a tougher approach by Tehran
toward the West.
It is hardly appropriate for
the head of a United Nations member to call for the destruction of
another member. But Ahmadinejad is hardly a fair-minded advocate of
His distain and hatred of the US
and UK intensified after the Tehran street protests; he blamed these two
nations in particular, along with Israel, for the unrest and
demonstrations. Of course, it was an attempt to cover his own corruption
KHAMENEI: “AMERICANS ARE MORONS”
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is Iran’s
Supreme Leader, and he is the decision maker on foreign policy. And his
behavior since June 12 has shown that he is no moderate.
In his post-election Friday
“sermon,” Khomenei called Americans “morons” and accused them of being
the worst human-rights violators in the world.
Not very nice words coming from a
These are the men that Barack
Obama has been seeking to engage in dialogue, with a view to weaning
them away from the dangerous path to nuclear armaments.
The “rigged election” and the
subsequent demonstrations, which Khamenei’s security forces brutally
suppressed, along with Ahmadinejad’s emotive response, makes it
compellingly clear that Mr Obama’s offered hand of accommodation to the
Islamic Republic will be firmly rebuffed.
THE FISTS OF OBAMA AND
Obama’s overture to the Iranian
leaders has been aiming at breaking a prolonged stalemate. “If countries
like Iran are willing to
unclench their fist,”
Obama said in January, “they will find an extended hand from us.”
But on July 6, Ayatollah Khamenei
warned that the Islamic Republic would show an
toward countries it
regarded as “enemies.”
TEHRAN’S AGGRESSIVE NUCLEAR PROGRAM
IRAN COULD HAVE BOMB IN
July 15/09. Concerns that a war
between Iran and Israel may not be far off are growing. A controversial
report in the German weekly Stern quotes German intelligence
sources who believe that Iran has “mastered the enrichment technology
necessary to make a bomb, and has enough centrifuges to make weaponized
One expert said of the Iranian
military: “If they wanted to, they could detonate an atomic bomb in half
a year’s time.”
“NUKE COULD WIPE ISRAEL
OUT IN SECONDS”
July 4/09. Israel’s recently
appointed ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, warned that an Iranian
atomic bomb could wipe Israel off the map in a matter of seconds, and
that the Iranians could accomplish in a matter of seconds what Hitler
did in 5 years - kill 6 million Jews, literally.
AMBITIONS WORST THREAT”
“Iran’s nuclear ambitions are the
greatest current threat to global security,” says US Defence Secretary
“Iran is the one that concerns me
the most because there do not seem to be good options (or a scenario)
where one can have any optimism that good options will be found.”
Iran’s leaders have warned the
world quite clearly about what they plan to do when they finally achieve
to wipe Israel from the map.
is to use their new weapons
to launch an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse weapon) attack on America or
Israel or Europe. In fact, they’ve been practicing for this.
WARNING TO IRAN:
“U.S. READY TO BOLSTER
For several years the US and EU
have been seeking to monitor Iran’s nuclear installations and to
dissuade its leaders from pursuing weapons of mass destruction. They
have had no success in spite of Europe’s direct talks with Tehran.
July 22/09. US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton warned that the US is prepared to bolster the defence of
its Gulf allies if Iran develops a nuclear weapons programme.
Really? Give all the allies
4. THE IMAM-MAHDI
The source of the top Irani
leaders’ motivation for destruction is their deep-seated and fanatical
desire to prepare for the arrival of the Shi’ite messiah — the twelfth
imam - the Mahdi.
Ahmadinejad promises that the
arrival of the Mahdi at a time of conflict, will signal the enduring
defeat of liberal democracy and the notion of human freedom, and the
eradication of Christianity and Judaism. All will be replaced by the
“pure” Islam of the Mahdi, and of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
It is this prophetic belief that
gives the Shia leaders the assurance that they are on the winning side,
and that the return of the Mahdi will bring about the destruction of the
infidels, and bring the establishment of a worldwide caliphate.
So it is not a matter of nations
living together in harmony and mutual respect. It is this belief system
that fuels the agenda and causes the great concern over Iran’s push to
Iran, of course, claims that their
nuclear program is for peaceful purposes - like producing electricity.
But if that were true, the US, EU, and Russia would have gladly provided
the aid for such purposes.
WAR WITH IRAN COULD BE
For the last several years the
question has been, “Will the US and/or Israel attack Iran’s nuclear
facilities – and when?” The deadline, based on estimates of Tehran’s
nearness to testing a nuclear weapon, has fluctuated. It has now come
down to a possible six months.
The pressure from these current
ominous circum-stances is increasing rapidly.
MEDVEDEV: ATTACK WILL
Sept 08. The Russian President
said: “We know that certain players are planning an attack against Iran.
But we oppose any unilateral step and military solution to the nuclear
SARKOZY URGES ISRAEL
NOT TO ATTACK IRAN
July 09. Reuters reported
that French President Nicolas
Sarkozy warned Israel
that any strike against Iran would be catastrophic for the world;
and he told Tehran to
expect more sanctions if it refuses to discuss its nuclear program.
Major powers meeting in Italy have
given Iran until next
to accept negotiations,
but they were vague about what consequences would follows if it fails to
Sarkozy urged against any military
unilateral attack (by
Israel) would be an absolute catastrophe,” he told reporters during the
annual summit of the Group of Eight rich nations. “Israel should know
that it is not alone and should follow what is going on calmly,” he
said, adding that he had not received any assurances that Israel would
hold off on any action ahead of the
EGYPT: “ISRAELI NUKES
Western policies based on
pressuring Iran to give up its nuclear program will fail because they
disregard Israeli nuclear capabilities, which is “the first and greatest
threat to security in the region,” an Egyptian Foreign Ministry
spokesman said in mid-May.
BIDEN: “ISRAEL IS FREE
TO CHOOSE ITS ACTIONS”
US vice president Joseph Biden’s
recent statements were taken to mean the US was giving a clearance to
Israel to take action.
Biden, told ABC television that
the US would not stand in the way of Israeli military action against the
Iranian nuclear program.
“Israel has the right to determine
its own course of action with regard to the Iranian nuclear threat
regardless of what the Obama administration chooses to do.”
- 5 July 2009
But the President seems to have a
very different idea (at least outwardly) …
DENIES U.S. GO-AHEAD
FOR ISRAEL TO BOMB IRAN
President Barack Obama
“absolutely” denied Washington has given a green light for Israel to
strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, adding: “We can’t dictate to other
countries what their security interests are,” he said. “But it is also
true that it is US policy to try and resolve the issue “through
OBAMA HAS AGREED TO
July 23/09. Israel is preparing a
strategy to deal with a compromise agreement by Western powers that
would approve Iran’s uranium enrichment program
Officials and analysts said the EU
and US were moving toward an offer that would enable Teheran to continue
enriching uranium. They said the proposal was expected to be submitted
to Iran over the next few months.
Dan Meridor, an Israeli Cabinet
minister responsible for the intelligence community, said; “I heard the
Americans’ statement that they will defend their allies in the event
that Iran arms itself with an atomic bomb, as if they have already
reconciled with this possibility. This is a mistake!”
IRAN SPURNS OBAMA’S
July 16/09. Iranian leaders are
turning inward and rejecting engagement with the West as they blame
outsiders for street protests, even as President Obama’s administration
pushes for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.
IRAN MASS PRODUCING
The accurate two-stage
2,000-kilometer range Sejil II ballistic missile is powered with
solid fuel, and was successfully tested by Iran on May 20. More than
1,000 new Sejil IIs are projected to come off their production
lines in five years, at the rate of 200 a year.
Liquid-fuel missiles like the
Shehab take hours to prepare for firing, during which time they are
exposed to oversight by US and Israel spy satellites, whereas the
Sejil because it is powered by solid fuel, has the huge advantage of
- 13 July / DEBKAfile
“NUCLEAR IRAN IS NOT AN
Last year Israel embarked on a
coordinated campaign of leaks to the press regarding its determination
to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities if Obama’s then-new administration
fails to sway the Iranians diplomatically.
Israel is unwilling to accept a
nuclear Iran: “It is not an option,” say its senior intelligence and
- July 10/09 /
PEACE PROCESS IS ON
For Israel, the peace process is
not the most urgent need. It’s Iran’s menacing nuclear program.
ISRAEL PREPARES FOR
ATTACK ON IRAN
All signs point to a potential
conflict in the near-future as Iran speeds to the nuclear finish line.
among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the men
of war draw near. Let them come up to attack! Beat your
plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears. Let the weak
say, ‘I am strong!’
“Come quickly all
you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves together! Bring down, O
YHWH, Your mighty ones! Let the nations be aroused and come up to the
Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on
every side.” (Joel 3:9-12)
ISRAEL SENDS SUB AND
MILITARY SHIPS THROUGH SUEZ CANAL
July 09. After a long pause, the
Israeli Navy has returned to sailing through the Suez Canal, recently
sending one of its advanced Dolphin-class submarines with
nuclear-missile strike capabilities through the waterway to participate
in naval maneuvers off the Eilat coast in the Red Sea. The submarine was
accompanied by two Israeli missile boats.
Ten days later two Saar-class
ships, INS Eilat and INS Chanit, sailed into the Red Sea
in what a report described as “a clear signal that Israel was able to
put its strike force within range of Iran at short notice.”
Israel has six Dolphin-class
submarines, three of which are believed to carry nuclear missiles.
ARABS ALARMED AT
GROWING POWER OF IRAN AND HIZB’ULLAH
May 21/09. Arab governments are
starting to see the fingerprints of Iran’s proxy, Lebanon’s Hizb’ullah,
all over the Middle East, adding to their growing alarm over Iran’s
power and a widening Sunni-Shiite rift.
ISRAEL STRENGTHENS TIES
WITH ARAB NATIONS
Israel has strengthened ties with
key Arab nations that also fear a nuclear-armed Iran. In particular,
relations with Egypt have grown increasingly stronger this year because
of the “shared mutual distrust of Iran.”
NO EASY CHOICES AS
ISRAEL PONDERS STRIKE ON
It is the toughest decision that
any Israeli leader has had to make in living memory. Ordering a
pre-emptive attack against Iran’s nuclear sites would plunge the country
into war with a powerful enemy. The region would be thrown into turmoil
and the resources of Israel’s military would be stretched — with no
guarantee of success.
“In that day I
will make the leaders of Judah like a burning pot in a woodpile, and
like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume on the right hand
and on the left all the surrounding peoples; and Jerusalem will be
inhabited again on her own sites - in Jerusalem.” (Zechariah 12:6)
ISRAEL’S MOMENT OF
DECISION ON IRAN’S NUCLEAR THREAT
July 09. The moment that Iran
announces its possession of nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia, the United
Arab Emirates, and perhaps Kuwait, taking to heart Iran’s declared
hostility to Sunni Islam and determination to obtain hegemony in the
Gulf, will go shopping for their own weapons. Egypt and Turkey will not
be far behind. As if a nuclear-armed Pakistan were not worry enough, the
vulnerability of these regimes to overthrow by the forces of radical
Islam, heightens the possi-bility of the world’s most dangerous weapons
falling into the hands of many of the world’s most dangerous actors.
Furthermore, once the Middle East
went poly-nuclear, it would be only a matter of time until a suitcase
nuclear bomb fell, leaked, or was placed into terrorists’ hands. Even
before that, radical Islamists throughout the Middle East --
particularly Hizb’ullah and Hamas --would receive a tremendous
psychological boost from a nuclear Iran and be emboldened by their
patron’s nuclear umbrella.
is a grim option. So is
strike on Iran’s nuclear
facilities. Israel is compelled by an Iran fast closing in on a nuclear
capability to choose between the two grim options, Israel’s highest
priority will be to persuade an equivocating US, a dithering Europe, and
an obstructionist Russia that a nuclear Iran is not just an Israeli
problem or a Middle Eastern problem but a problem for the United States
and the world.
PERSIA INVOLVED IN THE
Persia is modern Iran, and
Ezekiel’s prophecy indicates that Persia will have a major role when it
is lined up with Rosh and the confederation of allied nations, including
Gomer, Beth-Togarmah, Cush and Put. These nations will invade Israel
early in the Tribulation. They will be powerful, but they could be
“THE COALITION OF THE
The LORD will need to put hooks
into their jaws to bring them down against Israel where they will be
Master, YHWH, says: Listen! I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of
Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into
your jaws and bring you out with your whole army - your horses and
horsemen all fully armed, and a great horde with large and small
shields, all of them brandishing swords.
(Iran), Cush (Ethiopia), and Put (Libya)
will be with them, all with shields and helmets; Gomer
(Germany) also with all its troops; and the House of Togarmah
from the far north (Turkey and the Turkic people of Central Asia)
with all its troops - many nations with you. Get ready; be
prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of
them.” (Ezekiel 38:3-7)
The destruction of this mighty
confederation is clear in the prophecy:
“It will come
about on that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” declares
the Sovereign Master, YHWH, that My fury will be aroused on My Face.
“For in My zeal
and in the fire of My wrath I have declared that on that day
there will be a great shaking in the land of Israel, so that the fish of
the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all the
creeping things that creep on the earth, and all the men who are on the
face of the earth will shake at My presence. The mountains will be
thrown down, the steep pathways will collapse, and every wall will fall
to the ground.
“And I shall call
for a sword against him (Gog) on all My mountains,’ declares the
Sovereign Master, YHWH. ‘Every man’s sword will be against his brother.
And with pestilence and with bloodshed I shall execute judgment upon
him; and I shall rain on him, and on his troops, and on the many peoples
who are with him, a torrential rain, with hail-stones and burning
sulphur.” (Ezekiel 38:18-22)
Master, YHWH, says: ‘Listen! I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of
Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; I will turn you around and drive you on. I
will bring you from the remotest parts of the north, and send you
against the mountains of Israel.
“Then I will
strike your bow from your left hand, and make your arrows drop from your
right hand. You will fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all
your troops, and the nations who are with you. I will give you as
food to birds of prey of every kind and to the wild animals. You will
fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign
“I will also
send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the
coastlands. Then they will know that I am YHWH. I will make
My holy Name known among My people Israel.” (Ezekiel 39:1-7)
Ezekiel, in these passages, is
prophesying concerning the latter years – the Great Tribulation. And he
is describing an enormous war which ends in what certainly appears to be
a nuclear holocaust.
Ezekiel’s burden in this chapter
is concerning only the northern confederation. He does not include the
other confederations that will be involved in the world war.
For a fuller picture of this world
conflict we need to compare Daniel 11: 40-45; Zechariah 12:2-9; Joel
3:1-2, 9-15; Jeremiah 50 & 51 and Revelation 6:4-8.
Now, in the light of Ezekiel’s
prophecy it is instructive to see ...
the northern alliance
PREPARING FOR THE ENDTIME WAR.
The reality of a world war is
coming nearer as Russia sells arms to the enemies of Israel and builds
strategic relationships with many nations.
Russia has a defence pact with
Iran and Syria, and it continues to supply both of them with advanced,
sophisticated weaponry, including advanced anti-tank weapons and
Russia has defied the US by
announcing plans to sell military hardware to Iran and also to United
States’ radical Latin enemy, Venezuela.
The head of the Russian state arms
exporter said that he was negotiating to sell anti-aircraft systems to
Iran despite American objections. Russia has already delivered 29 Tor-M1
missile systems under a $700 million (£386 million) deal with Iran in
IRAN, LEBANON SIGN
5-YEAR SECURITY PACT
Nov 27/08. Iran and Lebanon have
signed a security agreement, according to which Iran will supply the
Lebanese army with weapons and equipment over the next five years.
“Iran announced its readiness to
supply Lebanon with defensive weapons, to be agreed upon in the
frame-work of a defensive strategic system the Lebanese will formulate,”
a Lebanese source said.
By supplying the Lebanese army
with weapons, Iran will thus be responsible for arming Lebanon’s two
major armed forces: the national army, and Hizb’ullah.
- Jerusalem Post.
WATCH TURKEY & MIDEAST
Turkey is boosting ties with Iran,
while Russia is working to wean Turkey away from its EU membership bid.
Russia is also striking deals with
Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and building global alliances.
is an eastern alternative (rival) to NATO – “the kings of the east and
the north.” (Daniel 11:44)
It’s membership at present
comprises six core nations - China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajikistan & Uzbekistan. Four other nations have observer membership -
India, Iran, Pakistan and Mongolia.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad —
freshly anointed by the Supreme Leader to stay as the face and voice of
the regime’s apocalyptic agenda, met with Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev and leaders of the SCO in Moscow, in June, to continue
building a political and military alliance between Russia, China, Iran
and Islamic countries in Central Asia.
Currently, Iran has “observer”
status in the SCO, but has requested
full member status.
“But reports from
the East and from the North will alarm him, and he (the Prince
of Rome – Antichrist) will go out in a great rage to destroy and
annihilate many.” (Daniel 11:44)
It is clear that Persia
(Iran) will be involved with Russia in the world war. So Iran will not
be wiped out before that time.
But it is POSSIBLE that a
conflict will set Iran’s nuclear program back, and create widespread
upheavals which will leave Iran, Russia, radical Arab groups, and much
of the world enraged.
Like Adolph Hitler did,
the “world” will accuse the Jews of being the cause of “all the troubles
in the world.” And this could lead to the rise of the new Hitler – the
The centre of the world, and the
epicentre of the coming world war is the land of Israel.
“You (Rosh) will say, ‘I will invade
the land of unwalled villages; I will attack those who are at rest and
live securely - all of them living without walls and without gates or
bars,’ to plunder and loot, to turn your hand against the resettled
ruins and the people gathered from the nations ...who live at the
center of the world.” (Ezekiel 38:12)
This region is the other very hot
topic in international news. The world has a fixation with
Palestinian-Israel affairs. “Everyone” is seemingly compelled to have a
say on what should happen at the Epicentre.
SOLANA: “WORLD SHOULD
RECOGNIZE PALESTINIAN STATE”
July 12, 2009. The European
Union’s top diplomat has called for the United Nations Security Council
to push forward and recognize a Palestinian state even without a
final-status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
reported that Javier Solana, when
explaining his proposal, said: “After a fixed
a UN Security Council resolution should proclaim the adoption of the
“It would accept the Palestinian
state as a full member of the UN, and set a calendar for implementation.
It would mandate the resolution of other remaining territorial disputes
and legitimize the end of claims. If the parties are not able to stick
to the timetable, then a solution backed by the international community
should be put on the table,” Solana said.
On the surface of this it looks
like the international community is beginning to get tired of the
stalemate between Israel and the PA, and that the international
community might try to “force” a deal on the Israelis.
G-8: “END SETTLEMENTS,
July 09. With the new Obama
administration issuing nearly identical calls for the resumption of
direct peace talks, an end to violence, and an economic reconstruction
for war-battered Gaza, a broad international coalition urged Israel to
freeze all settlement activity in the West Bank and lift its blockade of
the Gaza Strip.
Backing US President Barack
Obama’s Mideast policy, The Quartet of Mideast negotiators
and foreign ministers of the Group of Eight industrialized
nations took advantage of what the UN chief said was a “historic
BRITAIN JUMPS ON
July 3/09. British Foreign
Secretary David Miliband has joined the international chorus of
criticism which has been directed at Israel regarding its settlement
building in east Jerusalem. ‘Deploring’ the construction of apartment
blocks in the Israeli capital, Mili-band echoed recent statements made
by both the German Chancellor, The Quartet , and the US
President, in calling for a complete freeze of settlement building in
territory captured by Israel during the Six Day War.
IS WILLING TO BACK A
“Israel cannot agree to a
Palestinian state unless it gets guarantees that it is demilitarized,”
the Israeli PM said. He also said that Jerusalem must remain the
unified capital of
Israel would not accept any
situation in which it was forced to exist beside a terrorist state.
Every withdrawal from settlement territories would contribute to such
terror, Netanyahu said.
“U.S. CAN’T GET ARABS
TO COMMIT TO NORMAL ISRAEL TIES”
July 2/09. The US administration
has not been successful in securing commitments from Arab countries to
take steps toward normalizing relations with Israel, a senior source in
The source said US President
Barack Obama’s recent meeting with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia did not
produce a commitment to encourage the other Arab states to begin
“In such a situation, the
Americans can’t continue demanding gestures only from Israel, such as
the demand that Israel freeze settlement construction.”
ABBAS REJECTS EGYPT’S
July 14/09. According to
debka.com, a shouting match between Egyptian president Mubarak and
PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas ended with Abbas throwing back in Mubarak’s
face, the proposals Cairo drafted after an Egyptian intelligence
delegation made the rounds of Tel Aviv, Damascus and Ramallah last week.
Cairo informed all the concerned
parties that it had given up on Palestinian reconciliation and a
power-sharing deal for reuniting the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The
Egyptian plan - as presented to Israel, Syria and the Palestinian
Authority – was to form
commissions to supervise
Palestinian security and intelligence forces in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip respectively, and represent the Palestinians in diplomacy with the
Americans and the Israelis.
The West Bank commission would
have three Fatah members and one Hamas member, while the Gazan
commission would have three Hamas and one Fatah member - thus
representing their respective strength in the two entities.
Cairo also proposed creating
a new 3,000-strong Palestinian security service with a half-and-half
Fatah-Hamas membership to assume responsibility for, and to reopen, the
Gaza Strip crossings, thus lifting the Israeli blockade on the
But Abbas sharply rejected the
plan, accusing Egyptian leaders of “perpetuating the Ismail Haniyeh
regime” in Gaza. “Don’t even think of presenting this plan to President
Obama,” he said. -
“OUR GOAL IS NOT PEACE,
BUT RATHER PALESTINE”
“Our goal has never been peace,”
says a Fatah official in a PA TV panel. “Peace is a means; the goal is
Palestine” – meaning the conquest of Israel.
Kifah Radaydeh, the deputy head of
the Jerusalem chapter of Fatah, says openly that the
PA will resume violence
and terror against Israel when Fatah is “capable,”
and “according to what seems right.”
Headed by Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah is
considered the more moderate wing of the Palestinian Authority,
compared with Hamas.
The panel discussion shows that in
actuality, Fatah is no less firm than Hamas in seeking the goal of
Palestinian Media Watch /July 09
“THE FATAH MOVEMENT
DOES NOT RECOGNIZE ISRAEL, EVEN TODAY.”
Four months ago, senior PA
official Mohammed Dahlan stressed that Fatah adamantly refuses to
recognize Israel, and that even the Palestinian Authority’s recognition
is only for the
sake of receiving foreign aid.
HAMAS REVIVES ITS
MILITARY IN THE WEST BANK
Hamas has revived its military
wing in the West Bank with new funding and training activity. In
February, hundreds of thousands of dollars was said to have flowed to
the Hamas network in the West Bank, most of it in the guise of
www.worldtribune.com / July 09
BRITAIN PUNISHES ISRAEL
FOR ANTI-HAMAS OFFENSIVE
Prodded by Parliament Members and
Amnesty International, Britain will “punish” Israel for its anti-Hamas
offensive of earlier this year by withholding spare gunship parts.
At the end of a three-month
government review of all defence exports to Israel – 182 in number – the
British government has decided to cancel five of the licenses. All the
canceled contracts involve spare parts for guns on Sa’ar 4.5 warships.
Only a small percentage of
Israel’s defence-related imports come from Britain. -
Arutz Sheva / 13
TO VISIT JERUSALEM
President Shimon Peres, speaking
at an interfaith conference in Kazakhstan, challenged Saudi Arabia’s
King Abdullah to visit Jerusalem, which Muslims claim as their third
“I call on his Excellency, the
king of Saudi Arabia, to meet wherever you wish, in Jerusalem, in
Riyadh, in this beautiful country of Kazakhstan; we will be able to
realize your vision” of peace, the president said.
Muslims consider the Israeli
capital to be their third holiest city, but its leaders rarely have
visited there or anywhere else in Israel. Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak’s only trip to Jerusalem was for the funeral of former Prime
Minister Yitzchak Rabin
MAHMOUD ABBAS TRYING TO
CONVENE PALESTINIAN CONGRESS;
ACCUSED OF PLOTTING
July 14/09. Infighting within his
own Fatah is threatening the PA chairman’s desperate efforts to hold the
first Palestinian Congress in a decade, in Bethlehem, on Aug. 2, under
Farouk Kadoumi, a Fatah veteran
who still holds the title of PLO foreign minister, threw a spanner in
the works this week by objecting to the congress being convened in
He also claimed to have documents
alleging that Yasser Arafat had discovered Mahmoud Abbas had conspired
with the Israeli prime minister at the time, Ariel Sharon, to
assassinate him. Arafat was said to have discovered the plot in 2004, 11
months before his death.
Although the Fatah Central
Committee denied the claim as “full of lies” and a smear campaign to
destroy party unity, it spread through the West Bank like wildfire,
further undermining Abbas’ already feeble control of the territory.
U.S. AGAIN DEMANDS THAT
ISRAEL STOP CONSTRUCTING!
July 20/09. Over the weekend, the
US State Department summoned Israeli envoy Michael Oren and demanded
that Israel halt construction of Jewish homes in the Sheikh Jarrah
neighbourhood of Jerusalem. The property on which the homes are to be
built has been owned by Jewish activist Dr. Irving Moskowitz for more
than 20 years.
Oren told US officials that Israel
agree to stop building in
JERUSALEM IS OURS, IT’S
NOT UP FOR DEBATE
PM Binyamin Netanyahu issued a
sharp response to the US pressure to stop Jews from building in parts of
Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority. Israel’s sovereignty in
Jerusalem is “not up for debate,” Netanyahu said, and Jews are permitted
to build in any part of the capital city, as are Arabs.
Netanyahu implied that the US
request was racist. “We cannot agree to a decree like this regarding
Jerusalem,” he said.
“On your walls, O
Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and night they will never
keep silent. You who remember YHWH, take no rest for yourselves; and
give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in
the earth.” (Isaiah 62:6-7)
(Jerusalem is mentioned over 700
times in the Old Testament, but it is not mentioned once in the Koran.)
CALLS FOR JERUSALEM TO
BE PUT UNDER INTERNATIONAL CONTROL
President Obama evidently now
believes his goal of bringing peace to the Middle East cannot happen
unless the Promised Land is divided, and Israel cedes the city of
Jerusalem to international control. He wants to see the United Nations
flag flying over Jerusalem - (the goal of the UN and NWO).
Mr Obama, who said during his
campaign last year: “Nobody should be concerned with a few obscure Bible
verses,” is not likely to be concerned about God’s Word when He warns:
“I will gather all
the nations, and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I
will enter into judgment against them on behalf of My people and My
inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and
they have divided up My land.” (Joel 3:2)
“Look! I am going
to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the people around.
Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem.
“And on that day,
when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make
Jerusalem a very heavy rock for all the nations. All who try to move it
will be severely injured.” (Zechariah 12:2-3)
In the meantime Israeli defence
has developed a system that may be able to largely take care of the
short-range rockets being fired from radical neighbours …
PASSES LIVE FIRE TEST
A homegrown Israeli missile
defence system performed well in its first live trial, bringing down a
short-range rocket similar to those used by Palestinian and Lebanese
militants, an Israeli Defence Minister official said.
Spokesman Shlomo Dror told the
Associated Press that a missile from the
system intercepted and destroyed a
- July 15/09
BARACK OBAMA IN THE NEWS
For a man who is a professed
believer in engagement and mending bridges, the US President is
receiving waves of criticism from conservatives at home, as well as from
“OBAMA MAY BE MOST
HOSTILE PRESIDENT TO ISRAEL”
June 22/09. Morton Klein,
president of the
Zionist Organization of
says President Barack Obama’s refusal to take a stand on protests in
Iran stands in sharp contrast to demands he has made on Israel.
“I think he should take a strong
stand to support the protesters in Iran who want to transform that
society into one that promotes democracy and human rights,” Klein says.
“But while meddling in Israel’s affairs and making specific demands,
Obama explicitly states he refuses to meddle in Iran’s policies and has
said almost nothing.”
“Jerusalem will be
inhabited as villages without walls because of the great number of men
and livestock within it. For I,’ declares YHWH, ‘I myself will be a wall
of fire all around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ … He
who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.” (Zechariah 2:4,5,8)
In the early 1980s, the media
behaved more-or-less professionally, but were biased leftward, as
everyone knows. Most recently, the media have abandoned virtually all
pretense of objectivity, with top national news personalities praising
Barack Obama in the most embarrassing terms imaginable:
host Chris Matthews
compared Obama to Jesus.
Editor Evan Thomas declared, “... In a way, Obama’s standing above the
country, above - above the world,
he’s sort of God.”
OBAMA FLEXES MUSCLES IN
RESUMES TIES WITH SYRIA
June 24/09. President Obama is
resuming diplomatic ties with Syria after a four-year hiatus (a lull
with nothing happening) as he aims for a regional peace in the Middle
A little later, Syria invited
President Obama to visit Damascus. Replying to a question about the
possibility of accepting, Obama said: “I’m a believer in engagement and
my hope is that we can continue to see progress on that front.”
A US commentator says: “By
ignoring the achievements of the Bush administration’s policy of
isolating and confronting Syria and denying the significance of its
unchanged behavior, Obama and his followers are courting disaster. The
consequences of their squandering hard-won gains for regional security,
freedom and stability, will not be long in coming.”
“NOT EVEN NIXON TRIED
TO CONTROL THE MEDIA LIKE OBAMA”
Following a testy exchange during
a briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, veteran White
House correspondent Helen Thomas told CNSNews that not even Richard
Nixon tried to control the press the way President Obama is trying to
control it. –
July 09. CNS News.com
NEW WORLD ORDER
“For the mystery of iniquity and lawlessness is already at work;
but He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”
(2 Thessalonians 2:7)
POPE CALLS FOR WORLD
Pope Benedict XVI has called for a
radical rethinking of the global economy, criticizing a growing divide
between rich and poor and urging the establishment of a “true world
political authority” to oversee the economy and work for the “common
He criticized the current economic system,
“where the pernicious effects of sin are evident,” and
urged financiers in
particular to “rediscover the genuinely ethical foundation of their
DEVELOPING WORLD CALLS
FOR ‘NEW WORLD ORDER’
July 15/09. More than 50 heads of
state from the developing world (Non-Aligned Movement) met at Sharm
El-Sheikh in Egypt to tackle the fallout from the global economic
meltdown, with calls for a “new world order” to prevent a repeat of the
INDIA TO ISSUE ALL 1.2
WITH BIOMETRIC ID CARDS
July 15/09. It is surely the
biggest Big Brother project yet conceived. India is to issue each of its
1.2 billion citizens, millions of whom live in remote villages and
possess no documentary proof of existence, with cyber-age biometric
The Government in Delhi recently
Unique Identification Authority (UIA),
a new state department charged with the task of assigning every living
Indian an exclusive number.
UIA will also be responsible for
gathering and electronically storing their personal details, at a
predicted cost of at least £3 billion.
If the cards were piled on top of
each other they would be 150 times as high as Mount Everest.
The task will be led by Nandan
Nilekani, who left Infosys, the outsourcing giant that he
co-founded, to take up his new job. The Government has said that the
first cards will be issued within 18 months.
Such a massive scheme points to
the coming mandatory mark of the beast - the Antichrist, in the Great
”He compels all, small and great, rich and
poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands, or on
their foreheads.” (Revelation 13:16)
KEEPING TABS ON IDENTITIES
* Compulsory national identity
cards are used in about 100 countries including Germany, France,
Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain
* ID cards are not used in the US,
Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the Irish Republic or Nordic countries
* German police can detain people
who are not carrying their ID card for up to 24 hours
* The Bush Administration resisted
calls for an identity card in the US after the terrorist attacks on
September 11, 2001
* In Australia street protests in
the 1980s forced the Government to abandon its plans for a card
* Plastic cards are favoured over
paper documents because they are harder to forge
* Most identity cards contain the
name, sex, date of birth and a unique number for the holder
* South Korean, Brazilian, Italian
and Malaysian ID cards contain fingerprints. Cards in some countries
contain information on any distinguishing marks of the holder
* Objections to card schemes have
focused on the cost and invasion of privacy
* Supporters say that they prevent
illegal immigration and fraud
* In the European Union some cards
can be used instead of a passport for European travel Sources:
Privacy International; Times database
GROUNDWORK LAID FOR
MARTIAL LAW IN U.S.
March 4/09. During his two terms
in office, George W. Bush stepped outside the boundaries of the
Constitution and assembled an amazing toolbox of powers that greatly
increased the authority of the Executive branch and the reach of the
Bush expanded presidential power
to, among other things, allow government agents to secretly open the
private mail of American citizens; authorize government agents to
secretly, and illegally, listen in on the phone calls of American
citizens and read our e-mails; assume control of the federal government
following a “catastrophic event”; and declare martial law. …
Thus, the groundwork was laid for
an imperial presidency and a potentially totalitarian government -- a
state of affairs that has not ended with Barack Obama’s ascension to the
Oval Office, despite hopes to the contrary that President Obama would
fully restore the balance between government and its citizens to a
pre-Bush status quo.
As Charlie Savage reports in the
New York Times; “Signs suggest that the administration’s changes
may turn out to be less sweeping than many had hoped or feared --
prompting growing worry among civil liberties groups and a sense of
vindication among supporters of Bush-era policies.”
The fact is that the problem is
bigger than Obama or any individual who occupies the White House.
Indeed, once the government assumes expansive powers and crosses certain
constitutional lines, it’s almost impossible to pull back.
According to the Army Times,
we now have at least 20,000 US military troops deployed within our
borders to “help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with
potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in
response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield
explosive, or CBRNE, attack.”
I am not alone in believing that
we are just one incident – be it a terrorist attack, a major financial
blowout or a widespread natural disaster -- away from martial law being
declared in this country.
And once that happens, the
Constitution and Bill of Rights will be suspended and what government
officials believe and do, no matter how arbitrary, will become law.
- By John W.
Whitehead THE RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE
While there are some indicators
that the financial crisis is improving, reports from the US are still
U.S. BUDGET DEFICIT
TOPS $1 TRILLION
Nine months into the fiscal year,
has topped $1 trillion for the
first time ever.
BAILOUTS COULD COST
U.S. $23 TRILLION
July 21/09. A series of bailouts,
bank rescues and other economic lifelines could end up costing the
federal government as much as $23 trillion, the US government’s watchdog
over the effort says - a staggering amount that is nearly double the
nation’s entire economic output for a year.
THE U.S. ECONOMY IS
EVEN WORSE THAN YOU THINK!
July 14/09. Some experts are
saying that recession should be gauged, not by the stock markets, but by
At present the average length of
unemployment in the US is higher than it’s been since government began
tracking the data in 1948. The recent unemployment numbers have
undermined confidence that we might be nearing the bottom of the
The Bureau of Labor Statistics
preliminary estimate for
job losses for June is
which means 7.2 million people have lost their jobs since the start of
FED’S ECONOMIC FORECAST
May 20/09. CNNMoney.com -- The
Federal Reserve’s latest forecasts for the US economy are gloomier than
the ones released three months earlier, with an expectation for higher
unemployment and a steeper drop in economic activity.
WORLD BANK: ECONOMIC
CRISIS TURNING INTO CALAMITY
The global financial crisis could
become “a human and development calamity” for many
the World Bank said, urging donor nations to speed delivery of money
they have pledged and consider giving more.
Developing countries, its main
constituency, face “especially serious consequences with the crisis
driving more than
50 million people into
particularly women and children,” the bank said.
Bank President Robert Zoellick
said some of the poorest economies are being hit by “second and third
waves of the crisis.” He said no one knows how long it will last or when
recovery will begin.
“There is a widespread recognition
that the world faces an unprecedented economic crisis, poor people could
suffer the most and that we must continue to act in real time to prevent
a human catastrophe.”
CHINA AND BRAZIL TO
DUMP U.S. DOLLAR
May 19/09. Brazil and China will
work towards using their own currencies in trade transactions rather
than the US dollar, according to Brazil’s central bank and aides to Luiz
Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s president.
The move follows recent Chinese
challenges to the status of the dollar as the world’s leading
Mr Lula da Silva, who visited
Beijing, and Hu Jintao, China’s president, first discussed the idea of
replacing the dollar with the Chinese
as trade currencies
when they met at the G20 summit in London in April.
BRACES FOR CUTS IN MILITARY AID
AS U.S. ECONOMY
July 31/09. Israel's government
has learned that the U.S. economy continues to worsen and is bracing for
the prospect that President Barack Obama would significantly cut
military aid. "We are receiving reports that the American economy is
getting worse and worse, and they're having trouble paying for basic
programs," an official said. "This could quickly be used as a stick
against foreign aid." –
PROPOSES ONE WORLD CURRENCY
July 09. At a G8 summit, President
Dmitry Medvedev displayed
a coin meant to
symbolize that the dream of a world currency may one day come true.
The coin has the English words
‘United Future World Currency.’ In all likelihood something similar
could appear and it could be held in your hand and used as a means of
payment,’ he told reporters. ‘This is the international currency’.”
COUNCIL CURRENCY UNION
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and
Qatar signed an agreement for monetary union on June 7 in Riyadh. It is
to be effective by January 2010.
U.N. TO EMERGE AS
The United Nations is proceeding,
with President Obama’s acquiescence, to implement a global plan to
create a new international socialist order financed by
The Conference on the World
Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development will
consider adoption of a document calling for “new voluntary and
innovative sources of financing initiatives to provide additional stable
sources of development finance...”
This is UN-speak for global taxes.
They are anything but “voluntary” for the people will be forced to pay
The most “popular” proposals,
which could generate tens of billions of dollars in revenue for global
purposes, involve taxes on greenhouse gas emissions and financial
transactions such as stock trades.
- ACCURACY IN
MEDIA (AIM) - By Cliff Kincaid - June 23, 2009
HOLLAND: GOODBYE TO
Dutch supermarkets are hoping to
phase out the use of cash by 2014. The aim of the ban on cash is to make
supermarkets less vulnerable to robberies.
According to research, 87% of
customers support moves to stimulate the use of direct debit cards.
The Telegraaf reports that 10bn of
supermarket total turnover of over 30bn last year was in cash.
Super-markets had to deal with 200 ‘incidents’, ranging from a grab at
the cash register to armed robbery, the paper said. - Dutchnews.nl -
June 11, 2009
My dear reader, sorry it’s mostly
bad news. Well, I know you know that that’s how the world is today.
There is, however, some good news, here and there, especially of the
saving grace of Yahweh-Y’shua in lives around the world – and in our own
lives. For if we stop and reflect, there are many blessings for which
we should be thankful and give praise to our Master.
blessings, name them one by one;
And it will
surprise you what the Lord has done!
blessings, name them two by two;
And it will
surprise you what the Lord can do!
And now believer …
therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Master. .. be patient;
establish your hearts, for the coming of the Master is near.” (James
Remember your Master’s words:
“When these things
begin to take place, straighten yourselves and lift up your
heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’ (Luke 21:28)
I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 24:20)
The most wonderful news in the
world today is …
“... that Christ - the Messiah - died for our sins, and that He was
buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the
Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
And … “God has made this Y’shua whom you crucified, both Master and
Messiah.” (Acts 2:36).
“If you confess with your mouth
Y’shua as Lord - your Master and Saviour,
and believe in your heart that God
raised Him from the dead, you will be saved ... for whoever will call
upon the Name of Y’shua the Heavenly Master will be saved.” (Romans
If you have not received Y’shua
(Jesus) as your own personal Saviour, I urge you to believe and call on
Him today. Tomorrow may be too late! God bless you!