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									Israel 2008
Headline Bush on his first visit to Israel as president
Bush on his first visit to Israel as president:
Our alliance guarantees Israel’s security as a Jewish state
Headline Debkafile January 9 2008
Event
―We see new opportunities for peace in the Holy Land and the region,‖ said US president
       George W. Bush in the red-carpet state ceremony at Ben-Gurion, Wed. Jan. 9. His
       50-hour stay in Israel and the Palestinian Authority began amid high security and
       general scepticism about the prospects of his two-state solution of the Palestinian-
       Israeli dispute taking off by the end of his presidency.
His first appointments are with president Shimon Peres and prime minister Ehud Olmert.
       Thursday, he meets Palestinian leaders in Ramallah and Israeli opposition leader
       Binyamin Netanyahu. The US president will also pay private visits to Bethlehem
       and Galilee. More than 8,000 Israeli police were drafted to secure the visit.
      Comment
Zion / Jerusalem is the apple of the Lord God‘s eye we are told in Zechariah 2:8.
The day before President Bush flew out to Jerusalem we read Psalm 17 in the daily
        readings. Righteous King David wrote this Psalm – asking God to keep him as the
        ―apple of the eye‖. He then speaks of deadly enemies oppressing him and speaking
        proudly. He then compares these enemies to a ―young lion‖. He then refers to the
        young lion as ―him‖. He calls on God to disappoint HIM and cast HIM down.
David then speaks of the resurrection in the final verse of Psalm 17.
It is interesting that President Bush has just visited the ―apple of God‘s eye‖.
America is symbolically described as a ―young lion‖. Has he gone there as a friend or
        enemy? As he is encouraging Israel to divide Jerusalem – the apple of God‘s eye he
        has surely gone there as an enemy of the righteous. David‘s prayer therefore
        becomes our prayer in verse 13. ―Arise, O LORD, disappoint HIM, cast HIM
        down.‖ We know these godless plans will fail – the resurrection is near.
Bible Quote Psalm 17 12                Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a
      young lion lurking in secret places.13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down:
Headline Bush urges end of Israeli occupation
Bush urges Israeli occupation end
Headline BBConline January 10 2008
Event
US President George W Bush has said Israel must end its occupation of some Arab land
        to enable the creation of a viable Palestinian state.
He also urged a solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees that would involve paying
        them compensation.
It is thought to be Mr Bush's strongest public statement pressing Israel to give up land it
        seized in the 1967 war.
He was speaking in Jerusalem following two days of separate talks with Israeli and
        Palestinian leaders.
Comment
President Bush has told Israel this week that it must end the occupation of land that it
      captured in 1967. America thinks it is acting as a friend to Israel though in fact it
      is encouraging Israel to think as a harlot. Israel has been gradually seduced over
      the last 40 years that by giving up land given to them by God will bring peace.
America has finally decided this is the case as well and is now pursuing this action with
      all its energy. It is this final push by a so called ―friend‖ that will bring destruction.
In Jeremiah 2, we read about Israel forsaking God and God‘s answer to this. Verse 7 in
      the NIV reads ―I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce.
      But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.‖ In verse 14
      God continues ―Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?‖
      WHAT IS THE ANSWER?..... ―The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and
      they made his land waste‖. God did indeed bring them into a fertile land. (It was
      barren though before Israel arrived.) Israel has been chosen to be HIS witness. God
      has regathered them. But note again that it is the ―young lions‖ that roar and yell
      and cause the land to be made waste. The King of the North will accomplish this.
Bible Quote Jeremiah 2 15                 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they
      made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.
Headline             Bush/ Blair about peace
Bush 'hopeful' for Mid-East peace
Headline BBConline January 10 2008
Event
US President George W Bush has said he is "very hopeful" that
       Israeli and Palestinian peace talks can succeed.
After talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem, Mr Bush said he was
       prepared to exert pressure so that a deal could be reached this year.
Mr Bush is using his first trip as president to Israel and the West Bank to boost peace
       talks begun last year.
Mr Olmert said he was committed to dealing with the core issues of the conflict with the
       Palestinians.
Comment
It's a historic opportunity to work for peace," Mr Bush said. "If there needs to be a little
       pressure then you know I will provide it."
We saw on the previous slide that Jeremiah 2 speaks of the ―young lions‖ roaring and
       yelling. The amplified version of the Bible says that the young lions roared over
       Israel and ―made their voice heard‖.
Is this not what is happening here. Bush says he will exert pressure on Israel. He is
       making his voice heard! Not only that but Tony Blair has also added his voice this
       week as well saying that there was ―no option‖ but to have Israel and Palestine as
       two separate states living side by side.
And so we are listening to talk of peace. We know from 1 Thessalonians 5:3 that when
       people are talking about peace that sudden destruction comes.
How long will these peace talks go on until this destruction does come? We do not know.
But we do know that this verse does NOT say when there IS peace but when they SAY
       peace. In other words when they are talking, speaking and exhorting about peace.
Bible Quote 1 Thessalonians 5 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety;
      then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they
      shall not escape. The word ―say‖ = mention, speak about, teach, exhort!!
Headline Former chief rabbi – letter to Bush
Former chief Rabbi to Bush: Don't act against God’s will
Headline Israelnews January 10 2007
Event
In a letter handed to US President George Bush Thursday, former Sephardic
       Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu admonished the US president to avoid any course
       of action that would harm the Jewish nation.
―The Jewish nation is eternal, and forever remembers those that have aided it throughout
       history, as well as those that have done it harm. Please let your name go down in
       history as a president who aided the Jewish nation, who worked alongside God and
       not against him,‖ wrote the rabbi.
Rabbi Eliyahu began his letter with greetings for President Bush and praise for his efforts
       to bring peace to the region. With that, he then told the American president that
       ―his agenda for peace goes against the will of God‖.
Comment
The Rabbi continued and stressed that ―anyone who accepts the bible as the word of God
      must keep in mind that God had promised the land of Israel to the Jewish people
      alone. The Ishmaelites have no part of this divine guarantee.‖
This letter written on parchment, much like a Torah scroll was handed to the president. It
      was signed by the News Jewish Congress, the Sanhedrin, and the Temple Mount
      Faithful Movement.
This World Watch has tried to show that the involvement of America as a young lion in
      the final division of the ―apple of God‘s eye‖ will bring destruction on Israel.
President Bush has been warned of this in a personal letter. The will of God is NOT for
      Israel to be divided. It is NOT a land for the descendents of Ishmael.
Though the king of the south is against the king of the north (who invades Israel) it
      appears that it is the king of the south that finally persuades Israel to give up her
land and hence the final judgement on Israel comes. President Bush has been warned.
Bible Quote Ezekiel 33 7                 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto
the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.
Headline          UN Secretary ‘stop Gaza violence’                             Number of Qassam rockets fired at Israel



UN Secretary calls on Israelis and Palestinians
    to stop Gaza violence Headline Debkafile January 19 2008
Event
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appealed Friday night, Jan. 18, to Palestinians for
     ―an immediate cessation‖ of sniper and rocket attacks and for ―maximum
     restraint‖ by the Israeli military.
The UN secretary‘s appeal came four days after Hamas and its allies fired 165 Qassam,
     76 mortar rounds and one Katyusha rocket at Israeli civilian locations, causing
     injuries and damage. Israeli operations to quell the attacks left 30 Palestinians
     dead, but failed to halt them. Ban Ki-moon finally stepped in when Israel closed the
     border crossings into the Gaza Strip and cut fuel supplies for the duration of the
     Palestinian bombardment. Friday night, the Israeli air force bombed empty Hamas
     ministry and military buildings in Gaza. A woman was killed at a wedding taking
     place near the ministry building and 50 people injured.
Comment
This week has seen a massive increase in violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza
      Strip. 165 Qassam rockets have been fired at Israel in just a few days. The graph
      above shows the number of rockets fired at Israel from 2002 until now. You will
      note the sudden increase - remarkably this coincided with Israel‘s withdrawal from
      Gaza in the year 2005. Since then the attacks have constantly increased. Far from
      bringing peace, Gaza has become an ever increasing thorn in Israel‘s side.
Though the Palestinians may not be directly related by descent to the ancient Philistines it
      seems clear that the two peoples have a huge amount in common. The Philistines
      dwelt in the same cities and controlled much of the same coast as the Gaza Strip,
      and the term 'Palestine' is cognate with the word Philistine. After 2000 years, Israel
      was recreated and at the same time so were their ancient enemy…..
Bible Quote Ezekiel 25 15                   Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have
      dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old
      hatred; 16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon
      the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.
Headline           Israel test fires nuclear capable missile
Israeli test-fires new long-range missile
Headline Associated Press January 17 2008
Event
Israel on Thursday successfully tested a new long-range missile, senior defence officials
       said, and reports indicated the missiles are capable of being armed with nuclear
       warheads.
Israel radio reported the ground-to-ground missile can carry conventional or non-
       conventional warheads. The radio report named the missile "Jericho-3," meaning
       it would be an advanced version of the current Jericho missiles already said by
       foreign intelligence agencies to be capable of delivering nuclear warheads.
Comment
With all the talk of peace in recent weeks and all the ―optimism‖ of President Bush that
      Israel and the Palestinians will finally live together (in two states) in harmony we
      still see increasing preparations for conflict.
Nations do not test missiles of this nature as a matter of course. It is looked upon by
      enemy nations as sabre rattling and threatening behaviour.
The Iranian leader spoke shortly after Israel announced it had test-fired a ballistic
      missile. He said, "The Zionist regime... would not dare attack Iran. It knows that
      any attack on Iranian territories would prompt a fierce response. The Zionist
      entity... is not lacking new weapons in its arsenal, but I believe it will not save it
      from its doomed collapse."
Joel 3 is a chapter speaking of the final conflict over Israel. It speaks of all nations being
      gathered to Israel to battle. It speaks of the land being ―parted‖ or ―divided‖. It
      speaks of destruction coming on the coasts of the Philistines (Gaza). It also speaks
      of the huge preparations for war beforehand. With nations beating their plowshares
      into swords and their pruning hooks into spears. In other words the nations put
      their energy/resources not into living peacefully but into the military and weapons.
Bible Quote 1 Thessalonians 5                   10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your
      pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
Headline Palestinians crash through border
Desperate Palestinians Crash Through Border
Headline ABCnews January 23 2008
Event
Palestinian militants blew up sections of the security fence between
Gaza and Egypt overnight, triggering a mass exodus as thousands
of refugees crossed into Egypt in search of food and supplies.
Comment
This event may be significant. So far Egypt has been unable to stop Palestinians pouring
      over the Gaza/Egypt border. The 10km long wall along southern Gaza has almost
      totally been demolished. Announcing that Egypt would not expel the hundreds of
      thousands of Gazan Palestinians who have crossed into N. Sinai, President Hosni
      Mubarak redeployed his special border force from the Gazan border to points
      further south. This has effectively handed over to the control of Hamas-led
      Palestinian terrorist organizations northern Sinai enclave of roughly 855 sq, km.,
      twice the area of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
And so suddenly, Hamas has acquired a new stronghold outside Israel‘s military reach
      while their missiles and guns retain access to Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip.
Hamas must retain the ability to continually improve its strategic position vis-à-vis Israel
      by bringing in more advanced weaponry to Gaza - mines, antitank weapons, longer
      range and more powerful rockets, and even surface-to-air missiles. The key for
      Hamas is to control the Gazan border with Egypt.
If Egypt does not stop the situation Israel maybe forced to act itself. At some point they
      will have to launch a military operation to re-secure Gaza's southern border, and
      perhaps re-occupy the Philadelphi Corridor. (the strip of land along the border of
      Gaza and Egypt). We watch these events knowing that any change in borders (or
      control of borders) around Israel will bring trouble. Let us watch developments!
What we do know is that Russia will one day pass through this very border to Egypt.
Bible Quote Daniel 11 41                He shall enter also into the glorious land,…. 42 He shall
      stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
Headline Military action over Iran left to Israel
Israel may have to take military action against Iran: Bolton
Headline MiddleEastTimes January 21 2008
Event
Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said on Monday that
    Israel may have to take military action to prevent its archfoe Iran from acquiring
    an atomic bomb. Bolton also said that further UN sanctions against the Islamic
    republic will be ineffective in stopping Iran's controversial nuclear programme
    which Israel and the US believe is aimed at developing a bomb -- a claim denied by
    Tehran. "One can say with some assurance that in the next year the use of force by
    the United States is highly unlikely," Bolton told AFP on the sidelines of the
    Herzliya conference on the balance of Israel's national security. "That increases
    the pressure on Israel in that period of time... if it feels Iran is on the verge of
    acquiring that capability, it brings the decision point home to use force," he said.
Comment
It does seem as though America has given up on the idea of attacking Iran and has passed
      the baton to Israel. There are a number of reasons for this change. A recent US
      report concluded that Iran had not attempted to produce nuclear weapons. Also
      America continues to be stretched from a military point of view. It does not want
      another conflict. There have been an increasing number of comments from senior
      US people saying that Israel must shoulder the responsibility of attacking Iran.
John Bolton (quoted above) also said once Tehran has the weapon there is a risk of
      retaliation with nuclear capability ―and that‘s why Israel is in danger it is a very
      small country and two or three nuclear weapons (and) there is no more country.
      The window of time available is narrow.‖
A senior Israeli security official commented on the American ex-official‘s words: "One
      should listen very closely to what Bolton has to say.‖
With Bible in hand we can see how Israel IS isolated at the end. How Iran is left able to
      attack Israel with Russia. America (young lion) is left on the sidelines.
Bible Quote Ezekiel 16 37 I am going to gather all your lovers, with whom you
found pleasure, those you loved as well as those you hated. I will gather them against you….
Headline Israel launches spy satellite from India
India launches Israeli satellite
Headline BBConline January 21 2008
Event
India has successfully launched an Israeli spy satellite into orbit, officials
      at the Sriharikota space station in southern India say.
The Israeli press is reporting that the satellite will improve Israel's ability
      to monitor Iran's military activities.
Indian officials say that given these sensitivities, the operation was secret
      and carried out under tight security.
The Tecsar satellite - sometimes referred to as the Polaris - was put into
      space on Monday morning and is already operational.
Comment
Apparently Israel took the decision to launch the satellite from India three years ago, and
       asked for Delhi's help because it lacks a vehicle capable of boosting the satellite into
       a polar orbit. One defence analyst said "The kind of low-earth polar orbit they are
       putting the satellite into, it is meant to give Israel the capability to keep an eye on
       the Iranian nuclear programme, this is bound to be seen in the Islamic world as a
       sinister tie-up between Israel and India.‖
We may wonder at there being any link between Israel and India. But the Bible records
       that in ancient times there was a link. Solomon traded with a land called Tharshish.
The land was famed for ivory, peacocks and apes. Many consider that this land was India.
In later years Britain became known as Tarshish. In modern history Britain and India
       (and Israel) are closely linked together. India was a key country in the British
       Empire. India is one of the ―young lions‖ of Tarshish in Ezekiel 38 that is NOT
       part of the Gogian force attacking Israel. Therefore we would expect India to be
       ―onside‖ with Israel at the time of the end. Look at the World War 1 poster above.
It shows the old lion (Britain) calling on the ―young lions‖. India is named as one of them
Bible Quote Ezekiel 38 13 the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions
      thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil?
Headline Ahmadinejad's war of words with Israel
Ahmadinejad's war of words with 'filthy' Israel
Headline Daily Telegraph January 31 2008
Event
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, has once more threatened Israel, declaring that
      the "filthy" Jewish state's days are numbered and that it will collapse.
In a speech given in the southern Iranian city of Bushehr, carried live on state-run
      television and directed at world leaders, Ahmadinejad advised listeners to "abandon
      the filthy Zionist entity which has reached the end of the line.― "It has lost its
      reason to be and will sooner or later fall," he went on. "The ones who still support
      the criminal Zionists should know that the occupiers' days are numbered."
Ahmadinejad has made his hostility to the nation of Israel clear on several occasions,
      threatening it with annihilation repeatedly since becoming president of the Islamic
      republic in 2005 and denying that the Nazi holocaust ever took place.
Comment
Iran has most definitely been stirred up. The current Iranian president has said many
      times that Israel will be destroyed but this latest rant is possibly the worst. But is it
      all talk? Will Iran help to bring about a calamity in Israel.
The Bible says it will. Persia is mentioned in Ezekiel 38 as being one of the nations that
      invade Israel with Russia. In fact if Magog, Meshech and Tubal all refer to Russian
      territory, then the first nation listed outside Russia is Iran (Persia) in verse 5.
What we do know for certain is that Israel will not be utterly destroyed and wiped off the
      face of the earth. Yes, there is judgement coming on Israel. Yes, Iran will be
      involved in bringing this judgement upon Israel. Yes, Israel in its current godless
      state has lost its reason to be. The whole reason for Israel is to be a light to the
      gentiles. But God has not cast off his people. He will judge / correct them. But even
      though ALL nations come to an end – Israel WILL NEVER COME TO AN END.
Bible Quote Jeremiah 30 11                   For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee:
though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end
      of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.
Headline                    Terror alert in Israel
Terror alert in Israel
Headline Debkafile February 1 2008
Event
Highway 10 is the main route from northern Israel to Eilat in the south. Since
     Wednesday, the hotels, port facilities and IDFIDF bases in an around Eilat, at
     Israel‘s southernmost point, have been on terror alert. Hundreds of armed
     Palestinian terrorists are believed at large in the vicinity of Sinai‘s 220-km border
     with Israel, having headed south under cover of the mass Palestinian stampede out
     of Gaza, which Egyptian police failed to control. Some are reported heavily armed
     with anti-tank and anti-air weapons as well as explosives and bomb vests.
Comment
On the sixth day of the Palestinian surge out of Gaza into northern Sinai, Egyptian
     intelligence is discovering that, far from being chaotic, it was minutely planned by
     the fundamentalist Hamas group which rules the Gaza Strip. Egyptian security
      forces in Sinai have detained Palestinian-al Qaeda teams destined for Israel.
Hamas was caged in by Israel to the confines of the Gaza Strip. The people of Gaza were
       almost imprisoned there with no airport and the sea lanes actively patrolled by
       Israel. However Hamas has basically forced open the back door by breaking
       through their southern border with Egypt.
Many thousands of Gazans have poured out of Gaza into Sinai. However the concern for
       Israel is this. Israel has a 220 km border with Sinai. This border is fairly porous
       and militants could enter Israel through gaps along it.
When Israel existed before during the time of the Kings, there was a small strip of land
       called Philistia where the Philistines lived. The area of ancient Philistia is almost
       identical to the area of the modern Gaza Strip where the Palestinians live.
When Israel did evil God delivered them into the hand of the Philistines. See Judges 13:1.
Israel has rejected God again. The verse below may have a latter day fulfilment.
Bible Quote Isaiah 9 12           The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall
      devour Israel with open mouth. Note verse 16 – Israel‘s leaders are to blame!
Headline Earthquakes strike Lebanon & Israel
1) Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes Israel
2) Magnitude 5 Earthquake Strikes Lebanon
Headlines Israel News / Associated Press February 12 &15 2008
Event
1) A mild earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter Scale was felt across Israel Monday
      night, from Kiryat Shmona in the north to the Jerusalem area.
2) An earthquake shook parts of Lebanon and neighbouring countries Friday, causing
      minor damage and slightly injuring five people, police said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said it was a magnitude 5 quake, which can cause
      considerable damage. Residents of Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and Israel also
      reported feeling the tremor.
The earthquake was centred near the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre.
Comment
Two earthquakes have shaken Israel this week. Not huge but surely a warning to the
      nation and to us that the major earthquake long expected draws near.
There were two earthquakes that shook Israel in one week in October 2007.
There are those who study these events who believe a large earthquake in Israel could
      happen anytime.
Rami Hofstetter is head of the Geophysical Institute of Israel. "Saying Israel will be
      subject to a major earthquake is like saying the sun will rise tomorrow. A major
      quake in on the way," he said. "We just don't know where it's going to hit."
With Bible in hand we know for certain a massive earthquake will hit Israel soon. We also
      know it will be the prelude to the return of Jesus Christ to this earth. Christ‘s return
      is as certain as sun rising on the earth tomorrow. In fact Malachi says so in the
      verse below!
Let us make sure that we fear the Lord God - for those who fear His name will be healed.
Bible Quote Malachi 4 2                 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of
righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the
Headline Temple Mount damaged by quake
Islamic Movement blames Israel for quake-induced
     hole on Temple Mt. Headline Haaretz February 16 2008
Event
The 5.3-magnitute earthquake that jolted Israel on Friday shook open
      a large hole on the Temple Mount plaza, near the Dome of the Rock.
Al-Aqsa mosque officials belonging to the Islamic Movement's Northern Branch covered
      the hole with wooden planks following afternoon prayers.
The officials, who also said the quake caused cracks in several local residential buildings,
      said the hole was a meter deep, two meters long and meter and a half wide.
The Islamic Movement blamed Israel for the hole, saying Israel is digging tunnels in the
      area that undermine the stability in the area of the Al-Aqsa mosque. The
      organization urged Islamic states to take action to stop Israeli excavations in the
      area.
Comment
It just shows how fragile the area of the Temple Mount is. Both physically and politically.
        The earthquake this week that was relatively minor in strength has opened up a
        large hole on the Temple Mount plaza.
It is interesting that the Arabs instantly blamed Israel for the collapse. Note as well the
        Islamic Organisation urged Islamic states to take action to stop Israeli excavations.
The Temple Mount site is the very site of the first and second Temple‘s that the Jews built.
        King David wanted to build a ―house for the Lord‖ but God said that his descendent
        would do so - not him. This descendent would build a house for God‘s name and
        the throne of that descendent would last forever. Solomon, David‘s son, built God
        the first Temple but his kingdom did not last forever. The greater son of David,
        Jesus Christ, will return and build God a house on the very site of the current
        Temple Mount. No earthquake will destroy it. It will last forever and ever.
Bible Quote 2 Samuel 7 12 will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out
      of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build an house for my name,
      and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
Headline Syria vows to strike back at Israel
Syria vows to strike back at Israel for Imad
Mughniyeh’s killing in Damascus
Headline Debkafile February 15 2008
Event
Thursday night, February 14, Syrian officials fanned out among Arab broadcasting
       stations with a warning: Damascus will attack Israel shortly following a decision by
       Syrian leaders to end its policy of restraint against its territorial violations.
Israeli land, sea, air and homeland defence units were earlier ordered to prepare to
       defend the country‘s northern borders against attacks by Hezbollah, including
       rocket strikes, and Syria. Reinforcements were rushed to the north.
Comment
Last week an infamous terrorist leader of Hezbollah, Imad Mughniyah, was killed in a
      car bomb in Damascus the capital of Syria.
Mugniyah has been implicated in the 1983 bombings of the U.S. Embassy, and U.S.
      Marine and French peacekeeping barracks, which killed over 350, as well as the
      1992 bombings of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires and the kidnapping of
      dozens of foreigners in Lebanon in the 1980s.
Syria, Iran and Hezbollah have vowed revenge. On Thursday, Hezbollah leader Hassan
      Nasrallah blamed Israel for the blast and warned it was ready for "open war".
Syria has said it will soon present "irrefutable" proof of who was behind the killing.
Meanwhile Israel prepares for retribution as they know they will be blamed.
Note the verses below. Many different peoples that surround Israel consult together to
      destroy the nation. One of the peoples are those of Tyre. Tyre in Lebanon is the
      stronghold of Hezbollah! Tyre was also the epicentre of this weeks earthquake that
      shook Israel! We see events moving closer and closer to conflict with Israel.
Bible Quote Psalm 83                4 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.5 For they have consulted
      together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: 7 Gebal, and Ammon, and
      Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre
Headline Palestinians 'may declare state‘
Palestinians 'may declare state'                 Number of Independent
                                                    Governments since
Headline BBConline February 20 2008                              1902
Event
A senior Palestinian official has said the Palestinians ought to
      unilaterally declare a state if peace talks with Israel fail.
Yasser Abed Rabbo is a top aide to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and a member of
      the team currently negotiating with Israeli officials. He said the Palestinians
      deserved independence more than Kosovo.
His comments come a day after talks between Mr Abbas and Israeli PM Ehud Olmert
      closed without visible progress.
The meeting is the latest in a series between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and
      leaders, which was set in motion at a US-sponsored peace conference three months
      ago. The aim, declared by US President George W Bush, is to achieve a peace deal
      by the end of 2008.
Comment
On Sunday, Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo declared independence, in a move
      that has been welcomed by the US and some leading European states.
Within days the Palestinians said if Kosovo can why can‘t we! ―Kosovo is not better than
      us. We deserve independence even before Kosovo, and we ask for the backing of the
      United States and the European Union for our independence", a top Palestinian
      leader said. The ramifications of Kosovo‘s declared independence may be far
      reaching as the next WWW slide shows.
In the parable of the fig tree Jesus says ―Behold the fig tree and ALL the trees‖. The fig
      tree is symbolic of Israel. We could only ―behold‖ Israel as a nation in its whole
      land and whole capital in 1967. The fig tree / Israel was a newly created nation.
But Jesus says look at ALL the trees. In other words look for other newly created nations.
There has never been so many new nations created than in the last 50 years. The graph
      on this slide shows the huge increase in new independent nations (symbolic trees).
Bible Quote Luke 21 29 Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
Headline          Russian spy ship off Israel shore
Heavy storm exposes Russian Syria-based spy
    ship off Israel shore Headline Debkafile February 22 2008
Event
DEBKAfile‘s military sources reveal that the Russian Amur 1 Class PM 138 naval boat,
     caught up in the heavy storm raging across the Middle East and Mediterranean last
     week, flashed a distress signal Tuesday Feb. 19. The vessel was on its way from a
     Syrian port to Sevastopol on the Black Sea when it was thrown off course by the
     high seas. A Greek Navy frigate responded to the call and escorted the PM 138 to
     the island of Chios.
The Russian Navy spokesmen said the ship‘s crew numbered 99. It was unarmed and was
     heading for home port after a long stay at one of the Syrian Mediterranean bases.
Comment
Russian naval vessels are spending long periods running into months at the Syrian
       military bases of Latakia and Tartous. Russia has recently has sent warships into
       the Eastern Med for the first time in decades.
Israel officials prefer to ignore this mounting Russian naval presence to the north so as
       not to mar relations with the Russian president Vladimir Putin.
So why has Russia got a spy ship off the shores of Israel? What are its intentions?
Without the Bible we would have no idea. With Bible in hand we see the evidence for what
       God says will happen. He clearly states that the king of the north (Russia) will come
       with many ships. Daniel 11:40! As we see Russian ships massing in the Med and
       spy ships leaving Syrian ports we see God‘s plan working to a conclusion.
The Jews who have returned in unbelief on the whole do not consider God‘s word and so
       instead decide to ignore the peril off their shores in case they upset Putin! How
       different their decision would be if they believed in God‘s Word!
With a clear vision of what WILL happen helps us make the right decisions now in our
       personal lives. Where there is no vision – the people perish.
Bible Quote Proverbs 29 18 ¶               Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he
      that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Headline            Israel to vanish, says Hezbollah
Israel to vanish, says Hezbollah
Headlines BBConline February 22 2008
Event
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has told thousands of supporters at
     a rally in Lebanon that the disappearance of Israel is inevitable.
"The presence of Israel is but temporary and cannot go on in the region
     ," he told the Beirut rally.
Speaking by video link, he again hinted at revenge for the killing of a
     senior Hezbollah commander in Syria.
Hezbollah accuses Israel of being behind the death of Imad Mughniyeh,
     although Israel denies involvement.
Comment
As well as the Hezbollah leader speaking of Israel ―vanishing‖ we have also heard again
      from Iran‘s leader this week as well. Addressing a large rally that was televised on
      state TV, he said ―World powers have created a black and dirty microbe named the
      Zionist regime and unleashed it like a savage animal on the nations of the region.‖
These increasingly belligerent statements are seen as betokening serious intent by Israel‘s
      politicians and military leaders. . Israel's chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi told
      graduating officers Wednesday, February 20, that he could not rule out a possible
      "tough ordeal" in the near future.
Patriot air defence missiles have been deployed near the city of Haifa, which was
      bombarded with rockets during the war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006.
      Israel is "prepared on all fronts", said Defence Minister Ehud Barak.
War appears close. Israel is surrounded on all sides. Russia has been turned back and
      ready to overflow. Israel is living ―safely‖ or confidently. Tourism is booming. The
      streets and restaurants are packed. The exterior wall is working. The situation just
      prior to the final conflict in Ezekiel 38 is before our very eyes.
Bible Quote Ezekiel 38 11                  And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled
      villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, (confidently)
Headline Part of Jerusalem Officially PA Territory
Part of Jerusalem Officially Labelled PA Territory
Headline Israelnationalnews February 27 2008
Event
Israeli authorities have placed several signs near the Atarot area in northern Jerusalem
       recently warning travellers, ―You are entering territory under the control of the
       Palestinian Authority. Israelis are absolutely forbidden to enter!‖ Approximately
       25,000 residents of Jerusalem, some of them Israeli citizens, live in the areas now
       designated as PA territory.
Jerusalem Forum chairman Aryeh King said Wednesday that approximately 1,200
       dunams of property owned by Jews were located beyond the signs. The government
       violated laws regarding Jerusalem by putting up the signs, King said. The signs
       prove the government is acting to make its policy of splitting Jerusalem a reality, he
       said.
Comment
It appears from this headline in Israel National News.com that the division of Jerusalem
       is becoming a reality.
 There are areas of Jerusalem designated as Palestinian territory but never have they been
       signed in such a way. Never has there been official warning for Israelis not to enter.
Behind the scenes the discussions continue about Jerusalem. We have noted before how
       the current political leadership has conceded that Jerusalem will have to be divided
       to give the Palestinians their own capital of their own state.
It is another sign to us that Israel lives in the land in unbelief. There care nothing for God
       and his plan. They want purely to survive and believe this is the best way of doing it.
However, as we know, the only way to ultimately survive is to put your trust in God.
If only they understood ―if God be for us, who can be against us.‖ Romans 8:31.
Jerusalem continues to be a burdensome stone. Israel has also burdened themselves with
       it. They will suffer great destruction because they have done so.
Bible Quote Zechariah 12 3                   And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome
      stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces,
Headline Minister vows Palestinian 'holocaust'
Israeli minister vows Palestinian 'holocaust‘
Headlines Daily Telegraph February 29 2008
Event
A senior Israeli politician provoked controversy today when he warned
      that Palestinians firing rockets from Gaza would be punished with a "bigger
      holocaust" from Israeli armed forces.
The use of the Hebrew word for holocaust, "shoah", tends to be used exclusively in Israel
      to describe the Nazi persecution of Jews.
Palestinian activists routinely claim to be suffering a "shoah" at the hands of Israel, but
      the Jewish state normally denies any moral equivalence between the suffering of
      Palestinians today and European jewry under the Nazis.
Matan Vilnai, deputy defence minister, broke that taboo when he used the term "shoah"
      during interview on Army Radio.
"The more qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they (the
      Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger shoah because we will use all our
      might to defend ourselves," he said.
Comment
More than 60 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed in the violence since
        Wednesday. It is a desperate situation for Israel. They do not want to invade Gaza
        and yet they are subjected to hundreds of rockets being fired into Israel each week.
        The rockets are fired in the general direction of Israeli towns and only occasionally
        hit. When they do though they cause damage, fear and (this week) death.
It is interesting that the article above mentions ―controversy‖ in relation to the
        ―holocaust‖. In Isaiah 34 quoted below God speaks of the ―controversy of Zion‖.
Zion is another name for Jerusalem. The controversy over Jerusalem WILL cause
        another holocaust. Holocaust means ―completely burnt‖. Amazingly the verse
        below links both themes. ―Controversy‖ and complete ―burning‖ of the land.
Bible Quote Isaiah 34 8..the controversy of Zion. 9 ¶           And the streams thereof shall
      be turned into pitch, ……. and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.
Headline Eight killed at Jerusalem school
Eight killed at Jerusalem school
Headline BBConline March 7 2008
Event
Eight people have been killed and nine wounded by a Palestinian gunman who infiltrated
      a Jewish seminary in West Jerusalem, Israeli officials say.
Witnesses said the gunman went into the library at the Mercaz Harav seminary in the
      city's Kiryat Moshe quarter and opened fire.
The assailant, who Israeli police said was a resident of East Jerusalem, was shot dead by
      an Israeli army officer.
The attack is the worst of its kind in Israel for a number of years.
The gunman entered the library at the Mercaz Harav seminary on Thursday evening,
      where about 80 students were gathered, and fired an AK-47 rifle for several
      minutes, witnesses say.
Comment
Israel saw an horrific attack on a Bible school in Jerusalem this week.
The most concerning thing from Israel‘s point of view is that this attack came ―from
       within‖. The Palestinian gunman came from East Jerusalem. He was an Israeli
       citizen and worked as a driver in Jerusalem. It was just a short walk from where he
       lived to the seminary.
 Israel believes that the so called Security Fence (or wall) will protect them. However the
       fence cannot protect them if those who want to destroy them live inside.
In Ezekiel 13 we read of false Israeli leaders who have seduced the people by promising
       them peace by building a wall.(v10) However, says God, there is NO peace.
Is this not exactly the situation in Israel now? In the verse below it says that these leaders
       have not made a ―hedge‖ for Israel that will stand in the ―day of the LORD. What
       is interesting is that the word ―hedge‖ can also be translated ―fence‖.
Exactly what Israel calls the wall snaking through its land. It will NOT protect them…
Bible Quote Ezekiel 13 5                Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the
      hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.
HeadlineAttack will be seen in Messianic terms
Attack will be seen in Messianic terms
Headlines Jerusalem Post March 7 2008
Event
While defence establishment officials sitting in the military headquarters in Tel-Aviv
      ponder the diplomatic-security implications of last night's attack, a totally different
      analysis will be taking place this weekend around Shabbat dinner tables across
      Jerusalem and most West Bank settlements.
The people directly affected by the deadly terrorist attack on the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva
      are not just the students, their relatives and friends, but the much wider larger
      segment of the religious Zionist public. This attack was aimed specifically for the
      religious Zionist and settler population, and the terrorists knew that by speaking in
      this language, to these people, their message could only be interpreted in one way.
This will be seen in terms of Ishmael and Isaac.
Comment
This terrorist attack struck at the core of religious Zionism. The school was founded in
      1924 and is headed by Rabbi‘s. Students spend their time studying the Torah. This
      particular school is regarded a flagship of national religious Yeshivas (Torah study)
Being messianic Jews, these religious Zionists are going to see this attack through the
      prism of messianic prophecy. Already on religious Zionist radio stations people are
      talking about the attack in prophetic terms, such as Isaiah 59 verse 20: ―And a
      redeemer will come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob,
      saith the Lord.‖ There is talk of a religious war over the Holy Land.
Of course these religious Jews are not looking for Jesus. They are still looking for the
      first coming of the Messiah. They quote Isaiah 59:20 in this context. However we
      know from the previous verse (v19) that an enemy will come on Israel like a flood.
And at that time when Israel is brought to its knees they will see their Redeemer.
It WILL be Jesus Christ - physically here again on earth.
Bible Quote Isaiah 59 19 When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the
      LORD shall lift up a standard against him. 20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion
Headline Quake could kill 'whole generation'
Quake could kill 'whole generation' of children
Headline Haaretz March 11 2008
Event
A major earthquake may destabilize the foundations of Jerusalem-area schools and kill
       thousands of pupils, a Jerusalem municipal official warned yesterday.
"If a quake hits between 8 A.M. and 1 P.M., a whole generation will be lost," Avraham
       Ben Nun told a special Knesset committee investigating earthquake preparedness.
Located on the Afro-Syrian rift, Israel is hit by a major quake once a century on average.
       Last month, a 5.3-magnitude tremor was felt in most parts of the country, raising
       fears about the possibility of an imminent destructive earthquake.
Ministry of Education officials told the committee last month that a large-scale
       earthquake endangered over half of Israel's pupils, who study at schools built
       before 1980, the year earthquake building standards were introduced.
Tiberias Mayor Zohar Oved told the committee that a hotel in his city was situated directly
       over a fault line. Oved said that Efraim Laor, the head of an inter-ministerial
       committee in charge of earthquake preparedness, rejected his request to close the
       hotel. "The hotel is worth NIS 50 million," Laor was quoted as saying by Oved.
       "The entire city is located at the meeting point of tectonic plates, perhaps the entire
       city should be evacuated." Oved rebuked the government for its alleged lack of
       preparedness. "We're on borrowed time. It could happen any second. My sense is
       that there's a lot of theoretical talk going on. We need to raise a cry."
Comment
There is increasing speculation in Israel that a major earthquake is about to happen. It
     may be because of the growing number of minor earthquakes in recent months that
     have shaken Israel. The article above is interesting as it speaks of a ―whole
     generation‖ being killed. It speaks of ―borrowed time‖ and the need ―to raise a cry‖
An earthquake IS coming soon, two thirds in Israel will be killed, we need to raise a cry!
Bible Quote Ezekiel 3 17                Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house
      of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
Headline          Revenge Attack Could Mean War
Revenge Attack Could Mean War
Headline Israelnationalnews.com March 12 2008
Event
Israel has recently warned Hizbullah that it will not hesitate to retaliate with war for a
       large scale attack on its citizens, Channel 10 – Nana news reported Wednesday. The
       Hizbullah attack is expected in revenge for the killing of its operations officer Imad
       Mughniyeh. Iranian TV vowed that Israel would face its "third destruction" on the
       40th day after Mughniyeh's death, which will occur next Saturday, March 22.
Israeli intelligence is picking up extensive "chatter" between Hizbullah and Iran but still
       has not located specific intentions to carry out a terror attack. Israeli military
       attachés worldwide have been instructed to change their routine movements and
       retired military persons were warned to exercise caution in their travels.
Comment
We reported in the WWW 4 weeks ago that a senior member of Hezbollah had been
     assassinated in Damascus. Israel was blamed. Hezbollah has threatened retaliation
     following the official 40 days of mourning. These 40 days end next Saturday.
     Yesterday , Reuters reported that Israel has secretly warned Syria that it may strike
     the country if Hezbollah attacks the Jewish state.
The Lebanon war in 2006 saw Hezbollah claiming victory over Israel. Israel learnt that it
     is very hard to defeat a guerrilla army. Next time Hezbollah attacks, Israel will not
     only attack Hezbollah but will attack Syria as well. Syria are after all Hezbollah‘s
     helper and armourer. This is why in the Israeli press this week there is talk of war
     with Syria. This is why Reuters are reporting the secret warning to Syria from
     Israel. This is why the US navy has built up its deployment opposite the Lebanese
     coast. This is why Syria has placed its air and naval bases on a state of
     preparedness. This is why we should watch and pray. We too need to prepare. We
     too need to increase our spiritual defences. Our battle though is nearly over.
Bible Quote Luke 21 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Headline Sarkozy: Israel must stop 'colonization'
Sarkozy: Israel must stop 'colonization‘
Headline Jerusalem Post March 11 2008
Event
Israel's security depends upon a halt to "colonization" in the West Bank, the French
       President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday, as he welcomed his counterpart President
       Shimon Peres for a five-day state visit.
Sarkozy said France would "always be at [Israel's] side" and insisted the best way for
       Israel to battle terrorism was to help restart the stalled Mideast peace process.
French-Israeli ties have warmed considerably under Sarkozy after the 12-year tenure of
       his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, whom many saw as more pro-Arab.
But Sarkozy's France has reacted coolly to Israel's recent announcements that it was
       stepping up housing and apartment construction in the West Bank and in east
       Jerusalem.
Comment
Last Sunday the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert approved a plan to build up to 750
      new homes in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. The new building was
      announced three days after a Palestinian gunman killed eight students at a Jewish
      seminary in Jerusalem that was associated with the settler movement.
The international condemnation of Israel was soon in coming. The French president told
      Israel to stop ―colonisation‖. The nations believe that if Israel would just get out of
      the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem all would be resolved – all would be well.
The Lord God says clearly in the verse below that he will gather ALL nations to Israel to a
      final great battle. These nations that are gathered are the ones who have scattered
      his people among the nations and have ―PARTED MY LAND‖. The word ―parted‖
      is normally translated ―divided‖. Is this not precisely what the nations of the world
      are doing. Trying to divide God‘s land. He will judge them for this…
Bible Quote Joel 3 2           I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the
      valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage
      Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Headline          Russia set on Mideast parley
Russia set on Mideast parley
Headline Jerusalem Post March 26 2008
Event
Russia is determined to go ahead with an international Middle East
      conference in Moscow in June whether Israel likes it or not,
      government sources told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, summing up Russian
      Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit here last week.
According to the sources, Russia's determination to go ahead with the conference -
      despite a decidedly cool, though officially noncommittal, reception to the idea from
      both Israel and the US - stemmed from Moscow's assessment that it desperately
      needed to increase its involvement in the Middle East and "make its mark" in the
      region.
Comment
Russia is determined to get involved in the current ―peace‖ negotiations between Israel
       and the Palestinians. The Russian foreign minister‘s visit to Israel last week was to
       ensure that Israel understood that Russia is determined to press ahead with a peace
       conference in Moscow later this year. Those present at the meetings characterized
       Lavrov's one-day visit last Thursday as "nasty," saying the Russian minister was
       agitated throughout his meetings with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and President
       Shimon Peres.
And so we have a ―nasty‖ Russian visit to Israel. We have Russia wanting to ―make its
       mark‖ in the region. At the meeting it was also agreed that Russia would supply the
       Palestinians with armoured vehicles with no guns.
All of this shows us that the time when Russia WILL invade Israel from the north is near.
       God will cause Russia to come up upon the mountains of Israel as it says in Ezekiel.
Bible Quote Ezekiel 39 1 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O
      Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 2 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:
Headline Israel to hold massive emergency drill
Israel to hold massive emergency drill
Headline Jerusalem Post March 17 2008
Event
In the face of a possible escalation with Syria and Iran's efforts to obtain a nuclear
      weapon, parts of the country will shut down next month in what security officials
      say will be the largest emergency exercise in Israel's history.
The drill, which is being organized by the newly-established National Emergency
      Authority, will take place over five days starting on Sunday, April 6.
Comment
To prove that the previous slide is not just talk and war IS in the air it is not coincidence
      that next weekend Israel will conduct the largest emergency exercise in its history!
April 6th 2008 is actually the first day of Nisan in the Jewish calendar. The first day of
      Nisan is the beginning of the Jewish Sacred year. The Civil year begins in
      September but God‘s year begins in April. God changed the beginning of the year to
      April at the time of the Exodus. So next Sunday is the first day of their New Year.
      On this first day the whole nation will shut down to enact an emergency. We know
      an emergency is coming. Two thirds living in the land of Israel will be killed.
It was on the first day of the first month back in Exodus that the Tabernacle was setup
      and the work of the priesthood began. If Israel even now turned to the LORD and
      recognised the true priesthood they would be saved the destruction that is coming.
We know however that the nation will only recognise the true priest, the Lord Jesus, when
      he returns as King and they will look on him whom they have pierced and mourn.
      See Zechariah 12:10.
Let us pray that in the emergency that is fast approaching all those who call upon the
      name of the Lord shall be saved. Ye men of Israel hear these words...Acts 2 v 20-22.
Bible Quote Exodus 40 1 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 On the
    first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.
Exodus 12 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first
Headline            1st Temple remains uncovered
1st Temple remains uncovered in dig near Temple Mount
Headline Jerusalem Post March 16 2008
Event
The remains of a building from the First Temple period have been uncovered in an
      archaeological excavation just west of Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the Israel
      Antiquities Authority said on Sunday.
The discovery marks the first time in the history of Jerusalem archaeological research
      that building remains from the First Temple period have been exposed so close to
      the Temple Mount, the state-run archaeological body said.
No archaeological excavations have ever been carried out on the Temple Mount itself due
      to religious sensitivities.
Comment
There have been an increasing number of significant archaeological finds in Jerusalem
      in recent years. These finds have substantiated the Bible account every time. It is
      almost as if God is reminding the Jewish people of their history, their heritage and
      where they have come from.
Last year King Herod‘s tomb was found. Relics from Solomon‘s temple were discovered
      for the first time. A tunnel used in AD70 when the Jews tried to escape the Roman
      armies was uncovered. And now for the first time a building close to the first
      Temple and from that period is unearthed.
The first temple was built around 1000 BC and was destroyed by the Babylonians in
      586BC. A second temple was built in 516BC and this was destroyed in AD70.
There have been two destructions of Jerusalem. 586BC and AD70. There will be a third.
The verse below says there will be 3 overturnings of Jerusalem. Following the third (still
      to come) the kingship, the crown and sceptre, will be given to he ―whose right it is‖.
The king to come whose right it is , is of course the Lord Jesus Christ. The final
      overturning, the final and third destruction, will herald his return – as KING.
Bible Quote Ezekiel 21 27               I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no
      more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.
Headline Israel stages major terror drill
Israel stages major terror drill
Headline BBConline April 8 2008
Event
At 10am on Tuesday sirens wailed throughout Israel. Israelis had
      been given ample warning: "Don't panic, routine drill only."
Everyone was urged to take part and to run as fast as possible to their nearest bomb
      shelter. I was walking along a busy Jerusalem street when the sirens sounded.
But the general reaction was muted at best. I didn't see anyone running anywhere.
Dubbed "Turning Point 2", this year's exercise includes simulated missile attacks -
      chemical and biological - on towns.
Rescue services are to simulate mass evacuation from populated areas. Hospitals will
      practise treating thousands of casualties.
Comment
The Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, never tires of saying that, since 2006, Israel‘s
        armed forces have restored their deterrent strength and the nation has never been
        more secure. Israel is confident it can overcome any attack.
It is this over confidence that perhaps led to the muted response that the BBC reporter
        witnessed in Israel this week to the emergency drill.
However this drill (the largest in Israel‘s history) has shown many weaknesses. The sirens
        warning of attack were not heard in many parts of Israel, including the Knesset (the
        main government building!) Most people did not know where to find public shelters
        – none were marked.
This drill was called ―turning point 2‖. A ―turning point‖ is when the tide of war flows in
        a different direction. Israel believes that it is turning in their favour and they will
        defeat their enemies. God, however, says that Israel is rebellious. They do not trust
        in him but in the strength of worldly weapons. Israel will soon realise their folly.
Bible Quote Isaiah 30 1 ¶ Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take
      counsel, but not of me.. 2….to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to
      trust in the shadow of Egypt! Israel trusts in worldly things not Godly ones.
Headline             Negotiating away Jerusalem
Negotiating Away Jerusalem
Headline The Trumpet April 16 2008
Event
The Olmert administration has made a secret pact with the Palestinians, promising to
       hand over Atarot Airport (Jerusalem airport) in northern Jerusalem.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has agreed, on behalf of Israel, to surrender Atarot
       Airport to Palestinian control according to a report recently published by local
       Jerusalem newspaper Kol HaZman.
This concession was made during a series of secret talks the Israeli government is
       conducting with Palestinian Authority negotiators. Staffers in Israeli Prime
       Minister Ehud Olmert‘s office and Livni‘s press secretary have confirmed that the
       foreign minister has indeed been conducting negotiations with the Palestinians, but
       refused to comment further on the issue.
Comment
Atarot Airport, which is located in northern Jerusalem, was a domestic airport up until it
      was transferred to Israel Defence Forces control in 2001—after Palestinian
      terrorists fired shots at the control tower. Since the transfer, Atarot has been used
      as a springboard to combat Palestinian terrorism. The transfer of this airport to
      Palestinian Authority control would surrender one of Israel‘s strategic assets.
Jerusalem municipality officials are saying that this concession would represent a de
      facto recognition of the division of Jerusalem.
Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that dividing Jerusalem would be a
      "moral and historical mistake.― He added that "the result of the division of
      Jerusalem and the subsequent entry of Hamas into the city would be the formation
      of an Iranian enclave in the city and blowing up the conflict to dimensions we
      haven't seen until today.― We see Jerusalem becoming a burdensome stone. The
      talk of dividing is the same as burdening. Those who do will be cut in pieces.
Bible Quote Zechariah 12 3                   And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome
      stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces
Headline Assad – War with Israel is possible
War with Israel is possible and we are
   getting ready – Assad Headline Debkafile April 17 2008
Event
The Syrian ruler Bashar Assad made this statement in a speech in Damascus reported
      Thursday, April 17.
Earlier this week, DEBKAfile‘s military sources reported that Damascus has deployed the
      10th armoured corps at the Massaneh crossing of Mount Hermon. It links up with
      the northwestern positions the 14th division took up last month on the Syrian-
      Israeli border which cuts through the Hermon range.
Syrian troops are now strung along a continuous crescent-shaped line from the central
      Lebanese mountains through Mt Dov on the western slopes of Mt. Hermon and up
      to southeastern Lebanon. This deployment, commanding Syria‘s Israeli and
      Lebanese borders, is under the command of the president‘s brother, Maher Assad.
Comment
Syria sees war with Israel as a real possibility, and is preparing for such an event, Syrian
      President Bashar Assad said Wednesday to Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.
Speaking to a group of Arab intellectuals, the Syrian president added that whilst war was
      not a preferable option, "if Israel declares war on Lebanon and Syria or if America
      declares war on Iran," Damascus will be prepared.
For the last 4 weeks we have been highlighting the growing talk of war between Israel
      and Syria. The troop movements by Syria have shown that at the least Syria is either
      preparing for war or preparing to defend against an attack by Israel.
In Isaiah 17 it speaks of the destruction of Damascus. This has not yet been fulfilled.
      Damascus is still a city. At the time of the destruction of the city verse 3 says that
      ―the fortress will cease from Ephraim [Israel]‖, and in verse 4 ―in that day…the
      glory of Jacob [Israel] will be made thin‖. So we might expect at the time
      Damascus is destroyed that Israel is seriously weakened / made thin…
Bible Quote Isaiah 17 1 ¶              The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken
      away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
Headline              Gaza unrest leaves 22 dead
Gaza unrest leaves 22 dead
Headline BBConline April 16 2008
Event
At least 22 people, including five Palestinian children, have died in Gaza's worst day of
      fighting since Israeli incursions in early March.
A Hamas ambush in northern Gaza killed three Israeli troops, Israel's highest daily loss
      in the area for 3 years.
That sparked Israeli air strikes near Bureij refugee camp, which Israel said targeted
      gunmen, but which left five children among 11 people killed.
A cameraman also died when his car was apparently fired on by an Israeli tank.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was gravely concerned by the escalation of
      fighting and urged both sides to show restraint.
At least 100 people were killed during operations launched by Israel in early March after
      Palestinian rocket attacks on its territory.
Comment
As war draws nearer with Syria, Israel also is drawn into an increasing conflict with
      Hamas in the Gaza Strip. 3 soldiers were killed this week and a dozen seriously
      injured. Israel does not tolerate this and responds with airstrikes that kill many
      Palestinians. This in turn provides more reasons for Hamas to strike and so the
      violence goes on. A recent Israeli study by a research group with close ties to
      Israel's defence establishment said Hamas was currently engaged in the broadest
      and most significant military build-up in its history.
The Palestinians have a lot of similarities to the ancient enemy of Israel – the Philistines.
They live in the same area. Their name "Palestinian" is derived from the Latin word for
      Philistine. In ancient times God used the Philistines to punish Israel when Israel
      was wicked. The verse below says exactly this. Israel are doing evil once again in
      God‘s sight. They are rejecting Him, His land and His city, Jerusalem.
Bible Quote Judges 13 1 ¶           And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of
      the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
Headline Bush and Abbas in push for peace
Bush and Abbas in push for peace
Headline BBConline April 24 2008
Event
US President George W Bush has met Palestinian leader Mahmoud
      Abbas as he tries to boost efforts for peace in the Middle East.
Mr Abbas is seeking renewed US support in faltering peace talks and more international
      pressure on Israel.
After meeting Mr Abbas, Mr Bush said he remained confident about achieving the
      "definition" of a Palestinian state by the end of the year.
The Palestinian leader said the road to peace was "paved with obstacles".
Mr Bush wants to achieve a peace settlement before he leaves office in January, a goal
      that was set a conference in Annapolis five months ago.
Comment
There was some talk this week of Hamas agreeing a truce with Israel. However Hamas‘s
      political leader Khaled Meshaal speaking in Syria, where he lives in exile, said the
      Palestinian state must have "Jerusalem as its capital, with genuine sovereignty,
      without settlements".
Mr Abbas who met President Putin last week met President Bush this week. Mr Bush said
      he was committed to "a viable state, a state that doesn't look like Swiss cheese, a
      state that provides hope".
The reference to Swiss cheese is the fact that on the West Bank there are many
      settlements that Israel wants to keep. If they do keep them then they would be
      pockets of Jewish land in amongst the new Palestinian state. Hence a map would
      look like Swiss cheese. In effect President Bush is saying that Israel must withdraw
      from the whole of the West Bank not some of it. In Joel 3 we read of the nations
      who have ―parted‖ God‘s land. The word parted means ―apportioned‖ or ―divided‖.
Bible Quote Joel 3 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the
      valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage
      Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Headline'Hamas planning huge holiday attack’
'Hamas planning huge holiday attack’
Headline Jerusalem Post April 30 2008
Event
Hamas will do everything it can to spoil Israel's 60th birthday bash next week with a high-
      profile terror attack, OC Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin told the
      cabinet on Tuesday.
Yadlin said intelligence information indicated that Hamas would try to carry out a large-
      scale operation, similar to the one it failed to pull off on the eve of Pessah at
      southern Gaza's Kerem Shalom crossing two weeks ago.
During that attack - which included heavy gunfire, mortar shell barrages and two car
      bombs - 13 IDF soldiers were wounded, and four terrorists were killed.
Comment
We fast approach a very significant anniversary. The 60th birthday of the founding of the
      State of Israel in 1948.
At midnight on May 14, 1948, the Provisional Government of Israel proclaimed the new
      State of Israel. In Israel however they do not follow the Gregorian calendar. To
      them the ―date of birth‖ of the State of Israel is in fact 5th Iyyar. This is Israel‘s
      Independence Day. That was the date on THEIR calendar that Israel was recreated.
      This year the 5th Iyyar falls on Saturday 10th May. From that date and for several
      weeks after many celebrations are to occur in Israel and around the world. These
      celebrations are tempered with the fear of terrorism. Israeli military intelligence (as
      quoted above) is warning of high profile attacks on Israel during this time.
We can be certain that these celebrations of Israel‘s existence will madden Israel‘s
      enemies. Over recent years there have been calls for Israel to be ―wiped off the
      map‖ by Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah. The verse below in Psalm 83 speaks of
      Israel‘s enemies wanting to destroy the nation so that it is no longer remembered.
They may use the forthcoming celebrations as an excuse to do just that.
Bible Quote Psalm 83 4                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.
Headline         Israel will not accept a nuclear Iran
Israel will not accept a nuclear-armed Iran
Headline Debkafile May 1 2008
Event
The Israeli transport minister Shaul Mofaz, speaking at Yale University Tuesday night,
      April 30, on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, warned Iran may attain
      command of enrichment technology before the end of this year. He said: ―Israel
      will not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran. This time, the Jewish people won‘t let it
      happen. I would like to believe the world will not let it happen. To prevent this, all
      means are legitimate.‖
Israel‘s annual Holocaust remembrance ceremonies focused this year on the theme of
      courage displayed by Warsaw Ghetto Uprising leaders 65 years ago, knowing they
      were doomed. Israeli‘s president and prime minister laid wreaths in their honour at
      the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Institute in Jerusalem.
Comment
The rhetoric against Iran has really picked up in recent weeks. Both Israel and America
      have put Iran back in their sights. There was a report in the US last year that
      suggested Iran was not trying to build a nuclear weapon. It appears now though
      that neither the Israeli nor the American governments actually believe this. Note
      that the Israeli minister talks of ―all means‖ being legitimate in stopping Iran
      acquiring nuclear weapons. He says Israel will not let it happen.
America said it had despatched a second aircraft carrier group to the Gulf on Wednesday,
      as the State Department branded Iran the world's "most active" state sponsor of
      terrorism. Robert Gates, the defence secretary, said the deployment of two aircraft
      carrier battle groups in the Gulf was a "reminder" to Tehran of US determination
      to defend its interests in the region.
A showdown with Iran may be approaching. God has stirred up the spirit of the Medes
      (Iranians) at this time in preparation for the final war over Israel.
Bible Quote Isaiah 13 17               Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall
      not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
Headline           Israeli PM questioned by police
Israeli PM questioned by police
Headline BBConline May 2 2008
Event
Police investigators in Israel have been questioning the Prime
      Minister, Ehud Olmert, under caution.
The police have refused to disclose the reasons for the questioning, but Mr Olmert is
      already the subject of investigations into alleged corruption.
Mr Olmert's office said he would co-operate fully with investigators and was sure the
      allegations against him would be found to be false.
The prime minister has strongly denied any wrongdoing.
Comment
Israel is facing a corruption epidemic one report said recently. Here we have the Prime
       Minister questioned under caution by police.
Is it any surprise that at the time of the end, shortly before Israel is subdued by the
       nations that we see corruption in the highest places in Israel.
Let us not forget that God himself brings the nations against Israel. Why? Read the verse
       below and it explains!
When God wanted his people to return to the land of Israel, He raised up a Persian king
       called Cyrus to do this. Cyrus helped the Jews to return and rebuild their temple in
       Jerusalem. See 2 Chronicles 36:22. It was God who stirred up the spirit of Cyrus to
       do this! Now we see God wanting his people to recognise their guilt. So this time he
       raises up another Persian king. This time he has stirred up the Iranian leader not to
       help the Jews but to want to destroy them. Also it is God himself who puts hooks in
       the jaws of Russia to pull them down to Israel.
God knows that it will take this to make Israel realise the folly of their ways. Finally when
       Christ returns to save the remnant left they will look on him and finally accept him.
Bible Quote Isaiah 1 4 Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of
      evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned
      the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. (NIV)
Headline Israel at 60: Internal promise, external threats
Israel at 60: Internal promise, external threats
Headline BICOM May 5 2008
Event
Israel at 60 is a society poised between ongoing internal economic and
       social achievement, and the persistence of external threat. Public opinion research
       in Israel shows a striking reflection of this reality in the opinions of Israelis. There
       is a very clear distinction between a sense of optimism regarding how Israelis view
       their own lives, and a much gloomier sense regarding the general situation faced by
       Israel.
There is a clear contradiction between an underlying optimism and confidence expressed
       by Israelis regarding their own and their country's situation, and a very real sense
       of looming threat. 38% of Israeli adults believe Israel to be under ‗serious threat of
       destruction.' And yet 84% of Israeli adults were convinced that Israel will continue
       to exist despite the problems and crises.
Comment
Today is Saturday 10th May. On the Jewish calendar it is the 5th Iyar. The 5th Iyar was the
      actual date of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. On our calendar back
      then it was the 14th May.
Over the last 60 years Israel has prospered economically and has become militarily
      confident. It has had the support of the world‘s only super power both financially
      and militarily as well.
But as the report above says the confidence is tapered with gloom. They live under the
      constant threat of destruction. It is difficult to imagine confidence and at the same
      time see a looming threat. But that is the present dichotomy.
God said repeatedly that he would re-establish Israel in their land. See Ezekiel 11:17,
      36:11, 34:13 etc. He says they would live ―over confidently‖ and in unbelief. See
      verse below. To read a full article on the current situation please Click Here
Bible Quote Ezekiel 38 8 in the latter years thou [Russia] shalt come.. against the
      mountains of Israel..: they shall dwell safely all of them. Safely = confidently
Headline          Olmert and Abbas 'make progress‘
Olmert and Abbas 'make progress‘
Headline BBConline May 5 2008
Event
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Ehud Olmert have met
      in Jerusalem for a new round of talks - their third meeting in a month.
Officials said there was progress on the issues of the borders of a future Palestinian state
      and security arrangements in the West Bank.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has just ended a visit to the region.
Ms Rice said she still hoped for a peace deal before President George W Bush leaves
      office in January.
Mr Bush is visiting Israel later this month to take part in ceremonies marking the 60th
      anniversary of the founding of the Israeli state.
Comment
According to reports the differences are narrowing between the Palestinians and the
     Israelis. "We have made significant progress on the two issues of outlining the
     borders of the future Palestinian state and the security arrangements between Israel
     and the Palestinian state," a senior Israeli official said.
The whole world is pushing Israel to a 2 state solution. Dividing the land, the capital city
     and the people. Without a Bible in hand we might well say this idea makes sense.
     Surely 2 states living side by side in the same land would bring peace. But we know
     with Bible in hand that it will NOT bring peace. It will bring destruction. Why?
Because it is GOD‘S LAND. Israel is there because God has placed them there. It is not
     for them to divide it. In the verse below God says he will gather all nations to Israel
     because they have ―parted my land‖. The word ―parted‖ means ―divided‖.
He says in verse 4 ―What have you to do with me Tyre and coasts of Palestine‖ These are
     the current strongholds of Hamas and Hezbollah who want to destroy Israel!
Bible Quote Joel 3 2           I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the
      valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage
      Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Headline Israel: Lebanon turmoil may spread
Israel: Lebanon turmoil may spread
Headline Daily Telegraph May 10 2008
Event
Israel has claimed that Iran was behind the terror group Hizbollah's armed struggle with
       the Lebanese government and warned that the conflict could spill into a wider
       Middle East crisis.
Hizbollah fighters spread virtually unopposed across west Beirut districts loyal to the pro-
       Western government.
After a night of firefights, the mainly Sunni Muslim residents of the capital's west woke to
       find Shia Hizbollah fighters patrolling the streets.
The main compounds of country's two senior political leaders were besieged in a dramatic
       demonstration of the shift in power.
Comment
Four days of street battles in Lebanon's capital this week have left at least 24 dead.
      Lebanon's cabinet has said the seizure of most of western Beirut by the Shia group
      Hezbollah was "a bloody coup".
Shimon Peres, the Israeli president, pointed to Hezbollah's links with Iran's Islamic
      regime. He said: "It is a new chapter of the battle led by Iran to control all of the
      Middle East."
Lebanon has been on the fringes, and at times at the heart, of the Middle East conflict
      surrounding the creation of Israel. Syria and Iran control the terrorist group
      Hezbollah in Lebanon. In 2006 they fought Israel to a standstill .
It appears from the Bible that Lebanon is ―hewn down‖ at the time of the end. See verse
      below. In Isaiah 2:12-17 God speaks of the judgement of the world. Lebanon is
      specifically mentioned in this context. The ancient capital of this land was Tyre. It
      is a city today controlled by Hezbollah. We have already quoted this city in Joel 3:4
      where God says to Tyre ―What have you to do with me‖. Let us watch this land.
Bible Quote Isaiah 33 9            The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed
      and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
Headline          Bush praises close US-Israel ties
Bush praises close US-Israel ties
Headline BBConline May 14 2008
Event
President George W Bush has underlined the close ties between the
      US and Israel during a visit coinciding with the country's 60th anniversary.
Speaking in Jerusalem, he praised Israel as a model for democracy.
Mr Bush has also said he believes Israel and the Palestinians can strike a peace deal by
      the end of the year.
Before he spoke, several people were injured when a rocket fired from Gaza hit the city of
      Ashkelon. They include a mother and daughter.
Earlier in the day, four people were killed in Israeli military operations in Gaza.
Comment
Correspondents describe President Bush's eyes welling with emotion as he received a
      standing ovation. He went on to say ―We gather to mark a momentous occasion.
      Sixty years ago in Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel's independence,
      founded on the "natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate."
      What followed was more than the establishment of a new country. It was the
      redemption of an ancient promise given to Abraham and Moses and David -- a
      homeland for the chosen people Eretz Yisrael.‖
President Bush was right on this point. The establishment of the state of Israel in 1948
      WAS the redemption of an ancient promise given by God himself. The promise was
      that He would regather Israel to the land. See the verse below. Could it be clearer??
Where President Bush is wrong is that he does not truly believe what God says. He
      believes that the road to peace is for there to be TWO states in the land of Israel.
      Palestinian and Israeli. This godless idea will bring all nations to war against
      Israel. Even as he spoke a missile struck a shopping centre and wounded 100 Jews.
Bible Quote Ezekiel 11              17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from
      the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will
      give you the land of Israel.
Headline         Abbas pledge on 'catastrophe' day
Abbas pledge on 'catastrophe' day
Headline BBConline May 15 2008
Event
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he is determined to end Israel's
      occupation of Palestinian land, labelling it "mankind's shame".
Mr Abbas also said his hands were extended in peace, as Palestinians mark the
      "catastrophe" of Israel's creation.
More than 700,000 Palestinians were displaced in the war that followed Israel's
      establishment in 1948.
US President George W Bush, who is visiting the country, told MPs that Washington was
      Israel's closest ally.
As Palestinians recalled the "Nakba" (catastrophe) 60 years ago, Mr Abbas said in a
      televised speech: "It is time for this occupation to leave our land and blood.‖
Comment
It is amazing that no other people, no other power, has ever created an independent state
        in the land of Israel – apart from the Jews.
When it was not a Jewish state, the land of Israel was merely an administrative unit of
        empires: Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Ottomans etc.
It is also amazing that in recent history the Egyptians who ruled Gaza between 1949 and
        1967 could have created a Palestinian state but did not. The Jordanians, who ruled
        the ―West Bank‖ during the same years, could have created a Palestinian state, but
        did not. Instead the Egyptians and the Jordanian persecuted the Palestinians!
The only country that has ever offered the Palestinians a state – is Israel!
There are many similarities between modern Palestinians and ancient Philistines. They
        live in the same place. ―Palestinian‖ comes from the Latin word for Philistine!
God has said the Jews should NOT make a covenant (agreement) with these people.
Bible Quote Exodus 23 31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto
      the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the
      inhabitants of the land into your hand; …… 32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them
Headline Bin Laden marks Israel anniversary
Bin Laden marks Israel anniversary with combat vow
Headline Reuters May 16 2008
Event
Osama bin Laden vowed in an audio tape to mark Israel's 60th anniversary to continue to
      fight the Jewish state and its allies in the West.
The al Qaeda leader, who has placed growing emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian
      conflict, said it was at the heart of the Muslim battle with the West and an
      inspiration to the 19 bombers who carried out the attacks on U.S. cities on
      September 11, 2001.
"We will continue, God permitting, the fight against the Israelis and their allies ... and
      will not give up a single inch of Palestine as long as there is one true Muslim on
      Earth," he said in the message, posted on an Islamist website on Friday.
Comment
Back in the year 2000, President Clinton (with just months left in office) decided to try to
      end the Israeli Palestinian conflict. In the July he invited Yasser Arafat and the
      then Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak to Camp David.
They discussed how to divide up the land and Jerusalem. Barak offered Arafat East
      Jerusalem and 97% of the West Bank. Arafat refused and returned home a hero for
      not accepting anything less than 100%. Just weeks later the Palestinian Intifada
      broke out. And from that time on we entered (as the Whitehouse calls it) the ―Age of
      terror‖. Terror in America, Spain, Bali, UK, Israel etc
Here we are 7/8 years later with another president with just months left in office. What is
      he trying to do? Divide Israel and Jerusalem. What does Osama Bin Laden say? We
      will launch more terror on Israel and its allies.
Every time someone tries to split God‘s land and his city great trouble comes. This next
      time might be the final time of trouble such as never was…
Bible Quote Daniel 12 1… and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was
      since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be
      delivered, ……….. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
Headline                          Ashkelon Attack
Ashkelon Attack Launched From Jewish Town
Headline IsraelNationalNews May 15 2008
Event
The Iranian-supplied Grad-type rocket fired at an Ashkelon mall Wednesday was
      launched from the former Gaza Jewish fishing village of Dugit, which was
      evacuated and destroyed by Israel in the 2005 Disengagement for the stated purpose
      of strengthening Israel's security.
Hamas-affiliated Popular Resistance Committees Spokesman Muhammad Abdel-Al told
      World Net Daily Wednesday that the attack, which wounded dozens, including
      children, was launched from Dugit, located along the coast in northern Gaza.
Dugit‘s residents, mostly secular Jews who made a living fishing in the Mediterranean,
      left reluctantly, but without a struggle in 2005, when then-Prime Minister Ariel
      Sharon announced his diplomatic plan to unilaterally withdraw the IDF from Gaza
      and destroy all the Jewish towns there. More than 9,000 residents were evicted from
      their homes in the operation.
At the time, residents and other opponents of the plan warned that the communities would
      be used as terrorist training camps and staging grounds for terrorist attacks.
Comment
In 2005, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon implemented his Disengagement Plan in which
      Israel demolished 21 Jewish towns in Gaza and 4 in northern Samaria, forcefully
      expelled the Jewish residents, and handed the Gaza area over to the Palestinian
      Authority. Since then these very areas have become terrorist training grounds.
Withdrawal from the land has NOT bought peace – it has brought destruction.
In fact on the 4th January 2006 Ariel Sharon was visited by an official cartographer called
      Otniel Schneller. By 3pm on that day Sharon had agreed what the final borders of
      Israel should be including the division of Jerusalem. 2 hours later after the meeting
      Sharon suffered a stroke and went into a coma. He remains in a coma to this day.
Bible Quote Zechariah 12 3                    And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome
      stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces
Headline Russia wants control of Jerusalem
Russia wants control of downtown Jerusalem
Headline Israel Today May 31 2008
Event
Moscow is in negotiations to purchase a large section of downtown Jerusalem once
     controlled by the Russian government prior to Israel's rebirth in 1948.
The 17-acre Russian Compound is today home to a large police facility and detention
     centre, numerous pubs and restaurants and a large Russian Orthodox church.
The Russian government built up the area in the 1860s to accommodate the large number
     of Russian pilgrims who were visiting Jerusalem every year, particularly around the
     time of Easter. Negotiations over the land has been ongoing since the premiership
     of Ehud Barak some seven years ago. The Russians are reportedly prepared to pay
     $100 million for the prime real estate.
Comment
An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman speaking to Israel National News, stressed that
      Israel is not "selling" the land to Russia, but rather "returning" the area to its
      former owners.
This is surely a very dangerous way of putting things considering the Arab claim to all of
      what is today the Jewish state!
Russia is becoming increasingly interested in Israel. In recent times we have seen the
      Russian president (Putin) visit Israel. We have heard many statements that say they
      want to become involved in the peace talks. We have noted how they have been
      talking to all sides (including Hamas).
We know for certain that Russia thinks an evil thought to invade Israel to take a spoil.
      The fact we see Russia now negotiating to purchase a large amount of land in
      Jerusalem is proof that Russia IS interested in this place. What is perhaps most
      interesting is that Daniel says that Russia will one day establish some sort of
      dwelling in Jerusalem! When he does he will come to his end - when Christ returns.
Bible Quote Daniel 11 45                And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between
the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.
Headline              Hamas build-up on border
Hamas build-up on border has reached 'alarming
   proportions' Headline World Tribune May 27 2008
Event
The Hamas regime has significantly bolstered its military and deployment along the
       border with Israel.
Israeli military sources said Hamas has deployed hundreds of fighters in positions near
       the border with Israel. The sources said the combatants were dressed in civilian
       clothes and conducted reconnaissance and operations against Israeli military units
       deployed on the other side of the security fence that surrounds the Gaza Strip.
"Hamas's military capability has reached alarming proportions," Israel Security Agency
       director Yuval Diskin told the Cabinet on Sunday.
"The Hamas presence has expanded significantly over the last few weeks," a military
       source said.
Comment
    nd
On the 22 May a truck bomb containing 4.5 tons of explosives exploded on the Gaza
     side of the border. It caused no Israeli casualties, but wrecked the border terminal,
     blasted a big hole in the border wall and shattered windows in Israel buildings. The
     truck bomb was followed by a group of Palestinian gunmen in a jeep.
The truck bomb is the most powerful ever used against Israel - even in the darkest days of
     the Palestinian terrorist campaign.
Meanwhile Israel is considering a ceasefire with Hamas. Government ministers meet
     tomorrow (Sunday) to decide whether to agree a ceasefire or to attack Gaza.
God says in Joel 3 that the coasts of Palestine (speaking of the people living in the current
     area of Gaza) have nothing to do with him. He is going to pay them back speedily
     because of what they have done. At the time Israel is surrounded by the armies of
     the world, Gaza too will suffer. Isaiah 14:29/31 speaks of these times.
Bible Quote Joel 3             4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all
      the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly
      and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head
Headline           Israel's PM urged to stand down
Israel's PM urged to stand down
Headline BBConline May 28 2008
Event
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to take a
       leave of absence or resign as he battles allegations of corruption. Mr Barak said he
       would take his Labour Party out of Mr Olmert's governing coalition if he did not
       step down.
"The prime minister needs to disconnect himself from the day-to-day management of the
       government," Mr Barak said.
Mr Olmert denies claims that he took up to $500,000 (£250,000) in bribes or illegal
       campaign donations. Mr Olmert, the head of the Kadima party, admits accepting
       funds before he became prime minister in 2006.
Comment
A US businessman has testified this week that he gave envelopes full of cash to Israel's
      prime minister but said he did not seek or receive any favours in return. Ehud
      Olmert is remaining defiant however. He has said he will stay in office despite a call
      by a key ally [Ehud Barak] to take a leave of absence or quit over corruption claims.
      "I am not going to give up," Mr Olmert said in Jerusalem.
The corruption charges are numerous against the prime minister of Israel. They involve
      large amounts of cash, abuse of power, property deals, tax fiddles etc. They also
      involve his personal secretary.
In the verses below (still relevant today) we read of how as time passes when Israel lives in
      the land that they become corrupt. God says that when this happens they will SOON
      perish from off the land. It is no coincidence that in these last days that we see
      corruption in Israel‘s highest office. They will perish from off the land.
Bible Quote Deuteronomy 4 25                     When thou shalt beget children, and children’s
      children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves…26 I
      call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from
      off the land. This promise of the Lord God applies today
Headline Israeli minister threatens Iran
Israeli minister threatens Iran                         Red highlight shows area of Elam
Headline BBConline June 6 2008        The labels in boxes show key nuclear targets in Iran
Event
A top Israeli official has said that if Iran continues with its alleged
      nuclear arms programme, Israel will attack it.
Speaking to Yediot Ahronot newspaper, Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz said
      sanctions on Iran were ineffective. "Attacking Iran, in order to stop its nuclear
      plans, will be unavoidable," he said.
Mr Mofaz is one of three deputy prime ministers and the transport minister.
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Iran's nuclear programme
      must be stopped by what he termed all possible means.
Comment
In just a few days this week both the Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert and one the
      deputy Prime Ministers have both threatened to attack Iran. Mr Olmert visiting
      America spoke of ―an urgent need for more drastic and robust action‖. He met
      George Bush on Wednesday to discuss the issue.
These comments have been the strongest yet from Israel to Iran. They indicate that time is
      running out and that Israel will eventually act perhaps alone.
Does the Bible indicate such a course of action for Israel? No, not specifically.
In the Bible Iran is spoken of as Persia and the Medes. But also as Elam. On the fall of
      the Assyrian empire, Elam passed into the hands of the Persians. The capital of
      Elam during its entire history was Shushan (Susa). Elam was situated in south
      western Iran. It is in this very area that key nuclear targets are to be found.
We then read in the verse below that in the latter days Elam will be consumed!
Bible Quote Jeremiah 49 37                 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their
      enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my
      fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed
      them: 39 But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of
Elam, saith the LORD. Could this destruction in the latter days be brought about by Israel?
Headline                 Ahmadinejad attacks Jews
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacks Jews at UN food
   summit in Rome Headline Daily Telegraph June 3 2008
Event
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, has used his first trip to Western Europe
      to launch a new attack against Jews.
Arriving in Rome for a United Nations summit, Mr Ahmadinejad said: "The people of
      Europe have suffered the most harm from Zionists and today the costs of that
      falsified regime, whether political or economic, are on Europe's shoulders."
Comment
The Iranian president during his speech blamed the Jews for the food price increases the
      world is seeing!! As we mentioned on a previous slide it might not be too long
      before the Jews are blamed for the fuel price increases too.
Fuel and food are the two things this world needs desperately and a scapegoat is often
      required when governments come under immense pressure.
The Israeli ambassador to Italy protested Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's attendance at the
      international conference in Rome. He deplored the fact that Ahmadinejad had been
      invited to the Rome-based international agency. "To imagine on the podium of a
      U.N. organization a leader who calls for the destruction of a member state is a
      disgrace for every democrat," he said.
We read in Psalm 83 of certain nations of the world that want to destroy Israel. Note that
      in verse 8 it says ―Assur is joined with them‖. Assur is normally translated Assyria.
Assyria once controlled some of the territory of modern day Iran and in the context of this
      Psalm 83 seems to indicate Iran.
We see Iran working with Syria, the Palestinians and the inhabitants of Tyre (Hezbollah)
      with the one goal of brining Israel to an end. The end of the Psalm though speaks
      of these nations being confounded and men knowing that Yahweh is God.
Bible Quote Psalm 83 4                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. 7 Gebal, and Ammon,
      and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assur also is joined with them
Headline Britain hotbed of anti Israeli thinking
Israel's ambassador says Britain has become a hotbed
     of radical anti-Israeli feeling Daily Telegraph June 10 2008
Event
Ron Prosor became Israel's ambassador to Britain last year. Ron Prosor claims that while
      the UK was once admired for its liberal fairness and decency, in recent years
      extremists have "hijacked" its debate over Israel.
He says his country has been turned into a "pantomime villain" by Britons who deny it
      has any right to exist, while terror attacks on Israeli citizens are ignored by both the
      media and public opinion.
He is particularly scornful of the academics who want to boycott Israeli universities over
      the country's treatment of Palestinians.
Comment
Ancient Tyre was once pro Jewish. The king of Tyre (Hiram) helped David and Solomon
      and loved them both. See 1 Kings 5. In later years Tyre turned against the Jews –
      even selling Jews into slavery. Tyre actually rejoiced over the downfall of Israel. See
      Ezekiel 26:2. This same pattern applies to modern day Britain…..
Ancient Tyre has a lot to do with modern Britain. Why? Well in Isaiah 23:6 we read that
      Tyre passes over to Tarshish. Ancient Tyre was destroyed by Alexander the Great
      but God says that Tyre would somehow pass over to Tarshish (Britain). In fact this
      did happen both literally and symbolically.
Ancient Tyre was the capital city of the Phoenicians. Using many ships they colonised
      many nations and traded with them. Tyre was the home of kings and became rich.
Britain (Tarshish) also colonised many nations, became a great Empire and had a huge
      navy. Britain is still the home of kings and became a great trading maritime nation.
But like Tyre it WAS pro Jewish but has sadly now turned against the Jews. Isaiah 23
      concludes with latter day Tyre (Britain) becoming like a harlot. Britain has.
Bible Quote Isaiah 23 17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years,
      that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication
      with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.
Headline Seven tremors in Lebanon felt in Israel
Seven tremors in Lebanon felt in Israel
Headline International Christian Embassy June 13 2008
Event
A series of up to seven earth tremors centred in Lebanon and measuring between 3.8 and
      4.2 on the Richter scale have also been felt in northern and central Israel over the
      past 24 hours. No injuries or damage have been reported as of the latest quakes on
      Friday morning. Last February, two quakes measuring up to 5.3 on the Richter
      scale with epicenters just north of Tyre were also felt in the Galilee. At the start of
      the year, there was a series of four quakes as well in the Dead Sea area measuring
      between 3 and 4.3 on the Richter scale. Seismologists say the series of tremors do
      not necessarily indicate that a large earthquake is likely to hit the region, though
      the historic record suggests a strong earthquake can be expected soon in the Holy
      Land.
Comment
There are a growing number of small earthquakes that have shaken the land of Israel in
       recent months. Just this week there have been 7 earth tremors.
The epicentres have tended to be north of Israel in Lebanon but there have been some
       with epicentres in Israel itself around the Dead Sea.
The last major earthquake in Israel was 973 years ago. Geologist Dr. Shmuel Marco of Tel
       Aviv University said recently "We are now in a deficit. There's been no release of
       tension, just build-up. It's like if you have a strip of rubber between your hands and
       keep pulling it - you know that it's going to snap eventually."
With Bible in hand we know that a major earthquake centred on Israel IS coming.
It will be an earthquake like no other. It will even cause the Mount of Olives to split in
       two. Every wall will fall. Ezekiel 38:20. The earth will be utterly shaken. Isaiah 2:19
Bible Quote Zechariah 14 4                 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of
      Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the
      midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley;
      and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
       2000 yr old seed to bear fruit in 3 years
Headline
2000 yr old seed to bear fruit in 3 years                         Masada
Headline Jerusalem Post June 13 2008
Event
Israeli scientists have succeeded in growing a rare palm tree species that has been extinct
       for hundreds of years from a 2,000-year-old date seed found in the ancient fortress
       of Masada. The seed was given the name Methuselah after the oldest person in the
       Bible.             Methuselah himself will soon be resurrected!
Project manager Sarah Sallon said only in a few years time will scientists know whether
       the already 1.2 meter tall palm tree will prove to be a fruit bearing female.
Comment
Masada (where the seeds were found) is one of the Jewish people's greatest symbols.
        Israeli soldiers take an oath there: "Masada shall not fall again." Next to
        Jerusalem, it is the most popular destination of Jewish tourists visiting Israel. It is
        strange that a place known only because 960 Jews committed suicide there in the
        first century should become a modern symbol of Jewish survival.
The seeds found were indeed most likely remnants of the fruit stored by the Jews who
        lived in the fortress, hoping to avoid the invaders who had destroyed Second Holy
        Temple in Jerusalem.
It is remarkable that a seed over 2000 years old can spring to life and an extinct palm tree
        can grow again. But this little seed is a lesson to us. Firstly that God can bring back
        to life that which is dead. The Jewish nation was dead for 2000 years and remains
        spiritually dead now. But God has brought his people back to their land and will
        soon revive them spiritually when Christ returns. Read Ezekiel 37.
But is also speaks to us of resurrection. The verses below speak of the resurrection as a
        seed that comes to life and grows into a body. It will, even if 1000‘s of years pass by!
Bible Quote 1 Corinthians 15 35 ¶                   But some man will say, How are the dead
      raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not
      quickened, except it die: 37 and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that
      shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
Headline             Israelis 'rehearse Iran attack'
Israelis 'rehearse Iran attack‘
Headline BBConline June 20 2008
Event
Israel has carried out an exercise that appears to have been a rehearsal for an attack on
       Iran's nuclear facilities, US officials have told the New York Times.
More than 100 Israeli fighter jets took part in manoeuvres over the eastern
       Mediterranean and over Greece in the first week of June, US officials said.
Iran insists its programme is peaceful, but Israel sees Iran's development of the
       technology as a serious threat.
The Israeli exercise, it seems, was designed to send a message to Tehran that Israel has
       the power and will to attack if it thought Iran was close to getting a nuclear weapon,
       the BBC's Jeremy Bowen reports.
Comment
Two weeks ago in the WWW, we reported that top Israeli officials had threatened to attack
      Iran if they continued with their nuclear arms program. What no one knew was
      that Israel in that very week was carrying out an exercise involving 100 fighter jets
      to practice such an attack.
Most commentators now say that it is too late for President Bush to cobble together a US
      led attack on Iran in his last 7 months. However, an Israeli led attack is something
      that would not need domestic American support. Israel would need Washington‘s
      approval though as their fighter planes would have to fly through Iraqi airspace.
Even if Israel does attack Iran, one thing is certain. Iran will survive. Persia (modern day
      Iran) joins with Gog in Ezekiel 38 to attack Israel. There are prophesies about
      Elam (south western Iran) that could have a latter day fulfilment. Jeremiah 49:34-
      39 speaks of Elam begin dismayed and evil coming on them. Elam is the very area
      where most of the military nuclear targets are that would be hit in a strike.
Bible Quote Jeremiah 49 35 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break
      the bow of Elam, the chief of their might. 36 And upon Elam will I bring the four winds
      from the four quarters of heaven     an Israeli strike could possibly fulfil these verses
Headline          Oil price surge over Israeli air drill
Oil price surge over apparent Israeli air drill for
     Iran attack Headline Debkafile June 21 2008
Event
DEBKAfile‘s military sources report that an oil price surge of 5 percent to $135.92 was
     triggered by the report leaked by US government officials of an Israeli air force drill
     over Greece for an apparent strike against Iran, Friday, June 20. Ayatollah Ali
     Khamenei ordered a war alert in the Revolutionary Guards and armed forces, with
     the Israeli and US Gulf forces following suit.
Tehran made no immediate comment, while Iranian leaders were reported puzzled by the
     Bush administration‘s motives in leaking the report to the New York Times.
The most extreme reaction came from the UN nuclear watchdog‘s director Mohamad
     ElBaradei, who threatened to resign if there was a military strike on Iran, warning
     such an attack would turn the region into a ―fireball.‖
Comment
This week Iran‘s ambassador to Syria said that Iran would pass on its ―experience with
       nuclear power to Syria‖. This ―earthshattering statement‖ (as the Israeli press
       called it), has possibly come about because of Syrian peace talks with Israel. It is
       interesting that the next day US officials told the world about the Israeli rehearsal
       for an attack on Iran. These events bring us closer to the following scenario.
Israel finally decides enough is enough and launches an attack on Iranian nuclear bases.
This causes oil prices to rocket (the article shows that even a rumour of an attack can put
       prices up 5%!). The UN nuclear watchdog‘s director resigns. The region is in
       turmoil. Who would the world blame? ISRAEL. Almost all governments are
       nervous at the moment with rising fuel and food prices. Riots have been breaking
       out around the world. A scapegoat is needed. Israel would fit the bill. All nations
       would soon be sucked into war – for everything the world holds dear is at stake.
Bible Quote Joel 3 2           I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the
      valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage
      Israel. 3 And they have cast lots for my people; cast lots = retribution
Headline          Olmert hails peace talks progress
Olmert hails peace talks progress
Headline BBConline June 19 2008
Event
Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has insisted that his government's peace talks with
       the Palestinian Authority are making progress.
In an interview with the BBC Arabic service, he said serious progress had been made on
       issues such as the borders of a future Palestinian state.
He said Israel was ready to compromise dramatically on territorial issues but that the
       process had to be "two-way". He said that his agenda was "to make peace with the
       Arab people". "I want to make peace with Palestinians, I want to make peace with
       the Syrians, I want to make peace with Lebanon," he said.
Comment
At the same time the signs of conflict grow, so does the talk of peace! Israel knows that
      they would be condemned if any strike on Iran went wrong so they have to appear
      that they want peace.
Notice the huge emphasis on peace in Ehud Olmert‘s speech this week. Mr Olmert was
      speaking on the day a truce came into effect between Israel and the Palestinian
      Hamas movement, which controls the Gaza Strip.
The Jerusalem Post reported that this ―truce‖ was only a ―temporary lull before the
      storm.‖ No one really imagines that this truce is a real breakthrough to a lasting
      peace between Israel and Hamas. Hamas has never backed down on its core reason
      for existence – that is, Israel should be destroyed.
The Bible makes very clear that BEFORE the great destruction there WILL be talk of
      peace. The Bible does not say when there IS peace but when they SAY (talk/advise)
      peace. Israel is now talking peace with all its neighbours. See 1 Thessalonians 5:3.
The Bible also tells us that the leaders of Israel will seduce the Jewish people saying
      peace. But God himself says there will be NO PEACE. See the verse below…
Bible Quote Ezekiel 13 10 ¶              Because, even because they [Israel‘s leaders] have
      seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace
Headline ‘Israel must share Jerusalem’
French president says Israel must share
    Jerusalem Associated Press June 23 2008
Event
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday there could be no Mideast peace unless
     Israel drops its refusal to cede sovereignty over parts of Jerusalem claimed by the
     Palestinians, challenging one of Israel's most emotionally held positions.
Speaking to a packed session of the legislature, Sarkozy called on Israel to stop settlement
     in the West Bank. But he tempered his address by assuring Israel that it could count
     on France's support in halting Iran's nuclear program.
Sarkozy, whose maternal grandfather was a Greek Jew, praised Israel's democracy and
     quoted the biblical passage in which God promises the Holy Land to the children of
     Israel.
Comment
This was the first French state visit to Israel in 12 years. The French President, Nicolas
       Sarkozy said a peace agreement would allow the two peoples (Israelis and
       Palestinians) to live together in peace and security.
The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:3 that when people are talking about and advising on
       ―peace and safety (security)‖ then sudden destruction will come.
Here we have another world leader ―advising‖ and ―speaking‖ on the subject of ―peace
       and safety‖. It will lead to destruction. Why? Well look at his advice.
He is telling the Jews to divide Jerusalem. He is telling the Jews to stop building on the
       West Bank. He is telling the Jews to divide God‘s land. Remarkably he even has the
       audacity to quote from the Bible where God says he will give the land to the Jews!
This man may seem friendly but ultimately France along with Europe will fight against
       Israel. He came as a wolf in sheep‘s clothing. See Matthew 7:15.
We know that anyone who burdens themselves with Jerusalem will be cut in pieces.
Bible Quote Zechariah 12 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome
     stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces
Mr Sarkozy is burdening himself with Jerusalem. The fate of those who do is clear….
HeadlineMossad Chief empowered for Iran strike
Mossad Chief Empowered to Prepare Groundwork
   for Iran Strike Headline Debkafile June 23 2008
Event
By extending the Mossad director, Meir Dagan‘s tenure for another year until the end of
       2009, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has put in place a vital constituent for a
       possible eleventh-hour unilateral strike at Iran‘s nuclear facilities.
The timing chosen for extending the Mossad chief‘s tenure early summer of 2008 is
       indicative. Israeli intelligence estimates the summer months are critical for acting
       against Iran‘s nuclear advances, especially uranium enrichment which Iran refuses
       to forego. If it is not stopped by September or October of 2008, it will be too late;
       Iran will have crossed the threshold to the last lap of its military program.
Israeli intelligence and its armed forces have three months to finish the job which has
       long been in preparation.
Comment
Debkafile‘s analysts believe that an Israeli strike on Iran is possibly going to come in the
       next few months. By October 2008 they believe it will be too late for Israel to act.
This week John Bolton, the former American ambassador to the United Nations,
       predicted that Israel could attack Iran after the November presidential election but
       before George W Bush's successor is sworn in. He believes the "optimal window"
       for strikes would be between the November 4 election and the inauguration on
       January 20, 2009. Both Debkafile and John Bolton give Israel a 6 month window.
Israel has carried out military strikes against two nuclear sites, President Shimon Peres
       boasted on Thursday, saying "this is the only air force in the world that has such an
       achievement." The two attacks were on Iraq in 1981 and Syria last year.
If Israel does attack Iran it will leave them utterly isolated and friendless in the world –
       especially if the consequences prove disastrous. There are verses like the one below
       that speak of Israel isolated and without her ―lovers‖. I.e. those other nations that
       she trusted in (rather than God) reject her. Israel will be forced to turn to God.
Bible Quote Jeremiah 30 14              All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not;
Headline                 Olmert’s Reign Nears End
Olmert’s Reign Nears End
Headline Israelnews June 27 2008
Event
Ehud Olmert has found himself in a fix never before experienced by any Israeli prime
       minister before him: His own party, Kadima, is dumping him. Its strategists joined
       forces with its coalition partner, the Labor party, for a deal signed Wednesday, June
       25, to replace him as head of government and party before Sept. 25.
By October, 2008, Olmert will be gone, dropped by his own loyalists, and a new Kadima
       prime minister will rule Israel with Labor endorsement guaranteed. The present
       front-runners to succeed him are foreign minister Tzipi Livni, a lawyer with even
       less government experience than Olmert, and transport minister Shaul Mofaz, a
       former IDF chief of staff and defense minister. Barring unforeseen events, the
       prospect of an early general election this year has receded to the spring of 2009.
Israel is therefore being dragged into one of the most critical three-month periods of its
       history, Iran‘s threshold to nuclear armament, in a leadership void. The fateful
       decisions on whether or not to pre-empt a nuclear-armed Iran by force, with or
       without the United States, falls to a lame duck prime minister.
Comment
Israel is about to enter a very uncertain time politically. Olmert‘s own supporters have
       paved the way to remove him from office. This is mainly due to the corruption
       scandals that constantly swirl around him but also due to his perceived military
       failures in Lebanon and Gaza.
What is interesting is that during this leadership void decisions will need to be taken in
       Israel over the situation in Iran. As the article above says the decision will have to
       be taken by a ―lame duck prime minister‖. All this does not bode well for Israel.
Their leaders have been corrupt, blind and godless. They have led the country to the brink
       of disaster by not trusting in God. The consequences will be a terrible war.
Bible Quote Isaiah 9 16             For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that
      are led of them are destroyed.
Headline                Dead Sea rescue plan
Shimon Peres, Israel's president, to woo the French
    for Dead Sea rescue plan Daily Telegraph June 22 2008
Event
Gaping sinkholes and buildings that have collapsed into the mud mark the steady retreat
      of the Dead Sea, which is under threat after decades of environmental abuse.
Now Israel's president, Shimon Peres, is to enlist the support of Nicolas Sarkozy, the
      president of France, for an ambitious project to replenish it with water brought
      from the Red Sea by a new canal.
He plans to take Mr Sarkozy, who is visiting Israel this week, by helicopter across the
      Dead Sea to persuade him to back the £2.5billion "peace canal" project.
Comment
The Dead Sea, the ancient spa of the Queen of Sheba and Cleopatra and today the source
      of high-end beauty treatments for celebrities, is under serious threat. Although the
      sea's deepest point is nearly 1,000ft below the surface, much of the southern
      expanse is only a few feet deep. Its main tributary, the biblical Jordan river, has
      been reduced to a trickle of sewage and agricultural run-off by the diversion of
      much of its water to irrigate greenhouses and fields in Israel.
The Dead Sea is the lowest exposed point on the Earth‘s surface. Sodom and Gomorrah
      were situated here and because of their wickedness and sin were destroyed with fire
      and brimstone. This area is symbolic of mankind and how far he is from God.
Interesting then in these last days that the Dead Sea is dying!
The Dead Sea is dying mainly because the Jordan has been diverted. The Bible tells of a
      time when the Dead Sea ―failed‖ because the river Jordan was diverted. When this
      happened Joshua led the people into the land. This latter day diverting of the
      Jordan and failing Dead Sea might be a sign that Joshua (Jesus) is soon to lead us
      in! The Jordan river is symbolic of life. It is where Christ was baptised. The world
      has cut off (diverted) the teachings of Christ and the consequence is death.
Bible Quote Joshua 3 16 even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people
      passed over right against Jericho. The salt sea = The Dead Sea
Headline          ME war threat rattles oil markets
Middle East war threat rattles oil markets
Headline Daily Telegraph July 3 2008
Event
A supply crunch and mounting fears of an Israeli air strike on Iran propelled oil to $143
      a barrel at one stage yesterday, prompting warnings from the International
      Monetary Fund (IMF) of a severe economic crisis in poorer regions.
"Some countries are at a tipping point," said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF's
      managing-director.
"If food prices rise further and oil prices stay the same, some governments will no longer
      be able to feed their people.―
The energy markets have been seriously rattled by comments from a top Pentagon official
      warning that Israel may launch raids on Iran's Natanz nuclear facilities to pre-
      empt its acquisition of Russian air-defence missiles.
Comment
Israel‘s name is now constantly being mentioned in connection with the rise in oil prices.
      As many realise, the main factor for the increase in oil is actually increased demand
      and lower supply. I.e. more nations are using more oil. HOWEVER… it is easier to
      blame one country than to blame the whole world for its greedy use of energy.
We can perhaps see how the whole world will turn against Israel. Oil is the one thing that
      makes the whole world tick over. If Israel is blamed for causing the world‘s engine
      to stall then every nation has an interest in sorting out the Israeli problem!
In other words the world is beginning to say ―Israel is affecting how much money we have
      in our pockets!‖. There is nothing more emotive for a world focussed on mammon
      than that. Perhaps this is why the nations come to Israel to ―take a spoil‖. The
      nations may believe that the conquest of Israel would bring the greatest spoil of all.
      An end to the volatility in the Middle East and therefore revived economies!
Bible Quote Zechariah 14 1 ¶ Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil
      shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to
      battle. The conquest of Israel could be for financial reasons.
Headline Iran ready to strike at Israel’s nuclear heart
Iran ready to strike at Israel’s nuclear heart
Headline Sunday Times June 29 2008
Event
Iran has moved ballistic missiles into launch positions, with Israel‘s Dimona nuclear
      plant among the possible targets, defence sources said last week.
The movement of Shahab-3B missiles, which have an estimated range of more than 1,250
      miles, followed a large-scale exercise earlier this month in which the Israeli air
      force flew en masse over the Mediterranean in an apparent rehearsal for a
      threatened attack on Iran‘s nuclear installations. Israel believes Iran‘s nuclear
      programme is aimed at acquiring nuclear weapons.
The sources said Iran was preparing to retaliate for any onslaught by firing missiles at
      Dimona, where Israel‘s own nuclear weapons are believed to be made.
Comment
This week the head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards threatened to hurt Western
      economies by cutting off Gulf oil supplies if his country's nuclear facilities were
      attacked. About 40 per cent of all world oil exports flow through the 35-mile wide
      Strait of Hormuz, banked along its northern side by Iran. With world oil supplies
      already constricted, any Iranian action could push energy prices through the roof.
Debkafile reports this week that Iran has divided the country up into 31 military sectors as
      part of its stepped up preparations for war. General Mir-Faisal Baqerzadeh, head of
      the Iranian Army‘s Foundation for the Remembrance of the Holy Defense and
      MIAs, said the 320,000 graves were to be dug for enemy forces in case of an attack
      on Iranian territory!
The Bible says that the final war in Israel will cause huge casualties. It will take 7 months
      to bury the dead in Israel alone. Let us remain on the Lord‘s side until the end. For
      surely we do not want to be part of the coming destruction in the world.
Bible Quote Ezekiel 38 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give
      unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, …12 And seven months shall the house of
      Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
HeadlineIsrael told to brace for major earthquake
Northern Israel told to brace for major earthquake
Headline Israel Today June 30 2008
Event
Israel's Health Ministry sent out an emergency warning to hospitals and rescue teams in
       the north of the country on Monday to be prepared for a major earthquake centered
       in southern Lebanon in the near future.
The warning was sent after an inter-ministerial committee studied new seismographic
       information that revealed southern Lebanon had been hit by no fewer than 500
       small tremors since the start of this year. The frequency and strength of those
       tremors increased during the end of May and first part of June to the point that they
       were felt across the northern half of Israel.
Health Ministry Director-General Avi Yisraeli wrote that the current assessment is that an
       earthquake measuring around 6.0 on the Richter Scale will hit southern Lebanon
       soon.
Yisraeli noted that "such a quake would particularly affect the communities of northern
       Israel, and would include destruction of buildings and infrastructure."
Comment
There is an earthquake coming but it won‘t just effect northern Israel. In fact it will be an
      earthquake so large that the whole world will be shaken.
The verses below come towards the end of the chapter that speaks of many nations
      invading Israel. God then brings about an earthquake centred on Israel that will be
      so severe that every wall will fall to the ground. It is part of the final judgement of
      the world. The 500 small tremors this year are a warning to us all that this is
      coming. We all need to prepare and get ourselves ready to meet our Lord.
Bible Quote Ezekiel 38 19 Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the
      land of Israel; 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts
      of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon
      the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down,
      and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
     Terrorist bulldozer rampage in Jerusalem
Headline
Terrorist bulldozer rampage in Jerusalem
Headline Debkafile July 2 2008
Event
In a rampage along Jerusalem‘s crowded Jaffa Street thoroughfare, a bulldozer driven by
      a terrorist hoisted and overturned a packed 13 bus, while extending its shovel and
      plowing into several vehicles and pedestrians. The victims were Elizabeth Goren-
      Friedman, 54, Bathsheva Onterman, 33, and Zen Raluay, 68, all from Jerusalem.
Bathsheva saved her six-month old baby‘s life by passing her out of her car window
      before the oncoming earthmover crushed her to death. The father is missing and
      may have been in the same car.
The bulldozer driver was tackled and shot dead by two policemen and a passing off-duty
      soldier. They clambered onto the careering vehicle and, while the policeman
      wrestled the terrorist to remove his foot from the gas pedal, the soldier shot him in
      the head. They stopped the carnage 200 meters short of Jerusalem‘s big open air
      market and so averted a potential massacre.
Comment
These were terrible scenes of wanton destruction of human life in the heart of Jerusalem.
      To drive a bulldozer over men, women and children defies belief.
This is the third terrorist attack in Jerusalem in 11 months to have been carried out by a
      group calling itself the Galilee Liberation Brigades which is said to be sponsored by
      the Lebanese Hezbollah terror organization.
In yesterdays readings (below) we read that one day violence will no more be heard in
      Israel. But for now darkness covers the earth. But one day Zion (Jerusalem) will be
      a light to all the world. We long for the day for Christ to return and bring peace.
Bible Quote Isaiah 60 2               For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross
      darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon
      thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
      18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders;
      but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise..
Headline         Iran threatens to 'set fire' to Israel
Iran threatens to 'set fire' to Israel and US navy
Headline Daily Telegraph July 8 2008                        Elam is highlighted red
Event
Iran would "set fire" to Israel and the US navy in the Gulf if it were attacked, the regime
      said today, as its elite Revolutionary Guards began a major military exercise.
Ali Shirazi, a cleric who is the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's representative to
      the Guards, warned: "The first US shot on Iran would set the United States' vital
      interests in the world on fire.
"Tel Aviv and the US fleet in the Persian Gulf would be the targets that would be set on
      fire in Iran's crushing response." He added that "the Zionist regime is pressuring
      the White House leaders to plan a military assault on Iran" and Tehran would
      react "if they commit such a stupidity".
Comment
These bellicose comments from Iran came as the leaders of the G8 met in Japan. They
      discussed the Iranian threat and expressed concern over Iran‘s nuclear program.
      They urged Tehran to suspend all uranium enrichment and to co-operate with
      United Nations inspectors.
Over the last 5 days US and British warships completed an exercise aimed at rehearsing
      how they would protect oil installations in the Gulf if they came under attack.
The Lord God spoke to Jeremiah the prophet concerning a nation called Elam. Elam was
      situated in south western Iran. Elam was conquered by the Assyrians. On the fall of
      the Assyrian Empire it passed into the hands of the Persians. Jeremiah speaks of
      Elam coming to an end BUT being revived in the last days. (see verse below).
As ancient Elam was situated in Iran we must surely expect Elam to be restored in some
      way. Iran became a unique Islamic republic in 1979 when the monarchy was
      overthrown and religious clerics assumed political control. We have watched Elam
      being restored. Why? To enable God to bring his judgements on the nations.
Bible Quote Jeremiah 49 39 "Yet I will restore the fortunes of Elam in days to
      come," declares the LORD. (NIV) God uses a restored Elam to bring his judgments.
Headline Iran fires missile capable of hitting Israel
Iran test-fires missile capable of hitting Israel
Headline Daily Telegraph July 9 2008
Event
Iran has test-fired a long-range missile capable of hitting Israel in an exercise condemned
      in the West, as tensions run high over its nuclear programme.
Nine missiles were reported fired in the tests at a secret location in the Iranian desert,
      according to Iranian television which broadcast footage of the plumes of smoke left
      following the launches.
The launch included a reportedly improved Shahab-3 missile, which officials said could
      reach targets up to 1,250 miles away, as well as the 100-mile-range Fateh and the
      medium-range Zelzal which can reach 125-250 miles.
"The aim of these war games is to show we are ready to defend the integrity of the Iranian
      nation," Hossein Salami, air force commander of the Revolutionary Guard, was
      quoted as saying by state-run television Al-Alam.
Comment
The next day Iran fired 9 missiles. "Our hands are always on the trigger and our missiles
      are ready for launch." the Iranian leader said.
The tests followed exercises by the Israeli air force, reported by United States intelligence
      officials to be a "dry run" for an attack nuclear sites inside Iran.
In Psalm 83 we read of God‘s enemies making a tumult. They say they want to destroy
      Israel. Note that one of the nations is Assur. Assur is another name for Assyria
      which covered the territory of modern Iran. Assur we read below helps the children
      of Lot. In Genesis 19:30-38 we read that Lot‘s daughters slept with him and gave
      birth to 2 sons. Moab and Benammi. Moab became the father of the Moabites and
      Benammi the father of the Ammonites. Both are Arab nations.
So we are told that Iran (Assur) would help some Arab nations in trying to destroy Israel!
Bible Quote Psalm 83 2              For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: .. 4 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. 8 Assur also is joined with them: they have helped the children of Lot.
Headline           Israeli jets using Iraq's airspace
Israeli jets using Iraq's airspace?
Headline PressTV July 10 2008
Event
The US has allowed Israeli jets to use US airbases in Iraq and fly over Iraqi airspace for a
       likely attack against Iran, Iraqi media say.
It is more than a month that some Israeli planes belonging to Israeli air force use the US
       military bases in Iraq to land and take off, Iraqi Nahrainnet news network said
       Wednesday, quoting informed sources close to Iraq's Defense Ministry.
The activities and traffic of warplanes- especially at nights- has lately increased in the US
       air bases in Nasiriya southeast of Baghdad and Haditha a city in the western Iraq
       province of Al Anbar, the Iraqi residents and sources said.
They said the US fighters, cargo planes, helicopters and unmanned planes have
       intensified their flights in the last three weeks.
Comment
If this report is true, war cannot be far off. On Thursday this week Israel's defence
       minister warned Iran his country was ready to act if threatened. Ehud Barak said
       that while military action was a last resort, his country had proved in the past it
       would not hesitate when "its vital security interests are at stake."
His remarks came as Tehran test fired ANOTHER salvo of missiles capable of hitting the
       Jewish state. Iran‘s state run TV interrupted its broadcast to show more missiles
       being fired. A former director of the Mossad, Israel's foreign intelligence service,
       told The Daily Telegraph that the missile testing signals that crisis is nearing a
       peak. The Economist ran an article this week entitled ―Coming to a city near you?‖
―Be very afraid, please. America and Israel often hint at military action to stop Iran‘s
       suspected nuclear-weapons programme. The latest rumblings, however, may be
       more serious.‖ We have been given enough warning. The harvest is ripe!
Bible Quote Joel 3 9 ¶ Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the
      mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plowshares
      into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
Headline Large meteor crosses Israeli skies
Large meteor crosses Israeli skies
Headline Jerusalem Post July 9 2008
Event
A large meteor crossed Israel's skies on Tuesday evening, and was seen by many
      residents, mainly in the center of the country, Army Radio reported.
According to citizens' reports, the object was seen at approximately 8:15 p.m., as it crossed
      the sky from east to west horizontally. Some witnesses said they saw two shiny
      objects in the sky, and others reported that they heard a shrieking sound.
A Petah Tikva resident told Army Radio that he saw a beam of light, which crossed the
      sky in the direction of the sea. "It looked like a comet, with a long white tail, but
      much shinier and moving much faster," he said.
Yigal Pat-El, chairman of the Israeli Union of Astronomers, told Army Radio that the
      meteor was exceptionally large, and that its entry into the atmosphere was not
      expected.
Comment
This relatively large and unexpected meteor streaked across the sky over central Israel
      Tuesday evening, sparking widespread fears that the nation was under attack by
      Iran or Syria. With all the missiles being fired this week in Iran perhaps this was
      not surprising. The large bright ball and flaming tail were visible around 8 PM and
      were seen by thousands of Israelis from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. As soon as the
      meteor had disappeared and burned up in earth's atmosphere, calls to the police
      began pouring in.
We read of falling stars in the Olivet prophecy as a sign of the nearness of Christ‘s
      coming. An unexpected large meteor is seen over Israel (of all the places in the
      world!) at the very time war looks close. Coincidence. NO. God is in control of all
      celestial events. It is another sign both to Israel and to us. We should look up.
Bible Quote Mark 13 25             And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in
      heaven shall be shaken. 26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds
      with great power and glory. We might see much more celestial activity before the end.
Headline Joy and grief greet prisoner swap
Joy and grief greet prisoner swap
Headline BBConline July 17 2008
Event
It was a day of great emotion on both sides of the Lebanese-
      Israeli border. In Israel it was a day of grief and anger
      but in Lebanon triumph and defiance have dominated.
That sense of victory was particularly strong at the Hezbollah rally in the southern
      suburbs of Beirut. Tens of thousands of people were packed into a square carrying
      the yellow and green flags of Hezbollah, as well as the Lebanese national flag. The
      loyalty of the Hezbollah faithful was rewarded by a rare public appearance of the
      leader of the movement, Hassan Nasrallah, who was there to greet the five militants
      who were released by Israel earlier in the day. "The age of defeats is gone, and the
      age of victories has come," said Sheikh Nasrallah. "This people, this nation gave a
      great and clear image today to its friends and enemies that it cannot be defeated."
Comment
Tears, grief and anger in Israel. Joy, celebration and victory parades in Lebanon.
The scenes could not have been more different. Israel wanted the bodies of 2 dead Israeli
       soldiers which Hezbollah had killed in 2006. It was these deaths that sparked the
       Lebanon war in 2006. In return for these 2 decomposed bodies Israel released 5
       Hezbollah militants from jail and returned over 200 bodies. This prisoner release
       means that there are NO Hezbollah militants left in any Israeli jail. 400 of them
       were released in a prisoner swap in 2004. So does this bode well for peace? NO.
Incredibly it actually strengths Hezbollah and in fact brings conflict between Israel and
       Hezbollah closer. The Bible speaks of the final war in Joel 3. We read that the weak
       will say I am strong. This is very much like what Hezbollah leader said. ―The age of
       defeats is gone, the age of victories is come‖. The weak say ―I AM STRONG‖.
Israel continues to make godless decisions that bring the day of judgement closer.
Bible Quote Joel 3 10             Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into
      spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
Headline Germany's success as Mid-East broker
Germany's success as Mid-East broker
Headline BBConline July 16 2008
Event
Germany has once again drawn on its successful diplomacy and secret network of
      contacts in the Middle East, to help broker a prisoner swap deal between Israel and
      Hezbollah.
Gerhard Conrad, who holds a senior post in Germany's foreign intelligence agency, BND,
      has been overseeing the deal, officially on behalf of the UN.
The country's secret service agents - reportedly including Mr Conrad - have played a key
      role in the two major prisoner exchange deals in 1996 and 2004.
In the Middle East, personal relations are key to negotiations, and the BND has long-
      standing contacts with key players, among them Israeli Mossad agents as well as
      Iranian secret service agents. Germans enjoy a reputation in the region as an
      "honest broker".
Comment
We saw on the first slide how France is pushing for more Middle East involvement and
     commented that in fact the talk of peace will lead to war.
Here we have Germany (behind the scenes) bringing about so called ―successful
     diplomacy‖ and helping to broker the prisoner swap mentioned on the previous
     slide.
The ―successful diplomacy‖ has left Israel in grief and anger and has strengthened the
     resolve of Israel enemies. Israel should not be trusting the ―honest broker‖ of
     Germany. Germany we know is part of the beast system spoken of in Revelation 17.
     It is this beast system (Europe) that fundamentally is against God‘s people – natural
     or spiritual. Ultimately when Christ return it is this very system that will make war
     against Christ and his saints.
Bible Quote Lamentations 1 2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on
her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt
treacherously with her, they are become her enemies. Israel IS being dealt with treacherously
   Missile
Headline ambushes for Israel aircraft and ships
Missile ambushes for Israel aircraft and ships
Headline Debkafile July 17 2008
Event
Hizbollah has marked the conclusion of the prisoner exchange with Israel by launching
       new tactics consisting of anti-air missile ambushes against Israeli Air Force flights
       over Lebanon and anti-ship missiles against Israel naval craft cruising off its
       shores.
The next day, the Lebanese army said Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace in the
       south, Beirut, Jounieh and Dahr al-Baidar on Wednesday and early Thursday.
Israeli warships were deployed in Lebanese territorial waters from Naqoura to Tyre.
It was clear Wednesday, July 16, that Hizbollah was now calling the shots in Beirut when
       the president and government were forced to honour the spectacular heroes‘
       welcome the Shiite group organized for the five imprisoned terrorists released by
       Israel. Our military sources add that anti-air missiles and radar equipment have
       been installed on the Mt. Sannine peak in central Lebanon in the last few days, as
       DEBKAfile first revealed (in a report picked up by the world media).
Comment
It is also reported in Debkafile this week that with the help of Iranian and Syrian military
        experts, Hizbollah has ranged the length of the Lebanese coast a dense line of 1,000
        Iranian C-802 anti-ship missiles. With new anti-air missiles and radar equipment
        that have just been installed on the Mt. Sannine peak in central Lebanon, Hizbollah
        is preparing to shoot down encroaching Israel flights. Israel has deployed warships
        into Lebanese waters and sent in its warplanes into Lebanese airspace.
Psalm 83 speaks of certain peoples wanting the total destruction of Israel. One such
        people are those living in Tyre. Tyre is a city in Lebanon. It also happens to the
        stronghold of Hizbollah! This Psalm is being fulfilled before our very eyes…
Bible Quote Psalm 83 4                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. 7.. the Philistines with the
      inhabitants of Tyre;
Headline         Israel has 'amber light' for Iran strike
Israel has 'amber light' for Iran strike
Headline Sunday Times July 13 2008
Event
President George W Bush has told the Israeli government that he may be
      prepared to approve a future military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities if
      negotiations with Tehran break down, according to a senior Pentagon official.
Despite the opposition of his own generals and widespread scepticism that America is
      ready to risk the military, political and economic consequences of an airborne strike
      on Iran, the president has given an ―amber light‖ to an Israeli plan to attack Iran‘s
      main nuclear sites with long-range bombing sorties, the official told The Sunday
      Times.
―Amber means get on with your preparations, stand by for immediate attack and tell us
      when you‘re ready,‖ the official said. But the Israelis have also been told that they
      can expect no help from American forces and will not be able to use US military
      bases in Iraq for logistical support.
Comment
The motto of the United Nations is to end war. Above the door as you walk into the UN
      building in New York are the words ―and they shall beat their swords into
      plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks‖. This is a quote from Isaiah 2 :4
      which speaks of the time when Christ has returned and his kingdom established.
      The verse goes on to say that ―nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither
      shall they learn war any more.‖ Interesting that the ultimate aim of the world is
      actually the ultimate aim of God.
But will mankind achieve this or will it take God‘s intervention by sending his son?
We know mankind will NEVER achieve peace. In fact mankind does the opposite. He
      ―beats his plowshares into swords and his puninghooks into spears‖. Joel 3:10.
Note the Whitehouse advice to Israel. ―GET ON WITH YOUR PREPARATIONS AND
      STANDBY FOR IMMEDIATE ATTACK.‖ Gentile advises Jew to prepare for war.
Bible Quote Joel 3 9 ¶          Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; PREPARE WAR….
Headline           Mid East deal possible, says PM
Mid East deal possible, says PM
Headline BBConline July 20 2008
Event
Gordon Brown has said he is optimistic Israel and the Palestinians can sign a peace deal,
     and has promised British funds to help it work.
The PM was speaking after meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a visit to
     the Middle East.
Mr Brown said the UK "would do anything we can" to underpin a political breakthrough
     with economic support. Earlier he said there was an "urgent need for justice" for
     the Palestinians, and a viable Palestinian state.
Comment
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown arrived in Israel last Saturday. It was a two-day visit to
     mark Israel's 60th anniversary. The prime minister followed in the footsteps of
     German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President George W. Bush and French
     President Nicolas Sarkozy who visited Israel in the past months. Barak Obama (one
     of the candidates for the next president of America) was also in Israel this week.
The 60th anniversary of the recreation of Israel has caused these world leaders to visit the
     Holy Land but ALL of them come with the same repeated message for the Israelis.
     NOW is the time to make peace with the Palestinians, NOW is the time to withdraw
     to the borders of 1967, NOW is the time to divide Jerusalem.
Gordon Brown said all these things to the Knesset. ―I believe that a historic, hard won but
     lasting peace is within your grasp‖, ―a two-state solution based on 1967 borders‖,
     ―with Jerusalem the capital for both‖, ―Israel freezing, and withdrawing from,
     settlements‖. In fact these ideas expressed by all these world leaders are godless.
     The land should NOT be divided, Jerusalem should NOT be split, Israel should live
     in the WHOLE land. Why? Because God has gathered them to live there.
Bible Quote 2 Chronicles 7 19                But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and
      my commandments, ….20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I
      have given them. This is God speaking. Note he says ―MY land‖ he has given Israel.
Headline Britain is our friend and ally in freedom
Britain is our friend and ally in freedom
Headline Daily Telegraph July 18 2008
Event
On Monday, Gordon Brown will become the first Prime Minister to address the
    Knesset. The occasion reflects the fact that Israel's parliamentary tradition was
    inspired by Britain. It is fitting that, 150 years after the first Jewish MP took his
    seat at Westminster, the British PM will be welcomed as an honoured guest in our
    Jewish "House of Commons".
Comment
In Gordon Brown‘s speech to the Knesset he quoted a poet. ―You were born against the
      odds; You survived against the odds; You grew against the odds; You have
      prevailed and flourished against all odds; You have proved that men and women of
      idealism, bravery and perseverance can succeed whatever the odds. And I am proud
      that the British Jewish community - and the British people - have had a
      distinguished place and a part in your great endeavour.‖
Britain has indeed played an important role in the establishment of Israel. Britain
      conquered Palestine in 1917 and issued the Balfour Declaration, which expressed
      support for the establishment of a Jewish home in Palestine. Britain‘s role in
      relation to Israel is detailed out in the Bible. Britain is identified in the Bible as
      Tarshish and a latter day Tyre.
It was John Thomas (founder of the Christadelphians in the mid 1800‘s) that wrote in his
      book Elpis Israel in 1848 these words ―The finger of God has indicated a course to
      be pursued by Britain which cannot be evaded‖. He believed that Britain would one
      day promote ―colonization by the Jews‖ in the ―Holy Land‖. He wrote this 70 years
      before the Balfour Declaration!
The Bible also prophesies how Britain would turn against Israel just as ancient Tyre did.
This has also happened. Britain now promotes the division of Israel and Jerusalem.
Bible Quote Isaiah 60 9 ¶                Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish
      first, to bring thy sons from far. See Isaiah 23 v 6-18 to read of latter day Tyre (Britain!)
Headline             Israel hit by new digger attack
Israel hit by new digger attack
Headline BBConline July 22 2008
Event
A Palestinian in a mechanical digger has rammed traffic in west Jerusalem, injuring at
      least 10 people before being shot dead.
A bus and a number of cars were hit during the incident. Some cars were crushed and
      one was turned on its roof.
Witnesses say an armed civilian first shot at the driver, before he was killed by border
      police. Three weeks ago a Palestinian man went on a deadly rampage in a heavy
      vehicle in Jerusalem, killing three Israelis.
Comment
As the world leaders descend on Israel with their message of division, Jerusalem
       continues to see violence and death.
The latest attack took place in a busy part of central West Jerusalem, close to the King
       David Hotel - just hours before US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama
       visited the city. Barack Obama wound up his two-day visit to Israel Thursday
       morning with a pre-dawn visit to the Western Wall, where he and his wife quietly
       read Psalm 122. The Psalm is a prayer for peace for the city of Jerusalem.
It speaks of a day when in fact Jerusalem will be a city of peace. Perhaps at this time and
       more than ever we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Note that is speaks of
       Jerusalem being ―compact‖. The word means ―united.‖ NOT divided!
Bible Quote Psalm 122 1 ¶                 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the
      house of the LORD. 2 Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is
      builded as a city that is compact together: 4 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the
      LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. 5 For
      there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. 6 ¶ Pray for the peace
      of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity
      within thy palaces. 8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be
      within thee. 9 Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.
Headline              Russian gas pipeline to Israel
Israel says near to getting Russia gas for pipeline
Headline Reuters July 17 2008
Event
Israel is close to an agreement with Russia that would secure natural gas for a planned
       pipeline project between Turkey and Israel, Israeli Infrastructure Minister
       Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said on Thursday.
The project consists of five pipelines that would carry water, natural gas, oil, electricity
       and fibre optics from Turkey's Mediterranean coast to Israel.
"We are very close to reaching an agreement with Russia that would supply the pipeline
       with natural gas," Ben-Eliezer said after meetings with Turkish energy officials
       over technical details of the pipeline project.
Feasibility studies on an accompanying oil pipeline will be done in 10 months, said
       Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler, adding that the pipeline could carry at least
       40 million tonnes of oil annually.
Comment
What this does show is Russia‘s keen interest in Israel.
Israel is no back water country. The economy grew by 8% in the last quarter of 2007, the
       fastest growth of any Western nation. The major industrial sectors include metal
       products, electronic and biomedical equipment, processed foods, chemicals, and
       transport equipment. Israel possesses a substantial service sector and the Israel
       diamond industry is one of the world's centres for diamond cutting and polishing. It
       is also a world leader in software development and is a major tourist destination. In
       1998, Tel Aviv was named by Newsweek as one of the ten most technologically
       influential cities in the world. American billionaires and business tycoons including
       Bill Gates and Donald Trump have each praised Israel‘s economic environment.
When Russia does invade it is perhaps no surprise that Britain and America ask if Russia
       has come to take a spoil. There are plenty of spoils in Israel.
Bible Quote Ezekiel 38 13 Art thou come to take a spoil? ..to carry away silver and
      gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
     Possibility of a Hezbollah Attack on Israel
Headline
Possibility of a Hezbollah Attack on Israel
Headline Stratfor July 21 2008
Event
Israeli military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned Israel on Sunday of
       the increased potential for a Hezbollah attack along Israel‘s northern frontier.
       Yadlin said that Hezbollah militants could use continuing disputes over border
       territories and Israeli Air Force flights over Lebanon as excuses to attack northern
       Israel. An attack on Israel certainly might be launched under one of the pretexts
       Yadlin mentioned, but Hezbollah strategy is far more complex than that.
Israel has been engaged in talks with Syria for some time now. Although Israeli Prime
       Minister Ehud Olmert and Syrian President Bashar al Assad have not publicly
       sealed an agreement yet, we have seen a number of indications that the Syrians are
       taking steps to reduce Hezbollah‘s influence in Lebanon. Cooperation between
       Syria and Israel spells serious trouble for Hezbollah, as any deal between the two
       countries will have to involve Syria cracking down on the militant group and
       weakening its position in Lebanon. Hezbollah needs to disrupt the talks between
       Syria and Israel in order to have a chance of survival. By blatantly attacking Israel,
       Hezbollah could exploit Israeli misgivings about Syria and a weak Israeli
       leadership to derail the peace talks.
Comment
Hezbollah is an Islamic political and paramilitary organisation based in Lebanon.
     Hezbollah leaders have made numerous statements calling for the destruction of
     Israel. It appears they are under some pressure with the peace talks occurring
     between Israel and Syria. Heavily armed by Iran (and Syria) they may well decide to
     provoke a new war with Israel. Interestingly in Joel 3, (which speaks of the
     gathering of all nations to war against Israel,) Tyre and Zidon are mentioned.
     These 2 cities are the current strongholds of Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Bible Quote Joel 3 4            Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all
      the coasts of Palestine? God is speaking. Tyre and Zidon have nothing to do with him.
Headline                     Israel backs Georgia
Israel backs Georgia in Caspian Oil Pipeline
     Battle with Russia
Headline Debkafile August 8 2008
Event
Georgian tanks and infantry, aided by Israeli military advisers, captured the capital of
      breakaway South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, early Friday, August 8, bringing the
      Georgian-Russian conflict over the province to a military climax.
Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin threatened a ―military response.‖
Jerusalem owns a strong interest in Caspian oil and gas pipelines reach the Turkish
      terminal port of Ceyhan, rather than the Russian network. Intense negotiations are
      afoot between Israel Turkey, Georgia, Turkmenistan and Azarbaijan for pipelines
      to reach Turkey and thence to Israel‘s oil terminal at Ashkelon and on to its Red
      Sea port of Eilat. From there, supertankers can carry the gas and oil to the Far
      East through the Indian Ocean.
Aware of Moscow‘s sensitivity on the oil question, Israel offered Russia a stake in the
      project but was rejected.
Last year, the Georgian president commissioned from private Israeli security firms several
      hundred military advisers, estimated at up to 1,000, to train the Georgian armed
      forces in commando, air, sea, armoured and artillery combat tactics. They also offer
      instruction on military intelligence and security for the central regime. Tbilisi also
      purchased weapons, intelligence and electronic warfare systems from Israel.
These advisers were undoubtedly deeply involved in the Georgian army‘s preparations to
      conquer the South Ossetian capital Friday.
In recent weeks, Moscow has repeatedly demanded that Jerusalem halt its military
      assistance to Georgia, finally threatening a crisis in bilateral relations. Israel
      responded by saying that the only assistance rendered Tbilisi was ―defensive.‖
This has not gone down well in the Kremlin. Therefore, as the military crisis intensifies in
      South Ossetia, Moscow may be expected to punish Israel for its intervention.
                              Israel backs Georgia
Comment
This is a remarkable article in Debkafile that perhaps shows us for the very
       first time how Israel, Georgia, Russia and oil are all linked together. It helps
       explain why in fact Russia eventually will invade Israel and also how oil is really at
       the very centre of the issue.
Israel needs oil and it appears has been negotiating with Georgia and Turkey to bring an
       oil pipeline down into Ashkelon. (Israel).
Russia was involved in the discussions at a very late stage and they rejected the proposals.
       Russia is extremely sensitive to any oil deals done on its southern border in
       Georgia. It wants to control as much oil flow as possible.
At the same time these oil discussions take place Georgia asks Israel for military
       assistance. Why? Because Georgia could see Russia stirring trouble on its borders
       following Kosovan independence.
So Israel (wanting the oil pipeline) sends up to 1000 military advisers to help train
       Georgian troops.
So suddenly we have Israel backing Georgia with military assistance and Russia attacking
       Georgia / South Ossetia. We can see therefore why the article concludes
       ―Therefore, as the military crisis intensifies in South Ossetia, Moscow may be
       expected to punish Israel for its intervention.‖
Russia is going to descend on Israel like a whirlwind. It will be very sudden. The main
       route to Israel is straight through Georgia, then through Turkey. As the Russian
       tanks pass into South Ossetia we may be looking at the first cracks in a dam that
       will burst with great force.
Let us at this time look up. All the pieces are in place. The return of our Lord Jesus may
       not be far away. The time of the judgement of the world draws near.
Bible Quote Ezekiel 38 18                 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog
      shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in
      my face. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that
      day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and
      the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon
      the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence
  Russian units raid Georgian airfields for use in
  Israeli strike against Iran
  Debkafile Special Report, September 5, 2008                                   Israeli drone


EVENT          The raids were disclosed by UPI chief editor Arnaud de Borchgrave, who is also on
               the Washington Times staff, and picked up by the Iranian Fars news agency. The
               Russian raids of two Georgian airfields, which Tbilisi had allowed Israel to use for a
               potential strike against Iran‘s nuclear facilities, followed the Georgian offensive against
               South Ossetia on August 7. Under the secret agreement with Georgia, the airfields
               had been earmarked for use by Israeli fighter-bombers taking off to strike Iran in
               return for training and arms supplies.
               DEBKAfile‘s intelligence sources report that flying from S. Georgia over the Caspian
               Sea to Iran would sharply trim the distance to be spanned by Israeli fighter-bombers,
               reducing flying time to 3.5 hours.
               Northern Iran and the Tehran region, where most of the nuclear facilities are
               concentrated, would be within range, with no need to request US permission to pass
               through Iraq air space. Russian Special Forces also raided other Israeli facilities in
               southern Georgia and captured Israeli spy drones, says the report.

COMMENT It appears from this Debkafile report that Israel was planning to use Georgian airfields if
               it decided to strike Iran. Flying from Georgia would cut down Israel‘s flying time and
               make the strike more effective.
               Note as well that Russia captured Israeli spy drones during the conflict.
               Before Russia‘s invasion of Georgia in August few of us probably realised how Israel
               was involved in the area. We reported in the WWW on 08/08/08 how Israel had sent
               hundreds of military advisers to Georgia in recent months. Moscow has repeatedly
               demanded that Jerusalem halt its military assistance to Georgia.
               Perhaps the future Russian invasion of Israel is partly retribution for this.
BIBLE          and I will cause thee [Russia] to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the
QUOTE          mountains of Israel
                                                   (Ezekiel 39:2)
  Israel Prepares To Attack Iran Amid Signs of
  Renewed Atomic Bomb Work
  Daily Telegraph, September 12, 2008

EVENT          Fresh evidence has emerged that suggests Iran has renewed work on developing
               nuclear weapons, according to Western security sources.
               Experts responsible for monitoring Iran's nuclear program have discovered that
               enough enriched uranium, which if processed to weapons grade level could be used
               to make up to six atomic bombs, has disappeared from the main production facility at
               Isfahan.
               American spy satellites have identified a number of suspicious sites, which the
               Iranians have not declared to nuclear inspectors, that intelligence officials believe are
               being used for covert research.
               The discoveries emerged as it was learned that Israel had asked America for military
               supplies, including "bunker buster" bombs and refuelling planes, suitable for attacking
               Iranian nuclear installations.
               The Israeli paper, Haaretz, reported yesterday that Israel had also asked for
               permission to use an air corridor through Iraqi airspace, currently controlled by
               America, to Iran.
COMMENT It appears increasingly likely that if Iran is going to be attacked it will be Israel that
               would do it. Israel needs America‘s ―go ahead‖ as it requires US military assistance and
               permission to fly over Iraqi airspace. Developments though this week point to an attack
               being more likely. Iran seems to have renewed its work on nuclear weapons. On top of
               this, Israel is more confident than previously due to its successful operation last year
               when it completely destroyed a nuclear site in Syria.
               Israel is described as being over confident in Ezekiel 39. The word ―safely‖ is the
               Hebrew word ―Betach‖ which can mean a false sense of security.
BIBLE          they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid…    To download an article on Israel
QUOTE                                               (Ezekiel 39:26)           living in safety click here
  Kadima in uproar over talk of Jerusalem
 BBConline, September 5, 2008


EVENT        Israel conveyed its displeasure to Washington on Thursday over remarks reportedly
             made by US Consul General Jacob Walles that it had agreed to start negotiations with
             the Palestinians over Jerusalem. The comments prompted a bitter row among
             Kadima's would-be leaders.
             According to government sources, Walles's comments, which appeared in the
             Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam, were "highly inappropriate," since there is a US-
             Palestinian-Israeli agreement not to go public with what is being discussed by the
             negotiators.
             The paper quoted Walles as saying in an interview that US Secretary of State
             Condoleezza Rice told both sides during her visit here last month that the basis for
             the negotiations was an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines, including from east
             Jerusalem. Walles said changes to those lines were possible should both sides agree.

COMMENT We cannot be sure of who is telling the truth here. The US general has been quoted as
              saying that Israel has now agreed to start final negotiations over Jerusalem.
              The current prime minister Ehud Olmert said on Thursday that "We have achieved
              significant progress, but we haven't started the negotiations on Jerusalem yet.―
              But he went on to say he would do everything in his power to strike a deal during his
              last days in office - "an agreement," he said, "that would protect Israel from now on.―
              Is seems as though both could be true. If Israel wants to strike a deal with the
              Palestinians before the end of 2008 they may well have agreed to discuss Jerusalem.
              We know with Bible in hand that Jerusalem is going to be discussed. Nations will try to
              move it. The dividing of Jerusalem will bring the final judgements of God.
BIBLE        And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden
QUOTE        themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together
             against it.                          (Zechariah 12:3)
   Police: Indict Olmert on corruption charges
 Discovery, September 5, 2008

EVENT         Israel's police recommended Sunday that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
              should be indicted in a string of corruption cases, according to an
              official document.
              The police statement said they want to indict Olmert in affairs that
              include receiving tens of thousands of dollars from a U.S. business
              -man and double-billing Jewish groups for trips abroad.
              The police recommendation would have only limited effect. The decision about
              whether to indict Olmert rests with the attorney general, Meni Mazuz. In the past,
              Mazuz and his predecessors have turned down police recommendations to indict
              Israeli leaders several times.

COMMENT Corruption charges at the highest level in the Israeli government.
              These charges have already had their political impact. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will
              resign after his party Kadima chooses a new leader on September 17 th.
              Some have queried the vagueness of the actual date he will resign and believe he may
              try to cling on to power for a little while longer.
              In the meantime this is the man that heads up the peace talks with the Palestinians.
              It was only last year that the BBC had a headline ―Israel faces corruption epidemic‖
              They quoted Ehud Olmert and also the president of Israel at the time Moshe Katsav
              who was accused of rape.
              In these last days, before the great conflict over Israel, it should come as no surprise
              that the leaders of God‘s people are themselves corrupt and godless. They promise
              peace but will bring destruction. Only Christ‘s government will be without corruption.

BIBLE        For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are
QUOTE        destroyed.
                                              (Isaiah 9:16)
  PM: 'Greater Israel' concept over
 Jerusalem Post, September 14, 2008


EVENT        The concept of 'Greater Israel' concept is over, Prime Minister Ehud
             Olmert told the weekly cabinet meeting, during which Vice Premier Haim Ramon's
             evacuation-compensation bill was discussed on Sunday.
             "'Greater Israel' is finished. There is no such thing as that anymore. Whoever talks in
             those terms is only deluding himself," said the prime minister.
             Olmert admitted that he had changed his mind on the subject. "I admit that I didn't
             always have this opinion. I thought and I also said to [Defence Minister] Ehud Barak
             that the concessions he offered at Camp David were exaggerated. I believed that the
             land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean was all ours since in every place
             there which is excavated, there is evidence of Jewish History.
             But finally, after a lot of suffering and misgivings, I came to the conclusion that we
             need to share the land ... if we don't want to become a bi-national state.‖

COMMENT These are astounding words from Ehud Olmert and it is a view shared by his party
              Kadima and many in Israel. What Olmert calls ―Greater Israel‖ is what God calls ―the
              land‖. ―The land‖ is described in detail by God in Numbers 34 (which has its eastern
              border as the Jordan river). Olmert is saying that the Jewish nation must relinquish the
              West Bank. At the meeting mentioned above they discussed compensation for
              ―settlers‖ living in the West Bank. A bribe in effect to persuade Jews to move out of the
              West Bank and move behind the ―fence‖ that Israel has built.
              Olmert also went on to say that Israel is the strongest nation in the region ―no entity can
              overcome us!‖ Olmert is wrong on all counts. ―The land‖ is the LORD‘s and HE has
              given it to the Jews. In their godless arrogance HE is the entity that will overcome them.

BIBLE        Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and
QUOTE        by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. Wherefore I
             poured my fury upon them..         (Ezekiel 36:17-18)
  Abbas welcomes Livni's Kadima victory
 Jerusalem Post, September 19, 2008


EVENT        Palestinian Authority officials on Thursday welcomed the election
             of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni as chairwoman of Kadima and said they were looking
             forward to working with her to advance the peace process.
             The officials said that PA President Mahmoud Abbas was satisfied with Livni's victory
             because he believed that she is dedicated to the peace process.
             They said that as head of the Israeli negotiating team, Livni had much more
             experience in conducting the talks with the Palestinians than any other senior Israeli
             government official.
             "President Abbas is looking forward to working with Livni after she succeeds [Prime
             Minister] Ehud Olmert," said one official. "We believe that Livni will do her utmost to
             achieve a breakthrough in the negotiations.
COMMENT Ehud Olmert has been forced to stand down as prime minister of Israel because of all
              the corruption charges being bought against him. This week in Israel, Kadima (the
              governing party) voted for a new leader. Miss Tzipi Livni.
              Ehud Olmert will formally resign on Sunday but will remain as interim prime minister
              until Miss Livni can form a government. She has 42 days to do this. If she fails there will
              be a general election in Israel. If she succeeds Miss Livni will be the first female prime
              minister since Golda Meir stepped down back in 1974.
              So what do we know about her? Well, she has served as Israel‘s lead negotiator with
              the Palestinians. She favours the dividing of Jerusalem. The Palestinians like her
              because of this and believe she will drive forward the peace process.
              We enter a period of political uncertainty in Israel. A new year begins in Israel on the
              29th September. This may be ―the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.‖
BIBLE        For it is the day of the LORD‘S vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of
             Zion.
QUOTE                                           (Isaiah 34:8)
  Bush still 'hopeful' on Mid-East
 BBConline, September 25, 2008


EVENT         The US will continue to seek a Middle East peace deal during
              George W Bush's final months in office, the president has told
              the Palestinian leader.
              Meeting Mahmoud Abbas at the White House, Mr Bush said he was "hopeful" of a
              deal and said he remained committed to establishing a Palestinian state.
              Speaking at the Oval Office, Mr Bush told Mr Abbas: "I appreciate your determination
              and your desire to have a Palestinian state. I share that desire with you. It's not easy."
              "As you know, I've got four more months left in office and I'm hopeful that the vision
              that you and I have worked on can come to pass," he added.

COMMENT In his dying days of office President Bush remains committed to establishing a
              Palestinian state.
              America now firmly backs the division of Israel.
              In Joel 3 we read of all nations being gathered to battle over Israel. We also read in
              verse 2 that the nations have ―parted‖ God‘s land. The word parted means divided.
              God then asks a question in verse 4. ―What have you to do with me…. coasts of
              Palestine‖. The coasts of Palestine refers to the area of the modern Gaza Strip.
              So we have President Bush speaking of the ―parting‖ of God‘s land with the leader of
              the ―coasts of Palestine‖! What does God think to these things. Well he tells us in verse
              16. He will ―roar out of Zion and utter his voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth
              shall shake‖.
              We see America‘s proud financial institutions beginning to shake. The super power is
              super because of its wealth. God can remove both its wealth and power.
BIBLE        I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will
QUOTE        plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among
             the nations, and parted my land. (Joel 3:2)
  Financial crisis sparks anti-Semitism
 Jerusalem Post, October 4, 2008


EVENT         The worldwide financial meltdown has triggered an uptick in
              anonymous anti-Semitic comments blaming Jews for the
              crisis on mainstream Web site message boards, the Anti-
              Defamation League said on Thursday.
              "Jews are greedy, rotten slimeballs," wrote one surfer on a
              Yahoo Finance group, according to the ADL statement.
              "It's difficult, if not impossible, for one honest investor to neutralize the efforts of
              thousands of Jewish swindlers," another added. A YouTube video titled "The Court
              Jewsters" includes a montage of Jewish figures involved in the crisis - from Lehman
              Brothers chief Richard Fuld to US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Benanke - and
              includes a shot of a dollar bill emblazoned with "In Zionist bankers we trusted."

COMMENT It is amazing how many Jews either run banks or even started them when you consider
              how small a nation they are. For those who hate the Jews, when things go wrong they
              are then an easy target to blame. In fact this was prophesied in Deuteronomy 28:37
              ―You will become an object of horror, scorn, and ridicule among all the peoples where
              the LORD will drive you‖ (NIV).
              Tuesday this week was Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Years Day) and of course the
              Jews have a holiday. As there are so many Jews in the American congress it meant
              that the timetable for the financial rescue deal in America was built around the Jewish
              holiday! The initial vote in congress was pushed through quickly to be taken before the
              Jewish holiday. When it was voted down they could not vote again until after the Jewish
              holiday. The Jews are at the centre of this turmoil and will be in the future war.

BIBLE        Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have
QUOTE        hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword
             among all people                        (1 Kings 9:7)
  Mr. Olmert’s belated truths
 The New York Times, October 3, 2008


EVENT         Ehud Olmert, Israel‘s soon to be ex-prime minister, voiced some startling truths this
              week. He said that in exchange for peace, Israel should withdraw from ―almost all‖ of
              the West Bank and share its capital city, Jerusalem, with the Palestinians. He also
              said that as part of a negotiated peace deal with Syria, Israel should be ready to give
              up the Golan Heights.
              His statements in a farewell interview with the newspaper Yediot Ahronoth were unlike
              anything any Israeli political leader had dared to say — at least publicly — before. He
              also dismissed as ―megalomania‖ any suggestion that Israel should act by itself to
              destroy Iran‘s nuclear program.
              Ehud Olmert has been pushed out of office because of a number of serious corruption
COMMENT charges against him. He is now in a caretaking role until a new government can be
              formed.
              In this caretaking capacity he can suddenly reveal for the first time exactly what he
              thinks and feels in relation to the land of Israel and future peace agreements.
              His true colours are shown clearly, or as the headline puts it ―belated truths‖.
              He said 'We should withdraw from almost all of the territories, including in east
              Jerusalem and in the Golan Heights.‖ No other prime minister has ever said anything
              like this before, so publically in such clear terms. He also vowed to continue talks with
              the Palestinians as long as he remains in office.
              So we now have an almost unique situation where the current leader of Israel is
              speaking openly of dividing the land AND Jerusalem, wanting to negotiate a settlement
              with the Palestinians, while corruption and scandal swirl around him. It seems a potent
              mix which may lead to events long foretold finally coming to pass….
BIBLE        The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: "It is you who have
QUOTE        ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses
                                                (Isaiah 3:14 NIV)
  Israel to press Russia not to sell air defences to Iran
 Daily Telegraph, October 7, 2008


EVENT         Ehud Olmert, on his final foreign trip as prime minister before a new
              coalition government is confirmed, flew to Moscow to urge
              Mr Medvedev not to sell weapons to "irresponsible elements".
              It is feared Israel will see the proposed sale of a sophisticated version of the S-300
              surface-to-air missile system as a reason to expedite plans for an attack on Iran.
              "We will remind them again of matters that trouble us greatly," Mr Olmert said.
              As East-West relations have deteriorated in the aftermath of Russia's brief war with
              Georgia in August, fears have mounted that Moscow could choose to goad
              Washington by selling Iran a version of the S-300.
              Considered at least as sophisticated as the American Patriot, the S-300 can
              simultaneously track 100 different targets and is capable of shooting down aircraft
              over a range of over 90 miles and altitudes of up to 90,000 feet.
              The establishment of so powerful a system would make it much harder to bomb Iran's
              atomic installations, leading some security analysts to predict that Israel could launch
              a pre-emptive attack if Tehran acquired the missiles.
              does Ehud Olmert              make his final foreign trip before
COMMENT Whereminster of Israel? Todecide toto meet the Russian president Mrstanding down as
        prime                      Russia!                                     Medvedev.
               If Russia were to supply these missiles to Iran it would ―be a game-changer in military
               thinking for tackling Iran,‖ as one Pentagon official put it.
               What we can see here is how accurate the Bible is. In Ezekiel 38 we read that Persia
               (modern day Iran) is going to invade Israel with Russia. We also read that Russia will
               act as a ―guard‖ to those nations that invade with it. A guard can be a prison guard or
               someone who protects. We see Russia protecting Iran - the invasion will also happen.
BIBLE         Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto
              thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
QUOTE                                           (Ezekiel 38:7)
  Jewish-Arab riots shock Israeli city
 BBConline, October 10, 2008

EVENT         Israeli forces have quelled a third round of clashes between Jews
              and Arabs in the northern city of Acre, first ignited after an Israeli Arab man drove into
              a Jewish neighbourhood on Yom Kippur on Wednesday.
              No one has been killed or seriously injured but riot squads have used water cannon
              and tear gas to break up the violence, the worst in this mixed, northern coastal town in
              years. About 100 cars and 40 shops have been heavily damaged in the fighting, with
              at least three people injured and more than a dozen arrests.
              About 700 police have been brought into Acre to maintain calm while police in other
              parts of the country are also out in force, for fear clashes will spread ahead of the
              Jewish Sabbath.
              "We are planning ahead for the scenario of, God forbid, violence spreading to other
              places. I call on leaders, both in the Jewish community and Arab community, to act
              sensibly," the Israeli interior minister, Avi Dichter, said.
              The Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, who is expected to succeed Prime Minister
              Ehud Olmert after winning the ruling Kadima party primary last month, also visited
              Acre and called for calm.
COMMENT The Jews are descendants of Abraham‘s son Isaac. The Arabs are descendants of
              Abraham‘s son Ishmael. With Ishmael being the son of a slave woman (Genesis 16:1-
              16) and Isaac being the promised son who would inherit the promises to Abraham
              (Genesis 21:1-3), animosity between the two sons was almost inevitable.
              In fact an angel even prophesied to Hagar that Ishmael would ―live in hostility toward all
              his brothers‖ (Genesis 16:11-12).
              This hostility as prophesied continues to this day. It will be ended when Christ returns.
BIBLE        his hand (Ishmael‘s) will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in
QUOTE        hostility toward all his brothers.
                                                 (Genesis 16:12)
  Iranian Air force exercise simulates attack on Israel
  Debkafile, October 15, 2008


EVENT           DEBKAfile‘s military sources report that the drill beginning Thursday, Oct. 16 in
                northern Iran, is Tehran‘s rejoinder to Israel‘s big aerial manoeuvre last June.
                Then, more than 100 Israeli fighter-bombers went through their paces over the
                Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, roughly the same distance from Israel as Iran.
                Tehran‘s media claim the exercise will test its air force‘s ability to fly to Israel and back
                without refuelling.
                The exercise will also test the US-made FBX-T band anti-missile radar system
                delivered in September and installed at the IAF Nevatim air base in the Negev. The
                Iranians say they will be practicing their ―state-of-the-art military equipment and flight
                tactics,‖ meaning an attempt to jam US and Israeli electronics and radar.
                According to Iranian media, the entire range of Iran's fighter fleet will take part,
                including US-made F-4, F-5, F-7 and F-14 fighters and domestic Saegheh fighters.
                Mid-air refuelling will be provided by Boeing 707 aerial tankers.

COMMENT We are watching the nations practising for the final war. Israel last year had a dry run in
                simulating a massive attack on Iran. This week Iran has begun a dry run in simulating a
                massive attack on Israel.
                These so called ―war games‖ are not games at all. They are needed to prepare for war.
                It helps military planners increase their understanding and knowledge and test their
                equipment. It also enables them to see how their enemy reacts. Finally it increases the
                tensions and the nations take another step forward towards conflict.
                This is precisely what God says will happen. The verse below speaks of Gentile nations
                preparing for war. The preparation will soon lead to action.
BIBLE          Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war
QUOTE          draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into
               spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
                                                      (Joel 3:9)
  Israeli youth seek Judaism
 Israel National News, October 12, 2008
                                                          http://www.aish.com/discoveryisrael/index.html

EVENT         A powerful trend has been noted at the Beit El Yeshiva website: Dozens of teenagers
              tenaciously overcoming family and other obstacles to become religiously observant.
              The decade-old Beit El Yeshiva website provides thousands of Torah classes in
              various formats by leading rabbis, and features a popular "Ask the Rabbi" section.
              Among the 100,000 monthly visitors are those who are not religiously observant, but
              who want to learn more about Judaism.
              In recent months, the website administrators say, "the wave of requests for spiritual
              direction - particularly from young readers who have not been formally exposed to
              Judaism - has been increasingly strong. We sense an undercurrent of a tremendous
              process of awakening and desire to return to authentic Judaism among young people"

COMMENT There is an incredible number of Jews that do not believe in God at all. Israel has
              become a mainly secular nation. HOWEVER, this is beginning to change.
              One example is given above. Another example is an organisation called Aish HaTorah
              ("Fire of the Torah"). Aish HaTorah is an Orthodox organization and yeshiva (Torah
              study). The organization's stated mission is "providing opportunities for Jews of all
              backgrounds to discover their heritage." Its headquarters are in Jerusalem. A key Aish
              HaTorah program is the Discovery Seminar. It explores the authenticity of Judaism and
              its relevance to modern times. It attempts to answer questions such as, "Why Be
              Jewish?" "Does God Exist?" and "Is Torah True?― More than 100,000 people (mainly
              Jews) worldwide have attended the seminars! They are very similar in approach to the
              seminars we run as Christadelphians. The Bible speaks of a time BEFORE Christ
              returns when SOME Jews do look back and believe again. It is the work of Elijah.

BIBLE         And he [Elijah] shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to
QUOTE         their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
                                                   (Malachi 4:6)
  Israel considers Saudi plan for peace with
  Arab world
 Daily Telegraph, October 20, 2008


EVENT         Israeli leaders are seriously considering a dormant Saudi plan
              offering comprehensive peace between Israel and the Arab world in exchange for
              lands captured during the 1967 war.
              Defence Minister Ehud Barak said it may be time to pursue an overall peace deal for
              the region since individual negotiations with Syria and the Palestinians had made little
              progress. Mr Barak said he has discussed the Saudi plan with Prime Minister-
              designate Tzipi Livni, who is in the process of forming a new Israeli government, and
              that Israel was considering a response.
              Saudi Arabia first proposed the peace initiative in 2002, offering pan-Arab recognition
              of Israel in exchange for Israel's withdrawal from the West Bank, Gaza Strip, east
              Jerusalem and the Golan Heights..
                   scenes Jerusalem
COMMENT Behind the Ehud Olmert stood is being discussed in Israeli political circles. Why?his
        Well when                    down as Israel‘s prime minister a few weeks ago
               successor Tzipi Livni had just a few weeks to form a new government.
               Israel‘s government is complex. It means that no one party can really ever rule on their
               own. Ms Livni has to form a coalition government with smaller political parties.
               Some of these parties are religious as you would expect in Israel. One of the larger
               religious parties is called Shas. It announced this week it would not join her coalition
               because Ms Livni refused to rule out talks with the Palestinians concerning the future of
               the Jerusalem. Shas chairman Eli Yishai this week, "A year ago, the decision was
               made in Shas that if [the division of] Jerusalem is discussed, it would withdraw from the
               government. Even more so, it will not join [a government] without a commitment not to
               negotiate over Jerusalem. Jerusalem is not for sale.‖ Jerusalem is on the agenda!
BIBLE         And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden
              themselves with it shall be cut in pieces
QUOTE                                              (Zechariah 12:3)
  Blair urges Obama to sort out Middle East
 Daily Telegraph, November 10, 2008

EVENT         Tony Blair led public pleas yesterday for Barack Obama, the
              incoming US president, to take a strong role in the Middle East peace process as
              soon as he enters office in January. Mr Blair and other mediators between Israel and
              the Palestinians were attending a summit at Sharm el-Sheikh.
              The former British prime minister revealed that he had spoken ‗regularly‘ with Mr
              Obama in the past three months about the peace efforts.
              Mr Blair, the envoy of the Quartet (the European Union, Russia, the US and the
              United Nations) to the Middle East, urged Mr Obama‘s new administration to make
              peace talks a top priority as officials revealed a follow-up summit is set to take
              place in Moscow in spring.

COMMENT Early indications from the Obama camp are that the administration intends to make a
              lasting peace settlement one of its top priorities.
              The last two American presidents also made a peace settlement between Israel and
              the Palestinians a top priority as well. They both failed. President Clinton devoted much
              of his presidency to trying to negotiate a deal that foundered when Yasser Arafat, the
              PLO leader, refused to sign the final draft negotiated at Camp David. Mr Bush was
              determined not to suffer a similar fate and established a ―roadmap for peace‖. This
              roadmap was supposed to bring peace in 2004/5! Following a peace conference in
              November 2007 a final date for a final peace deal was set for the end of President
              Bush‘s term in office. The collapse of Ehud Barak‘s government because of corruption
              allegations have prevented this happening. The next summit is to be held in Moscow!
              The only leader that will ever bring true peace to Israel and the world - is Jesus Christ.
             Of the increase of his [Jesus Christ‘s] government and peace there shall be no end. He will reign
BIBLE        on David‘s throne, and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and
QUOTE        righteousness from that time on and for ever.
                                                 (Isaiah 9:7)
  Iran tests missile, Israel in easy reach
 Associated Press, November 12, 2008

EVENT         Iran said it successfully test-fired a new generation of long range surface-to-surface
              missile on Wednesday — one that could easily strike Israel and as far away as
              southeastern Europe with greater precision than earlier models.
              The Sajjil is a solid fuel high-speed missile with a range of about 1,200 miles, Defence
              Minister Mostafa Mohammed Najjar said on state television.
              Solid-fuel missiles are more accurate than the liquid fuel missiles of similar range
              currently possessed by Iran. The country has had a solid-fuel missile with a shorter
              range — the Fateh, able to fly 120 miles — for several years.
              The defence minister, quoted by Iran state television, said the two-stage missile with
              two solid-fuel engines has "an extraordinary high capability" but gave no further
              details. He did not say whether it was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
              With its range, the missile could easily strike Iran's arch-foe Israel and go as far as
              southeastern Europe.
COMMENT The ancient Medes brought the empire of Babylon to an end in about 538BC.
              One encyclopaedia says ―The Medes were an Iranian people of Aryan origin who lived
              in the western and north-western portion of present-day Iran. During the 8th century BC
              they were dominated by the nomadic group of the Scythians.‖
              The Bible speaks of a latter day invasion of the area of Babylon (Isaiah 13) and at the
              same time the spirit of the Medes is raised up. The verse below could also have a latter
              day fulfilment. Here we have the Medes (Iranians) making ―bright arrows‖. A bright
              arrow could well refer to modern day missiles. These Medes are ―raised up‖. See also
              Isaiah 13:17. These Iranians then bring great destruction to Babylon (modern day Iraq).
              Iran at some point may well bring great destruction on Iraq and the US troops there.
BIBLE        Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the
             Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it
QUOTE                                      (Jeremiah 51:11)
  Obama and the Jews
 Jerusalem Post (Special Report), February 24, 2008


EVENT          With all due deference to the Obama celebrity supporters like
               Steven Spielberg and George Soros, can Jews here in Israel
               and in America and other friends of Israel risk a vote for Obama in November? A quick
               look at the facts should switch on a big red light in most peoples' minds.
               First and foremost among the considerations that should trouble friends of Israel is the
               foreign policy team Obama has selected to advise him. The composition of a
               candidate's advisory panel is usually a very good indicator of where the candidate will
               come out on the issues if elected.The Obama team is headed by the following people.
               Zbigniew Brzezinski, (National Security Adviser). Brzezinski has been disseminating
               vitriol about Israel for three decades and recently publicly defended the Walt-
               Mearsheimer study which concluded that US policy towards Israel was the result of
               Jewish pressure and inconsistent with American interests.
               Robert O. Malley, President Clinton's special advisor on Arab-Israeli affairs, is an
               unabashed advocate for the Palestinians.

COMMENT In recent days the foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu
               have both expressed reservations over Obama and his potential stance with Israel‘s
               enemies eg Iran. So will he be cooler towards Israel? The Jerusalem Post said this
               week, ―Whatever the Obama administration's position on Israel may be, it will not be
               more supportive of the country than the Bush administration has been.‖
               The Bible states that America will still be on the side of Israel when Russia invades.
               HOWEVER, quite possibly NOT to the extent they have been in the past. Why? Well it
               appears that when Russia invades Israel, America just looks on – it is not actively
               involved in defending Israel. This would indicate a more luke warm approach to Israel.
BIBLE         Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto
QUOTE         thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey?
                                                     (Ezekiel 38:13)
  Rice says Mid-East deal unlikely
 BBConline, November 6, 2008

EVENT         US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has appeared to concede
              that a Middle East peace deal will not be reached by the end of the year.
              Ms Rice, on her 22nd visit to the region, said however that there was a "firm
              foundation" for an agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.
              She will meet leaders from both sides before moving on to Jordan and Egypt.
              US President George W Bush said a year ago that he wanted a peace deal signed
              before he left office in January 2009.
              "Obviously Israel is in the middle of elections and that is a constraint on the ability of
              any government to conclude what is the core conflict for Israel and the Palestinians,"
              Ms Rice said upon her arrival in Tel Aviv.
              "I think that whatever happens by the end of the year, you've got a firm foundation for
              quickly moving forward to a conclusion," she said.

COMMENT Peace between Israel and the Palestinians remains as elusive as ever.
              Despite the talks that began in Annapolis, in November 2007, few tangible results have
              been achieved. All talks are now expected to be placed on hold for at least several
              months during the US transition from Bush to Obama administrations.
              Israel is also in transition as new elections are to be held 10 February 2009.
              It is a void of leadership therefore in both America and Israel and one that others could
              exploit. In fact this week more than 35 missiles have been fired against all the Israeli
              towns and villages within range of Gaza since early Wednesday, Nov. 5.
              Obama has said he wants to concentrate on the economy. He may be forced (as his
              predecessor was) to concentrate on the Middle East. 9/11 came just months after Bush
              was elected. Russia‘s actions this week show the end is near.
BIBLE        But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
             There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
QUOTE                                       (Isaiah 57:20-21)
  Tehran is Convinced an attack is imminent
 Debkafile, November 28, 2008


EVENT         Iran's rulers have convinced themselves that the United States or/and Israel are
              bound to attack their nuclear installations and Revolutionary Guards bases in the
              interim period before Obama is sworn in as president on January 21.
              They strongly believe in a conspiracy between George W. Bush and his successor to
              bring this about and are reading omens of war in every move made by Washington.
              According to a senior Iranian source visiting Abu Dhabi to clue its rulers on the
              thinking in Tehran, the Iranians seized on the rumour that Obama intended asking
              Robert Gates to stay on as defence secretary - even before it was confirmed – as
              evidence that US leaders were making ready for armed conflict with Iran and were
              accordingly not changing horses in mid-preparation.
              Iran's strategists also take Hillary Clinton's nomination as secretary of state and the
              possible appointment of Marine General James Jones as Obama's national security
              adviser to prove that the future president has opted for military action. This team is
              seen in Tehran as more inclined to support a war option than the Bush White House.
              Iran believes Obama will fall flat on economy and resort to war
COMMENT Iran (ancient Medes) are being stirred up. They know time is running out. At the end of
              the day America and Israel will never allow Iran to produce a nuclear weapon.
              Iran's nuclear chief announced on Wednesday that Iran now has more than 5,000
              centrifuges operating at its uranium enrichment plant, flatly defying UN resolutions.
              UN nuclear watchdog reported last week that Tehran had stocked enough enriched
              uranium to make its first A-Bomb, while US analysts said that they expect the Iranians
              to be able to make three bombs by the end of 2009.
              War draws near. At some point conflict will occur between Iran and its foes.
BIBLE        Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they
             shall not delight in it. Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces
QUOTE                                             (Isaiah 13:17)
  UN to mourn 60 years                    The Palestinian flag next
                                          to the UN flag. No flag of
  of Israel's existence                   Israel! Photo from this
 EyeontheUN, November 24, 2008            weeks meeting.

EVENT         This Monday, November 24th, the UN will commemorate its annual International Day
              of Solidarity with the Palestinian People with a film depicting Jews as Nazi-equivalents
              and a public exhibit mourning the sixty years of Israel's existence.
              Monday's observance marks November 29, 1947 - the day that the UN voted to
              establish a Jewish and an Arab state in Palestine - a decision accepted by the Jews
              and rejected by the Arabs. This year's observance is being held a week early due to
              scheduling conflicts.
              The President of the UN General Assembly has launched an unprecedented attack on
              a UN member state from the Assembly podium. Going beyond even existing UN
              resolutions, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua accused Israel of apartheid and
              called for "a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions" against it. Reminiscent of
              a classic antisemitic slur, Brockmann (himself a Roman Catholic priest and one-time
              official of the World Council of Churches) also claimed our Palestinian "brothers and
              sisters are being crucified" by Israel. His remarks were made on November 24, 2008

COMMENT Every year on the 29th November the UN has an International Day of Solidarity with the
              Palestinian people. Its real agenda is to delegitimize the birth - and the perseverance -
              of the state of Israel.
              The UN is obsessed by Israel. Out of the 10 emergency special sessions ever called by
              the UN General Assembly, six have been about Israel. 18 resolutions have been made
              about the Israeli Palestinian conflict in the last 18 months all of which are one-sided or
              blatantly anti-Israel.
              It may be that the UN will provide a means of formalising the final attack against Israel,
              in which case ―all nations‖ would be represented by the UN.
BIBLE        For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses
QUOTE        rifled, and the women ravished
                                                   (Zechariah 14:2)
  Prospect of Israeli strike on Iran more likely
 Israel News, November 21, 2008


EVENT         Intelligence sources have told the London-based The Times newspaper that the
              prospect of Israel taking pre-emptive military action to knock out Iran‘s nuclear
              facilities appears to have become significantly more likely in recent weeks.
              A report published this week by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) points
              to the possibility that Tehran has already obtained enough enriched uranium to make
              one atomic bomb.
              The Jerusalem Post also commented this week on the article in The Times newspaper.
COMMENT It does appear that the chances of a pre emptive strike by Israel on Iran has increased.
              The Times also reported that President Bush is to hold White House talks with the
              Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday after publication of a nuclear watchdog‘s
              report this week showing that Iran may have stockpiled enough enriched uranium to
              make a nuclear bomb.
              The timing of the talks, between two lame duck leaders with only weeks to go before
              they leave office, is intriguing. Israel has stated repeatedly that it would be
              unacceptable for an Iranian regime to acquire nuclear weapons. Although Tehran
              insists that its uranium enrichment programme is for peaceful purposes, President
              Ahmadinejad has vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
              We cannot say for certain if Israel will attack Iran as the Bible does not mention this.
              We can say that Iran will bring great destruction to Iraq. Many ancient prophecies
              speak of a cataclysmic end for the literal land of Babylon (modern Iraq). See Isaiah 13.
              Iran has threatened to bring such destruction on Iraq if it is attacked by either Israel or
              America. Therefore it is possible Iran will be provoked to do so at some point.
              Barack Obama discussed these very issues with EU leaders at a recent meeting.
BIBLE        Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, …And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of
QUOTE        the Chaldees‘ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
                                                 (Isaiah 13:17 & 19)
  UK hopeful of Middle East change
 BBConline, November 19, 2008

EVENT          Britain's foreign secretary has said he hopes the coming year will
               be an opportunity for global change which will benefit the troubled Middle East.
               David Miliband, who has been in Israel, the occupied West Bank and Syria, was
               speaking after meeting Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in Beirut.
               He cited the new US administration and scheduled elections in Israel, Iran and
               Lebanon as potential agents of change.
               He said each country must think how it will contribute to peace and stability.
               "I think 2009 is going to be a very important year," Mr Miliband told reporters after
               meeting with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman.
               "It is the year of change globally because there is a new American president, there will
               be a new Israeli government, there will be elections in Lebanon and.... in Iran as well."
COMMENT Britain is hopeful that with a change in leadership in America and Israel that peace is
              more likely in the Middle East.
              There is no doubt at all the Britain is heading towards judgement for the way it has
              turned its back on the Jews. See Isaiah 2:12-16 (Tarshish = Britain).
              This week we have seen Britain meeting with Syria and siding with Israel‘s greatest foe.
              We have seen Israel being urged by Britain to do nothing about the constant barrage of
              rockets fired at them. We have seen Britain begin to penalise Israel for exporting food
              and beauty products out of the West Bank. Click here for full report.
              Israel is infuriated by these UK interventions – especially the last one. Israel sees it as
              an attempt by Britain to force its hand on the settlement issue.
              Britain has become a harlot. Despite ―hearing the word of the LORD‖, she (like ancient
              Tyre) has turned against the Jews. God will turn against her.
BIBLE         after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot…. and she shall turn to her hire, and
              shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.
QUOTE                                       (Isaiah 23:15 & 17)
  Israel willing to go it alone on Iran attack
 Daily Telegraph, December 4, 2008


EVENT         Israel is drawing up plans for an attack on Iran's nuclear
              infrastructure that does not require America's support,
              it has been claimed. Defence sources told the Jerusalem Post they were considering
              going it alone in a strike on Iran. Conventional military thinking states that Israel would
              need America's backing if only to allow Israeli warplanes to reach Iran by overflying
              Iraq, where the airspace is controlled by the United States Air Force.
              But the paper said Israeli planners had come up with ideas that did not require
              support from the United States.
              This comes after Ehud Olmert, the outgoing Israeli prime minister, failed to persuade
              President George W Bush to support an Israeli air attack in the last few months of his
              presidency.
              It is always better to co-ordinate,'' a source, described by the Jerusalem Post as a top
              Defence Ministry official, said. "But we are also preparing options that do not include
              co-ordination.''

COMMENT Almost every week for the past month there have been reports that an attack on Iran is
              increasingly likely by Israel – with or without American blessing.
              Israeli officials have said it would be difficult, but not impossible, to launch a strike
              against Iran without clear support from America. One option would be to use Israeli
              submarines firing cruise missiles from off the Iranian coast in the Gulf. Another might be
              to use Israel's close links with Turkey to persuade Ankara to allow Israeli attack aircraft,
              air refuelling jets and pilot rescue helicopters to use Turkish airstrips.
              We may well see latter day fighting against ―the prince of Persia‖.
BIBLE        Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision
             concerns a time yet to come.― So he said, "Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will
QUOTE        return to fight against the prince of Persia
                                                   (Daniel 10:14 & 20 NIV)
  Brown: Israel must tackle settlers
 Daily Telegraph, December 16, 2008


EVENT          Israel must tackle illegal settlements in the West Bank in
               order to achieve a durable Middle East peace settlement,
               Gordon Brown has said. During talks at Downing Street with Ehud Olmert, the Israeli
               prime minister, Mr Brown also urged his counterpart to lift constraints on the
               Palestinian economy.
               Israel is restricting cash shipments to Gaza banks in a bid to weaken the hard-line
               ruling Hamas party. The World Bank and International Monetary Fund have both
               called for the blockade to end. During their talks, the prime minister stressed his view
               that Palestine could not become a viable state without a strong economy, which would
               involve the ability to attract private investment.
               After their discussion, his official spokesman said: "The meeting was an opportunity to
               discuss prospects for peace in the Middle East. Both men are strongly committed to
               making progress.

COMMENT Ancient Tyre was the capital of Phoenicia. It was a trading city that setup colonies
              around the Mediterranean about 600BC. Tyre to begin with was very pro Israel. Hiram
              king of Tyre ―loved‖ David and Solomon. However as the years went by Tyre became
              very rich and proud and eventually looked on Israel as a way of making money and
              gloated when Assyria attacked. They saw Israel‘s demise as a way of making more
              money as they could sell Jews as slaves. Ancient Tyre we are told passed over to
              Britain. The UK has followed a very similar pattern to ancient Tyre. Very pro Jewish to
              start with – even helping to establish the state of Israel. But now having grown rich and
              proud they turn against Israel encouraging Israel to give up land given to them by God.
BIBLE         Son of man, because that Tyre hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the
              gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste:
QUOTE         Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyre. London = latter day Tyre
                                                 (Ezekiel 26:2-3)
  Hamas declares Israel truce over
 BBConline, December 19, 2008


EVENT        The Islamist militant group Hamas says it has ended its six-month
             ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip.
             As the ceasefire expired at 0400 GMT, Hamas issued a statement blaming Israel
             which had not "respected" the truce.
             Israel's foreign ministry spokesman said the militants, who control Gaza, "had chosen
             violence over truth".
             The Egyptian-brokered deal began on 19 June but has been tested regularly by
             Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel and Israeli operations in Gaza.
             Hours after the announcement, Palestinian television carried pictures of militants
             conducting exercises.
                reported before that both Israel and America have ―lame
COMMENT We have Ehud Olmert has resigned due to corruption scandals butduck‖ leaders at the
        moment.                                                         remains in office
              until new elections are held in February next year. Meanwhile President Bush is
              weakened due to the fact only a month remains of his presidency and the world now
              looks to Barack Obama.
              It comes therefore as little surprise that Hamas announces now that the ceasefire with
              Israel is over. Announcing the end of the truce on its website, Hamas said: "The
              ceasefire is over and there won't be a renewal because the Zionist enemy has not
              respected its conditions.― Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported that the Israeli military
              had cancelled weekend leave for all troops stationed near the Gaza Strip and
              instructed units to prepare for mobilisation.
              The verse below speaks of the Philistines (modern day Palestinians) wanting to destroy
              Israel. These words are being fulfilled in front of our eyes.
BIBLE        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… and Amalek; the
QUOTE        Philistines                       (Psalm 83:4,5,7)
  Olmert: Peace with Syria is feasible
 Jerusalem Post, December 18, 2008


EVENT         Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who announced suddenly that he will
              go to Turkey for talks on Monday, said Thursday evening that "a
              peace treaty between Israel and Syria is feasible" and would result in "significant
              advantages" for Israel. "A peace treaty would lower the possibility of war, break the
              strategic ties between Damascus and Teheran, lead to the expulsion of the Islamic
              Jihad and Hamas headquarters from Syria, and would stop the cash flow to
              Hezbollah," Olmert told a conference of the Institute for National Security Studies at
              Tel Aviv University.
              "Syria does not necessarily want to be part of the axis of evil," he said. "Syria wants to
              reconnect with the West and the United States. "Removing Syria from the axis of evil
              is an Israeli interest."
              The prime minister said that although he could not guarantee the success of a peace
              process with Damascus, it was important to try. "How will we know if we don't try?
              How can we try if we are not prepared to take any risks?" he said.

COMMENT Since resigning in September, Olmert has been busy! He has travelled to Russia, the
              US and Britain. He now announces he is going to Turkey to for peace talks with Syria.
              They may be talking about peace but destruction is more likely. Damascus let it be
              known Friday. Dec. 19, that acceptance in advance of its "borders document" was the
              pre-condition for direct peace talks. This six-point document covers Israel's withdrawal -
              not only from the Golan but also from another slice of territory, the northeastern bank of
              the Sea of Galilee and Hamat Gader region, which is part of pre-1967 Israel.
              When they SAY (speak about, advise, mention) peace we know destruction is near.
BIBLE        For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail
             upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
QUOTE
                                              (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
  Israel cancels army leave on northern border
 Middle East Newsline, December 26, 2008


EVENT         Just hours after The Media Line exclusively reported on Israel‘s military heading into a
              heightened state of alert on the country‘s border with Lebanon, Beirut said it
              discovered rockets ready to be fired towards Israel. The Lebanese army said it found
              eight Katyushas fitted with timers, which would have been launched on Friday. The
              rockets were located close to the border in an area in which only the Lebanese army
              is permitted to carry weapons, according to United Nations Security Council
              Resolution 1701. The Lebanese army was aided by the U.N.‘s UNIFIL force in
              dismantling the devices. It is not clear who was behind the planned strike. Meanwhile
              TML has learned the Israeli army has cancelled leave for many soldiers currently
              posted to the northern border. Jerusalem fears the Lebanese-based Hezbollah may
              launch an attack while Israel‘s military focus is on the distant Gaza Strip and its battle
              against Hamas.
COMMENT The previous slide noted the similarity of the dates of the wars between India and
              Pakistan and Israel and the surrounding Arab nations. The headline on the previous
              slide was ―Pakistan sends 20,000 troops to India‘s border‖. The same day we have a
              headline ―Israel cancels army leave on northern border‖. It appears Hezbollah are
              gearing up for an attack on Israel soon while Israel‘s attention is diverted towards Gaza
              As I am typing this on Saturday morning there are reports coming in of a large Israeli
              air strike on Gaza using F-16 bombers. The BBC reports that scores of people have
              been killed. In recent days Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel. They have
              not killed anyone but have caused damage to houses and infrastructure. Many have
              been treated for shock. Israel threatened to retaliate. We see conflict drawing near.
BIBLE        Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye
             render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your
QUOTE        recompence upon your own head (Joel 3:4)
  Red Sea water will bring Dead Sea back to life
  Daily Telegraph, December 25, 2008

EVENT          The Dead Sea could be saved from drying up under a groundbreaking plan to flood
               millions of gallons of seawater in from the Red Sea more than 110 miles away.
               Funding has been secured for a feasibility study into the ambitious and controversial
               scheme to reverse falling water levels.
               The scheme involves a 110-mile long canal, dubbed 'Red To Dead', that would
               channel roughly five million tonnes of seawater each day into the Dead Sea.
               While schemes on a similar scale have been tried before for fresh water, this is by far
               the most ambitious seawater canalisation programme ever envisaged.
               The new water is needed to avoid the complete disappearance of the Dead Sea, an
               event the World Bank warns would represent "an environmental calamity".
               Overuse by farmers of water from the Jordan River, the only major influx into the Dead
               Sea, and climate change mean the level of the Dead Sea plunges by about three feet
               every year. Its surface area has shrunk by a third to just 240 square miles in the last
               forty years and vast areas of foreshore have been exposed, pockmarked with
               dangerous sink holes.
               The Dead Sea is the world's saltiest body of water, found at the lowest point on the
COMMENT Earth's surface. It is said that it will disappear in 50 years' time unless more water is
               pumped into it. It is the area where Sodom and Gomorrah were probably situated and
               subsequently destroyed. It has become symbolic of mankind and sin and death.
               It is interesting to note that even the little water there is drying up and though futile
               efforts will be made to save it we know that only the coming of our Lord Jesus will
               restore it. For it is only Jesus who can save man from his sin and make him alive again.
               We long for the time when the Dead Sea shall be restored to a living sea.
BIBLE         And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the
QUOTE         former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: former sea = The Dead Sea
                                                     (Zechariah 14:8)
                                                                          A traditional
  Operation 'Cast Lead' Begins                                                wooden
 Israel National News, December 27, 2008                                       dreidel


EVENT         The IDF began its long-awaited attack on Hamas-controlled Gaza
              at 11:30 AM Saturday, and according to initial reports managed to catch Hamas off-
              guard, after deliberately sending soldiers home on furloughs Thursday to create the
              impression that a military strike was not imminent.
              The operation is codenamed "Cast Lead" – a phrase taken from a well known
              Hanukkah song which refers to "cast-lead dreidels."
COMMENT It is worth considering the codename that Israel has given the operation to attack Gaza.
              It has been called operation ―Cast Lead‖. Lead as in the metal lead. Why this name?
              Well the military attack on Gaza began during the festival of Hanukkah. Hanukkah
              celebrates the time when the Jewish Temple was rededicated to God following the
              desecration of it by Antiochus Epiphanes. Jewish legend has it that a miracle occurred
              during the rededication of the temple. They only had enough oil to light the 7 branch
              candlestick (the menorah) for 1 day and yet it burned continually for 8 days.
              During the festival of Hanukkah which celebrates this, Jews eat special food, listen to
              Hanukkah music and play games. One of the games is with a dreidel, a 4 sided
              spinning top. Each side of the dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: ‫( נ‬Nun), ‫ג‬
              (Gimel), ‫( ה‬Hei), ‫( ש‬Shin), which together form the acronym for "‫( "נס גדול היה שם‬Nes
              Gadol Haya Sham – "a great miracle happened there"). There is a famous Hanukkah
              song that sings of a dreidel CAST of LEAD. This is what the operation was named
              after. Perhaps those who came up with this operational name are expecting ―a great
              miracle to happen there‖. i.e. they win the war against Hamas. But the dreidel is really a
              gambling game. Israel are gambling that this attack on Gaza will bring them victory. We
              know however that they should not gamble but turn to God. HE brings the victory.
BIBLE        Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
QUOTE                                         (Psalm 37:3)
  225 dead in biggest Israeli raid in 40 years
  Signals new phase in conflict
 Sunday Telegraph, December 28, 2008


EVENT         A year of information-gathering by Military Intelligence and the Shin Bet (Israel
              Security Agency) paved the way Saturday for Operation Cast Lead.
              At 11:30 a.m., more than 50 fighter jets and attack helicopters swept into Gazan
              airspace and dropped more than 100 bombs on 50 targets. The planes reported
              "alpha hits," IAF lingo for direct hits on the targets, which included Hamas bases,
              training camps, headquarters and offices. Thirty minutes later, a second wave of 60
              jets and helicopters struck at 60 targets, including underground Kassam launchers -
              placed inside bunkers and missile silos - that had been fitted with timers.
              Their locations were discovered in an intensive intelligence operation. The goal: to
              strike at Hamas's ability to fire rockets into Israel.
              More than 170 targets were hit by IAF aircraft throughout the day. Over 225 Gazans
              were killed and over 780 were wounded, according to Palestinian sources.

COMMENT So why now? Well there are a number of reasons. Firstly Hamas ended its ceasefire
              last week and fired hundreds of rockets at Israel in just a few days. This appears to be
              the final straw with Israel. Secondly we have the unusual political situation in both
              America and Israel. Back on the 6th November 2008 I wrote in the WWW, ―All talks are
              now expected to be placed on hold for at least several months during the US transition
              from Bush to Obama administrations. Israel is also in transition as new elections are to
              be held 10 February 2009. It is a void of leadership therefore in both America and
              Israel and one that others could exploit.” We now see the truth in this. There IS a
              void that Hamas exploited by calling off its ceasefire. Israel was then able to retaliate
              without censure from America. A ―perfect storm‖ has been created – by God himself.
BIBLE        Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that
             thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against
QUOTE        thee
                                          (Ezekiel 16:37)
  Israel set to begin ground war against Hamas in
  Gaza
 The Times, January 2, 2009


EVENT          Israel is poised to launch a major ground offensive into Gaza tonight after allowing
               hundreds of foreigners living in the devastated territory to evacuate.
               After a week of air strikes that have killed at least 420 Palestinians and left scores of
               buildings in rubble, the Israeli army was set to fling hundreds of troops and tanks into
               a blitz to stamp out Hamas‘s military wing, The Times understands.
               Despite the looming onslaught, more Hamas rockets which have so far killed four
               Israelis were fired into southern Israel today.
               The Islamist group vowed that its attacks, which have lasted for years and which
               finally provoked the massive Israeli campaign, would not stop.
               A high-level European delegation is due in the region at the weekend, as were Nicolas
               Sarkozy, the French president, and Tony Blair, the international community‘s envoy to
               the Middle East.

COMMENT Israel has called up 6,500 reservists this week in preparation for a ground assault on
              the Gaza Strip. It does seem that an invasion of Gaza is likely according to Debkafile.
              They say that high-ranking military sources believe that this decision is a historic one:
              Without a decisive ground assault on Hamas, a million citizens of the South will be
              entitled to feel that for the first time in 60 years, the state has abdicated its
              responsibility for their safety. Hamas will take it that Israel has lost its nerve.
              It also appears from a statement made by George Bush that America has given its
              backing to Israel invading Gaza. He blamed Hamas entirely for the current situation.
              So what happens next? Well God makes clear that one day the iniquity of Israel will
              finally be judged. They think they can win but God will bring judgement on his people.
BIBLE        They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. …: yet will they lean upon the LORD,
             and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. Therefore shall Zion for your
QUOTE        sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps
                                               (Micah 3:10-12)
  Syria pulls out of peace talks after Gaza airstrikes
 Ma’an News Agency, December 29, 2008


EVENT         Syria has ended its indirect peace negotiations with Israel in light
              of the latter‘s ongoing assaults on the Gaza Strip.
              A Syrian official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not
              authorized to speak with the media, said that ―Israel‘s aggression closes all the doors‖
              to a peace settlement in the Middle East.
              Israel and Syria has been negotiating indirectly in Turkey since May. The two sides
              had met as many as four times, news accounts suggested.
              Last Monday, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he believed direct peace talks with
              Israel were possible.
              One week later, over 310 Palestinians are dead, along with hopes for a future
              agreement between Israel and its northern Arab neighbour.

COMMENT Ma‘an News Agency is in fact a Palestinian news channel, however this has also been
              quoted in Reuters under the headline ―Conflict puts the brakes on Syria-Israel peace‖.
              The big question is this. Have we had the talk of peace and safety or is it still to come?
              What about Ezekiel 38 which says Israel must be dwelling confidently and without
              walls? Is this still in the future or has it happened? We cannot be dogmatic either way
              but it is possible to see both aspects as already fulfilled. This would mean that the final
              conflict is a more likely the outcome than future peace agreements. Why do I say this?
              Paul does NOT say when the IS peace and safety, he says when they shall SAY peace
              and safety. The word SAY means advise / talk about. Since Annapolis in 2007, people
              have been talking about peace. In terms of Ezekiel 38 and the dwelling without walls in
              confidence- click here to download an article. It shows this too may have happened.
BIBLE        Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace;
             and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:
QUOTE
                                                  (Ezekiel 13:10)
 Review of 2008
 Weekly World Watch, December 30, 2008


COMMENT 2008 has been a remarkable year.
             It began with a visit by George Bush to Israel. It was his first and only visit to Israel as
             President of the United States. He came with a message of peace.
             ―We see new opportunities for peace in the Holy Land and the region,‖ he said on
             January 9th 2008. Just a month before he had convened 40 nations in Annapolis to
             discuss peace between Israel and the Palestinians. They discussed the dividing of
             God‘s land, his people and his Holy city – Jerusalem.
             It was not until November 6th 2008 that Condoleezza Rice after her 22nd visit to the
             region declared that Middle East peace would NOT be achieved by the end of the year.
             And so we end 2008, not with the peace promised by President Bush, but with WAR.
             Iran remains extremely hostile to Israel and intent on acquiring nuclear weapons.
             We have seen Russia fight a short but very brutal war with Georgia. We have also seen
             Russia become increasingly aggressive and few would doubt we live in a new Cold
             War situation. When Barack Obama was elected in November Russia welcomed him
             with the deployment of nuclear missiles on NATO‘s border for the first time since the
             Cold War! It was ―a glacial welcome to the world stage‖, the Telegraph reported.
             Perhaps one of the biggest news stories has been the financial crisis - the credit
             crunch. No nation is unaffected by this. We see the perplexity of the governments of the
             world. We can see how the riches of man are built on sand.
             I have produced a 50 minute powerpoint presentation on these things as a review of
             2008. It needs to be downloaded. Full instructions of how to download are in the email
             sent with this weeks WWW.
             Let us pray 2009 will see the return of our dear Lord Jesus and our salvation.
BIBLE        And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads;
QUOTE        for your redemption draweth nigh.
                                                     (Luke 21:28)

								
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