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31 Mar: Netanyahu floats minimalist construction freeze to appease far right extremists, fails to impress others.
Israel seizing 240 acres of occupied land and advancing 2,000 illegal housing units for construction. Trump accepts but says this is the last time and that Israel has agreed to limit further illegal construction according the coming peace talks initiative.
Egypt’s Sisi to meet Trump on April 3, Jordan’s king Abdullah on April 5 to finalize formula for peace process, for presentation to Palestinian President Abbas.
30 Mar: Israeli troops train for decisive war with Gaza and Hezbollah.
Breakthrough in Israeli Broadcasting crisis.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon reached a compromise over the future of Israel’s new public broadcasting cooperation, ending a coalition crisis that has threatened to bring down the government and force new elections.
According to the deal, the corporation which was set to begin transmission on April 30 will be delayed a few weeks, but it will lose its news division.
A separate broadcast entity will be established to deal with all state-funded current affairs / news offerings. “The public affairs / news department of public broadcasting which is funded by public funds, will be a separate entity composed mainly of broadcasting authority employees.
This means that the coalition will continue tottering along until either it falls before the coming regional war, or falls after the regional war over peace talks.
Once the Islamic State has been substantially degraded and is at the point of collapse, Israel plans to invade Gaza and demolish Hezbollah with American help against Iran.
It may still take several months to demolish the Islamic State before the Israeli regional war can be launched. After that war unfolds the Trump peace initiative will kick in and a genuine dialogue for peace will begin.
Then when a peace deal is declared as achieved as per 1 Thess 5:3; the tribulation will immediately begin with the fall of Jerusalem (Mat 24:15).
This far right Israeli government cannot hold genuine peace talks, therefor there are three possible political outcomes for the present Israeli government:
- A change in the coalition makeup with far right parties leaving and centrist parties joining the government,
- An election call before the war with the vote after the war, or,
- An election after the war when the Israeli government is forced to deal with the Trump peace initiative.
Iraq announces that the main fighting has ended and mopping up operations have begun in Mosul. 50% of Mosul has been cleared and only 7% actually remains under Islamic State control. The report may be optimistic but things are now moving forward and the Western Coalition’s full strength will now focus on Raqqa.
29 Mar: Twenty-one Arab countries pledged to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Final details of a plan to resume peace talks will be worked out in White House meetings in coming weeks between Trump and three Arab leaders — Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The Arab League also expressed solidarity against Iran.
Turkey announces end of its “Euphrates Shield” operations inside Syria. The end of the operation frees the Kurds for full commitment to the Raqqa battle.
The Syrian army and rebel groups on Tuesday agreed that the rebels will lift the siege on the northwestern towns of Foah and Kefraya, and the Syrian army is to grant safe passage out of the towns of Madaya and Zabadani, near the capital Damascus. The rebel forces will evacuate to the rebel held province of Idlib. The non Islamic State rebels are being defeated across Syria and being allowed to evacuate to Idlib.
28 Mar: Trump envoy Greenblatt visits Abbas / Arab leaders ahead of Wednesday Arab League summit.
The United States in consultation with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE have put together an updated Middle East peace initiative which toi proposed for passage by the Arab League this week. After which it will be put to president Abbas during his visit with Trump.
Israel air force exercise Monday to April 6.
Arab League Foreign Ministers meetings this week will set up the annual Arab Summit in Amman Wednesday to discuss regional security.
The summit will also try to lay out a way forward for Israeli Palestinian peace talks. Arab leaders have been in intensive consultations with the Trump administration and hope to endorse a plan easing the way for Abbas to accept the formula.
27 Mar: Israel’s huge West Bank military exercise planned to continue for two weeks is actually a cover story to disrupt Hamas West Bank elections and conduct a massive crackdown on militant organizations to preempot a looming uprising.
Netanyahu prepares to recall the Knesset to pass a law dismantling the Broadcasting Corporation scheduled to begin operations on April 30. See Live Blog Israeli 2017 election news.
The American backed Syrian Democratic Front with US special forces were airlifted into a Syrian air base controlled by the Islamic State near the Tabqa Dam close to Raqqa. The air base has been liberated and will now be a base for US Apache gunships supporting the liberation of Raqqa.
Pause in Mosul battle waiting for US troop surge to strengthen the offensive. Up to 2,000 more 82nd Airborne troops being deployed to Mosul from North Carolina more may be deployed from Kuwait.
26 Mar: Israeli forces go on high alert in the south over the Hamas promise to respond in kind to the murder of one of their senior commanders allegedly by Israel. In an effort to trap the assassin who fired four shots point blank into the victims head, Hamas shut down the border crossing points between the Gaza Strip and Israel at 09:00 local time.
Israel begins two weeks of extensive military drills on the Golan and in the West Bank. They claim these exercises have long been planned while concealing the fact that the coming war has also been long planned.
The Assad regime conveyed a message to Israel via Russian mediators, warning that Israeli strikes on Syrian military targets would be met with the firing of Scud missiles capable of carrying half a ton of explosives at IDF bases, while an attack on civilian targets would see Syria launching a counter strike on the Haifa port and the petrochemical plants in the area. The report warned that Syria has over 800 Scud missiles and that Syria would not issue any warnings before the missile strikes because Israel does not warn before it hits Syria.
25 Mar: A Blessed Sabbath for all God’s Faithful!
24 Mar: Update 16:00 PDT: Thousands of people were expected to turn out for Fuqaha’s funeral on Saturday. “Hamas and its (military wing) hold (Israel) and its collaborators responsible for this despicable crime… (Israel) knows that the blood of fighters is not spilled in vain and Hamas will know how to act,” the group said in a statement. Islamic Jihad is threatening retaliation of its own. Israel has broken the ceasefire and another conflict can be expected.
14:00 PDT: Senior Hamas West Bank commander assassinated in Gaza apparently by Israel. Mazen Fuqaha had been released in the prisoner exchange for Shalit. Hamas investigating as tensions skyrocket.
The Islamic State (IS) is in headlong retreat across Syria, withdrawing from the Al-Lajat Plateau of northeastern Dara’a after occupying this area with the jihadist rebels for two years. Also leaving the Hawsh Hamad in the Al-Lajat Plateau and giving up several points in the Qalamoun Mountains without a fight. The IS forces are being rushed to Raqqa and Deir Ezzor to defend against the anti IS offensives there. A full scale offensive to liberate Raqqa is coming within days.
Four Palestinians attack illegal Israeli settlement get themselves shot. The truth comes out: two Palestinian teens were reportedly brain dead, another is dead and was buried today and a fourth is seriously injured after Israeli soldiers shot them last night in an incident raising serious questions. The Israeli army said that, “Three suspects exited a vehicle adjacent to the community of Beit El, where the suspects threw firebombs at the community. In response to the threat Israeli forces in the area fired towards the suspects, and several hits were confirmed. The suspects then fled the scene.” Palestinian witnesses said the soldiers shot from a tower at the car while the youth were inside. Photos and video show that the youths’ car was riddled with bullets and broken glass inside the car and blood all over the seats. When questioned about how the teens could have re-entered their car and driven away from the scene after being injured with multiple rounds of live fire to the head and chest, and reduced to being brain dead, the Israeli army spokesperson said she could not comment, no would she comment on the reports that the teenagers were fired at while still inside the vehicle, or on reports that Israeli forces fired at the teens from a military watchtower into the Jalazoun refugee camp adjacent to Beit El settlement. Today, 17-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud Ibrahim al-Hattab was buried and clashes broke out in Jalazoun against Israeli forces guarding the settlement, one which received great support from David Friedman, who was approved by the US Senate as the ambassador to Israel. Will this apparently deliberate provocation trigger the promised new uprising?
24 Mar: Netanyahu corruption investigation revealing that he asked paper to aid him against Bennett in last election. This comes as the government is tottering over the Public Broadcasting Corporation which Bibi wants full control over before the fight with Bennett over Settlements and the upcoming elections. The Broadcasting fight is all about media control during the coming elections.
23 Mar: A vehicle with French license plates attempted to run down pedestrians on a main shopping street in the Belgian city of Antwerp on Thursday afternoon. Nobody was injured and the driver was arrested by police.
As the US airstrikes in the Iraqi city of Mosul are increasingly concentrated around densely populated neighborhoods in the city’s west, the death toll from those airstrikes in spiraling rapidly out of control, with the most recent figures out of the area suggesting around 230 civilians were killed overnight in US and coalition strikes in just a single neighborhood.
Several sources are reporting the same story, including that a single US airstrike against a large building full of civilians in Mosul killed over 130 people, while the other 100 or so were killed in the surrounding area. Most of the dead were women and children probably used as shields by IS.
The civilian death toll from the US coalition is just as bad or even surpassing the death toll in Syria from the Syrian Russian bombings which were so heavily criticized by Western Media.
US bombs Raqqa school housing 50 refugee families killing dozens.
Kudish US Forces capture Tabqah Dam near Raqqa in an air mobile operation reminiscent of the Viet -Nam war.
Israel denies Palestinians permit for annual Nakba parade. Denying the parade which is a tradition going back many years is a serious provocation to Palestinians.
Islamic State claims British Parliament attack.
Jewish Israeli arrested for bomb threats against Jewish sites. The nineteen year old Jewish extremist was apparently trying to create an anti Muslim backlash. His father is also being investigated.
Four dead forty injured in yesterday’s attack in London. Police raid six sites mostly near Birmingham.
Final talks begin to try to resolve coalition crisis with Kulanu even as a deal is hammered out with the US and Palestinians to allow illegal construction inside settlement blocks but no where else on the West Bank to allow peace talks to begin. Even if the Kulanu crisis is resolved Bennett promises to bring down the government if there is a construction freeze anywhere on the West Bank. See Election Live Blog [link at top of page] for more.
22 Mar: Attack on British Parliament; There is initial confusion but a car drove into pedestrians hitting a dozen people, the driver then ran towards the building stabbing a police officer before being shot by police. A second assailant may also have been shot. There are four dead including an attacker.
Iraqi Shia Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani issues fatwa recalling Shiite soldiers to lay down arms and return to their homes.
Foreign ministers from 68 countries to meet today in Washington to deliberate on ways of defeating ISIS. The meeting will be led by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
US President Donald Trump will attend a summit of leaders of NATO nations on May 25 in Brussels, the White House said on Tuesday. In addition, a White House statement said that Trump will welcome NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to the White House on April 12 to discuss “how to strengthen the alliance to cope with challenges to national and international security.”
Israeli jets reportedly attacked near the Syrian capital early Wednesday,
Knesset enters Passover recess Friday, annexation bills defered to late May.
Responding to Trump threats Iran announces that if the US goes ahead with its plans to violate the 2015 agreement they will restart nuclear program.
NATO to deploy another battalion of mainly US troops to Poland.
Hezbollah shoots down Israeli drone.
Coalition Raqqa Syria liberation begins. On Sunday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) entered the Raqqa city limits under cover of 18 airstrikes engaging seven ISIS [Daesh] tactical units; which destroyed 10 fighting positions, six barges, three ISIS headquarters, a tactical vehicle, an IED factory, and a weapons factory; and damaged a supply route”. SDF forces continue to advance against the Islamic State in Raqqa.
Palestinian militias have met and ordered a new uprising, the Israeli security chief warns the government to prepare for attacks especially over Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Coalition representatives working on compromise in the Netanyahu Kohlan dispute over the new public broadcaster. Behind all the public fuss the real issue is that Netanyahu wants control over the media in Israel. In response to the reports Netanyahu rejects any deal and will call elections if Kulanu does not completely give in.
In response to the Israeli attacks Iran’s Al Quds chief Gen. Qassem Soleiman, is reinforce Hizbullah’s Hermon-Golan offensive against the Israeli backed rebels, sending the the Al-Nojba Movement of 1,500 Iraqi Shiite fighters from Aleppo.
In a strong and direct provocation to Syria, Israeli aircraft attacked multiple Syrian and Hezbollah targets over night Sunday to Monday.
Tel Aviv’s massive gay pride parade to be moved to Jerusalem this year. Israel is one of the main world centers for homosexuals and gay tourism.
An Israeli drone struck a car in the Quneitra countryside, killing the driver Yasser al-Sayed a commander of a pro Assad militia.
Israeli officials fly to Washington for further talks before the Abbas visit
19 Mar: The US Coalition begins bombing Raqqa Syria ahead of an imminent attack on the Islamic State capital. US forces build up for Raqqa operation expected in first week of April. This offensive ties in with the coming Israeli election call and the looming Israeli war with Gaza. The Israeli coalition is nearing collapse and a Live Blog has been set up to carry Israeli 2017 election news as it becomes available.
If Syria fires air defense missiles in self defense against Israeli attacks in future, Israel will destroy the Syrian air defense System says Lieberman.
Israel calls up large numbers of reserves in a surprise deployment near Gaza. The call up is in addition to the Home Front Command exercise which began on Sunday in the Negev area. The HFC exercise will be held until Wednesday. The moves are in preparation for war with Gaza which is expected soon.
Egyptian President Sisi will make his first state visit to Washington the first week of April. This visit is to set up a subsequent visit by Palestinian president Abbas to start a new round of Middle East peace talks.
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18 Mar: A Blessed Sabbath for all God’s Faithful!
17 Mar: Tillerson threatens military attacks on North Korea.
Under pressure from the US to freeze illegal settlement construction Netanyahu elected to attack both Hamas and Syria this morning. “A total of four Israeli jets breached Syrian airspace on Friday morning. They hit a “military target” in Homs and the big T4 Syrian sir base near Palmyra. The jets were targeted by Syrian defensive anti-aircraft missiles, with Syria claiming one plane was shot down.” The Israeli Army stressed that none of the IAF planes was harmed.
The attacks were on Syrian bases far distant from Lebanon. Following the Israeli attacks, the Syrian Army warned Israel of “direct” retaliation for any further attacks; “with all means at its disposal,”
Explosions and rocket alarms heard over eastern Israel before dawn Friday were caused by an IDF Arrow anti-missile system intercepting Syrian air defense missiles fired in the course of an Israeli air force attack on Syria. Two of the missiles landed in Israel while a third landed in Jordan and an Israeli Arrow apparently downed the fourth Syrian air defense missile. The explosions were heard as far as Jerusalem.
16 Mar: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday in Tokyo that “it is clear that a different approach” regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons is necessary as the efforts to resolve the issue over the last two decades have been unsuccessful. In a joint news conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Tillerson demanded that Pyongyang immediately abandon its nuclear program and cease its testing of ballistic missiles.
Israel and the US consider North Korea a branch of the Iran / Syria / Hezbollah Axis and believe that the North Korean programs are being carried out on behalf of Iran and Syria.
A federal judge in Hawaii has issued a sweeping freeze of President Trump’s new executive order barring the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspending the admission of new refugees. In Nashville, Trump called the ruling “terrible” and said the administration would fight the case “as far as it needs to go,” including up to the Supreme Court.
15 Mar: Trump to propose peace talks during Abbas visit next month; details here. Israeli Palestinian summit with Jordanian American facilitators proposed for May to launch new round of peace talks.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet with senior US official Jason Greenblatt for a second time on Thursday, the Prime Minister’s Office said Wednesday.
Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for international negotiations, has been shuttling between Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jordan for the past few days, meeting with Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and other Israeli officials, as well as with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, other Palestinian officials and Jordan’s King Abdullah II.
Iraqi PM Abadi to visit Trump in Washington next week as Islamic State in Mosul nears defeat.
Syrian rebels agree to leave Homs for refuge in Idlib province, evacuation to begin Saturday.
Pakistan agrees to send a brigade of combat troops to the oil kingdom of Saudi Arabia to secure that country’s Yemen border during the coming war with Iran. The brigade will be based in southern Saudi Arabia to thwart threatened attacks by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. “It will not be used beyond Saudi borders.”
Russian special operations forces and drones deployed to the Egyptian base at Sidi Barrani, about 60 miles (100 km) from the Egypt-Libya border.
13 M ar: Iraqi forces make substantial headway in Mosul as only about 2,500 IS fighters are left, completely surrounded and trapped in the old city neighbourhood.
Most Islamic State fighters have left Raqqa to defend Deir Ezzor, where hey are under attack by Syria and the Hezbollah Radwan Brigade. This opens up Raqqa for a push by the United States and the Syria Democratic Front.
Egyptian special forces and air force personnel have been deployed to the Gulf States.
12 Mar: The Seventy Year Prophecy of Jeremiah and its fulfillment explained.
Trump begins initial Mideast peace efforts with a view to an American sponsored peace conference. These are very preliminary talks with the parties by US officials.
Federal court orders approval of the entry of the wife and child of a Syrian immigrant.
11 Mar: A Blessed Sabbath for all God’s Faithful
10 Mar: Rabbinic Calendar Purin is Saturday, Sunday and Monday. By the Biblical Calendar that God gave to Moses Purim is Sunday, Monday and Tuesday this year.
Jewish Home sets April 27 for party primaries.
82nd Airborne deployment to Kuwait upped to 2,400 See Mar 5 report giving a 2,000 man figure.
9 Mar: This morning Iraqi forces liberated the neighborhoods of al-Mualmeen and al-Silo and are are pushing into Naft and Bab al-Top known as ‘The New Mosul’ neighborhoods. Iraqi forces continue to close in on Hadba Minaret and Noor mosque. In the meantime, the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary announced they had controlled Dirnaj areas and Badush power station, a day after the town’s prison was liberated.
Haaretz+ reported that Hamas Political Wing is changing its charter to oppose the occupation, not the Jews and that it will accept the principle of a Palestinian state with the 1967 borders. This is not to be confused with the Hamas Military Wing.
New law gives Israeli government full control over all broadcast media – Under legislation being prepared by Communications Ministry, all figures of authority would be appointed by politicians. (Haaretz+)
Syrian government and rebels back to Geneva for a fifth round of talks on March 23.
US B-52s now heavily engaged against Islamic State.
8 Mar: Elements of the 75th Ranger Regiment have arrived in Syria for the Trump administration’s offensive to liberate Raqqa from the Islamic State. The plan was put before the US, Russian and Turkish chiefs of staff who discussed the operation: See March 7, at their meeting in the Turkish town of Antalya.
Party leader Naftali Bennett brings forward the Bayit Yehudi leadership primaries to mid-April. The move is in anticipation of a probable election call in Israel this year.
With Likud lawmakers beginning to talk about “after Netanyahu” – who is facing a probably corruption indictment – and Labor gearing up for a bitter leadership battle, centrist Yesh Atid also joined the pre-election fray Tuesday, announcing that seven regional council heads from across the country were joining the party “in order to bring about change.” They are coming to us from the Likud, Labor and independent lists. From the deep south to the distant north… the Golan, Bnei Shimon, Emek Hama’ayanot, Brenner, Yoav, Megilot Yam HaMelach, and Ha’arava Hatihona regional councils are joining up with Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.
The commander of Iraqi’s counter-terrorism force, Abdul-Ghani al-Assadi, estimates that about 60 percent of western Mosul is now under Iraqi control.
Netanyahu freezes thousands of illegal housing permits to placate Trump and Arab nations for coming war on Iran; puts Bibi on collision course with Bennett.
Syrian forces are advancing against Islamic State west of the Euphrates and have entered the city of Deir Ez-Zor. U.S.-backed Syrian militias cut the last main road out of Islamic State-held Raqqa isolating the Islamic State capital on Monday. US Backed militias closing in on Raqqa city.
Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian armed forces, and Gen. Hulusi Akar, Chief of Staff of the Turkish army are meeting today in Antalya Turkey to discuss collaboration in the concerted drive against the Islamic State. The three army chiefs will scrutinize plans for a final offensive to defeat the Islamic State and liberate the ISIS Syrian capital, Raqqa, and establish US, Turkish and Russian-Syrian spheres of influence in Syria.
The General’s are in continual contact on open lines with their respective presidents during the two days of meetings and final agreement would have to be approved by the three presidents.
A Turkish attack on Manbij has been averted with a deal in which the Syrian military took over positions in the city of Manbij, handed over to them by Kurdish forces from the YPG’s Manbij Military Council. In evacuating Manbij on the west bank of the Euphrates the YPG fulfilled its commitment in an American Kurdish Turkey deal to move to the east of the river as demanded by Turkey. Further south the YPG has cut off a major supply rout into the Islamic State capital of Raqqa, as Iraqi troops make advances in Mosul and more US troops arrive in Syria.
In Mosul Iraqi forces have liberated a second bridge over the Tigress, the government complex [from which the Islamic State paid its forces], the Central Bank and the Mosul museum. Iraqi forces with American help are busy erecting pontoon bridges to span the bombed out portions of the liberated bridges to bring another column of troops from the east, thereby attacking ISIS from yet another direction.
6 Mar: Netanyahu to visit Putin on Thursday to discuss Middle East situation.
President Donald Trump Monday signed a new executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Iraq was removed from the original order. The main change from the first order is that people with existing valid visas may enter the US.
The measure includes a 120-day ban on all NEW refugees, and lifts a blanket ban on all Syrian refugees. Allowing refugees already approved by the State Department to enter, it also limits their number to 50,000 for the year.
The Order takes effect on March 16, to avoid the travel disruptions of the earlier order.
Potential attackers would probably already be in the country and the order is meant to demonstrate that the Trump government has done its due diligence if there is an attack in the United States – which is definitely possible – as they begin to take intensive anti extremist actions.
Police Chief Roni Alsheikh said this morning that Police are in the final stages of investigations against PM Netanyahu. A special police unit arrived at the Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s residence Monday for a fourth round of questioning in their corruption investigation against the PM.
Israeli Defense Minister Lieberman will be flying to Washington tonight for meetings with senior officials including Vice President Mike Pence; his counterpart, James Mattis; and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Lieberman met with Mattis just two weeks ago in Munich. Talks will be on security concerns and the coming war.
EUCOM’s Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti meets IDF chief in Tel Aviv, and is slated to speak with heads of Military Intelligence, Gaza Division. The General is inspecting the joint US Israeli missile defense system. Israel is to be under the US European Command missile defense shield during the coming Mideast war.
Bennett demands annexation of Ma’ale Admin bill be tabled next Sunday as first step to major annexations on the West Bank, threatens resignation and end of government,
Netanyahu refuses Bennett to avoid confrontation with Trump and America.
Defense Minister Lieberman disclosed Monday in a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security committee, in response to demands from Bennett. Lieberman’s advice was for the government to stress clearly and unequivocally that it has no intention of taking this step. “I am telling you plainly that the Trump administration has told us in a direct message that annexation would provoke a crisis with the new US administration.” Lieberman also argued that such annexation would be a disaster for Israel.
It is critical that Israel avoid offending America’s Arab allies who are a crucial key to defeating Iran.
5 Mar: Israel holds nation wide military exercises today.
American forces deployed to Manjib, Syria to reassure Turkey that the Kurds have withdrawn to the east of the Euphrates.
The United States is continuing with several days of heavy aerial bombardment of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in what is being billed as an extended operation to eradicate the organization and the Islamic State from Yemen. Nearly 4,000 Marine’s and special forces are waiting off shore. Trump has also quietly approved the unannounced deployment of troops and special forces for action in Iraq, Syria, and North Africa.
A substantial American army is also being deployed to staging areas in Kuwait. 2,000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team are the first to arrive and are to be followed by many others including about 3,800 soldiers from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, which will deploy to Kuwait in support of combatant command mission requirements, according to an Army press release.
This force will be in position to move into Iraq Syria or to defend Kuwait or even enter Khuzestan – the oil producing region of Iran – if open hostilities break out with Iran.
Significant progress in Syria talks during the past week in Geneva with both government and rebel forces agreeing on a UN-brokered agenda for future talks, including talks expected to be begin later this month.
The rebels even agreed to “provisionally” accept the 12 principles the UN laid out for the peace process, laid out as a result of indirect negotiations with the UN mediator Staffan de Mistura.
Israeli Labor party to hold primaries in July as Israel prepares for a probable autumn election.
4 Mar: A Blessed Sabbath for all God’s Faithful!
3 Mar: As Israel prepares for war on Gaza and Hezbollah, beginning this spring; Hezbollah releases target list including the Haifa Ammonia plant and Israeli nuclear sites.
Nuclear locations on the list included the nuclear reactors at Dimona in southern Israel and Nahal Soreq on the Mediterranean coast.
Three secret locations for the production, assembly and storage of nuclear missiles and warheads. Kfar Zacharia near Beit Shemesh in the Jerusalem Hills, defined as the main depot for the Jericho Series I, II and III, of three-stage ballistic missiles, which can reach ranges of up to 6,000 km (3,600 miles), a factory in Beer Yaakov near the central Israeli town of Ramleh, the alleged production site for nuclear warheads; and the “Galilee Wing-20” plant at the Tefen Industrial Park, 17 km from the town of Carmiel, a facility where the Rafael Advanced Defense System Authority was said to mount nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles and prepare them for launching.
The video stresses that Hezbollah now possesses precise missiles able to pinpoint and destroy every single facility. Just two weeks ago, Nasrallah “advised” Israel that its large ammonia tank in Haifa and the nuclear reactor in Dimona would be targeted if Israel launches any further attacks on the organization.
Israel is now desperately draining the huge ammonia facility in Haifa to be completed by end March and moving nuclear materials.
Hamas has warned Israel that they will respond to any further Israeli attacks and Hezbollah has also warned Israel that they will respond to any further Israeli attacks on it.
A major Middle East war has been planned and prepared for over the past decade and can now be ignited at any time.
Update: Netanyahu rejects Bennett pressure. In Israel Bennett ratchets up pressure on Netanyahu to break his promise to Trump and keep signed agreement with Jewish Extremists, going so far as to obliquely threaten him with the courts.
It is imperative that Bibi keep his promise to Trump in order to have Arab support in the coming Mideast wa against Extremists, Gaza, Hezbollah and Iran. Since they cannot leak the deals on the coming war and the reasons for the building delays, Bennett will logically leave the coalition bringing down the government so as to be seen as the champion of the right in the next election.
Israeli Coalition postpones vote on annexation bill for one week.
2 Mar: America carries out flurry of attacks in Yemen. The US military carried out a series of attacks against the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQIP) organization on Thursday. US spokesmen said the 20 strikes in the areas of Abyan, Al Bayda and Shabwah targeted weapons depots, command centers and heavy weapons such as missiles. Earlier, US sources announced that four Al Qaeda terrorists were killed in airstrikes by two American drones in the southern part of the country. One attack was against a position in Ayan province, while the other was against the home of an Al Qaeda member in Shabwa province.
Hamas announces new policy, from now on they will retaliate for each Israeli attack on them. Israel routinely attacks Hamas for the activities of other organizations which Hamas has been valiantly trying to stop.
After firefight with Israel on Gaza border today Hamas warns Israel to back off or face another war.
Syrian troops advance against Islamic State west of the Euphrates.
Israel is delaying war on Gaza to deal with internal political problems among which are new rules for for the Security Cabinet and a growing coalition crisis over annexation of occupied land.
Early Monday morning a rocket exploded in Sha’ar HaNegev region. There were no casualties and no property was damaged but Israel shelled multiple sites and bombed four sites in Gaza. A rocket exploded in Ashkelon beach early Wednesday night. Hamas immediately began evacuating security posts in preparation for Israeli attacks and another cycle of violence. A brace of rockets blamed on Islamic State has both sides threatening war, only this time Israel – backed by Trump – is determined to totally eradicate the Gaza militants.
Meanwhile the Netanyahu government is shaking over proposals to annex Ma’ale Adumim which Bibi promised Trump to prevent until after peace talks. Former Amona residents have also begun a hunger strike over Netanyahu’s promise to Trump to delay building a new settlement for them after the recent demolition of the illegal Amona outpost.
Rocket from Gaza strikes Hof Ashkelon region shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Bibi will not tolerate drizzle of rockets and Hamas’s military wing threatened Tuesday to retaliate against Israel should the Jewish state strike Gaza again. Apparently the Islamic State is trying to provoke another conflict.
After delaying efforts to annex a Jerusalem-area settlement at Trump’s request, far right lawmakers are set to introduce legislation to annex Ma’ale Adumim. The annexation bill will be put forward by Likud MK Yoav Kish and Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich at the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday.
The bill will place extreme pressure on the Israeli coalition because Netanyahu had promised Trump he would not allow the move and will be obligated to resist the bill.
Trump’s Mexico wall a financial non starter. The Department of Homeland Security, the DHS has so far identified only $20 million that can be re-directed to the $21.6 billion dollar project.
A U.S. intelligence official told Reuters on Wednesday that a Hellfire missile fired by a CIA drone killed Al-Qaeda deputy leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri near the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib last Sunday.
1 Mar: Iraqi forces cut last road out of Mosul, after most Islamic State fighters and dependants fled the city for Deir Ez-Zor Syria. Iraqi government buildings in Mosul to be liberated in short order.
Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi gives farewell speech, last orders. Baghdadi ordered the closure of the ISIS command centre in Iraq and asked the group’s non-Arab fighters to either return to their countries or detonate themselves, promising them “72 women each in heaven.” The fight to liberate Mosul will continue for some weeks yet before final holdouts are mopped up. Then Iraqi forces will mop up right to the Syrian border while Trump prepares for the fight inside Syria.
Last night president Trump spoke to a joint session of congress, presenting his budget wish list including well over one trillion dollars in new additional spending. The speech appears to have been a pep talk for the nation designed to get the public behind the proposals as an incentive to congress to pass what would normally be impossible.
The plan is very obviously to spend America into prosperity in the hope that massive public debt financed spending will spark a robust economy. The United States is already hopelessly in debt and the move is one which will bring short term prosperity, but will make America even more dependent on its creditors. When the world turns away from the Petro-dollar the dollar and dollar dependent economies like the US, Canada, Australia and Britain, will come crashing down.
President’s speech a political pep talk consisting of a wish list that will be incredibly difficult to pass and even more difficult to finance.
Donald Trump’s speech to congress this evening is expected to cover goals, the budget and domestic issues. He has received and approved a general outline for the coming war today and is now awaiting a detailed ready for execution plan.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced today that Turkey-backed forces will move toward the northern Syrian town of Manbij after completing their operation in al-Bab as originally planned.
Erdogan also appeared to accept Kurdish forces east of the Euphrates in Syria, said the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia – which Turkey regards as a terrorist organization – should be moved to the east of the Euphrates river.