13 Dec: Close Netanyahu buddy facing corruption charges as Bibi himself will be grilled yet again this week.
Trump to demand major concessions from Israel via Pence visit as quid pro quo for recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital.
Two rockets fired from Gaza last night one falling short in the strip.
12 Dec: Knesset: After an all night session the Sabbath bill passes first reading in the Knesset at 4:30 am today. The bill must still pass second and third readings to become law. Today’s first reading passage may have much to do with not embarrassing US VP Pence [with a coalition crisis] who is scheduled to address the Knesset next Monday, and final third reading passage is not guaranteed.
Hundreds of thousands of Jews are expected to attend the funeral of Orthodox Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, who died this morning at 104. He held significant, and usually decisive, influence over both ultra-Orthodox parties (UTJ and Shas).
US President Trump enabled the Russian withdrawal from Syria by accepting Syrian president Assad remaining until the next scheduled Syrian election in 2021. This acceptance is merely a ploy as the looming regional war could destroy Hezbollah and put the Assad regime in grave jeopardy.
The Russian withdrawal of its air force will still take weeks as the fight against the Al Nusrah Front winds down.
11 Dec: Two more rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip Monday night and were intercepted by Iron Dome over the Israeli town of Ashkelon.
Israel hits Hamas with artillery fire and aerial bombs after an unidentified group fires a single rocket from the Gaza strip. In the Knesset the opposition delays voting by tabling thousands of amendments to proposed controversial legislation.
Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a “United States of Europe” put forward by the Social Democrats (SPD), with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition. Formal coalition talks will begin this Wednesday.
Botched NYC subway attack wounds four including attacker. A suicide vest appeared to have a very light load of explosives and went off prematurely before the attacker could board a train.
Russia withdraws from Syria: Russian President Putin visited the Russian military base.in Syria today and addressed the troops ordering Russian forces to withdraw from Syria. “I order the defense minister and the chief of general staff to start withdrawing the Russian group of troops to their permanent bases,” Putin said as he visited Hmeimim airbase, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. “I have taken a decision: a significant part of the Russian troop contingent located in Syria is returning home to Russia.” Russia will leave behind a caretaker force to maintain its two bases in the Alawite populated Latakia province on the coast. Putin also met with Syrian President Assad.
Over the coming weeks Russia will draw down its forces in Syria, which will open the way for the looming regional war. Once Hezbollah has been crushed by Israel in that war the western backed rebels can rush out of their safe havens to overthrow the Assad regime.
Why the recent media blitz on sexual misconduct? The media were setting the public mind for the real target which is Donald Trump.
10 Dec: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted Friday that the ‘Status of Jerusalem was not final’ and said that US embassy move won’t happen in the next 2 years. Indeed, Trump did not refer to Jerusalem as ‘undivided’ nor did he refer to E. Jerusalem. Haaretz has a video discussion of what Trump didn’t say in his Jerusalem speech. Israeli commentator of Hahadashot News show, Amnon Abramovich, said that “Trump meant to refer in his statement to West Jerusalem only” and added that “I would have preferred that instead of that, he would give half a billion dollars to the city, which is the poorest in Israel.
Tens of thousands of anti corruption demonstrations marched in Tel Aviv, Nahariya, Hadera, Afula, Netanya, Rishon LeZion, Modi’in, Jerusalem and Beersheba last evening.
New in the Likud: a poll for choosing Netanyahu’s successor – The organizers of the Likud’s annual leadership event next month in Eilat will allow polling to see who is the preferred candidate to take over the chairman of the movement and the government, just in case Netanyahu is forced out in the near future.
The present candidates: Ministers Yisrael Katz, Gilad Erdan, Miri Regev and Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein and former minister Gideon Sa’ar. (Yoaz Hendel, Yedioth/Ynet) The five named men are discussing the possibility of teaming up to force out and replace Netanyahu as Likud leader and are negotiating who will lead the group and become the new party leader and prime minister.
The Likud is gaining a reputation as “Corruption Incorporated” over the many corruption investigations and allegations, even the Likud coalition whip faces another grilling as Likud awash in corruption investigations, and the five could act to save the party.
Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett announced Saturday plans to launch a bid for the premiership after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s term in office comes to an end. (Israel Hayom) The meaning of this is that if Netanyahu is forced to step down the other coalition parties will not accept a new Likud leader as PM and will demand new elections.
Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog: “On Monday we will impose a parliamentary siege on the Knesset” – Opposition leader says opposition will battle against “the insistence of Netanyahu and his people to promote a series of extremely dangerous laws, especially the Recommendations Law, which more than anything will help Israel’s greatest criminals against Israeli citizens.”
Herzog added that the 48 hour public protest in the Knesset was vital to exerting pressure on the coalition to “withdraw from this blitz of crazy laws” and that “in the coming year we will go to elections.” (Maariv Hebrew)
Knesset faces important bills this week;
- The Police Recommendations bill,
- The Sabbath bill closing markets outside of Tel Aviv,
- The Security bill giving the Security Cabinet full war powers.
Close encounters with Russia as US warplanes invaded Syrian airspace in November.
9 Dec: A Blessed Sabbath for all God’s Faithful!
The Hamas uprising has been paused until Hezbollah is ready. Operation against Al Nusrah Front [Al Qaeda] in Syria, began today with more than 100 Russian airstrikes on the ANF in Idlib and Hama provinces. Gaza war expected later in 2018.
Russia announced the end of the Islamic State war in Syria a few days ago, today the Iraqi leader announced the end of the Islamic State inside Iraq.
Demonstrations began again early today with Israel using draconian measures including live fire to smother all protests.
Israel warns; any further rockets from Gaza and Israel will inflict a severe response. This warning is practically begging some small group to launch a rocket which Israel can then use as an excuse for its long planned destruction of the Gaza militias.
Abbas and regional religious officials refuse to see VP Pence during next week’s trip.
Saudi Arabia pulled no punches when it condemned President Donald Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But Palestinian officials say Riyadh has also been working for weeks behind the scenes to press them to support a developing US peace plan. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in November discussed in detail a grand bargain that Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, are expected to unveil in the first half of 2018.
Trump has now recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but he did not say “undivided” nor did he acknowledge Israeli sovereignty over East Jerusalem. WATCH for a solution which would be; declaring a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem as well, accompanied by internationalizing the Temple Mount [now under Jordanian administration] as a World Treasure.
Trump sought to temper the blow from his Jerusalem announcement with a phone call to Abbas on Tuesday, stressing that the Palestinians stood to gain from the plan being drawn up by Kushner and US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt. In his call Trump told Abbas: ‘I will be making some proposals for you that you will like’. When Abbas pressed him on details, Trump didn’t give any.”
This call and other communications through the Saudi’s have tempered the Palestinian Authority’s response to the Trump Jerusalem announcement, although for political reasons they must condemn the Trump announcement at this time.
Once the war is completed and new regional governments have been established, a Grand Bargain will be agreed, the miracle working Roman pope will be set up who will recommend that nations join a New Federal Europe, and he will go to the Holy Place; which will trigger the onset of the tribulation (1 Thess 5:3, Mat 24:14), as soon as end 2018!
Israel bombs four Hamas military sites this morning killing two men.
Turkey begins hard push for leadership of the Islamic world as the whole world condemns Trump move. According to Psalm 83, Turkey is prophesied to lead the Islamic world exclusive of Egypt [Iran will experience regime change and enter the American Israeli orbit for a very short time, when the trib begins Iran will turn to Asia], and will ally with the now rising New Federal Europe at the beginning of the tribulation.
8 Dec: Israel sends Hamas ultimatum: Any more rockets and we will come.
In response to an Israeli multi casualty attack on Gaza a rocket from the Gaza Strip exploded at 2200 hours [local] Friday night on Hehalutz St. the main street in the Israeli town of Sderot.
At least 25 casualties [mostly civilians including six children living nearby] in Israeli air strikes on two Hamas military facilities as Israel conducted air strikes Friday night in the Gaza Strip in response to a single rocket intercepted from Gaza and a second rocket which fell on open ground. They targeted Hamas military facilities in the northern Gaza sector and were reinforced by IDF artillery fire.
The rocket was fired after 1 Gazan were killed and 30 wounded during the day and a commander in Hamas’s armed wing, Mahar Atalla, reportedly died from wounds inflicted in clashes with the IDF earlier in the day.
Yesterday Israel bombed Hamas after two rockets were launched from Gaza although neither made it to Israel both falling short. The rockets were fired by a small Salafist group.
1 Killed 300 Palestinians injured in protests at numerous locations on the West Bank today. Demonstrations were contained due to an extremely heavy Israeli military presence and a lack of decision by the Palestinian Authority. Meanwhile there were large demonstrations in Turkey, Jordan, and Iranian clerics call for war.
The PLO executive and leaders of the PA will meet to decide how to react to the Trump declaration.
Netanyahu has declared that he will call elections if the budget is not ready by 12 January which is months ahead of schedule. Barring unforeseen developments the next significant date for Israel is Purim on 1 March by the Rabbinic Calendar.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh: “Tomorrow, we launch a new intifada for the liberation of Jerusalem.” He demanded that the Palestinian Authority halt its security cooperation with Israel. Egyptian President Abdel Fatteh El-Sisi ordered Egyptian officials to leave Gaza at once.
Israel sends thousands of troops to the West Bank and puts thousands more on stand by.
Escalating demonstrations and attacks can be expected especially on Friday’s and perhaps during the Pence speach to the Knesset on Dec 18.
- Israel is expected to pass the Police Recommendations bill this coming Monday and Netanyahu is likely to apply crushing force on the West Bank, smothering any potential uprising.
- Then Netanyahu riding high in the polls due to getting US recognition of Jerusalem and crushing the uprising could call elections.
- Once Israel has tens of thousands of troops tied down on the West Bank it will be time for an attack from Gaza, and Phase Two of the war will begin.
- Once thousands more troops are tied down in Gaza, Phase 3 with Hezbollah Iran begins.
The US and Israel are playing along with the Iranian-Hamas-Hezbollah mutliphase Master Plan.
UNSC to hold emergency meeting on Jerusalem Friday.
The reason for the crisis: Earlier this year Russia recognized West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but Trump recognized Jerusalem – without specifying “West Jerusalem.” This implies that Trump is recognizing ALL of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. This Trump move is illegal under international law as the UNSC including the US, has condemned the Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem as illegal.
The whole world rejects Trump Jerusalem action and Trump sets up the US as assuming full responsibility for the coming war. Now the Middle East will be plunged into war which the whole world will blame on Donald Trump, and when the following peace is derailed by the Israeli Extremists backed by Trump the US will be isolated and alone.
6 Dec: Today president Trump accepted that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and said that they would begin to prepare to move the US embassy there; a matter which could easily take years. He did NOT say that the US accepted Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem.
In practical terms the Trump statement was a virtually meaningless gesture except for the intense and extremely provocative symbolism in offering recognition to an Israeli aspiration while offering absolutely nothing to the Palestinians.
The move seems to be a symbolic political gesture designed to provoke the Palestinians, Hamas, Hezbollah and the Shiite Muslims; in a deliberate effort to ignite regional conflict, so that those entities can be defeated to open the way for the Trump Middle East Peace Initiative.
Israel’s southern residents wary as IDF increases activity near Gaza border – “I see a lot of bustle; it’s very clear to us that something is going on in the area, Military Police are preventing access [to certain places],” says one resident near border (Israel Hayom)
Iranian president Rouhani will attend a special summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the main pan-Islamic body called by Turkey for Dec 13 in response to US Jerusalem announcement. Meanwhile it is being reported that the Sunni States like the Saudi’s, while publicly decrying the Trump announcement are privately supporting the move.
Saudi Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman had informed President Trump that, while Riyadh publicly objects to Jerusalem’s recognition as Israel’s capital, and relocation of the US embassy, neither would be a bar to Saudi engagement with Israel; nor should they be detrimental to Trump administration’s Middle East Peace Initiative.
Apparently a back room deal has been made with Israel for war on Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah and the pending US Jerusalem announcement is part of the deal and the coming overall Mideast Peace initiative.
Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar which is the supreme Islamic institution of Sunni Muslims, on Tuesday warned that “the gates of hell” will open if the United States goes through with plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy to Jerusalem. Following his meeting with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, el-Tayeb said such a move would ignite the feelings of anger among all Muslims, endanger global peace and increase tensions, divisions and hatred around the world.
Israel conducts second major logistics drill on Syrian border in months. The drills practice the distribution of equipment to mobilized reservists.
5 Dec: Trump to make Jerusalem announcement tomorrow as USA prepares to defund the Palestinian Authority. Hamas calls for a “Day of Rage” and mass demonstrations Friday, and has also called for another Jerusalem uprising across the West Bank which call is being backed by the Palestinian Authority.
Netanyahu and the Israeli’s had demanded American recognition of Jerusalem and a move of the US embassy in the near future. Depending on how the Trump speach is worded it could start another Palestinian uprising as a prelude to regional war.
It is possible that here could even be a regional war BEFORE an Israeli election call.
Today President Donald Trump phoned Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to prepare the ground for his announcement Wednesday on the status of Jerusalem.
The Trump administration correctly assesses the Syrian regime as in a state of collapse and totally dependent on its allies. As reported at this site for years now, the coming war which will crush Hezbollah and the Shia militias and change the regime in Iran, will open the way for the foreign instigated and sponsored rebellion to remove Assad.
There are rumors flying in Likud that senior Likud members may take steps to remove and replace Netanyahu in the party.
Heavy fighting in Sinai overnight, between Egypt and elements of Islamic State has caused multiple false rocket alarms in southern Israel.
Three Israeli missiles shot down as Israel again attacks Damascus area. This time Israel attacked the Jamarya compound.
4 Dec: Israeli Police make 21 arrests of officials in Israeli corruption case.
Israeli “Police Recommendations Bill” postponed until next Monday so that a new clause excluding presently ongoing investigations can be added. The new changes practically guarantee its passage.
Trump is under heavy Palestinian pressure not to accept Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until negotiations resolve the issues. Recent Washington reports may be just a false rumor to put Trump in the position of giving the Palestinians something.
Islamic Jihad has announced that it is still preparing to respond to the Israel killing of its men in the tunnel bombing a few weeks ago. They are expected to respond after Netanyahu calls an election, bringing another Israel Gaza war.
Although it is impossible to set a date at this time, the election call will come after the police bill is passed and could come – possibly over the budget – as early as sometime in January or February. Once the Islamic Jihad strikes, Netanyahu will use it as a reason to establish his election credentials as Mr Security and respond in force.
Bibi and his far right coalition partners are fully determined to wipe out all Gaza militias this time around, and are prepared for an escalation to Hezbollah and even Iran.
3 Dec: Israel blocks some roads adjacent to Gaza due to intense Israeli military activity.
Large-scale US forces arrived at the Kaywan base-K1 west of the oil city of Kirkuk Iraq, and then hundreds of US troops headed east on Dec. 1 to take control of the Siddiq military airport, before advancing to Tuz Khumatu 60 Mi west of the Iraqi-Iranian border.
The move was accompanied by a letter from Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Al Qods chief, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, putting Iran on notice that America would hold Iran responsible any clashes between US forces and Shia Militias. Then early Sabbath morning Israel bombed a meeting of Shiite Militia and Iran military leaders in Damascus.
The American move is in preparation for cutting off Shia Militias in Iraq from sources of supply in Iran during the coming war between Hezbollah and Israel.
Sabbath issue resolved in cabinet today and Israeli police reveal a year-long graft and organized crime investigation surrounding coalition whip, Netanyahu buddy MK David Bitan, the day before final voting on a bill to prevent police from revealing their recommendations on such investigations.
After mass demonstrations by tens of thousands against the police bill, Netanyahu today officially added a clause to the bill making it non applicable to existing investigations. This means that police can make and publicize their recommendations on the present Netanyahu corruption investigations.
Washington sources are reporting that Donald Trump will accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a speach this Wednesday. Israel and the Palestinians are preparing for a series of protests and Hamas is calling for a violent uprising if this happens.
After touring the Middle East to set up the next war US Vice President Pence is scheduled to address the Knesset on Dec 18th, the speach is reported be about American friendship and security guarantees for Israel.
Donald Trump claiming no establishment connections has just managed to pass a big tax reduction bill for the US Establishment’s richest people and corporations.
2 Dec: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!
The Israeli military attacked several government military bases in Al Kiswah on the southwest outskirts of Damascus last night. The Israeli raid was aimed at government military sites as well as positions of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, the sound of large explosions caused by the raid was heard in Damascus and its surroundings. The .attack on the Syrian army’s 1st Division’s ammunition dump near Al-Kiswah 8 Mi southwest of Damascus and 30 Mi from the Golan.
Syria shot down two of the incoming missiles and a short time later, the Syrian army announced that units of its 7th armored division and the 42nd brigade of its 4th division had just launched an offensive on the Beit Jinn pocket of Israeli backed rebels and Druze on Mount Hermon a little more than 4 km away from IDF positions on the mount.
1 Dec: The Saban Forum a US Military, Financial, Industrial Establishment, Brooking’s Institute backed forum for Israeli American relations, is to begin airing its ideas for Middle East peace on Sunday.
Israel in coalition crisis over the Sabbath. With “Bibi Bill” also coming up next week, religious parties threaten coalition over Sabbath desecration as Yisrael Beytenu says they will vote against Sabbath bill this Sunday.
Trump plans to visit the UK are put off after Trump tweets extremist rhetoric and then attacks PM May.
Israeli solder killed by attacker and Islamic Jihad launches mortar barrage yesterday, after settlers shoot Palestinian man dead.
The Geneva Syrian peace talks have been extended to December 15 indicating progress, as Russia announces that preparations for withdrawal from Syria are already underway.