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News Prophecy Blog, Apr 2018

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23 Apr:   Israel-  Netanyahu to delay High Court vote for one week, will consult with the court president and vice president this Sunday.

Bennett publishes coalition agreement with Likud and demands that Likud stick to the deal and support the High Court bill.

Iran-  French President Macron begins a state visit to Washington Monday, April 23; German Chancellor Merkel is due on Friday, while Iranian foreign minister Javad Mohammed Zarif is spending the week in New York.  Working papers were prepared for the US-European summit in Washington by a team of US, French, German and British diplomats. 

Trump is demanding IAEA access to Iranian military bases, and an end to missile testing [missile testing is not part of the deal] and an extension to the deal beyond its expiry date or he will withdraw from the agreement on May 12.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart agreed that their governments would continue to support the deal the Iran nuclear deal which they had signed on to.

Iran has enormous problems and is now ripe for a “Made in America”  revolution, as an Israeli Iran confrontation looms.

Turkey-  Erdogan has called elections for late June apparently lulled into a false sense of security suddenly has a big fight on his hands.   

Meral Aksener, a popular former interior minister who last year founded the Iyi Party after splitting with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is rapidly rising as a credible populist challenger to Erdogan . 

Bible Prophecy says that Turkey will support a peace with Israel and will then lead the Islamic world [except Egypt] against the Jewish State when the radicals in Israel sabotage the peace.  Turkey and the Islamic world will then ally with the now rising New Federal Europe.

G-7-  G-7 foreign ministers met in Toronto Sunday and Monday to prepare the agenda for a G-7  leaders summit in June.

 

22 Apr:    USA-  French president Macron begins state visit to Washington tomorrow.  Topping the agenda is Iran and Trump’s threat to exit the nuclear agreement on 12 May.

The Truman Carrier Strike Group is now station keeping off the Syrian coast.

Much of the B-2 stealth bomber and Kc-10 tanker fleet as well as other forces are engaged in a massive training exercise in the US.   The air force was overwhelmed with queries about suspicious traffic and finally announced the exercise they could not keep from public eyes.  “Neptune Falcon/Neptune Hawk are joint air interoperability exercises designed to maintain readiness and evaluate employment capabilities in a realistic training environment. The exercises, held 16 April to 5 May 2018, consist of U.S. personnel from across the services.” 

Another war readiness drill “Red Flag” will run between April 26 – May 11, out of Eielson Air Force base in Fairbanks and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.

Israel-  Israeli cabinet to vote on neutralizing Supreme Court decisions next Sunday. “The override clause, if it passes, puts Israeli democracy in a new situation in which there are no checks and balances, and just a dictatorship of the government,” Meretz leader Tamar Zandberg.  The bill put forward by Bennett is already the subject of public demonstrations.  The move challenges Netanyahu’s plan to delay the bill until next month and is being resisted by the Kahlon coalition faction.  The Bennett move precipitates yet another Coalition crisis, this one very serious indeed.

Hamas-  Israel rounds up Hamas men in Ramallah

Malaysia’s deputy prime minister, said the gunmen who shot dead the Palestinian electrical engineer Fadi al-Batsh Saturday are believed to be Europeans with links to a foreign intelligence agency. Al-Batch was murdered early Saturday by two men on  a motorbike [a classic Israeli technique] when he was on his way to dawn prayers at the local mosque.  Hamas accused the Mossad of staging the assassination as Israel’s defense minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that was working on ways to improve the accuracy of Hamas rockets

 

21 Apr:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Today is the second Sabbath after the Wave Sheaf Offering. 

Enjoy some fantastic film from Hubble. Missing WW2 German sub finally found

Inspectors being kept out of Douma by UN after all, as reporters throng the scene without finding any evidence of chemicals and without any ill effects.

 

20 Apr:   Coming Mideast War-  Israel Iran trade threats.  Israel Hamas trade threats of assassinations

Gaza-  Gaza demonstrators attack Israel with kites bearing fire bombs.

Korea-  North Korea drops demands that US pull troops out in return for denuclearization.  The demands on the US are no longer relevant as a precondition since the matter will become part of the talks.  Korea historical background.

 

19 Apr:   Syria=  The Syrian army has begun a major attack om Nusrah Front [a faction of Al Qaeda] rebels in the eastern Qalamoun mountains just northeast of Damascus.  Damascus forces also concentrate on the Yarmouk refugee camp in the south of the city where other terrorists are located.  Syria is trying to turn the insurgents into allies against Israel by offering safe evacuations to the Israeli border.  However the insurgents are backed by Israel, the Arab States  and the West; the Syrian situation was never a real civil war but a foreign insurgency which recruited a few locals.

Israel-  Interview with Yair Lapid the front runner to succeed Netanyahu.

Korea-  Like Hitler’s bloodless victories of the 1930’s Trump’s threats and his playing the “Crazy Card” could be enough.  North Korea to hold Plenary Meeting of the Communist party Friday.  North Korea is in deep discussions with the South and the US on a peace treaty to finally end the war.  The peace treaty and deal would see the North denuclearize and the US leave the peninsula with a full normalization of relations with the South.  This once achieved this will be the first key step in the Trump withdrawal from Asia. 

North Korea has said over and over through the years that it could consider giving up its nuclear arsenal if the US removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear deterrence umbrella threat to the DPRK. 

It looks like Trump is about to declare victory and withdraw; while Kim may also be in a position to declare victory gaining his long sought goals.

After the fast approaching Middle East war and the resulting peace deal there, a Roman Pontiff will visit the Temple Mount and the Israeli Settler Movement will sabotage the peace, bringing a full scale ware against Israel (Psalm 83) and the New Federal Europe will enter the Jewish State to save them and to secure their nuclear weaponry. 

These events will bring an abandonment of the Petrodollar bringing economic collapse to the dollar dependent countries and forcing a US withdrawal from Japan and the rest of Asia. The nations of Asian will then coalesce together, probably around the present Shanghai Cooperation Organization

In its third year the New Federal Europe will attack this Asian Consortium, which will absorb the strike and counterattack against Europe flooding into its allies in the Middle East and then Messiah will come to save humanity.  The New Europe’s other allies in  Latin America will not be spared.  Visit our Articles for more.

 

18 Apr:   Announcing the publication of our first four totally new, New Testament books.  For details please visit this article at our Bible Studies site

Turkey-  President Erdogan calls elections for June 24, more than a year early.  Turkey is prophesied to lead the Islamic world [except Egypt] and to ultimately ally with the now rising New Federal Europe (Psalm 83).

Syria- The truth about the Douma chemical attack leaks out, maybe?  The patients were overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation in the rubbish-filled tunnels and basements in which they lived, on a night of wind and heavy shelling that stirred up a dust storm.

Korea-  US Secretary of State-designate Pompeo made a top-secret visit to North Korea over Passover weekend to meet with  Kim Jong Un in preparation for a summit now tentatively planned for June.  

Cuba-  In a session of the National Assembly opening Wednesday — and probably culminating with a succession vote Thursday — members are expected to replace the retiring Raúl Castro with Miguel Díaz-Canel.

 

17 Apr:   A Blessed New Moon for All God’s Faithful!  The new moon was sighted by multiple witness in Jerusalem after sunset this evening making 18 April the first day of the second biblical month!

God’s Word tells us to begin the new month with the first visible light of the new moon as seen from Jerusalem.  The new moon day is an Appointed Time like Passover and is not a High Day, it is to be observed with Bible Studies and the Shofar.  For more information please see the Calendar articles at this category.   

When Christ comes and the Ezekiel Temple is built, special new moon sacrifices will be offered and in addition to the Shofar being sounded in every town, the two silver trumpets will be sounded over the sacrifices in the Temple at Jerusalem.  See Ezekiel 40-48 and the Leviticus studies at the same site.

Remember that when Christ comes he will require all humanity to observe the New Moons.  Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.

Syria-  Syria invites OPCW inspectors into Ghoutta without UNSC resolution.

Alexander Rodionov of the Russian military’s chemical weapons protection unit announced that Russia has found chlorine and components for producing mustard gas at a rebel laboratory in Douma.  The canister with chlorine was similar to the one shown in images released by Islamists on the internet. (Associated Press)

USA-  Trump delays announcing further Russian sanctions.

Israel-  Israel readies for war with Iran/Syria/Hezbollah/Hamas.

IDF reinforced in the north, forces go to high alert.  Last night’s attack on Syria proved to be a US/Israeli cyber attack on Syrian air defenses and not a bombing strike. This time Russian air defenses aid Syria.  Such cyber attacks are designed to “light up” enemy air defenses so that they can be analyzed before they are attacked in the near future.  This move is a very strong indication of further attacks on Syria designed to destroy their air defenses in opening phase of war. 

Israeli settlers terrorize Palestinian villages; when the peace deal comes these folks will not agree and will sabotage the peace.

Netanyahu announces that he will give the coalition parties until the Knesset convenes its summer session on 30 April to resolve their differences on the High Court bill, then he will force the issue in early May. 

EU/Iran-  The EU fails to agree on measures to prevent a Trump withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Treaty 

 

16 Apr:   Breaking 19:00 PDT-   Large explosions heard at military bases in Syria.  Syria shoots down three missiles attacking base near Homs.  Big explosions were heard near Al Shayrat Air base in Homs province, and at two other bases in eastern Qalamoun near Damascus.

Mideast War- The Lebanese army has joined Hezbollah, the Syrian army and the Shiite militias under Iranian command in Syria to build a cohesive war front along Israel’s northern borders,” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday. “This presents us with a strategic challenge of the highest degree,” he said, and called for “a comprehensive rallying of the IDF and all security bodies to further ramp up and strengthen our readiness,” to confront this challenge. 

The New York Times-  Israel and Iran are now a hair-trigger away from going to the next level — and if that happens, the U.S. and Russia may find it difficult to stay out.

OPCW inspectors are waiting in Damascus for the necessary UNSC Resolution authorizing their inspection and access to the alleged site.  So far the UNSC is deadlocked with Russia vetoing the US proposal for a very limited mandate to only determine that chemicals were used; and the US vetoing  a much more robust Russian proposal mandating an investigation into who used any chemicals. 

Russia wants the OPCW to determine who used any detected chemicals believing that Syria dd not use chemicals.  What the US game is is not clear but Russia expects that the US wants to be in a position to blame Syria regardless of who is really to blame if any chemicals are detected and can only do this if the OPCW does not investigate who is to blame.  

Powerful Russian reinforcements headed to Syria.  The US is to announce sanctions on Russian companies dealing with Syria today.   An American Carrier Strike group, ten war ships and two more submarines is to arrive off Syria at the end of this week.   

The EU is deeply divided by the strikes made on Syria before any investigation is made.  The only “evidence” on which France and the US, UK based their claim was the staged propaganda film placed on the internet by an Islamist Militia.  EU foreign ministers will try to put on a united front at talks in Luxembourg on Monday despite divisions over the strikes on Syria and how to handle the growing diplomatic crisis with Moscow. 

The building crisis between the Anglo Americans and Russia will ultimately bring remarkable events to Europe and the world;  See the Home page and the Articles Category.

Israel-   Bill downgrading High Court decisions postponed until after Rabbinic Calendar Independence Day on April 19.  Discussions over intense disagreements underway with elections threatening.

 

15 Apr:   Israel-  Discussions on bill downgrading High Court decisions to mere recommendations to continue a few more days.  Election call possible over the issue and they want to allow time for serious discussions over the impasse.

US Syria Attack Follow Up-  

Heavy fighting has broken out near the US blocking bases on the Euphrates between US-backed militias  and Syrian / Iranian Shia militias backed by Russian security contractors.  American air attacks are ongoing in support of the SDF and Kurdish militias in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zour.

3600 US Marines join thousands of other allied forces in Jordan. 

A convoy of Russian ships transited the Bosporus Straits Friday and Saturday laden with air defense systems and  military equipment for the Syrian army.

Russian strategic Tu-95 and Tu-22M bombers deployed Thursday to air bases in Iran.  This posturing is probably designed to dissuade the US from striking those bases in Iran. 

Haley says  Coalition “locked and loaded” for next strike on Syria, as a powerful naval armada steams for the Middle East.

 

The OPCW Salisbury Skripal case findings-  The OPCW Swiss laboratory identified that the A234 nerve agent containing the BZ toxin was used in the poisoning of the Skripals.  The chemical has been in the possession of the US and the UK, but has never been produced in Russia.  See also RT report.

Specialists from the highly respected Swiss OPCW laboratory finished examining the samples on March 27, but the BZ chemical, as well as the Novichok toxin, were not mentioned in the OPCW’s final report; which only stated that  OPCW experts determined that a toxic chemical of high purity was used in the Skripal poisoning, and did not mention who could have been behind the incident. 

Is this why the US attacked to preempt the OPCW investigation in Syria?

The results of the examination conducted by a Swiss chemical lab that worked with the samples that London handed over to the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW), concluded  that Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with an incapacitating toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate or BZ.

The Swiss center sent the results to the OPCW.

However, the UN chemical watchdog limited itself only to confirming the formula of the substance used to poison the Skripals in its final report without mentioning anything about the other facts presented in the Swiss document.

On a side note, the Swiss lab is also an internationally recognized center of excellence in the field of the nuclear, biological, and chemical protection and is one of the five centers permanently authorized by the OPCW.

Israel has closed its air space to commercial and civilian flights over the Golan area. 

The US Coalition targeted the Mezza military airport outside Damascus, Arzza and the Jamarya “research center” formerly struck by Israel, also two chemical sites near Homs.

Not mentioned in the Perntagon briefing they also hit Syrian and Hezbollah military sites near the Al Dumeir air base, 24 Mi west of Damascus in the Qalamoun Mountains.

Washington, London and Paris have now paused their attack to assess Russian and Iranian responses and await the dozens of warships still in rote to the region.

Russian president Vladimir Putin called  for an immediate UN Security Council meeting on the attack, calling it a violation of the UN Charter and international law. He repeated that the chemical attack on Douma was “staged” and monitors had found no evidence that it had happened.  Indeed president Trump used colorful excoriation of Assad without offering any proof whatsoever.

 

14 Apr:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  Today is the first Sabbath after the Wave Sheaf Offering.  For detailed explanations of God’s commanded Spring Festivals click this link

 

13 Apr:   

Breaking 17:30 PDT:  The Trump coalition apparently unwilling to have the OPCW investigate in Syria has launched air strikes on Damascus.  The US, UK and France have conducted an extremely limited attack on three sites in Syria.  The move is a marker to indicate a willingness to act accompanied with a threat to strike hard if there are any future allegations of chemical use.

In a token strike the Coalition struck three empty Syrian bases with about 120 cruise missiles, 13 of which were shot down.  Men and equipment from the bases had already been evacuated.

Gaza-  Update 1 dead 968 wounded in Gaza today.

The Gaza health ministry reports that so far today, 528 Palestinians were injured by live ammunition and tear gas during demonstrations along the Strip’s border fence with Israel.  Clashes are currently ongoing in five locations near the security fence. Some 10,000 Palestinians are taking part in the demonstrations, the IDF says. 

Mideast War-  According to the Wall Street Journal, President Trump is continuing to push top military advisers to accept a plan for a “sweeping” military strike against the Syrian government. They say he is “unhappy” with the Pentagon’s offers so far, feeling they don’t go far enough.  Trump wants the strike not only to hit the Syrian government, but to “exact a price” from  Iranian assets in Syria. 

Officials warn of US Russia conflict over Syria. A US Russia crisis to motivate European nations to join a New federal Europe is coming very quickly.  See our Home Page and the detailed posts in our Articles Category.

 

12 Apr:   Israel-  Rabbinic Independence Day is April 19th.  

Haifa-  Mayor Yonah Yahav of Haifa issued orders to the town’s residents to prepare for war. The municipal authorities were instructed to open up public shelters and place emergency services on the ready.  Yahav advised families to prepare shelters and fortified rooms for occupation and lay in supplies of essential items.

Mideast War-  Germany refuses to take part in America’s war.

The last remnants of the Western backed Islamic rebels in Ghoutta have given up. 

Hezbollah and Syrian troops are now massed for an operation to liberate the Syrian Golan from Israeli backed rebels.  Israel threatens that they will not allow their rebel occupied zone to be overrun.

  • Russia clarifies that they will not defend Assad but will only react if Russian elements are targeted in Syria
  • The Israeli government appears likely to call early elections next week 
  • The US National Security Council meets to finalize war plans today. 
  • The British cabinet meets today to approve joining the US war coalition
  • Pressure is being kept up on Syria with threats of imminent attacks and there are already major military assets in the area with a major attack fleet to join them late next week. 
  • Syria which has troops massed on the Golan threatens war with Israel over the approaching US Coalition attack.  

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria in readiness for strikes against the Syrian military that could begin as early as Thursday night.  Trump has delayed the attack at the PM’s request until she can get cabinet approval expected today.

Israel bombs Hamas military compound in Gaza.

 

11 Apr:   Mideast War-  Syrian and pro-government forces are evacuating major airports and military airbases ahead of an American Coalition attack.

Trump reacts to Russian warnings by saying that he intends to attack Syria.  Right now Trump is playing a nerves game with Assad as he bolsters forces in the region.

The Russian military in Syria goes to a war footing vis a vis the United States, targeting US bases in the country.  Russia has implored Trump to back down and has warned the US that they will defend Syrian air space and will shoot down any attacking missiles or planes, they will also strike launching locations in response to any attack. 

In news ignored by the Western propaganda machine the Red Crescent [Red Cross] says that they have found no evidence that a chemical attack even took place in Ghoutta.

Israel-  Netanyahu Pushing Override of Laws Nixed by Top Court: ‘His Real Goal Is Early Elections’ – Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon won’t support general override power by Knesset, only a specific one regarding asylum seekers. (Haaretz+)

Netanyahu caused a political uproar Wednesday afternoon when he announced that his government would support legislation enabling the Knesset to prevent the court from disqualifying laws.  A strong bill will be ready by Sunday and is expected to bring elections since it is vehemently opposed by key coalition partner Kulanu leader Moshe Kahlon.  

A statement from the Likud party sent to Israeli media after the meeting said that “another meeting of coalition leaders will be convened on Sunday for an expedited discussion in order to move the legislation forward right away.”  Observers believe that Netanyahu is putting this forward to provoke an early election.

Israel announces that if war breaks out they will topple the Assad government

Today PM Netanyahu held consultations with his top security advisers: Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenklot, Air Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Amikam Nurkin, Military Intelligence Director Maj. Gen. Tamir Heiman and head of the National Security Council Meir Ben-Shabba.  The talks dealt with a potential attack in the North in response to the planned American strikes on Syria.

Government to push new bill allowing the Knesset to overrule the High Court.   The bill will remove all constraints on governments and will allow them to pass any law they want and overrule the Court’s decisions.  The bill is being discussed at a conference of party leaders today and is facing resistance by the Kulanu party which could bring elections.

 

10 Apr:   Breaking 17:00 PDT-   Civilian aircraft have been warned away from the eastern Mediterranean Sea and Syria area due to a bombardment of Syria within 72 hours.  A heavy attack, possibly of several days duration will prepare the way for a multi front Israeli regional war in the near future.

Israel-   Israel goes to High Alert over its attack on Syrian base killing seven Iranians, the looming US attack on Syria and possible response against Israel.  

Mideast War-  Guardian warns US attack on Syria risks confrontation with Russia.  I suggest that inside Syria, Russia is no match for the US or even Israel and that therefore Russia might respond elsewhere as our Home Page explains. 

The Syrian armed forces have gone to High Alert over an expected US attack sometime after today’s UNSC vote.  The US is to veto the Russian proposal and Russia is expected to veto the US proposal. 

The Russian Black Sea Fleet which includes forces in the Crimea and near Ukraine has gone to Highest Alert.

Reports indicate that President Trump has apparently taken the decision to go to war.   

The US, France and Britain are in talks about sharing responsibilities and preparing for a major operation against Syria.   The plan is presently looking at a major, days long operation in Syria, with a concerted allied assault on the Iranian military presence and Shia Militias in that country.   

Serious sanctions on Russia and Iran could be part of the mix of Trump moves.

This will undoubtedly lead to crisis with Syria, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah, involving Israel as well as the US Alliance.  The war on Syria/Iran/Hezbollah is expected to be accompanied by an Israeli operation in Gaza. 

It appears that a regional Middle War will begin within weeks which conflict will be followed by a restructuring of governments in the area.  

The guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook is already in position and a second Aegis class missile destroyer is in the Mediterranean and in route.    The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group departs the US port for the Middle East tomorrow.  Other forces are in preparation for deployment.  It should be remembered that there are massive air force assets including B1 bombers available.

 

9 Apr:   It seems obvious that the Douma chemical attack was carried out by rebels to give the US an excuse to take out Syrian air defenses prior to the coming regional war between Israel and Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria/Iran.   Will Trump make his move?

Russia has now stated that any US action in Syria will receive a strong reaction from Russia.  Will that deter Trump? or will it play into Trump’s hands to create the long planned crisis to bring in a New World Order with a Federal Europe balancing East and West?

Those seeking the Jeremiah or 12 Minor Prophets studies:  They have been removed for revision and updating.  The series through Jeremiah began anew this morning and will continue through the 12 Minor Prophets in April and May.

USA-  President Donald Trump vowed a “big price” would be paid by Syria for an alleged weapons attack Saturday. The perpetrators of the attack in the city of Douma, have yet to be identified, but US officials are already looking ahead toward using it as a pretext for war.

A meeting of the National Security Council is scheduled for Monday. This will be the first meeting of the council to be headed by new National Security Adviser super war monger John Bolton. The focus is expected to be options for attacking Syria.  The White House is refusing to take any option off the table, with possible military strikes.

US President Donald Trump said Monday that a major decision regarding Syria will be “very quick – within 24-48 hours.” He said, “We can’t allow atrocities like that… If it’s the Russians, if it’s Syria, if it’s Iran, if it’s all of them together, we’ll figure it out.”  Trump said his administration is studying the situation closely and is talking to military leaders and others about an appropriate response.

Syria-  Two Israeli F 15’s launched eight missiles at the Syrian T 4 air base killing 14 including Iranians.  The missiles also demolished several Iranian drones. 

Mideast War-  With events in Gaza and Syria escalating, Trump’s threats and Russia losing patience, things appear to be moving rapidly towards the expected regional Middle East war and the US – Russia crisis our sites have been consistently warning about for the past ten years. 

This is a long planned New World Order War and economic crisis to reset world conditions with a New Federal Europe as a balance between East and West and a new economic order.

Trump’s crazy trade war as well as the Middle East situation is meant to help set this up; and a major Middle East war, economic crisis and possible Russian reaction is being staged to get the nations of Europe to join together in establishing  a new federal entity while also establishing a new world economic system. 

The Holy Scriptures tell us that a miracle working religious leader will appear in the Vatican at just the right moment and will use his charismatic personality and influence to bring about this New Europe based on the Holy Roman Empire system.

Korea-  Quiet talks are underway between the US and the DPRK to set up a summit.  The US may want to take out Iran first so as to be in a position to intimidate the DPRK and the summit may not take place until June or later.

Gaza-  Next Friday Hamas plans to hold a ceremony burning an Israeli flag and raising a Palestinian flag at the border.

 

8 Apr:  A Blessed High Holy Day ending the Feast of Unleavened Bread for All God’s faithful.

Syria- 

Update-  In response to US allegations, Moscow warned Sunday that military intervention under “far-fetched, fabricated pretexts” in areas in Syria where Russian servicemen are deployed is “absolutely unacceptable and might lead to very severe consequences.” 

Some sources in Washington suspect that certain Syrian opposition groups are staging atrocities to prompt a US military surge in Syria, in reversal of President Trump’s announced intention of bringing US troops home.  This has in fact worked as the US has announced an open ended delay of any troop reductions for Syria.  US troop reductions are likely to come as part of a Mideast peace deal

Surprise, surprise Israel insists that the US attack Syria!  In incidents like this the key question is:  Who stands to gain by such a chemical attack?   In this case – and in the UK case – it is neither Russia nor Syria.  Early estimates of 70 dead in the alleged Ghoutta  attack have now dropped to 40, and with estimates shrinking no deaths have yet been confirmed.

Apparently a Syrian bomb struck an Islamic rebel chemical weapons hideout in Ghoutta as Syria advanced against the last of the rebel holdouts. 

Trump immediately claimed a Syrian chemical attack – with absolutely no proof of the origin of the chemicals – on Twitter Sunday: “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.” Trump went on to say: “Big price…” to pay. “Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!” 

Recent visitors to this site are aware that Russia has been warning that the US was about to blame a chemical event by the rebels on Syria and use it as an excuse to attack Syria for months.  Syria is within days if not hours from total victory in Ghoutta; why would they resort to chemical weapons now?   

These false claims are being used to demonize Syria ahead of the coming regional war, and to justify a major increase of US sanctions on Russia and possible US military intervention against Syria.  See the March 2018 News blog, 25 Mar entry.

Gaza-  Infiltrators pushed through the Gaza-Israel border fence opposite Deir al-Balach under cover of demonstrations. IDF tanks opened artillery fire to stop them. The Gazans later reported they had managed to set fire to IDF equipment. 

Now that Passover and the Feast are over Israel is contemplating dramatic moves against Gaza to preempt further b order violence.

 

7 Apr:   A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!

 

6 Apr:   USA-   Dow drops 570 points over Trump China trade tariffs. The United States Friday announced sanctions on seven of Russia’s richest men and 17 top government officials.

Gaza-   Nine dead and hundreds wounded as Gaza event dies down after the wind changes and blows heavy acrid toxic smoke into Gaza.  Israel holds back on threatened air strikes against Hamas inside Gaza.

Protest demonstrations begin; Hamas warns that if Israel carries out its threat to attack Gaza Hamas will attack Israel.  Israel may be planning a full scale war to wipe out the Hamas Military Wing and the militant groups ahead of the May 14th Independence Day, if that does not come off the massive demonstrations planned for May 13-15 will be critical as Syria/Hezbollah mass their forces on the Golan. 

Israel-  Netanyahu’s attack on the New Israel Fund appears to have boomeranged, as the peace oriented umbrella organization reported a massive rise in donations.

Egypt-Sinai-  The Egyptian Third Army has achieved a major breakthrough in its long battle against ISIS-affiliated groups in Sinai taking control of the Islamists’ cave headquarters in the central Sinai Halal mountain range. The Egyptian army divided into nine fighting groups  fought their way through 24 caves containing huge stores of ammunition and weapons, 29 booby-trapped motorbikes, stores of bombs and fuel, three vehicles with guns attached, wireless telecommunications devices and drugs. 

Syria-  After victory liberating  East Ghouta from Western backed Islamists, the Syrian army is massing to drive rebel forces out of Quneitra on the Israeli border,  Daraa near the Jordan border and the Qalamoun mountains on the Syrian-Lebanese border. Armored units of the 5th, 7th and 9th divisions are deploying for Quneitra; units of the 4th armored division for Daraa and other units of the 4th division for Qalamoun.   

These are the last rebel elements in Syria aside from Idlib in the north and a few small pockets, and of course the US backed Kurds.  How will Israel react to forces massing in the Golan demilitarized zone?

 

5 Apr:   USA-  The Gerald R Ford navy carrier disaster.

Israel Gaza-  Don’t be surprised if Israel launches an invasion of Gaza at any time in the coming weeks.  Israel has warned Hamas that they will not tolerate the situation on the  border.  Since it is not possible for Hamas to stop what has been started, war now seems both close and inevitable.  Gazan’s plan to try smoke screens for their demonstrations.  Israel informs the World Health Organization that Hamas burning thousands of tires would be an ecological disaster. 

Europe-  While Britain seeks a security treaty with the EU the French government will in June launch a deployable European military crisis force outside of existing European Union efforts, French Defence Ministry sources said on Wednesday. “The EU’s second-biggest army [Britain] is leaving the union so this multilateral project makes sense when everything is being broken up,” said a French military source.

Trump Trade War-  After Trump placed even more trade tariffs on China Wednesday, China his back with surprising speed and within hours increased the US goods to be taxed.  Trump may have Japan next in his sights.  

 

4 Apr:    Russia-  Kremlin demands British apology over “spy row idiocy”

Mideast War–  French special forces deploy to two US Syrian bases, Manbij and Remelin,  Reinforcing the Americans  blocking the supply route from Iran to Hezbollah during the coming war.   French troops formed up alongside US marines in Manbij and their jets and battle helicopters landed at the US air base in Remelin to provide air support for the US and French contingents posted in Manbij.

President Macron acted to consolidate Trump’s plans for the Kurdish districts of Syria. On March 29, he received a delegation of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and the Syrian Democratic Army, which led the battle for driving ISIS out of Raqqa. After praising their military feats, he pledged French support for “the stabilization of their security zone [read this as new Kurdish state] in northeastern Syria within the framework of an inclusive and balanced governance to prevent any resurgence of ISIS.

US marines reinforcements equipped with a large fleet of armored vehicles, heavy artillery and engineering equipment are building a new facility at the tiny Dadat village 5 Mi east of the Sajur river as a rear base for the new US defense line taking up positions along the Sajur River, one of the three tributaries that feed the Euphrates River in Syria from sources in Turkey.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi,  sent the Iraqi Army’s 5th Division to Sinjar province and lined his troops up on the Iraqi-Syrian border to help in the blocking maneuver for the coming war on Iran and Iranian backed Shia militias including Hezbollah. 

The moves come as Israel contemplates a surprise invasion of Gaza to preempt the May 13-15 Gaza demonstrations expected to see 300,000 Gazan’s storming the border, and Trump’s expected exit from the Iran nuclear deal.

 

3 Apr:  Korea-  Korea summit 

UK-  The UK’s own chemical weapons lab reveals that there is no proof poison in recent attack came from Russia.  Britain has still produced absolutely no proof to back up its allegations and subsequent actions against Russia.  The international chemical weapons body meets tomorrow in response to a Russia request. 

China US-  In response to Trump’s launch of a trade war; China, Monday placed tariffs on 128 US products.  Today Trump upped the stakes proposing a 25% tax on 1,300 Chinese products.  

Israel-   Gaza Israel gear up for this Friday’s demonstrations.  After that some 30,000 are expected on Prisoners Day April 17, the day of Palestinian solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails many of them held without convictions or even charges.  These demonstrations are practice runs for May 13-15 when more than 300,000 demonstrators are expected to crash the border fence. Israel is indicating that they will respond very harshly on Prisoners Day in the hope of preventing the May demonstrations.  That tactic will not work, only further inflaming the situation and playing into the hands of the militants.

 

1 Apr:  May All God’s Faithful Have a Blessed Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread!  By the Biblical Calendar that God gave to Moses, today is Passover day and the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread begins at sunset tonight.  For articles explaining the Biblical Spring Festivals click here [New Spring Festivals articles will be posted every day until the end of the Feast],  for articles on the Biblical Calendar click here.

Gaza-  17 Gazan’s dead more than 1400 wounded and Israel is threatening an invasion of the strip.  Demonstrations could ease now as preparations continue for much bigger protests on May 14-15.

Syria-   The US continues to build up forces in Syria to block Hezbollah and the Shia Militias from Iranian support during the coming war.

Russian Maj.-Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko confirmed Saturday that at least 41,000 members of the insurgent Faylaq al-Rahman group have been evacuated with their families from East Ghouta and relocated to Idlib in the north. The deal brokered by the Russian military completes the handover of the rebel-held enclave east of Damascus to the Syrian government.  A few small pockets of resistance remain in Douma.

Russia-  Russia expels another 59 foreign diplomats Friday after expelling 150 on Thursday.

Israel-   The government enters yet another of its interminable crises as Netanyahu tries to co-opt Independence Day from the Knesset to shore up his personal political situation.

Iran-   Preparing for the looming conflict, Iran is about to shut down international messaging services which western based agents used to stir up the recent riots.  Iran will replace the services used by foreign agencies to ignite riots with its own internally based system.

 

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