United States to open US Embassy in Jerusalem in May

israel-20132-aerial-jerusalem-temple_mount-temple_mount_south_exposureOpening to coincide with Israel’s 70th independence day in May; PLO: This is a violation of agreements between the PA and Israel and the destruction of the two-state solution, in addition to provoking all Arabs and Muslims.

The United States will move its embassy to Jerusalem in May of this year. The expedited move will coincide with Israel’s 70th independence celebration in May, the State Department and two Trump Administration officials confirming the relocation Friday.

The United States Congress will reportedly be notified on Friday and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been reported to have signed a security plan for the new embassy.

A spokesman for Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas responded to the news, stating Friday “This is an unacceptable step. Any unilateral move will not give legitimacy to anyone and will be an obstacle to any effort to create peace in the region.” The secretary-general of the PLO, Saeb Erekat, claimed the decision would provoke the Arab world. Continuing with the Palestinians’ anti-US rhetoric, he warned “This is a violation of agreements between the PA and Israel and the destruction of the two-state solution, in addition to provoking all Arabs and Muslims.”… more


Israel and Egypt sign historic $15 billion natural gas deal

Troll_B_oil_platform.jpgFollowing ongoing negotiations, Israel’s Noble Energy and Delek Drilling sign decade-long, $15 billion gas exports deal; Netanyahu: This will put billions into the state treasury to benefit the education, health and social welfare of Israel’s citizens.

Israel and Egypt on Monday signed a historic natural gas deal worth $15 billion.

Israel will supply Egypt with natural gas from its Tamar and Leviathan gas fields, the deal set for a decade. The deal was signed between Delek Drilling and Noble Energy with Egypt’s Dolphin Energy. Both companies will provide Egypt with 7 billion cubic meters of gas annually, the deal set at 64 billion cubic meters of gas in total.

Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed the historic deal that will not only improve Israeli-Egyptian relations, but significantly boost Israel’s economy as Israel becomes a major natural gas exporter globally…. more

Russian official: If Iran attacks Israel, we’ll stand with you

The Times of Israel: Were Iran to attack Israel, Moscow would stand by the Jewish state’s side, a Russian official said this week, days after an Iranian-made drone infiltrated Israel from Syria and was shot down by the IDF.

“In the case of aggression against Israel, not only will the United States stand by Israel’s side — Russia, too, will be on Israel’s side,” Russian Deputy Ambassador to Israel Leonid Frolov said. “Many of our countrymen live here in Israel, and Israel in general is a friendly nation, and therefore we won’t allow any aggression against Israel”. more …

Opinion by BIBLE PROPHECY: How ironic that in the future war of Gog and Magog as prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39, Russia will be dragged into attacking Israel with ‘hooks in the jaw’ and the United States is nowhere to be found except for possibly Ezekiel 38:13:

Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?”

Jack Kelley (gracethrufaith.com): “Sheba and Dedan are cities in Saudi Arabia. Some Bible scholars consider Tarshish to be the sea going navies of the Phoenicians, who operated out of nearby Cadiz. The Phoenicians sailed as far north as England for tin, a metal used in the making of bronze and other alloys, which they mined in Cornwall, and which leads some to connect Tarshish with England.”

It may be that the name Britannia is actually derived from a Phoenician word meaning “source of tin.” If so, this reference could be to Great Britain making the “lions” (KJV) or “villages” (NIV) of Tarshish Great Britain’s colonies, of which the US is most prominent today. The fact that the lion is a symbol of the British Empire lends support to this view.”

There will be no need for any nation to come to Israel’s aid since God will have it covered:

I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 38:21-23

Israel Air Force carried out strikes on underground infrastructure in Gaza Strip

IDF retaliates to rocket fire on Israel Sunday night; Strikes targeted “underground infrastructure”: IDF: Hamas is responsible for everything happening in the Gaza Strip, above and below ground.

The Israel Air Force (IAF) carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to a rocket fired into Israel on Sunday night. The rocket landed in an open field with no reported injuries or damages…. more

Middle East Current Events Update, Feb. 10, 2018

Amir’s update on breaking regional developments in Israel’s strikes in Syria, Iran’s presence in the region and much more.

…the Iranians that are in Iran in a Syria, but it’s very very important that everybody understand that while we had all of this going on between us and then the Syrian regime aided by the Russian warplanes continued. This is already the sixth day of their unbelievable obliteration of some of the neighborhoods of Damascus and more than 700 people died in the last six days and for them that which happened today
it’s basically nothing compares to what going on in the rest of the country. They also realized that the sultan aired one rolled tanks and and in armored vehicles and he’s surrounding the city… 

Abbas to Putin: We refuse to cooperate in any form with the U.S. in its status of a mediator

PA president continues efforts to gain global support and mediators for peace process; Putin confirms he spoke with Trump ahead of meeting on conflict Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Abbas: We state that from now on we refuse to cooperate in any form with the U.S. in its status of a mediator, as we stand against its action.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Monday, their meeting centered on the Palestinian’s efforts to find international mediators to replace the United States’ role in the peace process.

Putin confirmed that he spoke with President Trump ahead of his meeting with Abbas, stating “I just spoke with American President Trump. Obviously, we spoke about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I would like to convey to you his best wishes.”… more

Defense Minister: It’s not time to bark, it’s time to bite and we’ll bite hard.

LIB.jpgLieberman warns Syria, Iran against further aggression on Israel; Announces budget increase for “fortifying” Israel’s north; Refers to Russia-Israel military coordination as “effective relationship”.

Israel Defense Minister warned Syria and Iran against any further provocation with the State of Israel, stating “It’s not time to bark, it’s time to bite and we’ll bite hard. I hope we won’t have to do it.”

Lieberman toured Israel’s northern city of Kiryat Shmona on Tuesday morning, reporting that Israel’s Finance Ministry will invest over $14 million to “fortifying the home front here in the north,” including improving bomb shelters for northern cities amidst imminent threats from Syria and Lebanon…. more


iron domeIsrael has boosted its air defense in the North following a significant confrontation between the Jewish state, Syria and Iran that led to the loss of an F-16i fighter jet.

While the army refused to comment on the reports, witnesses reported seeing a convoy of missile-defense batteries heading north near the Israeli-Arab city of Baka al-Gharbiya. Other witnesses posted photos of several trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel.

Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets; the Arrow system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere; and the David’s Sling missile-defense system, which is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from ranges of between 40 km to 300 km.

Israel also has Patriot-missile batteries stationed in the North and has used them to intercept drones infiltrating into Israeli airspace from Syria. In September, an Iranian-built unmanned aerial vehicle breached the “Bravo line” that marks the Syrian demilitarized zone, and was intercepted by an Israeli Patriot anti-ballistic missile launched from a station near the northern city of Safed…. more