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

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Middle East Current Events Update, Feb. 14, 2018


Amir speaks about Netanyahu’s case and regional developments in Israel, Syria, Iran, Turkey and Lebanon in light of the Bible.

… first one will be about Benjamin Netanyahu, there were a lot of false rumors and fake news throughout the media and the social media regarding a soon resignation. It’s baloney, he’s not going to resign. It was only a police recommendation to indict him in in Israel. The police does not decide anything. The police can only recommend. We’ll talk about that one in a few minutes. We also are going to talk about the aftermath over the Saturday events of the Iranian drone.

… the Iranians I think believe they made a big mistake and there will be great consequences to that in the local level and in the international level. So we’re going to talk about them as well. We’re going to talk about a very major mistake that Bashar al-asad together with Russian forces made a few days ago. We’re
gonna talk about the American quiet involvement in what’s going on in Syria and we’re also going to talk about the situation with the Turkish troops in northern Syria…

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

Russia builds four new air bases in Syria, deploys another 6,000 troops


Contrary to Moscow’s promises, the Russian military is not pulling out of Syria, but adding four more air bases (one shared with Iran) and 6,000 more troops.

On Dec. 11, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, announced that the Russian military was to withdraw from Syria to home bases. DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report that the reverse happened. A small number of units were indeed sent home, but they were sooner replaced, and instead of two bases – the air facility at Hmeimim and the naval installation at Tartus – four more Syrian air bases are being reconstructed and adapted for the use of the Russian air force.

The attached map illustrates their locations:

  1. The Tiyas Military Airbase (also known as T-4) in the Homs Governorate west of Palmyra, is the largest in Syria. The Russians are massively converting it into their main center of aerial operations in central Syria. Tyas will also provide backup as needed for Khmeimim, if drone, missile and mortar attacks recur.
  2. Palmyra (or Tadmor) Airport provides air support for operations in eastern Syria including the Deir ez-Zour province. Moscow has agreed to share it with Iran. The Revolutionary Guards Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani is planning to make Palmyra the main assembly center for the transfer of pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiite militias from southern Iraq to Syria.
  3. From Hama Military Airport west of Hama, the Russians will exercise control from the air of central Syria and the northern and central highways to Damascus. Still more importantly, this airport’s location places it just 125km as the crow flies (173km by road) from Russia’s Tartus naval base on the Mediterranean coast.
  4. Shayrat, at Homs (which became notorious as the target of a massive US Tomahawk attack last year) is the main landing site for air transports which bring the Russian and Iranian forces troop reinforcements, weapons and spare parts…. more

Russia Reports ‘Biblical Bombshell’ as River Turns Blood Red, Experts Searching for Cause


A Russian-government owned news agency has reported that the Molchanka River in Russia’s Tyumen region has turned a blood red color, describing it as a “biblical bombshell,” with experts investigating the possible reason.

TASS news agency reported Tuesday on photos and videos on social media that have been documenting the strange pigmentation of the river that runs between the villages of Novotarmansky and Molchanovo, with local administration officials alerted as well.

“Rosprirodnadzor has carried out water intake, it was sent for examination to the Center for Epidemiology. An examination will last for three days,” spokeswoman Galina Yevseeva of the Tyumen administration said, referring to the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources…. more

Russia Plans National Biometric Database Starting Next Year


Russia will get a country-wide biometric database for financial services starting next summer, the central bank said.

The system will expand access to banking by letting people open accounts without having to visit a branch and is a key milestone in digitizing financial services, the Bank of Russia said in a statement. The regulator said that data would only be stored with individuals’ consent. Legal changes needed for the system passed this month.

State-owned Rostelecom PJSC has been selected to run the database, which will collect personal data including images of faces, voice samples and, eventually, irises and fingerprints. Facial-recognition technology has been gaining consumer acceptance around the world, with Apple Inc.’s latest iPhone using it to unlock the device. In Russia, the authorities and government-linked companies are leading the charge… more

PA LOOKS TO RUSSIA, CHINA TO UPSTAGE UNITED STATES


Xi Jinping, Mahmoud Abbas in China, July 2017Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dispatched delegations to Moscow and Beijing on Tuesday, as part of efforts to find new sponsorship for the peace process, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

The move came as Ahmad Majdalani, a PLO executive committee member who is leading the delegation to China, ruled out any Palestinian officials meeting with US peace process envoy Jason Greenblatt during his upcoming visit to the region. “No one from the Palestinian side is going to meet with Jason Greenblatt, officially or unofficially,” Majdalani told The Jerusalem Post.

Majdalani told the Voice of Palestine radio station that the delegations would carry a message from Abbas to Russia and China about finding new sponsorship for the peace process within the framework of the UN to replace US sponsorship… more

Russia offers to replace United States as “honest mediator” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict


RUSSIARussia makes offer following US veto of UNSC on Jerusalem Monday to become “honest mediator” in the peace process, Dec. 19, 2017.

Russia offered to replace the United States as an “honest mediator” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Vladimir Safronkov, made the offer following the United Nations Security Council vote on Jerusalem on Monday. According to Russian media, he stated “We [Russia] are ready to become an honest mediator here.”

Safronkov stated that it is vital to move forward with negotiations, reiterated Russia’s support for Jerusalem to be part of negotiations in the peace process.

There have been previous reports that Russia has, on many occasions, offered to be a “mediator” in the peace process to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority… more