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Israeli Embassies Shut Down Globally

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Something very, very odd has happened. All of the Israeli embassies have shut down globally all at once. These two links [1, 2], from Reuters and the Russia Times, offer details about this very unusual occurrence, which is reported to be a result of a wildcat labor strike by embassy workers. However, in all such prior events that I know of in the private sector in the USA, management and supervisory personnel step in to assume the functions of striking workers so essential functions can continue. In the USA, there is a precedent that occurred in the public sector. When the airline controllers association (PATCO) went on strike in 1981 in US air traffic control towers; management and supervisory personnel, accompanied by military controllers, stepped in to perform vital functions to keep US airports open and functional. Don’t Israeli embassies have any management or supervisory personnel who can step in and perform basic embassy functions?

Many will ask: Is there a hidden agenda to this most unusual shutdown of all Israeli embassies throughout the world? Perhaps the real reason may be a serious threat by terrorists to attack an Israeli embassy, but the threat didn’t identify the targeted embassy so all of them were shut down as a precaution until the threat has been identified and ended. Others will speculate that the Israeli nation didn’t want the Pope or some other foreign dignitary to come to Israel so the embassies were shut down to delay those visits. On the other hand, sometimes there is no secret reason and the real reason is exactly what is being reported: a massive labor revolt against low wages and other issues involving working conditions. Personally, I have no idea why this has occurred, but it most unusual. It is even more unusual that management and supervisory staff are not even making an attempt to perform essential functions during the labor stoppage. The fact that no one is showing up for work infers that there may be an unspecified terrorist threat against Israeli embassies and that Israel deems the threat real enough to allow no one to show up for embassy work for the time being.

There are two more factors that make this a very odd event. It is reported that this work stoppage could delay the visits of foreign dignitaries, including the Pope. However, the Foreign Office in Israel could easily handle the paperwork for any Head-of State or major dignitary to visit Israel if their presence was truly desired. Presumably, the Foreign Minister and his staff in Israel have not gone on strike too. Secondly, one of the major sources of revenue for the Israeli economy is tourist visits to Israel. Israel’s economic interests all but mandate that this global embassy shutdown be ended as soon as possible or tourists will delay or forget about trips to Israel.

This event has no immediate prophetic involvement, but it is a most unusual event in a region on which many biblical prophecies focus. There may be more here than first meets the eye. For that reason I wanted readers to be aware of this truly odd occurrence.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/23/us-israel-diplomacy-idUSBREA2M0ER20140323

http://rt.com/news/israel-diplomats-indefinite-strike-717/


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German Parliament to Investigate NSA Spying

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The German Parliament has announced that it is launching an official investigation into America’s spying by the NSA inside the nation of Germany (first link). Perhaps the revelations about the NSA’s MYSTIC spying operation to attack and capture the phone records in other nations was the final straw in Germany’s patience with the USA. The revelations about MYSTIC were detailed in my previous post on this subject.

The Parliamentary investigative committee will have subpoena power, but it is doubted that senior American government or intelligence officials will actually appear at the Hearings. If they do not go, it will likely make the German government and people even angrier. The investigators will also seek to interview Edward Snowden himself to learn all they can about the NSA’s spying operations, especially as it applies to Germany. The second link reports on the eagerness of some German parliamentarians to interview Snowden. It is doubtful that Snowden will personally attend the Hearings, but he could easily be interviewed via Skype from a secure Russian location. Snowden recently did an interview with an American group at a convention via Skype so he may be willing to give the German government the chance to interview him too. Indeed, he may welcome such a chance. He may want to drop another intelligence bombshell about the USA’s global spying efforts in testimony to the German investigators.

Even if American officials avoid testifying (there are no Constitutional 5th Amendment rights in Germany remember), the German intelligence chiefs will have no choice but to appear before the German investigators. Their jobs may be on the line if they knew about the NSA’s mass spying efforts in Germany and did nothing to stop it or tell Prime Minister Angela Merkel about it. This may lead to an intensified effort in Germany and the EU nations to develop their own computer/internet systems that will be free of any electronic “backdoors” that may be embedded in all American-made software programs.

If history is any guide, it is not wise to make Germany really angry at you. Obama and the US government are pretty close, I think, to making the Germans very angry at them. As Germany gets angrier at Obama, the NSA and the US government, the chances are growing that Germany will be one of the “seven heads and ten horns” that eventually will tear down the current American-dominated global political/monetary order, as Revelation 17-18 prophesies will occur during our modern “latter day” period of time. For more information about this prophesied event, I urge you to read my article, The Babylonian Origin of the Modern Banking System.” That article will help you understand why the Bible refers to the current global political/monetary/banking system as “Babylon the Great.”

http://www.dw.de/german-parliament-to-inquire-into-nsa/a-17510640

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/germany-to-seek-details-from-snowden-about-nsa-spying/


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NSA Can Record and Replay All Phone Calls in Other Nations

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

In a new major revelation resulting from the secret NSA information Edward Snowden brought to Russia, it has been revealed that the NSA has a super-secret electronic program called MYSTIC whereby it can record and retrieve “100% of phone calls in foreign countries.” Apparently, that means both landline and cell phone conversations. Both links report the NSA successfully first unleashed this ultra-spying program on a foreign nation in 2011. I wonder how many other nations’ phone systems have been electronically attacked by the NSA since then.

The first link states “US intelligence has the ability to conduct mass monitoring of the voice content of calls.” I wonder what nation was the first nation to be targeted for a 100% heist of their phone calls by the NSA? We already know the NSA spied on German Prime Minister Angela Merkel. Was it Germany? Was it Russia or China? Was it Brazil? Brazil’s leader was also spied on by the NSA and was so angry she cancelled a state visit to Washington, DC. She was so angry at Obama she refused to even meet with him. Could it have been Israel? Obama was caught on a live mike indicating how much he disliked Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

The second link offers a lengthy article by the Washington Post detailing the new revelations about the NSA’s global spying efforts. It is well worth reading. It states that all calls are stored for 30 days and can be retrieved and spied on, but is that just disinformation? Why would the NSA “dump” the “haystack” of information they claim they need? I wouldn’t be surprised if the information is stored in a different database after 30 days but never discarded. The second link also reports on the fact that numerous phone calls of American citizens are captured in the MYSTIC system because so many calls are made between nations. That would include, apparently, all calls made by multinational corporations of any kind who have international business and banking operations and media networks who have foreign journalists.

I’d like to ask whether anyone can be sure the NSA isn’t also targeting Americans under the MYSTIC program? How can we be sure? Is Congress doing anything? It would be a wonder if that comatose body ever wakes up to the erosion of Constitutional civil liberties and rights of privacy being invaded by the NSA.

This latest revelation will only increase the anger of all foreign nations against the USA and especially against President Obama whose administration is approving these global surveillance programs. I think many nations are forming the opinion that the NSA is becoming (or already is) a kind of global electronic Gestapo. Expect global leaders to begin to communicate via diplomatic couriers on important issues instead of on phone calls or via any electronic media the NSA can “capture.”

In a related story, it was reported that under the Obama administration, the American press is losing dramatic amounts of press freedom. The third link reports the USA, once the bastion of freedom and liberty, now ranks only 46th in press freedoms among global nations. There was an especially steep drop in just the last year. All Americans, not just media outlets, should be concerned about this documented erosion of freedoms in the USA under the Obama administration.

I think it is obvious that other nations, all angry at Obama and the NSA, will begin to band together to defeat the NSA’s spying efforts. Revelation 13:16-17 prophesies the eventual beast system will have a global ability to monitor and control financial transactions. The NSA seems to be the entity that is developing the technology that the beast will use to monitor and control the nations of the world. However, the current global system is called Babylon the Great in Revelation 17-18, which will be overthrown by an alliance of “seven heads and ten horns” who will be furious at it. They will pull down the current global political/monetary/economic system with great prejudice according to Revelation 17:16. It may be the NSA’s out-of-control and unbridled spying efforts that will unite many major nations against the current system and motivate them to replace it with a new global. However, Revelation 13:16-17 strongly infers the final “beast” system will simply take charge of the NSA’s spying data and use it in service of new global masters.

I don’t want people to feel defeatist and helpless however. God is not abandoning those who fear him. Revelation 11 prophesies that God will send “Two Witnesses” who will have Divine powers delegated to them to smite anyone or any nation they want “with all plagues as often as they wish.” Revelation 16 records plagues that will be assessed against the beast system, and even the globe’s leaders at the “seat of the beast” will gnaw their tongues for pain during one of the plagues to befall them. I think there is a good chance that the Two Witnesses will be assessing these plagues against the beast’s government and the beast himself. Revelation 11:6 prophesies the Two Witnesses will turn water to blood (repeating one of the plagues that Moses and Aaron called down on Egypt during the ancient Exodus period). Revelation 16:3-4 also mentions this very same plague will hit the beast’s kingdom and that parallels Revelation 11:6′s prophecy about what the Two Witnesses will do. The book of Revelation is not a strictly chronological book. It has inset and flashback chapters even as all human literature commonly utilizes these same literary devices. Don’t envy the leader of the final beast system. The Two Witnesses will checkmate many of the evil things he will wish to do during the entire 1260 days of the Two Witnesses’ ministry (Revelation 11:3). It is during the three and 1/2 days after the Two Witnesses are dead (Revelation 11:7-9) that the beast will be able to unleash a true reign of terror on the earth. For a thorough examination of the Two Witnesses’ ministry, please read my article, The Two Witnesses. They are mentioned in more places in the Bible than just Revelation 11. They are coming. You need to be able to recognize them when they arrive, as the beast’s system will have a False Prophet who will also be doing miracles. My article tells you how to recognize the real servants of God when they are unveiled in the future.

  1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/03/18/nsa-mystic-record-retrieve-phone-calls/6568045/
  2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-surveillance-program-reaches-into-the-past-to-retrieve-replay-phone-calls/2014/03/18/226d2646-ade9-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.html
  3. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/18/united-states-press-freedom-ranking-drops-sharply-report-says/

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Germany’s Major State Visit to Israel

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Many may not be aware of it, but the German government just made a very large state visit to Israel for widespread consultations with the Israeli government. The first two links [1, 2] detail the scope of the visit and some of the topics considered. The scope of this nation-to-nation visit was so large that Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, brought 16 of her cabinet ministers with her for joint consultations with their Israeli cabinet counterparts. By any standard, this was a very large meeting between the leaders of the two nations, and the links note that such meetings have occurred before as well.

The trip was designed “to show Germany’s friendship with the Jewish state,” and the first link adds that “Germany is Israel’s closest European ally.” [Who would have guessed 70 years ago that such a line could be written in the media and that it would be true?]

The links add that while relations are strong, they have been strained by a German-speaking EU Parliament leader coming to Israel and making offensive statements, as well as the continuing lack of a “two state” solution to the Palestinian issue. However, these are mere speed bumps in the overall strong relationship, which has seen Germany become one of Israel’s most strategic allies by its building strategic Dolphin submarines for the Israeli nation. The third link offers a current update on the status of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. It shows that the Palestinians are unwilling to accept Israel as a Jewish nation. If that is the case, there will never be an agreement. The Palestinians have always had a very weak negotiating position as they have relied on other nations pressuring Israel to get what the Palestinians could never obtain on their own. However, as the Saudis and Israelis jointly share a growing fear of Iran and as the Egyptians, Saudis, Israelis, Germans and many other nations see the Obama administration as a rogue among the nations due to its mass-spying on everyone else via the NSA (as revealed by Edward Snowden), the Palestinians’ priorities are becoming steadily less important in the grand scheme of things.

No doubt, other topics were discussed in the major German-Israeli state visit. I’ll bet one of them is how much of the recently-discovered Israeli natural gas deposits will be exported in the future to Europe in general and to Germany in particular. Given Russia’s ability to politically leverage or control European nations via its Gazprom natural gas exports, European nations would love to have a natural gas exporter that is a more reliable supplier than Gazprom. For example, Europe might have more negotiating leverage with Russia in the current Ukrainian crisis if Europe wasn’t so dependent on Russian natural gas exports.

Since Germany is the major European powerhouse now, it seems evident that if Germany grows steadily closer to the Israelis, so will other European nations. As that happens, the Israelis will need the USA less and less.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/german-chancellor-angela-merkel-visits-israel-195136306.html
  2. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/177827#.Uw1lnIU2Ma0
  3. http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/24464/Default.aspx?hp=popular_posts

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China Dumps Dollar; Buys Gold

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
In a further sign that the dominance of the current US dollar-based global financial system is eroding steadily, China is steadily selling off its US treasury bond holdings and is voraciously buying gold (see first link). This is not an item that you can expect to see emphasized in the American establishment media. I agree with the first link’s observation that the officially reported gold hordes of the USA, Europe and China do not accurately reflect the reality of today’s gold holdings. I am convinced that the US and Europe have less gold than is reported and that China has considerably more than is officially reported. Based on the information that 80% of the gold shipped to other nations from Switzerland is going to Asia, it is evident that global gold stocks are being transferred from western nations to eastern nations. Over 50% of that gold is being shipped to China (either directly or via Hong Kong) and India, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates are also buying gold heavily. What do these eastern nations know that the average westerner doesn’t know?

China’s action in dumping treasury bonds at a slow but steady rate makes good economic sense for China. If they dumped them quickly, the value of the treasury bonds would drop just as quickly and the remaining Chinese holdings of treasury bonds would drop precipitously as well. Therefore, it makes sense for China to sell off the T-bonds as fast as it can without risking a sudden drop in the value of the rest of their T-bonds that they will be selling in the future. I urge readers to watch the short video in the second link as it supports the conclusions of the first link and it has an expert stating that the gold stocks in London have been drastically reduced. Obviously, they were shipped somewhere else. That “somewhere” is China. The third link offers additional supportive information on this topic.

The rapid stockpiling of gold by China is strong evidence that China believes that gold will be the primary form of money in the future economy, and their steady sell-off of US treasuries indicates they believe that the dominance of the US dollar in global markets is going to end. That other nations are doing the same thing indicates that a growing number of nations believe gold will be the future “currency” of choice.

Nations not in Asia are also stocking up on gold for the future. The fourth link reports that Germany has demanded its gold back from the USA, England and France where it was being physically stored. Clearly, the Germans want to have the gold in their own hands now. However, Germany is receiving only a paltry amount of gold from the USA (the Federal Reserve Board), raising speculation that the USA (the Fed) doesn’t actually have the German gold anymore, but rather sold or loaned it off to other parties. If true, this would be very damaging for the Fed’s reputation, and the longer it takes for the USA (the Fed) to send Germany its gold, the more it strengthens the case that Germany’s gold can’t be returned because it was not stored on hand for Germany by the Fed as was supposed to happen. After all, if the Fed really has stored Germany’s gold properly, it should be able to ship the gold to Germany within a few months via maritime and air routes. If the Fed doesn’t have Germany’s gold on hand, Germany will be very angry. The fourth link also reports that Venezuela has also repatriated its gold, as it wants it in its own hands, not stored anywhere else. The last link offers Glenn Beck’s viewpoint on the major threat to the global financial system posed by the apparently “missing” German gold.

The above reports about nations wanting to stock up on gold instead of US dollars or US treasury debt strongly argue that these nations see that gold will be the “currency” of choice to have on hand in the future and that the US dollar and US treasuries are on the way out as a global reserve currency. This is one more indication that the fulfillment of the biblical prophecy in Revelation 17-18 is drawing ever nearer. That prophecy foretells that there will be a collapse of the current global financial/monetary system in the latter days and that it will be replaced by a new global system called the “beast” system. If you have any doubts about whether we are living in the biblically prophesied “latter days” when this prophecy will be fulfilled, please read my article entitled Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days? When you examine how accurately the Bible’s prophecies have predicted specific events and conditions in our time, you will see that it affirms the Bible has to have a Divine authorship. For a full explanation of the prophecy in Revelation 17-18, please read my article entitled Is “Babylon the Great about to Fall, Ushering in a Global “Beast” System?

  1. http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/china-starts-to-make-a-power-move-against-the-u-s-dollar
  2. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-19/chinese-dont-want-dollars-anymore-they-want-gold-londons-gold-vaults-are-empty-why
  3. http://www.munknee.com/china-converting-u-s-debt-holdings-gold-accellerating-rate/
  4. http://www.mining.com/the-fed-only-gave-germany-back-5-tonnes-of-gold-in-over-a-year-82989/
  5. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/08/cataclysmic-what-you-probably-didnt-know-about-germany-getting-its-gold-back-from-the-federal-reserve/

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Did the EU Parliament Brand the USA a Rogue Nation?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Something extremely important happened not long ago, but you likely didn’t hear much (or anything) about it in the establishment US media. The EU Parliament not long ago voted to expel the USA from the critically important SWIFT electronic network which handles and clears international banking/financial transactions (first link, second link). The EU Parliament was furious at the USA for the widespread spying done by the NSA and other US intelligence agencies on European leaders and their citizens. The massive spying done by US intelligence agencies under President Obama was revealed, as readers know, by Edward Snowden. Snowden is still in Russian custody (protection?), and his trove of America’s spying data is surely still being examined very carefully by Russian security experts.

To give readers an idea of how extreme was the punishment for the USA approved by the EU Parliament, expulsion from the SWIFT network was used in 2012 to punish Iranian banks and entities to compel Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program (third link). This is a punishment generally considered only for rogue nations that the international community is seeking to punish for a desired end. In the case of the EU Parliament action, that body voted to punish the USA for its widespread spying on Europeans and pretty much everyone. However, the EU Parliament did not have the final word on the matter. The European Commission can trump votes by the EU Parliament (as I understand it), and it did not agree to implement the EU Parliament’s punishment of the USA (fourth link). One can be sure that the most urgent of entreaties (and/or threats) were given by President Obama and his administration behind the scenes to keep the Obama administration’s all-out spying policies from being lumped in with the Iranian nuclear program as a danger to the safety of the international community. If the EU Commission had agreed to implement the EU Parliament’s action, the consequences for the USA and its banking/financial system would have been most dire. Global commerce would have had a seizure, the US dollar would have likely tanked to an all-time low and the “too big to fail” banks might have failed. The US Federal Reserve Banking system could have been a casualty as well as nations would have had to scramble to settle international transactions of all kinds in currencies other than the US dollar if the USA was expelled from the global SWIFT system. You can do a web search and find more articles about the EU Parliament’s action if you wish.

However, the USA is not out of the woods yet re: its mass surveillance efforts. The leaders of Germany and France will be meeting to “build up a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the United States (fifth link). The link makes it evident that Europe intends to develop an electronic system which is insulated from the efforts of the NSA and US spy agencies to penetrate it. Whatever Germany and France develop to protect themselves from US spy agencies will likely be adopted by the rest of Europe, and perhaps much of the world.

If a global crisis had occurred as a result of the USA being booted from SWIFT, it could easily have led to the collapse of the US dollar-based global economy, fulfilling the prophecies of Revelation 17-18 that a collapse of a global financial/currency/trade system would occur in the latter days of this age just prior to the advent of the new global “beast” system which will be allowed by God to govern the earth for a mere 42 months (Revelation 13:1-5) before it too is overthrown by the returning Jesus Christ at the head of an innumerable heavenly army  (Revelation 19:11-20:4).

Do you realize how close the world came to another meltdown of the global financial system? It almost melted down in 2008 when the real estate bust in the USA almost collapsed the entire US banking/lending system. If the EU Commission had agreed to implement the EU Parliament’s recommendation, the collapse could have occurred now and the USA would have been hit the hardest by its consequences. Did you happen to hear about this on your evening news broadcast?

This should remind us of how quickly something could happen to cause the global collapse prophesied in Revelation 17-18. You may not receive any advance warning from the media when that time comes. None of us knows when this prophecy will be fulfilled, but you should take reasonable precautions to be able to be take care of your family’s essential needs when this event occurs. I suggest you read my article, Should Christians Prepare for Future Hard Times?

I do not make any predictions about when Revelation 17-18 will be fulfilled, but we periodically learn about triggers which could have caused such a fulfillment of that prophecy. We do not know how many warnings God will give us before he pulls the plug on the current global system. Revelation 17-18 prophesies that “seven heads and ten horns” will overthrow the current global economic/monetary system. That may signify seven prominent nations and ten supporting nations or it may prove to mean something else. We likely will not know until the fulfillment occurs. Such international institutions as the IMF or the BIS (Bank of International Settlements) could also be among the seven heads and ten horns. It is worth noting that the EU was close to pulling down the US dollar-based system in its anger over Obama’s spying programs and the Eurozone consists of 17 nations. Seven heads and ten horns totals 17 entities of some kind that the Apostle John saw in his vision about the latter days recorded in the biblical book of Revelation. If Obama continues to anger the world’s nations, the EU Commission may not spare the USA and its dollar in the future.

The Obama administration’s spying scandal, which Edward Snowden revealed and which was the source of the EU Parliament’s vote to punish the USA, is still an on-going crisis. Who knows what Russia has found in all the top-secret documents that Snowden brought to Moscow from the NSA’s electronic vaults. Russia will be sure to leak the most damaging information about President Obama and his administration to all-important nations behind closed doors so the entire world will eventually be sufficiently angered to unite to take action against the USA, Wall Street, the Fed, etc.

Speaking of Russia, let’s let the Russians have the last word in this post. The final link is from the English-language version of the Russia Times. It gives Russia’s perspective on the vast scale of Obama’s spying policies and the USA’s launching into space of another wave of spy satellites. I think you will find the insignias of some of the USA’s spy agencies to be chilling, to say the least.

  1. http://lucas2012infos.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/derspiegel-european-parliament-votes-against-swift-agreement-european-parliament-want-to-stop-bankd-data-exchange-with-usa-23-october-2013/
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqYHGmsdBuo#t=33
  3. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/15/us-nuclear-iran-idUSBRE82E15M20120315
  4. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/11/27/uk-eu-us-security-idUKBRE9AQ0PH20131127
  5. http://news.yahoo.com/merkel-hollande-discuss-possible-european-communication-network-avoids-135711921–sector.html;_ylt=Aifv_RnFOxmHWgcdgTzAhhXQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBsaGVqY3E0BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHNlYwNzcg–
  6. http://rt.com/usa/nro-satellite-octopus-emblem-854/

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EU Leader’s Visit to Israel Goes Very Badly

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Recently, the President of the EU Parliament, Martin Schulz, visited Israel and gave an address to the Israeli Knesset which greatly offended his Israeli/Jewish hosts (first link). One faction of the Knesset even walked out on his speech. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu criticized Schulz’s speech, and the Knesset’s Speaker gave him a personal lecture about Schulz’s facts being wrong (second link). One Israeli Cabinet Minister stated that the EU leader’s speech proved “that we should trust only ourselves and not rely on others,” and he referenced the Holocaust in his response to the EU leader’s offensive speech. The first link refers to the EU leader’s speech as “downright ugly.” In an amazing confession of his ineptitude, the EU leader “admitted to not having checked the figures [that offended the Israelis] himself.”

This matter has consequences. The Israelis have already been all but forsaken by the USA under President Obama. Now they face an EU leader who very strongly came across as anti-Israeli during his state visit to Israel. The cabinet minister above stated essentially that Israel must “go it alone” in its global policy. If the Israelis are driven into such an isolationist mindset, they may as well do whatever they want whenever they want in the world and basically say to the USA and the EU: “Go jump in a lake” (I think stronger terminology would be appropriate to the situation but I’m afraid the words that come to mind might offend some readers). Israeli-American and Israeli-EU relations may be reaching this point. However, Israel still has some friends among individual NATO/European nations. Greece is a strong Israeli ally and Germany has been favorable to the Israelis in building and funding the strategic Dolphin-class submarines for Israel.

Put yourself in Benjamin Netanyahu’s position. He can no longer rely on the USA and the EU also seems to now be increasingly anti-Israeli/anti-Jewish. Netanyahu has always struck me as a pragmatic nationalist. He knows Israel needs to find new allies. The EU Parliament leader’s offensive speech just gave more impetus to Netanyahu seeking an alliance with the Saudis, the Egyptians, Jordanians and other Sunni Moslem nations against the Shiite Iranian alliance of Iran, Iraq’s central government, Syria’s Assad government, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc. A recent post included a link to an interview with a Saudi Royal Prince whose comments indicated that such an alliance was in the making. The big losers in the Mideast may be the Palestinians. The Saudis have no desire to fund Hamas (Gaza) now that it has radicalized and is an enemy of the Egyptian army. The Fatah Palestinians in the West Bank are notorious for overplaying their hand. The Saudis must put their own survival interests far ahead of any Palestinian interests.

Netanyahu may come to a decision that an open alliance with the Saudis and the Sunni Moslems is in Israel’s national interests. Saudi Arabia already has a peace plan on the table which offers the Israelis full recognition as a Jewish state and normalization of relations with many Moslem nations if the Israelis accept a Palestinian state. The Saudi proposal has been on the table for some time and it is now more likely that both Israel and Saudi Arabia might “tweak” that agreement into new terms which will be barely acceptable to the Saudis, hated by the Palestinians and barely swallowed by the Israelis. What if the Israelis and Saudis conclude an agreement wherein the Israelis recognize a Palestinian state which would be demilitarized and administered in some fashion by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. This would disarm the Palestinians and prevent them from becoming a radicalized proxy for Iran. Since Hamas/Gaza is allied to Jihadis in the Sinai peninsula who are attacking and killing Egyptian policemen and troops, such an agreement could recognize the right of Egypt to enter and “police” the Gaza Strip. This could result in Hamas being defanged and squeezed between Egypt and Israel, an outcome desirable to Egypt, Israel and the Saudis. Keep in mind I’m not predicting these things specifically. I’m suggesting some aspects of what might already be topics for discussion behind closed doors among representatives of Israel, Egypt, the Saudis and Jordan. Given Israel’s growing alienation from its old allies in the USA and western world, Israel must seek new allies. Given the Saudi disgust with the American policies under Obama, they need new allies. If an agreement something like the one suggested above took place, it would vastly and immediately boost the national security interests of Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan as well as any other Sunni nations that would likely sign on quickly if the Saudis took the lead.

The senseless speech by the EU leader to Israel’s Knesset could hasten the pace of any such discussions.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/177414#.Uvw9joU2Ma0

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/177409#.Uvw93IU2Ma0

http://www.keckjournal.com/2/post/2013/11/saudi-arabias-role-in-resolving-the-palestinian-israeli-conflict.html


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US-Israeli Relations at New Low?

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

It is well known that US-Israeli relations are at a low point. Fueling this dismal state of affairs was Obama’s harsh personal denunciation of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu when he was caught talking with the former French leader on a “live” mike that he thought was off and Obama’s consistently anti-Israeli policies. Now, as these links confirm, things have gotten even worse. In the first link, it reviews the fact that American Secretary of State John Kerry has indicated that if the Israelis don’t yield (i.e. “surrender”) to Palestinian demands, there could be a Third Intifada and/or an international boycott. That can easily be seen as an incitement to cause Palestinian violence. Those statements are disturbingly one-sided for a diplomat and are very anti-Israeli. One can only assume that his harsh line against Israel was approved by President Obama, his boss. Many past presidents would have fired Kerry on the spot for such comments.

The Israelis have noticed the anti-Israeli stance of the Obama administration and some have responded with pushback. The first link reports that a group of observant rabbis in Israel have threatened Secretary Kerry with “Divine wrath” for Kerry’s threats vs. Israel which are described as being “a declaration of war against the Creator and the Ruler of the Universe” for trying to take land away from the Jews which was promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In all honesty, Zephaniah 2:1-8 includes God’s prophecy (and promise) that “Judah” (the Jews/Israelis) will have a nation in the old Promised Land in the end of our age and that God views with disfavor those who try to “magnify themselves against their [the Israeli] border” in the end time. The Palestinians are endlessly “magnifying themselves against Israeli borders.” God also says in Zechariah 12:1-3 that he will guarantee his protection for “Judah” (the Jews/Israelis) in the latter days even if the rest of the world opposes them.

The second link is about a single instance at an American airport, but it may reveal much about what is transpiring behind the scenes. A liberal Jewish authoress was reading an issue of the “Jewish Press” and federal security agents singled her out for special examination and questioning. This reportedly occurred at the same time that a woman in very-restrictive Islamic garb was allowed to go through security lines unbothered at all. Given that we have heard so many protestations over the years from the federal government that it shouldn’t “profile” Moslems or others as possible terrorists, this incident, if confirmed, indicates that the federal government is now profiling Jews at airport boarding gates in at least some airports. What other conclusion can you come up with to explain the fact that this Jewish lady was called over for extra questioning only after she pulled out a publication that identified her as Jew? Why would the federal airport security staff have done this unless they had received orders “from higher up” to profile Jews and hassle them?

Biblically, the Obama administration is already in open rebellion against the Creator God’s biblical laws on sexuality in its vigorous support of homosexual marriages. Now this airport profiling incident argues the Obama administration is getting even harsher in its anti-Jewish stances. I’m sure Sec. Kerry does not realize that he is opposing God’s will as stated in Zephaniah 2′s prophecy cited above.

Politically, Obama may be playing with political fire. The Democratic Party usually receives the majority of Jewish votes and donations in each election cycle. The Obama administration’s growing anti-Israeli policies and its hassling a prominent liberal Jewess at an airport can only serve to drive Jewish support into the hands of the Republicans in this year’s elections. The incident at the airport is most troubling. It evidently reveals that the Obama administration’s anti-Jewish attitudes may run far deeper than anyone realizes. This is fraught with great political danger for Obama. The American people and the US Congress are overwhelmingly pro-Israeli/pro-Jewish. The more the pro-Israeli American nation sees Obama as anti-Jewish, the more the Obama administration will lose the support of American voters.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/177114#.Uvf9Z4U2Ma1

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/author-reading-the-jewish-press-stopped-at-jfk/2014/02/06/


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US Electric Infrastructure Attacked

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Remarkably, a terrorist attack on the US electric infrastructure occurred on April 16, 2013, but it was “hushed up” until the Wall Street Journal and Fox News did stories about this attack. According to the Fox News report (first link), a California substation was attacked during a 52 minute “sniper attack” which knocked out 17 transformers during the hail of bullets. It took 27 days to repair the damage, but electrical companies were able to re-route power so no cities lost electrical power during the attack.

Why wasn’t this attack on American electrical infrastructure reported till now? Why was it “hushed up?’ So people wouldn’t panic? I would also like to ask why whoever these terrorists were could open fire at an electric substation for almost an hour and no one came to resist or repel them? Perhaps the government didn’t want people to realize how utterly unprepared the federal, state and local agencies are to protect vital US infrastructures.

The second link connects to the Wall Street Journal story about the attack, but it appears to need subscriber access to read the story.

The first link reports “the FBI doesn’t think the incident was a terror attack.” Excuse me, but that assertion seems to be either an example of incredible denial of the obvious or a PR effort to deny the obvious. A former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission didn’t have any trouble calling it a terrorist attack. Indeed, he called it “the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the US power grid that has ever occurred.” Apparently the attackers got away as no arrests have been reported. Please read the report and decide for yourself if this was a professional terrorist attack or not. I believe it obviously was one, and that this attack may have been an effort to see how successful such an attack would be and how long it would take for authorities to send soldiers or SWAT teams to defend the facility being attacked. Perhaps the next attack planned by these terrorists who attacked us on our own soil will consist of a score of such simultaneous attacks, not just one to see if they can take down a major city’s electrical supply via such a low-tech effort.

Maybe it is time for a reallocation of federal dollars to better protect Americans from attacks that could easily come and quit spending dollars on attacks that will never happen. For example, I think it is self-evident that no one will ever again hijack a plane with mere box cutters. It seems self-evident that the US government needs to have the Dept. of Homeland Security and the TSA budgets changed to spend far less time having people strip off their belts and shoes at airports and send their agents out to guard US electric substations, water supply facilities, natural gas pumping stations , interstate highway bridges over major rivers,  etc. Private infrastructure and utility companies obviously need to hire their own security as well to protect their facilities. The last link reminds us that US infrastructures are also vulnerable to cyber-attacks which could shut them down. Terrorists or state-sponsored hackers sitting at computer terminals may be able to do far worse damage than terrorists pumping bullets into US electrical substations.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/06/2013-sniper-attack-on-power-grid-still-concern-in-washington-and-for-utilities/

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304851104579359141941621778?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304851104579359141941621778.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-22/u-s-power-grid-vulnerable-to-enemy-attack-lawmakers-say.html


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You Need to Pray for Your Nation

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

As national and international events continue to deteriorate rapidly, it is very incumbent upon Christians to pray for the well-being of our nation and its future. Don’t think that your individual prayers don’t matter. The Bible makes it clear that the prayers of God’s people can move him to change the course of nations in ways no national leaders thought possible. Indeed, as this previous post confirms, the Bible makes it clear the determined prayers of one person can alter the history of national and world events. My commentary was first posted in 2009 when national events looked very dismal in the aftermath of what was described as the near collapse of the global financial system. In many ways, the current situation in 2014 is even more ominous on both a national and international level due to the many crises which seem to defy any solution.

Please read my previous post and apply it in your prayer life. Take hope that God is not only willing, but eager, to hear your prayers of intercession for other people and for your nation’s well-being.

There are many past posts in the archives of my blog that are just as meaningful and informative today as they were when they were written. To check out what past posts may interest, inform or inspire you, please select a year from the “archives” drop down to go back and review past post subject matter. You can even use the “search” function there to look for any particular subjects covered in my past posts which may interest you.


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