As the prophetic scriptures in the book of Zechariah informed us - it will all come down to Jerusalem.
"Palestinians to U.S.: Israeli settlement freeze must include East Jerusalem"
The Palestinian Authority has told the U.S. administration that an Israeli commitment to continuing the freeze on settlement construction must include East Jerusalem.
During preparatory talks ahead of the summit due in Washington next week, the Palestinians made it clear they refuse to accept any softer formula on the building freeze.
The next article supports my personal theory that Iran is "baiting" Israel to attack. There would be so many benefits to Ahmadinejad if Israel were to attack, and almost every move he makes seems bent on prodding Israel to attack. Iran has been quietly shipping arms to Hamas and Hezbollah for years, but now, for whatever reasons, they are making it public. This article below is just one of many examples where very public proclamations seem intended to provoke Israel:
"Iran says it's ready to sell arms to Lebanon"
Iran is prepared to sell weapons to Lebanon if Beirut asks for help in equipping its military, Iran's defense minister said Wednesday.
Gen. Ahmad Vahidi's comments come a day after the leader of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, called on the Lebanese government to formally seek military assistance from Iran.
"Lebanon is our friend," Vahidi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. "If there is a demand in this respect, we are ready to help that country and conduct weapons transactions with it."
Iran is a key supporter of Hezbollah, believed to funnel it weapons and millions of dollars in funding, though Tehran denies arming the Shiite group. Hezbollah, also closely allied to Syria, boasts a heavy arsenal of rockets capable of reaching deep inside Israel.
Below, we see further strengthening of one of the Gog-MaGog alliances. This is old news for prophecy watchers, but it is interesting to see it making the news:
"It's Official: Turkey and Iran are Friends"
Amid concerns by Western countries of the warming of ties between Turkey and Iran, both of them Moslem but non Arab countries, it appears as though relations between the two countries are becoming stabilized.
Furthermore, Iran’s Press TV news channel reported on Monday that Turkey and Iran may build two petrochemical units together. One unit, according to the report, will be in the industrial hub of Assaluyeh in southern Iran, while a second petrochemical plant that can produce 539,000 tons of petrochemical products annually would be constructed in Miyandoab in western Azerbaijan.
Turkey’s relations with Iran are worrying to western countries and in particular the US. Turkey voted against the UN sanctions in June, and at the same time relations between Turkey and Israel have been tense following the May 31 raid by IDF on the Mavi Marmara on which there were members of Turkish organization IHH. Turkey has demanded a full Israeli apology for the raid on the flotilla which left 13 dead after having taken sail from Turkey's shores.
Miscellaneous articles of interest:
Update from DEBKAfile:
"Obama weighs offer of US nuclear umbrella if Israel scraps Iran strike"
"Son of Hamas author reveals radical plan for U.S."
"Volcano erupts in southwestern Columbia"
This last article is just bizarre. That Putin is one strange dude:
"Putin fires dart at gray whale from crossbow"