"Iran says Muslims must act over Jerusalem"
This article is brief:
Announcements by Israel's right-wing government of new building projects in East Jerusalem -- which the Jewish state seized in a 1967 war -- have spoiled U.S. plans to get Palestinians and Israelis back into peace negotiations.
"Expansion of Israeli settlements, destruction of Islamic and Christian sites and wide-scale construction of new synagogues ... show the Zionist plans to accelerate Judaisation of East Jerusalem and unfortunately it is approved by American officials," Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in comments reported on Iranian state radio.
"This has raised the alarm for all people around the world and doubled the need for Muslim and other countries to act seriously," he said, adding that the 22-nation Arab League should take a strong stance at its meeting in Libya this weekend.
U.S. officials have sought to coax Israel into suspending further East Jerusalem projects and discussing core issues such as borders and the status of Jerusalem as part of indirect talks with the Palestinians that have been blessed by the Arab League.
Iran is locked in dispute with the United States and its allies, including Arab states, over its nuclear energy program which they fear will allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says it has no such intention.
Israel says it considers a nuclear Iran as an existential threat and analysts say Israel, itself regarded as a nuclear power, could carry out raids on Iranian sites.
Iran, a major oil and gas producer, sees itself as the main champion of the Palestinian cause among Muslim countries.
Interestingly, note the second article today, which also references Iran:
"U.S. Softens Sanction Plan Against Iran"
A couple of quotes characterize this article:
The U.S. has backed away from pursuing a number of tough measures against Iran in order to win support from Russia and China for a new United Nations Security Council resolution on sanctions, according to people familiar with the matter.
Among provisions removed from the original draft resolution the U.S. sent to key allies last month were sanctions aimed at choking off Tehran's access to international banking services and capital markets, and closing international airspace and waters to Iran's national air cargo and shipping lines, according to the people.
Note the contrast.
While the U.S. administration continues to put Israel in a corner and while the U.S. administration continues to turn the screws on Israel - they ease up on Iran. Notice a trend here?
It is crystal clear that the U.S., in concert with Russia and China aren't serious about imposing meaningful sanctions on Iran. They are paying lip-service towards sanctions in order to tell the uninformed public that they are doing something, but in essence - they know nothing is being done to stop Iran and their nuclear development.
Once again, we see the world shaping up precisely as biblical prophecy would dictate. And again, we see a scenario where the U.S. is actively engaged in helping Israel's enemies while attempting to divide Jerusalem and recreate Israeli borders.
With this in mind, I highly recommend the following article by Jack Kelley (too long to post here):
"I will bless those who bless you"
God wasn't kidding around when He proclaimed that He would bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. It was a definitive statement with no exclusions. Neither was He kidding around when He clearly stated in Zechariah 12 that those nations who attempt to divide ("move") Jerusalem would be "cut into pieces". Mr Kelley's article does a tremendous job of putting this into perspective.
Unfortunately, the U.S. is now on a path towards destruction. I don't see any signs that we are reversing course. God is watching and He cannot be pleased.
have you read "as america has done to isreal" by john mcternun (not sure if i spelled his last name right) good read. he further documents disaster after disaster after disaster EVERY TIME we pressure isreal.
Funny you would mention that Hart - I have that book on my bookshelf right now. It makes a very very compelling case doesn't it?
The current turning away from Israel by this administration is clearly an indicator as to just how quickly things can shift.
The "embarrassment" caused to Biden by the announcements of settlements in East Jerusalem...I just wonder how much of that plays into the US's sudden posture of considering lesser sanctions.
Obviously these extremely tenuous relations in the region can escalate with any change in the balance of power and I think ultimately, that is what we are seeing right now.
I wouldn't put it past this administration to view their actions as being "good for Israel" in order to get them to the bargaining table. Obviously, the means never justify the ends, but I could see Mr. Obama, Ms. Clinton and Mr. Biden concocting this type of plan...
What they don't realize is there is a powder keg the size of the book of Revelation sitting underneath that delicate balance.
Scott, you do a nice job and I personally appreciate your blog. I come each day to check it out. I don't comment much, but thanks for everything.
i have not actually read the book, only flipped thru it at Barnes&Nobles.
Many thanks for the kind words, and it really is my pleasure - in fact I am grateful and blessed that I can serve the Lord doing what I love - watching for the coming of Jesus.
Also - I agree wholeheartedly with that assessment - and particularly with regard to the fact that the entire region is indeed sitting on a powder keg and the balance is incredibly balanced - - in fact, I think its only God who is somehow supernaturally keeping the lid on things as long as possible or until His perfect timing that everything explodes.
Its one reason I believe the last dominoes fall relatively quickly when it begins. To me, "begins" is whatever leads to Isa 17 and or Gog-MaGog. I believe the events will fall into place quickly. We'll see.
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