"Report: Russia hopes to sell missiles to Turkey"
Russia hopes to sell Turkey surface-to-air missile systems, state-run news agency RIA cited the head of Russia's arms export company as saying on Wednesday.
"The Turkish army has a great need to acquire S-300 and S-400 missile systems," RIA quoted Rosoboronexport director Anatoly Isaikin as saying, referring to two Russian missiles.
Isaikin, speaking in Paris, said Russia had told Turkey it was prepared to participate in a tender for the supply of missile systems, RIA reported.
This sell will happen, just as previous, similar arms agreements have in the past couple of years. The Russia-Iran-Turkey alliance has been fascinating to watch, from a prophetic perspective. The ties between Iran and Russia have been apparent for several years now, but Turkey is a recent entry into this alliance.
Just a few short years ago, the idea of Turkey aligning with both Russia and Iran would have seemed impossible, but prophecy is always 100% accurate. I can recall many of us scratching our heads wondering what potential scenario could possibly align these nations - because biblical prophecy indicated that it had to happen, as unlikely as it seemed. Not only are these three countries now aligned, but their ties have strengthened dramatically over the last year. It is truly remarkable.
In other news:
"Israel braces for more Gaza-bound flotillas"
Israel's navy is on heightened alert in anticipation of the arrival of more international aid flotillas determined to break the maritime blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
At least two Iranian cargo ships are believed to have set sail in recent days, one from Iran and the other from Istanbul. Another flotilla is reportedly being prepared in Lebanon.
Israel said it had no intelligence that the Iranian or other ships were carrying illicit arms to Gaza, but would operate under the assumption that violent provocateurs were aboard the ships and board them accordingly.
The following article is consistent with a growing trend (recently described by Joel Rosenberg, among others) which has been observed in not only Israel, but the Middle East in general:
"Growing Israeli interest in Yeshua (Jesus)"
The Messianic ministry Revive Israel located just outside Jerusalem reports that its staff and partner ministries have experienced an upsurge in interest among secular and religious Israelis in the person and ministry of Yeshua (Jesus).
"They were surprised to discover that the promise of a new covenant is written in the Hebrew prophets (Jeremiah 31). The biggest news to them was that Yeshua loved the God of Israel and that His teachings were focused on a fulfillment of the moral law in the Ten Commandments (Matthew 5)," said Sahar. "A number of them came with pre-conceived ideas and even anger towards Messianic Jews. At the end of the meeting a young religious man came and admitted that his perspective had changed about who we are - Israeli Jews who believe in Yeshua."
The group was reportedly surprised at the level of kindness shown by the Messianics despite frequent harassment of and attacks on believers in Jesus in Israel.
The newsletter also included an update on a 4-week Jews for Jesus campaign in central Israel that is currently winding down. Ze'ev N. writes that the group received contact information from no fewer than 2,000 Israelis interested in hearing more about Jesus.