Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Evening Updates: Several Tipping Points Approaching

This evening's news are interesting, given that steps have been made on a number of potential tipping points in the Middle East:

1. Iran

The question regarding the article below is simple. Why is U.S. President Obama saying these things at this specific time? Does he know Israel's timeline for attacking Iran's nuclear facilities?

US President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that the window to resolve the crisis over Iran’s nuclear program diplomatically was shrinking and that Tehran would face consequences if it didn’t take fresh talks seriously.

"Because the international community has applied so many sanctions, because we have employed so many of the options that are available to us to persuade Iran to take a different course, the window for solving this issue diplomatically is shrinking,” Obama said during a Rose Garden press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday found that 56 percent of Americans would support US military action against Iran if there were evidence of a nuclear weapon program, while 39% were opposed. Nearly the same number (53%) said they would back strikes even if they led to higher gas prices, with slightly more (42%) saying they would not.

In addition, 62% of Americans would support Israel taking military action against Iran for the same reasons, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Israel cannot allow terror groups to be backed by a nuclear Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech to the Knesset on Wednesday, adding that those who say he is exaggerating the severity of the Iranian threat were those who allowed Iran's takeover of the Gaza Strip.

Referring to the recent bout of violence in his address to the Knesset, Netanyahu blamed Iran for taking over the Gaza Strip through the Hamas militant group, saying that "the dominant element driving events in Gaza is not the Palestinians but Iran, who is building the infrastructures, provides the money, and sometimes gives the orders," and that sooner or later, the Iranian base in Gaza "will be uprooted."

Remember earlier discussions regarding one potential scenario involving Iran using their proxies (Hamas, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt) for an early attack on Israel, leading to the scenario described in Isaiah 17?

"Gaza is Iran's forward position," the PM added, saying that he exited Sharon's cabinet prior to 2005 disengagement since he knew then that "rockets would fly out of Gaza, fly at Ashkelon, Be'er Sheva, at Ashdod. They said we were spreading panic, that the move would lead to a breakthrough to peace. What breakthrough? What peace?"

Netanyahu then directly accused the disengagement for allowing the Iranian takeover of the Strip, telling the Kadima MKs: "Iran was let into Gaza, but it wasn't we that let Iran into Gaza, it was you."

"As soon as we were out, Iran went in," the premier added, saying the same criticism of his stance toward the disengagement in 2005 was used currently to play down the severity of the Iranian nuclear threat.

"A nuclear Iran would represent an existential threat on the State of Israel and the safety of the entire world," the premier said.

The statement above is interesting, especially given Obama's recent comments.

Netanyahu also brought up several instances in which Israel acted in opposition to the United States' stance, including David Ben-Gurion declaring independence, Levi Eshkol's actions in the run-up to the Six-Day War and Menachem Begin's decision to bomb Iraq's nuclear reactor.

The comment above is certainly interesting. Is a plan being telegraphed?

Also see:

Saying publicly in the Knesset what he only said privately to Congressional leaders in Washington last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday stressed Israel would act to defend itself even if the US objected.

Israel has never left its fate in the hands of others, not even in the hands of our best friends," he said in a speech that focused on the Iranian threat and drew a direct line from Tehran to the events earlier this week in Gaza. He also blamed the 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip for leading to Iran's establishment of a "forward" terrorist base there.

Netanyahu cited legendary US Secretary of State George Marshall as telling David Ben-Gurion in 1948 not to declare a state, and reminded the Knesset that US President Lyndon Johnson not only advised Israel against preemptive military action in 1967, but warned that "if you act alone, you will be alone." Likewise, he said Prime Minister Menachem Begin knew when he decided to attack the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 that he was going against US wishes and would come under sharp international criticism. "But he fulfilled his obligation and acted," said Netanyahu, possibly preparing the public for the prospect of Israeli military action even over US objections.

Additionally, the 'proxy war' may be in the early stages:

The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire which went into effect on Tuesday appeared to collapse Wednesday night when two Grad-model Katyusha rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Beersheba.

The IDF was expected to retaliate to the renewed rocket fire. Assessments within the IDF were that the rockets were fired by small, splinter terror groups and not by Islamic Jihad, which has behind the bulk of the rocket fire into Israel since Friday.

Before the rocket fire Wednesday, OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Tal Russo warned that Israel might be required to launch a large-scale operation in Gaza in the near future to stop the attacks.

2. Syria

We have been speculating for months on the idea that Syria could attack Israel as a diversion to their internal problems. We may be nearing the brink of this scenario.

Syrian President Bashar Assad was advised by Iranian officials to divert attention toward Israel and the Palestinian cause in an effort to deflect criticism of his brutal crackdown, emails said to have been intercepted by Syrian opposition and released by the U.K.'s the Guardian indicated on Wednesday.

One email sent in December 31 indicated that Assad's aides advised the Syrian president on the contents on an upcoming speech...

In the composed memorandum, Assad was advised to stress the issue of Muslim identity through the use of Koran quotes, as well as centering on what the email called "Syria's principles," which included: "Resistance"; "Hostility to Israel, the first enemy of the Muslims"; and "Protection of Palestinian people's rights (real prayers should be in the direction of Jerusalem)."

"Maybe here the president can reiterate his stance by condemning forcefully the recent Israeli practices and policies to Judaise Al-Quds (Jerusalem)," the email added, saying that Assad should use "powerful and violent" language in his opposition to Israel.

3. Quakes

Although not a specific "tipping point" like the Middle East, earthquakes are still a sign that is most definitely increasing in frequency and severity:

Strong but dangerous shallow earthquake relatively close to Mito and Tokyo
Please read our in-depth report about this earthquake – Click here

Neg. Tsunami observation (no positive reported) - image courtesy JMA Japan

M 6.9 2012/03/14 09:08 Depth 26.6 km OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU/HOKKAIDO, JAPAN
Very strong earthquake with epicenter right on the subduction fault line

The Seismic Monitor reveals another big day of earthquakes around the world.


nathan said...

This is off the subject of the middle east . But has anyone noticed the bizarre weather ? Hawaii had "supercells" today ? It was 79 degrees in my home town of Michigan (Michigan is generally 25-35 degrees in MARCH ! ) We've had tornadoes in January , February , and March ...? Europe had a deep freeze while the Domestic U.s hasnt had winter (Except for a megastorm in the Northeast before Halloween ? ....In Febuary here in Asheville Nc we had enormous flocks of birds over the course of about a month .(This isnt usual) ...That coming off last year where snowpacolypse hit the country , and of course 2011 itself was the most disaster prone year in the history books ?...I guess i should expect winter in July this year .

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the late update....

I had a doctor's appointment, BUT

I'M BACK !!!!

Sometimes after looking at the Seismic Map I WISH I was not on
these sitting duck islands in Hawaii
in the middle of the PROF.....(pacific
ring of fire)....

WE HAVE BEEN lucky so far, but one
wonders HOW LONG that will last
until a BIG WAVE hits here !!!!

Anyway, stocks up again, nearly
13,200 on the Dow.

BUT, Gold Mining stocks, Gold, Silver, Dow Utilities, Transports,
all DOWN and BIG, even with the up dow ???? REALLY ??

Bulls better watch their BACK,
we got AAPL at nearly 600 tonite.
(594 HIGH TRADE), that's a joke.

As stated in the past, SPECULATION
is revealed now in AAPL like it
was in Radio Corp (RCA) in 1929.

different players, same game...

ONE THING BULLS seem to forget
is the POWER and SPEED of selling
when this market GOES BACK into
Bear MODE !!!!

MUB.... Muni's also falling apart,

There is coming a point when
action in the ME will light up...
I don't know the trigger, BUT
it is MUCH MORE LIKELY now that
stocks are ABOUT to go over the cliff.

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

PAAL said...

Thanks again, Scott, for your effort in putting us up to date. Prophecy update is a really great blessing to my daily life.

A maybe bizarre question for you guys, but: Lately i´ve had a lot of strange encounters with the numbers 1:11 or just 111. Its hard to explain this, but its getting so strange that i cant overlook it any more. I feel it means something, but what, i dont know. Have any of you heard of this, felt this, or have some kind of explanation / theory?

Bless all of you!

Paal, Norway

Diane said...

Paal, on other prophecy sites/ blogs I have heard of similar strange encounters with the numbers.
Sometimes people say they wake up and the same numbers are always on their clocks.
I have no idea what, if anything it may mean.
There is also the possibility that it is a distraction from the Enemy of our souls.
Any ideas, anybody ? Diane

Anonymous said...

Paal, this place is a daily blessing for all of us too! Im trying to stay away from even studying any type of occult thing. If I do have to look something up, I pray for covering first. Its an important number to the "other side" as in the big satanic end game crew. There are some brilliant minds who have studied it extensively. You could probably find out something from one of these people. LA Marzulli, Tom Horn, Russ Dizdar possibly Gary Stearman. They are all very level headed people, but sound a little "crazy". As time passes and more is revealef to us, they start to sound a lot saner! LA, Tom, and Russ know rhe otherside well and have no problem poking a demon in the eye with the sword if the Word of God!
I will try to get a link for you specifically about the 111.
Maranatha! Any of you guys want to take a poke at this?

mary said...

Paal, you are not alone with the number thing. My husband and I for a number of months now have had the number 11 pop up all the time. It has finally passed, except lately it is always 7:11.For awhile it kind of creeped me out, but one day my husband was listening to a CD and the song "It is well with my soul" was playing and it was number 11 on the playlist.Pretty cool.

Nathan.....what part of Michigan are you from. We are from West Michigan. We were just sitting out on the deck. Pretty nice.