Sunday, July 22, 2012

Evening Update: Political Changes In Israel

Kadima Appears Set To Split As MKs Take Positions In Government

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appeared to have obtained the seven Kadima MKs needed to bring about a split in the party, in late-night meetings on Sunday.

He has been trying for three years to split Kadima, and his efforts have borne fruit in meetings with its lawmakers over the past two days.

Such a split could help Netanyahu widen his coalition again, pass the 2013 state budget, and avoid early elections.

Past attempts to split Kadima were unsuccessful because they lacked leadership.

But this time, Netanyahu is relying on former minister Tzachi Hanegbi, who is angry at Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz for removing the party from the coalition and who has been trying to persuade seven Kadima MKs to leave together with him to the Likud.

Schneller said the latest the move could take place would be next week.

“I think whoever doesn’t leave this week or next will be stuck in the used-up cigarette butt that Kadima has become,” Schneller said.

Israel launched a campaign Sunday to draw attention to Iran and Hezbollah’s involvement in international terrorism.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took his case to the US public and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman announced a trip to Brussels to convince the EU to put Hezbollah on its terror blacklist.

Netanyahu, appearing on two Sunday morning interview programs – CBS’s Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday – said it was clear beyond a doubt that Hezbollah was behindWednesday’s attack in Burgas that left five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver dead.

“I know, based on absolutely rock solid intelligence, this is Hezbollah, and this is something Iran knows about very, very well,” he said.

Netanyahu added that Israel knows, without “a shred of doubt,” that the operation was carried out “with the encouragement, at the behest and coordination of Iran.”

Iran and Hezbollah have tried to carry out attacks in 24 countries over the past two years, Netanyahu said.

Now, imagine these people who are capable of doing anything, imagine them possessing nuclear weapons. People who gun down innocent people, who send suicide bombers, who could block the Straits of Iran, who threaten to annihilate Israel, who murder diplomats, who’ve taken over your embassy – you want these people to have atomic bombs? “I think this is a reminder, this wave of terror attacks, that the world’s most dangerous regime must not be allowed to have the world’s most dangerous weapons.”

Syrian troops have driven rebel fighters out of two districts of Damascus a week after the insurgents launched a major assault on the capital.

Government troops retook control of the Damascus neighborhood of Mezzeh on Sunday and executed at least 20 unarmed men who they suspected of aiding rebels, opposition activists in the district said.

Government forces have launched a determined counter-offensive since rebels brought their battle to overthrow Assad to the capital and killed four of the president's closest associates in a bomb attack last Wednesday.

The bombardments in Damascus and Deir al-Zor were some of the fiercest yet and showed Assad's determination to avenge the bomb attack, the most spectacular blow in a 16-month-old uprising against four decades of rule by the Assad family.


Anonymous said...

Hey scott, I have a question about the Isaiah 17/ Ezekiel 38-39 wars: Is it possible that the two battless are a few years apart? Russia seems to be the puppet master in both cases and would need time to recover. Also, in Ezekiel 38-39, it makes it sound like Israel is prosperous living without worries of immediate war. Although the second part is possible right after Isaiah 17, it might take a while for Israel to recover from the time of Jacob's weakness mentioned in Isaiah 17. I'm not asking about the timing of the rapture, I know it is imminent. But is it possible for Ezekiel 38-39 to happen a few months, if not years, after Isaiah 17?

Anonymous said...

Current EWI counts are turning
VERY BEARISH quickly. Bulls are
trapped. I can see that clearly.



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

Anonymous said...

IDF Trains for ‘Arab Spring' in Judea and Samaria

The IDF is training for an “Arab Spring” rebellion in Judea and Samaria with a large-scale exercise for the first time in three years.

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 7/23/2012, 7:54 AM

A large-scale IDF exercise in Judea and Samaria, the first in three years, is preparing soldiers in the Menashe Brigade for a possible "Arab Spring" rebellion. The brigade is based near Jenin, located in central Samaria between the Mediterranean Coast and the Jordan River.

“The drill tested main scenarios of a potential violent escalation in the region, including terrorist attacks on a local road, terrorists infiltrating a community and killing civilians, abduction of soldiers, numerous explosives set on a fence and more,” military spokesmen reported on the IDF Website.

Forces from the Israeli Security Agency (ISA), Israeli Police, Israeli emergency medical services Magen David Adom, regular and reserve units, and community security bodies participated in the drill. Special Forces units participated, as did the Border Police's elite undercover special operations unit, the Sky Riders unit, and IAF forces.

"It is difficult to estimate how many incidents might take place, but the bottom line is we will not be surprised," said Menashe Regional Brigade commander, Col. Ra'asan Alian. "We learned a lot and a sense of accomplishment is prevalent. We are ready for any scenario."

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Scott said...

Anon -- The scriptures really don't indicate the interval between these two wars/battles. So in that sense, sure its possible that there could be a longer interval as you suggest. We're all left to speculate as to the timing.

Having said that ---- I have a VERY hard time imagining that there will be a long wait. The Muslim world will be inflamed to a feverish pitch after Damascus is destroyed. Russia will be beyond angry as their ally was just destroyed - Iran is already just on the bring as Ahmadinejad's term is nearing an end and he needs to act soon if he is to bring forth the Mahdi as he believes.

We'll see (assuming we're here) soon enough IMO