Israel could face a large-scale conflict in the aftermath of an attack against Syria’s chemical weapons, Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said Tuesday, while stressing that the weapons were still under President Bashar Assad’s control.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman backed up Gantz’s assessment, saying Tuesday that the transfer of chemical weapons from Syria to Hezbollah was a clear justification for war, and in such a case Israel will act “decisively and without hesitation or restraint.”
Gantz was understood to be referring to two options – either to use force to prevent a specific transfer or to destroy all of the known chemical weapons facilities before such a transfer takes place.
Speaking at a press conference at the EU-Israel Association Council meeting in Brussels, Liberman said it was no secret that chemical weapons leakage to Hezbollah is Israel’s “biggest concern today.”
A Syrian transfer of chemical and biological weapons to Hezbollah is a “red line for Israel,” Liberman said, adding that Israel has “enough information” about “their desire and attempt” to gain chemical and biological arms.While both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have warned in recent days that Israel would not tolerate the transfer of chemical weapons to Hezbollah, Liberman’s remarks were the bluntest indication to date that Jerusalem would view such a move as a reason to go to war.
TA Residents Vulnerable To Ballistic Missile Strike
Over 400,000 people reside in Tel Aviv, and hundreds of thousands enter it each day, but does the city offer them sufficient protection from a possible ballistic missile strike? A review of security measures conducted in light of the looming threat of a confrontation with Syria and Iran has yielded disconcerting findings.
While an Iron Dome battery has recently been installed in centralIsrael for training purposes, the missile defense system does not offer protection against ballistic missiles. Moreover, shelters in Tel Aviv can only house 40,000 people – a tenth of the population, Ynet has learned.
Assad Knows Israel Will Attack, If Necessary, says Lieberman
Syrian President Bashar Assad knows Israel will attack Hizbullah if it obtains his chemical weapons, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
“The minute we confirm that Hizbullah has non-conventional weapons, that is chemical and biological weapons, we will act immediately,” he said in an interview on radio in Israel.
Syria is moving chemical weapons to “airports” on its borders, the Free Syrian Army claimed on Tuesday, a day after Syria acknowledged for the first time that it maintains an arsenal of chemical weaponry.
“We also reveal that Assad has transferred some of these weapons and equipment for mixing chemical components to airports on the border.”
“According to our information, the regime began moving its stocks of weapons of mass destruction several months ago … with the goal of putting pressure on the region and the international community,” the FSA said.
Big Russian Fleet Nears Syria: "Forces Piling Up On Syrian Borders"
Russian, Western and Arab forces were piling up on Syrian borders Wednesday, July 25, bringing closer a war confrontation which could spur the Assad regime into making good on its threat to use chemical weapons against “external aggression.”
Moscow added its voice Tuesday to that of US President Obama and warned Bashar Assad against using chemical weapons in view of “its commitments under the international convention it ratified prohibiting the use of poisonous gases as a method of warfare.”
With operational intelligence deployment and electronic stations positioned inside Syria, the Russians are better placed than any other outsiders to know what is happening on Syria’s battlefields. Their warning must therefore be tied to solid information confirming Washington’s assessment that Assad is dangerously close to deciding to use his chemical and biological weapons in a way that would precipitate a regional conflict.
Israel, Turkey and Jordan would be the first targets on his list.
The immediacy of the peril, has speeded the arrival of Russian warships to Syria to counter a potential Western, Arab or Israeli assault on the embattled country.
The Russian Ministry of Defense, which rarely discloses Russian military movements outside its borders, announced early Wednesday morning, July 25 that a fleet of Russian warships had passed through the Strait of Gibraltar and entered the Mediterranean.
Below we see an even more ominous development:
The fleet is headed by the anti-submarine and anti-aircraft Admiral Chabanenko warship and consists of another three vessels carrying a large number of Russian marines. This fleet will rendezvous with a Russian flotilla standing by in the Mediterranean since July 21, detached from Russian Black Fleet and composed of the Smetlivy figate and two large landing craft loaded with Russian marines. This group awaited the main force before approaching Syria.
The fact that Russia is massing large numbers of marines off the Syrian coast looks as though a landing on Syrian soil is on Moscow’s cards.
Bible-Study Leader To Remain In Jail
A Phoenix, Ariz., Christian who has held Bible studies in his house for years, often in the face of city threats not to do so, will remain in jail for having those studies, after the state Supreme Court today refused to intervene.
Officials with the Rutherford Institute today announced the court had denied a petition for a writ of habeas corpus that had been filed.
A statement from the Rutherford Institute said attorneys were “are undeterred and will continue their legal efforts to challenge Michael Salman’s detention in Tents City Jail in Maricopa County as a violation of his First Amendment rights to religious freedom and assembly.”
“Since the time of this nation’s birth, the right of habeas corpus has been the basis of American freedoms,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Each day of Michael Salman’s imprisonment is one more day in which the civil liberties of all Americans are being trampled by overzealous government agents. However, we are resolved to continue to challenge his detention in and out of the courts.”
The Rutherford Institute warned if such a precedent stands the city could require that the homes of homeschooling families, those who have dinner parties, or those who watch movies with friends to have sprinkler systems, handicap-accessible restrooms, exit signs and parking spaces.
“If families may not gather with fellow believers on their own property to worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences, then religious freedom in its most basic sense is dead,” Rutherford noted.
Europe Is Sleepwalking Towards Imminent Disaster Warn Top Economists
The euro has completely broken down as a workable system and faces collapse with “incalculable economic losses and human suffering” unless there is a drastic change of course, according to a group of leading economists.
“The sense of a neverending crisis, with one domino falling after another, must be reversed. The last domino, Spain, is days away from a liquidity crisis,” said the economists. They include two members of Germany’s Council of Economic Experts and leading euro specialists at the London of School of Economics, all euro supporters.
The warning came as contagion from Spain pushed Italy’s borrowing costs to danger levels, with two-year yields rocketing 40 basis points to more than 5pc.
When the next outbreak of Sars or Swine flu hits, New York's John F Kennedy airport and Los Angeles's airports will likely be the key spreaders of disease, according to a new study. But while the influence of these super-hubs may not come as much of a surprise, the third most outbreak-friendly airport in the states is far smaller, and far less obvious – Honolulu International.
In a paper published Monday in the journal PLoS One, a team of researchers from MIT outlined a new computer model that predicts how the 40 largest American airports may contribute to the diffusion of contagious disease within the first few days of a potential epidemic.
They looked at which hubs may be key "early spreaders" because knowing where epidemics may begin is key to stemming an outbreak, Marta Gonzalez, professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at MIT, and one of the contributors to the new model, told the Guardian.
Russia's deputy Foreign Minister said that the Syrian Chemicals were in safe hands.
What I want to know is, what are they created for, what is their purpose other than for war? Why make them at all if they have no reason to exist other than kill multitudes in one fell swoop!
Reports are coming in that Assad is using jets to strike Aleppo and Damascus.
Scott, you may be busy with posting breaking news from the ME during your lunch hour. So much is going on that it's hard to keep up with it.
Boy , judging by yesterdays comment section we may not have to follow events in the middle east to watch the battle between good and evil ..?
I find it interesting that the Bibi is allowing Lieberman to speak out like that to the media. He IS concidered to be a loose cannon here in Israel. He is quite radical right wing. There may be some kind of ploy afoot letting him vocalize his usual rightist opins. Maybe Bibi is using him like a growling Rottweiller on a leash. Hmmmmm......
The fact that Russia is imassing huge amounts of naval power in the Med and landing on Syria's coast, while having a lot of investment tied up in Syria, this is the only thing that scares me. Russia is huge, and it would have no problem fighting a proxy war against the U.S. By slamming us to smithereens. I actually don't fear any proven incompetant Muslim army. But facing the former Soviet bear? We don't stand a chance. This may indeed be Gog/Megog in the making.
By the way, I would post as a name, and not an anon, but it rerquires an url and I don't have one. That's why I sign my posts.
Oh Israeli, where it says publish and then profile....scroll down and right under anonymous it says name and click on that and a box will pop up for your name. Enter your name. I think it gives you something else you can fill in too but you can leave that empty and then hit publish again. Thats when you get the box with the number word combo. Do that publish and whooop, there you are. Done.
PS Growling Rottweillers are quite effective sometimes. Giggle
Oh, sorry, Israeli, it asks for a url but it doesnt require one!
Nathan-thanks for posting that! So true! I saw "anon" trying to start something yesterday but I moved along ignoring it.
PLEASE EVERYBODY GO READ WHAT I POSTED ON LAST NIGHTS COMMENTARY! Not yelling, just really want you to read it, will only take a second. As I type, its the last comment so scroll n find it.
Thanks n love you guys
As Ally said, just scroll down to where you can select "Name/URL". Only give the name, and then hit publish.
Amazing how all my critics will be
silenced with this one fact.
the DOW WAS UP, again....
YEAH, and no one can deny it.
I read the threads here, means NOTHING.
the market is UP again.
up 58 on the dow.
judge me all you want, but facts
are FACTS, market up again.
13, 000 or HIGHER here we come.
the "end" will be very delayed...
all that are so desperate for it
are wasting their time as long as
stocks are getting BULLED.
go to www.bigcharts.com if you
think I am wrong and insert
you can judge me to HELL and back,
but you cannot stop this bull,
can 'ya ??????
You're our only eyes-n-ears on the ground over there....would you be kind enough to give us a little insight?
What part of Israel are you located in?
Does everyone have gas masks?
ARe you trained on how to use them?
Does everyone have a shelter to get to?
Are the shelters just bomb proof, or chem proof too?
If chem proof, are you trained on how to seal up the rooms?
Don't want any confidential info, but what is the general mood over there?
Do the citizens realize just how close you are to the balloon going up?
Does the average Israeli realize how much the Christians here love them and care for them?
Sorry, didn't mean to overwhelm you with questions. Once they started, seems they just kept gurgling up.
Hi DDU, so good to see you here.
Stephen, whatever the critics say, you are always consistent with your posts.
Good to see ya Mate. Have been wondering how you were doing. Mrs C sends a wave and greetings also
Thanks Caver and Ally for how to post with name. I do not post often but I am here several times/day. Some days are not so good and I.m "fuzzy". Have been teaching thr grkids all I can, as time appears so short. Please Pray for my family to all come to Jesus! Mrs Caver-youare always such a Blessing.
Geared, you are so correct, i am
and here is another update >>>>>
UP again, tonite up again....
BULLS still have the upper hand here.
EWI counts are starting to look more
bullish.....sad to say.
NOT GOOD for people expecting the
rapture to come soon.
THE ONLY thing that would convince
me otherwise is a BREAK of dow
and bulls appear ready TO NOT LET
Yea I'm doing fine Caver, we're all getting along day by day here in the Holy Spirit's great south land.
It's amazing watching the shift in the world; peace turning to mud, instability becoming the norm and lots of other things which are all pointing to the signs of the coming of our Messiah in the clouds of heaven. It's only been over the past couple of months that God has shown me (opened my eyes actually) just how fragile peace in this world is. We are fighting a spiritual battle here and we see it's out working in the forces of evil rising up in anger against all that is good and right. Wow guys, the devil is so so angry and I dare say if he was allowed to manifest himself in physical form he would cut us all in half, no mercy. But that's ok, we can defend ourselves in the name of Jesus Christ. Lots of beautiful psalms which reassure us of Gods protection; psalm 11, 91 and many others.
Guys hang in there because Jesus loves us all and we are soooooo precious to Him.
Just wanted to let you know I have been still praying for you and your family. I hope all is going better for you than a few months ago. I will keep you in my prayers. I hope restoration has been taking place.
We all have been issued gas masks and we know how to use them. We had to use them in the 1991 gulf war.
There are bomb shelters under older buildings. Newer buildings have been built with one room that is a shelter, with ability to be sealed off completely. Shelters are not big enough to hold every one, no. Fact, it was noted that for the population of Tel Aviv, there is shelter for only about 40,000 people, and there is about 3 million people in the city proper. Some companies, buisness have a shelter with an air filter system, water purification system. I worked at one place fully equiped to handle both conventional and non conventional weapons in this way. The owner was one of the wealthiest men here so, he could afford to install it. In truth, we were warned, that it is going to be every man for himself.
Security and rescue is going to have its hands full in such an event. We were warned, there will be many casualties in the event missles get past our anti-missle batteries. We are to make preparations for ourselves as best as possible.
Most people are just going about their daily lives. We will attend to the problem when it happens. You CANNOT live 24/7 with the threat of destruction. You just chose to go on with normal life, until it all blows. No one is afraid, just concerned. We have much experience with war.
As to knowing that Christians love us in Israel, I'd say the average joe is aware that our only supporters are bible believeing Christians, but it depends who you talk to. Some people, they are grateful with deep caution. Some are suspicious. In history, lovers of Israel have in the end turned against us. Israeli's know history. People like the Tenbooms are rare, people willing to lay down their lives for the Jewish people. And, since I know prophecy, it will happen again. Most people here just feel we are totally alone, and only God will help us. Many Israeli's equate 'christian' into one huge Catholic bag. Catholics have been anti-Jewish and murderers of Jews through out history. There is an African pastor who was as ex-Muslim and was burned for his love of Israel, he is here now being treated by Israeli doctors for his burns. He has been an amazing example of the un-conditional Christ-like love of Israel. He is giving his amazing testimony all over Israel.
So you see, what will turn the Jewish heart is:
Un-conditional love. No conditions.
Love them with this same love, grace and forgiveness as God Himself through Yeshua's sacrifice has for His people. Yeshua is RETURNING to Israel. He WILL reveal Himself to His brothers, and He WILL rule them from Jerusalem. He DOES love His people UNCONDITIONALLY.
Scott, keep up the great job! Bless you!
That's awesome GG, thankyou so much. Your investment has paid off as my wife and I are fine. We just need to invest a little more in prayer for my eldest. She knows no boundaries when it comes to verbal violence. I pray that the Father draw her to Jesus Christ.
Bless you GG.
Israeli-we may not have the physical opportunity to help Israel as individual believers and we certainly have very little control nationally now. However, our prayers go up ti heaven, to the ears of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob pleading for you, your countrymen, your leaders and your nation! Even if our "nation" abandons you, our prayers and love are with you! We are just a grafted branch into your tree of promise!
Dave-yay! Missed you!
We all need to stick close and spend some time in corporet prayer me thinks ;)
This week is going to get really sticky and our prayers are needed to help keep things cool down here on earth and lower or prevent some casualties so to speak. Lord, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Please include as much tender mercy as possible in your will doing! In Yeshuas name. Amen
Hi Ally, missed you to. I do agree with your idea of corporate prayer.
Israeli, thanks for the info.
You guys are living proof of Isiah 26:3-4. Such an inspiration.
Thanks for that Israeli. As you know, the vast majority of evangelical Christians, especially prophecy watchers are devout in their love and support of Israel. Please try and spread the word on that --- but after we are gone, it will only be God who supports Israel - and He will, in a big way.
God Bless you brother, I'm sure, like me, many here are praying for you constantly.
I LOVE to hear from Isreali Believer. You are our eyes and ears over there and I pray for you and Isreal everyday. Please keep us up to date as mainstream media is silent for the most part about Isreal.
Scott....thank you a million times over for these updates. I have come here multiple times a day for the past year for updates and only recently posted anything.
I love all the Christian brothers and sisters I have found here and am so fortunate to have my eyes opened by the Lord. Please pray for my family, they are unbelievers and have NO interest in knowing Jesus. I have become the "outcast" and get a hard time.
I love y'all.....maranatha.....we are going home soon!!!!
Thank you Israili for your post and filling so many details. It gives us a clearer picture and will become even more helpful as things unfold, to know how to be praying. Thankfully the Lord knows exactly what is needed and when.
We pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel and ultimately that is in Yeshua.
Blessings in Him!
Thank you Israeli for telling us a little of your life. It breaks my heart that the Jewish people feel so all alone. I pray someday they come to know Jesus Christ and they will never feel alone again.
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