Friday, September 7, 2012

News From The Epicenter: More Rumors Of War - "Next 50 Days Most Fateful Since Yom Kippur War"

You have to wonder how much longer this can continue without war breaking out, with this first headline the most telling:

"We now stand, in my opinion, before the 50 most fateful days in Israel's history, since perhaps the Yom Kippur War, in which there were also several dozen fateful days."

So said the former Head of Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Tzachi Hanegbi, at a closed meeting of Likud activists in Yafo. A recording of his speech reached daily newspaper Makon Rishon's reporter, Ze'ev Kam.

"The prime minister will have to make decisions that will bear a price tag. Allowing Iranian nuclear weapons has a price tag. The practical result will be a nuclear arms race in the entire Middle East," he explained.

"Today, when we say that we understand the danger of the Iranian threat, and understand that a confrontation bears a price, it is because we want to prevent our sons and grandson from paying unbearable prices," he said.

Hanegbi, who left Likud for Kadima and is now back in Likud, called on the activists to support Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and to "allow him quiet" and "strengthen his legitimacy" so that he can take the necessary decisions calmly.

Below, we see further evidence of the strength of the "Gog-MaGog" alliance:

Russia has starkly warned Israel and the United States against attacking Iran, saying Moscow sees no evidence that Tehran’s nuclear program is aimed at developing weapons, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.

“We warn those who are no strangers to military solutions … that this would be harmful, literally disastrous for regional stability,” Interfax quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying.

An attack on Iran “would set off deep shocks in the security and economic spheres that would reverberate far beyond the boundaries of the Middle East region,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying.

Russian officials have issued similar warnings in the past, but Ryabkov’s remarks appeared to underscore Moscow’s concern about the possibility that Israel might attack Iranian nuclear facilities.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was “at wit’s end” over the United States approach to Iran in a recent meeting with the U.S. ambassador, Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich) has confirmed. U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro had denied earlier reports of a heated argument with Netanyahu.

“It was very, very clear that the Israelis had lost their patience with theadministration,” Rogers said, as reported by the Washington Post.

Netanyahu reportedly grew extremely upset over U.S. “stalling” on Iran’s nuclear program. “Instead of effectively pressuring Iran, Obama and his people are pressuring us not to attack its nuclear facilities,” he allegedly accused.

“We’ve had sharp exchanges with other heads of state and other things, in intelligence services and other things, but nothing at that level that I’ve seen in all my time where people were clearly that agitated, clearly that worked up about a particular issue,” Rogers said.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that Israel may reoccupy parts of the Gaza strip in the future, while speaking at a meeting of the Fisher Institute on "Operation Cast Lead" Friday.

Barak also spoke about considerations of military operations in the future, commenting: "Wherever possible, we dot not go to war or perform military operations unless we have to - this is how it should be."

However, he asserted that there are also cases where the opposite is true; it seems as though an attack is not necessary at that moment, yet the consequences of delaying it would be very grave.

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz voiced hope in an interviewpublished Thursday that Iranian leaders will decide to scrap their nuclear arms program of their own accord. He also said that the next war with Lebanon will knock the country back "by decades."

"We are more prepared than in the past, we are better than we were in the past, and we will do whatever the political echelon decides after this dialog [with Iran] is over," he said. "A nuclear Iran is not a question of ability, but rather one of decision. This is a global problem. Ultimately, the one who will decide to relinquish the nuclear program is Iran," the Chief of the Staff said in an interview toHalochem magazine, which is published by the IDF Disabled Veterans Organization.

Lt. Gen. Gantz also discussed the northern border and called the situation in Syria "acute," stating that "the central government is fading, losing power… It is difficult to paint a picture of how the Syria of the future will look. We are closely tracking developments and are prepared for any possible aggression from that direction."

The Chief of Staff warned Hizbullah against trying to attack Israeli targets. "Today, the IDF is massively more prepared than in the past to carry out a large-scale, multi-dimensional offensive against Hizbullah," he said. "I would not recommend that it try our power. That would hurt it to the point that it would understand with whom it is playing with and with what it is gambling."

Western spy agencies suspect Syria’s government has several hundred tons of chemical weapons and precursor components scattered among as many as 20 sites throughout the country, heightening anxieties about the ability to secure the arsenals in the event of a complete breakdown of authority in the war-torn nation, U.S. and Middle Eastern officials say.

The collapse of government control in several Syrian provinces has prompted heightened scrutiny of the weapons depots by the United States and its allies in the region. It also has hastened preparations for securing the sites with foreign troops, the U.S. and Middle Eastern officials said.

Drawing from recent intelligence assessments, the officials believe that the Syrian arsenal contains several hundred tons of chemical weapons and precursors, including sizable quantities of battlefield-ready sarin, the deadly nerve agent.

The stockpile appears to be larger and more widely distributed than originally suspected, according to two officials who have seen the intelligence reports. They said the most dangerous chemical stocks are kept in bunkers in about a half-dozen locations, while as many as 14 other facilities are used to store or manufacture components.

The U.S. is ramping up its presence at Syria’s Turkish border, sending more spies and diplomats to help advise the rebel forces in their mismatched fight against the better armed Syrian regime, and to watch for possible al-Qaida infiltration of rebel ranks.

It is part of a two-pronged effort by the Obama administration to bolster the rebels militarily without actually contributing weapons to the fight, and politically, to help them stave off internal power challenges by the well-organized and often better-funded hardline Islamic militants who have flowed into the country from Iraq and elsewhere in the Persian Gulf region.

Western intelligence officials say that Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has personally sanctioned the dispatch of the experienced officers to ensure that the Assad regime, Iran's most important regional ally, survives the threat to its survival.

In addition, Iran has shipped hundreds of tons of military equipment, including guns, rockets, and shells, to Syria through the regular air corridor that has been established between Damascus and Tehran.

Intelligence officials believe the increased Iranian support has been responsible for the growing effectiveness of the Assad regime's tactics in forcing anti-government rebel groups on the defensive.

The Iranian operation to support Mr Assad is being masterminded by Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Guards' Quds force which is responsible for overseeing Iran's overseas operations. The decision to increase Iran's support for Syria was taken after the Syrian defence minister and Assad's brother-in-law were killed in a suicide bomb attack at Syria's national security headquarters in July, together with a number of other senior defence officials.

"Iran has taken a strategic decision to deepen its involvement in the Syrian crisis," a senior Western security official said. "The Iranians are desperate for their most important regional ally to survive the current crisis. And Iran's involvement is starting to pay dividends."

Earthquakes Back In The News:

Update 10:59 UTC
- A reporter who was inspecting the area saw huge landslides on both sides of the valley.
- Roads are being blocked by huge rocks.
- A boulder measuring 36 meter was blocking the river, creating a small lake
- The houses of 30 families living near a zinc mine have all been damaged
- aftershocks are following each other very fast. More landslides and rockfall is being triggered by the many aftershocks
- rescue workers have still problems to reach some areas as roads are blocked

Update 10:47 UTC
- Most of the fatalities (49 of the 50) have been reported from Yilang county
- The local seismological bureau has given 4 reasons why the death toll is higher in Yilang county
a) very high population density (205 people per sq/km vs 117 in the rest of Yunnan)
b) poorly constructed houses because of poor families and almost no industrial activity (no earthquake resistant building)
c) mountains and slopes which can trigger easily secondary effects like landslides
d) the double strong earthquakes impact. The second earthquake was shallower and closer to densely populated areas
- Experts from CEA (National Earthquake Authority) will arrive soon at the scene to help with the local authorities. National experts are only sent in after major earthquake events.
- High Voltage Power supply facilities have been severely damaged

Update 10:31 UTC
- China TV now reports that 50 people have lost their life in a double moderate earthquake, making this earthquake one of the most deadly this year. Assessment is currently done by the Chinese authorities
- Darkness will set in in a couple of hours making rescue work even more dangerous. Rescuers still have to cope with aftershocks of M3 to M4.


Douglas said...

Canada has closed its embassy in Iran, and is warning all Canadians against travel in Iran. Also Canada is ordering all Iranian diplomats out and closing the embassy. Maybe Canada has some intelligence about an attack against Iran?

JD Siegel said...

To have the element of surprise, Bibi should move DURING the High Holy days.

Ally said...

Yes! To both! I believe that same knowlege is why Putin hightailed it out of Syria. Its definately going down and soon!

WVBORN56 said...

At this point I don't see how Israel can suprise Iran. Too much publicity at this point.

Anonymous said...

Attack in israel imminent on Rosh hashanah.

Caver said...

Don't think its quite ripe yet....gonna wait until the second half of the month at the earliest IMHO.

The fact that Bibi totally lost it with the US Ambassador is telling. Bibi is the model of Mr Cool under pressure. If he "lost it" he was ready to loose it and delivered a message with it....IMHO. Not a timid message either. He meant to be heard and understood.

You don't do this to get more negotiation room, you do it to deliver an ultimatum.

'Nuff said

Anonymous said...

Israel will be the one to get the suprise.

Canadian Dylan said...

Anon, you really expect Israel's military to not be prepared or ready to respond to threats during Rosh Hashanah? Are you trolling, do you underestimate Israel's defense, or do you know of something bigger like an arab country to launch an attack on Israel during Rosh Hashannah?

Canadian Dylan said...

Scott, if that comment is inappropriate an/or encouraging a troll, you can delete it if you want.

Anonymous said...

As stated HOW MANY TIMES on this blog, there will be "NO END" or
anything like it as long as stocks
are in BULL MODE....

Dow Jones Industrial Average
13,306.64 (UP AGAIN)

THAT says it all....!!!!

Expectations of the END on this
blog are VERY MISPLACED with
stocks getting bulled every day like this.


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

ChristineInCleveland said...


Only God knows the day or the hour when He will take His Bride the Church home to His wonderful Wedding reception of the Saints... I sincerely doubt He is taking into account whether the Dow is up or down when He makes His decision as to when that time will be... :)

Anonymous said...

yes, you are right Christine EXCEPT
for one small problem....

AS LONG AS STOCKS are in destiny
MODE to be bulled, I doubt VERY MUCH
you will see that rapture....

we have gone UP 3 and 1/2 years
from MARCH 2009 LOWS at 6400 DOW.

and no rapture, is that correct ??

please tell me, I think I have
evidence ON MY SIDE.

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

Scott said...

So it is your premise that God is watching the market in order to determine when to rapture the Church?

GG said...

Hi Stephen~

I am going to ask a kind favor from you and hope you can hear this with an open heart and mind. :)

As you know for months it has been very hard for everyone as we wait on the return of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus.

In the midst of that we all have so many things going on in our personal lives and having this blessed hope is special to us.
Your posts latley have been coming across as mocking our hope and I am not sure if that is what you mean to do.

Many of us have gone to bat for you over mistreatment toward how you feel, can you give us the same respect in return since this blog is about this blessed hope? I would appreciate it. Throwing it in our face daily that things are not going to happen until the stock market crashes is getting a bit old. I think we have received your messages loud and clear by now.

May you have a good day Brother, I say all this with love.

God Bless!!


Scott said...

GG - as usual someone puts my feelings down in writing in a far far better way than I can - so thanks for that. Stephen I concur with everything she said. Lets discontinue the taunting etc.,

Hubae said...

Thank you GG and Scott!!!! The only way I get though the day is the hope that today is the day my Lord could come back. I had stopped posting because of the other comments that negated my hope. This should be a positive place and not one of mocking! Thank you, thank you, thank you again!!!!!