Sunday, April 14, 2024

UN Security Council Agrees To Convene On Sunday After Israeli Ambassador Erdan demands UN Condemn Iranian Attack

UN Security Council Agrees To Convene On Sunday After Israeli Ambassador Erdan demands UN Condemn Iranian Attack

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, sent urgent letter to the President of the UN Security Council and demanded an urgent meeting of the Council following the Iranian attack on Israel.

Erdan demanded that the Security Council criticize Iran for the attack on Israel and declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization.

“Six months after Hamas’ brutal terror attack on October 7, I wish to express my outrage regarding the attack against the State of Israel by the Iranian regime, which once again undermines Security Council resolutions, fosters instability, and poses a grave threat to international peace and security. Today, Iran has launched a direct attack from within its territory of more than 200 UAVs, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles towards Israel in clear violation of the UN Charter and international law. Iran has also publicly taken pride in the attack. The attack is a severe and dangerous escalation,” Erdan wrote.

“Iran continues to violate its international obligations, evidenced by today’s attack on Israel in violation of Security Council resolution 2231 (2015), and by accelerating the pace of its weapons transfers to Hezbollah in violation of Security Council Resolution 1701. Iran has been the architect of instability for years, through Hamas, the Houthis, Hezbollah and other proxies. But it is now standing front and center in its actions to fulfill its ambition to attack Israel,” he added.

“These attacks on Israel are part of a dangerous trend of deterioration as reflected in my various letters to you over the past years, posing a concrete threat to the peace and security of the entire region. Israel has warned the international community of Iran’s aspirations, beyond its terror activities and support of terror proxies, including the funding and arming of both Hamas and Hezbollah. The Iranian attack follows the seizure of a Portuguese civilian cargo ship by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.”

“The gravity and volume of the attacks are unprecedented, and are a flagrant violation of Israel’s sovereignty, of international law, and of Security Council resolutions. Iran poses a direct threat to international peace, and brazenly violates the UN Charter and Security Council resolutions. The time has come for the Security Council to take concrete action against the Iranian threat,” wrote Ambassador Erdan.

“I confirm Israel’s request to convene a meeting of the Security Council immediately to unequivocally condemn Iran for these grave violations and immediately act to designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization,” he added.

Later on Saturday night, it was announced that the Security Council had agreed to Erdan’s request and would convene on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. New York time

Russia Now Says It Expects 'Unconditional Capitulation Of Zelensky Regime' Before Peace

Russia Now Says It Expects 'Unconditional Capitulation Of Zelensky Regime' Before Peace

Ukrainian cities and especially the country's energy infrastructure have been getting pounded by intensified Russian missile and airstrikes over the past several days and weeks, leading to widespread power outages across the country.

Russia's defense ministry said Friday, "Russian troops delivered 48 precision strikes at Ukrainian energy and military-industrial sites, army and mercenaries’ deployment areas over the past week in the special military operation in Ukraine."

This included a Thursday morning attack which destroyed one of Ukraine’s largest power plants in the Kyiv region. "The goal of the strike were achieved. All the targets were destroyed," Moscow said. Ukrainian authorities are urging those with power to preserve and save their energy usage as much as possible.

President Putin this month said this is a necessary response to Ukraine's own cross-border attacks on Russia's energy sector, which has been devastating of late, resulting in a significant drop in Russia's gasoline production.

But lost in the global geopolitical headlines, which have been largely driven by the Israel-Gaza war and a showdown over the coming expected Iranian attack on Israel, was the shock statement by Russia's ambassador to the United Nations this week.

During Thursday's UN Security Council meeting, Vasily Nebenzya, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, said that Moscow now expects the "unconditional capitulation" of the Zelensky government.

Ambassador Nebenzya told the body:

"This is how it will go down in history - as an inhuman and hateful regime of terrorists and Nazis who betrayed the interest of their people and sacrificed it for Western money and for Zelensky and his closest circle.

In these conditions, attempts by the head of the Kiev regime to promote his formula and convene summits in support of the Kiev regime cause only confusion.

Very soon the only topic for any international meetings on Ukraine will be the unconditional capitulation of the Kiev regime.

He emphasized in conclusion to these provocative remarks, "I advise you all to prepare for this in advance."

This firm statement appears part of Russia's continuing reaction to the planned Switzerland-hosted international Ukraine peace conference, which the Swiss government formally announced as set for June 15-16 at the lakeside Bürgenstock resort near Lucerne.

As we underscored previously, while over 100 nations are to be invited, the one country that can determine the final outcome of the war has not been invited: Russia.

 Its foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has characterized the conference as a "road to nowhere" and a sign that the West is not sincere about a willingness to pursue real peace negotiations.

"That this is a road to nowhere, to put it mildly, is obvious to any normal political observer. Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin once again made our position clear and understandable during the meeting with Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko," Lavrov explained.

And given that Russia's ambassador to the UN just declared that the end of the Ukraine war will be conditioned on nothing less than Ukraine's total surrender, the prospect for peace negotiations is now further away than ever. And all the while Europe is still scrambling to find more weapons to ship to Zelensky's military.

IDF Sends More Troops to Occupied West Bank Amid Surge in Violence

IDF Sends More Troops to Occupied West Bank Amid Surge in Violence

The Israeli military said on Saturday it would step up its presence in the occupied West Bank after the death of an Israeli teenager sparked clashes between Jewish settlers and Palestinians. 
"In addition to the forces currently stationed in Judea and Samaria, it was decided to reinforce the area with several IDF companies and additional Israel Border Police forces," the Israel Defense Forces said, using an Israeli term to refer to the West Bank. 
Israel said the IDF used "riot dispersal means" to stop clashes that broke out in several locations across the West Bank. Rocks were hurled and shots were fired, leaving dozens of Palestinians and Israeli settlers injured.

Violence in the Israeli-controlled Palestinian territory escalated after the body of 14-year-old shepherd Binyamin Achimair was found near Malachei HaShalom, an illegal Jewish settlement. The IDF said he was murdered in what it described as a terrorist attack. 
The Times of Israel newspaper reported that Jewish settlers had rampaged through several Palestinian villages, prompting Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant to urge people not to take the law into their own hands.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Netanyahu convenes war cabinet

Netanyahu convenes war cabinet

Israel is ready to harm whoever harms it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement early Sunday after Iran launched several waves of drones at Israel in response to the bombing of an Iranian diplomatic compound in Syria.

Tehran accused West Jerusalem of the April 1 airstrike, which killed seven officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, including two high-ranking generals. While Israel has kept silent on the matter – its usual policy on extraterritorial assassinations – it is widely believed to have carried out the attack. Iran has vowed to deal Israel a “slap in the face,” with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying West Jerusalem “should be punished” and “will be punished.”

Following the launch of Iranian drones and missiles towards Israel on Saturday night, Netanyahu released a video statement in which he announced that West Jerusalem has been preparing for a direct attack by Tehran for years and especially in recent weeks.

“Our defensive systems are deployed; we are ready for any scenario, both defensively and offensively,” he said, thanking the US, UK, France, and other countries for supporting Israel.

Netanyahu has gathered his war cabinet in Tel Aviv, his office wrote on X (formerly Twitter). The team of US President Joe Biden is in constant communication with Israeli officials as the situation unfolds, the White House stated in a press release, reiterating their support for Israel.

IDF warns that threat is ongoing, interceptions continue

Iran attacks Israel: IDF warns that threat is ongoing, interceptions continue

Sirens blared across Israel on Saturday night as hundreds of drones and missiles launched from Iran reached Israel. Drones and missiles were also reportedly launched from Yemen and other countries around the region.

A seven-year-old girl from a Bedouin village near Arad was seriously wounded by the Iranian attack, according to Magen David Adom. Minor damage was caused to infrastructure at an IDF base in southern Israel during the attack as well, according to IDF Spokesperson Daniel Hagari.

At 3:00 a.m., IDF Chief Spokesman Daniel Hagari said that Iran had launched a large-scale massive swarm of over 200 killer drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles toward Israel. "Together [with our partners], we are operating at this very moment. So far, we have intercepted a vast majority of missiles, attack drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles outside of Israel's border," he said.

Hagari stressed that the Iranian attack was not over yet. Almost all interceptions have been by aircraft, David's Sling, or the Arrow missile systems. The Iron Dome, which defends well against Hamas and Hezbollah's simple rockets, is less relevant for drones and fancier long-range missiles.

Iran confirmed as well that its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had launched a missile and drone attack against Israel. Despite the injury of civilians, Iran's Foreign Ministry said that Iran had conducted the attack against Israeli military bases. The ministry claimed that it conducted the strikes in "self-defense."

Ofir Gendelman, the prime minister's spokesperson to Arabic media, warned that Israel's response to the Iranian attack will be "firm and clear" in statements to Al-Arabiya on Saturday night.

About 150 missiles had been launched from Iran toward Israel as of 3:00 a.m., according to ABC news.

Israel, the US, the UK, and Jordan worked to intercept the drones and missiles over Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Israel, according to foreign reports.

Israeli sources told ABC News that cruise missiles had been launched from Iraq towards Israel. Al-Arabiya reported that the US was intercepting drones over Iraq and Syria. Hezbollah said that they had fired dozens of Katyusha rockets from Lebanon towards the Golan Heights on Saturday night, setting off sirens in Snir.

The IDF confirmed that more than 100 drones have been launched by Iran, while the defense sources had earlier told The Jerusalem Post that hundreds had been fired.

IDF sources would neither confirm nor deny reports of shooting down drones in Syrian airspace based on operational considerations. The IDF said that it was ready to shoot drones down, though air defense is not hermetic. Israeli aircraft had reportedly already begun shooting down projectiles as of 12:00 a.m.

Security cabinet gives Netanyahu, Gallant, Gantz authority to determine response

The Security Cabinet gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and minister-without-portfolio Benny Gantz the authority to make decisions concerning further action against Iran early Sunday morning.

If Israel Responds to Iran’s Actions, Tehran’s Reaction Will Be Immediate and Have Double Force - Reports

LIVE UPDATES: Iran Launches Drones Towards Israel - Report

If Israel Responds to Iran’s Actions, Tehran’s Reaction Will Be Immediate and Have Double Force - Reports

In case of Israeli response to Iran's actions, Iran's next reaction will be of double force, the Iranian Tasnim news agency reports, citing sources.

Another Israeli Air Base Hit - Reports
Seven rockets allegedly hit Israel's Ramon Air base in southern Israel, according to an Israeli news station.
7 rockets hit Ramon Air base in southern Israel, Israeli Channel 12 reported. The video shows an alleged hit on the airbase from the city of Rahat in southern Israel.

Negev Air Base Struck by Iranian Attack - Iranian State Media
It is reported that the base in the Negev desert was successfully hit by 7 missiles. Footage of a strong fire after the attack has been published on social media
The US and UK Are Reportedly Helping Israel Intercept Iranian Drones, But How?
Israeli officials have claimed that US and UK air defenses have already shot down more than 100 Iranian drones. If true, these interceptions were most likely executed by nearby American and British warships, retired US Air Force Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski told Sputnik.“I expect that it was done from the American and UK ships, using both US destroyers, the Aegis combat system, and also fighter aircraft launched off the USS Eisenhower.”
“If it is not by sea, we might be looking at a US violation of other countries airspace,” she added. “The various US bases in Iraq, and elsewhere in the region would have some air defense capability, but it is not clear where exactly these were intercepted.”
Kwiatkowski also noted Israel reporting on Iranian drone interceptions “must be taken with a grain of salt because the government is keen to be seen as having unwavering support from the US and the UK.”

Iran seizes Israeli-run container ship

Iran seizes Israeli-run container ship (VIDEO)

Iranian commandos have stormed an Israeli-operated container ship in the Persian Gulf and taken control of the vessel. Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz condemned the “pirate operation”and called on the West to impose sanctions on Tehran.

The MSC Aries was boarded by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy troops as it transited the Strait of Hormuz around noon on Saturday. Once under the IRGC’s control, it was taken to Iranian territorial waters, Iranian state media reported.

Video footage shared online showed IRGC commandos rappelling onto the deck of the ship from a helicopter.

The Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries is operated by Zodiac Maritime, a shipping firm owned by Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer. At the time of the seizure, it was sailing past the Emirati port of Fujairah with its transponder switched off, the Associated Press reported. With Iran controlling the Strait of Hormuz and Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacking Israeli shipping interests in the Red Sea, it is standard practice for Israeli-linked vessels to disable their tracking data when sailing in the region.

Saturday’s seizure came two weeks after an alleged Israeli airstrike on an Iranian consulate in the Syrian capital of Damascus. The strike killed seven officers of the IRGC’s Quds Force, including two generals. 

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed to deal Israel a “slap in the face” in response, and American officials warned on Friday that Tehran could be gearing up for a massive drone and missile strike on Israeli soil over the weekend. It is unclear whether Iran plans further attacks after seizing the MSC Aries.

Times Of Israel Liveblogging Events: ‘Senior Israeli official’ pledges ‘significant response’ to Iran (Updated)

Sirens, booms throughout Israel as Iran fires dozens of ballistic missiles, IDF intercepts

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Saturday’s events

Ch. 12 quotes ‘senior Israeli official’ pledging ‘unprecedented response’ to Iran attack, urging Israelis not to go to bed

Channel 12 quotes a “senior Israeli official” pledging an ‘unprecedented response’ to Iran’s attack and urging Israelis not to go to bed due to what is coming Tehran’s way.

US military shot down Iranian drones in southern Syria near Jordan border – security source

Medics treating first injury from Iran attack – a 10-year-old boy from Bedouin town near Arad in serious condition

Britain says RAF jets deployed to intercept any airborne attacks in Middle east

‘Senior Israeli official’ pledges ‘significant response’ to Iran

Israel plans a “significant response” to the unprecedented Iranian drone salvo against it, top-rated Channel 12 TV quotes an unnamed senior Israeli official as saying early on Sunday.

EU’s Borrell calls Iran strikes on Israel an ‘unprecedented escalation’

The European Union’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell condemns Iran’s strikes on Israel as an “unprecedented escalation.”

“The EU strongly condemns the unacceptable Iranian attack against Israel,” he writes on the platform X.

“This is an unprecedented escalation and a grave threat to regional security.”

IDF says ‘numerous’ fighter jets are in the air ready to counter Iranian attack

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari in a new video statement says Iran has fired missiles at Israel, while “numerous” fighter jets are in the sky readying to counter Tehran’s attacks.

“A short while ago, Iran launched missiles from its territory toward the territory of the State of Israel,” Hagari says.

“I remind you that no matter where the threat is launched from, when an alarm sounds you must enter the shelter and wait there for no less than ten minutes. We will update in real-time if you are required to stay there for a longer period,” he says.

He says Israel’s air defense array is “fully operational and is intercepting threats wherever required, even at this very moment. ”

“At this time, numerous IAF planes are in the air, ready to counter any threat,” Hagari says.

“You may hear explosions from interceptions or debris falling. Since there are a variety of threats, the alerts may be issued across wide areas,” he continues.

He urges the public to “refrain from spreading unverified rumors and reports.”

“Continue to act responsibly and calmly as you have been and adhere to the instructions. We are strong and capable of handling this event,” Hagari says.

Fresh sirens sound across southern Israel amid ongoing Iranian attack

Hezbollah says it fired dozens of rockets at Israel from Lebanon

Hezbollah says it fired dozens of rockets at Israel from Lebanon

The Hezbollah terror group claims to have fired dozens of rockets from Lebanon at an Israeli army base in the Golan Heights a short while ago.

The attack set off sirens in the northern community of Snir.

The IDF says there are no reports of damage or injuries, as the rockets struck open areas.

Iran launches over 100 drones at Israel in first-ever direct attack; IDF braces to intercept

Iran launches over 100 drones at Israel in first-ever direct attack; IDF braces to intercept

Suicide drones expected to take hours to arrive; airspace shuttered in Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon; all education Sunday canceled; army says air force ‘prepared and ready’

Israel said Saturday night that Iran had launched a large wave of attack drones from its territory toward the Jewish state and that the military was tracking and preparing to intercept them, in the first-ever direct attack on Israel by the Islamic Republic.

IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari first confirmed at 11 p.m. that the attack, anticipated for several days, had begun.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards later confirmed it had launched dozens of drones and missiles against specific targets in Israel, Iranian state media quoted a statement by the elite force as saying.

Israel assessed that over 100 drones had been launched. The Israeli Air Force was tracking the drones and was preparing for additional waves of attacks, which may also include missiles.

The drones currently being tracked were expected to reach the country within hours, though the Israel Defense Forces will work to intercept them at an earlier stage. Other threats, including ballistic missiles or cruise missiles, will take less time to reach Israel, and the IDF said it would update accordingly.

The incoming attack led Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon to shut down their airspace for a period of several hours. Israel too announced that its airspace would shutter as of Sunday at 12:30 a.m. until an unspecified time, leading to various flight cancellations.

Syria put on high alert its Russian-made Pantsir ground-to-air defense systems around the capital Damascus and major bases in the event of an Israeli strike, Syrian army sources told Reuters, explaining they expected Israel to retaliate against army bases and installations where pro-Iranian militia were based.

Iranian Defense Minister Mohammad Reza Ashtiani meanwhile threatened a firm response to any country that “opens its airspace or territory for attacks on Iran by Israel,” Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Shortly after midnight, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top defense leaders convened at military headquarters in Tel Aviv for a security assessment.

In a press statement, Hagari said the Air Force was tracking the drones, while noting that they would take several hours to reach the country. He said there would be GPS disruptions as the military works to intercept the drones.

“The defense and offense systems of the Israeli Air Force are on alert, and dozens of planes are in the skies — prepared and ready,” said Hagari, adding: “We have an excellent aerial defense array, but the defense is not hermetic.”

If there are any additional attacks, that require a separate warning, Hagari said the IDF will update the public.

Sirens will only sound if the drones enter Israeli airspace, at the relevant locations, Hagari said. He added that the IDF will seek to intercept the targets as early as possible.

Channel 12 said the US was the first to identify the launch and immediately notified Israel, leading to a flurry of activity in recent hours in Israel and its surroundings that led to widespread public assessment that an attack was imminent.

State-linked media in Iran reported that a second wave of drones had been launched at Israel.

Two security sources in Iraq said dozens of drones had been spotted flying from Iran toward Israel over Iraqi airspace in what Iranian Press TV called “extensive drone strikes” by the Revolutionary Guards.

Channel 12 aired video from Iraq that purported to show a wave of drones passing overhead in the night sky. Several such videos were shared on social media.

Jordan’s air defenses were ready to intercept and shoot down any Iranian drones or aircraft that violate its airspace, two regional security sources said.

Before the incoming attack was confirmed, the IDF’s Home Command issued new guidelines shuttering all schools and educational activity the next day — action that would not affect most schoolchildren, who started their vacation ahead of the Passover holiday at the weekend.

In addition to the closure of educational facilities, the military announced it would be forbidden for more than 1,000 people to assemble outdoors.

The IDF also cancelled its planned enlistment day Sunday amid the Iranian attack on Israel. New conscripts will receive a new date for their draft at a later time.

As Israel braced for the Iranian attack, warning sirens sound in the northern community of Snir, indicating a rocket was fired from Lebanon, where the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group has been carrying out daily attacks on Israel amid the war in the Gaza Strip.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the attack.

Tensions between Israel and Iran had reached a new high in recent days as the Islamic Republic vowed to avenge seven Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps members, including two generals, who were killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike on a building near Tehran’s consulate in Damascus on April 1.

Defense Minister Gallant said in a video statement that Israel had “added new capabilities, on land, in the air, at sea, in intelligence, within the State of Israel, and together with our partners, led by the US,” in preparation for attacks from the “terror state” Iran.

Citing unnamed sources, CNN reported Saturday that the US expected Iran to target multiple sites inside Israel and in the region in the coming days, with one of the sources cited as saying that the US had observed Iran preparing as many as 100 cruise missiles to strike Israel. A senior US administration official told CNN that Iran’s proxies could be involved in the attack as well.

Massive Protests Break Out Japan in Opposition to WHO’s Proposed Pandemic Treaty (VIDEO)

Massive Protests Break Out Japan in Opposition to WHO’s Proposed Pandemic Treaty (VIDEO)

On April 13th, a significant demonstration took place in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district, drawing attention to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) proposed Pandemic Treaty.

The treaty, set for adoption at the WHO’s General Assembly in May, has sparked controversy and fear among citizens, leading to one of the largest protests in recent Japanese history, according to Aussie17, a former Big Pharma employee.

The march began in Higashi-Ikebukuro Central Park, where thousands of participants gathered with banners and chants expressing their opposition to the treaty and the WHO’s overreach, Yahoo reported.

Protesters voiced strong opposition to mandatory vaccinations and the potential infringement on Japan’s sovereignty. “We strongly protest against the WHO for forcing people to be vaccinated, ignoring Japan’s sovereignty where vaccines are voluntary,” declared one of the banners leading the march.

The protest aimed to bring attention to several issues, including an increase in excess deaths and the lack of transparency regarding the adverse effects of vaccinations. The demonstrators demanded accountability and clearer information from both the Japanese government and global health authorities.

Eminent figures such as Professor Masayasu Inoue and historian Chikatsu Hayashi provided insights before the demonstration, criticizing the influence of pharmaceutical companies and private interests on global health policies.

Professor Inoue warned of the dangers of genetic vaccines and highlighted the significant funding the WHO receives from entities like the Bill Gates Foundation.

The WHO’s pandemic treaty negotiations, which began in March 2023, aim to establish legally binding regulations to enhance global cooperation in pandemic response.

According to the WHO’s website on March 30, 2021, it announced an “urgent call for an International Pandemic Treaty,” stating that such a treaty is needed to orchestrate a single globalized response to pandemics. And “25 heads of government and international leaders” have come together in a joint call to form the treaty.

The World Health Organization, alongside its 194 member countries, has been developing a global treaty to combat a hypothetical future pathogen, referred to as “Disease X.”

Report: Iran begins attack on Israel, launching dozens of drones that’ll take hours to arrive

Report: Iran begins attack on Israel, launching dozens of drones that’ll take hours to arrive

Iran has launched an attack against Israel with dozens of drones, according to the Axios news site.

Drones are assessed to take several hours to cover such a distance.

There is no immediate statement from the IDF on the attack.

Rumors circulate that red heifer sacrifice could happen as soon as Passover on April 22nd

Rumors circulate that red heifer sacrifice could happen as soon as Passover on April 22nd
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Jewish theology places special emphasis on the red heifer sacrifice because of its deep roots in the Torah and the Bible.

Ancient records state that the ritual calls for the sacrifice of a red heifer that must meet strict requirements: It must be completely red, without a single non-red hair, and blemish-free.

Following the sacrifice, the ashes are used in a purification rite that is necessary for anyone wishing to enter hallowed areas or partake in specific religious rituals.

The recent developments in this ceremony have gained worldwide attention. According to reports, plans are in motion for the sacrifice, which might happen as early as Passover 2024.

Earlier, The Kashmiriyat reported that five blemish-free red heifers were reportedly shipped from Texas to Israel in 2022 and are presently being kept in Shiloh, Israel.

The Rabbis are required to hold off on performing the sacrifice until the heifers are three years old and still devoid of blemishes.

There must be a piece of land on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives where the red heifer sacrifice is performed. It’s thought that someone has purchased the land. It is decided that the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is a suitable site for the ritual, negating the need to build a new temple.

This is consistent with some readings of biblical prophecy that regard the Temple’s reconstruction as a signpost to the Messianic age.

The focal point of these preparations is the red heifers themselves. These animals are imported from the United States and are given close attention to ensure they fulfill the stringent requirements specified in religious texts.

Beyond religious circles, a wider public is interested in historical and prophetic trends that look forward to the red heifer sacrifice. Many believe that this occurrence, which has significant ramifications for both religious and eschatological contexts, is a critical step towards the restoration of Temple worship and sacrifice.

Scholars, believers, and onlookers around the world are still debating and speculating about the time and execution of the ritual.

In a speech delivered 100 days into the present conflict, Hamas claimed that the red heifers’ arrival had an impact on their choice to launch the October 7th strikes in Israel, which ignited the conflict.

There are currently claims that the red heifer sacrifice may begin either just before Passover on April 22, 2024, or 50 days later on Shavuot.

Zelensky Is Lying About An Upcoming Counteroffensive Out Of Desperation To Receive More Aid

Zelensky Is Lying About An Upcoming Counteroffensive Out Of Desperation To Receive More Aid

Zelensky told German media in an interview earlier this week that Ukraine is planning another counteroffensive against Russia, which is why it requires production licenses from its partners in order to build up its domestic military-industrial capacity ahead of that event. He also urged the US to break its Congressional deadlock on Ukraine aid in order to help his country prepare for this next campaign. No counteroffensive is actually planned, however, since Ukraine completely lacks the manpower and arms.

It can’t realistically narrow the yawning gap between itself and Russia, which was only widened since the dramatic failure of last summer’s counteroffensiveRussia already won the “race of logistics”/“war of attrition” with NATO by far, which has dawned on many in the West over the past nine months, hence the renewed interest among some from that bloc for freezing the conflict. Nevertheless, policymakers still want to perpetuate the NATO-Russian proxy war, which his why peace talks have yet to resume.

That approach is increasingly unpopular with the masses, who’ve grown fatigued and frustrated with this conflict, especially after last summer’s failed counteroffensive exposed the fallacy of their hopes to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia. This is particularly the case with the Ukrainians themselves, many of whom know someone who was killed or maimed in one of the meatgrinders. Left unaddressed, these public opinion trends could greatly complicate policymakers’ plans for perpetuating the conflict.

Therein lies the significance of Zelensky’s lie about an upcoming counteroffensive, which aims to advance several objectives, first and foremost misleading his own people by making them think that his regime has a plan for ending the conflict on their terms

They’re unlikely to fall for that though after seeing with their own eyes and hearing from trusted sources how bad everything is going for Ukraine.

Even so, Zelensky is so out of touch with his people that he still thinks he can mislead them about this.

The second objective is to deceive the foreign public in order to help relieve some of the pressure upon his Western patrons’ policymakers whose people are nowadays demanding that their politicians devise an exit plan for extricating their countries from what they’ve come to believe is a stalemate. They consider Zelensky to be very ungrateful for all the assistance that he’s hitherto received on the taxpayers’ dime and can’t imagine that anything more could make a military-strategic difference at this point.

These two perception management objectives lead to the third one regarding Zelensky’s desperate need to receive as much aid as he can as soon as possible by deceiving everyone about his side’s plans before Russia achieves a military breakthrough across the front lines.

There’s no chance that Ukraine can muster the men and arms required for carrying out another counteroffensive before then, let alone after Russia’s reportedly forthcoming offensive ends (if his regime isn’t overthrown by then, that is), but there’s a chance that it could survive the onslaught. The only way to improve its odds is to deceive Ukrainians with false hopes about an upcoming counteroffensive so that they don’t protest while deceiving foreigners into supporting more aid.

In other words, the survival of Zelensky’s regime is on the line for the first time since Russia’s “goodwill” gesture of withdrawing its forces from Kiev during spring 2022’s peace talks, which it did out of the naïve belief that this was required to seal the deal for swiftly ending the special operation. He’s scared but he can’t show it and is therefore harnessing all of his acting skills to present a false veneer of confidence. If the front lines don’t hold and more aid isn’t forthcoming, then he might be out of power by year’s end.

Middle East Crisis: Container Ship Hijacked Near Strait Of Hormuz Amid Soaring Iran Tensions

Middle East Crisis: Container Ship Hijacked Near Strait Of Hormuz Amid Soaring Iran Tensions

While Israel on Friday braced for cruise missile and suicide drone attacks, there are new reports on Saturday morning that Iranian commandos hijacked an Israeli-affiliated container ship heading towards the Strait of Hormuz. 

AP News says the British military's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations initially reported the hijacking of Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, a container ship linked to London-based Zodiac Maritime. Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer controls the international ship management company that owns and charters large vessels. 

Video of the boarding has been circulating X for the past hour. However, "AP could not immediately verify the video, it corresponded to known details of the boarding, and the helicopter involved appeared to be one used by Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which has carried out other ship raids in the past," the media outlet said. 

According to Bloomberg data, MSC Aries was leaving a port from Dubai on Thursday and heading towards the Strait of Hormuz. The vessel's last known position was recorded around 1256 local time on Friday off Dubai's coast. AP noted that the ship's transponder had been switched off. 

This once again is confirming that the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar are helping Israel bypass the Houthi blockade by land route from the UAE port.

Iran is now cutting that route as well. 

If Hezbollah cut the Mediterranean route with its drones, Israel could fall into a complete trade blockade.

The incident in the Strait of Hormuz is very concerning since maritime chokepoints in the region are plagued with conflict. Off of Yemen, in the Bab-El Mandeb Strait, Iran-backed Houthis have unleashed multi-month drone and missile attacks against US, UK, and Israeli vessels. 

In a recent note to clients, the global corporate & investment banking capital markets strategy team at MUFG Bank warned the key theme for 2024 would be "Higher friction geopolitics." 

Focusing on the Middle East, MUFG's Tom Joyce showed how 25% of global trade flows through three chokepoints: Suez Canal, Bab-El Mandeb Strait, and Strait of Hormuz. The latest incident is very concerning for global trade and flow of goods, such as energy products, through the region.