The nation and the land of Israel are the subject of many Old Testament prophecies. Many of them relate to God's plans for the nation, warnings of judgment because of their disobedience, and restoration after they were conquered by the Assyrians and the Babylonians.

There are also comforting prophecies about Israel's distant future, and especially their role in the future righteous kingdom that will be established by the Messiah.

In our lifetime we have witnessed one of the most amazing fulfillments - the promise of Ezekiel chapters 36 and 37 that the chosen people will be brought back from all over the Earth and re-born as a nation. This, of course, was fulfilled in 1948 when, against all odds, Israel declared independence, and with God's help, has been able to fight off enemies on all sides for over 50 years.

The current wave of violence between Israel and the Palestinians could die out and become one of many such cycles in the area, or it could lead to more serious war. The outcome of this war could be a most welcome peace agreement.

Such a peace agreement might be just another phase in the age-old struggle between the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael, or it could be the false peace mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (NIV)

When Israel finally is at peace, it will be the first time since they became a nation in 1948 that they have enjoyed such security. This could cause them to lower their guard, which would set the scene for yet another war, such as the one predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. (Many good Bible teachers think that war is more likely at the end of the Tribulation, but it does not correspond exactly to the Battle of Armageddon.) If it does come before the Tribulation, it will most likely correspond to the 2nd Seal of Revelation 6.

The dramatic end of this great war of the 2nd Seal could produce the treaty predicted in Daniel 9:27, which many prophecy scholars identify as the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period.

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Report: Netanyahu met Jordan king for secret talks on Syria chemical weapons

Dec. 26, 2012 - According to a report in the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper (not yet confirmed by Israeli officials), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a secret meeting in Jordan with King Abdullah II to discuss the possible need to attack chemical weapon facilities in Syria.
Arab media outlets recently reported that the Jordanian army has declared a state of emergency, and that its troops have been issued gas masks in anticipation of chemical weapons being employed by the Syrian regime near the border.
Israel could attack without Jordan's permission, but they would prefer to have their approval. The report said that Jordan felt that it was not yet the right time for the move.
Source: Haaretz

Prophetic Significance of Israel

'Europe's policy on Israel like its Jewish policy in 30s and 40s'

Dec. 13, 2012 - European National leaders have severely criticized Israel's continued building of settlements in disputed areas of Jerusalem. On the other hand, they have failed to criticize Hamas' clear and often-repeated goal to destroy Israel.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio on Tuesday that he is not happy with Europe's stance on these issues. He said,

We have already been through this with Europe, in the late 1930s and the 40s... They knew at the beginning of the 1940s exactly what was happening with the refugee camps, with the concentration camps, and they didn't exactly take action.

The Hatnuah party chairwoman Tzipi Livni, said Lieberman's remarks went too far. She agreed that there is criticism over the current settlement policy, but said, "Not everyone is against us and not everyone is anti-Semitic."

Source: Israel Hayom

US to give Israel thousands of 'bunker-buster' bombs

Dec. 12, 2012 - Since Israel depleted some of its weapons during the recent Pillar of Defense operation against Hamas, the Pentagon is asking Congress to increase the United States' military aid to Israel by $647 million. The action will authorize new missiles that can be mounted on F-15 and F-16 fighter jets and satellite-guided "bunker-busters."
According to the Bloomsberg report, the bombs are intended to "defeat an enemyĺs most critical and hardened targets such as protected weapons storage sites, and penetrate as much as six feet of reinforced concrete."
Source: YNet News

Netanyahu slams Abbas for reconciliation efforts with Hamas

Dec. 9, 2010- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet members, ôYesterday we were re-exposed to our enemiesĺ true face.ö He was referring to the fact that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is participating in a reconciliation effort with Hamas. Hamas has not changed its stance about Israel. Netanyahu said that Hamas has öno intention of compromising with us; they want to destroy the state.ö

For his part, Abbas does not condemn Hamas' desire to destroy Israel, and he did not condemn the missiles that were fired against Israel.

Making matters worse, exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal returned to the region and made a fiery speech in which he promised to liberate liberate Palestine ôfrom the sea to the river.ö He said Hamas was,

ônot giving up any inch of Palestine. It will remain Islamic and Arab for us and nobody else. Jihad and armed resistance is the only wayů We cannot recognize Israelĺs legitimacy.ö

Source: Times of Israel
Hamas TV: Death to the Jews and to America -Israel National News
In Israel, fears of a new Palestinian uprising - Times of Israel
Israel Sees No Optimistic Outcomes in Middle East Revolutions - Arnaud De Borchgrave - Newsmax
Iran promises more weapons to terror group - WND

Hezbollah leader warns rockets would rain down on Tel Aviv in future war

Nov. 25, 2012 - Sheik Hassan Nasrallah's, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group weighed in on the recent Israel-Gaza war, calling the cease-fire "a clear victory" against Israel. He also claimed that Hezbollah would would fire thousands of rockets into Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities in any future war. Hezbollah also claimed victory in the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon when 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis died.
Since the 2006 war ended, both Israeli and Hezbollah officials have been warning each other that the next battle between the two groups will be more destructive.
Source: Fox
Israel shoots down first missile with 'David's Sling' [midrange] defense system - Fox

Netanyahu: We're ready to take a harsher stance if truce fails

Nov. 22, 2012 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel's objectives were met during the 8 days of fighting with Hamas in Gaza, but if Hamas breaks the truce, Israel is prepared to take an even harsher stand. He said, "We choose when to act, against who to act and how to act."

Defense Minister Ehud Barak explained that the truce is not an actual agreement with Hamas. It is a document of understandings between Israel and Egypt, and between Egypt and Hamas.

Source: Jerusalem Post
Hamas declares 'victory' after cease-fire - Jerusalem Post
Egypt Brotherhood Leader Blasts Peace with Israel - Newsmax
After Israel-Gaza: Who won, who lost? - Prophecy Central's Egypt Section
Dershowitz: Why a Cease-Fire Will Not Last - Newsmax
What Gaza fighting taught Israel about possible war with Iran - NBC

Israel and Hamas announce cease-fire, while US, Egypt helped both sides reach agreement

Nov. 21, 2012 - The new Islamist government of Egypt, headed by Mohammed Morsi brokered a cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Israel had launched well over 1,500 airstrikes and other attacks on targets in Gaza since fighting started Nov. 14, while more than 1,500 rockets pounded Israel. In all, 161 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians, were killed, while five Israelis died.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spent two days of shuttle diplomacy in the region to help develop the agreement, and President Obama apparently gave Israeli Prime Minister Netanyanu assurance of ongoing support from the U.S.

According to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal the agreement will open all border crossings with the Gaza Strip, including the Rafah crossing with Egypt. However, Netanyahu warned that if Hamas does not keep their end of the agreement there could still be a ground invasion of Gaza at a later date.

Source: Fox News

Terror attack on Tel Aviv bus injures 23 people

Nov. 21, 2012 - A bus on Tel Aviv's Shaul Hamelech Street was blown up by a bomb left on the vehicle. No one has died yet from the blast, but 23 were injured.
Palestinian media reports said the Fatah-linked Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade took responsibility for the attack, although that was unconfirmed... Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised the bombing, but stopped short of claiming responsibility.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu ready for 'whatever action' is needed in Gaza, as Clinton arrives for talks

Nov. 20, 2012 - After a week of Israeli-Palestinian violence, several of the world's top diplomats have travelled to Israel and/or the Gaza Strip to try to bring about a cease-fire. President Obama has sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the area.
Clinton said the United States is pushing for a "durable outcome" promoting stability, but the cease-fire talks brokered by Egypt had failed to yield a truce as of late Tuesday, with Hamas reportedly saying an agreement won't come any earlier than Wednesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared at a televised press conference with Clinton. He affirmed support for diplomatic efforts to reach a cease-fire in Gaza, but he said that that Israel would take "whatever actions" are necessary to defend itself.
Source: Fox
Israeli Defense Force - Official You Tube page
CNN: US ships sent to Mediterranean in case of evacuation - BBC
Current Middle East news - BBC

Israel halted Gaza invasion to give talks more time

Israel has agreed to briefly hold off on sending ground forces into Gaza to allow time for cease-fire efforts to continue.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Two rockets land outside of Jerusalem following two fired at Tel Aviv

Nov.16, 2012 - Air raid sirens sounded as two rockets from the Gaza strip landed outside of Jerusalem today
Nearly 350 rockets have landed in Israel since the operation began Thursday.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Editor's note: We are in Jerusalem and heard the sirens! We also saw flashes and heard the noise from what might have been anti-ballistic missiles being fired.

Israeli Defense Force kills Hamas military chief Jabari

Nov.15, 2012 - In response to numerous rocket attacks from Hamas Israel has launched Operation Pillar of Defence. Some 20 underground rocket launchers were destroyed and their defense comander Ahmed Jabari was killed.
In response to the attacks, Hamas said "the occupation has opened the gates of hell."
Source: Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu: Those who act against Israel will pay a heavy price

Nov. 13, 2012 - Speaking about the continuing rocket attacks from the Gaza strip, Israili Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said,
"Whoever thinks that he can routinely attack the lives of the residents of the South without paying a heavy price - is mistaken. I am responsible for chosing the time to exact the highest possible price, and so it will be."
Source: Jerusalem Post

Israel hits 'source' of second Syria shellww

Nov. 13, 2012 - In spite of a dramatic response to yesterday's shelling of an IDf location in the Golan Heights, a second mortar hit inside of Israel. This drew an immediate direct retaliation against the source in Syria.
After Sunday's shell exploded Israel sent a warning message to the U.N. saying that any further firing into Israel will result in "a real response."
Source: Jerusalem Post
Editor's note. We are conducting a tour in Israel and were actually in the Golan Heights yesterday. We are safe, and Israel seems as peaceful as if nothing has happened!

Israel Sends warning Shot to Syria after Mortar Attack on Golan Heights

Nov. 11, 2012 - Fighting in Syria spilled over into the Golan Heights Sunday. A mortar exploded in an Isreali military camp. Israel responded by firing an anti-tank missile as a warning.
It was the first time since the Yom Kippur War nearly 40 years ago that Israel has shot weapons at Syria.
Israel was also attacked by some 60 rockets from Palestinian terrorists.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Israeli PM Netanyahu 'ready' to order strike on Iran

Nov. 6, 2012 - On an Israeli television interview, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he is ready to order a strike on Iran if international sanctions do not stop its nuclear program. Since the U.S. has failed to set a clear "red line" for military action against Iran. he indicated that Israel would act unilaterally if it is necessary.
Source: BBC

'PM ordered IDF on alert for Iran strike in 2010'

Nov. 4, 2012 - At some point in 2010, reports say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli Defense Force to raise its state of alert to ´┐ŻP-plus´┐Ż because of a possible attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. That alert level is reserved for an imminent state of war.
Then-IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi and then-Mossad chief Meir Dagan considered the order ´┐Żillegal´┐Ż and resisted it.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Israel successfully tests upgraded Iron Dome with longer interception range

Nov. 4, 2012 - The Israeli Defense Ministry announced that it has successfully tested an improved version of the Iron Dome missile defense system. It can stop medium-range missiles from Syria and Hezbollah that could reach the center of the country. The whole country will have missile protection within a few years.
Source: Times of Israel

Jerusalem´┐Żs Olive Trees from Biblical Era Oldest on Earth [PHOTOS]

Oct. 26, 2012 - Research shows that the trees in the Garden of Gethsemane are among the oldest olive trees in the world, and it is possible, but not proven, that they came from the root system of the very trees that existed in Jesus' days. In addition, there is no doubt that they are growing where the Garden of Gethsemane was in the First Century.
Source: International Business Times - See the great pictures!
Olive trees of Gethsemane among oldest in world: study - Reuters

Was Sudan Arms Factory Bombing a Sign Israel Can Strike Iranian Nuclear Facilities?

Oct. 25, 2012 - A weapons factory near Khartoum, Sudan, was bombed yesterday. The Sudanese government blames Israel for the attack.
This would imply that, contrary to the assessment of skeptics, Israeli fighter aircraft would have the ability to reach and target Iranian nuclear facilities if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decides one day to carry out such an attack.
Source: The Blaze
The bombed Sudanese factory produced Iranian Shehab missiles -DEBKAfile

Egypt Brokers Informal Israel/Gaza Truce After Intense Fighting

Oct. 25, 2012 - Egyptian officials have brokered an unofficial cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The move comes after two days of intense rocket attacks from Gaza and retaliation from Israel.
"The Egyptians have a very impressive ability to articulate to [Hamas] that its primary interest is not to attack and use terror against Israel or other targets," Israeli defense official Amos Gilad told Israeli Army Radio.
No formal agreement is expected since Hamas refuses to recognize the Jewish state and calls for its destruction.
Source: NewsMax

Fresh rocket, mortar barrage brings total to 72

Oct. 24, 2012 - Palestinian terrorists continued to fire rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel, sending local residents fleeing for cover.
The IAF carried out an air strike around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning following three operations overnight, each striking rocket-launching cells in the northern and southern Gaza Strip. Hamas said that four of its operatives were killed in the strikes.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Gaza-Israel shelling resumes after departure of Qatari emir - The visit by the Qatari emir´┐Ż Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, seen as conferring legitimacy on the Islamist organisation. He announced a $400m investment and construction program for Gaza. - Guardian UK

Morsi mouths ´┐ŻAmen´┐Ż as Egyptian preacher urges ´┐ŻAllah, destroy the Jews´┐Ż

Oct. 22, 2012 - Egyptians were able to watch Friday prayers on Egyptian state television as cleric Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour, the local head of religious endowment, said,
Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them asunder. Oh Allah, demonstrate Your might and greatness upon them.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi participated in the prayers, and according to the Anti-Defamation League, he could be seen mouthing ´┐Żamen´┐Ż to these sentiment.
Source: Times of Israel

Armageddon scenario: US, Israel ready for huge joint drill in Iran's shadow

Oct. 20, 2012 - The United States and Israel will experience a massive "Armaageddon secnario" for the next three weeks It will basically be a computerized simulation, but it will involve real soldiers and equipment as well.
The drill will involve some 3,500 U.S. personnel, with around 1,000 troops deployed in theater, along with a navy cruiser to serve as the control center, and Patriot missile defense batteries.
This biggest-ever joint Israeli-American war games will cost close to $40 million.
Source: NBC

Gazprom bids highest for Leviathan partnership

Oct. 19, ,2012 - Russia's national gas company Gazprom submitted the highest offer in Israel's search for a partner in the development of its Leviathan natural gas field.
Although the Israelis, led by Delek Group's Yitzhak Tshuva, are enthusiastic about Gazprom because of its geopolitical power, Nobel Energy prefers a Western partner, even at terms that are not as good as the terms offered by the Russian giant.
Source: Globes - Israel

Gaza-bound ship brings on food, activists off Greek coast

Oct. 17, 2012 - The Estelle, a sailing ship, travelling from Sweden, Italy and the island of Crete, is bringing pro-Palestinian activists, and is planning to break an Israeli blockade to reach Gaza later this week.
The ship then continued its journey with five lawmakers on board -- one from Sweden, one from Spain, two Greeks and a Norwegian, the spokesman for the Ship to Gaza Sweden movement, Mikael Loefgren, told AFP by telephone.
Source: Google
Update: Oct. 20, 2012 - Estelle intercepted: Israel navy stops Gaza-bound boat - BBC

Hezbollah's CFO flees to Israel carrying stolen money, classified documents

Oct. 14, 2012 - Hussein Fahs, a 29-year old telecommunication engineer and CFO of the Hezbollah organization, has fled to Israel, taking some $5 million in embezzled money, classified documents and maps. He is also the head of Hezbollah´┐Żs operational communications network.
In September, Fahs, who is native of southern Lebanon, was arrested along with other four Hezbollah members over the suspicion of embezzling the group´┐Żs funds and collaborating with Israel, Yoni Alpert´┐Żs Terror Watch reported.
Source: Al Arabiya
IAF kills top Gaza al-Qaida leader; rockets fall on Israel's south - Israel Hayom

US report: Israel-US discussing joint Iran attack

Oct. 9, 2012 - Politics may have contributed to the release of information about one military option - a short, surgical pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities by the combined might of the US and Israel. This concept was revealed by an article in Foreign Policy magazine yesterday written by its CEO and editor at large David Rothkopf. Rothkopf is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served as an undersecretary of commerce in the Clinton administration.

The Foreign Policy article was posted soon after Republican candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Obama's Iran policies. Speaking at the Virginia Military Institute, he said, ´┐ŻIran today has never been closer to a nuclear weapons capability. And it has never acted less deterred by America.´┐Ż

A Truly Credible Military Threat to Iran - Foreign Policy
US sources: US, Israel plan October Surprise. Others: Israel can do it alone - DEBKAfile
Iran's secret nuclear-bomb plant revealed - WND
Netanyahu announces he´┐Żll hold elections ´┐Żas soon as possible´┐Ż - The Times of Israel
Netanyahu Orders Early Elections: How does this fit into the PM´┐Żs war planning?- Joel Rosenberg's Blog

Israel readies Patriot missiles to counter suspected Hezbollah drones

Oct. 9, 2012 - Israel has deployed a US-made Patriot missile battery near their border with Lebanon in response to the weekend flight of a drone into Israeli airspace.
Saturday morning, Israeli radar tracked the drone flying toward the coast from the Mediterranean, then over the Gaza strip and into Israel. Twenty minutes after it crossed into southern Israel, scrambled fighter jets from the Israeli Air Force shot it down.
So far there is no confirmation about which of Israel's enemies were responsible for the drone, but the placement of the Patriot missiles suggests that it might be the Iranian-supported Hezbollah forces in Lebanon
Source: Fox

Azerbaijan eyes aiding Israel against Iran

Sept. 30, 2012 - Azerbaijan, a former Soviet Union country, may provide direct or indirect assistance to Israel in case of a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. The oil-rich country would face some risks if it did support Israel, but Azerbaijan does purchase military equiipment from Israel and the U.S., and is opposed to Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Two Azeri former military officers and two Russian intelligence sources told Reuters that Azerbaijan has been talking to Israel about how Azeri bases and intelligence might be used in a strike on Iran.

"Where planes would fly from ´┐Ż from here, from there, to where? ´┐Ż that's what's being planned now," a security consultant with contacts at Azeri defense headquarters in Baku said. "The Israelis´┐Ż would like to gain access to bases in Azerbaijan."
If Israel decides to launch an attack, and the U.S. will not support the move, bases in Azerbaijan might be used for re-fueling or rescue operations.

Source: Ynet News
Israel denies it has access to Azerbaijan air bases - YNet News
Iran arrests two Azeris for espionage - YNet News

Fordo sabotage enabled Netanyahu to move Iran red line to spring 2013

Sept. 30, 2012 - In his U.N. General Assembly speech this week Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated that the "red line" for taking action against Iran's nuclear development might be pushed back to the spring or early summer of 2013. This is apparently the result of the successful sabotage of the power lines supplying Iran's Fordo facilities on Aug. 17.
The disruption of the underground enrichment plant's power supply caused several of the advanced IR-1 and IR-4 centrifuges producing the 20-percent grade uranium to burst into flames.
However, Iran has responded by airlifting thousands of their elite Al Qods Brigades into Lebanon and Syria to be deployed near Israel's borders. Meanwhile Syria has apparently moved some of their chemical weapons out of storage making them a greater threat to Israel.
Source: DEBKAfile
From Sept. 18, 2012 - Exclusive: Iran arrests 3 Fordo sabotage suspects who entered from Azerbaijan - DEBKAfile
Israelis are prepared -- or not -- for an Iran attack - NBC

Netanyahu: 'Clear red line' needed to stop Iran's nuclear program

Sept. 27, 2012 - Today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a dramatic speech to the United Nations, explained the need for a "clear red line" to keep Iran from completing their apparent objective of having nuclear weapons.
The prime minister displayed a "diagram" showing a crudely drawn bomb, divided into sections representing the three stages of uranium enrichment. Using a marker, Netanyahu drew a red line before the end of the second stage.
He appealed to the U.S. and other nations to join Israel in drawing a line that Iran cannot cross without risking a military response.

He also outlined the Jewish people's ancient historical ties to the land of Israel. He reminded their enemies that "the Jewish people have overcome all the tyrants who sought our destruction," and that they "will never be uprooted again."

Source: Fox
Full text of Netanyahu's speech - Israel American Embassy
Netanyahu Tells U.N. Iran Could Have Nukes by Spring: Is war imminent? Analysis - Joel Rosenberg's Blog
Netanyahu warns of Iran's 'apocalyptic leaders' - WND
Wesley Clark to Newsmax: Israel Will Not Bomb Iran - NewsMax
At UN, Abbas charges Israel with ´┐Żethnic cleansing,´┐Ż warns of ´┐Ża new nakba´┐Ż - Times of Israel
Kissinger: US Should Establish Red Line of Its Own on Iran - NewsMax

Israel on high alert ahead of Yom Kippur

Sept. 25, 2012 - The Israeli Defense Force is enforcing a complete closure on the West Bank and Gaza Strip during Yom Kippur - The holiest day of the year for Jews.
Jerusalem District Police are being especially careful this year over the recent Muslim protests and the fallout over the anti-Islamic film.
Source: Ynet News

Iran's Revolutionary Guard: Israel Will Launch War

Sept. 22, 2012 - Speculation is mounting that Israel could launch air strikes on Iran before U.S. elections in November. The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari, said that Israel will eventually attack Iran. He said, "A war will occur, but it's not clear where or when it will be."
Israel, which bombed an Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981 and launched a similar strike against Syria in 2007, has threatened to do the same in Iran if diplomatic efforts fail to stop the nuclear work it believes is aimed at getting weapons capability.
Source: NewsMax

Day of Prayer for Jerusalem [Oct. 7] to Be 'Largest Prayer Initiative in History'

Sept. 21, 2012 - Miriam Rodlyn Park, global co-coordinator for The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, says
"It is the largest Jerusalem-focused prayer initiative in history with over 1,400 Christian leaders endorsing and over 300,000 congregations in more than 175 nations, which includes the underground churches in China and seven Muslim countries," explained the event, in an email to The Christian Post.
This annual event occurs the first Sunday of every October. For more information about how to be involved, visit the link to the official site below.
Source: Christian Post
The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem

Mossad´┐Żs tip-off ahead of Yom Kippur War did not reach prime minister, newly released papers show

Sept. 20, 2012 - Recently declassified information reveals that Israel's losses in the 1973 "Yom Kippur" war could have been avoided if information from the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency had been properly conveyed to the Prime Minister's office.
On October 5 at 12:30 at night, a cable marked urgent arrived at Mossad headquarters in Tel Aviv. In it, [senior agent Ashraf Marwan, Gamal Abdel Nasser´┐Żs son-in-law] conveyed that war was imminent and asked for a London meeting with Mossad head Zvi Zamir.
The message said that Egypt was going to attack under the cover of a military drill. It was received a full week before the attack that it would occur on Yom Kippur. A failure to believe the information and pass it on to the Prime Minister's office resulted in the suprise strike that took the lives of 2,688 Israelis. The losses also damaged the view, gained by the Six-Day War, that Israel was indestructible.
Source: Times of Israel
Newly Released Papers Show Massive Israeli Intel Failure Berore '73 War: Cost of not striking first - Joel Rosenberg's Blog

Israeli Arab Official Warns Of ´┐ŻArmageddon´┐Ż Over Anti-Islam Film

Sept. 13, 2012 - Islamic protests against the video that mocks the prophet Muhammad have spread from Libya, Egypt and other countries, to Israel's capital.
A radical group called the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement led the demonstration, according to the Times of Israel. A top Israeli Arab Knesset official warned of ´┐ŻArmageddon´┐Ż if the United Nations does not intervene.
Source: CBS
Electronic Intifada
Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement - Wikipedia

White House scrambles to contain controversy over Netanyahu snub claims

Sept. 12, 2012 - Israeli officials claimed that the White House had brushed off an offer for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama during his upcoming visit to the U.S. The U.S. countered with a statement that there was never a request for such a meeting "in Washington." (The offer may have been to meet elsewhere, like New York.)
The White House went on to say that Obama had just gotten off an hour-long phone call with the prime minister ´┐Żas a part of their ongoing consultations,´┐Ż and that the two discussed the Iranian nuclear threat.
Source: Fox

Netanyahu: Those that refuse to set red lines for Iran can't give Israel red light

Sept. 11, 2012 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his frustration with the U.S. position on Iran's nuclear developments.
"The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time'. And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," Netanyahu told reporters on Tuesday.
Source: Haaretz

God, Jerusalem and American foreign policy

Sept. 6, 2012 - Whenever people complain about President Obama's attitude toward Israel, his supporters pull out a list of things he has done for the Jewish state. But a careful examination of these things indicate that he is doing the least he can to keep the support of congress and the American people. The situation at the Democratic Party convention this week showed a great divide among delegates, and an even greater divide in the country as a whole. Critics of the president have their own list.
It includes Obama´┐Żs repeated humiliations of Israel´┐Żs prime minister. It includes the multiple clashes Obama has initiated with Israel with regards to Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. It includes Obama´┐Żs adoption of the Palestinians´┐Ż position on Israel´┐Żs borders...
Source: Caroline B Glick - Jerusalem Post
Jewish Democrats still unhappy with corrected party platform, which omits clauses on Hamas, refugees and borders - Times of Israel

DEBKAfile Intelligence Exposes Rift with Israel

Sept. 4, 2012 - Recent headlines from intelligence organizations show that there is great pressure on Israel to react to Iran's nuclear threat before the U.S. elections. However the U.S. seems to be making it very clear to Israel that if they do take the risk of a pre-emptive strike against Iran, the U.S. will not back them up.
US disowns Israel over Iran strike: No weapons or military backup - DEBKAfile 9/1/2012
Slashed US military input shortens Israel´┐Żs notice of Iranian missile launch - DEBKAfile 9/2/2012
\ US CIA chief Petraeus is sent to cool Israeli ire - DEBKAfile 9/2/2012
If Israel attacks Iran, US Mid East bases will pay dear ´┐Ż Nasrallah - DEBKAfile 9/4/2012
Pre-election Israeli airstrike imminent - Terrorosm expert David Rubin thinks a pre-election strike by Israel would help people realize that Mitt Romney is pro-Israeli and President Obama is not. - OneNewsNow
Suddenly Obama is OK with Netanyahu: An incumbent president, intent on re-election needs to remind voters that Israel has his back. - Haaretz

The Egypt-Israel peace treaty is dead

Sept. 3, 2012- An Egyptian activist explains that the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt was intended by Anwar Sadat to produce real and lasting peace, but after his assassination in 1991 it has been treated like a ceasefire arrangement. In the current situation the treaty is being ignored by both sides, and unless it is updated soon, it will fail.
33 years after the peace treaty, Israel still doesn´┐Żt exist on official Egyptian maps. When young Egyptian students study geography, they find only Palestine on their state-printed books.
Source: Maikel Nabil Sanad - an Egyptian activist who leads the No Compulsory Military Service Movement - Haaretz

US' ambiguous attitude flusters Israel

Sept. 2, 2012 -
A weekend editorial in the Wall Street Journal criticized the Obama administration over its ambiguous attitude to Israel. Claiming that on the one hand, it supports Israel while on the other actually seems more inflexible towards Israel than towards the Iranian nuclear program.
Source: YNet News
Bitter Jerusalem slams US for ´┐Żlack of determination´┐Ż in face of Iran´┐Żs nuclear drive - Times of Israel
Netanyahu and Barak ´┐Żrisking our entire country´┐Ż with Iran strike plan, warns judge who probed Second Lebanon War failures - Times of Israel
US disowns Israel over Iran strike: No weapons or military backup - DEBKAfile
'PM tells US 'time has run out' on Iran diplomacy' - Jerusalem Post

Egypt prof: Israel will be gone by next year

Sept. 1, 2012 - Gamal Zahran, head of the political science department at Egypt´┐Żs Port Said University, told an Iranian TV station that with Allah´┐Żs help, ´┐ŻIsrael will be annihilated´┐Ż by 2013. He said,
"The elimination of the Zionist entity is beyond debate, and the only question has to do with the circumstances.´┐Ż
Source: Times of Israel

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