SINCE THE RAPTURE OCCURS BEFORE THE FUTURE 7 YR TREATY IS SIGNED, I WONT BE AROUND TO HAVE THE ACTUAL TREATY SIGNING. BUT UNTIL THEN THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO THE BEGININGS OF THE ISRAELI / ARAB PEACE PROCESS. AND AS CLOSE TO THE 7 YEAR SIGNING THAT WE GET BEFORE THE RAPTURE OF THE SAVED TO HEAVEN. UNTIL WE MEET JESUS IN THE CLOUDS BODILY, AND COME TO EARTH 7 YRS LATER.

Friday, September 18, 2020

SALVATION-GODS FREE GIFT TO YOU-IF YOU ASK HIM INTO YOUR HEART

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

JACK VAN IMPE-NO BODIES IN HEAVEN ONLY ( MOSES-ELIJAH-ENOCH)-JESUS (HAS HIS NEVER DYING BODY LIKE WE CHRISTIANS GET AT THE RAPTURE TO LIVE ON EARTH FOREVER IN OUR SEEN BODY)--RIGHT NOW--ALL SPIRIT BODIES IN HEAVEN NOW ARE CHRISTIANS IN THEIR SPIRITUAL BODIES UNTIL THE RAPTURE OCCURS-WHEN ALL THE BODIES AND SPIRITS OF ALL CHRISTIANS DEAD-WILL REUNITE TOGETHER WITH EACH OTHER AGAIN.AND THEN WE WILL HAVE OUR NEW BODIES (NEVER DYING BODIES LIKE JESUS') AND WE RETURN TO EARTH WITH JESUS TO RULE FOREVER IN NOT OUR SPIRITUAL UNSEEN BODIES.BUT OUR CLEARLY SEEN NEW REUNITED SPIRIT-BODY-SOUL BODIES TO LITERALLY RULE ON EARTH FOREVER WITH JESUS.SO YES-JACK IS CORRECT THERE IS NO PERSON IN HEAVEN WITH A BODY BUT ONLY A SPIRIT BODY FOR NOW-UNTIL THE RAPTURE-WHEN WE GET OUR NEW BODIES THAT WILL BE SEEN AGAIN.AND LIVE ON EARTH WITH JESUS FOREVER.
RAPTURE-PRE-TRIB

ROSH HASHANA SHOFAR
SOUND OF THE SHOFAR

SALVATION GODS FREE GIFT TO YOU

IF YOU DONT KNOW KING JESUS AND WANT HIM TO TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE, HE LOVES YOU AND WANTS YOUR HEART TO BE WITH HIM FOREVER AND EVER. HE WANTS ALL PEOPLE ON EARTH TO COME TO REPENTENCE AND CALL ON HIM TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS. ONLY HE CAN DO IT WHEN WE CALL ON HIM.

IF YOU WANT TO BE SAVED FOR TIME AND ETERNITY WITH KING JESUS SAY THIS PRAYER AND HE PROMISES ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM. HELL WAS MADE FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS, GOD WANTS ALL HUMANS TO BE WITH HIM FOREVER.

PRAY THIS PRAYER

THANK YOU LORD JESUS. THAT YOU LOVED ME, AND GAVE YOURSELF FOR ME. WHAT LOVE, AND TODAY I RESPOND, I WANT YOU AS MY OWN PERSONAL SAVIOR. AND YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD PUT INTO A SPECIAL BODY BY YOUR FATHER, WAS SHED FOR ME, TO CLEANSE ME, TO WASH ME, TO SAVE ME. I ACCEPT IT NOW, COME INTO MY HEART PRECIOUS SAVIOR. I PRAY THIS IN YOUR HOLY NAME KING JESUS. AMEN AND AMEN.

COME QUICKLY LORD JESUS.OUR JEWISH MESSIAH.AND KING.YOUR EARTHLY FOREVER THRONE OF DAVID AWAITS YOU IN JERUSALEM.AFTER THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.

JACK VAN IMPE ALTER CALL AT 23MINUTES OF THE VIDEO

ZECHARIAH 14:4
4 And his (JEWISH KING JESUS) feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

LUKE 1:32-33
32  He (JEWISH KING JESUS) shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:(IN JERUSALEM)
33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob (ISRAEL) for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.(THATS RULING FOREVER FROM JERUSALEM JESUS DOES)

ISAIAH 9:6-7
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:(JESUS 1ST COMING AS A BABY OR SAVIOR) and the government shall be upon his shoulder:(JESUS 2ND COMING AS RULING KING AND JUDGE FROM JERUSALEM FOREVER AT THE END OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION) and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his (JESUS) government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David,( IN JERUSALEM) and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

YOU EITHER LIVE WITH JESUS ON EARTH FOREVER.OR WITH SATAN FOREVER IN THE LAKE OF FIRE-WHICH I BELIEVE TO BE A BLACK HOLE IN OUTER DARKNESS OF THE HEAVINLIES.AFTER JESUS' 1,000 YEAR RULE ON EARTH.THEN ALL THE LOST DEAD STAND IN FRONT OF JESUS-THEN GET THROWN IN THE LAKE OF FIRE FOREVER WITH THEIR NEVER DYING BODY. AND WHETHER YOU BELIEVE THEIRS A HELL OR NOT. YOUR BELIEF DOES NOT MATTER. GOD TOLD US HE CREATED A HELL FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS. AND WHOEVER IS NOT SAVED-SPENDS ETERNITY IN HELL WITH THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS. PERIOD.
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/02/just-seen-biggest-black-hole-ever-seen.html 

IS HELL REAL YOU DECIDE

IF YOUR NOT SAVED.YOU HAVE TO KNOW WERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY-FOREVER IN YOUR NEVER DYING BODY.

The following article appeared in the well respected Finland newspaper, Ammenusastia

"As a communist I don’t believe in heaven or the Bible but as a scientist I now believe in hell," said Dr. Azzacove. "Needless to say we were shocked to make such a discovery. But we know what we saw and we know what we heard. And we are absolutely convinced that we drilled through the gates of hell!"Dr. Azzacove continued, ". . .the drill suddenly began to rotate wildly, indicating that we had reached a large empty pocket or cavern. Temperature sensors showed a dramatic increase in heat to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.""We lowered a microphone, designed to detect the sounds of plate movements down the shaft. But instead of plate movements we heard a human voice screaming in pain! At first we thought the sound was coming from our own equipment.""But when we made adjustments our worst suspicions were confirmed. The screams weren’t those of a single human, they were the screams of millions of humans!"The following is a recording that claims to be the actual sounds of hell from the above article.

Biblical Words that Describe Hell-Fire and brimstone-Furnace of fire-Judgment by fire-Fiery oven-Lake of fire-Eternal punishment-Pits of darkness-Flames of fire-Burning wind-Unquenchable fire-Judgment by fire.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

ISLAMS BIGGEST GRAVE YARD WILL BE IN THE JORDAN VALLEY EAST OF THE DEAD SEA. NOT IN IRAQ LIKE CURRENTLY.

EZEKIEL 38:1-7
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:TOBOLSK)
4 And I (GOD) will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.(AFRICAN MUSLIMS,SUDAN,TUNESIA ETC)
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

EZEKIEL 39:1-23
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back,(RUSSIA-ARAB MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS) and leave but the sixth part of thee,(5/6TH OR 300 MILLION DEAD RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS I BELIEVE) and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
9  And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
10  So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog (RUSSIA/ARAB/MUSLIMS) a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers (EAST OF THE DEAD SEA IN JORDAN VALLEY) on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog (RUSSIAN) and all his multitude:(ARAB/MUSLIM HORDE) and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.(BURIEL SITE OF THE 300 MILLION,RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS)
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.(OF ISRAEL)
13 Yea, all the people of the land (OF ISRAEL) shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I (GOD-JESUS) shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.
14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment,(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB EXPERTS) passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it,(WON'T TOUCH IT) till the buriers have buried it (PROPERLY) in the valley of Hamongog.(RUSSIA/ARAB/MUSLIMS NEW BURIEL SITE)(EAST OF THE DEAD SEA IN THE JORDAN VALLEY)
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.(OF THE ISRAEL-GOD HATERS)
17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl,(500 MILLION MIGRATING BIRDS THREW ISRAEL EVERY SPRING,FALL) and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.(OF THE RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIM ARMIES)
18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 And ye (MIGRATING BIRDS IN ISRAEL) shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.(RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS)
20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
21 And I (GOD-JESUS) will set my glory among the heathen,(WORLD NATIONS) and all the heathen (WORLD NATIONS) shall see my judgment that I have executed,(AGAINST ISRAELS ENEMIES) and my (GODS) hand that I have laid upon them.(ISRAELS HATER ENEMIES)
22  So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
23  And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
24  According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.

RUSSIA-CHINA-MUSLIMS AGAINST ISRAEL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4_x1SENpWI

THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM THINKS THIS IS THE BIGGEST ISLAMIC GRAVE SITE IN THE WORLD. BUT THE BIGGEST WILL BE EAST OF THE DEAD SEA IN THE JORDAN VALLEY VERY SOON NOW. ONCE ISRAEL TAKES CARE OF ISLAM WITH GODS HELP.

JOEL 2:20
20  But I will remove far off from you the northern (RUSSIAN-ISLAMIC) army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.


World's largest cemetery grows bigger as Shi'ite militias bury their dead-[Reuters]-By Alaa al-Marjani and Saif Hameed-August 23, 2016-YAHOONEWS

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The world's largest cemetery, in Iraq's Shi'ite holy city of Najaf, is expanding at double its usual rate as the nation's death rate increased with the war on Islamic State.The Wadi al-Salam cemetery, Arabic for "Peace Valley," has a special place in the hearts of Shi'ite Muslims as it surrounds the Mausoleum of their first imam, Ali Bin Abi Talib, a cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad.The pace of daily burials rose to 150-200 after Islamic State, the ultra-hardline Sunni group overran a third of the country in 2014, said Jihad Abu Saybi, a historian of the cemetery. The rate was 80-120 a day previously, he said.Shi'ite paramilitary often visit Ali's golden-domed shrine before heading to the frontlines to battle Islamic State, and request to be laid to rest in Wadi al-Salam should they be killed, as a reward for their sacrifice.As land becomes scarce, the cost of a standard 25 square meter family burial lot has risen to about 5 million Iraqi dinars ($4100) almost double the amount paid for the same lots before violence escalated as IS exerted control over large swathes of north and western Iraq in 2014.Millions of graves of different shapes lie in the roughly 10 square km (4 square miles) cemetery that attracts burials from Shiites all over the world. By nationality, Iraq's Iranian neighbors are thought to come second in number people interred near Ali's golden-domed shrine.Often built with baked bricks and plaster, decorated with Koranic calligraphy, some graves are above ground tombs, reflecting the wealth of those within.(Editing by Jeremy Gaunt.)

DEAD SEA SCRIPTURES IN THE BIBLE.

GENESIS 14:3
3  All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.

DEUTERONOMY 3:17
17  The plain also, and Jordan, and the coast thereof, from Chinnereth even unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, under Ashdothpisgah eastward.

DEUTORONOMY 4:49
49  And all the plain on this side Jordan eastward, even unto the sea of the plain, under the springs of Pisgah.

NUMBERS 34:12
12  And the border shall go down to Jordan, and the goings out of it shall be at the salt sea: this shall be your land with the coasts thereof round about.

JOSHUA 3:16
16  That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.

ZECHARIAH 14:7-9
7  But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
8  And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
9  And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

EZEKIEL 47:7-11
7  Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
8  Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
9  And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
10  And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.
11  But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

Dead Sea drying: A new low-point for Earth-By Kevin Connolly BBC Middle East correspondent-17 June 2016
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36477284 (pictures to story)

The Dead Sea, the salty lake located at the lowest point on Earth, is gradually shrinking under the heat of the Middle Eastern sun. For those who live on its shores it's a slow-motion crisis - but finding extra water to sustain the sea will be a huge challenge.If there's one thing everyone knows about the Dead Sea it is that you can't sink in it.It is eight or nine times saltier than the oceans of the world - so dense and mineral rich that it doesn't even feel like normal water, more like olive oil mixed with sand.For decades no holiday in the Holy Land or Jordan has been complete without a photograph of the bather sitting bolt upright on the surface, usually reading a newspaper to emphasise the extraordinary properties of the water.But the Dead Sea is also a unique ecosystem and a sensitive barometer of the state of the environment in a part of the world where an arid climate and the need to irrigate farms combine to create a permanent shortage of water.You may have read that the Dead Sea is dying. You can see why the idea appeals to headline writers but it isn't quite true.As the level drops, the density and saltiness are rising and will eventually reach a point where the rate of evaporation will reach a kind of equilibrium. So it might get a lot smaller, but it won't disappear entirely.It is however shrinking at an alarming rate - the surface level is dropping more than a metre (3ft) a year.When you consider that the surface of the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the planet - currently 420m (1,380ft) below sea level - that means that the planet's lowest point is being recalibrated on an annual basis.It is deep enough that journeying along the road that winds down to the shore causes your ears to pop as they do on an aircraft coming in to land.The landscapes of the Dead Sea have an extraordinary, almost lunar quality to them - imagine the Grand Canyon with Lake Como nestling in its depths. And the people of the ancient world understood that there was something unique in the place, even if they couldn't be quite sure what it was.The story goes that Cleopatra used products from the area as part of her beauty regime, which as everyone knows also allegedly included asses' milk and almond extract - although in truth tales like that are ten-a-penny around the Middle East.And it's possible that King Herod, who had a winter palace nearby, came here for his health too - although his tarnished historical reputation does tend to devalue his worth as a celebrity endorser in the classical world.What is certain is that when the Romans occupied the Middle East they exerted rigid military control over the roads around the Dead Sea because it was such a fertile source of salt - a commodity so valuable then that it was used as a form of currency.And the health benefits appear to be real enough. The intense barometric pressure so far below sea level may produce atmospheric conditions beneficial for asthmatics - I am a sufferer and I noticed a degree of difference.And people with the painful skin disease psoriasis also seem to find relief in the combination of mineral-rich water, soothing mud and intense sunlight. In some countries, health agencies and charities pay for people with the condition to come on therapeutic trips.So even though the Dead Sea is shrinking and changing, it still has an economic value. Tourists can choose to visit resorts in either Jordan or Israel and both countries also export cosmetic products manufactured in the area.Part of the shoreline is in the West Bank under Israeli occupation so it's possible that in future Palestinians too will reap the economic benefits of the sea's unique properties.But there's no doubt that the decline in the water level has been spectacular.During the World War One, British engineers scratched initials on a rock to mark the level of the water. A century on, those scratch-marks are high on a bone-dry rock.To reach the current water level you must climb down the rocks, cross a busy main road, make your way through a thicket of marshy plants and trek across a yawning mud flat. It's about 2km (1.25 miles) in all.A few kilometres along the coastline, in the tourist resort of Ein Gedi, the retreating of the water has created a huge problem.When the main building, with its restaurant, shower block and souvenir shop, was built towards the end of the 1980s, the waves lapped up against the walls.Now the resort has had to buy a special train in which tourists are towed down to the water's edge by a tractor (another 2km journey).For Nir Vanger, who runs the business side of Ein Gedi's tourist operations, it's an unnerving rate of change."The sea was right here when I was 18 years old, so it's not like we're talking about 500 or a 1000 years ago," he says. "The Dead Sea was here and now it's 2km away, and with the tractor and the gasoline and the staff it costs us $500,000 a year to chase the sea."I grew up here on the Dead Sea - all my life is here, and unfortunately in the last few years that's a bit of a sad life because you see your home landscape going and disappearing, and you know that what you leave for your children and grandchildren won't be what you grew up with."When we built a new house my wife asked me if I wanted a view of the sea and I said we should build it with a view of the mountains because they stay where they are and the sea keeps moving.'So it's not hard to understand the mystique of the Dead Sea, with its unique chemistry, harsh micro-climate and soaring camel-coloured mountains - a landscape that would still be recognisable to Herod and Cleopatra, give or take the odd multi-storey concrete hotel.But to a geologist it is simply the terminal lake of the River Jordan - its end point. The river flows in at one end but the water doesn't flow out again at the other - it just sits there and evaporates.And while it is an exaggeration to say that the Dead Sea is dying, that would be a reasonable description of the river that feeds it.It's true that in the brief rainy season there are flash floods that bring water coursing through the wadis, or stony inlets. But these are parched for most of the year, and the river itself barely more than a trickle.There are places in Israel and in the occupied West Bank where, in the dry season, you can almost step over it.The Jordan was once one of the great waterways of the ancient world - Christ was baptised in it - and even in relatively modern times it was a surging river prone to flooding in rainy winters.In 1847, the US government despatched a naval expedition to explore the Jordan for motives that appear to have been as much religious as they were scientific or navigational.The expedition was led by a doughty officer called William F Lynch, who deserves a footnote in the history of the region if only because he may have been the first person to calculate that the Dead Sea lies below sea level.Lynch's description of his adventures is entertaining, even if he has a habit of describing the indigenous peoples of the region in ways that grate on 21st Century sensibilities.What's interesting is his description of the river itself, where at one point he finds a series of 5m-high waterfalls separated by rapids - he even fears that he'll lose one or more of the expedition's boats."We halted at the ruins of an old bridge now forming obstructions over which the foaming river rushed like a mountain torrent," he writes. "The river was 30 yards wide."Eighty years or so later, there was still enough water in the Jordan to allow a Russian Zionist engineer called Pinchas Rutenberg to construct a hydro-electric power station in a remote stretch of the river valley - its abandoned buildings still stand there in what is now a desiccated landscape.Things are startling different these days.The geography of the region hasn't changed, of course. The northern section of the Jordan flows into the Sea of Galilee and then the southern section flows south out of the Galilee and down into the Dead Sea.But the amounts of water flowing into and out of that system have changed spectacularly in recent decades - all part of the complicated politics of water in the Middle East.Israel has a dam across the southern section of the Sea of Galilee which gives it control of the amount of water flowing into the Jordan - it regards the Galilee as a vital strategic water asset, even though it's been steadily increasing the amount of fresh water it creates through desalination plants in the Mediterranean.The Israeli government began taking water out of the Jordan Valley system in the 1950s, the decade before it completed the dam.And this creates problems for farmers in both Jordan and the Palestinian territory of the West Bank - all of whom need water to irrigate their farms and feed their people.But Israel has problems too - although it has enough money and enough technical resources to ensure its own people have enough water.The River Jordan is fed by the River Yarmouk, which flows through Syria. Over the last 30 years or so, the Syrians have built more than 40 dams to harness the water in the Yarmouk - water that once fed the Jordan.Some Jordanians believe Syria built some of these dams to punish Israel and Jordan for signing a peace treaty in 1994.The deal brought Jordan into line with Egypt, which signed a similar treaty in 1979, but left it badly out of step with other countries like Syria.Others are prepared to accept that the Syrians built the dams because their own people needed water, but either way the result is the same - less water available for a once-mighty river.And of course the Kingdom of Jordan has built dams for its own purposes too.More broadly still, the Jordan Valley is not the only place in the Middle East where the construction of a dam has created a strategic dispute.When Turkey built the Ataturk Dam on the Euphrates in the 1990s, Iraq and Syria complained that the vast construction project cut the flow of water to them.There is one bright spot in this otherwise overwhelmingly gloomy regional picture.In recent years, Israel has increased the amount of water being released in the River Jordan - the effect has only been to turn a trickle into a slightly bigger trickle, but it's better than nothing.The bottom line is that as populations rise across the Middle East, the demand for water is rising with it - and in a region where it's almost impossible to make broad, multi-lateral political agreements, it's difficult to imagine a deal being struck to manage water more fairly, more wisely and less competitively.There are other factors which affect the level of the Dead Sea - both Israel and Jordan use huge evaporation basins to extract valuable phosphates from the water to be exported as fertiliser - but it's the striking decline in the River Jordan which does most to explain why the Dead Sea is in crisis.On the Jordanian shore of the sea, there is a small community of families growing tomatoes, bananas and watermelons in fields kept lush by underground supplies of fresh water, which sweep down from the surrounding mountains.Among the farmers there is Salim al-Huwemel. Like Nir Vanger in Ein Gedi, he feels rooted in the land."We'll never leave," he says as the young men of the village harvest melons in the cool early evening sunset, "Even if the Dead Sea were to rise up and sweep us into a sinkhole. We will always be here."Those sinkholes are the common enemy of villages and business on both the Jordanian and Israeli coastlines.They form when underground salt deposits left behind by the sea as it retreats either collapse into huge chasms or dissolve when fresh water seeps underground and causes the ground above to give way.Some of the craters are huge - perhaps 100m across and 50m deep - and in places it looks as though the area is in the grip of a powerful earthquake happening over the course of several decades.The Jordanian farmers showed me the ruined site of an old salt factory that collapsed into a hole.On a section of shore that is within the West Bank, a resort has been closed because part of it was swallowed up by another sink hole.And an Israeli filling station has closed because the road around it started to crack, split and collapse.All in all, there are now more than 5,500 such holes around the shoreline where 40 years ago there were none.This is somewhere where you feel geology is happening in real time. Where the sea has retreated, the salt crust beneath your feet creaks and crumbles deafeningly as though you're walking over sheets of cracked glass.It is an exciting place to be a scientist, says Dr Gidi Baer of the Geological Survey of Israel. Dr Baer says geologists are getting better at predicting where sinkholes are going to open - which is important when you consider that there are several busy roads running around the coastline. But the problem's getting worse."The number's not linear," he told me. "It's growing and accelerating. This year, for example, about 700 sinkholes formed, but in previous years the number was lower. In the 1990s it was a few dozen, now it's hundreds."Diagnosing what's wrong with the Dead Sea isn't difficult - it has after all been shrinking for at least 100 years, since those British engineers left their mark in the rock.Deciding what, if anything, should be done about the water level is more complex - a huge scientific and political issue. Geologists make the point that the level of the water in the past has probably been both higher and lower than it is now.The question is what the costs and benefits of any attempt to "save" the Dead Sea might be - whether that would be to slow the rate of decline or to do something vastly more ambitious and start to raise the level again."You have to ask, what we are trying to preserve here," says Dr Ittai Gavrieli, another scientist from the Geological Survey of Israel."Are we trying to raise the water level? To preserve the unique chemistry of the Dead Sea? And for what purpose - for tourism? If we want to restore the flow of the Jordan river, for example, then Israel would have to desalinate more water and that would cost money and have an environmental impact too."If the Jordan were ever restored, of course, it would be impossible to expect that Palestinian and Jordanian farming communities desperate for water on either bank would simply sit back and let the water flow by in the interests of science.But there is, of course, a case for doing something.Salem Abdel Rahman, a Jordanian activist for the Ecopeace Middle East environmental group puts it like this: "We are not talking about saving the Dead Sea because it's nice or not nice. We think that the Dead Sea is a symptom of sickness in the management of water resources. The saving of the Dead Sea will be a good indication that we moved away from sickness to a healthy environment."If the waters of the River Jordan are not to be restored, the likeliest scheme to revitalise the Dead Sea involves constructing a huge pipeline that would bring water across the desert from the Red Sea, far to the south.Similar ideas have been around for long time - British engineers once contemplated constructing canals to connect the Mediterranean to the Red Sea via the Dead Sea.It would have provided an alternative to the Suez Canal under British control, but proved impracticable because of the depth at which the Dead Sea lies below sea level.Even by modern engineering standards, the Red-Dead project as it's known would present some formidable technical challenges.Water would have to be desalinated first at the Red Sea (salty water would pollute the Dead Sea's unique chemistry). It would then have to be pumped up to a great height and fed into enormous pipes that would channel the water across the desert to its destination.The extra fresh water would benefit not just Jordan and Israel but the Palestinians too, so the World Bank is keen and the US is likely to provide at least some of the start-up capital.But the technical, financial and political difficulties are forbidding and the pipeline is unlikely to be built soon, if indeed at all.It's possible, of course, that the countries of the Middle East will find that co-operation impossible - multilateral agreements in this part of the world are rare.In which case, the Dead Sea will continue to shrink at something like its current rate for years to come, but it won't die.The science of saltiness and saturation means that the Dead Sea will eventually reach a point of equilibrium where it will stop shrinking. In simple terms, the amount of water in the sea's briny cocktail and the amount of evaporated moisture in the air above it would reach a kind of balance.And the Dead Sea has another trick up its sleeve too - it is prone to a certain level of evaporation for example but it's also hygroscopic, which means it is capable of absorbing water from the atmosphere around it. It's almost as though this endangered natural treasure has a kind of in-built safety mechanism.The sun-loungers in Jordan and Israel alike may have to be pushed quite a bit further across the beach before we get to this point, but a minimum level will one day be reached.So this is not in the end a story about how the Dead Sea is going to die - more an encouraging story about how nature in a region where man has not always been careful with natural resources can sometimes find a way to protect itself.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

SHIMON PERES DIES AT 93 FROM COMPLICATION FROM HIS STROKE TODAY.SEPT 27,2016

PSALMS 137:5-6
5  If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.(STROKE)
6  If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

WHEN WILL ISRAELS LEADERS EVER LEARN.YOU CAN NOT DIVIDE JERUSALEM WITH ANYBODY. AND THINK YOU WILL NOT DIE FROM A STROKE. SHIMON PERES WANTED THE ARABS TO GET HALF OF JERUSALEM. ARIEL SHARON UPROOTED ISRAELIS FROM THEIR GOD GIVIN LAND AND WANTED THE ARABS TO GET HALF OF JESUS' HOLY CITY JERUSALEM. AND BOTH DIE FROM A STROKE. ACCIDENT-I SHOULD SAY NO WAY. GET THAT THIRD TEMPLE BUILT ISRAEL. SO USE CAN WORSHIP GOD-JESUS WITH ANIMAL SACRIFICES. AND ITS ONLY 5 DAYS TO ISRAELS NEW YEAR ROSH-HASHANA. HAPPY NEW YEAR ISRAEL IN 5 DAYS. AND PLEASE ISRAELI LEADERS. NEVER DIVIDE JERUSALEM. GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS.AND IT WILL NOT BE GOOD. AS WE SEE THREW SHIMON AND ARIEL AND ANY OTHER WORLD LEADERS THAT FORCE ISRAEL TO DIVIDE JERUSALEM WITH THE ARABS.ALSO SHIMON PERES WAS A NEW WORLD ORDER MAN BIG TIME.

Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founding fathers, dies at 93-Former president and prime minister passes away 2 weeks after suffering major stroke; his family to give a press statement in coming hours-By Raoul Wootliff and Times of Israel staff September 28, 2016, 5:17 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founding fathers, died early Wednesday morning at the age of 93.The 93-year-old died at around 3:00 am local time on Wednesday, Rafi Walden, who is also Peres’s son-in-law, told AFP.Family members and doctors will address the media at 7:00 am, according to reports.The former president and prime minister had been “fighting for his life,” doctors said Tuesday as he suffered a rapid deterioration to his condition, two weeks after a major stroke. Peres died overnight Tuesday-Wednesday at Tel Hashomer Hospital, after his family members and those close to him who had been called late Tuesday to say their final goodbyes.Doctors said Tuesday evening that he had suffered irreversible brain damage.Peres was hospitalized at the Sheba Medical Center on September 13 after suffering a major stroke. He had been under sedation since then, with doctors periodically reporting slight progress in his condition until the rapid deterioration Tuesday and into Wednesday.News of Peres’s stroke earlier this month sent shockwaves through the country, which feared the imminent loss of the last surviving link to its founding fathers.Over a seven-decade career, the elder statesman of Israeli politics and one of the country’s most admired symbols has held virtually every senior political office, including two stints as prime minister and extended terms as foreign, defense and finance minister. He won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in reaching an interim peace agreement with the Palestinians.Long a divisive personality in politics, Peres finally became one of Israel’s most popular public figures in his later years.World leaders sent wishes of a speedy recovery to the former president, recalling his achievements and warm personality.Peres had recently undergone surgery to receive an artificial pacemaker after he was diagnosed with an abnormal heart rhythm in July following a series of minor health scares. The implant was recommended by Peres’s doctors, including personal physician Rafi Walden, after he was diagnosed in July with atrial fibrillation.He suffered a mild heart attack in January and underwent a cardiac angioplasty to open a blocked artery. He had been hospitalized twice after suffering chest pains.

Shimon Peres urged Israel to dream and innovate-The former president and prime minister, who died Wednesday at the age of 93, embodied Israeli entrepreneurship-By Shoshanna Solomon September 28, 2016, 5:23 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Former president Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday at the age of 93, was not one to take the easy way out. He urged to seek for a third alternative, one that wasn’t thought of before, whether when fighting for peace or pushing for new technologies.He urged Israel to embrace innovation, given the lack of natural resources in the so-called land of milk and honey. Even if he was polarizing as a politician, hated by some, loved by others, he was unequivocally respected for his unending energy, optimism and inquisitiveness. He believed anything could be achieved if you really tried.To dream is simply to be pragmatic, he’d say.Peres served in the Knesset for nearly half a century, from 1959 until 2007, holding virtually all senior ministerial positions over the years. In 1994, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and his Labor Party colleague, then-prime minister Rabin. As prime minister in 1985 he presided over an economic stabilization plan that led to the birth of Israel’s modern economy. Over his long journey in defining the state he believed in, he was also instrumental in fostering the entrepreneurial culture that defines what is today known as the start-up nation.“All my life I have worked to ensure that Israel’s future is based on science and technology as well as on an unwavering moral commitment,” Peres said in a speech in July, when he laid the cornerstone for the Israeli Innovation Center, which will be part of the Peres Peace House in Jaffa. “They called me a dreamer. But today, when I look at Israel, we all can see clearly that the greater the dream, the more spectacular the results.”Start-Up Nation, the bestseller that documents the rise of Israel’s high tech industry, recounts how, as chief buyer of arms in the 1950s, Peres, together with America’s Al Schwimmer, started dreaming about setting up an aeronautics industry for the fledgling country. While other ministers scoffed at the idea, saying Israel wasn’t even capable of building bicycles, Peres prevailed, and prevailed once again with the idea of starting Israel’s nuclear industry, by disregarding rules, funding it off-budget and working around established scientists. As deputy defense minister, he injected funds into defense research and development, creating the foundation for Israel’s contemporary military technology edge.“Peres was a unique figure in the history of the start-up nation, and that is the reason why he is the most quoted person in our book,” Saul Singer, who authored the book together with Dan Senor, said in a phone interview. “His career covered the whole history of the nation, and he played a critical role in helping Israel transition from a socialist, top-down, concentrated economy to a free-market economy focused on innovation.“He spent his whole career in government but thought and acted like an entrepreneur in terms of building new things and looking ahead at the next. He always looked to the future and that is what kept him youthful,” Singer said.Peres urged his fellow Israelis to join his quest for excellence, whether in striving for peace, closing social gaps or creating technologies to better the world. It is probably not chance that his son Chemi is a co-founder of Pitango Venture Capital, one of Israel’s oldest and largest venture funds.“Shimon Peres will be sorely missed by Israel’s tech community. He was a visionary leader and statesman who represented the best of Israel’s creativity and innovation. His ability to be current, fresh and relevant at an age when most people were winding down their lives will always be an example for us all,” said Jon Medved, a veteran of Israel’s high-tech industry and the CEO of OurCrowd, an equity crowdfunding platform.“Peres built Israel’s science and business infrastructure for over six decades and seemed to ‘get’ the importance of tech more than any other Israeli or world politician. He could sit with young people and entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv or Davos and provide critical feedback and inspiration to the leaders of tech giants and fresh startups at the same time,” Medved said. “His extraordinary warmth, eternal youth, wit and brilliance is irreplaceable and he made a lasting impact on Israel and the world.”The aim of Peres’s innovation center is to draw guests from around the world to learn about Israel’s achievements in the high-tech sphere and to strive to close the gaps between the Arab and Jewish populations, and between rich and poor, and lead to regional innovation collaboration, Peres said in July.“We will prove that innovation has no limits and no barriers. Innovation enables dialogue between nations and between people. It will enable all young people – Jews, Muslims and Christians — to engage in science and technology equally. Here we will emphasize that we can promote peace from childhood, and we will spark the imagination of every boy and girl and enrich their dreams,” he said, his 93-year old voice at times feeble, at others resounding. “We must open our doors to all the populations, ultra-Orthodox and Arabs, so they too can enjoy the fruits of this innovation.”Peres also called upon Israel’s neighbors to join forces and to create a “start-up region.”“Peace, innovation and science must be the realm of all. Not only Israel should benefit from the fruit of innovation, but the whole region,” he said. “Let us adopt the road to peace and innovation, which will always be better than war and terror,” Peres said.He concluded: “Finally, I have one small request – Israel is a dream that came true. Permit me to continue to dream.”

Thursday, September 29, 2016

BIG TIME DESTRUCTION IN NEW YORK CITY PREDICTED BY SEPT 28,16-OR WE GOT 3 FALSE SO CALLED PROPHETS ON OUR HANDS AGAIN.

LONG EXPLANATION OF AMERICAS DESTRUCTION (AMERICA POLITICAL BABYLON OF REVELATION CHAPTER 18)(REVELATION CHAPTER 17 IS THE DESTRUCTION OF THE RELIOUS BABYLON THE VATICAN IN ROME)

JEREMIAH 51:29-32
29  And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon,(AMERICA-NEW YORK) to make the land of Babylon (AMERICA) a desolation without an inhabitant.
30  The mighty men of Babylon (AMERICA) have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.
31  One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon (NEW YORK) that his city is taken at one end,
32  And that the passages are stopped,(THE WAR COMPUTERS HACKED OR EMP'D) and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.(DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO)

LEVITICUS 26:30-34 (NY IS BUILT ON A GARBAGE DUMP)
30  And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my (GODS) soul shall abhor you.
31  And I will make your cities waste,(GARBAGE-DESTROYED) and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.
32  And I will bring the land into desolation:(RUIN) and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.
33  And I will scatter you among the heathen,(ENEMY NATIONS) and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.
34  Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies' land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.

2 KINGS 19:25
25  Hast thou not heard long ago how I have done it, and of ancient times that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps.

ISAIAH 34:10
10  It (AMERICA-POLITICAL BABYLON) shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.

EZEKIEL 39:21
21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.

ISAIAH 18:1-2
1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!(AMERICA)

JEREMIAH 50:11,37,12
11 Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of mine heritage,(ISRAEL) because ye are grown fat as the heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls;(BACKSLIDERS)
37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.(A NATION OF MINGLED PEOPLE)
12 Your mother (england) shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed:(MOTHER ENGLAND) behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.

JEREMIAH 51:13,7,53
13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.
7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
53 Though Babylon (AMERICA) should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.

REVELATION 18:3,5,7
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

JEREMIAH 50:3,24
3 For out of the north (RUSSIA) there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.
24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon,(AMERICA) and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD. (RUSSIA A SNEAK ATTACK ON AMERICA)

REVELATION 18:9-11,15-21
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,(NUKE ATTACK I BELIEVE)
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
16 And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

NEW YORK DESTRUCTION BY SEPT 28,16 OR 3 FALSIES TO NEVER BELIEVE AGAIN
https://z3news.com/w/destruction-new-york-city-could-cancel-presidential-debate/ 

THESE 3 THAT PREDICTED BIG TIME DISASTER IN NEW YORK ARE OFFICIAL FRAUDS.NEVER BELIEVE THEM AGAIN WHEN THEY CLAIM THEY HEAR A PROPHECY FROM GOD. GOD DOES NOT LIE. AND IF ITS FROM GOD. IT WOULD HAVE CAME TO PASS EXACTLY HOW IT WAS REVEALED. BUT THESE FRAUD FALSIES WANNA TICKLE EARS OR MAKE MONEY OR GET BIG HITS ON THEIR SITES. BY SAYING GOD TOLD THEM.WHEN GOD NEVER TOLD THEM. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DOCTORS-SHIMON PERES ON DEATH BED IN DETERIORIATING STATE.

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

Tank commander seriously hurt in training exercise-Army to launch inquiry into cause of accident on southern base; soldier hit by bullet shrapnel in separate incident-By Times of Israel staff September 27, 2016, 1:59 pm

A junior commander in the armored corps was seriously injured when he was hit in the head by a tank’s turret during an exercise in southern Israel on Monday, the army said.The soldier, 20, was seriously hurt during the training exercise on Monday night at the Shizafon army base in the Negev desert.The army announced Tuesday morning that it would launch an investigation into the incident, including the cause of the accident, the treatment the soldier received and the effectiveness of communication between trainees and instructors.The unnamed soldier was struck in the head when the Merkava IV tank’s cannon reportedly recoiled for an as yet unknown reason when he climbed out of the vehicle to access its MAG machinegun.The soldier was able to radio for help and received treatment on base before being flown by helicopter to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.His family was immediately notified, the army said.The condition of the soldier remained serious as of Tuesday afternoon. He was sedated and hooked up to a ventilator in the intensive care unit, the NRG news site reported.Additionally, all training exercises with the Merkava IV have been suspended until the investigation is completed, the army said.The Shizafon base, where the incident occurred and the soldier was stationed, is used for training soldiers and officers in the IDF’s armored brigades.Earlier on Monday a soldier was lightly injured in the Mitkan Adam camp in the center of the country.A bullet was reportedly accidentally discharged into the ground and the soldier was hit in the back by shrapnel.He was treated at the scene and taken to Tel Hashomer Hospital. The circumstances are being investigated by the army.Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

Danes accused of aiding Copenhagen synagogue attacker acquitted-Court finds actions of four could not lead to ‘conviction for complicity’ in murder of filmmaker and synagogue guard-By AFP September 27, 2016, 11:56 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A Danish court on Tuesday acquitted four Danes accused of aiding a Copenhagen gunman who killed a filmmaker and a Jewish security guard in twin attacks in February 2015.The four had been charged with terror offenses for allegedly providing support for Danish-Palestinian Omar El-Hussein ahead of the second attack, which took place outside a synagogue.Their actions were “not of such a character that the actions can lead to a conviction for complicity,” the verdict read.The four men, Bhostan Hossein, 27, Liban Elmi, 21, Ibrahim Abbas, 23, and Mahmoud Rabea, 32, smiled towards each other and their lawyers when the verdict was read out.Hossein and Elmi were however convicted of a lesser charge of disposing of the weapon. Their sentence will come at a later date.On February 14, 2015, Danish-born El-Hussein opened fire with an automatic rifle outside a cultural center hosting a free speech event.In what is believed to have been an attempt to stop the assailant outside the center, filmmaker Finn Norgaard, 55, was killed and three police officers were wounded.Later that night, El-Hussein — seemingly inspired by the attacks on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo — headed to the city’s main synagogue, where he shot and killed 37-year-old Jewish security guard Dan Uzan.El-Hussein, 22, was shot dead by police hours later, having killed two people and wounded five.

Beit Shemesh mom ‘joins forces’ with Amy Schumer to combat teen sexism-Shoshanna Keats-Jaskoll takes to social media to call out magazine’s gender stereotyping; message goes viral thanks to Hollywood celebs-By Jessica Steinberg September 27, 2016, 11:59 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Sometimes it takes an American-born mother of five in Beit Shemesh to gain the attention of comedian Amy Schumer along with actresses Blake Lively and Katie Holmes.Shoshanna Keats-Jaskoll, a branding expert and Times of Israel blogger, took to Facebook recently to call out the all-female editors of Girls’ Life after an acquaintance pointed out the vast differences between the topics covered in the teen magazine and Boys’ Life, a publication of the Boy Scouts of America.“Your cover has a lovely young lady with a full face of makeup and you invite your readers to ‘steal her secrets,'” she wrote. “The Boys’ Life cover has in bold letters ‘EXPLORE YOUR FUTURE’ surrounded by all kinds of awesome gear for different professions — doctor, explorer, pilot, chemist, engineer, etc. subheading — HERE’S HOW TO BE WHAT YOU WANT TO BE. Could there possibly be two more divergent messages?”“We have all these messages that we’re inundated with and when something becomes the norm, it becomes your norm too,” said Keats-Jaskoll. “Lipstick is okay and jeans can be cute but this isn’t who we are.”She originally saw a Facebook post about the two magazine covers, in which Matt Frye, a Kansas City native and father of three, snapped a picture of the magazines lying side by side in his local library.“A sad microcosm of what our society says being a girl vs. being a boy means,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “With three girls to raise, this breaks my heart. I’ll fight like hell for my girls to not exist in this reality.”Keats-Jaskoll reposted his post with a quick comment, and one of her friends pointed out the “Girls’ Life” masthead full of female editors.“He said, ‘If you’re pissed, do something,'” said Keats-Jaskoll.“I sighed, knowing he was right,” she said. “I could’ve written this in so many ways, but I wrote, ‘Dear ladies, what the hell are you doing perpetuating this craziness. It took me 15 minutes to write and I had no inkling, never thought in a million years, that this would happen.”The “this” that Keats-Jaskoll referred to began with more than 6,000 likes on Facebook, a hefty chunk of media attention, and then Schumer saw the photo and reshared it on Instagram, commenting with a simple but eloquent “No.”One hour later, Lively chimed in, “Wow. Amy Schumer, I second that emotion. Ladies, lets not let this happen anymore.” Holmes then joined, adding “#thisneedstochange.”“I didn’t say what anybody else wasn’t thinking,” said Keats-Jaskoll. “I didn’t feel the letter was anything noteworthy other than people don’t say it.”The media had already reached out to her before the celebrities picked up the thread, although, admitted Keats-Jaskoll, she had to be reminded of who Blake Lively was.She’s not complaining, however.“I always believe in the power of the people,” she said. “Anything that I’ve ever accomplished from writing is to make people aware and then galvanize. We can change part of the world, it’s up to us.”The soapbox stance is nothing new to Keats-Jaskoll, who said she has always been something of an amateur activist.She always stood up to class bullies in her hometown of Lakewood, New Jersey, and credits her Holocaust survivor grandparents, who were an active presence in her life.“The horrors of the Holocaust wouldn’t have happened if people had stood up and said no,” she said. “Being 40 and looking back, that’s been a guiding force. Why do I bother myself? I can’t see something and look away.”As friends encourage her to take her message further, Keats-Jaskoll said she wouldn’t say no to an appearance on talk show “Ellen,” but she’d really like to see the celebrities offer a more concrete message.“These women do have influence, and they can get together and say, if you want us to grace your pages, listen to our voices,” she said. “Let Amy Schumer and Blake Lively and Katie Holmes guest edit the three top teen magazines, and shift the conversation in an extremely real way.”

PSALMS 137:5-6
5  If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.(STROKE)
6  If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Doctors: ‘Serious deterioration’ in condition of Shimon Peres-Officials say sedated former president’s state has worsened over past 24 hours; Netanyahu: US support will stay strong with both Clinton, Trump-By Itamar Sharon September 27, 2016, 2:00 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

14:44-Doctors: Condition of Shimon Peres is deteriorating-Former president Shimon Peres’s condition has deteriorated over the past 24 hours, and doctors fear he could be headed for multiple organ failure, Channel 10 News reports.The 93-year-old Peres was hospitalized at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv on September 13 after suffering a stroke. He has been under sedation since then, with his condition consistently described as serious but stable.However, doctors now say his breathing, kidney function and several other indexes have dropped over the past few hours, raising concerns.14:37-On eve of Rosh Hashanah, Israel’s population at 8.6 million-On the eve of the Jewish new year, the Central Bureau of Statistics says Israel’s population grew by 2 percent this year, bringing the number of citizens to 8.585 million.The percentage of growth is similar to that of previous years.The population divides as follows: 74.8% Jewish, 20.8% Arab, 4.4% Christian and other.The number of Israeli babies born over the past year is 189,000. Meanwhile 46,000 people died. Around 30,000 people immigrated to the country.14:22-Party magician accused of sexually assaulting 7-year-old girl-A party magician has been arrested in Rishon Lezion on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl who participates in his act.Police say the man was brought in after the girl complained of his behavior. The incidents are said to have occurred both at her home and in the man’s vehicle on the way to a show.The man’s lawyer has denied all charges, saying they are false.14:11-Syrian state TV: Regime forces advance in Aleppo-BEIRUT — Syrian state TV is reporting that government forces are advancing in the old quarter of the northern city of Aleppo and have captured several buildings.The station says troops are now advancing toward the central rebel-held neighborhood of Farafra.The offensive comes after days of intense airstrikes on rebel-held eastern parts of the city, during which scores of people were killed and a number of buildings demolished.— AP-14:09-Netanyahu: Both presidential candidates will support Israel-The prime minister says American support for the country will remain strong regardless of who is elected president in November.Benjamin Netanyahu tells the cabinet about his meeting in New York with both presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and relays their strong words of support for Israel. The prime minister was in the United States to address the UN General Assembly.Netanyahu says “it doesn’t matter who will be elected — the American support for Israel will remain strong, this alliance will remain strong and will even get stronger in the coming years.”Netanyahu was accused by some of siding with Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 election and he has been careful this time to refrain from appearing to favor one candidate over the other.— AP

Monday, September 26, 2016

ISRAEL-JORDAN SIGN HISTORIC 15 YEAR-10 BILLION DOLLAR GAS DEAL.

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

Israeli chief rabbi calls on court to accept US conversions-Rabbi David Lau urges officials to recognize as Jews those converted by senior American Orthodox rabbis-By JTA September 26, 2016, 11:48 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Israeli Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau sent a letter urging a mid-level bureaucrat in the Chief Rabbinate to accept conversions certified by the head of a prominent American Orthodox rabbinical court.Lau “asked me to clarify to you once more that his position is to recognize the certifications given from the Beth Din of America and signed by Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, and they should be trusted in the matter of confirming [conversion] certificates received from the United States,” the chief rabbi’s assistant, Pinchas Tenenbaum, wrote to Itamar Tubul, the rabbinate official who single-handedly decides which Jewish conversions meet the threshold for Orthodox marriage in Israel.Tubul rejected three conversions overseen by Schwartz, who heads the Beth Din of America, the rabbinical court of the centrist Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America. Those three conversions, as well as a fourth certified by Schwartz, were rejected by the Chief Rabbinate’s municipal rabbinical court in Jerusalem.In 2007 and again in 2014, the RCA announced that it had entered agreements with the Chief Rabbinate wherein the rabbinate would automatically accept all conversions certified by the RCA. In the letter to Tubul sent Monday from his office, Lau vouched for Schwartz and wrote that the rejection of his conversions violates the 2007 agreement.The endorsement by Lau, however, will not by itself ensure the conversions’ approval. Lau also endorsed a conversion overseen by Haskel Lookstein, a prominent New York Modern Orthodox rabbi, but in July, Israel’s Chief Rabbinical Court still rejected it.

Atop Mt. Olympus, Israeli pilots test their mettle-Air force concludes two-week exercise in Greece with helicopters, light transport planes-By Judah Ari Gross September 26, 2016, 11:10 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

The Israeli Air Force completed a 16-day exercise in Greece this week that included a landing atop the 2,918-meter (nearly 10,000-feet) Mount Olympus, the fabled home of the Greek gods, the military said.Israeli Blackhawk and Sikorsky CH-35 heavy transport helicopters — in Hebrew the Ya’sur and Yanshuf, respectively — along with a Beechcraft King Air B-200 light transport plane, known as the Tzofit in Israel, took part in the exercise, according to the air force.The IAF craft flew some 200 sorties during the 16 days and nights in the Hellenic country, often alongside their Greek counterparts.The drill put Israeli pilots in unfamiliar locations, performing landings at higher altitudes and in different conditions than they experience in Israel.“Our goal is first and foremost to train our crews in new conditions,” head of the IAF helicopter and air support squadron Brig. Gen. Nir Nin-Nun said, in a video released by the air force.“Israel’s an amazing country, but it’s small,” he said.Unlike in the Jewish state, where a smattering of rain in September is considered abnormal, Greece experiences regular rainfall and more severe weather.The 2,918-meter (9,573-feet) peak of Mount Olympus also provides a significantly higher altitude for landing than Israel’s Mount Hermon, which has a peak of 2,236 meters (7,336 feet).“The exercise included cooperation between different IAF divisions and squadrons and cooperation with the Hellenic Air Force while flying in unknown territory, changing topography and tall mountains,” according to the commander of Palmahim Air Force Base, who also led the exercise. (For security reasons, his name cannot be revealed.)-The exercise also provided the first opportunity for the head of the IAF helicopter and air support squadron to meet his Greek counterpart, Brig. Gen. Christos Iliopoylos, director of the Hellenic Army’s aviation branch, the IAF said.“Greece is a strategic partner of the State of Israel. This exercise is part of a priceless cooperation. In the past, the Greeks traveled to Israel to train with us,” Nin-Nun said.The exercise required six months of planning, including a month and a half of preparing the equipment that made the trip over the Mediterranean Sea, the air force said.It was the fourth time Israel took part in an exercise in Greece.In 2015, Greek pilots flew in Israel’s Blue Flag exercise, the IAF’s largest international exercise to date. In the two-week drill, the Hellenic Air Force flew alongside Israelis, Americans and Poles, across the entire country.Last month, the Israeli Air Force also took part in the US Air Force’s Red Flag exercise, flying with pilots from the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, two countries with which Israel does not have diplomatic ties.

REVELATION 12:12-17
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the dragon (SATAN) saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman (MARY) which brought forth the man child. (JESUS IS JEWISH)(ISRAEL PERSECUTED THE WORST IN HISTORY YET)
14 And to the woman (ISRAEL) were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time,(3 1/2 YRS) from the face of the serpent.(PROTECTED FOR 3 1/2 YRS IN PETRA JORDAN)
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.(A TSUNAMI I BELIEVE SATAN WILL TRY TO DESTROY ISRAEL WITH)
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.(GOD PROBABLY CREATES A QUAKE TO STOP THE TSUNAMI WATERS)
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,(SAVED) which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Israel consortium signs ‘historic’ 15-year, $10b gas deal with Jordan-Amman electric company to purchase 45 billion cubic meters of gas from Leviathan field in the Mediterranean-By Times of Israel staff September 26, 2016, 4:45 pm

An Israeli gas consortium on Monday signed what Israel called a “historic” $10 billion deal with the Jordan Electric Power Company to supply the Hashemite Kingdom with natural gas for 15 years.The agreement will provide Jordan with a total of approximately 45 billion cubic meters of gas from the Leviathan offshore gas field, turning Israel into its largest gas supplier.The Leviathan consortium, which includes the US-based Noble Energy and Israel’s Delek Group, aims to bring the massive Leviathan oilfield online in 2019. The field is thought to contain over 500 billion cubic feet of gas and is expected to transform Israel into a regional energy powerhouse.Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) on Monday praised the deal as “an extremely important national achievement.”“This is an important milestone in strengthening the ties and strategic partnerships between Israel and Jordan and the entire region,” he said, according to Channel 10.Delek Drilling CEO Yossi Abu said the deal marked “a historic day,” according to the Hebrew-language NRG website. The agreement “establishes the Leviathan oilfield as a serious player on the energy map,” he said.“Supplying natural gas to Jordan will enable our neighbors in Jordan to benefit from efficient, clean and cheap energy, just like the citizens of Israel,” he said. “It will contribute to the prosperity of Israel and Jordan and will strengthen ties and active partnerships between the two.”“The Leviathan consortium will continue to push forward additional deals including with Egypt, Turkey and the Palestinian Authority,” he added.One of the sticking points of the deal had been who would build the pipeline between the two countries, according to the Financial Times. The 26-kilometer (16 mile) pipeline is expected to cost around $70 million. It was not immediately clear whether the issue was resolved.In 2014, Israel signed a separate deal with Jordan to supply $500 million worth of gas to the Hashemite Kingdom from the Tamar natural gas field in the Mediterranean.Leviathan, discovered in 2010, is estimated to hold 18.9 trillion cubic feet (535 billion cubic meters) of natural gas, along with 34.1 million barrels of condensate.Development of its own energy resources is seen as a major strategic asset for Israel, which has no oil and little water.Noble-Delek’s proposed deal to develop Leviathan and number of other natural gas reserves discovered offshore Israel in recent years has faced persistent opposition from critics who say the partnership would create a monopoly in the gas market and lead to higher prices for Israeli consumers.Over the last year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has performed political cartwheels to override Knesset and public opposition to the consortium’s proposal before finally pushing an amended deal through the cabinet in May.Netanyahu touts the gas deal as having the potential to bring would bring energy self-sufficiency and billions of dollars in tax revenues and transform Israel into a regional energy powerhouse.Israel is reportedly in gas exportation talks with Turkey, Egypt, the Palestinians and the European Union.Tamar Pileggi and AFP contributed to this report.

As Gaza spirals downward, the IDF watches, digs in for the next fight-Palestinians in the Strip facing growing economic despair, arrested reconstruction and no hope for the future, senior officer says-By Judah Ari Gross September 25, 2016, 10:40 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

The Gaza Strip and its residents are barreling towards disaster, brought on by crippling unemployment, a nonexistent economy, water and electricity shortages, a growing population and the “Islamic dictatorship” of Hamas, while the IDF is trying — and thus far succeeding — to keep the coastal enclave’s terrorist leaders deterred and contained, a senior IDF officer from the Southern Command said Sunday.The army official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, rattled off worrying statistics from the Gaza Strip: 41.2 percent unemployment, the highest unemployment rate in the world, according to the World Bank; a per capita GDP of NIS 6,488 ($1,725), which if Gaza were a country, would put it near the lowest in the world, between Haiti ($1,750) and Burkina Faso ($1,724), according to the International Monetary Fund; an economy that is mostly made up of foreign aid and charity from international organizations; and a population of 1.9 million — and growing.Moreover, reconstruction following the 2014 Gaza war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge, has been slow, in part because Hamas has siphoned off a substantial portion of the reconstruction materials in order to create new attack, defense and smuggling tunnels, according to Israeli authorities.“Hamas is not rebuilding Gaza, it’s rebuilding its military capabilities,” the officer told reporters.As Hamas is working around the clock to rearm and dig deeper fortifications and attack tunnels, the IDF and Defense Ministry are shoring up Israel’s protection against the threat of terror attacks and rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and preparing for the next round of conflict, he said.Though many details of the project remain secret, Israel is in the process of creating “a barrier that will provide a response to above-ground and below-ground threats,” the officer said.The barrier will include an underground concrete wall to prevent tunneling at certain depths, along with a sensor-laden fence.“If the budget comes at the right rate, then the barrier will be built in a matter of months,” the officer said.The IDF is also working to improve its subterranean fighting tactics, along with its strategies to defend — and potentially evacuate — Israeli communities along the Gaza border.“We’re turning the underground into a death trap for Hamas. We’re putting a lot of effort into that,” the officer said.“We’re preparing to protect communities during an operation and improving the defenses. We’re also preparing a plan to evacuate communities. There will be flexibility in making decisions of if we have to evacuate communities, and which ones,” he added.In June, a senior Defense Ministry official (who was almost certainly Avigdor Liberman) told reporters that Israel could not stomach a drawn-out war of attrition so “the next confrontation must be the last in terms of Hamas’s regime.”The senior officer in the IDF’s Southern Command would not confirm that the army’s battle plans include the ousting of Hamas from the Strip, but said the next bout would be “heavy” and would deliver a “harsh blow” to the terrorist organization.Beyond that, the officer would only say that “the plans were are preparing will follow the instructions that are set for us on the political level.”The senior officer, echoing claims made with other defense officials and politicians, noted that a worsening economic and social situation in Gaza creates a sense of desperation, that “there is nothing to lose.”In what has become a constant refrain over the past two years, the officer added: “An outburst, in our opinion, is just a matter of time.”However, he stressed, for now Hamas is deterred.-To hell in a handbasket-Despite Israeli and international attempts to control the flow of building materials, cement coming into the Strip, first goes to the military wing of Hamas where they “take what they need” and from there it goes to civilians, the official said.As such, only a fraction of the buildings that have been approved for construction have actually been built, the officer said.In addition to the illicit pilfering of materials and funds coming into the Gaza Strip, Hamas has also levied “draconian taxes” on the people of Gaza, charging NIS 5 ($1.33) for every package of cigarettes and NIS 30 ($8) on every carton of fruit, according to IDF figures.Hamas’s alleged commandeering of building materials and funds further disincentivizes Israel from easing the restrictions on imports into Gaza and allowing residents of the Strip to enter Israel to work.“Hamas is using every alleviation we give for its own interests,” he said, pointing to recent attempts to illegally bring cars and electronics into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom and Erez Crossings.“People who leave through Erez, pass messages [to Hamas operatives in the West Bank] and direct attacks, and Kerem Shalom is being used for smuggling,” the officer said.Besides the beleaguered Strip’s economic woes, Gaza is on track to almost entirely run out of potable water by 2020 and become “uninhabitable,” according to a 2015 United Nations report.The postponement of elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip only adds to the atmosphere of desperation and unrest in the coastal region, the senior officer said.When asked about some residents of the Strip who reportedly cross into Israel with weapons, not to carry out attacks, but specifically in order to get arrested, the official responded: “As they say, sometimes an Israeli prison is better than life in Gaza.”Two weeks ago, in a “abnormal” incident, an 8-year-old Palestinian child entered Israel, the officer said, only to be picked up by security forces and eventually returned to Gaza.-The calmest in decades-Though Israel’s military sees conflict with Hamas as a matter of when, not if, the years since Operation Protective Edge have seen little violence emanating from the Gaza Strip.‘The past two years haven’t been the quietest in a decade, they’re the quietest in decades’-“The past two years haven’t been the quietest in a decade, they’re the quietest in decades,” the officer from the Southern Command said.Since the 2014 war, Israeli forces have wounded hundreds of Hamas members and killed 34, the majority of them in clashes along the security fence; yet there has only been one case of Hamas hitting back — a few shots fired at troops in the Gaza Strip as they uncovered and destroyed a tunnel into Israel.“That points to deterrence,” the officer said.None of the 40 rockets from Gaza that have hit Israel have been fired by Hamas, but rather by Salafist and other more extreme groups, usually as a result of “internal conflict,” according to the officer.The Israel Air Force strikes Hamas installations in response to the rocket fire, regardless of its origin, in order to force Hamas to better control the “rebellious groups” in Gaza, the official said.“We’re trying not to hit civilians, and we’re trying not to hit civilian infrastructure,” he said.Brushing off the allegation that Israel strikes “sand dunes” in Gaza, the officer showed slides of recent targets, including antennae, factories that produce concrete structures for tunnels and military outposts.Over the past two years, those retaliatory air and artillery strikes have been more measured, with the notable exception of a massive aerial bombardment in August against key Hamas strategic assets, after a rocket struck Sderot.“We took advantage of an opportunity” — i.e., the rocket attack on Sderot — “to both send a message and to test some of our capabilities,” the officer said, being deliberately vague about what those capabilities were.With no end to Hamas or permanent solution for Gaza in sight, the officer had little hope to offer, other than the vigilance and preparedness of the IDF for the war to come.

Israel almost entirely halts citizenship approvals for East Jerusalemites-The government claims to offer citizenship to eligible residents who came under Israeli sovereignty after 1967. In fact, after many years in which applications were handled relatively efficiently and about half were approved, the process has now all but stopped-By Dov Lieber September 26, 2016, 8:55 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

About seven years ago, Sufyan Dabash applied to be a citizen of his country of birth, Israel. His application was rejected. The 37-year-old taxi cab driver — a lifelong resident of the Sur Baher village on the southeastern outskirts of Jerusalem — couldn’t prove he was a Jerusalemite.“I have no citizenship. I have nothing,” he recently told The Times of Israel. “I want to feel like I’m from here. I don’t want to feel like I’m a second-class citizen.”Since Israel captured East Jerusalem in 1967, it has formally offered residents living in that area the option to apply for Israeli citizenship. Until around a decade ago, very few did, as the vast majority identified, and still do identify, as Palestinian. Recent years, however, have seen a surge in the number of Palestinians seeking Israeli citizenship. But Israel, which in the decade from 2003 to 2013 denied or delayed about half of the citizenship applications by East Jerusalemites, has more recently been failing to accept almost all of them, The Times of Israel has established.Currently, there are some 350,000 Arab East Jerusalemites, around 37 percent of the capital’s population. As permanent residents, they pay taxes and are entitled to state benefits like healthcare and social security. However, they cannot vote in national elections, apply for an Israeli passport, nor run for mayor in their own city. They can vote in municipal elections, yet most choose not to, in protest of what they — and the broader international community — consider Israel’s illegal occupation of their land. Around 80% of East Jerusalemites live under the poverty line, according to the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.Dabash is among the 14,629 permanent residents of East Jerusalem who have applied to become Israeli citizens since 2003.According to statistics obtained by The Times of Israel (PDF), between 2003 and 2013, Israeli citizenship was denied or delayed to about half of East Jerusalemites who applied for it. However, over the past three years, the processing of citizenship applications for East Jerusalemites has come to an almost complete halt. Between 2014 and September 2016, of 4,152 East Jerusalemites who applied for citizenship, only 84 were approved and 161 were rejected. The rest of the applications are pending — formally, still being processed.Dabash says he is now readying his papers to apply for citizenship again. “I want to officially be Israeli,” he said. He also wants his wife and family — two children, with a third on the way — to be naturalized.“It’s not about Israel or Palestine,” he said, shrugging of any political motives. “This is a democratic country and I would like to be a citizen. I don’t want my children to feel like I do.”Some East Jerusalemites and the lawyers who deal with their citizenship requests say the government deliberately makes the application process itself difficult in order to discourage East Jerusalemites from even requesting citizenship. This includes the long-standing demand they have proficient Hebrew, even though Arabic, their native tongue, is an official language of the Israeli state.The Population and Immigration Authority, which is responsible for the process, strongly denies this accusation, and contends that it is carrying out its responsibilities under the law.“The claim of allegedly posing obstacles is unfounded and each request is examined in its own right,” the authority’s spokesperson told The Times of Israel.In a response to the question of why, in the past three years, the number of applications processed has so greatly decreased, the authority argued: “Since there is a great number of requests for naturalization, processing them takes time. The requests that are dealt with in these years are usually not those submitted in the same year. This situation has existed for many years.”For many years, indeed, applications have almost never been processed in the same year that they are submitted. But from 2003-2013, the authority did manage to either approve or reject a total number of applications that was close to the total number submitted that same year. In other words, it wasn’t building up a growing backlog.In 2009, for example, there were 1,656 applications — a relatively high number for the period. That same year, 1,609 were either approved or rejected. In stark contrast, so far in 2016, 1,102 applications have been submitted, while only nine applications have been approved and two rejected.The Times of Israel pressed the Population and Immigration Authority for an explanation of why the pace at which citizenship applications are definitively processed has so dramatically slowed in recent years.The spokesperson, Sabin Hadad, responded: “We do not know how to explain trends. This is also not our job.”If this was normalization, they’d make it easier-Sara (not her real name), a 20-something female who didn’t want her age or profession published for fear she may be identified, said she applied two and a half years ago for Israeli citizenship.As an East Jerusalemite, she has no citizenship and therefore no passport, and wanted one because she travels a lot for work. As things stand, she can only leave the country with temporary documents and must get a visa every time she does, no matter where she goes. She said she became sick and tired of the hassle.The large majority of East Jerusalemites have Jordanian passports — a remnant of the time Jordan controlled their neighborhoods between 1948-1967 — but no Jordanian citizenship.Sara refuses to be a part of such a system.“If I get a Jordanian passport, it means I’m a part of the Jordanian state. But I don’t belong to there. I belong here, to the place I was born, where I live, where I pay taxes and where I work. I do all my obligations. I should be able to live here as a citizen, not a resident,” she told the Times of Israel.East Jerusalemites, like all permanent residents seeking Israeli citizenship, must give up any other citizenships, passports, or residency statuses — like a US green card — on gaining Israeli citizenship. (Different rules apply to those seeking citizenship under the Law of Return, who may retain foreign passports.) In the case of most East Jerusalem applicants, that means renouncing Jordanian citizenship.Since applying for Israeli citizenship, Sara said, her hassles have compounded. Every six months, she goes to the Interior Ministry’s office to check on the status of her application, and each time is asked to bring in updated documents.When she asks why her application is taking so long, “they have no answer for me except for that it’s a long line,” she said.Her own conclusion: “They aren’t rushing to give citizenship to East Jerusalem residents. As much as they can elongate the process, they do.”Is Sara concerned about her application for Israeli citizenship contributing to “normalization” — a term used to describe the strong taboo of Palestinians cooperating in any way with the Israeli government and sometimes with Israeli civilians? “At the end of the day, if this was normalization, the government would give us citizenship with ease,” she said. “But we work so hard to get it. In order for normalization (to take place), the other side has to accept you and welcome you. But they (Israel) don’t welcome us — the opposite,” she said.-What East Jerusalemites must prove-In seeking citizenship, East Jerusalemites must meet the same Israeli legal requirements as any foreign national who has attained permanent residency status in Israel — perhaps through marriage, or having come to Israel to play for a sports team.As in the case of Sufyan Dabash, the primary reason requests for citizenship are denied to East Jerusalemites is because they cannot prove Jerusalem is their “center of life.”Adi Lustigman, an independent Israeli attorney who has worked extensively with East Jerusalemites seeking citizenship, said proving center of life includes (but is not limited to): producing three years of water, electricity and municipal tax bills, bank slips, confirmation by social security offices and letters from employers, and if one has children, their vaccination records.For some East Jerusalemites, producing the bills is impossible, as their homes get these resources outside of the state companies. Additionally, rent may have been agreed upon without a formal contract, and those who work in construction — a popular career — switch workplaces often, so can’t get a letter saying they’ve been working in the same place for three years.Hadad told The Times of Israel many East Jerusalemites have difficulty proving Jerusalem is their “center of life.”Even for the ministry itself, she said, confirming an applicant’s “center of life” is so arduous that the process almost always takes more than a year.-Why the surge in citizenship requests? The majority of East Jerusalemites apply for Israeli citizenship for one reason, according to Ahmad al-Khalidi, a field worker in East Jerusalem: to ensure they won’t be expelled from the city.“They consider themselves to be Palestinians, but request citizenship to guard their residency status,” he said.Al-Khalidi’s contention has some corroborative evidence.Despite the state having transferred its authority onto their neighborhoods after 1967, Israel applies the 1952 “entry into Israel law” to them. This law, which was not legislated with East Jerusalemites in mind, gives the Interior Ministry the right to revoke the residency status of anyone who has been out of the country for seven years, has received the status of permanent resident in a foreign country, and/or became a citizen of a foreign country.In 1995, without any public statement, according to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, the Interior Ministry began demanding East Jerusalemites prove the capital was their center of life. Retroactively, thousands of families were legally liable to have their residency statuses revoked — and that’s what happened, with revocations in many subsequent years reaching numbers beyond anything East Jerusalemites had previously experienced.This policy hit its peak in 2008, during which an unprecedented 4,577 East Jerusalemites had their residency statuses revoked, according to Interior Ministry statistics obtained by Hamoked, an Jerusalem-based rights group. This was nearly four times more than in any year since 1967.The following year, the number of applications by East Jerusalemites for citizenship jumped from 1,025 to 1,656 — a 61% leap and by far the highest increase since 1967.Lustigman said some of her East Jerusalemite clients say they want to “live in equality and be the same as anyone else.” But many she said, specifically say they want citizenship because they are afraid they may need to go abroad, or their children may need to go abroad, and may not be allowed to return if they are away for more than seven years.“If they aren’t citizens, the state can take away their residency status like flies,” she said.-The ‘ridiculous’ Hebrew requirement-“Doesn’t meet requirements,” was the second-most cited reason for denying citizenship to East Jerusalemites. The majority of cases in this category of refusal, according to a response from the ministry, related to the failure to prove sufficient Hebrew-language proficiency. (A rejection by Israel’s security establishment was the third most-cited reason for denying East Jerusalemite citizenship applications.)-The ministry said that by law, all permanent residents seeking Israeli citizenship, not just East Jerusalemites, must learn Hebrew. This requirement has been in force since 1967.Lustigman, however, argued that it’s “ridiculous” to force East Jerusalemites to learn Hebrew, when Arabic, their native tongue, is an official language of Israel.She added that there is a clause in the law that would allow the ministry to waive the Hebrew requirement for East Jerusalemites, and said it was choosing not to provide such an exemption.Additionally, the Hebrew test is not standardized, according to Lustigman and several applicants who spoke to The Times of Israel. Rather, it consists of speaking and writing on a random subject chosen by an interviewer from the ministry, who judges on the spot whether the applicant has strong enough Hebrew to become Israeli.According to Khaled Salhab — who is by default the highest ranking East Jerusalemite in Jerusalem City Hall, because he’s an aide to a Jerusalem city council member — the Hebrew requirement is troublesome for applicants from East Jerusalem because the language is hardly taught in their schools.Around 20-30% of schools in East Jerusalem are managed by the Palestinian Authority or the Waqf (Muslim Trust); in these schools, no Hebrew is taught.But the schools directly managed by the city or private schools funded by the municipality, Salhab said, aren’t much better. Hebrew is given around the same amount of hours as sports, he said.Salhab said he went to a city-funded school and didn’t know “a word of Hebrew” when he finished the 12th grade. Today, he is fluent in Hebrew, after paying thousands of dollars to take courses at the Hebrew University.-‘A duty to serve all residents of the city equally’-Yoav Yeivin, a city council member (for the Hitorerut/Wake-Up Jerusalem movement) who has taken up the issues of East Jerusalem on his own accord, and to whom Khaled Salhab serves as an aide, said Israel has a duty to “serve all residents of the city equally.”“The statistics show that as the years pass, the residents of East Jerusalem are submitting more and more requests to become citizens, in order not to be second-class citizens: They want to improve their lives in a significant way, to be able to travel freely, to trade around the globe and more.”“The more residents of East Jerusalem will be able to earn a decent living, raise their standard of living and education, the better it will be for the city of Jerusalem and the State of Israel,” he said.Lastly, he said: “integrating the population of East Jerusalem into Israeli society is an important step to reduce tensions and mitigate the hostility that many residents of East Jerusalem are absorbing from radical Islamic organizations.”Whether or not the Interior Minister shares this assessment, the hard figures show a fast-growing backlog of thousands of applications, and a near halt to their resolution. This, despite Israel’s formal insistence that it offers citizenship in good faith to the residents of East Jerusalem and their descendants who came under Israeli sovereignty, as part of the expanded, unified capital, in 1967.

70 US intellectuals urge boycott of settlement goods-In open letter, prominent figures say they oppose ‘economic, political, or cultural boycott of Israel itself,’ urge peace talks-By JTA September 26, 2016, 11:16 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

More than 70 American intellectuals called for a targeted boycott of all goods and services from Israeli West Bank settlements.The boycott call was published as an open letter in the most recent issue of the New York Review of Books, which is dated October 13, 2016.Among the signers are Bernard Avishai, Peter Brooks, Peter Beinart, Todd Gitlin and Martin Sherwin.The letter said the signatories “oppose an economic, political, or cultural boycott of Israel itself as defined by its June 4, 1967, borders,” which they refer to as the “so-called Green Line.” This boundary, according to the letter writers, “should be the starting point for negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian parties on future boundaries between two states.“To promote such negotiations, we call for a targeted boycott of all goods and services from all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories, and any investments that promote the Occupation, until such time as a peace settlement is negotiated between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.”The letter also calls on the US government to remove Internal Revenue Service tax exemptions from West Bank entities and to exclude the settlements from Israeli trade benefits.

As bombs, knife attacks strike US, terror conference in NY looks for answers-In panel called ‘What Is ISIS and How Can It Be Defeated,’ retired Army Col. Brynt ‘Guy’ Parmeter, who served in areas now in ‘the caliphate,’ says there is only one way — from within-By Cathryn J. Prince September 27, 2016, 12:27 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

NEW YORK — As law enforcement fanned out across the city in search of suspected bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami last week, authorities in St. Cloud, Minnesota, investigated a stabbing attack at a shopping mall that wounded 10 people.Meanwhile, a clutch of counter-terrorism experts was gathered at New York City’s Yale Club to attend the two-day Eyes Only conference organized by the Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center. They were there to discuss, among other things, the nature of Islamic State and how to defeat it.“It is not irrational anymore to be fearful of terrorism, but this is where we need to remember a more pragmatic approach is needed,” said retired Army Col. Brynt “Guy” Parmeter in an interview with The Times of Israel.As a battalion commander and brigade operations planner, Parmeter served multiple deployments in areas now under IS control. During his time there he and the soldiers under his command saw the rise of the militant Sunni movement.“I personally think, and this is anecdotal, that IS was the successor to Al-Qaeda in Iraq who were kicked out by the US and Iraqi Security Forces. When we left they came back much more lethal, and the version of IS that exists now is what they wish they could’ve been then,” he said talking about his last deployment, which extended from late 2008 through late 2009.A self-proclaimed Islamic state, IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) holds territory in western Iraq, eastern Syria and Libya. It aims to establish a caliphate and claims political and theological authority over the world’s Muslims.“People get all tangled up in their britches trying to decide if it’s a lone wolf or directly connected. These are all mindless debates. We need to recognize it as a war, a war that needs to be won and the only way to do it is to call it what it is,” Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said in his keynote address at the conference.But figuring what “it” is isn’t necessarily vital to fighting the terror group, said Parmeter who took part in a panel discussion “What Is ISIS and How Can It Be Defeated?”Because IS claims it’s a caliphate, many foreign policy experts worry its ambitions extend beyond the borders of Iraq and Syria. A multitude of insurgent groups in Afghanistan, Egypt, Nigeria and Pakistan have sworn allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Additionally, thousands of foreign fighters have joined conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Intelligence agencies in the west and the Middle East are concerned these citizens will return to their home countries to carry out attacks, as they did in Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, and now, New York.There are also the so-called lone wolves who act in IS’s name.‘If they were a startup they would be the hottest thing right now’-Whether attackers are part of a larger cell or acting on their own, IS is a savvy organization that knows how to harness social media to attract young recruits, Parmeter said.“If they were a startup company they would be the hottest thing right now. They know their customers; they know their product. And we’re like Kodak. That’s an oversimplified way of putting it, but it gives [you] a basic concept of the situation and we have to figure out how to disrupt this,” Parmeter said.As such, fighting IS will involve military, counter-terror and humanitarian measures, said Parmeter, who now works as a consultant and partner at BMNT, a San Francisco-area consulting firm.One thing Parmeter doesn’t support is sending in massive amounts of American ground troops. It’s a view shaped from his own combat experience in Iraq.“It would be very easy to tactically defeat IS, but we would take on an unreasonably high amount of casualties and an unreasonably high amount of civilian casualties. We would seize that terrain back, but then what? Nothing is easy or cheap,” Parmeter said.Another panelist at the conference, Ahmed Meligy, a peace activist at The Peres Center for Peace, took a different stance.“The US has to be on the offensive. You have to send ground troops. I know this is hard. I know this is your sons and daughters,” Meligy said, adding that Egypt, Israel, France and other western nations must join the fight.For Parmeter, however, ultimately IS is more of Muslim problem than a problem for the rest of the world.“It’s tearing it apart from the inside and making it much, much less tolerable to the rest of the world. Because of this, it’s ultimately going to have to be solved from within. It’s convenient for the leaders of the Muslim world to blame the Western nations and their policies as the reason for IS. This masks the real and inconvenient truths of their shortcomings,” Parmeter said.“That said, whatever we can do to facilitate and enable an environment where Islam polices itself, along with the carrots and sticks of cyber, financial, legal actions and other forms of influence and leverage, should all be on the table,” said Parmeter.

Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdown in TV debate-An estimated 90 million people expected to tune in for 90-minute debate as presidential hopefuls — neck and neck in the polls — go head-to-head-By Agencies September 26, 2016, 10:49 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

WASHINGTON — After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face-to-face for the first time in Monday night’s presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different visions for America’s future.An estimated 90 million people were expected to watch the Democratic and Republican candidates go toe-to-toe for 90 minutes starting at 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Tuesday) on the stage at Hofstra University in New York.The high-stakes showdown — the first of three presidential debates — comes as both candidates are viewed negatively by large numbers of Americans, with Democrat Clinton facing questions about her trustworthiness and Republican Trump struggling to convince many voters that he has the temperament and policy depth to be president.Moderated by NBC anchor Lester Holt, it will revolve around three themes: “America’s direction, achieving prosperity, and securing America.”In a close race, the debaters’ real prize may be the estimated nine percent of voters who have yet to make up their minds.A Washington Post-ABC News poll on Sunday found Clinton tied with Trump at 41% among registered voters.On Monday, a national poll by Quinnipiac University also found them in a virtual dead heat, with Clinton at 43% to Trump’s 42% among likely voters. The poll found that, by a margin of 41 to 32 percent, likely voters expect Clinton to win the debate. And 84% said they intend to watch.Ahead of the debate, Clinton’s camp is worried that Trump will be held to a different standard and is particularly concerned that the notoriously hot-headed businessman will be rewarded for simply keeping his cool.“We also are concerned that Trump is going to continue to lie,” Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, said Monday.Bloomberg TV told Politico that it will display on-screen fact-checks of statements made by Clinton and Trump during the debate, a departure from the coverage of most other networks who are more likely to leave fact-checking to post-debate analysis phase.-Last-minute preparations-The debate about the debate was still unfolding in the hours before the two candidates were to take the stage.Clinton backers were publicly pressing Holt to fact-check Trump if he tries to mislead voters about his record and past statements. But Trump’s campaign pushed back, accusing Clinton’s team of trying to put its thumb on the scale by enlisting the media to do Clinton’s job for her.“It’s unfair to ask that Hillary Clinton both play traffic cop with Trump, make sure that his lies are corrected, and also to present her vision for what she wants to do for the American people,” Mook told ABC on Monday.“All that we’re asking is that if Donald Trump lies, that it’s pointed out,” Mook said.Asked about Trump’s incorrect statement that Holt is a Democrat — he’s registered as a Republican in New York — Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said it wasn’t a lie because Trump simply didn’t know Holt’s voter registration.“He didn’t lie. A lie would mean he knew the man’s party affiliation,” Conway said on MNSBC.The centerpiece of Trump’s campaign has been a push for restrictive immigration measures, including a physical wall along the US-Mexico border and an early proposal to temporarily bar foreign Muslims from coming to the US. But he’s been less detailed about other ideas, including his plan for stamping out the Islamic State group in the Middle East, and Conway suggested he’d be similarly coy in Monday’s debate.“You will get his view of how best to defeat the enemy — without telling ISIS specifically what it’s going to be,” Conway said, using another acronym for IS.Clinton, a former senator and secretary of state, is banking on voters seeing her as a steady hand who can build on the record of President Barack Obama, whose popularity is rising as he winds down his second term in office. She’s called for expanding Obama’s executive orders if Congress won’t pass legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration system and for broader gun control measures. Overseas, she’s called for a no-fly zone in Syria but has vowed to keep the military out of a large-scale ground war to defeat the Islamic State group.For Clinton, victory in November largely hinges on rallying the same young and diverse coalition that elected Obama, but has yet to fully embrace her. Mook told “CBS This Morning” that she fully understood she still needs to earn voters’ trust.“When she’s had the opportunity to talk about not just what her plans are to make a difference in people’s lives, but how this campaign is really part of a lifelong mission to fight for kids and families, she’s done really well,” Mook said.Trump has tapped into deep anxieties among some Americans, particularly white, working-class voters who feel left behind in a changing economy and diversifying nation. While the real estate mogul lacks the experience Americans have traditionally sought in a commander in chief, he’s banking on frustration with career politicians and disdain for Clinton to push him over the top on Election Day.The billionaire’s advisers have indeed been urging him to keep calm on stage, mindful of voters’ concerns about his temperament. On Saturday, Trump showed a glimpse of the traits his advisers want to keep in check, announcing on Twitter that he might extend a debate invitation to Gennifer Flowers, a woman who had an affair with Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton.Trump’s campaign said the candidate was responding to Clinton’s decision to invite businessman and Trump critic Mark Cuban to the debate, and that Trump floated the invitation to remind people of his ability to punch back. By Sunday, his campaign said Flowers would not be attending.Clinton’s team announced Monday that a host of prominent supporters, including Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, would be on hand on the debate’s sidelines to help her make her case with reporters covering the event.Clinton has debated more than 30 times at the presidential level, including several one-on-one contests against Obama in 2008 and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016. But Monday’s contest will be her first presidential debate against a candidate from the opposing party.Trump was often a commanding presence in the Republican primary debates, launching biting personal attacks on his rivals. But at times, he appeared to fade into the background, especially during more technical policy discussions — something he’ll be unable to do with just two candidates on stage.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.