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.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

LATEST MUSLIM FRAUD PHONE SCAMMER SCAMS

LATEST MUSLIM FRAUD PHONE SCAMMER SCAMS

HILTON HOTEL SCAM-FREE ROOM
UNITED AIRLINES SCAM-OFFERING 999.00 OFF A TRIP.

AMERICAN EXPRESS SCAM FREE ROOM # THAT CAME UP 202-957-9898 - WITH THIS AMERICAN EXPRESS SCAM. I WANNA HERE THE SCAM BUT THEY ACTUALLY HANG UP ON ME. ITS HAPPENED 3 TIMES IN 3 WEEKS NOW. MAYBE THEY KNOW I PUT ALL THE SCAMS ON MY SITE. TO WARN PEOPLE.
OCT 13,17 SOME PHONE SURVEY SCAM FOR CASH THEY CLAIM.  

OCT 21,17-4PM-THIS LATEST SCAM IS A MUSLIM THAT PHONES FROM LONDON ONT DOING SOME WESTARIO HYDRO SURVEY. I TOLD THE SCAMMER-I WANNA TALK WITH A CANADIAN NOT A MUSLIM.THEN I WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS.THE MUSLIM HUNG UP ON ME.THEN PHONED ME BACK.AND WOULD NOT ANSWER WHEN I SAID SPEAK TO ME MR MUSLIM. HE THEN HUNG UP WITHOUT SAYING A WORD TO ME  
I FINALLY DISCOVERED THAT ITS  FORMER AKTIV KAPITAL BEHIND THESE SCAM PHONE CALLS. AFTER THE OCT 21ST SCAM CALL. WHEN THE MUSLIM TOLD ME HES FROM LONDON ONTARIO. IT CLICKED IN MY MIND. WHEN AKTIV KAPITAL THE COLLECTION AGENCY HOUNDED ME FOR A YEAR-LAST YEAR. FOR MONEY-WHICH I SETTLED WITH THEM FOR PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR. I ALWAYS GOT SCAM CALLS. WHILE THEY WERE HASSLING ME FOR THE WHOLE YEAR. AND AKTIV KAPITAL IS FLOODED WITH MUSLIM OUTSOURSES. SO WHEN I FINALLY DISCOVERED WERE THE SCAM IS COMING FROM. I SET THEM UP. 1 PHONED AKTIV KAPITAL-MICHELLE OR SARAH-I CAN'T REMEMBER WHO ANSWERED THE PHONE AT 1-866-903-1741 AND SAID ARE YOU AMERICAN EXPRESS-YOUR PHONE NUMBER CAME UP ON MY PHONE SAYING THE MUSLIM PHONED FROM AKTIV KAPITALS HEADQUARTERS. SHE SAID NO WE ARE NOT. BUT SHE WOULD NOT TELL ME SHE WAS WITH A COLLECTION AGENCY. SO I SAID TO HER. I'M GONNA RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF CANADA. SO I CAN BAN ALL MUSLIM MALES FROM SCAMMING CANADIANS.  IT SOUNDED IN THE BACKROUND LIKE SHE WAS GONNA HAVE A HEART ATTACK. AND I SAID OK I GOTTA GO. AND I HUNG UP. AND EVER SINCE MY SETUP CALL. NOV 1 OR 2ND,17 NOT ONE SCAMMER HAS PHONED ME. ITS NOW NOV 14TH SO MY SETUP WORKED. IT WAS THIS SCAMMER COLLECTION AGENCY THAT IS BEHIND ALL THESE SCAM PHONE CALLS. I GET.ANYWAY - https://www.aktivkapital.com/ 
PRA GROUP NOW-EX AKTIV KAPITAL
Last year PRA Group acquired Aktiv Kapital AS, a Norwegian-based debt collector with operations in Europe and Canada, for $880 million.Litigation is actually positive for the future-PRA Group was forced to pay $19 million in consumer refunds and an $8 million penalty and to stop collecting on $3 million in debts by Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) to settle allegations arising from its practices in the last few years. Again, this is just a cost of doing business, similar to insurance companies having to pay claims. The company was ordered to stop reselling debts. PRA Group is prohibited from reselling the debts it buys to other debt collectors.


LIKE I KEEP SAYING. ALL MALE MUSLIMS 6 YEARS OLD OR OLDER MUST BE BANNED FROM CANADA. ONLY ALLOW MUSLIM WOMEN AND GIRLS TO BE ALLOWED IN CANADA.THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP TERRORISTS AND SCAMMERS.
 GOD ANSWERS MY PRAYER-70 ARRESTED IN INDIA OVER CANADA PHONE SCAM
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2016/10/indian-phone-scammers-get-arrested-for.html

2016 ALL U.S.A ELECTION RESULTS-HAPPENINGS
http://israndjer.blogspot.ca/2015/08/the-poll-leaders-for-president-of-usa_23.html



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Monday, July 16, 2018

ISRAEL STRIKES BACK AGAINST ARAB MURDERER MISSLES.

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

As dozens of rockets hit Israel, IDF pounds Gaza in heaviest strikes since 2014-Palestinian terror groups fire over 100 projectiles at Israel on Saturday afternoon; empty synagogue damaged in the town of Sderot, no injuries reported-By TOI staff-JUL 15,18

Israeli aircraft on Saturday attacked more than 40 targets in the Gaza Strip in the most extensive daytime assault since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge as Palestinian terror groups fired repeated salvos of rockets and mortars into Israel.The surge in violence intensified after midnight Friday-Saturday as the Israel Defense Forces hit an attack tunnel and Hamas training bases in Gaza in response to the moderate wounding of an IDF officer by a hand-grenade thrown during a border riot on Friday.During the night, Palestinians fired more than 30 projectiles into Israel and kept up the attacks on Saturday, firing a further 100 rockets and mortar shells. Residents of Israeli border communities spent the night in bomb shelters and were cautioned to remain close to the shelters during the day.In the evening, several rockets were fired toward the town of Sderot. Iron Dome intercepted several of them.  A synagogue, that was empty at the time was hit by shrapnel and lightly damaged. Sappers were searching the building and it was not immediately clear if it was hit by a Palestinian rocket or parts from the interceptor. There were no injuries.The IDF said Iron Dome intercepted at least 20 projectiles that were headed for residential areas in total.Israel’s political leadership is considering a range of possibilities for trying to halt the rocket fire, including targeted assassinations of Hamas terror chiefs, the use of ground forces, and a ceasefire mediated by Egypt and/or others, but no decision had been made as of Saturday late afternoon, Hadashot TV news reported.The primary target of the IAF strikes Saturday was the Hamas battalion headquarters in Beit Lahia, in the north of the Strip, the army said.“The focus of the attack is a wide-scale strike of the Hamas Battalion HQ in Beit Lahia, which includes urban warfare training facilities, weapon storage warehouse, training compounds, command centers, offices and more,” the IDF said in a statement.“In addition, a weapons manufacturing site and storage facilities housing various types of weapons, including Hamas’ naval capabilities, were struck,” it said.The air force also attacked a Palestinian terrorist cell launching mortars. Palestinian media said the IDF had shelled the home of a senior Islamic Jihad leader, but there was no confirmation from the army.The IDF spokesman said the aim of the operation was to “restore a sense of security” and that the military would “respond as necessary” to a wide range of scenarios.The Hamas-run health ministry said it had not received any reports of injuries in the Israeli strikes.According to IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the operation had three aims: To end the incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza, end the large-scale border protests, and end the rocket and mortar fire.“There are three factors occurring that we view seriously and cannot allow to continue,” he said, adding that this was the largest daytime Israeli strike on Gaza since the 2014 Gaza War.Media reports said that Egyptian intelligence services had contacted the Hamas leadership in Gaza to try to prevent a further escalation of violence.In the Saturday afternoon salvo, Palestinians fired more than 60 rockets and mortar shells and sirens wailed frequently in southern Israel. Army Radio reported that at least one projectile was intercepted, with the remainder falling in unpopulated areas.There were no immediate reports of injuries.A farm building was lightly damaged in one border community, with no harm to any animals reported.Local residents, who had earlier been told they could return to their usual routines after an earlier barrage overnight Friday, were instructed to remain close to bomb shelters, and large gatherings of people were to be canceled.The day of tension and violence came after terrorists fired more than 30 rockets and mortars toward Israel overnight Friday in the wake of IDF strikes on a number of Hamas targets in Gaza in response to violence along the border.No injuries or damage were reported but warning sirens wailed for much of the night in border communities including the Sdot HaNegev Regional Council area and the town of Sderot.The army earlier on Saturday said it targeted two Hamas attack tunnels as well as other military compounds in the Strip, including those involved in the spate of incendiary kite and balloon attacks.Even as the airstrikes were being carried out, the IDF said rockets were fired toward Israel.According to the IDF, six projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system. One rocket landed inside a kibbutz in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council area.Hamas on Saturday said the barrage of rockets and mortar shells into Israeli territory overnight was fired by the “resistance” to “stop Israeli escalation.”The spokesman for the terrorist group, Fawzi Barhoum, also said the projectiles were an “immediate response” that was meant to “deliver the message” to Israel.The army said it held Hamas responsible for all violence emanating from Gaza, which the terror group has ruled since 2007.“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for the events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it and will bear the consequences for its actions against Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty,” the army said, adding that “the IDF views Hamas’ terror activity with great severity and is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios.”The IDF said aircraft had attacked “an offensive terror tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, in addition to several terror sites in military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip, among them complexes used to prepare arson terror attacks and a Hamas terror organization training facility.”The IDF published video of its air strikes.The latest round of violence has threatened to spark a further conflagration after weeks of tensions along the volatile border.Israel in recent weeks has repeatedly warned Hamas that while it has no interest in engaging in the kind of conflict that led to the sides fighting three wars over the past decade, it would not tolerate its continued efforts to breach the border fence and its campaign to devastate Israeli border communities with incendiary attacks.On Friday, thousands of Palestinians gathered near the Gaza border for their near-weekly protest. The army said protesters attacked soldiers with grenades, bombs, Molotov cocktails, and rocks.A 15-year-old Palestinian who tried to climb over the fence into Israel was shot dead, media reports in Gaza said.Later the IDF said an Israeli officer was moderately wounded by a grenade thrown at him during the clashes at the border.On Saturday, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza announced that a 19-year-old succumbed to his wounds sustained at the clashes a day earlier.It was not clear whether the two deaths were tied to the attack that wounded the Israeli officer.Gaza officials said 220 others were hurt in Friday’s riots. Most were treated at the scene, while several dozen were taken to hospital. The violence was held under the banner of “Identifying with Khan al-Ahmar,” a West Bank Bedouin village whose planned demolition by Israel is being debated at the High Court.Since March 30, weekly clashes have taken place on the Gaza border, with Israel accusing Hamas of using the demonstrations as cover to carry out attacks and attempt to breach the security fence. The “March of Return” protests have also seen Palestinians fly airborne incendiary devices toward Israeli territory, sparking hundreds of fires in southern Israel and causing millions of shekels in estimated damages.The Israeli army reportedly notified Hamas in recent days that if the incendiary kite and balloon attacks from the Gaza Strip don’t cease, Israel would respond with major military action.On Monday, Israel announced it was shutting down the Kerem Shalom border crossing — the Strip’s main crossing for commercial goods — in response to the endless stream of incendiary and explosive kites and balloons that have been flown into southern Israel, sparking fires that have burned thousands of acres of land and caused millions of shekels in damages. Humanitarian and essential supplies continue to enter Gaza.The IDF has sought to avoid an escalation of hostilities on the southern front despite the attacks, but according to the Haaretz daily, the political pressure to act has been building as the economic and psychological harm caused by the fires takes its toll.On Wednesday, incendiary kites and balloons sparked 19 fires of varying sizes in Israel, according to local government officials. Fifteen of them occurred in the Eshkol region, which abuts the southern Gaza Strip. The other four occurred in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, which lies to the northeast of the coastal enclave.In response, the Israeli military conducted an airstrike against a group of Palestinians it said was launching incendiary balloons toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip, east of the city of Rafah. There, too, no injuries were reported.After shuttering Kerem Shalom, the army said humanitarian aid, notably food and medicine, would still be allowed into Gaza, but would require special permission from the military liaison, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, to the Palestinians.The military said the closure would continue so long as Palestinians persist in launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.Agencies contributed to this report.

Security Cabinet to convene for emergency meeting as Gaza violence intensifies-Egypt, UN envoy reportedly working to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian terror groups after one of the heaviest days of fighting since 2014-By TOI staff    -JUL 15,18
The Security Cabinet was set to convene for an emergency meeting Sunday afternoon to deal with the escalating violence in Gaza, as Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel and the IDF attacked more than 40 targets in the Strip in the most extensive daytime assault since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.Media reports said Israeli ministers were updated on the developments by phone overnight Friday-Saturday as residents of Israeli communities near Gaza spent the night in bomb shelters.Israel’s political leadership was considering a range of possibilities for trying to halt the rocket fire, including targeted assassinations of Hamas terror chiefs, the use of ground forces, and a ceasefire mediated by Egypt and/or others, but no decision had been made as of Saturday late afternoon, Hadashot TV news reported.IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot met with senior commanders in the south to review the situation.Meanwhile, Egyptian sources confirmed on Saturday that Cairo was working to prevent a further escalation and towards mediating a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian terror groups, the Walla news site reported.Also Saturday, Nikolai Mladinov, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, reportedly held talks with several Israeli and Egyptian officials in an attempt to restore calm to the region.According to unconfirmed reports in Gaza, by late afternoon Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials had ordered their operatives to halt all rocket fire. Nevertheless, just minutes after the reports circulated, a projectile fired in the direction of Kibbutz Alumim near Nahal Oz was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.Sirens were also heard in the Eshkol region in southern Israel. It was not clear whether any projectiles had landed there as the sirens blared. No injuries or damage were reported on the Israeli side.After midnight Friday-Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces hit an attack tunnel and Hamas training bases in Gaza in response to the moderate wounding of an IDF officer by a hand-grenade thrown during a border riot on Friday.During the night, Palestinians fired more than 30 projectiles into Israel and kept up the attacks on Saturday, firing a further 60 rockets and mortar shells. Residents of Israeli border communities spent the night in bomb shelters and were cautioned to remain close to the shelters during the day.The IDF said Iron Dome intercepted 20 projectiles in total that were headed for residential areas.The primary target of the IAF strikes Saturday was the Hamas battalion headquarters in Beit Lahia, in the north of the Strip, the army said.“The focus of the attack is a wide-scale strike of the Hamas Battalion HQ in Beit Lahia, which includes urban warfare training facilities, weapon storage warehouse, training compounds, command centers, offices, and more,” the IDF said in a statement.“In addition, a weapons manufacturing site and storage facilities housing various types of weapons, including Hamas’ naval capabilities, were struck,” it said.The air force also attacked a Palestinian terrorist cell launching mortar shells.The IDF spokesman said the aim of the operation was to “restore a sense of security” and that the military would “respond as necessary” to a wide range of scenarios.The Hamas-run health ministry said it had not received any reports of injuries in the Israeli strikes.Local residents, who had earlier been told they could return to their usual routines after a barrage overnight Friday, were instructed to remain close to bomb shelters, and large gatherings of people were to be canceled.Hamas on Saturday said the barrage of rockets and mortar shells into Israeli territory overnight was fired by the “resistance” to “stop Israeli escalation.”The spokesman for the terrorist group, Fawzi Barhoum, also said the projectiles were an “immediate response” that was meant to “deliver the message” to Israel.The army said it held Hamas responsible for all violence emanating from Gaza, which the terror group has ruled since 2007.

IDF renews Gaza strikes as Palestinians fire rocket barrage into Israel-Local residents told to remain close to shelters as large public gatherings canceled; Hamas says overnight barrage of over 30 projectiles aimed to ‘deliver message' to Israel-By TOI staff-JUL 15,18
Palestinian terror groups launched a salvo of projectiles at southern Israel on Saturday afternoon, as the IDF announced it had renewed strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip.Rocket sirens sounded in multiple southern Israeli regions close to the Gaza border, and Army Radio reported that at least one projectile was intercepted, with the remainder falling in unpopulated areas.There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.Local residents, who had earlier been told they could return to their usual routines after an earlier barrage overnight Friday, were instructed to remain close to bomb shelters and large gatherings of people were to be canceled.On Saturday afternoon, the IDF announced it had renewed strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip, without providing any further details. Palestinian media reported explosions in the north, central and southern Strip. The Hamas-run health ministry said it had not received any reports of injuries in the Israeli strikes.Terror groups fired more than 30 rockets and mortars toward Israel overnight Friday after the IDF struck a number of Hamas targets in Gaza in response to violence along the border.No injuries or damage were reported but warning sirens wailed for much of the night in border communities including the Sdot HaNegev Regional Council area and the town of Sderot.The army earlier on Saturday said it targeted two Hamas attack tunnels as well as other military compounds in the Strip, including those involved in the spate of incendiary kite and balloon attacks.Even as the airstrikes were being carried out, the IDF said rockets were fired toward Israel.According to the IDF, six projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system. One rocket landed inside a kibbutz in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council area.Hamas on Saturday said the barrage of rockets and mortar shells into Israeli territory overnight was fired by the “resistance” to “stop Israeli escalation.”The spokesman for the terrorist group, Fawzi Barhoum, also said the projectiles were an “immediate response” that was meant to “deliver the message” to Israel.The army said it held Hamas responsible for all violence emanating from Gaza, which it has ruled since 2007.“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for the events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it and will bear the consequences for its actions against Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty,” the army said, adding that “the IDF views Hamas’ terror activity with great severity and is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios.”The IDF said aircraft had attacked “an offensive terror tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, in addition to several terror sites in military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip, among them complexes used to prepare arson terror attacks and a Hamas terror organization training facility.”The IDF published video of its air strikes.The latest round of violence has threatened to spark a further conflagration after weeks of tensions along the volatile border.Israel in recent weeks has repeatedly warned Hamas that while it has no interest in engaging in the kind of conflict that led to the sides fighting three wars over the past decade, it would not tolerate its continued efforts to breach the border fence and its campaign to devastate Israeli border communities with incendiary attacks.On Friday, thousands of Palestinians gathered near the Gaza border for their near-weekly protest. The army said protesters attacked soldiers with grenades, bombs, Molotov cocktails and rocks.A 15-year-old Palestinian who tried to climb over the fence into Israel was shot dead, media reports in Gaza said.Later the IDF said an Israeli officer was moderately wounded by a grenade thrown at him during the clashes at the border.On Saturday, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza announced that a 19-year-old succumbed to his wounds sustained at the clashes a day earlier.It was not clear whether the two deaths were tied to the attack that wounded the Israeli officer.Gaza officials said 220 others were hurt in Friday’s riots. Most were treated at the scene, while several dozen were taken to hospital. The violence was held under the banner of “Identifying with Khan al-Ahmar,” a West Bank Bedouin village whose planned demolition by Israel is being debated at the High Court.Since March 30, weekly clashes have taken place on the Gaza border, with Israel accusing Hamas of using the demonstrations as cover to carry out attacks and attempt to breach the security fence. The “March of Return” protests have also seen Palestinians fly airborne incendiary devices toward Israeli territory, sparking hundreds of fires in southern Israel and causing millions of shekels in estimated damages.The Israeli army has reportedly notified Hamas in recent days that if the incendiary kite and balloon attacks from the Gaza Strip don’t cease, Israel will respond with major military action.On Monday, Israel announced it was shutting down the Kerem Shalom border crossing — the Strip’s main crossing for commercial goods — in response to the endless stream of incendiary and explosive kites and balloons that have been flown into southern Israel, sparking fires that have burned thousands of acres of land and caused millions of shekels in damages. Humanitarian and essential supplies continue to enter Gaza.The IDF has sought to avoid an escalation of hostilities on the southern front despite the attacks, but according to the Haaretz daily, the political pressure to act has been building as the economic and psychological harm caused by the fires takes its toll.On Wednesday, incendiary kites and balloons sparked 19 fires of varying sizes in Israel, according to local government officials. Fifteen of them occurred in the Eshkol region, which abuts the southern Gaza Strip. The other four occurred in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, which lies to the northeast of the coastal enclave.In response, the Israeli military conducted an airstrike against a group of Palestinians it said was launching incendiary balloons toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip, east of the city of Rafah. There, too, no injuries were reported.After shuttering Kerem Shalom, the army said humanitarian aid, notably food and medicine, would still be allowed into Gaza, but would require special permission from the military liaison, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, to the Palestinians.The military said the closure would continue so long as Palestinians persist in launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.Agencies contributed to this report.

Palestinians fire 31 rockets and mortar shells from Gaza; IDF renews airstrikes-IDF strikes two tunnels, Hamas bases in Gaza; one rocket falls in a kibbutz; no injuries reported in Israel or Gaza as Israelis in border communities spend night in bomb shelters-By TOI staff-JUL 15,18

Residents of Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip spent the night in bomb shelters as Palestinian terror groups fired at least 31 rockets and mortar shells into Israel, the army said. Six of the projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.Palestinians in Gaza resumed rocket and mortar fire into Israel after dawn on Saturday, setting off warning sirens. Residents of Israeli communities along the border, who spent a tense night in bomb shelters, reported several loud explosions.The IDF announced Saturday morning it carried out a series of air strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip, including hitting an attack tunnel in the north of the coastal enclave. An earlier strike targeted a tunnel in the south of the Strip.There were no immediate reports of casualties on either side.The renewed violence came after a night in which Israeli aircraft hit several sites in the Gaza Strip including several Hamas bases. Following the air raids, Palestinian terror groups launched several barrages of rockets or mortars into Israel.One rocket landed inside a kibbutz in the Shar HaNegev Regional Council area.The IDF said aircraft had attacked “an offensive terror tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, in addition to several terror sites in military compounds throughout the Gaza Strip, among them complexes used to prepare arson terror attacks and a Hamas terror organization training facility.”The IDF published video of its air strikes.Following the airstrikes, rocket warning sirens wailed repeatedly in Israeli communities around the Gaza Strip, including the Sdot HaNegev Regional Council area and the town of Sderot. Residents reported sounds of explosions, Israel Radio reported.About 30 minutes after the first wave, sirens sounded again in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council area and in the Eshkol region. Residents were warned to spend the night in bomb shelters.The army said it held Hamas responsible for all violence emanating from Gaza, which it has ruled since 2007.“The Hamas terror organization is responsible for the events transpiring in the Gaza Strip and emanating from it and will bear the consequences for its actions against Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty,” the army said, adding that “the IDF views Hamas’ terror activity with great severity and is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios.”The violence came after an IDF officer was moderately wounded Friday afternoon when a grenade was hurled at him by assailants during clashes at the Gaza border fence, the army reported Friday night.The military said soldiers fired back at the attackers and identified hitting them. The officer was rushed to Beersheba’s Soroka Medical Center and has family has been notified.It was the most serious attack on Israeli forces in over three months of border protests, during which time soldiers have on several occasions been targeted with gunfire and bombs.Israel has long accused Hamas of using the weekly border demonstrations as cover to carry out attacks against Israel.Earlier the Hamas-run health ministry said a 15-year-old Palestinian was killed during the clashes with the Israeli army along the Gaza border.It was not clear whether that incident was tied to the attack that wounded the officer.The Israeli military said thousands took part in the demonstrations, and that soldiers were attacked with grenades, bombs, Molotov cocktails and rocks. Troops responded with less-lethal means and fired live rounds in certain cases, including at one person who tried to cut through the security fence.Gaza officials said 220 others were hurt in the riots. Most were treated at the scene, while several dozen were taken to hospital. Friday’s violence was held under the banner of “Identifying with Khan al-Ahmar,” a West Bank Bedouin village whose planned demolition by Israel is being debated at the High Court.Also Friday, two soldiers were lightly injured in a car crash near the Gaza border in the afternoon when a utility trailer connected to their vehicle overturned. The soldiers were taking part in efforts to put out a large fire caused by an incendiary kite at Kibbutz Or Haner.Firefighters said they managed to get the blaze under control, with the help of several teams and four firefighting planes.Officials said 15 separate fires had erupted in the Gaza periphery since the morning due to incendiary kites and balloons. All were brought under control.Since March 30, weekly clashes have taken place on the Gaza border, with Israel accusing Hamas of using the demonstrations as cover to carry out attacks and attempt to breach the security fence. The “March of Return” protests have also seen Palestinians fly airborne incendiary devices toward Israeli territory, sparking hundreds of fires in southern Israel and causing millions of shekels in estimated damages.The Israeli army has reportedly notified Hamas in recent days that if the incendiary kite and balloon attacks from the Gaza Strip don’t cease, Israel will respond with major military action.The threat comes amid a period of increased tension between Israel and the Gaza-ruling terror group. On Monday, Israel announced it was shutting down the Kerem Shalom border crossing — the Strip’s main crossing for commercial goods — in response to the endless stream of incendiary and explosive kites and balloons that have been flown into southern Israel, sparking fires that have burned thousands of acres of land and caused millions of shekels in damages. Humanitarian and essential supplies continue to enter Gaza.The IDF has sought to avoid an escalation of hostilities on the southern front despite the attacks, but according to the Haaretz daily, the political pressure to act has been building as the economic and psychological harm caused by the fires takes its toll.Israeli officials have conveyed this to Hamas through an intermediary, and said a significant Israeli response was inevitable if the current situation continued, the paper reported.The army is now examining options for a significant and painful military response against Hamas that would be pinpoint enough not to spark a full-fledged war, the report said.Friday’s report came a day after an Israeli drone fired two missiles toward a group of Palestinians flying incendiary balloons into southern Israel from the northern Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian media.This was the second such airstrike in less than 24 hours.The IDF confirmed that one of its aircraft fired at a cell that had launched balloons toward Israel from northern Gaza. No injuries were reported in the airstrike, which the official Palestinian Wafa news outlet said occurred near the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun.Multiple Palestinian news outlets, including Wafa, reported that Israel conducted two strikes on Thursday, one near Beit Hanoun and a second east of the city of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip.An IDF spokesperson denied the Palestinian reports, saying he was “only familiar with one airstrike.”The southern Israeli Eshkol regional council reported that a number of incendiary and booby-trapped balloons had been flown into the area throughout Thursday morning.On Wednesday, incendiary kites and balloons sparked 19 fires of varying sizes in Israel, according to local government officials. Fifteen of them occurred in the Eshkol region, which abuts the southern Gaza Strip. The other four occurred in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, which lies to the northeast of the coastal enclave.In response, the Israeli military conducted an airstrike against a group of Palestinians it said was launching incendiary balloons toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip, east of the city of Rafah. There, too, no injuries were reported.After shuttering Kerem Shalom, the army said humanitarian aid, notably food and medicine, would still be allowed into Gaza, but would require special permission from the military liaison, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, to the Palestinians.The military said the closure would continue so long as Palestinians persist in launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.

Putin hosts Abbas in Moscow, days after Netanyahu visit-Russian leader updates PA President on his recent talks with Israeli PM; Abbas complains about US moving its embassy to Jerusalem-By AFP-JUL 15,18
MOSCOW — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was in Moscow on Saturday to meet  with Vladimir Putin, just days after the Russian leader hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.“I’m glad of the opportunity to tell you about the contact we have had with your neighbors, and leaders of various countries,” Putin told him as they met at the Kremlin, in quotes carried by Russian agencies.“I know that the situation in the region is difficult and we are grateful that you have used the World Cup as a reason to come to Moscow,” Putin said, adding that he was glad of the opportunity to discuss the problems facing the Palestinians.Abbas told the Russian leader of his concerns over US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem, as well as Israeli settlement activity.“We are resisting attempts by the Americans to impose their decisions on the most sensitive problems of Palestine,” Russian news agencies quoted him as saying in translated remarks.The talks came as Palestinians in Gaza fired dozens of rockets and mortar shells into Israel and the IDF bombed dozens of Hamas targets in the widest day-time air strikes since the 2014 war.Abbas has been imposing sanctions on Hamas in a bid to force the terrorist group to give up control of the coastal enclave, which it seized from Abbas’s Fatah group in 2007.There was no word on whether Abbas discussed Gaza with the Russian leader.Netanyahu was in Moscow on Wednesday, where the situation in Syria was the main focus of his meeting with Putin.Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report

Israeli scientist joins UN panel tasked to secure a safe digital future-Dr. Kira Radinsky is member of task force co-chaired by Chinese e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma and Melinda Gates-By TOI staff and AP-JUL 15,18

Israeli scientist Dr. Kira Radinsky has been named as a member of a high-level panel established by the United Nations to make recommendations on ensuring “a safe and inclusive digital future,” it was announced Friday.The panel, made up of 20 members, will be co-chaired by Chinese e-commerce billionaire Jack Ma and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Gates foundation.In a statement, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon hailed the appointment.“We welcome the selection of Dr. Radinsky to join the panel and are proud that a groundbreaking and pioneering scientist will represent Israel at this important forum,” said Danon in a statement.“Radinsky is at the forefront of global technology and has made exceptional achievements, and we are confident that she will contribute greatly to the panel’s activities and to the promotion of international cooperation in technology,” he said.Congratulations to Dr. Kira Radinsky, eBay’s Director of Data Science, for her selection to the @UN’s High-Level Panel on #DigitalCooperation! We will continue to promote the inclusion of Israelis at the UN. pic.twitter.com/aa4xWtJaEO— Ambassador Danon (@dannydanon) July 13, 2018-Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a news conference Thursday that he sees the United Nations “as a unique platform for dialogue in our digital age” and the panel as an expert group to make proposals to strengthen international cooperation.In Guterres’s words: “As a global community, we face questions about security, equity, ethics, and human rights in a digital age. We need to seize the potential of technology while safeguarding against risks and unintended consequences.”Radinsky is eBay’s director of data science and chief scientist in Israel.The 32-year-old was born in Ukraine and immigrated to Israel at the age of four. She began studying at the Technion at age 15, and completed three degrees at the Faculty of Computer Science.

Trump faults Obama for US response to Russian hacking-[Associated Press]-ERIC TUCKER and JILL COLVIN-YAHOONEWS-July 15, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday scolded the Obama administration for not responding aggressively enough to Russian hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 U.S. election — cyberattacks underpinning the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers.Trump's first response to special counsel Robert Mueller's initial charges against Russian government officials for interfering in American politics came in tweets the president posted while at his golf resort in Scotland, two days before a high-stakes summit in Finland with Russian leader Vladimir Putin."The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration," Trump tweeted. "Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election? The indictment announced Friday said the Russians hacked into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications as part of a broad conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in an American election that ended up putting Trump in the White House.U.S. intelligence agencies have said Moscow was aiming to help the Trump campaign and harm Clinton's bid.Trump said this past week during his trip to Europe that he would "absolutely, firmly" raise the election-meddling issue with Putin at their meeting, though he added, "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it. You got me!'" Leading Democratic senators asked Trump in a letter Saturday to scrap the summit "if you are not prepared to make Russia's attack on our election the top issue you will discuss."Trump's secretary of state, former CIA Director Mike Pompeo, said he was confident the meeting "will put America in a better place. It's very important that they meet."The 29-page indictment lays out how, months before Americans voted in November 2016, Russians schemed to break into key Democratic email accounts, including those belonging to Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.Stolen emails, many politically damaging for Clinton, appeared on WikiLeaks in the campaign's final stretch.The charges say the Russian defendants, using a persona known as Guccifer 2.0, in August 2016 contacted a person in touch with the Trump campaign to offer help. And they say that on the same day Trump, in a speech, urged Russia to find Clinton's missing emails, Russian hackers tried for the first time to break into email accounts used by her personal office.Mueller did not allege that Trump campaign associates were involved in the hacking effort, that Americans were knowingly in touch with Russian intelligence officers or that any vote tallies were altered by hacking.The White House seized on those points in a statement that offered no condemnation of Russian election interference.Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about Russian involvement in the hacking while being accused by Democrats of cozying up to Putin. Trump, hours before the indictment was made public, complained about the Russia investigation hours, saying the "stupidity" was making it "very hard to do something with Russia."The Kremlin denied anew that it tried to sway the election. "The Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the U.S. elections," said Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov.The indictment identifies the defendants as officers with Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, also known as GRU. If that link is established, it would shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in the U.S. elections, given that the GRU is part of the state machine.The Russian defendants are not in custody, and it is not clear they will ever appear in an American court.The indictment accuses the Russian hackers, starting in March 2016, of covertly monitoring the computers of dozens of Democratic officials and volunteers, implanting malicious computer code known as malware to explore the networks and steal data, and sending phishing emails to gain access to accounts.One attempt at interference came hours after Trump, in a July 27, 2016, speech, suggested Russians look for emails that Clinton said she had deleted from her tenure as secretary of state."Russia, if you're listening," Trump said, "I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."That evening, the indictment says, the Russians attempted to break into email accounts used by Clinton's personal office, along with 76 Clinton campaign email addresses.By June 2016, the defendants, relying on fictional personas such as DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, began planning the release of tens of thousands of stolen emails, the indictment alleges.The Podesta emails published by WikiLeaks displayed the campaign's private communications, including deliberations about messaging that played into attacks that Clinton was calculating and a political flip-flopper. Private speeches she gave to financial industry firms were particularly damaging within the left wing of the Democratic party and among independents frustrated with the influence of Wall Street in politics.The indictment alleges that Guccifer 2.0 was in touch with multiple Americans in the summer of 2016 about the pilfered material, including an unidentified congressional candidate who requested and then received stolen information.On Aug. 15, 2016, the indictment says, Guccifer 2.0 reached out to someone in contact with the Trump campaign and asked the person if they had seen anything "interesting in the docs I posted?" Guccifer 2.0 said it would be a "great pleasure" to help.Prosecutors say weeks later, Guccifer 2.0 referred to a stolen DCCC document posted online and asked the person, "what do u think of the info on the turnout model for the democrats entire presidential campaign." The person responded, "(p)retty standard."The indictment doesn't identify the person, though longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone acknowledged Friday, through his lawyer, a "24-word exchange with someone on Twitter claiming to be Guccifer 2.0.""This exchange is now entirely public and provides no evidence of collaboration or collusion with Guccifer 2.0 or anyone else in the alleged hacking of the DNC emails," said lawyer Grant Smith.The charges come as Mueller continues to investigate potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Before Friday, 20 people and three companies had been charged in the investigation.Defendants include four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate, and 13 Russians accused in a powerful social media campaign to sway U.S. public opinion in 2016.___Colvin reported from Glasgow, Scotland. Associated Press writers Darlene Superville, Richard Lardner, Desmond Butler, Mary Clare Jalonick and Susannah George in Washington and Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report.__More AP reporting on Russian hacking: https://www.apnews.com/tag/Russianhacking

Ford repealing sex-ed curriculum to please social conservatives: Horwath-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 15, 2018

TORONTO — The leader of Ontario's Opposition said Friday that Doug Ford's decision to repeal Ontario's modernized sex-ed curriculum and replace it with a 20-year-old version was a move to please social conservatives and one that would hurt the province's children.Andrea Horwath called on Ford to keep the 2015 iteration of the curriculum brought in by the previous Liberal government, saying the 1998 version it was being temporarily replaced with was woefully out of date."Doug Ford cares more about the favours that he owes to social conservatives than he does about keeping our young people safe," said the NDP leader, arguing that Ford was aiming to please those who helped him win the party leadership earlier this year."He made back room deals with far-right lobbyists to force this outdated sex-education curriculum on students."Ford's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Earlier this week, Ford's new Progressive Conservative government said teachers will use the 1998 version of the sex-ed curriculum this fall as consultations are carried out for a new document. The development made good on Ford's repeated promise to do away with the updated curriculum, which he said parents had not been adequately consulted on.The 2015 sex-ed curriculum includes warnings about online bullying and sexting that were not in the previous version, and also discussed same-sex marriage, gender identity and masturbation.Horwath said the 1998 version of the curriculum doesn't reflect the reality of modern society.The Tories' plans on sex-ed were highlighted in Thursday's throne speech, which said the government would replace the Liberal curriculum with a "new age-appropriate one that is based on real consultation with parents."Charles McVety, a vocal social conservative minister who supports Ford and had criticized the modernized sex-ed curriculum, lauded the premier for living up to his word to replace the lesson plan."He's really brought common sense to this," McVety said. "Go to the parents. Study this. Come up with a consensus. We'll end up with something that really helps children."Former NDP legislator and United Church minister Cheri DiNovo, however, said Ford has aligned himself with a "fringe" group on the religious right."They do not speak for the people of faith across this country. They do not speak for Christians or Muslims or Sikhs or Jews or anyone else," said DiNovo, who plans to present Ford on Monday with a petition signed by 200 United Church ministers standing against the replacement of the sex-education curriculum.Di Novo also said Ford's claim there wasn't enough consultation to build the 2015 curriculum isn't true."Some numbers — 4,000 parents, 2,400 educators, 700 students, 170 organizations including CAMH over ten years went into writing this curriculum, so anyone saying there wasn't enough consultation is telling you nonsense," she said. "That is a lot of consultation."Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press.

EARTH DESTROYED WITH THE EARTH IN NOAHS DAY(BECAUSE OF SIN,VIOLENCE AND GODLESS PEOPLE)

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

HOSEA 4:1-3
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

DEUTORONOMY 28:22-24
22  The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Residents of northern Ontario community return home as forest fires continue to burn-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 15, 2018

TORONTO — The mayor of a northern Ontario community says residents have been allowed to return to homes they were forced to leave earlier this week as forest fires burned nearby.But Lorie Hunter, the mayor of Temagami, Ont., says there are still 19 active forest fires near the community and residents know they could be asked to leave their homes again if the situation changes.Hunter says 20 homes were involved in the evacuation that took place on Sunday, and says the entire town is watching the situation.Shayne McCool, a fire information officer from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, says firefighters in northeastern Ontario are currently battling 66 active forest fires, compared to 70 on Monday.He says 26 of those active fires are not under control but notes that the territory currently burning has not increased.McCool says almost 200 firefighters from all over Canada have joined crews already working on the ground to battle the Ontario blazes.The Canadian Press.

WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Suicide bomber kills 128 in attack on Pakistani election rally-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-By Gul Yousafzai-July 15, 2018

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 128 people at an election rally in southwestern Pakistan in the second election-related attack on Friday, officials said, amid growing tensions over ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's return ahead of the July 25 vote.The bombing was the most deadly attack in Pakistan in over three years and is the third incident of election-related violence this week.It came as Pakistan's caretaker government launched a crackdown on political gatherings. Sharif, who was ousted by the Supreme Court last year and convicted in absentia of corruption a week ago, arrived in the country to rally his party ahead of the general elections.Baluchistan Home Minister Agha Omer Bangulzai told Reuters that the death toll in the attack had risen to 128 people, with over 150 wounded.Senior police official Qaim Lashari had earlier said that more than 1000 people were in attendance at the rally in the town of Mastung in the violence-plagued province of Baluchistan.Islamist militants linked to the Taliban, al Qaeda and Islamic State have been operating in the province, which borders Iran as well as Afghanistan. It also has an indigenous ethnic Baluch insurgency fighting the central government.Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's AMAQ news agency said. The group provided no further detail or evidence for its claim.In February 2017, Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a shrine in southern Pakistan, killing 83 people and wounding over 150.Among those killed in Friday's attack was Baluchistan provincial assembly candidate Siraj Raisani, whose brother Nawab Aslam Raisani had served as the provincial chief minister from 2008 to 2013."My brother Siraj Raisani has been martyred," said Haji Lashkari Raisani, another brother who is also contesting a national assembly seat from Baluchistan.ATTACKS-Raisani is the second electoral candidate to be killed in pre-election violence this week.Police had earlier said that the attack targeted Raisani's convoy but later changed their statement as video footage of a large tent showing damage from the blast was circulated.Earlier in the day, a bomb blast killed four people in the northern town of Bannu when it struck the campaign convoy of Akram Khan Durrani, an ally of Sharif's party from the religious Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal party (MMA).A suicide bomber blew himself up at a rally by an anti-Taliban political party in the northern city of Peshawar on Tuesday, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province killing 20 people including Haroon Bilour who was hoping to win a provincial assembly seat in July.The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.Bilour was part of the predominantly secular, ethnic Pashtun nationalist Awami National Party, which has long competed with Islamist parties for votes in Pakistan’s volatile Pashtun lands, along the border with Afghanistan.His father, senior ANP leader Bashir Bilour, was killed in a suicide bombing in late 2012, in the run-up to Pakistan’s last election.(Writing by Saad Sayeed; Editing by Toby Chopra)

Friday, July 13, 2018

IAF STRIKES SYRIAN ARMY POST DUE TO DRONE INFILTRATION.

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

IAF strikes Syrian army posts near border in response to drone infiltration-Israeli military confirms attacks on three targets after Syrian UAV is downed over the Sea of Galilee-By TOI staff and AFP-JUL 12,18

The Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes in Syria Wednesday night, targeting regime forces in the Quneitra region near the border, hours after a Syrian drone was shot down by the military after entering Israeli airspace.The military confirmed the bombings in the Syrian Golan, saying they came in response to the drone infiltration.Syrian state news agency SANA claimed Syria’s air defenses blocked the attack near the village of Hader.“The aircraft of the Israeli enemy launches a number of missiles at several army positions” in Quneitra, causing material damage, it said.The IDF Spokesperson’s Office said the army will “continue to act decisively and forcefully against attempts to violate Israeli sovereignty.” It warned the Syrian regime against any attempt to act against Israeli forces.According to the military, shortly after 3:15 p.m. an apparently unarmed Syrian drone entered Israeli airspace from Syria through the demilitarized zone between the two countries, after first passing over Jordan. Some 16 minutes later, a Patriot anti-aircraft missile was fired at the UAV, shooting it down over the Sea of Galilee, IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told reporters.The military quickly recovered the fragments of the drone in an area south of the lake. It did not appear to have been armed and was more likely sent into Israel on a reconnaissance mission, Conricus said.The IDF decried the infiltration as a violation of Israeli sovereignty. Conricus said the military had not retaliated to the incident, but was not dismissing the possibility.“As of now there has not been a response to it. We’ll see,” he said.That the drone was able to travel approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) into Israel before being shot down raised questions about the military’s preparedness and ability to locate and intercept incoming aircraft.According to the spokesman, the delay was due to initial uncertainty over who was operating the drone, specifically if it was being flown by Russia, whose air force has been flying extensive missions over southern Syria to support dictator Bashar Assad’s offensive against two rebel-held provinces in the area.Until the military was able to determine what steps to take against the drone, the air force called in four fighter jets and two attack helicopters, which would have been able to provide a more immediate response, Conricus said.The drone infiltration took place as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Moscow to stress to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Israel will not tolerate an Iranian military presence in Syria.It also came days after Syria accused Israel of conducting an airstrike against the T-4 air base in central Syria, which Israeli officials have said is used as a headquarters for Iranian forces in the country.This timing led several Israeli defense commentators to assume a connection between the events, that the infiltration was a Syrian response to the alleged Israeli airstrike.On Monday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman toured the Golan Heights, where he threatened Syria with a “strong response” should it violate a delicate decades-old ceasefire agreement in the region.Wednesday’s incident came just over two weeks after the IDF launched a Patriot interceptor missile at a drone that was heading toward Israeli airspace from Syria, prompting the incoming unmanned aerial vehicle to beat a retreat before it crossed the border.In April 2017, a Syrian military drone was shot down by a Patriot missile. In September of that year, the American-made system also intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle that was flown by the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group. And in November 2017, the military shot down another Syrian military drone that approached Israeli airspace.An Israeli official said Wednesday night Netanyahu told Putin that Israel will not seek to unseat Assad from power, while urging Moscow to remove Iranian troops from the country, according to an Israeli official.“We won’t take action against the Assad regime, and you get the Iranians out,” Netanyahu told Putin, the Reuters news agency reported, citing an official who requested anonymity.According to a report last month, Israel’s willingness to leave Assad in power echoes the US position.

Israel summons Irish envoy for dressing down over anti-settlement bill-Alison Kelly to be reprimanded by Foreign Ministry officials after Irish Senate advances bill setting prison time for those who import settlement goods-By Raphael Ahren-TOI-12 July 2018

The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned Irish Ambassador to Israel Alison Kelly for a dressing down after the upper house of Ireland’s parliament advanced legislation that would criminalize the import and trade of goods produced in the settlements.Kelly was told to arrive at the ministry Thursday to be reprimanded. She has been summoned several times in the past over Irish policies concerning the Palestinians.Earlier on Wednesday, the Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018 passed a second reading by the Irish Senate, known as Seanad Éireann, with 25 “yes” votes, 20 “no” votes and 14 abstentions.The bill still faces several hurdles before it becomes law.The advancement of the legislation was denounced by Israel and hailed by Palestinian officials and Arab Israeli Knesset members.“The Irish Senate has given its support to a populist, dangerous and extremist anti-Israel boycott initiative that hurts the chances of dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians; it will have a negative impact on the diplomatic process in the Middle East,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.“The absurd in the Irish Senate’s initiative is that it will harm the livelihoods of many Palestinians who work in the Israeli industrial zones affected by the boycott,” read the statement, issued by the ministry’s spokesperson, Emmanuel Nahshon.“Israel will consider its response in accordance with developments regarding this legislation.”The Palestinians, meanwhile, celebrated the vote.“This courageous step builds on the historic ties between Ireland and Palestine, as well as it shows the way forward for the rest of the European Union,” top Palestine Liberation Organization official Saeb Erekat said in a statement issued before the vote was taken.The Joint (Arab) List also welcomed the bill, saying it hoped it would “mark the beginning of a new stage in which Israel starts to pay an international political, economic and moral price for its actions.”The bill’s passage would start “a new stage in treating the Zionist lobby as a danger the values that Europe claims to represent,” the Arab Israeli party said.The government in Dublin — known to be one of the most pro-Palestinian governments in Europe — opposed the bill, arguing that it is not legally entitled to curtail trade with Israeli companies based in the settlements.The proposed legislation — a private member bill — declares it an offense “for a person to import or attempt to import settlement goods.”Likewise, those who “assist another person to import or attempt to import settlement goods” would be committing a crime punishable by up to five years in prison, if the bill were to become law.While the bill does not mention Israel and the Palestinian territories, critics have charged that it appears to have been written exclusively with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in mind.The bill has at least half a dozen legislative obstacles to clear, including several readings in the lower house of Ireland’s parliament, known as Dáil Éireann, before it can be signed into law by President Michael Higgins.On January 30, the Irish Senate surprisingly postponed voting on the bill, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharply criticized the proposed legislation.“The initiative gives backing to those who seek to boycott Israel and completely contravenes the guiding principles of free trade and justice,” Netanyahu said, hours before the planned vote.

IDF opens fire near Gazans flying incendiary balloons into Israel-In separate incident, soldiers shoot and then detain Palestinian man who the army says tried to breach security fence with wire-cutters and a bottle of flammable liquid-By Judah Ari Gross and Adam Rasgon-12 July 2018

An Israeli drone fired toward a group of Palestinians flying incendiary balloons into southern Israel from the southern Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian media.No injuries were reported in the airstrike, which was said to have occurred east of the city of Rafah.The Israeli military confirmed that one of its aircraft fired at a cell that had launched balloons toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip.This was the first such strike by the IDF against Palestinians sending airborne arson devices into Israel in two weeks.Throughout the day on Wednesday, incendiary kites and balloons sparked 19 fires, of varying sizes, in southern Israel, according to local government officials.Fifteen of them occurred in the Eshkol region, which abuts the southern Gaza Strip. The other four took place in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, which lies to the northeast of the coastal enclave.In a separate incident, also east of Rafah, Israeli soldiers shot and detained a Palestinian youth who the army said tried to breach the Gaza security fence with a pair of wire-cutters and a bottle full of a flammable liquid.His condition was not immediately known.The military said the suspect was “trying to damage security infrastructure and harm IDF soldiers.”The wire-cutters and flammable liquid were found in his possession, the army said.The official Palestinian Wafa news outlet, citing local sources, reported that the suspect was part of a group of people who tried to breach the fence. The others fled back toward the Gaza Strip.The detained suspect was handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning.In recent months, a number of Palestinians have broken through the security fence and set fire to military posts near the Gaza security fence or to the equipment being used to construct an underground barrier around the coastal enclave.The two border incidents came amid a period of increased tension between Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas terrorist group. On Monday, Israel announced it was shutting down the Kerem Shalom border crossing — the Strip’s main crossing for material goods — in response to a never-ending stream of incendiary and explosive kites and balloons that have been flown into southern Israel, sparking fires that have burned thousands of acres of land and caused millions of shekels in damages.Over the past three months, weekly clashes have also taken place on the Gaza border, with Israel accusing Hamas of using the demonstrations as cover to carry out attacks and attempt to breach the security fence.“We will double our efforts against Hamas,” Netanyahu said on Monday.The prime minister said that the Kerem Shalom closure will be coupled with “other measures that I won’t go into.”Immediately after Netanyahu spoke, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed that Kerem Shalom would be closed to all commercial goods into and out of the Gaza Strip.The army said humanitarian aid, notably food and medicine, would still be allowed into Gaza, but would require special permission from the military liaison, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, to the Palestinians.According to IDF, the idea of closing Kerem Shalom was proposed by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and was approved by Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.The military said the closure would continue so long as Palestinians persist in launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.“In light of this situation in which the Hamas terror group is taking advantage of the residents of the Strip and launching incendiary and explosive kites and balloons at the communities in the Gaza periphery… these steps are being taken,” the army said.“If this phenomenon continues, these steps will continue and even get worse,” the IDF added.The only cargo crossing between Gaza and Israel has been subject to a strict blockade by both Israel and Egypt for the past 11 years, meant to prevent terrorist groups from bringing weapons into the Strip.The crossing has been closed a number of times in the past three months after sustaining damage from fires set by Palestinian protesters, but not as a punitive measure.Rioters first attacked the crossing on May 4. They broke through the gates and, apparently believing they were in Israeli territory, set fire to the fuel lines, according to Israeli officials. In actuality, they were on the Palestinian side of the crossing.A week later, following a violent demonstration along the border, vandals entered Kerem Shalom and significantly damaged the fuel terminal, as well as a conveyor belt used to bring raw construction materials into Gaza and two other belts used to transport animal feed.In addition to closing the crossing, the army said it was prematurely ending the temporary extension to the permitted Gaza fishing zone, which had allowed fisherman to sail up to nine miles from the coast in order to take advantage of the summer fishing season.“The fishing zone will return to a range of six miles,” the army said.The Israeli military accused the Hamas terrorist group of encouraging Palestinians to launch incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza into Israel.“The Hamas terrorist group is responsible for everything done in the Gaza Strip and for all the consequences of it. Hamas is dragging the residents of the Strip into the abyss,” the army said. “The IDF will continue to act as necessary to preserve the security interests of the State of Israel.Raoul Wootliff contributed to this report.

Ireland moves to criminalize trade with settlements, drawing Israeli ire-Palestinians welcome Irish Senate's advancement of bill setting prison time for those who import settlement goods; proposal still faces hurdles to become law-By Raphael Ahren-TOI-12 July 2018

In a bitter diplomatic defeat for Israel, the upper house of Ireland’s parliament on Wednesday advanced legislation that would criminalize the import and trade of goods produced in the settlements.The Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018 passed a second reading by the Irish Senate, known as Seanad Éireann, with 25 “yes” votes, 20 “no” votes and 14 abstentions.The bill still faces several hurdles before it becomes law.The advancement of the legislation was denounced by Israel and hailed by Palestinian officials and Arab Israeli Knesset members.“The Irish Senate has given its support to a populist, dangerous and extremist anti-Israel boycott initiative that hurts the chances of dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians; it will have a negative impact on the diplomatic process in the Middle East,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.“The absurd in the Irish Senate’s initiative is that it will harm the livelihoods of many Palestinians who work in the Israeli industrial zones affected by the boycott,” read the statement, issued by the ministry’s spokesperson, Emmanuel Nahshon.“Israel will consider its response in accordance with developments regarding this legislation.”The Palestinians, meanwhile, celebrated the vote.“This courageous step builds on the historic ties between Ireland and Palestine, as well as it shows the way forward for the rest of the European Union,” top Palestine Liberation Organization official Saeb Erekat said in a statement issued before the vote was taken.“Today the Irish Seanad has sent a clear message to the international community and particularly to the rest of the European Union: the mere talking about the two-state solution is not enough without taking concrete measures. Those trading with Israeli settlements are complicit in the systematic denial of the Palestinian right to self-determination.”The Joint (Arab) List also welcomed the bill, saying it hoped it would “mark the beginning of a new stage in which Israel starts to pay an international political, economic and moral price for its actions.”The bill’s passage would start “a new stage in treating the Zionist lobby as a danger the values that Europe claims to represent,” the Arab Israeli party said.The government in Dublin — known to be one of the most pro-Palestinian governments in Europe — opposed the bill, arguing that it is not legally entitled to curtail trade with Israeli companies based in the settlements.“On behalf of the government I am unable to agree that this bill is the way forward,” Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said during the discussion that preceded the vote.While the foreign minister said he could “emotionally connect” with the bill, lamenting the “deep injustice” that Palestinians have suffered for decades, Coveney said there were important legal and political reasons to oppose the bill.For one, as a member of the European Union, Ireland does not have the right to ban the import of goods that are available elsewhere in the union, he said.In fact, he said, “passage of the bill would be a breach of European law,” adding that Ireland’s attorney general confirmed this view.Perhaps even more importantly, Coveney added, advancing the bill would not only sideline Ireland as a party that both Israelis and Palestinians would take seriously but would also greatly diminish Dublin’s ability to influence EU policy on the Middle East.Ireland would be “fanning the flames” of an already volatile Middle East if it passed the legislation, he said.The sponsor of the bill, Independent Senator Frances Black, disagreed with Coveney’s legal assessment, citing two legal opinions that support her view. The proposed legislation does not constitute a boycott of Israel but only of the settlements, she stressed.“We must be clear on this: Israeli settlements in the West Bank are war crimes,” she said.The government’s policy of seeking to engage with Israel “isn’t working,” she added, lamenting that Dublin continues to condemn the settlements but fails to act.“As long as we buy their stolen goods, nothing will change,” she said.Ahead of the speech, Black said she was a bit a nervous because she had been told that “the whole of Palestine is listening.”The proposed legislation — a private member bill — declares it an offense “for a person to import or attempt to import settlement goods.”Likewise, those who “assist another person to import or attempt to import settlement goods” would be committing a crime punishable by up to five years in prison, if the bill were to become law.“The bill seeks to prohibit the import and sale of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements in occupied territories,” Black said in a statement posted to her website on June 25.“Such settlements are illegal under both international humanitarian law and domestic Irish law, and result in human rights violations on the ground. Despite this, Ireland provides continued economic support through trade in settlement goods.”While the bill does not mention Israel and the Palestinian territories, critics have charged that it appears to have been written exclusively with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in mind.Black, a former singer from Dublin who entered parliament in 2016, has long been supportive of the Palestinian cause and a fierce critic of Israel’s settlement enterprise.“I saw the impact of settlement expansion when I visited the West Bank this year: the restrictions on movement, the shrinking space for housing and healthcare, the lack of electricity,” she wrote in an op-ed for the Irish Times published earlier Wednesday.“I witnessed the crushing indignity of a Palestinian community cut off from their water supply so that it could be diverted to an Israeli chicken farm. That commercial settlement, built on stolen land beyond internationally recognized borders, is a war crime. Is the moral response to condemn the illegality, but then ask how much for the eggs?”Black also said that she invited two Palestinian farmers to Dublin who have been directly affected by Israel’s settlement policies.“Mona and Fayez al-Taneeb have been living in the shadow of Israel’s illegal annexation wall since 2003, fighting against the demolition of their farm and the confiscation of their land by a commercial Israeli settlement,” she wrote.“The very presence of this settlement is a gross violation of international law, but this offers little consolation to the people whose lives hang in the balance. Encroachment continues, land is seized, and more than 40 percent of the West Bank has now been taken, undermining the viability of a sustainable Palestinian state.”The bill has at least half a dozen legislative obstacles to clear, including several readings in the lower house of Ireland’s parliament, known as Dáil Éireann, before it can be signed into law by President Michael Higgins.On January 30, the Irish Senate surprisingly postponed voting on the bill, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharply criticized the proposed legislation.“The initiative gives backing to those who seek to boycott Israel and completely contravenes the guiding principles of free trade and justice,” Netanyahu said, hours before the planned vote.Despite the vote being delayed, Netanyahu ordered the Foreign Ministry to summon the Irish ambassador in Israel, Alison Kelly.

EARTH DESTROYED WITH THE EARTH IN NOAHS DAY(BECAUSE OF SIN,VIOLENCE AND GODLESS PEOPLE)

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

HOSEA 4:1-3
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

DEUTORONOMY 28:22-24
22  The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Hurricane Chris weakens on way to Newfoundland-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-July 12, 2018

Miami (AFP) - Hurricane Chris weakened on Wednesday off the US East Coast, with maximum wind speeds dropping to 90 miles per hour (150 kilometers per hour) on an expected course towards Canada's Newfoundland province.The center of the storm is expected to pass near or over southeastern Newfoundland on Thursday afternoon or evening, when it will likely become a strong post-tropical cyclone, said the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami.NHC downgraded Chris from Category Two to a Category One hurricane.It cautioned that swells generated by Chris, which was 570 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, "could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions" along the coast of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic states.Chris on Tuesday became the second hurricane of this year's Atlantic season.Last year was especially devastating with hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria tearing deadly paths through the Caribbean and southeastern United States.

WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Pledging not to oust Assad, Netanyahu urges Putin to ‘get Iranians out’ of Syria-According to Israeli official, PM asks Russia to remove Iranian troops from country, hours before senior Khamenei adviser visits Moscow-By TOI staff-12 July 2018, 11:30 pm 1

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that Israel will not seek to unseat Syrian dictator Bashar Assad from power, while urging Moscow to remove Iranian troops from the country, according to an Israeli official.“We won’t take action against the Assad regime, and you get the Iranians out,” Netanyahu told Putin, the Reuters news agency reported, citing an Israel official who requested anonymity.According to a report last month, Israel’s willingness to leave Assad in power echoes the US position.A Western diplomat told Al-Hayat in June that the US is open to the idea of Assad staying in power and does not oppose the regime retaking all areas it lost to rebels groups during the seven-year civil war.Media reports suggested that at their meeting in Helsinki on Monday, Putin and US President Donald Trump could reach a deal that would envisage the deployment of Syrian government forces alongside the Israeli border and the withdrawal of Iranian forces and their proxy Hezbollah from the area.Both the United States and Israel are concerned about Iran’s growing military presence in Syria, where it has provided crucial aid to Assad’s forces.Israel has repeatedly said it will not allow Iran, or its Shiite proxies, to establish a permanent presence in postwar Syria. Tensions were brewing along the border in recent months, with Israel launching attacks on Iranian targets in Syria in response to Iranian rocket fire aimed at Israel.Russia, another key ally of Assad, has warned it’s unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country but there have been signs of an emerging compromise.During their Wednesday meeting, Netanyahu also stressed to Putin that Israel would continue to thwart any efforts to breach its borders, adding that Jerusalem is keeping a close eye on regional developments in Iran and Syria.“We will continue to act firmly against any violation of Israeli airspace or territory,” Netanyahu said ahead of a meeting between the two leaders in Moscow. “We expect everyone to respect our sovereignty and for Syria to carefully abide by the ceasefire agreements.”Earlier in the day, Israel shot down what appeared to be a Syrian reconnaissance drone which entered Israeli airspace in the north of the country. The military said it had waited over 15 minutes before firing a Patriot missile at the drone, during which time officials verified that it was not being flown by Russia, which is providing military support to the Syrian regime.The IDF confirmed that Israel had been in touch directly with Russian forces based in Syria in order to ensure that it was not their drone.“Cooperation between us is a key element in preventing an escalation [of hostilities] and deterioration of the situation of one kind or another,” Netanyahu said.“It’s clear that our focus is on Syria and Iran,” the prime minister added of the Wednesday evening meeting. “Our opinion is that Iran should leave Syria, but this isn’t something new for you.”It was the third time the two leaders have met in the last six months.Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was also traveling Wednesday to Moscow for a meeting with Putin.While Russia and Iran have both deployed forces to Syria to help prop up Assad’s government, their interests don’t always converge. Russia also has maintained warm ties with Israel and demonstrated a readiness to take its security concerns into account. Israel and Russia have set up a coordination mechanism over Syrian airspace to avoid an inadvertent clash between their forces.In February, Israel said it intercepted an explosives-laden Iranian drone that flew into its airspace, triggering Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria. An Israeli warplane was shot down during the reprisal.Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Giornale published Wednesday that Moscow hopes that Israel and Iran will both display caution and avoid a showdown.“Their use of military force in Syria would inevitably lead to an escalation of tensions across the entire Middle East region,” he said. “In that context, we rely on peaceful diplomatic means to resolve any differences and expect both sides to show restraint.”Agencies contributed to this report.

Argentina asks Russia to arrest Iran official over 1994 Jewish center bombing-Senior adviser Ali Akbar Velayati, in Moscow for meetings with Putin, already has an international warrant against him on suspicion of ordering deadly terror attack-By JTA-TOI-12 July 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — An Argentine federal judge investigating the 1994 Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish center bombing has asked Russian officials to arrest a high-level Iranian adviser to the country’s supreme leader in connection with the attack.Ali Akbar Velayati was scheduled to meet with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Moscow. Velayati, who was Iran’s foreign minister at the time of the terrorist attack and has been implicated in ordering the bombing, is now an adviser on international affairs to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.Velayati is among special envoys that Iran is sending to various countries in response to the US withdrawal earlier this year from the 2015 nuclear deal.“After Mr. Trump’s strategic mistake in unilaterally withdrawing, the Islamic Republic of Iran decided to send special envoys to different countries conveying the message of high officials of Iran containing our stances, positions, and approaches towards this arrogant and illegal move of the US,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said in describing the Wednesday visit of Velayati to Moscow.Following news reports of the visit, Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral requested the arrest of Velayati. There has been an international arrest warrant against Velayati and seven other Iranian officials since 2006. The AMIA bombing killed 85 and injured hundreds.Iran also is believed to be behind the 1992 car bombing that destroyed the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 and injuring 242.In 2016, ahead of another Velayati trip, Argentina made requests for his arrest to Singapore and Malaysia but was not successful.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also met with Putin in Moscow on Wednesday when he discussed Israel’s demands for a withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, where they are helping the regime battle rebels in a civil war.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Pompeo talks tough on Iran while visiting Emirates-US secretary of state says renewed sanctions aim to convince Tehran that its activities have 'a real high cost'-By Agencies-TOI-11 July 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, said Tuesday that the US wants to show Iran its actions have “a real high cost.”Speaking to Sky News Arabia, he said that a focus remains on denying “Iran the financial capacity to continue this bad behavior.”Pompeo said that included a “series of sanctions aimed not at the Iranian people, but rather aimed at the single mission of convincing the Iranian regime that its malign behavior is unacceptable.”Pompeo met Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, while on his short trip to the UAE.US President Donald Trump announced in early May the unilateral withdrawal of the US from the Iran nuclear deal and the reinstatement of sanctions against the country, as well as against foreign companies who do business with it.On Friday, the remaining partners in the 2015 nuclear deal vowed to keep Iran plugged into the global economy despite the US withdrawal and sanctions threat.Britain, France, and Germany along with Russia and China met with Iran in Vienna to offer economic benefits and assurances that would lessen the blow of sweeping US sanctions announced by Trump.The foreign ministers Friday agreed on an 11-point list of joint goals in the Austrian capital, where the accord was signed with the aim of stopping Iran from building the atomic bomb in return for sanctions relief.In the joint statement, they reconfirmed their commitment to the deal and its “economic dividends” for Iran, which has suffered worsening financial turbulence since Trump abandoned the accord, and vowed to work for “the protection of companies from the extraterritorial effects of US sanctions.”Although there were no concrete pledges or deadlines, they also vowed efforts to keep open financial channels with Iran, promote export credit cover, and maintain open air, sea, and overland transport links.

Meeting Putin, Netanyahu says Israel will counter all border violations-Hours after Syrian drone shot down in Israeli airspace, PM meets Russian president in Moscow for talks on Iran, Syria-By TOI staff-12 July 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that Israel will continue to thwart any efforts to breach its borders, adding that Jerusalem is keeping a close eye on regional developments in Iran and Syria.“We will continue to act firmly against any violation of Israeli airspace or territory,” Netanyahu said ahead of a meeting between the two leaders in Moscow. “We expect everyone to respect our sovereignty and for Syria to carefully abide by the ceasefire agreements.”Earlier in the day, Israel shot down what appeared to be a Syrian reconnaissance drone which entered Israeli airspace in the north of the country. The military said it had waited over 15 minutes before firing a Patriot missile at the drone, during which time officials verified that it was not being flown by Russia, which is providing military support to the Syrian regime.The IDF confirmed that Israel had been in touch directly with Russian forces based in Syria in order to ensure that it was not their drone.“Cooperation between us is a key element in preventing an escalation [of hostilities] and deterioration of the situation of one kind or another,” Netanyahu said.“It’s clear that our focus is on Syria and Iran,” the prime minister added of the Wednesday evening meeting. “Our opinion is that Iran should leave Syria, but this isn’t something new for you.”It was the third time the two leaders have met in the last six months.Both the United States and Israel are concerned about Iran’s growing military presence in Syria, where it has provided crucial aid to President Bashar Assad’s forces.Israel has repeatedly said it will not allow Iran, or its Shiite proxies, to establish a permanent presence in postwar Syria. Tensions were brewing along the border in recent months, with Israel launching attacks on Iranian targets in Syria in response to Iranian rocket fire aimed at Israel.In February, Israel said it intercepted an explosives-laden Iranian drone that flew into its airspace, triggering Israeli airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria. An Israeli warplane was shot down during the reprisal.Russia, another key ally of Assad, has warned it’s unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country but there have been signs of an emerging compromise.Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was also traveling Wednesday to Moscow for a meeting with Putin.Media reports suggested that at their meeting in Helsinki on Monday, Putin and US President Donald Trump could reach a deal that would envisage the deployment of Syrian government forces alongside the Israeli border and the withdrawal of Iranian forces and their proxy Hezbollah from the area.While Russia and Iran have both deployed forces to Syria to help prop up Assad’s government, their interests don’t always converge. Russia also has maintained warm ties with Israel and demonstrated a readiness to take its security concerns into account. Israel and Russia have set up a coordination mechanism over Syrian airspace to avoid an inadvertent clash between their forces.Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Giornale published Wednesday that Moscow hopes that Israel and Iran will both display caution and avoid a showdown.“Their use of military force in Syria would inevitably lead to an escalation of tensions across the entire Middle East region,” he said. “In that context, we rely on peaceful diplomatic means to resolve any differences and expect both sides to show restraint.”Agencies contributed to this report.

Poverty begets violence’: Gaza businessmen rue border crossing restrictions-Disavowing attacks on Israel, Palestinian merchants slam fresh Israeli restrictions at Kerem Shalom over wave of incendiary devices launched from coastal enclave-By Adam Rasgon-TOI-12 July 2018

Palestinian merchants and business leaders in the Gaza Strip expressed frustration on Wednesday over Israel’s new restrictions at the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing, warning the clampdown on imports and exports could significantly damage their business interests and undermine the economic welfare of other Palestinians in the coastal enclave.On Monday, the IDF announced that only humanitarian aid would be allowed into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing in response to dozens of airborne incendiary objects that Gazans have launched into the Jewish state, incurring extensive damage to Israeli farmlands, and other violent activities in the border region between Israel and the coastal enclave.The army also said that it would no longer permit Gazans to export goods through the crossing.Kerem Shalom is a commercial passageway between Israel and Gaza, which facilitates the movement of the vast majority of goods that enter and exit the coastal enclave.“We reject all the violence and have taken no part in it. So why should we be punished?” Taysir al-Ustaz, the chairman of the Clothing and Textile Industry Union in Gaza, told The Times of Israel. “We also think that poverty begets violence. If we want to prevent violence, we need to make sure people can work and have a livelihood.”In early 2015, Israel permitted Gazans to export clothing and textiles to the Jewish state and West Bank for the first time since 2007, when Hamas took over the Strip in a violent coup.According to Ustaz, since Israel approved clothing and textile exports, the industry has grown significantly.“In the past few years, we have exported $10 million in goods, employed 2,000 additional workers and rehabilitated several factories,” he said. “We hope that Israel’s decision to ban exports is only temporary because we don’t want to lay off workers and close our factories. We want to continue to work with our Israeli partners and develop our businesses.”Muhammed Abu Nahla, the owner of Computer Connect, which imports and sells computer and networking hardware, expressed a similar sentiment about the incendiary objects and violence in the border region.“We do not support violence. We are against it,” he said in a phone call on Wednesday. “But why are they taking measures against us and not the people who are causing the trouble?”Abu Nahla said his company had been expecting thousands of dollars of equipment to arrive through Kerem Shalom on Tuesday.“Our company was planning to receive network and telecom equipment to complete a project that we have been working on for the government of Qatar, but we then found out about Israel’s new measures,” he said. “Without the equipment to finish the project, we will not be paid for the work we have been doing on this project for the past year.”Israel has allowed Gazans to import computer and networking hardware for several years, but has also developed a stringent oversight process on such imports.According to Abu Nahla, who also serves as a board member of the Palestinian Information Technology Association, his company must apply to both the ministries of economy and communications for permission to import computer and networking hardware.“Before I can get a hold of the goods, I need to prove that I have sold them, provide details on who bought them and how they intend to use them,” he said. “The process usually takes several months and I, unlike other merchants, have no stock of goods. That is why we hope the crossing will reopen for all imports soon because my business depends on it.”Abu Nahla also warned that a long-term ban on computer and networking hardware imports could lead to the creation of a black market.“When Israel banned imports through the crossing in 2007, it made room for a tunnel economy,” he said. “There are people who will find a way to bring goods into Gaza illegally and profit from our suffering.”After Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007, Israel only permitted a limited number of goods into the Strip. During that time, smugglers brought millions of dollars of merchandise into the coastal enclave through tunnels connected to the Sinai Peninsula.Maher Tabaa, an official at the Gaza Chamber of Commerce, also warned that if Israel does not lift its new restrictions on imports, certain goods could expire.“There are containers piling up on the Israeli side that are supposed to come to Gaza,” he said on Wednesday. “Some of those containers have products, such as batteries, that will lose value as their expiration date approaches.”On Monday, the military said the restrictions at Kerem Shalom would continue so long as Palestinians persist in launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.“In light of this situation in which the Hamas terror group is taking advantage of the residents of the Strip and launching incendiary and explosive kites and balloons at the communities in the Gaza periphery… these steps are being taken,” the army said.“If this phenomenon continues, these steps will continue and even get worse,” the IDF added.Tabaa said a worried merchant had contacted him about $100,000 in batteries for solar panels he was supposed to receive on Tuesday.“These measures are unjust. The businessmen are the ones working to hold Gaza up,” he said.

Trump stuns NATO with demand to double defense spending-After clashing with Angela Merkel, calling Germany a 'captive' of Russia, US president demands nations increase payments to 4% of GDP-By Damon Wake-TOI-12 July 2018

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — US President Donald Trump shocked allies at a fraught NATO summit on Wednesday by suddenly demanding that members double their defense spending commitments.Trump’s surprise demand came after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling Germany a “captive” of Russia because of its gas links and singling out Berlin for failing to pay its way.The summit in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance’s most difficult in years, against a backdrop of deepening transatlantic tensions in fields ranging from trade to energy and defense.NATO allies agreed at their Wales summit in 2014 to try to spend two percent of GDP on defense within 10 years, but the White House said Trump suggested that was not enough.“During the president’s remarks today at the NATO summit he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment 2% of their GDP on defense spending, but that they increase it to 4%,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.“The president raised this same issue when he was at NATO last year. President Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations.”Bulgarian President Rumen Radev confirmed that Trump had made the demand and asked what it meant for the future of the alliance that has been the bedrock of European security for 70 years.“NATO is not a stock exchange where you can buy security. NATO is an alliance of sovereign countries united by strategic targets and common values,” he told reporters.-Captive of Russia’-All 29 NATO leaders including Trump backed a joint statement committing themselves to greater “burden sharing” and to the alliance’s founding commitment that an attack on one member is an attack on them all — with no mention of the four percent.Trump arrived on the back of a barrage of criticism of Europe on issues ranging from trade to energy and above all his claims that the continent freeloads on the back of America for its defense.He then set the tone for the day with a blistering attack on key ally Germany at a breakfast meeting with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.“Germany is a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia,” Trump said, taking particular aim at the proposed Nord Stream II gas pipeline, which he has previously criticized.“Everybody’s talking about it all over the world, they’re saying we’re paying you billions of dollars to protect you but you’re paying billions of dollars to Russia.”Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, shot back that she knew what it meant to be under Kremlin domination and Germany had the right to make its own policy choices.“I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being controlled by the Soviet Union,” she said.“I am very glad that we are united today in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and that we can therefore also make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions.”The pair later met for a one-on-one meeting and while Trump insisted they had a “very, very good relationship,” their frosty body language suggested otherwise.Merkel said she welcomed the chance to have an “exchange of views” with Trump.-‘Very direct language’-Trump has long complained that European NATO members do not pay enough for their own defense, singling out Germany for particular criticism.Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, spends just 1.24 percent, compared with 3.5 percent for the US.Stoltenberg acknowledged that Trump had expressed himself in “very direct language” but insisted that away from the fiery rhetoric the allies all agree on fundamental issues: the need to boost NATO’s resilience, fight terror and share the cost of defence more equally.NATO officials and diplomats will try to promote an image of unity at the summit in the face of growing unease about the threat from Russia, but with the row between Merkel and Trump and the new spending demand mean it may prove difficult to paper over the cracks.The mercurial tycoon said before leaving Washington that his meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday “may be the easiest” part of his European tour, which also includes a trip to Britain, where the government is in crisis over Brexit.Trump ramped up his rhetoric ahead of the talks, explicitly linking NATO with the transatlantic trade row by saying the EU shut out US business while expecting America to defend it.EU President Donald Tusk stepped up to the fight with his own salvo against Trump on Tuesday, telling him to “appreciate your allies” and reminding him Washington that Europe had come to its aid following the 9/11 attacks.European diplomats fear a repeat of last month’s divisive G7 in Canada, when Trump clashed with his Western allies before meeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at a summit and praising him as “very talented.”