Thursday, May 10, 2018


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)

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.

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.

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

Netanyahu tells Putin: Iran wants to carry out another Holocaust-In Moscow to meet Russian leader, prime minister says regional crisis must be solved 'in a prudent and responsible manner'-By Stuart Winer-MAY 9,18

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that Iran is seeking to commit another Holocaust by exterminating six million more Jews amid spiraling tensions between Jerusalem and Tehran.Ahead of talks Wednesday in Moscow, Netanyahu urged that the Middle Eastern regional crisis be resolved in “a responsible manner.”Netanyahu had earlier attended Russia’s annual Victory Day Parade, which this year marked 73 years since the Red Army defeat of Nazi Germany. The prime minister was one of two foreign leaders who attended the event, during which the Russian army also showcased military equipment used to defend the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. The other foreign leader present was Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić.“We in Israel don’t forget for a moment the tremendous sacrifice by the Russian people and the sacrifice of the Red Army in defeating the Nazi monster,” Netanyahu said.“We don’t forget the great lesson of the need to face murderous ideology in time. It is hard to believe, but 73 years after the Holocaust there is a country in the Middle East, Iran, that is calling for the destruction of six million Jews.The meeting with Putin came amid spiraling tensions between Israel and Iran, and the day after US President Donald Trump announced that he was pulling the US out of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran.“The difference is that today we have a state and I very much appreciate the opportunity to discuss regional problems with you, the attempts as you put it, to resolve the crises, to lift the threats in a prudent and responsible manner,” Netanyahu said.“I am very moved that you invited me to this procession as the prime minister of Israel, as the head of the Jewish state, and that you mentioned the Holocaust of the Jews today. It is another testimony to the deep connection between our two people, and I thank you for that,” the prime minister said.Netanyahu arrived in Moscow for urgent talks at the Kremlin about Iran’s attempt to establish itself militarily in Syria. Russia is a staunch ally of both Tehran and Damascus, and has condemned Israeli airstrikes on Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria.Jerusalem has vowed to prevent Iran from establishing forward bases on Syrian territory that could be used for missile attacks on Israel, and to keep advanced weapons and rockets from reaching Tehran’s proxy, the Hezbollah terror group in neighboring Lebanon.On Tuesday evening, the Israeli army urged Golan Heights residents to ready bomb shelters and put its air defenses on high alert, after having detected “abnormal movements of Iranian forces in Syria.”Later Israel reportedly bombed a military site linked to Iranian fighters south of Damascus, killing pro-Iranian fighters in an area previously identified as the site of a suspected Iranian military base, according to local sources.Since the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011, Israel is believed to have repeatedly targeted positions of the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group backing it inside the country.On Sunday night, Israeli defense officials warned that Iran was planning to retaliate for some recent deadly airstrikes in Syria by having its proxies fire missiles at military targets in northern Israel sometime in the near future.The airstrikes have escalated tensions between Israel and Iran leading to increasingly belligerent statements from leaders in both countries.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Trump: North Korea freed 3 American detainees, coming home with Pompeo-Release of Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim comes ahead of upcoming summit between US president and Kim Jong Un-By Matthew Lee and Catherine Lucey-TOI-MAY 9,18

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Americans detained in North Korea for more than a year are on their way back to America with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US President Donald Trump announced Wednesday in the latest sign of improving relations between the two longtime adversary nations.Trump said on Twitter that Pompeo was “in the air” and was with “the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting.” The president, who had been hinting about an imminent release, said he would greet them at Andrews Air Force Base at 2 a.m. local time Thursday.The release of the detainees came as Pompeo visited North Korea on Wednesday to finalize plans for a historic summit between Trump and the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump said on Twitter that there had been a “good meeting with Kim Jong Un,” adding: “Date & Place set.”North Korea had accused Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim, all Korean-Americans, of anti-state activities but their arrests were widely seen as politically motivated and had compounded the dire state of relations over the isolated nation’s nuclear weapons.They had been held for periods ranging between one and two years. They were the latest in a series of Americans who have been detained by North Korea in recent years for seemingly small offenses and typically freed when senior US officials or statesmen personally visited to bail them out.Pompeo, in his visit, discussed the agenda for a potential Trump-Kim summit in a meeting with Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the central committee of North Korea’s ruling party.Later, Pompeo said the senior official had been a great partner in working to make the summit a success.“For decades, we have been adversaries. Now we are hopeful that we can work together to resolve this conflict,” Pompeo said, adding that “there are many challenges along the way.”Kim noted the improved relations between the Koreas, as well as the North’s policy to “concentrate all efforts into economic progress” in the country.“This is not a result of sanctions that have been imposed from outside,” he added, citing the will of the Korean people. That contradicted Trump, who has said repeatedly that his pressure tactics brought North Korea to the negotiating table.Pompeo’s trip, his second to North Korea this year, had not been publicly disclosed when he flew out of Washington late Monday aboard an Air Force jetliner. Trump announced the mission Tuesday afternoon as he laid out his case for withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran, another bitter US adversary.Minutes later, Pompeo arrived in Japan to refuel before flying on to Pyongyang. Accompanying him were a handful of senior aides, a security detail and two journalists — one from The Associated Press and one from The Washington Post, both given roughly four hours’ notice of his departure.When the flight arrived Wednesday morning in Pyongyang, North Korean officials were on hand to greet Pompeo. A motorcade took Pompeo and his delegation to the Koryo Hotel, the main hotel for foreigners in Pyongyang.The trip came just days after North Korea expressed displeasure with Washington for comments suggesting that massive US pressure had pushed Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table.Pompeo, who first traveled to North Korea as CIA chief in early April, is only the second sitting secretary of state to visit the reclusive nation with which the US is still technically at war. The first was Madeleine Albright, who went in 2000 as part of an unsuccessful bid to arrange a meeting between then-president Bill Clinton and Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il.“Plans are being made, relationships are building, hopefully a deal will happen and with the help of China, South Korea and Japan a future of great prosperity and security can be achieved for everyone,” Trump said at the White House as he announced Pompeo’s visit on Wednesday.Pompeo’s first trip to Pyongyang, over Easter weekend before he was confirmed as secretary of state, was a closely held secret. News of it did not emerge until just before his Senate confirmation vote less than two weeks ago. Shortly afterward, the White House released photographs of Pompeo and Kim.Pompeo told reporters that his first visit was to test the North’s seriousness of pledges to South Korea on easing tensions. This trip was “to put in place a framework for a successful summit,” he said.The Trump-Kim meeting is expected later this month or in early June.“I think it would be a great gesture if they would agree to do so,” Pompeo said, adding that it would be difficult to hold a leaders’ summit if the prisoners remained captive.Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang aimed to lock down the date and venue for a formal announcement. It came just a day after Kim returned from China, his second trip to the neighboring country in six weeks to meet with President Xi Jinping.A Trump-Kim meeting seemed a remote possibility just a few months ago when the two leaders were trading threats and insults over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests. But momentum for diplomacy built this year as North and South Korea have moved to ease tensions, including with their own leaders’ summit late last month.In March, Trump unexpectedly accepted an offer of talks from Kim after the North Korean dictator agreed to suspend nuclear and missile tests and discuss “denuclearization.” According to South Korea, Kim says he’s willing to give up his nukes if the United States commits to a formal end to the Korean War and pledges not to attack the North.Kim was quoted by China’s official news agency Xinhua as saying on Monday, “I hope to build mutual trust with the US through dialogue.” He added that a political resolution of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and denuclearization should proceed in stages, with all sides moving in concert.But his exact demands for relinquishing weapons that his nation spent decades building remain unclear. Previous US efforts to negotiate an end to the North’s nuclear weapons program failed under presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.Pompeo and officials traveling with him said the Trump administration would not repeat mistakes of the past, which they described as accepting gradual, incremental and long-term disarmament in exchange for immediate benefits.“We will not relieve sanctions until such time as we have achieved our objectives,” Pompeo said. “We’re not going to do this in small increments where the world is essentially coerced into relieving economic pressure.”Trump has said that withdrawing US forces from South Korea is “not on the table.” Some 28,500 US forces are based in the allied nation, a military presence that has been preserved to deter North Korea since the war ended in 1953 without a peace treaty.After weeks of positive signals, though, North Korea on Sunday dismissed what it called “misleading” claims that Trump’s policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove the North to talks. A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman warned the claims are a “dangerous attempt” to ruin a budding detente on the Korean Peninsula after the summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.


EZEKIEL 39:11-12,18
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog (RUSSIA/ARAB/MUSLIMS) a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers (EAST OF THE DEAD SEA IN JORDAN VALLEY) on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog (RUSSIAN) and all his multitude:(ARAB/MUSLIM HORDE) and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.(BURIEL SITE OF THE 300 MILLION,RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS)
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.(OF ISRAEL)
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.(OF THE ISRAEL-GOD HATERS)

EZEKIEL 39:17-21
17  And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.(OF RUSSIAN/ISLAMIC HORDES AGAINST ISRAEL)
18  Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19  And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
20  Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
21  And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
22  So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;(AGAINST ALL NATIONS ARMIES THAT COME AGAINST JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL)
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

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

EZEKIEL 39:1-8
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back,(RUSSIA-ARAB MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS) and leave but the sixth part of thee,(5/6TH OR 300 MILLION DEAD RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS I BELIEVE) and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

IDF chief tours tense northern border amid fears of Iranian strike-Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot hears 'situational assessment' from commanders along Syrian border, meets with local leaders; visit follows call by army to open area's bomb shelters-By Judah Ari Gross-MAY 9,18-TOI

The army’s top brass met with local leaders of communities on the Golan Heights on Wednesday as Israeli troops in the region were on high alert amid concerns that Iran may look to carry out a retaliatory strike against the Jewish state.“As part of the meeting, the commanders updated the local council leaders about the findings of a situational assessment and they discussed the preparedness of the communities and the civilian home front,” the Israel Defense Forces said.Earlier, IDF chief Gadi Eisenkot spoke with head of the Northern Command Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick, Home Front Command chief Maj. Gen. Tamir Yadai, and the head of the Bashan Division, which defends the Golan Heights, Brig. Gen. Amit Fisher.On Tuesday night, the IDF released a highly unusual warning to residents of the Golan Heights, calling for local governments to open public bomb shelters, after “abnormal movements of Iranian forces in Syria” were identified by Military Intelligence.“The IDF is ready and prepared for a variety of scenarios and warns that any action against Israel will be answered with a fierce retaliation,” the army said.The army also announced it had deployed missile defense batteries in northern Israel and said “there is high preparedness of IDF troops for an attack.”Hours later, Syrian state media reported Israel conducted an airstrike in el-Kiswah, south of Damascus, an area that had previously been identified as the site of an Iranian military base. Israel refuses to comment on its operations abroad, as a matter of policy.The strike targeted a weapons cache belonging to Iran and its main proxy, Hezbollah, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.The Observatory said the raid killed 15 pro-regime fighters, eight of them from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.On Wednesday morning, the army called for residents of the Golan Heights to go about their “civilian routine,” but said it remained at high alert.“Following an assessment in the Northern Command, [officials] decided to allow an unimpeded civilian routine to continue, with an emphasis on school activities and agricultural work continuing as usual,” the army said.The military added that hikes in the area could only go forward with IDF approval and that “a number of tourist sites will be closed on a per-case basis.”Representatives from the town of Katzrin and the Golan Regional Council, along with the mayors of the Druze villages of Majdal Shams, Masade, Buqata and Ein Qiniyye attended the meeting with Eisenkot and the generals, the army said.“The chief of staff expressed his great appreciation for the leadership and civilian resilience shown by the heads of the local governments and residents of the Golan Heights,” the army said.Golan Regional Council leader Eli Malka told Army Radio on Wednesday morning that “concern is high,” but said the local communities were prepared.“We’re at a high level of readiness and have undertaken our preparations,” he said. “We’ve worked with the army in recent years to prepare each village to be ready for days like these. The shelters are ready, the people are resilient.”In Katzrin, the largest town on the plateau, officials said they had been preparing the municipal bomb shelters over the past week, and had opened them after receiving instructions to do so from the IDF.On Tuesday, the US embassy in Israel prohibited American government employees from visiting the Golan Heights without approval in light of the security situation on the border.The army’s announcement on Tuesday night followed multiple warnings by Israeli defense officials of a potential Iranian missile strike on military targets in northern Israel and came just before US President Donald Trump announced that the United States was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and imposing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.The el-Kiswah strike on Tuesday appeared to be part of Israel’s ongoing efforts to prevent Iran from actualizing its threats of revenge for the bombing of the T-4 army base in Syria on April 9, which killed at least seven members of the IRGGC. The air raid was widely attributed to Israel, though Jerusalem refused to comment on it. (T-4 was the base from which Israel said Iran launched an attack drone into Israel in February.) Late last month, a second strike, allegedly conducted by Israel, against an Iranian-controlled base in northern Syria was said to have killed more than two dozen Iranian soldiers.Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, a member of the security cabinet, told the Ynet news site on Wednesday that Israel was using “our force, our readiness, our intelligence knowledge to find [Iranian plans] and to thwart them before they are carried out.”On Sunday night, Israeli defense officials warned that Iran was planning to retaliate for recent deadly airstrikes in Syria, which have been attributed to the Jewish state, by having its proxies fire missiles at military targets in northern Israel sometime in the near future.Security forces were also preparing for the possibility of attempted infiltrations of military bases and communities in the north, Hadashot TV news reported on Monday.

Airstrikes are a setback, but Iran fully intends to cement its presence in Syria-Israel allegedly prevented an Iranian missile attack on the north late Tuesday, but Iran has a broad strategic goal of expanding its empire and will not be easily deterred-By Avi Issacharoff-TOI-MAY 9,18

It would be premature to celebrate what appears to have been Israel’s success in thwarting Iran’s threatened “revenge attack” on northern Israel from Syria. The Iranian missile strike intended for Tuesday night may have been prevented by means of the raid on the Kisweh base, but presumably the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is not done yet.According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 15 people were killed in the nighttime strike at Kisweh, of whom eight were Iranians. Which means the Iranian motivation for revenge has not dimmed; quite the reverse.The head of the IRGC’s Al Quds Brigades, Qassam Soleimani, will try again via his various proxies in Syria to settle accounts with Israel, whether via missiles or an attack on IDF troops in the Golan like the one in January 2015.Furthermore, keep in mind that Iran’s central goal in Syria is not a revenge attack on Israel, but rather the establishment of a permanent military presence. Iran has no intention of halting that effort, no matter how many attacks Israel allegedly carries out. The Persian empire is taking shape before our very eyes between Tehran and the Mediterranean. Any effort to strike at Israel is a marginal consideration when looked at in the context of that years-long process.Here’s how the Iranians may view the ongoing activities attributed to Israel in Syria: Israel will not agree to the transfer of “game-changing” weaponry to Syria for the use of Hezbollah or the IRGC — neither long-range Fateh-110 missiles nor attack drones entering Israel and impinging on its absolute air supremacy. Also on Israel’s red line list: an Iranian or Shiite/Hezbollah militia presence close to the Golan Heights border, and an Iranian air force presence.In other words, the Iranians will have recognized that Israel’s concern is focused on an Iranian military presence. But Iran’s ambitions in Syria are not solely military in nature. Iran wants economic and political influence in an area where its main rival is Saudi Arabia. And it is making gains. While Riyadh sustains political defeats (cf the Lebanese parliamentary elections) and military defeats (cf Yemen), Iran is deepening its hold.The Shiite crescent that Jordan’s King Abdullah began warning of a decade ago is now becoming a real monster. Iran wields growing influence in a corridor from Tehran to the sea, if not full control. Tehran will continue to win tenders to operate cellular companies, to mine phosphates, and maybe even to (indirectly) operate a naval port.Iran attempted last year to lease land near Tartus for an Iranian port, but was turned down by Damascus, which was under intense Russian pressure. But the Iranian regime believes that anything that doesn’t work via formal channels can always be accomplished through the back door. It now plans to lease the land and operate a Mediterranean port via a private company unconnected — at least not visibly — to the Iranian government.Tuesday night’s preventative action allegedly by Israel, and evidence of the immense capabilities of Israeli intelligence allegedly on display, may prompt Tehran’s leaders to think more carefully about their threatened retaliation — “revenge,” it is worth stressing, for an alleged Israeli raid on the T-4 air base from which Iran launched an attack drone into Israel three months ago.Soleimani and his colleagues will have woken up on Wednesday morning with considerable unease and some pointed questions about the vulnerability of their forces in Syria to Israeli intelligence. That could lead to a change in tactics.But make no mistake. Nothing that Iran has seen thus far, and that includes the impressive display of alleged Israeli military and intelligence capabilities inherent in the airstrikes against its forces, will alter its strategic goal of expanding its sphere of influence via an economic, political and military expansion into Syria. Iran intends to be there for the long term.

Moscow says it’s still mulling advanced air defense supply to Syria-Deputy defense minister notes that while a decision has not yet been made, there are no restrictions on what equipment Syrians could receive-By Stuart Winer-TOI-MAY 9,18

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said Wednesday that a decision has not yet been made on supplying Syria with advanced air defense systems, a development that Israel fears could hamper its efforts to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in Syrian territory and transfers of arms supplies to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.Fomin clarified that Russia may yet supply the unspecified systems to the Damascus regime and that Moscow feels no restrictions on what kind of equipment the Syrians could receive, the Interfax news agency reported.Fomin’s comments came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Russian officials had said over the past few weeks that Moscow was ready to supply Syria with new air defense capabilities — possibly including the powerful S-300 missile system. Israel is concerned that deployment of the system would limit Israel Air Force operations against targets in Syria.Jerusalem has vowed to prevent Iran from establishing forward bases on Syrian territory that could be used for missile attacks on Israel, and to keep advanced weapons and rockets from reaching Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon.The deputy defense minister stressed that the US pullout from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran does not affect Russia’s commitments to United Nations Security Council resolutions on Tehran. He noted that Russia is not supplying any offensive weapons to Iran and will do so only when UN weapons sanctions on Tehran are lifted, the report said.Interfax said that Putin on Wednesday discussed with permanent members of Russia’s security council the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal as well as an overnight airstrike in Syria believed to have been carried out by Israel.US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the US was withdrawing from the 2015 deal, which had curbed Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.The other parties — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — have opposed the move and indicated they wish to work with Tehran to preserve the accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.Strike in Syria-Eight Iranians were among 15 foreign pro-regime fighters killed in a suspected Israeli strike in Syria on a weapons depot of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, a monitor said Wednesday.The raid struck the area of Kisweh south of Damascus late Tuesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.Since the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011, Israel is believed to have repeatedly targeted positions of the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group backing it inside the country.On Sunday night, Israeli defense officials warned that Iran was planning to retaliate for some recent deadly airstrikes in Syria by having its proxies fire missiles at military targets in northern Israel sometime in the near future.The warning came amid spiraling tensions between Israel and Iran over the air strikes leading to increasingly belligerent statements from leaders in both countries.Judah Ari Gross and agencies contributed to this report.

Palestinians hurl pipe bomb at Border Police base during West Bank riot-Blast damages entrance gate in Abu Dis, cop hurt by stone; incident follows arrest of two Palestinians for throwing rocks at troops near Ramallah-By Jacob Magid-MAY 9,18-TOI

Palestinian rioters threw a pipe bomb at the entrance gate of a Border Police base in the West Bak town of Abu Dis just outside Jerusalem, authorities said Wednesday.Damage was caused to the gate, but no injuries were reported from the explosive. A statement from Border Police said officers were using “nonlethal measures” to disperse the dozens of demonstrators.During the riot, authorities said one officer was moderately injured after being hit with a stone.Troops arrested two Palestinians believed to have been responsible for hurling the rocks that injured the officer.Pipe bombs have been frequently used by Palestinian assailants in recent months, typically to target military courts in the West Bank.Last week, security forces arrested two Palestinians after they were caught with three pipe bombs at the entrance to the Samaria Military Court in the northern West Bank. The youths were also said to be in possession of a gas canister.Wednesday’s incident came hours after Israeli security forces arrested two Palestinians outside the village of Beitunia southwest of Ramallah, for hurling stones at troops.Officers arrived at the village “to open a pedestrian crossing for Palestinian farmers who cultivate land in the area,” a statement from Border Police said.However, upon spotting the troops, residents of the village began throwing stones and attempting to damage the security fence in the area, according to authorities.Security forces managed to apprehend two youths, who were then transferred for questioning.

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.


Iran leader lashes ‘silly’ Trump, says nuke deal over without European guarantee-'You cannot do a damn thing,' supreme leader says, warns his country against trusting calls to preserve agreement-By Agenices and TOI staff-MAY 9,18

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that Tehran would quit the landmark 2015 nuclear deal unless European signatories offer solid guarantees that trade relations will continue after the US withdrawal, slamming President Donald Trump over the move.Addressing Iran’s government in a televised speech, Khamenei said: “We hear that you want to continue the nuclear deal with the three European countries. I don’t have confidence in these three countries.”“If you don’t succeed in obtaining a definitive guarantee — and I really doubt that you can — at that moment, we cannot continue like this,” he said. “If you want to conclude an agreement, obtain real guarantees, otherwise tomorrow they will do the same as the United States.”“Their words have no value. Today they say one thing and tomorrow another. They have no shame,” he said.He was speaking a day after Trump announced the US was withdrawing from the deal, which had curbed Iran’s atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief.The other parties — Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — have opposed the move and indicated they wish to work with Tehran to preserve the accord.In comments earlier in the day, Khamenei addressed the US president, saying, “You cannot do a damn thing!”Khamenei described Trump’s speech Tuesday night as having “over 10 lies,” without elaborating. He also said Trump’s remarks, which he described as ‘silly and superficial,’ threatened Iran’s people and its theocratic government.Khamenei said Iran’s government faced a big test to preserve “the dignity and the grandeur of the Iranian people.”Despite his longstanding mistrust of the US, Khamenei supported the deal when it was signed, even saying it could be the basis for further negotiations. But he soon turned against the agreement when it became clear that many of its benefits were still being blocked by remaining US sanctions.He said last year that it should be torn up if Washington pulled out.Khamenei’s terse comments echoed the hardline view expressed by the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard earlier in the day.General Mohammad Ali Jafari welcomed Trump’s decision to withdraw, saying it was clear from the beginning that the Americans were “not trustworthy” and insisting the move would have no impact.The semi-official Fars news agency on Wednesday quoted Jafari as predicting that the European Union, which opposed the pullout, would eventually join the US, meaning the “the fate of the deal is clear.”He was quoted as saying: “We welcome Trump’s decision on pulling out of the deal. This is not a new event and has no effective role in any field.” He added that “it was clear that the Americans are not trustworthy.”The Revolutionary Guard is a paramilitary force dominated by hardliners, which answers directly to Khamenei.The country’s hardliners and conservatives have long opposed the nuclear pact, and on Wednesday called again to scrap it.“Trump has torn up the nuclear deal, it is time for us to burn it,” said the hardline Kayhan newspaper, echoing a recent threat by Khamenei.Kayhan has been one of the fiercest critics of the agreement, under which Iran vowed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.But the country’s reformists are in favor of preserving the deal.Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday slammed Trump’s decision to pull out of the nuclear deal as an act of “psychological warfare,” warning that his country could start enriching uranium more than ever in the coming weeks.Rouhani has stated in recent days that he hopes to salvage the deal as much as possible with the help of the other parties — Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia, and the European Union — who have strongly opposed Washington’s decision to pull out.State television said the decision was “illegal, illegitimate, and undermines international agreements,” Reuters reported.Speaking live on state television, Rouhani said he wished to discuss Trump’s decision with the European, Russian, and Chinese parties to the 2015 deal. There’s a “short time” to negotiate, he said, adding that he will be sending Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to countries remaining in the accord.“I have ordered Iran’s atomic organization that whenever it is needed, we will start enriching uranium more than before,” he said, adding that Iran would start this “in the next weeks.”

Opinion-EU budget must not fortify Europe at expense of peace-By Kloe Tricot O'Farrell and Luca Venchiarutti-MAY 9,18

BRUSSELS, Today, 09:28-The European Commission released its proposal for the new EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 on 2 May.It proposed heavy investments in migration, border management and security, which are further steps down a worrisome road in which the EU is abandoning a sustainable and principled approach to security that supports human rights and conflict prevention, in favour of a more hard-nosed and counter-productive model.Migration and border management are areas in which the commission foresees the most significant funding increase, from the current €12.4bn to around €33bn over the 2021-2027 period.Huge injections of funds to strengthen EU borders seem set to reinforce the short-sighted migration policies adopted by several EU states.While the commission has often acknowledged that migration management requires long-term thinking, the focus on border control underlying its proposal for the next MFF points in the opposite direction.The cost of constructing 'Fortress Europe' diverts important resources away from long-term interventions that support peace, justice, inclusion and prosperity for all, and that address the drivers at the heart of forced migration and displacement.The commission has also proposed ramping up security, defence and military mobility spending.Given "external threats that no member state can meet on its own", €27bn would be set aside to "enhance the [EU's] strategic autonomy" and step up its security and defence capacities, including via the European Defence Fund.In addition, the commission proposes creating a 'European Peace Facility', an off-budget instrument slated to receive €10bn over the 2021-2027 period.Despite its name, the facility would aim to support military operations and capacity building under the Common Security and Defence Policy.Faced with complex challenges, these investments in defence and security highlight how the EU increasingly prioritises short-term, hard security approaches despite huge questions over their efficacy.Progress can only be made by doubling down in two areas: coherent, assertive diplomatic engagement; and more long-term conflict prevention and peace-building investments.-Redesign of EU external action-The commission also proposes merging existing funding instruments into a single Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI).This would include the European Development Fund (EDF), which currently sits outside the EU budget.The NDICI would have three main pillars – geographic, thematic and rapid response, which would include training and equipping militaries as part of 'capacity building for security and development' measures.The proposal also sets out a flexibility cushion to address "migratory pressures, as well as stability and security needs, and unforeseen events".While the proposal stresses support for democracy, rule of law, peace, governance and human rights, it raises several concerns.First, migration is identified as "a priority which will be identified and addressed across the instrument and in the different pillars".-Counter-productive-But this is counter-productive in a range of contexts. As we, at the Saferworld NGO, were told in Lebanon: "[Seeing] refugees as a security threat generates further segregation of communities and discrimination leading to weaker social cohesion".In places like Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan as well as Turkey and the Sahel, Saferworld and others have identified that the focus on keeping migrants out of Europe has undermined the EU and its member states' work on human rights, governance and conflict prevention.Instead of building the capacities of governments which often share responsibility for causing conflict or perpetuating poor treatment of people in or passing though their territory, the EU must do all it can to encourage authorities to be more responsive to community needs and deliver services in an accountable, transparent and legitimate way.'Train and equip' support to security forces (as provided through the Khartoum Process in the Horn of Africa) cannot achieve quick wins, and needs to take a back seat.Instead, the hallmark of EU responses should be to take the longer view.The EU's best course is to understand the demands of each context, and focus on human security and human rights challenges in both source and transit countries through support for public and civil society efforts to push for rights, development and human security.To ensure this, the future external action instrument must foresee funding mechanisms that enable civil society and grassroots organisations, including women's and youth organisations, to access EU funds and support community needs and rights.It must also maximise young people's potential to create change by funding more creative and sometimes riskier grassroots initiatives.Although the commission's proposal identifies gender as a cross-cutting priority which will be integrated throughout the funding instrument, our partners working on peace and women's rights in contexts like Libya and Yemen have lamented the lack of funding for their work.They are often funded to support international security agendas (such as countering violent extremism), which exposes them to risks and undermines their ability to do what their contexts demand.If women are to "create transformation that will benefit all", the EU must provide them with the financial autonomy and sustainability to do so.The most significant evaluation of EU peace and conflict prevention efforts stressed the need to move from reactive approaches towards longer-term, preventive approaches.This goes against the proposed NDICI classification of conflict prevention and resilience building as "rapid response interventions".Long-term mechanisms with flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing contexts are crucial.Prevention costs far less than the cure, especially when it comes to conflict. It also has huge benefits for economic and social development and poverty reduction.The proposed framework aims to restructure the EU's external action instruments to be more coherent and effective, but it is important that this works in favour of the EU's peace commitments.Only by promoting sustainable peace beyond its borders will the EU be able to ensure its own security.Kloe Tricot O'Farrell is EU policy and advocacy coordinator and Luca Venchiarutti is policy and advocacy assistant at Saferworld, an international peace NGO

Western country said brokering Israel-Hamas talks on long-term ceasefire-Terror group reported to have initiated indirect talks, but Israel refusing to consider lifting Gaza blockade until 'threat' of Palestinian mass marches is over-By Michael Bachner and TOI staff-MAY 9,18

A Western country is reportedly brokering talks between Israel and the Hamas terror organization on a deal for a long-term ceasefire in exchange for lifting the blockade over the Gaza Strip.The indirect talks, initiated by Hamas, are a cause for concern for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who fears they could develop into political ties that would undermine demands the PA has made of Hamas, according to the report by the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat.Israel has promised the Western country to study the offer and respond to it, but only after May 15, when Palestinians plan to hold mass demonstrations marking 70 years since the “Nakba,” or catastrophe, of Israel’s founding, the report said, citing “diplomatic sources.”Israel said it was willing to discuss a truce, security-related issues and humanitarian issues, but “refuses to respond under the threat of marches.”The report added that Israel was likely to demand that Hamas halt its weapons development and its attack tunnels project, in addition to dismantling the weapons of its military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.Hamas is “flexible” on the first two demands, Al-Hayat said, but is unlikely to agree to disarm the Qassam Brigades or other armed groups.Earlier this week, the Haaretz daily reported that Hamas has repeatedly in recent months expressed willingness through several channels to enter into talks with Israel over a long-term ceasefire.The report said that in return for a years-long ceasefire, Hamas wants Israel to significantly ease the blockade over Gaza, approve large-scale infrastructure projects, and possibly agree to a prisoner swap deal.It appeared Israel had not responded to Hamas’s overtures, the report said.Hamas, an Islamist terror group that seeks to destroy Israel, has made similar proposals in the past.The reports follow several indications that Hamas is deeply divided as it seeks a way out of the dire situation in Gaza, where it seized power in 2007. The Strip faces an economic crisis, sanctions from the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority, continued pressure from the Israeli-Egyptian security blockade, and rising internal unrest.Last year, Mahmoud Abbas imposed a series of measures against the Gaza Strip that included suspending Palestinian Authority payments to Israel for electricity supplies to the coastal enclave. Abbas also cut off salaries to thousands of Gaza’s civil servants and forced many others into early retirement.Last month, the Israel Hayom daily reported that there were arguments between senior Hamas officials about whether to accept an Egyptian initiative to halt the group’s border “March of Return” protests and promote a prisoner swap deal.Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar was interested in accepting the offer, while the group’s leader in general, Ismail Haniyeh, was vehemently opposed to it, according to that report, which cited senior Hamas and Egyptian sources. The group has subsequently been split into two opposing camps, it added.An agreement on a prisoner swap deal was reached during meetings between Egyptian intelligence officials and Hamas leaders, the Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar reported on April 18.The two sides were said to reach agreement on the number and details of the Palestinian prisoners who would be included in a prisoner swap with Israel.The Egyptians, the report said, have asked Hamas for information about two slain IDF soldiers whose remains the group is believed to be holding in the Gaza Strip. The two, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, were killed during the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, which has since refused to provide any details about them.The terror group is also believed to be holding two Israeli civilians who entered Gaza of their own volition, Avraham Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed.Palestinians have been holding mass weekly marches in recent weeks near the border with Israel, raising tensions and leading to deadly clashes with IDF forces. Israel says the violence is being orchestrated by Gaza’s Hamas leaders, whom it accuses of trying to carry out border attacks under the cover of large protests, which it has dubbed the “March of Return.”Last Friday saw the sixth week of demonstrations as part of the “March of Return.” At least 431 Palestinians were injured, Gaza officials said, as some 7,000 took part in the demonstrations, flew dozens of kites with petrol bombs into Israel, hurled stones at soldiers and tried to breach the border fence. There were no Palestinian deaths reported on Friday, unlike in previous weeks.According to the Hamas health ministry, 48 Palestinians have been killed since protests and clashes began along the Gaza border on March 30 and hundreds of others have been wounded from gunfire. Several of those dead have been identified by Israel as members of terror groups. Hamas acknowledged that five of those killed on the first Friday of protests in March were its members, but has since refrained from such admissions.Israel and Egypt have maintained a security blockade on Gaza since Hamas seized control of the Strip in 2007 in a bloody coup against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel says it is vital to prevent Hamas, which openly seeks to destroy the Jewish state, from importing weaponry.Hamas has fought three rounds of conflict against Israel since taking over the Strip, firing thousands of rockets across the border, and digging attack tunnels under the border.


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.

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.

Evacuate now:' Hawaii volcano forces more to flee homes-[Reuters]-By Terray Sylvester-YAHOONEWS-May 9, 2018

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Lava and toxic gas from two new fissures in the Kilauea volcano spread through a Hawaii neighborhood on Wednesday, hours after residents heard warning sirens and received phone messages urging them to "evacuate now."Residents of Lanipuna Gardens in the southeast of Hawaii's Big Island were told to head for the coast as they were in immediate danger from clouds of sulfur dioxide gas and fountains of lava."EVACUATION NOTICE: New Vents Open, Lanipuna In Danger," Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said on Twitter at about 10 p.m. local time Tuesday (4 a.m. ET).Volcanic vents and lava flows have destroyed 36 structures since Kilauea erupted on Thursday and all 1,700 residents of Leilani Estates residential area, of which Lanipuna Gardens is a part, have been told to get out of their homes in the semi-rural area.Emergency teams donned breathing equipment and protective clothing to evacuate residents who stayed behind to care for pets and livestock. Crews drove gingerly over highways as steam shot from widening cracks in the asphalt, local TV footage showed.Kim pleaded with residents to leave their houses and not put rescue crews at risk.Geologists reported loud jetting and booming sounds as lava shot from the new fissures around 12 miles (19 km) from the cone of the shallow-sided volcano, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported.The new eruptions brought to 14 the number of vents that have opened since Kilauea started spraying fountains of lava as high as 300 feet (90 meters) into the air.Lava has been bubbling out of about 2-1/2 miles (4 km) of fissures that officials have warned are slowly spreading eastward.On Friday, the southeastern corner of the island was rocked by a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the volcano's south flank, the strongest since 1975. Smaller quakes followed, and the eruptions and tremors could continue for months.Geologists have compared the activity with an event in 1955 which lasted 88 days and covered around 4,000 acres with lava. The area has become popular with newcomers to Hawaii with land prices relatively low due to the area's history of volcanic venting.About 104 acres (42.09 hectares) of land have been covered in the current eruption. Kilauea has been in a state of nearly constant eruption since 1983.(Reporting by Terray Sylvester in Hawaii; Editing by Scott Malone and David Gregorio)

Latest eruption a disaster for Hawaiian town's lava tourism-[Reuters]-By Terray Sylvester-YAHOONEWS-May 9, 2018

PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - A little lava was good for business in Pahoa, Hawaii during Kalauea's frequent eruptions over the past 35 years, say people who make a living from tourists who flocked to the town to see one of the world's most active volcanoes.They mainly came to see the Kalapana flow, a stream of lava that flows from one of Kalauea's craters and cuts through an abandoned town of the same name on its way to the sea.Kerry Kelly, 70, a longtime resident of Pahoa, said the area saw a "huge" uptick in revenue as a result of the "Kalapana flow". It began in 1991, pouring into the streets, igniting homes, and burying everything in a layer of thick volcanic rock.The lava flow became a major tourist draw, pulling hundreds of visitors a day. Residents began running tours by boat, bicycle and off-road vehicles. Vendors set up food stands.Then it stopped a few months ago, Kelly said. The latest series of eruptions, quakes and clouds of toxic sulphur that has forced hundreds of people to evacuate has made things worse."Business was already dropping, and then to have this happen ... This is not just a physical disaster," said Kelly. "We're bordering on an economic disaster."Business has all but petered out, said Arianna Arakaki, 21, who manages Pele's Kitchen, a popular restaurant."As soon as the lava started going off, business dropped off because everyone started saving money," said Arakaki, a native Hawaiian who worships Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess.Lava tourism was essential to Pele's Kitchen, such as a flow that approached the town in 2014. Tour boat operators would bring visitors to the restaurant for breakfast after sunrise viewing trips, she said."I'm pretty used to lava flowing, but this is different. When people you know are losing their homes, it's different," Arakaki said.The semi-rural wooded area had also become a magnet for newcomers looking to settle on the Big Island of Hawaii, home to about 200,000 people, who were prepared to risk living near an active volcano for more affordable real estate.Hawaii’s 4,028-sq.-mile (10,432-sq.-km) Big Island accounts for less than a fifth of the state’s tourism. State data show that in the first three months of 2018, it pulled in 16 percent of the $4.8 billion visitors spent in Hawaii, less than half of levels in Oahu and Maui.Amedeo Markoff, 49, runs an art gallery and a group promoting Pahoa tourism and business. "What a time to be that guy," he said.For now the eruption was "a business disaster," said Markoff, although he has seen a few disaster tourists straggle into town.But he is cautiously optimistic the eruption will draw more tourist dollars to the area, just as the Kalapana flow did after devastating that town."Our town is at the epicenter of an amazing, phenomenal spectacle," he said. "It does put us in focus."But he added, "Any benefits to the community are far outweighed by the trauma to the community."(Reporting by Terray Sylvester; Writing by Bill Tarrant; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Clarence Fernandez)

Trump warns Iran of ‘very severe consequences’ if it restarts nuclear program-US president vows 'something will happen' if Tehran won't renegotiate deal, says renewed American sanctions against Islamic Republic will go in effect very soon'-By Tamar Pileggi-MAY 9,18

8:10 pm-Paraguay confirms embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem-Paraguay’s Foreign Ministry is confirming that the country will shift its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following the US and Guatemala.It says President Horacio Cartes ordered the move, but didn’t specify a date.Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said earlier this week that Cartes will attend the opening ceremony, which he said would occur by the end of May. Paraguay didn’t confirm Cartes’ trip.The US officially opens its embassy in Jerusalem on May 14 followed two days later by Guatemala.8:06 pm-Macron says Trump’s decision to ditch Iran nuclear deal a ‘mistake’US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the landmark nuclear deal with Iran is a “mistake,” France’s President Emmanuel Macron says.“I regret the decision of the American president. I think it’s a mistake and that’s why we Europeans have decided to remain in the nuclear agreement of 2015,” he tells German national broadcasters ARD and Deutsche Welle, in extracts also broadcast by French TV LCI.— AFP-7:56 pm-Hamas leader vows ‘decisive’ protests during US embassy move next week-The Gaza leader of the Hamas terrorist group says protests along the Israeli border next week will be “decisive.”Speaking to hundreds of youths, Yehiyeh Sinwar says that weeks of mass protests will climax on May 14, the day when the US opens its embassy in Jerusalem and when Palestinians mark 70 years of “catastrophe” since the founding of a Jewish state.He says the protests will be “like a tiger running in all directions.”Sinwar tells the crowd that Hamas leaders are “ready to die along with tens of thousands” to break an Israeli-Egyptian blockade and realize a dream of seeing the removal of the border and the liberation of Palestine.— with AP-6:41 pm-Egypt wants Arab nations to have say in amended nuclear deal-Egypt says it wants Arab countries to have a role in decisions about amending the nuclear treaty with Iran from which US President Donald Trump just withdrew.In a statement, the Egyptian foreign ministry says it has followed the US decision closely, and that it sees a need to preserve the “security and stability of the region.”Egypt says it’s important that all concerned Arab parties participate in any dialogue on the future situation in the region, in particular the possibility of amending the dealCairo calls “on all regional powers, including Iran, to stop adopting policies or actions against the security of the Arab region,” adding that it “hopes that the current developments will not result in any armed conflicts in the region.”— AP-6:25 pm-Macron, Rouhani agree to seek ‘continued implementation’ of nuclear deal-French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Iran’s Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday, with the two leaders agreeing to work toward “the continued implementation of the nuclear deal” following the US decision to withdraw from the agreement, the French presidency says.“The French and Iranian presidents agreed to pursue their joint efforts with all nations involved, with the aim of continued implementation of the nuclear deal and maintaining regional stability,” Macron’s office says in a statement.— AFP-5:55 pm-Ex-defense official: Iran entrenchment in Syria ‘collision course’ for region-Amos Gilad, a retired senior defense official, tells the Herzliya Conference that Iran’s intentions in Syria mean a wider conflagration may only be a matter of time.“They want to build a second Hezbollah-stan,” Gilad says, referring to the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shiite terrorist group that last fought a war with Israel in 2006.“They are determined to do it and we are determined to prevent it,” he adds. “It means we are on a collision course.”5:53 pm-After deal pullout, Mattis says US will help counter Iran’s ‘malign’ influence-US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis tells a Senate panel the Trump administration will work with allies and partners to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.In an opening statement to the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, focused mainly on the administration’s proposed 2018 defense budget, Mattis notes that US President Donald Trump had announced his decision Tuesday to withdraw American participation in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.Without commenting directly on the implications of leaving the nuclear deal, Mattis said the US will work with “others” to address what he called “the range of Iran’s malign influence.”“This administration remains committed to putting the safety, interests and well-being of our citizens first.”— Agencies-5:16 pm-Minister says US exit from Iran deal will force Tehran to abandon nukes-A senior cabinet minister says US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement will force the Islamic Republic to abandon its pursuit of a bomb for good.Intelligence Minister Israel Katz says that “Iran has two options — to align or to fold and crumble.” Speaking to the Herzliya Conference, an annual security gathering north of Tel Aviv, Katz says if Iran doesn’t truly shut down its nuclear ambitions “it will encounter the US economic power, and we know the state of the Iranian economy.”Katz adds that the 2015 international nuclear deal “was leading toward a nuclear weapon.”— AP-5:05 pm-EU’s Juncker: US abandoning allies, losing influence under TrumpThe head of the European Union’s executive says that the United States under President Donald Trump is turning its back on multilateral relations and friendly cooperation “with a ferocity that can only surprise us.”EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says that in the wake of Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, the United States “no longer wants to cooperate with other parts in the world.”In an address to Belgium’s Flemish regional parliament, Juncker says that it is up to the EU to take on the mantle of the United States.Juncker says: “At this point, we have to replace the United States, which as an international actor has lost vigor, and because of it, in the long term, influence.”— AP-5:01 pm-Ex-minister: Israel should threaten to oust Assad in order to stop Iran in Syria-Former Likud minister Gideon Saar says Israel could prevent the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria by threatening to topple the Assad regime.“Israel must say clearly: If Iran persists in its efforts to establish a new strategic equation in Syria, it will endanger the Assad regime,” Saar says at the Herzliya Conference.“The result of the move could be the fall of the Assad regime,” he adds.Saar says the uptick in tensions with Iran is the main security threat facing the country.“Political rivalries and disagreements on other issues must be set aside and national unity must be built up around the necessity of dealing with this threat,” he concludes.4:41 pm-Netanyahu: ‘Unbelievable’ Iran still calls to exterminate Jews 73 years after Holocaust-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Russian President Vladimir Putin it’s “unbelievable” that 73 years after the Holocaust, Iran is seeking the destruction of the Jewish people.Speaking after a memorial parade marking the anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, Netanyahu said Jews “have never forgotten the great lesson facing a murderous ideology.”“It is unbelievable, but 73 years after the Holocaust there is a country in the Middle East — Iran — which calls for the destruction of another six million Jews,” he said.“The difference is that today we have a state,” he says. “I very much appreciate the opportunity to talk with you about the region’s problems — or as you say, the attempts to solve the problems — so that we can counter threats in an informed and responsible manner,” Netanyahu says.4:10 pm-Turkey: Trump pullout from Iran will ‘destroy US credibility’-A top Turkish official says the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal is a worrying development that will also “destroy US credibility.”Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says that the decision could lead to new tensions and clashes in the region.Kalin says that “our position is for this agreement to continue the way it is.”He adds, however, that Turkey didn’t want nuclear weapons in the region, saying “our main aim is to ensure that our region is completely cleared of nuclear weapons.”— AP-3:41 pm-UAE, Bahrain support US exit from Iran deal.Two more Gulf Arab nations, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, express support for US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.The UAE says the agreement didn’t guarantee Iran would refrain from pursuing a nuclear weapon in the future.Bahrain, which has accused Iran of arming and training Shiite Bahraini protesters with the aim of destabilizing the Sunni-ruled country, said late last night that Trump’s decision reflects the US commitment to confront Iran’s “continuous attempts to spread terrorism in the region.”Saudi Arabia — one of Iran’s staunchest regional foes — earlier rushed to express its support for Trump’s decision, saying Iran had exploited the economic benefits of sanctions being lifted to continue its destabilizing activities.Oman, a Gulf Arab nation that helped mediate talks between the US and Iran that eventually led to the deal, says it “values the stance of the five partners (P5+1) to adhere to this agreement, thus contributing to regional and international security and stability,” referring to the agreement’s co-signers — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — all of which had urged the US to adhere to the deal.— AP-3:18 pm-UK minister says nuclear deal ‘vital for national security’-UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson tells parliament that Britain has no intention of walking away from nuclear deal with Iran as it is “vital for our national security.”Trump’s decision “makes no difference” to that assessment, he adds.Johnson says he will not detail the steps the country will take."Britain has no intention of walking away" – Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gives statement to MPs on US exiting #IranDeal— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) May 9, 2018-— with AFP-2:37 pm-6.2-magnitude earthquake rocks Afghanistan-A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Afghanistan, the US Geological Survey says, sending people rushing outside and creating tremors felt as far away as Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.The quake struck at 1041 GMT near Afghanistan’s northern border with Tajikistan in the Hindu Kush mountains at a depth of 111 kilometers (69 miles), the USGS says.— AFP-2:33 pm-Merkel says Europe to do all to keep Iran in nuclear deal-Germany, France and Britain will “do everything” to ensure that Iran remains in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Chancellor Angela Merkel vows, a day after the US pulled out of the accord.“We will remain committed to this agreement and will do everything to ensure that Iran complies with the deal,” Merkel says, adding that Berlin had made the decision jointly with Paris and London.— AFP-2:10 pm-Germany: Preserving Iran deal will prevent ‘uncontrolled escalation’ in Mideast-Germany’s foreign minister is vowing to work to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and prevent an “uncontrolled escalation” of tensions in the Middle East.Heiko Maas says that “the agreement is working.” He adds that “it is not at all clear what, in the United States’ view, could take the place of the nuclear agreement to prevent Iran verifiably from producing nuclear weapons.”Maas says it isn’t in Iran’s interests to jeopardize the opportunities created by the nuclear deal. He says “a cool head” will be needed in the coming days as the next steps are discussed.He adds: “We will also have to analyze what consequences the United States’ withdrawal will have for European companies and how we in Europe can react to them together.”— AP-2:06 pm-Khamenei slams Trump nuclear withdrawal: ‘You cannot do a damn thing’-Iran’s supreme leader is challenging US President Donald Trump over America pulling out of nuclear deal, saying: “You cannot do a damn thing!”Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments come as he met with a group of school teachers in Tehran, a day after Trump announced he was renewing sanctions on Iran.Khamenei described Trump’s speech last night as having “over 10 lies,” without elaborating. He also says Trump’s remarks threatened Iran’s people and its theocratic government.Under Iran’s Islamic Republic, Khamenei has final say on all state matters.— AP.