Thursday, August 02, 2018


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)

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

Mike Huckabee dons hard hat, lays bricks for new West Bank settlement homes-Former Arkansas governor and Trump confidant says US president would be thrilled to see Israeli construction over the Green Line; refers to Efrat as a 'bridge to peace'-By Jacob Magid-TOI-AUG 1,18

EFRAT, West Bank — Former Arkansas governor and conservative talk show host Mike Huckabee donned a hard hat and laid bricks at a new housing complex in the West Bank settlement of Efrat on Wednesday.“If President Trump could be here today, he’d be a very happy man,” said Huckabee standing in front of a large red “Build Israel Great Again,” sign, a play on the US president’s campaign slogan.“I cannot tell you how proud I’ve been of the president as it relates to the land of Israel,” gushed the ex-governor and Trump ally, highlighting the White House recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December. Huckabee’s daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders is White House spokesperson.Huckabee, a longtime supporter of Israel who first visited in 1973 and has become a prominent backer of the settlement enterprise, said he was glad to see construction beyond the Green Line return to a more robust level than what was seen under former president Barack Obama.Asked to reconcile comments made by Trump in the past referring to Israeli settlements as “unhelpful” and “not a good thing for peace,” Huckabee said he viewed towns like Efrat as “a bridge to peace.”“Everyday 13,000 Palestinian workers come to job sites here, earning money for their families,” he said, pointing out that wages in the Israeli towns are much higher than those the laborers would earn in Palestinian ones.Opponents of the settlement movement argue that Israeli limits on Palestinian businesses in the West Bank stagnate economic growth to the point where many Palestinian workers are forced to rely on working in settlements for viable economic wages.During a brief period allotted for questions from reporters, Huckabee was pressed to elaborate on his assertion that Israelis in communities like Efrat are safe, in light of last week’s deadly terror attack in the Adam settlement where a 31-year-old father of two was killed.“There’s no such thing as a perfectly pristine community where nothing happens,” he said, asking the crowd if they would “rather live here or in Kabul.”For his part, Efrat mayor and Yesha foreign spokesperson Oded Revivi said his town is “quite close to the place of perfection” from a security standpoint. He pointed out that children return home on weekends in the middle of the night to sleeping parents, who do not have to worry about their safety.As Huckabee laid bricks in front of a new housing complex on the edge of Efrat, he revealed that he “might one day like to purchase a holiday home” in the community, in the Etzion Bloc just south of Jerusalem.Leaders of the Yesha settlement umbrella council, which organized the event, lauded Huckabee for his support and asked the Trump confidant to convey a message of gratitude back to the White House.“We appreciate having an American administration that realizes and understands the importance of our being here,” said Revivi.In Trump’s first meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he asked him to “hold back on settlements,” but the White House has since refrained from condemning any particular settlement project approved for construction in the West Bank.Asked whether he was concerned there could be a sudden change in Trump’s policy, Revivi said he was aware of the US president’s unpredictability.Earlier this week, Trump tweeted that he was willing to meet with Iran’s leaders at anytime, without preconditions, just one week after dramatically threatening the country.“We can’t go to bed sure that his views will be the same the next day,” Revivi acknowledged. However, he asserted that the best way to predict US policy on any given issue is to keep in mind Trump’s pledge upon entering the White House to place “America first.”

IDF says it caught cell that fired at settlement last month-No one was hurt in the July 10 shooting in Beit El, near Ramallah; suspects hail from nearby Jalazoun refugee camp-By Jacob Magid and TOI staff-AUG 1,18

The IDF said Wednesday it had captured the terror squad responsible for a shooting at the Beit El settlement last month.The army did not offer many details about the arrests, including the number of suspects nabbed in the operation, but said they hailed from the Jalazoun refugee camp in Ramallah, which is not far from Beit El.“The Jalazoun refugee camp is a focal point for terror from which a number of cells have originated,” the IDF said in a statement.The July 10 attack attributed to the terror cell ended without casualties. At the time, the army said spent bullet casings were found outside the settlement.Security forces launched a search of the area in the wake of the shooting.The army’s Wednesday statement did not indicate when the suspects were caught.

US envoy visits American, Israeli firefighters battling arson attacks from Gaza-AUG 1,18-David Friedman's trip to Sderot comes as rescue services battle four blazes caused by incendiary balloons from the Strip-By TOI staff

The US ambassador to Israel visited the Gaza border area on Wednesday to meet with Israeli and American firefighters jointly battling the daily blazes in the region caused by incendiary kites and balloons launched from the Gaza Strip.The visit came as local firefighters battled four fires started by incendiary balloons near Israeli communities in the area.Ten American firefighters are volunteering with the rescue services in the south through the Emergency Volunteers Project, a group that sends American volunteers to train and help Israeli rescue services.The firefighters “demonstrated an amazing solidarity between the American people and the Israeli people,” Ambassador David Friedman said in a statement after the visit.“It’s an act of true friendship and true love and I think the people here know that if the United States would need help, the Israelis would come to the United States to help.”He added: “I don’t think there is a better way to demonstrate solidarity, love, and cooperation between the United States and Israel.”Friedman visited the Sderot fire station, meeting with Fire and Rescue Services chief Dedi Simhi and local firefighters.Hundreds of fires caused by Gazan incendiary kites and balloons flown over the border have burned thousands of acres of park land and forests in the south of Israel in recent months.Gaza is ruled by Hamas, an Islamist terror group that seeks the destruction of Israel.

High Court: No avoiding evacuation of West Bank Bedouin village-State offers a second location for Khan al-Ahmar residents if they agree to leave current site peacefully, but they reject proposal-By Jacob Magid-TOI-AUG 1,18

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday said that there is no avoiding the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and implored the legal representatives of the West Bank Bedouin village to reach a compromise with the state on a new alternative location to move the residents.After gaining the green light from the top court in May to demolish the Palestinian hamlet adjacent to the Kfar Adumim settlement, the state had planned to move the residents to a site near a garbage dump belonging to the Palestinian town of Abu Dis.Residents of Khan al-Ahmar — 180 in number, according to the UN — have vehemently opposed moving there, saying they were never consulted, the location is unsuitable for their rural way of life, and residents of Abu Dis have warned them to stay away.Wednesday’s hearing was convened following a pair of last-ditch petitions submitted by attorneys representing the Bedouin village to prevent the demolition.The panel of judges appeared to stand by the May ruling allowing the state to evict the residents, but they urged the state to offer an alternative site that would be more suitable to the residents.The judges called a one-hour recess in order to give the sides a final opportunity to reach a compromise.During that time, the state offered to install tents for the residents at the government’s expense at the originally proposed site near Abu Dis. It would also hook up the school there to water and electricity.Additionally, the state vowed to advance an additional alternative site for the Khan al-Ahmar residents that would be located east of the Mitzpe Jericho settlement, on the condition that the villagers would agree to peacefully leave their current location within a week.The attorneys for the Bedouin hamlet rejected the offer, asserting that the High Court still had the power to overturn its May decision and saying there were technical problems in the state’s plans to clear the village.The Khan al-Ahmar residents are uninterested in the site near Abu Dis, even temporarily. They have stated that they are willing to move either a couple hundred feet further from the highway along which they currently are situated, or to their original grounds in the Negev.With the sides unable to reach a compromise, the panel of judges ordered the state to submit, within five days, its new alternative proposal for rehousing the residents east of Mitzpe Jericho.The Khan al-Ahmar villagers will then have five days to officially respond to the proposal, though they are expected to quickly reject it as they did verbally in court on Wednesday.In the meantime, the top legal body ordered the state not to demolish the village.In the beginning of July, the state had begun its preparations to raze the hamlet, where none of the structures have been granted permits. Security forces were deployed to the village and construction workers began paving an access road that would facilitate the demolition and evacuation.The state says the structures, mostly makeshift shacks and tents, were built without the relevant building permits and pose a threat to the village residents because of their proximity to a highway.But the villagers — who have lived at the site, then in Jordan, since the 1950s, after the state evicted them from their Negev homes — argue that they had little alternative but to build without Israeli construction permits, as they are almost never issued to Palestinians for building in parts of the West Bank, such as Khan al-Ahmar, where Israel has full control over civilian affairs.Opponents of the demolition also argue that it is part of an effort to enable the expansion of the nearby settlement of Kfar Adumim, and to create a region of contiguous Israeli control from Jerusalem almost to the Dead Sea, a move critics say will bisect the West Bank, and make a contiguous Palestinian state impossible.Officials from over ten governments in Europe, including Britain and France, have visited Khan al-Ahmar in recent weeks and have called on the Israeli government to avoid razing the village. In addition, several dozen Democratic members of THe US Congress have signed a letter urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prevent the demolition.


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.


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)

GENESIS 7:6-12
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

Anti-abortion centre reopens next door to Clinic 554-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 31, 2018

Police have already been called once to Brunswick Street since the Right to Life centre began reopening next to Clinic 554, the province's only private abortion clinic.The anti-abortion charity New Brunswick Right to Life runs the Women's Care Centre, where it offers pregnancy counselling, pregnancy tests and free ultrasounds.The centre burned down two years ago and completed rebuilding this spring after obtaining a variance from the city for a redesign. - Fredericton anti-abortion group to rebuild controversial downtown office, clinic Elizabeth Crouchman, chair of the Right to Life board, said the centre has been operating in a limited capacity for two months.It has a new ultrasound machine, which a hired sonographer will start using once the centre fully reopens in the next few months. It's an upgraded machine compared to the one used before the 2016 fire.Clinic 554 manager Valerie Edelman said the Right to Life centre's high-tech ultrasound machine prompts concerns about the impact it will have on women trying to get accurate information about abortion."It's easy for patients seeking an abortion to mistake them for us," Edelman said. "I have no doubt that this centre emotionally tried to trick people."She said this is because the building's signs only identify it as the Women's Care Centre, and there are currently no Right to Life logos or identifiers displayed anywhere on the outside of the building.This was the case in the past as well.Fears centre will judge women-The ultrasound machine could be used to "guilt" women, she said, and there have been many patients who have left the centre in tears after being "intimidated" and "judged."Crouchman denied the anti-abortion group purposely misleads women. She said the Right to Life mandate is to "protect life at every stage," and the ultrasound machine is used to help women understand their situation."We tell [women] what their options are we give them information in order to make an informed decision," she said."Of course, we know abortion is available … we tell them what the risks are."-Trespass report-Alycia Bartlett, a spokesperson for the Fredericton police, said they responded to a report of an unwanted person on Clinic 554 property in June. The conflict was resolved, said Bartlett, who did not know if the person was with the anti-abortion group.Edelman said that because police were handling the case she couldn't comment on what happened but did say the person was associated with Right to Life.She said Clinic 554 staff will always call the police if they see someone from the Right to Life clinic try to "intimidate" staff or patients on Clinic 554 property.Crouchman said she cannot comment on the incident because she doesn't have enough information.'Misinformation'-Edelman said some patients who went to the Right to Life centre were told that abortion causes infertility and breast cancer, which is not scientifically accurate."On a day-to-day basis there are people seeking abortion services, and these folks already face so much stigma," she said. "They have to face all kinds of barriers already in government regulation."People who are asking about abortions need accurate information, they need compassion, they need support and they need their legal right to choose abortion if they want one."Joyce Arthur, executive director of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, said there are 160 clinics similar to the Right to Life one in Canada, but only 30 private abortion clinics similar to Clinic 554.She said of those 160, only a handful have ultrasound machines, which she said can be used to spread "dangerous medical misinformation."She said the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada recommends against using ultrasounds for sex determination only or recreational purposes only.Arthur said the Right to Life centre's use of the ultrasound machine falls under "recreational" because the centre is not a medical clinic.A solution-"Given the anti-abortion stance of these places they're not going to be willing to, or maybe not be qualified to give any medical information," Arthur said."If they detect an anomaly in the fetus, there's possibly some dangerous medical misinformation or lack of information that may be going along with the use of this ultrasound machine."Edelman said in an ideal world the Right to Life centre wouldn't be so close to the clinic, or at least "when they encounter someone, [would] let people know what their agenda is.""If a patient would go there, I'd like them to say 'Oh, we are Right to Life, we are an anti-choice, pro-life organization and we want to stop you from having an abortion, so if you like more information come on it,'" she said."But they don't."

Congo declares new Ebola outbreak in eastern province-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-August 1, 2018

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Four people have tested positive for Ebola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo just days after another outbreak that killed 33 people in the northwest was declared over, the health ministry said on Wednesday.Twenty people have already died from hemorrhagic fevers in and around Mangina, a densely populated town about 30 km (18 miles) southwest of the city of Beni and 100 km from the Ugandan border, the ministry said in its statement, without saying when the deaths occurred.The ministry said no evidence linked this outbreak with the last one, which began in April and occurred over 2,500 km (1,553 miles) away in northwestern Congo .But the latest flare-up is a reminder of how elusive the virus can be, especially in the teeming equatorial forests of Congo where it finds a natural home.This is the central African country's 10th outbreak since 1976, when the virus was discovered near the eponymous river in the north. That is more than twice as many as any other country.It is believed to be spread over long distances by bats and can turn up in bush meat, available at food markets throughout Congo. Once present in humans, it causes hemorrhagic fever, vomiting and diarrhea and is spread through direct contact with body fluids.An outbreak concentrated in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea killed at least 11,300 people between 2013 and 2016.A team of 12 experts from Congo's health ministry will arrive in Beni on Thursday to set up a mobile lab, the ministry said.Congolese and international health officials were credited with responding rapidly to the last outbreak, including by deploying an experimental vaccine manufactured by Merck.That and aggressive tracing of people who had come into contact with Ebola patients helped contain the virus' spread after it reached a large river port city.(Reporting By Fiston Mahamba; writing by Aaron Ross; editing by Edward McAllister, Larry King and Alexandra Hudson)


EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10



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)

Russia: Iranian troops in Syria to be kept 85 kilometers from Israel border-Russia's chief Syria negotiator also asserts Israel is no longer so concerned about issue, despite repeated vows from Jerusalem that it will not tolerate any armed Iranian presence-By TOI staff-AUG 1,18

Russia’s chief Syria negotiator said in an interview Wednesday that his country has convinced the Iranian forces in Syria to withdraw to at least 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the Israeli border, despite Israel’s insistence that no Iranian troops be permitted anywhere in the war-torn country.Alexander Lavrentyev told Sputnik news site, “We took into account the Israeli concerns, we managed to attain the pullout of Iranian units 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the Israeli border.”Asked if Israel was becoming less concerned over the pro-Iranian units’ presence near its border, Lavrentyev replied: “Yes, of course, we are certain of this.”It was not clear what prompted him to say this as Israel has repeatedly and forcefully stated that it will not accept any Iranian presence at all in Syria. Last week it rejected a Russian proposal to keep Iranian forces in Syria 100 kilometers (62 miles) away from Israel’s northern border, a senior Israeli official said, moments after a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded in Jerusalem.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this evening at the Prime Minister's Office with a Russian delegation led by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) July 23, 2018-Israel is sticking to its demand that Iran not be allowed any military foothold in Syria, the official stressed. Israel is furthermore demanding that all long-range missiles be removed from the country and that any factories producing precision-guided missiles there be shut, the official said.The Russian “aspiration” of creating a 100-kilometer zone in which neither Iranian forces nor Tehran’s proxy militias are present is insufficient for Israel, the senior official went on. “Iran wants to turn Syria into a second Lebanon. And we’re determined to prevent that.”Earlier this month, during a call between Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prime minister noted “that Israel would continue to act against the establishment of an Iranian military presence in Syria,” according to a statement from his office.Netanyahu has spoken and met with Putin regularly in recent years about Syria and military coordination between the two countries there, most recently during his visit to Moscow last week. Along with Iran, Russian forces are backing the regime of President Bashar Assad in the country’s civil war.On Monday Russia’s ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov told Channel 10 news that the Iranians were “playing a very, very important role in our common and joint efforts to eliminate terrorists in Syria.Like Iran, Russia is providing military backing Assad with backing in the Syrian civil war.“The Iranian presence in Syria… is fully legitimate according to the UN principles and the UN charter,” he added.The Syrian army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies since June have been on an offensive in southern Syria, raising concerns Iranian proxies could take up positions in formerly rebel-held areas bordering the Golan Heights. Israel has called for the 1974 disengagement agreement between it and Syria to be upheld and warned Syrian forces against entering the demilitarized buffer zone along the border.

Liberals plan to soften carbon tax plan over competitiveness concerns-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-August 1, 2018

The Liberal government is curtailing its plan to price carbon pollution after hearing concerns from Canadian industry officials about how the tax would impact competitiveness.As the Globe and Mail first reported Wednesday morning, Environment and Climate Change Canada plans to release new guidelines that lower the percentage of emissions some polluters will have to pay the carbon tax on.The decision to raise the cutoff point for carbon taxes will have the biggest impact on companies that are already more efficient than the industry average, or close to the average. They should see their tax bill decline substantially, and some of the most efficient could find themselves paying no carbon tax at all.The worst polluters, whose emissions far exceed the average in their industries, will see their carbon tax liability shrink too, but their tax savings will be proportionately much smaller.Back in January, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna set the benchmark at 70 per cent of an industry's average emissions performance, meaning companies would have to pay a tax on emissions they produced in excess of that benchmark.McKenna's office confirmed to CBC News that they've adjusted the proposal to set the benchmark at 80 per cent of the industry average of emissions — and 90 per cent for producers of cement, iron and steel, lime and nitrogen fertilizer. Emissions produced beyond that point would still be subject to the tax.That plan is scheduled to come into effect in early 2019, and will be imposed on provinces that do not have a carbon pricing system of their own. The tax is set for $20 a tonne in 2019 and will rise to $50 in 2022.The federal government says it's still talking to industries and will have more details this fall.McKenna said today it's important to make big polluters pay, and that it will force them to reduce emissions and innovate."But we have to do it in a smart way," she said during a visit to the Gaspésie region of Quebec. "I've always said the environment and economy go together, and we don't want to drive industry out of our country. We want to have the most energy efficient, smart industries here that create good jobs, at the same time do what we need to do to tackle emissions. And that's exactly what we're doing."In one of his first moves as Ontario's new premier, Doug Ford announced the province would be getting out of the cap-and-trade system, and vowed to go to court, along with Saskatchewan, to fight Ottawa's carbon-tax plan.Manitoba was reluctant to sign on to the federal government's plan until recently.New Brunswick has an emissions reduction plan, but it has been criticized as inadequate by the federal government.Alberta and B.C. already have a carbon tax, while Quebec is part of the cap-and-trade system Ontario plans to leave.Nova Scotia is developing its own internal cap-and-trade system.P.E.I. says its approach will be to lower the price of renewable energy to motivate people to do the right thing.