Jan 212015
 

Debkafile: “The cash-strapped Russians have become less choosy these days about clients for their prized S-300 defensive systems and even more advanced S-400 missiles. They are now ready to sell the former – not just to Iran, but also to Egypt, Syria and the Lebanese Shiite Hizballah.

Iran won this breakthrough with the signing of a new military cooperation pact in Tehran Tuesday, Jan. 20, between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Iranian counterpart Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan.

“The two countries have decided to settle the S-300s problem,” the Iranian defense ministry said, while Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov, a former ministry official, added: “A step was taken in the direction of cooperation on the economy and arms technology, at least for such defensive systems as the S-300 and S-400. Probably we will deliver them.”

Opinion: In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama repeated his threat from last year’s address to veto any new Iran sanctions passed by Congress. He also claimed that Iran’s nuclear program had been stalled, and pledged to reach a deal by the end of the year.

Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material. Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran; secures America and our allies — including Israel; while avoiding yet another Middle East conflict. There are no guarantees that negotiations will succeed, and I keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear Iran. But new sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails — alienating America from its allies; and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again. It doesn’t make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress. The American people expect us to only go to war as a last resort, and I intend to stay true to that wisdom.

Iran and Russia are thick as thieves in preparation for Ezekiel 38:1-6. All it will take for Ezekiel’s war to begin is for Israel to be living in peace and safety (Ezekiel 38:11). An Arab uprising as described by Psalm 83:1-8, followed by a massive victory for Israel is all that is needed.

Somebody needs to tell the President, cause I’m pretty sure he doesn’t read this blog.

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Jan 132015
 

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The Guardian: “Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has become the first Egyptian leader to appear at a Cairo cathedral at Coptic Christmas Eve mass, according to Egyptian media, in a symbolic show of unity with the country’s often marginalised Christian minority.

“It is important that the whole world watch us, the Egyptians,” Sisi, a Sunni Muslim, told the cathedral’s cheering congregants after arriving at the cathedral. “You noticed that I am not using another word than Egyptians … We are the Egyptians.”

Opinion: “In Joel Rosenberg’s book ‘Inside the Revolution’, he used three categories to outline the range of players in the region, who they are and what they want:

The Radicals are extremist Muslims who want to overthrow every regime from North Africa to the Middle East to Central Asia and replace them with Islamist dictatorships and who believe that “Islam is the answer and jihad is the way.” These include groups such as al-Qaeda, Iranian Twelvers, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Hezbollah.

The Reformers are moderate Muslims who say that “Islam is the answer, but jihad is not the way; we need more freedom, more openness, more protection of human rights and civil rights, free elections, free markets, and the creation of full-blown Jeffersonian democracies, if at all possible.” This category would include Kemal Ataturk; Anwar Sadat; Jordanian kings Hussein and Abdullah II; Moroccan king Mohammed VI; Jalal Talabani and Nouri al-Maliki in Iraq; and the popular pro-democracy movement in Iran.

The Revivalists are former Muslims who say that “Islam is not the answer, jihad is not the way, Jesus is the way — and the only way for our part of the world to move forward and make real and lasting social, economic and spiritual progress is to skip back in our history before Islam and revive what we once had: first-century, New Testament Christianity.” These tend to be apolitical and are focused on evangelism, discipleship, church planting, pastor training, and spiritual renewal. Their numbers have swelled into the millions since 1979, despite widespread (and recently intensifying) persecution.

El Sisi is clearly a reformer, but as I said in a recent post, according to the Bible’s guardrails ten Arab armies will form an alliance against Israel in the future war of Psalm 83, indicating that it will be the Radicals who will say: “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,  That the name of Israel may be remembered no more” Psalm 83:4.

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Jan 052015
 

sisiThe Washington Free Beacon: “In a speech on New Year’s day, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for a “religious revolution” in Islam that would displace violent jihad from the center of Muslim discourse.

“Is it possible that 1.6 billion people (Muslims worldwide) should want to kill the rest of the world’s population—that is, 7 billion people—so that they themselves may live?” he asked. “Impossible.”

Speaking to an audience of religious scholars celebrating the birth of Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, he called on the religious establishment to lead the fight for moderation in the Muslim world. “You imams (prayer leaders) are responsible before Allah. The entire world—I say it again, the entire world—is waiting for your next move because this umma (a word that can refer either to the Egyptian nation or the entire Muslim world) is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands.”

Opinion:  El-Sisi has surprised a lot of people since rising from a relatively unknown general to president of Egypt. In 2012, el-Sisi was promoted to head Egypt’s military by Mohamed Morsi, then head of the Muslin Brotherhood. The same man el Sisi would later have arrested.

There are two reasons that the call for moderation in the Islamic world will not work:

1. While El-Sisi’s plea to Arab leaders is both noble and courageous, it may make him a target for radical jihadis.

In 1981 another of Egypt’s presidents, Anwar Sadat, made a bold move when he engaged in negotiations with Israel that culminated in the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty. The peace effort won Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin the Nobel Peace Prize, but on October 8, 1981 Sadat was assassinated during a military victory parade by Islamic radicals.

2. Bible prophecy clearly places Egypt as the King of the South who will lead Islamic North Africa in the final war of Armageddon:

At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.” Daniel 11:40

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Dec 292014
 
Obama Sides With Islamic Groups Over FBI

World Net Daily: Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., had a succinct analysis of the Obama administration’s latest diplomatic move and how it appeared to conflict with FBI’s own assessment. “The president is going exactly in the opposite direction of trying to stamp out terrorism,” she told WND upon hearing why Obama administration officials had huddled earlier

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Dec 292014
 
Meshaal on point of relocating Hamas’ political headquarters from Doha to Tehran

Debkafile: “Hamas’ political leader , forced to quit his old headquarters in Damascus after abandoning his longtime host Bashar Assad and finding sanctuary in Doha – is again being hounded from pillar to post. A deal struck this week between Egypt and Qatar could result in the Hamas leader settling in the Iranian capital. This

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Dec 132014
 
'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Movie Review

Breitbart: “When it comes to director Ridley Scott’s artistic and storytelling choices, there’s so much wrong with “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” it’s hard to care about the director’s childish hostility towards religion, which no doubt resulted in a bloodless, brutally boring tale of Moses the Lawgiver. Spiritually and artistically, Scott seems determined to be the

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Dec 112014
 
ISIS posts a new forward command group to Egyptian Sinai - at Israel’s back door

Debkafile: “A group of at least ten ISIS operations and intelligence officers, led by a senior commander, has arrived in Sinai and taken charge of the local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas jihadis, thereby opening up a dangerous new front against Egypt and Israel, in proximity to the Suez Canal, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank,

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