“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down.” Isa: 45:8
IDF STRIKES IRANIAN, HEZBOLLAH TARGETS NEAR DAMASCUS: Syrian air defense units fired on enemy targets above Damascus, Syria’s state news agency SANA said late Friday 11 Jan. 2019. Video footage showed explosions above the city. Sources in the Syrian opposition reported that the Israeli Air Force attacked the bases of Iranian militias and Assad’s regime forces southwest of Damascus. Israeli naval vessels were reportedly off the southern Lebanese coast during the attack. Syrian military reports said that the assault began from the skies of Lebanon around 11:30 pm. Israel has mounted attacks in Syria as part of its effort to counter the influence carved out there by Iran, which has supported President Bashar al-Assad in the war that erupted in 2011. A senior Israeli official recently said Israel had carried out more than 200 attacks against Iranian targets in Syria in the last two years. (J.Post)
DANON TO LEBANON: STOP WHINING ABOUT THE WALL AND ACT AGAINST HEZBOLLAH: Israel will continue to “carry out defensive operations in its own territory and will thwart any threat to its civilians,” Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said Saturday 12 Jan. 2019 in response to Lebanon’s complaint about the wall being built on the northern border. Lebanon’s Ambassador to the UN, Amal Mudallali, wrote to the United Nations Security Council asking it to act in response to the barrier being built by the IDF on the Lebanese border. “Israel has committed a new violation of Lebanese sovereignty by proceeding with construction of a wall and other installations inside Lebanese territory at points along the Blue Line”. According to the Lebanese ambassador, this is a violation of Security Council resolution 1701, adopted after the Second Lebanon War. “Instead of making false complaints, it is time for the Lebanese government to roll up its sleeves and address Hezbollah’s violations, which could lead to the residents of southern Lebanon paying a very heavy price,” Danon said. The wall is being built between Kfar Kela and Metula. The first of the Hezbollah attack tunnels Israel discovered in Dec. 2018 began from a residential structure in the south of Lebanon’s Kfar Kela, and infiltrated some 40 meters into Metula’s orchards. Kafr Kela is home to a Hezbollah military base complete with fighters, about 20 arms depots, fighting positions and observation posts. (J.Post) Pray that all Hezbollah terrorist tunnels will be located and destroyed by the IDF.
REPORT: NASRALLAH SUFFERS HEART ATTACK: The Lebanese media reported over the weekend that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah was hospitalized after apparently suffering a heart attack. A Lebanese journalist said that “an intelligence source confirmed Saturday 12 Jan. 2019 that a senior figure in the Hezbollah organization was hospitalized in the capital of Beirut, and other sources confirmed that it was Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, who has been fighting cancer for years.” Nasrallah has not been seen in the media since reports of the exposure of Hezbollah terrorist tunnels in Operation Defensive Shield. In his last public appearance in Nov. 2018, Nasrallah blasted reports of a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. “We condemn any form of normalization with the Zionist entity,” Nasrallah said. “I say to the Palestinian people, do not lose hope over the Arab states’ normalization with Israel. The current normalization has put an end to Arab hypocrisy, and removed the mask from the swindlers and hypocrites.” (Arutz-7)
US TO HOST GLOBAL SUMMIT IN POLAND FOCUSING ON IRAN: The United States plans to jointly host a global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, the US State Department said on Friday 11 Jan. 2019. The gathering will take place in Warsaw from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the meeting would “focus on Middle East stability and peace, freedom and security here in this region, and that includes an important element of making sure that Iran is not a destabilizing influence.” He said the meeting would “bring together dozens of countries from all around the world, from Asia, from Africa, from Western Hemisphere countries, Europe too, and the Middle East of course.” The summit will address a range of critical issues including terrorism and extremism, missile development, maritime trade and security, and threats posed by proxy groups across the region. Pompeo stressed that the gathering would address Iran’s regional influence. (J.Post)
POMPEO INVITES NETANYAHU TO CONFERENCE FOCUSED ON IRAN: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has invited PM Binyamin Netanyahu to attend an international conference focused on Iran in Warsaw next month. Pompeo is currently on a tour of the Middle East, with stops in Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait. Last week, he gave a speech in Cairo in which he was highly critical of Iran. Pompeo vowed that the US “will not ease our campaign to stop Iran’s malevolent influence and actions against this region and the world. The nations of the Middle East will never enjoy security, achieve economic stability, or advance the dreams of their people if Iran’s revolutionary regime persists on its current course.” He also reiterated that the US “fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against the Iranian regime’s aggressive adventurism. We will continue to ensure that Israel has the military capacity to do so decisively.” Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, blasted the planned Iran conference. “Reminder to host/participants of anti-Iran conference: those who attended the US anti-Iran show are either dead, disgraced or marginalized. And Iran is stronger than ever,” tweeted Zarif. (Arutz-7)
IRAN TO FRANCE: BALLISTIC MISSILES OUR RIGHT: Iran on Friday 11 Jan. 2019 called on France to avoid repeating “irresponsible and incorrect” claims about the country’s ballistic missile work. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Gasemi said, “Iran’s home-grown defensive missile program is the Iranian nation’s natural right.” The comments came after France called on Iran to immediately stop all activities linked to ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons. “France recalls that the Iranian missile program does not conform to UN Security Council Resolution 2231,” said Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll. “It calls on Iran to immediately cease all ballistic missile-related activities designed to carry nuclear weapons, including tests using ballistic missile technology,” she added. President Hassan Rouhani last week, announced that two satellites would be sent into space using Iran-made missiles. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has stressed that Iran will continue to produce missiles for its defense and does not consider that a violation of international agreements. (INN) “I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.” Isa: 13:11
IRAN HAS BEEN CAUGHT CAUSING TERROR IN EUROPE ONCE AGAIN: Last week, the Dutch government confirmed that Iran’s intelligence ministry was behind two assassinations in the Netherlands — of Ahmad Mola Nissi in The Hague in November 2017 and Ali Mohamed in Amsterdam two years earlier. In this case, the mullahs allegedly hired Dutch gang members to carry out the murders. As the US government has repeatedly emphasized, Hezbollah, Iran’s terror proxy in Lebanon, has close connections with organized crime worldwide. The Dutch bombshell followed October’s 2018 announcement by the Danish government that it had thwarted an Iranian plan to assassinate a leader of a separatist Arab movement. Swedish authorities arrested a Norwegian citizen of Iranian extraction for his alleged role in the plot; he has been extradited to Denmark.
Tehran was also behind a foiled bombing in France last summer. Had the Paris plot succeeded, it could have shattered hundreds of innocent lives in the French capital’s urban core. The French government concluded “without any doubt” that Iran’s intelligence ministry was behind the attempted attack. The Germans found that Iran was gathering information so it could draw up a list of targets for assassination, should the regime choose to carry them out. The list included many Jews and other supporters of Israel. None of this is new behavior from the lawless Islamic Republic, which has treated terrorism as a central plank of its statecraft from the beginning. As US sanctions come back into force, the European Union is seeking ways to help Tehran continue to access the global financial system. Put another way: European officials are prepared to indirectly bankroll the very Iranian terrorism they condemn. Can anyone blame Trump for questioning Europe’s commitment to its own security? (NY Post)
HOW ISRAEL MAKES THE DESERT BLOOM: The Israeli firm Taranis uses high-resolution imagery from drones, planes and satellites to diagnose problems in fields of crops – among them infestations, diseases, dryness and nutrient deficiencies. Faced with unfriendly neighbors and an arid climate, Israel has had to innovate to survive. Taranis is the poster child of its stunning rise in agritech. Over 500 companies operate in the field. A third of them did not exist five years ago. Other countries have bet big on agritech, but Israel is ahead of all but America, say investors. “Agricultural parks” using Israeli technology have mushroomed across China. Indian and African officials have also made recent trips to Israel seeking inspiration. Netafim, the world’s leading maker of drip-irrigation systems, is worth nearly $1.9 billion. (Economist-UK)
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Blessings from Jerusalem,
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff