“Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.” Ps. 27:3
IRAN ANNOUNCES LATEST BREACH OF NUCLEAR DEAL: Iran on Mon. 4 Nov. 2019 announced that it is doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates, calling the decision a direct result of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. Tehran’s nuclear chief says its domestically made centrifuge is 50 times faster than those allowed under the 2015 accord. Tehran has gone from producing some 450 grams (1 pound) of low-enriched uranium a day to 5 kilograms (11 pounds), said Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. The disclosures came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 US Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis. Demonstrators at rallies across Iran cried: “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” Lawmakers in parliament echoed those cries after approving the outline of a bill that would include anti-American teachings in school textbooks. Others at protests burned US flag replicas and waved signs mocking Trump and America. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will announce further steps away from the accord sometime soon, government spokesman Ali Rabiei separately said Monday, suggesting Salehi’s comments could be followed by additional violations of the nuclear deal. (JNN) “Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers; protect me from the violent who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.” Ps. 140:1-2
NETANYAHU: ISRAEL IS THE REASON IRAN DOESN’T HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS: PM Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated this week that Israel is committed to keeping Iran from embedding itself militarily on the nation’s borders. “We have one main goal and that is to make sure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons and that its march toward an empire and conquest has stopped,” Netanyahu told a crowd of more than 200 people at the kick-off event of the Christian Media Summit on Mon. 4 Nov. 2019. Netanyahu added that President Donald Trump’s “maximum economic pressure on Iran is having an effect.” The prime minister also noted that “if it was not for Israel, Iran would already have obtained nuclear weapons.” (JNN)
IRAN DISPLAYS NEW HATE MURALS ON WALLS OF US FORMER EMBASSY: Lest there be any doubt as to the Islamic Republic’s sentiments towards the US, Iran last weekend unveiled new anti-American murals on the walls of the former US embassy. The accusatory message of the artwork is one of the blood-thirsty US eager for war and bent on tightening its grip on the world, yet weakening despite its military might. The new murals were painted in white, red and blue, the colors of the US. One of them showed a crumbling Statue of Liberty, its right torch-bearing arm having broken off. Another depicted the triangle of the Eye of Providence, the symbol used on the back of the US dollar bill, in a sea of blood in which skulls are floating. A third showed the American Global Hawk drone that was shot down by Iran in June 2019 over the Strait of Hormuz, with bats flying out of it. Tehran prepared to mark on Mon. 4 Nov. 2019 the 40th anniversary of the hostage crisis, an act that continues to poison Iran-US relations. On 4 Nov. 1979, less than nine months after the toppling of Iran’s American-backed shah, students overran the complex to demand the United States hand over the ousted ruler after he was admitted to an American hospital. It took 444 days for the crisis to end with the release of 52 Americans. The US broke off diplomatic relations with Iran in 1980 (JNN)
WHAT AWAITS ISRAEL IN THE COMING WAR WITH IRAN? On Sunday 3 Nov. 2019 the Israeli Security Cabinet convened for the third time in one month to discuss Israel’s increasingly complicated security situation. Prior to the meeting of the Security Cabinet, PM Netanyahu warned that Israel is “in a very sensitive and volatile security period on several fronts – north, east and south.” After the meeting media sources reported that the ministers were in consensus that the Israeli military should concentrate on the threat coming from the north but would not ignore attacks coming from Gaza. The most dangerous foe Israel is facing is Iran concluded the security cabinet and Israel should prepare for a multi-front conflict with Iran and its various proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Gaza. In a recent article for The Atlantic, former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren said that the Israeli military in the north has been “placed on war footing” as a result of the increasing Iranian threat, something which is visible in the skies above northern Israel where IAF warplanes are constantly holding drills for more than one month now. “Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time,” according to Michael Oren. The former Israeli diplomat then painted a very chilling picture of what Israel could expect when the long-anticipated war with Iran becomes a fact.
The Israeli military would have to cope with 4.000 incoming missiles and rockets daily during such a conflict and all of Israel would come under fire. Many of these missiles would be aimed at vital military and civil infrastructure such as the Kiryah, the IDF’s headquarters in central Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel’s ports, electrical grids and possibly the Dimona nuclear reactor as Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has indicated. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens could be evacuated from the north to other parts of Israel and the tourist industry would effectively be shut down during the war as well as many companies. Long-range ballistic missiles with large payloads would be launched at Israel from Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon while Hamas would lob their rocket arsenal on southern Israel. The whole scenario is not far-fetched according to Oren who says that the members of the Security Cabinet have been contemplating precisely this scenario repeatedly. The ministers reportedly prefer to confront Iran now “than in five years, after Iran has completed its Middle East conquests encircled Israel, and acquired nuclear bombs,” according to Oren. Another factor that may influence the decision making in the Security Cabinet is the fact that Israel is currently working with most pro-Israel US Administration ever and the US is expected to help Israel with its air defenses. The Americans have already stationed the state-of-the-art X-band radar system in Israel and recently deployed the THAAD anti-missile system temporarily in Israel. (Israel Today)
FORMER DEFENSE MINISTER, LIBERMAN, SAYS ISRAEL IS IN AN EMERGENCY SECURITY SITUATION: Israel has been campaigning to prevent Iran and its proxies like the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization from obtaining advanced weapons to use against the Jewish state and from embedding itself in Syria. IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi and PM Netanyahu have warned in recent days of the increased threat posed by the Islamic Republic which they say is getting bolder and more willing to respond to Israeli attacks on Iranian and Iranian-backed terrorists and infrastructure. The treat is being addressed as critical and a series of adjustments have been made to IAF air defense systems in light of the fear that Iran might try to carry out an attack using cruise missiles or suicide drones similar to the Oct. 2019 attack against Saudi Arabia. Former defense minister and Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Liberman, days ago, warned that Israel is in an emergency situation amid heightened tensions and a general threat of attack by Iran. “When IAF Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin warns that the challenge of aerial defense is becoming more complex and the threat of missiles and rockets is now being joined by drones and cruise missiles and when the IDF is deploying David’s Sling and Arrow defense systems, it means we are in an emergency situation,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “The challenge of air defense has become more complicated. Even as we speak, Arrow, Patriot, David’s Sling and Iron Dome batteries are on alert.” (JNN) Pray for wisdom and strategy to be given to those who lead in Israel’s government, intelligence, and military.
UK WOLF CORBYN TELLS JEWISH LAMBS, “THEY HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR FROM ME”: Labour UK chairman Jeremy Corbyn took control of the Labour Party in 2015. He has faced ongoing accusations of anti-Semitism, both over his history of hostility towards Israel and support for anti-Israel terrorist groups, as well as the rise in anti-Jewish rhetoric within the party. Critics, including the Labour Party’s Jewish Labour Movement, have accused Corbyn of suppressing investigations into Labour members accused of anti-Semitism. A 2018 poll found that nearly 86% of British Jews believe the Labour leader is anti-Semitic, compared to just 8.3% who believe he is not. In spite of all the evidence to the contrary Corbyn tried to reassure Jewish voters in Britain earlier this week that they have nothing to fear from a possible Labour government. He said British Jews have no reason to fear his possible election as Prime Minister in next month’s general election. “Anti-Semitism and racism is an evil within our society,” said Corbyn. “We want this country to be safe for all people. An attack on a synagogue, an attack on a mosque, an attack on a church – an attack on a person walking down the street because they’re perceived to be different from the rest of us – we simply can’t tolerate it.” The hypocrisy of Corbyn’s words is deafening. Two weeks ago, a Survation poll conducted for The Jewish Chronicle found that merely 7% of British Jews would even consider voting for Labour in this December’s general election. Even worse, British Jews will leave the UK en masse if Jeremy Corbyn is elected Prime Minister next month, a senior Conservative Party member warned last weekend. James Cleverly, chairman of the Conservative Party’s delegation in Parliament, said that many British Jews would flee the country if Corbyn “got anywhere near the levers of power.” (JNN)
ANTI–SEMITIC HATE CRIMES IN SWEDEN RISE BY 53% TO ALL-TIME HIGH: The number of anti-Semitic hate crimes recorded in Sweden rose to a record high last year, jumping 53% over the 2016 figures, government statistics show. The 2018 report, which the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention published last week, listed 280 anti-Semitic hate crimes that year compared to 182 in 2016. The latest numbers are the highest on record since at least 2006 when the Council began collecting aggregated data. Overall, the number of hate crimes with a racist motive rose by 69% over 2016 in Sweden to 4,865 cases last year, the report stated. The council decided not to publish hate crime figures for 2017 without explaining the decision. In one attack from 2017, the Jewish assembly synagogue in Gothenburg was firebombed by approximately 10 men protesting Israel’s policies. Anti-Semitic motives represented the largest increase from 2016 in hate crimes and were the largest hike in anti-Semitic crimes on record, the report said. Anti-Semitic attacks accounted for 4% of all hate crimes in 2018. The Jewish population of 20,000 comprises approximately 0.2% of Sweden’s population. (Arutz-7)
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