Israel and the Middle East

Israel and the Middle East

 

 

Israel and the Middle East

5/27/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

Since the onset of Israel’s operations in Rafah, the IDF has uncovered more than 700 terror tunnel shafts belonging to Hamas – and over 50 tunnels that funnel into Egypt to the south. As you’re likely aware of by now, Israel’s decision to enter Rafah in a move to end Hamas and free the remaining hostages was not met with approval by a host of the international community. In fact, the IDF only made the decision to reveal its findings regarding the tunnels in Rafah for the benefit of the discussion in the Hague and the international justification for the action in Rafah.

Sadly, the bodies of more Israeli hostages were uncovered by the IDF in Rafah. The three bodies belonged to Yitzhak Gelernter, Amit Buskila, and Shani Louk. They expect more to be found. It’s worth noting that the Rafah situation could and likely will have negative ramifications regarding the relationship between Israel and Egypt.

Tragically, the Hague is maintaining its hypocrisy and ignorance when it comes to the survival of the Jewish state as it sympathizes with terrorists in Gaza. Apparently, the burning, raping, kidnapping, and slaughtering of over 1,200 Jews isn’t enough justification for what Israel is doing in Rafah, not to mention the fact that overwhelming evidence shows that Hamas oppresses its own people.

At this stage, over 800,000 Gazans have been evacuated from Rafah. 277 IDF soldiers have died since the ground operation in Gaza began.

Operations are continuing to take place in other locations throughout the Gaza Strip as well. A lot of military operations are becoming the norm in the area of Jabalia where the IDF has eliminated well over 200 terrorists so far. Dozens of others have been arrested for interrogation. The IDF claims this has been one of the most violent wartime locations so far. Not only are they operating in Gaza – they’re pursuing Hamas terrorists everywhere. Last week, the IDF also killed a senior member of Hamas near the Lebanon-Syria border and they’re also continuously active in Judea & Samaria (the West Bank).

Iran

Not only did Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi die in a helicopter crash this last weekend, but a number of other high-ranking Iranian officials were killed as well. From the perspective of the naive international community, Iran just suffered a massive blow. However, ask the common Iranian citizen, and you’ll experience a different story.

Raisi and others like him were and are passionate about terror, death, and oppression. This is why numerous Iranian citizens could be seen celebrating his death across social media following the crash. Don’t let the corrupt leadership and radical ayatollahs confuse you. They don’t represent the worldview and mindset of the vast majority of Iranians. To make matters worse, the US offered its condolences to Iran, accompanying several other countries.

Since the death of Raisi, Vice President Muhammad Mokhber has become the president of Iran until the next election cycle.

On another note, following Iran’s massive missile attack on Israel several weeks ago, the Islamic Republic has now vowed to join any future war that takes place between Israel and Hezbollah. We sure do live in prophetic times.

Hezbollah, Lebanon, and Syria

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) continues to carry out strikes in various places in both Lebanon and Syria as tension with Hezbollah increases in the region. While the tension in this region has been ever-present for quite some time, the consistency of military confrontations is increasing. Moreover, targeted attacks are becoming all the more prominent, which was seen as recent as last Friday when a senior Hezbollah commander was killed in a vehicle attack about 40km from the border with Israel. However, the rockets keep coming from the north, as Israel – in a single strike from Hezbollah – had approximately 75 rockets fired into the region of the Golan and Galilee, most of which were intercepted.

Another key target that was eliminated by the IAF was the commander of the rocket unit of Hezbollah. This took place in the coastal sector in Lebanon. His name was Qasem Skalawi. In addition to conducting multiple strikes in Southern Lebanon & Syria, the IAF has also remained busy intercepting a host of rockets, drones, and other aerial threats coming from their enemies to the north.

The Houthis & Yemen

It’s business as usual for the Houthis, as the Iranian-funded terror proxy in the Arabian Gulf continues to muster up chaos in the region. Most recently – aside from its periodic projectile launches towards Israel – the terror group hit an oil tanker in the Red Sea that was moving oil from Russia to China.

The International Community

Slovenia and other European countries – namely, Ireland, Norway, and Spain – have vowed to formally recognize a Palestinian state in the weeks ahead and they’re encouraging other countries to do the same. Now do you understand the spiritual blindness of the days in which we’re living? Over 1,200 innocent Israelis are murdered in cold blood and Europe believes if you butcher the Jews, you deserve to get a state!

United States

Unfortunately, like a reckless wave, the US administration has been all over the place regarding its position on the Israel-Hamas War. In public, team Biden voices support for Israel but behind the scenes the administration is anti-Semitic and possessing a deep dislike for Netanyahu and most often stands in the way of what Israel needs to do. Furthermore, it has become common for the Biden Administration to criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his every move to eliminate Hamas. And when there’s an opportunity for the US to side with Israel, there are always strings attached.

Such is the case with the ongoing situation between Israel and the ICC. From various sources, Israel has information confirming that the US administration gave a green light to the ICC to move forward with asking for an arrest warrant against Hamas and Israeli leaders as if they are equal. If that’s not enough, the US administration is conducting talks with Iran in Oman where both sides agree that Netanyahu must be removed. The Biden administration is causing internal chaos and outside attacks on its best ally in the Middle East. Insane!

Wait on the Lord

Patience, endurance, and perseverance are virtues believers must have in this ever-changing and morally self-destructive world.

Isaiah 40:31 – “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

How will Raisi’s Death Impact Israel and the Middle East?

How will Raisi’s Death Impact Israel and the Middle East?

 

A view of the wreckage of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter at the crash site on a mountain in Varzaghan area, northwestern Iran, May 20, 2024. Stringer/WANA via REUTERS)

 

Rabbi’s Describe Iranian President’s Death
As ‘Act of God’

 

On the confirmation of the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Sunday’s helicopter crash, several rabbis in Israel declared that the death of the enemy of Israel was an act of divine retribution.

Rabbi Meir Abutbul took to Facebook to condemn “the hangman of Tehran.”

Rabbi Abtbul wrote, “This dog wanted to hang Jews, so God scattered him to the winds in a helicopter crash, him and his entire Israel-hating crew.”

Kabbalist Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi warned Iran to “Have mercy on yourselves, God said enough is enough, You have angered Him.”

Rabbi Yitzchak Batzri likened Raisi to the Persian villain Haman who, in the Biblical Book of Esther, attempted to have all of the Jews in the kingdom killed but ended up being hanged on his own gallows.

Rabbi Batzri announced on Facebook, “Haman the wicked was hurt in a helicopter accident.”

He then rejoiced over the incident and quoted the verse, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.”

Rabbi David Chai Hacohen, dean of the Netivot Hatora yeshiva in Bat Yam, took the analogy to Haman further and said that, just on holidays and days of Thanksgiving, the “Tachnun” or confessional prayer should be omitted from services to praise God for the demise of a “special hater of Israel.”

Rabbi HaCohen said, “The President was a very ‘special’ hater of Israel, and he was the greatest of all the Iranians.”

He added, “May it be God’s will that the wolves in the forest where he fell will eat him.”

Comparing Raisi to Haman, Rabbi HaCohen said, “This is good news for the Jewish people. Even more than Haman – if we make a festive meal on the day he was killed – then even more so, we should not say Tachanun.”

He explained, “It is mentioned in the Mishna Berura that on the first day of the intermediate days of Passover he (Haman) was hanged, and therefore we should now add a special dish.”

It makes you wonder if Raisi didn’t bring on his own death sentence when you look back at his curse against Israel April 23rd, less than a month ago, when he threatened Israel with annihilation. It was during a visit to Pakistan that Raisi referred to Israel as the “Zionist regime,” whose destruction he promised if they would dare to attack Iran. In the Abrahamic Covenant God promised in Genesis 12:1-3 that “those who curse Israel will be cursed!” 

 

In the meantime, the UN Security Counsel got all teary eyed and religious as they celebrated the notorious Jew killer’s life with a moment of silence yesterday! UH!

 

 

How will Raisi’s Death Impact Israel and the Middle East?

Raisi was seen as probable successor to Supreme Leader Khamenei

5/21/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

On Monday morning, the Iranian regime confirmed that its President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had died in a helicopter crash, on their way back from a visit in the neighboring country of Azerbaijan.

While Israel has denied its involvement in the crash that took place amid bad weather in a mountainous region, the death of two senior Iranian officials less than two months after Iran’s large-scale assault against Israel poses serious questions regarding the possible fallout for the Jewish state.

Raisi became president of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2021, in elections widely seen as rigged, after a long and violent career in the regime’s judicial branch.

He was well-known as a hardliner and enthusiastic supporter of crackdowns against regime critics, earning the moniker “butcher/executioner of Tehran” for his involvement in the torture and murder of at least 1,500 – and possibly as many as 30,000 – regime opponents following the Iran-Iraq War in 1988.

Raisi never regretted his part in the massacre, calling it “divine punishment” and a “proud achievement” for the revolutionary regime. When he became Iran’s attorney general (2014-2016), executions jumped compared to previous years, and during his time as judiciary chief (2019-2021), at least 1,500 peaceful protestors across 200 Iranian cities were imprisoned, tortured, and executed.

He was seen as a close confidant of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and supported his aggressive stance toward Israel, the United States, and the West in general.

Regarding his position toward Israel, former IDF Intelligence Chief Maj.-Gen. (res.) Tamir Hayman told The Jerusalem Post: “It would be hard to find someone worse.”

Nevertheless, it is important to note that the role of the president is only the second most important position in the regime’s hierarchy after the Supreme Leader, who controls all aspects of policy, especially the overall strategy of foreign and military affairs.

“The president of the Islamic Republic is an implementer, not a decision-maker,” Jason Brodsky, policy director at United Against Nuclear Iran, told The Times of Israel.

“So the policies of the Islamic Republic, the fundamentals of those policies, will remain the same.”

The president is usually more directly involved in interior and financial policy. It is in the internal arena that the deaths of Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian will weigh the heaviest.

The regime is already in an acute crisis of legitimacy, Raz Zimmt, a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), wrote on Ynet News.

Brutal crackdowns against dissenters, worsening economic conditions, and embarrassingly low voter turnout in recent parliamentary elections showed the “ongoing erosion of public trust … and the intensity of desperation evident among large sections,” wrote Zimmt.

The deaths of two senior officials in an accident also make the regime look frail after already being humiliated by several security incidents in recent months.

In December, Pakistan struck targets in Iran with missiles and fighter jets, after Iran shot missiles at targets it said belonged to a Sunni terror group that had killed 11 Iranian policemen. The next month, some 84 people were killed in a terror attack by ISIS at a memorial for Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani.

The most important consequence of Raisi’s death could be the impact on the election of the next Supreme Leader. Raisi was widely seen as a leading candidate to replace the 85-year-old Ali Khamenei and his death will now launch an internal power struggle.

“To have him off the field or incapacitated, dead, what have you, is a real shock for the politics of the system,” said Brodsky. It could “scramble the politics of succession,” he wrote on .

The death of Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian is also expected to have a significant impact, as he was deeply involved in Iran’s recent strategic moves in the Middle East.

He led the successful reconciliation with Saudi Arabia and was seen as close to the IRGC’s Quds Force, meeting the leaders of Iran’s proxies several times since the outbreak of the war in Gaza.

Raisi also had deep connections to Iran’s armed proxies, especially Hezbollah, which publicly celebrated his victory in 2021. On the occasion, Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, even called him “the hope of the Iranian people, the oppressed, and the resistance fighters.”

A few years earlier, Raisi toured southern Lebanon and the Israeli border, meeting Hezbollah leaders and visiting the family homes of popular terrorists Imad Mughniyeh and Mustafa Badr al-Din, both allegedly eliminated by Israel.

In conclusion, Raisi’s death will not bring about a sudden change in policy toward Israel, despite his being a sworn enemy of the Jewish state.

Instead, his death will likely further weaken the regime internally, and take up much of its attention in power struggles, ultimately profiting Israel.

The long-term implications, however, are harder to predict, as the impact of Raisi’s demise on Supreme Leader Khamenei’s succession will remain unclear for the moment.

Israel Declares Independence From Biden

Israel Declares Independence From Biden

 

Israel Declares Independence
From Biden

Israel is fighting for its survival against Islamic genocidal violence and a corrupt political class in Washington DC

5/15/24 By Daniel Greenfield
Edited by Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

Yesterday, Israel marked its 76th Independence Day. Usually a day filled with parades and fireworks, the Israeli people will instead buckle down to the grim business of being at war.

Too much of the population is either deployed in the field or may soon be, displaced from their homes near the Gaza border or aware that at any moment rocket alerts could sound for incoming missiles from Gaza, Lebanon, Yemen or Iran.

This year, Yom HaZikaron, Memorial Day annually observed for the fallen, will overshadow Yom Ha’atzmaut or Independence Day.

Much like America’s Greatest Generation, the men and women who scrappily fought for Israel’s independence using crude weapons and WWII surplus gear are passing out of history.

Few now remember a time when Israel did not exist and some have come to take it for granted. While Israeli Air Force jets won’t be doing flyovers for the 76th, the leftist protesters, some backed by foreign interests, will still continue their rallies and riots that only serve to aid Hamas.

And yet Israel did declare a new kind of independence before its latest Yom Ha’atzmaut.

After nearly half a year of pressure campaigns to end the war, the Biden administration followed through by announcing an embargo on offensive weapons to Israel. It’s not the first time.

In 1947, the Truman administration had imposed an arms embargo on Israel. Truman, like the current Democrat in the White House, had played a familiar double game, offering diplomatic recognition to Israel and enthusiastic speeches to Jewish voters, even while privately promising Muslims the opposite and making sure that Israel would not have the weapons to defend itself.

When the Republican Party platform declared that it took “pride in the fact that the Republican Party was the first to call for the establishment of a free and independent Jewish Commonwealth” and condemned the “vacillation of the Democrat Administration”, Truman shot back angrily claiming that he supported
the Democratic platform and its call for “the revision of the arms embargo to accord to the State of Israel the right of self-defense.” This was a lie.
Truman had supported the arms embargo from the beginning. Three months before the Democrat platform had been adopted, the administration had backed a UN resolution that included an arms embargo.

Truman was saying one thing and doing another. Like Biden, Truman had been following political considerations.

That was why diplomats had been warned to stay away from making any anti-Israel moves at the United Nations before Election Day.

Even under the arms embargo, Israel survived an invasion by five Muslim nations.

“You just don’t understand. Forty million Arabs are going to push four hundred thousand Jews into the sea. And that’s all there is to it,” Secretary of Defense James Forrestal had predicted.

Three generations later, Israel is still here.

Israel’s 76th Independence Day has come around again. Once again the Jewish State is fighting for its survival against Islamic genocidal violence and a corrupt political class in Washington D.C.

It’s relearning the old lesson that presidents say one thing for public consumption and do another. And that independence is not just aspirational, it’s a simple matter of survival.

Biden’s betrayal of Israel was inevitable. The blindness of Israeli leaders to that eventuality, their conviction that if they followed every single guideline from the White House, they would have the support they needed to finish off Hamas in Gaza was a delusional fantasy.

Israel’s best bet lay in quickly doing what it needed to do. Everything the Biden administration wanted only slowed down the war effort and doomed the very support that Israel had been counting on.

A day after delivering a speech at the Holocaust Museum about his support for Israel, Biden told CNN
that the support was gone.

But Truman had pulled a similar trick with a rally at Madison Square Garden when he told New York’s Jewish voters that he was responsible for setting up Israel “as a free and independent political state” even while it was fighting for its survival.

The Truman administration continued backing worthless UN truces (the predecessors of today’s equally duplicitous ceasefires) which allowed the Islamic terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood (the parent organization of Hamas) to continue attacking Jewish towns and massacring Jews.
While Truman was telling one thing to Jewish voters in New York City ahead of Election Day, Israel was evacuating children as part of ‘Operation Baby’ from front line communities under siege by terrorists during the latest ‘truce’. In Kibbutz Manara, the children had to be evacuated from the mountaintop in vegetable crates in a scene later recreated in the movie ‘Exodus’.

Manara had to be evacuated again after the Hamas attacks of Oct 7 and it’s estimated that half the homes in the community have been destroyed after Hezbollah Islamic terrorists have shot a rocket every day at the village. The people living there can’t go home. But unlike the Hamas supporters crying in Gaza, you won’t see their faces on the evening news.

After the 1948 election, not only weren’t there any arms sales, but the White House was upset that Israel had begun winning. The Egyptians had not only failed to push the Jews into the sea, but the Jews were now pushing them back into the Sinai.

A month after the election, in which 75% of Jews had voted for him, Truman demanded that Israel immediately withdraw or his administration would “re-examine” its mostly non-existent relations.

Truman, who would later claim credit for creating Israel, had done little more than provide de facto (not de jure) recognition to Israel, while still maintaining the arms embargo.

Truman’s move allowed Egypt to control Gaza and turn it over to the Muslim Brotherhood for regular terror raids on Israel. And that led directly to the rise of Hamas and the current war.

It’s also why Truman ought to get more credit for creating Hamas than for creating Israel.

Truman did not actually begin selling weapons to Israel until 1950, well after it had survived the war, and only in order to also be able to sell weapons to its Arab Muslim enemies as part of an agreement with the UK to “maintain a rough balance of power between Israel and the Arab states.“

American Jews have long lived with the comforting “Eddie Jacobson” myth that Truman had intervened on behalf of Israel because of a plea from his longtime friend and business partner.

The truth is that the Truman administration had opposed statehood, until Israel had gone ahead and declared it, had opposed any Israeli presence in Jerusalem, and blocked the pathway to victory, until Israel had gone ahead and won not because of Truman, but despite him.

Since then history has repeated itself again and again. And too many Israelis, who used to know better, bought into the silly myth that their country existed because Truman “liked” them.

Millions of Jews were murdered in Europe despite all the politicians who claimed to like them, but then did nothing for them. Hundreds of thousands of Jews in Israel held off armies and built a state, not because politicians liked them, but because they fought for their independence.

The Oslo Accords, made so that Israel would be liked, brought it to the brink of destruction. If Israel is going to undo that and the entire ‘palestinian’ colonial project, it has a limited time in which to act. Even after Oct 7, it was too consumed with being liked to do what had to be done.

Like America, Israel wants to be liked after Islamic terror attacks, when what it needs is to win.

On the 76th anniversary of its independence, Israel has once again been forced to declare its independence from a White House Democrat who publicly promised support while privately stabbing it in the back. Going into Rafah and finishing off Hamas will be a more meaningful celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut or Independence Day than any flag-waving parades.

Independence is not in the fireworks you shoot off, it’s in taking independent action.

Contrary to popular myth, foreign aid to Israel isn’t proof that Jerusalem controls D.C. but that D.C. controls Jerusalem. What’s often misleadingly described as aid isn’t a big check, it’s an entanglement with the U.S. defense industry that prevents Israel from fighting an extended war without permission.

Since the War of Independence and the 1956 Suez Canal War, the priority has been to make sure that Israel won’t be able to unilaterally pursue a military campaign. Once denied weapons, Israel has been given them in exchange for being put on a leash out of D.C.

Oct 7 has become the ultimate test of Israel’s independence. And this Memorial Day and Independence Day will determine whether a nation of nearly 10 million is truly free to do more than mourn its dead, but once again take independent action to protect its living future.

 

Israel Invades Rafah

Israel Invades Rafah

 

Israeli officials said the first Israeli tanks started moving from the Israeli side of the border towards Rafah on Monday while Hamas continues to double-talk and lie about a hostage and ceasefire deal proposal brokered by Egyptian and Qatari mediators. 

 

 

Israel Invades Rafah

What Will Be The World Response This Time?

5/7/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

Hamas Must Go

The War Cabinet unanimously decided that Israel will continue its operation in Rafah in order to exert military pressure on Hamas in order to promote the release of the hostages and reach their war goal of defeating Hamas.
The IDF chose not to accept a Hamas truce in light of the 3 IDF soldiers that were killed on Sunday and Israel’s recognition that Hamas is simply trying to delay Israel’s assault on Rafah in hopes that world pressure will prevent it! lying about the truce was another major consideration.

The IDF has indeed launched a major operation in Rafah with blistering targeted airstrikes and tanks rolling in on the ground.

“Wail, O gate! Cry, O city! All you of Philistia (Gaza) are dissolved; For smoke will come from the north, and no one will be alone in his appointed times.”
Isaiah 14:31

About two hours after Hamas supposedly responded positively to an Egyptian-Qatari cease-fire proposal, Palestinian and Arab media reported Monday evening that IDF forces and tanks began to enter Gaza’s East Rafah, in following intense heavy shelling in the eastern area of ​​the city.

The IDF spokesman confirmed the report and said that “IDF forces are attacking and operating now against targets of the terrorist organization Hamas in a targeted manner in East Rafah.” The Palestinians reported that houses were blown up in the al-Shuqa area and around the Rafah Crossing, and that there was tank fire and artillery shelling from the east.

Israel Defense Forces announced on Monday morning that it had begun to warn civilians living in eastern Rafah to evacuate to an expanded humanitarian area in al-Mawasi, between Khan Younis and the Mediterranean Sea.

This expanded humanitarian zone includes, “field hospitals, tents and increased amounts of food, water, medication and additional supplies,” the IDF stated.

The IDF also said it is working with international organizations and partner countries to increase the flow of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.

Calls to evacuate were made using flyers, SMS text messages to cell phones, phone calls and media broadcasts in Arabic.

Flyers were dropped over Rafah on Monday morning with the following text (translated from Arabic):

“The IDF is about to operate with force against the terror organizations in the area you currently reside, as the IDF has operated so far. Anyone in the area puts themselves and their family members in danger. For your safety, evacuate immediately to the expanded humanitarian area in al-Mawasi.”

According to Palestinian reports, another set of flyers was dropped, warning residents to not move north to Gaza City, calling it a “dangerous combat zone” and telling them it is “forbidden to approach the eastern and southern security fence” with Israel and Egypt.

In addition to warning civilians to make their way to the new humanitarian zone, Israel also warned them that Hamas operatives have fired on civilians during previous evacuations.

The decision to begin evacuating civilians followed the IDF’s consultation with the United States, when Defense Minister Yoav Gallant spoke with his counterpart, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, on Sunday evening.

The move also comes amid an apparent breakdown in hostage negotiations.

On Sunday, while Israel was waiting for a final response from Hamas regarding the proposal, rockets and mortars were launched toward the Kerem Shalom Crossing at the southern border between Israel and Gaza near Rafah. At least 10 Israelis were injured and 3 soldiers were killed in those attacks.

During his conversation with Austin, Gallant informed him about the Hamas attack and told him, “There was no choice left, and this meant the start of the Israeli operation in Rafah.”

In the U.S. Department of Defense readout of the call, Austin reiterated the U.S. position that any IDF operation in Rafah must include a “credible plan to evacuate Palestinian civilians and maintain the flow of humanitarian aid.”

More Rage Coming

Bible prophecy indicates that Israel will become the center of controversy in the latter days and that the eyes of all the nations of the world will be focused on the Jewish people!

Regardless of the success of the IDF incursion into Rafah, we can anticipate renewed, violent, anti-Israel reactions and demonstrations across the globe as Satan stirs his demon forces to prevent Israel’s defeat of Hamas.

Every day, Israel and the Jewish people are making headline news making them a powerful testimony that we’re living in the concluding moments of the Church Age. Pray the Lord will guide us to be wise and aware as we live and make decisions to glorify Him in the last days!

 

 

Workers set up tents in al-Mawasi, an Israeli-designated “safe zone” in Gaza along the Mediterranean coast. 

 

Headline News Events And Israel At War

Headline News Events And Israel At War

 

 

 

 

Headline News Events
And
Israel At War

3/29/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

 

In retaliation against Iran’s historically large UAV, cruise missile, and ballistic missile attack of April 13, Israel was considering an alternative option other than the course of action they finally used against Iran. Netanyahu’s original plan was to destroy several nuclear sites in undisclosed different locations across Iran. However, in return for the US imposing strong sanctions on Iran, approving military actions against Rafah, and transferring financial aid to Israel, the Israeli government would hold off on its intended attack of Iran’s nuclear sites.

In the early hours of the morning, Israel struck. But instead of the massive retaliation expected, it was a tempered strike. Small quadcopter drones were sent into Iran to confuse the air defenses. These were followed by Israeli Air Force (IAF) jet fighters that fired supersonic, half-ton Rampage missiles at the Shikari base in Isfahan destroying the air defense systems deployed to protect the Natanz nuclear facility 100 miles away. Compared to what was originally discussed, it was certainly a minor strike.

Why didn’t Israel exploit this perfect opportunity to destroy Iran’s nuclear sites? There are two primary factors that led to them holding back. First, the US administration was dead set against it. If Trump was still in office, this last week would have been very different. Actually, under the previous administration, Iran never would have had the chutzpah to launch their attack to begin with. Prime Minister Netanyahu and his administration are dealing with an extremely complex international situation. While it is easy to say, just go in and blow Iran’s nuclear capabilities to pieces, there would be huge ramifications for Israel doing so. There will likely come a time when they will be forced to act alone, but we must understand the PM’s need to keep relations with the US strong. This is primarily true due to the second factor below.

Israel is already fighting a war, and that war is only going to get bigger. If you think that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are nearing the end because they’ve already worked their way through northern and central Gaza and are now ramping up to move into Rafah in southern Gaza, you are missing the bigger picture. Once they are done with Gaza in the south, they will need to turn their full focus onto Lebanon and Syria in the north and the West Bank. What they will find awaiting is a much better funded, much better trained, and much better weaponed terrorist military in Hezbollah. And they will also be facing multiple Iranian proxy militias in Syria. This is not the time they can say to their allies like the US, who are helping to supply munitions, “Forget what you say, we’re going off on our own.” Again, that day will come, but it is not today.

What benefits came from Israel tempering its response? The US House approved a foreign aid package on Saturday night that included $26 billion in wartime aid to Israel. Last Tuesday night, the senate approved that bill. Second, the US has signed off on Israel moving into Rafah to finish the work against Hamas. Finally, Iran has received the message from Israel, “Now you know that we have the capability to destroy your nuclear facilities any time we choose.”

We need to understand and respect the incredibly difficult waters through which Netanyahu and his cabinet must navigate.

 

The Middle East

Israel

Sunday saw two terrorists, one armed with a gun and another with a knife, attack IDF soldiers near Hebron. Both were killed. Later, a woman with a knife tried to stab soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint, and she too was killed. The next day, two Palestinians drove their car into a group of Israelis in Jerusalem, sending three pedestrians flying into the air. The terrorists then exited the car with a rifle, but, before they could fire, the gun jammed. Unable to hurt more people, the two assailants fled, only to be captured later. The three pedestrians received minor injuries. It is not just the steady barrage of rockets fired over the northern border that keeps tension high in Israel, but these ongoing terrorist attacks.

Gaza

The concentration of military forces east of Rafah has begun. This is a strong signal that ground maneuvers will be beginning soon. Egyptian officials read in on the plan report that Israel has a 2–3-week plan to move civilians out of the area north toward Khan Yunis before moving in. They will be prevented from going further north by the Netzarim Corridor. This is a buffer zone cutting Gaza in two. The IDF is expanding and modernizing this area in order to keep a strong military presence separating Gaza City from Khan Yunis and below.

One cry from the antisemitic left is that Israel is starving Gazans. But is that the truth? A news anchor for the ruling Palestinian faction wrote, Fatah, has accused Hamas on air of killing aid workers and stealing food in order to manufacture a food crisis in Gaza. The terrorists accumulated the aid into warehouses leading to “these crazy and unreal prices that no one can pay”, said the anchor. In the same way that Hamas shows its disregard for the Palestinian people by using them as human shields, it deliberately starves Gazans for political talking points.

Turkey, Qatar

Warnings are flying that Qatar is preparing to evict senior members of the Hamas political bureau from their cushy hotel rooms and from the entire country due to the terrorist group not negotiating in good faith for a return of the Israeli hostages. But these multi-millionaire terrorists need not worry about being forced to live on the streets. Turkey is waiting with arms wide open to welcome them in.

Following Turkish President Erdogan’s ridiculous comment last week equating Hamas fighters with Turkish freedom fighters, he enjoyed quality time with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul Saturday. Turkey is looking for influence in the Muslim world after many years spent outside of radical Islam. This is completely expected for all who know their Bibles. When the Ezekiel 38 Battle of Armageddon launches, Turkey will be there with Iran aiming all their weapons at Israel.

Northern Battle

Israel continues to hit Hezbollah targets in Lebanon in preparation for a likely war in the near future. Just recently, the IDF claimed to have hit approximately 40 targets in southern Lebanon, targeting storage facilities, weapons, and terrorist infrastructure. The day before, two Hezbollah leaders were killed in air strikes. Muhammad Khalil Atiya, a commander in the aerial unit of the group’s elite Radwan force, was assassinated in Azron. That same day near Tyre, Hussein Azqul, a major figure in Hezbollah’s air defense unit, met his end.

In response to the elimination of the two key Hezbollah figures, the terrorist group launched three drones toward Acre and Krayot in Israel. All three UAVs were intercepted by fighter jets. Along with the occasional drone attack, Hezbollah continues its steady dose of rockets flying over the border from Lebanon. Not to be outdone, the Iranian-backed proxy militias make their regular contribution of rockets fired from Syria.

University Protests

We all know that the one activity university students enjoy more than a raging frat party is a good old-fashioned protest. Unfortunately, what is taking place in colleges across the United States and Europe is not your parents’ march for equal rights or an end to the Vietnam War. Today we have the element of Antifa and professional protesters, and they are incredibly skilled at ratcheting up the violent tension of these crowds of ignorant, impressionable teens and young adults. Now we see that pressure beginning to burst. Whether it is at Columbia, Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin, USC, or any of the hundreds of other universities where the mobs are taking over, the police are facing overwhelming numbers of frenzied students. Many think they are doing a good thing, but they’ve been duped by those who know better and are masters at using lies and passion to create chaos. No one knows what this is going to look like in the days ahead, but we should be very concerned. I don’t see this just breaking up, because the provocateurs know that they have a very strong foothold.

We must also recognize that this is a spiritual battle. Satan hates what God loves. This is a direct assault by the enemy against the people that God has chosen to be His own. He is using his minions – the provocateurs – to do his bidding, whipping up vitriol against Israel. It is very important to recognize that this is bigger than just these protests. This is a well-planned global effort to stir up the demonic spirit of antisemitism for the last days! The anti-Israel rhetoric that these students have been hearing in their classrooms is being driven deep into their hearts through these protests. Sadly, for many, if not most, it will remain there for the rest of their lives.

One last comment about these protests. Whenever you are looking for root causes of nefarious activities, it is always good to follow the money. In the last twelve years, Israel-hating Qatar has given over $3 billion to American universities. China has given more than $1.7 billion; Saudi Arabia, $1.4 billion; Russia, $141 million; Turkey, $81 million; Lebanon, $21 million; and the Palestinian Authority, $1 million. When you look at the anti-American, leftist drivel being taught in US universities these days, all you need to do is – what? Follow the money!

Red Heifer Sacrifice

It should be noted that due to the ongoing war in Gaza the government of Israel has delayed the Red Heifer sacrifice until some time near June. Official information on the red heifer sacrifice is hard to find right now either from the government or the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. We’ll report developments as soon as we learn more.

FOTET Ministry

While the rebirth of the nation of Israel remains one of the most revealing signs of God’s prophetic timeline, so much is yet to come regarding the Jewish state.

Before the October 7 massacre in 2023, Israel was in an extremely divided state. Now, despite its newly united front, the nation is dealing with new wars on several fronts. The current circumstances have many wondering, What’s Next for Israel? Will there be war with Iran? Is peace on the horizon? Will the nations divide Israel? What does the future look like for the rise of Antichrist?

Register for our next class on June 18 for my Scripture-based teaching, “Living In The Last Days: God’s Plan Unfolding Before Us In 2024”, as I answer these questions and more!

Thank you so much for your love, prayers, and support during these crazy times. It’s a blessing to know that you are there lifting our arms up as we seek to bring the truth of God’s Word about what’s revealed for us in the last days!

Awaiting His Return!