Israeli strike destroyed over 1,000 Iranian-made missiles in Syria!
A targeted warehouse and underground secret facilities, located in Syria, reportedly destroyed thousands of missiles stored for Hezbollah and assembled under the supervision of Iranian Republican Guard Forces.
Satellite images taken by Planet Labs show heavily damaged structures at the Scientific Studies and Research Center of a Syrian weapons base near the northwestern city of Masyaf in an Israeli airstrike.
Israel attacked the large, central, underground complex and military arsenal built by Iran that allows the Syrian Agency for Scientific Research to accumulate in a protected manner, thousands of components to assemble precision missiles and from there to gradually smuggle them to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The attack demonstrated Israel’s watchful eye and uncanny ability to destroy underground Iranian factories.
Israel Strikes Again!
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August 30 by Tim Buck
Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
An airstrike Thursday on the Syrian city of Masyaf attributed to Israel hit a missile warehouse containing more than 1,000 Iranian-made missiles, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Saturday.
The warehouse, in the city’s Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) complex, stored thousands of medium-range, surface-to-surface missiles assembled under the supervision of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps “expert officers,” the report said.
Syrian air-defense systems were activated in northwestern Syria on Thursday, with Syria’s state news agency SANA reporting that local forces were “confronting hostile targets” above Masyaf. Later, the agency said the airstrike was an Israeli attack.
The observatory added that 14 Syrian civilians sustained injuries with varying levels of severity during the Masyaf airstrike, in addition to casualties reported among Iranian-backed militias guarding the research center– which was heavily damaged during the attack.
Moreover, several fires broke out in areas surrounding the city ignited by the shrapnel from the explosions of the warehouse, with nearby civilian houses and property suffering material damage, the report said. Secondary explosions continued for hours after the strikes, along with the blazes caused by them. Local residents were reportedly instructed to remain in shelters until the fires were brought under control.
In addition to the strikes attributed to Israel, the United States also engaged in a string of tit-for-tat attacks last week against Iranian militias in northern Syria who had targeted US forces with rockets and drones.
Iran-backed militias have established a large foothold in Syria while fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad during Syria’s civil war.
Iran And Russia Create
Global Natural Gas Cartel
The $40 billion memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed last month between Gazprom and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) is a stepping stone to enabling Russia and Iran to implement their long-held plan to be the core participants in a global cartel for gas suppliers in the same mold as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for oil suppliers.
With a foundation in the current Gulf Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), this ‘Gas OPEC’ would allow for the coordination of an extraordinary proportion of the world’s gas reserves and control over gas prices in the coming years. Occupying the number one and number two positions in the world’s largest gas reserves table, respectively – Russia with just under 48 trillion cubic meters (tcm) and Iran with nearly 34 tcm – the two countries are in an ideal position to do this.
The Russia-Iran alliance, as evidenced in the most recent multi-faceted MoU between Gazprom and the NIOC, wants to control as much of the two key elements in the global supply matrix – gas supplied over land via pipelines and gas supplied via ships in liquefied natural gas (LNG) – as possible.
According to a statement last week from Hamid Hosseini, chairman of Iran’s Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Products Exporters’ Union, in Tehran, after the Gazprom-NIOC MoU had been signed: “Now the Russians have come to the conclusion that the consumption of gas in the world will increase and the tendency towards consumption of LNG has increased and they alone are not able to meet the world’s demand, so there is no room left for gas competition [between Russia and Iran].”
He added: “The winner of the Russia-Ukraine war is the United States, and it will capture the European market, so if Iran and Russia can reduce the influence of the United States in the oil, gas and product markets by working together, it will benefit both countries.”
The Russian energy giant Gazprom recently informed the French gas company who relies on Russian gas: “Due to problems in the contract” not all the gas will be supplied.
No doubt – Russia continues to punish Europe!
Iran’s hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi spewing lies and threats against the U.S. & Israel in recent press conference:
In June, the IAEA Board of Governors passed an anti-Iran resolution proposed by the United States, Britain, France and Germany following the agency’s reports that Tehran had not provided “technically credible explanations” for the uranium particles found at three undeclared sites.
Today the Iranian president said that without the closing of this investigation a deal can not be achieved.
What the Iranians basically say is:
“We fooled you , you know that, we know that, but if you want a deal you must pretend it never happened”.
Israeli Mossad Estimates There Will Be A New Nuclear Agreement
In the coming weeks, Israel will need to step up its activities against Iran
A new nuclear agreement between Iran and the powers seems closer than ever, after the significant progress in the list of demands sent between the parties. The Mossad presented Prime Minister Lapid with an assessment according to which the agreement will be signed in the near future, within a few days to several weeks.
At the same time, the Mossad and the IDF will be prepared for a line of action on, among other things, the increase of Israeli activity throughout the Middle East against Iran. This will include thwarting Iranian terrorism, thwarting the smuggling of Iranian weapons to all countries and organizations in the region – and not just activity on Iranian soil.
It can be assumed that the Mossad and the IDF have built extensive and significant infrastructures in a number of countries throughout the Middle East. These infrastructures will allow them to do what we have seen, including intelligence and operational penetration into the Revolutionary Guards in Iran and a much wider maneuverability in a long list of countries.
More of Raisi’s Lies and Threats
“The presence of the US in the region threatens the security and stability of the region. Israel’s threats express its fear and we advise it not to start any aggression because it may not exist. All Israel’s threats and measures will not help them stop our path, and they are aware that they are unable to confront us. Israel never wanted Iran to get the technology, but Iran got it anyway. Our peaceful nuclear capability is Iran’s right, and no one can prevent it from this right.”
Have you ever heard such a string of lies? Of course, neither God or Israel is unaware of the lying tongue of the evil Prince of Persia (Dan. 10:14, 20) who stands against Israel in the latter days.
Israel recently revealed that in the midst of the nuclear talks: Iran has begun enriching uranium in one of the 3 advanced centrifuges clusters recently installed in the underground facility in Natanz.
God is not fooled and reminds us, “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap?”
Satan, the great liar and hater of God’s chosen people “is a thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus came that we might have life and enjoy life more abundantly.”
20 killed in fresh clashes as U.S. officials leave Bagdad Embassy via rooftop evacuation and emergency airlifted off the U.S. Embassy out of the Green Zone, Baghdad Iraq.
A new wave of anti-government protests rocked war-torn Iraq as at least five people were killed during violent clashes in Baghdad; meanwhile in the south protesters set fire to government buildings
Chaos Across Iraq as Violence Soars
Civil War Incitement by Iran
Baghdad is plunging into more instability with rioters now inside the presidential palace in Baghdad.
The Iraqi military declared a curfew in Baghdad. UN and foreign embassies personell vehicles are leaving the green zone. The government suspends all its meetings. Iran closed its land borders with Iraq until further notice and Kuwait is urging its citizens to leave Iraq immediately.
After the important Shiite leader Muktada a-Sidr whose party won the majority in parliamentary elections decided to withdraw from politics and shut down the offices of his political party, his followers stormed into the presidential palace in Baghdad. They suspect that Iran made the threats and is behind this move to destabilize and gain more control.
A- Sidr is a loud opponent of Iran’s intervention in Iraqi affairs and the rumors are that killing squads were sent to assassinate him.
As government forces open fire on protesters, locals decided to respond with the same coin. Full out up rising on the way paving the way for more bloodshed and suffering.
So far the clashes are between the supporters of the prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the security forces.
Once the clashes will start between them and the pro-Iranian militias it can rapidly escalate into a full blown civil war.
The protests are similar to those that have engulfed Lebanon in recent days. Incitement and chaos is easily encouraged by Iran in that they are economically-driven, largely leaderless and spontaneous against a sectarian-based system and a corrupt political class that has ruled for decades and driven the two countries to the brink of economic disaster.
Satan Creating Chaos
Last Days Sign
So what do we have so far?
Iran creates chaos in Lebanon
Iran creates chaos in Iraq
Iran creates chaos in Yemen
Iran creates chaos in Syria
Iran creates chaos in Gaza
Iran creates chaos in the West Bank
Iran is doing business with Russia
Russia brought chaos to Ukraine
Russia also brought chaos to Europe with insane gas prices
Russia and Iran are friends with China
China is threatening Taiwan
In America – 5 MILLION illegal aliens have crossed the U.S. Border in the 18 months since Biden took office
In addition, the Enemy is doing everything in his power to stop key candidates from running for leadership offices in America and Israel.
Israeli Military Chief Aviv Kohavi speaks at a conference in Ganei Tikva, August 18, 2022, says IDF forces struck ‘third country’ during recent Gaza fighting.
Iranians and Lebanese killed in large explosion at Houthi camp in Yemen earlier this month.
Iranian backed Houthi terrorists in Yemen
Iranian military tentacles stretching across the Middle East and closing around Israel
Israel Adds Yemen To
Its Active Combat List
8/19/22 – by Tim Buck
“Hear, Israel: Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them. 4 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
Military chief Aviv Kohavi revealed Thursday that the Israel Defense Forces carried out a strike on an unnamed country during the recent round of fighting in the Gaza Strip earlier this month.
“Ten days ago, the Israel Defense Forces hit with great precision Tayseer Jabari, who is an arch-terrorist,” Kohavi said at a Federation of Local Authorities conference, referring to the northern Gaza commander of Iranian proxy, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, killed during the opening strikes of Operation Breaking Dawn between August 5 and 8.
“And at the same time the IDF carried out a wave of arrests in the West Bank, and at the same time attacked a third country, and then carried out defense along the rest of Israel’s borders,” Kohavi said.
Arabic-language media reports have said that on August 7 at least six Iranian and Lebanese advisers were killed in Yemen at a camp run by the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group. The reports attributed the blast to a Houthi ballistic missile that exploded while being redeployed. Now we know different.
The reports said dozens of Houthi fighters were also killed, and that the blast triggered a second explosion in a nearby factory and weapons dump in Al Hafa military site in Naqam mountain near Yemen’s capital Sa’ana.Last year, the IDF deployed air defense batteries around the southern city of Eilat amid concerns of an attack by the Houthis. The Iran-backed group is believed to have missiles and drones that can reach Israel.
Yemen’s brutal war erupted in 2014 after the Houthis seized Sana’a. A Saudi Arabia-led coalition entered the war months later to try to restore the internationally recognized government.
The conflict has in recent years become a regional proxy war that has killed more than 150,000 people, including over 14,500 civilians. It also created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. A ceasefire between the sides took effect in April.
Israel in the past has been willing to strike targets relatively far from its borders, including several airstrikes in Sudan more than a decade ago that targeted shipments from Iran to the Hamas terror group in Gaza via the African nation.
Israel has also carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria in the last decade, mostly to stymie attempts by Iranian forces to transfer weapons to Lebanon’s Hezbollah or establish a foothold on Israel’s northern frontier.
The IDF refers to three levels of direct threats facing Israel as “circles” with the first being small terror groups on Israel’s borders, like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the PLO; the second being larger threats, like the Syrian army and Hezbollah; and the “third circle” being countries that do not share a border with Israel, like Iran, Iraq, and Yemen.
The State of Israel is on track to break the record this year for Jewish people immigrating to Israel. What a thrill watching Israel’s “Second Exodus” in full swing! Pay attention world, its God’s sign that we’re in the final hour.
“So then, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ Then they will live in their own land.”
“When the Jews return to Israel, so Messiah will return to Israel”
U.S. President Joe Biden listens as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a joint statement at the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Friday, July 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks at his notes as he meets with President Joe Biden at the Al Salman Royal Palace, Friday, July 15, 2022, in Jeddah. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
France President Emmanuel Macron urged the resumption of talks towards a two-state solution with the Palestinians and Israel, which he called “the only option to enable a just and lasting peace”.
The End Time Sign
For The Two-State Plan
7/19/22 by Tim Buck
Thanks to Joe Biden’s recent pandering to the Palestinians, the two-state solution is making front page Middle East headlines for the first time since President Trump presented his well thought out peace plan in 2019.
I said in 2019 that the Trump plan was by far the most well thought out, two-state plan ever conceived and was so brilliant it could likely become the template for the final plan that prophecy says will be confirmed by Antichrist before the start of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27).
Although prophesied to happen, God warns Israel not to divide the land under any conditions or they will suffer the consequences of His wrath in the Tribulation (Joel 3:1-3).
Giving back any land to the Palestinians, let alone the heartland of Judea and Samaria, the so-called, “West Bank,” is tantamount to Joshua offering to give back Jericho to the Canaanites. It is an offense to Almighty God who gave Abraham and his descendants all the promised land for eternity!
Yesterday, the Times Of Israel reported that “A senior Saudi minister described normalizing ties with Israel as a “strategic option,” while clarifying that a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians was a “requirement” before Riyadh would formalize ties with Jerusalem.”
This means the official line of Saudi Arabia is that while they may be willing to join the Abraham Accords, the ticket price of their admission is nothing less than the dividing of the land of Israel in the two-state solution.
And France’s President Emmanuel Macron would dearly love to broker that deal with Israel and the Palestinians.
For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-3
After Biden’s visit last week, the Middle East is buzzing with talk of the two state solution between Israel and the Palestinians!
FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL:
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris this week focusing on the “Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have not been held since 2014.
Emmanuel Macron: ‘There is no credible alternative to the two-states solution with Israel.’
Macron said, “What can resolve the crisis between Israel and Palestine, surely not unilateral initiatives, nor trampling on the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to legitimate peace. Nor underestimating Israel’s fair right to security. There is no credible alternative to the two state solution, living side by side in peace and security with Jerusalem as the capital of both nations.”
Tim’s Note: How can anyone be so foolish and blind. Satan wants Israel divided to have a better opportunity at exterminating the State of Israel.
The good news for the church is that these are the last days and with the two-state plan getting closer, it is a strong sign of the soon return of the Lord. Dividing the land is one of the last things to happen before the 7-year Tribulation begins! Keep looking up!
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 11: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds up a Vision for Peace map while speaking at the United Nations (UN) Security Council on February 11, 2020 in New York City. Abbas used the world body to denounce the US peace plan between Israel and Palestine. Donald Trump’s proposal for Israeli-Palestinian peace, which was released on January 28, has been met with universal Palestinian opposition. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
‘Heavy’ damage to Damascus airport confirmed after Israeli attack
Syria’s transport ministry says runways at Damascus International Airport remain out of service after missile strike.
June 14, 2022 by Tim Buck
It appears that Israel has decided to up their game after Iran recently announced they have reached nuclear breakout and have enough enriched uranium to build a nuclear bomb. Iran continues to deliver weapons by the ton across Syria under the eye of Israeli intelligence.
This is the second time in 5 days Israel bombed Iranian armament targets arriving at the airport. But in an obvious show to the Iranian regime and the world, this time they took out most of the airport including the air traffic tower, runways and facilities.
Syria halted flights to and from Damascus International Airport “until further notice” on Friday after Israeli air strikes damaged the airstrip and terminal, the transport ministry said.
The airport is located south of the capital Damascus where Syrian opposition activists say Iran-backed militiamen are active and have arms depots. Israel has for years carried out strikes in the area but nothing quite like this one.
It looks like Israel and Iran have reached an impasse and have come to the point of no return. War appears to be the only possible solution at this point and it may be closer than we think!
Join us next Tuesday as we discuss how Biden has betrayed Israel and we look more closely at the Iranian regime and the prospects for war.
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Jesus may come today… Are You Ready?
For Christians who believe that truth matters, I’d like to offer my opinion on what I perceive are the widely misused terms of the New World Order, Globalists and the Great Reset. These hot button phrases are misleading and confusing and are western ideals but not biblical concepts. I’d like to encourage serious students of the Bible to rethink the topic of a one-world government in the last days!
The throwback conspiracy theory known as the “New World Order” is enjoying a renaissance.
President Biden mentioned the “new world order” in mid-March at a Business Roundtable meeting, “Now is a time when things are shifting,” Biden said when asked about the United States’ response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “There’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it.”
Biden’s comments came not long after conspiracy theorists pounced on a remark by a Ukrainian MP during a recent interview with Fox News. “We not only fight for Ukraine; we fight for this new world order for the democratic countries,” Kira Rudyk said in the interview.
Due to the proliferation of fringe narratives on social media that cast Ukraine as a pawn in a supposed nefarious scheme by global elites, the new world order conspiracy has gained new lifeblood.
Whenever “new world order” is mentioned by a world leader it seems like American Christians and prophecy social media circles, go wild with claims that, “this is It,” and the “one-world movement” is finally here.”
When President George Bush used the phrase New World Order in his speech in 1990, those in the Bible prophecy community went bonkers. This was IT. This was the Beast of Revelation 13 which means the reign of Antichrist and the return of Jesus was right around the corner!
Ignored was the context of Bush’s statement which only reflected a post-Soviet Union, post-Cold War era where there were no more competing superpowers, but a flexible realignment of military power to address things like Saddam Hussein’s recent invasion of Kuwait.
But as is always the case with conspiracy theories, the lack of a full context feeds the deception. Christian Bible prophecy folks had already made up their minds that the “New World Order” or “Globalism” WAS what the Bible was referring to in Revelation – it HAD to be. But the context of Bush’s words (or Biden’s for that matter) are not what the Bible describes.
For 30+ years since then, Bible prophecy teachers have been filling up YouTube and Telegram with “Globalists” this and “Globalism” that, as if it’s a biblical concept and you MUST agree or you are… wait for it… one of “THEM.”
And now we can add “The Great Reset” to the list… thanks a lot COVID. Yet another nothingburger. The Great Reset is allegedly about the “global elite” using COVID to dismantle capitalism and enforce radical social change to make way in America for something like communism. There are certainly many who would like to see America turned into a communist state but that isn’t proof we’re on the verge of a one-world government taking over.
Instead of an articulate study of biblical end-time events, conservative Christians just keep getting stuck on the latest one worldism news and keep driving up book sales with scary titles. Instead, we would do well to remember that Satan’s deceptions and man’s inventions are always shiny objects appealing to the flesh.
One World Government, the New World Order and the Great Reset are in reality, non-biblical, western concepts. This is not to say there is no such thing as “globalism” or that many leftist politicians do not seek to advance a “post-Christian” worldview. It exists and so do they, but it’s the assumptions to shoehorn their beliefs into Bible prophecy that confuses many.
These catch-all phrases may be a path that some western elites would like to see prevail but the concepts bely the reality of our world today. One-worldism is not taught in Bible prophecy and Christians should not assume it’s coming! Yet most do. Although taught by many, a one-world government doesn’t align with the scripture about Israel, the nations and the world in the last days.
Any discussion about a “great reset” or “new world order” must consider two crucial factors.
First, consider the other half of the world before jumping to conclusions. Non-western countries, anti-American and anti-Israel countries who are difficult for the west to engage with will never surrender their autonomy for a western globalist agenda.
That would be the unpardonable sin for Muslim nations who make up one-quarter of the world’s population. Islam’s footprint includes 57 countries dedicated to the demise of the west and the fulfillment of the Quran. If you think they’re locking arms with the great reset you are badly mistaken! If given the opportunity (which comes during the Tribulation) they would choose Jihad over appeasing anything that has to do with western ideals. A host of a hundred terror groups and bad actors like Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey and others are fully dedicated to the notion of destroying Israel, America, the west in general and Christianity in particular.
And what about nuclear equipped China with another 25% of earth’s population? They’re not about to renounce their communist dreams and eastern hegemony for the western myth of a New World Order. The same could be said about nuclear armed North Korea and Pakistan.
And what about Israel who now sees itself positioned as one of the top nuclear and technological nations in the world? Despite Israel’s close relationship with the U.S. she will never forfeit control or capitulate to western political influence that would limit her self-reliance. That would be irresponsible because she made that mistake once too often.
And let’s not forget Russia. How can we forget Russia? Russia and her allies have never had an interest in western ideals and especially not something like Biden’s new world order or the western notion of some “great reset.” Here come the nuclear bombs!
So when you think about it, over half the world holds an anti-western viewpoint. Get the picture here?
How is it possible then to look at the world condition and conclude we’re on the verge of a one-world government?
What Does Bible Prophecy Say
Secondly, does Bible prophecy teach we should anticipate a one-world government?
Jesus removed the possibility of a one-world government when he prophesied that there would be “wars and rumors of wars… and nations will rise against nations” (Mt. 24:6-7).
This prophecy would not make sense if there was only one government in the Tribulation. How could that work? How can there be war with only one government that is supposedly ruled by Antichrist? If the supposed “one-world” government controls everything and everyone, and if it controls 100% of earth’s economy, where do the military’s and finances come from for the outbreak of wars described all throughout the Tribulation?
At the outset of the Tribulation, God sends forth the “Four Horses of the Apocalypse” and the second horse is the red horse of war,
“And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.”
The red horse prophecy announces that God is removing peace from the earth and replacing it with the continual spirit of war. The prophet Daniel adds, “wars are decreed unto the end” (Dan. 9:26) which in context points to the end of the Tribulation. War after war after war means lots of nations opposing Antichrist and trying to fend off the Caliphate from conquering them.
This may come as a surprise but, although he tries, Antichrist never has dominion over the whole world. You can read more about this HERE.
Ukraine’s Lessons For Israel
By Caroline Glick
Edited by Tim Buck
In the months and weeks that led up to Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, Western powers signaled clearly that they were prepared to accept the disappearance of Ukraine as an independent state.
U.S. President Joe Biden virtually invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade in late January when he said that a “minor incursion” would leave NATO flat-footed. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, like his predecessor Angela Merkel, served as the Kremlin’s unofficial spokesman in Europe.
But once Russian forces invaded, the West’s plans to yell a bit and look away went awry. The Ukrainians failed to play their assigned role of Paschal lambs. Instead, they rallied around their flag and their president, Volodymyr Zelensky.
For his part, Zelensky captivated the hero-starved West. His rejoinder, when the Biden administration offered to evacuate him from Ukraine on the second day of the war, “I don’t need a ride, I need ammunition,” reminded Americans of a time when they weren’t being attacked for being transphobic or systemically racist, a time when patriotism was permitted.
Once Americans and other Western audiences got a whiff of Ukrainian nationalism, it became politically impossible for Washington, Brussels, Berlin, Paris and London to turn their backs on Kyiv. And so, with little deliberation, Biden and his European counterparts announced a series of unprecedented financial and economic
sanctions on Russia and massive shipments of arms and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
For a moment, it was possible to wonder whether Russia’s reminder that the problems of the world cannot be reduced to the pronouns one uses or the amount of carbon one burns on an average day would change the focus of Western elites. But it was not to be. The ruling classes in Brussels and Washington made clear that the war in Ukraine would not steer them off course.
While Poland is giving refuge to nearly two-thirds of the 3 million Ukrainians who have fled their homes, and Hungary has taken in 10% of them, the E.U. parliament passed economic sanctions against both nations last week. Their crime? The nationalist governments in Warsaw and Budapest refuse to toe Brussels’ line on Muslim immigration and LGBTQ indoctrination.
As for the Biden administration, Ukraine’s fight for national survival in the face of Russian aggression is all well and good. But appeasing Iran is the Biden administration’s top priority. And Biden can’t appease Iran without Russia. So to keep Russia on board with his administration’s efforts to close a deal with Iran, Biden agreed to cut Russia’s lucrative business with Iran out of the sanctions.
Russia can expect to receive $10 billion developing Iran’s nuclear installations and billions more in arms sales. The implications for Ukraine are clear: The US is willing to let them fight the Russians, but will not help the Ukrainians defeat Russia, because the United States cares more about empowering Iran than helping Ukraine survive.
The deal that Biden is concluding with Iran is itself a stunning testament to the radicalism of the Biden team and its refusal to let reality interfere with its policies. It will provide Iran with $90 billion from sanctions relief. That astronomical sum guarantees massive cash infusions into the coffers of Iran’s in-house global terrorist organization–the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, which Biden is set to remove from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations–and to Iran’s terror armies in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and the Gaza Strip.
Iran will have the funds to expand its missile and drone capabilities. And thanks to the lax restrictions it will face on its nuclear operations, it will become a nuclear threshold state by 2025 at the latest.
Although the West’s progressive agenda necessarily limits the support it is willing to provide Ukraine, the West’s ruling classes need to placate their publics, who admire Ukraine, compelling them to provide significant if not determinative military, humanitarian and political assistance to Kyiv. And given Ukraine’s willingness to fight it out with Russia, that support may be sufficient to enable Ukraine to withstand Russia’s assault for long enough to maintain its independence.
The widespread assessment today is that the Ukrainians will be able to continue fighting, despite Russia’s clear military superiority, for another month or six weeks. Given the high losses the Ukrainians are inflicting on the Russians, and assuming that the Russians begin to feel the full impact of the economic and financial sanctions within the next two to three weeks, it is possible that by mid-April, the Ukrainians will be able to negotiate ceasefire terms with Russia that will leave the country independent and more or less intact.
There is a moral to this story for Israel.
Ukrainians can still hope for and expect a future of freedom and independence because they have refused to bow before either Russia or to the West.
If Israel were paying attention to the dynamics at work in the West’s behavior towards Ukraine, it would be adopting policies opposite to those it is currently pursuing, both in relation to Ukraine and Russia and in relation to the West.
Unlike Zelensky, who hasn’t hesitated to call the United States and Germany out for their fence-sitting, the Bennett-Lapid-Gantz government has subordinated all Israeli policies to the Biden administration’s agenda.
If Israel were putting its own interests first, as Zelensky has, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett wouldn’t be trying to mediate between Zelensky and Putin. Instead, Israel would make do with a simple but clear message: Israel supports Ukraine’s sovereign independence and territorial integrity and calls on Russia to end its offensive operations.
Israel ought not and need not go beyond that statement.
The reasons for this are obvious. This is not Israel’s war, and words have consequences. Israel cannot mediate this conflict because it has no leverage over either actor to persuade them to compromise.
As for the significance of words, in order to succeed, a mediator has to be perceived by both sides as someone who accepts the basic legitimacy of their positions. But as a threatened democracy, it is a dangerous proposition for Israel to accept Russia’s view that Ukraine has no right to exist as an independent and distinct nation-state.
When the next round of “mediation” between Israel and the Palestinians begins, how will Israel be able to demand that any prospective mediator reject out of hand the Palestinians’ position that the Jewish state has no right to exist?
This brings us to the second policy Israel should be adopting in the face of the war in Ukraine. Israel should be devoting all of its efforts on the ground to rapidly facilitating the mass aliyah of Ukrainian Jewry. As it stands, there are 10,000 Ukrainian Jews waiting to make aliyah.
Instead of processing their applications, the Foreign Ministry is giving them appointments at consulates and embassies in Warsaw, Budapest and Bucharest three and six months from now and filling planes with non-Jews instead. Non-Jewish Ukrainians, it bears noting, have no problem resettling in the countries bordering Ukraine and throughout Europe. Yet, as 10,000 Ukrainian Jews are forced to wait for months to come to Israel, 10,000 non-Jewish Ukrainians have been airlifted to Israel.
This brings us to Israel’s real problems–Iran, the Palestinians and the Biden administration.
Zelensky’s fierce defense of his country, and the Ukrainian people’s refusal to stand down in the face of Russia’s advance, have compelled the Biden administration to support Ukraine even at the risk of a world war because the Ukrainians are standing for the values of freedom and independence that the United States is supposed to personify on the world stage.
If Israel were to take a page from Ukraine’s playbook, its leaders would be attacking the immorality of the Biden administration’s capitulation to Iran’s demands in the appeasement talks in Vienna.
The Bennett-Lapid-Gantz government’s silence in the face of Biden’s abdication of moral and strategic leadership in the Middle East undermines the efforts of Israel’s supporters in Congress and the international community. The Republicans, for instance, are compelled to explain why they are more opposed to Biden’s capitulation to Iran than the Israeli government is.
Then there are Israel’s Arab partners. The Saudis and the Emiratis have been more outspoken in their opposition to Biden’s Iran policies than Israel. The Arab leaders in the Gulf look at the silent, supine Israeli government in astonishment and distrust. The strategic consequences are already tangible. Rather than redouble their cooperation with Jerusalem, the Saudis and the Emiratis are setting their sights on Moscow and Beijing.
The situation with the Palestinians is also disturbing, and speaks clearly to the destructive implications of Bennett’s decision to play mediator between Russia and Ukraine.
Two weeks ago, Congress passed an omnibus spending bill, which Biden signed. With AIPAC’s support, the bill contained a section on Israel that significantly downgraded the U.S. commitment to the Jewish state.
The section on Israel was an amended version of a law that passed initially in 2012, and required the United States to “assist” and “support the Government of Israel” in its ongoing talks with the Palestinians. The new law deleted the part about supporting Israel. Under the new law, the United States is obligated to support “a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states living side by side in peace, security, and mutual recognition.”
In other words, under the amended law, the United States is committed to supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state, whether Israel supports it or not.
Sen. Ted Cruz has fought since last July to block the passage of this amendment because he recognized the damage it was liable to do both to U.S.-Israel ties and to Israel’s national security. The Israeli Embassy, on the other hand, was less concerned.
Senate sources explain that Israel’s diplomats were nowhere to be found as Cruz fought adoption of the amendment.
The worst aspect of the amended law is that it wasn’t initiated by the usual anti-Israel forces in the so-called “Squad.” AIPAC supported the amendment, and so did mainstream Republican senators, like the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, James Risch, and Sen. Rob Portman.
The implications are clear. When Israel opts to remain silent as its interests and position are undermined, not only does it strengthen its enemies, it loses its friends.
After Russia invaded Ukraine, many Ukrainians told Israeli reporters on the scene that they were inspired by Israel, which has always fought its own battles and survived even in the face of global indifference and hostility. Today, the opposite should be the case.
Israel’s government must learn from the Ukrainians. The West will not fight for a threatened democracy. States that wait for green lights from the West to defend themselves will not survive. But states that defend themselves will see sufficient forces rally to their side to enable them to persevere and survive.
A view of Eclipse, a luxury yacht belonging to Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, recently docked at a port in the resort of Marmaris, Turkey. (IHA via AP)
Russian Oligarch Yacht
Parked in Turkey
A Russian pair of yachts belonging to Chelsea soccer club owner and sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich have docked at resorts in Turkey, according to the Associated Press.
Turkey has not imposed economic sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine last month, nor has it frozen assets belonging to top Russian businessmen linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The private DHA news agency said Tuesday the Bermuda-registered Eclipse docked in the resort of Marmaris.
A day earlier, Abramovich’s Bermuda-flagged luxury yacht My Solaris arrived in the nearby resort of Bodrum, triggering a protest by a group of Ukrainians who boarded a small motorboat and tried to prevent the yacht from docking.
NATO member Turkey has close ties to both Russia and Ukraine. It has criticized Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine but has also positioned itself as a neutral party trying to mediate between the two.