Israel and the Middle East

10/2/23  By Tim Buck

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”

Psalms 2:1-3


In Israel 

five-man terrorist cell was recently arrested by Israel’s Shin Bet. The three Palestinians and two Israeli citizens were gathering intelligence for a plot to harm National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, as well as a member of the Knesset. The cell was receiving its orders from Iran.

Israel Left Off Russia’s Financial Friends List

Last week, Russia published a list of more than 30 countries that are welcome to trade on their foreign exchange. Despite being included in the original draft created in the summer, Israel was left off the final document. This is just another sign of the deteriorating conditions between Moscow and Jerusalem brought on by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Prime Minister Netanyahu Addresses United Nations

It is said that one can tell how close they are to the truth by the number of people who attack them. If that is accurate, then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the UN General Assembly must have been overflowing with truth. It was certainly one of the greatest speeches I’ve ever heard Bibi make in his long career as Prime Minister.

During his presentation, he spoke of a proposed trade route from India to the West that would pass through the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Israel. He emphasized the many new relationships that Israel is forging and showed a map of a new Middle East emphasizing these new friendships. He also said that the US and Saudi Arabia shouldn’t let the Palestinians have the right to veto a peace deal that would normalize relations between Jerusalem and Riyadh.

All the usual suspects took offense at what he said, including Iran, much of Europe, the U.S., and others.

Israel Joins US Visa Waiver Program

In a huge win for Prime Minister Netanyahu, the US has included Israel as the 41st country on its Visa Waiver list. This means that Israeli citizens may now enter the US without a visa and remain for up to 90 days. Netanyahu called the move a “significant and joyous moment for all Israeli citizens.”

Saudis Send Delegation Team to West Bank

Large strides have been made last few weeks in the pursuit of normalizing relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Tuesday saw Saudi Arabia’s first ambassador to the Palestinian Authority arrive in the West Bank. The visit of Nayef al-Sudairi marked the first time a Saudi delegation has been in the West Bank since 1967.

At the same time, Israel’s Tourism Minister Haim Katz arrived in Saudi Arabia for a conference, marking the first official visit of an Israeli minister to the country. Later in the week, Israeli Communications Minister Shlomo Karai carried out an official visit, attending a conference in Saudi Arabia. The government of Israel is very optimistic regarding these developments.

Arab Nations Making Peace With Israel

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said that he expects six or seven other Muslim nations to join Saudi Arabia in making peace with Israel. This would continue to expand the prophetic significance of peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia due to the wider impact of many Arab nations negotiating on the side of Israel for building their Temple on the Temple Mount.

Israeli Military Strikes Hamas in Gaza

Palestinians gathered Tuesday at the Gaza fence for a twelfth night of violent protests. After they floated incendiary balloons and kites over the border and threw all sorts of projectiles at Israeli forces, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck back hitting several Hamas targets. The next evening was more violence, and once more the IDF struck back destroying a border tunnel.

Deluge of Syrian Refugees Killing Lebanon’s Economy

Refugees of the Syrian Civil War are destroying Lebanon’s economy. The population of Lebanon is approximately 6 million. The latest estimate of Syrian refugees who have crossed the border is 2.5 million.

Lebanon is already in bad shape with the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group involved in every level of government. But to have the burden of these refugees is far more than the economy can handle. Other nations are calling on the EU and other parts of the world to help Lebanon before it, too, devolves into civil strife.

Ukraine Hits Russia’s Black Sea Headquarters in Crimea

Ukraine’s military hit the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Friday. In response, Russian missiles struck a high-rise building in Odessa used as Ukraine’s navy headquarters. Tuesday saw the Chkalovsky military airport near Moscow on fire following another Ukrainian attack. The back and forth of war continues.

Huge Explosion in Iran

A deafening noise accompanied a powerful tremor on Monday near the western Iranian city of Khorramabad. The authorities quickly explained it away as a minor 2.0 earthquake. “Not so fast,” said many. Near the epicenter of the event is an underground missile and weapons complex. According to witnesses, this below the surface cache was the source of what they say was a major explosion. The Iranian authorities deny the claim and Israel hasn’t said a word.

Canadian Parliament Unwittingly Honors Nazi War Criminal

Canada continues on it’s radical decline to the left.  On Friday, members of Canada’s parliament stood and applauded Yaroslav Hunka, a 98-year-old World War II veteran, after he was introduced by Speaker Anthony Rota as a “Canadian hero”. The only problem was that Hunka served in a Nazi Waffen SS unit during the war.

There are certain things you just can’t come back from. Certainly for Hunka, who is now the subject of an extradition request by the Polish government. Also for Speaker Rota, who tendered his resignation Tuesday.


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, April 19, 2023.
(Photo: Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS)

Saudi Arabia reportedly won’t make major Israeli concessions to Palestinians as a condition for normalization!

Saudi Arabia will not hold up a normalization deal with Israel if the Jewish state doesn’t agree to major concessions to the Palestinians, according to three regional sources who are familiar with the talks.

“The normalization will be between Israel and Saudi Arabia. If the Palestinians oppose it the kingdom will continue in its path,” one of the sources told Reuters.

“Saudi Arabia supports a peace plan for the Palestinians, but this time it wants something for Saudi Arabia, not just for the Palestinians.”

Riyadh would be satisfied with Israel’s pledge to ease certain restrictions that would fall well short of demands for Palestinian statehood, the source added.

Such concessions might include the transfer of some Israeli-controlled territory in the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority (PA), limitations to the building of settlements and a pledge to not annex parts of the West Bank.

The Saudi Kingdom’s main goal in these talks is to receive a broad security agreement from the United States, according to the source.

While this probably won’t amount to a NATO-style alliance, an American source said that the agreement could be similar to U.S. treaties with Asian states like Japan or the U.S. agreement with Bahrain, home of the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet.

In addition, Washington could offer Riyadh the status of ‘Major Non-NATO Ally,’ a status that was already given to Israel and Egypt. While an Asian-style treaty would have to get passed by Congress, an agreement like the one with Bahrain would not face as many legal hurdles.

Saudi Arabia is willing to compromise on a NATO-style alliance but, in return, would demand additional guarantees for an agreement similar to the one with Bahrain.

Riyadh also showed a readiness to compromise on demands for a civil nuclear program, one source said.

On Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the IDF and Mossad Intelligence would examine the Saudi nuclear issue before any agreement.

“Peace with Saudi Arabia is a welcome thing for Israel, but at the same time we will make every effort to hedge the risks and make sure that we are acting in the right and responsible direction,” Gallant said.

“The security system and I personally have been dealing with this issue since the beginning of the year. We have set up work teams for the issue and everything will operate on the right track through the IDF and the Mossad and then it will flow to the chief of staff and me. Every effort should be made to reach a move with Saudi Arabia,” he added.




Jewish men take part in the Hoshana Rabbah prayer on the seventh day of Sukkot at a lookout of the Mount of Olives, overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City, Oct. 16, 2022. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Paying Attention:
The Rise of Israel’s Religious Right

The Rise of the religious-right in Israel, especially among Orthodox Jews, is an amazing site to behold and an increasing end-time sign aligning with Scripture. In the last days, a powerful religious element who believe in the Old Testament and who are seeking God, inside Israel, is necessary to successfully negotiate for Israel’s coming Temple.