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Syrian refugees selling kidneys to survive

John Barron from Sifting Reality commented that kidneys are taken from the back and that this is about six inches too high as well so that most likely this is propaganda! Perhaps we should consider what the propaganda is being used for? Perhaps to play on our sympathies and get us more involved in the civil war that is taking place there? I really should have been more observant in posting this, but there is almost always a lesson to be learned. I sincerely thank him and God bless!

Syrian refugees selling kidneys to survive.

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Healing — A Gift From God

Recently there have been those that tell us that the gifts that were given us by the Holy Spirit and were instructed to use by Jesus Himself, were no longer relevant. We are told that people who displayed these gifts were an embarrassment to Christianity. I would ask them where in the Bible does it say that they would be removed from the people? Rather does it not say that they would still be given and people would do even greater things? Matthew 28 “18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Was He just talking to the disciples here?  Or rather telling them to teach all that he had taught them? Matthew 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Oh ye of little faith, how sad to deny and fear the works of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. How small would you make a God that created the whole of existence? To deny the ability that was promised for all in order to please the world who mocks and ridicules what they do not understand? And yet if those who use their voices to deny would instead embrace the teachings and the commandments of Jesus, the words that He said when He promised that we would do even greater things would be apparent even more quickly. They choose not to believe and therefore deny the words of Jesus. They would pick and choose, declaring that some of these gifts ended when the early followers of Christ died out, as if part of the teachings of Jesus only applied to them. They find speaking in tongues embarrassing or something I suppose. It doesn’t fit their idea of how we should display our selves to the world, and yet the world is not who we should worry about displaying our selves to is it? It is God that we are to please! If what we do looks strange and different to the world, that is the way that it should be. We are not to be like the rest of the world, we are to be the children of a living God who live by His commandments and live to please Him. If we embarrass those who live as the world does, then perhaps we are doing exactly what God desires. If the world looks at us and sees people exactly like them, what incentive do they have to change? Personally, I would rather believe in what the Bible teaches. Let the healing and other works of the spirit fill the whole world rather than deny the very commandments given by Jesus himself.

Matthew 4:22-24

King James Version (KJV)

22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.

Matthew 8:7

And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
Matthew 9:35

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Matthew 10:1

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Matthew 10:8

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 9:2

And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Luke 9:6

And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
Acts 28:27

For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

1 Corinthians 12:8-10

King James Version (KJV)

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

1 Corinthians 12:8-10

King James Version (KJV)

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

1 Corinthians 12:28

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12

King James Version (KJV)

12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?

20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:

23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.

25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?

30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?

31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

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John McTernan Insights

Abbas: Israel Seeks to Build Holy Temple Instead of Al-Aqsa

by JohnMcTernan

Verse of the Day

Zechariah 12:3  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Commentary

Dome of the Rock sits where the coming Jewish temple to be built in Jerusalem

With all the war preperations going on in the Middle East, once again Jerusalem comes to the forefront. Somehow all that is happening is going to focus on Jerusalem. This city is going to be the focus of the Muslims in their all-out war with Israel. It is amazing how Jerusalem can be under the radar for a while, and suddenly, it is the center of attention. I keep you on the cutting edge of what is happening with Jerusalem. This city is ground zero for Bible prophecy.

Abbas: Israel Seeks to Build Holy Temple Instead of Al-Aqsa 06/07/13

“Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of trying to “destroy” the Al-Aqsa Mosque by allowing Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.In an interview he gave on Thursday to the Saudi-basedAl-Watan newspaper, Abbas said that “the Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger,” claiming that Israel prevents PA Arabs from praying at the mosque, while allowing “extremist Jews” to worship there. This, he claimed, is proof that Israel has a “malicious” and dangerous plan to destroy the mosque and rebuild the “false” Holy Temple in its place, as he put it.”

May the Holy God of Israel bless and protect you.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Hard Left Watch

Crowd stunned after valedictorian rips up speech, recites Lord’s prayer06/05/13 We need more Christians with faith like this: pastors are you listening?

“The act was apparently in protest of the Pickens County School District’s decision to no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies, Christian News reported. Officials said the decision was made after the district was barraged with complaints by atheist groups.”

Hundreds of Gunowners Show up in Temple, TX with Loaded Guns At the “Come and Take it” March 06/04/13 This shows the tension rising between the people and government.

Public High School Makes Blasphemous Play Mocking The Bible 06/02/1306/02/13 These Hard Left cowards would NEVER do this against the Koran. They are in fear of Muslims or in league with them.

Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park to Host Gay Pride Night; Prelude to Gay Pride Parade 06/06/13 We now face a tsunami of sin. It is all around us as the collapse of America has reached high gear. God is turning the nation over to sodomy for the final judgment.

‘Cutest Couple’ at Carmel High School is 2 boys 06/04/13 This mentality is now rampant throughout America. God is giving the youth and the entire nation over to homosexuality.

Israel and the Middle East War

Syria levels warning at Israel in wake of Qusair victory 06/05/13 This is Syria’s downfall when they take on Israel. How far away can this war be?

“The victory that was achieved at the hands of our brave soldiers sends a clear message to all those who are involved in the aggression against Syria, on top being the Zionist enemy and its agents in the region and tools on the ground,” the General Command said. “Our armed forces will remain ready to face any aggression against our dear homeland.”

Israel hit by missiles from Syria as civil war flares in Golan Heights06/06/13 The Syrian border could ignite WW3. All the Muslim groups want to fight Israel and it cannot be too long until war breaks out with Syria.

“Two missiles from Syria landed in Israel Thursday as fighting between President Bashar Assad’s forces and rebels raged on the Golan Heights.The Israel Defense Forces said that a “closed military zone” was declared near the Quneitra border crossing in response to the fighting. People were not being allowed inside the area and locals were warned not to work in the fields.”

Israel moves tanks, Austria moves out as Syrian fighting rages near Golan Heights 06/07/13 All the talk now is war.

Surge by Iran-Hizbullah-Syria axis stuns Israeli intelligence community06/07/13 No matter what way this turns, it is war. If the Sunnis win, it is the Muslim Brotherhood. If Assad wins, he is in a confederation with Iran and war with Israel.

A Look at Obama’s New UN Ambassador: Radical Samantha Power 06/05/13

 “”[W]hat we need is a willingness to put something on the line in helping the situation. Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import; it may more crucially mean sacrificing — or investing, I think, more than sacrificing — billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, in investing the billions of dollars it would probably take, also, to support what will have to be a mammoth protection force …”

Abbas: No peace without J’lem as Palestinian capital 06/05/13

“There will be no peace without Jerusalem,” he emphasized. “There will be no Palestinian state without Jerusalem. There will be no security and stability without Jerusalem. They mention Bethlehem, Ramallah, Hebron. These cities are all dear to our hearts. But our capital isJerusalem.”

Deputy defense minister: This government will block any two-state deal06/06/13 There appears a hardening now in Israel against a Palestinian state. What is left is the all-out war that Obadiah writes about.

US spills Israeli missile defense secrets 06/04/13

SETTING THE STAGE: Israeli Arrow II ready for Syrian missiles. US Patriots for Jordan. Moscow backs Hizballah

Russia permanently deploys Navy in Mediterranean 06/07/13 I have a feeling after this coming war is over, that Russia is not going to have a fleet.

Islam and IslamoFascism/Jihad

Middle East genocide 06/02/13

“Captives of political correctness, our governments cater to radical immigrant tantrums as our leaders contort the truth to deny the existence of Islamist terrorism. Meanwhile, our Middle Eastern “allies” and foes alike eradicate thousands of years of Jewish and Christian heritage. Our diplomats treat the persecution as a minor embarrassment, best ignored.”

North Korean officers join Assad’s forces 06/03/13 This is a like a tiny preview of the armies from the east gathering in Israel for the battle of Armageddon. All evil will be drawn to Israel.

Egypt’s gathering economic gloom leaves millions facing food shortages06/06/13 The Muslim Brotherhood is now in charge of Egypt. The Brotherhood wants to destroy Israel and make Jerusalem the capital of an Islamic caliphate. It appears the full curse of trying to destroy Israel is now resting on Egypt. According to the Bible, this nation has no hope nor a future.

Finical Armageddon

UCLA Anderson Forecast paints dismal picture of economic recovery06/05/13

BIS records startling collapse of eurozone interbank loans 06/02/13

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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The Six Day War via American Minute

Bill Federer

JUNE 5, 1967, the Six-Day War began.Egypt sent 80,000 troops and 900 tanks to attack Israel.

Jordan and Syria, with Soviet weapons, violently shelled Jerusalem and Israeli villages.

Cairo radio announced:

“The hour has come in which we shall destroy Israel.”

The hot line between Washington and Moscow was used for the first time.

In a surprise move, Israeli Air Force destroyed 400 Egyptian planes, courageously drove Syria from the Golan Heights and captured all of Jerusalem.

In a CBS-TV interview, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion stated:

“In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”

Seven months after the War, on Jan. 7, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson toasted Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, saying:

“Welcome to our family table…

All Americans-and all Israelis-know…that none…can ever live by bread alone…

One of your ancestors said it for all men almost 2,000 years ago…for peace it is written, ‘pursue it.’

That is our intention in the Middle East…To pursue peace…

If we are wise, if we are fortunate, if we work together – perhaps our Nation and all nations may know the joys of that promise God once made about the children of Israel:

‘I will make a covenant of peace with them…it shall be an everlasting covenant.'”

On February 5, 1996, Margaret Thatcher stated:

“We have to remember that the Jewish people never, ever lost their faith in the face of all the persecution and as a result have come to have their own promised land and to have Jerusalem as a capital city again.”

In April 3, 2002, while serving as House Majority Whip, Tom DeLay stated in a speech at Westminster College, titled “The Bonds of Freedom”:

The State of Israel has fought five major wars to defend its right to exist since 1948…

Israel and America are kindred nations. The founders of both countries were profoundly influenced by faith. Both countries drafted governments that practice religious tolerance. Both countries are filled with immigrants summoned by dreams…

Freedom is alive in Israel today.

We can’t allow the lone light of democracy to be extinguished by a wave of hatred.”

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Syrian civil war spills into Lebanon via John McTernan’s Insights

We have been blessed with the opportunity to repost articles with permission of the author from John McTernan’s Insights and this is the first installment. I hope that you enjoy reading his prophetic insights and they bring you understanding on prophecy! God bless you!

Syrian civil war spills into Lebanon

by John McTernan

                              Verse of the Day

2Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
(3:2-5)  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away

Commentary

Science Proves Premarital Sex Rewires the Brain 05/11/13 This shows how God created us to be monogamous and why sexual sin can be so powerful to try and overcome.

“There’s a reason why breaking up from a sexual relationship is much more emotionally painful and much harder to forget than one that didn’t involve sex. There are several neurochemical processes that occur during sex, which are the “glue” to human bonding.”

This is what happens when men view pornography:

“These same neurochemicals are present when viewing pornography. A man will become bonded with whatever he is engaged in during the moment these chemicals are released. When your relationship is being carried on with an image, you become bonded to whatever you’re viewing.”

It is mental fornication, but to the soul of the person it is just like the act. The Bible calls this fornication. Many abortions are the result of a man being emotionally dead because of pornography. The woman is just a sexual object like what is in his head and the baby is meaningless to him.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Leon Eisenberg the man who invented ADHD

Leon Eisenberg the man who invented ADHD

Father of ADHD Admitted in Final Interview That Disease Was “Fictitious” 05/25/13 I am now 65 and when I went to school the classes were 30 -40 kids. There was NO ADHD. This is a modern disorder probably caused by several factors. I believe that the major factor is the breakdown of the family with no family unit. The children grow up different without both parents and with them divorced. Plus, TV, junk food and rock music and all the nonsense being taught to the kids add to the problem.

The modern American culture breeds ADHD in kids. We home schooled our four children, and they all grew up fine without any learning disabilities. These disabilities did not exist just 50 years ago.

“ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.” These were the words of Leon Eisenberg, the “scientific father of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder),” in his last interview before his death.”

May the LORD God of Israel bless and protect you.

1Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Israel and the Middle East War

Hezbollah Flag now in Syria fighting for Assad

Hezbollah Flag now in Syria fighting for Assad

Syrian civil war spills into Lebanon 05/27/13 This is a real interesting article. It shows that the Sunni Muslim fighters against Assad are now attacking Shiite Hezbollah locations in Lebanon to draw Hezbollah out of Syria to defend their positions in Lebanon. The war in Syria has now expanded to Lebanon. Both Lebanon and Syria have no future, as after this all-out war between Israel and the Arab nations, these two countries will not exist.

“With Hezbollah and Syrian Army forces about ready to overtake the predominantly Shiite but critical crossroads enclave of Al-Qusayr in Syria, Sunni Salafists including the Jabhat al-Nusra group have begun to open up other fronts in Lebanese cities to draw Hezbollah from Al-Qusayr, effectively bringing the Syrian civil war to Lebanon.”

Bennett: When we give up land, people are killed 05/27/13 Finally an Israeli politician who tells the truth.

“Withdrawal from land leads to deaths, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday, responding to President Shimon Peres’ speech calling for a two-state solution.”I value our president, but the concept of withdrawals failed and brought thousands of victims,” Bennett said at a Bayit Yehudi faction meeting.”Every time we give up land, people are killed,” he added.Bennett called for the government to declare “this is our land, and it is not for sale.” The government’s job is to provide security for its citizens, Bennett added, and the government is failing to do so in Judea and Samaria, where mothers and children in cars are pelted with rocks.”The IDF needs to change its understanding of its job and realize that it is also responsible for protecting the 400,000 Israelis living in Judea and Samaria,” he stated.”

Syria fighting rages, more chemical attacks reported 05/27/13 The fighting is now very intense.

“Heavy fighting raged around the strategic Syrian border town of Qusair and the capital Damascus on Monday and further reports surfaced of chemical weapons attacks by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on rebel areas.”

Nasrallah pledges tens of thousands of volunteers to fight for Assad 05/25/13 This is great news for Israel as the war is going to weaken Hezbollah for the coming war with Israel. This also shows the desperate situation that Assad is in. He needs Hezbollah to save his position.

Iran begins ‘massive’ deployment of long-range missile launchers 05/27/13

Senate Unanimously Backs Pro-Israel Resolution 05/23/13 I heard nothing in the US about this but found out from Israel.

Who Is Really Desecrating Holy Sites? 05/23/13 This is about the Temple Mount and how  it is a flashpoint with the Muslims.

Islam and IslamoFascism/Jihad

Welcome to Malmö’s Final Solution 05/27/13

“Ilmar Reepalu, the Left-wing mayor of Malmö who had been in power for 15 years till last January, choose to not protect the Jews but to express sympathy with the terrorists. The Swedish governments have also forsaken the Jewish people. In Malmö you see Jews running after leaving the synagogue. Yet the Swedish court system did not convict anyone of hate crimes in Malmö in 2010 and 2011, despite registering 480 complaints.”

They’ll Take Sweden 05/27/13 Europe is now falling like rotten fruit to the Muslims. They are powerless to stop Islam because God has given them over to it. Ancient Israel was powerless to stop the Babylonians because God had given them over to them. Now, Europe is given over to Islam for judgment. They do not like Jews, so they get Muslims. They do not like the Bible, so they get the Koran with all that goes with it. They want to embrace the homosexual agenda, so they get the Muslims who will put an end to it by violence. Europe is in big trouble with the Holy God of Israel.
“Yes, it’s all the fault of the “Nordic model”: the roots of the Stockholm unrest, Reuters (and virtually every other major Western news organization that deigned to report on the disturbances) would have us believe, lay “in segregation, neglect and poverty,” in years of “fruitless job hunts, police harassment, racial taunts and a feeling of living at the margins.” And so on. Which means, I suppose, that 9/11 revealed the flaws of the American model, and the car-burnings in French suburbs reflect the weaknesses of the Gallic model, and the explosions in Madrid were all about the failings of the Spanish model, and the savage murder of Lee Rigby in London last week…well, you get the idea.”
London Mayor: “It Is Completely Wrong to Blame this Killing on Islam.” 05/23/13 The Hard Left are all the same whether in Great Britain or in America. They love Islam and will defend it to the end. The reason for this is the same God-hating spirit is in the Hard Left as is in Islam. At the core they are the same. They are like brothers.
“It would appear that Johnson is the deluded one here. The point that Mayor Johnson deems so obvious that it need not even be backed up with obvious proofs or verifications is that two Muslim terrorists quoting the Koran and carrying out an attack in line with Islamic beliefs had nothing to do with Islam.”

Media Censors London Beheader Using Koran to Justify Atrocity 05/22/13 Islam must always look good.

Berkeley Profs: ‘Islamophobia’ Greater Threat Than Islamic Terrorism 05/27/13  They hate the Bible but love those Muslims and the Koran.

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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The World Pushing for Yet Another Arab Israeli War « Beyond the Cusp

The World Pushing for Yet Another Arab Israeli War « Beyond the Cusp.

Excerpt:

There has been an understanding among a number of Arab governments which stated that the first objective was to force Israel through world pressure to return all the lands lost by three of these countries resulting from the Six Day War in June of 1967. The initial efforts to have Israel required to return these lands failed as the Israelis resisted and at that time still had the support of much of the world, particularly the Western World. The main contributing factor to the support Israel was receiving was due to the perception that the Arab Israeli conflict was perceived accurately as one tiny little country, Israel, standing against Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Arab World. The statements and propaganda emanating from the Arab World supported the concept that Israel was fighting against almost unimaginable odds facing a coordinated attack supported by countries with tens, if not hundreds or even thousands, of times sized militaries, tanks, planes, troops, helicopters, trucks, rifles, artillery, mortars and every other imaginable military equipment and other essentials. The solution to this problem was to find some manner of changing the equation on the ground, but how to shrink the Arab forces and make Israel to appear as the military giant instead of the outmanned and outgunned small country in a sea of enemies. There was a solution and it was to invent a group and isolate them from the rest of the Arab World and recast the representation of the two adversaries replacing the overwhelming Arab forces with a small and virtually defenseless and powerless group of Arabs with no military and no resources and cast Israel as an oppressor. This was what brought on the invention of the Palestinians as the indigenous people from whom the Israelis had stolen their lands and forced them into refugee camps where they languished under the most inhuman conditions. Read the complete post at The World Pushing for Yet Another Arab Israeli War « Beyond the Cusp.

Israel and Arab states map n

Israel and Arab states map n (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Al Assad’s Last Stand

Syria

Syria (Photo credit: ewixx)

By Omar Lamrani

The battle for Damascus is raging with increasing intensity while rebels continue to make substantial advances in Syria’s north and east. Every new air base, city or town that falls to the rebels further underlines that Bashar al Assad‘s writ over the country is shrinking. It is no longer possible to accurately depict al Assad as the ruler of Syria. At this point, he is merely the head of a large and powerful armed force, albeit one that still controls a significant portion of the country.

The nature of the conflict has changed significantly since it began nearly two years ago. The rebels initially operated with meager resources and equipment, but bolstered by defections, some outside support and their demographic advantage, they have managed to gain ground on what was previously a far superior enemy. Even the regime’s qualitative superiority in equipment is fast eroding as the rebels start to frequently utilize main battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, rocket and tube artillery and even man-portable air-defense systems captured from the regime’s stockpiles.

Weary and stumbling, the regime is attempting to push back rebel forces in and near Damascus and to maintain a corridor to the Alawite coast while delaying rebel advances in the rest of the country. Al Assad and his allies will fight for every inch, fully aware that their power depends on the ability of the regime forces to hold ground.

The Battle for Damascus

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It is important to remember that, despite considerable setbacks, al Assad’s forces still control a sizable portion of Syria and its population centers. After failing to take Damascus in Operation Damascus Volcano in July, the rebels are again stepping up their efforts and operations in the Damascus area. However, unlike in their previous failed operation, this time the rebels are relying on an intensive guerrilla campaign to exhaust and degrade al Assad’s substantial forces in Damascus and its countryside.

After the last surge in fighting around Damascus in July and August, the regime kept large numbers of troops in the area. These forces continued search and destroy operations near the capital despite the considerable pressure facing its forces in the rest of the country, including in Aleppo. Once the rebels began to make gains in the north and east, the regime was forced to dispatch some of its forces around Damascus to reinforce other fronts. Unfortunately for the regime, its operations in the capital area had not significantly degraded local rebel forces. Rebels in the area began intensifying their operations once more, forcing the regime to recall many of its units to Damascus.

Aware of the magnitude of the threat, the regime has reportedly shifted its strategy in the battle for Damascus to isolating the city proper from the numerous suburbs. The rebels have made considerable headway in the Damascus suburbs. For example, on Nov. 25 rebels overran the Marj al-Sultan military air base in eastern Ghouta, east of the capital. Rebel operations in the outskirts of Damascus have also interrupted the flow of goods to and from the city, causing the prices of basic staples such as bread to skyrocket.

Rebel Gains in the East and North

Damascus is not the only area where the regime is finding itself under considerable pressure. The rebels have made some major advances in the last month in the energy-rich Deir el-Zour governorate to the east. Having seized a number of towns, airfields and military bases, the rebels have also taken the majority of the oil fields in the governorate. They captured the Al-Ward oil field Nov. 4, the Conoco natural gas reserve Nov. 27 and, after al Assad’s forces withdrew from it on Nov. 29, the Omar oil field north of the town of Mayadeen. Al Assad’s forces now control only five oil fields, all located west of the city of Deir el-Zour. With the battle for the city and its associated airfield intensifying, even those remaining fields are at risk of falling into rebel hands.

The rebel successes in Deir el-Zour have effectively cut the regime’s ground lines of communication and supply to Iraq. They have also starved the regime of the vast majority of its oil revenue and affected its ability to fuel its war machine. At the same time, the rebels are reportedly already seeking to capitalize on their seizure of the eastern oil fields. According to reports, the rebels are smuggling oil to Turkey and Iraq and using the revenue to purchase arms. They are also reportedly using the oil and natural gas locally for power generators and fuel.

While all of eastern Syria may soon fall into rebel hands, rebels in the north have continued to isolate al Assad forces in Idlib and Aleppo governorates, particularly in the capital cities of those two provinces. After overrunning the 46th regiment near Atarib on Nov. 19 following a two-month siege, the rebels are now looking to further squeeze remaining regime forces in Aleppo by taking the Sheikh Suleiman base north of the 46th regiment’s former base.

The Rebels’ Improved Air Defense Capability

Isolated and surrounded, regime forces in the north are increasingly relying on air support for both defense and supply. However, this advantage is deteriorating every day and is increasingly threatened by the rebels’ improved air defense arsenal and tactics.

The rebels first attempted to acquire air defense weaponry by seizing heavy machine guns and anti-aircraft artillery. They captured a number of air defense bases, taking 12.7 mm DShK heavy machine guns, 14.5 mm KPV heavy machine guns and even 23 mm ZU-23-2 autocannons. Over time, the rebels became more proficient with these weapons, and an increasing number of Syrian air force fixed-wing and rotary aircraft were shot down. The rebels also formed hunter-killer groups with air defense equipment mounted on flatbed trucks that provided them mobile platforms for targeting regime air and infantry units.

As more and more regime bases were taken, the rebels were able to bolster their air defense equipment through the capture of a number of man-portable air-defense systems. At the outset of the conflict, the Syrian military maintained a large inventory of shoulder-fired air-defense missiles, likely thousands of missiles ranging from early generation SA-7s to very advanced SA-24s. These missiles were stored in army bases across the country. There are also unconfirmed reports that Qatar and Saudi Arabia may have transferred some man-portable air-defense systems to the rebels through Turkey.

The rebels tallied their first confirmed kill with shoulder-fired air-defense missiles Nov. 27, when they shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Mi-8/17 helicopter near Aleppo city. The weapon system used in the attack was likely an SA-7, SA-16 or SA-24 captured from the 46th regiment. The surface-to-air missiles are a serious upgrade in the rebels’ air defense capability.

The Fight Continues

Having isolated al Assad’s forces in the north and made substantial advances in the east, the rebels are poised to push farther into the Orontes River Valley to relieve the beleaguered rebel units in the Rastan, Homs and al-Qusayr areas of Homs governorate. For months, regime forces have sought to overwhelm the remaining rebel forces in Homs city, but the rebels have managed to hold out. The rebels are also set to begin pushing south along the main M5 thoroughfare to Khan Sheikhoun and the approaches to Hama. However, first they need to overwhelm the remaining regime forces in Wadi al-Dhaif near Maarrat al-Numan.

Alternatively, the regime is fighting hard to maintain its control over the Orontes River Valley around Homs in order to keep an open corridor linking Damascus to the mostly Alawite coast. Not only is this corridor at risk of eventually being cut off, but the regime is also facing a substantial push by rebel forces into northeastern Latakia governorate from Idlib. Rebels have advanced in the vicinity of the Turkman Mountain, have taken control of Bdama and are now fighting their way down in the direction of Latakia city.

While events in Damascus and Rif Damascus are increasingly worrisome for the regime, al Assad’s forces in the rest of Syria are also under considerable pressure from rebel advances. It is by no means certain that al Assad’s forces are under imminent threat of collapse because they still hold a great deal of territory and no major city has yet been completely taken by the rebels. The retreat and consolidation of al Assad’s forces also allows them to maintain shorter and less vulnerable lines of supply. However, it is clear that the regime is very much on the defensive and has been forced to gradually contract its lines toward a core that now encompasses Damascus, the Orontes River Valley and the mostly Alawite coast. With the regime’s situation rapidly deteriorating, even the attempt to stage a gradual withdrawal to the core is risky.

Read more: Al Assad’s Last Stand | Stratfor

Al Assad’s Last Stand is republished with permission of Stratfor.”
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Palestinian State __ To Be or Not To Be? (via Conservatives on Fire)

That is the question. Or is it? I think not! I think the question is much, much bigger and much more serious.  It is not only an issue of peace in the Middle-East. It may very well be a question of peace in the world. Without going in-depth into the history of the creation of the Jewish state of Israel, let me just relate the following from Wikipedia:  The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was a resolution adopted on 29 November 1947 by … Read More

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Obama’s Chancy War

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Give war a chance! I heard someone say that phrase after Mr. Obama’s speech on Libya and it just hit me like a club. That is the most disturbing phrase that I have ever heard. It’s like saying that if this doesn’t work out, then we will try something else. How insane is that! What are you going to try next? Peace? In the meantime, thousands of people are going to die. Some of them would have died anyway, but you can not escape the fact that missles fired by our side, and bombs dropped by our side, kill. They do not discriminate between the good guy and the bad guy. They don’t discriminate between children, women, and men who are trying to kill them. How in the world can we pretend that we are trying to save lives by destroying them. And how in the world can Barack Obama claim that it is in our interests to do so.
Libya is unstable, but we made it more so! Our President should either shut up or put up! If we are in Libya, then we should finish the job. Quaddafi is not going to go quietly, what would he have to gain? He is going to have to be forcibly removed and if we are not willing to do that, we should not have gotten involved in the first place.
And if this is just a short term experiment on Barack Obama’s part, what is the goal? Are we going to keep bombing and dropping missles until we have none left or the country itself is destroyed? And if it is so important to save lives in Libya, what about the other countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa? Are they any less important? Is it the oil that he is protecting? Is that the reason that other countries are not as important to us? If that is the reason Mr. Obama owes it to the country and the world to make that clear. If he thinks that this will brings us any more respect he is probably delusional. How can anyone in the rest of the world truly believe that we are doing this for humanitarian reasons? When we have so little regard for the violence in countries like Iran, or Syria? How does Barack Obama decide who is worth saving?
And then what if Quaddafi doesn’t leave and isn’t killed? When we leave, what will he do? Does Barack Obama seriously believe the man will not search every home and kill every man, woman and child that belongs to a family that rebelled against him. Perhaps I am just naive, but it seems as if we are setting the country up for a blood bath.
Edward Luttwak has a very good argument for “Give War a Chance”, but his premise is based on having an objective and being in it to finish it. The difference we have with Barack Obama and the Libya intervention is that he has stated from the outset that he does not intend to finish the job!

If Mr. Obama is going to war, he needs to have an objective and it must be a war worth winning! It must not just be bomb a country for a few weeks or a few months and then let the country go to whatever force that is able to take control. If we let forces that are friendly to our enemies have power when we could have prevented it, we are in the process of cutting our own throats!

Give War a Chance



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