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- NUCLEAR DEAL AS IT HAPPENED WITH IRAN
- Key Points
World powers agree comprehensive deal with Iran on its nuclear
Iran limits its sensitive activities in return for lifting of
Iran hails "historic deal" and EU welcomes "sign
of hope for the entire world"
But Israel's Netanyahu condemns "historic mistake"
US Congress must still approve deal
All times in BST (GMT+1)
- THE LATEST ON IRAN DEAL: OBAMA SAYS DEAL PROVIDES NEW WAY
July 14, 2015 Eyder Peralta - The United States and five world
powers have reached a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear
As we've reported, the deal puts restrictions on Iran's nuclear
program and also sets up an inspections regime that aims to make
sure Iran is meeting its obligations. In exchange, the U.S. and
its European partners have agreed to drop tough sanctions, allowing
Iran to sell more oil and rejoin international financial systems.
We've got a broad outline of the news at another post. Here,
we'll keep up with all the updates that emerge throughout the
day. Make sure to refresh this page for the latest: Update at
8:51 a.m. ET.: Will Fuel An Arms Race
Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner issued a scathing
rebuke of this deal, saying it is "likely to fuel a nuclear
arms race around the world."
Like many other critics of the deal, Boehner said that under
the terms announced today, Iran will still be allowed to enrich
uranium, and the deal does not outright dismantle Iran's nuclear
- In a written statement, Boehner said in part:
"At the outset of these talks, the Obama administration
said it would secure an agreement that affirmed Iran does not
have a right to enrich and permanently dismantles the infrastructure
of its nuclear programs. It said that sanctions would not be
lifted until Iran met concrete, verifiable standards. And if
these terms were not met, the president promised he would walk
- "The American people and our allies were counting on
President Obama to keep his word. Instead, the president has
abandoned his own goals."
Boehner concluded: "We will fight a bad deal that is wrong
for our national security and wrong for our country."
Remember, Congress will have two months to review the deal. This
statement appears to set up a tough legislative fight between
the White House and a Congress controlled by Republicans. Continued:
- POLITICS IRAN COURT ORDERS US TO PAY $50B FOR DAMAGES AMID
- By Tim Marcin - Ibtimes.com on July 13 2015 - Iran's judiciary
on Monday ordered the United States to pay a $50 billion fine
for damages on real and legal entities since the country's 1979
Islamic revolution, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency,
Politico reported. Those who had filed a lawsuit against
the U.S., their complaints have been processed, judiciary
spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei told reporters at a news
conference in Tehran, according to Fars News. The hefty sum was
reportedly for loss of life and a number of other U.S. actions
purportedly taken against Iran. "Since the Islamic Revolution
in Iran in 1979, the U.S. has inflicted heavy loss and damage
on the country, including killing the Iranian nationals by assisting
their enemies, including Saddam and different terrorist groups
against Tehran," the article from the country's semiofficial
outlet stated. Continued:
- ABBAS READY TO RESUME TALKS WITH NETANYAHU WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS
- PA president says Palestinians recognize state of Israel,
not its Jewishness; warns Islamic extremism could reach Israel
if no deal
By Tamar Pileggi April 4, 2015 - The Times of Israel - Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that he was ready to resume
peace negotiations with Israel without preconditions, in a marked
departure from comments made last month ruling out the possibility
of negotiating a two-state solution while Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu was in power. In an interview with the pan-Arab media
outlet al-Arab from Ramallah, Abbas expressed his support for
a two-state solution and peace with Israel: I tell the
Israeli people: our hands are outstretched to exist in two states.
I hope that you do not cut down the outstretched hand of peace,
because the alternative will be devastating for everyone.
Abbas said that he had no problem returning to negotiations
with Netanyahu as the representative of the Israeli people
without preconditions. Continued: http://www.timesofisrael.com/abbas-ready-to-resume-talks-with-israel-without-preconditions
- OBAMA JUST BLUNTLY TOLD ISRAEL THEY DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT
- Trending story found 2 days ago on conservativetribune.com
There may never be peace in the Middle East, but President Barack
Obama is making sure that the countries of Israel and Iran know
where they stand in his eyes. In a plea presented Friday to the
State Department, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked
that the Iran nuclear agreement have a strong and clear recognition
of the Jewish nations right to exist. Although nice to
hear, its clear that Obama and Netanyahu have very different
ideas about what sort of nuclear deal with Iran is or is not
a threat to Israeal. Moreover, for Obama to sign this deal so
close to Passover shows a complete disregard for the strong relationship
that has always existed between the United States and Israel.
- Obama knows that requiring Iran to accept Israels existence
would kill any hope of a lasting nuclear deal because Iran remains
dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state.
- Clearly, to Obama, a nuclear deal with Iran - one which will
never stand the test of time anyway - is more important than
the security of Israel. This is no surprise, but its a
little shocking that the president would so clearly articulate
his faulty priorities. Continued: http://conservativetribune.com/obama-bluntly-told-israel/
- MY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LOST SHEEP; THEIR SHEPHERDS HAVE
LED THEM ASTRAY (Jeremiah 50:6)
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and archeology. He has spent more than 17 years studying the
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on, he decided that he must become a survival expert, train and
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- MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN STILL POSSIBLE, SAYS ISRAELI
- By Alon Bernstein - 4.6.2015 Huffington Post - JERUSALEM
(AP) A senior Israeli government minister on Monday warned
that taking military action against Iran's nuclear program is
still an option despite last week's framework deal between
world powers and the Islamic Republic. The comments by Yuval
Steinitz, Israel's minister for strategic affairs, reflected
the alarm in Israel over last week's deal, which offers Iran
relief from economic sanctions in exchange for scaling back its
suspect nuclear program. Israeli leaders believe the framework
leaves too much of Iran's nuclear infrastructure intact and could
still allow it to develop the means to produce a nuclear weapon.
- Steinitz, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's,
said the government would spend the coming months lobbying the
world powers negotiating with Iran to strengthen the language
in the deal as they hammer out a final agreement. While stressing
that Israel prefers a diplomatic solution, he said the "military
option" still exists.
- "It was on the table. It's still on the table. It's
going to remain on the table," Steinitz told reporters.
"Israel should be able to defend itself, by itself, against
any threat. And it's our right and duty to decide how to defend
ourselves, especially if our national security and even very
existence is under threat."
- Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran to be a threat to its
survival, pointing to years of Iranian calls for Israel's destruction,
its support for anti-Israeli militant groups and its development
of long-range ballistic missiles that could be armed with nuclear
warheads. Israel which is widely believed to be a nuclear
power says a nuclear-armed Iran would set off an arms
race in the world's most volatile region.
- The framework agreement was announced last Thursday in Switzerland
after years of negotiations between Iran and world powers.
- The deal aims to cut significantly into Iran's bomb-making
technology while giving Tehran relief from international sanctions.
The commitments, if implemented, would substantially pare down
Iranian nuclear assets for a decade and restrict others for an
additional five years. Iran would also be subject to intrusive
- Continued: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/israel-iran-nuclear-deal_n_7011938.html
- PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA WILL HELP PALESTINE BECOME AN INDEPENDENT
- March 28, 2015
Russia will help Palestine in achieving its goal of becoming
an independent state with the capital in East Jerusalem, Russian
President Vladimir Putin said Saturday in his address to the
Arab League summit participants. Russia will continue contributing
to the attainment of this goal [Palestines independence],
working through bilateral channels and through multilateral channels,
including in the Quartet of international mediators,
The Quartet comprising Russia, the United States, the United
Nations and the European Union, was established in 2002, aiming
to reach a long-term peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians.
"THE RISE OF THE PERSIAN RAM - IRAN! - IRAN!" AND TEACHING
ON "THE FEAST OF PURIM"
Mike Lander, Pray4Zion Prayer firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shalom Dear Friend and Partner of Israel,
- We send greetings to you and your family and pray Gods
amazing abundant blessing and favour upon your lives each day.
Thank you for being a great blessing to Israel through Pray4Zion
we want you to know that you are making the difference. Every
prayer for Israel, love and support for Gods Chosen people
sincerely must please God.
- Please dont grow weary [...] We believe that March
is going to be a very interesting and prophetic month! The speech
which Israeli Prime Minister will be speaking in front of a joint
session of Congress on the 03rd and falls out a day before the
Jewish Fast of Taanit Esther (The fast of Esther).
Each year before Purim Jews around the world fast to commemorate
the three day fast days in the Book of Esther before Esther pleaded
before the King not to kill the Jews.
- Is it not symbolic that Netanyahu is making this historic
speech at the same time that the Jews are fasting and remembering
the story of Purim when the nation of Israel was almost destroyed?
- Netanyahu is worried about Iran destroying Israel. Iran is
modern day Persia and the story of Purim took place in Persia.
Just like today, God was hidden in the story of Purim
(His Name is not even mentioned once in the Book of Esther).
Yet just like the story of Purim, we are convinced that God will
come through for Israel, the Jewish nation.
- If there is one thing that no one could dispute, is the fact
that history repeats itself! Jewish Holidays come to teach us
all a lesson that is relevant for every generation. As Bibi Netanyahu
prepares for his speech in congress to try and halt modern Persia
bent on Israels destruction
we need to remember this
Scripture: Esther 4:14, If you remain silent at this time,
relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place,
but you and your fathers house will perish. And who knows
that you have come to royal position for a time such as
- Whilst US President Obama is supporting a boycott of Bibi
Netayahu and not even the vice president will attend the talks.
There are also conflicting reports he has stopped all contact
with the Israeli government concerning the Iranian negotiations!
Time will tell! On the 20th March we have the full Solar Eclipse
which precedes the 3rd (of 4) Blood Moon Tetrad at Passover on
the 04th April.
- Obama speaks about extremism without labelling it Islam.
He knows he can frame the debate where he can rope Christianity
into the extremist debate. However, his version of Islam he is
portraying in the media is very incorrect. Firstly, Islam that
infiltrates ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, and others are filled with
apocalyptic beliefs that motivate them to behead, burn, and destroy
their enemies through force. This is not new in Islam. Islam
is riddled with violence which traces their history all the way
back to Mohammed. Mohammed was a general of an army as much as
a religious leader. He encouraged the violence found in Islam
that continues today. Islams history is full of lies, violence,
and conquests. There is a reason why the history books call Mohammeds
influence the Muslim Empire. The Christian Crusaders fought back
the Muslims in Spain and on the outskirts of Constantinople in
the medieval times. If the Muslims did not fight their way into
Europe, there would be no Crusades in the Holy Land. Satan has
used Islam to destroy huge segments of Christianity in North
Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Today, Satan is using it to
destroy Christianity in the Western World.
- Obama is a man heavily influenced by Islam himself, ostracizes
Christians and Jews, but this helps explain why ISIS bent upon
their Radical Islam believes that this ideology should be accepted
by all. It is as if Obama believes that it was Christians who
were beheading Muslims in the Middle East
? The problem
with the world is Islam, period! This narrative that Obama is
painting is being used to eradicate Christian influence in Western
society. What little Christianity is influencing society is certainly
being eradicated by Obama and he could very well be one of the
forerunners to the Antichrist bringing war to the mountains of
Gods land and people just as prophesied in
the Bible for end-times!
- Friends, dont be deceived. You were bought with a price,
and your Lord will always be with you. Your life is more precious
than metals, money, and the glories of this world. He has you
He forever has you, no matter how bad the world gets. God bless
you always, Alf & Julie
- Please pray with us :
- 1. We need to keep Israel in our hearts and prayers as this
is the only civilized democratic nation in the Middle East fighting
daily for its very existence. We are all called to pray
for the peace of Jerusalem! Psalm 122:6 and God has promised
us that those who pray for Israel will be blessed. When we pray
for the peace of Jerusalem we are also praying for the return
of our Lord since there will never be peace in Israel until the
Prince of Peace returns!
- 2. Pray for PM Bibi Netanyahu for the upcoming elections
on the 17th March as he is facing great backlash from the US
Obama Administration for accepting this invitation by the US
Congress to talk at their meeting on 4th March in the US about
the dangers of Iran getting a nuclear bomb and Radical Islam.
At the same time there is a conspiracy by Obama Administration
who have sent Obamas campaign manager to Israel to work
with the opposition parties in Israel to prevent PM Netanyahu
from being re-elected in the coming Israeli elections. He is
facing a lot of opposition for his stance against terrorism so
we need to pray that he will be re-elected and that he will stand
strong in this very hostile neighbourhood. Please pray for his
protection Psalm 91 and for Israel.
- 3. Please pray for the persecuted Christians in Iraq and
Syria and across the Middle East as they are facing persecution
of an unprecedented level from ISIS.
- 4. Please pray against the evil of anti-Semitism that is
spreading across Europe
also against Christian persecution
and the evils of Islamist organizations such as Hamas, Fatah,
Al-Qaeda, ISIS/ISIL, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram, Khorosan,
Muslim Brotherhood and others
they are all from the same
- 5. Please pray for our nation South Africa that God will
raise up strong Godly leaders and those who will stand firm with
Israel to be Biblically correct and our nation be blessed
than politically correct and be cursed (Genesis 12:3).
- Should you need prayer : please feel free to contact me (Mike)
as it is our privilege to stand in agreement with you for a breakthrough
- We have had many praise reports! Once a month Alf & Julie
go to pray in Jerusalem for Israel and ALL our partners
and place the prayer requests received on the Western Wall.
- On behalf of our families to yours and on behalf of all of
us at Pray4Zion
May the LORD bless you and keep
you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious
to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you
peace. So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel
, and I will bless them. Numbers 6:24 - 27
- With best wishes always, Mike Lander, Pray4Zion Prayer and
Communications Secretary Cell +27 84 602 2890 and Fax +27 86
- ISRAEL MERGES IDF ELITE UNITS TO PREPARE FOR FIGHT WITH ISIS
- July 10, 2015 | DEBKAfile - While US president Barack Obama
coined his approach to the struggle against the Islamic State
with the words: Ideologies are not defeated by guns. Theyre
defeated with better ideas. Israel and its military
leaders are taking no chances against a declared enemy.
- Last Friday, July 3, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levants
Sinai branch fired three Grad missiles across the border into
the Israeli Eshkol district, while it was in mid-offensive against
the Egyptian army in North Sinai. Large parts of southern Israel
next door had already been declared closed military areas in
consequence of that offensive.
- ISIS and its affiliates, while currently preoccupied with
snatching up territory from countries neighboring Israel, make
no secret of their intention, confirmed by military intelligence,
to reach Israels northern, eastern and southern borders
- Monday, July 6, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott
unveiled Israels answer to the coming challenge. It is
a unique, multi-purpose commando ground force, especially tailored
to fight ISIS and provide the boots on the ground
which the US-led coalition has kept back from the Islamists
constantly expanding warfront.
- It will be trained and armed for extraordinary missions outside
routine military tasks.
- The revelation was something of a wake-up call for the general
Israeli population. The new forces short term tasks are
to guard southern and northern Israel against hostile rocket
fire and attempts by Islamist groups riding captured armored
carriers to storm the border.
- This happened once before on Aug. 6, 2012, when Ansar Beit
Al-Maqdis Islamists (who later joined ISIS) broke through the
Egyptian-Israeli Kerem Shalom border crossing from Sinai. Their
APCs had driven almost up to a military base before they were
wiped out by Israeli warplanes.
- The new Commando Brigade is designed for quiet, bold, covert
and effective action against terrorist groups posing a threat
from the Sinai Desert to Egyptian sovereignty and Israels
southern border. Such action would be coordinated closely between
Israeli and Egyptian military and intelligence arms.
- NETANYAHU BACKS 'GENERAL IDEA' BEHIND ARAB PEACE INITIATIVE
- May 29, 2015 | Worthy News | Israel-Palestinian Conflict
- (Worthy News) While stopping short of fully endorsing
the Arab Peace Initiative, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
said Thursday that he welcomed the general idea behind it
a regional agreement between Israel and the moderate Arab states,
the Times of Israel reported.
- The Arab Peace Initiative, originally proposed by Saudi Arabia
in 2002, has many problematic aspects to it, the prime minister
said, such as its call for an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan
Heights and the return of Palestinians refuges to Israel. "There
are positive aspects and negative aspects to it," he told
Israeli diplomatic correspondents at a rare on-record briefing.
"This initiative is 13 years old, and the situation in the
Middle East has changed since it was first proposed. But the
general idea to try and reach understandings with leading
Arab countries is a good idea."
- In the framework proposed by the initiative, all Arab and
Islamic states would establish normal diplomatic relations with
Israel after the successful conclusion of the peace process with
the Palestinians. Source
- JEWISH PRIESTS PERFORM PENTECOST TEMPLE SERVICE IN ANTICIPATION
OF THIRD TEMPLE
- June 02, 2015 | Yisrael Rosenberg | On Monday, on a mountain
ridge overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and the ancient Temple
Mount, kohanim (ancestral priests) performed a dry run of the
Temple Service for the Shavuot (Pentecost) holiday. All three
of the major components of the holiday service bringing
of the first fruits, preparation of two loaves of bread using
the seasons new wheat, and a special holiday offering
were conducted to as great a level of detail as is possible at
this point in time. Several kohanim, leviim (ancestral
Levites) and crowds of parents and children assembled on the
Armon HaNatziv Promenade, just south of the Old City of Jerusalem,
on the day after the official Shavuot holiday to newly re-enact
this most joyous and beautiful ceremony, marking the time in
the calendar when the wheat has just ripened and the first fruits
of the season are ready for picking and eating by the entire
- Weve come here because we want to be part of
the End of Times and prophecy, said a woman, who learned
of the event through the Temple Institute website, to Breaking
- What is important to understand is that the Shavuot holiday
has not been celebrated in this manner for nearly 2,000 years.
When the Great Temple stood at the center of Jerusalem, the entire
populace celebrated this agricultural festival, which was harmonized
directly with the agricultural activities that were the mainstay
of industry in the Land of Israel.
- First Fruits
- In recent years, due to similar events carried out by the
Temple Institute and other organizations, the entire concept
of Shavuot is undergoing a transformation. Shavuot as a holiday
has many aspects. It was the time for bringing first fruits to
the Temple, and two loaves of bread taken from the first wheat
of the year were baked and eaten by the kohanim. However, Shavuot
was also the time when the Jewish Nation, assembled together
as one, accepted upon themselves the Torah and received the Ten
Commandments at Mt. Sinai after the long journey out of slavery
- TONY BLAIR QUITS AS QUARTET REPRESENTATIVE IN MIDDLE EAST
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday stepped
down as the international community's Mideast envoy, leaving
a post that began with great promise but which struggled to deliver
dramatic changes in its quest to promote peace between Israel
and the Palestinians. Continued:
FORMER US PEACE NEGOTIATOR: OBAMA'S ERRORS HAVE DISTANCED PEACE
- US President Barack Obama has made errors in his efforts
to advance a diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians
that have prevented an agreement from being reached, Clinton
administration peace negotiator Dennis Ross said Tuesday. Continued:
- US BLOCKS NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT MOVE OVER ISRAEL CONCERNS
- Washington thwarts UN NPT meetings final document,
accuses Egypt and others of manipulating process to single out
- By AP and Times of Israel staff May 23, 2015 - he United
States on Friday blocked a global document toward ridding the
world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states cynically
manipulated the process by trying to set a deadline for
Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East
zone free of such weapons.
- The now-failed final document of a landmark treaty review
conference at the United Nations had called on UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon to convene the Middle East conference no later than
March 2016, regardless of whether Israel and its neighbors agree
on an agenda. Israel is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty and has never publicly declared what is widely considered
to be an extensive nuclear weapons program. A conference might
force Israel to acknowledge it. Continued:
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