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Key Points
World powers agree comprehensive deal with Iran on its nuclear programme
Iran limits its sensitive activities in return for lifting of sanctions
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
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July 14, 2015 Eyder Peralta - The United States and five world powers have reached a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.
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 facilities.
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 away.
"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:

By Tim Marcin - 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:

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:

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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 nation’s right to exist. Although nice to hear, it’s 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 Israel’s 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 it’s a little shocking that the president would so clearly articulate his faulty priorities. Continued:

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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 international inspections.

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 [Palestine’s independence], working through bilateral channels and through multilateral channels, including in the ‘Quartet’ of international mediators,” Putin said.
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.

Mike Lander, Pray4Zion Prayer
Shalom Dear Friend and Partner of Israel,
We send greetings to you and your family and pray God’s 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 God’s Chosen people sincerely must please God.
Please don’t 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 Israel’s 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 father’s house will perish. And who knows that you have come to royal position ‘for a time such as this!”
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. Islam’s history is full of lies, violence, and conquests. There is a reason why the history books call Mohammed’s 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 Israel …God’s land and people just as prophesied in the Bible for end-times!
Friends, don’t 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 Obama’s 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 poisonous tree!
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 …rather 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 6163974

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. They’re 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 Levant’s 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 Israel’s northern, eastern and southern borders before long.
Monday, July 6, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott unveiled Israel’s 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 force’s 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 Israel’s southern border. Such action would be coordinated closely between Israeli and Egyptian military and intelligence arms.

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

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 season’s 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, levi’im (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 populace.
“We’ve 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 Israel News.
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 in Egypt.

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:,2506,L-4662202,00-html/

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:

Washington thwarts UN NPT meeting’s final document, accuses Egypt and others of manipulating process to single out Jewish state
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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