Period: March 2016


By Lea Speyer, January 13, 2016 - “Get you, from each one of your tribes, wise men, and understanding, and full of knowledge, and I will make them heads over you.” (Deuteronomy 1:13)
A Jew in the White House may be closer than you think. With the US presidential elections less than a year away and a presidential arena flooded with possible candidates, the million dollar question on everyone’s mind is who will be the last man, or woman, standing to represent their respective parties? On the Democratic side, former secretary of state and New York senator Hillary Clinton seems pegged as the favorite to win the nomination. However, recent polls show the tide may be turning.
According to the latest poll by the New York Times/CBS News, Clinton is now neck and neck with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). 48 percent of Democratic primary voters prefer Clinton, while 41 percent back Sanders. Only a month ago, Clinton led Sanders nationally with 20 percentage points. When results of the poll are broken down, primary voters under the age of 45 favor Sanders as president by a 2-to-1 ratio. While 7 out of 10 Democratic voters, including majority of Sanders supporters, believe Clinton will garner the Democratic ticket, the poll indicates a startlingly new sharp divide within the Democratic Party.

In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, American and Israeli Reform rabbis pray in the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city. A recent gathering of American Reform rabbis in Jerusalem was meant to celebrate the small gains the liberal Jewish movement has made in Israel in recent years. But a series of comments by Israeli leaders denigrating the group marred the event, reflecting an awkward relationship that many fear is alienating the world’s second-largest Jewish community from Israel. (AP Photo - Sebastian Scheiner)
From Associated Press
March 01, 2016 4:22 PM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — A recent gathering of American Reform rabbis in Jerusalem was meant to celebrate the small gains the liberal Jewish movement has made in Israel in recent years. But a series of comments by Israeli officials denigrating the group marred the event, reflecting an awkward relationship that many fear is alienating the world's second-largest Jewish community from Israel.
The Reform Movement is the largest stream of Judaism in the United States, claiming to represent 1.5 million people, and its members provide a key source of financial support and political advocacy for Israel.
But the movement is marginal in Israel, where religious affairs are dominated by the Orthodox rabbinical establishment. Israeli lawmakers, both secular and ultra-Orthodox, have repeatedly disparaged the group, questioning their Judaism and accusing them of promoting Jewish assimilation.
"How do you ask Jews around the world to support Israel politically, economically, socially ... and at the same time you have these ministers who say to our people 'you're not really Jewish' or 'you don't have a place here in Israel?' That incongruity is a real problem for us," said Rabbi Steven Fox, the chief executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, which held its septennial convention in Israel last week. The group represents 2,000 rabbis.

(TRUNEWS) Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting to thwart U.S. President Barak Obama’s plan to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the head of the United Nations.
Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida has reported Netanyahu has been working with some Arab countries to sabotage Obama’s plan to be the next secretary-general, when Ki-moon’s term ends at the end of the year.
Netanyahu’s push to prevent Obama from getting the job may be pay back for the Iran nuclear deal, which Israel strongly opposed. “Obama is the worst president Israel has had to deal with and the worst president for the Middle East and its allies, the moderate Arab states,” a Netanyahu aide is quoted as saying.

January 8, 2016 By Miriam Dagan - Adolf Hitler’s last official residence, the German state of Bavaria has kept the copyright of the genocidal dictator’s “Mein Kampf” under lock and key since the end of World War II. Forced into the role of a taboo’s reluctant guardian and although most historians see it as an important source on the Nazi period, for 70 years the state has prohibited publication of Hitler’s monstrous autobiographic manifesto of anti-Semitic ideology. That copyright expired on December 31, 2015. [ ...]
And the other less publicized component of Germany’s internal debate is that many think “Mein Kampf” is simply a bad book. It is too boring and cumbersome to give to students, they say.
German politician Volker Beck. (CC BY-SA Mathias Schindler/Wikipedia)
“No one should have to torture themselves through the badly written ‘Mein Kampf,'” prominent Green party politician Volker Beck, head of the important German-Israeli parliamentary group, told the German daily Handelsblatt.
And perhaps there are better texts to address anti-Semitism and Nazi ideology. “The book is confusing and bulky, and therefore hard to apply in class,” says Ulrich Bongertmann of the Association of German History Teachers. He names the 1920 Nazi party platform or the Nazis’ own school propaganda texts as more suitable alternatives.
Interestingly, Nazi era texts are already utilized in other school subjects, such as German language studies or speech classes. Since it is part of the state curriculum for German high school majors to identify “rhetorical strategies that are used to influence readers or listeners,” Joseph Goebbels’s Sportpalace speech and other Nazi diatribe are used to discuss oratorical devices and look at differences between news and propaganda, and demagogical and charismatic leadership.
This use of Nazi texts, including “Mein Kampf,” has already caused pushback from students. In a recent newspaper oped, 16-year-old high school student Noah Gottschalk harshly criticized the idea of using “Mein Kampf” in German lessons. This file photo taken on December 7, 2015 shows a German edition of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" at the Berlin Central and Regional Library (Tobias Schwarz/AFP)
This file photo taken on December 7, 2015 shows a German edition of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” at the Berlin Central and Regional Library (Tobias Schwarz/AFP)
In his article “Hitler instead of Schiller?” he opines that from a literary and stylistic perspective, Hitler’s hate manifesto belongs in the trash and does not deserve to be taught next to the great names of German literature. [email]

December 15, 2015 - Avi Lipkin: - Terror has gripped the Middle East, Europe and now America as we acknowledge the existence of a new enemy—ISIS, or as our President calls them, ISIL. They seemingly came out of nowhere, committing atrocities that boggle the imagination. Who are they and where did they come from? Where do they fit into Bible prophecy? Will they invade Israel in the future? Gary and Israeli insider Avi Lipkin explore the roots of this end-time Islamic terror brigade in a way few people really understand. Will America continue down the path of appeasement and political correctness? Or will America submit and become as Avi has predicted, “A Muslim nation?”

January 03, 2016 - Newsmax. - Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran Sunday after Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran in a growing diplomatic crisis between the regional rivals following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference Iran's diplomatic mission and related entities in Saudi Arabia had been given 48 hours to leave. He said Riyadh would not allow the Islamic Republic to undermine the Sunni kingdom's security. Shi'ite Muslim Iran's top leader predicted "divine vengeance" for the execution.

Did ex-Joint Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey outfox the president?
December 21, 2015 - By Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet - President Obama’s top military commander secretly orchestrated intelligence sharing with military leaders in Germany, Israel and Russia to thwart the president’s policy to remove Bashar Assad from power in Syria and lay the groundwork for Russia’s military entrance into the Syrian civil war, because he believed Obama’s anti-ISIS strategies were hopelessly misguided.
That is just one of the astounding takeaways from a 6,800-word expose by venerated investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh, that was just published in the London Review of Books. Hersh, whose sources include top senior aides to the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, which commands all U.S. military forces, also described in great detail how Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan has deceived the White House by siding and arming ISIS and other extremist Islamic militias in Syria, in a gambit for Turkey to emerge as a regional power akin to the Ottoman Empire.
The broad contours of this cloak-and-dagger tale were confirmed by Saturday’s Democratic Party presidential debate. One of the key foreign policy questions was whether the Syrian dictator had to be removed to defeat ISIS. Bernie Sanders said no, voicing the same argument Hersh reported was put forth by recently retired Joint Chiefs chairman Martin Dempsey: removing Assad would create a vacuum that Islamic extremists would fill. Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Assad had to go, but intriguingly noted that Turkey was not helping matters. This separation of Assad’s fate from fighting ISIS is now moving into the presidential race, but if Hersh’s account is correct it mirrors the thinking of the top Pentagon commander who felt he had to act on his own because Obama wouldn’t listen to the military's advice.
According to Hersh, the president’s policy—that Assad must leave office, and that moderate rebels in Syria could be armed in order to defeat him—was built on major flaws. That was the conclusion Dempsey and the various intelligence teams that prepared reports for the Joint Chiefs made. There were no moderates in the Syrian civil war, as repeatedly proven by failed CIA attempts to arm and train forces that took American weapons and sold them to Assad’s fiercest opponents, either Jabhat al-Nusra or the Islamic State. Moreover, removing Assad would likely lead to a situation similar to what has been seen in Libya and Iraq, where America's removal of those dictators created a vaccum that was filled by warring factions and fundamentalists. Hersh quotes Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012 to '14, who said of the White House, “They did not want to hear the truth.”

December 27, 2015 - By Walid Shoebat - Below we will discuss a multitude of biblical references to show how far this one man matches what Scripture refers to as “the man of sin,” but before we do, 2016 will yield much to monitor Turkey’s rise to a Caliphate system which its initiation was sparked when on this Friday, Hayrettin Karaman, Erdogan’s main Fatwa giver issued some very strange declarations. As he wrote for Yeni Safak, the pro-Erdogan main newspaper under the control of Erdogan in Istanbul. In his article regarding the new presidential system which Erdogan wants to establish, Karaman desperately defended Erdogan and declared what we were saying all along they will do; that Erdogan will soon become the Caliph for all Muslims.
The following is a presentation of the exciting part in an article Hayrettin Karaman wrote:
“During the debate on the presidential system, here is what everyone must do so while taking into account the direction of the world’s national interest and the future of the country and not focus on the party or a particular person. What this [presidential system] looks like is the Islamic caliphate system in terms of its mechanism. In this system the people choose the leader, the Prince, and then all will pledge the Bay’ah [allegiance] and then the chosen president appoints the high government bureaucracy and he cannot interfere in the judiciary where the Committee will audit legislation independent of the president. ” Hayrettin Karaman
This one statement yields a multitude of prophetic consequences. Bay’at, as Islam calls it, which is “giving allegiance,” is the hallmark of the Antichrist as John declared: “but the fatal wound was healed! The whole world marveled at this miracle and gave allegiance to the beast” (Revelation 13:3).
And here this man who is given allegiance to is called “The Prince”, exactly as predicted in Daniel 9:26. e3
Erdogan qualifies to be “king of fierce countenance” (Daniel 8:23)
Karaman is the major Islamist fatwa-giver in Turkey, one of Erdogan’s main henchmen and a practitioner of Muruna, the Muslim Brotherhood’s allowance for sanctioning Islamic prohibition in the case of Jihad, which means that the Mufti can bend Islamic Sharia to produce favorable fatwas, whatever it takes to establish an Islamic Caliphate. Hosea 12:7 tells us of the Antichrist: “He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.” The “Balance of deceit” is exactly how the three decade Islamic doctrine, Muruna, is defined as the “Doctrine of Balance” where a Muslim can balance between good and evil and is sanctioned to do evil for the sake of victory. “He will be a master of deception and will become arrogant; he will destroy many without warning.” (Daniel 8:25)
As Today’s Zaman assess Erdogan’s caliphate of corruption through Muruna and by giving him full allegiance:

Rabbi Josef Pinto has been sent to jail on bribery charges.

Friday Church News Notes, February 5, 2016, David Cloud - The following is excerpted from "Chinese Leader," Times of Israel, Jan. 22, 2016: "Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Thursday for the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Speaking to the Arab League in Cairo while on a tour of the region, Xi said China supports the peace process in the Middle East and backs a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders with Israel. Xi also said his country would provide $7.6 million to the Palestinians in support of a new solar power project. He announced billions of dollars in special loans and investments in the Middle East, as Beijing seeks to boost its economic ties and clout in the region."

Friday Church News Notes, January 22, 2016 David Cloud - According to a new report, 83% of Israeli children aged 8-15 are in possession of a smartphone, and 93% use their mobile devices for at least four hours every day ("Israeli kids and their smartphones," Israel Today, Jan. 8, 2016). Half say they are online within 15 minutes after waking, "connecting with friends via social networks like Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, and Snapchat." Half also say they receive in excess of 100 Whatsapp messages daily. Other surveys show that Snapchat is used by 60% of smartphone users aged 13-34. It is used to send a photo, video, or drawing that disappears in 1-10 seconds (user determined). The messages are called "snaps" and over a billion are sent daily. "It is popular for 'teasing/sexting' as teens think the pic cannot be saved." Our youth discipleship course The Mobile Phone and the Christian Home and Church deals extensively with electronic media.

Friday Church News Notes, January 22, 2016 - David Cloud - Printing by moveable type was invented in 1452, and by 1500 an estimated 20 million books and materials had been printed (Christopher Anderson, Annals of the English Bible, I, p. lx). The publication of Bibles exploded. The first printed book was a complete Latin Bible in 1455. By 1520, no less than 199 editions of the entire Bible had appeared, and this was just the bare beginning of the Bible printing revolution. Suddenly, for the first time in church history, common people could afford to own a Bible and they were eager to do so. The printing press was little used by Muslims, though. According to Islam, Arabic is the holy language and the translation of the Quran is discouraged. Historically, Muslim nations have not been friends of printing. Consider the Ottoman Empire (1299-1923). The Ottomans "were no friends to public education, independent news media and the printed word" ("Arab Media: The Web 2.0 Revolution," Carnegie Reporter, Fall 2008). Books and printed matter were unknown in Turkish and Arabic before the end of the 18th century, and prior to 1840, "an average of only eleven books a year were published in the capital of Istanbul" (Ibid.). Jews, Greeks, and Armenians had printing presses in the Ottoman Empire, but they were not allowed to print materials in Turkish or Arabic. In 1900, 90% of Muslims were illiterate. In 2008, about 35% of Muslims (50% of women) were still illiterate. Only 350 books are translated into Arabic annually. Saudi Arabia did not have a high school until after 1930 and still has only 250 public libraries to serve 26 million people (and until 2006, females were not allowed to hold readers cards). There are about 550 universities among the 57 Muslim nations of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) compared with more than 5,700 in the U.S. and 8,400 in India.

Friday Church News Notes, January 15, 2016 - David Cloud - The following is excerpted from "Plot to Assassinate,", Jan. 8, 2016: "Two Israeli Arabs were indicted on Friday for planning to assassinate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hazam Sanduka, 22, an Arab resident of Jerusalem's Old City, and Fahdi Abu Kia'an, 19, an Israeli Bedouin from the Negev, were arrested last month as part of a Hamas cell and charged with assisting an enemy at wartime, contact with a foreign agent, plotting a terrorist attack and manufacturing explosives. Prosecutor Anat Greenbaum wrote in the indictment that they had helped Hamas operative Ahmad Jamal Mousa Azzam. Azzam, a resident of Qalqilya in Samaria, rented an apartment in the Abu Dis neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Azzam and Sanduka acquired ingredients to make explosives and planned on carrying out several attacks. Sanduka, who had worked in a security firm in the past, initiated the plan to plant explosives under the stage in Jerusalem's Payis Arena where Netanyahu was scheduled to speak. They also planned a large attack in Jerusalem for earlier this month. The plans were directed by Hamas in Gaza and the two men were in constant contact with the terror organization. Kia'an was identified as a supporter of the Islamic State (ISIS) and planned on transporting weapons from Judea and Samaria to the interior of Israel in order to carry out attacks against Israelis. He had also agreed to carry out a mass suicide attack by driving a car loaded with explosives."

Friday Church News Notes, January 15, 2016 - David Cloud - The following is excerpted from "Jesus Removed from Headlines in Israel," Israel Today, Jan. 4, 2016: "Recently, I reported exciting news about a series of Hebrew-language testimonies promoting faith in Jesus by Messianic Jews on the front page of the popular Walla! News, one of Israel's largest news corporations. With sadness, I must now report that the video series about Jesus has been cancelled, and all references to Jesus and Messianic Jews have been removed from the site. Walla! had taken a bold and calculated risk broadcasting a Messianic campaign that promotes interest in Jesus to their massive Israeli audience. We expected that there would be serious resistance to the unprecedented promotional by Messianic Jews on mainstream Israeli media. ... According to Erez Soref, president of the Israel College of the Bible and one of the project's initiators, here's what happened: 'Walla! News received intense threats from some within the Ultra-Orthodox community, which banded together threatening to sue the company because of the exposure Walla! News provided to the name of Yeshua and to Messianic Jews. Walla! News received additional threats from Ultra-Orthodox representatives, threatening a major consumer boycott … Walla! News decided to remove the interviews from the site on Friday, the 25th of December."

Court strikes down plea deal with former PM, who admitted he tried to silence his secretary; will go to prison next week
February 10, 2016 By Tamar Pileggi - The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday tacked another month behind bars on to Ehud Olmert’s prison sentence, after the former prime minister pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in two of the corruption cases in which he has previously been convicted.
The sentence - six months, five of which he is to serve concurrently with the terms meted out to him in the corruption cases against him - struck down a plea bargain that would have seen his entire term in the obstruction overlap with the earlier sentences. He also received three years’ probation and fined him NIS 50,000 ($13,000).
All told, the decision by Judge Avital Chen means that the length of Olmert’s prison term is to be raised from 18 months — his sentence over his role in the Holyland real estate scandal - to 19 months. Olmert will be the first former Israeli prime minister to go to prison when he begins serving out his sentence next Monday. Chen denounced the terms of the plea agreement, saying it would have been “highly unreasonable” to fold all of Olmert’s sentence for obstruction into his other prison term.

[Ednote: President Rivlin was interviewed in the US, his first visit. He stated that he is trying to seek reconciliation with PA by creating unity. Looks like he is busy proving that.]
Existence of state-backed Islamic courts reflects country’s commitment to religious freedom and diversity, president says
By Tamar Pileggi February 9, 2016, 10:32 pm 14 President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday welcomed Israel’s newest qadis (Muslim judges), telling them that the existence of state-supported Muslim religious courts highlights Israel’s commitment to upholding religious freedom and diversity.
“The authority of the sharia courts – as assured by Israeli law — to me reflects the fundamental principle that an attachment to faith, to tradition, to a culture and community, is not solely the issue of the individual,” Rivlin told the seven new qadis, who are appointed to sharia courts across the country, during a ceremony at his official Jerusalem residence.
“Such affiliations are a basic right of a citizen in a democracy, and accordingly it is the obligation of the state to support and nurture them,” he said.
Israel’s sharia courts, Rivlin said, demonstrate “the recognition of the unparalleled importance of the vitality of communities, cultures and traditions to the fabric of the life in the modern state.”

Palestinian assassin, 71, who is serving a life sentence for fatal shooting of senator, maintains he cannot remember events of June 5, 1968
February 10, 2016 - By Elliot Spagat SAN DIEGO (AP) — For nearly 50 years, Sirhan Sirhan has been consistent: He says he doesn’t remember fatally shooting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in a crowded kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Palestinian, a Jerusalem native, now 71, has given no inkling that he will change his version of events at his 15th parole hearing on Wednesday in San Diego. He is serving a life sentence that was commuted from death when the California Supreme Court briefly outlawed capital punishment in 1972.
During his previous parole hearing in 2011, Sirhan told officials about his regret but again said he could not remember the events of June 5, 1968. The parole board ruled that Sirhan hadn’t shown sufficient remorse and didn’t understand the enormity of the crime less than five years after the killing of President John F. Kennedy — the senator’s older brother — and two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Opposition chief, who has referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as friends, said to back Israel’s right to secure, recognized boundaries
February 9, 2016 - By Raoul Wootliff - The leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, met Tuesday with leaders of the UK Jewish community for the first time since winning the post in September.
“The meeting has resulted in significant clarifications of the views of the Leader of the Opposition on key issues for the Jewish community,” said the Board of Deputies of British Jews in statement Tuesday.
Frequently accused of an anti-Israel bias, Corbyn and two of his senior advisers met with BoD President Jonathan Arkush and Chief Executive Gillian Merron “on a range of matters of interest and concern to the UK Jewish community,” the Jewish umbrella group said.
“We had a positive and constructive meeting and were pleased that Mr. Corbyn gave a very solid commitment to the right of Israel to live within secure and recognized boundaries as part of a two state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict,” Arkush said, according to the statement.
He added that there had been welcome agreement in some key policy areas, but that “there were still matters on which the Labour leader could make firmer commitments.”
The Jewish leader described Tuesday’s discussion as “the beginning of a conversation between the Jewish community and the Labour Party,” and said another meeting would be held later this year.
Jonathan Arkush, Board of Deputies (courtesy)
Corbyn has been criticized by members of the UK Jewish community for being sympathetic to Hamas and Hezbollah — terror groups committed to destroying Israel — and is widely regarded as one of the British MPs most hostile to Israel.
He has publicly endorsed a blanket arms embargo on Israel and the boycott of Israeli universities involved in weapons research. He recently landed in hot water when he defended an Anglican minister who posted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories online.

Defense minister also claims Russia’s S-300 anti-aircraft missile defense system to be delivered soon
By Tamar Pileggi February 10, 2016, 1:16 pm 1 Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan announced Tehran is set to unveil an upgraded ballistic missile, dubbed the Emad, a month after the United States threatened to impose fresh sanctions over the country’s missile program.
“We will unveil the next generation of Emad with improved precision in the next (Iranian) year (beginning March 20),” Reuters quoted Dehghan as saying on Tuesday. In a move likely to illicit harsh international backlash, the defense minister said mass production of the missile, a medium-range rocket capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, would begin in the near future. “The Emad missile is not a violation of the nuclear deal or any UN resolution since we will never use a nuclear warhead (on it). It’s an allegation,” Dehghan said, referring to recent reports that the US had plans — later shelved — to introduce a fresh round of sanctions following two missile tests by the Islamic Republic in October.
Britain, France, Germany and the US all demanded a UN investigation into the Emad test launches, and a UN committee later determined the launches violated a Security Council resolution that prohibits Tehran from launching ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

February 20. 2016 - Turkey and Saudi Arabia have made their plans clear to an amazed world, a new Wahhabist empire, an “Islamic State,” not the one the puppet front organization ISIS is running, but a real one with up to a million men in uniform, over three thousand modern combat aircraft and nuclear weapons.
Syria will fall to them, as will Iraq. They will take Jordan in a snap, crushing it from the north and south. The Gulf States are already onboard, willing members while Egypt may hold out awhile, with Israel, as long as it survives, holding one flank while Libya is already “gone,” part of the secret Erdogan caliphate.
Erbil strongman dictator, Barzani has already split Iraq, a “done deal.” He has joined Turkey against not only the PKK but Turkish Kurds who are being wiped off the map and his Syrian brothers, who are being slaughtered to his silence, and of course the government in Baghdad that pays his salary.
Afghanistan is under attack, with ISIS recruiters and Saudi cash making significant inroads, not only there but in nuclear Pakistan as well. To his north, Ukraine is fully onboard, ready to declare war on Russia any day while Bulgaria and Romania remain silent partners, ready to knife both Russia and NATO in the back.
Georgia is a defacto client state of Turkey’s, a path for arms smuggling, the new “other silk road,” from Ukraine, by plane or Black Sea trawler from Odessa, into Georgia and through Turkey into Syria and Iraq, into the hands of Erdogan’s terror armies.
Israel woke up first and dumped Erdogan like a “hot potato.” He had them fooled the way he had Europe fooled. He even had Russia and Iran going for years with promises of trade deals and gas pipelines. Now it is clear, this is a madman bent on world domination, nothing less.
There was a time when Israel saw Syria as a threat, a modern nation allied first to the Soviet Union, then the Russian Federation, a modern army and air force, capable of perhaps not matching the Israeli juggernaut but a force to be contended with.
That Syria is in ruins today, the army stretched, winning against a “sea of foes” for sure, but unlikely to ever be a threat against Israel again, which is why Tel Aviv supported both insurgents and terrorists.
Today, Assad’s Syria is all that stands between Israel and an Islamic Empire, not the “Islamic State” of ISIS, but a Wahhabist monstrosity capable of wiping Israel off the map with ease, American backing and a nuclear arsenal notwithstanding and Israel now knows this all too well. Israel will look back on its former days of planning a preemptive strike on Iran or pouring armies into Syria across the Golan Heights as its “crazy days”.
A war is already going on. Turkey has invaded Syria, ISIS is a Turkish army, Muslim Brotherhood recruits, mercenaries, underwritten by the Saudis and Qatar, aided by rogue Western intelligence agencies, the CIA and MI6.
Turkey has bombed Kurds inside Syria, not the claimed “rebel” PKK, but the US allies of the YPG, and is now shelling them in violation of a UNSC memorandum.
Turkey has invaded Iraq, sending in 1500 troops who now protect Mosul, the ISIS capitol. Their base sits on the strategic route for ISIS oil theft, protecting it until it enters the breakaway “Barzani Caliphate.”
Turkey is in a shooting war with Russia, kept in check only by a Russian naval force in the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas and by massive Russian military exercises north of Turkey’s borders.
Turkey is actively threatening Greece with continual air space violations and aggressive claims made against Greek islands in the Aegean.
Turkey is preparing for war with Iran, ethnically cleansing their common border of Kurds and through building a military base in Qatar to launch operations from.





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