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Joel C. RosenbergBy Joel C. Rosenberg

Thirty-two years ago this week, the Islamic Revolution reached its zenith in Iran. The Shah had been forced to flee. His regime had collapsed. And on February 1, 1979, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini landed at Tehran International Airport, welcomed by throngs of Islamic militants thinking he was the Twelfth Imam and shouting, “The Holy One has come! The Holy One has come!”

Khomeini’s expressed mission, however, was not simply to seize control of Iran. He vowed to “export the Islamic Revolution.” Iran has been funding terrorist and subversive groups ever since.

If Egypt falls into the hands of the Radicals, this will be a disaster of historic proportions. Egypt and Iran would be the Twin Towers of the epicenter, two nations that have collapsed at the hands of the jihadists who are determined to rebuild the Islamic caliphate and usher in the End of Days, even if many in our foreign policy establishment don’t recognize this.

In many ways, Egypt and Iran could not be more different. Egypt is ethnically Arab and spiritually Sunni. Iran is ethnically Persian and spiritually Shia. Traditionally, Arabs and Persians have hated each other. So have Sunnis and Shias. But now they are coming together for two common objectives:

  1. To surround Israel, destroy the Jews, and capture Jerusalem for Islam.
  2. To surround the Arabian peninsula, destroy the “apostate” House of Saud regime, and capture control of Mecca and Medina.

This is why the Iranian regime is so excited by what is happening in Egypt, and determined to help where and how they can.

“Uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia will spell an ‘irreparable defeat’ for the United States, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday, adding that the recent wave of unrest sweeping through the Mideast was a result of Iran’s Islamic Revolution,” reports Reuters and Haaretz.

“Speaking with worshippers during Friday prayers in Tehran, Khamenei said that ‘if they [protesters] are able to push this through then what will happen to the U.S. policies in the region will be an irreparable defeat for America…. Today’s events in North of Africa, Egypt, Tunisia and certain other countries have another sense for the Iranian nation. They have special meaning. This is the same as ‘Islamic awakening,’ which is the result of the victory of the big revolution of the Iranian nation,” the Supreme Leader was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying.”

“The Iranian Foreign Ministry statement called upon people and governments around the world to strongly condemn what it said were Israeli and American ‘interferences aimed at diverting Egyptians’ justice-seeking movement, by creating counter-revolt and using rioters…. Iran also warns that any opposition to the movement of the Egyptian people … will bring about the anger and hatred of all Muslims around the world,’ the statement said.”

Related Links

Egyptians rally for Mubarak to go now – Reuters
Hizballah team breaks 22 members out of Egyptian jail – DEBKAfile
Iran’s leader predicts new Egypt to endanger Israel’s existence – Monsters and Critics
Iran’s Khamenei praises Egyptian protesters, declares ‘Islamic awakening’ – Christian Science Monitor
Hofmeister: If Oil Production Shuts Down in Egypt — Oil Will Go up $20 to $30 a Barrel – CNBC
US, Egypt Discussing Mubarak’s Immediate Resignation – Voice of America


Terry JamesBy Terry James
Rapture Ready

A diagnosis of current, troubling realities in the Middle Eastern region of the world leads to a disturbing prognosis. Indigestion is possibly the culprit that threatens to bring on the terminal condition that prophecy calls Armageddon. Okay, so maybe it’s a bit of a stretch to liken what’s going on in the most volatile part of the world to a human gastrointestinal condition. But it certainly seems that it is gas that is shaping up to be at least one incendiary ingredient that might ignite history’s final holocaust.

While the Mideast broils with vitriol against Israel, the one nation on earth specifically pointed out by Zechariah the prophet as being at the center of end-times hatred, a situation taking place in the belly of that geographical beast bears watching. Natural gas is emerging as a burning issue in that highly volatile region. Key prophetic players are at the center of the ongoing developments.

The European Union (EU) is at the heart of matters involving the recent discovery of natural gas in Iraq’s Kurdish region. The EU has been striving to lessen dependence on Russia for supplying natural gas. Discoveries in Iraq open the possibility that the Europeans might be successful in accomplishing that independence. However, quickly rearranging relationships among nations surrounding the region of new gas discovery provoke some interesting thought, prophetically speaking.

The Nabucco consortium, a European group of oil and gas companies, hopes to construct a pipeline to southern Europe through Turkey. Nabucco is much more than just a commercial enterprise. It is an attempt to shift the balance of power in European energy politics, according to expert observers.

If the 3,300-kilometer Nabucco is built, it will be the first major natural gas pipeline into central and eastern Europe that isn’t controlled by Moscow.

This is important because the EU fears Russian control of such a large chunk of its gas supply. Several EU member states have also suffered severe winter gas supply disruptions in recent years as Russia fought with its neighbor Ukraine over transit rights.

So Nabucco has strong political backing from the European Commission, and is treated with disdain by the Kremlin. (James Herron, “Iraqi Gas Discovery Boosts EU Hopes of Gas Independence,” Wall Street Journal, 1/26/11)

Europe’s plans are far from being a done deal. The pipeline must go through both Iran (to an extent) and Turkey, as stated before. The Russians are almost certainly going to have a major objection to losing their monopoly on gas-supply operations in the region. And that country’s influence is considerable. Russia has over the past several years made ever-tightening alliances with the two major nations with which the EU must deal in order to bring natural gas from the Kurdish gas fields. At the same time, those nations, Turkey and Iran, are continuing to solidify relations with each other. The three – Russia, Iran, and Turkey — have formed a triad of sorts. It is a most fascinating arrangement in these strange days of quickly moving geopolitical realignments.

Russia and Turkey have just signed in Istanbul a strategic cooperation protocol for enhancing their bilateral relations. This was arranged by the Turkish-Russian Joint Strategic Planning Group, which is charged with carrying out preparatory work for the high-level Cooperation Council meeting in Moscow this March. Although the group didn’t divulge any details of the strategic protocol, it is logical to presume that considerations regarding the proposed EU pipeline figure in the planning.

One source reports:

Russian-Turkish ties have predominantly expanded on an economic basis, especially with energy deals. Projects in the energy sector such as Samsun-Ceyhan, South Stream and Nabucco will also be on the agenda of the preparatory talks.

Turkey receives 70 percent of its energy resources, including gas and oil, from Russia. Turkey will also put into operation its first nuclear power plant with the cooperation of Russia. (“Russia, Turkey Sign Strategic Cooperation Protocol,” People’s Daily Online, 1/21/11)

Russia no doubt intends to continue to exert hegemony over Middle East energy sources and supplies at all cost. Turkey, under its recently installed, antagonistic-to-Israel, Islamist regime, is firmly ensconced within the Russian-Iranian (Persian) camp. The EU will likely have to look elsewhere for its energy independence from the Russian Bear.

There is such a source to the south of Russia, Iran, and Turkey. Can you guess who that is?

In 2009, a partnership that included Texas Based Noble Energy Inc. and Israeli oil companies discovered Tamar, an offshore gas field containing eight trillion cubic feet of natural gas. It was the largest gas find in the world in 2009 and the largest ever for Israel at the time.

Last December, the company announced the discovery of the Leviathan field, which contains a whopping 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas — enough to supply all of Israel’s gas needs for 100 years — and promises to turn the once resource-starved country into a net energy exporter. (Charles Levinson, “Israel to Launch State Fund Within a Year,” Wall Street Journal, 1/26/11)

There is talk of the EU contracting with Israel to provide the much-needed natural gas supply. It will be fascinating to watch developments, in consideration of the Gog-Magog prophecy of Ezekiel chapters 38-39.

Related Links

Minister seeks to expedite Tamar gas flow – Globes
Is the Qatar-Iraq-Turkey-Europe Natural Gas Pipeline Project feasible? – Sunday’s Zaman
Ezekiel 38 & 39 (Part 1) – BPB (Thomas Ice)
Nabucco delayed? – UPI
Israel Gas Explorers Outperform as Egypt Unrest May Create Void – Bloomberg

Jan MarkellBy Jan Markell
Olive Tree Ministries

We all know we are heading into a full-blown surveillance society. The U.K. probably heads the world in this effort, but the U.S. is nipping at its heels. The Obama administration is assuring that.

Newsmax online is reporting the fact that Obama is eyeing the Internet to ID all Americans. This was preceded by the Net Neutrality Act which was the first phase of the government monitoring the Internet. White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt says,

“This is the perfect spot in the U.S. government to centralize efforts toward creating an ‘identity ecosystem’ for the Internet.”

Privacy groups are alerting that this is an absolute infringement on Americans’ rights. The Department of Homeland Security will also help implement this.

Keep in mind the power of the Internet and computer technology. The Stuxnet computer worm was reportedly more effective in setting back Iran’s nuclear plans a couple years than anything else, including an air strike. Stuxnet’s complexity has stunned the computer security industry. It was certainly affiliated with a government – likely Israel, possibly with U.S. help. The worm had Iran’s name on it and specifically their nuclear computers. Why have we not heard more about this? It may be the technological story of 2010. But is Stuxnet an argument for a supra-national government body to regulate cyberspace?

The Obama administration has back-up support from a U.N. office in Geneva where officials from 18 countries voted to staff a working group on the future of something called Internet Governance Forum. Since it’s the U.N., there is already reason to be concerned. The plan was supported by China and, not without surprise, Iran. So, it has global impact, not just Obama impact.

For good or bad, technology is taking center stage. It has for 25 years or more. Time magazine’s man of the year is Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook. This communication tool has taken the world by storm. Zuckerberg is worth about $50 billion as a result of a device that helps people communicate with one another. People are eager to make friends even if some of them could be suspect. It helps them feel connected and not isolated, something essential in our 21st century impersonal world.

Enter Antichrist. Is he waiting in the wings? Perhaps. Technology will drive the final generation. In a sense, it already is. Everything in Revelation 13 depends on technology: The electronic money system, electronic control of the media, electronic control of commerce and even electronic control of the one-world religion. When “Mr. Fix-it” enters the scene, the technology infrastructure must be in place. His empire is limited – seven years.

The equally-popular Twitter could also be abused. The Iranian youth revolution of a couple years ago was coordinated heavily by the young people tweeting one another. If untrained youth can run a revolution – admittedly unsuccessful due to Iran’s president and her mullahs – how could Antichrist use it against the world?

Whether it’s net neutrality, an effort to use the Internet to ID all Americans, Facebook, Twitter, or an all-new scheme to come down the pike to use the magic of modern-day technology to limit freedoms, stay on guard. We may not be able to stem the tide of intrusiveness and even an ID effort. The Bible talks too much about such themes as privacy loss under the rule of Antichrist, but please don’t fall under the spell of “it’s predicted, we can’t fight it, let’s surrender.” As Edmund Burke said,

“All that is necessary for evil to prosper is for good people to do nothing.”

But the end-time technological infrastructure is being put in place as I write this. It could take weeks or it could take years for complete implementation. This is a reminder to stay tuned and to spot the efforts as they are introduced by snoopy governments and the U.N. Please speak up when you can and let it be known that some freedom-loving people will protest until the end, even if, in the end, evil triumphs. Remember to read the last chapter. Evil triumphs only temporarily. The King of kings will return to right all these wrongs and abominations!

Related Links

Facebook Wants to Issue Your Internet Driver’s License –
Utah will be site of huge cyber protection facility – CNN
Obama Administration Devloping Internet ID Program – PC Magazine
United States will assign Internet passports to its citizens – Ecommerce Journal
Obama Administration fleshes out online trusted IDs – Computerworld
Protecting Your Privacy Both Online and Offline – An Interview with Trace Mayer, JD – FTMDaily (Jerry Robinson)
Trapped in Hitler’s Hell – Jan Markell (Book)

John McTernanBy John McTernan
Defend and Proclaim the Faith

‘Lebanon’s Government Falls as Hezbollah Pulls Out’

This has been coming like a slow moving train wreck. It appears that the day has now arrived. Hezbollah assassinated the previous prime minister and has threaten war if they are held responsible. They act just like the gangsters/terrorists they are. The collapse of the government leaves a huge political void. Hezbollah has threatened war and might try to take over the country. Syria believes that Lebanon is part of Syria. Iran wants Hezbollah to take control, as it is an arm of Iran.

Israel cannot allow Syria or Hezbollah to take over Lebanon, as it would have a powerful enemy right on its border. Israel will go to war if either try to take over.

Turkey has already threatened Israel with war, if it attacks Lebanon, and the United States is sending an aircraft carrier battle group to the area. There is a real possibility of this turning into the regional war that I have been warning is coming. I still think the war is going to start over Jerusalem, but this could easily be the trigger for the all-out war that the prophets write about.

Related Links

Lebanon in crisis: Hizballah quits government, US-French buildup, Israel on standby – DEBKAfile
As President Meets With Prime Minister, Lebanese Government Collapse – FOX News
Hezbollah and its allies topple Lebanon government – Forbes
Lebanon reels as Hezbollah topples government – The Guardian
As America Has Done to Israel – John McTernan (Book)

By Joel C. Rosenberg

Will Israel launch a preemptive military strike against Iran to stop the current regime from building nuclear weapons, and if so, how soon? That’s a question I have been asked throughout this fall’s book tour for The Twelfth Imam.

As we end 2010, my sense is that the Stuxnet computer virus (which has infected more than 30,000 Iranian computers and brought Iranian enrichment of uranium almost to a standstill for the time being), the recent assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, the near assassination of another top Iranian nuclear scientist, and the effect of new economic sanctions are all having a significant impact. Anything is possible, of course, but some experts I’m talking to believe that there is a little more breathing room, and an Israeli strike would be generally unlikely before the fall of 2011, at the earliest. That is speculation, to be sure. The threat is very real. But some progress has been made against Iran this fall, and for this we should thank the Lord and the hard work of U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies.

Last Thursday and Friday, I attended a conference on “Confronting The Iran Threat,” organized by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Below I report on their on-the-record assessments of the current Iranian regime, the Twelfth Imam, the Green Movement, and the prospects for war.

Most interesting for me was the opportunity to have a private lunch with one of the more interesting speakers at the event, a gentleman named Uri Lubrani, who at the age of 82 serves an Iran advisor to Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon. Lubrani previously served as an Iran advisor to the Israeli Ministry of Defense and was Israel’s Ambassador to Iran before the revolution in 1979. He knew the Shah personally. He warned Israeli officials in Jerusalem that a revolution was coming. And he actually flew out of Tehran international airport on February 1, 1979, just hours before the Ayatollah Khomeini arrived back in Iran to crowds of millions shouting, “The Holy One has come! The Holy One has come!”

My personal conversation with Lubrani was off-the-record. But here are several of the comments he made to the conference attendees:

  • Assessing the Iranian President’s character: “Ahmadinejad is not…a clown. He is a clever, sophisticated, son-of-a-b—-.”
  • Assessing Ahmadinejad’s statements that he is in contact with the Twelfth Imam: “I believe Ahmadinejad really believes what he says. As mayor, he paved a road from the [Jamkaran] mosque to the capital so the Twelfth Imam could travel straight to Tehran.”
  • Assessing the Twelver End Times theology held by the Ayatollah Khamenei: “You have a totally irrational [religious] philosophy that is driving the Ayatollah’s regime in Tehran.”
  • Assessing Russia’s growing ambitions in the Middle East and growing alliance with Iran: “Russia is aspiring to be important in the world again.”
  • Assessing Turkey’s swing away from the West and towards Russia and Iran: “I detect in their rhetoric that they want to be a Middle East power…. They believe the Ottoman Empire should be resurrected.”
  • Assessing the Iranian threat: “Iran is on the warpath, and has been for some time.”
  • Assessing the need for the West to launch preemptive military strikes against Iran in the near term: “I’m against military action [at the moment]. I think it would be counterproductive…. The Iranian people are the West’s greatest ally.” Lubrani urged U.S. and Western leaders to do more to support the “Green Movement,” the pro-democracy movement in Iran. He is hopeful that there can be an overthrow of the Iranian regime by these pro-democracy forces before the need for military force arises.

One of the panels at the conference was entitled, “Increasing Threats, Diminishing Options: Should The Military Option Be Employed Against Iran.” The speakers were Israeli Major General Yaakov Amidror, former head of the IDF’s Research & Assessment Division; Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic who published the first interview with Netanyahu upon becoming Prime Minister in March 2009 (“Netanyahu To Obama — Stop Iran, Or I Will”), and wrote an influential cover story in September 2010 entitled “Point of No Return” on whether Israel will hit Iran soon; Reuel Marc Gerecht, former CIA operative; Ken Pollack, former Director for Persian Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council, now with the Brookings Institution; and moderator Cliff May, former NYT reporter and now President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Key points made during the panel:

  • General Amidror: “Technically, Israel will be ready [to strike Iran] if and when the decision will be taken…. [but] no one is eager for war with Iran…. If war with Iran comes, “American planes will be used — the question is will it be American pilots or Israeli pilots flying those planes…. It would be a dirty one, a long one, one no one wants to be in…. We want to postpone as long as possible…. If you ask me for my assessment — and that’s what I for 25 years, doing assessments — I believe it is almost impossible to stop Iran without military force.”
  • Jeffrey Goldberg: Noted that he had written in his last article that there was a better than 50 percent chance of Israel hitting Iran by summer 2011. Now he believes the initial apparent success of the Stuxnet computer virus in slowing down Iran’s nuclear program, and “active programs to deny Iran of its nuclear scientists” (ie, assassinations), have worked to “elongate the timeline.” He believes Israeli officials now believe they have a little breathing room and that all things being equal, the “timeline” for an Israeli strike against Iran would now be “the end of 2011.”
  • Reuel Gerecht: “I’m skeptical that many of the worst case scenarios [about a U.S. or Israeli-led war against Iran] are likely…. Hezbollah would respond with everything they have [ie, missile attacks against Israel]…. I’m seriously doubtful that you’d see much of a [negative] reaction throughout the Middle East…. Main Iranian reaction would be terrorism [against Israeli and Western interests]…. The repercussions are quite sustainable, especially compared to the Iranians having the Bomb.”
  • Ken Pollack: “I’m a skeptic on the use of force against Iran… because I don’t think the math works out…..Will a strike work? I remain very skeptical…..I would give more credit to the [Obama] administration for sanctions that I would have expected.” He said evidence suggests the economic sanctions against Iran are having more impact on Iran’s economy — and creating more division within Iran’s government — than he’d expected. Worried that an Israeli strike against Iran would unify the Iranian government at a time when currently it is splintering.

During the Q&A session, I asked Jeffrey Goldberg to assess whether Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would order a preemptive military strike against Iran if diplomacy, sanctions, covert actions and other measures weren’t enough and Israel were endangered by another Holocaust. Goldberg replied, “Netanyahu doesn’t like to make decisions… but I think he would feel as if he failed Jewish history if he failed to stop Iran [from getting the Bomb] if nothing else works.”

Related Links

Iran said to have cut Hizbullah aid by 40% – Jerusalem Post
Iran’s opposition Green Movement stays below ground – Christian Science Monitor
Iran in secret talks on nuclear swap in bid to end sanctions –
Stuxnet Worm Delays Iran’s Nuclear Program – Christian Broadcasting Network
The Twelfth Imam – Joel C. Rosenberg (Book)

David BrogBy David Brog
Christians United for Israel

As we celebrated Thanksgiving last month, the German newspaper Die Welt published an article making a profoundly troubling claim. This kind of report from such a reliable newspaper should have sparked national concern and launched an international inquiry. Yet most of us had no idea this article even appeared.

What Die Welt reported – citing Western sources – was that Iran is planning to place medium-range missiles capable of reaching the United States on Venezuelan soil. More specifically, the article claims that when Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez visited Iran in October, the two nations signed an agreement under which:

  • Venezuela will allow Iran to establish a missile base on its territory to be manned by both Iranian and Venezuelan officers.
  • The base will house Iranian Scud-B, Scud-C and Shahab 3 missiles.

The Scud missiles – both B and C – are relatively short range and threaten only Venezuela’s already nervous neighbors. But the Shahab 3 missiles are able to reach the United States from Venezuela. In short, if this article is correct, the United States will soon join Israel and Europe in living within Iranian missile range.

A comparison to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis is not only obvious, but instructive. At the time, the power that posed the greatest threat to American security – the Soviet Union – sought to place missiles in our backyard so as to be able to threaten our major population centers. Today, the nation that currently poses the greatest threat to American security – Iran – is seeking to do exactly the same thing.

Yet while the threats are similar, the reactions appear to be entirely different. As soon as he had solid intelligence that the Soviet Union had placed ballistic missiles in Cuba, President Kennedy demanded their removal. Although the Soviet Union was already a nuclear power with a massive conventional army capable of overrunning Europe, we did not hesitate to draw a red line around our hemisphere. The world stood at the brink of a nuclear war until these missiles were removed.

It stands to reason that, had President Kennedy known about the Soviet plans sooner, he would have acted sooner. Had we received reports of an agreement between the Soviets and Cuba to deploy these missiles, our government would have communicated to the Soviets in no uncertain terms that such a move would not be tolerated. Signals would have been sent. Lines in the sand would have been drawn.

Yet the only thing resolute about our reaction to this report about Iranian missiles is our determination to ignore it. True, it’s possible that our intelligence agencies know that this information is false. It is also possible that tough signals are being sent through back channels to prevent this agreement’s implementation. But after years of feckless failure to stop Iran’s march towards nuclear weapons, one cannot be faulted for doubting whether such moves are in fact taking place. There are too many leaks these days – of the old kind and the “wiki” kind – to allow for perfectly silent diplomacy. Silence too often correlates with inaction.

Every schoolchild learns about the Monroe Doctrine, almost two hundred years old, under which the United States declared that any intervention by foreign powers in the affairs of the Americas would be viewed as an act of aggression requiring U.S. intervention. As President Kennedy himself noted,

“The Monroe Doctrine means what it has meant since President Monroe and John Quincy Adams enunciated it, and that is that we would oppose a foreign power extending its power to the Western Hemisphere, and that is why we oppose what is happening in Cuba today.”

Yet today Iran plots and plans with Venezuela, and we remain largely silent. Have we abandoned the Monroe Doctrine? Have we opened our hemisphere to our enemies? We don’t yet know for sure. But the fact that such an article could spur so little debate and concern is deeply troubling. And where there’s no smoke, we should not be surprised to discover that there is no fire.

The prospect of a nuclear Iran has just gotten even more dangerous. And much more personal.

Related Links

Southern Border Chessboard Involves Iran/Venezuela/Russia – Canada Free Press
Iran’s Plan to Kill American Generals Is Not an Idle Threat – FOX News
Mack to Congress: Iran plans missile sites in Venezuela – The News-Press
Iran boosts Qods shock troops in Venezuela – Washington Times
Iran–Venezuela relations – Wikipedia
In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity – David Brog (Book)

Bill SalusBy Bill Salus

Part 2 – What Should We Watch for in 2011

Israel is prepared to strategically strike Iran’s nuclear sites. This past September I spoke with retired Israeli Defense Forces General Shimon Erem who confirmed Saudi Arabia opened up a thin strip of air for Israel to attack Iran. It’s interesting that no Jewish Synagogue can be constructed in Saudi Arabia, but Israeli war planes are now allowed to fly overhead as long as they are on route to attack Iran.

The open Saudi airspace, pending $60 billion arms deal with America, and the Wikileaks statements that the Saudis told the U.S. to “Cut off the head of the (Iranian) snake,” add credence to suspicions the Saudis are desperately concerned about Iran’s nuclear program. This clock is ticking.

The apparent reasons Israel has refrained from attacking Iran thus far:

  1. Sanctions needed time to work.
  2. Diplomatic efforts toward Mideast peace were underway and remotely possible.
  3. The Stuxnet virus and other related covert efforts inside Iran partially disrupted some aspects of Iran’s nuclear program.
  4. It could provoke Hezbollah, Syria, and Hamas to join Iran in a multi-front war imposing significant Israeli casualties.
  5. It could initiate unpredictable retaliatory responses from Iran and its proxies, like international terror and/or restricted oil production that could adversely affect America and other parts of the international community.

Interestingly, end time’s expert Jimmy DeYoung informed a group of us attending the Pre-Trib rapture conference in December, 2010 that Prime Minister Netanyahu informed him there were two red lines Israel would not allow Iran to cross;

  1. The receipt from Russia of the S-300 missile defense system,
  2. The development or acquisition of a weapon of mass destruction.

The missile defense system, which Iran has contracted Russia to deliver, would hinder Israel’s ability to attack Iran through surface to air missiles and endanger Israeli Air Forces in an air assault. Netanyahu takes Ahmadinejad’s genocidal threats to wipe Israel off the map literally and seriously.

Additionally, DeYoung informed us a movement for a Palestinian state within the United Nations is already underway. This movement threatens to set retro borders for the Palestinian state based upon the territories as they were before June 6, 1967 when Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and other additional land. Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay have already accepted such a Palestinian State against harsh rebuke from Israel. Similarly, Venezuela is expected to soon follow course.

Possible events to be watchful of in 2011 are;

  1. Continued politically charged threats from Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to step down and for the PA to disband. Speculations about his resignation are circulating.

  2. The release of the UN STL (United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon) report implicating Hezbollah with the death of Lebanon’s former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. (Pictured here) This report could provoke an internal uprising within Lebanon against Hezbollah. However, military confrontation is becoming increasingly doubtful because the Lebanese Armed Forces are fully integrated into Hezbollah’s military structure which, in turn, is led by Iranian IRGC officers and under the command of Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Command of the Ayatollah. (*See briefing from Sean Osborne below for further explanation.)
  3. Increased claims to littoral rights by Lebanon and their allies, including Russia, of Israel’s large 2009 (Tamar One) and 2010 (Leviathan) natural gas discoveries in the Mediterranean Sea. When fully developed these resources are expected to make Israel energy self-sufficient as well as an international exporter of natural gas.
  4. Russian arms contracts to Israel’s enemies to increase. This is prophetic as per Ezekiel 39:9. Additionally, the global economic crunch has not slowed down Russian arms exports which totaled 7.4 billion in 2009 and will likely exceed that in 2010. (Military export totals not yet available for 2010).
  5. Iran’s nuclear program to be severely damaged, if not destroyed, by either the continued uncontrollable spread of the Stuxnet virus or an Israeli military attack. Stuxnet has the potential to run out of control causing explosions to occur within the affected Iranian nuclear sites. If so a Chernobyl effect could occur inside Iran.
  6. Expect covert actions from unidentified sources, probably Israel and America, to continue inside Iran. These are primarily intended to hinder the further development of Iran’s nuclear program, assassinate key Iranian leaders and nuclear scientists, and potentially bring forth a regime change.
  7. Israel to be blamed for the breakdown of peace talks and to become increasingly isolated from the international community as a result.
  8. Trilateral relationships between Russia, Venezuela, and Iran to improve and weapons exports between them to increase. Venezuela is presently negotiating with Russia to purchase the state of the art S-300 missile defense. This is the system Russia owes to Iran, but due to international sanctions levied against Iran, has failed to deliver it. It is also the system Netanyahu has drawn a red line against as stated above. Additionally, Iran is in negotiations to deliver the deadly Shahab 3 missile to Venezuela. Given the missile’s range, parts of America would be at risk.
  9. Rumors of Mideast war to increase rather than decrease.
  10. Diplomatic efforts toward Mideast peace to continue and likely fail. Remember when diplomacy fails war often results.
  11. The likelihood current U.S. Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell will step down and be replaced by Dennis Ross, the former Middle East peace envoy during the Clinton administration. Rumors to this end are already circulating.
  12. A major regional war fulfilling the Psalm, Isaiah and Ezekiel prophecies noted above.

On a prophetic side note, amidst all the noise of war drums beating in the region, the Temple Institute in Israel is stitching and selling priestly garments to genetically identified Levites. Several dozen have already been purchased and are hanging in closets waiting for the Dome of the Rock to come down so these garments can come out. In a matter of hours after the Dome is destroyed and the rubble removed, the sacrificial altar can be constructed and operational. Estimates are the prophesied third Jewish Temple could be built around it within one to two years.

Will 2011 be the year the Dome comes down, the altar goes up, the priestly garments come out, and the animal sacrificial system begins? Has humanity progressed that far along on the end time’s line? What will cause the Islamic Dome to come down, could it be the result of the Psalm 83 and/or Ezekiel 38 wars?

Look for 2011 to be a prophetically eventful year. The Israeli war prophecies are coming, just how soon we can only speculate. However, the weapons are fashioned, national relationships formed, adversarial attitudes in place, and technologies developed, suggesting the stage is set for the final showdowns to begin.

*Email briefing to me from Sean Osborne of Northeast Intelligence Network on 12/11/10

U.N. STL indictments of Hezbollah’s leadership (minus the now deceased Imad Fayez Mughniyeh who was also assassinated on 2/12/2008 outside Syrian military intelligence headquarters as retribution for his role in Hariri’s assassination) could spark a revolt of Lebanon’s popular pro-Western coalition – a/k/a the March 14 Alliance. This alliance is a coalition of political parties and independents in Lebanon that call for sovereignty over all Lebanese territories, led by MP Saad Hariri, younger son of assassinated Rafik Hariri.

Details: The assassination of Rafik Hariri ignited the March 14 Alliance to revolt in the so-called anti-Syrian “Cedars Revolution.” The revolt took the form of mass public demonstrations against suspected Syrian responsibility for the assassination and which led directly to both the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon and the creation of the U.N. STL to investigate Hariri’s assassination in order to determine those responsible. The Syrians are considered foreign occupiers in the March 14 Alliance’s view.

Hezbollah on the other hand are predominantly Lebanese Shi’a Muslims recruited by an advance force or cadre of Iranian IRGC (Islamic or Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) officers who arrived in country in 1983. Today Hezbollah’s leadership is under direct Iranian control (the Ayatollah/Ahmadinejad/IRGC/Qods Force) with a few Lebanese also holding key positions. With the U.N. STL indicting the Iranian-Lebanese Hezbollah leaders instead of the Syrians a popular revolution led by the March 14 Alliance against Hezbollah could result as their beloved Rafik Hariri’s assassination would then be seen as an Iranian plot, and Lebanese members of Hezbollah would be seen as traitors to Lebanon and its sovereignty.

To forestall the March 14 forces in advance of the U.N. STL indictments Hezbollah issued its “Zero Hour” option to take over the country and thereby preempt the popular Lebanese revolt against itself. A Hezbollah coup d’état would essentially be an Iranian coup d’état orchestrated through its proxy. Military confrontation is increasingly doubtful because the Lebanese National Army (LNA) as a whole is under Hezbollah’s thumb and has been integrated into its structure. Elements of the LNA would almost certainly defect to the cause of the March 14 Alliance, but a sustained armed conflict against Hezbollah would be short lived and probably devolve into an insurgency.

Lastly, the Syrian military withdrawal from Lebanon forced Iran to take matters into their own hands and has resulted in the situation we have today. Iran needs Lebanon (and Gaza) for its long-planned war to annihilate Israel.

Related Links

Mideast Prophecy Update 2010-2011 (Part 1) – BPB (Bill Salus)
Abbas foe calls Palestinian leadership ineffective – World Tribune
Iran’s nuclear chief named foreign minister to pump up N-Bomb drive – DEBKAfile
Stuxnet Worm Still Out of Control at Iran’s Nuclear Sites, Experts Say – FOX News
Israel general drops defense bombshell – UPI
Jerusalem watches warming Amman-Teheran relations – The Jerusalem Post
Isralestine: The Ancient Blueprints of the Future Middle East – Bill Salus (Book)

Sean OsborneBy Sean Osborne
Eschatology Today

Speculations on Stuxnet’s national point of origin have run as rampant as the trojan malware has within the Iranian nuclear weapons infrastructure since the discovery of the super cyber weapon by the Belarus security firm VirusBlokAda on 17 June 2010. The vast majority of those subject-matter-expert commentaries leading corporate media-driven speculations have centered on Israel and its secretive military intelligence Unit 8200 as that point of origin.

One of those so-called experts, Richard Falkenrath, a former Senior Director of Policy and Plans with the United States Office of Homeland Security, was on Bloomberg Television as recently as September 24 pointing a very accusative finger at Israel. When asked directly by the interviewer what were the chances that the United States was the nation-state of origin Falkenrath responded (at the 1:57 mark of the linked video),

“It is theoretically impossible that the U.S. government did this, but in my judgment it is a very remote possibility. More likely is, frankly, Israel. That Israel did it.”

Richard Falkenrath needs to have a conversation or two with his former government peers, or at the least with the New York Times’s David E. Sanger about an article he wrote a full 17 months prior to the discovery of Stuxnet. Published by the Times on 10 January 2009 Sanger’s article, headlined “U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site,” clearly references the United States as the point of origin of Stuxnet during the last year of the administration of President George W. Bush.

Quoting Sanger’s article:

“President Bush deflected a secret request by Israel last year for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran’s main nuclear complex and told the Israelis that he had authorized new covert action intended to sabotage Iran’s suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons, according to senior American and foreign officials…. The White House denied that request outright, American officials said, and the Israelis backed off their plans, at least temporarily. But the tense exchanges also prompted the White House to step up intelligence-sharing with Israel and brief Israeli officials on new American efforts to subtly sabotage Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, a major covert program that Mr. Bush is about to hand off to President-elect Barack Obama.”

Stuxnet. Made in the USA.

For all of two years now the big remaining Stuxnet mystery has been hiding in plain sight, and now the operationally deceptive embedded “fingerprints” within the lines of Stuxnet’s code suggesting an Israeli origin are moot. And, for their part, the Israeli authorities don’t seem to have any problem with such misdirection exercises. The Israeli’s might even consider them to have some inherent entertainment value. From an intelligence perspective they do have that quality.

Interestingly, it was also the New York Times’s David E. Sanger who also informed the world in another article, published 29 September 2009, of a team of Symantec researchers’ discovery of a Stuxnet project string code driver (b:\myrtus\src\objfre_w2k_x86\i386\guava.pdb) that contained an apparently ingenious “paternity” reference to Israel linked to the Book of Esther. This article was published just five days after Richard Falkenrath’s accusative Bloomberg TV interview. The Book of Esther tells the story of how the Jews in ancient Elam overcame a Persian plot to annihilate them and instead turned the tables on their enemies and were granted the power to preemptively annihilate their enemies anywhere in King Xerxes realm.

It just so happens that ancient Elam is the same modern day geographical location for most of the crown jewels in the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Now that’s a brilliant touch of flair the American creators of Stuxnet should receive an award for. And now it can be said that the US has finally taken a step towards rectifying all of the acts of war Iran has committed against the US since 1979 as well the murders of our Marines in Beirut and other American heroes in Lebanon.

Related Links

Iran Admits That Stuxnet Bit Them – Strategy Page
WikiLeaks and Stuxnet – Smart Grid Wakeup Calls – TMCnet
Sarkozy: North Korea to supply Iran with nuclear bomb components – DEBKAfile
The workings of a surreptitious worm – Economic Times
Cyber Warfare’s Pandora’s Box – FrontPage Magazine

Bob MaginnisBy Bob Maginnis

Wikileaks’ release of 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables is a security tragedy that confirms Israel’s warnings about Iran’s atomic threat and exposes President Obama’s failing foreign policy.

Last week, the organization known as Wikileaks published the third installment of stolen classified U.S. government documents. Previously it released hundreds of thousands of battlefield reports on Iraq and Afghanistan, which endangered our troops and compromised our operations.

The latest documents expose the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy, which, at best, embarrasses the administration. But these candid assessments by American diplomats with comments attributed to foreign leaders provide valuable insights, especially regarding the crisis with Iran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a major theme in the Wikileaks documents which reveal five important conclusions:

First, many Arab leaders are deathly afraid of the Persians. The cables indicate Arab officials are privately much more concerned about Iran’s nuclear program than they admit publicly.

One cable asserts King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly asked Washington to “cut off the head of the snake” – a reference to Iran — “ while there is still time.” Another Saudi official warned if Iran is not stopped, Arab states would develop their own nuclear weapons.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nayan labeled Iran an “existential threat” and warned against the dangers of “appeasing Iran” because “Ahmadinejad [Iran’s president] is Hitler.” Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Isa al-Khalifa accused Iran of being the source of “much of the trouble in both Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Part of the Arab leaders’ fear may be questions about the perceived instability of Iran’s leader. In 2005, then commander of the U.S. Central Command, Gen. John Abizaid, met with military leaders from the United Arab Emirates who, according to a cable, “all agreed with Abizaid that Iran’s new president Ahmadinejad seemed unbalanced, crazy even.”

Second, military action against Iran is favored by many Arabs but an Israel-alone success is doubtful. Back in 2005 Crown Prince Bin Zayed asked whether it would be possible to use air power to “take out” all of Iran’s nuclear facilities. A U.S. official said in a cable that was unlikely, to which the prince responded, “Then it will take ground forces!”

There are other like minded Arab leaders. Cables indicate Kuwaiti interior minister Jaber Al-Khaled Al-Sabah told a U.S. official in 2009 Iran “will only be deterred from achieving its objectives – including a nuclear weapons capability – by force.” Bahrain’s King Hamad warned Gen. David Petraeus in 2009, “The danger of letting it [Iran’s nuclear program] go on is greater than the danger of stopping it.” Earlier this year Saudi King Abdullah encouraged the U.S. national security adviser, retired Gen. James Jones, to use covert ways to weaken Iran.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was in Paris this spring where he was asked by French officials whether Israel could successfully strike Iran without American support. A cable indicates Gates said, “He didn’t know if they would be successful, but that Israel could carry out the operation.” Then Gates added that any strike “would only delay Iranian plans by one to three years, while unifying the Iranian people to be forever embittered against the attacker.”

Third, no one knows for certain when Iran might have an atomic weapon, but the time for action is rapidly drawing to a close. Crown Prince Bin Zayed expressed a common worry among Arab leaders. It “is not how much we know about Iran, but how much we don’t,” Bin Zayed said.

Ehud Barak, Israel’s defense minister, shares the crown prince’s concern about the unknown. In a secret June 2009 cable, the American ambassador to Israel reported Barak argued the world had 6 to 18 months “in which stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons might still be viable.” After that, Mr. Barak said, “any military solution would result in unacceptable collateral damage.”

The Israeli was pointing out the time remaining in which a conventional strike would be possible. Apparently the Israelis understand Iran is hardening its nuclear facilities and at some point only nuclear weapons would be effective and therefore “unacceptable.” Barak’s 18 months expire this December.

Fourth, North Korea provides Iran with considerable technical assistance. The media have long reported that North Koreans have been in Iran hardening atomic facilities, assisting with Tehran’s nuclear programs and outfitting the Persians with advanced ballistic missiles.

Leaked cables confirm Iran obtained advanced missiles from North Korea that can reach European capitals. One cable insists North Korea sent Iran 19 BM-25 advanced missiles, a Russian-designed nuclear capable missile. Apparently the Russians were skeptical when presented with the allegation, according to a cable, that is until last month when Pyongyang rolled out what experts identified as a BM-25.

China helps North Korea transfer dangerous items to Iran and allows the sale of banned materials to Tehran as well. A 2007 cable detailed the transfer of missile parts from North Korea through Beijing, where the parts were loaded on an Iranian commercial aircraft. Earlier this year U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked the Chinese to stop Iran from buying gyroscopes and carbon fiber for its ballistic missiles, and another cable indicates Chinese firms sold Iran precursors for chemical weapons.

Fifth, the U.S. likely paid a high price for China’s and Russia’s erstwhile anti-Iran economic sanction support. Both nations have traded extensively with Iran and were reluctant until incentivized to support new sanctions out of concern for their economies, according to cables.

China imports nearly 12% of its oil from Iran and feared its support for new economic sanctions designed to pressure Tehran would jeopardize that supply. But a series of cables suggest a U.S. envoy facilitated meetings between the Saudis and the Chinese to fix the problem. A 2010 cable confirmed the fix: “Saudi Arabia has told the Chinese that it is willing to effectively trade a guaranteed oil supply in return for Chinese pressure on Iran not to develop nuclear weapons.” The cables do not reveal America’s cost to land the deal.

The Russians cast a more difficult bargain. Cables early in 2009 identified Moscow’s strong objections to President George Bush’s European-based ballistic missile defense to counter Iranian missiles. By late summer Mr. Obama scrapped that system, claiming “our intelligence had changed.” Then a 2010 cable reported a senior Moscow official “indicated Russia’s willingness to move to the pressure track” against Iran’s nuclear program.

Wikileaks is a criminal organization which should be shutdown and the U.S. government needs to better secure our secrets. But this security tragedy has a silver lining: It validates Israel’s many warnings about Tehran and exposes Obama’s failing Iran policy. It is past time Obama develops a strategy that capitalizes on the collective angst to prevent Tehran’s mad mullahs from acquiring atomic weapons.

Related Links

Amazon Pulls Plug on WikiLeaks – FOX News
Riyadh signals: Secret Saudi-Israeli meetings on Iran must go on – DEBKAfile
UN: Iran Ordered Rafik Hariri Execution –
US embassy cables culprit should be executed, says Mike Huckabee – The Guardian
Northern Storm Rising: Russia, Iran, and the Emerging End-Times Military Coalition Against Israel – Ron Rhodes (Book)

Aaron KleinBy Aaron Klein

A cache of confidential American diplomatic cables published by the WikiLeaks group has not damaged Israel and, in fact, strengthened its position, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today.

“Israel has not been damaged at all by the WikiLeaks publications,” the prime minster told a group of editors in Tel Aviv. “The documents show many sources backing Israel’s assessments, particularly of Iran.”

A significant portion of the quarter-million leaked secret American diplomatic cables focused on Israel’s drive to combat the Iranian nuclear threat.

In a secret cable sent back to Washington, the American ambassador to Israel, James B. Cunningham, reported that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak had argued the world had 6 to 18 months “in which stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons might still be viable.”

After that, Barak was quoted as saying, “any military solution would result in unacceptable collateral damage.”

While Netanyahu did not respond to that cable directly, Middle East defense officials here told WND that Barak’s assessment was based on the intelligence available in 2009 as well as the current state of Iran’s nuclear program at that time.

Since 2009, Iran has faced a rash of setbacks, including a massive computer virus that is said to have greatly crippled the crucial computer networks in Tehran’s nuclear facilities. Also, mysterious explosions near Iran’s nuclear sites have been reported while senior Iranian nuclear scientists reportedly have gone missing.

The WikiLeaks documents, meanwhile, expose Arab fears of growing Iranian power, and that the leaders of Saudi Arabia in 2009 asked the U.S. to launch a military strike to prevent the Iranians from gaining a nuclear bomb.

WND reported in September 2009 Saudi Arabia is cooperating with Israel on the Iranian nuclear issue.

One Egyptian intelligence official said Saudi Arabia had been passing intelligence information to Israel related to Iran. He affirmed a report from the Arab media, strongly denied by the Israeli government, that Saudi Arabia has granted Israel overflight permission during any attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The Egyptian official previously told WND that Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, has been involved in an intense, behind-the-scenes lobbying effort urging the U.S. and other Western countries to do everything necessary to ensure Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons. Such weapons would threaten Saudi Arabia’s position of influence in the Middle East.

Related Links

Israel greets WikiLeaks cables as vindication of its Iran policy – Christian Science Monitor
Israel pleased with WikiLeaks revelations – Israel Today (Ryan Jones)
Nuclear scientist killed in Tehran was Iran’s top Stuxnet expert – DEBKAfile
WikiLeaks builds case against Iran – CNN
Active U.S. criminal probe into WikiLeaks release – Reuters
The Late Great State of Israel: How Enemies Within and Without Threaten the Jewish Nation’s Survival – Aaron Klein (Book)