31 Dec 04:30 PST: US/Iran- After the US used last week’s mortar barrage on an American air base by remnants of the Islamic State to justify bombing five Iranian backed militia bases in Iraq on 29 Dec, huge anti American demonstrations have broken out in Iraq today. The militias had promised a response against US forces in Iraq; is this the response or is some form of military action also being contemplated?
Australia- Many hard hearted Australians are being driven to desperate prayer as wild fires consume vast areas of the country. In just a very few sort years all of mankind will be driven to not just desperate prayer but sincere repentance and will turn to live by every Word of God.
01:00 PST: Israel- High Court hears arguments on whether a person under criminal indictment can be asked to form a new government.
Massive wild fires intensify in Australia with no end in sight.
Russia/Ukraine Rapprochment– All prisoners exchanged last weekend and all gas and pipeline issues settled.
Turkey- The Turkish opposition will resist a bill to deploy troops to Libya in January.
30 Dec 07:30 PST: Israel/Gaza- Yesterday’s Israeli security cabinet meeting on a Gaza ceasefire, only discussed negotiating positions and did not discuss a possible agreement.
29 Dec 11:00 PST: Iran- US Bombs five bases of Iranian backed Iraqi militias after fourteen mortar rounds hit US air base near Kirkuk killing one American mercenary and wounding four others yesterday. The US has killed or wounded a substantial number of Iranian and militia soldiers.
Israel- The Israeli security Cabinet is set to vote on an Israeli ceasefire offer to Hamas today. They are expected to make Hamas an offer which looks reasonable to outsiders but which the Hamas Military Wing cannot accept.
After his recent three criminal indictments the Israeli High Court will rule Dec 31, on whether Netanyahu can be asked to form an election if Likud wins the March elections.
If as expected the Court rules that he may form a government while still under indictment but not yet convicted, Bibi will immediately ask the Knesset to grant him immunity from prosecution for as long as he is in office.
Since the Knesset has been dissolved and an interim government cannot decide on such a request, this request will delay any prosecution until a new government is formed and the Knesset can vote on the immunity request.
If war breaks out before the election the polling date could be postponed for weeks. Present polls indicate a virtual tie and replay of the last elections so Bibi could be hoping that a major unambiguous victory on the battlefield will propel him to victory in the polls with enough seats to form a government which can then vote him permanent immunity.
If he does elect to go to war he may find that votes will swing to the peace oriented parties, leaving him outside the new government and facing a prison term.
28 Dec: A Blessed Sabbath and New Moon for All God’s faithful!
27 Dec 10:00 PST: WMD- More information has been released on the fraudulent Douma chemical attack investigation report.
New Moon Report- The new moon was easily visible in Jerusalem this evening making the Sabbath the first day of the tenth biblical month.
The New Moon is to be observed with congregational bible studies, or personal bible studies if it is not possible to meet with a like minded congregation. I recommend that visitors go to the “Sabbath and Calendar” category and review these things this New Moon Day. The New Moons were observed in the Armstrong Radio Church of God with congregational bible studies.
God’s Word tells us to begin the new month with the first visible light of the new moon as seen from Jerusalem. The new moon day is an Appointed Time like Passover and is not a High Day, it is to be observed with Bible Studies and the Shofar.
When Christ comes and the Ezekiel Temple is built, special new moon sacrifices will be offered and in addition to the Shofar being sounded in every town, the two silver trumpets will be sounded over the sacrifices in the Temple at Jerusalem.
Remember that when Christ comes he will require all humanity to observe the New Moons. Isaiah 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.
For more see the Calendar category
26 Dec 15:00 PST: Israel- Netanyahu wins Likud leadership race with about 72% of the vote. The margin of victory does not bode well for Likud since Saar has enough support to split the moderates from the extremists in Likud if Bibi still cannot form a government after the next election.
25 Dec 16:00 PST: Gaza- Israel bombed multiple sites in Gaza after one rocket forced Bibi to a shelter during a Likud campaign stop near Gaza. If Likud is behind in the polls in late Feb. all Bibi need do is visit near Gaza prompting another rocket and then use that to start a war and postpone the 2 March vote
12:30 PST: West Coast Earthquake Warning- At least 15 moderate earthquakes have been recorded off Vancouver, BC since Dec 23. A 6.2 quake was felt on Monday and a 3.6 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean around 150 kilometres west of Port Alice, B.C., this morning. This increased activity could settle down or presage a much more serious quake.
05:00 PST: Subject to sightings of the first visible crescent new moon at Jerusalem on Friday evening, this Sabbath is expected to be the first day of the tenth biblical month.
The Syrian army has reached Hwy 5 one of the principle goals in the present phase and is working to cut off the key city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man the second principle goal. Once the key city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man falls, this phase of operations will complete and about one third of the terrorist occupied south Idlib will have been liberated.
02:00 PST: Korea- Trump is using his exorbitant financial demands to leverage ROK participation in the anti Iran armada. Deal to deploy an ROK naval and marine force to the Persian Gulf expected in early January.
24 Dec 17:00 PST: Asia- China, Korea and Japan to increase cooperation. Korea and Japan are drifting away from the US and into the Chinese/Russian orbit due to president Trump’s policies. The full English text of the Trilateral Cooperation Vision for the Next Decade released by China, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan today.
05:30 PST: Syria- Following a short battle with the Idlib terrorists, the Syrian Arab Army has liberated and established full control over the city of Al-Bursah. Meanwhile Russian efforts to mediate the surrender the key city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man have failed after the terrorist militias rejected the Syrian proposals.
The Turkish backed militias occupying the northern half of Idib province are now mobilizing and preparing for war with Syria however it is still likely to take six weeks or even longer for Syria to demolish the terrorists occupying the southern half of Idlib province
23 Dec 13:00 PST: Israel/Egypt- The beautiful ancient synagogue of Alexandria has been renovated.
Syria- In a surprise move, the Jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (al Qaeda) withdrew from the strategic town of Jarjanaz opening the way for the Syrian army to advance on the key city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man.
08:45 PST: Breaking: Syria- Russian and Turkish officials are mediating a Jihadist withdrawal and surrender of the key city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in exchange for free passage out of the area.
04:45 PST: Syria- The towns of Khirbat Al-Mu’rata, Al-Hadithah, and Fa’loul were liberated from the terrorists this morning. The Syrian army is now at the gates of the key jihadist stronghold of Jarjanaz in southeastern Idlib. The liberation of Jarjanaz would put them within striking distance of their main target, Ma’arat Al-Nu’man and opening the north to south Highway 5.
01:00 PST: Israel- Three loud explosions were heard in Damascus and an Israeli missile was shot down by air defenses. The attack comes ahead of Thursday’s Likud leadership vote.
After agreeing on a Papal visit likely for next Christmas Israel agrees to allow Gazan Catholics to visit Bethlehem this week.
22 Dec 11:00 PST: Breaking! Vatican/Israel- Israel and the Vatican have agreed to a Papal visit to Israel late in 2020.
Talks are underway to set the final date and details. If the expected early 2020 regional war takes place, a peace agreement is reached and a pontiff is empowered to do miracles and endorses a New Federal Europe by then: The tribulation will begin when the Pontiff, either this one or a successor, goes to the Temple Mount in late 2020. The time is rapidly approaching: Watch for these signs and be zealous to live by every Word of God!
Syria- The Syrian Army has liberated the towns and villages of Al-Haraki, Al-Halbah, Tahtaya, Bustan, Farwan, and Burj a fierce Sabbath battle with the jihadist rebels in the area. The Syrian army is now within striking distance of Jarjanaz, which is the last major towns before the key large city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.
01:00 PST: Israel- 30 Minute express train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem begins service.
The US and Israel are furious that the International Criminal Court wants to investigate war crimes complaints against Israel. They fear that illegal activities is seizing occupied land, Israeli withholding of water and construction permits and the Settler Movement’s terrorizing of Palestinians would be formally investigated.
Syria- The Al-Nusra Front [al Qaeda] has transferred three cylinders of chlorine gas to ‘experts’ of Chechen and Belgian nationalities who moved them to the town of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man in southern Idlib and Saraqib in northeast Idlib. It has been rumored for over a year that the jihadist rebels will attempt to frame the Syrian Army to prompt an international response just like they did in Douma.
The terrorists in southeastern Idlib were in retreat Saturday after the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies pushed through their defenses to advance further north towards Ma’arat Al-Nu’man liberating the towns and villages of Al-Bustan, Al-Sayyadeh, Al-Qatrah, Tal Dam, Sarjah Gharbiyah, Harran, and Mudaysirat.
21 Dec: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!
20 Dec 17:30 PST: Syria- The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is rolling through the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this evening, pressing its advantage as the retreat of the jihadists collapses into a rout. The terrorists are racing to reach their backup positions as the Syrian army advances.
15:00 PST: Syria- Map of Syrian army advance in Idlib and the fleeing terrorists inside the blue shaded area.
09:00 PST: Libya- Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), has just broken through to the southern outskirts of Tripoli.
In response to the Erdogan government’s plan to send a volunteer force from the Turkish Muslim Brotherhood (SADAT) consisting of former Al Qaeda and ISIS jihadists recruited in Syria by the Turkish MIT intelligence agency to resist Haftar’s push into Tripoli, Egypt has taken steps to support Haftar in seeking a quick victory.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, instructed Egyptian air force squadrons to support Haftar and also sent Egyptian T-72 tanks and APCs which arrived in Libya yesterday; this to support Haftar’s French, Italian, UAE, Russian and Egyptian backed push to stabilize Libya by overcoming the other competing militias.
Until this week the Egypt had provided intelligence, weapons and ammo; the Russians have deployed thousands of mercenaries, most from the Wagner Group contractors, some transferred from Syria to Libya; and the UAE has supplied the Haftar force with a squadron of six US-made Archangel ISR planes.
07:00 PST: Syria- The Syrian army is making substantial progress against the Idlib terrorists liberating dozens of towns as the Nusrah Front [al Qaeda] defenses seem to have collapsed under relentless bombing followed by the ground offensive.
TheShiningLight- The Numbers study completes today. A series through Joshua and Judges begins tomorrow.
01:30 PST: UK- Parliament begins debating Brexit law today. Britain will have to give up its high standards for the extremely low American health, safety, food and environmental standards in the planned shift towards a trade deal with the United States.
Libya- Militia General Haftar has given the forces defending Tripoli three days to leave.
Syria- Heavy fighting has broken out in south Idlib as the Syrian Army launches probing attacks on the terrorist defenses.
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19 Dec 16:00 PST: US- In shocking miscarriage of justice Iowa man given sixteen years for burning homosexual banner. The Supreme Court ruled a long time ago that flag burning was a legitimate form of public expression so the verdict and sentence is illegal.
13:30 PST: US- Pelosi tries to dictate procedures in the Senate trial of Trump.
07:30 PST: Israel- The January 23 Yad Vashem World Holocaust Forum observance of the liberation of Aushwitz will galvanize public sympathy in Israel and the West ahead of the looming Israeli invasion of Gaza and general regional war which TheShiningLight has been warning about for over 12 years.
- Prince Charles to visit Israel, West Bank in first state visit – British royal will attend the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem and ‘undertake engagements’ in the Palestinian Territories in late January. (Haaretz and Ynet and Israel Hayom) The heir to the British throne will be joining dozens of world leaders at an event on January 23 to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Prince Charles was invited to the ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
- US VP Pence expected to visit Israel for Auschwitz ceremony
- The event has caused tensions between the offices of Netanyahu and President Rivlin, who fears Netanyahu will hijack the event for his re-election campaign. (Israel Hayom and Haaretz+)
03:00 PST: Syria- Reports are circulating that a decisive battle is about to begin in southern Idlib province. Northern Idlib is controlled by Turkish backed militias while south Idib is controlled by the Al Nursrah Front [al Qaeda] and allied terrorists mostly from central Asia.
Israel and the US have been waiting for the destruction of these terrorist factions before launching their war on Hamas and the Gaza militias, which could break out in Gaza as early as February and over time spread from there to include Hezbollah, Syria and Iran.
The US will be engaged in a massive military buildup in the region and in Europe beginning in Jan or early Feb, however the Mideast war could begin between Israel and Gaza at any time during that buildup.
00:05 PST: US- The House voted to impeach president Trump along party lines last night. A trial will now be held in the Senate. Trump’s popularity is already increasing because of the impeachment process and he is expected to increase in popularity even more as the trial unfolds in the Senate.
Gaza- Israel bombs Hamas site after a projectile was fired across the border.
Syria- Led by the Russian air squadron at the Hmeimim Airport in Latakia, the Syrian and Russian air forces launched over 140 airstrikes in the past 72 hours, with the primary target of this attack being the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate. Nonstop airstrikes have been ongoing over night; while over the last three days, the Syrian Arab Army has been building up their forces along the southern and southeastern axes of Idlib, for a massive offensive.
Korea- Two days of negotiations between the US and South Korea on Trump’s demand for a huge increase in payments for the US military presence has ended in failure, the next talks are scheduled for January.
18 Dec 13:00 PST: Syria- The Turkish Armed Forces have withdrawn from the key Ma’arat Al-Nu’man observation post near the Idlib-Hama Highway (M-5 Highway). The move may herald a Syrian operation in the area.
08:30 PST: Mideast War- Over five hundred trucks carrying hundreds of US troops and their equipment reinforced the US Al-Assad airbase in western Iraq by convoy from Jordan on Monday.
They will replace at least 600 truckloads of troops and equipment that have been sent from Iraq to Syria in the past weeks. Far from withdrawing from Syria the US has merely redeployed their Syrian based troops further south while drastically reinforcing them. The movements are being made with the public reason being controlling Syrian oil fields but have more to do with blocking any Iranian attempt to support Hezbollah/Syria during the coming war.
Israel- The Shin Bet domestic security service announced that the terrorists who planted the IED which killed Rena Shnerb five months ago belonged to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in the Ramallah district. Fifty suspects have been detained along with a substantial arsenal of M-16 and Kalashnikov semi-automatic rifles, Galil and Carbine assault rifles, a homemade mini-Uzi submachine gun, pistols, silencers, fertilizers for manufacturing bombs, detonators, iron ball bearings for explosives and a large assortment of ammunition.
17 Dec 10:00 PST: Syria- Syrian, Russian and allied militias are massing and warning civilians of a major operation to liberate Idlib and jihadist held parts of the neighboring provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Latakia.
16 Dec 14:45 PST: Korea- With the US demanding what amounts to a acceptance of American positions as a precursor to talks, the DPRK 31 Dec deadline for talks is fast approaching.
05:30 PST: Idlib- After a three week suspension due to inclement winter weather the Syrian Russian air campaign against the Idlib terrorists has resumed.
Turkey- Erdogan appears to be committing political suicide. Apparently depending on Russia, Turkey has threatened the US that they will close American bases in Turkey if the US sanctions Turkey for its purchase of Russian air defense systems.
At the same time Erdogan has promised the Libyan Tripoli government all necessary military support against Gen Haftar’s Russian backed forces [Turkey already has 2,000 troops in Tripoli].
If Turkish backed militias sweep into Latakia province Syria, and help end the Russian backed Assad after the coming Middle East war: Will Erdogan, riding high call an early election? Will Russia abandon perfidious Erdogan, Will Erodagan’s double games bring him down and bring a pro Europe, pro Mideast Peace government to power in Turkey?
15 Dec 07:30 PST: UK- Queen to deliver Conservative agenda speech Thursday.
Israel- Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni is forging contacts with the idea of joining the Blue and White party and running in the March election, Israel Hayom reports. Gideon Saar receives more endorsements ahead of the Likud leadership primary.
14 Dec- A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!
13 Dec 02:30: Turkey- Former Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, once a close ally to President Tayyip Erdogan, applied on Thursday to establish a new political party the Future Party. Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan also left the AKP and could join the new party. The new party and its allies could form a bloc and win the next elections. Turkey is prophesied to ally with the New Federal Europe Psalm 83.
Opposition is growing fast for Erdogan who may see more troubles as a key battle begins in Tripoli, Libya. Turkey has spent large sums supporting the Tripoli government to secure an offshore gas oil exploration deal. The Turks face defeat in Libya as the Eastern Libya leader Gen Haftar launched a “final” offensive on Tripoli today. Hafter is backed by Egypt, Italy, France and Russia and his INA army includes many Russian ex special forces people. Egypt and Libya are prophesied to come under European dominance in the near future (Dan 11:43).
UK- With nearly all of the 650 races called, the near-final results show the Conservatives with 364 seats, a net gain of 47 seats over the 2017 election, giving the party a 39-seat majority. That is the best electoral showing by the Conservatives since Margaret Thatcher’s win in 1987, when the party netted 376 seats.
The British joined the EU to hold back the push towards political unity as envisioned by the early EU and the departure of the UK clears the way for a new political push for a united Europe. The landslide win for the Conservatives means an almost certain quick Brexit and rush to negotiate a trade defense relationship with the US alongside talks on the UK’s future relationship with the EU. It is possible that the EU may be relegated to remain a trade organization and a New Federal Europe set up outside of the EU.
12 Dec 14:00 PST: UK- First exit polls indicate a huge Johnson Conservative majority.
06:30 PST: TheShiningLight- The free download system at the Literature page and on the various studies has been upgraded this week. The changes will simplify the system on this end and minimize bandwidth usage. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused in the last few days. All manuscripts are available at the Literature page including the new editions of the Isaiah and Jeremiah/Lamentations book studies. New studies will be added as they are completed.
00:30 PST: Israel- Its official, Israeli’s go to the polls on 2 March.
11 Dec 10:00 PST: Iran- A massive cyber attack on national electronic infrastructure in the country apparently by a foreign government was detected and countered yesterday.
06:30 PST: Israel- The Knesset is in the midst of passing a law to dissolve the Knesset by this evening and set a March 2 election date.
Prime Minister and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu and Chairman of the Likud party central committee Haim Katz have agreed to hold a leadership primary on Dec. 26. The only contender who has so far announced he would run against Netanyahu is MK Gideon Saar.
Trump- American public support for impeachment is beginning to drop even before Trump makes his defense in the senate. Also see the Comments for further explanation of the situation.
10 Dec 15:00 PST: Mideast War- Sputnik Arabic reported that last Wednesday that the White Helmets transferred several cylinders of chlorine gas to the southern countryside of Idlib, specifically, the town of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man and the city of Saraqib in the eastern countryside of Idlib. It has been rumored for nearly a year that the Idlib terrorists will repeat the Douma attack that the US falsely blamed on Syria in order to justify another US attack on Syria.
10:45 PST: US- Trump has tantrum after House files two Articles of Impeachment for vote. In fact the charges are trivial and obviously political, further it is highly unlikely that they will pass the Senate and they could backfire by generating sympathy for Trump. That and victory in the looming war could give the man who has said that he wants to be dictator for life another term. If he is president during the tribulation he may well invoke an emergency order and become dictator, then no one will be safe.
09 Dec 17:45 PST: New Zealand- Thirteen dead after volcanic eruption.
Ukraine- The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France meeting in Paris have agreed to a comprehensive ceasefire in Ukraine’s Russian speaking east. Future talks after the ceasefire becomes stable are needed to settle the relationship between the Ukraine, Europe and Russia.
Libya- Backed by France, Italy, Egypt and Russia Gen Haftar is poised to win the battle for Libya. Egypt and Libya are prophesied to come under European dominance in the near future (Dan 11:43).
03:00 PST: Europe- Finland’s Social Democrats elected 34-year-old former transport minister Sanna Marin to the post of prime minister on Sunday,
Israel- Parties agree on March 2, 2020 election date. The date must now go through the formality of Knesset approval.
08 Dec: Iran- Parliamentary elections are scheduled for Feb 21. The elections may serve as a referendum between moderates and hard liners. If the moderates win they will still be tightly restricted by the Revolutionary Guards; but if the US concentrates on destroying the Guards during the coming conflict, the Iranian army and government freed from IRG restrictions would embrace peace.
Gaza- Israeli defense minister Bennett announced that Israel will attack Gaza with overwhelming force when Hamas least expects it, thereby hitting at an Israeli surprise attack very probably before the spring elections.
Military- An American aircraft carrier strike group led by the U.S.S. Harry Truman nuclear carrier has passed the Strait of Gibraltar and is currently heading to Syrian waters.
The U.S.S. Harry Truman aircraft carrier group includes a missile cruiser, several destroyers, and a Tomahawk cruise missile nuclear submarine from the sixth fleet of the U.S. The strike group will loiter off the coast of Syria for awhile after which it is scheduled go to the Persian Gulf to relieve the U.S.S. aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln.
Israel- A date of 3 March for the next round of elections is being discussed.
The Times of Israel has posted a picture of Trump and Netanyahu showing off their Masonic handshake. Both are high degree senior masons.
Displaying this so openly is not usually done and one wonders why now. Trump despite his denials is a major establishment figure and top level mason. Norman Vincent Peale was the Trump family’s pastor for many years, and Trump touts him as his great hero of the “Christian” faith. Trump’s first mentor was N.V. Peale a 33rd degree mason, and Grand Sovereign Commander of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in NY City.
Gaza- Israel launched a series of airstrikes on Hamas after three projectiles were fired last evening.
07 Dec: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!
06 Dec 14:30 PST: Israel- Latest poll indicates another Knesset deadlock.
03:30 PST: Australia- Mega fire devours the Sidney countryside.
Mideast War- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made progress on a defense pact between their countries in their meeting in Lisbon this week, Netanyahu said on Thursday. “The meeting with Pompeo was critical for Israeli security,” Netanyahu said of the discussion that took an hour and 45 minutes on Wednesday. “We agreed to promote a defense pact.”
According to the Russian aviation publication Avia.Pro, the Iranian Armed Forces deployed their Bavar-373 air defense system to the T-4 Airbase in the eastern countryside of the Syrian Homs Governorate. “Israel’s uncontrolled attacks against the Iranian military forces in Syria has forced the Iranian military to deliver its own air defense systems to the country, including the Bavar-373, which, according to analytical resources, is a direct analogue of the Russian S-300, but optimized for hitting stealth targets.”
05 Dec 12:45 PST: NATO- Erdogan told reporters in London today that Turkey dropped its objection to the Europe defense plan after talks with Trump and a request from NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg and the leaders of Germany, France and Poland asked for Turkey’s backing. Stoltenberg confirmed that an agreement was reached with Turkey, but refused to say what the deal was, or what Turkey had been offered.
Israel- Coalition talks failed over Netanyahu demands that a coalition guarantee him immunity from prosecution.
06:00 PST: Israel- Several high-ranking former Israeli officials will be charged with bribery and money laundering in connection with Israel’s submarine bribery scandal.
02:00 PST: Ukraine- Hungary’s foreign minister on Wednesday said Budapest would block Ukraine’s membership in NATO until Kiev agreed that the Ukraine education system would grant the right for ethnic Hungarians to be educated in their native Hungarian.
This use of Nato veto powers to try to further other political objectives is becoming more prevalent and deeply divisive in Nato. In this case Ukraine is being blocked from Nato at a critical time when the government is being embarrassed by Trump [over Biden] and is seeking closer relations with Russia. These threads including the desire for peace are pushing Ukraine towards Russia at an accelerating rate.
Turkey- President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Trump and Erdoğan “discussed the importance of Turkey fulfilling its alliance commitments, further strengthening commerce through boosting bilateral trade by $100 billion, regional security challenges, and energy security.” In other words they discussed a bargain which would see a large benefit for Turkey in exchange for Turkish support of the US, probably concerning the Nato plan for Europe that Turkey is resisting and plans for the looming general Middle East war.
Mideast War- Iran is heavily reinforcing its military strength at Bushehr and on the Abu Musa Island on its Gulf Coast including a large supply of ballistic missiles, as the US prepares large military surge to the region.
Israel- Key political parties say third election unavoidable as coalition talks exhausted.
04 Dec 17:00 PST: Mideast War- The Trump Administration is now considering surging 14,000 additional troops along with warships and planes aimed at “countering Iran potentially more than doubling US forces facing Iran. A decision to deploy dozens of additional US warships, substantial military hardware, and as many as 14,000 more US ground troops could come at any time with deployments beginning in a matter of weeks.
02:00 PST: Germany- The new leaders of the SPD will spend time consolidating their position before forcing a national election.
NATO- A majority of Germans are now in favor of reducing Germany’s reliance on the United States militarily and increasing ties with Russia. According to the poll, 55% of Germans believe that European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should protect themselves from an attack without US help. In addition, a majority of poll participants believe the US should partially (23%) or completely (26%) withdraw its 30,000 troops stationed in Germany.
Israel- With one week left before a mandatory election call, coalition talks have collapsed.
03 Dec 09:30 PST: G7- Trump announces that the June 10-12 2020 G7 will be held at Camp David and will be taking major decisions.
04:30 PST: NATO- Trump attacks France at NATO Conference calling NATO great even as he works to back away from America’s NATO commitments in practical terms. Why the praise for NATO? Trump is trying to rally NATO to back the looming Mideast war and next summer’s post war withdrawal from Europe plan. See the World Report at the bottom of this page.
Israel- Netanyahu has been asked not to come to London to lobby NATO against Iran, he is headed to Lisbon to meet Pompeo instead as Trump tries to rally NATO to back the looming Mideast war.
40% of Israeli’s in the north and south do not feel safe and nearly one third would like to move to other areas. During the soon coming tribulation conditions will greatly worsen and large numbers of Israeli’s will leave the country.
02 Dec 04:30 PST: Israel- A tentative agreement has been reached in a last effort to avoid a third election. This plan is a con job by Netanyahu since after he is granted immunity from prosecution and has his war, getting everything he wants, and then resigns as PM in favor of Gantz; Likud can simply dissolve the coalition and bring new elections. If Gantz sees through the plan Blue and White may not sign on.
According to the report, the two sides have agreed to pass the “Incapacity Law”, which would force government officials – including the prime minister – to declare themselves incapacitated if under indictment. If passed, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, once he is formally indicted, would be unable to serve as premier, becoming instead acting prime minister, deprived of the authority of the premiership.
The two sides also agreed, according to the report Monday, to pass a law prior to the new government’s establishment which would set the date for the rotation of the premiership from the Likud to the Blue and White party, making the change from Netanyahu to Benny Gantz automatic. Under this law Netanyahu would be replaced as PM without a need for elections in four or five months the exact date still to be determined. This will give Bibi time to annex the Jordan Valley and have his war.
Final approval probably depends on Gantz agreeing to give Netanyahu immunity from prosecution which is very problematic.
This plan is a con job by Netanyahu since after he is granted immunity from prosecution and has his war, getting everything he wants, and then resigns as PM in favor of Gantz; Likud can simply dissolve the coalition and bring new elections. If Gantz sees through the plan Blue and White may not sign on.
01:30 PST: Mideast War- New Israeli defense minister Bennett promises to ramp up attacks on Iranian assets inside Syria. Netanyahu is expected to lobby against Iran at next Sunday’s NATO conference in London. It now looks like the looming war will start before the expected third round of Israeli elections. The massive US buildup for the April European Defender exercise begins in February. Scroll down to see the World Report section at the bottom of this December Live News Blog.
Meanwhile a Trump-Netanyahu phone conversation last night finalized arrangements for military coordination against Iran that were set up during recent US generals’ talks in visits to Israel.
A series of senior US generals have been visiting Israel in recent days including Gen. David Goldfien, head of the US Air Force, Gen. Jeffrey Harrigan, head of US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, and Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US forces in the Middle East and finally, Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the US chiefs of Staff, arrived last week to put the final cap on the program of operational cooperation against Iran drafted by the US and Israeli generals.
Last night’s Trump Netanyahu conversation finalized the plan and agreement and now the final practical preparations must be completed before an order of execution can be given.
01 Dec 03:45 PST: Germany- The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has elected a new leader Tono Chrupalla on Saturday who pledged to follow a moderate course. The choice comes after the failure of far right extremism in Germany and in the party, and swings the AfD away from the far right and into a centrist moderate position.
SPD- Should Walter-Borjans and Esken be endorsed as the new SPD party leaders, their first order of business will be a decision on whether to remain in the coalition government. The election result still needs to be confirmed at a party conference slated to run from December 6-8.
01:45 PST: US Dollar- Cambodia a dollar based economy is now moving strongly towards China.
Germany- Nobert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken were comfortably elected Saturday to lead the SPD, beating Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his running mate Klara Geywitz. The “anti-Merkel coalition” pair ran on a proposal to abandon the coalition with Merkel and bring another election and government to Germany.
Iraq- Iraq’s PM Abdel-Mahdi has resigned after hundreds of dead and weeks of demonstrations against massive American Iraqi corruption, unemployment and poverty. The situation is a mess as the US and Iran struggle for control behind the scenes.
While Iran is also one of the targets of the protests, most of the people misruling Iraq today are still the former exiles that the U.S. flew in with its occupation forces in 2003. The corruption of both U.S. and Iraqi officials during the U.S. occupation is well documented. UN Security Council resolution 1483 established a $20 billion Development Fund for Iraq using previously seized Iraqi assets, money left in the UN’s “oil for food” program and new Iraqi oil revenues. An audit by KPMG and a special inspector general found that a huge proportion of that money was stolen or embezzled by U.S. and Iraqi officials.
Only 36% of the adult population of Iraq have jobs today, and despite the gutting of the public sector under U.S. occupation and later domination, the Iraqi government today still employs more people than the private sector.
World Report: The 21 days given to the Knesset to find someone to form a government expires on 11 December.
If no agreement can be reached an election will be called for spring 2020 and if present conditions continue with Netanyahu leading Likud, another election could be a rerun with a virtual tie as in the past two elections, or it could be a big win for the moderates.
Present polls show the Blue and White winning 37 seats with Likud taking only 30, making Blue and White the winner but still not having the 61 seats necessary to form a government..
Netanyahu has agreed to a leadership primary in about five weeks and is in position to achieve a close win and continue as Likud leader; however the polls indicate that Likud is deeply divided between the far right extremists and moderates with only 53% backing Netanyahu and 40% backing Gideon Saar with 7% backing others. This could change if Knesset Speaker Edelstein enters the contest. Edlestein a close confidant of Netanyahu could well enter the contest with the intention of splitting the vote for Saar and guaranteeing a Netanyahu win.
In the case of a close third election the conditions would be ripe for nearly one half of Likud to bolt the extremist element and form a new party in order to join in a coalition and form a government with the Blue and White.
Such an event would isolate the Settler Movement Extremists and give a solid majority to a Blue and White led government to make a peace. However the Settler Movement Extremists would resist a peace with all their might and will sabotage that deal once it is made.
Coming Soon, A Regional War
It seems that Bibi intends to go to war in the near future and has even clearly stated that he must remain prime minister due to security developments with Iran, Syria and Gaza, about which he would not elaborate. With all potential antagonists preparing furiously it appears that some time between the leadership primary and the election date a general Middle East war will break out.
The election could be postponed if the security situation breaks down.
Europe and NATO
After next year’s carefully planned Mideast war and the massive US April European Defender exercise in Europe the US intends to withdraw most of its forces from Europe and rely on massive amounts of equipment stored in Europe and a plan to rapidly deploy emergency troops for European defense as needed.
The plan would eliminate a key deterrence factor which is that US forces would no longer function as a “trip wire” for Europe; this means that Europe could be attacked without directly jeopardizing any US troops.
With no US forces in direct danger such a rapid deployment would be contingent on American financial ability and presidential approval. Further a rapid deployment exercise in peace time is one thing, such a deployment under fire is quite another.
The plan is actually militarily unfeasible and highly impractical, in fact it is militarily stupid since the very first thing that an attacker would do is occupy or strike the large airports.
In other words this plan amounts to keeping the US as a NATO member on paper as a fig leaf for a US withdrawal from NATO in practical terms, thereby sidestepping Congress. The plan puts European countries more or less on their own as early as mid 2020. At the same time the now rising New Federal Europe would have access to and practical control of the massive quantities of US military equipment and munitions already in storage in Europe.
The Great Tribulation
When a peace deal is close the abomination will be set up doing miracles in the Vatican and endorsing a New Federal Europe. The 42 month great tribulation will begin a few weeks later when he visits the Temple Mount and the Jewish Settler Movement Extremists sabotage the peace.
Although exactly how long it will take to reach an initial peace deal remains unknown, it is very possible that the tribulation will begin in late 2020 or soon thereafter.
When the coming Mideast peace plan breaks down the US will be unable to airlift an emergency deployment of troops to the Jewish state from Europe, and will have to rely on Europe to stop the bloodshed.
In fact the US and many Jews might well be most grateful for the European intervention. This new Europe and its leaders will be acting in the name of peace to secure the peace for at least the first two years, thereby gaining the admiration of most people and nations; UNTIL they attack Asia early in the third year.
Meanwhile the occupation of the Jewish State will grow harsher and harsher over time and the US and dollar dependent countries will experience economic collapse and many catastrophes until Christ comes 42 months after the initial occupation of Jerusalem.