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19 Sep 18:30 PDT: Iran-  The US finally allows Iranian leaders to attend the UNGA conference in New York.

Afghanistan-  The US cuts aid to pressure the Afghan government to make peace with the Taliban.

Mideast War-  Trump to examine options against Iran tomorrow.

09:15 PDT: Gaza-  Local witnesses report that two rockets from Gaza were intercepted by Iron Dome over Sderot this evening. There are several shock victims. Update:  IDF says false alarm triggered by Gaza defensive fire on encroaching Israeli drone. 

05:30 PDT: Israeli Elections- A desperate Netanyahu invites Gantz’s Blue and White to join a Likud government.  Gantz knowing that the Blue and White has won the election rejects the offer, calling on Likud to dump Bibi and join with him. This could result in a split of the Likud moderates to join a Blue and White peace making government leaving the more extremist elements in a rump Likud.

The president will decide around the end of September who he will mandate to try and form a governing coalition.  Meanwhile the security situation is at the boiling point with Israel attacking Iranian assets in Syria [see below] and Iran at the ready to respond, possibly from Gaza. Netanyahu may drag Israel into a war, hoping to force a third election in which he can run as a victorious hero. 

Mideast War- For the second time in the last 48 hours there are reports of airstrikes on the Iranian base in the city of Albukamal Syria in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. The last time the Saudi’s were blamed but they have denied and that attack is now thought to have been made by Israel. Today’s attack is also thought to be by Israeli forces.

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Syria-  The facility used by the “White Helmets” to stage the April 2017 fake chemical weapons attack that led to a US bombing of Syria is claimed to have been found in a tunnel in Khan Sheikhoun. 

01:30 PDT: Israeli Elections-  With almost all votes counted, the Orthodox/right-wing bloc has 55 seats, the centrist/left/Arab bloc has 57, and Yisrael Beytenu’s Avigdor Liberman holds the balance of power with eight. If these figures hold it is possible that the president would give Blue and White the first opportunity to try and form a government. 

Blue and White has 33 seats to Likud’s 31. Third was the Joint List alliance of Palestinian-majority parties at 13, followed by the ultra-Orthodox parties Shas with nine and United Torah Judaism with eight. Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu also has eight, Yamina has seven, Labor-Gesher has six and the Democratic Camp has five.

 

18 Sep 14:00 PDT: Israel- Netanyahu will convene the right-wing parties tomorrow at 9:30 am. This is in continuation of their first meeting with the PM this afternoon (Wednesday).  They are discussing the way forward in the present election deadlock.

Palestine-  The Palestinian Authority announces that it is ready for peace talks as soon as a new Israeli government is formed.

Mideast War-  Arab media source reports that Saudi Air Force warplanes have bombed Iranian backed militias in the eastern Syrian city of Albu Kamal in response to last Saturday’s missile hits in Arabia. Update: The Saudi’s deny participation in the attack.

11:30 PDT: Israeli Elections- Likud members caught in flagrant vote fraud.

08:45 PDT: Israel- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he will not attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) next week due to political circumstances.  Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz will address the UN General Assembly next week in place of the Israeli PM.  In this matter security is probably more important than the political situation which might be helped by a statesman like presentation before a world body by the PM.  If the US strikes Iran or any Iranian proxies it is probable that Iranian proxies will strike Israel.

07:30 PDT: US- “I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Iran-  The US has not issued visas for  Iran’s president and foreign minister to attend the UNGA conference leaving their attendance to defend themselves against the Trump speech in doubt.  Iran has announced that any US attack will be responded to immediately and the response will not be limited to the attacker, implying that they or the militias they back will hit Israel.

06:30 PDT: Iran- President Trump increases sanctions on Iran.  Trump to make case against Iran in his 24 Sep UNGA speech.

Syria- The Russian S-300 air defense system has finally been activated.  “Russia has now allowed the Syrian military to put the S-300 on full alert and attack Israeli aircraft in the event of the slightest threat,” a Russian military source told Avia.Pro

 

17 Sep 17:00 PDT: The 74th UNGA opening speech. Donald Trump is scheduled to address the UN on Sep 24th.

16:30 PDT: Israeli Elections-  President Reuven Rivlin, in a statement issued after the exit polls were released, promised to meet “as soon as possible” with representatives of the elected parties. Formally, he is only set to receive the official results on September 25 and must grant a mandate within seven days thereafter, but he indicated he would start his consultations before then, once he receives “a clear picture of the results.” He also said he would be “guided by the need to form a government in Israel as quickly as possible” and by “the need to avoid a third general election.”

16:00 PDT: Israeli Elections-  The Palestinian parties have surged to take 15 seats in spite of, or perhaps in reaction to, Likud’s illegal intimidation. 

The center bloc is also increasing in potential coalition seats and making it a possibility that the president will mandate the Blue and White to try and form the next government. Lieberman and the Blue and White are calling on Likud to get rid of Netanyahu and join them in a national unity government. If Blue and White gets the mandate and the courts move forward on the Natanyahu corruption charges enough moderate Likud MKs might leave and join a Blue and White government.  Meanwhile war rumors are at fever pitch. 

Mideast War-  CBS reports that the US has identified the exact locations from which more than 20 drones and cruise missiles were launched against Saudi oil facilities on Saturday. The locations are in southern Iran at the northern end of the Persian Gulf in the southern Iranian province of Khuzestan.  The US is now gearing up to strike Iran, which if that happens, may bring retaliation on Israel.

12:15 PDT: Israeli Election-  Initial exit polls show stalemate with neither side able to form a governing coalition without Lieberman. Lieberman refuses to sit with Netanyahu while he is under indictment for corruption.

11:30 PDT: Israeli Election-  Voting is in the final 1/2 hour.  Netanyahu and Liked have tried desperately to intimidate Palestinians into staying home while far right Settler Movement voter turnout is low

05:00 PDT: Syria- At least 10 people killed in airstrikes on positions held by pro-Iranian Shi’ite militias in Al Bukamal, Syria, close to the Iraqi border.

02:15 PDT: Israelis go to the polls today as the Trump administration debates attacking Iranian assets in response to Saturday’s attack on Saudi oil facilities.  Trump authorizes release of petroleum reserves but uses the authority to piggyback approvals for contested pipelines.

 

16 Sep 03:00 PDT: Mideast War-  Pompeo is blaming Iran for the Houthi strike on the Saudis Saturday.  The Saudis are at war with the Houthis and bomb them almost daily. Trump is threatening to attack Iran.

This morning Netanyahu pledged that if re-elected on Tuesday, he would annex Kiryat Arba and the Jewish areas of Hebron. 

Last weekend’s pre-election Gaza war was postponed after the Attorney General told Netanyahu he needed cabinet approval.  The cabinet was reluctant to approve due to the elections. The war could now be postponed for weeks which will give more time for the Syrian Idlib situation to ripen, which would please the IDF.  Netanyahu had gone so far as to alert the electoral authority to prepare for an election postponement.

 

15 Sep 08:30 PDT: The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia are holding their long delayed summit in Ankara on Monday to discuss Syria. 

One possible scenario to address the situation would have Turkey control a buffer zone along its border with Idlib, while Syrian forces destroy the terrorists in the southern parts of the province,  That would leave Turkey and the militias it controls in position to help overthrow the Assad regime after the coming Gaza, Hezbollah, Syrian war with Israel. 

02:30 PDT: Arabia- The Shia Houthis who were joined to Yemen in 1990 where they were dominated by the Sunni Muslim sect, continue to fight for dominance with the Sunni.  Backed by Shia Iran the Houthis are fighting a Saudi and Western backed Sunni regime. Yesterday the Houthis managed to strike the main Saudi oil processing center with ten drones cutting Saudi oil production in half.   

Syria- Russia and Syria are pounding Kabani ahead of an operation to liberate the town. Once Kabani falls the battle for the terrorist heartland of the Al Ghraab plains in Idlib province remains.

Israel- As of now it looks like the Israeli elections will go ahead as scheduled. They will be almost immediately followed by the UNGA conference, the Fall Festivals and then the Oct 2 Netanyahu court hearings. 

Netanyahu  and Trump are to discuss a mutual pact against Iran on the sidelines of the conference.The most likely action, is a vow by Trump — with few practical implications — that the US will defend the Jewish state from an potential existential threat.

 

14 Sep: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!  The last post in the Psalms study is scheduled today. Beginning tomorrow a series on Job is planned which will lead up to the Fall Festivals presentations. The Gaza article has been updated with the latest polls and analysis of the Israeli elections and the security situation.

 

13 Sep 17:15 PDT: Gaza:  With Netanyahu threatening full scale war, Hamas is behaving very delicately so far today.

02:15 PDT: Gaza- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that war with Gaza may be imminent saying Friday morning, upon returning from a brief visit to Russia where a deal on war seems to have been reached, that war in the Gaza Strip could break out “at any moment.”

 

12 Sep 15:00 PDT: Gaza-  In anticipation of an escalation the IDF has gone to high alert.

03:00 PDT: Israel-  If the elections go ahead as scheduled it is highly likely to be a rerun of the spring election which failed to establish a governing coalition and could easily result in a third election.

Note:  If an election takes place and war breaks out before a new government can be established, the other parties would back the government until the conclusion of any conflict: After that normal political events would resume.

01:30 PDT: Syria-  Syrian forces are at the ready to begin an operation to liberate the town of Kabani.  Kabani is an important key to the final defeat of the Idlib terrorists.

Gaza- Netanyahu announces that there will be an operation to bring down Hamas when Israel is ready. If Bibi does not invade Gaza now he will do so soon.  If the Sep 17 elections go ahead as scheduled and there is another tie, there is a strong possibility of a third round. See the article on Gaza and the Israeli election.

 

11 Sep 15:45 PDT: Gaza- Israeli airstrikes across the strip.

06:15 PDT: Israel- Netanyahu to meet Putin in Sochi tomorrow. Extensive Israeli military exercise to wind down later today, assessments tomorrow.

Syria- Syrian bombardment of terrorists in Idlib resumed yesterday, Russian airstrikes resumed today.

Turkey-  Turkey and Qatar expand military relationship.  Turkey is prophesied to dominate a consortium including the Arab States (Psalm 83). See our article on the coming tribulation.

04:15 PDT: Gaza-  Three more rockets hit Israel. The Ashkelon Coastal Regional Council reported that a rocket landed in the greenhouses of one of the council’s communities.  These small strikes are being made by unauthorized people, any Hamas response is still to come.

Israel- Desperate for votes from the Extremist Settler Movement, Netanyahu to advance legalization of Jordan Valley outposts on Sunday just two days before the Tuesday election.

 

10 Sep 17:30 PDT: Gaza- So far the IDF has bombed fifteen Hamas sites in Gaza

17:00 PDT: Gaza-  Heavy Israeli airstrikes are reported in Beit Lahiya just north of Gaza City, Deir el-Balah in central Gaza and also in Khan Younis in the south.  The strikes came after Netanyahu who is also defense minister met with the IDF chiefs, along with the head of the Mossad and the Shin Bet Security agency at the military headquarters in Tel Aviv.

15:00 PDT: Gaza- Israeli police and civil defense mobilized in the Gaza periphery.

14:30 PDT: Gaza- In a predictable reaction to the inflammatory Netanyahu speach two rockets headed into Israel from Gaza were shot down this evening. Preparing for the Israeli reaction Hamas has evacuated its security headquarters, stopped all training work completely until further notice and gone on high alert. Gaza area Israeli cities ordered public shelters opened and advised people with private fortified rooms to spend the night there.

09:00 EDT: Israel- Mideast Peace Plan-  Netanyahu announces that if reelected, under the looming Trump peace plan he will annex the entire Jordan Valley and Dead Sea regions.  While calculated to win extremist votes this is sure to outrage the Palestinians and Gazans.  

US- US President Donald Trump has fired his National Security Adviser, super war monger John Bolton. “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Adviser next week,” Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday. Have they really fallen out or is this a move to deceive Iran?

07:30 PDT: Israel-  One week before election today’s  polls show  Blue and White now leading Likud 32 to 31 seats with neither able to form a coalition. 

 

9 Sep 17:00 PDT: Mideast War-  In the second attack on Iranian assets since Sunday a militia base inside Iraq was hit

08:30 PDT: Israel military to exercise Monday evening and Tuesday morning in areas near the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley.  During the drill, there will be heavy movement of troops and security vehicles.

08:00 PDT: Afghanistan-  The US has already reached a deal with the Taliban and the real issue now is that the Afghan government demands a ceasefire before they engage in any talks, and the Taliban say no ceasefire until after the talks reach an agreement.  Trump was forced to cancel his planned meeting because of this deadlock. 

Israel- Kahol-Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz pledges not to sit with Netanyahu in a unity government if the latter is a defendant in a criminal case. Kahol-Lavan party officials make it clear Gantz does not oppose a coalition if someone other than Netanyahu headed the Likud, and they noted that Netanyahu promoted a similar bill when he was opposition chairman. As part of the move, Kahol-Lavan will require that every coalition agreement will require signing the partners on this clause, along with a clause that enshrines the ban on ministerial tenure under a criminal indictment (Yedioth Hebrew).  See yesterday’s article on the Israeli election and the crisis with Gaza.

01:15 PDT: Breaking- Shortly after 12:30 A.M. (local time), unidentified warplanes targeted Iranian backed militia sites in Al Bukamal in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border in the Deir Ez Zor region killing at least 18 and wounding scores. Sites belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were also targeted. On Tuesday, Fox News reported that Iran was building a major military base near Al-Bukamal [near a US base] to hold thousands of troops and precision missiles. 

Lebanon- Hezbollah shoots down Israel drone inside Lebanon.

 

8 Sep 15:20 PDT: Gaza-  The Israeli message to Hamas relayed by Egypt today said in part: 

This is Israel’s last warning and final notice to Hamas. More attacks and failure to uphold its commitments for reining in its people and those of its allies, in keeping with standing undertakings, would have one consequence, the prime minister warned. The IDF already has its orders and is standing ready to launch a comprehensive military campaign against Hamas and the other organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.

At the end of the message, Netanyahu emphasized that Hamas and its leaders would be seriously mistaken if they expected Israel’s Sept.17 election to delay its Gaza operation. Quite the opposite. The election will be delayed. Israel’s political parties will join forces to postpone the election until after it is over.

11:30 PDT: Mideast War-  After mobilizing reserves last week the entire IDF from the General Staff on down began exercise “Headstone” today.  The exercise will practice a full scale multi front war through Wednesday after which a Readiness Report will be presented to the political leadership.

09:45 PDT: Afghanistan-  Yesterday Trump called off a meeting with Afghan and Taliban officials in the US.

Afghan President Ghani rejected the meeting last Friday because the meeting was a transparent attempt by Trump to force him to accept an agreement that the US has negotiated with the Taliban without any Afghani participation. 

Saturday Trump announced a “secret” meeting and then called it off blaming a Taliban attack when the real problem is that the Afghani’s refuse to be railroaded in a secret US meeting, and are demanding face to face talks with the Taliban in the region to make their own deal. For the record there is NO ceasefire in Afghanistan and the US is bombing and attacking the Taliban daily.

As for Trump cutting off negotiations with the Taliban, the talks have already concluded and now it is the turn of the Afghans to talk with the Taliban.

02:30 PDT: Gaza-  Israel close to making decisive attack on Gaza. “It brings us very close to a comprehensive Israeli campaign against the terrorist organizations in Gaza, a campaign that will take place at the times and conditions we will decide on.

In this campaign, it is clear that the top leaders of the terrorist organizations will be wiped out and its force destroyed,” the Foreign Minister Israel Katz added. An Egyptian security delegation, which was expected to arrive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday for negotiations will instead arrive in the Gaza Strip today with an ultimatum from Israel to stop all violence immediately,

7 Sep:  A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful! There will be two articles on Psalms 119 posted today.

15:30 PDT: Gaza-  Israel bombs three Hamas sites Heavy bombardment lasts an hour.

13:30 PDT: Syria- Tens of thousands of Syrian troops spearheaded by nearly 2,000 Russians and backed up by Russian air support, are poised to rush down on the terrorist heartland of the Al Ghraab Plain as soon as next week.

07:30 PDT: Syria-  The previously detained Iranian tanker is now off the coast of Syria. Technically this does not breach Iran’s promise that the tanker will not offload oil in Syria, since the ship is too big to enter a Syrian port and would need to offload the oil to smaller vessels.  Was Gibraltar taken in by nuances of meaning? 

Ukraine-  Russia and Ukraine exchange prisoners in first step towards peace.

06:30 PDT: Gaza-  UAV from Gaza attacks Israel damaging vehicle.

West Bank-  In the village of Azun  a 17-year-old was seriously injured in a Saturday morning assault while his 60-year-old father was lightly hurt. The teen was stabbed multiple times in his upper body and the father sustained an injury to his arm. They were saved by the intervention of their Palestinian dentist.

 

6 Sep 25:30 PDT: Gaza- The Israeli air force is bombing several sites in Gaza.

14:45 PDT: Gaza-  Five projectiles land in IsraelIsrael shells Hamas outpost air strikes feared.

14:00 PDT: Gaza-  Rocket hits near Sderot igniting fire.

11:15 PDT: Gaza-  Two killed 36 wounded by Israeli live fire during violent border protests. Hamas vows response as Gaza heats up yet again.

03:00 PDT: Military-  US Air Force B-52s deploy to RAF Fairford for next week’s exercise Ample Strike 19.  KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft assigned to the 155th Air Refueling Wing, Nebraska Air National Guard have also arrived at Pardubice Air Base, Czech Republic for Ample Strike 19.

White House peace plan- Avi Berkowitz, a longtime ally of Jared Kushner and one of his top assistants in Washington, will assume Greenblatt’s role once the Trump envoy officially steps down after the release of the peace proposal.

Syria-  Syrian forces have launched a new assault on the terrorist held town of Kabani in Latakia province.

Feeling confident that the Idlib operation will be over quickly Syria has given an ultimatum to the Turkish backed militias to give up or leave by 15 October. This sets up a battle between Turkish backed forces and the Assad regime.

 

5 Sep 13:15 PDT: Trump Peace Process- Jason Greenblatt will resign when the peace plan is made public after the Israeli elections. US Ambassador to Israel Friedman said that Greenblatt’s work on the US peace plan was completed and that “we’ll be able to build on what he’s done.

Mideast War-  After a courtesy call on the British PM lasting less than 30 minutes Netanyahu and party were off to discuss the looming war with UK Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace and US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper.

Europe- Today Brussels warmly welcomed a new Italian governing coalition between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and centre-left Democratic Party (PD), which is expected to markedly improve rocky relations between Europe and Rome.

03:00 PDT: Mideast War-  Pompeo warns Lebanon to immediately dismantle an alleged Iranian missile factory under construction or face a US backed Israeli attack.

The ultimatum comes as Syria prepares to launch a massive Idlib operation as soon as next week and Israel completes a substantial military buildup for a multi front war this weekend. Gaza is committed to help Hezbollah in any conflict and Hezbollah is also on a war footings and is not expected to bow before the US/Israeli ultimatum.

Today Israeli PM Netanyahu visits the UK to discuss his plans for war with Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria and potentially Iran.   In addition to meeting UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Netanyahu will confer with British defense officials  and US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper in the UK. Accompanying Bibi are the Israeli Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Nurkin and head of the IDF Operations Directorate Maj. Gen. Aharon Havilah. They will discuss Israel’s war plans.

Clearly the regional realities concerning Gaza, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran will have to be changed before the Trump peace plan has any chance of success.

Will hostilities break out between a US backed Israel and Gaza, Hezbollah, Syria and possibly Iran in the coming weeks, or is this simply a curious convergence of circumstances?

 

4 Sep 14:30 PDT: Brexit- The British Brexit theatre continues:

  • Parliament voted in favor of a bill that would force Johnson to ask the EU to delay Britain’s EU exit until January 31, unless Parliament approves a new deal or votes to support a no-deal Brexit by October 19.  The bill now requires approval from the House of Lords.
  • All of this is pure political theatrics since any extension to the departure date would also require the approval of the remaining 27 EU member-states — who have said that the UK must provide a valid reason for delaying. 
  • The prime minister then called for a general election, which failed to get a two-thirds majority in parliament; the Labor leader saying that they will approve an election only after the possibility of a no deal Brexit has been removed.

10:30 PDT: Mideast War-  Along with a large call up of reserves Israel is deploying an array of air defense batteries to wide stretches across Israel for a huge national military exercise rehearsing a multi front war beginning next week.  Syria is prepared to launch a massive Idlib operation next week if Al Qaeda does not dissolve itself as Turkey has promised would be accomplished by next Saturday night. See yesterday’s report for more.

 

3 Sep: Seventh New Moon-  The new moon of the seventh month should be easily visible after sunset ending 29 Sep, making Monday 30 Sep the first day of the seventh biblical month and The Memorial of Trumpets.  By chance the often wrong Rabbinic Calendar gets it right this year.  See the Calendar category for more.  

Trumpets is only one day, however since the days of Hezekiah it has been necessary to set aside a cautionary two days for the Memorial of Trumpets just in case the moon is not seen on the expected evening. Trumpets is expected on 30 Sep but please be ready for a one day delay if the new moon is not seen as anticipated.

08:00 PDT: Syria-   Turkish president Erdogan has promised his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to dissolve Tahrir al-Sham [Al Qaeda] and other affiliated terrorist groups, including Hurras al-Din and Ansar al-Tawhid, within 8 days. To facilitate this move Syria declared an eight day ceasefire beginning last Sabbath.  Meanwhile Syria is engaged in a big force buildup for a major offensive next week if Turkey cannot accomplish its promises.

05:30 PDT: Mideast War-  There are rumors that US president Trump will commit the US to defend Israel.  This is widely seen as an election ploy to strengthen Netanyahu in the polls as the man who boast of American military support for Israel. 

If the election goes ahead as scheduled, Likud and Kahol Lavan seem to be headed to a repeat of the last election with a virtual tie and neither being able to form a governing coalition. 

The possibility exists that if the court confirms the corruption charges against Bibi at the 2 Oct hearing and the case goes ahead, some of the moderates in Likud will split off and cooperate to form a Kahol Lavan government.  If that does not happen Israel may be headed for still another election.  On the other hand if war does break out before the election the vote will probably be postponed.

 

2 Sep 06:00 PDT: UK-  Parliament to vote on blocking no deal Brexit tomorrow.  If successful the vote could trigger national elections.

03:30 PDT:  US-  Now a category five storm hurricane Dorian is stalled over the Bahamas and continuing to gain strength. Coastal areas in Georgia and the Carolina’s are under mandatory evacuation orders with the storm expected to strike in two to three days.

Mideast War- The military buildup continues as tensions continue to rise in the region. Hamas is now claiming that the recent terrorist attacks in Gaza by Islamic extremists were ordered by Israel who used these people as proxies

Yesterday Qatar suddenly cut fuel subsidies for Gaza electricity production by one half.  This move will probably be blamed on Israel as well. Whether Israel is to blame or not, the tension between Israel and Gaza is again rising rapidly.

 

1 Sep 15:30 PDT: Mideast War-  It appears that both Hezbollah and Israel have declared victory and that the focus will once again return to Gaza.

10:30 PDT: Mideast War-  Israel has carried out multiple airstrikes in southern Lebanon.  It is presently unclear if Hezbollah will declare their response to last week’s Israeli assassination of their officer as achieved and if Israel will be satisfied with a few airstrikes, and the two sides will stand down for now; or if the situation will escalate.

09:00 PDT: Mideast War-  Anti tank missiles from Lebanon scored several hits on Israeli vehicles. Israel has shelled Lebanon in response. PM Netanyahu is consulting with military leaders and has ordered government officials to withhold comments on the situation until after midnight.  The main opposition party Blue and White’s leader Benny Gantz, has just announced that he is freezing his party’s political campaign due to the security situation.

 

07:00 PDT: Mideast War-  After the IDF shelled a  border area an anti-tank missile was fired from Lebanon at an army vehicle near the border landing in the town of Avivim.

In the wake of the anti-tank fire on the Upper Galilee, the Israel Defense Forces have told authorities in communities within four kilometers of the Lebanese border to open shelters but not to use them until an alarm is sounded. For now residents should stay in their homes and all activities near the border including agriculture should be suspended. All unnecessary travel should be avoided.

00:05 PDT: Gaza: Egyptian authorities have given Hamas an offer by Israel for a long term ceasefire which the Gaza factions are now deliberating.  Netanyahu wants to separate Gaza from Hezbollah to avoid a multi front war. 

Mideast War- Israel is mobilizing reserves and will be ready for a full scale multi front war before 8 Sep. That does not necessarily mean that war will break out on that date, it could come at any time from now on.

Israel has been engaged in a publicized  heavy troop buildup on the northern front through the Sabbath, while keeping a tight lid of secrecy on its buildup at the Gaza front.

War is now almost certain, the only questions are precisely when and whether it will begin with Gaza or Hezbollah or break out on the two fronts simultaneously.

During the Sabbath IDF tanks and self-propelled artillery convoys rolled north along the highways of Galilee towards the Syrian and Lebanese borders. They are supplementing the military forces the IDF built up in the last week. Israel continues to build up and is mobilizing reserves, issuing call up orders to arrive in concentration areas before Sep 8.

Today, beginning at sunset last evening is the day of Ashura, a solemn day of mourning for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein Bin Ali Bin Abi Taleb, Mohammad’s grandson, at Karbalaa, Iraq.  The “Amal” movement is planning a large gathering in Beirut to start celebrating the first day of the Muslim month of Muharram. 

The first 10 days of Ashura bring most of the Shia in Lebanon and in particular Hezbollah supporters, to the utmost level of emotion and reverence for martyrdom. Netanyahu could not have chosen a worse time [unless he wants war] for breaking the 2006 Second Lebanon War ceasefire by assassinating a senior Hezbollah official.

The Deplorable State of US Aircraft Carriers  Fact or disinformation?

 

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