19 Feb 17:15: Asia- The emerging Asian energy nexus.
16:00: Israel- Nineteen detained during Temple Mount demonstrations.
04:30: Israeli Elections- Tzipora Livni has retired from politics after it became clear that her Hatnua party would not win enough seats to enter the Knesset and talks of allying with other parties broke down. Alter her departure voters supporting her will likely support Benny Gantz the other peace oriented party leader.
Mideast War- Ilham Ahmed co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council – the political arm of the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is in Washington to discuss the size and composition of a force to oversee a buffer zone with Turkey. She is calling for the force to be composed of “states that have actively participated in the war against IS [this would be very convenient since these troops are already in Syrian Kurdistan], and the UN should also play a role.”
Once an agreement on the force makeup is approved by Washington she will travel to Paris and London which will compose a Resolution for USC approval. An announcement declaring the military defeat of the Islamic State and allowing the MESA forces to redeploy to the new buffer zone is expected within a week or two.
The target date for finalizing and placing monitors in the buffer zone thereby allowing the US military redeployment to its three large Iraq bases, is mid March. See our article Why US forces in the Middle East are Repositioning
18 Feb 03:15: Mideast War- Israeli police sealed off all the gates of al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem today. The shut down comes ahead of expected demonstrations later this week.
Yesterday Syrian President Assad offered the Kurds and others local autonomy and the Kurds have now asked France to present a proposal far an international force between the Kurds and the Turks to the Security Council. This Syria Kurdish agreement opens the way for a Turkish Kurdish agreement in coordination with the US to get UNSC approval for the planned deployment of Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) troops in a buffer zone between Turkey and the Kurds.
Brexit- Seven British MPs Luciana Berger, Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Anne Coffey have announced that they are stepping down from the Labor Party and setting up a new independent body to fight Brexit and Antisemitism.
Israel Elections- The Likud reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has held telephone conversations with leaders of right-wing parties, rabbis and public figures in the past 24 hours, to try and secure a right-wing joint list. The right wing parties “must show responsibility and act without delay to unite all the forces on the right. Otherwise, the left will win, Gantz will form a leftist government and that will be a severe blow,” the party said in a statement. Candidate lists must be submitted by 21 Feb.
Mideast War- Heavy shelling of Idlib province continues.
After three consecutive days of Gaza violence the IDF is calling up thousands of reservists this morning. The recruitment dialer has already been activated and the reservists are receiving automatic phone calls. At present this is being called an exercise in preparation for the real thing. In the past it has happened that many men remained on duty after the exercise, secretly ready to launch a sudden surprise attack. The ground forces are already in place so the call up would involve logistics support for the air force, the activated reservists being the people who load bombs and ammunition on planes and otherwise support a massive aerial bombardment. Mobilization usually takes 72 hours.
Friday Israeli forces wounded 67 civilians, including 14 children, 2 women, 2 paramedics, and a journalist in Gaza.
The Israeli army and navy opened fired Saturday morning at Palestinian agricultural lands and fishing boats east of Gaza city and in northern Gaza
After an IDF soldier was wounded on the border Sunday night Israel fired several missiles and artillery shells into areas in northern Gaza and injured 19 Palestinians during protests near the fence.
17 Feb: Munich Security Conference- The international order is broken by Donald Trump, the coming war will bring the long planned Establishment New World Order.
Syria- Shelling of Idlib continues as Putin shares information on a possible staged chemical attack by terrorists to the Europeans.
Gaza- IDF tanks shelled two Hamas posts in North Gaza after the second soldier since yesterday was injured.
Israel- Defense Minister, PM Binyamin Netanyahu Sunday approved Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Avivi Kochavi’s first top appointments. Major. Gen. Yoel Strick is the new commander of ground forces, and Maj. Gen. Amir Baram takes his place as OC Northern Command. Baram has served in multiple command posts, including OC of the Paratroop and Samaria Brigades.
US- Trump in battle over his emergency declaration, the DoD may even refuse to release the money from the military budget which would probably mean a new Defense Secretary. If Shanahan refuses Trump he will be replaced and if he supports Trump he may not get senate confirmation.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert Saturday night withdrew her name from consideration as UN ambassador. President Donald Trump announced in December he was picking Nauert to replace Nikki Haley, but the formal nomination had not yet been sent to the Senate.
US / EU- The United States and European powers voiced sharply differing views on issues from Mideast security to trade Saturday, laying bare a deep rift with Europe created by US President Donald Trump. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders voiced dismay at a range of Trump decisions deemed hostile to the European NATO allies. Merkel also called a looming new trade war to be launched by Trump against Europe — Washington readying to declare European car imports a “national security threat” — “frightening.”
16 Feb: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!
Mideast War- Just a day after Russia indicated a willingness to delay the Idlib operation, Turkey agrees and announces that an operation in Idlib could begin at any time.
US/EU- A shocked EU and Germany reject US call for Iran hostility.
Israel Elections- Reports that Gantz and Yesh Atid might agree to run on a joint list this week have sent Netanyahu rushing home to try harder to form far right joint list. If the peace oriented folks agree to a joint list then Netanyahu could lose the election.
Israeli PM candidate Gantz to speak at Munich security conference after Netanyahu cancels. Move seen as a boost for former IDF chief who will share a stage with world leaders, bolstering his diplomatic credentials ahead of elections
15 Feb: Russia has agreed to give one last chance to the Idlib fighters which may possibly delay any operation until April when the next summit takes place. If Israeli elections go ahead as scheduled, current polls project a Knesset deadlock in which no one can form a coalition government, which would necessitate a second vote.
10:15 PST: US- Trump declares national emergency, will take money for wall from military and then demand a big injection of emergency funds to the military during the coming war.
Brexit- As predicted by TheShiningLight President Donald Trump has begun offering the British an Anglo Saxon free trade arrangement announcing an agreement with PM May Friday and stating that Brexit is set to “very substantially” increase trade between the UK and United States.
U.K. Trade Secretary Liam Fox said on Friday he’d signed a “mutual recognition agreement” with the U.S. earlier this week securing trade worth as much as 12.8 billion pounds ($16.5 billion). He also announced ta plan to begin free trade talks with the US in the near future. “The U.K. and the U.S.A. share a special trade relationship and there is real ambition on both sides of the Atlantic to enhance this after we leave the European Union,” Fox said in a statement. “A free trade agreement with the United States is one of my international economic department’s top priorities and I look forward to beginning formal negotiations.”
Mideast War- The IDF conducted a massive drill practicing war with Hezbollah in Lebanon last week.
11,000 Gazans demonstrated today, and attacks with incendiary balloons on neighboring Israeli communities resumed after a lengthy pause.
06:45 PST: US Europe- Roughly 35 heads of state and government, 80 foreign and defense ministers, and some 600 security policy experts will be in attendance at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) this year. Conference chief Wolfgang Ischinger has called it the “largest and most important” MSC since its founding more than 50 years ago. This year, the largest US delegation of all time is expected to visit Munich this year. US Vice President Pence will be accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. A main topic will be US European relations.
03:00: Mideast War- See today’s new article Looming War and Peace in the Middle East, which explains the present situation, and how the Mideast War is likely to unfold into a Mideast peace deal and a short period of booming prosperity in the US.
War tensions increase as Gaza militias warn Israel to stop its policy of shooting demonstrators with live ammunition killing and wounding many.
Israel US air defense exercise wraps up.
USA- Donald Trump to declare national emergency to fund his wall. The declaration will face an immediate court challenge.
14 Feb: Syria- US informs NATO of plans for international force in Turkey Kurdish buffer zone.
Mideast War- Israel orders IDF to prepare for war with Gaza.
Warsaw Conference- In his speech to the Warsaw gathering, Pompeo beats war drums against Iran, stressing that the Middle East would not achieve peace and stability without confronting Iran. “It’s just not possible,” he said. “No threat is more dangerous or more urgent than radical Islamist terrorism and the authoritarian regimes that export it across the region and the wider world.”
Kushner Peace Plan being set up in Warsaw Prime Minister Netanyahu backtracking on his campaign rhetoric, told United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, senior advisor Jared Kushner and foreign ministers at the Warsaw conference on the Middle East that he won’t pre-judge the United States peace plan for Israel and the Palestinian Authority and that he hopes the PA takes the same approach.
It should be mentioned that Netanyahu is extremely close, almost one of the family, to the Kushner’s and Trump’s, and after the coming war he could be in a position to make [almost dictate] peace from a position of strength, if he joined the peace oriented parties in a governing coalition. Remember as I have been posting; the important thing is the make up of the next coalition.
13 Feb 06:16 PST: Israel Elections- Maariv’s top story was that Attorney General Avichai Mendelblitt will likely not meet his February 20th date to summon Netanyahu to a hearing before an indictment, which may push a possible declaration of the indictment of Netanyahu until March. Mendelblitt won’t make the date because Netanyahu’s lawyers have been flooding him with material effectively delaying a decision.
02:00 PST: Mideast War- Delegates from 60 nations arrive for Warsaw Conference to discuss the Kushner peace plan, the Kurds and the coming war on Syria Iran.
Aid agencies pull out of Idlib province as the Syrian army is ready and is on combat alert to carry out a military operation against the terrorists occupying Idlib province. See yesterday’s 08:00 item for more.
12 Feb 15:00 PST: Mideast War- The Syrian Army has reinforced the Golan front 24 hours after Syrian air defense forces were placed on high alert across western Syria following an IDF attack on three sites at Quneitra, which destroyed two Syrian Army garrisons and the Al-Quneitra Hospital [which is being used as a military facility]. Troops from the Syrian 5th Division reinforced the 90th Brigade base in the Governorate. Reinforcements from the National Defense Forces (NDF) in Dara’a were also redeployed to this front for beefing up its defenses. Israel struck now because the S-300 air defense system is expected to become operational in March.
08:00 PST: Mideast War- Today acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan made an unannounced visit to the Iraqi capital for talks on the US military presence in Iraq.
After the meeting between Turkish Defense minister Gen. Akar and Russian Defense Minister Shoigu in Ankara Monday, Gen Akar will meet on Wednesday with acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan in Brussels. They are setting up an agreement on Idlib and a deal on the Kurds, for approval at the Thursday Sochi summit and the corresponding Warsaw summit.
The Turkish backed militias have deployed along the Turkish border to block the escape of the Idlib terrorists from the looming Syrian Russian offensive, while the US and Turkey are working on agreement for a buffer zone between Turkey and the Kurds before America repositions from Syria. See our article Why US forces in the Middle East are Repositioning.
07:00 PST: Two Iranian officers were killed by last night’s Israeli attack n Syria.
Israeli Civil Administration staff raided the Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley and bulldozers uprooted 500 15-year-old olive trees that belonged to five Palestinian residents. (Maan)
03:00 PST: US- Donald Trump backs down accepting the original House offer of 1.4 billion for his wall instead of the over 5.7 billion he had been demanding. The Trump back away is a political maneuver to table the issue until after the 2020 election.
Israel Elections- Senior Likud officials reject peace and seek to annex all Palestine.
Palestine- In an effort to establish Palestinian cooperation Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is chairing a three-day meeting of the 12 main Palestinian organizations, including Fatah and Hamas, in Moscow
Syria- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar issued a joint statement in Ankara last evening. The Defense Ministers agreed to take decisive measures to stabilize the situation in Syria’s Idlib province. Thursday’s Sochi summit will now agree on the final details and timing of the upcoming anti-terrorist operation to liberate Idlib. Those details include protection for the Turkish backed militias when Syria/Russia take out the terrorists.
Afghanistan- The Taliban have announced a 14-member negotiating team ahead of the next round of talks with the US to begin this month.
Addressing the “National Consultative Meeting on Peace” at the Presidential Palace on Monday, President Ashraf Ghani called for a grand consultative Jirga, a traditional assembly of all tribal leaders and persons of influence. The conference will be a consultation on a peace agreement and amounts to indirect negotiations between the government and the Taliban, since the Afghan opposition which will attend the Jirga is already negotiating with the Taliban.
The president tasked his Special Representative on Regional Affairs for Consensus on Peace, Umer Daudzai, to convene the Jirga by the end of March.
11 Feb: See our new article: The US, Latin America and Europe
05:30 PST: Mideast Peace- President Trump approves final draft of Middle East Peace Initiative. “The plan is done… [the president] is happy with the parameters of the deal,” a senior White House official is quoted as saying. The document is 175 to 200 pages long. The official added that the White House is unlikely to publish the draft before Israel’s elections in April.
The next steps before its publication is to get acceptance of the plan by other powers, and to reset regional realities by taking out Hamas, Hezbollah etc.
Once those who object to a peace deal are replaced [including the present extreme Israeli government] the plan will be presented to the parties in the conflict as an international approved plan. A peace deal could be signed very quickly, possibly this year.
Mideast War- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is in the Turkish capital of Ankara to meet his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar on Monday to discuss plans to neutralize the terrorists in Idlib province, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The meeting comes ahead of the trilateral summit between the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran in Sochi on Feb. 14 to discuss an upcoming Idlib operation to destroy the terrorists concentrated there.
10 Feb 15:00 PST: Israel- Ansbacher attack labelled terrorist, after it is revealed that two years ago he told interrogators that he wanted to go to prison as a martyr.
08:30 PST: Mideast War- The Givati Brigade is preparing to fight in Lebanon – The brigade simulated fighting along a northern route, in an exercise in which armor, engineering, artillery, and Oketz (dogs) forces participated with the assistance of the Air Force. The drill took place in the north of the Beqaat Yarden Jordan Valley (West Bank). (Maariv+Photos+VIDEO)
Israel- Palestinians will refuse Israel-collected tax money in case of any deduction – The Palestinian Authority will refuse to take money from taxes that Israel collects on its behalf, if the Israeli government decides to withhold any part of it. Netanyahu’s cabinet is set to approve a deduction in tax revenues relative to the amounts of welfare payments the PA gives to Palestinian prisoners families. (i24News and Maariv)
06:30 PST: Mideast Peace- Palestinian president Abbas addresses the African Union and calls for an international peace conference.
02:00 PST: Ukraine- With 44 candidates now running for president in the March 31 election there is no chance of any one candidate receiving the required 51% to win the presidency outright. This means that a run off of the top candidates will be held on April 21. Right now Vladimir Zelensky is leading the pack with about 16% support with the next candidate, allegedly corrupt US backed NATO supporter Petro Poroshenko well behind.
9 Feb: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s faithful!
12:45 PST: Israel- Arafat Arfaiah of Hevron, 29, has admitted to assaulting and murdering Ori Ansbacher, 19, from Tekoa. The suspect told interrogators that he left home on Thursday morning, Feb. 7, carrying a knife and made his way to Beit Jala south of Jerusalem. He said he then walked towards the Ein Yael Forest near the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem and, on his way, spotted his victim. The suspect who lives in the Abu Sneina district of Hebron, has already served time for being in Israel illegally and for possession of a knife, Channel 13 reported. The DNA evidence collected at the scene of the crime corresponded with the sample in the suspect’s dossier.
Israel is doing all it can to label the attack as political terrorism in spite of the fact that it was very probably a criminal act of rape murder by someone who is also accused of being associated with Hamas.
08:00 PST: The IDF, police and Shin Bet arrested a Palestinian from Hebron in a raid of El-Bireh near Ramallah Friday night. He is one of the suspects in a possible gang that murdered of Ori Ansbach Thursday. The arrest could also lead to suspects in the murder of an elderly Israeli couple Tamar and Yehuda Kadouri, in Jerusalem three weeks earlier.
The public mood in Israel is one of horrified outrage. Whether they are directly implicated or not, this is an extremely dangerous situation for Hamas and Gaza as no further provocations can be tolerated.
8 Feb 13:30 PST: Gaza- Live fire by Israeli forces wounds 18 Gaza protesters and kills two young teens.
Australia- Drought and heat wave followed by torrential rains brings massive heartbreaking agricultural losses to Australia.
11:30 PST: Israel- Israel Police are continuing to investigate the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, whose remains were found with multiple stab wounds in the Ein Yael area next to the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem Thursday night.
01:00 PST: Economics- US waivers for eight countries to import oil from Iran to expire in May and will not be renewed. This comes as President Trump effectively ends US and blocks international oil imports from Venezuela. The special type of Venezuelan oil is used to refine some 41% of vehicle fuel in the US.
Mideast Peace- US Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and other administration officials are headed to Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Other stops could be added to the trip which follows the Feb 14th Warsaw Conference. The tour will seek approval and a bankroll for the Trump peace plan and plans for major Palestinian economic development.
7 Feb 16:00 PST: Mideast War- Russia is announcing preparations by the Idlib terrorists for a major attack. This Russian announcement could be in preparation for the expected preemptive Syrian Russian operation against the Idlib extremists. Heavy shelling is now ongoing but a major ground operation might still take weeks to begin in earnest do to the need for better weather for close air support.
The US plans to request troop commitments from its allies for a Kurdish – Turkey buffer zone at next week’s Warsaw Conference. The US plans to begin pulling out of Syria in March and complete the process by the end of April. See our article Why US forces in the Middle East are Repositioning.
A possible Israeli attack on Gaza as soon as March, followed by a later escalation involving Hezbollah, Syria and Iran could be planned.
10:30 PST: Mideast War- The United States and Israel will hold the Juniper Falcon 19 exercise from Sunday to Thursday next week. The exercise will practice coordination of the two military forces during a war with Hezbollah, Syria and Iran. The exercise will involve the U.S. European Command and several Israeli units including the Air Defense systems and the Planning and Operations Directorate.
Israel Elections- Gantz begins building list of Knesset candidates.
06:00 PST: Mideast War- Heavy shelling of Idlib terrorists continues.
Afghanistan- All Afghan opposition parties except the government reach peace deal with the Taliban in Moscow conference. This means that peace will be the July 20th election issue. The US has already reached a peace deal with the Taliban which would likely be sealed if the present government loses the elections.
6 Feb 13:30 PST: Gaza- Israel shells Hamas observation post near Khan Younis after rocket hits open field in Eshchol region.
05:15 PST: Mideast War- Russian S-300 air defense system deployed in Syria to become active by March 1, Netanyahu to meet Putin on Feb 21.
Afghanistan- One half of US troops to be withdrawn by May 1
01:00 PST: US- Text of Trump’s State of the Union Speach.
Trump to meet Kim in Hanoi on Feb 27-28, vows to confront Iran.
5 Feb 13:20 PST: Syria- Fighting around Idlib escalates as operation to destroy terrorists approaches.
06:00: Papacy- After Venezuelan president Maduro wrote Roman Pope Francis requesting his mediation, the Pontiff agreed today to help mediate the escalating crisis in Venezuela.
The Catholic church is very influential in Venezuela and arbitration by Francis could end the crisis and elevate this Pontiff to a very high status as a man of peace and moral authority while swinging Latin America towards Europe. Watch this fascinating situation closely.
Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar Calls on Middle East to ‘Embrace’ Christians [Catholics] – ‘You are part of this nation. You are citizens, you are not a minority,’ Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb said at an event in Abu Dhabi with Pope Francis. (Agencies, Haaretz)
The Jews of Dubai accepted – As the Pope makes an historic visit to the UAE to promote moderate and tolerant Islam, the country has officially recognized the existence of its local Jewish community, which has hopes for a more established presence in the future. (Yedioth/Ynet)
Jews, evangelicals reach out to Sunni Gulf Arab leaders – (Israel Hayom)
The Roman church is trying to establish the Papacy as the ultimate moral authority of all major religions, regardless of individual tradition. The concept is that all religions are simply paths to the same God and the Papacy is the ultimate moral authority.
Very soon a man will be set up in the papacy doing miracles and most religions will look to him as an awesome moral authority and champion of peace. See our prophecy articles.
Economics- Donald Trump plans to nominate David Malpass, a fierce Trump administration critic of the World Bank over its lending to China, to lead the institution. Jim Yong Kim, announced in January that he is stepping down three years before his term was set to expire.
Mideast War- The Israeli army conducts military training around Gaza. The Israeli army conducted military training on Monday in various parts of the besieged Gaza Strip. (Maan)
The Heads of Hamas and Islamic Jihad Met Egyptian Officials for Gaza Talks, Islamic Jihad reportedly seeks to make clear that it will retaliate against Israeli moves in Gaza, while Hamas chief wants approval for a tour to visit Arab and Muslim countries. (Haaretz+)
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem arrived in Tehran today at the invitation of his opposite number Javad Zarif. The secretary of Iran’s National Security Council Ali Shamkhani warned Israel of “a tough and determined response” if it continues to attack targets in Syria. “If these actions continue, we will activate some calculated measures as a deterrent and as a firm and appropriate response to teach a lesson to the criminal and lying rulers of Israel,”
01:45 EST: Syria- While keeping pressure on the Kurds for a deal, ahead of the battle for Idlib Turkey deploys medical teams and field hospitals in the provinces of Gaziantep and Hatay on the border with Syrian Idlib.
4 Feb 15:20 PST: US- Despite his denial of being an establishment figure president Trump has appointed former oil company lobbyist and major establishment personality David Bernhardt, to be Secretary of the Interior in charge of 500 million acres and oil production on those federal lands.
03:00 PST- Papacy- The Roman Pontiff and the grand imam of Al-Azhar have signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races, in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths. Full English Text
Francis said “We resolutely declare that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of blood.” and welcomed “the opportunity to come here as a believer for peace … We are here to desire peace, we are here to promote peace, to be instruments of peace.”
“Violence, extremism or fanaticism could never be justified in the name of religion,” he said. He also called for religious freedom “not limited only to freedom of worship”, justice and for religions to “stand on the side of the poor”. Sheikh Tayeb, who addressed the Pontiff as “my dear brother”, said millions of Muslims had paid the price for the actions of “a handful of criminals” following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The Papacy is slowing establishing itself as an ultimate moral authority over all religions.
Australian heat wave broken by record rain and flooding.
Latin America-Europe- Several major EU countries declare support for Venezuela parliamentary speaker Guaido in his American backed attempt to unseat president Maduro.
Today Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and the Netherlands recognized Guaido. Spain is planning to spearhead compassionate aid for Venezuela to be funneled through Guaido effectively high jacking the American devised revolution and taking advantage of over a decade of US sanctions on Venezuela. A meeting of Latin American and EU states in Montevideo has been scheduled for Thursday.
Will Latin American countries drift back towards Spain and the rising New Federal Europe [and Brazil towards Portugal] and away from the US?
Gaza- Militia leaders hold talks with Egypt on calm with Israel.
Europe- Due to the Trump unraveling of the nuclear treaty France to acquire new super missiles.
Papacy- The Roman Pontiff reaches out to Islam “Faith in God unites and does not divide, it draws us closer despite differences, it distances us from hostilities and aversion.” Soon Islam and mainstream Rabbinic Judaism will recognize a miracle working Pontiff as a great moral authority and man of peace.
06:45 PST: Afghanistan- Direct talks between Afghan leaders and the Taliban are coming to Moscow on Feb 5 and 6.
Syria- The heavy Syrian shelling of terrorists in Idlib over the past week continues. Reports of terrorist preparations for a chemical attack continue. The British intelligence asset, the White Helmets, has prepared some Idlib hospitals for filming any chemical attack.
Israeli Election- Likud primaries take place Tuesday. Netanyahu is getting desperate and offering to annex the West Bank to appeal to his extremist base.
- The next Knesset will apply Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria’ – Likud Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein says that views on Israeli sovereignty are changing and the idea of a Palestinian state is looking more and more like a pipe dream. (Israel Hayom)
01:00 PST: Papacy- The Roman Pontiff arrives in the UAE today for a conference on Catholic relations with Islam.
Latin America- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed early parliamentary elections on Feb. 2, after a senior general defected to the opposition and the coup leaders launched street protest demonstrations. General Francisco Yanez of the air force’s high command became the first active Venezuelan general to recognize Guaido since he proclaimed himself president on Jan. 23. Venezuela‘s chief military attache to the United States also said he was defecting last week. The air force’s high command called the general a traitor and removed him from his position.
In a speech to supporters, Maduro said the powerful government-controlled Constituent Assembly would debate calling early elections for the National Assembly parliament, which is opposition-controlled. “You want elections? You want early elections? We are going to have parliamentary elections,” Maduro told a pro-government rally in Caracas.
North Africa- Romanian troops will replace Canadian forces leaving Mali July first.
Nuclear Weapons- The US has pulled out of the intermediate range nuclear treaty claiming that Russia is in violation. The real reason is so that the US can upgrade its own nuclear arsenal. The 2019 US military budget provides funds for developing its new intermediate-range land-based missile. Russia has responded by announcing its own new nuclear program.
The first of Trump’s new low yield nuclear weapons has begun rolling off the assembly line.
Gaza- Israel has warned Hamas that it will launch a military campaign unless the Gaza demonstrations end, irrespective of the upcoming April 9 election.
2 Feb: A Blessed Sabbath for All God’s Faithful!
1 Feb 15:30 PST USA- Trump to push his isolationist agenda very hard during his State of the Union Feb 5. He may not specifically mention NATO but the agenda is “bring all troops home.” and refocus on the Western Hemisphere.
13:15 PST: Gaza- Thirty-two Gazans wounded by Israeli fire today none killed.
06:30 PST: Syria- Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan says the situation in Idlib will be one of the central topics on the agenda of the upcoming Feb 14 Astana summit on Syria. A Syrian Russian operation to liberate Idlib from Al Qaeda is ready to go as soon as the winter weather begins to clear.
Latin America- Venezuela leaving US dollar for Euro.
02:20 PST: Economics- Trump China deal possible soon. Trump has been applying economic pressure but the Chinese ace has been North Korea. Watch for the DPRK deal to advance as a trade deal is agreed between China and the US.
This China trade and DPRK package is needed ahead of the looming Middle East war to prepare the US economy for Trump’s plans for the Middle East, Europe and NATO. A good deal with China and the defeat of Iran will enable Trump to advance his plans for Europe.
Mideast War- Since mid-2018, advanced Iranian-supplied guidance systems are being fitted onto 4,000 Hezbollah medium-range missiles, cutting down their margin of error to 5-10 meters. Now, they can pinpoint essential elements of Israel’s strategic infrastructure, such as military bases and airports, power stations, refineries, water desalination plants etc etc. The looming war is likely to be very destructive for all sides.
The Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA)- The US withdrawal from Syria has been delayed by ongoing US brokered negotiations between the Kurds and Turkey for a border buffer zone. US forces are remaining in Kurdistan to reassure the Kurds until a deal is made and MESA forces can be brought in as peacekeepers to police a 32 k wide demilitarized zone.
Part of the Jordan and Warsaw conference agendas will be to work on creating the MESA peacekeeping force.
The Syrian Russian offensive to destroy the Idlib terrorists is also on hold until the Turkey Kurdish deal is finalized and implemented.
Gaza- Gaza militia officials met with representatives of Hezbollah and Iran in Beirut on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Ayman al-Shashniya and other heads of the Palestinian Resistance Committees (PRC) took part in the summit on behalf of Hamas and other Gaza militias. The summit came after Ali Shamkhani, head of Iran’s National Security Council was placed in charge of the “Gaza Dossier.”
A strategy of an incremental buildup of pressure from the Gaza Strip in the coming weeks building to a climax towards mid-March, three weeks before polling day was adopted.
This is an Israeli intelligence assessment which warns that open warfare with Gaza is planned for mid March to disrupt the Israeli elections. This report and the conclusion of Israeli Intelligence could also be an Israeli attempt to set up justification for a preemptive attack on Gaza, meaning that a surprise attack by Israel could come between now and the elections.
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