“The relationship with India has never been as strong as it is today…”

A few days ago I received an email from Isi Leibler – a Jewish journalist who writes for the Jerusalem Post in Israel. To be honest I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read his letter – perhaps I shouldn’t have been so surprised.

Leibler, a Zionist, has been writing about many aspects of Israel including its relationship with global powers like the European Union, the Vatican and Putin’s Russia, which are all threatening to impose their sphere of influence on Israel in one way or another.

Unwittingly he has observed and written about many of the traits that we expect to characterise the latter day Israel, prior to the return of the Messiah.

In his Rosh Hashana email, Leibler touches on Israels strong relationship with the Biblical Tarshish, the improved relations with Sheba and Dedan, and the ongoing growth in wealth, from hi-tech and biotech success, through to the discovery of gas – all characteristics which could become an irresistible proposition for an impoverished Russia. (Ezekiel 38)

I quote from his Rosh Hashana letter – enjoy reading:

The relationship with India has never been as strong as it is today and we have developed solid economic links with China, Japan and other East Asian countries.

There have been remarkable diplomatic breakthroughs in Africa with the potential for major economic and political development, as well as a strengthening of relations in Latin America.

The most incredible change has been in our relationships with the moderate Sunni states. We are partnering with Egypt against Islamic fundamentalists in the Sinai Peninsula and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has effectively praised Israel and publicly condemned Muslim extremism. There is even covert cooperation with the Saudis and the Gulf states, which recognize Israel as a critical element in the confrontation with the Iranians seeking regional hegemony.

This has yet to be reflected in the foreign policies of these countries, which still tend to engage in ritual anti-Israeli condemnations. But one senses that in the not too distant future, the winds of change will also impact on their public postures.

Beyond diplomacy, in the midst of global economic chaos, Israel’s economy has been outstandingly successful. Our ongoing progress in high-tech and biotech and our global contribution to cyber defense and security represent our biggest exports.

Two recent developments are amazing. The first is the discovery of gas fields, albeit ineptly handled politically, but which nevertheless presents a fantastic opportunity for us in economic and politically strategic terms which will soon be realized. The second, which we take for granted, is the remarkable success of our desalination program which provides 80 percent of our water needs and far exceeds that of any other country. It also represents yet another major contribution by Israel to global welfare.

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Rosh-Hashana-5777-Gratitude-and-optimism-469256

 

This is what could cause Russia to invade Israel

As Russia aims its heavy weapons at Turkey causing the world to watch on in suspense, a scene is playing-out between the two belligerents, one in which the world has little control.

However, what many don’t realise, is that in another part of the world, seeds are being sown for the emergence of an even greater crisis.


It was during the remarkable events of the Six Day war in 1967, that Israel captured the Golan Heights.

After capturing the Golan, the idea was for the Israeli government to use it as bargaining chip for any post-war negotiation, or keep it as a buffer zone to reinforce territorial security against any future Syrian aggression.

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Israeli tanks roll into the Golan in 1967

Since then, continued Israeli occupation of the Golan is an arrangement which, in light of recent information, could be a latent catalyst for a Russian invasion.

Its possible that in the very act of seeking security through continued occupation, Israel may have unwittingly guaranteed a future confrontation with Russia.

Unprecedented oil deposits discovered on the Golan

In October, an Israeli energy company – Afek – was drilling around the Golan and discovered unprecedented amounts of oil.

Afek’s Chief Geologist – Dr. Yuval Bartov, said to Israel’s Channel 2 News;

“We are talking about a strata which is 350 meters thick… On average in the world strata are 20-30 meters thick. This is ten times as large as that, so we are talking about significant quantities.”

Just as Israel’s offshore Mediterranean gas discoveries created an entire energy industry, so the Golan oil find could transform Israel into a supplier.

However, while the gas is generally recognised to be within Israeli territory, the oil discovery on the Golan is not.

The disputed sovereignty over the Golan

Since 1967, the international community of nations have only recognised Syrian ownership of the Golan.

Upon publishing news of the Golan discovery, Russian state-owned media was quick to claim that “The region is internationally recognized Syrian territory”.

Until recently, the dispute over Golan sovereignty was largely just a war of words: where the United Nations would pass majority supported resolutions condemning Israel for its occupation, Israel would respond by ignoring any demands to relinquish the territory.

But everything changed in September 2015, when Russia moved into Syria.

Russia suddenly acquired a direct and vested interest in Syrian national and geographic integrity, including, the Golan Heights. From that moment on, an intriguing series of events unfolded.

Israel fails to secure US support

Almost a month after the oil discovery, Netanyahu had a meeting planned with Obama at the White-house.

As part of the meeting, Netanyahu tried to include the question of Golan occupation on the agenda, but it was rejected on the basis that the U.S. position, which objects to Israel annexing the Golan Heights, remains unchanged.

Russia condemns Israel and says the Golan belongs to Syria

A week after Netanyahu’s visit, the question of Golan occupation once again came to the fore when the United Nations voted on a resolution submitted by Syria for Israel to be removed from Golan occupation.

The motion was passed with a strong majority, but most notably, the Russian Federation supported the resolution condemning Israel for its occupation. 

The resolution claimed that Israel’s hold over the Golan Heights, was “a stumbling block in the way of achieving a just, comprehensive​,​ and lasting peace in the region.”

Syria has just asked Russia to develop its oil resources

A week after re-affirming the view of the international community regarding Israels occupation, the Syrian president – Bashar al-Assad – took the opportunity to ask Russia to help develop Syrian oil resources.

At this point, the focus on development is on sea based resources, however this could change if it becomes apparent that the Golan offers low cost extraction for high return.

UPDATE: Israel is “very concerned” about Russian activity near the Golan

It has since come to light that the Israeli government is significantly concerned about Russian military activity near the Golan as the motives of the military are unclear.

While the oil discovery rekindles the international debate on Golan sovereignty, Russia continues to support the convenient view that an Israeli occupation of the Golan is a threat to peace in the Middle East.

How far will Russia go to take a spoil under the guise of achieving “peace” in the Middle East?


And thou shalt think an evil thought…
Art thou come to take a spoil?
hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey?
to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods,
to take a great spoil”
– Ezek 38

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Egypt discovers a ‘Supergiant’ gas field.

As one brother aptly described it; “This is huge. It’s almost too perfect. It’s what we have been waiting for.”

What is it? If you havent already heard, Egypt has discovered what is likely to be the biggest gas field in the world.

Why is this significant? Because in Daniel 11, the King of the North invades Egypt to take her precious gold and silver.

Up till recently, Egypt didnt seem to have anything that would be of significant value to Russia, but now they do.

For almost two centuries the brotherhood have wondered what it is that Russia might want from Egypt.

We are a generation who are very blessed to be able to witness the awakening of Daniel 11 – the Invasion of the King of the North.

He (the King of the North: Russia) shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.

But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt

~Daniel 11

RT Reports:

Italian energy giant Eni has announced on its website that it has found a “supergiant” gas field at their Zohr Prospect in the deep waters of Egypt in the Mediterranean, claiming it “could become one of the world’s largest natural-gas finds.”

It added that this is “an important day” for the company, as well as for Italy and Egypt, as it could fuel Italy’s economic development and “will be able to ensure satisfying Egypt’s natural gas demand for decades.”

“It’s a very important day for Eni and its people. This historic discovery will be able to transform the energy scenario of Egypt,” Claudio Descalzi, chief executive of Eni, said in a statement.

The field is located about 80 miles (129 kilometers) off the Egyptian coast, 1,450 meters below the surface.

According to Eni’s press-release, the discovered gas field, which covers an area of around 100 square kilometers, could contain about “30 trillion cubic feet of lean gas”(849 billion cubic meters of gas or 5.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent).

Even more oil could be found at the field during the course of further exploration, potentially amounting up to 40 trillion cubic feet (1.1 trillion cubic meters), Claudio Descalzi told Financial Times.

“I think we can discover more,” he said.

In June, Eni struck a $ 2 billion deal with the Egyptian oil ministry allowing it to carry out exploration in Sinai, the Gulf of Suez, the Mediterranean and areas in the Nile Delta.

Claudio Descalzi stressed that “Egypt still has great potential” in the energy field.”

“Important synergies with the existing [Egyptian] infrastructures can be exploited, allowing us a fast production startup,” he added.

The Dow has plunged 530 points

CNN Money reports:

The Dow plummeted 531 points, concluding its worst week since 2011. Around the world, major indexes also fell for the week and most are negative for the month.

Three big factors are driving this week’s worries:

  1. Concerns are growing that China’s economy is slowing down faster than its government has said.
  2. Investors had been preparing for the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise its benchmark interest rate in September. However, the central bank has been sending mixed signals. That’s dredging out the market’s worst enemy: uncertainty.
  3. Oil prices dropped below the key $40 level for the first time since 2009.

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The “Doomsday clock” for global economy strikes one minute to midnight

The Telegraph Reports

When the banking crisis crippled global markets seven years ago, central bankers stepped in as lenders of last resort. Profligate private-sector loans were moved on to the public-sector balance sheet and vast money-printing gave the global economy room to heal.

Time is now rapidly running out. There are signs that things could get a whole lot worse.