Mr. Netanyahu goes to Moscow over concerns about Iran remaining in Syria after the war is over. Iran’s push across Syria building a corridor through which it can easily and quickly re-arm Hezbollah – if it should ever run out of missiles – continues.
President Donald Trump is showing more signs of being a warmonger. The firing of Steve Bannon last week is a huge clue about this. The other clue is what Trump did regarding Afghanistan as soon as Bannon was gone from the White House!
The Trump team is in Israel trying to “peace” the puzzle back together under threats, demands and conditions from the Palestinians. Is Trump’s timing off?
Find out the connection between Trump’s Middle East maneuvers and the recent Ukraine coal contract.
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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu flew to Sochi, Russia on Wednesday morning to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in an effort to obtain an agreement with the Russians on Iran’s continued presence in Syria.
Joining Netanyahu was Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen, a move sure to underscore with Putin the reason for the meeting. On Tuesday night, Netanyahu published a video in which he said, “Tomorrow I will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin… I will discuss with him about Iran’s accelerated attempt to establish a military presence in Syria.”
Netanyahu told Putin that Israel believes that after the civil war is over, Syria must be one unified country inhabited only by Syrian citizens. Israel believes any arrangement between Russia and the United States must ensure that anyone who is not Syrian leaves the country. The ultimate goal for Netanyahu is that there would be no de-escalation zones in southern Syria requiring Russian or any other troops presence to enforce the ceasefire.
Israel believes Iran will fill in the voids left by ISIS after its defeat in Syria. Netanyahu told Putin that Iran’s aggression has only increased since the nuclear deal under Obama and that Iran is a threat to all other Arab nations and the entire world.
Iran seeks installation of military forces and the establishment of an airbase and a naval base in Syria. Lebanon has become the new factory location for Iran’s weapons systems. North Korea has long played that role with Iran. The recent exposure of a weapons factory Iran is building for Hezbollah in Lebanon reportedly will be 165 feet below ground and fortified to defend against Israeli airstrikes. Logistically, it will be easier for Iran to produce its missiles in Lebanon than to import them from North Korea.
Iran’s recent threat to begin enriching uranium again only heightens the tensions. Tehran warned again this week that it is capable of resuming high-level uranium enrichment—up to 20 percent—within five days. This degree of enrichment can be used in a nuclear weapon. The threat to re-start its enrichment program came because the U.S. may impose new sanctions.
Iran’s threats attest to that country’s aggression and its position as the dominant power in the Middle East. The Bible prophesies that a Middle East power will rise at the end of days which will attack Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ethiopia and Libya in Daniel 11.
Iran, backed by Russia, and joined by Iraq, Syria and Lebanon comprise the 4+1 coalition. In Biblical terms, this coalition is the King of the North. The King of the South is the U.S. backed Saudi Arabia.
The earth is being divided along Edomite and Jacob-ite lines. East vs the West. North vs the South. It is the far-north-of-Jerusalem Persian Russians who have partnered with the Persian Iranians that we have to watch out for.
Israel also has concerns about Iran’s continued construction of the east-west corridor in Syria. The corridor would be a boost for re-supplying Hezbollah and other Shi’ite militia groups now in southern Syria.
Netanyahu wants to influence the final ceasefire agreement. The cease-fire was declared a few weeks ago, but its conditions have not been finalized. Israel wants Putin to ensure that Israel’s security interests are protected.
Not only is Netanyahu meeting with Putin this week, an Israeli delegation met with Washington last week on the same issue. The delegation was sent to the US to warn against the military deployments by Hezbollah, Iranian forces and the Syrian regime, and to give intelligence reports about exactly what is going on there.
The U.S. and Russia made this deal weeks ago without the guidance of the surrounding nations. Trump’s sloppy agreement has left Israel open to its enemies.
But there is a new problem. The U.S. no longer has the power to pressure the Russians, a situation that has arisen in the weeks since Trump and Putin made the deal. Since the cease-fire was declared in early July, relations between Russia and the United States have reached such a low point that Russia expelled U.S. diplomats. Israel’s meeting with U.S. officials, asking them to intervene with the Russians, was less than satisfactory.
The Israeli delegation that visited Washington last week to meet with US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Chief Negotiator Jason Greenblatt, and others, was reportedly discouraged by the position taken by the US on Syria.
American officials reportedly refrained from pledging to insist on the removal of all pro-Iranian militias from Syria in the ceasefire talks currently underway with Russia. Delegation members noted “a kind of embarrassment and lack of a clear position” among Trump administration officials regarding America’s commitments in Syria and the Middle East because of current diplomatic difficulties with Russia due to the recent sanctions.
The United States is not on a good enough footing with Russia to make demands about Israel’s borders because of recent sanctions imposed on Russia. At the same time, issues like the crisis with North Korea and internal problems at the White House have made it difficult for the U.S. administration to devote time and attention to the matters in Syria. The Israelis understand that an attempt must be made to bring the United States and Russia together, but that will entail getting President Trump to back down from the Russian sanctions.
Israel may not have been as satisfied as they hoped, but the U.S. agreed about the danger Iran poses if it remains in Syria. The Israeli and U.S. delegations began planning their own strategy to pressure Iran, Hezbollah and other Shiite militias to leave the Levant as the war in Syria ends. This strategy has not yet been made public, but inevitably must involve some kind of military action or threats of military action, or that possibly the U.S. might continue its presence in the Middle East.
One senior National Security Council official said the plan would involve making it “less pleasant for Iran to stay than to leave.”
The U.S. State Department addressed the threat that Hezbollah poses against the United States and its allies by demanding that they withdraw their forces and refrain from carrying on military operations in Syria in support of the Assad regime.
This is the first time that the United States has warned Israel’s enemy away from the Golan border. It will not be the last. The U.S. will have to now continue its role as guardian of Israel as the Book of Ezekiel says Gog will do in chapter 38:7. The need to guard Israel may become the biggest reason Gog – America and Europe along with their allies – go to occupy the land.
Israel’s main concern is that, in the end, the Russians and the Americans will come to unsustainable and unmanageable understandings on a cease-fire and will not formulate broader arrangements to delineate how Syria should look and function after the civil war is over. Such a situation could make it easier for Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq and the Shi’ite militias brought to Syria by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to establish a presence there.
Israel believes that after the civil war is over, Syria must be one unified country inhabited only by Syrian citizens. According to the official, Netanyahu will say that Israel believes any arrangement between Russia and the United States must ensure that anyone who is not Syrian leaves the country. In other words, Israel wants Russia’s assurance that Iran and its allies will not be allowed to operate in the Syrian theater.
Israel worries that Russian de-escalation zones will allow Iranian troops and Hezbollah forces to deploy in greater strength. Moscow argues its big-power clout deters Iran or Hezbollah from opening a new front with Israel.
The truth is more on Israel’s side since Moscow funds Iran, its people are ancient Persian like Iran’s and they are close allies. Putin will find it difficult to rein Iran back once that nation decides to move forward with an invasion of Israel.
A case in point was published last week. The chief of Israel’s air force said Israel had struck suspected Hezbollah arms shipments in Syria around 100 times during the Syrian civil war, apparently without Russian interference and rarely drawing retaliation.
The Israeli delegation shared “sensitive, credible and deeply troubling intelligence” showing the expanding deployment of pro-Iranian forces in Syria, which estimates put at 500 Iranian army soldiers, 5,000 Hezbollah terrorists and several thousand guerrillas from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.
ISRAEL’S FEAR IS NOT IMAGINATION
UPDATE: The massive corridor being built from Russia to China to Africa ultimately ends, and centers in, the Middle East. This ribbon of highways is setting up the region to be conquered by Iran and Iran’s push westward through Syria is a true threat because the attack by the King of the North on Israel and Jordan will be a trigger for global war.
The Russian – Iranian 4+1 coalition is the head and hub of the new Eastern New World Order. This is a Persian operation. Russians are known to be from ancient Persian stock after having dispersed from Persia during Alexander the Great’s victory. Move forward to the end of days and we see how the ancient Persian empire is rising from the ashes like the Phoenix it purports to be in its own end time prophecies (see the Simorgh rocket carrying satellite that was launched on 7/28/17).
Thousands of Iranian-backed fighters in Syria’s central desert region are advancing across Syria, bringing Tehran closer to its goal of securing a corridor from its border, through Iraq and all the way to the Mediterranean and providing it unhindered land access to its allies in Syria and Lebanon for the first time. The land-route will be the biggest prize yet for Iran in its involvement in Syria’s six-year-old civil war.
The network of highways will facilitate movement of Iranian-backed fighters between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon as well as the flow of weapons to Damascus and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Iran’s main proxy group. It also positions Iran to play an economic role in the rebuilding effort in both Iraq and Syria.
Earlier this year, Washington intervened by helping to broker a deal between the Iraqi government and Olive Green, an American private security company, to secure the highway linking Baghdad with the Jordanian border. That was seen by Iran’s allies as an attempt to impede the land link. This was a mistake also because Iraq is firmly in Iran’s pocket.
Thus, Iran is rising from the ancient ashes of defeat to modern dominant economic and military power in the Middle East. Trump’s only method of fighting Iran’s outreach will be a military conflict since he is already continuing the economic war begun by former White House officials, threats and sanctions that no longer matter.
The land route is by no means a fait accompli. Any road link will likely be a frequent target by Sunni insurgent groups, but Iran’s allies are making progress on both sides of the border, taking territory from the Islamic State group.
Al-Husseini warned that if the Americans try to act against the advances on the Syrian side, Iraqi militiamen will target U.S. troops in Iraq. Qais al-Khazaali, who heads the Iranian-backed Iraq militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq, warned that the Iraqi people “will not allow the return of American security companies.”
U.S.-backed Syrian fighters had aimed to move up from southeastern Syria to the north through IS-held territory along the Iraqi border, an assault that would have blocked pro-Iranian forces’ moves to link up. But in June, Assad’s forces succeeded in reaching the border first, cutting them off. Now the American allies are preparing to try from the other direction, moving south along the border from the northeastern province of Hassakeh, according to Syrian activists.
In addition to hundreds of members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard corps, thousands of pro-Iranian fighters are deployed in Syria and have played instrumental roles in shoring up Assad’s forces. Iranian leaders avoid publicly speaking about their aim to link to so-called “axis of resistance,” referring to Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and other anti-Israel forces. But its allies have no qualms about showing their ambition.
The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, said it is almost impossible to prevent Iran from achieving its goal, after it spent hundreds of millions of dollars and sent arms and fighters to help keep Assad in power.
“Iran’s influence in Syria is unstoppable even if Bashar Assad leaves power because Iran has deep links and presence in Syria,” Abdurrahman said. “Had it not been for Iran, the regime would have collapsed in 2013.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu told President Putin that Israel will defend itself if Iran’s push across the Middle East is not stopped. The problem with this threat is that Russia is putting on a façade of friendship toward Israel, whereas Russia’s alliance with Iran is real, as real as any blood relationship can be. Russia will take Iran’s side and could possibly position its own military on Golan’s border with Israel to prevent Israel from being able to retaliate against any attack.
IRAN WELL ON ITS WAY TO BECOMING THE KING OF THE NORTH
Iran is already well on its way to controlling Iraq and Yemen, and to a large extent, is already in practice in control of Lebanon. President Trump should pay attention to this problem since Yemen will be the deciding factor in the coming King of the North’s invasion.
Yemen sits completely across two thirds of Saudi Arabia’s southern border where it is directly south of Mecca and Medina, the two holy sites that the King of the North will seek control over in his Shi’ite conquest against Sunni Saudi Arabia. A few weeks ago, Yemen rehearsed a missile invasion of Saudi Arabia. As the Persian 4+1 coalition advances southward through Jordan into Saudi Arabia, the Houthis in Yemen, who are particularly well armed by Iran, will fire missiles and possibly send ground troops into Saudi Arabia.
This will squeeze the Sunnis between the Shi’ites and will, this time, finally end in victory for the Shi’ites over the 1400-year-long war regarding Mohammed’s succession.
Iran is not only a threat to Israel, but also to the United States through its axis allies Russia, China and North Korea.
STEVE BANNON’S FIRING A WAR SIGNAL?
Bannon was fired last Friday, but his ouster had been in the works for two weeks and a source said that while Bannon was given the option to resign, he was ultimately forced out.
The President was angered by Bannon after contradicting Trump’s North Korea policy in an interview with the American Prospect where he also asserted that he was in charge of personnel changes at the State Department.
Steve Bannon’s agenda included less war and more diplomacy. Trump’s anger that someone in his administration would dare to speak against his bluster may be a clue about where Trump may be dragging the United States.
Bannon agendas included two important items: China and Afghanistan. Regarding China, he was focused on pushing a hardline trade agenda with harsh trade policies to aggressively target Chinese foreign trade abuses to work toward rebalancing the trading relationship between the US and China.
On Afghanistan, Bannon led the charge against proposals by national security officials to deepen US military involvement in Afghanistan, engaging in arguments with National Security Council, McMaster. Bannon was working behind the scenes to water down McMaster’s proposals for troop increases and a longer-term US military commitment.
The President is meeting Friday with members of his national security team at Camp David to consider options for the future of the US war in Afghanistan as he nears a decision, but Bannon will not be there to talk sense into the warmongers.
Bannon’s ouster is likely another clue about the direction of President Trump who, like the ancient Persian King Cyrus, preferred war over diplomacy. These kind of deal makers make offers diplomatically first, then come behind the diplomacy offer with a big stick.
Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, writing for ZeroHedge, said, “…The firing of Steve Bannon represents the most significant event to occur during the Trump administration thus far.
Irrespective of what you think of Bannon, him being out means Wall Street and the military-industrial complex is now 100% in control of the Trump administration. Prepare for an escalation of imperial war around the world and an expansion of brutal oligarchy.
The removal of Bannon is the end of even a facade of populism. This is now the Goldman Sachs Presidency with a thin-skinned, unthinking authoritarian as a figurehead. Meanwhile, guess who’s still there in addition to the Goldman executives? Weed obsessed, civil asset forfeiture supporting Jefferson Sessions. The Trump administration just became ten times more dangerous than it was before. With the coup successful, Trump no longer needs to be impeached.
Here’s another prediction. Watch the corporate media start to lay off Trump a bit more going forward. Rather than hysterically demonize him for every little thing, corporate media will increasingly give him more of the benefit of the doubt. After all, a Presidency run by Goldman Sachs and generals is exactly what they like. Trump finally came out of the closet as the anti-populist oligarch he is, and the results won’t be pretty.”
Mike Krieger is probably correct. It appears that Donald Trump is placing his chess pieces around the board in opposition to the East – Russia, Iran, China and North Korea. War escalation can only result in disaster.
TRUMP’S AFGHANISTAN SURPRISE
Trump’s announcement this week about his plans for Afghanistan should leave no one in doubt that he plans to continue the feeding of his predecessors’ war machine.
In a speech announcing that he was going ahead with the Pentagon’s preferred plan forward on the 16-year-old war, Trump declined to discuss troop numbers, arguing he didn’t want to telegraph his plans to the enemy. Trump appears poised to send about 4,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Trump, nor Defense Secretary James Mattis and Vice President Pence, decline to discuss specific numbers, saying there’s still more work to be done before an exact figure is set.
If the Trump administration deploys the additional troops to Afghanistan without an announcement, it will follow a pattern. Shortly after he took office, the administration quietly sent about 400 more troops to Syria and about 300 more to Iraq. One expert called this maneuver a “trickle here and a trickle there” approach. Neither deployment was officially announced, a stark contrast with the Obama administration.
Just minutes after President Donald Trump concluded his Afghanistan policy speech Monday night, Bannon’s Breitbart news website took an aggressive, critical approach to the address and Trump’s new policy. A banner headline blasted the president’s decision to extend the U.S. military commitment in Afghanistan as a “flip-flop” that “reverses course.”
Now you know why Trump and everyone else in the Trump administration wanted Steve Bannon gone! It is difficult to continue on a path when someone is trying to drag you off of it kicking and screaming.
One of Bannon’s comments had to do with who Trump is hanging out with now that the administration is free of calmer, non-warmongering voices. He noted that Obama’s favorite Republican to dine with burst out of the blocks praising President Trump.
Reasoning voices have turned to threatening voices just since Trump’s new Afghanistan policy was announced. Mike Pence put Pakistan on notice.
He also mirrored Trump’s tough language on Pakistan — which has been accused of shielding insurgent fighters — and said that the U.S. is “putting them on notice. They need to step up as a partner.”
He added that the Pentagon this year has already proposed adding 4,000 additional troops in Afghanistan as part of a larger strategy to root out terrorists that have gained a foothold since the war began 16 years ago. But Pence wouldn’t confirm if that number of additional troops is what could be dispatched overseas.
Trump made clear that other countries in the region, including India and Pakistan, must stand with the U.S., and accused Pakistan of “housing the very terrorists that we are fighting.” Pakistani military officials have denied that claim.
The problem with putting everyone on notice is notice who they are putting on notice. They are putting all the latest Russian and Chinese allies on notice. I’ve reported how Russia and China have been working hard to divvy up the globe, but now Trump is reacting to it by acknowledging the new war lines being drawn and blustering about it.
The reality behind the Afghanistan development is that Trump just escalated the United States war with Russia. Sanctions two weeks ago – economic war – and increased presence in another proxy battle ground, Afghanistan, are shaping up to become sparklers that could ignite a direct war between the US and Russia.
THE PEACE PUZZLE
President Donald Trump continues to raise the specter of peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. Jared Kushner arrived in Israel this week for the purpose of trying to renew the all but defunct Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Kushner may find it difficult to engage the Netanyahu administration in peace talks so long as his attention is on Israel’s enemies camped on their doorstep. Kushner recently admitted there are challenges in identifying an end game and wondered what — new or unique — he and the administration were bringing to the problem.
Other critical factors that will affect this peace effort are the recent terror and violence at Temple Mount, Netanyahu’s personal scandals and the new Palestinian demands.
The Palestinians are already making demands of Israel and Trump White House. The Palestinians will present Jared Kushner with the ultimatum that unless progress is made within 45 days of launching talks, the Palestinians will consider themselves no longer committed to the process and will turn to their alternative plan to push for unilateral United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state.
The other demand regards Trump’s two-state policy. Donald Trump’s team must commit to a two-state solution and oppose Israeli settlement construction before the US president’s peace push can move forward.
Abbas is demanding that Trump publicly declare the two-state solution as the only solution and that he insist Israel “stop creating facts on the ground” through construction in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. A senior Palestinian source told Shlomi Eldar, a senior Palestinian affairs reporter writing for Al-Monitor, that Abbas, 82, is running out of the time and cannot waste it on “games.”
Last February, Trump has said he would accept any solution that would resolve the conflict. He stated that he would be happy with either a one-state or two-state solution if the parties were happy.
At that time, Trump was also promising to move the U.S. Embassy to West Jerusalem.
It was my contention that it would be nearly impossible for Trump to do that without also putting an Embassy in East Jerusalem to acknowledge the Palestinian State. I also believed, though I did not predict, that Trump would not move the Embassy to West Jerusalem. He has not yet moved the Embassy.
However, an Embassy move to both sides of the Jerusalem divide may be a trick Trump is still holding in his cards.
Abbas expressed frustration with the US on Sunday, saying he has met with the American representatives 20 times since Trump took office in January but still had no clear vision of what type of peace plan they had in mind. The Palestinian official who spoke with Al-Monitor said that although the PA’s belligerent course of action could result in serious damage to its relationship with Washington, these were not empty threats and the ultimatum to the US had been carefully considered.
Russia is weighing in on the peace solution. After the UN Security Council passed its Resolution 2334 on 23 December 2016, Russia issued a statement that endorsed direct talks between the Palestinians and Israelis without any preconditions.
The main burden of Netanyahu’s conversations with Putin this week were undoubtedly about the dangers of allowing Iran to obtain a permanent foothold in a post-conflict Syria. But he might have touched upon the possibility of Russia out-trumping Trump on the Jerusalem embassy issue. The postponement of the US Embassy move provides Putin with a political window of opportunity that will not remain open for very long.
At present, not a single foreign embassy is located in Jerusalem. This is because in international eyes the exact status of Jerusalem remains undetermined since 1947 when the original two-state UN plan envisaged Jerusalem as a separate and special international city to be administered by the United Nations.
The UN, as a whole, like the European Union (EU), still clings to this concept. But incongruously, both the UN and the EU also assert their support for the objective of “a viable state of Palestine in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.” Now, Jerusalem is either an international entity or part of it is Palestinian. It cannot be both.
The UN Security Council in its latest pronouncement on the subject at least appears consistent. Urging countries and organizations to distinguish “between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967”, its Resolution 2334, makes no mention of an internationalized Jerusalem, but refers three times to “Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem.”
Resolution 2334 was passed by 14 of the 15 members of the Security Council, with only the US abstaining. Of the 15, only one nation has recognized the logical implications of what they voted for – namely that if East Jerusalem is Palestinian territory, then West Jerusalem must be an integral part of sovereign Israel.
On 6 April 2017 Russia issued a quite astonishing statement. While reaffirming its support for the two-state solution and that East Jerusalem should be the capital of a future Palestinian state, Moscow declared: “At the same time, we must state that in this context we view West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
This declaration, ground-breaking in itself, carries a corollary. Countries normally site their embassies in the capital city of the country with which they have established diplomatic relations. Is Putin politically in a position to take the statement to its logical conclusion?
Putin has fostered good relations with PA President Mahmoud Abbas, but they are as nothing compared with Russo-Israeli relations, which are flourishing. There is Gazprom’s multi-million 20-year contract signed in 2016 to market Israeli liquefied natural gas from the vast Tamar field. Moreover Putin is courting Israel to grant Gazprom a share in the even vaster Leviathan field.
Collaboration is also being developed in a whole variety of other areas including free trade, nuclear and other hi-technology, space cooperation and agriculture. Moving the Russian embassy to West Jerusalem could do nothing but enhance this burgeoning relationship.
Were Putin to make this move in the US-Russian chess game being played for influence in the Middle East, there is no question of a checkmate, but he could certainly call “Check”. It would prove Russia’s consistency on Jerusalem, and provide it with a notable advantage.
FACTOR: THE SPOIL OF EZEKIEL 38
Putin’s Israel gas deals is a wheel with many spokes, one of which have to do with interfering in the West’s drive for control of fossil fuels. Ezekiel 38 prophesies that Gog, Europe led by the United States, will take a spoil from Israel. That spoil is likely to be the two huge gas fields in Israel’s territory plus the newly discovered oil field in the Golan Heights.
It is probable that the spoil will be part of the many factors leading to war between Gog and the King of the North when their battle breaks forth onto Israeli soil. While the spoil may be one of many factors, the truth is that the war in the Middle East was created for two reasons: A prior Sunni Muslim White House usurper who wanted to be the conqueror of the Shi’ites to settle the 1400-year-old Islamic squabble over Mohammed’s succession and the West’s desire to control all the fossil fuels on the earth starting with the Middle East.
Barack Obama stopped production of oil from within U.S. territories – namely the huge Prudhoe gas field that would feed the Keystone pipeline. His desire was to control Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas through diplomacy – after all, the Saudis and Obama are both Sunnis – and the rest of the Middle East through conflict.
President Trump is turning over the Syrian distribution hub to Russia. What will Trump do if the Russians allow Israel’s enemies to attack with the possibility that the West will lose its last fossil fuel connection?
It may be that Trump will be forced into occupying Israel to be Israel’s guard as is indicated in Ezekiel 38:7.
President Trump approved the continued construction of the Keystone pipeline in January 2017, but the construction is stalled in Nebraska over environmental issues. Energy Transfer Partners, the builders of the Keystone pipeline, is being represented by Kasowitz, Benson & Torres LLP, a law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s longtime attorney who was sidelined recently in the Russia investigations. Trump’s lawyers began a lawsuit of Greenpeace in June 2017, but who knows how long the construction will be tied up in court?
President Trump is trying to handle the logistics of getting energy to Europe through Ukraine after Obama left that mess behind him. Ukrainian state-run energy company Centrenergo said on July 31, 2017, it had struck a deal with U.S. trader Xcoal to import 700,000 tonnes of thermal coal this year. This is the first time Ukraine has imported coal from the United States.
Ukraine was once a major producer of anthracite, used in power generation, but it has faced a shortage in recent winters as it lost control of key coal mines after the outbreak of a pro-Russian separatist conflict in industrial eastern regions in 2014 incited by the Obama regime to undermine Russia’s economy.
The contract is a result of an agreement between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and President Donald Trump, who has promised a “golden era” of U.S. energy business by boosting exports.
Ukraine’s pro-Western authorities are anxious to retain U.S. support in its continuing standoff with Russia following the ouster of a Kremlin-backed president in 2014.
This effort to supply Europe with fossil fuels for those long winters may not be enough, especially with the Keystone pipeline still in limbo. It may well be that Israel will be the last place that Europe will find a lasting supply of fossil fuels to keep it going and it may fall on Gog’s – the United States’ – shoulders to get that supply for the Europeans.
Since Russia is now heavily invested in Israel’s gas fields, Israeli soil may become another Ukraine with fighting happening between Russia and the United States. There will be a difference this time. This fight between the two nations will be direct. This war – the King of the North against Gog – will be a direct conflict without the use of proxies. It will start in Israel, in the Middle East, and end in the West.
Israel is caught in the middle between the U.S. and Russia. Trump is making terrible mistakes and even worse deals. His timing is off. Being the deal-maker that he claims to be, he should know better than to send an inexperienced negotiator to make a deal in the midst of a nation suffering under the weight of the specter of war both outside and inside its borders.
The Steve Bannon – Afghanistan clue should give us all a heads up about Trump’s intentions to take the Russian and Iranian conflicts to a global level. Russia and the U.S. have been fighting proxy wars since the Korean war broke out right after WW2. Both countries have been making allies who then become proxies to fight each other, but sooner or later there won’t be any proxies left to recruit. There will only be direct conflict drawn along lines already being formed between the new Eastern New World Order and the older Western New World Order.
These lines are being drawn along the break in the 1400-year-old Islamic conflict which brings right back to the Middle East from where the Bible’s prophecies are centered. Jerusalem is the center of God’s Kingdom on earth so it is fitting that the wars being drawn are centered on what happens to Jerusalem.
Now is the time for all of YHVH’s people to take a stand with Jerusalem by returning there for the pilgrimage Feasts. The coming wars include all of us – no, particularly us – who are from the House of Israel and who have a stake in the outcome of the conflict.
We can stand with Jerusalem best by being present at the times prescribed by YHVH so that the Jews will see us coming home, and the rest of the world will also take notice. In other words, it may be our job to draw fire for the coming Great Tribulation.
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