Don’t Miss Your Visitation

Watch Amir’s recent teaching from his ministry tour in the Philippines. Just as Jerusalem didn’t know the time of its visitation because they didn’t believe the prophets, can many people in the world today miss their visitation in heaven because they do not believe the words of the prophets?

 

 

 

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Israel and Egypt sign historic $15 billion natural gas deal

Following ongoing negotiations, Israel’s Noble Energy and Delek Drilling sign decade-long, $15 billion gas exports deal; Netanyahu: This will put billions into the state treasury to benefit the education, health and social welfare of Israel’s citizens.

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Israel and Egypt on Monday signed a historic natural gas deal worth $15 billion.

Israel will supply Egypt with natural gas from its Tamar and Leviathan gas fields, the deal set for a decade. The deal was signed between Delek Drilling and Noble Energy with Egypt’s Dolphin Energy. Both companies will provide Egypt with 7 billion cubic meters of gas annually, the deal set at 64 billion cubic meters of gas in total.

Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed the historic deal that will not only improve Israeli-Egyptian relations, but significantly boost Israel’s economy as Israel becomes a major natural gas exporter globally.

He stated Monday afternoon, “I welcome the historic agreement that was announced on the export of Israeli gas to Egypt. This will put billions into the state treasury to benefit the education, health and social welfare of Israel’s citizens. Many people did not believe in the gas outline. We led it knowing that it would strengthen our security, economy and regional relations, but – above all – that it would strengthen Israel’s citizens. This is a joyous day.”

Israel’s gas consortium signed a historic agreement to provide Jordan with over $10 billion in natural gas in 2016, its first major energy export deal. The agreement will provide Jordan with 1.6 trillion cubic feet of gas, the deal set for 15 years and will include gas deliveries from Israel’s Leviathan gas field as early as 2019.

A previous deal was made with Jordan in 2014 with Noble Energy for gas exports from Israel’s Tamar gas field.

In mid-2017, Greece, Cyprus and Israel announced they would accelerate the development of the East Med pipeline for export of Israel’s gas fields to Europe. The creation of the gas pipeline will not only benefit Israel’s economy and diplomatic and trade relations with European states, but also spearhead Israel’s entrance into becoming the world’s largest natural gas exporter.

 

 

 

Photo: Gas field, Wikimedia Commons, 2018

IDF confirms successful testing of Arrow 3 defense system

Launch carried out Monday morning a success; IAI VP: The missile’s performance met all expectations. We are happy with the results; Launch tests in Alaska scheduled for this year.

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Israel confirmed it successfully tested the Arrow 3 defense system on Monday morning.

The test was carried out by the IDF, Israel Air Force and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in conjunction with Israel’s Ministry of Defense. The defense system previously did not complete two scheduled launches.

Executive Vice President of IAI, Boaz Levy, confirmed the success of the test launch this morning at 2:30 am. He stated “The test carried out… was extremely complex… The missile fully completed its flight path, and had the target been a real one, it would have hit it. In the course of the test the interceptor simulated a full operational scenario. The missile’s performance met all expectations. We are happy with the results.”

The Arrow 3 missile defense system can intercept rockets beyond earth’s atmosphere with high altitude capabilities and can intercept more than five ballistic missiles within 30 seconds after its launch. It can reach altitudes as far as over 62 miles.

It is one of Israel’s three-tier missile defense systems that include the Iron Dome and David’s Sling.

The Iron Dome system protects against short to medium-range rockets and David’s Sling, also known as the “Magic Wand”, is a missile interceptive system used for mid-range rockets. David’s Sling can intercept rockets and aircraft, including drones, with a range of up to 125 miles.

The Arrow 3 has been in development by both the Israel Aerospace Industries and the US Missile Defense Agency. Both Israel’s Defense Ministry and the US Missile Defense Agency delivered the first shipment of advanced rockets to the Israel Defense Forces in January of 2017.

The United States and Israel continue coordinated development and testing of the Arrow 3 for over 17 years. The Arrow project began as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars) in 1988 under the Reagan Administration. The Arrow 3 allows for defense from threats further from Israel’s borders, like Iran.

The defense system will be tested further in Alaska at some point later this year.

 

 

 

Photo: Arrow 3 launch, 2017, Wikimedia Commons, 2018.

Israel Air Force carried out strikes on underground infrastructure in Gaza Strip

IDF retaliates to rocket fire on Israel Sunday night; Strikes targeted “underground infrastructure”: IDF: Hamas is responsible for everything happening in the Gaza Strip, above and below ground.

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The Israel Air Force (IAF) carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip overnight in response to a rocket fired into Israel on Sunday night. The rocket landed in an open field with no reported injuries or damages.

The strikes targeted an underground infrastructure in the Strip, the IDF confirming this morning “A short while ago, in response to the rocket that was launched at Israel earlier today, IAF fighter jets targeted underground infrastructure in the southern Gaza Strip.”

It warned Hamas and reiterated that the terror group will be held responsible for all aggression against the State of Israel, stating “The IDF will continue to act in order to ensure the security of Israel civilians. Hamas is responsible for everything happening in the Gaza Strip, above and below ground.”

The IDF carried out airstrikes over the weekend, confirming it struck a total of 18 targets, including Hamas weapons manufacturing infrastructure. The strikes were in response to an explosive device that injured four IDF soldiers on the Gaza border Saturday during riots and protests by Gazans over the humanitarian crisis in the Strip.

The IDF retaliated to the incident, carrying out airstrikes on Hamas targets, as well as hitting two observation points with tank fire.

Israel and Egypt continue to destroy Hamas and other terrorist groups’ tunnel networks in Gaza and on its borders. Mid-January, the IAF confirmed it destroyed a terror tunnel that entered under the Kerem Shalom border crossing. The tunnel ran close to 1.5 kilometers and entered 180 meters into Israeli territory. It also entered Egypt near the Rafah border crossing.

This month, media reports surfaced of an Egyptian-Israeli “secret alliance”, mainly against the Islamic State, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Sinai region. Several reports cited British and American officials confirming cooperation, as well as reports of advanced Arab cooperation with Israel in the fight against common regional threats like Iran, Hezbollah and ISIS.

 

Photo: IDF F-16’s , Wikimedia Commons, 2018. 

Netanyahu address to Munich Security Conference centered on Iran

Netanyahu was the first Israeli PM to address Munich conference, brings part of Iranian drone Israel destroyed last week; Netanyahu to Iranian FM: You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran: Do not test Israel’s resolve.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the Munich Security Conference on Sunday, centering his speech on Iran, the nuclear deal and the threat it poses to Israel and the globe.

The prime minister spoke of the “striking similarities” between the Nazis and Iran, stating “Iran openly declares its intention to annihilate the State of Israel with its 6 million Jews,” and that “Iran seeks to dominate our region, the Middle East, and seeks to dominate the world through aggression and terror. It’s developing ballistic missiles to reach deep into Europe and the United States as well.”

Referring to Iran as the “greatest threat to the world”, Netanyahu spoke of the nuclear deal and Iran’s efforts and deception in working towards obtaining nuclear weapons. He warned that “once armed with nuclear weapons, Iran’s aggression will be unchecked and it will encompass the entire world. Look at what they are doing now before they have nuclear weapons. Imagine what they will do later, if God forbid, they’ll have them.”

The prime minister then shifted to Iran’s efforts in the region through its proxies alongside its nuclear program. He stated “The nuclear agreement with Iran has begun the countdown to an Iranian nuclear arsenal in a little more than a decade. And the sanction relief that the deal provided has not moderated Iran, has not made them more moderate internally and its not made them more moderate externally. In fact, its unleashed a dangerous, Iranian tiger in the region and beyond. Through its proxies Shiite militia in Iraq, the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza- Iran is devouring huge swathes of the Middle East.”

Netanyahu, however, pointed out “one positive consequence of Iran’s actions” that has “brought Arabs and Israelis closer together as never before. And in a paradoxical way, this may pave the way for broader peace, and ultimately for an Israeli-Palestinian peace. This could happen, but it will not happen if Iran’s aggression continues to grow.”

On Iran’s growing presence in Syria, Netanyahu stated “Nowhere are Iran’s belligerent ambitions clearer than in Syria. There Iran hopes to complete a continuous empire, linking Tehran to Tartus, the Caspian to the Mediterranean.” He reiterated and warned “I made clear in word and deed that Israel has red lines it will enforce. Israel will continue to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria. Israel will continue to act to prevent Iran from establishing another terror base from which to threaten Israel. Iran continues to try to cross those red lines.”

He assured that “Israel will not allow Iran’s regime to put a noose of terror around our neck. We will act without hesitation to defend ourselves.”

Netanyahu then spoke of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who is to address the conference later on Sunday, referring to him as the “smooth-talking mouthpiece of Iran’s regime.” He spoke of the Iranian drone that entered Israel last week. Holding up a piece of the drone, he stated “Iran denies that it committed an act of aggression against Israel last week. That it sent a drone into our airspace to threaten our people. Well, here’s a piece of that Iranian drone, or what’s left of it after we shot it down. I brought it here so you can see it for yourself. Mr Zarif, do you recognize this? You should- its yours.”

He then told Zarif, “You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran: Do not test Israel’s resolve.”

The prime minister then spoke of the bravery of the Iranian people who are fighting the regime, clarifying that Israel has “no quarrel with the people of Iran, only with the regime that torments them.”

He ended his speech stating “The great peace between the ancient Jewish people and the ancient Persian people will flourish again. When that happens, the people of Iran will be free, and the people in the region and throughout the world will breathe a sigh of relief. But today, we must speak clearly, we must act boldly- we can stop this dangerous regime. We can roll back its aggression and by doing so, create a more peaceful, a more prosperous and a more secure world for our region and for our future.”

Netanyahu again made history as the first Israeli prime minister to address the conference.

 

 

Photo: Netanyahu at Munich conference with part of Iranian drone, Screenshot, 2018

IDF airstrikes hit 18 terror targets in Gaza Strip

Following IED explosion which injured four soldiers and rocket fire from Gaza, IDF retaliates; Military compounds, terror tunnel and terror targets struck in IAF attacks in the Gaza Strip; IDF: The IDF will continue to hold Hamas accountable for all aggression emanating from the Gaza Strip.

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The IDF carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip overnight into Sunday morning, hitting a total of 18 terror targets.

The IDF confirmed its strikes, stating on Sunday morning “In response to the IED (improvised explosion device) that wounded 4 IDF soldiers near the south of the Gaza Strip, IAF fighter jets struck 8 more Hamas military targets near Deir al-Balah, including weapons manufacturing infrastructure. In total, 18 Hamas military objectives were targeted.”

On Saturday, an explosive device was detonated near IDF troops who were adjacent to the border fence in southern Gaza. Gazans took to the border to demonstrate amidst the harsh humanitarian crisis on the border when the explosive went off, injuring four soldiers. The explosive was hid in a flag, as the protestors knew Israel would remove it to avoid riots and crisis. Two of the soldiers are in moderate to severe condition.

The IDF retaliated to the explosion, carrying out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Hamas targets, as well as hitting two observation points with tank fire.

The IDF reiterated that Hamas, the ruling body of the Gaza Strip, as responsible for the attack. It stated Sunday “Hamas is responsible for the improvised explosive device (IED) that wounded the soldiers. Hamas regularly organizes riots and so-called “demonstrations” along the security fence with Israel. The IED that wounded the four soldiers was placed during the February 16 riot and was attached to a flag. The IDF will continue to hold Hamas accountable for all aggression emanating from the Gaza Strip.”

Following the incident, rockets were fired at Israel from the Strip, the IDF retaliating with strikes on Hamas targets. On Saturday night, the Israel Air Force carried out six strikes on Hamas and terror targets in the Strip, the IDF confirming it destroyed yet another terror tunnel in the Zaytun area and military compounds near Deir El Balah & Khan Yunis.

On Sunday morning, Hamas claimed it targeted Israel Air Force jets using anti-aircraft missiles. It stated in response to the IDF’s missions “The Zionist occupation’s aggression on our people is being carried out with an American cover. This came in the frame of confronting the ongoing Zionist aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip.”

The IDF refused to address the reports.

Amir gave a video update Sunday morning on these events and more. You can find the update below.

 

 

Photo: Hamas military compounds hit in strikes, IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, 2018