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Daily Middle East News and Opinion from the Heart of Israel
Why is the Middle East, and especially Israel, always in the news? Why is the Western World, and particularly the United Nations, generally hostile to Israel? The maps show tiny Israel surrounded by Arab-Muslim countries, many of whom are also hostile towards Israel. What’s their agenda and how is Israel responding to their agenda?
Here are eight leading news sites (of various political persuasions) to help you understand what’s going on in the Middle East today.
Kehila News Israel is more than just a news site. Their mission is to change the way the world views Israel, and to change the way Israel views Yeshua! They aim to counter media bias and present the truth! Kehila News brings you the news through the eyes of Messianic Jewish believers: How is biblical prophecy being fulfilled? Where are we in the prophetic timeline? This site also provides a window into the Messianic community in Israel.
The last news of this age:
Christ returns to the Mount of Olives
Breaking Israel News offers a fresh and Biblical perspective on the latest news from Israel and the Middle East. Its bias is not liberal nor conservative – just Biblical.
Covering: Jerusalem, Israeli defense (IDF), Zionism, aliyah, the West Bank, technology, health … Also: Middle East terror watch and informed comment.
The Jerusalem Post, founded in 1932, is the leading Israeli English newspaper, and JPost.com is the No.1 English-language website covering Israel and the Jewish World.
Coverage: Israeli politics, elections, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israeli technology, aliyah, culture, health, and informed opinion. This site also offers rare and extensive coverage of international Christian news.
Israel National News is packed full of Middle East and international news.
Articles covering events inside Israel, Israel’s defense, aliyah, technology, health and the Jewish world. Also wider topics, including the Middle East, the global agenda, and news from America.
The Jewish Press offers ‘news of the Jews, Israel and the World’. Wide-ranging news and comment on Israel, Egypt, Syria, the ‘Palestinian problem’, and the Middle East in general. Also news from wider afield, covering the US and global issues.
In-depth analysis and editorial. Also in-depth look at the Knesset and Judaism. Plenty of material for those who like a good read!
JerusalemONLINE gives daily TV news on Israel, the Middle East and the rest of the world. Watch for free Israel TV News, unbiased and to-the-point. This is Israel’s main newscast in English updated daily at 10 PM Jerusalem time, 3 PM New York time, 8 PM London time.
Enjoy many other great videos in the fields of culture video, history videos, tourism, finance, real-estate, lifestyle and more …
BBC news from the Middle East and the world. Special Middle East reports e.g. the Islamic State Crisis, and oil reserves in East Mediterranean.
Also, useful ‘country profiles’ spanning most Middle East countries, including Israel. Note: the BBC has sometimes been accused of bias against Israel.
CNN.com-middle-east is among the world’s leaders in online news and information delivery. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, CNN employs a global team of almost 4,000 news professionals and the latest multimedia technologies. Middle East news is delivered by extensive use of short videos. Note: CNN has sometimes been accused of bias against Israel.
World News & the Bible
Those who follow world news may observe that much of it is already in Bible prophecy! So here we take major news items, especially Middle East news, and see what the Bible has to say about them.
UK EU REFERENDUM 2016: In the Spring of 2016 the British Prime Minister David Cameron fought a ‘battle for Britain’ with the EU. Cameron sought a “new settlement” for Britain in the EU in terms of controlling welfare payments to EU immigrants, restrictions on EU nationals getting in-work benefits in the UK, and changing treaties to alter the basic EU principle of “ever closer union”. This principle is written into the EU Treaties with the objective of creating a single state. Where is that state heading? Don’t believe the politicians – according to Bible prophecy there is something dark being formed! Also, the fact that negotiations were long and protracted highlights a fundamental weakness in the EU: the lack of cohesion between the 28 member states. This lack of cohesion and the drive for a single, dominating state can be seen in prophecy. Click the map for more.
TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: On September 27-28, 2015 many parts of the world experienced a total lunar eclipse, link. The moon turns blood-red in color as the red-end of the suns light spectrum is refracted round the earth and towards the moon. Such events are not rare (there are 85 total lunar eclipses between 2000 and 2100, link) but they are rare when four consecutive lunar eclipses are all total eclipses (a tetrad). And many attach even more significance to them when all four eclipse dates align with Jewish Festival dates, as they did in 2014/15, link. Is God pointing the world to look at Israel? The Bible uses blood-red moons as a warning to Israel and to the world:
The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes (Joel 2.30,31)
TERRORISM: 2015 saw major attacks on France, including the Charlie Hebdo attack in January and 130 killed in November, link. In October 2015 a Russian airliner was blown up, killing 224 people. Russia’s FSB security service said, “We can unequivocally say it was a terrorist act”, link. Also in October, a Chatham House think tank report warned of a growing risk of a “serious cyber attack” on nuclear power plants, link, link. In the context of the end of this age, the Bible says:
Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold (Mat 24.12)
THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: Leading world powers have celebrated the Iran Nuclear Deal which agreed that Iran’s enrichment capacity, enrichment level and stockpile will be limited and that Iran would redesign, convert, and reduce its nuclear facilities, link. But after the deal, in August 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded, link:
The nuclear deal with Iran does not block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb
He may well be right. Previously hidden documents reveal that key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program will ease around 2025. Iran will then be able replace its 5,060 inefficient centrifuges with up to 3,500 advanced machines, halving the time Tehran would need to build a bomb, link. Couple this with Iran’s threats to Israel, such as “The army of Iran can by itself destroy Israel“, [Iranian Army Commander, 2013]), then we have a strong possibility of nuclear war in the Middle East. The Bible texts suggests that this will happen:
“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant and every evildoer shall be stubble; and the day that is coming shall set them on fire,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap like calves from the stall. You will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” says the Lord of hosts (Malachi 4.1-3)
IRAN & RUSSIA: Also in 2015, Iran strengthened military ties with Russia, and Russian S-300 missiles will be delivered to Tehran, link, link. Iran also sought cooperation with Russia in banking and energy, link. Bible prophecy sees Russia and Iran as leading a major attack on Israel at the end of this age:
I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal (probably Russia)… I will lead you out … Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya are with them … You will come up against My people Israel … in the latter days I will bring you against My land (Ezek 38)
ISIS THREAT: In 2015 a 32-page ISIS document written in Urdu and calling for open warfare against non-Muslims has been uncovered in Pakistan by the American Media Institute and authenticated by retired US Defense Intelligence Agency, link. It proclaims “Accept the fact that this caliphate will survive and prosper until it takes over the entire world and beheads every last person that rebels against Allah”, link. ISIS particularly targets Christians, link. Bible prophecy foresees this: in the context of a warning to Christians, the Bible says
An hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do to you because they have not known the Father or Me (Jn 16.2)
CLIMATE CHANGE PARIS AGREEMENT: The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change came into force in November 2016. The agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C, link.
Will it work? When the Agreement came into force many countries still had to ratify it, link. Moreover, many scientists disagree with the underlying science, link, claiming man can do little about climate change. The fact is that human activity (generation of CO2, Methane, Nitrous Oxide …) totals to just 0.28% of the total greenhouse gases, link, so how can man-made CO2 have any measurable affect? Water vapour makes up 95% of the greenhouse effect. At the end of the day, some scientists argue that climate change depends upon the sun, not CO2, link, link.
More importantly, can man ignore God and still save the world – God’s world? In the context of the end of this age, the Bible says:
The earth mourns and dries up, and the crops waste away and wither. Even the greatest people on earth waste away … a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left (Isa 24.4,6) … on the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea (Lk 21.25)