Posted in bushehr, iran, israel, nuclear, un

UN Resolution calling for Israeli nuclear transparency passes handily

Israel is the only nuclear power in the immediate region (further away, India Pakistan, of course, possess nukes). Israel has always maintained a political a military stance of “nuclear ambiguity.” They do not deny they have them nor do they admit it. The nation has not signed any pacts, like the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty, for example. It is a well-known secret that Israel has nukes. They just don’t talk about it. And until this week, no one else has very much, either.

All that changed when Hamas and the Palestinian Authority gained what they perceive to be an upper hand, when the UN voted them a state. Note the following article comes from Iran’s state press, for what that’s worth.

UN resolution calls for Israeli nuclear transparency
“The UN passes a resolution, calling on the Israeli regime to quickly open its nuclear program to inspection and join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) “without further delay.” The 193-member UN General Assembly on Monday passed the resolution 174 to six with six abstentions, urging Tel Aviv to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to have access to its nuclear facilities. Only the US, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau voted against the resolution that reflects international concern about suspicious Israeli nuclear activities. Israel, the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, is widely known to have between 200 and 400 nuclear warheads. The Israeli regime rejects all the regulatory international nuclear agreements — the NPT in particular — and refuses to allow its nuclear facilities to come under international regulatory inspections.”

Canada’s Globe & Mail also reported on the UN Resolution-
“Canada was on the losing side of the vote Monday as the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution Monday calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle East which was just cancelled.”

Now, the UN passes Resolutions against Israel practically every day, so this one is not major news in the same sense that the PA Statehood was major news. But added to the cadre of news articles coming fast and furious against Israel, it is telling that once again, the news is about Israel, Israel, Israel. Just as Zechariah 12 said it would be in the last days. Note how the world’s attention is increasingly shifting to Israel in the news, and staying there.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Arutz Sheva reports the US is sending more drones to spy on Iran’s nuke plant. “US intelligence agencies have significantly stepped up spying operations on Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor prompted by concerns about the security of weapons-grade plutonium there, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.”

Which Iran promptly says it captured.

Iran says captures U.S. drone in its airspace
“Iran captured a U.S. intelligence-gathering drone that entered its airspace over the Gulf, its armed forces said on Tuesday, the latest in a recent succession of alleged U.S. violations of Iranian territory.”

I guess we place this in the ‘wars and rumors of wars’ department. Doesn’t it feel like the world is on a hamster wheel sometimes? The wheel is going faster and faster though. It feels like it it reaching its capacity. I’m grateful to our Holy and compassionate Jesus that He will remove us soon, in His timing, to be blessedly at peace with Him forever in His kingdom. No matter what happens to you today, it is nothing that you and the Lord can’t handle. Not with the assured future you have if you are in Christ. He is our all in all. Rest in Him, because–

“And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17)

And if you are in Him, He will hold you together, too.

Posted in observer state, palestine, prophecy, un, United Nations

Palestine given ‘observer state’ status in UN vote

U.N. General Assembly votes to recognize the state of Palestine

“The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body — a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions. A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation. Real independence, however, remains an elusive dream until the Palestinians negotiate a peace deal with the Israelis, who warned that the General Assembly action will only delay a lasting solution. Israel still controls the West Bank, east Jerusalem and access to Gaza, and it accused the Palestinians of bypassing negotiations with the campaign to upgrade their U.N. status.”

Ironically, today’s vote vote recognizes a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, the lands Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. This represents far less territory than the Palestinians were offered on Nov. 29, 1947, when the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 181.

In today’s vote, Canada, the US, & Israel opposed the measure. France and Spain voted for it. Germany, among others, abstained. The UK & Australia abstained too. This is significant as both the UK and Australia have traditionally stood with the U.S. and Canada when it comes to Israel. But no more.

A Palestinian flag is displayed after a United Nations vote recognizing
Palestine as a state on Thursday in New York. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Now here’s a headline right out of the bible:

With Palestinians near certain to win UN recognition, Israel increasingly isolated

Zechariah 12:1-3
“The burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel: Thus declares the Lord, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.”

The verse is speaking of the Day of the Lord (Tribulation) and the battle of Armageddon. But you can see the progression- Israel is increasingly a concern for the world. One by one, that tiny nation is becoming friendless. Look at this headline-

Germany backtracks on Palestinian bid; Israeli official: ‘We lost Europe’

This increase in hatred and tightening of Israel’s isolation is causing that nation to further entrench herself and rely on her own resources. This condition will only delude her into thinking she can handle things on here own This downward cycle will continue as Damascus is destroyed, presenting no further enemy threat to Israel, and Israel’s success in the Psalm 83 battle. See Israel’s mindset here-

PM: Ignore the Sound of UN Applause
“I suggest that we not be impressed with the applause at the General Assembly. It doesn’t matter how many hands are raised against us, we have no intention of compromising on Israel’s security.”

A few people see how this thing is going-

‘European Jews, it’s time to wake up’
The time has come for European Jews to pull their heads out of the sand, face reality and ask themselves honestly whether there can be any meaningful prospects for their children to remain proud Jews in societies which have reverted to treating them as pariahs. Less than 70 years ago the soil of Europe was drenched in Jewish blood. Orchestrated by Germany, considered the most cultured country in Europe, six million Jews were brutally murdered in a meticulously planned genocidal campaign. The vast majority of Germans and citizens of Nazi-occupied territories either collaborated or closed their eyes as millions of their Jewish neighbors were deported and systematically exterminated. After that terrible era the call went out: “Never Again.” Yet just a few decades later, the evil winds of visceral anti-Semitism are again raging throughout Europe with the addition of the nation state of the Jews acting as surrogate to the conventional demonization of individual Jews…”

Sadly, the Palestinians continue to be led by misguided Jew-hating, Allah-loving leaders, and the nation of Israel is far from God, for all their talk of a Temple. That’s more tradition and culture and a claim to the land than is it from a heart-position of loving God.

Things are continuing to hurtle in the direction God wants this to go. It will only end at Armageddon when all nations are gathered against Israel and ready to fight Jesus. Jesus will return and put an immediate stop to it all.

Revelation 19:11-18
Isaiah 63:1-6
Zechariah 14:1-6

For more information about reaction to today’s vote at the UN, Joel Rosenberg has a detailed article outlining the bible’s stance on the Palestinians and future prophecies about it–

“The Palestinians could have been celebrating the 65th anniversary of their state today. What happened?”