A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

A Look at the Tri-State’s Active Fault LineMonday, March 14, 2011By Bob Hennelly
The Ramapo Fault is the longest fault in the Northeast that occasionally makes local headlines when minor tremors cause rock the Tri-State region. It begins in Pennsylvania, crosses the Delaware River and continues through Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties before crossing the Hudson River near Indian Point nuclear facility.In the past, it has generated occasional activity that generated a 2.6 magnitude quake in New Jersey’s Peakpack/Gladstone area and 3.0 magnitude quake in Mendham.But the New Jersey-New York region is relatively seismically stable according to Dr. Dave Robinson, Professor of Geography at Rutgers. Although it does have activity.„There is occasional seismic activity in New Jersey,“ said Robinson. „There have been a few quakes locally that have been felt and done a little bit of damage over the time since colonial settlement — some chimneys knocked down in Manhattan with a quake back in the 18th century, but nothing of a significant magnitude.“Robinson said the Ramapo has on occasion registered a measurable quake but has not caused damage: „The Ramapo fault is associated with geological activities back 200 million years ago, but it’s still a little creaky now and again,“ he said.„More recently, in the 1970s and early 1980s, earthquake risk along the Ramapo Fault received attention because of its proximity to Indian Point,“ according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.Historically, critics of the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County, New York, did cite its proximity to the Ramapo fault line as a significant risk.In 1884, according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website, the  Rampao Fault was blamed for a 5.5 quake that toppled chimneys in New York City and New Jersey that was felt from Maine to Virginia.„Subsequent investigations have shown the 1884 Earthquake epicenter was actually located in Brooklyn, New York, at least 25 miles from the Ramapo Fault,“ according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

Israel Threatens the Iranian Nuclear Horn and Drags US In

Military action may be needed to stop Iran attacks, Israel defense chief says

Military action may be needed to stop Iran attacks, Israel defense chief says

By Laura KellyAugust 04, 2021 – 11:29 AM EDT

Israel on Wednesday called on the international community to consider military action against Iran following a fatal drone attack on an Israeli-owned commercial shipping vessel in the north Arabian Sea that took place last week.

Now is the time for deeds — words are not enough. It is time for diplomatic, economic and even military deeds — otherwise the attacks will continue,” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a meeting in Jerusalem with representatives of United Nation Security Council members.

The Security Council has five permanent members — the U.S., United Kingdom, France, China and Russia — and 10 nonpermanent members each elected for two years.

The U.S., United Kingdom and Romania have joined Israel in attributing responsibility to Iran for the attack on the ship Mercer Street that is said to have taken place on Friday.

The ship was targeted with explosives delivered by drone, and that attack took place off the coast of Oman. Two sailors were killed in the attack, a British and Romanian national. 

Gantz said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) air force was responsible for the attack on the Mercer Street. He said the air force’s commander, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, and the head of the IRGC’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command, Saeed Ara Jani, directed of the operation. 

Israel’s defense establishment said it shared intelligence with partners and that it will continue to provide them with concrete evidence related to the recent attacks. 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday said the U.S. is “confident” Iran carried out the attack and that it fits a pattern of similar attacks by the Islamic Republic. The secretary said the U.S. is coordinating with partners and consulting with governments in the region.

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met Tuesday in Washington with Israeli national security adviser Eyal Hulata and Israeli senior foreign policy adviser Shimrit Meir. During the meeting, Sherman reaffirmed America’s “ironclad commitment to Israel’s security.”

However, the United Nations has yet to assign Iran responsibility for the attack. 

“We do not have any specific information … on who could have attacked the vessel,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for the U.N. secretary-general, in a briefing with reporters Tuesday.

Dujarric said the U.N. condemns the attack and called for ensuring freedom of navigation and a general deescalation. 

The attack on the Mercer Street comes as international talks have stalled over bringing Iran and the U.S. back into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the 2015 international agreement that put restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and opened it up to monitoring in exchange for sanctions relief.

The U.S. is intent on reentering the agreement, which former President Trump withdrew from in 2018, but Israel has stated its vehement opposition to reviving the deal. 

Iran has yet to agree to a seventh round of indirect discussions over rejoining the JCPOA and has increased its violations of the terms of the agreement related to nuclear fuel enrichment and infrastructure related to developing a bomb. This has drawn condemnation from the U.S. and Israel. 

Gantz on Wednesday criticized Iran’s behavior and said the Islamic Republic is 10 weeks way from acquiring “weapons-grade materials necessary for a nuclear weapon.”  

“Iran has once again proven to be a global challenge, a regional challenge and also a challenge to the State of Israel. Iran is responsible for dozens of terror attacks across the Middle East, while controlling its proxies in Yemen, Iraq and additional countries,” he said.

It’s Time for Biden to Leave the Obama Deal in the Past

Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi at a news conference in Tehran, Iran, June 21, 2021. (Majid Asgaripour/West Asia News Agency via Reuters)

It’s Time for Biden to Leave a Bad Deal in the Past

August 3, 2021 6:30 AM

A change in Iranian presidents doesn’t change the badness of the Iran deal.

When Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei selected Ebrahim Raisi to be the next president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Khamenei was sending Washington a message akin to Nikita Khrushchev’s infamous 1956 pronouncement: “We will bury you.” But don’t tell that to the unflappable advocates of appeasement in Washington who insist it is always the right time for rapprochement with Iran.

Raisi is a hanging judge who sentenced thousands of political prisoners to die, and he remains ideologically devoted to the Islamic Revolution. Yet somehow, the appeasers believe his inauguration this week will magically open the door to peace for our time.

Back in 2013, this same group was promoting a completely different narrative. After the supreme leader selected the supposedly moderate Hassan Rouhani to be president following eight years of threats and bluster from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Western newspapers and analysts hailed Rouhani’s elevation as a sure sign that Iran was passing into Thermidor.

“Iranians took a step toward ending their country’s isolation by voting overwhelmingly in weekend presidential elections for a moderate reformer who promised a clean break from policies that put Iran on a collision course with the West,” wrote the Washington Post. “Rouhani will have a powerful mandate to improve Iran’s international relations and attempt to negotiate a settlement of Iran’s nuclear activities.”

An article in the New York Times, headlined “President-Elect Stirs Optimism in Iran and West,” noted that “there is growing optimism in Iran and in the West that Mr. Rouhani, 64, is ready to restart serious talks on the nuclear issue.”

Rouhani, of course, was no moderate, nor even a reformer. Those who looked more closely saw he was a loyal servantof the supreme leader. He was a member of the Supreme National Security Council’s special operations committee during the high-water mark of Iranian terrorism abroad — includingthe 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Argentina, the 1992 assassination of four dissidents at a Berlin restaurant, the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that left 85 people dead, and the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. airmen.

But the pro-engagement narrative at least made sense. Iran faced significant economic pressure after Congress imposed sanctions on the regime’s central bank and forced the SWIFT financial-messaging system to cut off Iranian banks. Compared to Ahmadinejad and his calls for wiping Israel off the map, Khamenei’s other lieutenants came off as superficially moderate at least. This gave the Obama White House the political room to bring secret talks with the regime into the public domain — and press forward with what would become the Iran nuclear deal.

Eight years later, no amount of spin or massage can cast the man hand-picked by the supreme leader to be the next president as a moderate. In 1988, as a zealous young prosecutor, Raisi sat on Iran’s death commission, ordering the execution of so-called “apostates” and “denigrators of Islam” every hour for months. The Hangman of Tehran called these murders “one of the proudest achievements of the system.” He would keep sending Iranians to their death for several decades: as chief prosecutor in Tehran, first deputy head of Iran’s judiciary, and, most recently, as judiciary chief. That is why the Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Raisi in 2019.

If the selection of a “moderate” cleared the way for diplomacy in 2013, wouldn’t a return to a fire-breathing “hardliner” like Raisi spell its demise? Not at all, argue the nuclear-deal die-hards.

“Why Raisi Is the West’s Best Hope for a Deal with Iran,” suggested the headline on a column from Johns Hopkins’s Vali Nasr. “Hard-liners would never accept an agreement signed by a moderate — but they’ll fall into line if it comes from one of their own.”

“For Biden, Iranian Hard-liner May Be Best Path to Restoring Nuclear Deal,” added the New York Times. On the Times opinion page, Ali Vaez and Dina Esfandiary added to the chorus: “The Hard-Liners Won in Iran. That’s Not All Bad News.”

When asked if Raisi’s selection would complicate the administration’s drive to rejoin the nuclear deal and lift U.S. sanctions on the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, Biden national-security adviser Jake Sullivan said only one person mattered in Iran: the supreme leader. How funny — that’s exactly what opponents of the nuclear deal said back in 2013 when the Obama administration was selling America on the need to embrace a flawed nuclear deal to empower “Rouhani the moderate.”

Of course, Sullivan is correct — and the selection of Raisi is only one of many signals the supreme leader has sent Biden this year, making clear that Khamenei fully intends to pocket any sanctions relief he receives from Washington to fuel the Islamic Republic’s war on the United States and its allies.

The Justice Department revealed last month that Iran attempted to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil, kidnapping a U.S. citizen from New York. Iran-backed proxies in Iraq have attacked U.S. forces for months with little to no response from Biden. Iran-sponsored terror groups such as Hamas in Gaza and the Houthis in Yemen have lobbed missiles at Israel and Saudi Arabia. And the supreme leader has vastly escalated his nuclear provocations — enriching uranium up to 60 percent purity, producing uranium metal, and limiting monitoring by international inspectors.

In every way that matters, Khamenei is telling Biden, “We will bury you.” Biden’s response has been to offer cash. After all, the nuclear deal is fundamentally an appeasement pact masquerading as a nonproliferation deal; it offers Iran money for temporary nuclear restraint, and no restraint at all on the development of nuclear-capable missiles and the regime’s pursuit of regional hegemony.

In his first press conference as president-select, Raisi made clear that Iran would never negotiate the longer, stronger deal Biden said he could achieve by first returning to the old one. Khamenei reaffirmed as much last week. Biden should take “no” for an answer and leave a bad deal where it belongs — in the past

The Antichrist unifies the horns in Mecca

Iraqi Sunni and Shiite clerics meet in Makkah to find common ground

Second meeting since 2006 when the 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference invited Sunni and Shiite clerics to stop sectarian bloodshed

Iraqi Sunni and Shiite clerics on Wednesday met in Islam’s holiest city, Makkah, in an attempt to join ranks and denounce sectarianism.

Mohammed Al Issa, Secretary General of World Muslim League, which hosted the meeting, hailed the Iraqi government for its “wise leadership as it works tirelessly for the benefit of Iraq and its prosperity”.

“Great strides have been made by the Iraqi government in enhancing the national identity,” Mr Al Issa told a group of religious figures from both sects in his opening remarks.

“We stated this before and will continue to do so: there is nothing between Sunnis and Shiites except brotherly understanding, coexistence, co-operation and integration,” he said.

He urged them to respect each other’s teaching in the context of Islam, warning of the “dangerous consequences” sectarian practices would have on the religion and the country.

Although the participants are not considered among the country’s senior clerics in the two communities and do not have much political influence in Iraq, the meeting could be a step forward in bridging the gap between the two sects.

Nearly two years after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, Iraq plunged into sectarian warfare between Sunnis and Shiites.

In 2004, Al Qaeda in Iraq and other extremist groups declared a war against Shiites that led to attacks, including the bombing of a revered Shiite shrine north of Baghdad in 2006.

That attack led to a bloody civil war, even as the country fought a Sunni-lead insurgency.

Then, Shiite death squads chased Sunnis in Baghdad from 2006 to 2008, kidnapping, killing and dumping their bodies in the streets. Many neighbourhoods in the capitals became off limits to each sect.

That civil war stopped only after Shiite militia leader Moqtada Al Sadr announced a ceasefire along with a Sunni revolt against Al Qaeda amid a series of US-Iraqi offensives that helped to staunch the bloodshed.

But sectarianism is still a threat.

In June, a radical Shiite group called for a shrine of a revered Sunni cleric in Baghdad to be demolished, prompting fears of renewing sectarian tensions in Iraq.

Iraqi government stationed security forces around Abu Hanifa Al Numan shrine and mosque and none of the group followers showed up.

Wednesday’s meeting in Makkah is the second since 2006 when the 57-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference invited Sunni and Shiite clerics to stop the bloodshed. Both agreed on a peace initiative, but it did not bear fruit.

Updated: August 4th 2021, 9:18 AM

Israel is ready for war outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Defense Minister Benny Gantz meets with officers at the military's Gaza Division on August 3, 2021. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Gantz: Israel seeking long-term calm on Gaza border but ‘ready for any scenario’

By Emanuel Fabian3 Aug 2021, 7:10 pm

Defense Minister Benny Gantz and his deputy Alon Schuster tour the military’s Gaza Division and meet with IDF generals to discuss the consequences of and conclusions from the recent 11 days of fighting with the Hamas terror group.

“Israel is ready for any scenario — an agreement or an escalation,” Gantz warns after the meeting.

Gantz says Israel will continue to work with Egypt and other international bodies to ensure “the quiet remains long-term, that the citizens of Gaza can enjoy economic wellbeing, and that all the boys can return home,” referring to the missing Israelis and bodies of IDF soldiers held by Hamas.

“At the same time, we are also operationally preparing by compiling hundreds of new targets in order to protect the residents of the south and remove any threat,” the defense minister adds.

Regarding Qatari aid to Gaza, Gantz says “Israel greatly appreciates Qatar’s contribution to stability.” He adds that his office is working to find a new way to transfer the funds so they strengthen the Palestinian Authority and ensure the “wellbeing of Gaza residents who suffer from Hamas’ terrorism.”

Kurdistan Responds to Antichrist’s Claim

The autonomous Kurdistan Region’s Council of Ministers building. (Photo: Archive)
The autonomous Kurdistan Region’s Council of Ministers building. (Photo: Archive)

KRG responds to Sadrist politician’s charge that Kurdistan is part of ‘terrorist line’ from Turkey to Iraq

   2021/08/04 21:51

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Wednesday refuted recent statements made by a controversial politician in the party of influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, claiming the existence of a “terrorist line” that extends from Turkey to its southern neighbor of Iraq.

“The former deputy in the Iraqi parliament, Hakim al-Zamili, made a statement in the media, during which he threw arbitrary accusations against the (Kurdistan) Region, claiming that a terrorist line extends from Turkey through Erbil and then to Kirkuk towards Diyala,” read a statement released by the KRG’s Department of Media and Information. 

The KRG, it continued, “expresses its concern about such statements, which are not only unbeneficial but are also a reason for undermining confidence between the Iraqi parties.”

“We remind all parties that the Kurdistan Region has always been on the first front line in confronting terrorism since 2014, and continues to do so,” adding, “Kurdistan Peshmerga forces are still defending the homeland and confronting terrorists, and have sacrificed in order to protect the security and stability of Kurdistan and Iraq with thousands of martyrs and wounded heroes.”

A former multi-term Iraqi lawmaker, Zamili served as Iraq’s Deputy Health Minister from 2006 until 2007 when he was arrested by US and Iraqi forces for using his position to funnel money to Sadr’s militia. Zamili was also accused of involvement in the kidnapping of a politician from another party who held the deputy minister position before him. He later chaired parliament’s Security and Defense Committee.

The KRG statement argued that “such statements are merely an evasion of responsibility in front of the security failure in other parts of Iraq.”

“It is better and for all parties, instead of exchanging accusations, to unite their efforts in the framework of ensuring security and stability and providing a decent life for citizens.”

Regarding terrorist threats operating from areas spanning Turkey’s border to Iraq’s central provinces, Kurdistan Region officials have repeatedly warned that the threat of ISIS continues in territories disputed by Baghdad and Erbil, with the extremist group continuing to carry out attacks in the provinces of Diyala, Kirkuk, Salahuddin, and Nineveh, among others.

Iraqi security forces and Peshmerga have recently formed a number of joint cooperation centers to try to bring stability to such areas and say they plan to form additional joint brigades in the near future.

In retaliation for the Kurdistan Region’s 2017 independence referendum, Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), of which Sadr’s militia is a part, pushed the Peshmerga out of Iraq’s disputed territories. Since then, the areas have suffered from a lack of unified military strategy across large tracts of land ranging from Khanaqin in central Diyala province to Kirkuk and northward to multiple areas surrounding Mosul. 

Editing by John J. Catherine

Saudi Arabia justifies going nuclear: Daniel 7

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan attends the first plenary session of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Nagoya, in a file picture. Image Credit: AFP

Minister: Saudi Arabia says sees an emboldened Iran around Middle East

ReutersPublished:  August 04, 2021 13:39

‘It’s endangering shipping, arming Houthis contributing to Lebanon political deadlock’ 

Washington: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday he sees an emboldened Iran acting in a negative manner around the Middle East, endangering shipping, arming Yemen’s Al Houthis and contributing to political deadlock in Lebanon.

“All around the region, Iran continues to be emboldened,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud told a US think tank in an online appearance, alluding to reports that Iranian-backed forces were believed to have seized an oil tanker off near Iran.

“Iran is extremely active in the region with its negative activity, whether it’s continuing to supply the [Al] Houthis with weapons or endangering shipping in the Arabian Gulf, which we have got reports coming in today that may indicate additional activity there,” he said. Iran, he added, had abetted the political impasse that has undermined Lebanon’s economy.

Addressing a virtual gathering of the Aspen Security Forum, he also repeated Riyadh’s stance that it could live with a “longer and stronger” version of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers if it ensured Tehran never obtained nuclear arms know-how.

“We certainly support a deal with Iran as long as that deal ensures that Iran will not now or ever gain access to nuclear weapons technology,” he said, saying Riyadh would welcome an Iran that contributed to regional stability and prosperity.

“But that would require [Iran] engaging in the region as a state actor in a normal way…, not supporting militias, not sending weapons to armed groups, and most importantly, giving up a nuclear program which might be used…to develop nuclear weapons.”