The Quakes Preceding the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6:12

East Coast Quakes: What to Know About the Tremors Below

By Meteorologist Dominic Ramunni Nationwide PUBLISHED 7:13 PM ET Aug. 11, 2020 PUBLISHED 7:13 PM EDT Aug. 11, 2020

People across the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic were shaken, literally, on a Sunday morning as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck in North Carolina on August 9, 2020.

Centered in Sparta, NC, the tremor knocked groceries off shelves and left many wondering just when the next big one could strike.

Items lie on the floor of a grocery store after an earthquake on Sunday, August 9, 2020 in North Carolina.

Fault Lines

Compared to the West Coast, there are far fewer fault lines in the East. This is why earthquakes in the East are relatively uncommon and weaker in magnitude.

That said, earthquakes still occur in the East.

According to Spectrum News Meteorologist Matthew East, “Earthquakes have occurred in every eastern U.S. state, and a majority of states have recorded damaging earthquakes. However, they are pretty rare. For instance, the Sparta earthquake Sunday was the strongest in North Carolina in over 100 years.”

While nowhere near to the extent of the West Coast, damaging earthquakes can and do affect much of the eastern half of the country.

For example, across the Tennesse River Valley lies the New Madrid Fault Line. While much smaller in size than those found farther west, the fault has managed to produce several earthquakes over magnitude 7.0 in the last couple hundred years.

In 1886, an estimated magnitude 7.0 struck Charleston, South Carolina along a previously unknown seismic zone. Nearly the entire town had to be rebuilt.


The eastern half of the U.S. has its own set of vulnerabilities from earthquakes.

Seismic waves actually travel farther in the East as opposed to the West Coast. This is because the rocks that make up the East are tens, if not hundreds, of millions of years older than in the West.

These older rocks have had much more time to bond together with other rocks under the tremendous pressure of Earth’s crust. This allows seismic energy to transfer between rocks more efficiently during an earthquake, causing the shaking to be felt much further.

This is why, during the latest quake in North Carolina, impacts were felt not just across the state, but reports of shaking came as far as Atlanta, Georgia, nearly 300 miles away.

Reports of shaking from different earthquakes of similar magnitude.

Quakes in the East can also be more damaging to infrastructure than in the West. This is generally due to the older buildings found east. Architects in the early-to-mid 1900s simply were not accounting for earthquakes in their designs for cities along the East Coast.

When a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Virginia in 2011, not only were numerous historical monuments in Washington, D.C. damaged, shaking was reported up and down the East Coast with tremors even reported in Canada.


There is no way to accurately predict when or where an earthquake may strike.

Some quakes will have a smaller earthquake precede the primary one. This is called a foreshock.

The problem is though, it’s difficult to say whether the foreshock is in fact a foreshock and not the primary earthquake. Only time will tell the difference.

The United State Geological Survey (USGS) is experimenting with early warning detection systems in the West Coast.

While this system cannot predict earthquakes before they occur, they can provide warning up to tens of seconds in advance that shaking is imminent. This could provide just enough time to find a secure location before the tremors begin.

Much like hurricanes, tornadoes, or snowstorms, earthquakes are a natural occuring phenomenon that we can prepare for.

The USGS provides an abundance of resources on how to best stay safe when the earth starts to quake.

Russia is Supplying the Chinese Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

Russia Reportedly Supplying Enriched Uranium to China

March 8, 2023 | By David Vergun , DOD News |   

Various open-source outlets reported how Rosatom is providing highly enriched uranium for Chinese fast breeder reactors, said a U.S official during a posture hearing today at the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

Rosatom is a Russian state corporation that specializes in nuclear energy.

“It’s very troubling to see Russia and China cooperating on this,” John F. Plumb, assistant secretary of defense for space policy,  replied.

“They may have talking points around it, but there’s no getting around the fact that breeder reactors are plutonium, and plutonium is for weapons. So I think the [Defense] Department is concerned. And of course, it matches our concerns about China’s increased expansion of its nuclear forces as well, because you need more plutonium for more weapons,” Plumb added. 

China and Russia have placed nuclear weapons, space warfare and long-range strike at the center of their strategies to counter the United States and its allies and partners, he said.

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“China is engaged in a significant and fast-paced expansion and diversification of its nuclear forces. Also, Russia and China view space as a warfighting domain, he said. 

China also has an ever-growing inventory of sophisticated long-range strike systems putting U.S. forces at risk at greater and greater distances, Plumb said. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s irresponsible nuclear saber rattling has further underscored the importance of the U.S. nuclear deterrent, which is the bedrock of national security, he said.

The National Defense Strategy identified four priorities for the department, he said: 

  • Defend the homeland 
  • Deter strategic attacks 
  • Deter aggression while preparing to prevail in conflict, particularly with China and Russia 
  • Build a resilient joint force 

“All four of these priorities rely heavily on our space systems, our missile defenses and our nuclear forces,” he said.

A jet takes flight.

Smoke fills the air as a missile launches under a sunlit sky.

“Our allies and partners are an asymmetric advantage that neither China nor Russia can ever hope to match,” he said. 

Air Force Gen. Anthony J. Cotton, commander, U.S. Strategic Command; Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander, U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command; and Army Gen. James H. Dickinson, commander, U.S. Space Command, also provided testimony.

Russian Horn Threatens Babylon the Great: Daniel

Russia’s Belgorod Submarine

Russian Submarine ‘Pops Up’ Off The US Coast; Military Expert Says Deployment Resembles Soviet-Style Tactics

BySakshi Tiwari

March 9, 2023

US Navy Commanders are concerned that the emerging patterns of Russian nuclear submarine deployment off the US coast could threaten American security.

Newsweek reported earlier this week that commanders and military observers are raising the alarm over Russian submarine fleet activity off the coast of the United States.

According to officials, Russian submarines have also been spotted more frequently in the Mediterranean and near the shores of the United States. This is besides the Russian preoccupation with the Ukraine war and the subsequent build-up of Russian forces and nuclear submarines in the Black Sea.

Michael Peterson, director of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute (RMSI), which researches the Russian military, said: “There are indications that “nuclear-powered submarines have been deploying off the coast of the United States and into the Mediterranean and elsewhere along Europe periphery.”

Peterson added that the Russian deployments resembled Soviet-style submarine tactics in the Cold War era.

This becomes more perceptible in light of the announcement made the Russian President Vladimir Putin while he oversaw the commissioning of a few vessels, including the Generalissimus Suvorov nuclear-powered submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles.

Putin said his country would build more nuclear-powered submarines, “ensuring Russia’s security for decades to come.” This is also compatible with the assessment that Russia has continued to work on expanding its nuclear submarine fleet.

According to military experts, the exact scale of Russian nuclear submarine deployment remains unclear, but it has certainly seen a massive uptick in the last two decades.

Russia has continued ramping up its submarine capability and has been conducting tests with its nuke-capable Belgorod submarine, which can launch Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUV).

In January this year, reports indicated that Belgorod completed a series of tests of the Poseidon torpedo mock-up, hailed as a ‘super weapon.’

Russia’s Nuclear Submarines Are Everywhere!

The Russian Navy boasts the most diverse submarine fleets in the world. As a crucial component of its strategic deterrent, Moscow views some of these submarines as being able to launch ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.

Ever since the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, the country has been relentlessly working on upgrading its submarine force. Particularly in the last several years, Moscow has developed numerous submarines that can reach the most strategic targets in the United States and continental Europe.

With an estimated 58 vessels, the Russian Navy oversees one of the world’s largest submarine fleets. However, these vessels can be deployed worldwide, alarming US Commanders and challenging the US Naval influence.

An alarm was also sounded by the director of US Northern Command and NORAD, US Air Force General Glen VanHerck, who issued a warning last October over the increasing number of nuclear-powered Severodvinsk-class submarines off the shores of the US. The Commander also warned that Russia posed the biggest threat to the nation.

“They just moved subs, their first [Severodvinsk submarine] into the Pacific,” VanHerck told the Association of the US Army Conference. “Another [Severodvinsk] is out in the Mediterranean right now, and another that’s out on its way into the Atlantic. That will be a persistent, proximate threat capable of carrying many land-attack cruise missiles that can threaten our homeland.”

A month before VanHerck’s comments, OSINT and naval analyst HI Sutton had claimed that Russian Navy forces had been bolstered in the Mediterranean. This could be significant given the region’s strategic importance in the US calculations. Further, the US has been attempting to reinforce its presence in the Mediterranean.

Yasen-class submarine - Wikipedia
Russia’s Yasen-class submarine – Wikipedia

Further, Rear Adm. Michael Studeman, the Office of Naval Intelligence commander, highlighted the risk posed by Russia’s Severodvinsk SSGNs, or the Yasen-class as it is popularly known.

Studeman said, “Those subs are “very, very advanced,” have “multi-mission capabilities” and are increasingly active.

Russian submarines are also present in the Pacific and the Atlantic. Studeman said in his remarks that these submarines have started undertaking patrols in the Atlantic, holding the United States in danger in certain regions.

Thus, he added that tracking those submarines and their actions would be a dual-flank issue for the United States.

Earlier, a Russian military journal recently claimed that the US had “apparently” prepared plans to strike and neutralize Russia because of concerns it might be losing its global dominance.

To combat this presumable threat, the journal suggested that Moscow could develop a novel military strategy using nuclear weapons to deter potential American aggression. Ever since Russia launched the invasion of Ukraine, the use of nuclear weapons has become a recurrent discussion, with the nuclear threat never entirely off the table.

Russia has continued to venture its nuclear submarines into far seas despite a full-blown war being fought close to home. Although military observers believe the Ukraine war would slow the formidable Russian Navy down for a couple of years, the current deployments are alarming the Pentagon.

Israeli forces kill three Islamic Jihad gunmen outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

People look at a damaged car where three Palestinian militants were killed during an Israeli operation, near Jenin

Israeli forces kill three Islamic Jihad gunmen in West Bank

By Ali Sawafta

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  • Summary
  • Israel says militants suspected of carrying out attacks
  • Masked gunman in Jaba says raids will not deter them
  • Incident comes as U.S. secretary of defense visits Israel

JABA, West Bank, March 9 (Reuters) – Israeli forces raided a Palestinian village close to the West Bank city of Jenin on Thursday, killing three Islamic Jihad militants they said were suspected of carrying out shooting attacks in the area.

Islamic Jihad claimed the three fighters, who the Israeli military said were suspected of multiple shooting attacks in Jaba village, southwest of Jenin, as well as in the area of Homesh, a nearby settlement outpost that was evacuated in 2005 and is now home to a religious school.

The incident came on the same day U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was visiting Israel, where he was expected to discuss the growing violence on the West Bank.

In Jaba, residents said they heard intense gunfire early in the morning and saw a large Israeli force in the village, where the blood-spattered wreckage of the car in which the gunmen were killed remained in the street.

A Israeli statement said the gunmen had opened fire from their car when Israeli forces entered the area. It said two members of Islamic Jihad were killed as well as what it described as an additional armed suspect.

Jaba, where two Islamic Jihad gunmen were killed in January, has a large presence of armed militants from different factions and as mourners assembled for the funeral of the three killed on Thursday, fighters said the raids would not deter them.

“Day after day, more men from Jaba and neighbouring villages join us,” said one masked gunman, as dozens of others militants prepared to take part in the funeral marches.

Thousands of mourners, some carrying Palestinian flags and the banners of the main factions, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah and chanting for revenge, joined the funeral of the three, as gunmen fired into the air.

Police seized two rifles and another gun as well as explosive devices and arrested three other suspects. According to Noaman Khalileya, owner of a local garage near to where the incident took place, security forces also confiscated his security camera and erased pictures on his mobile telephone.

The operation came days after Israeli forces raided a refugee camp in Jenin and killed six Palestinian gunmen, including a Hamas member suspected of killing two brothers from a Jewish settlement near the Palestinian village of Huwara in the West Bank on Feb. 26.

The Palestinian health ministry said a 14-year-old boy, wounded during the gunbattle that broke out in Jenin during the Israeli raid, had died of his wounds.

In a statement to Voice of Palestine radio, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, accused Israel of launching a “full-scale war” against the Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced that it had suspended its security cooperation agreement with Israel in January, following a raid in Jenin that killed nine Palestinians, but the raids have put it under growing pressure.

The Islamist group Hamas, which controls the blockaded Gaza Strip but which also has fighters across the West Bank, said PA security forces arrested several members of the group overnight in the West Bank city of Nablus after they took part in the funeral march of the Huwara gunman a day earlier.

“Such a behaviour serves the Zionist occupation only,” it said in a statement.

Israeli forces have conducted near daily raids across the West Bank for months after a spate of deadly attacks by Palestinians in Israel last year. They have made thousands of arrests and killed more than 200 Palestinians, including both fighters and civilians. Over the same period, more than 40 Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians.

U.S. intel chiefs warn Russian Horn is expanding: Daniel 7

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia April 19, 2022. Sputnik/Vyacheslav Prokofyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

U.S. intel chiefs warn Putin is expanding his nuclear weapons arsenal as the war in Ukraine drags on



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  • The warning from the nation’s top spymasters comes as Russia intensifies its now year-long fight in Ukraine and as Putin threatens to withdraw from a key nuclear arms treaty.
  • Putin, whose country boasts the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons, has previously rattled the nuclear saber on the heels of Ukrainian advances on the battlefield.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia April 19, 2022. 

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WASHINGTON – Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to further upgrade the Kremlin’s arsenal of long-range nuclear-capable missiles in order to deter Kyiv and its powerful Western allies, U.S. officials warned Wednesday.

The warning from the nation’s top spymasters comes as Russia intensifies its now year-long fight in Ukraine and as Putin threatens to withdraw from a key nuclear arms treaty.

“Throughout its invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has continued to show that it views its nuclear capabilities as necessary for maintaining deterrence and achieving its goals in a potential conflict against the U.S. and NATO and it sees its nuclear weapons arsenal as the ultimate guarantor of the Russian Federation,” the nation’s top intelligence agency wrote in its annual threat report.

The unclassified 35-page intelligence assessment adds that Moscow will become more dependent on nuclear weapons following significant battlefield losses and punishing rounds of sanctions that have crippled the Kremlin’s ability to finance its war machine.

“Heavy losses to its ground forces and the large-scale expenditures of precision-guided munitions during the conflict have degraded Moscow’s ground and air-based conventional capabilities and increased its reliance on nuclear weapons,” the intelligence community wrote.

Putin, whose country boasts the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world, has previously rattled the nuclear saber on the heels of Ukrainian advances on the battlefield.

The West, meanwhile, has described Putin’s threats of using nuclear weapons as “irresponsible” and an attempt to reassert Russia’s dominance in the region.

Last month, Putin upped the ante by announcing he would suspend participation in the New START treaty, a crucial nuclear arms reduction agreement. The agreement is the sole arms control treaty in place between Washington and Moscow following former President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Putin’s decision “deeply unfortunate” and said the Biden administration remains ready to negotiate “at any time with Russia, irrespective of anything else going on in the world.”

What’s more, Avril Haines, director of national intelligence, told lawmakers on Wednesday that Russia’s military is unlikely to make “major territorial gains” this year, which could present an opportunity for additional nuclear threats.

UNITED STATES - MARCH 8: Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, center, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, testify during the Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats in Hart Building on Wednesday, March 8, 2023. CIA Director William J.Burns, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Scott D.Berrier, also testified. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)



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Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, center, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, testify during the Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats in Hart Building on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

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“Putin most likely calculates that time works in his favor and that prolonging the war including with potential pauses in the fighting, might be his best remaining pathway to eventually securing Russian strategic interests in Ukraine, even if it takes years,” said Haines, who leads America’s 18 intelligence agencies, before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The intelligence chiefs, who had previously warned last year that Russia would double down in Ukraine amid stalled progress, wrote that Putin’s invasion has not yielded the outcome he expected and he “miscalculated the ability of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”

The spymasters also said the Russian military will continue to face personnel shortages, logistical setbacks as well as morale challenges.

Haines, who spoke alongside CIA Director William Burns, FBI Director Christopher Wray, NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone and DIA Director Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, said the intelligence community continues to monitor Russia’s nuclear threats.

Shirazi-affiliated Centers and Organizations worldwide prepare for “the anointed one”

Shirazi-affiliated Centers and Organizations worldwide celebrate blessed birth of Imam al-Mahdi

The Islamic foundations and centers affiliated to the Shirazi Religious Authority in Arab and foreign countries have revived, for three consecutive days, the ceremonies of the birth of Imam al-Mahdi (may God Almighty hasten his honorable reappearance).

In Kuwait, the Mosque of the two Imams Al-Kadhim and Al-Hadi (peace be upon them) commemorated the occasions of the blessed Shaaban births, which began with the birth of Imam Al-Hussein (peace be upon him) and ended with the birth of Imam Al-Mahdi (may God Almighty hasten his honorable reappearance).

In Bahrain, the office of the deputy of the Shirazi Religious Authority, Hujjat al-Islam wal-Muslimeen Sheikh Abd al-Shahid al-Satrawi, celebrated the anniversary of the birth of AhlulByet. Globally, the Danish capital, Copenhagen, hosted joyful festivals at Imam Al-Sadiq Foundation, amid attendance of Shia followers. 

Ceremonies carried out in Danish and Arabic languages, when reciters delivered their poems on love of AhlulBayet, peace be upon them. In Sweden, similar ceremonies were organized at Sayyeda Fatima al-Zahra and Khadija al-Kubra (peace be upon them) in the city of Wimmerby. 

It is worth mentioning that centres in other countries also held festivals and celebrations to express love and delight over these blessed occasions.

China Horn slams U.S. ‘malicious confrontation’

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang looks on.

China’s new foreign minister slams U.S. ‘malicious confrontation’

Qin Gang decried “hysterical neo-McCarthyism” and accused the U.S. of planning “the destruction of Taiwan.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang’s remarks addressed tensions over international issues. | AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein


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China’s new foreign minister, Qin Gang, came out swinging in his debut press conference Monday, warning that U.S. policies toward China were pushing the two countries toward potential conflict.

Qin used the nearly two-hour briefing to denounce everything from the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and weapons sales to Taiwan to what he said was the U.S. role in prolonging Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The press briefing on the sideline of the annual meeting of China’s 3,000-member parliament, the National People’s Congress, marked Qin’s highest profile public event since he completed his tenure as Chinese ambassador to the U.S. in December.

Qin accused the Biden administration of policies designed to “contain and suppress China in all respects” driven by what he called a “hysterical neo-McCarthyism” that was inflicting serious harm on bilateral relations.

“If the United States does not hit the brake, but continues to speed down the wrong path … there will surely be conflict and confrontation and who will bear the catastrophic consequences?” Qin said.

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Qin hinted at the potential for nuclear conflict between the two countries by saying that those policies could risk “the future of humanity.” And he implicitly referenced Biden’s comments in his State of the Union speech last month that the United States seeks “competition, not conflict” with China by accusing the U.S. of “not fair competition, but malicious confrontation.”

Qin’s uncompromising tone echoes that of his patron, Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping.

Journalists prepare for a press conference by Foreign Minister Qin Gang held on the sideline of the annual meeting of China's National People's Congress in Beijing on March 7, 2023
Journalists prepare for a press conference by Foreign Minister Qin Gang held on the sideline of the annual meeting of China’s National People’s Congress in Beijing on March 7, 2023. | AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

On Monday, Xi accused the U.S. and other Western countries of “all-round containment, encirclement and suppression against us, bringing unprecedentedly severe challenges to our country’s development,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing Chinese state media. That rhetoric also casts doubt on the sustainability of Xi and President Joe Biden’s agreement in their meeting in Bali, Indonesia, in November to try to stem the slide in U.S.-China ties.

Bilateral ties have been battered by the discovery and subsequent destruction of a Chinese spy balloon over the continental U.S. in February. Biden administration warnings last month that the Chinese government is considering providing lethal weaponry to Russia in its war against Ukraine have further roiled relations. And the conclusion of a Department of Energy report published last week that concluded (albeit with low confidence) that a laboratory leak in Wuhan, China, sparked the Covid-19 pandemic has renewed congressional anger toward China’s role in a pandemic that has killed more than a million Americans.

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Qin insisted the balloon was a civilian air ship that an “unexpected accident” blew over the continental United States. Biden’s move to destroy the balloon “abused force and dramatized the accident, creating a diplomatic crisis that could have been avoided,” Qin said.

The perennial hot button issue of U.S. support for Taiwan also was front and center in Qin’s press conference.

Qin warned that Beijing will take “all necessary measures” to enforce its claim of sovereignty over the self-governing island. And he floated a bizarre conspiracy theory for the Biden administration’s policy of continuing to provide defense weaponry to the island. “Why does the U.S. keep on professing the maintenance of regional peace and stability while covertly formulating a plan for the destruction of Taiwan?” Qin said, without elaborating.

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Qin also touted Beijing’s Ukraine peace proposal unveiled last month as a vehicle “to promote talks for peace.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan have both dismissed the proposal as a distraction that fails to challenge Russia’s aggression. Qin likewise avoided mention of that and instead implicitly blamed the U.S. for the conflict.

“There seems to be an invisible hand, pushing for the protraction and escalation of the conflict and using the Ukraine crisis to serve certain geopolitical agenda,” Qin said, without providing any additional details.

Beijing’s concerns about the Biden’s ability to rally allies and partners to counter what Blinken calls China’s threat to the rules-based international order also emerged in Qin’s remarks. Qin slammed the Indo-Pacific Strategy as a plot “to encircle China.” And he denounced Japan — which announced a dramatic expansion of its military forces in December — of taking part in “a new Cold War to contain China.”

And Qin flexed his familiarity with U.S. political fault lines with comments that appeared to target Donald Trump’s tough language on China at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.

“If the United States has the ambition to make itself great again … containment and suppression will not make America great, and it will not stop the rejuvenation of China,” Qin said.

Six Palestinians killed in Israeli raid outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Palestinians clash with Israeli military forces during an Israeli operation in Jenin on Monday.

Six Palestinians, including suspected Hamas gunman, killed in Israeli raid

By Abeer Salman, Richard Allen Greene and Ibrahim Dahman, CNN

Updated 3:41 PM EST, Tue March 7, 2023

Palestinians clash with Israeli military forces during an Israeli operation in Jenin on Monday.Ayman Nobani/Picture Alliance/Getty ImagesJerusalem and GazaCNN — 

Israeli forces staged a daylight raid into Jenin in the occupied West Bank targeting the suspect in the killing of two Jewish settlers, leaving the suspect and at least five other Palestinian men dead, officials on both sides said Tuesday.

The violence marks the latest round in what has become a brutal cycle of Israeli raids against suspected Palestinian militants, Palestinian revenge attacks on Israelis, and Israeli settler targeting of Palestinians.

The Israel Defense Forces named the suspect as Abdul-Fattah Hussein Kharousha, 49, and described him as a “Hamas terrorist operative.”

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Hamas claimed Kharousha as a member, saying he had killed two Israeli settlers in the town of Huwara in late February. It also hailed the other five men killed as “fighter martyrs,” but did not say they were members of the group.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said at least 11 others were injured in the raid.

IDF forces carried out a separate raid in the West Bank city of Nablus at the same time to arrest two sons of Kharousha, they said. They are “suspected of aiding and planning in the terror attack,” the military said, adding that they are in custody for questioning.

The raid is at least the third to take place in daylight this year. The previous two – one in Jenin and one in Nablus – each resulted in 11 Palestinian fatalities, including militants being targeted by the Israel Defense Forces, people clashing with the Israeli forces, and bystanders.

People gather along a road during an Israeli military raid in the Jenin camp for Palestinian refugees in the West Bank on Tuesday.

People gather along a road during an Israeli military raid in the Jenin camp for Palestinian refugees in the West Bank on Tuesday.Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images

Jewish settler brothers Hillel Yaniv, 21 and Yagel Yaniv, 19, were shot dead as they drove through Huwara in the West Bank on February 26. They lived in the nearby Israeli settlement of Har Bracha.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the operation had “eliminated the abhorrent terrorist who murdered the two wonderful brothers, Hillel and Yigal Yaniv, in cold blood.”

Netanyahu finished a brief video statement by adding: “As I have said repeatedly: Whoever harms us will pay the price.”

Three members of Israel’s National Counter Terror Unit were wounded in the raid, the Rambam medical center in Haifa.

During the raid in Jenin refugee camp, IDF forces surrounded Kharousha’s house, came under fire, and responded with shoulder-fired missiles, an IDF official told CNN. The official asked not to be named briefing CNN on information which had not yet been released publicly.

Netanyahu returned to office at the end of what was one of the deadliest years for both Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in years. The cycle of violence has only picked up speed.

Following the death of the Yaniv brothers in late February, dozens of settlers went on a rampage in Huwara, just south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, that one of Israel’s top military generals later called a “pogrom.” It lead to the death of one Palestinian man and other injuries.