The Saudis are testing Obama, as they have seen how he tends to waver under pressure while trying to keep both sides happy. And quietly, America's traditional allies in the region - such as Egypt , Israel, Jordan and the Gulf states - are rooting for the Saudis.
Saudi Arabia is testing its 70 year US dependence.
Saudi Arabia has reacted with unusual bluntness to US moves at rapprochement with the kingdom's enemies in Tehran and Damascus, forcing President Barack Obama to either alter his stance or risk a breakdown in relations.
The Saudis are testing Obama, as they have seen how he tends to waver under pressure while trying to keep both sides happy.
And quietly, America's traditional allies in the region - such as Egypt , Israel, Jordan and the Gulf states - are rooting for the Saudis.
The Saudis observed how Obama was willing to compromise and settle for a deal with Syria after he had called for President Bashar Assad's removal from power two years ago. On Iran, Obama is warming to the country despite its involvement in terrorism, the fighting in Syria and its history of deception as it strives towards nuclear weapons.
1) Saudi Arabia has won a seat on the United Nations Security Council but rejected it. "The kingdom sees that the method and work mechanism and the double standards in the Security Council prevent it from properly shouldering its responsibilities towards world peace," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
(The UN did not help Sunni Saudi Arabia depose the Allawite/Shiite Syrian regime!)
2) Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, said his country will make a "major shift " away from its relationship with the United States in protest over President Obama's dialogue with Iran and inaction in Syria.
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
By supporting the Islamist led uprising in Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, ignoring the systematic unfriendly behavior of the Islamic government of Turkey, tolerating diplomatic spats coming from Pakistan and Afghanistan and not dealing with the nuclear ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran. President Obama has discredited himself and his administration. Friends do not trust him and enemies have become arrogant in pursuing their endeavors!
Iran 's Supreme Spiritual Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that "we should not make a mistake in knowing the main enemy, who in the present time is global arrogance and the criminal Zionist network." In his address to the Hajj pilgrims, Khamenei mentioned Israel several times: "we should properly identify the methods of this hostile enemy which is creating discord among Muslims"
(I thought that existence of Israel unites Muslims, not "creating discord". Without Israel they would kill each other even more vigorously!)
US is the Largest Oil Producer
The US has finally surpassed Saudi Arabia as the largest oil producer in the world, after an explosion in the use of hydraulic fracking created the largest oil boom in nearly 40 years, only beaten by the production boom in Saudi Arabia between 1970 and 1974.
(Will it change the US support for fake Palestinian state? I doubt it, the anti-Jewish attitude in the international political elite has deep roots!)
Peace Negotiation Means Terror Attacks!
A terror attack involving a tractor was thwarted near Jerusalem . The terrorist's brother was responsible for a similar attack in 2009. He succeeded in breaking through an IDF base's fence at A-Ram, north of the capital base's fence. Soldiers fired on him and killed him.
Among the organizations funding and distributing physical and emotional aid to the hundreds of thousands of Syrians is IsraAid. In Jordan , the group is buying and putting together large sacks of essential goods that are passed out to Syrian refugees daily. But, they are doing it discreetly.
1) Early last year, the Erdogan government blew the cover of up to 10 Israel agents in Iran who had been meeting inside Turkey with their Mossad case officers. This story was published in The Washington Post. The article presents Israel's Mossad in an unflattering light, claiming that Israeli intelligence officers in 2010 complained to the CIA that Hakan Fidan Turkish intelligence chief was in fact "the MOIS station chief in Ankara." MOIS is Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security.
The US Pentagon said it plans a large arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates worth $10.8 billion. The weapons include bunker-buster bombs and air-launched cruise missiles that can hit targets from a long distance. The weapons will be used on US-made F-15 and F-16 fighter jets. The Gulf states are very concerned about Iran and its mission to extend its influence throughout the region.
(Who will the bombs be used against - Iran or Israel, or both?)
1) For at least the second time in five months, Arab residents of Beit Umar (PA controlled) have placed a Nazi flag over a major thoroughfare where Jews pass in their vehicles.
2) Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas government in Gaza, celebrated the abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, on the two-year anniversary of his exchange for 1,027 jailed terrorists. He praised the terrorists who carried out recent attacks on Jews in Judea and Samaria, and called on the Arab and Islamic countries to prepare themselves for "the big Al Aqsa Intifada."
The Israel Prisons Service published the list of 26 terrorists who will be freed as part of the latest 'gesture' to the PA. Among the terrorists on the list two Arabs who shot and killed Israeli soldier Aharon Avidar in Ramallah in February of 1985. Also on the list is a terrorist who murdered Isaac Rotenberg in Petach Tikva on March 31, 1994...
(When will Israeli politicians gain self-respect and stop betraying their own people?)
Arab MK, Ibrahim Sarsour (Ra'am Ta'al), praised a speech by Hamas head in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh which included a call for "popular resistance" against Israel - a phrase which Hamas uses to refer to terrorism. In his October 19 speech, Haniyeh slammed the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as "harming the cause of resistance," and called to prepare for "the big campaign in which all of Palestine will be liberated."
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas this week signed a secret cooperation agreement with President Bashar Assad. Abbas is the first Arab leader to break ranks with the united Arab front against Assad and made his move behind American backs. US Secretary of State John Kerry apparently went into his meeting with Netanyahu in Rome ignorant of what was afoot.
Quotes of the Week:
"We Muslims make the mistake of thinking Europeans really care about is, especially the Palestinians. We are wrong. Europeans simply hate the Jews more than they hate and fear us. The bitter truth is that Europeans usually intervene in a crisis only if it gives them an opportunity for Jew-bashing." - Ali Salim, a scholar based in the Middle East - Spot on! That why in my letters, I often make a point that the US and Europe are not true friends of Israel. Israel must set its own national goals, develop its own plans and implement them.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (Likud) said that the West needs to "wake up" from the idea that the Middle East's problems will be solved through democratization.
"The western idea of bringing what succeeded in Europe - democracy - to the Middle East , is really irrelevant," he said at a financial conference in Tel Aviv. "It stems from ignorance, from not being well acquainted with the Middle East , in large part from naïveté, confusing wishes for reality. Even if it comes from good intentions - 'We'll bring you a good idea' - it smacks of patronizing.
"I say all this because the next failure is already written on the pages of history, if the West does not wake up," he warned. "It is called 'democratization through elections.' Whoever thinks democracy can be instilled just by holding elections is simply wrong."
Yaalon said that while it is preferable that the Iranian regime disarm itself of its nuclear weapons program as "a result of diplomatic and economic pressure, or perhaps internal pressure," a credible military option must also be put before it.
Steven Shamrak born in the Soviet Union and now lives in Melbourne Australia. He is a qualified civil engineer and software specialist, and was an active participant in the nascent Moscow Zionist movement before he arrived in Australia 25 years ago. Believing that "a sense of pride, nationhood and connection to all Jewish land" is missing from Jewish hearts, he spends his spare time educating Jews and non-Jews about Jewish history in the Middle East. He worked as a construction engineer at the Moscow Olympic Games project and as a computer consultant in Australia. For several years he has been publishing an Internet editorial letter about the Arab-Israel conflict since August 2001.
“Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations… We shall not rest until the day when we return to our home, and until we destroy Israel.” - Yasser Arafat (El Mundo, Venezuela, February 11, 1980; The Times, UK, August 5, 1980)
Supreme Court Justice Yoram Danziger who rejected the government outline by which the Amona residents would be evacuated peacefully in return for alternative housing nearby, on the same day ruled against the evacuation of Arabs from their illegal houses built on private land belonging to Jews in Beit Hanina, in Eastern Jerusalem.
It is impossible to achieve anything without setting an objective. We need to revive, re-ignite and be clear about the Jewish National Goal and aspirations. We can’t afford to waste time anymore. Our enemies declared their intention clearly, recently and in the past. Our ambiguity is just inflaming their hate!
The European Union is funding dozens of projects that are dedicated to the destruction of Israel, according to a new report by the NGO Monitor. The EU is the “single largest donor to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, accounting for NIS 28.1 million in 2012-2014 to politicized Israeli NGOs alone.
I don’t know that Trump can do a better job than any other – especially Clinton, but I really can’t imagine that he could do any worse – except perhaps by failing to line the pockets of elitists and multinational corporations.
Despite all the hysterical accusations made by the sociopathic ideologues, the reality is that REAL everyday Muslims who have left their homelands to settle in democracy loving western lands DON’T WANT to be controlled by Islamists. They more than anyone else know what living under Islamic (theocratic) political and social control means.
I cry for America for two reasons. The first is that the light of honesty and decency – the hallmarks of democracy – are being extinguished by puerile and apparently sociopathic people. But perhaps the more important reason for my tears is that I believe that what we are seeing now is the death throes of the American Republic. If America falls, then so too does democracy, and if democracy falls, what hope do any of the peoples of the world have?
Since the King’s Calendar puts Jehoram’s death at 849 BC., current academic opinion that Hazael of Syria commenced to reign around 842/841 BC. can be seen to be incorrect. (Be aware that there is absolutely no archaeological or historical evidence to support current academic opinion.)...When it comes to chronological events in the records, academics can’t even agree how the chronological data ought to be applied. Referring to Tiglath-Pileser’s campaigns, we have two different dates for the exact same campaign. (E.R. Thiele (1966, p.97) puts the 743 BC campaign in 738 BC.)
This chart takes the calculations further, down to 722 BC when Hoshea of Israel was taken captive allegedly in the 6th year of Hezekiah. In fact it was the 6th year of Ahaz. These two charts ending in 722 BC show a discrepancy of 19 years. REMEMBER that these reigns are SYNCHRONIZED in the Bible. In Math that translates as 260 = 241
No archeological discovery has ever controverted a single biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries. Almost 100% of The King’s Calendar reconstruction of Ancient Israelite History fits into currently acceptable historical chronological perspectives.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]