End Times

June 12, 2009

Ahmadinejad Victory May Help Netanyahu in Speech on Sunday

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 3:24 am

While Israel’s mass media speculate on what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will or not will say in his major policy speech Sunday, one key to his remarks may be the outcome of Iran’s presidential elections to be held on Friday.

A victory by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over his relatively moderate opponent would allow the Prime Minister to focus on the Iranian nuclear threat as a larger issue than construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria.

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon, speaking this week in Washington, pointed out that Israeli concessions to the Palestinian Authority will not improve relations between Iran and the West. “The mullahs consider the destruction of Israel as just a step on the way to changing the entire world order,” he told the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
The mullahs consider the destruction of Israel as just a step on the way to changing the entire world order.

Although predicting the future in Israel is tricky, Israel’s major newspaper quoted themselves and others and contradicted each other as to whether Prime Minister Netanyahu will or will not accept the “two-state solution.” However, the clearest signal came from Washington, where Strategic Affairs Minister Yaalon spoke.

He jabbed back at U.S. President Barack Obama’s insistence that Israel must accept a PA state and that a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria is in the way of peace by stating, “Permanent settlement of the conflict is not easy to achieve as long as the Palestinians do not remove the main obstacle to peace – namely by accepting Israel as a Jewish state.”

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has refused Prime Minister Netanyahu’s offer for an immediate resumption of talks centering on the creation of a PA state. Abbas, who has said he is not setting any pre-conditions, demands that Israel recognize the principle of a PA state while rejecting Netanyahu’s demand that the PA recognize Israel as a “Jewish state.”

Yaalon spelled out the Prime Minister’s general emphasis that it is premature to acknowledge a PA state before it is economically and socially stable. The Strategic Affairs Minister, formerly an IDF Chief of Staff, told his audience, “The Palestinian response to Israeli withdrawals has demonstrated time and again that the dismantling of Israeli settlements or the Israeli withdrawal from territories does not bring peace, but rather, more war.”

He called on the PA to implement political reforms, crack down on terrorists, allow more freedom of speech and cease anti-Israeli indoctrination in its school system, a condition of the American Roadmap plan.

Much Ado about Nothing?
Foreign and local media are highlighting the apparent predicament of Prime Minister Netanyahu trying to please his nationalist Likud party without straining relations with the U.S. At the same time, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, head of the government coalition Labor party, is pressing to accept the American position, stating that the Likud leader will change his stand. He made the same prediction before Prime Minister Netanyahu flew to the Washington last month for talks with President Obama.


However, a rare balanced analysis by New York Times correspondent Ethan Bronner this week implied that the speeches may be a way to pass the time until everyone gives up on trying to untangle the PA-Israeli struggle. The writer conceded that “Oslo is now widely viewed by both sides as a failure” and that a large number of Israelis and PA Arabs “so deeply mistrusts the other that it can fight off an accord.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu may try to make the next move in what is becoming a diplomatic chess game by reiterating support for the Roadmap while pointing out that it calls for future borders of Israel and the PA to be decided by negotiations.


May 21, 2009

Iran: We successfully fired missile that can hit Israel

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Last update – 15:12 20/05/2009    
Iran: We successfully fired missile that can hit Israel
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Wednesday that Iran has successfully test-fired a new advanced missile with a range of about 1,200 miles, far enough to strike Israel and southeastern Europe as well as U.S. bases in the Gulf.

U.S. sources later confirmed the test, adding that the administration was looking into its range as well as other data.

The solid-fuel Sajil-2 surface-to-surface missile is a new version of the Sajjil missile, which Iran said it had successfully tested late last year with a similar range.


“The Sajil 2 missile, which has an advanced technology, was launched today … and it landed exactly on the target,” Ahmadinejad said during a visit to the northern Semnan province, where Iran’s official news agency IRNA said the launch took place.

The announcement comes just two days after U.S. President Barack Obama declared a readiness to seek deeper international sanctions against Iran if it shunned U.S. attempts to open negotiations on its nuclear program. He said he expected a positive response to his diplomatic outreach by the end of the year.

Iran’s announcement is likely to arouse further concern in the West about Iran’s military ambitions. The U.S. and its allies suspect the Islamic Republic is seeking to build nuclear bombs. Tehran denies the charge.

Iran said in November it test fired a Sajil missile, describing it as a new generation of surface-to-surface missile. Tehran said it was ready to defend itself against any attacker.

Washington said at the time that the test highlighted the need for a missile defense system it plans to base in Poland and the Czech Republic to counter threats from what it calls “rogue states”.

April 26, 2009

Tremor jolts Sepid-Dasht in mid-west province of Lorestan

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 1:11 am
Tehran, April 25, IRNA – An earthquake measuring 4.4 on Richter scale jolted Sepid-Dasht in mid–west province of Lorestan on Saturday evening.
According to the report of seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute, the tremor occurred at 19:44 hours local time ( 15: 14 hours GMT) and its epicenter was at 33.05 degrees latitude and 48.83 degrees longitude.
There is no immediate report on possible casualties or damage.

Iran canceled air show when Russia warned Israel planned to destroy all 140 warplanes

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 1:05 am

Iranian warplanes did not take off

DEBKAfile‘s Iranian and intelligence sources disclose that Moscow warned Tehran Friday April 17 that Israel was planning to destroy all 140 fighter-bombers concentrated at the Mehr-Abad Air Force base for an air show over Tehran on Iran’s Army Day the following day. The entire fleet was accordingly removed to remote bases and the display cancelled.

In the first week of April, Tehran announced it would stage its biggest air show ever to dramatize a ceremonial military parade in the capital on April 18. Iran would show the world that it is capable of fighting off an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities. Instead only four aircraft flew over the saluting stand. Iranian media explained that the big show was cancelled due to “bad weather and poor visibility,” when in fact Tehran basked in warm and sunny weather.

Moscow had informed the Iranians that its spy satellites and intelligence sources had picked up preparations at Israeli Air Force bases to destroy the 140 warplanes, the bulk of the Iranian air force, on the ground the night before the display, leaving its nuclear sites without aerial defense. A similar operation wiped out the entire Egyptian air fleet in the early hours of the 1967 war.

April 24, 2009

WW 3

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April 9, 2009

Iran declares major breakthroughs in nuclear drive

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ImageISFAHAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran Thursday declared major advances in its controversial nuclear drive as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opened an atomic fuel plant and announced the testing of two high capacity centrifuges.

Ahmadinejad’s announcements at a function in central Isfahan province marking national nuclear day are likely to trigger fresh concerns among world powers, who fear Iran’s nuclear programme is aimed at making atomic weapons.

Tehran insists its programme is for peaceful purposes only.

Ahmadinejad said Iran had notched up two achievements — the manufacture of nuclear fuel and “testing of two kinds of new centrifuges having greater capacity (to enrich uranium) than the existing ones.”

He was speaking after cutting the ribbon at the fuel facility in Isfahan, which the Iranian news agency Mehr said can produce 10 tonnes of nuclear fuel annually to feed the heavy water 40-megawatt Arak reactor as well as 30 tonnes for light water reactors such as the Bushehr nuclear plant.

The opening of the fuel plant indicates that Iran has now mastered the complete nuclear fuel cycle from uranium mining to enrichment, even as world powers urge the Islamic Republic to halt its programme completely.

“Today the nuclear fuel cycle has been practically completed and there is no room for the idea of halting (uranium) enrichment in the negotiations” with global powers, the head of Iran’s parliamentary commission of national security and foreign policy, Alaeddin Borujerdi said after the plant was opened.

Speaking at the same function as Ahmadinejad, Iran’s atomic chief Gholam Reza Aghazadeh said Iran had reached a “new phase (generation) of acquiring the technolgy of uranium enrichment.”

“Today in Natanz there are around 7,000 centrifuges installed,” he told the gathering.

Iran has a uranium enrichment facility in Natanz in Isfahan province.

In its February 19 report, the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency said 3,964 centrifuges were actively enriching uranium in Natanz.

It said another 1,476 were undergoing vacuum or dry run tests without nuclear material, and an additional 125 centrifuges had been installed but remained stationary.

Uranium enrichment is at the heart of global fears that Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons because the process can be used both to make nuclear fuel and the fissile core of an atom bomb.

World powers fear that Iran could configure the Arak plant in a way that it can be used to help make an atom bomb, but Tehran says the reactor is planned to make isotopes only for agricultural and health purposes.

Iran has defied five UN Security Council resolutions calling for a freeze in its enrichment activities, including three resolutions imposing sanctions.

In a bid to defuse tensions, six world powers led by Washington on Wednesday invited Iran for direct talks on the programme which Tehran insists is civilian and purely peaceful.

In a joint statement, the United States, Britain, Russia, China, France, and Germany said EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has been tasked to invite Iran for direct talks on its nuclear plans.

“We reaffirm our unity of purpose and collective determination through direct diplomacy to resolve our shared concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme, in line with the package proposals for cooperation with Iran,” they said.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington will participate fully in the talks.

“There’s nothing more important than trying to convince Iran to cease its effort to obtain nuclear weapons,” Clinton said.

Ali Akbar Javanfekr, a top advisor to Ahmadinejad, in response said on Thursday that Tehran will study the “constructive proposal” which “shows a change of approach (from the world powers).”

“We hope that this proposal means a change of approach to a more realistic attitude. The Islamic Republic of Iran will examine (it) and give its response.”

Iran, Russia to discuss technology exchange

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 3:44 am

ImageTehran, Iran, Apr. 08 – An Iran-Russia joint meeting to exchange technology, themed ‘Chemistry and Petrochemical Industry’, will be held for the first time in Tehran’s Pardis Technology Park on April 29, Iran’s official state news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday. 

According to a report by the Public Relations Department of the park, the event will deal with cooperation opportunities for the two countries.

The event will be sponsored by the Pardis Technology Park and Tapchif Synthetic Petrochemical Institute affiliated to Russia’s National Academy, IRNA said.

The institute, which is active in the field of chemistry and petrochemical industry, was set up 75 years ago and has more than 23 advanced research labs, run by 300 scientists, it added.

April 7, 2009

Silk Road institute planned

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 4:39 pm
Making way for the Kings from the east.
Tehran, April 7, IRNA — Iran plans to set up a special and independent institute to restore and further introduce Silk Road, a historical route linking Asian countries.
Announcing this deputy head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Hamid Baqaei said that Iran will manage the affairs pertaining to the road through the entity.

The objective of establishing the institute is to conduct studies, undertake restoration works and introduce its capacities to other countries.

It will also release brochures on the road and guide tourists, he noted.

Stating Iran’s significant share of the road, Baqaei added that there many villages, cities and natural sceneries along the road, each of which have numerous potentials for introducing Iran’s culture and civilization to foreign tourists.

Silk Road is an extensive interconnected network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean region, including North Africa and Europe, which was used by Asian merchants

April 4, 2009

Iran, Syria reach MOU on energy, pipeline

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 12:35 pm

ImageDAMASCUS, Syria, April 3 (UPI) — Iran and Syria signed a broad memorandum of understanding in the oil and gas sector that includes exploration and pipeline development.

Sufian Allaw, the Syrian energy minister, said the package foresees development of upstream activities, drilling and exploration and the possible construction of the Persian Pipeline from Iran to Europe.

The 2,100-mile Persian Pipeline would bring an estimated 1.3 trillion cubic feet to markets in Europe along a path that includes Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

Both sides are also expected to move forward with the development of oil refineries in Syria as well as discuss plans to include Iraq in the Persian Pipeline talks, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reports.

Iranian officials had expressed optimism over the deal in earlier talks, saying it gave the Islamic Republic the option to deliver gas from its South Pars field to Europe.

Iran sits on roughly 948 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, the second-largest reserve volume in the world after Russia.

March 31, 2009

Medvedev: No nuclear trade-off with US

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 11:13 pm

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev indicated he would not increase pressure on Iran over its nuclear program in exchange for the United States backing off on plans to deploy missile-defense elements in Eastern Europe.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.

“I don’t think any trade-offs are possible in this respect,” Medvedev said in a transcript of an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp. aired Sunday.

The former US administration said putting the anti-missile system in Europe was necessary to block possible attacks by so-called rogue states such as Iran, but Russia says the system is aimed at undermining its own defenses.

The dispute is expected to be the central issue when US President Barack Obama and Medvedev meet on Wednesday in London, where both leaders will take part in the economic summit of the Group of 20 major and developing nations.

Obama and his administration have expressed interest in improving US-Russia relations, which deteriorated during Bush’s eight years in office.

Russia has maintained close relations with Iran and built the Bushehr nuclear plant, expected to go into operation this year, that the West suspects is part of an Iranian push to develop nuclear weapons.

US PRESIDENT George W. Bush and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Lima.

“Our position is based on well-known UN resolutions and approaches set forth by the IAEA, namely that Iran’s nuclear program should be peaceful,” Medvedev said.

Medvedev said Russia is “interested in securing our country and our citizens from threats posed by certain problematic states.

“But the point is that this should be done through common efforts rather than by deploying any missiles or radars along our borders when a real doubt arises as to what lies behind all this. Is it done to make us nervous, or in order to really prevent some threats?” he said.

Russia has repeatedly threatened to target missiles at elements of the proposed missile-defense system if it is built.

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