Octopus Doctrine Needed For Iran

“Let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just.” Ps 7:9

OCTOPUS DOCTRINE NEEDED FOR IRAN: Israel must immediately change its strategy and hold Iran responsible for attacks from terrorist group Hezbollah and Syria, according to Israel’s security cabinet minister Naftali Bennett. Bennett said last week that for 30 years, Israel has made the mistake of targeting what he called "mosquitoes" and not "the swamp" and what he called "tentacles" and not "the octopus." Bennett continued that, “Our message to Iran: the era of your immunity while you send others and use your national resources to hurt Israel is over. A rocket from Lebanon will be treated like an Iranian rocket. We will not waste our resources and energy fighting in Lebanese towns while you recline your chair and watch. We will also not sit idly and watch the accumulation of accurate missiles in Lebanon. This strategy means Iran, the Quds Force and the host countries will pay a price." 

Bennett said he was not necessarily referring to armed conflict with Iran and its Quds Force but a "war via diplomacy, intelligence, preemptive efforts, technological means, economic sanctions, and – if needed – other means." He also called for different strategies with Lebanon and Iranian militias in Syria, He said that unlike in the past, Hezbollah attacking Israel from Lebanon must be seen as a declaration of war by Lebanon against Israel and that "Assad will bear responsibility for actions taking place in and from his territory." Bennett added that the USA and pragmatic Arab countries understand that the center of world terror is Iran, and based on this, Israel can create a regional coalition. "I believe adopting the Octopus Doctrine, the core of which is acting against the Quds Forces and Iran, while weakening Iran's hold on Lebanon, Syria and Gaza, has the highest chances of preventing war, or shortening it if it breaks out," Bennett said. (J.Post)

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‘USA UNDER NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT IRAN’S MALICIOUS INTENT’: A senior USA counterterrorism specialist said that the United States and Israel are working closely to combat Iran's influence in the Middle East. State Department Counterterrorism Coordinator Nathan Sales said that the United States has "no doubt that Iran is a serious threat to Israel and to the United States" and called the Islamic Republic "the common threat that has been the basis for a very fruitful cooperation in the fight against terrorism between our two countries over the years. The United States has no illusions about Iran's malicious intent in the region, or about its ability to project its power and spill blood around the world," said Sales, who is presently in Israel. "Iran can be stopped, it is not invincible," Sales added. "Iran is vulnerable because it has chosen to use illegitimate means such as terrorism to shed blood and sow disorder in the world, and we see its bloody fingerprints in the region, such as its support for Bashar Assad's regime." Israel has been actively fighting Iran's attempt to take over the Middle East and has been watching its activities in Lebanon and Syria with concern. Earlier this week, IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis published an unusual op-ed in a number of Arab-language news sites warning that Iranian attempts to produce missiles in Lebanon would spark a regional conflagration. (Ynet/Arutz-7)

HAMAS FOUNDER DIES AFTER ‘ACCIDENTALLY’ SHOOTING HIMSELF: A senior member of the Hamas terrorist organization has died, a Hamas spokesman said on 30 Jan. 2018, three weeks after he suffered what the terror organization claimed was an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head. Hamas sources said that on 9 Jan. 2018, Imad al-Alami, one of the movement’s most senior officials, was critically wounded when his personal firearm accidentally discharged. Al-Alami, 61, was "inspecting his personal weapon in his home and is in critical condition,” said the spokesman. The Hamas leader was rushed to a Gaza City hospital, where he later succumbed to his wounds. Outlawed by the USA in 2003 for his position in Hamas, al-Alami was considered one of the Gaza terror group’s most important assets, due to his extensive ties with the Iranian government – a major sponsor of Hamas – and his personal relationship with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, himself a client of the Tehran regime. In November, 2016, al-Alami was selected as Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh’s designated successor. The shooting incident fueled a variety of conspiracy theories within the Palestinian Authority, ranging from claims al-Alami was assassinated, to suggestions he may have committed suicide following years of health problems. (INN)

UN ENVOY: GAZA ON VERGE OF ‘TOTAL SYSTEMS COLLAPSE’: Gaza is beyond a “humanitarian crisis” and “on the verge of a total systems failure,” UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said last week. Mladenov defined a total systems failure as the “full collapse of the economy and social services,” with all the “political, humanitarian and security implications stemming from that. The situation in Gaza needs to be high on the agenda for the Palestinian Authority’s donor countries Mladenov said. Returning Gaza under legitimate Palestinian control and ending all the terrorist activity there is critical,” he said. “It is critical to Israel’s security, Egypt’s security, to the people of Gaza and the Palestinians in general.” The envoy said “we need to work with the Palestinian Authority, and help them develop a plan about how they are going to return to Gaza.” Without that, he said, Gaza risks “exploding in our faces again, this time in a far more violent and deadly manner than in the past”. (J.Post) “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” Prov 29:2

ISRAEL SUBMITS PLAN TO HELP REBUILD GAZA: Israel submitted a $1 billion plan for improving Gaza's infrastructure at a meeting on Wed. 31 Jan. 2018 of donor states in Brussels. The plan includes building desalination plants, installing a new high-voltage line that would double the amount of electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, laying a natural gas pipeline from Israel to Gaza, and building a sewage purification plant and a landfill. Israel is willing to provide technology and know-how for these projects, but not to finance them. (Ha'aretz) The Gaza Strip was devastated three times in less than a decade and billions of dollars continue to be poured into a terrorist society that uses that aid to rebuild terrorist tunnels and its arsenals against the Jewish state – rather than constructing and providing for its own people. It is a mystery that donor states carry on providing funds - without careful supervision of how those funds are used - to what is basically a violent, self-destructive society. Intercede for an alternative to Gaza’s terrorist leadership. It would be a joy to see Gaza thrive rather than wallow in the spoiled fruits of its own hatred towards Israel. 

CHILDREN'S TV TEACHES MASS MURDERER 'A ROLE MODEL': Palestinian children’s television has a long history of promoting violence, including a bunny character named Assud who was “martyred” after calling for the occupation of Israeli cities. “We should teach our children that we have a land to which we must return: Jaffa, Acre, Haifa, and Tel Aviv,” said the character. “We will return to all these cities, Allah willing.” Palestinian television also featured the “martyrdom” of Farfour, a Mickey Mouse-lookalike. The latest comes in the opening of a 10-minute children’s program called “From My Country.” The program declares arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, credited by the PA for the murders of at least 125 Israelis, “is a role model to be followed.” The opening of the weekly 10 minute program, which has been broadcast twice so far, shows a cube with photos of six different Palestinian personalities. One of them is terrorist Abu Jihad, who orchestrated numerous terror attacks against Israelis, among them the Coastal Road Massacre – in which Palestinian terrorists hijacked a bus and murdered 37 civilians, among them 12 children. (WND) Intercede that this kind of incitement that paralyzes the hearts and minds of children will somehow be penalized and banned. Little is said by Western leaders regarding ceremonies honoring terrorists, or hate-filled Palestinian text books and children’s television shows.

GUATEMALAN PRESIDENT HONORED FOR MOVING EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM: The president of Guatemala was honored with an award from an international Jewish organization for his decision to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem and for his unwavering support of Israel. Jimmy Morales received the Human Rights Award from global and regional B’nai B’rith officials during a ceremony 31 Jan. 2018 in Guatemala City. “We praised Morales for his courage and determination for the embassy announcement and for recognizing that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” said B’nai B’rith official Eduardo Kohn. “The Jewish people will always be grateful to Guatemala for its crucial role in Israel’s birth, and for the great role then-President Juan José Arevalo played in recognizing the Jewish state,” added the official who then gave the Central American leader a shofar and a plaque highlighting his country’s record of defending human rights. (Arutz-7)

FAMILIES FIND 1,500-YEAR-OLD JUG DURING HIKE IN NORTH ISRAEL: Two Israeli families, hiking near a stream in Beit She'an's National Park in northern Israel discovered a Byzantine-era pitcher. "We were hiking, and at one point stopped to rest on the slope," Tamar Armon, one of the mothers, said. "Suddenly we spotted an 'ear' - a clay handle sticking out of the ground. We were really surprised and excited to discover a complete jug, heavy and beautiful. As people who like archaeology, we read all the signs along the path, and one of them said that clay jugs had been found at that spot. And here, we ourselves found one of them, and it's about 1,500 years old." The Avidor and Armon families transferred the jug to the Israeli government, and received in return a certificate of appreciation from the Israel Antiquities Authority. (Arutz-7)

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