Putin Unveils New Nuclear Weapons

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph. 6:12

PUTIN UNVEILS NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS: President Vladimir Putin unveiled an array of new nuclear weapons late last week, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and not be intercepted. Putin also said that a nuclear attack on any of Moscow's allies would be regarded as an attack on Russia itself and draw an immediate response. Putin backed his tough rhetoric with video clips of some of the new missiles, which were projected on a giant screen behind him at the conference hall in central Moscow where he was addressing Russia's political elite. "They have not succeeded in holding Russia back," said Putin, referring to the West. "Now they need to take into account a new reality and understand that everything I have said today is not a bluff." Among the new weapons that Putin said were either in development or ready: a new intercontinental ballistic missile, a small nuclear warhead that could be attached to cruise missiles, underwater nuclear drones, a supersonic weapon and a laser weapon. USA President Donald Trump spoke in separate phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders "shared their serious concerns" over Putin's comments on his country's nuclear weapons. (J.Post)

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IRAN HAS BUILT A MILITARY BASE OUTSIDE SYRIA’S CAPITAL: The base has existed since 2013, but early this year saw a flurry of activity with new hangars added. The hangars, which measure around 30 yards by 20 yards, are being used to store short and medium-range missiles capable of hitting all of Israel. A base similar to the one revealed in these new satellite photos was built last year south of Damascus, before being destroyed in Dec. 2017 by Israeli surface-to-surface missiles. The images emerged just weeks after Israel's UN ambassador warned that Iran is trying to turn Syria into “the largest military base in the world”. Danny Danon told the Security Council that classified information he was releasing showed that 82,000 fighters are currently under Iranian authority in Syria. He said in addition, that Iran is investing "hundreds of millions of dollars" in Syria including on land and factories. (Fox)

IRAN LAUNCHES FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE ISRAEL’S 'IMMINENT COLLAPSE’: The Islamic Republic of Iran is gearing up for its first ever “International Hourglass Festival”, celebrating what organizers call the “imminent collapse” of the Jewish state. The symbol chosen to represent the event features an hourglass with a Star of David disintegrating above the words “25 Years” – an apparent reference to the predictions made by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2016 and reiterated by Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi in 2017. Organizers announced that the festival would be held in Tehran in April 2018. Some 2,400 anti-Israel NGOS around the world have agreed to promote the event globally. The festival not only targets Israel, but also the USA over its support of Israel, and even the Saudi government. (INN) “The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.” Isa. 42:13

'ISRAEL FOILS 20-30 TERROR ATTACKS EACH WEEK': Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said last week that the IDF has been carrying out massive operations in Judea & Samaria to thwart planned terrorist attacks, particularly in and around Hebron. "We are thwarting 20 to 30 terrorist attacks each week, facing ever-increasing terrorist efforts," he said. He attributed the successful anti-terror operations to "quality intelligence and a combination of smart deployment of forces and advanced technology," and emphasized that the IDF had prevented "the vast majority of terrorist activity." (Israel Hayom) Thank you, intercessors, for continuing to pray against terrorist attacks in Israel and for increasing intelligence strategies to detect and prevent terrorist violence. Prayers are being answered.

FRENCH JEWISH TEEN ASSAULTED WHILE LEAVING SYNAGOGUE: A 14-year old French boy was attacked on Wed. 28 Feb. 2018 while leaving a synagogue in Montmagny, north of Paris. Three fourteen year-old youths and one fifteen-year-old surrounded the boy and began punching him at the exit of the synagogue. They broke his glasses and stole his kippa while shouting anti-Semitic remarks at him. The assault took place during Purim, when the synagogue would have been filled with congregants. The boy's brother and sister were reportedly with him at the time, though he had left the building alone. The suspects were taken into custody following the attack. The assault marks at least the third time a Jewish minor has been violently attacked in France since the beginning of 2018. In Jan. 2018 an 8-year-old boy was beaten in his Paris suburb. He had been wearing a kippa at the time of the assault. Earlier in January, a 15-year-old Parisian girl's face was slashed while she was walking down the street. She had been wearing the uniform of her Jewish high school at the time. (J.Post) Intercede for the protection of the Jewish community in France. Pray that the French government’s fight against anti-Semitism will be stepped-up and that increasing numbers of French citizens will join this battle. Pray for the comforting of the young man who was so viciously attacked last week.

FRANCE CRACKS DOWN ON ISLAMIC RADICALIZATION IN SCHOOLS, PRISONS, ONLINE: Rocked by a string of Islamist terror attacks capped by a deadly rampage in the heart of Paris in late 2015, French President Emmanuel Macron’s administration last week set out tough new measures to crack down on Islamic radicalization in schools, prisons and online. It’s the third such plan French officials have floated in the past four years. Amid fears that French-born recruits to ISIS may be making their way home after the terror group’s battlefield defeats, the state’s multiple plans are seen as symbolic of France’s struggles to deal with the largest Muslim population in Western Europe and to assimilate disaffected young Muslims into French society and culture. Since the first anti-radicalization plan was floated in 2014, terrorists have been blamed for the deaths of some 240 people in attacks in Paris and elsewhere.

The government will invest in training teachers to detect the early signs of radicalization among students and debunk conspiracy theories and fake news spread through social media, said PM Edouard Philippe when he announced the new policies. The new measures will also introduce tighter regulations for private and religious schools, including Islamic schools whose number has grown rapidly in the last few years. For the first time, the government is also taking new steps to reform prisons that have become hotbeds of Islamist radicalization. Radicalized inmates were previously dispersed among other prisoners. Now they will be housed in separate, sealed-off areas to prevent the exchange of radical ideas. French prisons currently hold 512 people charged with acts of terrorism, as well as over 1,100 inmates who have been identified as radicalized. (Washington Times)

HUNGARY IS LAST FRONT AGAINST ‘ISLAMIZATION’ OF EUROPE: Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has warned that pro-migration European governments have "opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam." Orban conjured up the image of a Western Europe overtaken by Muslims, saying that "born Germans are being forced back from most large German cities, as migrants always occupy big cities first. We are those who think that Europe's last hope is Christianity," Orban said. "If hundreds of millions of young people are allowed to move north, there will be enormous pressure on Europe. If all this continues, in the big cities of Europe there will be a Muslim majority." Orban claimed that his government had "prevented the Islamic world from flooding us from the south". In 2015, Orban's government ordered the construction of fences along Hungary's borders with Serbia and Croatia in an effort to divert the flow of people seeking to reach Western Europe. Since then, the country's refugee camps have been closed, the support system for refugees greatly weakened and now only one or two asylum-seekers a day are processed in border transit zones. (Fox)

PRINCE WILLIAM TO MAKE 1ST OFFICIAL UK ROYAL VISIT TO ISRAEL: For the first time since British Mandatory rule ended seven decades ago, a member of the royal family – Prince William – is scheduled to make a visit to Israel. The prince will also visit Palestinian areas and Jordan during the trip this summer. Israeli PM Netanyahu said that "this is a historic visit" and William "will be received here with great affection." Other Israelis reacted more wryly. “It only took 70 years, but finally the British royal family has gotten over the end of the Mandate,” Amit Segal, the political affairs commentator for Israel’s Channel 2 News, wrote on Twitter. He was referring to the quarter-century of British rule over the area, known as the British Mandate for Palestine, which ended in 1948, on the eve of Israeli independence. While members of the royal family have never made state visits to Israel, they have traveled widely in the Arab world. Prince Charles was in Israel twice, but only to attend funerals: Yitzhak Rabin’s in 1995 and Shimon Peres’s in 2016. (Washington Post/NY Times)

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