Iran Threatens To Take A 'Strong Step' Away From Nuclear Deal

Sep 5, 2019

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IRAN THREATENS TO TAKE A 'STRONG STEP' AWAY FROM NUCLEAR DEAL: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported last weekend that Iran has expanded its breach in the nuclear deal increasing its stock of enriched uranium and refining it to a higher purity than allowed. On Mon. 2 Sept. 2019 Iran threatened to take a further “strong step,” away from the agreement by the end of this week if Europe fails to deliver new terms by the deadline. Iranian spokesman Ali Rabiei reinforced the cut-off date Iran had set for Europe to offer it a way to market its crude oil globally. Heavy USA sanctions imposed after President Donald Trump withdrew America from the deal over a year ago have halted those sales. Rabiei described Iran’s strategy as “commitment for commitment.” “Iran’s oil should be bought and its money should be accessible to return to Iran,” Rabiei said.  On Tues. 3 Sept. 2019 the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi said Iran is able to resume production of 20% enriched uranium within two days. (JNN) Regarding Rabiei’s “commitment for commitment” strategy, the only examples of Iranian commitment have been to steadfastly support and further terrorism, to covertly increase its nuclear power capacity, and to excel in its violent antagonism against Israel and the West. “May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him,” Ps. 68:1.

IRAN CONSTRUCTING LARGE MILITARY BASE IN SYRIA: Multiple intelligence sources reported this week that Iran is constructing a massive military base in Syria capable of housing thousands of troops and storing precision missiles. Sources claim the base, named the Iman Ali Compound, is being built by the Iranian Al Quids forces. The largest military base Iran has constructed in Syria to date is expected to be completed within months. It is located a mere 200 miles away from a USA military installation. (JNN)

FRANCE:  $15 B. TO IRAN IN RETURN FOR BETTER BEHAVIOR ON NUCLEAR DEAL: French President Emmanuel Macron this week offered the Islamic Republic $15 billion to keep Tehran from making further moves to reduce its commitment to the 2015 nuclear agreement. The French government seems to be stammering and stuttering as to how exactly to carry this off, but the offer, according to Iranian officials, has officially been made.  One source close to the negotiations said, “The question is to know if we can reach this $15 billion level, secondly who will finance it, and thirdly we need to get at the very least the tacit approval of the United States.”  Actually, USA President Trump has imposed still further sanctions on Iran this week, and national security adviser John Bolton has made it clear that he opposes the French proposal. So does Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu who stood against the 2015 agreement with Iran and pressed USA President Donald Trump to abandon it. Meanwhile, a senior Iranian official said in response to France’s offer: “We are still discussing it. It should be guaranteed that we will have access to this amount freely and also Iran should be able to sell its oil and have access to its own money.” A second Iranian official said the EU and particularly France should convince the USA to cooperate with them. “If not,” he threatened, Iran is very serious about decreasing its nuclear commitments.” 

France’s bailout package is posed to compensate Iran for oil sales lost to USA sanctions. A senior American official said the core of the package is a $15 billion letter of credit, equal to about half the revenue Iran would expect to earn from oil exports in a year. In return for the money, Iran would agree to return to compliance with a 2015 nuclear accord. Iran has said that if the talks fail, it will escalate its nuclear activity starting Friday 6 Sept. 2019. It might be asked if France’s meddling in the USA's strong measures to curb the Islamic Republic’s bad behavior is not something akin to suggesting “land for peace” to unrepentant terrorist entities, or the Palestinian Authority paying salaries to killer terrorists in Israeli jails? (JNN)  Please intercede that the obscenity of rewarding evil will end and that France’s bailout deal for Iran will fail. It must be asked what in fact would Iran do with a $15 B. bribe? The answer is of course: precisely what it is doing now - only more of it.  “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey,” Isa. 59: 14-15. 

ALIYAH RISES BY 30%: Jewish aliya (immigration) to Israel rose by nearly 30% in the first half of 2019 over the same period last year. The sharp increase in newcomers, 16,005 arrivals, has been attributed to Russian speakers from countries facing financial problems, nationalism, and crackdowns on civil liberties. The majority of immigrants came from Russia, where aliyah rose by 72% to 7,884 arrivals this year, and Ukraine, which saw a 9% increase to 3,007 immigrants. (JNN) “I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth.” Isa. 43:6

FDA APPROVES ISRAEL’S GROUNDBREAKING CANCER TREATMENT: An innovative drug to prevent the proliferation of cancerous cells has just received FDA approval. The drug, a first of its kind in the world, was developed by Israeli scientist Dr. Sharon Shacham. During a trial that led to XPOVIO's approval, 40% of leukemia patients saw their tumors shrink while patient life expectancy increased by three to five times as a result of the treatment. The drug is now undergoing advanced clinical trials for patients with brain cancer, lymphoma, myeloma, sarcoma, and uterine cancer. (JNN) Pray that this long-awaited treatment in the battle against many forms of cancer will soon be made available - and that it will be affordable for all.

ALZHEIMER MEDICATIONS AID AUTISTIC CHILDREN, ISRAELI RESEARCHERS FIND: A recent study conducted by Israel’s Sheba Medical Center has noted a marked improvement in the language skills of autistic children after six months of treatment with the drugs Donepezil and Cholin – also used to treat Alzheimer’s patients. 60 children and teenagers aged five to 16, all of who suffered from autism of varying severity participated in the study. Research supervisor, Dr. Lidia Gavis, noted that the brains of autistic patients suffer from a lack of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is also lacking in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers. She said the drug treatment combined with food supplements had a positive effect on the autistic subjects and called the study a “very significant achievement.” (JNN)

ISRAEL’S LARGEST RENEWABLE ENERGY PLANT OPENS IN THE NEGEV: Israel’s largest renewable energy project, a $1.13 billion thermo-solar power plant near Ashalim in the Negev was unveiled last week.  The vast solar power resource will deliver electricity to 70,000 households in Israel and is the only facility of its kind in the nation that is able to produce energy overnight. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said, "In the near future, we will terminate the use of coal and other polluting fuels in Israel altogether, and close the coal turbines in Hadera and later on in Ashkelon. It will be only natural gas and renewables, mainly solar systems." (JNN)

McDONALD’S-ISRAEL KEEPS ON GOING VEGAN: This week’s good news for Israeli Vegans is that McDonald's expanded its pilot sales of vegan burgers to 40 branches on Wed. 4 Sept. 2019. The “Big Vegan” (there’s also a double-size vegan burger) was introduced two months ago and has until now been sold at only 18 of the chain's 186 branches in Israel, most of them in the greater Tel Aviv area which is known as “vegan capital of the world. McDonald's-Israel is also planning to open 10 new branches by the end of the year, including the two new restaurants at Ben Gurion Airport. (JNN)

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