The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. Psalms 2:2

Nuclear Iran

Picture source unknown - but appears in multiple sites

Nobody should have been unaware of President Ahmadinijad and his oft repeated threat to wipe Israel off the map once he has acquired his nuclear weapons.

However many people continued in denial about his sincerity or Iran's capability - even as the missile test launches were blatantly televised and the International Atomic Energy inspectors were given the run-around.

Ahmadinijad has been replaced by new President, Hasan Rouhani, who said of his predecessor

"Ahmadinijad was stupid enough to be a wolf in wolf's clothing, to expose his teeth and nails and alert the west. I can be a wolf in sheep's clothing. I have all the diplomatic and rhetoric skills to do so."

The west appears to have fallen for this new "Moderate" Iranian "leader" -

the slick salesman from Tehran.

Pres Rouhani - source of image unknown

A man "may smile, and smile, and be a villain," to quote a play of some renown called "The Tragedy of Hamlet" (Act I, Scene V). This suave new "moderate" president of Iran smiles and smiles, too. Experienced and worldly diplomat that he is, His Excellency Hassan Rouhani dispenses ever more rhetorical soft-soap, the kind guaranteed to ease and smooth, all the while winning time.

Nothing has changed in Iran

Twenty Threats made to wipe out Israel since Rouhani became president (as of 2016)



PM Netanyahu addressed UN General Assembly


"Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet, in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others.”

Click here to read the full transcript and here to watch the video

Netanyahu attempts to warn EU about Iran


An apparent desire on the part of several European governments to move towards dismantling the regime of sanctions against Iran's renegade nuclear program and normalize relations with the clerical regime in Teheran is viewed with alarm by Israeli officials.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made room in his schedule over the next few days to conduct several interviews with prominent European media outlets in an effort to sway public opinion against this course of action. Press reports ahead of next week's nuclear talks in Geneva indicate that Teheran will demand a loosening of sanctions in exchange for what Israel calls "cosmetic changes" to their nuclear efforts, and many EU governments have indicated they will give the deal serious consideration.

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Israel warns of Iranian motives for agreement

Yuval Steinitz - 24/09/13

Israel voiced concern over a potential meeting of the US and Iranian presidents, saying Tehran's conciliatory overtures to world powers masked an acceleration of its disputed nuclear program.

"We are certainly warning the entire international community that Iran may want an agreement, but it is liable to be the Munich agreement," Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said in an Army Radio interview, referring to the 1938 appeasement of Nazi Germany.

An official Israeli assessment said Iran now had centrifuges for quickly turning low-enriched uranium into bomb fuel, putting it on a fast track to atomic arms even if it gave up uranium of mid-level purity which had previously been Israel's focus.

Iran's new government has gone on a charm offensive timed for the annual UN General Assembly, agreeing to international nuclear negotiations that would include its foreign minister seeing US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Israel sees a mortal menace in an Iranian bomb it says could be six months from production and is wary of any let-up in Western pressure, backed by stringent sanctions, for a nuclear rollback by Tehran. Iran denies seeking atomic weapons.

At last year's UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu set a "red line" beyond which Israel would attack Iranian nuclear sites. He drew that line across a cartoon-style bomb representing the scope of the Islamic Republic's enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity, close to military grade.

An Israeli government estimate leaked to the Washington Post said Iran's new centrifuges were capable of turning stores of 3.5 percent pure uranium directly into bomb fuel "within weeks". Thus any "agreement to hand over all of its existing stockpile of highly (20 percent) enriched uranium would be insufficient".

The document, whose authenticity was confirmed by an Israeli official, presented such a handover as among "minor concessions" it said Iran hoped might lead to a deal with world powers and allow it to "build a nuclear weapon at a time of its choosing".

The last UN nuclear agency report, issued on Aug. 28, showed Iran further expanding its uranium enrichment capacity by installing both new- and old-generation centrifuges. Independent experts say the new machines could refine uranium several times faster than the older versions, but that it is still unclear how well they will work and when Iran will switch them on.


Iranian interference around the Middle East Becomes Clear

Iran's Non Nuclear ambitions

Iran is seeking hegemony in the Gulf / Arab world by getting involved in various nations. One such is Yemen, but Iran's ambitions have been thwarted.

Yemen - from an article by by Jonathan Spyer - PJ Media - 2015

The Iran-supported Ansar Allah movement, more popularly known as the Houthis, seized control of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in March. The government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was forced into exile in Saudi Arabia. The Houthis and their allies then began a march to the south, intending to seize the Gulf of Aden and unite the country under their control.

Preventing this was a matter of strategic importance for the opponents of the Houthis and of their Iranian backers. Control of southwest Yemen would have given the Houthis (and hence the Iranians) the ability to choke off energy supplies making their way from the Persian Gulf to the Suez Canal via the narrow Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

Saudi and Emirati assistance to Yemeni government forces seeking to prevent this outcome began on March 26. Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain also joined the coalition against the Houthis.

By 2017 the Saudis appear to have have the Houthis under a siege that threatens cause a major humanitarian catastrophe.

This process fits into a larger picture, in which Iranian interference - in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq - appears more usually to lead to the division of countries and ongoing civil war rather than to a clear Iranian triumph.

In tiny Lebanon, Iranian proxy (Hezbollah) has established a position of acknowledged military superiority.

The Iranians and their allies are powerful regional players, but inbuilt limitations are likely to prevent them from achieving the regional hegemony they dream of. Iranian regional machinations are set to continue exacerbating strife and division across the region, but without clear victories for Tehran.

Jonathan Spyer is director of the Rubin Center for Research in International Affairs and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

But now Russia is involved and protecting Iran with sophisticated anti-aircraft missie systems.

Does this mean that, after the Obama years of tying Israel's hands while taking no action themselves, the window of opportunity for Israel to take out Iran's nuclear weapons programme is now closed? (comment in 2017)

Human Rights

UN reports that there has been a steady rise in human rights violations, including political oppression and executions, since the "moderate" Rouhani took office.

Iran has one of the highest execution rates in the world and continues “to harass, arrest, prosecute and imprison members of civil society who express criticism of the government or who publicly deviate from officially sanctioned narratives.”

As Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country."


Finally a thought about modern day Iran being ancient Persia.

Daniel 10:12 Then he said to me, "Don't be afraid, Dani'el; because since the first day that you determined to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words have been heard; and I have come because of what you said. The prince of the kingdom of Persia prevented me from coming for twenty-one days; but Mikha'el, one of the chief princes, came to assist me; so that I was no longer needed there with the kings of Persia. CJB

Daniel 12:1 "When that time comes, Mikha'el, the great prince who champions your people (Israel), will stand up; and there will be a time of distress unparalleled between the time they became a nation and that moment. At that time, your people will be delivered, everyone whose name is found written in the book. CJB

Is that same prince of Persia building up again (in the spiritual realm) for a big attack on God's people Israel?

Shouldn't we, therefore, be fervent in Daniel style prayer for the angel forces under Mikha'el to be available to protect Israel from Iran's leaders and the prince of Persia?

Finally, a scriture to remember - concerning Iran (Elam)

Jerimiah 49:34  The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.
And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.
For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon them, even my fierce anger, saith the LORD; and I will send the sword after them, till I have consumed them:
And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD.
But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD.


Updated 30/06/18

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