Reported Israeli strikes in Syria coincide with US cogitation on Assad’s post-war future

A broad, purposeful assessment of policy on Syrian president Bashar Assad’s political future has been scheduled for the rest of the week in Washington, DEBKAfile reports. This event accounts for the timing of Israel’s purported air strikes from Lebanese air space, which Syrian state media claimed targeted the Al Qutaiba base east of Damascus before dawn on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
DEBKAfile’s Washington sources reveal that the deliberations in the White House are to be led by high officials of US government branches involved in Syrian policy. Invited too are senior European diplomats from Britain, Germany, France and Italy, and representatives from Asia, led by Japan and India. The conference has been called to hammer out a unified US-European-Asian policy for determining the shape of the regime in post-war Syria and Assad’s future role. The Trump administration intends to come out of these deliberations with a broadly-based US-led coalition policy for Syria that will challenge Vladimir Putin’s plans for leading Syria from war to peace in conjunction with Iran and Turkey.

The American scheme’s central theme is the preservation of Syria’s territorial integrity along with partial autonomy for its minorities, especially the Kurds. Assad will remain in office for an interim period, whose length will be up for negotiation between the US and Russia. It will end with elections to the presidency and parliament, after which Assad will step down. It is surmised in Washington that the main bone of contention will be Russia’s insistence on drawing Assad’s rule out for as long as possible, while the Americans will seek to cut it short. However, US administration circles are confident about the chances of bridging this gap.
Israel was not invited to take part in this round-table, but made its position clear to Washington in direct communications between US and Israeli government and security officials. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu laid out Israel’s stance in a phone call to Vladimir Putin on Jan. 1. They decided to meet soon.
Vice President Mike Pence’s forthcoming visit to Israel on Jan. 22 will also serve for the transmission of messages from Jerusalem to Washington on the Syrian question.
The reported Israeli air and ground strikes against Syria Monday night were meant as a reminder to both Washington and Moscow that Israel is closely following their moves on Syria and will make sure that its views and security needs are taken fully into account. They were also a warning to Tehran against trying to use the transition period for deepening its military presence in Syria.

 

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69 thoughts on “Reported Israeli strikes in Syria coincide with US cogitation on Assad’s post-war future

  • Jan 9, 2018 @ 17:32 at 17:32
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    Who gave to these Countries the right to decide instead of Syrian people? Just in case, why, if elected, Assad should step away? The call themselves democracies!!

    • Jan 9, 2018 @ 17:57 at 17:57
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      Syria did when they agreed to allow their involvement in the civil wars and fighting ISIS. Wake up and try to understand what is going on.

      • Jan 9, 2018 @ 18:06 at 18:06
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        George: inform yourself. Official Syrian government never asked ANY of those countries for help with fighting ISIS … unlike the case with Russia, who’s presence there is due to official invitation.

        • Jan 9, 2018 @ 19:05 at 19:05
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          Key word: Official invitation. Not everyone who comes to the party is invited but is allowed to stay and dance. This is nothing new. Russia, like the US must negotiate with others who have a stake in the game of a weak dilapidated government, being propped up by outside sources. Money talks.

        • Jan 12, 2018 @ 1:03 at 1:03
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          All elections are made using democratic values as assured by even Assaids. However, the world sees Assaids control with a 12% minority as a dictatorship and as thus, will control “democratic” elections as the syrian people want. Assaids and his father were both dictators, their time is expired. Now, the people will govern. Only with democratic countries assisting. Cant call Russia, Iran or hezbollah democratic, can we lol.

      • Jan 9, 2018 @ 21:44 at 21:44
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        ISIS is a ISRAELI/US creation…….Israel treats, arms and trains terrorists……..Israel bombs Syria this morning….a Sovereign country but leaves ISIS alone……..the evidence is overwhelming now……are you going to NUKE us all Israel ? Because your in deep shiiiiite………funny that !!!

        • Jan 10, 2018 @ 0:23 at 0:23
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          We were going to nuke y,all

        • Jan 10, 2018 @ 0:54 at 0:54
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          There is far more compelling argument that ISIS is a creation of Iran. Wherever ISIS goes, Iran follows and “liberates” the area for the Shiite empire. ISIS has been fighting Iran for years and has only attacked inside Iran once.

          • Jan 10, 2018 @ 1:37 at 1:37
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            And how many times have they attacked inside Israel?

          • Jan 10, 2018 @ 4:38 at 4:38
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            Fascist Iran is playing Bad Muslim/Good Musilm. After all, this a naked attempt by Fascist Shiite Iran to be the “good guy” in the eyes of Sunni Muslims.

            Fascist Shiite Iran hates Sunni Saudi Arabia and wants to take control of Mecca.

          • Jan 10, 2018 @ 15:21 at 15:21
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            Kilroy – ISIS isnt fighting Israel anywhere, why would they attack the strongest country in the region?

          • Jan 14, 2018 @ 2:24 at 2:24
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            they also never attack Israel .

        • Jan 10, 2018 @ 4:34 at 4:34
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          Piglet, Using your “logic” KGB Pootins Russia created RussISISa because when did ISIS attack Russia? And KGB Pootin arms Syria too.

          You really are a dumb cuck.

      • Jan 10, 2018 @ 21:09 at 21:09
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        THERE IS NO “CIVIL WAR”!

    • Jan 9, 2018 @ 20:02 at 20:02
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      The opportunity for this passed during Obama’s presidency. Now it would take a full scale war with large numbers of troops for many years, something nobody but nobody has the stomach for. If this is successful, in the end, many of the people of Syria will benefit, but probably not to the extent they would like. It’s the best that

      • Jan 10, 2018 @ 2:48 at 2:48
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        Pathetic. That is NOT proof of anything except fertile imaginations willing something to be – something else and constructing a narrative to suit. 9/11 was a straight out muslim terror attack – just like the 30,000 that have occurred since.

    • Jan 10, 2018 @ 0:44 at 0:44
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      US not invited to Sochi and want to be relevant . So they are trying very hard to be so as though anyone wants to listen.

      Iran had already warned US to get out.
      Time will tell but US position in Syria is precarious and illegal by all standards

      • Jan 10, 2018 @ 0:55 at 0:55
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        Iran warned the US? Thanks for the laugh.

        • Jan 10, 2018 @ 4:41 at 4:41
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          The iranian cockroach makes demands of the USA. Laughable.

        • Jan 10, 2018 @ 15:45 at 15:45
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          Perhaps you did not follow the news.
          Iran general in Syria DID warn US to get out or else and that is a fact .

          When ISIS and others defeated, yes that will happen as no country in the world will allow US troops right inside their country especially when Assad is winning the war and has strong allies to get US troops to leave Syria.

          US just has no chance to defend their position on Syria for sure and Kurds would not be that suicidal to ho against Assad’s powerful allies

          As sure as the sun sets tomorrow , Assad will force US out with his victorious allies only to keen to take on US forces with Russia’s help

      • Jan 12, 2018 @ 1:08 at 1:08
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        But who gives a stuff other than you? They already cleared and established 1/3rd of all syria under kurd control, unlike russia all over the place. It will be legal by the time they finish lol 🙂 Get used to it! 😛

    • Jan 10, 2018 @ 1:58 at 1:58
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      Family political dynasties can become very entrenched, regardless of the type of governing ideology of the given countdh.

    • Jan 10, 2018 @ 6:20 at 6:20
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      Syrian people decided against Assad in 2011. Obama drew red lines when the violence started, Assad subsequently gassed his people, Obama said “Assad must go”, then did nothing.

      The US and the countries invited to DC have a moral responsibility to not only help the remnants of the Syrian population, but also to ensure the security needs of the Kurds, and the Jews, two minorities that must be protected from Islamic fanaticism.

      Also, the US under Obama (and continuing into Trump) used the Kurds to win major battles in Iraq and Syria. They fought against ISIS and they were promised US support in their quest for statehood, and protection from violent strains of Islam at the very least. Obama all but turned his back on the Kurds. Glad to see the US making the moves mentioned in this article, it seems like the current administration seeks to honor some of the commitments of the last after all.

      Time to stand against Russia and demonstrate that the US is not a paper tiger after all.

      • Jan 10, 2018 @ 7:43 at 7:43
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        yes, you have never ceased to attack Russia….yes, you created the Kurdish quest for statehood, you created the jewish separatist state, the Zionist atomic project, your holocaust super weapons. you created the Zionist menorah, the Emirates, you created the whole fckng paradigm including a complete fake epistemology…out of the personal sacrifices of hundreds of millions of frightened and confused sheep, you created a world of terror labouring for fire…

        • Jan 10, 2018 @ 10:04 at 10:04
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          Lay off the Vodka comrade. You’re beginning to sound like Stalin.

        • Jan 12, 2018 @ 1:12 at 1:12
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          You were right until you mentioned terror! At that point you forgot the reality of just what islam is lol 🙂

    • Jan 10, 2018 @ 13:27 at 13:27
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      Regarding 2016 Syrian election: “The Ba’ath Party-led National Progressive Front won 200 of the 250 seats, while the opposition inside and outside the country boycotted the elections; voter turnout was 57.56%.”

      So, in effect, it was a bogus election because it had no opposition participation and the country was in shambles with most regions and people (the ones not slaughtered in Muslim-on-Muslim genocide) unable to vote in a sham Syrian election.

      Syria is a mess but one thing it might be good for once UNRWA is dissolved the Syrians will need manpower and so they can make the so-called “Palestinians” official citizens of Syria like many of their ancestors were in the past.

      Europe has stolen Syrian youth by allowing all the able-bodied men and boys into Europe and so Syria will need this influx of new immigrants from Judea-Samaria and Gaza,

      • Jan 10, 2018 @ 15:50 at 15:50
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        No true.
        Most of populated Syria are in ASSAD’s areas and it has been proven beyond any shadow of doubt Syrians support Assad to stop Israel/US coalition to turn it into Libya.

        That is why he is winning
        He will keep Syria as one piece

        • Jan 11, 2018 @ 1:56 at 1:56
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          Get one thing right: Muslims (Iran, Hezbollah, Assad, ISIS, etc) made Syria into a pile of rubble and dead bodies – Muslims make messes and genocides in Libya, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and wherever they reside. Western countries come in to stop them or to prevent the genocide from spilling over into free countries that want nothing to do with sharia and jihad and the death that Islam represents. So stop trying to find scapegoats and blame your own Islamo-facists for the ugly mess. there is nobody in Islamic countries to speak with so when they come to your border all broken down and bloody, good people do not ask what fascist branch they come from; others are humane and help them rather than let them die as Muslims do when they slaughter each other and everyone else…barbarians!!

  • Jan 9, 2018 @ 18:24 at 18:24
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    Read Sharansky’s books. Defining democracy as having elections is a misnomer. Most totalitarian regimes hold elections (including Russia). That doesn’t make them democracies. Free elections, with a free judiciary and government with checks and balances, that’s what makes for a democracy. And asking Syria to go from what it was to a Jeffersonian democracy is silly.

    • Jan 11, 2018 @ 1:59 at 1:59
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      No one is asking for “Jeffersonian Democracies” but how about demanding them to stop their slaughter of each other and the targeting of everyone who does not bow down to fascist Islam?

  • Jan 9, 2018 @ 18:40 at 18:40
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    So after they lost the war on the ground, they are now deciding Syria’s future? Laughable!

    • Jan 9, 2018 @ 19:48 at 19:48
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      You have spent too much time with the MULLAHS fellating Camel privates. It has clouded your judgement

        • Jan 10, 2018 @ 12:18 at 12:18
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          ” laugh all you want…….deep deep trouble…save yourself……..”

          @ “Of course”,
          Looks like you’re the one who needs to be saved from the bogus propaganda you believe in!

    • Jan 10, 2018 @ 13:37 at 13:37
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      Everybody is a loser in this war – the biggest loss from the 500,000 dead and millions displaced by Islamic savagery.

  • Jan 9, 2018 @ 19:11 at 19:11
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    Is suggest to have a BDS movement against Iran, Syria and Russia for helping in the genocide of roughly 500.000 civilians in Syria. These countries maximized the efficiency of murder.

    • Jan 9, 2018 @ 21:51 at 21:51
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      You moron……Iraq war for Israel over 2 million dead for a pack of lies…….Libya and Syria was destroyed by ISIS who are 100% backed by the US AND ISRAEL……….so you are up shiiite creek without a paddle……start clearing out …….

      • Jan 10, 2018 @ 5:08 at 5:08
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        You imbecile…..Fascist Iran and Fascist Iraq waged a 8 year war with each other. 1 million dead for the ayatollahs and Saddam. Today Fascist Syria has murdered 500,000 people and military age Syrian men run away to Europe rather than fight for their country. Western Europe. NOT KGB Pootins Russia which is closer than Western Europe.

        Your future is bleak thanks to your laughable lies, terrorist friends and puppet masters.

      • Jan 10, 2018 @ 13:44 at 13:44
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        How much did your parents spend for your college education to have you end up as an idiot? It is not surprising because all they teach these days is how to launch grievances and to present yourself as a victim.

        Get that thumb out of your mouth because it is apparent that you are not able to write and suck your thumb at the same time!

      • Jan 11, 2018 @ 2:00 at 2:00
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        Muslims kill Muslims…Muslims kill everyone else who does not follow the religion of death and destruction.

    • Jan 10, 2018 @ 13:40 at 13:40
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      When leftist groups have “Stop the War” in their names it means that they want Israel hogtied and prevented from defending its people while the Islamic cannibals are invited to conduct genocide everywhere they set foot.

  • Jan 9, 2018 @ 20:05 at 20:05
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    To suggest that Assad is a leader of his people after killing and exiling thousands of them with the help of other nations is absurd.According to that logic every killer should be honored.

    • Jan 10, 2018 @ 0:04 at 0:04
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      You honor all the killer Israeli Army , every one in Israel is a killer , starting from the low lives , Israelis are , all the way to governing thieves . That is what should be dealt with and not something Israelis understand –being thieves and low lives /This is a main feature of Israeli governments and the population it represents.

      • Jan 10, 2018 @ 12:24 at 12:24
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        “You honor all the killer Israeli Army , every one in Israel is a killer , starting from the low lives , Israelis are , all the way to governing thieves . That is what should be dealt with and not something Israelis understand –being thieves and low lives /This is a main feature of Israeli governments and the population it represents.”

        @solomeo,

        You got that propaganda from your handlers in Iran, solomeo ????

    • Jan 10, 2018 @ 1:39 at 1:39
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      Assad killed his people?!? Don’t be silly. That is a fable that even a 3year old can’t digest….

  • Jan 9, 2018 @ 21:35 at 21:35
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    wHAT?
    There is No leadership at all in Syria, So Stepping in Could only help.
    This looks like street gangs control over Chicago rather than Nation building.
    The only good news is that ISIS is on the run,
    the Al Qaeda chapters are all seriously awful for actually leading Syria out of War.
    And Assad, even if we forget his killing of so many of his own, owes his right and left nut-z to Putin And Hezbollah and Iran. Hope they settle for partial payment.

  • Jan 9, 2018 @ 23:48 at 23:48
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    Reading all the comments one wonders…….it is really true that the mother of fools is always pregnant.

  • Jan 10, 2018 @ 0:35 at 0:35
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    what a load of crap the IAF attack Syria to protect their terrorists that they have being sponsoring for years. Now their little scheme is falling apart they getting desperate

    • Jan 10, 2018 @ 1:44 at 1:44
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      Exactly. The masks are falling and true origin of ISIS in starting to show. Israel, Jordan, Saudis and Turkey spawned ISIS to life, with the help and support of USA. That is the ONLY truth. There can only be one… To say that Assad killed his own people is absurd. To say that the USA wants to “help” Syria is absurd. Go see how they “helped” Iraq and/or Libya…

      • Jan 10, 2018 @ 5:14 at 5:14
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        You want to know what is absurd?

        That Islam continues to call itself “The Religion of Peace”.

        See Manchester, Paris, London, New York, Washington, Pan Am 103, Mumbai, Nairobi, Bali, Beslan, Moscow, Boston, Orlando, Ottawa, Sydney, Brussels, …

    • Jan 10, 2018 @ 12:30 at 12:30
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      “what a load of crap the IAF attack Syria to protect their terrorists that they have being sponsoring for years. Now their little scheme is falling apart they getting desperate”

      @philias,

      ————-or maybe a few store houses containing sophisticated arms shipments from Iran to Hezbollah got in the way and are no more ????

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  • Jan 10, 2018 @ 6:31 at 6:31
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    You want to know what is absurd?

    That Islam continues to call itself “The Religion of Peace”.

    See Manchester, Paris, London, New York, Washington, Pan Am 103, Mumbai, Nairobi, Bali, Beslan, Moscow, Boston, Orlando, Ottawa, Sydney, Brussels, …

    100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

    Just about every other comment on here is irrelevant. The US/Israel ISIS conspiracies are the best. Why is it so hard to believe that shitty crusader, expansionist, sharia spreading, demographic altering, bunnyfuck reproducing Islam didn’t spawn something as ugly as ISIS. It’s an easy enough trip through the past 100 years to look and see at the ugliness and violence that Islam has brought into the MODERN world.

    No group of people treats their own people (and other people) worse than Muslims. Look at all the dictators, the Assads, Saddams, Qadaffis (they literally shoved a knife up his ass in the streets) look at modern SLAVERY in Qatar and UAE/Dubai.

    You can’t blame all this stuff on Israel and the US. Sorry not sorry, look in the mirror you deluded, deep down, self-hating fucks. Count the Nobel prizes from Israel vs the rest of the Islamotard world. What’s amazing is that so many educated liberals support your “rights” and the rights of “palestinians.”

    Thank G-d Trump (and/or his team) is WOKE!

    • Jan 10, 2018 @ 7:14 at 7:14
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      Right On Pal!

      I LOVE US PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP too.

      Trump is not some feckless limp wristed, droning career politician. Next time fascist iran says death to America, I hope he responds and says DEATH to Islamofascist Iran.

      A little “walk softly and carry a big stick” to knock some sense into the ayatollahs.

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  • Jan 10, 2018 @ 10:11 at 10:11
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    Iran will creep as close as possible to Israel, the are waiting for their Madhi and their other falls phroffets. Who wants to kill the Jews and all the other non Moslims. They need war, to let their Madhi appear. There Madhi is our devil. And the devil wants to sit on G-D throne. In the city of Jerusalem. G-D will save the Jews and put the devil and there followers in hell. And will reign the world forever.

  • Jan 10, 2018 @ 10:26 at 10:26
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    Islam, symbole is the moon. The moon is a dead ,it does not give light. It only refects the light.

  • Jan 10, 2018 @ 15:56 at 15:56
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    A summit on the Syrian future with out Russia? Hmmm let’s look at this a little deeper who is at the table India and China’s lowest level diplomats a bunch of spineless Europeans and the Americans as with every other conflict they enter in the area they have no idea what’s going on.
    I find it sad that Israel hitches its horse to a wagon piloted by a retarded driver!

  • Jan 11, 2018 @ 0:17 at 0:17
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    Thus says the Lord, Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbes the sea, and it’s waves roar,. The Lord of hosts is His Name. If those ordinances DEPART from before Me, says the Lord. Then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me Forever. Jeremiah 31:35-36. I rest in the Peace that surpasses all understanding…

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  • Jan 11, 2018 @ 6:28 at 6:28
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    From here in the United States, we applaud every time the IAF and IDF attack the murderous, lying regime of Assad and his Iranian puppet masters. They are evil incarnate in the view of most Americans. Keep up the good work, boys!

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