Russian spymaster was in Jerusalem as emissary for Israel’s warning to Assad

Sergei Naryshkin, head of Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence agency, was on an unannounced visit to Jerusalem on Thursday, Nov. 23.
DEBKAfile’s Jerusalem sources report that Naryshkin was the emissary for passing to Syrian ruler Bashar Assad Israel’s ultimatum: Give Iran military bases in Syria and Israel will abandon its six-year-old policy of military non-intervention in the Syrian conflict.

The spy chief, seen in Moscow as one of President Vladimir Putin’s closest advisers, also held secret, closed door talks with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Director of the Mossad, Yossie Cohen. They outlined to him the different aspects of the peril that  permanent Iranian military bases in Syria presented to Israel’s security. Naryshkin then drove to Ramallah for talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. That last meeting was given a photo-op.

It was the first time that a senior Russian intelligence official had shuttled between Jerusalem and Ramallah, which may be a pointer to his boss’s intention of opening a door to a role as mediator between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
In Jerusalem, the SVR chief tried to persuade Israel’s top officials to cooperate with the de-escalation zones project  that was jointly initiated by the US and Russia in Syria. The answer was no, so long as the two powers don’t act in concert to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria. Naryshkin also assured them that the Sochi summit Putin staged last week with the presidents of Iran and Turkey was not directed against Israel. This gave some of the security officials pause for thought. However, directly after the Russian official’s departure, word was received that Hizballah was massing troops in southern Syria inside the Daraa de-escalation zone on the Jordanian border, and appeared to be heading west towards the zone bordering Israel.

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  • Nov 28, 2017 @ 10:16 at 10:16
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    From the article:

    “————-word was received that Hizballah was massing troops in southern Syria inside the Daraa de-escalation zone on the Jordanian border, and appeared to be heading west towards the zone bordering Israel.”

    In the making————–just another fine day in the Middle East———stay tuned!

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    • Nov 28, 2017 @ 15:53 at 15:53
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      looking forward to the end-time wars and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy where Israel and Jerusalem will reign over the restored earth. Amen.

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      • Nov 28, 2017 @ 19:20 at 19:20
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        However, as R. Simlai expounded: What is meant by, Woe unto you, that desire the day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light?39 This may be compared to a cock and a bat who were hopefully waiting for the light [i.e., dawn]. The cock said to the bat, ‘I look forward to the light, because I have sight; but of what use is the light to thee?

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        • Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:09 at 11:09
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          “However, as R. Simlai expounded: What is meant by, Woe unto you, that desire the day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light?39 This may be compared to a cock and a bat who were hopefully waiting for the light [i.e., dawn]. The cock said to the bat, ‘I look forward to the light, because I have sight; but of what use is the light to thee?”

          @iVaN,
          Are you seeing things from the perspective of the “bat” ?

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      • Nov 28, 2017 @ 19:56 at 19:56
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        Let’s be accurate …. Jesus will reign from Jerusalem over the earth.

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        • Nov 29, 2017 @ 8:53 at 8:53
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          Nonsense! Do you know why he had to remain unmarried his whole life, while all normal Jewish men were married in their teens and early twenties in those times?

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        • Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:12 at 11:12
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          “Let’s be accurate …. Jesus will reign from Jerusalem over the earth.”

          @Mike,
          Let’s REALLY be accurate:
          The Rabbi Jesus was murdered by the Roman authorities—————–2000 years ago!

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          • Dec 1, 2017 @ 20:01 at 20:01
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            Do you have this comment at the ready so you can copy and paste it on every story?

      • Nov 28, 2017 @ 23:55 at 23:55
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        Where exactly did you read that in the Holy Bible?

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      • Nov 29, 2017 @ 19:42 at 19:42
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        promised land under close scrutiny of worlds powers,the whole world is interested

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  • Nov 28, 2017 @ 10:57 at 10:57
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    Debka always reports what the Israelis said to the Russians – red lines, warnings, ultimatums, – but never reports what the Russians said to the Israelis. And that’s the interesting part.

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    • Nov 28, 2017 @ 11:46 at 11:46
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      From Debka’s article:

      “Naryshkin also assured them that the Sochi summit Putin staged last week with the presidents of Iran and Turkey was not directed against Israel.”

      There are many other examples of Russian statements made to the Israelis in other Debka articles which can easily be reviewed.

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      • Nov 28, 2017 @ 16:12 at 16:12
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        From the piece: ‘It was the first time that a senior Russian intelligence official had shuttled between Jerusalem and Ramallah, which may be a pointer to his boss’s intention of opening a door to a role as mediator between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders.’

        Obviously, from Vladimir Putin’s work over the previous years, he is seeking a mediator role in Palestine, and he has brought Iran to the border of Palestine as part of the process of negotiation. It’s not brain science.

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        • Nov 28, 2017 @ 19:31 at 19:31
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          I wish there is up/down vote button on Debka comment section. One UP for you ivan.

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        • Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:20 at 11:20
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          “Obviously, from Vladimir Putin’s work over the previous years, he is seeking a mediator role in Palestine, and he has brought Iran to the border of Palestine as part of the process of negotiation. It’s not brain science.”

          @iVaN,

          Putin brought Iran to the border of Jordan ????
          Is that what you were ACTUALLY saying ????

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    • Nov 28, 2017 @ 15:40 at 15:40
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      As a sovereignty issue for Assad, Russia intelligence can offer little but a secure line of communication.

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    • Nov 28, 2017 @ 21:30 at 21:30
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      How gives a shit what the Russians said?

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  • Nov 28, 2017 @ 15:07 at 15:07
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    Sam Popack the true Lubavitcher Meshiach considers Rassia the biggest enemy of Israel.

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  • Nov 28, 2017 @ 15:17 at 15:17
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    well , why would hizbula or their iranian counterparts care for what the israelies say to the bruskis.

    in 2006 the israelies fought a war with hizbola were ” Winograd Commission” itself confessed how bad the israelies lost

    2017 : with hizbola having more than 600k missiles, 50k are long ranged missles capable of hitting tel aviv , not to mention the UAV’s loaded with explosives that will be ready to rain on israel none stop. and 2000 undisclosed missiles loaded with “what is floating through the intelligence back channels” chemical/biological heads

    you think the hizies give a shit what israel say or say not?

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    • Nov 28, 2017 @ 15:24 at 15:24
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      No they don’t care, yet.
      The next war will not be like the last and Lebanon will be leveled if necessary for hosting terrorists.
      Sad that Hizbollah and the Shiite nest don’t care for their own but are more concerned about trying to kill Jews. Jews get it and won’t put up with it. It’s not Olmert in the PMs chair with Livni and Peters now. It’s Netanyahu, Leiberman and Bennet.

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      • Nov 28, 2017 @ 16:42 at 16:42
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        You are saying you want to kill civilians to punish the military which you can’t handle. Am I right? Wow super hero

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        • Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:36 at 11:36
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          “You are saying you want to kill civilians to punish the military which you can’t handle. Am I right? Wow super hero”

          @Peter,
          No, that’s not at all what Bert was saying. The Israelis will do whatever it takes to defend themselves. It’s time for you, Peter, to do a reality check, something long over due based on your post.

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      • Nov 28, 2017 @ 18:11 at 18:11
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        true, but the hizzies this time will be the ones invading israel , or atleast their northern cities

        the next war will be different for both sides

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      • Nov 29, 2017 @ 6:40 at 6:40
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        You do have a point, it would be nice to unleash them on somebody else’s civilians.

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      • Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:28 at 11:28
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        “No they don’t care, yet.
        The next war will not be like the last and Lebanon will be leveled if necessary for hosting terrorists.
        Sad that Hizbollah and the Shiite nest don’t care for their own but are more concerned about trying to kill Jews. Jews get it and won’t put up with it. It’s not Olmert in the PMs chair with Livni and Peters now. It’s Netanyahu, Leiberman and Bennet.”

        Well said, Bert!
        You have my “UP VOTE” on that one as you’ve very accurately expressed the reality of the situation!

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    • Nov 28, 2017 @ 15:40 at 15:40
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      Great IDF knows which closer the trannie Nutswallower hides in
      When war breaks out Kaboom to the Trannie and his favorite Camels.

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      • Nov 28, 2017 @ 19:43 at 19:43
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        Jim, I’m sure you’re not Jewish / Israeli, if you’re right, shit! How wrong I believe all along that it is impossible in Israel there is an idiot.

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        • Nov 28, 2017 @ 20:11 at 20:11
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          WC I understand that you support the Mudslime savages and their right to molest their Camels but it is my right and duty as a Jew to point out this abomination. I suppose in your sick and Disturbed eyes this is ok. Too fucken bad ok freak?

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          • Nov 29, 2017 @ 2:58 at 2:58
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            Ok good luck with your duty then, I was wrong indeed. I just feel sorry for overused Camel by you Jim

        • Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:45 at 11:45
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          “Jim, I’m sure you’re not Jewish / Israeli, if you’re right, shit! How wrong I believe all along that it is impossible in Israel there is an idiot.”

          @worldcitizen,

          It seems very probable there are some OUTSIDE Israel.

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      • Nov 28, 2017 @ 23:27 at 23:27
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        I guess Jim’s back from Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophile island. Or were you organ harvesting?

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  • Nov 28, 2017 @ 15:56 at 15:56
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    Personally, . . . I would really like to believe the Russians, . . . I have a lot of respect for Putin, . . . but I have to say, . . . BE CAREFUL, . . .

    Too many folks in that area would just love to have a shot at knocking Israel off the map.

    May God bless,
    Dwight

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  • Nov 28, 2017 @ 17:29 at 17:29
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    Hello Dwight, you said it straight out! I couldn’t agree more

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  • Nov 28, 2017 @ 21:33 at 21:33
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    The best strategy for an islamic fighter to successfully attack Israel is to throw insults over the limit of de-escalation zone without crossing into it. Also, it is good to know, showing the finger counts like almost half a victory.

    In case a bad strategy is decided, and as a consequence crossing into the de-escalation zone is a must, then the smart fighter checks with his officer if all coffins are available and at hand. While waiting for the signal of attack, masturbation is not recommended, there are 72 virgins awaiting for it too.

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  • Nov 28, 2017 @ 23:30 at 23:30
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    Naryshkin:

    “NuttyYahoo, it’s time you leave the Golan. You have been stealing water and stealing land for too long.”

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    • Nov 28, 2017 @ 23:52 at 23:52
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      well you know,with people of your type,israel must keep the golan

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      • Nov 29, 2017 @ 3:46 at 3:46
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        In your dreams. With an army can’t fight and an airforce full of baby-killers, your jaw flapping scares nobody.

        When your little shitstain colony sees a bottle rocket in the sky, the whole place wets the bed collectively!

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        • Nov 29, 2017 @ 10:19 at 10:19
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          If Israel is a ‘little shitstain colony’ as you call it, why cant the combined might of the Islamic/ Arab world conquer it. The fact that the Arabs have attempted to on 3 separate occasions & failed miserably on each occasion aptly demonstrates the military ineptitude & cowardice of your armies, your commanders & soldiers. One day the Islamic world might actually act against Israel as opposed to speaking grand words & you will again call all manner of excuses when your armies are destroyed…..again. Until such time, keep crying me a river.

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          • Nov 30, 2017 @ 0:06 at 0:06
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            The Land Grabber army hasn’t successfully stolen any land since 1981, so I’m not sure by what metric you measure success.

            One millisecond after they invade Lebanon, bedwetters would be running. How many missiles can Tel-Aviv take? Interesting as it is to contemplate, I don’t think that’s what happened here.

            Apartheid Israel will cede the Golan. That’s probably what NuttyYahoo heard from Mr. Russia.

        • Nov 29, 2017 @ 11:54 at 11:54
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          “In your dreams. With an army can’t fight and an airforce full of baby-killers, your jaw flapping scares nobody.

          When your little shitstain colony sees a bottle rocket in the sky, the whole place wets the bed collectively!”

          PATHETIC “POETRY”————-as only “Arabs are Real Semites, not Fakers” can create!

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  • Nov 28, 2017 @ 23:43 at 23:43
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    The Russians hold their cards very close to their chest. Fifty years ago, they supported the Arab world against the Israelis, before their big row against them around forty years ago, and before total economic collapse forced them to become a country full of soldiers-of-fortune, sold to the highest bidder while still dreaming of recapturing its former glory.

    As for what was said, for all we know, the discussion was 5 minutes of military affairs and 55 minutes of how the coffee tasted. All we know with some degree of certainty is who went where, and for how long. Based on how it is playing out, it seems that at least some of the discussion involved a warning as to Iranian intentions in the area, which may or may not be connected with Israel. [I wrote a detailed analysis in a Breaking News piece three days ago which gave my thoughts on possible destinations for that force. On request, I may yet repost it here. The short answer is, in rough order of probability, Lebanon (finishing the job), Yemen (airlift), Jordan (if the US can be induced to leave as in Syria and possibly if the 2 million-odd now-native Palestinians can be induced to rebel). Israel is likely not the target…yet. Better to consolidate your position before embarking on the toughest battle yet, and everyone knows it.]

    We would be wont to remember who’s in charge in Russia – an old ex-Soviet KGB colonel, black belt in the Russian-style-of-tough native martial art, mayor of St. Petersburg during the mafia-run era, with several successful military campaigns under his belt including some peripherally or directly against NATO…and of course, an avid chess player. He does not whimper out like many of NATO’s heads have done, and he’s always looking at the best long-term strategy. To that end, they are the only group that can reliably keep the Iranians reined in without being involved directly. They could use part of the JCPOA cash, and the former Kurdish oil (it’s a real shame that they fell, but they had it coming – see the detailed analysis), but if the Iranians turn on them then we’ll have shades of Russia/China relations again.

    Finally, once again – excellent articles, made up for by the sheer number of idiots in the comments. [No offense to the idiots here. You may or may not know who you are, but everyone else does.] Do the editors review these, or leave them lie? Also, I remember a time when this was read by many movers-and-shakers, does anyone know (educated guess or certainty, the latter preferred) if it still is?

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  • Nov 28, 2017 @ 23:44 at 23:44
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    If you would like to know beforehand how this Russian/Iranian/Israeli thing turns out, just read the book of Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39. End of story.

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    • Nov 29, 2017 @ 0:01 at 0:01
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      Not that it’s relevant to my posts, but one note on adding prophecies to this, which I have never before seen made in any of the comments – the prophecies are famously non-specific. The Christians believe that the Messianic Age has come. A fair number of Muslims have believed that al-Mahdi has come (notably, Chinese Gordon met some Arabs in the Sudan with a British force in a period of European expansion that bracketed and followed the Crimean War). Thousands of years of history have taught me to be skeptical of prophecies except in hindsight. I will agree, always, that the potential exists for one to be fulfilled, perhaps now more so than before…but saying that it WILL be, for certain, when tied into highly specific circumstances, is not proper.

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      • Nov 29, 2017 @ 12:06 at 12:06
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        @Name,
        I would like to see you post more often here as I enjoy your factual posts!
        I wish I could give you an “UP” vote!

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        • Nov 30, 2017 @ 0:16 at 0:16
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          It’s appreciated. A few commenters have asked for me to stick around, but the majority of comments read closer to a Facebook chat than a think-tank. It’s nice to see that demand exists, but as it takes me a considerable amount of time to type everything out, recheck it, and confirm some of my references, I’m not sure if it’s worth it, considering the audience. [For that matter, how did everyone find this site?] If there’s a major event, then I may write up a comment, but until then…

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          • Nov 30, 2017 @ 4:53 at 4:53
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            There are a few educated people here but unfortunately the ignorant Crazy Ones make most of the noise.

      • Nov 30, 2017 @ 0:32 at 0:32
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        We are told that we will understand after the fact that this is the event spoken of. Many people attempt to pinpoint exact dates etc., but all have failed. The idea is to keep your eyes and ears open and study events.
        33 “When this comes—and come it will!—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.” Ezekiel 33. Several other passages point this out for us.

        Actually the Ezekiel prophecy seems to indicate a nation and people who appear to be well situated and not fearfull of invasion…”…and (the enemy will)say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates,’ ” I do believe it is also a Great Christian Nation which is hated by many nations and peoples.

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    • Nov 29, 2017 @ 3:48 at 3:48
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      Is that the book in which anti-semitic white europeans come south from Europe and steal the land from REAL semites?

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      • Nov 29, 2017 @ 5:00 at 5:00
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        The only land stolen is by you filthy swine!
        You know how to kill especially your fellow mooslims if they’re not the right sect. You know nothing about anything except barrel-bombing babies, cutting their throats while they sleep, poisoning them and their families with sarin gas.
        The ‘real” semites like the persians pigs…hahahha!!
        you deserve nothing especially not a country, except maybe in hell. You’re a bunch of tribal barbarians who were handed countries by the French and Brits and did nothing with it except shovel camel shit and kill each other.
        And when you saw someone actually making progress…”oh no we can’t have that, we must kill them all” before they show you up as the pathetic savage colonizers that you really are.
        You tie up your civilian hostages in their homes and built rocket launchers in their homes for your own protection …like the yellow cowardly scum you are.
        You have no idea what trouble your Hezbo dirt bags are in for.

        And if you don’t listen to your “Russian allies”, they will just give the Israelis a free hand.
        I can small your ignorance right through the internet, oh wait…that’s your underpants…hahahah

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        • Nov 30, 2017 @ 0:11 at 0:11
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          Shouldn’t you be in the Golan, giving alCIAda medical help, weapons, and foot massages?

          Rita Katz needs you–get back to work!

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        • Nov 30, 2017 @ 0:39 at 0:39
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          It’s interesting that the name ‘Isaac’ meant ‘laughter’ in the Hebrew, but when you look up the name in the Greek it is translated as “colonizer”. You can find that in Strong’s Concordance.
          “Whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” Genesis 21:12. And several other verses point this out.

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      • Nov 29, 2017 @ 10:48 at 10:48
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        Spot on…..ask them why they all change their names after WW2…….to cover up fake deaths of Jews…….Benjamin NItay = Benjamin Netanyahu…..all changed to ancient biblical names…….enough said..

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  • Nov 29, 2017 @ 10:46 at 10:46
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    “military non-intervention in the Syrian conflict.” The arrogant ZIONIST EXTREMISTS have bombing Syria for years now……deceptions, lies……this country is a disgrace to humanity……disgusting ! ISISrael

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    • Nov 29, 2017 @ 12:21 at 12:21
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      Note the 2 posts from Ben Nitay:

      “Spot on…..ask them why they all change their names after WW2…….to cover up fake deaths of Jews…….Benjamin NItay = Benjamin Netanyahu…..all changed to ancient biblical names…….enough said.”

      ““military non-intervention in the Syrian conflict.” The arrogant ZIONIST EXTREMISTS have bombing Syria for years now……deceptions, lies……this country is a disgrace to humanity……disgusting ! ISISrael”

      It appears that anti-Semites seem to always regurgitate the same old rhetoric as noted above.

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  • Nov 30, 2017 @ 0:22 at 0:22
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    NAME —

    Regarding your post in response to mine, I presume, have you actually read Ezekiel 38 and 39? If not, how can you say that the “prophecies are non-specific”? The chapters I am referring to SPECIFICALLY name the Russians, i.e. ROSH — Iran, i.e. PERSIA — Ethiopia/Sudan, i.e. CUSH, etc. and SPECIFICALLY talk about the Jews being brought back to the land of Israel after many years, (as well as many other things), therefore, before commenting further, perhaps you should actually read what I have referenced. (Nothing personal, just be objective and intelligent here, right?)

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    • Nov 30, 2017 @ 3:07 at 3:07
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      I wrote up a good cogent reply, but Debka hates it when I write more than a certain number of posts/characters. If I can repost it, then I will, but in short, having done as requested in both languages, I respectfully maintain my skepticism – not that the prophecies are true, but that this is the time of their reckoning.

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    • Nov 30, 2017 @ 3:15 at 3:15
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      I should clarify – hindsight is 20/20, foresight is legally blind, and there have been too many false starts over the years. Some prophecies have been fulfilled, while others…we don’t know for sure when they will be, or even to a degree how. As an aside, thanks for being civil; I’ll return the favor.

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  • Dec 1, 2017 @ 17:50 at 17:50
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    China just announced it is sending special forces to Syria; now we have Persia, China, Russia and Iraqi troops in Syria. This is shaping up to be a big problem for Israel and Russia knows the Israeli’s mean business when to comes to threats to Israel.

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