Prophecy News Watch - July 18, 2017

Around the World
Britain and EU 'get to work' on Brexit
Britain and the EU said they would get to the 'heart of the matter', as the second round of talks were kicked off on Monday (17 July) in Brussels.
To undercut Iran, Russians pressure Assad to cut Syria’s longtime ties to Hezbollah
The Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah and the Syrian government have enjoyed a close, fruitful relationship for nearly 40 years. But six years into the Syrian civil war, there are signs that battle fatigue and diverging strategic visions are fraying their alliance.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards warn U.S. against terrorist designation, new sanctions
A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned the United States on Monday that if it designated the group a terrorist organization and applied new sanctions its action could be perilous for U.S. forces in the region.
Fighting intensifies between US-backed Syrian forces and IS in Raqqa
Intense clashes have broken out between US-backed Syrian fighters and Islamic State militants in the heart of Raqqa - the extremist group's self-styled capital.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Hamas and Islamic Jihad threaten 'escalation of the Intifada' over Temple Mount
Palestinian militant groups Hamas and the Islamic Jihad called for an escalation in violence amid new Israeli security measures on the Temple Mount.
Israel may need to take out Iranian bases in Syria
Israel may need to take military action to prevent Iran or Hezbollah from setting up permanent bases in Syria, former National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror said on Monday.
Prepare the world for Hezbollah's next war
Hezbollah is Iran’s proxy, designated as a terrorist organization by the US, the EU, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Israel, Canada, Australia and others. The very reason for Hezbollah’s existence is to give Iran – an apocalyptic radical Islamic regime – a way to directly attack Israel, something its leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, believes is obligatory and necessary for Muslims.
Clashes erupt in Jerusalem amid Temple Mount unrest
Dozens of Muslims protesters clashed with police outside of Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday amid continued tensions over new security measures put in place at the entrance to the Temple Mount after Friday’s terror attack.
Temple Mount terror attack meant to spark religious war
On Friday, three gunmen shot and killed two police officers at the most volatile spot on Earth, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Embroiled in Russia crisis, Kushner presses on with Mideast peace
On July 10, hours before The New York Times first revealed that Donald Trump Jr. had memorialized a June 2016 meeting with Russian government associates by email, Jason Greenblatt arrived in Jerusalem for a critical series of meetings.

Inside the United States
HealthCare Bill Collapses, GOP Refocuses on Repealing Obamacare
Having failed to come together on healthcare, Senate Republicans are back to square one: resurfacing a 2015 bill vetoed by former President Barack Obama that would repeal portions of Obamacare but lay no framework for a replacement plan.
Senate Republican Bill Replaces Obamacare Mandate With 'Coverage Requirement'
The new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare that the Senate Republican leadership released last week would replace Obamacare’s requirement that individuals buy health insurance or face a tax penalty with a requirement that individuals buy health insurance or face a six-month government-mandated ban on their ability to buy health insurance.
Mike Pence says God had a hand in creating State of Israel, pledges to move embassy to Jerusalem
Mike Pence said that God had a hand in creating the state of Israel, as he heaped praise on the Jewish state while addressing the evangelical group Christians United for Israel last night.
23 Republicans Help Defeat Amendment to End Tax-Funded Transgender Surgeries in the Military
On Thursday, 23 House Republicans joined 190 Democrats to vote down the Hartzler Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would have stopped the Pentagon from using taxpayer dollars to pay for gender reassignment surgeries.
Susan Rice no longer planning to testify Tuesday before House panel
Susan Rice is no longer expected to visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday for a meeting with the House committee probing allegations she unmasked President Trump associates in Russian meddling probes.

Christian News
Christian Grandma Florist Fined for Not Working Gay Wedding Takes 'Last Stand' at Supreme Court
Barronelle Stutzman, also known as the Christian grandma florist, is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her appeal to reverse a Washington court's decision earlier this year that found her guilty of discrimination for refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding.
Survivor of ISIS massacre says Christians were told to renounce their faith but women refused
One of the survivors of the massacre of 29 Egyptian Christians in Minya in May said that the Islamic State extremists forced the women off the bus and ordered them to renounce their faith in Christ, but the Copts refused.