Largest Tornado on Record in Saudi Arabia After Threatening Israel
Isn’t it interesting that just a couple of days ago, I wrote this piece:
Saudi Crowned Prince Disparages Israel and a Full WithDrawal to the 1949 Armistice Lines and Palestinian Capital in Jerusalem <click to read
Excerpts from article above:
Saudi prince slams Israel in panel with Ashkenazi
Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal accused Israel of colonialism and apartheid, while Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi merely expressed “regret” at the comments during a panel discussion on Sunday that also included Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani. “All Israeli governments are the last of the colonizing powers in the Middle East,” bin Faisal said at the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Manama Dialogue in Bahrain’s capital.
Ashkenazi, who was ensconced at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, took part via video link in the panel on “new security partnerships in the Middle East. “The Saudi prince accused Israel of establishing an “apartheid wall” in the West Bank, of “demolishing homes as they wish, and assassinating whoever they want,” of having 20 nuclear weapons, and of “denying non-Jewish residents equality under law. What kind of democracy is that?” he said.
He reiterated statements from Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) that Riyadh would only establish diplomatic relations with Jerusalem if the latter accepted the 2002 Arab Peace Plan, which involves a full withdrawal to the 1949 Armistice Lines, a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem and a “fair settlement for Palestinians refugees,” which is generally understood to be a euphemism for allowing some to live in Israel. Prince Turki said that only after making peace with the Palestinians “can we together meet the other colonizing pretender that boasts of its control of Arab capitals, Beirut, Damascus and Sanaa,” meaning Iran.
The sharp tone from the Saudi prince came after reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and MBS met in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi Foreign Ministry issued a denial that did not directly address what had been reported, and Yediot Aharonot reported on Friday that a meeting between Mossad chief Yossi Cohen and MBS planned for this week had been canceled because the meeting with Netanyahu had been leaked. (emphasis added)
A Foreign Ministry source said that Ashkenazi was taken aback by the Saudi prince’s tone, as were his Bahraini interlocutors, who had invited them to a panel on cooperation and partnerships. Out of deference to the Bahraini hosts, Ashkenazi chose not to escalate and merely expressed “regret for the comments” Prince Turki made. “I don’t think they reflect the spirit and the changes taking place in the Middle East,” Ashkenazi added. He also thanked Saudi Arabia, saying that without the kingdom’s approval, the Abraham Accords, in which Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalized ties with Israel, could not have happened. Later in the panel, Ashkenazi added: “We can play the blame game of the past, or we can take opportunities for peace.”
Most of Ashkenazi’s remarks focused on the hope that the Abraham Accords would bring a better future to the Middle East, and called for more countries to join. “The Middle East today is divided into two clear camps,” Ashkenazi said. “Those that have chosen peace and a better future for their children of economic prosperity and security, and on the other side, those led by Iran and its proxies who have chosen the path of war, violent extremism and terrorism.”
Ashkenazi said that in the years since the Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2015, the Middle East has been deeply destabilized and Tehran has spread “havoc and misery.” “All of us are committed to the goal of indefinitely blocking all paths of Iran to the bomb and stopping its regional malign activity… Indefinite does not go hand-in-hand with sunset [clauses],” Ashkenazi said, pointing to a key part of the 2015 Iran Deal that US President-elect Joe Biden reiterated last week that he would seek to rejoin. “The months to come will be significant in the future of the region,” Ashkenazi added, a possible reference to Biden’s policies when he enters office next month. Ashkenazi also called on the Palestinians to enter direct negotiations with Israel without preconditions. Source
A massive tornado formed on the outskirts of Sakaka in Al Jawf, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Meteorologists said it was unusually big for the region and one of the largest tornadoes ever documented in the country.
The incredible tornado occurred in the middle of the desert and reached an uninhabited area, according to Metsul Meteorologia.
“Weather radars captured the storm supercell responsible for the tornado in Al-Jawf Province in northern Saudi Arabia,” it stated. The storm system also brought heavy rain and hail.
The meteorological authority added that among the affected regions were Tabuk, Hail, Al-Qassim, and parts of Madinah, Riyadh. Wind speeds were between 16 and 40 km/h (10 and 25 mph), while waves on the Red Sea reached up to 2 m (6.5 feet).
The tornado was unusually large for the region, according to local reports. It covered a small territory and moved very slowly. No injuries were reported, but authorities advised residents to stay indoors as the region is experiencing unpredictable weather conditions.
Abdullah Al-Misnad, professor of Climate Change and Department of Geography at the University of Casim, noted that it was one of the biggest tornadoes ever recorded in the region.
“The tornado, which formed southeast of Al-Jawf is one of the largest hurricanes that has been documented with pictures in Saudi Arabia,” Al-Misnad stated. Source
God is watching, and he is never surprised by any events. I had a strong feeling that there would be repercussions to the Saudi Arabian change of heart toward Israel – especially when God’s land was being discussed. When it is demanded or even suggested that Israel give up land which is rightfully hers, this angers our Lord.
I’m not sure if the leaders of Saudi Arabia have wondered about the timing of this freak weather event. You’d think by now they would realize that bad things happen when countries curse Israel.
After all, it is written in the first book of the Bible that would happen.
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).
But, of course, we know that Saudi Arabia reads the Qur’an.
Pray for the Saudi People!
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