Prophecy News Watch - October 18, 2023

Around the World
Biden admin set to allow Iran UN sanctions on ballistic missile program to expire: ‘Huge victory for Tehran’
The Hamas war against Israel is slated to be given a potent shot in the arm if the U.S. and its European allies allow U.N. sanctions to be lifted on Iran’s capability to purchase and supply missiles to enemies of the U.S. and Israel, according to experts on Tehran.
Protesters Storm Israeli Embassy In Jordan; Fires Seen
Protesters have stormed the Israeli Embassy in Jordan’s capital, Amman, as violence broke out throughout the Middle East, and witnesses said they attempted to torch the building.
Jordanian King says Mideast on brink of “abyss” but Gazan refugees cannot flee to Jordan
While emphasizing that Gazan refugees will be denied entry to both Jordan and Egypt, Jordanian King Abdullah II said Tuesday that the Israel-Hamas war has brought the Middle East to the brink of “an abyss,” the Times of Israel reports. Jordan’s King made his remarks after a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin.
UNSC rejects Russian resolution on Israel-Hamas war which does not condemn Hamas
In a majority vote Monday, the UN Security Council rejected a Russian-led resolution that called for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war but which did not specifically condemn the Hamas terror group for its brutal October 7 surprise attack on Israeli civilians, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports. The attack, which triggered the current war, left 1,300 Israeli civilian men, women, and children dead and around 200 kidnapped and taken to Gaza.
Belgian Police Kill Suspected Islamist Gunman; ‘Attack Possible Linked To Gaza Conflict’
Belgian authorities say police shot the Islamist gunman who killed at least two Swedish nationals in Brussels late Monday. The public prosecutor's office no longer excludes “a possible link with the conflict in Gaza,” referencing Israel’s declared war against Hamas militants.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel Prepares for Biden’s Arrival as the War with Hamas Continues
As the eleventh day of the war between Israel and Hamas concludes, Jerusalem is preparing for the arrival of American President Joe Biden on Wednesday. At a press conference on Tuesday, Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen expressed gratitude to President Biden, the Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz, Romania’s Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu, and all the European officials that have visited or will visit the country.
Israel: ‘Failed Islamic Rocket Kills Many In Gaza Hospital’
Israel’s military said Tuesday that a Gaza Strip hospital was hit by a “failed Islamic Jihad rocket,” killing many people.
Israeli scientists find new way to combat prevalent crop disease
Israeli scientists have discovered a new way to fight charcoal rot, a prevalent crop disease that affects cotton cultivation not only in Israel but around the world, Ynet News reports.

Inside the United States
Republicans Fail to Elect Jim Jordan as House Speaker on First Ballot
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) failed to grasp the speaker's gavel during the first round of voting Tuesday.
House drafts bill to strike Iran proxies amid Israel-Hamas war
House Republicans are writing a military authorization that would allow President Joe Biden to strike Iran-backed proxy forces throughout the Middle East if the Israel-Hamas war escalates into a broader regional conflict.
Trump is appealing gag order in 2020 election interference case
Former President Donald Trump is appealing a narrow gag order that bars him from making statements attacking prosecutors, potential witnesses and court staff in his election interference case in Washington, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Christian News
India: Christians face intensified persecution, imprisonment
The International Christian Concern (ICC) aid organization reports that Christians in India’s Uttar Pradesh state are on high alert; emboldened by upcoming state elections, radicalized Hindus have intensified their attacks on believers, imprisoning a greater number of them.