Israel Did Not Refuse to Extend Settlement Freeze
– (Gary Rosenblatt:
Bibi And The U.S.: More Confusion, And A Correction,
New York Jewish Week
I wrote on Tuesday of "Jerusalem's refusal to accept a U.S. deal, including military and diplomatic perks, in return for a 90-day extension of the freeze on building in the settlements." The next day a senior Israeli official contacted me to say that "contrary to widespread conventional wisdom, Jerusalem did not refuse Washington's offer."
The official said Netanyahu was "willing and ready to bring it to a vote" when "the U.S. informed us, much to our surprise, that they did not want to move forward on that path." Sources in Washington confirm that scenario, noting that the administration, after much bargaining, concluded that extending the freeze on building in the settlements for another 90 days was not likely to produce any diplomatic results.
US President Barack Obama is using the Iranian nuclear threat against Israel. The President is refusing to approve an attack to stop Iran's nuclear program unless Israel agrees to give the Arab ’Palestinians’ Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem.
Obama about to betray Israel, says former intel official
(Israel Today, March 19, 2009).
White House links Iran nukes to Palestinian state
"Israel now faces a moment of truth - it can either acquiesce to international demands and in return have its most serious threats dealt with, or maintain the status quo and have those threats persist" (Israel Today, May 04, 2009).
Report: Obama leverages Iran to extract Israeli concessions
(Israel Today, Aug 26, 2009).
Will Iran Deny the U.S. Its Persian Gulf Bases?
Iran has been working hard over the last six months to undermine America's ability to conduct military strikes on the Iranian nuclear program by denying us our use of regional military bases for the attack. Of the bases we use in the Persian Gulf region, the most significant to an attack campaign are in Bahrain and Qatar, which host, respectively, our fleet headquarters and a very large facility at Al-Udeid Air Base. For security operations in the Strait of Hormuz, we also rely on airfields and ports in Oman. These are the nations Iran has been concentrating on.
In Bahrain, where a majority of the Arab population is Shia, the foreign minister announced in August that Bahrain would not allow its territory to be used as a base for offensive operations. Last week, Qatar hosted a visit by three Iranian warships and a military delegation. In August, Oman signed a defense-cooperation agreement with Iran and is now more likely to deny the use of its airfields and port refueling facilities to American forces. The writer, J. E. Dyer is a retired U.S. Naval intelligence officer. (Commentary, 12/28/2010).
Jordan Slouching Toward Tehran
Two weeks ago, Jordan, the West's most stable and loyal ally in the Arab world, began slouching toward Iran. On Dec. 12, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei met with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman and extended a formal invitation from Ahmadinejad for him to pay a state visit to Iran. Abdullah accepted. Abdullah was one of the first world leaders to sound the alarm on Iran. In 2004 Abdullah warned of a "Shiite crescent" extending from Iran to Iraq, through Syria to Lebanon.
In a WikiLeaks leaked cable from April 2009, U.S. Ambassador to Jordan R. Stephen Beecroft wrote, "Jordan's leaders are careful not to be seen as dictating toward the U.S., but their comments betray a powerful undercurrent of doubt that the United States knows how to deal effectively with Iran." Beecroft reported a clear warning from Abdullah, who cautioned that if the Arabs believe that the U.S. was appeasing Iran at their expense, "that engagement will set off a stampede of Arab states looking to get ahead of the curve and reach their own separate peace with Tehran." (Caroline B. Glick, Jerusalem Post,
Jordan's King Abdullah backs Iran's nuke rights
: Jordan’s King Abdullah announced on Monday his country’s recognition of Iran’s nuclear rights, adding that enjoying access to peaceful nuclear energy is the right of the Iranian nation.
He made the remarks following a meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s adviser and head of the Presidential Office Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, who arrived in Amman on Saturday.
Referring to Iran’s situation in the region, the monarch called for fostering all-out mutual ties with Tehran. During the meeting, Mashaei extended Ahmadinejad’s official invitation to the king to visit Iran.
Mashaei also said that such a visit would open a new chapter in fostering mutual ties between the two countries. He said that the unity of the Islamic countries plays a pivotal role in defusing threats, adding that if Muslim states become united, no Islamic country will come under threat. Mashaei also called for effective measures to forge unity among the Middle Eastern and Muslim states (Manilla Times, 14 Dec. 2010).
WikiLeaks shows US did not stop Iran using Iraq to spread its power:
The United States is shown to have opened the door for Iran's rise as the dominant Middle East power. (DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 23, 2010).
A Boast or a Bluff? US Denies Iran Downed Drones:
The United States has flatly denied an Iranian boast that it
downed American drones
, raising more doubts on dozens of Iranian claims of military successes. The New York Times' Roger Cohen went so far as to call Iran a "paper tiger" last year. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh boasted earlier this week the Guards have downed ”many” drones, including two over the Straits of Hormuz, which Iran calls the Persian Gulf (INN, 01/05/11).
”Israel can’t last long in regional wars’ (Press TV, Dec 31, 2010).
Israel is not able to endure a long war with a powerful regional opponent due to its geographical restrictions, Director of IGA (Institute for Persian Gulf Affaires) Ali al-ahmed says. Ahmed referred to the 2006 war in Lebanon, saying, ”the Israeli forces were drained very quickly after only few weeks of war, because Israel does not have the geographical depth.” In an interview with Press TV, ahmed warned, ”As the experience of long wars show, any war with a formidable state in the region or a formidable force in the region will push Israel to use something more than conventional weapons.” He argued that so far, all the regional wars against Israel have been limited wars and that is why they have yet not threatened the existence of Israel.
WikiLeaks: Israelis Race Iranian Missiles: 12 minutes to Safety:
The cable, written by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, quoted outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi as saying that Israel would only have 12 minutes in which to prepare for an Iranian missile attack. The cable was published in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.
Ashkenazi told a U.S. Congressional delegation headed by Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) in November 2009 that Iran possesses 300
long-range Shihab missiles
that are able to reach most of Israel.
Iran launched the two-stage Sejjil-2 long-range intercontinental ballistic missile in May 2009. The 2,000 kilometer-range missile, powered by solid fuel, is seen as an upgrade from the Sejjil, its first high-speed, solid-fuel missile with a range of up to 1,930 kilometers (1,200 miles), launched in November 2008. Solid fuel missiles are reported to be more accurate than the liquid fuel variants. Both place southeastern Europe and all of Israel
well within range
, according to military experts (INN, 01/06/11).
The Vilna Gaon said that the last war, Milchemet Gog uMagog, is going to last only 12 minutes because they are going to have such weapons….In order to reverse negative prophecies which warn of pain, suffering, famine, and death during the end of days, Rebbetzin Jungreis says one must first understand the imminence of the arrival of the Messiah.
Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis: Prepare for the Coming of Messiah (INN).
Report: Ex-Iran diplomat admits working toward nuclear bomb with North Korea's help:
Dissident Iranian official says Iran's claim that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes is a façade.
An Iranian former diplomat says Iran is working toward developing a nuclear bomb with the help of scientists from North Korea and other countries worldwide, the Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday.
Mohammed Reza Heydari, formerly of the Iranian embassy in Oslo, Norway, told the British newspaper that he had helped North Korean technicians and military experts enter Iran while he was working for the Iranian foreign ministry office in Tehran's airport.
Heydari said the North Korean experts helped Iran develop nuclear bomb capability and increase the range of Iran's ballistic missiles.
He said that his mission was to allow North Korean military staff, as well as Palestinians associated with Hamas, to enter the country without any visa and passport inspection (Haaretz,
IAF commander: We are prepared to counter all threats and challenges the nation faces, including those from Iran, IAF commander Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan said Tuesday amid predictions that 2011 will be a “critical year” for stopping the Islamic Republic’s race to develop nuclear weapons. The IAF’s greatest challenge, he said, was the military buildup (by Iran, North Korea, Turkey, Venezuela, US-Lebanon) on all of Israel’s fronts – by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Hizbullah in Lebanon, and in Syria and Iran. General Nehushtan also noted as a concern the United States selling $60 billion worth of military systems, including more than 80 F-15 fighter jets, to Saudi Arabia (JPost, 28/12/2010).
Wikileaks: Egypt's Military Focus is on 'Enemy' Israel: Documents revealed by Wikileaks show that Egypt continues to see Israel as its primary military threat despite a decades-old peace treaty. Egypt and Israel fought against each other in four wars before signing the treaty in 1979. United States diplomats have been frustrated as Egyptian leaders focus on being prepared for war with Israel while ignoring threats such as terrorism and weapons smuggling (INN, 12/31/10).
Obama OKs arms sales to Arab League states on eve of Netanyahu visit (World Tribune, Monday, July 5, 2010): See 'Potter's Clay.'
Saudi prince rules out engagement with Israel until Arab land is returned: Saudi Arabia will refuse to "directly or indirectly engage Israel" until it leaves all land captured during the 1967 Six-Day War, Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former Saudi ambassador to the U.S., said Thursday, dashing any hopes the Obama administration might have had for rapprochement before a final peace deal.
"For us to take any steps toward any form of normalization with the Israeli state before these Arab lands have been returned to their rightful legitimate owners would undermine international law and turn a blind eye to immorality," he told the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Turki, though out of government, is considered a candidate to succeed his ailing brother, Saud al-Faisal, as foreign minister. (Washington Post, November 4, 2010).
17.9.2009: U.S. MISSILE DEFENSE POLICY AND EUROPE: "Question: Isn't Iran more likely to use means other than missiles for coercing or attacking the United States and its allies?
Clinton: Iran is putting a lot of resources into its missile programs, and is increasing its arsenal in terms of both range and numbers. Ballistic missiles are attractive to rogue states as tools of coercion and power projection because they are capable of potentially delivering WMD payloads over great distances in short periods of time.
- Although perhaps one should not take everything that Iranian President Ahmadinejad says at face value, it is worth noting that following an Iranian missile test on April 20 of this year, he gave a speech saying "Today Iran has the power to turn any base that fires a bullet at Iran into hell."
Question: Does this reflect the Administrations acceptance of a nuclear Iran - that were just going to defend against their nuclear missiles rather than try to stop them from becoming a nuclear power?
Clinton: - The Administrations policy on Iran has not changed: a nuclear-armed Iran is unacceptable. -- We are continuing to work with our international partners to prevent Iran from developing technologies capable of deploying nuclear weapons. -- We also remain open to direct discussions with Iran on this and other issues. - Countering ballistic missiles is just one part of our overall response to the threat posed by Iran, and the new phased approach is designed to be tailored depending on how the Iranian missile threat evolves."
"Strong missile defenses will strengthen our efforts to find a solution that brings Iran into compliance with its international obligations: the more we can diminish the coercive value of Irans missiles, the less Iran stands to gain by continuing to develop these destabilizing capabilities."
USA and NATO have plans of a gradual deployment of a missile defence. Phase 1 will be implemented in 2011 with deployment of 3 warships with SM-3 missiles and radar capacitance.
Phase 2 will be implemented within 2015. The same weapon system will be deployed on shore. (Turkey ?).
Phase 3 will be completed in 2018. The goal is that the same weapons system will be even more developed and more powerful. The NATO territory will be protected against short-range and medium-range missiles with a reach of 5500 km.
Phase 4 has a target date 2020, and implies protection against intercontinental ballistic missiles with a range over 5500 km. USA is sure that Phase 1 and 2 will be completed. The last phases might be changed, if the threat changes.
According to a report from GAO, 320 interceptors may be deployed in Europe. (The bill for the missile defense; 630 billions in 12 years, aftenposten, 05.01.11).
Norway’s FM Jonas Gahr Stoere supports the view that it is urgent to have the missile shield deployed to meet the threats from Iran...
The Obama administration will scrap the controversial missile defense shield program in Eastern Europe: Poland and the Czech Republic share deep concerns of a future military threat from the east -namely, Russia. The Bush administration had cited the perceived nuclear threat from Iran as one of the key reasons it wanted to install the missile shield in eastern Europe.
The U.S. reversal is likely to please Russia, which had fiercely opposed the plans. The issue has been a sore point in relations between Washington and Moscow, with Russia believing the shield would ultimately erode its own strategic nuclear deterrent.
With the program scrapped, it opens the way for Russia to join with the United States in taking a harder line on Iran. Obama maintained that Russia had nothing to fear from such a system, which would be designed to intercept a solitary missile from Iran or North Korea, as opposed to "a mighty Russian arsenal" (CNN, September 17, 2009).
Turkey objects to Nato missile shield targeting Iran: Turkey (the only NATO country bordering Iran, is key player in NATO plans to install a missile shield to defend against a nuclear threat from Iran), has imposed hurdles to Nato's planned anti-ballistic missile shield in Europe by demanding proof that the system would not exclusively target Iran. Turkey said it does not want the system to exclusively target any neighbouring country. "Within this frame, we do not lean towards the idea of defining countries like Iran, Syria and Russia as threats," a foreign ministry official said (Telegraph, 18 Oct 2010).
Turkey wary of Nato missile shield: The US has asked Turkey,to host some of the radar defences and to approve the proposal for a Europe-wide defense network.Turkey is mindful of its delicate position with neighbouring Iran and has said it will refuse to sign a Nato document that names Iran as the threat in the final declaration.
Turkey also wanted to make sure that the system would in no way be used to protect Israel from attack. Anita McNaught, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Istanbul, said, "It [Turkey] wants to be clear that this system is for the defence of territories from Turkey's eastern border, westward. It wants to be sure this is not a 'proxy' defence system for Israel. "It does not want any of the intelligence gathered through this system to be shared with Israel" (Al Jazeera, 19 Nov 2010).
Psalm 2:1-2 "...and the rulers take counsel together (plot), against the LORD, and against His anointed (Israel),.." Psalm 110:5-6 "The Lord at thy right hand doth crush kings in the day of His wrath. He will judge among the nations; He filleth it with dead bodies, He crusheth the head over a wide land." Isaiah 66:16-17"For by fire will the LORD contend, and by His sword with all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be many. They that sanctify themselves and purify themselves to go unto the gardens, behind one in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the detestable thing, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD." Isaiah 1:27-31, 65:1-5.
PA Continues to Prepare for Unilateral Declaration of State:
The Palestinian Authority is continuing its drive to unilaterally declare independent statehood next year, with or without a negotiated settlement with Israel. While PA officials are talking up the “uselessness” of final status negotiations, others are working on building up diplomatic ties with South America. A third group is working on a resolution for the United Nations Security Council.
U.N. representatives of Arab states and the PA have been busy in New York drafting a resolution to be submitted to the U. N. Security Council that would force Israel to halt Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and parts of Jerusalem demanded by the PA for its hoped-for country. The resolution may include a call for a boycott of Israeli businesses based in Judea and Samaria, according to media reports.
Clauses of the Fatah charter... call for the "demolition" of the State of Israel, as well as "the eradication of the Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.”
The Fatah organization, headed by Abbas, also calls on the world community "to prevent Jewish immigration" to Israel. Fatah, according to its charter, "opposes any political solution." (American Jewry: Fatah Charter Calls to 'Eradicate' Israel, INN, 11/20/07).
Thus far, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela have formally recognized the PA as a new Arab state, a sovereign entity, an independent state along 1967 borders with Uruguay promising to do so in 2011. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told reporters that he expects Ecuador to follow with a similar announcement shortly.
Paraguay is also set to support a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state
Just three days earlier, Norway had upgraded the status of the PA mission in Oslo from a “general delegation” to a “diplomatic mission.” In addition, the head of the PA mission in the country was granted diplomatic immunity.
This follows a similar decision by France in July 2010, when the PA delegation to Paris was raised from that status of “delegation” to a “diplomatic mission” led by an ambassador.
The term “1967 border” refers to the 1949 Armistice Lines (lands which were occupied by Jordan between 1948 and 1967), often called indefensible "Auschwitz borders", which existed at the end of Israel's [Arab-initiated] War of Independence. These lines were never internationally recognized as borders. At the end of the 1967 Six Day War, also initiated by the Arabs, lands occupied by Jordan in 1949 were restored to the Jewish State.
Peres Threatens Judea and Samaria Expulsions?
President Shimon Peres, the architect of the Oslo Accords, appeared to threaten a forcible expulsion of Jews who live in parts of Judea and Samaria. In an interview published Tuesday in Maariv, Peres said:
"Israel is committed to taking down settlements, but I know that this is not a simple thing, so there are two possibilities. One, that the settlers return home of their own free will and receive compensation, and the second, that we remain with the three centers, settlement blocs, with land exchanges. We just need to determine where the three blocs will be, in quiet negotiations."
While Peres' wording is ambiguous, he leaves no room for an option in which settlers outside the "large blocs" would remain on their land. He appears therefore to say that settlers outside the blocs can either go willingly or be forced out - or left to fend for themselves under a hostile Arab regime (INN, 05/11/11).
according to the Encyclopædia Britannica is the attempt to create ethnically homogeneous geographic areas through the deportation or forcible displacement of persons belonging to particular
. Ethnic cleansing sometimes involves the removal of all physical vestiges of the targeted group through the destruction of monuments, cemeteries, and houses of worship. (As we saw happened during the expulsion of 10,000 Jews from Gaza).
Hamas Commander: Israel Will Cease to Exist:
Muhammad Deif, the commander of Hamas' military wing, said in a statement issued Saturday that the Palestinians will not give up their struggle until Israel ceases to exist. "You will disappear and we will have Palestine," Deif said in a direct message to Israel (Ynet News, 12.25.10).
According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, ethnic cleansing "is a purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of another ethnic or religious group from certain geographic areas. (Commission of Experts Established Pursuant toUnited Nations Security Council Resolution 780."
Abbas Releases Terrorist, 4 Months After Quadruple Murder:
Four months ago Israelis were shocked by the murder of four Jews near the town of Beit Chaggai in Judea. The four were shot at close range by Palestinian Authority terrorists. On Thursday, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas decided to release one of the killers. Wael Bitar of Hevron was let out of a PA prison along with five other Hamas terrorists. Bitar was also involved in a suicide bombing that murdered one person in Dimona and wounded several others. The PA arrested him once in 2008, the year of the bombing, but later released him.
Danny Dayan, head of the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council, called on Israeli troops to make up for the PA's actions by capturing the released killer as soon as possible. “The delusion that Abbas plans to fight terrorism has been shattered yet again by the PA's 'revolving door,'” he declared.
The PA has often demanded that Israel release or pardon terrorists as a “good-will gesture” during negotiations. Abbas has repeatedly said that his ultimate goal is the release of all PA terrorists from Israeli prisons, including those guilty of multiple murders. Qatari leaders pushed for Bitar's release as well (INN).
IDF Nets Five of Six Terrorists Released by PA:Five of the six terrorists released from jail Thursday by Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas were recaptured by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during an overnight operation in Hevron. The IDF expressed regret for the death of a Hevron Arab in the house of one of the escapees and ordered an investigation of the shooting. The results are expected next week. Lying about supposed IDF cruelty is an Arab weapon in the war against Israel. Earlier this week, claims that IDF tear gas caused the death of an Arab woman were found to be riddled with inconsistencies.
Egypt: 21 Murdered in Terror Attack at Church: A bomb attack killed 21 people outside a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt late Friday night. Another 24 people were wounded. The bombing took place as worshipers left a church following a New Year's Eve service. Officials initially suspected that a car bomb was used (INN, 01/01/11).
Coptic Massacre Sparks Protest against Massive US Aid to Egypt
: U.S. President Barack Obama called the attack “barbaric and heinous (INN).
Anti-Christian Drumbeat Loud before Egypt Attack
: In the weeks before the New Year's Day suicide bombing of an Egyptian church, al-Qaeda-linked websites carried a how-to manual on "destroying the cross," complete with videos on how to build a bomb and the locations of churches to target - including the one that was attacked. They may have found a receptive audience in Alexandria, where increasingly radicalized Islamic hard-liners have been holding weekly anti-Christian demonstrations. The blast, which struck Saturday as worshippers were leaving midnight Mass, killed 23 people. (AP-Washington Post, January 4, 2011).
UK Muslim Group Launches Poster Campaign against "Evils of Christmas" Fanatics from the banned Islamic hate group Islam4UK have launched a nationwide poster campaign denouncing Christmas as evil. They hope the campaign will help"destroy Christmas" and lead to Britons converting to Islam instead. The placards, which have already appeared in parts of London, feature a message claiming Christmas is responsible for paganism, domestic violence, homelessness, vandalism, alcohol and drugs. The bottom of the poster declares: "In Islam we are protected from all of these evils." Campaign organizer Abu Rumaysah said: "Christmas is a lie and as Muslims it is our duty to attack it." (Daily Mail-UK, 23rd December 2010),
The Plight of the Middle East's Christians
The Salafist war on Christians in the Middle East is intensifying rapidly, with profound consequences not only for Christians in the lands of their faith's earliest history, but for the rights of all ethnic and religious minorities in the greater Middle East. One way to think about the Muslim Arab Middle East is as a place historically intolerant of the rights of non-Arab Muslim minorities: The blacks of Sudan, who are trying to break free of Khartoum's hold; the Kurds in Iraq and Syria; Christians in Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq; and the Jews of Israel, among others. In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal even to build a church (Atlantic Monthly, Jan. 3, 2011).
Hate Letter Threatened Wave of NY Synagogue Attacks: A hate letter threatened a wave of New York synagogue bombings on New Year’s Eve, including the Upper West Side house of worship, whose spiritual leader, Rabbi Alan Schwartz, told The New York Post, “Someone wants to spread fear” (INN, 01/02/11).
In an earlier draft by the Commission of Experts described ethnic cleansing as "the planned deliberate removal from a specific territory, persons of a particular ethnic group, by force or intimidation, in order to render that area ethnically homogenous." which it based on "the many reports describing the policy and practices conducted in the former Yugoslavia, 'ethnic cleansing' has been carried out by means of murder, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, extra-judicial executions, rape and sexual assaults, confinement of civilian population in ghetto areas, forcible removal, displacement and deportation of civilian population, deliberate military attacks or threats of attacks on civilians and civilian areas, and wanton destruction of property. Those practices constitute crimes against humanity and can be assimilated to specific war crimes. Furthermore, such acts could also fall within the meaning of the Genocide Convention".
The Palestinians claim all of the West Bank, home to 300,000 Jewish settlers, as part of a future "Judenrein" Islamic state.
Abbas: No Room for Israelis in Palestinian State
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Saturday that when a Palestinian state is established, it would have no Israelis in it. "We have frankly said, and always will say, if there is an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, we won't agree to the presence of one Israeli in it," Abbas said in Ramallah. He was commenting on reports that the PA leadership might agree to the presence of the IDF in the West Bank after the establishment of a Palestinian state. (Jerusalem Post, 12/25/2010).
PM France's Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said he was "tempted" by the idea of international recognition of a Palestinian state even before its borders were negotiated. Kouchner's proposal showed France's willingness "to accelerate the (peace) process, to take initiatives which will kick off negotiations which are taking too long to start," Peace talks were halted over the war in the conflict in the Gaza Strip and have not resumed, due largely to a Palestinian demand that Israel first impose a complete freeze on building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and Israel's refusal to do so (Reuters, France wants Middle East peace talks kick-start: ).
During the 10-month building freeze instituted by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in November 2009, which expired in September 2010, the Palestinians refused to return to the negotiation table.
Argentina, Uruguay Recognize PA as a State:
Argentina announced on Monday that it recognizes a Palestinian state,
calling Palestine “a free and independent state within its 1967 borders,”
Associated Press reported.
According to the report, Argentina said the announcement reflects its frustration at the slow progress of peace talks with Israel (INN, 12/07/10).
PA Foreign Min.: Chile, Paraguay to Recognize Palestine:
Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki says that Chile and Paraguay will recognize an independent Palestinian state in the coming weeks. He also said Chileans president Sebastian Pinera will visit Arab areas in Judea and Samaria in three months. Ecuador, which has already recognized a Palestinian state, will soon host a Palestinian embassy (INN, Jan/03/11).
Netanyahu: Palestinians Evading Negotiations with Israel
Prime Minister Netanyahu said Thursday that the Palestinians are responsible for the deadlock in peace talks, that they have been evading negotiations while Israel is striving for peace. The Israeli government "is striving to achieve peace. This is our target and objective - to reach an agreement in negotiations with the Palestinians," Netanyahu said. "Unfortunately, the Palestinians have thus far been evading negotiations." (Ha'aretz, 30.12.2010).
Netanyahu: Conflict Continues Due to Refusal to Accept Israel
The root of the Israeli-Arab conflict is not Israel's presence in the settlements, but rather its presence in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Prime Minister Netanyahu said Thursday. "This conflict continues because there is a refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and bring an end to the conflict." Peace will require the Palestinians to "give up their right of return, because it is impossible to have a Jewish state and in parallel to flood it with Palestinian refugees." (Jerusalem Post, 12/31/2010)
US Congress Rejects Unilateral Moves
: The U.S. House of Representatives, meanwhile, unanimously approved on Thursday a resolution opposing the unilateral declaration of a new PA country.The resolution called on the Obama administration to “deny recognition to any unilaterally declared Palestinian state and veto any resolution by the United Nations Security Council to establish or recognize a Palestinian state outside of an agreement negotiated by the two parties.”
It also warned PA leaders to “cease all efforts at circumventing the negotiation process, including efforts to gain recognition of a Palestinian state from other nations, within the United Nations, and in other international forums prior to achievement of a final agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.” The resolution also called on foreign governments “not to extend such recognition.”
"Already some 10 EU countries are in the process of upgrading the status of Palestinian representative offices in their capitals.
This seemingly minor step is actually a major threat because if Palestinians receive embassy status (the next step in the plan) their terrorist operatives will be able to travel, plot and work with full diplomatic immunity! Norway has become the latest nation to take this grave step toward danger" (Mike Evans).
It remains to see if Norway's FM
Jonas Gahr Stoere
really "is morally superior to and smarter than most,.."
Abbas to Lay Cornerstone for Palestinian Embassy in Brazil: The Israeli government expressed its “regret and disappointment” with the decision and pointed out that “recognition of a Palestinian state is a violation of the Interim Agreement signed between Israel and the PA in 1995,” a reference to the amended Oslo Accords (INN, 12/29/10).
PA to Ask UN to Declare Jewish Yesha Communities Illegal: Officials in the Palestinian Authority said on Wednesday that the PA plans to ask the United Nations Security Council in the next few days to declare the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria illegal and demand a halt to construction of new Jewish homes in these areas.
According to the AP report, the resolution “Reaffirms that the Israeli settlements established in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace...” The resolution that goes on to demand that “Israel, the occupying Power, immediately and completely ceases all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard...”
So far, however, the proposal has received a cool reception in Washington, with State Department spokesman Mark Toner saying on Wednesday that while the U.S. agrees that continued construction in Judea and Samaria would be “corrosive” to peace efforts, it also believes that negotiations are the only way to achieve peace.
Japan extends $12 million in aid to PA:The cash was to be deposited into PA accounts "to be utilized for economic and social development in the Palestinian Territories, based on the consultations between Japanese and Palestinian governments," a statement from the representative office said.
Much of the previous financing for the PA from Japan was used to procure medical equipment for hospitals and clinics in the West Bank, to finalize the construction of a new President Office building in Ramallah, and to enhance property tax collection efforts in the West Bank, a statement said. The grant comes as part of what Japanese officials promised would be $100 million in assistance to the PA in 2011 (Maan News, 27/12/2010).
Fayyad signs funding agreement with EU: Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Wednesday signed a €31 million financing agreement with the European Union to support the Palestinian Authority's state building plan. The support aims to sustain the PA's public services and strengthen institutions for a future state, according to a statement from the EU's Jerusalem office (Maan News, 29/12/2010).
PA looks to expand free-trade networks: In mid-December, Mercosur - which comprises Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - agreed to negotiate a free-trade agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Officials said they hoped the deal would be completed quickly, saying that it would go a long way to helping the Palestinians achieve economic prosperity, and came as part of the PA's state building plan.
A deal Mercosur is one of three trade deals being negotiated by the PA, with plans in the works for a free trade agreement with Turkey and increasing ties with Europe. During the previous week, EU officials approved a request to allow Palestinian agricultural imports to enter European markets without custom fees, and to lift all restrictions on Palestinian exports (Maan News, 29/12/2010).
Abbas demands new peace plan: In a televised speech, Abbas said Palestinians "demand" that the Quartet comprising Washington, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations "draft a peace plan" based on UN Security Council resolutions that call for establishing a Palestinian state on land Israel captured in a 1967 war (Ynet News, 12.31.10).
"Deportation or forcible transfer of population" is defined as a crime against humanity by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Article 7).The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has put on trial, and in some cases has convicted, a number of politicians and military commanders indicted for forced deportations in that region. Ethnic cleansing encompass "Deportation or forcible transfer of population", although the force involved may involve other crimes such as crimes against humanity.
Amona Documentary Film Claims Gov't Ordered Police Violence
During August 2005, Israel forcibly evicted and transferred all (10,000) Jews from the the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank, as part of its Unilateral Disengagement Plan. From 1948 until the early 1970s between 800,000 to 1,000,000 Jews fled their homes or were expelled from Arab Muslim countries. The Christian Europe brought the Holocaust upon the Jews and instead of expelling them or allowing them to flee - they killed about 6,000,000 million Jews.
The Expulsion of the Jews from Muslim Countries, 1920-1970: A History of Ongoing Cruelty and Discrimination - Shmuel Trigano (Institute for Global Jewish Affairs). Between 1920 and 1970, 900,000 Jews were expelled from Arab and other Muslim countries. Today, they and their descendents form the majority of the French Jewish community and a large part of Israel's population.
In the countries that expelled Jews, a combination of six legal, economic, and political measures aimed at isolating Jews in society was instituted: denationalization; legal discrimination; isolation and sequestration; economic despoilment; socioeconomic discrimination; and pogroms or similar acts. While some say that Zionism was responsible for this development, the region's anti-Semitism would have developed even without the rise of the State of Israel because of Arab-Islamic nationalism, which resulted in xenophobia.
In establishing the eternal covenant with Abraham, God promised that the Jewish people will never be destroyed (Gen. 17:7). On the other hand, at the time of the Ingathering ”Zeph. 3:19-20 says: ”Behold, I wreak destruction upon all those who afflict you at that time."
Jeremiah 30:10-11 "Therefore fear thou not, O Jacob My servant, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel; for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity (Deut, 4:27-31, Ch. 30, Is. 11:12, Zec. 2:10); and Jacob shall again be quiet and at ease (Ezek. Chs. 34, 37-39), and none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations (Zec. 12:9, Is. 60:12, 41:11-12, Dan. 12:1), whither I have scattered thee, but I will not make a full end of thee; for I will correct thee in measure, and will not utterly destroy thee." See Malachi 3:22-24, Isaiah 48:17-19.
Isaiah 24:1-6 "...The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws (two Torahs, the Written and the Oral), violated the statute, broken the everlasting covenant (Gen. 9:9-17). Therefore hath a curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are found guilty; therefore the inhabitants of the earth waste away, and men are left few." See Jer. 3:14-15, Ez. 39:6-8, Joel 4:1-4, Zec. 14:16.
This prophecy refers to the earth as a whole and to the devastation that will strike the nations at the time of the redemption of Israel from the wicked nations.
Referring to the nations of the world, it refers to the transgression of the Seven Laws of Noah and their persecution of Israel in excess of what God decreed, thereby violating the covenant of brotherhood (Amos 1:9-11, Ob. 1:9-16, Zec. 12:10) that should have existed between Esau, Ammon, Moab and Ishmael and their close relative Israel.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" (Edmund Burke).
Obadiah 1:11 "On that day you stood from afar, on the day strangers captured his possessions, and foreigners came into his cities, and on Jerusalem they cast lots (Joel 4:1-4); you, too, are like one of them." God says that by your silence and failure to stand up and speak against evil men and their sinful acts and your failure to help your brethren (the Jewish people) in their time of distress "you, too, are like one of them."
Esther 4:14 "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and rescue will arise for the Jews from elsewhere, and you and your father's household will perish; and who knows whether at a time like this you will attain the kingdom?" During history, God always raised up deliverers and judges for the Jewish people, when they cried out to Him in their time of distress (Lev. 26:40-45, Obadiah 1:21).
If we do not react to the nation's evil plot (incitement to ethnic cleansing and geocide by the Islamic nations and Iran - and the nations indifference)-there will be a war-which could lead to Israel's destruction... so, help us, HaShem, our God.
Iranian Government Stirs Up Anti-Semitism with Invented Massacre (Meir Javedanfar): On Dec. 10, 250 Basij students from Abu Ali Sina University in the Iranian city of Hamedan threatened to tear down the mausoleum at the graves of the historical Jewish figures Esther and Mordechai, in revenge for what they claimed were Israeli threats to infringe on the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The graves of Jewish figures in Iran (which also include Daniel) have always been considered holy and respected by Jews and Muslims alike.
Daniel 12:13 "And you, go to the end, and you will rest and rise to your lot at the end of the days."
The narrative being promoted by the Iranian regime is that Mordechai was a murderer because - after the king's vizier, Haman, plotted to kill all the Jews of Persia - he ordered the massacre of more than 70,000 Iranians. This is being called an "Iranian holocaust." These days one can hear about the fabricated and highly anti-Jewish "Iranian holocaust" from Iranian politicians.
The international community must condemn the Iranian government's anti-Semitic narratives and statements, and demand that they cease (Guardian-UK,
Is Mossad Systematically Killing Iranian Nuclear Scientists? Iran's state-run Fars News Agency (FNA) is accusing Israel's international intelligence agency of killing the country's nuclear scientists. The news agency quoted a report posted Wednesday on the IranNuc.ir website that said the Mossad “has a long record in assassinating Arab and Muslim scientists in collaboration with its U.S. and British counterparts (CIA and MI6)” (INN, 01/06/11).
Report: Iranian Scientist Tortured After Return: Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, who said he had been abducted by the CIA, has been imprisoned and tortured since his return to Iran in July, an opposition Web site reported. Amiri spent the past two months in solitary confinement in a military prison and was hospitalized at least once because of physical and psychological pressure, according to the report on IranBriefing.net. American officials said Amiri was a CIA informer who voluntarily defected to the U.S. in 2009. When he returned to Iran, he said he had been abducted and tortured by the Americans, and Iran said he was a double-agent sent to spy on the C.I.A. (New York Times).
Iran to Sue Israel over ‘Crimes’ against Nuke Scientists: Iran plans to sue Israel in international bodies for “crimes” against its nuclear scientists as it claims the arrest of a Zionist spy ringbut reveals scant details. “The issue that we will actively pursue is the condemnation of this illegal regime (Israel) and its punishment as the perpetrator of crimes against humanity and our scientists,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said (INN, 01/11/11).
MUST READ: "Mossad behind Egypt church blast," Iran's official television outlet, Press TV, said in a headline Sunday. All the evidence points to a Zionist plot, the article said. First, "it goes without saying that no Muslim, whatever their political leanings may be, will ever commit such an inhumane act."
Press TV reported that "the fresh plot by terrorists to target churches is an organized Zionist scenario aimed at creating a rift between Muslims and Christians." "Suicide attacks on churches in Egypt and the killing of Christians are part of the psychological warfare launched by the US, the UK and Israel to divide Christians and Muslims."
All the existing evidence proves that the Alexandria church explosion, though appearing to have been carried out by extremist groups, is the handiwork of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad. The fact is lost on no one that the United States, Britain and the Israeli regime have what it takes to provoke ethnic and religious divisions in Islamic nations.
Therefore, if the Egyptian people, Muslims and Christians alike, do not react to Israeli plots, they will unintentionally get involved in a civil war, which could lead to Egypt's disintegration" (Press TV, Sun Jan 2, 2011).
Iran: 'Harry Potter a Zionist Plot to Promote Devil Worship: 'If you thought the Harry Potter series was an innocent children's fantasy story, you're wrong, an Iranian movie producer says: In reality, the Harry Potter books and movies are part of a “Zionist plot” to “spread their poison.” With its emphasis on witches, warlocks, and wonders, he says, the Harry Potter series "serves to spread the dark and evil essence of Zionism and its goals."
Perhaps worst of all, the documentary says, is the series' attempts to influence innocent Christians and Muslims to worship the devil, as the Jews do. “The creation of new stories, based on mythical themes leading to witchcraft and devil worship, has always been a tool used by contemporary Zionists, and is once again being used by them... targeting innocent children and youth” to join them in their Satanic ways." Magic and sorcery are capital crimes in the Torah (INN, 12/30/10).
Pharaoh, like many ancient pagans, believed that there was a god of good and a god of evil. Unable to accept the fact that a single divine power brings both goodness (blessings, life, prosperity) and evil (punishment, illness, curses) upon people, (Isaiah 45:7, 31:2, 1 Samuel 2:1-10, Deut. 32:39) the pagans concluded that there must be two separate, competing gods, one of which brings goodness, and the other brings evil.
Our God, he (Moses) told Pharaoh, is the God of “Havaya,” the one God who governs all of existence. We believe that there is but one God who is responsible for everything that takes place on earth, and that there is no difference between what we perceive as “good” and what we perceive as “evil” – it is all “good,” brought about by the one, true God.
When we worship God, we acknowledge that He is the one who brings prosperity and good fortune, and also the one who brings illness and poverty (Isaiah 48:10). And there is no contradiction whatsoever between the two, because we firmly believe that whether or not we understand it, all that the Almighty does is, ultimately, pure goodness. This is the belief we take with us when we go to serve Hashem, and the belief which we seek to impart to our children whom we happily and joyously include in this national spiritual endeavor of Abodat Hashem (serving God)! (Weekly Parasha Insights by Rabbi Eli Mansour).
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'Mossad may be behind Red Sea shark attacks' Egyptian authorities leaving no stone unturned in bid to discover mysterious shark attacks which left German tourist dead. 'Mossad plot not out of the question,' says South Sinai governor (Ynet News, 12.06.10).The Sinai regional governor last month suggested that a shark that killed and maimed tourists on its Red Sea port may have been intentionally released by Israeli agents in order to sabotage the country's tourist industry. "What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark in the sea to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question. But it needs time to confirm," Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha said, according to the British Sun newspaper (Haaretz, 04.01.11).
Saudi Arabia 'nabbed Israeli-tagged vulture for being Mossad spy': Vulture used as part of bird migration research was reportedly captured in rural area of Saudi Arabia.A vulture tagged by scientists at Tel Aviv University has strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, where it was promptly arrested on suspicion of being a Mossad spy, Israeli and Saudi media reported Tuesday. Although these tags indicate that the bird was part of a long-term research project into migration patterns, residents and local reporters told Saudi Arabia's Al-Weeam newspaper that the matter seemed to be a "Zionist plot" (Haaretz, 04.01.11).
Mossad and the Jewish people are being blamed for many things in this world, but when the only explanation the Arab and Iranian mind can offer for various accidents and occurrences, is that it is all a Zionist plot, you know they are in very deep trouble. 'Narrow-minded' See 'The Exodus'
Daniel 8:23-25 speaks of a "brazen-faced king" (Titus and the kingdom of Rome: Edom, the 'divided kingdom,' Esau-Ishmael (Daniel 2:41, 7:7-27, 9:27): "and without strength he will be broken" - through a mosquito, the weakest of creatures, which entered his nose, (Tractate Gittin (56b).
YOUTUBE VIDEO: The Egyptian Ministry of Conspiracy Theories and the bug war and Peace Now's Legacy: Halil Majnoun, the Egyptian Minister of Conspiracy Theories discussing Egypt's latest concerns about Mossad mosquito flies.
Exodus 10:2 "I made a mockery of the Egyptians,.."
The incidents may reflect a growing irrational hysteria among Arabs surrounding Israel's military prowess and the efficacy of its intelligence services, possibly fueled by the Stuxnet virus' success... (Vulture in Saudi Custody Suspected as Mossad Agent, INN, 01/04/11).
Russia: Cyber attack on Iran could be risky: Russian NATO envoy seeks investigation into instigators of Stuxnet computer virus which hit Iran's nuclear facilities last year (01.26.11 ,Ynet News, AP).
Isaiah 51:8-9 "Hearken to Me, you who know righteousness, a people that has My Torah in their heart, fear not reproach of man, and from their revilings be not dismayed. For, like a garment, the moth (Hosea 5:10-12) shall consume them, and like wool, the worm (41:13-16) shall consume them, but My righteousness shall be forever, and My salvation to all generations."
Isaiah 50:7-9 "For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore have I not been confounded; therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand up together; who is mine adversary? let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? Behold, they all shall wax old as a garment, the moth shall eat them up."