Saturday, 31 October 2009

Netanyahu, Barak split over Iran draft

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are at odds on a draft proposal handed to Iran by six world powers, with the aim of halting its nuclear program. Ynet learned Friday that Barak's office told Ynet that despite his declarations of support for the deal during a meeting with US special envoy George Mitchell, he has maintained the position he took last week.

'This deal will (take Iran's nuclear program) back a year, but it will also result in the legitimization of its uranium enrichment for civilian purposes. The uranium enrichment by Iran must be stopped altogether,' said the defense minister said during a presidential conference in Jerusalem.

Vatican speaks out where many churches remain silent

The Vatican has condemned Hallowe'en as anti-Christian, saying it is based on a sinister and dangerous "undercurrent of occultism". The Holy See has warned that parents should not allow their children to dress up as ghosts and ghouls on Saturday, calling Hallowe'en a pagan celebration of "terror, fear and death".

The Roman Catholic Church has become alarmed in recent years by the spread of Hallowe'en traditions from the US to other countries around the world. As in Britain, it is only in recent years that Italian children have dressed up in costumes, played trick or treat on their neighbours and made lanterns out of hollowed out pumpkins.

The Vatican issued the warning through its official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, in an article headlined "Hallowe'en's Dangerous Messages". The paper quoted a liturgical expert, Joan Maria Canals, who said: "Hallowe'en has an undercurrent of occultism and is absolutely anti-Christian." Parents should "be aware of this and try to direct the meaning of the feast towards wholesomeness and beauty rather than terror, fear and death," said Father Canals, a member of a Spanish commission on church rites.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Russia Officially Declares Right to Nuke Potential Aggressor

A new version of Russia’s military doctrine will contain details of using nuclear arms when repelling aggression with the use of conventional means of destruction in both large-scale and local armed conflicts.

Nikolai Patrushev, the head of Russia’s Security Council, said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper that Russia would consider an opportunity of using nuclear arms depending on circumstances and intentions of a potential enemy. “In situations critical for national security, a preventive nuclear strike against the aggressor is not ruled out,” he said.

The section of Russia’s military doctrine about the opportunity to use nuclear weapons was formulated to preserve the status of a nuclear power for the Russian Federation. The document states that Russia can apply nuclear deterrence against potential enemies to prevent aggression against Russia and its allies.

Mr. Patrushev said that the edited version of the military doctrine would be prepared until the end of the year.

DEBKAfile - ElBaradei whitewashes Iran's negative response to overseas enrichment

Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Thursday, Oct. 29, submitted Iran's reply to the IAEA proposal endorsed by world powers providing for Iran to send three-quarters of its low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for conversion into nuclear fuel.

DEBKAfile reports that Iran's reply amounts to one yes and two nos. The Iranian media reported that Iran would only agree to transfer its enriched uranium overseas in small batches over a period of time. These installments must be replaced by purchases of highly-enriched uranium. This stratagem would defeat the entire purpose of the deal which is to reduce Iran's stocks of enriched uranium and delay its progress toward a nuclear weapon.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad, Turkish premier find common ground on nuclear issue

After months of diplomatic isolation following Iran's disputed presidential election and the subsequent violent government crackdown, President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad appears to have found a friend in Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan, who recently described Ahmedinejad as a "friend," arrived in Tehran on Tuesday with a delegation of more than 100 Turkish lawmakers and business leaders intent on strengthening trade relations between Turkey and Iran, which already amount to $11 billion annually.

In an interview published Monday, Erdogan told the Guardian that Turkey enjoys "very good relations" with Ahmedinejad, adding that he had no intention of "interfering" in Iranian domestic affairs by discussing allegations of government rape and torture of opposition protesters. He went on to support Iranian claims that its nuclear program is peaceful, slamming the U.S. and Europe for their alleged double standards toward Israel.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Christian pensioner warned by police about ‘hate crime’ for complaining about homosexual pride parade

A pensioner was questioned by the police after her local council decided that her complaint about a homosexual pride march amounted to a ‘hate crime incident’, despite the fact that she was verbally abused at the parade.

Mrs Pauline Howe, 67, a committed Christian, complained to the Norwich City Council that the homosexual event had been allowed to go ahead in the city centre in July. In her letter she wrote: ‘It is shameful that this small, but vociferous lobby should be allowed such a display unwarranted by the minimal number of homosexuals.’
Two officers later turned up at the frightened grandmother’s home and informed her that she may have committed a crime.

Islamists who want to destroy the state and establish a unitary Islamic caliphate received £100,000 Government funding

An Islamist group, whose goal is to combine all Muslim countries in a unitary Islamic caliphate and which is regarded as an ‘organisation of concern’ by the Home Office, has secured more than £100,000 of taxpayers’ money for grants to teach their ideology to children.

Hizb ut-Tahrir group is established to promote ‘an elaborate and detailed program for instituting an Islamist state’ that will ‘establish the laws of the Islamic Shariah and to carry the Da'wah of Islam to the world.’ The Islamic group regards integration as ‘dangerous’ and says that British Muslims should ‘fight assimilation’ into British society.

It was reported this weekend that accounts filed at the Charity Commission show that the Government paid a total of £113,411 last year to a foundation run by senior members and activists of Hizb ut-Tahrir. The money was granted to help run a nursery school and two Islamic primary schools where children are taught key elements of the group’s ideology from the age of five.

Iran buys North Korean WMD for Syria, midget submarines for both

The US Congressional Research Service reveals that Iran has helped Syria obtain 'various forms of weapons of mass destruction' and missiles, as well as buying midget submarines - all from North Korea.

DEBKAfile's military sources report that the North Korean miniature subs are capable of dropping small teams of commando forces on enemy shores, damaging large warships and mining the approaches of naval bases and harbors. They are capable of sowing EM-52 'rising mines' originally developed by China, which lurk on deep sea beds until triggered by a passing ship to release a missile which shoots up to strike its hull.

Twin suicide car bombs in Baghdad kill 147

Iraqi officials say at least 147 people have been killed by two powerful suicide car bombs, in the country's deadliest attack in more than two years.

At least 721 people were injured in Sunday's blasts in downtown Baghdad, only a few hundred metres from the heavily fortified Green Zone. Three of the injured are American contractors, a spokesperson from the U.S. embassy said.

The car bombs went off outside the Justice Ministry and the Baghdad Provincial Council. So far, 60 government workers have been reported dead. Thirty-five were from the Ministry of Justice and 25 were from the Baghdad Provincial Council, police and medical officials told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The Qom enrichment facility is not Iran's only hidden nuclear plant

DEBKAfile's military sources point out that even the UN watchdog visits may lead nowhere, depending on how much access they are allowed to the facilities tunneled deep in a mountain near Qom and how much incriminating evidence was removed in the two weeks since Tehran approved the visit. Some sources in Washington take the existence of this hidden plant as evidence that Iran has got several more secret facilities running - and not just for enrichment but possibly even for covertly constructing nuclear bombs and warheads. Reporting from US sources on Iran's nuclear program tends to be conflicting, fashioned to fit the policy of the moment. For instance, the Qom tunnel hiding place which the US president 'first revealed' in Pittsburgh on Sept. 26 was in fact known to intelligence services, including the CIA, as far back as 2004.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Asian leaders eye EU-style bloc

Asian leaders meeting in Thailand are discussing plans to 'lead the world' by forming an EU-style community by 2015. Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama argued nations should take advantage of the region's more rapid recovery from the recession than the West. 'It would be meaningful for us to have the aspiration that East Asia is going to lead the world,' he said. Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are meeting other regional heads at Cha-Am beach resort.

Israel Must Bomb Iran

Bolton: Once Iran gets nuclear weapons, we are in danger on a worldwide basis… Iran isn’t the end of the problem. The real difficulty with that analysis is that Saudi Arabia will get nuclear weapons, probably Egypt, probably Turkey, possibly others. So within a five to ten year period, you’ll have half a dozen nuclear countries in the Middle East… almost guaranteeing a nuclear exchange at some point or another.

At least 22 killed in 3 terror attacks as Taliban nears Pakistan's main nuclear missile store

At least 7 people were killed, 13 injured when a suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up Friday, Oct. 23, outside the big Kamra aeronautical complex 60 km west of Islamabad. DEBKAfile's military sources report this is where Pakistan houses most of its nuclear bombs and air-air and air-ground missiles. In Mohmand, 15 wedding guests were killed when their minibus hit an explosive device and in Peshawar a car bomb injured 15 people at the Sawan hotel.

Taliban fighters began to battle their way towards Pakistan's nuclear arsenal on Saturday, Oct. 10, by attacking the roads connecting the capital and high command with the nuclear ordnance centers in northern Pakistan near the town of Kohat, at Wah and in Kamra in order to cut them off.

Terrorist pressure to reach Pakistan's nuclear arsenal at these sites was first reported by DEBKA-Net-Weekly on May 15.

Change of Subject: `What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?' A veteran speaks out for marriage equality

A World War II veteran speaking out for marriage equality in Maine, where the issue will be on the upcoming ballot:

Good morning, committee. My name is Phillip Spooner and I live Biddeford. I am 86 years old, a lifetime Republican, and an active VFW chaplain. I still serve three hospitals and two nursing homes, and I also served meals on wheels for 20 years. My wife of 54 years, Jenny, died in 1997. Together we had four children, including one gay son. All four of our boys were in the service.

I was born on a potato farm north of Caribou and Perham, where I was raised to believe that all men are created equal, and I’ve never forgotten that. I served in the US Army 1942-1945 in the First Army as a medic and an ambulance driver. I worked with every outfit over there including Patton’s Third Army. I saw action in all five major battles in Europe including the Battle of the Bulge. My unit was awarded Presidential Citations for transporting more patients with fewer accidents than any other ambulance unit in Europe, and I was in the liberation of Paris. After the war, I carried POWs back from Poland, Hungary, and Yugoslavia, and also hauled hundreds of injured Germans back to Germany.

I’m here today because of a conversation I had last year when I was voting. A woman at my polling place asked me, “Do you believe in equality for gay and lesbian people?”

I was pretty surprised to be asked a question like that; it made no sense to me.

Finally I asked her, “What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?”

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Israeli urgently orders two stealth corvettes from Germany

DEBKAfile's military sources report that the two corvettes are needed to meet the build-up of Iranian submarines and Syria warships in the Mediterranean Sea and defend coastal infrastructure facilities such as power stations and naval bases which Israel intelligence fears will be at risk in a regional war.

The order placed during Israeli chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi's three-day visit to Berlin this week as guest of the German high command surprised the defense ministry. Germany is contributing 500 million euros toward the two Dolphin submarines already on order for the Israeli Navy. The new order is worth several million more. German sources report that the Israeli request has been referred to Chancellor Angela Merkel for her to decide.

The German corvette is a 2,200-tonner, 91 meters long and 13.4 meters wide. It carries a crew of 94, a medium-sized helicopter on its deck and 24 weapons systems - 16 sea-to-shore and 8 ship-to-ship launchers adapted to US-made missiles, as well as missile defenses and automatic cannons. It has a range of 7,400 kilometers and maximum speed of 30 knots. The corvette's great advantages for the Israeli navy are its formidable firepower and advanced radar-evading capabilities, making it extremely hard to spot by shore- or ship-based radar.

Gadhafi says sorry for UK policewoman's death

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has said he is sorry about the death of a British policewoman shot outside Tripoli's embassy in London 25 years ago, but does not know the identity of her killer.

Yvonne Fletcher was killed in April 1984 by shots fired from inside the embassy. No one has been convicted of the 1984 killing, though the Libyan government has accepted that its agents were responsible.

'She is not an enemy to us, and we are sorry all the time and our sympathy, because she was on duty, she was there to protect the Libyan Embassy,' Gadhafi told Sky News in an interview broadcast Monday

Turkish PM: Iran is Our Friend

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed his country's increasingly close ties with Iran on Monday in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian. Of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Erdogan said, “There is no doubt he is our friend.”

Relations between Iran and Turkey are “very good,” Erdogan reported, even as many Israelis see Turkey increasingly distance itself from Israel. He defended Iran against charges that it is actively seeking nuclear weapons, saying the Islamic republic wants nuclear technology “for the purposes of energy only.”

The Turkish PM will visit Iran this week, and will meet with Ahmadinejad as well as Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The talks are expected to focus on economic ties between the two nations, which have grown dramatically in recent years to an estimated $9 billion.

UN team unwelcome in Tehran, Mottaki whittles down overseas enrichment plan

Senior Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerd said Monday afternoon, Oct. 26 that the UN inspectors had carried out their mission to visit a newly-disclosed uranium enrichment plant and may leave Iran later in the day. DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report that the nuclear watchdog team were supposed to have paid a second visit to the Fordu plant near Qom in the next two days after their first trip on Sunday. So either the Iranians cut the inspectors' mission short or they were denied access to the suspected facility and aborted.

Earlier, as world powers waited on tenterhooks for Tehran's reply to the IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei's overseas enrichment proposal, Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki came up with a new offer: 'There are two options on the table… either to buy it or give part of our fuel for further processing abroad.'

He said a final Iranian reply would come within days.

DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report: The idea Mottaki threw out was aimed at seeing how far the Islamic Republic could whittle down the original proposal to send 75 percent of its low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for conversion into unweaponizable fuel for a research reactor, without giving up its 'inalienable right' to enrich its own nuclear material.

French FM says resolve Iran row soon or Israel will strike

Washington, 26 October (WashingtonTV)—French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in remarks published on Monday that Israel was likely to take military action against Iran if it acquires nuclear weapons, making it urgent for world powers to break the nuclear deadlock.

In an interview with the British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, Kouchner also said he would be reluctant to back further sanctions against Iran, saying the priority was still dialogue.

“They (the Israelis) will not tolerate an Iranian bomb. We know that, all of us. So that is an additional risk and that is why we must decrease the tension and solve the problem. Hopefully, we are going to stop this race to a confrontation,” Kouchner said.

“There is the time that Israel will offer us before reacting, because Israel will react as soon as they know that there is a threat,” he added.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Baghdad bloodbath portends deadly anti-Maliki campaign

Because the Obama administration wants to put the six-year old Iraq conflict on a back burner, relying on the safe hands of Nouri al-Maliki, the deadliest terrorist atrocity to hit Baghdad in two years was treated in Washington and Baghdad as an unforeseen disaster, possibly triggered by Iraq's election in two months' time.

In fact, the Iraq war is by no means over - or even won.

The two car bombs, which exploded two minutes apart Sunday, Oct. 25, destroyed three buildings in the fortified Green Zone, the ministries of justice and public works and the governor's office. The smaller bomb blew up first outside the governate, sending pedestrians fleeing half a kilometer north towards the ministerial complex. There, the larger bomb went off with disastrous effect: The death toll rose by Monday to 165, with more than 54 people injured.

U.S. set to respond if Iran defiant: Obama aide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will be ready to respond if Iran fails to take tangible steps soon to meet its commitments over its nuclear program, President Barack Obama's national security adviser warned on Tuesday.

'Nothing is off the table,' General James Jones said, referring to Washington's options in dealing with Iran if it continues defying international demands.

He spoke after Iran's state media said Tehran wanted major amendments in the framework of a U.N. nuclear fuel deal that it broadly accepts. The diplomatic snag threatened to unravel the plan and expose Tehran to the threat of harsher sanctions.

'Iran now needs to follow through on its commitments,' Jones said in a speech in Washington to J Street, a liberal pro-Israel lobbying group.

Gaddafi: Give Palestinians nuclear weapons

The president of Libya Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has argued that the Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Saudi should be allowed nuclear weapons to defend themselves from Israel.

Col. Gaddafi told Sky News that if the Arab countries are not allowed to have nuclear weapons, then Israel should be similarly banned. Israel has never confirmed the existence of a nuclear arsenal.

He said: 'Even the Palestinians should have nuclear weapons because their counterparts, or their opponents, have nuclear capabilities.'

Eight US troop deaths make October deadliest month of Afghanistan war

Eight American soldiers and an Afghan interpreter were killed in several roadside bombs in South Afghanistan Tuesday, Oct. 27, the day after 14 Americans died in helicopter crashes. With the deaths of two US troops Sunday, a total of 24 Americans, most of them military, have died in a 48-hour period. October 2009 has seen 58 fatalities, the deadliest month for the US military since the Afghanistan war began in Oct. 2001. A day earlier, President Barack Obama said he wouldn't 'rush the solemn decision' on whether to send more troops to the war so as not to endanger the lives of US soldiers.

Demons on a Leash

Haunted houses, ghosts, demons—our Western culture can’t seem to get enough of the spirit world. The latest Gallup poll indicates that 42% of Americans believe in demon possession, 37% believe in haunted houses, and 32% believe in ghosts. (Not just Americans are enthralled—40% of the British believe in haunted houses, too.)

Though interest in the paranormal is widespread, the majority of people are skeptical. They discount all spirit activity, going so far as to deny the existence of Satan and demons. Atheists stated this view succinctly in a sign they planted next to a manger scene last Christmas at the capitol building in Olympia, Washington:

“There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world.” What is the Christian position?

Amendment to change law on assisted suicide fails in the House of Lords. Thank you for your prayers

Last night Lord Alderdice’s amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill was withdrawn. The amendment sought to remove the possibility of prosecution for those who help a person to die where that person has an incurable and disabling illness and a coroner has certified that the person has a free and settled wish to die.

This would be wrong in principle and open to massive abuse. The amendment was opposed by a majority of those Lords who spoke in the debate.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

WARNING: Israel In Danger Of Being Blindsided by Two New GraveThreats

On October 6, 1973, Israel was hit by a massive and devastating surprise attack on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. The warning signs that Israel’s enemies were gearing up to deal the Jewish State a death blow were there. Her leaders simply didn’t properly assess, interpret and respond to them. By God’s grace, Israel was saved from the brink of utter ruination. But it was close, and painful.

Thirty-six years later, Israel is once again in grave danger. By Iran’s nuclear threat, to be sure. But Israel is actually in danger of being blindsided by two new threats.

Guilty without a trial - Analysis of the Goldstone Report’s findings and how Israel was set up

Agree with it or not, the Goldstone Report has set new parameters for future conflicts between Israel and Arab terror organizations and armies. And, as long as those parameters are used, Israel will be condemned. But neither Goldstone nor the UNHRC established them; that was done by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Based on what the ICRC calls International Humanitarian Law, the assumption of Goldstone's Report is that a clear differentiation was not made between civilian and military targets; even when the civilian population is sympathetic to and involved with the enemy and is used, willingly or not, as shields, the IDF has no right to attack.

According to the ICRC, Article 51 of the UN Charter does not allow Israel to act in self-defense against terrorists because "they are not a state but organized individuals among the population it occupies." Terrorists, according to this interpretation, may be "criminals – (but) not military targets," unless they are directly engaged in carrying out a terrorist act at the time; if not, they should be arrested and are entitled to due process in courts of law.

Such a position is obviously absurd in reality. In the context of modern urban warfare, terrorists deliberately imbed themselves within civilian populations in order to take advantage of humanitarian concerns.

Iranian commanders assassinated

Several top commanders in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have been killed in a suicide bombing in the volatile south-east of the country. Iranian state television said 31 people died in the attack, in the Pishin region of Sistan-Baluchistan, and more than 25 were injured.

Shia and Sunni tribal leaders were also killed. A Sunni resistance group, Jundullah, said they carried it out.

Palestinian bomb-rocket workshop uncovered in Jerusalem's Abu Dis village

On Sept. 17, a Shin Bet-undercover police unit detained three Palestinians fabricating bombs and using pipes as components for rockets in a covert workshop in the Abu Dis village of Jerusalem, DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources report. They worked in the grocery storehouse under the direction of an engineer. The terror cell planned a rocket assault on Jerusalem and Maaleh Adummim.

They'll regret it

Turkish-Israeli relations have gone through their ups and downs, and now things are down. But Turkey has the most to lose from its boycott of Israel.

The friction between Israel and Turkey did not begin with the cancellation of the "Anatolian Eagle" exercise this week, as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave Israel a slap in the face and took a louder American slap in return. (And that was before it was reported that NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis had accused Turkey of perpetrating "ethnic cleansing" and a "pogrom" against the Greek minority that lived in Izmir in the 1920s, which included his family.)

Mizrahi reminded the Turks about the remote past - the massacre of the Armenians - and about the present, the occupation in Cyprus, among other Turkish sins. He did not ask for reparations for the Ottoman expulsion of Tel Aviv and Jaffa residents in World War I.

Ten years have passed since IDF soldiers were welcomed as saviors in Turkey, in the wake of the severe earthquake in the summer of 1999. Fifty years have passed since the chief of operations from the Israeli General Staff, col. Avraham Tamir, held secret talks with the Turkish General Staff under the command of General Cemal Gursel.

Free speech is not hateful, David Waddington

"My amendment to the law on inciting hatred on the grounds of sexuality should stand; if not, we risk criminalising the innocent"
Civil liberty surely implies the freedom to express your own views, and with it a readiness to defend the right of others to express their views about you. To stir up hatred can never be right, but it would be a sad world in which every comment and criticism was assumed to have been made with evil intent. It is therefore vital to ensure that the new law against inciting hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation protects people against such incitement without inhibiting free speech and what Matthew Parris has called the "rough-and-tumble" of open debate.
"That is why, last year, I moved an amendment to the new offence in these terms: for the avoidance of doubt, the discussion or criticism of sexual conduct or practices shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred"
The amendment was carried in the Lords with cross-party support in May 2008 and accepted by the government, which said it might return to the issue at a later point. Astonishingly, however, in the very next session a clause was slipped into the coroners and justice bill repealing the amendment. In July this year peers voted to keep it. The bill is due to return to the Commons soon.

There have been cases of street preachers threatened by the police for reading from the Bible. Not so long ago five officers approached a church worker as he handed out invitations to an Easter service and seized them for examination, citing allegations of homophobia. Not surprisingly they contained no reference to sexuality and the police dropped the matter. But this case should set alarm bells ringing in the ears of all who care about free speech.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Stand up for Israel

Seeking to buff up his foreign policy credentials and reaching out to Israel's supporters, Mitt Romney is telling a major pro-Israel group today that he is "very concerned" by the Obama administration's Mideast policy.

"In pursuit of a peace process, the United States today has exerted substantial pressure on Israel while putting almost no pressure on the Palestinians and the Arab world," the former Massachusetts governor, 2008 Republican presidential hopeful, and possible 2012 contender said to the AIPAC national summit in San Diego.

Obama has been pushing for a renewal of negotiations toward a comprehensive peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority -- and has been pressuring Israel to stop expanding settlements on the West Bank.

But saying that America and Israel are "bound together by common commitments and shared values," Romney says US policy should recognize that.

"Inexplicably, the United States now places the burden on Israel to make still more unilateral concessions," he said. "At the United Nations, we decried the building of new Israeli settlements but ignored the launching of Palestinian rockets. How is this possible? Have we not yet learned from the concessions in Gaza, as well as from all recorded history, that giving in to the demands of oppressors always and only leads to more demands, not to peace?

"We can encourage both parties in the conflict, but we must never forget which one is our ally. Nor must we forget that Hamas, like other violent Jihadists, does not have a two-state solution as its objective—it has the conquest and annihilation of Israel as its objective. The notion that Hamas and violent Jihadists are motivated by 'shared interests' and 'common goals' is na├»ve in the extreme and dangerous to the entire free world."

Israel accuses report's UN backers of anti-Semitism

ISRAEL has responded to the UN endorsement of the Goldstone report with pressure on countries which supported the report and claims of anti-Semitism.

Anger grew among Israeli politicians and media outlets yesterday led by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who targeted two of the countries which voted to endorse the report, China and Russia.

Mr Lieberman boycotted a function he was due to attend as a guest of the Chinese embassy in Tel Aviv, while his deputy Danny Ayalon cast doubt on a Russian initiative to host a Middle East conference.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said it 'to a certain degree anti-Semitic to say that what is permitted for the US in Afghanistan, for Russia in Chechnya and also for Turkey in northern Iraq is forbidden for Israel in defending itself from Gaza'.

'We will not co-operate with this,' Mr Steinitz said. 'Jews will not again be led like lambs to slaughter.'

Hizballah telecommunications knocked out in another mysterious explosion

The mysterious explosion which knocked Hizballah's military telecommunications network out of commission Saturday night, Oct. 17, had evolved by Sunday morning into three Israeli wiretapping devices buried in the hills of Houla in South Lebanon which were discovered and blown up.

DEBKAfile's military sources report that Hizballah and the Lebanese army had got together in the interim on their story, indicating deepening cooperation between them. The story was fabricated to cover up the extent of the damage to Hizballah's military telecommunications network and pay Israel back for exposing the 300 illegal weapons cached in the South Lebanon and housing thousands of different types of missiles - in gross breach of UN Security Council resolution 1701.

Official: Obama 'disgusted' with Israel

JERUSALEM – U.S. officials in recent days expressed to the Palestinian Authority that President Obama's administration is 'disgusted' with Israel, a top aide to PA President Mahmoud Abbas told WND in an interview.

Nimr Hamad said the White House was disgusted that Israel is refusing to halt all settlement activity as a precondition for re-starting talks with the PA over the creation of a Palestinian state. 'Settlement activity' refers to Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem.

Hamad repeated that the term 'disgusted' was used more than once in recent meetings with U.S. envoys to describe the administration's attitude toward Israel. Hamad did not name the U.S. envoys using the terminology.

Moscow Mayor Promises a Winter Without Snow

Pigs still can't fly, but this winter, the mayor of Moscow promises to keep it from snowing. For just a few million dollars, the mayor's office will hire the Russian Air Force to spray a fine chemical mist over the clouds before they reach the capital, forcing them to dump their snow outside the city. Authorities say this will be a boon for Moscow, which is typically covered with a blanket of snow from November to March. Road crews won't need to constantly clear the streets, and traffic — and quality of life — will undoubtedly improve.

The idea came from Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who is no stranger to playing God. In 2002, he spearheaded a project to reverse the flow of the vast River Ob through Siberia to help irrigate the country's parched Central Asian neighbors. Although that idea hasn't exactly turned out as planned — scientists have said it's not feasible — this time, Luzhkov says, there's no way he can fail.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Hizbollah 'rearming against Israel' | The Jewish Chronicle

An explosion in Lebanon, 10 kilometres north of the Israeli border, is further proof of Hizbollah’s efforts to rearm its forces against Israel, despite United Nations Resolution 1701 specifically forbidding this.

A local Hizbollah leader, his son and three other Lebanese civilians were killed in the explosion in a village to the east of Tyre on Monday evening. Hizbollah and Lebanese sources tried to claim that the explosion had occurred during an attempt to defuse an old Israeli bomb, but aerial reconnaissance footage released by the IDF shows Hizbollah members removing a missile from the building, proving Israeli claims that the explosion occurred in a secret Hizbollah weapons store."

Let's Get Real About Israel and Iran

The military option for dealing with Iran remains on the table, President Obama repeatedly reminds us. The Pentagon hustles to modify our B-2 stealth bombers to carry a newly developed bunker-busting bomb that can destroy hardened underground targets, such as Iran's newly acknowledged enrichment facility near the holy city of Qom. Israeli President Netanyahu promises that 'Iran will not acquire nuclear arms, and this implies everything necessary to carry this out.' And pundits from the neoconservative editorial writers at The Washington Post to the neoprogressive Arianna Huffington continue to proclaim that a nuclear Iran would pose 'an existential threat' to the Jewish state, a claim that Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak refuses to buy.

Is the U.S. Preparing to Bomb Iran?

Is the U.S. stepping up preparations for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? The Pentagon is always making plans, but based on a little-noticed funding request recently sent to Congress, the answer to that question appears to be yes.

First, some background: Back in October 2007, ABC News reported that the Pentagon had asked Congress for $88 million in the emergency Iraq/Afghanistan war funding request to develop a gargantuan bunker-busting bomb called the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). It's a 30,000-pound bomb designed to hit targets buried 200 feet below ground. Back then, the Pentagon cited an 'urgent operational need' for the new weapon.

EU draws up plans to establish itself as 'world power'

The European Union has drawn up secret plans to establish itself as a global power in its own right with the authority to sign international agreements on behalf of member states.

Confidential negotiations on how to implement the Lisbon Treaty have produced proposals to allow the EU to negotiate treaties and even open embassies across the world.

A letter conferring a full "legal personality" for the Union has been drafted in order for a new European diplomatic service to be recognised as fully fledged negotiators by international bodies and all non-EU countries.

According to one confidential paper, the first pilot "embassies" are planned in New York, Kabul and Addis Ababa.

The move is highly symbolic in Britain as it formally scraps the "European Community", the organisation in which Britons originally voted to remain in the country's only referendum on Europe 34 years ago.

New Zealand moving towards a police state

Activists say the Government's plans to extend police powers of search and surveillance effectively lead New Zealand toward a police state - but the Government says the bill is aimed at improving powers to catch real criminals.

Police raided homes around the country two years ago, 18 arrested in the so-called terror raids.

It was the culmination of a year of covert police surveillance - methods questioned for their legality, and ruled insufficient to support the planned terrorism charges.

Fast forward two years, and there is a bill before Parliament today giving police far greater powers enshrined in law to snoop, monitor and search. It has protesters worried.

"If police acted in the same way after the passing of this bill as they did on October 15, 2007, they would be on the legal side whereas what's happened since then is a lot of the evidence thrown out," says activist Marcus Graf.

Israel's Barak hails US missile shield rethink

WARSAW — Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday hailed a US move to create a sea-borne anti-missile shield to ward off Iranian threats in place of a planned system in eastern Europe that angered Russia.

'The new approach really provides more flexibility and, in a relatively short time, a much more effective, economical way to deal effectively with the challenge of missiles from Iran,' he said.

New Iranian missiles for Gaza, Syria tops up Hizballah's rocket stocks

Iran is making a huge effort to smuggle to the Palestinian Hamas Fajr-5 ground-to-ground rockets that bring Tel Aviv within range of the Gaza Strip. DEBKAfile's military sources also disclose that Syria, Iran's second ally with an Israeli border, has decided to transfer one-third of its missile stockpile to the Hizballah in Lebanon, topping up its arsenal with medium-range rockets that can cover central as well as northern Israel, which was heavily blitzed in the 2006 war.

Thatcher adviser: Copenhagen goal is 1-world government

A former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher says the real purpose of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on Dec. 7-18 is to use global warming hype as a pretext to lay the foundation for a one-world government.

'At [the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in] Copenhagen this December, weeks away, a treaty will be signed,' Lord Christopher Monckton told a Minnesota Free Market Institute audience on Thursday at Bethel University in St. Paul.

'Your president will sign it. Most of the Third World countries will sign it, because they think they're going to get money out of it. Most of the left-wing regimes from the European Union will rubber stamp it. Virtually nobody won't sign it,' he told the audience of some 700 attendees.

The 3-minute video that may prove Iran's nuclear intentions

VIENNA - The last place you would expect to hear the apocalyptic soundtrack of the movie "Chariots of Fire" would be Iran. This 1981 film recounts the story of a Jewish British athlete and his teammate, a devout Christian, who refuses to compete on Sunday, his day of rest. But this soundtrack accompanies a highly secret video, produced by Iranian nuclear scientists, but never screened before the general public - a three-minute film depicting a computerized simulation of the detonation of a warhead, most likely a nuclear one. Whether it was intentional or merely coincidental, the nameless Iranian editor decided to use the soundtrack of the British blockbuster to accompany the video.

This film was, however, screened on February 26, 2008, in the fourth-floor conference room of Building C at the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) overlooking the Danube. The host of the screening was Finnish nuclear physicist Olli Heinonen, the IAEA's deputy director general and head of its inspection department, officially called the Department of Safeguards. In attendance were representatives of the 35 member states that constitute the organization's board of governors. It was one of the most important meetings ever held by the IAEA.

The video depicted a room made of stone. At the center stood a Perspex mock-up - equipped with a flashing red light - of a ball-shaped bomb resting in the metallic, gold-plated cone of a missile warhead. In the most important scene in the film, the computer simulation shows the launched warhead reentering the atmosphere and exploding 600 meters above the earth's surface. According to experts, this is the ideal altitude for detonating a nuclear bomb in order to generate the maximum degree of destruction on the ground.

At the briefing, Heinonen noted that the type of warhead represented by the model could fit an Iranian Shahab missile.

Now Muslims demand full Sharia law ... the beginning of the end?

A RADICAL Muslim group sparked outrage last night as it launched a massive campaign to impose sharia law on Britain. Islam4UK has ­announced plans to hold a potentially ­incendiary rally in London later this month. And it is calling for a complete upheaval of the British legal system, its officials and ­legislation.

Members have urged Muslims from all over Britain to converge on the capital on October 31 for a procession to demand the full implementation of sharia law.

On a website to promote their cause they deride British institutions, showing a mock-up picture of Nelson’s Column surmounted by a minaret.

Plans for the demonstration have been ­delivered to the Metropolitan Police and could see up to 5,000 extremists marching to demand the controversial system.

The procession – dubbed March 4 Shari’ah – will start at the House of Commons, which the group’s website describes as the “very place where the lives of millions of people in the UK are changed and it is from here where unjust wars are launched”.

The group then intends to march to 10 Downing Street and “call for the removal of the tyrant Gordon Brown from power”.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

IDF Fears Hezbollah ‘Military Buildup’ In Lebanon

A large explosion took place in the house of a senior Hezbollah member which was being used as an arms cache in Tayr Filsay, a village about one mile east of the coastal city of Tyre and south of the Litani River on Monday. In the aftermath of the explosion, Hezbollah operatives sealed off the area and used trucks to remove evidence from the scene to a nearby village.

This incident came in the wake of a similar explosion, which took place at a Hezbollah arms cache three months ago, reflecting what the Israeli security officials referred to as an “ongoing military buildup in southern Lebanon.”

In the words of the Israel Defense Department spokesman, “The presence of such weapon caches demonstrates that Hezbollah is illegally storing weapons south of the Litani River in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.”

The IDF spokesman went on to say that “these incidents leave no doubt regarding Hezbollah’s practice of placing its military weapons and facilities within civilian villages and houses. Such use of Lebanese civilians as human shields endangers their safety.”

Iran and Syria continue to provide Hezbollah with large quantities of weapons and explosives, accompanied by substantial financial backing and training. The Israeli army estimates that the Hezbollah has assembled over 20,000 rockets with a range of 150 miles, along with hundreds of anti-tank launchers and missiles in addition to new anti-aircraft missiles, and they are currently located in southern Lebanon.

Game Plan: If Israel Strikes Iran First

Expect the unexpected, at a conference of Middle East experts. Several hundred spent the weekend at a resort hotel 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., forced by cold rain to focus on nothing but Iran and the nearly moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

At this annual gathering of financial backers of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, joined by diplomats, journalists and analysts, many had expected a feisty debate between proponents and opponents of a military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Instead, the crowd heard experts suggesting the military option is a very realistic one; and a retired U.S. Air Force general said Israel might open fire first - and that the United States would find it wise to join in.

Iran threatens to invade Pakistan, "crushing response" for US, UK

The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafary, Monday, Oct. 19, threatened 'crushing' retaliation against the US, UK and Pakistan including the invasion of its eastern neighbor. Tehran links all three to the suicide bombing attack in Sistan-Baluchistan Sunday, Oct. 18, which killed 42 people including seven senior Guards officers. One was Gen. Nur Ali Shoustari, Jafari's deputy, who was identified by DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources as commander of the al Qods clandestine terror bases in Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

Jafary said: 'Behind this scene are the American and British intelligence apparatus and there will have to be retaliatory measures to punish them.'

DEBKAfile's Iranian sources note that is the first time in Iran's 30-year Islamic revolution that a military leader has gone to the extreme lengths of threatening to strike US and British military targets, a measure of the damage the regime and Guards suffered from the suicide attack, which has since been condemned and denied by Washington.

The demise of the dollar

In a graphic illustration of the new world order, Arab states have launched secret moves with China, Russia and France to stop using the US currency for oil trading.

Tehran, Damascus stir up Hamas-Israeli Muslim riots on Temple Mount

Hundreds of radical Muslims, Palestinian and Israeli, rioted on Jerusalem's Temple Mount Sunday, Oct. 4, for the third day in a row, forcing Israeli police, battling flying bottles and rocks, to shut the shrine down to Muslim worshippers, Jewish Succoth festival pilgrims and tourists. Temple Mount remains sealed off Monday to prevent Muslims hurling rocks on the Jewish Priests Blessing ceremony taking place below at the Western Wall. Only Muslims over 50 with Israeli IDs and women will be admitted.

Israeli Dolphin subs upgraded for missiles, larger fuel capacity

Western naval sources report that Israel's German-made Dolphin submarines have been heavily modified: its torpedo tubes enlarged to accommodate missiles, new electronics installed and its fuel capacity expanded to keep the vessel at sea for 50 days without refueling.

Israel is reported by foreign sources to have equipped the new Dolphin-class subs with Israel-made 1,500-km range cruise missiles carrying 200 kiloton nuclear warheads and 135-kilometer range US-made Harpoon missiles also fitted with nuclear warheads. These missiles, fired through the newly-enlarged 650mm-26-inch tubes, can reach Iranian coastal targets including its nuclear sites as well as naval, port and Revolutionary Guards facilities. The Dolphins' expanded fuel tanks enable them to cover distances of up to 10,000 kilometers from their Mediterranean home port (instead of 8,000 kilometers heretofore) and spend more time - up to 50 days - off the Iranian coast.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

How do you know if you are saved & What is an EMP attack?

Hal Lindsey answers how do you know if you are saved and explains what an EMP attack is.

Obama's Delay, or Why Israel Might Nuke Iran

So the generals are brewing, and the veterans are getting restive. Nine-months after Obama's inauguration, according to the Times, the military establishment is beginning to lose its patience with a president who has yet to commit to a coherent plan for Afghanistan.

Needless to say, Obama's delay isn't for lack of information, much less analysis. Last spring he sent an A-Team of military strategists and counter-insurgency experts to comb the Afghan countryside, while more recently it's been a rare day that the editorial pages of Washington Post, the New York Times or the LA Times have failed to roll out yet another version of What To Do.

So why then can't Obama commit?

What is an EMP Attack?

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It is also known that Iran has been practicing these attacks for over two years.

Israel demands UN investigation into Iran weapons shipments

Israel has urged the German government to support a call for a United Nations investigation into the ammunition found at the Malta Freeport last week, German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel is to report in tomorrow’s edition.

Israel is also demanding that Tehran should stand answer to the United Nations Sanctions Committee for the shipment of 7.62mm cartridges that had been en route from Iran to Syria before the banned cargo was intercepted at the Freeport last week.

UN Resolution 1747 prohibits the shipment of weapons or “related material” to or from Iran, while EU rules also prohibit such shipments.

The demands were tabled at a meeting between Israeli and German diplomats this week, the magazine is to report. The German government has also sent an interim report into the controversial cargo to the United Nations this week, while further investigations by Berlin are underway.

'Iran has not paid for Russian S-300'

Iran has not yet paid Russia in a contract for the sophisticated S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, a Russian government source says.

According to the source, quoted by Interfax news agency, the Russian government has not received any payments as it has not given its final approval for the sale of S-300 missiles to Iran yet, AFP reported on Wednesday.

'Despite the fact that the contract was signed several years ago, Russia has still not confirmed its entry into force. Thus Iran has not made any payments under this contract,' the unnamed source said.

'The contract to deliver S-300 systems to Iran was frozen indefinitely due to an array of circumstances practically right after it was signed,' he added.

New Iranian missiles for Gaza, Syria tops up Hizballah's rocket stocks

Iran is making a huge effort to smuggle to the Palestinian Hamas Fajr-5 ground-to-ground rockets that bring Tel Aviv within range of the Gaza Strip. DEBKAfile's military sources also disclose that Syria, Iran's second ally with an Israeli border, has decided to transfer one-third of its missile stockpile to the Hizballah in Lebanon, topping up its arsenal with medium-range rockets that can cover central as well as northern Israel, which was heavily blitzed in the 2006 war.

MPs want God-fearing remnants of empire to downgrade Christianity

The Government is being urged by a group of powerful MPs to axe references to Christianity from the constitutions of Britain’s far-flung outposts. To the dismay of Church leaders, the Foreign Affairs Committee is pressing for the change amid claims that references to traditional Christian morality could undermine gay rights in the overseas territories.

The committee, chaired by Labour MP Mike Gapes, also objects to Christianity being singled out above other faiths.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Iran pays, Syria smuggles, and Hezbollah receives weapons

The Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday released photographs taken by drone aircraft of the southern Lebanon village where a Hezbollah arms depot exploded on Monday. The photos show persons, possibly Hezbollah operatives, removing something resembling a 4-meter-long missile from the depot, loading it onto a truck and moving it to a hiding place in a different village.

A senior military source said on Tuesday that Syria has made a clear strategic decision to make available to Hezbollah every type of military hardware in its arsenal. According to the same source, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon is wary of entering Shi'ite villages in the area and generally avoids trying to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which forbids Hezbollah from having any arms inside the villages south of the Litani River.

Iran Centrifuges: Double or Triple Output Rate

Not only does Iran have more nuclear facilities than first suspected and not only does Iran already have the information necessary to make a nuclear bomb (thank you Vladamir Putin) but a Reuters report says that the Iranian regime plans on using a new generation of centrifuges which would allow them to enrich uranium three times faster than other centrifuges.

Israel names Russians helping Iran build nuclear bomb

Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has handed the Kremlin a list of Russian scientists believed by the Israelis to be helping Iran to develop a nuclear warhead. He is said to have delivered the list during a mysterious visit to Moscow.

Saudi Arabia-based charities still funding terrorists,

Despite success in shutting down the financing of terrorist groups within its borders, Saudi Arabia remains a top source of funding for Al Qaeda elsewhere and Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, the Government Accountability Office said in a report to Congress.

Since 2003, the Saudis have barred charities from transferring money outside the kingdom, but the GAO said that this hadn't prevented Saudi-based charities with branches abroad from serving as funding sources for terrorist groups. Some of the money is being smuggled out of the country in cash through the use of couriers, it said.

Ethiopian troops enter into Somalia

MOGADISHU, Oct. 11 Heavily armed Ethiopian troops crossed over into some villages in Somalia's central border town of Beledweyne and arrested some villagers they suspected of being Islamist sympathizers, witnesses said on Sunday.

Hundreds of troops in military trucks entered three villages west of the town of Beledweyne, witnesses said. The Ethiopian troops arrived in the area in late Saturday afternoon, carried out searches and detained several people they suspected of having links with Islamist fighters.

'They had several trucks and a lot of heavy weapons. After they came in, they began arresting men, young men in the villages,' Mohamoud Gure, an elder in one of the villages reported.

Iran will 'blow up the heart' of Israel

TEHRAN - Iran will 'blow up the heart' of Israel if attacked by the Jewish state or the United States, an aide to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted on Friday as saying.

'Even if one American or Zionist missile hits our land, before the dust is settled, Iranian missiles will blow up the heart of Israel,' state news agency IRNA quoted Khamenei's deputy representative to the elite Revolutionary Guards, Mojtaba Zolnour, as saying.

Iranian officials have repeatedly said that Tehran would carry out severe reprisals if Israel or the United States attack the country.

Monday, 19 October 2009

The Possibility of a Nuclear Iran Alarms Arabs

CAIRO — As the West raises the pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, Arab governments, especially the small, oil-rich nations in the Persian Gulf, are growing increasingly anxious. But they are concerned not only with the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran but also with the more immediate threat that Iran will destabilize the region if the West presses too hard, according to diplomats, regional analysts and former government officials.

Iran expands its far-flung sanctions-busting network

Iran has posted hundreds of agents in world ports to organize clandestine supplies through third countries of items subject to UN or US sanctions present or future. These items range from nuclear components to refined petroleum products. Dubai and the Ras al-Khaimah of the United Arab Emirates are two such ports. Malaysia, Hong Kong and Venezuela are willing helpers. So too is China. Canada has been targeted as a sanction-busting hub, albeit against its will. Customs officials in Ottawa told the Canadian National Post of Oct. 1 that they have seized everything from centrifuge parts to programmable logic controllers suspected of being en route for Iran although addressed to third parties. Microchips identified as 'navigational chips' from the US, Denmark and Japan were marked for the UAE but believed to be destined for Iran.

Shalit videotape handover Friday marks advanced stage in Hamas-Israel prisoner negotiations

Against Israel's release of 20 Palestinian women-prisoners, Hamas will hand over Friday, Oct. 2, a 'sign-of'-life' video-tape of Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit who has spent more than three years in captivity. Both Jerusalem and Hamas spokesmen stressed that this was no more than a small step on a long road ahead before the German-mediated, Egyptian- sponsored negotiations brought Sgt. Gilead Shalit home from his long ordeal in exchange for 1,000 jailed Palestinians.

Christian Father Arrested for Rescuing Daughter from Muslim Husband

A Coptic Christian man was reportedly arrested, abused and forced to pay a large sum of money for rescuing his 20-year-old daughter from her Muslim husband, who was said to be holding her against her will in Alexandria, Egypt.

Gamal Labib Hanna, along with a few friends, on Oct. 1 went to the apartment where his daughter was being held, according to sources of Compass Direct News. His daughter, Myrna Gamal Hanna, had called her family on Sept. 30 and asked them to save her from her husband.

Her husband, Mohamad Osama Hefnawy, reportedly had attacked the Coptic men with a metal pole during the rescue.

The validity of the marriage between his daughter and Hefnawy is a point of debate because according to Egyptian law a woman under the age of 21 needs the approval of her father, or another male family member if her father is deceased, to marry. The daughter was married at the age of 19 and Hefnawy’s father was said to have stood in the place of her father in approving the marriage. She was later converted to Islam by her husband and his father.

Christian hall plan for field turned down

PLANS to build a Christian gospel hall on a field at the city boundary have again been thrown out.

Worcester City Council planning committee were “minded to refuse” permission by a majority vote for the large hall which would be used by the evangelical Christian group the Brethren. Planning officers had recommended approval of the application on the 1.1 hectare site.

The group wants to buld a 25ft tall (8m) single-storey chapel with car parking on a field in Swinesherd Way, just by the Nunnery Way roundabout, to replace their current hall in Diglis Lane.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Nobel for Obama rules out U.S. strike on Iran

In giving the Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama, the members of the Nobel committee effectively closed the lid on the American military option in Iran. The prestigious award ties the president's hands; even if he had planned to order a U.S. military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities in the event that diplomatic negotiations failed, now he will have to forsake this option. It is clear that someone who has just been crowned a champion of world peace cannot take military action against a state that did not attack his country. We may also regretfully conclude that the Nobel Peace Prize is Iran's secure ticket to nuclear arms. If there was still a chance that an American military action could end the Iranian nuclear project, now the members of the Nobel committee have sentenced that project to life.

US, French, Israeli army chiefs rendezvous secretly in Normandy

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint US chiefs of staff, French chief of staff Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin and Israel's armed forces chief, Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi met secretly in Normandy, northern France Sunday, Oct. 4. DEBKAfile's military sources report it was not the first encounter between the US and Israel army chiefs. On April 3, Adm. Mullen invited Gen. Ashkenazi to meet him on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Strasbourg, to sound him out on Israeli plans for striking Iranian nuclear facilities.

Saudi King due in Damascus on road to reconciliation with Iran

After long shunning the Assad regime, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was expected in Damascus shortly Wednesday, Sept. 30, DEBKAfile's intelligence and Gulf sources report

The offer was presented by Assad during his visit to Jeddah last week. According to our sources, the Syrian Yemen initiative is part of a broader, intricate fence-mending process unfolding over the last two months. It is meant to kick off a process of reconciliation between Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia and lead to the formation of a powerful new bloc for common action to solve Middle East problems. The Saudis would thus succumb to Tehran's ambition for recognition as the dominant power in the region; its delegation would then sit down opposite the six world powers in Geneva, Thursday Oct. 1, with a stronger hand.

Egypt jails family members of Hamas high-ups living in Cairo

High-ranking Hamas officials in Gaza keep their sons, brothers, wives, cousins living in comfort in Cairo. Monday night, Oct. 12, Egypt's Mukhabarat (security service) began quietly rounding up hundreds of these Gazans and throwing them into jail for 'questioning,' DEBKAfile's Middle East sources report. The crackdown was ordered by intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman, who finally got fed up with Hamas and its stubborn refusal to sign a reconciliation accord with rival Fatah and its leader Mahmoud Abbas. Egyptian sources are sure Iran and Syria are behind the Islamic extremists' non-cooperation.

Russia halts TOR-M1, S-300 air, missile defense missiles to Iran

DEBKAfile's military sources report that Russia's abrupt suspension of consignments of advanced Tor-M1 air defense missiles and S-300 anti-missile systems has left Tehran high and dry for effective weapons to defend itself and its nuclear facilities against attacks.

Our Iranian sources disclose that extreme frustration prompted the boasts of Revolutionary Guards Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami Sunday, Oct. 11, that Tehran's hi-tech missiles can repel any attack against the country. He spoke in the northern town of Sarri.

Terror suspect worked at British nuclear lab before CERN - report

The Algerian-born nuclear physicist Dr. Adlene Hicheur, 32, arrested in France on suspicion of links with al Qaeda's North African wing, worked at the Rutherton Appleton Laboratory in Didcot four years ago conducting nuclear physics research, according to the Sunday Telegraph. The British internal security service MI5 and police are reported to have been in contact with the French secret service to establish whether there are any UK links to the terror plot.

Tehran accuses US in case of missing Iranian nuclear scientist

Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki charged Wednesday, Oct. 7 that Tehran had 'documents that prove US interference' in the disappearance of the nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri during a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia earlier this year. He spoke after attending an Iranian cabinet meeting. Six days after meeting the six powers on its nuclear program in Geneva, Tehran appears to be preparing a new crisis.

Iran moves to impose gasoline rationing ready for showdown with US

The Islamic regime in Tehran plans to slash the supply of subsided gasoline to the public by 45 percent and ration individual purchases to 55 liters per month, down from the 100 allowed at present. This announcement Wednesday, Oct. 8, by Iranian oil minister Massoud Mirkazemi was Tehran's second step ahead of an expected showdown with the West over its nuclear program.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Turkey not doing enough for EU accession

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said on Tuesday Turkey was not making enough progress in its EU accession effort and this would be reflected in its December progress report.

Karamanlis, trailing in opinion polls ahead of Oct. 4 elections, said Ankara has not fulfilled pledges it made to Brussels and this was not only Greece's but the general view.

'The pace ... is not satisfactory. That is not only our evaluation but the general evaluation,' Karamanlis told Reuters in an interview, warning this would be taken into serious consideration at the evaluation phase.

He did not elaborate and did not spell out what the consequences could be.

Obama tightens noose on Tehran: Three conditions for Geneva 2

In a special comment Thursday night, Oct. 1, President Barack Obama administered a cold shower to the Iranian delegate Saeed Jalili and European official Javier Solana, who earlier in the day at the end of the six-power meeting with Iran in Geneva, smilingly announced a second round of talks would take place within weeks. In a side meeting, Jalili also had a one-on-one meeting with US undersecretary of state William Burns, who did not join the announcement.

Obama's first condition for another round of talks was that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors be given 'unfettered access within two weeks' to Iran's newly-discovered uranium enrichment facility near Qom. His second: 'Iran must prove its program is peaceful.'

Munitions store blown up at Hizballah's South Lebanon command center

A big explosion hit Hizballah's main command HQ in South Lebanon, near Tayr Felsay east of the port town of Tyre, at 0800 Monday night, Oct 12, DEBKAfile's military sources report. Senior Lebanese sources said there were at least 8 people killed or injured in the blast. The command center was located in the residential compound of senior Hizballah operative Saeed Nasser.

Saudis ask for aid if world cuts dependence on oil | Energy

There are plenty of needy countries at the U.N. climate talks in Bangkok that make the case they need financial assistance to adapt to the impacts of global warming. Then there are the Saudis.

Saudi Arabia has led a quiet campaign during these and other negotiations — demanding behind closed doors that oil-producing nations get special financial assistance if a new climate pact calls for substantial reductions in the use of fossil fuels.

IMF lauds Israel's financial crisis management

Finance ministers and central bank chancellors attending the International Monetary Fund's annual meeting in Istanbul commended Israel's financial policies, stable banking system and relatively low unemployment rates during a time of global recession.

Those taking part in Monday's sessions praised Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer's bold decision to increase interest rates in an attempt to curb inflation – a move Israel was the first to make among western economies; as well as his adamant demand the government implement a lateral budget cut.

Netanyahu to U.S.: Time is now for action on Iran nukes

Now is the time to act to halt the Iranian nuclear program, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Senators and Congress members over the weekend.

'Worship God Quietly' - Lambeth Council Orders Church

A LONDON church has been told by Lambeth Council to reduce the volume of its worship. In an extraordinary decision, All Nations Church in Kennington, South London, has been served with a noise abatement notice by Lambeth council after complaints from a couple of local residents about the level of noise coming from the church.

This is the first complaint that the church has received since it began meeting at the premises in the 1960s. Church leaders have been ordered not to amplify its music or sermons – something which will make worship very difficult for the 600-strong congregation - some of whom are elderly and hard of hearing.

Christian office worker sues Lewisham Council for unfair dismissal

A Christian office worker, who was sacked for posting her personal views on homosexuality on a homosexual website, is suing her former employer for unfair dismissal.

Denise Haye, 25, from South London, is bringing a legal action against her former employer, Lewisham Council, which dismissed her from her job because she left comments on the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) website about homosexual practice being contrary to biblical teaching quoting passages from the Bible.

Denise Haye came across the LGCM website whilst looking for information about churches on-line. She says she did not realise that the website she came across was a website for homosexuals.

State's suspicion of faith is wrong, says a top Tory politician

A top Tory politician gave a speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Monday saying that it is wrong for the state to treat faith with suspicion.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a member of the Shadow Cabinet as the Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action, said at her conference speech that ‘the madness of political correctness’ of the current Government ‘fails to teach our children British history in case it offends’ and that ‘under Labour, the State has become increasingly sceptical of an individual’s religious belief.’

‘We’ve all seen the stories, how appalling that in Labour’s Britain a community nurse can be suspended for offering to pray for a patient’s recovery.

‘Or a school receptionist could face disciplinary action for sending an email to friends asking them to pray for her daughter,’ Baroness Warsi said.

‘At the heart of these cases lies a growing intolerance and illiberal attitude towards those who believe in God. The scepticism of senior Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris driving this secular agenda has now grown to become an ideology permeating through many parts of the public sector,’ she added."

Church may be Forced to Close over Muslim Neighbour Singing Complaint

A LONDON Church was effectively ‘silenced’ by a Court after a decision by Magistrates to uphold a noise abatement notice, not to play excessive sound, after just one Muslim neighbour complained about noise levels of worship in a church which was next door to the house he purchased.

Singing songs of praise on a Sunday is normal Church activity. Using amplification is a normal part of Church life and it was argued at the Court hearing that the normal use of a Church building entails worship and cannot constitute noise nuisance.

Immanuel House of Worship Church has been meeting in Walthamstow since it bought the premises in 2006. The Church was built in 1894 and was formerly used by the United Reformed Church, when the Church owned all the land on which the current properties are now built.

Doctors allowed young woman to die because they risked breaking the law

Doctors allowed a young woman to die because she requested no medical help if she attempted suicide and feared they would be charged with assault if they treated her.

Doctors at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital allowed a young woman, Kerrie Wooltorton, 26, to die because she had signed a so-called ‘living will’ that they feared would mean they could be prosecuted if they intervened to save her life. It is believed to be the first time a ‘living will’ has been used to legally aid someone’s suicide.

Friday, 16 October 2009

How Turkey was lost

Once the apotheosis of a pro-Western, dependable Muslim democracy, this week Turkey officially left the Western alliance and became a full member of the Iranian axis.

Initially, this week Israel sought to continue its policy of making excuses for Turkish aggression against it. On Sunday, after Turkey disinvited the IAF from the Anatolian Eagle joint air exercise with Turkey and NATO, senior officials like Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and opposition leader Tzipi Livni tried to make light of the incident, claiming that Turkey remains Israel's strategic ally.

But Turkey wasted no time in making fools of them. On Monday, 11 Turkish government ministers descended on Syria to sign a pile of cooperation agreements with Iran's Arab lackey. The Foreign Ministry didn't even have a chance to write apologetic talking points explaining that brazen move before Syria announced it was entering a military alliance with Turkey and would be holding a joint military exercise with the Turkish military. Speechless in the wake of Turkey's move to hold military maneuvers with its enemy just two days after it canceled joint training with Israel, Jerusalem could think of no mitigating explanation for the move.

Report Says Iran Has Data to Make a Nuclear Bomb

Senior staff members of the United Nations nuclear agency have concluded in a confidential analysis that Iran has acquired “sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable” atom bomb.

The report by experts in the International Atomic Energy Agency stresses in its introduction that its conclusions are tentative and subject to further confirmation of the evidence, which it says came from intelligence agencies and its own investigations.

UN endorsement of anti-Israel report on Gaza war buries peace process

The UN Human Right Council's endorsement Friday, Oct. 16, sent the anti-Israel Goldstone war crimes report to the UN Security Council. It was approved by a majority of 25 of the 47 HRC members with 6 voting against, including the US, Israel, Holland and Italy, with 11 abstentions and France and the UK among the 5 nations who did not vote. Ultimately, this step could expose Israeli leaders to prosecution for war crimes.

The UN body administered one of the most damaging blows Israel diplomacy has suffered in recent years, condemning Israel for alleged war crimes in its 22-day Gaza operation last January - but also for work in East Jerusalem such as archeological excavations.

The damage was compounded by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu's personal involvement in spearheading the campaign to have the report buried. Its endorsement has instead buried the stalled peace process between Israel and Palestinian Authority.

China 'strongly opposes' letting Iran get nuclear weapons

China is firmly opposed to an Iranian nuclear arms program, Beijing's ambassador to Israel, Zhao Jun, has told The Jerusalem Post in an interview.

Zhao's comments represent some of the most unambiguous remarks made by a Chinese official on the matter in recent weeks. China's position on the Iranian nuclear issue has been consistent and clear-cut. We support maintaining the international nonproliferation regime. In this sense, we are strongly against the idea that the Iranians should develop nuclear weapons; the ambassador said."

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Russia: We’ll Nuke ‘Aggressors’ First

Russia is weighing changes to its military doctrine that would allow for a “preventive” nuclear strike against its enemies — even those armed only with conventional weapons. The news comes just as American diplomats are trying to get Russia to cut down its nuclear stockpile, and put the squeeze on Iran’s suspect nuclear program.

In an interview published today in Izvestia, Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Kremlin’s security council, said the new doctrine offers “different options to allow the use of nuclear weapons, depending on a certain situation and intentions of a would-be enemy. In critical national security situations, one should also not exclude a preventive nuclear strike against the aggressor.”

What’s more, Patrushev said, Russia is revising the rules for the employment of nukes to repel conventionally armed attackers, “not only in large-scale, but also in a regional and even a local war.

The Russian Federation is considering the “first strike” option as part of a larger overhaul of military doctrine. The new doctrine, which is supposed to be presented to President Dmitry Medvedev later this year, is supposed to provide “flexible and timely” responses to national security threats.

Al Qaeda recovers fast from "loss of operational capacity" described by Obama

US president Barack Obama praised the efforts of the organizations represented by the National Counterterrorism Center which he visited Tuesday, Oct. 6, crediting them with al Qaeda's 'lost operational capacity ' and disappearing 'legitimacy and credibility.' He vowed to continue pressing the battle to cripple the network around the world and noted 'real progress in our core mission - to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and other extremist networks around the world.'

Administration officials added that 11 of the 20 most wanted figures were killed or captured in the Afghan-Pakistani border area over the last year and some foreign fighters, like Uzbeks, Chechens and Yemenis, had begun going home.

Israeli Muslim leader arrested for incitement and sedition

Raed Salah, head of the Islamic movement of Israeli Arabs, was placed under arrest Tuesday, Oct. 6, on charges of incitement and sedition. A magistrate then released him with an order to stay out of Jerusalem for 30 days. Last week, he and the Palestinian Hamas jointly launched a violent campaign on Temple Mount to support the shrine's exclusion to Jews. Heeding their call 'to defend al Aqsa,' young Muslims have been on a rampage for four days - first on Temple Mount, then through western districts of Jerusalem.

Iran wins six-power legitimacy for uranium enrichment - contrary to UN resolutions

If Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is to be believed, Iran came out of its first diplomatic engagement with the big powers flushed with success. Not only has Tehran gained international legitimacy for its enriched uranium program - contrary to UN Security Council resolutions - but third-nation help is on tap for reaching a higher grade of enrichment.

Monday, Oct. 5, Lavrov let the cat out of the bag when he said in Vienna that an agreement reached between Tehran and six world powers last week for Russia to help enrich uranium for an Iranian reactor had yet to be finalized. He said experts would meet soon to implement the plan, after the IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei stated in Tehran Sunday that the experts would meet in Vienna Oct. 19 to discuss the deal for Russia to take some of Iran's processed uranium and enrich it further.

Iran's Mousavi sees Inquisition-style clampdown

Iranian opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi has accused hardliners of using Inquisition-style methods to clamp down on reformers after the Islamic Republic's disputed election in June. He made the comment during a meeting with pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karoubi, the Etemad newspaper reported on Monday.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Tony Blair and the business of covering up war crimes

On 7 October 2009, Tony Blair gave a lecture at a New York university. In responding to an unexpectedly direct student question, he publicly joined, for the first time, the US and Israeli Zionist consensus rejecting the Goldstone report.

On 27 June 2007, Blair left his job as UK prime minister under the cloud of the war on Iraq that he had concocted with former US President George W. Bush. Just hours later, he assumed his new position as the Special Envoy to the Mideast Quartet (EU, Russia, UN, US). He had long been a Zionist and a member of Labor Friends of Israel, and he received heartfelt farewells-and-hellos from Ehud Olmert ('A true friend of the State of Israel') and Tzipi Livni ('a very-well appreciated figure in Israel'). Palestinians living under Israeli occupation did not find this a very a promising development.

Tehran opens Qom enrichment plant to inspection Oct 25 - but hides other facilities

On Oct. 1, US president Barack Obama gave Tehran two weeks to provide International Atom Energy Agency inspectors with 'unfettered access' to its second enrichment facility near Qom as the precondition for a second round of six-power talks with Iran. The IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei announced Sunday, Oct. 4, after meeting Iranian officials in Tehran that the visit would take place on Oct. 25. He did not use the term 'unfettered' or a synonym for good reason.

Israel receives at least one new German Dolphin-class submarine

DEBKAfile's military sources report that at least one of two Dolphin-class U212 submarines on order for the Israeli Navy from the German HDW shipyards in Kiel was delivered this week, bringing the Navy's total number of this type of sub to four. According to foreign military sources, the Dolphin is capable of carrying cruise missiles with nuclear warheads.

The delivery of at least one of the pair of Dolphins just before the Six Powers confront Iran on its nuclear program Thursday, Oct. 1, gives substance to Israel's option to strike Iranian nuclear facilities. In June, an Israeli Dolphin passed through the Suez Canal for the first time, escorted by Egyptian navy vessels, as a message to Tehran that Cairo would open the waterway to Israeli warships in the event of the controversy over Iran's nuclear program getting out of hand."

Video on EU Directive on Equal Treatment: Professor Wagner Explains Concerns - - Christian Concern For Our Nation

Please watch the CCFON video, where Professor Wagner explains how this Directive has a potentially horrendous impact on Christians and the Christian way of life.

The measures could have the effect of silencing Christians for fear of being sued for ‘harassment’. Freedom of speech and the exercise of religious conscience are at risk. The stark choice for Christians could be – ‘be silenced’ or ‘be sued’.

Proposals would extend the definition and the reach of harassment. Key concerns are:

* The vagueness of the definition of harassment which will make it far too easy to bring an accusation
* The alarming shift in the burden of proof onto the accused to demonstrate that the person alleging harassment did not, in fact, perceive offence. In practice this could mean that anyone could potentially accuse a Christian of harassing them, leaving the Christian the almost impossible task of proving that the alleged victim had not, in fact, been offended.

Logical Fallacies: Formal Fallacies - Answers in Genesis

We will close out the logical fallacy series with two of the most common fallacies that occur in arguments about origins: affirming the consequent and denying the antecedent. These are formal fallacies because the mistake in reasoning stems from the structure (the form) of the argument. It is well worth the effort to study formal fallacies and their corresponding terminology because these two fallacies are extremely common—perhaps the two most common fallacies committed by evolutionists.

Formal deductive arguments can be put into a symbolic notation with letters representing the propositions. Consider the proposition, “If it is snowing, then it must be cold outside.” This proposition has the basic form: “If p, then q.” Any proposition that has that form (“if p, then q”) is called a “hypothetical proposition.” This is because it’s not asserting either p or q; it is merely stating that if p hypothetically were true, then q would have to be true as well. In a hypothetical proposition the first part (p) is called the antecedent, and the second part (q) is called the consequent. In our example, “it is snowing” is the antecedent, and “it must be cold outside” is the consequent.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Benjamin Netanyahu UN Speech Full Text Transcript, Sep 24, 2009 | NowPublic News Coverage

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen...

Nearly 62 years ago, the United Nations recognized the right of the Jews, an ancient people 3,500 years-old, to a state of their own in their ancestral homeland. I stand here today as the Prime Minister of Israel, the Jewish state, and I speak to you on behalf of my country and my people.

The United Nations was founded after the carnage of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust. It was charged with preventing the recurrence of such horrendous events. Nothing has undermined that central mission more than the systematic assault on the truth.

Yesterday the President of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants. Just a few days earlier, he again claimed that the Holocaust is a lie.

Last month, I went to a villa in a suburb of Berlin called Wannsee. There, on January 20, 1942, after a hearty meal, senior Nazi officials met and decided how to exterminate the Jewish people. The detailed minutes of that meeting have been preserved by successive German governments.

Here is a copy of those minutes, in which the Nazis issued precise instructions on how to carry out the extermination of the Jews. Is this a lie?

A day before I was in Wannsee, I was given in Berlin the original construction plans for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Those plans are signed by Hitler’s deputy, Heinrich Himmler himself. Here is a copy of the plans for Auschwitz-Birkenau, where one million Jews were murdered. Is this too a lie?

This June, President Obama visited the Buchenwald concentration camp. Did President Obama pay tribute to a lie? And what of the Auschwitz survivors whose arms still bear the tattooed numbers branded on them by the Nazis? Are those tattoos a lie?

One-third of all Jews perished in the conflagration. Nearly every Jewish family was affected, including my own. My wife's grandparents, her father’s two sisters and three brothers, and all the aunts, uncles and cousins were all murdered by the Nazis. Is that also a lie?

Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come here and to those who left this room in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity and you brought honor to your countries.

But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency? A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state. What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations!

Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews. You're wrong. History has shown us time and again that what starts with attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing many others.

This Iranian regime is fueled by an extreme fundamentalism that burst onto the world scene three decades ago after lying dormant for centuries.

In the past thirty years, this fanaticism has swept the globe with a murderous violence and cold-blooded impartiality in its choice of victims. It has callously slaughtered Moslems and Christians, Jews and Hindus, and many others. Though it is comprised of different offshoots, the adherents of this unforgiving creed seek to return humanity to medieval times. Wherever they can, they impose a backward regimented society where women, minorities, gays or anyone not deemed to be a true believer is brutally subjugated.

The struggle against this fanaticism does not pit faith against faith nor civilization against civilization. It pits civilization against barbarism, the 21st century against the 9th century, those who sanctify life against those who glorify death. The primitivism of the 9th century ought to be no match for the progress of the 21st century. The allure of freedom, the power of technology, the reach of communications should surely win the day.

Ultimately, the past cannot triumph over the future. And the future offers all nations magnificent bounties of hope. The pace of progress is growing exponentially. It took us centuries to get from the printing press to the telephone, decades to get from the telephone to the personal computer, and only a few years to get from the personal computer to the internet.

What seemed impossible a few years ago is already outdated, and we can scarcely fathom the changes that are yet to come. We will crack the genetic code. We will cure the incurable. We will lengthen our lives. We will find a cheap alternative to fossil fuels and clean up the planet.

I am proud that my country Israel is at the forefront of these advances – by leading innovations in science and technology, medicine and biology, agriculture and water, energy and the environment. These innovations the world over offer humanity a sunlit future of unimagined promise.

But if the most primitive fanaticism can acquire the most deadly weapons, the march of history could be reversed for a time. And like the belated victory over the Nazis, the forces of progress and freedom will prevail only after a horrific toll of blood and fortune has been exacted from mankind.

That is why the greatest threat facing the world today is the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction, and the most urgent challenge facing this body is to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Are the member states of the United Nations up to that challenge? Will the international community confront a despotism that terrorizes its own people as they bravely stand up for freedom? Will it take action against the dictators who stole an election in broad daylight and gunned down Iranian protesters who died in the streets choking in their own blood? Will the international community thwart the world's most pernicious sponsors and practitioners of terrorism? Above all, will the international community stop the terrorist regime of Iran from developing atomic weapons, thereby endangering the peace of the entire world?

The people of Iran are courageously standing up to this regime. People of goodwill around the world stand with them, as do the thousands who have been protesting outside this hall. Will the United Nations stand by their side?

Ladies and Gentlemen, the jury is still out on the United Nations, and recent signs are not encouraging. Rather than condemning the terrorists and their Iranian patrons, some here have condemned their victims. That is exactly what a recent UN report on Gaza did, falsely equating the terrorists with those they targeted.

For eight long years, Hamas fired from Gaza thousands of missiles, mortars and rockets on nearby Israeli cities. Year after year, as these missiles were deliberately hurled at our civilians, not a single UN resolution was passed condemning those criminal attacks. We heard nothing – absolutely nothing – from the UN Human Rights Council, a misnamed institution if there ever was one.

In 2005, hoping to advance peace, Israel unilaterally withdrew from every inch of Gaza. It dismantled 21 settlements and uprooted over 8,000 Israelis. We didn't get peace. Instead we got an Iranian backed terror base fifty miles from Tel Aviv. Life in Israeli towns and cities next to Gaza became a nightmare.

You see, the Hamas rocket attacks not only continued, they increased tenfold. Again, the UN was silent. Finally, after eight years of this unremitting assault, Israel was finally forced to respond. But how should we have responded? Well, there is only one example in history of thousands of rockets being fired on a country's civilian population. It happened when the Nazis rocketed British cities during World War II.

During that war, the allies leveled German cities, causing hundreds of thousands of casualties. Israel chose to respond differently. Faced with an enemy committing a double war crime of firing on civilians while hiding behind civilians – Israel sought to conduct surgical strikes against the rocket launchers.

That was no easy task because the terrorists were firing missiles from homes and schools, using mosques as weapons depots and ferreting explosives in ambulances. Israel, by contrast, tried to minimize casualties by urging Palestinian civilians to vacate the targeted areas. We dropped countless flyers over their homes, sent thousands of text messages and called thousands of cell phones asking people to leave.

Never has a country gone to such extraordinary lengths to remove the enemy's civilian population from harm's way. Yet faced with such a clear case of aggressor and victim, who did the UN Human Rights Council decide to condemn? Israel. A democracy legitimately defending itself against terror is morally hanged, drawn and quartered, and given an unfair trial to boot.

By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals. What a perversion of truth! What a perversion of justice!

Delegates of the United Nations, will you accept this farce? Because if you do, the United Nations would revert to its darkest days, when the worst violators of human rights sat in judgment against the law-abiding democracies, when Zionism was equated with racism and when an automatic majority could declare that the earth is flat.

If this body does not reject this report, it would send a message to terrorists everywhere: Terror pays; if you launch your attacks from densely populated areas, you will win immunity. And in condemning Israel, this body would also deal a mortal blow to peace. Here's why. When Israel left Gaza, many hoped that the missile attacks would stop. Others believed that at the very least, Israel would have international legitimacy to exercise its right of self-defense.

What legitimacy? What self-defense?

The same UN that cheered Israel as it left Gaza and promised to back our right of self-defense now accuses us –my people, my country - of war crimes? And for what? For acting responsibly in self-defense. What a travesty!

Israel justly defended itself against terror. This biased and unjust report is a clear-cut test for all governments. Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists? We must know the answer to that question now. Now and not later. Because if Israel is again asked to take more risks for peace, we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow. Only if we have the confidence that we can defend ourselves can we take further risks for peace.

Ladies and Gentlemen, all of Israel wants peace. Any time an Arab leader genuinely wanted peace with us, we made peace. We made peace with Egypt led by Anwar Sadat. We made peace with Jordan led by King Hussein. And if the Palestinians truly want peace, I and my government, and the people of Israel, will make peace. But we want a genuine peace, a defensible peace, a permanent peace.

In 1947, this body voted to establish two states for two peoples – a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews accepted that resolution. The Arabs rejected it. We ask the Palestinians to finally do what they have refused to do for 62 years: Say yes to a Jewish state.

Just as we are asked to recognize a nation-state for the Palestinian people, the Palestinians must be asked to recognize the nation state of the Jewish people. The Jewish people are not foreign conquerors in the Land of Israel. This is the land of our forefathers.

Inscribed on the walls outside this building is the great Biblical vision of peace: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. They shall learn war no more." These words were spoken by the Jewish prophet Isaiah 2,800 years ago as he walked in my country, in my city - in the hills of Judea and in the streets of Jerusalem. We are not strangers to this land. It is our homeland.

As deeply connected as we are to this land, we recognize that the Palestinians also live there and want a home of their own. We want to live side by side with them, two free peoples living in peace, prosperity and dignity. But we must have security. The Palestinians should have all the powers to govern themselves except those handful of powers that could endanger Israel.

That is why a Palestinian state must be effectively demilitarized. We don't want another Gaza, another Iranian backed terror base abutting Jerusalem and perched on the hills a few kilometers from Tel Aviv.

We want peace.

I believe such a peace can be achieved. But only if we roll back the forces of terror, led by Iran, that seek to destroy peace, eliminate Israel and overthrow the world order. The question facing the international community is whether it is prepared to confront those forces or accommodate them.

Over seventy years ago, Winston Churchill lamented what he called the "confirmed unteachability of mankind," the unfortunate habit of civilized societies to sleep until danger nearly overtakes them.

Churchill bemoaned what he called the "want of foresight, the unwillingness to act when action will be simple and effective, the lack of clear thinking, the confusion of counsel until emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong.”

I speak here today in the hope that Churchill's assessment of the "unteachability of mankind" is for once proven wrong. I speak here today in the hope that we can learn from history -- that we can prevent danger in time.

In the spirit of the timeless words spoken to Joshua over 3,000 years ago, let us be strong and of good courage. Let us confront this peril, secure our future and, God willing, forge an enduring peace for generations to come.

Monday, 12 October 2009

A London court rejects Palestinian bid to arrest Israeli defense minister

Before the court ruling, defense minister Ehud Barak refused advice from the foreign ministry in Jerusalem to leave the UK after a Palestinian group sought an international warrant for his arrest for alleged war crimes in Gaza. He insisted on keeping to his schedule of conferences with British prime minister Gordon Brown and foreign secretary David Miliband Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 29-30.

DEBKAfile adds: The Westminster Magistrate court's ruling is a landmark, placing in question the sustained campaign by pro-Palestinian groups to seek UK court warrants for the arrest of Israel leaders and military officers whenever they set foot on British soil.

Debunking the European Antichrist By Rodrigo Silva

The increasing popularity of the Assyrian Antichrist is causing some of the so called prophecy scholars to rise furiously against the proponents of this view. Recently, Dr. Dave Reagan of Lamb & Lion Ministries has published an article in which he criticizes some prophecy writers who believe the Assyrian Antichrist connection.

All this criticism comes from a very dogmatic spirit. Dogmatism leads people to become very prideful and pride l leads people to become blind to the truth.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Netanyahu blasts the UN

Netanyahu rightly attacked the UN delegates who gave audience to Ahmadinejad after his denial of the Holocaust and his threats to annihilate the Jewish state.

“But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency?

A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state.

What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations! Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews. You're wrong.

And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: And thou shalt come up against My people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against My land . . . ”

When Israel left Gaza, many hoped that the missile attacks would stop. Others believed that at the very least, Israel would have international legitimacy o exercise its right of self-defense. What legitimacy? What self-defense?

The same UN that cheered Israel as it left Gaza and promised to back our right of self-defense now accuses us –my people, my country - of war crimes? And for what? For acting responsibly in self-defense. What a travesty!”

Netanyahu accused the UN Human Rights Council of morally “hanging, drawing and quartering” Israel “and giving it an unfair trial, to boot.”

“By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals. What a perversion of truth. What a perversion of justice.”

Nuclear Debate Brews - Is Iran Designing Warheads? -

WASHINGTON — When President Obama stood last week with the leaders of Britain and France to denounce Iran’s construction of a secret nuclear plant, the Western powers all appeared to be on the same page about Iran’s clandestine efforts to manufacture nuclear fuel, however, is a continuing debate among American, European and Israeli spies about a separate component of Iran’s nuclear program: its clandestine efforts to design a nuclear warhead.

The Israelis, who have delivered veiled threats of a military strike, say they believe that Iran has restarted these “weaponization” efforts, which would mark a final step in building a nuclear weapon. The Germans say they believe that the weapons work was never halted. The French have strongly suggested that independent international inspectors have more information about the weapons work than they have made public.