Thursday, 24 December 2009

Oil well with potential found in Israel -

The Heletz oil field was the location of the f...Image via WikipediaTEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- An exploration team in Israel said it had discovered an oil field in the center of the country described as having significant commercial potential.

The Givat Olam Exploration Partnership said, "at this stage it is not possible to estimate the significance of these findings," but the firm described the oil field as one with "significant quantities," Arutz Sheva reported Friday.

The so-called "Meged" well is near Rosh HaAyin, a city east of Tel Aviv, Israel, close to a mountainous area in the northern part of the West Bank called Samaria, Arutz Sheva reported.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Iran launches long-range missile

Iran said today that it had successfully tested an upgraded, long-range missile capable of hitting Israel and US targets in the Gulf, further stoking tensions in the Middle East and prompting a call from Gordon Brown for stricter sanctions.

In a terse, one-sentence announcement, Iranian state television said the Sejil-2 missile, a solid-fuel rocket with a range of 1,200 miles, had been successfully test fired. 'It hit the defined target,' state television said, giving no further details.

New Hamas West Bank commanders set to revive anti-Israel terror

Since early 2007, Hamas has refrained from orchestrating terrorist activity against Israel from the West Bank, focusing mainly on its missile barrage against southwestern Israel from the Gaza Strip. Now, DEBKAfile's military sources report, the Palestinian extremists have changed course. Hamas' military chief Muhammad Jabry has established a new regional West Bank command corps for a fresh terror campaign against Israel, including suicide attacks, from the territory controlled by the rival Fatah and Palestinian Authority.

Jabry used the discussions on a Palestinian prisoner swap for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit which took place in Cairo and Damascus during October and November, for getting together with Hamas West Bank operatives and refreshing the regional command. He also obtained top-level sanction for the new terror offensive from Hamas' Damascus-based political bureau chiefs and its Shura council.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Khamenei: Israel will be humiliated if it strikes in Gaza - Israel News, Ynetnews

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that 'if the Zionist regime starts another war against the people of Gaza it will suffer an even harsher defeat and be humiliated far more than before'.

Justice Minister: Step by step, Torah law will become binding in Israel - Haaretz - Israel News

Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman took to the Knesset podium Tuesday to try to calm the political storm he caused this week when he said that "step by step, Torah law will become the binding law in the State of Israel." Neeman made his controversial remarks Monday evening at a convention on Jewish law in Jerusalem.

On Tuesday Neeman clarified his statements, saying they had been taken out of context. He said he meant that since the Israeli justice system is overburdened, an alternative system like the rabbinical court system could help relieve the pressure.

After his words on Monday were broadcast on Army Radio a day later, Neeman appeared in the Knesset. But he did not retract his statements. "I hear the calls from all directions and I want to point things in the right direction," Neeman told the Knesset. "It is difficult for me to accept the things that were attributed to me, as though I had said that the laws of this country should be replaced with Torah laws. Yesterday I emphasized the importance of the rabbinical court system to the State of Israel. The Knesset is the legislator in Israel, and the interpretation of its laws is determined by the courts."

He says that "we must bring back the heritage of our fathers to the nation of Israel. The Torah has the complete solution to all the questions we are dealing with."

Monday, 14 December 2009

It's about the Cross

It's about the Cross, by Go Fish.

Ahmadinejad Reportedly Claims U.S. is Blocking Return of Mankind's Saviour

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims the United States is attempting to thwart the return of mankind's savior, according to reports from Al Arabiya, a television news station based in Dubai.

Ahmadinejad reportedly claims he has documented evidence that the U.S. is blocking the return of Mahdi, the Imam believed by Muslims to be the savior.

“We have documented proof that they believe that a descendant of the prophet of Islam will raise in these parts and he will dry the roots of all injustice in the world,” Ahmadinejad said during a speech on Monday, according to Al Arabiya.

"They have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one that will prepare the grounds for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

US Court: Active lesbian awarded custody of Christian’s only child

A case of two lesbians, one of whom has become a Christian and completely renounced the homosexual lifestyle, has tested the strength and definition of parenting roles and laws in the United States.

In a potentially precedent-setting case, a Vermont Court has ordered that sole custody of a Virginia woman’s 7-year-old daughter be transferred to the woman’s former lesbian lover by 1 January 2010.

Lisa Miller (pictured-on left), the former lesbian who subsequently became a Christian, had given birth to her daughter Isabella through artificial insemination in 2002 while still living in a civil union with Janet Jenkins in Vermont, US, but left Jenkins and the lesbian lifestyle about a year later. Ms Jenkins, who has no biological or legal relationship with Isabella, later brought a legal action in a Vermont Court pursuing custody of Ms Miller’s daughter, who is currently living with her mother in Virginia, US.

Ms Jenkins maintains the Vermont civil union guarantees her parental rights and states she believes it is not good for a child to be raised in a Christian atmosphere. A Vermont judge ruled in her favour in 2003, ordering that she be allowed liberal, unsupervised visits with Isabella.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Elbit tests new UAV that can fly to Iran

Elbit Systems successfully carried out the maiden flight on Monday of the new long-range, high-endurance Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle which is capable of carrying out surveillance missions thousands of kilometers from Israel, including over Iran.

The Hermes 900 is the longer-range model of the Hermes 450, that has accumulated over 170,000 flight hours. The Hermes 900 offers additional key capabilities, can stay airborne for 36 hours, fly at altitudes of more than 30,000 feet, carry a large payload of up to 300 kilograms and can fly in adverse weather conditions.

The new UAV offers advanced satellite communication capabilities and can be controlled from the same ground station as the Hermes 450.

Christian couple not guilty of abuse of a Muslim woman

A Christian couple have been cleared of a religiously aggravated public order offence of insulting a Muslim guest because of her faith.

On Wednesday, 9 December 2009, Benjamin and Sharon Vogelenzang were cleared of insulting a Muslim guest, Ericka Tazi, 60, after a judge heard that she had claimed Jesus was a ‘minor prophet’ and the Bible was untrue.

District Judge Richard Clancy, sitting at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, ruled that the couple were covered by their right to freedom of expression under the European Human Rights Act after they were alleged to have compared the prophet Mohammed to a warlord and called the guest a terrorist.

The judge also suggested that Mrs Tazi’s version of events could not be relied upon and that she was not the religious person she presented herself as in the witness box.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Hamas preparing advanced rockets, missiles and tunnels

Israel is likely to face advanced Iranian weaponry, long-range rockets, large missile silos and dozens of kilometers of underground tunnels connecting open fields with urban centers in the event of a future conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to the latest Israeli assessments.

Since Operation Cast Lead ended almost a year ago, Hamas has increased its weapons smuggling and today operates hundreds of tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor. It has smuggled in dozens of long-range Iranian-made rockets that can reach Tel Aviv as well as advanced anti-aircraft missiles and anti-tank missiles.

Hamas is believed to have a significant number of shoulder-launched anti-tank missiles and 9M113 Konkurs, which have a range of four kilometers and are capable of penetrating heavy armor.

If attacked, Iran wants Syria to hit back at Israel. Damascus hedges

DEBKAfile's military sources report that this message Iran's defense minister Ahmad Vahidi brought to Damascus where he is attending a session of the high Iranian-Syrian defense committee which went into its second day Thursday, Dec. 10. Syrian defense minister Ali Habib is in the chair.

The Iranian visitor indicated that Tehran expects an Israeli attack within a month. According to Iranian intelligence, Jerusalem will take its green light from President Barack Obama's forced admission after Christmas that his policy of dialogue and stiffer sanctions have failed in the face of Tehran's rejection of the international proposal to send its enriched uranium for overseas processing.

"The countdown for war is coming close to its end," said Vahidi to the joint defense committee. "And we must get our strategic partnership in shape ahead of time."

The leitmotif of the Iranian defense secretary's talks in Damascus was the fate Iran and Syria share and their strategic partnership as the only safeguards against what he called "'American-backed Zionist aggression." Syria must commit itself to joint military action against Israel, because “stronger defense ties between Iran and Syria are elements of deterrence in confronting the Zionist regime's threats to the countries of the region.”

For the first, time, Gen. Vahidi openly threatened to respond to a possible Israel attack on Iran's nuclear facilities by striking Israel's "chemical, microbiological and banned nuclear weapons" production sites.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Spheres of Power

New unmanned US stealth jet based in Afghanistan gathers data in Iran

US Air Force spokesmen confirmed this week that the hitherto secret unmanned, high-altitude stealth jet, the "Beast of Kandahar," was present at the big US air base of Bagram, in Afghanistan. Little is known about the Sentinel, which was manufactured by Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Program. USAF spokesmen disclosed only that its new deployment responded to secretary of defense Robert Gates' request for increased intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support for combatant commanders in Afghanistan.

According to DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources, Washington had a reason for letting the Beast surface at this time in the form of a published photograph and a note about its ability to fly over the borders of Iran, China, India and Pakistan for collecting "useful data about missile tests, telemetry, signals and multi-spectral intelligence. The disclosure came on the heels of Iran's big air defense exercise for guarding its nuclear sites which ended in the third week of November; it appears to be a message to Tehran that all its war games, especially in intelligence and electronic warfare, were pointless since its skies are wide open to American drone activity against which Iran has no recourse.

Baghdad car bombs cause carnage

A series of car bombings has killed at least 127 people and wounded 448 in the centre of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The first blast targeted a police patrol in the Dora district of the city. Four others occurred near official buildings within minutes. Veteran politician Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, an ex-national security adviser, blamed al-Qaeda militants for the attacks.

He told the BBC their aim was to destabilise the country ahead of general elections due in March. "Al-Qaeda has been active in Baghdad recently," Mr Rubaie said.
"The aim is to show the government is unable to protect civilians and its own people and also to deter people from going to ballot boxes." The explosions on Tuesday shook houses across the capital.

The great climate change swindle: global warming is not manmade

Climate change has always existed and humankind does not have the power to affect it insists a critic of global warming theory, Lord Christopher Monckton, on the eve of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

“It is yet another attempt of the governing class of the world to take advantage of the ‘little guy’ to conspire against the governed, to have another excuse for exaggerated levels of taxation, regulation and interference,” blames Monckton.

“There is no scientific basis whatsoever for saying there is a 90% probability that most of the warming of the last 50 years was caused by human kind,” Monckton insists. “The fact is we have no means of knowing what are the influences that cause the climate to fluctuate in the short term upwards or downwards, this is simply beyond our capacity to measure or analyze.”

Speaking about replacing one third of agricultural land which grows food to be used for growing bio-fuels instead, Christopher Monckton reminded that it has led to double food price surge over just one year.

“If we have to pay twice as much for our food – it’s inconvenient. If you are in a poor country – that difference of a 100% in the price of your food is the difference between life and death,” he warns. Monckton points out that this resulted in major food riots in dozens of countries as a result of the food price rise were hardly reported in the West.

Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood's Racist Founder

Planned Parenthood Racism Investigation by UCLA Law Student
Planned Parenthood of both Idaho and Ohio accepts money from a donor who openly shares his racist agenda to "lower the number of Blacks in America."

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Flaming row between Palestinian PM and US general puts security cooperation at risk

According to DEBKAfile's military sources, a loud shouting match erupted Sunday, Dec. 6, between Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad and US Gen. Keith Dayton, who is in charge of training 2,000 Palestinian commandos as the Palestinian Authority first ever effective security force.

The quarrel is serious enough to hang a question mark over US-Palestinian-Israel cooperation in the campaign against Hamas and other terrorist organizations.

Our sources report exclusively that Sunday, Dec. 6, Fayad took advantage of the Mahmoud Abbas, the PA chairman's chronic absence from the country, to summon the general to his office in Ramallah to order him to stop issuing press statements about the new Palestinian West Bank force. 'You're just the trainer, that's all,' he said to the four-star American general.

Hamas fires same heat missile as al Qaeda, Taliban use in Afghanistan

Unlike Hamas' homemade primitive Qassams, the two advanced C5K anti-tank missiles fired at Israeli forces on guard duty outside Kibbutz Alumim Sunday, Dec. 6, are of foreign manufacture and must have been smuggled into the Gaza Strip very recently. DEBKAfile's military sources report: Once used from helicopters by the Russian army, these weapons are armed with a 4-kilo heat warhead which rides the thermal waves emitted by tanks and armored vehicles with destructive fragmentation impact.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

US to focus on uranium findings in Syria - evidence of Iranian proliferation

A senior official in the Obama administration described the UN nuclear watchdog inspectors' discovery of traces of highly processed plutonium at the bombed Syrian-North Korean facility at Dir a-Zur as a 'smoking gun' - evidence of Iran's covert nuclear activities and proliferation, DEBKAfile's Washington sources report.

It was confirmed by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in their Nov. 30 visit to the site which was demolished by Israel in September 2007.

Obama administration sources are confident that with this information of Iranian violations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, even Russia and China will have to endorse stiff new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The soil samples the inspectors collected at their last visit to Dir a-Zur confirmed an earlier discovery of uranium used in separating out bomb-grade plutonium from spent nuclear fuel which the US believes was supplied by Iran. Those experiments were clearly further along that previously assessed.

The same traces were found at the Syrian nuclear research reactor near Damascus.

Washington intends to present these findings as solid evidence of the tie-in between the Syrian and Iranian military nuclear programs, together with proofs of Tehran's direct involvement in the planning and construction of the demolished Syria reactor.

The Hal Lindsey Report 4th Dec 09

Friday, 4 December 2009

Iran successfully simulates nuclear warhead detonation

German intelligence reports that Iranian scientists have successfully simulated the detonation of a nuclear warhead in laboratory conditions, in an effort to sidestep an underground nuclear test like the one that brought the world down on North Korea's head earlier this year. DEBKAfile's Iranian and intelligence sources report that this development is alarming because detonation is one of the most difficult technological challenges in the development of a nuclear weapon. Mastering it carries Iran past one of the last major obstacles confronting its program for the manufacture of a nuclear warhead.

After this breakthrough, the German BND intelligence believes it will take Tehran no more than a year to perfect its expertise and stock enough highly-enriched uranium to make the last leap toward building the first Iranian nuclear bomb or warhead. DEBKAfile's military sources confirm that simulated detonation of a warhead takes Iran to the highest level of weapons development.

Religious groups congregate in Melbourne

Six thousand people are expected to attend the world's largest inter-religious gathering over the next week with the Parliament of the World's Religions starting in Melbourne tonight.

It is the fourth parliament which convenes every five years. A spokesman for the Parliament of the World's Religions, Rev. Dirk Ficca says 80 countries will be represented in the Parliament and all are welcome to attend including atheists.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Dundee removes any reference to Christianity in upcoming Christmas Celebrations

City leaders in Dundee, Scotland, are planning a spectacular festive season celebration with the difference that its winter revelry this year will include no references to Christianity. All references to the religious elements of Christmas have been deliberately dropped from the switching-on ceremony for the city’s festive lights.

In addition, instead of a traditional Christian nativity scene, Dundee is shifting its focus to be ‘more inclusive of people with different faiths or no religious views’ and will set up a solar-powered disco, a circus, a continental market and even have a fairy on stilts entertaining crowds.

Those who believe in the real meaning of Christmas have condemned the decision. Members of Dundee's Church of Scotland Presbytery have voiced their concern to the city council, saying that the religious aspect of Christmas has been eroded. They are urging Kirk members to contact their local councillors to protest against the move.

Christmas TV soaps to deliver tidings of murder, blackmail, divorce and incest

O tidings of comfort and joy - not to mention murder, blackmail, stabbing, divorce and incest. The Christmas message from soap operas this year is a combination of human misery. While the rest of us prepare for celebrations TV writers have been doing their best to ensure this Christmas is the worst on record.

Iran successfully simulates nuclear warhead detonation

German intelligence reports that Iranian scientists have successfully simulated the detonation of a nuclear warhead in laboratory conditions, in an effort to sidestep an underground nuclear test like the one that brought the world down on North Korea's head earlier this year. DEBKAfile's Iranian and intelligence sources report that this development is alarming because detonation is one of the most difficult technological challenges in the development of a nuclear weapon. Mastering it carries Iran past one of the last major obstacles confronting its program for the manufacture of a nuclear warhead.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Lebanon's new government endorsed Hezbollah's right to keep its weapons

Lebanon's new government Wednesday endorsed Hezbollah's right to keep its weapons, the latest sign that the group has no intention of meeting a U.N. resolution calling for it to disarm.

Hezbollah is believed to have thousands of rockets and missiles hidden in basements and bunkers throughout Shiite Muslim areas of the tiny country.

Hezbollah's refusal to give up its weapons has generated division within the country as well as concern in Israel, which says it is preparing to deploy a defense system to shoot down rockets from Lebanon.

North Caucasus group in Russia train bomb web claim

A North Caucasus Islamist group has claimed responsibility for a bomb that killed 26 people on a Moscow-to-St Petersburg train, a website says. The website claim on said last Friday's attack was carried out by the 'Caucasian Mujahadeen' on the orders of its leader, Doku Umarov.

Spiritual ruler Khamenei clips Ahmadinejad's wings

In a sudden about-turn, Iran released five British yachtsmen Wednesday, Dec. 2, a week after their capture off the Persian Gulf island of Sirri. The move announced by Tehran's state media early Wednesday even took London by surprise.

They were towed into international waters and arrived in Dubai later that afternoon.

DEBKAfile's Iranian sources report that this was one of the few instances in which Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei overruled president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had clearly intended to put the five Britons on trial for espionage. The president's chief of staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaie announced ominously Tuesday: 'The judiciary will decide about the five… but naturally Iran will take hard and serious measures if we find out they had evil intentions.'

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Iran pilgrims stage hajj protest

ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia — Iranian hajj pilgrims carried out a peaceful protest without incident on Thursday as millions of Muslims amassed for the peak of the world's largest annual pilgrimage.

Ignoring Saudi warnings against political activity, the Iranians chanted for Muslim unity and against the 'enemies' of the faith in their camp at Arafat outside of Mecca.

'Death to America, death to Israel,' thousands of Iranians chanted inside a huge tent on the Arafat plain.

Poirot's David Suchet claims Christianity is being marginalised to avoid offending other faiths

Poirot actor David Suchet has claimed that Christianity is being marginalised because people are more concerned about not offending other faiths. He said Britain was now in danger of losing the importance of the religion.

In an interview, the 63-year-old star said: 'I do feel that Christianity is being marginalised by other religions in Britain.

'I won't tell you the name of it, but a charity I work for got turned down for Government funding recently, because it was a Christian charity, even though it had been funded by the Government for several years.

Floods in Saudi Arabia kill 84 as the Hajj gets underway

Organizers of the Hajj have been planning for months to limit the spread of swine flu during the annual pilgrimage. But they probably weren’t prepared, of all things, for flooding.

Heavy torrential downpours led to flash floods and mudslides in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on Wednesday. 7 centimeters of rain fell in just a few hours—more rain than the region typically gets in a whole year. 84 people were killed; so far none of them are thought to have been on the pilgrimage.