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- FORMER IRANIAN DIPLOMAT WARNS ISRAEL THAT IRAN WILL USE THE
- Friday Church News Notes, February 1, 2013 - The following
is excerpted from Ex-Iranian diplomat warns Israel,
The Times of Israel, Jan. 25, 2013: In an interview with
Israels Channel 2 TV, Mohammad Reza Heydari, the former
Iranian consul in Oslo who resigned and obtained political asylum
there three years ago, said that if Iran is given more
time, it will acquire the knowledge necessary to build a nuclear
bomb within a year. Asked whether it would use the bomb
against Israel, he said: If Iran gets to the point where
it has an atomic bomb, it will certainly use it, against Israel
or any other [enemy] country.
Heydari--who defected soon after he was asked to identify his
son in photos taken during the protests that followed the 2009
vote in which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reelected--said
the regime in Tehran was aiming to develop two or three bombs.
It saw nuclear weapons as insurance to guarantee
Regime leaders believe that when they acquire a nuclear
bomb, [others] will start to behave toward them as they do toward
North Korea, said Heydari. ... They are busying themselves
with ideological preparations for the arrival of the hidden Imam
and are preparing the ground for that in a practical way; for
this purpose, they are willing to spill much blood and destroy
many countries. ... He was posted as consul to Norway in
2008. In 2010, he resigned and has stayed in Oslo since, in a
location strictly guarded by the Norwegian authorities. During
the interview, Heydari claimed that five other Iranian diplomats--in
Brussels, London, Geneva, Milan and Paris--had defected recently.
- Continued: http://www.wayoflife.org/index_files/friday_church_news_notes_14_5.html
- BIDEN ON IRAN THREAT: OBAMA IS NOT BLUFFING
By JOSH LEDERMAN and DONNA CASSATA Associated Press
Monday, March 4, 2013 3:04 PM EST Share - WASHINGTON (AP)
Seeking to reassure anxious Israelis and their American supporters,
Vice President Joe Biden vowed Monday that the United States
won't back down from its pledge to use military action to thwart
Iran's nuclear program should all other options fail.
- "President Barack Obama is not bluffing," he said.
- In a prelude to Obama's upcoming trip to Israel his
first as president Biden told a powerful pro-Israel lobby
that the U.S. doesn't want a war with Iran, but that the window
for diplomacy is closing. He said prevention, not containment,
is the only outcome the U.S. will accept.
- But in a sign the U.S. is still reluctant to embroil itself
in another Mideast military effort, Biden cautioned more than
13,000 Israel supporters at the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee's annual conference that if Israel or the U.S. acts
too hastily, without exhausting every other reasonable option,
they could risk losing the backing of the international community.
- "That matters because God forbid we have to act, it's
important that the rest of the world is with us," Biden
said to muted applause.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to the
conference by video link from Jerusalem, pushed back against
such reluctance, reflecting the tension still present between
the U.S. and its closest Mideast ally as they seek a united front
to stave off Iran's nuclear program.
- "From the bottom of my heart and from the clarity of
my brain, words alone will not stop Iran. Sanctions alone will
not stop Iran," Netanyahu said.
- The U.S. and world nations have imposed crippling sanctions
on Iran's oil and financial industries in hopes of forcing Tehran
back to the negotiating table and persuading it to give up nuclear
ambitions. Netanyahu has warned that the world has until this
summer at the latest to keep Iran from building
a bomb, and has repeatedly hinted at Israel's willingness to
launch a military strike to stop it, an endeavor the United States
likely would be dragged into. Continued: http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/middle-east-north-africa/285975-biden-obama-not-bluffing-with-military-threat-against-iran
- ANTI-JEWISH PERSECUTION IN EUROPE
- Friday Church News Notes, February 1, 2013 - The following
is excerpted from No Hebrew, Please, This Is Europe,
FrontPageMag.com, Jan. 7, 2013: Israels ambassador
to Denmark and the head of Copenhagens Jewish community
have both warned Jews in that city that if they dont want
to be roughed up on the street by anti-Semites, theyd better
not wear anything that would identify them as Jews--and, for
good measure, they should also lower their voices when speaking
... a Jewish theological seminary in Potsdam has asked its rabbis
not to wear yarmulkes in public. Pupils at a Jewish school in
Berlin have been warned to speak German, not Hebrew, on school
trips--and to wear baseball caps over their yarmulkes so
you dont give stupid people something to get annoyed about.
Jews at Romes main synagogue now remove their yarmulkes
when leaving services; so do Jews in Malmö, Sweden.
A Jewish teacher at an adult education center in Kristiansand,
Norway, has been told that wearing the star could be deemed
a provocation towards the many Muslim students at the school.
... [A] Paris Metro passenger was recently beaten unconscious
by a mob who pegged him as Jewish because he was reading a book
by Pariss chief rabbi. ... [In a New Years Eve report
in Haaretz] Joel Braunold admitted that Europe does indeed have
a serious anti-Semitism problem now, and that the
number of safe European capital cities has shrunk to a tiny number.
In a piece headlined Anti-Semitism: a growing problem in
France, Public Radio International noted that the Toulouse
school shootings last March were only the most widely reported
of an alarming number of anti-Semitic attacks across France this
year, PRI quoted anti-Semitism expert Sammy Ghozlan as
saying that French Jews now avoid going out late, going
to certain neighborhoods, wearing yarmulkes. Continued:
- FORGOTTEN JEWISH REFUGEES
- By Steven Shamrak - It is estimated that almost 900,000 Jews
were forced from their homes in Arab and Muslim countries in
the course of the 20th century. Even the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has twice affirmed that Jews
who fled the persecution of Arab countries were indeed refugees
in every legal sense of the word. It is estimated that Jews were
robbed of more than $100 billion in personal and communal assets
by Arab and Muslim governments. The Israeli governments ignored
and refuse to use those facts to neutralize fictitious claims
of the Arab propaganda war machine against Israel . As a result,
unfortunately, the world only knows about so-called Arab refugees
and their well-advertised fictitious claim on Jewish land.
- Based on population poll information at the time (conducted
by Ottoman empire and British later - not Arab anti-Israel propaganda)
around 460,000 Arabs left currently controlled land by Israel,
during the war of Independence in 1948. They were ordered to
leave by Arab political and religious leaders. The plan was to
expose Jews, who were facing the might of Arab armies, to complete
their annihilation. It would make it easier to kill every Jew,
without bothering about identification of Arabs. Another genocide
of Jewish people was planned!
- When Israel won the War of Independence, the number of so-called
Arab refugees almost doubled over night by the end of 1948, after
the UN announced that they are entitled to refugee status and
international assistance! For several more years after the war,
the world was still betting that the tiny Jewish state would
disappear. International anti-Semites were hoping that Arabs
would finish what they started in Europe!
- Since then the Arab Palestinians have been 'milking' the
international community for almost 60 years. This is the longest
running UN 'humanitarian' program, designed to perpetuate Middle
East conflict and keep the international anti-Semitic flame running.
It has been assisting the mob of professional refugees in their
3rd or even 4th generation.
- World War-II in Europe created almost 50 million refugees.
Many of them received assistance and/or had been resettled. Now
they and their children are living productive and independent
lives in their own countries or somewhere else! This approach
has never been applied to Arabs who left Jewish land. They are
still not absorbed by the Arab countries, from where most of
them had originally come since 1880's. The United Nations has
never respected the state of Israel as an independent and equal
state, not according to the record of the adopted resolutions,
nor by attitude. The need of Jewish people to live in peace in
their independent state, on the land of their ancestors is completely
ignored! Jews must realise this international hypocrisy, and
start to be creators of their own destiny!
EUROPE FINANCE THE WAR ON ISRAEL
- The EU has become the largest single donor to the PA, contributing
about 500 million per annum ($720 million). Europe also
channels an ocean of money to the anti-Israel NGOs. By financing
the war against Israel and sponsoring the Arab anti-Semitism,
Europe is reawakening the centuries-old beast of Judeophobic
(anti-Semitic) bigotry. European taxes are used to fund anti-Semitism
of an intensity unseen since Nazi Germany
Union just announced a contribution of EUR 14 million for a programme
in Gaza. Most of this aid goes through UNRWA. Many terrorists
work for the UN agency, such as Issa al Batran, who was in charge
of rocket production for Hamas and was also employed as a teacher
in UN schools. Food storage facilities in UNRWAs areas,
funded by the European Union, have become munitions depots. UNRWAs
employees transported weapons and terrorists using the agency
ambulances. Continued: http://www.shamrak.com
- EU WORKING ON NEW MIDEAST PEACE PLAN
British, French FMs preparing plan to restart talks between Israel,
Palestinians to be presented in March. 'It will drive us into
a corner,' say Israeli officials
- Itamar Eichner Published: Israel News - January 13, 2013
- The European Union is working on a detailed plan meant to restart
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and establish an independent
Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem
as its capital, Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Israeli diplomatic sources
as saying. The plan will set a clear timetable for a discussion
on all core issues over the course of 2013. It will likely be
presented in March after a new Israeli government is formed.
- According to the plan, Israel and the Palestinians will enter
peace negotiations after a brief interval. The plan will likely
also include a demand to freeze settlement construction.
- The initiative is promoted by the British and French foreign
ministers, and has the support of Germany. Efforts are being
made to internationalize the plan: The EU's High Representative
for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton is examining the possibility
of making the plan an all-European proposal. Similar efforts
have been made in a Quartet meeting in Amman, Jordan, where the
EU's representatives have asked to discuss their proposed peace
plan. However, the US requested to delay the discussion until
after the Israeli elections and the Obama inauguration. . . Full
- PALESTINIANS DISQUALIFY US AS PEACE BROKER
By Nicola Nasser - Global Research, February 22, 2013 - The Israeli
Prime Minister's Office released the official blue, red and white
logo that will be on all documents and signs during Obama's visit
late in March . . . "Unbreakable Alliance" written
in English and Hebrew under combined Israeli and US flags . .
. Hanan Ashrawi, the Palestinian veteran peace negotiator and
member of the executive committee of the . . . PLO, Israel's
partner in signing the defunct Oslo peace accords, said the first?term
Obama administration "have just managed to buy more time
for Israel" to "create facts on the (Israeli?occupied
- "Our experience has been really tragic with this American
administration," which "started with such high hopes
and tremendous promises," but "they backed down so
quickly it was incredible," she added, to conclude: "The
US has disqualified itself as a peace broker." Therefore,
"there are no plans to celebrate" Obama's visit to
Ramallah, because "they haven't forgotten the part he played"
in aborting the PLO's efforts in 2011 to win the United Nations'
recognition of Palestine statehood as a full member and in opposing
its UN recognition as a non?member observer state the next year,
according to Shlomi Eldar in Al-Monitor on February 14. Still,
to make a bad situation worse, Obama will convey the same message
to Abbas during his upcoming visit, because "our position
has not changed" neither to Palestinian statehood nor to
Palestinian national reconciliation according to US State Department
spokeswoman Olivia Nuland on February 19.
- Obama will visit on the backdrop of a two?year old simmering
Palestinian?US political crisis, which potentially could explode
in the aftermath of his visit. Full story: http://www.globalresearch.ca/palestinians-disqualify-
- ELECTIONS WILL NOT BE HELD IF PM NETANYAHU FAILS TO FORM
- 2 March 2013 Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA - If PM Netanyahu fails
to form a coalition in the coming two weeks the
Lapid-Bennett bloc will advise President Peres which Likud MK
they will support to form the government. That Likud MK will
accept the tsk for the sake of the country and the party.
- The following is a summary of the schedule:
- Elections Publications of results
Max 7 days President assigns task of forming government after
28 days first attempt to form government
14 days extension
3 days maximum before assign task to a second MK
28 days to form government by second MK
21 days for a majority of MKs to nominate third MK to form a
2 days for President to announce appointment of the third MK
14 days for third MK to form government
President announces government cannot be formed.
Last Tuesday before the end of 90 days elections held
- Basic Law: The Government (2001)
- ...Assignment of task of forming Government.
- 7. (a) When a new Government has to be constituted, the President
of the State shall, after consultation with representatives of
party groups in the Knesset, assign the task of forming a Government
to a Knesset Member who has notified him that he is prepared
to accept the task; the President shall do so within seven days
of the publication of the election results, or should the need
arise to form a new government; and in the case of the death
Prime Minister, within 14 days of his death.
(b) Should these consultation take place before the new Knesset
is convened, the President will consult the representatives of
the lists of candidates to be represented in the new Knesset.
- LIKUD BEITEINU DENIES DISCUSSING LIVNI JOINING COALITION
Makor Rishon 26 Dec. 2012 - Friday, March 1, 2013 http://i1282.photobucket.com/albums/a540/IMRAPHOTOS/MakorRishon26Dec2012-LikudBeiteinudeniesthatdiscussing
- UNITY NEEDED BEHIND ONE ZIONIST VISION!
- by Steven Shamrak - Not long ago over 1000 people came to
Jerusalem and participated in the 3rd Conference on Israeli Sovereignty.
During his speech Moshe Feiglin, head of the Manhigut Yehudit
(Jewish Leadership) faction of the Likud party, informed delegates
that the amount of money Israel has spent on security since the
Oslo Accords could pay every Arab family $500,000 to relocate
from Jewish land (most of them would have happily moved out for
much less)! The need for such expenditure is clear evidence that,
in spite of all efforts and concessions Israel has made, the
walls it has built and advanced weapons it has developed, Arabs
will never agree to peaceful co-existence with Jews - not just
- The Conference also exposed a vital problem the Zionist movement
is facing and urgently needs to address. It is its lack of united
vision for the future of Jewish people! Delegates expressed diverse
views about the future of Israel. Some of them still naively
hope for peaceful co-existence with Israels
genocidal neighbours. Others suggested granting so-called Palestinians
autonomy, ignoring the fact that it will legalise the occupation
of Jewish land by Israels enemies.
- Most of those who spoke about Eretz-Israel, fearful of being
branded as an extremist, were very careful to avoid mentioning
the fact that Jordan comprises 77% of the Jewish land and is
currently occupied by Arabs and Bedouins. They also avoided any
specifics related to the re-unification of the Land of Israel.
- In order to unite Jewish people behind Zionist ideals, we
need to set a true Jewish national agenda, including the reunification
of all Jewish land and its liberation from enemy occupation.
So-called Palestinians do not want and will never have peace
with the Jewish state. This is well-proven, with the blood of
many Jews - fact! We need courageous leadership, that will foremost
care for the future of the Jewish people and could defeat not
just enemies, this is the easy part, but withstand pressure from
- TEKOA'S RABBI MENACHEM FROMAN PASSES AWAY
Rabbi Menachem Froman, the Rabbi of the town of Tekoa in Gush
Etzion, has passed away after a bout with cancer. He was 68 -
By David Lev - First Publish: 3/4/2013, 9:47 PM - Rabbi Froman
was ill over the past several months, when he was diagnosed with
advanced colon cancer. Rabbi Froman received intensive treatment
for the cancer, but kept up his regular schedule as much as possible,
teaching classes for adults and youths in the mixed secular-religious
town where he was spiritual leader. Rabbi Froman was best known
for his unique approach to Jewish-Arab relations. He believed
that people with strong a religious heritage could more easily
achieve a meeting of the minds than politicians, and he met on
a regular basis with local Muslim leaders. Throughout those meetings,
he did not deny his identity, that of an Orthodox rabbi from
a settlement. He also met with Yasser Arafat in Ramallah,
and with Hamas' Ahmad Yassin. He also met with Turkush leader
Erdogan in Turkey after the Marmara incident, in an attempt to
find a way to restore relations between Turkey and Israel. His
approach was much admired by some, while others criticized him
for allegedly consorting with the enemy, although
his gentle manner kept them from becoming antagonistic towards
him. Rabbi Froman never backed down or apologized for his attempts
to reach an understanding with Moslem religious leaders. Continued:
- FORMER LABOR MK SHOCKED TO DISCOVER TEMPLE MOUNT DISCRIMINATION
Former Labor MK Daniel Ben-Simon cut short a visit to the Temple
Mount after he personally witnessed the discrimination of Jews.
- By Elad Benari - First Publish: 3/5/2013, 1:16 AM - Former
Labor MK Daniel Ben-Simon cut short a visit to the Temple Mount
on Sunday, after he personally witnessed the discrimination by
Israeli police towards Jewish visitors to the holy site. Speaking
to Arutz Sheva about the experience on Monday, Ben-Simon said
he was surprised, already at the start of his visit, to see that
Jews are forced to wait in long, crowded lines to enter one of
the holiest sites in the world.
- Ben-Simon said that when he finally reached the end of the
line-up after a long and unpleasant wait, he was told that the
Temple Mount is closed due to what was described as tension.
He later discovered that the source of this tension is a Quran
that fell from the hands of a Muslim worshiper who came to the
- The Arab worshiper claimed that an Israeli police officer
had deliberately dropped the book from her hand, but Ben-Simon
expressed doubt at the truthfulness of the story and said it
was unacceptable that the area was closed off to Jews because
of such a minor event.
- "Because of a fallen book they close the Temple Mount
to hundreds of people who are waiting to get in? he said.
The Minister of Internal Security must be summoned and
asked about the reality in which the police are on high alert
because of a fallen book. Whos in charge here? All this
is done without explanation.
- Continued: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/165876
- SEVENTEEN ISRAELIS MAKE FORBES' LIST OF THE WORLD'S BILLIONAIRES
- In Forbes magazine's annual survey, the Ofer family top the
list of wealthiest Israelis; Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu, with
assets of about $73 billion, is the world's richest man for the
fourth year in a row.
By Nadan Feldman - Mar.04, 2013 - 8:30 PM The second generation
of the Ofer family are the richest Israelis on Forbes 2013
list of the world's billionaires. Together, the magazine said,
Idan and Eyal Ofer are worth $12.5 billion.
- Fifteen other Israelis also made Forbes list of the
worlds billionaires. Idan Ofer, who heads the Israel Corporation,
is ranked 182 overall on the magazines list of the worlds
richest people, with assets totaling $6.5 billion. His brother
Eyal Ofer, who controls the Ofer familys real estate business
and overseas operations, is in 198th place with assets of $6
billion. Next in line is ISCAR founder Stef Wertheimer and his
family, ranked 268 with assets of $4.4 billion. After him comes
the first Israeli woman to make the list, Bank Hapoalim controlling
shareholder Shari Arison, who placed 308 with assets of $4.2
billion. She shares that slot with film producer Arnon Milchan,
whose wealth is also estimated at $4.2 billion. Continued: http://www.haaretz.com/business/seventeen-israelis-make-forbes-list-of-the-world-s-
- A $1 BILLION BET ON PEACE - OR AT LEAST A MEASURE OF CALM
IN THE WEST BANK
- RAWABI, West Bank - Even the founder of Rawabi, the biggest
construction project in the history of the Palestinian people,
says nobody in his right mind would invest here.
- Standing on a wind-swept hilltop overlooking the biblical
hills of Judea, a half-hour drive from Ramallah, Bashar Al-Masri
points to the Palestinian flags flying atop the giant cranes
that are building, with phenomenal speed, the first modern Palestinian
town. As a teenager, raising the Palestinian flag was enough
to be shot and killed, he says, immaculate in a form-hugging,
thin-lapelled dark suit and narrow burgundy tie. This is
a small, symbolic way of how long we came along, and how much
we will come along in the future, adds Al-Masri, who as
a teenager threw stones at Israeli soldiers. The largest flag
is mounted on a pole facing the Jewish settlement of Atteret,
a community of about a hundred families located across a small
- The flag is a deliberate statement.
- So that we can show our unfriendly neighbors who were
violently against us that we're here, and we're here to stay,
and we're not afraid of you, we will remain here, Al-Masri
says. Nation-building Two-thirds of the investment in this town
comes from the government of Qatars investment fund, Al-Masri
explains. The design, planning and construction are all by Palestinians,
with outside help, and what appears to make him proudest of all,
he says, there is no input from Israel.
- He says there are more than 8,000 families interested in
moving in, and the first few hundred apartments will go on the
market in March, with the towns inauguration in May. The
cost of the apartments, depending on size and location, is between
$75,000 and $140,000.
- This is about nation-building, this is about doing
whats right, this is my contribution that I know the best,
says Al-Masri. The human rights activists have their contribution,
the [Palestinian Authority] people are building capacity and
building the government, we're all together as the Palestinian
people building a state.
- There are two main practical problems for the new town. All
the water has to be piped in, and there is no obvious source.
We are in this project, putting facts on the ground, and
things will have to follow, is Al-Masris answer,
hoping for a miracle.
- And access. The only road to Rawabi passes through what is
known as Area C: that part of the West Bank that is fully controlled
by Israel, administratively and militarily. It is a narrow, winding
road that the Palestinians can use only with an Israeli permit,
which must be renewed each year.
- Al-Masri talks of a tunnel through the hills linking Rawabi
with Ramallah, barely visible on the horizon. Will that ever
happen? "Probably not, he
- On the nearest hill, looking at Rawabi from Atteret, the
manager of the Jewish settlement, Noam Aharon, agrees. They
throw stones at us, he says, talking about young Palestinians.
Just last month they smashed my windscreen. Stones can
kill. And if they try to kill us, we will kill them.
- What do you think of their new town?
- Leap of faith It spoils the view. But they can have
it they can do what they want, as long as we can live
here in peace. If we cant, neither can they.
- Building a new town out of this scraggly, dry wilderness
from where on a clear day you can see the towers of Tel
Aviv and the Mediterranean Sea is a leap of faith, which
al-Al-Masri does not deny.
- It is being built against the opposition of many Palestinians
who see any peaceful project as a way of affirming the status
quo with Israel, of denying the Palestinian struggle. Continued:
- PM NETANYAHU AND JORDANIAN KING ABDULLAH II MET IN JORDAN
- Sunday, March 3, 2013 - Netanyahu, King Abdullah II discuss
Mideast peace: diplomat
AFP , Saturday 2 Mar 2013 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and Jordan's King Abdullah II met in Jordan last week and discussed
the Middle East peace process, a diplomatic source told AFP on
Saturday. "Last week, Netanyahu travelled to Jordan and
met King Abdullah II," the source said, speaking on condition
of anonymity. "In the meeting, they discussed the Middle
East peace process.
- HEALTH MINISTRY STATEMENT ON THE MICROSCOPY AND TOXICOLOGY
FINDING FOR ARAFAT JARADAT
- Thursday, February 28, 2013 Communicated by the Health Ministry
National Center for Forensic Medicine Director Prof. Yehuda Hiss,
Health Ministry Medical Administration Director Prof. Arnon Afek,
and Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Pathology Institute
Director Prof. Iris Barshack, today (Thursday, 28 February 2013),
examined the microscopy findings for Arafat Jaradat.
It was found that the hemorrhages and fractured ribs found during
the autopsy occurred close to death and are characteristic of
the resuscitation attempts that were performed on the deceased
by Prison Service and MDA medical staff for 50 minutes in an
effort to save his life.
No signs of other contusions were found. The toxicology tests
were also negative.
There were no signs of significant change due to illness in other
organs that could indicate cause of death; therefore, further
tests to determine the cause will be performed.
CPR often leads to broken ribs By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK |
Fri Aug 3, 2012 4:02pm EDT http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/03/us-cpr-often-leads-to-broken-ribs-idUSBRE8721IF20120803