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Dead Sea 'salt cube' phenomenon wows worldwide - Beachcombers record video of their surprising find
Drew Zahn - June 1, 2014 - WND - At the end of the Jordan River, the Dead Sea on the border of Israel – known biblically as the Sea of Arabah – is a popular tourist destination, in part, because the sea’s dense salt content provides surprising buoyancy for swimmers.
Just as surprising is the video released by some unidentified beachcombers who found the sea’s famous salinity had formed natural, bite-sized cubes of salt – similar to ice cubes or sugar cubes – that had then washed up on shore. Seeing salt crystals on the shore of the Dead Sea is commonplace, but less expected is to see nature form the straight lines and right angles necessary to make perfect, little cubes.
The video has popped up on Reddit and dozens of other social media sites and blogs across the world and has garnered over 500,000 views on YouTube.
The formations themselves are best explained when understanding that various salts, including common table salt, Sodium Chloride, naturally form cube-shaped crystals. The Dead Sea provides a perfect environment for these crystals to grow to unusual size.The Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, with a salinity varying between 30 and 34 percent, nearly 10 times as salty as the ocean. Located at over 1,400 feet below sea level, the shores of the Dead Sea mark it the lowest-elevation sea on Earth, and with a depth of over 1,000 feet, the sea is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. Film proves it:
http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/dead-sea-salt-cube-phenomenon-wows-worldwide/

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UNCONFIRMED: LEAKED REPORT: ISRAEL ACHNOWLEDGES JEWS IN FACT KHAZARS; SECRET PLAN FOR REVERSE MIGRATION TO UKRAINE
March 18, 2014, 11:34 pm - Jim Wald who is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the Book at Hampshire College, where he teaches Jerusalem and Zhitomir, 16 March/Adar II 14 (Our Russian and Ukrainian correspondents Hirsh Ostropoler and I. Z. Grosser-Spass also contributed to this story, delayed due to the crisis over the Crimean referendum.)
Fast-breaking Developments - Followers of Middle Eastern affairs know two things: always expect the unexpected, and never write off Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has more political lives than the proverbial cat. Only yesterday came news that Syrian rebels plan to give Israel the Golan Heights in exchange for creation of a no-fly zone against the Assad regime. In an even bolder move, it is now revealed, Israel will withdraw its settlers from communities beyond the settlement blocs—and relocate them at least temporarily to Ukraine. Ukraine made this arrangement on the basis of historic ties and in exchange for desperately needed military assistance against Russia. This surprising turn of events had an even more surprising origin: genetics, a field in which Israeli scholars have long excelled.
A Warlike Turkic People - and a Mystery - It is well known that, sometime in the eighth to ninth centuries, the Khazars, a warlike Turkic people, converted to Judaism and ruled over a vast domain in what became southern Russia and Ukraine. What happened to them after the Russians destroyed that empire around the eleventh century has been a mystery. Many have speculated that the Khazars became the ancestors of Ashkenazi Jews. [...] Speaking off the record, he explained, “We first thought that admitting we are really Khazars was one way to get around Abbas’s insistence that no Jew can remain in a Palestinian state. Maybe we were grasping at straws. But when he refused to accept that, it forced us to think about more creative solutions. The Ukrainian invitation for the Jews to return was a godsend. Relocating all the settlers within Israel in a short time would be difficult for reasons of logistics and economics. We certainly don’t want another fashlan like the expulsion of the settlers in the Gaza Hitnatkut [disengagement].[...]
A veteran Middle East journalist said: “It’s problematic, but in a perverse way, brilliant. In one fell swoop, Bibi has managed to confound friend and foe alike. He’s put the ball back in the Palestinians’ court and relieved the pressure from the Americans without actually making any real concessions. Meanwhile, by lining up with the Syrian rebels and Ukraine, as well as Georgia and Azerbaijan, he compensates for the loss of the Turkish alliance and puts pressure on both Assad and Iran. And the new Cypriot-Israeli gas deal props up Ukraine and weakens the economic leverage of both the Russians and the Gulf oil states. Just brilliant.” http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/leaked-report-israel-acknowledges-
jews-in-fact-khazars-secret-plan-for-reverse-migration-to-ukraine/

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REMOVING WEST BANK SETTLERS WOULD COST $10 BILLION: PEACE GROUP
By Jonathan Ferziger 2014-03-18T18:22:55Z Paying Israel’s West Bank settlers to give up their homes for a future Palestinian state would cost about $10 billion, a peace group said. Settlers said today that the final price could be double that. Assuming Israel would have to move about 100,000 people if a peace accord is reached, the organization, Blue White Future, estimates that compensation of $400,000 would be needed for each of 25,000 households, Co-Chairman Gilead Sher said. Fifty percent of those affected would move voluntarily, while about 40 percent would refuse, the group said, based on survey findings presented yesterday.
“This is an amount Israel can easily finance out of its own budget expenditures,” Roby Nathanson, head of the Tel Aviv-based Macro Center for Political Economics, which conducted the survey, said on a conference call. Roughly half the money would compensate settlers for their homes, while the rest would cover costs such as building infrastructure, new homes, psychological counseling and job training, he said.
U.S. President Barack Obama is trying to persuade Israelis and Palestinians to agree on a framework for continuing peace talks beyond the nine months they originally approved. The period for negotiations ends April 29, and Obama met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday at the White House to push for the agreement, which he described as “very challenging.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House on March 3.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-17/removing-west-bank-settlers-would-cost-10-billion-group.html

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THE CHINESE HAVE TAKEN OVER ISRAEL'S LARGEST FOOD PRODUCER
Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy warns against selling off Israel's national assets.
Yair Hasson Published: 05.22.14 - Israel Business - Former Mossad head Efraim Halevy warned Wednesday that the purchase of Israel's largest food company by a Chinese firm was a threat to national security. "The fact that Israel's largest food company is owned by the Chinese government will lead to the company's financial conduct serving Chinese interests," he said. Under terms of a preliminary accord, China's Bright Food said on Thursday it will buy 56 percent of dairy firm Tnuva from private equity house Apax for an undisclosed sum. According to Halevy, who had voiced his disapproval of the deal in the past, "the company buying Tnuva is owned by the Chinese government. This is not a company owned by a private Chinese businessman. This allows the Chinese government to do make immediate decisions as it sees fit." The former spy chief told Ynet why he believed that business sectors beyond infrastructure and defense, like food, were also integral to national security. "Food production is today one of the sectors included in the frame of national security. There is a concept called 'food security.' "This is an important subject for every country in the world, and there are countries that go as far as to purchase or long-term lease agricultural land in other nations for future food production." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4522563,00.html

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NETANYAHU 'TROUBLED' BY OBAMA MAINTAINING RELATIONS WITH PALESTINIAN GOV'T
Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 08:45 AM Israel's prime minister said Wednesday he is "deeply troubled" by the United States' decision to maintain relations with the new Palestinian unity government, urging Washington to tell the Palestinian president that his alliance with the Hamas militant group is unacceptable. The blunt language used by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reflected the Israeli government's disappointment and frustration over the international community's embrace of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' new unity government. Netanyahu has urged the world to shun the government because it is backed by Hamas, an Islamic group that has killed hundreds of Israelis in attacks over the past two decades. But late Tuesday, both the U.S. and European Union said they would give Abbas a chance.
"I'm deeply troubled by the announcement that the United States will work with the Palestinian government backed by Hamas," Netanyahu told The Associated Press, saying the group has murdered "countless innocent civilians." "All those who genuinely seek peace must reject President Abbas' embrace of Hamas, and most especially, I think the United States must make it absolutely clear to the Palestinian president that his pact with Hamas, a terrorist organization that seeks Israel's liquidation, is simply unacceptable," he said. Israel and the West have branded Hamas a terrorist group. But Israel's allies in Washington and Europe have said they will maintain ties to the new government and continue sending hundreds of millions of dollars in aid as long as it renounces violence and recognizes Israel's right to exist. http://www.newsmax.com/newswidget/ML-Israel-Palestinians/2014/06/03/id/574791/?promo_code=10DAE-1&
utm_source=10DAEYnet_News&utm_medium=nmwidget&utm_campaign=widgetphase1

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POPE FRANCIS SHOCKS AGAIN: POPE FRANCIS ' SNAPPED ' AT ISRAELI PM
Posted By: IZAKOVIC 28-May-2014
Another dispute occurred , according to Arab and Israeli media , when the Holy Father unexpectedly stopped near the monument to the victims of terrorism, which is located in vicinity
Jesus did not speak Hebrew but only Aramaic , Pope Francis with the high tone snapped at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanjahu at a meeting in Jerusalem after Natanjahu said to Pope that Jesus Christ was familiar to Jews and spoke in Hebrew . It was one of many quarrels between Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Natanjahu who could not forgive the pope after he stopped by the security wall built by the Israelis in the West Bank and prayed.
Another dispute occurred , according to Arab and Israeli media , when the Holy Father unexpectedly stopped near the monument to the victims of terrorism, which is located nearby.
Palestinians are terrorists and they are bloodthirsty ! Unlike them who teach their children to kill , we learn our to be peaceful. And that was one of the reasons for raising the protection near where you stopped and prayed , said Natanjahu Pope Francis immediately replied: - You rob the Palestinians of their land and build Jewish settlements ... It is not a peaceful policy. http://www.vecernji.hr/svijet/papa-franjo-odbrusio-izraelskom-premijeru-941412

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POPE FRANCIS AT THE VATICAN FOR PEACE PRAYER
Jun 2nd, 2014 by admin. Here are some quotes from the Associated Press that were published by the Top Nine online news service: “Abbas, Perez Confirm They Will Meet Pope Francis At The Vatican For Peace Prayer
“Pope Francis plunged Sunday into Mideast politics during his Holy Land pilgrimage, calling the current stalemate in peace efforts “unacceptable” and winning the acceptance from the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to pay a symbolic visit to the Vatican next month to pray for peace. “Jubilant Palestinians cheered Francis as he arrived in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, shouting “Viva al-Baba!” or “Long live the pope!” Giant Palestinian flags in red, white, green and black and the Vatican’s yellow-and-white flags decorated the square, which is home to the Church of the Nativity, built over the grotto where tradition says Jesus was born.
“At the end of Mass in the square, Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray with him for peace, saying: “I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.”
“Israeli-Palestinian peace talks broke down in late April, and there have been no public high-level meetings for a year.”
President Barak Obama has been unable to kick start the all-but-dead Middle East Peace Process, despite the efforts of his inexperienced and inept envoy, John Kerry. By inviting the Presidents of both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to come and pray at the Vatican, Pope Francis has changed the landscape dramatically. It is no longer the U.S. that is the Broker of Peace in the Middle East. Now it is the Vatican. Pope Francis has, in one brilliant move, stolen the Middle East Peace negotiations away from Barak Obama. By the way, it is very, very significant the day chosen for the Vatican prayers is Sunday, June 8 – the High Holy Day of Pentecost. T. Leon Sexton http://legacyinstitute.org/
http://www.headnine.com/top/2014/05/25/israeli-and-palestinian-leaders-to-meet-with-pope-at_s_100555803.html#ref_3

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ISRAEL APPROVES NEW SETTLEMENT CONSTRUCTION?
[Ednote: this is what was confusing after the previous article about resettling to the Ukraine]
By JOSEF FEDERMAN - From Associated Press - June 05, 2014 2:02 PM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel gave the final go-ahead Thursday to build nearly 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements, saying the construction was a response to the formation of the Palestinian unity government backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas. The move triggered international criticism and deepened a rift between Israel and its Western allies. With Israel outraged at the world's embrace of the unity government, Israel's housing minister said the new construction was "just the beginning." Israel has been sparring with its allies in Washington and Europe since Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the unity government Monday.
Israel has asked the world to shun the new government because it is backed by Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks in the past two decades. The European Union and the United States, along with Israel, consider Hamas a terrorist group. Continued: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/
middle_east/israel-advances-1500-settlement-homes/2014/06/05/5877cc0a-ec78-11e3-b10e-5090cf3b5958_story.html

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POPE FRANCIS: WANT MIDDLE EAST PEACE? 'Pray, pray, pray'
Radio host talks to pontiff as historic meeting looms
June 6, 2014 WND - Pope Francis has told a reporter – just as a historic meeting between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas looms – that to obtain peace in the Middle East, prayer is needed.
“Pray, pray, pray,” the pope told American television journalist and WABC Radio host Rita Cosby.
She was granted a rare audience with the pope at the Vatican in Rome this week, becoming one of the first American journalists to talk with him. She asked about several topics, including his possible role as a peacemaker in the Middle East. The White House, pressing for a “two-state solution,” believes “land for peace” will produce success and that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is a reliable peace partner. But Abbas has said he will never recognized Israel as a Jewish state, and his unity agreement with the terrorist group Hamas, which governs Gaza, is a deal-breaker for Israel. On Sunday, Peres and Abbas are to meet with the pope at the Vatican.
The surprise invitation to both presidents for a prayer summit was extended during the pope’s recent visit to the Middle East. The visit included a stop at Bethlehem’s Manger Square. Cosby said speaking with Pope Francis was “one of the greatest moments of my life.” “He was extremely engaging and approaching. It is clear he cares deeply about peace in the Mideast and would like to do anything he can to assist this very difficult process.”
Continued: http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/pope-francis-want-peace-just-pray-pray-pray/

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SECURITY CABINET DECISION AFTER UNIFIED PA FORMED
Monday, June 2, 2014 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "Today, Abu Mazen said yes to terrorism and no to peace. This is the direct continuation of Abu Mazen's policy of refusing peace. While Israel has carried out courageous and painful steps on behalf of the diplomatic process and continues to be committed to peace, Abu Mazen has refused to extend the negotiations, has rejected the American framework document, continues to incite against Israel, has unilaterally acceded to UN treaties and has now forged a pact with the Hamas terrorist organization.
Abu Mazen has forged a pact with the Hamas organization, which is responsible for the murder of over 1,000 innocent Israelis and the firing of thousands of missiles at Israeli cities.
Abu Mazen has forged a pact with Hamas, an organization which has been declared a terrorist organization in the US, Europe, Egypt and throughout the world, and which completely rejects the international community's conditions. The international community needs to treat it accordingly.
In recent days, the leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization have reiterated their commitment to the path of terrorism and to the elimination of the State of Israel. The agreement with Hamas makes Abu Mazen directly responsible for the terrorism emanating from Gaza. The State of Israel will not conduct diplomatic negotiations with a Palestinian government that relies on Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel."
Security Cabinet Statement 24/04/2014 - The Cabinet today, unanimously decided that Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas, a terrorist organization that calls for Israel's destruction. http://www.imra.org.il

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE SPOKESPERSON ON PALESTINIAN UNITY GOVERNMENT
Monday, June 2, 2014 - "we expect the Palestinian Authority to do everything in its power to prevent attacks from Gaza into Israel. But we recognize that Hamas currently controls Gaza" Jen Psaki U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Daily Press Briefing Washington, DC June 2, 2014 http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2014/06/227036.htm#PALESTINIANS

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ISRAEL LIMITS SECURITY COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA
Jun. 1, 2014 - 03:51PM | By BARBARA OPALL-ROME - TEL AVIV — Israel has forfeited some US $1 billion in defense trade and dual-use development projects with Russia due to a delicately balanced foreign and export licensing policy aimed at preserving security ties with Moscow without harming vital interests of the US and its NATO allies.
In interviews here, officials underscored Israel’s sovereign right and need to advance its diplomatic and security agenda through strengthened ties with Moscow, an increasingly pivotal player in the region and the world.
But given ongoing US-Russian geopolitical posturing and recent tensions over Ukraine, Israel must remain sensitive to the interests of its key ally in Washington, officials here say.
The result, a senior MoD official said, is a delicate and continuously calibrated “policy of balance” that has already cost Israel more than $1 billion in lost sales and opportunities for strategic cooperation with Russia.
“We could gain from Russia billions of dollars,” the official said in a recent interview. In a typical year, Israel signs about $7 billion in export deals worldwide. But even more than lost sales, the official noted Moscow’s unique capacity to influence Israel’s strategic standing in the region through its ties to enemy states such as Iran and Syria. Continued:
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140601/DEFREG04/306010019/Israel-Limits-Security-Cooperation-Russia



ISRAEL HALTED THE STALEMATED AMERICAN-BROKERED PEACE NEGOTIATIONS ON APRIL 24 DUE TO UNION OF PA & HAMAS
SAUDI AND UAE READY $20bn BOOST FOR EGYPT'S EL-SISI
June 2, 2014 IMRA, IL - Egypt Daily News, from The Telegraph 2 June ’14:”
SUBJECT:Saudi,UAE $20 bn boost for Egypt’s El-Sisi
QUOTE:”The oil rich Arab nations are looking to help Egypt's new leader and prevent the Muslim Brotherhood rebuilding a legitimate support base on the back of a weak economy.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are thought to be readying a financial aid package of $20bn (£12bn) to boost Egypt’s economy and support the incoming government of ex-Field Marshal Abdulfattah el-Sisi. [...] Abu Dhabi has already pumped $4.9bn into supporting the economy in Egypt - the most populous Arab states in the Middle East - as it seeks to support Mr El-Sisi and prevent the Muslim Brotherhood from rebuilding a legitimate support base on the back of a weak economy. The government in Riyadh has also pumped almost $5bn into supporting the Egyptian economy already as it seeks to influence events in Cairo and prevent a reawkening of political unrest across the region.
The brotherhood has been banned as a “terrorist” organisation in Egypt since the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi. [...]
The oil-rich Middle East powerhouse Arab nations, which combined account for more than a tenth of the world’s supply of crude, have already held preliminary talks with authorities in Cairo to discuss how the line of funding will be structured, according to a report in the Arabic media over the weekend. [...] The reconciliation pact, intended to repair a fierce seven-year rift between Hamas and Mr. Abbas’s Fatah faction and to reunite the Palestinian geographic territories under one rule, prompted Israel to halt the stalemated American-brokered peace negotiations on April 24. Now the focus turns to whether the new government can deliver overdue Palestinian elections after six months as promised — and, in the shorter term, whether it can persuade Egypt to reopen Gaza’s southern Rafah crossing and address the fuel shortages and skyrocketing unemployment that have plagued the coastal strip for months. [...] The United States is scheduled to provide $440 million to the Palestinian Authority this year, but it is barred from funding any “government that includes Hamas as a member, or that results from an agreement with Hamas and over which Hamas exercises ‘undue influence,’ ” according to the Congressional Research Service, unless the president provides a waiver. The State Department — like the European Union — has indicated openness to dealing with the new government so long as it follows Mr. Abbas’s line. [...] http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=63956

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POLLARD SURPASSES SAD MILESTONES IN PRISON 10,417 DAYS
Yeranen Yaakov Blog – May 30, 2014 - As of May 30, 2014 Jonathan Pollard has been in prison for his service to the security of The State of Israel 10,417 days.
Alternative time units
10,417 days can be converted to one of these units:
900,028,800 seconds
15,000,480 minutes
250,008 hours
10,417 days
1488 weeks (rounded down)
President Obama, FREE POLLARD NOW!!!
http://yeranenyaakov.blogspot.co.il/2014/05/pollard-surpasses-sad-milestones-in.html

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KHALED ABU TOAMEH: FATAH LEADERS: ABBAS IS A DICTATOR (PREDICTS HAMAS TO DEFEAT ABBAS IN ELECTIONS)
By Khaled Abu Toameh - June 3, 2014 at 5:00 am - Hamas's chances of winning elections do not seem to be bad at all. Eight years after the last parliamentary election, Fatah is likely to be defeated at the ballot box once again. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has finally made peace with Hamas. But will he able to extinguish the fire that has erupted in his own backyard? Continued: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4341/fatah-abbas-dictator

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IRAN LAUNCHES “HIZBULLAH SYRIA” TO OPEN A NEW FRONT AGAINST ISRAEL ON THE GOLDEN HEIGHTS
Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall and Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira, June 2, 2014 Jerusalem Issue Briefs Vol. 14, No. 16 June 3, 2014 - In the wake of the announcement of the establishment of “Hizbullah Syria,” the conservative Jomhouri Eslamipaper stated: “The establishment of Syria’s Hizbullah…will also be a strong arm of the resistance that will cause nightmares for the Zionists. The Zionist regime that was concerned about threats from the Lebanese borders, now should prepare itself for a new situation (on the Golan Heights front).”
Iran views Syria (with or without Assad) as its principal arena of conflict with the West and with “heretic Sunni Islam” (under the leadership of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and al-Qaeda). Continued: http://jcpa.org/article/iran-hizbullah-syria-front/

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THE ELECTION OF ABD AL-FATAH EL-SISI AS PRESIDENT OF EGYPT
INSS Insight No. 557, June 3, 2014 Ephraim Kam
SUMMARY: There were no surprises in last week’s presidential election in Egypt. It was clear from the outset that Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi, the former defense minister and the most powerful man in the Egyptian leadership, would be elected. From Israel’s perspective Sisi’s election is clearly the preferred outcome. His regime is far preferable to that of the Muslim Brotherhood, with its fundamentally hostile attitude to Israel. Sabahi, Sisi’s rival in the election, was also highly critical of Israel and expressed his support for Hamas. By contrast, Sisi portrays the peace agreement with Israel as an Egyptian strategic asset. Given his past as the head of intelligence and defense minister, Sisi is aware of the advantages of military coordination with Israel. Continued: http://www.inss.org.il/index.aspx?id=4538&articleid=7058

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WASHINGTON ACCEPTS TERROR STATE - ONLY REQUIRES ENGLISH PRESS RELEASES
Dr. Aaron Lerner - Date: 3 June 2014 - Let's read this incredibly shocking passage together: "Well, we condemn all rocket attacks from Gaza. We would also expect President Abbas to do so as he has in the past, and we expect the Palestinian Authority to do everything in its power to prevent attacks from Gaza into Israel. But we recognize that Hamas currently controls Gaza..." Jen Psaki - U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Daily Press Briefing Washington, DC June 2, 2014
Now let me walk through what this means:
#1. The United States has absolutely no expectation that the formation of the unity PA government will have any significance with regard to the anything relating to security matters in the Gaza Strip.
#2. The United States accepts the continued control of Gaza by Hamas with Hamas in no way being expected to honor any of the written commitments that the PA is committed to – first and foremost that the Gaza Strip is a demilitarized zone.
#3. In the event of a rocket attack from Gaza, the only thing the United States expects PA President Mahmoud Abbas to do is issue a press release.
Now what? I am optimistic. If the American double-cross was more diplomatic, more muted, the temptation would have been to kick the can down the road and wait to see what develops. But the Obama Administration's handling of this development was so loud, so fast and so devastating that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his team are now finding themselves having no choice but to start acting, rather than sitting back and hoping for the best.
Yes, Shimon Peres will still have his photo op with Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican (an Haaretz editorial cartoon shows him walking down the aisle arm-in-arm like two lovers on their way to being married by the Pope). And the same Israeli politicians who still want to leave the Golan and remain confident that dividing Jerusalem into a patchwork quilt of Palestinian, Israeli and joint zones would work like a dream are counseling that we wait. But this time, at least at this reading, it looks like the proverbial frog is going to act before the water in the pot boils him.
http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=63956

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HAMAS ARMS PROGRAM SPEEDING AHEAD (25,000 GUNMEN IN GAZA)
Hamas arms program speeding ahead By YAAKOV LAPPIN The Jerusalem Post 06/03/2014 05:47
Hamas’s weapons production program in Gaza is moving ahead at full speed, with local rocket production centers churning out thousands of projectiles, according to Israeli security evaluations.
As Hamas in Gaza prepares to attempt a reunification with Fatah in the West Bank, the Islamist regime today forms one of the largest armed forces in the region, and has restructured itself into a military-like combat entity, complete with territorial divisions, a senior security source told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Continued:
http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Hamas-arms-program-speeding-ahead-355202

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QUARTET AFFIRMS ITS SUPPORT TO NEW PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT BASED ON PA
IMRA: Notice that everyone is mentioning "commitment to agreements"? What about clearing out the missiles in the Gaza Strip that are a gross violation of the agreements?
RAMALLAH, June 4, 2014 (WAFA) Special envoy of the quartet on the Middle East Tony Blair Wednesday confirmed the Quartet's support to the new Palestinian national consensus government. Tony Blair called Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and greeted him on the occasion of forming the Palestinian national consensus government.
Blair welcomed the government's commitment to agreements, treaties and international initiatives endorsed and signed by the PLO. Hamdallah valued the Quartet's position, and stressed the significance of the International support to enable the government to maintain and uplift its services to the Palestinian people. He pointed out that the government's main mission is to prepare for the general elections and to support and defend the people's rights and steadfastness against the daily Israeli occupation's violations. Continued: http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=3Ddetail&id=3D25402

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TELEPHONR POLL OF IRANIANS: 62% OPPOSE RECOGNIZING ISRAEL IF PALESTINIANS MAKE PEACE AGREEMENT
Friday, June 6, 2014 - Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 2 January 2014 - The following are the result of a telephone poll of Iranians carried out from Israel under the supervision of Professor Alex Mintz, Head of the Institute for Policy and Strategy, as reported in the 6 June 2014 edition of Yediot Ahronot: Do you agree that Iran should recognize Israel if there is a peace agreement between it and the Palestinians? 62.0% Oppose 16.1% Support 21.9% Support on condition that Israel withdraws from the territories Continued: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=63956

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PM NETANYAHU AND EU COMMISSION PRESIDENT BARROSO ATTEND SIGNING CEREMONY FOR ISRAEL'S ACCESSION TO THE EU HORIZON 2020 RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PROGRAMME
Sunday, June 8, 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, this afternoon (Sunday, 8 June 2014), attended the signing ceremony on Israel's accession to Horizon 2020 The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen and Science, Technology and Space Minister Yaakov Peri signed the accession agreement for the EU and Israel, respectively. Horizon 2020 is among the largest programs in the world for scientific and industrial cooperation; Israel will transfer approximately 140 million Euros per annum from the Science, Economy and other ministry budgets. Investments in previous EU plants have proven themselves: The relative return on Israeli investments in the plan is approximately 60%. Israel invested 535 million Euros in the seventh plan; Israeli bodies received 840 million Euros in grants, 579.5 million Euros of which were for university scientists. Under the plan, which ended last year, 1,197 projects – with the participation of 2,124 Israeli scientists from academia and industry – were approved. The signing of the accession agreement today confirms Israel's status as a full partner in the plan. As of now, approximately 500 proposals – with Israeli participants – have been submitted. The proposals will be evaluated by September 2014 and the grant agreements will be signed by the end of the year. Continued: http://www.iserd.org.il/ABOUT_ISERD

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ABBAS IS LYING TO AMERICANS, SAYS FORMER HAMAS SPOKESMAN
PMW Bulletin June 8, 2014 - Abbas is lying to Americans, says former Hamas spokesman "These words are meant to trick the Americans" by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik - Former Hamas government spokesman Ihab al-Ghussein announced today that in private meetings with Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas insists that he is lying in his public statements in order to "trick the Americans":
The following is the post describing Abbas' "tricking the Americans":
"You know what Mahmoud Abbas says behind closed doors?? He says: 'Guys, let me [continue] saying what I say to the media. Those words are meant for the Americans and the occupation (i.e., Israel), not for you [Hamas]. What's important is what we agree on among ourselves. In other words, when I go out [publicly] and say that the government is my [Abbas] government and it recognizes 'Israel' and so on, fine - these words are meant to trick the Americans. But we agree that the government has nothing to do with politics (i.e., foreign relations). The same thing happened in 2006,' he [Abbas] said: 'Don't harp on everything I tell the media, forget about the statements in the media.'
Come on [Abbas]!
The problem really isn't with him [Abbas], the problem is with whoever believes him. Ha, Ha, Ha! (I really do want real reconciliation, meaning partnership and achieving unity, but not reconciliation as Abbas means it)."
[Ihab al-Ghussein's Facebook page, June 8, 2014] http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=11646

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IRAN, TURKEY SIGN 10 COOPERATION DEALS
Tehran, June 8, IRNA – Given Iran and Turkey?s numerous economic capacities, they will sign 10 cooperation agreements during President Hassan Rouhani?s upcoming visit to the country, said an advisor to the minister of communications and information technology. Mehdi Mohtashami added that since Turkey is a major buyer of Iran?s oil, gas and energy and transits Iran?s gas to Europe, the trip can play a crucial role in promoting Iran-Turkey ties. Continued: http://217.25.54.55/en/News/2717451/Politic/Iran_Turkey_to_sign_10_cooperation_deals

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INTERVIEW WITH UN PEACE ENVOY BRAHIMI: 'SYRIA WILL BECOME ANOTHER SOMALIA'
ONLINE Interview by Susanne Koelbl June 07, 2014 – 11:14 PM [...]
SPIEGEL: Is Assad aware of the way the war is being conducted by his army?
Brahimi: One-hundred percent.
SPIEGEL: The barrel bombs being thrown from helicopters on civilian populations? The targeted bombing of hospitals? The systematic torture and killing of thousands or tens-of-thousands?
Brahimi: He knows a hell of a lot. Maybe he doesn't know every single detail of what is happening, but I'm sure he is aware that people are being tortured, that people are being killed, that bombs are being thrown, that cities are being destroyed. He cannot ignore the fact that there are 2.5 million refugees. That number is going to be 4 million next year, and there are 6 million people who are internally displaced. He knows that there are 50,000 to 100,000 people in his jails. And that some of them are tortured every day.
SPIEGEL: Did you confront him with those facts?
Brahimi: Sure! I spoke to him of a list of 29,000 people in his prisons and I gave a copy of the list to his office.
SPIEGEL: Is the regime the major culprit or are war crimes also committed by others?
Brahimi: War crimes are being committed every day, by both sides. Starvation is being used as a weapon. When you prevent water and food from reaching 250,000 people, what else can you call that? And at the same time, some of the armed groups are using civilians as human shields. But the regime has a state, has an army with 300,000 men, has airplanes, which the opposition doesn't have.
SPIEGEL: Does anybody track those war crimes and hold people responsible?
Brahimi: There is an investigation commission, working under the umbrella of the High Commission of Human Rights, that has been trying to look at all these human rights abuses and they are systematically collecting facts. People will be held responsible one day.
SPIEGEL: Who is the dominating force in the armed opposition?
Brahimi: The opposition is very fragmented, even the Free Syrian Army. But everybody understands that the jihadi group ISIS (Eds. Note: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) is not really interested in Syria. They seek to establish a new order in the region. As long as there are no negotiations, the armed groups as well as the political opposition will continue to be fragmented.
SPIEGEL: Are any of those groups capable of winning the fight against Assad and his regime?
Brahimi: The United Nations secretary general has been saying all along that there is no military solution. Neither the regime, nor the opposition can win a decisive military victory.
SPIEGEL: What is your prediction for the future of Syria and the region?
Brahimi: Unless there is a real, sustained effort to work out a political solution, there is a serious risk that the entire region will blow up. The conflict is not going to stay inside Syria. It will spill over into the region. It's already destabilizing Lebanon, there are 1.5 million refugees in the country; that represents one third of the population. If it were Germany, it would be the equivalent of 20 million. It is destabilizing because ISIS …
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/interview-with-former-un-peace-envoy-to-syria-lakhdar-brahimi-a-974036.html

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AFTER FAILED PEACE TALKS, ISRAEL DIVIDED
By JOSEF FEDERMAN and DAN PERRY - From Associated Press June 09, 2014 3:25 PM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) - The collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has laid bare deep divisions in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition that John Kerry's determined but ill-fated diplomacy had allowed to be papered over.
Key coalition allies are demanding a government initiative to extract Israel from the West Bank, while others say now is the moment for enhanced Jewish settlement and even annexation of some areas. The likely short-term outcome is a period of protracted gridlock in which hopes for peace will remain in deep freeze, and some are sensing that a government collapse and even early elections may follow suit.
"This coalition is definitely problematic," Tzipi Livni, leader of the "Movement" party and until recently Israel's chief peace negotiator, told Israel Radio on Monday. In many ways, the coalition has been problematic since taking office in March 2013. Its members include a dovish party committed to peace with the Palestinians, a centrist party focused on domestic affairs and nationalistic elements who oppose any concessions to the Palestinians.
The resumption of peace talks last July enabled this assemblage to put its differences on hold - and forge a coalition that was convenient and, for the nine months of Kerry's labors, politically defensible. But the talks collapsed in April, as many observers had expected, and now the fissures are re-emerging with rival factions proposing wildly different ideas on how to proceed.
Last week's formation of a Palestinian unity government, backed by both President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah and the Hamas militant group, has only added to those divisions. Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the pro-settler "Jewish Home" party, told a prestigious security conference on Sunday that Israel should annex large parts of the West Bank, occupied territory that is almost universally seen as the heartland of a future Palestinian state. Such a move would trigger an international uproar against Israel. The 2 million-odd Palestinians in non-annexed areas would be given enhanced autonomy, he offered.
"The time has come to think differently in a creative way on how to make a better future for Israeli citizens and the Arabs of Judea and Samaria," Bennett said, using the biblical term for the West Bank. Continued:
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/failed-peace-talks-israel-divided-24060594

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PCPO POLL OF PALESTINIANS: 56.3%:30.3 % OPPOSE TALKS WITH ISRAEL NOW, 44.9%:39.5% SUPPORT INDEPENDENT SECURITY APPARATUS
Approved: G1976! PCPO Poll no. 188 June 11, 2014 - Dr. Nabil Kukali: A rising rate of support is established for the government of national consensus and for the reconciliation. Beit Sahour – Public Relations Office:
The latest poll prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (www.pcpo.org) during the period from (2-9) June 2014, covered a random sample of (1000) Palestinian respondents representing the various demographic specimens of adult Palestinians (18 years and above) living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. It revealed that (56.3 %) of the Palestinians oppose returning back to the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. Continued: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=63956

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PM NETANYAHU TO PRESIDENT-ELECT RIVLIN: WE SET ASIDE THAT I DID EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO PREVENT YOU FROM BEING ELECTED
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Meets with President-elect Reuven Rivlin (Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Wednesday, 11 June 2014), at his official residence in Jerusalem, met with President-elect Reuven Rivlin and congratulated him on being elected to the office.
At the end of their meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "We have known each other for several good decades. We are both from Jerusalem, the sons of professors who were educated in the philosophy of Jabotinsky and we have much more in common – such as our football team. Joint work on behalf of all Israelis is before us. We have gone through much together and I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel." http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=63956

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ISIS THREATENS TO INVADE JORDAN, 'SLAUGHTER' KING ABDULLAH
by Khaled Abu Toameh June 12, 2014 at 5:00 am - The recent victories in Iraq and Syria by the terrorists of ISIS -- said to be an offshoot of al-Qaeda -- have emboldened the group and its followers throughout the Middle East. Now the terrorists are planning to move their jihad not only to Jordan, but also to the Gaza Strip, Sinai and Lebanon.
Failure to act will result in the establishment in the Middle East of a dangerous extremist Islamic empire that will pose a threat to American and Western interests. [...] One of the ideas discussed envisages focusing ISIS's efforts on Jordan,
where Islamist movements already have a significant presence. Jordan was also chosen because it has shared borders with Iraq and Syria, making it easier for the terrorists to infiltrate the kingdom. Continued:
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4354/isis-jordan

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BOLSTERED BY FREE PASS FROM OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR GAZA ABBAS SPOKESMAN BLAMES ISRAEL FOR EXCALATION IN GAZA
IMRA: It is the official position of the Obama Administration that the PA has no obligation with regard to the Gaza Strip beyond the obligation to issue a press release following each attack launched against Israel from the Gaza Strip.] Presidency Holds Israel Accountable for Escalation in Gaza
RAMALLAH, June 12, 2014 (WAFA) – Palestinian presidency condemned, in a statement Thursday, the Israeli shelling on the Gaza Strip last Wednesday night, which resulted in the murder of a Palestinian and the serious injury of two others. Continued: http://english.wafa.ps/index.php?action=detail&id=25477

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TEL AVIV PRIDE PARADE ATTRACTS A RECORD 150,000 PARTICIPANTS (25,000 TOURISTS)
International Press Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality Over 150,000 People - Music Trucks - Huge Celebration at Charls Clore - Friday, June 13, 2014 - The biggest-ever Tel Aviv Pride Parade took place over the weekend with the participation of over 130,000 people from Israel and abroad. The parade was launched by the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai, and marked the peak of a week of events. Ct'd: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=63956

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HAARETZ "MUST READ" AMIR OREN ITEM DEMONSTRATES HE IS CLUELESS AS HE SLAMS NETANYAHU AND BENNETT
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 15 June 2014 - The Haaretz English website features as a "must read" the following article:
Netanyahu and Bennett bear responsibility for teens' fate By Amir Oren Haaretz 15 June 2014 13:00 14.06.14 Passing the bill to thwart prisoner releases has made it clear that Israel will skip all negotiating – a phase which could have allowed for gathering intelligence and planning a rescue operation. Continued: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.598674

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PRESBYTARIANS IN KEY MOMENT ON ISRAEL. DIVESTMENT
June 14, 2014 - NEW YORK (AP) — The divestment movement against Israeli policy toward Palestinians could soon have one of its most significant American victories to date.
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is considering withdrawing its investments from some companies whose products are used by the Israeli government in the Palestinian territories. A similar proposal lost by just two votes in the last national meeting. The broader movement known as boycotts, divestment and sanctions, or BDS, aims to pressure Israel to stop building settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and end the occupation. The campaign has scored some successes in Europe and elsewhere, but is only now gaining some ground in America. Opponents say divestment advocates want to destroy the Jewish state. The Presbyterians will be meeting in Detroit through next week. http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/apexchange/2014/06/14/us-rel-presbyterians-israel.html

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IRAN: ISIL POSES SERIOUS THREAT TO ENTIRE WORLD
Tehran, June 21, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that terrorists of the Takfiri Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) pose a threat to the entirety of the world. "We believe that the ISIL, as an extremist Takfiri group, is a threat to the whole region and the entire world and we urge that no political investment be made on terrorist groups," Zarif said. The Iranian top diplomat also noted that the government and nation of Iraq are capable of countering the ISIL, adding, "The Takfiri group is hated by all religious and ethnic groups cross Iraq."
Zarif further pointed out that Sunnis account for most of the victims of this 'anti-human group' in Iraq and Syria, despite its claims of being Sunni. Continued:
http://217.25.54.55/en/News/81210138/Politic/Zarif_ISIL_poses_serious_threat_to_entire_world

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ISRAELI MILITARY CARRIES OUT AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA
By JOSEF FEDERMAN - From Associated Press - June 23, 2014 1:15 AM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes bombed a series of targets inside Syria early on Monday, the Israeli military said, in response to a cross-border attack that killed an Israeli teenager the previous day.
In all, Israel said it struck nine military targets inside Syria, and "direct hits were confirmed."
The targets were located near the site of Sunday's violence in the Golan Heights and included a regional military command center and unspecified "launching positions." There was no immediate response from Syria.
In Sunday's attack, an Israeli civilian vehicle was struck by forces in Syria as it drove in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. A teenage boy was killed and two other people were wounded in the first deadly incident along the volatile Israeli-Syrian front since Syria's civil war erupted more than three years ago. The Israeli vehicle was delivering water as it was doing contract work for Israel's Defense Ministry when it was struck.
"Yesterday's attack was an unprovoked act of aggression against Israel, and a direct continuation to recent attacks that occurred in the area," said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman. He said the military "will not tolerate any attempt to breach Israel's sovereignty and will act in order to safeguard the civilians of the state of Israel."
The sudden burst of violence has added to the tense situation in Israel, where forces have spent the past week and half in a broad ground operation in the West Bank in search of three teenage boys believed to have been abducted by Hamas militants. Continued: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-teen-
killed-in-cross-border-attack-from-syria/2014/06/22/614607fe-fa1d-11e3-b1f4-8e77c632c07b_story.html

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Crisis In Israel As ISIS Takes Control Of Golan Heights On Syrian Side
NTEB News Desk | June 27, 2014 | 51 Comments
Will ISIS cross the border into Israel?
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” Psalm 122:6
The Times of Israel reported today that almost the entire Syrian side of the Golan Heights is now under the control of rebel forces, including radical Islamist groups, a senior Israeli military commander in the area said Friday.
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Smoke rises from a fire as a result of fighting in the the Syrian village of Quneitra near the border with Israel, as seen from an observatory near the Quneitra crossing, Thursday, June 6, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Sebastian Scheiner)
Only the Quneitra border area is still in the hands of forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, Lt.-Col. Anan Abbas, deputy commander of the Golan Brigade, told Israel’s Channel 10. About 95 percent of the Syrian side of the Golan is in the hands of anti-Assad rebels, including radical Islamic groups such as the Al-Nusra Front, affiliated with al-Qaeda, a rival of the burgeoning Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, better known as ISIL or ISIS.
One of two Syrian army brigades that used to control the area has completely disappeared, the officer said. At present, the Islamist groups in the area are focused on the war against Assad, he said, “but we know their goal is to harm Israel; we’ve seen their propaganda material.”
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=22978

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NETANYAHU'S CALIPHATE
"your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king." 1 Samuel 12:17
On June 29, 2014 the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) declared a Caliphate, following its independence declaration on January 3. Israel is on the verge of declaring war.
If ISIL were happy with the boundaries it controlled upon its declaration of the Caliphate, Israel would have said "let it be." Iraq and Syria never were close friends of Herr Herzl. However, the Caliphate wants also Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Hatay Province of Turkey and Cyprus.
PM Netanyahu Declaring Israeli Support of Kurdistan
If ISIL had no chance to succeed, Israel would have said "let it be." However, the Sunni areas of Iraq fell under control of the Caliphate and neighboring regimes are trembling and bracing for war.
If ISIL had not declared the end of the Sykes-Picot map, Israel would have said "let it be." A Sykes-Picot offspring, Israel will not let ISIL to undermine its already disputed legitimacy.
The if-statements above are unlikely to be fulfilled, thus the Israeli declarations following the establishment of the Caliphate are unequivocal. War is in the air, and Zion will be more than happy to force it on the USA.
The Middle East map looks as strange as the American one. Straight lines defining borders among countries and states are a clear sign of Colonialists in action.
The Sykes-Picot, or Asia Minor Agreement, was a secret treaty between the governments of the United Kingdom and France, and Czarist Russia as a minor side. Signed on May 16, 1916, it divided the Ottoman Empire Arab provinces outside the Arabian Peninsula between areas of future British and French control. [...]
The Caliphate declaration caught Foreign Affairs Minister Lieberman by surprise in Berlin, meeting his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. After the meeting, they delivered surprising declarations.
The host said: "The situation in the area is worrying... ISIL in Iraq is a serious threat on the territorial completeness of Iraq. It should be the interest of everybody that ISIL will not materialize its holding and that the Caliphate will not become a center of violence and terror."
He elaborated on the details of an Iraqi government that would be supported by his country. His words relate to a short period in history. There was no Iraq before 1916, it is unlikely to exist in 2016. It was a made up country attempting to unify three very different entities. Why would Shia, Sunni and Kurds accept the German view? Does Germany evaluate that these people want a new Sykes-Picot Agreement?
Lieberman spoke with annoying Israeli rhetoric, full of innuendos and implied threats while explicitly saying only that he cannot provide details for obvious reasons. It is a handy excuse when the details do not exist.
Whole article: http://www.roitov.com/articles/isil.htm

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OFFICIALS: ISRAEL FINDS BODIES OF KIDNAPPED TEENS
By JOSEF FEDERMAN - From Associated Press - June 30, 2014 1:06 PM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military found the bodies of three missing teenagers on Monday, just over two weeks after they were abducted in the West Bank, allegedly by Hamas militants. The grisly discovery culminated a feverish search that led to Israel's largest ground operation in the Palestinian territory in nearly a decade and raised fears of renewed fighting with Hamas.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was huddling with his Security Cabinet late Monday to discuss a response.
Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, disappeared while hitchhiking home near the West Bank city of Hebron late at night on June 12 and were never heard from again. Despite the dangers, hitchhiking is common among Israelis traveling in and out of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2014/jun/30/israel-finds-bodies-kidnapped-teens-officials-say/?f=latest

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NETANYAHU TO U.S.: AVOID WORKING WITH IRAN IN IRAQ
Published on Jun 22, 2014 - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the U.S. Sunday against working with Iran to stop the turmoil in Iraq. "When your enemies are fighting one another, don't strengthen either one of them," Netanyahu said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Sunni insurgents have been sweeping through northern Iraq as Shiites struggle to defend their turf. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have not been clear on whether they will join forces with Iran, which is largely Shiite, to aid the region.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ3d9qKzsaM



Ynet photo: Peres Peace Center Palestinian Trade Show Offers Map Without Israel
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AN ISIS TAKEOVER OF JORDAN WOULD THREATEN ISRAEL WITH WITH FLOOD OF REFUGEES
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 29 June 2014 - As Israeli policymakers weigh the Jewish state's options if and when ISIS tries to take over Jordan, it is crucial that they consider the flood of Palestinians Israel will face if ISIS succeeds.
UNWRA figures for January 2014 report 2,070,973 "Palestine refugees" registered in Jordan, of which almost 370,000 live in 10 refugee camps. Continued: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=64106

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CONGRESS MOVES TO HALT PALESTINIANS FUNDING
Challenges Obama To Justify Continued US Support Jun. 28, 2014 - 03:40PM
By BARBARA OPALL-ROME - WASHINGTON - The US Congress is targeting the Palestine Authority (PA)
with a cutoff of funds unless US President Barack Obama can justify how continued support to Ramallah advances national security needs. Moves by both houses of Congress to terminate two decades of economic and security assistance come in response to the June 2 establishment of a new Fatah-led consensus government backed by Hamas, a US-declared terrorist organization. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a 2015 foreign
operations bill that bars aid to the PA from some $440 million in proposed funding.
Email: bopallrome@defensenews.com