Archive for February, 2010
Words of wisdom from a modern-day Torah sage…
Rabbi Yosef: Drunkenness is abominable
In his weekly sermon, Shas’ spiritual leader retells Book of Esther, warns against intoxication during Purim. ‘During holiday one must drink very little, only as symbolic act to remember Ahasuerus’ feast – without getting intoxicated,’ he says
YNet News Kobi Nahshoni
Shas’ spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia, Yosef saaid Saturday evening that “drunkenness is an abominable and nefarious act” and that in Purim one must drink very little wine, only as a symbolic act to remember Ahasuerus’ feast – without getting intoxicated.
In his weekly sermon Saturday eve, Yosef said, “Haman was intoxicated, but we must act with good manners.” The rabbi recommended drinking until one falls asleep – a situation in which one does not distinguish between ‘Haman the agitate’ and ‘Mordechai the blessed’.”
“A man that is drunk – what good is he?” wondered Rabbi Yosef, and stated that instead a man must “take a rest, rise up and practice religion throughout the day. Some people are up to no good. They get drunk and then take the bus and act in a rowdy manner – that is defamation of God,” he said.
Hours after The Book of Esther was read throughout the country, Rabbi Yosef retold the tale, while adding his own interpretation and humor. He added that the people of Israel were rescued by the Torah, and called on the public to donate to the institutions where the Torah was being taught.
The rabbi noted that one does not fulfill the mitzvah of exchanging Purim gifts (mishloah manot) by giving them to gentiles, and explained that the purpose of the tradition was to “show a lot of affection and love,” and therefore it did not matter if it was given to “a Hassid, a Lithuanian or a proselyte.”
Tags: drinking, ovadia, purim, torah, yosef
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It’s a part of life here, in Israel. You don’t really think about what it means, until you think about what it means! Looking at your kids or grandkids, not to mention your wife, trying on a gas mask is bizarre and scary…Welcome to Israel…
IDF to distribute gas masks today
Amid growing tensions, Home Front Command begins pilot program in Or Yehuda
Jerusalem Post online Yaakov Katz
Amid growing tension in the north, the IDF Home Front Command will begin a pilot program to redistribute gas masks in Or Yehuda on Sunday.
Under the plan – drawn up by Col. Yossi Sagiv, head of the Home Front Command’s Gas Mask and Protection Kits Department – the masks will be returned to private homes by the Israel Postal Company, which beat out seven other companies in a Defense Ministry-issued tender in late 2009. Gas masks were collected from private homes starting in 2007 by a private delivery company.
The distribution is slated to take three years. Officials said that after the distribution is completed in Or Yehuda, the IDF will review the operation, implement corrections and improvements and then start distributing the kits in other parts of the country, based on operational considerations of which area is under a more immediate threat.
The public will receive the same rubber gas mask that it had in the past with an improved filter – more effective against chemical and biological threats Israel faces – but without the syringe of Atropine that was in past kits.
Under the plan, Postal Company representatives will contact homeowners and schedule a time to visit and deliver the gas masks required by the family. Each family will be asked to pay a nominal sum of less than NIS 20. The courier will also help fit the gas masks to the family members and explain how to use them. People that prefer not to pay the fee can travel to a distribution center, that will be located in each city, to pick up their gas masks.
Tags: gas, israeli, life, masks
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I KNEW it, Ellen..There really IS something to this marriage thing, after all…Even after almost 40 years…
Happily married men ‘much less likely to suffer stroke’ than single or unhappily married friends
Scientists say an unhappy marriage or being left on the shelf was as big a risk to your chances of having a stroke as having diabetes
Single men and those in unsuccessful marriages were 64 per cent more likely to have a stroke than men in successful marriages.
Scientists say an unhappy marriage or being left on the shelf was as big a risk to your chances of having a stroke as having diabetes.
The findings even shocked scientists, who said they did not expect to see that a happy home life had such an impact on a man’s health.
The study did not look at how at whether women’s chance of stroke was reduced if they had a happy marriage, but researchers are keen to test out the theory on them too.
The study followed 10,059 civil servants and council workers who completed the Israeli Ischemic Heart Disease Study in 1963.
They followed the men through death records and other public registers to 1997 to check their cause of death.
In 1965, two years after the first study, the participants were asked to rate their marriages as successful or unsuccessful or if they never married at all.
Dr Uri Goldbourt, of Tel Aviv University, said the study was a sign of how important good relationships are to men.
“An analysis of the 3.6 percent of men who had reported dissatisfaction in their marriage found the adjusted risk of a fatal stroke was also 64 percent higher, compared with men who considered their marriages very successful,” he said.
“I had not expected that unsuccessful marriage would be of this statistical importance.”
Dr Goldbourt said the risk of stroke was just as high for single men as it was for those stuck in dead end marriages.
He said: “Considering age at death and adjusting for socioeconomic status, obesity, blood pressure, smoking habits and family size, as well as existing diabetes and heart disease at the time of the earlier survey, single men had a 64 percent higher risk of fatal stroke than did married men.
“That figure is comparable to the risk of fatal stroke faced by men with diabetes.”
Dr Goldbourt said the new research had several limitations.
“There was a lack of data on nonfatal versus fatal strokes and on participants’ medical treatment after the first five years of the initial study. Women also weren’t included.
“While the effects of marital status and success may be similar in women there are still differences, and research on women is clearly needed.”
Tags: Health, marriage, medicine
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We, Israel and the Jews, allow the Muslims to have a mosque on the holiest site to Judaism, the Holy Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They then use this site as a base from which to throw rocks and bottles on Jewish worshipers and tourists visiting the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, below. And this is in response to Israel’s decision to acknowledge the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb outside of Bethlehem as Jewish heritage sites, meaning that the government of Israel will invest money to refurbish the sites and educate students about the historic and cultural significance of these places…
And the world condemns ISRAEL, not the wacko Muslims throwing the rocks…
Riots erupt on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
Young Arabs barricaded in al-Aqsa Mosque since Saturday evening throw stones at passerby. Stones hurled at police forces in Old City as well. Border Guard officer lightly injured in head. One person detained. Islamic organizations tells followers Jews may lay cornerstone for temple
Reprinted from Ynetnews Efrat Weiss
Morning of clashes in Jerusalem’s Old City: Police forces entered the al-Aqsa Mosque plaza at the Temple Mount on Sunday morning after dozens of Arab youths who barricaded themselves in the mosque on Saturday night began hurling stones at passersby entering the Temple Mount compound.
A Border Guard officer was lightly injured in the head by stones hurled in the Old City’s alleys. He received medical treatment on site and resumed his activity.
Sources in the mosque reported that at least eight worshippers were hurt by tear gas. According to the Palestinians, hundreds of policemen encircled the mosque, demanding that the youths evacuate themselves.
Stones were occasionally thrown at police officers in the alleys of the Old City, including near the Antonia Fortress, which is one of the entrances to the Temple Mount. There were no reports of injuries. One suspect was detained for questioning.
The police reported that some 30 Arab youths had barricaded themselves inside the mosques and that efforts made by the Waqf (the council managing Muslim sites) to remove them had failed. Police entered the mount’s plaza following the stone throwing and closed its gates, and the youths fled into the mosque.
The police then opened the mount’s gates to worshippers, but restricted entrance to the site to male worshippers with Israeli identity cards over the age of 50 and to female worshippers of all ages. Visits to the site continued as usual.
It is estimated that Sunday’s events at the Temple Mount come following the tension that arose over Israel’s decision to include the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem to its list of national heritage sites.
Members of the Waqf and various Islamic organizations, including the Islamic Movement, urged Muslims over the weekend to flock to the Temple Mount, claiming that “radical Jewish organizations have called on their followers to arrive at the mount today and on Tuesday in an attempt to lay the cornerstone for the temple.”
The Islamic organizations also called on Muslims to be on high alert around March 16, when they said extreme Jewish organizations were planning to mark the global day for the temple’s reconstruction.
Tags: arabs, Islam, israel, mount, religious, riots, temple, tolerance
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And a lot of the world buys it…What else is new?…The Israeli government decided to add the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb outside of Bethlehem to the list of Jewish Heritage sites in Israel…The whole world has been throwing a tizzy fit since…The Arabs have not stopped rioting for the past week…Islam is threatening a holy war against Israel…All over nothing…Learn the historical and biblical facts…What is Israel’s intent?…What has history taught us about custody of holy sites in the Middle East?…You are MUCH better off trusting your holy sites to Israel than to anyone else…Plus…U.S. support for Israel is reaching record highs…And…Hot demand for Mossad T-shirts…All this and more on “The Marty Roberts Show”…
Tags: arabs, heritage, israel, jews, marty roberts, mossad, patriarchs, rachel, sites, tomb
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With all due respect to Shimon Peres, are we talking another prophetic vision of a new Middle East? The last one was 15+ years ago with the advent of the disasterous Oslo Accords. Peres had us dreaming of dining on pitas in Damascus back then. Update:Syrian president Assad has threatened to rain missiles on Israel’s population centers just this week. Israelis were going to be sipping coffee in cafes in Ramallah, Jenin and Shechem, according to Peres’ estimation. Before giving the palestinians autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, when these areas were under Israeli political and military control, that was, in fact true. Israelis regularly shopped in the “palestinian” cities. Now, these same cities are Judenrein…no Israelis allowed. Against the law. Period. Maybe Peres dreams too much of the impossible, the “what-ifs” that have little connection to reality. If your mother only had a penis, she could be your father.
Could be, if only…
Peres: Lebanon could be Mideast’s Switzerland
President on visit to north says ‘Hezbollah has changed from religious movement to Iranian agent’
Reprinted from Ynetnews
President Shimon Peres said Thursday he did not believe there would be a war with Hezbollah anytime soon.
Speaking before high school students in the northern city of Hatzor Haglilit, Peres accused Hezbollah of “preventing Lebanon from becoming the Switzerland of the Middle East” as well as unity in the state.
Referring to Iran he expressed hope that “Hezbollah will stop bowing down before the gods of missiles and begin praying to the god of peace”.
“Hezbollah has changed from a religious movement into a military wing. It has changed from a Lebanese organization into an Iranian agent. The State of Israel has upheld the UN resolution in its entirety, and returned to Lebanon all of the territory belonging to it. Those who have destroyed and continue to destroy and prevent union are Hezbollah,” Peres said.
The president also told reporters at the event that he had “no idea” about the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.
Students present at Peres’s speech handed him a petition calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard, jailed in the US for spying for Israel.
“We will continue to seek his release as soon as possible. We have made many efforts in the past and we are currently doing so as well. All of the presidents and prime ministers who served in Israel have appealed to all presidents who served in the US during this time but were all turned down,” he said.
After meeting with the students Peres visited the Pri Galil factory in the area, which was prevented from closing down last year by a furious struggle and is considered one of the forerunners of the Galilee’s economy.
Peres spoke of the development in the north and promised Mayor Shimon Suissa that he would continue to help.
“There is a natural connection between Shimon Peres and the periphery, and some of the region’s best success stories are related to him,” Suissa said. “The security threats we have known have stressed the residents’ determination to live here.”
Tags: accords, israel, Lebanon, oslo, shimon peres, switzerland
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When Stanley Fischer immigrated to Israel from America in 2005, it was one of the best things that could have happened…both for the Jewish State AND for Stanley Fischer. Israel gained one of the top financial minds in the world to run the Bank of Israel and Fischer got to live in his homeland and raise his family in the best place in the world for Jews. We can only hope that he takes on another 5-year term as governor…
Money managers: Stanley Fischer
Will Stanley Fischer stay on for a second term as governor of the Bank of Israel? A cool 100% of the investment managers polled by the CFO Forum said they hoped so.
The question posed by the forum of money managers was, “Do you think that it would be good for the Israeli economy if Prof. Stanley Fischer accepts a second term as governor of the Bank of Israel?” All said yes.
The survey was conducted on February 21, and polled 120 top money managers in corporate Israel. Among the respondents, 42% belong to companies with annual turnovers greater than $200 million, 44% work for companies with turnovers ranging from $40 million to $200 million, and the rest work for companies with revenues below $40 million.
Fischer joined the Bank of Israel on May 1, 2005. Under the law, his tenure is limited to five years, meaning his contract expires on May 1, 2010. Government officials have been sending feelers to Fischer to see if he’d agree to stay: So far he hasn’t issued any statements. Meanwhile, ahead of that date, the CFOs Forum, representing 650 money managers in corporate Israel, decided to check and see how they feel about his performance.
In answer to the question, “Did Prof. Fischer’s policy contribute to the State of Israel’s ability to cope with the global economic crisis?”, zero checked the “Not at all” square; one, or 0.8% of respondents, answered that he contributed “a little” and 26% said that it “contributed.” The majority, 73%, answered that it “contributed greatly”.
Looking at the CFOs Forum surveys over the years, Fischer has been a resounding success throughout. From the start of his term in 2005 to date, their respect for the Bank of Israel has constantly increased, while respect for other economic policy-makers has sharply declined.
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Housing one of the top 25 banks in the world is no small feat for a tiny country of 7 million in a perpetual state of war with its neighbors. More evidence that someone is doing something right running the State of Israel. More reasons for you to “come home”, my fellow Jews…
Israel gets representation on list of best banks
Mizrahi-Tefahot on list of 25 best banks in 2010 in developed markets put out by Global Finance magazine. Israeli bank ranked among financial heavy-hitters J.P. Morgan, Credit Suisse, and HSBC
The international magazine Global Finance chose Mizrahi Tefahot as the “Bank of the Year in Israel.” An article published over the weekend highlighted a list of 25 banks chosen as the best for 2010 in developed markets.
The list included leading banks in the world from North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
According to Global Finance, the banks chosen were the ones who attended to their customers’ needs with caution and responsibility during a period of “difficult markets,” and who reached the highest results while laying the foundations for their future success.
The magazine’s editors noted that the banks were chosen both by objective, quantitative criteria – such as growth in assets, profitability, geographic reach, strategic relationships, new business development, innovation and the banks’ ability to conduct and fund themselves in the current environment – and by subjective criteria – such as extensive consultations with bankers, corporatists and equity and credit analysts.
The magazine report noted: “The mix of these factors yields leading banks that may not be the largest, the oldest or the most diversified in a given country, but rather the best — the banks with which corporations around the world would most likely want to do business.”
“We recognize these banks for their outstanding accomplishments,” said Global Finance’s publisher, Joseph D. Giarraputo. “Global financial markets are extremely difficult and conditions in each market may have differed but the winning banks were all noteworthy in their dedication to satisfying their customers’ needs.”
Other banks recognized on the 2010 list include J.P. Morgan, HSBC, Royal Bank of Canada, and Credit Suisse.
Tags: banks, economy, israel, israeli, mizrachi, tefachot
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Some people will do anything, if the price is right. This guy is the son of one of the founders of the Hamas terrorist movement. Not much idealism in the Hamas movement…just hatred…
Hamas founder’s son worked for Shin Bet for years
The son of a leading Hamas figure, who famously converted to Christianity, served for over a decade as the Shin Bet security service’s most valuable source in the militant organization’s leadership, Haaretz has learned.
Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a Hamas founder and one of its leaders in the West Bank. The intelligence he supplied Israel led to the exposure of a number of terrorist cells, and to the prevention of dozens of suicide bombings and assassination attempts on Israeli figures.
The exclusive story will appear in this Friday’s Haaretz Magazine, and Yousef’s memoir, “Son of Hamas” (written with Ron Brackin) will be released next week in the United States. Yousef, 32, became a devout Christian 10 years ago and now lives in California after fleeing the West Bank in 2007 and going public with his conversion.
Yousef was considered the Shin Bet’s most reliable source in the Hamas leadership, earning himself the nickname “the Green Prince” – using the color of the Islamist group’s flag, and “prince” because of his pedigree as the son of one of the movement’s founders.
During the second intifada, intelligence Yousef supplied led to the arrests of a number of high-ranking Palestinian figures responsible for planning deadly suicide bombings. These included Ibrahim Hamid (a Hamas military commander in the West Bank, Marwan Barghouti (founder of the Fatah-linked Tanzim militia) and Abdullah Barghouti (a Hamas bomb-maker with no close relation to the Fatah figure). Yousef was also responsible for thwarting Israel’s plan to assassinate his father.
“I wish I were in Gaza now,” Yousef said by phone from California, “I would put on an army uniform and join Israel’s special forces in order to liberate Gilad Shalit. If I were there, I could help. We wasted so many years with investigations and arrests to capture the very terrorists that they now want to release in return for Shalit. That must not be done.”
The story of Yousef’s spiritual transformation appeared in Haaretz Magazine in August 2008. Only now, however, is Yousef exposing the secret he kept since 1996, when he was first held by Shin Bet agents seeking to enlist him in infiltrating the upper echelon of Hamas.
Their efforts proved successful, and Yousef was released from prison in 1997. His former handler, who no longer serves with the security service, says Yousef collaborated with Israel because he wanted to save lives.
“So many people owe him their life and don’t even know it,” said the handler, named in Yousef’s book as Captain Loai. “People who did a lot less were awarded the Israel Security Prize. He certainly deserves it.”
Loai makes no secret of his admiration for his former source. “The amazing thing is that none of his actions were done for money,” he says. “He did things he believed in. He wanted to save lives. His grasp of intelligence matters was just as good as ours – the ideas, the insights. One insight of his was worth 1,000 hours of thought by top experts.”
Loai recalled one time when the Shin Bet received information that a suicide bomber was going to be picked up at Manara Square in Ramallah and be given an explosives belt.
“We didn’t know his name or what he looked like – only that he was in his 20s and would be wearing a red shirt,” he said. “We sent the Green Prince to the square and with his acute sense, he located the target within minutes. He saw who picked him up, followed the car and made it possible for us to arrest the suicide bomber and the man who was supposed to give him the belt. So another attack was thwarted, though no one knows about it. No one opens Champagne bottles or bursts into song and dance. This was an almost daily thing for the Prince. He displayed courage, had sharp antennae and an ability to cope with danger. We knew he was one of those who in any situation – rain, snow, summer – give their all.”
With his memoir, Yousef hopes to send a message of peace to Israelis. Still, he admits he is pessimistic over the prospect of Israel signing a peace agreement with the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, let alone Hamas.
“Hamas cannot make peace with the Israelis. That is against what their God tells them. It is impossible to make peace with infidels, only a cease-fire, and no one knows that better than I. The Hamas leadership is responsible for the killing of Palestinians, not Israelis,” he said. “Palestinians! They do not hesitate to massacre people in a mosque or to throw people from the 15th or 17th floor of a building, as they did during the coup in Gaza. The Israelis would never do such things. I tell you with certainty that the Israelis care about the Palestinians far more than the Hamas or Fatah leadership does.”
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The Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, says it best…So, how about it, friends?…
‘Support Israel at this crucial time’
In spite of differences, US Jews must defend Israelis, ambassador says.
Ambassador to the US Michael Oren urged a gathering of American Jews to support Israel despite any reservations or differences of opinion regarding Israeli policy.
“In spite of some of the differences that sometimes divide you and in spite of the differences you may have with our decisions, respect them, for they have been made by the majority of Israelis, through one of the world’s most resilient democracies,” he said Sunday night, addressing the Jewish Council for Public Affairs annual plenum in Dallas, Texas.
In blunt words, he urged American Jews to support Israel while it is at a “crucial crossroads” in the peace process.
“Support us, too, if we decide the peace being offered us is not a real peace and does not warrant those sacrifices and risks,” he said. “Join us in fighting for Israel’s right to defend itself, in fighting for Israel’s right to exist.”
The comments, which seemed directed at the US administration’s frustration with the peace process, also come after Oren softened his view of J Street, the self-described “pro-peace, pro-Israel” lobby. The Netanyahu government has had an uneasy relationship with J Street, and this past fall Oren pointedly declined an invitation to attend the group’s kick-off policy conference in Washington.
But in a February 10 interview with the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, Oren said J Street had moved “much more into the mainstream.”
“The major concern with J Street was their position on security issues, not the peace process. J Street has now come and supported Congressman [Howard] Berman’s Iran sanction bill; it has condemned the Goldstone Report; it has denounced the British court’s decision to try Tzipi Livni for war crimes, which puts J Street much more into the mainstream,” Oren said.
The ambassador opened his talk on Sunday by discussing another speech, given on February 8 at the University of California, Irvine, where 11 students heckled him off the stage. He returned and finished his speech, and the students were later arrested.
“Their goal was to undermine the freedom of expression and at the same time to delegitimize the Jewish state,” he said.
“Civility, the ability to hear others’ opinions and be heard, is an essential weapon in Israel’s defense. We have a case to be made,” he said.
During his talk Sunday, Oren referenced “long-simmering issues” between American and Israeli Jews.
“While Israelis turned toward the center and right,” he said, “American Jews gravitated in the other direction, casting 80 percent of their ballots for Barack Obama.”
Mentioning issues of conversion, he also focused on the “Women of the Wall” incident at the Kotel earlier this month, when 200 women wearing tallit were heckled and called Nazis by haredi men.
“There are good solutions for the issues at the Kotel,” he said during a question-and-answer session. “It will require compromise on everyone’s behalf.”
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Can they make it any clearer? Iran is trying to develop an atomic bomb. They intend to use it to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. It says so in black and white. Time to stop them…NOW…
Iranian Website: Iranian Nuclear Bomb Spells Death to Israel
On February 18, 2010, the Iranian website Asr-e Iran posted an editorial stating that Iran’s possessing nuclear weapons will threaten Israel’s existence and lead to its elimination – even if they are never used
MEMRI..The Middle East Research Institute
The editorial explained that Israel’s raison d’être is the illusion that it can provide absolute security for the Jewish people, and that it has security supremacy. Once Iran possesses nuclear weapons and shifts the balance of power in the Middle East, it states, this will be end of Israeli society.
The following is the translation of the article:
“The Zionist Regime Must Continue to Preserve this Illusion of ‘Absolute Security’ within the Borders of Israel”
“Since its establishment in 1948, the central pillar on which Israel is founded has been ‘creating a secure territory for the Jewish people, in order to protect it from any possible danger.’ This issue is so important to the elected officials of the Israeli regime that in the country’s 62 years of existence, they have dealt harshly with any element, [even] the most minor, that could possibly strike at or harm ‘the famous Paradise.’
“In order to continue to be a safe haven for Jews from all over the world, and to continue to draw human, economic, and other capital from all over the world, the Zionist regime must continue to preserve this illusion of ‘absolute security’ within the borders of Israel (i.e. occupied Palestine).
“For this reason, and driven by this strategy, in the 1960s Israel produced dozens of nuclear warheads (as the Western countries looked the other way, and some even collaborated, such as France) – so that it would, or so it thought, attain absolute supremacy in the Middle East balance of power.
“The truth is that for Israel, not just insecurity, but even the mere sense of insecurity is deadly poison. That is why this regime focuses all its efforts on preventing what it sees as the nuclearization of Iran.
“Israeli officials are well aware of what nuclear weapons mean and of the scope of their deterrence. They know well that using nuclear weapons as deterrence in a first strike capacity means mutual destruction if the other side has them as well. Thus, it cannot be assumed that a country that has nuclear weapons will use them against another country (particularly if that country also has them).
“Nevertheless, Israel’s excessive concern vis-à-vis Iran’s nuclear activity, and the propaganda against Iran’s peaceful activity, is completely unjustified, except for the issue above – namely the damage to the sense of absolute security within the borders of this regime.”
“An Iran with Nuclear Weapons Means an End to the Dream of ‘Secure Israel’”
“The truth is that Israel knows very well that even if Iran obtains nuclear weapons, it will never use them except in self-defense, in the event of a non-conventional or nuclear attack. Rather, Iran’s possession of such weapons will sow in Israel a sense of insecurity – and this sense alone will be enough to shatter the glass palace of this illegitimate regime in the Middle East.
“An Iran with nuclear weapons means an end to the dream of ‘secure Israel’ – and this means the exodus of most of the residents of this occupied land (who immigrated there for absolute security and for jobs). This exodus will include human, financial, and other capital, and therefore will be a death sentence for this regime.
“Thus, [it can be concluded that] the [worldwide] Iranophobia project is actually a Zionist activity aimed at covering its Achilles heel without acknowledging its main fear – the fear that impacts the glass palace of Israel’s absolute security. Tel Aviv is using expressions such as ‘the international community’s concern’ and others to hide its main fear.”
Tags: bomb, Iran, israel, memri, nuke
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The Palestinians never miss a chance to riot…What’s a day without rock-and-bottle throwing in Hebron?…How ridiculous to riot over the Jewish State declaring two extremely holy Jewish sites will appear on Israel’s national heritage site list…Rock on…
Dozens of Palestinians started demonstrating next to a checkpoint in Hebron. They burned tires and threw stones at security forces, which employed crowd dispersal methods on the group.
This is the third day of disturbances in Hebron after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the inclusion of the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb on Israel’s national heritage site list.
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I guess money talks…or, more likely, European arms dealers are more than happy to see Israel’s enemies get stronger and stronger. The Saudis are not exactly friends of the Jewish State, although they often masquerade as such when it suits their interests in wooing the United states. Good thing Israel has G-d in her corner…
Storm Shadow Cruise Missile
Saudi Arabia has signed a deal to acquire the Storm Shadow cruise missile from European weapons builder MBDA as part of a Tornado strike aircraft update package, said industry sources here.
Tags: arabs, israel, Saudi Arabia, storm shadow cruise missile, weapons
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As usual, the UN can be counted on for setting new heights of “Chutzpa”…OF COURSE Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb are part of Israel’s National heritage! Israel is a Jewish state. Rachel was the wife of one of the Jewish forefathers, the mother of two of Israel’s twelve tribes. Hebron was the capital of Israel for SEVEN YEARS under the rule of King David (he was Jewish, by the way) before he moved his monarchy to the present capital of Israel, Jerusalem.
Israel has always allowed access to ALL of her holy sites to ALL religions, something that cannot be said about Jewish Holy sites when they have been under Muslim control. Continue reading “Israel MUST Remain in Control of Jewish Holy Sites..No Matter WHAT the UN or Anyone Else Says” »
Tags: hebron, holy sites, israel, rachels tomb, un
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Not to beat a dead horse.but REALLY.whoever killed the Hamas terrorist in Dubai deserves a medal..he (she?) is a major hero..But what do you expect from the European Union, anyway?…
European Union foreign ministers condemned on Monday the use of forged European passports by assassins who killed a Palestinian militant in Dubai, but made no direct reference to Israel.
“The EU strongly condemns the fact that those involved in this action (assassination) used fraudulent EU member states’ passports and credit cards acquired through the theft of EU citizens’ identities,” a declaration on behalf of EU foreign ministers said. (Reuters)
Tags: assassination, dubai, European Union, evil, hama
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