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Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

by Rachel Hirshfeld (Arutz Sheva News)

Minister Louis Farrakhan, the racist leader of the Nation of Islam, once again echoed the anti-Semitic propaganda of which he has been widely accused.

Speaking to the Nation of Islam’s 82nd annual Savior’s Day celebration in Chicago on Tuesday, he accused Jews of controlling the media and “Zionists” of trying to push America into war with Iran.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) characterized his speech as “a textbook example” of the continuing potency of anti-Semitism and hatred that continues to exist in some segments of society to this day.

He echoed the typical anti-Semitic stereotypes and conspiracy theories, accusing the Jews of controlling the government, media, finance and entertainment but professed that he is “not anti-Semitic,” but rather “just telling the truth.

Addressing the crowd he announced, “I advise white and black America, Hispanic and Asian America, why would you send your children to die in a war engineered by Zionists who love Israel more than they love the United States of America? “Don’t send these children to war for the sake of Israel,” he pleaded.

“In 100 years, they control movies, television, recording, publishing, commerce, radio, they own it all. Jewish people were not the origin of Hollywood, but they took it over,” Farrakhan claimed.

“Farrakhan’s annual address to the Nation of Islam was dripping with anti-Semitism and hatred and should stand as a textbook example of the continuing potency in some circles of anti-Semitism in America,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.

“Rather than laugh him off the stage, tens of thousands of supporters cheered him on and encouraged his anti-Semitism and bigotry. Not since Father Coughlin have we seen a religious figure so obsessed with anti-Semitism. In the past few years Farrakhan has turned his message and the mission of the Nation of Islam into a wide-ranging campaign to demonize and scapegoat Jews,” according to Foxman.

“In addition to Farrakhan’s speech, the convention included a plenary session that sought to demonstrate disproportionate Jewish involvement in the slave trade. The session, titled ‘Business is Warfare: The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,’ borrowed its name from a set of Nation of Islam books alleging that Jewish exploitation of blacks during the slave trade has caused deep and prolonged repercussions for African Americans,” the ADL reported.


Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

by Elad Benari and Yoni Kempenski (IsraelNationalNews)

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat: There’s no such thing as a “freeze” in construction. We’ll build in all parts of the city for all residents.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat spoke to Arutz Sheva on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the 9th Jerusalem Conference, sponsored by the Besheva Magazine.

Barkat, who earlier addressed the attendees of the Jerusalem Conference, mentioned some of the plans that he and the city of Jerusalem have been advancing.

Economically, said Barkat, “We’ve seen a very nice growth in culture and tourism that translates to jobs and expansion of the job market. Looking to the future, continuing that trend can help Jerusalem rise above its poverty level, strengthen the city, and expand the job market.”

A second trend the mayor addressed is the city’s educational system, which he said is currently on the right track.

“We have growth, for the first time in 20 years, in the number of pupils in the Zionist educational streams, both in the national and national-religious systems,” said Barkat. “We see better results in eligibility for matriculations, and we see more satisfaction by the residents from the education system.”

Barkat also addressed the city’s investment in all parts of Jerusalem, including east Jerusalem. This includes investing in road infrastructure, new classrooms and increasing Israel’s sovereignty in all parts of its capital.

“We see more and more positive feedback from all residents of the city of Jerusalem,” he said.

Addressing the calls by the world to “freeze” in the city of Jerusalem, Barkat said that when he’s asked to “freeze” in Jerusalem, he usually asks what that means.

“I ask people, ‘What do you actually mean by freezing in Jerusalem?’” he said. “Do you freeze all the infrastructure we’re building? Do you freeze the classrooms we’re building for residents of east Jerusalem? G-d forbid, do you want us to freeze everything – for Jews, Christians and Muslims? Or even worse, do people actually ask us to freeze only to Jewish people, which is illegal in Israel, is anti-constitutional in the United States and is illegal under any law?”

“The bottom line is that we’ll be building in the city of Jerusalem for all residents, Jews and non-Jews alike, in all parts of the city,” Barkat emphasized. “Thank G-d, we’re seeing growth in economy, in education, in infrastructure. The city is indeed moving in the right direction.”

He also emphasized that Jews and non-Jews alike must adhere to the law and build legally in east Jerusalem. “As long as they build legally, we will support and help people fulfill their ability to build in all parts of the city, including Jewish buildings in east Jerusalem or anywhere else.”

“The court expects us to expand the legal building in a positive way and prosecute for the illegal buildings all across the city,” said Barkat. “Those elements are the right policy to decrease the illegal building and to supervise the construction in the city of Jerusalem.”


Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

By Fouad Ajami (Wall Street Journal)

There are the Friends of Syria, and there are the Friends of the Syrian Regime. The former, a large group—the United States, the Europeans and the bulk of Arab governments—is casting about for a way to end the Assad regime’s assault on its own people. In their ranks there is irresolution and endless talk about the complications and the uniqueness of the Syrian case.

No such uncertainty detains the Friends of the Syrian Regime—Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and to a lesser extent China. In this camp, there is a will to prevail, a knowledge of the stakes in this cruel contest, and material assistance for the Damascus dictatorship. In the face of the barbarism unleashed on the helpless people of Homs, the Friends of Syria squirm and hope to be delivered from any meaningful burdens. Still, they are meeting Friday in Tunis to discuss their options. But Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad needn’t worry. The Tunisian hosts themselves proclaimed that this convocation held on their soil precluded a decision in favor of foreign military intervention.
Syria is not Libya, the mantra goes, especially in Washington. The provision of arms to the Syrian opposition is “premature,” Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently stated. We don’t know the Syrian opposition, another alibi has it—they are of uncertain provenance and are internally divided. Our weapons could end up in the wrong hands, and besides, we would be “militarizing” this conflict.

Those speaking in such ways seem to overlook the disparity in firepower between the Damascus ruler with his tanks and artillery, and the civilian population aided by defectors who had their fill with official terror.

The borders of Syria offer another exculpation for passivity. Look at the map, say the naysayers. Syria is bordered by Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Israel. Intervention here is certain to become a regional affair.

Grant the Syrians sympathy, their struggle unfolds in the midst of an American Presidential contest. And the incumbent has his lines at the ready for his acceptance speech in Charlotte, N.C. He’s done what he had promised during his first Presidential run, shutting down the war in Iraq and ending the American presence. This sure applause line precludes the acceptance of a new burden just on the other side of the Syria-Iraq frontier.

The silence of President Obama on the matter of Syria reveals the general retreat of American power in the Middle East. In Istanbul some days ago, a Turkish intellectual and political writer put the matter starkly to me: We don’t think and talk much about America these days, he said.

Yet the tortured dissertations on the uniqueness of Syria’s strategic landscape are in fact proofs for why we must thwart the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah nexus. Topple the Syrian dictatorship and the access of Iran to the Mediterranean is severed, leaving the brigands of Hamas and Hizbullah scrambling for a new way. The democracies would demonstrate that regimes of plunder and cruelty, perpetrators of terror, have been cut down to size.

Plainly, the Syrian tyranny’s writ has expired. Assad has implicated his own Alawite community in a war to defend his family’s reign. The ambiguity that allowed the Assad tyranny to conceal its minority, schismatic identity, to hide behind a co-opted Sunni religious class, has been torn asunder. Calls for a jihad, a holy war, against a godless lot have been made in Sunni religious circles everywhere.
Ironically, it was the Assad tyranny itself that had summoned those furies in its campaign against the American war in Iraq. It had provided transit and sanctuary for jihadists who crossed into Iraq to do battle against the Americans and the Shiites; it even released its own Islamist prisoners and dispatched them to Iraq with the promise of pardon. Now the chickens have come home to roost, and an Alawite community beyond the bounds of Islam is facing a religious war in all but name.
This schism cannot be viewed with American indifference. It is an inescapable fate that the U.S. is the provider of order in that region. We can lend a hand to the embattled Syrians or risk turning Syria into a devil’s playground of religious extremism. Syria can become that self-fulfilling prophecy: a population abandoned by the powers but offered false solace and the promise of redemption by the forces of extremism and ruin.

We make much of the “opaqueness” of the Syrian rebellion and the divisions within its leadership. But there is no great mystery that attends this rebellion: An oppressed people, done with a tyranny of four decades, was stirred to life and conquered its fear after witnessing the upheaval that had earlier overtaken Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

In Istanbul this month, I encountered the variety, and the normalcy, of this rebellion in extended discussions with prominent figures of the Syrian National Council. There was the senior diplomat who had grown weary of being a functionary of so sullied a regime. There was a businessman of means, from Aleppo, who was drawn into the opposition by the retrogression of his country.
There was a young prayer leader, from Banyas, on the Syrian coast, who had taken up the cause because the young people in his town had pressed him to speak a word of truth in the face of evil. Even the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Riad al-Shaqfa, in exile for three decades, acknowledged the pluralism of his country and the weakness of the Brotherhood, banned since 1980.

We frighten ourselves with phantoms of our own making. No one is asking or expecting the U.S. Marines to storm the shores of Latakia. This Syrian tyranny is merciless in its battles against the people of Homs and Zabadani, but its army is demoralized and riven with factionalism and sectarian enmities. It could be brought down by defectors given training and weapons; safe havens could give disaffected soldiers an incentive, and the space, to defect.

Meanwhile, we should recognize the Syrian National Council as the country’s rightful leaders. This stamp of legitimacy would embolden the opposition and give them heart in this brutal season. Such recognition would put the governments of Lebanon and Iraq on notice that they are on the side of a brigand, lawless regime. There is Arab wealth that can sustain this struggle, and in Turkey there is a sympathetic government that can join this fight under American leadership.

The world does not always oblige our desires for peace; some struggles are thrown our way and have to be taken up. In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama dissociated himself from those who preach the doctrine of America’s decline. Never mind that he himself had been a declinist and had risen to power as an exponent of America’s guilt in foreign lands. We should take him at his word. In a battered Syria, a desperate people await America’s help and puzzle over its leader’s passivity.


Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

by Elad Benari (IsraelNationalNews)

Israeli officials have made it clear they won’t warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, a U.S. intelligence official told The Associated Press on Monday. The official said the pronouncement was delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations.

According to the AP report, Israeli officials said that if they eventually decide a strike is necessary, they would keep the Americans in the dark to decrease the likelihood that the U.S. would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel’s potential attack.

The report said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak delivered the message to a series of top-level U.S. visitors to the country, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey, the White House national security adviser and the director of national intelligence, and top U.S. lawmakers.

The U.S. official, who spoke to the news agency on condition of anonymity, said that Netanyahu delivered the same message to all the Americans who have traveled to Israel for talks.

According to AP, the apparent decision to keep the U.S. in the dark also stems from Israel’s frustration with the White House. After a recent visit by National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, the report said, Israel became convinced the Americans would neither take military action, nor go along with unilateral action by Israel against Iran. The Israelis concluded they would have to conduct a strike unilaterally, a point they are likely to hammer home in a series of meetings over the next two weeks in Washington, the official told the news agency.

Barak will meet with top Administration and congressional officials during his visit, while Netanyahu arrives in Washington on March 5 for meetings with President Barack Obama.

Netanyahu recently said publicly that sanctions against the Islamic Republic are “not working,” a sentiment supported by U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency chief Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess in a testimony given to U.S. lawmakers.

Netanyahu is widely believed to back Barak, who believes a pre-emptive military strike on Iran’s nuclear program must be made before Tehran enters “the immunity zone.”

Barak’s so-called “immunity zone” is a theoretical point of no return after which Iran’s nuclear program would be so diffuse and well protected that an Israeli strike could not sufficiently delay Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers, who recently visited Israel and met with officials on the Iranian issue, was quoted as having told CNN on Monday, “I got the sense that Israel is incredibly serious about a strike on their nuclear weapons program.”

Rogers added, “It’s their calculus that the Administration … is not serious about a real military consequence to Iran moving forward. They believe they’re going to have to make a decision on their own, given the current posture of the United States.”

The White House did not respond to AP’s requests for comment on the anonymous official’s remarks, and the Pentagon and Office of Director of National Intelligence declined to comment, as did the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

The remarks seem to back recent reports, according to which Israeli officials told Dempsey that Israel would give President Barack Obama no more than 12 hours notice if and when it attacks Iran.

The report said that the Netanyahu government also will not coordinate with the United States an attack on the Islamic Republic.

Despite the latest reports, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro insisted last week that the United States and Israel are “coordinated” on steps being taken to confront Iran’s nuclear program.


Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

by Gavriel Queenann (Arutz Sheva News)

Sen. John McCain on Sunday lashed out at the Obama Administration’s handling of rising tensions between Israel and Iran.

McCain told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the Administration intentionally leaked to the media the reason for the US national security adviser’s trip to Israel – to try to persuade the country not to attack Iran.

McCain said the leak weakened Israel’s standing in its faceoff with Iran, rightly angered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and strained US-Israel relations.

“The Prime Minister has every reason to be upset,” McCain said. “I can understand why relations are in very bad shape right now.”

This is the second time in as many weeks that McCain has openly criticized senior US officials for their conduct towards Israel in its standoff with Tehran

Last week, McCain backed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a flare up with the Pentagon, saying “There should be no daylight between America and Israel in our assessment of the Iranian threat.” “Unfortunately there clearly is some,” added the Senator.

McCain added differences between Washington and Jerusalem over Iran has caused “significant tension,” adding, “there is very little doubt that Iran has so far been undeterred to get nuclear weapons.”

In recent months Obama Administration officials have leaked secret strategy meetings with Mossad chief Tamir Pardo on Iran, as well as Israel’s theoretical timetable for an Iran strike.

They have also taken the unprecedented step of siding with Iran in accusing Israel of supporting the People’s Mujahadeen of Iran in an assassination campaign targeting Iranian nuclear scientists.


Monday, February 27th, 2012

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu (Aurtz Sheva News)

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has turned around Palestinian Authority efforts to erase evidence of Jewish roots of the Temple Mount and accuses Israel of trying to remove Jerusalem’s Arab and Christian character,

He spoke on Sunday at the Arab League-sponsored Jerusalem International Conference in Doha, Qatar, whose ruler kicked off the conference by saying that Israel’s Jewish development in and around the capital threatens the capital’s Arab identity.

Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani called on the United Nations to investigate what he called Israeli settlements, and he pledged support for unity between Abbas’s Fatah party and the rival Hamas terrorist organization.

The U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, is scheduled to address the three-day conference.

Abbas charged Israel with “using the ugliest and most dangerous means to implement plans to erase and remove the Arab-Islamic and the Christian character of east Jerusalem,” according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

He charged that Israel’s alleged apartheid wall has isolated Arabs from Jerusalem and said that Arabs find it “almost impossible” to enter because of the lack of permits. In fact, thousands of Arabs from Judea and Samaria enter Jerusalem every day.

Abbas’s call for an Arab march on Jerusalem follows a campaign the past several years of trying to remove artifacts that would show the origins of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, as recorded in the Bible.

Dozens of Palestinian Authority clerics have denied any Jewish connection to the holy site, and the Muslim custodians at the Temple Mount have used backhoes and tractors tor remove tons of dirt that might contain Jewish artifacts.

Abbas said, “Jerusalem belongs to all of us and no one can stop us from accessing it.”

Jewish archaeologists have retrieved hundreds of priceless artifacts with the aid of volunteers who patiently sift through the tons of dirt that was discarded by the Muslim construction workers. Many of the artifacts have repeatedly provided proof of the Jewish presence in Jerusalem during the period of the Second Temple, more than 2,000 years ago.


Monday, February 27th, 2012

by Jim Hinch (OC Register nEWS)

Through years of outreach, Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren is part of an effort named King’s Way that’s attempting bring evangelical Christians and Muslims together. The grand opening of the PEACE Center at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest was on Dec. 12. The center will provide services such as medical help, counseling, tutoring and food for low-income familie

The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and one of America’s most influential Christian leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

The effort, informally dubbed King’s Way, caps years of outreach between Warren and Muslims. Warren has broken Ramadan fasts at a Mission Viejo mosque, met Muslim leaders abroad and addressed 8,000 Muslims at a national convention in Washington D.C.

Saddleback worshippers have invited Muslims to Christmas dinner and played interfaith soccer at a picnic in Irvine attended by more than 300 people. (The game pitted pastors and imams against teens from both faiths. The teens won.)

The effort by a prominent Christian leader to bridge what polls show is a deep rift between Muslims and evangelical Christians culminated in December at a dinner at Saddleback attended by 300 Muslims and members of Saddleback’s congregation.

At the dinner, Abraham Meulenberg, a Saddleback pastor in charge of interfaith outreach, and Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs at a mosque in Los Angeles, introduced King’s Way as “a path to end the 1,400 years of misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians.”

The men presented a document they co-authored outlining points of agreement between Islam and Christianity. The document affirms that Christians and Muslims believe in “one God” and share two central commandments: “love of God” and “love of neighbor.” The document also commits both faiths to three goals: Making friends with one another, building peace and working on shared social service projects. The document quotes side-by-side verses from the Bible and the Koran to illustrate its claims.

“We agreed we wouldn’t try to evangelize each other,” said Turk. “We’d witness to each other but it would be out of ‘Love Thy Neighbor,’ not focused on conversion.”

Saddleback representatives declined to make Warren available for comment. Tom Holladay, associate senior pastor at Saddleback, said the outreach to Muslims is part of Saddleback’s PEACE Plan, a wide-ranging effort to solve major world problems by mobilizing governments, businesses and faith communities.

“This is us serving our own community with Muslims here in Orange County,” said Holladay. “We realize we don’t agree about everything and we’re very open about that. … You just recognize the differences and recognize the points where you can work together.”

Warren has faced criticism from some evangelicals for his outreach to Muslims. Late last year, he issued a statement flatly denying rumors that he promulgates what critics term “Chrislam,” a merging of Islam and Christianity.

The “rumor is 100 percent false,” Warren wrote at, a website he founded that provides practical advice to church leaders. “My life and ministry are built on the truth that Jesus is the only way, and our inerrant Bible is our only true authority.”

Polls show that evangelicals are 30 percent more likely than other Christians to hold a negative view of Islam, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Polls also show that evangelicals overwhelmingly favor converting Muslims to Christianity and are more likely to believe that Islam encourages violence.

Warren has repeatedly encouraged evangelicals to set aside such views, arguing that Christians are obliged to treat everyone with love and respect, regardless of faith.

“I don’t know if you have noticed this, but God likes variety,” Warren told an audience of 8,000 Muslims at a Washington, D.C. convention in 2009, according to a transcript published by the religion news website beliefnet. “People of all beliefs (can) be, and discuss, and, yes, even disagree, without demeaning or debasing each other.”

Warren’s outreach to Muslims stems directly from his church’s location in multiethnic Orange County, home to 170,000 Muslims. For 12 years Warren has lived next door to Yasser Barakat, a Muslim from Syria who worships at a Mission Viejo mosque four miles down the road from Saddleback. The Trabuco Canyon neighbors were friends for years before Barakat realized he lived next door to a world-famous Christian pastor.

When Barakat discovered who Warren was, he invited his neighbor to learn more about Islam. “I was talking to him over the fence,” Barakat said. “I said, ‘Rick, why don’t you go to Syria with me? He said, ‘Sure, let’s talk about it. Let’s do it.’ ”

Warren traveled with Barakat to Syria in 2006, and Warren and his wife, Kay, began attending Iftar meals at the Mission Viejo mosque. Iftar is the evening meal Muslims eat after fasting all day during the holy month of Ramadan. Invitations followed to address Muslim conferences in Long Beach, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.

“We understand that to some people in the religious community these events may be difficult to swallow,” said Yassir Fazaga, imam at the Mission Viejo mosque. “But I believe that we have to begin somewhere and just begin to reach out and be accessible to people when they ask about who we are.”

Gwynne Guibord, an ordained Episcopal priest and co-founder of a Los Angeles outreach group that fosters relationships between churches and mosques nationwide, said Saddleback’s effort is unprecedented. “I’m not aware of any other evangelical church reaching out to the Muslim community,” she said.

Guibord said that when she and Jihad Turk co-founded the Christian-Muslim Consultative Group in 2006, they sent invitations to mosques, the Catholic archdiocese and a variety of mainline Protestant denominations throughout Southern California, but not to evangelical churches.

“I think that many evangelicals feel a mandate to convert people to Christianity,” Guibord said. Because the Consultative Group was founded to respond to increasing antagonism between the two faiths, “we would not have made headway” if one side was trying to convert the other, she said. Now, she said, it might be possible to include evangelicals in her group’s work.

Turk said the relationship between Saddleback and Muslims, though still in its infancy, has already produced results. “People (at the December dinner) were talking about the bonds they’ve formed and they were crying,” he said. Both sides realized they shared misconceptions about each other’s faith.

“We did a quiz at the Christmas dinner,” Turk said, “asking basic questions about Islam or Christianity with the scriptures, the Koran or the Bible. And both sides were missing it…. It’s an education for everyone.”

Barakat said he continues to know Warren as a man who literally loves his neighbor. Barakat said his children could always count on Warren to buy the candy or magazine subscriptions they sold door-to-door for school fundraisers. The Warrens have hosted Barakat’s family at a Christmas dinner, he said.

“He calls me his Muslim brother,” Barakat said. “It all started with a friendship.”


Saturday, February 25th, 2012


A missionary from Manmin, a Korean Megachurch, spoke about challenges that face Christians in China (name is not published for her safety). She said that in communist China, there are two churches: one is underground and consists of believers who are persecuted, and the other is the official church which is recognized and controlled by the authorities.

“Underground Christians believe that the official church is ruled by authorities and doesn’t believe in God,” said the missionary. “But I think that it is not always true. Sometimes, they are prohibited to meet with registered Christians because they don’t trust them.”

She also noted that Christians face hard torture if they are caught. They are arrested, imprisoned and even executed by firing squad. “Authorities use electric shock to torture people,” underlined the missionary. “Sometimes they tie Christians to a horse or a car and let it go. The Communists say that it is a punishment for bad behavior. I believe that, because of our brothers’ sacrifice and blood, there are a hundred million Christians in China. Even in Rome, Christians were not persecuted in such cruel ways, but even Rome has become a Christian country. I believe that China will also become a Christian country.”


Friday, February 24th, 2012

(Zionica news)

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah says his group will hurt senior Israeli officials, denies Hizbullah involvement in attacks this week.

The leader of the Hizbullah terror group, Hassan Nasrallah, threatened on to hurt senior Israeli officials. Nasrallah made the threats during a speech at a ceremony in memory of former Hizbullah leader Abbas Musawi and arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh.

In his speech, Nasrallah denied that Hizbullah was involved in the attacks this week which targeted Israelis in India, Georgia and Thailand.

“Regarding the bombings that occurred this week in India, Georgia and Thailand – I want to say clearly that Hizbullah had nothing to do with it,” said Nasrallah. “I do not know who was behind the explosions and I do not waste my time analyzing it. At this point I want to remind you that Imad Mughniyeh’s blood will haunt them. We will get revenge on them, but we won’t hurt soldiers or diplomats. It would be shameful for us to avenge the death of our commander by killing simple Israelis.”

He added, “They know very well who we are targeting. They are taking precautionary measures and I say to them today – beware. As long as blood flows in our veins, we will continue to operate until the day we get revenge for Imad Mughniyeh. This will be a respectable revenge.”

Mughniyeh was killed in a car-bomb attack in Damascus in February of 2008, reportedly while in the midst of planning major terrorist attacks in moderate Arab countries.

Both Hizbullah and Syria blamed Israel for killing Mughniyeh, and Hizbullah has promised to avenge his death.

In his remarks Nasrallah added, “Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan said that Hizbullah has firepower that is not found in 90 percent of the world’s countries. It is not a minister or a journalist who said it, but the head of the Mossad. Whether this is true or not, only Allah knows. It is enough for us that Israelis believe it.”

He promised to keep fighting Israel because it “occupies Palestine and the holy places for Christians and Muslims, works to Judaize Jerusalem and causes suffering among the Palestinians.” He added that the Zionist project is a “danger which is imposed on Middle Eastern countries and the peoples living in it, regardless of the irreligious affiliation, race and culture of those nations and those countries. We need to locate this danger and bring it down.”

Hizbullah and Iran have been blamed for the terror attacks this week. Iran has denied involvement in the attacks and has suggested that any of Israel’s “many enemies in various parts of the world” could have been behind them.


Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

by Rachel Hirshfeld (Arutz Sheva News)

Former United States Ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton appeared on Fox News on Thursday, explaining why he believes that the upcoming meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama is going to be a “very unpleasant” one.

He said it is “no accident” that the Unites States is sending senior officials to meet with Israeli leaders prior to the “crucial sit-down” between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu on March 5th.

The visits of General Martin Dempsey, U.S. National Security Advisor Thomas Danilon, and Director of Intelligence Tom Clapper to the region, he said, are all unremitting attempts at dissuading Israel from attacking Iran.

It is more like “an invasion plan of the United States invading Israel, as opposed to dealing with the real problem, which is Iran,” Bolton claimed.

“The reason you see these top officials going to the region,” he continued, is that they are telling Prime Minister Netanyahu that he “better give President Obama the answer he wants to hear” during their upcoming meeting, which is that Israel will not attack Iran.

“Netanyahu is not going to say that,” he said. “This is going to be a very unpleasant meeting between the two leaders when it occurs.“

Netanyahu is scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C. to address The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference and, as Bolton said, he “can’t come to Washington without meeting with the President, so it may be one of those meetings where Netanyahu doesn’t get a sandwich and a cup of coffee at the White House, but they have to have it. “

Obama is also scheduled to address the pro-Israel lobby, as well. When asked why he believes Obama is going to do so, Bolton replied that the President needs “to try to make the case that he is standing right there, shoulder to shoulder, with Israel to try to protect them against an Iranian nuclear threat, but the fact is that the Administration has just lost its compass when it comes to a policy. They are still arguing that sanctions can be effective… I think that is completely inaccurate.”

Bolton continued to say that he believes it would be in Iran’s best interests to give off the impression that the sanctions are effective.

“Iran’s most valuable commodity is time,” he said. “All they need is just a little bit more time and then they can get nuclear weapons.”

Bolton was surprised that they rebuffed the UN inspectors so abruptly, but hopes that “world leaders, in some countries, at least, will say that diplomacy does not have a chance here… We’ve must confront the reality that if we don’t, or if someone doesn’t act, that Iran will get nuclear weapons and then there won’t be any point in sanctions or diplomacy.”

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