Dec 29_ 2012 thru Jan 4_ 2013 by wangnianwu


									01042013 NEWS AM -
                                           Jewish Penicillin – Elixir of life
    Yesterday was a much better day. Still with some cold symptoms but life seems possible. After a wonderful hot and
probably too long of a shower (for Israel water is important and showers are quick, not languid) I ventured to the local
Supersol for some supplies. I figured that since Shabbat is coming I would get prepared and do entirely home made this
time. First of course is the Chicken Soup to sooth my cold symptoms.
    It is really kind of amazing that this grocery store is always in a flurry of activity and business. There prices aren’t that
good when you compare it to the Shuk (Machane Yehuda) but everytime you go even late in the evening it always had a
bunch of people there. It is probably most like an American grocery store and there are a large number of American
émigré’s living in this area (rehavia and talbia) and I am sure that is what they are used to. You have to admit that the
store is nice and has a great and diverse selection.
    Kosher chicken (you won’t find any here I don’t think that isn’t kosher) is pricy. 4 lovely thighs with hind quart
attached a total of .92 kg at 28.97 shekel /kg or 27.77 shekel. Converting that to US standards that is 2.02lb of chicken for
$7.51. Since Shabbat is tomorrow I bought some boneless breasts to sauté for my entrée which comes to .716kg at 59.90
shekel per kg or 42.99 shekel. Making the conversion I got1.57lb of chicken breast for $11.62. I am not sure how that
compares with US kosher prices but I think it is a bit up. You can see why many people here eat vegetarian. I didn’t even
look at the beef prices.
    Since one of my favorite salads is Matbukah I had to get a container of that as well as some red cabbage slaw which is
really good. By the time you add some laundry detergent and tangerines, and my favorite –Prigot grapefruit drink it was a
bigger bill than I expected but then I will have enough for multiple meals out of this little episode.
    I carefully took my treasures home and began my soup making. Cooking here is a challenge if you aren’t used to
kosher cooking and trying to keep the separation of meat and milk. Even if you are used to the separation it is a challenge
in a small strange kitchen with very limited equipment. I have ONE kosher meat skillet and one kosher large sauce pan,
so first I cook the rice while I am sautéing the vegetables. Then I sauté the meat slightly just to give it some browning and
caramelization and then you boil the meat, let it cool, pick it off the bone (remember use the meat dishes) and then mix all
together and bring to a boil. Adjust seasoning (garlic powder, thyme, salt, pepper) and eat. May was that stuff good. That
is the first food of substance in 2 days. Loved it. I also have my soup prepared for Shabbat so my preparation is over half
    Since I was on a roll I decided to take a quick trip to the Jewish quarter of the old city and say hello to Moshe and Dov
and also pick up some hand cream at the Ahavah store there. They have about the best prices, which by the way have gone
up significantly.
    As I head out the doorway to my apartment building, but what to my wandering eyes should appear – Ariela Neva, the
remarkable and gracious lady who manages these places. After and warm smile and a greeting of how are you, I told her I
was on the mend. I explained that I had a cold and probably caught it from being on the plane where everyone was
coughing. Her first comment was “Why did you not call me? I could come over and get food for you and make sure if
you need something?” I told her I would be OK and was much better than yesterday. Her admonition – If anything
happens or you need anything you must call me. Where are you going? I will take you. Be careful it cool out here in the
shade you must get into the sun so you won’t be chilled. I explained what I was doing and I would take it easy and be very
careful and thanked her for her concern and offers of help. As I left she repeated ‘Call if you need ANYTHING!”
Where else could you find such a landlord?
My quick trip was the easy way by taking bus 38. I still get a bit winded with the respiratory stuff so I am not going to
push it.
    I made a quick stop at Moshe and Dovs and was going to buy a carry bag but they refused the money. My gift for my
homecoming. There was also a brief review of the obscenities of the current US politic. Moshe feels that the US will
ultimately collapse but it may be a while. He said Spain is in terrible shape and they have held it up for quite a bit but I
reminded him that the total indebtedness of the US was much greater proportionately than Spains and they have gone thru
a bout as many gyrations as they can to prop up this dying beast as they persist in spending the country to oblivion.
    There must have been a little activity in the east of the city today. While in the old city I heard what sounded like some
distant gun shots and there were a number of choppers flying over the area. When I returned to my little nest – which isn’t
my usual little nest but a much bigger one – there was a chopper circling over our area for a while as well. Not sure what
is going on and will try to look at A-7 and see what happened, if anything
    Supper – what else – more chicken vegetable rice soup. Can’t beat it.
    By the way just got a very good synopsis of the meeting content from women in green who sponsored it and I will
attach it to tomorrows mailing as a separate attachment. I was wrong about the numbers it was over 1000 people at the
meeting. I knew it was a big place but didn’t realize it seated that many.
Now for some real news

             The Beauty of Jerusalem, Light of the Universe

"For it is a habit of mankind to entrust to careless hope what they long for, and to use
sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not fancy."          -- Thucydides

               Read the Prophets & PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
            That is the only hope of this nation!                        Plead for Grace and Mercy
Please remember              That the world would W A K E U P.
these folks in prayer-
Check often – they
                             Time for a worldwide repentance!
change                       ALL US soldiers fighting for our freedom around the world
                             Pray for those in our government to repent of their wicked corrupt ways.
                             Pray that the American people WAKE UP to the truth concerning our government
                             and take a positive action.
                             Pray for CW - CVA - at home and much improved.
                             Pray for M B B – Cancer Surgery – doing well – more to come.
                             Pray that The Holy One will lead you in Your preparations for handling the world
                             problems. – Have YOU made any preparations?

Ecclesiastes: 4:7-8 Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun. (8) There is one that is
alone, and he hath not a second; yea, he hath neither son nor brother; yet is there no end of
all his labor, neither are his eyes satisfied with riches. For whom then, saith he, do I labor, and
deprive my soul of good? This also is vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

Iran says captured 2 US-made drones
Tehran claims it downed two miniature surveillance drones over past 17 months; US Navy says all unmanned aircrafts
in the area accounted for
Reuters             Published: 01.02.13, 20:08 / Israel News
   Iran has captured two miniature US-made surveillance drones over the past 17 months, Iranian media reported on
   Several drone incidents over the past year have highlighted tension in the Gulf as Iran and the United States flex their
military capabilities in the vital oil exporting region in a standoff over Iran's disputed nuclear program.
   The lightweight RQ11 Raven drones were brought down by Iranian air defense units in separate incidents in August
2011 and November 2012, Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari told the Fars news agency.
   "Much of the data of these drones has been decoded by the Army's jihad and research centre," he said, without
   Manufactured by AeroVironment, the RQ11 Raven has a wingspan of 4.5 feet and a range of 6.2 miles and is used by
the US military for low-altitude surveillance.
   Iran said on December 4 that it had captured a US intelligence ScanEagle drone in its air space over the Gulf in the
previous few days, but the United States said there was no evidence to support the assertion.
   The US Navy said had not lost any unmanned aircraft in the area.
   In November, the United States said Iranian warplanes shot at a US drone flying in international air space.
   Iran said the aircraft had entered its air space to spy on Iranian oil platforms and said it would respond "decisively" to
any incursions.,7340,L-4327923,00.html
PM to ambassadors: Iran not yet crossed red line
By HERB KEINON         01/03/2013 22:07
Netanyahu meets envoys, but Amidror's criticism not raised in meeting; PM warns Hamas could take control of the PA
"any day."
    Iran has not yet crossed the red line that Israel set on its nuclear program, and Israel remains determined to prevent
Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.
    Netanyahu was speaking at the last session of the annual year-end meeting in the Foreign Ministry for Israel’s
ambassadors serving abroad.
    During a speech at the UN in September, Netanyahu drew a red line on a picture of a bomb signifying when Tehran
would be 90% on the way to development of a bomb – meaning before it had acquired enough enriched uranium to build
a nuclear detonator if it so decided. He said Iran would not likely pass that line until the spring or summer.
    “Iran remains the number one threat,” Netanyahu told the envoys, adding that there was a chance
for positive change in the region if that country was prevented from getting a nuclear weapon. The
prime minister added that in the short term he expected regional tribulations to continue.
    Netanyahu was accompanied to the meeting by his national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, who earlier this week
chastised the envoys for asking critical questions of Israel’s decision to announce construction plans beyond the Green
Line in response to the Palestinians’ successful upgrade bid at the UN in November. When he addressed the envoys on
Monday, Amidror said they could either faithfully represent the government’s decisions or resign.
    Ministry officials said the incident did not come up during the meeting with Netanyahu, though the prime minister did
address the issue of E1, saying that what was stopping progress along the diplomatic front with the Palestinians was not an
announcement of construction plans there but the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state
within any borders.
    Netanyahu warned that Hamas could take control “any day” of the Palestinian Authority, and
therefore “concrete security arrangements” needed to be included in any agreement, as well as a
recognition of Israel as the nationstate of the Jewish people, an end to the “right of return” claim and
an honest declaration of an end to the conflict.
    Netanyahu cited an editorial in The Washington Post on Wednesday to support his assertion that the E1 announcement
was not the barrier to progress on the diplomatic front.
    That editorial, headlined “Overheated rhetoric on Israeli settlements,” argued that the criticism of the “flurry of
announcements of new construction in Jewish settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank” was counterproductive
“because it reinforces two mistaken but widely held notions: that the settlements are the principal obstacle to a deal and
that further construction will make a Palestinian state impossible.”
    The editorial noted that Netanyahu had limited construction in areas that both sides expect Israel to eventually annex as
part of a final agreement, and that the government announcement of planning on E1 was “hardly the ‘almost fatal blow’ to
a two state solution” that critics have claimed.
    In addition to Netanyahu, the envoys also heard on Thursday from Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) head Yoram
Cohen, who briefed them on the country’ security situation and said he did not believe Israel was on the brink of a third
Car bomb hits Damascus petrol station, killing 11
By REUTERS          01/04/2013 01:16
Bomb explodes in petrol station packed with people queuing for fuel in Syrian capital; unknown who carried out
    AZAZ, Syria - At least 11 people were killed and 40 wounded when a car bomb exploded at a crowded petrol station
in the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday, opposition activists said. The station was packed with people queuing for
fuel that has become increasingly scarce during the country's 21-month-long insurgency aimed at overthrowing President
Bashar Assad.
    The semi-official al-Ikhbariya television station showed footage of 10 burnt bodies and Red
Crescent workers searching for victims at the site.
    The opposition Revolution Leadership Council in Damascus said the explosion was caused by a booby-trapped car.
    There was no immediate indication of who was responsible for the bombing in the Barzeh al-Balad district, whose
residents include members of the Sunni Muslim majority and other religious and ethnic minorities.
    "The station is usually packed even when it has no fuel," said an opposition activist who did not want to be named.
    "There are lots of people who sleep there overnight, waiting for early morning fuel consignments." It was the second
time that a petrol station has been hit in Damascus this week. Dozens of people were incinerated in an air strike as they
waited for fuel on Wednesday, according to opposition sources.
    In northern Syria, rebels were battling to seize an air base in their campaign against the air power that Assad has used
to bomb rebel-held towns.
    More than 60,000 people have been killed in the uprising and civil war, the United Nations said this week, a much
higher death toll than previously thought.
Dramatic advances over 2012
    After dramatic advances over the second half of 2012, the rebels now hold wide swathes of territory in the north and
east, but they cannot protect towns and villages from Assad's helicopters and jets.
    Hundreds of rebel fighters were attempting to storm the Taftanaz air base, near the highway that links Syria's two main
cities, Aleppo and Damascus.
    A rebel fighter speaking from near the Taftanaz base overnight said much of the base was still in loyalist hands but
insurgents had managed to destroy a helicopter and a fighter jet on the ground.
    The northern rebel Idlib Coordination Committee said the rebels had detonated a car bomb inside the base.
    The government's SANA news agency said the base had not fallen and that the military had "strongly confronted an
attempt by the terrorists to attack the airport from several axes, inflicting heavy losses among them and destroying their
weapons and munitions".
    Rami Abdulrahman, head of the opposition-aligned Syrian Observatory for Human Rights which monitors the conflict
from Britain, said as many as 800 fighters were involved in the assault, including Islamists from Jabhat al-Nusra, a
powerful group that Washington considers terrorists.
    Taftanaz is mainly a helicopter base, used for missions to resupply army positions cut off by the rebels, as well as for
dropping crude "barrel bombs" on rebel-controlled areas.
    Near Minakh, another northern air base that rebels have surrounded, government forces have retaliated by shelling and
bombing nearby towns.
Nightly bombardments
    In the town of Azaz, where the bombardment has become a near nightly occurrence, shells hit a family house
overnight. Zeinab Hammadi said her two wounded daughters, aged 10 and 12, had been rushed across the border to
Turkey, one with her brain exposed.
    "We were sleeping and it just landed on us in the blink of an eye," she said, weeping as she surveyed the damage.
Family members tried to salvage possessions from the wreckage, men lifting out furniture and children carrying out their
belongings in tubs.
    "He (Assad) wants revenge against the people," said Abu Hassan, 33, working at a garage near the destroyed house.
    "What is the fault of the children? Are they the ones fighting?" Opposition activists said warplanes struck a residential
building in another rebel-held northern town, Hayyan, killing at least eight civilians.
    Video footage showed men carrying dismembered bodies of children and dozens of people searching for victims in the
rubble. The provenance of the video could not be independently confirmed.
    In addition to their tenuous grip on the north, the rebels also hold a crescent of suburbs on the edge of Damascus,
which have come under bombardment by government forces that control the centre of the capital.
    On Wednesday, according to opposition activists, dozens of people died in an inferno caused by an air strike on a
petrol station in a Damascus suburb where residents were lining up for fuel.
    The civil war in Syria has become the longest and bloodiest of the conflicts that rose out of uprisings across the Arab
world in the past two years.
    Assad's family has ruled for 42 years since his father seized power in a coup. The war pits rebels, mainly from the
Sunni Muslim majority, against a government supported by members of Assad's Shi'ite-derived Alawite minority sect and
some members of other minorities who fear revenge if he falls.
    The West, most Sunni-ruled Arab states and Turkey have called for Assad to step down. He is supported by Russia and
Shi'ite Iran.
Watch: Palestinians hang on to IDF jeep in Jenin
Video shows Palestinian youths riding on top IDF jeep, trailed by dozens of stone throwers, surrounded by burning
tires; no injuries reported
Yoav Zitun      Published: 01.03.13, 21:23 / Israel News
VIDEO - Dozens of stone throwing Palestinians chased, and even climbed on top of an IDF vehicle exiting Jenin at the
end of an operation to arrest suspected terrorists in city. The IDF claimed that the incident took place as part of a recent
wave of rioting in the West Bank.
    In a video shot by Palestinians, a burning tire can be seen as well as Palestinian youths hurling rocks at two other IDF
vehicles. Afterwards the video shows a third IDF vehicle arriving at the scene with at least four Palestinians hanging on to
it, with one of them on the vehicle's roof. The vehicle, which is travelling slowly, is trailed by a mob of Palestinians, some
throwing stones.
    An IDF official said in response to the video: "The vehicle was bullet proof; stones can barely
scratch it, so why stop (the vehicle) and endanger soldiers' live because of such a riot? "Even if it
doesn’t look good, it is better than a soldier shooting and killing a protester, which could ignite the
entire region," he said.
    Another IDF source said, "No forces retreated in today's (Thursday's) operation. The operation near Jenin was carried
out to the tee. This is the type of operation we carry out regularly in Judea and Samaria, during the daytime as well.
"We sense a shift of sentiment on the ground, maybe because of economical factors, maybe because of security factors,
but we have yet to see the Palestinian security forces stop functioning. The level of cooperation has remained high and
    "It is true that during Operation Pillar of Defense there was a slight increase in these types of incidents, however it is
too early to say whether the security apparatus will stop functioning," the source said, adding that the IDF considers
Tuesday's operation in Tamoun "very successful" despite the riots that raged during and after the operation.
Operation gone bad or according to plan?
    The forces in question are Border Guard forces that entered the city during the day with the intent of arresting a senior
terrorist who posed an immediate threat.
    However, on arrival, forces found the house empty and the man nowhere to be found.
    Meanwhile, the forces had been surrounded by some 500 Palestinians, who began throwing stones from all directions.
Additionally, Molotov cocktails and burning tires were thrown in the soldiers' direction.
    The combat forces came prepared for violent disruptions and responded with riot control equipment; with the help of
backup forces they managed to leave the city unharmed.
    An IDF source said: "IDF forces work in full and round the clock cooperation so as to promise security and stability,
and will continue to do so in an attempt to halt terror."

                                              Riot in Jenin, earlier this week (Photo: AFP)
                                                  Palestinian sources said that it was the Border Guard's Mista'arvim unit – the
                                                 corps' elite counter-terrorism unit - that was backed up by IDF forces which
                                                 entered the industrial area in the city.
                                                     According to the Palestinians, the forces imposed a siege on a few
                                                 factories in the area and eventually arrested one person. In wake of the arrest,
                                                 clashes between Palestinian youths and the forces ensued.
                                                     During the clashes one Palestinian was wounded from rubber bullet fire.
                                                 Palestinians additionally noted that the army forces used dogs as well.,7340,L-4328363,00.html [For more views of the animal shots you can go to the web
site and watch the video. I really don’t know how the soldiers tolerate the garbage from these critters. –
3,000 ultra-Orthodox enlisted into IDF
By JPOST.COM STAFF         01/03/2013 21:02
Following expiration of Tal Law in August, thousands of haredim set to perform mandatory military service for first
time ever.
    Approximately 3,000 haredim were enlisted into the IDF and will begin active service by August 2013, Maj.-Gen.
Orna Barbivai told Israel Radio Thursday.
    The head of manpower in the IDF said that the ultra-orthodox youth who received call-up orders had previously
deferred their military service for religious reasons, and that this would be the first year that thousands of haredim would
be required to perform mandatory military service.
    In December, a government proposal was approved to allow 1,300 haredi yeshiva students to enlist in the civilian
service program as opposed to serving in the military, but was greeted with widespread outrage from IDF draft reform
    The decision was enacted in order to stymie the fall-off in numbers of recruits serving in the civilian service program
following the expiration of the “Tal Law” this past August. The number of active civilian service personnel currently
stands at 1,450, down from 2,026 before the law expired.
    The Tal Law created a legal framework for an estimated 54,000 full-time yeshiva students to indefinitely defer military
service, but also established the civilian service program for haredi recruits in order to provide part of the solution to the
low rate of ultra-Orthodox participation in national service programs.
    Since no new legislation has been passed by the Knesset to replace the Tal Law – which was struck down by the High
Court of Justice in February as unconstitutional – the 1949 Military Service Law (amended in 1986) mandating
compulsory military service for all citizens reaching the age of 18 is now operative.
Charge: Eritrean raped and beat 83-yr-old for hours
By BEN HARTMAN             01/03/2013 13:16
Man allegedly raped victim repeatedly, striking her and causing severe bodily trauma; victim hospitalized for 1 week
after attack.
    The Tel Aviv State Attorney's Office on Thursday indicted a 19-year-old Eritrean man suspected of repeatedly beating
and raping an 83-year-old woman for nearly three hours two weeks ago in Tel Aviv.
    The indictment includes charges of aggravated rape and assault, and aggravated sodomy.
    The indictment details a graphic, horrifying tale of sexual sadism carried out in broad daylight on a Friday morning
near the central bus station in Tel Aviv. The indictment tells how the suspect jumped the fence of the woman's building
and entered her backyard, where he tackled her and threw her onto a mattress, and proceeded to rape her.
    According to prosecutors, the woman began to scream and beg for her life, and in response the suspect struck her
repeatedly, causing her severe bruising.
    "The suspect did not relent, and continued to rape the complainant again and again, cruelly using severe and merciless
violence while ignoring her pleas for mercy,” the indictment reads.
    The indictment says that the man finally left the scene when relatives of the woman happened to arrive at the house to
visit her, causing him to flee the scene.
    The victim suffered severe emotional and physical trauma, including heavy bruises and bleeding, as well as internal
fractures and lacerations that required a week of hospitalization.
    Police announced the incident on Monday, after a media blackout of the case was lifted. Police said
they were able to find the assailant a few days after the rape, and on Monday morning he was brought
to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, where his remand was extended by four days.
    There is a still a gag order on the identity of the man, who is 19 years old and is listed as having no permanent address.
    The indictment says the evidence against the defendant includes DNA samples taken from inside the victim's body, as
well as testimony from the victim and her relatives identifying him as the culprit. The man has not cooperated with police,
but told them that he was severely drunk at the time of the incident and does not remember anything that happened that
day. The indictment says he also reported that the suspect said that because he was drunk it could be that he committed the
crime and does not remember.
    The courtyard where the rape happened is in a street near the central bus station that has long been a haunt of drug
dealers and their customers, prostitutes, and these days, large numbers of African migrants and foreign workers from Asia.
    A few hours after the rape case was publicized, Strong Israel MK Michael Ben-Ari announced plans
to hold a protest march from his party office on Hagana Street toward the central bus station. By 6:30
p.m., around 150 people were marching down Hagana Street chanting “Sudanese to Sudan” and “Bibi [Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu], go home”, before gathering for a rally outside the bus station. [Most of these Eritreans are illegal immigrants that the
government is having trouble getting rid of because the UN said they can’t be returned to their land
because they could be in danger. This dude needs to be hung. – rd b]
Egyptian mag affirms Brotherhood infiltration of White House
Claims 6 American Muslims have strong influence on U.S. policy
Published: 3 hours ago
   Effectively affirming the concerns of five much-maligned Republican House members and the
evidence presented in an investigative book, an Egyptian magazine claims six American Muslim
leaders who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who have
significant influence on U.S. policy.
   Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine, in a Dec. 22 story, said the six men turned the White House “from a position
hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim
   The Egyptian article was translated and reported by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, or IPT.
   IPT said that while the story is largely unsourced, it is significant because it raises the issue to Egyptian readers.
   The article names Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development;
Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S.
special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the
Muslim Public Affairs Council, or MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of
North America, or ISNA; and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-
Based Neighborhood Partnerships.
   Meanwhile, outspoken Republican congressman Louie Gohmert has been pressing for an investigation of the Muslim
Brotherhood’s influence on the federal government, contending a probe is necessary because of the Obama
administration’s “horrendous decisions” in backing the so-called “Arab Spring” revolutions in the Middle East. The East
Texas lawmaker was one of five Republican Congress members who stirred bipartisan controversy in June by raising
concern about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the nation’s capital. [Louie is probably one of the few men of
integrity left in Washington but they try to make him out as a radical buffoon. – rdb]
    The Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood was formed in the 1920s after the demise of the Ottoman Turkish empire with
the intent of helping establish Islamic rule worldwide. It’s stated goal for the U.S. is “a kind of grand jihad” aimed at
“eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within” so that “Allah’s religion is made victorious over all
other religions.”
    In 2009, the WND Books bestseller “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret World That’s Conspiring to Islamize America”
featured an internal Council on American-Islamic Relations memo written in 2007 that called for infiltrating the
“judiciary, intelligence and homeland security committees” by, among other things, “placing Muslim interns” in Capitol
Hill offices.
    The book also uncovered new evidence that CAIR directly funded Hamas and al-Qaida terrorist fronts.
    When the book was released, Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., co-founder of the bipartisan House Anti-Terrorism/Jihad
Caucus and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence, pointed out at a press conference in
Washington that groups such as CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America “have a proven record of senior officials
being indicted and either imprisoned or deported from the United States.”
    She noted evidence presented at the trial of the Texas-based Muslim charity Holy Land Foundation, convicted of
funding Hamas, exposed CAIR, ISNA and others as front groups for the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.
    Myrick exposed the absence of a formal vetting process by Congress for screening radical Muslims invited to work or
pray or speak at the Capitol. CAIR, consequently, placed a number of employees within the Capitol, including known
terrorists and terrorist suspects.
    CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, for example, invited al-Qaida terrorist Anwar Awlaki to speak and pray at the
Capitol. Awad also helped get Awlaki into the Pentagon within months of Awlaki assisting the 9/11 hijackers, Catherine
Herridge revealed in her book “The Next Wave.” MUCH MUCH MORE -
brotherhood-infiltration-of-white-house/ [This is a rather long article but the issue is there and people better get
used to the fact that the current group in DC – actually on both sides of the aisle are perfectly fine with
the PC approach of letting this country be turned over to a sharia group. – rdb]
US Congress missing prominent pro-Israel voices
113th congress sworn in with number of Jewish representatives dropping since 2010; J Street enthusiastic over new
    WASHINGTON – The 113th US Congress was sworn in on Thursday without some of the most prominent pro- Israel
voices that have been heard on Capitol Hill in recent years.
    The number of Jewish lawmakers also dropped, despite three new Jewish representatives and a
senator, but pro-Israel activists said they expected the new Congress to remain as supportive of Israel
as in years past.
    Veteran backers of Israel with senior positions in their respective chambers, including Sen. Joe
Lieberman (I-Connecticut), Rep. Howard Berman (DCalifornia) and Gary Ackerman (DNew York), either
retired or lost their election bids. Other loud voices for Israel, including Reps. Steve Rothman (D-New
Jersey) and Shelley Berkley (D-Nevada), also lost their races.
    There are 22 Jewish representatives this session as compared to 26 in 2010.
    “It has to be considered quite a loss, but everything is relative, and in terms of support for Israel it shouldn’t make a
difference,” Morrie Amitay, a former executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who now runs a
staunchly pro-Israel political action committee, said of the departing legislators.
    He assessed that the new faces were less seasoned on Middle East issues but not likely to diminish the support Israel
enjoys in Congress.
“There’s no one coming in that’s waving a red flag. On the other hand, there’s no one coming in flying the blue and white
flag,” Amitay said.
    The leadership on several key committees and subcommittees is also changing, but many of the incoming figures are
considered friendly to Israel.
    On the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez of New Jersey is set to take the place of John Kerry,
who is expected to be confirmed as Hillary Clinton’s replacement for secretary of state.
    Menendez, among other issues, has championed strict sanctions on Iran, including co-sponsoring a
measure to close loopholes and tighten the screws that was passed as part of the defense authorization bill this winter and
signed into law by US President Barack Obama late Wednesday.
    Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, who has made Israel one of his top issues, will be taking over for
Berman as ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. And Ackerman, who was the
ranking member of the HFAC’s Middle East subcommittee, is likely to be replaced by California Rep.
Brad Sherman, another strong Israel backer.
   HFAC Chairwoman Ileana Ros- Lehtinen (R-Florida) will be leaving the post as part of the GOP leadership rotation,
but Amitay said her replacement, Ed Royce of California, has already been reaching out to the Jewish community.
   National Jewish Democratic Council President David Harris noted that the total of Jewish members was only declining
by a handful – leaving more than a “minyan” of 10 in the Senate and twice that in the US House – so that it wasn’t a
dramatic change.
   All are Democrats save for Eric Cantor, the Republican House majority leader in the 112th Congress, who received a
handful of votes in the contest for speaker on Thursday but not nearly enough to take over the top post.
   Harris said that a diminishing number of Jewish members wouldn’t hurt Israel’s cause in the US legislature.
“I’m tremendously confident that the Democratic caucus of the 113th Congress will be as overwhelmingly pro-Israel as
the 112th,” he said.
   The progressive J Street lobby was also enthusiastic about the orientation of the new members, noting that 70 of the 71
candidates it had endorsed prevailed in the November election.
   “It’s the most pro-Israel, pro-peace Congress yet,” said Dylan Williams, J Street’s director of government affairs. [J
street is a bunch of liberal court Jews who would sell Israel down the river for their idea of peace. They
are to be held at least two arms distances away from anything that resembles Zionistic or Jewish or
truthful. Most are loosy goosy socialists. – rdb]
   Williams described the politicians J Street had backed as those who both supported the special US-Israel relationship
and who were strongly engaged in support of a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians.
   “This may well be the Congress that has the opportunity to assist the president in a two-state resolution,” he said.
   In addition, there are several outgoing lawmakers who have often taken positions at odds with Israel advocates,
including Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio.
CBO: Fiscal Accord Will Add $4 Trillion Debt, Despite White House Claims
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 04:54 PM      By: Newsmax Wires
    The new fiscal-cliff legislation will add $4 trillion to the government’s debt over the next decade, according to the non-
partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
    That’s quite a contrast with the White House, which estimates the agreement will reduce debt by
about $737 billion, thanks mainly to higher taxes on the wealthy and including $107 billion in interest savings, Politico
    To generate its estimate, the CBO used its March “current law” baseline, which assumes all of the 2001-03 tax cuts
ended Dec. 31. That means the higher taxes to be paid by the wealthy under the new deal don’t count for debt reduction.
And the decision to make permanent tax cuts for all but the wealthy counts as adding to the budget deficit.
    Not surprisingly, the White House wants to focus on “current policy,” not “current law,” so that the tax increases on
the wealthy will count as deficit reduction.
    Those who think the CBO’s projections are too harsh also say it should take into account the fact that the budget
agreement will help boost economic growth and that the deal could lead to comprehensive tax reform.
    Meanwhile, Republicans are beginning to focus on the debt-limit increase that President Barack Obama will have to
request soon. "Our opportunity here is on the debt ceiling," Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania told
    He says the GOP can use the debt limit as leverage to achieve its budget goals. "We Republicans need to be willing to
tolerate a temporary, partial government shutdown, which is what that could mean."
Senators Got 154-Page 'Fiscal Cliff' Bill 3 Minutes Before Voting on It
By Matt Cover      January 2, 2013
   ( – The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to approve legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff despite having only 3
minutes to read the 154-page bill and budget score.
   Multiple Senate sources have confirmed to that senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on
Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM.
   The bill is 154-pages and includes several provisions that are unrelated to the fiscal cliff, including repealing a section
of ObamaCare, extending the wind-energy tax credit, and a rum tax subsidy deal for Puerto Rican rum makers.
   The bill avoids the fiscal cliff by making permanent the Bush tax cuts for individuals making less than $400,000 per
year and couples making less than $450,000 and by putting off the automatic spending cuts (sequestration) from last
year’s debt ceiling deal until March.
   Technically, those Bush tax rates had expired at midnight on Dec. 31, 2012 and the spending cuts were scheduled to
take place when the government reopened following the New Year’s Day holiday.
154-page-fiscal-cliff-bill-3-minutes-voting-it [The US legislative process is totally wacked and run by wicked
incompetents. They all need to be taken to the woodshed and given grandpa’s leather strap long and
hard to their backside. – rdb]
U.S. Marine’s Scathing Response to Sen. Feinstein’s Gun Control Proposal: ‘I Am Not Your
Subject. I Am the Man Who Keeps You Free’
Posted on January 2, 2013 at 7:30pm by Jason Howerton              (CNN iReport)
     One U.S. Marine was more than a little displeased with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s draconian gun control
proposal, which includes an assault weapons ban and provisions on handguns and even “grandfathered weapons.”
The letter, written by U.S. Marine Joshua Boston, was titled “No ma’am” and was first posted on CNN iReport on Dec.
27. The letter has since gone viral and has been shared extensively on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, as it
seemingly has resonated with a segment of the American population.
Read Boston’s entire “No ma’am” letter below and then share it with others:
Senator Dianne Feinstein,
I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I
own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy
armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am
a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet
carries one, tell me I may not have one.
I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not
your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.
I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must
register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.
I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against
the American public.
We, the people, deserve better than you.
Respectfully Submitted,
Joshua Boston
United States Marine Corps
2004-2012 [This
young man has it the problem right on the head. This group of idiots who have ‘occupied Washington’
have elevated themselves into a class of arrogant nincompoops who consider themselves about 10
steps above those who unfortunately put them in office. I may respect an office of the United States
government but that doesn’t mean that I have to respect a group of people who warrant no respect by
virtue of their obvious and blatant wickedness, arrogance and incompetence.
It is time the PC BS stops and the PC bowing and kowtowing to a group that has devastated our
country stops just because the hold a position which they carry out abysmally. The concept of
reforming the republican party is a fraud. It isn’t the republican party no more than that which exists as
the democratic party is the mainstay party of 60 years ago. The republican party isn’t conservative and
it hasn’t stood for my values for over 20 years or more. The party platforms are a fraud and have been
for years because those elected don’t follow them and don’t have any intention of doing so. We have
allowed the proliferation of a group of takers to the point that this country is as it stands none
sustainable and needs another complete makeover, a start from scratch from Top down all the way to
those who are employed padding their pockets at the expense of those who hired them. Most of the
political action groups are merely an extension of the existing system and a waste of time. – rdb]
Syrian Army Head: The Plot Against Us Failed
1/4/2013, Tevet 22, 5773
    The chief of staff of the Syrian army, Ali Abdullah Ayub, on Thursday praised the actions of the forces loyal to
President Bashar Al-Assad, and said that the "plot against Syria has failed thanks to the heroism of the army and the unity
of the Syrian people."
    He called on the soldiers to "continue to perform their duty and crush the armed terrorist cells, destroy their lairs and
remove this impurity from our homeland."
Morsi in 2010: No Negotiations with 'Descendants of Apes'
Long before he was elected as Egypt's president, Morsi rejected negotiations between Israel and the PA, reveals
By Elad Benari   First Publish: 1/4/2013, 6:15 AM
    Long before he was elected as Egypt's president, Mohammed Morsi rejected negotiations between
Israel and the Palestinian Authority and referred to Jews as "apes and pigs".
    The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has translated and uploaded comments by Morsi, a member of
Hamas's parent movement the Muslim Brotherhood, which he made in 2010 and were posted to the internet. In the
comments, Morsi also called to boycott products made in the United States because of its support for Israel.
    "These futile [Israeli-Palestinian] negotiations are a waste of time and opportunities," Morsi is shown saying. "The
Zionists buy time and gain more opportunities, as the Palestinians, the Arabs, and the Muslims lose time and
opportunities, and they get nothing out of it. We can see how this dream has dissipated. This dream has always been an
illusion. Yet some Palestinians, who erroneously believe that their enemies might give them something... This
[Palestinian] Authority was created by the Zionist and American enemies for the sole purpose of opposing the will of the
Palestinian people and its interests."
    He adds, "No reasonable person can expect any progress on this track. Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything
they want, or else it is war. This is what these occupiers of the land of Palestine know – these blood-suckers, who attack
the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.
    "We should employ all forms of resistance against them," says Morsi. "There should be military resistance within the
land of Palestine against those criminal Zionists, who attack Palestine and the Palestinians. There should also be political
resistance and economic resistance through a boycott, as well as by supporting the resistance fighters. This should be the
practice of the Muslims and the Arabs outside Palestine. They should support the resistance fighters and besiege the
Zionist wherever they are. None of the Arab or Muslim peoples and regimes should have dealings with them. Pressure
should be exerted upon them. They must not be given any opportunity, and must not stand on any Arab or Islamic land.
They must be driven out of our countries.
    "The Zionists have no right to the land of Palestine," he says. "There is no place for them on the
land of Palestine. What they took before 1947-8 constitutes plundering, and what they are doing now is a continuation
of this plundering. By no means do we recognize their Green Line. The land of Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, not
to the Zionists.
    "We must confront this Zionist entity. All ties of all kinds must be severed with this plundering criminal entity, which
is supported by America and its weapons, as well as by its own nuclear weapons, the existence of which is well known. It
will bring about their own destruction. The peoples must boycott this entity and avoid normalization of relations with it.
All products from countries supporting this entity – from the U.S. and others – must be boycotted.
    "They have been fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout history. They are hostile by nature.
    "The Zionists understood nothing but the language of force," he concludes.
    Previous videos exposed by MEMRI show that during his election campaign, Morsi reiterated that "Jihad is our path"
and "the Koran is our constitution".
    This week, Morsi's aide predicted that Israel would cease to exist by the end of the decade, saying that the "ideology
of Zionism" had ended in failure and denouncing Israel as "Palestine's occupiers."
    Sheikh Mohammed Badie, the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood and the person who some say is the true
president of Egypt, has called for a jihad (holy war) to liberate Jerusalem from Israeli rule. [Does the leopard change its spots? – rdb]
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1)The Beginnings of Redemption                    Moshe Kempinski
                                                 The thousands of years of exile has wounded and at times singed the soul of
                                            the Jewish people Exile is a cruel and demanding master as it tears a people
                                            from their moorings and moves them further from their welcome shores. It takes
                                            great fortitude and faith to remain “whole” It takes even greater faith to take the
                                            exile out of the exiled even after the exile begins to end. That is the subtext of
                                            the experience of modern day Israel. Yet in exile one finds the seeds of
                                                 The book of Exodus describes the formation of a people and the formation of
                                            its leader occurring at the same time. Both the people and its leader will need to
grow in the midst of adversity and loneliness. Yet neither the people nor the leader can be ready to step into their
respective roles until both are ready.
   The people of Israel at this point, are still a very diverse and perhaps still estranged family. Each of the brothers has
been blessed with very distinct and unique blessings .those blessings will become very different passions, challenges and
goals. Yet it is this very diverse and passionate family that will need to be forged into one people. The furnace of the
Egyptian slavery will do much in that regard. On the other hand, that very same experience of slavery may deny them the
hope to believe that anything else was possible in their lives. It may in fact erase the possibility of hope. They will need to
yearn for that hope or the process of redemption will be stalled. After hundreds of years of bondage and slavery, the
children of Israel were on the verge of losing that hope.
    Yet when an opportunity arose, their deep yearning burst forth as a sigh
    "And it came to pass in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died; and the children of Israel sighed
by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage. And God heard
their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God saw the
children of Israel, and God took cognizance of them." (Exodus 2:23-25).
    This marked the beginning. Yearning then began to water the seeds of hope.
    Moshe on the other hand also had to undergo a process.
    The young Moshe had ventured out of Pharaoh's palace to explore the state of his people. He sees a Hebrew slave
being beaten almost to death. After looking around and seeing that "there was no man around" (Exodus 2:12), he
intervenes and kills the assailant. Later when he tries to intervene between two Israelites fighting, he is chastised by one of
them As a result, Moshe escapes to Midyan when he realizes that "the thing ( ha Davar) is known." (Exodus 2:14)
    Our sages explain that "the thing( ha Davar) " that became known was an answer to a question that was perplexing
Moshe .Could these Israelites be capable of rising up and achieve liberation? Had they sunk so low? In frustration and
despondency, Moshe escapes to Midyan and he is not heard from for over sixty years. He escapes into anonymity.
    It is only after the age of eighty, sixty years later, that he is confronted with the burning bush on the mountain of G-d.
So Moses said, "Let me turn now and see this great spectacle why does the thorn bush not burn up?"( Exodus 3:3)
    When G-d sees that Moshe turns to see this unusual sight He sees a man ready to step into destiny, much like the sigh
of his people.
    Hashem saw that he had turned to see, and G-d called to him from within the thorn bush, and He said, "Moses,
Moses!" And he said, "Here I am!"( ibid:4)
    Yet before Hashem explains further, He says to Moshe
    "Do not draw near here. Take your shoes off your feet, because the place upon which you stand is holy soil."
    The Nefesh HaChayim (R. Chayim of Volozhin, 1749-1821) sees the relation of the body to the soul akin to that of the
shoe to the body. Moshe is told to be ready to step out of his physical reality and experience in oreder to truly understands
the spiritual subtext of life.
    Other sages focus on the word "holy soil-Admat kodesh". Moshe is told to feel the ground upon which he is standing
for that is where he came from and that is where he is returning. In other words, be humble and do not let arrogance and
pride blind you from understanding the holy truths that abound.
    Reb Nachaman taught that The words “Take your shoes ( Naalecha) off your feet (Raglecha)" hint at another truth. The
words “your shoes (Naalecha)" whisper of another Hebrew word Manulim or locks. The word “your feet" ( Raglecha) " is
related to the word Hergelecha or your habits.
    Moshe is being told that in order to understand what HaShem is truly doing in the world and what Moshe's role will be
in that , one must remove the locks or constraints in our lives put there by our habits and societal norms. Only then will
Moshe understand the message of the burning bush.
    That message was that just as this small burning bush was not to be consumed, the people of Israel, his people, were
not to be consumed by the fires of slavery, either. Moshe is clearly being told not to lose faith in his people. He needs to
understand that the experience of exile and difficulties becomes the fertile ground of true liberation. In the midst of all the
mudslinging during this time of political elections, it is something we need to remember as well
2)West Longs for Jew-Free Zones in Jerusalem                              P. David Hornik (Daily Mailer,)
    Israel plans to step up the building of residences within the settlement blocs and—drawing particular ire—in parts of
Jerusalem that were under Jordanian occupation from 1949 to 1967. The Jerusalem plans include housing for both Jews
and Arabs.
    In this holiday season, those plans should be cause for rejoicing instead of heightened rebukes. The city’s status as a
hub of three religions, and also of tolerance, pluralism, and across-the-board demographic growth, is being strengthened.
Instead, official Western reactions have been harshly critical (reports here, here, and here).
    U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: “We are deeply disappointed that Israel insists on
continuing this pattern of provocative action.” The French Foreign Ministry called the building plans “a provocation that
further undermines…trust…and leads us to question Israel’s commitment to the two-state solution.” British foreign
secretary William Hague called the plans “a serious provocation and an obstacle to peace.”
    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton even hinted at repercussions, saying the EU would “closely monitor the
situation…and act accordingly.”
    And 14 of the 15 countries on the UN Security Council—with the U.S. as the only exception—issued condemnations
as well. Four of them—Britain, France, Germany, and Portugal—said in a joint statement that they were “extremely
concerned by, and strongly opposed, the plans…all settlement activity, including in east Jerusalem, must cease
    It should be noted that, except the U.S., all of the abovementioned countries either voted aye or abstained in last
month’s UN General Assembly vote conferring a watered-down form of statehood on the Palestinian Authority. It was
partly in reaction to the Palestinians’ move, which blatantly violated the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo Accords that the EU once
sanctioned, that Israel announced the new building plans.
    Israel, though, couldn’t win. It couldn’t persuade the European states to oppose the Palestinian move; and once it
reacted to the move, it was roundly condemned.
    Israel was particularly disappointed by Germany’s abstention in the UN vote, after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
government had seemed to be intending to vote nay. Germany, as already mentioned, then joined three other countries in
demanding that even “East Jerusalem”—where 200,000 Jews now live, 40 percent of Jerusalem’s total Jewish
population—be treated as a Jew-free zone.
    Beyond these specific points, though, stands the ongoing spectacle of the world’s leading Western powers seeming to
pine for a redivided Jerusalem, this time with the Palestinians ruling the Jew-free part. Even if a Palestinian sovereign
entity were to arise in the West Bank, “Ramallah,” as David Solway notes in his new book, “…is a good enough
Palestinian capital.” Why, then, the insistence on East Jerusalem?
    It doesn’t seem reasonable that Washington, London, Paris, Berlin et al. would be nostalgic for the previous period of
Muslim Arab rule over that part of the city. The Jordanian occupation was particularly hard on Jews, who were denied all
access to their holy sites while Jordanian snipers fired repeatedly into the Jewish part of the city. But the Christians under
Jordan’s control suffered as well, their number dwindling from 25,000 in 1949 to 10,000 in 1967 as they were given only
paltry access to their holy sites and forced to teach the Koran in their church schools (accounts here and here).
    Would it be better under the Palestinians? Not if one takes Bethlehem—where the Palestinian Authority has wielded
autonomy since late 1995—as a test case. Palestinian Muslim control there has caused ongoing steep demographic decline
for the town’s Christians as they suffer from terror, intimidation, land theft, sexual assault, forced marriages, and the like
(accounts here, here, and here)—not surprisingly in light of the continuing severe persecution of Christians throughout the
    Indeed, however eager the West is for Palestinian rule in East Jerusalem, it turns out that even the predominantly
Muslim Palestinians there don’t want it. As Evelyn Gordon notes, the numbers of these Palestinians requesting Israeli
citizenship has dramatically climbed in recent years. Polls find that, even if the Palestinian state was established, most
East Jerusalem Palestinians would prefer to remain Israeli.
    Considering that the Palestinians’ supposed desire to shake off Israeli rule is a shibboleth of Western diplomacy, one
might ask why that would be so. But anyone who has been both to Israel and the Palestinian Authority—one is tempted to
say, anyone but Western diplomats—knows that the former is an island of Western democracy, prosperity, tolerance, and
pluralism in a harsh region. Jerusalem Palestinians, exposed to those upsides since Israel reunited the city in 1967, have
come to know their worth.
    As Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat put it in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed,
    Since [1967] the city has maintained freedom of access, movement and religion. Peace-seeking pilgrims of all faiths
can again visit the holy places without limitation or restriction. Tourism to Jerusalem is thriving, as is the city’s economy,
and its per capita crime rate is among the world’s lowest….
    Isn’t it ironic that many in Europe who recently celebrated 25 years of the reunification of Berlin are at the same time
calling for the division of another capital on another continent?
    And as Barkat went on to ask: “By 2030, the city’s population will expand to one million residents from 800,000 today
(33% Muslim, 2% Christian and 65% Jewish). Where does the world suggest we put these extra 200,000 residents?”
If the answer is, “Put them where you want, but make sure you keep some parts off-limits to Jews,” Israel’s answer is: no.
Peace and goodwill to all.
    Andreas Fagerbakke, 25, is a pro-Israel online activist and a freelance writer for With Israel For Peace
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3) Ulysses S. Grant & the Jews           by Jeff Jacoby
                                 When General Grant expelled the Jews.
                                     In the American experience, anti-Semitic decrees have been virtually unthinkable.
                                 Religious liberty is enshrined in the Constitution, and early in his presidency George
                                 Washington went out of his way to assure the young nation's Jews that "the Government
                                 of the United States … gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance." During
                                 the long centuries of Jewish exile, powerful officials had often promulgated sweeping
                                 edicts depriving Jews of their rights or driving them from their homes. In America, that
could never happen.
    But 150 years ago this month, it did.
    In December 1862, with the Civil War raging, the Union Army's efforts to control the movement of Southern cotton
was bedeviled by illegal speculation and black marketeers. Like many of his contemporaries, Major General Ulysses S.
Grant – then commanding a vast geographic swath called the Department of the Tennessee – shared a crude stereotype of
all Jews as avaricious, corner-cutting swindlers. That ugly prejudice boiled over in General Orders No. 11, the most
infamous anti-Semitic injunction in American history: "The Jews, as a class violating every regulation of trade established
by the Treasury Department and also department orders, are hereby expelled from this department within 24 hours from
the receipt of this order."
    The region commanded by Grant was home to several thousand Jews (including men in uniform serving under him).
Fortunately, General Orders No. 11 had little direct impact on most of them. Jews were driven out of Paducah, Ky., and
some towns in Mississippi and Tennessee, and there were accounts of Jewish travelers being imprisoned and roughed up.
But a breakdown in military communications slowed the spread of Grant's directive, and at least some officers had qualms
about enforcing it. Brigadier General Jeremiah C. Sullivan, the Union commander of Jackson, Tenn., commented tartly
that "he thought he was an officer of the Army and not of a church."
    What stopped the expulsion order cold, however, was the commander-in-chief. When word of Grant's edict reached
President Lincoln on January 3, 1863, he immediately countermanded it. "To condemn a class is, to say the least, to
wrong the good with the bad," the president declared. "I do not like to hear a class or nationality condemned on account of
a few sinners."
    End of the story? In some ways it was just the beginning.
    As historian Jonathan Sarna relates in a recent book, When General Grant Expelled the Jews, Grant's order did his
military career no harm. Within a few years he was commander of all Union armies and the Confederate surrender at
Appomattox made him a national hero. He was elected president in 1868, and re-elected four years later.
    Yet for the rest of his life, Grant was ashamed of having attempted to evict "Jews as a class" for offenses most of them
had never committed. "What his wife, Julia, called 'that obnoxious order' continued to haunt Grant up to his death," Sarna
writes. "The sense that in expelling them he had failed to live up to his own high standards of behavior, and to the
Constitution that he had sworn to uphold, gnawed at him. He apologized for the order publicly and repented of it
    Not surprisingly, Grant's order got a good deal of attention in the 1868 presidential campaign – the first time a "Jewish
issue" played a role in presidential politics. Grant didn't deny that General Orders No. 11 had grossly violated core
American values. "I do not sustain that order," he wrote humbly. "It would never have been issued if it had not been
telegraphed the moment it was penned, and without reflection."
    But it was as president that the full extent of Grant's regret became clear. He opposed a movement to make the United
States an explicitly Christian state through a constitutional amendment designating Jesus as "Ruler among the nations."
He named more Jews to government office than any of his predecessors – including to positions, such as governor of the
Washington Territory, previously considered too lofty for a Jewish nominee.
    Grant became the first American president to openly speak out against the persecution of Jews abroad. In response to
anti-Jewish pogroms in Romania, he took the unprecedented step of sending a Jewish consul-general to Bucharest to
"work for the benefit of the people who are laboring under severe oppression." All in all, the eight years of Grant's
presidency proved to be a "golden age" in US Jewish history. When he died in 1885, he was mourned in synagogues
    It was a remarkable saga of atonement. From scourge of the Jews to their great friend in Washington; from the general
who trampled Jewish liberty to the president who made protection of their rights a priority. Only in America.
This article original appeared in the Boston Globe.
4) Police weigh recommending indictment for Feiglin
                                      By JPOST.COM STAFF                02/01/2013
                                          Likud candidate detained for third time for praying aloud at Temple Mount, police
                                      consider indicting him for disorderly conduct.
                                          Police detained Likud candidate Moshe Feiglin for attempting to pray aloud at the
                                      Temple Mount on Tuesday morning, the third time in the past year the activist has been
                                      detained on the site for similar offenses.
                                          Police are considering whether to recommend Feiglin be served with an indictment
                                      for disorderly conduct and hindering a police officer from fulfilling his duties. Feiglin
                                      declined to comment about the prospective indictment.
    An indictment would not bar Feiglin from running for Knesset. He would not have to quit the Knesset unless he is
convicted and the charges against him are found to bear moral turpitude. If Feiglin is convicted and sentenced to at least
three months in jail, he cannot be an MK for seven years unless the court rules that the charges do not bear moral
    According to police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby, Feiglin, who is No. 23 on the joint Likud Beytenu list, prostrated
himself in the plaza and tried to pray out loud. Praying aloud, going through ritual motions or using any type of traditional
prayer objects such as tefillin, tallitot or prayer books, are forbidden for Jews at Judaism’s holiest site due to tensions with
Muslim worshipers at the Aksa Mosque.
    Feiglin wrote on his Facebook page that he goes to the Temple Mount on the 19th of every Jewish month and that he
bothered no one other than the undercover policeman who followed him and had him arrested. He said he refused to post
bond, give fingerprints or take a mug shot as conditions for his release, and the police ultimately agreed.
    “When I was questioned, I said I would provide any information requested, but I would not cooperate in any way with
the police’s unfortunate policy of harming the liberties of those questioned unnecessarily,” Feiglin wrote. “This was a big
victory in the battle for human rights in Israel. It did not surprise me that our right to the Temple Mount led to the good
news about the liberties of Israeli citizens.”
    “We all serve the king of the world whose divine spirit dwells here. We are not beholden, because we already have a
    Feiglin confirmed that the Likud had asked him to lay low and avoid interviews ahead of the election. He said he
accepted the request, because his message was different than the messages his party was trying to put forward.
“It is ironic that I’m in the headlines anyway today, but apparently the director of the show had his own plans,” Feiglin
    Feiglin’s detention did not require police to close the Temple Mount to visitors, and the rest of the day proceeded
without incident.
    Police have arrested Feiglin a number of times for attempting to pray on the Temple Mount, most recently on October
    Police arrested a total of five people in the incident: Feiglin and another Jewish worshiper, as well as three Muslim
worshipers, who surrounded Feiglin’s group and started yelling “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). One of the Arabs was
carrying a concealed knife, which is illegal on the Temple Mount.
    In the October incident, Feiglin refused to sign the police restraining order prohibiting him from visiting the Temple
Mount and was brought for a hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. The judge released him without any conditions.
Feiglin said he ascends to the Temple Mount on the 19th of every Hebrew month, and Tuesday was the 19th of Tevet
according to the Jewish calendar.
    In February, police prevented Feiglin from entering the Temple Mount after accusing him and other right-wing
activists of attempting to disrupt order. A flyer aimed at members of the Likud Central Committee urged thousands of
supporters to join Feiglin at the Temple Mount.
    “Purify the site from the enemies of Israel who stole the land, and build the Third Temple on the ruins of the
mosques,” the flyer read.
    Insp.-Gen. Nisso Shaham, who was Jerusalem’s police chief at the time, closed the Temple Mount to all non-Muslim
visitors on February 12 as a result of the announcement.
Melanie Lidman and Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.
                               SHORASHIM BIBLICAL GIFTS
                               The Mother Of Pearl pendant $55
                               based on Proverbs 31
                               This piece inspired by proverbs 31 is made of sterling silver and colorful mother of pearl.
                               Based on the verse;
                               A woman of valour who can find? for her price is far above pearls ( proverbs 31:10)
In hebrew the verse reads PENINIM -Pearls not rbies or precious jewels to teach us that a "a woman of valor" may begin
her journey as something insignificant like a speck of dust
5) Mourning Under Glass: Reflections on a Son’s Murder
                            Avraham David Moses HY"D
                            By Naftali Moses          Reviewed by Yitzchok Adlerstein
                                 You will not enjoy reading Mourning Under Glass. And that is exactly why you should read
                            it. It is not meant to be enjoyed, but to drag you to a place where you really do not want to go.
                            You will feel pain, be moved to tears and be forced to think the “What if it would have happened
                            to me?” questions that we all suppress, lest we descend into madness. You should read it because
                            you will learn things about people dealing with sudden tragedy and its aftermath that you will
                            not learn elsewhere. If you read on, you will have little choice. Guilt will compel you to read the
                            book so long as a Jewish heart beats within you.
    Mourning Under Glass: Reflections On A Son’s Murder chronicles the snuffing out of the life of a precious neshamah
in an Arab terror attack and a full year of his father’s coping with the aftermath. Sixteen-year-old Avraham David Moses
was one of the eight kedoshim to perish in the Mercaz HaRav terror attack massacre in Adar of 2008. Naftali Moses,
Avraham David’s father, takes us on a rare journey into the unthinkable: the baring of a soul still raw and wounded.
    People often have a morbid fascination with tragedy that they are not party to, where they can stand back and gawk
from a safe distance. Moses does not allow you to do that. If you, a stranger, want to know more, you will have to feel the
pain with him.
    The book is not long. If words cannot really do justice to the horror, why prolong the agony? Between its covers,
however, it surgically focuses on many important topics, many of them centering around the insensitivity of those who
used the tragedy to their own advantage, ignoring the feelings of the mourners, the facts and sometimes decency itself.
A social commentator on Israel’s Channel One would search for “meaning” in the massacre—and discover it in the link
between Mercaz HaRav, Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, zt”l, and the accursed settlers his ideology inspired.
    A political correspondent invented a rumor of a planned revenge attack upon the Arabs to diminish the sympathy that
Israelis were feeling for the Mercaz HaRav community. When Avraham David’s mother quietly refused to condemn the
Israeli government for gathering pictures of the massacre to show the world what Arab terror is about, Haaretz turned an
interview about the emotions of loss into a headline declaring her willingness to turn her son’s murder into “political use.”
    Moses takes us on a rare journey into the unthinkable: the baring of a soul still raw and wounded.
    The media’s exploitation of the murders was manifest, deliberate and perhaps not unexpected. The reader will be more
surprised by the depth of pain that Moses and the other victims’ families felt when others, sometimes unwittingly,
appropriated the victims for their own purposes.
    Moses explores the issue of memory, how different individuals and groups will accentuate different parts of a whole so
that the products do not even resemble each other. He raises the tough issue of the clash between private memory and
public memory, without offering an easy solution.
    We fidget when he chronicles how the public relations and fundraising agendas of organizations sometimes
marginalized the victims’ families. He shows how easily outside interests, and sometimes even groups that were close to
the victims, seized moments of meaning from the families and turned consolation into a prolongation of agony.
    One chapter can be important as a stand-alone. “A Concise Field Guide to Condolence Callers” will make many wince,
when they see their own mistakes mirrored and amplified through the incisive comments of a mourner who pulls no
punches. (As the chapter title suggests, the book is not without humor, albeit sometimes bitter, cynical and dark.) Reading
it carefully will jump-start a process of improving the skills necessary to properly fulfill the mitzvah of nichum aveilim,
comforting the mourner.
    There is room for one hero in this book, and he is not difficult to identify. Rabbi Yerachmiel Weiss, the rosh yeshivah
of Mercaz HaRav’s high school, stands out for his sensitivity and his ability to communicate emunah to a watching nation,
gently triumphing over the skepticism of a veteran secularist interviewer.
    The mood is somber throughout. However, this does not mean that its message is a negative one. In one of the closing
pages, the author offers an epitaph to the year of mourning that makes us conscious of the great gifts of our Torah, in good
times and in times of great tragedy:
    “And I,” as the Psalmist wrote, “I groaned, each night my bed swam in tears. I melted it” (Tehillim 6:7). How much
water rained from my red eyes, thinking about my son, feeling the terrible pain of loss. Remembering how much blood, in
place of water, soaked the earth that evil night.
    But this night [at a gathering close to the yahrtzeit], I want to also recall the mercy that God, and my friends and
neighbors, have rained down upon us all. . . I need the Holy One to help heal the hole torn in my heart . . . Let heaven and
earth once again meet; let the earth once more be kissed by God’s presence. Let once more the bounty of His promise
spring forth from our too-dry land. Let the cracked surface of my soul feel the warm, healing rain of God’s love.
    It is a particularly poignant and triumphant tziduk hadin, proclamation of Hashem’s righteousness, even when we
cannot understand it. It bears testimony to the emunah and faith of the Jewish neshamah. Earlier in the book, Moses
allows that, “There is something special about our tribe. We are a family bound together by ties that span time and place.
    We are a family . . . Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the majority of letters I received were from Orthodox
Jewish youth, studying in Orthodox Jewish schools . . . Daily study, daily prayer, keeping kosher, keeping the Sabbath—
how could these not affect one’s connection to Am Yisrael?”
    May the author’s next works share with us the sprouting of peace and happiness within his soul.
    Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein is the director of interfaith affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He is also a member of
the Jewish Action editorial board, and a founding editor of
    This article was featured in Jewish Action Winter 2012
6) Shemot: Moses' Mistake                  Rabbi Chanan Morisson
                                     Appearing in a burning bush, God charged Moses with the task of leading the Jewish
                                  people out of Egypt. Moses, however, had doubts about the feasibility of the mission:
                                  "They will not believe me and they will not listen to me, because they will say, 'God did
                                  not appear to you.'" (Ex. 4:1)
                                     In fact, Moses was wrong. The Hebrew slaves did believe him. Why did Moses doubt
                                  God's plan? How could the 'master of all prophets' so gravely misjudge his own people?
                                  Another curiosity is the nature of the miraculous signs God provided Moses to prove his
                                  authenticity -- a staff that transforms into a snake, a hand that becomes leprous, and fresh
                                  water that turns into blood. None of these are particularly auspicious omens!
                                  Hidden Treasure of the Soul
                                     What is faith? The wonderful trait of emunah (faith), in its purest form, is a hidden
quality of the soul. It is unlike any other wisdom or intellectual awareness. It is an integral part of the inner soul, forming
the very basis for life, its light and splendor.
    However, this source of happiness and eternal life is not always discernible to the outside world. We are not even fully
aware of the magnitude of our own resources of faith. Certainly, its true dimensions are concealed from others.
    The Israelites in Egypt had sunk to the lowest levels of corruption and idolatry. Outwardly, they were indistinguishable
from their Egyptian masters. The two nations were so similar that the Torah describes the Exodus from Egypt as "taking a
nation from the midst of a nation" (Deut. 4:34). It was like removing a fetus encapsulated in its mother's womb.
    In such a state of affairs, even the penetrating eye of Moses failed to detect the people's inner reserve of faith. Too
many masks and covers concealed the holy light of their inner faith. This hidden treasure of the Jewish people, their
eternal heritage, was only revealed to God. The Sages taught in Shabbat 97a,
    "God knew that Israel would believe. He told Moses, 'They are believers, the children of believers... while you will
lack faith in the future.' As it says (Num. 20:12) [regarding the incident at Mei Merivah, the Waters of Dispute], 'You did
not believe in Me, to sanctify Me in the presence of the Israelites.'"
    Unquestionably, the inner fire of faith always burns in the soul. It is an intrinsic aspect of the Jewish soul, regardless of
choices made and paths taken. If we judge only according to external actions, however, there may not be any outward
expression of this inner spark. This was God's message to Moses: if you measure faith only by what occurs in the outer
realm of deed, then even the greatest and most perfected individuals - even spiritual giants like Moses - can stumble, and
fail to act upon their inner faith.
    The Message of the Signs
    The Sages explained that the various signs were a punishment for being unjustly suspicious of the people. The sign of
leprosy was particularly appropriate for the message that God that wanted to impart to Moses. Leprosy afflicts the skin,
the outer layer of the body. This sign hinted to Moses: there may occur imperfections on the exterior, and the external
expression may not match the inner holiness, but the holy light of divine faith is always safeguarded within the inner soul.
One cannot claim that the Jewish people will not believe the word of God, even when their lives appear dark and
tarnished. This discoloration is only superficial, as it is written, "Do not look upon me [disdainfully] because I am black;
for [it is only] the sun that has darkened me" (Song of Songs 1:6).
May you have a peaceful and blessed Shabbat
01032013 NEWS AM
What a difference a day makes!
    Yesterday was difficult to say the least. My jet lag and failure to get adequate rest left me a bit vulnerable to the
remarkable viral infestation that is present on the plane and in the busses here in Israel. I had fever much of the night and
felt like a terrible cold was coming on. Most of the day was spent sleeping and drinking tea. I may have buggered up my
time zone transition by doing that but at least today I feel someone human. Today will be a trip to the grocery for chicken
and herbs and a lovely chicken rice soup. For the skeptics among the readers, there was an article in the NEJM 30 years
ago that demonstrated that people who consumed fresh (not canned) chicken soup recuperated from respiratory illnesses
much faster. Mama wasn’t wrong and neither was Grandma.
    Back to the Women in Green meeting on 01/01
    The participants in this meeting were all major names and pretty well known in the political arena. There were many
Ministers of Knesset and political hopefuls present. Each was given about 15 minutes. There were several issues but a
major trend that came out.
    To begin with they were all in accord that during the first years of this countries existence the leadership did a great job
of playing the Dhimmi ( aka the doormat) for the world and the Islamic people. There were resistance groups but the
overall direction is now that we have a crumb form the world’s table, let’s not make waves, take what we got and don’t
make wave. While they did fight when attacked they consciously avoided confrontation as much as possible.
    In the past years a group evolved that has a different opinion. Submission only leads to conciliation and more
submission. While this group is not huge they have worked to try to increase the public consciousness that when dealing
with the Islamic world that approach works poorly.
    They also have learned that the more they play the Dhimmi role to groups like the UN/EU and US the more that
reinforces their lack of merit to even have the land. The media and the governments of the world including the Islamic
world have done a masterful job of manipulating the verbiage. Who is really occupying the ‘territories’? Who has the
legal and biblical right to the land? For those with any Biblical knowledge it should be obvious. The oldest land grand
recorded is the grant from the Holy One to Abraham. The oldest deed is for Hebron. When you look at the Bible the so
called occupied territories are the true Biblical heart land that was granted to Abraham and where he and the Patriarchs
lived. It was also reiterated that Jordan never established a separate government for the Israeli territories when theyheld
them. They were a part of Jordan. The Historical perspective went on and on.
    The next issue was the problem of sovereignty over (holding onto) the land. Even the land that they hold and is
considered part of Israel is being eroded away such as the problems in Lod where people are harassed by Arabs and the
police choose to ignore it. Or the Temple Mount where a Jew can only go at very set times and may not carry any
religious objects or even be perceived as uttering a prayer or suffer internment. They you have the problem where the
liberal courts have insinuated themselves in issues of borders which is not in their purview but they have decided that it is
their job to spread their liberal perspective
    The issue boils down to the seated governments have not from the onset established their authority over the land, even
that which was granted to them. They want to be politically correct and not make waves. There could be conflict.
    This group recognizes that there will be conflict BUT it is necessary to establish a president and hold their God given
    They are calling for annexing the Area C (where the settlements are located) which has about 400k Jewish people and
48K Arabs. Also stop playing the part of the Dhimmi and stop worrying about what the EU et al are going to say.
     I found the meeting rather encouraging because it demonstrates a really strong movement within the country to take
the Biblical land for the Jewish people.
    Just as a matter of interest, the meeting was originally scheduled for one venue which would hold about 200 and
moved to a location where there were literally hundreds, at least 500 and probably more like 700 or 800 with standing
room only. It was not super easy to follow all the event because it was all in Hebrew and the simultaneous translation
went lickety split. I am certainly glad to have had the opportunity to attend this event and see that there is an awakening to
the Biblical right to the land and the command to take the land.

          So now you need to get some real news.

                          Israel 2013 - Czechoslovakia 1938?
"The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds."
           -- Isaiah Berlin(1909-1997)

                Read the Prophets & PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
            That is the only hope of this nation!                      Plead for Grace and Mercy
Please remember               That the world would W A K E U P.
these folks in prayer-
Check often – they
                              Time for a worldwide repentance!
change                        ALL US soldiers fighting for our freedom around the world
                              Pray for those in our government to repent of their wicked corrupt ways.
                              Pray that the American people WAKE UP to the truth concerning our government
                              and take a positive action.
                              Pray for CW - CVA - at home and much improved.
                              Pray for M B B – Cancer Surgery – doing well – more to come.
                              Pray that The Holy One will lead you in Your preparations for handling the world
                              problems. – Have YOU made any preparations?

Ecclesiastes: 4:4-6 Then I saw all labor and every skilful work, that for this a man is envied of
his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. (5) The fool foldeth his hands
together, and eateth his own flesh. (6) Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls
with labor and striving after wind.

Ahmadinejad in suicidal anti-corruption drive against Khamenei’s establishment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 2, 2013, 9:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
   In the unexpected role of social crusader, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech
at Kermanshah Wednesday, Jan. 2, “The country’s economy should not be controlled by 3,000 or
10,000 people.” Seventy-six million Iranians still don’t benefit from the country’s oil revenues – “only
an elite minority,” he said.
   Predictably, debkafile’s Iranian sources report, the Iranian president’s relations and friends are rushing for the exits:
they are selling property and packing their bags ready to quit the country, worried about his fate and their own, as
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his powerful machine prepared to hit back.
   Ahmadinejad is certainly in for serious persecution even before his six months as president are up
in June. In his second four-year term as president, he made enemies of the most powerful parts of the
ruling establishment: He attempted to overshadow the Supreme Leader, brushed aside the advice of
his mentor, the influential religious figure Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi, and dared to poke a finger in the
eye of the powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps, by asking why they controlled and profited from the
largest slice of the nation’s assets instead of the people.
   Now they are all gunning for him, using as their political bludgeon allegations of financial corruption.
   But Ahmadinejad has not been put off. Although he sees his undoing written large on the wall, at every opportunity,
before even small audiences of 300-400 people, he continues to maintain that the only way the country can save itself is
by forcing the redistribution of national wealth. [Gee! He must have taken a page out of the BHObamanation’s
play book. Amazing! – rdb]
   His message goes down well in the Iranian street and he is beginning to build a grass-roots power base that may help
protect him from retribution by Khamenei and his henchmen. The “elite minority,” which need to be relieved of their
assets, was easily understood to impugn the super-rich, like Khamenei’s own son Mojtaba and some of the Revolutionary
Guard commanders.
   Our sources in Tehran say that many of his associates have already taken the precaution of removing themselves to
safety in the United States or Europe; others are keeping their heads down or knocking on the president’s door to wangle
foreign postings so long as he has the clout to disburse them. [Aren’t we glad that the USA has such a wonderful
open door policy for the Iranians – those whose leadership has promised the destruction of the Jewish
state and people? Wonder how many terrorists came over with the evacuation flotilla. – rdb] One such
prominent figure is Hamid Baqa’I, the president’s deputy for executive affairs. In two months, he is due to take up the
post of Iranian ambassador to UN institutions in Geneva and New York, in place of the incumbent Mohammad Khaza’i.
   Ahmadinejad is going through the motions of promoting his close aide Esfandyar Rahim Masha’I, who is also the
father of his daughter-in-law, as presidential contender in June. But he knows it is a lost case. Masha’i is also likely to
end up at a foreign posting with his family, when his candidacy is disqualified by the Guardian Council of the
Constitution which is under Khamenei’s thumb.
    Foreign appointments also appear to be in the works for some other members of Ahmadinejad’s inner circle, such as
Seyyed Hossein Moussavi, Malek-Zadeh and others.
    But not all his hangers-on are getting a sympathetic hearing. Our sources in Tehran have learned that the president lost
patience this week when a bunch of his cronies confronted him with demands for cushy overseas appointments. He
threatened instead to fire some of them Under heavy criticism for mismanaging the Iranian economy, he may use the
opportunity to assign the blame to his less favorite advisers, sweep them out and replace them with new faces. One of the
most prominent heads on the block may be First Vice President and de facto prime minister Mohammad Reza Rahimi.
Rahimi stirred an international furor by his anti-Semitic remarks which accused Jews of “spreading narcotics around the
world in accordance with the teachings of the Talmud … whose objective is the destruction of the world.” He almost
outperformed his boss, now turned social crusader, who more than once attracted international condemnation for his
inflammatory remarks about Israel and Jews.
    Most recently, Ahmadinejad called his close cronies together for a pep talk. He told them he held an
insurance policy for his and their survival: the secret dossiers of 300 top Iranian officials containing
detailed records of their misdeeds. He obtained them by rifling the archives of the Ministry of Intelligence and
Security during the brief period after he sacked the intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi, and before Khamenei forced
him to reinstate the minister a week later.
    He and his staff had meanwhile combed through the incriminating files and made copies of them which were now held
safe in the presidential office.
Khamenei, who has the support of the bulk of Iran’s political and military leaders, knows all about Ahmadinejad’s plans
and is determined to eliminate him one way or another and make sure that the 300 dossiers never leave the president’s
    More than once, Ahmadinejad has implied recently that he would make their contents public if he or members of his
clique were charged with corruption or the misappropriation of state funds. For now, he is weeding out of his
administration the officials he regards as its Achilles heels – according to our sources, the first scheduled to go are Oil
Minister Rostam Qassemi and Interior Minister Mohammad Mostafa Najjar.
    The Iranian Oil Ministry is a notorious hotbed of financial embezzlement, whereas the Interior Ministry is responsible
for organizing the upcoming presidential election and Ahmadinejad would prefer one of his confidantes to be sitting in
that office.
    Only last week, he sacked Health Minister Marzieh Wahid Dastjerdi for remarking that Ahmadinejad prefers to
earmark foreign currency for importing dog food rather than medicines. Her dismissal put many backs up against the
president in the top echelons of government.
    President Ahmadinejad was publicly warned this week to shut his mouth and stop ruining his reputation by Esma’il
Kovsari, Khamenist adherent and powerful parliamentary voice. Kovsari pointed out that the Revolutionary Guards
helped Ahmadinejad come to power as president and supported him on many occasions and so he must not turn his back
on them now.
    Another supporter of Khamenei, Al Sa’idi, said that most regime heads are now sorry they brought Ahmadinejad to
power because he has become a different person.
    Does this royal battle within the Iranian establishment affect its nuclear plans? The answer is no. Will crucifying the
president cause rioting over the summer election? Not likely. Politically, Ahmadinejad is on his way out and leaves the
stage to the most radical elements of the regime. And physically? Well, car accidents are a common feature of the Iranian
political scene.
Tehran says hoping for nuclear talks 'very soon'
Iran negotiator says proposal given to Russia; West's concerns about higher-level uranium refining intensify
Reuters         Published: 01.03.13, 00:14 / Israel News
    Iran hopes talks with six major powers about its atomic program will begin very soon, the country's top nuclear
negotiator said on Wednesday during a trip to India.
    Last week, Russian media said the six world powers – the United States, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and China –
were still negotiating with the Islamic Republic on a possible date and venue for the talks.
    "We gave our proposal to Russia and they expressed their readiness for a restart of the talks. We welcome them,"
Saeed Jalili, Iran's National Security Council secretary, said.
    "The venue and the time… have not been finalized but we hope that these talks will start very soon," he told reporters
after a speech in Delhi.
    The six powers want to rein in Tehran's uranium enrichment program, to ensure it is geared only for civilian energy,
through a mix of diplomacy and sanctions. Iran denies Western assertions that it is seeking nuclear weapons capability.
    The powers so far have failed to achieve a breakthrough in three rounds of talks since April.
    But neither side has been willing to break off totally, partly because of concerns this could lead to a new war in the
Middle East if Israel attacked its arch-foe.
    Iran is refining uranium to a fissile concentration of 20%, which Western experts worry is a step towards the level
required for bombs. Iran says it needs higher-grade uranium to run its medical research reactor in Tehran.
    Jalili is the second member of Iran's nuclear team to visit India in the past month. Officials from both countries
declined to say whether or not India was involved in getting the nuclear talks restarted.
    Later in the week, Jalili is due to meet India's national security adviser, before travelling to Afghanistan.,7340,L-4327915,00.html [Bet me! This is delaying tactic number 503 for Iran. Talk!
Talk! Talk! Action? NONE- rdb]
'Iranian Jew murdered, was dating IRGC's daughter'
By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON                  01/02/2013 23:02
Channel 2 reports that 24-year-old Daniel Magrufta murdered last week; Jewish community suspects girlfriend
involved in murder.
   A 24-year-old Iranian Jew, who was part of one of the wealthiest Jewish families in the Iranian Jewish community,
was murdered last week as reported by Israeli Channel 2. The Iranian Jewish community is fuming.
   His name was Daniel Magrufta, the son of a well-known businessman. He was dating the non-Jewish daughter of a
member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
   Channel 2 reported that Jewish community suspects that she was involved in the murder, but she was released without
any charges being brought against her.
   According to the Jewish community in Iran, the investigators reportedly told her that “if you were involved in killing a
Jew, you did a good deed.”
   His funeral was held last Sunday at the Yusuf Abad Synagogue in Tehran.
   Less than a month ago, a Jewish woman was murdered. [I am
surprised the girl is still alive. I would think that she would succumb to ‘an honor killing’ – rdb]
Syrian air strike hits petrol station, killing 30'
By REUTERS         01/02/2013 15:49
Activists say some 30 civilians were killed when Syrian warplanes bombed a petrol station in a rebel controlled suburb
in Damascus.
   AMMAN - At least 30 civilians were killed on Wednesday when Syrian warplanes bombed a petrol station in a
rebellious suburb on the eastern edge of Damascus, two opposition campaigners on the scene said.
   "I counted at least 30 bodies. They were either burnt or dismembered," said Abu Saeed, an activist who arrived at the
area in the Muleiha suburb of Damascus an hour after the raid occurred at 1:00 p.m.
   Another activist, Abu Fouad, said warplanes had bombarded the area as a consignment of fuel arrived and crowds
packed the station. [Are these folks activists or terrorists? If they are externally supported insurrectionists
planted there by the UN conglomerate of One world thinkers who believe that going with a Muslim
Brotherhood dominated middle east then they are terrorists. – rdb]
   Video footage taken by activists, which could not be independently verified, showed a body of a man a helmet on a
motorcycle amid flames that had engulfed the site, apparently hit while in a line of vehicles waiting for petrol. A man was
also shown carrying a dismembered body.
   Muleiha is one of a series of Sunni Muslim suburbs ringing the capital that have been at the forefront of the 21 month
revolt against the rule of President Bashar Assad, who belongs to the Shi'ite-derived Alawite minority sect.
   Government forces control the center of Damascus and have been pounding the suburbs from the air.
UN: Syria death toll tops 60,000
Latest report by UN Human Rights Council on civil war in Syria says country plunging deeper into bloodshed, chaos;
adds 84,000 people fled region in December alone
Reuters Published: 01.02.13, 23:01 / Israel News
    At least 60,000 people have died in Syria's conflict, UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said on Wednesday,
citing an "exhaustive" UN-commissioned study.
    Over five months of analysis, researchers cross-referenced seven sources to compile a list of 59,648 individuals
reported killed between March 15, 2011, and November 30, 2012.
    "Given there has been no let-up in the conflict since the end of November, we can assume that more than 60,000
people have been killed by the beginning of 2013," Pillay said. "The number of casualties is much higher than we
expected, and is truly shocking."
    The UN refugee agency said about 84,000 people fled Syria in December alone, bringing the total number of refugees
to about a half-million. Many more are displaced inside Syria.
    Among the latest deaths were a number of civilians who died when Syrian warplanes bombed a petrol station in a
suburb on the eastern edge of Damascus on Wednesday.
    Syria's civil war is the longest and deadliest conflict to emerge from uprisings that began sweeping the Arab world in
2011 and has developed a significant sectarian element.
UN-led diplomatic peace efforts have stumbled. Western and many Sunni Arab states demand Syrian President Bashar
Assad's immediate removal, an idea resisted by Russia, China and Syria's Shia ally Iran.,7340,L-4327877,00.html
IDF preparing hospitals for chemical attacks
By YAAKOV LAPPIN         01/03/2013 03:45
Military official says Home Front Command preparing hospitals for range of security threats including large-scale
missile attacks.
    The IDF Home Front Command is preparing all hospitals in Israel for a range of security threats, including large-scale
missile attacks and chemical attacks, a senior military source told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
    The preparations have been planned three years in advance, and bear no relation to current events or recent
threat assessments. [Really? – rdb]Exercises include training hospital staff to deal with conventional missile
attacks, mass-casualty incidents and “mega-mass casualty incidents,” – involving 1,000 or more injuries.
     “We train a lot for chemical weapons,” a Home Front Command source said. “This is our business, and only ours.
There is no room for error.”
    The drills form the only basis for dealing with a chemical weapon attack, the source stressed, “since we have no
experience with this.”
    The threat of a chemical attack from neighboring Syria is very low, but the defense community’s contingency planning
includes steps to both prevent and cope with such a threat.
    The Home Front Command’s medical department – under the jurisdiction of the Health Ministry – has been tasked
with preparing hospitals for all possibilities.
    All 27 hospitals in Israel have undergone intensive chemical weapons incidents drills – including surprise exercises.
The hospitals undergo a total of 25 emergency drills per year.
    During the drills, people simulating patients are rushed into hospitals with notes attached to them explaining their
particular scenario. On average, hospitals deal with 200 “patients” during the simulations – though on some occasions, the
number has been as high as 700.
    The Home Front Command has also created underground areas in major hospitals such as Ichilov in Tel Aviv and
Rambam in Haifa, so intensive care and pregnancy wards can be transferred there in the case of missile attacks.
    During Operation Pillar of Defense, the Home Front Command sent crews to four hospitals to create daycare centers
for the children of doctors and nurses, to allow them to focus on treating patients.
    According to Home Front Command evaluations, even in the event of wide-scale rocket and missile attacks, a low
casualty rate can be expected.
    The source noted that the 11,000 rockets fired from Gaza between 2000 and November 2012 (before the Gaza conflict)
resulted in 22 casualties.
    “That’s a casualty rate of one per 500 projectiles,” he said.
    “The more than 4,000 projectiles fired by Hezbollah during the Second Lebanon War of 2006 resulted in 44 casualties
in Israel,” he added. “In the 1991 Gulf War, [then-Iraqi leader] Saddam Hussein fired 40 Scud B missiles at central Israel.
There was one casualty, from a door blown off a safe room. Some people are fear mongering. The numbers should be
Netanyahu tours South, heralds completion of border fence
By HERB KEINON           01/02/2013 14:55
Visiting Egypt border fence, prime minister says fence has achieved primary objectives of stemming the flood of
African migrants, defending from Sinai terror; plans to duplicate feat in Golan Heights, eastern front.
    "This has not been an engineering feat this large since the days of Herad," said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on
tour of the 4.7- meter-tall, 242-kilometer-long fence going up along the Egyptian border.
    Netanyahu, who shepherded through the massive, 135 billion shekel project, said that the model will now be
duplicated on the Golan Heights border with Syria, and later on the country's eastern frontier.
    Work on the five-meter high fence began in November 2010, and Netanyahu -- who is tallying the project as one of the
most major achievements during his tenure has taken helicopter visits to various points along the border to gauge the pace
of work being done ever since then. On Wednesday, Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.- Gen Yair Naveh told him "mission
accomplished." Nevertheless, another 13 kilometers around Eilat still needs to be built, and when it is completed the long
stretch of border from Kerem Shalom to Taba will be sealed.
    Netanyahu said the fence had two primary objectives. The first was to stop the flood of African migrants into the
country, which he said would -- had it not been stemmed -- posed a strategic threat to the country. At the height of efforts
to infiltrate last January Netanyahu said, some 3,000 people were making their way across the border each month. That
number dropped to 30 in December.
    Just as Israel succeeded in stemming the influx of migrants, he said, it will also succeed in sending those already here
back to their lands of origin. There are an estimated 50,000 African migrants here, some 40,000 of them from Eritrea and
Sudan, countries to which Israel is unable to repatriate.
    Netanyahu appointed former Mossad operatives Hagai Hadas to spearhead efforts to send the migrants back home. He
did not, however, provide any details on how those efforts were proceeding, or which countries would be willing to take
them in.
    The fence's second objective, Netanyahu said, was to defend from terrorist attacks originating from Sinai. Netanyahu,
quoting the Southern Region commander, Tal Russo, briefed him at the fence said there has been a significant decline in
attempted attacks from Sinai. The prime minister attributed that both to the fence and to Operation Pillar of Defense.
    Netanyahu briefly met with a few members of Rimon unit, the lower part of their faces covered in masks, established a
couple of years ago to patrol the southern border.
AF airmen eject from their F-16 during landing
By YAAKOV LAPPIN             01/02/2013 15:34
Pilot and navigator escape without injury; IAF chief orders all F-16 training flights grounded pending inquiry.
    A pilot and his navigator ejected from their F-16 fighter jet during a landing at the Ramat David airbase in northern
Israel on Wednesday.
    The airmen escaped without injury, and have been taken for a medical examination.
    During the landing phase of the flight, the jet had been traveling at around 300 kilometers an hour.
    The jet completed its landing despite the ejection.
    An initial investigation has found that a technical fault in the plane led to the incident.
    Israel Air Force chief Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel ordered all training flights of F-16 jets to be halted temporarily pending
the results of an investigation by a committee that will be set up to look into what went wrong.
    The operational readiness of F-16 squadrons remains unaffected.
Settlers clash with police near Esh Kodesh
By JPOST.COM STAFF        01/02/2013 09:46
Clashes break out for second day as Palestinians attempt to tend to lands under IDF protection near West Bank
    Clashes broke out for the second day running between Palestinians and settlers outside the West Bank outpost of Esh
Kodesh near the Shiloh settlement Wednesday morning, Army Radio reported.
    IDF forces accompanied the Palestinians to the area on Wednesday in order to allow them plough a tract of land they
own near the outpost. However, according to outpost inhabitants, the land belongs to residents of Esh Kodesh.
    Settler residents of Esh Kodesh held prayers on Wednesday morning in the area, which appears to have sparked the
conflict with Palestinian residents for a second day.
    On Tuesday, two Border Police officers were lightly injured and four Israelis were arrested during clashes that
occurred near the Esh Kodesh outpost.
    According to security sources, a recent High Court of Justice ruling mandated that the Palestinians be allowed to
plough a tract of land near the outpost. Aron Katsof, a resident of Esh Kodesh, said outpost inhabitants have cultivated
that field for 10 years and that the issue is still in the midst of a legal dispute.
    The army, he said, notified them at 10 p.m. on Monday that Palestinians would arrive to work the land the next
morning, said Katsof.
    In reaction to the news, women and children from the outpost went to the field and held a picnic, said Katsof, who was
at the scene during the incident. He alleged that Border Police violently evicted Esh Kodesh residents from
the field, including shooting tear gas and stun grenades at the women and children.
    Katsof added that the IDF tried to stop the Border Police from targeting the women and children.
    The Border Police said it had responded to a stone-throwing incident involving Palestinians and settlers near Esh
Kodesh and had used riot dispersal means, denying that its officers had attacked women and children.
    Katsof provided The Jerusalem Post with video clips that showed women and children in the field. In some of the
footage, Border Police officers could be seen hitting male settlers with a baton as they stood there.
    Katsof said that Palestinians stood on a hill above the scene, threw stones and at times sang
nationalistic songs in Arabic about attacking Tel Aviv.
    He warned that the IDF and Border Police actions against the Esh Kodesh residents only emboldened Palestinian
hostility toward the outpost and its residents lives.
    Security sources in turn said they were investigating an incident that occurred in the middle of the night in which
settlers vandalized about 100 trees belonging to the Kusra village. It further alleged that the settlers entered the village and
destroyed windows and vandalized a tractor.
    The Yesh Din NGO similarly told the Post that settlers had attacked the village, including entering a home. It added
that it counted 220 vandalized olive trees.
    Katsof denied the report, noting that the IDF and Border Police were already watching the outpost overnight, and that
it would have been impossible for its residents to have engaged in such activity. [If you watch the videos of the border police you
really start to get an idea of the brutality with which they treat their own people, the Jewish people of
Israel. For PC reasons the Arabs are always right and Jews wrong. It is reverse discrimination of the
worse kind. That is why the sovereignty conference form 0101 was so important. At least one segment
of the population is waking up to the fact that concessions are disastrous. – rdb]
Feiglin: Pay Palestinians to leave West Bank
Likud's most far-right figure proposes paying each Palestinian family in West Bank $500,000 to move to West
Akiva Novick      Published: 01.02.13, 09:59 / Israel News
    Several Likud officials called for the annexation of the West Bank on Tuesday, in contradiction with the party's official
    Despite being instructed by the Likud campaign not to give interviews, Moshe Feiglin made controversial statements
during a conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
    The Women in Green conference was attended by several Likud officials who discussed operative ways to impose
Israeli sovereignty beyond the Green Line.
    Feiglin, who earlier on Tuesday was detained by police after trying to pray at the Temple Mount, proposed paying
Palestinians to leave Israel.
    "The State of Israel is paying 10% of its GNP every year for the two-state solution and the Oslo
Accords. It's paying for separation fences, Iron Domes and a guard at every café. Soon we'll have to
place Iron Domes in every school in Tel Aviv.
    "With this budget we can give every Arab family in Judea and Samaria $500,000 to encourage it to emmigrate to a
place with a better future.
    "You may say, 'But no one will have them.' That's not true because the Western nations are shrinking due to low birth
rates. The question is whether the world will have Sudanese migrants who can't build or migrants from Judea and Samaria
who do know how to build.
    "Polls conducted in Gaza and Judea and Samaria show that 80% (of Palestinians) in Gaza and 65% (of Palestinians) in
Judea and Samaria want to emmigrate. We have here the perfect solution. "
During the conference Minister Yuli Edelstein endorsed a gradual process of imposing Israeli sovereignty in the West
Bank. MK Yariv Levin expressed similar views but admitted the chances of imposing Israeli law beyond the Green Line
were not high.
    Zeev Elkin proposed imposing sovereignty in the Jewish-populated areas first and then in the Palestinian areas.
    A Likud official said, "These radical statements are good for Netanyahu from an election standpoint. They help get
back rightist votes that shifted to the Habayit Hayehudi party. No one is going to annex the territories. It's a good election
slogan." He noted that Netanyahu will not publically condemn the statements.,7340,L-
Central District Police go on the offensive
By BEN HARTMAN               01/03/2013 03:30
Asst.-Ch. Sau touts success in crime-ridden Lod after critical comptroller’s report.
   The Central District Police commander on Wednesday issued an impassioned defense of his officers’ crime fighting
efforts on Wednesday, a week after a state comptroller report targeted Lod as a city rife with law enforcement and
municipal failures.
   Central District Police head Asst.-Ch. Benzi Sau called crime reporters to his office in Ramle on Wednesday and
slammed the report for, in his words, ignoring the positive strides police have taken in reducing the number of murders
and property crimes in Lod, one of the most crime-ridden cities in the country.
   Sau said the city of around 75,000 has gone from having 10 murders a year around a decade ago, to only five in 2011
and three in 2012. He also said that 2012 was the first year in recent memory where there was not a single woman from
Lod murdered in a “family honor” dispute.
   The commander presented reporters with figures showing a decrease in the number of auto thefts, burglaries and
aggravated robberies.
   The report issued by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira last week highlighted Lod’s crime problem, saying that police
have fallen short in protecting citizens and that crime has thwarted efforts to attract new residents or to implement
municipality programs. MORE -
On a wing and a prayer
The graduation last week of the army’s first female religious pilot-navigator highlights a significant rise in Orthodox
women choosing to serve. It’s proving a revelation for enlistees and the IDF alike
By Mitch Ginsburg January 2, 2013, 3:37 pm
    Lt. T, the first female religious pilot-navigator to graduate from the IAF’s flight school, received her wings last
Thursday at the Hatzerim airbase.
    As a graduate of a religious high school, she, like most of her peers, had initially declared herself devout, received an
exemption from the army and volunteered for two years of national service, teaching at a religious girls’ school and
serving as an instructor in a religious youth group. This is the path most Zionist religious girls take and the one favored by
the majority of the schools and rabbis. T, however, came to feel that she could contribute more to the
country, reversed her earlier “devout” declaration, and subjected herself to the draft.
    “I don’t think that women need to go to flight school — I think that they can,” she told The Times of Israel in an email.
“I recommend that any woman, religious or not, give it a shot. If they call you in, if you pass the tests, it means that the
army thinks you can do it. So go ahead — try.”
    That approach has hardly been endorsed by the religious Zionist educational system. Of the 120 registered high
schools for girls, only 40 even allow army representatives on campus. Some schools ask applicants to sign a
commitment that they will not wear pants or join the army. Most invite representatives from the national service authority
while barring the army, even alumnae in uniform, from presenting the increasingly diverse options open to religious girls
in the military.
    Religious girls, though, are showing an increased interest in the IDF. The army’s manpower division revealed in
December that the number of girls attending this year’s annual event for religious female 12th-graders was three times
higher than for the inaugural event three years ago.
    This past year, 1,728 religious girls, roughly a quarter of the graduating class of national religious
girls’ schools, joined the IDF. That number represents a 32 percent rise over the past four years and a slight
bump up from pre-Gaza disengagement numbers. And beneath the surface, many believe, the change is even more
dramatic. “Numerically, there is no major shift, but what has changed is the motivation,” said Irit Twig, the head of the
“serving in faith” program at Aluma, an NGO that advises religious girls on military service. “In the past, more of the
girls were looking to get out of the [religious] sector. Today the girls that join the army are from the top schools, with a
solid identity and a desire to contribute.”
    Brig. Gen. Rabbi Avichai Rontzki, the former chief rabbi of the IDF, told the Makor Rishon newspaper last year that,
“in my opinion, this is a growing phenomenon.”
    If so, it goes against modern rabbinic rulings. In 1951, as the Knesset considered the universal draft law, both chief
rabbis of Israel ruled that “the drafting of women, even single, into the military system, in any sort of manner, is
absolutely prohibited.”
    No major ruling has overturned that decision, despite Maimonides’ opinion that a commanded or
obligatory war — a war fought to secure control of the land of Israel or to save Israel from “the hand of
a tyrant” (other rabbis define it differently) — compels the participation of all, including “a groom from
his bedchamber and a bride from her wedding canopy.” MORE -
Cash-strapped PA seeks emergency funds from China and Russia, lambastes Arab states for lack
of aid
PA has billion-dollar deficit; Algeria transfers $26 million to Palestinian coffers
By Elhanan Miller January 2, 2013, 12:16 pm
    Facing a billion-dollar deficit and with no funds to pay government employee salaries, the Palestinian Authority has
asked Russia and China to help rescue it from financial collapse.
    Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki this week blasted Arab countries for not fulfilling financial pledges toward the
Palestinian Authority. He also assigned responsibility to Israel for the crisis, for its withholding of tax money collected on
behalf of the Palestinian Authority since December. (Israel decided on that move in response to the PA’s unilateral move
to seek upgraded status, to nonmember observer state, at the UN General Assembly on November 29. It said it was
withholding the funds to pay down the PA’s debts to Israel, including for electricity.)
    The Arab League decided last March to create a “financial safety net” of $100 million a month to
protect the Palestinian Authority from financial collapse. Arab failure to fulfill a pledge to fund that
safety net proved that “the Arab nation is incredibly moving away from the Palestinian issue,” Maliki
   “It is shameful to talk about an Arab [financial] safety net when not a penny was paid to the PA,” Muhammad Shtayya,
a member of the Palestinian negotiating team told Palestinian radio on Monday.
   According to London-based daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat, the Palestinian Authority has sent out a plea for funding to
Russia and China, and assembled a delegation to travel to Western and Asian capitals and update them on the depth of the
financial crisis.
   The World Bank in September called on donor countries to intervene and save the PA from collapse, underscoring the
importance of Israeli-controlled Area C of the West Bank for private-sector economic development.
   On Tuesday, the Arab League announced that Algeria transferred $26 million dollars to the Palestinian Authority.
Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi recently contacted Arab foreign ministers and urged them to quickly pay their share of
the Palestinian budget.
   Arabi said the PA continues to pay the salaries of 77,000 civil servants in the Gaza Strip despite its financial distress
and the threat of foreign aid cuts by the US congress.
   In early 2012 Israel appealed to the International Monetary Fund requesting a bridging loan of $1 billion on behalf of
the Palestinian Authority, but was turned down.
Fatah set to celebrate 48th anniversary in Gaza City
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH                01/03/2013 06:52
"Cordial and warm" talks between Palestinian Authority and Hamas set the stage for the 48th anniversary of the
“launch of the revolution” by Fatah; first time event held in Gaza since 2007, lending hope for reconciliation.
    Hamas and Fatah leaders on Wednesday discussed preparations for holding a rally to celebrate, in the Gaza Strip, the
48th anniversary of the “launch of the revolution” by Fatah. The Fatah rally is expected to be held in a major square in
Gaza City on Friday.
    Nabil Sha’ath, a member of the Fatah Central Council, met in the city with Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the
Hamas government, who congratulated Fatah on the anniversary.
    Haniyeh expressed hope that the Fatah event would pave the way for reconciliation between the two rival parties.
He said he had instructed Hamas security forces to do their utmost to ensure that the Fatah celebrations take place safely
and without disruptions. [They will be lucky if Hamas doesn’t round them all up and send them to their 72
virgins during the event – rdb]
    This would be the first time that Fatah celebrates its anniversary in the Gaza Strip since the Islamist movement seized
control of the area in 2007.
    Last month, the Palestinian Authority allowed Hamas supporters to hold rallies in the West Bank marking the 25th
anniversary of the establishment of their movement.
    Thousands of Hamas supporters attended the rallies, which were held in Ramallah, Nablus, Kalkilya, Hebron and
    Salah Abu Sharkh, commander of the Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip, announced that hundreds of his men
have been recruited to guard the Fatah rally.
    Sha’ath described his talks with Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders as “cordial and warm.” He said Hamas
representatives have been invited to attend the Fatah rally.
    The Fatah official repeated his call for unity with Hamas “in the aftermath of the victory against Israel in the Gaza
Strip and the diplomatic triumph at the UN General Assembly,” both in November.
    Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said his movement was interested in the success of the Fatah celebrations in the
Gaza Strip.
    “We feel that we are moving forward toward unity,” he said. “The two sides need to continue providing a positive
climate until reconciliation is achieved.”
    Another Hamas official, Salah Bardaweel, voiced optimism regarding the prospects of ending the rivalry with Fatah.
He said that Hamas’s “victory” against Israel during the recent war and the success of the PA’s statehood bid at the UN
had contributed remarkably to the creation of a positive atmosphere between the two parties.
    Bardaweel also predicted “rapprochement” between Hamas and the West in the coming months.
He said it was in the interest of the Palestinians that Hamas reach Europe in order to present the Palestinian narrative.
    “When Western countries discovered that it was difficult to separate Hamas from the Palestinian cause, they realized
that they had committed a mistake,” Bardaweel said.
    He then claimed that Hamas officials had recently met with many American and EU officials, but did not elaborate.
Rockets, rifles and axes in Fatah rally
Video shows dozens of veiled men marching in Dheisheh refugee camp to mark 48 years since Fatah's inception.
Palestinian security forces conspicuously missing from scene
Elior Levy      Published: 01.02.13, 11:26 / Israel News
    A video posted online shows dozens of veiled men taking part in a march marking 48 years since Fatah's inception.
The men are seen marching at the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem carrying knives, axes, clubs
and rifles.
    Two men were also seen carrying a rocket model. Palestinian security forces were not present at the scene.
    The march was a rare sight in the West Bank which has seen very few Fatah rallies in the past few years.
It is possible that the Palestinian security forces were aware of the march but decided to "turn a blind eye." In the past, the
forces prevented similar rallies both by Fatah and Hamas.
    The rally was held in the backdrop of clashes in the Palestinian village of Tamoun, south of Jenin. A Border Guard
undercover unit entered the village on Tuesday with the purpose of arresting a terrorist cell.
    The military said that the troops entered the village in search of two Palestinian terrorists. What began as a covert
operation by the Mistaarvim Unit, soon became a wide-scale raid involving Shin Bet officers and auxiliary forces, and
stretching across some 15 building.
    The security forces' canvass for a second person of interest sparked violent riots that lasted several hours. The troops
used crowd-control measures to contain the riot. Two IDF soldiers were lightly wounded and some eight Palestinians
were injured as well.,7340,L-4327629,00.html
Chief rabbis call on EU to investigate anti-Semitism after attack in Venice
Gang of Arab youths reportedly assault, seriously injure American Jewish tourist; ADL has said anti-Semitism in
Europe at ‘disturbingly high levels’
By Ilan Ben Zion January 2, 2013, 9:57 pm
    Israel’s chief rabbis on Wednesday called on the European Union to establish a committee to investigate anti-Semitism
in Europe.
    They issued the call the day after an attack on a Jewish tourist in Venice.
    The victim of Tuesday’s attack, an American visiting the Italian city with his family, was seriously
injured after a gang of 15 Arab youths assaulted him in downtown Venice, Arutz 7 reported.
    “Since [the March 2011] Toulouse massacre we often hear of violent attacks against Jews. They are testament to an
underlying problem that requires examination and a solution,” Chief rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar wrote in a
letter to EU President Herman van Rompuy.
    Last year, French-Algerian Mohammed Merah gunned down a rabbi and three children outside a Jewish school in the
southern French city of Toulouse. He died after a prolonged standoff with French police.
    In September, in a Rosh Hashanah greeting, the president of the European Commission warned of a rise in racism and
anti-Semitism in Europe.
    “At a very difficult time, both economically and socially, when some people, even within Europe, are tempted to
reconnect with old demons — populism, racism and anti-Semitism — we need more than ever to uphold, to protect and to
promote together our common ideals of peace, tolerance, reconciliation and respect for human dignity,” Jose Manuel
Barroso wrote in a message sent to the European Jewish Congress.
    The ADL reported last March that anti-Semitism in Europe is at “disturbingly high levels,” with an average of nearly
one-third of those surveyed across 10 countries holding “pernicious anti-Semitic beliefs.”
    The study found large swaths of the population subscribing to classical anti-Semitic notions such as Jews having too
much power in business, being more loyal to Israel than their own country, or “talking too much” about what happened
during the Holocaust.
    Hungary, Spain and Poland ranked the highest for those holding anti-Semitic attitudes. The poll showed 73% of
Hungarians, 60% of Spaniards and 54% of Poles believed that it was ”probably true” that “Jews have too much power in
the business world.”
    Responding to the statement that it was “probably true” that “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country,”
responses ranged as high as Spain’s 72% in agreement.
    The survey also compared results to a similar 2009 survey, and found that while in most countries citizens’ anti-
Semitic attitudes have increased slightly, in Hungary they have jumped sharply (from 47% to 63%). The United Kingdom
also saw a rise (from 10% to 17%), while in Austria anti-Semitic attitudes decreased from 30 to 28%.
    The “Attitudes Toward Jews in Ten European Countries” survey polled 5,000 adults, evenly divided between Austria,
France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom, over the period of
January 2-31, 2012.
Anti-Semitic graffiti found at Roosevelt Field Mall
Posted: Jan 02, 2013 2:43 PM Updated: Jan 02, 2013 3:11 PM NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -
   Police are seeking tips to make an arrest in a heat crime incident t the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island.
   Nassau County police say a swastika and the words "Death to the Jews" were scrawled in large red
letters on a door in a service corridor of the East Garden City mall.
    The graffiti was discovered on Tuesday at 3:50 p.m.
    The graffiti was approximately 24 inches high and 18 inches long.
    Police say the investigation is continuing.
    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All
calls will be kept confidential.
Obama Returns to Hawaii at an Added Cost of Over $3 Million
by Keith Koffler on January 2, 2013, 5:58 am
In a move that is rich in irony, President Obama agreed Tuesday night to sign an emergency deficit
reduction bill that does almost nothing to rein in spending and then jetted out to Hawaii to resume his
vacation at an extra cost of more than $3 million to taxpayers.
    The price tag is in addition to more than $4 million that is already being spent on the Obamas’
Hawaii idyll, bringing the total cost of the excursion to well over $7 million.
    The added cost was incurred because by the time the Obamas return from Hawaii – whenever that is – the president
will have used Air Force One to travel to Honolulu and back twice.
    Obama was forced to return from Hawaii just after Christmas to complete negotiations to avoid the Fiscal Cliff, talks
resulting in the bill that was passed by Congress last night. Obama resisted significant spending cuts throughout the
negotiations, and the final legislation relies almost solely a new taxes to reduce the deficit.
    Air Force One is known to cost about $180,000 an hour to fly. Based on an estimated 18 hours roundtrip flying time
for the jet between Washington and Honolulu, the travel cost alone of Obama’s decision to return to Hawaii amounts to
around $3.24 million. And that doesn’t include the price tag for the massive security operation required to move the
president or the cost of the cargo plane that follows Air Force One around.
    The Obamas could have saved taxpayers millions by returning from Hawaii together after Christmas and then
resuming their vacation at one of the many ritzy resorts that lie outside of Washington. If the beach is a must, even a trip
to Florida would have been far less expensive.
Or they could have simply stayed at the White House or Camp David, each a luxurious government-run installation,
billing taxpayers a relative pittance.
    Obama will get a full day of vacation in today, landing in Hawaii early in the morning. [He needs a permanent vacation. –
Report: 532 Murdered in Chicago in 2012
12:43 PM, Jan 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
   In 2012, 532 people were murdered in the city of Chicago, according to statistics compiled by the Crime in Chicago
website. The number of people murdered the year before was 441, meaning in the city of Chicago, murders have
increased by 91 from 2011 to 2012.
   The Chicago Police Department was not available to confirm these numbers today, which is New Year's Day.
   The website also claims that, through December 25, 2012, there 2,670 people were shot in Chicago last year. That's
also an increase from the year before, when 2,217 people were shot in Chicago that year.
   In all, it means that on average almost 1.5 people were murdered in Chicago each day last year, while on average 7.3
people were shot each day.
   Official numbers from the city of Chicago appear to be a tad bit lower, however.
   Last week Chicago marked its 500 homicide this year. "The city has seen its 500th homicide for 2012, a tragic number
that is reflective of the gang violence and proliferation of illegal guns that have plagued some of our neighborhoods,"
said Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in a statement last week.
   "Every homicide in Chicago is unacceptable to me and the hardworking men and women of the Chicago Police
Department, who, this year, achieved a record drop in overall crime throughout our city."
   The mayor of Chicago is Rahm Emanuel, who came into office in 2011.
murdered-chicago-2012_693417.html [ And this is in a city with some of the most draconian gun laws in the
nation. Basically it tells me that your gun laws don’t work. – rdb]

Christie Craving Pork-Filled Sandy Bill
4:27 PM, Jan 2, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
   New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, blasted Speaker of the House John Boehner for ending the
congressional session before voting on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill.
Chris Christie at townhall
   "I called the Speaker four times last night after 11:20 and he did not take my calls," said Christie, who said Congress
had not delivered on the aid needed to clean-up after the hurricane and Boehner had avoided giving him answers as to
why. "There’s no reason for me to believe anything they tell me, because they’ve been telling me stuff for weeks. And
they didn’t deliver."
   But one of the big objections to the bill was that Senate Democrats had filled it with pork.
   In fact, "Democrats expanded the legislation during a mark-up to include not just areas affected by
Sandy, but also to provide money for 'storm events that occurred in 2012 along the Gulf Coast and
Atlantic Coast within the boundaries of the North Atlantic and Mississippi Valley divisions of the Corps
that were affected by Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac,'" we reported previously.

The expansion of the bill was a way to provide a financial incentive for senators from red states--"two Republicans
senators from Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas, and the one Republican senator from Louisiana"--to vote for the bill.
"The Sandy kickbacks provide an incentive for those Republicans to vote on the bill," we wrote.
    It is true that the Sandy bill in the House strips the legislation of at least some of the pork, but after yesterday's fight
over the "fiscal cliff" deal it seems reasonable that Congress might not have been up for another battle just yet.
    Nevertheless, the House leadership has promised that the Sandy bill will be the first priority for the next Congress,
which will be sworn in tomorrow.
    "Getting critical aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy should be the first priority in the new Congress, and that was
reaffirmed today with members of the New York and New Jersey delegations. The House will vote Friday to direct
needed resources to the National Flood Insurance Program. And on January 15th, the first full legislative day of the 113th
Congress, the House will consider the remaining supplemental request for the victims of Hurricane Sandy," say Speaker
Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a joint statement released after Christie's remarks. [Maybe I missed something in my
civics class and in reading the constitution but what is the constitutional basis of the Federal
government bailing out local disaster areas. It is simply an expansion of the pork that continually flows
from DC which is bankrupting the country. While it is unfortunate that it happened there is no real
legitimate provision for special allocations for individual problem issues. That is a STATE function not
a federal function. While I am sure they are using the interstate commerce clause which is their usual
dumping ground, it really isn’t valid. Individuals should have had insurance to cover their personal
issues and the state should have contingency funds and reserves to cover their issues. Instead we
whine and moan and all go running to the great federal teat which is why the government is broken. It
is socialism. There was a liability with Katrina because of the breach of the dykes which is a federally
maintained system most of the rest of it is not really valid from a constitutional basis. – rdb]
Likud to Target Jewish Home 'Extremists' in Latest Campaign
In its latest campaign against the Jewish Home, the Likud will attack candidates on its list which are considered to be
more "extreme".
By Elad Benari      First Publish: 1/3/2013, 12:46 AM
    In its latest campaign against Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home), the Likud is planning to attack the
candidates on its list which are considered to be more "extreme".
    Israeli mainstream media has been criticizing the Jewish Home for supposedly "hiding" some of its candidates and
refusing to allow them to be interviewed, while giving other candidates who "sound better" on television much more
    Now, the Likud is planning to use this criticism and point out the "hidden" candidates to the public. These are mostly
candidates from the Tekuma party's list, headed by Uri Ariel, which merged with the Jewish Home for the elections.
    The online campaign, which will be launched Thursday, will expose some of the views of the Jewish Home's
candidates against inclusion of women under the slogan "The Jewish Home Against Women."
    It will target, among others, number 4 on the Jewish Home list, Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan from Tekuma, former director-
general of the rabbinical court system, who has called in the past to cancel the Knesset Committee on the Status of
Women. The campaign will also name Motti Yogev from the Jewish Home, former director of Bnei Akiva and deputy
head of the Binyamin Regional Authority in Samaria for leading "the separation between girls and boys at Bnei Akiva."
The Likud also plans to mention Rabbi Dov Lior, the spiritual leader of Tekuma, who "thinks a woman should not appear
in court."
    Explaining the reason for the campaign, the Likud said on Wednesday, "Many of those who are considering voting for
the Jewish Home are not aware of the party's connection with Tekuma and the people who head it."
    The Jewish Home has enjoyed a surge in popularity under Naftali Bennett, and has continued to rise in popularity
despite the Likud recently choosing to directly attack Bennett over comments he made regarding eviction of Jews from
their homes.
    A poll published by Channel 2 News on Tuesday found that the Likud Beytenu continues to drop and presently
achieves just 33 seats. The Jewish Home receives 13 seats, making it the Knesset's third largest party.
    Responding to the Likud campaign, Jewish Home candidate Ayelet Shaked said on Wednesday
night, "The Jewish Home has three women in the first 12 spots on its list, while the Likud has only one
woman in these spots. We are the only party in Israel in which women were elected not because of spots reserved for
women on the list, but because of their efforts and actions."
    Shaked added, "Thanks to this chauvinistic campaign by [Likud Beytenu adviser] Arthur Finkelstein, we'll also be able
to get Gila Finkelstein, who is on the 18th spot on our list, into the Knesset. We suggest to the Likud that it look for its
opponents elsewhere, and not be drawn into a chauvinist struggle against women." [This is pathetic. Jewish Home is a
RELIGIOUS, i.e. Bible believing party and Likud is saying extremists. They must be correct because to
believe in the Bible is certainly extreme at least for most politicians including Likud. Actually is really
unfortunate because Menachem Begin was a founder of this party and was probably the only really
religious prime minister the country ever had. – rdb]
Al-Jazeera Acquires Gore's Current TV
1/3/2013, Tevet 21, 5773
Al-Jazeera has acquired Current TV, a struggling cable channel that will give the Qatar-based broadcaster the
access to millions of U.S. homes it has long sought, AFP reports.
    Terms of the deal for Current, which was founded by U.S. former vice president Al Gore, were not immediately
disclosed, but Forbes reported that a possible value of $400 million could net the former politician a tidy $100 million.
    The acquisition should also give Al-Jazeera vastly broader visibility in U.S. homes because although Current has been
struggling of late it nonetheless is available in 60 million American households, according to its own figures. [The
wicked are still pursuing their ultimate goal which is the destruction of the US and by the wicked I
mean Gore. This man is a one world government promoter and will use any devise to try to accomplish
his goal He is truly possessed by evil. – rdb]

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The day is full!
    New Year’s day began with a ‘busy bang’. My rental car had to be returned by 8:05 and the morning Jerusalem traffic
is a B E A R! Fortunately last evening I found a parking place near my apartment which looked pretty secure and not
likely to receive any major crashes or dents so about 7:30 I boogied out the door and to the car to get it back to Eldan
Rental. Wonder of wonders the streets weren’t full yet and I could navigate the roundabout way you have to go. Since
Israeli streets are laid out on a bowl of spaghetti pattern – no such thing as a grid here – and since about ½ the streets are
one way(the wrong way) and since much of the system is restricted for busses and cabs, in order to get to the Car rental
place, which is about 3 blocks away, I had to go to Karen Hayesod, take a right, then take a right on Shalom Aleichem
then take a right on Jabotinsky then take a right on Acad HaAm Then and ONLY THEN could I make a left turn onto
Karen Hayesod and then finally turn right on Agron and a right on King David to access the rental facility. I walked this
in about 3 minutes when I picked up the car. I drove this for about 10-15 minutes including stop lights and traffic.
Fortunately I hit no big obstacles and made it with time to spare since most of the staff were still outside when I got there.
It is actually funny when you think of it. Ancient city with streets laid out from donkey paths and walking roads and not a
lot of room for expansion or change. That is why most Israeli’s take the bus. What’s more, finding a parking place is like
finding a golden nugget.
     I left Eldan and grabbed bus 72 which goes down Derek Hevron because the laboratory is only a few blocks off of that
street in Talpiot, an industrial section of town. Unfortunately the messaging system on the bus wasn’t working and I had
trouble hearing the announcements so I exited 2 stops before I should have. It was a lovely morning walk, with only a
slight chill in the air. My Texas jeans coat was wonderful, just right for the temperatures. The also afforded me the
opportunity to see some of the lovely flowers in some of the yards.
     Those of us in the suburban area really don’t get a handle on urban living. Yards are small if almost non-existent and if
in an apartment building very communal. You work diligently to use every inch of space available to make a beautiful
green area. It may only be a couple flower post BUT you want to improve your living environment.
     When I got to the lab, Hillel Richman was there and knew what work I was to be doing. I spent my morning working
on marking items from P56-N and B2 and B3. These are all specific locations in piles of sifted material. In the box of
B3 materials there were not many pieces but they were shards from an urn from King Solomon’s time. There were other
pieces in B2 that were quite ancient. Hillel and I had a chance to chat since no one else was there. He is a fine young man
and a real credit to his Mother and Father. He has completed a certification for being a personal trainer and has been
working more in the lab on research. Hillel is remarkably astute at archeological identifications. His eye just picks up stuff
in a flash.
         Later on Frank arrived and it seems here 11 O’clock media appointment was a no go because he wanted to video
and it requires approval from the head archeologist for that. She briefed my on the craziness of the problem with the
Islamic waqf concerning the sifting of the ‘garbage’ they took from the area of Solomon’s stables. Frankie had taken a
tour group up on the Mount and noted that the pile of dirt/garbage which the Sifting project has the legal rights to had
been disturbed and some was missing. The Waqf and been doing strange things lately. She called Zachi and when he
looked there a bunch of other materials that been dumped their area. They claimed that they were just putting paving
stones there but when you looked at the materials it was obvious that one was Herodian door threshold and many others
were carved stones. It is illegal for them to mix and match materials from various sights.
     The returned Christmas day to find them taking materials from their piles and covering them with garbage. It was near
time for the mount to be closed to ‘tourists’ so they had to leave. They went to the car and immediately went to the Lion
gate and met the truck there and followed it to Bethany on the back side of the Mount of Olives, There was a big sign that
it is dangerous for Israeli’s to travel there but after due consideration they did, Unfortunately they had lost sight of the
truck but went to the Dump area there. It wasn’t there. The supervisor there told them that it was probably taken to an
illegal dump site. The tried to find but were unsuccessful.
     When you think of the fact that this very day I was registering a piece of pottery from King Solomon’s time that was
taken from the materials from the sifting project and then you realize that the Arabs are trying to destroy what is left –
with my devious mind assuming that this is probably to continue their campaign to discredit any Jewish claim to the
Temple mount.- you can get an idea of the significance of their destructive process. Unfortunately so far the government
has not done anything BUT complaints have been filed etc. etc. etc – bureaucracy personified.
     Shortly after that Hillel got a call from a friend and his brother in law Gadolia had been arrested in the Hebron area. It
seems the Arabs have been destroying a farmers trees and when he reacted some time ago they arrested HIM. Today
several friends of his including Gadalia were trying to secure his property and the Arabs came again. A verbal altercation
came and a Druze border patrol group and this time arrested Gadolia. There is a video on youtube already.
     There is no shortage of excitement over here.
     After finishing multiple boxes of pottery shard registration, I left a bit early to cook some dinner. Dinner was a Lentil
soup with Quinoa and vegetables. Absolutely delicious. I had to get it prepared early because there is a very significant
meeting on this New Years day on the west side of town that the Women in Green are sponsoring . Here is the promo for
the meeting from Arutz Sheve. I will have a report but it may take some time to put it out since this isn’t done until 10 PM
and I have to get up and go to the site.
                                        Conference on Israel's Annexing of Judea-Samaria
                                                                   by INR Staff

               The third annual Conference on the Application of Israeli Sovereignty to Judea and Samaria will take place
                Tuesday evening. This year's conference is subtitled: From the Edmond Levy Report to Sovereignty. The
                 event is being organized by Women for Israel's Tomorrow, known popularly as the "Women in Green".
                      The conference will discuss the ramifications of Israel finally annexing the districts of Judea and
                    Samaria. This week's incident at Oz Tzion will give the conference more significance. The Israeli
      government has often evicted Jewish residents from areas not zoned for habitation by the Defense Ministry.
     Click to listen
       Since the Oslo Accords of 1993, the regions have been divided into areas A, B and C. Israel has full control of Area
C where most of the over 340,000 Jewish residents live. Area A was assigned to the Palestinian Authority where most of
the Arab residents live. Area B is under joint control and has large tracts of barren land.
    "Some say that we should apply sovereignty then only over Area C," Matar told Arutz Sheva's live streaming English
language audiocast. "But others say no, we must annex all of our land."
    She added, "the hardest question is what will be the status of the Arab residents after we apply sovereignty. There are a
wide variety of options," Matar stated. A panel discussion with a question and answer session with audience members will
debate the issue.
    According to many estimates, 1.5 million Arabs live in the region. However, accurate statistics have been difficult to
obtain, with some claiming the Arab demographics have been artificially inflated.
    Following the Six Day War of 1967, the formerly Jordanian-occupied neighborhoods of Jerusalem including the Old
City were officially incorporated as parts of Israel, as were the Golan Heights. However, Judea and Samaria were never
officially annexed by the Israeli government. The IDF Civil Administration has jurisdiction over the districts.
    Among the speakers will be former MK Geula Cohen; MK Aryeh Eldad (Otzma LeYisrael); Minister Yuli Edelstein
(Likud); MK Yariv Levin (Likud); MK Zev Elkin (Likud); Moshe Feiglin (Likud); Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan (Bayit
Yehudi); Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post; attorney Alan Baker; Davidi Perl, head of the Gush Etzion Regional
Council; Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University; Dr. Martin Sherman of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies, and
Yehudit Katzover of Women for Israel's Tomorrow. Eran Bar-Tal of Maariv newspaper will moderate the panel debate.
    A humorous skit from Latma, a political satire TV show, will be performed as well. All lectures and panel discussions
will be in Hebrew with simultaneous English translation.
    The conference will be held January 1st at 6:00PM at the Bayit Vegan Guest House.
    Arutz Sheva's Hebrew language news site will simulcast the event. Nadia Matar, co-chair of the Women for Israel's
Tomorrow spoke to Arutz Sheva / Israel National Radio about the event. For the full podcast click here.

I didn’t get home from this meeting until almost 10 so I will put more info in tomorrow’s posting. It was
a great meeting with probably 5-700 people there. Some great ideas presented
I am taking Wednesday off because I seem to be coming down with a cold. Everyone is coughing and harking over here.
Prayers appreciated.
          So now you need to get some real news.

                              The World Can Trust Israel!
                                                  Preach on Wild Bill!

"...the case for individual freedom rests largely on the recognition of the inevitable and
universal ignorance of all of us concerning a great many of the factors on which the
achievements of our ends and welfare depend."
-- Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992), Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences 1974

               Read the Prophets & PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
           That is the only hope of this nation!                        Plead for Grace and Mercy
Please remember             That the world would W A K E U P.
these folks in prayer-
Check often – they
                            Time for a worldwide repentance!
                            ALL US soldiers fighting for our freedom around the world
                            Pray for those in our government to repent of their wicked corrupt ways.
                            Pray that the American people WAKE UP to the truth concerning our government
                            and take a positive action.
                            Pray for CW - CVA - at home and much improved.
                            Pray for M B B – Cancer Surgery – doing well – more to come.
                            Pray that The Holy One will lead you in Your preparations for handling the world
                            problems. – Have YOU made any preparations?
Ecclesiastes: 4:1-3 Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun:
and, behold, the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side
of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. (2) Wherefore I praised the
dead that have been long dead more than the living that are yet alive; (3) yea, better than
them both did I esteem him that hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is
done under the sun.

IDF and Syrian rebel officers meet clandestinely in Jordan
DEBKAfile Special Report January 1, 2013, 11:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
    Israeli officials have been holding talks in Jordan with Syrian opposition officials “in advance of a
possible Israeli-U.S. operation in Syria to protect the Golan Heights,” Western intelligence sources
reported Tuesday, Jan. 1. There was no further information about this operation or how rebel commanders were
involved in military plans “to protect the Golan Heights.”
    Altogether, the goings-on on the Israeli and Jordanian borders with Syria are in deep hush. But
European intelligence sources, some of them French and Russian, reveal nightly clashes taking place
between US, Jordanian, Israeli special forces and Syrian rebels, on the one hand, and Syrian special
forces, on the other. debkafile’s military sources disclose what they are fighting for:
    1. Each of the four is jockeying both for control of the buffer strips along those borders and for
keeping their opposite numbers from establishing intelligence-gathering posts there. US forces, the IDF
and the Jordanian army have a major tactical interest in keeping Syrian observation posts from settling in the border
sectors, where they would be in position to mark out military and civilian targets if the Syrian conflict spilled over.
2. The Assad regime has two special interests in gaining a foothold in Jordan’s border area.
    The first is to block the path of Syrian rebels heading back into the country and joining the various warfronts. At least
five military facilities in Jordan are training special units of the Syrian opposition. They are managed by American,
British, French, Czech and Polish military instructors. They are imparting tactics for capturing Syrian military chemical
weapons caches and combating Syrian units armed with chemical or biological weapons.
Some of the rebel trainees return to Syria when they graduate; others are attached to units standing by in Jordan in case
the Syrian conflict slides into hostilities with Israel and Jordan.
    The second is back-up for the spy and sabotage networks the Assad government is running in Jordan’s refugee camps
– just as they are in Turkey. Jordan houses some 60,000 Syrian refugees, most of them in the big Zaatari camp on the
Syrian border. To facilitate communication with its undercover networks and the free passage of information, instructions
and funds, Syria needs control over both sides of the common border.
    Monday, Jordan imposed a blackout on the capture of four Syrian soldiers in the zone between the two countries. The
security spokesman in Amman revealed only that they were unarmed and being interrogated - but not whether they were
entering the kingdom or on their way out. Earlier that day, a senior Jordanian military spokesman warned of an attempt to
expand the Syrian war into Jordan. He did not attribute the attempt to any party.
    Military sources in Moscow are more forthcoming about happenings on Syria’s southern borders. Tuesday, Jan. 1,
those sources reported that the Syrian army had repulsed a Syrian rebel assault from Jordan. They added that “Syrian
border police had also seized a large pile of weapons, some of them Israeli-made, designated for the Free Syrian Army in
the southern city of Deraa.
    3. Extensive preparations are secretly afoot by US special forces, the IDF and the Turkish and
Jordanian armies ready for President Bashar Assad to hand down the order to his army chiefs to
launch a chemical war offensive on the military concentrations of Syrian rebels and their allies in the
lands neighboring on Syria. Jordan’s training facilities for rebels are seen as likely to be Assad’s initial
targets. Western military sources explain that, for this purpose, the Syrian ruler requires maximum control of Jordan’s
borders, including the section abutting the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.
    The London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported that, when Israel officials met Syrian opposition commanders
in Jordan this week, they asked for help to locate the remains of Eli Cohen, one of Israel’s most celebrated spies. He was
caught and publicly hanged on May 18, 1965 after an epic career. For years, Cohen, posing as a wealthy Arab
businessman, gained the confidence of Syrian officials at the highest levels of government and managed to obtain its
secret war and political plans.
Jerusalem presses case for EU to ban Hezbollah
Efforts focus on terror group’s links to 2005 Hariri murder, role in destabilizing Syria, 2000 kidnapping of Israeli
    BERLIN – The Israeli government is redoubling its efforts to convince the European Union to outlaw Hezbollah
within the 27-member body because of the Lebanese group’s record of terrorism.
    According to reports in the Hebrew media, Israel’s new case involves showing Hezbollah’s role in the 2005 murder of
Lebanese president Rafik Hariri, based on evidence culled from the international tribunal that investigated the bombing.
    US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, tweeted on
Monday that “Europe’s logic is baffling! It’s time 4 Europe 2 call Hezbollah what it is: a Terrorist Organization.”
    In 2005, the EU parliament issued a resolution condemning Hezbollah for its terror activities in connection with
Hariri’s murder. Policy- and lawmakers within the EU have ignored the resolution.
    Israel is slated to reveal documentary material about Hezbollah’s role in destabilizing Syria and joining forces with
Bashar Assad’s regime in the ongoing campaign to obliterate that country’s pro-reform movement. Hezbollah’s narcotics
and money-laundering operations are part of Israel’s dossier.
    According to Ma’ariv, Hezbollah’s 2000 kidnapping of Elhanan Tannenbaum is part of the documentation.
Tannenbaum, an Israeli businessman and a reserve colonel in the IDF, was released as part of a prisoner exchange in
    Israel’s Foreign Ministry is concerned about a number of European objections. The Europeans believe Hezbollah, like
Hamas, will challenge a ban in European courts based on insufficient evidence. The EU included Hamas in its terror list in
2003, but Hamas has challenged the ruling. The EU court in Luxembourg is expected to rule on the ban.
    Germany, where there are 950 active Hezbollah members, and France have showed no interest in a Hezbollah ban [Europe is Europe is nuts! – rdb]

Police weighing possible indictment against Feiglin
Police detain Likud candidate for praying out loud at holy site, consider indicting him for disorderly conduct,
disturbing police work; 4 others arrested, including Muslim worshipers who surrounded Feiglin's group.
    Police detained Likud candidate Moshe Feiglin for attempting to pray aloud at the Temple Mount on Tuesday
morning, the third time in the past year the activist has been detained on the site for similar offenses.
    Police are considering whether to serve Feiglin with an indictment for disorderly conduct and hindering a police
officer from fulfilling his duties. Feiglin declined to comment about the prospective indictment. [He may not have
commented to the Jerusalem post but he did at the meeting last night. The focus of the meeting was
establishing sovereignty over the territories. His point is shouldn’t we have sovereignty of the areas
that we already hold? The fact that a Jew can not pray on the Temple mount is ludicrous. The fact that
Jewish government/police officers enforce such a ruling is insane. Concessions lead to concessions,
nothing more. The PC approach doesn’t work. – rdb]
    An indictment would not bar Feiglin from running for Knesset. He would not have to quit the Knesset unless he is
convicted and the charges against him are found to bear moral turpitude. If Feiglin is convicted and sentenced to at least
three months in jail, he cannot be an MK for seven years unless the court rules that the charges do not bear moral
    According to police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby, Feiglin, who is No. 23 on the joint Likud Beytenu list, prostrated
himself in the plaza and tried to pray out loud. Praying aloud, going through ritual motions or using any type of traditional
prayer objects such as tefillin, tallitot or prayer books, are forbidden for Jews at Judaism’s holiest site due to tensions with
Muslim worshipers at the Aksa Mosque.
    Feiglin wrote on his Facebook page that he goes to the Temple Mount on the 19th of every Jewish month and that he
bothered no one other than the undercover policeman who followed him and had him arrested. He said he refused to post
bond, give fingerprints or take a mug shot as conditions for his release, and the police ultimately agreed.
    “When I was questioned, I said I would provide any information requested, but I would not cooperate in any way with
the police’s unfortunate policy of harming the liberties of those questioned unnecessarily,” Feiglin wrote. “This was a big
victory in the battle for human rights in Israel. It did not surprise me that our right to the Temple Mount led to the good
news about the liberties of Israeli citizens.”
    “We all serve the king of the world whose divine spirit dwells here. We are not beholden, because we already have a
Feiglin confirmed that the Likud had asked him to lay low and avoid interviews ahead of the election. He said he accepted
the request, because his message was different than the messages his party was trying to put forward.
    “It is ironic that I’m in the headlines anyway today, but apparently the director of the show had his own plans,” Feiglin
    Feiglin’s detention did not require police to close the Temple Mount to visitors, and the rest of the day proceeded
without incident.
    Police have arrested Feiglin a number of times for attempting to pray on the Temple Mount, most recently on October
    Police arrested a total of five people in the incident: Feiglin and another Jewish worshiper, as well as three Muslim
worshipers, who surrounded Feiglin’s group and started yelling “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). One of the Arabs was
carrying a concealed knife, which is illegal on the Temple Mount.
    In the October incident, Feiglin refused to sign the police restraining order prohibiting him from visiting the Temple
Mount and was brought for a hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. The judge released him without any conditions.
Feiglin said he ascends to the Temple Mount on the 19th of every Hebrew month, and Tuesday was the 19th of Tevet
according to the Jewish calendar.
    In February, police prevented Feiglin from entering the Temple Mount after accusing him and other right-wing
activists of attempting to disrupt order. A flyer aimed at members of the Likud Central Committee urged thousands of
supporters to join Feiglin at the Temple Mount.
    “Purify the site from the enemies of Israel who stole the land, and build the Third Temple on the ruins of the
mosques,” the flyer read.
    Insp.-Gen. Nisso Shaham, who was Jerusalem’s police chief at the time, closed the Temple Mount to all non-Muslim
visitors on February 12 as a result of the announcement. [So
long as Israel continues to ‘play the Dhimmi role’ there will be increasing problems. There is one
language and only one language that the Islamic mindset understands and that is strength and power.
Anything else is weakness and submission. – rdb]
PM: Hamas could replace PA if peace deal rushed
By HERB KEINON         01/01/2013 22:29
Netanyahu says in spite of "voices urging concessions," he will avoid allowing a "third Iranian terror base" by putting
security first.
    In apparent criticism of President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used this Shabbat’s Torah
portion to explain Tuesday why it would be foolish to run headlong into a peace agreement with the Palestinians that
would entail deep concessions.
    Netanyahu, in comments made before hosting at his Jerusalem residence his third Bible study session since May,
quoted from the first chapter of Exodus: “A new king arose over Egypt who did not know of Joseph.”
“That is true today as it was then,” he said. “The regime has changed in Egypt, in Syria the government is shaking, and
that can happen as well in the Palestinian Authority territories in Judea and Samaria.”
    Netanyahu said that every sensible person understands that Hamas could take control of the PA, as
it did in Gaza.“Therefore, contrary to the voices I hear in recent days encouraging me to run ahead, make concessions,
withdraw, I think the diplomatic process needs to be managed in a responsible, not hysterical, manner, and with wisdom,
not hastily. Otherwise a third Iranian terror base [in addition to Gaza and southern Lebanon] will be established in the
heart of the country.”
    “Peace can only be achieved when security is guaranteed.”
    Peres on Sunday said Israel should embrace the changes in the Middle East, saying it has the choice of either sitting
passively as things happen around it, or taking the initiative and with courageous steps positively influencing events.
[Most unfortunate that this leftist person has no idea of the position of the president of the state of
Israel and the limitations that should be used in his talks. – rdb]
    Tuesday’s Bible study session, which was two-and-a-half hours long, marked the third installment of the Prime
Minister’s Bible Study Circle, something that began under David Ben-Gurion and continued when Menachem Begin was
prime minister. It is dedicated to Sara Netanyahu’s father, Shmuel Ben-Artzi, a noted Bible teacher and enthusiast who
passed away in November 2011.
    Unlike on the two previous occasions, this time Netanyahu’s two sons – Yair and Avner – took an active part in the
discussions. Avner, Netanyahu’s younger son, asked why Pharaoh – if he was interested in an effective slave force –
would opt to kill the boys, but keep the girls alive; while Yair asked what it meant that no archeological evidence of the
Israelites’ sojourn in Egypt has ever been found.
    Netanyahu, explaining how during his first term in office he asked the Turkish prime minister at the time to return the
Shiloah inscription to Israel, said that concrete, solid, scientific evidence going back thousands of years was important in
proving Israel’s connection to the land at a time when many were trying to falsify history.
    The Shiloah inscription is a passage of Hebrew text dating back to the 8th century BCE, recording the construction of
the Hezekiah’s Tunnel that brought water from the Gihon Spring to the Shiloah Pool. The Turks turned down his request,
Netanyahu said, noting – jokingly – that it will be much more difficult to convince today’s Turkish prime minister to
return the historic inscription.
   Netanyahu asked the rabbis and scholars in his home two questions: when the book of Exodus was written, and what
parallels there are to the Exodus story in ancient lore.
   While no definitive answer was given to Netanyahu’s first question, Rabbi Yaakov Meidan, co-head of Yeshivat Har
Etzion in Alon Shvut, did not look for ancient parallels to the story, but instead drew a parallel between the assimilated
Moses – who saved his people – to the assimilated Theodor Herzl. Netanyahu said he found that parallel very apt.
Infantry drills rocket search-and-destroy mission
By YAAKOV LAPPIN             01/02/2013 02:29
Kfir infantry brigade soldiers simulating terrorists armed with rockets set off fireworks in forests in the Golan Heights.
    Soldiers pretending to be terrorists armed with rockets set off fireworks in the middle of forests in the Golan Heights
last week, during a drill held by the Kfir infantry brigade to practice locating and destroying rocket-launching sites.
    The large-scale exercise is a part of the military’s ongoing preparations for the possibility of conflict on the northern
    Lt.-Col. Dotan Robner, commander of Shimshon Battalion, told The Jerusalem Post that the drill involved all four
infantry battalions of his Kfir Brigade, as well as the Israel Air Force, intelligence units, reconnaissance and the
Engineering Corps.
    “These are all the forces we’d work with on the day we’d get an order,” Robner said.
    “We maneuvered a northern landscape, which was difficult to move around in. The aim was to search for rocket
locations, and neutralize them, as we expect to do in northern arenas,” he added. “We’ll have to locate rocket launchers,
some of them underground, others hidden in between the trees.”
    Soldiers moved through dense forests during the week-long drill.
    The infantry forces worked with other IDF components to practice directing fire at enemy targets together.
    “We have to think like the enemy and imagine where they’d place the rockets. This is also based on intelligence,”
Robner added.
    It was the first time the Shimshon Battalion held a drill in the Golan since moving to the northern border from the West
Bank last month, during Operation Pillar of Defense.
    “It’s different to what we’re used to,” Robner said. “This is new to us. But I believe a force that arrives at a new area is
more aware, and is not hindered by old techniques or is concerned by how everyone else operates. The fact that they’re
curious means that new ideas can arise.”
    Last summer, the battalion, working with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), uncovered a major Hamas terrorist
cell and seized a cache of powerful firearms.
    The Shimshon Battalion, formed in 2000, is named after an older undercover unit. It became part of the Kfir Brigade
and was first assigned to the Gaza Strip, prior to the 2005 disengagement.
    Last month, the IDF’s 7th Armored Brigade held a major war drill in the Golan Heights to ensure its readiness for any
unexpected developments from the North – especially Syria.
    Tanks practiced live-fire scenarios in the Golan, the Galilee, the Jordan Valley and Tze’elim base in the South, to
prepare the brigade for developments on all fronts, brigade commander Col. Oded Basyuk said.
IDF arrests Islamic Jihad member in West Bank
By YAAKOV LAPPIN         01/01/2013 18:30
Clashes break out in Palestinian village following arrest of Islamic Jihad suspect; five Palestinians, 2 IDF soldiers
lightly injured.
    An elite Border Police undercover unit entered the West Bank town of Tamun, northeast of Nablus, and arrested an
Islamic Jihad suspect on Tuesday morning, according to army sources.
    The sources dismissed Palestinian reports that the unit had been uncovered by locals, saying that when it carried out
the arrest, the unit dropped its cover as planned, and that the incident was not unusual.
    During the searches, the army sources said, violent disturbances broke out. Security forces fired rubber bullets to keep
rioters at bay.
    An IDF spokeswoman said in an official statement that the Islamic Jihad member arrested was Morad Beni Uda,
adding that he was taken for questioning.
    “An illegal, violent disturbance involving dozens of rioters broke out, involving rock throwing. The IDF responded
with riot dispersal means,” the spokeswoman said.
    Five Palestinians were lightly injured and two soldiers were very lightly injured during the clashes. The soldiers did
not require hospital care, and received medical treatment on the scene.
   It was not immediately clear whether the second terror suspect had been arrested
Israel to host hundreds of foreign fighter pilots in largest ever multinational exercise
Air forces will learn from each other and practice flying alongside each other, TV report says
By Aaron Kalman January 1, 2013, 11:40 pm
    Hundreds of foreign pilots are scheduled to arrive in Israel for the largest-ever multinational training session to be held
in the country, Channel 2 TV reported on Tuesday evening. The air forces would share theoretical information with each
other and pilots would practice flying wing-to-wing with each other.
    The names of countries set to partake in the joint exercise were under wraps.
Israel has held multiple exercises with other armies, and, in recent years, the Israel Air Force flew alongside foreign pilots
in training runs in Greece, Hungry, Cyprus and Italy.
    Israel can offer a great training ground — including low-altitude flying and drop zones for live ammo — for pilots
from all over the world, Lt.-Col. Assaf told the channel.
    Speaking with a helmet on his head to cover his face, and without revealing his family name, Assaf — one of the
planning officers — described the benefits foreign air forces derivded when training in Israel. Israel’s knowledge of
weapon systems owned by various Arab countries, and its years of experience, were of great value to its allies, the pilot
Likud-Beytenu lost five seats in December as Jewish Home doubled, poll finds
Naftali Bennett’s far right party grows from six seats to 14 in one month, according to latest voter survey
By Ilan Ben Zion January 2, 2013, 5:40 am Updated: January 2, 2013, 6:24 am
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Beytenu mega-party has lost an estimated five seats — mostly to the
ascendant Jewish Home party — in the past month, according to a poll published on Wednesday in Haaretz.
    If elections were held today, Likud-Beytenu would win a mere 34 seats — five fewer than an identical poll conducted
a month earlier — a Dialog poll conducted on Monday by Professor Camil Fuchs of Tel Aviv University found. Last
week’s Dialog poll gave Likud-Beytenu, who currently control 42 seats in the Knesset, 35 seats in the 120-seat
    Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party gained one seat in the past week, making it the third largest in the Knesset with
14. A month ago, polls indicated Bennett’s far right party would win six seats in the January 22 elections.
Despite the setback for Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman, the prime minister can still form a
67 seat coalition with right wing and religious parties. The center-left bloc, according to the latest poll, would win 53
    Shelly Yachimovich’s Labor Party dropped one seat between the December 23 and December 31 polls, from 17 seats
to 16, which would make the center-left party the Knesset’s second largest. Haaretz noted that given current trends,
Jewish Home could potentially replace Labor as the second largest party in the Knesset.
The religious Shas party was expected to win 11 seats, and the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party six. Arab
parties were slated to win a total of 12 seats, and the left-wing Meretz party four.
    Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party remained static at 10 and nine seats, respectively. Further
inquiry by the pollsters found that, relative to other parties, the voter bases of Lapid’s and Livni’s parties, who are
participating in their first elections, are less stable than their more established competitors.
    “About 40 percent of Livni voters were deliberating between her, Lapid and other parties. On the other hand, about
50% of Lapid’s voters were debating voting for other parties, or had not yet fully resolved to vote for Lapid,” Haaretz
Kadima, currently the largest party in the Knesset with 28 seats, remained above the threshold and was projected to win
the minimum two seats. The Otzma Leyisrael (Power to Israel) party also polled above the threshold and would win two
Senate-Passed Deal Means Higher Tax on 77% of Households
By Richard Rubin - Jan 1, 2013 8:54 PM GMT+0200
The budget deal passed by the U.S. Senate today would raise taxes on 77.1 percent of U.S. households, mostly because
of the expiration of a payroll tax cut, according to preliminary estimates from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in
    More than 80 percent of households with incomes between $50,000 and $200,000 would pay higher taxes. Among the
households facing higher taxes, the average increase would be $1,635, the policy center said. A 2 percent payroll tax cut,
enacted during the economic slowdown, is being allowed to expire as of yesterday.
    The heaviest new burdens in 2013, compared with 2012, would fall on top earners, who would face higher rates on
income, capital gains, dividends and estates. The top 1 percent of taxpayers, or those with incomes over $506,210, would
pay an average of $73,633 more in taxes.
    Much of that burden is concentrated at the very top of the income scale.
   The top 0.1 percent of taxpayers, those with incomes over about $2.7 million, would pay an average of $443,910 more,
reducing their after-tax incomes by 8.4 percent. They would pay 26 percent of the additional taxes imposed by the
Among households with incomes between $500,000 and $1 million, taxes would go up by an average of $14,812.
Top Tax Rate
   The bill, being discussed by House members today, would raise the top tax rate to 39.6 percent from 35 percent last
year, starting with income over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for married couples.
   The top tax rates on capital gains and dividends would go up to 23.8 percent, from 15 percent last year. The new rate
includes a 3.8 percent tax from the 2010 health-care law that took effect today.
   The Tax Policy Center’s definition of income is a gross measure that includes items such as the employer’s share of
payroll taxes, making it larger for many households than the adjusted gross income shown on tax returns.
House votes to freeze congressional, federal worker pay
By Ed O'Keefe , Updated: January 1, 2013
    The House of Representatives is poised to vote as early as tonight on a bill addressing a series of tax increases and
spending cuts taking affect this week. But first lawmakers voted on a plan to freeze the salaries of lawmakers
and federal employees.
    Despite Democratic objections, the bill passed 287 to 129, with 55 Democrats voting with Republicans to approve the
measure. House Democrats charged that the vote to freeze salaries was intended to provide political cover for
conservative Republicans planning to vote against the fiscal cliff bill passed early Tuesday by the Senate.
    The fiscal cliff deal, passed with 89 votes in the Senate, includes language that would block a 0.5 percent cost of living
pay increase for lawmakers, reversing parts of an executive order Obama issued last week – because Congress had yet to
set the federal government’s pay scale for 2013.
    Voting against the fiscal cliff plan might leave some House Republicans open to charges by future political opponents
that they voted to give themselves a raise, or didn’t vote to block a congressional pay raise, Democrats charged.
    The GOP-backed bill introduced late Monday would freeze the salaries of lawmakers and the nation’s 2 million federal
employees for the remainder of fiscal 2013. Currently, federal worker salaries are frozen through the end of a short-term
spending agreement that expires in March. As part of efforts to curtail the deficit, federal employees have not seen a cost
of living increase in their paychecks in more than three years.
    Holding the pay vote before the fiscal cliff bill is voted on, “is one of the most cynical things I’ve seen,” said Rep.
Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), whose district is home to hundreds of thousands of federal employees. “It’s being held
purely to provide protection for House Republicans who want to vote against the fiscal cliff deal.”
    The pay bill is cosponsored by Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).
    Issa denied Democratic claims that his bill provides cover for GOP colleagues, noting that Obama could have opted to
continue the pay freeze already in effect.
    “We had to do this,” Issa said, adding later that Obama “had a two-year pay freeze already underway, he could have
just continued it.”
    In a statement, Issa argued that Obama’s “across the board pay increase for white collar workers is not necessary to
retain talented employees and just wastes taxpayer money.”
    “Federal employees have continued to receive promotions and within-grade pay increases over the past few years of
the supposed ‘pay freeze,’ and voluntary separations from the federal government are near all-time lows,” he said.
    Since taking control of the House last year, Republicans have cited federal compensation packages as a prime example
of government waste, charging that federal employees have enjoyed modest pay bumps during the freeze as they are
promoted through the ranks.
    But dozens of Democrats usually vote for the GOP-back pay measures, making it an issue that regularly splits the
caucus between labor-backed lawmakers and Washington-area Democrats who represent communities where thousands of
federal employees live and work.
cover-dems-say/?print=1 [Considering the salaries the fed pays they should be blocked for 20 years. – rdb]
Clinton’s Blood Clot Is Located Near Her Brain, Doctors Say
By HELENE COOPER          Published: December 30, 2012
WASHINGTON — Doctors treating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday said that she suffered a blood
clot in a vein between her brain and skull behind her right ear but predicted that she would make a full recovery. MORE - [You are assuming
she has a brain. – rdb]
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01022013 NEWS AM                  – The      New Civil New Year
                         What will it bring?
                                               Rain – What difference it makes!
Today was my Tzfadt Day. I awoke, finished the news and had a quick bite and then picked up my little rental Kia for my
trip to our Lev U’Neshama friends. Eldan Car rental is a really good company, by most counts. They say 8AM opening
and they will wait until the minute of 8AM, even though there are three people standing there and there are employees
outside smoking and enjoying things. That is Israel. Remember, just don’t push.
    I had a reservation and so it didn’t take too long and I was on the road at about 8:20 or so, just in time to hit some
interesting morning traffic. I have always known there was a good reason I didn’t keep a rental car in Jerusalem. My the
streets are full and the driving process doesn’t even consider defensive driving only offensive.
    I made it to the ‘tunnel’ out of town by Hebrew U. and on the main road to Ma’aleh Adumim where you start your
rapid descent from about 3000 feet above sea level to about 1000 feet below sea level. One rarely has to touch the
accelerator until you get to the junction at Jericho. It is great for saving gas.
    It was rather interesting because with all the rain I expected things to be a bit greener than they were. There was some
grassy patches around the rocks and you could see the Bedouins around in various places with the sheep and goats but it
wasn’t really as green as I expected – at least not there.
    You skirt the south edge of Jericho and get to Highway 90 which has been reconstructed and moved to avoid getting
stoned or shot at in Jericho and then go an extra 10+ miles to skirt the town on the east until you meet up with the area
where the older road used to be. There are two main items to note in passing these areas and one is the area which the
most likely location of Yeshua’s Baptism (which was actually a mikveh, and the other is the Allenby bridge to Jordan
which is always packed with people.
    As I traveled further north things really began to green up a lot and you could see the effects of the wonderful recent
rains. The crops of peppers, tomatoes and other items were really lush. The fruit trees were verdant and the hills had ever
increasing grasses on them. There weren’t many flowers in this section of the Jordan valley yet but it won’t be long. By
the time I got to Argamom where you are nearly on the Jordan River you could really see the different and there were
some small plants blossoming.
    I always feel relief when I arrive in Beit Shean, which is a bit over 1.5 hour in to the trip because I know I am well on
my way. This town is always special because there is one of the best archeological sites you can imagine here. This was
the area of the crossing between the Kings Highway and the Via Maris in ancient times and there was a major Roman city
here. Why? To guard the area but most importantly to collect taxes for traversing the area. This site was destroy by an
earthquake and remained buried for a long time but they have done phenomenal work on it and you really can get an idea
of what Roman life was like 2000 years ago, even to the brothels.
    As I turned to the north in Beit Shean at the bus stop there was a large group of hitchhikers. I relented and picked up a
number. It is usually safe to do so here because this is in Israeli territory and most are Jewish. Only one of the four knew
English and he was in the back seat so I didn’t get much information except where they were going. The one if the front
seat was rather interesting. He was a bit more of an aggressive hitch hiker but as soon as he got in I knew he had some
problems his speech was very difficult to understand. With my limited Hebrew I oftentimes have difficulty understanding
people but this was way out of the ordinary. After a short distance he seemed to nod off and then would start to wake
again and then nod again. He seem fairly coherent and purposeful in all his actions but this was different. He traveled with
me all the way to Tiberius and when he got out I noticed the back of his head had a large scar. I must assume he had
received some brain injury in the past.
    I made a quick pit stop at Nof Ginosar but my friends weren’t there today. Can’t blame them because I didn’t notify
them. I will have to catch them on the next trip. The good thing is that there were at least 10 tour busses there. Obviously
tourism is up and that is great. I can well recall during the intifada that there were days with no one or maybe a small tour
van or car and that was it for their business. It was also noteworthy that there were many Africans in the groups, I think
many from Nigeria. It is always great to walk in their Yigal Alon museum and hear this polyglot of Russian, Italian,
English and who knows what else.
    Since the Sea of Galilee is so low the temperatures are much warmer and there were wonderful blooming
bougainvillea and a host of other trees and vegetation there. It is just beautiful. The sea was up substantially from what I
have seen in the past which is really great. Today there was a heavy haze over the Sea and in the area so you really
couldn’t see much of the Golan Heights from there.
    I left and head up the next 15 miles to Tzfadt past the turn off for Capernaum and the Mount of the Beatitudes. You
could really note the effects of all the rain with lush vegetation. Since this is in the extension of the great Rift the
topography is very hilly and rocky. With the vegetation it really accentuated the distinctive character of the land and huge
rocks that just seem to grow out of the mountain. The hillsides looked like a network of green interspersed with brown
and gold rocks making all kinds of patterns.
    I was very proud of myself because I was able to find Beit Yael quickly and by myself. That is no small fete because
the roads just go around and around and around and you travel into one traffic circle after another. I can be lost in 5
minutes easily here. Rena was almost read y to go when I arrived so she made me a cup of coffee as she finished up her
work of ‘development’ for Beit Yael, THE blind center for much of northern Israel. I believe she said it was the only
residential unit in the land. They take people going blind and prepare them for their world.
    We left and went to Yaffa and Moshe’s house for a visit. They live not far from the Gemacht and have worked so
tirelessly to help the people of this area. They currently have 145 families that receive their credit certificates to help with
food purchases. I asked about their clientele demographic basis and of the families only about 8% are single parent and
that is usually due to a death from illness or injury. Only about 20 families are in a situation where the breadwinner is in a
studies program. The number of elderly is not disproportionate and the number of children all together is about 800 or
900 being served. I wasn’t writing the statistics down so that is from memory.
    We also discussed some of the other food problems. Apparently one of the vital volunteers is feeding kids at her house
that don’t have food at home. Their supplemental school lunch program had to be terminated because of no funding.
The shoe program still has some funds. She has negotiated an amazing deal with a local man to get a pair of shoes for
under $15.00 for children in need. They also have a great deal with an optometrist for glasses for people.
There is a terrible problem with funding for children’s school supplies. It seems that to matriculate in the public school
system parents have to fork out several hundred dollars in fees and supplies which many don’t have. Yaffa is told that the
children are denied entrance to school. There are many requests coming in for a variety of issues
    After some discussion and with some anguish the realization was reached that resources are very limited and the Lev
U’Neshama program can only do that which is within its capabilities and the scope of its resources and people will have to
hear the words “I am sorry, I just can’t help with that problem.”. The focus of the program was initially the food program
which then expanded to the Gemacht – thrift shop. This addition required little in the way of funds. Obviously the heart
for the children is there but the resources aren’t available. These are the folks who helped begin the program and have
been tireless self sacrificing workers to keep it going. I can only say Kol HaKavod – All for the glory.
        I left out wonderful little working lunch after depositing the funds which you generous people had donated and
receiving heartfelt thank yous from everyone. Rena and I returned to her apartment where I picked up my suitcase of
stored items (things left to help lighten the travel load since you can only take ONE suitcase of 50Lb now which severely
restricts my bringing things for the gemacht). I made my way down and around and down and around the winding streets
and back toward Tiberius and Jerusalem. By this time the sun was low in the sky and the sky was lovely with the haze
diffusing the colored sun across the sky.
    The drive back was easy with only a moderate amount of traffic and as I looked to the left toward the Jordan River and
the country of Jordan in the dark you could see little diamonds and rubies and emeralds of light coming through the
darkness from both sides of the river which provides life for this area. I must admit I was glad to get home and schlep all
my stuff in and settle down. Driving with road signs in 3 languages and in different territory puts you on your highest

          So now you need to get some real news.
                               The famous trees of Jerusalem

"For those who stubbornly seek freedom, there can be no more urgent task than to come to
understand the mechanisms and practices of indoctrination. These are easy to perceive in the
totalitarian societies, much less so in the system of 'brainwashing under freedom' to which we
are subjected and which all too often we serve as willing or unwitting instruments."
         -- Noam Chomsky (1928- ) American linguist and political writer

               Read the Prophets & PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
            That is the only hope of this nation!                    Plead for Grace and Mercy
Please remember              That the world would W A K E U P.
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Check often – they
                             Time for a worldwide repentance!
change                       ALL US soldiers fighting for our freedom around the world
                             Pray for those in our government to repent of their wicked corrupt ways.
                             Pray that the American people WAKE UP to the truth concerning our government
                             and take a positive action.
                             Pray for CW - CVA - at home and much improved.
                             Pray for M B B – Cancer Surgery – doing well – more to come.
                             Pray that The Holy One will lead you in Your preparations for handling the world
                             problems. – Have YOU made any preparations?

Ecclesiastes: 3:20-22 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. (21)
Who knoweth the spirit of man, whether it goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it
goeth downward to the earth? (22) Wherefore I saw that there is nothing better, than that a
man should rejoice in his works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him back to see
what shall be after him?

Hillary Clinton in hospital amid speculation of plane accident in Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report December 31, 2012, 11:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s admittance to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Monday, Dec,
31 - with a blood clot caused by concussion - gave wings to a cloud of rumor and conspiracy theories
surrounding her state of health. The hospital, where Saudi King Abdullah was also treated two years ago, stated that
the Secretary was receiving anti-coagulents and her condition would be assessed after 48 hours.
    However, NBC television’s medical correspondent Robert Bazell was skeptical about the blood clot
being caused by an earlier concussion because, he said, it if were, it would not be treated with anti-
coagulents. “So either it's not really related to the concussion and she’s got a blood clot in her leg or something, or
there’s something else going on that we’re not being told.” [ Very Very true! – rdb]
    Speculation about her condition started flying about in early December, when she cancelled without notice, her
participation in the Friends of Syrian forum in Marrakesh on Dec, 6. Not only was she one of the founders of this forum,
but her presence was vitally needed at the time because NATO and Washington were picking up suspicious movements of
the Syrian army’s chemical weapons, which marked a disastrous turn in the Syrian conflict.
    She was first reported to have come down with flu and, three days later, on Dec, 9, with a stomach bug.
    On Dec. 10, the day before she was due to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the September 11
terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi - in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US diplomats lost
there lives - the State Department which has been heavily under fire over the episode, announced that Clinton had
sustained a concussion after fainting out from dehydration.
    None of the details normally released in such cases, such as when exactly she fainted, the seriousness of the
concussion she suffered or how she was being treated, was offered. A State Department source was only willing to say it
was “not severe.”
    According to another unofficial report, she was apparently working from home. No one in the office appeared to have
been delegated her functions although the secretary herself has not been been absent for three weeks.
    Then, Friday, Dec. 21, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry as
next Secretary of State. Clinton had made it known for some time that she intended stepping down at the start of Obama’s
second term of office. It was reported that she had talked to the president and Kerry, and commended the senator as
having proven his mettle in a long and wide-ranging military, political and diplomatic career. Nothing was said on this
occasion about her state of health.
    But around Tehran and the Gulf Emirates, debkafile was already picking up insistent rumors
claiming that Clinton was seriously injured while on a secret mission in the region in the first week of
December. Some claimed that in the same incident, Americans in her party - advisers and security
personnel - were either injured or killed. Those rumors did not say what her secret mission was.
 However, the episode described occurred shortly after Dec. 1, when, as debkafile reported at the time, Obama
administration officials and senior representatives of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched secret talks on Iran’s nuclear
    Although our sources have not identified the negotiators on either side of the table, one of the theories floating around
certain capitals claimed that Hillary Clinton three weeks ago was on her way to a secret meeting with President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad in regard to those negotiations. The plane carrying her from Bahrain logged its destination as Baghdad, but
 is described as having changed direction in midair and headed for Ahvaz, capital of the south Iranian province of
Khuzestan. There, it was said, the Iranian president was awaiting her arrival. But then the plane ran into technical trouble
and made an emergency landing and that was when she was injured, according to this theory.
    The unexplained death of Commander Job Price, 42, SEALs commander in Afghanistan is tied by some of the
speculation to that incident. At the time, the Pentagon reported that his sudden death on Dec. 22, in Uruzgan, Afghanistan,
was under investigation. It is now suggested that Commander Price was head of the security detail attached to Clinton for
her Iran mission and he was one of the casualties of the accident.
    In the nature of things, the impact these kinds of rumors have lingers even when they are officially denied – especially
given Secretary Clinton's unusually long absence from the public eye. The medical report promised Wednesday after she
is monitored at the hospital for 48 hours to assess her condition, “including other issues associated with her concussion,”
is tensely awaited. After that, said the hospital announcement, “her doctors will determine if any further action is
    Clinton, known as the most traveled Secretary of State in US diplomatic history, has been in the international spotlight
since 1992 when her husband Bill Clinton was elected president and she became first lady. She then served in the US
Senate and later ran for the presidency against Barack Obama.
speculation-of-plane-accident-in-Iran [Keep in mind this is rumor and speculation but there does seem to again be
something a bit fishy and the powers that be don’t want to say much – different huh? - rdb
MB 'working behind scenes to divide Salafists'
By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON           12/31/2012 01:22
Egypt’s ruling party meets to discuss new law proposals while Al-Nour party head resigns to form new Al-Watan party.
    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice party met on Saturday to discuss new law proposals while the
leader of the Salafist Al-Nour party officially resigned to form a new party named Al-Watan. This comes after the
Algerian paper El-Khabar reported that the Muslim Brotherhood has a strategy to create divisions amongst the Salafists.
    The Egyptian paper Al-Ahram reported that the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice party met to discuss new
legislation for the Islamist-dominated upper house of parliament (Shura Council). The recently approved constitution calls
for the Shura Council to control the legislative process until a new People’s Assembly is elected in a couple of months.
This comes as Al-Nour broke apart, with its chairman, Abdel Ghafour, resigning to establish Al-Watan.
    According to a report on Thursday by El-Khabar, the newly established Salafist Umma Party, headed by the
disqualified Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, will run together with the Salafist Call
party in the coming parliamentary elections under the name Al-Watan.
    The same report said that a top Muslim Brotherhood official, Khairat al-Shater, who was the first Muslim Brotherhood
candidate for the presidency before being disqualified, had plans to overthrow the Salafist Front in Alexandria, which is
led by Yasser Borhamy and the Al-Nour party. Al-Nour is considered the strongest competitor to the Muslim
    The Algerian paper reports that after Al-Nour refused to ally with the Muslim Brotherhood for the upcoming
parliamentary elections, Shater decided to move against it.
    According to this report, Shater’s actions are what led to the breakup of Al-Nour and the resignation of
Ghafour, who then went and formed the Al-Watan party. These actions also allegedly led to the establishment by Ismail of
the Umma party. Thus, the Muslim Brotherhood was able to split and weaken its Salafist rival.
    There were rumors for some time of strife between the two leaders of Al-Nour, Ghafour and Borhamy. Al-Ahram
writes that a truce was agreed between the two parties to avoid a split, but in the end the largest Islamist party after the
Muslim Brotherhood broke up.
    Already, 150 members have publicly quit the party.
    Despite internal friction between Islamist parties, they were able to unite behind President Mohamed
Morsi against the opposition during the constitutional referendum process. [Terrorists of a feather
stick together or something like that. – rdb]
    As an article entitled “Unholy alliance” in the Al-Ahram Weekly noted, “Islamists from across the spectrum argue that
their alliance was only a response to the opposition ganging up in what appeared to be a united front with the sole goal of
bringing down an elected president and destroying state institutions. Islamist figures viewed the opposition’s escalation
against President Morsi as amounting to a ‘declaration of war’ in the words of Tarek Al-Zomor, head of the political
bureau of the Construction and Development Party, the political wing of Al- Gamaa Al-Islamiya. ‘The liberal and secular
forces were the first to declare war on Islamists by forming this front,’ said Al-Zomor, but, he continued, ‘they did the
Islamist forces a great favour when they made us unite under the banner of Islam.’”
    The article went on to argue that the positive results from the constitutional referendum have given Islamists an extra
boost as they feel even more confidence in pursuing their agenda. The Coalition of Islamist Forces united 19 separate
political parties and groups. Shater was also one of the main strategists behind this coalition, which threatened Morsi’s
opponents, calling for supporters to take to the streets.
    However, underlying tensions were always present between the Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood. As the Al-
Ahram article noted, the Al-Nour party back in August protested against its small representation in Morsi’s cabinet and
did not participate in a pro-Morsi rally organized by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Relations between Christians, Hezbollah warming up
By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON            01/01/2013 02:23
    As Sunni Islamists rise throughout Middle East, Lebanese Christians and Shi’ite Hezbollah find themselves
cooperating as regional minorities.
    As Sunni Islamists rise to power throughout the Middle East, Lebanese Christians and Shi’ite Hezbollah find
themselves cooperating as regional minorities.
    Hezbollah believes it must be more accommodating to other Lebanese parties if it wants to maintain
its strength in Lebanon if Syrian President Bashar Assad falls, the Beirut-based Daily Star reported on
Monday. This follows a report by the newspaper that Hezbollah issued a statement on Christmas: “The
teachings of Jesus Christ – which inspire every philanthropist – contradict what the region is
witnessing in terms of injustice affecting our Christian brethren in Palestine and the region.” [Good
heavens have these folks had some kind of an epiphany? Whatever happened to first the Saturday
people and then the Sunday people? – rdb]
    Difficult circumstances make for unlikely alliances. [AH! Maybe a Hudna until the power returns and
then we will kill them? – rdb]
    Hezbollah is increasingly clashing with Sunnis in Lebanon, part of a spillover of violence from neighboring Syria.
Hezbollah, which is allied closely with Iran, is working with its ally to keep Assad in power.
    The Syrian rebels are predominately Sunni, with Islamist elements taking part in a great deal of the fighting. The rebels
seek to topple Assad’s regime and are being supported by Sunni Arabs throughout the region, including in Lebanon.
    Arab Christians throughout the Middle East have also been under pressure from Sunnis since the Arab uprisings began
two years ago. Many have fled the region and those who remain are very worried over their future, as Sunni Islamists
have come to power in various countries and make up the main opposition movements in many others. The Sunni Islamist
surge has all of the other sects and minorities on the defensive, with many seeking alliances among themselves despite
differing ideologies.
    Shi’ites and Christians are minorities in the Middle East and the rise of Sunni Islamists has put them in a predicament.
    Shi’ites control governments in Iraq, Iran and Lebanon. In Lebanon, though, power and demographics are somewhat
balanced, with Sunnis and Christians making up the other major factions.
    Hezbollah finds itself wedged between anti-Assad Sunni rebels in Syria and their Sunni supporters in Lebanon. This is
not to mention the financial, material and manpower support coming to the rebels from other Arab countries. With its
strong ally Assad under threat, Hezbollah is beginning to feel anxious about being increasingly isolated in the region, and
having to face Israel with less support.
    In turn, Syrian Christians, who have traditionally been allied with Assad, have been fleeing to join their brethren in
Lebanon, which remains one of the safest Arab countries for Christians.
    Numerous recent reports mention the warming relations of the Christians in Lebanon and Hezbollah as they unite
against the Sunnis.
    In an article on the Al-Monitor website, Lebanon-based Nasser Chararah writes that Hezbollah made a political
decision, which has been reflected in its media outlets, to treat Christians more kindly than usual. It even broadcasted
displays of Christmas celebrations, and on Christmas Day, the Hezbollah affiliated Al-Nour radio station praised Jesus’s
    Hezbollah’s Al-Manar station wished Christians a Merry Christmas and even emphasized Hezbollah participation in
the holiday celebrations.
    Chararah notes that Hezbollah was careful to call Jesus a “prophet,” instead of attributing any direct divine connection
to him. What was also interesting was that “the Iranian Embassy in Beirut distributed congratulation letters on the birth of
“Prophet Jesus son of Mary.”
    Meanwhile, Lebanese Christian TV programming has been focused on showing footage of Sunni Salafists persecuting
Christians. Their news reports show “Lebanese ‘Sunni Salafists’ queuing up as part of their military trainings, hoisting al-
Qaida slogans above their heads.” [Wait a minute what about all the stuff that Hezbollah has done to the
Christian community over the years? - rdb]
    Christian reporting also dwelled on Sunni persecution of Christians in the Sunni stronghold of Tripoli, where
Christians were not allowed to put up Christmas decorations.
    This follows a story by Ariel Zirulnick at The Christian Science Monitor that Lebanese Christians are increasingly
embracing Hezbollah, with one family even placing a photo of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on their Christmas tree.
    Such recent signs of mutual affection should not be mistaken for a strategic or ideological shift, but be seen simply as
the uniting of threatened parties against a larger opposing force. It is the drive to survive against the Sunni wave sweeping
the region that has led to this unlikely Christian-Hezbollah thaw.[ Lets
begin by getting some facts straight. First of all Yeshua said “Not All who are called by my will I know”.
Another way of saying you may not fit the title. Actions speak louder than words. Another issue which
is a bit confusing for some Jewish audiences and others is that just because yo mama was a Christian
don’t make you no Christian. The world is filled with nominal ‘christians’ who have little or no idea of
what shepherd they are supposed to be following. Membership in a club does not constitute
Christianity. Same concepts go for the goons in Germany who murdered 6 million for the fun of it yet
claimed to be His followers. I would remind people that if you don’t like Jews then you probably don’t
like Yeshua because He is the most famous one among them and still is and when he returns it is as
the King of the Jews. – rdb]
Egypt says detains Israeli army officer in Sinai
By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF                  12/31/2012 23:04
Egypt detains Bat Yam man upon his arrival to the country; Foreign Ministry: We are making efforts to find more
   CAIRO - Egyptian security forces have detained an Israeli army officer in the Taba region of the Sinai peninsula after
he snuck through a border crossing and took photographs of security property and talked to drivers, security sources said.
   "The Israeli officer was arrested by national security forces on December 29. State security is now interrogating him,"
a national state security officer told Reuters.
   The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed that Andre Chetekov from Bat Yam was detained upon arrival to the country,
and said that it is making efforts to find out more details.
   Chetekov's mother told Army Radio that her son got a visa to enter Egypt last week, and was scheduled to meet friends
from France in Cairo.
   The man was reportedly a left-wing activist, who lived in the Palestinian territories and was denied a request for
Palestinian citizenship.
   He was not carrying a passport when he entered Sinai and his name was not on tourist arrival lists, according to
   Egyptian state television earlier reported the arrested man was a former army officer named Andre Yacoub and had
entered Egypt illegally.
   Security sources in Sinai said the 24-year-old, a resident of Tel Aviv, had been gathering information about Sinai from
drivers in the area near the Taba border crossing between Egypt and Israel. The officer was taken to the Nuweiba area in
Sinai, where he was being questioned, the sources said.
   Egypt is trying to reassert control over the Sinai which has suffered from lax security since the uprising that overthrew
Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. [Lordy Lordy another
international incident in the making. – rdb]
PM reiterates support for demilitarized 'Palestine'
By LAHAV HARKOV        12/31/2012 21:32
Contrary to claims by top Likud candidates, Netanyahu stands behind his words in Bar-Ilan speech.
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stands by his support for a Palestinian state under the conditions described in his
2009 Bar-Ilan speech, despite claims to the contrary by other Likud Beytenu candidates, a spokesman for the joint
election list said on Monday.
    The Likud-Yisrael Beytenu slate does not have a platform, and several candidates have spoken out
recently against Palestinian statehood and a two-state solution. “A Palestinian state will be established when
the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, will declare the end of the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict
and only if arrangements ensuring the security of Israeli citizens are made,” the Likud Beytenu spokesman stated.
    Netanyahu, according to the spokesman, does not see a Palestinian state at the top of his agenda,
with Hamas ruling Gaza and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas working with Hamas and taking unilateral
actions. The prime minister’s priority, he said, is to lead Israel while it is faced with a growing Hamas and the Iranian
    “The Left brought up questions [about Palestinian statehood] because they are ignoring the true, immediate threats of
what is happening around us in the Middle East,” he added. The comments came a day after President Shimon Peres,
addressing Israeli ambassadors gathered in Jerusalem, called Abbas a “partner for peace” and argued that there is no
alternative to the two-state solution.
    In response, Likud Beytenu blasted Peres as being disconnected from public opinion. “A Palestinian state would not
only fail to bring peace and stability to the region, but would increase the tension and usher in permanent instability,” Yair
Shamir, fourth on the Likud Beytenu list, said on Monday.
    “The long and determined effort by Israeli leaders to promote a Palestinian state and to soften the Palestinian
Authority’s harsh features cannot change the fact that a Palestinian state would add fuel to the fire of terrorism in the
region,” Shamir added. “We must remove the idea of a Palestinian state in our area from the Israeli agenda immediately if
not sooner.”
    Also on Monday, MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) suggested that Netanyahu’s Bar-Ilan speech had been “tactical” and
directed at international ears rather than a local audience. Speaking as part of a panel at Efrata Academic College,
Hotovely added that the Likud party platform did not support the formation of a Palestinian state.
    Last week, Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, the top candidate on the Likud list after Netanyahu, said his party
opposed Palestinian statehood, and that the prime minister described the conditions his predecessors set for negotiations
with the Palestinian Authority in his Bar-Ilan address.
    “Today, there is no Palestinian partner to end the conflict because they want to continue it, and if they want to continue
the conflict there is no way to give them a state so they can fight from an improved status,” Sa’ar told Ynet.
    According to Sa’ar, if the Palestinians show willingness to negotiate, the conditions mentioned in the Bar-Ilan speech
would be put on the table. “There’s no reason to return to slogans that have no connection to reality,” he said. [It is most unfortunate that Peres continues to try to
‘rule Israel’ because that is not the function of the Israeli president. The Israeli president is and always
has been a ceremonial position and more of a figurehead as it is for the queen of England. Peres
decided he was going to lead ‘the opposition’ from his position and make pronouncements whether
they were official governmental policy or not. He has far exceeded his delegated authority repeatedly.
What makes the matter worse is that he is a very liberal perspective and he and Rabin got Israel into
the "PA" mess in the first place without sending the issues thru the Knesset beforehand. - Rdb]
IDF tank brigade holds war drill in the North
By YAAKOV LAPPIN       01/01/2013 00:18
As Syria’s civil war continues to escalate, the IDF’s 7th Armored Brigade holds a major war drill on the Golan
    As Syria’s civil war continues to escalate, and uncertainty grows over its outcome, the IDF’s 7th Armored Brigade –
the oldest tank brigade in the army – held a major war drill on the Golan Heights last month to ensure its readiness for any
unexpected developments from the North.
    Intensive live-fire drills were also held recently in firing ranges in the Galilee, the Jordan Valley and the Tze’elim base
in the South, to prepare the brigade for developments on all fronts, its commander, Col. Oded Basyuk, told The Jerusalem
Post on Monday.
     “There is a broad range of threats. The future, from our perspective, is unpredictable,” he said. “We saw this in Gaza
during Operation Pillar of Defense, when we were fully prepared. We see it in Lebanon, where a threat has accompanied
us for many years. And of course, in Syria,” Basyuk added.
    “It’s hard to know what the future will bring [in Syria]. Some people have tried to predict it and were unsuccessful,” he
    Based in the Golan Heights, the 7th Armored Brigade is made up of Israeli-made Merkava Mark 2 tanks, some of
which were manufactured in the 1980s but have since undergone a series of technological upgrades.
    “We have good capabilities and the best people,” Basyuk said. The brigade is also made up of Engineering
reconnaissance elements, and infantry units.
    While Basyuk could not get into the specific techniques being drilled, he did say, “We know and understand what
tactics the enemy can use against us, and what weapons are in their possession. In light of this, we’re developing combat
skills for different kinds of enemies. Similar characteristics are shared by them all.”
    During training, the brigade’s units have been sent from one training area to another, “so that we’re prepared for all
options. You can’t only be prepared for one scenario,” Basyuk said.
    “My assumption is that anytime and anywhere Israel encounters a conflict, the 7th Brigade will be there,” he added.
    The brigade’s tank drivers are training in quickly moving from front to front, and to make the mental transition to their
new battle arena.
    A Gazan conflict will be different from a Syrian escalation, Basyuk explained.
    “In 2006, we fought in the Second Lebanon War, and I tell my soldiers we could return there,” he added.
    Over the past year-and-a-half, the brigade has initiated new training procedures, for which it was awarded a prestigious
prize by the Ground Forces Headquarters. The reforms in training are based on the principle of teaching skills and
techniques to the lowest command level.
    “This is the level that will meet the enemy, and that will determine the outcome on the battlefield,” Basyuk said.
    “The idea is that not only the brigade commander will be skilled, but that the fighters and the platoon and company
commanders will be skilled. This is where we’ve been investing most of our time,” he added.
    The 7th Armored Brigade is equipped with the Digital Ground Army system, which generates a computer map,
updated in real time, of all the IDF’s forces in a battle arena and the location of the enemy.
    It tracks every tank shell fired at targets and the movement of hostile forces.
    Basyuk said DGA has played a significant part in recent training.
Majority of Israeli Jews pessimistic about peace'
By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON          01/01/2013 02:09
Poll finds that 83% of Israeli Jews do not believe that a withdrawal to the '67 borders, division of J'lem would end
    Israeli Jews are becoming more skeptical about a peace agreement with the Palestinians, with 83
percent saying a withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders and the division of Jerusalem would not end the
    The poll was the third in a series conducted since 2005 by Dr. Mina Tzemach on behalf of the Jerusalem Center for
Public Affairs. The findings are based on 500 telephone interviews conducted at the end of November with adult residents
of Israel.
    According to the findings, 71% of the Jewish respondents opposed giving up all of the east Jerusalem neighborhoods
outside the Old City, and 79% felt it was important for the Palestinians to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state
– but only 27% believed this would happen.
    A summary of the findings concludes that Israeli Jews overwhelmingly support the demand that the
Palestinians recognize the State of Israel as a Jewish state. It also mentions that evidence in other
surveys shows similar support for the demand that the PA renounce the right of return.
    Taken together, these results show that only a third of Israeli Jews believe that the Palestinians would agree to these
two stances – which are clearly understood to be demands that Israel would make before any final agreement.
    Moreover, 77% of the Jewish respondents thought that both Fatah and Hamas were incapable of
ending the conflict.
    This pessimistic attitude seems to have been aggravated by recent violence, as a majority of the Jewish respondents
thought the developments called for holding onto vital territories. [I don’t think this is pessimism it is realism.
Thinking much else would be delusional thinking OR else the inability to learn from history and your
mistakes. – rdb]
    When asked, “What is preferable – defensible borders or a peace agreement?,” 61% of the Jewish respondents said
defensible borders.
    This represents a huge shift from the 2005 poll, where only 49% chose defensible borders. In a related question, 72%
of the Jewish respondents said that strategic depth had security value, while 23% said it had none.
    On Jerusalem, 78% of the Jewish respondents said they would vote for another party if the one they intended to vote
for expressed willingness to return land in the capital.
    On Iran, 75% of the Jewish respondents thought that sanctions would not stop Iran’s nuclear weapons drive.
And in a key question relating to a possible unilateral attack on Iran by Israel, 60% said Israel could not rely on the US,
while 53% said they supported an attack against Iran.
Study: Christianity disappearing from Mideast
UK Christianophobia report states Christians in Middle East face persecution 'intensifying with rise of militant Islam';
in Israel, however, Christian population is thriving
Anav Silverman, Tazpit      Published: 12.31.12, 19:24 / Israel News
    A new study warns that Christianity is at the risk of being wiped out in the biblical heartlands of the Middle East.
According to the London Daily Telegraph, which cites the study, 10% of Christians worldwide – approximately 200
million – are “socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.”
    With over 2.3 billion Christians around the world, the study notes that Christians face the most persecution in the
region of the world where Christianity first originated – the Middle East.
    "The pace of this assault is now intensifying with the rise of militant Islam in countries such as Egypt, Iraq and now
with the civil war, Syria," states the report, entitled Christianophobia.
    Published by a leading independent British think tank, Civitas, the report stated that Western politicians and media
generally ignore widespread persecution of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world "because they are
afraid they will be accused of racism."
    On Christmas day last week, Iran imprisoned for the second time, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, 35, who had been
previously jailed for nearly three years for practicing Christianity and rejecting to provide an Islamic education for his
children. His attorney has also been imprisoned, according to Fox News.
    The study states that Christians more than any other religious group are the most likely to be persecuted or
discriminated against and “are particularly at risk in Muslim-dominated societies.
    "Oppression is magnified by anti-Americanism and the false belief that Christianity is a 'Western' creed, even though it
originated in the Middle East and has been an integral part of that region’s belief systems for 2000 years," indicates the
report which was written by journalist Rupert Shortt, who is also the religion editor of the Times Literary Supplement.
    The author cites that somewhere between half and two-thirds of Christians have left the Middle East or have been
killed over the past century. In the early 1900s, Christians made up 20% of the Middle East’s population while, today,
Christians make up no more than 5% of the population.
    However, the study also points out that much of Christianophobia phenomenon has nothing to do with militant Islam
and names Buddhist societies in Sri Lanka and Burma, as well as China and North Korea as societies where Christians are
persecuted. Shortt also says that other factors play a role in Christian persecution including Western interference in the
Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The author emphasizes that he "does not endorse talk about a supposed 'clash of
    The report addresses in detail seven Muslim and non-Muslim countries where Christian persecution dominates: Egypt,
Iraq, and Pakistan, Nigeria, Burma, China and India.
    One area in the Middle East, however, where the Christian population is thriving is in Israel.
According to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), there are 158,000 Christians living in Israel,
which represent two percent of the population. Approximately 80% of Christians in Israel are Arabs,
who reside mainly in the northern areas of the country, while the rest are immigrants from the Soviet Union. The Christian
Arab sector in Israel also has the highest number of high school graduates, according to the report, with 64% earning a
high school diploma, compared to 59% for Jews, and 48% for Muslims.
    Over 3.5 million Christians from across the world visited Israel in 2012, up four percent from last year, with the USA
as the largest single country of incoming tourists, followed closely by Russia according to the Israel Ministry of Tourism.,7340,L-4326892,00.html [Just one tiny editorial comment. From casual observation,
true Christianity is disappearing from much of the world. The numbers may be up but that is NO
INDICATION of who is and who is not. – rdb]
U.S.: Deal Reached to Avert 'Fiscal Cliff'
The White House and top Republicans have struck a deal to avert huge New Year tax hikes and spending cuts known
as the "fiscal cliff".
By Elad Benari           First Publish: 1/1/2013, 5:13 AM
    The White House and top Republicans have struck a deal to avert huge New Year tax hikes and spending cuts known
as the "fiscal cliff" that had threatened to send the U.S. economy into recession, AFP reports.
    The pact would raise taxes on the richest Americans -- those earning over $450,000 a year -- but exempt everyone else,
and will put off $109 billion in budget cuts across the government for two months, top congressional aides said, according
to the report.
    Vice President Joe Biden, who negotiated the deal with Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, was on
Capitol Hill to sell it to Democratic senators, a White House source added.
    Tax hikes and spending cuts were due to come into force on January 1. But as global markets, sure to be rocked by a
failure to head off the fiscal cliff, are closed for New Year's day, lawmakers have time to vote the deal into law.
    A Senate vote was expected overnight on Monday while the House of Representatives was expected to follow suit on
Tuesday after a display of dramatic New Year's Eve brinkmanship.
    The deal would mean a return to Bill Clinton-era tax rates for top earners to 39.6 percent, starting at a threshold of
annual household earnings of $450,000 and above.
    President Barack Obama had originally campaigned for tax hikes to kick in for those making $250,000 and above and
his acceptance of a higher threshold has already angered liberals, though still represents a political victory.
The president said it would extend tax credits for clean energy firms and also unemployment insurance for two million
people due to expire later Monday.
    It was also expected to include an end to a temporary two percent cut to payroll taxes for Social Security retirement
savings and Medicare health care programs for seniors and changes to inheritance and investment taxes.
    Both sides were Monday already gearing up for the next legislative showdown over the need to lift the government's
statutory borrowing limit of $16.4 trillion, which was reached Monday.
    The Treasury will now take extraordinary measures to keep the government afloat for an undisclosed period of time
until the ceiling is raised. Republicans are already demanding spending cuts in return.
    Obama said earlier Monday that a deal to avert the fiscal cliff budget crisis was in sight, but hinted that the proposed
pact would not deal with complementary and punishing cuts to government spending also due to take place in the New
Year, which he said would have to be dealt with down the line.
    Last week, Democratic and Republican leaders traded blame over the fiscal cliff. In the weekly Republican Party radio
address, House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, said that that President Barack Obama's proposal
to solve the crisis by raising taxes "would still leave red ink as far as the eye can see."
    Obama, meanwhile, seemed frustrated that Republicans were not willing to offer him a compromise after, in his eyes,
he made major concessions to his opponents.
[Economically speaking the US fell off a fiscal cliff years ago when they allowed spending to get out of
control and started passing financial bills to fund pork to help people get re-elected. There is been zip
for fiscal accountability and most of what comes out of the legislature is election rhetoric and
manipulation . – rdb]

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                                             Exercise! Exercise! Exercise!
    Idle hands are the devils workshop so said my dear Grandmother and today I was chasing the devil far, far away.
Getting things put together and organized for the 6+ weeks while I will be here can be a bit of a chore.
    The day started very early since even though I was tired from the trip my timer is still set in part of the USA and is
really quite a bit out of sync with Israel. I had hoped to sleep until almost six BUT no luck - 4:15 was the best I could do.
I got up and finished the news and then set about the task of organizing my ‘stuff’ and getting things ready for the
donations which you people so graciously provided for the groups in Israel. Everything is now ordered and in little
packets for distribution – which will begin tomorrow.
    After a cucumber breakfast and some hot rice with raisins and date honey for breakfast, I called Rabbi Chaim Richman
to arrange a meeting with him. He had asked me to bring some things to him from the states. Fortunately they were light
weight but they are very important.
    Rabbi is in the process of moving his office and as he said things are in a ‘beligan’ or terrible mess. The Temple
Institute is reorganizing some of their facilities here in Israel. They currently have office spaces rather scattered here and
there and it makes things rather difficult. The Moriah Book Store – one of my favorite haunts - is ‘downsizing’ and they
will consolidate their book store with the Temple Institute book store. The remainder of the rather large space will then be
converted into offices for the Temple Institute. Rabbi Ariel, Rabbi Richman, and multiple other people responsible for the
research of First and Second temple and production of the educational materials need to be able to interact and
communicate in a more consistent fashion. Since the facility is not yet finished and his current location at the Migdol
Ester building is up for lease they found a temporary location nearby on Darot Rishonim, just off Ben Yehuda street, the
main downtown shopping street.
    I met Rabbi his office and saw the mess he was in as Gadolia his son in law was helping organize the move. We then
went over to where the workers are busily trying to get the new temporary office and sound studio set up. Rabbi is correct,
they are in a ‘beligan’. I was most fortunate that Mrs. Richman was in town with Nadav her grandson and they stopped in
to say hello. It really is like a homecoming.
    Leaving Rabbi Chairm, I headed over to Pomerantz Book Store at the ‘top of’ Ben Yehuda. Michael Pomerantz is a
longtime friend and a delightful person and I needed to say hello and pick up something I had lost on the way over. When
you are schlepping many things and you open a case you don’t know what will fall out.
    After the Michael interlude, I trekked to Machane Yehuda. The place never ceases to amaze me. I needed to change
some dollars for shekels and there is a good change place there. If I were to say it is a hole in the wall, you might think I
am rude but it really is just about that. It is about like a 4 feet wide and 6 feet long hall with a window and a door at the
end and the locals use them all the time to change money. When it is really bad there is a line into the street. They usually
have a very good exchange rate.
    After getting more of the ‘currency of the land’ I was able to go about the business of shopping. Even though my
apartment is furnished there were a number of things I like and wanted to get like rolls of paper towels, a small knife etc.
Then of course there are the vegetables. Even though it is right after Shabbat the ‘new produce’ is coming in and the bins
are filled. Their produce is just lovely. At one stall I got tangerines, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lemons. Just a couple stalls
down the way they have lovely celery, and greens. I also got a fennel bulb and some kohlrabi to prepare. After my
‘greengrocer’ I headed to the spice shop for some Garam Marsala, Cumin, pepper, and Tzatar, four essentials for over
here. I finished off at the health food store, Gan Edan(the Garden of Eden), where I got some spelt flour and rice flour to
try as well as some beautiful dates, apricots, and almonds. Then came the task of schlepping all those things home. The
Market is about a mile or so from the apartment and by the time I returned my arms were sore.
    I put away all my goodies and looked and it was only 11:00 AM. I checked out my window at the lovely warm sunny
park in the center of this building complex and noted an absolutely gorgeous bush covered in deep purple blooms. I don’t
know what it is but it is surely lovely.
    Since I had eaten early I prepared some packaged soup I had purchased last evening and checked my emails and then
reserved my car for tomorrows trip to Tzfadt to meet with Rena, Yaffa and Moshe. The Eldan office is just about 3 blocks
away and they are very reliable. It is a fairly long drive up the Jordan Valley and I will want to get an early start so
reserving the car ahead speeds things up considerably, it also gives me a discount.
    After lunch I headed for the bus stop on Karen Hayesod to go to the archeology site. Both Frankie and Hillel are
working and I need to coordinate some activities with them. I kept looking for busses to Har Hatzofim and waited quite a
while and then finally started walking toward the town center because I knew there more busses there. Finally near the
great synagogue stop the faithful 4A bus appeared and I climbed on board. It is the long root but at least it would get me
    After boarding I punched in my RavKav card almost like a native and asked how many rides left. He said, “One, you
want buy more?” “Sure” was my reply.
    He said, “You want buy 10 or for the month”
    I said, “For the month.”
    He punched it in and I paid him and almost said a Halleluyah because they won’t always do that. That means I can ride
anywhere, at any time, as often as I want and not pay any more and compared getting 10 rides at a pop it can turn out
much more economical. I thought they only did that for locals, not tourists. I wasn’t going to argue the point.
    I did the mile to the sifting site and walked up the front desk and introduced myself to Harel the new manager. When
we turned around I saw Hillel who quickly came over for a hug. We talked briefly and then Hillel took me in to Gal one
of the archeologists who gave me a hug and then we went into the ‘big tent’ where we sift and Ohr was there whom I
know from last year. I could hear Frankie instructing a group so I didn’t bother her. There were a number of new people
as well. I told Hillel that since I didn’t have my old grungy clothes on I would like to register pottery if that was OK and
they were fine with that.
    Later on a great you man who is a tour guide and was in Frankie’s guide class came over when they found a coin and
we began talking. His group was a small one, a family from Dallas. It seems his father in law is a Rabbi in Dallas and
helped with the link. We had a great chat.
    Later on one of the other people from last year came and for a hug and then Uval who has been there several years
arrived. It was a great homecoming.
    After they closed Uval gave Ohr and I a ride and let us out in front of the Zion Hotel where he parked for his business
and Ohr and I walked over “Bible Hill” to get to the bus stop for Keren Hayasod so I could get home. I don’t think there
are many towns with a Bible Hill. This wonderful city, a true gift from God never ceases to amaze me. There are always
new sights to see and places to go.
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                              Time for a worldwide repentance!
change                        ALL US soldiers fighting for our freedom around the world
                              Pray for those in our government to repent of their wicked corrupt ways.
                              Pray that the American people WAKE UP to the truth concerning our government
                              and take a positive action.
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                              Pray that The Holy One will lead you in Your preparations for handling the world
                              problems. – Have YOU made any preparations?

Ecclesiastes: 3:16-19 And moreover I saw under the sun, in the place of justice, that
wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, that wickedness was there. (17) I
said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for
every purpose and for every work. (18) I said in my heart, It is because of the sons of men,
that God may prove them, and that they may see that they themselves are but as beasts. (19)
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as
the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; and man hath no preeminence
above the beasts: for all is vanity.

Iran: US plane made emergency landing in Ahvaz
Tehran's Mehr news agency says an American plane has been stuck in Iran for nearly three weeks for repairs
Associated Press     Published: 12.30.12, 13:27 / Israel News
   A small US commercial plane has been stuck in Iran for nearly three weeks after making an emergency landing near
the city of Ahvaz, the country's airports director said on Sunday. The plane was forced to land because of technical
problems, Mahmoud Rasoulinejad said, quoted by the Mehr news agency.
   "After landing, the crew traveled on to countries around the Persian Gulf and the plane is currently being repaired," he
   Rasoulinejad did not specify who owned the aircraft, where it was headed or the nationality of the crew members. It
would soon be ready to return to the skies, he said.
   Ahvaz lies near Iran's border with Iraq in the southwest of Iran, an important area for the country's oil industry.
    Earlier this month Iran trumpeted the capture of a compact US intelligence ScanEagle drone in its airspace, which US
officials have denied.
    In December 2011 Iranian forces announced they had captured a US RQ-170 reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran
which had been reported lost by US forces in neighboring Afghanistan.,7340,L-4326191,00.html
Russian warship heads to Syria in preparation for a possible evacuation
Moscow officials have acknowledged that citizens will be pulled out of the country should Assad’s regime fall
By Adiv Sterman December 30, 2012, 7:20 pm
    The Kremlin is sending another warship to the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval base, Russian news
agencies reported.
    The reports Sunday by the ITAR-Tass and Interfax news agency cited an unidentified official in the military general
staff as saying the Novocherkassk, a large landing ship, has set sail from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk. She was
“accompanied by a combat ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet,” according to a Russian news source.
    The Novocherkassk was the third vessel of its kind dispatched since Friday from Russia to Tartus, AFP reported, and
was expected to arrive in the area in early January.
    The reports gave no information on the ship’s intent. But Russian diplomats have said that Moscow is preparing a plan
to evacuate thousands of Russians from Syria if necessary. The Defense Ministry announced two weeks ago that several
ships were being dispatched to the Mediterranean.
    Syrian opposition leaders reported in September that Russia was completing the withdrawal of its citizens and military
personnel from its naval base in Syria.
    Moscow has operated the naval facility at Tartus since signing an agreement with Damascus in 1971. Although it is
merely a ship repair and refueling station with a limited military presence, it is the sole remaining Russian military base
outside of the former Soviet Union.
evacuation/ [MORE heat! – rdb]
Failed Syria envoy Brahimi’s mission brings chemical war closer
DEBKAfile Special Report December 30, 2012, 9:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
    The Syrian crisis unbelievably took another turn for the worse Saturday, Dec. 29: After making no
headway with Bashar Assad in Damascus, the UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi was told in no
uncertain terms by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow: “There is no possibility of
persuading Syrian ruler Bashar Assad to leave Syria.” As they spoke, a record 400 people died in
hostilities in the country. The burnt remains of hundreds of people slaughtered by the army were discovered in a
    Homs district. And Syrian opposition leaders have repeatedly preconditioned their acceptance of the Russian invitation
to talks on Assad’s prior exit.
    This stalemate is compounded by escalation in the use of two extreme weapons of war. Since Dec. 12, the Syrian army
has been firing home-made Scud missiles at rebel centers. The US and NATO have responded by stationing six Patriot
batteries manned by 1,000 American, German and Dutch servicemen, on the Turkish-Syrian border to protect Turkey
from Syrian attack. The inference here is that so long as the Scuds are confined to targets inside Syria, Western
intervention will stop at the border.
    Then on Dec. 26, The Syrian army, under the command of Iranian officers, began shooting Fateh A-
110 high-precision, short-range surface missiles made in Iran. They were sent to Syria at top speed by an
Iranian airlift flying over Iraq. Syria in fact manufactures a local version of the Fateh A-110, called M600. But Tehran
decided to deliver the originals to show the world that Assad is not fighting alone and that Iran’s military support for his
regime is solid – not just against the uprising, but also against NATO, its missiles and the units which have taken up
position in Turkey.
    In effect, both sides to the conflict appear to have resorted to a form of chemical warfare. Western and
Middle East military sources report that, last week, Syrian forces loyal to Assad are thought to have used in the Homs
battle of Dec. 23 grenades containing a gas that paralyzes lungs and causes extreme infirmity, or even death.
    Those sources were careful to point out that the gas was most likely “a concentrated irritant,” but not one of the deadly
chemical weapons stockpiled by the Assad regime. They were equally careful to avoid indentifying its origin. debkafile’s
intelligence sources disclose that these gas grenades were especially developed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps for
use against the masses which demonstrated against the 2009 presidential elections. The grenades have now been
distributed to pro-Assad Shabiha militias, the Syrian equivalent of Iran’s brutal al Qods Brigades.
    The gas grenades were brought out on Dec. 22, the day after the Syrian Presidential Guard reported that seven of its
number had died in battle near Damascus as a result of a weapon used by the rebels which “produced a yellow toxic gas.”
    This allegation may have been trumped up to justify the pro-Assad forces’ use of toxic gas grenades in Homs. Be that
as may, both sides appear to be preparing the ground for chemical warfare. Yet no Western, or any other external power,
including Russia, appears ready to intervene to put a stop to the latest horror raising its head in the Syrian conflict, the
escalation to chemical warfare - any more than they prevented its descent to the bombardment of civilians by missiles.
   In Amman, the Jordanian information minister Sameeh Maaytah, said Sunday, Dec. 30, that his
government is prepared for any chemical threat on the kingdom but will not enter into “any alliance” to
protect itself.
   Several media attributed the minister’s comment to the visit Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu paid to
Amman last week for talks with King Abdullah, purportedly about the Syrian chemical weapons threat they share.
   debkafile’s military sources point out that only the first half of the Jordanian statement is correct. The other half is as
unreal as most of the comments on the chemical weapons peril heard from Western powers, Russia, Israel or Arab
spokesmen. It is a fact that Jordan has after all entered into close alliance with NATO, not to mention the
US, for protecting the kingdom. This alliance goes forward on six tracks:
   1. Learning how to treat victims of a potential Syrian chemical attack;
   2. Setting up an American-Jordanian headquarters in Amman for coordinated operations against this threat, similar to
the joint outfits the US has established in Israel and Turkey. The Americans have imported to Jordan a military field
hospital specializing in the treatment of chemical warfare victims;
   3. Since last summer, US Army Green Berets, which specialize in chemical warfare, have been training Jordanian
   4. Czech and Polish military units, expert in chemical and biological warfare, are also in the Hashemite kingdom.
They are not only teaching Jordanian units how to combat chemical warfare, but also Syrian rebels;
   5. US and Jordanian special units are standing ready for orders to enter Syria and attack the sites of the chemical
weapons positioned for shooting into Jordan and Israel;
   6. The Jordanian army units deployed between the areas around Amman and close to the northern Jordanian border
with Syria were issued last week with anti-contamination masks and suits.
   All in all, the United States and NATO have prepared Jordan exhaustively for a possible Syrian
chemical weapons attack. If this happens, some intelligence sources estimate Israel or Turkey may be
targeted next. Given the Syrian conflict’s sequential plunge into unspeakable atrocities, Israel cannot count on being
exempt from a poison weapons attack - even before its Jan. 22 general election.
envoy-Brahimi%E2%80%99s-mission-brings-chemical-war-closer [Life just gets interestinger and interestinger every day.
Syrian and Jordanian armies reportedly clash on border
Witnesses describe exchange as most significant skirmish since start of Syrian revolution
By Elhanan Miller December 30, 2012, 6:30 pm Updated: December 30, 2012, 6:14 pm
                                                                Jordanian civilians living near the border with Syria
                                                             reported heavy clashes between the Jordanian and
                                                             Syrian armies late Saturday night, during which the
                                                             Syrian army allegedly crossed the border and used
                                                             attack helicopters.
                                                                Residents of Ramtha, located 2 miles from the Syrian border,
                                                             told the Islamist Jordanian daily As-Sabeel that they flocked to
                                                             their rooftops to view the heavy exchange of fire near the
                                                             Ramtha border crossing around midnight Sunday morning. No
                                                             report of military clashes appeared in the Jordanian mainstream
                                                                One Syrian shell landed near a mosque in Ramtha,
                                                             Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera reported on Sunday,
                                                             causing Jordanian tanks stationed at the border to
                                                             return fire towards Syria. Al-Jazeera reported a state of
                                                             panic among Jordanian residents of the border area, some of
whom left their homes after the shelling shattered their windows.
    Syrian opposition activists told Al-Jazeera that heavy clashes are raging between forces loyal to President Bashar
Assad and the Free Syrian Army in the southern Syrian city of Daraa. As-Sabeel speculated that the shelling — described
as the most significant border incident since the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011 — was the result of massive
defections from the Syrian Army, which the government was attempting to curb.
    Residents of southern Syria have fled southward across the Jordanian border to escape the violent
uprising that has plagued the country for 21 months. Nearly 500,000 Syrians have already found refuge
in neighboring Jordan.
   A Jordanian soldier was killed at the border on October 22 while trying to prevent militants from infiltrating into Syria.
In August, a Jordanian soldier was injured while assisting Syrian refugees fleeing the regime to enter Jordan.
Envoy: Egypt to tighten relations with Hezbollah
Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon says Cairo will pursue relationship with Hezbollah in Lebanon
Roi Kais                     Published: 12.30.12, 20:58 / Israel News
    Egypt will pursue a relationship with Hezbollah, Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Hamdy told The Daily Star,
but warned the group to work solely for the interests of Lebanon.
    “You cannot discuss politics in Lebanon without having a relationship with Hezbollah," he explained. "It is a real force
on the ground. It has a big political and military influence in Lebanon.” Hezbollah did not respond to the statements.
    Hamdy denied reports that a Hezbollah delegation visited Egypt but said he had met with members of Hezbollah's
political bureau in an attempt “to understand each other better.”
    Alongside his praise for the terrorist group, he also expressed hinted criticism. “In discussions we said we want
Hezbollah to remain as a political force in Lebanon acting in the interests of the Lebanese first and not others,” Hamdy
said. He was referring to Hezbollah's close ties with the Assad regime in Syria and Iran's leadership.
    The ambassador also issued a warning to Hezbollah. “Mixing those legitimate goals with other goals to dominate the
Lebanese (political) scene and as the only force deciding Lebanese policy would not be welcome by other parties in the
region, or by Egypt,” he said.
    He nevertheless praised the group for its struggle against Israel. “Resistance in the sense of defending Lebanese
territory…That’s their primary role. We… think that as a resistance movement they have done a good job to keep on
defending Lebanese territory and trying to regain land occupied by Israel is legal and legitimate.”,7340,L-4326430,00.html [If you missed the article about Hezbollah in yesterday’s
report go back and read it. It is really important for the usa,7340,L-
Likud rips into Peres’s call for renewed talks with Abbas
Minister Gilad Erdan calls president’s backing of a two-state solution ‘disconnected from the Israeli public’s stance’
By Aaron Kalman and Gabe Fisher December 30, 2012, 5:33 pm
    The Likud on Sunday lashed out against President Shimon Peres’s call for renewed negotiations
with the Palestinian Authority, saying the elder statement’s support for a two-state solution was
divorced from public opinion.
    “It’s unfortunate the president chose to express a personal political opinion disconnected from the Israeli public’s
stance,” Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan said.
    Earlier on Sunday, Peres expressed support for PA President Mahmoud Abbas as a partner for peace and called for
renewed talks to reach a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    Erdan decried Peres’s statement, which he made at a meeting of Israeli ambassadors, as unfortunate, for he “chose to
present the ambassadors with a political view that encouraged condemnations of Israel in the international arena.”
    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called upon Abbas to return to the negotiation table dozens of
times” and was active in his attempt to make talks happen, Erdan said. He charged that Abbas, “who
refused even [former prime minister ] Ehud Olmert’s proposals, would rather join Hamas and act
against Israel in any possible arena,” noting that Abbas “didn’t even condemn the firing of rockets at
    Netanyahu responded far less dramatically, saying that “there is a range of opinions” and noting that he met with Peres
from time to time to discuss the issue.
    Earlier on Sunday Peres said, “You can reach an agreement with Abbas… one of the only leaders in the Arab world to
say publicly and boldly that he supports peace and a demilitarized state, and opposes terrorism.”
    The dovish elder statesman said that he has known Abbas for 30 years and “no one” could change his mind about the
Palestinian leader, while admitting that the Palestinian leader has been highly critical of Israel.
    “We don’t need to hug and praise him,” he said.
    Center-left politicians came to Peres’s defense, voicing their support of a two-state solution and negotiated peace with
the Palestinians.
    “Shimon Peres, the president of Israel, acted responsibly and told the public the truth about Israel’s situation and
status,” Hatnua party leader Tzipi Livni said. “That is how anyone who regards Israel as important should act.” She called
on Netanyahu to curb the Likud’s criticism of the president’s statements.
    Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid denounced “the government’s ignorance of the deteriorating political situation in
Israel,” saying its current policy “will only pass on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to our children.”
“There is no solution other than two states for two nations,” he asserted.
    Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich called the Likud party’s outburst “aggressive and despicable” and defended
Peres as “Israel’s greatest ambassador.” [You will note that those parties are all leftist socialist groups who
like to grovel in front of people. – rdb]
    High-level talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been all-but frozen in the life-span of the outgoing
Netanyahu government.
    Israel has called for the Palestinians to come to the table with no preconditions, while Ramallah maintains that
settlement construction must stop before it will negotiate.
    Peres said “there is no alternative” to a two-state solution. He added there was a clear Israeli majority for a Palestinian
state existing side by side with Israel.
    “The role of diplomacy is to make friends, not to deceive enemies,” Peres told the crowd of assembled ambassadors,
alluding to the conduct of former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman, who was indicted on fraud and breach of trust
charges Sunday. “In diplomacy, it’s always better to be a lion in the skin of a sheep, than a sheep with a lion’s roar that
scares the whole world.”
Two-thirds of Israelis support peace with Palestinians that ensures security, polls find
67% of respondents say they would support two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with land swaps and a
demilitarized Palestine
By Adiv Sterman December 31, 2012, 3:02 am
    A broad majority of the Israeli public would vote in favor of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, if the
government brought a plan that offered security guarantees to referendum, polls published Sunday by the S. Daniel
Abraham Center for Middle East Peace found.
    According to the polls’ findings, roughly two-thirds of respondents (67 percent) expressed support for a two-state
solution based on the 1967 borders, with land swaps; a demilitarized Palestine; and Jerusalem’s Old City administered
jointly by the United States, Israel, and the Palestinians, with Israel maintaining control of the Western Wall.
    The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, a non-profit advocacy group based in
Washington DC, approached two Israeli research companies, the Dahaf Institute and Smith Consulting,
requesting that they survey Israeli opinions regarding a future peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Each poll was conducted independently. [OK folks this should tell you something right there. First and
foremost this is a Washington based group and more than likely fairly liberal and with an agenda. By
the virtue of that information you can assume that it will have a bias must like the bias that comes with
most political polling. DC has a major agenda to promote the two state solution from the onset. That
will automatically make the results suspect. Polls may not lie but posters do. The reliability of polled
information is totally dependent upon the way the question is formed and asked. You can skew the
result most anyway you want by managing those issues. You can also skew them based on choosing
your people polled. The sponsoring group was started by a Utah Democrat and the owner of SlimFast
diet foods and has a very liberal focus. – rdb]
    The Dahaf poll was conducted via telephone interviews during the first third of December. It is the third in a series of
similar polls conducted in January 2010 and 2011. The findings were based on the responses of 500 people, a
representative sample of Israel’s adult population.
    The Smith Consulting poll was carried out on December 11 and 12 among 600 people, with a 4% margin of error.
In both polls, respondents were asked how they would vote if the government brought to a referendum a peace agreement
that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the following provisions: Its implementation would take place only
after the Palestinians would fulfill all their commitments with an emphasis on fighting terror, and the implementation
would be monitored and verified by the United States. MORE -
Steinitz: Labor would make economy worse than Spain's
By NIV ELIS, NADAV SHEMER                   12/30/2012 19:16
Speaking to 'The Jerusalem Post,' Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz derides Labor's economic platform, but refuses to
lay out his own plan of necessary budget cuts; "minimal" tax increases not ruled out.
    Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz derided Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich’s economic policy on Sunday, calling
it a “plan of economic destruction” that would turn Israel into another Spain. “Take Shelly Yacimovich’s plan, put it
in place, and the Israeli economy will look like Spain’s and even worse,” Steinitz said in an interview with
The Jerusalem Post. “Those naive suggestions will ruin the Israeli economy.” [Sounds like she must be taking
notes from the USA. Typical liberal socialist thinking. Hat to tell these people but you don’t get points
for bankrupting countries. – rdb]
    Specifically, Steinitz called out the Labor leader for proposing an increase in the corporate tax rate to 30 percent. He
said that if multinationals like Intel and Teva are stripped of incentives which see them pay taxes as low as 6-12% on
business activities in the country's periphery, they will stop investing and “some of them will even leave the country in
two to three years.”
    Current corporate tax rate is 25%, but companies working outside the major population centers get additional tax
    Steinitz criticized Yacimovich for laying out proposed expenditures of around NIS 140 billion, adding that he could
not recall any Israeli leader making such extravagant commitments prior to an election.
    He acknowledged that the next government would need to cut around NIS 14 billion from the 2013
budget, but refused to detail where the cuts would be made, except to say that there are "several
possible alternatives." He said he preferred not to go into details now, as the nature of the spending cuts would be "up
to the new government to decide."
    "I can only say that there were similar cases in the past decade, and at the end of the day we found the right way how
to make those cuts," the finance minister said.
    He repeated comments made last week that it is unlikely a Likud-led government would impose fresh tax hikes next
year, although he did not rule out implementing tax increases depending on how economic forecasts play out.
    "As it seems, we will not have to place tax hikes, and if we do need to it will be minimal," he said. "But…we will have
to wait and see what developments there are, what revenues we collect from trapped profits."
    Playing down the impact of his decision to raise the Value Added Tax (VAT) to 17%, Steinitz noted the rate fell in the
normal historical range of Israel's VAT, and took another swipe at Yacimovich for claiming she could decrease the tax
while blowing up expenditures.
    Although he focused most of his energies on Labor, he also criticized political rivals Yair Lapid, Eli Yishai, Naftali
Bennet and Tzipi Livni for failing to acknowledge the importance of economic growth in social welfare. “They’re talking
about how to share the cake, but first you have to bake the cake,” he said.
    Steinitz would not comment on whether he would keep his role as finance minister in the event that Likud-Beytenu
heads the next government, saying only that he would leave it up to party leader Binyamin Netanyahu to decide.
    He did promise, however, that the government would ensure safe passage of a bill on economic concentration if his
party wins re-election. Earlier this month, the government decided to postpone the second and third readings of the bill
until after the election.
    If passed, the law would enforce separation of financial and non-financial holdings by prohibiting
control of financial institutions by large non-financial corporations. A large financial corporation is defined as
one with at least NIS 40 b. in assets under management and at least NIS 6 b. in Israeli sales.
    Steinitz pointed to this bill as proof of the Netanyahu government's efforts to protect ordinary Israelis, saying that it
proves Yacimovich wrong when she claims that Netanyahu is good for the rich and that she is good for the people.
    "Ask [Delek Group owner Yitzhak] Tshuva and [Israel Corp. Chairman Idan] Ofer if this government was so good for
them," he said. "This government, unlike many previous Labor governments, was good for the people, and not for the
interests of big companies."
    Steinitz emphasized the government's economic accomplishments, stressing that at a time of global
financial upheaval, Israel's growth rate and moderate unemployment rate were particularly notable.
    He acknowledged, however, that problems remain, particularly in closing economic gaps and lowering the price of
housing. Filling the deficit of apartments would require vigorous building around the country, including
the West Bank, he said. "It is totally inconceivable that there will be another [settlement] freeze," he said.
Arab soldier hides service from neighbors
Samir, a Muslim Arab, hides his uniform and weapon from his neighbors, but says he's proud to be an IDF combat
Reuven Weiss Published: 12.30.12, 18:41 / Israel News
    He is a combat soldier in the IDF, but when he goes home to his village in northern Israel, Samir
(alias) has to change out of his uniform and hide his weapon. A Muslim Arab who chose to volunteer
for army service, Samir and his family can expect nothing but hostility if his neighbors find out about
his military career.
    "I love the army," he says. Samir, 26, serves in the Tavor battalion, one of the Home Front Command's search and
rescue battalions whose men also perform combat activities in addition to their rescue efforts.
    "If I was born and raised in Syria, I would have served in their army. But I live here, so I decided to do my part and
enlist," he says. But in Samir's village army service is not generally accepted. The few who volunteered before Samir are
still the target of harassment, and lately one of them was assaulted by his neighbors. But that doesn’t faze Samir. "When I
decide something, when it's in my sights, I do it all the way," he declares.
    A married father of one, Samir also had to persuade his wife to support his choice. "It is not simple,"
he admits. "My wife opposed my enlistment; she wanted her husband close to home. But she came
around in the end. She said she'll suffer through it as long as I'm happy. She and my parents were the
only ones who supported my decision."
    Samir joined the Tavor Battalion nine months ago. "To my delight my commanding officers understood me and my
situation and let me go on leave on weekends," he told Yedioth Ahronoth. His comrades were equally supportive. "Even
though they are only kids, 18 years old, we have developed a true friendship," Samir says. He stresses he has never
encountered racism.
    Due to the high sensitivity of his situation, Samir wanted to avoid giving away any information that might identify him
or his place of residence. His commanders took this under consideration and allow him not to wear the army uniform
outside of base.
    Samir is set to serve for only two years, due to the late age in which he was drafted, but will be happy to pursue a
military career later on. "I'm in a good place," he says. "If I can continue in the regular service, I will. If not, I will try and
join the civilian emergency services: police or fire brigades."
    Despite the difficulties and fears, Samir calls on Muslim youths to follow in his footsteps. "If you love this system, I
definitely recommend it," he says. "It's very gratifying.",7340,L-4326311,00.html [Isn’t it
just wonderful that the Muslim Arab citizens of Israel defame one of their own if he should serve in the
Army that helps keep them safe and the land viable. – Disgusting. – rdb]
BS: Israel home to 8 Million citizens
Central Bureau of Statistics says 6,015,000 of Israelis are Jewish; population grew by 1.8% over past year
Yaron Druckman           Published: 12.30.12, 15:16 / Israel News
    A new survey by the Central Bureau of Statistics, published Sunday, says that as 2012 draws to an end Israel's
population numbers 7,981,000 people.
According to the CBS, 6,015,000 (75.4%) of Israelis are Jews, 1,648,000 are Arabs and 319,000 are affiliated with other
various religions and ethnic groups.
In the course of 2012, the population of Israel increased by 145,000 people, or 1.8%, similar to the increase in the last
Some 170,000 babies were born in 2012, in addition to the arrival of 16,500 new immigrants. The survey did not specify
how many Israelis died or emigrated from Israel. The survey also found that the population has increased by 1,350,000 in
the last decade.
In 1992 Israel was home to 5,195,900 Israelis, while 40 years ago is was home to 3,225,000 people.
In 1962 there were 2,331,800 people living in Israel and in 1952 it was home to 1,629,500 people.,7340,L-4326257,00.html
Anonymous blogger probe puts light on IDF suicides
By BEN HARTMAN           12/28/2012 00:02
Investigation by blogger "Eishton" leads army to release figures on soldiers suicide, sparking public debate.
    The police and army investigation of an anonymous blogger has brought the issue of IDF suicides into the public
arena, leading the military to release figures on soldiers who take their own lives, and sparking a debate on press
intimidation in the country.
    The investigation came to light on December 12, when blogger “Eishton” (a combination of the Hebrew words for
“man” and “newspaper”) changed the banner of his blog.
    “Eishton is currently under a combined police-military police investigation!! I am forbidden to speak about the details
of the investigation, whose only purpose is to silence me, harm me and extort me into handing over private and protected
information in order to incriminate myself and others,” the banner said.
    “If this site crawls to a halt or stops being updated, know that this was done against my will and that I am being
subjected to anti-democratic measures, which violate accepted journalistic ethics and censor information that the public
has a right to know,” it added.
    It later emerged that the probe had been launched in the wake of a three-part investigative report Eishton published
beginning in April, which examined discrepancies in the official IDF death toll for 2011 and figures appearing on
government-run memorial websites.
    Though the Israeli press described the report as an exposé focusing solely on IDF suicides, the long, heavily researched
series was based on efforts to determine the identities of all 126 fallen soldiers, independent of the issue of suicide.
    Media coverage over the past two weeks led the army to release figures on soldier suicides.
    The figures show that there were 14 suicides in the army this year, the lowest in at least 23 years. They indicate that in
2011 there were 21 IDF suicides, and that over the past seven years, the worst was 2010, when 28 soldiers took their own
    Before the army launched a program aimed at improving the way mental health issues are handled among soldiers,
there were between 34 and 40 per year, the army said on Wednesday.
    In his first post in April, Eishton wrote, “Who were these soldiers that the Left says died in vain? Who were these
heroes that, because of them, the Right says our country is standing? The fact is, even with all the ceremonies and magic
words – memorialization, heroism, memory – no one actually knows who our fallen soldiers are. I decided I would change
that. I decided I would study and learn the stories of all 126 who died this past year.”
    Eishton said that while looking at that figure, he had begun checking the government’s Yizkor website, which lists all
IDF soldiers who died while in uniform, whether in battle or from accidents or even illness.
    He found that only 97 names appeared. Another 16 names appeared on a website listing civilians killed in terror
    Using internal IDF documents – specifically incident reports on soldiers’ deaths, received from a confidential source
he calls “Aleph” – Eishton began looking for the additional 13 names and examining the causes of death. He found that
the cause of death was not noted for 63 of these people. He also found that 35 were people who had not died in the past
year, but had instead been retroactively recognized as fallen soldiers.
    Eishton’s work hasn’t been solely a dry, statistical piece of investigative journalism. As a blogger, he mixes reporting
with his own commentary, and seems to be very interested in the way Israel groups together all soldiers who die in
    In the first part of the series, he ponders in passing why Israel doesn’t acknowledge school teachers who die “while
trying to save the future of our children,” or doctors or artists, and why their deaths aren’t attached to some greater
pantheon of Israel’s national preservation. He also expresses a keen interest in how recognition of people as fallen soldiers
allows their families to receive large annual tax exemptions – even if they died years after completing their service –
arguing that since such funds come from public coffers, the issue is one of public interest.
    Eishton keeps his identity a closely guarded secret, and reportedly there are only a few people who know who he is –
now including the police, who reached him, he claims, after obtaining a court order to question his Internet service
provider. His blog, launched in February, covers a variety of issues, including a nearly 5,000-word piece on his
experiences during an extended period in and around south Tel Aviv’s main bus station, titled “A week at the Central Bus
Station: A story of rats and people.”
    In his piece on fallen soldiers, he writes that according to his research, the rate of suicides among soldiers is higher
than that among army-age citizens who are not serving. He is demanding that the army release each name with the cause
of death, saying, “It’s not only suicides that are the problem; it’s the problem that they want us to think that every fallen
soldier died in service of his country.”
    Eishton’s series cites a 2010 Health Ministry report on suicides, which says that there were about 6.5 suicides for every
100,000 Israelis between the ages of 15 and 24 that year.
    He then cites a report by the Institute for National Security Studies, which says there are 175,000 soldiers on active
duty in the IDF, reaching the conclusion that according to Health Ministry figures, there should be at most 16 suicides a
year in the IDF, when the actual number is around 30.
    “In their [the army’s] defense, there are those who say the families prefer it this way,” he says, regarding the issue of
failing to list the cause of death, “but it’s more important that we deal with the problem of those who will continue to die
[of suicide] rather than protect the honor of those who are no longer here.”
    In a comment on his Facebook page, Eishton takes issue with the explanation that IDF officers are being trained in the
field to deal with soldiers’ mental issues.
    “I don’t accept the IDF explanation that they are training the commanders when the commanders are 19-year-old
kids,” he says. “These are not psychologists and they for the most part still don’t have the emotional maturity to be
empathetic enough and identify the suffering of others. There are many, many cases where people who committed suicide
notified their commanders again and again of their distress.”
    He also addresses the ease of gaining service exemptions for other reasons. [This is a very long and detailed article about a very sad topic.
These young folks in the service do have the potential for a lot of stress and it is a real shame. The US
does release a suicide figure for US troops. – rdb]

Hillary Clinton is hospitalized with blood clot
By REUTERS          12/31/2012 03:26
Doctors discover blood clot in follow-up exam after the US secretary of state suffered concussion earlier this month.
   WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sent to the hospital on Sunday with a blood clot
stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier this month and was being assessed by doctors, a State Department
spokesman said.
   "In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary Clinton's doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming
from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago," spokesman Philippe Reines said in a statement.
    "She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the
medication over the next 48 hours," Reines said, adding that doctors would continue to assess her condition.
    "They will determine if any further action is required," he said.
    US officials said on Dec. 15 that Clinton, who earlier canceled an overseas trip because of a stomach virus, suffered a
concussion after fainting due to dehydration.
    They have since described her condition as improving and played down suggestions it was more serious.
    Clinton's illness forced her to cancel planned testimony to Congress on Dec. 20 in connection with a report on the
deadly attack on the US diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, in September that killed the US ambassador and three other
Americans and raised questions about security at far-flung posts..
    Clinton, 65, has said she remains ready to testify and was expected to appear before congressional committees this
month before she steps down, as planned, around the time of US President Barack Obama's inauguration in late January.
    Clinton, who narrowly lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Obama in 2008, is consistently rated as the most
popular of his cabinet members and is often mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2016. [Actually, I would like to have a little peek at that scan just to
check it out. Somehow everything seems way too orchestrated for all this stuff. Besides I always
thought that she had ice in her veins and not blood. – rdb]
Obama Blames Benghazi Attack on 'Sloppiness,' Says Investigation Turned Up 'Some Very Good
10:12 AM, Dec 30, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
    When you read the report, and it confirms what we had already seen based on some of our internal reviews, there was
just some sloppiness, not intentional, in terms of how we secure embassies in areas where you essentially don't have
governments that have a lot of capacity to protect those embassies," said Obama this morning on NBC. "So we're doing a
thorough renew. not only will we implement all the recommendations that were made, but we'll try to do more than that.
    You know, with respect to who carried it out, that's an ongoing investigation. The FBI has sent individuals to Libya
repeatedly. We have some very good leads."
    Four Americans, including an ambassador were murdered in the 9/11 terror attack earlier this year.
[What an unmitigated but of BS this is! Flog that sucker. Rdb]
Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013
Dec 30, 9:32 AM (ET)     By JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Recalling the shooting of 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack
Obama on Sunday pledged to put his "full weight" behind a legislative package next year aimed at containing gun
    In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Obama voiced skepticism about proposals to place armed guards at
schools in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 deadly assault at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
    In his boldest terms yet, he vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence and said he still
supports increased background checks and bans on assault weapons and high capacity bullet magazines.
    "It is not enough for us to say, 'This is too hard so we're not going to try,'" Obama said. "So what I intend
to do is I will call all the stakeholders together. I will meet with Republicans. I will meet with Democrats. I will talk to
anybody. MORE, MUCH MORE - [Too hard not to try? He
thinks it is too hard to solve the immigration problem by deporting most of them. Wait until he sees the
gun violence when they decide they are going to disarm everyone. Has anyone heard the term
revolution? -rdb]
Obama: ‘Pressure’ on Congress, blames GOP as deadline nears
By Amie Parnes - 12/30/12 01:19 PM ET
   President Obama said Sunday that the "pressure is on Congress" to reach a compromise and resolve the "fiscal cliff,”
sharply criticizing GOP leaders for the unresolved talks.
   In an interview with NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday, his first appearance there since the healthcare debate in 2009,
Obama seemed intent on putting the blame solely on congressional Republicans if lawmakers fail to meet the pivotal year-
end deadline. MORE -
deadline [Why shouldn’t he blame the GOP – since day one in office he has blamed someone else for the
deeds of his incompetence. Everything he has ‘offered’ is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. The
definition of cuts in Washington has no relevance to the accounting concept of cuts. Not to mention
the fact that the Democratic Sentate hasn’t approved a budget in years. DUH! – rdb]
It's back: Texas in 'Super Highway' deal with Spain
Perry signs agreement 3 years after public opposition halted project
by Jerome R. Corsi
NEW YORK – Believe it or not, the Trans-Texas Corridor is back.
    Very quietly, Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, signed in
October a comprehensive development agreement to construct a toll-road redevelopment of Interstate
35 north of downtown Fort Worth. TxDOT signed the 50-year deal with NTE Mobility Partners Segments 3
LLC, a U.S.-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Cintra, the Spanish-owned construction company.
TxDOT picked Cintra in 2005 to build what some critics called the “NAFTA Super Highway.” [Well we sure wouldn’t
want to put any of those funds into the US economy now would we? Someone needs to take that man
out to the woodshed and just wail the bejabbers out of him and then take his little hairdo and shave it
off right after they put a cattle prod up his backside. This dude just doesn’t get the picture and seems
to be using the BHObamanation’s approach of just executive ordering things. – rdb]
    Chris Lippincot, the former TxDOT information officer who is currently acting as the new public relations man for
Cintra in the United States, also announced TxDOT signed a contract in September with Cintra to build a privatized State
Highway 130 toll road in San Antonio.
    Perry may never have abandoned his original idea to build what during the presidential administration of George W.
Bush was known as the Trans-Texas Corridor project, a 4,000-mile network of privately built and operated toll roads to
crisscross the state, with Spanish development company Cintra scheduled to earn the tolls under 50-year leases.
    In 2009, Perry scrapped the TTC plan after a series of combative town hall meetings throughout the state showed
TxDOT it faced massive taxpayer resistance.
    But now, the plan apparently is being implemented in small chunks, without the fanfare of divulging
a statewide blueprint Perry and TxDOT may still have tucked away in their back pockets.
Was TTC ever really dead?
    Operating below the radar of public opinion, Texas currently has $20 billion in roadwork underway through public-
private partnerships, according to Ted Houghton, TxDOT chairman, the Texas Tribune reported earlier this month.
Despite Perry’s pledge in 2009 to end the Trans-Texas Corridor project with Cintra, TxDOT has kept the public-private
partnership toll road concept alive by proposing smaller projects for the approval of the Texas state legislature.
    Nicholas Rubio, the president of Cintra’s U.S. arm in Austin, told the Texas Tribune that Cintra currently has
contracts for three road projects in Texas, consisting of approximately $5 billion in private investment
against about $1 billion in public subsidies.
    “You have to recognize, in general, that policymakers in Texas have been ahead of the curve,” Rubio told the Tribune.
“The states that have been developing P3s (public-private partnerships) are Texas, Florida, Virginia, and that’s about it.”
    In October, Perry and Rafael del Pino, chairman of Ferrovial, Cintra’s parent company in Spain, attended the grand
launch of a 41-mile stretch of State Highway 130 P3 project between Austin and Sequin.
    Texas owns the land on which the SH 130 P3 project is built, but a private consortium owned and operated by Cintra is
scheduled to build the toll road. It’s to be operated under a 50-year lease, with Cintra taking the lion’s share of the tolls
collected over the next 50 years to recover construction costs and to make a profit.
    To make the SH 130 toll road palatable to Texas drivers, the speed limit will be set to 85 miles per hour, the fastest
posted limit in the United States.
A look-back to the Bush era
    Quietly but systematically, the Bush administration in conjunction with Perry in Texas advanced the
plan to build a huge highway, four football fields wide, through the heart of Texas, parallel to Interstate
35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas, to the Texas border with Oklahoma.
    The Trans-Texas Corridor moved ahead to begin construction following the re-election of Perry in November 2006.
    Plans to build TTC-35 were fully disclosed on, a now defunct official TxDOT website.
    On March 11, 2005, a “Comprehensive Development Agreement” was signed by TxDOT to build the “TTC-35 High
Priority Corridor” parallel to Interstate 35.
    The contracting party was a limited partnership formed between Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte,
S.A., a publically-listed company headquartered in Spain, majority controlled by the Madrid-based Groupo Ferrovial, and
a San Antonio-based construction company, Zachry Construction Corporation.
    The Cintra deal meant that once the TTC was completed, anyone who wanted to drive on it would have to pay an
investment consortium in Spain for the privilege of driving in Texas.
    Although somewhat incomprehensible to most U.S. citizens, these public-private partnerships
involve selling off key U.S. infrastructure projects to foreign entities.
    Granted, the “ownership” rights of projects like TTC-35 would have remained with the state of Texas, yet selling off
the leasing rights amounts in the thinking of most U.S. citizens to selling off the highway to foreign interests for the term
of the lease.
    Under the terms of the TTC agreements with TxDOT, Cintra would have had the rights to operate TTC-35 for 50 years
and to collect all tolls on the road in that period of time.
    The Comprehensive Development Agreement called for Cintra-Zachry to provide private investment of $6 billion “to
fully design, construct and operate a four-lane, 316-mile toll road between Dallas and San Antonio for up to 50 years as
the initial segment of TTC-35.
    For this, Cintra-Zachry paid the state of Texas $1.2 billion for the long-term right to build and operate the initial
segment as a toll facility.
    In April 2006, TxDOT released a 4,000-page Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, for what was described as the
“Trans-Texas Corridor-25 Oklahoma to Mexico/Gulf Coast Element.”
    The April 2006 EIS made clear that Cintra-Zachry planned to build a 1,200-foot-wide (approximately four football
fields wide) complex with 10 lanes of highway – five lanes in each direction, north and south.Three lanes in each
direction would be reserved for passenger vehicles and two separate lanes reserved for trucks.
    The EIS design included six rail lines running parallel to the highway, with separate rail lines in each direction for
high-speed rail, commuter rail and freight rail.
    Finally, the design called for a 200-foot wide utility corridor that would include pipelines for oil, natural gas, water,
telecommunications and data, as well as electricity towers.
    According to the TxDOT Trans-Texas Corridor Plan adopted in June 2002, TxDOT ultimately would build some 4,000
miles of highway-railway-utility super-corridors throughout Texas over the next 50 years, using some 584,000 acres of
what is now Texas farm and ranchland, at an estimated cost of $184 billion.
    The TTC plan left little doubt TTC toll-road super-corridors were designed to facilitate international trade, primarily
speeding trucks and trains carrying “inter-modal” containers from Mexican ports to destinations in the heartland of the
    The full TTC build-out was designed to move goods through Texas rapidly, bypassing the major cities. [Folks in light of the issue with the
terrorists in Mexico and South American posted yesterday and the issues with the US economy it is
way past time that the people who believe in fiscal accountability and the sovereignty of the State of
Texas and the USA started marching n Austin and began the process of taking this worthless piece of
garbage to the woodshed and seeing about an impeachment of him, particularly if we get a new
speaker of the House in Austin. This is typical line your pockets politics and someone needs to rip the
lining right out of his pocket. – rdb]
Video: Arab MK Stirs Up Rage at Bar Ilan University
MK Ahmed Tibi (Raam Taal) accused students of killing Arab children, had to be escorted to safety.
By Gil Ronen      First Publish: 12/31/2012, 4:16 AM
   MK Ahmed Tibi had to be whisked away to safety after he enraged an audience at Bar Ilan University with
provocative comments.
   Tibi appeared before the students along with MK Aryeh Eldad (Otzma Leyisrael).
   As he left the venue, students shouted at him "You are a murderer of children, go to Gaza, go to Syria. That is where
you will find a place for yourself!"
   One student told Arutz Sheva Tibi should never have been allowed into the campus. "Tibi was
adviser to arch-terrorist Arafat who is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Jews. A person like that
has no place in the university."
   Tibi's party was disqualified by Israel's Election Committee in 2009 but the High Court struck down the
disqualification. VIDEO at web site. – rdb]
French Weekly to Publish Life of Mohammed Comics
A French weekly known for publishing satirical cartoons of Prophet Mohammed said it will release an educational
comic book.
By Rachel Hirshfeld         First Publish: 12/30/2012, 10:04 PM
    Charlie Hebdo, the French weekly known for publishing satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and enraging
much of the Muslim world, said Sunday that it plans to release a comic book biography of Islam’s founder that will be
strictly educational.
    The weekly often depicts Islam’s prophet using caricatures and parodies in an effort to defend free speech and defy the
anger of Muslims who believe depicting Mohammed visually is sacrilegious.
    The series, entitled "Muhammad's Life," will be “an Islamically authorized biography because it is being written by
Muslim commentators,” said the weekly's publisher, known only as Charb.
    “The only thing we are doing is transferring the text to images,” he said, adding that he doesn’t think that “higher
Muslim minds could find anything inappropriate” with the content.
    The biography will be published Wednesday and was put together by a Franco-Tunisian researcher known only as
Zineb, Charb said, according to AFP.
    The publisher said the idea for the comic book came to him in 2006 when a newspaper in Denmark published cartoons
of Mohammed, later republished by Charlie Hebdo, drawing angry protests across the Muslim world.
    “Before having a laugh about a character, it’s better to know him. As much as we know about the life of Jesus, we
know nothing about Mohammed,” Charb said.
    In September the weekly added fuel to fire by publishing cartoons of a naked Mohammed, which further enraged the
Muslim world, where violent protests continued to spread over the low-budget film “Innocence of Muslims," which
similarly mocked the prophet of Islam.
    In 2011 Charlie Hebdo's offices were hit by a firebomb and its website pirated after publishing an edition titled
“Charia Hebdo” featuring several Mohammed cartoons, deemed blasphemous by Muslims.
    Charb, who has received death threats, lives under police protection. [Get ready for riots over this one. – rdb]

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                                                         Finally made it!
    To say that this trip has been eventful is a bit of an understatement. With two false starts, Wednesday AM and then
again Friday AM, which was only a delay but a major rebooking event, it has been an interesting study in relinquishing
your plans to The Holy One Himself. The lesson is proverbs 16:9 “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs
his steps.”
    After the ‘second’ start of the day, Houston was a welcome relief and actually the connection in Houston was 1 ½ hour
which is more reasonable than the 50 minute one that was in the original plan, particularly for someone who doesn’t have
a clue about the airport. I made it from A terminal to C terminal with time to spare and then was able to board the 757
‘overbooked’ for Newark with no problems.
    My seat was between two young folks, one a young lady with her dog Gideon (a certified emotional pet animal –
whatever that means). I guess you can tell your vet that you are emotionally dependent on your animal and he writes a
letter to the airline and they let you take the pet on board. I never knew that. I must say that Gideon was the most well
behaved animal I have ever seen. He quietly for 2.5 hours either sat in her lap or on the floor at her feet. It was amazing.
    The other traveler was a 30 year old gentleman from Portland Maine going home from visiting parents at Christmas.
He is a computer programmer with his own business, but he contracts with a company from San Francisco. He asked
what I where I was going and what I would be doing. A very nice collegial conversation ensued during which I discovered
that he was from a Mormon background but let the Church at age 18 and is an agnostic. Naturally things got into the ME
politic and I gave him a bit of a prophetic comparison of today’s issues as they relate to Isaiah and Ezekiel and how things
were arranged perfectly according to the Bible so perhaps we might see some dramatic changes soon.. The good thing is
he seemed interested. We also discussed some soteriology with him which hopefully might make him think a bit.
    Newark was a bit chilly. I almost left my old leather jacket on the plane but fortunately a ‘service person’ which I
guess is the proper term for a ‘stewardess” today got it for me.
    My newly rediscovered Lifetime membership to United Air’s Red Carpet club, purchased probably 35 years ago and
forgot about, was a real boon. I had about 5.5 hours and they have several of those facilities at Newark. The one nearest
the international terminal was beautiful AND enormous. They have little snacks and coffee and computer access and very
comfortable seating as opposed to waiting in the cue. This location even has rooms for showers if you want. I certainly
made my wait much more pleasant as I sat in the ‘lap of luxury’.
    Boarding United flight 90 is still a bit of a chore. Israeli security is always present and does there thorough job BUT
much faster and probably more thoroughly than what you see with the TSA. Everyone must cue up and get their tickets
and passports checked before they ever start loading the 777. Since I had been rebooked I was put near the front so my
‘boarding group’ was number 7 and near the last. Fortunately there was room for my carry on I the overhead and if I must
say so The Holy One picked some good seat mates for me again. This time it was a lovely couple form Canton Ohio.. He
is a pediatric neurologist and she is an artist. They were coming to set up an Art show of a group of artists with which she
has professional associations. Her husband is a child of Holocaust survivors so we had a really nice time entertaining
ourselves in some great conversation.
    The TSA and others may have made the process of flying a bit of a pain but you can really meet some interesting and
lovely people in the process. Time goes a lot faster that way.
    After a late night supper (chicken) and some restless shut eye I woke up to an announcement to prepare for morning
drinks and breakfast (scrambled eggs and some really good fruit). In no time the announcement was made for the landing
and you could look out the window as the sun was setting at Rishon L’Zion and Rechovot as we passed over the
Mediterranean shore line. Even though it was cloudy you could see the mountainous ridge that makes the central ‘spine’
of Israel. It is a glorious sight.
    The plane then does a “U” turn as you descend further and can see the metropolis that is the central portion of Israel
with Tel Aviv and its multitude of suburbs. That sight really never gets old, no matter how many times you have been
here. We touched down to applause and a blessing “the Shehekianu” and then the mass exodus started of some 253 people
all thru one door. It is really kind of funny because everyone rushes like made and then you have to stand and wait at
passport control and the luggage carrousels. Not sure what the huge rush is for it you just get stuck later.
    A rather lengthy wait ensued on the ‘Sherut” take off for Jerusalem since it took a while to get it filled with the ten
passengers. But as one of those little ‘quinky dinks’ happens, there was a lovely couple from Sweden also waiting. The
husband just finished seminary and will be ordained in 3 weeks. He has been here before 10 years ago. They had all kinds
of questions and were really quite nice. I was glad that I could answer some of them.
    Getting home to 12A Mendele was a treat. I am tired and this isn’t my little one room nest because it is occupied. I
have the luxury 2 room suite this time. I will have to get used to all the space.
    After unpacking and arranging things I put on the coat (it is chilly but not too bad) and made my trek to the SOS 24
our market about 2 blocks away to get some basics for starters. Some tuna, milk, rice, olive oil, Date Honey(love that
stuff) and some basics.
    Tomorrow will be busy making a delivery to Rabbi Richman and checking with a couple friends down town and then a
quick trip to the sifting site to see the crew. Monday I will sojourn to Tzfadt to see Rena, Yaffa and Moshe but that is for
another day.
Now for some serious news.

    They say don’t mess with Texas Watch this and think about it.
                   Coed Combat - The Israeli Army

"Either you think -- or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and
discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you."
                                   -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
               Read the Prophets & PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
           That is the only hope of this nation!                       Plead for Grace and Mercy
Please remember              That the world would W A K E U P.
these folks in prayer-
Check often – they
                             Time for a worldwide repentance!
change                       ALL US soldiers fighting for our freedom around the world
                             Pray for those in our government to repent of their wicked corrupt ways.
                             Pray that the American people WAKE UP to the truth concerning our government
                             and take a positive action.
                             Pray for CW - CVA - at home and much improved.
                             Pray for M B B – Cancer Surgery – doing well – more to come.
                             Pray that The Holy One will lead you in Your preparations for handling the world
                             problems. – Have YOU made any preparations?

Ecclesiastes: 3:14-15 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be
put to it, nor anything taken from it; and God hath done it, that men should fear before him.
(15) That which is hath been long ago; and that which is to be hath long ago been: and God
seeketh again that which is passed away.
Fateh missiles and Russian-Iranian military cooperation to bolster Assad
DEBKAfile Special Report December 29, 2012, 11:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
  French and Israeli intelligence sources affirmed Saturday, Dec. 29, that,
contrary to reports appearing in the United States Friday, Iran has accelerated
rather than slowed down its 20-percent grade enrichment of uranium and is
racing toward a nuclear weapons capacity. Furthermore, for the moment, there is not the slightest
indication that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has any intention of accepting the Obama administration’s latest
plan for a nuclear deal. [Gee! You mean that the US ‘intelligence’ – is that an oxymoron? – was wrong? It is
now to the point that you can really believe NOTHING that comes out of Washington DC. We are rapidly
swirling down the drain. – rdb]
   As debkafile has revealed, this plan would require Iran to discontinue production of 20-percent enriched uranium
(which can be quickly converted to weapons grade material), and confine itself to producing low 5 percent uranium in
agreed amounts. Tehran would also have to accept the removal from the country of its entire stock of 20-percent refined
   The same sources point to the first appearance this week of Iran-made Fateh A-110 high-precision, short-range
missiles in the use of the Syrian army against rebel fighters, under the guidance of Iranian officers and instructors, as
underscoring the inter-dependence Tehran draws between the Syrian and nuclear issues.
   Khamenei now links an acceptable solution for the Syrian dilemma to his possible nuclear flexibility.
   debkafile: When Iranians talks about an inter-power solution for ending the Syrian
war, they mean a deal between Washington, Moscow and Tehran on both issues.
   The Fateh missiles are being fired quite openly by Iranian military personnel in command of Syrian missile units as
Tehran’s answer for the deployment of US, German and Dutch NATO Patriots on the Turkish side of the Syrian border.
   They also carry a message in response to Israel’s threat of offensive action against Syria if it becomes necessary to
thwart its use of chemical weapons. According to our French and military sources, Tehran is using the Fateh
missiles and the Iranian military presence in Syria to warn that there is no bar to
their use against Turkey, Jordan and Israel as well, in the event of a US or Israel
attack on Syria’s chemical stores.
    On no account, will Iran permit the overthrow of Bashar Assad’s regime in Damascus. At most, Tehran conceives of
his departure in stages and handover to an emergency government led by the military or an armed forces faction to which
certain opposition elements may be co-opted. Elections, in the Iranian view, must be deferred until hostilities end and the
security situation is stable.
    American and French sources agree that Tehran and Moscow have attained full coordination in their strategies for
Syria and also on Iran’s nuclear program. They note that it was not by chance that the Russian
Navy Wednesday, Dec. 26, launched its largest sea maneuver ever in the
Mediterranean and the approaches to the Persian Gulf, just two days before
Iranian warships, submarines and aircraft embarked on their week-long Velayat
91 sea exercise in the Straits of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman, and northern parts of the Indian Ocean.
    The command centers of the Russian and Iranian war games are under orders from Moscow and Tehran to jointly
exhibit naval muscle in order to bolster the Assad regime against collapse.
    Parallel to the influx of Fateh missiles from Iran to Syria, Moscow is rapidly expanding the deployment of its highly-
sophisticated S-400 air and missile interceptors in Russia’s southern military region near the Turkish border. [Besides the blatant
poor information from DC things are looking rather tough now in the middle east with respect to Iran.
Most of the Western diplomats either really don’t have a grip on the way these people think and what
their values are OR they are blatantly wicked and just throwing the game to them on purpose. Either
way you look at it from this perspective we are dealing with a losing team. Thank be to the God of
Heaven we know who ultimately wins the match but the ride could get very rough before it is over. –
Iran imprisons pastor on Christmas Day
The pastor was previously jailed for 3 years for practicing Christianity, rejecting compulsory Islamic education for his
   BERLIN – Iran’s government again arrested Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, 35, on Tuesday, and incarcerated him at
Lakan Prison in Rasht. Nadarkhani had served nearly three years in prison for practicing Christianity and rejecting the
compulsory Islamic education for his two young children.
   Fox News’ Iran expert Lisa Daftari reported on Nadarkhani’s arrest based on Persian-language press reports. The
pastor converted from Islam to Christianity as a teenager.
  “Once again there is religious insecurity,” Dr. Richard Landes, an associate
professor of history who is also the director and co-founder of the Center of
Millennial Studies at Boston University, told The Jerusalem Post from Prague via
phone. This form of radical Islam “cannot possibly tolerate other people’s religions,” he continued. “Talk about the
Grinch at Christmas,” he added, pointing out that the arrest came on the Christian holiday.
  Landes, who spoke earlier this year at a CAMERA event on the persecution of
Christians in the Middle East, said that the Arabs kicked out the “Saturday
people [i.e. Jews] in 1948 from Muslim-majority countries in the region and are
now kicking out the Sunday people [Christians].”[Gee! Isn’t that what the Islamic mothers
sing to their babies from early on? You can bet on it AND it won’t get any better even with the US’s
Islamic president. – rdb]
   He described the persecution of Christians as “catastrophic for the world and the Middle East.”
Landes told the Post that the West needs to seriously think about the issue of
reciprocity when dealing with intolerant forms of Islam. The West needs to be
“less generous,” he opined, added that a religion of peace should not treat other
faiths this way and that the “West should be working to protect these people
  In an email to the Post on Saturday, Ben Cohen, a New York-based writer who
has reported extensively on the persecution of Christians, wrote, “From the
moment of his release, the Iranian authorities made it clear that Nadarkhani
would likely return to jail to complete his original sentence. Taking him into
custody on Christmas Day is a sobering reminder that fear, harassment and
intimidation are the regime’s principal tools in its dealings with Iranian
Christians. And so we enter 2013 with both Nadarkhani and Dadkhah, his lawyer, behind bars.”
   According to Fox News, since Nadarkhani's release in September, his attorney, Muhammad Ali Dadkhah has been
  “Iran’s flagrant disregard for international law by imprisoning this Christian for
a second time for his faith did not occur coincidentally on Christmas Day. Iran is
increasingly persecuting Christians and anyone who is willing to defend them,”
wrote the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice, which promotes religious freedom both in the US and
abroad and spearheaded a massive global media and political campaign for Nadarkhani’s release in September.
    During an appearance on Fox News, Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel for the ACLJ, decried Iran’s regime as “lawless,”
and pointed out that it had also imprisoned Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini in December. Sekulow said the ACLJ
is pressing all organizations to release the religious and political prisoners, including Nadarkhani’s attorney. He said
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps was involved in the arrests and was working against proponents of Christianity.
    The IRGC is believed to be supervising Iran’s nuclear program and behind terrorist operations across the globe.
Dexter Van Zile, an American media analyst who is affiliated with Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in
America (CAMERA) and works to draw attention to the plight of Christians living in Muslim-majority countries, wrote
the Post by email on Saturday, "These oppressive acts expose Iran as an open-air gulag deserving of contempt from free
people everywhere. If the West remains silent it proves itself unworthy of the liberties it now enjoys.” [Peace won’t come in the Middle East until Moshiac comes.
The only think would will alter the time frame is if someone in the world leadership (and it won’t be the
US) would take the bull by the horns and blow those hateful wicked critters off the face of the earth and
turn it into a glass parking lot. That might give a signal to the remainder of those raghead members of
“the religion of peace’ that their behaviors will not be tolerated. It would slow the Brotherhood down
perhaps a bit for a while and the bloated sheiks and golden robed kings in the region might pull their
heads out of the sand. BUT you can bet that will not happen. The only thing historically that has had an
impact on restraining radical islam is brute force. There is a place for ‘turning the other cheek BUT IT
isn’t when dealing with people who want you exterminated. – rdb]
Iran's Navy simulates enemy invasion
On second day of drill Islamic Republic tests operational capabilities of its warships and submarines, plants mines
meant to target potential enemy ships
Dudi Cohen   Published: 12.30.12, 01:17 / Israel News
Iran on Saturday tested the operational capabilities of its warships, submarines, and aircraft as part of an extensive naval
drill held in the region surrounding the Strait of Hormuz.
News outlets in the Islamic Republic reported that on the second day of the
"Velayat 91" drill the Navy simulated an enemy invasion of Iran's territorial
   Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari, a spokesman for the Navy, was quoted by the Fars News Agency as saying that Iran's
Tareq super heavy submarine, which was recently upgraded, was put back into operation during Saturday's maneuvers.
   According to the report, the admiral said Navy choppers and speed boats also planted mines meant to target potential
enemy vessels and block attacks in Iran's territorial waters.
   Rastegari said the naval fleets also practiced coastal defense tactics to counter an invasion of potential enemy ships.
   The admiral said the maneuvers were conducted successfully, adding that the "Navy proved today that it is able to
confront enemy even if it advances up to the coasts of Iran's territorial waters."
   The war games were kicked off on Friday and were set to last six days.
   According to Fars, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Friday that the naval drills would
span across the Strait of Hormuz, the Sea of Oman, north of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb
Strait.,7340,L-4325950,00.html [There is a video at the site. – rdb]
Hezbollah's cocaine Jihad
Faced with dwindling Iranian funding, Shiite terror group partners with Mexican drug cartels; uses millions of dollars
in drug money to support weapon acquisition habit
Eldad Beck
Published: 12.29.12, 20:58 / Israel News
   MEXICO – Chiapas is one of Mexico's most exotic federal districts. But the
magical forests, appealing Indian communities, colorful towns and intriguing
archeological sites – that serve as main tourist attractions – hide a political hell.
In the mid-1990s, a leftist resistance group which calls itself The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) made
Chiapas its home. Its attempts to fight the Mexican Army repeatedly failed, but the Zapatistas are still very active in the
district's rural areas. Chiapas is considered a dangerous place, where every home has an arms arsenal of its own; and like
many other places in Mexico, Chiapas' streets have become the battlefield where the government and local drug lords
wrestle for dominance.
  Chiapas, however, harbors an even more sinister secret: It is also a hub of
radical Islamist activity. Catholic Mexico is in the midst of a crisis of faith.
According to a local businessman, who asked to remain anonymous, it is widely
believed that within a decade, Chiapas will be the first federal state in Mexico to
turn its back on the Church.
  "The Muslim missionaries are very active there," he said. "It's hard to know
exactly how many people have converted to Islam over the past few years."
                                                                     EZLN march in Chiapas (Photo: AFP)
                                                                        Official data suggests that Mexico
                                                                     is home to some 4,000 Muslims – a
                                                                     fraction in a country whose
                                                                     population numbers 115 million.
                                                          Theoretically, this is a negligible number, but it is
                                                          enough to cause concern in the United States – and
                                                          Israel should be concerned as well.
                                                          [This should put everyone’s panties in a great
                                                          big wad and perhaps start to make people
                                                          think. Just how porous is the US border?
                                                          VERY. Who are all those folks crossing
                                                          illegally that our wonderful government
                                                          refuses to deport? What else are they
bringing besides cocaine and drugs? Avi Lipkin has been preaching and harping on this for years and
mostly to small groups who many want to consider ‘radical’ or alarmist. If the heads don’t come out of
the sand very quickly they will be taken off at the shoulders which is what the Quran states is to be
done to infidels. WAKE UP AMERICA – rdb]
Follow the money
  US intelligence indicates that Mexico is home to some 200,000 Syrian and
Lebanese immigrants – most of them illegal – who were able to cross the border via an extensive
web of contacts with drug cartels, both in Mexico and in other countries in South America.
   These cartel contacts smuggle illegal immigrants – including individuals affiliated with Iran, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and
other radical Islamist groups – into Mexico, placing them a virtual stone's-throw away from the United States.
   Western intelligence agencies have been able to gather ample evidence suggesting that the drug cartels in Mexico –
which are the de facto rulers of the northern districts bordering the US – are in cahoots with Islamic terror organizations,
which are eager to execute attacks against American, Israeli, Jewish and western targets; but most of all, the Islamic terror
groups are eager to make money, so they can fund their nefarious aspirations.
  In December 2011, the US authorities released an indictment filed against
Lebanese drug lord Ayman Juma, which exposed Hezbollah's involvement with
the Los Zetas drug cartel. According to the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Los Zetas is the most
technologically advanced and most dangerous cartel operating in Mexico.
   Juma was indicted in absentia for smuggling 85 tons of cocaine into the US and for laundering $850 million for Los
Zetas. He was also accused of serving as a go-between for the Mexican crime syndicate and the Shiite terror group.
According to US officials, for a modest 8%-14% commission, Juma's money laundering process would take about a week.
   The operation involved bank accounts in dozens of countries, making it virtually impossible to track the dirty money.
 According to the indictment, Hezbollah is using Juma's cartel connections to
minimize its dependency on Iranian funding. The international sanctions crippling Tehran's
economy have taken a serious bite out of the $200 million in annual aid given to Hezbollah, but the latter's appetite for
cash has only grown. Los Zetas' Beirut-based money man has reportedly helped the Shiite terror group meet its financial
The ties that bind
  Iran denies any involvement in South America, but the US knows better. In 2010, a report commissioned by the House
Committee on Intelligence found that the ties between Hezbollah and the Mexican drug cartels, as well as the Iranian link,
were getting stronger.
  The report found that Hezbollah was massively embroiled in drugs and money
laundering deals, as well as in arms trafficking in and out of Mexico.
  Furthermore, US intelligence concluded that Hezbollah has established
sleeper cells, intelligence infrastructure and training bases in Mexico and other
South American countries. The Shiite group is also helping the drug lords build
smuggling tunnels under the US-Mexico border and satellite images show that
they are nearly identical to the maze of tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt
  Hezbollah is also training the cartels' operatives in the dubious art of explosives, helping drug lords improve their
bomb-making skills.
 The committee found evidence that Hezbollah and Iranian Revolutionary
Guard officials pick up fake passports in Venezuela – a close ally of Iran – prior to infiltrating
the United States.
  The US' concern about the smuggling tunnels increased exponentially in 2009,
when a Department of Homeland Security wiretap derived a recording of
Professor Abdallah Nafisi, a Kuwaiti clergyman and a known al-Qaeda recruiter,
boasting about the ease by which nonconventional warfare and weapons of
mass destruction can be smuggled into the US, through the Mexican drug
  "Ten pounds of anthrax in a medium-size suitcase, carried by a Jihad warrior
through the tunnels can kill 300,000 Americans in one hour," he said. "It will make
9/11 look like peanuts. There's no need for plans… Just one courageous man, to spread this confetti on the White House
lawn. Then we will really be able to celebrate."
Threat to national security
    "Hezbollah, more than any other terror group, manages to utilize its Mexican-based cells, which it has turned into
instruments of capital and terrorism, ready to be called upon once the moment serves its interests," a 2010 Department of
Homeland Security report said.
    American officials do not hesitate to publicly point the finger at Hezbollah. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet
Napolitano said that Hezbollah has "massive presence in the triangle made up of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, and the
organization is constantly expanding its ties with the Mexican drug cartels."
    Earlier this year, former DEA Chief of Operations Michael Braun told CBS News that Hezbollah "are masters in
creating close relationships with criminal organizations around the world."
    A recent book by Latin America expert Jon Perdue details the dangers the US and its allies face as a result of the
presence of radical Islamic terror groups in South and Central America. According to Perdue, Iran's proxies have been
around long enough "to pose an actual threat" to the US should Israel mount a unilateral strike on the Islamic Republic's
nuclear facilities.
Hope for deliverance?
    But why are the local communities in Mexico so eager to answer radical Islam's call? The answers to that vary.
  First, most Middle Eastern migrates have been able to make a successful life
for themselves in Mexico. For example, Carlos Slim Helu – one of the richest
men in the world, with a personal fortune of $77 billion – immigrated to Mexico
from Lebanon. Such ties make for an easier landing for Hezbollah operatives in Mexico over other places.
  But mostly, Chiapas – like other places in Mexico – is plagued by poverty and
a civilian sense of deprivation. The district is home to the decedents of the Mayans, who have been
exploited by local governments dating back to the days of the Spanish Conquistadors. They have revolted against their
discrimination repeatedly, but to no real success.
    Against this bleak backdrop, a monotheistic revolution is taking place – at least according to Muslim websites – as
thousand of South Americans shed the Catholic beliefs forced on their forefathers by the Spaniards hundreds of years ago,
in favor of Islam.
    Ironically, missionary Islam arrived in Mexico from none other than Spain. In the mid 1990s, Muslins from the al-
Murabitun order, or "Almoravids," as they are known, were sent to Chiapas. The Almoravids strongly oppose any use of
violence or terror, but since the order is very secretive, little is known about the true nature of its work.
    Various Mexican reports suggest that the Almoravids are linked to neo-Nazi groups and foster anti-Semitic ideology;
and that they aspire to convert all of Europe to Islam and enact the same style of Islam prevalent in the days of the Prophet
    Another organization spreading the word of the Prophet in Mexico in the Islamic Cultural Center of Mexico, a Sunni
organization set up about 15 years ago. The center funds translation projects and major construction projects for mosques
and Muslim social centers.
    No one knows who funds the work done by the Islamic Cultural Center of Mexico or by the Almoravids. "It's hard to
know whether the recent Islamization here stems from deep spiritual convictions or from opportunistic financial motives,"
a Mexican academic, who has been tracking the phenomenon, said.
    "It is likely due to the combination of both. Islam can easily be adapted to the classic way of life of the native Mexican
communities. It's enough to present Islam as a religion that promotes social causes, one that is anti-capitalist and tolerant
of all races, to prey on the locals' sense of discrimination and win their sympathies."
   The bottom line may prove to be a bitter pill to swallow for the US: It is very
likely that in a few years, the US – much like Israel – will have to deal with its own
Hezbollah presence, right across the border.,7340,L-4325850,00.html
[With our poor border control it will likely be within our borders. This is a very long article but it is
critical the you understand what is going on and the amazing threat to the USA. We have been ‘safe
and secure’ but nor for the last 10 years and very few are guarding the walls and sounding the alarm.
This isn’t just alarmist bilge. This is based on facts from a reputable Israeli group. – rdb]
                                                         IDF completes evacuation of Oz Zion outpost near
                                                         Beit El
                                                         By JPOST.COM STAFF, TOVAH LAZAROFF, BEN HARTMAN
                                                             12/30/2012 05:06
                                                         Evacuation follows clashes that left five Border Police officers
                                                         lightly wounded, and a deal that saw hundreds of youth activists
                                                         peacefully depart the illegal outpost in the West Bank.
                                                             Photo: REUTERS
                                                             IDF forces removed the remaining settler activists from the Oz
                                                         Zion outpost near Beit El in the early morning hours of Sunday
                                                         morning, at the end of a weekend that started with clashes
                                                         between teenage activists and Border Police that left five officers
                                                         lightly injured.
   Earlier Saturday night, several hundred religious male high school pupils voluntarily left the outpost in a deal reached
with the IDF that prevented a potentially violent forced evacuation on Friday afternoon, right before Shabbat.
   The teenagers, who had come to the outpost for Shabbat as part of an event organized by Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior,
Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu and former Kedumim council head Daniella Weiss, had all the while planned to leave
Oz Zion, which is adjacent to Beit El, on Saturday night.
   It is home to a family and a few young adults, who plan to live at the outpost permanently.
  Violence broke out briefly on Friday afternoon when the Border Police arrived
at the outpost. Five officers were lightly wounded and treated at the scene, when
the youngsters threw rocks at them, Judea and Samaria Police spokesman Ch.-Insp. Dudi Ashraf said.
They also punctured the tires of a Border Police vehicle, Ashraf said.
    Tzipi Livni, chairwoman of the party bearing her name, immediately used the incident to attack Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett. “Bennett and extremist rabbis intentionally led people
to that hill to create friction with IDF soldiers and a situation of refusal to obey orders,” she said at an event in Kiryat
Motzkin, near Haifa. [The real pity here is that there prominent, terribly vocal, leaders in the government
who have no clue of the One who created and gave them the land and His admonition to take and hold
the land. It isn’t any wonder that the Land is in trouble when the people don’t know its maker. – rdb]
    “They brought people there on the eve of Shabbat, knowing that our children in the army would have to evacuate
them,” she said. “Netanyahu, who continues to wink at the extreme Right and his natural partners, stopped the evacuation.
From his perspective, everything can be defiled, just not Shabbat.”
    As soon as Shabbat was over, Bennett posted a response on his Facebook page.
    “What hill? What rabbis? Whom exactly did I lead? What the hell is she talking about?!” he said. Bennett said he had
enjoyed a quiet and restful Shabbat at home and heard of the incident only after making the Havdalah prayer and then
turning on the news. He said it was becoming standard fare to attack him on Friday night and Saturday when he could not
respond because he observes the Sabbath. “Over Shabbat, they put words into my mouth that I never said (‘Bennett calls
to refuse orders’), things I didn’t do (‘Bennett leads people to a hill’), they attack me (‘Bennett is an extremist, etc.’).
    They do all of this during Shabbat, when I don’t even hear about the news, and I certainly can’t respond,” Bennett
wrote. “If there ever happens to be an illegal outpost that needs to be removed, one can do this on a weekday and not on
Shabbat,” he continued. “Really, a little common sense won’t hurt anyone.” [Unfortunately for Bennett he has yet
to realize that the concept of ‘a little common sense’ is not compatible with the concept of politics. –
    Labor chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich said on Saturday that while the decision by settlers to leave the Oz Zion outpost
without a struggle was the right thing to do, it did not erase Friday’s attacks on Border Police officers. “Justice must be
pursued against the lawbreakers. This was a grave undermining of the rule of law, and a challenge to the state, its laws and
the IDF, whose strength is necessary to our existence here,” Yacimovich said. “We see here a clear and dangerous
expression of the legitimization of refusal to carry out orders and of selective adherence to the rule of law.”
    Oz Zion is located just off Route 60 and next to the Givat Assaf outpost.
    Both outposts are near the Beit El settlement in the Binyamin Region.
    According to Ashraf, border police received a call from the army shortly after the high school boys arrived at the
outpost on Friday.
    The IDF told the Border Police that a large group of youths meant to stay in the outpost over the weekend without
army approval, and that reinforcements were needed to help remove them from the area, Ashraf said.
    When YASSAM special patrol officers and border police arrived, the youths began throwing rocks at them and
punctured the tires of a Border Police car.
One person was arrested during the clashes – a minor who threw rocks at a YASSAM officer, Ashraf said. The boy was to
be brought to court for a remand hearing on Saturday night, he added.
    The IDF secured the perimeter during the incident.
    Immediately, telephone calls flew back and forth among the IDF and Binyamin Council head Avi Ro’eh, Lior and
Likud MK Ze’ev Ellkin, who heads the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense subcommittee on Judea and Samaria. It has
been dealing with the issue of forced evacuation on the Shabbat.
    As a result of the phone calls, a deal was reached by which the teens could remain, but they were asked to sleep at the
Givat Assaf outpost. As the teens voluntarily left Oz Zion on Saturday evening, Ashraf said that as far as the Judea and
Samaria District Police were concerned, things were back to normal in the area.
PA official: US pressuring Arab FMs not to visit
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 12/29/2012 16:41
Arab League Secretary-General visits Ramallah for the first time while four foreign ministers cancel visit at last
  Palestinian officials in Ramallah on Saturday accused the US of putting
pressure on Arab foreign ministers not to visit Ramallah. The accusation came
as Arab League Secretary- General Nabil Elaraby arrived in Ramallah for talks
with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
   This was the first visit to the West Bank by an Arab League secretary-general. Four Arab foreign ministers who were
supposed to accompany Elaraby backtracked at the last minute. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amru was the only
minister to accompany the Arab League chief on his visit to Ramallah.
   PLO Executive member Wasel Abu Yusef told reporters that the US administration was behind the cancellation of the
four Arab ministers’ visit to the West Bank. “The Americans prevented the Arab foreign ministers from visiting
Ramallah,” Abu Yusef charged.
   Some of the ministers who called off their visit claimed that they did not want to pass through IDF checkpoints on
their way to Ramallah.
   But Elaraby and the Egyptian foreign minister arrived in the city aboard a Jordanian helicopter, which landed in the
Mukata presidential compound.
    Abu Yusef and other Palestinian officials also accused Washington of exerting pressure on the Arab countries not to
provide the Palestinians with financial aid. “The US and Israel are imposing an economic blockade on the Palestinian state
and are preventing the Arab countries and Western donors from providing Palestinians with financial aid,” he added.
“Unfortunately, these countries have succumbed to the pressure, further intensifying the financial crisis in the Palestinian
    Abu Yusef, who is also head of the Palestinian group the Arab Liberation Front, accused the US and Israel of waging
war on the Palestinians following last month’s UN vote in favor of recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a non-member
    Elaraby said after the meeting with Abbas that the Arab countries had yet to fulfill their promise to give the
Palestinians $100 million per month to solve its severe financial crisis. He said that the Arab League would hold
“consultations” with its members to ensure that they met their commitment toward the Palestinians.
    “Palestine is in need of material and political support,” Elaraby told a news conference in the Palestinians’ de facto
capital of Ramallah.
  “Arab countries agreed at their Baghdad summit [in March] for an Arab safety
net of $100m. each month, but unfortunately none of this has been achieved
yet,” he said. [OK folks give note of this. The Arab countries made big PR postings of $10Mil each
month in March 2012 and it is almost 2013 and never done, BUT they cry that the UN and Us much
support them. Who has the oil money? DUH! The world is made of takers and workers and by now you
should start to recognize which groups these folks are in (as well as most of the BHObamanation
voters. – rdb]
  “We must admit that Palestine needs material and political support,” Elaraby said. “The Palestinian Authority can’t
manage its affairs without financial support.” Elaraby and other prominent Arab and Islamic leaders, including the
Egyptian prime minister, met Abbas’s Palestinian Hamas rivals in Gaza during their brief war with Israel last month.
  Hamas also won a diplomatic coup by receiving Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-
Thani, ruler of the oil-rich Gulf state of Qatar, who pledged $400m. in aid for the
impoverished territory in October. The emir postponed a visit to Ramallah he had announced this month,
disappointing PA officials who had hoped he would arrive bearing gifts of cash. The Gaza visits broke years of
diplomatic quarantine for the Hamas, and increased the isolation of the Western-backed Ramallah government.
    Abbas has accused Israel of “piracy” after it withheld customs revenues it collects on the Palestinians’ behalf, citing
months of utilities bills Ramallah owes Israeli companies.
    The financial crisis has forced the PA to delay salary payments to West Bank employees, who have gone on strike in
protest. Abbas has responded by saying he might give up power and compel Israel to take on the Palestinians’ affairs.
“Sit in the chair here instead of me, take the keys, and you will be responsible for the Palestinian Authority,” Abbas
warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in an interview with Haaretz newspaper last week.
    “I won’t do anything as long as there are diplomatic negotiations,” he said. “But if the stalemate continues... what’s left
for us to do?” Reuters contributed to this report.

UK-based Arab HR group accuses PA of abuse
By JONNY PAUL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT              12/30/2012 00:46
From 2007-2011, the PA detained 13,271 Palestinians, and tortured 96% of them resulting in six deaths, report says.
   LONDON – An Arab human rights group based in London accused the
Palestinian Authority of inhumane practices and human rights violations against
Palestinian civilians in a scathing report published on Friday. The Arab Organization for
Human Rights has put the primary blame for the human rights abuses on PA President Mahmoud Abbas and called on the
UN, Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation to take urgent action. [This is amazing! That is two
condemnations of "PA" actions by human rights groups in a bit over a week. Has there been some
epiphany? Is someone recognizing that they are terrorists and not just ‘resistance fighters?” - rdb]
    AOHR monitored the practices of the PA’s security agencies from January to July 2012 and used information from
victims detained by the PA, their families, eye-witnesses and local NGOs in its report. It accused the PA of arbitrary
actions against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank – including torture, detentions, interrogations and firing people from
their jobs.
    From June 2007 until the end of 2011, PA security forces detained 13,271 Palestinian citizens and 96 percent were
subjected to various methods of torture, the report said. This resulted in the death of six detainees and caused “chronic
illness” in others.
    Between January and July 2012, PA security agencies detained 572 people and sent summonses to 770 more.
    “Among them women and old people, who were often forced to wait from early morning to the evening before being
interviewed. Some were summonsed daily for weeks on end, others were kept under virtual house arrest. The period also
witnessed raids against universities, hospitals and houses in order to arrest people wanted for protesting against the Israeli
occupation. PA officers confiscated equipment and personal cash, which often went missing after the searches,” the group
    It also said the PA was guilty of torture and degrading treatment, with 18.7 percent of a sample of 300 former
detainees stating that they experienced “severe torture” and 99.7% claiming that they were exposed to degrading
    “With regards to the effect of detention on the lives of the detainees, 60% of those in the study explained that they now
suffer from chronic diseases due to torture and the poor conditions in which they were held in detention.
  On another level, 60% confirmed that repeated or extensive detention reduced
them to a state of acute poverty,” the report stated. [I hate to tell them but living in an
Islamic Arab society will reduce anyone to a state of acute poverty because there is no real system of
order or legitimate governance or true economic process. - rdb
    AOHR said also that many experienced harassment and dismissal from their jobs.
    “At least 73 people were made unemployed in the period under review, and it is estimated that around 3,200 have
faced the same injustice since 2005. Harassment also includes students with security records being unable to find
employment, acquire a driving license or open a business,” the group maintained.
    The PA’s activities, the NGO said, are routinely carried out in full coordination with Israel. It added, however, that the
detentions and summons by the PA surpassed those by Israeli security forces.
    PA security agencies have “no concern for the age or gender” of those being detained or summonsed, the report said.
“A significant number of detainees are elderly people aged 60 and above, representing 11.3%; women made up 15.3%. Of
the sample, 39.3% are students, 38% of whom confirmed that their studies were interrupted as a result of detention,” the
report stated.
    It calls on the PA to adhere to international law and conventions, and to declare that a future Palestinian state “must be
set up on true bases built on the rights of the Palestinian citizen to life and freedom.”
It accused the PA of not learning vital lessons from the Arab Spring that has taken place in Arab states in the past two
    “It is staggering that the PA should, in the shadow of the Arab Spring, cultivate its own system of impunity, in total
defiance of its people’s demands for freedom and dignity.
    They seem to be oblivious of the factors which led to the downfall of the tyrannical regimes across the region.
    There is absolutely no justification for its acceptance of becoming a subcontracted security instrument of the Israeli
occupation, crushing at every opportunity the legitimate aspirations of their people for freedom and self-determination.”
    It also said that the PA has not learned from its experiences with Israel, and called to halt military cooperation with the
Jewish state.
    “The PA’s human rights violations against the Palestinian people have amplified their suffering under the Israelis and
undermined their national [unity] and struggle for selfdetermination.
    It is clearly obvious that the PA hasn’t learnt from its experiences with the Israelis. On the contrary, it remains firmly
committed to its campaign of detention and destroying national solidarity while serving foreign agendas which strike the
Palestinian national freedom project at its core,” the report stated in its conclusion.
    “AOHR places complete responsibility for these human rights violations on the Palestinian President Abbas... AOHR
calls for the secretary-generals of the UN, Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to put pressure in
Mahmoud Abbas to stop political detention as it harms the interests of all Palestinians.”
    Based in North West London, the AOHR in the UK was founded in 1993. Its website, which is in Arabic, said it was
set up “to defend human rights in general and the Arab human rights in particular, and to publish the whole truth no matter
how painful.” [ I know this is long but it does my heart good to
see that finally – someone is reading them the riot act and that an Arab based group is exposing their
brutality. – rdb]

French court rejects 75 percent millionaires' tax
11:25am EST         By Emile Picy and Catherine Bremer
    PARIS (Reuters) - France's Constitutional Council on Saturday rejected a 75 percent upper income tax rate to be
introduced in 2013 in a setback to Socialist President Francois Hollande's push to make the rich contribute more to cutting
the public deficit.
    The Council ruled that the planned 75 percent tax on annual income above 1 million euros ($1.32 million) - a flagship
measure of Hollande's election campaign - was unfair in the way it would be applied to different households.
    Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the government would redraft the upper tax rate proposal to answer the
Council's concerns and resubmit it in a new budget law, meaning Saturday's decision could only amount to a temporary
political blow.
    While the tax plan was largely symbolic and would only have affected a few thousand people, it has infuriated high
earners in France, prompting some such as actor Gerard Depardieu to flee abroad. The message it sent also shocked
entrepreneurs and foreign investors, who accuse Hollande of being anti-business.
    Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said the rejection of the 75 percent tax and other minor measures could cut up to
500 million euros in forecast tax revenues but would not hurt efforts to slash the public deficit to below a European Union
ceiling of 3 percent of economic output next year. MORE -
Gun sales surge in Virginia after Newtown
By Justin Jouvenal, Published: December 29
   Gun sales have surged in the region and across the nation in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre
as enthusiasts rush to buy firearms they fear will be outlawed by a fresh push for gun control.
   Gun dealers requested nearly 5,150 background checks on purchasers in Virginia eight days after the Dec. 14
shootings in Newtown, Conn. — the largest number ever in a single day, Virginia State Police said. And in the days since,
the daily number of background checks has regularly doubled corresponding totals from the previous year.
   In Maryland, state police project that they will receive 8,200 gun permit applications in December, more than in any
other month this year and double the number received in June.
   The area’s surge in gun sales is playing out in a year during which the FBI reported a record 16.8 million in
background checks for guns.
   It’s not the first time gun sales have surged after a mass shooting. Sales rose in some places after the attempted
assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in 2011 in Tucson and the shooting that killed 12 in a movie theater in
Auroa, Colo., in July.
   “I’ve never seen shelves so bare in stores that weren’t going out of business,” said John Pierce, co-founder of, a Virginia-based gun rights networking hub. “It’s really shocking.”
   The Nation’s Gun Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly on Friday was ground zero for the boom. Organizers
expected twice as many attendees as came to a similar event last November. One dealer canceled because he ran out of
ammunition to sell. MORE -
newtown/2012/12/28/0ad349e8-511a-11e2-839d-d54cc6e49b63_print.html [Get them while the getting’s good
because if Feinstein and her ilk have their way you won’t have any very soon. Instead of ‘Do you know
what’s in your wallet it needs to be Do you know what’s in your gun locker. Rdb]
Arabs Caught with Firearms After Attacking Soldiers
IDF troops catch two Arabs with a series of firearms after they throw a firebomb at them.
By Elad Benari       First Publish: 12/30/2012, 2:47 AM
    Arab terrorists threw a firebomb at an IDF force that was on routine patrol south of Shechem on Saturday evening,
Channel 2 News reported. Nobody was hurt in the attack.
    Soldiers from the IDF's Nahal Brigade later arrested two suspects in the attack. The suspects were found to be carrying
an improvised gun, two knives, a firebomb and a diagram with a detailed plan for throwing the explosives in their
    The incident is the latest in a series of violent attacks in the Judea and Samaria area. Palestinian Authority Arabs have
rioted and attempted to carry out terror attacks in Hevron and throughout Judea and Samaria in recent days.
    Tensions were particularly high following two incidents in which soldiers shot Arab attackers in Hevron.
In one incident a female officer shot and killed a 17-year-old PA Arab terrorist who pulled a gun on Border Police officers
near Hevron.
    A police sapper who arrived subsequently to check out the gun determined that it was a fake gun.
In a subsequent, the Border Police officer who killed the terrorist said that she shot the terrorist because she feared a
fellow officer would be killed by him. The officer, N, said that the terrorist had aimed his gun at the head of a fellow
officer, and that when he failed to respond to orders to drop his weapon, she opened fire.
    The IDF Spokesperson's Unit later released a video which verified N's remarks
Report: 150 Corpses Found in Syrian School
Alleged massacre took place in Deir Baalba. Twenty said dead in Aleppo.
By Gil Ronen        First Publish: 12/29/2012, 11:13 PM
    At least 150 charred corpses were found Saturday in Deir Baalba in Homs, Syria, according to a report by the Shaam
Network that was quoted in Al Arabiya.
    Earlier Saturday, Syrian regime forces killed 20 people in a town near Aleppo. Eighty other people were killed
nationwide, according to opposition Coordination Committees.
    Sana Revolution reported that a “massacre” took place in Khamsya, near Aleppo.
    The fighting in Aleppo forced Syrian Air, Syria’s national airline, to cancel a flight to the city. According to Cairo
airport officials, a flight that was supposed to stop in Aleppo before continuing to Damascus flew straight to Damascus
“because of the deteriorated security situation” near the Aleppo airport.
    The Al Arabiya report stated that this was the first time a flight to Aleppo had been canceled because of fighting. The
Syrian government and its airline did not comment.
    Syria rebels have launched a campaign to seize government airports as a way to cut the regime’s supply lines and
strike a blow against its air power, the biggest threat faced by the insurrection.

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