November News Iran puts off Nuclear Plant Launch Iran's first nuclear power plant will begin supplying energy in early 2011, a senior official has said signaling a delay of several months. Iranian officials said the Stuxnet virus had hit staff computers at the Bushehr plant. Some analysts believe Iran may be suffering wider sabotage aimed at slowing its nuclear advances, pointing to a series of unexplained technical glitches that have cut the number of working centrifuge machines at the Natanz enrichment plant. Tehran is reportedly bent on military action to settle scores with Israel and the US whom it suspects of planting the malignant Stuxnet cyber worm in the controls of its nuclear, military and strategic systems. Preying on Tehran too are the personal sanctions Obama has imposed on its top brass. (Reuters) Iran says Western Plot to Blame for Computer Worm Iran's foreign ministry spokesman is claiming that a computer worm found on the laptops of several employees at the country's nuclear power plant is part of a covert Western plot to derail the Iranian atomic program. Ramin Mehmanparast says it won't make Iran "give up or stop" its nuclear activities. His remarks were the strongest yet on Tehran's suspicions over the worm. (J.Post) In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue (New York Times) Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran's race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them. The use of the word “Myrtus” — which can be read as an allusion to Esther — to name a file inside the code is one of several murky clues that have emerged as computer experts try to trace the origin and purpose of the rogue Stuxnet program, which seeks out a specific kind of command module for industrial equipment. Not surprisingly, the Israelis are not saying whether Stuxnet has any connection to the secretive cyberwar unit it has built inside Israel’s intelligence service. Nor is the Obama administration, which while talking about cyberdefenses has also rapidly ramped up a broad covert program, inherited from the Bush administration, to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. In interviews in several countries, experts in both cyberwar and nuclear enrichment technology say the Stuxnet mystery may never be solved. Ahmadinejad: Israel Savage Dog Unleashed in Region Iran's president called Israel a "savage dog unleashed in the region" and said US leaders should be "buried" in response to threats of military attack over Tehran's nuclear program. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is known for brash rhetoric in addressing the West, but in a speech Sunday he used a deeply offensive insult in calling for an undertaker to bury US leaders. (Ynet) Hero‟s welcome for Ahmadinejad in Lebanon Hezbollah-backed Shiite Muslims in Lebanon gave Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a hero’s welcome on October 13th, signaling increasing Iranian influence over Beirut. The Islamic Republic president, who has threatened repeatedly “to wipe Israel off the map,” was scheduled to arrive near the Israeli border on 14th to visit battlegrounds of the Second Lebanon War in southern Lebanon. He reportedly wants to go to the border with Israel and throw rocks at IDF soldiers. Iran has given over a million dollars to Hezbollah and already given Hezbollah and Hamas more than 40,000 rockets and missiles to launch against Israel. Now Ahmadinejad has promised to send thousands of Iranian Revolutionary Guard "volunteers" to help Hezbollah attack Israel . Israel and the US are deeply worried over the new Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah-Hamas axis, which also has attracted Turkey, once a friend of Israel. (INN) Huge Iranian flags and posters praising Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the "protector of resistance" covered Lebanon's border with Israel as the Iranian leader visited with his terrorist allies. Ahmadinejad said that "the Zionists will soon disappear." In Bint Jibal, a large replica of the Al- Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem was festooned with Iranian flags in a clear threat that war is coming soon. (Jerusalem Prayer Team) Ahmadinejad implored the terrorist militia to “bring defeat to the Zionists!” Nor did he stop at just attacking Israel. Ahmadinejad went on to suggest that Jews in general “are responsible for the economic crisis and air pollution in the world.” The Iranian leader was in Lebanon to meet with the heads of Hezbollah, a large and well- armed terrorist organization that also enjoys veto power over the Lebanese government. Hezbollah receives the bulk of its funding from Iran. (Israel Today) Israeli MK Plans Surprise for Ahmadjinejad Druze-Israeli lawmaker Ayoub Kara prepared Israel’s response to Amadinejad’s visits to the border to throw stones - the release of 2,000 blue and white balloons in the Iranian leader’s face . “The balloons represent the fact that the Jewish people have come home after 2,000 years of exile, and they are not going anywhere.” Kara has long been the most outspoken non-Jewish Israeli politician in support of Israel’s right to exist and the Jews’ right to settle their biblical homeland. Last month, Kara publicly saluted visiting Christians for standing with Israel, noting they, like him, were often more Jewish than many of Israel’s Jews. (Israel Today) Netanyahu‟s Response to the Threats and Curses “Today we heard the curses and epithets from the Lebanese border,” he said. “The best answer to those who curse was given here 62 years ago: It is the state and all that we have built and created since then. Look at this nation, look at the army that Israel has. We will continue to build, continue to create our state and we know very well how to defend ourselves.” (Arutz-7) Netanyahu commented "Lebanon was swiftly becoming another Iranian satellite state." (Ynet) Mosque Burning by Jews: Media Lie Despite three recent mosque-burnings in which no Jews have been implicated, reports of yet another similar incident have sparked anti-settler headlines. A mosque in Beit Fajar, an Arab village near Gush Etzion south of Jerusalem, was vandalized over the course of the night. Fifteen Korans were originally reported to be burnt, though this was not confirmed, as were small sections of the building’s walls and carpets. Graffiti on a wall included the Hebrew words, “Revenge,” “This is the response,” and a Jewish star. In addition, Arabs in the village said the perpetrators were six men who, they said, drove off in an Israeli-licensed car towards Kibbutz Kfar Etzion. (Hillel Fendel, Arutz Sheva) Netanyahu: Stop Picking on Settlers: They Deserve a Normal Life Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu voiced support for one of the most viciously maligned populations in the world - the Jews who live in Judea and Samaria. The settlers "deserve to live a normal life like anyone else," Netanyahu said, "and this is our policy, too - to make sure they can live normal lives." For Some Palestinians, Settlements Are Good News - Jason Koutsoukis (Sydney Morning Herald-Australia) Some 25,000 Palestinians depend on Jewish settlements in the West Bank for a living. Haitham Asfour, a Palestinian construction worker, said he can earn $85 to $100 a day when he is working in the settlements, double what he gets building homes for Palestinians. ''As long as the settlers are willing to pay me, then I am willing to work," he says. Far from feeling the disapproval of friends and family, Asfour said people who know how he earns a living often ask if there are any jobs. Christian pro-Israel group opens headquarters in East Jerusalem (Melanie Lidman - The Jerusalem Post) The International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation (IIACF), an umbrella organization for an international network of pro-Israel lobbies in governments around the world, opened its headquarters in east Jerusalem at the beginning of October with a ceremony attended by 40 supporters of Christian-Israel partnerships. International Uproar over Jerusalem Building Approvals France, Russia and the US are calling on Israel to freeze construction in all areas of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority for its hoped-for state. The French Foreign Ministry expressed “deep disappointment” over a municipal decision to move ahead with the sale of 240 plots of land in the neighborhoods of Ramot and Pisgat Ze'ev. Both neighborhoods are located on the northern edge of the capital. However, US Representative Gary Ackerman (D-NY), meanwhile, bluntly expressed his strong support for Israel's right to build housing in its capital. “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” said Ackerman, chairman of the US Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. “It is not a settlement. As such, the resumption of construction in Jerusalem is not a justification for a crisis, a showdown, a meltdown or even a hissy fit.” Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Ramot, Pisgat Ze'ev, French Hill, Ramat Eshkol, Gilo and others, which have been home to tens of thousands of Jewish residents for more than 40 years, are still referred to as “settlements” by the PA. (INN) “ Abbas Wants UN Forces in Jerusalem Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech to the Arab League in which he attacked Israel for "Judaizing" Jerusalem. Abbas called to involve the world in forcing Israel to split the city. The PA and the Arab League have demanded that all parts of Jerusalem east of the 1949 armistice line - including those that are historically Jewish, and including the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site - be turned over to the PA as the capital of a new Arab state in Judea and Samaria. He proposed that Arab leaders turn to the UN to get a condemnation of Israeli activities in Jerusalem, and to force a stop to Jewish growth in the capital. (INN) Israeli Cabinet approves Loyalty Oath for Non-Jews A proposed loyalty oath came one step closer to law after winning Cabinet approval by a 22-8 vote. The proposed law would require those seeking to become Israeli citizens under the Citizenship Law to sign an oath pledging loyalty to “the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.” The law will not impact foreign citizens who apply for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, which grants citizenship to Jews and their descendants. The next step in the legislative process is a discussion at a Cabinet ministerial meeting and then a vote in the Knesset. PM Netanyahu said, "There is no other democracy in the Middle East. There is no other Jewish state in the world. The combination of these two lofty values expresses the foundation of our national life and anyone who would like to join us needs to recognize this." (Arutz-7) Knesset Committee Discusses Arab Rock-Throwing at Jewish Cars in Jerusalem - Melanie Lidman The Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child discussed the issue of Arab minors throwing rocks at cars in east Jerusalem. The meeting was organized after an incident when a car driven by a Jew lightly injured two Arab children who had thrown rocks at his car. "We don't want to see any children injured, period," said committee head Danny Danon. "But we also don't want to see children involved in negative activities." In the past six months, the police have arrested 76 people for rock throwing incidents in Jerusalem. Thirty were youth, between the ages of 12-18, and 46 were adults. 17 youth and 10 adults were served with indictments. Jewish residents from east Jerusalem neighborhoods noted that every day for the past two weeks, groups of kids had been at the main ! intersection at Ras-al-Amud, near the Mount of Olives cemetery, throwing rocks at passing cars for the entire day. (Jerusalem Post) Israel to Boost Mt. of Olives Security Israel's Internal Security Ministry and Housing Ministry announced that millions of shekels will be invested to boost security at the Mount of Olives site in Jerusalem, Israel Radio reported. The new plan will include hundreds of cameras and sensors, and will increase the activities of the border police at the site. (Jerusalem Post) Gaza Tunnels Become Export Channel - Mai Yaghi (AFP) With the lifting of restrictions on consumer goods entering Gaza through Israeli crossings, food, beauty products and second-hand clothes now flow the other way through the tunnels beneath the border. Palestinians even herd cows through the tunnels, leading them out of Gaza and into Egypt. "The Egyptian traders demand Israeli livestock to breed with their own to improve its quality," one smuggler said. The Egyptians also order Israeli coffee, blue jeans, mobile phones, and scrap copper, aluminium and used car batteries that can be recycled in Egypt. France may recognize Unilateral PA Country France has threatened to recognize a unilateral declaration of statehood by the Palestinian Authority if final status talks with Israel are “delayed.” French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said that France would consider the option if PA talks with Israel were to suffer from “delays.” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, meanwhile, rejected pressure by Kouchner and Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos in a meeting in Jerusalem. “Before you teach us how to resolve conflicts here, I expect at the very least that you solve all the problems in Europe,” Lieberman stated. “In 1938 the European community decided to appease Hitler instead of supporting the loyal ally Czechoslovakia and sacrificed it without gaining anything. We have no intention of becoming 2010's Czechoslovakia and will insist on Israel's vital interest,” he said. (INN) World‟s Largest Underground Hospital being Built in Haifa The foundations were laid this week for the world's largest underground hospital. The emergency facility at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa is designed to withstand conventional, chemical, and biological attacks. The project, slated for completion in 2012, will serve as a three-floor parking lot - that in times of emergency can be transformed at short notice into a 2,000-bed hospital. Designed to be self-sufficient, the hospital will be able to generate its own power and can store enough oxygen, drinking water and medical supplies for three days. (IMRA/Daily Alert) Israel Invites Chilean Miners for Christmas in the Holy Land Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov has extended an official invitation to the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued in October to visit Israel with their spouses for a week-long, all-expenses-paid sightseeing tour of sites holy to Christianity. "It would be a great honor for us to welcome you as our guests in the Holy Land," he wrote in the invitation. The miners were trapped more than 2,000 feet underground for 68 days as rescuers and experts from many nations worked tirelessly to return them to the surface. When the miners finally reemerged, they were wearing t-shirts bearing the logo of the “Jesus Film Project,” a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International. (Israel Today/Ha'aretz) Turkey Signs Strategic Military Pact with Syria High-ranking officials from Turkey and Syria gathered in the Syrian Mediterranean seaport of Latakia to sign agreements for cooperation in the military and strategic fields. The report said the two governments have been holding talks on strengthening cooperation. One of the goals is to form a free-trade area in the two countries. (Arutz-7) Growing Turkey-China-Iran Ties leaves Israel and US Concerned The US and Israel are watching with concern the growing military cooperation between Turkey, China and Iran, especially following a joint Turkish-Chinese air-force exercise last week. The West has been observing, in particular, the long-range naval and aerial exercises that indicate Beijing's intention to acquire the ability to conduct warfare far from China's borders. The Chinese are also aggressively pursuing cyber warfare capabilities, employing some 60,000 hackers, according to foreign intelligence reports. The developing ties among Turkey, Iran and China are also reflected in weapons deals, with Iran buying from China mainly missile technology. China has also developed a surface-to-surface rocket-launching system together with Turkey. China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao is due to visit Ankara this month and to sign several bilateral cooperation agreements. Turkey and China are also involved in projects to build oil pipelines from Iran. (Ha’aretz) Hezbollah Terrorists training in Syrian Missile base The Syrian army has a Scud missile base near Damascus, according to recent satellite photos. The photos also indicate Hezbollah activists are being trained in the Scuds' use at the base. Reports that Syria had given the Hezbollah terrorist group Scuds ratcheted up tensions between Jerusalem and Damascus about six months ago. Four years after Hezbollah instigated its war with Israel in 2006 it appears to be prepared for another fight with the Jewish state. According to Hassan Nasrallah, the group's leader, Hezbollah has increased its missile stocks to 40,000, compared with 13,000 during the 2006 war. (Ha’aretz) Iran extends ties with Lebanon and Egypt Iran is strengthening its ties with its area neighbours, particularly Lebanon and Egypt. Lebanon’s and Iran’s energy ministers have reached an agreement over oil and gas exploration efforts in Lebanese waters, according to which Iran will be involved in the search for gas and oil close to the border with Israel. Through this project, Iran could deepen its involvement in the region and strengthen Lebanon's dependence on Tehran. Meanwhile, ties are also warming up between Iran and Egypt. The two countries announced that direct flights between Cairo and Tehran would resume for the first time since 1980. The move could be a prelude to the resumption of formal ties between Iran and Egypt. The two countries have been at odds since 1979’s Islamic Revolution in Iran, when Egypt gave asylum to the deposed Shah of Iran. (Arutz-7) EUROPE UK, Spain to Boycott OECD Conference because it‟s in Jerusalem Britain and Spain will not send delegates to the OECD's biannual tourism conference on October 20- 22, because it will be held in Jerusalem, according to Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov. Palestinians have pressured Europe as a whole to shun the October conference on sustainable tourism, which normally takes place in Paris. (Ha’aretz) Dutch Anti-Islamist Geert Wilders on Trial Dutch anti-Islamist politician GeertWilders appealed for freedom of expression as he went on trial for alleged hate speech at a time when his popularity and influence in the Netherlands are near all-time highs. Among Wilders' many remarks at issue in the trial, an editorial in newspaper De Volkskrant stands out. "I've had enough of Islam in the Netherlands; let not one more Muslim immigrate," he wrote in the paper. "I've had enough of the Koran in the Netherlands: Forbid that fascist book." He may be best known for the 2008 short film "Fitna," which offended Muslims around the world by juxtaposing Koranic verses with images of terrorism by Islamic radicals. If convicted he could face up to a year in jail, (Fox News) Geert Wilders's Party Rising in the Netherlands (Sydney Morning Herald) The Dutch Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats have agreed to form a government with support from the right-wing anti-Islam Freedom Party, creating the first minority administration in the Netherlands since World War II. Jews in Europe Entering a Dark Period The European Jewish Congress warns that a recent wave of anti-Semitism, some of which was officially sanctioned, has left Jewish communities in grave danger. EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor sums up: “We are entering a very dark period for Jews in Europe.” Recent instances of official anti-Semitism, of which there have been a number, include an event that occurred in Antwerp, Belgium. A respected government-funded Catholic school hosted a "Palestine Day," replete with anti- Semitic references and activities for youngsters. One stall at the event was entitled “Throw the soldiers into the sea,” and children were invited to throw replicas of Israeli soldiers into two large tanks of water. An event organized for Jewish children in Malmo, Sweden, was attacked by a gang of thugs who shouted “Heil Hitler” and “Jewish pigs.” The gang entered the site of the event and damaged property. The EJC has called on European governments and the EU to launch a campaign against intolerance and anti-Semitism. (INN) Polish Jews find their roots Jewish Scene: After Holocaust destroyed Polish Jewry, many Jews in Poland still hide or unaware of identity. Some now rediscovering their roots are making trips to Israel. Demand for Birthright Trips on the Rise (Ynet News) Demand among young Jews in the diaspora to participate in Taglit-Birthright educational tours of Israel rose by 11% compared to last year. Birthright received 23,623 applications for 9,576 places on its forthcoming winter trips. Merkel: Germany- Multi-Culturalism has Utterly Failed Chancellor Angela Merkel's declaration that Germany's attempts to build a multicultural society had "utterly failed" is feeding a growing debate over how to deal with the millions of foreigners who call the country home. Merkel told a meeting of young members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union that while immigrants are welcome in Germany, they must learn the language and accept the country's cultural norms - sounding a note heard increasingly across Europe as it battles an economic slump and worries about homegrown terrorism. "This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by side and live happily with each other, has utterly failed, " Merkel said. (AP) Pro-Israel rally in Italy A mass rally-demonstration entitled "For the truth, for Israel" was held in Rome in October. It was organized by Fiamma Nirenstein - journalist, MP, and vice president of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies - and other leading European personalities. Vatican‟s „Special Middle East Assembly‟ October 10-24 By LISA PALMIERI-BILLIG Jerusalem Post 172 Catholic bishops from Islamic countries, 14 Roman Curia officials, 14 non-Catholic Christians and 30 academic experts spent two weeks discussing the future of Catholic communities in the Middle East. „The urgent reasons for this meeting are that Christians are fleeing from the Middle East, and extremist Islamism is invading the area. We need to find a dialogue with Muslims, and unity among Christians,” Monsignor Shlemon Warduni, the auxiliary bishop of the Patriarchate of Babylon, Iraq, of the Chaldean Catholic Church, told The Jerusalem Post. Usually, the Catholic Church points to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the factor behind all unrest in the Middle East, declining to denounce the repression of Christian life in Muslim countries for fear of retaliation. Things are changing. According to Mordechay Lewy, Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See, the oft-repeated lament that Christians are fleeing the Holy Land is misleading. The term “Holy Land” encompasses Turkey, Egypt and Iraq in addition to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, he said. “Therefore, to speak about the persecution or emigration of Christians from the Holy Land is doing an injustice to Israel and Jordan, as those countries never hosted such occurrences. The presence of Christians in Israel and in Jerusalem has not only remained stable since 1967, but is increasing in real terms,” Lewy said. Cyril Salim Bustros, the Lebanon-born Greek archbishop of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Boston, Massachusetts was responsible for saying: “the Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians, to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands” He concluded by declaring that the original promises made by God to the children of Israel “were nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people.” Mordechai Levi, Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican, decried Bustros’ comments and the damage they had done to strengthening ties between Israel and the Church. The Catholic Church has for years been trying to repair its image as an institution steeped in anti- Semitism, but Bustros’ remarks make fairly clear that the Vatican remains as dedicated as ever to replacement theology - that teaching that says God has tossed aside the Jews, despite is irrevocable promises to them, and that “the Church” has instead inherited those promises.
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