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Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11

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Israel Responds to Rocket Attacks from Lebanon

According to an IDF spokesperson, “Civilians in Israel’s northern region faced rocket fire from Southern Lebanon.” Of the four rockets fired, two landed in residential areas, with one damaging property and cars in the city of Acre and the second landing in Kibbutz Gesher Haziv. No casualties were reported. Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted a third rocket.

Israel National News reported that Israel responded to the attack with an airstrike targeting a terror base south of Beirut…

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Lieberman: Turkish PM advancing Nazi anti-Semitism

Lieberman: Turkish PM advancing Nazi anti-Semitism

Former (and possibly future) Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman this week accused Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of advancing Nazi-style anti-Semitism after the latter blamed Israel for the current unrest in Egypt.

"Anyone who has heard the words of Erdogan, which were full of hate and incitement, recognizes no doubt that we are dealing with a successor of [Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph] Goebbels," said Lieberman. "His conspiracy theories are of the same nature as the Dreyfus Affair and the hateful blood-libel ‘The Elders of Zion.’"

In a party conference speech earlier in the week, Erdogan said that his government could prove that Israel is behind the unrest in Egypt. As evidence, he cited the words of Jewish intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy in a 2011 conversation with the then-Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni. Levy said at the time: “The Muslim Brotherhood will not remain in power, even if they win the elections, because democracy is not the ballot box.”

In commenting on Levy’s words, Erdogan stated: “Now, the West says that democracy is not the ballot box, or not only, but we know that the ballot box is the will of the people. And this was implemented in Egypt. Who’s behind this? Israel. We have evidence.”

Lieberman is known for his rough and outspoken demeanor, and often compares Muslim politicians who want to destroy Israel to the Nazis. But with Erdogan, he might not be so far off the mark.

The Turkish leader is equally infamous for his conspiracy theories, which he disseminates with abandon any time the situation is not going according to plan. During Turkey’s own recent pro-democracy demonstrations, Erdogan attributed the near-uprising to a conspiracy against him contrived by “world Jewry.”

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Obama Cannot Keep Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in Power

Obama Cannot Keep Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in Power

The following is another open letter from Dr. Ashraf Ramelah, director of Voice of the Copts, who, along with many other Egyptian Christians, wants the US and Europe to STOP trying to reimpose Islamist rule on their country.

The military of Egypt is respecting the universal rights of all Egyptians by rooting out Muslim Brotherhood terrorism, the backers of Morsi’s regime – finding smuggled weapon stashes and arresting Morsi’s guest militias (Hamas and Al Qaeda terrorists).

After more than two years of protests to bring about the removal of two dictatorships, the latter installed through fraudulent elections billed as “free and fair,” Egyptian freedom-fighters backed by the army must not retreat from their chance now to expose and expunge radical terrorists who came dangerously close to dominating Egypt for the long term. This means countering the efforts of the Obama administration inside Egypt.

Everything hinges upon the unthwarted dedication of the Egyptian army to continue with actions loyal to Egyptian pro-democracy freedom-fighters. So far it has done so by not heeding the call for “restraint” coming from the U.S. White House and Department of State in wrestling with an entrenched terror group fallen from “legitimacy.”

Implying that Egypt’s military is sparking violence rather than dispelling it, an August 14 White House Statement by the Press Secretary on Egypt advises, “Violence will only make it more difficult to move Egypt forward on a path to lasting stability and democracy, and runs counter to the pledges by the interim government to pursue reconciliation.” But has the secular, civil, pro-democracy majority movement represented by the interim government ever promised to reconcile with terrorists?

Secretary of State John Kerry mentions “inclusion” or “inclusive” five times in his August 14 State Department press briefing on Egypt. He is referring to Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis he knows to be the only parties left out from Egypt’s interim government. This makes the Obama administration seem nothing more than promoters of the ousted regime and their protesters who gathered armed forces in the streets of Al Adawyia, Cairo and other cities across Egypt.

Fittingly, White House disapproval comes now and blames Egypt’s military for defending the country against the aggression of Morsi defenders and Brotherhood thugs, advising reconciliation which will place Egypt’s democratic future at risk. Ignoring these urgings, the interim government is speaking of combating “religious fascists” and “dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood” as a way of ensuring that democratic values prevail.

U.S. Senator John McCain, America’s best and brightest, labels Egypt’s problem a military coup – in reality, this coup is nonexistent. In cautioning John Kerry against leniency toward Egypt’s military, John McCain says, “To think they’re [the military coup government of Egypt] going to eliminate the Muslim Brotherhood flies in the face of the history of the Muslim Brotherhood who…will be able to survive, perhaps, underground, despite the efforts of the generals to eliminate them” (Newsmax, 8/15/13).

In an open letter to Obama (Newsmax 8/16/13), Free Egyptians reject the arrogance, pessimism and opposition coming from the U.S. in answer to their struggle for freedom in the face of terrorism. Paradoxically, the greatest democracy on earth offers the greatest resistance to Egypt’s democratic goals.

The White House rightfully condemns [the current] violence in Egypt… But it does so at the expense of appearing neglectful and unsympathetic toward the hundreds of murderous attacks on Egypt’s Christians who for the past six years have sought the support and help of a freedom-loving America and still wait. Now suffering more so at the brunt of Brotherhood Muslim madness and unleashed hatred, Christians have so far lost 83 Coptic churches looted and burned by the Muslim Brotherhood, along with Christian schools, shops and businesses.

Insisting that Egypt’s answer for democracy includes the fraudulent, unscrupulous and untrustworthy Muslim Brotherhood makes the Obama administration look likewise — fraudulent, unscrupulous and untrustworthy — to the smart, genuine and brave freedom fighters of Egypt.

 

UPDATE: Israel bombs Beirut following missile attack

UPDATE: Israel bombs Beirut following missile attack

Israeli warplanes bombed terrorist targets just south of the Lebanese capital of Beirut early Friday morning in response to a missile attack against northern Israel a day earlier.

The Israeli military confirmed the retaliatory strike, but did not provide details regarding the target.

On Thursday afternoon, four missiles were fired from southern Lebanon at northern Israel. One of the missiles was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system. Another narrowly landed near a residential area, narrowly missing a meeting of Holocaust survivors.

Residents of towns along Israel’s northern coast reported hearing air raid sirens and loud explosions. Most living in the area are aware of what to do in such a situation, and immediately took cover in the nearest bomb shelter.

The missiles are believed to have originated from a Palestinian refugee camp in the Lebanese coastal city of Tyre. A terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda claimed credit for the attack, but Israel said that ultimately it holds the Lebanese government responsible.

 

UN will probe Gaza war, but not Syria chemical attack?

UN will probe Gaza war, but not Syria chemical attack?

The United Nations on Wednesday again revealed its true colors when it stopped short of ordering an official probe into charges that the Syrian government had killed hundreds of its own citizens in a chemical weapons attack.

That decision was especially interesting to Israelis, who are still irked by the UN’s massive and widely-publicized probe into the Gaza War that began in late 2009 after Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorists escalated missile attacks against southern Israel. The commission ended up accusing Israel of war crimes.

The UN Security Council insisted it was necessary to “clarify” allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria before taking any action. Opposition groups in the country said as many as 1,300 had been killed in a chemical weapons attack by government forces this week. Turkey’s foreign minister, after reviewing video footage from the scene, said it was clear that non-conventional weapons had been used, and urged an immediate UN investigation. But the Security Council failed to act.

By contrast, the UN did not independently verify the Palestinian claims that led to the post-Gaza War probe.

So, if the results of the December 2009-January 2010 Gaza War were worthy of a major UN investigation without prior fact-checking, how is a possible chemical weapons massacre in the midst of a Syrian civil war that has claimed over 100,000 lives not?

That question has left many Israelis more convinced than ever that the international community, and in particular the United Nations, operate under the influence of an unfair and exaggerated bias against the Jewish state.

 

‘Iran cannot do much in response to Israeli strike’

'Iran cannot do much in response to Israeli strike'

One of the key concerns of Israel launching a preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear program is that the Islamic Republic’s response would cause grave damage to Israel and possibly engulf the region in full-scale war.

But a top Israeli official says those concerns are ill-placed, and that the Iranian response to an Israeli strike would likely be rather contained, and cause only minimal damage.

In an interview with the Times of Israel, Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said his estimate was that an Iranian response to an Israeli strike would consist of “two or three days of missile fire” against Israel and Western targets in the Middle East. That missile fire, according to Steinitz, would cause “very limited damage.”

Steinitz reiterated Israel’s warning to Western leaders to not be taken in by new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s more diplomatic veneer. Like his government colleagues, Steinitz expects Rouhani to woo the West with promises of compromise, even as Iran continues to inch closer to attaining atomic weapons.

But should the West be duped, as many Israelis expect, Steinitz echoed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in stating that the Jewish state needs no green light from Washington or Europe to take action on its own.

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Israel TV News | IDF attacks Palestinian target in Lebanon in retaliation for rocket fire on Israel - JerusalemOnline

Fri, Aug 23, 2013 News from Israel

IDF attacks Palestinian target in Lebanon in retaliation for rocket fire on Israel

Israel warns: anyone who tries to harm Israeli civilians will be harmed

Terror attack in Lebanon targets opponents of Hezbollah

Israel Today:

Missiles from Lebanon strike northern Israel

Missiles from Lebanon strike northern Israel

Four missiles were fired from southern Lebanon at northern Israel on Thursday afternoon. One of the missiles was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system.

Residents of towns along Israel’s northern coast reported hearing air raid sirens and loud explosions. Most living in the area are aware of what to do in such a situation, and immediately took cover in the nearest bomb shelter.

The missiles are believed to have originated from a Palestinian refugee camp in the Lebanese coastal city of Tyre. Israeli helicopters reportedly circled over southern Lebanon as a warning following the attack.

Two weeks ago, four Israeli soldiers on a routine patrol of the Lebanon border were seriously wounded by a roadside bomb.

As the situation appears to be escalating, Israeli concerns that Syria’s ongoing civil war could reach Israel via Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist militia seem more valid than ever.

 

UN will probe Gaza war, but not Syria chemical attack?

UN will probe Gaza war, but not Syria chemical attack?

The United Nations on Wednesday again revealed its true colors when it stopped short of ordering an official probe into charges that the Syrian government had killed hundreds of its own citizens in a chemical weapons attack.

That decision was especially interesting to Israelis, who are still irked by the UN’s massive and widely-publicized probe into the Gaza War that began in late 2009 after Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorists escalated missile attacks against southern Israel. The commission ended up accusing Israel of war crimes.

The UN Security Council insisted it was necessary to “clarify” allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria before taking any action. Opposition groups in the country said as many as 1,300 had been killed in a chemical weapons attack by government forces this week. Turkey’s foreign minister, after reviewing video footage from the scene, said it was clear that non-conventional weapons had been used, and urged an immediate UN investigation. But the Security Council failed to act.

By contrast, the UN did not independently verify the Palestinian claims that led to the post-Gaza War probe.

So, if the results of the December 2009-January 2010 Gaza War were worthy of a major UN investigation without prior fact-checking, how is a possible chemical weapons massacre in the midst of a Syrian civil war that has claimed over 100,000 lives not?

That question has left many Israelis more convinced than ever that the international community, and in particular the United Nations, operate under the influence of an unfair and exaggerated bias against the Jewish state.

 

‘Iran cannot do much in response to Israeli strike’

'Iran cannot do much in response to Israeli strike'

One of the key concerns of Israel launching a preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear program is that the Islamic Republic’s response would cause grave damage to Israel and possibly engulf the region in full-scale war.

But a top Israeli official says those concerns are ill-placed, and that the Iranian response to an Israeli strike would likely be rather contained, and cause only minimal damage.

In an interview with the Times of Israel, Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said his estimate was that an Iranian response to an Israeli strike would consist of “two or three days of missile fire” against Israel and Western targets in the Middle East. That missile fire, according to Steinitz, would cause “very limited damage.”

Steinitz reiterated Israel’s warning to Western leaders to not be taken in by new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s more diplomatic veneer. Like his government colleagues, Steinitz expects Rouhani to woo the West with promises of compromise, even as Iran continues to inch closer to attaining atomic weapons.

But should the West be duped, as many Israelis expect, Steinitz echoed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in stating that the Jewish state needs no green light from Washington or Europe to take action on its own.

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US Senate demands support for Israeli strike on Iran

US Senate demands support for Israeli strike on Iran

Israelis were relieved to hear of last week’s near-unanimous passing of a US Senate resolution demanding full American support should Israel deem it necessary to attack Iran’s nuclear program.

The resolution, which was voted for by 99 out of 100 senators, read:

"If the Government of Israel is compelled to take military action in legitimate self-defense against Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the United States Government should stand with Israel and provide, in accordance with United States law and the constitutional responsibility of Congress to authorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military, and economic support to the Government of Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence."

The resolution went on to urge the Obama Administration to take its own steps to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon so that Israel does not reach the point where it feels compelled to take action.

Last Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published yet another report casting suspicion on Iran’s nuclear activities, and validating concerns that the Islamic Republic seeks atomic weapons.

The report noted that Iran has of late significantly upgraded its ability to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels, and that work advances on a plutonium-producing reactor.

Meanwhile, Iranian state television reported at the weekend that the Islamic Republic has fielded a “massive” number of mobile long-range missile launchers. The move is a clear warning against any action targeting Iran’s nuclear facilities. Should Israel or the US threaten Iran’s nuclear program, the missiles would presumably be launched at the Jewish state and American military bases in the Middle East in an overwhelming simultaneous attack.

 

Report: Missile from Lebanon hits northern Israel

Report: Missile from Lebanon hits northern Israel

Lebanese media reported that a missile presumably fired by the Hezbollah terrorist militia landed in northern Israel late Sunday night. That report was backed up by resident of the Israeli border town of Metula, who spoke of a high-pitched whistle followed by a loud explosion.

Israeli and Lebanese forces were searching for evidence of the missile strike, but by mid-morning Monday no confirmation had been provided.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV later claimed responsibility for the purported missile strike, stating that it had attacked a “settlement” in northern Israel.

The incident came just hours after a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut was shelled, injuring four of the terror group’s members.

It is believed that attack was carried out by Syrian rebel forces angered by Hezbollah’s involvement in their nation’s ongoing civil war. An estimated 5,000 Hezbollah troops are in Syria fighting on the side of embattled dictator Bashar Assad.

There is also the possibility that Sunday’s cross-border missile attack was the start of Hezbollah reprisals for recent Israeli air strikes against the transfer of Syrian weapons to the Lebanese group.

After Israel bombed a facility at Damascus’ main airport, destroying a stockpile of weapons earmarked for Hezbollah, Iran reportedly ordered the group to unleash its massive arsenal of missiles against the Jewish state.

Israel this week will conduct a major military drill simulating chemical weapons attacks from Hezbollah on Israeli population centers.

Israeli army officials recently told Israel Today that if another war with Hezbollah breaks out, the IDF will have no choice by to use overwhelming force and quickly conquer Lebanon.

 

Nigerian church again blesses Israel

Nigerian church again blesses Israel

Nigerian church and government officials last week came to Israel bearing a large financial gift for Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency medical organization (the local equivalent of the Red Cross).

The Nigerian Redeemed Christian Church of God had previously donated a new ambulance to the MDA station in Jerusalem. The Nigerian church has more than 40 million members who love the Jewish state, and works regularly on behalf of the MDA and its efforts to save lives in Israel.

Last week’s donation ceremony was held at the Dan Jerusalem Hotel, and attended by many Christian pilgrims and senior church officials, as well as the Nigerian ambassador.

Shlomo Petrover, the district head of MDA, told the honored guests: “The ambulance you previously provided has been in service for four years and answered more than 6,000 calls. With this donation we will put another ambulance in service that we hope will save even more lives than the first. We want to thank the Redeemed Christian Church of God for its friendship, which continues to flourish and help us save lives.”

Pastor Enoch Adboyah, the head of the Nigerian church, responded: “We love all of Israel, and Jerusalem in particular is a place where our Messiah taught and spent much time, and we consider it home. We want to thank all the members of MDA, God bless you and your holy work of saving lives in the Holy Land.”

An associate pastor added that much of Africa sees Israel and the MDA as an example of how to provide emergency and medical services to local citizens, and Nigeria’s Christians are proud of the partnership they have with the Jewish state.

 

Russia still set to sell advanced missiles to Syria

Russia still set to sell advanced missiles to Syria

Despite earlier reports to the contrary, Israeli officials on Sunday said that Russia has not struck a deal with Jerusalem that would halt the sale of advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles to Syria.

London’s Sunday Times cited unnamed Israeli sources as saying that a meeting last week between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had resulted in a cancellation of the planned sale.

In return for the cancellation, Russia had reportedly elicited Israel’s promise to not carry out any more air strikes inside Syria.

But another unnamed senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel that the earlier report was a “fairy tale,” and that the sale of Russia’s S-300 anti-aircraft system to Syria had not been canceled.

The official did say, however, that he believed Russia would ultimately not provide the system to embattled Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, but only after extracting more concessions from Israel.

Meanwhile, Israeli Middle East expert Dr. Mordechai Kedar told Arutz Sheva radio that if and when Assad’s downfall becomes inevitable, the Syrian leader could opt to lash out in all directions to secure his place in the history books.

"It could be that Assad, when he sees that everything is finished, will fire whatever he can in all directions - toward Turkey, maybe to Lebanon, maybe here as well," said Kedar.

Israel Today reported last week that Syria had already aimed the bulk of its considerable ballistic missile arsenal at Israel.

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News Update March 13th 2013

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“He rules forever by His power, His eyes watch the nations –
let not the rebellious rise up against Him.” Ps 66:7

PERES URGES EU TO LIST HIZBULLAH AS TERROR GROUP: President Shimon Peres called on the EU to list Hizbullah as a terrorist organization, in an address to the European Parliament in Strasburg on Tuesday. Peres appealed to the Europeans to recognize terror for what it is and to save Lebanon from such “terrorist madness.” Hizbullah, he said, has not only divided Lebanon religiously, politically and ethnically, it is carrying out terror attacks and threatening the stability of the entire region. “Recently, 20 terror attempts by Hizbullah were counted all over the world, in India, Thailand, Georgia, South Africa, the US, Egypt and Greece, among others,” said Peres. He added that last month, Bulgaria, which is a member of the EU, identified Hizbullah as responsible for the terror attack in Burgas that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian citizen. Peres on Tuesday also called the present Iranian regime “the greatest danger to peace in the world.” He said the Islamic Republic threatens Israel’s existence, smuggles arms into other countries to destabilize them and denies the Holocaust while calling for another one. Meanwhile, Tuesday, press reports said Iran plans to submit a written promise to the United Nations that it will not seek nuclear weapons. Iran’s Mehr news agency quoted Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi as saying, “Iran plans to declare in the UN that it will never go after nuclear bombs.” Rahimi did not say when the promise would be delivered. (Arutz-7/Ha’aretz/Ynet) Pray UN members will not be naive enough to believe Iran’s latest tall tale about not producing nuclear bombs – an obvious ploy for more time to advance its nuclear capability behind the scenes and to wheedle the nations to lighten up on sanctions against it.

UN: DEADLY ABUSES INTENSIFY IN SYRIA: The Syrian government has stepped up indiscriminate, heavy bombardments of cities while rebels are executing prisoners condemned in their own makeshift courts without due process, UN sources disclosed Monday. UN investigators said they were looking into 20 massacres committed by one or the other side and hundreds of “unlawful killings,” cases of torture and arbitrary arrests since September in the two-year-old conflict. “Indiscriminate and widespread shelling, the regular bombardment of cities, mass killing and the deliberate firing on civilian targets have come to characterize the daily lives of civilians in Syria,” Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the commission of inquiry on Syria, told the UN. More than 1 million Syrian refugees have fled abroad and 2.5 million are uprooted within the country, while more than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict. The war is mired in a “destructive stalemate, amid heavy shelling and air raids by government forces,” the report said. Israel’s President Shimon Peres, on Tuesday, delivered a historic address to the European Parliament in which he called for the Arab League to intervene in the Syrian crisis. “The Arab League can and should form a provisional government in Syria to stop the massacre and to prevent Syria from falling to pieces,” said Peres. (Reuters/Ynet/INN)

SYRIA CONFLICT THREATENS TO SET LEBANON ABLAZE: Lebanese President Michel Suleiman called this week for international action to help Lebanon cope with a deluge of refugees from the war in neighboring Syria, which he said threatened to set his volatile country ablaze. In a press interview at the presidential palace, just 25 miles from the Syrian-Lebanese border, Suleiman compared Syria’s civil war to a conflagration breaking out next door. “When there is a fire next to your house you have to assume it will spread, and you have to try to stop it from reaching you.” Suleiman said the presence of a million Syrians alongside an existing Palestinian refugee population meant that a quarter of his tiny Mediterranean nation’s population were now refugees. “Those numbers are more than the capacity of any country to bear,” he said. “It’s not just a matter of material help and relief - the geographic and demographic capacity is saturated and the problems resulting from this massive number affect us socially, economically and on security.” Lebanon says it is now hosting 1 million Syrians, one third of them officially registered as refugees fleeing a conflict which has killed 70,000 people. (J.Post) Lebanon’s multi-faceted dilemma of what to do with an influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees is a precise example of the problematic “Right of Return,” demanded by Palestinians and the Islamic world of Israel – in return for a false peace. When Israel was created in 1948, Arab states and Arab Palestinians attacked the Jewish community in Palestine and the Jewish state, vowing to “drive the Jews into the sea.” They lost the war however, and some 600,000-750,000 Arab Palestinians at the behest of Arab leaders voluntarily fled the area that became Israel. Palestinian Arabs claim any peace agreement with the Jewish state must allow the descendants and families of these refugees, now numbering over five million, to return to Israel. If Israel were to agree to this Jews would became a minority in their own state. Return of the refugees would put an end to the Jewish homeland.

GANTZ: TERRORIST FIGHTING ALONGSIDE SYRIAN OPPOSITION: Israel’s Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz, warned on Monday that terrorist groups fighting Assad’s regime alongside other insurgents were “becoming stronger” and voiced concern that they could turn on Israel in the future. “The situation in Syria has become exceptionally dangerous. The terrorist organizations are becoming stronger on the ground. Now they are fighting against Assad, but in the future they could turn against us,” Gantz said. In recent months, there have been several instances of gunfire and mortar shells hitting the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. (Arutz-7)

‘BETTER ISRAELI THAN LEBANESE IF NEW CONFLICT ERUPTS’: The ceasefire between Israel and the Lebanon-based Hizbullah is holding steady seven years after the Second Lebanon War ended, but should hostilities resume, it would be better to be an Israeli citizen than a Lebanese citizen, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said Monday evening. Gantz emphasized that Israeli deterrence against Hizbullah remained “authentic.” He noted that Hizbullah was involved “up to its neck” in the civil war, sending thousands of fighters to support the Assad regime. He warned that the northern arenas “could explode at any moment,” adding, “I hope this quiet is maintained but if not, we are prepared, and we will know to act with the required force directly against Hizbullah and its state surroundings. If this goes off, I’d rather be an Israeli civilian, and not a Lebanese civilian.” Turning his gaze to Syria, Gantz said that arena had become “very unstable and dangerous.” Although the IDF no longer faces six Syrian army divisions threatening to invade the Golan Heights, terror organizations are growing in Syria. “They’re fighting Assad. But guess what. It’s us afterwards. We could be the next challenge for the same organizations,” Gantz warned. The chief of staff said that should radical rebel elements get hold of strategic weapons in Syria, there is a reasonable chance that they would use them. “The Golan is not the same Golan that it used to be,” he added. (J.Post) Pray all of Israel’s government, military and intelligence leaders will remain on high alert and be prepared to avert rouge missile strikes and terrorist attacks from Syria and the Lebanese-based Hizbullah terrorist organization.

HUCKABEE: ISRAELIS HAVE MADE MANY SACRIFICES FOR PEACE: Former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee, spoke at the Gush Katif Museum dinner which was held last weekend in Brooklyn, New York. Huckabee, who brings groups to Israel on a regular basis, said during his remarks that “it is impossible to be Christian and not have a relationship with Judaism, because it is the foundation upon which every Christian believes and understands that Israel is G-d’s chosen land. The nations that bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed,” said Huckabee. “It is time we recognize that you don’t negotiate with people who do not believe you have the right to even exist, much less live next to you.” Addressing recent reports that President Barack Obama, during his upcoming visit to Israel, intends to ask Israelis to make sacrifices for peace, the former governor said, “If that is the case, I would love to escort him personally to the Gush Katif Museum and say, ‘Mr. President, the Israelis have made many sacrifices for peace. Can you show me one sacrifice the Palestinians have made for peace?’” Huckabee said instead of asking the Israelis to stop building bedrooms for their children in Judea and Samaria, the President should “demand that the Iranians stop building bombs” that threaten Israel. Meanwhile Israel is preparing its security forces for Obama’s visit. Well over 10,000 police will take part in securing the three-day visit next week by US President Obama. The security preparations are the biggest of their kind since then-US President George W. Bush visited in 2008. (INN/J.Post)

UN: BABY KILLED BY TERRORIST FIRE, NOT ISRAELI STRIKE: A report from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights revealed that a Gazan baby, which previous reports claimed was killed by Israeli fire during Operation Pillar of Defense, was one of six Palestinian-Arabs killed by stray rockets fired by terrorists. The 11-month-old boy, Omar Mashharawi, died after being hit by shrapnel just hours after the eruption of the military operation in November. Omar was the infant son of Gaza-based BBC video editor Jihad Mashharawi, and a photo of the anguished father holding his body wrapped in a white shroud was widely published, and quickly distributed online via social networks. At the time, human rights groups and medics quoted by media outlets blamed his death and that of two adults in the same building in Gaza City’s Zeitun neighbourhood, on an Israeli air strike. (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL RANKS NUMBER 12 ON BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD FOR RETIREES: Israel ranks number 12 in the world in retirement security for its citizens, a report released over the weekend said. The findings, compiled by Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), puts Israel ahead of Canada, the US and the UK in the “safety net” that governments provide to pensioners, allowing them to live better and healthier lives, NGAM said. The information was compiled from data gathered by the UN and the World Bank. The most secure retirees could be found in Europe, with Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Sweden topping the list. Israel follows Australia and is ahead of Canada in the ratings. Altogether, the index lists the conditions retirees in 150 countries can expect. The ratings were derived based on twenty different indicators grouped into four major categories: health, material well-being, quality of life in retirement, and finances. (INN) “Even to your old age I am He; and even to gray hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” Isa 46:4

(Source: jnnnews.com)

The Horror! Zionist Spy Peppers Infiltrate Lebanon!

Israeli produce discovered in south Lebanon shop

While shopping at Spinneys in the coastal city of Sidon, a man, who preferred to remain anonymous, discovered a bag of three kinds of peppers made in Israel. Members of military intelligence and police arrived to Spinneys to discover 13 similar bags that have the word “Israel” printed on the sale tag.

Two Rockets Fired at Israel from Lebanon

Two rockets were fired from southern Lebanon towards the Israeli border on Wednesday evening, a Lebanese security official told AFP.

"Two rockets were fired, one fell in what was clearly Lebanese territory, the other went towards Israel," the official said on condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately clear where the second rocket fell.

On Monday, two Katyusha missiles aimed at Israel were discovered in southern Lebanon’s Mazra’at Halta, near the Kfat Shuba Hills, approximately four kilometers (2.5 miles) away from the Lebanon-Israel border.

A Lebanese military official said that the rockets, which were successfully dismantled by the Lebanese army, had been fully equipped with timers and were ready to be fired at the Jewish state.

The official said that terrorists based in Lebanon launch rockets at Israel “every time there is an aggression against Gaza.”

Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah pledged on Monday the Lebanese Shiite group’s support for Hamas terrorists in Gaza in light of Operation Pillar of Defense, insisting it was unaffected by differences over the conflict in Syria.

"Some are saying that Israel is punishing Hamas for they think it was abandoned by Iran, Syria and Hizbullah," Nasrallah said in a speech to supporters in Beirut.

"Iran, Syria and Hizbullah will not give up on the people of Gaza and its resistance, and this is our religious and moral and humanitarian obligation," he said.  

News of the rocket launchings first emerged after it had been announced that Israel and Hamas had agreed upon a cease-fire agreement to end the most recent wave of violence.

Chief of Staff: War will Knock Lebanon Back by Decades

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz voiced hope in an interview published Thursday that Iranian leaders will decide to scrap their nuclear arms program of their own accord. He also said that the next war with Lebanon will knock the country back “by decades.”

"We are more prepared than in the past, we are better than we were in the past, and we will do whatever the political echelon decides after this dialog [with Iran] is over," he said. "A nuclear Iran is not a question of ability, but rather one of decision. This is a global problem. Ultimately, the one who will decide to relinquish the nuclear program is Iran," the Chief of the Staff said in an interview to Halochem magazine, which is published by the IDF Disabled Veterans Organization.

"Iran is a great nation with tens of millions of residents, universities, economic and scientific capabilities; we can’t take that away from them. I think that is a very rich culture that must decide, ultimately, that this is not the way,” he added. “I think that ultimately, it will make the decision. The Iranian leadership will decide that the price of sticking with its [nuclear] program is more than it is willing to pay.”

Lt. Gen. Gantz also discussed the northern border and called the situation in Syria “acute,” stating that “the central government is fading, losing power… It is difficult to paint a picture of how the Syria of the future will look. We are closely tracking developments and are prepared for any possible aggression from that direction.”

Additionally, Gantz addressed the possibility of chemical weapons falling into the hands of the Hizbullah terror organization. “The danger of a loss of control [over the weapons] is great, but I would stay level-headed regarding this matter,” he said, also warning of the risk of getting pulled into a complex conflict.

The Chief of Staff warned Hizbullah against trying to attack Israeli targets. “Today, the IDF is massively more prepared than in the past to carry out a large-scale, multi-dimensional offensive against Hizbullah,” he said. “I would not recommend that it try our power. That would hurt it to the point that it would understand with whom it is playing with and with what it is gambling.”

He added, “If I needed to choose to be an Israeli citizen or a resident of Lebanon, I would quickly choose to be an Israeli citizen, who will receive not only justice in war but also good protection. Lebanon would be knocked back by decades after the next war; I really would not try us.”

Regarding recent developments in Egypt, the Chief of Staff explained, “That is a state with which we have a peace agreement, and most of the activity that the Egyptians carry out in Sinai, they do with [our] consent. I would not rush to eulogize our peace agreement or to give up on it. It is a strategic asset to both countries.”

With regard to the Hamas terror organization’s control of Gaza, Lt. Gen. Gantz did not rule out the possibility of an offensive to stop the persistent rocket attacks on southern Israel. “I think there will be another offensive campaign in Gaza,” he said. “The State of Israel decided to disengage from Gaza and not to stay there, but that does not mean that we don’t need to go back to visit – if and when there is a need.”

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