News Update May 4th 2013
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“And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be-
‘The Lord is one,’ and His name one.” Zech 14:9
REPORT: PENTAGON CAN DESTROY IRAN’S UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR FACILITY: According to press reports Friday, the Pentagon has redesigned its biggest “bunker buster” bomb with more advanced features intended to enable it to destroy Iran’s most heavily fortified and defended nuclear site. Washington officials see development of the weapon as critical to convincing Israel the US has the ability to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb if diplomacy fails, and also that Israel’s military can’t do that on its own. According to diplomats, several times in recent weeks American officials showed Israeli military and civilian leaders a secret Air Force video of an earlier version of the bomb hitting its target in high-altitude testing and explained what had been done to improve it. In the video, the weapon can be seen penetrating the ground within inches of its target, followed by a large underground detonation. The newest version of what is the Pentagon’s largest conventional bomb, has adjusted fuses to maximize its burrowing power, upgraded guidance systems to improve its precision and high-tech equipment intended to allow it to evade Iranian air defenses in order to reach and destroy the Fordow nuclear enrichment complex, which is buried under a mountain near the Iranian city of Qom. “Hopefully we never have to use it,” said a senior US official familiar with the development of the new version. “But if we had to, it would work.” (INN) “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.” Pr 21:31
HAGEL TO ISRAEL: MILITARY OPTION WILL BE CONSIDERED AFTER IRANIAN ELECTIONS: US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reportedly told his Israeli counterparts the Obama administration would examine military options against Iran more closely following the Islamic Republic’s upcoming elections, and their possible ramifications on the country’s nuclear program. According to media sources, Friday, Hagel, together with other senior American officials, reached an understanding with Jerusalem during the defense secretary’s recent visit to Israel. Apparently, the two countries will conduct a joint situation assessment following the elections, and if diplomatic channels are ruled out, efforts will be shifted to a more detailed discussion of military options. Iran’s presidential elections are scheduled to be held in June 2013. (Ha’aretz)
ABBAS’ PARTY PRAISES TERRORIST MURDERER: The Palestinian Authority and its various state media and political parties have often praised terrorists who murder Israelis, but this week incitement hit a new level. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party praised a terrorist just hours after he murdered an Israeli father of five. Fatah posted a picture of the killer, Salam al-Zaghal, alongside victim Evyatar Borovsky on its Facebook page. The killer’s picture was captioned, “Salam Al-Zaghal who stabbed the settler at the Al-Za’atara checkpoint is a released prisoner who sat in the occupation’s prisons for 4 years.” The victim’s picture was captioned, “A picture of the settler who was killed today at the Al-Za’atara military checkpoint by the hero, the released prisoner, Salam As’ad Al-Zaghal from Tulkarem.” Abbas has repeatedly called to free all terrorists in Israeli prisons, who he refers to simply as “prisoners.” In a recent meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, he said releasing terrorists is a “top priority” for the PA and a precondition for future peace discussions with Israel. (PMW) Pray all talk, pressures from abroad, and considerations to release further PA terrorists from Israel’s jails will be silenced. It is beyond the absurd for any nation or politician to suggest freeing Islamist murderers will further peace. If common sense does not dictate the outcome of so called “good will gestures,” repeated acts of murder and violence - and the glorification of those who commit them - do.
TERRORIST’S FAMILY: ‘WE’RE PROUD OF HIM’: The relatives of Salam al-Zaghal, the terrorist who murdered a young Israeli father-of-five in Samaria on Tuesday, say they are proud of him. “This was his destiny, and we are proud,” his father told Israel’s Channel 10 news. “He did his duty toward the Palestinians who live under the aggression of the army and settlers,” he added. On Tuesday, just hours after the killing, PA Chairman Abbas’ Fatah party published a statement terming Al-Zaghal a “hero.” Israel’s MK Ophir Akunis later insisted the Palestinian Authority condemn the attack, and warned that its failure to do so was a “clear statement of intent.” (Arutz-7)
BEREAVED FATHER: RELEASE TERRORISTS AND YOU’LL GET ATTACKS: The terror attack which occurred at the Tapuach Junction this week is a direct result of Israel releasing terrorists from its prisons, bereaved father Ron Kehrmann said on Wednesday. Kehrmann lost his daughter Tal in a 2003 suicide bombing attack on a public bus in Haifa. He spoke to reporters on Wednesday, a day after attending the funeral of Evyatar Borovsky who was killed in Tuesday’s terror assault. Kehrmann said it is horrifying to think there is always talk about making “gestures” to the Palestinian Authority by releasing terrorist prisoners. “It makes my blood boil every time I hear the calls to release terrorists. Everyone knows very well that this murderer will be released and it is only a matter of time. And again they talk about gestures to the Palestinian Authority. It drives me crazy. I have been fighting this phenomenon for several years and it makes me angry every time.” (INN)
STUDY: 40% OF PALESTINIANS HOLD SUICIDE ATTACKS ARE JUSTIFIED: Four out of ten Muslims in the Palestinian-controlled territories are of the opinion that suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified. This shocking revelation was part of a study by the Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. For the representative study nearly 1,000 adult Palestinians were surveyed. Worldwide, the study was conducted in 39 Muslim countries. Nowhere were suicide bombers so accepted as among the Palestinians. (Israel Today)
HIZBULLAH TERRORIST GROUP PUSHES AGGRESSIVE STANCES ON BORDERS: UNIFIL forces in Lebanon reported this week that Hizbullah has seized strategic positions along the border with Israel. The Lebanese Daily Star reported the county’s military forces have, after repeated clashes with Nasrallah’s terrorists, abandoned their border posts to Hizbullah operatives who have set up roadblocks and surveillance observation points facing the border with Israel. The absence of Lebanese soldiers as interlocutors, in turn, leaves UNIFIL patrols more vulnerable to intimidation by Hizbullah terrorists. Meanwhile, in a televised speech earlier this week, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah indicated his armed group would increase intervention in Syria on behalf of President Bashar Assad’s loyalists if deemed necessary. Nasrallah said the Syrian rebels would not succeed in toppling the government, adding that Assad’s forces had “real friends in the region who will not allow Syria to fall into the hands of America or Israel.” (J.Post/INN) Continue to pray for the safety of Israel’s northern borders.
HAGEL: US RETHINKING ITS OPPOSITION TO ARMING SYRIAN REBELS: The United States is rethinking its opposition to arming the Syrian rebels, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday, as pressure builds for a US response to Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons in its civil war. Hagel stressed that no immediate decision by US President Obama had been made. US military commanders have voiced concerns weapons could fall into the hands of anti-American Islamic extremists and that arming opposition groups may do little to end the conflict. Still, Hagel’s public admission at a Pentagon news conference, was the clearest signal yet that Obama is moving toward some action after citing preliminary US intelligence that Assad’s forces likely used chemical weapons, specifically sarin gas. In the latest Syrian tragedy on Friday, Assad’s regime was accused of committing a large-scale massacre of up to 100 men, women and children with guns, knives and blunt objects. The killings were targeted at the village of Bayda near the Mediterranean coast which is inhabited primarily by Sunnis, who dominate the country’s rebel movement. (J.Post) The political turbulence in Syria is a no-win situation for the country’s civilians including its Christian minority. Syrian opposition forces increasingly match the Assad regime’s disdain for the lives and liberty of the Syrian people, especially Christians and other non-Sunnis, who constitute about 25% of Syria’s population. Anti-Assad leaders have also made it clear that in the event of their successful takeover in Syria nothing will change regarding national hatred of the Jewish state. They will continue to deem Israel as their number one enemy. Pray for sound, responsible leadership to emerge from Syria’s chaotic upheaval. Pray Western nations will be careful to examine the intentions, goals and roots of hatred towards Israel and the West before pouring financial and military support into rebel forces. Pray that somehow all peoples caught up in the Syrian catastrophe will be shielded from the monstrous use of chemical weapons.
REPUBLICAN WOMEN: ‘WAKE UP TO THE DANGERS OF RADICAL ISLAM’: A Republican women’s group in New York held a conference this week on the dangers of radical Islam. The conference was titled, “Radical Islam, Public Enemy Number One – is it Fact or Myth?” Reporters covering the conference spoke to Ann Schockett, president of the Nassau County Federation of Republican Women. One of the speakers at the conference was Greg Buckley Sr., whose son, a US soldier, was murdered by an Afghan police officer in Afghanistan. Another was Pamela Geller, an author and political activist known for her vocal criticism of radical Islam. Schockett paraphrased Geller’s message, “Wake up, America! Wake up and see what’s happening. It’s good to be a humanitarian, but that doesn’t mean you should be blind,” she added. The issue of radical Islam is relevant to Israel, she noted, but is also relevant to “what’s happening now on our shores.” (INN)