Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Israel Report

Moriel Ministries

Shalom in Christ Jesus,

In the past few days everything has started to make a little more sense concerning the war in Iraq, Terrorism and the impending attack on Israel by Syria.The whole world is in control of the evil one and he is the master conspirator against God and His people. From my vantage point here in America I can only conclude that we are witnessing massive collusion between governments, media and commerce in an attempt to delude the masses. However, they are just as deluded themselves.Here in the United States if you did not have access to foreign journalism or a few various Internet news sources you would have no idea that massive war is on the brink in the Middle East, that Syria and Israel openly talk about "when" not "if", that Turkey has over one hundred thousand troops massed on their southern border with Iraq (something that has been developing for months), and that so many developments happen daily that it can make your head spin.Here in the United States people are either overwhelmed with a constant barrage of non-stop natural disasters that crisscross the country or they are caught up in the endless tabloid coverage of the latest scandals or violence and murder. America has become a cesspool of violence and evil that has become a spectator sport. Along with a myriad of causes for every special interest imaginable there is the growing spiritual blindness spearheaded by a return to mysticism. Whatever the case, the majority of Americans (including professing Christians) are blind to what is really transpiring around them.This week we are witnessing diaprax at it's finest: Suddenly (like clockwork) the reports come that the Iraqi government has failed, the New York Times demands for a withdraw of troops, Hillary Clinton starts calling the Iraq war a "Civil War" in her campaign speeches, Republican Senators demand a troop withdraw and the military reports it cannot meet it's recruit goals. On the other side Chertoff has his "gut feeling", Bush refuses to back down and more bad quality videos pop up from somewhere in the mountains of the Afghan-Pakistan border.As I prayed today it occurred to me that we couldn't trust anything we see. It has come to a point where anyone can inject propaganda into real events to create distortions, distractions and deceptions so the only thing we can trust is the Word of God. Like a pilot flying in dense fog we must trust only our instrument panel and not our senses. That instrument panel is the Word of God.BE/\LERT!Psalms 122:6aPray for the peace of JerusalemIsaiah 17:1 The oracle concerning Damascus. "Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.Zechariah 12:9 "And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.Jeremiah 5:10-13"Go up through her vine rows and destroy, But do not execute a complete destruction; Strip away her branches, For they are not the LORD'S."For the house of Israel and the house of Judah Have dealt very treacherously with Me," declares the LORD.They have lied about the LORD And said, "Not He; Misfortune will not come on us, And we will not see sword or famine."The prophets are as wind, And the word is not in them. Thus it will be done to them!"1 Corinthians 16:13-14Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

1) In the Middle East, America's Exit from Iraq Attracts Less Interest than Gathering War Clouds DEBKAfile Exclusive Military AnalysisDEBKAFILE - July 9, 2007Since April 2007, George W. Bush has had on his desk an exit plan from Iraq, built around the phased pull-back by early 2008 of a little more than half of the 170,000 or so troops there at present. Around 50- 70,000 soldiers are to be redeployed to large strategic fortified enclaves in the south and the north as a semi- permanent US presence. They will be backed by four naval and aerial strike groups in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea and a chain of giant air bases, some expanded, others built from scratch, in Oman, Qatar and Jordan.The military sources of DEBKAfile and DEBKA-Net- Weekly have been tracking the evolution of this White House master plan since April 27.Building up in Persian Gulf waters as a key element of this post-withdrawal military plan are three American carriers and their strike groups. The USS Enterprise CVN 65 Big E Strike Group departed for the region Monday, July 8, to join the USS Stennis and USS Nimitz carriers which are already there.A clue to the coming American deployment can be seen in the Basra Province of southern Iraq where British troops have shut themselves away in a well- fortified compound south of the oil city. It is blasted daily by mortars and other heavy weapons. From time to time, British commando patrols emerge to hit enemy assault concentrations. In short, even after the Americans quit Iraq, the Iraq War will continue - with one difference: it will no longer rage in the main cities such as Baghdad, but in wide open spaces.It is already apparent that the US army's main enemy, certainly in the initial phase after withdrawal, will be al Qaeda, as it is today.From the end of 2005, Iraq watchers realized there was no way of preventing Iraq fragmenting into sectarian or ethnic segments: an independent Kurdish state in the north and one, or even two, independent Shiite entities south of Baghdad. The Americans campaign today focuses mainly on rooting the jihadist terrorists out of Baghdad, Baqouba, Ramadi and Falluja in order to determine the identity and character of the third segment, an independent Sunni Muslim enclave in central Iraq.This task cannot be finished within the timeframe dictated by political realities in America. There is no way therefore of saying for certain which Sunnis will rule that part of the country - indigenous Iraqi Arabs or al Qaeda, or even, by remote control through a surge of cash, Saudi Arabia. Therefore, the outcome of the current US-al Qaeda showdown in Iraq will bear long- term consequences for American positions in the Persian Gulf, especially in relation to Iran.DEBKAfile's Washington sources report that on three points the Bush administration has not yet made final decisions:1. Whether to launch a military operation to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities and cripple its strategic- economic infrastructure.2. How to respond if Iran decides on a pre-emptive attack on US Middle East interests by fomenting local assaults against Israel by Syria, Hizballah and Hamas and a civil war in Lebanon. Some Middle East military and intelligence sources say this decision is already in the bag in Tehran. Will President Bush seek to avert these flare-ups of violence? Or use them as the starting shot for his military strike against Iran? 3. The timeline for beginning the US military pullout from Iraq, the third decision in abeyance, hinges heavily on the White House's actions regarding the first two. The optional exit dates for now are September 2000 or January-March 2008. The latter is seen as the more realistic by American commanders and soldiers serving in Iraq.Amid the furious political controversy over the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war, most Americans find it hard to imagine the US army capable of even contemplating taking on another conflict with Iran. It is seen by many as a nightmare scenario. But Tehran sees nothing far-fetched about it. Quite the reverse, Iranians are all but certain an US attack is inevitable this summer or, at latest, in the fall.They note that the President Bush has never taken the military option off the table for dealing with Iran's strongly suspected nuclear weapons program. The overriding importance of removing this threat is not in dispute between Bush and Democratic Party leaders.The Middle East is therefore on the move, in readiness for the worst:- Monday, July 9, Damascus called on Syrian civilians to depart Lebanon to avoid "an eruption" expected next week.- US defense secretary Robert Gates cancelled a planned four-nation Latin American tour - officially to help complete the Pentagon's "benchmark" report due in September. However, as perceived in Middle East capitals, Gates can see a conflagration building up in the region and decided his place was in Washington. - Israel, Syria and Hizballah have prepared their armies for a war contingency entailing a possible clash on Golan and the Lebanese-Israeli frontier regions.- Iran has imposed gasoline rationing on civilian vehicles. An Iranian official admitted in Tehran two days ago that the country was preparing for an emergency and stocking up on fuel for the military.- The Turkish army has 140,000 troops poised to invade northern Iraq's Kurdistan. Notwithstanding denials in Ankara and Baghdad, Turkish units are operating in northern Iraq against Turkish Kurdish PKK rebels.- The American carrier, the USS Enterprise, is on its way to the Middle East with a powerful strike group.
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2) US Pullout in view: Everything is starting to make sense
Report Says Iraqi Government Hasn't Met Any of Its Benchmarks ASSOCIATED PRESS - July 9, 2007 WASHINGTON - A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reform, speeding up the Bush administration's reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said. One likely result of the report will be a vastly accelerated debate among President Bush's top aides on withdrawing troops and scaling back the U.S. presence in Iraq.The "pivot point" for addressing the matter will no longer be Sept. 15, as initially envisioned, when a full report on Bush's so-called "surge" plan is due, but instead will come this week when the interim mid-July assessment is released, the official said Monday."The facts are not in question," the official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the draft is still under discussion. "The real question is how the White House proceeds with a post-surge strategy in light of the report."The report, required by law, is expected to be delivered to Capitol Hill by Thursday or Friday, as the Senate takes up a $649 billion defense policy bill and votes on a Democratic amendment ordering troop withdrawals to begin in 120 days. - - - -Read Full Report

In White House, Debate Is Rising on Iraq Pullback NEW YORK TIMES - By DAVID E. SANGER - July 9, 2007White House officials fear that the last pillars of political support among Senate Republicans for President Bush's Iraq strategy are collapsing around them, according to several administration officials and outsiders they are consulting. They say that inside the administration, debate is intensifying over whether Mr. Bush should try to prevent more defections by announcing his intention to begin a gradual withdrawal of American troops from the high-casualty neighborhoods of Baghdad and other cities.Mr. Bush and his aides once thought they could wait to begin those discussions until after Sept. 15, when the top field commander and the new American ambassador to Baghdad are scheduled to report on the effectiveness of the troop increase that the president announced in January. But suddenly, some of Mr. Bush's aides acknowledge, it appears that forces are combining against him just as the Senate prepares this week to begin what promises to be a contentious debate on the war's future and financing.Four more Republican senators have recently declared that they can no longer support Mr. Bush's strategy, including senior lawmakers who until now had expressed their doubts only privately. As a result, some aides are now telling Mr. Bush that if he wants to forestall more defections, it would be wiser to announce plans for a far more narrowly defined mission for American troops that would allow for a staged pullback, a strategy that he rejected in December as a prescription for defeat when it was proposed by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group."When you count up the votes that we've lost and the votes we're likely to lose over the next few weeks, it looks pretty grim," said one senior official, who, like others involved in the discussions, would not speak on the record about internal White House deliberations.That conclusion was echoed in interviews over the past few days by administration officials in the Pentagon, State Department and White House, as well as by outsiders who have been consulted about what the administration should do next. "Sept. 15 now looks like an end point for the debate, not a starting point," the official said. "Lots of people are concluding that the president has got to get out ahead of this train."In a sign of the concern, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates canceled plans for a four-nation tour of Latin America this week and will stay home to attend meetings on Iraq, the Pentagon announced yesterday. - - - -Read Full Report

Iraqi leaders warn of catastrophe if US goes AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE - July 9, 2007Spooked by a sudden increase in calls in Washington for a rapid withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Iraqi leaders on Monday scrambled to warn of catastrophe if their forces are left alone. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari led the charge, warning US lawmakers that their calls for a timetable for the departure of the 155,000 American troops could lead to the collapse of the Iraqi state and to yet more bloodshed. "We held discussions with congressional delegations and explained to them the dangers of a rapid withdrawal, which would leave a security vacuum. It might lead to civil war, partition, collapse or a regional war," he said. "There are some people who disagree with this assessment, but it's the responsibility of the United States and other countries to stand with the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people," he insisted. While leaders from the Iraq's rival Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish camps disagree bitterly about many of the issues fuelling the conflict, most are clear on one thing: The Iraqi security forces are not ready to fight on alone. - - -On Monday, the New York Times reported that this pressure has triggered talk in the White House that Bush might pre-empt a legislative ambush by announcing plans to move US troops from the battlefield into training roles.Read Full Report

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: Tens of thousands of US troops would remain in Iraq after withdrawal DEBKAFILE - July 10, 2007The Democratic Senator amplified: "A growing number of Republicans are now speaking about the failed strategy in Iraq, and that's good." But even while calling on President Bush to pull most troops out of Iraq by next April, "many troops" must remain to "do counterterrorism, to protect our assets in Iraq, to train Iraqis. There's estimates that would still leave tens of thousands of troops in Iraq."See More Here

Israel will pay the price for war in Iraq, former CIA official says YEDIOTH AHRONOTH (YnetNews) - By Yitzhak Benhorin - June 8, 2007"If al-Qaeda and Iran are the big winners of the war in Iraq, Israel is the strategic loser," former CIA official Bruce Riedel said in an exclusive interview with Ynet."In one sense, Israel may be better off in that Iraq, one of the strongest and most powerful Arab nations, may not exist. But the manner in which this has happened is not to Israel's advantage," Riedel said. "To see the United States bogged down in a costly war, to see its credibility undermined in the region, and then to see it having to find a way out of that quagmire - is not in Israel's national interest. According to Riedel, an intelligence expert and former advisor to NATO, Jordan and Kuwait are "probably the most vulnerable to the ripple effect of the civil war in Iraq". - - -"It will be much more difficult to convince the American people of the wisdom of another military adventure in the Middle East after Iraq. Yes, a lot of American politicians are now saying 'we will not let Iran have nuclear weapons', but it is very hard for me to believe that this Congress would authorize a military operation against Iran in the near future barring a clear provocation by the Iranians." - - - -Read Full Report

Iraq deployment linked to oil: Nelson ABC NEWS [Australia] - July 5, 2007Defence Minister Brendan Nelson says securing the world's oil supply is one of the Federal Government's considerations as it decides how long to keep troops in Iraq.The statement has prompted Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd to accuse Prime Minister John Howard of "making it up as he goes along" on Iraq. - - - - - - Dr Nelson confirmed the Government viewed Australia's involvement in Iraq as partially driven by the need to secure oil supplies, although he said the main reason was to ensure that the humanitarian crisis did not worsen. - - - -Read Full Report

U.S. Envoy Offers Grim Prediction on Iraq Pullout NEW YORK TIMES - John F. Burns and Alissa J. Rubin - July 10, 2007BAGHDAD, July 9 - As the Senate prepares to begin a new debate this week on proposals for a withdrawal from Iraq, the United States ambassador and the Iraqi foreign minister are warning that the departure of American troops could lead to sharply increased violence, the deaths of thousands and a regional conflict that could draw in Iraq's neighbors. - - - - - - Ryan C. Crocker, the ambassador, laid out a grim forecast of what could happen if the policy debate in Washington led to a significant pullback or even withdrawal of American forces, perhaps to bases outside the major cities."You can't build a whole policy on a fear of a negative, but, boy, you've really got to account for it," Mr. Crocker said Saturday in an interview at his office in Saddam Hussein's old Republican Palace - - - -Read Full Report

US Army Misses Its June Goal for New Recruits NEW YORK TIMES - By David S. Cloud - July 10, 2007WASHINGTON, July 9 - The Army missed its recruiting goals in June for the second straight month, as rising casualties in Iraq and a strong economy at home kept the service from enlisting enough new soldiers, Pentagon officials said.The Army fell more than 1,000 active duty recruits short of its June goal of 8,400, said a Pentagon official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the figures had not yet been formally released. Lt. Col. Dan Baggio, an Army spokesman, declined to confirm the numbers, which are due to be made public on Tuesday, but he acknowledged that there had been a shortfall. - - - -Read Full Report

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3) 'Mideast war this summer'
Syrian official threatens 'resistance' by September, warns Damascus preparing for large-scale conflictWORLDNETDAILY - By Aaron Klein - July 8, 2007GOLAN HEIGHTS - If Israel doesn't vacate the strategic Golan Heights before September, Syrian guerrillas will immediately launch "resistance operations" against the Golan's Jewish communities, a top official from Syrian President Bashar Assad's Baath party told WND. The Baath official, who spoke on condition his name be withheld, said Damascus is preparing for anticipated Israeli retaliation following Syrian guerrilla attacks and for a larger war with the Jewish state in August or September. He said in the opening salvo of any conflict, Syria has the capabilities of firing "hundreds" of missiles at Tel Aviv. "Syria passed repeated messages to the U.S. that we demand the return of the Golan either through negotiations or through war. If the Golan is not in our hands by August or September, we will be poised to launch resistance, including raids and attacks against Jewish positions (in the Golan Heights)," the Baath official said. - - -Israeli security officials confirmed the stepped-up military presence of Syrian troops deployed along the Syrian side of the Golan Heights with strengthened forces after carrying out increased training the last few months. The security officials noted the movement of Syrian Scud missiles near the border with Israel and said Syria recently increased production of rockets and acquired missiles capable of hitting central Israeli population centers. The Syrian army has improved its fortifications, according to the Israeli security officials, and has received modern, Russian-made anti-tank missiles similar to the missiles that devastated Israeli tanks during the last Lebanon war, causing the highest number of Israeli troop casualties during the 34-days of military confrontations. Syria also received from Russia advanced anti-aircraft missiles. The security officials said any conflict with Syria could degenerate into a larger war involving Hezbollah along Israel's northern border and Palestinian terror groups launching attacks from Gaza in the south and the West Bank toward the center of Israel. - - - -
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4) Israel braces for July war with up to five enemies
WORLD TRIBUNE (East West Services) - June 25, 2007JERUSALEM - Israel is preparing for an imminent war with Iran, Syria and/or their non-state clients.Israeli military intelligence has projected that a major attack could come from any of five adversaries in the Middle East. Officials said such a strike could spark a war as early as July 2007. - - -Officials said Iran has direct influence over Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas. He said Al Qaida has increasingly come under Iranian influence and was being used by Iran and Syria in such countries as Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. - - - -
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5) Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise departs Norfolk for 6-month Mediterranean-Persian Gulf tour- a deployment DEBKA-Net-Weekly 300 first revealed exclusively on June 1DEBKAFILE - July 8, 2007Four warships in the carrier's strike group depart Norfolk Naval station Monday, July 9: the guided missile destroyers Arleigh Burke, Stout, James E .Williams and Forrest Sherman, as well as three more ships - with 7,500 sailors in all aboard. DEBKAfile's military sources reported June 29 that the Enterprise CVN 65-Big E Strike Group will join the USS Stennis and USS Nimitz carriers, building up the largest sea, air, marine concentration the US has ever deployed opposite Iran.
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6) DEBKAfile reports Syria calls on citizens to leave Lebanon ahead of a military "eruption" expected next week Damascus is also moving home Syrian students at Lebanese universities due to "unstable conditions."DEBKAFILE - July 9, 2007Our Washington sources connect the cancellation of defense secretary Robert M. Gates four-tour national Latin American tour this week, among other things, to the deteriorating security situation in the Middle East and Gulf.Sunday, DEBKAfile disclosed that Iran, Syria Hizballah feared stoking major conflagration in Lebanon to forestall Security Council reprimand on July 16. Saudi and Lebanese intelligence report sighting hectic preparations by Iran, Syria and the Hizballah to foment major trouble in Lebanon up to and after mid-July. They intend the eruption to throw off track the July 16 UN Security Council session called to castigate their non-implementation of its Resolution 1701, especially their defiance of the clauses banning the continued arms smuggling to Hizballah from Iran and Syria. Our Washington sources report that ahead of the session, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appealed to a number of European and Asian governments for contingents to bolster the UN force patrolling South Lebanon. None refused outright, only explaining they were short of military manpower. This would also apply to the United States.DEBKAfile's intelligence sources expect the ructions already gripping Lebanon to escalate from mid-July and climax in the first week of September, when the pro-Syrian president Emil Lahoud ends his tenure. Damascus, Tehran and Hizballah are aiming to bring down the pro-Western Fouad Siniora's government in Beirut or at least shrink its jurisdiction to a number of neighborhoods in the capital similar to Nouri al Maliki's administration in Baghdad.Word has reached Riyadh from Damascus indicating that president Bashar Assad plans to use the showdown in Lebanon to ignite war clashes in all of Lebanon and against Israel on two fronts, the Golan and the Gaza Strip.
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7) Lebanon 'to erupt in 1 week'
YEDIOTH AHRONOTH (YnetNews) - By Yaakov Lappin - July 9, 2007Syria has called on its citizens to leave Lebanon ahead of an expected "eruption" in that country, Arab and Iranian press reports have said. The media reports were translated and made available by MEMRI in a special dispatch on Sunday. "In the past few days, Arab and Iranian media reports have pointed to the possibility that Lebanon's current political crisis may become a violent conflict after July 15, 2007," the MEMRI dispatch said. July 15 comes one day before a special UN Security Council meeting which is expected to discuss the possibility of stationing international experts on the Syria-Lebanon border, in order monitor the ongoing illegal cross border arms traffic to Hizbullah, thought to be originating from Iran and Syria. - - - -
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8) Jumblatt: Syria trying to destabilize Lebanon
Says Damascus flooding country with nationals, reports of workers fleeing 'unfounded'WORLDNETDAILY - By Aaron Klein - July 9, 2007Widespread media reports of Syria warning its nationals to flee Lebanon ahead of a major outbreak of violence and civil war there are "unfounded," contended Lebanon's Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt in an interview today with WND. Jumblatt insisted instead of evacuating its citizens, Syria has been sending "thousands of so-called workers and tourists per day," possibly ahead of an attempt to destabilize the country. "There is no evacuation of Syrian workers. Instead, thousands are coming a day, including so-called tourists. I am worried, because our working sector is paralyzed, our economy is down, we have no tourism and yet you have this strange influx of many Syrians and also many Iraqis into Lebanon," said Jumblatt." "I am not dismissing that Syria will start major trouble for us to delay the tribunal," said Jumblatt, referring to a special tribunal set up by the U.N. Security Council to try any indicted suspects in the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafiq Hariri in a car bombing in 2005.Syria was widely blamed for the Hariri assassination.Also, the U.N. is set later this week to debate deploying international monitors or forces to the Syria- Lebanese to stem the reported flow of large quantities of weapons to Hezbollah. A deployment along its borders is strongly contested by Syria. - - - -
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9) Syria quietly opens Damascus road to Quneitra, tying up last tactical ends of plan for cross-border terrorist campaign in Golan DEBKAFILE - July 5, 2007On July 4, Radio Damascus' political commentator said the large-scale Israeli military exercise which ended that night on Golan means Israel is about to go to war against Syria. However, a week before the Israeli maneuver, DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources discovered that Syria had on June 26 quietly opened the Damascus-Golan road to Quneitra to civilian traffic for the first time in 40 years.
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10) Syria preparing for communications cutoff
Key officials given backup contacts as Damascus mobilizes for warWORLDNETDAILY - By Aaron Klein - July 10, 2007JERUSALEM - The Syrian government, preparing for a war with the Jewish state, has given its officials and top contacts alternative phone numbers to key government ministries in case the Damascus phone system is knocked out during an Israeli aerial bombardment, WND has learned. An official from Syrian President Bashar Assad's Baath party, speaking to WND from Damascus on condition of anonymity, said the Syrian government distributed the alternative phone numbers earlier this month to ensure continued communication in what he said was the "likely" event of war. He said Syria was worried that in the opening salvo of a possible confrontation with the Jewish state, the Israeli air force would bombard installations in Damascus, including telephone lines.Yesterday, WND quoted a top Baath official warning if Israel doesn't vacate the strategic Golan Heights by August-September, Syrian guerrillas will immediately launch "resistance operations" against the Golan's Jewish communities. The Baath official said Damascus is preparing for anticipated Israeli retaliation following Syrian guerrilla attacks and for a larger war with the Jewish state in August or September. He said in the opening salvo of any conflict, Syria has the capabilities of firing "hundreds" of missiles at Tel Aviv. - - - The Baath official said a new purported guerrilla group called the Committees for the Liberation of the Golan Heights has been training and is ready to attacks against Jewish communities in the Golan in August or September. He said Syria is preparing for a war. "More and more of our units have undergone intensive trainings starting at 6 a.m. and finishing late into the evening. If the need arises, we are ready for a war," said the official. The official said Syria "learned from the Hezbollah experience last summer and we can have hundreds of missiles hitting Tel Aviv that will overwhelm Israel's anti-missile batteries." He claimed Syria has "proof" Israel is also readying for a war. - - - -AlsoRussian fighter planes sale to Syria alarms Israel AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE - June 19, 2007Israel is concerned about reported Russian deliveries of advanced MiG-31 fighter planes to its enemy Syria as part of an armaments drive, the top-selling Hebrew daily reported on Tuesday. The MiG-31, considered one of the best fighters in the world, can carry guided missiles with a range of more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) and is capable of striking 24 different targets simultaneously, Yediot Aharonot said. "This information is more concerning when put in the context of massive armaments purchases made recently by the Syrians," Yuval Steinitz, an MP from Israel's right-wing opposition Likud party, was quoted as telling the daily. - - - A Russian newspaper reported on Tuesday that Russia has begun delivering five MiG-31E interceptors to Syria as part of an agreement reached this year, and that Moscow also plans to sell Damascus its MiG-29M/M2 dual role fighters. - - - -Read Full Report
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11) Turkey Has Massed 140,000 Soldiers On Iraq Border
Iraqi FM: Turkey Massing 140,000 TroopsASSOCIATED PRESS - By Bushra Juhi - July 9, 2007BAGHDAD - Turkey has massed 140,000 soldiers on its border with northern Iraq, Iraq's foreign minister said Monday, calling the neighboring country's fears of Kurdish rebels based there "legitimate" but better resolved through negotiation. In Washington, a Pentagon official disputed the claim by Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd from northern Iraq, and said satellite photos indicated no such troop buildup. It was unclear where Zebari got the figures. If accurate, Turkey would have nearly as many soldiers along its border with Iraq as the 155,000 troops which the U.S. has in the country. - - - -
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12) Turkish govt., military agree on plan to invade Iraq
TEHRAN TIMES - July 8, 2007ANKARA ( - Turkey's government and military have agreed on detailed plans for a cross- border operation against Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq, the foreign minister said Friday.Abdullah Gul urged the United States and Iraq, which oppose a Turkish military move into Iraq, to crack down on rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. But he said Turkey was ready to stage an offensive if necessary."We have decided how to act, everything is clear," Gul told private NTV television. "We know what to do and when to do it," he said without providing details. - - - -
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13) Tony Blair will be moving to Jerusalem to become the Quartet's special peace envoy to the Middle East Quartet picks Blair as peace envoyJTA/GLOBAL JEWISH NEWS & ANALYSIS - June 26, 2007A statement released Wednesday by U.N. headquarters in New York confirmed Blair's appointment, which was reportedly agreed upon yesterday in Jerusalem at a meeting of the Quartet, the diplomatic grouping made up of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations. As envoy, Blair is charged with mobilizing international assistance to the Palestinians, securing support for the institutional governance needs of the future Palestinian state, promoting Palestinian economic development, and coordinating Quartet objectives with other countries. - - - Blair's new post will be based in Jerusalem, with a potential second office in the West Bank, and will be assisted by a team of experts.AlsoDismay in Washington and Jerusalem over Tony Blair's first steps as Middle East Quartet's envoy DEBKAFILE - June 28, 2007Shortly after the former British prime minister stepped into his new job, he assured Russia and the Europeans that he did not mean to adhere to the US- Israeli boycott of Hamas. One of his first tasks would be to establish ties with Hamas representatives in Gaza and Damascus. DEBKAfile's Washington sources report that the British politician conveyed this intention in a telephone conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin Tuesday, June 26. This assurance persuaded Moscow to drop its resistance to naming him envoy. Those sources affirm that Blair's sudden turnaround contradicts the understandings he reached with US president George W. Bush and secretary of state Condoleezza Rice on his leave-taking visit earlier this month. - - -Concern was also voiced in Washington over the new British prime minister Gordon Brown's appointment of David Miliband as foreign secretary.One US official remarked that if Brown, Miliband and Blair and their advisers coordinated Middle East policies, then Washington and Jerusalem had plenty to worry them.Read Full Report
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14) "The road map has failed," say 10 European foreign ministers
DEBKAFILE - July 9, 2007In an open letter to the Quartet's new Middle East envoy Tony Blair, the foreign ministers of France, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Malta, Romania and Slovenia demand an international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and more concessions from Israel.The European ministers say the road map has failed. "The status quo that has prevailed since 2000 is leading to nothing," in a letter published in the French daily Le Monday, and there is a need to "redefine our objectives."Welcoming Arab states' efforts for peace, the foreign ministers said one of their new objectives must be "to obtain from Israel concrete and immediate measures on favor of Mahmoud Abbas."AlsoAbbas Double Deals on Two Tracks - Overtly with West, Covertly with Hamas DEBKAFILE - July 9, 2007DEBKAfile's Iran sources reveal that Fatah and Hamas representatives have launched secret talks to patch up their quarrel. Their first session took place in Stockholm Sunday, July 8, under the guiding hands of the Iranian and Saudi ambassadors.Hamas sent operations chief Imad al Alami from Damascus to face Eugine Makhloof ,the PLO ambassador in Sweden, who is acting on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah. - - - -Read Full Report

Rice calls Hamas 'resistance movement' But unscripted remarks about terror group not published by paperWORLDNETDAILY - By Aaron Klein - June 26, 2007JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice twice referred to Hamas as a "resistance movement" during a meeting with reporters from the New York Daily News earlier this month, but the newspaper did not report her remarks, WND has learned. Rice's interview is transcribed in full on the State Department website. Rice's statements mark the second documented time in recent months she called Hamas a "resistance movement" during unscripted chats with journalists. Hamas is responsible for scores of suicide bombings, shooting attacks and rocket firings. It's classified by the State Department as a terror organization. The group's official charter calls for the murder of Jews and quotes widely from the anti- Semitic creed, the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." - - - -Read Full Report
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15) UN Spanish peacekeepers cut covert protection deal with Hizballah behind backs of UN secretary and UNIFIL commander DEBKAFILE - July 2, 2007DEBKAfile reveals a clandestine approach to Hizballah commanders in Beirut made by officers of the Spanish UN contingent. It was made after the loss of six members in a terrorist attack last Sunday, June 24. The Spanish peacekeepers offered Hizballah intelligence and military collaboration in return for protection and agreed to set up a hot line for their exchanges. - - -DEBKAfile's Israeli military sources say that the Spaniards negotiated their secret arrangement behind the backs of UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon and UNIFIL Lebanon commander Gen. Claudio Graziano. It violates UNIFIL's mandate and has already encouraged other contingents to follow suit, thereby starting the disintegration of the entire UN Resolution 1701 regime for the Lebanon ceasefire.Such undercover deals with Hizballah also bolster its active pro-Syrian and pro-Iranian campaign to destabilize the pro-Western Fouad Siniora government in Beirut. - - -Our intelligence sources reveal that UNIFIL's French and Germany commanders are considering sending similar delegations to Beirut for the same kind of secret fruitful chats with Hizballah leaders. - - - -
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16) BBC reporter's freedom 'really staged for movie'
Palestinian official claims terror group in cahoots with abductors of JohnstonWORLDNETDAILY - By Aaron Klein - July 4, 2007JERUSALEM - Hamas' purported rescue operation today in which kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston was freed from captivity really was a "movie" staged by Hamas to endear itself to the international community and demonstrate it is capable of imposing order in Gaza, a senior Palestinian Authority official charged. "We're watching a movie where the thieves in Gaza fall out and one of them claims to be honest and brave, and the other is the bad guy. This Hamas game fools no one," said Yasser Abed Rabbo, chief aid to PA President and Hamas rival Mahmoud Abbas. Rabbo charged Hamas was in "cahoots" with Johnston's kidnappers, the Gaza-based Army of Islam, which together with Hamas kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit last June. Johnston was held in Gaza for nearly four months. - - -Johnston was freed after Hamas gunmen closed in around the compound of the Gaza Army of Islam in which Johnston was held. According to Israeli and Palestinian security sources, the exact location in which Johnston was being kept has been known to Hamas, Fatah and Israeli security organizations for at least two months. - - - -
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17) Jordan secretly buying land accessing Temple Mount
Kingdom said to be solidifying control of Judaism's holiest siteWORLDNETDAILY - By Aaron Klein - July 3, 2007JERUSALEM - Jordan has been quietly purchasing real estate surrounding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in the hope of gaining more control over the area accessing the holy site, according to Palestinian and Israeli officials.Israel's Maariv daily newspaper reported a member of the Jordanian royal family has been leading efforts to purchase properties near the Temple Mount - Judaism's holiest site - as part of the kingdom's plan to solidify its already strong presence there. The Maariv story was first reported by WND four months ago in an exclusive report revealing Jordan has used shell companies during the past year to purchase several apartments and shops located at key peripheral sections of the Temple Mount. Israeli and Palestinian officials told WND Jordan also set up a commission to use the shell companies to petition mostly Arab landowners adjacent to eastern sections of the Temple Mount to sell their properties. They said profits from sales at any purchased shops would be reinvested to buy more real estate near the Mount and in eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods.The Jordanian shell companies at times have presented themselves as acting on behalf of the Waqf, the Muslim custodians of the Temple Mount, WND has learned. - - - -
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18) Hamas's plans for Temple Mount foiled
THE JERUSALEM POST - By Yaakov Katz - July 1, 2007Hamas's attempts to take over control of the Temple Mount as well as spread its ideology and recruit new members in Jerusalem have been foiled by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), a senior security official announced Monday.According to officials, Hamas has invested millions of shekels in recent years in Jerusalem charities and religious institutions, as well as in construction on the Temple Mount, in an effort to recruit Israeli Arab residents of Jerusalem into its ranks, thus bolstering its presence in the capital. The official said that Hamas has recently enlarged a library and several prayer halls in Solomon's Stables and also built a public bathroom facility."Their goal is to gain full control over the Temple Mount," a high-ranking security officer said Monday, adding that Hamas also tried to infiltrate members into the Temple Mount as maintenance staff, in addition to its religious leaders who preach, give tours, and teach Koran classes there. The official said Hamas had taken advantage of the Jordanian Wakf, which is responsible for the holy site. The Wakf has been suffering from financial constraints since 2000, when the Temple Mount mosques were closed to visitors. - - - -
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19) Arabs squat on Jewish property by Temple Mount
Strategic complex accesses entrance leading to Jerusalem's Western WallWORLDNETDAILY - By Aaron Klein - June 21, 2007JERUSALEM - Arab squatters are living illegally in a strategic Jewish-owned apartment complex accessing an entrance leading to Jerusalem's Western Wall and Temple Mount, WND has learned. The apartment in question was purchased by a Jewish organization that collects hundreds of millions of dollars in Jewish donor funds for the stated purpose of Jewish settlement. The Jewish National Fund, or JNF, seemingly has done little to boot the Arab squatters from its property and has turned down offers from other Jewish groups to purchase the strategic apartment for Jews to live in. The apartment in question is located just inside Herod's Gate, one of eight gates that access Jerusalem's Old City and the walkways to the Western Wall and Temple Mount. The property is about 3,300 square feet and is considered strategic since it comprises the archway accessing the path in the area to the Temple Mount. - - -Jewish groups speaking to WND said they offered to purchase the key property to allow Jews to move in, but the JNF turned them down. One of the Jewish groups said it was willing to pay a rate "much higher" than the apartment's value and would take on any legal requirements to boot the Arab squatters. - - - The JNF collects donations from Jews purportedly to purchase land and properties for Jewish settlement. The JNF charter, viewable on its website, calls itself the "Jewish People's trustee of the land ... work[ing] to enable Jewish settlement." The JNF office in Jerusalem said it had no comment regarding the Herod's Gate apartment. - - -The report of Arabs illegally inhabiting a strategic JNF- owned apartment follows a series of WND stories detailing hundreds of acres of key properties in Jerusalem purchased by the JNF for Jewish settlement were instead utilized for the illegal construction of dozens of Arab apartment buildings housing thousands and U.N. facilities. - - - -
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20) UN Rights Council: Israel Facing Permanent Indictment
UN WATCH - View From Geneva, Vol. 162 - June 17, 2007- - - Contrary to all the promises of reform issued last year, the proposal released today by Council President Luis Alfonso de Alba targets Israel for permanent indictment under a special agenda item: "Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories ," which includes "Human rights violations and implications of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and other occupied Arab territories"; and "Right to self-determination of the Palestinian people." No other situation in the world is singled out -- not genocide in Sudan, not child slavery in China, nor the persecution of democracy dissidents in Egypt and elsewhere. Moreover, the council's one- sided investigative mandate of "Israeli violations of international law" is the only one without a set term, to be renewed "until the end of the occupation."As the same time, the proposal eliminates the experts charged with reporting on violations by Cuba and Belarus, despite the latest reports of massive violations by both regimes. As for the experts on other countries -- on Burundi, Cambodia, North Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Liberia, Burma, Somalia and Sudan -- all of these may soon be eliminated, as threatened by the council's majority of dictatorships and other Third World countries, under a gradual "review" process. Pending their fate, all experts will be subjected to a new "Code of Conduct," submitted by Algeria in the name of the African group, designed to intimidate and restrict the independence of the human rights experts. - - -The complete package is expected to be adopted by consensus tomorrow-unless the governments of Canada and other Western democracies uphold principle by opposing the entrenchment of bias as a permanent feature of the new council.
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21) World Council of Churches Will Launch Global Initiative To End Israeli 'Occupation' of 'Palestinian and Arab' Lands ASSOCIATED PRESS - June 21, 2007AMMAN, Jordan - A Geneva-based church body said Monday it would launch a global initiative to have churches worldwide rally for an end to Israel's occupation of Arab lands seized in the 1967 Mideast war.The World Council of Churches said in a statement that it designated Jordan as a venue for its initiative, which would enlist support from religious groups worldwide."The initiative aims at calling on all churches to work seriously for putting an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands," the statement said. - - - The council's call came during the opening of a three- day meeting gathering 130 member churches and related organizations from around the world.
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22) Some encouraging news for once!: Church admits unfairness toward Israel
Promises more balanced approach to Mideast in futureWORLDNETDAILY - June 28, 2007Christians For Fair Witness on the Middle East is commending the United Church of Christ's General Synod for adopting a resolution "in support of a renewed and balanced study and response to the conflict between Palestine and Israel." Previously, the church had approved resolutions calling for the tearing down of walls constructed by Israel to protect itself from terrorist attacks coming from the Palestinian Authority territories and for divestment from the Jewish state."This resolution is an acknowledgment that the General Synod's previous divestment and tear-down- the-wall resolutions were not balanced," stated UCC minister and Fair Witness Executive Committee member Rev. Suzanne Wagner. - - - The resolution, which was sent to the denomination's executive council for implementation, acknowledges the UCC "may have overlooked many aspects" of the relationship between Israel and its Arab neighbors. According to Van Zile, "This is an admission that previous UCC resolutions were probably one-sided and unfair when it came to Israel. It directs the UCC to 'establish a Task Force to engage in on going and balanced study,' and assist our church in acquiring a 'deeper understanding of the situation.'" - - - -
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23) Officials worry of summer terror attack: Chertoff has a "gut feeling" about a new period of increased risk ASSOCIATED PRESS - By Katherine Shrader - July 10, 2007Qaida's apparent interest in summertime strikes and increased al-Qaida training in the Afghan-Pakistani border region.On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the editorial board of The Chicago Tribune that he had a "gut feeling" about a new period of increased risk.He based his assessment on earlier patterns of terrorists in Europe and intelligence he would not disclose."Summertime seems to be appealing to them," Chertoff said in his discussion with the newspaper about terrorists. "We worry that they are rebuilding their activities."Other U.S. counterterrorism officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, shared Chertoff's concern and said that al-Qaida and like-minded groups have been able to plot and train more freely in the tribal areas along the Afghan-Pakistani border in recent months. Osama bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman al- Zawahri, are believed to be hiding in the rugged region. - - - -AlsoIraq al-Qaida Group Threatens Iran ASSOCIATED PRESS - By Maamoun Youssef - July 9, 2007CAIRO, Egypt - The leader of an al-Qaida umbrella group in Iraq threatened to wage war against Iran unless it stops supporting Shiites in Iraq within two months, according to an audiotape released Sunday. Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who leads the group Islamic State in Iraq, said his Sunni fighters have been preparing for four years to wage a battle against Shiite- dominated Iran. "We are giving the Persians, and especially the rulers of Iran, a two month period to end all kinds of support for the Iraqi Shiite government and to stop direct and indirect intervention --- otherwise a severe war is waiting for you," he said in the 50-minute audiotape. The tape, which could not be independently verified, was posted on a Web site commonly used by insurgent groups. - - - -Read Full Report

Taliban Spreading, Pakistani President Is Warned NEW YORK TIMES - By Jane Perlez And Ismail Khan - June 30, 2007ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 28 - The Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, was warned this month that Islamic militants and Taliban fighters were rapidly spreading beyond the country's lawless tribal areas and that without "swift and decisive action," the growing militancy could engulf the rest of the country. The warning came in a document from the Interior Ministry, which said Pakistan's security forces in North- West Frontier Province abutting the tribal areas were outgunned and outnumbered and had forfeited authority to the Taliban and their allies. - - - -Read Full Report

al-Qaida: Wage Holy War Against Pakistan ASSOCIATED PRESS - July 11, 2007CAIRO, Egypt - Al-Qaida's deputy leader issued a video Wednesday calling for Pakistanis to wage a holy war against their government in retaliation for the attack by Pakistan's army on the Red Mosque in Islamabad. - - - -Read Full Report
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24) Al Qaeda Cell in the U.S. Or On Its Way, According to New Intel
ABC NEWS [America] > THE BLOTTER Blog - By Brian Ross - July 10, 2007Senior U.S. intelligence officials tell ABC News new intelligence suggests a small al Qaeda cell is on its way to the United States, or may already be here.The White House has convened an urgent multi- agency meeting for Thursday afternoon to deal with the new threat.Top intelligence and law enforcement officials have been told to assemble in the Situation Room to report on: --what steps can be taken to minimize or counter the threat,--and what steps are being taken to harden security for government buildings and personnel."It suggests they have information that the cell or cells coming this direction want to attack a government facility," Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent and ABC News consultant, said. - - - -Also45 Muslim doctors planned US terror raids LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH - By John Steele - July 5, 2007A group of 45 Muslim doctors threatened to use car bombs and rocket grenades in terrorist attacks in the United States during discussions on an extremist internet chat site.Police found details of the discussions on a site run by one of a three-strong "cyber-terrorist" gang.They were discovered at the home of Younis Tsouli, 23, Woolwich Crown Court in south-east London heard.One message read: "We are 45 doctors and we are determined to undertake jihad and take the battle inside America."The first target which will be penetrated by nine brothers is the naval base which gives shelter to the ship Kennedy." This is thought to have been a reference to the USS John F Kennedy, which is often at Mayport Naval Base in Jacksonville, Florida. - - - - Read Full Report
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25) UK in Al Qaeda's sights
In new videotape Al Qaeda's No. 2 issues dire threats against two government heads, UK's Gordon Brown and Lebanon's Fouad Siniora DEBKAFILE - July 10, 2007Ayman Zawahiri's tirade catches Britain in a highly edgy state after three attempted terrorist attacks, and Lebanon in the grip of a Damascus-backed al Qaeda linked offensive ahead of the UN Security Council debate on Lebanon.Addressing the UK, the al Qaeda leader says "a very precise response is in preparation" to the Salman Rushdie knighthood. DEBKAfile: The life of Indian-born author of the Satanic Verses is already under threat from Iran.Turning to British PM Gordon Brown, he says: "The policy of your predecessor has brought tragedy and defeat upon you, not only in Afghanistan and Iraq but also in the center of London. And if you did not understand, listen, we are ready to repeat it for you, with the permission of Allah. We are sure that you have quite understood it." - - - -Read Full Report

Muslims declare sovereignty over U.S., UK Hear Islamic leaders in London: 'Queen Elizabeth, go to hell!'WORLDNETDAILY - By Art Moore - July 9, 2007Across town from the site of the recent attempted car- bomb attacks, several thousand Muslims gathered in front of the London Central Mosque to applaud fiery preachers prophesying the overthrow of the British government - a future vision that encompasses an Islamic takeover of the White House and the rule of the Quran over America. "One day my dear Muslims," shouted Anjem Choudary, "Islam will govern Britain!" Choudary was a co-founder of Al Muhajiroun, the now- banned group tied to suspects in the July 7, 2005, London transport bombings and a cheerleader of the 9/11 attacks. - - - -AUDIORead Full Report

Brown: Don't Say Terrorists Are Muslims DAILY EXPRESS [Express Newspprs/Northern-Shell plc.] (LONDON) - By Macer Hall - July 3, 2007Gordon Brown has banned ministers from using the word "Muslim" in ­connection with the terrorism crisis.The Prime Minister has also instructed his team - including new Home Secretary Jacqui Smith - that the phrase "war on terror" is to be dropped.The shake-up is part of a fresh attempt to improve community relations and avoid offending Muslims, adopting a more "consensual" tone than existed under Tony Blair.However, the change provoked claims last night that ministers are indulging in yet more political correctness.The sudden shift in tone emerged in comments by Mr Brown and Ms Smith in the wake of the failed attacks in London and Glasgow.Mr Brown's spokesman acknowledged yesterday that ministers had been given specific guidelines to avoid inflammatory language. - - - -Read Full Report

Muslim group declares 'Terrorists are the enemies of us all' THE DAILY MAIL [DMGT] (LONDON) - July 3, 2007A leading Muslim organisation today condemned the barbarity of the failed car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow as it called on its faithful to provide "all the necessary support" to prevent terrorism. Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), said it was the "Islamic duty" not only to utterly and totally condemn such actions, but to provide all the support necessary to prevent such atrocities from taking place. - - -"At the very outset we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the police officers and security experts who were tasked with removing the threat from the explosive devices in London and Glasgow. - - - -Read Full Report

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