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Israeli proposal: Make Jordan the official Palestinian homeland

Christian Science Monitor 2009/6/1

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and senior members of his cabinet have pushed back hard against a renewed US demand to end settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories. Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Sunday that it amounted to "expulsion." But 53 Israeli parliamentarians have moved to explore another kind of expulsion: Under a proposal to be reviewed this week, Jordan would become the official homeland for Palestinians now living in the West Bank. ...Nearly half of the Knesset's 120 members moved last Wednesday to pass the "two states for two peoples on the two banks of the River Jordan" proposal on to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee for further discussion. ...Most Israelis are quite dismissive of the proposal, however. Prof. Shmuel Sandler, a Bar-Ilan University professor who specializes in Israeli politics and the settlement movement, says the bill was more of a symbolic move meant to frustrate Netanyahu and outflank him on the right. Professor Sandler notes that the National Union didn't even make it into Netanyahu's government because the rightist prime minister chose to put the traditionally left-wing Labor party in his coalition over far-right parties that would rule out options for peacemaking. "As for how serious this is, I don't think the Jordanians have to worry about it. Most Israelis in the establishment see Jordan as an important ally," he says. "The National Union doesn't carry much weight. But it can cause trouble to Netanyahu by making his effort to evacuate settlements more and more difficult."

Obama promises Arabs Jerusalem will be theirs
Official: President said Palestinian state with holy city capital 'in American interest'

WorldNetDaily 2009/5/30

President Obama and his administration told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting last week the U.S. foresees the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, according to a top PA official speaking to WND. "The American administration was very friendly to the position of the PA," said Nimer Hamad, Abbas' senior political adviser. "Abu Mazen (Abbas) heard from Obama and his administration in a very categorical way that a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is in the American national and security interest," Hamad said. ...Another PA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told WND today that Obama informed Abbas he would not let Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "get in the way" of normalizing U.S. relations with the Arab and greater Muslim world. "We were told from this new administration they will not allow a Netanyahu government to hurt their efforts of rehabilitating U.S. relations with the Arab and Islamic world, which is a high priority of Obama," the official said, speaking during a visit to Cairo. ...

Jordan king goes undercover to check services

American Foreign Press 2009/5/27

Jordan's King Abdullah II disguised himself on Wednesday in a black dishdasha or thob and traditional red-and-white keffiyeh to inspect services at a health ministry centre in Amman, an official said.

"The king, who was also holding a walking stick, visited the centre this morning and mingled with people to inspect health services provided to them," the official told AFP.

"But he was recognised by some people later..." The official did not give further details. Following in the footsteps of his father, the late King Hussein, the Jordanian monarch, 47, has gone undercover several times since he took office in 1999 ...

No "57-state solution" to Mideast conflict, says Arab League chief

Monsters & Critics 2009/5/23

Speaking to reporters at the end of a meeting of foreign ministers from the 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) meeting in Damascus on Saturday, Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa said media reports suggesting the OIC might offer Israel a joint peace deal were inaccurate. 'This is not on the table. All talk of this is inaccurate,' Mussa said. Jordan's King Abdullah II, in a May 11 interview with the Times of London, had spoken of a '57-state solution.' 'We are offering a third of the world to meet (the Israelis) with open arms,' King Abdullah said two weeks ago. 'The future is not the Jordan river or the Golan Heights or Sinai, the future is Morocco in the Atlantic to Indonesia in the Pacific.' 'The Jordanian proposal is in accordance with the Arab proposal,' Mussa said Saturday. 'The conflict would be finished with Israel's withdrawal from all occupied territories and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.' ...

Daniel 8:25 ...and by peace shall destroy many

Daniel 11:21 ...but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries

Revelation 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
So I ask, "why the third part of men?". Perhaps now we have the answer.

Pope Benedict Looks For Resurrection Of The Holy Land

Catholic News Agency 2009/5/20

The popeAt his Wednesday general audience, Pope Benedict XVI recalled his recent trip to the Holy Land. He told the 20,000 pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square that peace is possible in the Holy Land, with the help of faith ..."In that Land blessed by God at times its seems impossible to escape the spiral of violence. But nothing is impossible for God and for those who trust in Him! For this reason, faith in the one God, just and merciful, which is the most precious resource those people have, must have the power to release all its potential of respect, reconciliation and collaboration." The Pope went on to explain how he had expressed this hope to the Grand Mufti and the heads of the Muslim community of Jerusalem, to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and to organizations dedicated to inter-religious dialogue. Jerusalem, the Pope said, is “the crossroads of these three great religions and its very name means city of peace, it expresses God’s divine plan for humanity.” “All believers,” he added, “must leave prejudice and the will to predominate at their backs and unanimously practice the fundamental commandment that is to love God with all our being and love our neighbor with all of ourselves.” “This is what Jews, Christians and Muslims are called to witness, to honor by our deeds the God that we pray to with our tongues,” the Pontiff continued. “This is what I carried in my heart as I prayed in Jerusalem at the Western Wall and at the Dome of the Rock.” ...“I would like to sum up the entire itinerary in the sign of the Resurrection,” Benedict XVI concluded. “Despite wars and destruction and even conflicts between Christians, the Church has continued in its mission, it is on the road to full unity.”

Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

King Inaugurates Special Operations Training Centre

The Jordan Times 2009/5/20Special Ops Center

...King Abdullah on Tuesday inaugurated the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre (KASOTC) in Amman, a facility planned to serve as a regional centre for counter-terrorism training. ...“This centre, with its strategic location, is the King’s idea to unify regional efforts to counter terrorism. It will be a military training base for the Arab world and the region,” he said.

During training, coaches apply a number of urban warfare scenarios. Operations are computerised and recorded by 360 cameras, he said. "This provides an after-action review for training purposes, either directly after the exercise or at a later date," the officer added. According to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff General Khaled Sarayreh, the centre poses as a model of cooperation and partnership between Jordan and the US to combat terrorism in all its forms. “The root causes of terrorism are a mix of special agendas of many extremist organisations, operating in environments characterised by oppression, despair, frustration, poverty, unemployment, hunger….,” said the general, adding that the best way to fight terrorism is to “develop comprehensive strategies focusing on the employment of political, economic, social, technical and intelligence efforts, information sharing and the large scale-use of technology, besides military efforts”. Gary Heral, director of KASOTC, said the centre is one of a kind in the world. “This is the world’s premier counter-terrorism operations centre, or special operations centre. It is 25 square kilometres and has everything from single room dwellings to five-storey apartment buildings. There is no special operation training that you cannot do here.” ...

Daniel 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

Daniel 11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

Jordan Opens World’s Largest Special Ops Training Camp

The Media Line 2009/5/20

The world’s largest special operations urban warfare training base opened on Monday in Jordan. The center, which was inaugurated by Jordan’s King Abdullah, will be known as the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre (KASOTC). The facility northeast of the capital Amman cost about $90 million to build and took three years to complete. Part of the funding was provided by the Unites States government and the inauguration ceremony was co-sponsored by U.S Special Operations Command-Central. Also present were representatives from the Afghan, Pakistani, Iraqi and Gulf armies. ...The KASOTC instrumented Military Operations on Urban Terrain site was built with the latest technology available and allows us to share this expertise with our government's allies, adding to their combat effectiveness and supporting their security interests." ...The facility contains a central operations center from where officers can monitor and control all audio, video, special effects and target technology such as networked day/night thermal cameras with 360-degree coverage to capture exercises for reviewing afterwards, the constructors said in a statement. “This center, with its strategic location, is the king’s idea to unify regional efforts to counter terrorism. It will be a military training base for the Arab world and the region,” 'Adnan 'Abadi, a commander at the center told the Jordan Times. ...

Daniel 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

Daniel 11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

Jordan's King Abdullah: We're Going to Have a War

Catholic Online 2009/5/19

What we are talking about is not Israelis and Palestinians sitting at the table, but Israelis sitting with Palestinians, Israelis sitting with Syrians, Israelis sitting with Lebanese. And with the Arabs and the Muslim world lined up to open direct negotiations with Israelis at the same time. So it’s the work that needs to be done over the next couple of months that has a regional answer to this — that is not a two-state solution, it is a 57-state solution. King Abdullah was asked at the end of his interview whether it would matter if the Arab initiative failed. "We're going to have a war," was his answer. ...

Arab leaders split over peace moves

The Jerusalem Post 2009/5/18

... Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, said on Sunday that Arab states should refuse to have any dealings with Netanyahu until there is a complete freeze on settlements. "They must not meet with him if building in the settlements continues and if demolitions of homes in Arab villages continue," Moussa said at the World Economic Forum in Shuneh, Jordan, on Sunday. "This will change the demographic balance and undermine our cause." Moussa said that halting settlement construction "must be a precondition" to a meeting between Netanyahu and any Arab leader. "If they meet with him, they will be publicly rejecting the two-state solution, and therefore the freezing of all settlement building must be a prerequisite," he said. "Otherwise, we Arabs will be undermining our own cause." ...

Arabs Pressure Obama for Quick Peace Accord 2009/5/13

Last Sunday, the British newspaper The Times published an interview with Jordan's King Abdullah II, in which the maturing king demonstrated a deft touch in putting pressure both on the new prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and on President Barack Obama. The king's comments -- coming about two weeks after his Washington visit with our president, one day after his visit with the pope, and about one week before Prime Minster Netanyahu's Washington visit with Obama -- put heavy geopolitical pressure on Israel while simultaneously maximizing President Obama's personal stakes in the success or failure of this newest Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative: "(President Obama) feels the urgency of the need to move today. … So this is a critical moment. … What we are talking about is not Israelis and Palestinians sitting at the table, but Israelis sitting with Palestinians, Israelis sitting with Syrians, Israelis sitting with Lebanese. And with the Arabs and the Muslim world lined up to open direct negotiations with Israelis at the same time. … That is not a two-state solution; it is a 57-state solution. ... Note how shrewdly the king has tried to weight the scales for President Obama. Our president is in the middle of what he has described as one of his important personal policy objectives as president: to reach out to the Muslim world and rectify relations between it and the United States. To that end, he already has spoken on an international Arab television network and before the Turkish Parliament, and next month, he will go to Egypt for a major address to the Arab and Muslim people.

And now the king of Jordan, in surprisingly blunt language, has warned our president that if there is not a peace deal in 2009, "All the tremendous credibility that Obama has worldwide and in this region will evaporate overnight … (and) then there will be a feeling that this is just another American government that is going to let us all down." ...

King Abdullah of Jordan's ultimatum: peace now or it’s war next year 2009/5/11King Abdullah II of Jordan

America is putting the final touches to a hugely ambitious peace plan for the Middle East, aimed at ending more than 60 years of conflict between Israel and the Arabs, according to Jordan’s King Abdullah, who is helping to bring the parties together.

The Obama Administration is pushing for a comprehensive peace agreement that would include settling Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians and its territorial disputes with Syria and Lebanon, King Abdullah II told The Times. Failure to reach agreement at this critical juncture would draw the world into a new Middle East war next year. “If we delay our peace negotiations, then there is going to be another conflict between Arabs or Muslims and Israel in the next 12-18 months,” the King said. ...

Jordan sees new war if US does not act quickly

The Houston Chronicle 2009/4/26The King and Obama
President Barack Obama and Jordan's King
Abdullah II, left, talk as the king leaves, Tuesday,
April 21, 2009, after their meeting in the Oval Office
of the White House in Washington.
(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Jordan's king urged President Barack Obama Sunday to take a more forceful role in the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, warning of a new Mideast war if there is no significant progress in the next 18 months.

Speaking to NBC's "Meet the Press," King Abdullah described the Israeli-Palestinian dispute as the core problem of the region and solving it would help the U.S. in dealing with Iran and combatting the appeal of radical Islamic groups like Al-Qaida.

"In the next 18 months, if we don't move the process forward, and bring people to the negotiation table, there will be another conflict between Israel and another protagonist," he said in the interview recorded in Washington on Friday. "If it's left to the players, the Israelis and the Palestinians by themselves, we're not going to get anywhere... . The king also addressed the use of torture, acknowledging that he had heard in the press that it was being used by United States, but denying allegations that Jordan was involved. Human Rights Watch, among other groups, has issued reports alleging that the Jordanian intelligence service brutally interrogated detainees on behalf of the CIA. Instead, Abdullah said his intelligence services specialized in turning enemy agents and using them as informants."I think that we have been very smart in being intelligent (and) convincing operatives that we have come across to end up working for us — and you can't do that when it comes to torture," he said. ... .

Jordan's Abdullah: Israel Must Choose Between Isolation and Integration 2009/4/24

Israel must choose between integration and isolation in the Middle East, Jordan's King Abdullah II said Friday on a visit to the United States.

He also warned that delaying a two-state solution would be disastrous for both Israel and the Palestinians, according to reports from Haaretz Service and Reuters.

"Israel now has to make its choice — to integrate into the region ... with normal relations with its neighbors or to remain fortress Israel," the king said, Reuters reported.

The king said the 2002 Arab peace initiative was the best option for Israel. The initiative would establish normal ties between Israel and all Arab states in return for it relinquishing territory gained in the 1967 Middle East war, the creation of a Palestinian state and a "just solution" for its refugees, Reuters reported.

He said the 2002 Arab peace initiative was the best option for Israel and he urged it to take up the offer.

The United States will be key to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and both sides are already testing President Obama's resolve, he said.

"I cannot emphasize enough how important U.S. partnership is to help Israel accept the opening the Arab world has offered," the king said ...

Obama Signals 'Not Business as Usual' to Israel 2009/4/24

...To Arab media, that signals that President Barack Obama is serious about being an honest broker in the peace process. Jalal Ghazi writes the Eye on the Middle East for NAM. Arab media typically suggests that no American president can ever be an honest broker when it comes to Israel and Palestine. They believe the influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is too strong and the U.S. policy is completely biased towards Israel. That stance is starting to shift in the media. The first sign was President Barack Obama giving an interview to Al Arabia Television right after he came to office in January. Now after his speech in Turkey and his meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the White House, Arab media are suggesting that Obama is going to play a more balanced role as mediator between Israelis and Palestinians than his predecessor. It is important to note the U.S. position has not really changed. The two-state solution also was part of the Bush administration’s Middle East policy. What is new, said Marwan Bishara, senior political analyst with Al Jazeera English “is that the Obama administration considers reconciliation and peace part of its national security. Under the Bush administration, conflict and war on terror were part of its national security.” Resuming the peace process in the Middle East would help redeploy U.S. troops from Iraq to Afghanistan. It would also allow him to continue the diplomatic process with Muslim countries, especially Syria and Iran. However Obama’s vision for the Middle East is on a collision course with that of the Israeli right-wing government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “There is a completely radical government that Israel has not seen in the last sixty years,” said Bishara. “Its radical position towards the Palestinians, Arabs and the peace process makes it hard for Washington to reconcile what the Obama Administration views as American national security with what those in Israel today view as Israel’s national security.” ...

Hamas and the Arab States

Stratfor 2009/1/7

Israel is now in the 12th day of carrying out Operation Cast Lead against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip, where Hamas has been the de facto ruler ever since it seized control of the territory in a June 2007 coup. The Israeli campaign, whose primary military aim is to neutralize Hamas’ ability to carry out rocket attacks against Israel, has led to the reported deaths of more than 560 Palestinians; the number of wounded is approaching the 3,000 mark.
The reaction from the Arab world has been mixed. On the one hand, a look at the so-called Arab street will reveal an angry scene of chanting protesters, burning flags and embassy attacks in protest of Israel’s actions. The principal Arab regimes, however, have either kept quiet or publicly condemned Hamas for the crisis — while privately often expressing their support for Israel’s bid to weaken the radical Palestinian group.
Despite the much-hyped Arab nationalist solidarity often cited in the name of Palestine, most Arab regimes actually have little love for the Palestinians. While these countries like keeping the Palestinian issue alive for domestic consumption and as a tool to pressure Israel and the West when the need arises, in actuality, they tend to view Palestinian refugees — and more Palestinian radical groups like Hamas — as a threat to the stability of their regimes.

One such Arab country is ...

Jordan's King Abdullah Warns Against Israel's "Agenda"

EasyBourse 2009/1/6

Jordan's King Abdullah II on Tuesday warned about what he called a plot against the Palestinians linked to Israel's Gaza Strip offensive, and vowed to work with other states to thwart Israel's "agenda."
"I see a conspiracy against the Palestinian people and the future of Palestine," the king told Al-Jazeera television after meeting a visiting delegation from the International Union of Muslim Scholars.
The monarch said Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, "is concerned and upset, and fears about what could happen after Gaza, the aftermath of Gaza."

The kingdom of nearly 6 million people, with 50% of Palestinian origin, fears Israel's massive assault on the Islamist-run Gaza could lead to proposals resurfacing for a controversial merger with a truncated West Bank.
It strongly rejects such proposals since the addition of the 2.4 million Palestinians living in the now Israeli-occupied West Bank would fundamentally alter the country's population balance.
"We must be aware of this conspiracy and God willing we, along with Arab and other countries, will stop Israel's agenda as soon as possible," the king said. "We will work with other countries in the coming two or three days to press Israel and its army to stop the aggression on Gaza."
A palace statement said the king told influential Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi at the meeting that "intensified efforts are needed to protect the Palestinians from the conspiracy that target their right to establish an independent state." ...

Daniel 11:23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

King to meet Troika, Muslim scholars

Jordan Times 2009/1/6

...King Abdullah is scheduled to meet today with a high-profile EU delegation to discuss international efforts to stop the Israeli aggression in Gaza, an official said.

The official added that the King will also hold talks with delegates from the International Association of Muslim Scholars (IAMS), headed by leading cleric Yousef Qardawi.

These talks will focus on Arab efforts to end the attacks on Gaza. ...

'Jordan aid convoy to enter Gaza despite ground offensive’

Jordan Times 2009/1/6

Ten trucks laden with relief aid arrived yesterday in the Palestinian lands and are expected to enter Gaza today despite the Israeli ground offensive under way in the war-stricken enclave.
An official at the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation (JHCO) said Sunday that Jordan has made all necessary contacts and has the green light to make the delivery. ...

Daniel 11:23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

Jordan King Demands Security Council Resolution On Gaza

EasyBourse 2009/1/4

Jordan's King Abdullah II demanded Sunday the U.N. Security Council issue a resolution to end Israel's "aggression" on the Gaza Strip, the country's royal palace said.
"The king demanded the U.N. Security Council immediately issue a decision to stop the aggression, open the border crossings, and end the humanitarian crisis in Gaza," a palace statement quoted the king as saying.
Jordan, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, "is extremely angry and will take all necessary steps to stop the aggression," the king told a meeting of the country's council on national policies.
The U.N. held a special meeting on Gaza after the ground invasion began late Saturday, but after four hours of consultation council members failed to agree on a statement calling for an immediate ceasefire. ...

Daniel 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

Israel's six initial tactical objectives

Debka-Net_Weekly 2009/1/2

The other six objectives of this stage of the offensive were:
1. To wipe out Hamas' arsenal of Iranian-made Grad rockets whose range is 45-60 km. Hamas had stocked app. 300, stored in fortified underground stores, the largest number of these Katyusha type rockets stocked by any non-state Islamist group apart from the Lebanese Hizballah. Less than half were destroyed.
2. To eliminate the short-range primitive Qassam missiles. Hamas started out with some 8,000. Nearly 1,800 were wiped out on the first day of the bombardment.
3. To demolish the 200 military tunnels running under the Philadelphi zone bordering Egyptian Sinai (as distinct from the 1,000 or so private tunnels owned and managed by Palestinian mafias) used by Hamas for smuggling in arms, ammunition, fuel and reinforcements. Some 110-120 were destroyed and others were abandoned by their controllers for fear of being buried alive, leaving about 30 tunnels still active. This tunnel network was designed to be both Hamas' weapons lifeline and as bolt-holes for high-ranking Hamas leaders to exit the Gaza Strip in a war emergency. The Iranian al Qods operations chief organized the tunnels to allow the Hamas leadership to get out in a hurry. They were supposed to head for the Palestinian communities in the northern Sinai town of El Arish and conduct the war from there. This plan has fallen apart because of the flare-up of an unannounced feud between Hamas and Egypt. Cairo threatens to throw any Hamas operatives attempting to cross the border into prisons in the Egyptian heartland far from the Gaza Strip. Hamas' government infrastructure flattened
4. To destroy the underground bunkerland Hamas has sunk under much of the Gaza Strip's surface. It is there that its top political and military echelons are hiding, along with weapons caches, TV and radio stations and Internet connections. An estimated 82 km of subterranean corridors are buried in several tiers under the 41 square kilometers of the enclave. According to DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources, only 30 percent of this underground system has been demolished so far.
5. To destroy the workshops and laboratories turning out the Qassam missiles, mortars and launchers, improving their performance and inventing new devices. Hundreds of these small facilities are scattered across the Gaza Strip. Roughly 80 percent of the workshops were demolished in Israel's air strikes. All the laboratories and testing sites housed in the Islamic University of Gaza were wiped out.
6. To eclipse Hamas' governmental structure and symbols of power, i.e.
ministerial premises and education, health and social welfare societies, as well Page 7 of 16 1/2/2009 as the offices and homes of its high officials and senior commanders. Almost all these targets were flattened. Wednesday, Dec. 31, Nizar Ariyan, a high-profile terrorist operative, climbed out of one of the tunnels for a morale-boosting mission. He walked through the streets and shouted to dispirited passers-by that Hamas leaders had not fled or lost control of government and were managing the war from bunkers. The next day, an Israeli bomber killed him on a visit to his apartment.

Israel's Gaza operation aims at cutting Iran, Syria down to size

Debka-Net_Weekly 2009/1/2

Israel has not formally spelled out the practical targets of its Gaza operation, beyond "reshaping the security situation in southern Israel to allow the population to live normal lives free of missile terror." Some ministers have sworn to smash Hamas and terminate its rule of Gaza. But a prime, unspoken strategic goal is undoubtedly to take the Middle East extremists down a peg or two or more – terminally, if possible - before the new US president starts dealing with them. The Israeli offensive has a broader, long term aspect, say the Washington insiders: It is a counterattack against Iran, Syria and their bellicose pretensions to regional domination at the head of a flock of non-state extremist organizations by exploiting the explosive Palestinian issue to destabilize and delegitimize the mainstream Arab governments – especially those committed to a negotiated peace with Israel. By parading its awesome military might, Israel aims to show the pretenders up as useless when it comes to saving one of their own. Tehran may have trained Hamas commanders, supplied its rockets for shooting at Israel, egged it on to challenge "the Zionist entity" - and even sent an al Qods general to design its Gaza bunkers - but when it comes to rescuing Hamas from doom at Israel's hands, the Islamic Republic is a paper tiger. Without a proven long-reaching military arm, Tehran would forfeit its claim to be the preeminent regional power and lose its case for being treated in this capacity by the Obama administration as the precondition for their dialogue. Similarly, Syria and its president Bashar Assad, who poses as the great protector of the Palestinian Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other radical non-state terrorist groups and hosts their commands in Damascus, will lose face and share Iran's fate as a second-rater.

Gaza has its version of rocket scientists

OCRegister 2009/1/2

...According to the London-based Arabic newspaper al Hayat, on Dec. 23 Hamas legislators voted to introduce Sharia – Islamic law – to the Palestinian territories, including crucifixion. ...A couple of days after Hamas voted to restore crucifixion to the Holy Land, their patron in Tehran (and their primary source of "aid") put in an appearance on British TV. As multicultural "balance" to Her Majesty The Queen's traditional Christmas message, the TV network Channel 4 invited President Ahmadinejad to give an alternative Yuletide address on the grounds that it was a valuable public service to let viewers hear him "speak for himself, which people in the West don't often get the chance to see."

In fact, as Caroline Glick pointed out in The Jerusalem Post, the great man "speaks for himself" all the time – when he's at the United Nations, calling on all countries to submit to Islam; when he's presiding over his international conference of Holocaust deniers; when he's calling for Israel to be "wiped off the map" – or (in his more "moderate" moments) relocated to a couple of provinces of Germany and Austria. Caroline Glick forbore to mention that, according to President Ahmadinejad's chief adviser, Hassan Abbassi, his geopolitical strategy is based on the premise that "Britain is the mother of all evils" – the evils being America, Australia, Israel, the Gulf states, Canada and New Zealand, all the malign progeny of the British Empire. "We have established a department that will take care of England," Mr. Abbassi said in 2005. "England's demise is on our agenda."

So when Britain's Channel 4 says that we don't get the chance to see these fellows speak for themselves, it would be more accurate to say that they speak for themselves incessantly but the louder they speak the more we put our hands over our ears and go "Nya nya, can't hear you." We do this in part because, if you're as invested as most Western elites are in the idea that all anyone wants is to go to university, get a steady job and settle down in a nice house in the suburbs, a statement such as "England's demise is on our agenda" becomes almost literally untranslatable. When President Ahmadinejad threatens to wipe Israel off the face of the map, we deplore him as a genocidal fantasist. But maybe he's a genocidal realist, and we're the fantasists.

The civilizational clashes of professor Huntington's book are not inevitable. Culture is not immutable. But changing culture is tough and thankless and something the West no longer has the stomach for. Unfortunately, the Saudis do, and so do the Iranians. And not just in Gaza but elsewhere the trend is away from "moderation" and toward something fiercer and ever more implacable.

To be fair to President Ahmadinejad's hosts at Channel 4, the "department that will take care of England" probably doesn't get the lion's share of the funding in Tehran. On the other hand, when Hashemi Rafsanjani describes the Zionist Entity as "the most hideous occurrence in history," which the Muslim world "will vomit out from its midst" with "a single atomic bomb," that sounds rather more specific, if not teetering alarmingly on the "disproportionate." Unlike its international critics in North America and Europe, Israel has no margin for error.

IDF Prepares for Ground Attack; Diplomatic Flurry Continues 2009/1/1

The Israeli government approved a ground attack into the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning as officials from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the Arab world are stepping up diplomatic activity to bring an end to the Gaza crisis. ...

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud 'Abbas met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday and discussed Palestinian, Arab and international efforts to reach an immediate cease-fire, restore calm to the Gaza Strip and end the closure there, the official Palestinian WAFA news agency reported.

'Abbas and Erdogan also met with Jordan's King 'Abdullah II in Aqaba on Wednesday.

Erdogan said the offensive in Gaza was a slap in the face to Turkish efforts to mediate between Israel and its neighbors. ...

Egypt has come under fierce criticism from the Arab world for failing to help the Palestinians. Arabs are accusing Egypt of green lighting the offensive on Gaza and are angry about Egypt's decision to leave the Egypt-Gaza border closed. The United Nations Security Council is discussing a bill proposed by Libya that condemns Israel for its actions in Gaza. ...

Jordan's king: nothing justifies world's failure to stop Israel's assault

ChinaView 2009/1/1

Jordan's king Abdullah II on Wednesday said that nothing can justify the failure of the international community to take immediate steps forcing Israel to stop its assaults against the Gaza Strip, according to the Royal Hashemite Court.

The king made the remarks when meeting visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Red Sea port city of Aqaba.

The King warned against the negative consequences that the Israeli attacks would have on the peace process, which seeks to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in accordance with the two-state solution, said the royal court in a statement.

The monarch reiterated that Israel would not attain peace by killing innocent people and civilians in the Gaza Strip and by subjecting Palestinians to a humanitarian catastrophe there.

He called on the international community to shoulder its responsibility and to move immediately to stop the assault on Gaza which "represents a breach of all humanitarian, legal and moral laws," added the statement. ...

Daniel 11:23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.