Period: November 2012


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"In absentia" trials against four senior IDF officers - On November 6, 2012, Turkey announced that a court in Istanbul will try in absentia four ex-Israeli military commanders over the IDF Freedom Flotilla raid in 2010. The Mavi Marmara was trying to break the blockade of Gaza and bring humanitarian help to the refugees there. Nine Turkish activists were killed by Israeli naval commandos (Shayetet 13), who had boarded the ship. The event caused a sharp deterioration in the relations between Turkey and Israel, which until then had been close allies. At the beginning of May 2012, Turkey’s Justice Ministry Sadullah Ergin finished his probe on the affair and requested information from the country’s Foreign Ministry on several IDF soldiers; a fact reported by the Turkish Today’s Zaman. On May 24, it was made public that criminal charges had been placed by Turkey against four IDF officers, demanding life sentences. Among the indictments were "inciting murder through cruelty or torture" (see Criminal Charges Placed against IDF General Ashkenazi).
The accusations target the IDF upper echelon. The list is led by former IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi; the others are the ex-naval chief Admiral Eliezer Marom, the former head of military intelligence Major General Amos Yadlin, and the former head of the air force Major General Avishai Lev. Over 500 people will give testimony during the trials, most of them passengers who were aboard during the event. There is no question about the events; all the facts are acknowledged also by the IDF and the UN; both published reports on the violent event. The UN inquiry said that Israel's decision to board the ship and the use of substantial force was "excessive and unreasonable." Yet, considering the videos of the event, the UN asessment looks unreasonably soft towards Israel. Heavily armed commando soldiers attacked and killed people armed with little more than improvised sticks. Moreover, on June 13, 2012, Israel State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss published his report on the Israeli government's behavior in the event. Prime Minister Netanyahu turned out to be rather clumsy and incompetent to the extent of causing an unnecessary disaster. In the words of the comptroller: “The decision making process regarding the dealings with the Turkish flotilla led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and under his responsibility was found to include essential and significant flaws” (see Netanyahu Found Guilty by State Comptroller). One could expect Turkey to make use of the Israeli reports and place charges also against Mr. Netanyahu. However, this is not posible. On February 15, 2002, the International Court of Justice halted a Belgian attempt to try Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in Lebanon in 1982 when he was Israel's minister of defense, ruling that serving ministers are protected from prosecution. Thus, Turkey chose to center its efforts on the responsible IDF officers. Continued:

November 2, 2012 By P. David Hornik. For those, like me, who scour media reports hoping to discern what’s really going on regarding Iran, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak’s interview this week to Britain’s The Telegraph is like striking gold.
Last summer, speculation about a possible Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program was at fever pitch, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appeared genuinely at the end of his tether in public appearances and statements. A stream of top U.S. political and defense officials came to Israel in what seemed a last pitch to talk Jerusalem out of it.
As we now know, nothing happened. Netanyahu, addressing the UN General Assembly at the end of September, gave a totally new timeline, saying Iran’s nuclear development wouldn’t reach the “red line” until the spring or summer of 2013.
Seemingly that bore out those who claimed Netanyahu and Barak’s warnings all along had just been bluff. Now, Barak discloses that an attack was averted
when Iran quietly chose to use over a third of its medium-enriched uranium for civilian purposes, delaying the moment when it could have built a nuclear bomb…. Asked whether the critical moment would otherwise have arrived “about now,” Mr Barak replied simply: “Probably yes.”
Iran needs about 250 kg of medium-enriched uranium to make a bomb. By August this year, Iran was closing in with a total of 189 kg. It was at that point that.

"... This was the unsuccesful end of Netanyahu's open campaign for Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The support included a well-advertised visit to Jerusalem, supporting articles in the Israeli and Jewish media, the disclosure of their old personal friendship which dates back to 1976 (see Romney, Obama, and the Israeli Vote), and the inclusion of Netanyahu in Romney's adds. Moreover, the main financial supporter of Netanyahu is Sheldon Adelson, an American Jew who is among America's richest men, his businesses are centered on the Chinese gambling industry. He openly endorsed Romney and contributed at least $40 million to his presidential elections campaign. This unusual intervention in other country's elections was aimed at placing in the White House a president that will be more receptive to Israel's plans to attack Iran (see Romney's Key in Israeli Attack on Iran). On August 30, 2012, the International Atomic Energy Agency published a report on the nuclear program of Iran. The report claims that Iran is speeding up its uranium enrichment program, having placed more than three quarters of the centrifuges it needs for completing it in a practically impenetrable underground installation, beneath a mountain outside Qum. This means that Iran is close to crossing what Israel had defined as its red line: the capability to produce nuclear weapons in a safe location. With Obama in the White House, Israel's belligerency is likely to be blocked..."
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Egypt 's President Mohammed Morsi participated in prayers over the weekend in which the preacher urged Allah to "destroy the Jews and their supporters." In footage of the service from Matrouh governorate's el-Tenaim Mosque screened on Egyptian state television on Friday, Morsi was shown in fervent prayer as cleric Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour, the local head of religious endowment, declared, "Oh Allah, absolve us of our sins, strengthen us, and grant us victory over the infidels. Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them asunder. Oh Allah, demonstrate Your might and greatness upon them. Show us Your omnipotence, oh Lord."
According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Morsi could be seen mouthing "amen" to these sentiments.
Will New Unity Work Toward our Zionist Dream?
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced that their parties, Likud and Israeli Beitenu, would run for election in January on one ticket. The united list called "Likud Beitenu" expects to increase its combined 42 Knesset seats out of 120.
Israel Set for Wider, Deeper Gaza Operation
On a visit to an Iron Dome anti-missile battery, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: "We didn't start this escalation but if it continues we are set for a broader and deeper operation."He spoke amid ongoing missile attacks from the Gaza Strip - more than 70 Qassam and Grad missiles fired since Tuesday night on civilian towns and villages - and Israeli counter-terror air strikes. The last 13 rockets exploded in Ashkelon on Wednesday afternoon.
White House "Open Door" Policy to Islamists
The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has found that scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials. Among the visitors were officials representing groups which have been designated by the Department of Justice as unindicted co-conspirators in terrorist trials; terrorist groups including Hamas and Hezbollah; groups that have obstructed terrorist investigations by instructing their followers to not cooperate with law enforcement; promoted the incendiary conspiratorial allegation that the United States is engaged in a "war against Islam"; repeatedly claimed that many of the Islamic terrorists convicted since September 11 were framed by the U.S government as part of an anti-Muslim profiling campaign.

War is Coming to Israel - Bible Prophecy is unfolding all around us. Though the Bible clearly foretells of Israel’s future wars with numerous enemies (Ezekiel 38, Psalm 83, Zechariah 14), it is still incredible to watch the stage being set, and to see that Israel is making preparations for what they know is headed their way. "The connection between the different players requires us to contend with more than one theater." -IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi
Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi spoke at the 2011 Herzliya Conference and addressed the shifting scene in the Middle East, warning that Israel will likely face war on multiple fronts and must be prepared. The aim of the conference is to bring leaders together to share ideas, debate, and shape Israel’s national agenda on security issues and public policy. Ashkenazi stressed that Israeli intelligence will be crucial in days ahead, and that the IDF must be able to”see the target before hand,” and not be caught off guard or left scrambling to formulate battle plans.
“The radical camp in the Middle East is gaining strength, Ashkenazi warned, adding that “the moderate camp among the traditional Arab leadership is weakening.” He also made note of what he characterized as the “fascinating phenomenon” whereby power is shifting to the people of the region thanks to online social networks.

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November 9, 2012, David Cloud - Operation Dove’s Wings, which began last week and is expected to end in October 2013, has the objective of bringing Ethiopia’s remaining Jews to Israel. It is the conclusion of a 30-year “Aliyah” (ascent) campaign to return north African Jews to the Holy Land 2,500 years after they fled the Babylonian armies that destroyed Jerusalem. (The word “aliyah” is from the same root as veya’al, the last word in 2 Chronicles 36:23, which is the last verse in the Hebrew Bible and is translated “let him go up” in the King James Bible.) In that day many Jews fled to Egypt, as described by the prophet Jeremiah, and from there they eventually migrated to Ethiopia and other parts of Africa. In 1977, the Israeli government determined that the Law of Return applied to tens of thousands of Ethiopians known as Beta Israel (Community of Israel), and the US government assisted in early airlifts beginning in 1979. The flights have continued off and on ever since. In May 1991, 14,325 Ethiopian Jews were transported to Israel in a space of 36 hours with 30 Israel planes flying non-stop round trips. One El Al Boeing 747 carried 1,122 passengers in a single flight, with two babies being born on the plane. Descendants of Beta Israel (called Falash Mura) who converted to “Christianity” are required to convert to Orthodox Judaism in order to obtain Israeli citizenship. For two millenniums orthodox Jews prayed thrice daily for the return to their land, and they have expected that the return would be associated with the coming of the Messiah, willfully ignorant that the Messiah has already came and suffered and rose from the dead according to their own Scripture. They are still looking for a messiah to build the Third Temple, but he will be a false messiah, a deceiver, who will facilitate the building of the Third Temple only to desecrate it.

Nov 10, 2012 3:6PM - By Ismail Salami - I do not think the West is going [to intervene], but if they do so, nobody can tell what is next. I think the price of this [foreign] invasion if it happened is going to be more than the whole world can afford.”
‘Al-Qaeda call foments terror in Syria’‘US wages scorched-earth war in Syria’In a rare interview with Russia Today TV, President Bashar al-Assad vigorously clarified his stance on the current Syrian crisis created by the West and some regional states including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar and warned them of the apocalyptic consequences of any foreign intervention in Syria.
“I do not think the West is going [to intervene], but if they do so, nobody can tell what is next. I think the price of this [foreign] invasion if it happened is going to be more than the whole world can afford,” Assad said in a Thursday interview with the Russia Today TV network.
Assad warned that the domino effect of any military attack on the country “will affect the world from the Atlantic to the Pacific and you know the implication on the rest of the world.”
Assad is well aware of what the West and their Arab allies are up to and what kind of scenario they are planning to follow in his country. Continued:

IDF fires at Syria for the first time since 1973 - Prologue - The Cross of Bethlehem On November 11, 2012, the headlines of the Hebrew media were dramatic: "IDF fires at Syria for first time since 1973." For the first time since the Yom Kippur War, the IDF's Artillery Corps fired a missile at a Syrian mortar post in response to the firing of a 120mm mortar shell shortly before. The latter had hit IDF's Tel Hazeka stronghold south of the ghost-city of Quneitra, in the Golan Heights. The IDF issued two very different statements. Inwards, to the Israeli population, it claimed "the shell was not aimed at Israel and was fired as part of clashes between the Syrian army and rebels forces." The odd statement ignores the fact that no such battles have been reported in the area. Moreover, erring the direction of a mortar in such a degree is difficult to believe; the area is a war zone and soldiers in it are well trained on such delicate issues. The official answer of the IDF's Spokesperson Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai was equally enigmatic: "IDF forces fired warning shots and relayed a message to the Syrian forces via the United Nations that warns against additional firing. Additional firing will prompt a quick response." Last week, a similar mortar landed in Alonei Habashan, the Israeli settlement shown at the bottom-left corner of the map next to this paragraph. Today's hit at Tel Hezeka is illustrated in the map with a small explosion. After almost forty years of quiet, the first two hits were too close to each other, hinting that what we are witnessing here is something else. Continued: