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Last Wednesday, Netanyahus office issued a statement announcing
that the prime minister would be meeting with the pope at the
Vatican this Wednesday and separately with Secretary of State
John Kerry in Rome to discuss nuclear talks with Iran and the
ongoing peace talks with the Palestinians.
However, the AFP source said that there were no plans for the
meeting, pointing out that meetings with the pope typically had
to be scheduled further in advance.
- Netanyahus office declined a request for a comment.
- The meeting would have been Netanyahus first with the
current pope, who met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas last Thursday at the Vatican and with President Shimon
Peres in April. Netanyahu met with the previous pope, Benedict
XVI, in 2009, as well as with Pope John Paul II in 1997.
- Abbas and Peres both invited the pontiff to Israel and the
Palestinian territories, and Francis has said he would like to
visit the Middle East.
- Israels Channel 2 reported last Sunday that the pope
had scheduled a trip for March, but the Vatican has yet to confirm
that thats the case. http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-wont-meet-pope-francis-this-week/
- ISRAEL IS THE GREATEST SIGN OF HOPE
- Editor Thursday 31 October 2013 - By C4I International..
This interview was held with Rev Willem J.J. Glashouwer, president
of Christians for Israel International, for the Dutch EO radio
and tv magazine, Visie, 2013 nr. 40.
He was an ardent atheist, but an intense experience of God turned
his life upside down. Today Rev Willem J. J. Glashouwer (68)
flies literally all over the world on behalf of Christians for
Israel to point out the mystery of Israel to churches
and fellow pastors. Like stringing beads on a thread Rev Willem
Glashouwer since 1999 full time President of Christians
for Israel International sums up the places where he recently
delivered teachings on Israel. From Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow
and Perth to Birmingham, London, Gillingham and Ashford. My
wife and I returned yesterday from a tour in England and Scotland,
he tells in his living room in Amersfoort. Tomorrow morning
Im going to fly to Far East Russia, beyond Siberia, for
a new series of teachings.
- This frequent flying sounds pretty back-breaking.
It is back-breaking. But I get so much blessings and energy
in return when I see that people gain new insights into Gods
plan with Israel. The Lord gives me the strength to do this;
He called me to do this work and I do it joyfully. There are
few places I havent been yet. Fortunately my wife supports
me for 120 percent!
- You are 68 years old, and in November you will be 69. Still
not having a mind for slowing down a bit? Smiling: When
I became 65 I said: Dear Lord, it has been enough.
But in my entire life I have never been busier. He had other
- Attacked - As a ministers son Rev Willem J. J. Glashouwer
(the black sheep of the family) fervently undermined
the faith of Christians. Although I grew up in the vicarage,
since my infancy faith just slipped off of me like raindrops
on a raincoat. It just didnt mean anything to me. I also
challenged people with their faith, fellow students at the Gymnasium
for example. Faith? A form of wishful thinking; if you cant
cope with your own problems why not create a god and hang upon
him your problems as hats on a hallstand? God as a projection
of the human mind. The theory of evolution for me was a perfect
explanation for everything. And for the rest: hurray for the
- WHY ISRAEL? BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING CONCERNING GOD'S PURPOSES
FOR ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH HOME - OP-ED FOR THE POPE ISRAEL DOES
NOT REALLY EXIST
- Editor 23 October 2013 - By Giulio Meotti.. The writer, Arutz
Sheva columnist, is an expert on the Vatican. His new book, The
Vatican Against Israel, will be published at the end of this
month. For Pope Francis, who, it is said, plans to visit Jerusalem
next year, the State of Israel doesnt even exist. This
is how the Pope greeted the faithful at the end of the General
Audience in Rome: I ask you to pray for the peace in the
Middle East: in Syria, in Iraq, in Egypt, in Lebanon and in the
Holy Land, where the Prince of Peace is born. Where is
Israel in the Popes statement? A few days earlier, the
Pope had visited St. Francis grave in Assisi. There, Papa
Bergoglio said: Let us listen to the cry of all those who
are weeping, who are suffering and who are dying because of violence,
terrorism or war, in the Holy Land, so dear to Saint Francis,
in Syria, throughout the Middle East and everywhere in the world.
- No mention again of the Jewish State or of the two Israeli
soldiers murdered by Muslim terrorists this month.
- Terra Sancta, holy land, is the malignant expression
used by the Vatican and the Catholic clergy in the Middle East
to deny the very existence of the Jewish state and people. If
it is their holy land, it cannot be Eretz Yisrael.
- A few days ago Asia News, one of the most important Catholic
Church foreign news media outlets, ran an article titled The
Costs of the Israeli Occupation and the Judaization of Jerusalem.
The two countries which took pride in themselves as true Catholic
States during the Second World War, were Slovakia and Croatia.
There, more than anywhere else, strong condemnation of anti-Jewish
measures could have been expected. But in May 1943, while the
gas chambers of Auschwitz and Treblinka were turning Europes
Jewry into ashes, the Vaticans Secretary of State Cardinal,
Luigi Maglione, in a document, listed a number of arguments to
support the Popes refusal to help and rescue 2,000 Jewish
children from Slovakia.
- SIGNS OF RIFT BETWEEN ISRAEL AND US OVER IRAN
- American officials hint at possible easing of sanctions as
Netanyahu urges more pressure
- By Josef Federman October 20, 2013, 10:55 pm - P - Just days
after the first round of global nuclear talks with Iran, a rift
appears to be emerging between Israel and its closest ally, the
- Israels prime minister on Sunday called on the US to
step up the pressure on Iran, even as American officials hinted
at the possibility of easing tough economic pressure. Meanwhile,
a leading Israeli daily reported the outlines of what could be
construed in the West as genuine Iranian compromises in the talks.
The differing approaches could bode poorly for Israel as the
talks between six global powers and Iran gain steam in the coming
months. Negotiators were upbeat following last weeks talks,
and the next round of negotiations is set to begin Nov. 7. 2013.
- Convinced Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu believes the Iranians are trying to trick
the West into easing economic sanctions while still pushing forward
with their nuclear program. Iran insists its program is for peaceful
purposes. I think that in this situation as long as we
do not see actions instead of words, the international pressure
must continue to be applied and even increased, Netanyahu
told his Cabinet. The greater the pressure, the greater
the chance that there will be a genuine dismantling of the Iranian
military nuclear program.
- Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran a threat to its very
survival, citing Iranian references to Israels destruction.
- Netanyahu says pressure must be maintained until Iran halts
all enrichment of uranium, a key step in producing a nuclear
weapon; removes its stockpile of enriched uranium from the country;
closes suspicious enrichment facilities and shutters a facility
that could produce plutonium, another potential gateway to nuclear
- FIFTH EARTHQUAKE IN 5 DAYS HITS ISRAEL
- Bible warns of catastrophic earthquakes in Israel in the
- Editor Friday 25 October 2013 - By Joel Rosenberg.. Every
80 years or so, Israel has a major, catastrophic earthquake.
So Israelis know they are due for a big one.
Those who pay attention to Bible prophecy also know that both
the Old and New Testament Scriptures describe major earthquakes
occurring in Israel in the last days. Earthquake preparations
are on the increase by government agencies and among private
companies and such preparations will now accelerate, especially
in the wake of five minor earthquakes in Israel in the course
of the past five days. Among the steps being taken: a new earthquake
alert system is being developed by the government and is expected
to be ready in 2016.
- Israels last major earthquake rattled the region
in 1927? reports the Times of Israel, was a 6.2-magnitude
tremor that killed 500 and injured another 700. Before
that, an earthquake in 1837 left as many as 5,000 people
- A small earthquake shook the Sea of Galilee area on
Tuesday morning (October 22, 2013), the fifth such tremor in
less than a week, noted the Times. The quake, measuring
3.3 on the Richter scale, caused no reported damage or injuries.
- On Sunday (October 20, 2013), two minor earthquakes,
both measuring 3.6 in intensity, were reported in the north,
which followed similar quakes on Saturday and Thursday,
the Times noted. No injuries have been reported, although
some buildings in Tiberias were lightly damaged by the tremors.
Last Sunday, a 6.4-magnitude quake, centered in the Mediterranean
Sea near Crete, was felt in Athens, Egypt and Israel
response to the string of temblors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
convened a special cabinet meeting Monday to discuss the states
earthquake preparedness, and, on Sunday, the Home Front Command
and emergency services representatives held a meeting to discuss
emergency procedures in the case of a more major earthquake.
- NETANYAHU: ISRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM MUST BE 'DISMANTLED'
- PM says Tehran seeks partial deal that would allow it to
pursue a nuke; US treasury secretary: Its premature
to talk about easing sanctionsBy Spencer Ho October 20, 2013,
8:40 pm - I think the pressure has to be maintained on
Iran, even increased on Iran, until it actually stops the nuclear
program, that is, dismantles it, Netanyahu told NBCs
Meet the Press. I think you dont want to go through
Suppose Syria said, Well, you know, were going
to dismantle 20 percent [of our chemical weapons], so give us
the easing of sanctions nobody would buy that,
he added. Thats exactly what Iran is trying to do.
Theyre trying to give a partial deal that they know could
end up dissolving the sanctions regime and would keep them with
the nuclear weapons capabilities.
- Netanyahu was responding to a report that in the wake of
last weeks negotiations in Geneva, President Barack Obama
was considering releasing Iranian assets worth billions if Iran
takes steps to curb its nuclear program.
- Netanyahu elaborated that he was firmly against any such
move because Iran was still committing the actions that brought
about the sanctions.
- As far as I remember, those assets were frozen for
three reasons, he said. One, Irans terrorist
actions; two, its aggressive actions particularly in the [Persian]
Gulf; and three, its continued refusal to stop the production
of weapons of mass destruction. You know, if you get all three
done and they stop doing it, well then, I suppose you could unfreeze
- US-IRAN THAW PTS ISRAELI ATTACK OPTIONS ON ICE
Oct. 7, 2013 - 03:45AM | By BARBARA OPALL-ROME |
Photo: Talking to Tehran: US President Barack Obama speaks on
the phone from the White House with Iranian President Hassan
Rouhani on Sept. 27. (White House)
TEL AVIV Israel is reassessing its dwindling options for
combating the Iranian nuclear threat as a war-weary White House
and other world powers meet in Geneva later this month to probe
diplomatic prospects for a deal with Tehran. Government and defense
sources here said US President Barack Obamas readiness
to test the diplomatic path has severely undercut
Israels strategy of compelling complete dismantlement of
Irans nuclear program through strengthened sanctions and
the credible threat of military force.
- In his Oct. 1 UN General Assembly address in New York, Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Hassan Rouhani,
Irans newly elected president, was not a reform-seeking
moderate but a mastermind of deceit, who aimed to
fool the world body behind a smokescreen of diplomatic
engagement and very soothing diplomatic rhetoric.
- Netanyahu was adamant that Israel would never acquiesce
to a nuclear weapon-capable Iran. Nor would it accept a partial
agreement that allows Iran to reconstitute the threat should
it decide to break away from a deal.
- Against such a threat, he repeatedly warned, Israel
will have no choice but to defend itself.
- But sources here say the Sept. 27 phone call that triggered
a thaw in the 34-year freeze between Washington and Tehran has
sapped credibility of Netanyahus threats. As long as the
White House remains directly involved in so-called P5 Plus 1
talks with Iran, they say, Israel cannot contemplate pre-emptive
- Obamas relationship with Rouhani may be warming
up, but its forcing us to put unilateral strike options
on ice, said a former member of the Israel Defense Forces
(IDF) General Staff. Maj. Gen. Seyed Hassan Firouzabadi, Irans
second-ranking military officer, dismissed Netan&SHY;yahus
threats as desperation that would not deter Tehrans
peaceful nuclear program, the semi-official Fars
news agency quoted the officer as saying. Rouhani responded tauntingly
to Netanyahus address via his official Twitter account:
Israel is upset to see that its sword has gone blunt and
Iran grows more powerful day by day. Continued: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20131007/
- TIME 'HAS RUN OUT' FOR IRAN NUCLEAR WORK
Source: Intelligence agencies will conclude clock has struck,
Published: 5 hours ago 10.11.2013
WASHINGTON F. Michael Maloof - WND Israels military
practiced long-range missions and mid-air refueling over the
past weekend even as Iran made clear that it will continue with
the development of its nuclear program, which Israel is convinced
is a cover for making nuclear weapons.
- In fact, Israel believes Iran is pursuing negotiations with
the U.S. to buy time to finalize its ability to enrich existing
low-enriched uranium stockpiles to high-enriched uranium needed
to make some seven or eight nuclear weapons.
- But theres now word that time may be short.
- The coming weeks probably represent the last opportunity
for Iran and the international community to reach an enforceable
deal that will dismantle Tehrans nuclear weapons program,
before Israel concludes that time has run, that Iran has gotten
too close to creating its first atomic bombs, and that the time
for a military strike has arrived, according to regional
expert Yaakov Lappin, whose articles appear in The Jerusalem
- Despite assurances from Iran that it is not embarked on a
nuclear weapons program, Israeli officials say that Iran has
not halted uranium enrichment with an increasing number of centrifuges
that extract more enriched uranium that could be used for nuclear
- Israeli officials believe that centrifuges at the underground
nuclear facilities in Natanz and Qom continue the enrichment
- In addition, these sources assert that the heavy water plutonium
facility at Arak also continues its production.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that talks
between Western powers and Iran on October 15-16 arent
going to amount to anything and will only buy Iran more time
to enrich more uranium for what he says are nuclear weapons.
- A bad deal is worse than no deal, Netanyahu told
the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
- Continued: http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/time-has-run-out-for-iran-nuclear-work/#85coAdl7SQkOYTFf.99
- ANONYMOUS HITS ISRAEL WITH A MASSIVE CYBER ATTACK, ISRAEL
- Adam Clark Estes 32,960 Views Apr 7, 2013 To ring in this
year's Holocaust Memorial Day, the classy hackers at Anonymous
took down a bunch of Israeli government websites on Sunday and
say they caused over $3 billion in damage. But they didn't totally
get away with it. Within a few hours of the attack which Anonymous
says affected 100,000 websites, 40,000 Facebook pages, 5,000
Twitter accounts and 30,000 bank accounts, an Israeli hacker
broke into the website that Anonymous had set up for the attack,
dubbed Operation Israel. Instead of the original anti-Israel
messages that were originally on the site to protest Israel's
treatment of Palestine, the Israeli hacker rejiggered the site
to play "Hatikvah," Israel's national anthem.
- Israel's playing this one super cool. Despite Anonymous's
claims of massive damage, the country's cyber security officials
say that the attack caused minimal damage. "So far it is
as was expected, there is hardly any real damage," Yitzhak
Ben Yisrael from the government's National Cyber Bureau told
the press. "Anonymous doesn't have the skills to damage
the country's vital infrastructure. And if that was its intention,
then it wouldn't have announced the attack ahead of time. It
wants to create noise in the media about issues that are close
to its heart." This is more or less what Anonymous always
does, often with varying levels of success.http://www.theatlanticwire.com/
- EXCLUSIVE ISRAELI TUNNEL HIT BY CYBER ATTACK
By DANIEL ESTRIN From Associated Press October 27, 2013 12:35
HADERA, Israel (AP) When Israel's military chief delivered
a high-profile speech this month outlining the greatest threats
his country might face in the future, he listed computer sabotage
as a top concern, warning a sophisticated cyberattack could one
day bring the nation to a standstill. Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz was
not speaking empty words. Exactly one month before his address,
a major artery in Israel's national road network in the northern
city of Haifa suffered a cyberattack, cybersecurity experts tell
The Associated Press, knocking key operations out of commission
two days in a row and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars
- One expert, speaking on condition of anonymity because the
breach of security was a classified matter, said a Trojan horse
attack targeted the security camera apparatus in the Carmel Tunnels
toll road on Sept. 8. A Trojan horse is a malicious computer
program that users unknowingly install that can give hackers
complete control over their systems.
- ISRAELI CITY DIVIDED BY RELIGION AFTER CLOSE VOTE
By ARON HELLER - BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (AP) October 31, 2013 After
a contentious mayoral election between secular and ultra-Orthodox
rivals, this deeply divided city has become a flashpoint for
a religious struggle that is threatening to tear Israel apart.
Claiming the election was stolen, secular and moderately religious
residents of Beit Shemesh are arranging large demonstrations
against the ultra-Orthodox mayor, demanding a new vote and even
suggesting the city be split in two. But the protests go far
beyond the alleged election fraud. They cut at the very nature
of Israel as it tries to maintain its character as both a Jewish
state and a pluralistic democracy.
- "I really feel like they (the ultra-Orthodox) are trying
to conquer our city. It's not 'live and let live.' They are pushing
us out," said Etti Amos, 56, who has lived in Beit Shemesh
since her family emigrated from Morocco when she was a child.
She said her three children have left town because they saw no
- Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up about 10 percent of Israel's
population. Maintaining a strict lifestyle that revolves around
prayer, most live in ultra-Orthodox dominated towns or in insular
neighborhoods in larger cities like Jerusalem.
- ISRAEL STRIKES RUSSIAN WEAPON SHIPMENT IN SYRIA
By ZEINA KARAM and MIKE CORDER - From Associated Press - October
31, 2013 4:47 PM EST
BEIRUT (AP) Israeli warplanes attacked a shipment of Russian
missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, officials said
Thursday, a development that threatened to add another volatile
layer to regional tensions from the Syrian civil war. The revelation
came as the government of President Bashar Assad met a key deadline
in an ambitious plan to eliminate Syria's entire chemical weapons
stockpile by mid-2014 and avoid international military action.
- The announcement by a global chemical weapons watchdog that
the country has completed the destruction of equipment used to
produce the deadly agents highlights Assad's willingness to cooperate,
and puts more pressure on the divided and outgunned rebels to
attend a planned peace conference.
- An Obama administration official confirmed the Israeli airstrike
overnight, but provided no details. Another security official
said the attack occurred late Wednesday in the Syrian port city
of Latakia and that the target was Russian-made SA-125 missiles.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were
not authorized to publicly discuss the attack. There was no immediate
confirmation from Syria.
OBSERVATION: IS WASHINGTON PUSHING SYRIA TO ATTACK ISRAEL?
- Dr. Aaron Lerner IMRA Date: 31 October 2013 - "Israeli
warplanes struck a military base near the Syrian port city of
Latakia this week, an Obama administration official told CNN
on Thursday.." We Israelis have a pretty straightforward
arrangement with Syrian President Assad: when we are compelled
to strike Syrian targets we don't take credit for the attacks.
President Assad knows damn well who is behind the attacks but
in the absence of Israeli boasting he doesn't feel compelled
to respond. Yet recently Washington has seen fit to rub Israel's
responsibility for attacks in President Assad's face.
- What is President Obama' team trying to achieve? Why are
they pushing President Assad to retaliate against the Jewish
State? And don't think for a moment that despite the bloodletting
that Syria isn't still bristling with a full complement of rockets
that have basically every point in Israel within range.
- I don't have an answer. But if I were a Washington reporter
I think that's the possibly the most interesting part of this
story that I would want to follow up on. http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=62217
- PLO NEGOTIATORS PRESENT RESIGNATION TO ABBAS MEETING TO FOLLOW
- BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) Published today (updated) 31/10/2013 --
Palestinian negotiators Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Shtayyeh presented
their resignation to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas Thursday, a Ma'an reporter said. The negotiators' bid for
resignation can be either accepted or rejected by Abbas, who
called for a PLO Executive Committee meeting to discuss the issue
as soon as possible.
- This decision comes shortly after Israel revealed plans to
demolish the homes of over 15,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem
in addition to announcing the construction of over 5,000 illegal
settler homes in the occupied Palestinian territories. http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=62215
- HAMAS DENIES BROTHERHOOD LEADER IN GAZA
31/10/2013 - 14:14 Egypt Independent - http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/hamas-denies-brotherhood-leader-gaza
- Youssef Rizqa, presidential adviser in the Gaza Strip's Hamas
government, has denied a claim by an Egyptian minister that a
leading Muslim Brotherhood figure is hiding out in the Palestinian
territory. Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim had claimed that
deputy Supreme Guide Mahmouad Ezzat was in Gaza on Wednesday.
"There are no Brotherhood leaders here," Rizqa told
the Turkish Anadolu news agency on Thursday. "This is nothing
but media speculation."
- He claimed Egypt was instead attempting to justify tightening
up border controls on the Gaza Strip, as well as its closure
of the Rafah crossing and destruction of tunnels. http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=62212
- OBAMA SHOULD RETHINK APPROACH TO ISRAEL
- By Ben Caspit Al Monitor, Israel Pulse October
- Dear Mr. President, I hope that you are not too upset about
the commotion being created around the NSAs [National Security
Agency] eavesdropping incident. The diplomatic world in general,
and the world of espionage in
particular, is a paradise of hypocrisy. I dont think it
would be too risky to conclude that there isnt a single
informed leader who does not begin with the assumption that all
the various spy agencies make every effort to
eavesdrop on anyone they can. That means all of them, including
[you]. Here, when Benjamin Netanyahu wants to hold a discussion
without Ambassador Dan Shapiro getting a transcript of it in
English (though Netanyahu does love
speaking English, even in his own discussions), he goes to Mossad
headquarters. It is considered relatively safe from the ominous
antennas posted on the roof of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv.Apparently,
Israel also listens in to whomever it can, and it seems to me,
Mr. President, that when you visited Israel last March, there
were quite a few efforts to learn exactly what you said behind
closed doors to your staff. Those are the rules of the game.
True, the Europeans are getting all huffy now and acting like
they are hurt, but thats only because the leaker, Edward
Snowden, exposed America publicly and forced you to admit, from
atop the diving board, that there are things you do underwater
in the public swimming pool shared by all of us. Nothing can
be done about it. In an era in which a group of madmen with
enriched uranium can obliterate a city or land a crowded jet
on a skyscraper, it is necessary to get used to concessions.
One of those concessions is relinquishing privacy. The people
who invented an electronic
network with which everyone can correspond with everyone else
and post pictures of everyone else a network based on
the guiding principle of file and content sharing
cannot expect high standards of privacy.
- So why am I writing to you, Mr. President? For one simple
reason. Now that the whole world knows that you are shamelessly
eavesdropping on your allies without distinction, now that everyone
is talking about how you spy on all
your friends, all the time and everywhere, and after you forced
Israel for the umpteenth time to release the worst of the murderers
of its citizens back into the region, isnt it time, Mr.
President, to release Jonathan Pollard?
- Forget about all the other considerations for a moment. Concentrate
only on moral and human values. Pollard has been wasting away
there, in the American federal prison system, for close to thirty
years. His life is ruined. His
health has been destroyed. He will never start a family. He wasnt
at his mothers funeral, and he was unable to bury his father.
You have stomped him into the ground, without leaving any memory
of him. He learned his lesson.
The Jews of America learned theirs. Israel learned its lesson
too. And we must not forget that Pollard never killed, he never
murdered, and he never eavesdropped. He transferred classified
information to an ally. Yes, an
ally like the kind you listen to all the time, Mr. President.
It is time for a purely humane act from you, Barack Obama. Release
Jonathan Pollard. http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=62200
- OBAMA NO NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN - UAE TO GIVE $3.9 BILLION
- October 26, 2013 SOURCE: Jordan Times 26 Oct.13:Obama
administration seeks pause in new
Iran sanctions push, Associated Press
- FULL TEXT:WASHINGTON The Obama administration is asking
Congress to hold off on enacting new sanctions against Iran.
It says a pause in the push to impose new penalties would give
negotiators flexibility in talks now under way to get Iran to
comply with demands it prove its nuclear programme is peaceful.
Even as US officials argue that tough sanctions are what brought
Iran to the negotiating table in the first place, the White House
and US State Department said Friday the administration wants
lawmakers to wait on new sanctions legislation to give the negotiations
time to get traction. Some lawmakers have argued that now is
not the time to ease pressure and
that pursuing new sanctions will give the US additional leverage
in the talks. But State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said
it was the consensus of the administrations national security
teams that a pause would be helpful in
terms of providing some flexibility while we see if these negotiations
will move forward.
- She said the position was delivered to lawmakers and congressional
aides at a White House meeting on Thursday.
- We have conveyed that any congressional action should
be aligned with our negotiating strategy as we move forward.
So while we understand that Congress may consider new sanctions,
we think this is a time for a pause, as we asked for in the past,
to see if negotiations can gain traction, Psaki told reporters.
She noted that additional sanctions can always be imposed later
if the Iranians fail to meet their obligations, and she stressed
that no existing sanctions are being lifted. Sue Lerner - Associate,
- IRAN CONTINUING TO ENRICH URANIUM TO 20% LEVEL MP
PRESS TV (Iran) Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:8AM GMT
- Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi says Iran is
continuing the enrichment of uranium to the 20-percent purity
level. Irans nuclear energy activities continue as in the
past, said Boroujerdi, who is the chairman of the National Security
and Foreign Policy Committee of Irans Majlis, on Saturday.
Iran decided to enrich uranium to the 20-percent purity to provide
fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor, which produces medical
isotopes for cancer
patients, after potential suppliers failed to provide the Islamic
Republic with the required uranium. During the talks with
the P5+1, the Islamic Republic of Iran called for the recognition
of its nuclear rights and the lifting of sanctions [against the
country]. We should wait for the outcome of these negotiations,
- He added that expert-level talks between Iran and the six
major world powers would begin this week, emphasizing, We
should wait for their viewpoint.
- Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council
- Russia, China, France, Britain and the US - plus Germany held
two days of negotiations over Tehrans nuclear energy program
behind closed doors in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 15-16.
The two sides agreed to meet again in Geneva on November 7-8.
Irans top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday
that nuclear and sanctions experts from Iran and the six world
powers are to meet in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on October
30 and 31 in the run-up to the upcoming nuclear talks in Geneva.
- Iran maintains that as a committed member of the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for
peaceful purposes. SF/NN/HJL
- ISRAEL DENIES EU DELEGATION ENTRY TO GAZA
Published today (updated) 25/10/2013 15:32 By Charlie Hoyle
- BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli government on Wednesday
denied an official European Union delegation entry to the Gaza
Strip, claiming the visit would strengthen the ruling Hamas movement.
Six members of an EU Parliament delegation to the Palestinian
Legislative Council were due to visit Gaza from Oct. 27-30 in
a trip largely focused on
social, economic and humanitarian issues, including visits to
UNRWA health centers, schools, food distribution centers, rehabilitation
centers and sports clubs.
- The MEPs, from a cross-section of political parties representing
six EU member states, were informed in an email by Israeli authorities
that they would not be allowed into Gaza via the Erez crossing
for the three-day visit, which also included trips to Christian
schools, a sports clubs and the University of Palestine.
- Emer Costello, chair of the European Parliament's delegation
to the Palestinian Legislative Council, said she was "astounded
and dismayed" by Israel's decision to refuse an official
EU visit. "Despite interventions by the President of Parliament
and other distinguished Parliamentarians, the Israeli Authorities
are preventing elected members of an official delegation from
paying a humanitarian visit to this ravaged and impoverished
little country," Costello said in a
statement. In an email to the delegation obtained by Ma'an, an
Israeli diplomat in Europe responded that the delegation was
denied "in line with the policy according to which Israel
does not facilitate visits to the Gaza Strip which
will strengthen Hamas, a terror organization designated as such
also by the European Union."
- The diplomat, David Saranga, also claimed in the message
that Israel did not refuse an official visit of the EU delegation
to Gaza but rather "refused the use of its territory to
enter the Gaza Strip." Costello said Israel's decision was
"deplorable and without foundation," adding that she
had requested that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton
take up the issue with Israeli authorities. Continued: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=62164
- PM NETANYAHU MEETS WITH US SECRETARY OF STATE KERRY IN ROME
- PM Netanyahu: It is essential that Iran be made to live up
to Security Council resolutions that demand an end to enrichment
and enrichment capability and an end to plutonium heavy water
capability toward fissile material for nuclear weapons.
(Communicated by he Prime Minister's Media Adviser) 23 October
2013 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Wednesday, 23
October 2013), met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome
and said at the start of their meeting: "The foremost security
problem that we face as you said is Iran's quest for nuclear
weapons. Preventing that is a goal I share with you and President
Obama, and you have said, I think wisely, that Iran must not
have a nuclear weapons capability, which means that they shouldn't
have centrifuges or enrichment. They shouldn't have a plutonium
heavy water plant, which is used only for nuclear weapons. They
should get rid of the advanced fissile
material and they shouldn't have underground nuclear facilities,
underground for one reason â for military purposes.
- I think you're right. I think no deal is better than a bad
deal. I think a partial deal that leaves Iran with these capabilities
is a bad deal. You wisely insisted there wouldn't be a partial
deal with Syria. You were right. If Assad had said, you know,
"I am ready to dismantle 90%, 50% or 80% of my chemical
weapons capability," you would have refused and correctly
so, and I think in the case of Iran, it is essential that it
be made to live up to Security Council resolutions that demand
an end to enrichment and enrichment capability and an end to
plutonium heavy water capability toward fissile
material for nuclear weapons. Continued: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=62161
- IRAN TO BUILD NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS ON PERSIAN GULF COAST
- PRESS TV (Iran)Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:58AM GMT
- TEL AVIV UNIVEERSITY DRAMATIC DISCOVERY IN SEA OF GALILEE
- ANCIENT NEAR EAST EMPIRES COLLAPSED AS A RESULT OF CLIMATE
- Spokesperson's Office Tel Aviv, 22 October 2013
- IRAN VS THE WEST ENDGAME?
- Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall, October 15, 2013
Jerusalem Issue Briefs Vol. 13, No. 28 October 15, 2013
- 1. Abbas Araqchi, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and number
two in the Iranian nuclear negotiating team, met with Undersecretary
of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, head of the U.S.
delegation, on October 15, 2013, in Geneva.
7. We do not trust them. We consider the government
of the United States of
America an unreliable, arrogant, illogical, and hegemonic government
badly possessed and dominated by the international Zionist network
government of the United States of America is blackmailing the
appeasing the forged Zionist regime
.We do not trust the
U.S. government. We
trust our own officials. We are optimists and we want them [the
to take right and firm steps carefully and considering all aspects.
should not forget national interests and dignity even for a second.
- RUSSIA ON SAUDI DECISION NOT TO SERVE IN UN SECURITY COUNCIL
- Comment of the Information Department of the Foreign Ministry
of Russia in connection with the election of non-permanent members
of the UN Security Council
- 2051-18-10-2013 http://www.mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/newsline/89F49FDA94A35AF444257C080048CA0D
- October 17 by a vote in the UN General Assembly elected five
non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the period
2014-2015 . - Lithuania, Nigeria , Saudi Arabia, Chad, Chile
, nominated by their regional groups on
the basis of the applications of these states. However, after
the completion of the election to the UN General Assembly, the
Saudi news agency issued an official statement of Saudi Arabia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country refuses to place
in the Security Council , referring to some "double standards"
in the Council , the working methods which allegedly did not
allow him to exercise his functions in the maintenance of international
peace and security.
- Surprised by such an unprecedented decision of Saudi Arabia,
whose candidacy for election in the General Assembly was supported
by the overwhelming majority of UN member states . Puzzling is
the argument of the Kingdom in
support of its position . Reproaches to the UN Security Council
in the context of the Syrian crisis sounded particularly strange
after the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2118,
which forms the legal framework
for a comprehensive settlement of the conflict in Syria. Thus,
in its decision of Saudi Arabia itself from a collective work
under the United Nations Security Council for the maintenance
of international peace and security.
- We expect that the Asian regional group in the near future
will determine the other candidate for a non-permanent member
of the Security Council , to the UN General Assembly was able
to complete the election process.
- We presume that by participating in the work of the Security
Council , the new non-permanent members of the Council will promote
the rule of law in international relations , enhance the key
role of the UN Security Council in
dealing with crisis situations , to assert the priority of peaceful
political and diplomatic methods to resolve them without interfering
in the internal affairs of sovereign States on the basis of strict
observance of the UN Charter.
- Russia, for its part, is ready for constructive cooperation
with all the newly elected members of the UN Security Council.
October 18, 2013 http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=62161
SAUDI STATEMENT ON NOT JOINING THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL
- Foreign Ministry Makes Statement on Saudi Arabia's Apology
for Not Accepting Security Council Membership
- Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 13, 1434, Oct 18, 2013