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More Hatred of Mordecai than Love of Haman

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

In December 2010 a young Tunisian, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire and ignited Islamic-fueled fire storms that have scorched the Middle East. As of January 1st 2014, Al Qaeda Iraq, under the command of Abu Bakre al-Baghdadi, having defeated the 1st and 7th divisions of the American trained Iraqi Army, is in now in control of central Iraq, and al-Baghdadi is preparing to announce an Islamic Caliphate. This, of course, provides Al Qaeda Syria, under the leadership of Abu Muhamad al-Julan the strategic depth it needs to survive, and a territorial continuity from Iraq all the way to Israel’s borders. So why is the world so obsessed with the Israeli-Palestinian problem?

Given a radical Islamic, Al Qaeda lead, entrenched presence from Morocco to Pakistan, even those who previously honestly believed that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would bring peace to the world, can no longer hold this position.

Of all the atrocities, genocide, and mass massacres that are going on now, and have been going on for decades on our enlightened planet, why is the world so preoccupied with Israeli settlements? Why in the face of so much Islamic-fueled hate and violence, does the world remain so intent on resolving, what is in the grand scope of world conflicts, a relatively minor one, and bent on doing so at the cost of Israel?

In a world filled with so many victims, and with so many tragic causes to champion, the Palestinian plight surely does not merit a top billing. And yet, despite the extreme and unprecedented efforts by Israel to adhere to a humane code of both military and civilian conduct in it’s dealings with the Palestinians, Israel is considered the villain, and the Palestinians have consistently been the preferred recipients of both world sympathy and attention.

So, if by any measurable scale of logic, Palestinian suffering does not measure up to a top billing, the problem may boil down to a Jewish Problem instead. Could it simply be a case of hatred of Mordechai, rather than one of love of Haman that keeps the pressure on Israel by the US and European Union, to accept an agreement which jeopardizes it’s very survival?

Despite the fact that Hezbollah, Hamas, and Al Qaeda (all committed to Israel’s destruction) are now physically surrounding Israel, absurdly, the sticking points of a ‘would be’ agreement between Israel and the Palestinians appear to be centered on security arrangements. The Palestinians (soon to become Al Qaeda Palestine) object to what Israelis consider the minimum security requirements for Israel’s survival in the event of future break down of the peace accord with a people that has been heavily invested in the industry of hating Jews and educating generations of Palestinian children to the worship of terror.

Israeli security requirements are based on three basic needs; an early warning system (which includes warning of an Iranian missile attack); deterrence (against outside Islamic expeditionary forces entering the new state and joining in with the Palestinians); the ability to achieve a quickly and decisive victory in the event of a future war. Surprisingly (or not), the US is mounting extraordinary pressure on Israel (soon to be reinforced by visits to Israel by British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel) to give in on security needs for the sake of an understanding of a framework of peace with a party that continues to refuse acknowledgment of the Jewish State’s right to exist.

With Iran about to go nuke on the one hand, and Al Qaida gaining ground in the entire region, Israel is caught in a dilemma; rejecting the American proposed agreement with the Palestinians and being subjected to President Barack Obama’s vengeful wrath if and when it’s time to strike Iran, or succumbing to America’s pressure and leaving Israel vulnerable to a future Palestinastan.

Update: Car Bomb Kills Seven in Hezbollah District in Beirut

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

A car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 20 others in a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut Thursday afternoon, the Beirut Daily Star reported.

The site of the blast was only 150 feet from the offices where Hezbollah officials hold regular meetings

Hezbollah is continuing to get a taste of its medicine as Lebanese nationalist escalate their opposition to the terrorist organization that threatens to engulf the country in the Syrian civil war.

The car bomb explosion was the second blast in less than a week.

Last Friday, former Lebanese official Mohammed Shatah and seven others were killed in a car bomb explosion in downtown Beirut, and dozens of nearby parked vehicles sustained damage.

Car Bomb Explodes at Hezbollah Post in Lebanon

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

A vehicle rigged with 100 pound of explosives exploded at a Hezbollah post in eastern Lebanon Tuesday and apparently killed one or more Hezbollah fighters, according to the Beirut Daily Star.

Sources said that Hezbollah members removed bodies before Lebanese soldiers arrived.

The Hezbollah-controlled Al Manar channel reported that Hezbollah fighters were trying to intercept the vehicle when it blew up. It was not known if a suicide bomber was inside the vehicle.

A Lebanese legislator blamed Israel for the explosion. “There is no doubt that an Israeli intelligence system is behind these incidents and is cooperating with Lebanese cells, benefitting from the presence of infidels in Lebanon to commit these heinous acts,” he said.

Israel, Lebanese, Hezbollah, Avoid Confrontation over Shooting

Monday, December 16th, 2013

See: IDF Confirms: Soldier Killed from Lebanon Gunfire

A Lebanese soldier opened fire Sunday at an Israeli vehicle in the Rosh Hanikra border area, killing Israeli soldier Shlomi Cohen, 31. Six to seven shots were fired at the vehicle, which was on a road adjacent to the electronic border fence with Lebanon, on Israel’s side.

The Rosh Hanikra border crossing. Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson's Office

The Rosh Hanikra border crossing. Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Office

At around 1:00 AM Monday, Lebanon’s LBCI television reported the Israeli army retaliated by opening fire at the Lebanese General Security post at the border crossing. the incident had taken place at 9 PM, Sunday.

The incident has not been confirmed by the Lebanese army.

Israel protested to the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, which, apparently, stood by and watched the incident as it was unfolding.

“The IDF has protested this outrageous breach of Israel’s sovereignty with UNIFIL and has heightened its state of preparedness along the border,” the IDF statement said. “We will not tolerate aggression against the state of Israel and maintain the right to exercise self-defense.”

In the 2006 war, which started after Hezbollah terrorists crossed into Israel and captured two Israeli soldiers, about 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis lost their lives. This is the reason the Lebanese media and government are on edge each time there’s a clash at their southern border, lest it blossom into a bigger conflict.

Hezbollah, which has tens of thousands of missiles aimed at Israel, is preoccupied with helping Syrian President Bashar Assad push back the Suni rebels—a move which Israel tacitly approves. So, for now, Hezbollah and Israel are strangely supporting the same side in Syria, and the Lebanese terror organization is not interested in opening a second front with Israel.

Since the last war, the Lebanese border has seen only sporadic violence, with Israel responding with airstrikes and artillery fire following a number of rocket attacks and shootings across the border.

In 2010, a high-ranking Israeli officer was killed by a Lebanese sniper. Israel responded with artillery fire, killing two Lebanese soldiers and a journalist.

Lebanon’s National News Agency said “a Lebanese army force opened fire at an Israeli unit on the border, near the Naqoura crossing.”

Lebanese TV networks, including al-Manar, and Arab televisions, including Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, reported the incident.

The Hezbollah news agency Al-Manar fabricated a story about how an Israeli force tried to infiltrate Lebanese territory in Naqoura, which provoked a clash with the Lebanese army.

But the Lebanese TV network said a single soldier opened fire and that “contact with him was lost.”

A military source told MTV that “there are no clashes between the Lebanese army and Israeli army and the situation is under control.”

The MTV correspondent in Jerusalem reported that “a Lebanese soldier opened fire at a civilian car that was on the Israeli side of the border, killing an Israeli navy officer who was in it.”

Later on Sunday, NNA said the Lebanese and Israeli armies were both on alert on the border and that an Israeli surveillance drone was flying at low altitude over Ras al-Naqoura.

UNIFIL spokesperson Andrea Tinenti told AFP that his force was informed about a “serious” border incident and was trying to establish the facts. “The situation is ongoing and the UNIFIL force commander is in contact with counterparts, urging restraint.”

On Thursday, the IDF reported shots fired across the border by Lebanese “hunters,” with no casualties.

Last August, the Lebanese army and UNIFIL reported that four Israeli soldiers on patrol were wounded in a blast 400 yards inside Lebanese territory.

IDF Moving Troops to Lebanon Border

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

There are reports that the IDF is moving a large number of troops along the Lebanon border. Hezbollah has gone on high alert in South Lebanon.

Nasrallah Spreads the Blame, Accuses Saudis for Suicide Bombings

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Hezbollah supreme leader Hassan Nasrallah for the first time has accused Saudi Arabia of hunting down his terrorist organization. He blamed the kingdom for an attack two weeks ago on the Iranian embassy in Beirut, where 23 people were killed. An Al Qaeda-linked group previously has taken responsibility for the suicide bombings.

Nasrallah also blamed Saudi Arabia for similar attacks on Iraq.

His accusations on Tuesday were followed on Wednesday with his blaming Israel for the assassination of one of Hezbollah’s most senior terrorists, who was gunned down in Beirut, as reported here.

Iran Owes Terror Victims Billions of Dollars, Says Activist Lawyer

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

An Israeli lawyer who has won billions of dollars for relatives of terror victims has asked Obama administration officials why they are discussing letting Iran off the hook on sanctions while it owes American relatives colossal sums of money.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, who heads the Israel Law Center, has won billions of dollars for relatives of terror victims in lawsuits against the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist organization as well as banks and other agencies that aid terrorists or act as a pipeline for funds for them.

She wrote Under Secretary Wendy Sherman last month, “Iran must not be allowed under any circumstances to avoid making payment of reparations and due compensations to the families of those whose lives they have destroyed through terrorism…and through the terror organizations it supports: Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah.”

In a blog posted this past week on The Hill website based in Washington, Darshan-Leitner noted that Sherman did not respond, and she added, “As a result of lawsuits taken by American victims of terror in U.S. courts, the Iranian regime currently owes billions of dollars from decades of terrorist activity resulting in dozens of victims and severed families. This debt has yet to be recognized or paid by the Iranian government with no sign of an intention to do so.”

She called on Congress to ensure that the U.S. government is working to keep the interests of the terror victims’ families on the table.

Darshan-Leitner pointed out that when George W. Bush was President, he conditioned repealing of any sanctions against Libya on payment of reparations to the victims of Libyan terror. “This move resulted in the payment of $1.5 billion dollars to the victims’ families,” she wrote.

On the other hand, Bush also removed North Korea from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism in 2008, without compensation being paid to American families, she added.

“We fear this lack of response not only portends a potential Iranian exemption from paying reparations and giving due compensation to families affected by terror in return for normalization of relations, but that it also signals a softening of Sherman’s position on the proliferation of terrorist activity and most significantly, creates difficult implications for the United States’ reputation as a pillar of justice in the war on terror,” according to Darshan-Leitner.

Her blog continued, “As lawyers for American, Canadian and Israeli victims of Iranian terror, we call on Congress to take action and place a check on Under Secretary Sherman in this current round of negotiations… We call on all members of Congress to ensure that victims of terror are not forgotten and to help make the Iranian regime provide the proper reparations and due compensation for the innocent lives taken at the hands of terrorist activities and not to gain a free pass in the name of diplomatic maneuverings.”

Israel Blamed for Beirut Blast, but Al Qaeda Takes the Credit

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Al Qaeda took responsibility for the double bombing at the Iranian embassy in Beirut Tuesday morning, minutes after Iran accused Israel of begin behind the explosions that killed an Iranian diplomat and at least 22 others.

The Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, Ghadanfar Roknabadi, said it was an “Israeli scheme” and that the attacks served  the “Zionist entity.”

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, linked with Al Qaeda, said it was behind the bombings, one set off by a motorcyclist and the second detonated by a suicide car bomber whose vehicle carried 200 pounds of TNT. At least 146 people were wounded. Among the fatalities was Ebrahim al-Ansari, the cultural attaché of the embassy.

Regardless of who was behind the attack, it  was a serious breach of security in the heavily guarded and Hezbollah-controlled area of Beirut where the embassy is located.

The car bomb exploded only 30 feet from the building.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-blamed-for-beirut-blast-but-al-qaeda-takes-the-credit/2013/11/19/

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