Barak: The Bad News is That Bin Laden is Still Alive

Barak: The Bad News is That Bin Laden is Still Alive

Reported: 23:52 PM – Oct/31/10

Defense Minister Ehud Barak participated on Sunday in the Israel Homeland Security International Conference which opened with a gala event in Tel Aviv.

During his remarks, Barak said: “Nine years after the terrorist attacks in the U.S., the good news is that there hasn’t been another such terror attack, but the bad news is that Bin Laden is still alive. Global terrorism is trying to take over the world. The struggle against global terror is a marathon which will continue for half a generation or even more.”

Netanyahu to visit U.S. next week, but won't meet with Obama

Netanyahu to visit U.S. next week, but won’t meet with Obama

PM to travel to New Orleans for annual U.S. Jewish conference, due to meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Latest update 13:33 31.10.10

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to New Orleans early in November for an annual U.S. Jewish conference, but is unlikely to meet President Barack Obama, who will be in Asia.

Netanyahu announced his plans at a cabinet meeting on Sunday and said he would hold talks in New Orleans with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is also scheduled to address the Nov. 5-9 General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America.

Obama, who is trying to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks stalled over Israeli settlement building, leaves on Nov. 5 for a 10-day visit to India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.

Israeli officials said Netanyahu planned to fly to the United States on Nov. 7……………………….

Iranian intelligence chief meets Khaled Mashaal in Damascus

Iranian intelligence chief meets Khaled Mashaal in Damascus

Published: 10.31.10, 18:32

Iranian Intelligence Minister Haidar Moslehi met in Damascus with Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal, who at the end of their meeting said they discussed the conflict with Israel.

The Iranian IRNA news agency reported that Moslehi, who is on a 3-day visit to Syria, also met with Islamic Jihad Chief Ramadan Shalah. (Dudi Cohen),7340,L-3977597,00.html

Ahmadinejad meets top Kenyan official

Ahmadinejad meets top Kenyan official

Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:10AM

The Iranian president says historic ties with Kenya have helped establish an alliance between the two nations in the fight against colonial powers.

In a Monday meeting with Kenya’s Speaker of Parliament Kenneth Marende, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad described the African country as a competent nation whose progress was “impaired by the domination of old colonialism in the past and oppression of neocolonialism in recent years,” ISNA reported.

Noting the waning influence of global powers, the Iranian president told the visiting Kenyan official that there is “a new opportunity to cooperate in building a new world together.”

Referring to his 2009 visit to Kenya, President Ahmadinejad noted that good agreements were reached for expanding ties between the two nations.

“In my cabinet meetings, I will call on my collogues to speed the implementation of Iran-Kenya pacts towards expanding the existing relations.”

He also expressed hope for a visit to Tehran by the Kenyan president.

For his part, Marende expressed satisfaction over the visit of the Iranian president to Kenya and said trade volume between the two countries has exceeded $800 million.

Referring to Iran’s capabilities in a variety of economic fields as well as in social development, the Kenyan official added that Nairobi would like to “benefit from the Islamic Republic’s model of political governance,” since both nations have faced common challenges, including colonial powers. …

]Netanyahu: I'll talk about wave of terror with US vice president

Netanyahu: I’ll talk about wave of terror with US vice president

Published: 10.31.10, 10:58 / Israel News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would meet with US Vice President Joe Biden next week during the annual conference of Jewish communities in the US.

“One of the subjects I’ll talk about will be the steps the free and civilized world needs to take to stop this wave of terror which threatens us all,” the prime minister said during a government session.,7340,L-3977223,00.html

Saudi king's son expected in Damascus to discuss Lebanon

Saudi king’s son expected in Damascus to discuss Lebanon

Published: 10.31.10, 10:17 / Israel News

Saudi media reported that the Saudi king’s son is expected to visit Damascus for a few hours to talk about political tension in Lebanon.

Iranian Intelligence Minister Haidar Maslahi arrived in Damascus on Saturday and is expected to meet Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday.,7340,L-3977192,00.html

Training in Righteousness

Training in Righteousness

[COLOR=Red] “All Scripture is . . . profitable for . . . training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16).

We conclude our study of the character and benefits of God’s Word by focusing on the benefit that ties all the others together: training in righteousness. Everything the Word accomplishes in you through teaching, reproof, and correction is aimed at increasing your righteousness so you’ll “be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17, NIV).

“Training” refers to training or educating a child. The New Testament also uses the term to speak of chastening, which is another important element in both child rearing and spiritual growth (Heb. 12:5-11). The idea is that from spiritual infancy to maturity, Scripture trains and educates believers in godly living.

Scripture is your spiritual nourishment. Jesus said, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). Peter exhorted us to be like newborn babes, longing “for the pure milk of the word, that by it [we] may grow in respect to salvation” (1 Pet. 2:2).

You should crave the Word just like a baby craves milk. But Peter prefaced that statement with an exhortation to put “aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander” (v. 1). That’s the prerequisite. James taught the same principle: “Putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word” (James 1:21). Attempting to feast on Scripture without confessing your sin is like attempting to eat a meal while wearing a muzzle.

Either the Word will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Word. Deal with sin immediately so it doesn’t spoil your appetite for God’s Word. And even if you know the Bible well, be regularly refreshed by its power and reminded of its truths. That’s the key to enjoying spiritual health and victory.

Suggestions for Prayer:

Thank God for the nourishment His Word provides.

Seek His wisdom and grace in dealing with personal sin. Don’t ignore it, for it will diminish your desire for biblical truth.

For Further Study:

Read Philippians 3:1 and 2 Peter 1:12-15.

What did Paul and Peter say about the importance of being reminded of biblical truths you’ve already learned?

Do you follow that advice?[/COLOR]

22 people wounded in suspected suicide bombing in Istanbul

22 people wounded in suspected suicide bombing in Istanbul

Ten police officers, twelve passers-by hurt in explosion in Istanbul’s main square.

Latest update 11:57 31.10.10

A suspected suicide bomber detonated a device in Istanbul’s main square on Sunday, wounding 22 people, Istanbul’s police chief said.

Turkish reports said the explosion occurred close to a spot in Taksim square where riot police were stationed in case of demonstrations

Police chief Huseyin Capkin said ten police officers and twelve passers-by were injured in the attack. At least two of the injured were in serious condition.

Capkin said the suspected bomber is male. He gave no further information, but NTV television said a body, believed to be that of the suicide bomber, was lying near the site of the explosion, covered over with newspapers………………………….

Chicago rabbi says Yemen bombs targeted gay synagogue

Chicago rabbi says Yemen bombs targeted gay synagogue

US security official tells Jewish leader one of explosive-laden packages from Yemen targeted gay and lesbian congregation Or Chadash. ‘We held Kabbalat Shabbat as usual, but with added vigilance,’ worshipper says. Suspect’s attorney: I fear she has been unwittingly used by others

Published: 10.31.10, 09:26

The explosive-laden packages sent from Yemen targeted a gay and lesbian synagogue in Chicago, a local rabbi said.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Rabbi Michael R. Zedek from Chicago’s lakeside Emanuel Congregation said a security official informed him that Congregation Or Chadash, a sister synagogue housed within Emanuel was thought to be a target.

Or Chadash is a gay-and-lesbian synagogue that shares space with Emanuel Congregation and the Chicago Jewish Day School for children.

Lili Kornbloom, who regularly prays at Or Chadash, told Ynet the congregation’s members held a Kabbalat Shabbat as usual despite reports that they were apparently the target of an international terrorist plot…………………,7340,L-3977144,00.html

Column One: The Scott Brown precedent and Israel: Caroline Glick

Column One: The Scott Brown precedent and Israel


10/29/2010 16:23

Israel must craft policies that maximize its advantage on Capitol Hill and minimize its vulnerability to the White House.

On Tuesday, US voters are set to repudiate President Barak Obama’s agenda for their country. Unfortunately, based on his behavior in the face of a similar repudiation last January, it is safe to assume that Obama will not abandon his course.

Last year, in an attempt to block Obama’s plan to nationalize healthcare, Massachusetts voters elected Republican Scott Brown to the Senate. Brown was elected because he pledged to block Obamacare in the US Senate.

Rather than heed the voters’ message and abandon his plans, Obama abandoned the voters.

Instead of accepting his defeat, Obama changed the rules of the game and bypassed the Senate.

So it is safe to assume that for the next two years, Obama will do everything he can to bypass Congress and govern by executive orders and regulations. Although much can be done in this fashion, Congress’s control of the purse strings will check his domestic agenda.

In matters of foreign policy, however, Obama will be less burdened by Ð but not immune Ð to congressional oversight. We can therefore expect him to devote far more energy to foreign affairs in the next two years than he devoted in the last two years.

This bodes ill for Israel. Since entering office, Obama has shown that his primary foreign policy goal is to remake the US’s relationship with the Muslim world. He has also repeatedly demonstrated that compelling Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians and empowering international institutions that seek to delegitimize Israel are his preferred means of advancing this goal.

To date, Obama’s demands on Israel have focused on blocking construction and delegitimizing Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem. And as far as he is concerned, Israel’s response to his demands to date has been unsatisfactory. In light of this, at a minimum we can expect that in the immediate aftermath of next Tuesday’s elections, Obama will deliberately provoke a new crisis in US relations with Israel over Jewish building in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

But of course, this isn’t his only option. Indeed, he has nearly unlimited options for making life unpleasant for Israel. Obama doesn’t even have to be the one to provoke the next crisis. He can simply take advantage of crises that the Palestinians provoke.

THE PALESTINIANS are threatening to provoke two such crises in the next several months. First, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to ask the UN Security Council to pass a resolution declaring all Israeli communities beyond the 1949 armistice lines illegal and requiring the expulsion of the 450,000 Israeli Jews who live in them.

Second, the PA’s unelected Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is threatening to declare independence without a treaty with Israel next summer.

Simply by not opposing these deeply aggressive initiatives against Israel, Obama can cause Israel enormous harm.

Other outlets for pressure include stepping up harassment of pro-Israel groups in the US, holding up the transfer of arms to Israel, pressing for the IDF to end its counterterror operations in Judea and Samaria, and expanding US financial and military support for the Palestinian army. All of these moves will doubtless be employed to varying degrees in the next two years.

This onslaught on Israel will be implemented against the backdrop of a dynamic regional strategic environment. The evolving threats that Israel faces include among other things, Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear arsenal, and Iran’s takeover of Lebanon, Gaza and Syria. Israel also faces the likelihood that instability and fanaticism will engulf Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak dies and that Jordan will be destabilized after US forces vacate Iraq.

Over the next two years, Israel will be required to contend with these developing threats in profound ways. And over the next two years, all of Israel’s actions aimed at mitigating these threats will need to be taken with the certain knowledge that the country will be in and out of crises with the Obama administration throughout. Whatever military actions Israel will be required to take will have to be timed to coincide with lulls in Obama-provoked crises.

The one good thing about the challenge Obama presents to Israel is that it is a clear cut challenge. The Scott Brown precedent coupled with Obama’s track record on Israel demonstrate that Obama will not modify his anti-Israel agenda to align with political realities at home, and there is nothing that Israel can do that will neutralize Obama’s hostility.

By the same token, the massive support Israel enjoys among the incoming Republican majority in the House of Representatives is a significant resource. True, the Republicans will not enjoy the same power to check presidential power in foreign affairs as they will have in domestic policy. But their control over the House of Representatives will enable them to shape public perceptions of international affairs and mitigate administration pressure on Israel by opening up new outlets for discourse and defunding administration initiatives.

Against this backdrop, Israel must craft policies that maximize its advantage on Capitol Hill and minimize its vulnerability to the White House. Specifically, Israel should adopt three basic policy lines. First, Israel should request that US military assistance to the IDF be appropriated as part of the Defense Department’s budget instead of the State Department’s foreign aid budget where it is now allocated.

This change is important for two reasons. First, US military assistance to Israel is not welfare. Like US military assistance to South Korea, which is part of the Pentagon’s budget, US military assistance to Israel is a normal aspect of routine relations between the US and its strategic allies. Israel is one of the US’s most important strategic allies and it should be treated like the US’s other allies are treated and not placed in the same basket as impoverished states in Africa.

Second, this move is supported by the Republicans. Rep. Eric Cantor, who will likely be elected Republican Majority Leader, has already stated his interest in moving military assistance to Israel to the Pentagon budget. The Republicans wish to move aid to Israel to the Pentagon’s budget because that assistance is the most popular item on the US foreign aid budget. Not wishing to harm Israel, Republicans have been forced to approve the foreign aid budget despite the fact that it includes aid to countries like Sudan and Yemen that they do not wish to support.

When the government announces its request, it should make clear that in light of Israel’s economic prosperity, Israel intends to end its receipt of military assistance from the US within five years. Given the Republicans’ commitment to fiscal responsibility, this is a politically sensible move. More importantly, it is a strategically critical move. Obama’s hostility demonstrates clearly that Israel must not be dependent on US resupply of military platforms in time of war.

The second policy direction Israel must adopt involves stepping up its efforts to discredit and check the Palestinian political war against it. Today the Palestinians are escalating their bid to delegitimize Israel by expanding their offensive against Israel in international organizations like the UN and the International Criminal Court and by expanding their operations in states like Britain that are hostile to Israel.

Israel must move aggressively to discredit all groups and individuals that participate in these actions, and cooperate with its allies who share its aim of weakening them. For instance, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is expected to be elected chairwoman of the House Foreign Relations Committee, has been seeking to curtail US funding to UN organizations like UNRWA whose leaders support Hamas and whose organizational goal is Israel’s destruction.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his ministers must lead the charge discrediting groups like UNRWA, the ICC and the UN Human Rights Council. Since the Obama administration seeks to empower all of these organizations, at a minimum, such an Israeli policy will embolden Obama’s political opponents to block his policies by curtailing US funding of these bodies.

The Palestinians’ threats to declare independence and define Israeli communities as illegal are clear attempts on their part to shape the post-peace process international landscape. Given their diplomatic strength and Israel’s diplomatic weakness, it is reasonable for the Palestinians to act as they are.

But two can play this game.

ISRAEL IS not without options. These options are rooted in its military control on the ground, Netanyahu’s political strength at home, and popular support for Israel in the US.

Israel should prepare its own unilateral actions aimed at shaping the post-Oslo international agenda. It should implement these actions the moment the Palestinians carry through on their threats. For instance, the day the UN Security Council votes on a resolution to declare Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria and Israeli neighborhoods in Jerusalem illegal, Israel should announce it is applying Israeli law to either all of Judea and Samaria, or to the large Israeli population centers and to the Jordan Valley.

If properly timed and orchestrated, such a move by Israel could fundamentally reshape the international discourse on the Middle East in Israel’s favor. Certainly it will empower Israel’s allies in the US and throughout the world to rally to its side.

The challenge that Washington now poses to Israel is not unprecedented. Indeed for Netanyahu it is familiar.

During his first tenure as prime minister, Netanyahu faced a similar predicament with the Clinton administration. In October 1998, thenpresident Bill Clinton was about to be impeached. The Republicans stood poised to expand their control over the House of Representatives. Paralyzed domestically, Clinton turned to Israel. He placed enormous pressure on Netanyahu to agree to further land concessions to Yasser Arafat in Judea and Samaria. In what became the Wye Memorandum, Clinton forced Netanyahu to agree to massive concessions in exchange for which Clinton agreed to free Jonathan Pollard from prison.

At the time, Israel’s allies in Washington enjoined Netanyahu not to succumb to Clinton’s pressure. They argued that in his weakened state, Clinton had limited capacity to harm Netanyahu. Moreover, they warned that by caving to his pressure, Netanyahu would strengthen Clinton and guarantee that he would double down on Israel.

In the event, Netanyahu spurned Israel’s allies and bent to Clinton’s will. For his part, Clinton reneged on his pledge to release Pollard.

Netanyahu’s rightist coalition partners were appalled by his behavior. They bolted his coalition in protest and his government fell. Rather than stand by Netanyahu for his concessions, Clinton and the Israeli Left joined hands to defeat him in the 1999 elections.

The lesson Netanyahu learned from this experience was that he cannot trust the political Right to stand by him. While not unreasonable, this was not the main lesson from his experience. The larger point is that Netanyahu must not delude himself into believing that by falling into the arms of the Left he will win its support.

The post-election Obama administration will make the lives of Israel’s leaders unpleasant. But Netanyahu and his ministers are not powerless in the grip of circumstances. They have powerful allies and supporters in Washington and the confidence of the Israeli people. These are formidable assets.