Father Roy writes:
As many of you know, one has to be familiar with a multitude of details to understand the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in depth. I’ve done a bit of helpful highlighting in the article pasted below. Have you noticed the way that characters (personalities) in the Holy Land make the conflict more interesting than fiction?
When we think about it, Peers, the Israeli people could have elected a more perfidious leader than even Benjamin Netanyahu. (Partial explanation below). Who will become Israel’s next Prime Minister? I forget when the next elections will be. Who will get enough votes to replace Avigdor Liegerman as Israel’s Foreign Minister? A man named Moshe Feiglin is being mentioned as a challenge to Netanyahu. Let’s check him out: Moshe Feiglin (biography). Let’s become familiar with the way he thinks, because he definitely has a following: The answer is in our hands – Israel Opinion, Ynetnews. There’s current information in the article pasted below.
Peers, when we think about it, Jews should feel complimented and appreciative .. honored even … that Muslims regard Jerusalem as “holy”. Why do Jews behave as tho they are being insulted or robbed? Mohammed never claimed He was founding a new religious faith. No, the Prophet pointed towards Jerusalem … i.e., to the monotheism in the Jewish and Christian traditions and taught: “ Behold !!! God has always been ONE.’ There’s a postscript.
P.S. Please don’t misunderstand me, Peers. I’m not implying that Jews are a ”greedy” tribe by nature or anything like that. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I’m saying simply that there are some things (like Life) that civilized people (behaving as individuals and as nationalities) must learn to share with others for the benefit of us all … and … for God’s sake. Please read on. I highlighted a few sentences which will help us understand Hamas.
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|Israeli police forces used tear gas and rubber bullets against Palestinian demonstrators in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya
Moshe Feiglin is not a typical Likudnik in the style of other past and present Likud leaders, such as Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, Ariel Sharon and Binyamin Netanyahu.
Those who know him say he is an incarnation of Meir Kahana, the racist-minded American rabbi who in the early 1970s founded the Kach organisation calling for the expulsion of non-Jews from Israel-Palestine, as well as the application of draconian Talmudic laws to replace Israel’s quasi-secular system.
A few years ago, Feiglin decided to join the ranks of Likud, calculating that only by taking over a central and powerful party from within could he hope to transform Israel from a semi-secular state into a Jewish theocracy ruled by Halacha or the so-called Talmudic religious law.
So far, he has achieved only limited success, with less than 25 per cent of Likud registered members voting for him in the recent party leadership elections, in which the overwhelming majority voted for incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
However, the fact that Feiglin has been able to secure one fourth of Likud behind him does not bode well for either Israel’s democracy or the future of Likud itself.
Ideologically, Feiglin is at the extreme right of the Israeli political map, believing that Israel should annex the West Bank, reoccupy the Gaza Strip, deport all Palestinians and demolish Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem.
This week, Feiglin and dozens of his supporters sought to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to remind “Jews and the world at large” that the “holiest Jewish temple was still in the hands of the Gentiles” and that the “very existence of Israel was meaningless without the rebuilding of the temple”.
The group held up posters calling for the “purification of the Temple Mount from the enemies of Israel”. Eventually, the police, seeing that violence might ensue, decided to block access to the site.
According to the police, flyers found outside the Haram Al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem read that “members of the Likud caucus, along with its thousands of members headed by Moshe Feiglin, are hereby invited to arrive at the temple Mount and declare that proper leadership begins with control over the temple.”
Earlier, Muslim residents of the city had apparently got word that extremist Jewish settlers were trying to desecrate the 1,400-year-old Muslim shrine in order to put pressure on the Israeli government to turn it into a synagogue.
Hundreds of Muslim activists then arrived, forming a considerable presence and convincing the police that an incendiary showdown could be evolving. The Muslim presence seemed to have influenced the police decision to deny Feiglin’s people access to the Haram Al-Sharif.
The mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohamed Hussein, castigated the Israeli government for playing with fire.
“Do they think that we are helpless orphans and completely powerless to defend and protect our holy places? Israel should know that we will only allow these fanatics to desecrate our holy places over our dead bodies,” he said.
“This place belongs to the Muslim umma, and any aggression against it would mean confrontation with the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims,” Hussein added, urging Muslim governments and peoples to make the issue of the Al-Aqsa Mosque a priority.
One middle-aged Jerusalemite who came to help protect the Mosque remarked that he would sacrifice his life and the lives of his family to protect the glory and sanctity of the Mosque.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas also urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to end provocations against Muslim holy places in Jerusalem. Hamas said that Arab and Muslim states should devote all their efforts to saving the Al-Aqsa Mosque from conspiracies.
It also called on the PA to stop “futile efforts” at reaching a peace arrangement with Israel, saying that Palestinian efforts in this regard were interpreted as a sign of weakness.
“Whenever the Arabs extend their hands in peace, Israel steps up its aggression, crimes and provocation. Israel doesn’t understand the language of peace: it only understands the language of military might,” the group said.
On Sunday, the Palestinians received moral support from the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), a statement from the Party lambasting Israel and underlining its opposition to Israel’s repeated efforts to carry out aggression against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other holy places in occupied Jerusalem.
The statement said that official Arab and Muslim condemnation of Israeli belligerence was no longer adequate.
The issue of Jerusalem is widely viewed as the most complicated and volatile component of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem has been a Muslim shrine of immense sanctity ever since the Prophet Mohamed made his miraculous night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem more than 1,445 years ago.
Israel annexed East Jerusalem soon after its army occupied the city in 1967, and it has been trying to obliterate its traditional Arab-Islamic identity ever since, in violation of international law.
The UN and other international bodies have repeatedly ruled such efforts to be illegal. However, because of unrestricted US backing, Israel has been able to get away with them thus far with impunity.
Original link: Israel tests international patience on Jerusalem
Father Roy writes: Netanyahu is saying that Iran is undermining the world’s stability. Freud had a lot to say about “Psychological Projection“. Jesus taught: “Consider the speck and the mote” which is a lesson we all need to learn. Peace, Roy
Netanyahu: Iran’s terror acts undermine the world’s stability
Five arrested on suspicion of involvement in New Delhi attack against Israeli embassy; Thai police investigating Tuesday’s botched bombing, one suspect reportedly fled to Malaysia.
By Barak RavidTags: Benjamin NetanyahuIsrael terrorism
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Iran is destabilizing the world and urged the international community to condemn its terror acts against Israeli targets.
The prime minister’s comments come a day after a botched terror attack in Thailand, which Israeli officials believe was meant to target Israel’s ambassador in Bangkok. The bombing followed an attack on Israel’s embassy in New Delhi and an attempted attack on Israeli diplomats in Tbilisi.
|Car bomb attack on the Israeli embassy in New Delhi.|
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“Iran’s terror operations are now exposed for all to see,” Netanyahu said during a Knesset plenum on Wednesday. “Iran is undermining the world’s stability and harms innocent diplomats. World countries must condemn Iran’s terror acts and draw a red line.”
Four Thai civilians were wounded in Bangkok in a series of blasts that began Tuesday when a cache of explosives ignited at a house, apparently by mistake. One explosion blew off the leg of an Iranian who had fled, carrying what looked like grenades.
On Monday, a bombing of an Israeli diplomatic car in New Delhi wounded four people, including a diplomat’s wife. A similar bomb found under a car in Georgia on Monday was defused.
The Indian police detained five suspects for questioning on suspicion of involvement in the New Delhi attack, India Today reported.
According to the report, the police was able to identify the assailant, who placed the bomb on the car of the wife of the Defense Ministry’s representative in India, Tali Yehoshua-Koren, using footage from CCTV cameras positioned on the embassy’s street. The police also identified a red motorcycle believed to have been used by the terror cell.
The New Delhi police suspect that the terrorist had followed the Israeli diplomat. A few hours before the blast, the Israeli diplomat met with his wife for lunch in the Khan Market. Security cameras from the market area caught several of the suspects loitering around Tali Yehoshua-Koren’s car that was parked nearby.
Moreover, the police have been going over international phone calls made from New Delhi to Iran, Lebanon, and Pakistan during the hours following the bombing. During the half-an-hour from 3:30 to 4:00 P.M on the day of the attack, 115 calls were made to those three countries. Four of them were made from a phone booth near the market where the Israeli couple met. Thirteen of the conversations lasted between eight to ten minutes, and the police are trying to identify the persons who made these calls.
According to the report in India Today, the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad, gave its Indian counterpart a list of eight suspects, believed to have been involved in the attack.
The investigation of the Iranian terror cell in Thailand is also in progress. The Thai police set up a special command center dedicated to the search and seizure of cell members still at large. The police issued an arrest warrant for an additional member. Another suspect had apparently already fled the country on a flight to Malaysia. Thailand asked the Malaysia police to arrest the suspect.
Mohammad Haji, a member of the terror cell, who was arrested in Bangkok’s international airport trying to flee the country, denied all involvement in the bombing. Despite his denial, the Thai police believe they have enough evidence to prosecute him in the case. The police said the members of the terror cell arrived via Seoul, South Korea.
Link to original story in Haaretz: Netanyahu: Iran’s terror acts undermine the world’s stability