Friday, September 24, 2010

In the news...

At the risk of stating the obvious:

"Israel: No choice but to attack Iran"

Israeli officials are becoming increasingly frustrated by the international community’s foot-dragging regarding Iran’s defiant nuclear program. Sanctions are having almost no impact, and there is no credible threat of force. For most Israelis, it seems the world has accepted a nuclear-armed Iran as a foregone conclusion.

Speaking at a counter-terrorism conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya on Sunday, former Mossad chief Danny Yatom said that if NATO or some other coalition of air forces would attack even just some of Iran’s nuclear facilities, it could buy plenty of time to ultimately prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining atomic weapons.

But Europe and the Obama Administration have signaled they have absolutely no intention of using force to stop Iran, and so Israel must retain the right to self-defense. “Figure out for yourselves what that means,” Yatom told his audience

And that admonition applies not only to Israel, but to every other nation as well. “I believe that the whole world has to take it seriously,” said Barak. “A nuclear Iran…will start an arms race towards nuclear capacity among several members of the Middle Eastern community. It will give a tailwind to (global jihad).”

“We continue to be open to diplomatic solutions to resolve this,” said Obama, sidestepping the fact that diplomatic efforts to talk Iran down have been going on for nearly a decade with absolutely no positive results. In fact, as many Israelis see it, the situation has worsened since Obama took office and effectively took the military option off the table. Iran is now more convinced than ever that international sanctions and threats have no teeth.

"Abdullah: If freeze issue not settled, war may follow"

Jordan's King: "If we fail on the 30th [of September], expect another war by the end of the year. And more wars in the region over the coming years."

Jordan's King Abdullah warned Thursday that if the issue of the building moratorium in West Bank settlements was not solved a regional war could break out by the end of the year.

He hinted at his displeasure with Iran involving itself in the Middle East peace process, stating that the Palestinian issue had been "hijacked" by some non-Arab elements that were preventing moderate elements from voicing their opinion. He expressed his belief that a resolution to the conflict would end Iran's involvement in the issue

There we see Iran again, right in the thick of things - pushing the buttons in the Middle East. They already control Hamas and Hezbollah and now they are finding ways to intervene in the "peace process". It isn't surprising. At least others in the region recognize this fact.

Haaretz is also carrying the story:

"Jordan's Abdullah: Peace talks failure will drag U.S. into new Mideast war"

In other news, this one (below) is coming from the Temple Mount:

"Israel Police leave Temple Mount as calm returns to Jerusalem"

At least 10 Israelis wounded in riots near Temple Mount, Western Wall following shooting death of Palestinian by Israeli security guard in East Jerusalem; Israeli man stabbed, in moderate condition.

Calm appeared to be prevailing on the streets of Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, after hours of bloody clashes apparently sparked by the shooting of a Palestinian by an Israeli security guard in the early hours of the morning. Police also redeployed from the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, situated on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The action came after more than 10 Israelis were wounded when hundreds of Palestinian protesters began hurling stones at security officials, following the funeral for Sami Sirhan, a Palestinian resident of the East Jerusalem area of Silwan - an area that sees frequent tensions over its settler enclave - who was shot dead by an Israeli security guard protescting settlers' homes earlier in the day.

An Israeli man, 35, was stabbed by a rioter near Mount Scopus and hospitalized with moderate wounds, while three more Israelis were slightly wounded in the same area as Palestinian rioters overturned their car.

The guard shot the 32-year-old man in a pre-dawn incident, a police spokesman said, saying that the guard told police investigators he had opened fire after his car was blocked and stoned by dozens of Palestinians.

The rumors of war are continuing. The violence is escalating in the Middle East. The obsession with a peace deal in the region tells us that the covenant of Daniel 9:27 is approaching.

Things are right on schedule.

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