Sunday, January 22, 2012

In the news...

At least one interesting development coming from the epicenter:

Israeli officials told visiting USS Chief Joint of Staffs Martin Dempsey that it would give President Barack Obama no more than 12 hours notice if and when it attacks Iran, The London Times reported Sunday.

The Netanyahu government also will not coordinate with the United States an attack on the Islamic Republic, according to the report, the latest in a number of suposed scenarios concerning cooperation or lack of it between Jerusalem and Washington.

It is left to speculation whether the rumors are based on facts or are leaked by officials to mask the possibility of secret military coordination.

The London Times said its sources explained that that Israel fears that President Obama would try to torpedo an Israel attack if more notice were given because he is concerned that Iran will respond by blocking the Strait of Hormuz, sparking a rise in the price of oil that could cripple Western economies. If the attack were to occur in the next 10 months, it would put President Obama in a tight spot on the eve of his bid for re-election.

President Shimon Peres told Dempsey, "I am sure that in this fight [against Iran] we will emerge victorious. It is a fight that does not belong exclusively to the United States or Israel, but a global struggle to create a safe world for all peoples.”

Netanyahu told Dempsey the U.S. should ratchet up sanctions against Iran to ones that would target its central bank and oil exports, the Israeli news site YNet reported. It quoted Netanyahu as saying such measures must be imposed immediately.

The U.S. and Israel differ about what would be considered unacceptable Iranian behavior that would require a military strike, the former chief claimed.

"While Israel defines the red line as Iran's ability and potential for a breakthrough, the Americans draw the red line a lot farther away," said Yadlin, who stepped down as intelligence chief in late 2010.

Palestinian officials say that they will resume their effort to gain U.N.membership, and that they could launch a nonviolent third intifada because they see no chance of reaching a peace deal with the currentIsraeli government.

“We hear from our Jordanian friends that things are not going well,” saidSabri Saidam, deputy speaker of the Fatah Council and an adviser toPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr. Saidam and other Palestinian officials told The Washington Times that, barring a last-minute development Thursday, the U.N. campaign would begin anew.

The entire U.N. campaign has attained great symbolism here. A giant blue chair bearing the words “Palestine’s Right: Full Membership in theUnited Nations” still sits in Ramallah’s central square.

A wall of Mr. Abbas‘ presidential compound features a giant photo of him holding up the Palestinian application during his speech to the U.N. General Assembly.


hartdawg said...

Hello everyone! here's an update on my friend i mentioned a few weeks ago. he's into detox for the next few days. its been really gruesome cuz he's been shooting up heroin for a long time. after detox he'll be going away to a christian rehab (teen challenge) for a year. he has a very long, hard lonely road ahead of him. my biggest concern is for his salvation cuz he has a very hard heart towards God

Jec said...

hartdawg, know that many here are praying. God has already answered pray, praise Him for that!! It will be a long process. From my understanding teen challenge is a very good program. Your friend is in good hands. Know also, that with your friend, who will be going through many changes, will be refocused on God in just a couple of short weeks, so if the rapture happens! He should be in even better loving hands. Right now, this is the best place for him. I will be praying for a miraculous healing. My daughter is now about 9 months sober, and battling custody for her child. She has not seen her son now going on 5 weeks because of sabotage of a car fire so it seems. Opposing counsel is saying it is too dangerous for visitation rights. The investigative fire detective said they found a finger print, so I hope all here, will be praying along me that the truth will come out here, and also for hartdawg's friend!

Caver said...

Hartdawg & JEC, wish there were words of comfort that we could give. As JEC said, we know of the program and know it has a good history and track record.

Guys, we will be praying for you, your family, swift results/justice and healing for your friend Hartdwag.