Any agreement the Palestinian Authority might reach with Israel would be subject to significant changes, a senior Hamas official has told the American newspaper The Forward.Moussa Abu Marzouk said in an interview to be published next Friday that if Hamas came to power, any treaty would be an interim truce, a hudna, not a permanent accord. This would be the case even if a referendum ratified the deal.In recent weeks, Hamas has held a number of election campaigns for the group's political bureau - in Gaza, in prisons and in regional councils abroad.
Marzouk's statements are seen as a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to advance the peace talks with the PA, because he can only "do business" with Hamas.
Hamas Won't Honor Peace Accords With Israel
Abu Marzouk's remarks underline Hamas' stance that it considers itself to be at perpetual war with Israel so long as the Jewish state continues to exist.
They are significant in that they underscore the growing weakness of longtime politburo-chief-in-exile Khaled Mashaal after the rise of Hamas as the ruling power in Gaza.
Mashaal has tentatively accepted the notion of a state on the 1967 borders, and offered PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas a one-year mandate for negotiations with Israel – but has been effectively overridden Hamas leaders in Gaza.His remarks echo previous statements by the top Hamas leaders in Gaza – Ismael Haniyeh and Mahmoud al-Zahar – than any peace agreement with Israel would only serve as a "prelude to war."
Hamas-Israel Truce To Be Like Lebanon, Syria
Israeli PM Criticizes Obama For Diplomacy With Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched an unexpected attack this week on the world’s six major powers led by President Barack Obama over how they were conducting nuclear talks with Iran. The attack underscored the fact that relations between the Israeli and U.S. leaders are as bad as they ever were, just as the presidential election in the United States gets into full swing.
Mr. Netanyahu accuses the world powers of stringing out their talks with Iran over its nuclear program. His criticism came one day after the first meeting between Iran and representatives from the so-called five-plus-one countries: the five members of the United Nations Security Council – Russia, China, France, Great Britain and the United States – plus Germany.
“My initial impression is that Iran has been given a ‘freebie,’” Mr. Netanyahu said, referring to the five-week hiatus before the second round of the talks and complained that the gap will allow Iran “to continue enrichment [of uranium] without any limitation, any inhibition.”
One senior Israeli minister was quoted Wednesday saying that the Obama administration has an interest in dragging the talks out until after November’s election.There is no doubt that, when it comes to the all important issue of Iran, the Israeli leader prefers the position held by Mr. Romney. Indeed, it was the former Massachusetts governor who last year uttered the line that in his Mideast policies, Mr. Obama had “thrown Israel under the bus.”
The two conservative politicians first got to know each other more than 35 years ago when their early careers overlapped at the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Netanyahu, then 26, had been at MIT studying management; Mr. Romney, then 29, had just graduated from Harvard. Both had elected to accept offers from the up-and-coming BCG.
The United States, France and 13 other nations demanded Thursday that Syria immediately cease military operations against rebel forces and allow unfettered deployment of U.N. observers, suggesting that use of force will be considered if Damascus fails to comply.In the meantime, Juppe said the U.N. observer force should have several hundred members and should be equipped with modern surveillance equipment and independent transportation, even if it is unarmed. Its patrols should be allowed to travel anywhere in Syria without prior notice or government authorization, he said at a news conference.In New York, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, concerned about the faltering cease-fire, recommended that the Security Council approve the deployment of 300 unarmed observers to monitor the truce negotiated by Annan.Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told Congress, “It’s clear that the only way the United States would get involved militarily is if there’s a consensus in the international community.”“The plan of Annan is a failure since the beginning,” said Col. Malik al-Kurdi, an officer with the rebel Free Syrian Army speaking by telephone from a refugee camp in Turkey. “How can the U.N. send observers after over a year of violence? What are they going to find out, when everything is known to the world?”
Why Did Hundreds Of Dolphins Die Near Peru's Coast?
Scientists and Peruvian officials are investigating a mass die-off of hundreds of dolphins along the South American country's coast.
A total of 877 dolphin carcasses have been counted recently along the shore in the northern regions of Piura and Lambayeque, Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria said Thursday.
An analysis of the beached dolphins' internal organs hasn't found the sort of symptoms that experts have seen in other cases when dolphins have been affected by seismic tests, Quijandria said in a radio interview.
He said experts are studying whether the animals could have succumbed to a virus. "So far, it's the most probable hypothesis, and it isn't the first time it's happened. There have been cases in Peru, in Mexico, the United States," Quijandria said.
New Federal Agency OFR Stirs "Orwellian" Fears
It is the most powerful federal agency you’ve never heard of -- and lawmakers from both parties on Thursday vowed to keep abreast of its astonishing growth and rein it in, if necessary.
The Office of Financial Research, or OFR, was created by the Dodd-Frank financial services overhaul that President Obama signed into law in July 2010. Technically housed under the Treasury Department, the agency has until now received its funding not from the Congress, but directly from the Federal Reserve.
...a close reading of the law the president signed provides no limit on the growth of OFR’s budget, nor on the taxes the agency can impose on big banks to fund it.
Detractors call it "the CIA of financial regulators,” and conjure "Orwellian" visions of "an omniscient Soviet-style central risk manager."
The agency’s official mission is to collect financial data and funnel it to another Dodd-Frank creation: the Financial Stability Oversight Council. These agencies were designed with the idea of preventing another systemic shock of Lehman Brothers magnitude.
Toward that end, OFR was invested with virtually unlimited subpoena power. It can compel just about any company in America to turn over to the federal government sensitive internal data, even proprietary information.
“You're able to tax corporations without any oversight by the U.S. Congress,” said Rep. Steve Pearce, R-New Mex. “Our Constitution is pretty clear, and so if we're a little scratchy on our side, just understand it's because you're conducting things that we feel like are completely unconstitutional.”
An Executive Order You Should Know About
With all that is going in Washington these days some things don’t make the news the way they should. Fourteen days ago President Obama issued an Executive Order that you should know about. This order gives an unprecedented level of authority to the President and the federal government to take over all the fundamental parts of our economy - in the name of national security - in times of national emergency.
This means all of our water resources, construction services and materials (steel, concrete, etc.), our civil transportation system, food and health resources, our energy supplies including oil and natural gas – even farm equipment – can be taken over by the President and his cabinet secretaries. The Government can also draft U.S. citizens into the military and force U.S. citizens to fulfill "labor requirements" for the purposes of "national defense." There is not even any Congressional oversight, only briefings are required.
By issuing this as an Executive Order the President puts the federal government above the law, which, in a democracy, is never supposed to happen.
As President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, he has the Constitutional authority to issue executive orders. And while similar orders have been made before by presidents from Eisenhower and Reagan to Clinton and George Bush – it has never been done to this extent.
It is still unclear why this order was signed now, and what the consequences are for our nation – especially during times of peace. This type of Martial Law imposes a government takeover on U.S. citizens that is typically reserved for national emergencies, not in a time of relative peace.
How can the President sign such an order. Does he have the authority to do this ? Why isn't the media telling the people about this..why doesn't the Rep. party tell people about this sort of thing..Why does it seem like its a secret. The big question is WHY, what is the purpose. What are they expecting, or planning I wonder.
Where oh where are we headed if the Lord doesn't come back soon. We know the end results of everything due to the bible, but what will we have to go through in the meantime. Oh please Lord come soon.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
In the meantime, we wait and watch for His soon return for us. AND we are to occupy until He does, Luke 19:13
Anon-my thoughts exactly! Shannon-Gods rhoughts exactly! Im getting a little nervous too guys. I daily live in 2 realities, this world and the world of Jesus. It is difficult. Must draw closer to Jesus! Must keep eyes on Jesus! Must walk in Jesus!
As long as Im in this old decrepit sin machine of a ohysical body, its gonna be a struggle folks, at least for me.
Glorified body, im a waiting for u! Jesus-im watching, im waiting. Daddy, I wanna come home!
Are we there yet? How much longer how much longer? Even the whole earth is groaning for you to return. How much?
Oh everybody isnt saved yet? Problem! We need to be praying for rhe lost. Spreading the Gospel, be about doing your work. Ok, im on it. Design and make posters about what is going on in this world and close with a salvation message. So thousands can see it. Post everywhere. (oops think the poster part was just for me, but maybe not)
Love you guys! Be blessed! Maranatha!
Ministers ponder creation of EU super-president
Today @ 09:16
BRUSSELS - Ideas kicking around in a reflection group of select EU foreign ministers include merging the roles of the EU Council and European Commission presidents. (cont'd)
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made me tear up when I read..Daddy I want to come home..
I want to come home too.
Hmmm..I like the poster idea. what should we put on them? Ideas? I love it. Let's do it!
I could be wrong but thought I read this exec. order to say it doesn't require an emergency...
Anon, you read correctly. This new order is for non-emergency times, in addition to the expected emergency times. When you read it fully, they can confiscate food, materials, vehicles, contract services, ... for use as they determine. They also have assigned many aspects/resources of the US to different governmental departments. I believe all water resources are under the military. -- what surprises me is that there is no unified voice in opposition to what is going on. The march to the tribulation continues. Lord Jesus, come soon, but let us be open and obedient to Your will now. Maranatha!
Sharon I agree. I'm not sure why the conservatives are not screaming from the mountain tops too?
I guess because I think we are departing soon I'm not overly concerned. I think that is why Jesus said that when you see these things, look up, for your redemption is drawing near.
We need to keep our eyes on Him and not on all the troubling drama.
Ally, I guess our prayers should be for the fullness of the Gentiles to come in sooner rather than later. :)
And yet, stocks are UP again. it
would appear that this market is NOT DONE on the upside. We will
just have to BE PATIENT with the
usual dose of a chill pill.
Like I said, until 12, 700 is busted on the downside, bulls
WILL HAVE the upper hand....
Anonymous WVBORN56 said...
Ally, I guess our prayers should be for the fullness of the Gentiles to come in sooner rather than later. :)
Ally, WV....AMEN! Amen! and Amen.
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