Today, we continue to observe the rise of the 'inner circle' of Israeli enemies (including Hezbollah/southern Lebanon, Syria, Gaza 'Palestinians', Egypt, Jordan, etc.) which serve to reveal the vice which exists around Israel - with the ultimate goal of complete and utter destruction of their land and people - and this vice is forever tightening around Israel:
Three jihadists killed by Israeli security forces near Hebron last week belonged to al-Qaeda, an affiliate organization announced on Saturday. The Mujahideen Shura Council said on its website that the men were members of a cell connected to the global terror network.
“We announce to the nation joyously that with the grace of God the ideology of global jihad has attained a foothold in the West Bank, after everyone had tried to abort every seed planted there,” the message read.
Though global jihadist activity has been known to exist in the Gaza Strip, its advance in the West Bank is largely new. The more common stream of Salafi, or fundamentalist Islam, in the West Bank was non-violent and affiliated with the 60-year-old political party Hizb Ut-Tahrir, with its ideological reach spreading across the Arab Middle East and the Indian sub-continent.
"By the will of God Almighty, the global jihadi doctrine has reached the bank of pride, the West Bank, planting its foothold after all attempts to thwart its presence," said a statement posted by Majles Shura al-Mujahideen, or Holy Warriors' Assembly, on an Islamist web forum.
Such groups have some grassroots support in the other Palestinian territory of Gaza, which is governed by the Islamist faction Hamas.
Israeli officials had said the three Palestinians killed on Tuesday belonged to an al- Qaida-linked cell plotting attacks.
They said the men were shot after opening fire at Israeli troops who tried to arrest them. The West Bank is policed by Israel in often close cooperation with the US-backed Palestinian Authority.
In its online statement, Majles Shura al-Mujahideen denounced the peacemaking efforts and threatened attacks on Israel and the PA.
"We call on every sincere person to cut off what is called 'negotiations', which causes one's nose to turn away with its foul stench of collaboration," the statement said. "We are serious about fighting the aggression against religion by the blaspheming Jews and the hypocritical collaborators."
[More rumors of war]
Vice President Joe Biden leaves Sunday for a weeklong trip to Asia and is expected to relay Obama’s concerns with Beijing’s claim last weekend of an “air defense identification zone” in contested waters between China and Japan. U.S. officials are worried that such a provocation invites low-level, tit-for-tat escalations that could build into a real conflict in which the Obama administration would have to intervene on behalf of allied Japan.
China scrambled fighter jets Friday morning after U.S. and Japanese military aircraft entered its newly declared air defense zone over the East China Sea, a Chinese military official said Friday.
[Another example of abuse by tyrannical, almighty central government - and a window into things to come]
A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers.
Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.
The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.
The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery.
The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as “unprecedented”.
They claim that even if the council had been acting in the woman’s best interests, officials should have consulted her family beforehand and also involved Italian social services, who would be better-placed to look after the child.
Brendan Fleming, the woman’s British lawyer, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years in the job.
“I can understand if someone is very ill that they may not be able to consent to a medical procedure, but a forced caesarean is unprecedented.
“If there were concerns about the care of this child by an Italian mother, then the better plan would have been for the authorities here to have notified social services in Italy and for the child to have been taken back there.”
The case, reported by Christopher Booker in his column in The Sunday Telegraph, raises fresh questions about the extent of social workers’ powers.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Israel Sunday morning for a working trip to Rome, where he will meet with Pope Francis and the Italian prime minister, Enrico Letta.
The meeting will be the prime minister’s first with the current pope, who met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in October at the Vatican and with President Shimon Peres in April. Netanyahu met with the previous pope, Benedict XVI, in 2009, as well as with Pope John Paul II in 1997.