January 10, 2012
MOSAB HASSAN YOUSEF ON HAMAS AND ISRAEL
When you ask the son of one of the founders of Hamas, whether Hamas is a terrorist organization, what kind of answer do you expect?
Probably not one given by Mosab Hassan Yousef.
This video is so clear and powerful, that any additional words about it or about the speaker, whom you probably know or at least heard of, will take away from the message.
Though it is a little over 15 minutes long, taking the time to watch it will make it worth your while.
Our prayer is that multitudes of Palestinians will get the revelation of Messiah Yeshua because that's the only thing that will bring them the true blessing they so desire. Say a prayer for our Arab brethren who are risking their lives ministering the gospel to Muslims in the Middle East as you watch this. WATCH VIDEO
ISRAEL PREPARES FOR NUCLEAR IRAN
Israel is preparing for Iran to become a nuclear power and has accepted it may happen within a year, the London Times reported on Monday citing an Israeli security report.
The paper reported, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) think-tank prepared scenarios for the day after an Iranian nuclear weapons test at the request of former Israeli ambassadors, intelligence officials and ex-military chiefs.
Israel has so far maintained it will do all within its power to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear capabilities, but has shifted its position following recent United Nations' reports, according to the Times.
The UN atomic agency said Monday that Iran is now enriching uranium at a new site in a hard-to-bomb mountain bunker, in a move set to stoke Western suspicions further that Tehran wants nuclear weapons.
INSS specialists, including a former head of Israel's National Security Council and two former members of the prime minister's office, conducted the simulation study in Tel Aviv last week. If Iran does test a nuclear weapon, INSS predicts a profound shift in the Middle East power balance.
According to extracts of the report seen by the British publication, experts believe the US would propose a defense pact with Israel, but would urge it not to retaliate. Russia would seek an alliance with the US to prevent nuclear proliferation in the region, although Saudi Arabia would likely pursue its own nuclear program, the report concluded based on current policies.
INSS specialists believe that an Iranian test in January 2013 would follow increasingly provocative demands by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime, including the redrawing of its Iraqi borders and action against the vessels of the US Fifth Fleet.
"The simulation showed that Iran will not forgo nuclear weapons, but will attempt to use them to reach an agreement with the major powers that will improve its position," said a passage of the report published by the Times. "The simulation showed that (the Israeli military option), or the threat of using it, would also be relevant following an Iranian nuclear test," it added. (Extracted from Ynet News, 1/10/12)
SHOULD GOVERNMENT INTERVENE IN THE ULTRA-ORTHODOX LIFESTYLE?
Ultra-Orthodox organization Eda Haredit [Ultra-Orthodox Community] slammed government intervention seeking to prevent gender segregation in the public sphere, in a flyer posted online on Monday.
According to the flyer, the government "recently burdened the world of the God-fearing," and used deception to wage war against barriers seeking to protect modesty and purity.
"Anyone who opens his mouth to protest is dragged by the arm to prison, and then subjected to evil lies by ignorant lawyers," the Eda Haredit explained.
In the last couple of weeks, the flyer continued, a number of Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh "beloved" were arrested on false charges. "An important yeshiva student" was recently sent to prison for two years in a campaign to silence haredi (ultra-Orthodox) protesters, the Eda Haredit contended in an apparent reference to Shmuel Weisfish. Weisfish, an activist in the haredi extremist group known as the Sikrikim (Sicarii), was convicted of assault and other offenses and was sentenced two weeks ago.
The organization asserted that this is only another incident in a series of conflicts between haredim and "Israel's evildoers...after they have taken the government and authority for themselves." Ultra-Orthodox Jews must continue to protect barriers erected to preserve modesty and purity, to ensure modesty on buses and to guard their homes from foreign influences, the Eda Haredit warned.
Rabbi Uri Regev, director of the religious equality organization Hiddush, responded to the flyer on Tuesday saying that the haredi group has revealed its true face "as an organization that supports thuggery of the worst kind."
The members of Badatz who publicized the notice supporting the Sikrikim are shaming Judaism, Regev explained, calling on haredi leaders to denounce the organization's stand. (Extracted from JPost, 1/10/12)
Our February Maoz Israel Report will expand on the recent violence by the ultra-Orthodox Jews against other Jews who do not embrace the ultra-Orthodox lifestyle.
POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE WITHOUT PROGRESS
The positive atmosphere in talks between Israeli and Palestinian delegations who met in Jordan for the second time in two weeks increases the chances a direct meeting will take place between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a senior official from the Palestinian negotiating team told Israel Hayom on Monday.
The official said the positive mood during the talks, which began in Amman last week, extended to the second round held Monday under the auspices of Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.
The official further said that Saeb Erekat, head of the Palestinian delegation, and his Israeli counterpart, attorney Yitzhak Molcho, exchanged documents relating to the resumption of final status negotiations, including schedules and logistics. Erekat and Molcho will likely meet again in Amman Saturday night or early next week.
The official said the delegations also discussed possible solutions to core issues, including the borders of a future Palestinian state, security arrangements, the status of Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.
However, he noted that there was not yet any significant progress in the talks.
The last round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in September 2010 over the issue of construction in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War and claimed by the Palestinians for their state. (Extracted from Israel Hayom Newsletter, 1/10/12)