| Israel Appeals to World on Iran Threats|
(read between the lines...its getting close)
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Iran must be prevented from attaining nuclear weapons, and its threats to destroy Israel must not be taken lightly, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday.
''We have to prepare for the struggle to prevent this capability being attained,'' Olmert told a business conference, referring to the possibility of an Iranian nuclear weapon. ''This struggle is not just Israel's, it is not first and foremost Israel's.''
Israel considers Iran to be the greatest threat to its survival, and rejects Tehran's claim that its nuclear program is peaceful. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called for the Jewish state's destruction, and Iran already has missiles capable of carrying payloads to Israel.
Olmert has raised the heat of Israel's anti-Iran rhetoric in recent days, warning last week that Tehran would have ''a price to pay'' if it does not back down from its atomic ambitions.
Olmert did not specifically threaten to cripple the nuclear program in a military strike, as Israel did 25 years ago in Iraq when it bombed an unfinished reactor there. But he has been saying the Iranians ''have to be afraid'' of the consequences of their intransigence.
The prime minister did say Monday that Ahmadinejad's threats against Israel must not be disregarded.
''It is inconceivable that ... a member of the United Nations continues to be received throughout the world as a legitimate leader while he stands up and says another U.N. member state should be wiped off the map,'' he said.
''We shall never repeat the mistakes of 60 years ago, of taking things lightly, ignoring what was being heard then when it was still possible to save lives,'' he added, in an allusion to the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews in Europe.
Military experts have questioned Israel's ability to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities, which are scattered among installations, with some underground. But they have said Israel could set the program back years by striking several of the sites.
Support for U.N. sanctions against Iran has grown among members of the Security Council after weeks of talks between the European Union and Iran failed to persuade Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment, which can be a key process in bomb-building.
| 2006/10/23 11:37|
| Re: Israel Appeals to World on Iran Threats|
We are just seeing the book of Revelation unfolding before our eyes, yet the apathy of the Church is incredible.
I guess only once the mark has been made mandatory, which it will, then the Church will sit up and take note. Only, by then, it will be too late.
| 2006/10/23 14:37||Profile|
(I'm writing this in a loving tone, so you don't think I'm being churlish)
you ever been in a Korean prayer meeting?
aint no apathy there, just real tears and travailing for the Lord's will to be done....its intense in the Holy Ghost, not just emotionalism.
ever been to the Zion Temple in Kigali Rwanda?
Its amazing, 12 years ago, you had genocide between Hutu and Tutsi, today, you have a church, both Hutu AND Tutsi reconcilled in Jesus Name, loving one another, and praying for Israel 24/7....a 12,000 member church.....and they don't call themselves a "megachurch"...people there are sitting on wooden benches and plastic lawn chairs...holy lol!
they're not apathetic, maybe your're talking about the U.S. church being apathetic.....when you have people crawling from underneath rubble (South Korea) or picking up the hacked remains of a loved one (Rwanda), you only have Jesus, and you learn that He's enough.
Our bellies are too full.
and if you think the mark has YET to be made in the U.S., lets reflect for a second on the Social Security Number we ALL have...can't do ANYTHING without it....am I right?
true they havent tatooed it on us, but patience, once eyeball scans are perfected, watch out.
What I meant about "Its close", I meant the Israeli's coming out of bag and hitting Iran HARD. Olmert gave Iran their warning, only grown-ups are allowed to have nuclear weapons. The Israeli's only give one warning, and that was it. Keep tuned to CNN.
Much love to you in Christ, bartle
| 2006/10/23 19:14|
IN HEAVENLY PLACES WITH JESUS
| Re: enid|
what about foxnews? :-P
| 2006/10/23 19:29||Profile|
| closer and closer|
October 23, 2006
Israeli Adds Far-Right Party to Coalition
By GREG MYRE
JERUSALEM, Oct. 23 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel reached a deal today to broaden his shaky coalition by adding a far-right party that seeks to reduce Israels Arab population.
Also today, Israeli forces killed six Palestinians, at least three of them militants, in clashes in the northern Gaza Strip, an area that has been the scene of repeated fighting in recent months.
Despite opposition from some liberal members of his coalition, Mr. Olmert said he would expand his government to include Israel Beiteinu, or Israel Our Home. The party is headed by Avigdor Lieberman, 48, a Soviet immigrant who advocates annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank and transferring most Arab citizens of Israel to a future Palestinian state.
We are joining the government, Mr. Lieberman said after talks with Mr. Olmert this afternoon. The prime minister said he planned to make Mr. Lieberman a deputy prime minister responsible for strategic threats against Israel, a portfolio that would include monitoring Iran, which Israel regards as its most dangerous enemy.
Mr. Olmert and Mr. Lieberman reached agreement today, the prime ministers office said, and the alliance was expected to be formalized with parliamentary approval in the coming days.
Mr. Olmerts centrist Kadima party was elected just seven months ago, but his center-left coalition government has already been weakened and cannot point to any significant achievements. The prime minister is seeking to increase his parliamentary majority and stabilize his government by bringing in Mr. Liebermans party.
The prime minister noted that in the less than 60 years since Israeli was founded in 1948, the country now has its 31st government.
In other words, the average term of office for an Israeli government has, for a very long time, been less than two years, Mr. Olmert said. Is this reasonable? Is this evidence of stability? Does it promise continuity?
Mr. Olmerts current coalition consists of four parties that hold 67 of the 120 seats in Parliament. While this provides a working majority for the moment, it would evaporate if any of the coalition partners left, something that happens with regularity in Israels volatile politics.
Mr. Liebermans party holds 11 seats, which would give the ruling coalition 78 seats, or nearly two-thirds of Parliament. And by bringing a far-right party on board, Mr. Olmert also hopes to neutralize the other right-wing factions that account for much of the opposition in Parliament.
However, Mr. Olmerts new government would span the ideological spectrum, including liberal, centrist, right-wing and religious parties. With such divergent factions in the government, Mr. Olmert would have little or no chance of building consensus around a political initiative with the Palestinians.
Mr. Olmert has already indicated that the central theme of his election campaign, a withdrawal from some Jewish settlements in the West Bank, has been held up indefinitely. The latest development further reinforces that notion.
The left-leaning Labor Party has expressed the strongest opposition to Israel Beiteinus inclusion in the coalition.
Shelly Yacimovich, a Labor Party legislator, said her party joined the government based on the desire for a peace process, the desire for a social-democratic agenda and for a friendly and egalitarian relationship with Arab Israelis.
Mr. Lieberman, she said, represents the complete opposite of all these things.
But Isaac Herzog, a Labor lawmaker who serves in the security cabinet, told Israel radio that his party had no choice but to remain in the government because you have to allow government stability.
Mr. Olmert support has plummeted, in large part because of this summers inconclusive fighting between Israel and Lebanons Hezbollah guerrillas. In addition, continued fighting with Palestinian militants in Gaza has also soured many Israelis on the idea of additional unilateral withdrawals, like the 2005 pullout from Gaza.
In 2004, Ariel Sharon, the prime minister at the time, dismissed Mr. Lieberman from his post as transportation minister because he strongly opposed the withdrawal of Israeli soldiers and settlers from Gaza.
The burly Mr. Lieberman immigrated from Moldova in 1978 and was first elected to Parliament in 1999.
His party draws support from the Soviet immigrants who account for roughly one million of Israels seven million people, and made a strong showing in the parliamentary elections in March.
In recent weeks, Mr. Lieberman has pushed a proposal that would change Israels government from a parliamentary system to a strong presidential system, similar to that of the United States. Under his plan, the presidency, which is now a mostly ceremonial position chosen by the Parliament, would be a directly elected by voters and would have wide-ranging powers.
Mr. Liebermans proposal was narrowly approved by Israels cabinet on Sunday, but is expected to face an uphill battle if it is introduced in the Parliament.
In the violence in Gaza today, Israeli forces waged a gun battle with a group of armed Palestinians and killed six, including Ata Shinbari, a leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, a group responsible for much of the recent rocket fire out of northern Gaza.
Mr. Shinbari was among five male members of his family in their late teens or 20s who were killed in the attack in the town of Beit Hanun, according to Palestinian medical workers. Several Palestinians were also wounded.
Taghreed El-Khodary contributed reporting from Gaza.
| 2006/10/23 19:42|