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71% of Americans See Iran as Danger

By Israel Faxx News Services

More than seven-in-ten Americans (71 percent) believe the USA won't be safe with a nuclear-armed Iran. In a new poll, 79 percent said if Iran acquired a weapon, it was likely to provide it to terrorists to attack an American city.

A slightly larger number, 80 percent, said Iran was likely to fire a missile at Israel. The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted May 8-9 by McLaughlin & Associates and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

Netanyahu: All of Jerusalem to Remain Israeli

By VOA News &

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that all of Jerusalem would always remain under Israeli sovereignty. The prime minister said united Jerusalem is the Jewish state's capital, and would never again be partitioned or divided.

Netanyahu spoke Thursday on Jerusalem Day at a ceremony marking 42 years since Israel recaptured east Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it. The annexation has, for the most part, not been internationally recognized, and Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

In east Jerusalem Thursday, several hundred people protested against Jerusalem Day celebrations. The demonstrators, many of whom were Arabs, waved Palestinian flags and shouted slogans condemning what they called Israeli "occupation" of Palestinian territory.

However, an advisor to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas criticized on Thursday evening remarks made earlier by Netanyahu. Rafik Husseini said, "The Israeli occupation in eastern Jerusalem is illegal. Any attempt by Israel to maintain full sovereignty in the city will be seen as an obstacle to peace."

Husseini added, "The Palestinians already agreed to the solution of two states for two peoples and it was already agreed that the capital of the Palestinian state will be eastern Jerusalem."

NYPD: NY Terror Suspects Wanted To Commit Jihad

By CBS Radio & Ha'aretz

Four men arrested after planting what they thought were explosives near two Bronx synagogues and plotting to shoot down a military plane were bent on carrying out a holy war against America, authorities said Thursday (Video at

The suspects were arrested Wednesday night, shortly after planting a 37-pound mock explosive device in the trunk of a car outside the Riverdale Temple and two mock bombs in the backseat of a car outside the Riverdale Jewish Center, another synagogue a few blocks away, authorities said. Police blocked their escape with an 18-wheel truck, smashing their tinted SUV windows and apprehending the unarmed suspects.

At a news conference outside the Riverdale Temple, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly quoted one of the men as saying, "If Jews were killed in this attack ... that would be all right."

James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, all of Newburgh, were charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles, the U.S. attorney's office said. "They stated that they wanted to commit jihad,'' Kelly said."They were disturbed about what happened in Afghanistan and Pakistan, that Muslims were being killed.''

Kelly said he believed the men knew each other through prison. Three of the defendants are U.S. citizens and one is of Haitian descent, officials said.

Payen occasionally attended a Newburgh mosque. His statements on Islam often had to be corrected, according to Assistant Imam Hamin Rashada, who met Payen through a program that helps prisoners re-enter society. The defendants were arraigned Thursday in federal court in suburban White Plains.

Acting U.S. Attorney Lev L. Dassin said the defendants planned to detonate a car with plastic explosives to destroy the synagogues. They also planned to shoot Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles at planes at the Air National Guard base at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, about 70 miles north of New York City.

The FBI and other agencies monitored the men and provided an inactive missile and inert C-4 to an informant for the defendants. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Kelly met privately with congregants Thursday inside the Riverdale Temple.

"The shock and being floored was followed by relief,"' David Winter, executive director of the Riverdale Jewish Center, said afterward. Bloomberg warned against stereotypes, emphasizing that the temple is open to people of all faiths, including a Muslim girl who sometimes prays there. Kelly said the temple may have been chosen because of "convenience" -- it is near a highway.

He said the suspects had scouted the location twice before. Kelly said the uniformed officers who flooded the neighborhood were there to improve residents' "comfort level," even though "No one was at risk. This was a very tightly controlled operation."

The arrests came after a nearly yearlong undercover operation that began in Newburgh. "This latest attempt to attack our freedoms shows that the homeland security threats against New York City are sadly all too real and underscores why we must remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent terrorism," Bloomberg said in a statement.

The defendants, in their efforts to acquire weapons, dealt with an informant acting under law enforcement supervision, authorities said. In June 2008, the informant met Cromitie in Newburgh and Cromitie complained that his parents had lived in Afghanistan and he was upset about the war there and that many Muslim people were being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by U.S. military forces, officials said.

Cromitie also expressed an interest in doing "something to America," they said in the complaint. In October 2008, the informant began meeting with the defendants at a Newburgh house equipped with concealed video and audio equipment, the complaint said.

Beginning in April 2009, the four men selected the synagogue and the community center they intended to hit, it said. They also conducted surveillance of military planes at the Air National Guard Base, it said. Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, issued a statement praising law enforcers "for their efforts in helping to prevent any harm to either Jewish institutions or to our nation's military. We repeat the American Muslim community's repudiation of bias-motivated crimes and of anyone who would falsely claim religious justification for violent actions,'' the statement said.

U.S. Military: Nuke-Armed Iran Would be 'Calamitous'

By Reuters

The consequences of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon would be "calamitous" and major powers must act together to prevent it, the top U.S. military commander said on Thursday.

Admiral Mike Mullen's remarks came the day after Iran's president announced the country had tested a missile that analysts said could hit Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf, a major source of crude oil for the United States.

Israel, the United States and other Western powers are concerned that Iran could combine elements of its uranium enrichment and missile programs to create a nuclear weapon, although Tehran denies it intends to do this.

"I'm one who believes that Iran getting a nuclear weapon is calamitous for the region and for the world," Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "It then, in my view, generates neighbors who feel exposed, deficient and then develop or buy the capability themselves," he said, suggesting Iran's acquisition of a nuclear weapon likely would trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. The downside, potentially, is absolutely disastrous."

But Mullen did not suggest the United States should take military action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Israel Has No Adequate Interceptor for Iran's New Missile

By DEBKAfile

DEBKAfile's military sources report that Israel, the US and Europe were taken aback by Iran's successful launch Wednesday of a two-stage, solid-fueled 2,000-kilometer range missile, but most of all by the accuracy of its aim in destroying its target, as proudly claimed by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

American missile tracking systems, including the advanced US anti-missile station at an airbase in the Israeli Negev, have confirmed the Iranian President's boast of Sejil-2's precision and other advanced capabilities.

The Arrow 2 anti-missile missile system can intercept a missile like this only when it is very close to Israel. Arrow 3, which is designed to knock such missiles out, won't be operational for several years.

From a worried Washington, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the new missile "that can reach Israel, southeastern Europe and US bases in the Middle East is consistent" with US concerns about Iran's effort to develop ballistic missiles and its nuclear program and the "potential Iranian threat to its neighbors."

Iran's feat comes at a critical time for its efforts to build a nuclear arsenal of at least 10-12 nuclear warheads. It was also timed as a piece of muscle-flexing for the day Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu returned from talks with President Barack Obama in Washington.

CIA to Israel: Prepare for a Nuclear Iran


During a secret visit here earlier this month, CIA Director Leon Panetta told Israeli officials the country should prepare for a situation in which Iran is a nuclear power with the ability to strike, according to a source intimately familiar with the subject.

The message was not the main thrust of Panetta's meetings in Israel about three weeks ago, but Jerusalem officials were somewhat surprised nonetheless when he made those remarks during his conversations. Panetta met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Mossad chief Meir Dagan and other intelligence officials.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the meetings, Panetta's trip to Jerusalem was meant to smooth the way for Netanyahu's meeting earlier this week with President Barack Obama. Panetta laid out the U.S. strategy for dealing with Iran. The CIA chief was seen here as delivering political messages largely dictated by the White House and not expressing operational assessments from his intelligence agency.

Israeli media dispatches reported that Panetta told Netanyahu not to launch any strike against Iran without first securing American permission. The Jerusalem Post reported this week Panetta also asked Israel to "tone down" its rhetoric on Iran and to stop threatening military strikes on Tehran's nuclear installations.

The source who spoke with WND said that within his conversations with Israeli officials, Panetta also told Israel to prepare, both mentally and operationally, for the possibility of Iran possessing nuclear weapons.

Panetta further contended Iran's support of terrorism does not necessarily mean that country would seek to launch a nuclear first strike against Israel. Panetta said that Israeli deterrent power, if properly utilized, should be enough to prevent a nuclear Iran from striking the Jewish state.

The source charged Panetta's messages were "poorly informed" estimates of Iranian intentions. Said the source: "Firstly, he didn't see Iran's support of terrorism as a potential nuclear threat. That if Iran possesses nuclear weapons, it could pass nuclear material to its global terrorist proxies, like Hezbollah, to detonate at arms length. Some Iranian proxies have missiles and rockets."

"Secondly," the source continued, "he seemed not to have taken into account that Iran is a Shiite fundamentalist theocracy that may want a major confrontation in order to bring back their Islamic Messiah."

The source was referring to Shia Muslim tradition which believes Muhammad's immediate descendants – a series of 12 imams, or Muslim leaders – are the most trusted carriers of Islamic tradition. Most Shia Muslims believe the 12th Imam, Mahdi, is still alive but cannot be seen until Allah determines it is time to prepare the faithful for Judgment Day. They believe Mahdi eventually will reveal himself and lead the forces of righteousness against the forces of evil in a final, apocalyptic world battle.

The Twelvers count Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad among their faithful. Some Mideast analysts fear Ahmadinejad may be pursuing nuclear weapons in part to precipitate the Mahdi-led battle. In a speech in Tehran in November 2006, Ahmadinejad reportedly said his main mission is to "pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may Allah hasten his reappearance."

Ahmadinejad's cabinet reportedly has given $17 million to the Jamkaran mosque, site of a well at which Shia Muslims believe Mahdi disappeared over 1,000 years ago.

Sexless Marriage? The Kosher Sex Rabbi Can Help

By Ha'aretz and The Jewish Journal

Trapped in a sexless marriage? Hang on one more TV season - Rabbi Shmueley Boteach is coming to your rescue.

The Jewish Journal's HollywoodJew has learned that the "Kosher Sex" author is in the midst of filming a new reality series in which he helps three couples per episode deal with the fact that their marital bed has turned into a refrigerator. The TLC Channel has yet to make a formal announcement, but HollywoodJew has learned the series has begun shooting in Los Angeles, and will air beginning in September.

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