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Navy Chief Hints: Secret Ops Against Iran-Led 'Axis of Evil'


The commander of Israel's navy hinted broadly that naval forces recently struck unspecified faraway targets as part of the war against the Axis of Evil led by Iran. "Lately, the navy has had to stretch its limbs to very distant theaters of operations in order to fight elements of the Axis of Evil led by Iran," Maj.Gen Eliezer Marom said in a speech at the annual Haganah Day event in Tel Aviv.

Marom added that Israel and the IDF are currently also dealing with a new type of warfare – the de-legitimization of Israel. "As part of the campaign," he said, "hostile elements are operating in an attempt to cast doubt on Israel's sovereignty by spreading lies. The attempt is to create a false picture of Israel as a country that crudely tramples over the rights of others."

WikiLeaks: Arabs Admit Iranian Threat Not Linked to PA Demands

By & Ha'aretz

The Arab world contradicted its public stand in private cables and ignored any connection between solving the Iranian threat and meeting PA demands for a state, WikiLeaks revealed.

Most of the diplomatic cables that were revealed are full of gossip and previously known but unconfirmed observations, as well as incorrect predictions. However, one of the most astounding leaks was the Arab world's overriding concern over the Iranian nuclear threat and not over the establishment of the Palestinian Authority.

Israel has always rejected linking the two issues, but many America officials, especially senior army brass, have maintained that the unsolved issue of the PA is the kingpin of all other Middle East problems. The WikiLeaks disclosures totally debunked this notion.

The near obsession with Iran among Arab leaders was documented in leaked cables that point to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia as urging the United States to attack Tehran. Saudi Arabia has denied the documents' accuracy.

Bahrain, an oil-rich Gulf state, told American officials they could use their country as a base for an attack on Iran if there were guarantees that its security would be protected in the event of a counterattack or sanctions by Iran.

A year ago this month, Bahrain's King Hamad told U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, "That [nuclear] program must be stopped. The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it." As previously reported, Saudi King Abdullah advised the United States to attack Iran. The Saudi ambassador commented to the United States, "He told you to cut off the head of the snake."

The major exception to fears of Iran is Syria, where Syrian President Bashar Assad has allied himself with the Islamic Republic as part of a northern axis that includes Lebanon and Turkey. He not only doubted that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, but he also said it would not attack Israel in order not to harm Arabs in the country.

Although mainstream media have reported Assad's statements without comment, his remarks cannot be taken at face value. Like the Palestinian Authority's single minded- goal to become a state based on its demands incorporated in the Saudi Initiative of 2002, Syria has one principal objective – taking the strategic Golan Heights and its valuable water resources away from Israel.

In another cable, Assad admitted that Hamas is an "uninvited guest" in Damascus, where the terrorist organization's Khaled Mashaal has made his headquarters. He also verified what Israel has warned for more than a year – that Hizbullah is the most powerful political faction in Lebanon.

One surprising statement in a leaked cable came from Qatar's Amir Hamad bin Khalifa, who told U.S. Senator John Kerry last February, "When you consider that many in the region perceive that Hizbullah drove Israel out of Lebanon and Hamas kicked them…out `of the small piece of land called Gaza,' it is actually surprising that the Israelis still want peace."

The cable said: "The Israeli leaders need to represent the people of Israel, who themselves do not trust Arabs. The Emir said this is understandable and 'we can't blame them' because the Israelis have been 'under threat' for a long time.'

According to the document, the Emir told Kerry that the time was ripe for an Israeli-Arab peace - and that in his opinion, the best way to achieve this was for Israel to reopen negotiations with Syria via Turkish mediation.

Kahane was Right? Most Jews Think It's OK to Prod Arabs to Go


Was Rabbi Meir Kahane right? A poll by the Israeli Democracy Institute suggests most Israelis might agree with the late rabbi and political leader, who favored encouraging the emigration of Arabs from Israel.

The annual Democracy Survey found that 53% of Jewish people in Israel maintain that the state is entitled to encourage Arabs to emigrate from Israel. Eighty six percent believe that critical decisions for the state should be taken by a Jewish majority.

Jewish forces expelled Arab residents by force in Israel's War of Independence in 1948, while others fled of their own accord. That conflict began with a naked attempt by several Arab armies and Arabs living on the Land of Israel to slaughter all of Israel's Jews, just three years after the Holocaust.

Since that time, the idea of expelling Israel's Arab population, either by force or through compensation and voluntary emigration, has gradually become taboo. The expulsion of Arabs is referred to by the World War Two term 'transfer' and regarded as unconscionable. However, the IDI poll appears to show most Israeli Jews see as legitimate unspecified steps for "encouraging" Arabs to leave.

As in previous years the Democracy Survey indicates "an unwavering optimism in the public's attitude toward Israel's future." The majority of Israelis "continue to want to live in Israel, are proud of their state, and feel that they belong to the Israeli collective."

The IDI survey shows that the sector of the Israeli public with the most nationalistic views on Arabs living in Israel is arguably the hareidi-religious one. While just 33.5% of secular Jews are opposed to granting such Arabs equal rights, 51% of traditional Jews, 65% of religious Jews, and 72% of hareidis are oppose to the idea.

Sixty-two percent of the Jewish sample feels that as long as Israel is in a state of conflict with the 'Palestinians,' the views of Arab citizens of Israel on foreign affairs and security issues "should not be taken into account."

As for equality in the allocation of resources, 55% of respondents think that greater resources should be allocated to Jewish communities than to Arab ones. Among right-wingers, a clear majority (71%) agree with it.

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