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Netanyahu: UN Statehood for PA is Like Declaring the World is Flat


If the United Nations in September declares the Palestinian Authority to be a state, it might as well decide the world is flat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Monday.

He said Israel cannot stop the resolution from going forward and has few friends n the international body, but a veto from any member of the United Nations Security Council would block the proposal from reaching the General Assembly, whose anti-Israel majority likely would approve it.

Ya'alon: A Pre-Emptive Strike on Iran May be Necessary

By Israel Faxx News Services and

Israel's Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon told Russia's Interfax news agency Monday that joint action to avert an Iranian nuclear threat, might have to include a pre-emptive strike. if necessary. The minister said the entire world, not just Israel, must be concerned about the danger posed by a nuclear-armed Iran.

Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful. However Israel and the US and many other nations believe it is cover for developing atomic weapons. The Islamic nation flatly denied this claim recently. Iran's nuclear envoy said it would be a "strategic mistake" to build atom bombs. Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency insisted recently that sanctions and the Stuxnet computer virus had failed to slow the Islamic Republic's disputed nuclear program.

In an interview for a TV documentary about cyber security, US Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn twice failed to address reports that the US was a partner in the internet-borne attack. The presenter of CodeWars: America's Cyber Threat asked him "was the US involved in any way in the development of Stuxnet?"

His initial response was to discuss the general problem of tracing cyber attacks. "The challenges of Stuxnet, as I said, what it shows you is the difficulty of any, any attribution and it's something that we're still looking at, it's hard to get into any kind of comment on that until we've finished our examination," he said.

"But sir, I'm not asking you if you think another country was involved," the presenter replied, "I'm asking you if the US was involved: if the Department of Defense was involved." Lynn then flatly refused to answer. "This is not something that we're going to be able to answer at this point," he said.

Analysis of the virus, which was first detected in June last year, has found it was designed to infect industrial control systems and make subtle but damaging changes to equipment – specifically the centrifuges at Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment plant. Speculation as to its source immediately implicated Israeli, the most outspoken opponent of Tehran's nuclear ambitions. But a New York Times report then said that the US government had been involved and had been allowed by Siemens, the German manufacturer of industrial control systems, to carry out test to identify security vulnerabilities in its software.

Further testimony of a collaborative effort was provided by computer forensics experts, who found evidence of two separate teams of developers having worked on Stuxnet's code. "It was most likely developed by a Western power, and they most likely provided it to a secondary power which completed the effort," Tom Parker, a security researcher, told the Telegraph, naming the US and Israeli as the most likely pairing.

One part of the code was well organized and highly expert, requiring the detailed knowledge of Siemens software that the Americans reportedly obtained. The other part was cruder but would have required human agents to deliver virus to the Natanz systems, pointing to Israeli intelligence, which is known to be very active inside Iran. Graham Cluley, of the British computer security firm Sophos, said Lynn's stonewall response would add to suspicions.

"Of course, a refusal to confirm or deny the US's involvement in the Stuxnet worm isn't an admission," he said. "After all, it's possible that Lynn simply doesn't know if the USA was involved - and doesn't want to be caught on film denying something which later turns out to be true." "Or it's possible that he's not authorized to deny the US's involvement for reasons best known to the higher echelons of US politics."Whatever the truth, it's always fun to see a politician squirm when put on the spot regarding their own country's murky activities on the internet."

Jerusalem Arabs to Israel: Don't Give Away Your Sovereignty


The Knesset Interior Committee heard Monday from Jerusalem Arabs who do not want to come under control of the Palestinian Authority. The committee held a special session this morning regarding Israeli policy in the neighborhoods of eastern and northern Jerusalem.

"Signs of Israeli sovereignty are disappearing in parts of Jerusalem that are behind the partition fence," say MKs Aryeh Eldad, Uri Ariel and others, "and their place is being taken by hostile elements. This, despite the lack of any decision by the Knesset or the government on the matter. This purposeful impotence leads to the de facto division of Jerusalem," the MKs continue, "which stands in direct contrast to the official policy of the Government of Israel – and is against the will of most of the Israeli citizens in these neighborhoods."

Jerusalem lands activists Aryeh King said before the session that he planned to present photographs of PA policemen directing traffic in Jerusalem neighborhoods, PLO flags waving on porches, signs of official PA government offices sponsoring public works in the capital, and more.

King also said that many Arabs in Jerusalem look very askance at the government of Israel for giving up its sovereignty over their homes. "This is the first time they're coming out publicly in this way," King said. "Yes, it's dangerous for them, but they see that what's happening will lead directly to their children and grandchildren growing up in a terrorist hothouse. They have been placed in a walled ghetto, and then a terrorist regime will control them. Who would ever agree to live like that?"

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