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JPost Fires Columnist who Justified Terror


The Jerusalem Post fired long-time far-left columnist Larry Derfner over a blog post justifying terrorism. "Whoever the Palestinians were who killed the eight Israelis near Eilat last week, however vile the ideology was, they were justified to attack," he wrote on his personal blog, in a post that was later deleted.

Derfner said "Palestinians have the right to use terrorism against us," although he added that personally he "would do whatever was necessary to stop a Palestinian... from killing one of my countrymen."

Israel Deploying Warships in Red Sea - Iran Following Suit


The IDF on Monday deployed two warships in the Red Sea near the border with Egypt following warnings terrorists are planning another attack on southern Israel from Egyptian soil.

Also on Monday, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz ordered increased deployments across the entire southern command, especially near the Israel-Egypt border, increased.

The move, ostensibly due to increased terror warnings, comes concurrent to Israel's agreement to allow Egypt to deploy 1,500 more troops in areas B and C of the Sinai in order to conduct counter-terror operations on the Peninsula. Area A is the sector adjoining the Israeli-Egyptian border.

Israel's south, especially near the border, has been flooded with military forces, deployed in a manner defined by one security source as "unprecedented."

No changes in security alignments were observed on the Egyptian side of the border, but Egyptian security sources did say counter-terror raids were being staged in honor of Eid al-Fatr - the end of Ramadan - due to fears of increased holiday violence.

The IDF has also deployed advanced technology in the area - including UAVs - in order to thwart terror attacks. Military intelligence sources said earlier Tuesday a terror cell left Gaza intending to infiltrate Israel through Sinai.

The security situation in southern Israel has been particularly tense over the past few weeks, following a series of terror attacks that claimed the lives of eight Israelis in mid-August; as well as several days in which Israel's south and western Negev communities suffered heavy shelling by Gaza Strip-based terror groups.

In a provocative move certain to ratchet-up regional tensions, Iranian naval commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told the state-run agency the Islamic Republic is planning to send its 15th fleet to the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. he Islamic Republic's 15th fleet is comprised of a submarine and a several warships.

Sayyari noted that Iran's Navy plans to have "an active presence in the high seas in line with the guidelines of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei with the purpose of serving the country's interests. he presence of Iran's army in the high seas will convey the message of peace and friendship to all countries," he said.

Israel Warned Against Sending Peres to UN Vote on Palestinian State

By Ha'aretz

Sending President Shimon Peres to the United Nations General Assembly for the vote on Palestinian statehood in September will only harm Israel's interests and give more weight to the Palestinian move, pro-Israeli diplomats in New York warned Tuesday.

The diplomats insisted that the idea of sending Peres, a top government official, will have a boomerang effect and will yield opposite results to those the Israeli government is hoping for.

Officials in the Prime Minister's Office have recently said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will not participate in the General Assembly this year, but will send Peres to represent Israel.

The New York diplomats insisted that in contrast to what the Israeli leadership is probably hoping for by sending Peres, the elder statesman, to the UN, the Israeli president will not be able to decrease the overwhelming support for a Palestinian state in the UN.

On the contrary, they insist that the presence of the Israeli president in the halls of the UN while the Palestinians seek unilateral recognition will only strengthen the Palestinian move and intensify its symbolic significance. Therefore, the diplomats insist that Israel should instead keep a low profile and make do with a regular speech by Israel's UN envoy.

Ron Prosor, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, told the Foreign Ministry last week that Israel has no chance of rallying a substantial number of states to oppose a resolution at the UN General Assembly recognizing a Palestinian state in September.

Prosor - considered one of the most experienced and senior Israeli diplomats - offered a very pessimistic estimate as to Israel's ability to significantly affect the results of the vote. Even though he did not state so explicitly, Prosor implies that Israel will sustain a diplomatic defeat.

"The maximum that we can hope to gain [at the UN vote] is for a group of states who will abstain or be absent during the vote," Prosor wrote, adding that his comments are based on more than 60 meetings he held during the past few weeks with his counterparts at the UN. "Only a few countries will vote against the Palestinian initiative," he wrote.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to contact UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on September 20 and ask for recognition of Palestine as a full member state of the United Nations. At the Foreign Ministry, the assessment is that in order to avoid an American veto, the Palestinians will seek a vote at the General Assembly and not at the Security Council, even though the former is less binding. The vote at the General Assembly will probably take place in October.

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