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Dead Sea Water Good for Diabetics


A study by the Ben-Gurion University Health Sciences faculty reveals that short swims in the salty waters of the Dead Sea may help reduce blood glucose levels and improve the medical condition of diabetics. The study, which took place in a heated Dead Sea water pool, showed that participants who remained in the water for 20 minutes had reduced their blood glucose levels by 13.5%. According to the report, glucose levels dropped on average from 163 to 151 milligrams per decilitre (mg/dl) immediately after the dip.

Iran Answers Rumors of Planned Attack: `Our Wrath on Tel Aviv'


A week of rumors that Israel plans to attack Iran has prompted a warning that it can deal Israel a "crushing response" and that "any Israeli aggression against the Islamic Republic would be reciprocated with a destructive reprisal."

Responding to repetition in the media that Israel has decided that the "military option" is the only way to stop Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon, an Iranian legislator was quoted by the state-run Fars News Agency as saying, "Before (being able to take) any action against Iran, the Israelis will feel our wrath in Tel Aviv."

Hossein Ebrahimi, a member of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said that "since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, the U.S., UK and Israel have frequently threatened Iran… This is not a new development."

"The Israelis entered the (Lebanon) war with the capabilities they had, but earned nothing but humiliation," Ebrahimi said. "I do not think that Israelis along with the Americans and Britons will commit such a folly. If the threat is carried out, they will see the political might of the (Islamic) establishment, the solidarity of the Iranian nation, and the strength of the country."

Media reports of an imminent Israeli attack on Iran crop up at least twice a year, with different predictions on when Iran will possess a nuclear weapon. It possesses enough enriched uranium to manufacture two to four nuclear weapons, according to various experts.

With each rumor, there is less time to stop Iran from obtaining an atomic bomb, which the Islamic Republic constantly denies it seeks.

Different interpretations over the weekend pointed to mild American reactions to the reports that most, if not all, Israeli ministers have removed previous objections to a military attack.

During the period of the Obama administration's attempt to "engage Iran," the Iran regime has built nuclear plants deep underground in rocky areas that make it difficult, if not impossible, to attack except through a strike mounted by anti-regime agents in Iran.

Chassidic Rabbi: Don't Attack Iran; God Will Ruin Ahmadinejad


Rabbi Shalom Berger, the Rebbe of Mishkoltz, says there is no need to attack Iran because God will get rid of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "In my opinion, there is no necessity to take any military action against Iran," he said in a recent lesson to students. "The wicked Iranian [Ahmadinejad], who threatens to destroy Israel, will disappear shortly, before he will have time to vent his anger."

The rabbi explained, "God brings a horrible ruler against Israel. He [the Creator] brings problems on Israel in order to unite the People of Israel. The wicked Haman [from the Scroll of Esther] did not do anything. He wanted to, but he could not do anything. We must stop with divisions and factions and we must love all the People of Israel and care about every individual. This is the way to deal with the Iranian threat, just like in the days of Haman."

The Rabbi was referring to the story told in the Book of Esther, which notes that the Queen asked to gather all the Jews, without exception, to fast and pray for her success in going before the King to try to save the Jews. They were all, from the smallest to the greatest, young and old, set to be exterminated by the king's advisor Haman. She succeeded in her mission and the Jewish sages said that this shows that when the Jews are unified, they can withstand those who wish to harm them.

Peres: Iran `Greatest Danger' for Israel


Iran is the greatest threat faced by Israel, President Shimon Peres said Sunday. "Iran is the greatest danger, both for Israel and for the entire world," he told Druze leaders while visiting a northern Israeli village. Peres' remarks came amid a revived debate in Israel on whether it should carry out an airstrike on Tehran's nuclear facilities.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was silent on the subject Sunday as he opened his weekly cabinet meeting, but other ministers criticized officials for speaking publicly for or against the issue.

Peres also called for a renewal of peace negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Acting Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, calling them "serious, moderate and wise" leaders who had spoken out against terrorism and were interested in peace.

He called the Palestinian bid to achieve UN recognition of their state, before a treaty with Israel, a "mistake" which only damaged the peace process, a statement from his office said.

Huge US-Israeli Army Exercise to Test Missile Defense


The United States and Israel next year will hold the largest ever joint military exercise and will simulate and test Israel's missile defense system, said Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Andrew Shapiro.

Speaking to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on "Ensuring Israel's Qualitative Military Edge", Shapiro revealed that approximately 5,000 American and Israeli forces will participate in the exercise to simulate Israel's ballistic missile defense system. He reiterated President Barack Obama's stated commitment to Israel and said military aid to Israel will not be cut.

"To ensure Israel's qualitative military edge, we are closely analyzing the changes in the region and assessing the impact on Israel's security," he added. "We are…undertaking new initiatives to make our security relationship more intimate than ever before."

He said that the U.S.-European Command's Austere Challenge exercise next year will be "by far the largest and the most significant exercise in US-Israeli history." Concerning military assistance to Israel, he stated. "Today, I can assure you that even in challenging budgetary times; this Administration will continue to honor this 10-year, $30 billion commitment in future fiscal years." Most of the aid returns to the United States in the form of purchase of weapons and defense systems produced there.

Shapiro noted that American military aid "is rooted in our shared values and outlook… [and] because it benefits our security." He explained that joint exercises "allow us to learn from Israel's experience in urban warfare and counterterrorism…. One only has to look at Afghanistan and Iraq, where Israeli armor plating technology is being used on US military vehicles and innovative equipment, such as the specially designed 'Israeli bandage', is being used to treat our troops.

"The links between our two governments and US and Israeli defense companies have yielded important groundbreaking innovations that ultimately make us all safer. This involves sensors, unmanned aerial vehicle technology, surveillance equipment, and detection devices to seek out IED's that support our forces."

'Star of David will Not Bow before the Cross'


Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency services volunteers are going on partial strike to protest the removal of the Star of David from MDA vehicles in Judea and Samaria. The grassroots Samaria Residents' Council accused MDA of systematically removing the Jewish symbol from vehicles in preparation for an upcoming inspection by the International Red Cross.

The Residents' Councils in Samaria and Binyamin have supplied volunteers with stickers that are placed on the vehicles and which recreate the Star of David insignia as it appeared before its removal.

The Chairman of the Samaria Residents' Council, Benny Katzover, said: "The demand to remove the Star of David is tantamount to removing the flag of the state of Israel. It is unthinkable that we in Samaria will lend a hand to a move, the meaning of which is that the Israeli flag is bowing down before the cross. I call upon all Zionists to rebel in every way against MDA's surrender to the International Red Cross."

ADL Poll: Anti-Semitic Attitudes on Rise in America


A nationwide survey of the American people released by the Anti-Defamation League found that anti-Semitic attitudes have risen slightly in America, demonstrating once again that "anti-Semitic beliefs continue to hold a vice grip" on a small but not insubstantial segment of America.

The ADL survey found that 15% of Americans – nearly 35 million adults – hold deeply anti-Semitic views, an increase of 3% from a similar poll conducted in 2009, and matching the levels of anti-Semitic propensities recorded in the US in 2005 and 2007. Over the last decade, the highest level of anti-Semitic attitudes was reported in 2002, when an ADL poll found 17% of Americans harbored anti-Jewish attitudes.

The 2011 Survey of American Attitudes Toward Jews in America, a national telephone survey of 1,754 adults, was conducted October 13-23 by Marttila Strategies of Washington, DC and Boston.

"The fact that anti-Semitic attitudes have increased significantly over the past two years is troubling and raises questions about the impact of broader trends in America – financial insecurity, social uncertainty, the decline in civility and the growth of polarization – on attitudes toward Jews," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.

"It is disturbing that with all of the strides we have made in becoming a more tolerant society, anti-Semitic beliefs continue to hold a vice grip on a small but not insubstantial segment of the American public."

Among the more disturbing findings, the ADL survey shows that at a time of high unemployment and economic uncertainty, age-old myths about Jews and money and Jewish power in business endure.

Nineteen percent of Americans answered "probably true" to the statement "Jews have too much control/influence on Wall Street," an increase from 14% in 2009. According to the ADL, some 15% agreed that Jews are "more willing to use shady practices," up slightly from 2009; 16% agreed that Jewish "business people are so shrewd, and others don't have a chance," up from 13% in 2009.

The survey also revealed that 30% believe that Jews are "more loyal to Israel than to America," a percentage that has remained virtually unchanged since ADL's benchmark survey in 1964, despite the changing makeup of the US population. Nearly half of all respondents agreed with the statement that Jews "stick together more than other Americans, and 33% said they believe Jews "always like to be at the head of things."

According to the ADL poll, the most educated Americans are largely free of prejudicial views. Less educated Americans are more likely to hold anti-Semitic views. The poll found that 22% of those who graduated high school or completed some high school harbor strongly anti-Semitic views, as compared to 13% among those who completed some college, and 9% among those who graduated from college.

The poll also looked at anti-Semitic views among significantly large minority groups; once again, Hispanic Americans born outside of the US are more likely than Hispanics born in the US to hold anti-Semitic views.

In the past four years, anti-Semitic views among the African-American population have remained steady, but are consistently higher than the general population. In 2011, 29% of African-Americans expressed strongly anti-Semitic views. That percentage is consistent with the findings of past surveys.

On the positive side, Jews were found to be held in high regard on many key measurements. Even Americans who hold the most anti-Semitic views agreed with many positive statements about Jews, including: Jews have a strong faith in God (79%); Jews have contributed much to cultural life of America (64%); Jews emphasize the importance of family life (83%.

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