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Obama Invites Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi to Officially Visit U.S.

By Reuters

President Barack Hussein Obama has invited his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Morsi to conduct an official visit to the U.S. in September. Deputy Secretary of State William Perez said he delivered the invitation to Cairo during his meetings with the president on Sunday.

This would be the first visit ever to the U.S. by a member of the genocidal Muslim Brotherhood in an official capacity.(See video The video of a rally that launched Morsi's campaign shows clearly that the Muslim Brotherhood seeks the violent annihilation of Israel.

Obama previously made a congratulatory phone call to Morsi when his victory in Egypt's presidential elections was made official. Obama also confirmed the United States' commitment towards democratic development in Egypt and offered his country's support for the Egyptian economy.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which was banned from political activity due to its subversive tactics for the past 60 years, captured the presidency after prolonged violent protests ousted former strongman Hosni Mubarak and the ruling military junta held elections. The unrest and rebellion that has swept through the Arab world in the last two years was encouraged, among other things, by Obama's speech in Cairo in 2009, in which he sought a "new beginning" in relations between the U.S. and adherents of the Muslim religion.

Obama's invitation to Morsi would seem to indicate he is not overly concerned about a negative reaction by Jewish voters in the election two months afterwards. Polls show that while his support among American Jews is not as high as it was in 2008, he still commands a clear majority among them.

Adding to the complexity of the situation is the prospect of a war with Iran that looms overhead, with Israel hinting an attack will take place within months and that it may go it alone if the U.S. does not lead the strike.

Entebbe Pilot Reveals Plane Barely Took Off


Thirty-six years after the world's most famous rescue mission, an Operation Entebbe pilot revealed his plane was so heavily loaded, it barely got off the ground. Reservist Brig. Gen. Joshua Shani, the lead pilot of the four-plane Operation Entebbe, flew his C-130 Hercules cargo plane with the entire rescue force on board.

In an interview with the IDF, he revealed that the transport plane was loaded with the famous Mercedes vehicle that was a mock-up of Idi Amin's car and designed to fool Ugandan soldiers into thinking the dictator himself had arrived at the airport where more than 100 Jewish hostages were being held. The aircraft was also loaded with the entire lead assault team, a paratrooper force and Land Rovers.

Shani took off from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, which at the time was under Israeli control, and he recalls the plane was so loaded that it "was one of the heaviest ever" in history. At full throttle, the aircraft was barely moving at taxiing speed. "At the very end of the runway, I was probably two knots over the stall speed, and I had to lift off," he revealed.

"I took off to the north, but had to turn south where our destination was. I couldn't make the turn until I gained more speed. Just making that turn, I was struggling to keep control, but you know, airplanes have feelings, and all turned out well."

The rest is history. Assault team commander Col. Yoni Netanyahu, brother of the Prime Minister, was killed, the only military casualty in the July 4, 1976 operation.

What is not known is that Shani's parents immigrated to Israel after having escaped the Nazis and having lived as refugees in Siberia. "My parents were lifelong Zionists and fluent in Hebrew, which they spoke to me as a baby," he said. "They were thrilled to arrive in Israel and begin a new life, never again to be refugees."

Ironically, Shani was not interested in becoming an air force pilot and almost refused to volunteer but reconsidered when his buddies also agreed to serve as pilots. He learned how to fly the C-130 Hercules cargo plane in the United States, but when it came time to plan the Entebbe mission, he recalls that Air Force Major General Benny Peled asked him all kinds of questions abut the plane's capabilities. "Peled asked me if it was possible to fly to Entebbe, how long it would take and what it could carry. I left him with the impression that a rescue would be possible," according to Shani.

He also revealed that the IDF prepared him for the rest – equipping him with a helmet, bullet-proof vest and "a large wad of cash" in case he needed it to escape Uganda. After his safe return, he also returned the cash.

PA: Abbas is Not Paying Friendly Visit to Iran


The Palestinian Authority's Foreign Ministry responded to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' announcement that plans to attend the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran, saying that "it is not a state visit, and is solely aimed at attending the summit, which will take place in Iran."

An official at the ministry stressed that Abbas cannot afford to be the only one to miss the summit. "It's an important support group for the Palestinians and therefore he has to go," the official said. Abbas received the invitation from Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian during a meeting in Amman on Sunday.

The Palestinian leader thanked the Iranian deputy minister for the invitation, sent his regards to Ahmadinejad and promised to attend the summit. Meanwhile, a Palestinian source that told Ynet that the Palestinian Authority has thus far rejected similar invitations for visits or dialogues with Iran, however this time it is not a personal visit.

"The Palestinians will attend an international conference. We are not going there to please Ahmadinejad," the source noted, saying that "it is important to remember that the non-aligned states are the basis of all Palestinian moves in the UN and that they support us in the international arena. We can't boycott this meeting just because it is taking place in Iran. We always came to these conferences, and even if the next one is held in Israel, we will show up."

The Palestinian source claimed that it is still unclear whether Abbas will hold a personal meeting with Ahmadinejad during the visit. "Even if such a meeting does take place, I will not be surprised," he said, adding that "the Americans have eliminated all our options and Israel isn't interested in holding talks under the proposed conditions, so why not start a dialogue with Iran?"

The source stressed that this doesn't mean the Palestinians will start supporting the Iranian policy, because they completely object to it. "They need to stop calling to wipe Israel off the map and start calling to add Palestine to the map," he said, "There is a fundamental difference between us and them."

Asked whether he thinks the visit to Iran could attract condemnations from Europe or the United States, the official noted that "in recent years, we have addressed the need to solve the Palestinian issue in diplomatic ways. If the European countries cannot provide the needed solution, I don't think they have the right to complain."

Report: Hitler Ordered Reprieve to Jewish Man


An estimated 6 million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis and their allies during the Holocaust. Hundreds of thousands more suffered, but somehow survived, in concentration camps. And some escaped, savoring freedom they otherwise never would have known.

Then there's Ernst Hess, who was a decorated World War I soldier, former judge and, despite being raised a Protestant and marrying someone of that faith, a "full-blooded Jew" in the eyes of the Nazi regime. According to a groundbreaking report, Hess was granted a reprieve despite this designation thanks to none other than Adolf Hitler.

Susanne Mauss, editor of the Jewish Voice from Germany newspaper, found the August 27, 1940, note from the Gestapo (the infamous Nazi secret police) that saved Hess — albeit temporarily. The order was revoked the next year, and Hess spent years doing hard labor in Nazi concentration camps and work sites.

Still, given Hitler and his colleagues' extreme views and actions on Jews, even the temporary amnesty granted in the letter that Mauss unearthed in a file kept by the Gestapo in Dusseldorf about Hess is extraordinary. Written by the notorious Gestapo figure Heinrich Himmler, the note calls for saving and protecting Hess "as per the Fuhrer's wishes," referring to Hitler, who had led Germany since 1933. The letter, a copy of which is posted on the Jewish Voice from Germany's website, also states that Hess should not be inconvenienced "in any way whatsoever."

Hitler and Hess had crossed paths before, serving in the same infantry unit during World War I. In fact, for a short time Hess had been Hitler's commander — though the Jewish Voice from Germany said Hess, whose now 86-year-old daughter was interviewed for their story, didn't personally know Hitler and their fellow comrades described the future Nazi leader as quiet, with no friends in the regiment.

But Hess himself was close to many of his fellow veterans, including Fritz Wiedemann, according to daughter Ursula Hess. And Wiedemann, who became a top aide to Hitler from 1934 to 1939 before becoming Germany's consul in San Francisco through 1941, helped connect Hess to Hans Heinrich Lammers, the chancellor during Hitler's reign.

Hess, who was forced to retire as a judge in 1936 — the same year he was beaten up by special police in front of his home — had pleaded for leniency before. According to the Jewish Voice, he had petitioned Hitler to make an exception because his daughter Ursula would be considered a "first-degree half-breed" under Nazi doctrine. Highlighting his patriotism and Christian upbringing, Hess wrote, "For us, it is kind of spiritual death to now be branded as Jews and exposed to general attempt."

That appeal was denied, though the Hess family was able to move to a then German-speaking part of Italy for the next several years. In that time, Hess still got part of his military pension and his passport wasn't stamped with a red J to brand him as Jewish, the Jewish Voice reported.

But after a pact with Italy that ceded that area to the Nazi regime and the family's attempts to flee to Switzerland and Brazil failed, they landed back in Germany in 1940.The reprieve, credited to Hitler, came in the summer of that year.

But in 1941, Hess submitted the letter of protection, only to have it swiped away. The special order revoked, he landed soon thereafter in a concentration camp, and then began working for a timber processing company helping build barracks for Nazi soldiers.

"The slave workers were forced to live outdoors and were treated terribly, and of course they were watched by members of the SS," said Ursula Hess of her father, who besides being a soldier, judge and "sportsman," had once been a concert violinist. "Had he not been as fit as he was, he would never have survived."

The name Hess is well established in German 20th-century history. A man also named Ernst Hess was one of Germany's ace fighter pilots during World War I, before being killed in action. Rudolf Hess was once Hitler's deputy, before flying to Scotland on an alleged peace mission in 1941 that instead ended with him becoming a prisoner of war. Ernst Hess, though, was a prisoner of a very different sort through the early 1940s when Nazi authorities deemed him "a Jew like no other."

When the war ended and he gained his freedom, according to the Jewish Voice report, Hess was asked to become a judge yet again. He turned down the offer. A year later, Hess launched a new career and gained new prominence as a railway executive. By then, he'd rejoined his wife and daughter. But not all his family: His sister Berta was killed in 1942 in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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