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Netanyahu: Israeli Strike on Iran Nuclear Plants will Serve to Calm Mideast
An Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities won't destabilize the Middle East,
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in an interview to a French magazine on Tuesday,
adding, moreover, that such a move would only serve to restore security in the region.
"Five minutes after [an attack], contrary to what the skeptics say, I think a feeling
of relief will spread across the region," Netanyahu told Paris Match, adding: "Iran isn't
popular in the Arab world, far from it. Some governments in the region, as well as their
citizens, have understood that a nuclear-armed Iran would be dangerous for them, not just
for Israel." The premier's interview, one to which he gave much importance, was geared at
influencing public opinion in France ahead of his visit to the country on Wednesday.
So important was the interview, in fact, that the Prime Minister's Office asked
Israel's Embassy in Paris to obtain several copies in advance, thus allowing the PM to
take the article with him to some of his meetings in France, as well as to bring hard
copies of the interview with him when he returned to Israel.
However, despite Netanyahu's assertive rhetoric on the Iranian issue, his visit to
Paris was mainly meant as an election season photo-op. Already in his address to the UN
late last month, Netanyahu said that there wasn't a need to reach a decision on the
Iranian issue until next summer, a fact that characterizes the comments during his
interview to Paris Match as attempts at diplomatic leverage and campaign propaganda. While
in Paris, The premier is expected to meet French President Francoise Hollande, Prime
Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
On Thursday, Netanyahu plans to attend a memorial service at Ohr Torah (previously
known as Ozar Hatorah) Jewish school in Toulouse, where a teacher and three children were
killed in an attack earlier this year.
Netanyahu is interesting in leveraging the visit to France in order to prove to Israeli
voters that his cabinet's foreign policy did not lead to Israel's isolation in the
international community, and that he was welcomed the Western capitals with red carpets
and embraces. In addition, the premier will try to use his meeting with Hollande to turn
over a new leaf in Israel's relations with France, an attempt to cover up his shaky ties
to former French President Nikola Sarkozy, who, at one time, called the Israeli PM "a
Barak: Israel Almost Attacked Iran 8 Months Ago
By Israel National News
In an interview Tuesday with the Daily Telegraph, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that
Israel almost attacked Iran eight months ago but that the "moment of truth" was
postponed after Iran redirected part of its enriched uranium to civilian uses. Without
that decision, a confrontation with Iran would have almost certainly developed, said
When asked why he thought Iran made this decision, Barak said that there are at least
three explanations. One was the public discussion about a possible attack on Iran. It
could also be the result of diplomatic pressure not to make things tenser before the U.S.
presidential elections. It could also be an attempt by Iran to show the International
Atomic Energy Agency that it can comply with international requests when it wishes, Barak
When asked about future Israeli plans to attack Iran, Barak said simply that "Israel
reserves the right to defend itself, by itself. An action against Iran will be much safer
than an attack against an Iran that achieves nuclear capability." Sanctions and diplomatic
pressure have not worked, said Barak, and he warned that as a result, Israel and its
allies will have to deal with the decision on whether or not to attack Iran's nuclear
facilities "in the coming year."
Egyptian Child Preacher Calls for Destruction of Israel
By Israel Hayom and IsraelNationalNews.com
A child preacher identified as Ibrahim Adham called for the destruction of Israel on
the Egyptian Al-Rahma television station this month, according to a translation provided
by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
"Oh Islamic nation, oh all Muslims ... martyrdom on the path of Allah is a religious
duty incumbent upon you, oh believers," the child said. "It is your path for salvation in
the eyes of the Lord ... Pray: Oh Allah, destroy Israel. May Jerusalem live on until the
Day of Judgment." The child also later referred to "the accursed Sharon, Bush and Obama."
A robed man is also seen in the clip, telling the child, "You are such a beautiful boy, by
Earlier this month, the Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a strong condemnation of
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, after Morsi attended a sermon
where the preacher called for the "destruction and dispersal of the Jews." A video emailed
by the center showed Morsi at a mosque in the Mediterranean town of Marsa Matruh, where
the congregation, including Morsi, answers "amen" to a cleric who recites a list of
prayers in a traditional ritual.
In one of the prayers, the cleric asked God to "destroy the Jews and their supporters
and disperse them, rend them asunder." Morsi is then seen continuing to say "amen." The
prayers were aired on state TV and caught on video by MEMRI.
And in a related story, a recent photo posted to the official Facebook page of Fatah's
Information and Culture Commission in Lebanon shows a mother placing a suicide belt on her
young son, reported Palestinian Media Watch, which has documented the ongoing
glorification of violence and martyrdom by the Palestinian Authority.
Beside the picture is written an imaginary conversation between the two which reads as
follows: "My mother dressed me in a strange belt (i.e., a suicide belt). I asked her:
`What is this, mother?' She said: `I will put it on you and you will go to your death!' I
said to her: `Mother, what have I done that you want me to die?'
She shed a tear that hurt my heart and said: `The homeland needs you, son. Go and blow
up the sons of Zion.' I said to her: `Why me and not you?' She said: `I will stay in order
to give birth to more children for the sake of Palestine.' I kissed her hand and said to
her: `Keep it up, mother, for you and for Palestine I will kill the impure and the
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