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Netanyahu: Just Like North Korea, Sanctions Won't Stop Iran

By Israel Hayom

Speaking Monday at the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency meeting in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that the first challenge for his government is dealing with the threat from Iran. "The historic desire to eradicate the Jewish people has come back with full force," Netanyahu said, sounding a warning about how he sees the Iranian threat to the Jewish people.

"Israel is facing a set of daunting challenges, first of which is Iran. The Jewish fate has changed, but our enemies have not. Israel is a uniquely moral country, and attempts to delegitimize it are one of the great moral failures of our time," Netanyahu said.

"Iran does not conceal its desire to destroy the Jewish state, and also to threaten the rest of the world. Iran has spearheaded the effort to eradicate the Jewish state; that is why it is developing nuclear weapons. Iran is seeking the power of mass death, and it is enough to see what they do now to know what they will do then," the prime minister said.

Referring to the attack on Israeli tourists on July 18 last year in Burgas, Bulgaria, Netanyahu said that Iran uses Hizbullah to carry out their attacks. Netanyahu congratulated Bulgaria for "calling it as it is."

The EU has still dithered on adding Hizbullah onto its list of terrorist organizations, and despite evidence from the Burgas attack, is unlikely to do so. "Other governments know [Iran and Hizbullah's terror activities] but they do not call it like it is," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu said that Iran threatens not only the security of Israel, but also the security of the rest of the Middle East, as well as the flow of oil. "An Iranian nuclear weapon would transform the Mideast into a nuclear tinderbox, changing the world as we know it. The sanctions themselves, even the toughest sanctions, will not stop them. Case in point: North Korea. Sanctions need to be coupled with a robust, credible military threat. Only then will we have a chance to stop it. I believe that stopping Iran is the number one task of anyone seeking peace and security in the world," Netanyahu said.

Iran's leading nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, is believed to have traveled to North Korea to observe its third nuclear test last week, according to Western intelligence sources cited in the U.K.'s Sunday Times.

Netanyahu said he looks forward to welcoming President Barack Obama to Israel, and that the two have agreed that Iran will be "topic number one." Turning to Syria, Netanyahu said Israel would do whatever was necessary to protect itself from what he said was "liable to be a strategic disaster.

"Syria has some of the most sophisticated weapons ever built, which can threaten not only Israel, but also the U.S. and the world. There is a tide in this region, and it is not moving toward modernity, but rather backward. We can't sit and wait for things to happen. We must protect and prepare ourselves in the face of any threat," Netanyahu said.

Turning to the peace process with the Palestinians, Netanyahu said that territories vacated in the past have become threats: "We need a peace process that gives us both peace and security. Peace agreements themselves do not ensure peace. In addition to a piece of paper, we need security on the ground. The Palestinian state must be thoroughly demilitarized. We have to ensure that what happened in Gaza and Lebanon does not repeat itself. We must have mutual recognition. It is high time that the Palestinians recognize the Jewish state here. This is the state of the Jews. The ability to have any Jew come here is fundamental to our existence."

Both Israel and the Palestinians will have to make concessions, Netanyahu said. "I'm not placing these conditions before the entrance gate. I place no conditions ahead of negotiations. I don't think we should spend another four years negotiating about negotiations. We need to just get on with it. These are the topics that I will discuss with President Obama."

Arab-Israeli Nabbed Preparing for Terror Attacks

By The Times of Israel

An Arab-Israeli man and two Palestinians were charged on Monday with planning terror attacks against military targets.

Amir Iyan, 22, who holds Israeli citizenship but lives in the Nur Shams Palestinian refugee camp near Tulkarem in the West Bank, was brought before the Kfar Saba Magistrate's Court to face charges that he intended to manufacture explosives and obtain weapons to carry out terror attacks.

According to the indictment, Iyan contacted a jihadist acquaintance of his last November during Operation Pillar of Defense in which the Israel Defense Forces struck Gaza to try to stop terrorist rocket fire on Israeli towns and cities. Together the two discussed carrying out attacks on military installations and personnel and in January, together with another Palestinian man, they formed a terror cell, Nana10 reported.

The group planned to make explosives and intended to purchase equipment worth NIS 70,000 in order to manufacture weapons. However, the Shin Bet internal security services apprehended the men before they could carry out their plans.

The Palestinians arrested are being dealt with by a separate military court system reserved for Palestinian offenders in the West Bank.

Zoabi: Army Draft for Arabs? Prepare the Prisons

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Israel should "prepare the prisons" if a law requiring Arab Israelis to enlist in the army is passed, MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) told Arutz Sheva on Monday.

What has become known as "equal burden" in IDF and national service has become a hot issue in the coalition negotiations currently underway. While most of the attention has been on army enlistment of hareidi-religious yeshiva students, there have also been calls to include Arab Israelis in this as well. These calls have come from Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party but also from United Torah Judaism and Yisrael Beytenu, which advocates that everyone be drafted at the age of 18.

According to Zoabi, however, Arab youth would rather go to jail or perform some form of civil service than enlist in the IDF. She also said that the entire Arab sector will resort to civil disobedience in the event that such legislation is passed.

"Let's be honest," she told Arutz Sheva. "No one wants Arabs to serve in the army, not me as an Arab and not you as Jews, and that's the first difference between us and the hareidim. If I am not obligated to perform military service than any alternative is senseless and has no integrity. If the law does not require me to perform military service it also cannot force me to perform national service."

Zoabi claimed that the Arab public "does not want to be part of an occupying army. The issue of the military is not just a matter of burden but also of belonging. This is internal Jewish solidarity. You cannot tell me to come in and feel as though I belong in this army."

She added that the Bedouin and Druze also do not enlist in the army willingly, but because of needs of livelihood and as a result of the poverty in which many of them live. "Military service is not a matter of a burden, but something that goes against our identity, against our history and culture," said Zoabi. "You cannot copy the debate between the secular and the hareidim to the debate between Jews and Arabs. The hareidi man says he appreciates the army but his Torah is his profession. He says he has a different role in building the Jewish identity of the state."

Zoabi identified with the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta Jews, saying, "They are anti-Zionist and I am anti-Zionist. I identify with them."

She said that the IDF is not an army of defense but a military of occupation and oppression and said that the mandatory military service should be cancelled, turning military service into a volunteer position. Zoabi said that she opposes having Arabs volunteer for national service if it is tied to them expressing loyalty to the state.

If legislation is passed that would require 18-year-old Arabs to serve, she said, "We will announce that there is civil disobedience. You should start building the prisons, because our entire youth will prefer to sit in prison rather than serve."

She claimed that a recent survey conducted among young people in the Arab sector revealed that 78% of them are opposed to being recruited for service, 12% agree to serve and that 10% do not know the plan in question and do not have an opinion. We oppose this law and we will not obey it," Zoabi stated unequivocally.

Before the last elections, the Central Elections Committee banned Zoabi, who has been notorious for her anti-Israel statements and actions which included participation in the 2010 flotilla to Gaza, from running. The Committee banned her under a clause requiring candidates and parties not to work against Israel's character as a Jewish, democratic state. However, the Supreme Court later overturned the decision and allowed Zoabi to run.

MK Danny Danon (Likud), one of the leaders in the efforts to disqualify Zoabi from the Knesset, has already submitted his first proposed law of the new Knesset – a bill dubbed "Zoabi's law" that would have kept Zoabi out of parliament. The proposed bill would allow the Elections Committee to bar a candidate or party from participating in elections for Knesset with just a two-thirds majority. The candidate or party would then have 30 days to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Access Bible with Modern Technology

By YnetNews.com

The Bible, the best-selling book in history, is making its transition into the 21st century. An online project which intends to produce the first grassroots Internet Bible, "Tanach b'Mirshetet" (The Bible Online), has uploaded the entire Tanach online, with each of its 23,127 verses awaiting an "owner."

Each person that participates chooses a verse on the site and may dedicate it, or indicate why they chose it. The final objective is to get 23,127 people to select one verse each, thus having a complete Tanach "transcribed" on the internet by the Israeli public.

Thousands of verses have already been chosen, and thousands more which can be selected and personalized. Upon completing registration, each participant receives a certificate attesting to his participation.

Project coordinator Raphael Harkham told Tazpit News Agency that the aim of the project was to highlight the Bible's unique value, not only to the Jewish people, but as a platform for dialogue. "It's a project to unite Israelis from all different sectors, while strengthening the connection between the nation and the Book. It is a great platform for Tanach conversation and a great tool for Tanach study. We are also working to get Israeli youths involved. I feel this project is especially important for them because they represent Israel's future."

The site currently exists in Hebrew, and four other versions are slated to be launched – English, French, Spanish, and Russian.

The launch of the Hebrew website in April 2011 is part of a global project run by the Bible Valley, a non-profit organization, in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry and the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, in which hundreds of thousands of people from around the world, of all faiths, are copying the Bible in their own handwriting, in 100 languages.

This project was preceded by the Bible Valley's inaugural project, "Children of the World Illustrated the Bible," in which hundreds of thousands of paintings were sent from 91 countries.

After all the verses of the Tanach have been selected, the book will be printed, and – along with the 100 Bibles in 100 languages – will be placed in the planned Heichal Hatanach (The Hall of the Bible) to be built at the City of David in Jerusalem.

At the launch of the website, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his cabinet were the first to choose their verses. Netanyahu chose the first verse: "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war anymore." (Isaiah 2:4).

Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon chose "A Song of Ascents. I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: from whence shall my help come?" (Psalms 121:1).

Netanyahu said that he chose his verse because this was the vision of the prophets of Israel for the entire world: "While the Tanach has a universal aspect, it is, first of all, the Jewish People's book of books. The Tanach conquers with its ideals, faith and unique character. No other book can compare to it. "We hope that one day peace will prevail among all nations, and nation will not lift up sword against nation."

To select a verse, visit: www.mybible.org.il


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