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Washington Post: CIA Aided by Mossad Set Up 2008 Mughniyeh Killing
The Washington Post has revealed that the Central Intelligence Agency, aided by the
Israeli Mossad, set up the assassination of Hizbullah's international terror and military
chief, Imad Mughniyeh, on Feb. 18, 2008. Until now Israel alone was blamed for the
According to the WP, as Mughniyeh approached his parked SUV on a Damascus street, a
bomb planted in a spare tire in the trunk exploded. He was killed instantly by flying
shrapnel. The device was said to be triggered remotely by Mossad in Tel Aviv, whose agents
were in communications with CIA agents on the ground in Damascus. The CIA declined to
comment on the Washington Post report.
"The way it was set up, the US could object and call it off, but could not execute," a
former US intelligence official told the WP. "We probably blew up 25 bombs" in tests for
ensuring that the blast would not cause collateral damage, he said.
The authority to kill Mughniyeh required a presidential finding by President George W.
Bush, the paper reports. He ruled in favor at a time that Hizbullah's top man was known to
be running the arming and training of Shiite militias targeting US forces in Iraq. This
man had a long history of killing Americans, dating back to the planning of the 1983
bombing of the US embassy in Beirut that caused the deaths of hundreds of American Marines
and the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers which housed US Air Force personnel securing Saudi
oil fields. He was also known to have planned the 1992 Hizbullah attack that blew up the
Israel embassy in Buenos Aires.
Is Israel Backing Down on Removing Hizbullah, Iran from Golan?
A change of policy was indicated by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's words at the
Sunday cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. "Israel is threatened from many fronts," he said. "In
the past week alone we witnessed terrorists in action across our southern border in Sinai.
We have long been aware of Iran's efforts to open a second front against us from the Golan
in addition to southern Lebanon. We have proved that no one is immune to our resolve to
thwart aggression against us. That was true in the past and will be in the future,"
DEBKAfile: In all his previous remarks on the subject, Netanyahu laid stress on
Israel's determination to remove the new front taking shape on the Golan. He took a
different line Sunday, noting only that Israel would react to the new front - only in as
far as it launched attacks.
Foreign-Backed Campaign to Unseat Netanyahu. Has Obama Launched a Political Campaign
By Israel Hayom & IsraelNationalNews.com
Amid the ongoing campaigning ahead of the March 17 national elections, in recent weeks
several non-profit organizations have launched various campaigns explicitly aimed at
unseating incumbent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and bringing about an electoral
victory for the Left.
With a massive scope of activities, the funding for these campaigns is also
substantial. These are not a group of amateur left-wing activists with a Facebook page and
some viral videos. These groups are running organized headquarters with dozens of paid
staff, hundreds of volunteers and an estimated bankroll of tens of millions of
One of these groups is named V15 -- Victory 2015. Over the weekend, the Likud Party
filed a petition with the Central Elections Committee seeking an injunction against this
group. V15 began making headlines last week when it emerged that it hired the same
campaign advisers as U.S. President Barack Obama. But V15 is certainly not alone -- there
are a large number of non-profits and organizations with a similar objective to end
Netanyahu's leadership -- working alongside them.
Friday's Israel Hayom featured an article on the V15 campaign and its apparent link to
Jeremy Bird, a strategist who worked on President Barack Obama's campaigns.
In an article featured on the news website Breitbart on Friday, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz,
a potential presidential candidate and one of Obama's most avid critics, wrote: "Has
President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the planet --
weapons that our most senior and highly respected statesmen believe will be aimed squarely
at Israel. This is the real problem, not Netanyahu's next election.
" Cruz wrote.
"The Obama White House should focus its grievances on the very real enemies we face, and
not on our staunch allies."
Cruz and Congressman Lee Zeldin stressed that they were gravely concerned by the fact
that OneVoice was ostensibly using government funding to advance political ends. They
quoted two American sources as confirming that the organization received at least "two
parallel U.S. government grants." Cruz and Zeldin included a number of questions in their
letter, demanding a "thorough investigation by the State Department's Inspector General
within the next 15 days."
Meanwhile, White House spokesman Eric Schultz declared last week that he had no
knowledge of Jeremy Bird's activities in Israel. When asked whether the White House would
"discourage other former administration officials from engaging in such activity," Schultz
replied that "I have a lot on my plate. Taking to task what former administration
officials do once they leave the White House is not something I'm going to engage in right
In the past, OneVoice received a direct grant from the U.S. State Department for
involvement in the negotiations with the Palestinians. Since it is not clear whether the
organization is even registered in Israel, it is difficult to ascertain where the money
used by V15 in the current election is coming from, or from whom. But the scope of the
group's activity indicates that the funding is substantial.
Neo-Nazis Plan Rally in London Jewish Neighborhood
A Neo-Nazi group has announced plans for a demonstration in a north London neighborhood
that is home to Europe's largest Orthodox Jewish community. The racist group, calling
itself "Liberate Stamford Hill," says the rally is to oppose the "Jewification" of the UK,
and particularly to protest Stamford Hill's local "Shomrim" neighborhood watch
The protest's organizers point to an incident last year in which signs requesting men
and women to stand on opposite sides of the street were left over from a Torah scroll
dedication ceremony - which some residents mistook as being aimed at the general public,
causing some controversy - as "proof" that Shomrim were attempting to implement "Talmudic
law" in the area.
"We are demonstrating against the illegal and unlawful Shomrim Police that are
enforcing Talmudic law on British streets," read an announcement on one of several
Facebook pages advertising the demo. "These armed thugs are impersonating our police yet
they have not been arrested in doing so, in fact, they are supported by the Metropolitan
police. In Stamford Hill, Whites are openly spat at in the street and made to feel as if
they are Second-Class citizens in their own country, we say ENOUGH White Man, It's time we
Contrary to the statement, however, Shomrim are not armed at all and coordinate closely
with local police - even receiving praise for their work from local police chiefs. The
volunteer initiative - which exists in several other Jewish communities in the UK and US -
exists solely as a response to concerns over rising crime in the area.
The event's poster claims to show a menacing-looking "Shomrim" volunteer, but is in
fact a scene from Woody Allen's spoof movie "Faded Gigolo" featuring actor Liev
Arutz Sheva has discovered that the "Liberate Stamford Hill" group is in fact a front
for the "National British Resistance," one of several small far-right splinter factions
formed in recent years following the collapse of the English Defense League.
One prominent British Jewish activist told Arutz Sheva that the rally - which is
expected to attract no more than a handful of anti-Semites - has already been reported to
the police, and that there was talk of a "peaceful counter-demonstration" in response.
Anti-fascist groups have also warned of a response, but the rally's organizers have
vowed it will go ahead even though they will likely be heavily outnumbered. "We certainly
can't promise a Nuremberg rally, the budget just doesn't cover that much just yet," read
"The Jews are mobilizing an Anti-White army against us," read another. "We welcome the
opposition, any chance to show how both the Left-Wing and Jews are working hand-in-hand is
an opportunity to be taken advantage of."
News of the planned rally comes amid growing concern over anti-Semitism in the UK and
Europe in general, primarily from Muslim extremists but also from elements of the far-left
In a related story. the Jewish community in Cornwall, Britain, expressed anger over the
weekend after a local village agreed to reinstate a sign saying "Hitlers Walk", the BBC
The sign for a park overlooking the village Mevagissey was taken down by the
now-defunct Restormel Council in 2005 after complaints that it was inappropriate. Now,
however, Mevagissey Parish Council has ordered a new sign, saying that is what local
people call the park, according to the BBC.
The park, located on a sloping site a little smaller than a football pitch at the top
of Polkirt Hill, was named in the 1930s after a dictatorial local counselor, who was
Harvey Kurzfield, of Kehillat Kernow, which represents the Jewish community of
Cornwall, said the decision was "outrageous." Parish counselor John Daniel, who has
campaigned for the sign's reinstatement, explained that locals "have known it as Hitlers
Walk since the 1930s."
Daniel said it had been "political correctness gone mad" to remove the sign, which does
not have an apostrophe.
"The name goes back to a time before the war when whoever was in charge of the park was
a bit authoritarian," he explained.
"I am 80 and I have always known it as Hitlers Walk. All the local people have known it
as Hitlers Walk and they wanted it back," said Daniel. "It's not offensive, it's just what
local people call it," he stressed. Although likely unrelated, the saga comes amid a
growing trend of anti-Semitism in Europe in general and in Britain in particular.
The anti-Semitism in Britain took a turn for the worse during Israel's Operation
Protective Edge in Gaza last summer, with thousands taking part in anti-Israel protests.
Those demonstrations have included pro-Palestinian Arab rioters vandalizing a Birmingham
Tesco store out of rage over a refusal to boycott Israeli products.
In a similar incident, hundreds of demonstrators rioted outside the Kedem store in
Manchester, in a series of clashes which culminated in dozens of death threats being
hurled at the store's owners.
Recently, Danny Cohen, the BBC's director of television, said that he was deeply
troubled by the anti-Semitism in Europe in general, and in Britain in particular, adding
that "I've never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I've felt in the last 12
A poll released last month found that almost half of British Jewish people fear they
have no long-term future in Britain or Europe, and a quarter of those surveyed said they
had considered leaving Britain in the past two years.
Local Council to Find a Match for Single Residents
The local council of Beit El has come up with an original way to deal with the
bachelorhood issue in the community: The council has begun employing matchmakers to help
single women start a family in Israel.
The initiative was launched following the rise in the number of unmarried women aged 23
to 30. The council began searching for a matchmaker to initiate meetings between single
men and women and help them find potential partners. "It's a serious problem," says a
community resident, adding that she believes the rise in the number of singles stems from
lack of motivation to turn to matchmakers and dating websites.
Council Member Chaim Silverstein submitted a proposal on the matter following recent
council meetings which revealed the increase in the number of unmarried women living in
Beit El. According to the proposal, "Experience shows that the girls lack the skill of
accurately describing themselves, let alone what they are looking for."
An internal discussion held by the local council revealed that some of the single women
have left the community and pointed to another difficulty stemming from the level of
observance. Therefore, according to the meeting's participants, the match must cover the
entire religious spectrum.
Ahuva Wallach, a matchmaker from Beit El who co-initiated the program, told Ynet that
"the initiative came from one of the community's resident, who was upset to see her
students still single in their late 20s. Because the program requires a lot of financial
resources, we decided to raise the idea in the council meeting, and then decided to work
together as a group voluntarily."
Forty matchmakers have signed up for the program so far. They have started a group on
Google in which they recommend potential matches. "The project is still in its infancy and
there have been no success yet," says Wallach. "We have one goal: That it will lead to a
wedding. I am hoping to see results within a few months."
According to the plan, the matchmakers will help interview men and women, form a list
of singles and escort couples on meetings, as well as provide tips. An official at the
local council of Beit El confirmed the report, saying that "the council did establish the
initial contact with the matchmakers, who are all working as volunteers without being
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