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Russia To Deploy New `Doomsday Plane' in Readiness For Nuclear War

By InfoWars, Sputnik News & DEBKAfile

Russia announced Tuesday that it would deploy the latest version of its high-tech doomsday plane, the Ilyushin-80, which is designated for use during nuclear war or national emergencies. "The flying command center will be able to coordinate the worldwide operations of its ground, naval, air and missile forces, including nuclear weapons, as well as the country's satellites," reported DEBKAfile.

Russian military sources said that the Ilyushin-80 jet would be used when the command infrastructure is disrupted due to a nuclear war, or when ground communication systems are absent.

According to Global Security, the command and control aircraft, also known as the Maxdome, "Is meant to fly the President of Russia and/or surviving authority figures and highest ranking members of the Soviet (now Russian) government to safety in the event of all-out nuclear war." The jet is designed to be used when command infrastructure is disrupted due to nuclear conflict and will be, "permanently staffed with senior generals, operational commanders and technicians," according to the report. It is fitted with an air filtration system that resists radioactive fallout as well as technology that protects against an EMP attack or a nuclear explosion.

Tensions have continued to build between NATO and the Kremlin since last week's shoot down of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey. As previously reported,, Russia is now equipping its Su-34 fighters with air-to-air missiles in preparation for potential dogfights with NATO over Syria.

The only other country besides Russia that utilizes an aerial command post is the United States, which it calls the "Doomsday plane," and is used when it is impossible to set up a ground-based infrastructure to command troops or if the ground-based command center is destroyed.

Netanyahu Acknowledges 'Israel is Active in Syria'


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday confirmed for the first time that Israel occasionally conducts military activities in Syria to prevent threats on its borders, in the most explicit acknowledgement yet of Israeli airstrikes that have been long reported by the Arab press.

Israel "is active from time to time in Syria," Netanyahu said at the Eighth Galilee Conference held in Akko (Acre), which was attended by various leading coalition and opposition MKs. Explaining the action, he said it is intended "to prevent a military front against us, and also in order to prevent the transfer of lethal weapons from Syria to Lebanon."

Regarding action in Syria, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) confirmed on Sunday that Israel is in full contact with Russia that is conducting its own airstrike campaign, and that Israel resolved a recent breach of Israeli airspace without incident. Netanyahu's comments on weapon transfers would seem to refer to Israel's long standing policy of working to block advanced missiles from being transferred by Iran to its Lebanese Shi'ite terror proxy Hizbullah.

Arab media has long reported on Israeli Air Force strikes in Syria, with a number of the reports cropping up in recent weeks alone, but Israel has remained tight-lipped regarding the reported strikes. Just last week it was reported by a Saudi news site that the IAF last Monday hit advanced Russian anti-tank missiles capable of piercing the armor of the Merkava Mark IV, Israel's most advanced tank. The missiles were stored just outside of Damascus adjacent to an elite unit of the Syrian army, and apparently were en route to Hizbullah in Lebanon.

Syrian media for its part last week alleged that the IAF struck a Hizbullah base in the mountainous Qalamoun border region between Syria and Lebanon. Three weeks ago Arab media reported that the IAF struck near Damascus International Airport, in a bombing apparently targeting a weapons transfer to Hizbullah, and earlier in November it was reported that the IAF struck an advanced missile transfer, including long-range Scud missiles, as they made their way through Qalamoun en route to Hizbullah.

Concerns over missile shipments to Hizbullah are well-founded, as shown by an updated Israeli assessment released earlier last month which revealed Hizbullah has no fewer than 150,000 missiles pointing at Israel.

Horrific New Details Emerge in 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre

By &

The terrible cruelty with which the Palestinian Black September terrorists treated their Israeli athlete captives at the Munich Olympics in 1972 is being exposed, in both a new documentary feature and a New York Times article, featuring interviews with the wives of two of the victims. The film, Munich 72 And Beyond, and the interviews, give rise to horrific details of the athletes final moments, unknown to the public up to now.

Ilana Romano, widow of weightlifter Yossef Roman, and Ankie Spitzer, widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer, spoke of the torture the athletes were put through, which wasn't known before. They said that the families of the athletes only found out the details 20 years after the massacre, when Germany released hundreds of pages of details of what happened.

"What they did is that they cut off his genitals through his underwear and abused him," Mrs. Romano said. "Can you imagine the nine others sitting around him, tied up, seeing this?"

The two widows, as representatives of the victims' families, were exposed to especially harsh photos of the slaughtered athletes. Mrs. Romano told the NY Times that the photos were "as bad I could have imagined." The paper's editors also saw the photos, deeming them to graphic to publish.

Yossef Romano was shot while trying to fight the terrorists at the beginning of their attack. They left him to bleed out before the eyes of his fellow athletes, and castrated him. The others were brutally beaten. They were killed during a failed raid by German forces near the Munich airport, where the kidnappers took the victims.

"The moment I saw the photos, it was very painful," Ilana Romano said. "I remembered until that day Yossef as a young man with a big smile. I remembered his dimples until that moment. At that moment, it erased the entire Yossi that I knew," she continued.

The families are making an effort to have the victims commemorated during all Olympic Games. Their pleas were rejected by the International Olympic Committee, but now, with the aid of its new president, Thomas Bach (a German), the Israeli athletes will be commemorated with a Munich memorial site. Their names will also be cited during the coming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Munich massacre occurred on Sept. 5-6, 1972. Members of the Palestinian terror organization Black September attacked and kidnapped members of the Israeli Olympic team, eventually leading to the deaths of eleven of them: Moshe Weinberg, Yossef Romano, Ze'ev Friedman, David Berger, Yakov Springer, Eliezer Halfin, Yossef Gutfreund, Kehat Shorr, Mark Slavin, Andre Spitzer, and Amitzur Shapira. In addition, Anton Fliegerbauer, a West German police officer, died during the failed attempt to rescue the athletes.

Local police killed five of the eight Black September members during the failed rescue attempt. They captured the three survivors, but West Germany later released them following an airliner hijacking later that year. Mossad responded to the release with Operation "Spring of Youth" and Operation "Wrath of God," tracking down and killing the remaining terrorists involved in the massacre.

Jordan Calls for Bids for Canal to Save Shrinking Dead Sea

By & AFP

Jordan on Tuesday launched a call for tenders for the construction of a canal linking the Red Sea to the shrinking Dead Sea for a project aimed at battling regional shortages.

The ambitious project has been in the works for more than a decade and aims to provide much-needed water to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority. It moved closer to reality in December 2013 when Israel, Jordan and the PA signed a water-sharing deal. In February, Israel and Jordan took a further step by signing an agreement to build a pipeline linking the Red Sea to the Dead Sea.

Experts have warned that the Dead Sea, the lowest and saltiest body of water in the world, is on course to dry out by 2050. Its degradation started in the 1960s when Israel, Jordan and Syria began to divert water from the Jordan River, the main source for the Dead Sea.

The first phase of the project - with an estimated cost of $900 million - involves building a conveyance system to transfer 300 million cubic meters of water each year from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea. Some of the water pumped from the Red Sea would enter the Dead Sea while the rest would be desalinated and shared with Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Water is a rare resource in Jordan, where 92% of the land is desert. The country is home to around seven million people and the population is growing with an influx of refugees from Syria, having previously absorbed tens of thousands of Iraqis fleeing conflict in that country. Several environmental groups have warned that the project could undermine the fragile ecosystem of the Dead Sea, which they fear could be contaminated by water from the Red Sea.

Spanish King Honors Sephardic Jews Expelled in 1492


Spain's King Felipe VI on Monday honored Sephardic Jews who were banished more than five centuries ago during the Inquisition, after a law allowing dual citizenship for their descendants came into force. The legislation aims to correct what the Spanish government calls the "historic mistake" of the country's monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand who in 1492 ordered Jews to convert to Catholicism or leave within the space of just weeks, under pain of death.

"Dear Sephardim, thank you for your loyalty," the king told representatives of Sephardic Jews from different countries, at the royal palace. "Thank you for having kept like a precious treasure your language and your customs that are ours too. Thank you too for making love prevail over rancor and for teaching your children to love this country. How we have missed you."

There are an estimated 3.5 million Jews with Spanish ancestry around the world - known as Sephardic Jews. The law, which came into force last month, grants them dual citizenship. Applicants do not have to be practicing Jews but they must have their ancestry vetted by Jewish authorities and prove a "special connection" to and knowledge of Spain.

Under a previous 1924 law the government had discretionary powers to award Sephardic Jews nationality but candidates had to give up their previous citizenship and they had to be residents of Spain.

Though estimates vary, historians believe at least 200,000 Jews lived in Spain before Isabella and Ferdinand ordered them to convert or leave as part of a policy to unite the country under the banner of Catholicism. Many found refuge in the Ottoman Empire, the Balkans, North Africa and Latin America, and those who refused to convert or leave were burned at the stake.

First Time Since WWII: Mein Kampf Printed in Germany

By & Reuters

For the first time since World War II, genocidal Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" will be printed in Germany in January as an annotated edition, the institute publishing it said Tuesday. The autobiographical text will return to the public domain at the start of the year and hit bookshops between January 8 and 11, said Andreas Wirsching, director of the Institute of Contemporary History (IFZ) in Munich.

The book, which discusses the context of the Nazi dictator's anti-Semitic creed in some 3,500 annotations, will be published in two volumes totaling 1,948 pages and sold at 59 Euros ($62), said Wirsching, who has been working on the project since 2009. The first run of "Hitler, Mein Kampf. A Critical Edition" would be limited to between 3,500 and 4,000 copies, he said.

Plans to publish the new version have been controversial and drawn fire especially from Jewish groups, who have argued the book is dangerous and should never be printed again. But Wirsching said the re-publication of the text with expert commentary aims to "shatter the myth" surrounding the book, which Hitler wrote in 1924 while languishing in prison after a failed coup.

Authorities in the southern state of Bavaria were handed the copyright by Allied forces after World War II. For seven decades, they have refused to allow it to be republished out of respect for victims of the Nazis and to prevent incitement of hatred. But at the end of the year the copyright runs out so that "Mein Kampf" - which means "My Struggle" - falls into the public domain on January 1.

Poll Shows Majority of Palestinians Seek the Destruction of Israel

By Bassam Tawil, The Gatestone Institute (Commentary)

As the current Palestinian campaign of terrorism against Israel is about to enter its third month, it is still not clear to many what the Palestinians are trying to achieve. The Palestinians cannot even agree on a name for their campaign. Some are referring to it as an "intifada," while others are describing it as a "Habba Jamahiriya" ["popular puff," or "flurry"].

The Palestinians also have not been able to agree on the motives behind the stabbing, shooting, firebombing and car-ramming attacks. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly claimed during the past few weeks that the terrorists are setting out to kill Jews out of "despair and frustration" and the lack of a "political horizon." But Abbas seems intentionally to be ignoring that it is he and his Palestinian Authority who are responsible — together with Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian factions — for the violence, as a result of their daily incitement against Israel.

This is yet another instance in which anyone could have predicted what was going to happen. Throughout the past year, Abbas has been telling his people that Israel was planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and "change the Arab and Islamic character and identity" of Jerusalem. He condemned Jews for "defiling the Aqsa Mosque with their filthy feet." Abbas, his spokesmen and PA-controlled media outlets also have also repeatedly been telling Palestinians that Israel is committing "war crimes" and "summary executions" of innocent Palestinians.

This is, as Abbas knows, exactly the type of incitement that prompts Palestinian teenagers to grab a knife, run out into the street and murder the first Jew they see. Those young Palestinians are also tragic victims of the poisonous campaign of the inflammatory anti-Israeli language emanating from Palestinian leaders such as Abbas, mosque preachers, news outlets and social media.

Contrary to Abbas' outrage, no one has yet found even one terrorist who claimed to have attacked a Jew out of "despair and frustration" at the "lack of a political horizon." If you look through the social media accounts of these young terrorists, many have said that they set out to kill Jews to "defend" Al-Aqsa Mosque. They seem to have been influenced by the romantic notion of Abbas' repeated fictitious claims that Jews were plotting to destroy the mosque, followed by high-flown fantasies of themselves as heroes charging forth to rescue it.

A public opinion poll published last week refutes Abbas' claim that Palestinians are committing terrorist attacks out of "despair and frustration." The poll, conducted by the Watan Center for Studies and Research, found that 48% of the Palestinians interviewed believe that the real goal of the "intifada" is to "liberate all of Palestine." In other words, approximately half of Palestinians believe that the goal of the "intifada" should lead to the destruction of Israel.

What is notable, is that only 11% of respondents said that the true goal of the "intifada" should be to "liberate" only those territories captured by Israel in 1967. Another 12% of Palestinians said they believe that the goal of the "intifada" was to release prisoners held by Israel.

The results of the poll, which covered 1,167 Palestinians above the age of 18, show that a majority of Palestinians continue to seek the destruction of Israel. The poll shows that only a few Palestinians see only the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem as the future Palestinian state. They want the "intifada" to replace Israel with a Palestinian state — preferably, one that now would be ruled by Hamas and jihadi organizations such as Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.

These Palestinians do not see a difference between, say, Ma'aleh Adumim, a "settlement" on the outskirts of Jerusalem, and any city inside Israel. One only needs to look at reports in the Palestinian media to see that Tel Aviv, Rishon Lezion, Kiryat Gat and Ra'anana are all considered "settlements." These reports also show that Palestinians do not see a difference between a Jew living in the West Bank and Israel — instead, they are all depicted as "settlers" and "colonialists."

None of the Palestinians interviewed for the poll complained about "despair and frustration," or the lack of a "political horizon." Obviously, they are driven by hatred for Jews and Israel. They do not, however, have a problem with "settlements" or "poor living conditions." They have a problem with Israel's existence. A majority believes that Israel can — and should — be destroyed. They are not, as Palestinian leaders claim, seeking a two-state solution.

According to the poll, more than 75% of Palestinians support the use of violence against Israel. More than 44% of respondents support the use of firearms against Israel; 18% are in favor of using knives to kill Jews, and another 14% would like to see Palestinians use stones. This contradicts Abbas' claim that the Palestinians want a "peaceful and popular" uprising.

Another noteworthy finding of the poll is that 72% of Palestinians want the current "intifada" to continue. In other words, an overwhelming majority of Palestinians would like to see their youths carry out more terror attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. They want to see more terror attacks because their leaders and journalists are telling them that those who kill Jews are "heroes" and "martyrs" who will have streets, squares, schools and tournaments named after them.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited Israel and Ramallah last week in a bid to end the Palestinian terror attacks, was unable to make any progress. Even before he arrived in Ramallah to meet with President Abbas, Kerry was strongly condemned for referring to the Palestinian violence as "terrorism." Palestinians who demonstrated not far from Abbas' office shouted slogans condemning the U.S. Administration for its attempt to stop the terror attacks against Israelis and called for boycotting Kerry. The protesters also declared Kerry persona non grata in Ramallah.

Kerry and the U.S. Administration should know by now that the Palestinians are waging war on Israel not because of "despair and frustration," but because they aspire to destroy Israel, as the results of the recent poll show.

The goal of the Palestinians is the destruction of Israel. This fact is something that other Western parties need to understand — that the Palestinian "struggle" is mainly aimed at eliminating Israel, and not "the establishment of a Palestinian state that would live in peace and security alongside Israel." The recent poll should be translated into English and distributed among all those "pro-Palestinian" groups that continue to shout about the conflict being the result of Israeli "occupation" of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

Today, it is clear that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not really about the "occupation" that began with the creation of Israel in 1948. The last three Palestinian "intifadas" and previous Israeli-Arab wars had (and still have) one goal: to see Israel removed off the map.

(Bassam Tawil is a scholar based in the Middle East.)

Israel Commemorates 850,000 Jewish Refugees Expelled From Arab, Muslim Lands


On Monday, Israel commemorated the 20th century expulsion of ancient Jewish communities from across the Arab and Muslim world, Israel's i24 news channel reported. The annual commemoration was first held last year, following the passage of a law by the Knesset designating November 30 as the day to memorialize the 850,000 Jews who were dispossessed of their homes both before and after the establishment of Israel in 1948.

The date was chosen for its significance to the refugees. On Nov. 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly approved the partition of Mandatory Palestine into two states. Following the vote, Jews across the Middle East were subjected to increased persecution at the behest of the Arab League.

In the immediate aftermath of the adoption of the partition plan, pogroms were perpetrated against Jews – on direct orders of the Arab League – in Aden, which had 8,700 Jews in 1948 (there were 45,000 in total in Yemen) and Syria's Aleppo, which boasted a 20,000-strong Jewish community before the creation of Israel. …

In Morocco, the number of Jews shrank from 286,000 in 1948 to 50,000 in 1968. In early 2015, there were no more than 2,500. In Algeria, the number went from 130,000 in 1948 to 1,500 in 1968, whereas in Egypt from 75,000 to less than 1,000 in the same period.

Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa, an advocacy group for the Jewish refugees, has complied the histories of Jews in Arab and Muslim lands on a country by country basis. The group aims to raise awareness of the heritage and trials of these refugees, which have been largely unrecognized internationally. Notably, despite numbering in the hundreds of thousands, the United Nations has never held a single session to discuss their plight.

Last year, tens of events were held around the world organized with the assistance of Israel's embassies and consulates and the local Jewish communities. However, now more than ever, it is vitally important that the issue of the Jews of the Middle East and North Africa is studied and discussed in Jewish schools and educational and communal institutions across the Diaspora.

Former Knesset member Ashley Perry, who collaborated with Knesset member Shimon Ohayon to increase the Israeli government's awareness of the issue, aims to make 2016 the "Jewish year of solidarity with the Jewish refugees from Arab countries." If the Jews from Arab and Muslim lands are to get justice for their losses, Perry asserted, Jews "should inform ourselves about the history of the communities and their cleansing and extinction during the 20th Century."

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