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Netanyahu: Israel Will Not Allow Regimes that Seek its Annihilation to Acquire Nuclear Weapons

By United with Israel

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reiterated Israel's policy of ensuring that no regime hostile to the Jewish State in the Middle East will acquire weapons of mass destruction. Addressing Israeli and foreign ambassadors at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem during an event marking Israel's 70th anniversary, Netanyahu stated that "Israel's policy has not changed since Begin. Israel will not allow regimes that seek our annihilation to acquire nuclear weapons." The Begin Doctrine, formulated by former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, states that no Israeli adversary in the Middle East would be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon. In accordance with this doctrine, Israel, led by Begin, destroyed Iraq's nuclear project in Osirak in 1981, and the Al-Kibar nuclear facility in Syria in 2007. Israel is now facing a looming threat from Iran. "This is why we opposed so resolutely the Iran deal, because it gives Iran a clear path to a nuclear arsenal," Netanyahu stated. "It allows, over a few years, unlimited enrichment of uranium, the core ingredient required to produce nuclear bombs—and nothing else." While Iran has claimed that its nuclear project is for peaceful uses only, its immensity and the facilities it incorporates suggest otherwise. Israel continues to view Iran as an existential threat, and Netanyahu has repeatedly called on President Donald Trump and the other signatory states to "fix or nix" the agreement. In January, Trump set a 120-day deadline for US lawmakers and European allies to "fix" the nuclear deal or face a US exit. The American president has said he will not renew US waivers for sanctions on Iran when they next expire on May 12 unless European countries agree to strengthen the deal significantly. He is also seeking tougher inspections and penalties for Iranian missile testing. One of the main issues that critics of the deal are eager to address is the removal of several clauses that allow Iran to gradually resume weapons-grade nuclear development starting in 2024. Iran's development of long-range missiles that can carry nuclear warheads is also a point of concern. On this issue, Netanyahu said that the nuclear accord with Iran "does not deal with the ballistic missiles that can deliver this weapon to many, many countries. This is why this deal has to be either fully fixed or fully nixed….I believe that Begin exemplified for us the commitment to defend Israel's security at all costs," Netanyahu underscored.

Russia Ramps up Arms to Syria, Warns Israel of "Catastrophic" Price for Interfering

By DEBKAfile

Russia has doubled the number of arms ships heading for Syria's Tartous from the Black Sea through the Bosporus, DEBKAfile's military sources report. The acceleration of Russian arms traffic to Syria has been noted in the last two weeks. The vessels are loaded with containers holding military hardware. It is believed that they contain quantities of advanced S-300 air defense missiles bound for Bashar Assad's army and short-range Pantsir-S1 systems capable of intercepting UAVs and cruise missiles. The consignments also include large quantities of automatic 30mm cannons and radar equipment.

On Monday, April 23, high officials in Moscow released the following statement to Kommersant, a publication close to the Russian defense ministry: If Israel attacks the new air defense systems it will suffer "catastrophic consequences."

We May Hit Russian Systems in Syria, Israel Says After Threats of 'Catastrophic Consequences'

By Reuters

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that Israel may strike the Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems in Syria if they are used against Israel. "One thing should be clear - if someone fires on our planes, we will destroy them," Lieberman said in an interview with the Israeli website Ynet. "What's important to us is that the weapons defense systems that the Russians transfer to Syria are not used against us. If they are used against us, we will act against them." Lieberman's comments come a day after senior Russian officials told the Kommersant newspaper that Russia is expected to provide the Bashar Assad regime with S-300 anti-aircraft defense systems soon. If Israel attacks the new air defense systems, then it will suffer "catastrophic consequences," the officials said. Lieberman said that the S-300 are already being operated on Syrian soil, though they are only being used by the Russians and not being employed against Israel. Lieberman added that Israel will not allow an Iranian foothold in Syria, saying that this is the principle guiding Israel. "If someone fires on us, we will respond. Let there be no doubt, it doesn't matter what system - S-300, S-700 or something else." Russian air defense systems have, in fact, been deployed in Syria for years. Syria's air defenses are Russian made, and Israel has struck them several times, lately - after the downing of its F-16 jet in February. The Wall Street Journal revealed that Israeli military targeted a Russian-made Tor advanced air-defense system after Iran deployed it to the T4 base in Syria earlier this month. In addition, Russia has deployed their own S-400 systems to protect its soldiers deployed in Latakia. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that Russia had not yet decided whether it would deliver advanced S-300 missile systems to Syria, but would not make a secret of the matter if it took such a decision, the TASS news agency reported. "We'll have to wait to see what specific decisions the Russian leadership and representatives of Syria will take," TASS cited Lavrov as saying on Monday during a visit to Beijing. "There is probably no secret about this and it can all be announced (if a decision is taken)," Lavrov added. The Kommersant reported that experts believed Israel would react negatively to the development and might bomb the area where the missile systems would be deployed.

Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem to Include Mezuzah Ceremony

By Israel Hayom

As part of the May 14 ceremony to mark the official opening of the U.S. Embassy, a mezuzah will be affixed to the embassy building. According to a Channel 20 report, organizers decided on the unusual move of holding a religious ceremony to install the mezuzah as a gesture to Israel and following the recommendation of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. Preparations ahead of the May 14 transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem are continuing apace. Work is being carried out on the site that also holds the consulate building on David Flusser Street in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood. In the initial stage following the transfer, the U.S. Embassy will be situated in what is now the U.S. Consulate building. Works to pave an access road to the consulate building for Friedman and his staff along with another escape route to be used in case of emergency are currently underway. In addition, a new lighting system is being installed around the consulate to better illuminate the complex and make it easier to secure the site. A large security team has been stationed on the roads leading to the consulate building to carefully examine everyone who approaches the area. The Jerusalem Municipality, along with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, has also been helping to make sure the transfer goes as smoothly as possible. While most local residents say they are happy about the U.S. Embassy's transfer to Jerusalem, there are those who fear the move will negatively impact their quiet neighborhood. In particular, they are concerned by the American demand a wall be erected around the compound. Some residents have already filed their objections to the plan, but as the issue concerns a matter largely considered to be of major national importance, U.S. demands will likely be approved.

How Hamas Sacrifices Arab Children to Attack Jews and Demonize Israel

By United with Israel

One thing that Islamists discovered early on is that images of wounded or killed Arab children easily turn Western opinion against Israel. Human life is worthless to Hamas and other Islamist terrorist organizations and it is therefore unsurprising that they cynically use their own human sacrifices as a propaganda strategy to demonize the Jewish state as a "child murderer" in order to utilize the old blood libels. The Israeli Defense Forces have noted that children featured prominently at Hamas's recent weekly "right of return" Gaza border aggressions. A seven-year-old Gazan girl was used as a human shield and sent by Hamas to breach the border with Israel. Thankfully, Israeli soldiers spotted the Arab girl on time and she was taken out of harm's way. Another child, 15-year-old Gazan Mohammed Ibrahim Ayub, was recently killed when Molotov cocktails were hurled at Israeli soldiers on the Gaza border. The abuse of children in warfare did not start with Hamas. Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth) played an instrumental role in the rise of Nazi Germany. The purpose of the Nazi youth movement was to indoctrinate and train future soldiers in the service of Adolf Hitler. The Muslim Brotherhood's youth organizations were inspired by the Nazi youth paramilitary organizations. However, unlike today's Islamists, yesterday's Nazis perceived their indoctrinated youth as a future investment, not something to utilize immediately as human sacrifice. One exception took place at the end of the Second World War, when – due to shortage of manpower – Hitler Youth units formed a defense line during the battle of Berlin. During the last months of the war, Hitler Youth members as young as 12 years old were recruited as soldiers. During the Iran-Iraq war, Iran's Islamist regime sent thousands of children to clear minefields in a war that claimed the lives of around one million people. Numerous conflicts throughout the third world have included the use of child soldiers. Unlike Hitler in 1945, Hamas does not systematically deploy children and youth against Israel due to shortage of manpower. It is a deliberate strategy designed to demonize and demoralize the Jewish state. The leadership of Hamas is fully aware of the fact that the Israeli army follows a strict code of conduct to avoid harming civilians. By targeting Israeli civilians from behind the human shields of Arab civilians, especially children, Hamas is committing a double war crime, while putting Israel in an impossible situation. During the latest Gaza war in 2014, Hamas leaders hid in fortified bunkers under Gaza's main Al-Shifa hospital, fully knowing that IDF would refrain from deliberately targeting hospitals and schools, although they were used for terrorism. War is messy business and all armies, including the IDF, make mistakes. However, after the Gaza war in 2014, generals from a dozen different countries, including Britain, France India and Germany, conducted an international comparative study, which concluded that no army in the history of warfare has done more to minimize enemy civilian casualties than the Israeli Defense Forces. The international community demonizes Israel for defending herself, and is therefore responsible for encouraging Hamas to continue pursuing its cynical human sacrifices of innocent children.

Israeli Secret Service Ran Fake Luxury Beach Resort as Front for Smuggling Jewish Refugees from Sudan

By The Independent Online (UK)

Israeli secret service agents ran an entire fake luxury beach resort in Sudan as a front for its operations in the 1980s, according to a BBC investigation. A group of Mossad agents were tasked with smuggling thousands of Jewish refugees in Ethiopia, known as Beta Israelis, from Ethiopia to Israel in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Thousands of Ethiopian Jews were stranded in Sudan, a Muslim-majority nation hostile to Israel. The agents had to smuggle the refugees across Sudan, then sailed across the Red Sea or airlifted them to Israel. And because Sudan and Israel were enemies, both the Ethiopian Jews and Mossad agents had to keep their identities hidden. "A couple of Mossad guys went down to Sudan looking for possible landing beaches. They just stumbled across this deserted village on the coast, in the middle of nowhere. For us it was a godsend. If we could get hold of this place and do it up, we could say we're running a diving village, which would give us a reason for being in Sudan and furthermore for roaming around near the beach." Arous tourist village, located on Sudan's east coast, consisted of 15 bungalows, a kitchen, and dining room that opened out to a beach and the Red Sea. The Sudanese International Tourist Corporation built the site in 1972 but never opened it because there was no electricity, water supply, or road nearby.

Posing as employees of a Swiss company, Mossad agents rented the site for $320,000 (£225,000) in the late 1970s. They secured deals for water and fuel, and smuggled air-conditioning units and water sports gear into Sudan to build the diving resort. An undated brochure of the resort boasted of "attractive, air-conditioned bungalows with fully-equipped bathrooms, fine meals," and a variety of water sports gear available to rent. Mossad agents posed as the resort's managers, and female agents were put in charge of day-to-day operations to make the hotel look less suspicious. They also hired 15 local staff – none of whom knew the true identities of their managers and colleagues. Hotel guests included Egyptian soldiers, British SAS troops, foreign diplomats, and Sudanese government officials – who also did not know the true identity of their hosts. Gad Shimron, a Mossad agent who worked at the resort, told the BBC: "We introduced windsurfing to Sudan. The first board was brought in – I knew how to windsurf, so I taught the guests. Other Mossad agents posed as professional diving instructors. "He added: "By comparison to the rest of Sudan, we offered Hilton-like standards, and it was such a beautiful place, it really looked like something out of the Arabian Nights. It was unbelievable. " The Mossad agents would leave at night for their rescue operations from time to time, telling local staff that they'd be out of town for a few days. They would then drive to a refugee camp hundreds of miles away where Beta Israelis were waiting, and bring them back to a beach near Arous. They then transferred the refugees to Israeli SEAL teams, who took them to a waiting navy ship, and on to Israeli territory. After one of the operations almost got busted, Israel decided to send jets to covertly airlift the Ethiopians to Israel instead. The agents abandoned the resort in 1985 after years of running it. The military junta in charge of country at the time started scouring the country for Israeli spies, and Mossad's head in Israel ordered the agents to leave. The Mossad agents evacuated the resort in a hurry, while guests were still staying at the hotel, an unidentified agent told the BBC. "They would have woken up and found themselves alone in the desert, "they said. "The local staff were there, but no-one else – the diving instructor, the lady manager and so on, all the Caucasians had disappeared." The agents transferred at least 7,000 Ethiopians to Israel over the course of their operations at Arous. Travel writer Paul Clammer wrote in his 2005 guide to Sudan: "Arous Resort was closed when I visited ... Though the colorful, relatively fresh paint gave [it] a cheerful look, the whole place was in disarray: Beach bungalows had toppled roofs, quads were rusty and jet skis left unattended, all suggesting the place was abandoned in a hurry." Arous' website, referenced in some travel guides, is now defunct. Business Insider tried calling two phone numbers linked to the resort on Thursday, but the lines were dead.

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