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Sept. 3, 2015


Israeli Navy’s Defense of Mediterranean Gas Fields Displayed in War Game

By DEBKAfile


The Israeli Navy Wednesday,  staged a defensive exercise, which centered on the elite Shayetet 13 unit silently and smoothly driving off the terrorists that had “captured the Yam Tethys Mediterranean gas field, off the coast of the southern Israeli port of Ashkelon.


This demonstration and the weapons used exposed but a small part of the IDF’s scope and capabilities. The key, say our military experts, is intelligence – strategic and tactical - for early warning of enemy plans of attack and its actions in real time – whether by sabotage or long-range missile or drone. See


Navy commander Brig. Ram Rotberg, leading a tour of military correspondents, outlined the potential threats addressed by the latest defense doctrines. They include the Russian Yakhont anti-ship missile which is in hands of Hizbullah and the Syrian army, with a range of 300 km, a speed of Mach 2 and the ability to cruise as low as ten meters, under most radar systems, with a payload of 300 kg of explosives.


Another is the Iranian Ababil drone, believed to have been upgraded with navigation capabilities and the ability to carry tens of kilos of explosives. Iran is also ceaselessly developing new missiles and rockets, some of which are no doubt being supplied to the Lebanese Hizbullah and the Palestinian Hamas. The counter-measures and weapons unveiled in the Navy drill Wednesday were as follows:


1. The Barak 8 multi-purpose seaborne missile defense system (sea-to-sea, sea-to-air, sea-to-coast and sea-to-missile) has been upgraded to offer the gas rig the same sort of protection as Iron Dome provides on land. It is designed to intercept surface to sea missiles, ballistic missiles with GPS guidance systems and primitive rockets. It is 4.5 meters long, weighs 275 kg, has a speed of Mach 2, and effective range of around 100 km and carries a 75 kg payload of explosives. Last year, a Barak 8 was reported to have intercepted a Russian Yakhont during a war game.


2.  A system of sensors installed on and below the sea’s surface to detect terrorists attempting to climb onto the gas rigs, and an active-passive obstacle field around the installation. 3. UAV’s and spy balloons will be on 24/7 patrol over the gas rigs and 4. Additional missile systems are available or in the works for supplementing the current defenses. They include Rafael’s Spyder surface-to-air missiles and David’s Sling.



After 30 Years: Mordechai Vanunu Speaks



Nearly 30 years after he was convicted for revealing classified information about Israel's nuclear program, Mordechai Vanunu has given his first interview to the Israeli media. Vanunu was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1986, after being convicted of treason and espionage for revealing details of Israel's nuclear plant in Dimona, where he had worked as a nuclear technician.


Since his release in 2004 - upon which he expressed no remorse for his actions - Vanunu has been subjected to a number of restrictions aimed at preventing him from leaking further classified information. Among other things he is forbidden from speaking to foreigners, from leaving the country or even approaching its borders.


He has been arrested several times for breaching those conditions, and even spent short stints in prison as a result. He is also forbidden from speaking to journalists, but was granted permission to speak to Israel's Channel 2 in an interview that will be aired in full later this week. Among other things, Vanunu recounted the Mossad honey trap which ultimately led to his capture in Rome in 1986, following his leaking of information to the British press.


He was living in the UK at the time, but the Israeli intelligence agency - wary of damaging relations with the British government - decided not to launch an operation on British soil. Instead, Vanunu was lured to Italy by a Mossad agent posing as a female American tourist named "Cindy."


In his interview with Channel 2, Vanunu told how he disregarded his initial suspicions after meeting Cindy. "It was on the street. I crossed the round and a woman crossed the road and we talked," he said, remembering their first meeting. "She was a tourist, I was a tourist. I didn't love her, (but) I said the connection could progress a little. For the first moment I said to her that she was a Mossad agent, but after that I forgot about it."


Vanunu said it was he who initiated the relationship with Cindy. "That's the method to bring a man down, that he initiates. If she initiates you'll suspect her," he said, appraising his captors' methods. "So I initiated and I talked to her. She was a foreigner woman in London and I was a foreign man in London and we began a connection and met another time and another."


He also claimed Cindy wasn't the only Mossad agent who had attempted to capture him. Vanunu said he had no idea he was being tricked until the last moment. "The moment the Mossad men attacked me in the apartment in Rome, in Italy, there I understood, and even there I still thought that she was also a victim. After three days on the ship that brought me to Israel I reached the conclusion that she was part of the plan."



Iran Army Commander: We'll Keep Arming Until Israel Overthrown



Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has instructed Air Force defense forces to constantly upgrade their preparedness for repelling “all types of threats,”  Addressing top commanders and officials of the Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base in Tehran on Tuesday. Khamenei told them they must identify the enemy’s "vulnerable points" and devise plans for dealing with them.


One of Iran's top military commanders has said the Islamic Republic will continue to bolster its military capabilities until Israel is destroyed and a Palestinian Arab state established in its place. Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini, a senior commander in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps  was speaking to soldiers during a military drill in Tehran Wednesday.


"They (the US and the Zionists) should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine," Kazzemeini said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. He also indicated Iran would continue its military interventions in surrounding countries, including Syria, Iraq and Yemen, where Iranian proxies and special forces are deeply involved in bloody wars.


"We will continue defending not just our own country, but also all the oppressed people of the world, specially those countries that are standing on the forefront of confrontation with the Zionists," Kazzemeini added.


He was speaking during a major drill involving some 250,000 Basij paramilitary fighters, as Iran's leaders nervously prepare for the possibility of a military strike by Israel if the nuclear deal signed with western states be formally implemented.


Today (Wednesday) that came one step further, as President Barack Obama gained the necessary support in Congress to ensure the passage of the deal. The nuclear deal is vehemently opposed by Israel, as well as Iran's Sunni Arab neighbors, who fear that it both paves the way to the Shia Islamist regime obtaining nuclear arms and empowers it to escalate support for regional terrorism, via massive sanctions relief amounting to the billions of dollars.


Despite reaching the deal, Iran continues to vent its open hostility to the West and calls for Israel's destruction. On Tuesday, Iran's top religious leader announced that the United States was still the country's "number one enemy," while another senior Iranian official reaffirmed Tehran's commitment to the "annihilation" of Israel.


Earlier today, Basij militiamen were on hand in Tehran to unveil a plaque with "100 insults" towards America, outside the site of the former US embassy. The display also involved the public burning of Israeli, American and British flags.



Abbas and Fatah Encourage 'Religious War' over Temple Mount



Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing to openly encourage a religious war to gain exclusive Muslim control over Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.


The Temple Mount also houses the Al Aqsa Mosque and Islamic complex, which are built atop the ruins of two Jewish temples. Islamist groups, along with the PA and its supporters, have sought to deny any Jewish connection to the site, claiming it is a Muslim or "Palestinian" holy site. Muslim extremists have also waged a violent campaign aimed at preventing growing number of Jewish visitors from accessing the site, while systematically destroying ancient Jewish artifacts.


According to Palestinian Media Watch, in an open letter to Palestinian university students beginning the new academic year, Abbas urged them to "carry out Ribat" - an Arabic term for a religious war to maintain Muslim control over land claimed as Islamic.


Great Quotes About Jews by Non-Jews



1. “The preservation of the Jews is really one of the most signal and illustrious acts of divine Providence… and what but a supernatural power could have preserved them in such a manner as none other nation upon earth hath been preserved.  Nor is the providence of God less remarkable in the destruction of their enemies, than in their preservation… We see that the great empires, which in their turn subdued and oppressed the people of God, are all come to ruin… And if such hath been the fatal end of the enemies and oppressors of the Jews, let it serve as a warning to all those, who at any time or upon any occasion are for raising a clamor and persecution against them.” (Thomas Newton, Bishop of Bristol 1704-1782)


2. “What is the Jew?...What kind of unique creature is this whom all the rulers of all the nations of the world have disgraced and crushed and expelled and destroyed; persecuted, burned and drowned, and who, despite their anger and their fury, continues to live and to flourish. What is this Jew whom they have never succeeded in enticing with all the enticements in the world, whose oppressors and persecutors only suggested that he deny (and disown) his religion and cast aside the faithfulness of his ancestors? The Jew – is the symbol of eternity. ... He is the one who for so long had guarded the prophetic message and transmitted it to all mankind. A people such as this can never disappear. The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity.” (Leo Tolstoy, What is the Jew? printed in Jewish World periodical, 1908)


3. “I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations ... They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth. The Romans and their empire were but a bubble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the globe and have influenced the affairs of mankind more and more happily than any other nation, ancient or modern.” ( John Adams, Second President of the United States, From a letter to F. A. Van der Kemp [Feb. 16, 1808] Pennsylvania Historical Society)


4. “None of the resplendent names in history – Egypt, Athens, Rome – can compare in eternal grandeur with Jerusalem. For Israel has given to mankind the category of holiness. Israel alone has known the thirst for social justice, and that inner saintliness which is the source of justice.” (French pastor, Charles Wagner, 1918, as quoted in A Book of Jewish Thoughts, ed. J. H. Hertz (London: Oxford University Press, 1920), 134.)


5. “The Jews started it all – and by ‘it’ I mean so many of the things we care about, the underlying values that make all of us, Jew and Gentile, believer and atheist, tick. Without the Jews, we would see the world through different eyes, hear with different ears, even feel with different feelings ... We would think with a different mind, interpret all our experiences differently, draw different conclusions from the things that befall us. And we would set a different course for our lives.” (Thomas Cahill, The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels, New York: Nan A. Talese/Anchor Books, p 3.)


6. ”...If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky way. properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it.


“The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”  (Mark Twain, Concerning The Jews, Harper’s Magazine, 1899)


7. “Mankind, East and West, Christian and Muslim, accepted the Jewish conviction that there is only one God.  Today it is polytheism that is so difficult to understand, that is so unthinkable.”(T.R. Grover, The Ancient World, p. 186)


8. “Some people like the Jews, and some do not.  But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.” (Winston Churchill – Prime Minister of Great Britain)


9. “Certainly, the world without the Jews would have been a radically different place. Humanity might have eventually stumbled upon all the Jewish insights. But we cannot be sure. All the great conceptual discoveries of the human intellect seem obvious and inescapable once they had been revealed, but it requires a special genius to formulate them for the first time. The Jews had this gift. To them we owe the idea of equality before the law, both divine and human; of the sanctity of life and the dignity of human person; of the individual conscience and so a personal redemption; of collective conscience and so of social responsibility; of peace as an abstract ideal and love as the foundation of justice, and many other items which constitute the basic moral furniture of the human mind. Without Jews it might have been a much emptier place.”(Paul Johnson, A History of the Jews, Epilogue)`





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 Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost

By Don Canaan (Commentary)

This year marked the 34th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.

Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.

Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.

Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.

Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.

The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.

Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."

April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.

That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.

Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."

The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.



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