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Olmert Challenges U.N. on Troops from Muslim Nations
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stated Sunday that Israel would not agree to anti-Israel
Muslim nations participating in the multi-national U.N. force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The
deputy secretary general of the U.N., Mark Malloch Brown, has stated that the U.N. and not
Israel would decide the make-up of the force. He also wants Muslin Ma'aleh Adumim nations
represented in order to provide a "balance." Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia, none of
whom have diplomatic ties with Israel, have stated they want to send their soldiers to
part of the force intended to keep Hizbullah terrorists from re-arming.
Iran's Military Exercise & Apocalyptic Plans for Israel & the World
DEBKAfile Special Report
Washington is keeping a sharp weather eye out for Tuesday, August 22, which this year
corresponds in the Islamic calendar to the date on which many Sunni Muslims commemorate
the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on his winged horse Buraq to "the farthest
mosque," which is traditionally identified with Jerusalem.
According to the Muslim legend, on that day, a divine white light spread over Jerusalem
and the whole world.
DEBKAfile's intelligence sources report that information rated "highly credible" has
reached US undercover agencies of a secret report presented to Iran's supreme ruler Ali
Khamenei by Abdollah Shabhazi, one of the heads of the Supreme National Security Council.
He claims to expose a mega-terror plot against Jerusalem scheduled for Tuesday, which aims
at killing large numbers of Jews, Arabs and Christians.
This atrocity will reportedly arm the United States and Israel with the pretext for
hitting Iran's nuclear installations, as well its capital, Tehran, and other big cities.
Shabhazi said the US and Israel need to launch a military campaign to restore the
deterrent strength they lost in the Lebanon war.
The massive attack would reportedly focus on the Old City of Jerusalem and its eastern
suburbs. The Iranian report claims that the plotters, who are not identified, are eager to
recreate the divine white light whish spread over Jerusalem in the year 632. It does not
rule out the use of a non-conventional weapon.
DEBKAfile reported that the authorities in Israel do not appear to be taking this
threat seriously, unlike Washington and Tehran.
Deeply impressed, Iran's rulers launched a large-scale are, sea and ground exercise
Saturday, Aug. 19. The maneuver, dubbed the Blow of Zolfaghar (the sword used by Imam
Ali), involves 12 divisions, army Chinook helicopters, unmanned planes, parachutists,
electronic war units and Special Forces. State-run television reported a new anti-aircraft
system was tested "to make Iranian air space unsafe for our enemies."
DEBKAfile said the point of this massive display of might is in fact to place Iran's
armed forces on the ready for the contingency of a US-Israeli offensive on August 22 as
per Shabhazi's prediction. The exercise will be moved to Tehran to prepare the capital for
a potential assault.
August 22, furthermore, is also the day of Iran's formal reply to the incentives
packages on offer from the West in return for halting its uranium enrichment projects. For
weeks, Tehran was under pressure from the United States and Europe for an earlier reply,
but insisted on August 22.
Prof. Bernard Lewis, the great scholar of Islam and the Middle East offered the
background in the Wall Street Journal on Aug. 8:
"In Islam, as in Judaism and Christianity, there are certain beliefs concerning the
cosmic struggle at the end of time - Gog and Magog, anti-Christ, Armageddon, and for
Shiite Muslims, the long awaited return of the Hidden Imam
Mr. Ahmadinejad and his
followers clearly believe that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has
already begun and is indeed well advanced. It may even have a date, indicated by several
references by the Iranian president to giving his final answer to the U.S. about nuclear
development by Aug. 22. This was at first reported as "by the end of August," but Mr.
Ahmadinejad's statement was more precise."
Revolutionary Iran habitually links fundamentalist symbolism to political events.
Prof. Lewis explained the significance of Aug. 22 and added ominously: "This might well
be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and, if necessary, of
the world. It is far from certain that Mr. Ahmadinejad plans any such cataclysmic events
precisely for Aug. 22. But it would be wise to bear the possibility in mind."
The Shiites do not recognize Rajab 27 as the date of Muhammad's purported flight to
Jerusalem but celebrate Mabath to commemorate the day they believe Allah appeared before
Mohammed in a cave and told him he had been chosen as the prophet to spread the divine
message across the world. Mabath is marked by Shiites in Iran and other parts of the
Middle East with great ceremony.
Claiming to represent the true Islam, the Shiite rulers of Tehran are expected by
Washington to mark the date by demonstrating their military superiority for all Muslims to
In addition to Bernard Lewis's hypothesis, speculation is rife in Washington about what
Iran has in store for Tuesday. Tehran may announce success in producing enriched uranium
of a higher grade, meaning it is no more than six months away from a weapons-grade
capability. While providing justification for UN Security Council sanctions, Tehran
prefers to believe that this announcement will be its passport for admission to the
world's nuclear club and its attendant privileges, including the right to enrich uranium
In the meantime, the Iranians are putting on a spectacular show of military bravado to
show the world and reassure their own people that they are not afraid of threats.
Iran Test-Fires Short-Range Missiles
By VOA News
Iranian state media said Iran's army has test-fired several short-range missiles as
part of a major military exercise that began Saturday. Iranian television says the
military tested a surface-to-surface missile called the Saegheh (which means lightning in
Farsi) that has a range of 80 to 250 kilometers.
The television report said the missile test took place Sunday in the Kashan desert. Iran
said the military drills would continue for several weeks in 14 of the country's 30
Iran's army commander, General Ataollah Salehi, said Saturday his country must be ready
for possible attacks by what he called Iran's "crazy" enemy. It was not clear whether he
was referring to Israel, the United States or both. Salehi said Iran's enemies have gone
"crazy" after seeing the military capabilities of Hizbullah in Lebanon.
Iran's Grand Plan
By Anti-Defamation League (Commentary)
As Israeli troops moved into southern Lebanon, they began coming to the realization
that the infrastructure of bunkers, launching sites, and missiles that Hizbullah built up
is even more elaborate and sophisticated than Israel had expected. All of it was done
through the financial support, bidding and training from Iran. Israel is now estimating
that Iran has spent billions of dollars to create this network.
Why? The answer is clear and speaks to why Israel's chief of staff Dan Halutz has
described this battle as possibly Israel's most crucial since the War of Independence.
Iran is generating a three-pronged threat to Israel's very existence. By developing a
nuclear weapon, by arming Hizbullah to the teeth, and by public statements of its
president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran is trying to recreate the idea that Israel's existence
as a Jewish state is not a sure thing, that the notion that Israel is now a permanent
entity, if not a beloved one, which had taken hold in the Middle East in recent years, is
Israel, the United States, and indeed the entire civilized world must understand the
nature of this threat now and must not equivocate in combating all three dimensions of
this sinister Iranian strategy.
Undoubtedly, the huge infrastructure that Iran has built up with Hizbullah in south
Lebanon would have been expanded in the coming years in parallel with Iran's nuclear
development so that the time would arrive when Iran could threaten Israel from Teheran
with a nuclear bomb and from Lebanon with chemically-tipped missiles.
Indeed, it wasn't the extremist Ahmadinejad who expressed Iranian intentions most
clearly but the more "moderate" Iranian leader Rafsanjani who several years ago chillingly
said with regard to the nuclear issue that Israel is a tiny country and one nuclear bomb
would devastate the country while Iran was a large country that could sustain ten such
This is what Israel's war against Hizbullah is about. It is to begin to reverse Iran's
implementation of its plan for Israel's destruction. Of course, it is not Israel's problem
alone because Iran's aspirations threaten the Gulf States, ensure nuclear proliferation
throughout the region, and menace the west through terrorism and the spread of Islamic
The west should be fully supporting Israel, as has the United States, in this struggle
for its own interests. At the very least, the world must understand that Israel will
defend itself and do everything in its power to destroy Hizbullah and combat the Iranian
threat. It has no choice.
Israel Attacks, Rejects Lebanese and UN Claims
By IsraelNationalNews.com and DEBKAfile
An office staffer for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel's Saturday raid into
Lebanon was not a violation of the ceasefire, but rather the required response to
Hizbullah's ongoing violations of the ceasefire.
"The operation was necessary," the official said, "because Hizbullah is violating the
ceasefire by smuggling in war materiel from Syria and Iran. It was a necessary operation,
and it is good that we did it."
The weekend operation involved two Hummer jeeps that were helicoptered in to the
Baalbek region of southern Lebanon, not far from the Syrian border. The Hummers were used
to attack a school building used to store weapons brought in from Syria. The building also
served as a hideout for Hizbullah terrorists.
IDF officer Lt. Col. (ret.) Emanuel Moreno, 35, of Kibbutz Tlamim in the Negev, was
killed in the operation, and two soldiers were wounded, including one in serious
condition. Three Hizbullah men were killed.
The IDF announced afterwards, "The purpose of the operation was to prevent and
interfere with the transfer of arms from Syria and Iran to Hizbullah... The objectives
were achieved in full."
"Hizbullah cannot complain when we take action to stop them from smuggling weapons, in
violation of the ceasefire," the aide said. "Hizbullah is not adhering to the ceasefire in
other ways as well. There were several incidents this past week in which they fired at IDF
Lebanese Defense Minister Alias Al-Mor threatened, following the Israeli attack, that
his country would stop deploying its forces in the southern region. He demanded that the
UN make its position clear on Israel's action. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has already
gone on record as saying that it was Israel that violated the ceasefire.
DEBKAfile's military sources added that the covert mission was one of a series the IDF
has been carrying out against Hizbullah's clandestine units since the Lebanon war began.
These units are made up of Hizbullah's top specialists in terrorism and undercover combat
and are more dangerous than the men in the field.
The IDF commando strike has put the U.N. on notice that Israel will not allow the
ceasefire resolution to serve as a tool for terrorists. United Nations Secretary-General
Kofi Annan accused Israel of violating the United Nations Security Council ceasefire
resolution and only vaguely referred to the violation by Hizbullah's smuggling of weapons
Annan already has made it clear that the U.N. does not intend to enforce the resolution
and disarm Hizbullah. He has claimed that the UNIFIL mandate is to keep Hizbullah from
attacking Israel while leaving the matter of disarmament for diplomats.
An unidentified senior IDF commander told the The New York Times that Hizbullah
terrorist leader Hassan Nasrallah was marked for death. "There is only one solution for
him," he said. "This man must die."
The IDF officer interviewed by The Times maintained that the war showed that Hizbullah
is not just Israel's problem. "The world understands that we are helping to stop the
influence of Iran," he said.
The officer also revealed that contrary to previous denials by the government, civilian
officials delayed the IDF ground movement for four days until the administration realized
that it was losing ground in diplomatic negotiations.
He also admitted that the IDF miscalculated the amount and quality of weapons in the
Hizbullah arsenal. The officer added that there is no such thing as a decisive victory
against terrorism, but that Israel scored a success in the retaliation against the
Hizbullah attacks on northern Israel.
Israel eliminated more than three-quarters of Hizbullah's medium and long range missile
launchers, he explained, and its ability to destroy launchers within one minute after
their use is unmatched by any other country.
Gibson Won't Apologize on Yom Kippur
The rabbi who invited Mel Gibson to speak at his temple said that Gibson has officially
declined the invitation to appear before the Jewish congregation, reported the showbiz
Rabbi David Baron told TMZ that he was recently contacted by Gibson's publicist, who
claimed the actor remains "deeply involved in personal work which includes rehab, therapy
and counseling for alcoholism."
Baron asked Gibson to his temple on Yom Kippur following the star's drunken
anti-Semitism slur. In the letter, Baron made it clear that he "did not invite Mel Gibson
to speak; I invited him to deliver a public apology."
Because of Gibson's situation, Baron said he has extended the offer to a later date. In
addition to the invitations, Baron said he has also volunteered to join with a group of
Jewish leaders dedicated to educate Gibson about the dangers of anti-Semitism.
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