JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE August 11, 2010
“I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass?” Is 51:12
US CONGRESS HALTS AID TO LEBANESE ARMY: The US Congress has put an indefinite hold on $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after what congressional leaders termed an "outrageous incident" when Lebanese forces opened fire on Israeli troops conducting routine border maintenance last week. An Israeli commander was killed and one of his deputies was seriously wounded by Lebanese army snipers while pruning a tree that was disrupting the Israeli border security fence. Two Lebanese soldiers were killed when the Israelis returned fire. The UN confirmed the Israelis and the tree in question were on the Israeli side of the UN-demarcated Blue Line that acts as the defacto border. Days after the attack, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman visited the site of the border clash and praised Lebanese troops for their "heroic act" of foiling "Israeli aggression." A senior Hizbullah terrorist organization member and member of the Lebanese parliament called on the Beirut government to forget about obtaining "conditional" American military aid and instead turn to Iran, Syria, Russia and China. (Israel Today/INN) “He will cut down the forest thickets with an ax; Lebanon will fall before the Mighty One.” Is 10:34
IDF EXERCISE INVOLVES HUNDREDS OF ARMORED VEHICLES IN NORTH: A major IDF war exercise in the north Monday simulated the transfer of hundreds of armored vehicles to the northern border, as would be undertaken during wartime. The IDF examined different scenarios, including how to deal with traffic jams at major intersections, which could lead to difficulties during a war. (J.Post) Pray for Israel’s safety along the northern borders as tensions between Lebanon, Israel and the US continue to heat up.
ISRAEL WEIGHED ALL OPTIONS IN GAZA BOAT RAID: Israel exhausted all other options before carrying out its deadly raid on a Turkish aid flotilla en route to the blockaded Gaza Strip, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a government-appointed inquiry on Tuesday. Barak also said he was told by Israel's military chief that the operation "won't be simple, but we can get it done." Nine Turks were shot dead when Israeli commandos stormed the lead ship on May 31. Israel says its commandos used live fire only after being attacked with clubs, knives and gunfire by activists who it says were clearly prepared for violence. The raid sparked a world outcry and almost ruptured Israel's relations with once-close Muslim ally Turkey. Barak said the decision to stop the 6-ship convoy came after "diplomatic efforts didn't bear fruit," and after "weighing all the possibilities and taking into account the different risks.” (Reuters)
LA TIMES CONCLUDES WITHDRAWAL FROM GAZA WAS NOT SMART: Five years after the event, a major US newspaper summarizes Israel’s Disengagement from Gaza: “It was a big mistake.” The August 8, Los Angeles Times piece lists a series of conclusions that can be drawn from the unilateral pullout from Gush Katif in Gaza orchestrated by then-Israeli PM Ariel Sharon in the summer of 2005. Among the key lessons and legacies listed by the LA Times are these: Although disengagement enjoyed broad support at the time, almost no one calls it a success today… It helped put Hamas in power… Security for Israelis didn't improve – and even worsened… It contributed to increased isolation for Israel internationally… It raised doubts as to whether the Palestinians are actually ready for statehood... Though the actual expulsion went more easily than expected, it made Israelis more cynical about the chances for future land-for-peace deals. The Times article does not note the ongoing difficulties in resettling the 9,000 expelled Jewish citizens or that a government commission assigned to investigate its handling of the expelled citizens found the government had utterly failed in this regard. (Arutz-7)
IRAN LINKS SECOND URANIUM CENTRIFUGE CASCADE: Iran has activated a second centrifuge cascade in its race to enrich uranium. The Islamic Republic had notified the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in March of its intent to link a second cascade to one that had already been brought online in February. The second set of 164 centrifuges, like the first, is located at the Natanz pilot fuel enrichment plant. The IAEA said the move has enabled Iran to produce enriched uranium at up to 20% in the two linked cascades. Once enriched to 20%, uranium is considered weapons-grade nuclear material. At 95% enrichment, uranium may be used to build an atomic bomb. (INN) “The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.” Is 52:10
IRAN DIGS MASS GRAVES FOR US TROOPS: Iran has dug mass graves for US troops should Washington decide to implement Adm. Mike Mullen's contingency plan to strike Iran, a former commander of the Revolutionary Guard said. Gen. Hossein Kan'ani Moghadam, who was the Guard's deputy commander during the 1980s, said graves have been dug in Iran's southwestern Khuzestan province, where Iran buried Iraqi soldiers killed during the ruinous 1980-88 war between the Islamic republic and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's regime. "The mass graves used to be for burying Saddam's soldiers have now been prepared again for US soldiers,” said Moghadam. (J.Post)
US WARNS EILAT TRAVELERS, IGNORES AQABA: Israel wants to know why the US State Department has issued a travel advisory for Eilat but not for neighboring Aqaba, when in fact both locations have suffered equally from rocket attacks. Twice in the past four months, and most recently last week, rockets have been fired towards the adjacent port cities of Eilat, Israel and Aqaba, Jordan. One Jordanian has been killed, and no Israelis have been hurt. (INN)
‘PAYLESS’ SHOES PUTS FOOT IN ISRAELI DOORS: Payless Shoes has discovered Israel. The US chain intends to open 15 stores in Israel in the next 18 months and another 45 by 2015, focusing on urban malls. Be’er Sheva and Jerusalem will be among the first cities where Israelis can purchase Payless discount shoes, generally aimed at low-to-middle priced market. (INN)
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Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff
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