Monday, February 24, 2003

US considers total war against North Korea


Dispensationalist Craziness
How nutballs on the Protestant religious right see Mideast war

Foreword from Russian Catholic friend:

Read the following to see how the Dispensationalists - the Rapture cheerleaders - view the coming war. They are 100% pro-war, and believe that war would advance Israeli interests.

I can't dismiss this stuff as News of the Weird, since the following viewpoint has a loud voice in Washington DC.

Kyrie eleison.

The article:

Below are excerpts from four very encouraging articles covering this week= =92s news in Israel.

There is a very positive assessment of the U.S. -Israel relations and what could happen after the war with Iraq.

Also, Ariel Sharon said there will be no Palestinian capital in Jerusalem and no return of Palestinian refugees to Israel.

Moreover, Sharon's meeting with Labor party chairman Amram Mitzna ended in no unity deal. Sharon spoke with Mitzna by telephone Sunday morning to upda= te him on the details of the agreement, according to which the center-right government will include 61 MKs from Likud, 6 from NRP and 15 from Shinui. Among other things, Sharon pointed out that the deal includes a political outline for the creation of a Palestinian state. Sharon told Mitzna that the Likud could not keep a nationalist, Zionist party like the NRP out of the government, as Labor was demanding.

Despite Sharon's outline for the creation of a Palestinian state, he has a coalition of many members who oppose a Palestinian state. Also, the pro-settl= ement NRP party which represents Jewish settlers in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, is joined by pro-settlement Likud members.

Additionally, Israel received the largest amount of rain in many years, with a week of heavy rain. Moreover, snow is expected to fall in Jerusalem after midnight Monday and in the course of Tuesday morning, and it could continue for much of the day until Wednesday morning.

The Jerusalem Post article stated for the first time in over a decade, the two sluice gates at Naharayim were opened one after another to prevent the river from flooding its banks and allow the swollen waters to flow down to the severely depleted Dead Sea.

Praise the Lord!!!


The Celebrations Have Already Begun

Ha'aretz - February 20, 2003

The "National Explainer," Maj. Gen. Amos Gilad, explained this week that Sad= dam and Arafat "believe in the same path, the path of terror meant to break Israel" and he expressed hope that the elimination of the Baghdad dictator w= ill be a precedent for dealing with "similar dictators who live not far from= here, like the one living in Ramallah." Gilad said if there is a positive c= hange in the wake of the war in Iraq, "Arafat won't be here by the end of th= e year and that's something we should welcome and know how to exploit well."

Gilad represents a broad consensus in the top echelons of the political and security establishment, which is showing enthusiastic anticipation for the American assault on Iraq. Israeli officials are convinced Israel is on the right side, with the strong Americans, who will settle their accounts after the war with the Europeans, the Arabs and everyone else who tried to get in the way. They see the Bush administration's lack of interest in the Israeli-Pa= lestinian conflict and believe that after the war, the Americans will leave Ariel Sharon alone, and not demand he compensate the defeated Arabs with Israeli concessions.

In conversations with Sharon's representatives, the Americans don't even put= on a show of pressure. The settlements aren't mentioned. The Israeli-Arab portfolio in the White House has been handed over to Elliott Abrams, a right-wing Jew close to the Pentagon hawks. His deputy, Flint Evert, who had been promoting the "road map," was thrown out after failing in a report on the preparations for the January conference in London, to which the British sent invitations through Yasser Arafat. State department officials who backed pres= sure on Israel were worn down on bureaucratic struggles.

In the eyes of the prime minister, the war in Iraq is an opportunity to change the balance of power in the area. Sharon proposes a division of labor: Is= rael will take care of Arafat. America will smash the sources of Arab power: terrorism, missiles and weapons of mass destruction. Sharon reminds U.S. visitors that a victory in Iraq won't solve all the problems in the region and that Syria, Libya and Iran have to be dealt with. This week, Undersecretary of State John Bolton visited Jerusalem. He's an administration hawk. There was no sign of any difference of views in the conversations he had with his Jerusalem hosts.

But the Israeli optimism is not only about the future. It's also about the present. There are already cheers of victory over the Palestinians ("the worst is behind us"). The signs are encouraging: Mubarak is courting Sharon, Arafat announces he'll appoint a prime minister, European and UN diplomats are ready to "waste" Arafat, their former protege, and admit privately that Sharon has beaten his veteran rival.

Sharon, a political marathoner, keeps surprising his eulogists. He reoccupied the territories and defeated Arafat in the arena of international legitimacy, which in the past tilted toward the Palestinians; terror is at a tolerable level; Sharon won a landslide election, and is now trying to worm the Labor Party into the government (not a priority after the NRP deal). This was all achieved without giving up a millimeter or tree of the territories, but at a heavy price to the economy and society in Israel. Over and over, Sharon avoids the difficult decisions with the help of his friend in the White House, and it appears he will succeed in dissolving the "road map," which is inconvenient for him.


Sharon: No Palestinian capital in J'lem, return of refugees into Israel

Jerusalem Post, February 20, 2003

Speaking to visiting US Jewish leaders in Jerusalem Thursday evening, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rejected two key Palestinian demands - a capital in Jerusalem and return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to their original homes in Israel.
"I don't think there is any right to anyone to make any compromise when it comes to Jerusalem," he said, adding that allowing millions of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel "means the destruction of Israel as (an) independent, democratic Jewish state."


Mitzna: I was ready for a historic move; Sharon refused to pay the price

Labor party chairman Amram Mitzna and his aides unleashed a fierce attack on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Shinui and the National Religious Party on Sunday afternoon Mitzna accused Sharon of working behind the Labor Party's back to reach an agreement with the NRP and an impending one with Shinui. Mitzna and his aides said that Sharon never really intended to form a national unity government with Labor, and was just using Labor to lower the demands of Shinui and make it look to the world as if Mitzna was at fault for lack of a unity government.

" I was ready for a historic move but Sharon was not prepared to play the price," Mitzna told the Jerusalem Post from the party's headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Sources close to Mitzna revealed that Sharon's bureau chief Uri Shani offered Mitzna a secular national unity government consisting of just Likud Labor and Shinui in a meeting at Sharon's office last Monday night The offer was hidden from the press until today because Sharon said he needed time to make sure the move would pass within the Likud, the sources said.

However, from Monday until the next meeting between Sharon and Mitzna on Friday The Likud brokered an understanding between the NRP and on religious and state issues that was a last barrier to forming a government of 61 that could last without Labor.

Mitzna's aides said that he told Sharon he would not be willing to join a government with the NRP. Sharon, however said it was unacceptable to rule out another Zionist party.


Rivers surge - at last

Jerusalem Post, February 23, 2003

"After a crazy week of heavy rain and strong winds gusting up to 100 kph, the winter has yet to peak," Robert Olinsky, duty forecaster at the Beit Dagan weather bureau, told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday.

"We expect local rain, mainly in the North, in the course of Sunday and this will strengthen on Monday and spread to central districts," he said. The temperatures will be sufficiently low for the rain to turn to snow, not only on Mount Hermon, but also on Galilee peaks and the upper reaches of the Golan Heights.

"Snow is expected to fall in Jerusalem after midnight Monday and in the course of Tuesday morning," said Olinsky, noting that it could continue for much of the day until Wednesday morning.

Elsewhere, there is slated to be very heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail, and a resurgence of strong winds, which could be even more fierce than those last of week, as well as a marked drop in temperatures.

"With the ground already thoroughly soaked, there will be a lot of water run-off, so there is likely to be some quite extensive flooding in many parts of the country," said Olinsky.

"It has been many years since we've had a winter like this one. Precipitation has reached the annual average and above in many areas, including the North, the Jezreel valley, the Tel Aviv plains, and around Lod and Beit Dagan."

More than 100 mm. of rain fell in the North on Thursday and Friday, causing the extensive flooding in Kiryat Shmona and Turan and turning part of the Beit Netufa Valley in the Galilee into a mini-lake.

The heavy rain filled all the streams on the Golan and Upper and Western Galilee - those that flow into the Jordan and directly into the Kinneret, and those that flow into the Mediterranean. The Yarmuk River, which flows through Jordan into the southern reaches of the Jordan River below Lake Kinneret, was also near to overflowing.

For the first time in over a decade, the two sluice gates at Naharayim were opened one after another to prevent the river from flooding its banks and allow the swollen waters to flow down to the severely depleted Dead Sea.

"The [southern reaches] of the Jordan River basin is being washed out, which is also something that has not happened for many years," said Olinsky.

Torrential rain in the North caused flooding in Kiryat Shmona and swamped several homes in Turan village in Lower Galilee over the weekend, while filling streams and rivers to nearly overflowing. According to the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS), more heavy rain, along with the prospect of snow in Jerusalem as well as on northern peaks, is expected in the coming days.

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