Headlines have been flying out the Middle East in recent weeks – from the Israel-Hamas fighting and cease-fire, Mohammed Morsi’s attempted power grab in Egypt and special elections being called in Israel to the Palestinians trying to move toward statehood through a key vote at the United Nations.
But much of what we’re hearing on these stories barely scratches the surface and almost always misses the heart of the story, according to Mike Evans, founder of the Evans Institute for Middle East Studies and a longtime personal friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Many observers, for example, were stunned to see a key Muslim Brotherhood figure like Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi play a pivotal role in the cease-fire that ended several days of fighting between Israel and Hamas. While the conventional wisdom suggests Morsi could not possibly be an objective broker, given his stated hatred for Israel, Evans said there’s something that concerns Morsi even more.
“What’s happened here is a Sunni caliphate coming out of Egypt, coming out of Turkey, coming out of Qatar is challenging a Shia caliphate,” Evans told WND’s Greg Corombos.
“The support that Gaza has got through missiles was Shia. Now the Sunnis have moved in to try to take control of Gaza. So these are two different crosswinds for caliphates that are very important to understand. You have a president in Turkey who wants to become the head of the caliphate for the whole Middle East. You have (Iranian) President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who wants to be the head of the caliphate for the Middle East for the Shia. These are apocalyptic winds that are blowing.”
Why are the two branches of Islam at such odds when it comes to their efforts to control the region?
“The Sunnis are afraid of an atomic Persia, a non-Arab state,” Evans said. “The Shia are terrified of the Sunnis because they hate each other more than they hate the Jews.”
The recent attempt by President Morsi to accumulate almost unlimited power is not a major concern to Evans. He said Morsi is simply frustrated that people loyal to ousted President Hosni Mubarak still hold key positions in the legislative and judicial branches of government. Evans said there are too many hurdles in the way for Morsi to actually succeed in amassing as much power as he would like.
The recent fighting in Gaza was a rousing success for Israel, according to Evans. He said, in addition to retaliation for the incessant rocket strikes, Israel accomplished a larger goal.
“What has happened just recently with the Gaza short war was in preparation for the Iran attack,” he said. “In order for Israel to prepare themselves for the attack, they needed to shut down Iran’s infrastructure in Gaza. They did.”
About three months ago, Dr. Evans said he had word from very high levels in the Israeli government that an attack on Iran’s nuclear program would most likely take place between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 of this year. So why didn’t those strikes take place?
“Israel was forced to call new elections,” Evans said. “You can’t go to war against Iran without a government, and Israel’s government was coming apart. A lot of this was because of the U.S. The U.S. was meeting with the opposition parties, trying to take the government down.”
Evans believes Netanyahu will win re-election in January despite the best efforts of the Obama administration to defeat him. If Netanyahu prevails, Evans expects an attack on Iran by the end of the spring.
Another issue Evans said is being wrongly reported is Thursday’s vote in the United Nations on whether to grant observer status to the Palestinians – which most see as a key step to statehood. Evans sees this as something far less noble.
“Lawsuits. This entire move is to try to legitimize their ability to sue Israel for war crimes,” Evans said. “They’ve already tried it in the past, and it didn’t stick. With this new recognition status, it would give them the ability to file thousands of lawsuits against Israelis, including foreign ministers. That’s more fundamentally what it’s about than anything else. It’s not good.”
Charge Israel with war crimes?
what do you expect Diane when Obama deliberately tries to oust Netanyanhu behind the scenes and he shows his favorabity to the Palestinians and Iran as Bebe is in direct conflict with these nemesis.
For a few days I am listening to plans flying over. I am rarely in the path of plans, unless something is up. Looking at todays title of this topic gave me an eerie feeling.
As far as Netanyahu is concerned, most Israeli's back his stiff necked attitude and doling out of the E1 punishment. All the world knows about E1. But how many actually know or understand it in reality. emmm I have the feeling very few. As the Pali's scream and shout while others are so fast to jump on any band wagon that would attack Israel, lets take a moment to see what is really being threatened. One thing is for sure, it in no way would seperate the west bank from Bethlehem. Anyone who knows that area would know that is pure BS. Most Arabs drive down toards the dead sea via Silwan and on via Eizaria. The road leading to Maale adumim blocks off no one. nor does it seriously damage a Pali state if that road is lined with houses. It would give security to 40,000 Jews who live at the far end of that road. It would also strengthen a Jewish presence around Jerusalem which according to the Balfor declaration should be ruled by the majority (Which is Jewish).
It is not about Palestinian rights but about Israel it's legitimacy.
But why would that make it eerie?. Just a few weeks ago I wrote on the rabbi Zamir Cohens lessons. He spoke of how America would come against Israel. He spoke of a war that would start over the ownership of Jerusalem between Christians (Asav) and Muslims (Ishmael). I saw the UN vote and watch Obama and what is taking place right now and cannot help get the eeriest feeling, it ain't going to end well, as I listen to the sound like a hornets nest humming over head.
Obama is bringing the World to the brink of WWIII, Diane and Sheila and if he keeps this up he will succeed. And what is sickest of all is this is exactly what George Soros has wanted all along; he has his puppet and he is close to accomplishing his goal of 1) Taking down Israel (remember where he was in WWII, folks and how he sold out the Jews being one himself) and 2) taking over the World and making it a Marxist-Socialistic world government.
Remember, too, who supports Soros' ideals, none other that Bill and Hillary Clinton. Now it is becoming clearer why Bill supported Obama's re-election, the cards are falling into place. Now we do have reason to be very fearful. No conspiracy here, this is the real stuff I am afraid. You just need to follow the clues.
Yes, this vote tomorrow at the UN is critical and Rice is not the person we want there to cost the vote, nor do we want Obama influencing that vote. Palestine cannot be granted this abiity. Please let Canada, UK, France, Germany, Japan and the other allies be strong enough to counter that.
Might I also add that we may very well be seeing what Obama meant by having more flexibility when he spoke with the Russians prior to the election.
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Eli, when I posted the above our post had not shown up. Now I am much more knowledgable as to what this is really all about with Hamas; there is really no need for what they are asking, it is just a way to keep the pot stirred against Israel.
Eli, this is very disconcerting and very eerie as you say.
I don't know how much you know about George Soros but I would suggest if you have the time, look him up on the internet and read about him and his past. He is the driving force, I am certain, behind all that is happening in the U.S. and has an agenda to destroy the U.S. and Israel and has since he was 14. He is the driving financial force, and I believe philosophical force, behind Obama, the Clintons and most of the Democratic Party. When Ted Kennedy died they lost that leadership (good or bad) and it opened the door for Soros to take over the control of the Democratic Party and he has accomplished that goal. He owns the Party and owns most of the mainstream liberal medial or has influence over it. He funds all of the various anti-American groups, too, such as MoveOn.org.
There are so many forces at play, Eli and none of them are good. Please keep us updated and watching very close what happens in the UN tomorrow.
Everything was well caste into formation prior to this election but people are too stupid to unpeel the complicated layers the progressives put in place to conceal their plans.
It is not conspiratorial as it it is coming to reality now, the UN is getting more and more prominent in Amerian politics and is leveraging world political events as a significant player.
Countries are pawns and they all fall in line to favor a hostile faction e.g. Palestine and Hamas as recognized political members on the world stage.
We have seen how many liberal progressives in this country favor those Palestinian vessels which antagonize Israel and present danger to Israel and this is now being furthered with the UN giving Palestine a vote. It is the terrorist organization that Palestine favors which is incredible to their being a viable member of the UN and having say ... we are giving terrorism a voice and a platform.
Terrorist organizations will have a world platform and a vote and this is the beginning of the end because you cannot deal with terrorists on any level.
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this is a great article on how Hamas is now being rewarded after inciting that deadly game of violence upon Israel.
It is very disheartening and today's vote is so important because it gives leverage to Hamas if they gain a seat at the UN. They are recognized and this is the wrong road to travel; never recognize a terrorist because once done; that gives them a platform and the UN will give them credibility which they do NOT deserve.
Susan Rice will probably get what she wants as Sec. of Defense as well. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to anything today as everything is shaken upside down.
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Just days after Hamas provoked war with Israel to advance its strategic goals, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is set to ask the United Nations General Assembly for near-statehood recognition.
Abbas will make his case on the 65th anniversary of the UN’s resolution in 1947 to partition what was then British Mandate Palestine into two states, one for Arabs and one for Jews — an action that the Arabs not only rejected but used as a cause for, yes, war.
Abbas will stand before the body as the beneficiary of Hamas’ terrorism while executing a pincer action to achieve his ends under the cloak of diplomacy.
The General Assembly is expected to grant its blessing and will do so shamefully.
The Palestinians are seeking nonmember observer status, equivalent to what the Vatican enjoys. As PA chief, Abbas could then capitalize on leading a faux nation-state without the trouble of negotiating peace and boundaries with Israel.
The expected UN action would be more than symbolic. The Palestinians would gain the power to bring charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court, alleging that its leaders are unlawfully oppressing the Palestinians.
A state called Palestine could relentlessly seek to punish Israel for daring to defend itself against Hamas. Delegitimize the Jewish state’s right to keep itself safe, and you begin to chip away at its right to exist.
The United States and Israel asked for a basic promise, written into the resolution, that the Palestinians would not go down the road to court. The United Kingdom also conditioned its support on this single, simple guarantee.
The Palestinians refused — laying bare where their strategy will surely lead next.
The world wants a two-state solution, Israelis and Palestinians living side by side. To achieve the goal, Israel has offered territorial sacrifices in exchange for guarantees of peace and security.
Meanwhile, across the border and committed to destroying Israel, Hamas seeks its future by firing increasingly potent and long-range rockets.
To grant virtual nation status to the PA while it rides the trails of Hamas’ missiles would be an abomination for the UN.
Although Hamas and the PA’s Fatah faction are rivals for power, they are moving on parallel tracks. As Abbas put it recently, “Today, the UN. After that, reconciliation (with Hamas), and after that, our own state.”
How? Through negotiations that recognize Israel’s right to exist? No. Not when Hamas is pledged to the long war that began 65 years ago, when the Jews of the post-World War II diaspora accepted the territorial compromise approved by the UN and the Arabs took up arms
US: Sarin bombs ready for Assad’s “go” order. Israel's odd silence
DEBKAfile Special Report December 6, 2012, 8:13 AM (GMT+02:00)
American officials said Wednesday, Dec. 4, that they believed bombs had been made ready with sarin gas, but not yet loaded onto fighter planes and Assad had not issued the “go” order. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned President Assad once again that he would be crossing “a red line” if he used nerve gas against the country’s rebels. But “there’s little the outside world can do to stop it.”
In answer to US allegations, Syrian spokesmen reiterated that their government would not use chemical weapons against its own people.
This statement leaves wide open the possible use of lethal gas against the countries supporting the Syrian rebels, such as Turkey and Jordan. And indeed, the Assad regime has in the past referred to “external enemies” as possible targets of chemical warfare.
This locution undoubtedly covers Israel. Yet against the flood of information and warnings coming from the United States, Israel is strangely silent and its media are officially discouraged from tracking the Syrian chemical weapons menace.
Surprise was voiced in some Israeli defense and military quarters, when the prime minister, the defense minister and other key ministers traveled to Europe Wednesday for visits to Prague and Berlin, at a time when Israel’s northern border with Syria might be targeted for a chemical attack.
Although it was only a 48-hour absence - they return Friday - Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are holding to an outward attitude of coolly controling the situation, in contrast to the Turkish government which has prepared itself for possible attack - and not only with defensive measures. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu remarked Wednesday that the Syrian regime has 700 missiles whose location, storage method and holders are no secret to Ankara. This was a veiled threat to destroy them.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said nothing more than the routine: “We are watching the Syrian chemical weapons with concern.”
DEBKAfile reported Wednesday:
The USS Eisenhower Strike Group transited the Suez Canal from the Persian Gulf Saturday, Dec. 1, sailing up to the Syrian coast Tuesday in a heavy storm, with 8 fighter bomber squadrons of Air Wing Seven on its decks and 8,000 sailors, airmen and Marines.
The USS Eisenhower group joins the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group which carries 2,500 Marines.
Facing Syria now are 10,000 US fighting men, 70 fighter-bombers and at least 17 warships, including the three Iwo Jima amphibious craft, a guided missile cruiser and 10 destroyers and frigates.
Four of these vessels are armed with Aegis missile interceptors.
This mighty US armada brings immense pressure to bear on the beleaguered Assad regime after it survied an almost two-year buffeting by an armed uprising. Its presence indicates that the United States now stands ready for direct military intervention in the Syrian conflict when the weather permits.
Left behind in the Persian Gulf is just one US aircraft carrier, the USS Stennis and its strike group.
Welcoming NATO’s decision Tuesday, Dec. 4, to deploy Patriot missile batteries in Turkey, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday: “The protection from NATO will be three dimensional; one is the short-range Patriots, the second is the middle-range Terminal High Altitude Air Defense [THAD] system and the last is the AEGIS system, which counters missiles that can reach outside the atmosphere.”
Syrian rebels seize El Saphira near big chemical weapons store
DEBKAfile December 6, 2012, 5:20 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile’s military sources report that, after three days of fierce fighting, Syrian rebel units Thursday seized control of the small southwestern Syrian town of El Saphira, just 3 kilometers from the Syrian army’s largest chemical weapons store. Our sources disclose that this base holds Scud D missiles armed with chemical warheads which are pointed towards Israel. This is the closest the Syrian rebels have come to a major mililtary WMD storage center.
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German troops and Patriots for Turkey
DEBKAfile December 6, 2012, 10:44 AM (GMT+02:00)
The German government Thursday approved the consignment of German troops and Patriot anti-missile missiles to Turkey for its defense against Syrian aggression. DEBKAfile: The German soldiers are already in place
“Russia has suspended use of its naval base in Tartus, Syria. But it refuses to rule out using it in the future. In addition, the central principles of cooperation with Damascus in the military sphere have been set: Moscow will support the Assad regime primarily at the political level, intelligence and humanitarian spheres. There are no large weapons shipments planned” reported the Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
All 11 Russian ships from the Black Sea Fleet, Northern Fleet and the Baltic Fleet (including Alexander Otrakovsky, Georgy Pobedonosets and Kondopoga which are carrying marines) that were stationed near Tartus have left the Mediterranean sea and returned to their bases during the last couple of weeks.
It is estimated that the Russians drastically reduced their presence in anticipation of an imminent massive western intervention in Syria.
The most significant the US may do is establish a "no fly zone" over Syria. That would prevent the Syrian government from attacking the rebels from the air.
Thanks for weighing in, Eli. We love hearing from you and we want to know what is actually going on.
Eli, this says a great deal and it is not good at all. I am glad that the U.S. is stepping up to the plate. I just hope and pray that they will follow through if they need to come to Israel's defense. I do think they will, Eli. I can't imagine going this far without being willing to get into the thick of it if necessary. Sounds like Germany is getting ready for their assistance and wonder where the UK is at this point.
Please do keep us informed as you are getting more information than we are.
Thank You Eli for that update; it is reassuring. The inhumanity of biological warfare being dropped on Syrian people is appalling and history has no shortage of despots and maniacs in power.
When the planes over head sound more like a swarm of hornets, I know something is up. At the end of this month I am glad to say I should be moving back to the Jerusalem area. (it's a no fly zone) So I will have less early warnings but more peace and quiet.
Eli, that is great news. Glad to know that you will be in a much safer area. I can't imagine the uneasyness of living with the sound of planes going overhead like that. I grew up in a community that housed a U.S. Air Force base that was part of the Strategic Air Command. It was one of the few B52 bases in the U.S. It was scary enough when they were flying over head all day long in training maneuvers. There is a certain apprehension I would imagine and that just know that we are praying for you and for your family, as well as the Israelis.
Lol Linda, I can asure you that the sound of hornets( heavy military planes ) and ballerina's (F16) is much better than the sounds often heard in the south of Israel, Whistles and thunder (sirens and bombs).
Of course I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to the times comming after the Massiah, "PEACE" and quiet. I am glad to say today has been quiet. Lets hope it continues.
Thank you for all your prays and those of the group.
Eli, I would say that you have a good point. As I thought about what you said, yes, listening to the B52's in training going overhead was really very comforting in it's own way. It was proof that we had protection. I think it was the sonic booms that we would hear that, if yoiu have not heard it, would startle you. Be got used to that, too.
Peace and quiet are absolutely what we should all be looking forward to having.
No thank you is necessary, but appreiate it anyway. You can count on them and it is about the only way we have to support you and show we care.
Eli: I cannot imagine what you have to endure daily; it sounds devastating! We complain here over matters which are miniscule compared to your plight. I wish you safe haven and peace and I am glad you are moving to a no fly zone in Jerusaleum area.
Please know that your safe being is always in prayers. In these circumstances, we need to trust in God!
We love you, Eli!!!