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the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


the comings and goings

1. Israel gaffe reveals 'Iran ship photos' were forged

After Israel released photos it said proved that a huge shipment of weapons for Hezbollah came from Tehran, Iranian news agencies publish evidence showing that the photos are forged.

The photos and documents were carried by a number of leading newspapers in the West, including The Los Angeles Times. "The Israeli regime has made a fool of itself with regards to what it claims to be evidence that Iran was sending weapons to Hezbollah," IRNA news agency said on Monday. "Take a close look at the photos, one of which merely shows a couple of boxes labeled 'Ministry of Sepah' without providing corroborative evidence that they came from Iran, and you will see the huge gaffe committed by Israel," it added.

The article explained that Iran's Ministry of Sepah gave its place to the Defense Ministry more than twenty years ago. "So this begs the question of what the emblem of a nonexistent body was doing on the cargo?"

read more @ press tv

2. US politician wants American Jews to buy West Bank homes

An influential Jewish community leader and Democratic State Assemblyman from New York is currently heading a mission of about 50 Americans through the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem to promote home purchases in the area and to protest U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East policy.

"Our goal is to send a clear message to Washington and President Obama that Jews will continue to live in Judea and Samaria and the ultimate commitment American Jews can make is to actually come and buy property in these areas as this will ensure these communities" security and growth," said Dov Hikind, 59, who has been representing Brooklyn's 48th district since 1983.

"People buy properties in different places, and I can't think of any reason why people dedicated to the land of Israel shouldn't own something here, whether they will use it or use it as an opportunity for young families to live in that particular home," the politician told Haaretz on Monday in Elon Moreh, an Israeli settlement in the Samarian Hills.

"When there will be a real peace process, the fact that Jews live in certain areas will be dealt with at the negotiating table," Hikind said when asked whether Jews buying homes in areas designated for a future Palestinian state could be an obstacle to peace. 'I'm for peace," Hikind continued. "The issue is: Can there be natural expansion, can families grow, are they allowed to build toilets?"

Hikind dismisses the argument that American buyers can hardly be called natural expansion. "We're Jews and we care. I've always wanted to own something in Israel; it's been a dream of mine and of many Jews," he said. "For now, if a Jews wants to buy something in the Land of Israel there shouldn't be anything that says you can't buy in a particular area because Jews should not live there because that area has to be segregated."

read more @ al manar tv

3. "insubordinate" IOF soldiers refuse to dislodge settlers, bibi slaps their wrists

Following the sentencing of four Nahshon Battalion soldiers for a protest against the demolition of two illegal settlement structures, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that subordination was essential to a functional IDF. ...The soldiers, hesder yeshiva students from West Bank settlements, did not take part in the evacuation at Negohot. The Nahshon Battalion did, however, provide general security for the perimeter surrounding the homes that were evacuated by the Border Police.

more @ jpost

4. "insecurity" pushes the Jews out of Venezuela

...It's not anti-Semitism that causes her to fear daily for the safety of her grandchildren but "la inseguridad" - insecurity. It's the general term Venezuelans use now to describe an unrelenting crime wave that cuts across the country's economically and ideologically polarized society. The issue consistently tops surveys here as Venezuelans' biggest concern.

Venezuelan Jews say that as citizens of a state in which many have lost faith in the police and judicial system, they fear random violence far more than anti-Semitic attacks. They consistently cite crime as their main source of anxiety.

In addition to murder, kidnappings for ransom - a source of high anxiety for the city?s wealthier inhabitants - are said to be on the rise. Jews say they feel at particular risk due to the perception that the Jewish community can pony up a large ransom for a kidnapped Jew.

...That fear, combined with President Hugo Chavez's verbal broadsides against Israel and still fresh memories of a shocking assault last January against the community's main synagogue, Tiferet Israel, is prompting many Jews here to consider whether there is a future for them in Venezuela. Over the past decade, the Jewish community has fallen from a high of about 20,000 members to the oft-cited figures of 13,000 to 10,000, according to local Jewish activists.

more @ haaretz

5. but in Israel, those damn immigrants cause crime too: Teitel, Karlik, now this one...

The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on Tuesday morning convicted Regina Kruchkov of killing her four-year-old son Michael. She is expected to receive a 12-year prison sentence, as part of a plea bargain, pending the court's approval.

Since emigrating from the former Soviet Union, Kruchkov had lived with her bedridden mother, younger brother Vitaly - an IDF combat soldier - and young son Michael, whose biological father was unlisted, in the small apartment near Tel Aviv's central bus station.

"I tried to ask her why … she won't answer," Vitaly had told Channel 10 following the incident. "It started after she broke up with her boyfriend, Michael's father, and deteriorated until she was constantly depressed and barely communicating," he said. "However, there is a grave difference between depression and what she did."

more @ jpost

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