US to send additional $150 million to Palestine

This is extremely disturbing and needs to be spread all over the net.
From palestinenote.com:

Washington – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the press on Wednesday that the US would be sending an additional $150 million in direct aid to the Palestinian Authority.

Yea, I know where I found this story, but sometimes it is better to get it from the “horses mouth”!
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Netanyahu Condemns U.N. for Allowing Ahmadinejad to Deliver Address

Good for him. I wish our elected cockroaches would follow his lead. But they won’t.

From Fox News:

Holding aloft evidence of Hitler’s Final Solution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday railed against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his denial of the Holocaust and scolded the United Nations for allowing Ahmadinejad to speak during its opening session of the 64th U.N. General Assembly.

With detailed reminders in hand of the war that sent 6 million Jews to their deaths in concentration camps, including construction blueprints for Auschwitz, Netanyahu took his turn at the dais to recall the agreement within the world body to create the Jewish state and express astonishment at what he witnessed a day earlier in that organization’s great hall.

He commended those who boycotted Ahmadinejad’s speech, but condemned those who allowed it.

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Iran Awaits Ayatollah’s Nod to Build Atomic Bomb

Now, while the Lame Stream Media and the rest of the world “speculates”, I will let my learned readers “decide”. After, I have asked the following questions: How do we know they do not already have such a weapon? Just because the media and the powers that be around the world say so? And, what great plan does the “world” have for stopping them if they do?

From the Times of London:

Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb, Western intelligence sources have told The Times of London.

The sources said that Iran completed a research programme to create weaponised uranium in the summer of 2003 and that it could feasibly make a bomb within a year of an order from its Supreme Leader.

A U.S. National Intelligence Estimate two years ago concluded that Iran had ended its nuclear arms research programme in 2003 because of the threat from the American invasion of Iraq. But intelligence sources have told The Times that Tehran had halted the research because it had achieved its aim — to find a way of detonating a warhead that could be launched on its long-range Shehab-3 missiles.

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Report: Israel Plans to Deport Cynthia McKinney After Seizing Her Gaza-Bound Boat

Cynthia McKinney the craziest United States House of Representative and ex-presidential candidate in the history of the world. But, she is the gift that keeps on giving to this humble blog.

From Fox News:

Israel plans to deport former U.S. lawmaker and Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney and 20 other human rights activists who were aboard a relief boat seized by an Israeli naval ship Tuesday after it refused to stay away from an Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Authorities took the activists to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv where they await deportation, according to a news report in Israel.

McKinney, a longtime advocate for Palestinians, said her Greek-flagged boat, the Spirit of Humanity, was carrying medical supplies, cement, olive trees and children’s toys to Gaza when it was intercepted by the Israeli navy.

The Free Gaza Movement organized the trip for the activists who hail from different countries, including Ireland, Britain and Bahrain.

We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine. We all live in a yellow submarine.

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Lebanon warns militants: Surrender or else

Things are heating up in Lebanon…

From CNN:

Lebanon’s
defense minister issued an ultimatum Wednesday to Islamic militants
barricaded in a Palestinian refugee camp to surrender or face a
military onslaught, as the army reinforced its positions, raising fears
of what could be a bloody showdown.

Fighters from the al Qaeda-inspired Fatah al-Islam militant group vowed not to give up and to resist any Lebanese assault.

You
have to like their attitude, this is the only language they understand.
You must negotiate from a position of strength. Now, if they defy them
we will see if they mean what they say. If not they will show weakness
and be doomed.

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Israel to lift Lebanon blockade

From the BBC:

Israel says it will lift its air and sea blockade of Lebanon on Thursday, at 1800 local time (1500 GMT).

The blockade dates back to the start of its conflict with Hezbollah guerrillas in July. Israel says it wants measures to ensure no more arms reach Hezbollah.

International pressure has been building on Israel to lift the embargo, which has remained in place despite a three-week-old ceasefire.

The German navy is expected to play a major role in monitoring the coast.

UN officials have said German boats will lead a contingent of naval vessels from other countries – including France, Italy, Greece and the UK – in policing the coast.

Correspondents say supervising Lebanon’s airspace and coastline is the first major test for the UN force charged with keeping the peace and preventing arms shipments from reaching Hezbollah.

They say the lifting of the blockade means Lebanon can begin rebuilding following Israel’s massive bombardment of the south, and normal trade and travel routes can be restored.

Well, let us see how this all works out, shall we?

Annan: Syria Promises to Enforce Arms Embargo on Hezbollah

From FNC:

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday that Syria would step up border patrols and work with the Lebanese army to stop the flow of weapons to Hezbollah.

Syria will increase its own patrols along the Lebanon-Syria border, and establish joint patrols with the Lebanese army “when possible,” Annan said after meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.

Assad made no public comments after their meeting, but Annan spoke with reporters at the Damascus airport before he departed midday for Qatar.

The U.N. resolution that halted fighting between Israel and Hezbollah calls for an arms embargo on the guerrilla group, and for Lebanon to “secure its borders and other entry points.”

Annan said Assad informed him that Syria would “take all necessary measures” to implement paragraph 15 of U.N. resolution 1701, which calls on countries to prevent the sale or supply of weapons to entities in Lebanon without the consent of the Lebanese government or U.N. peacekeepers.

A show of hands, who thinks Syria is being honest? Come on, who believes that Syria will stop Iran, their ally, from re-arming Hezbollah?

Israel begins handover of border zone

and so it begins…

From the AP:

The Israeli army said Thursday that it has transferred control over a portion of the
Israel-Lebanon border to Lebanese and international troops for the first time in two decades.

Lebanese and U.N. troops began taking up positions in southern Lebanon two weeks ago as part of a U.N.-brokered cease-fire that ended 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.

On Wednesday, the army withdrew from a small area of the border near the Israeli town of Metulla, putting Lebanese and international troops in control of a section of the border for the first time in more than two decades, the army said Thursday.

A Lebanese security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said Israeli troops withdrew from the Kfar Chouba, Bastra and Chebaa village areas. The Lebanese army sent reconnaissance teams to the areas today, and they had just begun deploying troops there.

Foreign forces were heading toward Lebanon on Thursday to quickly join the U.N. mission.

A battalion of 1,000 Italian troops is expected on Saturday, in the largest addition so far to the growing U.N. peacekeeping force. The troops will arrive by ship in the coastal city of Tyre, U.N. spokesman Alexander Ivanko told The Associated Press. A second Italian contingent will arrive Sunday in the capital, Beirut.

A five-ship Italian fleet set off for Lebanon on Tuesday carrying Italian marines and engineering corps specialists, the vanguard of a 2,500-strong contingent Italy is contributing to the U.N. force.

French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said Thursday it will send its first troop battalion, and a shipment of tanks and heavy armor, to the international force next week.

Troops will leave the central French city of Orleans on Sept. 4 for the Mediterranean port of Toulon. They will arrive in southern Lebanon by ship on Sept. 10, and will be operational on Sept. 15, Alliot-Marie told a news conference.

France, which will initially lead the strengthened force, has about 400 troops in the UNIFIL force now and plans to expand that to 2,000.

There is no good ending to this problem folks, sorry. The Arab countries/entities that want Israel wiped off the map are not going to change their minds.

Annan calls for Israel to end blockade

This was actually a good article by the AP:

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in Jerusalem Wednesday that Israel must immediately lift its sea and air blockade of Lebanon and withdraw its forces once 5,000 international troops are deployed, but Israel sidestepped the demands.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert indicated Israel would only lift the blockade and withdraw its soldiers from Lebanon after the full implementation of a U.N.-brokered cease-fire.

Annan and Israeli officials said they hoped that truce would lead to a full peace accord between Israel and Lebanon.

However, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said in Beirut that Lebanon “will be the last Arab country that could sign a peace agreement with Israel.”

And a Hezbollah minister in the Lebanese Cabinet said that the guerrilla group will not unconditionally release two Israeli soldiers whose capture set off the conflict, saying they would only be freed in a prisoner exchange.

“There will be no unconditional release. This is not possible,” Minister of Energy and Hydraulic Resources Mohammed Fneish said in Beirut. “There should be an exchange through indirect negotiations. This is the principle to which Hezbollah and the resistance are adhering.”

Under the U.N.-brokered truce that ended 34 days of fighting between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas, 15,000 Lebanese soldiers and up to 15,000 international troops are to be deployed and enforce an arms embargo on Hezbollah. The 2,500 U.N. observers currently monitoring the Israel-Lebanon border have a very limited mandate.

Israel has said it would not lift its blockade unless international forces, along with Lebanese troops, are deployed on the Israel-Lebanon border and Lebanon’s frontier with
Syria to prevent the flow of weapons to Hezbollah.

Syria has said it would consider the presence of international troops on its border a hostile act and Lebanon has said it would deploy its own forces there, but bar international troops. Annan has backed Lebanon in the dispute.

The U.N. chief said that Lebanese authorities assured him they were serious about enforcing the arms embargo on Hezbollah, and that Israel’s security concerns could be addressed in this way.

“We need to be flexible, because I don’t think there’s ever only one way of solving a problem. We shouldn’t insist that the only way to do it is by deploying international forces,” he said.

The lifting of the blockade is necessary for Lebanon’s economy to recover from the war and for Lebanon’s government to strengthen.

“I do believe the blockade should be lifted,” Annan said at a news conference with Olmert.

Asked whether Israel would lift the blockade, Olmert was evasive, saying only that Israel wanted a full implementation of the cease-fire.

Annan said he was working to increase the size of the international force in Lebanon “as rapidly as possible” and to double the current number to 5,000 quickly.

“We hope that as we do that, the Israeli withdrawal (from Lebanon) will continue and by the time we are at that level, Israel will have fully withdrawn,” Annan said.

Olmert said Israel hoped to pull out from Lebanon “as soon as possible,” but he also did not to embrace Annan’s proposal to pull out all Israeli troops once 5,000 international peacekeepers were in place.

“It isn’t on one day the 5,000 come in and on one day all the Israelis depart,” Israeli government spokeswoman Miri Eisin explained later. “It’s something in between, and it’s something that has to be ironed out, and it is being ironed out.”

Olmert said that the cease-fire could be “a cornerstone to build a new reality between Israel and Lebanon,” he said.

“I would like to emphasize that Israel has no conflict with the people or government of Lebanon,” he said. “I would certainly hope that conditions would change rapidly in order to allow direct contact between the government of Israel and the government of Lebanon in order to hopefully soon reach an agreement between the two countries.”

But Saniora reiterated his country’s position.

“Let it be clear, we are not seeking any agreement until there is just and comprehensive peace based on the Arab initiative,” the Lebanese prime minister said.

The Arab initiative calls for an Israeli withdrawal from all territories captured in the 1967 Mideast war and the establishment of a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital — demands Israel rejects.

Annan said he would do all he could to win the release of the three soldiers. He said that during his visit to Lebanon, before coming to Israel, he discussed the soldiers’ fate. “I did not get the impression that they are not alive. I believe they are alive,” he said.

In a meeting later with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Annan said Israel also must lift its closure of the Gaza Strip and open crossing points there. He called for an end to the bloodshed that has led to the deaths of more than 200 Palestinians since the end of June.

Israel is the second stop on Annan’s 11-day Mideast tour intended to shore up the truce.

I don’t know about you, but I hear a whole lot of what Israel must do for peace and not much about what other countries need to be doing. This is the problem, the U.N. sides with the Arab countries. Israel must do this and Israel must do that, What about what Syrai, Iran, Palestine and Lebanon need to be doing?

This will never end, either will islamic terrorism.

Officials: U.S. blocked missiles to Hezbollah

Very cool, it seems the United States blocked an Iranian cargo plane from delivering missles to Hezbollah.

From USA Today:

The officials described this timeline:

•July 15: Three days after the war began, a source tipped off U.S. intelligence about an imminent shipment of missiles from Iran to Hezbollah.

•July 19: A spy satellite photographed Iranian crews loading three missile launchers and eight crates, each normally used to carry a Chinese-designed C-802 Noor missile, aboard a transport plane at Mehrabad air base near Tehran. Israel says Hezbollah fired a C-802, a precision-guided anti-ship cruise missile, at an Israeli warship off Lebanon’s coast on July 14.

•July 20: The Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane left for Damascus, but Iraqi air-traffic controllers denied it permission to enter Iraq’s airspace. The Iranian flight crew then requested permission to fly over Turkey. Turkish controllers granted permission — but only if the plane would land for an inspection. The plane returned to Tehran, where the military cargo was unloaded.

•July 22: The plane flew humanitarian aid to Damascus after stopping for inspection in Turkey.

Though the missiles were not visible in the satellite photos, the launchers and specialized crates with distinctive shapes allowed U.S. analysts to identify the missile type, the intelligence officials said.

Asked about the account during an interview Tuesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, “We work on these kinds of things all the time.” But she added, “I can’t comment on specific cases.”

The Left and conspiracy theory nuts, are going to spin this into U.S. helping Israel because Israel was working for the Bush administration. Remember, everything is Bush’s fault and he can do nothing good.

I, on the other hand, see this as a victory for U.S. intelligence.