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Question

Britain's chief rabbi: "I think it has got to do with Iran, actually."

Britain's Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, answered a question honestly because he thought he was off the air.



There was a fascinating moment on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning when Britain's Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, answered a question honestly because he thought he was off the air. That was enough to cause a craven BBC (dictionary definition of craven - "cowardly") to apologize for the fact that one of its presenters had caught him off-guard. So what did he say?

He had just completed his on-air (live) contribution to the programme's two-minute Thought for Today slot. He spoke in support of the BBC's annual Children In Need appeal which, as he said, is focused on "the right of every child to be safe and secure and reach their own potential." Given that Israel's leaders have no qualms about impoverishing and killing Palestinian children, I would have been impressed if he had said "every child includes Palestinian children." But he didn't make any reference to them.

When the daily speaker comes to the end of his or her two-minutes, that's it. The presenter says "Thank you" and you hear no more from the speaker. But not this morning. Evan Davis, one of this morning's two presenters said, "Jonathan, before you go, any thoughts on what's going on in Israel and Gaza at the moment?"

After an audible sigh, the Chief Rabbi replied, "I think it has got to do with Iran, actually."

Stormtrooper

Israeli ministers okay call up of 75,000 troops; "We're going to significantly aggravate the operation"

Prime Minister Netanyahu convenes his top nine ministers for special discussion on third day of Gaza op. 'We're going to significantly aggravate the operation,' state official says. Four terrorists killed in IDF strike in Gaza.

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© Gil YohananSecurity forces comb rocket landing area in Gush Etzion.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his nine top ministers for a special discussion Friday evening, on the third day of Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary Zvi Hauser conducted a telephone survey among the government ministers to approve the call up of 75,000 soldiers.

According to a state official, "We are going to significantly aggravate the operation."

Comment: From dictionary.com:
ag·gra·vate

1. to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: to aggravate a grievance; to aggravate an illness.
2. to annoy; irritate; exasperate: His questions aggravate her.
3. to cause to become irritated or inflamed: The child's constant scratching aggravated the rash.
Interesting choice of words from a psychopathic regime.

Interesting too the language used by the Israeli media to report an aggression on the oppressed ("terrorists", "terror targets").


Heart

Attacks on Gaza Strip spark anti-Israel protests

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People in different parts of the world staged demonstrations to condemn Israel's crimes against the Palestinians, specially the ongoing Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

Rallies were held in London, New York City, Paris, Sydney, Beirut and Cairo against the ongoing assault by the Israel on the besieged Gaza Strip.

In New York, protesters gathered outside the Israeli Consulate on Thursday, calling for an immediate end to the attacks on Palestinians.

The protesters then marched to the Times Square and called on the US administration to stop supporting the Israeli regime.
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© UnknownPeople of Occupy Wall Street gather in New York in protest of Israel.

Rocket

Palestinian missiles hit Tel Aviv, city's underground bunkers opened

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The Israeli Iron Dome system fires to intercept incoming missiles from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod, November 15, 1012. So far Iron Dome has proved a complete failure, with 80% of Hamas rockets getting through.
Several rockets fired from Gaza Strip have hit the Israeli capital, Tel Aviv, forcing police to open all underground bunkers in the city.

Two of the rockets have reportedly hit a commercial district in Tel Aviv, but there was no report of possible casualties. A number of rockets were also fired toward the Israeli parliament, Knesset.

Israeli police, however, claims that only one Palestinian rocket was fired at Tel Aviv, landing in the sea off the city.

Air raid sirens were also heard in the Israeli cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Be'er Sheva. There are reports of looting in Be'er Sheva as residents took cover in bunkers.

Light Saber

Palestinians shoot down Israeli F-16 fighter jet in Gaza, Hamas rockets reach Tel Aviv

Palestinian fighters have downed an Israeli warplane flying over the Gaza Strip as
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File photo shows an Israeli F-16 fighter jet.
retaliatory rocket attacks from the enclave continue to sound alarms across Israel.

According to Hamas sources, the Israeli F-16 fighter jet was shot down on Friday.

Meanwhile, several Israelis were injured after three rockets fired from Gaza hit the Zionist settlement of Gush Etzion in al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Palestinian missiles and rockets have also hit the other Israeli cities of Tel Aviv, Eshkol, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Be'er Sheva.

Star of David

Hamas chief Jabari held 'peace deal' draft in his hands when IDF assassinated him

An Israeli peace activist says the Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari, assassinated at the start of Israel's offensive, was murdered amid talks on a long-term truce with Israel. For details, RT talks to peace activist Gershon Baskin.

Bad Guys

Israeli officials talk long war in Gaza, prepare invasion

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Tanks and armored vehicles poured into southern Israel today while busloads of soldiers were brought to the front, as a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, the first since early 2009, seems to be coming closer.

Air strikes have been a virtual constant against the tiny strip over the past day, with large numbers of civilian casualties and Israeli officials talking up the idea that the attacks are just the beginning.

Israeli officials have condemned Hamas for retaliating against their attacks, with Benjamin Netanyahu terming the retaliation a "double war crime." Officials say if Hamas continues to retaliate they will consider a ground invasion, but others have suggested they will keep launching air strikes whether Hamas reacts or not, and it seems increasingly that the timing of the ground invasion is just a question of getting reservists and other troops into the area, with a decision likely already made.

Dollars

The Pentagon spends billions on bizarre "non-security" projects

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From a workshop on whether Jesus' salvation would apply to aliens to determining the color of the feathers on a 150-million-year-old creature deemed the Earth's first bird, the Pentagon has spent money on some questionable projects, according to Sen. Tom Coburn.

At a time when many Republicans argue the Defense Department cannot afford new spending cuts, Mr. Coburn, Congress's top waste-watcher, released a report Thursday arguing that in fact the Pentagon is awash in billions of dollars of non-security spending that should be cut.

"The American people expect the Pentagon's $600 billion annual budget to go toward our nation's defense," the Oklahoma Republican said. "That isn't happening. Billions of defense dollars are being spent on programs and missions that have little or nothing to do with national security, or are already being performed by other government agencies."

Bizarro Earth

Egyptian Prime Minister on rare Gaza visit amid continued fire

Hisham Qandil
© The Associated PressHisham Qandil
Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil arrived in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip Friday morning for a solidarity visit to the territory, which Israel has been bombing for a third day.

Sources said Qandil crossed into Gaza through Rafah crossing on Gaza's southern border with Egypt.

Ziad al-Zaza, deputy of the de facto Hamas government's Prime Minister Ismail Haneya, received the Egyptian delegation. Haneya and other senior Hamas leaders have gone underground since the beginning of the Israeli military operation.

Israeli media reported earlier Friday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to halt airstrikes on the Gaza Strip for three hours during Qandil's visit, on condition that no rockets are fired from Gaza into Israel.

However, Israeli media reported at least 10 rockets fired at Israel's Eshkol region soon after Qandil's entry, with no injuries reported. Meanwhile, Israeli jets are also heard hovering over Gaza.