Yemen is important

Why Yemen Matters

Middle East hands rightly scoffed in 2009 when Barack Obama and his fellow naïfs expected that by leaving Iraq, smiling at Tehran, and trying harder at Arab-Israeli negotiations they would fix the region, permitting a “pivot” to East Asia. Instead, the incompetents squatting atop the U.S. government cannot keep up with fast-moving, adverse events, many of its own creation (anarchy in Libya, tensions with traditional allies, a more bellicose Iran).

by Daniel Pipes
Washington Times
March 28, 2015

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The Middle East witnessed something radically new two days ago, when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia responded to a plea by Yemen’s president and led a 10-country coalition to intervene in the air and on the ground in the country. “Operation Decisive Storm” prompts many reflections:

Saudi and Egypt in alliance: Half a century ago, Riyadh and Cairo were active in a Yemen war, but then they supported opposing sides, respectively the status-quo forces and the revolutionaries. Their now being allies points to continuity in Saudia along with profound changes in Egypt.

Arabic-speakers getting their act together: Through Israel’s early decades, Arabs dreamt of uniting militarily against it but the realities of infighting and rivalries smashed every such hope. Even on the three occasions (1948-49, 1967, 1973) when they did join forces, they did so at cross purposes and ineffectively. How striking, then that finally they should coalesce not against Israel but against Iran. This implicitly points to their understanding that the Islamic Republic of Iran poses a real threat, whereas anti-Zionism amounts to mere indulgence. It also points to panic and the need to take action resulting from a stark American retreat.

Arab leaders have a long history of meeting but not cooperating. From the right: King Hussein of Jordan, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Yasir Arafat of the PLO, and Muammar Qaddafi of Libya in September 1970.

Yemen at the center of attention: Yemen played a peripheral role in the Bible, in the rise of Islam, and in modern times; it’s never been the focus of world concern – until suddenly now. Yemen resembles other once-marginal countries – the Koreas, Cuba, the Vietnams, Afghanistan – which out of nowhere became the focus of global concern.

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Obama doesn’t understand Middle East

‘Arab-Israel Alliance’ Leaving Obama Isolated

By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Published: March 27th, 2015, The Jewish Press

Netanyahu and Saudi King Salman.
Netanyahu and Saudi King Salman.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has jabbed President Barack Obama with a stinging remark that although Israel and the United States are friends, fears of Iran and the ISIS have forged a “new partnership” of Israel and “many of our Arab neighbors.”
Netanyahu took the opportunity of being charged with the responsibility to form a new government to say:

We very much appreciate, and will take care to preserve, our alliance with the best of our friends, the United States; however, we will continue to work to prevent the agreement with Iran, an agreement that endangers us, our neighbors and the world. We see eye to eye with many of our Arab neighbors regarding the danger posed by Iran and we also view positively the benefit that this new partnership could have for the region.

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Israel solves Saturn mystery

Israeli scientists crack the mystery of Saturn’s day

New research at Tel Aviv University determines that the planet takes seven minutes less than previously thought to complete full turn on its axis.

Ynet News, March 26, 2015

Israeli scientists have solved the mystery of Saturn’s days, determining that one day on the planet lasts 10 hours and a little more than 32 minutes – seven minutes shorter than originally calculated.

The new research at Tel Aviv University was published this week in the Nature journal.

Saturn. New calculations. (Photo: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)
Saturn. New calculations. (Photo: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

The length of a day for most of the planets in the solar system is clear physical data and well-known to modern science. Until now, however, there was no accurate data on how long it took Saturn (or “Shabtai” in Hebrew) to make a full turn on its axis.


The IQ Summit

Israel to host world’s biggest science conference / Itamar Eichner

Dozens of world renowned scientists, Nobel Prize laureates and 400 young people considered the future generation of global science will participate in a major event in Jerusalem this summer.

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The measurements taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and interpreted in Tel Aviv prove that the length of a day on Saturn is longer than originally calculated from measurements taken by the Voyager 2 probe more than two decades ago.

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Nobel Prize winners to meet in Israel

Israel to host world’s biggest science conference


Dozens of world renowned scientists, Nobel Prize laureates and 400 young people considered the future generation of global science will participate in a major event in Jerusalem this summer.

Itamar Eichner, YNet News, March 24, 2015 

A supercomputer would be needed to calculate the intelligence quotient in this event: About 20 Nobel Prize laureates in science, dozens of world renowned scientists and 400 young people considered the future generation of global science will participate this summer in the World Science Conference – Israel (WSCI) in Jerusalem.

According to the organizers, it will be the biggest conference of its kind ever held in the world.


Special Greeting

British PM lauds Israeli science  / Ynet

In recorded greeting in honor of Israeli Science Day, David Cameron says Israeli scientists’ work is ‘helping humanity in some truly profound ways.’

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The event, which will take place in August, will last several days. Its participants will arrive from 60 countries and its organization is expected to cost about NIS 5 million ($1.25 million).

The conference was initiated by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, American Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry Prof. Roger Kornberg, the Ministry of Science, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which will host the event.

Prof. Ada Yonath, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 (photos courtesy of Foreign Ministry)
Prof. Ada Yonath, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2009 (photos courtesy of Foreign Ministry)

The participants will all stay in the same hotel, which will turn during the conference in a sort of scientific Olympic village for young and old geniuses. The results of the wise analyses and discussions between them will likely be seen in the coming years.

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Debate on Israel’s right to exist

Southampton University wants to debate Israel’s right to exist. But that right is sacred

It is one thing to disagree with the policies of a government but quite another to question the right of the nation it represents to exist at all. And yet this happens all the time to Israel

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that boycotts against Israel are anti-Semitic Photo: Menahem Kahana/Getty

Reprinted from The Telegraph.UK

By Tim Stanley

8:54AM GMT 13 Mar 2015

The University of Southampton is hosting a conference to discuss Israel’s legal right to exist. Quote:

Quote The conference aims to explore the relatedness of the suffering and injustice in Palestine to the foundation and protection of a state of such nature and asks what role International Law should play in the situation.

A local MP has asked for the event to be dropped, as does a petition. The university insists that academic freedom should be respected and the conference organisers say they mean no mischief. One of the hosts, Professor Oren Ben-Dor, is Israeli-born. He has previously written that Israel is an apartheid state and has been since inception. He is living proof that you can be sceptical about Israel without necessarily being anti-Semitic. Some of its loudest critics are living contradictions.

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The conference should go ahead. Academics should be free to debate anything so long as they don’t incite violence. But I hope the following points are considered.

 

1. It is true that Israel was a state created where no such state had existed before. But so was Iraq, Syria, Uganda and Togo. They were all products of decolonisation, all lines drawn on a map by a bureaucrat with a pencil and ruler. Why, pray, does no one debate the legal foundations of the existence of Nigeria? It is controversial enough. It comprises various tribes and religions with terrible unease, so much so that a near genocidal war was conducted to subjugate its southeastern portion. Yet no one questions its legality.

2. It is true that Israel’s foundation involved the displacement of a settled people. This was in many cases tragic and led to injustices that cry out for resolution. But they are not unique. When the states of India and Pakistan were created, their subjects trekked across the subcontinent to resettle in one country or another – causing the deaths of thousands and wars for decades to come. Likewise, the Amerindians were displaced by European colonists. Where is the wailing and gnashing of teeth over them on Sunday morning talk shows or in student unions?

3. It is true that Israel’s contemporary borders were framed by conflict and remain controversial. Again, who wouldn’t want to see them settled in a manner that provides peace and security for all? But where is the conference questioning the legality of North Korea’s existence and condemning its terrorist attacks on the South? Or a conference challenging Rwanda over its policy towards Hutu migrants and its alleged support for rebel movements in eastern Congo?

Many nations began with ethnic groups displaced or crammed together within borders drawn by a bureaucrat (MAS PIETROSON)

In short, what is it about Israel that makes people debate its “legality” so much more often than they do that of other states? Why is it held to such an impossible standard? Why do its critics regard it as unique among newborn states struggling to survive?

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More proof for Einstein theory

Israeli Scientists Prove Einstein’s 100-Year-Old Theory

Beyond confirming the General Theory of Relativity, the observation rules out one of the interesting ideas concerning the unification of General Relativity and Quantum Theory.

By: Jspace Staff

March 17, 2015

http://www.jspacenews.com/israeli-scientists-prove-einstein-100-year-old-theory/

 

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One hundred years after Albert Einstein formulated the Theory of Relativity, an international team has proposed another experimental proof. In a paper published today in Nature Physics, researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Open University of Israel, Sapienza University of Rome, and University of Montpellier in France, describe a proof for one of the theory’s basic assumptions: the idea that all light particles, or photons, propagate at exactly the same speed.

The researchers analyzed data, obtained by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, of the arrival times of photons from a distant Gamma-Ray Burst. The data showed that photons traveling for billions of years from the distant burst toward Earth all arrived within a fraction of a second of each other.

This finding indicates that the photons all moved at the same speed, even though different photons had different energies. This is one of the best measurements ever of the independence of the speed of light from the energy of the light particles.

Beyond confirming the General Theory of Relativity, the observation rules out one of the interesting ideas concerning the unification of General Relativity and Quantum Theory. While these two theories are the pillars of physics today, they are still inconsistent and there is an intrinsic contradiction between the two that is partially based on Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle that is at the heart of Quantum Theory.

One of the attempts to reconcile the two theories is the idea of “space-time foam.” According to this concept, on a microscopic scale space is not continuous, and instead it has a foam-like structure. The size of these foam elements is so tiny that it is difficult to imagine and is at present impossible to measure directly. However light particles that are traveling within this foam will be affected by the foamy structure, and this will cause them to propagate at slightly different speeds depending on their energy.

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Hamas rebuilds naval terror unit

Hamas’ revamped naval commandos could pose a problem for Israel


Although all unit members were killed during last summer’s infiltration attempt at Zikkim, Hamas viewed this as a massive achievement and subsequently trained a new force whose role will be to carry out mass attacks on the Israeli home front.

Alex Fishman, YNetnews, March 14, 2015

Palestinian Islamist organization Hamas has completed the reconstruction of its naval commando force, consisting of dozens of trained divers, in order to hit strategic sites, Israeli and others’, in the Mediterranean Sea.

With the development of its underwater unit, Hamas aims to compensate for the failure of the offensive tunnels from the Gaza Strip, which it rules, which were supposed to reach into Israel. From just a handful, the force has grown into many dozens of fighters trained to strike the Israeli home front via abductions and killings.

Hamas’s operational approach sees the naval commandos as one long “tunnel”, extending from Gaza in Israel’s south to Rosh Hanikra in the north, through which it could hit any target along the entire Israeli coast. These could be strategic objectives such as power plants, coal terminals, gas rigs and so on. However, using Operation Protective Edge as a model, it seems that Hamas is training its commandos to create a continuous shockwave for Israeli society through the mass murder of civilians and soldiers.

Hamas' infiltration attempt at Zikim during Protective Edge (Photo: IDF)
Hamas’ infiltration attempt at Zikim during Protective Edge (Photo: IDF)

The Israeli defense establishment sees the strengthening of Hamas’ underwater activity – through the establishment of a large and professional commando unit – as one of the main lessons Hamas took from last summer’s conflict.

The Hamas commandos’ successful penetration a kilometer deep within Israeli territory, near Kibbutz Zikkim, is one of the organization’s major achievements during the 50 days of fighting, as this was the only time when Hamas special unit members managed to infiltrate Israel. If not for Israeli intelligence, it is likely the commando unit would have been able to penetrate the community or a nearby IDF base and carry out the mass murder it wanted.

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Israel still needs Bibi

Israel’s elections; a Win-Win scenario is wishful thinking

Ron Jager, March 15, 2015

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The writer, a 25-year veteran of the I.D.F., served as a field mental health officer. Prior to retiring in 2005, served as the Commander of the Central Psychiatric Military Clinic for Reserve Soldiers at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring from active duty, he provides consultancy services to NGO’s implementing Psycho trauma and Psycho education programs to communities in the North and South of Israel. Today Ron is a strategic advisor at the Office of the Chief Foreign Envoy of Judea and Samaria To contact: medconf@netvision.net.il

Most critics of Prime Minister Netanyahu have been promoting in recent weeks an election strategy that recommends voting for center left political parties under the assumption that there are no longer any real differences in terms of security and defense issues between center left and the Likud. These home grown critics, many of them former Army Generals or former Security/Defense officials and in many instances funded by American Jewish liberals have claimed that even center left parties can make the right decisions when Israel’s security needs are challenged. Only this past week the Israel Democratic Institute release a poll conducted on her behalf claiming that an overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews do not believe that a change in leadership will have an effect on the peace process.

In response to this non-stop campaign that has delegated Israel’s strategic challenges low on the list of national priorities and instead focused in on the perceived failures of Netanyahu’s social and economic policies; the Israeli electorate has been inundated and forced-fed by a steady diet of malicious slandering of Netanyahu and his family, or has been forced to listen to day in and day out about the so-called housing crisis, and always handy is the false claim of Israel’s soaring cost of living. It really seems as if Netanyahu and the Likud party can do no right, it’s as if nothing over the past six years during Netanyahu’s incumbency can be considered positively or even mildly successful.

At this critical junction as we approach the national elections within a few days, the overall picture looks pretty gloom. For those of us who do not buy into the wishful thinking and political naivety of the center left political parties, it’s important to remind ourselves that the Israeli public has not voted for dramatic change except in the wake of significant blows to the status quo. In the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War and the coming of age of Sephardi Jews, the Likud was swept into power 1977; after the first intifada and the Russian wave of immigrants swung the pendulum back to Labor in 1992; after the onset of the second intifada gave the Likud a comeback in 2001. Since 2009, and in response to the missile threat coming from the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip, Netanyahu has become been one of Israel’s longest serving Prime Ministers.

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