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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Unconditional Covenants - Chuck MIssler

UK banks could be shut down or forced into bail-outs by Brussels

A panel of European officials would be given sweeping new powers to police the financial sector across the continent but also in the City of London.

They would be given "full decision making powers" to impose EU law and to arbitrate disputes between Britain and the eurozone over the risks posed by British banks, according to the proposals being tabled on Wednesday at the European Commission. Decisions taken by the powerful body would be automatically binding unless Britain was able to win the unlikely backing of a majority and overturn them.

Rulings by the panel could create huge costs for the British government and banks if they were ordered to bail out a struggling institution, contribute to cross-border bail-out funds, or allow the EU to rule over breaches of European law.

The moves stem from proposals for a eurozone "banking union". The radical new EC blueprint for banking regulation at the EU level is focused on giving the European Central Bank new powers to supervise the eurozone's banks, in order to shore up struggling financial institutions in southern European countries such as Spain.

But the ECB's new role would see the existing European Banking Authority (EBA) - the current pan-European bank regulator that has its headquarters in London - being radically overhauled and strengthened. Its panel of European officials would be given new powers to stamp its authority on potential disputes between both eurozone and non-eurozone countries, including Britain.

Under the proposals, the newly "independent panel" of officials would have full and binding powers to impose EU law and to arbitrate disagreements between Britain and the eurozone over how the City is regulated. The proposals will "confer full decision-making powers to the independent panel on breaches of EU law and settlement of disagreements", the plans outline.

Under current rules the EBA panel's decisions are proposed for "final adoption" only after support from a majority of all 27 EU countries. But under the new EC proposal this procedure is reversed. If agreed, the panel's decisions will be implemented automatically unless a specially constructed majority vote against it, which must include three countries that are inside the "banking union" and three that are outside it. It means that in a dispute Britain would have to win over members of the eurozone bloc.

Mats Persson, the director of the Open Europe think-tank, said: “If the UK manages to write the rulebook, the City could benefit from this. But it could easily go the other way, with the net effect of the new arrangement being that it actually becomes harder for the UK to block rules designed around the Eurozone, which it may disagree with. The government needs to push for stronger safeguards.”

On Tuesday night Douglas Carswell, the Conservative MP for Clacton, accused the Government of failing to honour its promises on the eurozone. "The Government has assured us that Britain will not be dragged into the eurozone's economic arrangements. These proposals show that the government's policy has been a catastrophic failure," he said.

Bill Cash, the Tory chairman of the House of Commons European scrutiny committee, said: "This must be vetoed as an imperative. We have reached the endgame. It is imperative that there is a vote on this in the House of Commons."

Whitehall sources said that the Government supported giving the ECB new "centralised" powers to supervise eurozone banks as "an important contribution" to tackling the euro's crisis, especially in the wake of the looming Spanish banking bail-out.

"The challenge for negotiations is to get the single market EBA right and the commission's proposals on the voting mechanism and scope of decisions is not right yet. We've been in similar place before and got a good result," said a source.

The Telegraph

Moody’s warns United States of rating cut as fiscal cliff looms

Moody’s Investors Service said it may join Standard & Poor’s in downgrading the U.S.’s credit rating unless Congress reduces the percentage of debt-to-GDP during budget negotiations next year.

The U.S. economy will probably tip into recession next year if lawmakers and President Barack Obama can’t break an impasse over the federal budget and if the George W. Bush-era tax cuts expire in what’s become known as the “fiscal cliff,” according to a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office published on Aug. 22. The rating would likely be cut to Aa1 from Aaa if an agreement isn’t reached, Moody’s said in a statement.

Moody’s put the rating under review with a negative outlook in August 2011, when the U.S. pushed back a decision on spending and raised its so-called the debt ceiling after months of political wrangling. S&P cut its rating to AA+ that month, blaming the nation’s political process. Investors ignored the reduction and Treasuries rallied, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year note since declining to record lows and the S&P downgrade drawing the ire of investors such as Warren Buffett, the biggest shareholder of Moody’s, who said after the S&P decision that U.S. should be “quadruple-A.”

“At some point, we might see the market demand a higher yield premium to own Treasuries, but I don’t think that’s the case now as this is just a shot across the bow,” said Jack McIntyre, a money manager in Philadelphia at Brandywine Global Investment, which oversees US$30-billion of debt. “It’s hard to find a bond market that has the depth of liquidity that Treasuries do.”

Deficit Watch

McIntyre said his firm has reduced its Treasury holdings to lock in recent gains. U.S. government debt has returned 6.4% since the S&P downgrade and gained 9.8% in 2011, the most since 2008, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data.

The Obama administration’s February budget that was updated in August would result in a debt-to-GDP ratio of 75% in 2022, New York-based Moody’s said.

“We will wait and see what they do in 2013, whether or not they come up with a specific proposal,” Steven Hess, senior vice president at Moody’s in New York, said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “If there is no result and they delay doing anything serious on deficit reduction, it’s likely that in 2013 we would move the rating down.”

The budget deficit will reach US$1.1 trillion this year, according to the CBO. That would be down from last year’s US$1.3 trillion, in part because tax revenue has risen by almost 6% and spending is down by about 1% this year.

Coin Flip

The U.S.’s Aaa rating with negative outlook would only be extended beyond 2013 if a “‘fiscal cliff’ actually materialized,” Moody’s said Tuesday in the statement. “Moody’s would then need evidence that the economy could rebound from the shock before it would consider returning to a stable outlook.”

For investors and policy makers, predicting the consequences of a rating change by S&P or Moody’s — the dominant issuers of debt scores — may be little different from flipping a coin.

Almost half the time, government bond yields fall when a rating action suggests they should climb, or they increase even as a change signals a decline, according to data compiled in June by Bloomberg on 314 upgrades, downgrades and outlook changes going back as far as 38 years. The rates moved in the opposite direction 47% of the time for Moody’s and for S&P. The data measured yields after a month relative to U.S. Treasury debt, the global benchmark.

Yields Rise

“Everybody knows that if we don’t get our house in order, we’re in trouble,” said Thomas Roth, senior Treasury trader in New York at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities USA Inc. “If you get downgraded twice, you’re certainly not going to lend to that government at a lower rate.”

The 10-year yield rose four basis points, or 0.04%age point, to 1.69% at 10:56 a.m. in New York, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader prices. The price of the 1.625% note due in August 2022 fell 10/32, or $3.13 per $1,000 face amount, to 99 12/32. The yield fell to a record low of 1.379% on July 25.

The U.S. dollar declined to its lowest level in almost four months versus the euro, weakening 0.7% to $1.2847. The dollar has rallied 11% against the euro since the S&P downgrade in August 2011.

Fitch Ratings assigns the U.S. its top AAA ranking with a negative outlook.

Financial Post

New Federal Study Claims US Vulnerable to Missile Attacks

A number of critical shortcomings in America’s network of early warning systems and missile interceptors could put the United States at risk of a potential missile attack, according to a new report by the National Research Council.

The council has recommended thatPresident Obama adopt a more aggressive missile defense strategy, similar to the one proposed by formerPresident George W. Bush.

In so doing, the panel said, thepresident could set up the nation’s defenses to better defeat the long-range missiles that Iran may be developing.

“For too long, the U.S. has been committed to expensive missile defense strategies without sufficient consideration of the costs and real utility,” L. David Montague, the panel’s co-chairman, told The New York Times on Tuesday.

In the 260-page report, the panel recommended an overhaul that would make the antimissile system “far more effective,” including adding new sensors and interceptor rockets, as well as an additional base in Maine or upstate New York from which interceptors could be fired. The nation’s two existing bases are in California and Alaska.

The program is expected to cost approximately of $10 billion a year, for as long as it takes to develop and deploy the new missile defense systems.

The council's recommendations run contrary to White House's missile defense plans, which have admonished the notion of an East Coast missile shield, rather focusing on establishing a new missile shield in Eastern Europe.

In May, NATO approved U.S. plans to station a U.S. Navy ship armed with the Aegis anti-missile system in the Mediterranean, along with a radar station located in Turkey under the alliance's command.

The report said the domestic defenses in place could probably handle crude missiles fired from North Korea, but nothing more sophisticated. It called the current generation of antimissile arms “fragile” and full of “shortcomings that limit their effectiveness against even modestly improved threats,” The Times reported.

The report called for developing a new generation of interceptor rockets that would be smaller and more capable, as well as five new radars at existing early warning sites. The panel said these radars, combined with sensors aboard the interceptors, would provide more time to identify enemy warheads and shoot at them repeatedly if the first shots failed.

Arutz Sheva

US consulate in Benghazi on fire, ambassador to Libya reported killed

Is that the friendly muslim brotherhood?

Dragon Flood A History of Deception

Joseph Herrin (09-10-2012)

The image above is the cover of a popular book that reveals some of the serious omissions, and glaring errors, found in twelve of the most popular history books used in the public school systems of America today. It is not written from a Christian perspective, but it reveals that there is a certain percentage of Americans who are waking up to the fact that the historical accounts delivered to them as students were often incomplete, biased, or complete lies.

Arriving at an accurate historical worldview requires that the investigator of such matters has a sound understanding of the nature of God, mankind, and the angels. It is certain today that the majority of writers of public school history books fail in all three areas. Tragically, most Christians also lack the requisite understanding of the spiritual and material worlds needed in order to arrive at truth.

As I have engaged in this present series I have sought to keep in mind the character of fallen man. The Bible describes the condition of unregenerate man in the following manner.

Romans 3:9-18
Both Jews and Greeks... are all under sin. As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one." "Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips"; "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known." "There is no fear of God before their eyes."

If you accept the words above as divinely inspired, accurate, and a true statement of man’s condition, then does it follow that the men who formed the government of America, being a large part Freemasons, and most of the remnant Deists who embraced the empty philosophy of The Enlightenment, could establish a political system that was based upon truth and righteousness? Is it possible that men who “have together become unprofitable,” who “with their tongues practice deceit,” and “the poison of asps is under their tongues,” men “whose feet are swift to shed blood,” with “destruction and misery” being in their ways, could establish a governmental system that is so amenable, harmonious, and compatible with the Kingdom of God that churches throughout the land would display the American flag alongside a flag representing the rule of Christ?

Is it not more probable that Satan, the great deceiver who deceives the whole world, has hoodwinked Christians in America into believing that theirs is a “Christian nation” whose founding fathers were guided by the hand of the God of the Bible? Paul begins the passage above by making reference to “Jews and Greeks.” What you may not yet have perceived is that the founders of America held two diverse perspectives that are traceable to the Jews and the Greeks. In another place the apostle Paul states:

I Corinthians 1:22-23
For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness...

We have observed that Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and others had embraced Enlightenment philosophy. This is a manifestation of a Greek mindset. The Jewish mindset is manifested among Freemasonry which is traceable back to the Kaballah. Kaballah is a body of esoteric teaching that embraces the ancient Babylonian Mystery Religion, having combined it with a corrupted form of Judaism. It is a merging of Old Testament thoughts and images with the pagan and profane practices of Babylon. The author of Kaballah is none other than Satan. He has ensnared millions with a promise of attaining godhood through the perfection of the human state by becoming an adept in the secrets of ancient wisdom.

The influence of Kaballah and things Jewish, is unmistakable in Freemasonry. In every lodge in Christian lands there is an altar with a Bible laid upon it. This Bible is ONLY opened to the Old Testament. It is NEVER opened to the New Testament. Although Freemasonry makes myriads of references to people, places and events in the Bible, they are exclusively that which is found in the Old Testament. Solomon, Hiram, Moses, and many other characters from the Old Testament hold a place in Masonic ritual and teaching, yet the true character and acts of these people are perverted and distorted through the addition of lies and deception.

For a number of years Yahweh led me to live in the city of Macon, Georgia. Macon is the French word for “Mason.” Macon, Georgia is a Masonic city. It was founded by Freemasons who clearly understood what the name of their city meant in the French language. There is a historical marker downtown that makes mention of the famous French Mason, the Marquis De La Fayette visiting the city soon after it was founded.

Historical Marker - Downtown Macon, Georgia
(Click on image to view larger)

The marker reads as follows:






(*Note that F & AM stands for Free and Accepted Masons)

There is absolutely no doubt that this French Freemason who visited Macon in its infancy understood the relevance of the name of this new city in Georgia. Yet, according to the practice of Satan adopted by Freemasonry, the actual meaning of the name of the city was attributed to a completely unrelated matter. According to the website of the Chamber of Commerce for Macon, the name was chosen for the following reason.

In 1822 the Georgia legislature created Bibb County, named for William Wyatt Bibb, a U.S. Senator. Macon, named in honor of Nathaniel Macon, a North Carolina patriot and statesman, was the county seat.
[Source: http://www.maconchamber.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60&Itemid=69]

It is ever the practice of Freemasonry to lie and practice deception. It is highly unlikely that citizens of Georgia would name their city in honor of a politician from North Carolina. This explanation merely served as a plausible ruse to keep the true influence of Freemasonry hidden. Significantly, Macon lies between the 32nd and 33rd parallel north longitude, numbers which are related to the two highest degrees of Scottish Rite Freemasonry. This same chamber of commerce website contains the following statement on Macon’s history.

The city of Babylon inspired Macon’s planners to create a city with multitudes of parks and spacious avenues. When James Webb, the appointed surveyor laid out the downtown streets of Macon in 1832, he gave future generations the gift of wide streets and parks. The planners designated 250 acres for Central City Park and citizens were required by ordinances to plant shade trees in their front yards.
[Source: Same as above]

The link between Babylon and Freemasonry is well established. Freemasonry is a modern incarnation of the ancient Babylonian Mysteries. Satan has preserved the profane rites and symbols of ancient Babylon and has brought them forward to the present. Babylon was reputed to be a city of gardens and many trees and wide avenues. The Masonic founders of Macon laid out the city to conform to the historic pattern of Babylon. That Macon bears this connection to Babylon further demonstrates that it is a Masonic city, and that the public explanation for its name is a red herring. Freemasonry is a “secret” society after all. In the 1800s men did not go about broadcasting the fact that they were building Masonic cities.

When I was living in Macon the Father directed me to work at the rescue mission there. The mission has a thrift store where donations are received and sold to help fund their operations. I was asked to work as a manager at the store overseeing all of the donations, prepping them for sale. Frequently we would receive Masonic books as donations. I acquired an old copy of Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma at the time, as well as a large Masonic Bible produced by the Holman Company.

Masonic Bible

The book Morals and Dogma states plainly that deception is practiced as a matter of course in the Lodge. The first three degrees of Freemasonry are referred to as “the Blue Lodge.” Most men in the Blue Lodge have no idea what the true meaning of the rites and symbols are. If the men are Christian, they are told the symbols of Freemasonry are Christian symbols. They are supplied with elaborate and deceptive explanations to convince them.

The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine that he understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry...

Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it....

The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason…
[Source: Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, Published 1871]

The Masonic Bible pictured above contained considerable material at the front relating to Freemasonry, with abundant illustrations. Following is some of the material appearing in this Bible, along with my comments.

Masonic Depiction of Solomon’s Temple

One of the first articles at the front of this Masonic Bible is titled The First Authentic Restoration of King Solomon’s Temple and Citadel. The restoration is credited to John Wesley Kelchner and a statement precedes the article and following images.

Exactly the spectacle beheld by the eyes of Solomon when his artisans had finished.
Harvey Wiley Corbett, Architect

Following is an excerpt from this article.

How the Designs, Drawings and Pictures Were Obtained.

It is known to every reader of the Bible and student of Solomon’s days, that an amazingly exact description of the Temple and its associated structures has been carried down from the mists of antiquity by the Scriptures. Lineal measurements, materials employed, and ornamental detail are so graphically presented that restoration of the Temple at any time within a score of centuries past, awaited only the coming of a man with the vision to recognize its historic value, and the imagination to undertake the task.

Notwithstanding the universal interest in King Solomon’s Temple, a fascination which has created innumerable legends and romances during the intervening centuries, the incredible fact remains that no adequate effort to restore the Temple was made until John Wesley Kelchner, Archaeoligist, Bible Student and Lecturer, began thirty years ago to make real his vision of the scriptural description.
[End Excerpt]

It is espoused that the images created of Solomon’s Temple are accurate, having followed precisely the Biblical details of its construction. The reality, however, is that the images of Solomon’s Temple have no relation to the Bible, but are actually drawings of historic Babylonian building. The image above that is claimed to be an accurate rendering of Solomon’s Temple is in actuality a depiction of a Babylonian Ziggurat, of which the Tower of Babel is the most famous.

Note that what is portrayed in the image is a tower. Nowhere in Scripture is there any mention of a tower being incorporated in the construction of Solomon’s Temple. Following is an accurate model of Solomon’s Temple derived from the Biblical description.

Solomon’s Temple

One immediately notices the tremendous difference between this Biblically accurate rendering, and the fantastic depiction of the Temple in the Masonic Bible. Absent is any tower, as well as the numerous Babylonian images that decorate the facade of the Temple in the Masonic painting.

Very clearly we can observe the principle that Freemasonry utilizes, which is to present before mankind images of pagan and occult origin while attributing to them Christian origin and significance. Keep this in mind, for the Masonic founders of the American government have practiced a similar form of deception.

Entrance to the Great Porch of Solomon’s Temple

The image above is also taken from the Masonic Bible. Look closely at the carved statues at the right side of the steps leading up to the Temple. Following is a close-up of what is depicted.

Nimrod, Winged Bull

Nowhere in the Bible do we find any description of winged bulls with the head of a man forming part of the facade of Solomon’s Temple. Where then does this image come from? In Alexander Hislop’s classic book The Two Babylons, he shows an image of this same winged bull, and he gives the following account of its origin and meaning.

There was another way in which Nimrod’s power was symbolised besides by the horn. A synonym for Gheber, “The Mighty One,” was “Abir,” while “Aber” also signified “a wing.” Nimrod as head and captain of those men of war, by whom he surrounded himself, and who were the instruments of establishing his power, was “Baal-Aberin,” “Lord of the Mighty Ones.” But “Baal-Abirin” (pronounced in nearly the same way) signified “The Winged One,” and therefore in symbol he was represented not only as a horned bull, but as at once a horned and winged bull - as showing not merely that he was mighty himself, but that he had mighty ones under his command who were ever ready to carry his will into effect.
[Source: The Two Babylons, Alexander Hislop]

This symbol of Nimrod was copied by other kings of Mesopotamia, and images of it are still existing to this day among the ancient ruins. Satan, the great deceiver is seeking to convince the viewer of these images that they are looking at Solomon’s Temple when in actuality they are viewing images of Babylon.

I will share just one more example of this type of fraud found in this Masonic Bible. In the book of I Kings chapter 17 we read of Solomon building “the house of the forest of Lebanon.” The Masonic Bible provides an artistic rendering of what the Freemasons envision it to have looked like.

House of the Forest of Lebanon from Masonic Bible

As one looks at this image they can see numerous Babylonian images decorating the grounds and the face of the building, including once more the winged bulls of Nimrod. In the background is observed a ziggurat which we have been told is Solomon’s Temple. The Masons, under the guidance of Satan, are presenting images of Babylon and calling them Jerusalem. They are taking Babylonian buildings and substituting them for historical buildings described in the Bible, and they are adorning all with images relating to the Babylonian Mystery Religion. What the artist has done in drawing the house of the forest of Lebanon is to take elements from the Ishtar Gate in Babylon and incorporate them into his depiction of the building constructed by Solomon.

Babylon’s Ishtar Gate

The Freemasons have taken the Bible and filled it with lying images and words. In doing so they have demonstrated that nothing that is holy unto God is truly sacred to them. The Freemasons have adopted wholesale the character and actions of Lucifer, whom their organization was created to worship. Of Satan, our Lord testified the following:

John 8:44
“Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

In these brief examples cited here I have revealed the lies of Macon’s founding fathers in the false attribution of the name of the city. The city was founded just 24 years after the death of George Washington, and was attended by one of the French Masonic Generals who served alongside Washington in the Revolutionary War. I have cited Albert Pike, the Sovereign Grand Commander of Freemasonry in North America between the years 1859 and 1891. In his Masonic tome Morals and Dogma Pike justified the widespread practice of lying and deception among Freemasons. I have also shown examples of falsehood and deceit that Masonry has placed even within the covers of the Holy Bible.

In further chapters of this study I will reveal that Freemasonry, and the Freemason’s god, who is Lucifer, have been the true guiding force in America’s national history and the actions of her government. Will not men who print lies inside Bibles also print lies in newspapers, and in history books? I would have those who are disciples of Christ to examine carefully all they have received about the history of this nation. Many Christians in ignorance have joined themselves to ungodly men, effectually promoting the plans and purposes of Satan.

“Both Jews and Greeks are all under sin. There is none righteous, no not one.... With their tongues they have practiced deceit; The poison of asps is under their lips.” Agreeing that these statements are true, how critical a matter it is for the Christian to test all things carefully. The founding father’s of America were no better than other Adamic men. They were not saints. By their own confession they were not under the influence of God, nor were they directed by Him. Many had direct affiliations with Satanic organizations and secret societies. Only the most naive and careless Christians would accept the popular and widely disseminated historical accounts of the character, motives and actions of these men and the nation they founded.

Christians have been propagandized by the most skillful deceiver of all, Satan. In the founding of the United States of America the devil found many willing men to do his bidding. A few did the will of Satan while recognizing that it was Lucifer they were serving. Far more, however, did his bidding in ignorance even as the majority of Freemasons today do not know that it is Satan who rules the Lodges they have joined themselves to with terrible oaths.

The earth is truly being flooded by the river of lies that streams from the mouth of the dragon and great serpent of old. Be careful of the water that you drink.

Nigel Farage destroys Barroso's State of the Union

By refusing to see Netanyahu, Obama sharpens his Iran dilemma

President Barack Obama’s refusal Tuesday Sept. 11 to see Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu because “the president’s schedule will not permit that,” left Jerusalem thunderstruck – and Washington too.

At one stroke, round after round of delicate negotiations on Iran between the White House, Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, the US National Security Council, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta collapsed. They had aimed at an agreement on a starting point for the meeting that had been fixed between the two leaders for Sept. 28 in New York to bridge their differences over an attack on Iran’s nuclear program.

By calling off the meeting, the US president has put paid to those hopes and publicly humiliated the Israel prime minister, turning the clock back to the nadir of their relations brought about by the comment by Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Aug. 30: “I don’t want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it” – meaning attack Iran.

By rebuffing Netanyahu, the president demonstrated that the top US soldier was not just talking off the cuff but representing the president’s final position on a possible Israel strike to preempt Iran’s nuclear program.
Tuesday, the US Defense Secretary said: “If Iran decides to make a nuclear weapon, the US would have a little more than a year to stop it.” He added that the United States has “pretty good intelligence” on Iran.
"It's roughly about a year right now. A little more than a year. And so ... we think we will have the opportunity once we know that they've made that decision, take the action necessary to stop (Iran)," Panetta said on CBS's "This Morning" program.

Panetta said the United States has the capability to prevent Iran from building an atomic bomb. "We have the forces in place to be able to not only defend ourselves, but to do what we have to do to try to stop them from developing nuclear weapons," he said.

Some optimists in Jerusalem took these comments to indicate that the crisis had become manageable now that the Obama administration was finally prepared to discuss a timeline and red lines for holding Iran back from making a bomb. This hope was soon dashed by word that the US president would rather confront Israel than Iran.

The White House may also have been incensed by the orders given by Netanyahu and Barak to the IDF to keep going on preparations for attacking Iran alongside the forthcoming meeting between the two leaders.
Netanyahu's comments to a news conference earlier Tuesday are unlikely to have salved angry administration spirits in Washington. 

He said that with every passing day, Iran comes closer to a nuclear bomb, heedless of sanctions and diplomac. The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time'. And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," said Netanyahu on a note of frustration against the Obama administration.
DEBKAfile reported earlier Tuesday:

The wrangling over Iran between the offices of the US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday, has been reduced essentially to a battle for the agenda of their meeting in New York on Sept. 28: Netanyahu will be pressing for a US commitment to military action if Iran crosses still-to-be-agreed red lines, while the White House rejects red lines – or any other commitment for action – as neither necessary nor useful.

Israel’s latest rebuttal came Monday, Sept. 10 from former Military Intelligence chief, Amos Yadlin, who argued that even without agreed red lines, Israel was quite capable of coping with its enemies without the United States.

The sparring appeared to have reached a point of no return, leaving Obama and Netanyahu nothing more to discuss. However, just the opposite is true. For both leaders their upcoming tête-à-tête is vital. It is the US president’s last chance to prevent an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program before he faces the American voter on Nov. 6, while the prime minister will not forego any opportunity to harness the US to this attack. He needs to prove - not just to the anti-war camp ranged against him at home, but also to assure the military - which has been falsely reported as against an attack - that he bent over backward to procure US backing.

Netanyahu does not feel that even if he fails to talk Obama around (more likely than not), he has lost American support; he counts on the US Congress to line up behind Israel’s case for cutting down a nuclear Iran which is sworn to destroy the Jewish state, as well as sections of the US public and media and some of he president’s Jewish backers, including contributors to his campaign chest.
Those are only some of the reasons why the last-ditch US-Israeli summit cannot be avoided and indeed may be pivotal - both for their participants’ personal political destinies,and for the Middle East at large.

DEBKAfile’s Washington and political sources disclose that their dialogue will have two levels according to current planning:

1. In New York, Obama and Netanyahu will try and negotiate a common framework;
2. At the Pentagon in Washington, defense chiefs Leon Panetta and Ehud Barak will be standing by to render any agreements reached in New York into practical, detailed plans which would then be referred back to the two leaders for endorsement.

The heated dispute between US and Israeli officials over “red lines” was therefore no more than sparring over each of the leaders’ starting-points for their New York dialogue and therefore their agenda and final understandings. Behind the clash of swords, US and Israeli diplomats are working hard to negotiate an agreed starting point. They are putting just as much effort into preventing the row deteriorating into a total rupture before Sept. 28.

Netanyahu discussed another red line Monday when he interviewed President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, their first meeting in three months. Although the Israeli presidency is a largely titular function, Peres has elected himself senior spokesman for the opponents of an Israeli military operation against Iran.
While their advisers sought to establish agreed lines between them ahead of Netanyahu’s meeting with Obama, DEBKAfile reports that the confrontation between the two Israeli politicians ended inconclusively, because Peres kept on demanding that the prime minister bend to the will of the White House.

Latest report from Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica: 1,650 aftershocks registered

The latest report from the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori), released Monday morning, states that 1,650 aftershocks have been registered since the magnitude-7.6 earthquake that hit the country last Wednesday.

The strongest aftershock was felt Saturday, with a magnitude of 5.6. However, it was felt only in the Central Valley.

Ovsicori seismologist Walter Jiménez said the aftershocks will continue in upcoming days, but he also stated that the magnitudes and frequencies of them will go down, ranging from 2 to 3 in magnitude.
Tico Times

King Abdullah: Israel disrupting Jordan nuke energy bid

Jordanian King Abdullah accused Israel of interfering with Jordan's nuclear energy program, in an interview with AFP on Wednesday.

Jordan has sought to cooperate with other countries in order to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, but Israel has been putting pressure on those countries not to comply, Abdullah claimed.

"A Jordanian delegation would approach a potential partner, and one week later an Israeli delegation would be there, asking our interlocutors not to support Jordan's nuclear energy bid," AFP quoted Abdullah as saying.

As a result of repeated attacks since 2011 on the pipelines leading gas supplies from Egypt to both Jordan and Israel, the desert country, which imports 95% of its energy needs, is seeking alternative energy sources.

Abdullah said that "the attacks on the Egyptian gas pipeline over the past two years have cost us already JOD 2.8 billion ($3.95 billion.) That could have paid for almost one reactor."

Jordan plans to invest JOD 3.5 billion ($4.9 billion) in a nuclear power plant that would constitute one third of the total power capacity generated in the country today, Abdullah said.

Addressing concerns from energy experts in Jordan that the nuclear power plant would be unsafe following the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, the Jordanian King gave assurances that Jordan would build the most secure, latest-generation reactor.

"These are far safer than earlier models, and have multiple features that help them withstand extreme conditions," King Abdullah said. Japan's Fukushima disaster involved an old-generation plant."

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