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From AnonOps Communications

 


Greetings from anonymous,

The 5th of November will have a new meaning today.

The meaning of Solidarity.

Today, We will be releasing information; starting at 9 am eastern and ending at 9 pm eastern.

This will be done In solidarity with the world wide Occupy Wall Street movement, Operation Bank transfer day, Operation Cash out, and every other Operation that will take place today.

Stay alert, stay aware, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the ride.

We are Anonymous. 

We are Legion. 

We do not forgive. 

We do not forget. 

Expect us.

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 Activists React to Gaza Flotilla Assault

from Al Akhbar english

By: Ruqaya IzzidienPublished Friday, November 4, 2011

Palestine activists call on the international community to keep pressuring Israel to end the blockade of Gaza after the Freedom Waves flotilla was assaulted by Israel in international waters.

Gaza Palestinian activists have condemned the Israeli navy’s assault on the Freedom Waves to Gaza flotilla in international waters.

“This kind of violent, irrational behavior by Israel is similar to that which we see in other brutal regimes that are being challenged by the people,” said Huwaida Arraf, a Palestinian-American human rights activist. “It’s important that we don’t give into this violence and that we keep taking to the sea, to the air, to the streets, to prove that violence and military might is not more powerful than the rights that we are fighting for.”

The 27 activists and journalists aboard the boats were taken, against their will, to the Israeli port of Ashdod where they were put in the custody of local police. Benny Gantz, the Israeli army Chief of Staff gave the order to board the two boats, which were carrying US$30,000 worth of medical supplies, at around 3:15pm, Gaza time, after Israeli naval vessels had tailed them for nearly two hours.

The flotilla crew was first contacted by the Israeli navy around 1:35pm and radio communication was later established. When asked for details of their destination, crew of the flotilla responded with “the betterment of mankind.” Israeli forces then directed the flotilla to redirect to Turkey, Egypt, or the Israeli port of Ashdod. Flotilla members refused and their boats were boarded and commandeered by the Israeli navy, who led the boats to Ashdod, regardless.

Jehan Al Farra, a Palestinian blogger and student explained, “The flotilla’s arrival would have meant a lot for Gaza. The attempt itself reminds us that there are efforts to break the siege, declaring it illegal and to make the world aware of what is happening here. Remember that just because the siege has been ‘eased’ that doesn’t make it any less illegal.”

On 30 May 2010, just five miles away from today’s assault, nine activists were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara boat as their vessel was intercepted and attacked by the Israeli navy. Today, Israeli naval officers, who typically carry heavy weaponry, boarded the ship and forcibly took control of the two boats.

Before being boarded, the boats lost radio contact for over an hour, leaving supporters praying for their safety. As communication was cut, Twitter users in Gaza filled the silence with messages of support; 22-year-old blogger Lina Al-Sharif tweeted, “Praying for Freedom Waves.”

Rana Baker joined dozens of other Palestinians at Gaza port to stand in solidarity with the flotilla in symbolic gesture of solidarity. She said, “To me, Freedom Waves has already broken an extended blockade. Things need not to be clarified. Israel can no longer isolate Gaza, our cause is being contacted and supported by the 99 percent, the only one being isolated is Israel itself.” Again, in international waters, Israel attacked two small boats carrying supplies and 27 activists.

Earlier this year, Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that, “Turkish warships will be tasked with protecting the Turkish boats bringing humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.” Many supporters were hopeful that this support would be provided to Freedom Waves to Gaza, despite the fact that the boats are Canadian and Irish.

An Israeli military statement said the vessels were advised they could “turn back at any point, thereby not breaking the maritime security blockade, or sailing to a port in Egypt or the port of Ashdod.” The release said that “the activists refused to cooperate.”

The blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has been in effect since 2006, is considered collective punishment by many governments, a crime that is illegal by international law. The UN has repeated called for an end to the blockade.

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1 MW E-Cat Cold Fusion Device Test Successful

from  PureEnergySystems.com On October 28, 2011, Andrea Rossi demonstrated his 1 megawatt E-Cat system to his first customer, who had engineers/scientists on hand to test/validate its performance. Due to a glitch, it provided 479 kW of continuous power for 5.5 hours during the self-sustained mode. By Sterling D. Allan (who was present), with Hank Mills Pure Energy Systems News

>> Click on images for enlargement (other files present as well from 64-116) Here I am with Andrea Ross after the test of the 1 MW E-Cat plant in the background.

Well, the big day has come and gone. Andrea Rossi’s one-megawatt-capable E-Cat cold fusion device has been tested in Bologna, Italy; and the unknown customer, who ran the test, is apparently happy.

There were some issues, so it couldn’t be run at full power in self-looped mode, but what it did do was plenty impressive. It ran for 5.5 hours producing 479 kW, while in self-looped mode. That means no substantial external energy was required to make it run, because it kept itself running, even while producing an excess of nearly half a megawatt. Rossi explained the reasons for this in the presentation he gave, which I videotaped and will be posting later. That’s half the rated capacity, but it is still a major accomplishment for the device that was completed earlier this week — the first of its kind on the planet. Early in the day with a glitch showing up, Rossi said that they had to make a decision about whether to go for 1 MW output, not in self-sustain mode, or with self-sustain mode at a lower power level.  The customer opted to go for the self-sustain mode. Nothing was said about the prospects of a follow-up test, though I would imagine that the customer will be running many tests to understand this gadget they have purchased, and that information will be conveyed to Rossi. When I asked him during the Q&A session if the customer was satisfied with the test, Rossi responded, “Yes, I think they are satisfied.” Here is a brief video excerpt highlight from Rossi during his 1-hour reading of the public report from the customer, followed by a question and answer session.  I recorded the entire presentation, and we’ll post that tomorrow, hopefully along with a transcription.  Half the time was in Italian, as he would address each item in Italian as well as English. In this excerpt, Rossi responds to the question, “So, is this a breakthrough?”

Here’s a transcription of the excerpt video:

Mister [Paolo] Soglia has asked me if I think that the test of today is a breakthrough. I think yes, because I think today we have seen enough. No more small five or ten kilowatt units, but now we have overcame the difficulties connected with the basic engineering to make something that….  You know, to go in self sustain mode and make 400 [actually 479] kilowatt hours per hour… To understand that this is a breakthrough…

You can also think that hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to try to have a COP [coefficient of performance] of 1.1 with nuclear fusion. Today we have made a theoretically endless COP making 470 kilowatt hour per hour of completely free energy, free of fuel. Yes, I think this is a breakthrough. Of course this is the first step, but it is a very important first step….

Early this year Andrea Rossi announced his plans to construct and test the world’s first one megawatt cold fusion plant. The plant would utilize his E-Cat (Energy Catalyzer) technology that utilizes tiny quantities of nickel powder and hydrogen gas as fuel, while producing large amounts of energy in the form of heat. Importantly, the energy is produced without emitting any pollution, utilizing any radioactive materials, or producing any nuclear waste. Simply put, the E-Cat offers the world a source of cheap, safe, and clean energy. Although the exact plans for the launch of the technology were adjusted a few times throughout the course of this year, October 28th, 2011 was settled on for the date of the official test of the one megawatt plant by the first customer.

These first plants will cost around $2,000 per kilowatt to build one at a time, but once they are mass produced, Rossi expects the price to drop to around $100 per kilowatt installed. Attendance at this test was limited for several reasons. First, the customer does not wish to be known at this time, nor to have its test engineers/scientists identified. I did not inadvertently discover the customer’s identify, nor did I try to find out. I gave that group their space and did not probe. Second, the device is a nuclear device, and the regulations for a public demonstration are extremely stringent; so by making the event private, and only bringing one or two at a time to see it was a way to get around the safety requirements. Most of us (around 30 guests total) arrived between 9 and 10 am; and by around 11 am, Rossi began taking people back to see the device while it was in operation, in self-sustained mode. Here’s a video I shot, with Rossi’s permission, during my 2-3 minute chance to see the unit during operation:

A neighboring facility, coincidentally, is named “Rossi”, which is a common name in Italy. Here I am with Mats Lewan and other Swedish associates. Here I am with Peter Svensson from the AP Professor Giuseppe Levi, who was Rossi’s right-hand man today, will be heading the Bologna research on the E-Cat.

Power for start-up (resistive coils that provided heat to the reaction chambers) was provided by the large and loud genset (was making all the noise) you see that is nearly as large as the small shipping container in which the 1 MW E-Cat plant was arranged.  Once the reaction chambers got up to temperature, they were maintained by the heat produced by the reaction. I’m not sure why they kept the generator running after that, but I would guess it was for back-up or safety. I’m sure the engineers testing the system made sure what the power levels were at all times.

There were 100 E-Cat modules, each with 3 reaction chambers in them, for a total of 300 reaction chambers. An additional 20 or so units had been installed on the top of the shipping container, compared to the earlier photos and videos we had seen. Steam was produced by the units and exited through the back in the bottom of the two pipes. The steam was not put to use to run a load but the heat was dumped via two radiators, distilled, and circulated back into the system. When looking inside the plant, I noticed that one of the E-Cat units had a little steam escaping from the front of it. The top pipe in the back, which was closed, was for emergency cool-down, if needed. Each unit was run independently through a computerized control.  The input and output temperature readings were recorded by computer, and the data will be provided to us probably later this evening or tomorrow morning.  When I went by there, I think the input was measuring 19 C, and the output was 109 C. Radiation measurements were taken by Dr. Bianchini David, from the University of Bologna. He said no extraneous radiation was detected at any time emanating from the reaction chambers, or from the piping, or from the water tanks, or in the vicinity of the apparatus. Apparently, gamma radiation is produced during the reaction, which is shielded by water, iron, lead, and a final coating on the apparatus. David said that he has not measured gamma radiation from the device, because he has not had access to the reaction chamber while it has been unshielded. None of the units were taken apart following this test, as was the one back on the October 6 test. I asked Rossi whether any radio frequencies were used in the test, and he said “no”. I would estimate that there were about 12 people assisting with the test arrangement, including: 3-4 security guards, 1 caterer, 2 receptionists who checked to make sure everyone was invited and wore the required badges, 3-4 engineers helping take measurements, Foccardi was helping take guests 1-2 at a time back to see the unit. I especially enjoyed mingling with the other guests, including: Mats Lewan from NyTeknik; Irene Zreick from Focus.it; Peter Svensson, Technology Writer for the Associated Press, NY, who told me that the reason the mainstream press hasn’t been covering this is because Rossi has been very picky about who he lets in; Enrico Billi, a nuclear physicist and friend of Rossi’s, who is presently living in China and helping to open doors there for this technology; Professor Christos Stremmenos, from the University of Bologna, who told me all about his theory of how the technology works; Pierre Clauzon, nuclear engineering professor from France, who told me about several theoretical physicists trying to understand cold fusion in general and the E-Cat in particular; Uzikova Irina, a nuclear plant designer from Russia; Stefan Heglesson, representing a Swedish interest in the technology; Loris Ferrari, Associate Professor of Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Bologna, who will be one of the five professors to do the two year test of the E-Cat, which hopefully will be funded as a result of today’s test. They will study both the “how” and the “why” of the technology. Mats and I agreed to post our stories at the same time. Peter was going to go first, having been given an exclusive by Rossi, but it’s going to be a few days before he gets the necessary info and editorial approvals before he’s able to run a story in the Associated Press. Probably the biggest opening for skeptics will be the continually running genset that is probably rated for 500 kW (my guess), and appears to have been connected by cables to the E-Cat. “Where’s the mystery?” So knock yourselves out, skeptics. It’s the customer who has to be happy, and apparently this one was satisfied that those cables were not contributing to the 470 kW output during self-sustaining mode. Here’s a video where Rossi talks to us briefly following the test, saying that a report will come shortly; and giving us the reason for why we couldn’t go back during the test except 1-2 at a time.

And here’s a video of a couple of 1 MW generators that were in the room where we were hanging out, which were from an earlier project Rossi was involved with, running on biofuel.

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This story is also published at BeforeItsNews.

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Iran to expose data on US terror plots

Posted by poorrichard at Poor Richard’s Blog

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili will release a number of documents detailing US involvement in acts of terror against the Islamic Republic.

Jalili is reportedly set to make the revelations on US terror moves against Iran on Friday, during a ceremony marking the takeover anniversary of the US embassy in Tehran by Iranian students in 1979. 

The revelations will come a day after the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described the US as the great terrorist in the world.

We possess one hundred pieces of irrefutable evidence that reveal the US role in directing terrorists for conducting acts of terror in Iran and the region, said Ayatollah Khamenei in an address to thousands of Iranian students on Wednesday.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that Iran will bring shame to the US, advocates of terrorism and the so-called defenders of human rights through the publication of the evidence.

In November 1979, less than a year after the victory of the Islamic Revolution that toppled a US-backed monarchy, Iranian university students calling themselves “students following the line of [the late] Imam [Khomeini]” seized the US embassy in Tehran, which they referred to as ‘the den of spies.’

The students justified the takeover by insisting that the compound had become a center of espionage that engaged in planning to overthrow the nascent Islamic Republic establishment in Iran.

The students occupying the embassy later published documents proving that the compound was indeed engaged in schemes and measures to overthrow Iran’s Islamic system.

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ISRAEL DECLARES PSYCHOLOGICAL WAR AGAINST ITSELF

from Desertpeace

In preparation for an attack against Iran, the Israeli government is preparing it’s citizens with simulated rocket attacks ….whilst America prepares to send them more dollar$

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IDF holds drill simulating rocket attack on central Israel

Sirens sound throughout central Israel for 90 seconds; drill comes amid mounting speculation that Israeli leaders could be preparing attack on Iran.

Sirens sounded throughout central Israel on Thursday as part of a Home Front Command drill simulating a rocket attack on civilian infrastructure. The drill comes against the backdrop of a fiery debate in Israel about a possible attack on Iran.

As part of Thursday’s Israel Defense Forces drill, sirens went off around central Israel at 10:05 A.M for 90 seconds. Moreover, evacuation and absorption centers are due to open in the central Israeli city of Holon and temporary centers in Holon and Bat Yam will open in order to hand out gas masks.

The Home Front Command stressed that the drill is part of a yearly exercise which has been long-planned.

On Wednesday, the IDF test-fired a ballistic missile at the Palmahim base in central Israel. The test was part of an examination of a new missile currently being developed by the defense establishment.

A Defense Ministry official declined to comment on the type of rocket tested, but it is known it was capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

The launch coincided with mounting speculation in Israel that its leaders could be preparing a military attack on Iran to curb a nuclear program they say is aimed at producing atomic weapons. Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful.

Moreover, Haaretz reported on Wednesday that the Israel Air Force recently conducted comprehensive drills on long-range attacks at the NATO base in Italy.

The drill included most of the aviation components that are likely to take part in future long-range attacking missions: combat squadrons, aerial refueling and air monitoring stations.

Normally, long-range drills last two weeks, but the IAF left this drill after five days, and by the weekend all the IAF planes had returned to their air bases in Israel.

The IAF’s early departure ignited the spreading of conspiracy theories which suggested Israel was heading into a possible mission, but according to a senior IAF official, the departure was not sudden and spontaneous, rather a short visit planned from the start, due to time constraints of the Italian and Israeli air forces.

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To Occupy America:

There is No Honor Among Thieves and Tyrants. Not Even Loyalty for Each Other.

This is our Major Strength and their Biggest Weakness !!

from Lone Star Watchdog

Posted by realman2020

One of the things that set us apart from the tyrants that is not a weakness but strength is we love our neighbors, for our families and children. We seek to protect the innocent and the defenseless. We are inclined to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves who are the most vulnerable and the weakest. Many of want a just society that embraces life and protects it primarily because we value in people we care for. We have a sense of duty to seek justice and correct wrongdoing. The common person does have valuable attributes that is a strength that is not weak that is far more powerful the evil.

Tyrants on the other hand do not have any love for anyone. Not even within their own ranks. They seek power and control. They will not waste anytime to snuff out one of their own if a colleague stands in the way of more power. They do not lose sleep over innocent people being incarcerated or on even death row. Anyone who chooses the dark side knows also their sense of individualism no longer exist. They have a false sense of security thinking they are on the winning side and in no danger. They are more in danger of being targeted within the structure than by a common person. Life is cheap to a tyrant. It has no value, No one has any value on their side or the other side. The servant on his side are only useful until they achieved their goal. Then those people are removed because they know too much. This was the way of Stalin’s Russia until his own people poisoned him to death.        

This is why they are trying to divide the patriot movement and occupy Wall Street. They know if the most of the crowd start to have a singleness of mind calling for ending the Federal Reserve Bank, Ending the wars, Abolishing the IRS and ending crony capitalism or more like Monopolies that are not free market or capitalist at all; but mercantilism that is an economic tyranny that allows no fair competition in the marketplace. Only a select few reap the benefits. These Robber Barons have no love amongst themselves either. It trickles down to the thugs inside the Police State and the Bureaucracy. If Occupy Wall Street and Occupy America unites behind ending the Central Bank in America, No more illegal Wars, shutting down the IRS and no more corporate fascism where government intervenes in the free market to stifle competition to help their political contributors. It will be their worse nightmare come true.

If occupy America is not co-opted by the Democrats and the Republicans where those above themes I mentioned become the rally cry of the crowd in unity transcending party lines and ideologies. You will start seeing factions in the government, the banking establishment, the corporatist and Wall Street start to really turn on each other jumping sides blowing the whistle to keep themselves out of jail when they know they are on the losing side knowing there is good chance they will lose when the collapse of the financial system and the bloated government happens. They will start to turn on each.  When all the hacks and agent provocateurs now have become ineffective demonizing the movement. We will see them crater and really start to panic.

We all know the system is panicking right now because too many people know too much. From the ruling high places down the bureaucracy. We can start to see things falling apart when more people find out how bad they been screwed and they been defrauded by a war on terror to take away our rights and sending us into wars against countries that never attacked us. The whole system as a whole is now being exposed where even in previous President Administrations will not be let off the hook either going back the George H.W. Bush’s years. We cannot blame Obama for all this. He was caught with operation fast and furious, but it was the previous Presidents that stated it. He was just the one who was caught.  

There is no honor amongst thieves anywhere. When this movement gets so big and unified in the message. We will see the system start to crack and implode for the reason too many people will start to turn on each other to save their own skin to avoid a jail cell. It just shows the other side has no honor whatsoever with us, especially their own. They will not hesitate to stab one another in the back to save face. This is the advantage we have over the other side. We have something to live and for a fight for. The other side has much to lose if they are on the losing side. They know it; it is just a matter of time before we start to see them crack under pressure. So occupy America keep the pressure on._______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

HOW TO TURN THE BLOOD OF OUR CHILDREN INTO GOLD FOR THE BANKERS

from What Really Happened.com

1. Nation A and Nation B are at peace, and free of debt.

2. The bankers, aka the money-junkies hire the presstitutes to tell Nation A that Nation B is coming to kill them unless Nation A attacks Nation B first. (Hitler at Gleiwitz, or Saddam’s nuclear weapons, as only two examples) Donations are made to candidates who are willing to murder a few million people for a piece of the profits.

3. The money-junkies loan nation A the money to buy weapons to blow up nation B.

4. Nation B says “What the hell is this crap? Why are you attacking us?”

5. The money-junkies loan nation B the money to buy weapons to blow up nation A.

6. The war rages on and eventually one side wins and one sides loses. It doesn’t really matter which one, as both Nation A and Nation B are now heavily into debt to the money-junkies.

7. The money-junkies loan nation A the money to repair and replace all they lost in the war. Nation A eventually gets back to the exact same life they had before the war only now they are hopelessly in debt to the money-junkies.

8. The money-junkies loan nation B the money to repair and replace all they lost in the war. Nation B eventually gets back to the exact same life they had before the war only now they are hopelessly in debt to the money-junkies.

9. The money-junkies hire the presstitutes to tell Nation C that Nation D is coming to kill them unless Nation D attacks Nation C first. Donations are made to candidates who are willing to murder a few million people for a piece of the profits.

Do you see how it works now? Do you see why we are always at war? Do you understand that as long as private central bankers control the economies of nations that wars murdering millions of innocents are inevitable?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

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Get down from the roof, you crazies

from THE INTERCEPT

HaaretzYoel Marcus

When Netanyahu is trying to recruit a majority in his forum of eight senior ministers for an attack on nuclear installations in Iran, this is not just a scandal but also a macabre fantasy.

Even Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman – who once proposed bombing the Aswan Dam and is now proposing going to war in the Gaza Strip to wipe out Hamas once and for all – said this week on the current events radio show “It’s All Talk” that we are talking too much about the Iranian issue. He even quoted a line from a famous Western: “If you want to shoot, shoot, don’t talk.” Lieberman, the most extreme of the extremists, who has not revealed whether he is in favor of an attack on Iran, is aware of the madness in our threats to attack it.

It’s hard to believe that not too long ago the censors prohibited any publication connected to the nuclear issue. At best, they demanded the invocation of the phrase “according to foreign sources.” As though whoever is plotting something against us in this area doesn’t know about himself what we know about him. When the censors permit what was prohibited until not long ago, maybe it’s no coincidence: It is aimed either at preparing the public that the worst and scariest thing of all is liable to happen, or at putting pressure on the United States to act against Iran, or at finding excuses for why we are dawdling in making concessions to the Palestinian Authority. With regard to Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are adopting Machiavelli’s advice: Choose yourself an enemy and nourish your loathing of him.

The difference between the situation now and the situation in the First Lebanon War, which was supposed to have taken 48 hours and lasted for 18 years, is that Prime Minister Menachem Begin (whose understanding in matters of defense boiled down to a question to soldiers at the front: “Did you have machine guns?” ) relied blindly on Defense Minister Ariel Sharon and Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan – the same two men who broke him after a long road of mental and physical suffering.

Now the Bibi and Barak duo is threatening to lead the next war if there is one, heaven forbid, contrary to the recommendations of the top military and security people. The impression is that Barak and Netanyahu are not managing to make the necessary concessions for a diplomatic agreement with the Palestinians and have decided to scare the nation and the world with the Iranian nuclear threat and the need to extirpate it.

The atomic arsenal that, according to foreign sources, Israel possesses has been called the Judgment Day weapon – that is to say it is intended for use in a situation of extreme danger to Israel’s existence. The possibility of using it was once raised by Prime Minister Golda Meir at the start of the Yom Kippur War, when Defense Minister Moshe Dayan said we were on the verge of the destruction of the Third Temple. This possibility has never been put on the agenda realistically.

When Iraqi Scuds were falling here in the Gulf War and as revenge for the Israel Air Force’s destruction of the Osirak nuclear reactor under Begin’s orders, a panicky public was revealed, which fled daily in the tens of thousands from Tel Aviv. During the course of the war, media representatives met several times for conversations with Chief of Staff Dan Shomron. On one occasion, suddenly there was a warning siren. The chief of staff immediately went down to the security bunker and as we started to make our way out one of the commentators, who is now one of the most popular on television, whispered: “I fear that without an atom bomb this isn’t going to end.” It ended without an atom bomb and with one fatality in Tel Aviv. Saddam Hussein was also finished off much later by the Americans.

When Sharon was infrastructure minister in the first Netanyahu government, he revealed to me in a personal conversation that Bibi was taking an interest in the nuclear issue that day. “You aren’t going to believe it,” said Sharon, “but Raful [Eitan, who was then agriculture minister] and I, the two oldsters, went to Bibi and warned him that this is not a subject to discuss, lest the silence on its existence be broken and they take it away from us.” Bibi’s response, according to Sharon, was: “I just wanted to know.”

Labor MK and former defense minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer says he perspires at night. Interior Minister Eli Yishai of Shas also said recently it is hard for him to sleep when he knows what is happening. Yishai was present at the recent (separate ) meetings of Bibi and Barak with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. It’s too bad the rabbi did not give them some resounding slaps on the cheek, as is his habit, after he heard what they had to say.

When we hear that Netanyahu is trying to recruit a majority in his forum of eight senior ministers for an attack on nuclear installations in Iran, this is not just a scandal, as Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said, but also a macabre fantasy. It takes fatal irresponsibility to put a million and a half inhabitants of the country under fire from Iran, from Hezbollah, from Hamas, and perhaps even from the Palestinian Authority. And all this in light of the opposition and doubts of the General Staff, the commander of the air force and the intelligence organizations.

Even if the threat to bomb Iran is aimed at pressuring the Americans to act, this is the place to reiterate a ministerial statement of yesteryear: Get down from the roof, you crazies.

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