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Israel Appoints New Minister Amid Iran Tensions

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (L) and Minister of Internal Security Avi Dichter (R) arrive for a Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, July 15, 2007. Dichter has been appointed Israel's new defense minister by current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (L) and Minister of Internal Security Avi Dichter (R) arrive for a Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, July 15, 2007. Dichter has been appointed Israel's new defense minister by current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (L) and Minister of Internal Security Avi Dichter (R) arrive for a Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, July 15, 2007. Dichter has been appointed Israel's new defense minister by current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (L) and Minister of Internal Security Avi Dichter (R) arrive for a Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, July 15, 2007. Dichter has been appointed Israel's new defense minister by current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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JERUSALEM — Israel has made a crucial Cabinet addition as tension grows with Iran over its nuclear program.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed a new civil defense minister amid a heated national debate over a possible Israeli pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Netanyahu announced that former security chief Avi Dichter would be responsible for the home front.

It is a crucial appointment because Israel could be bombarded by thousands of missiles and rockets in the event of war. Iran has promised fierce retaliation for any Israeli attack, and it could be backed by its well-armed Islamist allies, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

Israel has warned that Iran is moving quickly toward nuclear weapons capability, something it sees as a threat to its existence.

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, and it has played down Israeli threats of an attack as “hollow and baseless.” In Tehran, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that Israel realizes an attack would be “stupid” and would “provoke very severe consequences.”

Israel, however, is not taking any chances. Netanyahu said his government has invested more than any other in strengthening the home front. A series of Israeli TV reports, though, have shown that many bomb shelters are inaccessible and in a state of disrepair.

Tel Aviv resident Eliezer Shimoni said the bomb shelter in his neighborhood is locked and no one knows who has the key.

The reports suggest that Israel is woefully unprepared for war, but the saber rattling continues.

In newspaper interviews, senior Israeli officials have expressed doubt that the United States would be willing to take military action to stop Iran, especially in an election year. Their message is clear: Time is running out to stop Iran’s alleged quest for the atom bomb, and if the U.S. fails to act, Israel will.

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by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
August 17, 2012 5:13 AM
I am very much abreast with Israel pass and present History.I read,this is what I do,so base on my reading I know alot.but you can check some of my articles on Google.Wanyonyi since you are interested my writing.But I was not talking to you.mind your business ok.thank you


by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
August 17, 2012 4:51 AM
Wanonyi if you study Israeli history than you will know what I am really talking about.America never help Israel fought any of their war.there were no America Army in any of Israeli war.(1) I am PROUD TO BE A LIBERIAN AMERICAN.I LOVE AMERICA.Israel made buy weapons from America to fight,during the yom kippur war,Golda meir called Richard Nixon for the supply of weapon and Israel repair that attack.but there are something that we cannot talk because I LOVE AMERICA.I dont know where you got your information from,French never help Israel with their wars.But you Wanyonyi mind your business,I am not talking you.Ha-Shem Bless Israel,Shalom Jerusalem


by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
August 14, 2012 11:36 PM
First of all let me clarify somethings here,Israel doesn't need America to fight for her.All the wars that Israel fought,America did not fight for her.all the weapons that Israel have,she bought them from the US.it was giving to them free.right now as we speak there weapons that have on it MADE IN ISRAEL.Israel have the best military in the middle east,secondly the Israeli Air force is one of the best in the world.If Iran attack Israel,I can assure the world,Iran will be turn into graveyard.Iran is just a piece a bread for Israel.Iran is afraid of Israel,if not why Iran cannot attack Israel?God Bless Israel

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by: Anonymous
August 16, 2012 2:31 AM
Listen Mr; Bank you don't even know me from nowhere and you call me fool?is that how is speaks?secondly you accuse me of being a Iranian imposter. no.I dont support Iran nor any Islamic nation.I stand with Israel,I support Israel,The Jews has the right to live like everybody else.I am a die hard supporter of the Jews.you are very wrong.I dont support any Arab nation.I pledge allegiance to Israel,my loyalty is to Israel.you can read some of my article on Google,just click Leroy Padmore.Ha-Shem Bless Israel,Shabbat,Shalom

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by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
August 16, 2012 2:16 AM
Listen Mr;Bank.you don't the Israeli that I know.from the PM Netanyahu to the least of Israeli, we say NEVER AGAIN.do you think Israel will sit there and your Arab nation attack them.you are wasting your time.Cuz we say NEVER AGAIN.Any Arab nation attack Israel,the ground will be hotter than ever before.Cuz where ever fire come from,we will return fire there.all the mess Ahmahdinejah was saying Israel should be wipe off the map,why he cannot do it let see for ourselves.what Iran will turn into.Iran is a piece of bread for Israel.Ha-Shem bless Israel,Shabbat Shalom

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by: wanyonyi from: Nairobi
August 16, 2012 1:17 AM
You sound uninformed,israelis remember persian benevolence under cyrus. USA is under control of israel so do not talk of israel having fought its wars alone.Even the french put in alot towards israel's early wars.

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by: Norton Banks from: UK
August 15, 2012 2:05 PM
what the hell are you talking about fool... Israelis do not talk like that... "Iran will turn into a graveyard..." that is Islamic Arab talk..!!! you sound like another Iranian imposter to me. The Israelis are polite and respectful - very analytical in their expressions and always always deferential - including to Iran - REMEMBER - the Israelis refer to one GREAT king - and its not David Nor Solomon... its Cyrus - and he is not even Israeli - he is Persian.


by: Edna from: USA Israel
August 14, 2012 3:50 PM
Despite regional tensions, about 350 Jews from North America landed in Israel on Tuesday, planning to make the Jewish state their new home... let me tell you - I am a Christian - there are thousands like me from all over the US and Canada, we have made Israel our home; and when the worse comes - we will stand with Israel shoulder to shoulder in the Holy Land - for you are God's beloved.

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by: Korolyne and Don Benson from: CANADA
August 15, 2012 3:39 PM
I love your courage and conviction Edna... and I felt (and my wife at the same time) that we should second your thread as soon as we read it. Although we are in our late 60's and our "fighting" days may be behind us... we are making Israel our home too... just to stand up and be counted - when the time comes. The Islamists have made one crucial mistake - they think that we are afraid... well, they are wrong - we are not afraid - and when Israel unleash her fury, we will be by her side. Small and frail as we are - WE ARE NOT AFRAID.

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by: no body from: Iran
August 15, 2012 12:25 AM
who has all those bombs? and yet they do not respect NPT or any other law that you guys made.
who used the first bomb? who sent WMD to Iraq?
you did and yet there is no evidence that we have bomb or any thing like that.
Hitler killed jews ok why other people should pay for others crimes?
because of a lie two countries where invaded by us
i still remember that day they were talking about WMD's and where are they and who gave them to Iraq?
do you believe some people can highjack a plane and exit the flight path with out any reaction by air force?
how many jews where killed? none


by: Jacqueleena from: SC usa
August 14, 2012 3:38 PM
Its wrong to act like we are switzerland when we have a pack to stand behind. We need to intervine fast and swift- We will be sorry if not...


by: JacobinWallydrag(Israel) from: Yuhng Uhmericuh
August 14, 2012 2:35 PM
And why should the United States get involved?. Israel used to be Jerusalem to the Palestinian's so what is isreal, the United States?. it shouldn't get involved let russia and iran settle that squabble and watch cheney and bush crawl under rocks to escape their personal iniquity of terrorizing the middle east for over four decades now. end the new world order and shut down the media.

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by: Steve from: Denver
August 15, 2012 2:09 PM
What brain dead garbage from another ”Social” Democrat that's either ignorant or stupid youn punk soon off to war by appeasement and blaming the jews once again. We spit in your face knowing your off to fight for true Democracy and the Jews you hate as well. Nope, we are not giving BLT IslamObama and his,BLT ”Reverends” of hate a pass and don't try your juvenile names and labels to try and surpress our free speech. You are all well proven ”humanitarian,MLK and free speech” frauds bashing the Jews while giving Sharia and the fake ”Palestinians” you just love to death. Go see the Documentary ”Hijacking the Holy Land” to see the true history you don't know yet deny every time. Yes you ”Social” Democrats are pure evil being destroyed by reality and facts you folks only call lies. Yes you want to genocide the Jews using your new Islamo ”friends”. As a Jewish American it's ”liberal” Jews that are the worst of the worst that make up your sick Base that especially includes you women leading the charge.

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by: Steve from: Denver
August 15, 2012 1:53 PM
Another ignorant ”Social” Democrat posting crap from your tiny brain. Yes you folks want to kill the jews as the constant ”Party” of hate. Stop denying reality and history that proves the true menace you punks are. Go see the documentary ”Hijacking the Holt Land” and get a clue. No we are not giving BLT IslamObama and his BLT ”Reverends” of hate a pass so go order the Obama coffee mug with his fake birth certificate emblazoned on it. Don't try your punk juvenile names and labels only to surpress our free speech. You are proven fake ”humanitarians, MLK and free speech” frauds. One look at your very sick Base of hating everything and everyone that tells the facts. I'm glad it's punks like you that will soon be fighting in your chem/biosuits in the hot desert sands defending true Democracy and the jews you all hate. Into the appeasement meat grinder you go in the next 90 days and yes you will have a ”job”.


by: Edward Casey from: Fort Pierce, Florida
August 14, 2012 1:39 PM
Obama hides from leadership in the Middle East and a nuclear Iran.

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by: Mark from: Usa
August 15, 2012 2:53 AM
What is the Matter Larry, or Muhammed who ever you are. You do not want to support a fellow democracy?

Is your hatred for Jews so bad that you are blinded by the facts?

The day will come when the United States will be attacked by Islam. This is not only an Israel problem. This is a problem for the free world, to keep there freedoms, and not be overtaken by Sharia law.

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by: Bernhard from: Salt Lake City
August 14, 2012 5:30 PM
Let Israel attack Iran, and let's see what happens. The only condition must be that no more American lives and no more American weapons be given to this insignificant rogue government which has been playing us for the sacrifice of our soldiers and taxpayer funds for far too long. Israel's government is like a miniature hairless Mexican dog, constantly barking, an obnoxious presence on the world stage for far too long, and America for far too long has been the indulgent owner. It is a relationship that increasingly alienates us from the rest of the world and contributes toward our pending bankruptcy. It's time for Israel to stand on its own. We are confronted with overwhelming problems and issues in our own country that must be addressed first and that take priority over the presumptive arrogance of Israel's government that it is the only one in the neighborhood entitled to have a nuclear arsenal and that the U.S. will back it up regardless of the consequences for its own economic and political stability. The God of the Old Testament was vanquished centuries ago as was the primitive justice and index of preferences he is presumed to have expressed.

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by: PhagotShitt from: Yuhng Uhmericuh
August 14, 2012 2:37 PM
Are you psychic and if so do you know how to operate it?.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 14, 2012 12:15 PM
If the US fails to act, Israel will act. period. The US and Obama can buy all the time in the world, but what is on record is that the US has not been active in all of Israel's wars with neighbors. So if they wish to respect the treaty, it's up to them. If they choose to go their own way, USA is just an ally and does not represent success, after all it's failing in its own missions too, what's the guarantee that its support will spell success? God helping, it may not be as bad as the Arab-Israel war of 1967, but it's going to have not less than three fronts reducible to two since Iran will only be relying on long range missiles - a potential war crime looms here. In an all-out war with Hezbollah and Hamas, God bless those who'll be talking of occupied lands afterwards. But Iran must be stopped at all cost from becoming a nuclear power, unless its threat to Israel is removed.


by: Mike from: California, USA
August 14, 2012 11:24 AM
When ANY attack is made on Iran, whether from Israel, the USA, or perhaps a roaming pack of dogs, you can expect Iran to blame Israel no matter what happens. It will make the claim that it's nuclear program is for energy only, that they are not terrorists, and then they will attack Israeli civilian targets. Mark my words.


by: Watch dog from: ?
August 14, 2012 11:21 AM
Israel? Defense? You can't defend property that you are occupying!

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by: mark from: los angeles
August 15, 2012 2:58 AM
You mean the property that the UN gave Israel, or do you mean the land Israel took in defense of it`s tiny nation? You lost that war, and your land was taken.

Israel is a nation of 9 miles. You have the rest of the Desert Muhammed, make it bloom the way Israel has.

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by: Duke Nukem from: Israel
August 14, 2012 2:45 PM
Wasn't today's Israel Jerusalem before the Cheney regime and the bush hitler terrorist regime went there and screwed them all out of their land.

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by: Joe from: Philadelphia,USA
August 14, 2012 12:35 PM
You are very confusing - it means you can defend only property that you are not occupying ? And if you want to defend a property first you need to find somebody else to occupy it ? Seems unreasonable....

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by: Getter from: USA
August 14, 2012 12:19 PM
Israel has enriched that land with science, technology and a healthy culture much of a benefit to that 'occupied' land. Where do you live now?? anywhere in the world you can say people occupied land its what them people do with that land... Now Israel protecting not only herself but also the defenseless countries around her.

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by: steve from: pittsburgh
August 14, 2012 12:01 PM
Read the Bible,,God gave the land to the Jews the aarubs stole it!jerk

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by: Corey from: Watch Dog's home
August 14, 2012 12:01 PM
Really? Occupying? Do you know anything of Israel-Palestine conflict? Has there ever been a Palestine?

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by: LaserTag from: Guam
August 14, 2012 11:49 AM
Occupied or not, any war against Israel is a war against US. We will respond!

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