Iranian Official: ‘We are Preparing to Liberate Jerusalem’
The Islamist Basij militia force in Tehran ran a special military exercise Thursday and Friday preparing for an Iranian takeover of Jerusalem.
The exercise, entitled “March to Al-Maqdis (Jerusalem),” included training in the event of such a takeover, including drills for the protection of cities, assistance and rescue, dealing with social unrest, the protection of sensitive and important military centers, dealing with the invasion and landing of “enemy” (IDF) forces from helicopters, and carrying out complicated tactical maneuvers at night.
In an official statement, the militia said that the exercise is designed to develop and enhance the capabilities of the Al-Maqdis Brigades, improve Basij military competence, and foster a “self-sacrificing spirit” among the terrorists.
Tens of thousands participated in the exercise and terrorists-in-training flocked to the program from dozens of Basij battalions.
Basij commander General Mohammad Reza Naqdi announced that the exercise was planned because the “boastful” (an expression used to indicate the US and Western powers) are at the end of their path to power and “the fighters and freedom-loving people” worldwide – Islamists – are angry and want to destroy the US and Israel to “restore” Jerusalem to an Islamic city….
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Shrugging Off Past Setbacks, Obama Plans Personal Role in Middle East Peace Bid
By MARK LANDLERFEB. 26, 2014
WASHINGTON — President Obama, after avoiding a hands-on role in Middle East peacemaking since the setbacks of his first term, plans to plunge back into the effort, his advisers said this week, starting with an urgent appeal to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
When he welcomes Mr. Netanyahu to the White House on Monday, these officials said, Mr. Obama will press him to agree to a framework for a conclusive round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations that is being drafted by Secretary of State John Kerry.
On Thursday, the administration announced that Mr. Obama would meet the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, at the White House on March 17 to make the same pitch. The president’s goal, officials said, is to announce the framework, a kind of roadmap for further talks, by the end of April, the nine-month deadline Mr. Kerry set last summer for a final peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
For Mr. Obama, the decision to thrust himself into the talks is fraught with risk. He made Middle East diplomacy a centerpiece of his first term, bringing Israelis and Palestinians together at the White House in September 2010 for face-to-face talks, only to watch those negotiations collapse three months later in acrimony….
A senior Palestinian negotiator told WND reporter Aaron Klien that the Palestinian Authority has received a pledge from the Obama administration that by the end of 2014, the administration will issue an official declaration presenting general highlights of a Palestinian state.
Other sources are also reporting this leaked story.
According to the negotiator, the administration continues to work toward a preliminary outline of the deal by April. The current plan calls for a phased implementation of increased Palestinian authority during a three to five year period.
Eastern sections of Jerusalem would come under PA control, although the exact territories have yet to be defined.
Israel would be defined as “occupiers” in the Jordan Valley territory as well as in The West Bank, the negotiator stated.
U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is calling for an international administrative mandate to control Holy Sites in east Jerusalem. The mandate could include a coalition of the Vatican and Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Speculation over the role of the Vatican increased this week after a secretive meeting took place between the Jerusalem Municipality, The Prime Minister’s Office and senior Catholic officials. The Catholic delegation is reported to have pressed for control over the compound that houses the traditional “Hall of the Last Supper” – with some rumors that such a move could be linked in anticipation of Pope Francis visit to Israel in May….
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