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They're building a new caliphate says Israeli PM

Benjamin Netanyahu has just delivered an important address to a policy conference of some 400 European lawmakers and dignitaries. In his address the Israeli Prime Minister warned of several serious threats to world peace and Western civilization.

NetanyahuSPEAKING at a policy conference on Monday, 7 February, 2011 Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of the ambitions of radical Muslims of both Sunni and Shia persuasion to build a new Islamic kingdom of global dimensions.
Addressing the gathering in Jerusalem organised by the European Friends of Israel, Israel's Prime Minister spoke of:
  • The expressed ambition of Shia and Sunni radical muslims to build a Islamic kingdom or “caliphate” that will encompass the Middle East and North Africa, and then Europe, and then North America, and then the entire world. Netanyahu did not say the caliphate would be achieved, but he rightly warned that this is what the Radicals want to achieve.
  • The rise of an Iranian regime with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that can not only reach Israel but more and more of Europe.
  • An Egypt that doesn’t develop into a peaceful, moderate, secular democracy with a prominent role for the military to provide stability and security but into one of two other scenarios: A) one in which “the Islamists exploit the[ir] influence to gradually take the country into a reverse direction, not towards modernity and reform but backward; or B) one in which “Egypt would go the way of Iran, where calls for progress would be silenced by a dark and violent repression that subjugates its own people and threatens everyone else.”
Netanyahu did not say these threats would inevitably come to pass. To the contrary, he stated clearly, “The good news is that nothing is inevitable. We have the power to protect our common civilization, to roll back the forces of radicalism and to advance a secure peace. One of the keys to defeating this fanaticism is to be able to distinguish friends from enemies.”

Excerpts from PM Netanyahu’s address:

“Our commitment, our goal is the maintenance and the expansion of peace. But as we think about the dramatic events that are taking place in Egypt, let’s not lose sight of an even greater earthquake, greater than everything that I described, that could rock our region and rock the world and rock each of your countries and Europe if Iran were to develop nuclear weapons.

“Here’s what Iran is doing today. It’s in Afghanistan; it’s in Iraq; it’s in the Yemen; it’s pretty much taken over Lebanon; it’s taken over Gaza; it’s in the Horn of Africa; it’s even sending its tentacles to the Western Hemisphere, penetrating Latin America. This is what Iran is doing today without nuclear weapons. Imagine what they will do tomorrow with nuclear weapons. Iran already has missiles that reach well beyond Israel.

The reach and aim of long-range missiles

"They’re not developing these long-range missiles for us; they can reach us. They’re developing it for you, to reach you. With each passing day, those missiles bring more of Europe into range. And I have some bad news for you: Jose Maria, you’re in the caliphate. They talk about a new caliphate. There’s anyone here from Romania? Borderline. Sweden? You’re out of it for now.

"They say they can’t possibly mean this, it cannot be that in the 21st century people speak of caliphates, of new-found empires, of an ideology that is suited not for the 21st century but for the 9th century. I urge you not to underestimate this threat to our common civilization. It’s hard for people to understand, especially for Westerners. It’s hard for them to understand fanaticism – especially if sometimes it wears a suit and a tie, or a suit without a tie. It’s very hard to understand that. But it’s there.

“You ask yourself, for example, what was the Taliban thinking when they enabled the dispatch of al-Qaida to bomb New York and Washington. What were they thinking? Were they thinking that the United States would not send an army to bring down their regime? Could they have been that crazy, or that stupid? They weren’t stupid. They were totally irrational.

Sunni/Shia hostility

“Today there’s a competition between the militant Sunnis and the militant Shiites. The militant Shiites have a state. That state is developing nuclear weapons, with unbridled ambitions for power and dominance. They see the United States as the great Satan, we’re the little Satan, and you’re somewhere in between. You’re a middle-sized Satan. That’s how they view us. And there’s no room in the world, in their world, for us and for our societies.

A conjunction of threats

“I believe that the greatest threat facing the world today is the possibility that a militant Islamic regime will meet up with nuclear weapons, or that nuclear weapons will meet up with a militant Islamic regime. The first is called Iran, the second is called Pakistan. Given the events that are unfolding in our region, there are other possibilities as well. This cannot be allowed to happen.

“The good news is that nothing is inevitable. We have the power to protect our common civilization, to roll back the forces of radicalism and to advance a secure peace. One of the keys to defeating this fanaticism is to be able to distinguish friends from enemies. In this battle between the 21st century and the 9th century, between freedom and despotism, between progress and primitivism, Europe and Israel stand squarely on the same side…..”

Footnotes: The full text of Netanyahu's address can be read here.

A report this morning speaks of Saudi Arabia "stepping in" to Egypt if the US withdraws military aid. This reflects the concern that is being generated in the  region by the current upheavals in Egypt.
Iran is a Shia country and the expansionist regime is exploiting the instability in Iraq and Egypt to 'surround' the Sunni Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The question of oil supplies is never far from the surface as one of the new 'weapons of choice' and there are key 'choke points' in the distribution of the liquid gold. And this is why such a bloody fight is going on in Yemen with Shia-funded rebels seeking to take control of that country in order to control the Bab-el-Mandeb (Gate of Tears/Scars) shipping lane.
Control over the other vital sea route (the Straits of Hormuz) coupled with Shia influence on the pipelines from the Caspian sea via Azerbaijan (93% Shia) would give Iran a strangle hold over the world's oil supplies.

Saudia Arabia: we've got your surrounded.......
Oil Choke points

Sunni - Shia distribution. Shia darker green
Sunni Shia Map

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Yemen (Guest) 03/10/2011 05:08
Well,For sure we will build Caliphate again and free Palestine.
You will see the real anger, Not governments anger but people's anger.
We have the right to free our land and (Defend) our selves.
Palestine,Iraq,Afghanistan,Kashmir,Chechan,and Mindanao.
We believe in piece but not with thieves,Not with occupiers.

Watch and wait.

Jenny 03/10/2011 07:42
we do watch and wait, but secure in the knowledge that nothing can happen that is outside of God's purpose. Israel is still his people.
Martin Lisemore 03/10/2011 09:13
Yes Curlew, exactly.

But the fact is, and not surprisingly, so many lies have been told by the Palestinians and the Arabs in this matter they don't even recall truth themselves.

Bible Believer (Guest) 03/10/2011 11:52
Dear Yemen,

The outcome in all that you mention depends on who or what you believe. Christians believe in the God of the Bible, and the Bible has some remarkable things to say.
It may be that you cannot access a Bible, but through the prophet Isaiah, God has spoken of great upheavals in the region with (initially) traumatic events in both Egypt and Syria, but ultimately -

'In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together.
In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.
The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance."' Isaiah 19:23-25

And ultimately Jesus Christ is coming back to Jerusalem in Israel - a country which God calls "my land".

Permit me to quote another passage from the Bible.

'Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One.
"Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters."
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
"I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill."
I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
You will rule them with an iron sceptre; you will dash them to pieces like pottery."
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.' Psalm 2:1-12

Martin Lisemore 03/10/2011 12:56
Bible Believer, good to hear from you.

Yes, all you say is true, it's all in the Book.

I was referring to, and should have made it clear, Post 1947 events, where the actual history has been so distorted as to be unrecognisable.

I have comtemporary books here which detail the efforts made by Israel to accommodate the Palestinians, and their refusal to play the game, indeed blowing up their Israeli given schools and hospitals and then blaming the Israelis.

It is clear in these early days certain Arabs nations opposed to the establishment of a nation state of Israel, deliberately compelled the Palestinians to remain in Israel and be a fifth column, a thorn in the flesh to Israel.

But the Bible also says, as ye sow, so shall ye reap.
Martin Lisemore 03/10/2011 23:25
And Yemen, I must ask, are you in the right place?

Don't think so!
Editor 14/12/2011 19:42
Iran is threatening to close off the world's most important oil shipping lane as tensions between it and the West mount following the capture of an unmanned American spy plane.

Parviz Sarvari, a member of the Iranian parliament's National Security Committee, said his country was preparing to close off the crucial Strait of Hormuz as part of a military exercise.

Around a third of all shipped oil passes through the four mile-wide Strait between Oman and Iran and U.S. warships patrol the area to ensure safe passage.

Read more:

Editor 14/12/2011 22:17
Iran says closing the waterway is justified because governments like the United States and Britain have imposed economic sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program, which they believe is a front for weapons development and which Tehran insists is peaceful.

Iran's saber-rattling in the strait is aimed at heading off increasing efforts to curb its oil exports, and it says maritime law supports such a move.

Julian Lindley-French, a professor at the Royal Military Academy of the Netherlands, says Iran's intent appears clear. "If this threat was carried out, in a sense -- denial of access through the Strait of Hormuz -- then [Iran] will be on a direct route of confrontation with the West and, indeed, many of the regional powers," he says.

Read full report at Radio Free Europe
Editor 28/12/2011 17:33
US warns Iran over threat to block oil route

The US Navy has said it will not tolerate disruption to a vital oil-trade route, following an Iranian threat to close it.

Iran warned it would shut the Strait of Hormuz if the West imposed more sanctions over its nuclear programme.

The US and its allies believe Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon - a charge Tehran denies.

Reacting to Iran's warning, a US Fifth Fleet spokeswoman said it was "always ready to counter malevolent actions".

The Strait of Hormuz links the Gulf - and the oil-producing states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - to the Indian Ocean. About 40% of the world's tanker-borne oil passes through it.

Read on...

Editor 24/05/2012 17:51
Britain 'mulling role in any Iran-Israel conflict'

"Britain's leaders are discussing how to respond to any military confrontation between Israel and Iran, including the possible involvement of its navy, the BBC reported Wednesday.

As six world powers began talks in Baghdad with Iran on its nuclear programme, the BBC said the National Security Council, which is chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron, had met last week to discuss the issue.

It had discussed "not just the possibility of a military confrontation but what role, if any, Britain might play and whether any involvement would be legal", the report said.

Government lawyers have been examining the legality of any British involvement, "ranging from British diplomatic support for Israel through to the possible involvement of the Royal Navy in the region", the BBC reported.

Senior ministers on the council were told that if talks with Iran fail and Israel attacks its nuclear facilities, this might trigger a wider war in the Middle East, the report said, without citing sources.

Iran might respond not just by attacking Israel but also by closing the Strait of Hormuz, a key transit route for global oil supplies, the council -- which co-ordinates responses to national security threats -- was told at a meeting in London last week, said the report by the BBC's political editor."

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