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We’re DOOMED: Full On War In Israel, 2nd Great Depression Looms, Inflation Fears Are Growing, A Bank Run Is Imminent, Inevitable Civil War, Secession Movement Explodes, And Obama Is Building His Own Massive Civilian National Security Force! GET PREPARED!!! ~ link ~ And the really bad news is that it will be Armageddon; and the really good news is that it ends with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ Himself!!! Stirling
Israeli troops massed on Gaza Border, poised for invasion ~ link ~ Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel’s bombardment of Gaza on Wednesday mark only the beginning of military operations, just hours after Israeli President Shimon Peres called President Obama to update him on the airstrikes.
The strike occurred late on Wednesday night, shortly after the military wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said they had fired a homemade missile into Tel Aviv.
At least ten Palestinians, including senior Hamas commander Ahmed al-Ja’bari, were killed in Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
Ja’bari - the most senior Hamas official to be killed since Israel’s invasion of Gaza in late 2008 - died after the car he was traveling in was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.
Two children and a woman are also among the victims of Israel’s deadly raids, which the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine described as a declaration of war.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades also stated that Israel opened gates of hell for itself by killing Ja’bari.
Tel Aviv's attacks drew a fiery response from Palestinian resistance movements, who fired dozens of rockets at Israeli settlements in Negev, leaving several Israelis injured.
Hamas also announced that it has hit Tel Aviv with a homemade rocket, prompting Israelis to declare a state of alert.
Rockets fired from Gaza also hit an area near Israel's Dimona nuclear facility. It is the first time that Palestinian rockets have reached the area.
Israeli drones and warplanes continue to target the long-blockaded Gaza Strip, while an Israeli official has said that Ja’bari's assassination was not the end of Tel Aviv's assault on the coastal sliver and that more strikes would follow.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson Avital Leibovich took to her Twitter account to slam the claim as propaganda. She said "Clarification: no rockets were fired toTel Aviv. The rumors are part of Hamas propaganda."
First Twitter war declaration? Israel announces Gaza "operation" on social media site ~ link
Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian Authority ambassador to the UN, said the Israeli offensive amounted to "illegal criminal actions."
In a letter to Indian Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, the president of the Security Council this month, Mansour said that a "message must be sent to Israel to cease its military campaign against the Palestinian people under its occupation, including the cessation of extrajudicial killing."
"This escalation, which continues at this moment, demands the attention of the international community, including the Security Council, with the aim of averting the further deterioration and destabilization of the situation on the ground and the fueling by Israel of yet another deadly cycle of violence and bloodshed," the Palestinian Authority envoy added.
"We want the Security Council to act in accordance with its responsibilities to stop this aggression against our people," he stated.
On Monday, Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak said that Tel Aviv was mulling over various options to punish the Palestinians of the coastal territory and had not ruled out the possibility of launching a new war on Gaza.
The Levant Braces for Regional War ~ link ~ From Israel's point of view, the present situation near Gaza is eerily similar to that of late 2008, when a ceasefire broke down in the middle of an Israeli election campaign and the Jewish state launched a brief incursion codenamed "Operation Cast Lead".
Israel ranked as most militarized nation on Earth ~ link ~ War is a three-lettered word that is totally opposite of another three-lettered word, God. The State of Israel is a millstone around the neck of the world in these final days. Stirling
Israel tops the list of the
world's most militarized nations, according to the
latest Global Militarisation Index released by the
Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC).
Israel's main regional rival, Iran is far
behind at number 34. Indeed, every other Near
Eastern country, with the exceptions of Yemen (37)
and Qatar (43), is more heavily militarized than
the Islamic Republic, according to the Index,
whose research is funded by the German Federal
Ministry for Economic Co-operation and
Hundreds of flights were cancelled, car factories and ports were at a standstill and trains barely ran in Spain and Portugal where unions held their first ever coordinated general strike.
"We're on strike to stop these suicidal policies," said Candido Mendez, head of Spain's second-biggest labor federation, the General Workers' Union, or UGT.
That helps explain how wealth is systematically transferred from Main Street to Wall Street. The rich get progressively richer at the expense of the poor, not just because of "Wall Street greed" but because of the inexorable mathematics of our private banking system.
This hidden tribute to the banks will come as a surprise to most people, who think that if they pay their credit card bills on time and don't take out loans, they aren't paying interest. This, says Kennedy, is not true. Tradesmen, suppliers, wholesalers and retailers all along the chain of production rely on credit to pay their bills. They must pay for labor and materials before they have a product to sell and before the end buyer pays for the product 90 days later. Each supplier in the chain adds interest to its production costs, which are passed on to the ultimate consumer. Kennedy cites interest charges ranging from 12% for garbage collection, to 38% for drinking water to, 77% for rent in public housing in her native Germany.
Public banking may be a radical solution, but it is also an obvious one. This is not rocket science. By developing a public banking system, governments can keep the interest and reinvest it locally. According to Kennedy and Creutz, that means public savings of 35% to 40%. Costs can be reduced across the board; taxes can be cut or services can be increased; and market stability can be created for governments, borrowers and consumers. Banking and credit can become public utilities, feeding the economy rather than feeding off it.