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US BANKERS SEEK TO DESTROY RUSSIA

Israel is moving north for security and friendship

 

UPDATE: December 2003:
Step One in the rehabilitation of Libya. It is needful that Libya become friendly to the West and Russia. What better plan than to offer to defend Libya?

The USA and the UK will guarantee safety for Libya, and Step Two will be to include Russia, Gog and Magog of Ezekiel 38, in the mix. Eventually, Russia will be the sole friend of Libya, and they will join to defend Israel one day. Crazy I admit, but did you ever imagine the Libyan leader would lean on the USA and the UK for security? North Africa is NOT tarred with the same stick as the rest of the Middle East.

Comment: 2012-- Libya is now fallen, but I am watching for Russia to make advances to them in order to gather in the flock that is prophesied in Ezekiel 38.

New items have come to our attention, but with this particular page we are adding the new items at the bottom in descending order.

 

DECEMBER 20, 1999- I must say, "I told you so."
The June article told you this was coming, right?

ISRAEL AND CHINA ARMS DEAL

“Li Peng, chairman of China's National People's Congress, secretly visited an Israeli aircraft factory to see a reconnaissance plane that Israel is building for China in defiance of Washington's request to halt the project, HA'ARETZ reported on Wednesday. The aircraft contains an advanced Israeli-made radar system that reportedly can detect stealth aircraft and cruise missiles. Under a $US250 million ($390 million) contract signed in 1996, Israel will eventually sell eight of the AWAC planes to China.

The Israelis could deliver a prototype to China next northern spring. According to the magazine AVIATION WEEK, Washington has asked Israel to reconsider the aircraft deal with China. There have been hints that Congress might retaliate by cutting US military aid to Israel. Israel has informed Washington that no US-made components are used.

The Israelis are asking why the American government did not involve itself when the British offered a similar system to the Chinese. An official at Israel Aircraft Industries told HA'ARETZ that the US was being cynical and hypocritical. 'Let them halt their own sales of Boeing aircraft and computers to China,' he said. The company is building similar planes for India, South Korea and Turkey.

Meanwhile, Peng pledged his country's support Saturday for an eventual Palestinian state. Li reminded the lawmakers that China has a long history of supporting the Palestinian cause. In the past, China provided the PLO with military training and weapons. Today, the Chinese are among donor nations that assist the PA/PLO with financial aid.” (Morningstar's Newsletter, December 18, 1999)

 

 

June 23, 1999--  
PAVING THE ROAD TO MOSCOW

THE leaders of Israel and Syria, still formally at war, set a new tone for the Middle East yesterday by paying each other extravagant compliments.

In a rare newspaper interview, President Hafez al-Assad of Syria described the Israeli Prime Minister-elect, Ehud Barak, as a "strong and honest" man who could deliver peace with Damascus. Mr Assad, 68, who is known for keeping his cards close to his chest, said of Mr Barak: "Clearly he wants to achieve peace with Syria. He is moving ahead at a careful, studied pace."

Mr Barak, who has earned the nickname of The Sphinx for keeping every one guessing about his plans to form a government, was equally flattering. Referring to the instability in Syria before Mr Assad imposed his iron grip in 1970, he said: "Undoubtedly President Assad has given the Syrian nation a new formula. He has proved capable of building a strong, independent and self-confident Syria."

Such compliments have been absent from Israeli political discourse in the three-year rule of the former prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who froze negotiations with Damascus in 1996. The Syrian leader remarked: "Working with that man was useless."

The two interviews were carried out by Patrick Seale, Mr Assad's biographer, and published in the London-based Arabic newspaper, Al-Hayat. Mr Assad, who suffers from diabetes and looks gaunt, seems eager to seize the chance to end the stalemate with Israel which has dragged on since the Yom Kippur war in 1973.

His condition is that Israel must agrees to withdraw from the Golan Heights. Diplomats believe that Mr Assad's overriding concern is to prepare the path for his son Bashar, an London-trained ophthalmologist with no military background, to succeed him.

Mr Barak needs to make peace with Syria if he wants to meet his campaign pledge to withdraw Israeli troops within a year from the security zone in southern Lebanon.

 

 

May 7, 99--  
WE NOW KNOW WHY ISRAEL WENT TO RUSSIA FOR AN ALLIANCE:

This will make your blood run cold as you realize that NATO could next turn on Israel.

COULD THE WEST ACT AGAINST ISRAEL?

Israeli officials, including Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon, do not rule out the possibility that the West would intervene against Israel as it is now doing in Yugoslavia. Middle East correspondent Steve Rodan reports that it was Italy's ambassador to Israel, Gian Paolo Cavarai, who first raised such a possibility during a meeting of diplomats last month with Mr. Sharon. Sharon was at first stunned that a NATO ambassador would raise such a prospect just days after the beginning of the NATO campaign against Yugoslavia. Later, however, Sharon admitted that Israel's Arab minority might call for autonomy in the future, and, as a senior government source put it, "the West would consider Yugoslavia a precedent to intervene in our part of the region."

Rodan reports that Sharon's warnings could serve as a basis for a Jewish lobby against the NATO campaign. In his meeting with U.S. Jewish leaders on Monday in New York, Sharon said that the Kosovo Liberation Army is strongly supported by Iranian-backed terrorist organizations, and that an independent Kosovo would enable Islamic terrorism to spread throughout Europe. He appealed to U.S. Jewish leaders to call for an end to the fighting in Kosovo.

The PA has not taken a stand on the Kosovo issue, but PA Cabinet Secretary Ahmed Abdul Rahman appears to feel that the Palestinians can only benefit from the NATO strike. "We must make it clear that what is happening in Yugoslavia must serve as a lesson to Israel to withdraw from its current policies before something similar happens to it as what is now taking place in Yugoslavia," said Abdul Rahman.

Prince Khaled Bin Sultan, commander of the Saudi Arabian army during the Gulf War, has called upon Washington to take the same tough stance against Israel that it is taking against Serbia. Writing in the London-based Saudi paper al-Hayat last week, Khaled expressed his hope that the American people would soon realize that "it is their interest to achieve justice and lift repression and not to abide by whatever is said by Israel... We ask the US, when you are the only superpower, to get rid of [sic] being a follower of Israel, and her supporter, when she is oppressive or very oppressive, since Israel has never been oppressed, [so that] we can praise you, as we praise you now [for your action in Yugoslavia]."

From Tom Lamb

Comment: Balaam's Ass Speaks--  I now wonder if Russia, and possibly other nations, have blackmailed the USA with nuclear attack. Russia has been allowed into the NATO and Kosovo game, and Albright is begging to be the big boss in the "peace" arrangements. So, could the USA already be under threat to stay clear of Europe, Russia, and Israel?

 

 

THE PLOT THICKENS AS SERBIA USES RUSSIAN CONNECTION TO APPEAL TO ISRAEL

The Serbia-Israel connection from
Jane's Defence Weekly
(http://www.janes.com/)

ISRAEL has received an urgent Serbian request for military supplies, according to FOREIGN REPORT's Israeli sources. The Serbian government, through a senior Israeli diplomat, has presented its shopping list of military equipment, medicines and credit. The Israeli response is not known.

Military ties between the Israelis and the Serb regime led by Slobodan Milosevic started in 1992 when a delegation from the Israeli defence ministry arrived in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, to try to sell arms to Serbia.

According to the report from our sources, which is unconfirmed, a deal was eventually done for the supply of a large quantity of shells. The co-operation became closer. About two months ago, some Serbian MiG-21 fighters - an old type but reliable - were flown to Israel.

At an air base, Israeli experts examined the possibility of upgrading the MiGs by modernising their electronics and weapons. Avionics experts said the MiGs were too old and suggested that the Serbians buy new models. The MiG's were flown home. Arm the enemy? The Israel-Serbia Connection is bound to be frowned upon by the United States; it has also been criticised by an Israeli parliamentary committee. Its members pointed to reports that until 1992 Serbia was the main training location for the Palestinians.

Two Israeli groups support Serbia. One is the Serbian-Israeli Friendship Group, which regards Serbia's opposition to Hitler during the second world war as heroic. The other is the influential arms industry which, in a shrinking market, is fighting for its survival. Since most of the Serbian army is equipped with Russian-made weapons, with which the Israelis are familiar, this looks like a good opportunity. Serbia also has some T-60 tanks in need of updating. The government need not be involved. Contacts between the two countries have been made through private businessmen. One of them is Jerusalem-based.

Our sources say the Israelis are weighing the urgent Serbian request for assistance. On one hand, the Americans and Europeans would be angry. On the other hand, as our source says, the Israelis think they can get away with anything as far as the United States government is concerned. Our prediction: Israel will respond with a substantial proposal, but only after the crisis is over.

 

From: __________@___________
To: Steve Van Nattan
Subject: Nazi Russia?
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 1999 11:09:44 -0600

 

Dear Steve,

For what they're worth, here's some of my observations and thoughts from spending over two months in Russia in the last 10 months. (February, July-August, December-January). I'm not trying to relate any of this to prophecy, fyi.


Russian Nazi-ism. Yes. Russia would have been my second choice for "least likely location" after Israel for a real full-blown Nazi movement.

It's here, now and growing day by day. Just in the last year I've spent over 2 months in Russia. So what I say here is from my own observations "in the field", and not anyone else's writings.

As long ago as 1996 Russia to me seemed to be displaying all the symptomology of Weimar Germany. The historical parallels are profound and profoundly disturbing when one starts to consider them.

Russian Nazi-ism is probably only 2-3 years away from the "Potsdam Garrison Church" marriage ceremony. That event in 1933 was the symbolic reconciliation between the Nazis and the older Wilhelmine Germany and Generalstab elites. It was the opening of the first session of the Reichstag of the Third Reich.

This time around it will between the Barkashov (the new order) and the remnant Communist Party (old order). The remaining Communists (they are feeble by themselves) are nearly a national socialist entity. The symbolic location will be in Red Square, naturally. This is where all significant changes are announced to the populace.

Watch this one closely. What happened recently when the French Communists collapsed? Their voters went straight over to Le Pen's fascists.

In the early 1930s German voting swings saw blocks move to and fro from Nazi to Communist without any stop overs at Social Democracy.

The Russian State Duma has been out of contact with the Russian voters since 1995. When it does contact them again you'll see a large Nazi contingent suddenly appear. They won't be a majority but they'll be large enough to destroy the Duma's current working Commie majority. So the most probable result will be increased legislative instability. Constitutionally the Russian President can dismiss Dumas before their term (4 years) is up.

So after the next elections I think the Duma will resemble the Israeli Knesset in bloc instability much more. I doubt the next Duma will make it to 2003. There could even be near simultaneous Presidential and Duma elections in 2000.

The currently hidden (to the west) Barkashev (Russian Nazis) strength is one reason why the Communists are making more anti-semitic statements all the time. Their poll support is squish-soft. A large part of their base could well go straight around to Barkashev. These two groups are separate from Zhirinovsky's faction, fyi.

Zhirinovsky has well pointed out that a lot of the Communists' base has eroded under them since 1995. It's true. One hobby of mine when in Russia is observing Communist street party meetings. It's always the same people: old retirees, and some leftover low echelon apparatchiks and teachers. Meanwhile youth, strength and energy are over in Barkashev.

In the last 12 months the Nazi movement in Russia has grown by leaps and bounds. Their symbology is a swastika overlayed by a cross.

Leaflet sized posters cover almost every other utility pole in St. Petersburg and even more so in the small towns to the north. In December-January it showed more strength in Moscow Region.

It's very active in southern Russia, too. The "movement" itself is called "Barkashov" or "Russian Order". The methodology is straight out of Mein Kampf, with a few local updates and modifications for local conditions. The political violence is more retail than wholesale ala the SA.

Low level political terror is well underway. Leaflets saying, "We'll check the blood to the fourth generation" have been posted on doors. It has the same objectives as the 1930s, energize the supporters and terrorize the opponents.

Young boys distributing the party newspapers can be found at almost every major subway stop in St. Petersburg and elsewhere. The editorial content of these papers sometimes is lifted straight from American right wing or fundamentalist or anti-NWO websites. An article in August about "666" and barcoding could have come straight out of Texe Marrs.

There's some activities in Moscow itself but these are more restrained. Yuri Lyuzhkov ("Tsar Yuri") the boss of Moscow, is right in the image of Mayor Daley the First. So the profile is a lot lower in the capital.

Why is this significant? Consider the historical parallels between 1930s Weimar Germany and 1990s Russia:

--- The "Lost War" struggle of long costly duration: World War I before, the Cold War now. There's the question of "recovery of honor" and the Irrendenta mentality among the old kriegers in both instances.

--- Lost Territories and Oppressed Scattered Volk. Silesia, Danzig, East Prussia and the Sudetenland before vs. all of the CIS and Russian ethnics therein now. The Baltics are classic example, and especially Latvia. Yes, I know all of the historical arguments. Still, a Russian ethnic born there in 1962 did nothing more than a Palestinian born in 1962. All they did was to "Be".... Then there's the Ukraine to fill the role of Austria.

--- Versailles "War Guilt Reparations" vs. the current Russian Foreign Debt. Of Russia's $150 billion in foreign debt that the IMF wants paid, $100 billion of it is old Soviet debt.

This old Communist debt the IMF/West wants paid by a young struggling democracy is serving the Versailles War Guilt Debt role perfectly. And I mean *perfectly* in terms of both the economic impact on the people and the adverse political effects.

It's amazing how the New World Order has managed to replicate this Versailles reparations strategy under different labels. But in both cases it takes the food out of the mouths of old retirees and children and sends it to the rich New York bankers.

In the 1920s we saw simulatenous war reparations that got recycled through Paris/London enroute to New York as repayment of Inter-Allied war debt while New York was simultaneously making fresh loans to Germany.

We just saw this cycle once again from 1992-1998.

--- Doddering Figurehead Leadership. Compare Hindenburg in his last moments versus Yeltsin today.

--- There's even a General von Schleicher style political general active in the form of Aleksandr Lebed, now Governor out in Krasnoyarsk. I don't rate Lebed's prospects very high. He's an inside worker and political fixer/schmoozer more than a dynamic national leader. He raises up more fears of military dictatorship than he inspires people with dynamic goals or dreams.

--- Imminent electoral chaos during economic chaos. Duma elections are due this year, and a Presidential election no later than 2000.

--- Cabaret Berlin vs Gay 90s Moscow. In both instances the capitals partied hearty in decadent excess while common working people and families in the provinces suffered.

--- Revised Eastern and Southern Foreign Policies. Germany inter-war revised its foreign policies to gain alliance with Russia and also Italy. This same reversal of foreign policy has occurred again with "Weimar" Russia.

--- Moscow is looking east to military-industrial cooperation with China. The USA is not the only place the PLA is obtaining modern military technology. China's technical activities right now are identical to Japan's of 1900: i.e. Ship technology from the British, activities with Krupp's and Schneider-Creusot (old French gun maker). Chinese technicians today are active in Russian aircraft and tank plants. In both cases, Germany-Russia 1920s and Russia-China 1990s we see the same marriage of convenience.

--- Southwards Moscow has nearly established an alliance with Israel. Huh? What? It's true. Moslems are the most immediate threat Russia faces to territorial integrity. This foreign policy nexus of Russia-Israel-China is almost identical in both geometry and aim to the German-Italy-Russian arrangements of the late 1920s and early 1930s.

I've even wondered to what degree the latest anti-Jew fulminations in the Duma were staged.

Corrupt politics makes strange bedfellows sometimes. Israeli governments have followed realpolitik to an extreme before. Previous arrangements with apartheid South Africa and the Mullahs of Iran were fully conformable to their goals in the 1980s.

Still, assuming some kind of Nazi-style regime takes power, it will be a long time before Russia can get its military back together in super-power style. Their readiness is magnitudes lower than ours. The Army is flat on its butt, desertions and draft evasions are rife, morale is low, and technical ability is lower yet.

The Navy has ceased to exist for practical purposes. Most of the ships carried on the lists are in about the same condition as what the US Navy carries in mothball status or even listed for disposal. They're almost all hulks rusting at anchor/dock. The Air Force is equally deteriorated.

It would take a solid 10-15 years to turn all that around. Production and training times are longer than ever before.

The New Law on Religion. So far this has operated against cults like Jehovah's Witnesses, Moonies, the Japanese outfit and other New Age claverns. Enforcement of it varies with the locality.

Many others work openly and have no concerns. For instance, I saw two American Mormon missionaries in their ties and name tags walking in a park in St Petersburg this last summer.

I asked them about the new law and they said not a dog has barked. Depending on local dynamics, personalities and priestly jealousies, other Christian evangelists might have local problems.

Orthodox Church. All the old churches are being opened as soon as there is money and a priest is trained. Yes, I agree about all the doctrinal issues. But those crosses are topping those buildings again and people are praying openly to Jesus. So on the precept of rejoicing when Jesus is proclaimed, whether from good or bad purposes, I rate it a plus overall.

I also ran into a old woman outside of an Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg. She was proclaiming the Mary heresy. So this cult is not confined to the Church of Rome anymore.

One thing to understand about Russia is that there's always more noise than action. This recent uproar over the Duma resolution about moving the statue of "Iron Felix" Dzherzinksy back to the Lubyanka is a perfect case in point.

The statue stands in the "Park of Fallen Statues" outside the Arts Exhibition Hall (across the street from Gorky Park). I was at the hall in August, and then came all the Duma and media uproar in September. Fear, loathing and a big media splash. So I made a point to go back to the park this last December.

Well, that stupid statue is still in the same place, still with just 30-40 people walking by it each day. It never moved an inch. That's the result I'd expected. The entire world got into a huge tizzy, thousands of articles were written, and probably 50,000,000 people became convinced that the entire Gulag was reopened. Yet old Iron Felix sits oxidizing in the park.

Praise Jesus!

Mark

 

 

Editor comment:  Many Bible believers have wondered what would motivate Russia to go south and try to conquer Israel. This article poses the possibility that Russia could form an alliance with Israel, and Russia would then use this as a ploy to "rescue" Israel.  This could easily be motivated by an Arab invasion.  Israel would even possibly go for it.  Only Jehovah could stop this, and He will, no matter whether we figure it out or not.

You may wonder if Israel would possibly be so stupid as to form an alliance with Russia and China.  About a month after Desert Strom, Israel cut a deal with Saddam Hussein to build an oil pipeline between Iraq and Israel.  Israeli leaders are masters of manipulating circumstances and their worst enemies to their advantage.  This is old stuff to Bible readers who watched the tricks of Joseph with his family and neighbors.

Jeremiah 6:22 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth.

 

 

UPDATE:  Russia defies Arafat

From: K Kamin
Kamin Academy
To: Steve
Subject: Gog in Israel
April 5, 1999

Steve,

It looks like Russia is going to take the active role in peace initiatives in Israel. When Russia initially comes down, it might be with the blessing of the Israeli leaders. I copied this entire article from the fox news sight because they didn't give a url to copy...

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus..

Karl

Russia says Arafat shouldn't declare state May 4 4.14 p.m. ET (2016 GMT) April 5, 1999

[an error occurred while processing this directive] MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's foreign minister on Monday urged visiting Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to put off declaring Palestinian independence next month, and called for reviving the Mideast peace process.

The Palestinians should "put off the proclamation of the state so as to give a new chance for talks,'' Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov was quoted as saying by the ITAR-Tass news agency.

Arafat met Ivanov immediately after arrival in Moscow from Turkey on Monday evening.

Arafat's visit was part of a tour to consult with international leaders on whether to declare a Palestinian state on May 4, when an interim peace accord with Israel expires.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to counter such a unilateral move by annexing large swaths of land still under Israeli control, including parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which the Palestinians want for a future state.

Ivanov called for reviving talks and finding a way to extend the interim agreement, ITAR-Tass said.

Ivanov's comments reflect Russia's drift away from its earlier open support of the Palestinians. Moscow has increasingly cultivated ties with Israel and warmly welcomed Netanyahu on his visits to Russia.

Russia is officially a co-sponsor of the Mideast peace process, but the United States has played a far greater role.

Arafat plans to meet President Boris Yeltsin and Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov on Tuesday.

 

Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon predicts Kosovo will become a base of terrorism in Europe, AND Sharon is moving Israel closer and closer to Russia.

Strained Sharon-Albright meeting expected today

By DANNA HARMAN

Jerusalem Post-- JERUSALEM (April 9) - US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, meeting today in Washington with Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon, is expected to express her displeasure at Sharon's recent equivocal statements regarding the situation in Kosovo, US sources said yesterday.

US Ambassador Edward Walker told The Jerusalem Post yesterday he is sure "the secretary of state will have a few things to say about [Sharon's comments] to him."

Sharon, after failing to express explicit support for the NATO strikes in Yugoslavia, made several controversial comments earlier this week to the effect that a future independent Kosovo could become a base of Islamic terror in Europe.

Sharon's office, meanwhile, announced yesterday that he has been working with his Russian counterpart, Igor Ivanov, to convince Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to release the three US soldiers being held by his forces.

"Sharon, through an intermediary, has been actively involved with the Russian government in recent days to influence them to act for the release of the American soldiers being held by the Yugoslavians," the spokesman said in a statement.

Sources say that Sharon, who is scheduled to travel to Moscow on Sunday, undertook this mission without the knowledge of the US. During his two-day trip to Russia, Sharon is scheduled to meet with Ivanov.

In a conversation yesterday with Ivanov, Sharon asked that the Russian government "pull all its weight with the Yugoslavian administration to bring about the release of the soldiers," Sharon's spokesman said. He added that Sharon's actions were coordinated with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

According to the spokesman, Ivanov said in reply that the Russian administration will consider the request seriously and decide on a course of action. Ivanov reportedly stressed that Russia, too, believes the three soldiers should be released.

Sharon's trip to Russia - his third since becoming foreign minister in October - coincides with a visit to Moscow by Syrian President Hafez Assad, but the two are not expected to meet.

Referring to Sharon's comments on Kosovo, Walker said: "Naturally we would hope that friends would support us with something as important and critical to us as this," adding that, "I think the prime minister has supported us, and ultimately he is the one who calls the shots here."

Netanyahu has distanced himself from Sharon's comments, saying they reflect the foreign minister's private opinion, and has reaffirmed Israel's support for NATO's campaign.

Walker stressed that while the US has, throughout Israel's history, supported its needs and backed its actions - even when they did not correspond with US interests - Israel is, of course, free to express its own independent views.

"It is not a criticism of friendship to have differences of opinion... nor does it spell any diminution of the basic linkage between the two countries," he said.

Walker did say, however, that he hopes "the government of Israel would support us on Kosovo, and not just because it's our position, but because it is so important that a country like Israel not be seen as unconcerned with issues such as ethnic cleansing... It is a bad message to the rest of the world. This is an issue of real principle."

Walker diplomatically refrained from directly mentioning Sharon's comments on Kosovo, and instead thanked Netanyahu for the support he has expressed for the US and NATO actions. Walker said the US believes it is "important for all democratic countries to support the position we are taking.... this is a clear-cut issue."

Opposition politicians continued to criticize Sharon and his statements on Kosovo yesterday, ignoring the reports of his efforts to secure the release of the American prisoners.

One Israel leader Ehud Barak, speaking at a luncheon in Rishon Lezion, called on the Netanyahu government to "come out and express Israel's clear and unequivocal support for the actions of NATO and the US in Kosovo, and offer its full backing for efforts to put an end to the atrocities taking place there."

Barak commended the government for "finally coming to its senses" and joining him in the commitment to extend all possible help to the refugees fleeing from the area, but expressed his dismay at the prime minister's failure to take responsibility for what he called the "outrageous statements" made by Sharon regarding the Kosovo crisis.

Barak called Netanyahu's handling of the matter "a typical example of the country's mismanagement."

Center Party leader Yitzhak Mordechai expressed "wonder" at the growing closeness between Jerusalem and Moscow in light of the far-from-resolved matter of Russian technology transfer to Iran.

"The budding romance between Netanyahu, Sharon, and the Russians greatly harms our strategic alliance with the US, which is involved in a effort to halt - at our request - the transfer of technology to Iran," said Mordechai in a statement.

He added that, as defense minister, he had received a number of invitations to visit Russia, but had turned then down so as to make clear Israel's position on Russian assistance to Iran.

Mordechai called on the government to "stop mumbling and trying to win favor with the Russians, and instead stand up behind the actions of the US and NATO."

US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Martin Indyk is scheduled to arrive here Sunday as head of the US interagency delegation to the Joint Strategic Planning Committee (JSPC).

This committee, created last October, is entrusted with enhancing Israel's defense and deterrence capabilities, and upgrading the framework of strategic, military, and technological cooperation. It is made up of representatives of the State and Defense departments on the US side, and the Prime Minister's Office, Foreign and Defense ministries on the Israeli side, and has met only once before. Indyk is to stay for two days and is also scheduled to meet with Netanyahu.

 

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