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Benjamin Netanyahu

May 7, 2012        10:44 PM CT

Israeli opposition party Kadima agreed early today to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition in a surprise announcement that nullifies plans to hold national elections in September.

“Kadima is joining and early elections are canceled,” ruling Likud party spokeswoman Noga Katz said by telephone. Elections will take place in October or November 2013 as originally scheduled, she said. Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz, a former defense minister and chief of staff, will become vice prime minister and minister without portfolio, she said.

The move increases the coalition’s seats in the 120-member Knesset to 94, according to the parliamentary website, amid growing tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, a slowing economy and stalled Palestinian peace talks. Mofaz has said Israel should focus less attention on Iran and more on negotiations with the Palestinians as well as socio-economic issues.

“Netanyahu will have to show flexibility on Iran to acknowledge Kadima’s stake in the new coalition government and make it work,” said In Nam Sik, an associate professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Affairs at South Korea’s state-run National Diplomatic Academy.

The agreement came after the Knesset gave preliminary approval for early elections yesterday. While Netanyahu was favored to win, he would still need coalition partners, according to polls published in the last few days. Likud would have won 31 seats compared with the 27 it holds now, according to a survey published in the Maariv newspaper on May 3.

Former Defense Chief

Mofaz, 63, was born in Iran and immigrated with his family to Israel in 1957. In 1998 he become the military chief of staff and in 2002 was appointed defense minister in the Likud-led government of then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

As defense minister, Mofaz oversaw the withdrawal of all troops and Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip in 2005, an operation that drew criticism from many in the Likud party. Mofaz quit Likud with Sharon later that year to establish Kadima.

The alliance with Mofaz has the potential to remake Israeli domestic politics, reducing the disproportionate influence of smaller religious parties, said David Makovsky, director of research at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies. At the same time, it will likely ensure that Israel’s leading proponent of an attack on Iran, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, will remain in office, he said.

“It’s a stunning move,” Makovsky said in a telephone interview. “It’s a new world.”

from:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-08/kadima-to-join-netanyahu-coalition-early-poll-cancelled.html


Benjamin Netanyahu was born on October 21st, 1949 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Netanyahu

October 21st, 1949

October 21st

10 + 21 +2+0+1+1 = 35 = his personal year (from October 21st, 2011 to October 20th, 2012) = Perseverance.  Hanging in there.  Defending himself.  The long haul.

Nine of Wands Tarot card

35 year + 8 (August) = 43 = his personal month (from August 21st, 2012 to September 20th, 2012) = Congratulations.  Celebrating.  Fun times.

Three of Cups Tarot card

43 month + 4 (4th of the month on Tuesday September 4th, 2012) = 47 = his personal day = What the future holds for him.

Seven of Cups Tarot card




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Tue Jun 7, 2011 10:4AM GMT

An Iranian lawmaker says the Zionist regime [of Israel] will put itself to death should it dare to launch a military strike against the Islamic Republic.

Member of Iran’s Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Javad Jahangirzadeh told Fars News Agency on Monday that the harsh criticism leveled against former Mossad chief Meir Dagan for stating that a military strike on Iran would be a ‘stupid thing,’ signals a growing internal rift in Israel over its confrontation with Iran.

The Iranian parliamentarian noted that Israeli officials are desperately worried about their fate and the reality that recent events in the Middle East may bring about the annihilation of the Israeli regime.

He went on to say that Israeli authorities are seeking to start a new political game in the Middle East by engagin in a psychological war against Iran.

Jahangirzadeh further explained that Israel is trying to boost morale among its military forces through a campaign of war rhetoric, warning Tel Aviv that Tehran will surely deliver a firm response to any act of aggression.

Addressing the Hebrew University last month, Dagan publicly argued against an airstrike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, adding that it would throw the whole region into war.

He described the possibility of a future Israeli airstrike on Iran’s nuclear facilities as “the stupidest thing I have ever heard.”

Dagan noted that any military strike may prompt a regional war and missile attacks from several fronts on Israel, adding that any attack on Iran would have no advantage for Tel Aviv.

Israeli officials have roundly criticized Dagan for his remarks, saying that such comments undermine Israel’s ability of deterrence.

“Any ability to disperse the ambiguousness surrounding the issue of Iran hurts Israel’s standing against Iran,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said during an interview with Israel Radio. He added that the military option against Iran must remain on the table.

Israel’s Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz also insisted that an indictment against Dagan should be considered, adding that he should not have made the comments whether they were correct or not.

from:  http://www.presstv.ir/detail/183585.html


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On 14 May 1948 David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization and president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared Israel a state according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel

May 14th, 1948

May 14th

5 + 14 +2+0+1+1 = 23 = Israel’s personal year (from May 14th, 2011 to May 13th, 2012) = Leadership.  Taking action.

23 year + 8 (August) = 31 = Israel’s personal month (from August 14th, 2011 to September 13th, 2011) = Things get out of hand.




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Iran officially became an Islamic Republic on April 1st, 1979 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran

April 1st, 1979

4 + 1 +1+9+7+9 = 31 = Iran’s life lesson = what Iran is here to learn = Stirring things up.  Things get out of hand.


April 1st, 1979

April 1st

4 + 1 +2+0+1+1 = 9 = Iran’s personal year (from April 1st, 2011 to April 1st, 2012) = Heeding wisdom.

9 year + 9 (September) = 18 = Iran’s personal month (for September 2011) = Surreal.  Unforseen dangers.

[So between September 1st, 2011 and September 13th, 2011 is a time to watch Iran and Israel.]




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30 December 2010 Last updated at 07:33 ET

Israel’s former President Moshe Katsav has been convicted of rape by a court in Tel Aviv and could go to jail.

He was found guilty of raping an employee in the 1990s when he was tourism minister and of later sexual offences while he was president.

The judges said they believed the evidence of the woman whose testimony had led to two charges of rape.

Moshe Katsav resigned from the largely ceremonial post of head of state in 2007 and was indicted in March 2009.


  • Convicted of rape and sexual harassment, 2010
  • Born in Iran – first Israeli president to come from a Muslim country
  • Became Likud MP in 1977 at the age of 30
  • Married since 1969, with five children

While his resignation caused shock across Israel, it had limited political consequences.

Rape commands a jail term in Israel of at least four years, although Katsav is thought to be likely to contest the conviction in Israel’s supreme court.

State prosecutor Ronit Amiel said the verdict carried a message to other victims of abuse of power that they should not remain silent.

‘Riddled with lies’

The former president, 65, who was in office for seven years from 2000, had denied the charges, the most serious ever levelled against an Israeli head of state. 

The Israeli media is describing this conviction as unprecedented in the democratic world.

Extraordinarily Moshe Katsav had previously withdrawn from a plea bargain which would have allowed him to avoid jail time. Now it appears certain that the former president will be sentenced to prison. The minimum sentence for rape in Israel is four years.

Some have suggested that Moshe Katsav’s trial is another sign of the rottenness at the heart of Israeli politics. The former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is currently facing corruption charges.

But others point out that the fact that even a former president is not above the law is a sign of the health of Israel’s democracy.

When he stepped down in 2007, he initially agreed to plead guilty to sexual misconduct and avoid more serious charges, but he withdrew the plea bargain the following year.

According to the indictment, the rape charges dated back to April 1998 when the former employee described as Woman A alleged he had first raped her at the tourism ministry office and later at a hotel in Jerusalem.

The further charges related to claims of sexual harassment of two women in 2003 and 2005 during his presidency.

Reading the verdict, Judge George Karra who presided over a panel with two other judges, said: “We believe the plaintiff [Woman A] because her testimony is supported by elements of evidence, and she told the truth.”

Katsav’s evidence, the judges decided, was “riddled with lies”.

Although members of his family were with him in court, his wife Gila was not. He appeared to be visibly distraught as the verdict was read out and one of his sons was heard saying repeatedly “it’s not true”.

Sentencing is expected to take place next month and before the former president left court, he was told to surrender his passport.

Moshe Katsav at Tel Aviv District Court (30 Dec 2010)
Katsav, president for seven years until 2007, had rejected a plea bargain

His son, Boaz, told reporters the family would fight on to prove his innocence. “We will continue to walk with our heads high, so all the nation throughout its generations, with God’s help, will know that father, the eighth president of the State of Israel, is innocent.”


Moshe Katsav was born in Iran and emigrated at the age of six to Israel with his family in 1951. He joined the right-wing Likud party and held a number of ministerial posts before becoming president.

The allegations against him first surfaced in 2006 and led to him stepping down the following year, to be replaced by current President Shimon Peres.

After his indictment, he gave a televised news conference claiming he was the “victim of a lynching” organised by then-Attorney General Menahem Mazuz.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a “sad day for the State of Israel and its citizens” but added that the trial was a sign of strength of the country’s judicial system.

“Today the court conveyed two clear-cut messages, that all are equal before the law and that every woman has exclusive rights to her body,” he said.

Women’s groups in Israel have welcomed the verdict, arguing that allegations of sexual harassment are too often ignored.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12091982


Moshe Katsav was born on December 5th, 1945 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moshe_Katsav

December 5th, 1945

December 5th

12 + 5 +2+0+1+0 = 20 = his personal year (from December 5th, 2010 to December 4th, 2011) = Conscience.  Resolutions.  Turning point.  Judgement.  Contrition.  Reparations.  Making amends.  Restitution.  Confirm.  Approve.  Recommend.  Appeals.  Resolutions.  Final decision.  Final answer.  Court.  Accuse.  Accusations.  Charges.  Plea.  Bail.  Trial.  Deliberations.  Verdict.  Sentencing.  Judges.  Adjudicate.  Preside.  Pound.  Gavel.  Guilt.  Punishment. 

20 year + 12 (December) = 32 = his personal month (from December 5th, 2010 to January 4th, 2011)

32 month + 30 (30th of the month on Thursday December 30th, 2010) = 62 = his personal day = Incarceration.

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