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141. Egyptian "Moderates" Take Stand against Radicals

This edition looks at the Hamas plan to take over the Temple Mount, the continuing international plot to “marginalize” Israel, Netanyahu”s views of Israel”s future, and an encouraging story of moderate Muslims taking a stand against Radical Islam.

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Hamas Moves to Control Temple Mount
One Jerusalem reports that Hamas is moving to control the Temple Mount. According to The Jerusalem Post, during the investigation of the foiled stadium attack, the Shin Bet also uncovered a growing Hamas presence in Jerusalem aimed at establishing a foothold on the Temple Mount. This is done by funding maintenance of the Temple Mount compound and by subsidizing school trips to the mosques there. One Jerusalem has long maintained that if Jerusalem is divided it will become a base for attacks on the western part of the city and that the Palestinians will lay claim

to the Temple Mount. This latest incident supports our contention.

International Plot against Israel Takes Next Step
The Jerusalem Prayer Team reports that the evil international plot against Israel to isolate and destroy the Jewish people took its next step a few days ago when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas laid the ceremonial first stone for the Palestinian “embassy” in Brazil. At the celebration marking the next step following Brazil”s recent declaration that they were recognizing Palestine as an independent state according to the 1967 borders, Abbas called on the United Nations to condemn Israel for refusing to halt building homes for Jewish people on Jewish land.

Netanyahu Looks Ahead
Earl Cox reports that the New Year has already seen

a flurry of diplomatic activity on issues critical to Israel”s security, including the Iranian nuclear threat and the peace process with the Palestinians. For starters, Tehran has offered to allow some countries to inspect its nuclear facilities, while leaving off the United States and other key Western allies from its invitation list. And on the Palestinian front, American and European envoys are ramping up their efforts to renew the stalled Middle East peace talks before the rest of the world declares their readiness to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for a credible military threat that could back up the economic sanctions imposed against Iran”s renegade nuclear program. He predicted that the year 2011 will expose who truly wants to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and which side is blocking the way to peace.

IT’S NEWS TO ME

Good News Follows Bad News from Egypt
Newsmax reports that the Egyptian government government”s lackluster response to deadly attacks against Christians is tantamount to telling Muslim fanatics it”s “open season” on Christians, Middle East expert Ken Timmerman tells Newsmax TV. More attacks are inevitable unless the government and religious leaders crack down on the terrorists, says the best-selling author. Timmerman was commenting on recent violence against Christians in Egypt, including an assault this week on a train headed to Cairo that killed one Christian and wounded five others and the bombing of a Coptic Christian church that killed 21 people. The New Year”s Day bombing led to rioting. I”m very worried about what”s happening in Egypt, also Pakistan, Iran as well as Iraq,” Timmerman said. “When Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt, pulled back his ambassador on the 11th of January from the Vatican, this was a very dangerous symbol. He was essentially telling Muslim fanatics in Egypt that it was an open season on Christians.

As I (Ed) have stated often, moderate Muslims around the world have done little to counteract the actions of the radicals. Finally, there is some encouraging news, but few are reporting it. In stark contrast to the bad news from Egypt, AhramOnline informs us that Egypt”s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community was honoured when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside. From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night”s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife. “We either live together,

or we die together,” was the sloganeering genius of Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon whose cultural centre distributed flyers at churches in Cairo Thursday night, and who has been credited with first floating the “human shield” idea. Among those shields were movie stars Adel Imam and Yousra, popular preacher Amr Khaled, the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak, and thousands of citizens who have said they consider the attack one on Egypt as a whole.

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