December 04/14

Bible Quotation For Today/Instructions for Christian Households
 Ephesians 05/21-31: "21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her  to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.  After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."

Latest analysis, editorials from miscellaneous sources published on December 03-04/14
A Middle East without Intellectuals/Tariq Alhomayed/Asharq Al AwsatDecember 03/14
Are negotiations an Iranian appeal for help/Abdulrahman al-Rashed/Al Arabiya/December 04/14

Lebanese Related News published on December 03-04/14
Source In Lebanon: DNA proves detainee is Baghdadi's wife
Salam Says Lebanon Mulling Participation in Coalition against IS
Preparatory Meetings for Hizbullah-Mustaqbal Dialogue Almost Complete
March 14 Backs Mustaqbal-Hizbullah Talks, Urges 'Activating' Border Watchtowers
Hizbullah Denies Ayyad's Swap Deal Involved Suspect Held by Lebanese Authorities
Nusra Warns of Vengeance over Capture of Women, Children

Mashnouq Confirms Held Woman is Baghdadi's Divorcee, Slams Hizbullah Captive 'Showoff'
Lebanese Soldier Killed, Two Wounded in Explosion on Outskirts of Arsal
Army's Hefty Catch to End Arsal Captives Ordeal as Controversy Rises over Identity of Baghdadi's Wife
Maronite Bishops Condemn Violation of Constitution, Call for Supporting Army Politically
Iraq Official: Woman Arrested in Lebanon not IS Leader's Wife
Bassil Says Politicians Should Put Differences Aside to Help Expats
Transparency: Corruption Slowly Rising in Lebanon
U.N., U.S. Condemn Attack on Soldiers in Ras Baalbek, Stay Committed to Supporting Army
Minister raises alarm over hazardous waste
Officials condemn attack as soldiers laid to rest
Army searching veiled women entering Ain al-Hilweh

Miscellaneous Reports And News published on December 03-04/14
Did Iran hit Islamic State targets?
Netanyahu: Israel must elect a new, bigger and more stable government
Peres: There will be no peace or security with Netanyahu
Elections to cost Israeli economy NIS 1.5B
Five Israeli swimmers in Qatar for Worlds
Hamas not interested in deteriorating situation, says Ya'alon
Israel slams Iran at UN: Like Al Capone in FBI
Assad Says Strikes on IS Not Working as Coalition Says Halted Group Advance
Nabil Elaraby: Attitudes to Palestinian statehood are changing
US-led coalition has weakened ISIS, Kerry says
BEASTMODE Cruz: You Can’t Defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism if Admin Can’t Utter Those Words
Emirati ambassador returns to Doha
US believes Iran launched air raids on ISIS in Iraq
Exiled Libyan leaders discuss anti-Brotherhood efforts in Cairo: leaked document
Suicide attack hits Iran envoy's house in Yemen
Three Somalis killed in attack on UN convoy in capital
Obama expected to nominate Ashton Carter to lead Pentagon: CNN
Nabil Elaraby: Attitudes to Palestinian statehood are changing
Decline of IS 'Caliphate' Has Begun, Analysts Say

Jihad Watch Site Posts For Wednesday
Cruz: You can’t defeat Islamic terrorism if you can’t even utter those words
UN calls on Israel to renounce nuclear weapons
Kenya: Jihadists separate Muslims from Christians, murder 36 Christians
Seattle Muslim arrested for threats to murder Darren Wilson
Jihadists in Syria write home to France: ‘My iPod is broken. I want to come back’
Pakistani pop singer begs forgiveness after being accused of blasphemy
UK: Islamic school spent £1m of public money on school in Pakistan
Nigeria: Muslim hacks wife with machete for withholding sex
UK: RAF vet, convert to Islam, arrested on suspicion of terror offenses
Denmark: Muslim fails to strangle wife to death, burns her alive
Denmark report: Muslims commit disproportionate share of crime

Source In Lebanon: DNA proves detainee is Baghdadi's wife
The Daily Star/Dec. 03, 2014/BEIRUT: DNA samples of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were matched Wednesday with three children who are currently being held by Lebanese authorities over the suspicion of being related to the jihadi chief.  According to a source in the investigation, DNA samples, which were sent over by Iraqi authorities earlier this week, matched with samples taken from three children who were detained alongside Saja Hamid al-Dulaimi, allegedly a wife of Baghdadi. The DNA tests taken from Dulaimi also proved that she was the mother of the three children, which in turn allowed experts to assume that she is one of Baghdadi’s wives, according to the source.Iraq's Interior Ministry said Wednesday that a woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not the wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but the sister of a man convicted of bombings in southern Iraq.  The suspect also continues to deny any relation to Baghdadi during interrogations. "The one detained by Lebanese authorities was Saja Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi, sister of Omar Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi who is detained by authorities and sentenced to death for his participation in ... explosions," ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan told Reuters earlier Monday. "The wives of the terrorist al-Baghdadi are Asmaa Fawzi Mohammed al-Dulaimi and Esraa Rajab Mahel al-Qaisi, and there is no wife in the name of Saja al-Dulaimi," he said. According to The Daily Star’s source, the Iraqi statement was based on the fact that official records revealed that Dulami was not listed as one of Baghdadi’s wives
None the less, the suspect in question may still be Baghdadi’s wife even though she isn’t officially registered as such, sources said.  Security officials in Lebanon said Tuesday that the Lebanese Army had detained a wife and daughter of Baghdadi's as they crossed from Syria late last month. Dulami was detained in north Lebanon after the woman was found with a fake passport, officials said. Investigators are questioning her at the Lebanese Defense Ministry.

Mashnouq Confirms Held Woman is Baghdadi's Divorcee, Slams Hizbullah Captive 'Showoff'
Naharnet/Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq confirmed Wednesday that a woman detained in Lebanon is a divorcee of Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as he accused Hizbullah of staging a “showoff” stunt in the wake of the release of its captive fighter Imad Ayyad. “The detained woman is a lady who has been married three times, one of them to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and they have a daughter from their marriage, the thing that has been confirmed through DNA tests,” Mashnouq said during an interview on MTV.
“She is now married to a Palestinian man and she is pregnant,” the minister added. He confirmed that the woman's name is Saja al-Dulaimi and that the daughter was traveling with her in a car when they were both arrested by the Lebanese army several days ago.
Media reports have said that the army detained Dulaimi along with her 4-year-old daughter and two sons around 10 days ago at a checkpoint on al-Madfoun Bridge in the North. “Saja al-Dulaimi has ties to extremist groups and she has been in Lebanon for the past year and a half,” Mashnouq revealed. “The children who were with Saja al-Dulaimi are now at a child care center and she can help us in the investigations,” he noted.
Earlier on Wednesday, An Nahar newspaper said Dulaimi's DNA results “and those of her daughter Hajar matched al-Baghdadi's DNA samples that were provided by a Western source.”
Mashnouq, however, said al-Baghdadi's DNA samples were provided by Iraqi authorities. Turning to the issue of the Lebanese troops and policemen held by al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State, the minister noted that there are “deliberate attempts to harm the government's efforts through the reports that are being published in the newspapers.”
Several Lebanese dailies have slammed the government over alleged “lack of coordination” among its ministers regarding the case of the servicemen. The reports were published amid a clash between the abductees' families and Mashnouq, who ordered the use of water cannons to reopen the Saifi road in Beirut after it was blocked by the families.
The interior minister also slammed the celebrations that accompanied the recent release of Hizbullah captive Imad Ayyad as a “showoff” stunt. Ayyad was freed in a swap deal with the rebel Free Syrian Army which involved the release of two Syrian militants who were in Hizbullah's custody. “Hizbullah made an extravaganza out of the release of Imad Ayyad to hint that the government is not capable of achieving anything. The government is not an armed party,” Mashnouq told MTV.
As for the ongoing negotiations to secure the release of the Lebanese security personnel, the minister noted the emir of Qatar responded to an appeal by Prime Minister Tammam Salam and that a Qatari mediator has visited Beirut “seven times.” Addressing the families, he pointed out that the release of the hostages will require a “long process.” In response to a question, Mashnouq said the Qatari negotiator, Syrian national Ahmed al-Khatib, “will not be replaced.” “The (Lebanese) General Security and (Health) Minister (Wael) Abou Faour are exerting efforts in all directions, but announcing things in the media every other hour is not beneficial for the negotiations,” the minister added.
“I will pay a visit to the families of the captives and I will convince them that the blocking of roads is not useful. I have not neglected the issue for a single hour but the case will take a long time,” he went on to say.
Separately, the minister confirmed that fugitive Islamist militant Shadi al-Mawlawi has sought refuge at the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon. “Yes he is,” the minister answered when asked if Mawlawi is in Ain el-Hilweh, noting that there are mediations to hand him over to the Lebanese authorities. Mawlawi and his comrade Osama Mansour went on the run last month in the wake of fierce clashes between the army and Islamist groups in the northern city of Tripoli.
As for the upcoming dialogue between al-Mustaqbal movement and Hizbullah, Mashnouq said “the first topic on the dialogue agenda is preventing any Sunni-Shiite strife and keeping Lebanon away from such a confrontation.”
“It is also normal to discuss the issue of the presidency during the talks as well as other issues, such as the security plan,” the minister added, stressing that “dialogue will yield results and will at least preserve national cohesion.”
“I'm optimistic that a president will be elected in the first half of 2015 and the current candidates are confrontational candidates who cannot be elected,” Mashnouq said.
“Any candidate cannot be elected president without the approval of (Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel) Aoun, (Lebanese Forces chief Samir) Geagea and all the other parties,” the minister added.
“The president cannot be imposed,” he underlined. Lebanon has been without a president since May when the term of Michel Suleiman ended. Ongoing disputes between the rival March 8 and 14 camps over a compromise candidate have thwarted the elections.

Peres: There will be no peace or security with Netanyahu
By DAVID BRINN/J.Post/12/03/2014/Unfettered by the office he held for seven years, former president Shimon Peres has lashed out at the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying they have moved Israel further away from peace and security.
“Do you remember the slogan that Bibi used in the past [in the 1996 elections versus then prime minister Peres] that said something like ‘since Peres does not deliver peace, does not deliver security, and brings us fear...we have to change Peres.’ I suggest he reread what he said back then,” Peres said in a recent interview with The Jerusalem Post ahead of his appearance next week at the Post’s annual Diplomatic Conference in Jerusalem.“The challenge that Israel faces is to understand that peace will not come to us. We have to go to peace. Muhammad did not come to the mountain. The mountains will not come to Muhammad. We have to be the initiator of peace and not say ‘since they don’t do, I shall not do,’ he added.
In the interview, the 91-year-old Peres hinted that he supported early elections by dismissing the idea that had been briefly raised in recent weeks of establishing a national-unity government to combat the wave of terrorism that has swept the country.
“In order to have a national-unity government you must have a united policy. With all due respect to the prime minister, asking other parties to enter his government and accept his ideas is not going to happen – it’s as simple as that,” he said.
“On that basis, you cannot make a national-unity government – you need a national policy. But you cannot build a national-unity government based on the policy of one party when there are different views,” he added.
Last month, at the annual memorial for slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, Peres’s partner in the Olso Accords, the former president made an only slightly veiled reference to Netanyahu’s policies in regard to the uptick in violence and last summer’s Operation Protective Edge. “We have all sorts of so-called smart people who talk about ‘managing the conflict’ instead of peace. Take a look at what happened in Gaza over the summer and what is happening in Jerusalem as of late. That is what ‘managing the conflict’ looks like,” he told the crowd. In his interview with the Post, Peres said Netanyahu’s declaration of support for a two-state solution with the Palestinians had to be backed up with action. “We have to execute what we say. We cannot declare that we are for two states and not act accordingly,” said Peres. “Clearly you cannot have a two-state solution without a territorial compromise.”Regarding whether PA President Mahmoud Abbas is still a partner for peace in his eyes, Peres referred to the assessment last month by Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) head Yoram Cohen to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Abbas was not inciting Palestinians against Israel.
“Yoram Cohen doesn’t have any other interest but to tell the truth. He is not in politics. He doesn’t have alliances,” Peres said. “Abbas has said some things which have been provoking, and he is mistaken. On the other hand, he has constantly fought against terror. He has a force and he gave them an order to prevent terror and to cooperate with us. “So, okay, he is also in politics. But on the basic issues, I do believe that we could have achieved peace with him, and I still believe that we can achieve peace with him. I know maybe I am a minority. That doesn’t change my mind. Between being a majority and being right, all my life I preferred to be right even if it makes me part of a minority.” Peres will be speaking at the Post’s diplomatic conference along with President Reuven Rivlin, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Interior Minister Gilad Erdan. The conference will be streamed live on

Are negotiations an Iranian appeal for help?
Abdulrahman al-Rashed/Al Arabiya
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
There is a prevailing feeling that Iran wants someone to save it from itself, not from Arabs or the West. Iran’s problem is within Iran itself and not outside its borders. This seems to have been signaled by Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who said: “I confirm to you that because of these negotiations (with the P5+1 group) the Islamic Republic of Iran has become safer. No one can any longer beat the drums of war against the Iranian people. The hostile atmosphere created against us has fallen through.”
Let’s take a look at Iran from this perspective of self-imprisonment. The Iranian regime has for a period of over 30 years placed itself in a corner and locked itself in a box with slogans, political relations and stances. It has imprisoned itself, its leaders and its mind in this corner at a time when the entire world around it was changing. Iran is based on a model that is closer to Communist China and the Soviet Union. China has gotten rid of its Leftist, Soviet clothing and invented a new regime with a new face. Meanwhile, Basij militias and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards continued to guard ideas and punish whoever opposes them.
Do Iranian leaders really want to exit the prison they inherited from the revolution? Is Iran really looking forward to openness? Are its negotiations with the West over uranium enrichment and harmless nuclear energy a mere appeal for help to catch up with a world which has changed a great deal?
Does Iran feel safe?
Zarif has not clearly stated that Iran wants to change but he did say that his country feels safe because of negotiations and that Iran feels proud that the P5+1 group sat down with it to negotiate ending the state of continuous war. If the minister and the regime feel as such, then what will happen later if an agreement is reached and the confrontation which lasted for 30 years ends? The regime’s discourse – which mirrors that of the revolution – is theoretically built on confrontation and sacrifice. But in case of a nuclear agreement, this revolutionary discourse will be left outside the new political context. The West will be a friend and a source of food, toys and movies. If this officially happens, revolutionary Iran will no longer be the same Iran after the negotiations.
Are Iran's negotiations with the West over uranium enrichment ... a mere appeal for help to catch up with a world which has changed a great deal?
This is all dependent on the validity of the theory of the box which the regime imprisoned itself in. It’s also dependent on whether the Iranian regime is seeking to find its way into a modern world and a global system that does not tolerate rebels. It is also dependent on whether Iran becomes a country that is open to the world and that exports its products and not its rebels and its revolution. What may thwart the attempt to escape the revolution are the domestic struggles which haven’t yet been finalized even though the revolution’s leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, died around a quarter of a century ago. The state’s celebrations and politicians’ gatherings still feature massive photographs of the revolution’s leaders, just as the Chinese did in the past as they competed to show loyalty to Mao Tse-Tung. However, once Beijing opened itself up to the world, Mao Tse-Tung’s image became like that of China’s other bygone emperors. China espoused a history of pride but did not feel the need to bow to Mao Tse-Tung or to his teachings.
Zarif says that the world wants an understanding on the basis of logic, dialogue and respect but the truth is the world has always tried to reach an understanding with Iran. It is the Iranian leadership which closed in on itself, accusing anyone who extends its hand to foreign parties of collaboration, treason and Zionism. Perhaps these restraints will be broken and the Iranians will free themselves of their box. If negotiations are a mere trick to escape the box in order to attack others and expand, then the regime will have chosen to end its life, just as suicide bombers do.

Assad Says Strikes on IS Not Working as Coalition Says Halted Group Advance
Naharnet /Coalition strikes against the Islamic State group are having no impact, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview to be published Thursday, as members of the U.S.-led offensive claimed to be winning the fight. "You can't end terrorism with aerial strikes. Troops on the ground that know the land and can react are essential," he said in this week's edition of French magazine Paris Match. "That is why there haven't been any tangible results in the two months of strikes led by the coalition. "They would of course have helped had they been serious and efficient." the U.S.-led coalition announced that the jihadist group's advance across Iraq and Syria is finally being stopped. "Participants noted that the global campaign against ISIL/Daesh is beginning to show results. The ISIL/Daesh advance across Syria and into Iraq is being halted," a coalition statement obtained by Agence France-Presse said, referring to the group by its alternative names. The statement, issued after a meeting in Brussels led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, said Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by coalition air strikes, "are now reclaiming territory in Iraq." The coalition of around 60 mainly Western and Arab nations was formed after the first U.S. air strikes in August against IS, which has proclaimed a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.
They also agreed at the Brussels meeting to develop a "multifaceted" strategy to combat IS, including stopping the flow of foreign fighters, cutting finance and "delegitimization" of its powerful, social media-driven brand. Kerry had earlier warned that the fight against IS could take "years." Separately, Assad said he does not think about "death or life" when asked whether he was afraid to suffer the same demise as the late Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi, who were both toppled after international interventions in their countries.
"I am doing my best to save the country," he said.  "But I would like to emphasize one thing. My goal has never been to remain president, neither before, during, or after the crisis." Assad's role in any future transition to end the bloody, nearly four-year Syrian conflict is the subject of much controversy. A year ago, Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said that Assad would remain president and lead any form of transition, ahead of January peace talks that ended in failure. But the opposition -- as well as countries such as Turkey and France -- insist that the Syrian leader must go no matter what happens. Assad insisted he was "neither a personal enemy or rival of (French President Francois) Hollande." "I think that Daesh is his rival, their popularity is very much the same," he said, in a dig at the French leader's record low popularity ratings. Agence France Presse