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Pres. Obama Promotes Two State Solution For Middle East Calls for Israel to Return Pre 1967 Borders

President Obama has call for a two-state solution to Middle East peace between Israel and a Palestinian homeland. In doing so, Mr. Obama has called for Israel pre-1967 borders which would shrink Israel dramatically. The announcement come before a meeting between himself and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. From the AP via Yahoo News:

President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians’ demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.

In a speech outlining U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, Obama on Thursday sided with the Palestinians’ opening position a day ahead of a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is vehemently opposed to referring to the 1967 borders.

Reaction was swift to the announcement by the President was not received well by Israel. From The Jerusalem Post:

A day before their scheduled meeting in Washington, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama staked out dramatically conflicting positions Thursday as to the path for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Netanyahu issued a quick, bitter response on Thursday night to Obama’s landmark Middle East speech, saying that the establishment of a Palestinian state could not come “at Israel’s expense.”

“The Palestinians, and not only the US, must recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people,” he said.

Obama, in his address earlier in the day on the changes sweeping the Middle East, called for a demilitarized Palestinian state along the 1967 lines with agreed upon land swaps.While thanking Obama for his commitment to peace, Netanyahu said he “expects to hear from President Obama a reconfirmation of commitments to Israel from 2004 that received wide support in both houses of Congress.” This was a reference to a letter from president George W. Bush to prime minister Ariel Sharon that did not call for a return to the 1967 lines, and that recognized that any agreement would take into account the changed realities on the ground – a line interpreted by Israel to mean a recognition that it would hold on to the large settlement blocs.

Meanwhile  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. has called for an Emergency Meeting of the Palenstine Authority leadership on Pres. Obama statement calling for Israel to return the Pre-1967 borders. Abbas will also consult with other Arabic nations on the announcement. Also from The Jerusalem Post:

 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday called an emergency meeting of the PA leadership to discuss US President Barack Obama’s speech on peace in the Middle East, an official in Ramallah said.

Abbas has also decided to hold urgent consultations with a number of Arab leaders on the speech, the official said.

PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat said that Abbas remained committed to fulfilling all Palestinian obligations in accordance with international agreements, especially the road-map plan and the 2002 Arab peace initiative.

Erekat said that the PA was hoping the Israeli government would fulfill its obligations “to give the peace process the chance it deserves.”

In the US  Presidential Candidate former Governor Mitt Romney(R-MA) accused Obama of abandoning  Israel. From The Hill:

President Obama “disrespected” Israel and threw it “under the bus” in a wide-ranging speech on the Middle East on Thursday, GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney charged.

Romney strongly criticized Obama, who, in a speech at the State Department, called for Israel to return to its border lines as drawn before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

“President Obama has thrown Israel under the bus. He has disrespected Israel and undermined its ability to negotiate peace,” Romney said in a statement.
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White House Will Not Show Bin Laden Death Photo

On Wednesday The White House announced the photo of a dead Osama bin Laden will not released to the public for fear causing Protests and the picture used to recruit for Al Qeda. From CBS News:

In an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday’s “60 Minutes” conducted today, President Obama said he won’t release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death.

“It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool,” said the president.

“We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies,” Mr. Obama added. “The fact of the matter is, this is somebody who was deserving of the justice that he received.”

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Gaddafi Regains Control in Libya

Libyan Leader Col. Muammar  Gaddafi is regaining control in Libya and now seeking weapons to quash the rebellion. From The London Daily Telegraph :

(British Prime Minister David Cameron wants a No-fly-zone over Libya  and frustrated a the US and NATO allies won’t carry out the zone and rebel are begging for help:)

For the first time, Mr Cameron hinted that Britain was sympathetic to calls for the West, or Arab neighbours, to give military aid to rebels despite a blanket UN embargo on arms exports to Libya.

“On arming the rebels, we should not exclude any possibility,” he said.

However, he added: “Clearly when you’ve got an arms embargo put in place by the UN, you have a legal difficulty.”

Mr Cameron also called on the international community to do more to police the existing arms embargo on Libya to prevent Gaddafi acquiring new weapons.

“There are signs he is seeking additional armaments right now,” he said.

The absence of a no-fly zone has allowed Col. Gaddafi’s private jet, a French-built Dassault Falcon, registration 5A-DCN, to fly in and out of Belarus on suspected sanctions busting missions to shift assets or buy weapons.

Hugh Griffiths, of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), suggested that the plane had carried hard assets, such as diamonds, to buy weaponry.

Al Qaeda Plans an Attack on US and Europe During Christmas

Prisoners in Iraq made an a startling statement by saying Al Qaeda in Iraq plans terrorist attack on the US and West during the Christmas Holiday. From AP via CBS News:

Iraqi authorities have obtained confessions from captured insurgents who claim al Qaeda is planning suicide attacks in the United States and Europe during the Christmas season, two senior officials said Wednesday.

Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani told The Associated Press that the botched bombing in central Stockholm last weekend was among the alleged plots the insurgents revealed. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, in a telephone interview from New York, called the claims “a critical threat.”

Both al-Bolani and Zebari said Iraq has informed Interpol of the alleged plots, and alerted authorities in the U.S. and European countries of the possible danger. Neither official specified which country or countries in Europe are alleged targets.

US officials have not verified the claims.  The announcement come nearly a year ago,  a Nigerian Man Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow himself up on a transatlantic flight Last Christmas from Amsterdam to Detroit:

There was no way to verify the insurgents’ claims. But Western counterterrorism officials generally are on high alert during the holiday season, especially since last year’s failed attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day.

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Portland Car Bomb Plot Foiled Suspect Arrested

A 19-year-old Somali-American arrested on Friday by FBI in a plot to set off a car bomb during the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland,Or. KGW-TV/ HDTV “Northwest NewsChannel “ has details:

A law enforcement official says federal agents began investigating the suspect in the Christmas tree bombing plot in Portland, Ore., after receiving a tip from someone who was concerned about the teenager.

The official tells The Associated Press that Mohamed Osman Mohamud was acting on his own — without any instruction from a foreign terrorist organization.

KOIN-TV/DT “Local 6 News” say Mohamud who was raised in Beaverton became distant and aloof. Later he took  a Anti-American turn:

Although he was finally arrested at age 19, allegedly after trying to explode a bomb amid thousands of people gathered for a Portland holiday ceremony, Mohamed Osman Mohamud had a history of unrest and activism which apparently had drawn the interest of federal agents.

A Somali-born naturalized U.S. citizen, Mohamud had shown interest in activism at least since his earlier teen-age years.
He is a graduate of  Beaverton’s Westview High School, after which he enrolled at Oregon State University in Corvallis. He frequented the Salmon Al-Farsi Islamic Center in Corvallis, but stopped attending classes at the university in early October.
During his high school  and college days, Mohamud grew increasingly active, at least once managed to catch the attention of the FBI in a separate incident. A posting on Gawker.com depicts Mohamud as a “Rapping Teen Fitness Guru, with a colorful past as a burgeoning jihadi.”

Attendees were in shock and disbelief about the bomb plot KATU-TV/DT “Channel 2 News” has learned:

The story mimics one a month ago in Virginia and a year ago in Dallas. But this story of FBI-fed would-be bombers happened right here in Portland.

On Friday night authorities took 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud into custody after he allegedly tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives. That van was parked at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square – an annual event that draws thousands of people into “Portland’s living room.”

Now, people who live, work and play in downtown Portland are just learning about the arrest. And many we talked with were shocked that this plot could have happened right here under their nose.

“I’m out here visiting family,” said David Lemon, walking around downtown on this balmy Saturday. “…You think of terrorism [and] you think it’s somewhere else. But here it is.”

Even people who work across the street had no idea.

“I was actually really shocked,” said Linda Schwab, who works across the street.

Portland Mayor Samuel Adams learned of the plot about 9PM local time. From “Local 6 News”:

Mayor Sam Adams says he was notified of the FBI’s arrest of a bombing-attempt suspect at about 9 p.m. Friday. He praised law enforcement efforts, and assured the public that authorities were in control of the situation, the bomb was a fake, and that any perceived danger is over.

In an interview with KOIN Local 6 News, Adams says the suspect, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, “really was serious, and had taken secific actions that caused (police) to believe that, if given the opportunity to get his hands on a weapon, that he was going to use it.” He also talked about concerns over entrapment, possible accomplices, the law enforcement investigation, street safety in Portland and more (see the video interview attached to this story).

Here are highlights of that interview:

Adams: “The world trauma, the world events have come to our doorstep, or luckily, have had the potential to come to our doorstep.

Question: Rate law enforcement’s response.

Adams: “I think this was a really smart response with the federal, sate and local law enforcement that resulted in preventing someone with what looks like clear criminal intent to do harm, to do harm with a weapon of mass destruction. I think the partnership worked really well”

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October Surprise:Bomb found Plane in Dubai was Headed for Chicago

Breaking News: Two packages that were heading for Chicago were bombs to detonate when it arrive at its destination were discovered by airport security in Sa’na, Yemen  and Nottingham, England on Friday. The packages were found on UPS jet and at a FedEx facility.

President Barack Obama notified overnight Friday. The president orders Pentagon US Navy Jet  escorts joined by Canadian Forces Jets planes heading for Boston, Philadelphia and New York City.

At a press conference President Obama said the threat was very credible From The Washington Post:

Two packages mailed from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago contained explosive material and represented a “credible terrorist threat,” President Obama said Friday, as authorities focused their investigation on an increasingly lethal affiliate of al-Qaeda.

It’s believed its Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula that is behind foiled attack:

U.S. counterterrorism officials suspect that the packages, which were intercepted in Britain and Dubai, were sent by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which had already demonstrated a flair for sophisticated bombmaking in an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day.

Obama did not specify any new security measures that would be taken or say that the nation’s terrorist alert level had been raised. But he described the threat as serious and pointed once again to Yemen as the source of a terrorist plot, saying his top terrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, had been in touch with that country’s president.

The two packages were intercepted at separate locations, one on a UPS plane at East Midlands Airport near Nottingham, England, and the other at a FedEx facility in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Officials provided no details on the kind of explosives found, but they said they were looking at the possibility that the substance used was PETN, the same explosive used in the Christmas Day plot.

A U.S. official said the search for the devices was triggered by a “tip from a very close ally of the United States.” The tip was relayed to U.S. authorities Thursday and contained “very specific information” about devices in packages being shipped to the United States from Yemen, the official said.

Brennan, in a statement, said the United States was “grateful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their assistance in developing information that helped underscore the imminence of the threat emanating from Yemen.”

“We were looking for packages that were of concern,” Brennan said. He said he briefed Obama before the first package was found in Britain about 3:30 a.m. Friday local time.

No bombs were found on  planes  in Newark,NJ and Philadelphia and Kennedy Airport in New York. AP via Yahoo News:

U.S. authorities conducted searches of aircraft in Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and New York City.

Since the failed Christmas bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner, Yemen has been a focus for U.S. counterterrorism officials. Before that attack, the U.S. regarded al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen as primarily a threat in the region, not to the United States.

Homeland Security ordered all packages from Yemen on a 72 hour hold.

In Chicago police and homeland Security on high alert. Security is tight at O’Hare International Airport and synagogues warned of packages from Yemen. From CBS Chicago(WBBM-AM Newsradio 780/CBS 2 News WBBM-TV/HD):

In Chicago, cargo terminals for both UPS and FedEx at O’Hare International Airport were immediately swept with bomb-sniffing dogs, and security around them was tightened as well.

There was no evidence found that any explosives reached Chicago or that they could have caused any damage if they did.

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago was notified of the situation at 10:30 a.m. Friday, and officials there are “taking proper precautions,” said associate vice president Linda Haase.

The organization is also advising local synagogues to take precautions, Haase said.

A law enforcement source tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine the word is out to synagogues in Chicago not to accept UPS packages from east of New York. The are asked to call Chicago Police if any delivery is attempted.

FBI spokesman Ross Rice added that while there are no identifiable or specific threats to the Chicago area, all churches, synagogues and mosques in the area are being warned to be vigilant for unsolicited or unexpected packages, especially those originating from overseas locations.

The events unfolded four days before national elections in which discussion of terrorism has played almost no role.

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Developing: Al Qaeda Planning New Terror Attacks In Europe

Developing News: Sources say Al Qaeda is planning a series of terror attacks in Europe just as Americans are planning Christmas Vacations and Holidays. From ABC News:

Strong concerns that terrorist teams in Europe have selected their targets, completed their surveillance, eluded capture and are now ready to strike at airports and tourist attractions have prompted the State Department to ready a highly unusual travel advisory for Europe, multiple law enforcement and intelligence sources tell ABC News.

The tactic this involves kidnaping, bombing and shooting victims a La Mumbai:

Intelligence and law enforcement officials have information that the teams could at any time launch a “Mumbai style” terror attack that targets civilians for death or hostage taking. The 2008 Mumbai attack used small arms and explosives to kill 175 people and paralyze the Indian city for days.

The current concerns are for scenarios that include opening fire at airports in Europe as well as executing similar attacks at “soft” targets like tourist attractions or hotels.

Its expected the FBI will announce travel warnings to Americans to be on guard on Sunday.

ABC News has the rest of the story.