Netanyahu: Mail bombs targeting U.S. synagogues proves Islamist terror is rising

Haaretz reports: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the discovery of two parcel bombs mailed from Yemen to Chicago-area synagogues indicated a rising wave of Islamist terrorist around the world.

‘The fact is, it does not matter whether it’s an attack on a synagogue in Chicago, or a train station in Madrid, or London, or Mumbai, or Bali,’ he told his cabinet at a weekly session in Jerusalem.

Terrorism, he said, was rising ‘in the scope of the attacks, the audacity with which it is directed at the nations of the world, and of course, in its armaments.’

Netanyahu added that when meeting United States Vice President Joe Biden he would discuss steps to combat terrorism. The Israeli leader heads for the US to participate in the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly, in New Orleans…” (Jeremiah 30:7; II Kings 17:34; Daniel 12:1; Matthew 24:9; 24:21, 22. Who are the elect in Matthew 24:22? Israelites, Jews – Isaiah 42:1; 45:4; 65:9, 22. Israel will win when Christ returns – Zechariah 14:2, 4, 12, 16.)

Al-Qaida’s Recent Threats in Europe Underscore Its New Strategy

Voice of America News reports: “Recent al-Qaida terror threats in Europe have stirred up new interest in the group’s foray into urban warfare, as used by Lashkar-e-Taiba in the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. Experts say the threats show al-Qaida’s flexibility. At the same time, they say prevention of future attacks will require equal adaptability by the West.

A series of bomb scares and plots in Europe – serious enough to bring to mind the attacks carried out in London more than five years ago.

Saudi Arabian intelligence reports said al-Qaida was planning urban warfare – attacks similar to those carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba in Mumbai in November 2008. Security was tightened in Britain, France and Germany.

The attacks were prevented after suspected US drone attacks – like this one – in Pakistan’s tribal region killed militants of German origin who were allegedly plotting the attacks.

Experts say it underscores three crucial points.

One, that the suspected U.S. drone attacks on al-Qaida hideouts in Pakistan can be very effective in preventing such attacks in Europe and the United States.

Two, that the terror threat today is not a single, coherent threat. And that al-Qaida is constantly adapting its strategy to new circumstances…” (A great time of persecution will come upon Christians globally beginning with Europe – Matthew 5:10 – 12; II Timothy 3:12; Romans 8:35 – 37; Revelation 2:10. See the next report.)

Al Qaeda ally in Iraq says all Christians ‘legitimate targets’

The Christian Science Monitor reports: “The Islamic State of Iraq, an insurgent group and Al Qaeda ally declared all the country’s Christians ‘legitimate targets.’

The group says it believes that Muslim women are being held against their will in Coptic churches in Egypt. The Egyptian state, the Coptic church, and Egypt’s leading Islamist movement the Muslim Brotherhood have all condemned the threats of violence against Christians.

The threat came while Iraq was still reeling from a series of car bombs across the capital that killed at least 113 people in Shiite neighborhoods. The attacks bore the hallmarks of Sunni Arab militants like the Islamic State of Iraq. The massacre appeared designed to fuel sectarian violence against Shiites.

That followed the targeting of Christians, when the Islamic State of Iraq seized a Catholic church in Baghdad and killed 58 people during a standoff with police. It was said to be the deadliest attack against Christians ever recorded in Iraq.

‘All Christian centers, organizations and institutions, leaders and followers, are legitimate targets for the mujahideen [holy warriors],’ the Islamic State of Iraq said in a statement posted online.

Sunni militant chatrooms have been inflamed with claims that the Egyptian Coptic church is forcibly holding two women, wives of Coptic priests, who converted to Islam. ‘Let these idolaters, and at their forefront, the hallucinating tyrant of the Vatican, know that the killing sword will not be lifted from the necks of their followers until they declare their innocence from what the dog of the Egyptian Church is doing,’ the message continued.

The Coptic church is the Egyptian branch of the Eastern Orthodox right and as many as 10 percent of Egyptian’s claim the faith…”