Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes Israel

Mild tremor felt across north, Jerusalem area Monday night; no injuries or damage reported
Jonathan Weber
A mild earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter Scale was felt across Israel Monday night, from Kiryat Shmona in the north to the Jerusalem area.
GII picks up two small earthquakes in Jordan rift valley area over past few days. Study shows major quake is pending 
The quake's epicenter was located about 12.5 miles east of the south Lebanese town of Tyre. No injuries or damage were reported.
Police and emergency centers in the north were flooded with phone calls from concerned citizens wishing to report the quake.
Raviv Amos, a Petach Tikva resident, told Ynet: “I was sitting at my desk when it suddenly began moving from side to side. The quake lasted about three or four seconds and some objects at the house shook a bit, but nothing was broken.”
Aryeh Dror from Kibbutz Hagoshrim added that the tremor was clearly felt in the north, unlike in the previous earthquakes. 
The most recent earthquake, measuring 4.1 on the Richter Scale, was felt in Israel about three months ago. Earlier that week, two earthquakes, measuring 3 and 4.2 on the Richter scale, were …

Boim: We are building all over Jerusalem

Bids will soon be submitted to build 1,100 apartments in east Jerusalem, 370 apartments in Har Homa and an additional 750 in Pisgat Ze'ev, Construction and Housing Minister Ze'ev Boim said Tuesday.
The announcement came a day after Jerusalem city manager Yair Maayan told a parliamentary panel that the government was holding up construction of hundreds of apartments in Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem.
Boim disputed that contention.
“We are building all over Jerusalem within its municipal borders,” Boim said. “What people call delays are in fact final stages of coordination with city hall.”
The Housing Ministry, Boim said, was preparing to carry out the infrastructure work that has to be done before bids are issued for 750 apartments in Pisgat Ze'ev. Some 370 apartments are in the pipeline for Har Homa, in addition to 350 apartments already put out to bid, he said.
Boim disputed allegations that political considerations were holding up building in Jerusalem.
“There is a directive from the prime minister requiring his personal approval for planning, bids, etc,” he said. “There is nothing regarding construction in Jerusalem.”
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'We'll build an Arab city in the North'

The Interior Ministry has begun planning the establishment of a new Arab city in the Galilee, Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit said Tuesday.
Speaking during a tour of Arab settlements in the North, Sheetrit said in Umm el-Fahm that he intended to upgrade Kafr Kassem's status to that of city and that he had ordered his ministry to examine the steps necessary to establish an additional Arab city.
“I'm talking about a modern town where a young couple can buy an apartment and live, like in any other modern city,” he said.
During his tour, the minister was asked to stop demolition orders issued against buildings constructed without a license. Sheetrit clarified to his host, Umm el-Fahm Mayor Sheikh Hasehm Abd el-Rahman, that he was not authorized to prevent the implementation of court orders.
Sheetrit, however, announced that he ordered the Planning Administration to finish the general plans for Arab settlements during 2008. He said that his ministry would authorize the establishment of local councils in any settlement of more than 15,000 inhabitants.
“In such a situation, the mayor is head of the council and the city council is also the committee on urban planning – an elected mayor will be …

Gingrich Warns of GOP Catastrophe

By: Newsmax Staff
In a rousing speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for a conservative “declaration of independence” from the Republican Party.
He also warned that Republicans face a “catastrophic” election this year unless the GOP changes course.
Gingrich pointed out that on Super Tuesday, 14.6 million voters took part in the Democratic races, compared to 8.3 million Republicans.
“There were 14.6 million Democrats who thought the presidential nomination was worth voting for, and there were 8.3 million Republicans on Super Tuesday,” Gingrich said.
“That is a warning of a catastrophic election. I was in Idaho this last week, and Barack Obama on last Saturday had 16,000 people in Boise. The idea [of] the most liberal Democratic Senator getting 16,000 people in Boise was inconceivable.
“And every person who cares about the conservative movement and every person who cares about the Republican Party had better stop and say to themselves, ‘There is something big happening in this country. We don’t understand it. We’re not responding to it. And we’re currently not competitive. And if we want to get to be competitive, we had better change and we had better change now.” …

Navy Intercepts Russian Bombers

By LOLITA C. BALDOR
U.S. fighter planes intercepted two Russian bombers, including one that buzzed an American aircraft carrier in the western Pacific during the weekend, The Associated Press has learned.
A U.S. military official says that one Russian Tupolev 95 flew directly over the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz twice, at a low altitude of about 2,000 feet, while another bomber circled about 58 miles out. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the reports on the flights were classified as secret.
The Saturday incident, which never escalated beyond the flyover, comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and Russia over U.S. plans for a missile defense system based in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Such Russian bomber flights were common during the Cold War, but have been rare since. The bombers were among four Russian Tupolev 95s launched from Ukrainka in the middle of the night, including one that Japanese officials say violated their country's airspace over an uninhabited island south of Tokyo.
U.S. officials tracked and monitored the bombers as two flew south along the Japanese coast, and two others flew farther east, coming closer to the Nimitz and the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton. …

Radical Muslims for Obama

By Joe Kaufman
With its similarity to popular online sites such as Facebook and
MySpace and its links to a network of grassroots blogs, Barack Obama’s
campaign website has been hailed as a testament to the candidate’s
transformative politics. But at least part of the senator’s online
outreach, “Muslim Americans for Obama ’08,” proposes installing Muslim
prayer areas in public places and giving Muslims time off for prayer
and has denounced Obama’s colleagues in the U.S. Senate who happen to
be Jewish. This segment of Obama's online outreach also has ties to
unindicted co-conspirators in terror trials and has recruited Obama
supporters from among the ranks of fundamentalist Muslim extremists.
On the blog, which is attached to BarackObama.com, viewers can read
about “the Senate pro-Israeli zionist hawk Joe Lieberman,” as well as
criticism aimed at Obama himself for getting too cozy with the Israeli
lobby. As stated on the blog, that last part was derived from
information found on Electronic Intifada (EI), a terror apologist
website based in Chicago, Illinois, Obama’s hometown. According to the
site’s co-founder, Ali Abunimah, Senator Obama once told him, regarding
Abunimah’s anti-American and anti-Israel writings, to “Keep up the good
work!”
While the Muslim Americans …