Abbas Adopts Jesus as a Palestinian

(DEBKA) Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas sent this Christmas message to the world:

“In Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born, a Palestinian messenger who would become the guiding light for millions around the world.”

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said:

“Abbas should check his facts, read the New Testament before spouting such nonsense. But we forgive him, for he knows not what he does.”

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Three Jews, Two Israelis, One Nobel Prize

Left to right: Levitt, Rarshel and Karplus.

(DEBKA) American-Israeli professors Arieh Rarshel and Michael Levitt, and their Jewish American colleague Prof. Martin Karplus, were awarded the Nobel Prize for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems, at a ceremony today in Stockholm, Sweden.

Each of the three received a prize of $1 million.

More after the jump.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) received the Nobel Peace Prize. The Prize was accepted by OPWC Director Ahmet Üzümcü.

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Alice Munro, 82, who was described as the “master of the contemporary short story.” Her daughter Jenny picked up the prize on her behalf.

Debka Reports “Two readiness exercises in Israel”

DEBKAFile reports:

The annual Israel home front drill, “Turning Point 6,” taking place Sunday simulates a major earthquake followed by a tsunami washing up from the Mediterranean against Israel’s coastal cities. It postulates 7,000 deaths, 70,000 injured and 170,000 rendered homeless. Updated Homeland Front directives advise people in its path to run for open ground instead of staying indoors.

The US-Israeli three-week war game also starting Sunday simulates an Iranian, Syrian and/or Hizballah missile attack on Israel. It deploys 1,000 American and Israeli soldiers each, using Patriot, Arrow and Iron Dome anti-missile batteries. The Israeli homeland exercise is also relevant to a possible war with Iran. Its commander, Lt. Gen. Eyal Eisenkott, said the practice would inure the population and authorities to preparedness for different kinds of emergencies.

Fordo Sabotage Buys Time To Stop Iranian Nuclear Program

DEBKAFile reports:

The sabotage of the Fordo uranium enrichment facility’s power lines on Aug. 17, gave Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu the extra leeway to move his original red line for Iran from late September 2012 – now – to the spring or early summer of 2013, debkafile reports.  But Tehran hit back fast with two aggressive actions on Israel’s doorstep: an al Qods military buildup in Syria and Lebanon, and Assad’s withdrawal of chemical weapons from storage and likely transfer to incoming Iranian units.