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10 February 2012, 17 Shevet 5712
1. 'Israel to ask for military facility in Cyprus'.
2. IDF Intel Chief: 200,000 Missiles Aimed at Israel.
3. Israel National Library uploads trove of Newton's theological tracts.


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1. 'Israel to ask for military facility in Cyprus'
02/07/2012 14:19

PM could make request during Cyprus visit; Cypriot media says talks at "exploratory stage" regarding use of Paphos base.
By REUTERS/Andreas Manolis
Israel will ask Cyprus to station Israel Air Force fighter jets at a military facility on the island, Cyprus media reported Tuesday.

According to the reports, Israel will make the request during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's visit to Cyprus later this month.

It is unclear if the request will be to station a permanent presence on the island or to establish a base that can provide logistical support for the IAF during operations in the region.

It is possible that Israel is seeking to establish a base in Cyprus to be able to more effectively protect the growing number of gas fields it is discovering in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to the report in the Famagusta Gazette, the talks are currently at an 'exploratory stage' regarding the possibility of using the Andrea Paendreou airbase in Paphos, in southwestern Cyprus. The base reportedly used to host Greek F-16s.

Neither the Cypriot Embassy in Tel Aviv nor the Prime Minister's Office would confirm the reports.

Last month, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his Cypriot counterpart Demetris Eliades signed two agreements aimed at bolstering defense cooperation between the countries. The agreements were signed during Eliades's visit to Tel Aviv. The possibility of establishing the base in Cyprus, reportedly came up during their discussions.

Israeli-Cypriot ties have improved significantly over the last three years. The Cypriot Air Force sent fire extinguishing planes to Israel to help put out the Carmel Forest fire last year, and in 2009 Cyprus stopped a cargo ship suspected of carrying Iranian arms.

Herb Keinon contributed to this report.

2. IDF Intel Chief: 200,000 Missiles Aimed at Israel

There are some 200,000 missiles and rockets aimed at Israel, a top IDF official said Thursday - and no part of the country is "safe" anymore
By David Lev
First Publish: 2/2/2012, 10:53 AM

IDF Intelligence head Aviv Kochavi gave a chilling presentation Thursday morning at the Herzliya Conference on Israeli policy, telling listeners that Israel's enemies had 200,000 rockets and missiles pointed at the country, and could reach all parts of Israel ' even the ostensibly safe 'center' of Tel Aviv and its suburbs.

Most of the missiles have a range of about 40 kilometers ' the range of Qassam and most Katyusha rockets ' but thousands of missiles have ranges of hundreds of kilometers, making every location in Israel within their reach. Not only that ' but the missiles are more lethal now than ever before. 'The warheads on these missiles contain hundreds of kilograms of explosives, not dozens, as in the past. And their firing precision and ability to hit specific targets is also greater,' Kochavi said. The rockets are largely located in Lebanon and Syria, with a smaller amount in Gaza ' and in Iran, as well, which has thousands of missiles that could reach Israel. 'Every tenth house in Lebanon is now a weapons depot,' Kochavi said.

Besides conventional weapons, Israel is also facing a nuclear threat. According to Kochavi, Israel has lost the battle to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons; Tehran already has enough uranium for four atomic bombs, with over 100 kilos enriched to a level of 20% - more than enough for the one bomb Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said he would need to 'rid the world of the Zionist entity.'

Whether or not Iran actually builds these bombs is not a question of technical capability, Kochavi said, but a question of political will. The ability to build the bombs is there, and whether or not they will actually be assembled is a decision that top Iranian officials, especially Supreme Leader Ali Khameini, has yet to make. 'From the moment the order is given, it will take about a year to assemble the bombs,' Kochavi said. 'Developing them into warheads will take a little longer.'

He added that the sanctions against Iran have not yet persuaded Tehran to change its nuclear development policy one way or the other, but that could change if the government feels it is losing control. Still, sanctions are preferable to the other alternatives, at least at this time, he said. 'Only concerted international effort can persuade Tehran to halt their pursuit of the project,' he added.

Despite the fact that so far it appears that Islamists have been the big winners of the 'Arab Spring,' it is not they that led the revolutions in Arab world, but the desperation of youths and young adults who face a future of unemployment and hopelessness. If the new regimes do not work quickly to raise hope for the masses, he said, the current unrest could continue for many years.

However, one aspect of the weakening of traditional Arab dictatorships in the region has negatively affected Israel; with less authority has come more porous borders, and Iran has been taking advantage of this fact to move more weapons into neighboring Arab countries. As a result, more terror attacks with Iran's backing can be expected. Kochavi said that the attack last August on the southern Negev was orchestrated by Iran, and thanks to the large amount of weapons in the region ' with the Middle East now 'the world's largest weapons warehouse' - similar attacks in the future are all but inevitable.

3. Israel National Library uploads trove of Newton's theological tracts

Unlike Newton's scientific texts, owned by the University of Cambridge in England, his theological writings made their way to the National Library of Israel.
by Nir Hasson


The end of the world will be coming in just another 48 years, in 2060, according to the father of modern physics, Isaac Newton, who died in 1727. His calculations were not based on mathematical principles or the laws of physics, but instead on the Christian Bible and the Book of Daniel from the Hebrew Bible.

Anyone interested in delving further into Newton's calculations will now be able to find it on the website of the National Library of Israel, which owns Newton's manuscripts on theological topics. The library has put digital copies of all of Newton's theological writing on the Internet, with the support of the David and Fela Shapell Family Foundation.

Contrary to his public image, most of Newton's work was not devoted to science but rather to theology, mysticism and alchemy. Unlike Newton's scientific texts, which are owned by the University of Cambridge in England, the 18th century thinker's theological writings made their way to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, and they have just recently been digitally copied and posted on the Internet in cooperation with Cambridge University's Newton Project.

The Newton Project digitized and copied all of Newton's manuscripts, meaning that it is now possible not only to access Newton's works but actually read what he wrote in his own handwriting.

The story of how Newton's manuscripts became part of the collection of the National Library of Israel involves a string of luck and coincidence. About 150 years after his death, descendants of the thinker transferred the collection of his manuscripts to the University of Cambridge, where Newton had studied. The university decided to retain only those manuscripts that related to his scientific work, so his theological writings were returned to his descendants. In 1936, the manuscripts were offered for sale by the Sotheby's auction house in London. In an unfortunate circumstance for the auction house - but fortunately for Israel's national library years later - Sotheby's London competitor, Christie's, was holding an auction of Impressionist art that same day and the art attracted a lot more public interest than Newton's manuscripts.

Apparently only two people showed up for the auction of Newton's writings, the noted British economist John Maynard Keynes and the Jewish Orientalist and book collector Abraham Shalom Yahuda, so the two divided the spoils. Keynes bought Newton's alchemy manuscripts while Yahuda got Newton's theological writings. After Yahuda's death in 1951, his collection of Newton's work was transferred to the National Library of Israel.

"From our perspective, there is a contradiction between natural sciences and rationalism and theology, mysticism and faith, but in his mind, as a product of his time, part of the understanding of the laws of nature involved understanding how the world worked," Milka Levy-Rubin, who curates the national library's humanities collection, said of Newton. "The stage of history was a field of research for him."

Newton's theological writings have importance beyond the intellectual edification they provide, Levy-Rubin noted.

Newton belonged to a group of theologians who ultimately managed to change the face of Christianity in general and its relationship with the Jews in particular. Until then, the prevailing doctrine held that the degradation the Jews had suffered over the centuries was proof of the validity of Christian belief. The spirit of the Renaissance, however, prompted theologians to revisit the scriptures, including the Hebrew scriptures.

In their rereading, they saw the Jews' place in history in a new light, viewing the historic role of the Jews as one that had not ended. They foresaw a time when the Jews would return to their ancient homeland, after which, in the view of these Christian thinkers, they would accept Christianity ...

See Also:
The End of the World is Nigh - according to Newton


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