Monthly Archives: March 2015

Israel, US Allies Feel Obama Is Abandoning Them for Iran

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — March 31, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today addressed the opening of the 20th Knesset.

“The greatest threat to our security and to our future was and remains Iran’s effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” said Netanyahu.

“The agreement being formulated in Lausanne paves the way to this outcome. It seems that it will leave in Iran’s possession underground installations, the nuclear reactor at Arak and advanced centrifuges, the same things that only a few months ago we were told – and rightly so – were not essential to a nuclear program designed for peaceful purposes.

Iran’s breakout time for achieving fissile material for nuclear bombs will not be measured in years, as was said at the outset; in our assessment the time has been reduced to less than a year, probably much less.

All of this is before taking into account the ballistic missiles that Iran is continuing to manufacture, the ongoing development of advanced centrifuges, Iran’s obdurate refusal to reveal to the IAEA its activities to develop nuclear weapons and, I add, Iran’s campaign of conquest and terrorism – which is open to all, everyone sees it, before our very eyes – from the Golan Heights to Yemen, from Iraq to Gaza and so many other places.”

The deadline for an agreement with Iran came and went today in Switzerland. Sources at the talks report that both Germany and France are ready to leave the talks as the US appears to beg for any kind of agreement.

The differences between the French and US positions go beyond process and into matters of substance. The lifting of sanctions, the scope of inspections, research and development capacities, the number of centrifuges Iran will be allowed to maintain and how long the agreement will last are all areas in which Paris and Washington differ. When we say Washington we directly refer to Obama, not the Pentagon.

In Lausanne last week, France rejected Iran’s demand to immediately lift UN Security Council sanctions linked to proliferation after an agreement, arguing that this can only come progressively with verifications.

French diplomats generally agree that Tehran’s enrichment program is solely aimed at obtaining a nuclear weapon and that a bad deal that allows the Iranians to keep enriching uranium at dangerous levels will lead to a disastrous game of regional proliferation.

Relations between Paris and Washington have become strained with suspicion ever since Syria used chemical weapons in August 2013 and Obama failed to enforce his “red line.” 

Several nations in Europe and in the Middle East no longer trust the US. From Germany, France, the UK and Turkey to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Qatar – US allies feel that Barack Obama is abandoning them for Iran – the world’s largest sponsor of Islamic terrorism.

Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia feel betrayed by Obama as they now take on ISIS in Iraq, Syria and Yemen without US support. Sources in the Middle East state that as the US allows Iran to have a nuclear weapon, Turkey and Saudi Arabia will immediately begin their own nuclear programs.

Many agree that while Iran chants “Death to America”, Obama appears to be creating both the environment and reality for a nuclear holocaust in the Middle East.
A reality that Iran appears ready to embrace.

UN Ignores Murder of Christians in Arab States

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New York, New York — March 31, 2015 … The United Nations is turning a blind eye to the murder of Christians and other minorities in the Arab world, said Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor.

“In 2013, three Iranian Christians were caught selling Bibles, found guilty of ‘crimes against state security,’ and sentenced to 10 years in prison.”

Prosor said that while minorities were persecuted and slaughtered throughout the region, “there is only one place in the Middle East where minorities have the freedom to practice their faith, to change faiths, or to practice no faith at all – and that is Israel.”

“It’s time for the U.N. Security Council to break its silence on the murder and expulsion of Christians and other minorities in Arab states,” the Israeli envoy said.

“Since Hamas took over in 2007, half of the Christian community has fled Gaza. After the PA took control of Bethlehem in 1995, Palestinian gunmen seized Christian homes and looted the Church of Nativity. Owing to this persecution, the city’s Christian population fell by nearly 70%.”

Prosor also praised the Kurdish fighters in Iraq for their courage and called on the international community to back them, stressing the Kurds’ right to political independence.

Earlier, Prosor warned against allowing a Hamas-controlled terrorist state to be established in Judea and Samaria.

“The Palestinians want a state without negotiations, without compromise, and without a peace deal,” he said.

“Imagine what a state like that would look like — an extremist Islamist terrorist state. A state that will be funded by Iran, will be armed like Hezbollah in Lebanon, that will be as unstable as Syria and Iraq and as dangerous as the Islamic State.”

ISIS beheaded over a dozen members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority on a Libyan beach in February. The UN said nothing.

The mass execution with ISIS jihadists in black stood behind each of the victims, who were all dressed in orange jumpsuits with their hands cuffed behind them.

ISIS’s al-Hayat Media, included a masked English-speaking jihadi who said, “The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah, we will mix it with your blood.”

ISIS has imposed its barbaric rule on large areas of Iraq and Syria.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi confirmed in a statement that Egyptian “martyrs” had fallen victim to terrorism and expressed his condolences to the Egyptian people.

Twenty-one Egyptian Christians were kidnapped in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte in two separate incidents in December and January. Officials said all of them had been killed.

“Credible research has reached the shocking conclusion that every year an estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are murdered in the Middle East and Africa because of some relation to their faith,” Vatican spokesman Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi told the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Israel: Iran Seeks To Conquer Middle East

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By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem, Israel — March 30, 2015 … The following was communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at today Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem:

“I have just come from a conversation with US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Over the weekend I spoke with US Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. I heard from both of them about strong and continuing bipartisan support for Israel and of course this is very important.

I expressed to them our deep concern over the agreement being formulated with Iran in the nuclear talks. This agreement, as it appears, confirms all of our concerns and even more so.

Even as meetings proceed on this dangerous agreement, Iran’s proxies in Yemen are overrunning large sections of that country and are attempting to seize control of the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb straits which would affect the naval balance and the global oil supply.

After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is carrying out a pincers movement in the south as well in order to take over and conquer the entire Middle East. The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous for humanity and needs to be stopped.”

Netanyahu concluded: “The agreement being formulated in Lausanne sends a message that there is no price for aggression and on the contrary – that Iran’s aggression is to be rewarded. The moderate and responsible countries in the region, especially Israel and also many other countries, will be the first to be hurt by this agreement.

One cannot understand that when forces supported by Iran continue to conquer more ground in Yemen, in Lausanne they are closing their eyes to this aggression. But we are not closing our eyes and we will continue to act against every threat in every generation, certainly in this generation.”

 

Israel President Rivlin Appoints Netanyahu With Forming New Government

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — March 25, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the President’s Office of Israel to the Israel News Agency.

President of Israel Reuven Rivlin this evening, appointed outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu MK, with the task of forming the 34th Government of Israel, at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.  The President signed the official letter of appointment in his office with Prime Minister Netanyahu, before going on to make public statements.

“In democracy, majority rules, and the majority has made its voice heard clearly in this election,” said President Rivlin. “The role of the President in the election is to serve as a trustee of the public.  Having consulted with representatives of all the elected parties, I hereby announce that more than sixty-one Members of Knesset, have recommended the outgoing Prime Minister, Member of Knesset Benjamin Netanyahu, as the chosen candidate for the task of forming a government.”

“Sir, you receive today the appointment of forming the government. You have been awarded the trust, of this dear people, ‘the dwellers of Zion’.  With the current challenges which lie before us, upon you rests the heavy responsibility to build a stable, and as inclusive as possible government, and as soon as can be achieved.  We stand behind you, as you embark upon this important, and complex task.

Three critical missions lie before the incoming government and Knesset – the coalition and the opposition alike.  The first is the issue of the relationship between Israel and the United States, the most important of our allies.  The second is to return stability to the political system, and the rebuilding of public confidence in it.  We must not go back to elections in another two years.  And the third is healing the wounds, mending the painful rifts, which have gaped open in the past years, and widened further in the course of this recent election.”

The President continued: “Citizens of Israel, we have endured a difficult election period.  In the heat of our differences, it seems our sense of hearing has been dulled.  From every direction, things were said which ought not to have been said.  Not in a Jewish state, and not in a democratic state.  Fanning the flames serves no one.  The fire doesn’t only heat, it threatens to engulf in flames.  Today is the time to begin to heal these wounds.  It is a time to begin the task of mending the rifts.  We must be prepared, for more difficult times which may well come.  In order for us to be able to fight for our home, we must continue to build it together, all the citizens of Israel.  This responsibility rests on all our shoulders, and it rests on your shoulders, Mr. Prime Minister.  Together with all the Israeli people, I pray for your success.  I pray that your hand should be steady and your spirit strong.  Your success, is our success.  Your achievements, are our achievements.”

The Prime Minister responded: “I accept upon myself, with a deep sense of responsibility, the task of forming the government, which has been bestowed upon me.”

“I am moved, and aware of the magnitude of this responsibility.  I view myself as Prime Minister of each and every citizen of Israel.  I will act to mend the rifts which have opened up between different segments of society during the election.  We must put the election behind us, and focus on that which we have in common.  This is the way of a Jewish, democratic state, which maintains the rights of its citizens regardless of their faith, race or sex.  So it has always been, and so it always will be.”

Obama’s Malicious Tales Of Israeli Spying Dismissed By Congress

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By Herb Brandon
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — March 24, 2015 … Allegations of Israeli spying on Obama’s negotiations with Iran were exposed as false today by members of the US Congress.

Members of Congress were both surprised by and dismissive of a Wall Street Journal story that the Israeli government spied on the Iranian nuclear weapons negotiations and leaked information on the developing agreement to US legislators.

More than a half-dozen lawmakers in both parties and chambers denied receiving such briefings from Israel.

The Wall Street Journal reported: “The White House discovered the operation, in fact, when U.S. intelligence agencies spying on Israel intercepted communications among Israeli officials.”

“If anyone has a right to complain, one would think it would be the Israelis who are being spied on by the US as they seek means to defend their very survival,” said one Israeli security source. “If Israel had gathered any information it would most likely be from Iranian sources.”

Israel denied that it spied on the US.

“There is no way,” Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said about the prospect of spying on the United States.  He also said Israel received no complaints of such spying from the US., which the former military chief and head of military intelligence said would be expected in such a case.

“Israel does not spy on the United States, period, exclamation mark,’’ Yuval Steinitz, Minister for Intelligence and Strategic Sffairs, told Israel Radio on Tuesday. “Whoever published those false allegations possibly wanted to damage the excellent intelligence cooperation between us and the United States.”

“I’m not sure what the information was. But I’m baffled by it,” Speaker John Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. “No information (was) revealed to me whatsoever” on the talks.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, too, said he hadn’t been privy to any leaks from Israeli officials and joked to CNN that he felt “left out” after he saw the WSJ report.

Corker hinted to reporters that he felt the Wall Street Journal report was a continuation of a harassing, destructive and obsessive White House effort against Israel.

“I think y’all all understand what’s happening here. I mean, you understand who’s pushing this out,” he said.

Don’t Blame Netanyahu: Palestinians Don’t Want Peace

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BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

Washington — March 24 … Of all the idiocies uttered in reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning election victory, none is more ubiquitous than the idea that peace prospects are now dead because Netanyahu has declared that there will be no Palestinian state while he is Israel’s prime minister.

I have news for the lowing herds: There would be no peace and no Palestinian state if Isaac Herzog were prime minister either. Or Ehud Barak or Ehud Olmert for that matter.

The latter two were (non-Likud) prime ministers who offered the Palestinians their own state — with its capital in Jerusalem and every Israeli settlement in the new Palestine uprooted — only to be rudely rejected.

This is not ancient history. This is 2000, 2001 and 2008 — three astonishingly concessionary peace offers within the last 15 years. Every one rejected.

The fundamental reality remains: This generation of Palestinian leadership — from Yasser Arafat to Mahmoud Abbas — has never and will never sign its name to a final peace settlement dividing the land with a Jewish state. And without that, no Israeli government of any kind will agree to a Palestinian state.

Today, however, there is a second reason a peace agreement is impossible: the supreme instability of the entire Middle East. For half a century, it was run by dictators no one liked but with whom you could do business.

For example, the 1974 Israel-Syria disengagement agreement yielded more than four decades of near-total quiet on the border because the Assad dictatorships so decreed.

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That authoritarian order is gone. Syria is wracked by a multi-sided civil war that has killed 200,000 people and that has al-Qaida allies, Hezbollah fighters, government troops and even the occasional Iranian general prowling the Israeli border.

Who inherits? No one knows.

In the last four years, Egypt has had two revolutions and three radically different regimes. Yemen went from pro-American to Iranian client so quickly the U.S. had to evacuate its embassy in a panic. Libya has gone from Moammar Gadhafi’s crazy authoritarianism to jihadi-dominated civil war.

On Wednesday, Tunisia, the one relative success of the Arab Spring, suffered a major terror attack that the prime minister said “targets the stability of the country.”

From Mali to Iraq, everything is in flux. Amid this mayhem, by what magic would the West Bank, riven by a bitter Fatah-Hamas rivalry, be an island of stability? What would give any Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement even a modicum of durability?

Obama Attacks Netanyahu To Divert Media From Failed Iran Talks

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By THE EDITORS
National Review

March 20, 2015 … ‘Words matter,” White House secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today, by way of explanation for the Obama administration’s fresh, newly intense scorn for the government of Israel.

So they do — which is why it is so disturbing that the White House is twisting the words of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ignoring the torrent of hate and hypocrisy that has issued forth from the Palestinian side for years, and now using its own words to drive a real wedge between the United States and Israel. (The president did speak to Netanyahu today but, per the official readout, specifically congratulating the prime minister for winning a plurality of the Knesset probably didn’t help.)

Courting his supporters before the Israeli election this week, the White House says, Netanyahu used “divisive” rhetoric and disavowed the idea of a two-state solution, calling into question a principle that has undergirded Israeli–Palestinian negotiations for more than two decades now. In return, the White House is threatening to turn a blind eye to Palestinians’ abandonment of a different principle that has undergirded negotiations for more than two decades now.

The White House says Obama will “reevaluate” the U.S. position toward Israel at the United Nations, a threat that means, most immediately, the U.S. could drop its opposition to U.N. recognition of Palestinian statehood. The threat is likely empty, but publicly airing it is an incredibly contemptuous way to treat an ally — let alone one of our closest and most vulnerable ones.

The Palestinian Authority’s attempt to gain state-like recognition at the U.N. (they are currently trying to join the International Criminal Court) is a violation of the spirit of the Oslo accords, which reserves such issues to bilateral negotiations.

That was just one reason, alongside the increasing influence of Hamas and other security problems, why Prime Minister Netanyahu said before the election that he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state on his watch.

Here were his words: “Anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state and evacuate territory is just giving territory away to radical Islamic attacks against Israel. That’s the actual reality that has come about in recent years.”

So it is, which is why, when Netanyahu was then asked whether he would agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state during his time in office, he said no. This is an acknowledgment of reality, not reckless rhetoric.

At worst, combined with Netanyahu’s (ill-advised) expression of concern about high Arab turnout, it is a shadow of the kind of contempt that Palestinian officials regularly show for Israel.

Netanyahu quickly clarified his two-state-solution comment, reemphasizing after the election that he did not believe a Palestinian state feasible with the other side behaving as they are, rather than disapproving of the two-state solution in theory.

President Obama, unhappy with Netanyahu’s attempts to block a deal with Iran and generally uncomfortable with a realistic view of Israel’s enemies, is blowing the controversy vastly out of proportion, just as he did with Netanyahu’s address to Congress.

Obama, clearly, finds no joy or satisfaction in defending Israel on the world stage.

He may not understand why we do so at all. But he is not likely to stop doing it entirely, given the strong pro-Israel sentiment in this country. He is seeking a pound of flesh, some admission from Netanyahu that will make it look like he has pushed the two sides of the Arab–Israeli conflict closer together. (It could be, for instance, concessions on settlement construction.)

This episode, though, will do real damage to Israel’s trust in the United States.

If President Obama understood what this meant, or cared, he would know that his behavior is not just a betrayal of our ally and our own values — it emboldens our enemies and does nothing to move Israel and the Palestinians toward a secure, lasting solution. And once this crisis passes, there is not much to look forward to: The president will return to occasional diplomatic slights toward Israel, allowing more time for his preferred activity, negotiating giveaways to Iran.

Obama’s anti-Semitism – With Netanyahu Win, What’s His Revenge?

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — March 19, 2015 … Netanyahu won. Obama lost. Obama, who hired a team of veteran campaign operatives and sent them to Israel to form OneVoice and V15 to defeat Netanyahu, lost. That makes Obama a wounded animal. He truly does not care what others think or feel. If they don’t his embrace his socialist agenda – they are out.

Obama made two mistakes with Netanyahu. He forgets that he’s Israeli. Yes, Bibi has a fine American accent, but his heart and brain are very Jerusalem. Netanyahu did not come to Congress to satisfy his ego or to secure another term as Prime Minister. He came to Washington to defend his home. To defend Israel.

When you attack Netanyahu, you attack Israel. You attack the Israeli family and we are very family whether you are Right or Left, male or female, black or white, Reform or Orthodox.

And if you attack Israel – you attack the Jewish nation.

And this is why Obama lost.

But why were Obama operatives in Israel in the first place? This is what the CIA does in Syria, Qatar or Iran – not to a close, trusted ally – the only democracy in the Middle East – Israel.

Second mistake – Barry, we don’t live in Washington. We live 6,000 miles away where we experience Islamic terrorism on a daily basis. Where thousands of Hamas, Hezbollah and Iranian missiles are pointed at us. We will not allow one of those missiles to carry a nuclear weapon. One Holocaust was enough. We will never compromise on our security.

Obama’s background is Islamic. In his early years he learned that Jews were secondary. Obama actually embraces Iran more than Israel. And this is where his latent or blatant anti-Semitism has it’s roots.

I will quote talk show host Mark Levin who appeared on Fox News last night:

“He doesn’t like Congress. He’s got his pen and his phone. And when Congress doesn’t do what he says he’s off doing his best Benito Mussolini. He doesn’t like Netanyahu. Netanyahu just won in a landslide; Obama’s never won in a landslide. The American people rose up in November and told Obama how they are disgusted with his programs and his policies. And what did he do? He turned around and spat in our faces. And he does the same in 2010 when they lose the House of Representatives. 

Obama has more ability to work with dictators and genocidal types than he does with people who are elected democratically. The fact of the matter is, Sean, I want to say this and this is important. Eric Holder said that this nation is full of cowards because we won’t have a discussion about race. Well, I think this nation needs to have a discussion about what’s going on in this White House and this administration about anti-Semitism. Because this White House and it’s reaching out to Sharpton, the Muslim Brotherhood, CAIR, all these radical nut jobs and groups, their policies which are — it’s not just Netanyahu. They’re willing to throw Israel over the side for the Islam regime in Tehran.

This president’s former relationships with [Rashid] Khalidi, the professor in Columbia now, with Wright the so-called reverend from Chicago. This president has a lot to answer for, and his conduct is contemptible. And I don’t care how many liberal Democrat donors — hold on now. I don’t care how many liberal Democrat donors he has who are Jewish. He can hide behind them all he wants. But Mr. Holder, Mr. Obama, let’s have a national discussion about the anti-Semitism that reeks from your administration.”

When Barry does finally call Netanyahu, it won’t be to congratulate him. It will be to hurt him, hurt Israel, hurt every Jew who stands for the defense of Israel. Obama will tell Netanyahu that he and the so-called Jews of J Street will use the UN to hurt, to castrate Netanyahu.

Update – That call came about an hour ago. Obama reiterated his support for Israel “alongside a sovereign and viable state of Palestine.”

Does that mean Obama does not support Israel unless there is a state of Palestine?
And just who is Israel supposed to make peace with – Hamas, Islamic Jihad, ISIS or Hezbollah?

Obama forgets – hurting Bibi is to hurt every man, women and child who wears a Star of David. J Street does not wear a Star of David. These are not Jews. They are employees of Obama & Co.

President Obama, swallow that Netanyahu won. Move forward. You made your phone call. Now understand Israel’s security and defense needs or become a target of impeachment.

Israeli’s, American Jews and Christians are not threatening on this one.

In Israel A Vote for Herzog Is A Vote For Iran, Hezbollah

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By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem — March 16 … An annual security report delivered recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats, after years in which they were featured in similar reports.

In describing Iran’s regional role, the unclassified version of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communitiesdated February 26, 2015, noted the Islamic Republic’s “intentions to dampen sectarianism, build responsive partners, and deescalate tensions with Saudi Arabia,” but cautioned that “Iranian leaders—particularly within the security services—are pursuing policies with negative secondary consequences for regional stability and potentially for Iran.

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“Itzhak, if you work with us we will
make sure OneVoice, V15 gets you in.”

Iran, which is developing nuclear weapons and has sworn as recently as this week to wipe Israel off the map, controls the Hezbollah terror organization with over 50,000 missiles in Lebanon and Hamas which is rebuilding terror tunnels into Israel from Gaza.

In November 2014 Iranian General Mohammad Ali Jafari declared: “The range of our missiles covers all of Israel today.  That means the fall of the Zionist regime, which will certainly come soon.”

In December of 2014, PM candidate Isaac Herzog, who has very limited military and no geopolitical experience, stated: “I trust the Obama administration with Israel’s security.”