Monthly Archives: March 2015

Zeldin, Cruz: IRS To Investigate OneVoice, V15 for Violations In Israel Elections

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Zeldin: “It’s abundantly clear that OneVoice, a US taxpayer non-profit,
is fully engaged in political activities to oust the Israeli Prime Minister.” 

By Israel News Agency Staff

Washington — March 16, 2015 … U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin, have sent a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asking for information regarding the tax-exempt status of The PeaceWorks Network Foundation, most commonly known by the name “OneVoice,” after several media reports indicating OneVoice, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, has been using its resources to influence the outcome of the upcoming Israeli elections.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the planet, and there can be no doubt that their first target will be Israel, followed by the United States,” said Sen. Cruz. “Yet the Obama Administration seems much more interested in regime change in Jerusalem than in Tehran. In January, Rep. Zeldin and I sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking for information about whether the United States government is funding overtly political action in Israel designed to influence the upcoming election. While we still don’t have complete answers from Sec. Kerry, OneVoice’s actions raise significant questions about whether it has violated its tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization.”

“It’s abundantly clear that OneVoice, a U.S. taxpayer funded 501(c)(3), is fully engaged in political activities to oust the Israeli Prime Minister,” said Rep. Zeldin.

“It is important for IRS Commissioner Koskinen to assist with our efforts to hold OneVoice responsible for any possible violation of its tax exempt status. U.S. law must always be consistently enforced, and the IRS Commissioner must not make any special exception for OneVoice.”

As specified in the letter, a recent article in the Israeli ultra Left wing newspaper Haaretz reports that a U.S. taxpayer-funded non-profit organization called OneVoice is actively working with a campaign operation called Victory 2015 (V15) in an effort to influence the upcoming elections in Israel on March 17, 2015.

The letter continues: “Other media reports indicate that OneVoice ‘helped build the social network group [V15] into a proper campaign organization,’ and that ‘OneVoice has and still supports, according to statements it has also issued on its own behalf, the V15 campaign intended to topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, openly and declaratively.’ Another source has reported that one of the founders of V15 confirmed in an interview that V15 receives financial support from OneVoice:

V15 itself says that it is supported by the OneVoice organization. Nimrod Dweck, one of the founders of V15, told Israel’s Channel 2 anchor, Keren Neubach, that ‘OneVoice writes our receipts. They are our legal-organizational conduit.’ (emphasis added)”

The Internal Revenue Code clearly states that organizations that are exempt from the collection of income tax under Section 501(c)(3) may “not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.” This is an absolute prohibition, and the tax-exempt status of any organization that violates it is subject to revocation. As a result, Sen. Cruz and Rep. Zeldin requested that the IRS undertake the following preservation efforts, effective immediately:

Preserve all documents and records, including e-mail, e-mail-based calendar appointments, electronic documents, and other electronic data (electronic records), created since the date of The PeaceWorks Network Foundation’s request for non-profit organization status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that relate to OneVoice.  For the purposes of this request, “preserve” means taking reasonable steps to prevent the partial or full destruction, alteration, testing, deletion, shredding, incineration, wiping, relocation, migration, theft, or mutation of electronic records, as well as negligent or intentional handling that would make such records incomplete or inaccessible.

Exercise reasonable efforts to identify and notify former Treasury employees and contractors, subcontractors, and consultants who may have access to such electronic records that they are also to be preserved.

If it is the routine practice of any Treasury component, employee, or contractor to destroy or otherwise alter such electronic records, either halt such practices immediately, or arrange for the preservation of complete and accurate duplicates or copies of such records, suitable for production if requested.

Cruz and Zeldin also requested that the IRS answer the following questions and provide the following information no later than March 9, 2015:

A copy of The PeaceWorks Network Foundation’s Section 501(c)(3) application (or the Section 501(c)(3) application of any component or subsidiary organizations’ of The PeaceWorks Network Foundation, including any of the “OneVoice” organizations’).

A copy of The PeaceWorks Network Foundation’s (or any component or subsidiary organizations’, including any of the “OneVoice” organizations’) Internal Revenue Service Form 1023 and related documentation.

IRS’s position on whether The PeaceWorks Network Foundation’s (or any component or subsidiary organizations’, including any of the “OneVoice” organizations’) activities, as discussed in the provided public domain news accounts, indicate that the organization may be engaged in political activity.

IRS’s position on whether it considers The PeaceWorks Network Foundation’s (or any component or subsidiary organizations’, including any of the “OneVoice” organizations’) political activities violate its tax-exempt status as a non-profit organization under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3).

IRS’s position on whether The PeaceWorks Network Foundation’s (or any component or subsidiary organizations’, including any of the “OneVoice” organizations’) activities, including its partnership with the foreign campaign organization known as Victory 2015 (V15) violate either Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, any other provision of the Internal Revenue Code, or any other federal statute or regulation.

Any additional information in IRS’s possession about how The PeaceWorks Network Foundation (or any component or subsidiary organizations, including any of the “OneVoice” organizations) spends its funds, including any voluntary or involuntary financial reporting information.

What, if any, steps the IRS is taking to investigate The PeaceWorks Network Foundation’s (or any component or subsidiary organizations’, including any of the “OneVoice” organizations’) potential engagement in political activities, as described above.

In the letter, Cruz and Zeldin wrote, “Of course, private American citizens are free to engage in political activities according to their inclinations. It is not the role of the IRS to limit the free speech protections of the First Amendment or target organizations for their political beliefs. But in this case, OneVoice has not only received State Department grant funding for its activities, but is also potentially using its grant funding to directly impact a foreign election, and that, on its face, violates its status with the IRS.”

Left Wing Government In Israel Would Result In War

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Why is Iran developing nuclear weapons?
Can Israel’s Left “negotiate” with Iran, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas?

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem — March 15, 2015 … It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if a Left wing government takes over in Israel, both war and economic chaos would result.

Members of Israel’s security establishment have told the Israel News Agency that Hamas, ISIS, Hezbollah and Iran are constantly looking for weaknesses in Israel’s infrastructure.

“Israel’s enemies respect strength, not weakness. They respect Netanyahu. Strength is our only deterrence,” said Avi G.

“They know that Netanyahu would never enter into negotiations for land as these negotiations would only be a long term, lethal ploy. A false narrative for which Jihad allows in it’s strategy for total conquest. Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS and Iran have one and only one goal – the complete destruction of anything that represents the West, the complete destruction of democratic Israel.”

“If Herzog, Livni or Lapid get into power, who among our enemies will they negotiate with? Iran, ISIS and Hamas have made it very clear that they have one goal – ‘from the river to the sea’ – and if they can secure a few more kilometers of land from us, it will just make it that much easier for them to strike Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Ra’anana, Haifa and Hadera.”

“Will the prospect of war and war itself produce a more stable economy?,” asks Avi?

“The real tragedy here is that the Israeli people have one of if not the most experienced leader in global politics and military strategy. But they are being fed false hopes for a magical, Utopian, economic change by a One Voice, V15 campaign paid for and coordinated by Barack Obama. When the US Senate finishes its investigation into how the White House is using the US State Department to interfere in an Israeli election, we can expect a few to wind up in prison. But at what price? A war and broken economy?”

One of the main arguments of the Left against Netanyahu is a very false claim that the economy has been suffering under Netanyahu’s leadership.

It’s a lie. It’s actually a Nazi tactic. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Even if this argument is repeated over and over again, it remains erroneous.

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The economy has in fact never been better. Israel’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the OECD, and the rate of participation in the workforce keeps on growing. Both the median and the average salary, which were historically very low in Israel, have started rising.

Netanyahu has sought foreign investment in a variety of areas and the investors have poured billions of dollars into Israel – producing more jobs, more cash flow. Google, Apple, Facebook, Intel and hundreds of others in the StartUp Nation are today doing most of their R&D in Israel.

The number of those in poverty, while still high, started going down under Netanyahu’s leadership. The inequalities in income distribution have also started to go down.

Prices kept rising for years and recently they started going down. The Likud, led by Netanyahu, brought competition to the cellphone market, the airline, Internet and television industries, and to many more areas. The overly centralized economy is finally seeing some competition. 

If this is the case, how is it possible that the Left bases its whole political campaign against Netanyahu on such a blatant lie? There are two main reasons for this. First of all, the economy has various historic problems that the Likud under Netanyahu started to fix.

While we can see a real positive change due to Likud’s efforts, the economy is still not perfect. Even if prices started going down, they are still high. Even if the number of those in poverty started to go down, the number is still high. However, when looking at the effectiveness of a government, one cannot judge the government in a vacuum, but rather judge the direction the government is going in – a good direction or a bad direction? What is the current trend? Netanyahu’s government is clearly going in the right direction.

One would normally have to scratch their head to ask why so many are voting for “change” in Israel when this so-called change, a true weakness would invite a regional war and an economy that would start to look more like Greece. One must remember that the Left’s campaign slogans and door to door marketing is an imported product of Barack Obama. It’s really good marketing but when looking for the end result – just look at what Obama did to the US.

“If you want your insurance plan and your doctor, you can keep your insurance plan and doctor,” stated Obama. Today we see that there was never any truth in this policy, that US borders are wide open, blacks are shooting at white policemen and the Middle East is on fire.

So are you going to believe the Obama, financially backed Left when they state: “If you want security, peace and prosperity, you can keep your security, peace and prosperity”?
Or in other words – “Anyone other than Bibi.”

Sure – just give back more land and watch the missiles fly.
No one will have to worry about employment and a growing economy.
At least one campaign promise by the Left will be realized.

 

Will Mossad Give Evidence to Senate Probe Of Obama Ties to Anti-Netanyahu Effort?

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OneVoice, Victory 15 campaign – paid by Obama?

Special By Fox News

March 14, 2015 — Washington … A powerful U.S. Senate investigatory committee has launched a bipartisan probe into an American nonprofit’s funding of efforts to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Obama administration’s State Department gave the nonprofit taxpayer-funded grants, a source with knowledge of the panel’s activities told FoxNews.com.

The fact that both Democratic and Republican sides of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations have signed off on the probe could be seen as a rebuke to President Obama, who has had a well-documented adversarial relationship with the Israeli leader.

The development comes as Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel Two television station this week that there were “governments” that wanted to help with the “Just Not Bibi” campaigning — Bibi being the Israeli leader’s nickname.

It also follows a FoxNews.com report on claims the Obama administration has been meddling in the Israeli election on behalf of groups hostile to Netanyahu. A spokesperson for Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican and chairman of the committee, declined comment, and aides to ranking Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, did not immediately return calls.

The Senate subcommittee, which has subpoena power, is the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ chief investigative body with jurisdiction over all branches of government operations and compliance with laws.

“The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations does not comment on ongoing investigations,” Portman spokeswoman Caitlin Conant told Foxnews.com.

But a source familiar with the matter confirmed for FoxNews.com that the probe — undisclosed until now — was both underway and bipartisan in nature.

According to the source, the probe is looking into “funding” by OneVoice Movement – a Washington-based group that has received $350,000 in recent State Department grants, and until last November was headed by a veteran diplomat from the Clinton administrations.

A subsidiary of OneVoice is the Israel-based Victory 15 campaign, itself guided by top operatives of Obama’s White House runs, which seeks to “replace the government” of Israel.

“It’s confirmed that there is a bipartisan Permanent Subcommittee inquiry into OneVoice’s funding of V15,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity about the American group, which bills itself as working for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In his television interview, Netanyahu said the coalition seeking to oust him is generously funded by foreign donors who are also encouraging a high voter turnout among Israel’s Arab and left-wing voters in a bid to replace the existing leadership.

He characterized the campaign against him as “unprecedented.” While Netanyahu pointed the finger at “European countries and left-wing people abroad,” some observers note that he held back from openly criticizing Obama during his recent trip to the U.S. to address Congress on problems his government sees with administration-backed efforts to reach a nuclear weapons inspection deal with Iran.

“We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel,” Netanyahu told lawmakers — while Obama refused to meet with the Israeli leader, and later criticized his speech as “nothing new.”

No direct link has been confirmed between Obama and the anti-Netanyahu campaign in Israel, but polls have shown that a large majority of Israelis believe the administration has been interfering in the election, set for March 17.

One expert told FoxNews.com earlier this month the State Department grants constituted indirect administration funding of the anti-Netanyahu campaign by providing OneVoice with the $350,000 — even though State Department officials said the funding stopped in November, ahead of the announcement of the Israeli election.

Gerald Steinberg, founder and president of NGO Monitor, which tracks money flows to unmask non-governmental organizations that deviate from their stated human rights or humanitarian agendas, said even ostensibly unrelated grants keep an organization going during periods it is not engaged in political activity.

Indeed, by January, OneVoice – whose focus on Israel’s 1967 borders as a negotiating starting point reflects Obama’s thinking but is counter to Netanyahu’s – had announced its partnership with V15.

Around the same time, Jeremy Bird, who served as Obama’s deputy national campaign director in 2008, and his national campaign director in 2012, arrived in Israel to help direct V15. Bird took with him additional former Obama campaign operatives to help V15 achieve its goal of knocking on one million doors to make the case for a change in Israel’s leadership.

OneVoice is barred from directly targeting Netanyahu by U.S. law regulating its tax-exempt status, and doing so would threaten that status.

One Voice spokesman Payton Knox denied claims the group is working with the administration in the upcoming Israeli election.

“OneVoice is eager to cooperate with any inquiry,” he said Saturday. “And after a fair examination, we are confident no wrong doing will be found.”

But the recent FoxNews.com investigation showed that the nonprofit, in its 2014 Annual Report, said its Israel branch would be “embarking on a groundbreaking campaign around the Israeli elections.” In partnering with V15, the two groups have operated from adjacent offices in Tel Aviv.

In addition to McCaskill, other Democrats on the subcommittee are Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

 Republican subcommittee members, who form the majority, are Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Rand Paul of Kentucky, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, in addition to Portman.

State Department documents say the grants to OneVoice were meant for the group’s work in encouraging both Palestinian grass-roots civic activism and Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. The State Department itself, meanwhile, denied any of the funds had been used for election campaign activities despite OneVoice’s backing of V15.

Launched in 2002 by snack bar mogul Daniel Lubetzky and boasting the star power of such celebrities as Brad Pitt, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman and Sir Paul McCartney among its honorary advisors, OneVoice was headed until November by Marc Ginsberg, who advised President Carter on Middle East policy and served as President Clinton’s ambassador to Morocco.

Ginsberg, who has described the administration’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a “window of opportunity,” is now serving OneVoice as “special advisor” after resigning as CEO at a time that turned out to be just ahead of the early December announcement of the Israeli election.

“I resigned on November 11, 2014, because I had only committed to serve as CEO for one year and my resignation was effective December 19, 2014,” he wrote in an email to FoxNews.com. “I agreed to be available after that as a Senior Adviser on an occasional basis to the organization…along with many others, but have had ZERO decision-making authority over personnel, budgets, programs, etc. That responsibility was transferred to the Executive Director of the OneVoice Europe organization after I resigned.”

Netanyahu Visits Wounded Israel Border Police

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — March 12, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Border Police Headquarters in Jerusalem and met with the Border Police officers who were wounded in last Friday’s terrorist attack and the officers and security guards who were involved in neutralizing the terrorist.

Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri, Jerusalem Border Police Commander Amos Yaakov and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also attended the meeting.

 Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following remarks:

“I came here today to note the activity of the security forces on duty in Jerusalem, and to commend the fighters who, in recent weeks, have – time and again – foiled attempts to perpetrate terrorist attacks in our capital city.

In the end, the test is upon the person himself, the same police officers and the security guard who, at the decisive moment, simply did the work.

 The eyes of the entire world are on Jerusalem, our capital city. There are those who are trying to undermine it. There are those who are trying to ignite a religious war here. The sensitivity, wisdom and responsibility of the commanders, soldiers, security personnel and citizens is critical in order to maintain security in the city and prevent the same conflagration that extremist Islam is igniting throughout the Middle East.”

Netanyahu concluded: “This mission is very complex and I would like to thank those who are involved in the matter – the Police Commissioner, the Mayor of Jerusalem, the Israel Border Police commander, the police personnel, the volunteers and all of the fighters.”

Obama Advocates Free Speech At Selma But Forbids Jews Same Right in Washington

  PM Netanyahu addressing Congress
“I will go anywhere I am invited in order to enunciate the State of Israel’s
position and in order to defend its future and its existence.”

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — March 7, 2015 … US President Barack Obama spoke today in Selma, Alabama. Obama marked 50 years since 600 protesters speaking out against discrimination and demanding greater freedom and security faced off with Alabama state police .

The same Barack Obama used every PR asset in his office to silence Jews who arrived in Washington 4 days ago. Jews who came to protest  against a terror state – Iran – which is developing a nuclear weapon. Iran which has vowed to annihilate every Jew in Israel.

Obama called upon his Vice President and Secretary of State and every member of the democratic party to boycott a speech by a Jew spoken on behalf of all Jews. We are not talking about an enemy state, such as Iran which uses mock US Navy ships to fire at, but the elected Prime Minister of the most trusted ally of the US – Israel.

Obama, in trying to silence and discredit the Jew from Jerusalem and a Jew who survived Auschwitz, went as far as having his national security adviser Susan Rice describe Netanyahu’s speech  as “destructive” to the relationship between the United States and Israel.

In a recent news poll 84 percent of Americans have described the possible Obama deal with Iran as a ‘bad idea’. The US-Israel relationship has never been stronger!

Why would Obama want to silence Jews warning the world of a “bad deal” being made with Iran? Was it for the same reason that Franklin Roosevelt dismissed the Jews around him, warning him of a Holocaust in Europe?

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Free speech is fine in Selma,
but for Jews in Washington – not.

King Obama does not like to be criticized. And many think twice before saying one word in friendly disagreement with Obama. As for the Jews – the Jews of Israel who face thousands of missiles and a nuclear threat by Iran – they do and will continue to speak up.

Obama cried foul. He said that Netanyahu had “breached protocol”.
Netanyahu never breached protocol. In fact, Netanyahu advised the White House of his speech to Congress before the speech was given and even the New York Times admitted that there was no breach.

But even if there was a breach of protocol, what is more important – protocol or nuclear weapons in the hands of Islamic terrorists?

Who were these Jews who came to warn the US and the world of a second Holocaust?

They were many.
They came in the thousands to the AIPAC conference. Over 16,000 Jews stood in solidarity with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace prize winner Elie Wiesel.

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Obama was proud today to be among fellow blacks in the deep South speaking out for freedom and security.

Obama should respect Israel’s Prime Minister and Elie Wiesel when they speak out for freedom and security.

“As prime minister of Israel, I am obligated to make every effort in order to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons that would be aimed at the State of Israel,” Netanyahu declared before his speech to Congress.

“This effort is worldwide and I will go anywhere I am invited in order to enunciate the State of Israel’s position and in order to defend its future and its existence.” 

In finishing his speech at Congress, which was standing room only and had over 26 standing ovations, Netanyahu looked up and pointed to  Elie Wiesel in the gallery: “And I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned. I can only urge the leaders of the world not to repeat the mistakes of the past. Not to sacrifice the future for the present; not to ignore aggression in the hopes of gaining an illusory peace.”

“But I can guarantee you this, the days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over.”

The Jews of Israel will abide by Obama’s words today in Selma: “We know the march is not yet over, the race is not yet won.”

We are not fighting against discrimination.
We are fighting for our very survival.
We will not be passive.

Netanyahu’s Speech to US Congress: “Never Again”

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US Congress – Fully Packed, 26 Standing Ovations.

By Israel News Agency Staff

Washington, D.C. — March 3 … Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office to the Israel News Agency.

“Speaker of the House John Boehner, President Pro Tem Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy,

I also want to acknowledge Senator, Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Harry, it’s good to see you back on your feet. I guess it’s true what they say, you can’t keep a good man down.

My friends, I’m deeply humbled by the opportunity to speak for a third time before the most important legislative body in the world, the U.S. Congress. I want to thank you all for being here today. I know that my speech has been the subject of much controversy. I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention.

I want to thank you, Democrats and Republicans, for your common support for Israel, year after year, decade after decade. I know that no matter on which side of the aisle you sit, you stand with Israel. The remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States has always been above politics. It must always remain above politics. Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny, the destiny of promised lands that cherish freedom and offer hope. Israel is grateful for the support of  America’s people and of America’s presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.

We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel. Now, some of that is widely known. Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N.

Some of what the president has done for Israel is less well-known. I called him in 2010 when we had the Carmel forest fire, and he immediately agreed to respond to my request for urgent aid. In 2011, we had our embassy in Cairo under siege, and again, he provided vital assistance at the crucial moment. Or his support for more missile interceptors during our operation last summer when we took on Hamas terrorists. In each of those moments, I called the president, and he was there.

And some of what the president has done for Israel might never be known, because it touches on some of the most sensitive and strategic issues that arise between an American president and an Israeli prime minister. But I know it, and I will always be grateful to President Obama for that support.

And Israel is grateful to you, the American Congress, for your support, for supporting us in so many ways, especially in generous military assistance and missile defense, including Iron Dome. Last summer, millions of Israelis were protected from thousands of Hamas rockets because this capital dome helped build our Iron Dome.

Thank you, America. Thank you for everything you’ve done for Israel.

My friends, I’ve come here today because, as Prime Minister of Israel, I feel a profound obligation to speak to you about an issue that could well threaten the survival of my country and the future of my people: Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons.

We’re an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we’ll read the Book of Esther. We’ll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies. The plot was foiled. Our people were saved.

Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated – he tweets. You know, in Iran, there isn’t exactly free Internet. But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed.

For those who believe that Iran threatens the Jewish state, but not the Jewish people, listen to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Iran’s chief terrorist proxy. He said: If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world.

But Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran’s regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world. To understand just how dangerous Iran would be with nuclear weapons, we must fully understand the nature of the regime. The people of Iran are very talented people. They’re heirs to one of the world’s great civilizations. But in 1979, they were hijacked by religious zealots – religious zealots who imposed on them immediately a dark and brutal dictatorship.

That year, the zealots drafted a constitution, a new one for Iran. It directed the revolutionary guards not only to protect Iran’s borders, but also to fulfill the ideological mission of jihad. The regime’s founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, exhorted his followers to ‘export the revolution throughout the world.’

I’m standing here in Washington, D.C. and the difference is so stark. America’s founding document promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Iran’s founding document pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad. And as states are collapsing across the Middle East, Iran is charging into the void to do just that.

Iran’s goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror. Backed by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians. Backed by Iran, Shiite militias are rampaging through Iraq. Backed by Iran, Houthis are seizing control of Yemen, threatening the strategic straits at the mouth of the Red Sea. Along with the Straits of Hormuz, that would give Iran a second choke-point on the world’s oil supply. Just last week, near Hormuz, Iran carried out a military exercise blowing up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier. That’s just last week, while they’re having nuclear talks with the United States. But unfortunately, for the last 36 years, Iran’s attacks against the United States have been anything but mock. And the targets have been all too real.

Iran took dozens of Americans hostage in Tehran, murdered hundreds of American soldiers, Marines, in Beirut, and was responsible for killing and maiming thousands of American service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Beyond the Middle East, Iran attacks America and its allies through its global terror network. It blew up the Jewish community center and the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. It helped Al Qaida bomb U.S. embassies in Africa. It even attempted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador, right here in Washington, D.C.

In the Middle East, Iran now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa. And if Iran’s aggression is left unchecked, more will surely follow.

So, at a time when many hope that Iran will join the community of nations, Iran is busy gobbling up the nations. We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror.

Now, two years ago, we were told to give President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif a chance to bring change and moderation to Iran. Some change! Some moderation!  Rouhani’s government hangs gays, persecutes Christians, jails journalists and executes even more prisoners than before.

Last year, the same Zarif who charms Western diplomats laid a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh. Imad Mughniyeh is the terrorist mastermind who spilled more American blood than any other terrorist besides Osama bin Laden. I’d like to see someone ask him a question about that.

Iran’s regime is as radical as ever, its cries of “Death to America,” that same America that it calls the “Great Satan,” as loud as ever. Now, this shouldn’t be surprising, because the ideology of Iran’s revolutionary regime is deeply rooted in militant Islam, and that’s why this regime will always be an enemy of America.

Don’t be fooled. The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn’t turn Iran into a friend of America. Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire.

In this deadly game of thrones, there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone. So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.

The difference is that ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube, whereas Iran could soon be armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs. We must always remember – I’ll say it one more time – the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war. We can’t let that happen.

But that, my friends, is exactly what could happen, if the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran. That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It would all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them.

Let me explain why. While the final deal has not yet been signed, certain elements of any potential deal are now a matter of public record. You don’t need intelligence agencies and secret information to know this. You can Google it. Absent a dramatic change, we know for sure that any deal with Iran will include two major concessions to Iran.

The first major concession would leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure, providing it with a short breakout time to the bomb. Breakout time is the time it takes to amass enough weapons-grade uranium or plutonium for a nuclear bomb.

According to the deal, not a single nuclear facility would be demolished. Thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium would be left spinning. Thousands more would be temporarily disconnected, but not destroyed.

Because Iran’s nuclear program would be left largely intact, Iran’s breakout time would be very short – about a year by U.S. assessment, even shorter by Israel’s.

And if Iran’s work on advanced centrifuges, faster and faster centrifuges, is not stopped, that breakout time could still be shorter, a lot shorter.

True, certain restrictions would be imposed on Iran’s nuclear program and Iran’s adherence to those restrictions would be supervised by international inspectors. But here’s the problem. You see, inspectors document violations; they don’t stop them.

Inspectors knew when North Korea broke to the bomb, but that didn’t stop anything. North Korea turned off the cameras, kicked out the inspectors. Within a few years, it got the bomb.

Now, we’re warned that within five years North Korea could have an arsenal of 100 nuclear bombs.

Like North Korea, Iran, too, has defied international inspectors. It’s done that on at least three separate occasions – 2005, 2006, 2010. Like North Korea, Iran broke the locks, shut off the cameras. Now, I know this is not going to come as a shock to any of you, but Iran not only defies inspectors, it also plays a pretty good game of hide-and-cheat with them.

The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, said again yesterday that Iran still refuses to come clean about its military nuclear program. Iran was also caught – caught twice, not once, twice – operating secret nuclear facilities in Natanz and Qom, facilities that inspectors didn’t even know existed.

Right now, Iran could be hiding nuclear facilities that we don’t know about, the U.S. and Israel. As the former head of inspections for the IAEA said in 2013, he said, ‘If there’s no undeclared installation today in Iran, it will be the first time in 20 years that it doesn’t have one.’ Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted. And that’s why the first major concession is a source of great concern. It leaves Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and relies on inspectors to prevent a breakout. That concession creates a real danger that Iran could get to the bomb by violating the deal.

But the second major concession creates an even greater danger that Iran could get to the bomb by keeping the deal. Because virtually all the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program will automatically expire in about a decade. Now, a decade may seem like a long time in political life, but it’s the blink of an eye in the life of a nation. It’s a blink of an eye in the life of our children. We all have a responsibility to consider what will happen when Iran’s nuclear capabilities are virtually unrestricted and all the sanctions will have been lifted. Iran would then be free to build a huge nuclear capacity that could produce many, many nuclear bombs.

Iran’s Supreme Leader says that openly. He says Iran plans to have 190,000 centrifuges, not 6,000 or even the 19,000 that Iran has today, but 10 times that amount – 190,000 centrifuges enriching uranium. With this massive capacity, Iran could make the fuel for an entire nuclear arsenal and this in a matter of weeks, once it makes that decision.

My long-time friend, John Kerry, Secretary of State, confirmed last week that Iran could legitimately possess that massive centrifuge capacity when the deal expires.

Now I want you to think about that. The foremost sponsor of global terrorism could be weeks away from having enough enriched uranium for an entire arsenal of nuclear weapons and this with full international legitimacy.

And by the way, if Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missile program is not part of the deal, and so far, Iran refuses to even put it on the negotiating table. Well, Iran could have the means to deliver that nuclear arsenal to the far-reaching corners of the Earth, including to every part of the United States. So you see, my friends, this deal has two major concessions: one, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program and two, lifting the restrictions on that program in about a decade. That’s why this deal is so bad. It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.

So why would anyone make this deal? Because they hope that Iran will change for the better in the coming years, or they believe that the alternative to this deal is worse?

Well, I disagree. I don’t believe that Iran’s radical regime will change for the better after this deal. This regime has been in power for 36 years, and its voracious appetite for aggression grows with each passing year. This deal would only whet Iran’s appetite for more.

Would Iran be less aggressive when sanctions are removed and its economy is stronger? If Iran is gobbling up four countries right now while it’s under sanctions, how many more countries will Iran devour when sanctions are lifted? Would Iran fund less terrorism when it has mountains of cash with which to fund more terrorism?

Why should Iran’s radical regime change for the better when it can enjoy the best of both worlds: aggression abroad, prosperity at home?

This is a question that everyone asks in our region. Israel’s neighbors, Iran’s neighbors, know that Iran will become even more aggressive and sponsor even more terrorism when its economy is unshackled and it’s been given a clear path to the bomb. And many of these neighbors say they’ll respond by racing to get nuclear weapons of their own. So this deal won’t change Iran for the better; it will only change the Middle East for the worse. A deal that’s supposed to prevent nuclear proliferation would instead spark a nuclear arms race in the most dangerous part of the planet.

This deal won’t be a farewell to arms. It would be a farewell to arms control. And the Middle East would soon be crisscrossed by nuclear tripwires. A region where small skirmishes can trigger big wars would turn into a nuclear tinderbox.

If anyone thinks this deal kicks the can down the road, think again. When we get down that road, we’ll face a much more dangerous Iran, a Middle East littered with nuclear bombs and a countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve come here today to tell you we don’t have to bet the security of the world on the hope that Iran will change for the better. We don’t have to gamble with our future and with our children’s future.

We can insist that restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program not be lifted for as long as Iran continues its aggression in the region and in the world. Before lifting those restrictions, the world should demand that Iran do three things. First, stop its aggression against its neighbors in the Middle East. Second, stop supporting terrorism around the world. And third, stop threatening to annihilate my country, Israel, the one and only Jewish state.

If the world powers are not prepared to insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal is signed, at the very least they should insist that Iran change its behavior before a deal expires. If Iran changes its behavior, the restrictions would be lifted. If Iran doesn’t change its behavior, the restrictions should not be lifted. If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country.

My friends, what about the argument that there’s no alternative to this deal, that Iran’s nuclear know-how cannot be erased, that its nuclear program is so advanced that the best we can do is delay the inevitable, which is essentially what the proposed deal seeks to do?

Well, nuclear know-how without nuclear infrastructure doesn’t get you very much. A racecar driver without a car can’t drive. A pilot without a plane can’t fly. Without thousands of centrifuges, tons of enriched uranium or heavy water facilities, Iran can’t make nuclear weapons.

Iran’s nuclear program can be rolled back well-beyond the current proposal by insisting on a better deal and keeping up the pressure on a very vulnerable regime, especially given the recent collapse in the price of oil.

Now, if Iran threatens to walk away from the table – and this often happens in a Persian bazaar – call their bluff. They’ll be back, because they need the deal a lot more than you do.

And by maintaining the pressure on Iran and on those who do business with Iran, you have the power to make them need it even more. My friends, for over a year, we’ve been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well, this is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. We’re better off without it.

Now we’re being told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That’s just not true. The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal: a better deal that doesn’t leave Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure and such a short breakout time; a better deal that keeps the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in place until Iran’s aggression ends; a better deal that won’t give Iran an easy path to the bomb; a better deal that Israel and its neighbors may not like, but with which we could live, literally. And no country has a greater stake – no country has a greater stake than Israel in a good deal that peacefully removes this threat.

Ladies and gentlemen,

History has placed us at a fateful crossroads. We must now choose between two paths. One path leads to a bad deal that will at best curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions for a while, but it will inexorably lead to a nuclear-armed Iran whose unbridled aggression will inevitably lead to war. The second path, however difficult, could lead to a much better deal, that would prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclearized Middle East and the horrific consequences of both to all of humanity.

You don’t have to read Robert Frost to know. You have to live life to know that the difficult path is usually the one less traveled, but it will make all the difference for the future of my country, the security of the Middle East and the peace of the world, the peace we all desire.

My friends, standing up to Iran is not easy. Standing up to dark and murderous regimes never is. With us today is Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. Elie, your life and work inspires to give meaning to the words, ‘Never Again.’ And I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned. I can only urge the leaders of the world not to repeat the mistakes of the past. Not to sacrifice the future for the present; not to ignore aggression in the hopes of gaining an illusory peace.

But I can guarantee you this, the days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over. We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We restored our sovereignty in our ancient home. And the soldiers who defend our home have boundless courage. For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves.

This is why as Prime Minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand. But I know that Israel does not stand alone. I know that America stands with Israel. I know that you stand with Israel. You stand with Israel because you know that the story of Israel is not only the story of the Jewish people but of the human spirit that refuses again and again to succumb to history’s horrors.

Facing me right up there in the gallery, overlooking all of us in this chamber is the image of Moses. Moses led our people from slavery to the gates of the Promised Land. And before the people of Israel entered the Land of Israel, Moses gave us a message that has steeled our resolve for thousands of years. I leave you with his message today, ‘Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them.’

My friends, may Israel and America always stand together, strong and resolute. May we neither fear nor dread the challenges ahead. May we face the future with confidence, strength and hope.

May God bless the State of Israel and may God bless the United States of America. Thank you.  You’re wonderful.  Thank you, America.”

 

Netanyahu: I Respect Obama, No Nukes For Iran

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By Rebecca McCann
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — February 28, 2015 … Part of the following was communicated by the Israel Regional Cooperation Ministry to the Israel News Agency.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening, on the eve of his departure for the US, visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and made the following remarks:

“On the eve my trip to the US, I came here to the Western Wall. I would like to take this opportunity to say that I respect US President Barack Obama. I believe in the strength of the relationship between Israel and the US and in their strength to overcome differences of opinion, those that have been and those that will yet be.”

Netanyahu continued: “As Prime Minister of Israel, it is my obligation to see to the security of Israel; therefore, we strongly oppose the agreement being formulated with Iran and the major powers, which could endanger our very existence. In the face of this danger we must unite and also explain the dangers stemming from this agreement, to Israel, to the region and to the world.”

“My responsibility is to worry not only about the State of Israel, but also the future of the Jewish people,” Netanyahu said.  “To stand up and raise our voice. Seventy, eighty years ago no one could raise their voice when there were plans to destroy us. Today there is, and it is my obligation.”

Netanyahu will arrive in Washington Sunday afternoon, and deliver a speech to AIPAC’s annual policy conference Monday morning that will focus on the strength of the US-Israel relationship. He is scheduled to have lunch with a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders on Tuesday afternoon after delivering his address to Congress, and then fly back to Israel.

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