web analytics
April 23, 2014 / 23 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Share Button

      An Arab-American politician recently appointed to a key position by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano helped raise funds for an Islamic group that has labeled a deadly anti-U.S. terrorist attack a “military operation,” referred to terrorists as “freedom fighters,” and equated Muslim jihad with the sentiments of American statesman Patrick Henry, this column has learned.
 
      In April, Napolitano appointed Arif Alikhan, then Los Angeles deputy mayor of homeland security and public safety, to serve as assistant secretary for the Office of Policy Development at the Department of Homeland Security.
 
      Just 13 days prior to his appointment by Napolitano, Alikhan joined the Muslim Public Affairs Council, or MPAC, for a special fundraiser to support what the group calls its innovative leadership development programs. MPAC describes itself as “a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims.”
 
      According to the website Discover the Networks, MPAC asserts the Hizbullah terrorist organization “could be called a liberation movement” and likens Hizbullah members to American “freedom fighters hundreds of years ago whom the British regarded as terrorists.”
 
      In a 1999 position paper, MPAC described Hizbullah’s 1983 bombing of the American Marine barracks, killing 220 Marines, as a “military operation” rather than a terrorist attack.
 
      In a November 1997 speech at the University of Pennsylvania, MPAC co-founder and executive director Salam Al-Marayati hailed the Hamas terrorist group as a political entity and a provider of social programs and “educational operations.”
 
      Al-Marayati equated jihad with the sentiments of prominent American Revolution figure Patrick Henry, whose “Give me liberty or give me death” declaration was, according to Marayati, “a way of looking at the term jihad from an American perspective.”
 

      Janelle Perez, a spokeswoman for Alikhan at Homeland Security, did not return this column’s request for comment before publication.

 

Hamas Leader Calls Meeting With Former

U.S. Diplomat An ‘Important Step’

 

      A meeting last month between Hamas leaders and former U.S. diplomat Thomas Pickering served as an “important step” to open eventual dialogue between the Islamic group and the Obama administration, Hamas’s chief political adviser in Gaza told this reporter.
 
      “Any meeting between Hamas and an American official or former official can help with opening the door for serious talks between Hamas and the American administration,” said Hamas’s top adviser Ahmed Yousef.
 
      “I do believe Obama is serious about a peaceful settlement to the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict, and he knows you can’t have a peaceful settlement without including Hamas,” Yousef said, speaking from the Gaza Strip.
 
      The Washington Post last week revealed that Pickering, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and the UN as well as former secretary of state Madeleine Albright’s deputy in the Clinton Administration, met in Geneva in June with Hamas leaders Bassem Naim and Mahmoud al-Zahar. Naim is Hamas’s health minister while al-Zahar is the chief of Hamas in Gaza.
 

      The State Department said the meeting between Pickering and Hamas was not sanctioned by the White House and that its official policy regarding the group remains unchanged.

 

Obama Inspires West Bank Growth

 

      Activists in Israel have launched a campaign using Barack Obama’s name to construct Jewish housing projects on West Bank hilltops in defiance of the U.S. president’s demands for a halt to all Jewish building in the strategic territory.
 
      The goal is to increase the Jewish presence in the West Bank, beginning with the re-establishment of the town of Homesh, which was one of four Jewish communities evacuated by Israel as part of the country’s 2005 Disengagement plan.
 

      Activists are looking for donations of any amount to help them expand Homesh, including a new hilltop community to be named after Obama. They are also encouraging those making online donations at www.obamahill.tkto send a formal letter to Obama making the White House aware of their building campaign.

 

U.S. Gets Nothing In Return For

Ambassador Returning To Syria
 
      The Obama administration did not extract any concessions from Syria in exchange for a decision last month to send a U.S. ambassador to Damascus, a top official from Syria’s Information Ministry told WorldNetDaily.
 
      Regardless of any State Department negotiations, the official claimed that Syria would not have ended its relationships with Iran, Hizbullah or various Palestinian organizations in exchange for the return of a U.S. ambassador in Syria.
 
      “There was no concession regarding any Syrian principles for having an American ambassador,” the information ministry official said, speaking from Damascus.
 
      “We would not accept any interfering in the Syrian sovereignty and the Syrian right to have independent foreign relationships,” said the official, referring to Syria’s military alliance with Iran.
 
      The U.S. withdrew its ambassador from Syria four years ago in protest against the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, an attack widely blamed on Damascus.
 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the book “The Late Great State of Israel.” Follow Klein on Twitter under the name “AaronKleinWND.”

Share Button

About the Author: Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York's 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m (CHANGE TO 7-9 p.m.). His website is KleinOnline.com


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

No Responses to “Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Who will he take to the dance?
It’s Prom Time, and Abbas Must Choose a Dance Partner – Israel or Hamas
Latest News Stories
The synagogue in Nikolayev, Ukraine was firebombed at 2 am this past Sabbath morning.

Tensions continue to mount in eastern Ukraine, with reports of casualties continuing to stream out of the provinces in dispute,

Enjoying the day at Ben Gurion University (BGU) campus.

Israeli researchers discover a common blood pressure medication can prevent epilepsy from developing after TBI.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Who will he take to the dance?

The Fatah terror faction has agreed to form a unity government — again with Hamas.

As the two governments continue to wage battle, it seems the main question is how the Ukrainian residents of the east really view themselves; are they western Russians or eastern Ukrainians?

An Israeli-American journalist has been kidnapped in eastern Ukraine and is being held hostage by separatists there.

The US has decided to begin restoring its military aid to Egypt, apparently in response to the Egypt-Russia MiG-35 deal that is on the table.

Attacks against former Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar get as petty as which robe he is wearing, and when he is running his Lag B’Omer bonfire.

 
MiG-35
43

The picture above is of a Russian MiG-35. It is Russia’s most advanced fighter jet. Reports say that Israel’s neighbors to the south will be getting 24 of them. In case you see one flying overhead, now you’ll know what it is.

A Holocaust memorial and the grave of the brother of the late Lubavitcher rebbe were vandalized in Ukraine, amid a string of anti-Semitic attacks in the country.

Bashar Assad will be running for president of Syria again…

This massive Russian-Egyptian arms deal is a slap in the face for President Obama and his failed foreign policy.

It is no wonder that Marionville is ”the home of the white squirrels.” Black ones wouldn’t stand a chance, forget about Jewish ones.

Jordan’s foreign minister summoned the Israeli ambassador to protest what it called Israel’s “violations” on the Temple Mount. The Jordanian government told Ambassador Daniel Nevo that recent clashes between Muslim worshippers and Israeli soldiers on the Temple Mount a violation of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan. The Temple Mount was closed to visitors […]

The chisel was found along with a gold bell that may have been on the clothes of the High Priest.

The IDF has announced it will begin to offer Israeli Christians the chance to enlist in Israel’s army.

A special unit in the Israeli army comprised solely of Bedouin trackers is keeping Israel’s northern border safe.

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/quick-takes-news-from-israel-you-may-have-missed-189/2009/07/22/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: