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Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

      Weatherman terrorists Williams Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn – close associates for years of President Obama – were involved in provoking chaos on the streets of Egypt last week in an attempt to enter the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to join in solidarity with the territory’s population and leadership.
 
      The protests were led by Jodie Evans, co-founder of Code Pink, a far-left activist organization formed in 2002 to protest America’s war in Iraq. The group previously met with Hamas and with leaders of the Taliban. Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obama’s presidential campaign.
 
      Also protesting in Egypt was Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the anti-Israel Electronic Intifada website. This reporter previously exposed that Obama spoke at pro-Palestinian events in the 1990s alongside Abunimah. In one such event, a 1999 fundraiser for Palestinian “refugees,” Abunimah recalls introducing Obama on stage.
 
      After arriving in Cairo last week, Evans appealed to Suzanne Mubarak, wife of Egypt’s president, to allow some 1,400 activists to cross from Egypt into neighboring Gaza to march there, deliver humanitarian aid, and stage a protest at an Israeli border crossing with thousands of Palestinian Gazans. Egypt’s Interior Ministry had said the march was illegal and a threat to national security.
 
      Mubarak reportedly offered to allow only 100 activists to cross into Gaza. The decision was at first reportedly accepted by Evans but was later rejected, leading to protests throughout Cairo all week under a heavy police presence. The rioters claimed some of the protests were violent, but the claim could not be immediately confirmed.
 
      Eventually, the protesters accepted the Egyptian offer of allowing about 100 marchers into Gaza. The marchers entered Gaza Wednesday and were reportedly met on the Gaza side by Hamas’ former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
 
      “We have managed to overcome the occupation plans and we will surely meet at the al-Aqsa Mosque and in Jerusalem, which will remain Arab and Islamic,” Haniyeh declared.
 
      Evans squarely blamed Israel for Egypt’s refusal to allow her group to cross en masse into Gaza.
 

      “It’s obvious that the only reason for it is to make Israel happy. Israel is behind the refusal – what other excuse could there be?”

 

Former Anti-Semitism Czar To Rosenthal: Stick To Your Job
 
      President Obama’s newly appointed anti-Semitism czar, Hannah Rosenthal, is guilty of “aiding and abetting anti-Semites around the world,” charged the anti-Semitism expert who held Rosenthal’s government position until last year.
 
      In her first major interview since becoming U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism in November, Rosenthal two weeks ago blasted Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. for his criticism of J Street, a lobby group accused of anti-Israel activity.
 
      This week, in a column at Cutting Edge, Rosenthal’s predecessor, Gregg J. Rickman, slammed Rosenthal for attacking Israel’s ambassador “in an Israeli newspaper in her official capacity, a position which dictates that she fights anti-Semitism, not breed it.”
 
      Rickman charged that Rosenthal “openly pick[ed] a fight with Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, thereby aiding and abetting anti-Semites around the world.”
 
      “If Ms. Rosenthal cannot figure out the borders and limits of her portfolio, perhaps then she should seek another position to avoid further embarrassment,” Rickman concludes.
 

      Rickman held Rosenthal’s position from 2006-2009. Rickman further accused Rosenthal of failing “to see that today’s anti-Semitism is so heavily dominated by anti-Zionism or anti-Israelism.”

 

Terror Attack Highlights Problem

Of U.S. Withdrawal
 
      A suicide-bomb attack targeting a CIA base in southeastern Afghanistan last week apparently was aided by a double agent who was working with the U.S., according to an American security official with specific knowledge of the attack.
 
      Experts, meanwhile, expressed concern that President Obama’s recently announced timetable for a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could prompt locals working with the U.S. to change allegiances out of fear of retaliation.
 
      In a speech a West Point last month, Obama announced a troop surge in Afghanistan that will eventually see about 30,000 more soldiers deployed to the country. Obama, however, also announced he would begin bringing units home in 18 months.
 
      While information indicated that last week’s suicide bomber in Afghanistan apparently had been planning his deception before Obama’s announced timetable, some analysts and security experts fear the president’s publicized troop withdrawal could jeopardize the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
 
      “No strategist advises to announce to the enemy the end date of one’s war effort,” Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, told this column.
 
      “It’s a foolish approach at best, a disastrous one at worst. I cannot imagine how, with such a limitation, developments in Afghanistan will evolve in a direction favorable to U.S. interests,” said Pipes.
 

      Larry Johnson, a former CIA analyst and former deputy director at the State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism, told this reporter that “countries in the region are worried more about their own security and will be self-reliant rather than depend on the U.S.”

 

300 Right-Wing Rabbis Meet U.S. Ambassador

 

      A coalition of hundreds of prominent Israeli rabbis met with the American ambassador to Israel to express their concern that U.S. efforts to create a Palestinian state may result in terrorism against Jews.
 
      According to a press release issued by the Rabbinical Congress for Peace, or RCP, U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham conceded he doesn’t know the ultimate outcome of future American efforts in the Israeli-Palestinian arena.
 

      The RCP is a coalition of more than 300 Israeli rabbinic leaders and pulpit rabbis.

      “Unfortunately all of our efforts until now have not succeeded,” Cunningham was quoted telling the rabbis. “We will continue to do everything we can to reach a just peace, but we don’t know what the outcome of these efforts will be.”
 

      Cunningham asked the rabbis to recommend a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

      RCP Chairman Rabbi Joseph Gerlitzky replied: “You must switch the entire approach to the situation. We all believe in the Holy Bible and up until now we tried every formula except for that which is delineated in the Bible.”
 
      Gerlitzky was referring to Israel retaining the biblical Jewish territories, including the strategic West Bank and all of Jerusalem. The U.S. supports the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.
 

      Cunningham assured the rabbis that President Obama’s Middle East efforts are carried out “with good intentions for the benefit and good of Israel and the Jewish people.”

 

      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.”

About the Author: Aaron Klein is a New York Times bestselling author and senior reporter for WND.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York's 970 AM Radio on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern. His website is KleinOnline.com.


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