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Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

   The Egyptian government believes July will be a decisive month that may see an Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to a senior Egyptian security official speaking to this column.
 
   The official said Egypt already has implemented security measures that take into account an Israeli strike against Iran within the next month or so.
 
   The Egyptian estimation could not be verified by officials in Jerusalem contacted for comment. Also, officials in the Palestinian Authority said they did not have any indication of a Middle East war erupting in the summer.
 
   But Mahmoud al-Zahar, Hamas chief in Gaza, told this column he believes a Middle East confrontation is likely, possibly in the next few months.
 
   “You don’t need to be a fortuneteller to see that Israel is planning something soon,” said al-Zahar, speaking on his cell phone from Gaza
 
   The Egyptian security official, meanwhile, said his country has bolstered its security forces along the border with Hamas-controlled Gaza, believing Iran will urge Hamas to retaliate against Israel during any war with the Jewish state.
 
   The security official said the Egyptian military has been placed on a general high alert. He said a decision two weeks ago to open the Egypt-Gaza border took into account the possibility of an Israeli military strike against Iran next month. He said during any future war between Israel and Iran, the Gaza-Egypt border will need to remain closed due to likely security threats from Gaza.
 

   Egypt’s estimation of a Middle East conflict may be particularly relevant since Israel has recently coordinated military training exercises with the Egyptian government. The drills were clearly aimed at Iran.

 

U.S. Makes Israel A Proposal

 

   The Obama administration is pressing Israel to allow future activist flotillas reach the Gaza Strip, according to an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office speaking to this column.
 
   Separately, an Israeli government official said the White House asked Netanyahu for concessions in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in exchange for U.S. opposition to the establishment of a United Nations commission to investigate Israel’s commando raid of a flotilla earlier this week that resulted in the deaths of nine violent activists.
 

   Previous UN commissions investigating the Jewish state were seen as biased against Israel, including a probe earlier this year that claimed Israel carried out war crimes during its defensive war in Gaza in 2009 targeting the Hamas terror group.

 

More Revelations From

The Manchurian Candidate
 
   A convicted felon and political consultant with close ties to the Obama administration helped provide a blueprint for the president’s health-care legislation, according to this reporter’s recently released, New York Times bestselling book, The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists.
 
   The book reveals that Robert Creamer, husband of Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., who was one of Capitol Hill’s most visible cheerleaders for Obama’s health-care bill, later wrote that his health-care platform and strategies are not about “policies” – “they are about the distribution of wealth and power.”
 
   Creamer also recommended the president “create” a national consensus that the country’s health-care system is in a state of crisis in order to push a radical new health-care plan.
 
   Creamer was sentenced to federal prison in 2006 after pleading guilty to bank fraud and withholding taxes while heading Citizen Action of Illinois. While in prison, he wrote a book titled How Progressives Can Win. Obama’s chief adviser, David Axelrod, touted Creamer’s book as providing “a blueprint for future victories.”
 
   His book was endorsed by other leading Democrats and by Andy Stern, a close ally of the president who, as head of the Service Employees International Union, has visited the White House more than any other individual.
 
   The Manchurian President found that during Creamer’s trial, more than 200 people provided letters of support to the court on Creamer’s behalf, including Axelrod and Carol Browner, who is now Obama’s energy czar.
 
   Creamer has served as a political consultant to multiple Chicago politicians, including the city’s mayor, Richard Daley, and its fallen governor, Rod Blagojevich.
 
   Creamer’s explicitly proposed that his health-care plan, written in 2006, be carried out in 2009, once a “progressive Democrat is elected President” and once Democrats could count on 60 votes in the Senate.
 
   Creamer wrote: “If we succeed in winning health insurance reform we will have breached the gates of the status quo. We will demonstrate that fundamental change is possible. Into that breach will flow a wave of progressive change.”
 
   In a July 10, 2009, Huffington Post article Creamer wrote that “progressives” needed to remember seven things to succeed. Foremost among them, that “the critical battles being fought in 2009 are not about ‘policies’ – they are about the distribution of wealth and power.”
 

   Creamer wrote that the money to pay for “exploding health-care costs for families” should come from the pockets of insurance and pharmaceutical companies and that they, the companies, will fight to maintain the status quo.

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant 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.

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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