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Bibi Addressed Opening of Conference of Presidents’ 42nd Leadership Mission to Israel

Monday, February 15th, 2016

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations convened its 42nd consecutive annual Leadership Mission to Israel today with a delegation of more than 100 leaders from the Conference’s 53 member organizations, the largest group ever.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the group at an opening dinner and thanked the delegates for “taking the message of Israel far and wide,” referring to the recent visits to Turkey and Egypt by Conference members. He emphasized his commitment to the unity of the Jewish people saying, “All Jews must feel at home and welcome in Israel.”

Netanyahu identified two parallel contradictory trends worldwide: an ongoing multinational hostility toward Israel at the UN, ICC, and EU together with what he termed an “obsession” with Israel in international forums. While at the same time, countries like China, India, Russia and Japan are coming to Israel because of their concern with militant Islam and the terrorism it produces and to benefit from Israeli operational experience and intelligence in fighting terror as well as Israeli technologies, such as cyber security, improved water management and desalination, agriculture and biotechnology.

“We need these countries who are coming to us to change their votes in international forums,” stressing the need to press this point.

Netanyahu identified what he called “a triple standard that is applied to dictatorships, democracies, and the Israeli democracy.”

He also noted that during the last year he has sensed a greater understanding of Israel internationally, in part because terrorism has touched all four corners of the earth.

Netanyahu told the group that major Arab countries are changing their view of Israel. They don’t see Israel as their enemy, but as an ally against the radical Islam of Iran and Daesh. “Israel straddles meeting challenges and seizing opportunities,” he said.

This perception was shared by Conference of Presidents Chairman Stephen M. Greenberg and Executive Vice Chairman/CEO Malcolm Hoenlein who positively described their meetings with President Erdogan of Turkey and President Sissi of Egypt in recent days.

The delegation met earlier in the day with Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, who explained the Transparency Bill currently making its way through the Knesset, saying that that “when foreign governments interfere out of the public eye, they undermine our sovereignty.” She also said that many of Israel’s critics are hypocrites because while they level accusations at Israel over alleged human rights violations, they say nothing about the bloodshed in Syria.

Major General (Ret.) Amos Yadlin also briefed the group on Israel’s current geopolitical situation. He highlighted the fact that “countries we studied as children don’t exist anymore, they have disintegrated.” Yadlin noted that five years into the “Arab Spring,” we expect to see more of the same in the coming five years as the “Middle East is in havoc and will continue to be so.”

On Iran, Yadlin said “the agreement is problematic, but not a holocaust.” He said there is no threat of a nuclear bomb in the near future, but in the long term, we understand that the Iranians will have a nuclear program. Furthermore, he said that unlike elsewhere in the world, ISIS is not the main threat to Israel, Iran and its proxies, particularly Hezbollah, are.

The proven and effective voice of organized American Jewry for six decades, the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations advances the interests of the American Jewish Community, promotes broad-based support for Israel, and addresses critical concerns facing Israel and world Jewry.

The delegation will be in Israel through Thursday, February 18 and will be meeting with high-level Israeli leaders, academics, diplomats and opinion makers across the political spectrum.

Jewish Press Staff

Former IDF Intelligence Chief Urges US, Israel, to Hinder Iran’s Nuclear Expansion

Monday, October 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) Maj. General (res.) Amos Yadlin, Director of The Institute for National Security Studies and former head of IDF Military Intelligence called on the US and Israel to continue pursuing their original goal of blocking Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon, following the implementation of its nuclear deal with the West.

Speaking to more than 1,300 Israeli Americans from around the US, at a panel discussion of “Post Iran Deal – A New Era” at the 2nd Annual National Israeli-American Conference in Washington, Yadlin said: “The deal is a catastrophe but it is done and unfortunately the issue is not going away. How do we go forward to deal with the deal?”

Yadlin said Israel must work with the Administration parallel to the existing deal. “We need to plan to confront nuclear and non-nuclear issues,” he reiterated. “Iran continues to send weapons to Hezbollah, Hamas and Assad in Syria. It is imperative that the breach with the US is healed in order to control Iran’s activities that continue to create chaos throughout the region.”

Yadlin added, “We must never lose sight of the fact that when the 15-year term of the Iran deal ends, Iran may very well have an unlimited stockpile of centrifuges.”

General Yadlin emphasized that both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama—as well as Obama’s successor—must use the next five years to prevent Iran’s empowerment. The new deal should be based on a strong defense package to equip Israel to cope with the fallout of the current deal.

Yadlin’s appearance followed an evening featuring speeches from Israel’s Leader of the Opposition MK Itzhak Herzog, Israel’s US Ambassador Ron Dermer, and Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked.

Ambassador Dermer said, “With the nuclear deal now moving ahead, Israel is also moving ahead, hoping to forge a common policy with the United States to address the continuing dangers posed by Iran.”

Dermer outlined areas where Israel will seek to cooperate with the US to counter the Iranian threat, including working together to ensure that Iran is complying with all its nuclear obligations, confront and roll back Iran’s aggression in the region, and tear down Iran’s global terror networks.

Udi Segal, senior diplomatic correspondent for Israel’s Channel 2 News, warned that “Israel cannot sit on its hands and wait. The US and Israel share values and both sides need to realize that we need each other and that we have common interests.”

JNi.Media

Herzog-Livni Drafts Potential Defense Minister

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The merged Labor party, AKA the “Zionist Camp” headed by Yitzchak Herzog and Tzipi Livni, has drafted former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin to fill its vacuum for a future Defense Minister if it forms the next government.

Israel Radio (Voice of Israel) was quick to promote Yadlin Tuesday morning with soft-glove questions that allowed him to show off his knowledge.

He divulged the astounding opinion that anyone who wants to kill Israelis should be killed first, apparently a revolutionary concept for Israel Radio, which has a blatant leftist agenda even though it is supposed to be non-political.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Massive Rocket Barrage Blankets South

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Israelis around southern Israel spent Thursday morning in their bomb shelters as Hamas terrorists continued their assault on Jewish civilians from Beer Sheva to Ashkelon.

More than three dozen missiles hit Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beer Sheva, the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, the Eshkol Regional Council and other non-military locales inside Israel this morning. Injuries were reported in the Eshkol Regional Council, including one woman who had a car accident when the siren gave her a fright and she became distracted from the road.

Amos Yadlin, a former Israeli Air Force general, IDF military attaché to the United States and the current head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, estimated to Israel News that Hamas rocket stockpiles have dwindled to 1,500, based on calculations that the terror gang had 10,000 rockets on the eve of Operation Protective Edge. He said the IDF has destroyed about 5,000 rockets over the past six weeks, and said the Palestinians have fired 3,500 rockets during the current escalation.

Yadlin said dwindling supplies are the reason Hamas has scaled back its terror attacks on the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem areas.

Following is a partial list of rocket attacks against Israeli civilians since Thursday morning.

 

12:57: Multiple sirens in the Ashdod and Ashkelon districts.
12:56: Sirens sounding in the Ashdod district.
12:55: Another round of rocket fire in the Ashkelon district.
12:54: Sirens sounding in Yad Mordechai and Netiv HaAsarah.
12:48: Sirens sounding throughout the Ashkelon district.
12:40: Six terrorists firing rockets were killed in an IAF targeted strike.
12:39: Sirens sounding in Gaza border communities at this time.
12:21: A rocket exploded in an open area near Ramle, B’chasdei Hashem without fatalities or injuries.
12:08: Sirens sounding in Zikim and Karmiya. Multiple sirens in the Ashdod and Ashkelon districts.
12:07: Sirens sounding throughout the entire Ashkelon and Ashdod Districts.
12:01: Sirens sounding in Naot Chovav again along with Ofakim, and other areas in the Ashkelon/Beersheva districts.
12:00: Sirens Ashkelon and Beersheva districts at this time.
11:59: Sirens sounding in Naot Chovav in the Negev District.
11:57: Sirens sounding in Nirim, Nachal Ohz, Alumim and Ein HaShloshah.
11:51: Sirens sounding in the Shvelah area including Beit Uziel, Gezer, Ganei Hadar, Ganei Yochanan, Chulda, Yad Rambam, Yesodot, Yatzitz, Kfar Ben Nun, Kfar Shmuel, Karmei Yosef, Mazkeret Batya, Bilu Center, Mishmar Ayalon, Mishmar David, Netzer Chazani, Ramot Meir and many other municipalities.
11:17: A mortar shell struck a kindergarten in the Eshkol Regional Council. B’chasdei Hashem the building was empty.
10:46: Sirens sounding in Kissufim.
10:32: A total of nine mortar shells have landed in the Eshkol district resulting in one person sustaining light injuries.
10:12: Sirens in Nir Am at this time.
09:49: Three very high ranking Hamas commanders have been killed by the IDF.
09:48: Sirens sounding in Kissufim.
09:03: 170 rockets were fired at Israel on Wednesday, a record since the start of Operation Protective Edge.
08:03: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.
07:01: Sirens sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council.

 

Meir Halevi Siegel

Former IDF Intel Chief ‘Not Going to Turkey’ for Arrest

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin told the Reuters news service Monday evening that he has no plans to respond to the arrest warrant issued by an Istanbul court in Turkey this week.

“I will not visit Turkey, just as I won’t arrive in Syria, Iran or North Korea,” Yadlin commented.

The former military intelligence chief now heads Israel’s National Institute for Strategic Studies. He was charged in connection with his part in the military response to the violation of Israel’s territorial waters off the coast of Gaza in 2010 by a six-vessel flotilla, including the Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara.

The vessels were attempting to break Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza, which prevents the transfer of weapons, ammunition and other contraband to Gaza terrorists. Nine armed terror activists died after attacking Israeli Navy commandos who boarded the vessel after repeated Israeli instructions to change course and head for Ashdod port were ignored.

Hana Levi Julian

Ex-intel chief invites Saudi royal to Jerusalem to talk peace

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Israel has not accepted the Saudi peace initiative because the Arab League has turned it into a take-it-or-leave-it deal, Israel’s former military intelligence chief said.

Amos Yadlin, who headed the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate from 2006- 2010, made the statement during a public talk in Brussels with Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, director of the General Intelligence of Saudi Arabia from 1979 to and the youngest son of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.

Yadlin invited Faisal Al Saud to Jerusalem to discuss the details of the proposal but the Saudi declined and called the invitation an unhelpful appeal to emotion and distraction from the main issue.

“The real problem is that the Saudi initiative became the Arab League dictate in a summit in Beirut in 2002,” Yadlin said. “The Saudis modified it into a take it or leave it offer with parameters we can’t accept: Mostly in the issue of returning the Golan to Syrians,” Yadlin said, adding that the settling of the Palestinian refugee problem was also a stumbling block.

Faisal Al Saud disputed Yadlin’s assertion and retorted that Israel should accept the proposal in principle, “and then negotiate on the details.”

The meeting was organized by the German Marshall Fund as follow-up to a public exchange in Munich four months ago between Faisal Al Saud and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is also Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians.

The Saudi asked Livni why Israel did not follow up on the initiative, which Saudi Arabia tabled in 2001 and which proposes normalization of ties between Israel and Arab League members in exchange for an Israeli withdrawal from all areas Israel captured in 1967 and  a “just solution” to the Palestinian refugee issue that would be “agreed upon” by the parties. Yadlin, who attended the talk in Munich, agreed to provide a reply in Brussels, the talk’s moderator, The Washington Post associate editor David Ignatius, said.

“There is nothing under the table, no hidden agreement or underhanded move or secret clauses to it, the Arabs will recognize Israel diplomatically, normalize relation and hostilities in return for Israel withdrawing from all lands occupied in ’67,” he said.

The speakers, who started off amicably, interjected each other’s sentences after Yadlin invited  Faisal Al Saud to come to Israel, “pray at the [Al Aqsa] Mosque … and come to Knesset and speak to the Israeli people.”

Faisal Al Saud said he would “absolutely not consider it” and criticized Yadlin, saying: Let us not use emotions as means to influence or attempt to divert attention here from the important issue that the Arabs put forward what the rest world agrees is a viable and genuine, sincere proposition for a comprehensive solution.”

But Yadlin said the Arab peace initiative needs to be updated and should serve as a basis for further negotiations.

He added: [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu is prepared to come to Jeddah and Mecca tomorrow, tomorrow.”

 

JTA

Saudis Ordered Nuclear Weapons from Pakistan, Delivery Soon

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Mutually Assured Destruction has just gotten more mutual, with a story the BBC broke Thursday, about Saudi Arabia investing in a Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and getting its cut in atomic bombs. Isn’t free enterprise a peach?

“A variety of sources” have told BBC Newsnight there are NATO intelligence reports that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.

Interesting to recall now, as does the BBC, that former head of Israeli military intelligence Amos Yadlin told a conference in Sweden a month ago that once Iran gets the bomb, “the Saudis will not wait one month. They already paid for the bomb, they will go to Pakistan and bring what they need to bring.”

Which makes you wonder if it wasn’t Yadlin feeding this story to the BBC.

Since 2009, according to the BBC, when King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warned visiting US special envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross that once Iran crossed the threshold, “we will get nuclear weapons,” the Saudis have been sending the Americans many signals of their going ahead with the plan.

Because who wants to live next door to a nuclear Iran?

It’s interesting to note that the fact that Israel has been is possession of hundreds of nuclear bombs never stirred the Saudis next door into hasty action. Is it because they trust Israel, but they deeply mistrust and resent the Iranians? Strong possibility, right?

Back in the late 1980s, the Saudis purchased dozens of CSS-2 ballistic missiles from China—in secret. These rockets are useless as conventional weapons, say the experts. Too inaccurate. But load them up with a nuclear warhead and it won’t really matter how accurate those things are – they’ll kill some Iranians. A lot of Iranians, actually. Enough of them to make the Islamic Republic think twice before it starts leaning on the Kingdom, making demands using their nuclear capability for leverage.

This summer experts at Jane’s reported a new Saudi CSS-2 base with missile launch rails aligned with Israel and Iran.

Just in case…

Yori Yanover

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