The important and challenging task of protecting the city of Shechem (Nablus) and its surrounding area no longer is just a man’s job. The Home Front Command made history by welcoming the first female soldiers to guard the line in Nablus.
Female combat soldiers make up 30% of the force in the newly co-ed David Company and are serving in the volatile area of Shechem, where last month the IDF seized several Palestinian Authority weapons caches.
Driving through the base in an armored vehicle clad with heavy vests and carrying their M-16s, group of female soldiers easily dispels any outdated stereotype about women.
One of the women is Sgt. Jatemliansquy, who was born in Argentina and enlisted in the IDF a year and a half ago, several months after making Aliyah.
She is part of the Search and Rescue unit and says:
We want civilians in the area to feel protected by our battalion.
Since I joined this unit, what I like and what excites me most is that children come with drawings to wish you Shabbat Shalom and to say thanks.
This is one of those things I wanted to hear the most.
Argentinean Jewish community has rejected a government plan to work with Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) that killed 85 people.
Last Friday was the 21st anniversary of the attack, which has Iran’s and Hezbollah’s fingerprints but which never has been officially solved.
Jewish leader, Ariel Cohen, urged the government ‘’to take courageous stance and intensify the demands so that the accused Iranians can someday face justice,” the European Jewish Press reported.
Former Iranian senior officials have been on an Interpol capture list for years for their involvement in the AMIA bombing, but Argentine prosecutors have never been able to question them.
Courts have ruled against a previous agreement with Iran to investigate the bombing.
The death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman earlier this year is directly connected with the case because he was found dead hours before he was scheduled to present evidence that President Cristina Fernandez had tried to cover up Iran’s alleged role.
(JNi.media) Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is in trouble over her evoking of William Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” Jewish antagonist, Shylock, in an attempt to explain Argentina’s national debt to… schoolchildren.
Argentine Jews, needless to say, were not amused.
Kirchner told the kids that Argentina’s economic trouble could be understood by reading “The Merchant of Venice,” where the heartless Jewish moneylender seeks revenge on his nice, Christian debtors, whose only fault is that they took his money and wouldn’t give it back.
Kirchner tweeted that the idea had come to her after she asked the children what Shakespeare play they were reading and they told her: “Romeo and Juliet.”
And, so, she tweeted, “I said, you have to read the ‘Merchant of Venice’ to understand the vulture funds,” and that, apparently, made everybody laugh. So she tweeted, “No, don’t laugh, Usury and bloodsuckers have been immortalized in the greatest literature for centuries.”
The vulture banker, in case you haven’t been following the Argentine debt crisis over the past decade or more, is Jewish Billionaire Paul Singer, whom Kirchner and her Minister of the Economy Axel Kicillof have actually accused of behaving like a vulture — for insisting Argentina pay him back the $1.5 billion they owe him.
He’s dragged them through US courts, and has been beating them, to the point where the Argentine credit rating has been seriously curtailed. And when they offer him fistfuls of Argentine pesos he insists—Shylock that he is—on green bucks, which clearly spell, “In God we trust,” not in Argentine promissory notes.
This is, then, an ancient rivalry, and the President figured she was using humor to illustrate financial matters for the little ones.
Kirchner would not apologize, and instead tweeted an ad for “The Merchant of Venice” which was performed two years ago in Spain by an Israeli company.
Which means she honestly did not comprehend the difference between watching a WW2 movie and joining the Nazi party.
The last political celebrity to put his foot in his mouth over “The Merchant” was everybody’s favorite VP, Joe Biden. Speaking at a conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, Biden shared stories he’d heard from his son (now departed), Beau, about his military experience in Iraq as Major in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.
“That’s one of the things that he finds was most in need when he was over there in Iraq for a year,” Biden said, “that people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being…I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of, um, these women and men while overseas.”
Both Iran and its Lebanon-based proxy, Hezbollah, have been removed from the National Intelligence list of terrorism threats – the most authoritative document produced by the National Intelligence Agency.
Fox News‘ On The Record with Greta Susteren reported late Tuesday on information found in the unclassified version of the report, the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities 2015 (PDF), dated February 26, 2015. An annual report, this one was delivered recently to the U.S. Senate by National Intelligence Director Lt.-Gen. (ret.) James Clapper.
The document noted Iran’s “intentions to dampen sectarianism, build responsive partners and de-escalate tensions with Saudi Arabia.” Also noted was the fact that “Iranian leaders – particularly within the security services – are pursuing policies with negative secondary consequences for regional stability and potentially for Iran… Iran’s actions to protect and empower Shia communities are fueling growing fears and sectarian responses…”
The intelligence report added that Tehran’s “overarching strategic goals of enhancing its security, prestige and regional influence” have led it to “pursue capabilities to meet its civilian goals and give it the ability to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons, if it chooses to do so.”
Whether or not Iran would choose to do so it still not clear, according to the U.S. intelligence assessment. However, if the Iranian government decides to go ahead, there exist no “insurmountable technical barriers to producing a nuclear weapon,” American intelligence experts concluded, most likely to be delivered via intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton told Fox News journalist Greta Susteren that he believes the removal of Iran and Hezbollah from the terrorist list was not a simple “format change” as reporters were told at a briefing, but rather a deliberate attempt by the Obama administration to deceive the American public.
“What we’re having now is an Orwellian example of disappearing references to Iran and its proxy Hezbollah from the terrorism report,” Bolton said, during an exchange with Susteren on Fox. “This was a concession, I think, by the administration relating to the nuclear negotiation. You will not find it in the signed deal.
“How many other concessions has the administration made that are not in the deal — that may not even be related to the nuclear program — in this desperate effort to get a deal?”
Meanwhile, Iran is moving to widen its sphere of influence in South America, where its diplomatic ties are already strong with Argentina and even warmer with Venezuela, which has the largest reserves of uranium in the Western hemisphere, outside of Canada.
Photos that flashed across Fox News during a report by Susteren showed a heavily guarded facility that was set up in Bolivia in 2011, allegedly with Iranian backing.
“There are elements of that facility which is supposed to be some type of military academy,” Susteren reported, “but is very heavily fortified. And the suspicion is that it’s being used by Iran as a way to have a footprint in Bolivia” which she described as “not a friend of the United States.”
Despite the disappearance of Iran from the terror map in the 2015 National Intelligence assessment, Fox journalist Cathern Herridge also noted that “the documents, the photos and Congressional testimony show that Iran is really effectively expanding its influence into South America, into our neighbor.”
In effect, Herridge said, Iran is “creating a launching pad into North America.”
Bolton concurred in his own remarks. “Look, Iran has terrorist networks all over this hemisphere,” he pointed out. “Remember, three years ago, the Justice Department indicted senior officials of the Revolutionary Guards Corps for conspiring to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States in Washington by infiltrating through the Mexican border.
“I think this is just another example of Iran’s activities.”
The Argentine prosecutor has formally indicted President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, her foreign minister and other official for allegedly trying to remove Iranian officials from Interpol lists of suspects of the 1994 bombing that killed 85 people at the Jewish AMIA center in Buenos Aires.
Kirchner has denounced the accusation as a “vulgar lie” and an attempt at a Judicial coup.”
Kirchner, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, a legislator and other officials allegedly acted on behalf of Iran in return for benefits in trade with Tehran.
Kirchner also is suspected by many of involvement in last month’s murder of Alberto Nisman, the Jewish prosecutor in the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association community center bombing case. He was killed hours before he was to submit to the legislature his findings that implicated Iran in the murders.
She has said Nisman was murdered in an attempt to blacken the image of her government, already in trouble because of an economic crisis gripping the country.
Nisman has been replaced by a team of prosecutors, and if they “just happen” to decide that Iran was not involved, then the indictment against Kirchner will be worth nothing.
A massive protest rally against the government is planned for Wednesday, and supporters of Kirchner, such as Chief of Staff Anibal Fernanderz, charged that drug traffickers and anti-Semites are organizing the demonstration to hide their own supposed attempts to obstruct the investigation into the Buenos Aires bombing.
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said, “The Argentine people should know that we’re talking about a vulgar lie, of an enormous media operation, of a strategy of political destabilization and the biggest judicial coup d’etat in the history of Argentina to cover up for the real perpetrators of the crime.”
Jewish journalist Damian Pachter has arrived in Israel from Argentina via Uruguay, having fled for his life after having been the first to report the death of Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman. What was first believed to have been a suicide is now known to have been the murder of the high-ranking official.
The prosecutor was investigating the possible coverup of involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center. Eighty-five people died and more than 200 were wounded in the deadly terror attack.
Pachter, an Israeli citizen,works for the English-language Buenos Aires Herald. He said his phones were being tapped and that he believed he was being followed. “I believe my life is in danger,” he told his colleagues.
His employer said in a statement the newspaper was willing to help him in any way possible and that he had not expressed his concerns at the time.