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Mossad: All 11 Jews Missing after Fleeing Iran in the 90s Were Murdered

Monday, July 27th, 2015

(JNi.media) One year after determining that eight Jews who tried to escape from Iran in 1994 were murdered on their way to Israel, the Mossad has recently found that three other Jews who left Iran three years later were also murdered, Ynet reported. The new determination enabled the Rabbinical Court to rule that their wives are released from their Agunah status and may remarry.

Agunah (Heb: anchored) is a halachic term for a Jewish woman who may not be married because her husband refuses to divorce her, or is missing.

The brothers Cyrus and Ibrahim Kahrameni and Norallah Ravizada fled Tehran in February 1997. They were to meet with a smuggler at the Pakistani border, but did not arrive at the meeting and have since disappeared. Three years earlier, eight other Jews who left Iran in an attempt to flee to Israel disappeared. Their families, who came to Israel via Turkey, have been complaining over the years that the state is not doing enough to find their loved ones and provide closure to the painful affair.

A few years ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Mossad to expand the investigation of the fate of the missing. Mossad chief Tamir Pardo took on the assignment and managed to close the case. In March last year it was reported that the Mossad was able to unravel what happened to the eight Jews who fled in 1994, stating that “intelligence officials received information from a reliable source that those Jews were captured during the escape and were killed.”

Recently the Mossad also informed the families of three other missing that their loved ones were also caught and killed during their escape.

Using this new information, a panel of the Rabbinical Court in Jerusalem, headed by Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, removed the status of Agunot from the wives of the missing, stating that they are the widows of martyrs. The families are now waiting for the official judgment to be released and until then they have declined to comment.

The families requested a meeting with the President and the Prime Minister so that they will officially deliver to them the news.

End to Building Freeze in Judea, Samaria

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Construction of housing units in Judea and Samaria is about to be reinstated by the subcommittee for settlement within the Civil Administration.

Some 296 housing units are to be built on land near the Samaria Jewish community of Beit El, where two buildings were to be demolished at the end of this month – another issue to be discussed tonight (Wed. July 22) at the subcommittee hearing on the issue. A base for Border Police is currently housed on the land under consideration for the housing project.

In addition, the subcommittee will discuss the construction of 27 housing units in Beit Arye, in southwestern Samaria, as well as 381 new housing units in Givat Ze’ev and 112 new housing units in Ma’ale Adumim.

Also on the agenda are requests for approval of dozens of new housing units already completed in Psagot and 22 more in Giv’on HaChadasha, as well as development plans for the Karnei Shomron industrial zone and the expansion of the Mekor Haim Yeshiva in Gush Etzion.

The subcommittee will also be asked to review plans to convert land from an open private area to one available for use in construction of public institutions and other structures.

Residents of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria have been pressuring Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon over the issue of last year’s construction freeze. A letter was sent to Likud parliamentarians headed by the question: “Netanyahu is suffocating the settlements and the Likud remains silent?”

According to settler leaders, last week the prime minister said at a meeting, “We cannot develop the settlements further, but rather need to preserve what we have” – a comment the Likud later denied was said by Netanyahu.

US Defense Secy Ash Carter: Israel’s Security is ‘Top Priority’

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

America’s defense secretary says Israel’s security is a “top priority” for him.

That is what U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at their meeting in the Prime Minister’s Office this morning in Jerusalem.

The meeting was a first stop of three in the region for the American cabinet secretary, and a first cabinet-level state visit to Israel for the Obama administration.

Carter arrived here Sunday night, and met yesterday (Monday, July 20) with his Israeli counterpart, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

“Israel’s security and military edge are a top priority for America, our military, and for me,” the American defense secretary told reporters at a joint news conference.

Perhaps so — but the U.S. agreement with Iran in essence legitimizes the Islamic Republic as a nuclear “threshold state” according to senior Israeli defense officials.

The move also enables Iran to more easily finance and otherwise sponsor terror groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad – all of whom operate against Israel in venues around the world.

Carter began his visit to the region in Israel in an attempt to allay concerns over the nuclear deal reached with Tehran last week in Vienna.

He plans to continue on to Jordan and Saudi Arabia where he hopes to calm similar fears in both Sunni nations as well as address the ongoing operations against Da’esh (ISIS). A number of other state leaders involved in that effort will travel to Jordan to meet with Carter and Jordanian military officials about the issue.

ObamaDeal: US to Protect Iranian Nuke Sites from Israeli Attack

Monday, July 20th, 2015

“ObamaDeal” explicitly states that the United States and the other P5+1 powers can help Iran deflect and even “respond” to sabotage and nuclear threats to its nuclear sites.

The damming evidence that ObamaDeal directly allows Western powers to help Iran to protect its nuclear sites, and possibly even to stage a counter-attack on the source of the threat, is stated in Annex III of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Congress is reviewing the agreement and has the option to cancel America’s commitments under the deal.

You have to reach page 142 of the JCPOA until you reach “Annex III: Civil Nuclear Cooperation,” where Section “D 10 states that the P5+1 “and possibly other states are prepared to cooperate with Iran on the implementation of nuclear security guidelines and best practices. Cooperation in the following areas can be envisaged:

Co-operation in the form of training courses and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to prevent, protect and respond to nuclear security threats to nuclear facilities and systems as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems [boldface added];

Co-operation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems.

Emphasis should be placed on the word “respond.” It leaves open for interpretation the possibility that the United States and other P5 +1 countries can take action in the form of training and preparing Iran to stage a cyber attack or retaliation in the event of a third-party assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Israel is assumed to have been behind the Stuxnet cyber attacks on Iran’s centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility in 2010, which set back the Iranian nuclear weapons program. The agreement provides for assistance from the United States and the other P5+1 countries to thwart “sabotage” on Iran’s nuclear sites.

Al Jazeera reported earlier this year that President Barack Obama threatened Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in 2014 that he would order American fighter planes to down Israeli aircraft if the Israeli Air Force tried to carry out an attack, which reportedly was about to happen.

If (or when) it was discovered that Iran has cheated and is close to developing a nuclear weapon, the complicated review methods in the agreement could take several months or even a year before the United States and other P5+1 nations could prove their findings. In the meantime, Israel could be met by the United States as well as Iran as enemies in the event of an attempt to sabotage or attack the sites where Iran violated the agreement.

Even without the agreement, Iran is on the way to receiving from Russia, one of the P5+1 powers, S-300 anti-missile systems that could possibly deter any Israeli missile attack on Iranian nuclear sites, in which Russia has a heavy investment.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has argued that ObamaDeal not only does not prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon but actually paves the way for a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic.

But the agreement does more than that. It helps make Iran impervious to an attack, whether from the air or from cyber space, and ObamaDeal also ratifies a possible Iranian counter-attack on Israel

To read the entire ObamaDeal, click here.

Netanyahu Answers Obama with Khamenei’s Words

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used the Iranian leader’s own words Sunday morning to answer President Barack Obama’s claim that the nuclear agreement with Iran is the best option available.

The Prime Minister used the weekly Cabinet meeting as a platform for another offensive in the long-distance verbal battle with President Obama, who is trying to sell “ObamaDeal.’

One of the most directly opposite claims by both leaders concerns other options.

President Obama, joined on Friday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, argue that no one has suggested a better alternative, while Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated Sunday:

The alternative to this failed agreement, which we proposed repeatedly, is the continuation and strengthening of the sanctions on Iran and conditioning the lifting of the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, and the lifting of the pressure on Iran, only if it changes its policy. As long as the Iranian leadership is encouraging calls of ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’, there is no reason to make any concessions to them.

Obama has claimed that sanctions will be dropped by major countries even if an agreement were not reached. Kerry told PBS on Friday that “no alternative” has been offered and that Iran won’t be “crushed” by continuing sanctions “because we will lose the other people who are helping to provide those sanctions’

He added, “So, there is a lot of fantasy out there about this quote ‘better deal.'”

The Obama administration’s assumption that sanctions cannot continue is speculative, and no substantive claims have been made to support or deny the theory.

Netanyahu raised another objection to the deal, one that is proving much harder for President Obama to defend. Lifting sanctions will pump more than $150 billion into Iran’s bank accounts, and even President Obama admitted that “some” of the money will be used to fund Hezbollah and other terrorist fronts that are a direct threat to Israel.

Netanyahu said Sunday:

If someone thought that the extraordinary concessions to Iran would lead to a change in its policy, they received an unequivocal answer over the weekend in Iranian ruler Khamenei’s aggressive and contrary speech.

The Iranians aren’t even trying to hide the fact that they will use the hundreds of billions that they will receive under this agreement in order to arm their terror machine and they are clearly saying that they will continue their struggle against the US and its allies, first among them being Israel, of course.

 

Netanyahu Wishes Abbas ‘Happy Eid al-Fitr’

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to wish him “Happy Eid a-Ftir, which marks the end of Ramadan.

Israeli media tried to make the most out of the phone call, looking for all kinds of signs that Netanyahu and Abbes secretly have been speaking with each other towards another attempt to allow the United States to believe they are interested in the “peace process.”

Considering the Palestinian Authority’s insistence on trying to bring Israel before the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges, there really is not much to talk about, except to say “hi” on a holiday.

The office of the Prime Minister reported:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today ([Friday] spoke with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and wished him a happy Eid al-Fitr.

The Prime Minister told the PA Chairman that the citizens of Israel want peace and added that Israel would continue to act toward regional stability.

The Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem and considered close to Abbas, noted that the last time Netanyahu spoke with Abbas was in June 2104, after Hamas terrorists in the Hebron area kidnapped three yeshiva youth, who nearly three weeks later were found murdered.

The Prime Minister had asked Abbes for help in finding the teenagers and the terrorists.

Since then, Palestinian Authority terrorism has sharply escalated.

Last week, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) said it had arrested terrorists who killed a 70-year-old Israeli farmer. One of them was a member of the Palestinian Authority Force 17.

Next year at the end of Ramadan, if Netanyahu and Abbas remain in their current positions. maybe they will talk to each other.

And maybe not.

Exposé: Settlements Frozen as Netanyahu Strikes Secret Deals with Abbas, Herzog

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

(JNi.media) A series of secret meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials, representing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas respectively, is being held for several months now, and has led to a series of measures to ease the tension between the two parties, Walla revealed.

Among other things, the ongoing, secret meetings have stopped the Palestinian appeal to the UN and other international organizations, while slowing down construction in the settlements.

A Palestinian source described this as merely “a new assessment of the situation in the region, not an agreement.”

Also: a new understanding is emerging between Netanyahu and Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog regarding expanding the current coalition government (see at the end of this report).

The secret meetings were the forum that forged the Israeli decision to make meaningful concessions to the Palestinians during the holy month of Ramadan, as PA residents were given dawn-to-sundown permits to cross the green line in order to worship on the Temple Mount.

Although given for the daytime only, the permits were otherwise unrestricted, and many Palestinians took advantage of them to visit Israel’s beaches and other tourist attractions.

But that concession was just the tip of the iceberg in thawing Israeli-Palestinian relations (mixed metaphor in the original Walla story). This new understanding between the two sides has been in place for three months, driven by both sides’ desire to keep the calm in view of the geopolitical unrest sweeping much of the Middle East.

“The parties understand each other’s needs,” one anonymous source told Walla.

As to building in Judea and Samaria settlements, current construction continues, but for several months now there have been no new permits issued for future construction plans.

An Israeli source told Walla that permits are only being issued for construction classified as “natural expansion,” and nothing more. But the source attributed the slowdown in construction to fear of negative reaction from the international community, rather than the application of a negotiated understanding with the PA.

On Monday, a group of council heads in Judea and Samaria who had met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israeli media that he said to them “it is impossible to further develop the settlements, we need instead to maintain what there is.

Netanyahu reportedly told one council head at the meeting: “You’re worried about your community’s interests, I’m worried about the interests of the entire country.”

According to senior sources on the Palestinian side, further trust building measures between Netanyahu and Abbas are expected soon. Among other things, a senior cabinet minister will be meeting with a senior PLO official overseas. There is an expectation that Israel will unfreeze economic plans in the Israeli-controlled Area C, facilitate Palestinian family reunification inside green-line Israel, and arm Palestinian security forces.

The Prime Minister’s Office said that the report is incorrect. There was no response from the office of PLO head negotiator Saeb Erekat.

The new understanding with the Palestinians is only one of a few revelations of the Netanyahu Administration. The other, which may soon generate a minor earthquake in Israeli politics, is with the Zionist Camp, a.k.a. the Labor party.

The Prime Minister met on Tuesday night with leader of the Knesset opposition parties, Yitzhak Herzog (Labor), to discuss the Iran deal. Netanyahu updated Herzog on the reports given at the cabinet meeting regarding the security implications of the agreement. Speaking to the press, Herzog stressed his commitment to doing everything for Israel’s security in the new situation. Netanyahu said he values very much the agreement with the opposition on the danger to state security, adding that on this issue, relating to the most significant national interest, it is important to show the world a united front.

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