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WJS: NSA Taps Guided Obama’s Win over Netanyahu on Iran

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

See also: US not Only Spying on Israel, but on U.S. Pro-Israel Legislators and Groups

(JNi.media) In 2011 and 2012, according to a Wall Street Journal revelation Wednesday, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama were in sharp conflict over what to do about Iran’s emerging nuclear program. Netanyahu was preparing to take a page out of his predecessor, Menachem Begin’s play book on the Iraqi nuclear plant–although striking in Iran would have been far more formidable–while Obama was engaged in secret talks with the Iranians, and by secret we mean without letting Israel know.

According to the WSJ report, the White House was petrified that Netanyahu would blitz Iran without alerting the Americans, thus bringing down the house on the negotiations that were still at their most tender phase. And so US spy agencies enhanced their surveillance of Israeli political targets, for which they had approval from congressional intelligence committees.

After a few years of this, the NSA was fairly certain there was not going to be a repeat of the 1981 Operation Opera, that took out the Osirak reactor in Iraq. Except that by then the American Administration had a new reason to keep tapping Bibi: they wanted to make sure Israel was not aware of the secret talks with the Iranians, because if those became known to the Israelis, they would have sounded the alarm and the fragile negotiations could go bust. So they kept on tapping.

According to the WSJ report, after the Edward Snowden scandal had erupted and it turned out the NSA was tapping all of America’s friends, including heads of state, when President Obama promised to behave better and stop tapping everyone, that’s not what he really meant. The NSA hadn’t spent decades bugging phone and Internet networks around the world to just cut them off all of a sudden. How would they spy on everyone in the future if they needed to? So, instead, they just stopped eavesdropping. The taps stayed in place, but silent.

Except for one particular trouble spot, right around wherever Bibi happened to be at the moment. Apparently, not tapping our friendliest nation, Israel, didn’t enter anyone’s mind over at the NSA. “Going dark on Bibi? Of course we wouldn’t do that,” a senior US official told the WSJ.

And so, the NSA was certain last year that Israel was spying on the Iran negotiations in Europe, and by late 2014 they knew Mr. Netanyahu wanted to block the nuclear deal but didn’t have a strategy yet. On January 8 this year, the strategy was hatched by then Republican House Speaker John Boehner and the new Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: they invited Netanyahu to deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress. They contacted Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, who told Bibi, who grabbed the offer.

At which point, the NSA started yet another one of their famous walks on legal thin ice, because, according to US law, there’s a huge difference between tapping foreigners, even very friendly ones, like Netanyahu, and tapping US elected officials without their knowledge. If you’re going to tap Speaker Boehner chatting with PM Netanyahu, you must disclose this to the appropriate Congressional committees. Also, an NSA directive dating back to 2011 says that direct communications between foreign intelligence targets and members of Congress should be destroyed when they are intercepted, and only the NSA director can decide otherwise regarding “significant foreign intelligence.”

The NSA is allowed to tap communications between US lawmakers after, as an example, an ambassador tells his government back home about a meeting with said lawmakers. So this is how the NSA, working for the Democrat in the White House, could spy on the conversations of the Congressional leadership, that happened to be Republican.

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US Rep. Peter King Warns Al-Baghdadi ‘Probably Right’ – ISIS is Stronger

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Although U.S.-led coalition air strikes have had some impact, U.S. Representative Peter King said Sunday on a major national network that Da’esh terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “is probably right: ISIS is stronger.”

Speaking on the weekly Fox News Sunday cable news talk program, the New York Republican Congress member was blunt in his assessment of a video message released this weekend by the Da’esh leader.  “Hear the good news that our state is doing well,” despite the air strikes, Abu Bakr says in the video. “The more intense the war against it, the purer it becomes and the tougher it gets,” he adds.

“I would expect al-Baghdadi to say that,” King said. “We’ve had some impact, but unfortunately overall he is probably right. … ISIS is stronger.”

A former chairman and still a member of the House committees for Homeland Security and Select Intelligence, King is a 12-term member of Congress. He also warned on the program that it is clear that it “has become clear” to intelligence officials in “the last several months” that Da’esh intends to carry out attacks in the U.S.

King called – again – for better surveillance of mosques in the U.S. following a similar call by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in the wake of the Dec. 2 terrorist massacre in San Bernardino, California, and the Paris terror attack on Nov. 13.

Da’esh claimed responsibility for the attack in Paris; the Muslim husband-and-wife team that carried out the attack in California allegedly pledged their loyalty to ISIS just prior to carrying out the massacre in San Bernardino.

Critics can “cry all they want,” about civil liberties violations, King said, “But the fact is, [this] is where the threat is coming from.”

The lawmaker cited those Americans who are willing to sacrifice U.S. national security on the altar of “blind political correctness” when discussing surveillance in mosques. King pointed out that one of the Boston marathon bombers had been ejected from a mosque after two outbursts – but no one in the mosque had bothered to warn any law enforcement agency.

“If they had known that in advance, you combine that with the fact that the Russians had already told us to be on the lookout for him, we could have possibly prevented … the bombing,” the lawmaker said. As many as 264 people were wounded and three were killed in the April 2013 terror attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Kerry Agrees with Israel: No Foreign Troops on Temple Mount

Monday, October 19th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Madrid on Monday that the French proposal for foreign troops to maintain order on the Temple Mount is “not needed.”

It was a rare public statement that put Kerry and Israel on the same side and which was expressed hours before Israeli officials spoke to their French counterparts in Jerusalem that the idea is, to be polite, insane.

Kerry told reporters:

We don’t contemplate any change, but nor does Israel. Israel understands the importance of that status quo. What is important is to make sure everybody understands what that means. We are not seeking some new change. We are not seeking outsiders or others to come in….

We need to have clarity.

It is ironic that his remarks were made in Madrid, where the United States launched the “peace process” with the presence of then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, Jordanian and Egypt leaders, and President George H. W. Bush.

The “clarity” that Kerry said is lacking today has been messing ever since the Madrid conference. It is speculation to ask what would have happened if there had been no “peace process,” but the facts are that since 1991, the ensuing Oslo Accords set the stage for the Oslo War, aka the Second Intifada.

Israel has erased every red line except for the Temple Mount and the “refugee” issue. Concessions have cost the lives and limbs of thousands of Israelis who have been victims of Palestinian Authority “resistance,” the Arabic code word for terror.

The Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria have paid a price not only in casualties but also with a miserable political and economic life that had flourished under the “occupation” until the Egyptian-born Arafat wore his camouflage of a “Palestinian” when he blew in from Tunisia.

Here is what President Bush told Congress several months before the Madrid Conference:

Peace will only come as the result of direct negotiations, compromise, give-and-take. Peace cannot be imposed from the outside by the United States or anyone else

And now Secretary of State John Kerry, even if he had enough common sense to dismiss the absurd French proposal, announces that “clarity” is needed.”

There never has been clarity since 1991 because the Americans and the Europeans cannot understand that Israel and the Arabs world never were talking the same language. The Arab understanding of “peace” is the Jewish State of Israel becoming the Arab state of Palestine.

Ever since, the United States has done the opposite and has imposed conditions on Israel, leaving a “consensus” that a future Palestinian Authority country would include all of Judea and Samaria except for large Jewish population centers such as Maaleh Adumim and Gush Etzion. Israel would have to rely on the PA to protect Jews form terrorists.

That “consensus” no longer exists because the Palestinian Authority, contrary to Bush’s statement, understands “compromise” as “you give, I take.”

It only was a matter of time until the Temple Mount became the excuse for terror and lies that Israel is trying to change the “status quo,” at the same time that the entire Arab world is trying to change it by declaring, “No Jews allowed.”

Today, Kerry’s simple words that rejected the French proposal for foreign troops are nothing short of a shock for the Arab world. The Palestinian Authority, which called for U.N. intervention to stop alleged “excessive violence” by Israel, never intended that and never would accept non-Muslims guarding the Temple Mount.

But the fact that Kerry said out loud that Israel understands the need to preserve the status quo is a clear signal to Mahmoud Abbas that he also has to do so.

The Arab arson of Joseph’s Tomb and the attacks by Palestinian Authority police on Jews who arrived at the holy site have finally forced the Obama administration to take a stand, and it clearly is not with an ISIS-like theology against non-Islamic holy sites.

Madrid is where the “peace process

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Official PA Daily Reports that Murders of Jews Brings Joy

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The official Palestinian Authority daily has been telling its readers how much their constituents are overjoyed at seeing photos of the bodies of murder victims of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translated and published the report of the official Palestinian Authority daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.

The article stated that the photos of the bodies of the couple, who were killed in front of their four children in the family vehicle, bring “joy” to Palestinians who see the killings as “heroic.”

The new wave of Arab terror has prompted American Jewish leaders to turn to President Barack Obama, who has held a stony silence in the wave of escalating violence.

The State Dept. has issued the usual stale expressions of “concern while urging “all parties” to try to restore calm, in effect placing Arab attacks and Israeli retaliation as equal weights on the administration’s scale of justice.

World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder singled out Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, and said:

We call on the Palestinian Authority and President Mahmoud Abbas to do everything in their power to rein in these extremists who are bent on wreaking havoc on the peace process.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations issued a statement reminding that the Obama administration “provides hundreds of millions of dollars of funding each year to the Palestinian Authority.”

The leaders of the organization added:

When Abbas declares that the Temple Mount is ‘ours’ and says the same of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, he denies the existence of the two Temples and all the Judeo-Christian ties and heritage. Urging Palestinians to rise up to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque leads to the inevitable consequence of confrontation and violence.

We know that President Abbas can impact the ‘Palestinian street’ when he wants to. His failure to do so should bring a cut in funding and the isolation of Abbas until he takes concrete steps….

No society would or should have to tolerate such acts against woman, children, and men attacked while driving, visiting malls, attending religious services, or going about their daily lives.

The Conference also criticized American media for dismissing rock terror with the description of the attackers as “stone-throwing youths” and explained:

These are deadly boulders that have killed and maimed many. In addition, weapons taken from soldiers and knives have been used in recent attacks that took lives and wounded many. At the same time, Israel’s restrained response is often described in exaggerated terms, with the media equating those trying to uphold law and order with those engaged in terror and violence.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

US Government Shutdown Averted

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate each voted on Wednesday, Sept. 30 to approve a short-term spending bill that will prevent a government shutdown.

Congress will now have just shy of three months to negotiate a long-term budget.

President Obama signed the short-term spending bill, but criticized Congress for playing brinksmanship and coming close to a government shutdown.

Under the terms of the new short-term budget, the government is funded through Dec. 11.

The administration wants to increase spending on domestic programs, while conservative members of Congress wish to block increased spending, or limit increases solely to defense spending.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

US Denies Report Kerry Prevented Abbas-Netanyahu Meeting

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly ditched a meeting initiated by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to Israeli and Ramallah officials quoted by Haaretz Sunday morning.

As with most reports on the “peace process,” you have to search for the kernel of truth amid the pile of lies.

Or in the language of State Dept. spokesman John Kirby, the details that were reported are not exactly accurate.

The story began last Monday, when Abbas told four retired Israeli ambassadors that he had said last month he was ready to meet with Netanyahu but, according to the Haaretz report, “a third party who is not Israeli” ditched the idea.

Netanyahu also has been stating how much we supposedly wants to meet with Abbas to revive the “peace process.” Both men must know they are playing charades, but on the other hand, both know that Abbas is standing on a thin limb on a high tree by putting all his eggs in the basket of the United Nations, whose General Assembly talk is the organization’s contribution to global warming. And both know that anarchy threatens to blow up the whole works.

According to the report, a third party from a country other than the United States set up a meeting between Netanyahu and Abbas, who then said he needed Kerry’s permission.

That already sounds a bit cockeyed since Abbas has diplomatically spit in the face of Kerry for years, peaking with the Palestinian Authority’s stating that it is putting the “peace process” in the hands of the United Nations, a move which is the last nail in the coffin of the Oslo Accords that call for negotiations with Israel.

Kerry reportedly told Abbas not to meet with Netanyahu without his illustrious presence. For the time being, Kerry has other things on his mind, particularly making sure Congress does not turn the tables and vote against the nuclear deal with Iran.

American officials’ interpretation of the story indicates they may finally be right on at least one thing in the Middle East. Their version is that Abbas simply is trying to blame Kerry for a meeting which the Palestinian Authority leader really does not want.

 

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Rebels Betray US and Turn over American Weapons to Al Qaeda

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Remember how the Obama administration assured Congress that Syrian rebels would be vetted before being trained and armed by the U.S. Army?

It promised that only Moderate” rebels fighting the Assad regime would receive training and arms from the United States, but an entire rebel division that was part of the Obama administration’s “train and equip” program has turned over its weapons to the Al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, the London Telegraph reported.

Division 30, the first unit to be graduated in the U.S. training program to help fight the Islamic State (ISIS) but not the Assad regime, handed over a very large amount of ammunition and medium weaponry and a number of pick-ups,” according to a tweet by an al-Nusra member.

The report was confirmed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which stated that 75 Division 30 fighters crossed from Turkey into Syria with four-wheel vehicles equipped with machine guns and ammunition bought with U.S. taxpayers’ money.

Last month, the first group of 54 U.S.-trained fighters re-entered Syria and promptly suffered a defeat at the hands of Al Nusra, which kidnapped several rebels.

In a hearing last week at the Senate Armed Forces Committee, U.S. Central Command General Lloyd Austin admitted that only “four or five” fighters remain as fighters against the ISIS in Syria.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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