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‘Apocalyptic’ Iran Deal: Details Increasingly Reveal Bibi is Right

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Iran looks to be the big winner in the high stakes negotiation game that the world powers, led by U.S. President Barack Obama’s team, have played like amateurs.

The biggest news is that, whereas ten years ago Iran was not permitted to have even one centrifuge, the “deal” the P5+1 will be offering, according to senior Israeli and other officials, allows Iran about 6,500 centrifuges.

Those centrifuges have nothing to do with creating nuclear “power,” in the oil-rich Islamic Republic of Iran. Those centrifuges will be spinning the material to hurtle Iran towards nuclear weapons capability.

The details that are emerging support the position the Israelis have been warning against, increasingly loudly, for many months. Although the U.S. recently admitted it had kept Israel out of the loop about details of the deal, Israel has been kept abreast through other channels.

The “deal” has not yet been finalized, and talks will resume next Monday, after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met to hammer out details for several days in Geneva.

“We had serious talks with the P5+1 representatives and especially with the Americans in the past three days…. But still there is a long way to reach a final agreement,” Zarif told Iran’s Fars news.

The P5+1 refers to the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Russia, China and France, plus Germany.

In addition to the huge number of centrifuges that Iran will be permitted under the deal, the end date of the agreement between the P5+1 and Iran is of great concern to Israel and others who recognized Iran’s apocalyptic capabilities. The agreement is expected to end in about ten years, after which there will be no restraints at all on Iran’s nuclear program.

AP reported the deal would initially freeze Iran’s nuclear program but gradually allow it to increase activities, as a “reward” for “compliance,” that could enable it to produce nuclear arms in the last years of the agreement. 

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon voiced Israel’s deep concern about the impending deal, according to the Jerusalem Post.

“The agreement with Iran as it is coming together now is a great danger to Western world peace and a threat to Israel’s security,” he said.

“Iran today is the leading factor for instability in the Middle East, and it sends terrorist proxies around the world with the goal of harming Western and Israeli interests,” he said. “Therefore, any agreement that will be signed between the West and this apocalyptic, messianic regime will severely harm Western and Israeli interests and enable Iran to become a threshold nuclear state and continue its terrorist activities.”
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be addressing a joint session of Congress next week. He will focus on the dangers of the deal with Iran. He openly admits his goal is to convince members of Congress to do all they can to insist any agreement be one that keeps Iran from achieving its goal of obtaining nuclear weapons capability.

The speech has become a major source of conflict between the U.S. administration and Israel, with false allegations that Netanyahu “blindsided” the administration by failing to inform it in advance of accepting the invitation.

With the details slowly emerging of a very bad deal between the world powers and Iran, and with polls showing the vast majority of Americans distrust the Iranians, it may be that Washington’s petulance will have at least one unintended consequence: a boost to Bibi.

Exposé: US Blocked All Defense Shipments to Israel in Middle of War

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

The Obama administration stopped shipping to Israel all defense items – and not just Hellfire missiles as previously reported – for a short time in the middle of the war against Hamas, reported Israel Defense’s Amir Rappaport, the well-informed and highly credibly editor of the website.

Makor Rishon added to that report that the US actually cut off all communications with Israel’s Ministry of Defense purchasing offices in the US for days.

The Defense Ministry, now realizing it cannot always depend on the Obama administration in a time of crisis, already has decided under a “veil of secrecy,” according to Israel Defense, to manufacture a highly sensitive weapon in Israel instead of buying it from the United States.

The change in policy is a major step that would wean Israel away from dependence on the United States and which also would be a significant change in the policy of buying American-made weapons with most financial assistance from the United States.

American aid to countries, including Israel, usually is conditioned on a majority of the money being poured back into the American military-industrial complex.

“The Israeli defense establishment will reduce the production of weapon systems in the USA in the context of joint Israeli-American projects, and will rely more heavily on Israeli-made products” as a result of the punitive action taken by President Barack Obama, Rappaport wrote.

President Obama said during the war he was concerned about the high number of alleged civilian casualties from the Protect Edge counter-terrorist war in Gaza, and he was quoted as having warned that he his level of tolerance was approximately 1,000 deaths.

A final analysis of the death toll showed that most of the 2,000 who were killed in Gaza were terrorists, and a large number of the civilians who were killed acted as human shields, either by their own will or by force.

However, it was not only the death toll that concerned senior officials in the Obama, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was labeled as “messianic” earlier this year by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

The ministry also is examining the possibility of using Israel-made precision guided air-to-surface munition to replace Hellfire missiles, a project that is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions.

The crisis with the Obama administration in the middle of the war was revealed first by The Wall Street Journal, which reported at the time that the Pentagon held up the transfer of Hellfire missiles that the IDF needed to replace weapons that had been deployed in the war.

The United States not only stopped shipping the missiles but also held up other requests for defense materials. Rappaport wrote that the “order to stop the processing of all Israeli requests came from a senior echelon – probably the White House, among other reasons, because Israel had ignored the initiatives of Secretary of State John Kerry and preferred to end the operation through a direct channel with the Egyptian.” He added that the State Dept. also had not forgotten and apparently has not forgiven Ya’alon for his “messianic” comment.

The Defense Minister, who is flying to the United States Saturday night for a five-day visit, went to extremes to paint a luvvy-duvvy picture of American-Israeli relations.

“The United States assists Israel in a variety of areas, most prominently of course in the field of security, and we must remember that and acknowledge its leaders and thank them for this,” Ya’alon said in a press release. “The respective defense establishments in both countries have a relationship whose intimacy is unprecedented in scope and importance for Israel’s security.

“There is also a close, tight relationship with my friend, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.”

He also said, “We mustn’t allow any disagreements to cast a pall over those interests and values.”

DM Moshe Ya’alon: The Rocket Fire From Gaza May Restart

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The latest temporary cease-fire with Gaza is set to expire on Wednesday at midnight.

Visiting an IDF naval base in Ashdod on Tuesday, Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon told the soldiers that Operation Protective Edge hasn’t ended yet, and we’ll need patience and perseverance.

He told the soldiers they need to be vigilant, and he doesn’t know if an agreement will be reached by tomorrow night, if the cease-fire will be extended, or if shooting will begin again.

Moshe Yaalon on Navy Base 2

Defense Minister Ya’alon Apologizes (Again) for Telling the Truth

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon once again had to apologize to the US for far too bluntly telling the truth.

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Netanyahu and demanded that Ya’alon apologize.

According to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, Kerry came just short of demanding from Netanyahu that Ya’alon resign.

As a result, Ya’alon spoke with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and said his that comments were not intended to express opposition, criticism or offense to the United States. Hagel accepted the apology.

The remarks that upset the US included Ya’alon pointing out that the relationship with the US is a two-way street, and listed some of the amazing Israeli inventions and technologies that the US has gotten in return for their investment.

Ya’alon also pointed out that US foreign policy is projecting an image of weakness around the world, and that is hurting the US.

Ya’alon bluntly said:

“If you sit and wait at home, the terrorism will come again. Even if you hunker down, it will come. This is a war of civilizations. If your image is feebleness, it doesn’t pay in the world. Nobody will replace the United States as global policeman. I hope the United States comes to its senses. If it doesn’t, it will challenge the world order, and the United States is the one that will suffer.”

Ya’alon also said the US is trying to avoid confrontation with Iran, and that Iranians are much better negotiators than the US.

Ya’alon had said that Israel had hoped the US would have taken the lead in stopping Iran’s from acquiring nuclear weapons, but now Israel will need to look out for itself.

Nothing incorrect in any of the above statements.

Ya’alon’s previous remarks that got him in trouble were about Kerry’s messianic obsession with Israel and the peace process.

Following the harsh reaction from the US, Netanyahu made an unexpected comment on the Knesset floor, where he thanked the US for their security and intelligence cooperation in connection to the capture of the Iranian weapons smuggling ship, the Klos C.

And while the US has been claiming it had some role in the capture, after it learned about it, this was the first Israeli statement connecting the US at all to the capture of the vessel, and one must wonder at the timing of the statement, and if it was made more out of political necessity than factual veracity.

Behind the Scenes Video: IDF Mission to Stop Iranian Terror Ship

Thursday, March 6th, 2014


Israel’s Defense Intelligence units have been piecing together, for many months, the puzzle regarding the arms smuggling,” Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said in a press briefing Thursday morning. His remarks referred to an IDF operation on Wednesday, which intercepted an Iranian weapons shipment on its way to terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Maj. Gen. Kochavi emphasized that the shipment without doubt originated in Iran. “We have good, solid, incriminating evidence that Iran planned, managed and executed this arms smuggling,” he said. The Quds Force, a special unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, was the prime force behind the arms shipment, he noted.

The smuggling attempt was the latest in a long line of Iran’s attempts to ship weapons to terror groups in the region. “This is yet another example of the ongoing process, the ongoing effort of the Iranians to undermine the stability of the Middle East,” Maj. Gen. Kochavi said. Iran’s goal is ”to undermine regimes and to support all forms of terror organizations in Lebanon, in Syria, in Iraq, in Bahrain, in Yemen, in Libya and in the Gaza Strip, which was the destination of these rockets.”

UN Resolution 1747 forbids Iran from engaging in arms smuggling, he said. “Again and again, Iran violated the decision of the UN Security Council that prohibits it from selling and transferring weaponry.”

Love Conquers All

Friday, February 21st, 2014

In less than a month, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has managed to implement the underhanded legal trick called the Disruptive Use Order in order to uproot a 10-year-old olive grove in the Shilo Valley. His purpose is to pursue and put on trial a group of Jewish minors who were abducted and abused in the Arab village of Kutzrah – instead of the Arabs who abducted them.

Yaalon also wants to arrest pregnant women – Jewish, of course – for the crime of not carrying their ID cards, and destroy the home of the Samaria Settler Committee’s secretary – a home that is no different from any of the other homes in Kidah. That is, except that its owner waged a political campaign against Yaalon.

When I heard that Yaalon had used the Disruptive Use Order despite the recommendation of the Levy Report (appointed by the prime minister to examine the legal aspects of land ownership in Judea and Samaria) to abolish it and despite the fact that the minister had clearly made a commitment to abolish it before the elections, I quickly protested against his actions from the Knesset plenum and activated all the political power at my disposal. After all, the logic behind the Disruptive Use Order is that the Land of Israel belongs to the Arabs and that the Jewish presence there is “disruptive.” For that reason, no proofs are needed for its implementation. No legal procedure is required. It is enough to announce: “You are bothering me, so get out of here!”

If there had been any chance at all for an improvement in the minister’s conduct after my protests, it evaporated with the political right’s glee and the surge in Yaalon’s popularity after his remarks against Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Love conquers all,” settler leader Ze’ev “Zambish” Hever waxed poetic on the fresh grave of Ariel Sharon, the destroyer of Yamit and Gush Katif. Well, at least Sharon also built settlements. But Moshe Yaalon? What exactly has he done? He mumbled something against Kerry in private and the new uprooter becomes the hero of the settlement movement?

It is no wonder that after a short time, the Defense Minister figured out who he is dealing with and sent his bulldozers to carry out the targeted attack on the home in Kidah. Those who hurried to cheer Yaalon carry some responsibility for the destruction.

Yaalon is not the problem. Personally, until the last spate of destruction, I actually respected and liked the man, who radiates integrity and simplicity. When his book was published, I hurried to buy it and read it from cover to cover. I understood from the book that Yaalon is a decidedly positive person – with nothing new to say. It was clear to me that in trying times, he would fail, just as all of the right’s leaders until now have failed. If there is any difference, it is that from the moment the anticipated deterioration began, it appeared with surprising strength. Yaalon, after all, is a straight shooter. If he has decided to “get” the settlers, he does so without creating diversions or making confusing statements.

Those afraid to take responsibility and create an essential alternative to lead Israel will always find themselves lobbying. They will always cheer the empty words of the newest leader of the right. Those words may come from a positive place, but they do not have the essential foundation that would actualize them. Ultimately, all those leaders fall into leftist patterns. The settlers have no choice but to cover their crimes – with “great love” – against the settlements. Why? Because they simply never bothered to create an alternative.

For the left, which does not suffer from a lack of leadership mentality, just the opposite is true. Beautiful words do not impress it. When the right implements its own policies, the left continues to attack until it brings it down and takes its place. That is the big difference between those who see themselves as an alternative and those who will eternally search for their legitimacy in other circles.

Moshe Yaalon has to know exactly what is expected of him as the defense minister of the so-called national camp. He must abolish the Disruptive Use Order once and for all, implement the Levy Report and rebuild all that has been destroyed and uprooted.

But the next time elections come around, Yaalon will release a heartwarming statement, others will talk about his great merits – some of which he showed us this week – and all the sides will play their part: The sun will shine, the right will cheer on Yaalon – and the bulldozers will continue to rumble up toward the settler’s homes.

Yaalon: If There’s No Deal – We’ll Get By

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Speaking at the Security Conference in Munich on Sunday, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said he was hoping negotiations with the Palestinians will work out, but should there not be a deal, “we’ll get by.”

Yaalon said there is no Palestinian leadership in place which is willing to put an end to the conflict with Israel.

Regarding Iran, Yaalon said that its plan is to revive its economy, which has taken a beating from Western sanctions, and once this is achieved, it will proceed with its military nuclear plans.

Yaalon stressed that the Iranian nuclear plan had to be stopped, one way or another.

The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is an annual conference on international security policy, held at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany. Over the past four decades, it has become the most important independent forum for the exchange of views by international security policy decision-makers. Each year it brings together about 350 senior figures from more than 70 countries around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges.

According to the Jerusalem Post, on Friday, Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal said at the Conference that Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is the right person to lead Israel’s negotiating team with the Palestinians.

Livni called the Arab initiative, which calls for a full Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 border, “a positive development.”

Would the Saudis consider hiring Livni away?

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