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Iran to Launch Suicide Boats at US Navy as Turmoil Threatens Bahrain Base

Monday, February 13th, 2012

According to ABC News, Vice Admiral Mark Fox, commander of United States naval forces in the Gulf, told reporters in Bahrain that Iran is operating small boats “outfitted with a large warhead that could be used as a suicide explosive device.”

Iran has threatened to disrupt shipping in the Gulf and to strike US forces there should sanctions cause the shutdown of its oil sales, or if the US attacks its nuclear sites.

At a briefing, Vice Admiral Fox said the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet can prevent Iran from blocking the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran now operates 10 small submarines in the gulf, according to Fox. “They have increased the number of submarines… they increased the number of fast attack craft,” he said, adding that “the Iranians have a large mine inventory.”

“We have watched with interest their development of long-range rockets and short, medium and long-range ballistic missiles and of course … the development of their nuclear program.”

Military experts say the Fifth Fleet patrolling the Gulf, with at least one giant supercarrier accompanied by scores of jets and a fleet of frigates and destroyers, is overwhelmingly more powerful than Iran’s navy.

But the very base of operations for the US Naval force may be in jeopardy. According to Stars and Stripes Magazine, Young Shia men, inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East, demand the resignation of the Sunni government of Bahrain, led by the ruling al-Khalifa family, as well as parliamentary elections and a new democratic constitution. The regime’s security services reply with force, determined to silence them. This month-long unrest is taking place a few hundred yards from the gates of the Naval Support Activity Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, with some 6,200 sailors, civilians and family members.

In 1996, Al Qaeda suicide bombers in a small boat killed 17 sailors on board the destroyer USS Cole in a port in Yemen.

UN Sec-Gen’s Convoy Pelted As He Enters Gaza

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s convoy was pelted with shoes and stones as it entered Gaza on Thursday.

Scores of demonstrators lined the Gaza side of Erez crossing, from where Ban entered Gaza, to protest Ban’s neglect of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

The UN chief is scheduled to visit UN-funded development projects in Gaza.


Where Were $3.4 Billion of American Tax Dollars Spent?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

According to Foreign Policy magazine, in an article titled Hard times in Hebron, the United States has spent $3.4 billion in development funds in the Palestinian territories of West Bank and Gaza

So, it appears that this poor, oppressed, underdeveloped Arab city has doubled the number of building permits issued since 2006, and is preparing to solicit bids for a road to a new $13 million water treatment facility — financed, of course, by USAID.

Not everyone is happy about spending so much money in the PA.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: “By providing the Palestinians with $2.5 billion over the last five years, the U.S. has only rewarded and reinforced their bad behavior.”

The US State Department disagrees: “We think it is money that is not only in the interest of the Palestinians; it’s in U.S. interest and it’s also in Israeli interest.”

What is this money used for?

New schools were built to teach incitement [“The Zionist gangs stole Palestine … and established the state of Israel”], and judges were trained to sentence Arabs selling property to Jews to death [PA affirms death penalty for land sales to Israelis].

What about accountability? Where is the money really going? Where are hundreds of millions of dollars that went missing under Yasser Arafat?

Ghassan Khatib, spokesman for the Palestinian Authority: “This money is going mainly to development and humanitarian projects. There is no justified reason for holding it. It’s important for stabilization.”

From the objective of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, ‘development and humanitarian projects’ are those that “counter and limit Israeli settlements inside the Old city [of Hebron] by surrounding settlements with inhabited buildings to prevent their horizontal expansion; and avert the urban interconnection of these settlements by increasing Arab demographic density between them.”

There are others who believe and act otherwise. South Carolina State Representative Allan Clemmons initiated a resolution, passed unanimously, declaring: “Whereas, Israel has been granted her lands under and through the oldest recorded deed as reported in the Old Testament, a tome of scripture held sacred and reverenced by Jew and Christian, alike, as the acts and words of God; and Whereas, as the Grantor of said lands, God stated to the Jewish people in the Old Testament; in Leviticus, Chapter 20, Verse 24: ‘Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey’; and Whereas, God has never rescinded his grant of said lands.”

This resolution was used as a model for a similar resolution passed in Florida, called Florida Stands with Israel. And most recently, the Republican National Committee adopted a similar policy, with a resolution stating: “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the members of this body support Israel in their natural and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon their own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others; and that peace can be afforded the region only through a united Israel governed under one law for all people.”

Presently, USAID to Arab Hebron is in jeopardy as a result of Abu Mazen’s attempt to unilaterally declare a ‘Palestinian state’ at the United Nations as reported in the Foreign Policy article quoted above. This ‘threat’ to stop USAID to Arab Hebron must be consummated, and the flow of billions of American taxpayers money halted.

I have no doubt that as Rep. Allan Clemmons, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Louis Gohmert from Texas, (who introduced a similar resolution in the US House of Representatives) and other like-minded US politicians continue in major leadership positions in the United States, they will ensure that US tax dollars are properly utilized, rather funneled to their enemies and ours.

PM Netanyahu Considering Rail Link For Asia-Europe Trade Route

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is considering building a 220 mile rail link between its Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts that could compete with the Suez Canal for Asia-Europe trade.

“The Eilat Railway will be a passenger railway with a travel time of two hours [from Tel Aviv]” Netanyahu said in his weekly cabinet meeting, Israeli business website Globes reported.

“This will also be a line for the shipment of goods from Asia to Europe. This will create a very great interest on the part of the rising powers – India and China – and others, in Israel. It therefore has strategic, national, and international importance to build this line,” he said.

“This change is the realization of the vision to link-up Israel and the development of transport infrastructures north to Kiryat Shmona and to Eilat with traffic light-less roads and railways – lines for travel within Israel and as an intercontinental transit point.”

IAEA Chief on Iran: ‘What we know suggests the development of nuclear weapons’

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Yukiya Amano, the International Atomic Energy Agency chief, said that Iran has failed to adequately refute accusations of a military dimension in its nuclear program, and insisted that it was his duty to warn the world of the threat Iran poses.

In an interview with Financial Times Deutschland, Amano said: “What we know suggests the development of nuclear weapons . . . We want to check over everything that could have a military dimension.”

Japan FM: Japan Ready to Cut Iran Oil Imports

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Japan pledged to take “concrete” action to reduce the amount of Iranian oil imports, Finance Minister Jun Azumi said  in a press conference Thursday with his counterpart,  US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

“What I told the secretary is that we have already reduced Iranian oil imports by 40% in the past five years,” Azumi said. “The nuclear development issue is an issue that the international community cannot overlook, so we very much understand the U.S. action.”

Azumi gave no details regarding the timeline of the planned cuts.

Geithner welcomed the  increased cooperation, especially in light of China’s rebuff of a similar appeal by the US earlier in the week.


Apple Makes First Israeli Acquisition

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

After weeks of negotiations, computer mega-giant Apple has acquired its first Israeli company, Anobit Technologies, for $390 million.

Anobit, based in Herzliya, will develop high-performance flash-memory drive components for Apple’s ubiquitous iPhone and iPad.  The agreement was signed on January 6 and confirmed by Apple spokesman Steve Dowling on January 10.

Apple is also cultivating plans to open a semiconductor development center in Israel, a plan which is unrelated to the Anobit acquisition.

While the Anobit purchase is Apple’s first foray into the Israeli market, competitors Microsoft, Intel, and Hewlett-Packard already have labs and development centers in the country.  Intel opened its doors in Israel with five employees in 1974, according to Bloomberg business news, and now has 6,600 personnel in the country.  Microsoft’s Israeli research and development center opened in the spring of 2006.

Bloomberg reported that Israel has 60 companies featured on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the most of any country outside North America with the exception of China.  It is also home to the most startups per capita of any country in the world.

Israeli companies have been featured in several major international deals recently, including the sale of Israeli chip developer Zoran to the British makers of chips for Nokia Oyj mobile phones and the $307 million acquisition of Tel Aviv information technology firm Ness Technologies by Citi Venture Capital International.

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