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One-Third of Americans in Israel Live in Judea and Samaria

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Approximately 60,000 Americans, one-third of those who have moved to Israel, live in Judea and Samaria, according to a new book whose conclusions were reported by Haaretz.

The Americans also comprise approximately 15% of all Judea and Samaria Jews, otherwise known as “settlers” by most of the world and “illegitimate” and “illegal” by President Barack Obama.

The conclusions of the book, “City on a Hilltop: Jewish-American Settlers in the Occupied Territories Since 1967″ by Oxford University Prof. Sara Yael Hirschhorn, are not surprising to anyone living in Israel but may come as a bit of a shock to the foreign policy “experts” at the U.S. State Dept.

They also might surprise some “expert” media stars, such as Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, who once wrote that settlers are Israel’s answer to Hezbollah.

As late as last December, in a rant during the Israel election campaign. Friedman wrote:

The Israel right….is dominated by West Bank settlers and scary religious-nationalist zealots.

Hirschhorn, in her book to be published later this year, wrote:

“Something like 10 percent of American settlers in the occupied territories hold PhDs; they’re upwardly mobile, they’re traditional but not necessarily Orthodox in their religious practice, and most importantly, they were politically active in the leftist socialist movements in the United States in the 1960s and 70s and voted for the Democratic Party prior to their immigration to Israel.

So much for the “Wild West zealots” in the West Bank.

Much to the surprise of Friedman and the State Dept., Hirschhorn also wrote:

They’re not only compelled by some biblical imperative to live in the Holy Land of Israel and hasten the coming of the messiah, but also deeply inspired by an American vision of pioneering and building new suburbanized utopian communities in the occupied territories. They draw on their American background and mobilize the language they were comfortable with, discourses about human rights and civil liberties that justify the kind of work that they’re doing.

Yes, Americans in Judea and Samaria – or the occupied territories, the West Bank, or over the Green Line – are inspired by the Bible, and, no, they are not wild-eyed cowboys waiting around every bend to kill Arabs.

Her study does not cover the other 85 percent of Israeli settlers, most of whom live in Judea and Samaria for the simple reason that housing is cheaper than in most other areas and that “settlements” have clean air and are a great place to raise a family.

And some Americans, like myself, also live in the West Bank for practical reasons. When we left a kibbutz 26 years ago with three toddlers, our community in the Southern Hebron Hills was the only place close to a hospital where my wife, a nurse, did not have to work every other Shabbat.

Cheap housing is less available today in Gush Etzion, where Americans compromise a huge proportion of the population and where housing prices have soared. It used to be said that Efrat is not totally American, but on one Shabbat, it was all-American because the Israeli family went away for Shabbat.

That is no longer true, but Americans still account for approximately 40 percent of the city’s residents.

The image of the American cowboy arises because a large percentage of the minuscule number of crazies who have attacked Arabs in the past are from the United States.

The article in Haaretz on the book did not mention if Hirschhorn’s book also refers to the extremely large number of Americans living in neighborhoods in Jerusalem that the United States government and the United Nations also consider “occupied.”

Minister Erdan Shocks Police by Naming Former IDF Officer as New Chief

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The nomination of former senior IDF officer Gal Hirsch to head the police force is sending shock waves through the police who will have to deal with a commander untainted by corruption or sex scandals. Hirsch even thinks terrorists should be shot.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan of the Likud nominated Hirsch last night, one day after the minister wrote a letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon calling on him to bar two radical Muslim groups from entering the Temple Mount, where they are paid to harass and attack Jews.

The two moves are related. Both of them reflect Erdan’s no-nonsense approach to the police allowing anarchy at Judaism’s most holy site and to a moral decaying police force that is viewed with disgust by most of the public. Hirsch is to replace Yohanan Danino, whose weeks-long farewell extravaganza were the tasteless icing on an unsavory cake of egocentricity.

Hirsch, whose nomination must be approved by the government and a non-governmental committee before he can take over as police chief, brings with him a far from perfect past, particularly because of his alleged failure at the beginning of the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

The 51-year-old general left the IDF three years ago and now is chairman of an educational NGO and a consulting company. The Winograd Committee that investigated the IDF’s management of the war concluded that Hirsch was not to blame for events that set off the war, the kidnapping and murder of reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev by Hezbollah

Erdan candidly explained that he could not find someone within the police force who satisfied his requirements to head the law enforcement agency.

He referred to corruption scandals and sexual harassment by several senior police officers, but he had no need to clarify his reasons.

The image of the police is filthy, and the most recent blunder was the police allowing a known maniac with hate for homosexuals to walk freely at a homosexual parade in Jerusalem earlier this month, even though he was fresh out of jail and was an obvious suspect to attack people at the parade.

He now faces a charge of murdering a teenage girl whom he stabbed to death. He also knifed several other people at the parade.

Erdan, in a gross understatement, said that the public’s trust in the police has suffered “much damage.”

Top police officers, including at least one who thought he should be appointed as new commander, are furious at Erdan for naming someone from outside the clubhouse.

The police may have to get used to a new kind of policy, one that has zero tolerance for sexual harassment, brutality, especially against Arabs and right-wing Jews, and corruption.

Perhaps Hirsch might even be able to improve the traffic police, who know how to set radar traps and then set the wrong example for motorists by speeding when they are finished handing out tickets.

19 Non-Jewish Reasons the Stock Market Is Plunging

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Fear and greed move the stock market, and the fear has grown into paranoia.

If people are in a good mood, they read the news through rose-tinted glasses, and not even another Islamic State (ISIS) beheading of an American could scare them away from buying stocks.
The crash in the market in Shanghai set off fears that have been tucked away in the back of the minds of anyone who ventures to hear or see what is going on in the world.

It seems that the constant Obama administration’s propaganda that the Middle East will fall apart without a “two-state” nightmare is not driving people to sell stocks.

There are real fears out there, no matter how much the White House tries to camouflage them with President Barack Obama’s playing golf with Steph Curry and taking a popularity hitchhike on Jon Stewart’s coattails.

A poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research named the threat of terrorism and the Islamic State (ISIS) as the most worrisome foreign policy issues.

Next on the “worry list” is immigration.

Here are 17 other Americans’ fears that no longer are blinded by greed:

— A Congressional veto of the deal with Iran will cause Iran to become more militant and encourage it develop a nuclear weapon and encourage Hezbollah terrorist attacks on the shores of the United States.

— Congressional approval of the deal with Iran will pave the way for Iran to build a nuclear weapon and fund Hezbollah terrorist attacks on the shores of the United States.

— Donald Trump will become the Republican presidential nominee.

— Jeb Bush will become the Republican presidential nominee

— Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee.

— Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic presidential nominee.

— Joe Biden will be the Democratic presidential nominee.

— The Islamic State (ISIS) will behead another American.

— Mexican immigration will destroy America.

— Homosexual marriages will destroy America.

— The Supreme Court will destroy America.

— ‘Millennials” will be lucky if they get 50 percent of Social Security payments.

— Drug care will be non-affordable.

— Joe Biden will be the next U.S. president.

— Donald Trump will be elected president.

— Hillary Clinton will be elected president.

— Jeb Bush will be elected president.

— Bernie Sanders will be elected president.

What happened to the fear that the Arab-Israeli struggle endangers America’s security?

British FM Says Iran Sanctions Could Be Lifted Next Spring

Monday, August 24th, 2015

On Monday morning, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani posted a photograph of his meeting with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on his official Twitter account.

“First #British Foreign Secretary to visit Iran since 2003.” Rouhani tweeted.

Unimpressed, one apparent UK writer replied, “Yes well I still think it was incredibly rude of you to leave that graffiti in the embassy for them to see when they returned.”

Hammond allegedly said during his meeting with the Iranian president that the UK is “ready to improve its relations with Iran to the ambassador level,” British sources said.

Hammond told Reuters on Monday, “We could be talking as early as next spring to start to see sanctions lifting off.” He added that an endorsement of the nuclear deal by the U.S. Congress could come as early as mid-October.

Nevertheless, he told the BBC in an interview that there are still points of disagreement on important issues.

“We should tread carefully,” Hammond said. “There’s a deep legacy of distrust on both sides and we have major areas where we have very substantial policy differences.”

Hammond said both countries see “eye to eye” on the need to go after Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists. But when it comes to dealing with its own human rights issues, Iran has not come close to the British point of view.

In addition, he said, there is still a gap in the viewpoints of the two countries on how to address the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Britain maintains that Assad cannot be part of a future Syrian government.

Iran, however, is a firm ally of the besieged president, who is responsible for the torture and slaughter of hundreds of thousands of his own people, including women and children.

Iranian “consultants” – political, economic and military – still remain in Damascus, as well as thousands of elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps troops.

Iran has also generously funded the presence of supplementary Hezbollah terrorist guerrilla troops to support the Syrian government forces, and continues to send Assad a steady supply of funds and arms.

Netanyahu: Israel is ‘Ready for Any Eventuality’ Posed by Iran

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, accompanied IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot on Tuesday (August 18) to tour the northern district and scan the Lebanese border.

The prime minister and defense minister then visited the IDF Northern Command headquarters, where they were briefed by GOC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi.

Speaking with media, Netanyahu addressed the ongoing threat to Israel posed by Iranian proxies in Lebanon and Syria. “The ruler of Iran, [Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei, said yesterday, and I quote, ‘We will take all measures to support all those who fight against Israel.’

“Iranian Foreign Minister [Javad] Zarif said in Beirut a few days ago, at a meeting with the head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, and I quote, ‘The nuclear agreement has created an historic opportunity to stand against the Zionist entity.’

“What we have said all along is being seen as correct and accurate. The money that will flow to Iran in the wake of the nuclear agreement will serve it to strengthen the terrorist organizations operating against us, in its name and under its auspices, in the avowed goal to destroy Israel.

“The IDF is strong. The State of Israel is strong. We are ready for any eventuality. Those who try to attack us – we will hurt them,” Netanyahu warned.

Defense Minister Ya’alon concurred. “I would like to commend IDF soldiers and commanders in general, and those of Northern Command in particular, for safeguarding our borders and maintaining quiet along them, despite what is happening on the other side, for their professionalism, which is allowing thousands of tourists to travel throughout the north.

“On the Golan Heights it is not quiet and those who do not want quiet are the Iranians, who are trying to use proxies to carry out attacks against us.

“Representatives of the Revolutionary Guards are currently waiting for the implementation of the bad agreement that is being formulated with the major powers in order to send more money to Hezbollah and the other terrorist organizations, both on the Golan Heights and in the Palestinian arena.

“Of course, the IDF is prepared; it will continue to not allow violations of sovereignty on the Golan Heights.

“In Judea and Samaria as well, as you have seen, it is not quiet. There are attempted knife attacks on an almost daily basis.

“Again, I would like to commend IDF soldiers and Border Police personnel for responding quickly and professionally against all those who try to raise a hand or a knife against IDF soldiers or civilians.

“We will continue to not allow any terrorist element to attack our soldiers and civilians. Moreover, we will continue to take various steps against terrorism.

“This week I approved the demolition of more terrorists’ homes, terrorists who already committed their crimes, as part of our deterrent moves to prevent terrorism,” he added.

Swedish National Caught at Ben Gurion Airport, Charged as Hezbollah Spy

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Cleared for publication: Hassan Khalil Khizran was arrested late last month as he entered Ben Gurion International Airport in connection with passing information to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Khizran, 55, a Swedish national of Lebanese-Palestinian Authority descent, was indicted Sunday (August 9) on three counts of passing intelligence information to the terrorist organization, and contacting a foreign agent.

He was taken into custody as he disembarked from an aircraft and attempted to enter Israel. Swedish authorities were updated about the arrest.

Court papers indicate that Khizran joined Hezbollah as an intelligence source in 2009.

According to a statement filed by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the tasks assigned to Khizran prove the Hezbollah is “preparing for the next war with Israel and is marking out a ‘target bank.’ “

Defending attorney Leah Tsemel denied the charges and told the Reuters news service her client “refused any request to harm Israel’s security.”

According to the indictment, Khizran was assigned to recruited Israeli Arabs with social connections to Jewish Israelis, military officials and government officials.

However, he refrained from carrying out this task despite pressure from his handlers, according to the brief.

Khizran was also asked to collect other useful and relevant information about Israel such as locations in which there are military bases, large concentrations of IDF troops, tanks, and arms.

He traveled to Israel several times for this purpose and then met in Beirut with his handlers to provide them with information, according to the indictment.

His handlers demanded he provide visual documentation to broaden the information he gave them — but he said he did not do so.

He also told the Shin Bet that during a family trip to Lebanon in 2009 with his wife and children he was offered to meet with Hezbollah agents. To this, he agreed.

In secret meetings with these agents he was told Hezbollah was interested in recruiting Palestinians who held European passports so they would be able to enter and move more freely through Israel, and thus gather intelligence for Hezbollah. It is not clear whether or not he recruited others for this task.

In addition, the terrorist organization asked for information about the entry process, security checks, and other operations at Ben Gurion International Airport. There is no information available about which information he gave Hezbollah about the airport and its operations.

Khizran met again with Hezbollah again in visits to Lebanon in 2011 and 2013.

In return for his cooperation with Hezbollah, Khizran received $2,300 in 2009 and $800 in 2011.

Khizran told the Shin Bet about a group called The Lebanese House” that operates in Malmö, Sweden. The members of the group are Shi’ite Muslims who are involved in social and cultural Shi’ite activity. They allegedly mark Hezbollah anniversaries, watch the speeches delivered by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, and more.

Iran Openly Refuses UN IAEA Inspectors Access to Military Sites

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Iranian security adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei explained in a broadcast interview last week that United Nations nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency would not be given access to Tehran’s sensitive military nuclear sites.

Ali Akbar Velayati made the statement in a broadcast interview with Aljazeera on July 31, 2015 (clip# 5026) that was monitored and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

“First, allow me to emphasize that the issue of the missiles and of Iran’s defensive capabilities were not part of the negotiations to begin with,” Velayati said.

“No matter what pressure is exerted, Iran never has negotiated and never will negotiate with others – America, Europe, or any other country – about the nature and quality of missiles it should manufacture or possess, or about the defensive military equipment that it needs. This is out of the question.

“We in Iran will independently determine what military equipment we need in order to defend our land, the regime of the Islamic Republic, the Iranian people, and the interest of our country.

“Therefore, we will not hesitate to obtain these weapons, with the exception of nuclear weapons or WMD, such as chemical weapons, which are internationally prohibited.

“Therefore, the missile issue is not a part of the nuclear agreement with the P5+1.

“Any different statement about this is baseless.

Regardless of how the P5+1 countries interpret the nuclear agreement, their entry into our military sites is absolutely forbidden. The entry of any foreigner, including IAEA inspectors or any other inspector, to the sensitive military sites of the Islamic Republic is forbidden, no matter what,” Velayati stated firmly. (italics added)

The interviewer asked: “That’s final?”

“Yes,” Velayati replied. “Final.”

He went on to say, “Israel does not dare to attack Iran. The moment it initiates such a thing, important Israeli cities will be razed to the ground.

“The U.S. accuses us of supporting terrorism and terrorists in the region. We ask the Americans: ‘Who are those terrorists?’ Their answer boils down to Hezbollah.

“Is Lebanese Hezbollah a terrorist party? We are proud of Hezbollah. It defends its existence and the existence of the Muslims, the Arabs and the Lebanese. Hezbollah was the first to deal Israel a real defeat.

“We are proud to be supporting Hezbollah, while America deems this support to constitute support of terrorism.

“First of all, we should sit down and define what terrorism is and who is a terrorist. We believe that if you defend your land you are not a terrorist.

“We are committed to the Vienna agreement,” he reiterated.

“How do you view the recent Security Council resolution?” asked the interviewer.

“We are not necessarily required to accept everything decided by the Security Council,” replied Velayati. “Let me give you an example that is important to us and to you.

“The Security Council might make resolutions in favor of Israel. We would not accept or recognize these resolutions. This is what the Arab and Islamic countries would do. They would not recognize these resolutions.

“There were quite a few UN Security Council resolutions which ran counter to the interests of some countries that did not recognize them.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not succumb to any international resolution that contradicts our strategic interests and our sovereignty.

“However, with regard to the Vienna agreement, if it wins the support of the legal authorities in Iran, Iran will be completely committed to it.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/iran-openly-refuses-un-iaea-inspectors-access-to-military-sites/2015/08/03/

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