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IDF Fires on Lebanon After 3 Rockets Land in Galilee

3 Kislev 5772 – November 29, 2011

The IDF fired at Lebanese targets just after midnight on Tuesday after the firing of three rockets into northern Israel.

 

Three rockets fired from Lebanon were located in Israeli communities near the Lebanese border in the Western Galilee.  No injuries were reported.  Police are searching for a possible fourth rocket.  The rockets are believed to have been Katyushas.

Katyusha Lands in Israel, Oct. 2009

Katyusha Lands in Israel, Oct. 2009. Hamad Almakt/Flash90

 

Two of the rockets landed in Netua, a small Moshav of 250 people.  A chicken coop and propane gas tank were damaged.

 

Another rocket has been confirmed in Biranit, with no damage reported.

 

Police conducted searches for a fourth rocket in the woods  near Kfar Vradim, a town of approximately 6,000 people 14 kilometers from the border with Lebanon, where residents reported hearing an explosion.

 

The IDF Northern Command has gone on full alert.

 

IDF spokespersons said the IDF considers the incident severe, and holds the Lebanese government responsible for not preventing the attacks.  The IDF said in a statement that it views the rocket attacks as a severe incident and it holds the Lebanese government and the Lebanese military responsible for preventing such actions.  Israel will file a complaint with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which was charged by the UN under Resolution 1701 with monitoring the border in order to prevent hostilities between Israel and Lebanon.  Under the resolution, UN troops which stood at 2,000 prior to the 2006 war were increased to a maximum of 15,000.

 

Army Radio reported this as the eight rocket attack on the North since Israel’s war with Hizbullah in 2006.  IDF officials believe the attacks were all conducted by Al-Qaida or Palestinian terror groups.

CIA Spy Ring Exposed in Iran, Lebanon, Believed Executed

26 Heshvan 5772 – November 22, 2011

A group of at least a dozen CIA spies working in Iran and Lebanon have been captured, leading US government officials to surmise that the intelligence failure has – or will – lead to their deaths and the debilitation of intelligence in the two countries.

The spies are thought to have been local paid informants providing intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program and terror organization Hizbullah’s operations in Lebanon.

Hizbullah is responsible for more killing of Americans than any other terror group prior to 9/11, having killed almost 260 Americans in an attack on the US embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983.  It is also one of the foremost military threats to Israel.

In Beirut, Hizbullah double agents posing as CIA spies were able to determine the secret code of a meeting spot of CIA agents in the area.  The code word “pizza” led them to a Beirut Pizza Hut.  From that location, the double agents were able to uncover at least a dozen informants, as well as several CIA handlers.  This despite several warnings issued to CIA officers that the operation could be comprised by taking multiple assets to the same location to meetings, according to a report by ABC News.

In Teheran, intelligence agents discovered several websites disguised as business sites used by the US to communicate with CIA operatives.  US officials have confirmed that an Iranian TV broadcast displaying still photographs of the websites was accurate, and that the sites were indeed used by the CIA for espionage in Iran.  As many as several dozen informants may have been uncovered there.

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, leader of Hizbullah, announced in June that two high-ranking Hizbullah officials had been exposed as CIA spies, leading US officials to suspect that its whole network of spies inside the organization had been uncovered.

While some analysts stress that espionage comes with necessary risks and the potential for being exposed, others say the American intelligence community has become slipshod and subpar.

Israel’s Supreme Court Rewards Another Enemy Of The State

25 Tammuz 5771 – July 27, 2011
      The decision by the Israeli Supreme Court in the matter of Mustafa Dirani (sometimes spelled Durani) has once again shown the world that Israel’s judicial system is a clear and present danger to the country.
 
Mustafa Dirani is believed to be the terrorist who captured Israeli navigator Ron Arad when he was forced to parachute into Lebanon. Dirani’s terrorists ignored Red Cross requests and international Geneva Convention rules and held Arad incommunicado for years. 
 
No one quite knows what they did with Arad, but it is generally believed his captors “sold” Arad to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and that Arad eventually was murdered.
 
Dirani was head of security in the Amal militia of Shi’ites operating in Lebanon, and then split off to form his own Shi’ite terrorist militia, named “Believing Resistance” – this before Hizbullah became the head of the Shi’ite terrorist syndicate. 
 
In a counter-terrorism ground operation in Lebanon in 1994, Dirani was abducted by Israel and tossed into prison, to be held as a bargaining chip to obtain the release of Ron Arad or other Israeli POWs.
 
While Dirani should have been executed by Israel for his crimes, he instead lived in relative comfort in an Israeli prison. His being kept alive was of course an open invitation for other terrorists to kidnap (and murder) Israelis in order to gain Dirani’s release. Some on the  Israeli left insisted he should be released with no quid pro quo because releasing people like Dirani is the best way to show “good faith” and achieve peace.
 
In 2004, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided to release more than 400 terrorists in order to “purchase” back from Hizbullah the corpses of three Israeli POWs who had been murdered in cold blood. In addition, Hizbullah released an Israeli who had entered Lebanon illegally to buy drugs when he was kidnapped by the terrorists. Dirani was one of the terrorists released by Sharon to “buy back” the corpses and the live drug criminal.
 
Since being released, Dirani has become something of a terrorist celebrity in the Kasbah. Sharon did not even demand information about Arad’s fate before releasing Dirani, now a senior Hizbullah official.
 
Because Dirani no doubt sang like a canary while being interrogated by Israel, he later insisted he was “raped” and “tortured” in prison by a guard or intelligence officer he claims was named “George.” I have always assumed he chose the name George while reading those books about the little monkey who lives with the man in the big yellow hat. 
 
Well, Mustafa Dirani continues to try to profit from his “victimhood” at the hands of “George.”  From his terrorist abode in Lebanon, Dirani attempted to file a damages suit against Israel for the tryst he claims Curious George forced on him in prison. The “evidence” that Dirani was abused by “George” is that Dirani says so. The Tel Aviv district court where the suit was filed tossed it into the garbage.
 
But then in stepped the Israeli Supreme Court. By a two to one vote, a Supreme Court panel has just overridden the Tel Aviv Court and has ordered that Dirani be allowed to sue the state of Israel for “damages” and “compensation.”
 
The decision was written by retiring Supreme Court justice Ayala Procaccia – the same judge who tossed 14-year-old religious girls into prison without a trial because they participated in a right-wing protest demonstration. 
 
Procaccia, who makes no attempt to hide her leftist agenda, also wrote the recent Supreme Court decision which ruled that telling the truth is no defense at all against being charged under Israel’s Soviet-style law for “insulting a public servant.” She was joined in the Dirani ruling by Arab Supreme Court justice Salim Jubran. 
 
So the terrorist and international criminal Dirani has been invited by the Israeli Supreme Court to sue the government of Israel in an Israeli court from his Hizbullah terrorist hideaway for his claimed “victimhood” at the hands of Israeli prison authorities. 
 
The duo of Procaccia and Jubran issued another ruling a few days ago ordering the Beersheba municipality to take an old, long-abandoned building that had once served as a mosque before 1948 and renovate it at municipality expense in order to convert it into a museum of Islamic culture.
 
Just which law was it that gave the Supreme Court justices the right to order this?  No law at all, just “judicial activism.”
 

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book “The Scout” is available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

19 Adar I 5771 – February 23, 2011

Radical Middle East Groups

Have A Supporter In Soros
 
   An international “crisis management” group led by billionaire George Soros has long petitioned for the Algerian government to cease “excessive” military activities against al Qaeda-linked groups and to allow organizations seeking to create an Islamic state to participate in the Algerian government.
 

   The organization, the International Crisis Group, also is strongly tied to the Egyptian opposition movement whose protests recently led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

   Soros’s own Open Society Institute has funded opposition groups across the Middle East and North Africa, including organizations involved in the current chaos.
 
   Following protests that led to the resignations of Mubarak and Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali – both key U.S. allies – Algeria similarly has been engulfed in anti-regime riots.
 
   Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has ruled the country with a tough hand. And he has been an ally of the U.S. in fighting al Qaeda. Islamist parties serve as Bouteflika’s main opposition.
 
   In a July 2004 ICG report obtained by this column, Soros’s group calls on the Algerian government to curb military action against al Qaeda-affiliated organizations, particularly the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, GSPC, which, like the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, aims to establish an Islamic state within Algeria, and an armed Islamic terrorist group known as Houmat Daawa Salafia, or HDS.
 
   Soros’s ICG names the two Islamic groups in its recommendations to the Algerian government.
 

   The ICG has issued at least six other reports recommending transition to a democracy in Algeria that will allow the participation of the Islamic groups seeking to create a Muslim caliphate.

 

AFL-CIO Indirectly Tied To Algerian Protests

 

   One of the main anti-regime organizations leading protests in Algeria is funded by a quasi-governmental group partly led by an arm of the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. union organization.
 
   The AFL-CIO has also been prominently organizing protests against the Wisconsin governor who proposed federal employees pay up to 12 percent of their healthcare and half their pensions – still less than most in the private sector – to try to close a $3.6 billion budget gap.
 
   In Algeria, Islamic groups have joined in the protest coordination, including the outlawed Islamic Salvation Front and its leader, Ali Belhadj.
 
   The protests have also been spearheaded by a group called the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (ALDHR). Scores of ALDHR members have been arrested in recent days while the group’s leaders have been serving as spokespeople for the anti-regime riots.
 

   ALDHR is an Algerian nongovernmental organization that has been leading the drive for electoral reform. It has received near annual grants from the National Endowment for Democracy, a quasi-governmental agency. The American Institute for Free Labor Development, an arm of the AFL-CIO, is one of four NED founders.

 

All But Nine Islamic Terrorists Have

Escaped Egyptian Jails
 
   The vast majority of Islamic terrorists who were being held inside Egypt’s prisons have escaped in recent weeks, this column has learned.
 
   This development raises the prospect of further instability in Egypt, in particular in the region of the Suez Canal, which carries about eight percent of global seaborne trade.
 
   According to Egyptian security officials, out of hundreds of jailed terrorists, only nine Islamic terrorists currently remain in any Egyptian prison.
 
   Those terrorists include two from the Palestinian Islamic jihad; one Hizbullah militant; one member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the declared military wing of Fatah; and three members of Jihadiya Salhafiya, which is an Islamic group allied with al Qaeda.
 
   The jailed terrorists include three recaptured Palestinians who had escaped from prison and who were part of a larger cell suspected of planning attacks against tourist sites and economic targets, including the Suez Canal.
 
   Seven more members of the cell, including gunmen from Hizbullah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, are at large after escaping from prison amid the recent riots in Egypt targeting the regime of Hosni Mubarak, an intelligence official said.
 

   The speed with which the three Palestinians were captured and the priority given to the escaped cell at a time when Egypt’s military was busy quelling weeks of unrest clearly testifies to the magnitude of fear Egypt has of the terrorist cell.

 

MK Danon: Israel Cannot Rely On America

 

   Israel can no longer rely on the White House and must trust only itself due to a lack of leadership on the part of President Obama, declared a Knesset member from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.
 
   “We have to understand that if, God forbid, we will be in the case of trouble, we can trust only ourselves because we see a lack of leadership coming from the U.S. today,” said Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon.
 
   “And we should be worried about it, because we always think, well, we have a friend in the White House, we can call them when we are in need, and we see that is not the case,” said Danon, the deputy speaker of Israel’s parliament.
 
   Danon was speaking in an interview on this reporter’s investigative program on New York’s WABC Radio.
 
   The Israeli politician took the occasion to slam Obama’s treatment of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
 
   “We don’t see a leadership role of the American president and actually they [the Obama administration] are following what is happening in the Middle East. On the one hand, they support Mubarak; the next day they are against him.”
 
   Danon added, “Frankly speaking, unfortunately we see a lack of leadership coming from Washington. They don’t actually take decisions. They follow, and they look at the news and then they deliver statements to the media.”
 
 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Thomas Friedman – Just Another Face In The Arab Mob

19 Adar I 5771 – February 23, 2011

Even without the anticipated passage of two Iranian warships through the Suez Canal, it was a week that rattled Israelis’ nerves.

It began on with a stern lecture by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that got considerable play in the Israeli media.

“For anyone who spent time in Tahrir Square these last three weeks,” he wrote, “one thing was very obvious: Israel was not part of this story at all. This was about Egypt and about the longing of Egyptians for the most basic human rights ‘.”

And because Israel, in Friedman’s view, failed to enthuse over nascent Egyptian democracy and instead feared the fall of the nonbelligerent Mubarak government, the columnist found himself “more worried today about Israel’s future than I have ever been, because I think that at time of great change in this region – and we have just seen the beginnings of it – Israel today has the most out-of-touch, in-bred, unimaginative and cliché-driven cabinet it has ever had.”

Friedman, for his part, continued to enthuse in his subsequent dispatch a couple of days later, writing that “Egypt has now been awakened by its youth in a unique way – not to fight Israel, or America, but in a quest for personal empowerment, dignity and freedom.”

One doesn’t know if his ardor has been cooled by the fate of his journalistic colleague Lara Logan, brutally assaulted in Tahrir Square by an anti-Mubarak mob shouting “Jew! Jew!” Material on the anti-Semitism of the “democracy protesters” had already been available, though it clearly had made little or no impression on Friedman.

Israelis, for their part, could be impressed by USA Today’s report that “top leaders of the protest movement that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak” are calling, among other things, “to cut off natural gas shipments to Israel.”

Those shipments are supposed to be guaranteed by the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty. While flouting many other provisions of the treaty, the Mubarak government upheld that particular provision for thirty years.

But let’s not get picayune about these “youth…in a quest for personal empowerment, dignity and freedom.”

And if Israelis turned their eyes from their neighbor to the southwest to their neighbor to the north, Lebanon, the picture was also something less than inspiring as Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Hizbullah terror organization, threatened in a ceremony in Beirut to take over the Galilee in the event of another war with Israel.

“I’m telling the Zionist commanders and generals,” he said, “wherever you go, anywhere in the world and at any time, you always need to look out, because Imad Mugniyeh’s blood has not been spilled in vain” – referring to the terror master assassinated by Israel in Damascus in 2008.

Israelis can remember another “Arab spring” not long ago – in Beirut in 2005. Then too democracy protesters – many of them undoubtedly authentic – thronged the streets and succeeded in getting Hizbullah’s ally Syria to withdraw its army from Lebanon. But today Lebanon is very much in the grip of Hizbullah, Syria, and Iran, and tens of thousands of Hizbullah missiles cover every inch of Israel.

One does not have to be Israeli – just intelligently sympathetic – to understand that such experiences dispose Israelis to cautiousness about purported transformations in the Middle East. Intelligently sympathetic and a good deal less arrogant than Thomas Friedman.

And what about Israel’s neighbor to the east, Jordan – with which, like Egypt, it signed a peace treaty, that one in 1994?

Some rather unpleasant winds blew from that direction, too, when Jordan’s new justice minister, Hussein Mjali, called for the release from a Jordanian prison of Ahmed Daqamseh, a Jordanian who murdered seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997.

Mjali had been appointed by King Abdullah a week earlier “in a shakeup,” the Jerusalem Post noted in an editorial, “geared to stem protests inspired by Egypt’s turmoil” and “facilitate greater democratic freedoms.”

But the fact that Mjali, who served as Daqamseh’s attorney during his trial, could be appointed minister of justice in the first place raises grave questions. It should have been no great surprise that he’d be the blusterous chief speaker at a demonstration for Daqamseh’s release.

For now Jordanian officials have told Israel there are no plans to free Daqamseh – even though “Jordan’s powerful Islamist movement and the country’s 14 trade unions, comprising over 200,000 members, relentlessly campaign for [his] release.”

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

14 Shevat 5771 – January 19, 2011

Group Calling For Beck’s Ouster

Tied To Soros, Liberal Activists
 
   An organization leading a crusade demanding that Fox News fire host Glenn Beck is backed by philanthropist George Soros and is tied to many of the liberal activists that Beck routinely excoriates on his highly rated program, this column has learned.
 
   Jewish Funds for Justice, or JFSJ, a charity that campaigns for social change, delivered a petition with 10,000 signatures to Fox News this past week in protest of a program in which Beck specifically targeted Soros, calling the businessman the “puppet master.” JFSJ deemed the show anti-Semitic.
 
   During the program, Beck highlighted nine people of the 20th century who contributed to what he called “the era of the big lie.” All nine of those figures were Jewish, including psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, columnist Walter Lippman and Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania.
 
   JFSJ is funded by Soros’s Open Society Institute.
 
   In 2009, the Open Society provided a $150,000 grant to the JFSJand its associated group, the Funder’s Collaborative on Youth Organizing.
 
   In 2010, the Open Society provided a $200,000 grantto last a period of two years.
 
   JFSJ says it believes that “by transforming leaders, we are better able to transform society” and “create a more just world.”
 
   JFSJ has worked with a who’s who of radical left groups and leaders. Many of its leaders and board members come from the organized labor community.
 
   JFSJ’s runs a Selah Leadership Program, which provides community organizing training to local leaders. As of mid-2007, more than 200 leaders from 165 organizations had gone through the program.
 
   Past participants include Heather Booth, founder of the radical Midwest Academy, which teaches the tactics of radical community organizer Saul Alinsky.
 
   This column was first to reportthat the Woods Fund, a Chicago nonprofit on which Barack Obama served as director alongside Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers, provided money to Midwest Academy.
 
   This column also broke the storythat the executive director of Midwest Academy was part of the team that developed a group of volunteers for Obama’s 2008 campaign.
 
   Another past participant in JFSJ’s training program is Working Families Party Executive Director Dan Cantor.
 
   The group has previously worked with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.
 

   “We are proud to be associated with the work of CAIR,” declared Jeffrey Denko, JFSJ’s senior vice president.

 

Finger-Pointing Victim

Called Beck A Fascist
 
   A victim of the Arizona shootings who had been widely quoted in the news media as blaming the massacre on rhetoric from Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin is a known liberal activist who has previously campaigned against Beck, calling him a fascist.
 
   As has been widely reported, the victim, James Eric Fuller, was arrested Saturday at a Tucson town-hall meeting after shouting “You’re dead!” at Tucson Tea Party spokesman Trent Humphries.
 
   Fuller, a 63 year-old disabled military veteran, was shot in the knee and back during the attack that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and left six people dead and 13 others wounded.
 
   Following the shooting, Fuller gave an interview to the far-left Democracy NOW, in which he did not mince words at apportioning blame for the tragedy.
 
   “It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target,” Fuller said.
 
   “Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled – senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic fringe anarchism, subscribed to by John Boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all, even nine-year-old girls,” he added, referring to the death of nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green.
 
   Fuller was subsequently widely quoted in the news media, including in pieces by the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
 
   This column has learned Fuller has a history of activism against Beck.
 
   In a March articleat a website called PoliticsUnlocked.com, Fuller denounced Beck. “It’s true,” he wrote, “that fireball Beck somehow arrived at his delusions via the public library, a system founded by Benjamin Franklin for the public good, but his identity is in the bloody realm of Benito Mussolini,” he wrote, “because Beck is a passionate believer in the merger of corporate and state power.”
 

   “You ought to call a fascist a fascist,” added Fuller.

 

Christian Lebanese Leaders

Fear Mounting Syrian Influence
 
   Top Christian leaders in Lebanon believe Syria is poised to become the dominant player in Lebanon after the Damascus regime cut deals with the Obama administration.
 
   The leaders, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they are fearful of a new assassination campaign in Lebanon targeting the country’s pro-Western alliance, similar to the slew of assassinations in Lebanon in 2005 and 2006. They also said they are fearful of a major outbreak of sectarian violence.
 
   Separately, a source in Lebanon’s pro-Western parliamentary alliance told this column that last week’s collapse of Lebanon’s government by the Iranian-backed Hizbullah and its allies came after Hizbullah rejected a deal by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
 
   Hizbullah is trying to pre-empt a United Nations investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. The long-delayed probe, which may be released within weeks, is set to finger Hizbullah members in the murder. Hizbullah does not want the Lebanese government to cooperate with the investigation or its release.
 
   The pro-Western Lebanese political sources said that Hariri, who was in Washington today when Hizbullah led a resignation campaign that collapsed his government, adamantly refused Hizbullah’s main demand that the Lebanese government not prosecute any Hizbullah member indicted in the assassination.
 
   The sources said Hariri had proposed a compromise whereby Hizbullah could remain in power, but not as an entity. Hariri said he would not object to Hizbullah members serving as individuals in the Lebanese government, but he did not want the group acting like a bloc.
 
   The sources said Hizbullah refused this compromise.
 
   Top Christian leaders in Lebanon, meanwhile, told this column that they believe Hizbullah’s militant stance follows a larger deal between the Obama administration and Syria.
 
   Two weeks ago, Obama bypassed the U.S. Senate by using a congressional recess period to directly appoint four new ambassadors, including the first U.S. envoy to Syria since 2005.
 

   Also, this column reported,the U.S. has been attempting to jumpstart talks between Israel and Syria aimed at an Israeli retreat from the strategic Golan Heights.

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

8 Tevet 5771 – December 15, 2010
Obama Apparently Okay With Latin Countries’
Recognition Of Palestinian State
 
   Palestinian officials tell this column the Obama administration is only giving lip service to resisting a Latin American declaration recognizing a Palestinian state outside of the framework of an agreement with Israel.
 
   In what amounts to a diplomatic assault on Israel, Argentina and Uruguay last week announced they were joining Brazil in unilaterally recognizing an independent Palestinian state.
 
      Publicly, the U.S. was quick to rebuke the decision by Latin American countries. “We believe such recognition is premature,” William Burns, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, told reporters in the Chilean capital Santiago.
 
   “It’s only through negotiation between the parties themselves, Palestinians and Israelis, that we’ll be able to realize the two-state solution,” he said.
 
   Palestinian Authority officials, however, said the Obama administration has not privately criticized the Latin American countries for recognizing a Palestinian state, and more Central and South American nations are expected to join them.
 
   “In actuality, Obama is not doing anything to prevent more countries from recognizing a Palestinian state,” one PA official told this column.
 
   The official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government proposed an interim, five-year initial deal with the PA in which the Palestinians would take full control of more territory as they work economically with Israel.
 
   Netanyahu believes rebuilding the PA’s infrastructure and economy from the ground up is the key to a future agreement.
 
   The PA official said the Obama administration rejected a temporary agreement and is instead siding with the Palestinian demand that talks begin with setting final borders of a future Palestinian state.
 
   The official and other PA sources said the White House seeks to establish a Palestinian state, at least on paper, by next summer.
 

   The PA sources said the Obama administration favors a negotiated settlement, but the sources said the White House implied the U.S. will not oppose a UN Security Council vote to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state.

 

WikiLeaks Cable: Saudi Arabia Offered

To Fight Hizbullah
 
   Saudi Arabia secretly proposed to send an “Arab force” to Lebanon that would act under the cover of international troops to fight the Iranian-backed Hizbullah, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks and reviewed by this column.
 
   One day before that May 12, 2008 cable, this journalist first reported at WorldNetDaily that with U.S. approval, Saudi Arabia was providing weaponry to militias associated with anti-Syrian Lebanese opposition leaders to bolster them against Hizbullah.
 
   The U.S. government cable related a May 12, 2008 meeting between the Saudi foreign minister, Saud Al-Faisal, and David Satterfield, then coordinator for Iraq and senior adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
 
   During the meeting, Faisal petitioned for a “security response” to Hizbullah’s “military challenge” to the government of Lebanon. He warned Hizbullah was poised to push an “Iranian takeover” of Lebanon.
 
   Faisal proposed an “Arab force” to create and maintain order in and around Beirut, which would be assisted in its efforts and come under the “cover” of a deployment of some 20,000 international troops currently in south Lebanon, according to the cable.
 
   Faisal stated the U.S. and NATO would need to provide the secret Arab contingent movement and logistic support, as well as “naval and air cover,” the cable related.
 
   One day before that cable, this journalist reported on U.S.-supported Saudi efforts to arm the anti-Hizbullah opposition in Lebanon.
 
   The Saudi weapons were provided to militias associated with Lebanon’s Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, then-Parliament Leader Saad Hariri, now prime minister, and former president Amin Gemayel, according to informed security officials who spoke in May 2008.
 
   The weapons mostly consisted of assault rifles, rocket propelled grenades, and combat equipment such as military boot, tents and night-vision goggles, the officials said.
 

   The weapons may have been put to use during urban warfare battles that month between Hizbullah and Jumblatt followers in the town of Aley, east of Beirut. At least two people were killed and four wounded in those clashes.

 

Obama’s Nuclear Position Worries France

 

   The government of France expressed deep concern that President Obama’s rhetoric and policy of nuclear disarmament will harm the Western world’s ability to deter threats from aggressor countries, according to U.S. State Department cables revealed by WikiLeaks and reviewed by this column.
 
   France also was dismayed that Obama’s nuclear summit held last April did not single out Iran’s illicit nuclear program, but instead focused on the disarmament of the West.
 
   “France’s concerns go beyond the conference, however, to include larger issues of the link between disarmament and deterrence, as well as non-proliferation,” read a July 2009 cable from the U.S. embassy in Paris summarizing the French position on Obama’s nuclear stance.
 
   France took specific issue with a series of remarks from Obama that the French believe could be used to the “advantage” of nonproliferation treaty violators.
 
   Among Obama’s concerning remarks:
 
   “The notion that prestige comes from holding these weapons, or that we can protect ourselves by picking and choosing which nations can have these weapons, is an illusion.” – Obama in Moscow in August 2009
 
   “No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons. That is why I strongly reaffirmed America’s commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons.” – Obama in his address to the Muslim world from Cairo in June 2009
 
   Stated the cable: “Several of our French interlocutors have expressed concerns that these statements focus more on disarmament than on non-proliferation.”
 
   The cable summarized the French position: “For France ‘nuclear weapons are not bad or good, they just are.’ Thus, France continues to oppose the phrase ‘a world free of nuclear weapons,’ which…implies a moral judgment.”
 

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

12 Heshvan 5771 – October 20, 2010

Prominent Democrat

Rallies Socialist Activists
 
   The Democratic chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee has been caught on tape meeting with a U.S.-based, Marxist-oriented socialist organization to discuss how the group can cooperate to strengthen President Obama and advance their “one-world” plans.
 
   Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who has a long history with the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, was recorded promoting a “one-world” government, while asking the socialist group to organize against the war in Afghanistan and in support of Obama’s policies.
 
   “I see that us making him more cooperative with our plans is going to strengthen him and not weaken him,” Conyers says to applause from the DSA activists.
 
   “Whose job do you think it is to get him straightened out and get him on the right track? Ours! Ours!” Conyers exclaimed to more applause.
 
   The meeting occurred earlier this month with a small group of DSA activists and leaders who had come to Washington, D.C., for the “One Nation” rally that was organized by a coalition for progressive groups, including communist and socialist organizations.
 
   The meeting was recorded and was posted on the Internetby DSA National Director Frank Llewellyn.
 
   At the end of the eight-minute video, Conyers states, “I look forward to our next meeting. I want us to schedule it.”
 
   Promoting the concept of a one-world government, Conyers told those assembled, “We know that when unions, political ideology, clergy, labor, civil rights come together and just people who are progressive enough to see in this one-world concept that we’re all in this together, it makes certain things pretty easy to understand where we are coming from.”
 
   The congressman called for picketing and protests to “make it clear to [Obama] that there probably isn’t anybody above the tenth grade who doesn’t know that you cannot win a war in Afghanistan.”
 
   Conyers also slammed the tea party as “small” and “dismissible.”
 

   Conyers has a history with the DSA. He was a special guest at a two-day convention in Detroit in March 1982 that resulted in the formation of DSA. Conyers has spoken at numerous DSA events, including at the socialist group’s national dinner in 2008, where he was the keynote speaker.

 

More Evidence On Kilroy’s DSA Affiliation

 

   More evidence has emerged that Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, D-Ohio, was a member of the DSA.
 
   The Oakland, Calif.-based Marxist journal Cross Roads reported in its October 1992 edition that Kilroy is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The author of the article, Bob Fitrakis, is himself a member of the DSA.
 
   This column previously reported Kilroy is deeply tied to the DSA. She is listed as a member in the socialist group’s own literature.
 

   Editions of the socialist group’s official newsletter, the Democratic Left, listed Kilroy as a DSA member in the 1990s and described how other DSA activists helped with her various campaigns. When Kilroy ran for Congress in 2006, her campaign was aided by DSA members, according to DSA literature.

 

Hizbullah, Iranian Troops Provided

Security For Ahmadinejad
 
   It was Lebanese-based Iranian Revolutionary Guard units and the Hizbullah-militia that assumed security control for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit earlier this week to Lebanon, according to a senior Lebanese politician.
 
   “The Lebanese Army was just the cover for Iranian Guards based in Lebanon and for Hizbullah, which both assumed full security control for Ahmadinejad,” said the politician, speaking on condition of anonymity.
 
   “This shows how Iran can take over Lebanon’s security when needed,” he said.
 
   The purported security coordination may be the latest sign of widening Iranian and Syrian influence over Lebanon, whose pro-democracy leadership recently had hoped to orient the country toward the West.
 

   Another sign is Ahmadinejad’s visit itself, which was clearly aimed at consolidating Iranian control over Lebanon and proving U.S. influence in the region is on the decline.

 

Turkish Reporter Aboard Flotilla:

IDF Used Restraint
 
   The Israel Defense Forces did not open fire on activists aboard a Hamas-supporting flotilla until the soldiers’ lives were endangered by those on the now infamous ship, admitted a Turkish journalist who was on the flotilla.
 
   Some participants in the Turkish flotilla, named the Mavi Marmara, had claimed in news media interviews that Israeli troops indiscriminately opened fire upon boarding the ship from a helicopter. Nine activists were killed in the clashes that ensued.
 
   The ship, purchased by the Hamas-linked Turkish charity IHH, was attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. The Jewish state maintains the blockade to ensure against Hamas arming itself at sea. The terrorist group had been caught several times attempting to smuggle weapons, including rockets and advanced missiles, into Gaza by sea.
 
   “I saw with my own eyes that when the soldiers came on helicopters and started landing on the ship, they did not fire,” stated Turkish journalist Sefik Dinc.
 

   “It wasn’t until the soldiers were met with resistance and realized that some of their friends’ lives were in danger that they began using live ammunition,” he said.

 

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

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5 Heshvan 5771 – October 13, 2010
Israel On Alert For Hizbullah Attack
 
   Israel is on heightened alert for possible attacks by the Iranian-backed Hizbullah organization in Lebanon, according to a senior Israeli defense official speaking to this column.
 
   The official said the Jewish state is concerned Hizbullah might try to spark a conflict to deflect attention from an international tribunal investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who died in a car bomb explosion in 2005.
 
   The probe is reportedly set to indict members of Hizbullah for the murder. The indictments may come as soon as the next few weeks, reports have claimed.
 
   Hizbullah is deeply concerned about the political fallout within Lebanon if its members are accused of murdering Hariri, the defense official said.
 

   As such, Hizbullah may try to carry out attacks against Israel similar to those that prompted the 2006 Lebanon War. During that conflict, Hizbullah fired constant rocket barrages into Israel, killing 43 Israelis and wounding more than 4,200.

 

PA Establishing Facts On The Ground –

With Help From The U.S.
 
   Despite its history of friendly relations with Israel, the U.S. has been aiding Palestinian Authority construction in areas where the work could tilt the outcome of Mideast negotiations in favor of the Palestinians.
 
   By aiding Palestinian construction of infrastructure in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, the U.S. has effectively been helping the PA create facts on the ground that could push disputed neighborhoods toward becoming part of a Palestinian state, including areas where the land in question is wholly owned by Jews.
 
   While the Obama administration has been demanding a complete halt to all Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem, the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, has been financing Palestinian infrastructure projects in those same territories. Some of the projects include the construction of PA municipal buildings as well as roads and other infrastructure.
 
   Last month the State Department inaugurated a USAID-funded Palestinian school in Beit Ijza, a West Bank neighborhood about five miles northwest of Jerusalem. The U.S. has also been aiding in multiple other West Bank areas with the construction of roads and municipal facilities.
 

   Some of the U.S.-funded construction has been carried out by a company owned by the son of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

 

Intensive Fast-Track Talks Up Ahead?
 
   The White House is planning intensive Israeli-Palestinian talks that aim to create the borders of a future Palestinian state within two months, according to Palestinian Authority officials speaking to this column.
 
   While such talks seem ambitious, the negotiations are timed around the possible acceptance by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a two-month freeze-extension barring Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.
 
   A PA source conceded the talks likely will not lead to an agreement within two months.
 
   “The U.S. proposed intensive negotiations regarding borders, meaning in the coming two months borders will be clear and maybe even closed,” said the source. “It’s very ambitious and is a lot to expect.”
 

   While Netanyahu has not made any public statements regarding a freeze extension, the Israeli government sources told WorldNetDaily the prime minister will not allow any new Jewish construction in the foreseeable future in the West Bank or eastern sections of Jerusalem, excluding what are known as the three main settlement blocs – Gush Etzion, Maale Adumin and Ariel.

 

Another Radical Tied To Obama

 

   A key organizer of last weekend’s “One Nation” rally in Washington, D.C., founded a radical black group whose leaders are deeply tied to Obama.
 
   The rally, described as a counter to the tea party movement and to Glenn Beck’s Washington event in August, took place last Saturday and reportedly drew up to 140,000 activists in support of Obama and the Democratic Party.
 
   The event was endorsed by “Organizing for America,” Obama’s 2008 campaign website which morphed into a fundraising arm of the Democratic National Committee.
 
   It was sponsored by a slew of radical groups, including the Communist Party USA, the Democratic Socialists of America, NAACP, Code Pink, the National Council of La Raza, George Soros’s Campus Progress, the International Socialist Organization, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, the Gray Panthers, the Institute for Policy Studies, and Green For All, led by Van Jones, Obama’s former green jobs adviser, who resigned last year after media reported that he had founded a communist organization.
 
   Roz Pelles, civil rights director for the AFL-CIO, served as one of three key rally organizers. Her official title was “steering committee liaison.”
 
   In March 1998, Pelles helped to found the Black Radical Congress, endorsing a statement calling for the radical group’s establishment.
 
   The founding conference for the Congress witnessed the attendance of multiple activists with deep ties to Obama, including:
 

   Obama’s former green jobs adviser, Van Jones.

   Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for nearly 20 years at Chicago’s Trinity United Church.

   Bill Fletcher Jr., a leader of the Democratic Socialists of America, many of whose activists, WND previously reported, are associated with Obama. Fletcher co-founded “Progressives for Obama,” a powerful far-left lobbying group to aid Obama’s policies.

   Cornel West, a race-relations professor at Princeton and a Marxist activist. Obama named West, whom he has called a personal friend, to the Black Advisory Council of his presidential campaign. West was a key point man between Obama’s campaign and the black community. West served as an adviser on Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March and is a self-described personal friend of the Nation of Islam leader. West authored two books on race with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., who was at the center of the controversy last year in which Obama criticized Gates’s treatment by police outside his home after a report of a burglary.

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

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20 Tishri 5771 – September 28, 2010

PA Behind Temple Mount Attacks

 Riots near the Temple Mount that left at least 10 Israelis wounded last week were instigated and partially directed by the Palestinian Authority, according to a senior Israeli security official speaking to this column.

 The security official said elements of the Israeli government asked the PA to cease its involvement in instigating the clashes, which included Palestinians throwing rocks from the Mount aimed at Israeli worshipers at the Western Wall below.

 “The clashes are guided mostly by Fatah [PA] militants as a tool to pressure Israel on Jerusalem,” the security official said.

 The riots came just days after the U.S. administration publicly called on Israel to halt Jewish construction in the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem in line with U.S.-brokered talks aimed at creating a Palestinian state in those territories.
 

Liberal Lebanon Voices Changing Their Tune

 Pro-democracy leaders in Lebanon were threatened and intimidated into siding with Syria and the Iranian-backed Hizbullah militia, revealed Lebanese parliamentarian Samy Gemayel in an interview.

 Gemayel, whose Christian Phalange party is one of the last to criticize Hizbullah and Syria, called on the Obama administration to support the pro-Western forces vying for influence in Lebanon.

 “We are working today alone, without any back up,” stated Gemayel, speaking in an interview on this reporter’s investigative radio show on New York’s WABC Radio.

 “This is very dangerous for us because we are defending values the U.S. is defending and we don’t have the support that Hizbullah has from Iran. So we think that the U.S. has very important responsibilities toward the democratic parties in Lebanon,” he said.

 Following the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, which was widely blamed on Syria, pro-democracy forces led mass protests that prompted Syria to remove tens of thousands of its troops from Lebanon, purportedly ending nearly 30 years of Syrian occupation.

 But with the U.S. and international community seemingly unengaged with the tribunal investigating Hariri’s murder – which was reportedly set to blame Hizbullah – and with U.S. support for the pro-Democratic forces in Lebanon nearly nonexistent, the country’s traditional pro-Western leaders have been switching allegiances to the Iranian and Syrian axis.

 Last Month, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, son of Rafiq Hariri, announced to the public he had been wrong to blame Syria for his father’s death. Hariri is set to visit Damascus for a second time this month. Also, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, previously one of the most vocal critics of Hizbullah and Syria, has also publicly changed his tune, visiting Syria and declaring the country an ally.

 Gemayel stated that Iran and Syria had threatened Jumblatt and Hariri into changing sides.

 “Jumblatt was threatened,” he said. “That’s why he backed off the fight against Hizbullah and its allies and Iran and Syria. Because he was threatened.”

 Continued Gemayel: “On the 8th of May 2008, Hizbullah used force and weapons against the Lebanese parties, like Jumblatt and Hariri. That is why Jumblatt and Hariri are afraid that Hizbullah could use force one more time to impose its views on all of the Lebanese. That’s why you can see some concessions made by Jumblatt and Hariri, just not to be threatened.”

 Earlier this month, Gemayel was the subject of a death threat from a Hizbullah website. The Hizbullah site, the Islamic Resistance Forum, described Gemayel as an Israeli spy and called for his “crucifixion on a pole in the Pride and Dignity Square in Beirut.”

 Addressing the threat, Gemayel said he is “concerned” and “very conscious” of his security.

 “But we cannot give up the fight for democracy and freedom. We are doing our best to stand up but we need support,” he said.
 
 
Delaware Democrat Audited Class
Taught By Marxist Activist

 Chris Coons, the Democrat running against Christine O’Donnell for the U.S. Senate seat from Delaware, audited a class with Marxist activist Cornel West, this column has learned.

 Coons has been defending himself after it emerged earlier this week that he wrote an opinion piece at college in 1985 strongly criticizing the U.S. and describing himself as a “bearded Marxist.”

 Responding to the controversy, Coons told CNN, “I am not now, nor have I ever been, a Marxist or an enemy of the people of the United States.”

 Coons graduated from Amherst College in 1985 after which he went to Africa for about two years. When he returned to the U.S., he worked for the Coalition for the Homeless in New York and audited a course by West at Union Theological Seminary.

 In an interview with an online Yale alumni magazine, Coons discusses his experience in West’s Union Theological class.

 “I audited one class at Union Theological with Cornel West when I was at the Coalition for the Homeless in New York and realized I strongly needed and wanted some grounding in traditions and doctrines of my own faith,” he said.

 West, an avowed Marxist, served as an adviser on Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March and is a self-described personal friend of the Nation of Islam leader.

 From a young age, West proclaimed he admired “the sincere black militancy of Malcolm X, the defiant rage of the Black Panther Party … and the livid black [liberation] theology of James Cone.”

 Cone’s theology spawned Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s controversial pastor for 20 years at the Trinity United Church. West was a strong defender of Wright when the pastor’s extreme remarks became national news during the presidential campaign.

 Meanwhile, Jeffrey Lord, writing at Spectator, points out Coons himself may have ties to Black Liberation Theology.

 Previous media profiles noted that while doing relief work in Africa, the Senate candidate worked as a volunteer for the South African Council of Churches, or SACC, at a time, Lord wrote, when that institute was aligning itself with Black Liberation Theology.
 

 Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

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1 Elul 5770 – August 11, 2010
   Will the Justice Department prosecute associates of President Obama who are organizing flotillas and marches in support of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip?
 
   That question is being asked by pundits as several of Obama’s associates are participating in efforts to end Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza – a blockade that is legal according to international law and that Israel says is necessary to ensure the Hamas terror group does not re-arm itself by sea. Indeed, ships loaded with weapons have been caught multiple times heading for Gaza.
 
   Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy argued at National Review Online that the federal government should investigate Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi, a pro-Palestinian Liberation Organization activist known for his friendship with Obama.
 
   Khalidi and other Obama associates are members of an American effort to raise $370,000 to finance the purchase of a U.S. ship in an effort to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. The tentative name of the ship is “The Audacity of Hope,” after Obama’s autobiography.
 
   McCarthy argues the Justice Department, under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, could investigate Khalidi and other flotilla organizers for providing material support to Hamas, which is designated by the State Department as a terrorist organization.
 
   Jonathan Schanzer points out in The Weekly Standard that according to a Supreme Court decision in June, Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project, the prohibition against material support to terrorists can apply even when the offerings are not money or weapons.
 
   Obama and Khalidi date back many years. Khalidi lectured at the University of Chicago until 2003, while Obama taught law there from 1993 until his election to the Senate in 2004.
 
   Khalidi in 2000 held what was described as a successful fundraiser for Obama’s failed bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. 
 
   In 2003, Obama delivered a glowing in-person testimonial for Khalidi when he departed Chicago for a new position at Columbia.
 
   Khalidi’s farewell dinner was replete with anti-Israel speakers. One, a young Palestinian American, recited a poem in Obama’s presence that accused the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticized U.S. support of Israel. Another speaker, who reportedly talked while Obama was present, compared Israeli settlers on the West Bank to Osama bin Laden.
 
   This column found that another signatory to the American flotilla project is Naomi Esther Jaffe, who founded the Weather Underground terrorist organization along with William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Jaffe engaged in fundraising efforts for Obama’s presidential campaign, even advertising a “Yoga for Obama” event on Obama’s campaign website.
 

   Ayers and Dorhn themselves have been leaders of efforts to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

 

Iran Infiltrating Lebanese Army

 

   Western, Israeli and Arab intelligence services have identified a growing penetration of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Units into the Lebanese Army, according to Egyptian and other Middle Eastern security officials speaking to this column.
 
   The security officials point specifically to the Division 9 Lebanese Army border patrol, which is suspected of carrying out last week’s attack on Israeli troop positions that resulted in the deaths of three Lebanese soldiers, one Lebanese reporter and an Israeli soldier.
 
   The security officials said Iran has penetrated Lebanese Army positions along the Israeli border, replacing Hizbullah inside the first lines of the Lebanese Army.
 
   The security officials said a committee of the Arab League that publicly asked Lebanon to inspect its army for Israeli agents was really mostly concerned about the growing role of Iran in the Lebanese Army.
 
   Egyptian security officials, meanwhile, have said they suspect last Monday’s rocket attacks on Eilat and the Jordanian port city of Aqaba were coordinated by Iranian agents, in particular an axis of Iranian-backed Hamas and Hizbullah that works from the Egyptian Sinai desert.
 
   The attack itself may have been carried out by cutouts, specifically Islamist organizations that operate under the umbrella of Al Qaeda ideology, the officials said.
 

   “Iran is sending a message that they are able also to bring any war into the Israeli land and not only in the Iranian field,” said a Middle Eastern security official. “The message is also intended for Egypt and Jordan, which is accused of helping Israel train for a war with Iran.”

 

Hizbullah Flexing Its Muscles In Lebanon

 

   Iran and its proxy Hizbullah have taken Lebanon hostage, using the country for political and military gain, charged Samy Gemayel, a Lebanese parliament member.
 
   “If Iran wants to escalate the situation in the region it will escalate in our country using Hizbullah’s weapons, using Hizbullah’s power in the region,” said Gemayel, speaking in an interview on this reporter’s investigative radio show on New York’s WABC Radio.
 
   “Hizbullah today is a main axis for Iran and actually Hizbullah is taking Lebanon hostage in this situation. Iran is taking Lebanon into hostage using Hizbullah to play a card on an international level with the U.S. and others,” said Gemayel.
 
   Gemayel said that Hizbullah is “trying to put its hands on the Lebanese institutions, on the Lebanese parliament.”
 
   “Hizbullah is imposing its views on the Lebanese government by force. Hizbullah is using force sometimes to impose some of its decisions on the Lebanese people,” he said.
 

   Continued Gemayel: “Hizbullah is using its weapons to be able to let all the parties adopt [Hizbullah’s] own views on things. And on the international level, on the external level, Hizbullah is still armed and can lead Lebanon into war with Israel at any time.”

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

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24 Av 5770 – August 4, 2010
   The working assumption in the Israel Defense Forces is that allies of the Hizbullah terrorist organization started this week’s northern border clashes with Israel, resulting in the death of Lt. Col. Dov Harari. At least three Lebanese soldiers and a Lebanese journalist were also killed.
 
   Sources in the IDF told this column they fear Hizbullah may be trying to start tension with Israel to divert attention from a potentially damaging UN probe into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister, Rafiq Hariri, for which Syria and Hizbullah have been widely blamed.
 
   Lebanese reports claim the conflict began when an IDF patrol attempted to uproot a tree on the Lebanese side of the border earlier today. Other reports said the Israeli soldiers were attempting to plant cameras in Lebanon.
 
   Since Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon, the IDF has conducted routine patrols up to the international border, which in some places the Lebanese consider their side of the border fence although UNIFIL forces consider those enclaves to be part of Israel.
 
   IDF officials told this column Israeli soldiers coordinate their routine patrols with the international forces stationed at the border and that this week’s patrol was no different. Also, the officials said the IDF was performing necessary maintenance work on the Israeli side of the fence.
 
   Sources in the IDF said the clashes appear to have been a coordinated assault, especially in light of a Katyusha rocket they said was ready on a truck in Lebanon for firing as part of a seemingly staged provocation.
 
   The IDF sources said many of the Lebanese forces at the border, in particularly the Division 9 Lebanese Army border patrol, consist of Shiite Muslims. The sources believe that division is loyal to Hizbullah.
 
   Lebanon has been ablaze in recent weeks with reports that a UN probe into the Hariri assassination is set to blame some leaders of Hizbullah. Some reports have claimed the international body will hand out arrest warrants to Hizbullah leaders.
 

   Two weeks ago, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah said that he expected members of his party to be charged by the UN court probing the Hariri murder. He said the probe had pushed Lebanon into a “very sensitive phase.”

 

More Disturbing Obama Connections (I)

 

   President Obama’s assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, Eric P. Schwartz, previously served as the director of a George Soros-funded organization that promoted global governance.
 
   Schwartz also coordinated meetings on behalf of Obama’s transition team with a group that advocates placing more blue United Nations helmets on U.S. troops and coercing the U.S. to join the UN’s International Criminal Court, which could prosecute American citizens and soldiers for “war crimes” and other offenses.
 
   Prior to his appointment to the State Department last year, Schwartz served as executive director of the U.S. Connect Fund, a Soros-funded and affiliated organization. The group promotes global governance.
 
   The Connect Fund provides grants to pro-UN groups such as the Center for Victims of Torture, which produced a draft executive order against torture endorsed by prominent national security figures. Months later, a virtually identical executive order was issued by Obama.
 
   Groups funded by Schwartz’s organization organized a January 2009 national conference call to promote a “Responsible U.S. Global Engagement” agenda for Obama’s new administration.
 
   Schwartz himself has authored numerous op-eds in major national newspapers calling for more U.S. global engagement.
 
   Schwartz previously worked under Bill Clinton’s national security adviser, Sandy Berger, in a position, he boasted on his Connect Fund website bio, that allowed him to initiate and manage “the White House review that resulted in U.S. signature of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,” which would subject U.S. citizens to international prosecution for “war crimes.”
 
   Later, President Bush’s UN ambassador, John Bolton, led the effort for the U.S. to pull out of the International Criminal Court, a victory Bolton touted as the “happiest moment” of his political career until that point.
 
   Schwartz’s assistant at the Connect Fund, Heather B. Hamilton, who now serves as senior policy advocate at the fund, led the group’s efforts to lobby against Bush’s appointment of Bolton.
 

   While Schwartz was serving Obama’s transition team as adviser on UN issues, he coordinated several meetings with the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court, which wants the U.S. to re-enter that agreement.

 

More Disturbing Obama Connections (II)
 
   Among the individuals who were part of the controversial “JournoList” e-mail group were activists with ties to the White House and a socialist group closely linked for years to President Obama.
 
   Other members of JournoList were activists from a far-left think tank that has been partnered with ACORN and was founded with input from Obama.
 
   The group, Demos, may have been instrumental in securing the appointment of Obama’s former “green jobs” adviser, Van Jones, who resigned after reports surfaced that he had funded a communist organization.
 
   JournoList – a listserv comprised of several hundred liberal journalists and like-minded professors and activists – shut down last month amid reports members of the news media used the group to discuss minimizing negative publicity surrounding Obama’s radical ties.
 
   One JournoList member was Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of the American Prospect. Kuttner is also one of five founders of the George-Soros-funded Economic Policy Institute and a distinguished senior fellow of Demos.
 
   Demos originally recommended the Obama administration hire Van Jones, also a Demos personality.
 
   According to Demos’s own website, while Obama was a state senator in 1999, he served on the working group that founded Demos.
 
   Months before Obama hired Jones in March 2009, Chuck Collins, an associate of Soros and a longtime leftist activist linked to socialist causes, penned a piece for Demos recommending the White House hire Jones. Collins is director of the Tax Program for Shared Prosperity at Demos.
 
   Through a socialist party, Obama may be more closely linked to Collins.
 
   Official newspapers of the socialist-oriented New Party list Collins as among the party’s founding builders in its fall 1994 edition.
 
   This column previously reported on newspaper evidence showing Obama was a member of the New Party, which sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward, ultimately forming a new political party with a socialist agenda.
 
   Also, in an exclusive e-mail interview, Marxist activist Carl Davidson, a New Party founder, recounted to this reporter Obama’s participation with his New Party organization.
 
   Kuttner, meanwhile, is linked to a socialist group, the Democratic Socialists of America, with which Obama also has deep ties.
 
   Also, scores of known members of the JournoList group are members of, or linked to, the Democratic Socialists of America.
 
   Obama himself spoke at a forum organized by the group at the University of Chicago in early 1996 called “Employment and Survival in Urban America.”
 
   Quentin Young, considered the father of the U.S. single-payer movement, is a longtime Democratic Socialists of America activist. He has had a relationship with Obama, particularly in the 1990s, when he reportedly advised Obama on health care.
 
   Young was reportedly present at a 1995 meeting at the home of former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers who was said to have launched Obama’s political career.
 
   Timuel Black, a member activist, mediated political disputes on behalf of Obama in the 1990s and was reportedly involved in Obama’s campaign committee during his successful 2004 Senate race.
 
   Longtime member activist Arnold Wolf was a member of “Rabbis for Obama” and has held fundraisers in his home for Obama, including a function in 1995 that was aimed at introducing Obama to the Hyde Park activist community.
 

   Eliseo Medina, international executive vice president of Service Employees International Union, has been honored by Democratic Socialists of America. During the most recent presidential campaign, Medina served on Obama’s National Latino Advisory Council.

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Iran’s Winning Streak

13 Sivan 5770 – May 26, 2010
Iran is on a winning streak. As it sprints towards the nuclear finishing line, it finds itself – and its allies and clients – being wooed by one and all. In contrast, Israel has never been more isolated.

 

Last week Iran ran laps around the Obama administration. Just as President Obama prepared to bask in his diplomatic triumph of convincing Russia and China to join the U.S., Britain and France in supporting additional sanctions against Iran at the UN Security Council, Iran played him for a fool.

 

In an exquisitely choreographed charade in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad joined hands with supposed U.S. allies Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and Brazilian President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva and announced triumphantly that they had reached a deal on Iran’s nuclear program. On Monday, Russia and China announced their support for the deal.

 

The Turkish-Brazilian deal has two problems. First, it speeds up, rather than slows down, Iran’s acquisition of quantities of enriched uranium sufficient to construct atomic bombs. And second, it looks remarkably similar to the deal Obama offered Ahmadinejad a year ago. Consequently, in order to criticize the deal, Obama needs to explain the deal he offered was foolish and his refusal to take his deal off the table after Ahmadinejad rejected it was unintentional. That is, to discredit the deal, Obama will need to admit he is a fool.

 

Since Obama is not interested in admitting his inanity, he is stuck trying to figure out how to convince Russia and China they should continue to support his sanctions resolution. And of course they won’t. The real beauty of the Brazilian-Turkish-Iranian nuclear weapons facilitation deal is that it blocks any possibility that any sanctions resolution against Iran will pass in the Security Council.

 

But then, whether Obama’s sanctions resolution passes or not is absolutely irrelevant. The proposed sanctions Obama was so excited about would have no impact whatsoever on Iran’s ability to acquire nuclear weapons. Most of the provisions of the draft sanctions resolution are voluntary. And they do not bar Russia from selling Iran its S-300 surface-to-air missile system.

 

Russia proclaimed last week that it intends to go ahead with the S-300 sale. In the event Iran deploys the S-300 system, it will become all but impossible for either Israel or the U.S. to use air strikes to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations. The military option for preventing the ayatollahs from acquiring the means to wipe Israel off the map and threaten the U.S. and its allies throughout the world will be effectively cancelled. Iran’s emergence as a nuclear-armed state will become a foregone conclusion.

 

Iran’s rising prestige as it makes its final strides toward nuclear power is matched by the empowerment of its allies and clients. South Korea’s assertion last week that North Korea torpedoed its naval ship in March and killed 46 sailors has led to no international action against Pyongyang. China will block any sanctions against North Korea in the Security Council.

 

America’s dependence on Chinese financing of its burgeoning national debt rules out any concerted move by the Obama administration to defend South Korea. Rather than support South Korean retaliation against North Korea, the administration has made do with congratulating South Korea for its restraint.

 

Then there is Syria. Syrian President Bashar Assad’s decision to transform his country into an Iranian client state has paid off in spades. The Obama administration reacted to Israel’s assertion last month that Syria is supplying Hizbullah with Scud missiles by restating its commitment to return the U.S. ambassador to Damascus. And Obama just sent Senator John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign relations Committee, to Damascus with yet another message of friendship.

 

On his way to Damascus, Kerry may have bumped into French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle who were also dispatched to court Assad.

 

But the Americans and Europeans were small potatoes in comparison to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. This month Medvedev was the first Russian leader to ever visit the Syrian capital. During his stay Medvedev agreed to provide Syria with advanced air, land and sea platforms. He also agreed to build Syria nuclear plants to replace the one Israel destroyed in its September 2007 air strike. Similarly, Iran’s Turkish ally signed a deal with Moscow this month for Russia to build Turkey a nuclear plant and four nuclear reactors.

 

Then there is Iran’s Lebanese proxy Hizbullah. As Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, he has much reason to rejoice in his movement’s achievements. Today Hizbullah controls the Lebanese government and, through it, the Lebanese military. Amazingly, this fact hasn’t deterred the U.S. from supplying the Lebanese military with advanced weapons. Indeed, this week Obama welcomed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to the White House as a U.S. ally despite the fact that his government is controlled by Hizbullah.

 

Obama’s support for Lebanon’s Hizbullah-controlled government goes hand in hand with his administration’s apparent admiration for the largest global terror group. Last week John Brennan, Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor, spoke of “moderate elements,” in Hizbullah the U.S. seeks to cultivate.

 

Hizbullah of course has no moderate elements. Its members of parliament and cabinet ministers that Brennan was so quick to romanticize share the same Iranian ideology of global jihad and Islamic revolution that Hizbullah’s 25,000 member Iranian-trained guerilla army upholds. And thanks to Iran and Syria, that guerilla army is armed not just with Scuds. For the past year at least it has fielded as significant arsenal of M600 guided surface-to-surface missiles whose 500kg warheads have a range of 250 km and are capable of reaching and bringing down skyscrapers in Tel Aviv.

 

Hizbullah is not simply a Lebanese proxy force. It is the advance guard of Iran’s global revolution. Hizbullah’s cells are located throughout the world. They give the lie to the notion that even if Iran is not prevented from acquiring nuclear weapons, the mullahs could still be contained.

 

The presence of Iranian-controlled Hizbullah cells from Michigan to Managua to Munich to Mogadishu means that the minute Iran has a nuclear weapons capacity it will be able to attack targets worldwide with nuclear devices – from dirty radiological bombs to actual atomic bombs. As a war game carried out earlier this month at Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya demonstrated, once Iran has nuclear weapons, military strikes against its nuclear installations will have little effect.

 

This week Turkey, Ireland, Sweden and Greece sponsored a flotilla of nine ships deployed to Gaza with the aim of providing aid and comfort to Hamas. This latest move is part of a joint leftist-Islamist campaign to coerce Israel into granting Hamas – an Iranian-controlled illegal terrorist organization – an outlet to international waters.

 

As the Hamas-supporting flotilla approached its shores, the Israeli Navy deployed in force to interdict the ships and maintain Israel’s blockade of Gaza’s coast in accordance with international law. In so ordering the Navy to block the ships from anchoring in Gaza, the Israeli government recognized that Israel’s national security trumps its international popularity.

 

The ascendance of the Iranian-led axis has been accompanied by the increased isolation of Israel and the downgrading of U.S. influence in the region and throughout the world. With Israel more alone today than it has been in decades, it must be hoped that the government uses the same logic it has adopted vis-à-vis the Gaza-bound flotilla when the time comes to move against Iran’s nuclear program.


 


 


Caroline Glick is senior contributing editor at The Jerusalem Post. Her Jewish Press-exclusive column appears the last week of every other month. Look for her next column in the July 30 issue.

Iran’s Winning Streak

13 Sivan 5770 – May 26, 2010

Iran is on a winning streak. As it sprints towards the nuclear finishing line, it finds itself – and its allies and clients – being wooed by one and all. In contrast, Israel has never been more isolated.

 

Last week Iran ran laps around the Obama administration. Just as President Obama prepared to bask in his diplomatic triumph of convincing Russia and China to join the U.S., Britain and France in supporting additional sanctions against Iran at the UN Security Council, Iran played him for a fool.

 

In an exquisitely choreographed charade in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad joined hands with supposed U.S. allies Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and Brazilian President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva and announced triumphantly that they had reached a deal on Iran’s nuclear program. On Monday, Russia and China announced their support for the deal.

 

The Turkish-Brazilian deal has two problems. First, it speeds up, rather than slows down, Iran’s acquisition of quantities of enriched uranium sufficient to construct atomic bombs. And second, it looks remarkably similar to the deal Obama offered Ahmadinejad a year ago. Consequently, in order to criticize the deal, Obama needs to explain the deal he offered was foolish and his refusal to take his deal off the table after Ahmadinejad rejected it was unintentional. That is, to discredit the deal, Obama will need to admit he is a fool.

 

Since Obama is not interested in admitting his inanity, he is stuck trying to figure out how to convince Russia and China they should continue to support his sanctions resolution. And of course they won’t. The real beauty of the Brazilian-Turkish-Iranian nuclear weapons facilitation deal is that it blocks any possibility that any sanctions resolution against Iran will pass in the Security Council.

 

But then, whether Obama’s sanctions resolution passes or not is absolutely irrelevant. The proposed sanctions Obama was so excited about would have no impact whatsoever on Iran’s ability to acquire nuclear weapons. Most of the provisions of the draft sanctions resolution are voluntary. And they do not bar Russia from selling Iran its S-300 surface-to-air missile system.

 

Russia proclaimed last week that it intends to go ahead with the S-300 sale. In the event Iran deploys the S-300 system, it will become all but impossible for either Israel or the U.S. to use air strikes to destroy Iran’s nuclear installations. The military option for preventing the ayatollahs from acquiring the means to wipe Israel off the map and threaten the U.S. and its allies throughout the world will be effectively cancelled. Iran’s emergence as a nuclear-armed state will become a foregone conclusion.

 

Iran’s rising prestige as it makes its final strides toward nuclear power is matched by the empowerment of its allies and clients. South Korea’s assertion last week that North Korea torpedoed its naval ship in March and killed 46 sailors has led to no international action against Pyongyang. China will block any sanctions against North Korea in the Security Council.

 

America’s dependence on Chinese financing of its burgeoning national debt rules out any concerted move by the Obama administration to defend South Korea. Rather than support South Korean retaliation against North Korea, the administration has made do with congratulating South Korea for its restraint.

 

Then there is Syria. Syrian President Bashar Assad’s decision to transform his country into an Iranian client state has paid off in spades. The Obama administration reacted to Israel’s assertion last month that Syria is supplying Hizbullah with Scud missiles by restating its commitment to return the U.S. ambassador to Damascus. And Obama just sent Senator John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign relations Committee, to Damascus with yet another message of friendship.

 

On his way to Damascus, Kerry may have bumped into French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle who were also dispatched to court Assad.

 

But the Americans and Europeans were small potatoes in comparison to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. This month Medvedev was the first Russian leader to ever visit the Syrian capital. During his stay Medvedev agreed to provide Syria with advanced air, land and sea platforms. He also agreed to build Syria nuclear plants to replace the one Israel destroyed in its September 2007 air strike. Similarly, Iran’s Turkish ally signed a deal with Moscow this month for Russia to build Turkey a nuclear plant and four nuclear reactors.

 

Then there is Iran’s Lebanese proxy Hizbullah. As Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, he has much reason to rejoice in his movement’s achievements. Today Hizbullah controls the Lebanese government and, through it, the Lebanese military. Amazingly, this fact hasn’t deterred the U.S. from supplying the Lebanese military with advanced weapons. Indeed, this week Obama welcomed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to the White House as a U.S. ally despite the fact that his government is controlled by Hizbullah.

 

Obama’s support for Lebanon’s Hizbullah-controlled government goes hand in hand with his administration’s apparent admiration for the largest global terror group. Last week John Brennan, Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor, spoke of “moderate elements,” in Hizbullah the U.S. seeks to cultivate.

 

Hizbullah of course has no moderate elements. Its members of parliament and cabinet ministers that Brennan was so quick to romanticize share the same Iranian ideology of global jihad and Islamic revolution that Hizbullah’s 25,000 member Iranian-trained guerilla army upholds. And thanks to Iran and Syria, that guerilla army is armed not just with Scuds. For the past year at least it has fielded as significant arsenal of M600 guided surface-to-surface missiles whose 500kg warheads have a range of 250 km and are capable of reaching and bringing down skyscrapers in Tel Aviv.

 

Hizbullah is not simply a Lebanese proxy force. It is the advance guard of Iran’s global revolution. Hizbullah’s cells are located throughout the world. They give the lie to the notion that even if Iran is not prevented from acquiring nuclear weapons, the mullahs could still be contained.

 

The presence of Iranian-controlled Hizbullah cells from Michigan to Managua to Munich to Mogadishu means that the minute Iran has a nuclear weapons capacity it will be able to attack targets worldwide with nuclear devices – from dirty radiological bombs to actual atomic bombs. As a war game carried out earlier this month at Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya demonstrated, once Iran has nuclear weapons, military strikes against its nuclear installations will have little effect.

 

This week Turkey, Ireland, Sweden and Greece sponsored a flotilla of nine ships deployed to Gaza with the aim of providing aid and comfort to Hamas. This latest move is part of a joint leftist-Islamist campaign to coerce Israel into granting Hamas – an Iranian-controlled illegal terrorist organization – an outlet to international waters.

 

As the Hamas-supporting flotilla approached its shores, the Israeli Navy deployed in force to interdict the ships and maintain Israel’s blockade of Gaza’s coast in accordance with international law. In so ordering the Navy to block the ships from anchoring in Gaza, the Israeli government recognized that Israel’s national security trumps its international popularity.

 

The ascendance of the Iranian-led axis has been accompanied by the increased isolation of Israel and the downgrading of U.S. influence in the region and throughout the world. With Israel more alone today than it has been in decades, it must be hoped that the government uses the same logic it has adopted vis-?-vis the Gaza-bound flotilla when the time comes to move against Iran’s nuclear program.

 

 

Caroline Glick is senior contributing editor at The Jerusalem Post. Her Jewish Press-exclusive column appears the last week of every other month. Look for her next column in the July 30 issue.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

13 Sivan 5770 – May 26, 2010
   A U.S. plan envisions stationing international troops along Israel’s border with a future Palestinian state, this column has learned.
 
   Palestinian Authority officials privy to the plan say the Obama administration proposed deploying NATO soldiers along the Palestinian side of a future border with Israel as well as along the borders of Jordan and any future Palestinian state.
 
   Israeli government sources confirmed such a plan has been proposed. The sources said the concept is not exclusive to the Obama administration. Both Presidents Clinton and Bush raised the idea of stationing international troops along the borders of a future Palestinian state.
 
   International troops and monitors do not boast a positive track record in fulfilling their protective duties on behalf of Israel. Monitors previously stationed along the Gaza-Egypt border fled their duties multiple times amid Hamas threats and attacks. Those monitors were deployed to report any instances of weapons smuggling or terrorist infiltration along the border.
 
   And, despite a UNIFIL force of about 15,000 soldiers deployed in South Lebanon following the Second Lebanon War in 2006 – with the specific objective of ensuring a truce between Israel and Hizbullah as well as stopping Hizbullah from rearming – Hizbullah has reportedly managed to acquire rockets and sophisticated weaponry from Syria and Iran. The group is said to have enough projectiles to blanket Israeli population centers with rockets for a prolonged period of time.
 
   Israeli security officials said the Israeli army routinely passes aerial photographs and video images of Hizbullah weapons smuggling routes to UNIFIL commanders, but with few exception the international forces have not taken action.
 

   The security officials are concerned the UNIFIL forces could get in the way and impede any future Israeli defensive action needed against Hezbollah.

 

Far-Left Group Wants Government-Run Media

 

   A George Soros-funded, Marxist-founded organization calling itself Free Press has published a study advocating the development of a “world class” government-run media system in the U.S.
 
   “The need has never been greater for a world-class public media system in America,” begins a 48-page document, “New Public Media: A Plan for Action,” by the far-left Free Press organization.
 
   The Free Press study urges the creation of a trust fund – largely supported by new fees and taxes on advertising and the private media – to jumpstart the founding of a massive government-run public media system that will ultimately become self-sufficient.
 
      Meanwhile, this reporter’s newly released book, The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists, documents that Free Press has close ties to top Obama administration officials.
 
   The book also documents that Robert W. McChesney, founder of the Free Press, is an avowed Marxist who has recommended capitalism be dismantled. “In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick-by-brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles,” wrote McChesney in a 2009 column.
 
   The board of Free Press has included a slew of radicals, such as Obama’s former green jobs czar, Van Jones, who resigned after reports that he had founded a communist organization surfaced.
 
   Obama’s Internet czar, Susan P. Crawford, spoke at a Free Press’s May 14, 2009, “Changing Media” summit in Washington, D.C. Crawford’s pet project, OneWebNow, lists Free Press as a “participating organization.”
 

   Crawford and Kevin Werbach, who co-directed the Obama transition team’s Federal Communications Commission Review team, are advisory board members at Public Knowledge, a George Soros-funded public interest group whose leaders also serve on Free Press.

 

Elana Kagan Hired Controversial

Obama Official At Harvard
 
   It was President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, who hired radical regulatory czar Cass Sunstein as a Harvard law professor, this column has learned.
 
   Sunstein, like Kagan, has advocated far-ranging restrictions on free speech and expressed extreme views on other topics as well.
 
   In February 2008, Kagan, as dean of Harvard Law School, announced the arrival at Harvard of Sunstein, then a longtime University of Chicago scholar. Kagan called Sunstein “the preeminent legal scholar of our time.”
 
   This column previously reported that Sunstein drew up a “First Amendment New Deal” – a new “Fairness Doctrine” that would include the establishment of a panel of “nonpartisan experts” to ensure “diversity of view” on the airwaves.
 
   This column also reported that in a recently released book, On Rumors, Sunstein argued that websites should be obliged to remove “false rumors” while libel laws should be altered to make it easier to sue for spreading such “rumors.”
 
   In the 2009 book, Sunstein cited as a primary example of “absurd” and “hateful” remarks, reports by “right-wing websites” alleging an association between President Obama and former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers. Sunstein also singled out radio talker Sean Hannity for “attacking” Obama regarding the president’s “alleged associations.”
 

   Just yesterday, a video at Breitbart.comshowed Sunstein proposing that Congress hold hearings about mandates to ensure websites post links to a diversity of views on issues.

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Noam Chomsky’s Visceral Hatreds

24 Nisan 5770 – April 8, 2010

Noam Chomsky, who spoke at Boston University’s Jacob Sleeper Auditorium on March 2 as part of the noxious Israel Apartheid Week and a guest of Students for Justice in Palestine, clearly lives in an academic netherworld of political fantasies, conspiracies, and intellectually imbecilic distortions of history and fact. As a result, the MIT professor emeritus of linguistics has become a widely known, eagerly followed superstar of the Israel-hating, America-hating Left.

The explosive power of Chomsky’s animus for the imperialist West – Israel and the U.S. in particular – is only matched by his slavish affection and apologetics for the murderous despots of the Soviet Union, Khmer Rouge, and Viet Cong, whose barbarous excesses were in his mind predicated by the oppression and exploitation of the tyranny of Western democratic states.

If Chomsky’s animosity toward America has been a defining theme in his intellectual jihad, an obsessive, apoplectic hatred for Israel has more completely dominated his screeds and spurious scholarship. Like other anti-Zionists in the West and in the Arab world, Chomsky does not even recognize the legitimacy of Israel, believing that its very existence was, and is, a moral transgression against an indigenous people, and that the creation of Israel was “wrong and disastrous . There is not now and never will be democracy in Israel.”

Jewish power is a repellant notion for Chomsky, just as the hegemonic might he ascribes to the terror states of Israel and America is the scourge of peace – not, of course, the destabilizing barbarism of Islamism. The existence of Israel not only subjugates the long-suffering Arabs but is driving the entire globe toward annihilation, Chomsky suggested, using the image of Israel having succumbed into a kind of moral madness. Its very psychosis had become a source of power, and the exercise of that power would bring about global genocide.

“Israel’s ‘secret weapon,’ ” Chomsky wrote, evoking an apocalyptic vision, “is that it may behave in the manner of what have sometimes been called ‘crazy states’ in the international affairs literature eventuating in a final solution from which few will escape.”

Chomsky denounces Israel’s identity as a Jewish state as being essentially racist on its face, and decries the very notion of its Jewishness as necessarily violating the concept of social equity by being exclusionary and elite.

While he is happy to, and regularly does, ignore the murder of Jews by Palestinians, Chomsky never hesitates to point to what he sees as the perfidy of Israel and its barbarous assaults on its Arab neighbors who, in his socialist fantasies, wish for nothing more than to live in peace. He draws the perverse parallel between Israelis and Nazis so frequently in his writings that, to paraphrase the wry Professor Edward Alexander, he would be rendered nearly speechless if he were unable to use the epithet of Nazi against Israel in every sentence he utters.

If imperialism itself can be classified as a type of state-sponsored “terror,” as it regularly is in the morally-incoherent universe where Chomsky and other anti-Western thinkers reside, then it is quite simple to suggest, as Chomsky regularly does, an equivalence between the murderous acts of Hamas and Hizbullah who attempt to address perceived grievances and the legitimate self-defense of democracies whose citizens are under attack by murderous, non-state actors. Once someone has equated the rogue terror of one party with the legitimate acts of self-defense by sovereign nations, it is possible, and indeed inevitable, that he or she will start investing both actors with the same moral, and legal, standing.

Chomsky’s optimism concerning the political aspirations of Hizbullah is equally as ludicrous. In 2006, when he traveled to Beirut to Hizbullah’s headquarters to meet with its secretary general, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Chomsky was naturally impressed with the terrorist’s “reasoned argument and persuasive argument that [arms] should be in the hands of Hizbullah as a deterrent to potential aggression….”

As for Chomsky’s friend Nasrallah, his lovely opinions concerning Israel and the Jews are widely known, including his view that Jews “are a cancer which is liable to spread again at any moment,” but “if they all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.”

And in keeping with Chomsky’s own pathological obsession, Nasrallah has suggested that, since the Zionist regime is nothing but a blot on mankind, “there is no solution to the conflict in this region except with the disappearance of Israel.” That would seemingly make for a perfect world in Professor Chomsky’s view, but what would he then write about so fervently and with so much venomous enthusiasm?

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

10 Adar 5770 – February 24, 2010
   Iran has greatly increased its role in training Hamas gunmen both in the Gaza Strip and abroad, a senior Egyptian security official told this column.
 
   The official said Iran believes there will be a confrontation with Israel this year over Tehran’s nuclear facilities and has thus stepped up its training of Hamas, whose gunmen will be instrumental in carrying out retaliatory attacks against the Jewish state during any future war.
 
   The official said the training is taking place both in Gaza, where Iran has militants stationed, and in other countries, particularly in Lebanon and Iran itself.
 
   He said an explosion in Lebanon last month that the Iranian-backed Hizbullah group blamed on Israel actually was part of a work accident during training exercises between Hizbullah and Hamas. Two Hamas members were killed in that attack, which Hamas claimed was targeting Hamas’s representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan.
 

   The official also said Egypt has information that Hamas and Hizbullah for the first time formed a joint operations room from which the two groups exchange knowledge, coordinate efforts and work on obtaining weapons.

 

Hamas Spokesman: We’re Not Afraid

 

   Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum was confronted during a WABC radio interview with this reporter about whether the assassination in Dubai of one of his group’s leaders scares Hamas members into thinking they could be targeted next.
 
   “You’re a member of Hamas. Are you afraid? Are other members of your group afraid of being assassinated by Israel?” Barhoum was asked this past Sunday. “This is a professional assassination and the video has been posted on the Internet. Does this scare you?”
 
   “No, no we are not afraid because we are not leaving Gaza,” Barhoum replied. “But finally if the Arab community could be in deep silence about all of these crimes committed by [Israel], everything will be dangerous. Not only for Hamas, but it will be dangerous for the Arabs and Islamists and that community.”
 
   Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhough was assassinated by a hit team in a Dubai hotel on Jan 19. Israel had accused him of working with Iran to coordinate attacks against Israelis and smuggle weapons into the Gaza strip.
 
   Barhoum said he is sure Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency was responsible for the assassination, “because Mossad is the only one who could commit this crime in Dubai.”
 
   Barhoum also said Hamas has information indicating that members of the Palestinian Authority, headed by rival Mahmoud Abbas, aided in the targeted elimination.
 

   Asked about the accusation that Mabhough was working for Iran, Barhoum said, “This is not true. [Israel] wants to withdraw responsibility of this crime by these false accusations.”

 

More Ties Between Radical Muslims And Obama Whitehouse
 
   A radical Muslim group that was an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas facilitated the controversial meeting last week between Muslim law students and John Brennan, President Obama’s top adviser on counter-terrorism.
 
   The Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, boasted on its website that it facilitated the meeting at New York University with Brennan.
 
   ISNA is known for its enforcement of Saudi-style Islam in mosques through the U.S. Discover the Networks notesISNA, through its affiliate, the North American Islamic Trust – a Saudi government-backed organization – reportedly holds the mortgages on 50 to 80 percent of all mosques in the U.S. and Canada.
 
   The Justice Department named ISNA an unindicted co-conspirator in its case against the Holy Land Foundation in Texas, which was found guilty of raising money for the Hamas terrorist organization. Last year, Holy Land founders were given life sentences for “funneling $12 million to Hamas.”
 
   ISNA was founded in 1981 by the Saudi-funded Muslim Students’ Association. The two groups are still partners. This reporter attended an MSA event in New York in 2003 at which violence against the U.S. was urged by speakers.
 
   Speaking at the ISNA-facilitated event, Brennan stated the Obama administration is working to calibrate policies in the fight against terrorism that ensure Americans are “never” profiled. Brennan declared himself a “citizen of the world.” Brennan also said that President Obama does not see the war on terrorism as “a fight against ‘jihadists.”
 
   Previously, Brennan has argued that the U.S. should encourage greater assimilation of the Hizbullah terrorist organization into the Lebanese government.
 
   Outside of al-Qaeda, Hizbullah has the distinction of having killed the most Americans in terror attacks. It is also responsible for scores of terrorist actions targeting Israelis, including rocket launchings against civilian population centers. Hizbullah’s attacks against the Israeli north in 2006 killed 43 Israeli civilians and wounded more than 4,000.
 
   In a July 2008 article in The Annals, a publication of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Brennan argued it “would not be foolhardy, however, for the United States to tolerate, and even to encourage, greater assimilation of Hizbullah into Lebanon’s political system, a process that is subject to Iranian influence.”
 
   Also, at a press conference in August at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Brennan declared, “Hizbullah started out as purely a terrorist organization back in the early ’80s and has evolved significantly over time. And now it has members of parliament, in the cabinet; there are lawyers, doctors, others who are part of the Hizbullah organization.”
 

   Maintenance of a civilian unit of doctors and lawyers by terrorist groups is common in the Middle East. Hamas has long brandished a civilian wing that provides medical care and education to the Palestinian population. According to Israeli security officials, Hizbullah and Hamas emphasize this outreach to endear their terror groups to the local population.

 

      Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the book “The Late Great State of Israel.” Follow Klein on Twitter under the name “AaronKleinWND.”

Dubai Hit Spotlights Mossad’s ‘Knife Between Its Teeth’ Mandate

10 Adar 5770 – February 24, 2010


JERUSALEM – Israel has not claimed responsibility for the assassination in Dubai of top Hamas arms smuggler Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, but the killing is raising questions about whether it will compromise Israel’s effort to stop Iran from obtaining the bomb.


That’s because one of the key figures behind the effort, Mossad chief Meir Dagan, is coming under heavy criticism for the sloppy operation in Dubai.


Operating under the assumption that Israel was behind the Dubai hit, some Israeli analysts are calling for Dagan’s ouster. They say the Mossad has adopted an irresponsible approach to fighting terrorism, and they point to the diplomatic imbroglio facing Israel for the use of fake British and Irish passports by members of the hit squad, who traveled under the names of European citizens now living in Israel.


Dagan’s tenure at the Mossad is up for renewal at the end of the year.


Defenders of Dagan point to the long list of Mossad achievements in the war on terrorism and the campaign against Iran’s nuclear program, and argue that his tenure at the intelligence agency should be extended for an unprecedented fourth time. They insist that his knowledge of the Iranian theater is unmatched, and that as the clock reaches zero hour on the Iranian nuclear threat, his input will be invaluable – and not only for Israel.


Under Dagan, the Mossad has had just two priorities: delaying Iran’s nuclear program and counter-terrorism.


“The list must be short. If we continue pretending we can do everything, in the end we won’t do anything,” Dagan was quoted as saying when he was appointed by then-prime minister Ariel Sharon in 2002.


Sharon reportedly told Dagan to run the agency “with a knife between its teeth.”


The main focus of his tenure has been Iran. Soon after Dagan took over the Mossad, the agency reportedly passed on information to the United States and others that the rogue Pakistani nuclear dealer Abdel Qadir Khan was helping the Iranians build a uranium enrichment facility at Natanz.


Since then, a string of unexplained accidents has afflicted the Iranian nuclear project: scientists have disappeared, laboratories have caught fire, aircraft have crashed and whole batches of equipment have proved faulty. 


In 2007, Israeli intelligence detected work on a secret nuclear program in Syria, and in September of that year Israeli planes bombed the site of a North Korea-style reactor the Syrians were building.


The Mossad also was credited for the discovery of a hidden Iranian enrichment plant near the holy city of Qom last September – a find that finally convinced even previously skeptical international observers that Iran indeed was conducting a clandestine nuclear weapons program. 


Although the Mossad has not claimed credit for any of this, regional players have little doubt as to who has been behind the killings, the accidents and the pinpoint intelligence.


Egypt’s Al-Ahram daily ran an article in mid-January calling Dagan Israel’s Superman and claiming that he almost single-handedly has delayed the Iranian bomb.


“Without this man, the Iranian nuclear program would have taken off years ago,” the newspaper’s former Gaza correspondent Ashraf Abu al-Haul wrote. In a moment of rare praise for an Israeli in the Egyptian press, he called Dagan’s actions against Israel’s enemies “very brave.”


Now, as the international community dithers over new sanctions against Iran and the Iranians move closer to nuclear weapons capacity, Dagan’s reading of the situation will be crucial. He recently revised backward his estimate of when Iran will be able to manufacture a bomb it can deliver to 2014.


Still, there are fears in the international community that Israel may act to stop the Iranian program before it reaches its “breakout point” – when Iran will have stockpiled enough highly enriched uranium to manufacture a bomb if it so chooses. That could come by the end of this year.


For now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he favors giving sanctions a chance as long as they are tough – not allowing oil out of Iran or oil distillates like petroleum into the country.


Dagan’s eight years at the helm have seen several targeted killings of top Hizbullah and Hamas operatives in Beirut and Damascus attributed to the Mossad – the most notable of which was the assassination of Hizbullah terrorist mastermind Imad Mugniyeh in a car bombing in Damascus in February 2008. Mugniyeh, who reportedly planned the attack on the U.S. Marines compound in Beirut in 1983, had been on the wanted lists of Israel and the United States for more than two decades. 


Late last year the Mossad, although it never acknowledged any involvement, seemed to step up its activities.


In early December, a bus carrying Hamas members and Iranian officials exploded outside Damascus. Two weeks later, two Hamas members were killed in a mysterious bombing in the heart of Hizbullah’s Dahiya stronghold in southern Beirut. Last month, an Iranian nuclear scientist died in a bombing outside his home in Tehran. A week later, al-Mabhouh was found dead in his Dubai hotel room.


Dagan also has pulled off some major intelligence coups in the war on terror, enabling Israeli forces to intercept weapons destined for Hamas and Hizbullah as far afield as Sudan and on the high seas near Cyprus.


In mid-January 2009, a convoy carrying weapons for Hamas during Operation Cast Lead reportedly was bombed by Israel Air Force planes in Sudan. In November, the Francop, an Antigua-flagged vessel carrying more than 100 tons of rockets, mortars and anti-tank weapons for Hizbullah, was captured by the Israeli navy.


Dagan’s advice on Iran over the coming months will carry considerable weight. He seems to think there is still time for actions other than a full-scale military operation.


If and when it comes to that, however, chances are that despite the Dubai incident, Netanyahu, one of Dagan’s staunchest admirers, will want Dagan at his side helping to plan it.

(JTA)

Dubai Hit Spotlights Mossad’s ‘Knife Between Its Teeth’ Mandate

10 Adar 5770 – February 24, 2010

JERUSALEM – Israel has not claimed responsibility for the assassination in Dubai of top Hamas arms smuggler Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, but the killing is raising questions about whether it will compromise Israel’s effort to stop Iran from obtaining the bomb.

That’s because one of the key figures behind the effort, Mossad chief Meir Dagan, is coming under heavy criticism for the sloppy operation in Dubai.

Operating under the assumption that Israel was behind the Dubai hit, some Israeli analysts are calling for Dagan’s ouster. They say the Mossad has adopted an irresponsible approach to fighting terrorism, and they point to the diplomatic imbroglio facing Israel for the use of fake British and Irish passports by members of the hit squad, who traveled under the names of European citizens now living in Israel.

Dagan’s tenure at the Mossad is up for renewal at the end of the year.

Defenders of Dagan point to the long list of Mossad achievements in the war on terrorism and the campaign against Iran’s nuclear program, and argue that his tenure at the intelligence agency should be extended for an unprecedented fourth time. They insist that his knowledge of the Iranian theater is unmatched, and that as the clock reaches zero hour on the Iranian nuclear threat, his input will be invaluable – and not only for Israel.

Under Dagan, the Mossad has had just two priorities: delaying Iran’s nuclear program and counter-terrorism.

“The list must be short. If we continue pretending we can do everything, in the end we won’t do anything,” Dagan was quoted as saying when he was appointed by then-prime minister Ariel Sharon in 2002.

Sharon reportedly told Dagan to run the agency “with a knife between its teeth.”

The main focus of his tenure has been Iran. Soon after Dagan took over the Mossad, the agency reportedly passed on information to the United States and others that the rogue Pakistani nuclear dealer Abdel Qadir Khan was helping the Iranians build a uranium enrichment facility at Natanz.

Since then, a string of unexplained accidents has afflicted the Iranian nuclear project: scientists have disappeared, laboratories have caught fire, aircraft have crashed and whole batches of equipment have proved faulty. 

In 2007, Israeli intelligence detected work on a secret nuclear program in Syria, and in September of that year Israeli planes bombed the site of a North Korea-style reactor the Syrians were building.

The Mossad also was credited for the discovery of a hidden Iranian enrichment plant near the holy city of Qom last September – a find that finally convinced even previously skeptical international observers that Iran indeed was conducting a clandestine nuclear weapons program. 

Although the Mossad has not claimed credit for any of this, regional players have little doubt as to who has been behind the killings, the accidents and the pinpoint intelligence.

Egypt’s Al-Ahram daily ran an article in mid-January calling Dagan Israel’s Superman and claiming that he almost single-handedly has delayed the Iranian bomb.

“Without this man, the Iranian nuclear program would have taken off years ago,” the newspaper’s former Gaza correspondent Ashraf Abu al-Haul wrote. In a moment of rare praise for an Israeli in the Egyptian press, he called Dagan’s actions against Israel’s enemies “very brave.”

Now, as the international community dithers over new sanctions against Iran and the Iranians move closer to nuclear weapons capacity, Dagan’s reading of the situation will be crucial. He recently revised backward his estimate of when Iran will be able to manufacture a bomb it can deliver to 2014.

Still, there are fears in the international community that Israel may act to stop the Iranian program before it reaches its “breakout point” – when Iran will have stockpiled enough highly enriched uranium to manufacture a bomb if it so chooses. That could come by the end of this year.

For now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he favors giving sanctions a chance as long as they are tough – not allowing oil out of Iran or oil distillates like petroleum into the country.

Dagan’s eight years at the helm have seen several targeted killings of top Hizbullah and Hamas operatives in Beirut and Damascus attributed to the Mossad – the most notable of which was the assassination of Hizbullah terrorist mastermind Imad Mugniyeh in a car bombing in Damascus in February 2008. Mugniyeh, who reportedly planned the attack on the U.S. Marines compound in Beirut in 1983, had been on the wanted lists of Israel and the United States for more than two decades. 

Late last year the Mossad, although it never acknowledged any involvement, seemed to step up its activities.

In early December, a bus carrying Hamas members and Iranian officials exploded outside Damascus. Two weeks later, two Hamas members were killed in a mysterious bombing in the heart of Hizbullah’s Dahiya stronghold in southern Beirut. Last month, an Iranian nuclear scientist died in a bombing outside his home in Tehran. A week later, al-Mabhouh was found dead in his Dubai hotel room.

Dagan also has pulled off some major intelligence coups in the war on terror, enabling Israeli forces to intercept weapons destined for Hamas and Hizbullah as far afield as Sudan and on the high seas near Cyprus.

In mid-January 2009, a convoy carrying weapons for Hamas during Operation Cast Lead reportedly was bombed by Israel Air Force planes in Sudan. In November, the Francop, an Antigua-flagged vessel carrying more than 100 tons of rockets, mortars and anti-tank weapons for Hizbullah, was captured by the Israeli navy.

Dagan’s advice on Iran over the coming months will carry considerable weight. He seems to think there is still time for actions other than a full-scale military operation.

If and when it comes to that, however, chances are that despite the Dubai incident, Netanyahu, one of Dagan’s staunchest admirers, will want Dagan at his side helping to plan it.

(JTA)

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