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Netanyahu Will Talk with Trump Today

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

PM Netanyahu told reporters that he plans to speak with President Trump this evening.

He plans to discuss Iran, Syria, and the Arabs of Judea and Samaria.

There was supposed to be a ministerial vote today on applying Israeli sovereignty over the city of Ma’ale Adumim, but Netanyahu said the Trump administration asked him postpone the vote.

Israel’s Galei Tzahal reported this morning that a source in the Trump administration said they told Netanyahu no such thing, and have no intention of getting involved in Israel’s sovereignty legislation.

Hopefully, sovereignty will be on the discussion list too, and Netanyahu will get the permission he still thinks he needs.

Jewish Press News Briefs

First Arrow 3 Long-Range Missile Interceptor Battery Arrives in Israel

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Israel is now officially capable of shooting down ballistic missiles in space, and protecting its citizens from long-range missile threats with the use of an enhanced Aerial Defense Array.

The Israeli Air Force this week received its first battery of interceptors for operational use with the Arrow 3 long-range missile defense system. The new interceptors will initially operate in conjunction with lower-range Arrow-2 interceptors.

“Arrow-3 is the result of many years of development efforts, based on a solution designed by IAI which have today come to fruition,” said Boaz Levi, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) vice president and general manager of the Systems, Missiles & Space Group. “This is a milestone for the Israel’s Defense Establishment, and for Israel’s defense industries.”

IAI manufactures the surface-to-air Arrow Weapon System, a joint program with the United States.

The system is capable of shooting down intercontinental ballistic missiles fired from thousands of miles away, neutralizing the threat outside of Earth’s atmosphere where it will harm no one.

With the Arrow 3, Iran’s vow to “wipe Israel off the map” has to a certain extent been de-fanged – at least, for the time being.

Medium-range missiles such as those fired by Hezbollah, north of Israel, and by Islamic State terrorists from the Sinai Peninsula, still pose a threat. ‘David’s Sling’ is the third prong of the system that is yet to be completed in the triple-deck missile defense system under development.

The Iron Dome missile defense system, which intercepts short-range rockets and missiles such as the Qassams and Grad Katyushas, has been in place and functioning since Israel’s 2014 mini-war with Gaza, Operation Protective Edge.

Hana Levi Julian

Obama Cynically Appoints Man Who Peddled Iran Deal To Holocaust Memorial Council

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

{Originally posted to the author’s blogsite, The Lid}

There is a Hebrew expression “l’dor vador” which means from generation to generation. Today Obama decided to stick it to the Jews one more time before he leaves office by changing the phrase to  “from Holocaust to Holocaust” and appointing Ben Rhodes the man who admittedly lied to sell through the Iran deal putting the Jewish State in danger of a nuclear attack from Iran.

President Obama on Tuesday appointed deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, part of a slew of appointments given to high-profile staff and supporters in the final days of his presidency.

Rhodes, whose mother is Jewish, played a key role in shaping Obama’s foreign policy during his eight years in the White House.

He also came under fire from some U.S. Jewish groups for his role in selling the Iran nuclear deal and the administration’s decision to allow a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity to pass the U.N. Security Council

This past Mother’s Day, The New York Times Magazine published a 10,000 word profile of Obama’s foreign policy adviser, Ben Rhodes. Among the startling revelations in the piece were that he plays the ventriloquist to the puppet mainstream media reporters (including Jeff Goldberg), and the he led the administration’s efforts to misrepresent the truth in order “to sell” the “Iran deal.”

Ben Rhodes sold through a deal where Iran is not closing a single nuclear facility, not one centrifuge is dismantled, some of Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile  gets “converted” but all of it stays in the country. Their entire Iranian nuclear infrastructure remained intact, they got to continue it’s nuclear research, their ballistic missile program continued, the sanctions come off as Iran complies and while there are provisions for them to snap back, any such action needs to be approved through the U.N. Security Council and a possible Russian veto, There are no provisions forcing Iran to stop funding terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and to help in that cause over $100 billion dollars of frozen funds got freed up (along with $1.7 billion Obama paid as ransom for hostages held by Iran.

If Iran holds to the deal, at best the agreement will prevent an Iranian bomb from being launched toward Israel for ten (now nine) years while Teheran continues to refine the technology it needs to make the leap. But in reality “who knows?” After all the inspections are almost meaningless.  At most locations the UN Inspectors have to make an appointment far enough in advance that if Iran has plenty of time to “clean up” the facility.

But at Parchin, where Iran is working on detonation systems for nuclear weapons things are a bit different, Iran gets to do its own inspections. Just like he did with the Justice Department and Fast & Furious, or the State Department with Benghazi, Obama thinks having Iran inspect the facility by itself (under the watchful eyes of UN TV Cameras) is an example of a strong inspections regime.

But someone had to sell the Iran deal to the American people. And it was Ben Rhodes who by his own admission lied to get this deal through. A deal that allows Iran to keep developing nuclear weapons. And when they have those weapons, Iran will use them against the Jewish nation.  After all, they promised they will. Iran is willing to sacrifice millions of its people to kill millions of people. Mutually Assured Destruction will not work with a nuclear Iran, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei practices the Hojjatieh’s interpretation of Shiism. This type of Islam has a very messianic and apocalyptic view of the world. It predicts a period of universal chaos  before the return of the Mahdi (the 12th imam, also known as the hidden imam, a Muslim version of the Messiah). They believe the best way to bring about the Imam is a world-wide conflagration

Therefore at best Iran won’t attack Israel with nuclear weapons for another nine years. And by leading the misinformation campaign, Ben Rhodes will be remembered as one of the people who brought it about.  Since Israel is the “little Satan” but the U.S. is the ‘big Satan,’ Iran may be intent of attacking the U.S. also.

There is one bright side. If Iran is forced to wait nine more years before they attack Israel with nuclear weapons, Ben Rhodes’ five year term on the Holocaust Memorial Council will be over.

Jeff Dunetz

Saudi Arabia ‘Optimistic’ on Incoming Trump Administration

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news briefing in Paris on Monday (Jan. 16) that his government is “optimistic” about the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Speaking in English, the Saudi foreign minister said his government is looking forward to working with the new American administration “in all areas that are a concern for both of us,” according to Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

Speaking one day after the Paris summit on “solutions for peace” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, al-Jubeir said the views of the Saudi government aligned with those of U.S> President-elect Trump in a number of areas.

“Wanted to restore America’s role in the world – we welcome this,” he said. “Wanting to defeat [ISIS], absolutely. Wanting to contain Iran and prevent it from causing mischief through its negative policies in the region: absolutely, we have been calling for this for years,” he said.

“Our interests align” on Iran, Syria, Yemen, energy and other issues, he added. “We may have disagreements on how to get there, but we don’t disagree on what needs to be done, and that will not change.”

Saudi Arabia has been among those who have consistently been involved behind the scenes in trying to find a way to work out a “solution” to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Hana Levi Julian

Obama Pardons General Who Leaked US-Israel Cyberattack on Iran’s Nukes

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

President Barack Obama on Tuesday granted a full and complete pardon to former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff retired four-star Marine Corps Marine General James E. “Hoss” Cartwright, who on October 17, 2016, pleaded guilty to falsely denying to the FBI that he was the source of classified information about US-Israeli cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear program, which was published in a book by David Sanger.

Obama on Tuesday also granted commutations to 208 other people and pardoned 64, including the commutation of most of the remaining sentence of US soldier Chelsea Manning, who had been convicted of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks.

On June 8, 2007, then Defense Secretary Robert Gates recommended Cartwright to be the next Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing retiring Admiral Edmund Giambastian. Cartwright’s nomination was confirmed by the full Senate on August 3, 2007 and he assumed the position immediately upon confirmation.

Cartwright was awaiting his sentencing in two weeks, after pleading guilty to felony, when he received his pardon.

The senior White House official told the Washington Post that Cartwright’s long history of distinguished service to the nation factored into Obama’s decision. According to the same official, a journalist involved in the case testified that Cartwright did not tell him anything he didn’t already know, and that the general was actually trying to prevent “the publication of information that could be damaging to our national security.”

It appears that Cartwright inadvertently confirmed the reporter’s information, rather than leak it. “Motive matters,” the official told the Post. “It’s clear in this case that based on what the journalist has said . . . that General Cartwright’s motive was different than most of the people who are accused of leaking classified information to a journalist.”

Cartwright issued a statement Tuesday, saying, “With the greatest pride, I have served my country as a member of the military for more than forty years. This action allows me to continue that work as a private citizen. […] I love this country and believe it to be the greatest nation on earth. I have never lost faith in that belief.”


US Court Orders Iran, Syria to Pay $178M Compensation For Death of Baby in 2014 Jerusalem Terror Attack

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

A U.S. court has ordered Iran and Syria to pay millions of dollars in compensation, to the parents of a three month old baby who was killed in a 2014 terrorist attack.

Little Chaya Zissel Braun, just three months old, was in her stroller on October 22, 2014 when a 21-year-old terrorist rammed his car into a crowd of Israelis exiting a Light Rail station in Jerusalem.

The baby’s father, Shmuel, was also wounded in the attack. But her mother, Chana, wasn’t physically injured. A woman from Ecuador, Karen Jemima Mosquera, was also killed in the attack, and seven others were wounded in addition to Shmuel.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack and praised the actions of Abed al-Rahman Shaludeh, a resident of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan who was shot by a police officer at the scene and later died of his wounds in a hospital. He had spent 16 months prior in prison for security offenses, and had been released in December 2013.

Because the baby had American citizenship, her heartbroken parents filed a lawsuit in a United States court of law, suing Iran and Syria on the grounds the two countries finance terrorism by Hamas.

The family was represented by Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the head of Shurat HaDin – the Israeli Law Center – an organization that wages a legal war around the world against terror.

Chaya Zissel’s parents are slated to receive $ 178 million in compensation for the death of their baby daughter.

Hana Levi Julian

With Obama’s Approval, Russia Selling 130 Tons of Uranium to Iran

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The Obama administration and the rest of the signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have approved a shipment of 130 tons of natural uranium from Russia to Iran, rewarding the Islamic Republic for shipping 44 tons of heavy water it sent to Russia after exceeding the limit it could legally produce under the deal. Experts have told US media outlets the amount of uranium to be shipped is enough to produce 10 nuclear bombs.

The announcement of the new shipment is seen as one more last-minute jab from the Obama White House at incoming President Trump, who probably would have vetoed the shipment, even though, according to US diplomats speaking to the AP and Fox News, the amount of uranium is within what’s allowable under the 2015 deal. Republican lawmakers have almost uniformly opposed that nuclear deal, arguing it awarded Iran too many concessions. The same lawmakers – which included the current Democratic Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (NY) – also argued the deal does not provide reliable verifications of Iran’s compliance.

Last month the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned that at current production levels Iran is going to exceed its cap on low-enriched uranium. Also, just a few days before the IAEA sounded the alarm, President Hassan Rouhani ordered Iran’s nuclear agency to develop nuclear engines that would use uranium enriched to 20% – a clear violation of the 2015 deal allowing Iran to enrich only to 3.67%.

In late December 2016, the IAEA published documents showing Iran was given exemptions allowing it to stockpile uranium in excess of the 300 kilogram limit set by the nuclear deal. The agreements had been kept secret for almost a year, and were publicized only because the Trump administration indicated it was planning to go public with them.

But when, on September 1, 2016, the Institute for Science and International Security announced that the US and its co-signatories were considering awarding Iran further exemptions to Iran’s cap of 300 kg of low enriched uranium, State Dept. Spokesperson John Kirby denied the report, saying, “Well, we’ve read the report. I’ve looked at it myself. What I can tell you is that Iran’s nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have not changed. There’s been no moving of the goal post, as it were.”

And: “What I can tell you is, James, as I said in the past – and I’ll be happy to repeat it – the joint commission has not and will not loosen those commitments.”

So he lied, openly, knowing that what the US was actually doing was enabling Iran to increase it uranium supplies. Did he also lie about not permitting Iran to enrich uranium to 20%? We should find out on January 21.


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