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Joe Biden Looking for Reason to Flee the Country when Bibi Speaks [video]

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

The Obama administration’s new excuse to explain why Vice-President Joe Biden will be “out of the country” when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addresses Congress next month is that he has to attend a Panama government inauguration – that occurred last July.

Kerry also has conveniently planned a trip to skip not only Netanyahu’s speech but also the annual pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC, which until this year has been a favorite podium for American political leaders to say how much they love Israel. Like Biden, he also does not where to keep himself busy and out of trouble.

The White House previously has stated that Kerry and Biden won’t be around for Biden, but now they are trying to figure out what kind of event in a foreign country they can dig up to elegantly get out of being questioned in Washington when Netanyahu is speaking.

The vice president of the United States normally attends joint sessions of Congress, but National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan stated last month, “As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections…. The President has been clear about his opposition to Congress passing new legislation on Iran that could undermine our negotiations and divide the international community.”

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Minority leader in the House of Representatives, insisted that many if not most of her party’s Congressmen are not boycotting the Prime Minister, She said:

I don’t think anybody should use the word ‘boycott. When these heads of state come, people are here doing their work, they’re trying to pass legislation, they’re meeting with their constituents and the rest. It’s not a high-priority item for them.

The Prime Minister of Israel is going to speak about the Iranian nuclear program aimed at developing a nuclear weapon that threatens the entire world, and Pelosi says his speech “is not a high priority for them.”

And what is Biden’s cover-up for Obama’s orders to go invisible when Netanyahu speaks?

State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki explained to reporters Wednesday, “I believe the Vice President’s attending the inauguration for the new Government of Panama.”

That is very interesting because the Panama government was inaugurated last July 1.

Associated Press journalist asked Psaki about the contradiction, and she admitted that “perhaps that’s not the right information.”

When Lee persisted that perhaps Psaki can “invent a country that he could go to,” she insisted, “I don’t think inaugurations for new leaders are invented.”

She is right. Excuses, and not inaugurations, are invented.

So where will Biden and Kerry find themselves on March 3?

Psakai said:

Well, we’ve already been clear that we don’t have to plan – we don’t have plans, I should say, to have a meeting. I think the more likely reason is that the Secretary is probably going to be out of town, which I don’t think surprises any of you, given his overseas travel schedule. We’re still working out the next couple of weeks.

“We have a trip we’re working on for early March, late February.”

As a gesture to the government of the United States, The Jewish Press has done some homework for the Obama administration and has come up with suggestions where Kerry and Biden can go in hiding.

First of all, they shouldn’t miss the opportunity to attend the Malaysian International Furniture Fair, which begins March 3.

They can get “two for the price of one” in Malaysia by visiting the three-day conference, beginning on March 3, of the Global Food Safety Conference. They can tune in on the main topic, “How well do you know your Supply Chain?”

Indyk, Ross Suggest US-Israel ‘Nuclear Guarantee’ Over Iran

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Former US envoy the Middle East Martin Indyk and US diplomat Dennis Ross proposed a “nuclear guarantee for Israel” on Tuesday at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv.

Apparently it has not occurred to either former diplomat that one cannot “guarantee” the behavior of a rogue Islamic Republic.

Indyk suggested a joint Israel-U.S. Nuclear defense agreement that he called a “treaty arrangement” to address Israel’s concern that Iran is about to cross a nuclear threshold.

 The plan he suggested was similar to that proposed in 2000 by then-President Bill Clinton at Camp David.

Intended as a way to ensure Israel’s safety if Iran puts the Jewish State in the cross hairs, Indyk said, “It was approved then, and the U.S. president said if there is a deal, we’ll do this.”

Ross, who serves as counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, added that spot inspections of Iranian facilities must be implemented along with stricter protocols.

“You have to ensure that you can verify that a program that has a thousand or two centrifuges is dramatically less than what is required if you have tens of thousands and you’d have to come up with an approach that allows you a high level of confidence that you can cover that,” he said. “There should be use of force worked out with the Hill that says, ‘if we catch them in the following kind of violation, the implication is we will take out those facilities.’

 “That would deter the Iranians, that would go a long way toward addressing one of the basic Israeli concerns,” Ross said.

 Retired Israeli Brig.-Gen. Yosef Kuperwasser injected a breath of reality into the discussion, however: he said flatly that Israel is clear that Iran cannot be trusted on compliance. Period.

“They would not believe [the U.S.] really mean business and it would mean that they would continue to move forward – cautiously, but continuously,” he said.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro did what he could to pour oil on the troubled waters between his country’s administration and Israel over the Iranian nuclear threat. “The United States is determined to prevent [a nuclear Iran] and we will prevent it,” Shapiro vowed. “Our cooperation and consultations with Israel on this shared goal will continue, even at moments when we may disagree with one or another aspect of the approach.”

Netanyahu Points Out, ‘If the Deal is Good, Why Hide It?’

Monday, February 16th, 2015

If the deal with Iran is so good, why hide it?

That’s the latest point driven home by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as he continues to warn American legislators and world leaders against signing a deal being discussed with Iran over nuclear development activity.

The U.S. is being far more cautious in its updates to Israel on the progress of the talks taking place over the deal, apparently in response to Netanyahu’s determination to move forward with an invitation to address Congress on the issue on March 3.

The “P5+1 talks with Tehran” are scheduled to conclude – so far, apparently with an agreement in place – on March 24. Israel’s national elections will have already been held a few days earlier, on March 17.

Netanyahu contended Sunday in comments at the annual meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, held in Jerusalem, that Israel has a right to know the details of the agreement being discussed – since the Jewish State is the nation that will be most threatened by a nuclear Iran.

“If there is someone who thinks it is a good deal, why is there a need to hide it?” Netanyahu pointed out. The U.S. has gone mum on details of “sensitive information about the Iran talks,” according to a report by David Ignatius of the Washington Post, keeping Israel out of the loop out of concern that Netanyahu’s office had leaked “sensitive details” of the U.S. position.

Among the information no longer being share are details such as the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges that Tehran will be allowed to keep running – a delicate point that could mean the difference between life and death for the Jewish State.

Naftali Bennett Defends Bibi’s Speech to Congress about Iran [video]

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Israel’s Economy Minister and head of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party Naftali Bennett appeared on Fox News on Sunday. Bennet explained why Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should and must speak before Congress about the lethal and global threat posed by a nuclear Iran.

Bennett rejected the idea that the letter sent by Iran’s Supreme Leader is anything more than “standard Iranian delay and deceit tactics.” He said that Iran’s very clear goal is to achieve a nuclear weapon and it is “playing around” with the West, as it has been doing for the past decade.

“Iran has already violated six consecutive United Nations Security Council Resolutions,” Bennett reminded the Fox News interviewer. He said the Iranian leaders are laughing at the Free World. “They’re progressing while we’re fiddling around,” Bennett said.

“A decade ago Iran was not allowed even one centrifuge,” but with the current deal “they will be permitted to have 6 – 7,000 centrifuges spinning,” Bennett warned.

In response to the interviewer’s query about what kind of deal should the world be seeking from Iran, Bennett said “Iran must dismantle its nuclear weapons program.”

Bennett also pointed out that there is no need for any centrifuges in order to have nuclear power. Canada, Spain, Switzerland and twenty other countries have nuclear power without centrifuges. The only reason Iran claims to need to have any centrifuges is in order for it to achieve nuclear weapons capability.

On his Facebook page Bennet wrote this about his Fox News appearance: “We won’t apologize for fighting for our existence.”

Ayatollah Khamenei Sends Secret ‘Love Letter’ to Obama

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Iranian  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has sent a “secret letter” in response to President Barack Obama’s letter on its nuclear program and suggested Iran can be an American ally n the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

Obama sent Khamenei a letter last October concerning languishing negotiations to restrict and inspect Iran’s nuclear development, which it insists is for peaceful purposes and which virtually everyone else except Russia, Syria and China admit is to obtain a nuclear warhead and aim it at Israel.

The American-led war on the ISIS has given Khamenei an opportunity to reply to the letter with an overture to help Washington defeat the terrorist army that controls large parts of Syria and Iraq and is recruiting eager jihadists throughout the world.

Khamenei’s letter was “respectful” but non-committal, The Wall Street Journal reported, quoting a diplomat.

Judging from Khamenei’s comments, he is not about to cave in to Western demands but is using as bait Iran’s fear of the ISIS. He knows, better than most Western leaders, that if the ISIS takes control of Iraq and Syria, Jordan is next in line, followed by other Middle East countries, including Iran.

Israel also would like to see the ISIS disappear, but Khamenei hasn’t sent any love letters to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, probably because the Prime Minister has not courted him.

Argentine President Indicted for Cover-Up for Iran in Bombing

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

The Argentine prosecutor has formally indicted President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, her foreign minister and other official for allegedly trying to remove Iranian officials from Interpol lists of suspects of the 1994 bombing that killed 85 people at the Jewish AMIA center in Buenos Aires.

Kirchner has denounced the accusation as a “vulgar lie” and an attempt at a Judicial coup.”

Kirchner, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, a legislator and other officials allegedly acted on behalf of Iran in return for benefits in trade with Tehran.

Kirchner also is suspected by many of involvement in last month’s murder of Alberto Nisman, the Jewish prosecutor in the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association community center bombing case. He was killed hours before he was to submit to the legislature his findings that implicated Iran in the murders.

She has said Nisman was murdered in an attempt to blacken the image of her government, already in trouble because of an economic crisis gripping the country.

Nisman has been replaced by a team of prosecutors, and if they “just happen” to decide that Iran was not involved, then the indictment against Kirchner will be worth nothing.

A massive protest rally against the government is planned for Wednesday, and supporters of Kirchner, such as Chief of Staff Anibal Fernanderz, charged that drug traffickers and anti-Semites are  organizing the demonstration to hide their own supposed attempts to obstruct the investigation into the Buenos Aires bombing.

Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said, “The Argentine people should know that we’re talking about a vulgar lie, of an enormous media operation, of a strategy of political destabilization and the biggest judicial coup d’etat in the history of Argentina to cover up for the real perpetrators of the crime.”

 

 

Israelis Fed Up with Obama

Friday, February 13th, 2015

A poll published on Friday shows that nearly two-thirds of Israelis think that the Obama administration is interfering in the elections, and more than half of the respondents back Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s planned visit to Congress.

President Barack Obama already has stated he will not meet with Netanyahu two weeks before the elections, but many Democrats in Congress have thrown salt on the wounds of American-Israeli relations by stating they will boycott the Prime Minister’s speech.

The survey, carried out by the Hebrew-language Maariv weekend newspaper and The Jerusalem Post, stated that 62 percent of Israelis think Washington is putting its two cents into the election campaign, while 31 percent disagreed and 8 percent expressed no opinion.

Support for Netanyahu was a bit less, with 56 percent backing his acceptance of an invitation from Republic House Speaker John Boehner to speak to Congress, where he received an enthusiastic ovation in 2011 when he spoke to a joint session of Congress.

Almost lost in the controversy over the Prime Minister’s planned speech is its content – Iran, which may be the real reason President Obama and many Democrats are so angry at the Prime Minister.

Netanyahu has constantly warned that Iran is stalling for time and not negotiating. He has explained over and over that Iran wants to gets its hands on a nuclear weapon, hell or high water, and that the Obama administration is far too dovish.

Netanyahu’s speech in Congress comes until three weeks before a deadline for Washington and Tehran to agree on the basis to conclude negotiations on Iran’s nuclear development.

Pervious polls have shown that most Israelis think Netanyahu is exploiting the planned speech to help voters in Israel focus on the Iranian nuclear threat and vote for him, an assumption that is a certain bet given that nothing happens in Israel without political intentions.

That does not contradict the real concern of the Iranian threat and that the Obama administration will not stop it.

The United Nations 10 years ago passed resolutions for its nuclear inspectors to inspect Iran’s program, and the United States spearheaded Western sanctions on Iran to convince it to cooperate. Nothing has worked.

Iran has whittled down the will of the Obama administration and Western powers to the point that the deal being put together simply would delay Iran’s nuclear capability and not eliminate it. The deal also is based on Iran’s allowing United Nations inspectors to enter all of its nuclear facilities, even though it has built underground operations while it was supposed to be cooperating with nuclear inspectors.

That is why Netanyahu is willing to risk worsening relations with the Obama administration and speak out against the expected deal, regardless of polls and boycotts of his speech by Democrat Congressmen,.

Given Iran’s consistent refusal to play ball by mutually agreed rules, Netanyahu’s visit will be unnecessary if Tehran balks and refuses the “P5+1″ offer. It is generous but not enough for Iran. It would allow Iran to keep a large part of its nuclear  infrastructure but supposedly block Iran from building a nuclear weapon.

Netanyahu is not taking any chances.

Below is the video clip of Netanyahu’s speech to Congress in 2011, when he received 29 standing ovations.

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