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Netanyahu Answers Obama with Khamenei’s Words

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used the Iranian leader’s own words Sunday morning to answer President Barack Obama’s claim that the nuclear agreement with Iran is the best option available.

The Prime Minister used the weekly Cabinet meeting as a platform for another offensive in the long-distance verbal battle with President Obama, who is trying to sell “ObamaDeal.’

One of the most directly opposite claims by both leaders concerns other options.

President Obama, joined on Friday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, argue that no one has suggested a better alternative, while Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated Sunday:

The alternative to this failed agreement, which we proposed repeatedly, is the continuation and strengthening of the sanctions on Iran and conditioning the lifting of the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, and the lifting of the pressure on Iran, only if it changes its policy. As long as the Iranian leadership is encouraging calls of ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’, there is no reason to make any concessions to them.

Obama has claimed that sanctions will be dropped by major countries even if an agreement were not reached. Kerry told PBS on Friday that “no alternative” has been offered and that Iran won’t be “crushed” by continuing sanctions “because we will lose the other people who are helping to provide those sanctions’

He added, “So, there is a lot of fantasy out there about this quote ‘better deal.'”

The Obama administration’s assumption that sanctions cannot continue is speculative, and no substantive claims have been made to support or deny the theory.

Netanyahu raised another objection to the deal, one that is proving much harder for President Obama to defend. Lifting sanctions will pump more than $150 billion into Iran’s bank accounts, and even President Obama admitted that “some” of the money will be used to fund Hezbollah and other terrorist fronts that are a direct threat to Israel.

Netanyahu said Sunday:

If someone thought that the extraordinary concessions to Iran would lead to a change in its policy, they received an unequivocal answer over the weekend in Iranian ruler Khamenei’s aggressive and contrary speech.

The Iranians aren’t even trying to hide the fact that they will use the hundreds of billions that they will receive under this agreement in order to arm their terror machine and they are clearly saying that they will continue their struggle against the US and its allies, first among them being Israel, of course.

 

Obama to Push Iran Deal on ‘Daily Show’ Tuesday

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

(JNi.media) Jon Stewart will interview President Obama for the last time on next Tuesday’s “Daily Show.” It will be Obama’s seventh appearance on Stewart’s show, third as president.

Obama was also one of the last guests on David Letterman’s Show in May, and on The final Colbert Report last December.

Stewart’s last show will be on August 6, and Trevor Noah, his replacement, will start hosting the show on September 28.

Bloomberg speculated that the president will take advantage of his appearance to push the Iran deal.

Back in March, Stewart described Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech against the Iran deal, before a joint session of Congress the day before, as a “festival of slights,” and ” the State of the Union address the Republicans wanted, delivered by the leader they wished they had.”

Stewart also told one Hanukkah-related joke, saying “it was a miracle. Standing ovation that was to last for one minute miraculously lasted eight.”

Will Stewart be hard hitting in this final interview with the President?

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney recalled in an interview that the 2012 Obama reelection campaign had been eager to get the President on with Jon Stewart, “because the young voters we were trying to reach are more likely to watch The Daily Show than some other news shows.”

Carney also said that “probably the most substantive, challenging interview Barack Obama had in the election year was with the anchor of The Daily Show.”

Stewart was tongue-in-cheek critical of Obama when the President did not come to Paris to show solidarity with the victims at the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January:

“How could Obama not be there, look how many world leaders he could have bowed down to and apologized to,” Stewart wailed. “He missed an opportunity. How could the US not be there when representatives of such beacons of freedom and lack of censorship as journalist-punishing Russia, journalist-jailing Turkey, Egypt, enough said. Palestinian cartoonist-jailing Israel was there. And of course our greatest ally Saudi Arabia, having just days ago flogged a blogger. Couldn’t Obama have at least sent a friend?”

Regarding the Iran nuclear program, Stewart had one of his rare diatribes on this topic last April, pointing the finger at none other than former Vice President Dick Cheney:

Stewart argued Cheney was responsible for letting Iran expand its nuclear program. Before he became Vice President, Cheney was chief of Halliburton, seeking to open contracts with Iran, but was unable to do it because of US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Stewart showed how the Bush administration took down the Iraq government, which kept Iran in check, and put in a leader who is friendly with Iran like former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. And it only cost $1.5 trillion.

Overall, despite his obvious affinity for the President, Stewart has not held back his criticism of the Obama White House over the years, slamming it for numerous failures, lies, repression of civil rights, you name it. But will the Daily Show Host be critical of the Iran deal in this parting interview, or will he serve the President the softballs he needs to deliver his points on the deal?

We’ll know in a couple of days.

Obama Lacks Public Support for Nuclear Deal with Iran

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

American opinion is totally skewed on the agreement. A plurality of 43 percent support the agreement, a strong majority of 59 percent is “not so confident” or “not confident at all” that the deal will prevent Iran from being armed with a nuclear weapon, and 64 percent lean toward favoring a military attack on Iran if it cheats on the deal.

Only 23% of Americans have some confidence that “ObamaDeal” will stop the Islamic Republic from getting its hands on a weapon, according to a YouGov poll.

The raw statistics appear to encourage the agreement’s Congressional opponents, who are in a political war against President Barack Obama’s hard-sell to thwart a veto-proof majority that could reject the agreement.

In President Obama’s favor is that domestic policy outranks the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran as a burning issue in the hearts and minds of Americans.

If there is one foreign policy that bothers Americans it is the Islamic State (ISIS). The sight of ISIS beheadings is enough shock some Americans to death, but the concept of Iran having a nuclear weapon is too far in the distant, both in terms of mileage and time, for it to frighten anyone.

Few Americans are old enough to remember Pearl Harbor, when Japan attacked Hawaii.

Suspected ISIS Jihadists Blow Up Six Hamas Vehicles in Gaza

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Salafists linked with the Islamic State (ISIS) blew up six Hamas and Islamic Jihad vehicles in simultaneous attacks in Gaza City, Sunday morning.

At least two people were wounded.

The ability to stage a coordinated attack in the Hamas stronghold reflects both the capabilities of the jihadists as well as the growing vulnerability of Hamas, whose regime has brought misery, depression and war to the local population.

An ISIS poster was found near one of the vehicles that as exploded.

Israel’s Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) suggested that terrorists may have used the ISIS poster to frame the Islamists for attacks, which could have been carried out only with highly organized support.

The fact that there were not many injuries offers a hint that it might have been Palestinian Authority Fatah terrorists who staged the rare attack with the intent of scaring Hamas but without causing an immediate upheaval.

So much for the “unity” that President Obama so highly applauded earlier this year.

Hamas has face difficulties with Egypt too, which accuses them of helping the ISIS terrorists in Sinai.

Senior Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal won a rare audience last week with Saudi Arabia king Salman, the first time in four years that a Saudi king has publicly confirmed discussions with the Gaza regime.

 

Iran Celebrates ObamaDeal with Chants of ‘Death to America

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led tens led tens of thousands of Iranians to scream “death to America” and “death to Israel chants Saturday, five days after  the United States and five other world powers reached agreement on a nuclear deal.

Khamenei did not specifically criticize or praise the agreement, leading American pundits to conclude that he was just letting off steam to please the hard-liners., and so what if President Barack Obama hailed an agreement with a country that loves to hate?

Khamenei spoke on national television on Saturday, during the Eid a-Ftir celebrations concluding the daily fasts in the Muslim month of Ramadan, and poured salt on the fresh wound President Barack Obama has suffered in his weak defense of the deal.

Khamenei told throngs in Tehran:

Our policy regarding the arrogant U.S. government will not change. We don’t have any negotiations or deal with the U.S. on different issues in the world or the region.

Whether [the deal is] ratified or not, we will not give up on our friends in the region.

And who are his friends? For starters there is Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who owes his life to Iran for remaining alive, at least for the time being. And then there is Hezbollah, for which ObamaDeal is a multi-billion bonanza for buying even more missiles to aim at Israel and to fund terrorist attacks against Jews around the world.

Khamenei’s appearance dispels reports that he is about to die from cancer. His performance Saturday was at least par for the course in his making President Obama look like a dishrag. Congress may confirm the agreement, but Khamenei is going to embarrass the president as much as possible.

The Supreme Leader of Iran bragged that the United States has no other choice “but to tolerate the spinning of a few thousand centrifuges” in Iran.

President Obama last week admitted that the United States made foreign policy mistakes by backing a coup in 1953 and backing Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in the eight-year with Iran in the 1980s.

The admission gave Khamenei an opening that he stretched, saying:

He [Obama] mentioned two or three points but did not confess to tens of others. I am telling you, you are making a mistake now, in different parts of this region, but especially about the Iranian nation. Wake up, Stop making mistakes. Understand the reality.

Isn’t it interesting that Obama is getting the same message from Israel, Saudi Arabia and more than half of Congress?

Below is a video from CNN of Khamenei’s speech and the hate chants.

‘If Obama Wants Honest Debate on ObamaDeal, Why Threaten a Veto?’

Friday, July 17th, 2015

American Jewish leader Malcolm Hoenlein said on Friday that President Barack Obama’s immediate threat to veto Congressional rejection of the agreement with Iran shows he does not really want an honest discussion on ObamaDeal.

Hoenlein, executive vice-chairman of Major American Jewish Organizations, told Israel’s Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio:

It is unfortunate that the president went public right away and said he would veto…. If he really wanted a discussion, why does he right away say he will use the veto, squashing discussion?

The President hit the ground running as soon as agreement was reached between Iran and the P5+1 powers this week. Threatening a veto is a major psychological weapon to deter Democratic senators from openly risking the loss of political leverage with the President by opposing the agreement and then going down to defeat because of a veto.

A Democrat who wants goodies for his constituents is going to think twice and thrice before turning his back on President Obama.

Hoenlein also said in the radio interview that “it will be hard to stop” ObamaDeal but “it is possible.”

He maintained that there is a consensus in the American Jewish community that there are many troubling aspects in the agreement.

Asked about the testy relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Hoenlein said that it had little effect on the outcome of the deal. “I don’t think the fundamentals would have changed” if the relationship were warmer even if “maybe the tone would have been different.” he added.

State Dept. Ignores Question on Iran’s Wanting to Wipe Out Israel [video]

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The U.S. State Dept. fumbled a golden opportunity Thursday to ask, beg or insist that Iran stop threatening to wipe Israel off the map.

Indian Globe reporter Raghubir Goyal asked State Dept. spokesman John Kirby:

In the past, Iranian president said that Israel will be wiped off the world map. Are they going to turn back this and – this as far as this renouncing Israeli – Israel’s existence?

Kirby asked, for clarification, “Who going to turn back what?,” and Goyal, as he is called in Washington, asked again, until he was cut off, “If they are going to denounce terrorism and also what they said in the past that Israel will be wipe –”

Kirby answered by not answering:

Will Iran? Well, I think you’d have to – I mean, that’s a question for Iran’s leaders.

It would seem that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry never asked Iran during the marathon talks with Iran if the Islamic Republic might at least tone down, just for a bit of good public relations, its constant threat to annihilate Israel, as was reiterated on the eve of the agreement.

But Kirby reassured everyone that the United States is “not going to turn a blind eye to Iran’s other destabilizing activities in the region, to include the state sponsorship of terrorists and terrorist networks. Nothing’s going to change about our commitment to continuing to press against those kinds of activities through a broad range of methods, whether it’s our unilateral sanctions, UN sanctions which will stay in effect, or U.S. military presence in the region.”

He is right. The United States is not turning a blind eye to Iranian terror. It is looking at it straight in the eye and figuring it will go away by freeing up to $150 billion for Iran.

President Barack Obama said at his press conference Wednesday night:

Do we think that with the sanctions coming down, that Iran will have some additional resources for its military and for some of the activities in the region that are a threat to us and a threat to our allies? I think that is a likelihood that they’ve got some additional resources. Do I think it’s a game-changer for them? No.

They are currently supporting Hezbollah, and there is a ceiling — a pace at which they could support Hezbollah even more, particularly in the chaos that’s taking place in Syria.

Out of $150 billion, President Obama says Iran will have “some” additional funds. Then he assumes there is a “ceiling” of how much Iran can support Hezbollah.

ObamaDeal raised the ceiling sky-high.

But President Obama is not worried that Iran will “only” pocket “some” of $150 billion to wipe out Israel, which makes its procurement of a nuclear weapon less urgent.

The video below. at 0:42 seconds, shows Goyal and Kirby’s exchange:

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/state-dept-ignores-question-on-irans-wanting-to-wipe-out-israel-video/2015/07/17/

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