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What Better Way to Neutralize Netanyahu on Iran, Than by Mocking and Disparaging him

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

There should not be a shred of doubt by now: When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.” — Barack Obama, May 2012

Some of the more petty and thin-skinned members of the Obama administration probably enjoyed anonymously calling the Prime Minister of Israel a “chickenshit“, knowing it would be printed in the papers. Using Jeffrey Goldberg as the tool to get the message out on how the Obama administration might harm Israel over the next two years certainly didn’t hurt either.

But don’t get sidetracked by the Obama administration’s crass vulgarity and maliciousness.

Goldberg’s article wasn’t about settlements, and it wasn’t about President Obama’s childish and visceral hatred of Netanyahu.

It was about deflecting attention away from the Obama administration’s ongoing Middle East policy failures, and most specifically, Iran; trying to instead make the public discussion about a grudge match with a supposedly ungrateful Israeli Prime Minister, as well as placing blame on Israel for Obama’s failures.

In 2012, in a Zig moment, before he Zagged, Obama said, “There should not be a shred of doubt by now: When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.”

But is that really true?

During the war with Gaza, when Israel was defending itself from thousands of missiles, it was the Obama administration that had the FAA shut down flights to Israel. It was the Obama administration that blocked weapon purchases and shipments. It was the Obama administration that was forcing ceasefires on Israel as missiles were still flying at us. And leading up to the Gaza war, it was the Obama administration that pushed to have that same Hamas terrorist organization whitewashed and recognized as part of the Palestinian Authority. And we certainly can’t ignore how Secretary of State Kerry recently blamed ISIS’s popularity on Israel.

In the wider world, it’s the Obama administration that is currently allowing the Islamic Republic of Iran reach the cusp of a nuclear bomb.

And Iran’s nuclear program is what Goldberg’s is article really about.

The very worried Arab states recently cataloged a series of serious concessions the US has supposedly made to Iran, as reported by The Tower.

…that the U.S. has dropped its demand that Iran close its underground military enrichment facility at Fordow, that the U.S. has accepted Iran’s characterization of its enrichment rights regarding uranium, that the U.S. will permit Iran to operate the plutonium-producing reactor at Arak, and that the U.S. has delinked Iran’s ballistic missile program from the rest of its nuclear program.

Simultaneously, the Obama administration is very worried that Congress might stop them from moving forward on their Iranian concessions. They know, a strong Bibi speech can galvanize Congress.

The New York Times reported on plans by President Barack Obama to “do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on “a nuclear deal that many lawmakers have publicly worried will be inadequate to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

What better way to neutralize Netanyahu, than by mocking and disparaging him.

Rahm Emanuel said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” And clearly if you don’t have a crisis, you manufacture one.

What better way to sidestep Obama’s Netanyahu-Iran problem, than a U.S.-Israel crisis – manufactured by the Obama administration.

Israel Wants UN to Recognize Hamas – as a Terrorist Organization

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Israel will demand that the United Nations label Hamas a terrorist organization when the head of the IDF’s international law department and Israel’s legal adviser to the international body meet this month for the first time ever with U.N. officials.

The United Nations never has officially recognized any group as a terrorist organization, and considering the solid pro-Arab majority in the General Assembly, the chances of its labeling Hamas as a terrorist group are as high as Iran publicly turning over its nuclear development program to the United States for safe keeping.

“Operation Protective Edge serves as a serious ‘indictment’ that reveals Hamas’ international crimes with emphasis on the terror tunnels as well as the usage of civilians as human shields,” the Israel delegation said in a statement.

The meeting with senior United Nations official will take place with the IDF’s expert on law, Col. Noam Neuman, and the Foreign Ministry’s legal adviser Ehud Keinan to UN senior officials.

It added, with what must undoubtedly be a carload of sarcasm, “Surprisingly, to date the UN has not officially recognized any organization in the world as a terrorist organization.”

”Surprisingly?”

The United Nations does not even know what terrorism means. It has no official definition of the term, according to Anne Bayefsky, editor of Eye on the UN. If the United Nations were to define a country that sponsors terrorism and then expel it from the undistinguished international body, the General Assembly could move into much smaller quarters.

The United Nations, once known for its work around the world to help poor societies, especially in Africa, has turned into a front for terrorism because it protects countries that operate on terror. It even awards them with prestigious positions. Saudi Arabia is on the Human Rights Council and Iran is on the Commission on the Status of Women.

Bayefsky wrote last week in the New York Daily News:

“Since the UN has no definition of terrorism, state sponsors of terrorism happily denounce terrorism’ at the very same time as they promote it. Second, the terrorist funders and weapons suppliers redirect the world’s attention to the supposed ‘root causes’ of terrorism….

“On Oct. 7, at the legal committee meeting at UN headquarters, Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon listed ‘root causes that may lead to radicalism such as . . . poverty, social exclusion and marginalization’ along with ‘Islamophobia.’

“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani played the same card in an address to the General Assembly in September when he whined about ‘Iranophobia.’ …

“Iran is also the president of the so-called ‘Non-Aligned Movement — a group of nations routinely aligned against the West. As such, Iran speaks for 120 UN member states — a majority of the 193 UN countries.

“Here’s the Iranian speech to the UN legal beagles that was webcast Oct. 7: ‘Terrorism should not be equated with the legitimate struggle of peoples under colonial or alien domination and foreign occupation for self-determination and national liberation.’

“All 56 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation have signed on to the Islamic Convention on Combating International Terrorism, which gives a green light to killing Israelis, Americans and anybody else deemed fair game. The treaty says, ‘Peoples’ struggle, including armed struggle against foreign occupation, aggression, colonialism and hegemony, aimed at liberation and self-determination . . . shall not be considered a terrorist crime.’”

The United Nations Security Council has followed the Peace and Love philosophy of universal self-destruction by blaming “conditions” for the “spread of violent extremism.”

No one is responsible for his actions, except Israel of course, whose existence is alleged as the reason for terror. Get rid of Israel, and there will be no more terror.

Iran Executes Reyhaneh Jabbari for Killing Her Rapist

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

The Islamic Republic of Iran executed Reyhaneh Jabbari on Saturday by hanging, despite the international outcry against the execution.

Jabbari (26) was accused of killing her rapist, Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a member of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence.

Jabbari was hung at Gohardasht Prison, north of Karaj.

The case attracted worldwide attention after she was arrested in 2007 for the murder of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, the attacker who she stabbed with a penknife as he allegedly drugged and tried to rape her.

The prosecution’s case against her has been highly questioned, and her lawyers said she was not given a fair trial, which is far from surprising. There was also an open question whether it was actually someone else who killed him and not Jabbari with a penknife.

Human Rights Watch had been leading a drive to save Jabbari’s life, said the Iranian judiciary earlier this year agreed to review the death sentence. Approximately 200,000 people signed a petition in her behalf.

Iranian news sources reported last month that Iran would have cancelled the execution if Sarbandi’s family had forgiven her.

News for Israel: Boeing Sells Data, Drawings to Iran

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

For the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Boeing Aerospace and Defense has made a sale to Iran.

The Chicago-based firm announced sales of some $120,000 to Iran that included aircraft manuals, drawings, navigation charts and data.

The items were sold to Iran Air, allegedly to “help improve the safety of Iran’s civil aviation industry,” according to Reuters.

The fact that any American aerospace and defense firm is being allowed to do business with Iran signals a sea change in the United States attitude that does not bode well for the Middle East.

According to the report, both Boeing and General Electric were given permission in April of this year by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control to export parts for commercial aircraft to Iran, under a temporary sanctions relief deal.

Boeing did not indicate whether it had sold parts prior to the current sale, nor whether it planned to sell parts in the future, and declined further comment, the news agency said.

The firm made a net profit of approximately $12,000 in the third quarter on the sale to Iran. Boeing’s total sales for the quarter were reported at $23.7 billion.

Prior U.S. administrations worked tirelessly to persuade the international community to impose heavy sanctions on Iran to force Tehran to curtail its nuclear development activities.

There have been updated, repeated reports from Israeli intelligence warning that Iran is rapidly approaching the nuclear threshold, where a small step will take Tehran into the world of weapons of mass destruction. Alongside those warnings, the Iranian regime itself has stated firmly that it has no intention of slowing down – let alone stopping – its nuclear development program.

And in past years Iranian leaders have made it equally clear they have placed Israel squarely in the cross-hairs for future annihilation.

So what conclusions should Israel’s government draw from Boeing’s latest announcement?

Isfahan Demonstration for Women’s Rights Becomes Anti-Government Protest

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

A demonstration for women’s rights taking place in the Iranian city of Isfahan is transforming into a protest against the regime, a source reported to Dr. Mordechai Kedar, lecturer and researcher at Bar Ilan University Wednesday night.

“Approximately ten thousand people are protesting the fact that people probably working for the regime are throwing acid in the faces of women and girls who do not dress according to the stringent rules of the fanatics,” Kedar wrote in a post on his Facebook page. “The demonstration is in area ‘Bridge 33.’

“The source emphasized that the demonstrators are calling to topple the Supreme Leader, [Ayatollah] Ali Khamenei.

“In other words, a demonstration about women’s rights has turned into a protest against the regime. The source did not mention the reaction of the government, but I assume that severe action will be taken,” Kedar wrote.

“Will the demonstration in Isfahan spread to other Iranian cities,” he questioned. “Time will tell.”

In 2009, Iran saw mass demonstrations across the country protesting what was largely believed to be a rigged re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Foreign journalists were banned, phone networks were cut and internet connections were spotty at best as the government sought to control the growing unrest.

Basij militia and police officers wielded batons and fired tear gas canisters at protesters, but the measures did little to quell the demonstrations. The government followed up with arrests, layoffs, convictions and hangings. Eventually the protests stopped but instead moved underground and became a full-scale anti-government operation.

IDF Checks for Terror Tunnel Threat in Northern Israel

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The rumors persist.

Residents in northern Israel remain deeply concerned that terrorists are digging tunnels under the border, preparing for a future attack.

Although the IDF doesn’t discuss it much, the military is not ignoring the problem, and is quietly monitoring activity along the border.

The question is, what’s happening underneath?

Last week (Tuesday, October 14) Syrian Islamist rebels blew up a government military post near Idlib by digging attack tunnels with UN equipment under the rocky terrain, Aljazeera reported.

As happened with Hamas terrorist use of United Nations facilities in Gaza this summer, the United Nations logo is clear seen on equipment used in the attack in a YouTube report posted by Aljazeera on the internet. The rebel group which identifies with Al Qaeda wiped out the army outpost, killing 60 Syrian soldiers and officers. The Arabic-language report showed preparations prior to the attack as well as its aftermath, and said it took 120 days to dig the tunnel.

The geological conditions are nearly identical to those on Israel’s northern border, and the incident made it clear that Hezbollah could – and might – do the same.

This summer, northern Israelis spoke of the possibility that Hezbollah was tunneling as well.

“I live in the house closest to the border, and from my window you can see everything happening on the other side in Lebanon,” said a resident in Zar’it, in August during an interview on Israel’s Channel 2 News Online.

“What I see scares me, and worries me very much. I can see concrete mixers working in secret. I feel, for more than two years now, digging sounds. My entire house moves and shakes, and it’s very disturbing.”

During the IDF’s 50-day counter terror Operation Protective Edge, the commander of the 769th Hiram Brigade addressed the issue in an interview with Channel 2 News, commenting, “The possibility of tunnels [also] disturbs me, along with other options that might exist here. Any reasonable person should put his eyes in his head and look south towards Gaza and say that if there are tunnels there, then all the more so there is this possibility here.”

Building the kind of complex tunnel network that was found in Gaza, however, takes years of work by a lot of people.

For the past two years Hezbollah was busy helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad combat the rebels in the civil war tearing apart his country. Prior to that they were re-arming following the 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel. Who is helping them build tunnels?

Probably the North Koreans.

Hamas also made a deal with North Korea this year to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of weapons. Western intelligence sources said this summer the deal was sealed by a Lebanese middleman linked to Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists in eastern Beirut.

The North Koreans have been patrons of Hamas for years — and not only with weapons.

Apparently it was North Korea that taught Hamas how to build its network of tunnels under Gaza.

The Gazans may have had help from Hezbollah, but at best the Lebanese terrorists functioned as North Korean agents, providing secondhand knowhow at bargain basement prices.

Or perhaps Hamas went to Syria to learn the trade. Hamas had its political bureau in Damascus for years. Or they may have gone directly to Iran, the other North Korean partner.

According to a report on The National Interest website last month, North Korea has provided missiles and their technology to all four: Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah.

But now there’s even a bigger concern, according to Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service, and Director of Asian Studies at Georgetown University, and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International studies.

Israel Attempts to Insert Reason into UN Debate About Middle East

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Once again on Tuesday, Oct. 21, Israel was on the hot seat before the United Nations Security Council.

Israel’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations David Roet had the pleasure of speaking to the “Question of Palestine,” which is always –  always – a topic on the U.N. Security Council’s agenda.

But before Roet spoke, U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon delivered his remarks on the topic.

The secretary-general’s focus was on the suffering of the Palestinian Arabs and on Israel as the responsible wrongdoer. And of course, Ban stated his iron-clad position that only the creation of a Palestinian State will spell the end to violence in the Middle East.

The secretary-general spoke particularly sharply about the “mile after mile of wholesale destruction” in Gaza. In fact, he said “nothing could have prepared me for what I witnessed in Gaza.”

Really? Has the secretary-general seen pictures of the devastation in Syria? Has the secretary-general viewed the videos of beheadings and crucifixions in Syria, Iraq and Egypt, not only this summer, but continuing even now?

Ban curtly stated that he looked forward to a thorough investigation both by the IDF and by the independent Board of Inquiry regarding the suffering of Gazans and the hits on UN facilities and the deaths of many innocent people in Gaza.

THREE SENTENCES ON ISRAEL’S TRAUMA

After recounting the horrors visited upon Gaza by the IDF, the secretary-general devoted three sentences to Israeli suffering, and mentioned having visited terror tunnels, although he didn’t say who built the tunnels, or how they were built or upon whom attacks were launched using those tunnels.

Israelis also suffered during the conflict. I travelled to a kibbutz where I met the grieving family of a four-year-old child named Daniel who was killed by a Hamas rocket – another innocent victim of this mindless conflict. As I said in Gaza, firing rockets is unacceptable, and the rockets have brought nothing but suffering.

I also visited a tunnel built by militants to launch attacks.

But Ban was sanguine about at least some developments following this summer’s conflict. He was very pleased to report that “Palestinians are taking critical steps to forge a united path to the future.” He spent several minutes  praising the “historic meeting in Gaza of the Cabinet of the Government of National Consensus.”

One of the positive results Ban ki-Moon anticipates flowing from this historic unity government is the facilitation of “the flow of construction materials into Gaza.” More terror tunnels, coming right up!

Apparently unable to bear slighting the Palestinian Arabs who don’t live in Gaza, Ban addressed their needs as well.

According to the U.N. secretary-general, the devastation visited upon Gaza by the Israelis is paralleled by the voraciousness of the Israelis gobbling up living space in “occupied East Jerusalem.”

INTERNATIONAL LAW IS CLEAR?

“International law is clear: settlement activity is illegal. It runs totally counter to the pursuit of a two-state solution. I urge the Israeli Government to reverse these activities,” Ban said.

Actually, international law is far from clear on most topics, but it most certainly is not “clear” that Jews building homes anywhere is illegal. Even if building those homes undermines what people see as a two-state “solution,” that does not magically transform the building of those homes into illegal acts.

Ban then goes on to berate Israel for other alleged misdeeds, including “altering policies with respect to the Holy Sites that have been in place over many decades,” and “mounting numbers of attacks by settlers” and other imagined violations of “international human rights and humanitarian law.”

Ban’s conclusion, as is that of so many, is that the only hope for stability and peace in the region is for [Israel] to address the “underlying causes of the conflict: an end to the occupation that has grinded on for nearly half a century, a full lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip and effectively addressing Israel’s legitimate security concerns.”

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