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November 24, 2014 / 2 Kislev, 5775
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Israel is Obama’s Lesser of Two Evils

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The United States again described Israel on Thursday as “an important partner, a security partner, a friend and ally,” and that is the bottom line underneath the media madness to create a non-existent Obama-Netanyahu crisis over building for Jew in eastern Jerusalem.

A quick look at media establishment headlines would lead one to the seemingly unmistakable conclusion that President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu are at each other’s throats.

The White House and the U.S. State Dept. condemned in the strongest possible terms the latest advancement in the bureaucratic process to build more homes for Jews in Jerusalem. For the record, more than one-third of those homes actually are for Arabs, but frustrated journalists, who turn fact into fiction for the sake of their agenda, rarely want to notice the truth.

Netanyahu responded to the criticism from Washington with equally blunt terms, saying that the Obama administration “doesn’t have the facts.”

U.S. State Dept. Jen Psaki spat back Thursday, “I think we have our information clear, and we responded to the facts on the ground.

Her follow-up statement that Israel remains an ally and “that has not changed” is not just fluff.

The Palestinian Authority has thoroughly dismissed Washington as useless in its single-minded objective of finishing off Israel as a Jewish state. The Arab world never was interested in making the Palestinian Authority a new country. If it were, the Palestinian Authority could have been an independent state long ago.

The Arab world also is more concerned about wild Islamic terror and about Iran than it is about Mahmoud Abbas and a Palestinian state, which is becoming more of an expensive and untrusted baggage than a than a strategic ally.

Ever since the Saudi Arabia so-called Peace Initiative in 2002 that declared the Arab world would “normalize” relations with Israel in return for Israel’s agreeing to the well-known conditions for Zionist hari-kari, the Western world, led by the United States, has naively pursued the “two-state” solution.

Obama and his predecessors have managed to twist Israel’s weak arm to erase almost every red line to satisfy the Arab world’s insatiable appetite.

Israel in the past three years finally has found it muscle, as well as self-respect, and has stuck to a couple of red lines that are accepted by an overwhelming majority of Jews in Israel.

Mahmoud Abbas has milked the Obama Defense Minister for every concession it can wring out of Israel, where only a minute percentage would agree to the insane and impossible nightmare of expelling 300,000 Jews from neighborhoods such as Gilo, Ramot, Talpiot and French Hill in Jerusalem.

Only a minute percentage of Israelis would agree to allow mass immigration of foreign Arabs.

Abbas is finished with Obama, and the president knows it.

Abbas, his ministers, spokesmen and so-called negotiators have deposited he checks Israel has given them and now is ditching the United States in favor of the United Nations to empty out the bank.

It not only has demanded that the United Nations tell Israel to empty out the vault by 2016. Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian Authority ambassador to the United Nations, said on Thursday, “If this additional door of peace is closed before us, then we will not only join the ICC [International Criminal Court to seek accountability. We will join other treaties and agencies” and show the world “that we exist as a nation, we exist as a state although the land of our state is under occupation.”

Whether Obama’s foreign policy sages are even more dumb and blind than can be imagined, or whether they simply are smart enough to play charades and go through the emotions and stroke the Arab world’s skin of hate by criticizing Israel, Washington has given up on the idea that a two-state solution is going to protect Americans against Iran and worldwide Islamic terror.

PA Demands Nov 2016 Deadline for UN to Force Israeli Surrender

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The Palestinian Authority has set its deadline for its desired withdrawal by Israel from all parts of Jerusalem and the entire regions of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley that it is claiming for its hoped-for new state.

A draft resolution circulated by the PA to members of the United Nations Security Council calls on the body to require Israel to expel all of residents and military forces and transfer them within the 1949 Armistice Line by November 2016.

This would entail the expulsion of nearly 400,000 Jews from their communities, homes, businesses, fields and farms – not to mention the massive security risk involved as well.

In addition, the resolution drafted by the PA also calls for a “just resolution” of the status of Jerusalem as the capital of two states.

This would mean dividing the holy city of Jerusalem, abandoning the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, in addition to numerous other Jewish and Christian sacred sites as well.

The relevant territory was restored to the city of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War – a defensive conflict in which Jordan’s occupying forces lost the city after attacking Israel – and was annexed by the Knesset as a means of reuniting Israel’s ancient capital in a legislative process following the conflict. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has stated unequivocally from the outset – as have other Israeli leaders – that the issue of Jerusalem is not negotiable.

The draft also calls for a “just resolution” of the issue of the “right of return” of more than five million so-called Palestinian refugees.

The PA is demanding that Israel absorb and allow the return of the Arab residents who once lived in the area prior to the establishment of the Jewish State and their millions of descendants. Some were forced to flee due to combat conditions and others simply left on their own initiative; a total of 700,000 residents left their homes.

Since that time, the figure has grown to five million-plus so-called “refugees” who continue to retain that status without ever having even seen the premises from which they are purported to have fled. They comprise the only group of refugees in the entire world ever to retain such a status throughout the generations and are aided and abetted in this endeavor by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, (UNRWA).

UNRWA continues to support the “refugees”and by doing so appears also to nurture a culture of helplessness and dependency in the generations of descendants in all the lands to which their ancestors moved.

But the real issue not about the details of the PA demands for the UN to force Israel to abandon its capital or its homes, and ti is not about allowing its Arab neighbors to carry out an ethnic cleansing without any resistance at all.

As Prime Minister Netanyahu said in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Monday, it’s about the real goal of Hamas – a terrorist group which is a full partner together with PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the unity government. Abbas has not denounced Hamas, nor has he abandoned it in any way – and the Hamas charter calls for the annihilation of the State of Israel and those who dwell within.

But that’s not all. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal articulates very clearly that the goals of Hamas are precisely those of ISIS: “We say this to the West… By Allah you will be defeated. Tomorrow our nation will sit on the throne of the world.”

Israel’s prime minister reminded world leaders on Monday of those words, and reminded Americans of the destruction they witnessed just 13 years ago:

“Hamas has a broader objective. They also want a caliphate. Hamas shares the global ambitions of its fellow militant Islamists. That’s why its supporters wildly cheered in the streets of Gaza as thousands of Americans were murdered on 9/11. And that’s why its leaders condemned the United States for killing Osama Bin Laden, whom they praised as a holy warrior. So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.

Netanyahu, Obama Focus on Different Priorities in White House Talk

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama met for about 75 minutes Wednesday evening began shortly after the Israeli leader’s arrival at the White House, and following a brief news conference with the press corps.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice were also present in the Oval Office during the meeting.

On the agenda for discussion were the American-led air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iran’s nuclear development program and the ongoing question of how to resolve the dilemma of what to do about the Palestinian Authority. It was not known whether the American president planned to discuss security concessions over Gaza as well.

The meeting began at 11 am, and several commentators noted on the Twitter social networking site that Obama didn’t offer any lunch to the Israeli prime minister. “Perhaps Bibi, unlike (India’s Prime Minister) Modi, insisted on food for himself and wasn’t happy to just watch Obama eat,” tweeted one individual.

In a clearly determined bid to maintain a cordial tone, Netanyahu said that he appreciates Obama’s efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon of mass destruction, according to the Reuters news agency.
Obama told Netanyahu that efforts are needed to change the status quo between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, according to LBCI News.

Israel is committed to a “two-state solution” with the Palestinian Authority, Netanyahu told reporters during their pre-meeting briefing. But any agreement, he said, will require “thinking outside the box” and must include “rock solid” security arrangements. Obama and Netanyahu reportedly discussed during their meeting the current status of the relationship between Israel and the terrorist factions in Gaza, including the region’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization.

The two men are clearly focused on different priorities, with Obama keeping his eyes on the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and against whom the U.S. is leading coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq. Netanyahu, meanwhile, has remained concerned about the overriding progress of Iran’s nuclear development program and putting a full stop to the centrifuges that are working overtime to enrich uranium at progressively higher levels.

The Israeli prime minister also noted while speaking to a group of Jewish leaders yesterday in New York that it is important for the U.S. to realize there isn’t much difference between Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and ISIS, against whom Obama has declared war.

Both share a “fanatic ideology,” he pointed out, and both use “savage” methods. He warned, “The more they have the capability to realize their ambitions the more they will unleash their pent-up aggression against our common civilizations.”

To emphasize the similarities, Netanyahu shared a photo of an impending public execution of a man whose head was covered with a sack, shot in Gaza.

“This isn’t ISIS,” he pointed out. “This is Hamas.” During Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge this summer, Hamas executed dozens of Gaza residents “just to impose fear and force the population… into submission.” The only difference, Netanyahu said, is that ISIS “beheads its victims,” and Hamas “puts a bullet in the back of their heads.”

To the families of those murdered, the horror is the same, he asserted.

PM Netanyahu’s Remarks to Jewish Federation Leaders in New York

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Jewish Federation leaders on Tuesday, in New York, with the following remarks:

“Every time I come to the UN I try to tell the truth as it is. But here’s a picture I didn’t show in the UN yesterday. This is an impending execution. But this isn’t ISIS, this is Hamas. And during the recent fighting in Gaza, right around the time that ISIS was doing its grisly deeds, Hamas executed dozens of Palestinians just to impose fear and force the population of Gaza into submission.

It’s true there are some differences between Hamas and ISIS – for example ISIS beheads people and Hamas puts a bullet in the back of their heads. But to the victims, and the victims’ families, the horror is the same.

The point I was trying to make yesterday and I’m making today is that we are faced with a world-wide network of militant Islamists, groups and regimes. It’s not that they have a common war-room. They have war-rooms against each other because all of them wish to dominate first the region in which they are in and then ultimately the entire world. But they all share this fanatic ideology; they all have not only unbridled ambitions but also savage methods. And the more they have the capability to realize their ambitions, the more they’ll unleash their pent-up aggression against our common civilizations.

This is the point that I think is most important – We all support the efforts led by President Obama to stop and defeat ISIS, there’s no question that that has to be done. But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is, as I said yesterday and I’ll say it again, is to win the battle and lose the war. We have to stop ISIS, defeat ISIS, but we have to prevent Iran from getting the capability to produce nuclear weapons.”

Iran Set To Hang Woman Accused of Murdering Rapist

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Iran may hang on Tuesday a 26-year-old woman accused of killing a man she said tried to rape her.

Also on death row is dissident Ayatollah Boroujerdi, whose crime, for which he has spent eight years in jail as part of an 11-year sentence, is publishing a book that expressed “anti-government views.”

His “execution” may be carried out simply by refusing him medical treatment and by allowing his serious condition to deteriorate, according to sources quoted by Gatestone Institute.

“Boroujerdi, who has an enormous number of supporters and is known worldwide as ‘Iran’s Mandela, has also implored the United Nations to help the people of Iran for the sake of history and future generations, wrote Gatestone contributor Shadi Paveh. “So far, possibly wary of the global outcry that would ensue both inside and outside Iran if the regime were to execute Boroujerdi, the authorities have refrained from executing him,” he wrote.

The case of Reyhaneh Jabbari, who has been transferred to Rajai-Shahr Prison to be hanged, also has drawn world-wide attention, and a protest petition has been signed by more than 180,000 people.

That may have the same influence on the Iranian regime as did appeals to ISIS by families that they spare their sons lives.

The Obama administration rejects Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s comparison of ISIS with Iran or Hamas, and this time Washington is correct. ISIS beheads innocent victims, Hamas only shoots them in the head, or in the back, and occasionally drags bodies of accused spies for Israel on the ground.

Iran simply hangs them.

Hanged, beheaded or shot, the result will be the same for Jabbari unless Iran backs down.

The Iranian hanging judges sentence her to death seven years ago for allegedly stabbing to death a former “intelligent agent” who tried to rape her. She stabbed him in the shoulder with a small pen knife and fled, supposedly leaving him to bleed to death. The attempted rapist is burly man, and Jabbari’s testimony may have been forced through torture.

Her mother, Shole Paravan, posted on her Facebook page that she talked with her daughter via a mobile phone of a guard before she was moved to the prison where she is to be hanged.

“I am currently handcuffed and there is a car waiting outside to take me for the execution of the sentence,” Jabbari told her mother, according to Fox News, which translated and published the conversation.

“Goodbye, dear Mum. All of my pains will finish early tomorrow morning. I’m sorry I cannot lessen your pain. Be patient. We believe in life after death. I’ll see you in the next world and I will never leave you again because being separated from you is the most difficult thing to do in the world,” she said.

Her mother said she was told to pick up her daughter’s body on Tuesday.

Amnesty International stated, “This abhorrent execution must not be allowed to take place, particularly when there are serious doubts about the circumstances of the killing.

“Instead of continuing to execute people, authorities in Iran should reform their judicial system, which dangerously relies on processes which fail to meet international law and standards for fair trial.

“Under international human rights standards people charged with crimes punishable by death are entitled to the strictest observance of all fair trial guarantees.”

Iran’s New Missile Launches From Land and Air

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Iran has announced the development of its new land-based cruise missile, according to the FARS news agency.

Revolutionary Guards commander Brig.-Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh told the news service on Sunday the “Ya Ali” missile has a range of 700 kilometers, or 435 miles.

It can be fired from ground launchers as well as from fighter jets, Hajizadeh said, making it useful either for air strikes or in attacks by ground forces such as those who strike Israel from Gaza.

Iran is Gaza’s largest supplier of military hardware and ordnance.

“It is a land-based cruise missile built by the Iran Revolutionary Guards Command Aerospace Force,” he said. “Another land-based cruise missile has also been built by the defense ministry.”

The air force commander did not reveal what kind of warhead the missile could carry.

Focusing on ISIS in U.N. Speech, Obama Virtually Ignores Iran

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

NEW YORK (JTA) – President Obama devoted the bulk of his U.N. speech to the fight against violent Islamic extremism and hardly mentioned Iran’s nuclear program.

In his address last year to the General Assembly, Obama spent a great deal of time talking about Tehran’s nuclear pursuit, describing it as one of two major focus areas for American diplomatic efforts (the other was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict).

On Wednesday, he devoted just four lines to Iran.

“America is pursuing a diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue as part of our commitment to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and pursue the peace and security of a world without them,” Obama said. “This can only happen if Iran takes this historic opportunity. My message to Iran’s leaders and people is simple: Do not let this opportunity pass. We can reach a solution that meets your energy needs while assuring the world that your program is peaceful.”

The thin coverage of Iran drew immediate notice from Jewish groups.

“Obama devoted only 78 words at #UNGA to greatest threat to world peace, the #Iran nuclear threat; 1,540 words to #ISIS,” the American Jewish Committee noted in a tweet.

Near the speech’s conclusion, Obama also spoke a bit about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Leadership will be necessary to address the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis,” he said. “As bleak as the landscape appears, America will not give up on the pursuit of peace.”

The turmoil in Iraq, Syria and Libya should disabuse anyone of the mistaken notion that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is somehow the root of all Middle East conflict, Obama said. Noting that the turmoil has made too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace, Obama diverted from his prepared remarks and added, “That’s something Israelis should reflect on.”

“The status quo in the West Bank and Gaza is not sustainable,” Obama said. “We cannot afford to turn away from this effort, not when rockets are fired at innocent Israelis or when the lives of so many Palestinian children are taken from us in Gaza.”

He said, “Israelis, Palestinians, the region and the world will be more just and safe with two states living side by side in peace and security.”

Most of the president’s speech focused on the need for the international community to counter what he described as the “cancer of violent extremism.” At the top of the list was ISIS, the Islamic group in Iraq and Syria also known by the acronym ISIL.

“Collectively, we must take concrete steps to address the dangers posed by religiously motivated fanatics and the trends that fuel their recruitment,” Obama said, outlining four major focus areas.

“The terrorist group known as ISIL must be degraded and ultimately destroyed,” he said. “There can be no reasoning, no negotiating with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.”

The second, Obama said, is for “the world, especially Muslim communities, to explicitly, forcefully and consistently reject the ideology of organizations like al-Qaida and ISIL.” That means, the president said, cutting off the funding of those who fuel hateful groups and ideologies; contesting the space terrorists occupy, including the Internet and social media; expunging intolerance from schools; and bringing people of different faiths together.

“There should be no more tolerance of so-called clerics who call upon people to harm innocents because they are Jewish, Christian or Muslim,” Obama said.

The third focus area Obama outlined was addressing sectarian strife and resolving differences at the negotiating table rather than through violent proxies. In Syria, he said, that means finding a solution that works for all Syrian groups.

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