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Iran Reports Sabotage Attempt on Nuclear Heavy Water Tanks

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Iran claims to have foiled a sabotage attack on tanks used to transport “heavy water” – a key component in nuclear reactors.

Asghar Zarian, deputy head of the nuclear division of the Iranian government was quoted Thursday by the independent Arman daily newspaper saying that discovery of the sabotage attempt took place “in recent weeks.”

Although he did not reveal specific details about the site of the attack, nor when it occurred, Zarian said the incident highlighted the issue of safety at nuclear power plants in the country.

The head of the nation’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi said the industrial sabotage attempt underscored the need to preserve equipment and technologies in all areas of nuclear fuel production plants.

Salehi added that as in the past with the Stuxnet virus attack, the sabotage attempt led to a good lesson for the country. Iran’s nuclear industry would deal with this phenomenon and raise safety standards at its nuclear power plants, as it did in the wake of the past attack as well, he said.

The US-Israel Crisis Created by Obama

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

As Palestinian Authority officials continue to incite their population and Arab terrorists rev up for what they hope will be a third “intifada” last night a mouthpiece for the Obama Administration has lit his own fuse on the internet.

The Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg led his column Tuesday (Oct. 28) with a comment from a “senior Obama administration official” who called Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “a chickenshit.”

Goldberg wrote that the comment was “representative of the gloves-off manner in which American and Israeli officials now talk about each other behind closed doors” and “yet another sign that relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments have moved toward a full-blown crisis.”

I say it’s all hogwash, kashruth and halal notwithstanding.

On June 4, 2009 – just six months after entering the White House – Israel independently rated a grand total of just four sentences in a landmark hour-long speech delivered by President Barack Obama from Cairo. Of the four, one sentence contained a major inaccuracy.

The reference was to America’s “unbreakable” bond with Israel, which Obama insisted was based upon “cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied.”  (ed. note: italics added for emphasis)

It’s not, and if Obama knew his Qur’an as well he claims to know to, and as well as he allegedly knows his Bible as a Christian – which perhaps he may not – he would know that last is patently untrue.

Yesterday before this brouhaha began Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin revisited this very same issue as he inaugurated a new Museum of History of Polish Jewry in Warsaw, at the invitation of Poland’s President Bronislaw Komorowski. The two men stood together as Rivlin spoke of Jewish history.

“There are those who mistakenly think that the State of Israel is compensation for the Holocaust,” Rivlin said in an ironic response to Obama’s 2009 Cairo claim. “There is no greater mistake. The State of Israel is not a compensation for the Holocaust. The State of Israel was established in its own right.” (italics added)

To be perfectly politically incorrect, Israel is the Jewish homeland because it was granted by Almighty God Himself to His Chosen People. Period, full stop. Read the Old Testament. It’s there in black and white.

Even observant Muslims know it, those who have studied their Qur’an. The passages are quoted often by those Muslim leaders who do truly understand the meaning of coexistence and peace, and even at times by those who don’t.

(Sura 5:20) “And when Moses said to his people, ‘O my people, remember the favor of Allah upon you when He appointed among you prophets and made you possessors and gave you that which He had not given anyone among the worlds.’”

(Sura 5:21) “O my people, enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned to you and do not turn back [from fighting in Allah’s cause] and [thus] become losers.”

Clearly Obama’s speech writers were not among these well-educated people, nor did he correct them. Perhaps he was unable to, perhaps he didn’t notice.

But his priorities vis a vis Israel were made equally clear in the fact that every other reference to the Jewish State in his Cairo speech was made solely in relation to its relations with the Palestinian Authority and the Arab world.

Obama’s scorn for Israel — and in particular, for its leader — has never really been a particularly well-kept secret.

Barely a year after Obama first entered the White House, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was treated to a taste of that disdain. In 2010 America’s first black president suddenly left Israel’s top leader “on hold” in the Oval Office in a breathtakingly rude manner during an exchange over Obama’s demands that Israel cease building in Jerusalem.

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/isfahan-demonstration-for-womens-rights-becomes-anti-government-protest/2014/10/22/

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