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Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

U.S. Pressing For Israel-Syria Talks
 
   The Obama administration is pressing Israel to enter into negotiations with Syria leading to an Israeli retreat from the strategic Golan Heights, this column has learned.
 
   Syria, which maintains a military alliance with Iran, has twice used the Golan, which looks down on Israeli population centers, to mount grounds invasions into the Jewish state.
 
   Informed Middle East security officials say that Dennis Ross, an envoy for the White House in the Middle East, visited both Israel and Syria last week to discuss specifics of a deal in which Syria would eventually take most of the Golan.
 
   According to the security officials, Ross is slated to become Obama’s main envoy regarding Israeli-Palestinian affairs, with the current envoy, George Mitchell, expected to step down.
 
   With Israel, Ross discussed specifics of a deal with Syria, including which territory Israel would be expected to evacuate in both the Golan and the Jordan Valley, the security officials said.
 

   The officials said that Ross told Syria it needs to scale back its relationship with Iran and stop facilitating the re-armament of Hizbullah. The Iranian-backed Hizbullah reportedly now has over 10,000 missiles and rockets, including a large number that can reach Tel Aviv and beyond.

 

Attorney General Warns Of Homegrown Radicals; Obama Befriends Them

 

   In an interview with ABC News Attorney General Eric Holder warned of the immediate need to combat the threat of homegrown Islamic extremism, stating he is alarmed by the rise in the number of Americans willing to carry out terrorist attacks.
 
   However, the Obama administration has maintained close relationships with radical Muslim organizations, many tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to create a worldwide Islamic caliphate. Al-Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist organizations are offshoots of the Brotherhood.
 
   One of those organizations is the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, a radical Muslim group that was an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas and is listed as a like-minded Muslim Brotherhood group.
 
   ISNA’s extensive relationship with the Obama administration started even before Obama took office in 2009. One week before Obama’s presidential inauguration, Sayyid Syeed, national director of ISNA’s Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances, was part of a delegation that met with the directors of Obama’s transition team. The delegation discussed a request for an executive order ending “torture.”
 
   ISNA President Ingrid Mattson represented American Muslims at Obama’s inauguration, where she offered a prayer during the televised event. Mattson also represented ISNA at Obama’s annual Ramadan dinners at the White House, including in August, where Obama expressed support for the rights of an Islamic organization, the Cordoba Initiative, to build an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero.
 

   Meanwhile, last February, ISNA sponsored a question-and-answer session with Obama’s top adviser on counter-terrorism, John Brennan. At that session, which took place at New York University, Brennan announced the Obama administration was working to calibrate policies in the fight against terrorism that ensure Americans are “never” profiled.

 

U.S. Provided Fatah Weapons

Despite Israeli Warnings
 
   The Israeli government expressed deep concern that military equipment and assault rifles transferred to the Palestinian Authority by the U.S. will end up in the wrong hands and could be used against the Jewish state, according to secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and reviewed by this column.
 
   Despite this concern, the U.S. government continued to transfer large quantities of rifles and ammunition to the PA, with some Palestinian gunmen admitting to this reporter at the time the rifles may be used to attack Israel.
 
   Israeli Security Agency head Yuval Diskin told the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv in a June 2007 meeting that he was concerned about the transfer of American weapons to the PA, according to a cable of June 13, 2007.
 
   Diskin noted that he had heard earlier that month from Palestinian sources that Hamas had succeeded in stealing some heavy machine guns from the U.S.-supported PA.
 
   Diskin also warned that Fatah-aligned security forces had been penetrated by Hamas. He reiterated in the meeting that he does not want to see any equipment transferred to them before he is convinced that it will arrive at its intended destination.
 
   Diskin was speaking after major clashes erupted between Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza Strip. The clashes eventually escalated, resulting in a Hamas takeover of Gaza.
 
   Despite the Israeli warning, the U.S. in the summer of 2007 infused Fatah with thousands of American-made assault rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition, according to Israeli security officials speaking to this column.
 

   This reporter published a series of exposes in 2007 showing that U.S.-backed security forces were infiltrated by Hamas and enumerating numerous instances of Hamas seizing American weapons when it took over Gaza in 2007

 

Congressman Hopes U.S. Border

Becomes Irrelevant
 
   Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. declared at a so-called spiritual conference his hope that the U.S. border to become an “irrelevancy.”
 
   Stated Ellison at the Network of Spiritual Progressives conference: “No security policy position can be premised on military might. … The way it works is we are a country guided by ideals of equity, generosity and engagement in our relations with other nations and those philosophical ideals create safe borders and, God willing, one day the border will become an irrelevancy.”
 

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

   Israeli Mossad chief Meir Dagan paid a secret visit to Saudi Arabia in recent weeks to discuss the threat of Iran, according to informed Arab security sources.
 
   The security sources did not disclose specifics of the discussions except to say the topic was Iran, which is accused of building a nascent nuclear program.
 
   Saudi Arabia does not maintain an open diplomatic relationship with Israel. But the Sunni Muslim country, together with Egypt, Jordan and other so-called moderate countries, is threatened by the growing influence of Iran, dominated by Shiite Islam.
 
   There have been multiple reports of Saudi cooperation with Israel on the Iranian nuclear issue.
 
   In 2009, it was reported Dagan met Saudi intelligence officials to gain assurances that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets violating Saudi airspace during any raid on Iran’s nuclear plans. Both governments denied the reports.
 
   In recent weeks, Internet rumors claimed Israel dropped off military equipment in Saudi Arabia. Some unsubstantiated reports even claimed Israel was building a secret military base in Saudi Arabia for use in a future conflict with Iran. Those reports are inaccurate, according to Israeli military officials speaking to this column.
 

   Still, Sunni Arab countries have not disguised their fear of a nuclear Iran. Earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates’s Washington ambassador publicly expressed support for a U.S. attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

 

PA Prepares For Israel Strike On Iran

 

   The Palestinian Authority has told its intelligence and security agencies to study the consequences of an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, this column has learned.
 
   The PA directed its intelligence agencies to prepare a study detailing the effect an Israeli strike on Iran would have on so-called Palestinian refugees in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, according to Palestinian security sources.
 
   The sources said PA agencies also were told to prepare a security contingency plan for dealing with Iranian retaliation against Israel that would include Hamas and other Islamic groups launching attacks against Israel from both the Gaza Strip and the PA-patrolled West Bank.
 
   “Among other things, the PA is studying how to get refugees out of Lebanon if Israel retaliates there against Hizbullah,” said one security source.
 

   Israel has long feared that any strike on Iran would result in counterattacks against the Israeli home front by Iranian proxies, including Hizbullah in the north and Hamas in the south.

 

Obama’s ISNA Connection

 

   A religion adviser to President Obama has close ties to a radical Muslim group that was an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas. The group, the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, has an extensive relationship with the Obama administration.
 
   In February, Obama named a Chicago Muslim, Eboo Patel, to his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Patel is the founder and executive director of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, which claims to promote pluralism by teaming people of different faiths on service projects.
 
   Patel is listed on ISNA’s official speakers bureauand has written columns for the Washington Post and Huffington Post that promote ISNA events. 
 
   From his own comments, Patel apparently is a member of ISNA. Upon the August 2007 election of the group’s president, Ingrid Mattson, Patel told USA Today, “I’m proud to have her elected as my president.”
 

   Patel also served last year on a panel at ISNA’s annual convention in Washington, D.C. 

   ISNA relationship with the Obama administration began even before Obama took office. One week before last year’s presidential inauguration, Sayyid Syeed, national director of ISNA’s Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances, was part of a delegation that met with the directors of Obama’s transition team. The delegation discussed a request for an executive order ending “torture.”
 
   ISNA President Mattson represented American Muslims at Obama’s inauguration, where she offered a prayer during the televised event. Mattson also represented ISNA at Obama’s Ramadan dinner at the White House.
 
   In June 2009, Obama senior aide Valerie Jarrett invited Mattson to work on the White House Council on Women and Girls, which Jarrett leads.
 
   One month later, the Justice Department sponsored an information booth at an ISNA bazaar in Washington, D.C.
 
   Also that month, Jarrett addressed ISNA’s 46th annual convention. According to the White House, Jarrett attended as part of Obama’s outreach to Muslims.
 
   In February, President Obama’s top adviser on counter-terrorism, John Brennan, came under fire for controversial remarks he made in a speech to Muslim law students at New York University. The event was sponsored by ISNA.
 

   The ISNA, meanwhile, is an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation case

   Discover the Networks notes ISNA, through its affiliate the North American Islamic Trust – a Saudi government-backed organization – reportedly holds the mortgages on 50 to 80 percent of all mosques in the U.S. and Canada.
 
   ISNA was founded in 1981 by the Saudi-funded Muslim Students’ Association. The two groups are still partners.
 
 
   ISNA was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document as one of the Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends” who shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation, according to Discover the Networks.
 
   Islam scholar Stephen Schwartz describes ISNA as “one of the chief conduits through which the radical Saudi form of Islam passes into the United States.”
 

   Also, ISNA has reportedly held fundraisers for terrorists. After Hamas leader Mousa Marzook was arrested and eventually deported in 1997, ISNA raised money for his defense. The group also has condemned the U.S. government’s post-9/11 seizure of Hamas’s and Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s financial assets.

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

   A radical Muslim group that was an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas has an extensive relationship with the Obama administration, this column has learned.
 
   Last week, President Obama’s top adviser on counter-terrorism, John Brennan, came under fire for controversial remarks he made in a speech to Muslim law students at New York University. The event was sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.
 
   The ISNA-White House relationship began even before Obama took office. One week before last year’s presidential inauguration, Sayyid Syeed, national director of the ISNA Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances, was part of a delegation that met with the directors of Obama’s transition team. The delegation discussed a request for an executive order ending “torture.”
 
   ISNA President Ingrid Mattson represented American Muslims at Obama’s inauguration, where she offered a prayer during the televised event.
 

   Mattson also represented ISNA at Obama’s Ramadan dinner at the White House.

   Last June, Obama’s top aide, Valerie Jarrett, invited Mattson to work on the White House Council on Women and Girls, which Jarrett leads.
 
   In July, the Justice Department sponsored an information boothat an ISNA bazaar in Washington, D.C.
 
   Also that month, Jarrett addressed ISNA’s 46th annual convention. According to the White House, Jarrett attended as part of Obama’s outreach to Muslims.
 

   ISNA was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document – “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” – as one of the Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends” who shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation, according to Discover the Networks.

 

Arab Rocket Factory In Jerusalem?
 
   Israeli border police last month secretly raided an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem to search for a suspected Kassam rocket factory, according to a senior Palestinian security official with knowledge of the incident.
 
   Israel told media that the purpose of the raid, which took place in the Shoafat neighborhood on Feb. 8, was to arrest tax evaders and enforce municipal laws. But the security official told this column that border police also searched Shoafat’s metal and steel workshops and factories for a suspected Kassam manufacturing site.
 
   Upon further questioning, border police spokesman Moshe Finsi told this reporter that part of the Shoafat raid indeed focused on anti-terror activities and not just municipal matters.
 
   “Yes, part focused on anti-terror action to prevent organized terror, search for bombs, drugs, weapons,” he said. Finsi denied the raid included searching for a Kassam factory.
 
   Shoafat is located in the northeast section of Jerusalem. The village is entirely inhabited by Arabs and Palestinians, although many of the Arab homes there are built illegally on Jewish-owned property. Although Shoafat is technically in Jerusalem, Arab roads there lead directly into the West Bank.
 
   If a rocket factory production site was found inside a Jerusalem neighborhood, it would signify a major expansion of the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure.
 
   On Wednesday, Israel announced to the public that the Palestinian Authority two weeks ago – just before Israel’s raid on Shoafat – arrested five members of Hamas and discovered a Kassam rocket in Beit Likya,a village about four miles from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport. 
 

   PA security sources did not rule out the possibility Hamas was intending to fire the rocket as part of its revenge for the assassination in Dubai last month of Hamas member Mahmud al-Mabhouh.

 

Ex-Obama Czar Not The Quiet Type
 
   Van Jones, President Obama’s former “green jobs” czar and a newly appointed Princeton lecturer has a history of sparking protests against universities and once slammed non-activist students as “worthless people” obtaining “worthless degrees,” this column has learned.
 
   Jones also implied a university education must help students become “revolutionaries.”
 
   Jones resigned in September from his post as adviser to the White House Council on Environmental Qualityafter it was exposed that he founded a communist revolutionary organization and signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Jones also called for “resistance” against the U.S. Jones previously stated that his advocacy for green jobs was part of a broader movement to destroy the U.S. capitalist system.
 
   Princeton last week announced Jones has been appointed a visiting fellowin the Center for African American Studies and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the university’s Wilson School.
 
   In just one example of his campus activism, in April 1999, Jones helped lead more than 300 University of California-Berkeley students and community members in a protest vigil and hunger strike in support of the university’s ethnic studies department, which was facing major budget cuts and the scaling back of courses.
 
   Jones told the university’s newspaperthe vigil and attendant hunger strike was a critical point in the movement to defend what has been called the “systematic dismantling” of UC Berkeley’s ethnic studies department.
 
   “There are thousands of worthless people here signing off checks to the administration to get their worthless degrees,” he said. “You have the sense to know that you’ve got to fight for what you [really want].”
 

   Jones said budget and faculty cuts in the ethnic studies department signaled that the UC Berkeley administration is willing to do anything to “prevent you from becoming revolutionaries.”

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the book “The Late Great State of Israel.” Follow Klein on Twitter under the name “AaronKleinWND.”

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

   Iran has greatly increased its role in training Hamas gunmen both in the Gaza Strip and abroad, a senior Egyptian security official told this column.
 
   The official said Iran believes there will be a confrontation with Israel this year over Tehran’s nuclear facilities and has thus stepped up its training of Hamas, whose gunmen will be instrumental in carrying out retaliatory attacks against the Jewish state during any future war.
 
   The official said the training is taking place both in Gaza, where Iran has militants stationed, and in other countries, particularly in Lebanon and Iran itself.
 
   He said an explosion in Lebanon last month that the Iranian-backed Hizbullah group blamed on Israel actually was part of a work accident during training exercises between Hizbullah and Hamas. Two Hamas members were killed in that attack, which Hamas claimed was targeting Hamas’s representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan.
 

   The official also said Egypt has information that Hamas and Hizbullah for the first time formed a joint operations room from which the two groups exchange knowledge, coordinate efforts and work on obtaining weapons.

 

Hamas Spokesman: We’re Not Afraid

 

   Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum was confronted during a WABC radio interview with this reporter about whether the assassination in Dubai of one of his group’s leaders scares Hamas members into thinking they could be targeted next.
 
   “You’re a member of Hamas. Are you afraid? Are other members of your group afraid of being assassinated by Israel?” Barhoum was asked this past Sunday. “This is a professional assassination and the video has been posted on the Internet. Does this scare you?”
 
   “No, no we are not afraid because we are not leaving Gaza,” Barhoum replied. “But finally if the Arab community could be in deep silence about all of these crimes committed by [Israel], everything will be dangerous. Not only for Hamas, but it will be dangerous for the Arabs and Islamists and that community.”
 
   Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhough was assassinated by a hit team in a Dubai hotel on Jan 19. Israel had accused him of working with Iran to coordinate attacks against Israelis and smuggle weapons into the Gaza strip.
 
   Barhoum said he is sure Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency was responsible for the assassination, “because Mossad is the only one who could commit this crime in Dubai.”
 
   Barhoum also said Hamas has information indicating that members of the Palestinian Authority, headed by rival Mahmoud Abbas, aided in the targeted elimination.
 

   Asked about the accusation that Mabhough was working for Iran, Barhoum said, “This is not true. [Israel] wants to withdraw responsibility of this crime by these false accusations.”

 

More Ties Between Radical Muslims And Obama Whitehouse
 
   A radical Muslim group that was an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to raise money for Hamas facilitated the controversial meeting last week between Muslim law students and John Brennan, President Obama’s top adviser on counter-terrorism.
 
   The Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, boasted on its website that it facilitated the meeting at New York University with Brennan.
 
   ISNA is known for its enforcement of Saudi-style Islam in mosques through the U.S. Discover the Networks notesISNA, through its affiliate, the North American Islamic Trust – a Saudi government-backed organization – reportedly holds the mortgages on 50 to 80 percent of all mosques in the U.S. and Canada.
 
   The Justice Department named ISNA an unindicted co-conspirator in its case against the Holy Land Foundation in Texas, which was found guilty of raising money for the Hamas terrorist organization. Last year, Holy Land founders were given life sentences for “funneling $12 million to Hamas.”
 
   ISNA was founded in 1981 by the Saudi-funded Muslim Students’ Association. The two groups are still partners. This reporter attended an MSA event in New York in 2003 at which violence against the U.S. was urged by speakers.
 
   Speaking at the ISNA-facilitated event, Brennan stated the Obama administration is working to calibrate policies in the fight against terrorism that ensure Americans are “never” profiled. Brennan declared himself a “citizen of the world.” Brennan also said that President Obama does not see the war on terrorism as “a fight against ‘jihadists.”
 
   Previously, Brennan has argued that the U.S. should encourage greater assimilation of the Hizbullah terrorist organization into the Lebanese government.
 
   Outside of al-Qaeda, Hizbullah has the distinction of having killed the most Americans in terror attacks. It is also responsible for scores of terrorist actions targeting Israelis, including rocket launchings against civilian population centers. Hizbullah’s attacks against the Israeli north in 2006 killed 43 Israeli civilians and wounded more than 4,000.
 
   In a July 2008 article in The Annals, a publication of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Brennan argued it “would not be foolhardy, however, for the United States to tolerate, and even to encourage, greater assimilation of Hizbullah into Lebanon’s political system, a process that is subject to Iranian influence.”
 
   Also, at a press conference in August at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Brennan declared, “Hizbullah started out as purely a terrorist organization back in the early ’80s and has evolved significantly over time. And now it has members of parliament, in the cabinet; there are lawyers, doctors, others who are part of the Hizbullah organization.”
 

   Maintenance of a civilian unit of doctors and lawyers by terrorist groups is common in the Middle East. Hamas has long brandished a civilian wing that provides medical care and education to the Palestinian population. According to Israeli security officials, Hizbullah and Hamas emphasize this outreach to endear their terror groups to the local population.

 

      Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the book “The Late Great State of Israel.” Follow Klein on Twitter under the name “AaronKleinWND.”

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