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El-Sisi Signs New Election Law for Egypt

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has signed into law new election legislation that expands the number of parliamentary seats for individual candidates.

According to the new law, the number of individual candidates able to win seats in the parliament has increased from 420 to 448. The number of seats allocated to party lists – as in Israel – with quotas for women, youth and Christians – is still limited to 120.

The new legislation opens the way for the country’s electoral committee to schedule a date for parliamentary polls, originally due in March. That date was delayed after Egypt’s Constitutional Court found that part of the current election law was unconstitutional.

In related news, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cairo on Sunday for strategic talks with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. The two sides agreed to continue “close cooperation to improve their mutual security, to combat terrorism and extremism and to work together to delegitimize terrorist narratives,” said a State Department spokesperson. The U.S. also welcomed Egypt’s participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS.

In addition, the two sides emphasized the importance of attaining a “comprehensive, just and lasting settlement between Israelis and Palestinians which fulfills the vision of the two-state solution in accordance with the agreed principles and international resolutions,” the statement said.

Third Democrat Breaks with Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

And now there are three.

So far, three Congressional Democrats have publicly announced they will vote against the Iran deal. Not one of them is Jewish.

The third House member to announce he will cast a “no” vote on the Iran deal is Albio Sires, who represents New Jersey’s eighth district. Cities in the eighth district include Bayonne, parts of Newark, West New York, Hoboken and Jersey City. Sires has served in the House of Representatives since 2006.

The Congressman was born in Cuba which he and his family fled in 1962, arriving in the United States. He attended college on a full basketball scholarship and received a Masters degree from Middlebury College.

Sires sits on the important House Foreign Affairs Committee, and is a member of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.

As with the other Democrats who have already announced they oppose the Iran deal, Rep. Grace Meng of New York and Rep. Juan Vargas of California, Rep. Sires does not believe the deal negotiated and agreed to by the United States and its partners in the P5+1 with Iran will prevent the Islamic State of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Sires remained unconvinced despite the full court press to convince Congress to support the deal by Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of the Treasury Lew and Secretary of Energy Moniz in Congressional hearings last week.

On Friday, Sires issued a statement, explaining his opposition to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran deal):

Iran has spent decades evading international sanctions, promoting terror in the region, and violently oppressing its own people. I am concerned that if the proposed agreement is made official, hardliners within the Iranian regime may hinder its implementation. Most importantly, the time frame of the deal is too short and it is unclear what will happen to Iran’s nuclear program after the initial pressure to comply dissipates and Iran is allowed to enhance its nuclear and weapons capabilities.

On July 14, Cong. Sires issued a preliminary assessment of the JCPOA, in which he expressed skepticism that the deal was strong enough to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He was particularly concerned about the agreed-upon inspections program and the enforcement measures.

“Iran has spent decades evading international sanctions, promoting terror in the region, and violently oppressing its own people,” Sires wrote. He also wrote that he would continue reviewing the document to ensure that it actually would – as its proponents insisted – cut off Iran’s pathways to nuclear weapons.

The administration failed to convince Cong. Sires that the deal will accomplish what they claim it does, and what it needs to do.

Bibi on Iran Deal: ‘We Aren’t Partners at the Table, We Are a Meal on the Menu’ [VIDEO]

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu learned that U.S. Secretary of State will be making a trip to the Middle East to sell the Iran deal, but is skipping Israel.

Kerry will be visiting Egypt and Qatar and other Gulf State representatives, but won’t stop in the Jewish State, which until recently was considered America’s closest ally in the Middle East.

The Prime Minister’s response to the snub was, “Really, Kerry has no reason to come here.”

Expanding upon that response, Netanyahu said of the Iran deal, “This deal has nothing to do with us. We are not influenced by this deal at all. We aren’t partners at the table, we are a meal on the menu.”

These comments were made to reporters on Tuesday, July 28, during a return flight to Israel from Cyprus, as reported by Israel Hayom.

It isn’t only America’s erstwhile BFF Israel that is expressing dismay at the nuclear deal concluded by the U.S., along with its other P5+1 partners, and Iran. Appearing before the House Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Kerry and other deal cheerleaders were grilled on the likelihood of Iran honoring the commitments under the deal.

“Iran has cheated on every agreement they’ve signed,” Rep. Ed Royce (R), chairman of the committee said. Royc continued, asking whether Iran “has earned the right to be trusted.”

Kerry responded that “nothing in this deal is built on trust. Nothing.”

SIDE DEAL DETAILS KEPT SECRET FROM AMERICAN PUBLIC

On Wednesday, during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Iran deal, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) queried Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz about the so-called “side agreements” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Commission, responsible for inspecting Iranian nuclear sites.

Cotton badgered Kerry as to why the contents of the side agreements cannot be made known to the American people, despite the Iranians knowing the content of the agreements. Cotton wanted Kerry to answer why this agreement was classified and kept from the American public.

Kerry’s response was, “because we respect the process of the IAEA and we don’t have their authorization to reveal what is a confidential agreement.” Respect for another party can be admirable. However, according to Cotton: “But U.S. law requires any deal, between  any party, not just the United States, be submitted to Congress before the 60 day clock begins to tick.”

Watch the video of Sen. Cotton questioning Secretary of State Kerry who admits he has not read the text of the side agreements.

 

Jackie Mason Backs Trump 4 Years after Saying He Is a ‘Liar [video]

Monday, July 27th, 2015

ObamaDeal has turned comedian Jackie Mason, an ordained rabbi by the way, into a big supporter of Donald Trump, which gives the billionaire gadfly at least two Jewish votes. The first one, reported here last week by The JewishPress.com, is one of Trump’s executives and his special campaign counsel Michael Cohen.

Mason ridiculed other Republican party candidates on air Sunday, describing them as Trump’s “perfectly calculated opponents, who study and struggle to protect every word.”

He called Trump a “bombastic powerhouse” and a “colorful, dynamic character.”

Mason added:

He never even prepares what he is going to say and every time he talks he says something wrong that offends everybody, and 10 minutes later he gets more popular.

[Media claim that if Trump] makes another mistake he’ll be wiped out. Then, two weeks later he makes a bigger mistake. This is the most offensive mistake of all time, and everybody is celebrating. ‘Thank God he’s finished.’ Headlines in every paper: ‘It’s all over.’ Two minutes later he’s even bigger.

This is the same Jackie Mason who in 2011 said, as seen in the video below, that Trump is a “professional liar” and “the sickest man that ever lived.”

President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have changed his mind.

Mason told The Hollywood Reporter of Kerry:

This secretary of state, Kerry, negotiated with them [Iran] for a year-and-a-half and accomplished nothing. He ought to give us back for all the trips he made. He cost us millions of dollars in airplane fares and he came back with nothing except a bad foot.

He said that Obama probably told the Iranians, “Listen, could you keep the bomb quiet for a year and a half. Because if you don’t bomb us for a year and a half, I’ll be the big winner. Everyone will see I made a fantastic agreement. If you bomb us after I leave I could always say it’s the other guy’s fault.

Mason added:

First Obama said we can inspect them any time, any place, whenever we please. Now it turns out ‘whenever we please’ except when they don’t allow it.  If they don’t want it it’s up to them….

Do you know that in the restaurants of New York, they have an inspection system? You can surprise any restaurant without notice that you can walk in and inspect them…

So we are protected in this city from a bad tuna fish.  We’re not protected from a bomb but we’re protected from a bad quality of a tuna fish.

Corker Tells Kerry: You’ve Been Fleeced

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

If U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry were a sheep, his wool would be in Iran’s hands, according to Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

Kerry appeared at a Senate Foreign relations Committee hearing Thursday, applauded by CodePink members and scolded by committee chairman Corker, who told the Secretary even before he testified:

I’m sorry to say this, but I think you’ve been fleeced.

Kerry knows with whom  he is doing business, and he went to work after the candid introduction, which included an admonishment that the Obama administration has given “a state sponsor of terrorism” the capability to produce nuclear weapons.

Kerry assured himself, if no one else, that ObamaDeal will prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. He says he knows that is so.

Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, a ranking member of the committee and one of those White House is “undecided” on the nuclear agreement, asked Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to answer doubts he has concerning sanctions and inspections.

Their answers revealed nothing new, and so far, it is doubtful they have swayed anyone, one way or the other.

Idaho Senator Jim Risch ridiculed the agreement for allowing the Parchin nuclear to remain in operation even though it was designed to make a nuclear weapon.

“This is ludicrous,” he said. Money freed from sanctions is going “to be used to kill Americans.”

Kerry answered by quoting leftist Israelis, including a former Mossad director who also backs the “peace process,” praised ObamaDeal.

That was Kerry’s initial answer, followed by assurances that “we have 15 years” to be sure that Iran cannot get its hands on a nuclear weapon. Kerry said that any nuclear development will be for “peace.” How does he know? Because the agreement says so.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, in favor of ObamaDeal, said no one knows better than she that Iran is “dangerous” and that is exactly why the agreement is necessary.

She ridiculed colleagues who said Kerry was “fleeced” and another who said he was “bamboozled,” but that means “everybody was fleeced.” She spoon-fed Kerry questions, asking if Germany, Australia, Span and a host of other countries supported the deal.

Kerry said, “Yes,” so Boxer concluded that it is ridiculous to say that the whole world was “bamboozled.”

Really?

Even more astonishing is her remark, directed to Iran that it better be careful if it violates the agreement because it signed it.

Does she know how many Palestinian Authority terrorists have signed agreements not to return to terror.

At least 130 Israelis do not know that, because they are dead having been killed by the same terrorists.

Did Kerry Lie About ‘Anytime Anywhere?’

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

(JNi.media) Did Secretary of State John Kerry lie when he told the press and a number of legislators that the coming Iran nuclear deal involved “Anytime Anywhere” inspections? Did he offer this version of the truth while knowing too well the most the Iranians were going to accept was a 24-day warning before an inspection could be carried out?

Some Congressional leaders have told Bloomberg that they had been under the impression that Kerry was pressing Iran to allow UN inspectors access “anytime, anywhere” to sites suspected of nuclear activity.

Kerry denies it. When John Dickerson, host of Face The Nation asked him point blank on Sunday: “What happened, Mr. Secretary, with anytime, anywhere?” Kerry answered: “Never — this is a term that honestly I never heard in the four years that we were negotiating. It was not on the table.”

Kerry proceeded to lecture that “there’s no such thing in arms control as anytime, anywhere. There isn’t any nation in the world, none, that has an anytime, anywhere. And the truth is, what we always were negotiating was an end to the interminable delays that people had previously [imposed].”

In other words, in Kerry’s view, the 3-week span between requesting access to a facility and the inspectors being let in, is a victory of sorts. There will be no more delays — after those 3 week notices. Now “we have a finite time period. That’s never happened before. And we have one nation’s ability to take this to the Security Council to enforce it. That is unique. And we think it was a huge accomplishment to be able to get this finite period,” Kerry insisted.

Dickerson asked, “Just to check the record here, Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, said in April “you will have anywhere, anytime, 24-7 access.”

Kerry responded: “Well, we do, but — we have access to Fordow, access to Natanz, access to these places.”

“I don’t know if he was referring everywhere, but an access resolution of an IAEA challenge for a suspected facility that’s undeclared, this is a breakthrough agreement which has a finite period that our intel community, and our scientists — and here is one of the foremost nuclear scientists in the country telling us that that is — there is no way for them to hide that material or do away in 24 days,” Kerry repeated.

Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Corker told Bloomberg: “I could have sworn that he had said that, but I know it’s been a topic of discussion for a long, long time.”

Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Senator Richard Burr told Bloomberg: “I think I heard Secretary Kerry use that term once.”

“Any lack of access, delay in time, or lack of being able to verify should be a concern to us,” Burr added.

Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-Ca) holds that the deal should assure “anytime, anywhere” inspections.

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-Ca) told the House in June: “The goal of the ongoing P5+1 negotiations is to guarantee that Iran never develops a nuclear weapon. As Congress assesses the final deal, I am going to draw upon a recent publication which is entitled, ‘Negotiations with Iran: Five Requirements for a Good Deal,’ which details the following five components: one, mechanisms supporting strong verification, including anytime, anywhere inspections of all Iranian nuclear and military facilities…”

Back in April, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist who negotiated the technical details of a framework nuclear accord, told Bloomberg: “We expect to have anywhere, anytime access.”

On Sunday, Dickerson asked Prime Minister Netanyahu: “President Obama once said that he had Israel’s back. Do you think that he’s betrayed you here with this deal?”

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.

 

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