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Kerry Calls Synagogue Massacre ‘Pure Terror’

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the Arab murders of four Jews praying in a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday morning and labeled it an “act of pure terror and senseless brutality.”

Speaking in London, Kerry told reporters, “This morning in Jerusalem Palestinians attacked Jews who were praying in a synagogue.

“People who have come to worship God in a sanctuary of a synagogue were… murdered in a holy place in an act of pure terror and senseless brutality and murder.”

Interestingly, The New York Times referred to the terrorists as “assailants” and in the same article called the shooting of Temple Activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick last month an “episode.”

Abbas Follows Kerry’s Orders and Condemns Violence

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas condemned Tuesday’s massacre in a Jerusalem synagogue – and also called for an end of Israeli “incitement” after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told him to do so.

Kerry called Abbas after the attack, Israel Radio reported. He also expressed his sympathy to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who told Kerry that Abbas is directly inciting terror.

Abbas issued a statement that “we condemn the murders” Tuesday morning but he also added that “we condemn violence no matter where it comes from.” He also said Israel must stop” incitement’ by allowing Knesset Members to ascend the Temple Mount.

One hour before Abbas’ statement, the official Facebook page of Fatah, the party Abbas leads, praised the murders of Jews while they were praying.

Hamas, which is part of the unity government with Abbas, said the attack was a “natural response to ongoing Israeli crimes against the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” and he urged Arabs to carry out more attacks.

The Islamic Jihad stated, “The operation in Jerusalem was a natural reaction to the crimes committed by the Israeli occupation and its settlers,” according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.

The Popular Resistance Committees described the attack as “heroic” and a response to “the Israeli occupation’s crimes against our people and our holy places in occupied Jerusalem.”

Adviser to Abbas Urges Killing Jews and Arabs Who Sell Land to Jews

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

An adviser to Mahmoud Abbas, the same man who constantly is said to be committed to non-violence, has publicly urged Arabs to kill Jews and, while they are at it, to murder any Arab who dares sell land to Jews.

The recommendation for co-existence by murder comes from one of Abbas’ wise sages, Sultan Abu el-Einein, whose advice on an Iranian television station two weeks ago was translated and published by MEMRI, the acronym for Middle East Media and Research Institute

Dressed in a suit and tie, the moustached-adviser, who is a senior member of Abbas’ Fatah party central committee, said that the way to fight the Israeli occupation is the way of the martyr Mutaz Hijazi,” the terrorist who tried to murder Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick last month.

However, el-Einein does not limit Arabs to killing only Jews.

Arabs who sell land to Jews not only should be killed, he says, but they also should be “hung on an electric pole.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has not responded to his comments.

Israel Says ‘Radical Muslims’ Trying to Change Status Quo on Temple Mount

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The “status quo” on the Temple Mount gives the right to all non-Muslims to visit – but not pray – on the Temple Mount, but “radical Muslims are trying to change the situation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s spokesman told The Jewish Press Friday.

All parties – the United States, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Israel – have been tossing around the term “status quo” but not all of them mean the same thing.

The true status quo, as per the Jordanian-Israel peace pact, allows Jews on Temple Mount. Prayer is not specifically prohibited, but except for very few unauthorized prayer gatherings, the status quo has excluded Jews from praying there on a regular basis since the Six-Day War in 1967 restored the Old City to the country after 2,000 years.

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas was noticeably absent in Thursday night’s meeting between Prime Minister Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nassar Judeh.

Also noticeably absent was a statement from the Prime Minister.

Kerry and his Jordanian counterpart did all the taking.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu strongly reaffirmed Israel’s commitment to uphold the status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount and to implement these steps. And King Abdullah also agreed to continue to take affirmative steps to restore calm and implement practical measures to prevent further escalation of tensions. And obviously, the proof is not in the words; the proof is in the actions,” said Kerry.

Judeh said,:

His Majesty, during his meeting with Mr. Kerry this afternoon, explained Jordan’s position and the stance regarding the necessity of maintaining the status quo of the Holy Shrines, and they should not be touched or affected by any means. And this is part of the Hashemite custody of these Christian and Muslim sanctities in Jerusalem.

And here is what Abbas had to say this week:

Keep the settlers and the extremists away from Al-Aqsa and our holy places. We will not allow our holy places to be contaminated. Keep them away from us and we will stay away from them, but if they enter al-Aqsa, [we] will protect al-Aqsa and the church [???] and the entire country.

Status quo, anyone?

Netanyahu told the Federations of North American in a video speech this week, “President Abbas himself called on Palestinians to prevent Jews from entering the Temple Mount. He used the words: ‘by any means possible.’

“See, this – the Temple Mount, the holiest place in Judaism, where Jews have visited peacefully for years – President Abbas says we should not set foot there. That’s changing the status quo.”

Presumably, Kerry understood last night in his talk with Netanyahu that “status quo” means Jews can visit the Temple Mount.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said last night that everyone must use “restraint” and act responsibly.

But what about Public Security Minister Aharonovitch’s warning this week that Jewish Knesset Members will not be allowed on the Temple Mount if it might set off Arab blood pressure? Are MKs not part of the “status quo?”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who perhaps is worried Jewish MKs visiting the Temple Mount  might win some votes besides upsetting the Arabs, has flatly stated they should stay away.

Mark Regev, the spokesman for the Prime Minister, did not directly respond to the question. He told The Jewish Press, “The goal is to goal is to make sure the holy site are respected and there is safe and peaceful behavior.”

The status quo of allowing Jews to visit, but not pray, on the Temple Mount was respected until the intifada in the late 1980s.

The Palestinian Authority, through violence is trying to change the definition of the term, and that might be one reason Abbas was not in the official conversations between Netanyahu, Kerry and Jordanian officials.

Kerry Says Nothing in 2025 Words

Friday, November 14th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talked for three hours with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s King Abdullah Thursday night in Amman to show everyone that the United States wants to believe in the fantasy that it is the master of emotions in the Middle East at large and on the Temple Mount specifically.

After displaying his usual corny country-bumpkin sense of humor with an inane comment about the royal palace’s portraits on the wall of the longest-serving foreign ministers, he got down to the business of lying.

“President Abbas and I this morning discussed constructive steps, real steps – not rhetoric, but real steps that people can take in order to de-escalate the situation and create a climate where we can move forward in a positive and constructive way. President Abbas strongly restated his firm commitment to nonviolence, and he made it clear that he will do everything possible to restore calm and to prevent the incitement of violence and to try to change the climate.”

Abbas for years has repeatedly said in diplomatic offices that he is committed to non-violence and back in Ramallah consistently has preached martyrdom for all of the murdered who shoot, stab and drive their cars and tractors into Jews.

“President Abbas and I this morning discussed constructive steps, real steps – not rhetoric, but real steps that people can take “We discussed, as Nasser has explained to you, specific and practical actions that both sides can take to restore calm…

Now, I know that the first question will be: ‘So exactly what are those steps?’ And the answer is we’re not going to lay out each practical step. It is more important that they be done in a quiet and effective way, but they will be noticeable and they will be effective.”

Everyone has his own cause and effect theory about why there has been an escalation of violence on the Temple Mount, but no one outside of Israel has thought that maybe, just maybe, the cause of the violence is people who are hell-bent on violence. Finding an excuse to riot turns the excuse into a “reason” for the logical Secretary of State and his logical advisers, whose understanding of Middle East culture can be wrapped up in stale pita and hold the hot peppers, please.

A Jew visits the Temple Mount and the Arabs riot. Therefore, the Jew on the Temple Mount is the cause of the riot. It is as if “Thursday” is the cause for “Friday” because one follows the other

“The United States stands ready to be engaged.”

Kerry meant, “Don’t you guys do anything constructive or positive without giving the United States credit.”

Iran’s Best Shot Rapidly Approaching

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Iran is rapidly approaching its last and best chance with the United States to reach a diplomatic agreement over the parameters for its nuclear development program.

The November 24 deadline for the conclusion of negotiations between Tehran and world powers draws closer, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and European Union senior adviser Cathern Ashton locked into intense discussions in Muscat, Oman, that began yesterday (Sunday, Nov. 9) and are continuing into today (Monday, Nov. 10).

The yawning chasm that separates the sides must still be closed before a deal can be reached to prevent Tehran from producing a nuclear weapon, according to U.S. President Barack Obama, who appeared Sunday on “Face the Nation” on the CBS television network.

“There’s still a big gap. We may not be able to get there,” Obama said.

One of the major concerns in the Middle East – and the rest of the planet – is the possibility that once developed, Iran can and probably would sell its nuclear arms and/or technology to the myriad terrorist groups it generously supports. Most of those have set their sites on the destruction of Israel.

But the month of January will also bring with it a whole new world in the House of Representatives and the Senate – and with that, a drop in Iran’s options for compromise as well as possibly any wiggle room for further discussion, period.

U.S. President Barack Obama at that point will also be far more limited in his ability to protect the Iranian regime’s freedom to expand its uranium enrichment, which has allow it to continue its race towards an atomic weapon.

During Obama’s years in office, Iran has managed to enrich uranium far above the minimum level required for development of military-grade nuclear fuel. He approved a number of loopholes and exemptions for countries such as China and Turkey in economic sanctions imposed on international energy trade with Iran. The sanctions were designed to force Iran into compliance with United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requests to inspect sites and recommendations for ensuring Tehran’s nuclear program would remain within the guidelines for peaceful civilian use.

Iran, for its part, has consistently refused to limit its nuclear production or development in any way, ever. The Islamic Republic has also vowed throughout each administration since 1979 — the Islamic Revolution — to annihilate Israel, including very recently, despite the current president’s image as a so-called “moderate.”

Obama Again Sending Love Letters to Iran

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Iran’s leader the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shared the news that U.S. President Barack Obama wrote to him, ‘seeking dialogue and engagement between the two nations.’

According to reports, Obama secretly wrote Khamenei in October, describing a shared interest in fighting ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria, and tying that shared interest to a need to also work together to limit Tehran’s nuclear program.

Obama’s October letter is the fourth time the U.S. leader has written Iran’s religious leader since taking office in 2009.

Many understand the letter to reveal just how significant Obama considers Iran to be in his military and diplomatic efforts to derail ISIS from its successful conquests over the past several months.

Obama said on Wednesday that his administration has put forward a “framework” plan for a nuclear agreement with Iran. But he warned it was unclear if a deal would be struck by the November 24 deadline.

“We presented to them a framework that would allow them to meet their peaceful energy needs,” Obama said.

It was the first time the US has alluded to a completed framework being on the table, and came just days before John Kerry, US secretary of state, holds fresh negotiations with his Iranian counterpart.

But those on the other side of the political divide from Obama, the very people who are currently riding high on Tuesday’s thumbs up in their direction and thumbs down towards Obama, were not pleased with Obama’s outreach.

The huge Republican victory on Tuesday renewed that team’s belief that there are no deals to be made with the Iranians, and instead wish to simply increase the size of the stick (a/k/a sanctions) against Iran. Iran. Sens. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) have introduced legislation to intensify sanctions.

“The best way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is to quickly pass the bipartisan Menendez-Kirk legislation—not to give the Iranians more time to build a bomb,” Mr. Kirk said Wednesday.

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) expressed concern when asked about the letter sent by Mr. Obama, flatly stating he does not trust the Iranians, and that he believes it is a mistake to partner with them in any way.

The White House did not even tell its Middle East allies about its latest diplomatic love letter to Iran. Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were kept in the dark. All three have recently expressed alarm over rumors that the U.S. is contemplating softening, rather than stiffening, sanctions against Iran.

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