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Foreign Ministry Calls Sunni Arab Nations ‘Israel’s Allies’

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

 

Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama dreamed about a “new Middle East” under the leadership of the United States. They were dead wrong.

They may have fantasized that they could make peace between Israel and Sunni Muslim states, the foremost being Saudi Arabia, but their worst nightmares did not envision such an alliance being formed in opposition to none other than the United States.

Dore Gold, director of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and former Ambassador to the United Nations, finally spelled out on Wednesday what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has whispered for months. The Muslims and the Jews have two common problems. One is an enemy, meaning Iran, which threatens to rule an Islamic Caliphate with or without a nuclear weapon.

The other problem is the Obama administration, which is appeasing the enemy.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has stated several times that Israel and Saudi Arabia have a common interest in making sure that Iran does reach nuclear weapons capability. Gold went a lot farther in his message last night to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Referring to Iran, he said:

What we have is a regime on a roll that is trying to conquer the Middle East and it’s not Israel talking, that is our Sunni Arab neighbors — and you know what? I’ll use another expression – that is our Sunni Arab allies talking.

Allies?

What happened to the “unshakeable bond” between the United States and Israel? It is there as long as people believe it. An era does not in a day, and American Jews will believe in that “unshakeable bond” for a long time to come because it makes them feel good.

And isn’t it President Barack Obama who is ready help arm Israel once again, after having forced it to be armed to the teeth by surrendering to many of Iran’s terms in his ObamaDeal, which Israel and the Sunni Arabs are certain is nothing more than a well-paved diplomatic road to hell?

Americans are too far away from the shores of the Middle East to feel the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran the way Jews in Israel and Muslims in the Gulf States feel it.

If Israel and its “allies” were to get it through the State Dept.’s thick skull that a nuclear-armed Iran is no less of a threat to the United States that it is to the United States, perhaps Americans would worry a bit more about Tehran and less about Mexican immigrants, homosexual marriages and Donald Trump.

Gold was upbeat, or at least tried to sound that way, about future relations between Israel and the United States in the likely event that Congress will not be able to ditch ObamaDeal.

He said:

We will find a practical way to come up with solutions to a very dangerous situation. But in the meantime we have to tell what we think about this agreement. We have to say the truth even though it’s unpleasant.

It also may be very unpleasant for President Obama amid his successor to realize that  their influence in the Middle East is dwindling. President Obama was overjoyed at the Arab Spring rebellions for “democracy,” which in the Muslim Middle East means “anarchy” and which was the reality for too long a time in Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria. Iraq is a lost cause.

Obama may have reached out Muslims, but he grabbed a handful of radical Islam that now threatens more than half the world.

He, like most other American politicians, assumes that Israel has no choice but to rely on the “unshakeable bond” with the United States.

ISIS Islamic Law on Libya that Obama Invaded to Save It from Radicals

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The Islamic State (ISIS) is deepening its stake in Sirte, Libya and has posted billboards that warn women to wear the burka and get rid of sins, such as perfumed clothes and garments that bear brand names.

Violation of the ISIS orders could result in barbaric punishment.

The ISIS explains that Sharia law helps women so that do not descend into the pit of vulgarity by attracting lurid eyes of the opposite sex.

Some shopkeepers in ISIS-held cities have been ordered to put veils on their mannequins.

The billboards, in Arabic, warn women against see-through and loose-fitting clothes, and to cover all body parts. They may not wear clothes with name brands or clothes worn by men or non-believers in Islam. Designs on clothes also are forbidden lest they attract attention. Ditto for perfumed clothes.

This is the same Sirte that is the hometown of Muammar Qaddafi, who was in the cross hairs by President Barack Obama when he invaded Libya in 2011. He got rid of Qaddafi, and now what is left of Libya is trying to get rid of the Islamic State. Seven more civilians and soldiers were killed in Benghazi on Tuesday.

Remember Benghazi? Hillary Clinton wishes you don’t remember. That is where terrorists murdered U.S.  Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in an attack. Clinton has hidden her Benghazi-related e-mails under her private account.

Benghazi now is a theatre of street warfare between the army and the ISIS.

President Barack Obama also might want to forget about Libya. After criticizing  previous American invasions, here is what he said in 2011 when he ordered the invasion into Libya:

In just one month, the United States has worked with our international partners to mobilize a broad coalition, secure an international mandate to protect civilians, stop an advancing army, prevent a massacre, and establish a no-fly zone with our allies and partners.

To lend some perspective on how rapidly this military and diplomatic response came together, when people were being brutalized in Bosnia in the 1990s, it took the international community more than a year to intervene with air power to protect civilians.  It took us 31 days.

It took the United States only 31 days to “protect” civilians and clear the way for anarchy, followed by the Islamic State (ISIS), a carbon copy of the ouster of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. His exit was encouraged by President Obama and followed by anarchy and the brutal rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, now replaced by the equally brutal Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi regime.

ISIS no longer is a local terrorist group redistricted to Iraq and Syria. Besides its affiliate in the Sinai, it has established a strong army in Libya.

One Benghazi-based activist, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IBTimes that many jihadi groups “have given allegiance to the Islamic State because there is virtually no Ansar Al-Sharia now; they have all converted to become Islamic State.

“Islamic State has franchised its ideology and fighters began joining it here at the beginning of this year. As the period of this conflict has worn on, more foreign fighters have come to Benghazi.”

Analysis: ISIS Will Go Down to Defeat in Egypt

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

 

The Islamic State (ISIS) finally is going to be brought its knees in its attempt to take use the Sinai as a step to expand its terrorist empire to include Gaza, Egypt and even Israel.

The war in the Sinai is not over, but the ISIS attacks on Egyptian army checkpoints and police stations Wednesday were met with a fierce response that eventually will show the world that the Islamic State cannot succeed where a country is unified. ISIS, like Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaeda and other terrorist networks, survive on anarchy.

Wherever there is a power vacuum, the terrorists can step in, bankroll schools and welfare program, and take over the area business infrastructure to control the economy and government.

That is what Hezbollah did in southern Lebanon and Hamas did in Gaza.

ISIS also is succeeding in Libya, a semi-anarchic state since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi.

It has frightened the world by beheading men, women and children, and it has recruited butcher knife-wielding agents in Western countries

But beheading victim does not mean it can take over a country unless it totally demoralizes its citizens into surrender.

The ISIS is not invincible, and its incursion into Egypt will prove it.

Egypt, unlike Iraq and Syria, is bordered by open waters on two sides, the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the east. The Sinai Peninsula’s tiny land border to the northeast is with Israel, where Cairo has no fear of ISIS terrorists infiltrating the country

That leaves only Libya to the east and Sudan to the south, and both of them indeed are dangerous sources of jihadists and weapons.

But Egypt has one other factor running in its favor, and that is a fierce nationalism that worship and despite its dictators but always survives them by finding another.

ISIS was able to exploit a civil war in Syria and a total breakdown of sanity in Iraq to gain power.

Egypt is a different story. The country was divided between secularist and Islamists after the fall of Mubarak, but with only two sides fighting each other, the victor took the spoils. The Muslim Brotherhood swept into power, and then fell a year later, succeeded by a military regime until an election placed General Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power last year.

The Sinai Peninsula is prime territory for ISIS. It is steeped in anarchy, neglected by Cairo for years, and its Bedouin tribes have carved out their own little fiefdoms.

Hamas and other terrorist organizations have exploited the vacuum of power over the past several years to carry out attacks in the Red Sea resort area and more recently on the army, but they always have been hit-and-run operations.

Geography and demography in the Sinai make it a wrong choice for ISIS. The Sinai is a desert. There are no major cities except for the Red Sea resort of El-Arish. The Egyptian air force Wednesday had no trouble in carrying out massive bombing raids on jihadist positions.

There was no worry of killing hundreds or even dozens of civilians, if there is such a creation in the criminal and terror-infested Sinai.

ISIS organized in the Sinai with the help of foreign intelligence, according to Egyptian military officials. It had no trouble smuggling weapons by sea from Sudan or from Gaza, but it would take a massive undercover infiltration outside of the Sinai and closer to Cairo for ISIS to be able to undermine the Egyptian regime.

Al-Sisi Wednesday night pre-empted a subversive Muslim Brotherhood-ISIS underground by approving drastic measures to expedite judicial proceedings against jihadists and their fund-raisers, with the death penalty hanging over their heads.

10 Taken Hostage in Terror Attack on Tunisian Consulate in Libya

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Ten people have been taken hostage in a terror attack Friday on the Tunisian Consulate in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Libyan officials were not available for comment, Reuters reported.

The Tunisian Foreign Ministry issued a statement Friday calling the incident a “blatant attack on Tunisian national sovereignty and a flagrant violation of international laws and diplomatic norms. The ministry said it is monitoring the situation and working to secure release of the consulate workers.

An Al Qaeda terror affiliate group attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, murdering Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three U.S. diplomats. A number of other foreign diplomats and consulates in the country were also attacked, leading most nations around the world to withdraw their personnel from Libya.

Tunisians have been warned by the ministry not to travel to Libya due to the current situation; at least 60,000 Tunisians are employed in the country.

Tripoli is currently under the control of a government not recognized by the international community. Libya itself is in utter turmoil, having been torn apart in a brutal revolution in the 2011 Arab Spring.

After rebel forces deposed 40-year dictator Muammar Qaddafi, the nation went through two weak governments and battles between hundreds of militias that left the country ripe for seizure by terrorist forces.

At present, Libya’s internationally-recognized parliament convenes in the eastern city of Tobruk after having been forced out of Tripoli by the Islamist government backed by militas who seized the capital last August.

Much of the country, however, is already under the control of the radical Islamist Da’esh (ISIS) terror group. Da’esh has captured Sirte, the former hometown of Qaddafi, the nearby electricity power plant and Libya’s sole international airport.

Tunisia, which borders Libya, is one of the few countries that had still maintained a mission in the country.

ISIS Terrorists Seize Power Plant in Libya

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists are going to be considerably richer – and more dangerous – after having seized an electric power plant west of Sirte.

According to ISIS and a military source quoted by France 24, the plant, which is located west of the city, supplies central and western Libya with power.

The terror group announced on social media that it had captured the entire city, the former hometown of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

Earlier this year, ISIS seized the Libyan international airport and claimed responsibility for the brutal beheading of dozens of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christian laborers in the country. The terrorists have also attacked embassies and oilfields in Tripoli and elsewhere in Libya as well.

ISIS Could Buy Nukes from Pakistan, Warns India

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The world is fretting over the Islamic State’s (ISIS) destruction of artifacts from the past, but the future of a nuclear-armed Islamic State lurks on the distant horizon.

Indian Defense Minister Rao Inderjit Singh told Bloomberg:

With the rise of ISIS in West Asia, one is afraid to an extent that perhaps they might get access to a nuclear arsenal from states like Pakistan.

ISIS boasts that it has “billions of dollars in the bank” and that it called on its Pakistani-based official “to purchase a nuclear device through weapons dealers” have been discounted as unlikely, but Western and Arab leaders also did not foresee the rapid rise of the radical Islamist terrorist juggernaut.

While the West talks, the Islamic State stalks. It controls more than half of Syria, parts of Iraq, has made inroads in Libya and is linked with cells in the Sinai Peninsula, but much more worrisome is its cancerous spread to Southeast Asia.

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday:

Southeast Asia is a key recruitment center for ISIS. [It] has so many Indonesian and Malaysia fighters that they form a unit by themselves — the Katibah Nusantara — Malay Archipelago Combat Unit.

Loong estimated that more than 500 Indonesians and dozens of Malaysians have joined ISIS.

He added:

This is why Singapore takes terrorism, and in particular ISIS, very seriously,” Lee said. “The threat is no longer over there, it is over here.

The “over there” attitude is what left the Obama administration in an illusion that “it can’t happen here” until it only lately has begun to wake up to the possibility that just because something is unimaginable doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

It sounds a bit like the head-in-the-sand attitude during the Holocaust.

The scenes of ISIS beheadings of American journalists horrified U.S. officials and the general public, which has voiced its fear in a Gallup poll earlier this year that revealed that 84 percent of Americans think the terrorist entity poses a critical threat to the United States.

President Barack Obama last year spoke in public more about separating the Islamic State from Islam than he did about fighting it, while it simply continues to gain ground.

It would seem insane that Pakistan would deliver nuclear weapons to the ISIS, but if that is the price it takes to buy off the ISIS not to take over the country, so be it.

It is too easy to be a scaremonger and warn that the ISIS is about to bomb Washington tomorrow, but believing it never will happen is even scarier.

Here is what Paul Waldman, a contributor to The Plum Line blog and a senior writer at The American Prospect, wrote n the Washington Post two months ago:

Now, let’s entertain a truly radical notion: Even if the Islamic State could launch a successful terrorist attack in the United States, that still wouldn’t make them much of a threat. How many Americans could they kill? A dozen? A hundred? That would be horrible. But car accidents kill almost a hundred Americans each and every day….

The Islamic State has done ghastly things.We should work to eliminate them in any way we can.

Even so, they are not actually much of a threat to the United States.

So what if a hundred Americans are killed? And that would be the first and last attack because the U.S. Army would immediately bomb Syria, Iraq, and southeast Asia and God know where else to smithereens?

The Islamic Sartre is succeeding because it has instilled a will, albeit a death wish, into its believers, while no one has the will to defeat them.

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin wrote on Sunday:

Four defense officials told The Daily Beast that there’s still strong resistance within the Obama administration to making any serious changes to the current strategy for fighting ISIS—despite mounting skepticism from some in the Pentagon about the current U.S. approach to the war.

The newspaper wrote in an editorial last Friday:

The Obama administration has responded to the recent gains by the Islamic State in Iraq with several remedial measures…. but some senior administrative officials have adopted a defensive crouch, blaming the Iraqis for failing to defend the city of Ramadi and insisting that there is no alternative to current U.S. strategy….

The administration boasts of 3,000 strikes carried out by U.S. planes since last summer. But as The New York Times recently reported, the pace of air operations is far below that of the 2001 Afghan campaign, when there were nearly six times as many daily strikes on average ….

Obama should make his priority eliminating the Islamic State — as opposed to limiting U.S. engagement in Iraq.

The Islamic State has proven so far that once it establishes a presence in an area, it cannot be defeated.

That is what worries Singapore’s Prime Minister Loong, who said that an ISIS caliphate state in Southeast Asia seems like a “grandiose, pie-in-the sky dream” but is possible.

Bloomberg journalist Josh Rogin wrote last week:

Unless the anti-Islamic State coalition does more to cooperate with countries in Southeast Asia and elsewhere, the terror group will just expand its recruiting and attacks across the globe.

Anyone doubting the Islamic State’s desire to have a nuclear weapon should read what The JewishPress.com reported here earlier today.

So long as everyone thinks it is “far-fetched” that the Islamic State can lay its hands on a nuclear weapon — and it would be a lot easier for it obtain “dirty bombs” — and so long as Washington thinks “it can’t happen here,” the likelihood grows that it indeed will happen.

The United States stopped Hitler before he could conquer the word, but it waited until his regime slaughtered, gassed and touted 6,000,000 Jews.

History will record how many people, especially Christians, are beheaded before the Islamic State is stopped, assuming there will be someone around to write history.

ISIS Takes Over Qaddafi’s Home Town in Libya

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Obama’s foreign policy continues to go up in deadly smoke as the he Islamic State (ISIS) savage steamroller takes control of another city in Libya and the strategic and ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

The Libyan city of Sirte, the home town of former dictator Muammar Gaddifi before he was killed in the 2011 rebellion. President Barack Obama said after his death:

One of the world’s longest-serving dictators is no more. The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted.

The black-flagged Islamic State makes Gaddafi look like a democrat, with a small “d.”

Three years later, the ISIS has taken over Sirte, a major city in the center of the country where it has significantly strengthened its position to help it fulfill its ambition to establish an Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East.

After that, it is off to Europe, the United States and the rest of the world to fulfill its radical Islamic thirst to rule the world, at least what is left of what it does not obliterate.

ISIS has taken advantage of the civil war in Libya just as it exploits the same situation in Iraq and Syria, where it has taken over the city of Palmyra from the Assad regime, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

It said ISIS has executed at least 50 civilians the past week, in which more than 100 Syrian soldiers were killed before survivors fled the city. The barbaric terrorist death machine now controls half of Syria.

If the ISIS can retain Palmyra, a strategic site in central Syria, it will have a clear path to Damascus.

Judging by previous ISIS destruction of pagan culture, Palmyra’s heritage sites will go the way of ancient statues that the ISIS has joyously destroyed in Iraq.

Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, is an ancient Roman city, is home to pagan temples and idols and once was a tourist attraction, in the days then there was such a thing as tourism in Syria.

Mamoun Abdulkarim, the Syrian head of antiquities, said, “If only five members of ISIS go into the ancient buildings, they’ll destroy everything.”

 

 

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