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A Prudent Approach To Following The News

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

In the age of the Internet and vast, easily accessible databases, it has become relatively easy for news stories to suddenly emerge as “gotcha” moments regardless of their provenance. This is especially true in the throes of a fiercely competitive presidential election campaign. To be sure, first impressions, even if not ultimately accurate, are often the ones that linger, but that is the nature of modern communication and an important facet of our lives today.

One such story surfaced this week involving the claim by a former defense department employee, David Meyer, that Joseph Schmitz, one of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s senior foreign policy advisers, had boasted about having caused the firing of Jewish employees while he served as inspector general of the Pentagon. Mr. Schmitz is also alleged to have questioned commonly held facts about the Holocaust.

The claim against Mr. Schmitz was contained in a formal charge against the Department of Defense for unlawful discharge. It should be noted that Mr. Schmitz was not alleged to have been directly involved in Mr. Meyer’s discharge.

For his part, Mr. Schmitz denies the story and e-mailed a statement saying he was “quite proud of the Jewish heritage of my wife of 38 years,” later clarifying that his wife’s maternal grandmother was Jewish.

If true, the story is a serious matter. The point, though, is that while countless people are undoubtedly familiar with the story, no one knows if the charges have merit. Time will tell.

Another such story involves the discovery of a new trove of approximately 15,000 e-mails evidencing a close relationship between officials of the Clinton Foundation and officials at the State Department under former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee. Some of them would seem to indicate that a number of individuals, including from foreign countries, regularly went through the Clinton Foundation to secure appointments with State Department decision-makers and in the process made large contributions to the foundation.

Again, this story has dominated the news for days and is doubtlessly known to a wide audience. Yet, for all its potentially serious import, it has still to be fully explored.

Prudence dictates we should seek more information before making snap judgments about what we think we know.

Editorial Board

Quick Takes

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

State Department Won’t Answer Questions On $400 Million Cash Handoff

 

After refusing to divulge how the payment was transferred, the State Department has now refused to answer repeated requests about when it sent Iran a sum of $1.3 billion, which was part of the same settlement for which the Obama administration delivered $400 million in pallets of foreign currency flown aboard an unmarked jetliner in January. The cash was flown the same day five American hostages were released from Iranian custody.

The details about how and when the additional funds were sent are relevant to determining whether President Obama needed to pay Iran on the same day the hostages were released and whether the payment needed to be made in cash because the two countries had no banking relationship, as the president has said.

If the additional $1.3 billion were transferred around the time of the $400 million, it could raise questions as to why the $400 million needed to be sent separately. And if the $1.3 billion was not delivered in cash, it could raise further questions about the need for a cash drop off a mere hours before the hostages were set free by Tehran.

It has been widely reported that the $400 million was part of a dispute that arose after Iran in the late 1970s had purchased U.S. fighter jets while Tehran was still an American ally. After the country turned into an enemy in 1979, the U.S. halted delivery of the military equipment, thus triggering an international case in which Iran was asking The Hague arbitrators for $10 billion.

Following years of negotiations, the Obama administration finally agreed to settle the case for $1.7 billion – the initial $400 million plus another $1.3 billion in interest.

On Thursday, Breitbart Jerusalem reported that the State and Treasury Departments both told this reporter that the U.S. government transferred the remaining $1.3 billion but, despite numerous requests, neither State nor Treasury would provide an answer on how the Obama administration allegedly transferred the remaining $1.3 billion to Iran.

The latest twist in the saga came on Friday, when, after refusing to provide the method of transfer for the payment, a State Department spokesperson refused to tell Breitbart Jerusalem when the $1.3 billion was sent.

“We are not going to get into the tick-tock of specifics regarding the Hague Tribunal settlement payments,” the spokesperson stated.

A spokesperson for the Treasury Department did not respond to a request about the timing of the alleged payment.

The State Department’s refusal to comment on the timing stands in contrast to an August 4th press conference in which State Department spokesman Mark Toner was repeatedly asked about the timing of the $1.3 billion payment and Toner told reporters that he did not know and “can try to find that out.”

At issue is not simply the curious timing of the $400 million cash handoff, which took place hours before the hostages were released and was described as a ransom payment in Iranian media reports that cited senior Iranian defense officials. The Obama administration has denied the ransom claims, and has said that when the delivery was made in January, the White House publicly acknowledged the full payment amount.

Another issue is the need to transfer the $400 million in foreign cash pallets delivered to Iranian guards, a detail that was not disclosed by the administration until its revelation last week by the Wall Street Journal.

Regarding the need for cash, Obama has explained that the U.S. does not have a banking relationship with Tehran.

A spokesperson for the Judgement Fund confirmed that the payment for the compromise that was reached on interest, of approximately $1.3 billion, has indeed been provided out of the Fund.

The Fund spokesperson refused to comment on the mechanics of how a settlement payment was made or when the payment was transferred. The spokesperson did not reply to a follow-up question about whether the remaining $1.3 billion was transferred in cash or by any other means.

When asked about how the remaining $1.3 billion was transferred, a spokesperson for the State Department replied that the agency had “nothing to add beyond what the President and Secretary have already said on the subject.”

While refusing to comment on the timing, the spokesperson confirmed that the remaining $1.3 billion was indeed paid in full to Iran. The spokesperson also refused to provide comment to two separate requests about how the money was transferred.

 

Report Details ISIS Cover-Up

A damning investigation by House Republicans released on Wednesday has found that the intelligence arm of the U.S. Military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) routinely produced intelligence that “distorted, suppressed, or substantially altered” the results of the campaign against ISIS.

The 10 most troubling finds in the eyes of this reporter, who reviewed the House report, follow (in no particular order).

  1. Top CENTCOM leaders modified intelligence assessments to present an “unduly positive” assessment of combating ISIS and training Iraqi Security Forces (ISF).
  2. Intelligence analysts declined to be interviewed, possibly out of fear of reprisals from CENTCOM leadership, while the interviews that did take place were under the watchful eyes of DOD officials.

Additionally, the Joint Task Force requested interviews with four more analysts whose positions provided them with potential knowledge regarding the allegations. These analysts declined to be interviewed. Although they did not express their reasons for declining, the Joint Task Force is concerned that some of the analysts may have done so out of fear of potential reprisals for their testimony.

  1. CENTCOM intel agents operated within a “toxic” leadership environment.
  2. General Austin’s claim to Congress that ISIS was in a “defensive crouch” did not reflect the data possessed at the time by CENTCOM senior leaders.
  3. CENTCOM established an intelligence “fusion center” for ISIS-related intel, but kept out analysts whose views conflicted with senior intelligence leaders.
  4. Restrictions were implemented for analysts whose views dissented from the mainstream inside CENTCOM.
  5. Analysis was minimized in favor of details from coalition forces while intelligence was skewed to be “optimistic.”
  6. Shocking survey results showed analysts believed data was “distorted, suppressed, or substantially altered” by their supervisors.
  7. Even after whistleblower complaints and the “alarming” internal survey last year, the Pentagon took no steps to correct its allegedly distorted intelligence process.
  8. Mirroring the Benghazi House Committee’s complaints against the State Department, the Joint Task Force writes it “did not receive access to all the materials it requested” and details a process of denying information and records.
Aaron Klein

BBC News omissions in Coverage of Gaza UN Worker Conscripted by Hamas

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

{Originally posted to the BBC Watch website}

“Confusion over the role of the press explains one of the strangest aspects of coverage here—namely, that while international organizations are among the most powerful actors in the Israel story, they are almost never reported on. Are they bloated, ineffective, or corrupt? Are they helping, or hurting? We don’t know, because these groups are to be quoted, not covered.” [Matti Friedman, “What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel“, November 2014]

August 9th saw the appearance of an article titled “Israel: ‘Gaza UN worker helped Hamas’” on the BBC News website’s Middle East page. The article opened:

“Israel has charged a UN aid worker from Gaza with using his position to help the militant Hamas movement, in the second such case in a week.”

When the BBC reported on that previous case, it took seven paragraphs before audiences were provided with the obviously very relevant information that Hamas is a proscribed terror organisation. In this article, readers have to plough through its entire seventeen paragraphs before they are informed that:

“Hamas is designated a terrorist group by Israel, the US, EU, and UK among other countries.”

Readers are told:

“Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said Waheed Borsh, an employee with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Gaza since 2003, admitted aiding Hamas.

It said he used UN resources to build a military jetty and prioritised rebuilding homes of Hamas members.”

The BBC’s use of the economical terminology “military jetty” does not of course tell the full story about that project.

“Bursh is an employee of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which undertakes such projects as rehabilitating Gaza Strip homes damaged in warfare.

He has worked as a UNDP engineer since 2003 and was tasked with overseeing the demolition of homes and evacuating the waste.

According to the Shin Bet, Bursh was approached shortly after the 2014 Gaza war by Husseini Suleiman, a messenger for senior Hamas commander Abu Anas al-Andor, who asked him to use his position to help the terrorist organization. In April and May 2015, he allegedly helped build the naval commando port in the northern Gaza Strip.

Bursh is said to have used his authority to transfer to the site 300 tons of construction materials.”

Later on readers are told that:

“It [the ISA] said he [Borsh] had been instructed by Hamas to ensure UNDP projects would benefit the militant group. The ISA said Mr Borsh confessed to carrying out activities that aided Hamas.

This included informing the group when weapons or tunnel openings were found in houses where UNDP workers were operating, it said.

As a result “Hamas would take control of the site and confiscate the arms and other materials,” the ISA said.”

The BBC omits a vital piece of information from that portrayal.

“Additionally, Borsh disclosed information regarding cases in which Hamas would blatantly and aggressively exploit UNDP humanitarian activities for its own purposes. For example, when weapons or terrorist tunnel openings were discovered in houses being handled by the UNDP, Hamas would take control of the site and confiscate the arms and other materials. This violates clear UN procedures according to which UNMAS is supposed to be immediately notified as the United Nations Mine Action Service is the UN body in charge of dealing, inter alia, with explosive remnants of war.” [emphasis added]

The article promotes an unqualified quote from the terrorist organisation concerned.

“Hamas said the allegations were “incorrect and baseless” and part of Israeli efforts “to tighten the siege of the Gaza Strip by prosecuting international relief organisations.”

However, the statement was not attributed to the person who made itSami Abu Zuhri – and the threat included in his statement was edited out.

“Hamas, meanwhile, denied the allegations in an official statement. The group’s spokesperson Sami Abu Zurhi called the accusations “false and baseless,” and said they were aimed at helping Israel strengthen its “siege” of Gaza.

If Israel persists in its policy of accusing aid organizations in Gaza, it would face “dangerous consequences,” Zurhi said.”

As regular readers know, the BBC has in the past frequently and enthusiastically promoted UN politicized messaging on the topic of reconstruction in the Gaza Strip while concurrently ignoring the flaws in the UN’s system. Obviously it is high time for the BBC to meet its public purpose remit by finally providing audiences with some in-depth and objective coverage of the various UN agencies (and additional humanitarian organisations) working in the Gaza Strip.

 

Hadar Sela

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Arab Official: Most Middle East Countries
Agree With Israel on Iran

Most Arab countries quietly endorse Israel’s condemnation of President Barack Obama’s praise for the Iran nuclear deal signed last year, an Arab official told Breitbart Jerusalem.

The official said many Arab regimes see eye to eye with the Israeli Defense Ministry, which issued a statement on Saturday castigating Obama for saying that Iran has honored the deal. He said the U.S. “misunderstands” Iranian policy and turns a blind eye to their violations of the agreement.

The Ministry statement equates the Iran deal to the 1938 Munich Agreement, which symbolizes the West’s failure to stand up to Nazi aggression. The statement says the world ignores Iran’s pledge to exterminate Israel just like it ignored Hitler’s rhetoric in his day. Israel also argues that such deals interfere with the West’s mission to undermine countries that support terror, chief among them Iran.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office clarified that while Israel opposes the nuclear agreement, the Defense Ministry statement making comparisons to Nazi Germany was not coordinated with Netanyahu or his bureau.

The Arab official, meanwhile, said that as a result of the lifting of international sanctions, Iran has been free to press on with developing ballistic missiles. Iran realizes Washington has taken a step back, which is leading to the consolidation of the Iranian regime throughout the Middle East, he said.

He argued that although Iranian facilities are subject to international supervision, Iran still aspires to become a nuclear superpower and seeks to become a threshold state. He warned that several reports have shown that Iran is focusing its efforts on making the necessary arrangements for that, which is something even inspections can’t prevent entirely.

The official said the deal has allowed Iran to test new ballistic missiles, tests which have gone unanswered by America.

The recent gains of the Houthi rebels, Iran’s allies in Yemen, are evidence that Iran maximizes the allowances of the deal to arm its regional collaborators, he said. He alleged that Iran’s efforts to spread Shia Islam and agitate sympathetic communities in neighboring Arab countries have been ignored by the American government.

He also said that if Iran succeeds in winning the Syrian civil war, it will be a threat equal to what Nazi Germany was to Europe – which is essentially what the Israeli Defense ministry statement also said.

 

London Terror Attacks
Resembles Ones In Israel

A 19-year-old man armed with a knife begins stabbing people at random in a busy public area in London. After rampaging down several city streets and attacking passersby, the assailant was subdued by police, but not before he murdered one civilian and injured five others.

The mayhem in central London last week resembles the bloody scenes regularly played out here during the ongoing so-called Palestinian wave of violence in Tel Aviv and in cities and towns across the Jewish state.

Authorities have yet to confirm a terrorist motivation in the Russell Square attacks, but the carnage resembles the time-tested Palestinian tactic of terrorist stabbings at busy civilian locales.

Such jihadi stabbing attacks have become legion here, sometimes occurring several times per week, although the frequency has slowed in recent months due in large part to Israeli anti-terrorism measures.

If the Russell Square attack was indeed motivated by terrorism, it would mark the second time in recent weeks that a Palestinian terrorist tactic was deployed on the streets of Europe.

Last month, the terrorist gunman who killed 84 people and wounded over 300 others during Bastille Day celebrations in the French Riviera city of Nice seemed to have taken a page out of the Palestinian jihadist playbook of vehicular terrorism.

Jewish Press Staff

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

NSA Has Clinton’s E-Mails, States Famed Whistleblower

The National Security Agency (NSA) has “all” of Hillary Clinton’s deleted e-mails and the FBI could gain access to them if they so desired, William Binney, a former highly placed NSA official, declared Sunday on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM.

Speaking as an analyst, Binney raised the possibility that the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s server was done not by Russia but by a disgruntled U.S. intelligence worker concerned about Clinton’s compromise of national security secrets via her personal e-mail use.

Binney was an architect of the NSA’s surveillance program. He became a famed whistleblower when he resigned on October 31, 2001, after spending more than 30 years with the agency.

In the radio interview, Binney referenced testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in March 2011 by then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller in which Meuller spoke of the FBI’s ability to access various secretive databases “to track down known and suspected terrorists.”

Stated Binney: “Now what he [Mueller] is talking about is going into the NSA database, which is shown of course in the [Edward] Snowden material released, which shows a direct access into the NSA database by the FBI and the CIA. Which there is no oversight of, by the way. So that means that NSA and a number of agencies in the U.S. government also have those e-mails.”

“So if the FBI really wanted them they can go into that database and get them right now,” he stated of Clinton’s e-mails as well as DNC e-mails.

Asked point blank if he believed the NSA has copies of “all” of Clinton’s e-mails, including the deleted correspondence, Binney replied in the affirmative.

 

What Clinton Didn’t Say In Her Acceptance Speech

Notoriously missing from Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was a list of any significant accomplishments from her time as secretary of state.

The words “secretary of state” only appeared twice in her speech. One of those times she stated, “I have to tell you, as your secretary of state, I went to 112 countries, and when people hear those words – they hear America.” Here, she seems to be brandishing her foreign travel as a signature achievement while she was one of the nation’s highest serving diplomats.

The second and final direct mention of her former position came when she exclaimed, “As you know, I’m not one of those people. I’ve been your first lady. Served eight years as a senator from the great state of New York. Then I represented all of you as secretary of state.”

When she did briefly mention her record, Clinton mostly spoke in generalities and she seemed to be combining her time as a senator and as secretary of state.

She stated: “Look at my record.  I’ve worked across the aisle to pass laws and treaties and to launch new programs that help millions of people.  And if you give me the chance, that’s what I’ll do as president.

“I’m proud that we put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot – now we have to enforce it, and keep supporting Israel’s security.

“I’m proud that we shaped a global climate agreement – now we have to hold every country accountable to their commitments, including ourselves.

“I’m proud to stand by our allies in NATO against any threat they face, including from Russia.”

Absent from her DNC speech was Clinton’s central role in the U.S.-NATO intervention in Libya in 2011, a military campaign that directly resulted in the destabilization of that country and its subsequent descent into chaos. Islamic extremists have since taken over large swaths of Libya, and have used the country as a staging ground to attempt to infiltrate Europe.

Islamic terrorists infamously carried out deadly attacks on the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Clinton did not bring up her State Department’s role in denying security requests to the woefully unsecure U.S. facility.

Clinton further failed to mention her strong support for the so-called Arab Spring, including the toppling of the regime of Hosni Mubarak, a staunch U.S. ally, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s resultant rise to power there until a military coup in 2013.

Clinton referenced the threat of the Islamic State without explaining that the global jihadist group has taken up sanctuary in countries that were destabilized during her tenure as secretary of state.

 

Arab Diplomat Says Assad Has Turned The Corner

The victory clinched by the Syrian army in Aleppo last week is a turning point in the Syrian conflict as well as global diplomacy at large, according to the assessment of an Arab diplomat speaking to Breitbart Jerusalem.

Last week, in the most significant military breakthrough since the beginning of the Syrian civil war five years ago, the Syrian army imposed a blockade on Aleppo, cutting off escape and supply routes to the rebels in the city’s eastern districts.

Not only is the successful siege on Syria’s second-largest city a huge achievement for the regime, it has also propelled Russian President Vladimir Putin to an advantage, the official said.

“Russian diplomacy, championed in a responsive and nimble manner by Putin and his foreign secretary, Sergei Levrov, has dragged the American policy into submission to their goals,” he said.

As far as Washington’s allies in the Arab world are concerned, Aleppo is a victory not only for the Syrian regime, but for the Iranian as well, he opined.

“If Aleppo is liberated, which seems to be the likely scenario, Assad will be able to claim victory,” he said. “Whether he gets to keep his seat or not, the Syrian president and his Iranian allies have defeated America’s allies and, ultimately, the U.S. military involvement in Syria served Russian, Syrian, and Iranian interests and undermined those of Saudi Arabia, who was already reeling from the Iran nuclear deal and America’s feckless support in the military campaign it leads in Yemen. The Syrian opposition now knows beyond a shadow of doubt that the strong side is Russia’s and Iran’s, not America’s.”

The U.S., he estimated, will eventually be forced to reward the Kurds for their effort by accepting their demand for extended autonomy or even statehood, “which means being at loggerheads with Turkey, a major player in NATO.”

Aaron Klein

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Dershowitz Acknowledges ‘Mark Against’ Kaine

Alan Dershowitz, a staunch Democrat and emeritus law professor at Harvard University, stated in an interview on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on Sunday that the decision by Hillary Clinton’s vice president pick, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, to boycott Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was a “mark against” the candidate.

Still, Dershowitz maintained that the Clinton-Pence ticket was “far better for America and for Israel” than the Donald Trump and Mike Pence ticket.

Dershowitz also sounded off about the decision by Kaine and other prominent Democrats to support the international nuclear deal with Iran. Kaine helped generate support for the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran by whipping senators into opposing a vote that prevented the Senate from blocking the deal.

 

‘Diamond and Silk’ Slam Black Lives Matter Movement

The YouTube sensations known as “Diamond and Silk” excoriated the Black Lives Matter group in a video interview with this reporter last week at the Republican National Convention.

“It’s no longer a movement,” declared Diamond. “It’s really a mess.”

“If your black life really matters, you wouldn’t march in the streets and be blocking traffic. Someone can run you over. Duh!”

Silk chimed in, stating, “In order for your black life to really matter you have to know that yourself. You can’t be looking for somebody else to take and verify that your life really matters.”

The two self-professed Democratic black women shot to stardom earlier this year when they expressed enthusiastic support for Donald Trump in a series of YouTube videos. My video interview with the two also went viral on YouTube.

Here is a partial transcript of their remarks to me at the RNC regarding Black Lives Matter:

DIAMOND: It’s no longer a movement. It’s really a mess. And my thing is here. You keep saying that you want equality. Well, come to the table and let’s get that right there. You know, you can’t continue to march in the streets, pump your fists, and the same people that you are marching against is the same people that is getting killed to protect you. That is dying to protect you.

So what I would say if I was to offer a solution to the Black Lives Matter movement. Let’s come to the tables. The tables are not out there in the streets. Come on the outside and let’s sit down and let’s solve a common problem.

SILK: In order for your black life to really matter you have to know that yourself. You can’t be looking for somebody else to take and verify that your life really matters. You have to know for yourself that your life really matters. And whenever you value your own life, everyone else can value your own life. Stop segregating yourself as a black person from the process of being successful. That’s what a lot of people need to stop doing.

DIAMOND: If you don’t come inside…. If your black life really matters, you wouldn’t march in the streets and be blocking traffic. Someone can run you over. Duh! Listen, you’ve got to care about your own self first. We know that we have problems on both sides. Let’s solve the problem. That’s all we’ve got to say.

 

 

PA, Fatah Fear Hamas Will Win October Elections

Hamas is likely to win the Palestinian municipal elections scheduled for October, Fatah and Palestinian Authority officials fear.

The Hamas movement, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, has recently agreed to hold elections in the Strip, and announced it would take part in the elections in the West Bank as well.

Aaron Klein

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Black Panther Leader Wants State Within A State

Babu Omowale, the so-called national minister of defense for the People’s New Black Panther Party, says his group and allied organizations have their sights set on establishing “our own government in a nation within a nation.”

Omowale made this statement during an interview on this reporter’s talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and News Talk 990 AM in Philadelphia.

Omowale used the interview to claim five states as belonging to the “Black Nation”: Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.

The revolutionary stated: “We just need to start migrating back to those states and taking control of the economics in those states. If black people move in, most definitely white people will move out. So it’s not a hard process for us to have our own country within a country.”

Omowale is also co-founder of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, a black militant gun group named after Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton. According to reports, Dallas shooter Micah X. Johnson “liked” the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, and Omawale has said that he recognized Johnson from black community events in Dallas.

Asked by this reporter what his group’s endgame is, Omowale replied: “The end game is land ownership. The endgame is our own government in a nation within a nation. Okay. So we claim the states of Louisiana, we claim the states of Mississippi, we claim the states of South Carolina, we claim the states of Alabama, and we claim the states of Georgia.”

 

Critical Portion Of Benghazi Report Was Redacted

A description of the alleged purpose of the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi was redacted by the Obama administration in the final Republican House Select Committee’s report on the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks.

A spokesman for the Committee confirmed to this reporter that the administration “determined those words were classified and made the redaction.”

The description in question comes from a section of the report that cited an e-mail from the lead Diplomatic Security Agent at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, who wrote about the stated purpose of the U.S. Mission in Benghazi.

The lead agent wrote that the incoming Principal Officer, meaning the lead security agent in Benghazi, was under the impression that the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi was there for “reporting,” ostensibly meaning reporting on information on the ground in Benghazi to the Tripoli Embassy.

The Benghazi report then quotes the e-mail response from the lead Diplomatic Security Agent at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, with one critical portion redacted. Missing is the word or words that cited the purpose of the Mission during that time period.

In an email to the diplomatic security agent in Benghazi, the Diplomatic Security Agent wrote: “[U]nfortunately, nobody has advised the PO that Benghazi is there to support [redacted] operations, not conduct substantive reporting.”

 

Hamas Foils ISIS Attack In Gaza

Hamas has foiled a large-scale attack on Gaza government institutions, facilities, and officials that was planned by Islamic State loyalists, a senior official in the movement told Breitbart Jerusalem.

Ten jihadi activists from the southern Gaza Strip were arrested by Hamas last Tuesday, the last day of Ramadan, and admitted that they had pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the official disclosed.

Hamas police seized large sums of money and weapons that were presumably to be used against Hamas targets, the official said, predominantly the internal security department, which is in charge of imposing a ban on rocket fire.

Several Hamas officers have been accused of torturing the suspects.

The suspects allegedly admitted to having planned the attack independently of ISIS headquarters in Syria and Iraq, but were inspired by the organization and adhere to its ideology, the official said. Dozens of other jihadists who have gone underground are expected to be arrested over the coming days, as information on their whereabouts emerges from the investigation.

Last week, Breitbart Jerusalem reported that Hamas arrested six jihadists who returned from fighting for ISIS in the Sinai.

The six, who returned to Gaza separately, were sent by ISIS’s Sinai franchise to review the feasibility of setting up an ISIS chapter in the Strip that would attempt to unify all currently active Salafi organizations under the banner of ISIS, a Hamas official said.

The Sinai has become one of the region’s top ISIS zones. Breitbart Jerusalem reported that, in the month of April alone, 12 jihadists departed Gaza to join the Islamic State in the Sinai.

The recruitment of Gazan jihadists by ISIS in the Sinai comes after a top jihadist official threatened in a recent exclusive interview on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” that it is only a matter of time before the Islamic State’s branch in the Sinai carries out a “big operation” in the Israeli resort town of Eilat and other parts of southern Israel.

 

ISIS Finds Recruiting In West Difficult

ISIS has faced significant difficulties enlisting Western recruits, an Arab intelligence official has told Breitbart Jerusalem.

The organization has returned to its original recruitment material, alluding to a doomsday war that is to take place near Aleppo in Syria.

“In returning to its initial recruitment methods, IS signals that it seeks to return to propaganda that has proven itself, but mostly it reveals great distress,” the official said.

The main difficulties stem from successful anti-ISIS coordination between Western countries as well as between Europe and Middle Eastern countries, the official said.

The organization’s distress has prompted it, on the one hand, to carry out attacks that are much more violent, but also, on the other, to look for new potential arenas, like Jordan.

ISIS has focused its efforts on creating an infrastructure of sympathizers, supporters, and informants among Jordanian Salafi groups, one that would substitute for the lost infrastructure in Syria and Iraq.

In relation to this, the official added, the Jordanian security services have stepped up surveillance on Salafi strongholds such as Salt, Maan, Irbid, and Zarqa, the birthplace of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the mastermind behind the idea of an Islamic State.

Aaron Klein

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