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September 28, 2016 / 25 Elul, 5776

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North Korea Launches 3 Mid-Range Ballistic Missiles at Sea of Japan

Monday, September 5th, 2016

North Korea launched three ballistic missiles Monday morning in its latest banned series of military weapons testing, according to South Korea. The moves comes just barely two weeks after North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (IBM) from a submarine.

North Korean equipment was discovered at the site of a nuclear plant under development in Syria that was destroyed in an air strike nearly a decade ago, allegedly by the Israeli Air Force. Israel never formally acknowledged its role in the attack, in accordance with state policy that prohibits comment on such attacks.

The southeastern Asian nation has been actively engaged in sharing nuclear technology with Iran, which has declared its intention to annihilate Israel.

The North Korean IBM launched two weeks ago penetrated Japanese air defense space, as did Monday’s missiles, which entered the defense zone in the Sea of Japan without warning.

The missiles were fired from the country’s Hwangju province on the western coast, towards the east and landed in the sea.

It is believed they were mid-range Rodong missiles and reached approximately 1,000 kilometers (620 miles). Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told CNN it appears North Korea is quickly mastering the learning curve.

“Looking at the fact that the three missiles have landed on almost the same spot at almost the same time, I think their missile technology has substantially improved,” she said.

North Korea’s sole ally, China, is currently hosting the G20 summit in Hangzhou, where the issue was raised immediately and where China attempted to pour oil on troubled waters.

“The situation on the [Korean] peninsula is quite complex and sensitive,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. “We hope all relevant parties can avoid taking actions that may escalate tensions and can make joint efforts to maintain peace and stability on the peninsula.”

The United States “strongly condemned” the multiple launches, calling the move “reckless” and noting the threat to civil aviation and maritime commerce in the region. U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend the summit.

Hana Levi Julian

Head of Mid-East Think Tank Suing Obama over Aid to Nuclear Israel

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Grant Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy (IRMEP), has filed a lawsuit against the entire US government, including President Obama, Secretary Kerry, CIA Director Brennan and Defense Secretary Carter, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief for the $234 billion the US has given Israel in military foreign aid since 1976 — in violation of US law that prohibits aiding countries with nuclear capability who are non-signatories to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Smith insists that his lawsuit is not about foreign policy (which the court would have dismissed outright), but “about the rule of law, presidential power, the structural limits of the US Constitution, and the right of the public to understand the functions of government and informed petition of the government for redress.”

In an article Smith published in Sept. 2014, when the current lawsuit was initially launched (Lawsuit Challenges U.S. “Ambiguity” Toward Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal), he explains his real reasons why Israel must not be allowed to have a nuclear arsenal:

“In a crisis or time of increased tension, Israel can threaten to use its arsenal as a lever to coerce the transfer of US military supplies and other support rather than pursue peaceful alternatives,” Smith argues, adding that “the international community views the US as hypocritical when it cites the NPT in reference to Iran or North Korea.”

Actually, we’ve seen up close how the international community views this “hypocrisy” just a year ago. As soon as it became clear in the summer of 2015 that Iran was going to be allowed to develop its nuclear weapon, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf states went on a mad dash to acquire their own nukes. Why hadn’t they done the same in all the decades since Israel had allegedly first acquired its own nuclear device? Because they couldn’t imagine a situation whereby Israel would use it against them.

The lawsuit cites the fact that the White House and Israeli government are currently negotiating a new ten-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to serve as the basis for a FY2019-2028 foreign aid package of 4 to 5 billion dollars annually (actually, that’s the Israeli request, so far the most the White House has mentioned is $3.5 billion). In addition, the suit claims, “Congress will soon pass and the President will sign into law the final installment of the current FY2009-2018 foreign aid package. The US Treasury will provide an interest-bearing cash advance in October 2017 that Israel can use to fund its own military-industrial programs and purchase US arms.” That, too is more what Israel has been hoping for and less what the Administration is willing to give. At the moment, the US wants the entire military aid package to be used in American factories.

Smith claims the US aid deal with Israel is in violation of the Symington and Glenn amendments to the Foreign Aid Act of 1961.

The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 was modified by the Symington Amendment (Section 669 of the FAA) in 1976, which banned US economic and military assistance, and export credits to countries that deliver or receive, acquire or transfer nuclear enrichment technology when they do not comply with IAEA regulations and inspections.

The Glenn Amendment was later adopted in 1977, and provided the same sanctions against countries that acquire or transfer nuclear reprocessing technology or explode or transfer a nuclear device.

Noam Chomsky, a vociferous anti-Israel critic, has blamed successive US presidents of violating the law by granting an exception for Israel. The fact is that US presidents have granted similar benefits to India and Pakistan as well.

Smith’s suit says “Defendants have collectively engaged in a violation of administrative procedure … while prohibiting the release of official government information about Israel’s nuclear weapons program, particularly ongoing illicit transfers of nuclear weapons material and technology from the US to Israel.”

The suit claims that “these violations manifest in gagging and prosecuting federal officials and contractors who publicly acknowledge Israel’s nuclear weapons program, imposing punitive economic costs on public interest researchers who attempt to educate the public about the functions of government, refusing to make bona fide responses to journalists and consistently failing to act on credible information available in the government and public domain. These acts serve a policy that has many names all referring to the same subterfuge, ‘nuclear opacity,’ ‘nuclear ambiguity,’ and ‘strategic ambiguity.’”

The Institute for Research: Middle East Policy is an enormous archive of newspaper articles, books, audio, video, lawsuits, and surveys, dedicated to Israel, or, rather, the vilification of the Jewish State. Despite the institute’s name’s reference to being about Middle East policy, it’s all Israel, mostly about the secrets and clandestine policies of Israel. But it’s doubtful the current lawsuit, almost two years in the system by now, will go anywhere in federal court. In the end, the president is permitted to do whatever he or she wants in foreign policy, using good advice and their own intellectual faculties.

Let’s all vote for a president who is endowed with both.

David Israel

North Korea Blows Up Capitol Hill in New Video [video]

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Pyongyang is again obsessed with blowing up the American capital in a cloud of nuclear haze, on the video screen.

North Korea released its latest propaganda mini-film over the weekend, showing an ‘exciting’ nuclear attack on Washington DC.

Entitled “Last Chance,” the four-minute video released Saturday shows a submarine-launched nuclear missile that lays waste to Washington. The footage shoots through the history of U.S.-Korean relations, including images from the Korean War, the capture of U.S. surveillance ship Pueblo in 1968, and the first international nuclear crisis with Korea in the early 1990s.

The video reaches a sequence that shows a missile flying through the clouds, then swerving back to Earth and piercing the ground in front of the Lincoln Memorial in the American capital.

In the ensuing explosion, the U.S. Capitol building is dramatically destroyed, with a message then flashing on the screen in Korean: “If U.S. imperialists budge an inch toward us, we will immediately strike them with nukes.”

The video, posted to the DPRK Today website, concludes with the American flag in flames.

This is not the first such video released by North Korea, a nation apparently unable to resolve its issues other than with digital violence, arms sales to terrorists and video threats to world powers.

Pyongyang has been working hard to develop intercontinental ballistic missile (IBM) capability, particularly a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that can carry a nuclear warhead.

A similar video was uploaded to the Internet in 2013, with the White House targeted in the crosshairs and once again, the U.S. Capitol going up in the flames of an explosion.

The country then threatened South Korea with a “merciless military strike.”

For weeks, leader Kim Jong-un’s military leaders have been escalating the belligerent public rhetoric following the annual joint military drills by South Korea and the United States.

This year’s war games were even bigger, in response to North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket in February, and its nuclear test at the start of the year.

In particular, this year’s games included special drills that honed the skills needed for an operation to neutralize North Korea’s top leadership if need be.

Kim Jong-un has taken those drills personally. Last Thursday he presided over a long-range artillery drill simulating an attack on the Seoul office and residence of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

On Saturday the KCNA published a statement by the “Reconciliation Council” calling the South Korean president “dog like,” a “dirty old woman” and “chicken-like” among other epithets that are not printable on this website.

The North Korean leader demanded hours later she apologize via the artillery section of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), and “punish” those who formulated the new operation simulation. Pyongyang is unhappy with the international sanctions imposed on North Korea that followed its rocket and nuclear tests earlier in the year, though it was warned they would come in response.

Hana Levi Julian

North Korea Announces Successful Hydrogen Bomb Test

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

North Korea announced Wednesday it has successfully tested a minaturized hydrogen bomb.

“The republic’s first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00 am on January 6, 2016,” a news anchor announced on North Korean state television.

So far there has been no independent confirmation of the news; but if confirmed, this will be North Korea’s fourth nuclear test since 2006. The country apparently also tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile late last month, South Korean officials told the BBC. This test was also a followup to a similar test performed in May 2015.

Prior to the test, North Korean media broadcast a statement contending Pyongyang “deserved to hold nuclear weapons … to counter nuclear threats by the United States.”

A new threat to the United States and others The ability to launch a missile from a submarine radically changes the warning time of an attack for residents of the U.S. West Coast, among others.

It also changes the calculation of military response – not only for the United States, but for all Western nations considered “enemies” of North Korea.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the epicenter of a quake was detected at 10:00 Pyongyang time (01:30 GMT) in the northeast of the country.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already called it a “serious threat to the safety of his nation” and said flatly that it could not be tolerated.

South Korea warned it is a “serious challenge to global peace,” adding that it also a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Wednesday’s test was expected to prompt worldwide condemnation and possibly economic and political sanctions, which followed the nuclear test in 2013.

More powerful than an atomic bomb A hydrogen bomb is more powerful than the standard atomic bomb, such as that which was used by the United States at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The weapon was first developed by the U.S. in 1952, and packs more explosive power for far less weight. Powered by nuclear fission, such a bomb involves fusion of lighter elements – hydrogen isotopes — into heavier elements that form a chain reaction.

Also known as a thermo-nuclear bomb, an H-bomb has less radioactive fallout. Another advantage of the H-bomb is that it is much smaller than an atomic bomb – it can be as small as a few feet in length.

North Korea shares with Iran Hydrogen bombs can be fit into warheads on ballistic missiles.

This is precisely the problem with North Korea, which has been testing its latest ballistic missile.

An additional problem is North Korea’s willingness to share its nuclear technology with Iran.

In the past, North Korea has also shared its weaponry with Syria. Some of those weapons have found their way to terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

New danger to the Middle East A new danger now exists, resulting from the capture by Da’esh (ISIS) of territory from Hezbollah and other fighters supporting the Syrian regime.

In this manner, Da’esh has already begun to build its air force with the equipment of other nations, including Iraq, Syria, Russia and the U.S.

North Korea has in the past shared its nuclear technology, and some of its nuclear hardware, with Syria. It is unclear what – if anything – is still left from that era in the region; but whatever is there will be collected by Da’esh.

Whatever North Korea chooses to share with Iran and its proxy terror groups going forward may also eventually find its way to Da’esh as well.

Did the H-bomb pass the test? It is not clear whether North Korea’s test was successful or not this time around, regardless of what its government announced.

Hana Levi Julian

North Korea Builds New Long-Range Missile Launch Tower

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

North Korea has built a new, taller missile launch tower at its missile base, a South Korean news agency reports.

The construction of the 67-meter (220-ft) tower is apparently intended to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party on October 10.

“Our assessment is that the North will use the newly upgraded Tongchang-ri (missile) launch pad to launch a long-range missile larger than Unha-3,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a government source as saying today (Wednesday, July 22).

North Korea fired the Unha-3 long-range rocket in a 2012 launch from a base near its west coast. That launch that was considered successful in putting an object into space, according to Yonhap.

The United Nations Security Council, however, has banned North Korea from conducting tests using ballistic missile technology.

North Korea has repeatedly ignored those resolutions, defying international warnings and sanctions to pursue missile and nuclear programs in much the same manner as the Islamic Republic of Iran. The two countries have strong ties and share nuclear technology.

At present, North Korea is believed to be is working to miniaturize a nuclear warhead, and also to be developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). However, it is believed the latter effort is still years away from deployment, Reuters reports.

Hana Levi Julian

Former Saudi Ambassador to US: Gulf States Willing to Attack Iran

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

A Saudi prince’s reaction to the nuclear agreement with Iran makes last week’s White House’s rosy spin of official reaction by Saudi Arabia to “ObamaDeal” look like an act that should never have gone on stage.

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former Ambassador to the United States, warned that the nuclear agreement with Iran “will wreak havoc in the Middle East” and that Gulf Powers are willing to attack Iranian nuclear sites, even if the United States is not interested.

One of King Salman’s first actions after taking the throne earlier this year was to yank Prince Bandar off the National Security Council, but he still is an advisor and an important voice, one that totally contradicts what President Barack Obama would like people to believe about Riyadh’s reaction the nuclear agreement.

White House Press Secretary, after a meeting between Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir and President Obama, glossed over Saudi skepticism of ObamaDeal and blah-blahed “about the important bilateral relationship that exists between the United States and Saudi Arabia.”

Believe that and then believe that President Obama has “an unbreakable bond with Israel.”

Prince Bandar’s comments to Beirut Daily Star and also reported by the Times of London were the first public criticism from Saudi Arabia, and he was straight to the point.

He warned that ObamaDeal will “wreak havoc” and then bluntly asserted:

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf powers are prepared to take military action without American support after the Iran nuclear deal

Prince Bandar is not a small voice. He was ambassador to Washington for 20 years, and MRC TV noted that it is unlikely that he would have conducted a major newspaper interview without King Salman’s blessing.
The prince’s view of the Obama administration sounds like Israel’s when it comes to relying on the United States.

“People in my region now are relying on God’s will, and consolidating their local capabilities and analysis with everybody else except our oldest and most powerful ally,” Prince Bandar told the Beirut newspaper.

He was even more candid in an article he wrote for the London-based Arabic news Web site Elaph, where he compared ObamaDeal with Bill Clinton’s agreement with North Korea, which supposedly would keep its word and not develop a nuclear bomb.

But Prince Bandar can forgive Clinton because “it turned out that the strategic foreign policy analysis was wrong and there was a major intelligence failure,” according to translation of interview provided by The Washington Post.

He said that he is “absolutely confident he would not have made that decision” if he had all the facts.
Prince Bandar said the case of Iran is different because:

The strategic foreign policy analysis, the national intelligence information, and America’s allies in the region’s intelligence all predict not only the same outcome of the North Korean nuclear deal but worse – with the billions of dollars that Iran will have access to.

He quoted a phrase first made by Henry Kissinger: America’s enemies should fear America, but America’s friends should fear America more.”

It sounds like Saudi Arabia and Israel are on the same page.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

The Good Deal

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

We’ve shown this video in the past, but it still remains incredibly relevant, especially this week.

Video of the Day

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