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Pentagon Defends Operation Pillar of Defense

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Warren issued a statement on behalf of the United States backing Israel’s decision to conduct targeted attacks against sources of terror against civilians in the south of the country.

“We’re monitoring the situation closely,” Warren said.  “We stand by our Israeli partners in their right to defend themselves against terrorism”.

Panetta: Iran Diplomacy Window Still Open, Israel Won’t Strike

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said at the Pentagon news conference on Tuesday that he doesn’t believe that Israel has made a decision to attack Iran’s nuclear sites, adding that international sanctions are increasing pressure on Iran to make concessions, the Pentagon has announced.

Negotiations with Iran have stalled, with the latter still refusing to give the global powers access to all its nuclear facilities. Led by the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, the global powers are looking signs of movement from Iran on the access issue, before starting a new round of high-level talks.

“From our point of view, the window is still open to try to work toward a diplomatic solution,” Panetta said.

Israeli officials have been saying time is running out on its ability to bomb Iran’s facilities before they begin to produce nuclear weapons. Defense Minister Barak has said that Iran is approaching within months a “zone of immunity.”

The Fordo enrichment facility, located deep under a mountain near the holy city of Qom, will be difficult to destroy with the weapons.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said at the press conference that, based on his review of Israel’s military arsenal, an Israeli strike “could delay but not destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities.”

Israel’s arsenal includes non-stealth F-16 and F-15 fighter jets and an unspecified number of large, deep-penetrating GBU-28, 5,000-pound bunker-buster bombs.

Early this week, Netanyahu said that the Iranian threat “dwarfs” all others. On the same day, Israel’s Home Front Command announced it was testing a nationwide text-messaging system to alert the public to incoming missiles.

According to an Aug. 12 Dialog Institute poll, 46 percent of Israelis now oppose a strike on Iran without U.S. support, down from 58 percent in March. An August 10 Ma’ariv poll found that 35 percent of Israelis believe that Israel should attack Iran alone if necessary, compared with 19 percent in a July 20 poll.

Dr. Tawfik Hamid on the Situation in Egypt

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

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Dr. Tawfik Hamid, an alternative Arab thinker and former Egyptian extremist, joins Yishai.  Retired US Army Lt. Gen. and former Pentagon inspector general Mick Kicklighter, described Hamid to Wired Magazine’s Danger Room, by saying “Hamid is a great scholar whose knowledge of terrorism is extremely valuable.”  And that “There is no doubt about his first-hand experience and depth of knowledge. He is truly a treasure.”  Do not miss this segment as it truly provides an insider’s insight into the mindset of those that want Israel destroyed.

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Holocaust Days of Remembrance and Traditional Coconut Pyramids

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Yours truly trolls the web day and night so you won’t have to (especially if you’re detained at CitiField). Armed with a good search engine and the key word “Jewish” I roam and roam and pick and collect. And this time I admit I’m stomped, and would love to get an explanation from someone.

Here’s the text that accompanies this image on the Pentagon-run website DefenseImagery.mil:

During the Holocaust Days of Remembrance U.S. Air Force Capt. Jennifer McGee, with the 12th Contracting Squadron, helps Madison Angelito and Alex Barner make coconut pyramids, a traditional Jewish dessert, at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

I looked into it and it turns out that while most of us keep Yom Ha’Shoah on the 27th of Nisan, unless the 27th would be adjacent to Shabbat, in which case the date is shifted by a day, usually back to Thursday – there is an official American tradition I had known nothing about, the Holocaust Days of Remembrance, from April 15 at 12:00 a.m. until April 22 at 11:30 p.m.

I went to the Facebook page of 2012 Holocaust Days of Remembrance and got it all there. Days of Remembrance (DOR) is the United States’ annual commemoration of the Holocaust, and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is charged by Congress to lead the nation in Holocaust remembrance.

This is all so well organized, so legalized, so, dare I say, Germanic… No idea why they don’t keep it from midnight to midnight, though. The Warsaw Ghetto uprising lasted from April 19 to may 16, so no obvious link there.

But wait, there’s still another mystery: what are those coconut pyramids, the traditional Jewish dessert?

Well, plugging the entire phrase in Google, and it took me to a page of Passover recipes, where they explained how to prepare, among other savory, chometz-free goodies, Coconut Pyramids. In other words – coconut macaroons, the stuff that I’m used to swallowing a can at a time when no one’s watching on those late Chol Ha’Moed nights.

And I was already thinking about Hebrew slaves amassing coconut pyramids in the desert.

Only in America.

Report: House Armed Services Committee Proposes Additional $680 Million for Iron Dome

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The Washington Post quoted a Republican congressional aide speaking on condition of anonymity as saying that the House Armed Services Committee will propose an increase of $680 million in funding for Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system when it convenes to formulate the 2013 fiscal year’s defense budget.

The $680 million would be in addition to the special budgetary request of $205 million granted in 2011 by the Obama administration and Congress. The aide said the amount was based on the system’s present capabilities, as well as those of Hamas and Hizbollah.

The Republican-controlled panel’s proposal is seen as an election-year challenge to President Obama to reveal the true extent of his dedication to Israel’s security. Although the Pentagon last month said it was planning to ask Congress to provide additional funds for the missile defense system, the panel’s proposal will force the Obama administration to determine and divulge the level of financial support it believes the Iron Dome warrants.

At the time, the Pentagon did not go into specifics and released a statement saying that “[t]he Department of Defense has been in conversations with the Government of Israel about U.S. support for the acquisition of additional Iron Dome systems and intends to request an appropriate level of funding from Congress to support such acquisitions based on Israeli requirements and production capacity.”

The cost of one Iron Dome battery is $50 million, while each missile costs over $60,000. There are currently four operational and actively deployed Iron Dome batteries, three in the south of Israel and one in the central region. Last month, Ambassador to the US Michael Oren wrote an article  in which he stated that “at least ten Iron Dome systems will be necessary in order to defend the whole country.”

 

 

US Requesting Extra Funding for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome,’ Obama Gaining Praise

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The US Department of Defense on Tuesday said it was planning to ask Congress to provide additional funds for “Iron Dome” short-range missile shields for Israel, based on their success in intercepting rockets launched from the Gaza strip in mid-March.

The DOD press release reads:

“Supporting the security of the State of Israel is a top priority of President Obama and Secretary Panetta. The United States has previously provided $205 million in support of Israel’s Iron Dome short-range rocket and mortar defense system. During the rocket attacks earlier this month, the Iron Dome system played a critical role in Israel’s security. When nearly 300 rockets and mortars were fired at southern Israel, Iron Dome intercepted over 80 percent of the targets it engaged, saving many civilian lives.

“The Department of Defense has been in conversations with the Government of Israel about U.S. support for the acquisition of additional Iron Dome systems and intends to request an appropriate level of funding from Congress to support such acquisitions based on Israeli requirements and production capacity.”

Pentagon spokesman George Little added that the “Supporting the security of the State of Israel is a top priority of President Obama and Secretary Panetta.”

Earlier, while at a nuclear security in Seoul, President Barack Obama was overheard saying to Russia’s president Dmitry Medvedev that he would have to wait until after his re-election to address the difficult issue of global missile defense. Obama told Medvedev that after the election he would have more “flexibility.” The comments were picked up by a live microphone.

Now the Wall Street Journal is suggesting that one day after the president drew fire for his missile-defense remarks, “the administration is winning points from some Israel supporters after the Pentagon threw its support Tuesday behind new funding for an Israeli defensive system that recently countered barrage of rockets” from Palestinian terrorists.

According to Defense News, “US and Israeli sources estimated that the request to Congress could exceed $500 million to cover production of up to 10 additional batteries.”

The same website also reported that preliminary discussions were held in Washington last week between a senior Israeli Ministry of Defense representative and officials from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. An itemized request is expected to be presented by Israel to the Pentagon in the coming days, sources from both countries told Defense News

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., which manufactures the Iron Dome systems just released a statement of its earnings for 2011, citing a net profit of $111 million (397 million Shekels).

The statement suggests both the “Iron Dome” and “TROPHY” (an active defense system currently mounted on Merkava-4 MBT’s) added to the company’s profits after they became battle-proven in 2011, and will be offered to international markets.

The US government’s endorsement drew praise from Rep. Howard Berman (D., Calif.), the author of the Iron Dome Support Act, a new bill that would help support the deployment of more Iron Dome batteries. Berman told the WSJ: “Iron Dome is a game changer. The threats Israel faces from incoming, indiscriminate terrorist rocket attacks are countered by this cutting edge anti-missile system. Iron Dome is fundamentally shifting political, diplomatic and military realities on the ground, while saving lives of innocent Israelis. Today’s statement is a further step in the right direction.”

Rep. Steve Rothman (D., N.J.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense panel, told the WSJ he would “robustly fund” the defensive system.

Panetta: We Can Hit Iran Harder Than Israel

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the National Journal on Thursday: “If they (Israel) decided to do it, there’s no question that it would have an impact, but I think it’s also clear that if the United States did it, we would have a hell of a bigger impact.”

President Obama and US officials have been reiterating since the president’s White House meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu that the military option is still on the table, even as the US is pursuing diplomatic negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

Asked by the NJ if the Pentagon was planning for strikes on Iran, Panetta didn’t hesitate and answered: “Absolutely.”

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