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May 28, 2015 / 10 Sivan, 5775
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Reuters: Iran Attempts to Buy Nuclear-Related Contraband

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

The Reuters news agency reported exclusively early Friday the Czech Republic blocked an attempt by Iran to purchase nuclear-related contraband.

The Islamic Republic had attempted to buy a shipment of compressors which have nuclear and non-nuclear applications from the U.S.-owned Howden CKD Compressors company.

Iran attempted to buy the product from the Prague-based Howden CKD firm in the Czech Republic.

Czech officials blocked the deal.

“The procurer and transport company involved in the deal had provided false documentation in order to hide the origins, movement and destination of the consignment with the intention of bypassing export controls and sanctions,” noted the United Nations panel that monitors compliance with the sanctions currently imposed against Iran.

The contact who spoke with Reuters on condition of anonymity said the value of the contract would have been about 1.5 billion Czech koruna ($61 million), a very high sum.

Western nations and the U.S. say Iran is continuing to do what it can to evade international sanctions limiting its nuclear development.

This is taking place while Tehran is negotiating an agreement with the U.S.-led delegation of five world powers on a deal to roll back those sanctions in return for limiting the growth of its atomic technology program.

But serious questions about Iran’s reliability remain, as do issues about the actual current status of its program.

Israel maintains the deal being negotiated at present is a “bad deal” and is one that will bring Iran closer to an atomic weapon rather than block it from progressing farther, faster.

EU Chief Meeting Next Week with Netanyahu, Abbas

Friday, May 15th, 2015

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is scheduled to arrive in Israel next week, her office said in a statement Friday.

Mogherini “will travel to the Middle East on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 May,” and is expected to meet both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas during her visit.

The EU head will also meet with “a number of other Israeli and Palestinian interlocutors, to discuss the bilateral relations as well as prospects for the Middle East peace process,” the statement said.

The impending visit follows Israel’s installation of its new coalition government headed by Netanyahu for a record fourth term in office.

On Monday, EU foreign ministers are expected to discuss current issues taking place in the region with Mogherini at a routine meeting of the European body prior to her trip.

Recently it was revealed that the European Union has taken an exceptionally active role in funding and otherwise aiding in the construction of hundreds of illegal Palestinian structures in “Area C.” These are territories that are controlled solely under the State of Israel in accordance with the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords.

These areas are expected to be retained by Israel in any final status agreement between the two parties.

Jerusalem Day in DC; An Israeli Hero; and a Liberal Palestinian

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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In the lead-up to Jerusalem Day, Yishai hosts three relevant guests: one American, another Israeli and a third Palestinian. Yishai is joined by Josh Reinstein, director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus and founder and producer of the hit TV show “Israel Now News,” broadcast to 35 million viewers in a 191 countries around the world. He discusses the Jerusalem Day celebration that will be held on Capitol Hill in Washington DC by the Israel Allies Foundation. Does this conflict with the US administration’s stance on the Holy City?

Then, Yishai is joined by Oded Tira, former president of the Israel Manufacturers Association. Tira, a retired brigadier general in the IDF who served as a paratrooper in the Six Day War and subsequently became the army’s Chief Artillery Officer, is one of Israel’s key industrialists. What is it like to be a liberator of Jerusalem and then a captain of industry? How has Israel grown since 1967, and what are its future dangers?

Finally, Yishai is joined by 22-year-old Haya Tarawa, a Muslim living in Hebron, who teaches Arabic to foreigners and is completing her BA in English literature. A proud Palestinian, she nevertheless has a liberal attitude towards Israel, and hopes to see Islam liberalize as well.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Looking Unlikely, Says Merkel

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

A deal to freeze or roll back Iran’s nuclear development program is looking unlikely as a final deadline for talks approaches.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin Tuesday during his state visit to the country the current reality shows no promise of a deal between world powers and Tehran. She added that Iran’s nuclear technology has advanced considerably over the last decade, but said if a comprehensive agreement was reached, it might prevent further development.

Merkel also told Rivlin that Germany remains completely committed to the safety and security of the State of Israel; a diplomatic relationship that has lasted 50 years, officially as of this week.

Both leaders stressed their mutual regard and friendship for each other in their meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, despite differences of opinion on what do regarding Iran.

In his response, Israel’s president said that tougher sanctions are likely to prove more effective in controlling Iran’s race towards the bomb than the current measures that are in place.

Rivlin added that if attacked, Israel reserves the right to defend herself to the best of her ability.

Why sell German arms to Israel?

At a visit to a school in Berlin prior to her meeting with Israel’s president, Merkel was questioned by a student over Germany’s decision to continue to sell arms to the Jewish State.

Merkel answered that Germany is obligated to defend Israel because six million Jews lost their lives under the Nazi regime during World War II.

The question, however, reflects a growing anti-Zionist trend in Germany that one can see in the rising number of anti-Semitic incidents in the country.

The chancellor told the student that Germany continues to believe in a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. She added that she would raise the issue with Israel’s president – which she did – but made it clear that the issue of Israel-PA politics was separate and apart from that of Israel’s defense.

“We sell weapons to Israel, which is often under attack, because we believe that Israel must have the ability to defend itself,” she said.

Earlier this week, Israel and Germany signed an agreement for the purchase from Germany of four new naval vessels to protect Israel’s Mediterranean offshore oil and gas rigs. The reciprocal deal also includes a purchase from Israel of military hardware; most likely that with which the vessels will be equipped before they are delivered.

Gulf Arab Leaders to Confront Obama on Iran

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama just can’t catch a break.

First he is questioned about Iranian aggression by Israel or members of the U.S. Congress, and now he’s about to be confronted by Arab leaders at a summit.

And that comes after some fast footwork to bring Saudi Arabia back into the loop altogether. Over the weekend King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud decided to excuse himself from Thursday’s upcoming summit, throwing the White House into ‘scramble’ mode.

The king was clearly sending a strong message to Washington: “Stop dithering and making excuses; let’s see some action on Iranian violations and on ending the nightmare in Syria.”

Saudi Arabia itself has led the way in its own mini-war against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. Its disregard for “collateral” casualties and damage in favor of simply “getting the job done” is a typically Middle Eastern way of doing things but in fact also makes it clear that players in the region expect no less from Obama.

Leaders of Persian Gulf nations are arriving at Camp David to meet Thursday with the U.S. president, according to the Saudi state-run SPA news agency.

Discussion at the summit will focus on Iran’s “aggressive” moves in the region, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Monday.

“We see Iranian support for terrorist organizations and facilitating the work of terrorist organizations, so the challenge will be in how to coordinate US-Gulf efforts in order to collectively face these aggressive moves on the part of Iran,” al-Jubeir told the news agency.

Several weeks ago, Iran captured a cargo ship sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands and seized its crew of 34 sailors. The ship, its cargo and crew was stopped as it sailed through the Strait of Hormuz and boarded by members of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Its captain was forced to navigate the vessel into a southern Iranian port city, where it has remained since.

The United States is obligated under a mutual defense treaty to protect vessels and personnel operating under the flag of the Marshall Islands.

For a number of days after the capture, U.S. warships escorted American and British-flagged vessels traveling through the Strait of Hormuz. The escort, however, has since been discontinued, according to media reports.

At least four U.S. citizens still remain captive in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Jewish Democracy in Action

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Members of the Bayit Yehudi party voted on Sunday for the coalition deal. From a quick look at the hands in the air, it appears that support was overwhelming.

If you look more carefully, you can find Waldo in there, giving the thumbs up instead of waving.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked Receives Bodyguards After Leftwing Threats

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Soon-to-be-appointed Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Bayit Yehudi) has been assigned a full-time security detail and armed guards, by the Knesset security department, after incitement and threats by Israeli leftists were posted on social media, according to Galei Tzahal.

The left are upset by Shaked, as she plans to implement much-needed reforms in Israel’s judicial system.

A previous and leftwing Justice Minister, Yosef Paritzky (Shinui), said that the only thing good about Shaked is that she would make a nice pinup for a garage calendar. He even reportedly said “and she is very beautiful – like many of the Reich’s women. Oops, sorry, one must not compare.”

A photo of Shaked dresses as a Nazi was posted on Facebook too.

Shaked has advocated for judges to be appointed by the democratically-elected Knesset, and not by an inner circle of judges and non-elected bureaucrats.

Shaked is known as an outspoken and intelligent advocate for Zionism and democracy.

A photo of Ayelet Shaked superimposed on a Nazi was also posted onto Facebook.

A photo of Ayelet Shaked superimposed on a Nazi was also posted onto Facebook.

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