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Indiana’s GOP Governor Tours Israel with Eyes on the White House

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is touring Israel this week in a business and pleasure trip that also is considered as a first step to tout credentials to be the Republican party presidential nominee in the 2016 elections.

He celebrated Christmas in Jerusalem with his family and toured Christian holy sites.

Last week, Ben Carson, a black Republican, avowed Christian and retired neuro-surgeon from Florida and also a touted candidate for the GOP nomination, visited Israel for the first time in his life

Pence, like Carson, often sounds like an evangelist and is deep in the conservative camp, but his being virtually unknown outside Indiana has left him in the bottom of the growing heap of possible candidates.

A non-profit Christian-based organization paid for the Pence family’s trip, which is also a three-day economic mission.

“Hoosiers have cherished our relationship with the people of Israel for generations,” Pence said in a statement. “As we look ahead, deepening our ties with the people, businesses and state of Israel remains a commitment that will empower us as partners.”

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith called Israel a “global entrepreneurial hotspot” and stated, “Israelis are launching new businesses at a tremendous rate, and that’s triggering economic and job growth that’s primed to expand to the United States.”

His trip includes a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and leaders in high technology and life sciences.

Pence will meet with the Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett on Monday and will fulfill the requirement of foreign dignitaries by visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

It is only a matter of time before likely GOP candidates Rick Perry and Ted Cruz visit Israel to enhance their CVs for being policy experts, more so than several Israeli Knesset Members.

Black GOP Leader Prays at the Western Wall for ‘Solomonic Wisdom’

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Black Republican Dr. Ben Carson, touted as a possible GOP presidential candidate is touring Israel and visited the Western Wall, where he went through the required routine of placing a message for God between the bricks.

Unlike President Barack Obama and the pope, Carson divulged what he wrote.

Noting that King Solomon was there once upon a time, Carson told CBN he asked God for “Solomonic wisdom on what to do.” He has not yet stated whether he will be a candidate, but he certainly is acting like one.

He praised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and concerning Judea and Samaria, Carson said, “Until such time as their neighbors are no longer desirous of their elimination,” he said, Israel’s continued control of the West Bank “makes perfectly good sense.”

His credentials as an anti-Obama conservative are impeccable. He made a speech at the national Prayer Breakfast earlier this year in which he said the United States is headed for “moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility.”

He also stated “We have imposed upon people restrictions on what they can say, on what they can think. And the media is the largest proponent of this, crucifying people who say things really quite innocently.”

President Barack Obama was sitting a few feet away, and although Carson did not directly blame the president for America’s ills, the White House was upset.

“Within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of the program, I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him,” Carson later wrote in his book “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future.”

Carson added in his book, ”I said that I did not think that he was offended and that I didn’t think that such a call was warranted.”

The GOP leader also wrote that he did not plan to run for president – unless calls God him.

CBN’s video of his visit to the Western Wall can be seen here.

Netanyahu and Rivlin ‘Happy Together’ for Israel

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President-elect Reuven Rivlin ‘agreed to agree’ on Wednesday, embracing with a hug and a smile for the cameras.

Formal congratulations from the prime minister to the president-elect were in order despite the fact that Netanyahu worked himself to the bone trying to find a different Likud candidate for the office – and Rivlin knew it. They’ve been at each other’s throats for years in fact; but they’re both professional enough and smart enough to know they must now set aside those differences.

Rivlin took the high road from the outset, saying, “The prime minister and I are committed to full and fruitful cooperation for the State of Israel and the People of Israel.”

The prime minister agreed. “We are both from Jerusalem, the sons of professors who were educated in the philosophy of Jabotinsky and we have much more in common – such as our football team,” Netanyahu said, almost with a straight face, to reporters. “Joint work on behalf of all Israelis is before us. We have gone through much together and I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel.”

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to be ‘Re-elected’ on Tuesday

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is going to be “re-elected” in the upcoming presidential polls scheduled for Tuesday.

Obviously, Assad will win his third seven-year term at the end of the day – if anyone other than his friends even show up to slip the ballots into the box. It would be lethal to do so.

A few “opponents” will stand as candidates to give the appearance that the elections are actually a process rather than the farce the process really is.

One of those willing to cooperate is Hassan al-Nouri, a U.S.-educated businessman who once served as minister of administrative development. Age 54, he is the first of two people ever to run against the Syrian leader – even in a rigged election. His fellow ‘opponent,’ Maher Hajjar, is a legislator from Aleppo.

The fee for Nouri’s cooperation was massive publicity. His face has been plastered all over the country on billboards from one end of Syria to the other. A savvy businessman, Nouri understands that the price of doing business is keeping your name in the news. He is a wealthy man, but more money is always welcome, and Nouri until now has been known mostly to the Damascus-area market.

Neither are really opponents, of course. Nouri even admitted as much to The Washington Post. “I’m not opposition, a hundred percent. But I’m not part of the regime,” he said. “I’m leading the third party.” Western leaders and analysts have dismissed this and the entire election as a charade.

But more to the point, Nouri expressed a view repeatedly stated by the Assad government, more succinctly and in terms a democratic audience can more easily understand: “Millions of Syrians are the silent majority. They don’t give a damn who is the president. They want food on the table, they want peace, they want security.”

The question is, what happens the day after tomorrow?

El-Sisi Becomes President of Egypt

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Exit polls show that former Field Marshal and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has swept the polls to become Egypt’s new president.

With nearly all the votes counted, el-Sisi has won 95.3 percent, with leftist opponent Hamdeen Sabahi taking 4.7 percent. The data comes from the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research and the Egyptian TV channel MBC Masr.

Some 25 million Egyptians managed to make it to the polls by the end of the three-day extended voting period, according to the state-run Al-Ahram Online news service. Both candidates filed complaints against the decision to extend the voting by an extra day.

The Human Rights Watch agency also complained, issuing a statement saying, “The mass arrests of thousands of political dissidents, whether Islamist or secular, has all but shut down the political arena and stripped these elections of real meaning.”

El-Sisi removed his predecessor, the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Mohamed Morsi, last June after he had spent one year in office. That year resulted in an Islamist parliament and a tourism industry torn apart by fears over limits on alcohol, music, dress codes and more.

The economy, already limping after the January 25 Revolution in 2011 toppled the government of former President Hosni Mubarak, crashed. And thousands took to the streets to protest when there was no improvement in any sector month after month from the new regime.

When the figure hit the million mark, el-Sisi stepped in, removing Morsi and installing a provisional governing council with representation from across the political spectrum and an interim president. The Muslim Brotherhood was also invited to send delegates – but refused and instead sent its people into the streets, where clashes escalated to more violence.

Eventually more than 600 were killed in the clashes between police and protesters, and thousands were injured. Ultimately the Muslim Brotherhood was banned as a political organization, as it was in earlier years by the Mubarak government, and its leaders jailed.

El-Sisi also poured police and other security personnel into the Sinai Peninsula to put a stop to the flood of terrorists ‘immigrating’ to the region to establish new bases there. He also ordered the Egyptian army to seal the smuggler tunnels with which Gaza terrorists were ‘importing’ weapons and other contraband under the border from Iran and elsewhere.

The issue now is whether the new administration under Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will have the tools and the legitimacy it needs to restore order and peace to a nation wracked by rage, violence and poverty for so long.

Egyptians Choose a President (Again)

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Egyptians are going to the polls today (Monday) and tomorrow to elect a president in what many see as a foregone conclusion. But the issue is not whether former Field Marshal and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be elected president – the issue is how many of Egypt’s 80 million citizens will actually turn out to vote.

El-Sisi, whose opponent was socialist activist Hamdeen Sabahi, was responsible for the June 30, 2013 removal of Egypt’s first democratically-elected president.

Former President Mohammed Morsi was backed by the Muslim Brotherhood and elected by a popular vote that many Egyptians said was rigged. The election followed the “January 25 Revolution” that toppled the decades-old regime of former President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

The “intervention” – as the subsequent military government called it – came in response to months of protests against the increasingly restrictive Islamist regime.

By June, millions of Egyptians had signed a petition asking the president to resign, and were flooding the streets in major cities around the country. But the streets ran with blood as the protesters clashed with their Muslim Brotherhood counterparts, who supported Morsi and claimed the entire scene was a setup by the military.

Now new elections have arrived and the question is whether the country will turn out to support el-Sisi — the military chief who seized the initiative to remove Morsi from office, attempted to restore order to Egypt and has since cooperated with Israel in trying to eliminate terrorist camps in Sinai.

El-Sisi Heading to Presidential Victory in Egypt

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Presidential elections in Egypt are on the way, and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has already picked up 85% of the ex-pat vote.

Of course, he has very little competition.

He is opposed by only one other candidate: Socialist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, an opposition activist during the eras of Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, who was jailed during the terms of both presidents.

Egypt’s presidential elections are set for May 26-27.

Two police officers and two civilians were injured Saturday when a “homemade” bomb exploded at a rally for el-Sisi in Cairo, AP reported.

The former Egyptian army field marshal and defense minister was not there, however; he has restricted his appearances to television programs and interviews for security reasons.

Thus far two assassination plots have been uncovered, el-Sisi said in an Egyptian television interview, but gave no details. He accused the Muslim Brotherhood in connection with the plot and that under his regime the organization would no longer exist, “just like that.”

Former president Mohammed Morsi, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, was the first democratically-elected president to enter office following the January 25 revolution that ended the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. Last June, el-Sisi removed Morsi from his post after he had spent one year in office due to a groundswell of grassroots protests throughout the country.

Since that time the country has been run by a national council but the Muslim Brotherhood withheld its support, instead choosing to continuing protests and clashes with security personnel.

More than 16,000 members of the movement and other radical Islamists have been arrested, according to Aljazeera, and hundreds of others have died in the violence.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/el-sisi-heading-to-presidential-victory-in-egypt/2014/05/19/

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