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Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Obama Wants ‘Common Ground’

In a 1995 video interview unearthed by this reporter, Barack Obama advocated using an economic agenda to achieve a “common ground” that would be “good for all people.”

While Obama does not define what he means by “common ground” during that interview, in another video interview from the same year – publicized by this reporter last week – Obama specifically defined “common ground” as a society built on collectivism, including unions and collective bargaining.

Obama made his controversial remarks on “Connie Martinson Talks Books,” a show that airs on public television. The future politician was promoting his just published book, Dreams From My Father. At the time, Obama was a community organizer planning to launch a political career.

During a discussion about race relations, Martinson asked Obama whether economic can be used to advocate for liberalism. “Liberalism seems to fly out the window when people are nervous about their economy,” Martinson contended.

Obama replied, “Well, I think that that is true. What I do think, though, is that there is the possibility of building common ground around an economic agenda that would be good for all people.”

Just before those comments, Obama also advocated for using community organizing to bypass the U.S. court system while nudging for social change. Obama explained that it was increasingly difficult to bring employment discrimination lawsuits in civil rights cases, claiming public interest groups were “outgunned” and that the U.S. judiciary was “not sympathetic to the cause of civil rights.”

“Progress is probably not gonna come through the courts these days. We are not going to see a Brown vs. the Board of Education type of decision anytime soon.”

He continued: “What we are gonna have to do is to sort of work at the grassroots level and the community level and also rediscover some sense of mutual responsibility between black and white American if we are gonna make progress into the 21st century.”

Has Al Qaeda Infiltrated Libya’s Security Apparatus?

An Egyptian security official told this column that there is information about large-scale infiltration by al Qaeda and its affiliates within the Libyan security apparatus.

The claim comes amid speculation about how Islamists who targeted the U.S. mission in Libya seemed to have inside information about the movement of American diplomats in the country as well as the location of a supposedly secret U.S. safehouse in Libya.

KleinOnline.com has documented that the U.S. supported Libyan rebels in 2011 against Muammar Khaddafi despite widespread reports that al Qaeda groups were incorporated in the rebel ranks. The U.S. provided direct assistance, including weapons, and finances, to the Libyan rebels.

At the time, rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi admitted in an interview that a significant number of Libyan rebels were al Qaeda fighters, many of whom had fought U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.”

Adm. James Stavridis, NATO supreme commander for Europe, admitted in 2011 that Libya’s rebel force may include al Qaeda: “We have seen flickers in the intelligence of potential al Qaeda, Hizbullah.”

Former CIA officer Bruce Riedel went even further, telling the Hindustan Times: “There is no question that al Qaeda’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition. It has always been Khaddafi’s biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi. What is unclear is how much of the opposition is al Qaeda/Libyan Islamic Fighting Group – 2 percent or 80 percent.”

In Syria, meanwhile, the U.S. may be currently supporting al Qaeda and other jihadists fighting with the rebels targeting Assad’s regime. Last month, KleinOnline quoted a senior Syrian source claiming at least 500 hardcore mujahedeen from Afghanistan, many of whom were spearheading efforts to fight the U.S. there, have been killed in clashes with Syrian forces last month.

Also last month, this column reported that Jihadiya Salafia in the Gaza Strip, a group that represents al Qaeda in the coastal territory, had declared three days of mourning for its own jihadists who died in Syria in recent weeks.

The New York Times, Reuters, and other news outlets, have also reported on an al Qaeda presence among the Syrian rebels.

A Judge We Can Depend On

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

As we prepare for Rosh Hashanah, the ten days of repentance, and the awesome day of Yom Kippur when our judgment is sealed for the coming year, it’s so important for me to tell my readers how much I love the Ribbono Shel Olam, the Master of the Universe.

Why? Because when you love Hashem and are firm about it and focused on it, then it’s unshakeable,

Two weeks ago I decided, on the spur of the moment, to shoot over to Migron and spend the last Shabbos with the residents there before police and soldiers arrived to throw them off the land and out of the beautiful caravans they’d purchased. Fifty families, hundreds of children, had to leave because of a High Court decision.

Ya’akov Katz, “Katzele,” head of the National Union party, told me, “It’s Netanyahu’s fault because he fought against the new ‘Regulation Law,’ which failed to pass in the Knesset and could have bypassed the High Court decision.”

The prime minister felt that doing so would have slighted the country’s justice system and so he prepared replacement caravans a little lower down the mountain.

The people of Migron weren’t crying. They’d fought for six years and lost. They sang joyous songs together and had a big Kiddush while the children played on the swings outside for the last time. (Of course there will be new swings.)

The rabbi banged his hands on the shtender during his speech but summed up with: “This week is Parshas Ki Seitzai, ‘when you go out,’ and next Shabbos we’ll read Ki Savo, when you come in (to the new Migron!).”

And I was thinking, why wasn’t Benjamin Netanyahu there for Shabbos, to identify with the plight of the settlers? It would have been so beautiful!

Anyway, let’s return to my opening paragraph, to how much I love Hashem and why it pays for you to love Him too.

We know Hashem is perfect and His Torah is perfect. Reb Yehoshua ben Prachya says in Pirkei Avos, “You must judge all people on the scale of merit – this is God’s will.”

We know Hashem must keep His own Torah. Thus, when I love the Ribbono Shel Olam with complete focus, I can say to Him, “Please, my Beloved, judge me l’kaf zechut (on the scale of merit).”

He’ll answer, “But I know everything about you. Do you want to see your list of degrading sins?”

I, however, remain focused and say, “Excuse me, I love you, but who gave me my cunning yetzer hara? You did, Abba. I’ll be better in the coming year, but I want You to be better as well, and bring Mashiach and the glory of Israel!”

Now I hear a “sound of silence” from Above, and I quickly interject, “And you can’t say that your nation doesn’t deserve a new light shining on Zion! Because it was the wicked Balaam who told us a great secret about you [Bamidbar 23:21] when he said, ‘He [Hashem] sees no sin in Yaakov!’ ”

And then I smile upward and add, “And in Perek 2 of Pirkei Avos, Hillel states: ‘Do not judge your friend [all of Israel] until you stand in his place [and understand where he’s coming from].’

“You can’t judge me until you come down to my level. I’m human, I kvetch, I need my morning coffee, I have to make a living, but it’s Yom Kippur, I’m fasting…”

When you love Hashem, you discover that you are allowed to speak like this to your Maker.

Years ago at a wedding I found myself sitting next to the gadol Rav Rafael Soloveichik, zt”l, and I got into a conversation with him. He told me “Hashem loves chutzpah” – it’s actually something desired because it proves your faith (based on a Yerushalmi).

And so I urge my readers to come to Yom HaDin with love and chutzpah, like a child to a father. And may we receive a good judgment for ourselves and our charming nation.

And may I remind my readers that while it’s easy to criticize Prime Minister Netanyahu, remember this: Do not judge your fellow man until you understand that you wouldn’t want to be in his shoes for all the honor in the world.

Quick Takes” News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

U.S. Negotiates With Russia Over Syrian Involvement

The Obama administration expressed willingness to negotiate with Russia over providing European countries with a missile defense shield if the Russians decrease their role in supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to informed Middle East security officials speaking to this column.

The officials further disclosed a White House pledge to Russia to work against an attack on Iran, pressing for growing mediation with Tehran instead – also on condition that the Russians essentially stand back in their bolstering of Assad.

For its part, Russia is demanding a U.S. pledge that there will be no international military deployment in Syria if Moscow accepts the U.S.’s conditions, the Middle East security officials said.

Asked for comment, a Syrian government source reached by KleinOnline said that Damascus is “confident” about the continued Russian support for Assad despite any ongoing talks with the Obama administration.

The Syrian source further claimed that Turkey is stepping up training to the rebels targeting Assad’s regime and that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are increasing the flow of weapons to the rebel groups.

New Black Panthers May Return To Polling Booths

Malik Zulu Shabazz, national chairman of the New Black Panther Party, stated in an interview on WABC’s “Aaron Klein Investigative radio” that his controversial group may deploy at voting booths in the November presidential elections, claiming such a move is needed to ensure there is no “intimidation against our people.”

The NBPP was the focus of national attention after the Department of Justice dismissed voter intimidation charges against the group’s leaders related to the 2008 presidential election. Justice insiders claimed racial preference was given in the case

During the interview, Shabaz was asked whether his group is planning to go to U.S. polling stations in the upcoming presidential election.

Shabazz replied: “I will say that as this election comes up in November we will consider our options. And we will consider the fact whether we will legally and lawfully go to the polls again to make sure there is no intimidation against our people, which was our intent in 2008.”

This radio host asked the NBPP leader whether his group is planning to bring batons or billy clubs to any polling stations as they did in 2008.

“No sir,” Shabazz responded. “And you’re not gonna bait me into that. I know what you are here to do. And that’s not true. We will be there. I mean, if we are there. If. We are not saying we will be there or not. But whatever we will do it will be legal and lawful under the constitution of the United States.”

Asked about the dropping of federal charges related to the NBPP’s activities during the previous presidential election, Shabazz stated, “I would like to deny voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party in 2008.”

He continued: “We were not found that we intimidated anyone and therefore we were not charged and that’s why we are walking free today happy as a bird to the disdain of many. ”

The 2008 case centered on two NBPP members accused of standing in front of the entrance to a Philadelphia polling station in uniforms that have been described as paramilitary, with one member wielding a billy club.

According to complaints, both men standing in front of the polling station pointed at voters and shouted racial slurs, using such phrases as “white devil” and “you’re about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”

Book May Hold Secret To Obama’s Roosevelt Reference

Many were left to ponder what President Obama meant when he used his Democratic National Convention speech last week to call for “the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.”

This reporter’s book, Fool Me Twice may have the answer to this puzzle. It reveals progressive plans for Obama’s second term that may include the creation of a 21st-century version of FDR’s Works Progress Administration as part of a massive government-funded jobs program.

During his DNC speech, Obama declared: “It will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one.”

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Federal Court Blocks ID Law
Based On Controversial Data

A radical group with a history of biased research provided data which a federal court used last week to block a new voter ID law in Texas, ruling the state failed to show that the law would not harm the voting rights of minorities, KleinOnline has learned. The center was heavily instrumental in opposing the voter ID law in Texas as well as a similar law in South Carolina, including providing key data to the Justice Department and to the organizations behind the lawsuits against the two laws.

The voter ID data collected by the group, the Brennan Center for Justice, has been called into question by experts and has been contradicted by other credible studies.

The Brennan Center is located at New York University School of Law. In November 2006, the Brennan Center issued “Citizens Without Proof,” an extensive report that claimed voter ID policies will disfranchise millions of minority, elderly and low-income voters because those voting blocs are less likely to possess documentation than the general population. That singular report is routinely cited by news media and activists seeking to prove voter ID is racist.

In August 2011, the Heritage Foundation critiqued the Brennan report, finding it “both dubious in its methodology and results and suspect in its sweeping conclusions.” According to the Heritage Foundation report, the Brennan Center used biased questioning to obtain its desired result concerning minority voters – a result that is actually contradicted by footnotes buried in the Brennan report itself.

The Brennan Center’s report was based entirely on one survey of only 987 “voting age American citizens.” However, the report contained no information on how the survey determined whether a respondent was actually an American citizen.

One footnote in the Brennan report contradicts the report’s very premise. That note states that “[t]he survey did not yield statistically significant results for differential rates of possession of citizenship documents by race, age, or other identified demographic factors.”

Besides receiving a reported $7.4 million from Soros’s Open Society Institute since 2000, the Brennan Center was also the recipient of grants from the Joyce Foundation from 2000 to 2003. President Obama served on the Joyce board from 1994 through 2002.

Partisan Politics Behind Al Gore’s
Opposition To Electoral College?

Al Gore’s claim that an end to the Electoral College will ensure all voters get equal representation in a popular vote is contradicted by a recently released book that documents how the “popular vote” campaign could see only 14 states – those with the largest populations, most of which are majority-Democrat – decide the presidency for voters in all 50 states.

Gore took to his Current TV to push for the abolishment of the Electoral College and its replacement with a national popular vote process. He claimed that many voters who live outside the dozen or so battleground states are being cheated by the current system that allocates delegates from the state level.

The vote for president is the only one in which all Americans vote for a national leader. In framing the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers rejected a purely popular vote to elect the president in order to balance the power of the larger states against the smaller ones. The Electoral College was fashioned as a compromise between an election of the president by direct popular vote and election by Congress.

This columnist’s new book, Fool Me Twice, documents that a group backed by a who’s who of the progressive left, calling itself the National Popular Vote, or NPV, has already been successful in quietly pushing for abolishing the Electoral College in favor of a popular vote process.

“Under the rubric of a ‘National Popular Vote,’ this plan would allow the 14 most populous American states, mostly majority-Democrat, to determine the outcome of future presidential elections. The voters of the 36 less populous states would then effectively be disenfranchised,” warns the book.

In 2007, Maryland became the first state to approve a “national popular vote” compact. As a result, in a theoretical winner-take-all contest, Maryland would allocate all of its 10 electoral votes to the candidate who won the most votes nationally – even if the same candidate did not win the most votes in Maryland.

Egypt Wants Better Relations With Iran

A delegation of Egyptian military officials and Muslim Brotherhood political leaders quietly met in Tehran with Iranian officials to discuss closer strategic collaboration between the two countries, according to an Egyptian military official who spoke to this column.

Conservative Rabbi Wolpe to Deliver Invocation to Democrats

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles confirmed that he will deliver the invocation at the Wednesday evening session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

His sermon will focus on the ideals animating the United States, Wolpe said, and will precede speeches by Elizabeth Warren, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, and former President Bill Clinton.

In a bipartisan endorsement of the American rabbinate, the presentation by the Conservative Rabbi Wolpe will balance the invocation given by Orthodox Rabbi Meir Soloveichik at the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Wolpe has been named the most influential rabbi in America this year by Newsweek magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post.

He is the author of seven books and widely known as a newspaper columnist and radio and television commentator.

Today’s Israeli: A Charming New Breed

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

In Israel today there is a new generation whose members may not be outwardly observant but who are intrinsically religious and have the utmost respect for the Torah and its scholars.

This phenomenon is especially true among Sephardim, but so many of the young generation are from “mixed” families, where one spouse is Sephardi and one is Ashkenazi. I have three daughters who eat kitnius on Passover as they have Sephardi husbands.

My sons-in-law are, thank God, observant, but they have many friends who are new breeds, choosing to observe according to their own convenience while respecting Torah and believing in the power of the blessings of tzaddikim.

I got a call about a month ago from someone who asked me if I had ever heard of one of Israel’s most popular non-observant singers.

“Yes, I’ve heard his name,” I said.

“Well,” he said, “I’m his producer and I want to work with you.”

I wasn’t sure if this guy was on the level but I said, “If this is true, I’ve been waiting for this call for a hundred years.”

I told him I had great songs but didn’t push them. “How did you get to me?” I asked.

He said he’d been in Hebron with his buddies and they were getting a tour from the well-known Baruch Marzel, and he asked Marzel why Dov Shurin hadn’t made it big.

“After all,” he told Marzel, “we saw the amazing clips on YouTube of Shurin’s famous songs ‘Zachreni Na’ and ‘V’lo Yinatshu.’ ”

Marzel told him, “People consider Shurin crazy.”

“He’s crazy?” my caller responded. “So are we. Give me his number!”

So now this fellow was on the phone with me and said, “I want to produce a hit for you.”

He told me he’s also a songwriter and had written the big hit song, “Ish Emunah Ein Lo Lifached” (“A man of faith is afraid of nothing”), recorded by the popular Eyal Golan.

I asked him if he was observant.

“Not really,” he answered. “I do love the Torah and just got a berachah from a tzaddik.”

Then he told me he was really busy at the moment with summer concerts but that he would invite me to a barbecue soon and we’d meet each other.

Last week he called to invite me to that barbecue, at his penthouse.

So there I was with about fifty other guests at a penthouse in Tel Aviv. At the head of the table sat the rav of the community; Knesset Member Dr. Michael Ben-Ari; Baruch Marzel; and a man who works full-time to get Jewish girls away from Arab spouses.

Most of the others were non-observant Jews, but with a profound respect for Judaism.

The rabbi suddenly said, “Let’s start with Maariv.” Kippot and siddurim were distributed and we prayed.

Every speaker spoke Torah. From the grill came kabobs, hamburgers, chicken and steak.

The background music was the singing of Avraham Fried, then a song by Chaim Yisrael called “Torah HaKedosha,” which was composed by my new friend, the non-observant producer. Then my own “Zachreni Na,” from my “Biblical Revenge” album, resounded across the penthouse and everyone was up and dancing.

Knesset Member Ben-Ari, seeming to know the importance of this night for me, said he wanted to pay honor to Dov Shurin by explaining who Shimshon HaGibor was. And he told the story of Samson’s birth and death, in a deep and beautiful way, explaining the salvation he brought to us from the hands of the Plishtim, topped off by the final words of Samson to Hashem – my song – “Zachreini na – remember me and strengthen me just this last time, so I can avenge the suffering of our nation at the hands of the Plishtim.”

What I want to emphasize, as we count our days to Rosh Hashanah, is that in our holy Eretz Yisrael there is a new breed of non-observant (may they soon all become observant) Jews who are charming our Maker.

They are charming Him in the most loving way, by respecting Torah and its scholars and the holiness of our land and our people, and declaring, “A man of faith has nothing to fear” as we witness our enemies slaughtering each other while we barbecue the best meats, al ha’aish, on the grill, at a penthouse in Tel Aviv.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Koch: Vote For Obama

Since President Obama and Mitt Romney both have positions that are “acceptable” on Israel, American Jews should vote Democrat in support of Obama’s domestic agenda, contends former New York mayor Ed Koch.

After previously criticizing the Obama administration’s approach toward Israel, Koch is now campaigning for Obama within the U.S. Jewish community.

Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” Koch was asked whether he is bothered by some Jews who say they are disappointed the ex-mayor is back in the Obama camp. He replied: “I think that I have done more than many people in support of the state of Israel, including many of these critics. So while they have the right to criticize me, that doesn’t make any difference as far as I am concerned. I trust my own judgment.”

Koch said, “I have concluded that their positions [Obama’s and Romney’s] are acceptable…so that I won’t be voting on who’s better between the two candidates on that issue.” Koch stated that since Obama is “good” on Israel, Jews should support the president’s domestic agenda “as it relates to Medicare and Medicaid, Obamacare, abortion, food stamps…”

“On every single domestic issue, the Republicans are dead wrong and the Democrats are dead right,” he said. “If I felt the Democrats are hostile to Israel I would not support them. But they are not.”

Obama Is The Real Radical, Says Bolton

President Obama is the real “radical,” putting “restructuring the U.S. and its economy” ahead of national security, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney, declared in an interview with this columnist on New York’s WABC Radio.

Bolton was firing back in response to an interview the president gave to the Associated Press in which Obama categorized Romney’s positions as “extreme.” “I think the Obama tactic obviously is a familiar refrain that has been used against Republicans for years,” retorted Bolton when asked about Obama’s statements.

Continued Bolton: “And in fact, it is Obama who is the radical here on a whole wide range of issues, especially on national security. He is the first president since FDR whose initial thought on wakening in the morning isn’t what threats does the U.S. face. Instead he has thoughts of restructuring the U.S. and its economy.”

“I think he is comfortable with America in decline,” added Bolton. “I think his massive cuts in defense while expanding every other part of the government demonstrate that.”

Obama To Palestinians:
Please Wait Until After The Election

The Obama administration has asked the Palestinian Authority to delay its bid to unilaterally declare a state at the United Nations until after November’s presidential election, a senior PA official told KleinOnline. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the request was passed to PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s office by the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem earlier this month.

The official said the PA has not yet made a decision about the timing of its application with the UN General Assembly for accepting “Palestine” as a non-member state. The official, however, did indicate that Abbas is inclined toward waiting until after the U.S. presidential election.

Any UN push by the PA prior to the election would place the Obama administration in an uncomfortable position.

Last September, the PA failed to secure enough votes to declare a state at the UN Security Council after the U.S. played a key role in scuttling the statehood attempt. The PA pledged to take a similar request to the General Assembly, where it expects to garner the support of more than 130 countries.

It Pays To Be Close To The President

Top Obama administration officials are tied to energy companies that received hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus money, according to documentation in the recently released book Fool Me Twice by this columnist.

One such recipient is BrightSource Energy, a solar energy company attempting to build the world’s largest solar power plant even though some are concerned that such a venture is too risky an investment for the federal government. BrightSource received a $1.37 billion federal loan guarantee, the largest the Department of Energy has ever given for a solar power project.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Iran Warns Saudi Arabia, Qatar:
Don’t Cooperate With Israel, Or Else…

Iran has warned Saudi Arabia and Qatar that if either country allows Israel to use its airspace, Tehran may retaliate directly against them, according to informed Arab government officials speaking to this column.

One official said that in talks with Gulf nations, Iran “hinted” that a couple of Iranian missiles “may lose their way” and strike Qatar, Saudi Arabia, or any other Gulf country that allows Israel to use its airspace in any attack against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.

Such threats may help to account for a reported change in Saudi Arabia’s attitude toward an Israeli strike on Iran. Last week, Israel’s Yedioth Aharonot newspaper reported that Saudi Arabia has informed the Jewish state that it will intercept any Israeli aircraft crossing its airspace en route to Iran.

Saudi Arabia does not maintain an open diplomatic relationship with Israel. But the Sunni Muslim country, together with Qatar, Jordan, and others, feels threatened by the growing and opposing influence of Iran, dominated by Shiite Islam.

There have been multiple reports of Saudi cooperation with Israel on the Iranian nuclear issue. There were claims in both 2009 and 2010, for example, that then-Mossad chief Meir Dagan met with Saudi intelligence officials. One report said Dagan went to Saudi Arabia in 2009 to gain assurances that the country would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets violating Saudi airspace during any raid on Iran’s nuclear plans. Both governments denied the reports.

Egypt Mulling Keeping Tanks In Sinai

Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is considering keeping tanks in the Sinai Peninsula on a permanent basis, according to a senior Egyptian military official who spoke to KleinOnline. The military buildup would violate a key provision of the peace accords signed with Israel in 1979 that calls for the total demilitarization of the peninsula.

Over the last two weeks, there have been reports of Egypt sending in light tanks, armored vehicles, and attack helicopters in the Sinai purportedly to fight Islamic groups blamed for a spate of attacks and attempted attacks against both Israel and Egyptian police. The Jewish state has kept largely quiet about the Egyptian military deployments, choosing instead to let Cairo’s military attempt to root out the jihadists that have taken up positions throughout the Sinai.

The Egyptian military leadership has long been considered a quiet ally of Israel. However, Morsi’s most recent unilateral sacking of the Egyptian military brass has sent alarm bells ringing across Israel. The move signals the centralization of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood coalition and his presidency’s dominance over the military, which has long been seen as an independent force.

Muslim Brotherhood leaders over the years have called for Egypt to abandon the peace treaty with Israel. The treaty was the basis for the opening of billions of dollars in U.S. aid that built the Egyptian military into one of the strongest forces in the Middle East today, second perhaps only to Israel.

U.S. Makes Life Easier For
Charity Helping Syrian Rebels

A charity now operating out of Washington, D.C., recently received U.S. nonprofit status to raise money for the Free Syrian Army.

The D.C.-based Syrian Support Group boasts on its website that it received “a license from the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control that permits the organization to raise funds and provide certain services to the Free Syrian Army.” The group says it is raising funds in the U.S. to provide “certain logistical, communications and other services to the [Free Syrian Army].”

Brian Sayers, director of government relations for the Syrian Support Group, admitted in an NPR interview the money raised by his organization will go to weapons purchases as well. The Syrian Support Group addresses concerns on its website about whether some of the money will go to Al Qaeda organizations fighting with the Free Syrian Army. There have been scores of reports worldwide of Al Qaeda and other jihad groups joining the ranks of the Free Syrian Army in its insurgency against Bashar al-Assad.

“SSG acknowledges reports of increasing Al-Qaeda and other extremist activity within Syria. SSG hopes to serve as a counter-weight to this development and will only provide financial support to military councils who have adopted the Free Syrian Army’s Proclamation of Principles.”

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