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June 1, 2016 / 24 Iyar, 5776

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‘The US is Preventing Israel From Joining Sunni Coalition’ Says Government Official

Monday, February 8th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayoob Kara revealed at the Jerusalem Conference on Monday, February 2 that the Israeli government has an interest in pursuing a closer relationship with Sunni states and that Russia is linked to the existential threats against Israel.

The Jerusalem Conference is organized annually by Arutz Sheva, a network affiliated with the religious conservative right wing. The conference tackles political, economic, social, and religious issues in Israel.

The opening panel of the conference featured Deputy Minister Kara as the official representative and voice of the Likud party and the Israeli government.

“The existential threat to Israel does not come from the Islamic State or Sunni Muslims,” Kara declared to the panel. “The existential threat to Israel and the Jews is Shiite; it is Iran, which is backed now and has been backed for a long time by Russia.”

Although Kara blamed Russia, he did not spare the United States from criticism as well, claiming that the US is preventing Israel from making connections with moderate Muslim states.

“The best course of action for Israel to face the Iranian threat as well as that of the Islamic State is through cooperation with the moderate Sunni nations. We need to join a coalition with Saudi Arabia, but it seems that the US does not want that to happen,” elaborated the deputy minister.

These comments raised a few eyebrows and generated some surprised whispers from both the crowd and other members of the panel, which included local media personalities and rabbis.

Deputy Minister Kara later toned down the nature of his comments in an interview with Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

“I did not mean to say that the US is actively and willfully preventing a closer relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia,” Kara told TPS.

“But the US is ignoring and not helping with steps to bring our countries together, and I think this in itself is a method of preventing Israel from joining the Saudi coalition,” explained Kara.

Deputy Minister Kara confirmed to TPS that Israel shares geopolitical and security interests with the moderate Sunni states and that both sides are seeking to develop strategic and financial cooperation and connections .

“I had a meeting yesterday with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dore Gold and we are working on opening direct channels to Saudi Arabia and to pursue a normalization of relations with other Muslim states,” Kara said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Kuwait Joins Sunni Nations Cutting Ties With Iran

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Kuwait became the fourth Sunni Muslim nation on Tuesday to cut diplomatic ties with Iran following a crisis that began last weekend between the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia.

Citing “torching and sabotage activities” at the Saudi Arabian embassy by an Iranian mob in Tehran, Kuwait recalled its ambassador from the Iranian capital.

Kuwait follows Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan, all of whom have recalled their ambassadors from Tehran over the incident as well.

“Such action constitutes a flagrant breach of international conventions and violation of Iran’s international commitment over security and safety of diplomatic missions on its lands,” said the Kuwaiti foreign ministry in a statement.

Rioters in Tehran stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy over the weekend, smashing furnishings and other items inside the building and then torching the offices. The attack came in response to the execution by Saudi Arabia of prominent Shi’ite Muslim Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. The cleric was among 47 convicts executed Saturday in the Sunni Muslim kingdom on charges of terrorism.

The United Nations Security Council has also stepped into the breach, condemning “in the strongest terms” the attack on Saudi Arabia’s embassy, as well as on a Saudi Arabian consulate in Iran.

The Council called on Iran to “protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage.”

But Saudi Arabia is not likely to provide Iran with that opportunity at this point: Riyadh has already severed its ties with Tehran and ejected Iran’s ambassador from the kingdom.

Moreover, an unrepentant President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that Riyadh could not cover its “crime” by severing political relations with Tehran, Press TV reported.

Both Russia and China have issued statements calling on the two sides to “use restraint” and reconsider their actions in view of the impact such a conflict might have on the stability of the region. But the long-simmering tensions between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims have been cooking in nearly every Arab nation in the Middle East.

Those issues have been responsible to a great extent for the savage civil war that has completely destroyed Syria, and still rages in what once was a single Arab nation in that place. The same issues are responsible for the lack of a new president in Lebanon, for more than a year.

Ultimately, the conflict between Sunni and Shi’a Islam will either be resolved between the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran’s Ayatollahs — in which case the two will united against Israel — or it will likely become responsible for a new breakdown of order in Arab nations where governments have no adequate grip on their societies.

Hana Levi Julian

Iranian ‘Protesters’ Destroy Tehran Embassy After Saudis Execute Shi’ite Cleric

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

A tidal wave of Iranian fury over Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shi’ite cleric crashed over Riyadh’s embassy in Tehran early Sunday.

Raging Iranian demonstrators stormed the embassy, smashing furniture and torching the building, Iran’s ISNA news agency reported.

The fury came in response to Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shi’ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday. The cleric was executed together with 46 other suspects accused of terrorism, mostly alleged members of Al Qaeda.

Iran warned the cleric’s execution would “cost Saudi Arabia dearly.” The Revolutionary Guards Corps vowed “harsh revenge” against “this pro-terrorist, Islamic regime” for its execution of Nimr.

The cleric was admired in Iran as a champion of Shi’ite minority rights. Nimr was a vocal critic of the Saudi dynasty and was perceived as a leader of the younger generation of Shi’ite activists who had lost patience with older leaders.

In addition to Nimr, three other Shi’ites were also executed Saturday; all four were accused of involvement in shooting police.

Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedinia was later quoted by ISNA as saying “unruly elements” were arrested for attacking the embassy with firebombs and rocks, but there was no confirmation of the claim.

Iran’s foreign ministry also issued a statement calling for calm after photos were posted on Twitter showing parts of the interior of the embassy completely destroyed. The ministry urged “protesters” to “respect” the premises, but it wasn’t clear how much was left to “respect.”

Hana Levi Julian

Did FBI Miss Red Flags on Terror in 2012?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

The FBI might have missed some giant-sized red flags on terror in 2012. That was the first time that San Bernardino slaughterer Syed Rizwan Farook teamed up with someone to plan a terrorist attack on a specific target. But nobody ever knew, because the two partners abandoned the plot.

Late Tuesday, Attorney-General Loretta Lynch announced information-sharing pacts with nearly 50 countries around the globe late Tuesday in another effort to poke a finger in the dike and at least slow the flood of terror attacks. In some quarters, however, analysts are wondering if that response by the Obama administration is not a case of “too little, too late.”

About the same time, new information emerged that Farook had teamed up with a male partner in 2012. Although the identity of the second individual was not released, news analysts across America were asking: How did these two slip under the radar?

The pair “got spooked” after a rash of terror-related arrests in their area and so did not carry out the planned attack. Two officials told CNN, however, that they had already settled on a specific target, according to the report.

He and his wife, Fasheen Malik, were photographed upon their arrival at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in July 2014, both appearing as fundamentalist Muslims.

Apparently it is unclear about where Malik lived prior to her immigration to the United States, but there seems to be no disagreement about the fact that she arrived on the strength of a fiancee visa.

A prior report by CNN clearly stated that Malik lived with her family in Saudi Arabia prior her trip to the United States, but now all mention of any connection with that nation has now been completely eliminated from the account. Instead, CNN reports that Malik lived in “the home owned by her father” in Multan, about 220 miles southwest of Lahore, Pakistan, until spring 2014, “around the time she got married and moved to the United States on a fiance visa.”

Except that doesn’t quite work out. Malik and her husband did not arrive in the United States until July 27, 2014. We don’t really find out when in “spring 2014” she left Pakistan nor where she went until arriving in the U.S. in late July.

How odd that all mention of Saudi Arabia somehow has mysteriously disappeared from the text. So have a few other salient facts.

Malik reportedly failed to appear for the personal interview at the U.S. Consulate required in order to obtain that visa, and the necessary documents that should have been filed were allegedly missing as well. Those facts, too, are no longer mentioned in current reporting on this very important issue.

Instead, the network has begun to focus its coverage on government efforts to “tighten the visa waiver program” and “tighten visa entry requirements.”

Neither measure, however, remedy a no-show for a personal interview, missing documents and what might have been a greased palm or an “understanding” staff member — or both — at a U.S. Consulate, albeit unknown to his or her superiors.

And there is more.

Just days before the massacre in San Bernardino, $28,500 was deposited into Farook’s bank account, a loan he received in November, according to numerous law enforcement officials. About half of that money went to Farook’s mother, with whom the couple’s baby was left on their final day alive, when they attacked and killed his co-workers at a holiday office party. The other half was spent on household items.

None appears to have been provided by any outside entity, according to one of the law enforcement officials who spoke to CNN. But one expert said the loan indicated preparation for an attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Prince Charles Visited Saudi Arabia but Snubbed Invitation to Israel

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invited Prince Charles to visit Israel when they met at the Paris conference last month, but the British nobility continues 67 years of a Royal snub to Israel, even before the “occupation”

The London Telegraph noted that Prince Charles last February visited Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The newspaper quoted one Israeli official as saying:

We’re the only democracy in the Middle East and so you ask why do the Royals go to the Arab dictatorships around us but they don’t come here?

British royalty, including Prince Charles have paid personal visits to Israel but never on an official basis since the re-establishment of the country.

Israel has recognized Princess Alice of Battenberg, the mother of the Duke of Edinburgh and who is buried in the Mount of Olives, as one of the Righteous Among Nations” for saving a Greek Jewish family from the Nazis. Prince Phillip visited her grave 19 years ago in what the royalty took pains to term a private visit.

Queen Elizabeth told the Israeli ambassador to London 18 years she would be happy to come to Israel, but no action followed the words.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace told the Telegraph, “All overseas visits by members of the Royal family are undertaken on the advice of the British Government.”

One source explained:

Until there is a settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Royal family can’t really go there.

That does not explain why the British monarchy never visited Israel between 1949 and 1967.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

San Bernardino Shooters Left Baby at Grandma’s Before Terror Attack

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

The Muslim husband-and-wife terror team who crashed a party in San Bernardino to carry out a slaughter Wednesday first made sure to leave their 6-month-old baby at grandma’s.

Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, stopped at the Redlands home of Farook’s mother, telling her they were going to a medical appointment, Reuters reported.

Farooq attended the holiday office party, held for employees of the San Bernadino Health Department at the Inland Regional Center for developmentally disabled children. He “stormed out after an argument,” according to numerous reports, and then returned with his wife. (There are conflicting reports about the presence of a third person being involved in the attack.)

The attackers burst in on the party wearing black masks, camouflage fatigues and bulletproof vests, toting assault rifles and opened fire on the crowd. They murdered 14 people and wounded 17 more, including colleagues who had thrown them a baby shower earlier this year.

When they ran out of ammunition, they took off in their black SUV and headed for the Farook home. Police caught up with them a few hours later, blocking their next attempt to escape, in the road. In the ensuing shootout, the SUV was riddled with bullets, and both Farook and Malik were killed, their blood mingling as it flowed down the street.

Several live IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and fake pipe bombs were found at the site of the massacre as well. It took police sappers hours to safely defuse the explosives.

The real question is, who were these terrorists?

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) was quoted by WND as saying that Farooq and Malik had been married two years.

Earlier this year, Farook traveled to Saudi Arabia, and returned with a wife, telling his co-workers that he had “met her online.”

But do the math. Even if the couple arrived in the United States on January 1 and Malik was pregnant, how many postpartum women can carry out a wholesale slaughter wearing armor and toting an assault rifle, and then run?

No way.

Farook himself graduated from California State University at San Bernadino in 2009. He made $53,000 in 2013, according to the California state employees’ website.

Farook’s family came from South Asia, although he was born in the United States, according to Reuters. Malik is believed to have come from Pakistan but lived in Saudi Arabia before she was brought to America, according to Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of CAIR, who also told Reuters the couple were parents of a baby girl.

Farook’s father told media his son was a religious Muslim.

Supporters of the Da’esh (ISIS) terror group celebrated the attack on Twitter, according to the Vocativ website.

“Three lions made us proud,” one user tweeted. “California streets are full with soldiers with heavy weapons. The Unites States is burning#America_Burning.”

“Let America know a new era#California#America_Burning,” tweeted another pro-terrorist cited by Vocativ.

A third tweet said, “God is the greatest. May God spread fear in the homes of the Crusaders.”

However, there was no claim by ISIS or any tweet linked to the group of responsibility for the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Saudi Prince Accused of Threatening and Sexually Assaulting LA Women

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

A Saudi Arabia prince allegedly sexually assaulted and threatened three housekeepers in his Beverly Hills, California mansion.

The victims have filed a lawsuit against 29-year-old Majed Abdulaziz Al Saud, and their lawyer is looking for more alleged victims.

The alleged threats and assaults occurred in September, and Al Saud was arrested for alleged indecent acts during a cocaine party.

The official complaint charges him with having told one woman:

Tomorrow I will have a party with you and you will do everything I want otherwise I will kill you.

He is accused of having said to another woman, who  charged that she was kicked:

You’re not a woman! You’re nobody! I’m a prince and I’ll do what I want and nobody will do anything to me,” he allegedly said and later kicked her violently above her knee, according to the complaint.

The women’s lawyer told The New York Daily News:

Al Saud has violently threatened and sexually assaulted his employees and publicly shamed these innocent women in the public eye. This is yet another example of the use of gross wealth and power to exert emotional and physical abuse on those more vulnerable

In a separate incident, another Saudi prince flying in his private plane was detained at the Beirut International Airport for allegedly  “attempting to smuggle about two tons of Captagon pills and some cocaine.” Captgon is a stimulant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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