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May 29, 2015 / 11 Sivan, 5775
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Saudis Hijack de Facto Recognition of Israel after Plane Lands at Lod

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Saudi Arabia has foregone a golden opportunity to recognize Israel and instead canceled contract with a Portuguese company that committed the ultimate sin by flying a Saudi plane to Ben Gurion Airport for maintenance last week.

The landing touched off a sensation on social media and may have been the first time a Saudi aircraft landing in Israel has been seen by the public.

The Kingdom immediately denied the report and stated, “It’s untrue that a Saudi Airlines plane landed in [Ben Gurion] airport.”

In typical Arab Middle East character, Saudi Arabia followed the denial by cancelling its contract with the Portuguese Hi Fly company that is responsible for maintenance for Saudi Arabian Airlines.

The kingdom stated:

The company had been given a contract for air transport to provide Saudi Arabia with planes for commercial operations.

The plane was off duty and under the management of the holding company at the time when it left Saudi Arabia on Sunday, May 3, for Brussels, Belgium, for routine maintenance.

Such landing or operation process should take place in a country that shares diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to enable Saudi staff and the Civil Aviation authority to conduct inspection and follow up on the maintenance operation at any time.

Nevertheless, it is assumed that Israel and Saudi Arabia are in cahoots behind an iron curtain when it comes to making plans to attacks their common enemy Iran, if Tehran gets too close to a nuclear weapon.

It also is likely that Israel exports some products to Saudi Arabia, possibly via East Podunk and packing them in unmarked boxes so no one will be contaminated by a “Made in Israel’ label.

But the kingdom is not yet ready to accept landing a commercial Saudi plane in Israel in broad daylight for maintenance where Zionist hands would keep the airplane in tip-top shape.

Speculating journalists had all kinds of theories why the Saudi plane landed, without passengers, although Press TV, one of the Iranian regime’s propaganda organs, took the opportunity to spin the tale that the plane had at least one passenger, none other than Saudi crown prince Muhammad Bin Nayef who was named last week by King Salman as the new interior minister.

Bin Nayef has been the target of assassination attempts at least four times and is considered a possible future monarch.

Even in the James Bond-like movies of Middle East diplomacy, it is a bit far-fetched to think that Riyadh and Jerusalem would hatch a plot to send the prince to Israel on a maintenance flight, in full view of airport workers.

It is also a bit far-fetched to think that the new kingdom, with all due credit to King Salman’s opening up the monarchy’s anti-Zionist mindset.

Saudi Arabia’s so-called Peace Initiative of 2002 has become the framework for the Obama administration’s diplomatic effort to create a Palestinian Authority country. Fortunately for Israel, one of the Peace Initiative’s clauses is that Israel accept a few million Arabs living in UNRWA refugee camps, a demand that even President Barack Obama is not ready to force on Israel.

In order to remove a shadow of doubt that Saudi Arabia might be changing its position, the kingdom canceled the contract.

Otherwise, there might be peace with Israel.

Iranian Warships Halt near Yemen Port

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Iranian warships neared the southern Yemen port of Aden Thursday despite the presence of several U.S. warships in the area as well. It is believed the Iranian vessels are carrying weapons to re-arm the Shiite Houthi rebels who have seized control over the port city and the nation’s capital, Sa’ana.

The Iranian vessels since have stopped approaching Aden, but reports that they have turned back have not been confirmed,.

Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, said Wednesday that his nation’s air force had achieved its objectives and has concluded its bombing campaign.

“We destroyed the air force, we destroyed their ballistic missiles as far as we know; we destroyed their command and control; we destroyed much, if not most of their heavy equipment and we made it very difficult for them to move from a strategic perspective,” al-Jubeir said. He added that Saudi forces had “eliminated the threat they posed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” but . said that in the long run, there is “no military solution” to the conflict.

According to the World Health Organization, 1,080 people have been killed in the past month in Yemen, and 4,352 others have been wounded.

Coalition warplanes picked up where Saudi Arabian air force pilots left off and continued on Thursday to pound Houthi rebels in southern Yemen. The international forces targeted rebel positions in Aden and the central city of Taiz, according to Voice of America.

A severe humanitarian crisis has been created in the war-torn region, according to VOA, but the Shi’ite rebels still remain. Yemen President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi has fled for his life to Saudi Arabia.

Although Iran claimed that it welcomes an end to “killing innocent and defenseless civilians” and seeks a political resolution to the conflict, its warships laden with arms for the rebels– as usual – tell a different story.

Israel’s UN Ambassador Calls Sexual Violence ‘Crime against Humanity’ [video]

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Islamic State and other terrorists have turned sexual violence into an “epidemic” and is a “crime against humanity,” Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor told the Security Council.

In his remarks in a Council session on Women, Peace and Security, Prosor stated:

Sexual violence in conflict has become a weapon of choice because it is cheap, silent and effective. Instead of bullets or bombs, the perpetrators employ barbarism and brutality….

Sexual violence as a tool in war is not a women’s issue. It is a crime of humanity against humanity.

ISIS, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda have publicized and boasted of their rapping women and using them as sex slaves.

Prosor cited several examples and said, “Women are raped numerous times a day. Young girls are forced to call their parents to detail being gang-raped by dozens of men.  The captured women and girls are sold as brides to Islamist fighters for as little as $25 or given as “sabaya” – a reward for fighters.”

No less significant is that many countries, especially those in the Middle East and North Africa, condone crimes against women and often accept mistreatment as a proper way of life.

“If a nation refuses to prosecute domestic sexual abuse, marital rape, and honor killings in times of peace then there is little hope for justice in times of war and conflict,” Prosor stated.

So which country did the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women single out in its annual report last month?

Saudi Arabia, where women lashed for not behaving according to Islamic law in public?

Somalia, where women are sold?

Iran, where there are no laws against domestic violence and where adultery is punishable by stoning?

In Egypt, where there is no law criminalizing domestic violence specifically and where forms of violence against women, including child marriage and female genital?

Of course not.

The only Middle East country named in the report was Israel, where the “occupation” has supposed caused high “unemployment and poverty, especially among women,” in Judea and Samaria.

And what does the United States have to say about sexual violence against women in Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries.

Washington speaks out forcefully against it in the politically proper forums while continuing “business as usual” when it sells weapons and makes deals with Iran to allow it retain its nuclear development infrastructure.

Saudi Arabia Posts Alert of Possible Terror Attack on Aramco and Malls

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Saudi Arabia has posted an alert of a possible terror attack on Aramco’s oil facilities and malls in the capital of Riyadh, Bloomberg News reported Monday morning.

“We have informed security forces to be on alert and to take any necessary security procedures [against] a possible terrorist attack attempt,” spokesman General Mansour al-Turki told the newspaper by phone.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil suppliers. Like all other Muslim countries in the Middle East, it has been faced with an increasing number of terror plots even before the kingdom attacked Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Security was beefed up at the Kingdom Center office-mall complex last week.

Saudis and Egypt Considering Large Scale Military Exercise

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Saudi Arabia and Egypt are considering holding large scale military exercise, according to a Gulf Today report.

The two countries would run the training exercise in Saudi Arabia.

This could be a lead-up to a joint ground offensive in Yemen against the Iranian-backed Houthis.

Arab Bank Loses Appeal to Overturn Guilty Verdict on Hamas Terror Financing

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Jordan’s Arab Bank has lost its appeal of a guilty verdict naming the Bank as financially liable for damages to be paid to victims and families of American citizens who were hurt and killed in attacks by Palestinian terrorists.

The 10-year-long court case ended with a jury trial in Brooklyn’s U.S. District Court that culminated in a jury verdict on September 22, 2014.

The five week trial ended with the jury deciding the Bank was guilty of helping “Hamas militants carry out a wave of violence in Israel that killed and wounded hundreds of Americans,” Bloomberg News reported.

The Bank provided material assistance to Hamas from 1998 to 2004, doing business with 150 Hamas leaders and terrorists, and helping to finance terror as a result.

The money came from Saudi Arabia and the Hezbollah-backed al-Shahid Foundation.

Judge Brian Cogan handed down his decision on Wednesday, April 9, 2015, rejecting the Bank’s petition to overturn the jury verdict.

As a result, the Bank will now have to compensate each of the 297 plaintiffs in the case, who included both direct terror victims and relations of victims.

The verdict “was based on volumes of damning circumstantial evidence that defendant knew its customers were terrorists,” the judge said in his decision.

Obama Stops Punishing Egypt for Dumping Muslim Brotherhood Prez

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

When the people of Egypt decided to overthrow its (allegedly) democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi through a military coup, the United States was not pleased.

Never mind that Morsi, during his exceptionally short 11-month tenure as president, tore up the old constitution and began replacing it with a strict Islamist document that would hurtle Egypt back through time, negating any progress in the area of human and equal rights.

Nope. Obama and his crowd was not interested in punishing Morsi, an anti-West, anti-modernity Egyptian leader who had attained power through the revolutionary crucible of what was initially believed to be an “Arab spring.”

Instead, the U.S. punished the new democratically-elected leader, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, as his rise to power was via the military. Sisi’s, unlike Morsi’s, was not a pure people’s revolutionary paroxysm and therefore was not embraced. The U.S. punished Egypt for this unacceptable folly by imposing an arms freeze.

But on Tuesday, March 31, the White House announced that it was lifting that arms freeze. The U.S. removed its hold on the delivery of F-16 aircraft, Harpoon missiles and M1A1 tank kits, according to the New York Times.

It only took two years, but U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone with Sisi on Tuesday, informing the Egyptian leader that the $1.3 billion annual military assistance to Egypt would continue, despite the 2013 military coup.

In a Middle East realignment that was not what Obama envisioned nor encouraged, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have become the military counterbalances to Iran’s creeping hegemony in the region.

The Saudi Kingdom has been bombing the Iranian-backed revolutionaries in neighboring Yemen, and Egypt has hinted that it may soon send in ground troops to support the Saudi air campaign.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/obama-stops-punishing-egypt-for-dumping-muslim-brotherhood-prez/2015/04/01/

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