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Israel Saved Obama’s Neck on Assad’s Chemical Weapons

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Israel let President Barack Obama off the hook on which he hanged himself by saying he would bomb Syria because of Bashar Assad’s’ use of chemical weapons, former Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren wrote in his new book.

The man behind the covert plan was none other than Yuval Steinitz, who at the time was Minister of Intelligence. He also is one of the loudest hawks when it comes to warning that President Obama and the other P5+1 powers are in the midst of making a terrible if not lethal mistake by dealing with Iran over its nuclear weapons program.

Assad’s use of chemical weapons, a war crime – as if he were not guilty of others – was discovered in 2013.

President Obama had done everything possible to avoid getting directly involved in the war in Syria, where any result would be a bad result.

However, the use of chemical weapons was a red line President Obama could not ignore.

Obama threatened several times to bomb Syria, and after a month he suddenly changed course 180 degrees.

Oren said it was due to Steinitz, who with the approval of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu came up a plan for Assad to turn over his chemical weapons stockpile to Russia, Assad’s ally.

Bloomberg News reported that Oren wrote in his new book “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide,” to be launched next week but not yet released to the public, that Israel was not against an American aerial attack but was willing to help the president avoid it.

Steinitz was the source of the idea even if it was not a plan so much as an off-the-cuff remark that set off a domino chain reaction.

According to Oren, Steinitz mentioned the idea to the Russians, and then to the State Dept., which did not take him too seriously. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov took it very seriously, and the plan quickly moved forward in the United States and United Nations, with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s blessing.

Oren wrote:

The idea originated with an Israeli minister, Yuval Steinitz, who first pitched it to the Russians, who were eager to avoid an American intercession that they could not stop. Netanyahu next brought it to Obama and received a green light.

Before Obama changed course, he had gone so far as to ask the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby to lobby for a war resolution, Oren writes.

Obama never credited Israel, which Steinitz and Netanyahu agreed would not be a good idea,

Steinitz told The New York Times that that he and Prime Minister Netanyahu kept their mouths shut about their role in helping Obama so that no one would say “it’s an Israeli strike [or] Israeli conspiracy, [and] maybe it’s a reason to stop it.”

He told the newspaper:

They never asked if they can give us credit, and we never asked them to give us credit,” he added. “Until today, it was a secret.”

Israel didn’t want credit, giving both Russia and Obama the opportunity to boast.

Oren wrote:

In subsequent interviews, Obama rarely missed the chance to cite the neutralization of Syria’s chemical capabilities as an historic diplomatic achievement.

Russian president Vladimir Putin also took credit for the initiative and praised this ‘vivid example of how the international community can solve the most complex disarmament and non- proliferation tasks.’

Israel’s role remained unmentioned, but its citizens were relieved not to have to sign up for more gas masks.

Granted that President Obama may not think that Israel should bow down to him for not bombing Syria instead of risking retaliation against Israel and the horrendous scene of Israelis walking around with gas masks on their faces because of a chemical attack.

And granted that Obama should not let Israel dictate policy on key issues just because Israel helped him in another area.

But it is one thing not to thank Israel, at least not in public so the the Arabs won’t get upset, and it is another matter to create an image of hate of the leader of an ally that, intentionally or not, may have saved President Obama from one of the worst of the many disasters of his foreign policy.

No one is asking him to say, “Thank you,” but it is reasonable to expect a bit of civility. Obama simply can’t get over his control trip complex.

The president’s obsession with the non-existent “peace process” and with a deal with Iran, no matter what, has blinded him into treating Netanyahu like a voodoo doll in which he has to stick pins.

Iran ‘Alarmed by Hatred’ – Elsewhere

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

If it were a movie, it would be hilarious, but it is real and tragedy. One could find the positive side and say that the U.N. Human Rights Council provides volumes of evidence for historians to record for future generations that twisted minds did not die with Hitler.

Here are a few choice comments made at the so-called Human Rights Council Monday:

Saudi Arabia: My country, we are based on Islamic Sharia, which upholds human rights.

Venezuela: My country is a model of political tolerance….All people may express their opinions and criticisms freely.

Iran: We are alarmed by horrendous acts of religious and racial hatred in different parts of the world, in particular in Western societies.

The U.N. Human Rights Council keeps most of its workers employed by their spreading blood libels against Israel. CAMERA pointed out that on the same day that the Council heard the above comments, provided by a Twitter follower, Saudi Arabia “recorded its 100th beheading two weeks shy of the mid-year.”

It added:

Apparently, the Saudis are on a record pace. The majority of those decapitated are said to be murderers and drug offenders, however, apostasy is also listed as a capital offense. The executions are usually carried out in public.

The Council’s obsession with Israel has been so widely-document that perhaps, just perhaps, it is beginning to repent.

The United Nations reported Monday on remarks made by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the 29th session of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council:

[Syria is] the ‘most mind-numbing humanitarian crisis of our era’….

In addition to the situation in neighboring Iraq, where the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) continues to perpetrate the most ‘despicable abuses,’ Zeid talked about Libya, where armed groups continue to engage in violent clashes using heavy weaponry, and indiscriminate shelling of residential neighborhoods.

Zeid then ticked off countries where attention should be paid to human rights: Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Mali, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Burundi, Russia, South Sudan, and Venezuela.

Note that Iran and Saudi Arabia were not specifically mentioned, but that is not the end of the list.

The U.N. report did not conclude without stating, “He also expressed concern about the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

He meant the Palestinian Authority, right?

Rocket Alert on Golan – Nothing Hit Israel

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

11:50 Rocket Alert on Golan – Nothing hit Israel.

Syrian Rebels have launched a large offensive against Assad’s forces in the city of Madinat Al-Baath in Quneitra, near the Israeli border.

At 11:50 AM a rocket siren went off on the Golan Heights in Ortal, Alonei Bashan, Marom Golan, Ein Zivan and Keshet.

Residents went into the bomb shelters.

It appears that a rocket or mortar may have been launched by one side against the other, but no rockets landed on the Israeli side of the border.

Media Panic over Rocket Alarm in Golan Heights

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

A rocket siren sounded in the Golan Heights shortly before noon Wednesday, sending Israeli media into a panic while Golan residents continued their lives normally, except those towns were the siren specifically went off.

No rocket or missile fell in Israel.

Golan resident “Alex” told Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel):

 I don’t know what you are talking about. We did not receive any order from the IDF to stop working.

The IDF is checking to discover why the rocket siren sounded.

It must be a slow news week for Israel’s establishment media, looking for a way to frighten citizens.

Yesterday, the IDF declared a tiny part of northeast Golan Heights to be a “closed military zone” because of the fierce fighting across the border.

The closure might have been related to a planned Druze protest against the murder of their brethren in Syria.

Two hours later, after the media – not The Jewish Press, by the way – ran screaming headlines, anticipating all-out war between the IDF and the Islamic State (ISIS), or Hezbollah, or Assad’s army, or perhaps Al Qaeda.

Rockets from Syria have exploded on the Israeli side of the Golan too many times. We have no intention of belittling the fragile quiet on the Israeli side of the border, but let’s keep it in proportion.

Plight of Syria’s Druze Population Strikes Chord in Israel

Monday, June 15th, 2015

By Zack Pyzer

Syria’s ever-deepening civil war has for the first time put the country’s 800,000 strong population under threat of genocide by Islamic extremists.

Prominent Israeli Druze MK Ayoub Kara, speaking to Tazpit News Agency on Monday, said that the situation was complicated both for the Druze in Syria, as well as for Israel.

Last Wednesday, members of the al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front slaughtered 20 Druze civilians. This quickly raised fears that the Druze could meet the same violent persecution as other religious minorities under Islamic extremists.

Druze protestors and politicians in neighboring Israel are now trying to help their plight. However, the matter has caused a lot of
“I wear two hats, as a Druze, and as a member of Israel’s government,” Kara, who is a member of the ruling Likud party, said to Tazpit.

The Druze community in Israel have a high rate of conscription into the IDF, and are generally regarded as well integrated into society.

On Monday evening, around 4,000 protestors in the largely Druze town of Isfiya took to the streets to urge Israel to protect their brethren across the border.

Many Israeli Druze have close family relations in Syria, especially those from villages in the Israeli Golan Heights.
In addition to protests, Druze communities in Israel are said to have raised more than $2.6 million (NIS 10 million) to transfer to Syria, via Jordan.

The money will likely be used to buy weapons for the protection of the community, Kara suggested.

The MK explained that Israel cannot act like the USA and a coalition of nations are doing against the Islamic State. If the Jewish state is seen to be on the side of the Druze in Syria, “it would make it worse for our people,” Kara concluded.

Al Nusra Killers in Syrian-Druze Massacre to Face Islamic Trial

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The Jabhat al Nusra Syrian rebel group stated on Saturday that the members of its organization who massacred 20 Druze civilians in Syria’s Idlib region last week will face trial in an Islamic Court, according to the Lebanese TV station, MTV.

Al Nusrah said the killings were a violation of orders and the killers would be punished.

The massacre shocked the international Druze community.

The Al Qaida-affiliated al Nusra group want to portray themselves as the liberators of Syria and a more moderate Islamic alternative than ISIS. They have made it a point of not forcing their Islamic views on areas they captured.

But it may too little, too late, as reports in Arab media indicate that the Druze community have begun organizing, and will be joining Assad’s side in the Syrian civil war.

20 Druze Civilians Massacred in Syria

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Twenty Syrian-Druze civilians were murdered in their village of Qalb al-Loza, in the Idlin region of Syria, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The civilians were massacred by Jabhat al-Nusra rebels, who are associated with Al-Qaida.

It began when the Tunisian-born Jabhat al-Nusra leader killed one of the Druze villagers.

The locals then killed one of the al-Nusra rebels in response. The rebels called in reinforcements, who then proceeded to kill the Druze civilians, including a child.

Druze are considered infidels by the various Muslim sects.

Israeli-Druze have been warning of a potential massacre against their relatives in Syria.

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