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Thousands Show ‘Zero Tolerance 4 Terror!’ in Times Square

Monday, October 19th, 2015

It is a pure Jewish concept that the best way to overcome evil is with positive energy — and Jews are great at “rocking out” when it comes to combining that punch with pizzazz.

Thousands of young New Yorkers gathered in Times Square late Sunday to show their solidarity with Israel as part of the ‘Zero Tolerance 4 Terrorism’ movement.

Thousands were at the 'Zero Tolerance 4 Terror' rally in Times Square.

Thousands were at the ‘Zero Tolerance 4 Terror’ rally in Times Square.

“Let’s allow our voice of outrage to be heard loud and clear; Never again! Jewish blood is not cheap,” proclaimed the group’s Facebook page prior to the rally.

In response, demonstrators from all walks of life came to stand together with Israel and celebrate the Jewish State as a panoply of speakers, Jewish entertainment groups, musicians and vocalists took the stage.

'What part of 'Death to America, Death to Jews' don't you understand?' read one sign.

‘What part of ‘Death to America, Death to Jews’ don’t you understand?’ read one sign.

The pulsating music kept the atmosphere positive and energetic long into the night.

On Seventh Avenue and 48th Street, a pro-Palestinian Authority counter-demonstration did its best to raise a little action against the Jewish energy, but it was like bailing an ocean with a teacup from a raft.

Slogans included “Free Free Palestine” “Intifada Intifada” “Long Live The Intifada” shouted by young women wearing jihabs on stage.

Pro-Palestinian Arab signs read, "No Justice, No Peace" -- a slogan stolen from recent Black rioters across the United States, taken originally from the mantra chanted by Black rioters in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn during the 3-day pogrom in Aug. 1991.

Pro-Palestinian Arab signs read, “No Justice, No Peace” — a slogan stolen from recent Black rioters across the United States, taken originally from the mantra chanted by Black rioters in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn during the 3-day pogrom in Aug. 1991.

Despite the small numbers the signs that were brandished by those who attended the counter-rally were troubling. They signaled — as in the past — the joining of two completely disparate causes. Palestinian Arab terrorists have once again managed to hijack the civil rights struggle of people of color in the United States.

Photos exclusive to JewishPress.com courtesy of DSL/USA.

Hana Levi Julian

Iran Warning it Will Cease Implementing Deal if Threats Continue

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The speaker of the Iranian Majlis (parliament), Ali Larijani, said that Iran would cease implementing the Nuclear Iran Deal if the other parties to the deal “make military threats against Iran,” the Tehran Times reported on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Larijani claimed that some U.S. officials have threatened military attacks against Iran, even after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was finalized in Vienna on July 14.

The Majlis Speaker did not mention the many threats publicly uttered by the very highest leadership in Iran against the U.S. and its allies. Larijani apparently does not consider those threats problematic.

The Iranian official also made statements regarding inspections of Iran’s military sites which seem to contradict at least the version of the Nuclear Iran Deal which the west has been peddling.

Inspections of Iran’s military bases, according to Larijani, will only be permitted if Ayatollah Khomeini gives his permission, Larijani announced. He also threatened that Iran would curtail any cooperation with the international inspectors if they are deemed to have disclosed any Iranian military secrets.

“We have said that the inspections should be based on law and they have not the right to inspect our military bases… unless upon the Leader’s permission, and if the International Atomic Energy Agency reveals Iran’s military secrets, our cooperation with it will be reduced,” Larijani noted in a conference in Tehran on Sunday.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Kerry to Meet Netanyahu, Abbas — ‘He (Abbas) Needs to be Condemning This’

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed for the first time on Sunday that he plans to travel to Germany this week to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Speaking in Paris at a luncheon held at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Secretary said, he would follow that meeting with another held somewhere in the Middle East with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, according to Reuters.

“Later this week I will meet with Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu because he will be in Germany,” Kerry said, adding, “…and then I will go to the region, I will meet with President [Mahmoud] Abbas, I will meet King Abdullah [of Jordan] and others and in between I will have some key meetings on the subject of Syria with critical players,” Kerry said.

The Secretary did not reveal details about where he would meet with Abbas, nor did offer any specific information about the talks he plans to hold on Syria while in Europe.

Just two days ago, however, Kerry made his views clear about the current wave of terror sweeping the State of Israel.

“There’s no excuse for the violence,” he told NPR in a radio interview Friday in the United States.

“No amount of frustration is appropriate to license any violence anywhere at any time. No violence should occur. And the Palestinians need to understand, and President Abbas has been committed to nonviolence.

“He needs to be condemning this, loudly and clearly. And he needs to not engage in some of the incitement that his voice has sometimes been heard to encourage. So that has to stop,” Kerry said.

Hana Levi Julian

U.S. Air Force and IAF in Join Exercise

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

The Air Forces of the United States and Israel began the bi-annual Blue Flag joint exercise Sunday at the Ovdat Air Force Base in northwest of Eilat.

The joint drill reflects the ongoing American-Israeli cooperation, regardless of the exaggerated “bitter relationship” between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama.

The exercise, which includes other allies, creates a multi-national learning environment, including fictional countries, in which participants can practice planning and execution of large air force operations.

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Cruz: Kerry Should Disavow Offensive Falsehoods Against Israel or Resign

Friday, October 16th, 2015

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a presidential candidate and a long-time critic of the current administration’s mishandling of Israel and the entire Middle East policy, called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to either retract his false claims that Israel has been guilty of “acts of terror” or resign, in a statement released on Thursday evening, Oct. 16.

On Wednesday, Secretary Kerry claimed that Israel’s settlements were a source of the most recent wave of Palestinian terrorism. Then, State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said that both sides, the “Palestinians and Israel [are] equally guilty of terrorism” in a State Department press briefing, according to the release.

Cruz then went on, ““The Obama Administration is the most hostile we have seen towards the nation of Israel in our nation’s history. In the last few days, this obsessive antagonism has been on full display.

“It is utterly unacceptable that a senior official in the U.S. government would make such an unfounded slur against Israel, which has been our invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism. We must immediately and unconditionally reject the delusion that the coordinated Palestinian frenzy of bloodlust is in any way legitimate. There is no moral equivalence here between the savagery of the Palestinian terrorists and the innocent Israelis they are trying to murder.” Cruz said that Kerry and his staff have proven themselves unfit for the positions they hold, and called on Kirby to retract his “offensive assertion that Israel is ‘guilty of acts of terror’ or resign, and Sec. Kerry should immediately disavow these remarks or resign.”

Cruz’s statement also noted that the Texas Republican first called for the Secretary of State’s resignation back on April 28, 2014, when Kerry publicly “warned” that Israel could become an “apartheid state” if it did not give in to Kerry’s demands for concessions to the Palestinians.

Cruz was one of only three U.S. senators who voted against Kerry’s confirmation as Secretary of State in January, 2013.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Cabinet Minister Calls U.S. Government ‘Hostile’

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Gilad says the State Dept. believes lies to draw false conclusions, but he does not expect an apology because the Obama administration is “hostile” to Israel.

The off-and-on irritable relationship between the United States and Israel is back into the “testy” category with frowns from Washington that Israel uses excessive violence to quell rioters and terrorists and a Cabinet minister’s labeling Washington as “hostile.”

Public Security Minister and Likud hawk Gilad Erdan, speaking on Army Radio Thursday morning, accused the State Dept. of being “misled by lies.”

He said he expects the Obama administration to “clarify” its statements,” but then added:

I don’t expect anything from the spokesmen at the State Department. The State Department has traditionally been hostile to the State of Israel.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has talked himself into trouble again. The JewishPress.com reported here earlier this week that he told Harvard University students that there has been a rapid growth of settlements and followed by noting “frustration” among Arabs.

As reported here this morning, Kerry’s spokesman John Kirby tried to roll back the remark but only make things worse by referring to “excessive violence.”

Errand’s response is bound to be raised at today’s daily press briefing at the State Dept., whose spokesmen have found it very difficult lately to answer questions by journalists who have finally realized that something is rotten in the Washington as well as in the Palestinian Authority

But Erdan’s use of the word “hostile” may have been out of order.

“Ignorant” would Netanyahu more appropriative.

As for excessive force, does anyone remember Ferguson?

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Terror, Shmerror, State Dept Only Cares About Two State Holy Grail

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Several things became clear during Wednesday’s U.S. State Dept. press briefing, the first half of which focused exclusively on the wave of terrorism in Israel.

First, the overriding goal for the United States of America is the creation of a Two State Solution and anything that gets in the way of that is a problem. The Two State Solution is the Holy Grail (as it were) regardless of whether that fixed goal will dramatically increase violence and further destabilize the region or not.

Second, the U.S. State Department despises the fact that increasing numbers of Jews are living beyond the “Green Line,” in Judea and Samaria. The U.S. hates this so much that official policy is to condemn Jews living and breathing in that area at least as much, if not more, than brutal murders of innocent Jewish civilians by Arab terrorists.

Third, the U.S. has so embraced the idea that the Temple Mount “belongs” to the Palestinian Arabs that it casts unarmed, non-hostile Jewish tourists or Israelis who peacefully ascend the Mount as the legitimate cause of savage murders of any Jews, anywhere. The U.S. has jettisoned the fact that Israel re-acquired control of the Temple Mount in a defensive war and simply handed over control of that area to the Arabs, in the hope and belief that members of all religions would have equal access to that site.

Throughout the first half of the Oct. 15 State Dept. press briefing, reporters sought to pin down State Department Spokesperson John Kirby on who and what the U.S. believes is responsible for the recent tsunami of terror in which Jews were shot, stabbed with kitchen knives, hunting knives, butcher knives and rammed with cars by Arab Palestinians.

The violence is condemned by the U.S., although this government refuses to assign primary blame to either party. Young Arab men and women are brutally stabbing Israeli Jews standing at bus stops, boarding buses, walking on Israeli streets? That’s bad, but, as Kirby quoted Secretary of State John Kerry, “there’s disenfranchisement, there’s disgruntlement, there is – there’s frustration on both sides that have led to this [increase in violence].”

Why this reluctance to assign blame? It is because, apparently, anything that diplomats aching for a Two State Solution see as an impediment to their goal is equally bad. This becomes apparent from watching and reading the transcripts of the endless State Dept. briefings in which the issue of terrorism or violence in Israel is raised.

More than a dozen Israeli Jews going about their lives in Israel were stabbed, shot or run over by Arab terrorists in the past few weeks alone. One 17-year old Israeli Jew stabbed four Beduoins in Dimona, Israel. That act was condemned across the spectrum in the Israeli government, including by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Israel is a country of law and order. Those who use violence and break the law – from whatever side – will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law,” said Netanyahu. He added that he “strongly condemns the attack against innocent Arabs.”

When Matt Lee of the Associated Press asked Kirby why it was so important that Secretary Kerry refused to assign blame, the response was:

I think he’s been very clear that he wants both sides to take affirmative actions, both in rhetoric and in action, to de-escalate the tension, to restore calm, and to try to move forward towards a two-state solution. He also recognizes, as a public servant with a long career associated with foreign affairs and the diplomatic relations of this country, that many of these issues are ages old. And when there’s a specific attack such as we’ve seen, we are not shy about calling it out. And as I said last week on – if we believe it’s terrorism, to say it’s terrorism. We’re not shy about that in terms of affixing responsibility for it. But in terms of the general scope of the violence that we’re seeing and the unrest, he’s been very clear that rather than to affix blame specifically on all of that, to try to focus on moving forward and restoring calm.

In other words, specific acts don’t matter, the only thing that matters is the Holy Grail in the distance and the desire to continue moving towards it.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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