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February 6, 2016 / 27 Shevat, 5776

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Iranian Arms Delivery to Yemen Rebels Intercepted

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

While European nations and others rush to renew their economic ties with Tehran, Iran’s military has also been busy making sure its arms export mechanism continues to roll out product to the masses.

An Iranian arms delivery to Shi’ite Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen was intercepted last week in the northern Arabian Sea.

It’s not clear whether the interception was carried out by a Saudi-led coalition of by a member of the 30-nation Combined Maritime Forces, (CMF) a U.S.-led multinational coalition.

It is believed the vessel, which was not formally registered to any country, was attempting to smuggle the weapons in to Shi’ite rebels in Yemen.

Crew members on the intercepted vessel said the ship was headed for Somalia, located near Yemen, across the Gulf of Aden.

The ship was a dhow, a large wooden vessel commonly used in the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean, according to a report by the Associated Press.

It was registered to Hogan Mohammed Hout, an Iranian national, and licensed as a fishing vessel, AP reported, quoting a Saudi coalition engaged in fighting Shi’ite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The vessel was intercepted while carrying the weapons in international waters, the U.S. Navy said in a statement, contradicting a claim by the Saudi coalition which placed the interception a day later, and by Saudis. An American guided missile destroyer, the Forrest Sherman, reportedly went to provide backup once the arms were discovered.

The U.S. Navy also stated that based on statements by the crew, the port of origin and the arms were believed to be Iranian.

According to the Saudis, the ship was carrying papers indicating it was checked by port and customs officials in the southeastern Iranian ports in Sistan and Baluchistan.

Some of the anti-tank ordnance allegedly originated in Russia as well.

Most of the weapons were dumped into the sea, with the exception of a few retained for analysis, and the vessel was allowed to continue on its way.

The account differs from statements made earlier in the day by the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis. That coalition alleged it had foiled the same smuggling attempt – albeit on Saturday – saying Iran was using the ship to arm the Houthis.

Putin, Obama to Meet Sept. 28 at UN General Assembly

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama are set to meet September 28 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters at a briefing on Thursday, according to Reuters.

On the agenda for the two world leaders will be issues relating to Ukraine and Syria. Iran has not been mentioned, although it is possible that Tehran may be discussed as well.

But there are already two completely different versions of how the agenda for that meeting is supposed to go.

Reporters on each side of the planet heard two separate agendas from the spokespersons for each of the two world leaders.

“When the president sits down with President Putin, the top item on his agenda will be Ukraine,” White House spokesperson Josh Earnest told reporters at Thursday’s news briefing in Washington DC.

Peskov, meanwhile, told reporters in a conference call from Moscow that the crisis in Ukraine would be discussed “if time allows.”

Earnest told reporters that the exact time and date had not yet been decided.

Peskov said the meeting had been scheduled to take place following Putin’s address to the UN.

The Russian spokesperson added that the meeting between the two presidents could last between 50 minutes to a full hour, and it was Peskov who gave the date of the meeting: Sept. 28.

Those who have already purchased their tickets for this event should be sure to bring fire extinguishers as well…

IDF Spox Says Israeli Participation in Juniper Cobra is On

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

In response to the reports that appeared in the major Israeli news outlets, including JewishPress.com, regarding the possibility that Israel won’t participate in the joint military exercise, Juniper Cobra 2016, with the US, the IDF spokesperson released a tweet indicating otherwise.

Peter Lerner ‏@LTCPeterLerner Contrary to reports, exercises with US are proceeding unchanged, there’s no change in policy of planned exercises, including Juniper Cobra.

In the original report, Amir Rapaport wrote that the situation may change after the Iran battle in Congress is over.

Time will tell.

American Mennonite Lois Gunden Named Righteous Gentile

Monday, July 8th, 2013
Lois Gunden, an American Mennonite who helped save Jewish children in France during the Holocaust, was recognized by Yad Vashem Monday as the fourth American to be named a Righteous Among the Nations.

Gunden will be honored posthumously at a ceremony to take place in the United States, where her niece Mary Jean Gunden will accept the medal and certificate of honor on her behalf.

Gunden, a French teacher from Goshen, Ind., went to southern France in 1941 to serve with the Mennonite Central Committee. She joined the Secours Mennonite aux Enfants in Lyon and was sent to establish a children’s home in Canet Plage, located on the Mediterranean Sea. The children’s center became a safe haven for the children of Spanish refugees as well as for Jewish children, many of whom were smuggled out of the nearby internment camp of Rivesaltes.

Gunden personally interceded to save Jewish children, including reassuring parents that she would take care of them and shield them from the Nazis.

In November 1942, the Germans occupied southern France. Although Gunden was considered an enemy alien after the United States entered the war, she continued to run the children’s center.

Two months later, Gunden was detained by the Germans until she was released in 1944 in a prisoner exchange, later returning to her home in Indiana.

Gunden joins Varian Fry and Waitstill and Martha Sharp as Americans to be named Righteous Gentiles.

Israeli-Americans Oppose US Motion to Dismiss Suit on Aid to PA

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

The 24 Americans living in Israel who had sued the State Department over U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority have filed their opposition brief to the government’s motion to dismiss,” Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center) said Wednesday

The plaintiffs allege that aid money to the PA is not being carefully scrutinized nor administered and funds terrorism. The lawsuit was originally filed last November, and attorneys for the American government filed a motion to dismiss their claims.

The plaintiffs contend that the State Department has recklessly ignored congressional safeguards and transparency requirements which govern U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority. The Americans, some of whom are victims of terror themselves, allege that as a result of White House non-compliance with federal regulations, funds have been flowing to terror groups like Hamas despite federal prohibitions against support for terrorism.

The government claims that the plaintiffs lack standing to bring this civil action and that the case  raises “political questions” best left to the other branches of government. The plaintiffs in turn argue that enforcing limitations on federal foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority against State Department abuses is the judiciary’s job and that suit is far from being an “abuse of discretion,” as the defendants contend.

Shurat HaDin stated, “The government also contends that it is pure speculation that Americans can be injured by terrorism in Israel….”

It is estimated that since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the United States State Department, via USAID has given more than $4 billion to the Palestinian Authority. Under the Anti-Terrorism Act, the State Department is required to certify that the Palestinian government is committed to a peaceful co-existence with Israel before distributing funds, and ensure that no part of funding is used for terrorism.

Taliban Terrorists Kill American Tourist,10 Others in Pakistan

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

A dozen or more Taliban terrorists in Pakistan, disguised in police uniforms, killed 10 tourists, including an American and one Pakistani citizen in a shooting attack in a relatively peaceful mountain area. The American may have been have been a Chinese American.

A local Taliban spokesman said the attack was in revenge for a May 29 U.S. drone strike that killed Taliban’s deputy leader, Waliur Rehman.

Also killed were five Ukrainians, three Chinese and one Russian. One Chinese tourist survived the massacre.

“The U.S. Embassy Islamabad expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the U.S. citizen and the other innocent tourists who were killed in the Northern Areas of Pakistan,” Matt Boland, the acting spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, told reporters in a statement.

U.S. Cuts Israel’s Military Aid by 5%

Friday, June 21st, 2013

The U.S. cut $175 million from the $3.1 billion dollars of Foreign Military Financing (FMF) it supplies Israel, as part of across the board cuts in international military aid, according to a report in Ma’ariv.

Ambassador Michael Oren said Israel would not be asking for an exemption from the cuts, and that Israel would carry its share of the burden.

Most of the US military aid must actually be spent in the US, with purchases from U.S. companies recognized by the Department of Defense as authorized military contractors.

Israel is one of the largest recipient of FMF funding.

Some in Israel believe that the FMF funding is not a good thing, and in fact limits and restricts Israel’s ability to develop and sell its own military projects, by restricting development and sales to projects that don’t significantly compete with U.S. military sales.

It’s not yet clear what purchases will be cut from the budget, but it may affect the purchase of the controversial F-35 stealth plane.

The cuts in general will negatively affect U.S. military activities overseas, as well as possibly reduce joint training exercises with Israel.

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