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Joe Biden to Light ‘National Menorah’

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden will assist in the lighting this year of the Hanukkah menorah on the ellipse in front of the White House.

Biden’s participation on Dec. 16, the first night of the holiday, marks the 35th anniversary of the first lighting of the “National Menorah,” an event sponsored by American Friends of Lubavitch, the Washington office of the Chabad movement.

It has become a tradition for Cabinet-level officials to assist in the lighting.

White House Spokesman Denies Sanctions Against Israel

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The White House denied on Monday that President Barack Obama’s administration is planning to impose economic sanctions against Israel.

Spokesperson Josh Earnest told journalists that reports that the president had been considering the sanctions due to plans by the Israeli government to build homes in Jerusalem were “completely unfounded and without merit.”

“Recent reports suggest that your administration has held classified meetings over the past several weeks to discuss the possibility of imposing sanctions against Israel for its decision to construction homes in East Jerusalem,” 48 Congress members wrote to Obama on Friday.

“We believe that those actions are counterproductive, that they don’t serve to facilitate the kind of trust that we believe is necessary for both sides to try to hammer out their differences in a way that is consistent with the national security concerns of the Israeli people and with the broader aspirations of the Palestinian people,” Earnest said.

Last month there were echoes of frustration from the U.S. State Department over plans to build 500 housing units in the badly overcrowded Ramat Shlomo neighborhood in Jerusalem. The State Department called an announcement of the plans by the Jerusalem district planning and building committee “unfortunate” and “illegitimate” — a condemnation that followed a similar spat the week prior.

At the end of October, the prime minister’s office approved plans to build 600 new housing units in the same neighborhood, in addition to 400 units in Har Homa, another post-1967 neighborhood in the capital. Washington said at that point that Israel was taking steps that were “not conducive to peace in the region and a two-state solution.”

The State Department had expressed “concern” over what it called “settlement construction” — an odd choice of words for a northern Jerusalem neighborhood that is home to more than 20,000 people and has been in existence for nearly half a century.

 

 

Iran Wins 7 Month Reprieve, Nuclear Talks Extended

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Iran won a seven month reprieve Monday after stonewalling major world powers over ending its uranium enrichment program.

Iranian negotiators said it would be “impossible” to reach an agreement by November 24. This, after months of coy evasions about ways the Islamic Republic might comply with international demands to curtail its nuclear development activities.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his nation on Monday negotiators “achieved a significant victory” and that “negotiations will lead to a deal, sooner or later.” In a nationwide broadcast Monday evening, Rouhani said that many gaps that remained between the two sides had “been eliminated.”

He expanded on the talks, saying, “One phase is about the behind-the-curtain issues, where ideas are made closer and talks [really] take place. In this phase there has been good progress.

“The other phase is when those agreements are put on paper and turn into a final, ultimate deal in writing. We still have some distance to go in this second phase,” he admitted.

The new deadline for negotiations to wrap up is actually a two-stage runoff sort of deal. It involves first a decision to be made about what actually “needs to be done” — that’s by March 1 — and then a written agreement on whether Iran will actually do it — with that deadline to follow four months later, according to a report published by the Associated Press.

“If we can do it sooner, we want to do it sooner,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in a follow-up briefing on Monday. “These talks are not going to get easier just because we extended them. They’re tough. They’ve been tough. And they’re going to stay tough.”

Kerry said world powers could not continue to carry on talks with Iran forever, but that it was not yet time to walk away. “In these last days in Vienna we made real and substantial progress and we have seen new ideas surface,” he said.

In the meantime, fortunately, the international community has not agreed to reduce sanctions on Iran as long as no agreement has been reached – a point over which Israel had been deeply worried.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at a briefing Monday in an apparent response to both Israel and Congressional lawmakers that imposing fresh sanctions on Iran could be counterproductive.

“The president has also been clear that no deal is better than a bad deal,” Earnest said, in an echo of words used in a statement made earlier by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. “But we do believe that enough progress has been made to warrant giving the Iranian regime more time to answer the international community’s concerns about their nuclear program — and to put in place a protocol for continuing to assure the international community about their compliance with these agreements.”

Senior Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill don’t necessarily agree, however. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte issued a joint statement on the matter, saying they view Iran’s insistence on uranium enrichment as problematic — and a “bad deal” with Tehran as no less than a prelude to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

“We believe this latest extension of talks should be coupled with increased sanctions and a requirement that any final deal between Iran and the United States be sent to Congress for approval,” they said.

Senator Bob Corker, the top GOP lawmaker on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, said Congress should weigh in before any final agreement is inked with Iran. He also warned lawmakers to begin preparing a “Plan B,” just in case the talks fail.

Ya’alon: US Defense Secy Hagel is ‘True Friend’ of Israel

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was unstinting with his praise of outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday in response to the news that Hagel is stepping down.

Ya’alon called Hagel a “true friend” of Israel, commenting that in recent years, his relationship with the defense secretary had been “very open and honest.”

The U.S. security establishment under his command, said Ya’alon, “is an example of uncompromising support and exchange of information.” Ya’alon also referred to the “extensive and valuable military assistance that the U.S. has provided Israel.”

He thanked Hagel “in the name of the government of Israel and on behalf of its citizens” for his “contribution to the empowerment of Israel and his friendship and willingness to help at any time.

“I wish him well and good luck in his future endeavors,” Ya’alon added.

Hagel handed his formal letter of resignation to President Barack Obama on Monday morning prior to a ceremony at the White House in which Obama told reporters that both men agreed it was an “appropriate” time for him to resign.

Secret Service Arrests Woman with Gun at White House Fence

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Secret Service officers arrested a woman with a gun while she was walking along the White House fence around 8:30 p.m. (EST) Thursday at the same time President Barack Obama was addressing the country on the issue of immigration.

The woman was identified as April Lenhart, 23, from Michigan. She was wearing a holster and was arrested for carrying an unregistered pistol.

The president was in the White House and had been speaking to the nation about immigration reform, which has deeply divided the country.

Secret Service spokesmen said Lenhart was demonstrating but that after her arrest, she did not cooperate with investigator. It was not clear if she had any criminal intentions.

She was walking with a companion, who was questioned and released.

Rep. Steve Cohen Proposes Building Moat around the White House [video]

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee’s first Jewish Congressman, came up with a brilliant suggestion Wednesday to beef up security for President Barack Obama by building a moat around the White House.

‘Would a moat – water, six feet around, be kind of attractive and effective?” Cohen asked with a straight face at a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Joseph Clancy, the acting director of the Secret Service.

Clancy didn’t bat an eye and politely responded, “Sir, it may be,” but he explained that the Secret Service is considering changing the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

‘Like a higher fence?’ Cohen asked.

“You’re right sir, a higher fence would certainly help us,” Clancy responded.

Cohen didn’t suggest that moat should include a drawbridge, without which no one could arrive or leave the White House except by boat or helicopter.

Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert couldn’t miss the opportunity to rap the Obama administration and said maybe should there be no fence at all around the White House since the government has not agreed to build a fence at the Texas-Mexican border.

“I would think that if the admin’s gonna being consistent, t’s now time to remove the fence from around the White House – ’cause if it isn’t good enough for our border, it shouldn’t good enough for our White House,” Gohmert said.

The hearing was held on the background of recent slip-ups in security, such as a mental disturbed man’s sprint across the White House lawn before he was nabbed.

Rep. Cohen, a Democrat, had the last laugh, though.

“This guy got further into the White House than some of my Republican colleagues have ever gotten,” said Cohen.

Cohen suggests the moat in the video below.

Kerry’s ‘Chicken’ Apology a Set-Up to Punish Israel with New ‘Peace’ Plan

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

It took U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry three days to apologize to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the White House’s infamous “chickens***” insult, and the reason for the delay may lie in a report that he is planning to propose a new “negotiations’ agenda that Israel cannot possibly accept.

The apology came in what American sources said was a “good conversation” in a phone call from the Secretary of Talk. Prior to the conversation, he limited himself to stating that that the insult “does not reflect the president, it does not reflect me, it is disgraceful, unacceptable, damaging.”

However, the highest White House official to denounce the remark was National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey, who stated, “Certainly, that’s not the administration’s view, and we think such comments are inappropriate and counterproductive.”

The ”chickens***” remark, reported by the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, takes off another White House mask hiding its obsession with its own messianic “peace process’ that has sold out Israel to the Palestinian Authority.

The White House , even after the “chickens***” remark, regurgitated the mantra of its “unshakeable” bond with Israel.

The establishment media has whitewashed the entire episode by ignoring an even more idiotic, immoral, unethical and disgusting comment by Obama administration sources quoted by Goldberg.

He wrote:

“Over the years ,Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and ‘Aspergery.’” One of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s children has Asperger’s Syndrome.

The crude, personal and absolutely boorish and indecent remark has been totally ignored by the media and by the Obama administration.

Scott Badesch, President of the Autism Society of America, urged President Barack Obama to “fire the person who made the remark and to “ say you will not allow anyone in your administration to deny respect and value in their use of words describing anyone with Asperger’s and autism.

“Imagine the public outcry if such demeaning language was used to describe any other group of people. And my guess is you know who said it,” he added.

The Ruderman Family Foundation, which helps Jews with disabilities, stated, “The term ‘Aspergery’ was used in a manner that is insulting to the millions of people around the world with Asperger Syndrome.”

The ‘Aspergy” remark highlights the type of lack of intellect of advisers Obama has chosen.

The media let Obama off the hook for the “Aspergery” remark, but the rage over “chickens***” was one of the reasons for Kerry’s delayed apology.

A second and possibly more weighty reason is that Kerry is about to throw Israel under the bus again with a new plan to resume talks with the Palestinian Authority to meets Ramallah’s pre-conditions.

The time frame of Kerry’s apology makes it appear as a set-up to publicly patronize Netanyahu before trying to embarrass him into having to refuse an offer that the Al Quds newspaper said is in the top drawer. Kerry will ask Israel to stop all construction in Judea and Samaria, freeze similar actions in Palestinian Authority-claimed areas of Jerusalem. In return, Israel will be “rewarded” by Abbas suspending his bid to the United Nations Security Council for recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a member.

After an obvious refusal by Israel, and if Abbas can get the necessary two-thirds majority in the Security Council, Israel would be on its knees for the United States to veto the approval.

Before the formal apology, Kerry said last Tuesday he is working “quietly” to resume Abbas’ ultimatum, couched in the word “negotiations” to agree to surrender half of Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria. Then there is the issue of the several million foreign Arabs who live under the lie as “refugees” and who the Arab world insists be allowed to move to Israel.

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