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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.

Livni, Lapid Warn Netanyahu Over Construction Approvals

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid – who both have opposed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on past issues regarding Judea and Samaria – again warned him late Sunday night over his cancellation of a de facto freeze on Jewish building there.

The two senior cabinet ministers told Netanyahu following a Channel 2 report about his approval of projects to build several new roads and some 2,000 housing units in already-existing settlement blocs that the move would exacerbate already-strained ties with the U.S.

“Plans for more construction, even if it’s in the settlement blocs, under such sensitive circumstances that we find ourselves in, is irresponsible from both a diplomatic and security standpoint,” Livni warned. “The fear of publicly acknowledging that there is a construction freeze outside of the settlement blocs will lead to damage to the bloc themselves.”

Lapid also spoke of his fears that the move would further inflame already hot tempers at the White House and State Department. The finance minister said any construction in Judea and Samaria would lead to a “serious crisis in ties with the United States, and it would harm Israel’s international standing.”

He added that while in principle he is not opposed to construction inside the settlement blocs, “at this stage it will cause damage to Israel.”

The Obama Administration has drawn closer to Iran and Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorists despite Israel’s efforts to maintain stable relations with the United States and despite the de facto building freeze that residents of those areas have endured for months.

Such a building freeze means that residents living in Judea and Samaria cannot even repair a road or driveway, or build an addition to a porch, let alone add an extra room to their homes, without the risk of having it destroyed.

It means that no community can add a new classroom to a burgeoning school, no matter how many new babies are born in the town, and no new apartments can be built to accommodate the natural growth among the families.

No new libraries, or community centers, or even bypass roads can be created to avoid the dangerous areas that are increasing by the day, as Arabs in the region are incited to violence by their Palestinian Authority unity government.

This, as neighboring Arabs in precisely the same areas are building freely without cease, beautiful, free-standing new homes going up on a near-daily basis with brand-new roads springing up alongside.

Arab construction is moving forward at a brisk pace with the assistance of generous funding from the European Union and other foreign sources – in the same disputed areas where Jews are warned not to build.

With Armenian Orphan Rug, Obama Stumbles Again on Genocide

Monday, October 20th, 2014

(JNS.org) After nearly a year of protests, the Obama administration has finally agreed to permit a rug connected to the Armenian genocide to be publicly displayed. The long ordeal of the Armenian Orphan Rug, held hostage to fears of angering Turkey, has finally ended.

Or has it?

The controversy began in the autumn of 2013, when the Smithsonian Institution announced it would hold an event featuring a new book, “President Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug,” by Hagop Martin Deranian.

The 18-foot long rug was woven 1925 by 400 Armenian orphan girls living in exile in Lebanon. They were survivors of the Turkish slaughter of approximately 1 million Armenians. The girls sent the rug to President Calvin Coolidge as a gesture of appreciation for America’s assistance to survivors of the genocide. Coolidge pledged that it would have “a place of honor in the White House, where it will be a daily symbol of goodwill on earth.”

Instead, it has become a daily symbol of politics taking precedence over combating genocide.

The White House refused to loan the rug to the Smithsonian. Neither the White House nor the State Department would give an explanation as to why they were keeping the rug locked up. The only plausible explanation is pressure from the Turkish government, which to this day denies the genocide occurred.

As a presidential candidate in 2008, then-Senator Obama said, “America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian genocide.” Yet the statements that President Obama has issued each April on Armenian Remembrance Day have never included the G-word. Instead, he has used an Armenian expression—“Meds Yeghern,” meaning “the great calamity.” Fear of displeasing the Turks appears to be the only plausible motive for that rhetorical evasiveness.

Armenian-Americans are not the only ones who should be outraged. American Jews should be up in arms, too. Not only because of the sympathy that all victims of genocide naturally share—but also because if the White House can permit political considerations to take precedence over recognition of the Armenian genocide, there is a danger that memorialization of the Holocaust could one day suffer a similar fate.

Indeed, Adolf Hitler reportedly once assured his subordinates that their atrocities would not be remembered since “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

Last week, after numerous protests, the Obama administration announced that it will permit the rug to be displayed for six days in November—kind of a week-long furlough from its imprisonment in a White House closet.

But there is a catch. A big one.

The rug will not be part of a display concerning the Armenian genocide. Instead, it is being mushed together with other foreign gifts to the White House, in a display called “Thank You to the United States: Three Gifts to Presidents in Gratitude for American Generosity Abroad.”

The genocide rug will be sandwiched in between a Sevres vase presented by France to the United States after World War One, and a piece of artwork called “Flowering Branches in Lucite” sent by Japan after the 2010 tsunami.

Grouping victims of genocide together with those who drowned in a tsunami or were left homeless by World War One disguises what happened to the Armenians. It blurs the distinction between something that was inevitable and something that was not. Weather-related disasters and damage caused by wars are inevitable. But the Armenian genocide was different: it was an act of mass murder, systematically planned and implemented by evil men driven by religious and ethnic hatred.

The Armenian Orphan Rug is a work of great beauty. But the point of displaying it is not for the sake of its aesthetic value. Its power is its message. Its significance is as a symbol. It is a reminder of the genocide that the Turks perpetrated against the Armenians. Six days in an exhibit about gifts to the White House is no victory. On the contrary—it is a defeat for everyone who cares about historical truth and everyone who seeks to learn the lessons of the past so that they will not be repeated.

U.S. to Honor Israeli Founder of Flash Storage Company

Monday, October 20th, 2014

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Dr. Eli Harari, the Israeli founder of the SanDisk flash storage company, has been named as one of the nine 2014 recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

Dr. Eli Harari developed the Floating Gate EEPROM which proved the practicality, reliability, manufacturability and endurance of semiconductor-based data storage. This pioneering work laid the foundation for the flash memory market that would significantly impact the consumer electronics industry, enabling new products across multiple categories.

Harari will receive the medal at a White House event later this year.

“These scholars and innovators have expanded our understanding of the world, made invaluable contributions to their fields, and helped improve countless lives,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.

According to the White House, the medal “recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the nation’s technological workforce.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/u-s-to-honor-israeli-founder-of-flash-storage-company/2014/10/20/

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