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  • US Senate panel votes for congressional review of Iran deal

    04/14/2015 8:14:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    i24 News ^ | 4-15-2015 | AFP
    Senator Marco Rubio, who announced Monday he is running for president in 2016, withdrew his amendment that would have required Iran to recognize Israel's right to exist. Some lawmakers warned extraneous elements could upend the bill, and Rubio acknowledged the importance of a securing congressional review of the Iran agreement. Washington's powerful pro-Israel lobby AIPAC voiced approval of the measure, saying: "Congress should review any agreement to ensure it meets US objectives, and object if it fails to do so." A final deal, the group said, "must be subjected to the constitutional system of checks and balances that is the...
  • Netanyhau Rejects Call to Replace Ambassador Dermer (tells Zero to pound sand)

    03/22/2015 3:32:08 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 71 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 03/21/2015 11:15 PM | Jacob Kornbluh
    Israel’s ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer received Saturday the full backing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, amid chatter in Washington that replacing Dermer may be necessary to restore the working relationship with the Obama administration. In a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu reiterated what he had said at the AIPAC conference earlier this month that he “couldn’t be prouder to have Ron Dermer representing Israel in Washington.” “That is as true today as it was then,” the statement read. “The prime minister has full confidence in Ambassador Dermer, whose service to the people and State of Israel...
  • WATCH: 'Son of Hamas' addresses AIPAC conference [Hamas founder's son!]

    03/21/2015 3:22:41 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 2 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Tuesday, March 3, 2013 | Staff
    AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, hosted a speaker on Sunday that a decade ago most Jews would have been abhorred to meet: Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef. The younger Yousef was an informant for the Shin Bet security service from 1997 to 2007 before seeking asylum in the United States. On Tuesday, the conference attendees greeted him with enthusiastic applause. "Sometimes I try to rationalize what a son of a Hamas leader is doing in a big Jewish event like this. And the only way to see it, I came up with...
  • AIPAC Admonishes Obama Administration for ‘Rebuffing’ Netanyahu Efforts to Improve US-Israel Ties

    03/19/2015 6:10:55 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 7 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Chris Coffey
    Pro-Israel lobby the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) urged the Obama Administration late Thursday to recommit to improving the US-Israel relationship. In a statement to reporters, AIPAC further urged the administration to accept the sincerity of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s commitment to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The strong public statement, a rarity for the lobby, follows mounting hostility from the White House towards Netanyahu who won a landslide electoral victory earlier this week. Before the Israeli election, Prime Minister Netanyahu said he was opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state. In response, the Obama Administration indicated that it...
  • Sherman quits Iran confab over ‘vulgar’ ad: Jewish groups slam Boteach ad on Susan Rice

    03/05/2015 7:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Jewish Standard ^ | March 5, 2015 | Deb Herman, JTA Wire Service
    Dr. Elie Wiesel, left, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and Senator Ted Cruz at Rabbi Boteach’s panel discussion.An array of Jewish groups condemned an ad by a foundation associated with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that accused National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide. “Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” said the advertisement, which appeared in Saturday’s New York Times, touting a talk on Iran in Washington hosted by Boteach, the Englewood-based author and pro-Israel advocate. As soon as Shabbat ended, Jewish groups rushed to condemn the ad by This World: The Values Network. The American Jewish Committee...
  • Iran's Khamenei: 'Increasing global hatred of Israel is a sign of divine help' [Zechariah 12]

    03/03/2015 3:47:26 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/3/2015 | Staff
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has claimed that heightened anti-Israel sentiments across the globe serve as a sign of "divine help" in the Islamic Republic's fight against its arch enemy. "Increasing global hatred of #Israel is a sign of divine help," he wrote late Monday on Twitter.Iran's leading cleric came out against the pro-Israel lobby, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the group's annual confab on Monday. The premier warned of the existential threat a nuclear Iran would pose to Israel during his speech at the AIPAC conference, which came ahead of his...
  • Susan Rice: Not 'Achievable' to Stop Iran from Nuclear Enrichment

    03/02/2015 9:56:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 3/2/15 | DANIEL HALPER
    Susan Rice told AIPAC It was "neither realistic nor achievable" to expect Iran to stop enriching uranium: "We cannot let a totally unachievable ideal stand in the way of a good deal. I know that some of you will be urging Congress to insist that Iran forgo its domestic enrichment capacity entirely," Rice told AIPAC, as the crowd broke in to chear. "But, but, but as desirable as that would be, it is neither realistic nor achievable."
  • State Dept. warns Israel not to ‘betray’ US (Marie Harf warns Israel not to reveal details of deal)

    03/02/2015 12:42:55 PM PST · by Dave346 · 59 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 2, 2015, 10:29 pm
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says leaks on the Iran nuke talks by Israel would “betray” the US’s trust. “We’ve continuously provided detailed classified briefings to Israeli officials to keep them updated and to provide context for how we are approaching getting to a good deal,” she told reporters in Washington. “Any release of any kind of information like that would, of course, betray that trust.”
  • AIPAC PC 2015 Monday Morning Session (LIVE BROADCAST)

    03/02/2015 9:05:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/2/15 | Jewish Life Television
    Netanyahu to speak soon.
  • Live thread: Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to AIPAC (10am EST)

    03/02/2015 5:40:41 AM PST · by Dave346 · 125 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/2/15
    Live broadcast from AIPAC on youtube. Netanyahu's speech today will focus on the US-Israeli relationship. Tomorrow's speech to Congress at 10:45am EST will focus on Iran.
  • Netanyahu Takes Off on 'Historic' US Mission

    03/01/2015 2:00:45 AM PST · by Dave346 · 49 replies
    Arab News ^ | Sunday 1 March 2015
    BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington on Sunday on what he said was a “historic” mission to try and stop a nuclear deal with Iran, an AFP correspondent said. The controversial 48-hour visit will see the Israeli leader addressing a joint session of the US Congress in a bid to garner last-minute support to halt an emerging world deal with Iran over its nuclear program, in a move which has infuriated the White House. But Netanyahu, who will also address the annual policy conference of the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby, has refused to back down....
  • #ShutDownAIPAC Protesters Raise Hezbollah Flag, Call For End Of Israel

    03/01/2015 5:25:25 PM PST · by absentee · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 3/1/15 | Amy Miller
    The nasty weather didn’t stop a group of around 60 anti-Israel activists from storming the steps of the Washington Convention Center and blocking at least one entrance to the conference grounds. Code Pink and other anti-Israeli groups went into a frenzy against AIPAC, the “Israel lobby,” and what they believe is the “Apartheid” State of Israel. I also saw harassment of men, women, and children who had done nothing to deserve it except make the mistake of revealing their conference badge before they reached the door. Those who were obviously religious Jews (based on their head coverings, clothing, and...
  • Bennett at AIPAC: Iran deal a disaster of historic proportions (3 day, pro-Israel event underway)

    03/01/2015 11:28:42 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Mar. 1, 2015 | 8:13 PM | Jonathan Lis
    Habayit Hayehudi leader and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that the developing agreement between world powers and Iran is a disaster of historic proportions. Speaking on Sunday at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference, Bennett said that the deal legitimizes Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear programs, and will pave the way for the Islamic Republic to obtain nuclear weapons "within several years." Bennett said that the Iran talks are "a 2015 March of the Folly" – a reference to historian Barbara Tuchman’s famous 1984 book. Like in the book, said Bennett, the deal with Iran goes...
  • Insult and Injury: Obama Sends Susan Rice, Samantha Power to AIPAC (Bibi to address Monday)

    02/26/2015 3:03:30 PM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama is sending National Security Advisor Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power–widely seen as among the most anti-Israel members of his administration–to address a prominent pro-Israel gathering next week. The move is described by the Associated Press as an effort to mend fences after the administration had withheld speakers from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference. In reality, it is a further slap in the face. Rice caused an uproar earlier this week when she told interviewer Charlie Rose that the forthcoming speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a special joint session...
  • White House sends (Susan) Rice, (Samantha) Power to AIPAC amid U.S.-Israel row

    02/26/2015 12:08:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/26/15 | Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power will attend a meeting of the powerful pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC next week amid a time of strain between the United States and Israel. A White House spokeswoman confirmed Rice and Power would attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting.
  • Netanyahu slams Herzog for saying Iran not an existential threat (Israel elections)

    02/24/2015 8:34:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/23/2015 05:46 | Gil Hoffman
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog Sunday of undermining his efforts to prevent Iran’s nuclearization by declining to call a potentially nuclear Iran an existential threat to the State of Israel. “I agree that a nuclear Iran is extremely dangerous, and I believe that it must be prevented,” Herzog said in an interview with Washington Post correspondents William Booth and Ruth Eglash. “No Israeli leader will accept a nuclear Iran. All options for me are still on the table,” including Israeli military strikes. When they asked if he agrees with Netanyahu that a nuclear Iran would...
  • Herzog cancels AIPAC speech, takes aim at Netanyahu trip to US (left stays home at Zero's command)

    02/24/2015 8:21:59 AM PST · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 02.24.15, 16:01 | Moran Azulay
    Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog announced Tuesday he will not be traveling to the US to appear before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, amid growing tensions over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on March 3. "Netanyahu's spin about who is going to Washington must stop," Herzog told a gathering of foreign media in Israel. "My firm position against a nuclear Iran is known by every Israeli and American, including the US president, and I know how to voice it in a sharp, clear manner - from here, not from there." Herzog added: "A...
  • White House may not send a cabinet-level official to largest gathering of pro-Israel Americans...

    02/23/2015 4:25:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/23/15 | Francesca Chambers
    White House may not send a cabinet-level official to largest annual gathering of pro-Israel Americans - and the president won't go either The White House confirmed on Monday that President Barack Obama doesn't plan to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's conference next week, held annually in Washington, D.C., and that no cabinet-level U.S. official is currently scheduled to make an appearance. The 'largest gathering of America's pro-Israel community,' according to the confab's organizations, AIPAC draws a crowd of roughly 14,000 attendees, many of whom are of Jewish heritage. The last time Obama showed up at the conference was...
  • WH Reportedly Considering Media Blitz to Counter Netanyahu Speech

    02/21/2015 9:20:05 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 02/21/2015 | Josh Feldman
    The White House isn’t happy that John Boehner circumvented them to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress, and so they are mulling over ways to counter Netanyahu’s address.According to a new AP report, one option they already discarded is having President Obama give a speech of his own on Iran to counter Netanyahu’s. What is still on the table, administration officials say, is Obama doing an interview with “a prominent journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama and Netanyahu.”RELATED: Obama on Bibi Speech: Don’t Cloud U.S.-Israel Pact with ‘Partisan Politics’They are also considering a...
  • Netanyahu’s Congressional Speech Follows in Rabin’s Footsteps

    02/10/2015 7:23:05 AM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | February 10, 2015 8:46 am | Rafael Medoff
    The supposedly unprecedented step taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his plan to speak directly before Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat on March 3, rather than working exclusively with the White House on the issue, actually has an interesting precedent—established in 1975 by none other than Yitzhak Rabin and America’s Democratic Party. That spring, Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger undertook a round of shuttle diplomacy aimed at reaching a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. The negotiations quickly ran into trouble, when Egypt refused to offer anything more than a brief a period of “non-belligerency” in...
  • Netanyahu: 'Hypocritical' War on Terror Will Fail

    01/14/2015 10:50:34 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/14/2014 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday met with leaders of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), and spoke about the renewed global awareness of the need to fight Islamist terrorism following last weeks attacks in Paris. "I think the war against terror will not succeed if it’s founded on hypocrisy, and I’ve yet to hear any world leader condemn the comments by (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, not one," said Netanyahu...
  • Rand Paul: AIPAC Is Opposing Bill to Cut Aid to Palestinians

    05/02/2014 9:57:09 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 17 replies
    News Max ^ | 01 May 2014 | Bill Hoffmann
    A bill that could potentially cut off foreign aid to Palestinians has some surprising opposition: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israel lobby, says Sen. Rand Paul, who is sponsoring the legislation. "Ironically, the group AIPAC is pushing back this bill and this is to me very troubling," Paul told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
  • Cruz Calls on Kerry to Resign After ‘Apartheid’ Remark

    04/28/2014 3:19:15 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 30 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4-28-2014 | Adam Kredo
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) demanded on the Senate floor Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry resign from his post following highly controversial remarks about the state of Israel. Kerry came under fire from lawmakers and a variety of pro-Israel organizations after he told world leaders in a closed door meeting that Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state” if it fails to reach peace with the Palestinians. Israel cut off peace talks late last week after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas formed a unity government with the terror group Hamas, which announced that it would not renounce violence or recognize...
  • Netanyahu: BDS Advocates ‘Should Be Treated as We Treat Any Anti-Semite or Bigot’

    03/05/2014 7:50:01 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3/5/14
    Over the course of the three-day AIPAC conference in Washington, politicians delivered speeches overwhelmed by audience skepticism over the Obama administration’s Iran deal and what the White House’s Middle East peace process framework might look like in the end. But one issue that took on a new life proved to be the glue that brought politics and the 14,000 AIPACers together: the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns. Like the fizzy fruits of a SodaStream, BDS bubbled to the top of the one-liners that consistently brought the crowd to its feet and helped some political figures during addresses that were otherwise...
  • Sen. Schumer: BDS Is New Modern Anti-Semitism

    03/04/2014 3:40:26 PM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 3-3-14 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Schumer at AIPAC 2014NY Senator Charles Schumer railed Monday against the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, saying that the movement is a modern form of anti-Semitism. “It is very suspicious that those who boycott Israel don’t want to boycott anywhere else in the world,” Sen. Schumer told AIPAC. “I believe that those who call for boycotts of Israel without calling for boycotts of other neighboring nations are practicing, whether they know it or not, whether they admit it or not, a modern form of what we call anti-Semitism.” “The word that describes all of these acts is a very simple one:...
  • Kerry: Peace Isn't About Me, It's About You; Israel’s security "is our first priority,"

    03/03/2014 7:04:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    inn ^ | 3/3/14 | Ari Soffer and Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday reaffirmed America’s friendship with Israel and its commitment to the Jewish state’s security. Kerry, who spoke at the AIPAC conference in Washington, said that his peace efforts were “not about him” but were about the “dreams of Israelis” and the “dignity of Palestinians.” “People ask me why am I so committed to these negotiations and why am I convinced that peace is possible,” he said, adding, that it was wrong to ask him why he visits the region so much. “This isn’t about me,” said Kerry, adding that his peace efforts were...
  • At AIPAC, Senator McCain Slams Obama’s Foreign Policy

    03/04/2014 4:51:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 3, 2014
    U.S. Senator John McCain on Monday tore into the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama for its refusal to intervene in Syria last year and for fecklessness on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this week. McCain also addressed in strong terms what he believes the U.S. must do to prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapon. Speaking to a favorable crowd at the 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference, in Washington, D.C., McCain said, “What happens in Ukraine is directly related to what happens in the Middle East, and we obviously know what happens in the Middle East is vital to the existence...
  • John Kerry isn’t an anti-Semite, Bennett says (Israel’s economy minister)

    02/17/2014 11:06:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 17, 2014, 2:41 pm | Raphael Ahren
    John Kerry is clearly not motivated by anti-Semitism, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday, setting the record straight after a lawmaker from his own party last month accused the US secretary of state of harboring hatred for the Jewish people. “Kerry is no anti-Semite. Whoever suggested that is flatly wrong,” Bennett, the chairman of the Jewish Home party, told American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem. “We might sometimes disagree but America is our biggest friend; it’s our strategic friend. It’s not only an ally, it’s a big friend. However, definitely, we can agree to not agree.” …
  • Egyptian Play Blames Mossad for Arab Spring

    02/16/2014 11:13:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/2/14 | Elad Benari
    Is the Israeli Mossad behind the Arab Spring? According to a play which recently aired on Egyptian television, the answer is yes. The anti-Semitic play, entitled "The Spy," recently aired on the Egyptian Al-Hayat TV channel. It was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The play displays anti-Semitic stereotypes and portrays Mossad officials preparing "for a huge operation of espionage and sowing disunity" which targets the entire Arab world. The play features a group of Mossad officials, five men and one women, and the men are all dressed up in hareidi attire. The males are all named...
  • Egyptian Play Blames Mossad for Arab Spring

    02/16/2014 10:15:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 2/17/2014, 6:15 AM | Elad Benari
    Is the Israeli Mossad behind the Arab Spring? According to a play which recently aired on Egyptian television, the answer is yes. The anti-Semitic play, entitled “The Spy,” recently aired on the Egyptian Al-Hayat TV channel. It was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The play displays anti-Semitic stereotypes and portrays Mossad officials preparing “for a huge operation of espionage and sowing disunity” which targets the entire Arab world. …
  • Iranian Warships Headed To US Represent Threat To Israel

    02/12/2014 10:35:35 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 40 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 12, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Iranian Warships Headed To US Represent Threat To IsraelBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem — February 12, 2014 ... Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the graduation ceremony for the IDF Ground Forces officer training course and made the following remarks: "Today, Iran is marking 35 years since the Islamic Revolution and this 'celebration' has been marked by repeated calls for Israel's destruction. The desire to cut the Jewish People off from its homeland did not pass from the world with the establishment of the state. What has changed is our ability to oppose those who seek our lives and...
  • Expert: Iran ships a dry run for later nuclear/EMP attack; humiliate Obam

    02/14/2014 3:51:56 PM PST · by Kartographer · 64 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/14/14 | PAUL BEDARD
    Iran's surprising decision to move warships off the Atlantic coast poses a potential catastrophic threat to America from a nuclear or electromagnetic pulse attack, according to an expert who foresaw Iran's move. Peter Pry, an expert on EMP attacks, said the ships are likely a dry run for a future attack, a maneuver meant to lull Washington into complacency while also embarrassing President Obama and his effort to convince Tehran to give up production of a nuclear bomb in return for a lifting of some economic sanctions. “Yes, patrols by the Iranian Navy off our coasts could pose threat of...
  • AIPAC and Iran’s war against America

    02/11/2014 5:34:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 02/10/2014 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    AIPAC did not cut and run from the Iran sanctions fight because it consecrates two-party initiatives. It walked away because it lost. For its decision to pull anchor last Friday on its bid to pass new sanctions on Iran, AIPAC has been accused of slavish devotion to bipartisanship. Although the criticism is not without foundation, it is probably undeserved in this case. AIPAC did not cut and run from the Iran sanctions fight because it consecrates two-party initiatives. It walked away because it lost. If the Republicans controlled the Senate, it’s possible that AIPAC would have maintained its support for...
  • CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's Jewish

    02/08/2014 11:23:21 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 35 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 9, 2014 | Karen Levy
    CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's JewishBy Karen Levy Israel News AgencyJerusalem — February 9, 2014 ... There have been many senior US officials who have called for Israeli Jonathan Pollard to be released, but none ever came from this highest of security institutions. Former CIA Director James Woolsey has reiterated his call for the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard, now in his 29th year behind American bars over charges of spying for Israel. Speaking to the Israel News Agency, Woolsey stated: "It's enough. After a quarter century the time has come to free Pollard. That doesn't...
  • Tehran sending ‘message’ as warships approach US

    02/08/2014 5:17:35 PM PST · by arthurus · 149 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/09/2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
    Iranian naval fleets were on their way across the Atlantic Ocean and headed toward the US, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday. “Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders, and this move has a message,” Adm. Afshin Rezayee Haddad of Iran’s Northern Navy Fleet was quoted as saying.
  • Iranian TV airs simulated bombing of Tel Aviv, US aircraft carrier

    02/09/2014 7:37:48 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 14 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 8, 2014 | LAN BEN ZION
    Clip shows simulated strikes on Ben Gurion Airport, Haifa, USS Abraham Lincoln in retaliation for hypothetical attack on Iran
  • As George Kennan Inspired Truman’s Foreign Policy, Now Stephen Walt Inspires Obama’s

    02/05/2014 12:13:24 PM PST · by mojito · 12 replies
    Tablet ^ | 2/5/2014 | Lee Smith
    ...[Ma]ny observers across the political spectrum argue that there’s no coherent American Middle East policy at all....[C]olumnist Charles Krauthammer argues that Obama is simply presiding over a decline in American influence, while Democratic[s]...like Sen. Robert Menendez apparently can’t make heads or tails of the White House’s Iran policy. If sanctions got the Iranians to the negotiating table...then why is the White House fighting against a further round of sanctions that would give Washington more leverage? Because it’s part of the Administration’s grand strategy. As Obama explained to David Remnick in a recent New Yorker interview, the goal is to create...
  • AIPAC Reverses Course, Now Defending Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    01/27/2014 2:50:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Wash. Free Beacon ^ | 1/27/14 | Adam Kredo
    Florida Democratic Party donors affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) are coming to the aid of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.), who has come under fire in recent weeks over her efforts to quietly block new Iran sanctions measures in the House and Senate. AIPAC’s initial letter on the controversy, which circulated two weeks ago, urged Wasserman Schultz’s constituents to “respectfully ask” that she clarify her position on the congressional measures and issue a statement supporting them. However, on Jan. 24, AIPAC’s Southeastern states director Mark Kleinman issued a second letter, this one defending Wasserman Schultz....
  • AIPAC’s open revolt against White House: Report (Wasserman Schultz still silent)

    01/25/2014 3:31:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    PressTV ^ | 1/24/14
    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s attack against the Florida congresswoman over Iran sanctions legislation shows its “open revolt against the White House's Iran diplomacy,” a report says. In a letter, the AIPAC strongly lashed out at Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is known as a staunch Israel supporter, for being silent over the legislation, Foreign Policy’s The Cable reported. According to the report, the harsh criticism that one of Congress’s most pro-Israel lawmakers is not pro-Israel enough for the lobbying group “raised eyebrows among some current and former AIPAC officials.”
  • N.Y. mayor at closed AIPAC gala: Part of my job is to defend Israel

    01/25/2014 8:47:31 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 33 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan. 25, 2014 | Haaretz
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a heartfelt speech praising Israel at a private gala event hosted by AIPAC at the Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan Thursday night, the local website Capital New York reported. According to an edited audio recording obtained by the site (below), de Blasio said that "part of his job description is to defend Israel" and that it is "elemental to being an American...
  • White House Seeks to Bypass Congress on Iran Deal, Aims to unilaterally unwind sanctions laws

    01/21/2014 10:20:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/21/14 | Adam Kredo
    The White House has been exploring ways to circumvent Congress and unilaterally lift sanctions on Iran once a final nuclear agreement is reached, according to sources with knowledge of White House conversations and congressional insiders familiar with its strategy. The issue of sanctions relief has become one of the key sticking points in the Iran debate, with lawmakers pushing for increased economic penalties and the White House fighting to roll back regulations. While many in Congress insist that only the legislative branch can legally repeal sanctions, senior White House officials have been examining strategies to skirt Congress, according to those...
  • Anthony Weiner, wife hunt for cheaper digs

    01/21/2014 2:58:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/21/14
    Disgraced pol Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, are looking to move out of their $12,000-a-month Park Avenue South rental to a cheaper place. “Their lease is up in a couple of months, so they are looking at apartments,” a source told us. The pervy former mayoral candidate and the aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were spotted looking at apartments last week in the Gramercy area, spies said, east of the $3.3 million, four-bedroom rental they’ve been living in that’s owned by Democratic donor Jack Rosen, a close pal of Bill Clinton.
  • Reports: Senate’s Iranian sanctions bill approaching a veto-proof majority?

    01/10/2014 12:25:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/10/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    As of Thursday, the tally of senators officially throwing their support behind the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act was up to 56 — news with which the White House was most put out. “If certain members of Congress want the United States to take military action, they should be up front with the American public and say so,” Bernadette Meehan, National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Otherwise, it’s not clear why any member of Congress would support a bill that possibly closes the door on diplomacy and makes it more likely that the United States will have to...
  • Buzzfeed: Anti-Abortion Republicans Are Largely Quiet As Israel Adopts Liberal Abortion Law

    01/08/2014 8:35:21 PM PST · by MadIsh32 · 54 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | January 8th, 2014 | Kate Nocera
    WASHINGTON — Israel adopted this week one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world, and will now provide government funding for non-medical abortions for Israeli women aged 20 to 33. But Washington’s most anti-abortion lawmakers are largely silent on the new policy. These same members of Congress are also some of Israel’s loudest defenders, highlighting a peculiar aspect of the relationship between many of Israel’s ardent U.S. supporters and Israel’s domestic political landscape. Last month, a health ministry panel in Israel recommended the state pay for the abortions of women aged 20 to 33, including non-medical abortions. The...
  • The Jewish Relationship with Christmas

    12/26/2013 11:35:36 AM PST · by Ari Bussel · 75 replies
    israel Monitor ^ | 12/25/2013 | Norma Zager
    Christmas day is usually a pretty quiet affair for Jewish people. Most spend it as a day to relax and catch up, watch movies, go to friends, eat Chinese food, have family over or just simply listen to Christmas music and read the ads for the after-Christmas sales. I seem to find myself in a rather introspective mood this Yuletide season. Perhaps it is age creeping upon me, but I question the most basic issues, actually non-issues, and I can’t find answers. Perhaps others can supply the information I seek. First and foremost why is it that Christmas songs are...
  • Two Senators Preparing New Iran Sanctions

    12/10/2013 12:43:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Lawmakers in the United States continue to show determination in passing new sanctions on Iran, despite the nuclear deal that was reached with it several weeks ago. Reuters reported on Monday that two senators are preparing legislation to impose new sanctions on the Islamic Republic in six months if the interim deal on its nuclear program goes nowhere. The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, and Republican Senator Mark Kirk are close to agreeing on legislation that would target Iran's remaining oil exports, foreign exchange reserves and strategic industries, their aides said on Monday, according to...
  • Obama to Congress: Back down on Iran

    12/08/2013 5:28:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 8, 2013 | Julian Pecquet
    President Obama is sending two of his top diplomats to Capitol Hill next week in a final bid to stop new sanctions on Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry and his lead Iran negotiator, Under Secretary Wendy Sherman, will testify in public before House and Senate panels about the preliminary deal reached last month in Geneva. Their goal: Convince skeptical lawmakers that levying new punishments on Iran could derail the sensitive nuclear negotiations. “Passing any new sanctions right now will undermine our efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to this issue by giving the Iranians an excuse to push the...
  • Politicians cross the aisle to condemn Obama’s Iran deal

    11/24/2013 12:40:47 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/24/13 | S.A. Miller
    The Obama administration’s nuke deal with Iran got a big thumbs-down Sunday from top lawmakers in both parties. “I don’t think you make them bargain in good faith by going squishy,” fumed Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel, as he joined a bipartisan chorus blasting the agreement that will slightly ease economic sanctions against the rogue Islamic regime in exchange for a pause of its nuclear program. “It’s disappointing to me that Iran is still going to be allowed to enrich [uranium] while they’re talking. I would have thought that that should be a prerequisite to any kind of talks,” Engel, the...
  • White House Dividing Pro-Israel Leaders on Nuclear Iran

    11/05/2013 7:20:15 AM PST · by justiceseeker93 · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Nov. 4, 2013 | Adam Credo
    Pro-Israel leaders on Monday expressed alarm over what they characterized as the Obama administration’s efforts to sow division among Jewish leaders in order to advance a policy that they say would permit Iran to cross the nuclear threshold. Rifts emerged between the leaders of four top Jewish groups over the weekend following an “intense” meeting last week with National Security Adviser Susan Rice and other top officials at the White House, according to several insiders. The Obama administration sought to enlist the pro-Israel leaders in their fight to delay Congress from passing a new round of Iran sanctions for at...
  • Obama’s Shift from AIPAC to J Street

    09/26/2013 6:51:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 26, 2013 | Joseph Puder
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama’s Shift from AIPAC to J StreetPosted By Joseph Puder On September 26, 2013 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments J Street, the self-described pro-Israel and pro-peace organization, has announced on its website that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will be its keynote speaker at its annual conference scheduled to commence on September 28, 2013. Hitherto, President Obama has been unwilling to authorize his high-ranking officials to participate in the J Street conferences. However, Valerie Jarrett, a Chicago buddy of Barack Obama, who now serves as Senior Advisor to Obama and...