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  • Clinton received plan to secretly galvanize Palestinian protests

    01/11/2016 7:31:01 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 12, 2016 | By Eric Cortellessa
    WASHINGTON--A former top US diplomat suggested Washington foment Arab Spring-style Palestinian protests as a method of pushing the Israeli leadership into making moves, a new batch of emails from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton shows. On December 18, 2011, Thomas Pickering, a former US ambassador to Israel who also served as undersecretary of state for political affairs under former president Bill Clinton, emailed Clinton a recommendation to spark Palestinian demonstrations, led by female protesters, to push Jerusalem into talks. Upon receiving the message, Clinton asked an aide to print it out. Without detailing how the US would spark these...
  • The Crisis Has Exploded (Obama and Israel)

    03/21/2015 4:18:27 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 62 replies
    Commentary ^ | John Podhoretz
    Today, the president of the United States told the prime minister of Israel he was reassessing America’s “options” with regard to Israel in light of remarks Benjamin Netanyahu made about potential Palestinian statehood and an election-day Facebook post urging Israeli right-wingers to go to the polls on Monday to counter a surge in Israeli Arab voters. The crisis in the relationship we discuss in our new editorial statement has entered a new and potentially unprecedented phase. It may well be that the president is going to present American Jews with a choice over the coming months no American president should...
  • Marie Harf Wrote Thesis on How Conservative Support for Israel Complicates US Foreign Policy

    03/20/2015 10:24:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 19, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf wrote her college honors thesis on “how conservative evangelical support for Israel complicates U.S. foreign policy,” according to Indiana University records. Harf’s thesis further illustrates the collegiate thinking in an Obama administration that has alienated a key American ally in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Harf, 33, previously worked on Obama’s 2012 campaign. Harf’s Indiana University honors political science professor said that Harf did not plan to pursue political science like her professor father Jim, but that she ended up becoming “pretty good” at it. “I always had a soft spot for Jim, since he...
  • Obama May Throw Israel to the UN Wolves

    03/20/2015 7:04:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/20/15 | Joseph Klein
    If Obama decides to use the UN to help enable the isolation or surrender of Israel, he will have sabotaged the only democratic, pluralistic state in the Middle East while continuing to coddle the repressive Iranian theocratic regime After seeing their hopes for regime change in Israel go up in smoke, Obama administration officials have been attacking what White House spokesman Josh Earnest called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “divisive rhetoric” during the election campaign. They did not like that the prime minister rejected a two-state solution as they envision it should be designed. They were unhappy with likely plans by...
  • U.S. Threatens Sanctions Against Israel, Makes Excuses for Iran

    03/19/2015 9:13:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3-19-2015 | Daniel Harper
    The U.S. government might impose sanctions on Israel or allow its greatest ally in the Middle East to be tried in the International Criminal Court, according to Politico. Michael Crowley reports: Obama officials must now decide whether more international pressure on Israel can help bring a conservative Netanyahu-led government back to the negotiating table with the Palestinians — or whether such pressure would simply provoke a defiant reaction, as some fear. Obama has other diplomatic options. He could expend less political capital to oppose growing momentum within the European Union to impose sanctions on Israel for its settlement activity.
  • Democrats set to skip Netanyahu speech are outraged over ad attacking Susan Rice on human rights

    03/01/2015 2:19:15 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 65 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 03/01/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    Several prominent Congressional Democrats publicly decried an ad in the New York Times taken out by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. The ad was very critical of National Security Adviser Susan Rice, implying that genocide is her “blind spot.”
  • Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike

    03/01/2015 12:08:49 PM PST · by Glad2bnuts · 18 replies
    israel national news ^ | 03-01-2015 | Mark Langfan
    Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike Kuwaiti paper claims unnamed Israeli minister with good ties with the US administration 'revealed the attack plan to John Kerry.' The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran. Following Obama's threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.
  • AP: White House Brainstorms How Best to Hurt Netanyahu, AIPAC

    02/20/2015 2:49:41 PM PST · by Dave346 · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Feb 2015
    In what is becoming an increasingly nasty grudge match, the White House is mulling ways to undercut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington and blunt his message that a potential nuclear deal with Iran is bad for Israel and the world. There are limits. Administration officials have discarded the idea of President Barack Obama himself giving an Iran-related address to rebut the two speeches Netanyahu is to deliver during his early March visit. But other options remain on the table. Among them: a presidential interview with a prominent journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama...
  • ‘King Putt’s’ Islamic State of Denial

    09/11/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/11/14 | Judi McLeod
    TOP ISIL Hustler lives in the White House: President Barack Hussein Obama’s ‘no-strategy strategy’ in dealing with the Sen. Dianne Feinstein described “most vicious, well-funded, militant terrorist organization we have ever seen” turns out to be the name he publicly bestowed upon them from the State Floor of the White House last night: ISIL, (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant)—the name the Islamic State gave to itself—if only to show they already include Israel in their ambitious caliphate. The real name of the caliphate-seeking horror cutting throats and decapitating people and sending their executions viral via YouTube is ISIS...
  • Obama Admin Halts Transfer of Key Weapon to Israel

    08/15/2014 6:56:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/15/2014 | BRYAN PRESTON
    According to YNet News, the Obama administration has halted shipment of Hellfire anti-armor missiles to Israel.The administration blames the decision on Israel: The Journal reports Israel requested money for more Iron Dome interceptors from the US Defense Department mere days after the ground incursion into Gaza began. While Israeli officials told the Americans Israel had enough interceptors for the current Gaza operation, they said it wanted to replenish its stocks.According to the Journal, the Obama administration, with Israel’s consent, decided not to seek emergency funding, and instead hold the Congress vote on the $225 million military aid proposal in...
  • US Embassy in Tel Aviv Severely Restricts Visas for Israelis

    07/30/2014 11:49:16 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7-30-14 | Tova Dvorin
    The US embassy in Tel Aviv has cancelled tourist visa applications for Israelis, according to a statement on its official website, in a move it claims is a matter of staffing and security. "Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services," the statement says. "Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis." The statement surfaces in the midst of both souring US-Israel relations and...
  • Revealed: IRS and State Department conspired in targeting pro-Israel group

    07/29/2014 5:38:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/29/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The IRS scandal has just gained another dimension, and it is more than a "smidgen." Emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee show that the State Department was involved in the IRS’s attempt to deny tax-exempt status to Z-Street, the pro-Israel organization founded and run by AT contributor Lori Lowenthal Marcus, based on Z-Street’s pro-Israel positions that conflicted with Obama administration policy. This is known as “viewpoint discrimination,” and is strictly illegal.The Wall Street Journal explains what has been uncovered:  …emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee show that the IRS and State Department were conferring...
  • Obama tells Netanyahu he wants immediate humanitarian cease-fire

    07/27/2014 2:33:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 117 replies
    JTA ^ | July 27, 2014
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he wants an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian” cease-fire in the war with Gaza, based on a process Israel has made clear it opposes. The statement Sunday afternoon from the White House describing a phone call between the two leaders referred to cease-fire talks led in recent days by Secretary of State John Kerry which culminated in a proposal rejected unanimously on Friday by Israel’s security Cabinet. “Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the president made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire that ends hostilities now and...
  • State Dept. Calls Ted Cruz’s Israel Comments ‘Ridiculous and Offensive’ (chortle)

    07/23/2014 6:25:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 7/23/2014 | Matt Wilstein
    After the Federal Aviation Administration extended its ban on U.S. flights to Israel for another 24 hours Wednesday following reports of Hamas rockets falling close to the Tel Aviv airport, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement suggesting the decision had motives outside of just protecting the safety of American travelers. Asked about his statement at a briefing this afternoon, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf called his comments “ridiculous and offensive.” “Did President Obama Just Launch an Economic Boycott of Israel?” Cruz asked on his website, before answering his own question affirmatively. “The facts suggest that President Obama has just...
  • Obama’s Economic Boycott Against Israel Adopted by 17 EU Nations

    07/06/2014 7:28:44 AM PDT · by FredDardick · 4 replies
    Political Kryptonite ^ | July 6, 2014 | Fred Dardick
    Since January of last year the European Union has been threatening to boycott any company or entity that does business with the West Bank of Israel. The sanctions, perversely designed by Secretary of State John Kerry, were meant to punish Israel for its settlements in the West Bank and encourage the Jewish nation to adopt Kerry’s peace process framework. The economic boycott threat was entirely one-sided against Israel. Because there were no consequences for the Palestinian Authority should they abandon the peace process, it gave the PA every reason to harden their position and wait for the EU to act...
  • ANOTHER NEW LOW FOR JOHN KERRY: "We need another intifada" to force Israel to surrender its

    And you thought John Kerry had already hit rock bottom, n'est ce pas? In anonymous briefing to top columnist, members of Kerry’s team slam Netanyahu, empathize with Abbas, warn Palestine will rise ‘whether through violence or via int’l organizations’ American officials directly involved in the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace process over the last nine months gave a leading Israeli columnist a withering assessment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the negotiations, indicated that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has completely given up on the prospect of a negotiated solution, and warned Israel that the Palestinians will achieve statehood come...
  • More excuses: IDF officers, young Israelis routinely denied visas to the US

    03/26/2014 8:50:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/26/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Over the past three weeks, we've heard several excuses for the denial of visas to the United States for Israelis. We've been told that visas were denied in order to remove Israel from the 'white list' of countries whose citizens qualify for longer-term visas. We've been told that the United States has been systematically denying visas to Shin Bet (General Security Service) and Mossad agents, to representatives of the IDF and to executives of companies in Israel's defense industry, and it was implied that was out of a fear of competition in the defense industry. And we've been told that...
  • Why make light of PLO non-recognition of Israel?

    03/11/2014 4:54:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/10/2014 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    Over the weekend, the Obama administration began walking back its support for Israel’s demand that the PLO recognize Israel as the Jewish state. At a State Department media briefing on Friday, State Department Spokesperson Jennifer Psaki said, “If you look at the issue of a Jewish state and whether Israel will be called a Jewish state, that’s been our position, as you know, for a long time, but that doesn’t reflect what the parties will agree to, which I know you know.” In other words, the US is neutral. It’s fine with Washington if the PLO accepts Israel’s right to...
  • U.S.: No Need for PA to Recognize Israel

    03/08/2014 7:09:08 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/9/2014 | Elad Benari
    The United States believes there is no need for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a peace agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday. Psaki, who spoke to the PA-based Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper, said, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as part of the final agreement.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been adamant on the PA recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, explaining that the Arabs’ refusal to recognize Israel stands at the heart...
  • Obama: US won't be able to defend Israel if peace talks fail

    03/02/2014 5:47:53 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 183 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 2, 2014 | Adiv Sterman
    Ahead of meeting with Netanyahu, president says unprecedented ‘aggressive settlement construction’ detrimental to peace process Israel can expect to face international isolation and possible sanctions from countries and companies across the world if Benjamin Netanyahu fails to endorse a framework agreement with the Palestinians, US President Barack Obama cautioned on Sunday ahead of a meeting with the Israeli prime minister. In an interview with Bloomberg, Obama stressed that time was running out for Israel to achieve a peace deal, and added that he believed Netanyahu had the capacity to rally Israel’s citizens behind an agreement. But if Netanyahu “does not...