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  • Former PM Barak accuses Netanyahu of inciting against Arabs [self-hatred barf]

    11/28/2016 9:42:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 29, 2016, 5:37 am | Times of Israel Staff
    Former prime minister Ehud Barak sharply criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, saying he was “possessed” by a “nationalist spirit” that posed a threat to Israel’s future. Speaking at a publicity event for a new book by former military intelligence chief Shlomo Gazit, Barak said that Netanyahu’s right-wing ideology endangered Israel’s existence. “The nationalist spirit of the leaders of the right, chief among them Netanyahu, is the central threat today to Israel’s future, its identity, its cohesiveness, and its strength,” Barak said. […] Barak also accused Netanyahu and members of his government of exploiting the recent wave of fires,...
  • Barack as Loki

    11/13/2016 5:30:30 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 3 replies
    Freep | 11/13/2016 | CharlesOConnell
    Barack as Loki I sure jacked you up, didn't I, Amrika? My program is 'get-even-with-them-ism', even against those who never did 'my people' (Kenyans) any harm--not that I ever cared about 'my people'. But I still expect you to honor me with the laurels of power, otherwise, how can I be the superior of the Presidents prior to 44, if I'm not accorded equal honor, even if I despised the honors. I was the spawn of ice giants, who have no 'sons'. In the house of Odin, I came up knowing sonship, but only by adoption. I craved the...
  • Indo-Israeli Barak 8 Scores Direct Hit on 1st Sea Launch

    11/27/2015 4:57:26 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Nov 26, 2015 | Nov 26, 2015
    Israel’s Ministry of Defense and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) conducted today the first full system flight and intercept test of the Barak 8 missile system developed jointly by Israel and India. Upon the completion of the system verification test series, Barak 8 is expected to achieve initial operational capability next year. The test was conducted from the Israel Navy SAAR 5 missile corvette INS Lahav, the first Israeli vessel to be equipped with the new air and missile defense system. The scenario began with the launch of a target, representing a reference threat. The MF-STAR on INS LAHAV detected the...
  • India's Most-Advanced Warship to Get the Missiles That Were Missing

    02/05/2015 10:17:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    NDTV ^ | February 05, 2015 | Vishnu Som
    The Barak 8 is a long range surface to air missile NEW DELHI: When the Indian Navy commissioned its most-advanced warship eight months ago, the INS Kolkata was missing its primary weapon system - the Barak 8 long range surface to air missiles, 32 of which were meant to be carried onboard in ready-to-fire mode. NDTV has learned that the Barak 8 missile has cleared all its tests and is ready for induction. The missile, designed to intercept incoming anti-ship missiles at a range of at least 70 kilometres, has been made in partnership with Israel, where it has successfully...
  • India seeks Israel missile deal; Hagel to meet Modi

    08/07/2014 7:03:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Daily Times, Pakistan ^ | August 07, 2014
    NEW DELHI - The new Indian government under Narindra Modi’s leadership is moving the cabinet committee on security (CCS) to buy 262 Barak-I anti-ship missile systems and spares, costing nearly Rs. 1,000 crore, from Israel. The purchase was cleared by defence acquisition council under former defence minister AK Antony last December. Defence Ministry sources said the CCS note was moved this week for the purchase of the Barak missile from Israeli Aircraft Industries and Rafael Advanced Systems of Israel. Both firms were probed by the CBI in 2006 for a Rs. 1,100 crore missile deal in 2000 under the previous...
  • ndo-Israeli LR-SAM Naval Test This Year

    02/12/2014 9:06:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    SP's Aviation ^ | February 08, 2014
    February 08, 2014: Delayed by over four years, but this one is truly better late than never. In what will be a significant boost to the Indian Navy’s quest for a credible air defence system deployable on its frontline vessels and aircraft carriers, the Indo-Israeli long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) system will be tested in a naval configuration towards the end of this year, reveals the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chief Dr Avinash Chander. The missile underwent a first test from a land launcher in 2010, and has since been tested an unspecified number of times. The collaborative programme,...
  • Controversial Hagel Plans Israel Visit to Boost Defense Ties

    03/21/2013 3:33:13 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 3/21/2013, 2:46 AM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to visit the Jewish state in April to boost cooperation between the two countries, Israel's defense ministry said on Wednesday. "Minister (Moshe) Yaalon congratulated Defense Secretary Hagel on his appointment and on his intention to visit Israel next month," in a telephone conversation, the ministry said in a statement, as reported by the AFP news agency. The statement quoted Hagel as saying that he "felt high about the security and strategic relations between the two countries" and wanted "strengthening of cooperation between the two defense systems." Yaalon also expressed a desire to further improve...
  • Biden to Address AIPAC Policy Conference

    02/27/2013 6:33:36 AM PST · by haffast · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 2/27/2013, 4:09 PM | By Arutz Sheva staff
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference next Monday, it has been confirmed. His speech comes just ahead of President Obama's anticipated visit to Israel later in the month and amid renewed concerns regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The 2013 conference, which will be held March 3-5, in Washington, D.C., will also feature addresses by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, House of Representatives, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), House of Representatives Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD),...
  • In shocker, Israel's Barak quits politics

    11/26/2012 8:48:31 AM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies ^ | 11/26/12 | AMY TEIBEL/ap
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday abruptly announced he was quitting politics, injecting new turmoil into the Israeli political system weeks ahead of general elections. Barak, Israel's most-decorated soldier and one-time prime minister, said he would stay on in his current post until a new government is formed following the Jan. 22 balloting.
  • Obama Continues to Snub Israeli Leaders, Refuses All NY Meetings

    09/20/2012 6:32:02 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 9/20/2012, 3:26 PM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Tensions between Israel and the current U.S. administration further deteriorated last week when President Barack Obama refused to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his upcoming visit to New York, where he will address the UN General Assembly. The White House insisted that the meeting would not take place due to the president’s pressing “campaign obligations” which would take him out of New York. Obama has further snubbed Israeli leaders by refusing to meet with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who will also be in New York next week, WND news station reported.
  • Barak: We'll Have to Make Decisions on Iran

    07/25/2012 2:40:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/7/12 | Elad Benari
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday that Israel will soon need to reach decisions regarding Iran. Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the National Security College, Barak said, “The State of Israel is facing some of the most complex challenges which its security and political leadership has ever had to face. “We may be required to make difficult decisions concerning the national security of Israel and ensuring its future,” he said. ... .....
  • Barak: Attack Shows Egypt Losing Control of Sinai

    06/18/2012 12:02:39 PM PDT · by EBH · 3 replies
    Monday morning's attack by terrorists against Israeli workers building the security fence on the southern border is further evidence of the increasing failure of Egyptian security efforts in Sinai, said Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Speaking at a meeting of his Atzma'ut faction, Barak said that several recent events, including Grad rocket attacks against Israel over the weekend, meant that Egypt needed to do more to fulfill its international obligations. “We see Monday's attack as a very serious incident,” Barak said. “It comes in the wake of an incident on Shabbat in which two Grad rockets were fired into southern Israel...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup - The Dead Baby Media

    06/02/2012 4:50:11 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 4 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Friday, June 01, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    THE DEAD BABY MEDIA If the text on that one is too small for you, it's a CNN piece headlined, "Why the Syrian regime is killing babies." There's not much to add to that. The Syrian regime may be killing babies, but CNN killed journalism. With some help from the New York Times, the Washington Post and the BBC. Anyone who has spent time in the Middle East knows quite well that parading around dead bodies is part of the Muslim ceremony of rallying for the next attack. These aren't funerals, these are corpse parades and the corpses are often...
  • MK Danon in Homesh: Fire Barak!

    04/14/2012 4:56:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/4/12 | Gabe Kahn
    MK Danny Danon (Likud) spoke to Arutz Sheva while attending a rally at Homesh this week at the head of a delegation from the World Likud. "Today, we are thousands of people from the Likud movement from all over the world, in Homesh," Danon told Arutz Sheva. We are here "to tell the Prime Minister to get back to Homesh, to let Jews live here in Homesh, to erase the disgraceful decision that pulled Jews out from Homesh," he explained. "I am also calling on the Prime Minister to take a brave decision to remove Defense Minister Ehud Barak from...
  • His Royal Imperial Highness, Barack Obama II

    04/04/2012 3:22:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies ^ | 4/4/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    America's constitutional structure is built on checks and balances. The idea behind these checks and balances is simple: We want interest counteracting interest, ego counteracting ego. We don't want any one person to gain too much power -- or any one faction or any one way of thought. Gridlock, for lack of a better word, is good. President Barack Obama, however, has a different idea. He believes that America must be fundamentally transformed. That fundamental transformation cannot be effectuated without a fundamental transformation of the system of American government. The most important part of that transformation is the elevation of...
  • Netanyahu Trying To Persuade Cabinet To Support Attack On Iran

    11/01/2011 5:41:55 PM PDT · by Fennie · 14 replies
    Haaretz ^ | November 2, 2011
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are trying to muster a majority in the cabinet in favor of military action against Iran, a senior Israeli official has said. According to the official, there is a "small advantage" in the cabinet for the opponents of such an attack. Netanyahu and Barak recently persuaded Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously objected to attacking Iran, to support such a move.
  • Barak stops transfer of Palestinian bodies to PA at last minute

    07/04/2011 8:39:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 7/4/11 | Amos Harel and Chaim Levinson
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered to stop the transfer of the bodies of 84 Palestinian terrorists to the Palestinian Authority at the last minute on Monday, despite earlier confirmation from the IDF Spokesperson's Office that the transfer would go through. Barak made his decision to hold off on the transfer after a Haaretz report revealed that two of the bodies to be returned to the PA were the Awadallah brothers, former leaders of the Hamas military wing, who were killed by Israeli soldiers near Hebron in September 1998. The defense minister explained his decision, saying it was important to weigh...
  • Barak: Dagan's comments on Iran hurt Israel's ability of deterrence

    06/09/2011 9:12:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 06/06/11
    Barak: Dagan's comments on Iran hurt Israel's ability of deterrence The defense minister criticized former Mossad cheif Meir Dagan for saying that a military strike on Iran would be a 'stupid thing.' Defense Minister Ehud Brak criticized on Monday comments made by Israel's ex-Mossad chief, who said a military strike on Iran would be a "stupid thing." Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan's comments "hurt Israel's ability to deter" Barak said during an interview with Israel Radio. "Any ability to disperse the ambiguousness surrounding the issue of Iran" hurts Israel's standing against Iran, the defense minister said. Barak said that the...
  • Barak to Launch Wave of Evictions, Says MK Katz

    06/05/2011 2:34:07 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/6/11 | Gil Ronen
    National Union Chairman MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh) warned Sunday that Defense Minister Ehud Barak intends to launch a wave of demolitions of Jewish outposts in Judea and Samaria. The evictions could begin as soon as Monday, he said, citing inside information leaked from the Defense Ministry. “Barak is a bad man who hates the Jewish settlement enterprise on Judea and Samaria,” Ketzaleh said. “[Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu must rein him in immediately.” He also called on Netanyahu to fire Barak because of his policy of evictions.
  • Pres. Barack Obama – Editor of the Harvard Law Review – Has No Law License???

    10/13/2010 4:09:40 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Alamo City Pundit ^ | Johnny Alamo
    I saw a note slide across the #TCOT feed on Twitter last night that mentioned Michelle Obama had no law license. This struck me as odd, since (a) she went to school to be a lawyer, and (b) she just recently held a position with the University of Chicago Hospitals as legal counsel — and that’s a pretty hard job to qualify for without a law license. But being a licensed professional myself, i knew that every state not only requires licensure, they make it possible to check online the status of any licensed professional. So I did, and here’s...
  • Israel's Barak calls off Paris visit amid threats

    06/13/2010 9:56:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 386+ views
    yahoo ^ | 6/13/10 | ap
    JERUSALEM – Israel's defense minister is canceling a planned visit to Paris amid threats by pro-Palestinian groups to have him arrested there. Ehud Barak was to dedicate a new Israeli booth at the Eurosatory arms fair in Paris, which opens this week. But his office announced Sunday that he would stay home while Israel forms a committee to investigate its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.
  • Kagan’s “Judicial Hero,” Aharon Barak

    05/25/2010 5:54:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 346+ views
    nro ^ | May 21, 2010 | Ed Whelan
    In 2006, Elena Kagan hailed Israeli supreme court justice Aharon Barak as her “judicial hero”: other folks view him much less favorably than Kagan does—and that she may have a strange view of what “democracy” is and what the “rule of law” entails. Here’s some of what Seventh Circuit judge Richard A. Posner has to say about Barak (in his book How Judges Think, pp. 362-368)*: " One of the most prominent of the aggressively interventionist foreign judges is Aharon Barak…. [H]is book on judging is Exhibit A for why American judges should be wary about citing foreign judicial decisions…....
  • Obama to Barak: I am committed to Israel's security

    04/26/2010 1:53:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies · 859+ views
    haaretz ^ | 4/26/10 | Natasha Mozgovaya
    U.S. President Barack Obama held an impromptu meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday, during which Obama affirmed his country's "unshakeable commitment to Israel's security." According to a White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, Obama "dropped by" a Monday morning meeting between Barak and U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones. Obama also reasserted his administration's determination to achieve regional peace, "including a two-state solution with a secure Jewish state of Israel living side by side in peace and security with a viable and independent Palestinian state."
  • Impeachment FormJefferson Memorial Form

    03/19/2010 11:12:31 AM PDT · by jongaltsr · 23 replies · 879+ views
    ? | Jefferson (2nd POTUS)
    Do-It-Yourself Impeachment This is much more than just a petition. This is a way for individual citizens to initiate the impeachment process themselves, directly. There's a little known and rarely used clause in the rules for the House of Representatives that sets forth the various ways in which a power abusing federal official can be impeached. Only the House Judiciary Committee puts together the Articles of Impeachment, but before that happens, someone has to initiate the process. That's where we come in. One of the ways to get impeachment going is for individual citizens like you and I to submit...
  • A Little Parody (Vanity)

    03/04/2010 9:41:07 PM PST · by TCH · 285+ views
    TCH | March 4, 2010 | TCH
    Sink Barak (‘Sung to Sink the Bismarck’ by Johnny Horton) A TCH 2010 Parody Production The day of reckon, twenty ten, the vote had just begun… The liberals ran the biggest debt, it had to be undone! ‘Cause Ba-rak was a taxin twit that ever failed to see… All the debt of gov would bring is tears, and shelve economies! Shoutin’ bold, Obama cried: “McCain, I wish you would…” Pass every bill ‘cause see man, me rules the neighborhood!” They had to sing for Ba-rak… the words here: “all agree” Not oppose gov big as his, and to hell our...
  • “I love my self” (‘I touch myself’ The Divinyls) A BCAD Parody Production <p>

    02/21/2010 2:40:17 PM PST · by TCH · 3 replies · 282+ views
    TCH ^ | February 21, 2010 | TCH
    “I love my self” (‘I touch myself’ The Divinyls) A TCH 2010 Parody Production I love myself...Why won’t you adore me? Michelle’s outta town...Now it’s all about me! I serve myself...I want you to mind me! I’ll suck up your wealth...I want yours!...Every dime, see? Chorus: I just want everybody’s wealth, n’ while I think about you, I love myself! Oh-oh-oh I don't want anybody’s help... I’ll vote...for O! I’m “The One"...who makes “Tea Baggers” nutty... You’re too break my stride! Yeah, I’m a clown, n’ I'm always gaffing... I want to shape your mind! I close my...
  • Barak: 'Regular' Attack Cannot Hit Iran's Nuclear Plant

    12/28/2009 5:28:40 AM PST · by Fennie · 90 replies · 4,959+ views
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | December 28, 2009 | By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The recently-revealed Qom nuclear plant in Iran is buried so deep under concrete that a "regular" military attack would not affect it, Defense Minister Ehud Barak revealed to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee on Monday. Concerning Iran, the Defense Minister said that the Qom nuclear reactor was under construction for several years and is buried in a bunker that is resistant to regular bombing. He did not mention the prospect of a nuclear strike.
  • Trek Obama

    12/02/2009 5:12:18 AM PST · by syc1959 · 1 replies · 240+ views
    Nobarack08 ^ | Nov 29,2009 | syc1959
    The followers of Barack Obama have taken a nose dive off the deep end of reality and entered into the hopeless pit of denial and wonderment of the science fiction era known as Trek Obama. Anyone breathing and an IQ higher then 60 (which barely includes most Obama supporters) has seen, heard of, or been part of Star Trek. Star Trek is the fictional reality of the future, again like Obama’s fictional past, where everyone’s needs are magically meet and no personal needs are ever denied, along and no costs ever being mentioned, because this is a fictional utopia. Read...
  • Barak Approves 28 Public Buildings (Israel)

    11/26/2009 12:47:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 438+ views
    INN ^ | 11/26/09 | Gil Ronen
    ( Defense Minister Ehud Barak signed permits Thursday for 28 educational institutions and public buildings. The educational structures are intended for the school year which begins in September (2010/2011, or 5771 by the Hebrew calendar). Barak said: “We are all obligated to carry out an open dialogue with the settler leaders, and to listen to them. This is a very serious and responsible group that exhibited a large degree of self-restraint in various tests in the past.”
  • Trying to create a new profanity

    11/18/2009 4:34:03 AM PST · by Cowman · 27 replies · 702+ views
    18nov2009 | Me
    I posted this on another thread using another word but upon reflection It occured to me that if one wanted to start a new curse word the word "Barak' would work far better than the original. So in the interest of furthering the development of profanity science here is the latest word to be bleeped when broadcast. Proper use of the word “Barak” through history “Where did all of the “barak” concrete sales go.” Mort Zlotnik concrete contractor in Babel “Those “barak” Americans just won't “barak” give up” British General Edward Pakenham at the battle of New Orleans 1814 “Where...
  • Long-lost article by Obama's dad surfaces

    10/14/2009 11:16:37 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies · 1,318+ views
    politico ^ | 4/15/08 | By BEN SMITH & JEFFREY RESSNER
    Barack Obama’s dad was such an important but absent figure in his life that he devoted his first book, “Dreams From My Father,” to the search for details about his father’s life and how the quest helped forge a son’s identity. Now, a long-forgotten essay written 43 years ago by Obama’s father has surfaced, and its contents reveal much — not only about the senior Obama’s grasp of economic theory but also about the iconoclastic politics that, his son would later write, sent him into the spiral of career disappointment that concluded with his death in 1982 in his native...
  • President Barack Obama's name spelt wrongly by White House ( Spelled Barak )

    10/15/2009 8:37:38 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 27 replies · 1,361+ views
    Telegraph uk ^ | 09 Jul 2009
    President Barack Obama's name was spelt wrongly in an official release from the White House. Following President Obama's trip to Russia, an official release touting the agreement between the US president and President Dmitry Medvedev over how to craft a follow-up to the START arms reduction treaty was put out. But the White House claimed the document had been signed by one "Barak Obama" - missing the 'c' from his first name. Russian and American negotiators salvaged the summit by agreeing the text of a preliminary deal on nuclear disarmament, deflecting fears that the most important element of Mr Obama's...
  • Breaking news

    10/10/2009 7:17:42 AM PDT · by jongaltsr · 11 replies · 789+ views
    Breaking news - Barak Breaks Wind. Hurricane forms of Eastern Sea Coast. Thousands applaud Obama while Republicans try to avert catastrophe. Book to follow. Already top of New York Sellers List and no ghost writer has been assigned yet. BS spread so thick that sun can not penetrate lower earth orbit. Thousands may perish.
  • What's In A Nme?

    08/15/2009 12:45:46 PM PDT · by MHGinTN · 35 replies · 1,374+ views
    Blog-gas-sphere ^ | 8/15/09 | MHGinTN
    What's In A Name? Who knows where or even when Barack Hussein Obama was born? We can't even be assured that his name is in fact legally Barack Hussein Obama! The phony exhibit shown on the Internet via, Daily KOS, and Obama's own campaign website was claimed to be a photocopy of an Hawaiian Certification of Live Birth for one Barack Hussein Obama, natality August 4, 1961. But that document was proven to be a complete fabrication built from many layers of photoshop material, and the Vital Records department in Hawaii has stated that they did not issue a...
  • Did Jesus give us the name of "SATAN"? Do over. Correction.

    08/12/2009 8:55:27 AM PDT · by jongaltsr · 19 replies · 1,422+ views
  • Did Jesus give us the name of "Satin"?I report - You decide! [Hijacked for fun]

    08/12/2009 8:34:11 AM PDT · by jongaltsr · 49 replies · 1,675+ views
  • White House spells Obama's name wrong

    07/08/2009 12:29:37 PM PDT · by KRyanJames · 39 replies · 2,028+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8 Jul 2009 | Eric Zimmermann
    Someone might want to look into whether an impostor took President Obama's place during his trip to Russia In a release touting an agreement between Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev over how to craft a follow-up to the START arms reduction treaty, the White House claimed the document had been signed by one "Barak Obama." Whoops:
  • Minister: Barak-Mitchell talks 'huge flop'

    07/08/2009 5:21:17 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 9 replies · 1,219+ views
    Ynet News ^ | 7/8/09 | Roni Sofer
    Defense minister briefs senior cabinet members on London meeting with Obama's Mideast envoy; one of them quoted as saying Barak 'offered dismantling of illegal West Bank outposts in exchange for nothing' Roni Sofer "(Defense Minister Ehud) Barak returned with nothing from his talks with (special US Mideast envoy) George Mitchell; it appears that he offered the dismantling of illegal West Bank outposts in exchange for nothing," a senior minister said Tuesday. The minister, who asked to remain nameless, was also quoted by his associates as saying, "The inclusion of Syria and Lebanon in the statement on a comprehensive peace agreement...
  • Israel's Defense Minister: No Connection between 'Settlement Construction' and Peace

    07/01/2009 12:30:25 AM PDT · by Avi Kane · 4 replies · 576+ views
    Israel National News ^ | July 1, 2009 | Avraham Zuroff
    Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak tried to convince special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell Tuesday that construction for Jews in Judea and Samaria isn’t an obstacle to the peace process. Barak's view is that the focus on building homes is short-sighted and that it will lead the peace process to a dead end instead of helping to create a wide-ranging regional peace plan. "In 2000, I was the Israeli Prime Minister that made the boldest steps to attain peace, and that year saw the largest number of Israeli construction-starts" in Judea and Samaria, he told Mitchell at their...
  • State Department Warms Up Freeze Demands on Jewish Construction within Judea and Samaria

    06/30/2009 3:31:07 AM PDT · by Avi Kane · 14 replies · 749+ views
    Israel National News ^ | June 30, 2009 | Avraham Zuroff
    The U.S. State Department may have toned down its demand on Israel to freeze construction within Judea and Samaria. In a press briefing Monday, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly reiterated that the obligations signed by Israel under the Roadmap require Israel to freeze all construction within Judea and Samaria, including “natural growth.” Nevertheless, Kelly hinted that the U.S. is open to “negotiations.” The official stated that both Israel and PA Arabs must honor their commitment to the Roadmap plan towards peace. “For the Palestinians, it means ending incitements to violence against Israel and demonstrating an ability to provide security. For...
  • Israel Gives Mixed Signals On Any Attack On Iran

    06/03/2009 5:04:36 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 18 replies · 927+ views
    Reuters News Agency ^ | Wed Jun 3, 2009 4:26pm EDT | Conor Swaney
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Israel issued contradictory signals on Wednesday on whether it might bomb Iran, with its foreign minister saying there were no such plans and the defense minister saying all options were on the table. Israel, widely believed to be the Middle East's only nuclear power, has repeatedly described Iran's uranium enrichment as a threat to its existence. "I have been asked by Saudi journalists about when Israel plans to bomb Iran. We are not planning to bomb Iran," far-right Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said during a visit to Russia. "We do not have a need" to carry...
  • Barack Meets Barak: Handshake or Arm Twist?

    06/02/2009 1:07:52 PM PDT · by Tzvi · 5 replies · 563+ views
    Israel National News ^ | June 2, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    U.S. President Barack Obama made an unscheduled appearance Tuesday at a meeting between visiting Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the President’s national security advisor, General Jim Jones. The White House did not announce why the President entered.
  • Official: Israeli PM (Netanyahu) likely to back two-state plan

    05/16/2009 11:56:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1,114+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/16/09 | Amy Teibel - ap
    JERUSALEM – Israel's defense minister said Saturday he believes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will endorse the creation of a Palestinian state during his upcoming meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington. It would be a significant shift for the Israeli leader, who has made clear in the past that he does not think the Palestinians are ready to rule themselves. But that position has put him at odds with long-standing U.S. policy that supports Palestinian statehood as the cornerstone of Mideast peace efforts. "I think and believe that Netanyahu will tell Obama this government is prepared to go for a...
  • Barak: All Options On Table Regarding Iran

    04/26/2009 5:58:31 AM PDT · by Strategy · 20 replies · 1,908+ views
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | April 26, 2009
    ( Defense Minister Ehud Barak stated on Sunday that the State of Israel is unable to dictate to the U.S. whether it would negotiate with Iran. Nevertheless, Israel considers that diplomatic negotiations with Teheran should have a time limit and be led with sanctions in order to cease Iran's nuclear program. The Defense Minister reiterated that all options are on the table, as far as Israel is concerned.
  • Barack Obama's New World Order

    04/04/2009 7:40:50 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 6 replies · 473+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | Sat Apr 4, 2:25 am ET | By MICHAEL SCHERER / STRASBOURG
    The United States is still the same country it was a year ago, give or take about 6 million jobs. But its international branding campaign, as led by the new President, Barack Obama, is so different that the rest of the world might be forgiven if it has to do a double take. Most of the hallmarks of the foreign policy of George W. Bush are gone... Obama has made clear that the U.S. is but one actor in a global community. Talk of American economic supremacy has been replaced by a call from Obama for more growth in developing...
  • Bibi Netanyahu Gets Sworn in--->Expect the Unexpected

    03/30/2009 8:20:05 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 14 replies · 622+ views
    Washington Institute/ Yidwithlid ^ | 3/30/09 | Yidwithlid
    "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss" Sometime tomorrow former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Israel. As Bibi starts his new reign make sure to throw out all of your projections about this government, and look for surprises. As Foreign Minister Lieberman will not have as much influence as you may think. Remember Tzipi Livni complained that the entire Second Lebanon War was waged with little input from the foreign ministry. Expect Barak and Netanyahu to be "glued at the hip." These two veterans of many political wars...
  • The Undemocracy of a Democracy

    03/29/2009 5:43:15 PM PDT · by chaimke · 4 replies · 309+ views
    Freedom's Cost ^ | 03/30/2009 | Chaim
    My late father used to say that the difference between a dictatorship and a democracy is rather small. “In a dictatorship those in power,” he would tell me, “do whatever they wish while the citizenry MAY NOT say a thing! In a democracy anyone is allowed to freely say anything while the power elites still do whatever they want.” Looking at the latest example of Israeli democracy, it seems my father’s half joking remarks are all too true. In the last elections, the Israeli electorate gave the right leaning parties 65 votes, versus 55 (including 10 mandates to the Arab...
  • Mutiny and machinations in Israel's 4th largest party

    03/24/2009 5:32:17 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 297+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Mar 24, 2009 | AMIR MIZROCH
    This is how Labor dies. Not with a whimper. Not with a bang. More like assisted suicide. Mark the day, Tuesday 24 March 2009. It is on this day that Israel's founding party 'finishes its historical role'. Regardless of which way the vote in the convention goes on Tuesday, Labor is finished. If Barak wins, Labor will serve as the fig leaf for Netanyahu's 'orange and black' administration, gradually withering away under international diplomatic isolation and economic stress. If Barak loses, he could jump ship and join Bibi, alone or with a few others, while leaving the rest of Labor...
  • Obama's safety net: the TelePrompter

    03/05/2009 11:23:57 PM PST · by truemiester · 44 replies · 1,858+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5 march 2009 | Carol E. Lee Carol E. Lee
    President Barack Obama doesn’t go anywhere without his TelePrompter. The textbook-sized panes of glass holding the president’s prepared remarks follow him wherever he speaks. Resting on top of a tall, narrow pole, they flank his podium during speeches in the White House’s stately parlors. They stood next to him on the floor of a manufacturing plant in Indiana as he pitched his economic stimulus plan. They traveled to the Department of Transportation this week and were in the Capitol Rotunda last month when he paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln in six-minute prepared remarks. Obama’s reliance on the teleprompter is unusual...
  • On Obama: "never underestimate the manipulative genius of pathological narcissists"

    03/03/2009 5:52:27 AM PST · by DBCJR · 38 replies · 1,918+ views Ghost Blog ^ | Samuel Vaknin, Ph.D.
    “I must confess I was impressed by Sen.Barack Obama from the first time I saw him. At first I was excited to see a black candidate. He looked youthful, spoke well, appeared to be confident - a wholesome presidential package. I was put off soon, not just because of his shallowness but also because there was an air of haughtiness in his demeanor that was unsettling. His posture and his body language were louder than his empty words. Obama's speeches are unlike any political speech we have heard in American history. Never a politician in this land had such quasi...