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  • U.S. Top Officer: Closing Hormuz would be Red Line

    01/08/2012 2:18:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/12 | Gil Ronen
    Iran has the ability to temporarily block the Strait of Hormuz but the U.S. “would take action and reopen” it, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey said Sunday, making clear to Iran that in threatening to close the straits, it is literally playing with fire. . “They’ve invested in capabilities that could, in fact, for a period of time block the Strait of Hormuz,” Dempsey said in an interview for CBS's “Face the Nation." “We’ve invested in capabilities to ensure that if that happens, we can defeat that.” Blocking the strategic shipping lane linking the Gulf of Oman...
  • Thousands of US troops land in Israel. Aircraft carrier coming soon

    01/07/2012 11:47:20 AM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Debka ^ | January 6, 2012
    Thousands of US troops began descending on Israel this week. Senior US military sources told debkafile Friday, Jan. 6 that many would be staying up to the end of the year as part of the US-IDF deployment in readiness for a military engagement with Iran and its possible escalation into a regional conflict. They will be joined by a US aircraft carrier. The warplanes on its decks will fly missions with Israeli Air Force jets. The 9,000 US servicemen gathering in Israel in the coming weeks are mostly airmen, missile interceptor teams, marines, seamen, technicians and intelligence officers. The incoming...
  • Bolton: Most Likely Scenario Is Iran WILL Get Nukes

    11/24/2011 8:23:15 PM PST · by Just4Him · 9 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 11/24/2011 | The Right Scoop
    <p>No sh*t Sherlock! New sanctions = buying time for the Iranians.</p>
  • Surprise! Iran Has Nukes

    11/10/2011 8:24:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 10, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    If ever there was a time when "see, I told you so" was warranted, it is now as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports this week that Iran is close to developing a nuclear weapon. That so many in the State Department over several administrations could deceive themselves into believing claims by the Iranians that their intentions are nothing but peaceful and their sole objective is to develop more sources of electricity for their country reminds me of the Munich Agreement of 1938. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler, thought they had an agreement concerning Czechoslovakia,...
  • Clinton: Assad is on his way out

    11/08/2011 12:19:15 PM PST · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 11/08/11 | ALEX BYERS
    Hillary Clinton kept the heat on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a speech Monday night, declaring that his "days are numbered." The secretary of state mentioned Syria a handful of times in a broader speech to the National Democracy Institute on U.S. Middle East policy, indicating that both Syria and Yemen are next in line for democratic revolutions. Clinton told the audience that Assad had "systematically violated each of [the] basic requirements" of the Arab League's peace plan laid out last week in Cairo, which included directives to release captives and pull military resources from the streets. The league has...
  • Why do Sarkozy and Obama hate Netanyahu?

    11/08/2011 11:22:39 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 40 replies · 3+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 11-8-11 | Jackson Diehl
    Though Netanyahu has recently allowed new settlement construction, it mostly has been in neighborhoods that Palestinian leders have already conceded will be part of Israel in a final settlement. This week he told his cabinet that West Bank outposts declared illegal by the Israeli Supreme Court would be uprooted. In other words, Netanyahu has been an occasionally difficult but ultimately cooperative partner. He can be accused of moving too slowly and offering too little, but not of failing to heed American initiatives. And Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas? For five of the six months of the Israeli settlement moratorium he refused...
  • AP Exclusive: New Signs Of Syria-Pakistan Nuke Tie

    11/01/2011 2:47:42 AM PDT · by edpc · 6 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | 1 Nov 2011 | Desmond Butler & George Jahn
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.N. investigators have identified a previously unknown complex in Syria that bolsters suspicions that the Syrian government worked with A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, to acquire technology that could make nuclear arms. The buildings in northwest Syria closely match the design of a uranium enrichment plant provided to Libya when Moammar Gadhafi was trying to build nuclear weapons under Khan's guidance, officials told The Associated Press. The U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency also has obtained correspondence between Khan and a Syrian government official, Muhidin Issa, who proposed scientific cooperation and a visit to Khan's...
  • Report: Top Muslim adviser blocks Obama meeting with Christian leader

    10/29/2011 4:32:49 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 23 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/29/2011
    An influential Muslim adviser to the White House who has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood has succeeded in canceling a meeting between President Obama and the leader of the persecuted Maronite church in Lebanon, according to the Beirut news agency el Nashra Read more: Report: Top Muslim adviser blocks Obama meeting with Christian leader
  • Obama’s Muslim Advisers Block Middle Eastern Christians’ Access to the White House

    10/25/2011 8:22:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 10-25-11 | El Cid
    From a Middle East correspondent: Beirut Arab news agency al Nashra reported on Saturday November 22, that [White House Muslim envoy] Dalia Mogahed has succeeded in canceling a meeting between the Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon and President Barack Obama. Writing in al Nashra, the reporter said “an unnamed US source told the news agency, that those who sought canceling a visit of (the spiritual head of the Maronite Church) Patriarch Beshara Rahi to the White House are Dalia Mujahid (Mogahed), the highest adviser on Arab and Islamic Affairs in the State Department, who is from Egyptian origins. And that,” according...
  • Bill Maher: "Somehow the Republicans stole the Jews"

    10/01/2011 12:51:11 PM PDT · by martosko · 114 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/01/2011 | Jeff Poor
    In the last five presidential elections, the Democratic presidential nominee averaged 79 percent of the Jewish vote. However, if the recent election in New York’s Ninth Congressional District is a bellwether, those numbers could change. This caught the attention of HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher. On his Friday program, Maher lamented the GOP gains and blamed the shift on Republicans’ belief in the Bible. “And people might say, ‘Why are you talking about it?’” Maher said. “First of all, I’m talking about it because 42 percent of Republicans think the Bible is literally true. A fourth of them think...
  • Syrians flee to Jordan with stories of horror: Assad protesters tortured, killed

    08/08/2011 8:47:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, August 8, 2011 | Dale Gavlak
    In Syria on Monday, Mr. Assad continued his assault on the eastern town of Deir el-Zour, a day after his security forces killed 42 people there. The army also killed three people at a funeral in the town of Daraa, human rights activists said. Arab nations applied more diplomatic pressure, as Kuwait and Bahrain on Monday followed Saudi Arabia and withdrew their ambassadors to protest the ongoing violence. Saudi King Abdullah pulled his ambassador out of Damascus on Sunday, denouncing the "bloodshed" in Syria... A cabdriver from Daraa, who asked to be identified as Abu Mahmoud, said he and his...
  • Why Iran’s Blue-Water Naval Ambition Matters

    08/08/2011 2:34:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The American Interest ^ | August 5, 2011 | Jamsheed K. Choksy
    Last month, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) chief Ali Fadavi declared, “The frontline of the Islamic Republic is the sea. Our enemy, the United States, has a military capacity at sea and has secured hegemony by the means of its naval capacity. . . . It is necessary that the Iranian navy counters the enemy.” Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told the local press “Iran plans to strengthen its naval forces to maintain security of the open seas … the message to regional countries is that there is no need for the presence of foreign forces.” Iran’s naval force,...
  • J Street Poll: Obama's Jewish support tops Republicans

    07/21/2011 1:54:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies ^ | 7/21/11 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER JERUSALEM POST CORRESPOND
    Majority of US Jews disapproves of Obama's Arab-Israeli conflict policy; separate poll shows Muslims blame West for domestic problems. WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama handily defeats his current Republican presidential opponents among Jewish voters, according to a poll put out by J Street Thursday. At the same time, the majority of American Jews disapproves of his handling of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the poll found. Obama currently enjoys 63 percent of the American Jewish vote compared to 24% for Mitt Romney and 67% when facing off against Michele Bachmann, who received 19% support, according to the poll. Romney, the former...
  • Jewish Dems losing faith in Obama

    06/29/2011 1:29:28 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 115 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/29/11 | Ben Smith
    David Ainsman really began to get worried about President Barack Obama’s standing with his fellow Jewish Democrats when a recent dinner with his wife and two other couples — all Obama voters in 2008 — nearly turned into a screaming match. Ainsman, a prominent Democratic lawyer and Pittsburgh Jewish community leader, was trying to explain that Obama had just been offering Israel a bit of “tough love” in his May 19 speech on the Arab Spring. His friends disagreed — to say the least. One said he had the sense that Obama “took the opportunity to throw Israel under the...
  • Failed favoritism toward Israel

    06/15/2011 5:35:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2011-06-10 | Turki al-Faisal
    ...Palestine's future won't be dictated by the U.S. and Israel.... Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA President Obama gave a rousing call to action in his controversial speech last month, admonishing Arab governments to embrace democracy and provide freedom to their populations. We in Saudi Arabia, although not cited, took his call seriously. We noted, however, that he conspicuously failed to demand the same rights to self-determination for Palestinians — despite the occupation of their territory by the region’s strongest military power. Soon after, Obama again called into question America’s claim to be a beacon of human rights by allowing Israeli Prime Minister...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Obama doesn't mean return to 1967 lines

    06/03/2011 5:36:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies · 1+ views
    In 'Washington Post' op-ed, Chicago mayor says 1967 borders are starting point for negotiations, not end point. US President Barack Obama's call for a Palestinian state to be based on 1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps does not mean a return to the these borders, according to a Washington Post op-ed by Chicago mayor and former US chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. "[Obama] reminded us that every president and many Israeli elected leaders have recognized that the borders are one starting point for negotiations, not the end point," Emanuel wrote. "That statement does not mean a return to 1967...
  • Creeping anti-Semitism in the New York Times

    05/25/2011 11:57:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Leo Rennert
    By all counts, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu received more than two dozen standing ovations during his address to a joint session of Congress. When he entered the House chamber, the first standing ovation lasted more than two minutes. So what accounts for this super-warm reception for the Israeli leader by lawmakers of both parties? Could it be that they genuinely believe that Israel shares America's deepest social and political values? That Israel is the only true, functioning democracy in the Middle East? That Arabs enjoy greater rights in Israel than in any Arab nation? That their ovations reflected the views...
  • Obama's Jewish backers on edge over his Mideast peace plan

    05/25/2011 7:45:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 25, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
    Washington— President Obama's Jewish fund-raising network is trying to calm uneasy donors who fear that his blueprint for Middle East peace would jeopardize Israel’s security. Although Obama's core fund-raising volunteers aren’t panicking, they say his outline for a peace deal has created unexpected obstacles that make it more difficult to meet short-term fund-raising targets. But many in the Jewish community remain worried about what the president said, what he meant and what it all means for Israel. In Philadelphia, a committee of about 30 Obama supporters is trying to raise about $3 million for an Obama fund-raising dinner set for...
  • LIVE THREAD: Netanyahu to speak before Congress

    05/24/2011 8:14:33 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 422 replies · 1+ views
    Live streaming via CSPAN

    05/23/2011 3:53:37 PM PDT · by onyx · 741 replies
    AIPAC/ also CSPAN2 ^ | May, 23, 2011 | onyx
    At 7:00 p.m. EDT, this photo box will turn into the live feed from the Monday banquets at AIPAC Policy Conference 2011 Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:00am While Washington, D.C., is increasingly consumed with bickering between Democrats and Republicans, the U.S.-Israel relationship remains the one issue that transcends the partisan divide. In a display of this bipartisan spirit, more than half of Congress will attend tonight's Gala Banquet, which will fill a room large enough to fit the Washington Monument on its side. This year, however, for the first time ever, Hall D/E, as massive as it is, cannot...