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  • Odierno Opens Door To U.S. Troops Embedding With Iraqi Security Forces [Obama's Costly Error!]

    05/29/2015 10:17:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    The WashingtonTimes ^ | May 29, 2015 | Douglas Erns
    Odierno Opens Door To U.S. Troops Embedding With Iraqi Security Forces By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2015 Gen. Raymond Odierno, the U.S. Army chief of staff, introduced the possibility of U.S. military personnel embedding with Iraqi security forces during battle. “Embedded advisers, with increased risk to our soldiers, probably would make this more effective,” the general said Thursday, Defense One reported. “You have to weigh the risk versus the outcome.” Iraqi security forces were dealt an embarrassing defeat May 17 when the Islamic State group took control of Ramadi. A series of coordinated suicide...
  • 2016 hopefuls Christie, Cruz court Jewish donors in New York

    05/29/2015 10:16:45 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 29, 2015, 4:41 pm | JILL COLVIN
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — One declared and one likely Republican presidential contender criticized the administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran and reaffirmed their support for Israel as they courted wealthy Jewish donors Thursday at a gala in New York.</p> <p>Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a declared presidential candidate, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is widely expected to jump into the race next month, criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of the Middle East as they worked to impress donors at the third annual Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala.</p>
  • UN Official Wants IDF on Terror List with ISIS, Taliban & Boko Haram

    05/29/2015 11:39:02 AM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    jspace news ^ | 5/28/15
    The United Nations special representative of the secretary-general for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, is set to recommend blacklisting the Israel Defense Forces as a terror group for regularly causing harm to children. The designation would place the IDF in the same group as terror groups such as Islamic State, Boko Haram, and the Taliban. According to Yedioth Ahronoth, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leaning towards leaving Israel off the list—despite heavy lobbying by the Palestinians and pro-Palestinian groups—over concern of damaging the world body’s relationship with the Jewish state. The Israeli Foreign Ministry slammed the hypocrisy of the...
  • Barack Obama’s Anti-Semitism Test

    05/29/2015 2:15:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 29, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    Barack Obama’s Anti-Semitism TestPosted By Caroline Glick On May 29, 2015 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 10 Comments [1]Originally published by the Jerusalem Post [2]. Is US President Barack Obama an anti-Semite?This question has lingered in the air since his first presidential bid in 2008. It first arose due to the anti-Semitic sermons that Jeremiah Wright, his pastor for more than 20 years, made as Obama and his family sat in the pews.Throughout the six-and-a-half years of his presidency, Obama has laughed off the concerns.But he has not dispelled them. And this failure has hurt him.So last week, Obama...
  • Water Revolution in Israel Overcomes Any Threat of Drought

    05/29/2015 12:59:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 29, 2015 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    ... Today, there is plenty of water in Israel. A lighter version of an old “Israel is drying up” campaign has been dusted off to advertise baby diapers. “The fear has gone,” said Mr. Zvieli, whose customers have gone back to planting flowers. As California and other western areas of the United States grapple with an extreme drought, a revolution has taken place here. A major national effort to desalinate Mediterranean seawater and to recycle wastewater has provided the country with enough water for all its needs, even during severe droughts. More than 50 percent of the water for Israeli...
  • Jeb Bush Cites Weaving a ‘Web of Civility’ with Dems Among Immediate Presidential Priorities

    05/28/2015 11:34:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/27/15 | Jeff Poor
    Jeb Bush Cites Weaving a ‘Web of Civility’ with Dems Among Immediate Would-Be Presidential Priorities In a conference call hosted by the Alabama Republican Party on Wednesday night, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL), a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, fielded a question from Alabama Republican Party chairwoman Terry Lathan asking what his first major action or order of business might be once he was elected. Among those priorities he cited included dealing with the regulatory “alphabet soup” with a goal of reform in mind, undoing by executive order what his predecessor President Barack Obama had done through...
  • Ruthless Trials Show Iran Can't Be Trusted

    05/28/2015 10:14:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "We have police. They arrest girls or women for having bad hijab or not being covered enough. But it's not that we live with the police in our head. You know?" Those famous last words were pronounced by Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian journalist, in an interview alongside her husband, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian -- who is a dual Iranian-American citizen raised in California -- for CNN's "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" in 2014. Bourdain offered that the Iranians he met were super-friendly people with a strong sense of hospitality. Rezaian now has police in his head. Six weeks after the...
  • Who killed Alberto Nisman?

    05/28/2015 10:55:45 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 9 replies
    BBC NEWS ^ | 28th May 2015 | Wyre Davies
    'In January a high-profile prosecutor was found in a pool of blood in his bathroom, days before he was due to release a report condemning the Argentine government. Wyre Davies examines claims that he was murdered and that the investigation into his death was bungled.'
  • Cruz: Universities that boycott Israel should lose federal funding

    05/29/2015 4:21:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/28/15 | Katie Zezima
    Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that universities that boycott Israel should lose their federal funding. Cruz's remarks were aimed at the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which is gaining traction on college campuses. It calls for U.S. companies and universities to divest from Israel. Cruz has spoken against BDS but sharpened his tone Thursday. The nation needs a president who will ensure that "if a university boycotts the nation of Israel then that university will forfeit federal taxpayer dollars," Cruz said at the Champion of Jewish Values International Awards Gala here, where he received the Defender of Israel Award....
  • Sephardic Jews Leave Turkey for Spain Fleeing ‘Unnerving’ Wave of Anti-Semitism

    05/28/2015 5:13:13 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-27-15
    Frances Martel27 May 201545 The increasingly difficult-to-ignore presence of anti-Semitic attitudes in Turkey is forcing Sephardic Jews, whose ancestors were welcomed in the Ottoman Empire after being expelled from their homes due to the Inquisition, to consider returning to Spain and rebuilding their lives there, now that the nation’s legislature is poised to grant them passports. The New York Times reports that Spain’s Sephardic Ancestry Bill, which is expected to pass this month and would grant dual Spanish citizenship to the Jewish descendants of those expelled from the nation in 1492, is posing an increasingly tempting option to Jews in...
  • Barak: Israel should seriously consider unilateral disengagement from Palestinians

    05/28/2015 5:09:45 PM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Barak: Israel should seriously consider unilateral disengagement from Palestinians Former prime minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that Israel should consider unilateral moves to disengage from the Palestinians in the event that efforts to relaunch negotiations with PA President Mahmoud Abbas should fail. Speaking in an interview with Army Radio on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, Barak said that such an effort to speak with Abbas must be made. "I know Abu Mazen (Abbas) and his successors, and I say that we need to try to solve this with them, and if not...
  • Netanyahu: Suspending Israel Could Cause FIFA to Collapse (vote scheduled for tomorrow)

    05/28/2015 3:10:36 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | May 28, 2015 4:47 pm | David Dauod
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Thursday that acceding to the Palestinian demand to suspend Israel from FIFA threatened to unravel the international soccer organization. In an interview with reporters in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu commented on Friday’s upcoming vote to oust Israel at the FIFA congress in Zurich, calling it a “blatant intrusion of politics into the field of sports.” According to Netanyahu, who is also an avid soccer fan, “sport has become an arena of goodwill and cooperation between peoples, and because of that an attempt to attack Israel in FIFA will cause FIFA to collapse.” The prime...
  • FIFA Should Give Israel the Red Card (NY Slimes Hit Piece)

    05/28/2015 2:46:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | MAY 28, 2015 | IYAD ABU GHARQOUD
    BUREIJ, Gaza Strip — On Friday, the annual congress of FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, is scheduled to vote on a proposal to suspend Israel from the organization. The Palestine Football Association called for this measure because Israel prevents our national team from participating in normal training, travel and competition. If the corruption scandal now enveloping FIFA derails the vote, we will continue to press the issue. The Palestine national team has belonged to FIFA since 1998, but we do not trust the current president, Sepp Blatter, to represent our interests. Past assurances to act have not been...
  • The Longest Hatred

    05/28/2015 12:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Cliff May
    Robert S. Wistrich, who died suddenly last week, was considered the foremost scholar of anti-Semitism, which he called “the longest hatred,” one that appears to be metastasizing in the current era. Writing about Nazi anti-Semitism ruffles no feathers within academia and other elite circles. Mr. Wistrich, however, had been warning that “anti-Semitism has undergone a process of growing ‘Islamicization,’ linked to the terrorist holy war against Jews and other non-Muslims with its truly lethal consequences.” This “new” anti-Semitism,” he added, targetsIsrael, the only state with a Jewish majority: “the collective Jew.” “New” is a relative term: It was 40 years...
  • George Galloway announces he will run for London Mayor

    05/28/2015 9:43:36 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 5-28-2015 | BBC
    Controversial former MP George Galloway is to seek election as the next mayor of London. The Respect Party leader, who has threatened a legal challenge over his general election defeat, declared his bid on Twitter. Mr Galloway posted a picture of himself sitting on an unmade bed with his young son and the slogan "Dad, you've got to do this. I've got your back!". "I'm standing for Mayor of London 2016," he added. On 7 May, Mr Galloway lost the Bradford West Commons seat he took from Labour, his former party, in a 2012 by-election. The seat was won by...
  • Ted Cruz, charlatan

    05/27/2015 7:15:24 PM PDT · by VinL · 75 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/27/2015 | Milbank
    As he prepared for his presidential run over the last year or so, a hawkish Sen. Ted Cruz has said U.S. policy in the Middle East and elsewhere is a mess because of President Obama’s weakness — particularly his failure to enforce his own “red line” after the Syrian regime used chemical weapons. “A critical reason for Putin’s aggression has been President Obama’s weakness,” the senator said in a typical appearance, on ABC News last year. “You’d better believe that Putin sees that in Syria,” Cruz added. “Obama draws a red line and ignores the red line.” This takes quite...
  • Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community (AP vs. Israel)

    05/28/2015 10:58:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2015 8:20 AM EDT | Areej Hazboun
    It was an unlikely display of protesters: nuns cloaked in white, a black-clad priest clutching a golden scepter and dozens of Arab schoolchildren picketing outside the hulking headquarters of Israel’s Education Ministry. Their message, raised high on large banners: “Take your hands off our schools.” Private Christian schools are among Israel’s highest ranked educational institutions, established by churches in the Holy Land hundreds of years ago—long before Israel’s own creation. But school administrators are accusing Israel of slashing their funding as a pressure tactic to get them join the Israeli public school system—a move they say would interfere with the...
  • Declassified Document Proves US Created ISIS

    05/28/2015 5:07:07 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 59 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | 5/25/2015 | Joshua Krouse
    Ever since ISIS began its bloody rampage across the Middle East, many of us have been suspicious of their origins. The West seemed perfectly willing to support the rebellion against Russian backed Assad, but as soon as those supposedly “moderate” rebels formed ISIS, they turned against them (according to the media at least). But according to a recently declassified document, the US government knew more than they were letting on (gasp) in regards to the formation of ISIS. The seven page document, which was dated August 12th 2012, was attained by Judicial Watch through a federal lawsuit. It reveals that...
  • Amnesty International Denounces Hamas War Crimes

    05/28/2015 5:02:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 28, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    Amnesty International Denounces Hamas War CrimesPosted By Ari Lieberman On May 28, 2015 @ 12:07 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments [1]The so-called human rights group Amnesty International, which frequently and unjustly criticizes Israel for defending itself against todayÂ’s modern-day Nazis, has issued another scathing report about this past summerÂ’s war in Gaza involving the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas. However, in a surprising and refreshing turn of events, Amnesty International actually performed a genuine investigation and issued a biting indictment [2] of the Hamas terrorist group.The report, one of four issued by Amnesty International concerning the war, confirms...
  • Taliban fears over young recruits attracted to Isis in Afghanistan

    05/27/2015 8:13:32 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 7, 2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison
    Foreign fighters who claim allegiance to Islamic State are gathering dozens of recruits in eastern Afghanistan, luring would-be jihadis with generous resources and the group’s powerful brand, according to a Taliban fighter who has met several of their commanders. The rapid and dramatic victories clocked up by Isis in Iraq, Syria and Libya have attracted some young men with specific grievances against government or foreign forces, who simply want the strongest possible allies. Others seem drawn by the novelty of an upstart force, the Taliban veteran said, or by the apparently deep pockets of a group that boasts laptops, benevolent...
  • Hamas Executed Palestinians During Israel War: Amnesty

    05/27/2015 8:27:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Islamist group Hamas used its 2014 Gaza war with Israel to "settle scores" with rival Palestinians, executing at least 23 in possible war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday. A report by the London-based rights group detailed the "brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of 'collaborating' with Israel" by Hamas, de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip enclave. The report details the "extrajudicial execution of at least 23 Palestinians and the arrest and torture of dozens of others".
  • EU Calls for Peace Talks to Resume Immediately

    05/27/2015 3:37:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/5/15
    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called Wednesday on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to resume peace negotiations, saying the situation on the ground was "not sustainable," according to AFP. Mogherini issued the remarks after eyewitnesses said the Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out four strikes on terror targets in Gaza on Wednesday, hours after terrorists launched five rockets at civilians in the Jewish state. "We see the situation on the ground as not sustainable and (it is) an illusion to think the status quo is an option," Mogherini said at the opening of an annual meeting in Brussels...
  • FIORINA: ‘TITLES ARE JUST TITLES,’ HILLARY’S ‘TRACK RECORD’ IS ME COLLAPSE AND THE RUSSIAN RESET

    05/27/2015 12:23:31 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 37 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina argued that “titles are just titles” and Hillary Clinton’s “track record” includes the collapse of the Middle East and the failed Russian reset on Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC. Fiorina said, “I come from a world where titles are just titles, and talk is just talk. It’s only in politics where titles and words mean a lot. In the rest of the world, it’s actually about what have you done, actions speak louder than words. People want to know are your words and your actions consistent and are they consistent over time. And so,...
  • Barack Obama: A Man For The Ages!

    03/12/2015 5:15:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    Everyone says President Obama is a feckless commander, weak in statecraft, especially compared to the great leaders of the Western world, such as Reagan and Churchill. I believe this does Obama a great injustice. It's so easy to react the way a great leader would. Sure, Obama could have left a small contingent of American troops in Iraq, preserved America's victory, and prevented the entire region from collapsing into chaos and terror. He could have refrained from issuing empty "red line" threats to Syria. He could call ISIS "Islamic." But anybody could do that -- even ISIS calls itself "Islamic."...
  • NYT rages against Bibi's pick of Dore Gold for Foreign Minister

    05/27/2015 7:45:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/27/2015 | Leo Rennert
    In a lengthy May 26 article, Jodi Rudoren, the New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief, goes apoplectic over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s selection of Dore Gold to run Israel’s foreign ministry. The headline and the lead paragraph immediately signal to readers that Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, is disastrous for Israel’s diplomacy –“Netanyahu Appoints Hawkish Ally to Run foreign policy” – buttressed by Rudoren’s own depiction of Gold as a Bibi confidant who is “hawkish on Iran and the Palestinian issue.”
  • BREAKING: Southern Israel Attacked By Rockets, IDF Retaliation Expected

    05/26/2015 11:08:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 26, 2015 | Yochanan Visser
    A spokesman said Israel holds Hamas responsible for the attack. One hour ago, sirens went off in southern Israel, causing people to seek shelter in their security rooms and in public shelters. In Israel, most houses have a specially built security room that can survive chemical attacks and all sorts of conventional attacks. A short time later, a rocket – probably a home-made M-75 missile with a range of 75 km or a Grad missile – landed in the city of Gan Yavne, east of the coastal city of Ashdod.
  • Cruz Catches Obama Covering for Iran...Again

    05/26/2015 12:53:44 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | May 22nd, 2015 | Daniel Horowitz
    Now that Congress has passed the faux Iran accountability bill (Corker-Cardin), Obama has leverage to continue appeasing Iran at breakneck speed.  He is taking full advantage of his newfound legitimacy under the guise of securing congressional input.  Previously chronicled at Conservative Review, this administration has taken absurd and dangerous acts over the past two years in order to align with Iran.  Earlier this year, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, omitted any mention of Iran and Hezbollah in the annual assessment of terror threats.   Now, the administration is refusing to publish the annual report of Iran’s record on human rights.   The...
  • Cruz, Rubio Team Up on Iran

    05/26/2015 12:10:19 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | May 22, 2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    Rival Republican presidential candidates Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are teaming up on Iran.The duo, along with Georgia GOP Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, are demanding a report on Iranian military power from the Pentagon.The four senators, in a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter released Friday, highlight a deadline at the end of January for submitting the report.“In the context of the ongoing P5+1 negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over that nation’s nuclear program and its potential military dimensions, we believe it is imperative that this report be published as...
  • 'Red Alert' Siren Sounds in Southern Israel

    05/26/2015 11:21:59 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 55 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5-26-2015 | Arutz
    A "Red Alert" siren has sounded in southern Israel, near the cities of Lachish, Ashdod, and Bnei Darom. We will update with more information once it becomes available
  • Bulletin warns US analysts overwhelmed by pro-ISIS social media,

    U.S. investigators are becoming overwhelmed trying to keep up with the social media barrage by U.S.-based supporters of the Islamic State -- with the latest information suggesting "US military bases, locations, and events could be targeted in the near-term." The warning comes in a new, six-page bulletin obtained exclusively by Fox News. It warns law enforcement and specifically military personnel to be vigilant during upcoming national holidays and military events due to the "heightened threat of attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)." Sent one day before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the joint bulletin --...
  • Ex-Israeli PM Ehud Olmert Sentenced for Taking Bribes From U.S. Businessman

    05/26/2015 2:48:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon May 25, 2015 | Mike Schwartz
    Jerusalem (CNN)Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to eight months in prison for taking cash from an American businessman. He was also fined $25,700. Police said Olmert received the money from 1993 through 2006, during his tenure as Jerusalem's mayor and while holding ministerial positions under former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He took over as prime minister in 2006 after a stroke incapacitated Sharon. The new sentence is in addition to the six years in prison Olmert is already facing for taking bribes related to a controversial Jerusalem housing project -- also while he was mayor. Olmert was...
  • Two Words Can Show You Whose Side Obama Is On

    05/26/2015 1:21:32 PM PDT · by scouter · 18 replies
    Short Vanity | 5/26/15 | Scouter
    Do you remember back in the 2008 election when Barack Obama derisively said: "... and you go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, like a lot of small towns in the midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they’ve gone through the Clinton admininistration and the Bush administration and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter and they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them...
  • ISIS militants ‘advance towards Damascus’

    05/26/2015 3:29:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 5/26/15
    Syrian regime strikes against ISIS in and around the ancient city of Palmyra have failed to halt their advance towards Damascus, a monitor said on Sunday.The intense strikes came after the fall of Palmyra, named Tadmor in Arabic, to the militants last week. But so far, the strikes had failed to halt the militants, who advanced towards the capital Damascus and overran major phosphate mines about 70 kilometers south of Palmyra.“ISIS has made further progress on the Tadmor-Damascus highway and grabbed the Khnaifess phosphate mines and nearby houses,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network...
  • The Center Is Not Holding (From ISIS at Ramadi to riots at home, nothing is going right)

    05/26/2015 3:09:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/26/15 | Victor Davis Hanson
    “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” – W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” Things are starting to collapse, abroad and at home. We all sense it, even as we bicker over who caused it and why. ISIS took Ramadi last week. That city once was a Bastogne to the brave Americans who surged to save it in 2007 and 2008. ISIS, once known at the White House as the “Jayvees,” were certainly “on the run” — right into the middle of that strategically important city. On a smaller scale, ISIS is...
  • Obama’s Iraq War

    05/26/2015 3:02:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    We all know Bush’s Iraq War, but we don’t know much about Obama’s Iraq War. Republicans fight wars. Democrats engage in police actions, impose No-Fly Zones and provide security for humanitarian missions. They don’t do anything as vulgar as fight wars. That would be warmongering.
  • Every Day is "Opposite Day" with President Barack Obama

    05/26/2015 11:58:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | May 26, 2015 | Mark Langfan
    Obama has done exactly the opposite of what should be done in the Middle East for his entire term. Israel had better ignore his advice. Following Obama's speeches is like watching Sesame Street’s “Opposite Day”, the Sesame Street episode where everything is “opposite.” ‘Up’ is ‘down,’ ‘left’ is ‘right,’ and so on and so forth. It's like Berra saying "It's deja vu all over again." With Obama, for the past seven years, every day is “Opposite Day.” Everything he says sounds upside-down and backwards, and is proven, in the short-term, to be just that. Instead of being chastened by reality,...
  • Why Israel’s retreat from Lebanon marked the birth of today’s Middle East

    05/26/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 25, 2015 | Mitch Ginsburg
    The May 2000 withdrawal seemed to be part of a larger land-for-peace trend; instead it raised the curtain on the wars of the 21st century Standing before the microphone, looking like he was delivering a eulogy, Shaul Mofaz, the commander of the Israeli army on May 24, 2000, told the citizens of Israel that after 15 years in the Security Zone in South Lebanon, the IDF had withdrawn. He called the move “historic.” He said the “boys had been brought back home.” There was no mention of victory. After the invasion of Lebanon in June 1982, Israel had departed in...
  • Legitimizing Anti-Semitism [Obama]

    05/26/2015 10:20:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    New York Sun ^ | May 22, 2015 | May 22, 2015
    ‘And so I think it is not at all contradictory to say that there are deep strains of anti-Semitism in the core regime, but that they also are interested in maintaining power, having some semblance of legitimacy inside their own country, which requires that they get themselves out of what is a deep economic rut that we’ve put them in, and on that basis they are then willing and prepared potentially to strike an agreement on their nuclear program.’ * * * That is the sentence that jumps out at us in respect of President Obama’s latest interview with Jeffrey...
  • With ISIS in Cross Hairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians

    05/26/2015 6:20:06 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | MAY 26, 2015 | ERIC SCHMITT
    American intelligence analysts have identified seven buildings in downtown Raqqa in eastern Syria as the main headquarters of the Islamic State. But the buildings have gone untouched during the 10-month allied air campaign. And just last week, convoys of heavily armed Islamic State fighters paraded triumphantly through the streets of the provincial capital Ramadi in western Iraq after forcing Iraqi troops to flee. They rolled on unscathed by coalition fighter-bombers. American and allied warplanes are equipped with the most precise aerial arsenal ever fielded. But American officials say they are not striking significant — and obvious — Islamic State targets...
  • Obama Gives Green Light to Force Palestinian Statehood?

    05/26/2015 8:33:34 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joseph Klein
    Obama Gives Green Light to Force Palestinian Statehood?Posted By Joseph Klein On May 26, 2015 @ 12:06 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 16 Comments [1]President Barack Obama visited an influential conservative Washington D.C. synagogue on May 22nd with the avowed purpose of assuring his audience of about 1000 people that his “commitment to Israel’s security is and always will be unshakeable.” Donning a yarmulke and speaking from the synagogue sanctuary’s bimah where the Torah is recited, Obama claimed that “no U.S. President, no administration has done more to ensure that Israel can protect itself than this one.” Carried away by...
  • Canada helps block UN plan to rid world of nukes, citing defence of Israel

    05/26/2015 8:14:50 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | May 25, 2015 | Mike Blanchfield
    Israel has expressed its gratitude to Canada for helping to block a major international plan towards ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Elsewhere, however, there was widespread international disappointment that Canada and Britain supported the United States in opposing the document at the United Nations review conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The document called on the UN to hold a disarmament conference on the Middle East by 2016. Such a conference could have forced Israel to publicly acknowledge that it is a nuclear power, something the Jewish state has never done. Adopting the document would have required a consensus,...
  • Horror: ISIS' Surreally Repugnant Treatment of Women

    05/26/2015 7:47:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Here we have an actual -- non-political -- war on women, via the Washington Post: Amid all the Islamic State's atrocities — its massacres of civilians, its beheading of hostages, its pillaging of antiquities — the systematic violence the jihadists have carried out against countless enslaved women and girls never fails to shock. For months now, we've heard appalling testimony from women who escaped the Islamic State's clutches, many of whom endured rape and other hideous acts of violence. Zainab Bangura, the U.N.'s special representative on sexual violence in conflict, recently conducted a tour of refugee camps in the shadow of the...
  • Iran Declares 'Successful' End Of Negotiations With Russia On S-300 System

    05/26/2015 1:43:04 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    AFP via Ynetnews ^ | 25 May 2015 | AFP
    Moscow and Tehran have concluded negotiations on the delivery of the Russia's long-range S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran, which should take place "within a short period," said Iranian Deputy Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, on a visit in Moscow on Monday. "The negotiations were completed successfully. I believe that the delivery of the S-300 will take place in a relatively short time", the Iranian deputy minister was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
  • Watch the moment Jordanian minister and imam kicked out of al-Aqsa ...

    05/25/2015 7:55:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Abna24 ^ | May 25, 2015 | Source : Bawaba
    A video appeared on YouTube this purporting to show a Jordanian minister and imam being kicked out of Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque last Friday. But this time it was not a conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinians; instead, we see the Jordanian imam getting kicked out by the Palestinian crowd he's addressing. Aqsa images usually entail weapon-clad Israeli soldiers clashing with angry Palestinians at the contested Jerusalem site, but Friday's video may demonstrate a different tension -- the one that still exists between Palestinian factions themselves. According to the video, the man speaking is Jordan's Minister of Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Hlayel....
  • Iraqi forces regain ground from Islamic State near Ramadi

    05/25/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra, on opposite ends of the vast territory controlled by ISIS fighters, were the militant group's biggest successes since a US-led coalition launched an air war to stop them last year. The near simultaneous victories against the Iraqi and Syrian armies have forced Washington to examine its strategy, which involves bombing from the air but leaving fighting on the...
  • Brainwashed Muslim children aged five think Christmas is banned, warns Scotland Yard commander

    05/25/2015 5:32:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 03:42 EST, 25 May 2015 | Larissa Brown
    Muslim children as young as five have become so indoctrinated by Islamist propaganda they believe Christmas is sinful, Britain’s most senior Muslim police officer warned yesterday. Scotland Yard commander Mak Chishty said children had voiced opposition to marking the festive holiday—branding it “haram”, which means forbidden by their god Allah. He said that parents need to address “all the ugly bit of the problem”, and ask how children had come to that view. Mr. Chishty also warned of a need for parents to spot early signs of radicalization, which could include their sons and daughters refusing to shop in certain...
  • The Hidden Hand Behind the Islamic State

    05/18/2015 7:40:50 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 164 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 4, 2015 | Liz Sly
    SANLIURFA, Turkey — When Abu Hamza, a former Syrian rebel, agreed to join the Islamic State, he did so assuming he would become a part of the group’s promised Islamist utopia, which has lured foreign jihadists from around the globe. Instead, he found himself being supervised by an Iraqi emir and receiving orders from shadowy Iraqis... All of the men, however, were former Iraqi officers who had served under Saddam Hussein... His account, and those of others who have lived with or fought against the Islamic State over the past two years, underscore the pervasive role played by members of...
  • New statement from Martin Baron ahead of Jason Rezaian’s trial in Iran (Washington Post is outraged)

    05/25/2015 5:25:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 25 at 10:30 AM | Martin Baron
    Statement from Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron ahead of Jason Rezaian’s trial in Iran: The shameful acts of injustice continue without end in the treatment of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian. Now we learn his trial will be closed to the world. And so it will be closed to the scrutiny it fully deserves. It’s worth recalling what kind of system we’re dealing with. Jason was arrested without charges. He was imprisoned in Iran’s worst prison. He was placed in isolation for many months and denied medical care he needed. His case was assigned to a judge internationally notorious...
  • Police Seizure to Be Lifted on Yitzhar's Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva

    05/25/2015 2:46:26 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/5/15 | Shlomo Pitrikovski
    Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) has decided not to extend the seizure order issued last year against the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva (Torah academy - ed.) building in Yitzhar, in the heart of Samaria, according to Channel 10. For the first time in over a year, police and IDF forces will vacate the premises and allow students to return. The yeshiva was initially seized by Border Policemen in April 2014, following clashes between an extreme element in the community and security forces. The cyclical clashes began after a house was destroyed by the IDF, sparking tire-slashings of two IDF cars....
  • Hungary Holocaust Museum Gives Collaborators a Free Pass

    05/25/2015 10:02:25 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 5 replies
    Forward ^ | March 5, 2015 | JTA
    Hungarian Jewish leaders are criticizing a new Holocaust museum under construction in Budapest for omitting the culpability of Hungarians in the attempted genocide of the Jews. The museum in Budapest, called House of Fates, is nearly complete, but the planned exhibition focuses only on the last period of the Holocaust in Hungary, starting in 1944, when the ghettoization and deportation of over 500,000 Hungarian Jews was already complete. It fails to deal with the earlier persecution against Hungarian Jews, starting with the passage of anti-Jewish laws in the 1920s, local Jewish community leaders and historians complained. Community leaders said they...