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  • Egyptian Journalist: Al-Sisi Has Jewish Origins

    04/24/2014 10:24:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 4/25/2014, 6:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Egypt’s former defense minister and presidential candidate, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is Jewish, according to Egyptian journalist Saber Mashhour. Mashhour’s comments were posted to the internet on April 20 and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). He claimed that Al-Sisi grew up next to Israel’s former Chief of Staff and Defense Minister, Moshe Dayan. […] Al-Sisi and former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, he claimed, are “one and the same. Both were raised in Khoronfish, in the Jewish Quarter.” …
  • Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians

    04/24/2014 2:34:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2014 3:48 PM EDT | Josef Federman
    Israel broke off Mideast peace talks and brought the U.S.-brokered process to the brink of collapse Thursday, protesting a reconciliation agreement between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the militant group Hamas, the Jewish state’s sworn enemy. […] In a statement issued by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, the government said it would not hold negotiations with a government “backed by Hamas.” “Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen formed an alliance with a murderous terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel,” the statement said, referring to a name Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is also known by. …
  • Israel can’t accept the emerging US-Iran accord (Is war near?)

    04/24/2014 1:32:00 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/24/2014 21:55 | YAAKOV AMIDROR
    Ostensibly, official US policy on Iran’s nuclear program is clear: The US will not allow Iran to produce a nuclear bomb. Moreover, US President Barack Obama has said that, for this purpose, “all options are on the table” – implying a military option as well. In addition, according to many reports in American newspapers, Obama has ordered the development of diversified US military capabilities with which to attack Iranian nuclear facilities, far beyond what existed in the previous administration – providing further evidence of the president’s seriousness. But many people do not understand the meaning behind the vague statement, “We...
  • Palestinian university students’ trip to Auschwitz causes uproar

    04/24/2014 1:18:08 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 12, 2014 | William Booth
    JERUSALEM — Professor Mohammed S. Dajani took 27 Palestinian college students to visit the former Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Poland a few weeks ago as part of a project designed to teach empathy and tolerance. Upon his return, his university disowned the trip, his fellow Palestinians branded him a traitor and friends advised a quick vacation abroad. Dajani said he expected criticism. “I believe a trip like this, for an organized group of Palestinian youth going to visit Auschwitz, is not only rare, but a first,” he said. “I thought there would be some complaints, then it would be...
  • Armenian politicians confident that Turkey will recognize Genocide ( by Muslims )

    04/24/2014 10:59:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    PanARMENIAN ^ | April 24, 2014
    Turkey will have to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide sooner or later, deputy foreign minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said after his visit to Tsitsernakaberd Genocide Memorial ... Parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov named the international recognition of the Genocide among key priorities in Armenia's foreign policy. "Unless the international community recognizes and condemns this crime against humanity, they'll always be a risk of repetition of such atrocities in future," .. He further slammed Turkey's denialist policy and urged Ankara to follow Germany's suit in apologizing to Jewish people and recognizing the Holocaust.
  • Peace Talks Suspended, Six-hour cabinet meeting decides to response to PA-Hamas unity by suspending

    04/24/2014 9:12:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 4/24/14 | Hezki Ezra, Ari Yashar
    During a six-hour security cabinet meeting on Thursday, ministers decided to respond to the Palestinian Authority's (PA) unity deal with Hamas, reached on Wednesday, by suspending the peace talks ahead of their April 29 deadline. Further, it was decided to implement various sanctions on the PA, such as financial sanctions, and the cutting of diplomatic contact including that of the peace talks. Sanctions were taken against the PA earlier in the month in response to its breach of talk conditions by applying to join 15 international conventions. Those sanctions put a near end to diplomatic contact, but not concerning the...
  • Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann to Speak at Manhigut Yehudit Dinner

    04/24/2014 7:28:17 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 1 replies
    Manhigut Yehudit ^ | 4/24/'14 | Unattributed
    Israeli Deputy Knesset Speaker, MK Moshe Feiglin and Manhigut Yehudit – the Jewish Leadership Movement – are proud to announce that United States Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will be joining us as we celebrate our 11th Annual Dinner and the modern State of Israel’s 66th birthday in New York on May 5th. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, known for her steadfast support of Israel, is one of the two featured speakers. She ran for President of the United States in 2012 and may run again in 2016. Congresswoman Bachmann is known for her strong support of Israel – she recently...
  • US court charges 5 haredi men for attacking gay black man in New York

    US court charges 5 haredi men for attacking gay black man in New York
  • Egyptian Spokesmen: Put Peace Treaty to a Referendum

    04/23/2014 8:44:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 4/24/2014, 6:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Spokesmen for the two Egyptian presidential candidates recently advocated for putting the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel to a vote in a referendum. […] “Our enmity with the Zionist enemy goes to our very existence. It’s either us or them. No peace is possible,” said Tamer Hindawi, (Hamdeen) Sabahi’s spokesman, during the debate. He further claimed that “The Zionist enemy is clearly the head of colonialism in the region. In our view, the Camp David Accords are responsible for many of our crises, and might even be the main reason for Egypt’s subjugation to America, and for the decline...
  • Palestinian groups Fatah, Hamas announce accord that could threaten Mideast peace talks

    04/23/2014 5:21:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Financial Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | Ruth Eglash and Anne Gearan,
    JERUSALEM — Rival Palestinian political factions on Wednesday announced a surprise reconciliation deal and plans for a unified government, upending U.S.-backed peace talks with Israel just days before a deadline to end or extend the most substantive negotiations in years. The deal would reunite the moderate Fatah faction in the West Bank, which has been negotiating with Israel, with the radical Hamas faction, which refuses to recognize Israel’s legitimacy. Hamas is blamed for allowing near-daily rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip territory it controls. Israel quickly condemned the plan and canceled a negotiating session with representatives of Palestinian...
  • Tunisia divided over Jews’ use of Israel passports

    04/23/2014 12:52:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 3:09 PM EDT | Bouazza ben Bouazza
    Tunisia’s elected assembly accepted a petition Wednesday to question the tourism minister over a decision allowing Israelis to use their passports to enter the country for an annual religious pilgrimage. While Israelis and Jews long have traveled to Tunisia for an annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba, this is the first year that Israelis have been allowed to use their passports rather than a special document issued by Tunisian embassies. Tunisia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. …
  • Palestinian Factions (Hamas and Fatah) Announce Deal on Unity Government

    04/23/2014 12:29:16 PM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | Wissam Nasar
    The two main Palestinian factions announced an agreement on Wednesday to heal a seven-year schism and form a unity government within five weeks that would prepare for Palestinian elections six months later. The two groups — the Palestine Liberation Organization, which runs the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and Hamas, the militant Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip — have reached similar accords before that were never carried out. But the latest deal comes as the fragile American-brokered peace efforts between the Palestinians and Israel are approaching an April 29 deadline without a resolution in sight. People familiar...
  • Israel Is 'Destroying' Al-Aqsa Mosque For 'Alleged' Temple

    04/23/2014 10:12:27 AM PDT · by Fennie · 73 replies
    INN ^ | April 22, 2014
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been stepping up its libel that Israel is "destroying" the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the temple mount in Jerusalem, in order to build the "alleged" Temple. The highest PA religious authority, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, asserted in late March that Israel was making an "attempt... at laying hands on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque... and in addition to the threat of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins."
  • Christian Arabs to receive IDF voluntary enlistment notices

    04/23/2014 5:27:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/22/2014 | JEREMY SHARON
    “We have a joint fate in this land, because whatever happens to the Jews here will happen to us," says Christian priest. The IDF will begin to send enlistment notices to Christian Arab youths of military age, informing them of the possibility of joining the military, Army Radio reported on Tuesday. Their service, however, will remain strictly voluntary. In the coming days Christian Arab youths, both male and female, who are nearing the age of 17 will begin to receive enlistment notices, as do Jewish youths of the same age. The notices will inform them of the possibility of a...
  • Elite Bedouin Trackers Eliminate Israel's Northern Border Threats

    04/23/2014 5:23:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | April 22nd, 2014 | Hana Levi Julian
    The Northern Bedouin Tracking Unit commanded by Lt. Col. Majdi Mazarib protects Israel from kidnapings, infiltrators and 100,000 rockets. A special unit in the Israeli army comprised solely of Bedouin trackers is keeping Israel’s northern border safe. The Northern Bedouin Tracking Unit commanded by Lt. Col. Majdi Mazarib protects Israel from kidnapings, infiltrators and 100,000 rockets, among myriad other threats emanating from Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist organization. Speaking in Arabic, Lt. Col. Mazarib tells an interviewer in a video piece on his unit, “From Israel’s founding, the Bedouin community has chosen to volunteer and serve in the IDF, and actively participate...
  • IDF introduces mobile radar for infantry and armored units

    04/10/2014 5:13:13 AM PDT · by zoharm · 2 replies
    Wind Shield radar to be carried into enemy territory, track the sources of incoming rocket, missile and mortar fire.
  • IDF, far-right settlers clash during razing of illegal structures in West Bank

    04/08/2014 4:24:57 AM PDT · by zoharm · 3 replies
    IDF, far-right settlers clash during razing of illegal structures in West Bank
  • Jewish groups assail Chilean art school which promotes Nazi ideology

    03/30/2014 1:59:05 AM PDT · by zoharm · 4 replies
    The “Art school, President General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte” is set to open on the southern island of Chiloe.
  • US to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt

    04/23/2014 2:42:02 AM PDT · by zoharm · 19 replies
    US to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt
  • Despite US court ruling, ‘Jerusalem’ not likely to be on American passports

    04/23/2014 2:42:02 AM PDT · by zoharm · 4 replies
    US to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt
  • Stunner! Benghazi Was a Base for Illegal Arms Shipments to Syria

    04/22/2014 6:31:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 90 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | April 22, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Illegal arms were shipped to Syrian rebels from Libya and this could be the reason Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton lied and claimed the attack on the consulate was the result of a video. Seymour Hirsch published an investigative report stating that there is an addendum to the Senate Intelligence Committee report which explains what the CIA was doing in Benghazi. Our government was shipping arms from Libya through Turkey to Syrian rebels before we realized they were al-Qaida. The reason the government lied was probably to conceal an illegal operation to arm Syrian rebels. Ambassador Stevens was the coordinator....
  • Obama Stumbling in Asia, Underestimating Putin, Turning the Middle East Over to the Terrorists

    04/22/2014 6:47:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards about his foreign and domestic policies lately -- signs that America is tiring of his presidency. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy....
  • Lessons Learned From Obama’s Middle East ‘Peace Process’

    04/22/2014 6:44:09 PM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 17, 2014 | John Bolton
    Barack Obama has announced a “pause” for a “reality check” in his Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, although no one is really deceived by this euphemism. His “peace process” is verging on collapse, despite a year’s investment of U.S. diplomatic time and effort. Not only will the negotiations’ impending failure leave Israelis and Palestinians even further from resolving their disputes than before but America’s worldwide prestige will be significantly diminished. Our competence and influence are again under question, Israel has been undermined and by misallocating our diplomatic priorities, we have impaired our ability to resolve international crises and problems elsewhere, such as Russia’s...
  • Turning a Blind Eye to Palestinian Bloodlust

    04/22/2014 4:48:38 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 22, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    President Obama has described Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas as “somebody who has consistently renounced violence.” Just the opposite was on full display once again last week. An Israeli father was killed and his pregnant wife and child were injured in a Palestinian terrorist shooting attack, as the family members were on their way to a Passover Seder on April 14th. At first, Abbas was silent, as were President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, after reports surfaced that Abbas had belatedly condemned the attack, his office went out of its way to deny the reports, although...
  • Egypt Signing Unprecedented $3 Billion MIG-35 Deal with Russia

    04/22/2014 12:27:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | April 22nd, 2014
    Ehud Ya’ari of Israel’s Channel 2 News reported on Tuesday night, that Egypt and Russia will be signing an unprecedented military agreement. In this agreement between Cairo and Moscow, Egypt will receive 24 of Russia’s advanced Mikoyan MiG-35 fighter jets, along with military and strategic advisers, as well as training for the Egyptian Air Force. The deal is worth $3 billion. It follows in the footsteps of a $2 billion arms deal that Egypt signed with Russia in February, and was primarily funded by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The deal itself has been in the works since...
  • US Supreme Court to Decide on Jerusalem’s Status

    04/21/2014 3:16:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 4/21/2014, 8:00 PM | (AFP and Arutz Sheva staff)
    The US Supreme Court Monday decided to hear the case of an American born in Jerusalem, once again taking up the sensitive issue of the status of the contested city, according to AFP. The justices will hear arguments in the case in the fall before deciding on the constitutionality of a 2002 law that directs the State Department to give Israel as the country of birth in passports of Americans born in Jerusalem. At the center of the struggle between the Congress and the presidency is Menachem Zivotofsky, who was born in Jerusalem in 2002 to two American parents. …
  • New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors

    04/21/2014 7:48:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 17 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | April 21, 2014 | DEBKAfile
    The household cleaning agent chlorine, in heavy concentration is purchased by Iran and and fitted with detonators, to provide President Bashar Assad with a vehicle for cheating on his undertaking to surrender Syria’s chemical arsenal under the year-old US-Russian chemical disarmament accord. And Assad is indeed getting away with using chlorine bombs, with crippling effect, especially on children, every few days. On April 7, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon offered chapter and verse to prove that the Syrian army had perpetrated a chemical attack on civilians in he town of Harasta on March 27, causing scores of serious injuries and...
  • Palestinians issue list of demands for extension of peace talks

    04/21/2014 7:20:13 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 8 replies
    A senior Fatah official said Monday that the Palestinian leadership has put forward seven terms by which they would extend peace talks with Israel beyond their April 29 deadline. Amin Maqboul, a member of the Fatah revolutionary council, told the Palestinian newspaper al-Quds that the Palestinian Authority would agree to an extension of negotiations if Israel agreed to: announce the basis on which future talks will be held; draw the outline of the borders of a Palestinian state within the next three months; halt settlement construction; withdraw Israeli troops from the West Bank’s Area C to the lines held before...
  • Jews urged to flee Ukraine by Holocaust survivor

    04/21/2014 6:35:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | 04/21/2014 | By: Marco Giannangeli
    ALL Jewish people should leave Ukraine at once, a Holocaust survivor warned last night, after “grotesque” anti-Semitic leaflets were handed out in the country. The pamphlets and posters, distributed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, demanded that the Jewish population register, pay a new tax or leave. They are a terrifying echo of the anti-Jewish atrocities carried out by Ukrainians under Nazi occupation during the Second World War. The leaflets, apparently signed by pro-Russian group the People’s Republic of Donetsk, have enraged the world. US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week: “After all of the miles travelled...
  • Gaza Terrorists Attack Israel during Passover Holiday

    04/21/2014 6:01:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    israel Defense Forces ^ | April 21, 2014
    A short while ago, IAF aircraft targeted two terror activity sites in the southern Gaza Strip and a third site in the central Gaza Strip, in response to the latest severe aggression emanating from Gaza. Direct hits were confirmed. Yesterday evening, an IED was activated against IDF soldiers patrolling the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip. 12 hours later; at around 07:15 today, Palestinian militants fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF patrol along the security fence in the same area, causing no damage or injuries. …
  • A look at the dual justice system in the West Bank

    04/20/2014 3:18:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2013 3:09 PM EDT
    Israeli and Palestinian minors accused of crimes in the West Bank are subject to two different sets of laws. Israeli settlers are prosecuted under Israeli civilian law, while Palestinians are thrust into the military justice system. Critics complain that the conviction rate in the military system is higher and the penalties stiffer. …
  • Death, Taxes, and Anti-Semitism

    04/19/2014 11:56:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/20/14 | Clarice Feldman
    Ben Franklin opined that there was nothing certain but death and taxes. I’d add a third to the list of certainties, anti-Semitism, and this week reminds us of that. As Americans struggled with preposterously complex federal income tax regulations and ever-higher tax burdens, the Washington Examiner’s Timothy P. Carney tweeted “That’s the price we pay for 7 of the 10 richest counties being within commuting distance of DC.” Right he is. As the rest of the country struggles to keep on producing -- cattle, grain, merchandise, services -- hamstrung by ever more regulations and executive and judicial branch overreaching, DC...
  • EU Focuses Pressure on Israel to Make Concessions, Restart Talks

    04/19/2014 12:50:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 4/18/2014, 6:00 PM | Ari Soffer
    EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called on Israel to reverse recent announcements regarding construction in Judea and Samaria in order to advance peace talks. Ashton said she viewed with “great concern” an Israeli decision to declare an area near the Gush Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem as state land and the recognition of Jewish rights to the disputed Peace House in the Judean city of Hevron, a statement from her office said Friday. Ashton also lashed out at the “demolition of Palestinian property and the confiscation of EU humanitarian aid”. …
  • Liberman slams EU's Ashton for remarks on Israeli measures against Palestinians

    04/18/2014 12:47:42 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 18 April 2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    [Israeli] FM chides EU foreign policy chief for finding "real dangers to world peace" after she calls on Israel to reverse recent steps in West Bank, east Jerusalem that she says are "not conducive" to climate needed for peace. Foreign Minister Avigodor Liberman chided EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday for finding the "real dangers to world peace" after she issued a statement calling on Israel to backtrack on measures taken against the Palestinians. Liberman criticized the top EU diplomat for calling on Israel to reverse recent decisions made in regard to the West Bank and east Jerusalem,...
  • Antisemitic flyer 'by Donetsk People's Republic' in Ukraine a hoax

    04/18/2014 11:58:16 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 19 replies
    City's chief rabbi states pamphlet is fake, claiming it is meant to discredit pro-Russian protesters or Jewish community The barricades outside the Donetsk regional administration building are plastered with anti-fascist posters. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images The barricades that mark the entrance to the "Donetsk People's Republic" are plastered with anti-fascist posters, including an American flag with a swastika in place of the stars. The pro-Russian protestors who have set up their own government in the occupied administration building see the new Kiev regime as dominated by intolerant Ukrainian nationalists, which is why it was more than a little ironic when...
  • Vandals damage mosque in northern Israel

    04/18/2014 11:15:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2014 5:43 AM EDT
    … Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the door of a mosque in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm was damaged overnight and the house of worship was sprayed with anti-Arab graffiti. He said on Friday that the attack appeared to be the latest “price tag” incident. …
  • US releases $450 million in frozen Iran funds

    04/18/2014 5:58:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Move comes after UN watchdog finds that Islamic Republic complied with terms of international nuclear deal
  • Putin vows not to push Russia behind Soviet-style Iron Curtain

    04/17/2014 11:48:35 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    The Russian leader blames American hypocrisy for the deterioration between the two nations, which have reached they lowest point since the end of the Cold War. President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that trust between Russia and the United States had been damaged before the crisis in Ukraine, but added that he wanted to restore their cooperation and had no interest in pushing his country behind a Soviet-style Iron Curtain. "To a certain extent trust has been lost, but we do not think we are to blame," Putin said in a televised phone-in with the nation. He said it was...
  • Netanyahu calls Putin, takes neutral stance on Ukraine

    04/17/2014 12:55:42 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/2014 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu initiated a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, Iran and Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. ... Netanyahu does speak to Putin by phone from time to time, so Tuesday night's conversation - though not a regular occurence - is by no means unprecedented. Russia is a major player in three areas of major concern to Israel: Iran, Syria and arms sales to the Middle East. ... On Monday, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki denied a Haaretz report last week...
  • Violent clashes between IDF and Palestinians break out in Hebron

    04/17/2014 8:12:43 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/17/2014 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    As thousands of Jewish visitors stream in to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs to celebrate Passover holiday, dozens of rioters throw stones at soldiers in West Bank city. For the second day in a row violent clashes broke out between the IDF and Palestinian activists in Hebron by the Policeman’s Checkpoint in the West Bank city. On Thursday the clashes occurred on the sidelines of a Hebron demonstration to mark Prisoner Security forces responded with riot dispersal means, including tear gas. The checkpoint separates the section of the city that is under control of the Palestinian Authority from the...
  • Is Israel Really Isolated?

    04/17/2014 8:08:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 6, 2014
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that “if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis, if we do not find a way to find peace, there will be an increasing isolation of Israel.” However, a thorough examination of Israel’s international standing reveals an increasingly splendid integration of the Jewish state — economically, technologically and scientifically — irrespective of the Palestinian issue. Contrary to the Kerry school of thought, and based on areality check, the Palestinian issue has never been a core cause shaping the Middle East, a crown jewel of Arab policymakers and the crux of...
  • Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

    04/17/2014 5:33:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    WorldTribune.com ^ | April 16th, 2014
    LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 MBTs. The newspaper, Bild, said the deal was opposed by leading members of the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, particularly Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. “Without agreement from the economy minister, the deal has no chance,” Bild said. If correct, the newspaper report could signal the end of Berlin’s plans to become a leading military supplier to the Arab world. Many in parliament...
  • Netanyahu discusses mutual interests with Russia's Putin

    04/16/2014 10:35:28 PM PDT · by Ruprecht Jamieson · 7 replies
    Netanyahu discusses mutual interests with Russia's Putin Putin tells Netanyahu that Kiev regime is to blame for escalations in eastern Ukraine; both agree to cooperation on issues of mutual interest. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone Tuesday, and discussed issue like Iran, Ukraine, and additional communications. Reportedly on Netanyahu's request, the two leaders discussed the situation in Ukraine, which Israeli politicians have been steering clear of, concerned possible security threats could arise if relations with Moscow were to suffer.
  • Netanyahu calls Putin, takes neutral stance on Ukraine

    04/16/2014 9:15:03 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 14 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04-17-2014 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu initiated a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, Iran and Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. The conversation came amid escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, and as Netanyahu was trying to maneuver carefully through the Ukraine crisis, not antagonizing or alienating neither Washington or Moscow. According to the Kremlin statement, Putin provided an assessment of the processes occurring in Ukraine, and “pointed out that the sharp escalation of the crisis is the result of Kiev’s irresponsible policy, which disregards the lawful rights and interests of the country’s Russian-speaking...
  • Israel: Palestinians stockpiling rocks inside al-Aqsa Mosque

    04/16/2014 2:04:35 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Israeli security officials said on Wednesday evening that they would ultimately have to force their way into al-Aqsa mosque, atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, because hundreds of young Palestinian men are now routinely stockpiling large quantities of rocks and slabs of stone there to attack security forces. The unnamed officials, quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 news, were speaking hours after dozens of Palestinian protesters and an Israeli policeman were wounded on the Mount when clashes broke out soon after the holy site was opened to Jewish visitors on Wednesday morning. >>SNIP<< The officials were quoted saying that,...
  • Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?

    04/16/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/16/2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the UN censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported [link at URL] that this is a sore spot for the White House and a diplomatic novum on the world scene. A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed...
  • IDF Forms Intelligence Unit that Includes Autistic Soldiers

    04/16/2014 8:29:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 77 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4-16-14 | Abraham Rabinovich
    The Israeli army has formed a specialized intelligence unit that includes soldiers diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder involving impaired social interaction and communication problems. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman’s office said that the autistic soldiers have remarkable visual and analytic capabilities. “They can detect even the smallest details, undetectable to most people,” it said in a press release. The commander of the unit, identified only as “Col. J,” said that the success of the program exceeded all expectations. “Their job is to take visual materials from satellite images and airborne sensors,” he said. “With the help of their...
  • Lead, Netanyahu, lead

    04/16/2014 8:28:37 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 4/16/2014 | David Horovitz
    hen Frazier Glenn Cross is convicted of murder for gunning down physician William Corporon, his 14-year-old grandson Reat Griffin, and occupational therapist Terry LaManno, at the Jewish community facilities of Kansas City on Sunday, he will, at the very least, be jailed for life with no possibility of parole. The capital murder charge with which he has been indicted also carries the possibility of the death penalty. When the gunman who opened fire indiscriminately on Israeli vehicles outside Hebron on Passover eve a day later, killing Baruch Mizrahi, is tracked down and arrested [...]he will face a very different set...
  • Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear Capability

    04/16/2014 5:34:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 36 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear CapabilityPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 15, 2014 @ 7:30 pm In The Point | No Comments Sometimes a choice of words can be extremely revealing. That was the case with Kerry’s contentious testimony in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Under pressure, Kerry tends to slip and say revealing things. That was how the infamous, “for it and against it” clip was born. Kerry dismissed breakout as “just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything,...
  • Report: Israel-PA peace talks postponed after West Bank terror attack

    04/16/2014 6:48:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    After Israel accuses PA of encouraging Monday's shooting, PA endowments minister tells Israeli reporters that he is "pained" by murder of police officer; PA says meeting delayed to allow for Indyk's arrival. A meeting scheduled between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators on Wednesday evening has been postponed, AFP is reporting. The talks, which were aimed at salvaging the peace negotiations that have been teetering on the brink of collapse since late last month, were pushed back following Monday evening's terrorist attack near Hebron which left an Israeli man dead. AFP cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying that the meeting...