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Israel (News/Activism)

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  • In Israel’s hour of need

    02/26/2015 5:01:50 PM PST · by SJackson · 47 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2-26-15 | Carolyn Glick
    Netanyahu is coming to Washington next week because Obama has left him no choice. It is hard to get your arms around the stubborn determination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. For most of the nine years he has served as Israel’s leader, first from 1996 to 1999 and now since 2009, Netanyahu shied away from confrontations or buckled under pressure. He signed deals with the Palestinians he knew the Palestinians would never uphold in the hopes of winning the support of hostile US administrations and a fair shake from the pathologically hateful Israeli media. In recent years he released...
  • President Clinton Hosted Israel Prime Minister in Election Against Bibi

    02/26/2015 4:59:29 PM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 24, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    MNSBC's Morning Joe reported this morning that President Bill Clinton hosted an Israeli prime minister, Shimon Peres, in his election against Benjamin Netanyahu. President Obama is refusing to meet with Netanyahu next week because, he says, it's too close to Israel's election day. "It's not unprecedented," the MSNBC host said of an American president hosting an Israel prime minister during his reelection campaign. "In 1996, the Clinton administration hosted Shimon Peres for a U.S. visit while he was in the midst of an election against Benjamin Netanyahu." "Democratic presidents have always loathed Benjamin Netanyahu," said the other MSNBC host, Joe...
  • Survey: Israelis Pay Palestinian Workers Double the Wages of PA and Gaza Employers

    02/26/2015 4:57:17 PM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | February 26, 2015
    JNS.org – A European Union-funded survey conducted by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) between October and December of 2014 shows that Palestinians working in Israeli-controlled territory earn more than double the wages of Palestinians working in Palestinian Authority (PA)-controlled areas of the West Bank. In Israeli-controlled areas, the average daily wage for Palestinians was 194.2 shekels, while in PA-controlled areas the the average daily wage was only 91.4 shekels. Meanwhile, the average wage in Hamas-controlled Gaza was 66.1 shekels a day. Last September, the PA’s official daily newspaper went as far congratulating Israeli employers for their positive gestures...
  • Kerry heading to Switzerland with Zarif, as Netanyahu goes to Washington (less than 48 hours in DC)

    02/26/2015 3:55:45 PM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/27/2015 00:44 | By MICHAEL WILNER, HERB KEINON
    PM will leave Israel Sunday at around noon, and be in Washington for less than 48 hours before flying back Tuesday afternoon. Netanyahu’s public schedule this time will be very sparse, with just three events – a Monday morning speech to AIPAC, Tuesday morning’s address to a joint session of Congress, and following that speech, a meeting with bipartisan leadership of both the Senate and the House. This meeting was initiated by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senate Minority leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada). He will fly back to Israel shortly after delivering that meeting. While the speech to...
  • Sturm: The Jew-hatred Behind the World's Problems

    02/26/2015 3:13:26 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 16 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | February 26, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    There’s an old political saying that if your opponent is committing suicide, get out of the way. Yet professor Sean Elias requires a response, so hateful was his odious retort in The Aspen Times to my column, “Why coexist with a mortal Iranian threat?” Evidence that society’s oldest prejudice endures after a post-Nazi dormancy, Elias’ letter to the editor reflects the bigotry that’s inciting lethal anti-Jewishness in Europe and existential threats to Israel, the only nation-state of the Jewish people and the sole democracy in the Middle East’s radicalized swamp. No other nation is surrounded by as much hostility or...
  • McConnell and Reid to meet with Netanyahu

    02/26/2015 3:03:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 26, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Senate leaders from both parties will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington, D.C., next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will meet with Netanyahu on Tuesday afternoon, after his address to a joint session of Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat. On Wednesday, Netanyahu declined an invitation to meet only with Senate Democrats, fearing it would “compound the misperception of partisanship” surrounding his visit. The bipartisan invite comes amid rising tension between the Obama administration and Netanyahu. National security adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday called Netanyahu’s visit...
  • Insult and Injury: Obama Sends Susan Rice, Samantha Power to AIPAC (Bibi to address Monday)

    02/26/2015 3:03:30 PM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama is sending National Security Advisor Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power–widely seen as among the most anti-Israel members of his administration–to address a prominent pro-Israel gathering next week. The move is described by the Associated Press as an effort to mend fences after the administration had withheld speakers from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference. In reality, it is a further slap in the face. Rice caused an uproar earlier this week when she told interviewer Charlie Rose that the forthcoming speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a special joint session...
  • Citing ISIS threat, feds urge stiff sentence for Evergreen Park activist

    02/26/2015 1:31:31 PM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    http://chicago.suntimes.com ^ | 02/26/2015 | Kim Janssen
    A Palestinian immigrant convicted of hiding an Israeli terrorism conviction from U.S. authorities when she moved to the Chicago suburbs in the 1990s should be locked up for at least five years, federal prosecutors say. Anything less would be a “slap on the wrist” for Evergreen Park activist Rasmieh Odeh, and could encourage terrorists fighting with ISIS to come to the U.S., they argue. But lawyers for Odeh — who was convicted by an Israeli court of taking part in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two students in 1969 — say she was a freedom fighter, not a terrorist,...
  • Netanyahu to meet Democratic, Republican Senate leaders in Washington (travel Sunday, AIPAC Monday)

    02/26/2015 12:59:47 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb. 26, 2015 | 9:30 PM
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to meet with the Democratic and Republican Senate leaders during his trip to Washington, a senior Israeli official said Thursday. The closed-door meeting will be held amid escalating tensions between the two parties and a crisis in the ties between the White House and the Prime Minister's Office over Netanyahu's upcoming Congress speech. The official's remarks were made shortly after AIPAC announced that President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power will address the organization's conference next week. According to the senior official, Netanyahu accepted the invitation extended by...
  • White House sends (Susan) Rice, (Samantha) Power to AIPAC amid U.S.-Israel row

    02/26/2015 12:08:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/26/15 | Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power will attend a meeting of the powerful pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC next week amid a time of strain between the United States and Israel. A White House spokeswoman confirmed Rice and Power would attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting.
  • Rumsfeld: I'm amazed at the administration's rudeness

    02/26/2015 10:14:57 AM PST · by Dave346 · 21 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Thursday February 26, 2015 | Boaz Bismuth
    Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Israel Hayom that the American administration's negative focus on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming visit is an "unfortunate distraction" from the important issue -- the Iranian threat. Less than a week before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Israel Hayom that the focus on Netanyahu's visit rather than on his message is an "unfortunate distraction" from the important issue -- the Iranian threat. "I find it stunning to see the comments out of the White House on this issue,"...
  • Boehner defends Netanyahu speech to Congress (again)

    02/26/2015 10:10:23 AM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:48pm EST | Patricia Zengerle
    U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday strongly challenged the assertion that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about nuclear negotiations with Iran would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations. "The president's national security advisor says it's destructive for the prime minister of Israel to address the United States Congress. I couldn't disagree more," Boehner said at his weekly news conference. "The American people and both parties in Congress have always stood with Israel and nothing, and no one, could get in the way," Boehner said. Netanyahu is due to join Winston Churchill on March 3...
  • Op-Ed: No, We Can’t, V15 (team Obama running "hope and change" commercials in Israel)

    02/26/2015 8:30:40 AM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:04 AM | Judith Bergman
    Featuring mostly young people in grungy outfits, looking terribly afflicted by Waiting for Change and pictured doing an awful lot of printing, painting and gluing of V15 campaign posters to the sound of a catchy soundtrack, the political campaign video for V15 has about as much depth as a Calvin Klein commercial. In a seductive tone the male voice over tells us that they (Bibi Netanyahu) are trying to scare us (the voters) but in reality, they are afraid of us. The reason, we are told, that they are afraid of us, is that we are the Change and if...
  • Herzog: PM's Congress speech will cause 'strategic damage' to US ties (only 5 days until speech)

    02/26/2015 8:23:16 AM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | Itay Blumenthal
    Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to cancel his planned speech to Congress on March 3, saying it will cause "strategic damage" to Israel's ties with the United States. "I call on Netanyahu again: Stop. Enough, Bibi, enough. You aren't going. Don't go. You will cause strategic damage to Israel's standing and to the relationship with the United States," Herzog said at a press conference, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname. Herzog also condemned Netanyahu's decision not to meet with Senate Democrats when he goes to Washington next week, saying the prime minister is...
  • Matthews: Netanyahu Started ‘Crapstorm,’ Should Apologize (MSNBC host loses it big time)

    02/26/2015 8:16:37 AM PST · by Dave346 · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Matthews said, “Let me finish tonight with this crapstorm that has Netanyahu has started. All the Prime Minister had to do to avoid all this fighting with Washington was to speak out. That’s what he could have done, speak out the second he heard that the invitation for him to address the US Congress was issued without the knowledge of the American President. All he had to do was say ‘I will only come if this invitation is bipartisan, and certainly only if the President of the United States has approved it.’ All he had to do was that just...
  • Netanyahu becomes political player, so Kerry treats him like one

    02/26/2015 6:53:45 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 13 replies
    msnbc ^ | 02/26/15 | Steve Benen
    Secretary of State John Kerry testified on Capitol Hill yesterday, and going into the hearing, it was widely expected that he’d tout the importance of international nuclear talks with Iran. He did exactly that, though he also went a little further in challenging a critic of those talks. Secretary of State John Kerry reminded Americans on Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who is expected to denounce a potential nuclear deal with Iran during an address to Congress next week, also visited Washington in late 2002 to lobby for the invasion of Iraq. Apparently referring to testimony on...
  • Mathews: Netanyahu Started "Crapstorm" Should Apologize

    02/26/2015 5:05:41 AM PST · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 26, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    On Wednesday, MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should apologize for the “crapstorm” he started regarding his speech before Congress.
  • Susan Rice – Israel, Lies and Genocide

    02/25/2015 8:35:58 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 20 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 25, 2015 | Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
    By Rabbi Shmuley BoteachJerusalem, Israel — February 25, 2015 … Is there any dirty job for the Obama Administration that Susan Rice is not prepared to do? Need someone to fraudulently blame the murder of an American Ambassador in Libya on a stupid film? Send Susan to the Sunday talk shows. Need someone to savage the leader of the only democracy in the Middle East as damaging the “fabric” of Israel’s relationship with the United States? Put Susan in the makeup chair of Charlie Rose. Yes, it seems there is nothing Susan isn’t prepared to do. And why should that...
  • BREAKING: BLACK CAUCUS DEMOCRATS Plan to Sabotage Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

    02/25/2015 8:15:49 PM PST · by blueyon · 109 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 2/25/15 | Jim Hoft
    Black Caucus Democrats are planning to walk out during Netanyahu’s speech on the security of Israel. The move was reportedly planned after communications with the Obama White House. In response to this outrageous act, conservative black ministers are holding a press conference to show their support for the Israeli Prime Minister. Urban Cure reported: Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu will address a joint session of congress on March 3rd, and in a political move, leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus are planning to skip the speech in protest of Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu to do so. While the Congressional...
  • Senior Israeli Minister Responds to Kerry’s Criticism of Netanyahu: ‘He Might Not Know What We Know’

    02/25/2015 6:58:07 PM PST · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | February 25, 2015 8:14 pm | David Daoud
    Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz responded on Wednesday to criticism that US Secretary of State John Kerry had apparently directed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his stance on how to address the Iranian nuclear threat, Israel’s NRG reported. Steinitz, a key Netanyahu loyalist, said, “[Kerry] might not know everything we know,” referring to Kerry’s implication on Tuesday that being as Israel is not involved in the minutiae of the upcoming agreement with Tehran about its nuclear program, it therefore cannot comment on the nature of the agreement’s outcome. Steinitz’ remarks followed comments made by Secretary Kerry...
  • Kerry’s Attempted Netanyahu Nuke Eviscerates Obama National Security Team

    02/25/2015 5:24:14 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-25-2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    Fenruary 25. 2015 Kerry’s Attempted Netanyahu Nuke Eviscerates Obama National Security Team by Jamie Weinstein Secretary of State John Kerry sought to discredit Benjamin Netanyahu’s views on what needs to be done to stop Iran Wednesday — but in so doing, he set a standard that discredits the top national security officials in the Obama administration, himself included.Appearing before the House Foreign Committees hearing Wednesday, Kerry suggested that Netanyahu’s support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq invalidated his current position on what needs to be done to stop Iran’s nuclear program.“The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the...
  • Kerry: Netanyahu Questioned Interim Deal with Iran and Was Wrong

    02/25/2015 5:17:47 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/2/15 | Elad Benari
    The back and forth banter between Israel and the United States over Iran’s nuclear aspirations continued on Wednesday, as Secretary of State John Kerry questioned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s judgment when it comes to Iran. The comments, according to The Huffington Post, came as Kerry was testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Committee member Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.) pointed to Netanyahu’s upcoming address to the Congress as evidence of the weakness of the deal being negotiated between Iran and the six world powers. “The Prime Minister was also profoundly forward-leaning and very outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq...
  • Kerry Reminds Congress Netanyahu Lobbied for Iraq War (Video at link)

    02/25/2015 4:39:15 PM PST · by Dave346 · 28 replies
    C-span ^ | February 25, 2015 | Robert Mackey
    Speaking to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded Congress that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was an advocate of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
  • Why the Globalist Wants Assad of Syria Gone [Vanity]

    02/25/2015 11:31:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    The reason Assad has been vilified is because Qatar wants a natural gas pipeline to run through the Arabian peninsula, through Jordan, through SYRIA, to Turkey. From Turkey, it can connect with existing pipelines to Europe, in order to supply Europe with natural gas. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-16/mystery-sponsor-weapons-and-money-syrian-rebels-revealed This proposed pipeline would threaten Russia economically, as Russia currently supplies Europe with natural gas. Syria and Russia are allies. Thus, Assad said "No" to the proposed Qatar-Turkey pipeline that would run through Syria. Next thing you know, there's an "uprising" in Syria, and Assad is public enemy number one. And when it became clear...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu to speak on Iran before Congress, while John Kerry sorts out nuke deal overseas

    02/25/2015 10:32:05 AM PST · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears before both houses of Congress next week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry won’t be there — he’ll be in Geneva trying to hammer out the final details of a nuclear deal with Iran that the Israeli leader in coming to Washington to argue against. Mr. Netanyahu will use the speech to warn U.S. lawmakers of the danger associated with cutting a nuclear deal with Iran that allows the Islamic republic to continue enriching uranium at any level — even for producing electricity. But when Mr. Netanyahu appears before Congress on March 3,...
  • ADL Rushes to Defend Campus Anti-Semites

    02/25/2015 9:53:53 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 8 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 2/25/'15 | Sara Dogan
    Even groups whose purported mission is to defend Jews against attack do not always acknowledge the extent of campus anti-Semitism and SJP’s role in perpetrating it. Tina Malka, the associate regional director of the San Diego chapter of the Anti-Defamation League was quoted as stating that SDSU’s inclusion on the Top Ten list was “unfair to the school.” [SNIP] Yet, the ADL is determined to keep its head in the sand and dismiss the many documented incidents at SDSU with the claim that they do not indicate an “anti-Semitic environment.” It is time for the ADL and other mainstream Jewish...
  • Netanyahu accuses West of forsaking pledge to prevent nuclear-armed Iran

    02/25/2015 9:35:51 AM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/25/2015 19:18 | HERB KEINON
    PM says from the emerging nuclear agreement "it appears [world powers] have given up" on their commitment regarding Iran. As criticism both in Israel and the US of his planned speech to Congress continues to mount, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu framed the debate over Iran in stark life-and-death terms on Wednesday. “I respect the White House and the US President,” he said of the friction his decision to address Congress has triggered, “but on a matter so fateful that it could determine whether we exist or not, my obligation is do everything to prevent such a great danger to the...
  • Susan Rice: Netanyahu's Congress speech destructive to Israel-U.S. ties (says the Benghazi liar)

    02/25/2015 9:28:57 AM PST · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb. 25, 2015 | 6:59 AM | Barak Ravid
    Tensions between Israel and the U.S. continue to rise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming Congress address. President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice said Tuesday that the Israeli premier's March 3 speech is "destructive" to the relationship between the two countries. Rice made the comments in an interview with Charlie Rose on PBS. The remarks came hours after Secretary of State John Kerry slammed Netanyahu over his opposition to the unfolding nuclear deal with Iran. "The relationship between the U.S. and Israel has always been bipartisan and we have been fortunate that the politics have not been injected...
  • While Iran Builds a Bomb, Kerry Focuses on Appointing a Gay Rights Envoy

    02/25/2015 9:22:43 AM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | February 24, 2015
    RUSH: Jeff in Macomb, Michigan. I may not be able to get you all in. We'll hold you through the break if necessary. How are you, sir? CALLER: Hey, good afternoon, Rush. I know we're talking about net neutrality today, but -- RUSH: No, no. Anything you want. That's fine. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. The details of what John Kerry has agreed to with the Iranian negotiating team are being reported in the Middle East, but it's difficult to find them in English and I'd like to very briefly mention them. The Obama administration is agreeing to 6,500 spinning centrifuges...
  • VIDEO: Netanyahu Turns Down Meeting With Senate Democrats – READ BIBI’s LETTER!

    02/25/2015 9:00:38 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 41 replies
    Viral Buzz ^ | 2/24/15 | Bill Chandler
    On Monday Senators. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., invited Netanyahu to meet in a closed-door session with Democrats during his visit. Netanyahu declined the invitation on Tuesday and expressed regret about the politically fraught tone of his trip. “I regret that the invitation to address the special joint session of Congress has been perceived by some to be political or partisan,” Netanyahu wrote. “I can assure you that my sole intention in accepting it was to voice Israel’s grave concerns about a potential nuclear agreement with Iran that could threaten the survival of my country.” Netanyahu said to...
  • Vandy law prof threatens to shut down pro-Israel event, claims country is ‘destroying’ America

    02/25/2015 5:33:58 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    CampusReform.org ^ | 02/25/2015 | Chad Dees
    Prof. Edward Rubin, the former dean of Vanderbilt's law school, threatened to shut down a pro-Israel demonstration by Proclaiming Justice to the Nations. Rubin told Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, that he was going to contact the Nashville Mayor's office to see if the event couldn't be prevented. The former dean of the Vanderbilt Law School, Professor Edward Rubin, threatened to shut down a pro-Israel demonstration as he is an American and not part of the “international Jewish conspiracy,” according to an email obtained by Campus Reform.In the email, sent to Laurie Cardoza-Moore, president of...
  • The Betrayal Papers: A National Security “Smoking Gun” of Obama’s Conspiracy with Muslim Brotherhood

    02/25/2015 5:18:16 AM PST · by Randall_S · 9 replies
    Joe Miller ^ | February 25, 2015 | Coalition of Concerned Citizens
    The first article of the Betrayal Papers asserted that the Muslim Brotherhood was not only influential in the United States government, but in fact dominated the administration of President Barack Hussein Obama. This article will name several key people who were or are in the Obama administration and who have various, documented associations with organizations which are directly tied to and/or funded by the Muslim Brotherhood and the State of Qatar (home to Brotherhood’s Spiritual Leader, Yusuf al-Qaradawi). These individuals have helped dictate national security policies that have crippled counterterrorism efforts at home and abroad. Three more “Betrayal Papers” in...
  • Don’t Blame Bibi for Decline in Democrats’ Support for Israel

    02/25/2015 5:14:08 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Commentary ^ | 02.23.2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Both Israeli and American pundits have spent the last month abusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his decision to accept an invitation to speak to a joint session of Congress next month about the Iranian nuclear threat. The White House’s effort to spin the speech as a breach of protocol and an unwarranted interference in a U.S. debate about Iran has largely succeeded in rallying a significant number of congressional Democrats to back away from support of the sanctions bill co-sponsored by Senators Mark Kirk and Bob Menendez, as well as getting some to threaten to boycott Netanyahu’s speech. But...
  • Gallup Records Significant Drop in Democrats’ Sympathy for Israel

    02/24/2015 10:20:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 24, 2015 - 4:27 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    The proportion of Democrats who sympathize more with Israel than with Palestinians in the Mideast conflict dropped ten points this year to 48 percent, according to a new poll by Gallup. The polling company suggested a link to tensions between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over the Iran nuclear threat. In addition, the percentage of Democrats viewing Israel favorably also dropped—by 14 points—over the past year, from 74 percent to 60, the poll found. By contrast Republican sympathy for Israel over the Palestinians rose to 83 percent, continuing a trend that has risen from the low 50s...
  • US national security advisor Rice says Netanyahu address 'destructive'

    02/24/2015 9:08:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 63 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 2/24/15 | Michael Wilner
    WASHINGTON -- Susan Rice, US President Barack Obama's national security advisor, said on Tuesday night that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's acceptance of an invitation to address Congress next month is "destructive of the fabric of the relationship" between Israel and the United States. "We've been fortunate that politics have not been injected into that relationship," Rice said to American journalist Charlie Rose. But "what has happened over the last several weeks, by virtue of the invitation that was issued by the Speaker and the acceptance of it by Prime Minister Netanyahu on two weeks in advance of his election, is...
  • Saudis ‘would let Israeli jets use their air space to attack Iran’

    02/24/2015 6:02:28 PM PST · by nuconvert · 77 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | February 25, 2015
    Saudi Arabia is prepared to let Israeli fighter jets use its airspace if it proves necessary to attack Iran’s nuclear program, an Israeli TV station reported Tuesday, highlighting growing ties in the shadow of Tehran’s nuclear drive. Riyadh’s only condition is that Israel make some kind of progress in peace talks with the Palestinians, Channel 2 reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed senior European source. “The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” the European official in Brussels said. Jerusalem and Riyadh do not have diplomatic ties, but unconfirmed reports have swirled for years of...
  • Netanyahu declines US Democrats' invitation for meeting during visit (Go Bibi!)

    02/24/2015 5:01:06 PM PST · by Dave346 · 66 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/25/2015 02:47
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with US Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week. "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein obtained by Reuters. Durbin and Feinstein had invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators in a letter on Monday.
  • NYC Cabbie Tells Jewish Passenger 'All Jews Must Die'

    02/24/2015 2:45:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    inn ^ | 2/24/15 | Tova Dvorin
    Another anti-Semitic cab driver has been unearthed in the Big Apple, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday, after one cabbie told a 51 year-old Jewish woman that "all Jews must die." On Sunday morning, Jewish news columnist Baila Sebrow hailed a cab from Manhattan's Carlton Hotel - but when she entered the cab, she was instantly asked whether she was Jewish. After answering in the affirmative, Sebrow was told that "all Jews must die," and the driver then began driving "really fast" - so much so that she was afraid he would total the car, she stated. Sebrow, terrified,...
  • Kerry appears to take swipe at Netanyahu over Iran nuclear talks

    02/24/2015 2:44:00 PM PST · by keat · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:11pm EST | Arshad Mohammed
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday appeared to take a swipe at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying critics of an emerging nuclear deal with Iran did not know what they were talking about. Speaking to senators, Kerry also said he expected to know soon whether Iran was willing to craft an "acceptable, verifiable" plan that would satisfy major powers that it is not seeking to develop a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu, who is scheduled to make a speech before a joint session of Congress on March 3, has described the agreement under negotiation with Iran as a "bad...
  • WHIP LIST: Dems skipping Netanyahu speech (26 to boycott, 71 to attend, rest unknown)

    02/24/2015 2:28:44 PM PST · by Dave346 · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | updated on Feb. 24 at 2:29 p.m | Mike Lillis
    Netanyahu is expected to criticize the White House’s negotiations on Iran's nuclear program in his March 3 speech. SKIPPING House (23) Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.), Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.), Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.), Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.), Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.), Rep. John Lewis (Ga.), Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.), Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.), Rep. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.), Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas), Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine), Rep....
  • Report: Saudis might help Israel attack Iran in exchange for progress in peace process

    02/24/2015 12:35:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Jerusalem Post / Reuters ^ | February 24, 2015 | Staff
    In private talks with European sources, the Saudis have expressed their willingness to cooperate with Israel on Iran, including use of Saudi air space by the IDF for a possible air strike, according to a report by Channel 2. Cooperation with Saudi Arabia would not come free, however. According to the report, the Saudi officials said they would need to see progress between Israelis and Palestinians before having enough legitimacy to allow Israel to use their air space. Arab governments, not only Israel, have been expressing concern over the development of a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, the...
  • Kerry in apparent jab at Netanyahu: Those bad-mouthing Iran deal don't know what deal is

    02/24/2015 10:02:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 58 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/24/2015 18:13
    US Secretary of State John Kerry defended the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran on Tuesday in comments that appeared to be directed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As Netanyahu accused the P5+1 group of world powers of giving Iran a green light to maintain the ability to make nuclear weapons, Kerry said that those bad-mouthing the deal are doing so prematurely, before the contours of the deal have been determined. During a tour of the IDF's Southern Command, Netanyahu said that "the information I have received in recent days reinforces our fears in regard to the emerging deal between world...
  • Netanyahu slams Herzog for saying Iran not an existential threat (Israel elections)

    02/24/2015 8:34:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/23/2015 05:46 | Gil Hoffman
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog Sunday of undermining his efforts to prevent Iran’s nuclearization by declining to call a potentially nuclear Iran an existential threat to the State of Israel. “I agree that a nuclear Iran is extremely dangerous, and I believe that it must be prevented,” Herzog said in an interview with Washington Post correspondents William Booth and Ruth Eglash. “No Israeli leader will accept a nuclear Iran. All options for me are still on the table,” including Israeli military strikes. When they asked if he agrees with Netanyahu that a nuclear Iran would...
  • Herzog cancels AIPAC speech, takes aim at Netanyahu trip to US (left stays home at Zero's command)

    02/24/2015 8:21:59 AM PST · by Dave346 · 18 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 02.24.15, 16:01 | Moran Azulay
    Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog announced Tuesday he will not be traveling to the US to appear before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, amid growing tensions over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on March 3. "Netanyahu's spin about who is going to Washington must stop," Herzog told a gathering of foreign media in Israel. "My firm position against a nuclear Iran is known by every Israeli and American, including the US president, and I know how to voice it in a sharp, clear manner - from here, not from there." Herzog added: "A...
  • PM: Congress 'The Final Brake' Stopping Iran Nuclear Weapon (7 days until speech)

    02/24/2015 8:11:57 AM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/24/2015, 5:36 PM | Ari Soffer
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reiterated his resolve to speak before Congress later this month, saying Congress could well be the "final brake" stopping a "bad deal" over Iran's nuclear program, which would allow the Islamic Republic to become a nuclear threshold state. Netanyahu made the comments during a tour of the IDF's Southern Command headquarters, along with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Sammy Turgeman. "Even after Hamas took the severest blow in its history, we are continuing to monitor its activities and we are prepared for any and all developments,"...
  • Menaced by MidEast Studies Coalition

    02/24/2015 6:28:08 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 23, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    It’s not hard to find out who sets the terms of debate and parameters of discussion concerning the Middle East on American campuses today. As we have reported, our friend Tammi Rossman-Benjamin’s Amcha Initiative at UCLA did a report last year on the anti-Israel bias on that campus. In a letter to the U. S. Secretary of Education, a sextet of groups headed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) took issue with the Amha report. The other five groups which signed onto the letter were: • The Asian Law caucus of Asian-Americans Advancing Justice; • The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee;...
  • Phased US-Iran nuclear deal taking shape

    02/23/2015 11:03:44 AM PST · by Mariner · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 23rd, 2015 | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and GEORGE JAHN
    GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Iran are working on a two-phase deal that clamps down on Tehran's nuclear program for at least a decade before providing it leeway over the remainder of the agreement to slowly ramp up activities that could be used to make weapons.
  • The U.S.-Supported Terrorists of the Palestinian Authority

    02/24/2015 5:19:14 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matthew Vadum
    The U.S.-Supported Terrorists of the Palestinian AuthorityPosted By Matthew Vadum On February 24, 2015 @ 12:49 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments A federal jury in Manhattan found the Palestinian Authority and its terrorist arm civilly liable yesterday for six terrorist attacks a decade ago that left 33 dead and more than 450 injured.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the “international community to continue to punish those who support terrorism, just as the U.S. federal court has done, and to back the countries that are fighting terrorism.”“Today as well we remember the families that lost their loved ones;...
  • UCLA SJP: #JewHaters--SJP and the Anti-SJP Posters

    02/24/2015 5:17:20 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 24, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    UCLA SJP: #JewHaters By Daniel Greenfield On February 24, 2015 [Learn about the Freedom Center’s Jew Hatred on Campus Campaign.] The world recently watched in horror as a Muslim terrorist murdered shoppers at a Kosher supermarket in Paris. On another February in 1969, two Jewish students from Hebrew University were murdered when a Kosher supermarket was bombed in Jerusalem. Both supermarkets were targeted before the Sabbath by racist killers who wanted to kill as many Jews as possible. SJP UCLA continues to support Rasmea Odeh, one of the racist terrorists behind that bombing plot. Its Facebook page carries the hashtag...
  • The West has dealt itself a weak hand

    02/23/2015 11:58:53 PM PST · by tedbel · 4 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Feb 24/15 | Ted Belman
    The Western countries have dealt themselves a weak hand, yet they are going all in. Israel need only call their bluff.  The pot they hope to win is an agreement, misnamed as a peace agreement, which will establish a Palestinian state on the ’67 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. But there are no takers on either side of the ’67 lines. To win this pot, the EU is threatening Israel with sanctions and with an amendment to the existing Free Trade Agreement. They are also threatening to reduce economic cooperation. They want Israel to stop building settlements in places...