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  • White House Officials Plot Ways to Pressure Lawmakers Into Supporting Iran Deal (prepare for "war")

    07/06/2015 3:40:42 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 6, 2015 4:18 pm | Adam Kredo
    VIENNA—White House officials on Monday held a private conference call with liberal organizations to discuss ways of pressuring Democrats and other lawmakers on Capitol Hill into supporting a nuclear deal with Iran that is expected to be finalized in the coming days, according to an audio recording of that call obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The call, in which there were more than 100 participants, was organized by the liberal pro-Iran group Ploughshares Fund, which has spent millions of dollars to slant Iran-related coverage and protect the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts. The White House officials described a nuclear deal...
  • Zionist Entity Frustrated as Iran Nuclear Deal Looms

    07/06/2015 1:26:44 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Al-Manar ^ | 06-07-2015 - 23:10
    The Zionist entity is desperately trying to hinder a long-awaited nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, as the talks aimed at clinching the deal entered its final stage. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is once again raising the specter of a bad deal, saying that such deal “will pave Iran's path to a nuclear arsenal." "This deal as far as we can see comes on almost daily concessions from the P5+1 to growing Iranian demands. Every day more concessions are made, and every day the deal becomes worse and worse," Netanyahu said Monday. "I can say that what...
  • If You Liked Baghdad Bob, You’ll Love Iran’s Chief Nuclear Negotiator, Javad Zarif

    07/06/2015 10:29:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 5, 2015 | Claudia Rosett
    But he's much more dangerous. Here's why... At the Iran nuclear talks, one of the chief fixtures has been Iran’s foreign minister and chief negotiator, Javad Zarif. He’s the bearded fellow you’ve seen in the endless photo-ops of the murk-shrouded talks. He usually shows up flanked by dignitaries, in various permutations, of the six world powers, including the U.S., who in the current incarnation of the nuclear talks have been haggling with Iran over its nuclear program since cutting an interim deal in Nov. 2013. That was more than 19 months ago, which in terms of the amnesiac modern 24-hour...
  • School teachers working in Israeli schools supported ISIS, Shin Bet says

    07/06/2015 9:09:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 6, 2015
    Security forces have arrested six Israeli Beduin men from the Negev town of Houra, four of whom work as school teachers, for allegedly supporting the Islamic State terrorist organization. The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed Monday that the men were arrested over the past two months. They allegedly took part in secret meetings in which they discussed Islamic State doctrine, and spread the group's propaganda among their family members and associates. Some of the suspects planned to join the ranks Islamic State in Syria. Those who worked as teachers at schools in the Negev used their positions to spread...
  • Iran nuclear talks: Brothels, bike rides and Groundhog Day (diplomat calls talks "obsessional")

    07/06/2015 7:06:04 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 5
    VIENNA - Anyone who says it's all work and no play for the hordes of diplomats, officials, security agents, analysts and reporters who have descended on Vienna for what should be the finale of almost two years of Iran nuclear talks is dead wrong. As the manager of a local brothel said, when the Iran talks are in town, "business is booming". He declined to say who were his most frequent customers, but made clear that, as far as he was concerned, the longer the negotiations between Iran and six world powers drag on, the better. Some journalists are also...
  • Netanyahu Says Nuke Deal getting Worse by the Day

    07/06/2015 6:55:35 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/6/2015, 2:38 PM
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met on Monday with Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias, and promised to support the flailing state of Greece as it deals with bankruptcy. "Recently we saw an Iranian-Hezbollah terror cell uncovered in Cyprus that had reportedly five tons of ammonium nitrate in one apartment. That's roughly the amount that took down the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. That's just one apartment. But this terror network expands to over 30 countries in many continents and we have just received a report of another Iranian terror cell operating in Jordan that was uncovered." Kotzias responded, saying, "I'm very...
  • Egyptian army kills 63 militants in North Sinai

    07/05/2015 8:27:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 6, 2015
    Egypt’s military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, as the country grapples with an increasingly ambitious insurgency based in the region. The Sinai has recently witnessed some of the heaviest fighting between security forces and Islamist militants since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. Security sources said on Sunday troops killed the 63 in villages between the towns of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. ADVERTISING The army found four militant hideouts and attacked them with Apache helicopters and ground troops. It also...
  • Obama disappears, abandons press corps

    07/05/2015 8:10:19 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 80 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July5. 2015 | BARBARA BOLAND |
    President Obama disappeared abruptly without the press pool after spending Sunday golfing at Andrews Air Force Base. No word on why Obama left without the press. The White House has deferred questions to the Secret Service.
  • US Expert: Hamas, not Israel, Killed Boys on Beach in Gaza War

    07/05/2015 7:49:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 7/5/2015, 4:41 PM | Hillel Fendel
    One of the incidents most widely disseminated as “proof” of Israeli war crimes during its defensive Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last year was the deaths of four Arab youths on a Gaza beachfront used exclusively by Hamas terrorists. Foreign journalists reported as fact that Israeli war planes had bombed a beachfront, killing four youths—and the incident was highlighted in the recent UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry. […] However, it now appears that Israel need not take any approach to defend its actions—as the children on the beach were apparently killed not by its forces, but by Hamas...
  • Kerry Threatens to Leave Nuke Talks With No Deal

    07/05/2015 5:33:32 PM PDT · by lbryce · 53 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | July 5, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the United States and Iran may fail to reach a final nuclear agreement despite the talks being extended past their June 30 deadline so that the sides could hash out remaining differences over the scope and scale of the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program. Western observers suggested the statement from Kerry was designed to provide cover for the administration if a deal with wide-ranging concessions to Iran is struck. Kerry told reporters in a brief press conference Sunday afternoon that he is prepared to leave town without a deal that has...
  • Rise in Gun Sales: Jews Are Arming

    07/05/2015 4:44:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    INN ^ | 7/5/2015, 7:03 PM | Hezki Ezra
    Gun shop owners are reporting a spike in gun sales, as a result of the current terror wave, and also of new regulations that allow more citizens to buy and hold guns. Yitzchak Mizrahi, who owns the Magnum firearms store in Jerusalem, told Arutz Sheva Sunday that Jews are responding to the ongoing terror attacks in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, by buying more weapons, and that the new criteria issued by the Interior Ministry are making it possible for many people who could not do so in the past, to arm themselves. …
  • Rivlin: Radicals Have Hijacked Ramadan

    07/05/2015 3:39:52 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/7/15 | Yaakov Levi
    At an event marking the end of the Ramadan fast on Sunday, President Reuven Rivlin spoke with Arabic language mediaand discussed a number of issues, chief among them the relations between Arabs and Jews in Israel. At the outset, Rivlin noted that both Jews and Muslims had fasted on Sunday – the latter for Ramadan, and the former for the Seventeenth Day of Tammuz, commemorating the events leading up to the destruction of the Holy Temples in Jerusalem. A common fast, said Rivlin, could help build a bridge to understanding to both communities. “I am aware of the distress and...
  • What U.S. Officials Said on Iran, What We Know Now

    07/05/2015 12:52:59 PM PDT · by smmt433 · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy Initiative ^ | June 29, 2015 | Tzvi Kahn
    Over the past three years, the Obama administration has delineated the criteria that any final nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran must meet. In speeches, congressional testimony, press conferences, and media interviews, administration officials have also articulated their expectations from Tehran with repeated declarations: “No deal is better than a bad deal.” This FPI Analysis, which updates an earlier publication from January 2015, compiles many of the administration’s own statements on nuclear negotiations with Iran over the past three years, and compares them with current U.S. positions. It also examines U.S. statements on a range of other issues related...
  • PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting (Iran deal worse than North Korea)

    07/05/2015 12:48:18 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 2 replies
    PMO ^ | Today | Benjamin Netanyahu
    Following is an excerpt from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting: "It seems that the nuclear talks in Iran have yielded a collapse, not a breakthrough. The major powers' concessions are increasing. The deal being formulated will pave Iran's path to the production of very many atomic bombs and it will also channel to Iran hundreds of billions of dollars that will serve its aggression and terrorism campaigns in our region and around the world. This is a bad deal. It is not less bad – in my opinion it is worse –...
  • Prince Talal of Saudi Arabia: my visit to Israel shall mark the new age of peace and fraternity

    07/05/2015 7:35:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    AWD News ^ | July 2, 2015 | unattributed
    The Saudi multi-millionaire media tycoon, prince Talal Bin Waleed, has urged all Arab nations to give up their acrimonious stance toward the Jewish nation and instead continue to strive for a more peaceful, prosperous and homogenous Middle-East. The controversial Saudi prince Talal has openly declared his intention to embark a seven-day pilgrimage to Holy Land and pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque -- the third holiest site in Islam located in the Old City of Jerusalem -- reported Okaz, the Arabic Saudi Arabian daily on Thursday. "All my Muslim brothers and sisters must understand that it became a moral imperative for all...
  • Israel slams possible lifting of Iran sanctions

    07/05/2015 1:28:45 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | 2:16 AM ET
    Israel denounced Saturday a possible decision to lift sanctions on Iran if a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers is reached. “As soon as sanctions will be lifted, tens or hundreds of billions of dollars are going to fuel the Iranian economy,” a statement released by the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read, according to Agence France Presse. “There will be no possibility to go back,” the statement added. “The Iranian terror machine that is active in the entire world will become stronger.” World powers and Tehran are in the midst of negotiations to finalize a deal...
  • Jews Are Fleeing Russia Because Of Putin

    07/04/2015 8:55:06 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 28 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | July 3 2015 | Roman Super and Claire Bigg
    Just a year ago, Russian journalist Vladimir Yakovlev was one of Moscow's most influential media figures. Today, he lives a quiet life in Tel Aviv and has swapped his Russian passport for an Israeli one. Yakovlev, the founder of the respected Kommersant publishing house and the Snob magazine, belongs to a new wave of disillusioned Russian Jews deserting their country for the relative stability of Israel. "The big problem with Russia, and the main reason why I left, is the fact that our value system was destroyed," he says. "Life in Russia has turned into Russian roulette. Every morning you...
  • Expert: Arab Armies 'Falling Apart,' IDF Will Have to Fight ISIS

    07/04/2015 4:40:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 45 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/15 | Yaakov Levi
    Israel's former ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel, currently a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), believes that the Egyptian army is not going to be able to successfully fight ISIS. In the end, he believes, the IDF is going to have to do the job. “The Egyptian army has not collapsed, and it is very large, with 600,000 soldiers,” said Mazel. “But for two years they have been fighting guerrillas in Sinai, unsuccessfully. They are just not experienced enough in guerrilla warfare.” Eventually, it is very possible that ISIS will take over Sinai – placing them along...
  • Ted Cruz Calls For US To Quit UN Human Rights Council After Vote Condemning Israel

    07/04/2015 3:39:26 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 04 2015 | Mark Hanrahan
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called Friday for the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), after the body voted to condemn Israel's conduct during the 2014 war in Gaza.The U.S. was the only country to vote against the resolution put before the council Friday, with 41 voting in favor, and five countries abstaining. The resolution condemned Israel's targeting of innocent civilians during the conflict, and also called for an end to the impunity of Israeli officials responsible for alleged war crimes.In a statement posted on his website, Cruz said that the single U.S. vote against...
  • Why US needs an Iran N-deal more

    07/04/2015 6:56:49 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    MNA ^ | Sat 4 July 2015 - 17:32 | Hamid R. Gholamzadeh
    TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) – As the nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 are at the final stage, the United States seems to need a final deal more than Iran. While the marathon of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany seems to be approaching the finish line, news of a new message from US President Barack Obama to Iranian officials came out on Monday. The message was reportedly delivered by authorities of one of Iran’s neighbor countries in recent weeks and just ahead of final round of nuclear...
  • Iran denies report on ‘tentative agreement’ over sanctions relief

    07/04/2015 6:53:25 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    PressTV ^ | Sat Jul 4, 2015 1:47PM
    Iran has denied a report claiming that it has reached tentative agreement with the P5+1 group of world countries on the removal of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic in the course of ongoing nuclear negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna. A source close to the Iranian negotiating team said Saturday that some major sticking points still remained between Iran and its negotiating partners over the issue of sanctions relief. Earlier in the day, a report by the Associated Press quoted unidentified diplomats in Vienna as saying that Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, China, Russia,...
  • U.S. stockpiles powerful bunker-buster bombs in case Iran nuclear talks fail

    07/04/2015 2:37:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 88 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 3, 2015 | By W.J. Hennigan
    As diplomats rush to reach an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, the U.S. military is stockpiling conventional bombs so powerful that strategists say they could cripple Tehran's most heavily fortified nuclear complexes, including one deep underground. The bunker-busting bombs are America's most destructive munitions short of atomic weapons. At 15 tons, each is 5 tons heavier than any other bomb in the U.S. arsenal. In development for more than a decade, the latest iteration of the MOP — massive ordnance penetrator — was successfully tested on a deeply buried target this year at the White Sands Missile Range in...
  • IS affiliate in Egypt claims rocket attack on Israel

    07/03/2015 10:04:28 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 4 replies
    bbc ^ | july 4, 2015
    A group affiliated with Islamic State has said it fired three rockets into Israel from Egypt's Sinai peninsula. The affiliate, which calls itself Sinai Province, said it had acted in retaliation for what it says is Israeli support for the Egyptian army. Israel said two rockets landed in the south of the country, causing no casualties or material damage. At least 17 Egyptian soldiers and 100 IS militants have died in fighting in northern Sinai since Wednesday. The clashes were triggered by a co-ordinated mass assault of IS militants on the town of Sheikh Zuweid.
  • Iran not to yield to excessive demands (from Iran's weekly "Death to America" Friday sermon)

    07/03/2015 7:51:07 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    MNA ^ | Jul. 03 | Ayatollah Imami Kashani
    TEHRAN – Preaching Tehran’s Friday sermons, Ayatollah Imami Kashani reiterated Iran’s negotiating team’s stance. The Friday prayers ritual of Tehran was held at noon as Ayatollah Imami Kashani led the prayers and preached the congregated worshipers of Tehran in Imam Khomeini Grand Musalla. During his second sermon, the Grand Ayatollah addressed the opposite side of the nuclear talks saying that Iran will never bend over unconventional demands and will keep its national honor. The top cleric referred to the sensitive age of cyber warfare in which the social media and networks are the battlefields where Islam is under attack. The...
  • Israeli policymakers' alarming over-reliance on Egypt to grapple with Hamas and ISIS

    07/03/2015 5:03:32 PM PDT · by kindred · 3 replies
    http://www.debka.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | unknown
    Egyptian troops battle ISIS in Sinai The statements coming from different Israeli spokesmen this week were not just at dangerous variance with the actual events but with one another, when it came to Egypt’s massive confrontation this week with ISIS close to Israel’s border, a fresh round of Palestinian West Bank anti-Israel terror and the ambivalent role played by Hamas extremists in all these events. Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said in an Al Jazeera interview Thursday, July 2, that Israel had “clear evidence” of Hamas aiding the offensive the Islamic State’s Sinai affiliate...
  • Visit Jordan before Isis does

    07/03/2015 2:52:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 01 July 2015 | George Richards
    On a dusty hill in the suburbs of Amman, the capital of Jordan, I visited the late King Hussein's magnificent automobile collection, opened to the public as a museum. Amid rows of gleaming motorcycles, I passed a brightly-coloured Japanese racer and a low-riding American chopper, and my eyes fell on one dark model that stood behind them. This, a placard told me, was a Brough Superior, British-made and once common in Jordan as a motorcycle used for military purposes. Jordan is an island of peace and stability in a sea of turmoil. There is almost nowhere in the region that...
  • World View: Egypt's Military Brings the Sinai '100 Pct Under Control' in 2nd Day of Fighting

    07/03/2015 2:20:16 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Friday, July 3, 2015 | John J. Xenakis
    The fighting in Sinai continued into a second day. Air strikes from Egypt's warplanes killed 22 militants in dawn raids on Thursday. The situation in Sinai is now "100% under control," according to Egyptian officials. However, in the town of Sheikh Zuweid, where the militants attacked a string of army checkpoints on Wednesday, the army is still going from house to house, searching for extremists, and removing explosive booby traps and mines... The militants were from the terror group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM -- Ansar Jerusalem -- Champions of Jerusalem), which has conducted numerous attacks in Egypt's Sinai, along the...
  • Ted Cruz: The United States should stop legitimizing the UNHRC with our membership and withdraw now

    07/03/2015 1:30:49 PM PDT · by Isara · 36 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 07/03/15
    HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement in response to the United Nations Human Rights Council vote in condemnation of Israel:“Our single vote in opposition is just and the abstentions of our friends are welcome, but at this point they are meaningless gestures. It is time to stop ceding moral authority to the UNHRC and tell the truth about this hopelessly biased and anti-Semitic institution. There is no equivalency between Israel’s right to self-defense and Hamas’ genocidal aggression against the Jewish people. There is no equivalence between Israel’s extraordinary efforts to protect civilians and Hamas’...
  • Hillary Clinton Signals to Jewish donors: I’ll Be Better for Israel

    07/03/2015 12:09:24 PM PDT · by lbryce · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | Juy 3, 2015 | KENNETH P. VOGEL and TARINI PARTI
    Hillary Clinton is privately signaling to wealthy Jewish donors that — no matter the result of the Iranian nuclear negotiations — she will be a better friend to Israel than President Barack Obama. But, even as donors increasingly push Clinton on the subject in private, they have emerged with sometimes widely varying interpretations about whether she would support a prospective deal, according to interviews with more than 10 influential donors and fundraising operatives. Clinton’s private responses in some ways resemble a foreign policy Rorschach test; donors who see a deal as important to world peace have come away thinking that...
  • Hamas provided ISIS with weapons to carry out Sinai attacks, Israeli general says

    07/03/2015 12:02:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 02 July 2015 | Gili Cohen
    Hamas helped the ISIS-affiliated group in Sinai to carry out the latest attacks against Egyptian troops and supplied them with weapons and other support, an Israeli general told Al-Jazeera on Thursday. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences over the attacks that claimed the lives of dozens of people. Israel has "clear information that Hamas is supporting the Wilayat Sinai, which belongs to Daesh," Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of government activities in the territories, claimed, referring to the Islamic State group in one of its acronyms. He added that Hamas provided the Islamist group weapons and logistical support,...
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton fight new demand for email server

    07/03/2015 11:23:30 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | 3 Jul 2015 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    Lawyers for former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have moved to block a conservative lawyer's effort to pry into emails stored on the Clintons' private server. In a motion filed Thursday evening in federal court in West Palm Beach, Fla., the Clintons' attorneys ask that conservative gadfly Larry Klayman be temporarily barred from demanding information in connection with a racketeering lawsuit he filed in March against the couple and the Clinton Foundation. The suit alleges that the Clintons used the private email server to frustrate Freedom of Information Act requests Klayman filed for records about...
  • Ted Cruz: Obama Can Put an Embassy in CUBA But Not in Jerusalem?

    07/03/2015 9:21:38 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Daily Surge ^ | 07/02/2015 | Jerome Hudson
    As I wrote earlier, Obama’s logic is completely upside-down.The Communist country of Cuba is currently holding hundreds of political prisoners and is still funding terrorism around the world, but Barry has no problem normalizing diplomatic relations with the Communist Castro brothers, reestablishing an embassy in Havana, and opening up travel and trade with Cuba’s murderous regime.It’s a horrific decision from start to finish.Thankfully, Ted Cruz is out there saying the same thing more eloquently than I ever could.“How sad is it that under the Obama administration the United States is going to have an embassy in Havana before we have an embassy...
  • Israel’s Populist Energy Crisis

    07/03/2015 10:08:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    Direct foreign investment in Israel is in free fall. According to a report published last month by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD), foreign direct investment in Israel in 2014 was 46 percent below levels in 2013, dropping from $11.8 billion to $6.4bn. During the same period worldwide direct foreign investment dropped a mere 16%, meaning the drop in investment in Israel was nearly three times the global average. Some responded to the report by blaming Operation Protective Edge or the boycott Israel movement for the sudden downturn. And there is probably something, although not much, to that...
  • [May 26, 2015] Obama-Netanyahu feud a problem for Hillary and Dems

    07/03/2015 8:39:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 26, 2015 | Fredric U. Dicker
    A top GOP strategist and pollster for newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning that New York Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, "will pay a heavy price" at the polls next year if they don't break with President Obama's policies on Israel and reject any deal he makes with Iran. "Hillary Clinton, [Sen.] Chuck Schumer, [Reps.] Nita Lowey, Steve Israel, Jerry Nadler, Eliot Engel and others are about to get a whole new wave of pressure from Republicans on whether they agree or not with Obama on Israel," New York-based national GOP pollster and strategist John McLaughlin told The Post....
  • Netanyahu: We see ISIS at the gates in Sinai and Golan

    07/02/2015 5:08:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Photo Islamic State-linked militants struck Egyptian army outposts in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in a coordinated wave of suicide bombings and battles that underlined the government's failure to stem an insurgency despite a two-year crackdown. Security officials said dozens of troops were killed, along with nearly 100 attackers. After the attack, which took place just across the border from Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "We send our condolences to the government and people of Egypt, and to the families of the Egyptians that were slain by this vicious terrorism." Later on Wednesday, Netanyahu said, "We see ISIS [Islamic...
  • Egyptian airstrikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai

    07/02/2015 3:54:21 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | Jul. 02, 2015 | 02:12 PM
    ISMAILIA: Egypt launched airstrikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said. The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 militants and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman. Sinai-based insurgents, affiliates of ISIS, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Islamist President Mohammad Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule. Sisi, now Egypt's elected president, says the pro-ISIS group Sinai...
  • Deputy Secretary Of State: Iran Needs Nuclear Deal 'More Than We Do' (Audio)

    07/02/2015 4:28:54 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | July 02, 2015 5:32 PM ET
    NPR's Rachel Martin interviews Tony Blinken, the U.S. deputy secretary of state and the former deputy national security advisor for President Obama, about the latest on the negotiations with Iran.
  • Not so fast? Lawmakers poised to fight Obama on Cuba ambassador pick, embargo

    07/02/2015 12:59:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 2, 2015
    WASHINGTON – Declaring “this is what change looks like,” President Obama announced an agreement Wednesday to reestablish economic ties with Cuba and re-open embassies in each other’s capitals. But the historic step will also touch off a new round of battles with Congress. To complete the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, the Obama administration still needs to get lawmakers on board to confirm an ambassador, sign off on spending millions on a U.S. embassy in Havana and soften sanctions against the communist country that has a long history of human rights violations. That's no easy task. -- snip -- Rep. Illeana...
  • The New York Times Is Confused About Protestant Denominations

    07/02/2015 11:13:15 AM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Mollie Hemingway
    The New York Times published a piece this week headlined “United Church of Christ Approves Divestment to Aid Palestinians.” It begins: The United Church of Christ, one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States, overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation or control of Palestinian territories, and a boycott of products from Israeli settlements. Leaving aside the divestment issue, this is an incorrect statement. The United Church of Christ is not one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States. Its membership peaked in 1960 at 2.2 million adherents....
  • Iran Talks Finale in Vienna: $225K for Hotels and Vehicles (before deadline extension)

    07/02/2015 10:46:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    The Iran nuclear talks deadline was recently extended for a week until July 7 according to the Associated Press. This extension could conceivably raise the already enormous financial cost of the diplomatic home-stretch effort even higher. Even before the extension was granted, contracts for vehicles and hotels in Vienna for Secretary of State John Kerry and US diplomats totaled $224,503. The first contract posted is for vehicles and drivers required for the stay with ABC V.I.P. Sightseeing in Austria for $93,394: The second is for hotel rooms for Kerry's delegation in the Hotel Imperial in Vienna for $131,109: Few details...
  • World’s Jewish Population Approaching Pre-Holocaust Numbers

    07/01/2015 10:21:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | 7/1/2015 | Varios
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The world’s Jewish population has almost rebounded to pre-Holocaust numbers, according to a new report.
  • Lawless Administration Won’t Enforce Law Against Israel Boycotts

    07/01/2015 4:09:24 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Commentary ^ | 07.01.2015 - 9:00 AM | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Lawless Administration Won’t Enforce Law Against Israel Boycotts Jonathan S. Tobin | @tobincommentary 07.01.2015 - 9:00 AM The signing of a trade bill last week that included provisions specifically requiring U.S. trade negotiators to oppose European boycotts of Israel was a signal defeat for the BDS — boycott, divest, sanction — movement. The willingness of a bipartisan majority of Congress to label efforts to wage economic war on the Jewish state as inconsistent with American law was especially important since it rightly dismissed any distinction between boycotts of all of Israel and those that only target Jewish communities in the...
  • Egypt at War

    07/01/2015 4:19:57 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Commentary ^ | 07.01.2015 - 3:00 PM | Michael Rubinkam,
    Egypt at War Michael Rubin | @mrubin1971 07.01.2015 - 3:00 PM Over the last few days, Egypt has faced a terrorist wave. First, there was the assassination of Hisham Barakat, Egypt’s state prosecutor, the equivalent of the Attorney General. Barakat was the target of Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist animus for his role prosecuting thousands of Islamists since Gen Abdel Fattah el-Sisi overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Now, today, a wave of attacks has killed at least 50 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula. Ominously, several Egyptian security sources are pointing the finger at Turkey, Qatar, and...
  • What Will the West’s Many Concessions to Iran Produce?

    07/01/2015 4:15:13 PM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies
    Commentary ^ | 07.01.2015 - 11:00 AM | Rick Richman |
    What Will the West’s Many Concessions to Iran Produce? Rick Richman | @jpundit 07.01.2015 - 11:00 AM It has been hard to keep up with the cascade of U.S. concessions in the negotiations with Iran, because there has been no natural stopping point. If you think virtually any deal is better than no deal, you need to keep making the concessions necessary to get it. If you have allowed Iran to get within a few months of a bomb and think extending the breakout period a few more months is a good deal, the concessions have to come. If you...
  • The 36-Year Project to Whitewash Iran

    07/01/2015 3:43:08 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    The Iranian regime is still holding American hostages. These include the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian, and Amir Hekmati, an Iranian-American U.S. Marine sentenced to death in 2012 on bogus spying charges and still languishing in the mullahs’ hellish prisons. American flags are burned, and cries of “Death to America!” still ring out at Friday prayers across Iran. The Tehran regime continues to arm and fund Hezbollah, and Iranian forces and proxies now encircle the Arab lands. And the mullahs have in the intervening years raced to develop nuclear weapons. Their centrifuges still churn in defiance of five United...
  • US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State

    07/01/2015 3:31:59 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 42 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1 Juy 2015 | Con Coughlin
    The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades. They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad. High level officials from Gulf...
  • Cruz: Cuba embassy a 'slap in the face' to Israel

    07/01/2015 3:36:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 1, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed Obama's decision to reopen the U.S. embassy in Cuba, suggesting that it was a "slap in the face" to Israel. The administration announced on Wednesday that it has told lawmakers that a deal has been reached to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba and reopen embassies. Cruz, who is running for president, called Obama's announcement "unacceptable and a slap in the face of a close ally that the United States will have an embassy in Havana before one in Jerusalem."
  • Obama’s Treachery and Hillary’s Complicity

    07/01/2015 3:22:46 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    The American Report ^ | July 1, 2015 | Editors
    The terrorism that threatens Egypt today is because of Obama and Hillary The fate of Egypt hangs in the balance. A series of terrorist attacks by the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS threaten the government of President Abdel El-Sisi, a true Islamic reformer. If Egypt falls into chaos like its neighbor, Libya, there will be no single person who deserves more blame that Barack Hussein Obama. Every action taken by his administration has destabilized the Middle East by supporting terrorists and the nations that sponsor them. This insane policy began in 2011 with Egypt, the most populous Arab country. It was...
  • 'British Schindler' Nicholas Winton who saved 669 children from Nazis dies

    07/01/2015 12:56:43 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 1st July 2015 | Tom Batchelor
    'A WAR hero dubbed the ‘British Schindler’ who saved hundreds of children from the Nazis during the Second World War has died aged 106. Nicholas Winton saved the lives of 669 Jewish children from the Holocaust by smuggling them out of Germany on trains on the eve of the war - saving them from almost certain death. His son-in-law Stephen Watson said he died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Hospital in Slough. Sir Nicholas was a 29-year-old stock exchange clerk in 1938 when he began to fear that Jewish residents of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia would be sent to concentration camps....
  • ISRAEL LAUNCHES GAZA MOAT PLAN

    06/17/2004 7:20:22 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 66 replies · 275+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/17/04
    JERUSALEM, June 17 (Reuters) - Israel set in motion a plan on Thursday to dig a moat along the Gaza-Egypt border, inviting contractor bids for the project meant to prevent arms reaching Palestinian militants through tunnels. The Defence Ministry published the bid notice 11 days after the cabinet approved in principle a Gaza withdrawal plan, under which Israel would keep a narrow corridor on the Egyptian frontier pending possible security arrangements with Cairo. Inviting bids by July 12, the ministry said the southern Gaza Strip "canal" would be 15 metres (50 ft) to 25 metres (80 ft) deep and stretch...