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  • Jews Are Fleeing Russia Because Of Putin

    07/04/2015 8:55:06 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 5 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 · 42 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 · 6 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 · 71 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 · 16 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 · 7 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 · 19 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...
  • Fifty killed in North Sinai attacks claimed by Islamic State

    07/01/2015 7:44:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/1/2015 | Yusri Mohamed and Ahmed Hassan
    Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province. Egyptian army F-16 jets and Apache helicopters strafed the region that lies within the Sinai Peninsula, a strategic area located between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal. It was the second high-profile attack in Egypt this week. On Monday, the prosecutor-general was killed in a car bombing in Cairo. The attacks raise questions about the government's ability to contain a Sinai-based insurgency that...
  • Global support for ISIS includes up to 42M Muslims, group claims

    07/01/2015 6:21:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/01/2015 | By Brooke Singman
    Global support for ISIS may be much bigger than previously known, according to a new report that found as many as 42 million Muslims around the world have positive feelings about the black-clad army of barbarians that established a so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq last year. The report from the New York-based research institute Clarion Project crunched numbers from four recent polls surveying Arab public opinion toward ISIS. Clarion found the terror group's supporters are 8.5 million strong, but more than 42 million of the world's estimated 1.5 billion Muslims feel at least somewhat positively about the terror group....
  • United Church of Christ Anti-Israel Extremism (Obama's denomination)

    07/01/2015 8:10:09 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Peggy Shapiro
    On June 30, 2015, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ voted to single out Israel for an economic and propaganda war. Ignoring the violent state of affairs in an unstable region, the plague of terrorist groups, and the victimization of millions of Christians and other minority groups, the UCC elected to boycott Israel, the only functioning democracy in the Middle East. Giving a pass to Hamas rockets aimed at Israeli children and the prohibition of any Jews to enter Palestinian-controlled territory, the UCC jumped on the bandwagon of slander to demonize Israel. Deletion and Replacement of Jews...
  • Syrian Kurds say thwart big Islamic State attack on border town

    07/01/2015 4:29:30 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1 Jul 15 | Unknown
    (Reuters) - A Syrian Kurdish militia said on Wednesday it had recovered full control of the border town of Tel Abyad after Islamic State fighters raided its outskirts the day before in preparation for a larger assault. Backed by U.S.-led air strikes, the Kurdish YPG militia and smaller Syrian rebel groups captured Tel Abyad from Islamic State on June 15, severing an important supply route for the militants between the Turkish border and its de facto capital of Raqqa city to the south. The YPG militia said the militants entered Tel Abyad's eastern
  • Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

    07/01/2015 4:15:42 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | 1 Jul 15 | Unknown
    Beirut (AFP) - A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions. The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that IS victims often sport. The IS prisoners however are wearing black clothes and chained together wearing ankle and hand shackles with metal balls attached.
  • President’s Failed Leadership on Iran "time to bone up on principle of strong American leadership"

    07/01/2015 2:11:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 30, 2015 | Scott Walker
    Mr. President, it’s time for you to bone up on the principle of strong American leadership. Such a course of study would convince you to prioritize our safety over your own legacy. It would compel you to step away from this bad deal, and America would be better for it.Today marks another deadline for President Obama’s nuclear negotiations with Iran. The truth is these talks were doomed from the start by the administration’s pattern of retreat. As the Iranians hang tough, insisting on their core demands, the president has steadily abandoned commitments he made to the American people and our...
  • Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state

    06/30/2015 7:15:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2015
    A senior Israeli defense official said President Bashar al-Assad controlled just a fifth of Syria and may end up in charge of a rump state dominated by his minority Alawite sect. Israel and its neighbor Syria are long-term enemies, but the remarks by Amos Gilad, strategic adviser to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, reflect concerns by states across the region that Syria is undergoing a de facto partition after four years of civil war. "Syria is gone. Syria is dying. The funeral will be declared in due time. This Bashar Assad, he will be remembered in history textbooks as the...
  • IDF Appoints Special Team to Plan Strike on Iran

    06/30/2015 1:42:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    INN ^ | 6/30/2015, 12:21 PM | Ari Yashar
    As world powers and Iran reach a deadline Tuesday—which may be extended—for talks on the Islamic regime’s nuclear program, Israel is taking steps to prepare for a military strike on Tehran's nuclear facilities so as to defend itself from the impending threat. Iran has refused to allow inspections of its covert nuclear sites and declared it will use advanced centrifuges as soon as a deal is met, meaning the leading state sponsor of terrorism could potentially obtain a nuclear arsenal within weeks, all while getting billions of dollars in sanctions relief through a nuclear deal. The Hebrew-language Walla! reported Tuesday...
  • [Palestinian Authority] PA Ignores ISIS Threat to Rid Jerusalem of Christians

    06/30/2015 12:04:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 6/30/2015, 5:49 PM | Dalit Halevy
    Palpably illustrating its indifference to the Arab Christian population’s fate, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) unity government on Tuesday largely brushed off the detailed threat by an Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate in Jerusalem to “purify” the city of Christians. The ISIS announcement was posted in the eastern part of the capital city last Thursday, and in it the ISIS affiliate threatened to murder all Christians in the Muslim Arab neighborhoods during the month of Ramadan, starting with Shuafat and on to the Muslim sections of the Old City. It also threatened an attack against the Church of the Nativity located...
  • The Islamic State of Iran - like ISIS. Just much bigger. (Israel releases video to mark deadline)

    06/30/2015 10:32:49 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | Today, 10:00 AM | IsraeliPM
    The Islamic State of Iran - like ISIS. Just much bigger.
  • Israel Upgrades Navy With German-Built Ships, Radar, Weapons Systems

    06/30/2015 6:49:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 29 2015 | Tim Marcin
    The Israel Navy plans to bolster its combat fleet with the addition of German-built ships, along with radar and weapons systems. The process of attaining new radars and electronic warfare systems and adding them to ships will start as early as next year, reported Defense News on Sunday. The Israeli Navy completed a major deal, worth $480 million, to purchase four new German-built but Israeli-equipped Sa'ar-6 corvettes ships in May. The deal, which took five years to complete, allows for Israel to provide its own combat weapons suite, armament and subsystems. Germany also took on about one-third of the cost...
  • Israel takes over ship seeking to break Gaza blockade

    06/30/2015 4:49:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6-30-15
    Navy boards vessel carrying pro-Palestinian activists in a peaceful operation five years after the deaths of 10 people in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla Israel’s navy boarded and took over an activist vessel seeking to break its Gaza blockade and was escorting it to port on Monday in an operation that did not use force, the military said. A flotilla of four boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists had been trying to reach Gaza to highlight the Israeli blockade of the territory, with the attempt coming five years after a similar bid ended in a deadly raid. Three of the...
  • July 4th Hate Rally Against Jews in London

    06/30/2015 4:47:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | 6-29-15 | Ilana Angel
    This is the actual event flyer, as is the one below. Over the weekend I saw the following post on Facebook. It was shared by a friend of a friend in London. I read it in disbelief and stared at the event’s publicity posters for what felt like forever. I thought it must be a joke and so I Googled it and quickly realized not only was it happening, but there was nothing police could do to stop it. It is shocking and heartbreaking this will take place and I am saddened for the people of London, particularly those who...
  • Israel acknowledges it is helping Syrian rebel fighters

    06/30/2015 4:44:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 29, 2015 | Raphael Ahren
    Defense minister says Jerusalem assists insurgents in exchange for promise Druze will be kept out of harm’s way Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday that Israel has been providing aid to Syrian rebels, thus keeping the Druze in Syria out of immediate danger. Israeli officials have previously balked at confirming on the record that the country has been helping forces that are fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! During a briefing with Israel’s diplomatic correspondents at the IDF’s headquarters in Tel...
  • WATCH: Gaza Jihadi group reveals new terror tunnels in underground video report

    06/30/2015 4:41:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/28/2015 | NOAM AMIR/MAARIV HASHAVUA
    By publishing a video from within the terror tunnels on Iranian television, The al-Aqsa Brigades has continued pushing their own brand of psychological warfare against the Israeli people. A year after the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, the al-Aqsa Brigades published a video from inside a terror tunnel allegedly leading from Gaza to the Israeli border. In the video posted Sunday on Iranian television, one of the terrorists seen in the video said the tunnel measures 3.5 kilometers wide and is made entirely of concrete. The reporter in the video suggested that the underground tunnel crossed over the Israeli border...
  • Friendly reminder: We have the ability to MOP up Iran’s nuclear facilities

    06/29/2015 6:05:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/29/2015 | Matt Vespa
    It’s no surprise that the Iranian nuclear program talks are shaky; Guy has detailed the long, tedious, and sometime frustrating timeline of these diplomatic talks. So, given that we’re approaching the June 30th deadline–with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei issuing demands that the U.S. could never agree to–what’s the military option, if there is one? The answer is MOP, or “Massive Ordnance Penetrator;” the largest and most powerful nonnuclear bomb we have in our arsenal (via Politico): …at least three times in the past year, a B-2 stealth bomber has taken off from an Air Force base in Missouri...