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  • Palestinians’ Unpaid Electric Bills in the West Bank Thicken Tension With Israel

    05/06/2015 6:11:14 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | MAY 5, 2015 | DIAA HADID
    TULKARM REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank — Like many Palestinians in this forlorn jumble of concrete buildings, Fakhriya Zeidan labored to recall when she last paid her power bill: maybe in 2001? “A chicken costs $6. I can’t afford it,” Ms. Zeidan, 59, said defensively as she rattled a bag of vegetables she had just purchased. “You think I can afford electricity?” Collectively, the 22,000 residents of the Tulkarm camp in the northern West Bank have amassed $15.2 million in unpaid electric bills over at least 10 years, part of a yawning Palestinian power debt of $430 million that is at...
  • 'King of the Gypsies' arrives in Israel

    05/06/2015 5:33:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Dorin Cioba the leader of three million Roma around the world, landed in Israel on Wednesday. Roma are widely known as Gypsies. On his first visit to Israel, Cioba, who is president of the International Romani Union, plans to visit the Roma community in Jerusalem as well as the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. The photographer Roni Ben-Ari invited Cioaba to Israel for the opening of her exhibit that documents the life of Gypsies in the city of Lugoj, Romania. The exhibit opens on Thursday at the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat Gan. "This is the first time that I...
  • Indiana senate passes anti-BDS resolution

    05/06/2015 3:54:39 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Decision makes state legislature second in US, after Tennessee, to oppose boycott movement Indiana’s state senate passed a non-binding resolution opposing boycotts of Israel. Resolution 74, adopted earlier this week, makes Indiana’s legislature the second in the United States to pass a resolution condemning BDS, or the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign. Tennessee passed a similar appeal last month. The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed the anti-BDS House Resolution 59 on April 22. The measure now goes to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for his signature. Last week, the student senate at Earlham College, a Quaker liberal arts institution in...
  • Herzog: 'Weak' Government Will Soon be Replaced (Israeli opposition leader reacts)

    05/06/2015 2:16:23 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3:55 PM EDT
    Writing on Twitter, Herzog asserted that "the government is irresponsible, unstable, ungovernable. It is a government of national failure. A government of extortion, narrow and weak, that will not promote a thing, and will soon be replaced by an alternative of hope and responsibility."
  • Labor MK: Shaked Will Be an Anti-Justice Minister (Israeli left becomes unhinged)

    05/06/2015 1:35:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/6/2015, 3:36 PM | Gil Ronen
    MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin of Labor – or, as it is formally known, the Zionist Union – reacted vociferously Wednesday to the decision to appoint Jewish Home's Ayelet Shaked as Justice Minister. “I was not concerned by the appointment of Ayelet Shaked as Culture Minister,” Verbin said, “but a person who expressed radical opinions against the Supreme Court and tried to pass a law that would circumvent the High Court cannot head the justice system.” "Shaked will be an anti-law and justice minister, a minister who will fight the legal system instead of strengthening it, a minister who might push the...
  • Left Concerned Over Shaked as Justice Minister (Israeli left unhappy over new government)

    05/06/2015 1:25:16 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/6/2015, 12:13 AM | Uzi Baruch
    The left was unhappy on Tuesday with the possibility that Jewish Home MK Ayelet Shaked would be appointed Justice Minister, hours after Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett delivered an ultimatum to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, demanding that Shaked be named justice minister or Jewish Home would go to the opposition. Yariv Oppenheimer, head of the Peace Now organization, tweeted, "Shaked as Justice Minister is like placing an idol in the Temple. No less.” MK Nachman Shai (Labor) also condemned the possible move, saying, "The demand to give Ayelet Shaked the Justice portfolio is like giving the Fire and Rescue Services...
  • Netanyahu, Bayit Yehudi strike coalition deal just before deadline (Bibi forms 61 seat coalition)

    05/06/2015 12:39:23 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/06/2015 22:25
    The agreement, which was struck just two hours before the final deadline for Netanyahu to cobble together a ruling government, paves the way for a narrow, 61-seat coalition. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud faction on Wednesday reached an agreement with the religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi on the formation of a rightist coalition, Israel Radio reported. The agreement, which was struck just two hours before the final deadline for Netanyahu to cobble together a ruling government, paves the way for a narrow, 61-seat coalition. By law, if Netanyahu failed to form a government by midnight on Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin...
  • The Progression of Islam - Read and Learn

    05/05/2015 1:43:30 PM PDT · by Syncro · 24 replies
    godlikeproductions ^ | Sept 30, 2012 | Contributed by an AC
    Islam is not a religion nor is it a cult. It is a complete system. Islam has religious, legal, political, economic and military components.The religious component is a beard for all the other components. Islamization occurs when there are sufficient Muslims in a country toagitate for their so-called 'religious rights.' When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to 'thereasonable' Muslim demands for their 'religious rights,' they also getthe other components under the table. Here's how it works (percentagessource CIA: The World Fact Book (2007)). As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given countrythey will be...
  • Almost half of Israelis support making Victory Day a national holiday

    05/06/2015 4:52:27 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/04/2015 | Sam Sokol
    Almost of half of Israelis polled have expressed support for making, May 9, Victory Day, the Soviet commemoration marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, an Israeli holiday. Given the high number of Israelis of Russian and Ukrainian origin, the holiday is widely celebrated in Israel on an unofficial level though many Israelis are unaware “that the Jewish warriors’ contributions to the war efforts were a big part of the victory against Nazi Germany. There is a need for a call of action in order that this legacy will not be forgotten,” Victory Day Headquarters, an advocacy...
  • Why Obama Will Just Keep Making the Middle East Worse

    05/06/2015 4:03:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    1]A few years ago it was the Muslim Brotherhood. These days it’s Iran. Next week it may be ISIS or Al Qaeda. Obama stands with the worst elements in the Middle East. That’s always been his philosophy. If the left had a foreign policy, it would be, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” But the wheel is a sword and it’s lubricated with blood. The squeakiest wheels and the bloodiest swords get the most grease from the State Department because they hate us the most. And hating us the most means that somewhere along the way we must have hurt...
  • Obama weighs offering Saudi Arabia weapons provided only to Israel

    05/05/2015 10:49:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    washington times ^ | 5/5/15 | Guy Taylor
    The Obama administration is quietly pushing Sunni Arab allies in the Persian Gulf to create an advanced missile defense system, and is preparing to ramp up sophisticated weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in an effort to ease regional fears over a potential nuclear deal with Iran. With Secretary of State John F. Kerry set to visit Saudi Arabia Wednesday and Thursday, officials privately say the administration is weighing whether to offer Riyadh — already a major buyer of American and European weaponry — GBU-28 bunker buster bombs Washington has so far only been willing to provide to Israel. The discussions...
  • Kerry just tried to reassure Israel on Iran mentioning redesigned 30,000-pound US bomb

    05/05/2015 6:10:49 PM PDT · by SJackson · 38 replies
    The Times Of Israel ^ | 5/3/15 | Mitch Ginsburg
    Secretary of State John Kerry raised the specter of using a 30,000-pound (13,600-kg) bunker-buster bomb against Iran’s nuclear program in an interview aired this week, during an attempt to reassure Israelis that America had its back against Tehran, even if it means preemptive military action. People in Israel should have some confidence in an “administration that designed and deployed the weapon that has the ability to deal with Iran’s nuclear program,” Kerry told Channel 10, adding that his is “an administration, a government, a country that will stand by Israel way into the future.” The weapon he was referring to,...
  • US Condemns Israeli Singer for Comparing Obama to Hitler

    05/05/2015 6:02:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    inn ^ | 5/5/15 | Ari Yashar
    The popular and outspoken Israeli singer Amir Benayoun sharply criticized US President Barack Obama in a new song and went on to compare him with the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, to which the US Embassy in Tel Aviv responded with a condemnation. The embassy's spokesperson told Walla!, "we were sorry to hear the repulsive descriptions. We condemn any provocative and racist language, whether it is against the president of the United States or against anyone else, and we believe that most Israelis think like us." In the new song, which Benayoun posted in a video on Facebook this week, the...
  • Hamas Worse Than Jews, Says ISIS in Gaza

    05/05/2015 6:01:38 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | l5 May 2015 | Jordan Schachte
    A group calling itself Supporters of the Islamic State in Jerusalem has continued to challenge the Gaza-ruling Palestinian entity Hamas. The ISIS-linked Salafists are attempting to stir enough discontent in the Palestinian territory to pose a challenge to the rival jihadi outfit. The pro-ISIS group has even delivered rhetorical assaults against Hamas, going on social media to blast the Muslim Brotherhood-aligned faction as worse than the “Jewish Occupier” (Israel). Hamas has attempted to crack down on uprisings within Gaza. Recently, Hamas militants demolished a mosque that was a known ISIS hotspot. “Armed men from Hamas came to Deir Al-Balah and...
  • McConnell files cloture motion on Iran bill, protects Democrats from tough amendment votes

    05/05/2015 3:36:07 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 68 replies
    C-SPAN2 | Today
    McConnell just filed cloture after allowing only 2 amendment votes on the Iran bill.
  • Bennett ups his demands, as PM’s coalition-building goes to the wire

    05/05/2015 2:19:04 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 5/5/2015 | TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF AND HAVIV RETTIG GUR
    ime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett were engaged in a game of chicken Tuesday night, with Bennett demanding a more prominent role for his party in the next coalition, and Netanyahu knowing that he has to tell the president by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday that he has formed a majority government. Bennett was said to be demanding the job of foreign minister or defense minister, and the post of justice minister for colleague Ayelet Shaked, with Uri Ariel also getting a substantive ministerial post. Reports throughout Tuesday said Bennett had “put his cellphone on Airplane Mode,”...
  • Iranian Commander: We Won't Rest Until US is an Islamic Republic

    05/05/2015 11:27:34 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/5/2015, 9:15 PM | Ari Soffer
    A leading commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards has claimed his country's ultimate aim is to turn the United States into "an Islamic Republic," and rejected any possibility of a thawing in relations between Tehran and "The Great Satan." An undated video released by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, an Iranian opposition group, shows Commander Hassan Abbasi - who is also a member of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei's inner circle - making the comments during an address, in which he lashed out at unnamed Iranian officials for expressing hope that a nuclear deal with the US could open the door...
  • Danish Bus Ads on Israeli Settlements Brought to a Halt

    05/04/2015 3:22:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    El Arabiya ^ | Monday, 4 May 2015
    A Danish group on Monday vowed to expand an advertising campaign urging people to boycott products from Israeli settlements after the ads were dropped from Copenhagen buses. “It’s a clear attempt to deny us our freedom of speech,” Fathi El-Abed, chairman of the Danish Palestinian Friendship Association, told AFP after bus operator Movia last week pulled the campaign. “There is nothing whatsoever about this campaign that is harmful, discriminatory or hateful in any way,” he added.
  • Analysis: Syria's al-Assad regime in trouble

    05/04/2015 12:45:27 PM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | May 3, 2015 | Nick Paton Walsh
    A series of victories by Islamist rebels against the Syrian regime is raising the prospect of a sea change in the momentum of a war in which the endurance of Bashar al-Assad has for years seemed to many as a given. Substantial territorial losses by the regime in the northern city of Jisr-el-Shugur and beyond, after the city of Idlib also fell to rebels, coupled with a relatively successful series of advances around the southwest of Damascus, are the result of new levels of cooperation among rebel groups that have spent the past years fighting each other for supremacy, to...
  • Senate delays NLRB veto override vote to give Iran bill negotiators more time

    05/04/2015 2:21:21 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    C-SPAN2 | today
    Senate will hold a nomination vote for Willie E. May at 5:30pm and has delayed the NLRB vote. Negotiators are still working on whether to hold votes on the Cotton and Rubio amendments or if McConnell will invoke Cloture.
  • Harry Reid: GOP trying to ‘destroy’ Iran nuke deal to hurt Dems, Obama

    05/04/2015 2:04:55 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 4, 2015 4:05pm | Pete Kasperowicz
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday accused Republicans of opposing the emerging Iran nuclear agreement not for policy reasons, but because they simply want to hurt Democrats, and President Barack Obama in particular. “Before this compromise even came to the floor, certain Senate Republicans were determined to destroy it,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “A number of Senate Republicans are prioritizing presidential politics over national security. Others are simply trying to undermine President Obama.” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a prominent GOP voice against the Iran deal, has said he wants to require it to force Iran to...
  • Netanyahu meets US representative who skipped his Iran address to Congress (Karen Bass (D-CA))

    05/04/2015 10:43:41 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/04/2015 19:47 | HERB KEINON
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with a six-member bipartisan US Congressional delegation on Monday, including Rep. Karen Bass (D-California) who was among 58 members of Congress who skipped his controversial speech to Congress in March. One government official said that while the speech in Congress did come up during the meeting, the main focus was on the Iranian nuclear negotiations. Netanyahu is continuing to be outspoken in his opposition to the Iran deal. Explaining her decision to skip the Netanyahu address, Bass issued a statement prior to the March address saying that she is a strong supporter of the US...
  • US businessmen lining up to do business with Iran

    05/04/2015 7:54:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/04/2015 | Rick Moran
    Capitalism is a wonderful thing - except when it isn't. Several US businessmen - oil execs for instance - are eagerly waiting for the day when "normalizing" relations with Iran would lead to exploiting the business opportunities offered by the mullahs. The Hill: Leaders from the United States’ oil industry are traveling to Iran this week to discuss potential investment opportunities, Iran’s government said. The delegation of oil company leaders and investors are visiting Iran in anticipation of sanctions being loosened against Tehran, Iran’s state-owned Mehr News Agency reported Monday. “It is forecast that by the visit of [the] American delegation...
  • A lose-lose choice for Hillary Clinton

    05/04/2015 2:30:40 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 8 replies
    The big threat to Hillary Clinton’s campaign isn’t coming from a competitor. It’s coming from an issue. And it’s coming now, long before the first primary. Will she be for or against giving President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals? Fast track gives a president the power to make trade deals that cannot be amended by Congress. All Congress can do is accept or reject the agreement. Other countries, say fast-track supporters, won’t negotiate with Washington if they know that Congress can amend any deal they agree to. Obama’s problem is with Democrats. They are horrified by the...
  • 'This is a war': The woman behind anti-Islamic Muhammad cartoon contest and her long history ...

    05/04/2015 3:43:33 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | May 4, 2015
    Complete Headline: 'This is a war': The woman behind anti-Islamic Muhammad cartoon contest and her long history of hatred The woman behind the Muhammad cartoon contest targeted in a Texas shooting Sunday has a long history of inflammatory anti-Islam propaganda, and watchdogs have labelled her organization a hate group. Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), said immediately after two armed men opened fire on a security officer outside the provocative event in Garland, that the shooting was merely proof of how 'needed our event really was.' The controversial 56-year-old blogger, who was quick to call the...
  • Analysis: Syria's al-Assad regime in trouble

    05/03/2015 7:28:29 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun May 3, 2015 | Nick Paton Walsh
    (CNN)A series of victories by Islamist rebels against the Syrian regime is raising the prospect of a sea change in the momentum of a war in which the endurance of Bashar al-Assad has for years seemed to many as a given. Substantial territorial losses by the regime in the northern city of Jisr-el-Shugur and beyond, after the city of Idlib also fell to rebels, coupled with a relatively successful series of advances around the southwest of Damascus, are the result of new levels of cooperation among rebel groups that have spent the past years fighting each other for supremacy, to...
  • Bill Shorten paying for being too safe (Australia's socialist opposition begins to slide)

    05/03/2015 6:50:12 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 4th May 2015 | Andrew Bolt
    IN January, Tony Abbott seemed finished as Prime Minister. But how things have changed. Now the leader under pressure is Labor’s Bill Shorten. Just ask his smiling deputy, Tanya Plibersek. The mischief began last week, with Shorten away and Plibersek acting leader. First, Plibersek declared Labor should now force its politicians to vote for gay marriage, rather than allow a conscience vote. Many Labor MPs were outraged. MPs — including devout Christians — who would feel morally obliged to vote against party policy could be expelled under Labor’s rules. Labor could split. Shorten, on his return, quickly rejected Plibersek’s bullying...
  • Report: Netanyahu rejected Kerry visit after election win

    05/03/2015 4:15:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3 May 2015
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry's proposal to visit Israel following his election win in March and told him instead to come only after the new government was formed. According to a report on Israel's Channel 2, immediately after Israel's general election on March 17, Kerry proposed that he would visit the Jewish state in order to advance various regional issues.  The Prime Minister's Office did not confirm the report on Sunday evening.  Relations between Netanyahu and the administration of US President Barack Obama have been tense over the last few months. On Election Day Netanyahu...
  • Legacy of Bethlehem: Amazing intrigue surrounding birth of Jesus, connections to Islam

    12/25/2003 7:09:28 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 237+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, Christmas Day, 2003 | Hal Lindsey
    Bethlehem's legacy Posted: December 25, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com Bethlehem is a sacred city to both Jews and Christians. It is sacred to the Jews because its greatest King, David, was born there. It is sacred to Christians because Jesus, the Messiah, was born there, as was predicted some 700 years before: But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be numbered among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.– Micah 5:2, NASB Ironically, the real legacy...
  • Schweizer: I’m Skeptical of Wealth Accumulation of All Elected Officials

    05/03/2015 12:44:53 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 May 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz,” “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said he is motivated by making sure the “wealth accumulation by elected officials” is legitimate. When asked if he felt the mainstream media was giving him a harder time because he is going after the Clintons? Schweizer said, “I think there’s a certain element of that, yes. I think part of it is because there have been a lot of scandal books, so-called scandal books in the past. But I also think there’s this sense that they’re looking for political motivation in what I’m doing. And, you know, I...
  • ‘Clinton Cash’ a blistering indictment (how they got rich off liberal "tolerance and compassion")

    05/03/2015 5:33:42 AM PDT · by Liz · 28 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 5/3/15 | KYLE SMITH
    Schweizer’s book painstakingly follows the money to such characters as Canadian mining tycoon Frank Giustra, a $31.3M donor to the Clinton Foundation, who chauffeured Bill on his private jet. The details of the sordid Clinton operation vary, but the M.O. is fairly consistent: One: Dodgy rich businessman, often a foreigner with a mega-deal in some corrupt country, possibly run by a dictator, writes a check that buys him the status of friend of Bill Clinton (FOB). The check is payable to the Clinton Foundation, or to Bill himself, as an honorarium for a meaningless idealistic speech that is essentially Bill...
  • Doubts About Hillary Clinton’s Honesty After Emails: Poll

    05/02/2015 3:28:42 PM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 1, 2015 | AP
    Americans appear to be suspicious of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s honesty, and even many Democrats are only lukewarm about her presidential candidacy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Is she strong and decisive? Yes, say a majority of people. But inspiring and likable? Only a minority think so. Clinton’s struggles to explain her email practices while in government, along with questions about the Clinton Foundation and Republican criticism of her openness, wealth and trustworthiness seem to have struck a nerve in the public’s perception of the dominant Democratic figure in the 2016 campaign. In the survey, 61 percent said “honest”...
  • PM Netanyahu Meets with US Sen. Rob Portman (issues another warning on Iran)

    05/03/2015 9:16:55 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    PMO ^ | 5/3/15
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who chairs the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and told him at the start of their meeting: "I welcome you here in that spirit of friendship between Israel and the United States. That doesn't mean we don't have differences of view. On the matter of the pending Iran deal, we view things differently. We think that the goal of the Iran deal should not be just to reach any deal. It should be to block Iran's path to the bomb. And...
  • Ex-US president Carter urges Palestinian elections

    05/03/2015 2:12:44 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/2/2015 | AFP via Yahoo! News
    Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Former US president Jimmy Carter on Saturday urged Palestinians to hold elections to end the de facto division of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the Islamist-run Gaza Strip. He was speaking at a joint news conference with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the Palestinian political capital Ramallah in the West Bank. "We hope that sometime we'll see elections all over the Palestinian area and east Jerusalem and Gaza and also in the West Bank," said Carter, a member of the independent Elders Group of global leaders. No election has been held in the occupied territories...
  • Saudi Arabia sends ground forces into Yemen

    05/03/2015 6:48:14 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    For the first time in war, coalition troops enter port city of Aden; more on their way Saudi Arabia led at least 20 ground troops into Aden, Yemen Sunday to support loyalist militia fighting rebels, an official said. “A limited coalition force entered Aden and another force is on its way” to the southern port city, said the government official and militia commander. The Saudi-led coalition has been conducting an air war against the Houthi rebels and their allies since March 26 but this is the first reported ground deployment inside the country.
  • Obama turns a smiling face to Israel. Biden: Iran has enough material for 8 nuclear bombs

    05/02/2015 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 13 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | May 2, 2015
    Obama turns a smiling face to Israel. Biden: Iran has enough material for 8 nuclear bombs "pRes_ _dent Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have gone out of their way in the last fortnight to shower friendly gestures on Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and even Ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer. .... on April 23, Biden was the keynote speaker at the Israeli embassy’s Independence Day reception. ... Biden went on to warn: “Let’s not kid each other. They already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material. Iran could get there now if they walked away...
  • The Marshall Island's Cautionary Tale

    05/01/2015 3:01:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    On Tuesday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps forcibly commandeered the Maersk Tigris as navigated its way through the Straits of Hormuz. Iran controls the strategic waterway through which 40 percent of seaborne oil and a quarter of seaborne gas transits to global markets. The Maersk Tigris is flagged to the Marshall Islands. The South Pacific archipelago gained its independence from the US in 1986 after signing a treaty conceding its right to self-defense in exchange for US protection. According to the treaty, the US has “full authority and responsibility for security and defense of the Marshall Islands.” Given the US’s...
  • 'Obama Pressuring Bibi against 67-MK Coalition'

    05/02/2015 3:57:07 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/4/15 | Gil Ronen
    A senior source in the Jewish Home estimated Tuesday that White House pressure against a nationalist government is the real reason for the delay in the signing of a coalition deal between Likud and the religious Zionist party. The unnamed senior source was cited on Army Radio as saying that the Jewish Home has shown flexibility on numerous subjects, leaving very few disagreements between the parties, yet the prime minister is taking his time about signing the deal. The source estimated that the US is pressuring Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to establish a unity government with the Zionist Union (Labor...
  • U.S. soldiers arrive in Turkey to train Syrian rebels

    05/01/2015 8:30:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 5/1/2015
    About 123 U.S. soldiers arrived in Turkey to train moderate Syrian rebels, bringing with them weapons which are being transferred to İncirlik Airbase in the southern province of Adana, Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday. The daily said 83 of the U.S. soldiers were deployed at İncirlik Airbase and 40 others were transferred to the Hirfanlı base in the Central Anatolian province of Kırşehir. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said that Syrians who will be trained at Hirfanlı are expected to be transferred to the southern province of Hatay where they will briefed on the use of arms, including anti-tank weapons,...
  • PM Netanyahu's Remarks to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (Video Response to Kerry)

    05/02/2015 1:08:00 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2 hours ago | IsraeliPM
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on its 30th anniversary.
  • Critics of Iran deal are guilty of ‘hysteria,’ Kerry tells Israeli TV

    05/02/2015 11:32:41 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 2, 2015, 9:15 pm
    In a rare interview with Israeli television, US Secretary of State John Kerry pledged Saturday that inspections to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons would stay in place “forever,” and accused critics of the world powers’ emerging deal with Iran of “hysteria.” Evidently seeking to placate the public in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a bitter and relentless critic of the deal, Kerry pledged: “We will not sign a deal that does not close off Iran’s pathways to a bomb and that doesn’t give us the confidence — to all of our experts, in fact to global...
  • Muslim cleric: Jews “malignant tumor” that “can only be treated by eradication”

    05/01/2015 4:15:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/1/2015 | Robert Spencer
    This is not what the world considers hate speech. What the world considers hate speech is opposing this.“Egyptian Cleric Saad Abu Aziz: Jews Are a Malignant Tumor That Must Be Eradicated,” MEMRI, April 24, 2015 (thanks to Pamela Geller): In an April 24 Friday sermon, which he posted on the Internet, Egyptian cleric Saad Yusuf Abu Aziz declared that the Jews are “a malignant tumor” as demonstrated by their “dark history.” The sermon was delivered in Al-Zawiya Al-Gharbiya Mosque in Ghamrin, in Monufia governorate.
  • Biden: 'Path has already been paved' to Iranian bomb

    05/01/2015 9:04:07 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 5/1/15 | Charles Hoskinson
    Iran would have enough enriched uranium within three months to be able to make up to eight nuclear weapons if negotiations with the international community blow up, Vice President Joe Biden said late Thursday, noting that "the path has already been paved" for that outcome. Biden's remarks at a dinner for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy played off concerns by critics, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that the Obama administration is negotiating an agreement that paves the path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon. "Let's get something straight so we don't kid each other," Biden said....
  • AIPAC opposes amendments to Iran bill it would 'ordinarily support'

    05/01/2015 2:18:46 PM PDT · by Dave346
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/01/2015 22:06
    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee opposes amendments it would “ordinarily support” to a bill mandating congressional review of an Iran nuclear deal. An AIPAC official confirmed Friday that the group had earlier in the week sent a letter to all Senate offices urging them to “refrain from supporting provisions that could harm” bipartisan support for the bill. Noah Pollak, the director of the Emergency Committee for Israel, which backs some of the amendments, posted a copy of the letter on Twitter on Thursday. “We know that senators will offer amendments on a wide range of initiatives, many of which...
  • U.S. Sends Ships to Strait of Hormuz to Shield Vessels After Iran Seizure

    05/01/2015 5:20:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 30, 2015 | MATTHEW ROSENBERG and DANNY HAKIM
    The Navy on Thursday began deploying warships to protect American commercial vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz against any interference from Iran, which this week seized a cargo ship in the narrow waterway, though which about 20 percent of the world’s oil passes. Military officials said American warships and aircraft would maintain a presence in and around the strait and stay in contact with some American cargo ships traversing the sea lane, which separates the Persian Gulf from the Arabian Sea. But the officials drew a distinction between the new effort, which they characterized as “accompanying” commercial vessels, and...
  • Obama's Brother Is An Active Islamist

    05/01/2015 6:50:37 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5-1-2015 | Walter Bingham
    This week on Walter's World, An exclusive on Obama's half brother Malik and his affiliation with Islamism. And: An update on the prospects of Netanyahu's chances of forming a government before the deadline. Also, Former Mossad Head comments on Iran's stance to the the demands to stop working on nuclear weapons development. Plus, A report of how Yad L'achim rescues Jewish girls from the clutches of Arab predators. And finally: a profile of Ed Miliband, the UK's Labour Party's Jewish Prime Ministerial hopeful.
  • Exclusive - Britain told U.N. monitors of active Iran nuclear procurement: panel

    04/30/2015 5:23:28 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-30-2015 | By Louis Charbonneau
    (Reuters) - Britain has informed a United Nations sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms, according to a confidential report by the panel seen by Reuters. The existence of such a network could add to Western concerns over whether Tehran can be trusted to adhere to a nuclear deal due by June 30 in which it would agree to restrict sensitive nuclear work in exchange for sanctions relief. Talks between six major powers and Tehran are approaching the final stages after they hammered out a preliminary agreement on April 2, with Iran committing...
  • ISIS Bombs Assyrian, Armenian Churches in Syria

    04/30/2015 5:58:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    AINA ^ | 4/29/15
    According to reports from Syria and also the Turkish press, ISIS has bombed two churches in Syria, the St. Odisho Assyrian Church in Tel Tal and the St. Rita Tilel Armenian Church in Aleppo. The churches were bombed yesterday. Located on the Khabur river in the Hasaka province in Syria, Tel Tal is one of the 35 Assyrian villages that was attacked by ISIS on February 23. ISIS captured nearly 300 Assyrians in those attacks and subsequently released 23, all from the village of Tel Goran. The remaining Assyrians are still being held captive. The entire Assyrian population of these...
  • Israel Returns 15 Fishing Boats to Gaza

    04/30/2015 5:08:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/4/15
    Israel has returned 15 fishing boats seized in recent years off the Gaza coast, the Israel Defense Forces said late Wednesday. "The naval branch (navy) returned to Gaza 15 fishing boats which deviated from the Strip's permitted fishing zone and were seized over the years," the IDF statement read. The small vessels were dragged back to shore by a boat from the Gaza fishermen's union, an AFP photographer said. Because of security concerns, Israel bans fishing off the coast of Gaza beyond six nautical miles. Boats that exceed that limit are often fired on as a warning. Gazan fisherman, meanwhile,...
  • Analysis: Who’s afraid of absentee balloting in Israel?

    04/30/2015 12:23:45 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/30/2015 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Dozens of countries around the world have allowed their citizens who happen to be abroad on Election Day to vote by absentee for decades. Practically speaking, absentee balloting is more necessary in a country like Israel, where elections are set three months in advance, than in the United States, where Americans know their presidential races will be held every four years in November. So why is absentee balloting for Israelis such a controversial issue, and why have governments promised it for years and never delivered? To answer the first question, it is important to understand the ethos of Israeli society....