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  • Obama to AIPAC: I make no apologies for pursuing peace

    03/04/2012 9:54:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3/4/12 | staff
    US President Obama reaffirms commitment to Israel, calls the Jewish State's security sacrosanct and non-negotiable; announces he will present Shimon Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. By Screenshot US President Barack Obama said Sunday that he "make[s] no apologies for pursuing peace" between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel's own leaders, he said, understand the importance of peace. Speaking at the AIPAC Conference in Washington, the US president said he believes "peace is profoundly in Israel's security interests." Various issues from shifting demographics to emerging technologies "demand a resolution to this issue.
  • Horrible… Obama Tells AIPAC He Supported Israel After Gaza Flotilla Interception …(Not True)

    03/04/2012 9:48:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/4/12 | Jim Hoft
    This was the winning photo of the year in Turkey in 2010 – a battered and bloody Israeli soldier aboard the Mavi Marmara. Nine people were killed onboard the Gaza-bound Turkish ship after IDF troops who raided it encountered violent resistance by “peace activists” armed with an assortment of weapons. The “peace activists” threw stun grenades and beat the Israeli soldiers with pipes and chains. In August 2011 the Obama Administration warned Israel to apologize to Turkey over its bloody interception of a Gaza aid flotilla in 2010, or risk strained ties with Washington. There were also reports that Barack...
  • Anonymous Takes Down AIPAC [pro-Israel lobby group's conference began today-Obama to speak]

    03/04/2012 7:50:31 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 24 replies
    AGONIST..ORG ^ | 3/4/12 | staff
    Breaking: at 9a.m. CT today, the hacker collective Anonymous announced it had taken down the AIPAC website. The pro-Israel lobby group's conference began today. President Obama will speak at the conference this morning, where he's already under fire for being seen to be weak on confronting Iran and on supporting Israel's hardline leader. Republicans are hoping to make electoral hay at AIPAC and look to split as much as possible of the Jewish vote away from the president. Significantly, Obama's warm-up act this morning was Liz Cheney. Guardian correspondent Chris McGreal tweets: Applause for Liz Cheney at Aipac when she...
  • Israel delivers ultimatum to Barack Obama on Iran's nuclear plans

    03/04/2012 2:36:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | March 3, 2012 | Adrian Blomfield, in Jerusalem
    Their relationship, almost from the outset, has been frostier than not, a mutual antipathy palpable in many of their previous encounters. Two years ago, Barack Obama reportedly left Benjamin Netanyahu to kick his heels in a White House anteroom, a snub delivered to show the president's irritation over Israel's settlement policy in the West Bank. In May, the Israeli prime minister struck back, publicly scolding his purse-lipped host for the borders he proposed of a future Palestinian state. When the two men meet in Washington on Monday, Mr Obama will find his guest once more at his most combative. But...
  • Sbarro terrorist: Israel hired mafia to kill me

    03/03/2012 7:45:26 PM PST · by Lattero · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/04/2012 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Ahlam Tamimi, the Palestinian woman who helped plan and launch the Sbarro suicide bombing in Jerusalem in 2001, claimed over the weekend that Israel asked the “Russian mafia” to kill her and other Palestinian prisoners who were released in the Gilad Schalit prisoner exchange agreement. Tamimi, who was released in October 2011 together with over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Schalit, told Al-Jazeera that the Mossad was planning to assassinate her and 40 other prisoners who were deported to Arab and Islamic countries. She did not provide further details of what she described as a “filthy plot.” Israel has...
  • Visa expired, but Israeli writer wants to stay back [Muslim-appeasing Terrorist Sympathiser]

    03/03/2012 5:33:05 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    The Times of India ^ | March 3, 2012 | The Times of India
    KOCHI: Susan Nathan, the British-born Israeli writer who achieved fame through her book 'The Other Side of Israel', is continuing to stay in India despite her visa expiring as she wants to be in a war-free zone, her counsel submitted to the Kerala High Court. When the writer's petition challenging the deportation move came up for hearing on Friday before division bench of acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice PR Ramachandra Menon, her counsel Manjeri Sunder Raj submitted that she was staying in India as she wanted to be in a "war-free zone" in the last years of her...
  • Police Stand By As Israel Advocacy Event Silenced

    03/03/2012 3:29:50 PM PST · by forty_years · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/3/2012 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    As part of the initiative to improve Israel’s image on college campuses, the pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs (SWU) brought two Israelis to the University of California-Davis on Thursday night, in an event sponsored by Chabad. ... Ran and Ranya did not get very far before they were confronted by an extremely hostile and viciously anti-Israel crowd, who sought to dispel the event altogether. ...Others started yelling, “How many woman have you raped? How many children have you raped? You are a child molester.” ...“The heckling continued unabated for the next 15 minutes. The speaker did his best to continue, but...
  • U.S. Approves Wheat Sale to Iran Before Elections (also "not clear how Iran will pay for it")

    03/03/2012 9:41:11 AM PST · by Innovative · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 3, 2012 | Shawn Humphrey
    The U.S. Agriculture Department sale of 120,000 tons of red winter wheat to Iran will be delivered by May 31. It is not clear how the country will pay for the wheat given monetary sanctions and it is not certain the Treasury Department approved the deal in advance, as required.
  • Bunker-busting: Smart concrete (Iran)

    03/03/2012 7:17:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Economist, UK ^ | Mar 3rd 2012
    Bunker-busting Smart concrete Iran makes some of the world’s toughest concrete. It can cope with earthquakes and, perhaps, bunker-busting bombs A DUAL-USE technology is one that has both civilian and military applications. Enriching uranium is a good example. A country may legitimately do so to fuel power stations. Or it may do so illegitimately to arm undeclared nuclear weapons. Few, however, would think of concrete as a dual-use technology. But it can be. And one country—as it happens, one that is very interested in enriching uranium—is also good at making what is known as “ultra-high performance concrete” (UHPC). Iran is...
  • Let Israel Be Israel

    03/03/2012 4:47:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | March 3, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    This column was co-authored by Bob MorrisonPresident Obama responded calmly and masterfully to a heckler at one of his New York fundraisers this week. “Hold on there, young lady, nobody’s announced a war just yet,” he said. The protester demanded the U.S. not take military action against the escalating threat of Iran’s nuclear arms program. No such action is in the offing. Mideast adviser Dennis Ross, who is forever counseling administrations of both parties on how to make nice with Israel’s not-so-nice neighbors, assures us that Iran will not be able to “surprise” the West during any negotiations. He says...
  • Netanyahu: Israel reserves the right to defend itself

    03/02/2012 12:45:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies ^ | 3/2/12 | Reuters, by Staff
    Ottawa - In his first public comments on a North American visit that will include talks with US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Friday Israel reserved the right to defend itself against Iran. Netanyahu will meet with Obama on Monday to address growing differences over what Washington fears could be an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites. (Snip) "As for Israel, like any sovereign country, we reserve the right to defend ourselves against a country that calls and works for our destruction," he told reporters in Ottawa at the start of a meeting with Canadian Prime
  • Friday Political Grab Bag: Obama To Israel, Iran - 'I Don't Bluff'

    03/02/2012 6:45:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies ^ | 3/2/2012 | Frank James
    President Obama tells both Israel and Iran through an interview with The Atlantic that "as president of the United States, I don't bluff," when he leaves open the possibility of a U.S. military strike against Iran's nuclear program. Obama made the comments shortly before a scheduled meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, during which he will stress there's no need for an Israeli attack on Iran, and an appearance before AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby. It also occurs during an election year when the votes of Jewish Americans could be crucial in Florida and elsewhere.
  • Obama seeks harmony with Israel over Iran attack plan (after Obama throws Israel under the bus)

    03/02/2012 3:26:48 AM PST · by tobyhill · 14 replies · 104+ views
    msnbc ^ | 3/2/2012 | msnbc
    Just days before what could be the most consequential meeting of U.S. and Israeli leaders in years, aides to President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are scrambling to bridge stark differences over what Washington fears could be an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites. With tensions between Israel and Iran running sky high, U.S. officials and military analysts are growing concerned that Israel will launch a multi-phase air and missile attack that could trigger waves of retaliatory missile strikes from Tehran. That could quickly spiral into a regional conflict that would potentially force the U.S. to intervene to...
  • Reza Kahlili’s Opinion on How to Combat Iran Part Three

    04/16/2010 9:39:31 AM PDT · by nhungerford · 153+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | 4/16/10 | Elise Cooper
    Do military servicemen and women have a First Amendment right to speak out on matters of public policy? That issue has been raised in a recent incident involving Marine Corps Sergeant Gary Stein. It’s an increasingly important question because new social media networking tools have empowered each and every individual with the tools of mass communication. As such, Sergeant Stein’s case is hardly unique. Nor will it be the last. Indeed, empowered with new 21st century communication technologies, more and more military members are speaking out and writing about contentious issues. They are doing so, moreover, in ways that conflict...
  • Israeli PM Demands Obama Commit To Military Action If Iran Sanctions Fail [Two Sides "Poles Apart"]

    03/01/2012 9:28:56 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies · 34+ views
    Guardian (UK) ^ | March 01, 2012 | Chris McGreal
    Israeli PM Demands Obama Commit To Military Action If Iran Sanctions Fail Chris McGreal 1 March 2012 Israeli officials say that Binyamin Netanyahu is not happy with Obama's 'vague assertion' that all options are on the table in dealing with Iran. Israel is pressing Barack Obama for an explicit threat of military action against Iran if sanctions fail and Tehran's nuclear programme advances beyond specified "red lines". Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is expected to raise the issue at a White House meeting on Monday after weeks of intense diplomacy in which Obama has dispatched senior officials – including...
  • Pentagon says it has prepared military for attack on Iran

    03/01/2012 11:54:32 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 35 replies · 38+ views ^ | Thursday March 1, 2012 | Yoni Hirsch, Shlomo Cesana, Yori Yalon, Israel Hayom Staff and News Agencies
    Ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington next week, U.S. warns it could join Israel in strike on Iran • Plans include attacking Revolutionary Guard, Iranian military bases • Netanyahu wants Obama to clearly define “red lines” for Iran.
  • Israel to Soon Test Next-generation Missile Defense System

    03/01/2012 10:29:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 4+ views
    Xinhua, China ^ | 2012-03-02
    Israel to Soon Test Next-generation Missile Defense System Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is ready to conduct the first test of the Arrow 3 missile defense system, the state-owned defense contractor announced in a statement released Thursday evening. "The initial trial of the advanced Arrow 3 will be performed in the near future to confirm the interceptor's effectiveness," Itzhak Kaya, head of the Arrow Missile Program at IAI, said in a military and aviation exhibition earlier Thursday near Tel Aviv, according to the statement. "A series of different tests will be run to establish the system's high level of reliability within...
  • Fear grow of Israel-Iran missile shootout

    02/29/2012 10:45:25 PM PST · by U-238 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/29/2012 | Robert Windrem
    With tensions between Israel and Iran running sky high over the latter's nuclear program, U.S. officials and military analysts are growing increasingly concerned that Israel will launch a multi-phase air and missile attack that could trigger waves of retaliatory missile strikes from Tehran. Such a shootout could quickly spiral into a regional conflict that would potentially force the U.S. to intervene to protect its interests. The emerging consensus among current and former U.S. officials and other experts interviewed by NBC News is that that an Israeli attack would be a multi-faceted assault on key Iranian nuclear installations, involving strikes by...
  • Iran warns Azerbaijan over Israeli 'arms buy': reports

    02/29/2012 5:58:56 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Iran challenged Azerbaijan on Tuesday over $1.5 billion in arms it said were purchased from arch-foe Israel, state media reported, in a sign of further strains between the neighbouring countries. Azebaijan's ambassador to Tehran was called in to the foreign ministry to explain the weapons and to receive a warning that Israel must not be permitted to use Azerbaijan to stage "terrorist acts" against Iran. -excerpt- The reports came a week after police in Azerbaijan said they arrested an unspecified number of people linked to Iran and to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on suspicion of planning attacks in the...
  • 'Real Rebound' in World Economy: Barclays' CEO

    02/29/2012 6:53:08 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies · 3+ views
    CNBC ^ | February 29, 2012 | Margo D. Beller Special to
    Once again the world economy has proved the naysayers wrong and there's been a "real rebound" so far this year, Barclays CEO Robert Diamond told CNBC Wednesday. "One of the lessons we’ve learned in the last couple of years is every time it’s doom and gloom ... the economy is far more resilient," he said. "We see China at 8 percent to 9 percent growth, and reduction in unemployment [cnbc explains] in the U.S. So we’ve seen a real rebound." That even extends to Europe, which was stabilized by the European Central Bank's [cnbc explains] second liquidity injection. President Mario...