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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
    jpost.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    jpost.com ^ | 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
    wbur.com ^ | 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
    israelhayom.com ^ | 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 CNBC.com
    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...
  • 'Singapore assassination plot against (Israeli Defense Minister) Barak foiled' (Hezbollah-Iran)

    02/29/2012 7:17:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | February 29, 2012 | Yaakov Katz
    A plot to assassinate Defense Minister Ehud Barak was foiled by Singaporean authorities in cooperation with the Mossad, during his visit to the island country earlier this week, according to a Kuwaiti newspaper report. The report in Al Jarida, claimed that three members of a Hezbollah-Iranian terror cell were arrested by Singapore’s security agencies.
  • Israeli ultra-Orthodox say they won’t be drafted (political crisis for Netanyahu?)

    02/29/2012 6:36:30 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 21 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 2-27-2012 | Amy Teibel, Associated Press
    Ultra-Orthodox parties inside Israel’s government say they will oppose any new law that would apply Israel’s compulsory military draft to ultra-Orthodox men — a stance that bodes ill for the stability of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition. Last week, Israel’s Supreme Court overturned a law that has helped tens of thousands of religious men avoid military service and pursue state-sponsored religious studies instead. The privilege has created widespread resentment among Israel’s secular majority and encouraged ultra-Orthodox men to become lifelong students, reducing their large families to living off state handouts.
  • Top Iran Official: Enemies Will Face 'Rainy Day' Weapons In Case Of Attack

    02/29/2012 5:23:56 AM PST · by edpc · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 28 Feb 2012 | Haaretz
    Iran is prepared with hidden "rainy day" military capabilities it is saving for when it is attacked, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Tuesday, warning potential enemies of a "new environment" created by Iran's developing arms industry. Earlier Tuesday, a U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions between top Israeli officials and Pentagon counterparts said that Israel indicated it would not warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.
  • WikiLeaks: Russia Gave Israel Iranian System's Codes

    02/29/2012 4:47:44 AM PST · by edpc · 12 replies · 1+ views
    YNet ^ | 29 Feb 2012 | YNet
    WikiLeaks has released an email exchange between employees of Stratfor, the US-based global intelligence company, which reveals Israel and Russia made a deal to swap access codes for defense and surveillance equipment. According to the leaked document, Israel gave Russia the "data link codes" for unmanned aerial vehicles that the Jewish state sold to Georgia, and in return, Russia gave Israel the codes for Tor-M1 missile defense systems that Russia sold Iran.
  • AP source: Israel won't warn US before Iran strike

    02/27/2012 6:46:37 PM PST · by SmithL · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2/27/12 | KIMBERLY DOZIER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israeli officials say they won't warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill. Israeli officials said that if they eventually decide a strike is necessary, they would keep the Americans in the dark to decrease the likelihood that the U.S. would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel's potential attack. The...
  • How Israel might strike at Iran

    02/27/2012 2:28:08 PM PST · by mandaladon · 9 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | 27 Feb 2012 | Jonathan Marcus
    For all the myriad challenges facing Israel over the past decade it is the potential threat from a nuclear-armed Iran that has preoccupied the country's military planners. It is this that in large part has guided the development of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) over recent years. The IAF has purchased 125 advanced F-15I and F-16I warplanes, equipped with Israeli avionics and additional fuel tanks - tailor-made for long-range strike missions. In addition, Israel has bought specialised bunker-busting munitions; developed large, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft; and much of its training has focused on long-range missions. Israel has a track-record of pre-emptive...
  • The odious ‘Israel first’ libel Attacks against AIPAC are a disgrace

    02/27/2012 12:39:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 1+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/27/12 | lan Dershowitz / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    It’s the kind of virulent hate speech you’d expect to find on a neo-Nazi website or in a Patrick Buchanan column: American Jews who support current Israeli policies are accused of dual loyalty and called “Israel firsters.” AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) fares even worse: “Saying AIPAC is guilty of dual loyalty is giving it credit for one more loyalty than it holds.” In other words, this widely respected American organization, and the hundreds of thousands of Jews (and Christians) who support it, have absolutely no loyalty to our nation; their sole loyalty is to the foreign nation...
  • Here Comes Obama's 3 AM Phone Call

    02/27/2012 10:29:48 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 2-27-2012 | James Lewis
    Here Comes Obama's 3 AM Phone Call By James LewisFebuary 27,2012 In the next 60 days Obama's presidential career will finally meet that concrete wall of reality. He will either fail or survive. Trouble is, he might take many innocent people with him if he fails. So far, the most hyped-up and unqualified president in US history has shown no capacity at all to act, in the face of a do-or-die challenge. This is the ultimate test of character, the one that John F. Kennedy met well enough in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. This is the test that Jimmy...
  • ANALYSIS: Intl Conf on Jerusalem Represents Unprecedented Coalition Against Israel

    02/27/2012 6:53:52 AM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    globalmbreport.org ^ | 26FEB12 | GlobalMB
    The participant list and agenda for the “International Conference on Jerusalem”, taking place today and tomorrow in Qatar, reveals that the participants represents an unprecedented coalition arrayed against Israel that includes representatives of the: * Global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas (including the head of a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood group) * Palestinian Authority * United Nations * Arab League * OIC as well as EU-country politicians, U.S. and European academics, Arab and Turkish diplomats, Iranian Holocaust deniers, a cult of Jewish rabbis who also have supported holocaust denial and called for the destruction of Israel, representatives of far-left political groups, and at least...
  • Israel to sell $1.6 billion in arms to Iran's neighbor Azerbaijan

    02/26/2012 8:15:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 26, 2012 | AMY TEIBEL
    Israel to sell $1.6 billion in arms to Iran's neighbor Azerbaijan The sales come at a delicate time. Israel has been laboring hard to form diplomatic alliances in a region that seems to be growing increasingly hostile to the Jewish state. JERUSALEM — Israeli defense officials Sunday confirmed $1.6 billion in deals to sell drones as well as anti-aircraft and missile-defense systems to Azerbaijan, bringing sophisticated Israeli technology to the doorstep of archenemy Iran. The sales by state-run Israel Aerospace Industries come at a delicate time. Israel has been laboring hard to form diplomatic alliances in a region that seems...
  • Over 9000 dead in Syria in 11 months: Syrian Opposition

    02/26/2012 10:22:37 AM PST · by Milagros · 27 replies
    IBNLive.com ^ | 02/24/12
    Updated Feb 24, 2012 at 08:10am IST Opposition groups in Syria claim over 100 people were killed on Thursday, taking to toll to over 9000 in the last 11 months.
  • Western powers call Syrian referendum on new constitution a 'sham'

    02/26/2012 11:47:23 AM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies · 1+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/26/12 | AP
    DAMASCUS, Syria – Syria's authoritarian regime held a referendum on a new constitution Sunday, a gesture by embattled President Bashar Assad to placate those seeking his ouster. But the opposition deemed it an empty gesture and the West immediately dismissed the vote as a "sham." SNIP Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Sunday's vote "a cynical ploy." "It's a phony referendum, and it is going to be used by Assad to justify what he's doing to other Syrian citizens," she said in an interview with CBS News in Rabat, Morocco. Speaking to reporters in Rabat, Clinton called on Syrians...
  • Rock Attacks Caught on Video Video shows Arabs ambushing car after car, faces uncovered

    02/26/2012 12:13:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    inn ^ | 2/26/12 | Gil Ronen
    Video of the rock ambush in which Arabs attacked Jewish motorists last Tuesday shows the attackers operating in the open, faces uncovered and in broad daylight, with the IDF nowhere to be seen. The video shows attacks on several vehicles, including that of Zehava Weiss, a Jewish mother living in the Judean community of Karmei Tzur. “If I had slowed down, I would have been trapped and blocked off,” she told Arutz Sheva. "The only thing in my mind was to proceed home and not get caught at that crossing. It was difficult to pass through as the rocks came...
  • Abbas Declares Diplomatic War on Jerusalem

    02/26/2012 5:01:14 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/2/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedaliahu
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has turned around Palestinian Authority efforts to erase evidence of Jewish roots of the Temple Mount and accuses Israel of trying to remove Jerusalem’s Arab and Christian character, He spoke on Sunday at the Arab League-sponsored Jerusalem International Conference in Doha, Qatar, whose ruler kicked off the conference by saying that Israel’s Jewish development in and around the capital threatens the capital’s Arab identity. Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani called on the United Nations to investigate what he called Israeli settlements, and he pledged support for unity between Abbas’s Fatah party and the rival...
  • Lieberman to Iran: Negotiate or expect strike

    02/25/2012 6:57:31 PM PST · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    Greenwich Time ^ | February 25, 2012
    Sen. Joe Lieberman is leading a congressional move to push U.S. policy toward a more belligerent stance against Iran by urging President Obama to take action to "prevent the Iranian government from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability." The key policy change would shift the U.S. objective from preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons to that of preventing Iran from having the "capability" to make the weapons. The resolution is sponsored by Lieberman, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bob Casey, D-Pa., and signed onto by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and 28 other senators.
  • Op-Ed: Terrorists Beware! Your Welfare Payments are at Stake!

    02/25/2012 5:25:07 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/2/12 | Isaac Kohn
    You don't know whether to laugh or cry when you read this half-cynical article. Terrorists to Retain Half their National Insurance Benefits The Knesset's Labor, Welfare and Health Committee voted Monday in favor of a bill that would cut 50 percent off National Insurance benefits to citizens involved in serious terrorist crimes. Government lawyers had opposed cutting off all benefits to terrorists…… The bill would reduce by 50 percent the stipends to Israeli citizens who were involved in terror activity and sentenced to at least ten years in jail for it. MK Rotem said Monday, "This is a compromise.The original...
  • Report: U.S. May Intervene in Syria

    02/25/2012 5:04:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/2/12 | David Lev
    A report Saturday said that the United States was planning to intervene militarily in Syria, with or without United Nations authorization, if the killing in the country continued. A senior American official quoted in the London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper said that the action would be based on the UN intervention in Kosovo several years ago: Establishment of a beachhead and carving out an area that was off-limits to forces controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, where refugees could come to flee Assad's troops, and which could be used as aforward base to reduce Assad's hold on the country, and eventually...
  • Israeli-American joins Sons of Confederate Veterans

    02/25/2012 3:44:37 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 64 replies · 1+ views
    sunhearald.com ^ | 23 Feb 2012 | PRISCILLA LOEBENBERG
    Arieh O’Sullivan left South Mississippi in 1981 to join the Israeli army. He has made a life as a journalist and olive farmer in that country, but holds tight to his Southern heritage in ways that sometimes perplex his friends, co-workers and even his mother. On Wednesday, he further tightened his connection to the region of his birth by taking the oath of the Sons of Confederate Veterans at Beauvoir. O’Sullivan, who holds dual American and Israeli citizenship, is proud of the service given by his great-great-grandfather, Alabama Calvary Lt. George A Johnson. In the oath administered by Wallace Mason...
  • Lebanese Columnist: Jewish Religion Is a Fairy Tale; Jews Have No History, No Archaeological...

    02/23/2012 10:11:14 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 74 replies · 18+ views
    MEMRI TV ^ | 1-1-12 | CBC TV (Egypt)
    Following are excerpts from an interview with Lebanese columnist Jihad Al-Khazen, which aired on CBC TV on January 1, 2012: Jihad Al-Khazen: In Jerusalem, there are no archeological remains of the Jews or any of their prophets. They have no history. People forget that during Yitzhak Rabin's first term in government, in the early 1980's [sic]… I was in America at the time, studying history at Georgetown University. Rabin excavated under the Haram Al-Sharif, and uncovered the remains of an Umayyad palace. There are no [Jewish] archeological remains. There is no Solomon's Temple or any other temple. They did not...
  • 'March to Jerusalem' Wants To Bring 1 Million Arabs to Border

    02/23/2012 4:19:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 2/23/12 | yRachel Hirshfeld
    Deja Vu: Another "March to Jerusalem" aims at rallying one million people to march on Israel’s borders from surrounding countries. An attempt is being made by the BDS movement to have a ‘Global March to Jerusalem’ on March 30, to coincide with the so-called “Palestinian Land Day,” in a repeat of the failed Naqba Day attempt last year. “The concept behind it is to have a million people marching on Israel’s borders from all the surrounding countries – Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt,” CiF Watch reported. The BDS movement declares, “Commemorating Land Day, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) invites...
  • Buchanan: Who is a bigger threat — Iran or Israel?

    02/23/2012 5:35:28 PM PST · by rdb3 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 22 FEBRUARY 2012 | Jeff Poor
    In an interview on Russia Today with Gayane Chichakyan on Tuesday, former MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan warned that some people in positions of power in Israel and the United States that would like to see the U.S. engaged in a war with Iran over its potential to build a nuclear weapon.“There are people that want a war,” he said. “I mean, do not think no one wants a war. You don’t have wars unless someone wants it. And quite clearly the Israeli government would like to see the United States smash Iran’s nuclear program, which they think is creating the...
  • Senators Back Netanyahu in Pentagon Row

    02/25/2012 8:27:00 AM PST · by Library Lady · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 ^ | Gavriel Queenann
    US Senator John McCain backed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this week in a growing divergence of views with Washington on how to confront Iran's nuclear program. On Tuesday, Netanyahu charged that US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey was "unwilling to aid Israel" in ensuring Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons. Netanyahu added that Dempsey's assertion a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities would be "destabilizing” for peace talks and “not prudent” for America’s efforts "served the Iranians." Siding with Netanyahu, McCain told reporters in Jerusalem “There should be no daylight between America and Israel in...
  • Israel Chooses Italian M346 For Jet Training Duties (Italo-Russian jet)

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has selected the Alenia Aermacchi M346 as its new advanced jet trainer, in preference to the Korean Aircraft Industries (KAI) T-50. A joint venture between IAI and Elbit will acquire some 30 aircraft and provide training courses to the IAF under contract. The Israeli defense ministry said that the deal is worth about $1 billion, and that the Italian government has agreed to purchase equipment from the Israeli defense industry worth a similar amount, in offset. KAI officials attending the Singapore Airshow last week made clear their displeasure at the Israeli decision-making process. KAI had...
  • Bibi Said What?--did not declare on Facebook that he wishes death to 355 million civilians.

    02/24/2012 9:26:05 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 24, 2012 | ELHANAN MILLER
    ... From Facebook to the Arab League in four days. This trail illustrates how prone senior opinion-shapers in the Arab world are to believe the most implausible stories about Israel. Did they truly think that Mr. Netanyahu, intransigent as he may be on the peace process, would post such blatantly racist comments on a public website? The answer appears to be yes. Just as Egyptian officials in Sinai believed that Mossad sent a shark to attack tourists in Sharm-el-Sheikh in 2010, or that Israel is responsible for violence between Egyptian Muslims and Christians, as Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Yehia El-Gamal...
  • U.S. does not believe Iran is trying to build nuclear bomb

    02/24/2012 7:35:14 AM PST · by gandalftb · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 23, 2012 | Ken Dilanian
    U.S. intelligence agencies don't believe Iran is actively trying to build an atomic bomb. A highly classified U.S. intelligence assessment circulated to policymakers early last year largely affirms that view, originally made in 2007. Both reports, known as national intelligence estimates, conclude that Tehran halted efforts to develop and build a nuclear warhead in 2003. The most recent report, which represents the consensus of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, indicates that Iran is pursuing research that could put it in a position to build a weapon, but that it has not sought to do so. Senior U.S. officials say Israel does...
  • Jordan Asks Israel to Free Arch-Terrorist Barghouti

    02/24/2012 5:53:32 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/2/12 | Elad Benari
    The Jordanian government has asked Israel to release Marwan Barghouti, a Fatah terrorist who is serving five life terms in an Israeli prison for his involvement in deadly terror attacks against Israelis. According to a report in the Jordanian Petra news agency, the kingdom’s Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications, Rakan Majali, on Thursday urged Israel to release Barghouti and all other prisoners. Majali, who is also the government spokesman, asked the Israeli authorities to remove all obstacles hindering the movement of Palestinian people and goods. Petra noted that the minister made the remarks during a meeting with...
  • Israel's Junta – IDF Overrules Barak in Sansana

    02/24/2012 5:47:21 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/2/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    The IDF Civil Administration on Thursday took the unprecedented step of rejecting a government plan to normalize the status of the Sansana community in the South Hebron Hills. In Israel, as in other democracies, military officials are beholden to policy decisions made by civilian officials and are expected to implement their directives in good faith. The Civil Administration decision that "there is no justification for a new settlement, as [new homes] can be constructed within an existing settlement" comes 12 years after Sansana was established. In 1997 a Nahal outpost was established at Sansana, but the first homes were not...
  • Lessons from the floating coffin

    02/24/2012 4:53:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/23/2012 | SARAH HONIG
    Exactly 70 years ago – on February 24, 1942 – 19-year-old David Stoliar terrifyingly clung to bobbing debris in the Black Sea. At first he heard screams in the frigid waters but the voices died down. It eventually emerged that Stoliar was the sole survivor of the Struma, an un-seaworthy vessel chuck-full of frantic Jewish refugees. World War II was already in fever pitch. Against the enormity of the then-unfolding Holocaust, the loss at sea of 768 Jewish lives (103 of them babies and children) was at most blithely overlooked as a marginal annotation. Moreover, although these Jews fled the...
  • Friends Seminary plays bait, switch on anti-Semitism

    02/24/2012 4:45:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/24/2012 | ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ
    Friends Seminary of New York backed out of an agreement to invite Alan Dershowitz to talk to students about the evils of anti-Semitism. By (Courtesy of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East The Friends Seminary of New York, which invited the notorious anti-Semite Gilad Atzmon to one of its classes, and assigned its students to read his hate-filled writings, has now backed out of an agreement to invite me to the school to talk to the students about the evils of anti-Semitism. The headmaster of the Friends Seminary, a school which is supposed to be committed to honesty and...
  • Israel Builds, Obama Administration Squirms

    02/24/2012 4:34:14 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 24, 2012 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Israel Builds, Obama Administration SquirmsPosted By P. David Hornik On February 24, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment This week Israel’s Civil Administration approved a plan to build 500 housing units in the West Bank community of Shiloh. U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner complained like clockwork that such building is not “constructive.”In so doing, he was following a U.S. practice of frequently publicly criticizing its ally Israel. No other U.S. ally gets this treatment; when was the last time you heard Washington publicly take Britain, Germany, or Japan to...