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  • Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab (130,000 Christian "Arabs" to re-register)

    09/17/2014 10:28:11 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    ArutzSheva7 Israel National News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Ido Ben Porat
    Fr. Gabriel Nadaf with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab. 130,000 of Israel's 160,000 Christians, hitherto registered as Arabs, are expected to re-register as Aramaeans; their leaders are ecstatic.Interior Minister Gideon Saar has instructed the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) to allow the registration of a new nationality – Aramaean – in the identity cards of Christian citizens who were registered as Arabs until now. In a letter to PIBA Director Amnon Ben-Ami, Saar wrote that he has “received rulings according to which the existence of the Aramaean nationality is clear and obvious,...
  • Lebanese Christians on border arming themselves

    09/05/2014 6:30:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 9/5/2014
    Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack. "We all know that if they come, they will slit our throats for no reason," said one villager as he drove through the streets of Qaa, an assault rifle resting next to him. For months, Lebanese Christians have watched with dread as other Christians flee Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, fearing their turn will come next. Fears multiplied after militants...
  • Biden: We'll Follow IS to the Gates of Hell

    09/04/2014 3:21:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 49 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/9/14 | Ben Ariel
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday issued a sharp warning to the Islamic State group, saying after the United States is done grieving the death of two American journalists, their killers will have to answer for their actions. "They should know we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice," he forcefully told an audience at an event on the New Hampshire-Maine border, according to CNN. "Because hell is where they will reside. Hell is where they will reside." Biden opened his remarks in memory of Steven Sotloff, the journalist who was beheaded...
  • The Obama Admin. Has Permanently Destroyed Its Standing Among Israelis

    08/14/2014 6:30:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 8-14-14 | Dovid Efune
    Sitting with Knesset Member Dov Lipman earlier this week, I could not resist asking, tongue-in-cheek, who was less popular in Israel nowadays – Hamas chief Ismael Haniyeh or U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. “Kerry is certainly not popular on the Israeli street right now,” he answered, as only a politician could. Joking aside, in my estimation, a poll to find out who is hated more would actually put them quite close. As a result of his constant attempted impositions, condescension, double standards, hypocrisy, strategic blundering and harsh condemnations throughout Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, Mr. Kerry, and by extension his...
  • CIA expert: Obama, Osama share Mideast goal

    08/13/2014 10:24:52 PM PDT · by KittyKares · 27 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | August 13, 2014 | Garth Kant
    According to the former CIA operative, President Obama’s plan for the Middle East is just what Osama bin Laden wanted: removing U.S. troops and putting the jihadis in power.
  • We have officially picked a side in a Religious War

    08/09/2014 6:15:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/09/2014 | James Longstreet
    I must offer this premise. There is no easy way out nor an easy path to follow. But we are indeed down a path, one that attacks the Sunni backed ISIS. We now have picked sides in a religious war. What must be realized in this region of the world, the Mideast, is that borders drawn by westerners are of little matter to they who live in the region. And that is precisely what the national delineations are, lines drawn by westerners. From the Sykes–Picot Agreement which in a fatigued fog resulting from WW I drew up the borders of...
  • Hamas Propagandist Jimmy Carter Calls For Israel To Surrender To Terrorists

    08/06/2014 3:40:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/5/2014 | Ben Barrack
    Before deconstructing Jimmy Carter’s pro-Hamas screed in Foreign Policy, it’s worth putting into context exactly who he’s defending. In 1978, Carter proudly brokered the Camp David Peace Accords that granted the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood vehemently rejected the treaty, ultimately assassinating Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for signing it AND for abandoning efforts to form a Palestinian state.(video at link)Before his death, Sadat issued several warnings about the Muslim Brotherhood, saying that the “most dangerous thing about them are the ideas that they put into the minds of the youth and also for the other political parties that...
  • Obama is a ‘War Criminal’ For Supporting Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians – Cornel West

    08/06/2014 1:53:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Russia Today ^ | August 6, 2014 | Staff
    Professor and political activist Cornel West declared President Barack Obama a “war criminal,” arguing that his support of Israel and his drone policy make him complicit in the deaths of innocent people. The controversial activist made the comments at a pro-Palestinian rally in Washington, DC on Saturday, according to Talking Points Memo. West began his speech by pointing to the deteriorating situation in Gaza, where more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis have been killed, criticizing Israel’s offensive in the region in front of a “Free Palestine” banner. His comments regarding President Obama begin at around the three-minute...
  • Obama's Faulty Logic on Gaza is Going to Hurt U.S. Standing all Across the Middle East

    08/04/2014 11:04:19 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    Foreignpolicy.com ^ | AUGUST 4, 2014 | Paul Bonicelli
    As Israel seeks to end Hamas's latest war against it, the Obama administration flounders. In fact, the response of the president and his secretary of state has made the situation positively worse with regard to every relationship we have in the region. Opponents of terrorism and supporters of Israel struggle to understand the administration's approach. Is it incompetence, or a continuation of this president's determination always to be above the fray -- as though the United States' only legitimate role is to midwife peace at any price rather than pursue policies that benefit it and its allies while defeating our...
  • Seriously, What Is John Kerry Doing?

    07/29/2014 4:55:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 29, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Let’s concede for a moment that most of us don’t believe the United States should be taking sides in conflicts abroad. Even so, most Americans would probably agree that at a minimum our diplomatic efforts should not cause unnecessary harm. Which brings me to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent misadventure in the Middle East. It seems like a rather big deal that Egypt, Israel, Fatah, Jordan, Saudi Arabia—ostensibly, all allies of ours—agree on anything. This development, one imagines, might be something the United States would be interested in fostering rather than destroying. Certainly, the idea that Hamas’ power should...
  • US Ambassador: Tape of 'Obama-Netanyahu Conversation' Fabricated -US, Israeli PM rush to reject the

    07/29/2014 2:05:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    inn ^ | 7/29/14 | Ari Soffer
    The United States' Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, has emphatically rejected the authenticity of an audio tape released Tuesday night, said to be a leaked recording of a conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, in which the US President reportedly sought to aggressively push an unfavorable ceasefire on Israel. "Have seen reports of an alleged Obama-Netanyahu transcript; neither reports nor alleged transcript bear any resemblance to reality," Ambassador Shapiro posted on his official Twitter account. "Shocking and disappointing someone would sink to misrepresenting a private convo between POTUS and PM in fabrications to Israeli press,"...
  • In the Middle East, a New Alignment Being Born?

    07/24/2014 4:56:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- It did not take all that long, when you think about it, for America's Nobel Prize-winning statesman to bring the world to a boil. Perhaps our Nobel Prize-wining president was only a community organizer all along. He has brought the world to a boil not by his use of force but by his inattentiveness. He has been playing golf or lecturing the world from a higher plain. He has been picking fights with the Republicans or devising new ways to thwart the Constitution. He has not reacted to provocations around the world that threaten peace and our allies....
  • Why There Can Never Be 'Peace in the Middle East'

    07/24/2014 7:51:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest to think the power of his personal diplomacy can bring "peace to the Middle East." But, once again, when one side publicly calls for the destruction of the other, what is there to discuss? Hamas, designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S., has governed the Palestinian territory of Gaza since they defeated rival Fatah, the group that governs the West Bank. Hamas, along with Hezbollah, Palestine Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, Iraqi militant Shiite groups and other terror organizations, is funded in part by Iran,...
  • John Kerry Flies to Tel Aviv Despite FAA Ban

    07/23/2014 1:29:04 AM PDT · by bd476 · 84 replies
    AP and ABC News ^ | TEL AVIV, Israel — Jul 23, 2014, 4:12 AM ET
    John Kerry Files (sic) to Tel Aviv Despite FAA Ban AP and ABC NewsTEL AVIV, Israel — Jul 23, 2014, 4:12 AM ET The top U.S. diplomat defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry planned to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during what appeared to be a crucial day in the...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu Had to Tell John Kerry "This is Not Vietnam"

    07/21/2014 1:08:09 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 66 replies
    Reason ^ | July 21 2014 | Ed Krayewski
    The New Republic has a longish piece on how John Kerry got the latest iteration of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process restarted and how it fell apart around him. It involved a lot of talking and self-importance on all sides. The article includes a lot of reporting on the details of conversations between John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and other Israeli and Palestinian officials. Among the reported conversations is this one that started about Palestinian incitement: Kerry pressed on: "When I fought in Vietnam, I used to look at the faces of the local...
  • Hillary: Qatar Could Mediate Peace Process Between Israel and Hamas (VIDEO)

    07/18/2014 10:13:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 18 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed that Qatar – the chief financier of Hamas – could play a key role in mediating peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Clinton, during an interview with Charlie Rose, touted Qatar as a country that could play a constructive role in arbitrating peace between Hamas and Israel, which recently launched a full-scale ground incursion into Gaza in an attempt to cut off the terror group’s access to sophisticated weaponry. Qatar, which has served as Hamas’ chief financial lifeline, keeping the group afloat and facilitating its arms buildup, could convince Hamas to stop trying...
  • The Sons of Iraq Abandoned By Their American Allies

    07/02/2014 10:49:32 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 1, 2014 | Philip 'PJ' Dermer
    ... Now the ISIS killers are slaughtering them. -excerpt- The Sahwa's decision to ally with us was the primary contributor to the calming of central Iraq from 2007-09. Without the Sahwa, I suspect the outcome of the vaunted military "surge" would have been vastly different. The number of Iraqis in the Sahwa movement grew into the tens of thousands, as U.S. forces' outreach to small groups of armed men evolved into larger circles of family members, friends and tribal groups. " -excerpt- Still, the goal of our office was to find ways to foster life after the fight with the...
  • PIPES: Turkey’s support for ISIS Islamist terrorists

    06/26/2014 10:12:08 AM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/17/2014 | Daniel Pipes
    ...Ankara may deny helping ISIS, but the evidence for this is overwhelming. “As we have the longest border with Syria,” writes Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a Turkish newspaper columnist, “Turkey’s support was vital for the jihadists in getting in and out of the country.” Indeed, the ISIS strongholds not coincidentally cluster close to Turkey’s frontiers. Kurds, academic experts and the Syrian opposition agree that Syrians, Turks (estimated to number 3,000), and foreign fighters (especially Saudis, but also a fair number of Westerners) have crossed the Turkish-Syrian border at will, often to join ISIS. What Turkish journalist Kadri Gursel calls a “two-way...
  • Saudi armed forces on high preparedness. Egyptian troops ready to defend kingdom

    06/26/2014 10:17:04 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 6 replies
    Debka ^ | June 26, 2014 | Debka
    Thursday, June 26, the day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Riyadh, King Abdullah summoned a National Security Council meeting “upon the current security events in the region, especially in Iraq,” and ordered “all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against terrorist threats.” This meant a general call-up of military units for a high level of preparedness. DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that Egypt is assembling an expeditionary commando force to fly to Saudi Arabia and bolster its border defenses. This flurry of Saudi-Egyptian military steps comes in the wake of intelligence gathered by Saudi reconnaissance planes...
  • Wave of Suspected Arson ‘Terror’ Sets Israel Ablaze

    06/26/2014 10:19:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 6/26/2014, 6:39 PM | Ari Yashar
    After a massive forest fire covered Jerusalem in ash and caused residents to be evacuated on Wednesday, two more fires broke out Thursday in what many suspect is part of a series of arson attacks. A blaze was discovered Thursday in the wadi (valley) between Har Hotzvim and and Golda Meir Boulevard in the north of Jerusalem. Traffic from the Golda Intersection to the French Hill Intersection in the northeast of the capital was closed to cars while firefighters dealt with the fire. […] The two fires and arrest extension come a day after a major forest fire near Jerusalem’s...
  • America’s Middle East Dilemma

    06/19/2014 5:18:41 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/19/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Toppling tyrants is ineffective in the long term without years of unpopular occupation. Two and a half years ago, the U.S. pulled every soldier out of a mostly quiet Iraq. In the void thus created, formerly al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists calling themselves “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” are now tearing apart the country, leaving medieval savagery in their wake. Obama partisans are blaming the Bush administration for going into Iraq in the first place. But critics counter that Obama wanted out of Iraq before the 2012 election at all costs. The result of that reckless skedaddle is that we have...
  • ISIS, Are We Witnessing One of the Women of Revelations? (Vanity)

    06/17/2014 5:46:27 AM PDT · by EBH · 51 replies
    Who is ISIS or Isis? Quite a coincidence is this acronym. During the Egyptian Spring I drew many conclusions that indicated the muslims of this southern kingdom would play an important role in the nearing end times. I submit to this group that the many interpretations of just who the Great Harlot or Whore are may be grossly incorrect and we have been looking in the wrong places. It is not America, nor is it Rome or the Catholic Church. But this harlot who is clothed in red & purple, riding the beast is the caliphate we see forming in...
  • Don't forget to remember Democrats who lied about Iraq!

    06/15/2014 5:58:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Enter Stage Right ^ | 6/16/14 | John W. Lillpop
    **SNIP** Indeed, when the question of using military force against Iraq was put before the U.S. Congress, 110 Democrats supported the 2002 Joint Resolution, which authorized President Bush to act as he ultimately did. Further, some very outspoken Democrats during that time said these sort of things including President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and Senator John F. Kerry. "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to...
  • Iraq Says It's Halted Militant Group's Advance On Baghdad

    06/15/2014 9:35:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | June 15, 2014 | by EYDER PERALTA
    The Iraqi government says it has halted a militant group's advance on Baghdad. As The Telegraph reports, the Iraqi army started engaging the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, after it made a rapid advance in which it captured the key city of Mosul. "'Our security forces have regained the initiative,' said Maj Gen al-Moussawi, adding that the Iraqi army had won 'remarkable victories with the help of volunteers'. 'We will not stop at liberating Mosul from ISIS terrorists, but all other parts,' he continued."
  • Breaking news update! Iraqis shut down internet at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

    06/15/2014 3:51:52 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 325 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 14, 2014 | Susy Raybon
    A three word text was released from inside the Embassy about six hours ago: “Too late Alamo.” That message is open to interpretation. Just minutes ago news came from within the United States Embassy in Baghdad that the Iraqis have shut down internet service for those barricaded inside. Limited text messages via private cell phones are still coming through. It is unknown how many of the more than 5,000 U.S. civilians in Baghdad are actually taking refuge inside the embassy compound. NBC war correspondent, Richard Engel reported last night that civilians in and around Baghdad have boarded up residences and...
  • US evacuates Baghdad embassy as brutal ISIS forces advance ... [Breaking!]

    06/15/2014 3:39:08 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 188 replies
    The Mail Online ^ | Sunday, June 15. 2014 | Michael Zennie and Damien Gayle
    The United States has evacuated most of its personnel from the Embassy in Baghdad and dramatically stepped up security for those who remain as thousands of Islamic fighters bear down on Iraq's capital city. Some 5,500 people work in the massive Embassy complex in the heavily-fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. Many will be airlifted to Amman, Jordan, and others will be sent to consulates in Basra, in the south, and Erbil, in the Kurdish north. Other workers will remain in Baghdad. Some 12,000 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) are marching on Baghdad after quickly...
  • Hillary Clinton: I ‘Could Not Have Predicted’ That Al Qaida Would Take Over Iraq

    06/12/2014 6:22:47 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12 Jun 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted that she “could not have predicted” the effectiveness of the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group that seized control this week of two major Iraqi cities. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which has pledged allegiance to al-Qaida since 2004, captured the western Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul, expanding its influence across the entire Sunni-dominated western region of Iraq in addition to Syria — where it remains one of the strongest rebel factions fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad. The group, led by enigmatic terrorist Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, evolved out of al-Qaida’s Bush-era...
  • And the first person to blame Bush for the current crisis in Iraq is…

    06/12/2014 2:27:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/12/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The explosion of bloodshed in Iraq has created the temptation for many to revisit their support for or opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and to ascribe blame for the recent surge in violence to their preferred boogieman. Not all have succumbed to the enticing lure of nostalgia. Not even consistent Iraq War and George W. Bush critic Fareed Zakaria allowed himself himself to take a swipe at the former commander-in-chief for looming over the present crisis. Appearing on CNN on Thursday, Zakaria blamed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for undoing what he said was the good accomplished...
  • Former US ambassador to Syria: I couldn’t defend US policy any longer

    06/03/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    US Ambassador Robert Ford resigned from his State Department post a month ago, after a long and difficult time as the envoy to Syria. Ford showed great personal courage in his service while Bashar al-Assad instigated attacks on Western embassies and eventually provoked a massive civil war which has turned into a regional threat, thanks to the collapse of his power in large regions of Syria. The collapse of American policy in Syria over the past year was presumed to have prompted Ford’s departure, which he confirms with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview today.This is interesting for more...
  • Susan Rice: We didn’t negotiate with terrorists, Qatar did.

    06/03/2014 6:07:50 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 60 replies
    cfp ^ | 6/3/14 | r laurie
    This weekend, White House national security adviser Susan Rice took a break from her busy schedule of scouring YouTube for blamable videos, and sat down with CNN’s Candy Crowley. You may remember Crowley as the “journalist” who likes helping floundering Democrat Presidents score points in political debates. Crowley wanted to know if, in fact, the United States had negotiated with terrorists in its effort to secure Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release. The short answer is “yes,” but this is the Obama administration. ...So you never get the short answer. “Point blank,” Crowley asked. “Did the US negotiate with terrorists for his...
  • Egypt’s Sisi Wins Presidency with Overwhelming Majority

    05/28/2014 2:48:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 5/28/2014, 11:46 PM | Elad Benari
    Partial results indicate that Egypt’s former army chief, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, is headed for a big victory. According to Reuters, Sisi’s campaign said Wednesday night that the popular candidate had captured 93.4 percent of the votes with 2,000 polling stations counted. Judicial sources said he had 89 percent with 3,000 polling stations counted. Sisi’s only rival, Hamdeen Sabahi, was on 2.9 percent according to the Sisi campaign, while the judicial sources put Sabahi on 5 percent. The rest of the ballots were deemed void. …
  • I'm NOT WEAK: Obama hits back at foreign policy critics --- vows to ramp ... Syrian rebels support

    05/28/2014 9:36:15 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 May 2014 | By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
    'I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being,' the president insisted Yet he used the words 'partner' and 'partnership' 16 times in his speech at West Point, outlining a contradictory foreign policyObama replaced the phrase 'collective action' – in his prepared remarks – with the words 'multilateral action' several timesWorking through NATO and the UN will dominate American foreign policy, Obama said: 'This is American leadership, American strength'
  • John Kerry (Almost) Apologizes for Israel Apartheid Comment (Blames Politics)

    04/29/2014 7:17:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 8 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 29 2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    onday night Secretary of State John Kerry issued an almost apology for warning that if Israel did not make peace it would become an apartheid state. In the statement he issued (below) he never says he is sorry, simply that he has always loved Israel, the criticism he received for his statement was political, and if he could say it again he would change the words he used. For more than thirty years in the United States Senate, I didn’t just speak words in support of Israel, I walked the walk when it came time to vote and when it...
  • John Kerry backs away from Israel ´apartheid´ comment after he is hit by furious backlash - but

    04/29/2014 7:19:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4/29/14 | Associated Press, by Staff
    Secretary of State John Kerry has said he chose the wrong word in describing Israel´s potential future after being criticised for saying the Jewish state could become an ´apartheid state´ if it does not reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. In a statement released yesterday by the State Department, Kerry lashed out against ´partisan political´ attacks against him, but acknowledged his comments last week to a closed international forum could have been misinterpreted. He pointedly did not apologize for the remarks, but stressed he was, and is, a strong supporter of Israel, which he called a ´vibrant democracy.´
  • Sources: White House deliberately leaked photo of ill Saudi King with breathing tube

    04/20/2014 1:53:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 4/20/14 | Staff
    WASHINGTON — The United States is said to have disclosed that Saudi King Abdullah was dying. (Snip) The sources said the photograph was taken by White House personnel during Obama’s meeting with the Saudi king outside Riyad on March 28.“The Saudis specifically did not want any photograph that showed Abdullah with the tube,” a source said. “But there was a White House photographer that took the picture for what he said was history.” The photograph was said to have been relayed to members of the White House press corps. Within a day, an image of the Saudi king with the...
  • What the hell is this American plane owned by the Bank of Utah doing in IRAN?

    04/18/2014 10:10:47 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Eric Owens
    On Tuesday morning, a plane owned in trust by the Bank of Utah showed up in a very visible area of the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran. What was it doing there exactly? Nobody knows, reports The New York Times. Under President Barack Obama, the United States has eased some of the long-standing punitive economic sanctions against Iran. Still, very little American — or European — economic activity is allowed inside the religious theocracy. The Bank of Utah is certainly no Wells Fargo. The Ogden-based community bank has all of 13 branches including...
  • Syria civil war 'kills over 150,000 people' in three years

    04/01/2014 7:31:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Apr 2014 | Olivia Nwabali
    Over 150,000 people have lost their lives since the March 2011 outbreak of the devastating civil war in Syria, according to new figures. The London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which closely monitors the conflict using a network of activists and medical staff in Syria, has documented the deaths of 150,344 people. More than a third of those killed in Syria – by shellfire, air strikes and bullets – are civilians, the rights group said. Now in its third year, the war, which continues, unabated, has ravaged entire cities, leaving whole civilian neighbourhoods flattened by shell fire and...
  • Saudi Arabia woos Pakistan with $1.5 billion grant. Why now?

    03/30/2014 7:01:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | March 28, 2014 | Taha Siddiqui
    As US president Barack Obama looks to mend ties with Saudi Arabia in Riyadh today, the Saudis hope to shore up regional support. Their $1.5 billion gift has raised suspicions among Pakistanis. Pakistan announced last week that it received a $1.5 billion grant from Saudi Arabia, which it termed a “friendly gift” and an “unconditional grant.” Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long had warm ties, but the no-strings-attached gift sparked immediate concern from Pakistani journalists, security experts, and opposition politicians, who question whether the grant is part of a behind-the-scenes deal for Pakistan to provide weapons for Syrian rebels. “There...
  • Saudi princesses 'seek Obama's help for freedom'

    03/27/2014 7:23:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | March 27, 2014
    London (AFP) - A former wife of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah appealed to US President Barack Obama on Thursday for help in the case of four daughters she says are being held in a royal palace. Alanoud AlFayez, 57, a Jordanian national who has lived in London since her divorce from the Saudi monarch in 2003, said her children needed to be "saved". "Since 13 years, my daughters Sahar, Maha, Hala and Jawaher are being held captive," AlFayez told AFP. "They need to be saved and released immediately." She added: "Mr Obama should take this opportunity to address these grave...
  • Christians in Israel to EU: “Stop Christian Ethnic Cleansing in Arab Countries”

    03/26/2014 5:17:01 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Breaking israel News ^ | March 24, 2014 | Aryeh Savir
    150 Christian citizens of Israel demonstrated on Sunday (Mar. 23) outside the European Union’s delegation in Tel Aviv against the EU’s silence in relation to what they termed “the ethnic cleansing of Christians throughout the Middle East.” The protesters demanded that the EU act on their own cry for human rights and fight for the Christians throughout the Middle East, who are quickly becoming extinct everywhere but Israel. Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth and strong proponent of Christian enlistment in the IDF, demanded that the attacks on Christians be stopped and thanked Israel for being a...
  • Obama is setting up Israel to take the fall

    03/25/2014 5:45:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    In advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to the United States, President Obama gave an interview in which he viciously attacked Israel, suggesting that Israel was the cause of the peace process failure, that the United States could no longer protect Israel if the peace process failed and that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was a man of peace. This past week, Abbas came to visit Obama at the White House. In advance of his trip, Obama made no statements expressing displeasure with the Palestinian Authority’s intransigence and its continued demonization of Israel. Just before the meeting...
  • Hillary Clinton spins her record on Israel

    03/20/2014 10:31:43 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    WaPo ^ | 3/20/14 | Jennifer Rubin
    Hillary Clinton is trying to impress voters that she’s a true friend of Israel, which is odd given that relations with the Jewish state reached a low point while she was secretary of State. The Post reports: “Hillary Rodham Clinton cast doubt on the interim nuclear agreement with Iran, saying in a muscular policy speech [in New York] Wednesday night that she is ‘personally skeptical’ that Iran’s leaders will follow through on a comprehensive agreement to end their march toward nuclear weapons. Still, the former secretary of state and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate told a pro-Israel audience in New...
  • CIA suspends chief of Iran operations over workplace issues

    03/17/2014 2:08:11 AM PDT · by blueplum · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 16, 2014 | Ken Dilanian
    Veteran officer Jonathan Bank is placed on leave amid a rebellion against his management style, current and former officials say. WASHINGTON — The CIA's chief of Iran operations was placed on paid administrative leave and sent home from agency headquarters after an internal investigation found he had created an abusive and hostile work environment that put a crucial division in disarray, according to current and former officials. Officers and analysts in the Iran operations division, which coordinates spying on Iran and its nuclear program, were informed at a meeting last week at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., of the decision...
  • Poll: Two-thirds of Israeli Jews don't trust Kerry on security

    03/12/2014 5:46:40 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3-11-14 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Sixty-six percent of Israeli Jews and 53% of Israeli Arabs do not trust US Secretary of State John Kerry to take the country’s security into account in the American negotiating framework agreement he intends to reveal next month. This according to the monthly Peace Index poll sponsored by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, which was published on Tuesday. Thirty-one percent of Israeli Jews and 32% of Arab Israelis do trust Kerry to take into account Israel’s security. Among Israelis who consider themselves left-wing, the number was 79%, but among right-wingers it was only 19%. Sixty-one percent of...
  • Reston Man Pleads Guilt on Felony Trade Charges

    03/09/2014 12:38:11 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    RESTON NOW.com ^ | March 7, 2014 at 9:30 am | by Karen Goff
    SNIPPET: "A Reston man who federal officials said sold $250,000 worth of machinery parts from American manufacturers to Iranian companies pleaded guilty to felony charges in U.S. Federal Court in Alexandria on Thursday. Vahid Hosseini, 62, ran a business called Sabern Industries from his home in Reston, FBI officials said."
  • Obama Claims Terrorist Dictator is Israel’s Best Chance for Peace

    03/04/2014 4:48:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 3, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Obama Claims Terrorist Dictator is Israel’s Best Chance for PeacePosted By Daniel Greenfield On March 3, 2014 @ 12:37 pm In The Point | 11 Comments This comes from the Jeffrey Goldberg interview with Obama which hits all the same old notes.If Israel doesn’t make a deal with Abbas, it will be more isolated than ever and Obama won’t be able to “protect” it. Settlement growth is out of control, Obama claims, when it’s barely a blip on the radar.Obama criticizes Israel, but not the Palestinian Authority. Instead he praises Abbas. Obama made...
  • At AIPAC, Senator McCain Slams Obama’s Foreign Policy

    03/04/2014 4:51:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | March 3, 2014
    U.S. Senator John McCain on Monday tore into the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama for its refusal to intervene in Syria last year and for fecklessness on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this week. McCain also addressed in strong terms what he believes the U.S. must do to prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapon. Speaking to a favorable crowd at the 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference, in Washington, D.C., McCain said, “What happens in Ukraine is directly related to what happens in the Middle East, and we obviously know what happens in the Middle East is vital to the existence...
  • President Obama - America Will Not Be Able To Defend Israel

    03/03/2014 5:48:01 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 89 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 03/03/14 | LD Jackson
    When Barack Obama was running for President, many of us had doubts about his commitment to Israel. Even though he claimed to support them with no reservations, we were not so sure of his real intentions. This is what he said when he was bidding for the White House, claiming Israel's security was non-negotiable and sacrosanct. He has repeatedly reiterated that statement throughout his first term and into his second. Again, many of us wondered if his actions would ever match his rhetoric. My friends, that day has finally came, but not in the way American Jews or their fellow...
  • Iran Threatens Military Invasion In Pakistan

    02/17/2014 7:01:37 AM PST · by Fennie · 87 replies
    The News Tribe ^ | February 17, 2014
    TEHRAN: Iran's interior minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli warned Pakistan that if it does not take action to recover Iranian border guards, Iranian military forces will enter Pakistan.
  • Militants Down Egyptian Helicopter, Killing 5 Soldiers

    01/26/2014 9:19:25 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 26, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    Islamist militants shot down an Egyptian military helicopter in the Sinai Peninsula with a surface-to-air missile over the weekend, raising new alarms about the terrorist insurgency that developed there in response to the military takeover last summer. The attack — described by witnesses, documented in a video released by the militants, and confirmed by three people briefed on the Egyptian government’s investigation — validated longstanding fears that such weapons would spill into Egypt and beyond after the Libyan civil war tore open Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s fearsome arsenals. Known as manpads, for man-portable air defense systems, the missiles can bring down...