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  • Poof Goes the Messiah

    04/13/2014 5:57:41 AM PDT · by Ruprecht Jamieson · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Adam Turner
    The Messiah (as Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon referred to U.S. Secretary John Kerry) is not having a good month. According to his formerly good buddy U.S. Sen. John McCain, Kerry is presiding over a “trifecta” of foreign policy disasters. The Geneva Peace negotiations with the “generous reformer” President Bashar al-Assad. The P 5+1 Negotiations with the Mad Mullahs of Iran. And the Israeli-Palestinian “Peace Process.” But I think this is unfair. At least for two of these disasters, President Barack Obama-Costanza is much more at fault for them than is Kerry. It was the president who set his...
  • 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...
  • White House Misstated Iran's Postion: 'We Won't Dismantle Anything'

    01/22/2014 4:14:35 PM PST · by Zionista Feminista · 15 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | January 22, 2014 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    In a televised interview on Wednesday, Jan. 22, Iran’s foreign minister said that a fact sheet distributed by the White House mischaracterized what Iran agreed to do in the Interim Nuclear Agreement. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, told CNN’s chief national security correspondent that the Obama administration “tried to create a false impression” by claiming that Iran had agreed to “dismantle” the machinery that enabled it to enrich uranium above five percent. The Iranian diplomat said that he was “not interested” in playing verbal games, while the White House was engaged in “underplaying its concessions and overplaying Iranian commitments.”...
  • Iran reportedly sends two warships to Atlantic

    01/21/2014 8:19:32 AM PST · by SpinnerWebb · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21, 2014 | Associated Press
    Two Iranian warships set sail Tuesday for the Atlantic Ocean on their navy's first-ever mission there, state TV reported. The voyage comes amid an ongoing push by Iran to demonstrate the ability to project power across the Middle East and beyond. The report said that the destroyer Sabalan and the logistic helicopter carrier Khark will be dispatched on a three-month voyage. "The warships will have task of securing shipping routes as well as training new personnel," the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Iran's navy chief Admiral Habibollah Sayyari as saying.
  • Poll: Two Thirds of Israelis Think Obama Will Let Iran Go Nuclear

    01/20/2014 9:48:39 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 23 replies
    www.truthrevolt.org via Drudge ^ | 1.20.2014 | Truth Revolt
    According to new poll, a huge majority of Israelis do not trust President Obama with regard to Iran, and believe Obama will allow Iran to go nuclear. Only 22 percent of Israeli voters believed that Obama would “ensure that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapon.” Almost two-thirds of Israelis thought that statement was untrue, and 15 percent gave no answer. President Obama has just a 33 percent favorable rating in Israel, as opposed to a 50 percent disapproval rating. Even those who favor Obama are split evenly on whether or not he will prevent Iran from going nuclear. Obama’s...
  • Iran Laughs at Obama as He Says "Give Peace a Chance"

    01/16/2014 4:37:13 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 16 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/16/14 | Mike Miller
    Iranians honor man who killed hundreds of Americans and say full steam ahead on nuclear weapons despite Obama claim! So, Obama's bragging about the deal with Iran on Tuesday and said "give peace a chance." Perhaps Obama remembers the John Lennon song of the same name during his pot smoking days in that stoner choom gang he belonged to in Hawaii. But as details emerge, it now appears that the deal with Iran is even worse than first thought. It now appears that Obama, who claimed that his Administration would be the most transparent in history, inked a secret side...
  • Same plane delivers Iranian and Syrian foreign ministers in Moscow to meet Putin

    01/16/2014 5:54:37 AM PST · by AU72 · 6 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | January 16, 2014 | DEBKAfile
    Thursday, Jan. 16, Iran’s Javad Zarif and Syria’s Walid Moallem flew together to Moscow aboard the same flight and went straight into a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Zarif caught the flight in Damascus after a consultation with Syrian President Bashar Assad and a government-building exercise in Beirut. debkafile’s Middle East sources and intelligence sources report that this spurt of diplomatic motion came after Assad gave the nod to the plan Tehran had prepared to put on the table of the Geneva 2 conference, which opens in Switzerland on Jan. 20 for a political solution of the Syrian conflict....
  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon Dies at 85

    01/11/2014 6:29:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    AP Via Yahoo ^ | January 11, 2014 | Staff
    The hospital that had been treating Ariel Sharon says the former Israeli Prime Minister has died. Hospital spokesman Dr. Shlomo Noy said Saturday: "The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer announces with sorrow the death of Mr. Ariel Sharon who passed about an hour ago." He said that during the years Sharon had been treated his condition was defined as "minimal consciousness" and he had had "ups and downs."
  • Report: Up to 600,000 Christians Have Fled Homes in Syria

    01/08/2014 5:49:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Up to 600,000 of Syria’s 2.2 million Christians have fled their homes and are now either refugees or internally displaced persons, according to Aid to the Church in Need. In all, 1.8 million Syrians have left their homes, the charity reported. “The number of Christians killed because they are targeted for their faith is growing,” said Father Andrzej Halemba, the charity’s Middle East projects coordinator. Referring to an October massacre, the priest said that “Sadad is a very clear case. They were slaughtered like animals.”
  • Fallout From Syria Conflict Takes Rising Toll on Mideast

    01/05/2014 8:46:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 5, 2014 | ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JAY SOLOMON
    BEIRUT—Spiraling violence and advances by al Qaeda-linked fighters in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are underscoring the cost of Syria's civil war as it increasingly spills over the country's borders. The rise of the Islamist forces in Iraq is particularly worrisome to the Obama administration. In response, U.S. officials said Sunday they were seeking to boost military support—though they emphasized no troops—for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to help in his campaign to push back al Qaeda. U.S. officials are also considering new military aid for Lebanon, which is plagued by rising sectarian violence. Resurgent al Qaeda-allied forces battled Sunday in...
  • Israeli former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s health 'worsens' (a matter of days)

    01/01/2014 6:09:54 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    A spokesman for Tel Hashomer hospital said Sharon's condition had deteriorated in the past few days, while refusing to elaborate further. Reports from Israeli media, including the broadcasters Channel 10 TV and Israel Radio, said that the former prime minister was in a "life threatening" condition after suffering kidney malfunction. The website of the Haaretz newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying that Sharon could die in "a matter of days," should his condition continue to decline. The television station Channel 2 said that Sharon's sons were at his bedside.
  • Hillary Clinton Faces Criminal Charges In Egypt

    12/31/2013 3:25:43 PM PST · by lbryce · 30 replies
    The Western Centerfor Journalism ^ | December 31, 2013 | Christopher Agee
    According to a recent report by World Net Daily, expected 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is embroiled in yet another international scandal. Still reeling from what many perceive as a botched response to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, reports indicate the former secretary of state is being investigated by Egypt’s attorney general. Hisham Barakat’s criminal complaint against Clinton alleges she conspired with the wife of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi – and the Muslim Brotherhood – to encourage rebels in the nation. According to a translator, Morsi’s wife, Naglaa Mahmoud, reportedly claims to have a “treasure trove of...
  • Report: Kerry Offers Pollard's Release to Israel

    12/27/2013 11:47:49 AM PST · by cll · 241 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/27/2013
    United States Secretary of State John Kerry has offered Israel the release of Jonathan Pollard, Channel 10 News reported on Friday. According to the report, Kerry’s offer was made as part of the discussions surrounding the upcoming planned release of 26 terrorists from Israeli jails as a “gesture” to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Kol Yisrael radio, which also reported about Kerry’s offer, said it relates to the fourth stage of the terrorist release and is conditional upon Israel agreeing to release Israeli Arabs who have committed acts of terrorism. Israeli officials were quoted by both outlets as having said...
  • Report: Obama to Hand Over Christian Holy Sites to Palestinian Thugs

    12/30/2013 1:02:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 29, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Once again Barack Obama is going to push Israel to hand over half of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, and the tomb of Jesus Christ to the Hamas-Fatah terrorists. Barack Obama believes giving the terrorists more land will result in peace. It’s as if the Gaza transfer and disaster never happened. The Times of Israel reported: US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a political trade-off: Israeli recognition of the 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state, in return for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of...
  • Hagel Deployed to Press Egypt on Being 'Inclusive' Toward Muslim Brotherhood

    12/30/2013 7:01:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/30/13 | Bridget Johnson
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Egyptian counterpart, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on Sunday to again tsk-tsk the interim government for not being “inclusive.” It was the first such call in a month and comes after Egypt branded the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. That came in the wake of a bombing at the security directorate headquarters in Mansoura that killed 16, but Egyptians made clear that the designation was warranted by a long history of incitement and violence by the MB. “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi today to discuss recent events in...
  • Feeling US snub, Saudis strengthen ties elsewhere

    12/29/2013 4:40:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2013 1:05 PM EST | Adam Schreck and Lori Hinnant
    Increasingly vocal in its frustration over U.S. policies in the Mideast, Saudi Arabia is strengthening ties elsewhere, seeking out an alignment that will bolster its position after it was pushed to the sidelines this year. It may find a solution in France, whose president is ending the year with 24 hours of high-level meetings with the Saudi leadership in a visit intended to showcase commercial and diplomatic strength. […] The Saudis also watch with trepidation at the warming ties between Iran and the West. The way the nuclear talks were handled—with U.S. officials secretly meeting their Iranian counterparts before more...
  • Syria’s rattlesnakes commit suicide

    12/19/2013 5:32:33 AM PST · by SJackson · 45 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/17/2013 | SETH J. FRANTZMAN
    It is the natural tendency of radical movements to be outflanked by radicalism. On Tuesday the UN announced that it was seeking an unprecedented influx of cash to facilitate aid operations in Syria and for Syrian refugees. More than 60 percent of the aid is to be spent on the burgeoning refugee camps of Syrian civilians in Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey. The refugees are currently suffering through harsh winter conditions and unprecedented sums are needed to support several million Syrians. The tragedy of the refugees is underscored by increasing failure of the Syrian rebels to make any gains against the...
  • Kerry: Israel will be safer the day Iran deal is implemented

    12/07/2013 10:38:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/7/13 | Michael Wilne
    US Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated on Sunday that Israel will be safer the day the recently-reached deal on Iran´s nuclear issue is implemented. Kerry, addressing the Brookings Institution´s annual Saban Forum, recognized Israel´s concern over Tehran´s disputed nuclear ambitions, saying the possibility of a weaponized nuclear Iran stood as an existential threat to Israel. "We will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. Period. Not now, not ever," he said.
  • Nelson Mandela: Israel Is Terrorist and Islamic Arabs Are Innocent

    12/10/2013 7:04:40 AM PST · by juliosevero · 9 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Nelson Mandela: Israel Is Terrorist and Islamic Arabs Are Innocent By Julio Severo If you believe the leftist Christian press, Nelson Mandela was… a Christian! Sheer indoctrination by the mainstream secular media? No doubt. The secular press has portrayed Mandela as a hero. A major Protestant news site in Brazil published a list of nice quotes by Mandela. By reading exclusively these nice quotes, you could say that he was a hero and even a Christian. Yassir Arafat and Nelson Mandela Yet, what about the other quotes? Since the mainstream media and even the Christian press will not show...
  • Seymour Hersh Alleges Obama Administration Lied on Syria Gas Attack

    12/09/2013 12:12:42 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 26 replies
    The Wire ^ | Dec. 8, 2012 | Adrian Lee
    A former senior intelligence official told me that the Obama administration had altered the available information – in terms of its timing and sequence – to enable the president and his advisers to make intelligence retrieved days after the attack look as if it had been picked up and analysed in real time, as the attack was happening.
  • Obama: Judea and Samaria Must Not be 'Gaza 2'

    12/07/2013 5:21:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/12/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama said at the Saban Forum on Saturday that there must not be another Gaza in the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria. Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005, as part of the “Disengagement”. This resulted in Hamas taking over the region and escalating rocket attacks at southern Israel. Obama warned that in the event of a final agreement between Israel and the PA, there would be a "transition period" to ensure that Judea and Samaria does not become a security threat akin to Hamas-ruled Gaza. He said that the PA would have to accept...
  • Obama Told Netanyahu: Don't be So Vocal About Iran Deal

    11/28/2013 8:11:19 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. President Barack Obama has reportedly asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to stop being so vocal with his criticism of the deal reached between Iran and the West, reports The Washington Post. The newspaper’s columnist David Ignatius wrote on Thursday, “Obama has asked Netanyahu to take a breather from his clamorous criticism and send to Washington a team that can explore with U.S. officials a sound end-state strategy.” .....
  • Netanyahu vows to banish ‘darkness’ of Iran nuclear program

    11/28/2013 11:59:56 AM PST · by Mean Daddy · 25 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 28, 2013 | JOSHUA DAVIDOVICH
    Melding the Hanukkah holiday and foreign affairs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu solemnly vowed to act as a “light unto the nations” and act against Iran’s nuclear program should diplomacy fail Thursday night. Speaking at the Western Wall for a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony, Netanyahu compared Iran’s nuclear program to a darkness that would be forced out by Israel, referencing a popular children’s song for the holiday.
  • Netanyahu makes a phone call. Report: Obama asks Netanyahu to 'take a breather' from vocal criticism

    11/28/2013 9:57:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 67 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 11/28/13 | staff
    As the US prepares to start talks on an "end state" agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, US President Barack Obama has asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to "take a breather" from his vocal criticism of the interim deal signed in Geneva, journalist David Ignatius wrote in a column published in The Washington Post on Thursday. Obama and Netanyahu spoke on the phone on Sunday, in a conversation meant to assuage the prime minister's concerns following the signing of the "first stage" deal between Tehran and the P5+1 countries. After weeks of Israeli officials publicly condemning the deal, Netanyahu...
  • Source: Netanyahu Scolded Obama in Phone Call on Iran Deal

    11/25/2013 4:09:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Peace ^ | 11/25/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    "The prime minister made it clear to the most powerful man on earth that if he intends to stay the most powerful man on earth, it´s important to make a change in American policy because the practical result of his current policy is liable to lead him to the same failure that the Americans absorbed in North Korea and Pakistan, and Iran could be next in line." That was the message conveyed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to President Barack Obama in a private telephone call Sunday to discuss the interim deal on Iran´s nuclear program, according to a...
  • Breaking: Iran Deal Has Been Reached

    11/23/2013 6:16:00 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 344 replies
    Chad Pergram ^ | 11/23/13 | Chad Pergram
    Secretary of State John Kerry confirms there is a deal on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva.
  • Kerry Tries to Rally Support for Iran Deal

    11/24/2013 11:09:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/24/13 | SIOBHAN HUGHES And LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    Secretary of State John Kerry tried Sunday to rally support for a six-month deal to freeze Iran's nuclear program in the face of lukewarm reaction from congressional allies and hostility from critics. -snip- Lawmakers took to the airwaves Sunday morning to question whether the deal would work, with some suggesting that the Obama administration had made a strategic miscalculation. -snip- Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee," expressed skepticism about the deal on "Fox News Sunday," saying "I think we all greet it with skepticism." He said that the arrangement suggested that Iranian...
  • Kerry: Deal doesn’t give Iran right to enrich; Iran: World recognized our right to enrich

    11/24/2013 1:10:15 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | November 24, 2013 | Doug Powers
    The ink isn’t even dry on the temporary Iran nuclear deal and it already has that distinct “passed it to find out what’s in it” scent.
  • Obama plunges ahead toward Iran nuclear deal

    11/19/2013 5:16:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/19/13 | Matthew Lee - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of new talks, President Barack Obama is plunging ahead in search of a nuclear agreement with Iran despite outright opposition from American allies in the Middle East and deep skepticism, if not open hostility, from Congress. Iran is pressing ahead in its own way, trying to make a deal more likely to ease painful economic sanctions without losing its own hardliners at home. There was a fresh sign of efforts to make headway as negotiators from Iran, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany prepared for Wednesday's new round of...
  • Exclusive: John Kerry Defies the White House on Egypt Policy

    11/18/2013 11:50:24 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11/18/2013 | Josh Rogin
    The secretary doesn’t agree with Obama’s team, especially Susan Rice, on how to deal with Egypt. Unfortunately for Rice, Kerry is the one on the ground—and he’s doing things his way. Before Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent trip to Cairo, National Security Adviser Susan Rice told him to make strong statements in public and private about the trial of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. On his own, Kerry decided to disregard the White House’s instructions. The tension between the national security adviser and the secretary of state spilled over into public view in the past week, when Rice laid out...
  • Report: Valerie Jarrett led secret negotiations with Iran for past year

    11/18/2013 4:53:57 AM PST · by opentalk · 66 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | November 18, 2013 | Brian Cates
    The Times Of Israel is reporting that a team of negotiators led by White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been conducting secret talks with Iran about it's nuclear weapons program for the past year. The report states the deal submitted in Geneva earlier this month was a direct result of these secret year-long negotiations between teams headed by Jarrett and Iran's Ali Akbar Salehi. That deal was ultimately rejected when France and Israel raised strong objections,and talks are expected to resume this Wednesday. The White House was very quick to issue a categorical denial of the report. According to White...
  • Is Rouhani the new Gorbachev?

    11/18/2013 9:52:59 AM PST · by tedw · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/18/2013 | Natan Sharansky
    Can Rouhani be the new Gorbachev? Hardly. But if it will happen, it can only happen if we help him as we helped Mr. Gorbachev—if, by fidelity to our principles and by steady, determined statesmanship, we help him to eliminate himself, his regime, and the evil they have visited upon their people and set loose in the world around them.
  • Breaking: France refuses to allow Obama to sell out to Iran on nuke talks

    11/10/2013 1:57:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 9, 2013 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    With a fevered and frantic breathless pace, Obama via John Kerry has been pushing to sign a sell-out deal with Iran that would ease sanctions without shutting down Iran’s nuke program. Benjamin Netanyahu was furious when he found out that Kerry had misrepresented what the proposed agreement would be, not to mention Kerry running at the mouth to bash Israel on the talks with the Palestinians. Netanyahu was not alone. France was uncomfortable with the deal Kerry wanted to sign, even as Kerry huddled with the Iranians trying to get ‘er done.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Thank you France for at least buying us...
  • Kerry to Join Iran Nuclear Negotiations; U.S. Secretary of State will unexpectedly travel to

    11/07/2013 5:43:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 11/7/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will unexpectedly travel to Geneva on Friday afternoon to meet with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, NBC News reports. Nuclear talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 nations resumed in Geneva Thursday morning. Word of Kerry's impending arrival is the strongest sign so far of an agreement on a first step toward a comprehensive final deal, according to NBC. Earlier, a senior American official and Zarif both said a deal could be reached Friday. The United States was pressuring Iran to halt its nuclear program in return for a limited and reversible reprieve on...
  • First Syria, now Iran; Obama being played for a fool

    09/30/2013 12:21:26 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 01, 2013 12:00AM | John Bolton
    <p>The Syrian diplomatic and political debacle was bad enough, but last week at the UN President Obama embarked on a campaign for "progress" with Iran that will prove much more dangerous for American interests.</p> <p>Just as Vladimir Putin had played him for a fool over Syria, Barack Obama was initially snubbed by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani despite frantic White House efforts to produce a handshake.</p>
  • Susan Rice: Rouhani asked Obama to call him

    09/29/2013 12:29:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 27, 2013 | CNN Political Unit
    Rice told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that the Iranian delegation approached the Obama administration about a phone call between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. The request came after indicating earlier in the week that a direct meeting at the UN General Assembly would not be possible due to Iran’s internal political reality.
  • In Tehran, Phone Call Between Presidents Is as Good as a Handshake

    09/27/2013 7:08:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 16 replies
    New York times ^ | September 27, 2013 | THOMAS ERDBRINK
    <p>“Wow, this is fantastic,” said Armin Kay, an engineer reacting to the news. “The most important thing is that Obama took the initiative. This will go down really well with our leadership.”</p> <p>It was the first direct conversation between leaders of Iran and the United States since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.</p>