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  • Peace Talks Suspended, Six-hour cabinet meeting decides to response to PA-Hamas unity by suspending

    04/24/2014 9:12:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 4/24/14 | Hezki Ezra, Ari Yashar
    During a six-hour security cabinet meeting on Thursday, ministers decided to respond to the Palestinian Authority's (PA) unity deal with Hamas, reached on Wednesday, by suspending the peace talks ahead of their April 29 deadline. Further, it was decided to implement various sanctions on the PA, such as financial sanctions, and the cutting of diplomatic contact including that of the peace talks. Sanctions were taken against the PA earlier in the month in response to its breach of talk conditions by applying to join 15 international conventions. Those sanctions put a near end to diplomatic contact, but not concerning the...
  • Benghazi could have been prevented if US hadn't allowed weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants,

    04/24/2014 7:45:37 AM PDT · by hecht · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 22-23, 2014 | David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
    The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn't been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier. 'The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,' Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline. She blamed the...
  • Secretary Kerry will now bring Worldwide peace and prosperity [Satire]

    04/23/2014 9:34:59 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 23, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by my (imaginary) friend, the Very Honorable Ima Librul, Senator from the great State of Confusion Utopia. He is a founding member of CCCEB (Climate Change Causes Everything Bad), a charter member of President Obama’s Go For it Team, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Meretricious Relations Subcommittee. He is also justly proud of his expertise in the care and breeding of unicorns, for which his Save the Unicorns Foundation received substantial Federal grants after President Obama's approval.  We are honored to have a post of this caliber by a quintessential...
  • U.S. Releases Another $1 Billion to Iran ($2.55 billion since February)

    04/22/2014 8:23:11 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Adam Kredo
    The United States has released $1 billion in cash assets to Iran in April alone under the interim nuclear deal aimed at ratcheting back Iran’s nuclear program, according to the White House. The Obama administration unfroze Iranian assets totaling $550 million on April 10 and another $450 million on April 15. The United States has now released $2.55 billion to Iran since February, when the scheduled cash infusions first began. The cash releases were contingent upon Iran halting some aspects of its nuclear program and scaling back its stockpiles of highly enriched uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon....
  • Stunner! Benghazi Was a Base for Illegal Arms Shipments to Syria

    04/22/2014 6:31:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 90 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | April 22, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Illegal arms were shipped to Syrian rebels from Libya and this could be the reason Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton lied and claimed the attack on the consulate was the result of a video. Seymour Hirsch published an investigative report stating that there is an addendum to the Senate Intelligence Committee report which explains what the CIA was doing in Benghazi. Our government was shipping arms from Libya through Turkey to Syrian rebels before we realized they were al-Qaida. The reason the government lied was probably to conceal an illegal operation to arm Syrian rebels. Ambassador Stevens was the coordinator....
  • Lessons Learned From Obama’s Middle East ‘Peace Process’

    04/22/2014 6:44:09 PM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 17, 2014 | John Bolton
    Barack Obama has announced a “pause” for a “reality check” in his Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, although no one is really deceived by this euphemism. His “peace process” is verging on collapse, despite a year’s investment of U.S. diplomatic time and effort. Not only will the negotiations’ impending failure leave Israelis and Palestinians even further from resolving their disputes than before but America’s worldwide prestige will be significantly diminished. Our competence and influence are again under question, Israel has been undermined and by misallocating our diplomatic priorities, we have impaired our ability to resolve international crises and problems elsewhere, such as Russia’s...
  • Obama Stumbling in Asia, Underestimating Putin, Turning the Middle East Over to the Terrorists

    04/22/2014 6:47:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama is getting a number of critical report cards about his foreign and domestic policies lately -- signs that America is tiring of his presidency. Here at home, Janet Yellen, in her first monetary policy address as the head of the Federal Reserve Board, said the labor markets were still weak, and that it will likely take two years or more before the U.S. fully recovers from its recession. Ouch. If Yellen's forecast proves right, this means it will have taken Obama's administration nearly eight years to lift our economy out of its long and painful lethargy....
  • A message from Pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned in Iran for the crime of being Christian

    04/22/2014 9:05:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/22/14 | Bill Martinez
    In reading this message from an imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini, your perspective can find a true focus on the significance of this Resurrection/Easter Holiday. Pastor Abedini is suffering, imprisoned in Iran under unjust and incredible circumstances. He has been sentenced to eight years in one of the most cruel prisons in Iran. Does he pray for himself? No. Like Jesus he prays for everyone else, that we would know the true and total freedom found only in Jesus Christ. As Ted Cruz describes, “Our fellow American, Pastor Saeed Abedini, is being imprisoned in Iran for simply practicing his Christian faith....
  • OUR SHAMEFUL SILENCE: The Forgotten Freedom Fighters of Venezuela

    04/21/2014 6:50:18 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 7 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | April 21, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    While much of the world has focused on the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, opposition forces in Venezuela continue to battle the brutal regime of Nicolas Maduro. While opposition forces battle for their basic human rights, the world, and in particular the government of the United States has remained largely silent. In February of this year, opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was arrested by government officials on charges of "inciting unrest" for leading, at the time, peaceful protests against the policies of Nicolas Maduro and his ruling United Socialist Party. Despite the overriding belief that he was being held illegally, few world...
  • The Latin American Bloc: The Ignored Danger to Freedom

    09/27/2003 1:39:47 PM PDT · by Blindboy16 · 7 replies · 284+ views
    Worldthreats.com ^ | September 8, 2003 | Ryan Mauro
    I have another investigation on my website, entitled "The Latin American Bloc: The Ignored Danger to Freedon". I re-read it today and thought maybe you guys could use it. It explains how Venezuela and Brazil sponsor terrorism including Al-Qaeda, and how Communism is ready to conquer all of Latin America by 2005-2006, including Mexico. Let me know your thoughts.
  • Al-Qaida runs own travel agency in Latin American

    08/24/2004 6:59:03 AM PDT · by watchout · 7 replies · 409+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | August 24, 2004 | 9-11 commission
    Al-Qaida runs own travel agency 9-11 panel report says Latin American service helps terrorists get to U.S. While there likely aren't any posters depicting exotic destinations on the wall, an al-Qaida travel agency operates in Latin America to help terrorists enter the U.S., the 9-11 commission reports. The revelation was part of the panel's final report issued Saturday as the commission formally disbanded. The global terror network operates a travel service that uses human smugglers as tools, reported Agence France-Presse. "There are uncorroborated law-enforcement reports suggesting that associates of al-Qaida used smugglers in Latin America to travel through the region...
  • Pace: Danger brewing in Latin America

    09/22/2006 2:18:37 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 11 replies · 619+ views
    Military.com ^ | September 22, 2006 | Agence France-Presse
    The US military's top general warned Friday that forces unfriendly to the United States are brewing in the Americas, arguing that "together we need to do something about it." General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, singled out Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez who this week attacked President George W. Bush as the "devil" in a speech to the UN General Assembly. "There have been increases in government actions that are not friendly to us," Pace said in a question-and-answer session with Pentagon employees. "President Chavez is clearly not a friend to the United States." He said it...
  • On Latinos Converting to Islam (Barf Bag Suggested)

    02/20/2007 7:25:55 PM PST · by Vigilanteman · 19 replies · 653+ views
    Muslim Bridges . Org ^ | 20 February 2007 | Muslim Bridges
    Why [are] so many young Muslims are falling in love with Latinos, getting married, forming wonderful families, and integrating together with such harmony and positive contributions to each other? Why many Hispanics become Muslims, and why many who are not Muslims, give their children Islamic names (like Omar, Fatima, Salma, Ismael, ...), loving the Islamic culture and art, and integrating it in their homes (arches, patio gardens at the center of the homes, tile roofs, even cooking traditional Muslim meals like Paaia? Many women (especially in Mexico) are empowered by the Islamic Rights and keep their last name after marriage!...
  • New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors

    04/21/2014 7:48:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 17 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | April 21, 2014 | DEBKAfile
    The household cleaning agent chlorine, in heavy concentration is purchased by Iran and and fitted with detonators, to provide President Bashar Assad with a vehicle for cheating on his undertaking to surrender Syria’s chemical arsenal under the year-old US-Russian chemical disarmament accord. And Assad is indeed getting away with using chlorine bombs, with crippling effect, especially on children, every few days. On April 7, Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon offered chapter and verse to prove that the Syrian army had perpetrated a chemical attack on civilians in he town of Harasta on March 27, causing scores of serious injuries and...
  • 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...
  • US sends small number of advanced weapons to Syrian rebels

    04/19/2014 10:04:42 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/19/14 | wsj
    It also follows a reorganization of Western-backed fighters aimed at creating a more effective military force and increasing protection for Christian and other religious minorities—something of particular importance to Washington. This shift is seen as a test of whether the U.S. can find a trustworthy rebel partner able to keep sophisticated weapons out of the hands of extremists, Saudi and Syrian opposition figures said. The U.S. has long feared that if it does supply advanced arms, the weapons will wind up with radical groups—some tied to al Qaeda—which have set up bases in opposition-held territory.
  • Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he won't enforce it

    04/19/2014 5:53:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won't enforce it. Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. "Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress's concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation," Obama said in his signing statement. "Nevertheless, as President...
  • Video: Obama signs bill blocking Iranian UN envoy from entry

    04/19/2014 1:10:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    Yesterday, Ted Cruz had his first authored bill get signed into law, but the freshman Senator from Texas probably didn’t too excited by the victory. Despite unanimous support in both chambers of Congress for the new law, President Barack Obama sounded less than enthusiastic about enforcing the bill he signed yesterday that would block the proposed Iranian envoy to the UN from receiving an entry visa to the US: It’s the oddest of legislative couples: President Obama and one of his biggest critics, Ted Cruz.Obama on Friday signed a Cruz-backed bill aimed at blocking Iran’s appointed ambassador to the United...
  • Will Hillary voters hand the GOP nomination to Rand Paul? (Operation Chaos)

    04/09/2014 2:16:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/09/2014 | AllahPundit
    A fiendishly clever theory from Peter Beinart. Remember “Operation Chaos”? That was Rush Limbaugh’s plan to have GOP voters wreak havoc on the Democratic nominating process in 2008. With McCain’s nomination already all but assured and Obama clinging to an apparently insurmountable lead over Hillary, Rush encouraged Republicans in states with open primaries (i.e. states where you don’t have to be registered as a party member to vote in that party’s primary) to cross over and vote for Hillary in the Democratic primary instead. The idea was to drag the primary process out for Democrats as long as possible, forcing...
  • Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why

    04/19/2014 2:07:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 17, 2014 |  MICHAEL CORKERY, JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and THOMAS ERDBRINK
    President Obama has warned that Iran is not open for business, even as the United States has loosened some of its punishing economic sanctions as part of an interim nuclear pact.Yet on Tuesday morning, Iran had an unlikely visitor: a plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, a community bank in Ogden that has 13 branches throughout the state. Bearing a small American flag on its tail, the aircraft was parked in a highly visible section of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran But from there, the story surrounding the plane, and why it was in Iran — where all but a...
  • Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he won´t enforce it

    04/18/2014 4:35:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won't enforce it. Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. "Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress's concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation," Obama said in his signing statement. "Nevertheless, as President...
  • 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...
  • Gunmen kill 20 in attack on South Sudan UN base

    04/17/2014 10:51:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    indiatimes.com ^ | 18 Apr, 2014, 10.35AM IST
    UNMISS said in a statement that "the armed mob forced entry into the site and opened fire on the internally displaced persons sheltering inside the base". Its forces returned fire -- first firing warning shots and then taking part in a ferocious gun battle -- before the fighters retreated, it added. The civilians had fled into the base weeks ago amid brutal ethnic massacres in the world's newest nation. Information Minister Michael Makuei said that a "huge number" of gunmen had come seeking revenge for the rebel capture of the oil town of Bentiu two days ago hoping to kill...
  • Jordanian air strike destroyed Al Qaeda raider force heading for US military base

    04/17/2014 5:25:03 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 10 replies
    Debka ^ | April 17, 2014 | Debka
    The Royal Jordanian Air force strike Wednesday, April 16, against a combat vehicle convoy from Syria destroyed an Al Qaeda raider force on its way to attack US military targets in the kingdom, DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal. Jordan’s first assault on a target outside the country took place on the Syrian side of the border opposite the eastern town of Ruwaished. This episode brought to the fore how dramatically the threat al Qaeda-Iraq poses to Jordan, the US forces based their and Israel has escalated. Amman has not disclosed where the air strike took place, who rode in the destroyed...
  • Nigeria: Another Forgotten–Or Ignored–Jihad

    04/17/2014 3:15:24 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 17 April 2014 | Unattributed
    There is an unfortunate tendency in the West to downplay the threat from Jihad. This is especially true when the acts of Jihad occur in the Third World and especially when the victims are non-white and poor. This week has provided us with prime examples of this in Nigeria, where Boko Haram has continued its Jihadist terror with horrific attacks which have been little more than an afterthought in US and other Western media. 72 killed, 133 wounded, 129 young schoolgirls kidnapped, all since Monday...had this happened in Europe or the US, it would have stopped all activity. But it's...
  • Execution, Interrupted: Killer’s Life Spared Moments Before Hanging

    04/17/2014 2:56:26 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    Time ^ | 04-17-2014 | Noah Rayman
    Hundreds of people are executed every year in Iran. Balal, thanks to the actions of his victim's mother, will not be one of them. Balal was standing on a chair, blindfolded and with a noose around his neck, when the mother of the man he stabbed to death seven years ago approached him, the Guardian reports. According to some interpretations of sharia law, the victim’s family participates in the punishment by pushing the chair from under the condemned man. But this time, the mother of the victim slapped Balal across the face and then helped the victim’s father remove the...
  • Violent clashes between IDF and Palestinians break out in Hebron

    04/17/2014 8:12:43 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/17/2014 | TOVAH LAZAROFF
    As thousands of Jewish visitors stream in to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs to celebrate Passover holiday, dozens of rioters throw stones at soldiers in West Bank city. For the second day in a row violent clashes broke out between the IDF and Palestinian activists in Hebron by the Policeman’s Checkpoint in the West Bank city. On Thursday the clashes occurred on the sidelines of a Hebron demonstration to mark Prisoner Security forces responded with riot dispersal means, including tear gas. The checkpoint separates the section of the city that is under control of the Palestinian Authority from the...
  • Netanyahu calls Putin, takes neutral stance on Ukraine

    04/17/2014 12:55:42 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/17/2014 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu initiated a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, Iran and Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. ... Netanyahu does speak to Putin by phone from time to time, so Tuesday night's conversation - though not a regular occurence - is by no means unprecedented. Russia is a major player in three areas of major concern to Israel: Iran, Syria and arms sales to the Middle East. ... On Monday, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki denied a Haaretz report last week...
  • Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

    04/17/2014 7:34:50 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 20 replies
    Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer. If the West tries to damage Russia’s influence in the world energy market, efforts will likely backfire, the Russian President said during his twelfth annual televised question and answer session. To really influence the world oil market a country would need to increase production and cut prices, which currently only Saudi Arabia could afford, Putin said. The president added he...
  • Rand Paul: Let’s get this straight — I’m not for containing Iran

    04/17/2014 7:15:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2014 | AllahPundit
    A new op-ed prompted by his interview with ABC over the weekend, which generated headlines like, “Rand Paul: Don’t dismiss containment option for nuclear Iran.”He’s not for containment, he now says, but nor is he irrevocably against it. What he’s for is strategic ambiguity, not telegraphing your intentions towards a bad actor lest you inadvertently limit your options later. Does America have any recent experience with that? I am not for containment in Iran. Let me repeat that, since no one seems to be listening closely: I am unequivocally not for containing Iran.I am also not for announcing that the...
  • Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

    04/17/2014 5:33:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    WorldTribune.com ^ | April 16th, 2014
    LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 MBTs. The newspaper, Bild, said the deal was opposed by leading members of the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, particularly Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. “Without agreement from the economy minister, the deal has no chance,” Bild said. If correct, the newspaper report could signal the end of Berlin’s plans to become a leading military supplier to the Arab world. Many in parliament...
  • Syrian opposition fighters obtain US-made anti-tank missiles

    04/17/2014 3:38:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 22 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    Syria's opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor and fortifications and are standard in the U.S. military arsenal. The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, among other countries, and the Pentagon approved the sale of 15,000 of the weapons to Saudi Arabia in December. Both countries aid Syrian opposition groups. U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute...
  • Beyond the Veil: Israel-Pakistan Relations

    04/13/2003 12:21:08 PM PDT · by BLACK_FLAG · 5 replies · 949+ views
    This is the html version of the file http://www.tau.ac.il/jcss/memoranda/memo55.pdf.G o o g l e automatically generates html versions of documents as we crawl the web.To link to or bookmark this page, use the following url: http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:lUjtgbDqYXoC:www.tau.ac.il/jcss/memoranda/memo55.pdf+%22ISRAEL-PAKISTAN%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 Google is not affiliated with the authors of this page nor responsible for its content. These search terms have been highlighted:  israel  pakistan  Page 1 P. R. Kumaraswamy Beyond the Veil: Israel-Pakistan Relations Page 2 Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (JCSS) The purpose of the Jaffee Center is, first, to conduct basic research that meets the highest academic standards on matters related to...
  • Hamas praises deadly West Bank shooting

    04/15/2014 2:24:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 5:20 PM EDT | Ian Deitch
    The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the week-long Jewish holiday. Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance” against Israel and warned of more attacks in the territory. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest incident to threaten peace talks with the Palestinians. […] “We tell the...
  • Israel and Russia are getting along. Have the neocons noticed?

    04/16/2014 8:45:25 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/16/2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Russia and Israel seem to have a growing affinity for each other. A few weeks ago, Israel abstained from a vote in the UN censuring Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported [link at URL] that this is a sore spot for the White House and a diplomatic novum on the world scene. A senior Israeli official said that Israel's absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed...
  • Jordanian warplanes destroy vehicles crossing from Syria

    04/16/2014 6:43:49 AM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 2 replies
    Ammon news ^ | 04/16/2014
    Jordan’s air force has destroyed military vehicles trying to cross from Syria, Jordanian state television said Wednesday
  • Iranian Caught Stealing Plans for DOD’s $1.5 Trillion Jet

    04/16/2014 7:00:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 32 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | January 16, 2014 | David Francis
    Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who worked for defense contractor Pratt & Whitney, was arrested last week for allegedly trying to smuggle boxes of documents related to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the plane expected to be the Pentagon’s next generation fighter jet. He was picked up in New Jersey on his way to Iran.
  • Why the Left Doesn’t Understand the Arab War Against Israel

    04/16/2014 5:52:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 14, 2014 | Lee Bender, Jerome Verlin
    Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz likes to say that if you are for civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, minority rights, basic freedoms of speech, press, association, open democracy, and an independent judiciary, there is only one country in the Middle East that espouses those values you support: Israel. And he is absolutely correct. But there appears to be a major disconnect among American Jews. Today, too many Jewish Americans are ambivalent about Israel, or even openly hostile towards it, believing erroneously that Israel acts in ways that contradict their “progressive” or “liberal” ideals. Jews are even at the forefront...
  • Dozens wounded in Temple Mount riot

    04/16/2014 6:07:50 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 15 replies
    Dozens of Palestinian protesters and an Israeli policeman were wounded Wednesday morning on the Temple Mount after the site was opened to Jewish visitors. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP that Palestinians threw “stones and firecrackers” at police when they opened the walled compound’s gates. Police responded with stun grenades, Rosenfeld said, and closed the complex to the Jewish visitors after a small number had toured the site. An AFP correspondent at the scene said dozens of Palestinians were wounded by rubber-coated bullets and stun grenade canisters, and were staying inside the Al-Aqsa mosque out of fear they would be...
  • Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear Capability

    04/16/2014 5:34:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 36 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear CapabilityPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 15, 2014 @ 7:30 pm In The Point | No Comments Sometimes a choice of words can be extremely revealing. That was the case with Kerry’s contentious testimony in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Under pressure, Kerry tends to slip and say revealing things. That was how the infamous, “for it and against it” clip was born. Kerry dismissed breakout as “just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything,...
  • Iran Adds Flying Boats and Small Copters to Its Aerial Swarms

    04/16/2014 5:59:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    Two thousand years ago, a Roman legion led by Marcus Licinius Crassus was marching toward Persian lands. Iran, ruled by the Partian Empire, was in no position to defeat this massive attack. Ten thousand soldiers under Iranian general Sourena faced an army of 43,000 well-trained, well-equipped and experienced Roman legionnaires. ............................................................ Taking a lesson from history, they plot asymmetric tactics to hit the Americans where they’re most vulnerable. Iran is prepared to send swarms of cheap, disposable craft to confuse and overwhelm the Pentagon’s much more monolithic naval forces.
  • Syria: US, Turkey, Israel behind chemical weapons attacks

    04/15/2014 7:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 04.16.14, 01:06
    The government of Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the United States, Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the rebels fighting to overthrow it, of being responsible for chemical weapons attacks in the country, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. In letters to the UN Security Council as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Assad regime cited “reports, studies and documented researches” that allegedly implicate the US and Turkish administrations, as well as several other countries, “whether directly or indirectly in these appalling carnage in Syria, including Khad al-Assal on March 15, 2013.” …
  • Israeli man killed, two wounded in Palestinian shooting near Hebron

    04/14/2014 12:26:09 PM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 12 replies
    YNet ^ | Apri 14, 2014 | Yoav Zitun, Noam 'Dabul' Dvir
    Palestinian terrorists open fire on Israeli cars en route to Passover meal; IDF troops launch massive manhunt in area; Hamas, Jihad praise attack. * * * Hamas and Islamic Jihad both praised the attack, although neither organization claimed responsibility. A spokesman for Islamic Jihad called the attack "a natural response to Israeli crimes," while Hamas said the shooting was "the response to the crimes of the occupation, and the repeated assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and against our prisoners in Israel jails."
  • Ted Cruz Bashes Obama, Rand Paul: ‘When U.S. Doesn’t Stand for Freedom, Tyrants Notice’

    03/10/2014 7:30:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 03/09/2014 | Evan McMurry
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) went after fellow Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and President Barack Obama on This Week With George Stephanopoulos sunday morning, telling ABC’s Jonathan Karl that Obama’s “five years of weakness” had emboldened Putin and that the U.S. needed to defend its values across the globe, in contrast to Paul’s less-interventionist foreign policy. “I’m a big fan of Rand Paul,” Cruz said, “but I don’t agree with him on foreign policy. I think U.S. leadership is critical in the world. I agree with him that we should be very reluctant to deploy military force abroad. But...
  • Steinitz says Kerry remarks on Iran nuclear threshold 'not acceptable'

    04/14/2014 12:29:04 PM PDT · by Ruprecht Jamieson · 9 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 04.14.14
    Steinitz says Kerry remarks on Iran nuclear threshold 'not acceptable' Minister in charge of nuclear affairs believes Israel will not adopt 'any agreement' that keeps Iran within a year of attaining nuclear weaponry. Israel described as "unacceptable" on Monday remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability. "In the past, and also recently, what we heard from the Americans, including publicly, and from the Europeans and even from the Russians, was that Iran must be distanced years – not months...
  • Pesach Shame: Hamas Conquers Temple Mount

    04/14/2014 1:05:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 4/14/2014, 10:11 AM | Gil Ronen and Ari Soffer
    Police have “lost control of the Temple Mount,” Temple activists charged Monday morning, on the eve of Pesach. Dozens of Hamas men have taken over the Mount, waving Hamas flags, and are “not allowing Jews and tourists into the Mount,” said the activists. […] The Temple organizations called for the police commissioner to resign, following his failures on the Temple Mount. …
  • Defense official on Ukraine policy: Israeli interests needn't be identical to U.S.'

    04/14/2014 2:31:55 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    Haaretz ^ | April 13, 2014 | Barak Ravid and Jonathan Lis
    U.S. officials angry over Israel's lack of condemnation of Russia. Israeli policy is driven by its own security interests and does not need to be identical to that of the U.S., a senior defense official said Sunday in response to Haaretz's report that White House and State Department officials in Washington have built up a great deal of anger over Jerusalem's "neutrality" regarding Russia's invasion of the Crimean Peninsula. Senior figures in the Obama administration have expressed great disappointment with the lack of support from Israel for the American position on the Ukraine crisis and with the fact that the...
  • 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...
  • The Red Line and the Rat Line (Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels)

    04/13/2014 1:03:03 PM PDT · by Abiotic · 3 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 17 April 2014 | Seymour M. Hersh
    In 2011 Barack Obama led an allied military intervention in Libya without consulting the US Congress. Last August, after the sarin attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, he was ready to launch an allied air strike, this time to punish the Syrian government for allegedly crossing the ‘red line’ he had set in 2012 on the use of chemical weapons.​* Then with less than two days to go before the planned strike, he announced that he would seek congressional approval for the intervention. The strike was postponed as Congress prepared for hearings, and subsequently cancelled when Obama accepted Assad’s...
  • Syria, rebels blame each other for reported poison gas attack

    04/12/2014 6:41:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 12, 2014, 6:22 p.m. | Patrick J. McDonnell
    Each side in the Syrian conflict blamed the other Saturday for an alleged poison gas attack that reportedly injured scores of civilians in the central province of Hama. There was no independent confirmation of a chemical strike, which reportedly hit the village of Kfar Zeita, an agricultural center northwest of the provincial capital, Hama. Fierce clashes between rebel and loyalist forces have been reported in the area. Various pro-opposition accounts said a government air raid Friday in Kfar Zeita included bombardment with an unspecified chemical agent, causing choking and suffocation among scores of residents. But state-run television said Al Qaeda-affiliated...