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  • Palestinians Get Backing From EU Court Ruling, Proposed U.N. Measure

    12/17/2014 6:36:43 PM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 17, 2013 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN, CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Palestinians Get Backing From EU Court Ruling, Proposed U.N. Measure By BATSHEVA SOBELMAN, CAROL J. WILLIAMS A European Union court Wednesday ordered the removal of Hamas from the European Union's list of terrorist organizations, based on a procedural technicality, a ruling that provoked anger from Israel as well as satisfaction from the militant Palestinian movement. A statement from the General Court of the European Union said it annuls the “measures maintaining Hamas on the European list of terrorist organizations.” However, the court said assets seized from Hamas would continue to be frozen pending an appeal. The court ruling coincided with...
  • Israel suffers sharp rebuffs from Europe

    12/17/2014 11:03:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 17, 2014 12:34 PM EST | John-Thor Dahlburg and John Heilprin
    Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal. In Geneva, the international community delivered a stinging rebuke to Israel’s settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying the practice violates Israel’s responsibilities as an occupying power. The declaration adopted by the conference of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which governs the rules of war and military occupation, emphasized a prohibition on colonizing occupied land and insisted that international humanitarian law be obeyed in areas affected by the conflict between Israel...
  • Caroline Glick Just Made Sure that Every European Ambassador Will Think Twice...

    12/17/2014 9:45:15 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    ...Before Opening Their Mouth Glick JPost.com’s Senior Contributing Editor responds resolutely to the Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr’s statement that Israel is better than the Palestinians and therefore being judged by different standards. It almost sounds like a compliment until Ms. Glick takes apart his premise and expalains why his statement is profusely antisemitic. We need more advocates like Caroline Glick. More young people need to learn the facts and continue to defend Israel knowledgably.
  • UN: Turning back the clock to pre-1948 is the real endgame [Joel 3]

    12/17/2014 8:24:50 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/17/2014 | Anne Beyefsky
    Incitement against the Jewish State is directly related to the stabbings, raping and killing of Jews inside and outside of Israel. But doing something to stop it requires confronting a very troubling fact: the global epicenter for incitement is the “human rights” leviathan, the United Nations. From November 24, 2014 until December 5, 2014, UN human rights headquarters in Geneva mounted a public exhibit that was pure incitement. UN-driven antisemitism that takes the form of seeking to demonize, disable and ultimately destroy the Jewish state...
  • EU Parliament Backtracks on Resolution to Recognize Palestinian State

    12/17/2014 5:05:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 17, 2014
    JNS.org - European Parliament members on Tuesday declined to propose an initially planned motion that would have urged the European Union’s (EU) 28 member nations to recognize a unilaterally established Palestinian state. Instead, the EU Parliament’s lawmakers proposed a resolution asking for the continuation of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Negotiators for the European People’s Party and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, parties that together hold a majority of the EU Parliament seats, issued a resolution stating that the EU Parliament “supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these...
  • Former Meretz MK Pays Condolence Visit for Ziad Abu Ein

    12/16/2014 3:40:05 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/12/14 | Ido Ben Porat & Ari Yashar
    ormer MK and primaries contender in the radical leftist Meretz party Mossi Raz, who also is the former secretary general of Peace Now, paid a condolence visit in Ramallah on Tuesday evening at the home of convicted terrorist turned Palestinian Authority (PA) minister Ziad Abu Ein. Abu Ein, who had a long history of health conditions, died last Wednesday of a heart attack during a riot against the IDF. The PA was quick to blame Israel with "murdering" him, accusations which investigations thoroughly debunked as video of the event showed he was not struck, and that an IDF female medic...
  • Fact-Finding in the Middle East

    12/16/2014 8:50:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | Armstrong Williams
    I don’t usually get so personal in these columns, but today I want you to know that I feel particularly blessed. I am in the Holy Land with my friends, Dr. Ben and Candy Carson. Israel is one of my favorite travel destinations in the world. This will be my eighth visit. It is the first trip there for the Carsons and it is truly a privilege to escort them through this remarkable country. Dr. and Mrs. Carson are deeply faithful Christians, who I suspect will soon find themselves enveloped by the deep sense of spirituality that is palpable in...
  • Iran: We Will Get The Bomb

    12/15/2014 2:29:17 PM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:26 PM 12/07/2014 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran has no intention of reaching a settlement over its illicit nuclear program, the Islamic Republic’s senior strategist revealed last week on his blog. Instead, the regime has adopted a policy of “elongation” with the 5+1 nations in which it strings along the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany as it develops nuclear weapons, wrote Alireza Forghani. Forghani is a senior analyst and strategy specialist in the supreme leader’s camp and closely aligned with Mehdi Taeb, who heads the regime’s Ammar Strategic Base, a radical think thank, and thus speaks with the blessing of the Islamic regime. “Elongation”...
  • Netanyahu on Australia cafe siege: International Islamic terror does not know borders

    12/15/2014 11:29:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] & Reuters ^ | 12/15/14 | Herb Keinon
    Rome - Emerging from a a three-hour meeting in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´ s first comments related to the siege on the cafe in Sydney Australia that ended shortly before. Netanyahu sent his condolences to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and the Australian people. He said that International Islamic terror does not know borders, and the struggle against it needs to be global. (Snip) Netanyahu then discussed the focus of his meeting with Kerry saying that Israel will “do everything possible” to make sure that the UN Security Council does not impose
  • Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media

    12/14/2014 3:18:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    yahoo ^ | Dilay Gundogan
    Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey's biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a US-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top foe.
  • Syria conflict: Rebels capture key Idlib army bases

    12/15/2014 9:58:27 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 December 2014 | unattributed
    Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria and allied rebel groups have taken control of two key army bases in the northern province of Idlib, activists say. Members of al-Nusra Front, supported by those from Jund al-Aqsa, captured Wadi al-Deif base on Monday after launching a fierce offensive on Sunday morning. Ahrar al-Sham later joined their assault on the nearby Hamidiya base. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad had until now managed to repel a number of assaults on the facilities. Situated outside the town of Maarat al-Numan and next to the country's main north-south motorway, they have been surrounded since 2012. A...
  • Western Indifference to the Palestinian Culture of Hate

    12/15/2014 5:42:04 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 15, 2014 | Ari Lieberman
    Western Indifference to the Palestinian Culture of HatePosted By Ari Lieberman On December 15, 2014 @ 12:09 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments A shockingly, disturbing video has recently surfaced exposing the true and pernicious face of Palestinian extremism and xenophobia. The video, made available by Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) shows a bearded sheikh giving what appears to be an impromptu sermon on the Jews. (After all, what else is there to talk about?) The venue is the Al-Aqsa Mosque, considered by those who practice the “religion of peace” to be their third holiest site after Mecca and...
  • Qatar broke promise with US, allowed Gitmo detainee to leave the country

    12/14/2014 4:33:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    jihad watch ^ | 12/14/14 | Robert Spencer
    Relying on allies that aren’t allies is yet another consequence of the Washington establishment’s determined refusal to face the realities of the jihad, and to formulate policy based on those realities. “Qatar ‘broke promise to US over Guantanamo detainee,'” by David Blair, the Telegraph, December 12, 2014 (thanks to Lookmann): Qatar broke an “explicit” promise by allowing a former Guantánamo detainee who had trained with al-Qaeda to leave the country and visit Britain, a new report has found. Jarallah al-Marri, who attended an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan before the terrorist attacks on September 11, was freed from Guantánamo in...
  • What Exodus: Gods and Kings Gets Right

    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE~ DECEMBER 13, 2014 4:00 AM What Exodus: Gods and Kings Gets Right Ridley Scott offers some fresh perspectives without straying unforgivably far from Biblical orthodoxy. By Josh CraddockJoel Edgerton (left) and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and KingsBringing familiar Bible stories to the silver screen is a risky enterprise. A director must avoid mere rehash of previous tellings (think Cecil B. DeMille’s opus The Ten Commandments) but without allowing artistic license to veer off into offensive parody. That’s a difficult task when some 3.8 billion people believe the source matter is sacred revelation from God himself. In...
  • PA to Submit Unilateral UN Resolution on Wednesday

    12/14/2014 3:27:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/12/14 | Ben Ariel
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) announced on Sunday that the draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council that would set a two-year deadline for Israel to “end its occupation” will be submitted on Wednesday. "The Palestinian leadership took a decision to go to the Security Council next Wednesday to vote on their project to end the occupation," senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) member Wassel Abu Yussef told AFP after a meeting in Ramallah. The Israeli foreign ministry declined to comment ahead of Monday's meeting in Rome between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry...
  • Teachers Ordered to Stop Chaperoning School Trips

    12/14/2014 3:12:58 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    The head of the Teachers Association, Ran Erez, on Sunday sent a letter to members of the organization in which he instructed them to stop serving as chaperones on school trips after Chanukah. Erez claimed that despite the commitment of the Ministry of Education, no steps have been taking to regulate the criminal liability imposed on teachers in the event that a student is ...
  • Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar Abu Sara to the Jews: "We Shall Slaughter You Without Mercy"

    12/14/2014 3:07:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 41 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 28/11/14
    In an impromptu sermon at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheik Omar Abu Sara called to slaughter the Jews, whom he called "the most evil of Allah's creations." The sermon was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014. Transcript is pending. Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon delivered by Palestinian preacher Sheik Omar Abu Sara at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which was posted on the Internet on November 28, 2014: Omar Abu Sara: Let me start by saying that talking about the traits of the Jews requires one to get into a special mode, because we are dealing with people to...
  • Saudi Arabia’s oil war against Iran and Russia

    12/14/2014 2:08:05 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 55 replies
    NYP ^ | 14 Dec 14 | Ralph Peters
    This week, oil fell through the price floor of $60 a barrel and gas at my local filling station was $2.26 a gallon. That’s great news for commuters and almost every business, but wonderfully bad news for our ugliest enemies. If oil prices remain low through next year, the effect on rogue governments, from the Russian Federation to Venezuela, will go from damaging to devastating. But Western economies (and China’s) stand to benefit, with cheap oil possibly tickling Europe’s snoozing markets awake. Even most underdeveloped states will get a welcome break.
  • Is This the End of Michele Bachmann?

    12/14/2014 12:36:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/14/2014 | By MELINDA HENNEBERGER
    hould anyone have been surprised that Michele Bachmann would go out with a bang, a big bang? On Tuesday, in what the retiring congresswoman from Minnesota figured would be her last White House holiday party, Bachmann used the grip-and-grin moment when she got her picture taken with President Obama to raise a reliably grin-killing topic. “The U.S. needs to take out Iran’s nuclear facilities today,” she informed him. His response? “A condescending smile and laugh,” she tells Politico, making a little pat-on-the-head gesture. “‘Michele, it isn’t that easy, but that’s OK,’” she remembers him telling her. To which the gentlelady...
  • PM: Palestinian State will Lead Islamists to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem

    12/14/2014 12:52:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 12/14/2014, 12:57 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed US Secretary of State John Kerry’s upcoming talks in Rome on Sunday, during opening remarks for his weekly Cabinet meeting. “Tomorrow I will leave for Rome to meet with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and US Secretary of State John Kerry,” he said. “I will tell them that Israel, to a large degree, stands as a solitary island against the waves of Islamic extremism that are washing over the entire Middle East.” “Until now, we have successfully withstood and repelled these attacks and now we also stand against the possibility of a diplomatic assault, i.e....
  • Ron Paul: Know Who’s Really Behind Islamic Terrorism? The Jews.

    12/30/2011 12:24:19 PM PST · by mnehring · 86 replies
    One of the more insane claims in Ron Paul’s newsletters was that the Israelis were behind the WTC bombings in 1993: Whether [the 1993 World Trade Center bombing] was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little. This claim is of course so ridiculous and absurd that even Paul has to protect himself by claiming that “a Jewish friend” told him about it. What a handy rhetorical device! If only Paul had had the foresight to couch all his racist remarks in the newsletters...
  • Israeli minister: Iran doesn't need one centrifuge (video at link)

    12/14/2014 10:18:54 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | December 13th, 2014 11:44 PM ET
    Fareed speaks with Naftali Bennett, the economic minister in Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet, about Iran's nuclear program. Watch the full interview on GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN. Iran - you have said that you thought a bad deal would lead to war, but a good deal could lead to peace. So the question is, do you regard the deal that is under discussion as a good deal or a bad deal? From what we can tell, the area where they seem to be at right now is that Iran would go from about 19,000...
  • The Jews of Arabia

    12/14/2014 7:21:50 AM PST · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14th December 2014 | BBC News
    'The Jews may have originated in the Middle East but they were long ago scattered far and wide - to the Gulf, among other places. Few now remain, except in Iran. But a century ago, writes Matthew Teller, there was even a proposal to found a Jewish state at an oasis near Bahrain.'
  • In Europe They Are Anxious to Get Rid of Israel

    12/13/2014 7:01:29 AM PST · by kindred · 49 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 12-12-14 | Giulio Meotti
    In Ireland, taking the name of Israel means becoming a war criminal. A popular Dublin restaurant, The Exchequer, no longer stocks Israeli goods. In the Irish town of Kinvara, retailers, restaurants and pharmacies operate a boycott of Israeli goods. The leading Irish supermarket chain SuperValu removed the Israeli carrots from its shelves. And I have mentioned just a few examples of the new Irish anti-Semitism. It is the same everywhere in Europe: Israel is disappearing from European shelves. Practically and symbolically. The material cancellation of Israeli goods from Europe's shelves anticipates Israel's physical suppression. The French city of Lille suspended...
  • Czech home owners find Jewish belongings from WWII

    12/13/2014 5:17:28 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    REUTERS - J Post ^ | 12/12/2014
    Amongst the findings were shoes and photos hidden by Jewish prisoners of the Holocaust. PRAGUE - House owners rebuilding their attic in the Czech town of Terezinhave found photos, shoes and other possessions of Jews forced into a ghetto there under Nazi rule, a heritage project said on Thursday. Terezin (Theresienstadt), a fortress and garrison town built at the end of the 18th century, was used by the Nazis as a transit camp for Jews rounded up in Czechoslovakia and deported from elsewhere in Europe. They were held in the ghetto until they could be transported to camps farther east....
  • 'US Should Fund Jewish Construction in Judea-Samaria, Not Gaza'

    12/13/2014 11:12:15 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-12-14 | Baruch Gordon
    In a stirring speech delivered at the annual Bet El Institutions dinner earlier this week, former Arkansas Governor and US Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee said that the United States should immediately cease its funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and allocate the same amount to housing for Jews in Judea and Samaria (AKA the West Bank). Huckabee, who led three groups to Israel this year alone, said that he always brings tourists to a random Palestinian shop to ask to see Israel on the maps sold in the store. The shopkeeper inevitably looks confused because Israel doesn’t appear on their...
  • US approves massive defense spending bill

    12/12/2014 6:17:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | December 13, 2014
    The United States Congress approved a massive defense spending bill Friday that provides for an enhanced air campaign against the "Islamic State" terror group, as well as the training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels. The legislation, which passed 89 votes to 11 in the Senate, includes US President Barack Obama's $5-billion (4-billion-euro) request for funds to combat the Islamic State. Of that, $3.4 billion will be allocated to the deployment of US forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, and $1.6 billion will be used to equip and train Kurdish forces for two years. "American air power had changed...
  • Terrorist Throws Acid at Jewish Family Near Jerusalem

    12/13/2014 11:15:07 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-12-14 | Yoni Kempinski and Tova Dvorin
    A terrorist attacked a Jewish family with acid in the Gush Etzion region south of Jerusalem Friday, wounding six people including a number of young children. According to Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics, the mother of the family and three young girls between the ages of 8 and 10 were injured in the lower extremities in the attack. Their injuries are described as light. The father, a man in his forties, suffered light-to-moderate injuries to his face and eyes. The sixth victim is believed to be another hitchhiker, and his condition has been described as "moderate". The victims are apparently...
  • Muslims Capture Christians, Take Them To Slaughterhouses, Dissect Them While They Are Still Alive

    12/13/2014 12:30:39 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Shoebat ^ | November 3, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Muslim Albanians in Kosovo are capturing Christians, dissecting them alive, tearing out their organs, killing the victims, and then selling the organs to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the two major nations of the Antichrist. We learned this from a local Serbian Christian and veteran Special Forces officer in Serbia’s military, named Lazar. We interviewed him and this is the information he conveyed to us. He said “They also kill people and sell their organs in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.” He then said, They abduct people in Kosovo, Serbian people — in some cases Albanian people — and they take their...
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Juncker: Greece should avoid ‘wrong outcome’ in elections

    12/12/2014 5:05:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/11/14 @ 21:24 | Valentina Pop
    EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has warned Greece against electing “extreme forces” into power and said he would prefer “known faces”—so far the strongest intervention of the EU top brass in the Greek campaign. “I think that the Greeks—who have a very difficult life—know very well what a wrong election result would mean for Greece and the eurozone,” Juncker said during an Austrian public TV debate with EUobserver and several other Brussels-based journalists. He steered clear of explicit political advice ahead of presidential elections in Greece next week, but said: “I wouldn’t like extreme forces to come to power.” The...
  • Portugal’s Parliament Calls to Recognize ‘Palestine’

    12/12/2014 3:31:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 12/12/2014, 9:56 PM | Ben Ariel
    Portugal’s parliament on Friday adopted a resolution calling on the government to recognize the Palestinian state, following a growing number of similar votes around Europe. Parliament’s motion, filed jointly by the ruling center-right majority and the opposition Socialist party, proposed “recognizing, in coordination with the European Union, the state of Palestine as independent and sovereign,” according to AFP. However, Portugal’s Foreign Minister Rui Machete said after the vote the government “will choose the moment best suited” to recognize the Palestinian state. …
  • Palestinian attacks family of 6, including young children, with acid

    12/12/2014 8:03:18 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 12/12/2014 | ITAMAR SHARON
    Seven people, including a family of five with young children, were lightly wounded in the West Bank Friday afternoon when a Palestinian man hurled acid into their car, before being shot and seriously wounded. The attack occurred near a checkpoint between the Gush Etzion settlement of Beitar Illit, where the family is from, and the Palestinian village of Husan, southwest of Jerusalem. Palestinian news agency Ma’an identified the attacker as Jamal Abd al-Majid Ghayatha, 45, from the West Bank village of Nahalin. Media networks affiliated with Hamas said the man was a former Palestinian prisoner in Israel jail, Israel Radio...
  • Obama's 'big breakthrough' coming by end of year: Leaked: declaration of Palestinian state

    12/12/2014 7:51:30 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 77 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 02/17/2014 at 8:43 PM | unknown
    TEL AVIV – The Palestinian Authority received a pledge from the U.S. that by the end of 2014, the Obama administration will issue an official written declaration presenting general highlights of a future Palestinian state, a senior Palestinian negotiator told WND. The negotiator further said the goal is to have the general framework for a deal ironed out by April. The current framework for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement being brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry calls for the phased implementation of more Palestinian sovereignty within three to five years, the negotiator said. As part of the written declaration, the U.S....
  • UN: Iran’s Israel-Genocide Threats 'Totally Unacceptable'

    12/12/2014 12:22:47 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/12/14 | Mark Langfan
    Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Prevention of Genocide, on Tuesday emphatically stated that Iran’s genocidal threats to “wipe Israel off the earth” are “totally unacceptable.” Dieng was at the UN’s headquarters in New York to commemorate the Anniversary of the Genocide Convention that was first adopted on December 9, 1948. Carmen Maria Rodriguez of Radio Marti asked the question that sparked Dieng’s direct censure of Iran’s recent waves of calls for Israel’s annihilation. Dieng went on to elaborate that not only are Iran’s genocidal threats to wipe Israel off the map “totally unacceptable,” but also that...
  • Shots fired at Israeli embassy in Athens

    12/11/2014 8:26:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2014 11:13 PM EST
    Greek authorities are investigating a pre-dawn, drive-by gunfire attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens, which caused no injuries or damage. […] There was no claim of responsibility for the attack. …
  • Indictment Against Radical Arab MK Hanin Zoabi [Israel]

    12/11/2014 5:46:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 12/9/2014, 8:07 PM | Yishai Karov, Ari Yashar
    State Attorney Shai Nitzan on Tuesday evening was said to support submitting an indictment against pro-Hamas Arab MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad), according to Channel 10. According to the report, the indictment will be on charges of threatening police officers, after Zoabi verbally abused two Arab Israeli police officers in Nazareth, and urged Arab youths to attack them. […] The indictment apparently will not be served for other notorious incidents, which include her defending the Hamas terrorists who abducted and murdered three Israeli teens on June 12, saying they weren’t “terrorists” and justifying their actions as a “legitimate” way to “fight...
  • French Senate Votes to Recognize 'Palestine'

    12/11/2014 5:52:49 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12-11-14 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    France's upper house of parliament on Thursday urged the government to recognize "the state of Palestine", following a similar and highly symbolic vote in the lower house. The Senate resolution, calling for French recognition of" Palestine" and an "immediate restarting" of peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, passed narrowly, with 153 votes in favor and 146 against. The vote came as European countries seek to restart the stalled Middle East process and followed an unopposed motion in the Irish parliament to recognize "Palestine" - the fourth assembly in Europe to do so. Lawmakers in Britain and Spain have...
  • Iranian president calls fall in oil prices ‘treachery’

    12/11/2014 5:09:09 AM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 10, 2014 | Associated Press
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of “treachery,” in an apparent reference to regional rival Saudi Arabia, which opposed production cuts. Oil prices have plunged by more than 40 percent since June to around $65 a barrel, placing severe strain on Iran’s economy, which is already hobbled by international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program. An OPEC meeting last month failed to reach agreement on production curbs, mainly because of Saudi opposition. Rouhani told a Cabinet meeting Wednesday that the fall in prices is at least partly “politically motivated,”...
  • Ted Cruz: Return to foreign policy of Reagan - Appears to have eye on 2016 in Heritage speech

    12/11/2014 12:46:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 10, 2014 | Jerome R. Corsi
    WASHINGTON – In a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday that sounded like the first foreign policy address of a presidential campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called for a return to the international politics of President Ronald Reagan. Cruz contrasted Reagan’s approach with the Obama-Clinton policy of not putting distance between the U.S. and traditional allies, such as Britain and Israel, in the hope of “domesticating” long-standing enemies such as Russia and Iran. “This backfired,” Cruz argued. “The end result is that Churchill is no longer welcome in the Oval Office. He recalled one of Obama’s first acts...
  • Iranian Nuclear Cheating Prompts Speculation of Pre-Emptive Israeli Strike

    12/10/2014 10:34:52 PM PST · by PROCON · 23 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | Abe Katsman
    Quiet allegations of Iranian cheating on its interim nuclear agreement are fueling speculation in the Israeli press that Israel may be preparing to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, reports the Algemeiner. The official position from Washington has been reflected in Secretary of State John Kerry’s assertions that Iran has so far adhered to the November 2013 Joint Plan of Action nuclear agreement, which bound Iran to suspend certain work at its Arak heavy-water reactor designed to produce plutonium. “Iran has held up its end of the bargain,” Kerry said last month in Vienna while announcing a seven-month...
  • Moshe Kahlon Introduces His 'Kulanu' Party

    12/10/2014 5:39:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/14 | Yaakov Levi
    Former Likud MK Moshe Kahlon will indeed be running for the Knesset – and on Wednesday evening, he introduced his new party to Israelis. The party's name will be “Kulanu,” meaning “all of us.” The name is reminiscent of the campaign phrase used by Ehud Barak in his campaign for the Prime Minister's position in 1999, when he said that he would be the leader of “kulam” - everyone. Kahlon did not announced the names of any of the candidates who would be running with him. However, he said, his slogan to the voters would be “Be like Kahlon” (“Tihyu...
  • IDF on High Alert Ahead of Abu Ein Funeral

    12/10/2014 5:28:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/14 | Kobi Finkler
    The IDF will be on high alert in Judea and Samaria on Thursday, in anticipation of riots by Palestinian Arabs during the funeral of Ziad Abu Ein, a senior Palestinian Authority official who died Wednesday of a heart attack during riots against the IDF. As part of the preparations for the funeral, the IDF will send reinforcements to the region. The decision to do so was made in light of intelligence information that was received indicating that Arabs are planning riots. Abu Ein, 55, was a convicted terrorist who previously held the post of PA Deputy Minister of Prisoners' Affairs....
  • Google Israel Chief: Israel Needs more Tech Workers (Who needs a job?)

    12/10/2014 4:57:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | December 10, 2014 | Yaakov Levi
    Looking for a job? If you're a programmer or computer science grad, there are plenty, said Meir Brand, head of Google's Israel office.Looking for a job? If you're a programmer or computer science grad, there are plenty of jobs for you in Israel, said Meir Brand, head of Google's Israel office. “I can tell you that there is a worldwide shortage of qualified people in these areas, and Israel is feeling this as well,” Brand told an audience at Haifa University, at an event sponsored by the Israel Lottery. The Lottery raises money for education, and Brand's message for listeners...
  • Heated Row Between Israeli Minister and Biased Sky News over Temple Mount Shutdown

    12/10/2014 9:30:55 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 3 replies
    Interesting argument!
  • Iran: Fall in oil prices is 'treachery'

    12/10/2014 7:55:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    AP ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ali Akbar Dareini
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of "treachery," in an apparent reference to regional rival Saudi Arabia, which opposed production cuts. Oil prices have plunged by more than 40 percent since June to around $65 a barrel, placing severe strain on Iran's economy, which is already hobbled by international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program. An OPEC meeting last month failed to reach agreement on production curbs, mainly because of Saudi opposition.
  • Kerry to Congress: Don’t rule out U.S. ground war against Islamic State

    12/10/2014 7:26:43 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/10 | Oliver Knox
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday asked lawmakers debating legislation to authorize the war against the so-called Islamic State not to rule out the use of U.S. ground troops in combat. “The president has been clear that his policy is that U.S. military forces will not be deployed to conduct ground combat operations,” Kerry began. “However,” he added, "while we certainly believe this is the soundest policy, and while the president has been clear he's open to clarifications on the use of U.S. combat troops to be outlined in an AUMF, that does not mean we should preemptively bind...
  • FEATURE-Venezuela's poor sour on Maduro as prices, shortages sting

    12/10/2014 6:01:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 10, 2014 | By Alexandra Ulmer
    Packing potatoes at his vegetable stand on a sun-baked street in Caracas's hillside Catia slum, Jesus Jimenez fondly recounts voting for late president Hugo Chavez. Like millions in Venezuela's poor "barrios," the chatty father of 14 worshipped the larger-than-life Chavez and benefited from his welfare programs, especially Cuban-staffed free health centers and substantial pension rises. So after Chavez's death last year, Jimenez naturally voted for the leader's hand-picked protege Nicolas Maduro, a former union activist and bus driver who vowed to continue the idiosyncratic brand of socialism known as "Chavismo". Now, though, he struggles to make ends meet as inflation...
  • Ireland to Accept Motion Recognizing ‘Palestine’

    12/09/2014 3:04:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 12/10/2014, 12:16 AM | Ben Ariel
    The Irish government is expected to accept a motion to be proposed by the opposition calling on parliament to recognize “Palestine” as a state, Reuters reports. The decision follows the passing of a motion in Ireland’s upper house in October calling on the government to formally recognize a Palestinian state. Members of parliament in the lower house are due to discuss the motion proposed by the opposition Sinn Féin party later on Tuesday and on Wednesday, according to Reuters. A government spokesman said it will not oppose the bill, meaning MPs will not be required to vote. The motion calls...
  • Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia

    12/09/2014 6:54:41 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 9 replies
    veterans news now ^ | December 8, 2014 | Pepe Escobar
    The latest, spectacular “Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream” Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about. In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised North Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devises a new sweet deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC) concerning the European “Third Energy Package”, which prohibits one company from...