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  • US and Egypt find themselves at odds once again

    07/27/2014 6:32:59 PM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 7 replies
    Jpost ^ | 7/28/14 | Zvi Mazel
    Kerry has messed up the relationship with Egypt, just like he has with Israel. Egypt and Israel are against Hamas and radical Muslim Brotherhood. Obama gives money to the Hamas, and talks with Egypts enemies Turkey and Qatar. Egypt is closer to Israel than America in fighting Hamas.
  • Policy Memo: A Good Deal Is Better Than No Deal (Is this a threat)

    07/26/2014 4:14:45 PM PDT · by mgist · 17 replies
    NIA Council ^ | 7/17/14 | parisi
    Washington, DC – Failure to reach a nuclear deal with Iran will not lead to a continuation of the current status quo, but rather a deterioration of the situation with severe military, economic and security consequences. This is the conclusion of a new NIAC Policy Memo published today analyzing the consequences of a diplomatic failure between the U.S. and Iran. The Policy Memo will be presented today at an event at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC at 2.30pm. The military consequences of not reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran have been clearly defined by the White House: “You...
  • Kerry 'Tunneling Under Egyptian Ceasefire Deal', Says Minister

    07/26/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26 July 2014 | Gil Ronen; AFP
    Israeli anger at US envoy for his attempt to forge a ceasefire with Hamas sponsors Turkey, Qatar, in Paris talks. An Israeli minister accused U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of “digging a tunnel under the the Egyptian ceasefire proposal” by accepting Hamas's conditions for a ceasefire in Paris talks Saturday, Channel 2 reported. The minister's identity was not revealed. Kerry and top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East who gathered in Paris Saturday called for an extension to a temporary truce declared Saturday between Israel and Hamas. However, neither Israel, nor Egypt, nor the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud...
  • Unguarded Comments Suggest Kerry Frustration At Civilian Toll In Gaza [Lashes At Gaza Operation]

    07/20/2014 10:08:17 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Guardian (UK)R ^ | July 20, 2014 | Dominic Rushe
    Unguarded Comments Suggest Kerry Frustration At Civilian Toll In Gaza • 'It's a hell of a pinpoint operation' captured on open microphone Dominic Rushe in New York 20 July 2014 The secretary of state, John Kerry, on Sunday appeared to criticise Israel’s claims about the targeted scope of its attacks on Gaza, as a open microphone caught him talking to an aide ahead of a TV interview. “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry, who was appearing on Fox News Sunday as part of a tour of all five main US talkshows,...
  • Fragile 12-hour truce between Israel, Hamas goes into force

    07/26/2014 8:18:09 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 45 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Saturday, July 26, 2014 | Staff
    12-hour humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas went into force on Saturday morning, as top diplomats pressed efforts to secure a longer-term ceasefire. The fragile ceasefire began at 8:00 am (0500 GMT). Hamas said it and other groups in Gaza had reached “national consensus on a humanitarian truce”, and Israel later confirmed it would observe “a humanitarian window in the Gaza Strip”. The Hamas-run interior ministry in Gaza advised people not to approach bombed-out buildings and militant bases for fear of “explosive objects”. The Israeli military warned Gaza residents who had been told to evacuate their homes not to return...
  • 10,000 Palestinian protesters have marched on an Israeli checkpoint, sparking clashes with military

    07/24/2014 7:54:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    The Australian ^ | July 25, 2014 10:58AM | (Network writers, News Corp Australia Network)
    At least 10,000 Palestinian protesters have rallied and are clashing with Israeli military forces in and around Jerusalem following an attack on a UN school. The main clash site is at Qalandiya, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, though there are now reports of uprisings in the Old City portion of Jerusalem itself. […] Israeli army officials have told AFP news agency that “riot dispersal means” were being used to control the protest. […] Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said several officers were injured by rocks thrown at them in Jerusalem and that about 20 protesters were arrested. …
  • Israel Calls Out UNRWA for Claiming IDF Shelled School UNRWA's claims that an evacuation of a Gaza

    07/24/2014 8:30:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 7/24/14 | Elad Benari
    Israel on Thursday called out a United Nations aid agency for falsely claiming that the Israeli Defense Forces did not permit civilians to evacuate a Gaza school where 15 people were killed in an Israeli attack, reports the Washington Free Beacon. The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) laid blame for the civilian deaths on the IDF, claiming it never received approval from the IDF for an evacuation from the facility. UNRWA released a statement claiming, “UNRWA had been attempting to negotiate with the [IDF] a pause in the fighting during which they would guarantee a safe corridor to relocate...
  • FIFTEEN Palestinians Dead After Hamas Refuses to Allow Civilians to Escape Shelter

    07/24/2014 9:37:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/24/14 | Jim Hoft
    Today at least 15 people were killed and many wounded when Israeli forces shelled a UN-run school in northern Gaza. UN Chief Ban Ki Moon condemned the attack. The IDF said it was looking into the matter. Last night the IDF told the Red Cross to evacuate civilians from the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun. But Hamas refused to let the civilians leave the area.
  • In Gaza war, Egypt taking hard line over border [Israel and Hamas]

    07/25/2014 2:17:02 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 5 replies
    The a Times of Israel ^ | Friday,a July 25, 2014 | Lee Keith and Maggie Michael
    Vilification of Hamas in Cairo has only increased since Operation Protective Edge erupted. CAIRO (AP) — In the Gaza war now in its third bloody week, Hamas’ battle isn’t only with Israel, even though that’s the country it is firing rockets at. The terrorist group that rules Gaza is demanding Egypt open its border with the tiny, blockaded strip of territory Even as it presents itself as a mediator in the conflict, Egypt is taking a hard line, refusing any opening that would strengthen Hamas, a group it accuses of fueling militancy on its soil. And so far, the Egyptian...
  • Hamas has been looking for allies, so far in vain [Israel]

    07/25/2014 4:06:05 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Zvi Bar'el
    While Islamic Jihad remains an Iranian protégé, Hamas decided two and a half years ago to break with Iran and return to its natural Arab and Sunni home. This decision was sparked by the Iranian-backed Syrian government’s slaughter of its largely Sunni citizens, which generated pressure to sever ties from both fellow Palestinians and Arab states. But Hamas also thought this move wouldn’t exact too high an economic price, thanks to the support it received from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-led government. That calculation collapsed when Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted last year; Egypt’s new government is waging war on the...
  • Israel On Alert After Deadly West Bank Clashes

    07/25/2014 4:21:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 25, 2014
    Israeli security forces have been put on heightened alert after two Palestinians were killed during a massive protest in the West Bank. The victims were among an estimated 10,000 people who clashed violently with soldiers and border police at a checkpoint in Qalandiya, between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Israel said today it had deployed thousands of security forces were deployed in and around Jerusalem to "deal with any disturbances". Sky's David Bowden in Ashkelon, near Israel's border with Gaza, said: "After Friday prayers who knows what might happen. We are coming to the end of Ramadan. All of this is boiling...
  • Massive West Bank Clash Brings Slew Of Casualties, Arrests

    07/25/2014 5:01:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Breitbart News
    Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 150 other people Thursday night during a massive protest in the West Bank against Israel's military offensive in Gaza, Palestinian officials said.
  • Israel-Gaza: Hamas calls for 'third intifada' after violent riots in Jerusalem and West Bank

    07/25/2014 4:28:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 25, 2014 | By Inna Lazareva, Tel Aviv
    Hamas and Palestinian Authority call for "day of rage" over Israeli assault on Gaza after two Palestinians killed in overnight riots north of Jerusalem. Hamas leaders, both in Gaza and abroad, have called for the start of the third intifada - or Palestinian uprising - after violent riots with live fire erupted throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank last night. Violence flared up as thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, rioting and protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza. Approximately 10,000 people marched from Ramallah to Jerusalem, where they clashed with Israeli police. In Gaza, Hamas TV played pro-intifada songs, while...
  • Wiesenthal Center: Huffington Post Headline on Gaza ‘Takes Art of Lying to New Depths’

    07/25/2014 7:34:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 24, 2014
    Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper on Thursday slammed the Huffington Post and reporter Sophie Jones, its Middle East correspondent, for the sensationalist headline, “‘They Just Wanted to Kill as Many People as Possible.”’ Cooper said the headline, accusing Israel of targeting civilians in its current war against Hamas in Gaza, and Jones’s reporting, “takes the art of lying and self-delusion to new depths.” The Huffington Post article quoted Israel Defense Forces Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, the IDF’s official spokesman, describing Israel’s policy and procedure to warn civilians before striking Gaza targets, but then accused Israel of targeting...
  • Tenth Lesson of the Gaza War: Obama Doesn’t Want to Disarm Hamas

    07/25/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn
    There is a growing consensus in the United States and around the world that the way to end the Israel-Gaza war is to disarm Hamas. President Obama seems to be the only hold-out. On July 24, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a resolution calling on the Obama Administration to make the disarming of Hamas a central part of any cease-fire proposal. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican, is spearheading this effort together with Democratic Senators Charles Schumer of New York and Ben Cardin of Maryland. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed on July 15 to...
  • Gallup: Israel’s critics are younger, less educated, less informed and more Democratic

    07/25/2014 8:22:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Guy Benson
    First, the reassuring news: Americans’ pro-Israel sentiments remain near an all-time high, according to Pew’s latest numbers, and CNN measures public support for Israel’s recent actions against Hamas at a robust (57/43). Gallup’s latest nationwide survey, however, shows a much closer split on the righteousness of Israel’s defensive military campaign — although only a fractional minority is willing to defend Hamas’ terror campaign: According to Gallup’s internals, self-identifying Republicans are the primary reason Israel’s actions attract plurality support in this poll. GOP-leaners back Israel’s actions by a whopping 44-point margin; the numbers turn upside-down among independents (-10), and especially...
  • Americans' Reaction to Middle East Situation (Obama Coalition = Hates Israel)

    07/25/2014 8:09:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Gallup ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Americans are divided in their views of whether Israel's actions against the Palestinian group Hamas is "mostly justified" or "mostly unjustified," but they widely view Hamas' actions as mostly unjustified. Those results are similar to what Gallup measured 12 years ago during another period of heightened Israeli-Palestinian violence, and they are consistent with Americans' generally more positive views of the Israelis than of the Palestinians.
  • REPORTS: MASSIVE NEW YEAR'S TERRORIST INVASION OF ISRAEL THWARTED BY SECURITY FORCES

    07/25/2014 7:09:50 PM PDT · by PA Engineer · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7/25/14 | PAUL MILLER
    Thousands of Hamas-linked terrorists planned to invade Israel on the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), which begins on September 24, according to an Israel security source. First reported by Ma'ariv, then in English by i24news, “thousands of terrorists were meant to cross over to Israel from Gaza through the tunnels and kill and kidnap as many Israelis as they could. The source added that the army learned about the huge planned attack during the interrogations of Hamas prisoners, captured during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.” Reports state that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed his cabinet about the foiled plot...
  • Hamas' Massive Network Of Underground Tunnels Is A Military Game-Changer

    07/25/2014 4:37:52 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 7-25-2014 | Tia Goldenberg
    Tia Goldenberg, Associated PressJuly 25, 2014 A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels pose a serious threat and that destroying the sophisticated underground network is a key objective of its invasion of Gaza. Israel has known about the tunnels for several years, but has been hard-pressed to find an effective way to block...
  • Hamas Prepared Attack That Would Bring Israel to Its Knees, Israeli Defense Officials Say

    07/25/2014 9:00:11 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 60 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Deborah Danan
    Israel’s Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Thursday that Hamas was intending to attack Israel from dozens of tunnels in a coordinated simultaneous attack. At the beginning of Thursday’s special cabinet meeting the prime minister said, “These tunnels enable the enemy to open a multi-pronged offensive and carry out a massive terror attack inside Israel.” The attack Hamas was planning, the officials say, “would have made Israel drop to its knees.” They added that even the tunnels destroyed until now takes away from Hamas a strategic asset the terror group has been working on for years. Hamas has prepared a...
  • Live thread: Cabinet said to unanimously reject Kerry ceasefire - Kerry to speak soon

    07/25/2014 10:41:44 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 54 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/25/14 1:37pm EST
    20:37 IST Israeli ministers have rejected ceasefire terms presented by Secretary of State John Kerry, Channel 2 reports. The ministerial vote was unanimous, it says. Earlier, it was reported that ministers were adamant that they would not accept a ceasefire that left the threat posed by Hamas’s terror tunnels unresolved.
  • Report: Israel rejects Kerry cease-fire proposal in Gaza

    07/25/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 25, 2014 | Staff
    Channel 10 reports that the diplomatic-security cabinet "flatly rejects" American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting.
  • IDF’s southern commander: Hamas losing morale, but we need more time

    07/25/2014 11:23:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | July 25, 2014, 8:43 pm | Times of Israel staff
    Sami Turgeman says army has uncovered and is disabling most terror tunnels dug under Israeli border Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip are weakening and losing morale “in all parameters,” the commander of IDF forces in southern Israel said Friday, but added that the troops on the ground needed more time to completely root out terror tunnels burrowing into Israel.
  • Egypt’s ‘Not-So-Subtle’ Message to John Kerry [runs his entourage thru metal detectore]

    07/25/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by SJackson · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 23, 2014 | Sharona Schwartz
    “This was a not-so-subtle message delivered by the el-Sissi regime that the ties between the United States and Egypt have cooled considerably,” Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told TheBlaze on Wednesday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki brushed off any concerns about the security screening, tweeting that Kerry was focused on the objective of his mission – securing a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. The Jewish-American news site the Algemeiner termed the incident “symbolic,” describing it in part as “humiliation in Egypt.” The International Business Times observed that foreign governments “normally trust U.S....
  • Israel cabinet rejects Kerry cease-fire proposal in Gaza

    07/25/2014 1:03:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/25/2014
    Diplomatic-security cabinet "flatly rejects" American proposals for a week-long humanitarian halt to fighting, seeks changes to terms. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's security cabinet has rejected proposals for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and is seeking changes to the plans, a government source said on Friday. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been pushing for a halt to 18 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Full details of the proposed truce have not been released, but the government official, who declined to be named, said Israel wanted modifications before agreeing to any end to...
  • Israeli Amb. Blasts CNN’s Coverage of Conflict

    07/25/2014 1:36:43 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, calls out CNN’s coverage of the conflict in Gaza as irresponsible and one-sided.
  • CNN Puts False News Of Israel Rejecting 'Cease-Fire Deal' Over Faces of Injured Children

    07/25/2014 2:20:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/25/14 | John Nolte
    As my colleague, senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak pointed out, Friday afternoon, CNN made a huge deal of Israel rejecting a "cease-fire deal" based on CNN's made-up premise that there was some sort of a deal. Pollak writes quite correctly that "there was no deal, but a mere proposal" and "there was no indication Hamas would agree to the terms." This deal CNN speaks of never existed. CNN is making it up because CNN knows that inaccurately reporting news of Israel walking away from a "deal" will make Israel look unreasonable and villainous. To make matters much, much worse for Israel,...
  • John Kerry still the only Secretary of State in 20 years to fail at ceasefire efforts in Mideast

    07/25/2014 2:32:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Secretary of State John Kerry failed on Friday to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and forces loyal to Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israel’s Security Cabinet unanimously rejected the latest ceasefire proposal, which called for only a week-long cessation of hostilities. This is only the latest in a series of ceasefire proposals advanced by the United States and its regional allies the either Israel or Hamas have rejected. “The agony of events on the ground in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, all of them together, simply cannot be overstated,” Kerry said in a statement in Cairo on Friday announcing...
  • Hamas Terror Tunnels: What Did the UN Know and When Did It Know It?

    07/25/2014 3:42:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | Roger Simon
    Amidst news the Israelis have turned down secretary of State Kerry’s latest, apparently Qatar-inspired, ceasefire, not to mention the other day’s nauseatingly familiar anti-Israel fusillade from the mega-Orwellian UN Human Rights Council, comes word that Hamas had been planning a gigantic attack on Israel this September via its dozens of tunnels.From the Gatestone Institute [1]: Hamas had apparently been preparing a murderous assault on Israeli civilian targets for the coming Jewish New Year Holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 24, according anonymous sources in the Israeli security services, as reported today [2] by the Israeli daily Maariv.The Hamas...
  • IDF Opens Hospital for Palestinians, Hamas Prevents Access

    07/25/2014 4:20:32 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 16 replies
    IDF ^ | July 25, 2014 | IDF
    IDF Opens Hospital for Palestinians, Hamas Prevents Access The IDF has opened a temporary hospital for Palestinians on the Israeli side of the Erez Crossing. Even as terrorists fire rockets at Israel, the hospital is treating wounded civilians in cooperation with the Red Crescent. Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules Gaza, has prevented Palestinians from entering Israel in order to reach the hospital.Click for video: Israeli doctors treat wounded Palestinians at an IDF hospital near Gaza.
  • The airline that kept flying to Israel: Egypt's Air Sinai [Israel]

    07/25/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 18 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Friday, July 25, 2014 | Staff
    Egypt's Air Sinai has continued its scheduled flights to Israel, despite the cancellation of flights by numerous American and European airlines, according to Calcalist. The Egyptian carrier runs four weekly flights to Ben-Gurion International Airport. The decision to continue flying to Israel must have been made at the highest echelons, and is meant to send a message to Hamas, which Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi regards with disdain, Calcalist reported. The Egyptian decision has prompted harsh criticism by many Arab web users on social networks.
  • Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas

    07/25/2014 10:53:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Michael Oren
    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Great Britain and France all are rushing to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Their motive — to end civilian suffering and restore stability to the area — is noble. The images of the wounded and dead resulting from the conflict are indeed agonizing. However, these senior statesmen can be most helpful now by doing nothing. To preserve the values they cherish and to send an unequivocal message to terrorist organizations and their state sponsors everywhere, Israel must be permitted to crush Hamas in...
  • Behind the lines: Hamas desperately seeking relevance [Israel]

    07/26/2014 3:11:40 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 17 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Saturday, July 26, 2014 | Jonathan Spyer
    Hamas is not an isolated player. It is part of a Muslim Brotherhood regional alliance bankrolled by the Emirate of Qatar. The last year has not been good for this alliance. In 2011-12, they were riding high. They had come to power in Egypt and in Tunisia and seemed fairly placed to triumph in Syria too. Hamas elected to back what looked like an emergent Muslim Brotherhood power bloc – and drew away from its alliance with Iran. Not much is left of all that. Egypt and Tunisia are gone. In Syria, only the regime, Islamic State and the Kurds...
  • Victory for Israel, by Israel - If Obama gets out of the way

    07/26/2014 2:31:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 26. 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    Slandered, despised, insulted, degraded, Israel is nonetheless winning its war against Hamas. The number of rocket attacks launched by the terror group each day has been halved. The IDF is uprooting the underground tunnels Hamas uses to smuggle weapons, contraband, and terrorists in and out of the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday evening, Israel’s Channel Two newscast carried footage of Hamas terrorists surrendering to the IDF. The jihadists carried white flags. They stripped to their shorts, proving they were not wearing suicide belts. These are facts Hamas does not want you to know, images Hamas does not want you to see....
  • Israel Can Win, If Obama doesn't save Hamas

    07/26/2014 3:53:15 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Saturday, July 25, 2014 | Matthew Continetti
    Secretary Kerry arrived in Cairo earlier this week. No one wanted him there. Egypt’s ruler, General Sisi, has no interest in saving Hamas through international diplomacy: The Muslim Brotherhood is his mortal enemy. Kerry then went from Cairo to Jerusalem, where he met with U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon, who flew to the meeting on a plane chartered by Qatar, Hamas’ primary source of cash. Kerry also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is too gracious to tell the secretary to go back to Boston. (Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, has said publicly what the Israeli...
  • Why would Hamas negotiate with John Kerry after getting $47 million from him?

    07/24/2014 6:34:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/24/14 | Judi McLeod
    Viet Nam Swift Boater, Secretary of State, big brave John Kerry defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban by flying into into Israel’s main airport Wednesday. TEL AVIV, Israel (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) Some called it a sign of “sheer” will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip. Others, who called it so much hooey, remembered that the previous Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at least underwent “sniper fire” when landing in Bosnia.
  • Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

    07/22/2014 8:15:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT
    Egypt's foreign minister raised the possibility Tuesday of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in the war that has broken out on the Gaza Strip. At the start of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said he planned to work with U.S. and other world leaders “to not only resolve this issue but also to set in motion once again the peace process that Secretary Kerry has been so actively involved in so as to end this ongoing conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.”...
  • Pre-Show Hot Mike Catches Kerry Mocking Israel-Avoids Repeating When Asked During Show

    07/20/2014 2:12:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    On Sunday John Kerry forgot the number one rule of being miked for an interview; the microphone is always on. The Secretary of State was miked and on camera waiting for an interview with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace when he spoke to an aide about an Israeli operation resulting in the deaths of 14 IDF solders. Kerry’s reaction was a mocking: "It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.We’ve got to get over there. Thank you, John. I think, John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.”...
  • Kerry caught on open mic (Gaza)

    07/20/2014 8:35:58 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | July 20,2014 | BYRON TAU
    Secretary of State John Kerry was caught on an open mic just before his interview with “Fox News Sunday” candidly speaking about the conflict in Gaza. “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said to an aide on the phone, with some measure of frustration. His comments seemed to be criticizing the Israeli government’s assurances about the limited scope of its attack and ground invasion of Gaza. Kerry, speaking by phone to one of his top aides, then added: “We’ve got to get over there. Thank you John. I think John, we...
  • Bowe Bergdahl thanks Obama for 'saving his life'; still won't speak to parents

    07/17/2014 10:19:36 PM PDT · by Innovative · 19 replies
    Syracuse News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Ben Axelson
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has finally broken his silence, using his first statement since being released from the Taliban to thank President Barack Obama for his support. "Sergeant Bergdahl is deeply grateful to President Obama for saving his life," said Bergdahl's new attorney Eugene Fidell. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Fidell said the former prisoner of war had authorized him to make that statement on his behalf. The exchange of Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners in U.S. custody has been controversial in part because several members of the Bergdahl's former unit have called him a deserter. They say he...
  • Freed American POW Bowe Bergdahl to return to active duty with US Army TODAY

    07/13/2014 11:58:33 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/13/14 | Staff
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is to return to active duty with the US Army on Monday just four weeks on from his return to the United States after spending five years in captivity with the Taliban. According to the New York Times, Bergdahl will begin work at the Army North headquarters in San Antonio's Fort Sam Houston, the same base where he has undergone therapy and counseling to deal with his reintegration back to the West. The soldier will also meet with Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, who is investigating the controversial and still publicly unexplained circumstances surrounding his disappearance in...
  • Joel Brinkley: Why Is America Fighting and Dying for Proud Pedophiles?

    07/14/2014 5:08:41 AM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    DianaWest.net ^ | 8/29/2010 | Diana West
    Joel Brinkley, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, lifts a rock and finds Afghan culture -- predatory and abusive, twisted out of human shape by a fusion of Pashtun and Koranic influences. Western forces fighting in southern Afghanistan had a problem. Too often, soldiers on patrol passed an older man walking hand-in-hand with a pretty young boy. Their behavior suggested he was not the boy's father. Then, British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to "touch and fondle them," military investigator AnnaMaria Cardinalli told me. "The soldiers didn't understand." All of this was so disconcerting that the...
  • Some Afghans Wish John Kerry Would Be Their President

    07/14/2014 10:24:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 14, 2014 | Ariel Cohen
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) If U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ever needs a new job, he could find himself at home in Afghanistan. After a recent diplomatic visit to the country, Kerry was hailed as a hero and a great politician, so much so, that some Afghans wished he would run for president. “John Kerry is the greatest American and the best friend of Afghanistan. He helped prevent this country from going to civil war two times,” 29-year-old Kabul shopkeeper Maqsood Parwani told NBC news. “I wish if we could elect him as our president, but we cannot so hope the American...
  • US Officials Unload on Israel: ‘Jewish People Are Supposed To Be Smart’

    05/04/2014 11:25:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-4-14 | Jacob Kornbluh
    US Secretary of State John Kerry apologized this week for using the term ‘Apartheid’ in describing Israel’s status following the collapse of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Nonetheless, it appears that the Obama administration is convinced that Israel is by large responsible for the impasse in the peace process and therefore slated to pay the price for it in the near future. “The Jewish people are supposed to be smart. You’re supposed to know how to read the map: In the 21st century, the world will not keep tolerating the Israeli occupation,” a US official told Yediot Ahronot....
  • Inside John Kerry’s Diplomatic Save in Afghanistan

    07/19/2014 12:17:43 PM PDT · by wmap · 12 replies
    Time ^ | July 18, 2014 | Michael Crowley
    The details of how Kerry defused the stalemate, based on accounts from a half-dozen officials familiar with the talks, reveals an Afghanistan closer to the brink than many outsiders may appreciate. It also illuminates rare foreign policy win for Kerry and for an Obama administration staggered by months of setbacks,
  • John Kerry brokers Afghan election deal but leaves behind confusion

    07/19/2014 8:36:20 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    ISLAMABAD: Even though US Secretary of State John Kerry succeeded in brokering a deal to resolve the deadlock over the Afghan presidential election run-off, confusion still persists about the proposal of forming a “government of national unity”. On July 12, Kerry announced the agreement in the presence of both rivals Dr Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul. “The winner of the election will serve as the president and will immediately form a government of national unity,” said Kerry. However, the top US official failed to explain the composition of the unity government. Kerry’s vague proposal has caused uproar...
  • Christians in Imminent Danger Across the World Are Refused Refugee Status While Muslim

    07/19/2014 9:37:09 AM PDT · by Sheapdog · 10 replies
    Pamela Geller Atlus Shrugs ^ | Nov. 21, 2011 | Pamela Geller
    US policy regarding the UN picks who becomes US refugees. Christians are being refused refugee status and face persecution and many times certain death for their religious beliefs under the sharia, while whole Muslim communities are entering the US by the tens of thousands per month despite the fact that they face no religious persecution. It is horrifying that Afghan Christians are being refused refugee status by the UN and many Western nations, including Britain. The UN claims that Afghan Christians do not meet the criteria for refugees under Statute 6B of the UN High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), which...
  • Kerry: We're Working Hard to Achieve Ceasefire

    07/16/2014 3:40:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/7/14 | Elad Benari
    The United States is doing "everything in our power" to achieve a ceasefire in Gaza, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday, according to AFP. "Our concern is to have a legitimate ceasefire and see if we can find a way to stop the conflict and killing so we can get to the real issues that are underlying it," Kerry told reporters as he met his counterpart from Luxembourg. "And we're doing everything in our power," said Kerry, adding that he has been speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Arab officials. .....
  • Iran wants to greatly expand uranium enrichment

    07/09/2014 2:46:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 9, 2014 5:05 PM EDT | George Jahn
    Iran said Wednesday it wants to greatly expand its uranium enrichment program despite Western fears that it could be used to make atomic arms. The position outlined by Iranian nuclear agency head Ali Akbar Salehi appeared to be the most detailed yet of what Tehran wants at its closed-door negotiations with six world powers. It also highlighted the huge obstacles in the way of an agreement by a July 20 target date, since the world powers want Iran to reduce its enrichment program. …
  • Kerry to hold 2nd day of talks with Iran over nuclear deal

    07/14/2014 9:18:31 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | July 14, 2014, 5:02 am
    With just 6 days left to a July 20 deadline, US secretary of state makes a push to overcome major differences in negotiations US Secretary of State John Kerry was due Monday to hold a second day of talks with Iran seeking to overcome major differences blocking what would be a momentous nuclear deal. With just six days until a deadline to strike an accord, the differences appear considerable, however, with Kerry and other Western ministers failing on Sunday to achieve a breakthrough. Such an accord is aimed at ending once and for all worries that Iran might develop nuclear...