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  • Jordanian air strike destroyed Al Qaeda raider force heading for US military base

    04/17/2014 5:25:03 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 3 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Gunmen abduct Jordanian ambassador in Libya

    04/15/2014 7:35:19 AM PDT · by don-o · 3 replies
    AP - via WJHL TV ^ | April 15, 2014 | ESAM MOHAMED and OMAR AKOUR
    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - Masked gunmen abducted the Jordanian ambassador in the Libyan capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of abductions in the North African nation still plagued by lawlessness more than two years after the ouster of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
  • At Last, the Season of Hope

    04/11/2014 9:37:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    The brutal winter ebbs at last, giving way to the season of hope, deliverance and renewal. The celebrations of Passover and Easter, marking the beginning of spring, overlap this year, as they often do. Jewish children practice reciting the four questions and dream of finding the hidden Passover mazoh. Christian children celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, decorating eggs and hiding them for a hunt. Nature awakens, and suddenly all things look possible again. Just not for a lasting peace in the Middle East. President Obama, with Secretary of State John F. Kerry as his messenger and chief instigator, badly misjudged...
  • Secretary Kerry and his Israel - Palestinian "peace process"

    04/03/2014 12:16:58 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 3, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The process itself, rather than peace, has become the goal.Senior Palestinian Authority officialA bit of historyThe notion that "the end justifies the means" is bad even when the end sought might be seen as beneficial. Transitory peace might be a beneficial intermediate end if the price of achieving it is not excessive. We should have learned about that shortly after 1938, when Prime Minister Chamberlain's deal with Herr Hitler allowed German expansion into Czechoslovakia and produced a naval agreement between Britain and Germany. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO725Hbzfls?feature=player_detailpage] Video linkPM Chamberlain said this later the same day: My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has...
  • Awkward relations (American president and the Saudi king will have an unusually edgy meeting)

    03/28/2014 3:58:33 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 18 replies
    Economist ^ | Mar 29th 2014
    BARACK OBAMA may recall a tricky moment when he first met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia five years ago. Bending to shake hands with the octogenarian monarch, the taller American appeared to bow deeply. Republican snipers in America gleefully blasted the president for “kowtowing” to rich Arabs. Such protocols should run more smoothly when Mr Obama heads to Saudi Arabia on March 28th for his second time in office. Unfortunately, however, relations between the two countries have seldom been more awkward. Their close alliance dates to the end of the second world war, when an ailing Franklin Roosevelt met Saudi...
  • Polio in Syria: An outbreak that threatens the Middle East

    03/26/2014 5:43:01 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 25 March 2014 | Tim Whewell
    As summer approaches, health agencies are warning of the risk of polio spreading across the Middle East from Syria - where now more than 100 children show symptoms of the disease - despite a massive campaign to vaccinate millions of children in surrounding countries. In the back of a car parked outside a Turkish hospital, the shy woman in a long pink velvet dress starts sobbing as she talks about her baby, being treated in an isolation ward inside. "He started to get really sick. I tried to make him stand and use his feet, but it was quite impossible,"...
  • Christians to EU: Israel is Our Safe Haven

    03/25/2014 5:48:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Israel Today ^ | March 24, 2014 | Ryan Jones
    Some 150 Israeli Arabic-speaking Christians on Sunday demonstrated outside the European Union mission in Tel Aviv, demanding that the international community stop nitpicking against Israel and start combatting the severe persecution of Christians everywhere else in the Middle East. “Nations, organizations and international missions are quick to raise an accusing finger against Israel at every opportunity,” said Father Gabriel Nadaf, spiritual father of the Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum, which organized the rally. Those same nations and organizations “don’t life a finger against the ethnic cleansing of Christians in the Middle East,” the priest continued. Father Nadaf went on to explain...
  • Jordan's PM Rejects Cutting Ties with Israel

    03/19/2014 5:31:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    israelnationalnews ^ | 3-19-14 | Elad Benari
    ..... "If we go ahead with such moves, Jordan will face repercussions that would go beyond our sorrows... It will also affect Jordan's abilities concerning the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks," he added. AFP reported that the 150-member lower house renewed its confidence in Nsur by an 81-29 vote, with 20 abstentions and 20 MPs absent. Incensed by the shooting death of judge Raed Zeiter at a border crossing last week, MPs had demanded the government expel the Israeli ambassador and release Jordanian soldier Ahmad Daqamseh, who shot dead seven Israeli schoolgirls in the 1990s. They have also demanded the government recall...
  • Gazans bombard southern Israel in massive rocket attack

    03/12/2014 11:56:31 AM PDT · by standingfirm · 52 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 3-12-14 | Adiv Sterman
    Dozens of rockets as well as mortar rounds were fired from the Gaza Strip Wednesday at southern Israeli towns. Hours later the IDF fired tank shells at what it termed “terror targets” in the Strip. Israeli reports put the number of rockets at over 60, and Islamic Jihad, which took responsibility for the attack, said it had fired 90 rockets at Israel. The organization said in a statement that it had launched an ongoing “military operation,” which it termed “Breaking the Silence.” No Israeli casualties were initially reported in the largest attack from the Strip since Operation Pillar of Defense...
  • 9/11 Plotter Released in Syria Prisoner Exchange

    03/11/2014 4:17:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    AL-MONITOR.com ^ | Posted March 10, 2014 | Author John Rosenthal
    "9/11 plotter released in Syria prisoner exchange" SNIPPET: "The al-Qaeda recruiter reputed to have assembled the so-called Hamburg Cell, which planned and largely carried out the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, has been set free in a prisoner exchange between rebel and regime forces in Syria. Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham has secured the release of 9/11 plotter and alleged al-Qaeda core member Mohammed Haydar Zammar, adding to concerns about the composition of the Islamic Front. A naturalized German citizen of Syrian origin, Mohammed Haydar Zammar left Germany shortly after the attacks and traveled to Morocco, where he was reportedly...
  • Jordan’s ‘Zionist Sheikh’ Cites Quranic Sources for Islam-Jewish Relations

    03/09/2014 11:57:27 AM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    algemeiner ^ | MARCH 7, 2014 1:40 PM | Joshua Levitt
    Jordan’s ‘Zionist Sheikh’ Cites Quranic Sources for Islam-Jewish Relations MARCH 7, 2014 1:40 PM Joshua Levitt Jordan's 'Zionist Sheikh'. A Jordanian Quranic scholar, and former postal worker, cited the Quranic sources that affirm Islam and Judaism should have friendly relations and that ‘Palestine’ should be for Jews, according to an interview published by Israel’s Mida magazine. Sheikh Ahmad al-Adwan, the ‘Zionist Sheikh,’ said, “God may he be praised and blessed rewarded me with knowledge of His holy book and chose me to renew the knowledge of God and religion among the Islamic Ummah, and interpret that which needs interpreting in...
  • Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran's Support for Terrorism Worldwide

    03/05/2014 12:33:55 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Support for Terrorism Worldwide Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa 2172 House Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Mar 4, 2014 10:00am
  • Obama Cuts Funds for Israeli Missile Defense

    03/05/2014 5:09:42 PM PST · by blueyon · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/05/14 | Joel B. Pollak
    In the same week that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) intercepted a Gaza-bound shipment of Syrian missiles from Iran, President Barack Obama is asking Congress to reduce U.S. funding for Israel's missile defense programs by $200 million, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
  • Footage Released from IDF Raid on Iranian Weapons Ship

    03/05/2014 4:32:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 3/5/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The grainy footage shows the Klos C, labeled as Panamanian but carrying Syrian missiles and warheads on a Tehran-built ship, being surrounded by Israeli forces as it floats along the Red Sea. Earlier Wednesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon revealed that the ship had embarked from Bandar Abbas, Iran and was en route to Port Sudan.
  • US and Israel Worked Together to Track, Raid Iranian Weapon Ship, White House reveals its role in

    03/05/2014 10:49:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    inn ^ | 3/5/14 | Staff
    The United States intelligence services and military worked with Israel to track the Iranian ship carrying missiles to Gaza, which was apprehended Wednesday, according to AFP. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Washington started to work with Israel through intelligence and military channels and at the national security advisor level as soon as it knew the shipment was on the move. President Barack Obama also directed the US military to work out contingencies in case it became necessary to intercept the vessel, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. "Throughout this time our intelligence and military...
  • Israel says seized Gaza-bound rocket shipment from Iran

    03/05/2014 6:38:31 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 5, 2014 | Dan Williams
    (Reuters) - The Israeli navy seized a ship in the Red Sea on Wednesday that was carrying dozens of advanced Iranian-supplied rockets made in Syria and intended for Palestinian guerrillas in the Gaza Strip, the military said. The disclosure came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in the United States to press his case for tougher international action against Iran over its disputed nuclear program and support for Islamist guerrilla groups. The Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel Klos C was boarded in international waters without resistance from its 17-strong crew in a "complex, covert operation", military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner told...
  • Israeli Navy Captures Iranian Boat Loaded With Syrian Missiles Destined for Gaza

    03/05/2014 8:36:38 AM PST · by robowombat · 37 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | MARCH 5, 2014 8:53 AM | Gidon Ben-zvi
    BREAKING: Israeli Navy Captures Iranian Boat Loaded With Syrian Missiles Destined for Gaza (VIDEO) MARCH 5, 2014 8:53 AM 9 COMMENTS Benny Gantz Ram Rothberg Israeli Navy KLOSCIran Gaza KLOSC Shayetet 13Israeli navy commandos KLOSC arms shipM-302 missile Iran Gaza StripM-302 missile Second Lebanon WarMoti Almoz Israeli Navy KLOSC Iran Israeli Naval commandos on Wednesday intercepted an Iranian ship in the Red Sea weighed down with missiles that was en route to the Gaza Strip, the IDF said in a statement. The boat, named KLOSC, was stopped by the elite naval commando unit Shayetet 13 as it was heading to...
  • US: We were ready to act against Iranian arms shipment but Israel volunteered

    03/05/2014 12:43:11 PM PST · by shepardspie33 · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | March 5, 2014 | MICHAEL WILNER
    US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed on Wednesday that "the Israeli government interdicted a shipment of illicit Iranian arms," adding that the US was ready to act before Israel made its move. "The White House directed the Department of Defense to monitor the vessel," Psaki said, adding that the US prepared to take "unilateral steps" to stop the shipment. Israel volunteered to handle the ship itself, she added. The transfer of arms would amount to a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, Psaki noted. The Israel Navy intercepted an Iranian arms smuggling ship carrying dozens of long-range rockets to...
  • Obama Plans to Travel to Mexico, Europe and Asia

    03/01/2014 3:57:15 PM PST · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    wsj ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | Jared A. Favole
    For the next several months, Washington won’t be seeing as much of President Barack Obama as usual. In February, March and April, the president is traveling to nine countries: Mexico, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. His trip to Mexico is next week. He is heading to Europe in March and Asia in April. On Friday, Mr. Obama is traveling to California to visit the drought-stricken Central Valley and meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at Sunnylands, the Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage. The president’s domestic travels are expected to pick up as the midterm...
  • Convicted Terrorist Worked as Obamacare Navigator in Illinois

    02/27/2014 8:10:54 AM PST · by njslim · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 26, 2014 4:33 PM | Jillian Kay Melchior
    A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks. Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was convicted in Israel for her role in several bombings, including the 1969 attack on an upscale Shufersol grocery store, which killed two Hebrew University students who had stopped in to buy groceries for a hiking trip in the Jerusalem hills.
  • ADL raps Kerry, says talk of boycott invites anti-Israel backlash if peace talks fail

    02/06/2014 5:52:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    The Anti-Defamation League, one of the US's most powerful Jewish organizations known for its advocacy on behalf of Israel, criticized Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday for comments he made in Munich regarding the negative consequences that Israel can expect if efforts to achieve a two-state solution break down. In a letter to Kerry, ADL chief Abe Foxman said that while he appreciated Kerry's efforts to move the peace process forward, the remarks about Israel's likely ostracism in the event that no deal is reached will only spur the pro-boycott elements and the Palestinians to become further entrenched in...
  • The Israeli Solution

    02/25/2014 2:29:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    In its annual survey of American Jewry published last October, the American Jewish Committee found that 75 percent of American Jews agree with the statement, “The goal of the Arabs is not a peaceful two-state agreement with Israel, but rather the destruction of Israel.” And yet, American Jews supported the establishment of a Palestinian state 50% to 47%. Next week over 10,000 predominantly Jewish American supporters of Israel will gather in Washington at AIPAC’s annual policy conference. Given their high commitment to Israel, probably most of those gathered belong to the 47% of American Jews who opposed Palestinian statehood. Yet...
  • You Go Girl! Jordanian Woman Married to Four Men in Rare Case of Middle Eastern Polyandry

    02/24/2014 4:19:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Al Bawaba ^ | February 24th, 2014
    A rare polyandry case in the Middle Eastern kingdom of Jordan has sparked controversy when the four husbands take a dispute over the pregnancy of their shared wife to court. The London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat reported this week that a court in Jordan’s northern town of al-Ramtha is considering the case, which reportedly involves two Syrian men, a Jordanian and a Saudi Arabian. Each man claimed to be the real impregnator of the wife, denying awareness that she was married to another man, according to al-Hayat. The court resorted to DNA tests to resolve the dispute. Many people expressed their...
  • King Abdullah: Jordan is Jordan, and Palestine is Palestine

    02/23/2014 8:02:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 2/24/2014, 3:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Jordan’s King Abdullah II rejected on Sunday the notion that his country was an “alternative homeland” for Palestinian Arabs, the state news agency Petra reports. “Jordan is Jordan and Palestine is Palestine and nothing but that, not the in the past or the future,” King Abdullah was quoted as having said in a meeting with the Prime Minister, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the Lower House. “We know how this issue has been surfacing since 15 years, or even more, where things start in the spring by the same group, who tense the Jordanian society, and...
  • Al Qaeda's chief representative in Syria reportedly killed

    02/23/2014 10:18:10 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | February 23, 2014 | By Thomas Joscelyn
    Abu Khalid al Suri, whose real name is Mohamed Bahaiah, has been reportedly killed in a suicide attack in Aleppo. Al Suri's death has been confirmed on several Twitter feeds managed by Ahrar al Sham and the Islamic Front. Al Suri, a longtime al Qaeda operative, was a founding member of Ahrar al Sham and a senior leader in the organization at the time of his death. Ahrar al Sham is arguably the most powerful rebel organization within the Islamic Front, a coalition of rebel groups that was formed late last year. Hassan Abboud, a top official in Ahrar al...
  • Syrian troops advance near Golan Heights city

    02/22/2014 8:01:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 10:46 AM EST
    Syrian state TV says government forces have captured two rebel-held areas on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The report, citing a military official, says troops and pro-government gunmen captured Saturday the areas of Rasm al-Hour and Rasm al-Sad, south of the town of Quneitra. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory For Human Rights confirmed troops were on the offensive, adding that the air force was taking part in the attack. …
  • Obama's New Asylum Decree Favors Muslims Over Christians

    02/22/2014 5:23:13 AM PST · by mgist · 21 replies
    IBD ^ | 2/21/14 | Afraid tosay
    Obama's New Asylum Decree Favors Muslims Over Christians Egyptian Coptic Christians protest a spate of recent attacks on Christians and churches in Cairo. AP View Enlarged Image Immigration: As President Obama offers asylum to "minor" terrorists providing "limited" material support to terrorism, he's slamming shut the door on thousands of Christians fleeing terrorism in Muslim lands like Egypt. In another end-run around Congress, President Obama has unilaterally eased immigration requirements for foreigners linked to terrorism. He ordered the State Department and Homeland Security to ignore a post-9/11 law barring entry to those giving political or charitable aid to Hamas and...
  • Obama's 'big breakthrough' coming by end of year - Leaked: Official declaration of Palestinian state

    02/18/2014 6:35:00 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 49 replies
    WND ^ | 18 Feb 14 | Aaron Klein
    <p>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.</p>
  • 4-year-old Syrian refugee found alone in desert

    02/17/2014 7:03:44 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Dylan Stableford
    A 4-year-old Syrian refugee who was discovered alone in the middle of the desert was reunited with his family across the border in Jordan, a United Nations official said Sunday. The boy, Marwan, had apparently become separated from his mother when he was spotted by humanitarian workers for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. According to the group, the boy was carrying a small plastic bag. Andrew Harper, a UNHCR representative to Jordan, tweeted a photo of the unusual discovery. “Marwan was safely reunited w his mother soon after being carried across the #Jordan border,” Harper later tweeted.
  • Egyptian Play Blames Mossad for Arab Spring

    02/16/2014 11:13:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/2/14 | Elad Benari
    Is the Israeli Mossad behind the Arab Spring? According to a play which recently aired on Egyptian television, the answer is yes. The anti-Semitic play, entitled "The Spy," recently aired on the Egyptian Al-Hayat TV channel. It was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The play displays anti-Semitic stereotypes and portrays Mossad officials preparing "for a huge operation of espionage and sowing disunity" which targets the entire Arab world. The play features a group of Mossad officials, five men and one women, and the men are all dressed up in hareidi attire. The males are all named...
  • Egyptian Play Blames Mossad for Arab Spring

    02/16/2014 10:15:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 2/17/2014, 6:15 AM | Elad Benari
    Is the Israeli Mossad behind the Arab Spring? According to a play which recently aired on Egyptian television, the answer is yes. The anti-Semitic play, entitled “The Spy,” recently aired on the Egyptian Al-Hayat TV channel. It was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The play displays anti-Semitic stereotypes and portrays Mossad officials preparing “for a huge operation of espionage and sowing disunity” which targets the entire Arab world. …
  • Jewish refugees from Arab lands-Don’t forget what we lost, too

    02/16/2014 9:48:01 AM PST · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Economist ^ | 2-15-14
    Compensation for Jews pushed out of Arab lands may become yet another issue MUCH as Palestinian refugees and their offspring remember the orange groves and cinemas they lost in Jaffa when Israel was born in 1948, Jews who once lived in Iraq recite the qasidas—lyrical Arabic poetry—and recall the time when most of Iraq’s banks and transport companies were run by Jews. “Iraq has gone downhill since they forced us out,” sighs a professor at a gathering of academics of Iraqi origin at Or Yehuda, a Tel Aviv suburb, slipping into Arabic. “Mubki, lamentable.” American officials are unclear on the...
  • Kerry Misleads on Muslim States’ Readiness to Normalize Ties With Israel

    02/10/2014 2:43:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 10, 2014 - 4:14 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry continues to assert, misleadingly, that the signing of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement will immediately usher in peaceful relations between the Jewish state and the world’s Islamic nations. He has made the statement several times in public since launching the drive last July for a “final status” Israeli-Palestinian agreement. Citing the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative (API), he says, if Israelis and Palestinians agree to a negotiated settlement then all 57 members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will normalize ties with Israel. He has said moreover that this would happen “instantaneously”—“the minute” that an Israeli-Palestinian...
  • Kerry: ‘I Was Wrong' On Iraq

    06/13/2006 3:49:46 PM PDT · by fuyb · 247 replies · 4,182+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 13, 2006 | Nathan Burchfiel
    Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com) - U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts on Tuesday told an audience at the liberal Take Back America conference that he was sorry for voting to authorize the war in Iraq, calling the entire mission "a mistake." "We were misled, we were given evidence that was not true," Kerry said. "It was wrong, and I was wrong to vote [for it]." Kerry, who led an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 2004, said it was necessary to admit mistakes because "you cannot change the future if you''re not honest about the past." He criticized supporters of the...
  • Olmert: Israel could evacuate 80,000 settlers

    02/09/2014 8:41:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Ynet news ^ | 2/9/14 | Associated Press
    ormer Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Friday that if talks he held with Palestinians in 2008 had produced a peace deal, it would have forced tens of thousands of Jewish settlers to leave their homes in the West Bank. If a deal had been reached at the time, it would also not have included an Israeli presence in the Jordan Valley, Olmert said. More than five years on, the fate of the Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley, along with recognition of Israel as the Jewish national homeland, are key sticking points in the ongoing Mideast peace talks brokered...
  • Jordanian Parliament: No to Recognition of Israel

    02/08/2014 5:22:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 2/9/2014, 3:05 AM | Elad Benari
    The Jordanian parliament declared on Saturday that it was against Israel’s demand that the Palestinian Authority (PA) recognize it as Jewish state. In a statement carried by the Jordanian Petra news agency, the Lower House of the Parliament outlined its “fundamental position on the Palestinian issue” and said it was rejecting Israel’s demand for being recognized as a Jewish state. The statement emphasized the need to establish an independent and fully sovereign Palestinian state along the pre-1967 borders, with eastern Jerusalem as its capital. …
  • U.S. training Free Syrian Army in Jordan — a group that violently targets Christians

    02/08/2014 7:23:45 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 21 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Feb 7, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    The U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army — those are the “moderates,” you know. How moderate? This moderate: in July 2013, Free Syrian Army fighters entered the Christian village of Oum Sharshouh and began burning down houses and terrorizing the population, forcing 250 Christian families to flee the area. Worthy News reported that just two days later, Free Syrian Army rebels “targeted the residents of al-Duwayr/Douar, a Christian village close to the city of Homs and near Syria’s border with Lebanon….Around 350 armed militants forcefully entered the homes of Christian families who were all rounded-up in the main square of the village...
  • World in peril: Obama's self-fulfilling nuclear policy inching ever closer

    02/07/2014 9:44:18 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2/7/2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    It is happening in slow motion, to be sure. But we are witnessing how a nuclear armed Iran is changing the face of the Middle East. For years, US leaders, including President Barack Obama warned that a nuclear armed Iran would spark a regional arms race. And this is happening. As the Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens noted this week, Turkey signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with Japan that includes "a provision allowing Turkey to enrich uranium and extract polonium, a potential material for nuclear weapons." Saudi Arabia has long had a nuclear cooperation deal with Pakistan, whose nuclear weapons...
  • Allah Gave Israel to The Jews, There's No Palestine

    02/07/2014 11:09:23 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 18 replies
    Allah has promised Israel to the Jews -- so says Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, a Muslim scholar living in Jordan, who declared on his Facebook page recently that "Palestine" doesn't exist. Blogger Elder of Ziyon translated Arab news sources that this Saturday reported on Adwan's statements, in which he quotes the Koran saying Allah assigned Israel to the Jews until the Day of Judgement (Sura 5 Verse 21), and that Jews are the inheritors of Israel (Sura 26 Verse 59). "I say to those who distort...the Koran: from where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah...
  • ‘Allah Gave Israel to The Jews; There’s No Palestine’ (says Muslim scholar in Jordan)

    02/06/2014 11:50:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    INN ^ | 2/6/2014, 11:00 PM | Ari Yashar
    Allah has promised Israel to the Jews—so says Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, a Muslim scholar living in Jordan, who declared on his Facebook page recently that “Palestine” doesn’t exist. Blogger Elder of Ziyon translated Arab news sources that this Saturday reported on Adwan’s statements, in which he quotes the Koran saying Allah assigned Israel to the Jews until the Day of Judgment (Sura 5 Verse 21), and that Jews are the inheritors of Israel (Sura 26 Verse 59). …
  • ‘My thoughts were misread,’ says Halla Diyab [anti-refugees from Syria]

    02/03/2014 11:37:19 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Al-Aarabia ^ | Al-Arabia News | Eman El-Shenawi
    A British-Syrian TV pundit is threatening to sue social media users who slander her or threaten her life after her recent controversial views regarding not allowing Syrian refugees to come to Britain were aired on a BBC program. Halla Diyab, a writer and producer based in London, told BBC One’s This Week news program that Syrian refugees would be better off seeking asylum in neighboring Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt - rather than coming to England where they will face a cultural barrier such as not being able to speak English. Syrian refugees shouldn’t be...
  • Jordan’s FM Rejects Recognizing Israel as Jewish State

    02/02/2014 9:10:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    INN ^ | 2/3/2014, 4:45 AM | Elad Benari
    Jordan’s Foreign Minister said Sunday that he was against recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, the Jordanian website Ammon News reports. The minister, Nasser Judeh, also rejected the idea of Jordan being an alternative home for Palestinian Arabs. …
  • U.S. Secretly Shipping Weapons to Syria

    01/29/2014 11:11:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 29, 2014
    Though it’s been well documented that opposition forces in Syria are mostly run by Islamic terrorists—mainly Al Qaeda—Congress has secretly approved U.S. weapons flow to what officials describe as “moderate” Syrian rebel factions. The problem with this is that there are no “moderate” rebel forces in Syria, according to a number of reputable news reports, both domestic and international. In fact, the New York Times published a piece last spring that confirms Islamist rebels—including the most extreme groups in the notorious Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-aligned force—are running the show in Syria. “The Islamist character of the opposition reflects...
  • Syria Crisis: Geneva Peace Talks End In Recriminations [Talks Collapse Into Chaos!]

    01/31/2014 8:10:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 31, 2014
    Syria Crisis: Geneva Peace Talks End In Recriminations The Syrian government and opposition have traded insults after a week-long peace conference in Geneva ended with no firm agreement. Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said the opposition were immature, while the opposition's Louay Safi said the regime had no desire to stop the bloodshed. However, UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said he had seen some "common ground", and scheduled more talks for 10 February.
  • Obama Has Made it Impossible for Israel to Strike Iran

    01/31/2014 10:48:33 PM PST · by Innovative · 58 replies
    American Thinker ^ | jan 28, 2014 | Karin McQuillan
    I called a hardheaded realist, a Harvard trained PhD who has been watching the Middle East professionally for decades, to ask him about Obama's Iran deal. This is what he told me. It's done. Iran will get a bomb. They want a bomb and they will not be denied unless somebody stops them. Obama does not want to stop them. He does not want a friendly regime in Iran. He wants Iran as a counterforce to America and Israel. Obama is not a Muslim, but he is a radical. He sees the U.S. and Israel as imperialistic and oppressive. He...
  • Insight: After Syria, al Qaeda expanding in Lebanon

    02/01/2014 2:48:24 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | January 30, 2014
    -excerpt- ...a statement in the name of Abu Sayyaf al-Ansary - described as al Qaeda's commander in Lebanon - said the group had put down roots in Lebanon. -excerpt- Residents say al Qaeda is already calling the shots in some Tripoli neighborhoods and areas of the northern province of Akkar and the Bekaa Valley.
  • Obama to Visit Saudi Arabia Amid Tensions Over Iran, Syria: Report

    01/31/2014 10:11:35 PM PST · by kristinn · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Saturday, February 1, 2014 | Reporting by Roberta Rampton in Washington; Writing by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing Ken Wills
    President Barack Obama plans to travel to Saudi Arabia in March on a mission to smooth tensions with Washington's main Arab ally over U.S. policy on Iran's nuclear program and the civil war in Syria, a newspaper reported. Obama is preparing to meet with King Abdullah for a summit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing unnamed Arab officials briefed on the meetings. "This is about a deteriorating relationship" and declining trust, said a senior Arab official in discussing the need for the summit, which was pulled together in recent days, the newspaper reported. A White House spokeswoman declined...
  • Obama threatens to veto new sanctions against Iran

    01/28/2014 9:36:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2014 11:34 PM EST | Lara Jakes
    Any new economic sanctions that Congress tries to impose against Iran during international negotiations to limit the Islamic republic’s nuclear program will be vetoed, President Barack Obama warned lawmakers on Tuesday, even as he acknowledged the ongoing talks are difficult and may not succeed. It was the sharpest part of a State of the Union speech that overall was skimpy on details for his foreign policy agenda for the year.Obama also briefly re-affirmed his promises to end the war in Afghanistan this year, pursue al-Qaida with limited strikes and support Syrian opposition groups in their bloody three-year quest to push...