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  • Administration denies Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli warplanes

    03/01/2015 10:04:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/1/15 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    President Obama threatened last year, according to Middle Eastern news outlets Sunday, to use the U.S. military to shoot down Israeli fighter jets if they attempted to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities — reports the administration denounced later Sunday as flatly untrue. Mr. Obama’s threat reportedly deterred Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from dispatching warplanes into Iran after Israel discovered that the U.S. had entered into secret talks with Tehran and that the two countries had signed an agreement, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida. In a statement to The Washington Times early Sunday evening, a senior administration said “that report is...
  • Senior official on Netanyahu's plane: Congress must be made aware of Iran deal concessions

    03/01/2015 4:17:21 PM PST · by Dave346 · 38 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Mar. 2, 2015 | 1:28 AM | By Barak Ravid
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived on Sunday night in Washington D.C., where he is scheduled to deliver a speech before Congress on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters during an in-flight briefing, a senior official in the prime minister's entourage said Israel holds a significant amount of trustworthy information regarding the deal taking shape with Iran that points at concessions agreed to by the world powers that run counter to Israel's interests. The senior official travelling on the prime minister's plane noted that Netanyahu had received the impression that members of Congress are not fully aware of the details of the deal...
  • Bennett at AIPAC: Iran deal a disaster of historic proportions (3 day, pro-Israel event underway)

    03/01/2015 11:28:42 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Mar. 1, 2015 | 8:13 PM | Jonathan Lis
    Habayit Hayehudi leader and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that the developing agreement between world powers and Iran is a disaster of historic proportions. Speaking on Sunday at the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference, Bennett said that the deal legitimizes Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear programs, and will pave the way for the Islamic Republic to obtain nuclear weapons "within several years." Bennett said that the Iran talks are "a 2015 March of the Folly" – a reference to historian Barbara Tuchman’s famous 1984 book. Like in the book, said Bennett, the deal with Iran goes...
  • Top Jewish Senator Feinstein: Netanyahu's claim he represents all Jews is 'arrogant'

    03/01/2015 10:34:23 AM PST · by Dave346 · 75 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 03.01.15, 19:12 | Itzhak Benhorin
    US Senator Dianne Feinstein said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that he represents all Jews is "arrogant." Feinstein, a senior Jewish senator was referencing comments by Netanyahu before he took off for the US, and said that he does not speak for her. "He doesn’t speak for me on this," the California Democratic senator told CNN's State of the Union Sunday. "I think it’s a rather arrogant statement. I think the Jewish community is like any other community. There are different points of view. I think that arrogance does not befit, Israel, candidly." Prominent members of the US Jewish community...
  • John Kerry Doesn't Want Benjamin Netanyahu Visit to Become 'Some Great Political Football'

    03/01/2015 10:23:41 AM PST · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 1, 2015, 11:10 AM ET | By JUSTIN FISHEL via This Week
    Two days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to speak to a joint session of Congress, Secretary of State John Kerry said the prime minister is welcome to speak in the U.S. but worries it injects far too much politics into the relationship. “The prime minister of Israel is welcome to speak in the United States, obviously,” Kerry said today in an exclusive interview on ABC’s "This Week." “I talk to the prime minister regularly, including yesterday." But, Kerry added, "we don't want to see this turned into some great political football.” Kerry echoed frustrations expressed by the...
  • Massive "demand for tickets" to Netanyahu speech, Boehner says (video interview at link)

    03/01/2015 10:15:33 AM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 1, 2015, 12:37 PM | By Rebecca Kaplan / Face The Nation
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the White House has "attacked" him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Netanyahu's planned address to Congress Tuesday in which he is expected to criticize international negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. "The demand for seats in the House, the demand for tickets, I've never seen anything like it. Everybody wants to be there," Boehner said. "What I do wonder is why the White House feels threatened because the Congress wants to support Israel and wants to hear what a trusted ally has to say. It has been, frankly, remarkable to me, the...
  • NBC's Chuck Todd wonders if Netanyahu 'defeated himself' with planned speech (2 days away)

    03/01/2015 10:07:13 AM PST · by Dave346 · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 1, 2015 | 11:33 am | Eddie Scarry
    On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, host Chuck Todd suggested it's possible Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech to Congress has backfired, though it doesn't take place until Tuesday. "You know, I'm wondering if Prime Minister Netanyahu defeated himself here a little bit," Todd said. "Because the more he attacks the [Obama] administration on the deal, the more the administration wants to dig in." Netanyahu's speech, made via an invitation by Republican House Speaker John Boehner without consulting the White House, is expected to be a criticism of White House negotiations with Iran over Tehran's nuclear development program. Netanyahu...
  • How Vietnam Haunts the Democrats

    03/01/2015 7:24:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/17/15 | MICHAEL A. COHEN
    On February 7, 1965, a company of 300 Vietcong guerrillas armed with AK-47s, mortars and rifle grenades attacked an American helicopter base named Camp Holloway in the town of Pleiku, located in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam. The raid, which came just a few hours after the end of a weeklong cease fire for the Tet holiday, lasted only five minutes; but it produced the highest single number of U.S. casualties in the war: Eight Americans were killed and more than 120 wounded. President Lyndon Johnson ordered an immediate military reprisal. Within 14 hours, U.S. jets were flying bombing...
  • Flight Nurse 1953 [Korean War 65 years ago in 1950]

    03/01/2015 5:33:11 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Republic
    Flight Nurse 1953. Director: Allan Dwan. Stars: Joan Leslie, Forrest Tucker, Arthur Franz [depicts Korean War 1950]
  • Netanyahu Takes Off on 'Historic' US Mission

    03/01/2015 2:00:45 AM PST · by Dave346 · 47 replies
    Arab News ^ | Sunday 1 March 2015
    BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington on Sunday on what he said was a “historic” mission to try and stop a nuclear deal with Iran, an AFP correspondent said. The controversial 48-hour visit will see the Israeli leader addressing a joint session of the US Congress in a bid to garner last-minute support to halt an emerging world deal with Iran over its nuclear program, in a move which has infuriated the White House. But Netanyahu, who will also address the annual policy conference of the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby, has refused to back down....
  • Former US secretary: Netanyahu speech ‘poisoning’ ties (Robert Reich joins the anti-Bibi onslaught)

    03/01/2015 12:02:17 AM PST · by Dave346 · 44 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 1, 2015, 8:43 am | Stuart Winer
    Former US labor secretary Robert Reich offered sharp criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, saying that the premiere’s intention address Congress on Tuesday, against the wishes of the White House, was driving many US Jews to speak out against Israel when in the past they may have remained silent, and that the speech was “poisoning the relationship” between Israel and the US In a post to his Facebook page, Reich, who was secretary during the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1997, appealed not to Netanyahu, but rather to the people of Israel, and warned them that the prime...
  • Fox News Co-Host Says It’s Time to Ask: ‘Is This White House Antisemitic’ (VIDEO)

    02/28/2015 8:36:39 PM PST · by Dave346 · 116 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | February 28, 2015 10:19 pm
    Andreana Tantaros, conservative commentator and a co-host on Fox News’ The Five and Outnumbered on Thursday asserted that the time has come to ask if the Obama White House is antisemitic. Citing the administration’s consistent attacks against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu over his stance on the Iranian nuclear threat Tantaros said, “I think that it is time that we ask the question, and I’m dead serious about this, is this White House antisemitic?” After being challenged on the assertion by her co-host, Tantaros explained: ”I am asking the question. Because look at the hostility towards Israel, we have never seen...
  • Flashback 1996: PM Netanyahu- Speech to US Congress- July 10- 1996

    02/28/2015 5:51:17 PM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    MFA ^ | 10 Jul 1996 | Benjamin Netanyahu
    I have touched on the problem of the Middle East that is largely undemocratic, and part of it is strongly anti-democratic. Specifically, it is being radicalized and terrorized by a number of unreconstructed dictatorships whose governmental creed is based on tyranny and intimidation. The most dangerous of these regimes is Iran, that has wed a cruel despotism to a fanatic militancy. If this regime, or its despotic neighbor Iraq, were to acquire nuclear weapons, this could presage catastrophic consequences, not only for my country, and not only for the Middle East, but for all mankind. I believe the international community...
  • Iran's Zarif criticizes Netanyahu's 'scaremongering' (coordinating talking points with Zero again)

    02/28/2015 1:49:01 PM PST · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 02.28.15, 17:21
    Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Saturday that "scaremongering" by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't stop the Islamic Republic and world powers from reaching a final nuclear deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the world should not allow the hard-line Israeli leader to undermine peace. He was referring to Netanyahu's planned speech at the US Congress next week on the emerging nuclear deal that he considers dangerous. "Through scaremongering, falsification, propaganda and creating a false atmosphere even inside other countries, (Israel) is attempting to prevent peace," Zarif told reporters during a joint news conference Saturday with his Italian counterpart, Paolo...
  • Herzog 'Would Address the Palestinian Parliament' (But not Congress!)

    02/28/2015 1:41:30 PM PST · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/28/2015, 7:16 PM | Hezki Ezra
    Herzog vowed that, if elected PM, in his first 100 days as prime minister he would focus on three issues in particular: solving the housing crisis, "renewing relations with the US and the (political) process with the Palestinians." "If need be, I will travel to Ramallah and present to the Palestinian Parliament a vision of hope," he declared.
  • Stop the witch-hunt against Netanyahu

    02/28/2015 1:28:23 PM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | Shoula Romano Horing | Shoula Romano Horing
    Op-ed: Seventy-five years after the Holocaust, Herzog is underestimating evil and its promises to wipe the Jewish state off the map, while the media and left-wing camp are concentrating on PM's so-called 'corruption.' Until the current election campaign and the daily vicious, personal attacks against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, I think I never really gauged the media and center-left camp’s cruelty, or their recklessness in regard to the security and safety of Israel and the Jewish people. I never realized how low they are willing to descend to have an Israel without Netanyahu and to replace him...
  • Netanyahu at Western Wall: I respect Obama, but it's my duty to ensure Israel's security

    02/28/2015 12:18:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/28/2015 21:54 | HERB KEINON
    PM on eve of Washington trip says strength of US-Israeli relations will prevail over current disagreements. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the Western Wall Saturday night, just hours before flying to Washington on one of the the most contentious visits there by an Israeli prime minister in recent memory. With the Wall as his backdrop, Netanyahu said that he wanted to visit Judaism's holiest site before embarking on his trip Sunday morning to Washington where his scheduled speech before Congress on Tuesday has placed him at loggerheads with the White House. “I want to take this opportunity...
  • Stand Up to Iran (Video at link - Speech March 3rd at 11am EST on C-SPAN)

    02/28/2015 11:57:26 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | Feb 28, 2015 | RJCHQ
    Urge Washington to stop ignoring the threats of radical Islam and a nuclear Iran: http://StandUpToIran.com
  • U.S. Intelligence-Sharing Leaves Ukraine in the Dark

    02/28/2015 9:40:36 AM PST · by tlozo · 7 replies
    The Wall Sreet Journal ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes
    The U.S. is providing spy-satellite imagery to Ukraine to help in its fight against Russia-backed rebels, but with a catch: the images are significantly degraded to avoid provoking Russia or compromising U.S. secrets... But before delivering them, U.S. officials black out military staging areas on Russian territory and reduce the resolution so that enemy formations can’t be clearly made out, making them less useful to Ukrainian military commanders. Those steps, which delay the delivery of the images by at least 24 hours, are designed to keep the U.S. out of the so-called kill chain—military jargon for the stages of lethal...
  • Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Boycott reaches 40 according to Iran lobby)

    02/28/2015 6:44:40 AM PST · by Dave346 · 84 replies
    NIAC ^ | Updated February 27, 2015 at 9:39 PM
    Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns, so I intend to watch the speech on TV in my office.” Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) — “Rep. McNerney is not...
  • Army of Assyrian Christians Aims to Fight Islamic State

    02/28/2015 6:11:37 AM PST · by xzins · 21 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | February 25, 2015 | Therese Apel
    Assyrian Christians in the Nineveh Plain, with the help of a group of Americans, are building a fighting machine to stand toe-to-toe with the Islamic State group to preserve their homeland, their history and their heritage. The Nineveh Plain Protection Unit, or NPU, is a battalion of 350 to 500 men trained by Sons of Liberty International, an American-led nonprofit group aimed at “stepping in where governments in the international community have failed.” SOLI founder Matthew VanDyke of New York, a filmmaker who became a freedom fighter in the Libyan civil war and spent six months as a prisoner of...
  • Netanyahu releases clip of him writing Congress speech

    02/27/2015 2:34:19 PM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 28, 2015, 12:14 am
    The Prime Minister’s Office on Friday night released a clip of Benjamin Netanyahu drafting text for the address on Iran’s nuclear program he is set to deliver to a meeting of both houses of Congress on Tuesday. The clearly staged footage, showing Netanyahu writing text with a thick blue pen, was screened on Israel’s Channel 2. Earlier Friday, Netanyahu said flatly that he was headed to Washington next week in a bid to stop the emerging nuclear deal between Iran and international world powers, an agreement he has said poses a potential existential threat to Israel. In his most direct...
  • The Left's diplomatic decorum will not stop Iran (deal will pay Iran $100 billion!)

    02/27/2015 12:37:18 PM PST · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Friday February 27, 2015 | Mati Tuchfeld
    According to all the signs, the United States is leading the international community toward a bad nuclear agreement with Iran. The majority of the Israeli public, as well as the heads of all political parties, agree on that. The deal will enable Iran to continue pursuing nuclear weapons and fund terrorist groups operating worldwide, all while free of the sanctions that have been crippling its economy for years. According to reports in the U.S., that alone amounts to a $100 billion bonus, which will go directly to the insane regime's pockets. The solution offered by Labor leader Isaac Herzog and...
  • Fighting a bad cold, Biden cancels trip to Uruguay (But will still leave Monday before Bibi speech)

    02/27/2015 10:00:49 AM PST · by Dave346 · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1 hour ago | JOSH LEDERMAN
    Vice President Joe Biden is canceling a planned trip to Uruguay because of an illness. The vice president's office says Biden has a bad cold and won't attend incoming President Tabare Vazquez's inauguration on Sunday. Biden had been expected to lead the U.S. delegation. Instead, Biden will travel directly on Monday to Guatemala, the second and final stop on his Latin America trip. Biden plans to meet with Central American presidents and the head of the Inter-American Development Bank.
  • The Odds Of A War Between Israel And Iran Just Went Way Up

    02/27/2015 7:16:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/27/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Uh oh – Iran just got caught with both hands in the cookie jar. It turns out that even while Iran has been negotiating a “historic peace deal” with the western world, it has been secretly operating a huge underground nuclear enrichment site that it didn’t tell anyone about. But this is what the Iranians always do. They lie, lie and then lie some more. So how in the world can you make a deal with a government that absolutely refuses to tell the truth? These revelations about a secret underground nuclear facility just outside Tehran come at a time...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • Jeb Bush: Obama's behavior toward Israel is 'completely inappropriate'

    02/27/2015 5:27:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Friday February 27, 2015 | Boaz Bismuth
    Former Florida governor and possible presidential candidate Jeb Bush calls Obama's foreign policy a "disaster" and insists that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "every right to speak to Congress about the direct threats of a bad deal with Iran." As the nuclear negotiations between Iran and Western powers continue to progress, former Florida governor and possible presidential hopeful Jeb Bush voices tough criticism against the U.S. administration on the issue, and welcomes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upcoming speech on the issue to a joint session of Congress next week. Q: Netanyahu is coming to Washington next week to warn against...
  • Netanyahu insists on wrecking Israel's ties with United States (Haaretz runs interference for Zero)

    02/27/2015 5:20:09 AM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | 2:10 AM | Haaretz Editorial
    It seems the Israeli prime minister, due primarily to electoral considerations, is determined to act like a wrecking ball. On the eve of Israel’s election, Netanyahu is insisting on damaging Israel’s most important relationship. His grip on power is shaky, and he’s acting like someone who has nothing to lose. Warnings were sounded from the moment Speaker of the House John Boehner, together with Netanyahu and his ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, concocted this anti-Obama address to a joint session of Congress, and these warnings are coming true every day. If Netanyahu were a responsible leader, he would never have...
  • Netanyahu: Congress speech is not illegitimate because American public supports Israel (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:11:16 AM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/27/2015 14:48
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat is crucial because Congress is one of the only bodies that can actually stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, he said during an interview to a haredi radio station on Friday morning. "I am writing the speech and it is important, because I am going there to try to stop the deal from happening. We remember the times when Persia tried to destroy us, and today in the same Persia there is a ruler who calls for the destruction of the Jewish state and they plan on...
  • Kerry heading to Switzerland with Zarif, as Netanyahu goes to Washington (less than 48 hours in DC)

    02/26/2015 3:55:45 PM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/27/2015 00:44 | By MICHAEL WILNER, HERB KEINON
    PM will leave Israel Sunday at around noon, and be in Washington for less than 48 hours before flying back Tuesday afternoon. Netanyahu’s public schedule this time will be very sparse, with just three events – a Monday morning speech to AIPAC, Tuesday morning’s address to a joint session of Congress, and following that speech, a meeting with bipartisan leadership of both the Senate and the House. This meeting was initiated by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senate Minority leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada). He will fly back to Israel shortly after delivering that meeting. While the speech to...
  • Insult and Injury: Obama Sends Susan Rice, Samantha Power to AIPAC (Bibi to address Monday)

    02/26/2015 3:03:30 PM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama is sending National Security Advisor Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power–widely seen as among the most anti-Israel members of his administration–to address a prominent pro-Israel gathering next week. The move is described by the Associated Press as an effort to mend fences after the administration had withheld speakers from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference. In reality, it is a further slap in the face. Rice caused an uproar earlier this week when she told interviewer Charlie Rose that the forthcoming speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a special joint session...
  • Netanyahu to meet Democratic, Republican Senate leaders in Washington (travel Sunday, AIPAC Monday)

    02/26/2015 12:59:47 PM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb. 26, 2015 | 9:30 PM
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to meet with the Democratic and Republican Senate leaders during his trip to Washington, a senior Israeli official said Thursday. The closed-door meeting will be held amid escalating tensions between the two parties and a crisis in the ties between the White House and the Prime Minister's Office over Netanyahu's upcoming Congress speech. The official's remarks were made shortly after AIPAC announced that President Barack Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power will address the organization's conference next week. According to the senior official, Netanyahu accepted the invitation extended by...
  • Rumsfeld: I'm amazed at the administration's rudeness

    02/26/2015 10:14:57 AM PST · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Thursday February 26, 2015 | Boaz Bismuth
    Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Israel Hayom that the American administration's negative focus on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming visit is an "unfortunate distraction" from the important issue -- the Iranian threat. Less than a week before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Israel Hayom that the focus on Netanyahu's visit rather than on his message is an "unfortunate distraction" from the important issue -- the Iranian threat. "I find it stunning to see the comments out of the White House on this issue,"...
  • Boehner defends Netanyahu speech to Congress (again)

    02/26/2015 10:10:23 AM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:48pm EST | Patricia Zengerle
    U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday strongly challenged the assertion that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about nuclear negotiations with Iran would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations. "The president's national security advisor says it's destructive for the prime minister of Israel to address the United States Congress. I couldn't disagree more," Boehner said at his weekly news conference. "The American people and both parties in Congress have always stood with Israel and nothing, and no one, could get in the way," Boehner said. Netanyahu is due to join Winston Churchill on March 3...
  • Op-Ed: No, We Can’t, V15 (team Obama running "hope and change" commercials in Israel)

    02/26/2015 8:30:40 AM PST · by Dave346 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:04 AM | Judith Bergman
    Featuring mostly young people in grungy outfits, looking terribly afflicted by Waiting for Change and pictured doing an awful lot of printing, painting and gluing of V15 campaign posters to the sound of a catchy soundtrack, the political campaign video for V15 has about as much depth as a Calvin Klein commercial. In a seductive tone the male voice over tells us that they (Bibi Netanyahu) are trying to scare us (the voters) but in reality, they are afraid of us. The reason, we are told, that they are afraid of us, is that we are the Change and if...
  • Herzog: PM's Congress speech will cause 'strategic damage' to US ties (only 5 days until speech)

    02/26/2015 8:23:16 AM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | Itay Blumenthal
    Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to cancel his planned speech to Congress on March 3, saying it will cause "strategic damage" to Israel's ties with the United States. "I call on Netanyahu again: Stop. Enough, Bibi, enough. You aren't going. Don't go. You will cause strategic damage to Israel's standing and to the relationship with the United States," Herzog said at a press conference, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname. Herzog also condemned Netanyahu's decision not to meet with Senate Democrats when he goes to Washington next week, saying the prime minister is...
  • Ukraine To Halt Currency Trading Again Any Minute

    02/26/2015 8:22:47 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 2-26-2015 | Durden
    With Prime Minister Yatsenyuk putting his foot down and squeezing the central bank to lift capital controls, Ukraine's currency is totally collapsing this morning. Up over 5 handles to a fresh record low of 33.75/USD, we suspect currency trading will be halted any minute. While we discussed the endgame for Ukraine last night, on the street, things are dire with ATM lines, shelves emptied, and local currency exchanges marking up levels dramatically more than the 'official' rates... The 'independent' Central Bank halted currency trading, and then the government screamed... "I learned this morning on the Internet that the National Bank...
  • Matthews: Netanyahu Started ‘Crapstorm,’ Should Apologize (MSNBC host loses it big time)

    02/26/2015 8:16:37 AM PST · by Dave346 · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Matthews said, “Let me finish tonight with this crapstorm that has Netanyahu has started. All the Prime Minister had to do to avoid all this fighting with Washington was to speak out. That’s what he could have done, speak out the second he heard that the invitation for him to address the US Congress was issued without the knowledge of the American President. All he had to do was say ‘I will only come if this invitation is bipartisan, and certainly only if the President of the United States has approved it.’ All he had to do was that just...
  • Senior Israeli Minister Responds to Kerry’s Criticism of Netanyahu: ‘He Might Not Know What We Know’

    02/25/2015 6:58:07 PM PST · by Dave346 · 12 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | February 25, 2015 8:14 pm | David Daoud
    Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz responded on Wednesday to criticism that US Secretary of State John Kerry had apparently directed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his stance on how to address the Iranian nuclear threat, Israel’s NRG reported. Steinitz, a key Netanyahu loyalist, said, “[Kerry] might not know everything we know,” referring to Kerry’s implication on Tuesday that being as Israel is not involved in the minutiae of the upcoming agreement with Tehran about its nuclear program, it therefore cannot comment on the nature of the agreement’s outcome. Steinitz’ remarks followed comments made by Secretary Kerry...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu to speak on Iran before Congress, while John Kerry sorts out nuke deal overseas

    02/25/2015 10:32:05 AM PST · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | Guy Taylor
    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears before both houses of Congress next week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry won’t be there — he’ll be in Geneva trying to hammer out the final details of a nuclear deal with Iran that the Israeli leader in coming to Washington to argue against. Mr. Netanyahu will use the speech to warn U.S. lawmakers of the danger associated with cutting a nuclear deal with Iran that allows the Islamic republic to continue enriching uranium at any level — even for producing electricity. But when Mr. Netanyahu appears before Congress on March 3,...
  • Netanyahu accuses West of forsaking pledge to prevent nuclear-armed Iran

    02/25/2015 9:35:51 AM PST · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/25/2015 19:18 | HERB KEINON
    PM says from the emerging nuclear agreement "it appears [world powers] have given up" on their commitment regarding Iran. As criticism both in Israel and the US of his planned speech to Congress continues to mount, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu framed the debate over Iran in stark life-and-death terms on Wednesday. “I respect the White House and the US President,” he said of the friction his decision to address Congress has triggered, “but on a matter so fateful that it could determine whether we exist or not, my obligation is do everything to prevent such a great danger to the...
  • Susan Rice: Netanyahu's Congress speech destructive to Israel-U.S. ties (says the Benghazi liar)

    02/25/2015 9:28:57 AM PST · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb. 25, 2015 | 6:59 AM | Barak Ravid
    Tensions between Israel and the U.S. continue to rise over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming Congress address. President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice said Tuesday that the Israeli premier's March 3 speech is "destructive" to the relationship between the two countries. Rice made the comments in an interview with Charlie Rose on PBS. The remarks came hours after Secretary of State John Kerry slammed Netanyahu over his opposition to the unfolding nuclear deal with Iran. "The relationship between the U.S. and Israel has always been bipartisan and we have been fortunate that the politics have not been injected...
  • While Iran Builds a Bomb, Kerry Focuses on Appointing a Gay Rights Envoy

    02/25/2015 9:22:43 AM PST · by Dave346 · 5 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | February 24, 2015
    RUSH: Jeff in Macomb, Michigan. I may not be able to get you all in. We'll hold you through the break if necessary. How are you, sir? CALLER: Hey, good afternoon, Rush. I know we're talking about net neutrality today, but -- RUSH: No, no. Anything you want. That's fine. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. The details of what John Kerry has agreed to with the Iranian negotiating team are being reported in the Middle East, but it's difficult to find them in English and I'd like to very briefly mention them. The Obama administration is agreeing to 6,500 spinning centrifuges...
  • Netanyahu declines US Democrats' invitation for meeting during visit (Go Bibi!)

    02/24/2015 5:01:06 PM PST · by Dave346 · 66 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/25/2015 02:47
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with US Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week. "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein obtained by Reuters. Durbin and Feinstein had invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators in a letter on Monday.
  • Ukraine: Donetsk celebrates Defender of the Fatherland Day

    02/24/2015 3:50:08 PM PST · by tlozo · 2 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Adam Justice
    The rebel stronghold of Donetsk on 23 February joined Russia in celebrating a nationwide holiday, the Defender of the Fatherland Day. Red flags with the hammer and sickle were visible over Lenin Square in the city centre, as locals gathered to celebrate the Soviet-era holiday, that is not marked in Ukraine.
  • WHIP LIST: Dems skipping Netanyahu speech (26 to boycott, 71 to attend, rest unknown)

    02/24/2015 2:28:44 PM PST · by Dave346 · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | updated on Feb. 24 at 2:29 p.m | Mike Lillis
    Netanyahu is expected to criticize the White House’s negotiations on Iran's nuclear program in his March 3 speech. SKIPPING House (23) Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.), Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.), Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.), Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.), Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.), Rep. John Lewis (Ga.), Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.), Rep. Jim McDermott (Wash.), Rep. Gregory Meeks (N.Y.), Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas), Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine), Rep....
  • BBC/Weinstein Co ‘War And Peace’ Mini Adds Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent

    02/24/2015 10:05:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | February 24, 2015 | Nancy Tartaglione
    Principal photography has started on the six-part adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic War And Peace which is being made by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with The Weinstein Company and BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point. Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton are already aboard to star, with new additions to the cast including Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, Brian Cox and Ken Stott. The epic drama is written by House Of Cards and Bridget Jones‘ Andrew Davies. Anderson was nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn in his 2007 adaptation of Dickens’ Bleak House.
  • Kerry in apparent jab at Netanyahu: Those bad-mouthing Iran deal don't know what deal is

    02/24/2015 10:02:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 58 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/24/2015 18:13
    US Secretary of State John Kerry defended the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran on Tuesday in comments that appeared to be directed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As Netanyahu accused the P5+1 group of world powers of giving Iran a green light to maintain the ability to make nuclear weapons, Kerry said that those bad-mouthing the deal are doing so prematurely, before the contours of the deal have been determined. During a tour of the IDF's Southern Command, Netanyahu said that "the information I have received in recent days reinforces our fears in regard to the emerging deal between world...
  • Herzog cancels AIPAC speech, takes aim at Netanyahu trip to US (left stays home at Zero's command)

    02/24/2015 8:21:59 AM PST · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 02.24.15, 16:01 | Moran Azulay
    Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog announced Tuesday he will not be traveling to the US to appear before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, amid growing tensions over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on March 3. "Netanyahu's spin about who is going to Washington must stop," Herzog told a gathering of foreign media in Israel. "My firm position against a nuclear Iran is known by every Israeli and American, including the US president, and I know how to voice it in a sharp, clear manner - from here, not from there." Herzog added: "A...
  • PM: Congress 'The Final Brake' Stopping Iran Nuclear Weapon (7 days until speech)

    02/24/2015 8:11:57 AM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/24/2015, 5:36 PM | Ari Soffer
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reiterated his resolve to speak before Congress later this month, saying Congress could well be the "final brake" stopping a "bad deal" over Iran's nuclear program, which would allow the Islamic Republic to become a nuclear threshold state. Netanyahu made the comments during a tour of the IDF's Southern Command headquarters, along with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Sammy Turgeman. "Even after Hamas took the severest blow in its history, we are continuing to monitor its activities and we are prepared for any and all developments,"...