It's come to this: Obama siding with 'Palestinians' against US citizen terror victims
In a lawsuit brought by American terror victims, guess which side the Obama administration is taking. You guessed it... the 'Palestinian' side.
The lawsuit was filed over a series of bombings and shootings in or
around Jerusalem that killed dozens of US citizens during the second Palestinian intifada, a decade ago.
The case was delayed for years while Palestinian lawyers tried to
challenge the American court’s jurisdiction, but last February, the
families won a $218.5 million judgment after a seven-week trial in
Manhattan Federal Court. The jury found that the PLO and Palestinian
Authority were responsible for a string of attacks from 2001 to 2004
that killed 33 and injured hundreds.
Unfortunately for the cash-strapped Palestinians, a 1992 law requires
damages in cases such as these, to be tripled, with interest on the
award, pushing it to as much as $1.1 billion.
The judgment amounts to nearly a third of the Palestinian Authority’s annual operating budget.
Palestinian leadership say they are not responsible “for the actions
of individuals” who killed or wounded Americans, and are appealing the
The Obama administration has reportedly signaled that it will
intervene on behalf of the Palestinians in this case over US citizens.
Late last month, the Department of Justice, which had
previously not been involved in the 11-year-old case, informed the court
it was considering filing a “statement of interest” in the case by Aug.
10, but officials would not elaborate. A source said the Department of
Justice was working with the State Department on the matter.
“As the filing states, the United States is considering whether to
submit a Statement of Interest in the [Sokolow v. Palestine Liberation
Organization] matter,” a DOJ spokeswoman told FoxNews.com. “Any filing
would be made on behalf of the United States, not on behalf of any other
The Palestinian leadership would not have to pay the award unless it
is upheld on appeal, but U.S. District Judge George Daniels said he may
require the Palestinians to post bond while the case works its way
through the process to show “some meaningful demonstration that the
defendant is ready and willing to pay the judgment.”
“An administration which claims to be fighting terror is planning to weigh in favor of the terrorists,” Yalowitz told FoxNews.com.
“If our government actually came in favor of convicted terrorists, it
would be a really sorry statement about the way our government treats
Two people were injured on Monday night in a firebomb attack near the Beit Hanina intersection in Jerusalem.
incident occurred when a molotov cocktail was thrown as a moving
vehicle. Inside the car was a woman, 27 who was evacuated to Hadassah
Ein Keren Medical Center in stable condition with burns to her body.
Her husband, who was also in the vehicle, was unharmed, although the car was completely burnt.
The damaged vehicle hit a pedestrian, who suffered light injuries.
Police are investigating the surrounding incident.
Something tells me that no Leftists will be visiting that 27-year old woman in the hospital....
The smartest thing I ever did - UPDATED with new picture
Today, the 18th day of the Jewish month of Av, marks 34 years since I married Mrs. Carl (you didn't think I'd put her real name on the blog, did you?). It amazes me how from just the two of us coming together have come eight children (three married) and seven grandchildren bli ayin hara kein yarbu (warding off evil eyes, and there should be many more).
On the last trip to the States, I tried to have a family picture printed on canvas to bring back with me. Unfortunately, the smallest size that would fit the entire family would not fit in a suitcase (anyone with suggestions where this can be done in Israel, please pipe up).
So Happy Anniversary to the love of my life and the most amazing woman in the world. Here's looking forward to many more years of happiness together!
PS The picture that is currently in this post is a little old. Someone is supposed to send me a newer picture, and when he does, I will update the post.
“American voters oppose 57 – 28 percent, with only lukewarm support
from Democrats and overwhelming opposition for Republicans and
independent voters, the nuclear pact negotiated with Iran,” the release from
Quinnipiac states. Republicans overwhelmingly oppose the deal by an 86%
to 3% margin, and only a slim majority of Democrats support it. The
poll of 1,644 registered voters has a margin of error of 2.4%.
Opposition to the Iran deal has widened as Congress has probed the
details of the agreement in televised hearings on Capitol Hill. One
major issue is the existence of secret side deals between the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran governing nuclear
inspections, which the administration has not read or provided to
Congress, in violation of the Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act (the
At least 218 Republican lawmakers have signed on to support a
resolution expressing “firm disapproval” of the nuclear deal, which
would provide Iran with billions of dollars in sanctions relief while
enabling it to continue work on ballistic missiles and other nuclear
The measure, which is being led by Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill) and was first reported by the Washington Free Beacon, comes as Congress takes 60 days to review the deal before voting on it.
Many lawmakers, including a growing number of Democrats, have come
out against the deal, citing concerns it does not do enough to limit
Iran’s nuclear program.
Critics remain most concerned about portions of the deal that will
ban U.S. inspectors from Iran’s nuclear sites and remove restrictions on
the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile program.
At least three members of the House leadership, as well as 18 of 22
House committee chairmen and 23 of the 25 GOP members of the House
Foreign Affairs Committee, have already signed on to back the
resolution, according to figures provided by congressional sources.
House Freedom Caucus Chair Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) and Republican Study
Committee Chair Bill Flores (R., Texas) also back the measure.
I'm not so impressed by this. Aren't the Republicans the majority party in Congress? Don't they chair all the committees? Who are the four chairmen who have not come out against the deal? Who are the two GOP members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who have not come out against the deal? These people need to be named and shamed.
A senior congressional aide familiar with the effort said the administration is failing to convince lawmakers to back the deal.
“It appears the administration’s sales pitch for this deal is falling
on deaf ears. Closed-door briefings and public hearings have apparently
left Members with more questions than answers, and the administration’s
decision to circumvent Congress by first bringing the deal to the UN
infuriated key Democrats who are otherwise loyal to the president,” the
“This level of opposition so early in the review period indicates
that Congress really has a chance of killing the agreement. What
Congressman Roskam has done—securing 218 commitments from Members vote
against the deal in just two weeks—is a rather remarkable feat. He still
has more work to do, but this is an impressive start,” the source
Remarkable? Look, I love Roskam - he's one of Israel's strongest supporters. But he shouldn't have to work this hard to defeat a deal that is so obviously and blatantly a disaster.
'Settler' goes along on Leftist condolence visit to Arab village
A revenant in his 20's named Yonadav Tapuchi went along on a Leftist-sponsored visit to the site of the two arson attacks in the village of Duma last week. (You can see a post about a similar visit here). Tapuchi said that he went along on the trip to show that not everyone on the Right agrees with last week's actions (which are still presumed to have been carried out by a Jew from the Right), and that although he is a supporter of Jewish settlement of the entire land in Israel, some actions are simply beyond the pale.
For those of you who read Hebrew, you can find his original thoughts here (it's accessible). For those who do not, Hillel Fendel has translated most of them into English.
"I had difficult feelings after my trip," Yonadav wrote, "which can
be divided into three groups. First, there is no doubt that this was
a shocking crime. It is simply terrible to wake up in the middle of the
night to find your house and family going up in flames, to escape by the
skin of your teeth, and then to find that you have lost a son.
...My condolences to the family; may they know no more pain."
"The second area concerns the anthropological experience I had on the
bus filled with veteran left-wing activists from Tel Aviv – a
horrific scene of hatred-filled talk: hatred of settlers, hatred of the
religious, and especially of haredim; hatred of the State of
Israel; and explanations why it was a moral imperative to leave and move
to another country.
"When we arrived at the village, we were surrounded by Arab
photographers. We were informed that the original plan had been
changed, and that before visiting the actual mourning family, we would
first see the burnt houses. Thus, a bunch of Jews with their heads held
low were photographed near and in the burnt houses and the Hebrew
graffiti there. A representative of the family and the village then gave
a short speech ('the settlers should expect the worst!,' he warned). We
were then told that actually, the village is quite up in arms, and that
it would not be convenient for us to actually comfort the mourning
family, and that we had better leave fast.
"I and others felt that this whole thing was a media trick to get the
'Yahud' [Arabic for 'the Jews' – ed.] to take part in humiliating set
of photos near the buildings, and that they had never planned to allow
us to come in actual contact with the family."
The third set of impressions that Yonadav Tapuchi came away with
concerned the suspicious nature of the alleged arson. He did not
mention that there have been reports of an ongoing, 18-year feud between
two clans in Duma that might be related to the murderous arson. In
addition, one of the two graffiti messages – the single word nekamah,
meaning "revenge" – has calligraphic elements that raise the suspicion
that it was actually sprayed by an Arab.
There was actually a report up in Hebrew on rotter.net yesterday that claimed that suspects had been arrested in connection with the arson, and that they were Arabs. But when I clicked on the link from Twitter, the post had been removed. It is not unheard of in this country for a report like that to be censored by the military censor for some period of time. In other words, the report could still be true.
And that's not the only thing that's suspicious.
"According to the Duma version, the attackers burnt one house, then
saw that it was empty, and so they went to set fire to the next
house. The second house is enclosed by a fence, and the windows are
covered by a dense lattice; a firebomb cannot be hurled through the
windows, and in any event it is very hard to reach the windows behind
the fence. The arsonists had to go around the house, enter the yard, and
place the firebombs through the lattice. According to the Duma version,
the attackers entered the house, stood over the parents and did not let
them leave until the flames engulfed the house. Only then did the
arsonists run away from the village.
"I can only say that when the arsonists are ultimately caught, we
will get to hear a fascinating story of why they chose to navigate their
way all the way into the middle of the village, and how they had time
to set a house on fire, wait to find that it was empty, then walk
around and enter another house and set it on fire, wait with the
parents, spray graffiti in two places – including with a little design
of a crown! – and then run away through the middle of the village with
all the townspeople surely already up and on their feet seeing
the flames and hearing the family's cries. Something here is very
Could Chuck Schumer have been for the Iran deal before he was against it? That's what a Politico report suggests.
Chuck Schumer is getting an earful from opponents of the Iran nuclear deal.
than 10,000 phone calls have flooded his office line the past two
weeks, organized by a group looking to kill the deal. Another group has
dropped seven figures on TV in New York City to pressure Schumer and
other lawmakers to vote against the plan. The powerful American Israel
Public Affairs Committee has put its muscle behind an effort to lobby
the New Yorker against it.
And Dov Hikind, a state assemblyman from Brooklyn, was
arrested for disorderly conduct while protesting the deal outside
People who have spoken with the senior New York
senator believe the pressure campaign is having an effect: They say
there is a growing sense inside and outside the Capitol that Schumer
will vote against the deal when the Senate considers it in September.
The bigger question many have now is this: How hard will he push against
And Schumer isn't the only Senator who is wilting under pressure from deal opponents.
Sen. Chris Coons, who was personally lobbied by President Barack Obama
and national security adviser Susan Rice to back the deal during a trip
to Africa in July, said the view of the accord was about evenly split in
his home state of Delaware in the first few days after the
announcement. But the Democrat now says telephone calls against the deal
outnumber those in favor by 10-to-1 in his state, an avalanche of
opposition he has no choice but to listen to.
The New York and New Jersey delegations have been the top focus of
groups trying to kill the agreement, and there’s evidence they are
making headway. In New Jersey, Sen. Robert Menendez sounds like a “no”
vote, while Sen. Cory Booker is undecided. In New York City, the group
Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran spent $1.6 million on broadcast
television and $119,500 on cable between July 16-July 30 advertising on
the issue, according to a media tracking source. Secure America Now, a
hawkish group trying to kill the deal, has organized the call-in
campaign to Schumer.
What a concept: Senators (and Representatives) who listen to their constituents! If only we had that in Israel!
Then why does Israel's Hebrew 'Palestinian' daily continue to editorialize against the pressure that is turning the tide? 10-1 is a lot more than 'more than half but less than two thirds.' Maybe because Haaretz doesn't listen to Israelis because they don't stand for elections?
In the meantime, it sounds like Schumer will not try to persuade anyone else how to vote. In fact, he may not even be able to.
If Schumer wanted to persuade members to side with him, “Chuck would
have let his intentions known a long time ago, and everybody would have
known,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Winning over members now,
Manchin added, “would be much more difficult.”
The Iran vote
could reverberate for Democratic senators facing tough reelection races
in the coming years, especially if they back the accord and it fails to
rein in Iran. Only one of them, Colorado’s Michael Bennet, is up in
2016; several others will be on the ballot in 2018.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), a moderate who faces voters in three years, said she’s still carefully weighing the agreement.
“Schumer is not going to move anybody on this,” she said.
“I think he’s conflicted,” McCaskill added. “Many of us are. It’s hard.”
Jon Tester (D-Mont.), another moderate up for reelection in 2018, said
Schumer would have “none, zero, nada” sway over his vote.
“Don’t tell Chuck that,” Tester joked.
So far, just one member of the Senate Democratic leadership team has
voiced his position on the matter — Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.),
who supports the plan. That’s far different than the House, where
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her backing almost
immediately after the deal was announced. In the Senate, the other
members of the leadership team, including Reid, Schumer and Sen. Patty
Murray (D-Wash.), are playing coy.
Will it really come down to what the American people want? Wouldn't that be something!
Translation: And if you've had enough of stereotypes: Haredi youths came to the memorial service for Shira Banki z"l (of blessed memory) and distributed popsicles to the participants. Lovely! Photography: Elimelech Zilberschlag.
Columnist Ben Caspit writes on Facebook this morning regarding the report yesterday that President Rivlin never visited the family of Baby Adele Biton HY"D (May God Avenger her blood), who passed away a couple of months ago two years after being the victim of a terror attack.
מהבוקר אני רואה כאן ברשת ידיעה מפוברקת על הנשיא ריבלין, לפיה הוא לא ביקר את הוריה של אדל ביטון "כדי לא להרגיז את... http://t.co/cixAgWttCV
The full Facebook post is at that link and its quite short. Here's a much better translation than Facebook will give you.
Since this morning, I see a fabricated report on President Rivlin that claims that he did not visit the parents of Adele Biton "so as not to anger the Arabs." This is a cheap and transparent fabrication at an imaginary site from a reporter who does not exist, which does not stop many Right wing degenerates from spreading it and accusing Rivlin of treason. To permit [taking the life] of the country's President, the Right wing ideologue, the picture of beauty and morality.
It is apparent that the idiots never end, they just change identities. Rivlin visited the Biton family and said powerful emotional words in the family's home. But the lowlifes of limited intelligence do their own thing. We have learned nothing, and apparently we will not learn anything. This is how it is when there are no brains.
The story I saw - on Arutz Sheva's website - and on which I based my post, was based on an interview with Adele's mother, and said nothing about him 'deserving to die' (God Forbid) or anything similar.
If you read the Arutz Sheva story carefully, you will see that Mrs. Biton criticized the President for not visiting in the hospital. It is true that he paid a shiva (condolence) call when they were sitting shiva for Baby Adele five months ago.
What Caspit is actually referring to is this story - which describes threats that Rivlin has received since speaking out against the firebombing of the Arab home in Duma and the stabbing of a participant at the gay pride parade in Jerusalem - both on Thursday. The death threats are disgusting and deserve condemnation. But Adele Biton's mother is not their source, and the story only mentions Adele among several terror victims named by Rivlin. Adele's mother deserves to be left in peace at least as much as the President does. It's unfair of Caspit to blame her.
I've met President Rivlin and admire him greatly even if I don't always agree with him. Ironically, if you go to the last link, you will see Rivlin wearing a kaffiyeh with curses written in Hebrew in the top right corner of the picture. In the background are Jewish holy books.... When I met him, he was speaker of the Knesset, and I was taken to his office by a client to meet him. His Knesset office was also filled with Jewish holy books. The man deserves better.
The other shoe drops: Egypt sponsoring IAEA resolution to monitor Israel's nuclear capability
The other shoe may be about to drop on Israel. Egypt is introducing a resolution at an IAEA meeting in September, which will call on the international regulator to monitor Israel's nuclear program. Iran is likely to join the resolution. And while the resolution would not be binding like a Security Council resolution, it would certainly cause diplomatic embarrassment to Israel.
A senior Foreign Ministry official said he feared the recent nuclear deal between Iran and the six powers will make it hard for Israel to defeat the resolution.
The resolution, titled “Israeli nuclear capabilities,” has been repeatedly proposed by Egypt in recent years. It condemns Israel, demands that it open its reported nuclear facilities to IAEA inspection, and calls for an international conference on making the Middle East a nuclear-weapons-free zone.
Though Egypt is the IAEA resolution’s chief sponsor, Iran seems likely to join the move. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif indicated as much by publishing an article in The Guardian titled, “Iran has signed a historic nuclear deal – now it’s Israel’s turn.”
Zarif wrote that Israel must be pressured to join the NPT and advance an international conference on a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East. Israel, he wrote, has “an undeclared nuclear arsenal and a declared disdain towards non-proliferation, notwithstanding its absurd and alarmist campaign against the Iranian nuclear deal.”
For the last three years, Israel has succeeding in mustering a majority against Egypt’s IAEA resolution, thanks partly to proposals for a direct regional security dialogue with Arab states under UN auspices. Egypt and various other countries rejected these proposals, but they earned Israel considerable international credit.
The campaign to thwart the latest resolution began two weeks ago, when the Foreign Ministry sent a cable to all Israeli embassies and consulates instructing them to urge their host governments to oppose it.
“The resolution is fundamentally biased and mistaken, aimed at diverting global attention from the real dangers of nuclear proliferation in this region,” the cable’s talking points said. “This move will further politicize the IAEA and undermine the trust necessary for any regional dialogue on this issue.”
Israel has also sent personal envoys to several countries it considers key to winning the vote. For instance, former Foreign Ministry director general Nissim Ben Shitrit went to Argentina about 10 days ago, on the assumption that if Argentina doesn’t back the Arab proposal, other Latin American countries would likely follow suit.
Senior Israeli officials are divided over how the Iranian deal will impact the IAEA debate. Some argue that following the Iran agreement, America and other leading countries won’t want to raise the pressure on Israel even further. But others fear that with the Iran deal done, the international focus will shift to Israel’s nuclear program. They also fear Israel will enjoy less American support than in the past, due to the severe tensions with Washington over the Iran deal.
I hope that the 78% of American Jews who voted for this administration are pleased. Surely they will still have those smirks on their ugly faces when - God Forbid - as Mike Huckabee said last week, Israelis are led to the ovens.
As many of you may have heard, someone dressed as an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed six people at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday. The 'man,' Yishai Schlissel, did the same thing ten years ago, and was recently released from prison for that crime. Unfortunately, this time, he managed to murder someone. 16-year old Shira Banki (pictured above) passed away today.
The letter below was written by Rabbi Ron Yitzchak Eisenman of Passaic, New Jersey, who studied with me in yeshiva 35 years ago. I think it sums up pretty well how we ought to look at and feel about this incident (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl).
French diplomat pressured to retract statement on Iran, but Representatives back original story
The US Embassy to France and the French Embassy to the United States have been running a full-court press claiming that French diplomat Jacques Audibert never said it would be helpful if Congress rejected the Iran nuclear sellout. But Representatives who were present at the meeting insist that Audibert said what was originally reported.
Reps. Paul Cook (R., Calif.) and Tom Marino (R., Pa.) released a
joint statement on Friday confirming Audibert’s comments as described by
“We participated in the meeting and can confirm that Congresswoman
Sanchez’s account of the meeting is accurate. We disagree with recent
claims that seek to refute her account,” the lawmakers said in a
statement provided to the Free Beacon.
The French Embassy continues to deny the report and worked furiously
in conjunction with White House officials Thursday to downplay
Audibert’s comments, sources said.
The French Embassy’s Twitter account issued a statement by Audibert, who also distanced himself from the report.
“During the meeting with the members of the US Congress on the 17th
of July, I never said or suggested that a no vote from the Congress on
the JCPOA might be helpful or lead to a better deal,” Audibert said in
the statement. “I insisted repeatedly on the fact that the deal itself
was the best possible.”
However, Audibert walked back his initial rejection of the report on Friday in an interview with French-language press.
When asked by European officials what would happen if Congress were
to reject the deal, Audibert “told them that in my opinion, no European
company would take the risk of going to do business in Iran, since it
risks being subjected to US sanctions, as was recently the case of a
large French bank. It’s obvious,” French press reported.
Audibert’s apparent support for a congressional no vote on the deal
is said to have swayed some lawmakers to oppose the agreement.
You don't think the White House and the State Department would lie and pressure another country's diplomat to get the deal passed, do you?
“I don't recall President Rivlin, whom I have great respect
for, visiting my daughter in the hospital after she was struck by a
rock. I don't recall him calling for a public protest when Adelle was
attacked. Something is wrong here.” Neither, she said, did Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visit her in the hospital.
Three year old Adelle Biton was killed last March when an
terrorists threw a rock at the car she was riding in as they drove along
a road in Samaria. Five Arab teens were arrested in the case, and
confessed to throwing large rocks at the Biton family vehicle. A large
stone struck Adelle in the head, and she was comatose for nearly two
months before waking with permanent, severe disabilities, passing away
two years later due to medical complications.
On Friday, Rivlin spoke out against the arson attack last week
in the village of Duma, in which an infant was burned to death, and four
family members were severely burned. On Saturday night, Rivlin appeared
at a rally in Tel Aviv denouncing the attack, which appeared to have
been carried out by Jewish extremists.
But while Rivlin and other politicians were quick to speak out
against attacks on the Arab population, attacks on Jews – especially
religious ones – did not get top priority.
It's kind of hot here in Jerusalem today, but nowhere near as hot as in Iran (it's dry heat here in Jerusalem), where it's hot enough to prepare for hell.
Due to extreme heat and humidity, Bandar Mahshahr registered an
apparent temperature of 154 F (68 C) on Thursday. "That was one of the
most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen and it is one
of the most extreme readings ever in the world," stated AccuWeather
Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani.
However, such an exceptional apparent temperature outdid itself on Friday.
The combination of an actual temperature of 115 F (46 C) and a dew
point temperature of 90 F (32 C) pushed the apparent temperature to 163 F
(73 C) Friday afternoon local time. This reading would have been even
higher if a breeze was not blowing, a factor in the calculation of the
"A strong ridge of high pressure has persisted over the Middle East
through much of July, resulting in the extreme heat wave in what many
would consider one of the hottest places in the world," stated Sagliani.
Amid this heat wave, Baghdad experienced its all-time record high on Thursday when temperatures soared to 124 F (51 C).
"Around the Persian Gulf, where water temperatures are in the lower
to middle 90s (30s C), the extreme heat combines with incredibly high
humidity to produce astounding apparent temperatures," Sagliani
continued in regards to the exceptional feeling heat around Bandar
There's no relief expected anytime soon.
Synoptic reports from Baghdad, Iraq indicate that temp hit 51C (123.8F) on 30 July, tying all-time record high. pic.twitter.com/wPJlTmRgBV
Khameni publishes instruction manual for how to destroy Israel
Lest anyone think he's moderated, Amir Taheri reports that Ayatollah Ali Khameni has published a book (so far only in Persian but soon available in Arabic) of instructions how to destroy Israel.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has published a new book called “Palestine,” a
416-page screed against the Jewish state. A blurb on the back cover
credits Khamenei as “The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”
A friend sent me a copy from Iran, the only place the book is
currently available, though an Arabic translation is promised soon.
Obama administration officials likely hope that no American even hears about it.
Khamenei makes his position clear from the start: Israel has no right to exist as a state.
He uses three words. One is “nabudi” which means “annihilation.” The
other is “imha” which means “fading out,” and, finally, there is “zaval”
Khamenei claims that his strategy for the destruction of Israel is
not based on anti-Semitism, which he describes as a European phenomenon.
His position is instead based on “well-established Islamic principles.”
One such principle is that a land that falls under Muslim rule, even
briefly, can never again be ceded to non-Muslims. What matters in Islam
is ownership of a land’s government, even if the majority of inhabitants
The Obama administration will be relieved to hear that Khameni doesn't suggest incinerating the Jews with a nuclear weapon.
Khamenei insists that he is not recommending “classical wars” to wipe
Israel off the map. Nor does he want to “massacre the Jews.” What he
recommends is a long period of low-intensity warfare designed to make
life unpleasant if not impossible for a majority of Israeli Jews so that
they leave the country.
His calculation is based on the assumption that large numbers of
Israelis have double-nationality and would prefer emigration to the
United States and Europe to daily threats of death.
Khamenei makes no reference to Iran’s nuclear program. But the
subtext is that a nuclear-armed Iran would make Israel think twice
before trying to counter Khamenei’s strategy by taking military action
against the Islamic Republic.
In Khamenei’s analysis, once the cost of staying in Israel has become
too high for many Jews, Western powers, notably the US, which have
supported the Jewish state for decades, might decide that the cost of
doing so is higher than possible benefits.
Aren't you glad he's getting another $150-700 billion to spend promoting this stuff? What could go wrong?
Aipac expects to spend some $40m on an ad campaign in about 40 states,
focusing on vulnerable Democrats, turning up the pressure on them in
their home states over the summer recess. Its liberal, pro-deal
counterpart, J Street, can only hope to spend up to $5m.
But with Iran allowed to contribute, who needs J Street's money. Khameni can just take $1 billion or so of his 'sanctions relief' and use it to make sure all goes 'smoothly.'
The bin Laden documents have long been the subject of a
behind-the-scenes battle between the White House and elements of the
intelligence community. After an initial scrub of the documents in the
months after the May 2011 raid in Abbottabad, the Obama administration
let them sit untouched for as long as a year. When officials at the DIA
and Central Command requested access to the collection to extract
intelligence and provide it to war fighters, they were initially denied.
And soon after the team from DIA and CENTCOM was given limited access
to the documents, they were ordered to stop their exploitation. What
they did see was illuminating.
Among the most significant were documents that shed new
light on the complicated relationship between Iran and al Qaeda. Even
the Obama administration has acknowledged the relationship. In 2011, the
administration designated six al Qaeda operatives who were responsible
for what officials described as al Qaeda’s lifeline. The network was
based in Iran.
“This network serves as the core pipeline through which
al Qaeda moves money, facilitators, and operatives,” according to the
Treasury Department’s designation. In an interview with The Weekly
Standard at the time, a senior Obama administration official involved in
the designation said, “Without this network, al Qaeda’s ability to
recruit and collect funds would be severely damaged.”
David Cohen, then undersecretary of the Treasury for
terrorism and financial intelligence and currently the deputy director
of the CIA, told The Weekly Standard the intelligence on Iran’s support
for al Qaeda was incontrovertible. “There is an agreement between the
Iranian government and al Qaeda to allow this network to operate,” Cohen
said. “There’s no dispute in the intelligence community on this.” Those
conclusions were based, at least in part, on the bin Laden documents.
Contacted about the status of al Qaeda’s Iran network
earlier this spring, two intelligence officials confirmed that it was
still functioning and still critical to al Qaeda operations. That’s not
We are told that one document fills in the picture of
possible Iranian foreknowledge and complicity in the 9/11 attacks first
raised in the 9/11 Commission report, published in 2004. According to
the report, al Qaeda detainees in U.S. custody
described the willingness of Iranian officials
to facilitate the travel of al Qaeda members through Iran, on their way
to and from Afghanistan. For example, Iranian border inspectors would
be told not to place telltale stamps in the passports of these
travelers. Such arrangements were particularly beneficial to Saudi
members of al Qaeda. Our knowledge of the international travels of the
al Qaeda operatives selected for the 9/11 operation remains fragmentary.
But we now have evidence suggesting that 8 to 10 of the 14 Saudi
“muscle” operatives traveled into or out of Iran between October 2000
and February 2001.
The 9/11 Commission detailed much of that travel and reported:
There is strong evidence that Iran facilitated
the transit of al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before
9/11, and that some of these were future 9/11 hijackers. There also is
circumstantial evidence that senior Hezbollah operatives were closely
tracking the travel of some of these future muscle hijackers into Iran
in November 2000.
The commission concluded: “We believe this topic requires further investigation by the U.S. government.”
IAEA Chairman Yukiya Amano will appear at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Wednesday to privately brief members of the committee on the nuclear sellout to Iran.
The director general’s visit to Washington comes amid questions from
many in Congress over separate agreements between Iran and the
Vienna-based IAEA that are linked to the overall nuclear deal negotiated
between Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers.
the talks with the longtime U.S. nemesis have cast the agreements as
“secret side deals” and have demanded that their contents be revealed.
State Department has described the documents as “technical arrangements
with the IAEA [that] are as a matter of standard practice not released
publicly or to other states” but added that U.S. officials have been
briefed on them.
Some lawmakers also have questioned whether the
U.S. should have a more direct role in inspecting Iran’s nuclear
facilities, even though the Islamist-led government in Tehran doesn’t
want American inspectors on its soil.
I would love to be a fly on the wall for that session. Maybe I should call the Mossad....
Iran's Envoy to the International Atomic Energy
Agency Reza Najafi objected to the US Senate's demand for being briefed
about the contents of the recently signed roadmap of cooperation between
Tehran and the IAEA, warning the UN nuclear watchdog to avoid
disclosing its secret agreements with Tehran.
agreements signed between a member country and the IAEA are definitely
secret and cannot be presented to any other country at all," Najafi said
in an interview with the Iranian students news agency on Saturday.
Referring to the discussions at the US Congress
during which the US officials elaborated on the nuclear agreement
between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and
France plus Germany), he said, "The discussions revealed that the secret
texts between Iran and the Agency have not even been provided to the US
"For the very same reason, they cannot be presented to the Senate members either," Najafi added.
Elsewhere in an interview with another Iranian
news agency, the envoy said Tehran has already warned the IAEA chief
against the repercussions of a disclosure of its agreement with the UN
nuclear watchdog agency.
"Iran has clarified it to Amano that the text of
its understanding with the IAEA cannot be presented to the Senate,"
He further warned that "the Agency knows what it means to disclose a secret document".
This is worse than Obamacare. The Congress was told it could read about Obamacare once they signed the bill. This time, they cannot even do that.
The latest State Department e-mail dump reveals 37 times that e-mails
sent on Hillary Clinton’s private server were subsequently deemed too
sensitive to release.
Among Friday’s revelations:
One e-mail that got blacked out shows former Clinton administration
National Security Adviser Sandy Berger coaching Clinton on how to
pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in negotiations with
Let raise an idea about how you could present the arrangement on settlements that you are seeking with Israel as
I understand it, i.e. a moratorium coupled with allowances to complete a number of housing units. There are
1. To describe it as an agreement, explaining why the US has accepted an Israeli completion of a
handful of units whose construction already has begun. This raises some concerns. It would
represent U.S. legitimization of some (however small) Israeli activity in the West Bank and it
would trigger Arab and Palestinian complaints that we had compromised, sowing doubts about
The alternative would be for the administration to say:
a. We have come a very long way, as Israel has made unprecedented commitments to the U.S. in terms of a
settlements freeze. This is a very welcome development.
b. We did not achieve all that we had hoped as Israel intends to complete a number of
housing units. We have differences with the Israeli government on this matter which we
have expressed to them..
That said, we are convinced that substantial progress has been made that warrants
an immediate resumption of peace talks as well as Arab steps toward Israel that will help
promote a two-state solution.
This latter option retains our credibility, does not compromise our oft-stated position and allows us to move
Israel gives a 'settlement freeze' for which Hillary Clinton and Sandy
'I stuffed the top secret material in my socks' Berger make sure it gets
Better than Obama? What difference does it make?
Or is there an even worse email we haven't seen yet?
Since I had to post the tweet above a short while ago, I wanted to make sure that everyone is aware that the Obama administration sellout to Iran includes the obligation to protect Iran's nuclear program against cyberattacks by Israel. Here it is again:
Dempsey also acknowledged that he advised the president not to
agree to the lifting of sanctions pertaining to Iran’s ballistic missile
program and other arms. “Yes, and I used the phrase ‘as long as
possible’ and then that was the point at which the negotiation continued
— but yes, that was my military advice,” he told Senator Kelly Ayotte
(R., N.H.). In the event the new deal goes into effect, the arms
embargoes will expire over the next several years.
Citing chapter and verse of the deal, Ayotte pointed out that the “plain
language” of the bargain requires the United States “to help strengthen
Iran’s ability to protect against sabotage of its nuclear program” —
even to the point of warning Iran if Israel tries to launch cyberattacks
against the program.
From page 142 of the 159-page pdf version of the JCPOA (here):
E3/EU+3 parties, and possibly other states, as appropriate, are prepared to cooperate
with Iran on the implementation of nuclear security guidelines and best practices.
operation in the following areas can be envisaged:
operation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect
against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to
enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems.
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), who has been one of the
more skeptical Democrats on the agreement, said that Obama appeared
ready to ignore Congress, even if lawmakers vote to kill the deal and
then marshal the two-thirds majorities to override a White House veto.
“The main meat of what he said is, ‘If Congress overrides my veto,
you do not get a U.S. foreign policy that reflects that vote. What you
get is you pass this law and I, as president, will do everything
possible to go in the other direction,’” Sherman told reporters off the
House floor after the meeting.
“He’s with the deal — he’s not with Congress,” Sherman added. “At
least to the fullest extent allowed by law, and possibly beyond what’s
allowed by law.”
Sherman suggested that Obama could refuse to enforce the law and
could actively seek to undermine congressional action in other
countries, if Capitol Hill insists on stymieing the plan.
He always wanted to be a dictator. What could go wrong?
For those who have been hiding in a cave all day, thus far unidentified assailants burned down a home in the Arab village of Duma next to Nablus (Shchem) during the night. A baby died and his parents and brother were injured. I am going to post the reactions I posted on Twitter this morning, and then an update.
Hamas said Friday that every Israeli is now a legitimate target
following the deadly terror attack in the village of Duma in which a
Palestinian toddler was killed, Israel Radio reported. In an official
message to the public, Hamas also called for a "day of rage" to protest
the deadly terror attack and "in order to protect al-Aksa mosque."
Israeli and Palestinian security forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank were placed on high alert following the attack.
As noted above, the difference between Israel and the 'Palestinians' is that the condemnation of this attack is across the board. Of course, it could still turn out that the attack was not carried out by Jews. But it should be condemned in any case.
There have been terror incidents in Judea and Samaria all afternoon, culminating in an Israeli driver coming under fire - and responding - near Kochav HaShachar, which is just a few minutes from the Hizme crossing (the crossing between Jerusalem and Samaria).
A suspected Palestinian terrorist carried out a drive-by shooting attack
on an Israeli vehicle on Friday in the Binyamin region of the West Bank
near Kochav Hashahar. The Israeli driver in the vehicle told the army
he fired back at the gunman. There were no injuries in the incident. The
army found three bullet holes in the Israeli vehicle that came under
A couple of hours later, Palestinian rioters clashed with
IDF soldiers in Hebron. The incident occurred near the al-Rasoul Mosque,
when Palestinians on a march hurled rocks and burning tires at
security forces in the area.
Soldiers responded with riot
dispersal means, and fired Roger low intensity rounds at the legs of a
suspect, an army spokeswoman said. He sustained a light injury, the
There's enough terrorism in this country without vigilantism. Whoever murdered that child should be sent to jail for a long, long time.
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