Mahmoud Abbas attacks Israel's elections and accuses BiBi of not Wanting Peace http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Abbas-tells-Arab-League-Israel-election-results-prove-it-doesnt-want-peace-395406 In seemingly coordinated moves Obama's continued rhetorical attacks against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, appear to be in synch with Plaestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas' Address to the Arab League, stating that Israel's election result proves it doesn't want peace. Abbas, while addressing the Arab League Summit meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday said that election results in Israel indicate that it has no desire to reach a final status accord, according to reports from the Jerusalem Post. Abbas also vowed to hold elections as soon as possible in order to initiate the process of rebuilding the Gaza Strip and accused Israel and Hamas of being responsible for the delay in rebuilding Read more
Senator Carper seemed to forget his moderate image and boycotted the Netanyahu address, while Senator Coons and Congressman Carney found common ground with his concern about Iran. While Carney faulted Boehner for politicizing the format, he thought Netanyahu gave a strong speech and was acting in his nation's interests. I agree with Congressman Carney that the PM was acting his nation's interest, but I also think the Speaker was. He was asserting the duty of Congress to bring to the forefront a critical issue that affects our national interest. It is not politicizing something to debate and discuss it. 90% of the politicizing was on the side of the Obama administration and Minority leader Pelosi. They are the ones who appeal to partisanship and image while refusing to discuss the issue. That is the essence of politicizing the issue. Read more
Netanyahu struck a tone of reconciliation to Democrats in the beginning but did not compromise on his hardline toward Iran. Most Democrats attended the event despite efforts to rally a boycott. The address even enticed former Congressman, now Governor, John Kasich back to the chambers. For those with slower internet, a taste of the address is below and for those watching, go to about 22 minutes. Because America and Israel, we share a common destiny, the destiny of promised lands that cherish freedom and offer hope. Israel is grateful for the support of American -- of America's people and of America's presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. (APPLAUSE) We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel. Now, some of that is widely known. (APPLAUSE) Some of that is widely known, like strengthening security cooperation and intelligence sharing, opposing Read more
When I think of a strong leader on the International stage, I think of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli Prime Minster is tough, smart, and works for the betterment of his country every waking hour. I wish we could work out a trade. They can pick any 10 of our federal leaders and we get Bebe. As evidence of this fact, I submit the recent nomination of Iran to a senior seat on the Disarmament committee is like Columbian drug lords being given a chance to pick people for senior DEA slots. Who is the only leader speaking up? Is it the leader of the free world? The prime minister at the head of the great British Commonwealth? Is it the French? No, it is the PM of little is Israel. Leadership is exuded by this former commando and 3 time PM.
Caroline Glick, a Senior Editor of the Jerusalem Post said that President Obama is considered a “hostile president,” by the Israeli people. Glick said, “the Israeli people can’t figure out what he’s doing here,” when asked about the mood in Jerusalem as the President’s plane touched down for the first time in his presidency. When asked about how the installment of Chuck Hagel as the Secretary of Defense was received by the Israeli people, Glick said, “its’ a hostile act.” I wonder what Obama is doing in Israel besides spending good money and cutting veteran’s benefits as a sequestration revenge act. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/03/20/Jerusalem-Post-Editor–We-Dont-Know-What-Hes-Doing-Here
As expected Prime Minister Netanyahu won in Israeli Elections and his allies hold a majority. That is all that was as expected. In a high turnout election, a new centrist party emerged and over took Labor to be the second largest party.
Three years of Obama policy of non-support of our close ally Israel could result in an all-out war with a nuclear Iran. With the recent revolutions in the Mideast, and the certainty of a nuclear-armed Iran, the world as a whole has become a much more dangerous place to live in. "Under the Obama administration, it seems exceedingly unlikely that there will be any kind of support for the Israelis should they decide, actually, to go for it with Iran. My guess is the Israelis are going to be very leery of sharing with us information about what we're doing out of a concern that the Obama administration would, at a minimum, feel constrained to discourage them from doing so and, may actually take more direct steps to prevent them from being able to execute such a strike, said Frank Gaffney, the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy. Obama, was called a brother by Libyan Read more
According to Associated Press News reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly trying to persuade his Cabinet to authorize a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israel, which considers Tehran its biggest threat, has successfully tested a missile believed capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to Iran. Nato has “no intention whatsoever” of intervening in Iran, the alliance’s top official said in response to reports that some governments may be planning a military strike against Tehran’s nuclear program. according to AP news reports.
In a startling turnaround, Richard Goldstone of the UN's Goldstone Report which found that both Israel and Hamas committed potential war crimes and possibly Crimes against Humanity. He now says that if he knew what he knew today, it would have been a very different report. Israel is innocent of targeting civilians and most of the 1000 killed in the Gaza war turned out not to be civilians as Hamas claimed. Goldstone wrote this in the Washington Post Saturday: As I indicated from the very beginning, I would have welcomed Israel’s cooperation. The purpose of the Goldstone Report was never to prove a foregone conclusion against Israel. I insisted on changing the original mandate adopted by the Human Rights Council, which was skewed against Israel. I have always been clear that Israel, like any other sovereign nation, has the right and obligation to defend itself and its citizens against Read more
I have always liked former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. He's easy on the ears and has the calming effect of a erudite psychologist; his Southern Baptist charm and sensibilities reveal Huckabee's small-town cache. Music stars, Hollywood moguls, John Q. Public and of course - politicos of every persuasion - open up to him. However, the 2008 Republican presidential primary candidate, and presumably 2012 presidential GOP candidate has a new public relations problem. It's actually turning into a nightmare. Huckabee, while being interviewed via radio by WOR's Steve Malzberg on March 1, 2011, had this to say regarding president Barack Obama: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZSRwDTNAOw After news of Huckabee’s Freudian slip about Barack Obama spread, Huckabee went silent himself. He dispatched a spokesman, J. Hogan Gidley, to assert that Huckabee “merely misspoke” and that Read more
Fearing the riots and demonstrations in both, Tunisia and Egypt, Jordan's King Abdullah II fired his prime minister and cabinet. The Muslim Brotherhood, which has its roots as far back as 1928 claims that the changes that King Abdullah II promised in 1999 when he inherited the throne from his father, the late King Hussein, did not go far enough. King Abdullah has taken swift action seeking to stave off the demonstrations and riots that have taken place in Northern Africa Abdullah fired Prime Minister Samir Rifai, who was being blamed by Jordan's populace and the Muslim Brotherhood for the rise in fuel and food prices and slow moving political reforms, according to an Associated Press release on February 1st. Abdullah appointed Marouf al-Bakhit as the new Prime Minister, with the responsibility of forming a new government. Jordan's constitution gives the king the exclusive powers Read more
Look at what our media missed.
Egyptian security forces in Sinai recently seized a large store of weapons and explosives that were to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported on Tuesday. The cache included dozens of anti-aircraft artillery shells and several anti-aircraft missiles, according to the report. The weapons and ammunition were discovered in a hole inside an isolated desert storage facility.
Naturally, this is released by the Israeli Defense Force.
It appears the International humanitarian aid ship stopped by the Israeli Navy had contraband used to build rockets and harden bunkers. I guess it depends what humanitarian means to you. "This was not a peace missions, it was an act of terror," said IDF spokesman Col. Avi Beneihen. In an address to the press later in the morning, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon called the incident a "premeditated and outrageous provocation." He said Israeli troops had found many weapons prepared beforehand for use against Israeli forces aboard the ships. "It was an ambush for Israeli soldiers." Ayalon said the presence of weapons aboard the ships only further demonstrated that the flotilla's purpose was not humanitarian. For weeks leading up to the launch of the flotilla, Israel told its organizers in the Free Gaza Movement that many tons of humanitarian aid were entering Gaza every Read more