Police officers and a helicopter were dispatched to the Modi’in area Monday to check out reports that child was kidnapped by Arabs.
Police officers and a helicopter were dispatched to the Modi’in area Monday to check out reports that child was kidnapped by Arabs.
MV Cape Ray arrives in southern Italy for the transfer and destruction of 1,300 tons of Syrian chemical weapons.
Hundreds of Israelis demonstrate outside the Security Cabinet meeting, demand an extensive military operation to topple Hamas.
Radical Arab MK who justified kidnapping of three Israeli teens confronted by member of the public for her extremist views.
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The families of the three murdered Israeli teens conducted separate services and eulogies before burying their children side-by-side in a joint funeral in the Modi’in cemetery later today. Thousands gathered together in the home communities of Gilad Shaar (16), Naftali Frankel (16) and Eyal Yifrach (19), whose bodies were discovered on Monday evening not far from the site where they were abducted in Gush Etzion by Hamas terrorists nearly three weeks ago.
Israeli government ministers spoke at each of the services. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, at the service of Eyal Yifrach in Elad said, “The song of their lives was stopped. They were kidnapped and murdered just because they are Jews. Even in these hours, our security forces are looking for their murderers and we will not rest until we find them. Before us stands a cruel enemy, a terror organization that seeks to kill us. But we will not be afraid and they will pay a heavy price.”
“Dear Yifrach family; Iris and Uri, these hours of personal grief are shared by all of us. May their memories, Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, be blessed,” said the Defense Minister.
“You were such an example to your family. Your brothers are missing you, Eyal,” said his weeping father, Uri Yifrach. Eyal Yifrach’s grandfather said at his wake: “I am convinced that Eyal struggled with the kidnappers with all his strength, to show them that we are not afraid, because he was a hero in his soul, a hero in his love to the Land of Israel, a hero of his love for the people of Israel, and certainly did not go like sheep to the slaughter. I’m sure he gave them what he could to prove that we are in our country, our homeland, and we are confident in the righteousness of our way that the Land of Israel is ours.” Eyal’s father asked his son to whisper in God’s ear and ask him to give them strength to cope. “It is hard without you, we need strength”, he said, “We are loving people, we have the love and it will win. We will not break. We cry, but these are tears of strength. We will not give up. We are here and you can do nothing about it. We are a strong nation.”
Finance Minister Yair Lapid spoke at 16-year-old Gilad Shaar’s service in Talmon and Education Minister Shai Piron spoke at Naftali Frankel’s service in Nof Ayalon. Both ministers spoke of the unity of the nation of Israel in the face of the tragedy. “We will find the killers and punish them. The real revenge will be in the ability to bridge the gaps between us,” said Lapid. “We need each other on this day. We need one another, not anger, we need no further split, we need love, a common language,” said Lapid. “We are mourning a life which will not be actualized.”
“I remembered all the times we argued, how you would wake me up in the mornings to go to school,” said Shirel Shaar, Gilad’s sister with her mother holding her. “I told the nation of Israel how much I will miss wrapping you in my tallit during the blessing of the Cohanim, now that tallit is wrapping your body today,” said Gilad’s father, Ophir Shaar, his voice breaking. “I believe your story will be told for generations. I was able to speak to you an hour before you set home and heard your loving voice. Your sisters loved and were proud of their only brother,” said Gilad’s father.
The community of Nof Ayalon gathered together to remember 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel. “Three young boys killed in cold blood, in a shared fate, which in turn can only make us better people. Your death will lead this nation together onwards. Rest in peace my dear son,” said the father of Naftali Frankel, Avi, in tears. “Those people were out there to hunt, and you were those chosen,” said Racheli, Naftali’s mother. “We are thankful for the army, police, security forces that you promised to bring the boys back and they did. We will learn to sing without you. We will always hear your voice within us, Naftali.”
The audio file of the “911″ emergency call one of the slain Israeli teens managed to make before they were killed by their Palestinian captors, has been released to the public.
In the audio, from the Israeli police call center, one of the youths is heard whispering to a dispatcher, “I’ve been abducted…”
The dispatcher answers and self-identifies: “Shabbat Shalom…”
As the dispatcher tries to elicit further responses, sounds of a vehicle in motion are heard, along with another voice in the background repeatedly shouting, “get down – your head down!” and “give that to me,” possibly referring to the cellphone.
A series of percussive sounds and screams are then heard, while the dispatcher tries to make contact, as a radio talk show is heard in the background.
The call is passed on to a supervisor who tries to make contact, and the call ends.
Hear the full audio below:
JNS.org – The Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation voted on Sunday to present Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked’s “Zoabi bill” to the Knesset House Committee. If passed, the legislation would allow the House Committee to impeach and potentially dismiss Israeli lawmakers for identifying with a terrorist organization or inciting racism.
A two-thirds majority vote would be required to impeach such MKs, and the Supreme Court would have the final say over their dismissal.
The bill was drafted as a response to recent statements by Balad MK Hanin Zoabi, who said in a recent radio interview that the abductors of Israeli teens Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel were not terrorists.
The bill’s brief explained that “to avoid an absurd situation that actually endangers the state and its citizens—when the foundation of Israel’s very existence as a Jewish and democratic state is questioned from within the Knesset through incitement, racism or support of the armed struggle [against Israel]—the law must be amended. Knesset members must be barred from acting contrary to the Basic Laws.”
“One of the abducted youths put up a serious fight against his captors,” a source connected to the forensic examinations of the bodies of the three teens, told Israel’s Walla News on Monday.
The families of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frankel, 16, on Tuesday, eulogized their sons in separate ceremonies in their communities, Elad, Talmon, and Nof Ayalon.
Yifrach “died a hero,” his grandfather Ezra, said in his eulogy.
“He didn’t go like a lamb to the slaughter,” he said, according to The Times of Israel. All three youths had “glorified the name of God,” he said. “You united Israel for the first time in many years.”
“We’d hoped they’d be found alive,” he told the Israeli Walla news site. “But since we were informed, it’s been really hard within the family, among friends, and among all of the House of Israel,” he said.
The three will be buried side by side at the cemetery in Modi’in, northwest of Jerusalem exactly 24 hours after they were discovered by searchers, hidden beneath stones in a shallow grave near Halhoul.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to speak at the funerals.
The IDF on Monday discovered the bodies of the teens following extensive searches. The boys were abducted on June 12 as they returned home from school.
A non-Jewish British Olympian has been the subject of a vicious online antisemitic attack, her fiance revealed in an interview with the UK’s Daily Mail.
Opening up about her anxieties and insecurities over her body image, Rebecca Adlington, a now retired swimmer who won bronze and gold medals at successive Olympic events, said that she is often targeted and mocked online. The sporting star said that the abuse often brings her to tears.
“She got a tweet the other day from someone saying she was a Jewish c*** because of her nose and should die like the rest of her lot in a concentration camp,” Adlington’s fiance, Harry Needs, a fellow swimmer, said. “How can people write that stuff?”
“Becky’s warm blue eyes fill with tears when she talks about these tweets,” the Daily Mail added.
A role model for many young, aspiring athletes, Adlington is Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian along with Katherine Grainger. She retired in February 2013 at the age of 23 and has since pursued a career in reality television.
It was the year of the wrecking ball. From Miley’s twerks to Lady Gaga’s whacked out skirts, female celebs are in need of a new kind of hero. Even Jen Lawrence fell down on her knees while ascending the stage to accept an Oscar in ‘13.
But wait. Look up in the sky. It’s an invisible plane. No it’s a giant Amazon. Well, it’s actually Israeli actress, Gal Gadot on her way to playing Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince) in director Zack Snyder’s upcoming sequel to “Man of Steel” (no name for the new flick yet) set for July 2015. As the Jerusalem Post reported, the film will feature this year’s Superman (Clark Kent) Henry Cavill, along with Ben Affleck as the caped crusader, Batman (Bruce Wayne.)
For those who grew up on TV in the U.S. during the 1970s, it may be hard to imagine anyone replacing the image of lariat-wielding Lynda Carter, who turned Wonder Woman into a pop icon.
But alas, wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, this new Wonder Woman is no shiksa goddess. Gadot was a 2004 Miss Universe contestant from Israel and was in three of the “Fast & Furious” franchise films, which just recently lost one of its costars Paul Walker. She also served in the Israeli army for two years as a fitness instructor and according to “Fast & Furious” director and producer Justin Lin, when he learned of this he went and altered the character’s back-story to a Mossad agent. Holy double-backing duplicity Batman!
But, don’t let that turn your dial. The back-story of how Wonder Woman originally came into being is just as interesting.
Originally created by a psychologist named William Moulton Marston the character first appeared in December 1941, the same year as Captain America, and a few years after The Man of Steel first leaped onto the comic book scene. Unlike, Superman, Batman and the Marvel Universe though, she was one of the few comics not created by Jews.
Yet like those supers, she fought for justice and peace and, speeding ahead of her time, sexual equality. Based on a warrior princess of Amazonian heritage born out of Greek myths, and known in her homeland as Princess Diana of Themyscira, she has a secret identity to all of us mortals as Diana Prince.
But maybe what’s most interesting, is her creator, who gave her a Golden Lasso as a weapon, which had the power of making anyone it captured obey and tell the truth, was also the inventor of the polygraph (AKA lie detector.) He even wrote, “Wonder Woman is the psychological propaganda for the new woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”
Since that time, her lineage and story-line has been altered to fit the political climate of the age, from sympathetic heroine to invincible martial artist. But what runs through as a constant, is her compassion which depending on the circumstances, can be a strength or a weakness.
Today, with political battles in Presidential politics heating up for 2016 and with all the talk of Hillary on the ticket, it will be interesting to see how fans might react to both a woman on that ticket and a woman on this new (movie) ticket.
Abe Novick is a writer and communications consultant and can be reached at abebuzz.com
This article was originally published by The Jerusalem Post.
Yet another phenomenon with a long paper trail in Islamic history has just taken place, even as the Western “mainstream” community —little acquainted with true history or reality—dismisses it as an aberration. Asia News has the details:
Islamist rebels have kidnapped a group of nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula [an ancient Christian community where Christians were earlier forced to convert to Islam or die]… “Armed men burst in the monastery of St Thecla in Maaloula this afternoon [Dec. 2]. From there, they forcibly took 12 women religious,” Mgr Zenari said …. Neither the nuncio nor the Greek Orthodox Church know [the] reason behind the kidnapping.
The “reason behind the kidnapping”? Sexual abuse and rape certainly should not be discounted, as these have been the lot of thousands of women abducted by U.S.-sponsored “freedom fighters” in Syria. Indeed, a new report issued by the National Reconciliation Commission in Syria states that some 37,000 women have been raped since the war started.
To keep the jihad in Syria alive, pro-war Islamic clerics have issued any number of fatwas, or Islamic rulings, permitting sexually-frustrated, female-deprived rebels to rape women. Most of these are based on the simple fact that Islam permits jihadis, based on the example of their prophet, to copulate with any captured woman—or, in the words of the Koran, “what your right hands possess” (see “The Jihad on Christian Women: Abduction, Rape, and Forced Conversion,” pgs. 186-199 in Crucified Again for detailed information).
One cleric permitted the abduction and rape of any Syrian woman, provided she is not Sunni. Yet apparently because there are still not enough women for the jihadi hordes, many of whom are foreigners—one Christian child was recently raped by 15 men before being killed—Sunni Muslim women are also being targeted through sex jihad fatwas.
So would such jihadis and their clerics have any special respect for Christian nuns?
The fact is, raped nuns is a phenomenon that goes back centuries. According to Muslim historian Taqi al-Din al-Maqrizi (1364-1442), during his raids on Egypt, Caliph Marwan II (r.744–50) “made captive a number of women from among the nuns of several convents. And he tried to seduce one of them.” The account describes how the enslaved nun tricked him into killing her, by claiming she had a magic oil that make skin impenetrable: “She then took some oil and anointed herself with it; then stretched out her neck, which he smote with the sword, and made her head fly. He then understood that she preferred death to defilement.”
Writing in the 10th century, the Coptic chronicler Severus ibn Muqaffa records that “the Arabs in the land of Egypt had ruined the country…. They burnt the fortresses and pillaged the provinces, and killed a multitude of the saintly monks who were in them [monasteries] and they violated a multitude of the virgin nuns and killed some of them with the sword.”
After the Islamic conquest of Constantinople in 1453, according to eyewitness accounts, “Monasteries and Convents were broken in. Their tenants were killed, nuns were raped, many, to avoid dishonor, killed themselves. Killing, raping, looting, burning, enslaving, went on and on according to tradition.”
Such is history—expunged as it is in the modern West, even as it repeats itself today. Thus, in August 2013, after torching a Franciscan school in Egypt, “Islamists,” in the words of the AP, “paraded three nuns on the streets like ‘prisoners of war’” and “Two other women working at the school were sexually harassed and abused as they fought their way through a mob.”
Indeed, the rise in attacks on Christian nuns throughout the Islamic world further demonstrates that they are no more inviolable than other “infidel” women:
The above examples come from five countries that have little in common with one another—neither race, language, culture, nor economics—only Islam.
That alone should say something.
But no matter. Far from discussing Islamic history and doctrine, and how they tie to current events, the predominant Western mentality simply dismisses Muslim violence as the West’s fault, or, in the recent words of ex-nun Karen Armstrong, “We did this.” Armstrong—who quit the nunnery only to engage in pro-Islamic mummery—insists that what’s needed is for us to focus more on “Muslim pain, Muslim suffering.”
Such, according to the leftist mentality, are the “real” reasons why, wherever Muslim-majorities live near non-Muslim minorities, from the dawn of Islam till today, the latter are under attack.
Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians. A Mideast and Islam specialist, he is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a Hoover Institution Media Fellow, 2013.
Israel Hayom – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited American allies in the Gulf on Saturday to ease concerns over the Iran nuclear deal in the region.
The Pentagon “will place even more emphasis on building the capacity of our partners in order to complement our strong military presence in the region,” Hagel said at a security conference in Bahrain during his visit.
Times of Israel – Government cuts in child benefits have pushed tens of thousands of Israeli children beneath the poverty line, according to an annual report published Sunday, and one in five of the country’s senior citizens cannot sufficiently support themselves.
According to the report by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, a rights watchdog, only three OECD member states have lower child-benefits rates than Israel.
PA leaders liken late South African leader’s fight against apartheid to their own struggle against “Israeli occupation.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu for 3rd time in 24 hours said to be response to PA refusals.
(Jewish Chronicle) French scientists have ruled out the possibility Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned.
News agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) tweeted the update on Tuesday afternoon, reporting that, in the opinion of the forensics experts, he died due to a “generalised infection”.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP that the French results were “not a surprise”.
Temple Institute Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, in Hanukkah speech: we are working on a Cohen-priest school now, to be ready for rebuilt Temple.
Turkey, a Sunni country, has historically been at odds with Shi’ite Iran in their competition for regional power.
Video reveals that Nazi salutes at Islamic Jihad rally on campus are part of a wider trend of Nazi glorification.
Spokesman for Catherine Ashton clarifies that Iran’s temporary rollback of its nuclear activities has not yet begun.
Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia is emphasizing the diversification of its military suppliers, in a warning to the United States. Diplomats said the Saudi leadership has relayed a message to the administration of President Barack Obama of a change in future relations. The diplomats said Riyad would no longer favor U.S. defense contractors [...]
Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s offshore natural gas reserves were said to have increased. A U.S.-led consortium has released an estimate of the new Tamar Southwest block in the Mediterranean Sea. The consortium, led by Noble Energy, said Tamar Southwest could contain 19 billion meters of gas. “At this stage there are only [...]
The Jewish community of Mumbai marked the fifth anniversary of the attack on the Chabad house, which left six people dead.
Jerusalem Post – The Israeli public gathered on Wednesday afternoon to mourn the death of iconic singer Arik Einstein.
Thousands of mourners – along with government officials and fellow musicians – paid their respects to Einstein at a memorial service in Tel Aviv’s Kikar Rabin. From the square, a commemorate procession was set to lead to the legendary musician’s final resting place at Trumpledor Cemetery.
Free Beacon – An Iranian foreign ministry official on Tuesday rejected the White House’s version of the deal reached on Saturday as “invalid” and accused Washington of releasing a factually inaccurate primer that misleads the American public.
“What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action, and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told the Iranian press on Tuesday.
Iranian president says deal with the west has isolated ‘our enemies,’ in apparent reference to Israel.
WASHINGTON – A former deputy commanding general of the U.S. Pacific Command says President Obama seeks to “seize control over national security” and, bypassing Congress, singlehandedly weaken the U.S. military.
Army Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, retired, charges in a 21-page position statement made available to WND, titled “The Obama Military – Evolution and Legacy,” that Obama already has begun working with Russia to reduce nuclear weapons without a treaty, which would require Senate ratification.
“This would allow Obama and the executive branch to unilaterally cut our military capability and nuclear weaponry and ignore the treaty clause of the Constitution,” said Vallely, who has also served as a senior military analyst for Fox News Channel. Vallely has also charged, along with several other top generals, that Obama is purging the military by firing top-level commanders and that his ultimate goal is to “destroy U.S. military superiority” to the “advantage of our global enemies.”
In his capacity as chairman of the organization Stand Up America, Vallely previously called for the resignations of Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and certain congressional leaders, issuing a “national call to action” aimed at bringing about those resignations.
Vallely is far from the only one worried about a plunge in military capabilities under Obama’s administration.
Frank Gaffney, former acting assistant secretary of defense during the Reagan administration, has asserted that placing women in combat is just the latest example of a “deliberate and systematic wrecking operation” the administration has conducted against the U.S. armed forces since 2009.
In addition, the Obama administration has directed measures to reduce the Pentagon budget by $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years, said Gaffney, currently president of the Washington-based Center for Security Policy.
In turn, this is bringing about the elimination or slowing of virtually all modernization programs, reduction in maintenance of worn-out weapons systems and other equipment and diminished training and cutting back in benefits, such as the plan the Pentagon has ordered to cut out commissary privileges at all of the military’s 178 U.S. and 70 foreign bases.
Further, Obama’s social agenda now includes changes in the law to allow open homosexuality in the ranks of the American armed forces.
Response? Increased foreign aggression
The undermining of the U.S. military hasn’t been lost on other countries like China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, all of whom have become more militarily aggressive during the Obama administration.
Robert Fisher, a Chinese military affairs specialist, says the Chinese leadership is “not impressed” with the administration’s decisions regarding next-generation stealth aircraft and its retirement of more than half of the Navy’s warships.
At the same time, Beijing has deployed its “carrier killer” missile, the Dong Feng-21D, that can be fired from a mobile launcher as Beijing begins to show greater military assertiveness in the East and South China Seas.
Retired Navy Capt. Joseph John tells WND the “bigger picture” is that “the U.S. armed forces have been under relentless attack by the occupant of the Oval Office for five years.”
A Naval Academy graduate, John had three tours of duty in Vietnam, served as an al-Qaida expert for the FBI, and was a commanding officer with SEALs embedded on special operations. As chairman of Combat Veterans For Congress PAC (Political Action Committee), he has helped elect 20 combat veterans to Congress.
“I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make flag [officer], because of their failure to comply to certain views,” John told WND.
“The truly sad story is that many of the brightest graduates of the three major service academies witnessing what the social experiment on diversity … is doing to the U.S. military, are leaving the service after five years,” he said. “We are being left with an officer corps that can be made to be more compliant, that is, exactly what Obama needs to effect his long range goals for the U.S. military.”
In an email to WND, John outlined what he termed “a very few of the most egregious” aspects of Obama’s “attack” on the military over the past five years.
He referred specifically to the Rules of Engagement in combat that were put in place after Obama took office, claiming the changes resulted in very high casualty rates in Afghanistan, including the loss of 17 members of SEAL Team 6 in one incident.
“The Rules of Engagement precluded the use of suppression fire at a landing zone,” John noted.
Retired Air Force pilot Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson, who was a senior military aide to President Bill Clinton, also asserts that Obama’s national security policies are weakening the military and endangering the country’s safety.
Author of the recent book, “Conduct Unbecoming – How Barack Obama is Destroying the Military and Endangering our Security,” Patterson said Obama is underfunding and misusing the military, making America more vulnerable.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, as well as other top retired officers, say Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to the point members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to win.
“There is no doubt he [Obama] is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in foxholes, the Obama sequester,” Brady told WND.
Brady, a legendary “Dust Off” air ambulance pilot in Vietnam who described his experiences in “Dead Men Flying: Victory in Viet Nam,” said, “The problem is military people will seldom, while on duty, go on the record over such issues, and many will not ever, no matter how true.
“I hear from many off the record who are upset with the current military leadership and some are leaving and have left in the past,” he said.
Brady, who has served as president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, referred to additional problems in today’s military including “girly-men leadership [and] medals for not shooting and operating a computer. This president will never fight if there is any reason to avoid it and with a helpless military he can just point to our weakness and shrug his shoulders.”
Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who was a founding member of Delta Force and later deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush, tells WND it is worrying that four-star generals are being retired at the rate that has occurred under Obama.
“Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause,” Boykin said. “I believe there is a purging of the military. The problem is worse than we have ever seen.”
Vallely said the current crop of political leadership at the federal level must be forced to resign by the “demand resignation” process which he explained requires massive grassroots protests and social networking. As an example, he cited the public and media pressure that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Vallely also has announced the formation of a “provisional leadership council” – a citizens’ commission – to scrutinize Obama administration actions on national security and economic issues.
To begin the process of “reclaiming America,” Vallely envisions an “American Leadership Council” to be comprised of 12 people who would hold “America’s interests first, not their own,” and be people from “proven leadership,” not “talking heads” and “community organizers.”
“These must be people who have led large businesses and/or held military positions of consequence,” Vallely said. “These must be people who hold loyalty, fealty and love for this country first, and most of all, they must be trustworthy.”
He told WND that he intends to announce their names shortly.
“Under the Obama administration, the military has not been appropriately used to improve diplomatic relations, largely because the military is not viewed as a mechanism to achieve diplomatic success,” Vallely said. “Instead, Obama employs it as a ‘nation-building’ tool, a function quite anathema to its very definition.”
“Now, it’s not even fighting, just assassinating individuals. Retreat is now known as ‘drawdown’ and victory is now known as ‘nation-building’ or ‘transitioning,’” he said.
Vallely said that while conservatives see the military as a “crucial component” of diplomacy, Obama views it as a “hindrance.”
“Changing diplomacy,” he said, “therefore is being carried out in a number of ways by the Obama administration: diminishing the military role and leadership in diplomacy; manipulating the rules of engagement; and making the U.S. military irrelevant elsewhere.”
At emotional ceremony in NYC, President Shimon Peres presents noted Jewish leader and Holocaust survivor with Israel’s highest civil medal.
The Iranian government claims that the U.S. released $8 billion in blocked assets. State Department: Not true.
The Obama administration is trumpeting a weekend deal with Iran and five other nations that will freeze certain parts of the Iranian nuclear program and open facilities for greater inspection in exchange for the relaxing of some crippling financial sanctions. But a Mideast expert tells WND it’s a grave mistake to trust Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is incensed at the deal, calling it an “historic mistake.” Congressional Republicans, as well as many Democrats, are worried that the deal results in the U.S. giving up key diplomatic leverage while Iran technically gives up nothing.
The group responsible for exposing Iran’s clandestine nuclear program is also unimpressed. Officials with the National Council of Resistance of Iran, or NCRI, say the West wasted a golden opportunity to demand major Iranian concessions.
“The very fact that this regime agreed to whatever it agreed to shows their weakness, their vulnerability,” said Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director in the office of the U.S. representative of the NCRI. “This is something that should have been exploited. If the international community, and particularly the United States, were decisive enough, this was a regime that you could have actually forced them to abandon their entire program.”
Jafarzadeh told WND the Iranians came to the table for three main reasons, including the economic toll of sanctions, major protests against Ayatollah Khamenei and additional NCRI revelations of additional nuclear facilities.
“This was a regime that was in trouble. This was the time that you needed to increase the pressure and force them to make the serious concessions that they were supposed to do,” he said. “They didn’t press them hard enough. The agreement could have been much much stronger that would have in effect really abandoned and dismantled the nuclear weapons program of Iran. It didn’t.”
While President Obama said the deal removes the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, Netanyahu and others believe it greatly increases the likelihood the Iranians will get the bomb because the deal provides legitimacy for the program and the easing of sanctions allows Iran to be more bold in pursuing its goals.
“Those are very valid allegations to take into consideration because you don’t want to provide financial assistance to this regime because that money is definitely going to be used, at least partially, in funding the very same program that you want to stop,” Jafarzadeh said.
Critics of the deal also point out Iran has repeatedly flouted United Nations Security Council sanctions, leading many to conclude Iran simply cannot be trusted to honor any agreement.
Is there any reason to think this time will be different?
“Absolutely not. They have never honored any agreement at all on any issues but particularly on the nuclear weapons program of Iran,” said Jafarzadeh, who also rips the agreement for completely ignoring Iran’s weaponization programs that are being developed simultaneously with the nuclear weapons.
“It’s not all about enrichment. It’s also about the nuclear weaponization program of Iran, the kind of research and development they have been doing along with their enrichment program,” said Jafarzadeh, who added that it’s not too late for the U.S. and its allies to demand access to those sites as well if Iran truly has nothing to hide.
The agreement struck over the weekend is designed to last six months and give the seven nations time to forge a permanent treaty concerning Iranian nukes. Jafarzadeh said where we stand six months from now depends mostly on the United States.
“It all depends on how seriously and how strongly this administration will pursue it,” he said. “If Iran detects that the White House is pretty much happy with what they got, they can play games with the White House and the State Department about this. Then you’re either going to be back to square one or in a worse situation six months from now.”
He added, “On the other hand, if this administration would stress on some of the points in this agreement and really really press it hard, we could actually be several steps ahead of where we are.
“The ball is in the court of the United States. How they’re going to pursue this and where we’re going to stand six months from now, it’s all in the hands of the U.S. period.”
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Bereaved parents from Almagor, an organization representing terror victims and families, protest the invitation of Mahmoud Abbas to Knesset.
Victory of neo-Nazi Marian Kotleba as Slovakian regional governor concerns Jewish and Rights groups, say precedent might be set.
Labor party chairman accuses PM of creating panic about Iran, accuses him of harming U.S.-Israel relations.
Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” The current sanctions strategy in Iran is exactly what took place in North Korea. Just when the effect of sanctions was beginning to take hold, the regime announced an agreement, only to be broken at a later time. In the case of North Korea, this usually happened right before their brutal winter.
Repeating the same mistakes Clinton made with North Korea will not change the outcome with Iran. Six months from now, it will be springtime in Tehran.
I was banned from the site today because I was arguing against Zionism and Israel, on a political factual basis. Your tag line is “A free press for a free people” – but this is what you do?
Read the comments. There is nothing anti-Semitic in them because I’m not anti-Semitic. I’m anti-Zionist and anti-Islamic.
Some brutish people in your commenting section were getting as good as they were giving. So what? I was responding and trying to make my points and then, blam, I’m banned.
Are you folks really that warped that you can’t see how messed up that is? I hope this can be corrected and that you understand that dissent is as important as agreement in our political system.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday night that he would develop methods to deal with illegal Arab building in Judea and Samaria
Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Western powers, led by the United States, have agreed to suspend billions of dollars worth of sanctions on Iran’s energy and other sectors for the next six months in exchange for a reduction in Teheran’s enriched uranium stockpile. Under an agreement reached on Nov. 24, the so-called P5+1 pledged to [...]
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