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  • April 20, 2014

    Very Good News Israel 

    In the 20th Apr 2014 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


    ·        Israeli scientists have discovered a defective gene that triggers colitis.


    ·        An Israeli Arab Technion graduate won Israel’s version of MasterChef.


    ·        Tel Aviv University offers entrepreneurial scholarships to Indian women.


    ·        Watch as an Israeli device recharges smartphones in 30 seconds.


    ·        An Israeli scientist has built a bionic fin for an injured sea turtle.


    ·        Tel Aviv skies lit up with the launch of a new Israeli satellite.


    ·        An Israeli app has resulted in thousands of Passover meals being sent to needy people.


    ·        Click here to see the newsletter on Jewish Business News and on


    Page Down for more details on these and other good news stories from Israel. (Read more…)
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:27 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | No Comments » | 233 views

    Israeli Jews are being fruitful and multiplying -Great Future  


    Posted by Ted Belman @ 3:32 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » | 298 views

    Salehi’s Arak “deal” – for secret upgrade  

    Cover-up for 1,300 kg enriched uranium smuggled to Parchin

    DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2014,


    ParchinSecret Parchin nuclear site closed to inspectors


    Tehran’s trickery and tactics of misdirection were on full show Saturday, April 19, when Iran’s Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi offered “to redesign” the controversial Arak reactor so that it produces one-fifth of the plutonium initially planned and his claim that this concession had “virtually resolved” Iran’s controversy with the West. But the giveaway was his mock-innocent comment: “We still don’t know why they [nuclear watchdog inspectors] want to visit Parchin for a third time…”


    DEBKAfile: For three years, Tehran has denied monitors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to this military facility to investigate suspected nuclear explosive tests.

    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 10:45 am ET | Plink | Trackback | No Comments » | 247 views

    In his own words: Barack Obama on Christianity and Islam  

    Thomas Lifson, AMERICAN THINKER
    cHRIST ISLAMA website called Now The End Begins has compiled 40 comments by Barack Obama on Christianity and Islam. Collectively, they create quite an interesting picture.  I admit that there may be instances of the president speaking as favorably of Christianity as he does of Islam, but I am not aware of them. I do remember in the 2008 campaign that he said he had accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, and that was in response to public awareness of his attendance at Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s church, Trinity United. What the president left unsaid is the nature of Jesus as understood in Black Liberation Theology. But that is a discussion for another time.
    The list has been reprinted here and here. (hat tip: See what you think:
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:51 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » | 535 views

    US Exceptionalism and the Moses Legacy  

    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger,
    “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative”
    “Israel Hayom”, April 18, 2014,

    moses3,400 years ago, the Moses legacy was shaped during the first clash of civilizations (Passover) between faith and responsibility-driven liberty (Moses) on the one hand, and paganism and subjugation-driven repression (Pharaoh) on the other hand. The victory of the Moses legacy established a dramatically new world order for millennia.


    In 1623 and 1630, the mindset of the “Mayflower” and “Arabella” Pilgrimswas: a departure from modern day Egypt (England), the parting the modern day Red Sea (the Atlantic Ocean), culminating with the landing in modern day Promised Land (USA).  They laid the foundations for the morally, industrially, scientifically and militarily exceptional Judeo-Christian American culture, based upon the Moses legacy. (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:20 am ET | Plink | Trackback | No Comments » | 273 views

    Underside of US Internal Tensions  

    Awaiting America’s Camlann
    By John Thompson
    ArthurIn Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, the legendary King Arthur had to confront the errant Mordred at Camlann. The two entered tense negotiations while their uneasy armies stood by, ready for the least sign of aggression from the other. One knight, however, was walking in the grass and came across an adder. He pulled out his sword to kill the snake and two armies took that as a signal. The resulting carnage was – literally – almost total.
    One can get the sense that the United States is nearing its own Camlann these days. On one side, a burgeoning law-enforcement culture that has become arrogant, militarized, and has lost its old sense of purpose. On the other side is a heavily armed public which has lost its trust in America’s institutions.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:55 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » | 302 views

    Bring Back the House Un-American Activities Committee
    By Paul R. Hollrah,

    McCarthyIn the years immediately following World War II, most American were understandably concerned about Communist infiltration at the highest levels of the U.S. government.  For example, how could anyone forget the photograph taken at the Yalta Conference, February 4-11, 1945, in which Alger Hiss, a deep-cover Soviet agent, was seen leaning over FDR’s shoulder, whispering advice to him as he negotiated with Churchill and Stalin?  Hiss served as Roosevelt’s senior advisor on political affairs.
    Roosevelt arrived in Yalta carrying copies of the Morgenthau Plan, which advocated that the post-war occupation of Germany include measures to eradicate Germany’s ability to wage war, and to remove or destroy other key industries basic to military strength.  The Morgenthau Plan was the brainchild of yet another deep-cover Soviet spy in the highest echelons of the Roosevelt administration, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Harry Dexter White. (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:08 am ET | Plink | Trackback | No Comments » | 316 views

    April 19, 2014

    Why the EU Is Not Your Father’s Europe  

     By Diana West

    betrayalThe important-sounding Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union has recently reiterated “its strong support for Ukraine’s unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.”


    Poor, destabilized, post-putsch Ukraine is to be congratulated for receiving something none of the 28 countries that actually belongs to the EU ever does: support for its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. (“Unity” is a more complicated matter, given the EU’s reflexive pox on separatist movements that might prefigure the breakup of the EU itself.) As the world’s pre-eminent transnational entity since the breakup of the USSR, the EU is all about eradicating its members’ sovereignty, independence and borders.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:21 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | No Comments » | 513 views

    One person can make a difference  


    Netherlands-Holocaust_Horo-965x543Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam’s city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.
    How, the survivors asked, could they be on the hook for taxes due while Hitler’s regime was trying to exterminate them? A typical response was: “The base fees and the fines for late payment must be satisfied, regardless of whether a third party, legally empowered or not, has for some time held the title to the building.”
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:20 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 16 Comments » | 902 views

    ‘For Kerry, Israeli blood is cheaper than American blood’  

    Israel’s rebellious deputy defense minister, Danny Danon, says that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu can’t stay in the Likud and make concessions to the Palestinians.
    Netanyahu and Danon
    [..]That leaves Danon, who is unquestionably the wicked son. If Netanyahu thought appointing him deputy defense minister would make him content, disciplined, or at least responsible, he had another thing coming. Danon has become a thorn in the side of the Americans, the chairman of the powerful Likud central committee, and the prime minister’s most vocal critic.
    In an interview conducted Thursday morning, Danon explains why he has threatened to resign if a fourth round of prisoner releases takes place, takes credit for the current coalition crisis with Bayit Yehudi, and reveals how he intends to use the Likud institutions he heads to prevent Netanyahu from making diplomatic concessions.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 2:51 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 8 Comments » | 666 views

    Flier calling on Donetsk Jews to register now widely seen as fake  

    Ukrainian city’s separatist leader, whose alleged signature is on document, says he never signed it; ADL ‘skeptical of fliers’ authenticity.’

    By Haaretz | Apr. 18, 2014 | 12:08 AM

    Part of the notice
    Part of the notice as distributed on Twitter. Photo by Screenshot 

    The pro-Russian separatist leader of Donetsk, whose alleged signature is on the now notorious fliers calling on the eastern Ukrainian city’s Jews to register on pain of deportation, said the documents were fakes, the ThinkProgress website reported Thursday.


    “Some idiots yesterday were giving out these fliers in targeted areas,” said Denis Pushlin, head of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, whose forces have taken over Ukrainian government buildings in the city. Pushlin said he didn’t sign the documents and the People’s Republic, whose name is stamped on the fliers, didn’t produce them.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:09 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » | 618 views

    The leaking Kerry-Lavrov deal for Ukraine will only fuel continuing US-Russian dissent  

    DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 18, 2014, 7:37 PM (IDT)


    Donetsk_Russian_Flags_18.4.14Russian flags fly in Donetsk

    US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have developed a template for “de-escalating” international crises in a way that avoids US military intervention. The formula was first unveiled in the pact they concluded in September 2013 for disposing of Syria’s chemical weapons. Two months after this, the duo went into action again for the interim nuclear accord for Iran.


    Kerry believes that the same recipe will work eventually for an Israeli-Palestinian final accord. It is a dish with three main ingredients: a slick-sounding compromise that the US and Russian can more or less live with; a gloss over the real elements at issue between them; and a deal that goes over the heads of the prime movers involved in the conflict. By the time the dish they cook up goes sour, the two diplomats have moved on to the next crisis.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:50 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 7 Comments » | 464 views

    April 18, 2014

    Into the fray: JPost Conf, my retrospective perspective  


    If the 2014 Conference can spur public brisk discussion on how to remedy the some of the policy deficiencies it exposed it will have made an enormous contribution to the long-term strategic well-being of the nation.

      Dear Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and the entire Netanyahu government, I asked you, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, a question this Sunday at the Jerusalem Post’s Annual Conference… Your response was nothing but loaded rhetoric downplaying the existential BDS threat and the attacks against me on my campus for being a Zionist. Perhaps worst of all, you downplayed the anti-Semitic attacks on students across the United States, Europe and soon the world.

    – Justin Hayet, “An open letter to Foreign Minister Liberman” – The Jerusalem Post, April 10
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:42 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 628 views

    Column one: The disappearance of US will  

     By Caroline Glick, JPOST

    Obama sederIn Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, the America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.


    The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it.


    In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.

    As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 4:10 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 10 Comments » | 907 views

    Netanyahu loses majority for deal to extend talks with Palestinians  


    American mediators have been trying to broker an agreement in which Israel releases a fourth round of Palestinian prisoners.
    cABINET1 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks to the cabinet,
    Efforts to reach an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians on extending talks hit a snag on Thursday when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lost his majority for such a deal.

    American mediators have been trying to broker an agreement in which Israel releases a fourth round of Palestinian prisoners. As a gesture to Israel for releasing Israeli Arabs as part of the deal, the US intended to commute the life sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 10:25 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 14 Comments » | 857 views

    Palestinians Need More Than Borders  

    By Tom Wilson, COMMENTARY

    Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas has said that he wants the next round of negotiations to focus on the borders of a Palestinian state. Of course, Israel always has to be concerned about maintaining defensible borders, but the precise geographical parameters of a Palestinian state must be of less concern to everyone than the matter of the internal nature of that state. Indeed, if we could all be confident that a future Palestinian state would have the national characteristics of, say, Switzerland, then the question of the defensibility of Israel’s borders might be somewhat less critical. But because there is good reason to suspect that a future Palestinian state in the West Bank, like the Palestinian polity in Gaza, would have more in common with Afghanistan, the exact positioning of its borders should hardly be our most pressing concern.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:11 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » | 528 views

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

    DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2014,

    combatJordanian air strike destroyed combat vehicles


    The Royal Jordanian Air force strike Wednesday, April 16, against a combat vehicle convoy from Syria destroyed an Al Qaeda raider force on its way to attack US military targets in the kingdom, DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal. Jordan’s first assault on a target outside the country took place on the Syrian side of the border opposite the eastern town of Ruwaished.
    This episode brought to the fore how dramatically the threat al Qaeda-Iraq poses to Jordan, the US forces based their and Israel has escalated.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:49 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 970 views

    April 17, 2014

    The Jewish Question  

    By Alex Markovsky


    Winston Churchill called Jews, “..the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has ever appeared in the world.” We are remarkable all right. When you have a smart Jew he predominates with his intellectual prowess over the rest of the human race, but when you have a dumb Jew, he is an insult to human intelligence.


    As a Jew, I was perplexed which of those remarkable Jewish-Americans voted for Obama in 2008; to me, it was completely obvious that the alternative choices for president in 2008 were clear and unambiguous. On the Republican side was a war hero, a strong supporter of  Israel, an experienced politician with a strong track record and a commitment to public service. On the other side, for the Democrats, was a young man of Muslim background, an inexperienced politician with no track record of accomplishment whose personal files were mysteriously sealed. Moreover, this man had dubious connections with anti-Semites and America-haters.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:19 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 65 Comments » | 1,813 views

    Muslim Brotherhood launches its own U.S. political party  

    By Robert Spencer Apr 7, 2014

    CAIR1CAIR, MAS and their allied groups are so practiced in deception, and so many American voters are so ignorant and indifferent, that this group could gain real traction. Meanwhile, given that Muslims of various sects vote as blocs in Iraq and elsewhere, it is not hard to envision such a bloc emerging in the U.S., and ultimately transforming American politics. “Muslim Brotherhood Launches Own U.S. Political Party,” from Investor’s Business Daily, April 1 (thanks to Antony):
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:54 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 856 views

    Palestinian Deception and the Unwarranted Trust of the West: The Case of Palestinian Accession to International Conventions  

    , April 17, 2014


    Institute for Contemporary Affairs, founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation-Vol. 14, No. 10    April 17, 2014


    • On 1 April 2014, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed letters requesting that “the State of Palestine” be granted accession to 15 international conventions and treaties.
    • This action by the Palestinian leadership, and the consequent, hurried acceptance of the Palestinian applications by the UN and by the Swiss government, raise serious questions both regarding the flawed perception as to the very existence and legal status of a sovereign state of “Palestine,” as well as to the potential implications of what are serious violations of the Oslo Accords and of the very integrity of the international law of treaties.

    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 4:13 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 581 views

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