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  • February 8, 2016

    Rubin: Bleed Russia.  

    T. Belman. Rubin is old school. I suggest that the US should partner with Russia. Cut a deal. Trump and Cruz both support this. Divide Syria and both defeat ISIS. Cede eastern Ukraine and Crimea to Russia. After all a majority of the citizens are Russian. Consider allowing Russia back into Libya in order to instill order in place of chaos. Libya can’t be allowed to be controlled by ISIS which would enable ISIS to control North Africa. Russian control of Syria would protect Europe from Muslim infiltration.

    By Michael Rubin, COMMENTARY

    When Governor Mitt Romney described Russia as the greatest geoplitical foe the United States faced, President Obama ridiculed him. “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” the president quipped. And yet today hardly an American warship departs Norfolk, Virginia or Mayport, Florida that is not tailed by a Russian submarine or shadowed by a Russian spy ship. Russia continues to prop up puppet states on Georgian territory, occupy Crimea and huge chunks of Eastern Ukraine, and sabre-rattle toward the Baltics. While the Kremlin suggests it has joined the international fight against the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh), the operations it has conducted — carpet bombing of non-ISIS targets and villages — constitute as clear a case of war crimes as anything conducted by any state in the last couple decades. While Hillary Clinton continues to insist the ‘reset’ policy she championed as secretary of state was a success, Russia has not only revitalized its nuclear arsenal and doctrine but it has actively begun to demonize the United States and its leaders as enemies.

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    Iran Infiltrates the West Bank  

    By Khaled Abu Toameh, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

    • “The Patient Ones,” Al-Sabireen, are seeking Palestinians as a group to become an Iranian proxy in the region, and redoubling efforts to eliminate the “Zionist entity” and replace it with an Islamist empire.
    • Loosed from its sanction-based constrictions, Iran is now free to underwrite terror throughout the region. This is precisely what is happening in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    • Iran’s infiltration of the West Bank should serve as a red flag not only for Israel, but also for the U.S. and other Western powers. An Israeli pullout, leading to a Hamas takeover of the West Bank, has been a subject of concern. Now, a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians are wondering if such a vacuum will provide an opening for Iran.

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    Make BDS for IDIOTS an Amazon Best Seller!  

    By Barry Shaw

    BDS for IdiotsShow your passionate support for Israel by making this brand new pro-Israel book an international best seller!

    Win yourself a prize while enjoying a great read. How to do it?

    BDS for IDIOTS is a seriously funny humiliation of BDS campaigners. This is a cause we can all get behind. What better way is there to educate people to the lies of BDS than gifting them a copy if this hilarious book.

    I am giving away, to three lucky winners, two signed copies of my other books – Israel Reclaiming the Narrative and Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism – for free!

    That’s three books for the discounted price of my new motivational book – BDS for IDIOTS.
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    Turkish Tensions With Syrian Kurdish Fighters Strain Ties With U.S.  

    [See also: Erdogan calls on US to choose between Turkey or Syrian Kurds]

    Ankara’s hostility to Kurdish fighters is hampering the bid to sharpen campaign against Islamic State, U.S. officials say

    By DION NISSENBAUM and CAROL E. LEE, WSJ

    Smoke rose late last month over Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey, where Turkish forces have been battling militants with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.
    Smoke rose late last month over Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey, where Turkish forces have been battling militants with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. PHOTO:ILYAS AKENGIN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

    Turkey’s growing hostility to one of America’s most effective allies in the fight against Islamic State—Syrian Kurdish fighters—is undermining efforts to step up the campaign against the extremist group, U.S. officials say.

    The tensions, and the strains they have put on U.S.-Turkish relations, bubbled to the surface when U.S. Vice President Joe Biden flew to Istanbul late last month to talk with Turkish leaders about the campaign. According to U.S. and Turkish officials involved in the talks, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his top advisers showed a specially prepared map of the Turkey-Syria border that identified several places where they said Syrian Kurdish militants had smuggled weapons meant to battle Islamic State into Turkey.
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    Is Trump a true Conservative? The answer may surprise you.  

    By Howard Richman and Raymond Richman, AMERICAN THINKER

    Trump1During Saturday’s Republican presidential candidate debate in New Hampshire, Donald Trump was asked:

    Mr. Trump, you’ve heard the argument from many of the candidates on this stage that you’re not a true conservative. Tell the voters watching tonight why you are.

    He replied:

    “Well, I think I am, and to me, I view the word conservative as a derivative of the word “conserve.” We want to conserve our money. We want to conserve our wealth. We want to conserve. We want to be smart. We want to be smart where we go, where we spend, how we spend. We want to conserve our country. We want to save our country. And we have people that have no idea how to do that, and they are not doing it, and it’s a very important word and it’s something I believe in very, very strongly.”

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    Bennett’s solution to terror: Double Arab entry permits  

    T. Belman. Bennett wants to embrace Arabs whereas Herzog wants to separate. Israelis, I think, prefer to separate than to embrace.

    Bennett calls on Cabinet to add 100,000 Arab workers, claiming financial incentives will quell terror and those with permits don’t attack.

    By Ari Yashar, ARUTZ SHEVA

    bENNETT3Jewish Home chairperson and Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday made a proposal for “solving” the scourge of terrorism by illegal Arab workers, by calling to more than double the work permits handed to Arab residents of Judea and Samaria.

    At the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday a discussion was held on increasing the punishment for those who provide housing for Arabs from the region who illegally enter sovereign Israeli territory, and in many cases utilize their illegal entry to launch terror attacks.

    Bennett proposed a solution according to The Marker, saying that in addition to increasing the punishment for those who hire Palestinians illegally, the quota on legal work permits allowing entry for Judea and Samaria Arabs should be raised by another 100,000 workers.
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    Zionist Union supports Herzog’s Separation Plan  

    [T. Belman. This plan will have great appeal for Israelis. The Right must respond if they want to lead the next government.]

    Opposition chairman attacks government as Labor convention approves his separation plan.

    By Hezki Ezra, ARUTZ SHEVA

    Yitzhak Herzog

    The Labor party’s convention on Sunday evening officially approved its chairman Yitzhak Herzog’s “separation” peace plan.

    Herzog’s plan, which he recently discussed with Secretary of State John Kerry, would form a regional security committee consisting of Egypt, Jordan and Israel together with other Arab states in an effort to eventually establish a Palestinian state.
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    Russian hands-off warning to US, Saudis, Turks amid crucial Aleppo battle  

    DEBKA

    The five-year Syrian civil war, faces its most critical moment. Saturday, Feb. 6, a combined force of Syrian army and Hizballah troops and an Iraqi Shiite militia under Iranian officers, were led by Russian air and Spetsnaz (special forces) officers into pressing forward to encircle 35,000 rebels trapped in Aleppo, the country’s largest city. As they tightened the siege, 400,000 Syrian civilians were also trapped and forced to bear heavy Russian air bombardment and savage artillery fire from the ground forces closing in on the city.
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    February 7, 2016

    Middle East Strategic Outlook  

    By Samuel Bar, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

    • The EU-Turkey agreement of 25 November, which provided Turkey with 3 billion euros over two years in order to stop the flow of refugees to Europe, has not achieved that goal. Speaking privately, EU officials complain that Turkey has not taken any concrete measures to reduce the flow of refugees. In our assessment, Turkey will continue to prevaricate on steps to stem the flow of refugees as pressure on the EU to give more concessions.
    • During the coming year there will certainly be further terrorist attacks that will push European public opinion further to the right.
    • We assess that Iran will continue in indirect channels with a parallel nuclear program, realized long before the 10-year target of the JCPOA.
    • The demand for unification of Kurdistan — Iraqi and Syrian — will also begin to be heard. It is highly likely that Russia will take advantage of the trend and support the Kurds, effectively turning an American ally into a Russian one.

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    Netanyahu said worried Obama may go against Israel as term expires  

    T. Belman. Min Erdan is so wrong to say: “It’s inconceivable that President Obama has any such intention (of imposing a solution) given that he and his administration emphasize that the solution to the conflict requires direct negotiations and compromise between the two sides themselves.” Obama has been trying to impose a solution from day one even though he called for “direct negotiations”. Obama now backs facts on the ground instead of direct negotiations.

    Netanyahu’s actions show how much they are determined by international pressure.

    Top minister dismisses Army Radio report, which comes hours after similar claims by Channel 2 were denied by the State Department

    TOI

    ErdanPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is worried that the Obama administration will use its final weeks in office to back UN Security Council decisions and other measures detrimental to Israel, Army Radio reported on Sunday.

    Netanyahu has therefore been trying to persuade his ministerial colleagues to approve a series of measures to boost the West Bank economy and show Israel’s commitment to improving the Palestinians’ lives, but has been stymied by opposition in the security cabinet by ministers including Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked and Ze’ev Elkin, the report said.
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    Foreign Shiite fighters closing in on Aleppo  

    The forces laying siege to the war-torn country’s one-time commercial hub are loyal to Tehran and Hezbollah, not the Assad regime

    By Avi Issacharoff, TOI

    Refugees push each other as they wait for tents as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 6, 2016 in Bab al-Salama, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. (Bulent Kilic/AFP)

    The torrent of refugees fleeing Aleppo to the Turkish border may herald the pending fall of Syria’s financial capital to Shiite hands – Iran, Hezbollah, plus what is left of President Bashar Assad’s army and the Russians.

    Conquering Aleppo would establish the Assad regime’s control over the entire northwestern part of Syria, the Latakia area that came to be known as “Alawistan,” after the Alawite sect from which Assad hails.
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    Very Good News Israel  

    www.verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com 
    In the 7th Feb 16 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:

    • Israeli scientists have developed a way to kill the HIV virus.
    • Israel’s MobileODT donated cervical cancer screening devices to Kenya.
    • Israeli doctors’ discovery saved the life of an Arab girl.
    • India’s Foreign Affairs Minister made an historic visit to Israel.
    • A 13-year-old Israeli girl has designed a satellite to produce Oxygen in space.
    • An Israeli startup has an EU grant to develop electric buses without batteries.
    • Amazon will print custom shirts using Israeli digital printers.
    • Honest, caring Israelis found and returned valuable lost property to their owners.
    • The world’s oldest man is an Israeli.

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    Gallup: We Hate to Admit It, but America Is Conservative  

    By Bruce Walker, AMERICAN THINKER

    Gallup, like virtually every other major polling organization that has looked at the ideological makeup of America, has reported in virtually every poll that conservatives dramatically outnumber liberals in America. Gallup’s reports the data on a state-by-state basis, and in all of the Gallup Poll surveys in the last decade, only a tiny handful of states show more respondents as liberal than conservative.

    Nothing, really, has changed. The Gallup Poll survey conducted at the end of 2015 reports that 47 of the 50 states have more conservatives than liberals, and only three states – Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts – have more respondents calling themselves liberal than conservative. In two of those three states, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the liberal advantage is tiny.
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    The UN and the Quartet have abandoned their Mandate  

    By David Singer, CFP

    The UN Security Council and the Quartet—Russia, America, the United Nations and the European Union—have ended any expectations they had of successfully negotiating a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation – after failing to categorically reject UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s highly offensive remarks before the Security Council and in the New York Times.

    Ban told the Security Council on January 26:

    “Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process.

    Some have taken me to task for pointing out this indisputable truth.

    Yet, as oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.”

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    A Saudi-to-Haifa, Israel oil pipeline can save the world  

    T. Belman. Absolutely, this pipeline should be resurrected. The oil and gas arriving in Haifa, could travel to Europe and Turkey through the same pipeline Israel, Cyprus, Egypt and Greece are planning for their gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean. This would cement the budding relationship between Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia into a major regional military and economic power.

    The war in Syria is currently being won by the Russian/Iran axis. Saudi Arabia must decide to cede Alawite Syria to Russia/Assad/Iran and work toward a Sunni state in the rest combined with the Sunni in Iraq.

    The question becomes should that part of Syria adjacent to Israel be ceded to the Russian/Iran axis or to the new Sunni state. Israel does not want the Iranians on their northern border and so must get involved to prevent it from happening.

    An out-of-the-box idea for cementing a relationship with the anti-Iran Arab states.

    By Mark Langfan, ARUTZ SHEVA

    TANKS1In World War II, British tanks in Egypt heroically battled Rommel’s tanks coming east from Libya.  There have been many movies and TV shows made about these grand battles.

    No one seems to have asked a simple question: Where did the British get the raw unrefined oil, and then the refined oil to fuel their tanks and battleships of the Mediterranean Sea?

    Answer: The 500,000 Jews of Mandate Palestine saved Palestine from the Nazi-lover Jerusalem Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini by refining the oil that was transited by a pipeline from the Mesopotamian oil fields to Haifa.  Without the 500,000 Jews of 1930-1940 pre-Israel Israel, Great Britain would have been wiped out of the Eastern Mediterranean before the War began.
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    Druze and Jews forge special bond in memory of brave policeman  

    After visiting the family of Zidan Seif, the brave Druze policeman who stopped the massacre at the Har Nof synagogue, giving his life for Jewish worshipers, Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier saw an opportunity to bring Jews and Druze together for Jethro’s Shabbat, when the story of Moses’ father-in-law, and the founder of the Druze religion, is told.

    By Yifat Erlich, YNET

    Rinal Seif (center) with younger brother Kinan and her baby. At left: Shabbat host Tova

    Rinal Seif (center) with younger brother Kinan and her baby. At left: Shabbat host Tova

    Rinal Seif has worn only black for 13 months, during which she mourned the death of her husband the police officer, Master Sergeant Zidan Nahad Seif, who was killed while attempting to stop the terrorist attack at the synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood.

    “I didn’t go to parties, I didn’t wear makeup. I mourned. I went back to live with my parents and they’re helping me raise our baby daughter,” Rinal says, sitting at the Shabbat table at the Nissim family home, in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood.
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    Israel, Turkey, and Egypt  

    T. Belman. I don’t get it. Of what value are normalized relations with Turkey. We don’t need Turkey for anything. They need us. They want our gas and our tourists and our drones. What do we want from them that we just can’t buy.

    By Yossi Melman, JPOST

    alsisiLast month, the Director of the CIA, John Brennan, held a secret meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his counterpart, the director of Egyptian Intelligence, Maj.-Gen.Khaled Fawzy. During the meeting, Brennan promised to increase CIA aid to Egypt to bolster its struggle against Islamic State terrorist activity in Sinai.

    Brennan’s visit is yet another indicator that the US administration is making an effort to improve relations with Cairo following a few cool years that were the result of President Barack Obama’s opposition to Sisi’s ouster two years ago of president Mohamed Morsi, who, sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood, was chosen in free and democratic elections.
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    February 6, 2016

    Trump’s Ban on Muslims: The Discussion the Media Won’t Have  

    By Salim Mansur, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

    • Trumps call to ban the entry of Muslims to the U.S. seemed to indicate that it should be temporary, until the American leadership has figured out what in the complex reality of the Muslim world – religious, political, economic, cultural, and so on– contributes to turning a significant portion of Muslims into jihadi operatives at war with the United States.
    • Despite numerous terrorist attacks carried out by extremist Muslims inside the United States, Americans have not turned against their Muslim neighbors; on the contrary, Americans and Europeans in general have continued to be accommodating, tolerant, even protective, of Muslims in their midst, in keeping with their secular and liberal democratic values.
    • Americans have watched the unabated spread of terrorism and warfare in the name of Islam; the intensity of hatred in Muslim countries directed towards the United States; the attacks on Americans by extremist Muslims, and the betrayals by Muslim countries that have been receiving American assistance, such as Pakistan.
    • The elite in Muslim-majority states is mostly, if not entirely, responsible for the wretched state of affairs that has left those states at the bottom of the list of countries when measured in terms of economic development, human rights, gender equality, education, freedom and democracy.
    • For the elite in third world societies, a getaway to America has meant a readily available exit to avoid being held accountable for their misdeeds.
    • Herein lies the irony of a Trump’s proposed ban: it would greatly affect the Muslim elite and, consequently, compel them to begin taking responsibility for how they have mismanaged their societies and impoverished their people.

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    Navigating the tumultuous Mideast  

    By David Weinberg, ISRAEL HAYOM

    With the Mideast state structure crumbling, Israel needs innovative strategic thinking about its diplomatic and defense policies.

    How should Israel maneuver between America and Russia, or position itself between the competing Arab blocs? How does Israel maintain freedom of action, build alliances and improve its qualitative edge?

    There is a great deal of deliberation on these matters conducted behind closed doors in the national security establishment, to which the public is rarely exposed. It is only when key figures leave government service and begin to give fuller articulation to their views that a clear picture emerges.

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    Is Assad’s Russian-backed Offensive a Game-changer in Syria?  

    By Jonathan Spyer, The Jerusalem Post

    UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura this week announced the suspension of just-convened peace talks in Geneva intended to resolve the Syrian civil war.

    The failure of the talks was predictable and foreseen by most serious analysts on Syria. Diplomacy requires compromise. But the forces of President Bashar Assad, Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are advancing in both northern and southern Syria.

    The dictator and his allies, as a consequence, see no reason to abandon their core aims or accept a political process leading to a transition of power.
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