Boaz Bismuth and Israel Hayom Staff
Western military intervention in war-torn Syria would result in a regional crisis that “engulfs the Zionist regime,” Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday, in an explicit threat to Israel.
Laranjani, a close adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made the remarks in a speech during a session of parliament on Wednesday, in response to calls from some Western officials for action in Syria to stop the bloodshed in the more than year-long popular uprising.
“U.S. military officials have a poor understanding of themselves and of regional issues because Syria is in no way similar to Libya,” Larijani said. The effects of “creating another Benghazi in Syria would spread to Palestine, and ash rising from the flames would engulf the Zionist regime.”
Israel must launch a military operation to rout terrorist organizations from the Gaza Strip immediately, Israel Security Agency head Yoram Cohen warned on Wednesday.
“The IDF’s inaction against terrorist organizations will lead to a situation in which Hamas has far greater abilities in the next round of fighting,” Cohen told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. It was his first appearance before the committee.
Cohen said Israel’s dilemma was not whether to launch such an offensive, but rather how Hamas would respond.
“Such action might force a significant number of people [in Israel] into bomb shelters,” Cohen said.
Update on the Situation in Syria
May 30, 2012
On May 30th, Matthew RJ Brodsky was a guest on The Frank Gaffney Show on Secure Freedom Radio. He discussed the latest situation in Syria in light of the Houla massacre days earlier. He explained the formation of a new terrorist group in Syria, described the main actors in the conflict, and demonstrated how the Obama administration is outsourcing American foreign policy to Russia and Turkey.
By BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday laid out the clearest case yet for why the Obama administration is reluctant to intervene militarily in Syria — especially without Russia agreeing to be part of a united Western front — even as it expresses revulsion over last week’s massacre of more than 100 people in the town of Houla.
In Denmark on the first stop of a European tour, Clinton said Russia and China would have to agree before the U.S. and other nations engage in what could become a protracted conflict in support of a disorganized rebel force. And she cited a host of other hurdles to successful military action.
As demolition deadlines loom for Ulpana and Migron, is the committee headed by pro-settlement ex-justice Edmond Levy about to supply ostensible legitimization for bypassing the Supreme Court?
By MITCH GINSBURG, TIMES OF ISRAEL May 31, 2012,
In June of 2005 the Supreme Court did what everyone in Israel presumed it would: It deemed that summer’s looming disengagement from Gaza to be legal.
Out of 11 judges who dealt with the matter, there was only one in dissent. Justice Edmond Levy, an Iraqi-born, religious former Likud member, a judge who had sentenced Yitzhak Rabin’s murderer to life, a champion of both human rights and the court’s right to judicial review, penned a passionate, historically detailed opinion favoring settlers’ rights to the land of Israel over the right of the Knesset to withdraw its sovereignty and citizens from Gaza.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2012,
Bashar Assad’s fortified palace atop Mt. Qassioun
US President Obama recently vetoed a detailed Franco-Saudi plan for ending President Bashar Assad’s rule by means of a massive air strike against his palace that would at one fell swoop wipe him, his family and top leadership circle out, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report.
Their plan was for the presidential palace situated atop Mount Qassioun northeast of Damascus to be devastated by French warplanes taking off from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier off Syria’s Mediterranean coast and Saudi and United Arab Emirates bombers flying in through Jordan.
Our own government is cooperating with the Arabs and the EU and the US to prevent us from stopping the Arabs from laying claim to our land. As I have been saying the fight for the land in which the Arabs are supported by everyone, including our own government is the most important threat facing Israel today. I am currently organizing a conference to be held in Jerusalem to draw attention to this issue. Ted Belman
The risk to Netzer is real and, therefore, this Friday we will be in Netzer and not Eitam.
From Women in Green
Regrettably, we were officially informed today that the Civil
Administration plans, in the next few days, to uproot all of the
hundreds of Jewish trees that have been planted in the Netzer hills
over the last few years, despite the fact that we signed that we are
not laying claim to the land or the trees.
All the plantings have been performed on state lands with one purpose
only: to prevent the Arabs’ takeover of the same lands. As is well
known, the Palestinian Authority declared Agricultural war throughout
Area C with the purpose of stifling the Jewish communities.
Once a barren strip of desert, the Arava today has some 600 farms supplying more than 60 percent of Israel’s exports of fresh vegetables and 10% of ornamentals.
Peppers growing in the Arava. Photo by Eyal Izhar
How many peppers can Peter Piper pick? Well, if the protagonist in the old tongue twister were picking them in Israel’s Arava Desert, the surprising answer is about 150,000 tons.
Once a deserted 112-mile strip of land stretching from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea, the Arava now has some 600 farms supplying more than 60 percent of total Israeli exports of fresh vegetables and about 10% of ornamentals.
ZOA urges U.S. address Egypt Developments
NEW YORK — Following last week’s Egyptian first round of voting in the country’s presidential election, which has seen the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Mursi, win a plurality of the vote (44%), the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has pointed to continuing, alarming developments in Egypt. The ZOA is urging the US to address these developments, not to ignore or dismiss them, as the State Department spokesman, Victoria Nuland, has been doing.
The ZOA has pointed to a list of negative developments in Egypt, including viciously anti-Israeli and anti-American statements and goals enunciated by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leadership even before last year’s toppling of the Hosni Mubarak regime:
The MB leader, Muhammad Badi’, has spoken enthusiastically of jihad and called for a state based on Islamic law. He also spoke optimistically about the U.S. heading for a collapse.
By YAAKOV KATZ, JPOST
Israel will consider using military action to intercept the transfer of advanced weaponry or chemical weapons from Syria to a terrorist organization like Hezbollah, OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a conference marking the 30th anniversary of the First Lebanon War at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Golan said that the first challenge for Israel would be to obtain intelligence that such a transfer has taken place, but that once Israel knew it would need to consider action.
Arms smugglers thrive on Syrian uprising
IDF boards ship allegedly smuggling arms to Gaza
“Would it be wise to intercept such a transfer or would this be nonsense,” Golan asked, presenting the dilemma Israel would face. (Read more…)
Last week in the Syrian city of Houla,108 people—mostly women and children—were killed, reportedly by the security forces of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. As this crisis enters its newest chapter, Foreign Affairs provides three different takes on the prospect of international intervention to end the violence.
No End in Sight, Unless…—Former Syrian general Akil Hashem argues in an interview that the stalemate between the Syrian government and the anti-government rebels “will not end unless the international community intervenes militarily.” Hashem adds that he “cannot believe that the United States, Britain, and France, with all of their intelligence capabilities, do not realize that the Syrian military is weak.”
By Pinhas Inbari
While the presidential elections in Egypt are a significant and groundbreaking domestic issue, they are also subject to a web of foreign involvement and the conflicting interests of Middle Eastern powers.
The Gulf state of Qatar, home to al-Jazeera, has thrown its support and influence behind the Muslim Brotherhood and its candidate, Muhammad Mursi. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has stood behind Dr. Abd al-Mun’im Abu al-Futuh who quit the Muslim Brotherhood and ran without its blessing. In addition, the Saudis sympathized with the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces favorite, Ahmad Shafiq, who previously served as prime minister under deposed president Husni Mubarak and who succeeded to reach the final round of elections alongside Mursi.
Obama paying for African illegals to defecate in Israel’s streets, but much of the money is disappearing
In case you’re wondering why many Israelis aren’t happy about our illegal immigrants, take a close look at the picture in the top left corner of this post. It was taken on the streets of Tel Aviv….
The Israeli web site Kr8 (link in Hebrew) reports that the Obama administration is sending between $1,000 and $2,000 per month per illegal immigrant to Israel via the United Nations. Why this money is being sent via the UN is not clear, but what is clear is that a lot of it is being skimmed off the top. Kr8 reports that Israel is paying NIS 1,500 per month for rent, and approximately NIS 180-200 per month for health insurance. Both items should cost a lot more than that.
Moreover, at current exchange rates, $1,000 is approximately NIS 3,850 and $2,000 is double that. An awful lot of money is disappearing. Where is it going? And why is Israel accepting money from the US (and the UN) rather than stopping the inflow of illegal immigrants? (Read more…)
by Barry Rubin, PJ Media
Some of my readers are unhappy that I keep criticizing President Barak Obama and his government. The problem, however, is that this administration keeps doing terrible things in the Middle East. And the most damning evidence on these actions comes not from Obama’s enemies but from the administration itself and the supportive mass media.
Here’s the latest such item:
“U.S. Hopes Assad Can Be Eased Out with Russia’s Aid,” by Helene Cooper and Mark Landler, in the New York Times.
For almost three years, Obama insisted he would win over the Syrian dictatorship and make it America’s friend rather than Iran’s number-one ally. That was ludicrous. Forced by the uprising to back away from Damascus, the Obama Administration has spent almost a year bumbling about what to do.
By Melanie Phippips, Daily Mail
In the wake of the festival of Shavuot, when Jews have been celebrating the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai from where he presented them to the Jewish people camped at its foot, I have been brooding over the fact that Zionism has become a dirty word in Britain and the west.
For many in these societies, Zionism has now become equated with racism. This group libel, once regarded with revulsion by decent people when the Soviet-Arab axis got the UN to endorse it in 1975, has now become the prism through which the BBC, academia, the artistic and theatrical world and much of the rest of the cultural establishment now frame all references to Israel.
The United Nations Security Council on Sunday condemned Syria’s government for the killing of 108 people, mostly women and children, in Houla on Friday. But the condemnation was incomplete: It should have included the Security Council itself for providing the diplomatic cover that has let the Assad government continue its killing.
Thanks to Russia and China, the Security Council has failed to impose any serious sanctions on Syria, much less endorse action to help the opposition amid more than 6,000 deaths. That’s bad enough. But in April the U.N. turned to aiding and abetting the regime with its mission to send Kofi Annan to Damascus as a special “peace” envoy. (Read more…)
By Kim Zetter, Wired
A massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation.
The malware, discovered by Russia-based anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, is an espionage toolkit that has been infecting targeted systems in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, the Israeli Occupied Territories and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa for at least two years.
Dubbed “Flame” by Kaspersky, the malicious code dwarfs Stuxnet in size – the groundbreaking infrastructure-sabotaging malware that is believed to have wreaked havoc on Iran’s nuclear program in 2009 and 2010. Although Flame has both a different purpose and composition than Stuxnet, and appears to have been written by different programmers, its complexity, the geographic scope of its infections and its behavior indicate strongly that a nation-state is behind Flame, rather than common cyber-criminals — marking it as yet another tool in the growing arsenal of cyberweaponry. (Read more…)
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2012, 11:05 AM (GMT+02:00) Tags:
Incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin, after taking stock of his first days of his third presidency, concluded that Moscow’s handling of the al-Houla massacre and Syria’s ongoing collapse into civil war will go down as a Russian foreign policy failure. He personally comes out of the policy as the patron of a bloodthirsty tyrant.
The Kremlin first tried presenting the slaughter of 108 people Friday and Saturday, among them 49 children and 34 women, as the work of unknown non-military bands, partly corroborating the Assad regime’s claim of terrorism.
This line was quickly abandoned and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was told Monday, May 28, to assign responsibility to “two sides” at his joint news conference in Moscow with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
By Victor Davis Hanson, NRO
We recently saw lots of sit-down strikes and demonstrations — the various efforts in Wisconsin, the Occupy movements, and student efforts to oppose tuition hikes. None of them mattered much or changed anything. There is a sit-down strike, however, that has paralyzed the country and has been largely ignored by the media.
Most economists since 2009 have been completely wrong in their forecasts, reminding us that their supposedly data-driven discipline is more an art than a science. After all, a great deal of money is invested and spent — or not — based largely on perceptions, hunches, and emotions rather than a 100 percent certainty of profit or loss. And the message Americans are getting is that the Obama administration is hostile to investment and business, and thus should be waited out.
By Daniel Pipes, NRO
The fetid, dark heart of the Arab war on Israel, I have long argued, lies not in disputes over Jerusalem, checkpoints, or “settlements.” Rather, it concerns the so-called Palestine refugees.
So called because of the nearly 5 million official refugees served by UNRWA (short for the “United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East”) only about 1 percent are real refugees who fit the agency’s definition of “people whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict.” The other 99 percent are descendants of those refugees, or what I call fake refugees.
By HERB KEINON, JPOST
Israel is increasingly reluctant to lobby on behalf of the Jordanians in Washington because of Amman’s continued refusal to send its ambassador back to Israel, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
With the prevalent atmosphere in Washington being to cut aid, Israel has in the recent past “put in a good word” on behalf of continued assistance to the Jordanians, something officials said is more difficult now because of the Jordanian refusal to return its ambassador.
The US provides Jordan with some $660 million in aid per year, the result of a five-year agreement signed toward the end of 2008, and running through fiscal year 2014.