|House Foreign Affairs Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, ChairmanFor IMMEDIATE Release
| November 29, 2012
U.S. Must Impose Severe Economic Consequences for UN’s Irresponsible Support for Palestinian Statehood Scheme, Ros-Lehtinen Says
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding the United Nations General Assembly’s vote today to adopt a resolution granting “Palestine” (the Palestine Liberation Organization) the status of non-member observer state at the UN. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Abu Mazen, instead of condemning the Gaza rocket fire and negotiating with Israel for lasting peace, spent the past week congratulating Hamas for its efforts to murder Israeli civilians, while offering condolences for Hamas’s ‘martyrs.’ Now the UN’s vote to grant de facto UN recognition of a non-existent Palestinian state has pushed peace with Israel even further away. (Read more…)
IT IS INCREDIBLE TO ME THAT PRES CLINTON COULD AND DID COVER UP THIS TERRORIST ATTACK IN PLAIN SITE OF MANY AMERICANS. TED BELMAN
By Jack Cashill, AMERICAN THINKER
Earlier this week on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer came to the same — and obvious — conclusion as to why the Obama White House felt compelled to misrepresent the events at Benghazi on September 11. As O’Reilly noted, the administration hoped “to tamp the story down so it didn’t intrude on their narrative that the Obama administration had decimated al-Qaeda.”
“The real story would have gone against the narrative,” Krauthammer agreed, adding, “I’m not saying that there was a deliberate conspiracy from day one, but as this story unfolded, they saw a way to make this non-political.”
Sixteen years ago, also in the home stretch of a difficult re-election campaign, Bill Clinton faced a problem very similar to Obama’s. An event took place that threatened the “peace and prosperity” theme of his campaign — specifically, the July 17, 1996, shoot-down of TWA Flight 800, with 230 people on board, just 10 miles off the coast of Long Island.
By Ted Belman
The only way it can do so is to make the Palestinians even less flexible. But since the Palestinians have never exhibited flexibility or a willingness to compromise, the resolution will simply reinforce their past behavior.
Can anyone explain how the resolution “endangers prospects for peace”. Has PM Netanyahu ever indicated that he will accept “67 lines with swaps” or the division of Jerusalem. Did anyone ever expect that Netanyahu would cave on these red lines. Mind you he did say recently the UN resolutions can’t get Israel to compromise on security. I hate when he says things like that instead of saying that no UN resolution will get Israel to cross those red lines.
So what prospects for peace were there before the resolution which have been endangered. The only prospect lay in getting Israel to cross her red lines. I don’t see how the Resolution will steel Israel’s refusal to cross the red lines.
“We will accept no less than the all the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967″
“a solution for the refugee issue on the basis of resolution 194 (III), as per the operative part of the Arab Peace Initiative” = as the Arabs explain, flooding Israel with anyone who has an ancestor who was in Israel around the period of the founding of the State of Israel (the majority of these ancestors, by the way were relatively new to the area as they were drawn by the economic opportunity created by Jewish immigration).
“The world watched a defamatory and venomous speech that was full of
mendacious propaganda against the IDF and the citizens of Israel. Someone
who wants peace does not talk in such a manner.”
Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Palestine comes today to the United Nations General Assembly at
a time when it is still tending to its wounds and still burying its beloved
martyrs of children, women and men who have fallen victim to the latest
Israeli aggression, still searching for remnants of life amid the ruins of
homes destroyed by Israeli bombs on the Gaza Strip, wiping out entire
families, their men, women and children murdered along with their dreams,
their hopes, their future and their longing to live an ordinary life and to
live in freedom and peace.
By Walter Pincus, Washington Post
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to supervise construction of a five-story underground facility for an Israel Defense Forces complex, oddly named “Site 911,” at an Israeli Air Force base near Tel Aviv.
Expected to take more than two years to build, at a cost of up to $100 million, the facility is to have classrooms on Level 1, an auditorium on Level 3, a laboratory, shock-resistant doors, protection from nonionizing radiation and very tight security. Clearances will be required for all construction workers, guards will be at the fence and barriers will separate it from the rest of the base.
Only U.S. construction firms are being allowed to bid on the contract and proposals are due Dec. 3, according to the latest Corps of Engineers notice.
By Brooke Goldstein & Benjamin Ryberg, Breitbart
Following last year’s failed attempt by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to gain admission to the United Nations as a full member state via UN Security Council vote (known as the Unilateral Declaration of Independence, or UDI), PA President Mahmoud Abbas has announced another upcoming attempt at statehood recognition. Today, Abbas will request that the UN General Assembly vote to upgrade the status of the Palestinians to non-member state from the current status of observer entity.
By Michael Oren, WaPo
What makes better headlines? Is it numbing figures such as the 8,000 Palestinian rockets fired at Israel since it unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and the 42.5?percent of Israeli children living near the Gaza border who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder? Or is it high-resolution images of bombed-out buildings in Gaza and emotional stories of bereaved Palestinians? The last, obviously, as demonstrated by much of the media coverage of Israel’s recent operation against Hamas. But that answer raises a more fundamental question: Which stories best serve the terrorists’ interest?
Hamas has a military strategy to paralyze southern Israel with short- and middle-range rockets while launching Iranian-made missiles at Tel Aviv. With our precision air force, top-notch intelligence and committed citizens army, we can defend ourselves against these dangers. We have invested billions of dollars in bomb shelters and early-warning systems and, together with generous U.S. aid, have developed history’s most advanced, multi-layered anti-missile batteries. For all of its bluster, Hamas does not threaten Israel’s existence.
Published yesterday (updated) 28/11/2012 19:50
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security services are planning an
“extraordinary” crackdown on smuggling tunnels under the Gaza border, a
security source said Wednesday.
The Egyptian security official said tunnels were operating at 5 percent of
previous levels, and were mostly smuggling construction material to Gaza.
Israel bombarded the tunnels area in the southern Gaza Strip during its
eight-day war which ended with a ceasefire on Nov. 24.
The official said Egypt’s planned campaign to end smuggling was part of the
truce agreement brokered by Cairo.
By YAAKOV LAPPIN, JPOST
A week after Operation Pillar of Defense ended, an arrangement between Israel and Hamas is beginning to taking shape.
With the Egyptians acting as intermediaries, the setup has seen all terror factions in Gaza, without exception, committing themselves to the cease-fire, from the ruling Hamas regime to Islamic Jihad (which is as well-armed as Hamas), down to the smaller Popular Resistance Committees and the al- Qaida-inspired jihadi groups.
Under the new terms, the IDF will patrol its side of the border with Gaza, and carry out vital border security missions free from all attacks.
Rush Limbaugh: Obama Urged Israel To “Destroy Itself” And “Submit Its People To Potential Genocide”
This radio talk was done in May 2011 and is as right today as it was then..
You’ve got to listen to it,
Laura: Just when you think degenerate leftists can’t be any more vile in their positions regarding the Jewish state, they explicitly come out endorsing hamas rocket fire at Israeli civilians. They are calling for the boycott of weapons sales to Israel so that hamas can fire rockets at Israelis unobstructed. These are sick, twisted, morally depraved people who see Israeli self-defense as probematic rather than the genocidal hamas terrorists who’s charter calls for the obliteration of Israel and the genocide of Jews. Every one of these signatories should be forced to endure dodging rocket fire in their neighborhoods. That worthless piece of excrement roger waters is among the supporters of this depraved cause. He is the guy who came out against Israel’s security fence, falsely calling it an “apartheid” wall. There is no other way to describe these miscreants other than calling them what they truly are, nazis. There is no other conclusion to be drawn except that they support the mass murder of Jews. Who is going to prevent hamas from receiving weapons? These scumbags don’t care about that. The left is constantly harassing the beseiged and belleaguered tiny Jewish state while it defends itself from attacks against genocidal enemies surrounding it. But they are silent on islamic Jew-hatred, on the real apartheid being practiced in muslim countries and the persecution and murder of non-muslims. Take note of the entertainers who signed this petition and boycott them.
Nobel peace laureates call for Israel military boycott over Gaza assault
Letter with 52 signatories including artists and activists also denounces US and EU ‘complicity’ through weapons sales
A man looks at the ruins of a Hamas police station destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. Photograph: Oliver Weiken/EPA
A group of Nobel peace prize-winners, prominent artists and activists have issued a call for an international military boycott of Israel following its assault on the Gaza Strip this month. (Read more…)
Israel’s operation was an intel coup to shut Iran’s gateway to Cairo via Hamas.
The eight-day Gaza duel between Israel and Hamas was the showcase. Behind it, a coup went forward, masterminded by at least three intelligence wizards: Israel’s Mossad Direct Tamir Pardo, Turkish National Intelligence Organization – MIT chief, Hakan Fidan and the Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Jassim al Thani, who also heads the emirate’s intelligence service. The CIA was in close touch.
Their aim was to abort the military ties Tehran was cultivating with Hamas before the Gaza Strip is grabbed as Iran’s springboard to Cairo. To this end, wave upon wave of multiple missile assaults on Israel were provoked.
Obama’s overall Plan
The coup action was designed as Part One of US President Barack Obama’s overall plan, which is to harness the Arab Spring to key US objectives. His partners were – and are – Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Til now Israel made all kinds of threats,especially Liberman did, threatening to abrogate Oslo or annex the leand etc. Obasma counselled against such response. Guess Obama won again. Ted Belman
By HERB KEINON, JPOST
Senior diplomatic source says Israel doesn’t want to make moves that divert attention from PA’s violation of int’l agreements.
Israel will take a “low-profile” approach to the Palestinians’ expected bid to upgrade their status at the UN on Thursday, so as not to divert attention from the Palestinian Authority’s violation of international agreements, a senior diplomatic source said Tuesday.
The source said that if Jerusalem, as some in the international community feared, greeted the Palestinian move with a decision to build thousands of new housing units in the settlements, then that would become the center of attention, not the Palestinian step. (Read more…)
HERB KEINON, JPOST
Reflecting intense anger and frustration at Qatar for its diplomatic and financial support of Hamas, a senior diplomatic source on Wednesday characterized the Persian Gulf state as a “bitter enemy of Israel.”
“Qatar is an opportunistic regime,” which is one of the “most problematic regimes” in the region, the source said. Without elaborating, the source said Israel should be using some of the leverage it has with Qatar to induce it to change its behavior.
The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, visited Gaza last month, the first foreign leader to do so since Hamas took power there in 2007. That move angered Jerusalem because it gave Hamas strongly desired legitimacy.
A week ago I wrote:
My suggestion to Bibi is to invade with the goal of occupying the northern part of Gaza and the Philidelphi Corridor rather than to destroy Hamas. This would greatly reduce the death toll on both sides and will not be seen as a humiliating defeat of Israel. Then Israel should demand an agreement to their liking as the cost of vacating. Res 242 all over again.
by Daniel Pipes, National Review Online
The Second Hamas-Israel War of Nov. 10-21 inspired a mighty debate over rights and wrongs, with each side appealing to the large undecided bloc (19 percent of Americans according to CNN/ORC, 38 percent according to Rasmussen). Is Israel a criminal state that has no right to exist, much less to deploy force? Or is it a modern liberal democracy with the rule of law that justifiably protects innocent civilians?Morality drives this debate. (Read more…)
A briefing by Lawrence Solomon, MEFORUM
Lawrence Solomon, a Canadian environmentalist and energy expert, is executive director of the public policy institute, Energy Probe Research Foundation in Toronto. On November 8, 2012, Mr. Solomon addressed the Middle East Forum via conference call on the topic of Israel’s energy reserves and its impact upon the region.
Mr. Solomon introduced his remarks by discussing examples of how worldwide demand for petroleum has created a hostile diplomatic environment for Israel:
The first oil crisis initiated by OPEC after the 1973 Yom Kippur War led to Israel’s international isolation when the Saudi “oil weapon” was used to punish any country supporting the Jewish state. Before the oil embargo, Israel had been admired in the West, oil was cheap, and the Arab countries were recognized as belligerent military dictatorships. Once the Arabs threatened the West with their oil weapon, the western media and the left turned against Israel. Within a year, the PLO’s Yasser Arafat was invited to speak at the UN. The following year the UN General Assembly branded Zionism as racism.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2012, 9:47 AM
Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Middle East military spotlight swung around from Gaza to the Syrian war with steps for the start of US and NATO intervention in that conflict. Without spelling this out, a game changer began unfolding when a joint Turkish-NATO team began making a site survey for the deployment of Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems, manned by American military teams.
The team, said the statement from Ankara, will assess where to station the missiles and how many would be needed. It reiterated that the system is “for defensive purposes” and not for a “no-fly zone or offensive operations,” but just for use “against an air or missile threat from Syria.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, INN
Two dozen Americans in Israel are suing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for negligence in allowing the United States to fund the Palestinian Authority, which used money for terror.
The suit was filed in a federal U.S. court in Washington by the Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin), which has revolutionized the war against terror through “lawfare,” winning colossal lawsuits against terrorist organizations and banks that handle their funds.
The Federal suit alleges that the U.S. State Department violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, and abandoned Congressional safeguards, transparency and reporting requirements.
Continues the false narrative that Obama was the source of all U.S. support for Iron Dome.
It never mentions Bush’s 2007 $30B 10 year military aid package for Israel.
In fact, never mentions Bush at all, but instead mentions negative U.S.
response until Obama came in to office. It also doesn’t mention that
Obama’s budget this year cut funding for Israel’s missile defense systems
(all missile defense systems, but also Israel’s, including Iron Dome) while
it was Congress that practically doubled his request. Lori Lowentyhal Marcus
By CHARLES LEVINSON and ADAM ENTOUS, WSJ
TEL AVIV—Israel’s Iron Dome rocket-defense system spent the past two weeks successfully blasting Hamas rockets out of the sky—many in dramatic nighttime explosions—helping to end the recent hostilities between Israel and Hamas in just seven days.
The battle to build Iron Dome, however, lasted years and provided fireworks of its own.
Before Wednesday’s cease-fire, Iron Dome knocked down 421 rockets launched from Gaza and bound for Israeli cities, an 84% success rate, according to the Israeli military. The system limited Israeli casualties to six during the seven days of bombardment. As a result, there was markedly less political pressure on Israel’s decision makers to invade Gaza.
What follows is the text of a keynote speech delivered by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to the Jewish National Fund’s annual Negev Dinner, held at Ottawa’s National Gallery last Tuesday night.
Ambassador Ziv, Rabbis, Honoured guests:
Thank you for the warm welcome; I am truly humbled to be tonight’s honouree. I want to begin by thanking tonight’s Dinner Chair Barbara Farber who has been a great friend and supporter of mine for many, many years. I am deeply grateful to you Barbara, your husband Len and your son Steven who recently served in my office. Your support and friendship over the years is deeply appreciated – as are all of your efforts in both the Jewish and general community.Tonight, I want to try something different. I want to depart from the traditional role as government spokesperson.