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  • January 4, 2013

    E.U. is funding subversion of Israel  

    by Douglas Murray, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

      The European Commission in recent years has been funding rabidly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic campaign groups. Parading under the banner-term of “NGOs,” they have one concerted aim, which is to manipulate international opinion against Israel: Foreign government-funded subversion of a democracy.

    Few people would ever label the hydra-like institutions of the European Union as transparent… or responsive to the desires of we mere voters. The EU has long been in the habit of ignoring the will of the peoples of Europe, if their will is not the same as the will of the EU. Its accounting procedures are so lacking in accountability that the EU’s own auditors have refused to sign off on the entity’s budgets for the last 18 years running. And of course the European Court has a long and ignoble track-record of ignoring the security concerns of EU citizens in favour of the rights of terrorists to go about their lives and careers unhindered.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:05 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 23 Comments » | 1,252 views

    Al-Jazeera’s “Alternative Viewpoint” supported by Qatar  

    by Amin Farouk, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

    Al-Jazeera, which bought Current TV from Al Gore, is not a communications medium in the Western sense. It is a psychological warfare medium, a fundamentalist terrorist communications base operating under Qatari cover. It sets its sights on changing regimes.

    Al-Jazeera TV, located in and financed by Qatar, which just bought Current TV from former presidential candidate Al Gore for a reported $500 million, “is providing an alternative viewpoint on domestic news,” according to Cathy Rasenberger, “a cable consultant who has worked with Al-Jazeera on distribution,” as stated by the New York Times of January 3, 2013.

    What sort of alternative viewpoint?
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 4:59 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » | 860 views

    Protecting our energy resources in territorial waters,  

    Israel Defense

    The term ‘underwater threat’ immediately evokes images of a submarine armed with torpedoes. These days, however, underwater threats are much more diversified. In order to spot these threats in time, state-of-the-art sensors are required. The main underwater sensor is sonar, which transmits sound waves, and the reflected echoes of these waves enable the user to determine whether a threat is present and where. It is a sort of underwater radar, except it transmits sound waves instead of electromagnetic radiation.

    Underwater Threats

    Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), realized years ago that underwater threats are becoming more severe. Seaport and offshore oil and gas drilling rigs have become targets for enemies, and primarily for terrorists. A world leading manufacturer of radar systems, Elta entered this field as it offers a substantial business potential and as there is a considerable demand, in Israel and elsewhere, for the protection of maritime installations.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 4:50 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » | 681 views

    Syrian Kurdish plight requires independence  

    By: Joseph Puder

    Once again the Kurds find themselves in a humanitarian crisis not of their own making. Caught between the Assad regime and its allied forces, including the Kurdish PYD (Union Democratic Party), which is linked to the PKK on one side, while on the other side, the Syrian opposition, principally the Free Syrian Army and its radical Islamists affiliates such as Jabhat al-Nusra, is closely ties to Al-Qaeda. Both are seeking to draw the Kurds, who are the largest ethnic minority in Syria, to their side. In the meantime, both groups are confiscating vital supplies destined for the beleaguered Syrian Kurdish region.

    Northeastern Syria centered on the provinces of Hasakeh and Qamishli, where the bulk of Syria’s Kurdish minority resides, had remained relatively calm during the early phases of the civil war. The violence between the regime of President Bashar Assad and the opposition has however spilled over to the northeast in recent months.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 2:07 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 602 views

    The Palestinian Authority’s Inconvenient Truths  

    By Khaled Abu Toameh, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

    Western journalists, funders and decision-makers need to know that there are many truths being hidden from their eyes and ears.

    The truth sometimes hurts; that is why the Palestinian Authority has been working hard to prevent the outside world from hearing about many occurrences that reflect negatively on its leaders or people.

    In recent years, the Palestinian Authority leadership, often with the help of the mainstream media in the US and EU, has been successful in its effort to divert all attention only toward Israel.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 1:59 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » | 644 views

    WJC ANALYSIS – The Palestinians and the Syrian conflict  

    By Pinhas Inbari, WJC

    A growing number of signs point to the fact that rival factions in Syria are ready for an agreement, including the regime of Bashar al-Assad. While it is too early to tell if these efforts will bear fruit, the mere recognition of the need for an agreement has implications on Syria and its neighbors in the Middle East, notably the Palestinians.

    Both the Assad regime and its Russian allies have come to the realization that the battle has been lost and that a survival campaign presents the only recourse to the regime facing a growing budget depletion, needed to keep up the war effort, and the potential advent of al-Qaeda to power with access to chemical weapons. The main obstacle remains the opposition’s staunch refusal to allow Assad to hang on to the presidency even during a transitional phase, instead of standing trial for crimes against humanity.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 1:40 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 1 Comment » | 456 views

    Israel’s Economy Endures Global Economic Meltdown  

    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought”
    Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #174, January 4, 2013
    http://bit.ly/10VXRHN

    1.  Israel’s 2009-2012 economic growth of 14.7% leads the OECD countries, ahead of Australia – 10.7%, Canada – 4.8%, USA – 3.2%, Germany – 2.7%, France – 0.3%, Euro Bloc – 1.5% decline.  Israel’s growth was undermined by the stoppage of natural gas supply from Egypt, which requires the acquisition of more expensive sources of energy (“Israel Hayom”, Jan. 2, 2013).

    2.  Israel’s 2012 economic growth, 3.3%, leads the OECD countries which average 1.4% growth, ahead of the US (2.2%), Canada (2%), Japan (1.6%), Brazil (1.5%), Germany (0.9%), France (0.2%), Britain (0.1% decline), Spain (1.3% decline) and Italy (2.2% decline), trailing India’s 4.5% and China’s 7.5% .  Israel’s growth per capita, 1.5%, exceeds OECD’s average of 0.7%. Israel’s unemployment, 6.9%, is lower than the OECD (other than Germany’s and Japan’s) which averages 8%.  Israel’s private consumption increased 2.8%, compared with the OECD average of 1%.  Notwithstanding the global meltdown, Israel’s exports grew 1% at a time when most countries experience a substantial decline in exports (Globes Business Daily, December 31, 2012).   (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 10:25 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 9 Comments » | 830 views

    Report: Iran’s Military Capability “Dramatically” Reduced by Conflict in Syria  

    Algemeiner

    Iran’s ability to retaliate for any strike on its nuclear facilities has been “dramatically” reduced by events in the region, an Israeli intelligence report has said.

    According to a report in Israeli daily Maariv, Israeli diplomats meeting in Jerusalem were told by Defense Ministry intelligence officials that the weakening of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has taken its toll on Iran militarily.

    The officials said that neither Syria nor Hezbollah have the capability to start a war with Israel and would be largely unable to respond on behalf of Iran in the event of an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:28 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 3 Comments » | 626 views

    The Sunni Shia divide – not so much  

    By Jerry Gordon, NEW ENGLISH REVIEW

    STRATFOR had this scoop posted on its website today, 

      “Egypt: Sources Say Presidency Consulted with Iranian Military Official on Security:”

      Essam al-Haddad, a foreign relations aide for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, met Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in Cairo from Dec. 26-30 to discuss Suleimani’s expertise in exercising control over state security, unnamed sources said, Dr. Jacques Neriah,  reported Jan. 3. Muslim Brotherhood leaders arranged the visit, angering Egypt’s Interior Ministry, sources said.

    Clare Lopez, Senior Fellow at the Washington, DC – based Center for Security Policy commented:
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:01 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 615 views

    What’s happening to the ceasefire  

    Analysis: Terror groups resumed development of long-range rockets shortly after Pillar of Defense ended

    Alex Fishman, YNET

    The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is gradually falling apart, but no one in Israel has the time or the will to know what is really going on in Gaza. The defense minister, who is on his way out, does not have the political clout to dictate any kind of policy. The prime minister is focused on the elections, and the last thing he needs right now is an agreement with Hamas. It is no wonder that the Israeli team conducting the negotiations with Hamas in Cairo was instructed not to reach any agreement until after the elections. Meanwhile on the ground, energies are building up for the next round of violence.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:36 am ET | Plink | Trackback | Comments Off | 543 views

    Don’t count on all those new units in Jerusalem and E1  

    THIS IS A GOOGLE TRANSLATION OF A RUSSIAN ARTICLE

    By Sasha. Live Journal

    Following the decision of the UN to make a cynical terrorist enclave in Judea and Samaria, the status of the state, the government issued a statement encouraging the start of construction of thousands of housing units in Jewish settlements in the area. In particular, it was announced, and the construction of a strategic area between the capital and its largest suburb – Ma’ale Adumim, known by its technical name of E1.

    However, according to the deputy of the city council of Jerusalem Aryeh King, the real situation in the E1 region and in other parts of the city is very different from what it might seem from the reports in the media.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:48 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 3 Comments » | 572 views

    Bibi has no one to blame but himself  

    Bibi is hemoraging at the polls. He has been disloyal to his base and it is now being disloyal to him.

    Bennett has changed the political conversation from personalities to issues, from promises that will not be kept to saying what he means and meaning what he says.

    Dr. Moshe Dann, Arutz Sheva

    For more than three years PM Netanyahu has been able to slip back and forth between the Right and Left. He recognized the legitimacy of a Palestinian state (albeit “demilitarized”), agreed to a 10-month building freeze, allowed DM Ehud Barak to withhold building permits and destroy Jewish homes, and refused to accept an official report on the legal status of Judea and Samaria which he commissioned.

    He represented Israel magnificently in international fora, especially the US Congress, but did little to change Israel’s basic economic structure, dominated by monopolies, cartels, and the Histadrut. He found money to help Channel 10, but little for teachers, nurses and doctors. Well, no one’s perfect.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:28 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 13 Comments » | 685 views

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