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  • January 25, 2015

    White House going nuclear on Netanyahu  

    By Michael Goodwin, NY POST

    How dare Israel be more concerned with the existential threat of Iranian nukes than with Obama’s feelings? And what do members of Congress think they are, a separate branch of government or something?

    obama bibiThou shall not cross Dear Leader.

    With their gutter sniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are unloading their full arsenal of bile.

    “He spat in our face publicly, and that’s no way to behave,” one Obama aide told an Israeli newspaper. “Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”

    It is pointless to say petty threats do not become the Oval Office. Trying to instruct this White House on manners recalls what Mark Twain said about trying to teach a pig to sing: It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Still, the fury is telling. It reminds, as if we could forget, that everything is always about Obama.
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    Obama administration intervened in Argentine probe of Iranian leader, Jewish center bombing  


    LONDON — The United States pressed Argentina to end its investigation of Iranian complicity in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in which nearly 100 people were killed.

    Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama urged Argentina on several occasions to either stop or limit the investigation into the bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in Buenos Aires. The sources said the U.S. appeals marked one of the demands by Iran for a reconciliation with Washington.

    “Argentina had hard evidence against at least one Iranian leader, which prevented him from traveling abroad,” a source said.
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    There is no diplomatic solution  

    Ted Belman. The emphatic statement “THERE IS NO DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION” was coined by me and placed just under the Israpundit banner at least 10 years ago. It was meant to counter the mantra of the Left, namely, “There is no Military solution”. Its nice to see that left-of-center YNET has published this article.

    The time has come for Israel to throw off the constraints of adhering to politically correct policies that are clearly detrimental to its continued existence and start fighting for its survival.

    By Yoel Meltzer, YNET

    RABIN CLINTONWith Israeli elections quickly approaching, it’s a near certainty based upon historical precedents that we’ll soon be hearing assorted domestic and international voices emphasizing the need to restart negotiations with the Arabs as soon as the next government is formed.

    Still further and based upon a 20-year old broken record that never seems to stop, we’ll once again be told that in the face of the growing uncertainty in the region a breakthrough in the talks with the Arabs is vital for the continued existence of the Jewish state.
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    Fox News joins chorus of Netanyahu critics. Et tu Brutus?  

    TED BELMAN. Wallace and Smith are way off base. Why should Obama not be challenged on his views here? He backed “engagement” for 6 years and undermined sanctions which were working. He took great pains to restrain Israel and Israel went along. The issue here is whether to strengthen sanctions.  This is the purview of Congress and not the Presidency. Netanyahu would be derelict if he did not appeal to them. To say otherwise is to tie his hands.

    It is not about following protocol, it has been breached many times and perhaps doesn’t apply in this case.  It is not about electioneering, though it may have affect on the Israeli elections, but it is unclear if it will be good for Likud. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with Netanyahu using his popularity in the US to affect his popularity in Israel. The left in Israel castigates Netanyahu for destroying his relationship with Obama, though to my mind Obama is at fault, and uses this as an election issue.  Netanyahu is right to stand up to him rather than grovel like the left does. Also there is nothing wrong with Netanyahu appealing to the American people for support and using this as an election issue. AND DON’T FORGET, THIS IS ABOUT STOPPING IRAN FROM GETTING TO THE THRESHOLD OF ACQUIRING NUCLEAR WEAPONS. DO NOT LET THE CRITICS DEFLECT YOU FROM THIS ISSUE.

    Conservative outlet’s anchors say relationship with US will suffer, after New York Times, American officials slam timing of prime minister’s Congress address.

    Yitzhak Benhorin, YNET

    The criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, over his intention to address the US Congress two weeks before the Israeli elections, has not stopped at water’s edge. And while the criticism from President Barack Obama’s administration and the editorial board of the New York Times was expected, this weekend the Likud leader was targeted by a network he once counted among his supporters – Fox News.

    During a conversation between anchor Chris Wallace and presenter Shepard Smith, the two agreed that Netanyahu’s strategy an example of “dicey politics”.
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    Canadian FM Baird to ‘Post': ICC move an effort to tie Israel’s hand behind its back  

    By Herb Keinon, JPOST

    BairdCanada is the second-largest country in the world, has the 11th-largest economy, is No. 37 in population and – since 2008 – has contributed over $350 million to the Palestinian Authority.

    None of that, however, kept PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat from penning an op-ed last Friday in The Globe and Mail calling on Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird – who arrived in Israel that day for a five-day visit to the region – to apologize to the Palestinians.

    And what was Baird’s sin? His spokesman said Erekat himself owed an apology for “offensive and ridiculous” comments equating Israel with Islamic State.

    Earlier this month, Erekat said there was “no difference between the terrorism practiced by the group [Islamic State] led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Israel’s terrorism.” Ending settlement activities, he insisted, “is a prerequisite for eliminating terrorism.”
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    January 24, 2015

    Sarah Palin invites Bibi to the heartland  

    WaPo: Palin says she’s ‘seriously interested’ in 2016 campaign. The is the lead story on DRUDGE.

    By Sarah Palin on her FB page.

    Kudos to Speaker Boehner for inviting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress. Like most Americans, I’m scratching my head wondering how President Obama can take time from imperative administrative duties AND his golf schedule to sit down for a peculiar interview with a neon-lipped YouTube blogger whose claim to fame is publicly eating Fruit Loops while submerged in a bathtub of milk, but he can’t find even a minute to meet with one of America’s closest and most important allies. We knew Barack Obama was green, but not this green. The White House goes out of its way to snub and smear the Israeli Prime Minister, while at the same time smiling and shaking hands with Iran. They never cease to amaze and defy good sense.

    To add insult to injury, liberal organizations (see here:STOP BIBI: J STREET GIVES NETANYAHU THE SARAH PALIN TREATMENT ) that claim to be pro-Israel are actually trying to stop our friend and partner in peace from speaking before our Congress.
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    Bibi owes Obama nothing  

    [The comments in red come from a senior military officer]

    WH Officials: Netanyahu ‘Spat in Our Face’ Over Boehner Invitation 


    NY Times accuses Netanyahu of ‘playing politics on Iran’

    Paper calls PM’s imminent speech to Congress ‘a breach of sense,’ wonders how he believes disrespecting Obama will help Israel.

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    WH Officials: Netanyahu ‘Spat in Our Face’ Over Boehner Invitation  

    NY Times accuses Netanyahu of ‘playing politics on Iran’
    Paper calls PM’s imminent speech to Congress ‘a breach of sense,’ wonders how he believes disrespecting Obama will help Israel

    PM ruining US ties for election speech, Lapid and Livni say
    In separate interviews, Netanyahu’s former allies accuse him of hurting Israel’s security to gain favor with right-wing voters

    By Joel Himelfarb, NEWSMAX

    White House officials angrily denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for responding favorably to House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to speak before Congress in March, telling the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that the prime minister had “spat” in President Barack Obama’s face.

    “There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” an unnamed senior U.S. official said.

    U.S. officials said that the “chickens***” epithet that an anonymous administration official used to describe the Israeli leader several months ago was mild compared to the language used in the White House when officials learned of Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress.
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    The myth of Palestinian centrality  

    T. Belman. A corollary to this thesis is that Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are not motivated by the Islamic doctrine that they must keep all Islamic lands for Islam. That is a product of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, his protege Arafat and the PLO. They objected to Zionism from the start. These countries, not so much. The Arab invasion in 1948 was intended as a land grab now that Britain was gone. Today, these countries more than ever, need a strong Israel to protect them and to be on the front lines. Iran and Turkey use the Palestinian cause as a rallying cry for their own hegemony.

    Another corollary is that they wouldn’t lend a hand or shed a tear if Israel were to get the “Palestinians” to leave and annex all of J&S and Gaza. In fact they would welcome it because a strong and expanded Israel is in their interest.

    Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger

    The myth of Palestinian centrality has dominated Western policy in the Middle East, while contrasting the reality of the Middle East.

    In 2015, following in the footsteps of Presidents Mubarak and Sadat, Egyptian President Al-Sisi does not subordinate Egypt’s national security ties with Israel to Egypt’s ties with the Palestinians.

    President Al-Sisi – just like his two predecessors – considers the transnational Muslim Brotherhood and Palestinian terrorism mutual threats to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf States, which have never regarded the Palestinian issue as a top priority, and have denied the Palestinian Authority their financial generosity. Notwithstanding Palestinian opposition, strategic cooperation between Israel and Egypt, as well as between Israel and Jordan and other moderate Arab regimes, has surged to an unprecedented level.
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    The Muslim population of America is expanding at warp speed  

    By Anonymous

    Even when Muslims are a minority population they can and do transform whole cultures and societies. And not for the better.

    Why? Because their holy book is a totalitarian ideology founded on submission and world domination. And toward that end, Islam is on the march. Meanwhile, the West remains mired in cowardice and complicity. Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in Europe, which is on the fast track to join the Caliphate.

    Not to be outdone by Europe’s madness, the United States is traveling down the same bloody path, importing large numbers of Muslims from Islamic countries thanks to the Islamophile sitting in the Oval Office and a nation full of dhimmis.

    Estimates on the number of Muslims living in the US vary, ranging from 3 million to 7 million. Whatever the precise number, it’s already outdated as it rises with each passing nanosecond.
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    Britain’s Finest Hour  

    The Last Lion Remembered

    By Victor Davis Hanson, NRO

    Churchill2Winston Churchill never once flinched in the face of the Third Reich.

    Fifty years ago this Saturday, former British prime minister Winston Churchill died at age 90.

    Churchill is remembered for his multiple nonstop careers as a statesman, cabinet minister, politician, journalist, Nobel laureate historian, and combat veteran. He began his career serving the British military as a Victorian-era mounted lancer and ended it as custodian of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

    But he is most renowned for an astounding five-year-tenure as Britain’s wartime prime minister from May 10, 1940, to June 26, 1945, when he was voted out of office not long after the surrender of Nazi Germany.

    Churchill took over the day Hitler invaded Western Europe. Within six weeks, an isolated Great Britain was left alone facing the Third Reich. What is now the European Union was then either under Nazi occupation, allied with Germany, or ostensibly neutral while favoring Hitler.
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    Election Envy: The Europeans and the Jews  

    Europeans feel their skin crawl in the presence of the sort of Jews who represent the future of the Jewish people

    By David P. Goldman (Spengler), PJ MEDIA

    Why do Europeans feel such revulsion toward Jews? At a certain level, to be sure, European leaders deeply regret the new persecution of Europe’s Jews. Many share the sentiment of European Commission Vice-Chairman Frans Timmermans, who warned yesterday that an exodus of Europe’s Jews would call into question the premises of European society. Last September, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel told a rally in Berlin that it was the duty of every German to fight anti-Semitism. Nonetheless even the best-intentioned Europeans feel their skin crawl in the presence of the sort of Jews who represent the future of the Jewish people: those who follow Jewish tradition, raise Jewish families, and embrace the cause of Zionism. Europeans adore secular Israelis who wallow in existential doubts, for example, the novelist Zeruya Shalev, a bestseller in Germany and the winner of any number of European literary awards. I’ve never read Shalev, but then again, I don’t like fiction. Jews like Naftali Bennett, Israel’s economy minister and leader of the Jewish Home party, give them the creeps.
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    January 23, 2015

    The West Bank Army of the “State of Palestine,” Thanks to the US.  

    by Shoshana Bryen, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

    Last week, officials from the U.S. Consulate in East Jerusalem attended a Palestinian protest over Israel’s removal of olive trees illegally planted in the West Bank. Coordinated with the Palestinian Authority [PA] but not Israel, the Consulate personnel ended up clashing with Israelis living nearby. It was, perhaps, the quietest international almost-incident you never heard of.

    This week, with the focus off Paris, the Middle East Quartet (the U.S., EU, Russia & the UN) plans to meet. The U.S. Consulate’s determination to provide the trappings of Palestinian statehood to the PA outside the negotiating process should come under scrutiny.
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    France’s Free Speech Farce  

    T. Belman. I thought “Je suis Charlie” meant we were defending free speech. Yet the response in France and elsewhere is to penalize free speech.

    By Deborah Weiss, FPM

    [After discussing the Hedbo killings, the largest march in France ever and the no show of Obama, the author continues.]

    Unity marchBut don’t worry; the US is on top of things: it will be holding its previously cancelled (or “indefinitely postponed”) summit on “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE). The agenda makes no mention of Islamic terrorism or Islamic extremism, even with questionable qualifiers. If the summit’s definition of “extremism” bears any resemblance to the application of the term used by the Homeland Security Advisory Committee, then no doubt the roundtable targets will be the Tea Party, neo-Nazis, and other “right-wing extremists.”

    Don’t be surprised if the administration reaches out to CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood front-groups to stamp out this scourge. After all, as Eric Holder has repeatedly stated…. urrr…stuttered, “[W]e are at war with those who would commit terrorist attacks and who could corrupt the Islamic faith in a way that they do, to try to justify their terrorist actions. So, that is who we are at war with.”
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    French Mayor Bans Anti-Jihadist Muslim Film  

    A study in the dangers, and absurdities, of censorship

    By J. Hoberman, TABLET

    While Charlie Hebdo returned to Parisian newsstands with a defiant image of a contrite Mohammad emblazoned on its cover, Timbuktu, a much-praised, Oscar-nominated movie by the internationally known Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako was unceremoniously yanked out of a theater in the Paris suburb, Villiers-sur-Marne.

    The district, which has a large North African population, is the birthplace of Hayat Boumeddiene, the fugitive companion of the perpetrator of the Hyper Cacher massacre Amedy Coulibaly. The town’s mayor Jacques-Alain Bénisti (a member of the Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement) first called the movie, which he had not seen, “an apology for terrorism” and then had it removed Friday from the Cinema City Casino because he feared that young people might take the jihadists for a model.
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    Islamic State Deepens Grip in Future Palestine  

    By Khaled Abu Toameh, GATESTONE INSTITUTE

    Hamas and other Palestinian groups are continuing to deny the obvious, namely that the Islamic State terror group has managed to set up bases of power in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    The Palestinians do not feel comfortable talking about the fact that Islamic State is working hard to recruit Palestinians to its ranks.

    The presence of Islamic State in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is an embarrassing development for both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

    For Hamas, the fact that Islamic State has long been operating in the Gaza Strip is something that it does not want the world to know about.
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    Eli Yishai Refuses to Run on Joint List with Otzma Yehudit  

    Ted Belman. This means that Yishai could join Likud giving it an extra 2 or 3 seats. Netanyahu could go with them or Bayit Yehudi. Probably Bennett prefers that Yishai and Netanyahu get together so his party can remain independent.. On the other hand Yishai could also join with Bennett. Maybe Ben Ari can join Bennet who will agree to red lines. Its getting interesting.

    Rabbi Lior gets negative message from Yishai, whose sources fear ‘extremist’ stigma in apparent desire to compromise for coalition spot.

    By Yishai Karov, Ari Yashar

    Despite repeated calls to run on a joint list so as to ensure both ideological religious nationalist parties can pass the recently raised threshold, Yachad – Ha’am Itanu chair Eli Yishai has apparently refused to run with Dr. Michael Ben-Ari’s Otzma Yehudit.
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    Melanie Phillips: “As I see it: The unsettling ICC gambit”  

    The Jews are entitled to settle in the disputed territories: entitled legally, historically and morally.

    By Melanie Phillips, JPOST

    The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has announced a “preliminary examination” into “the situation in Palestine.” This has understandably provoked a furious response by the Israeli government.

    The ICC prosecutor chose to accept the UN General Assembly’s bogus and politically motivated designation of Palestine as a non-member “state.” And Israel’s reputation is besmirched by the opening of an inquiry into it by an ICC which was set up to prosecute war criminals.

    It is intolerable that the ICC has first of all accepted that “Palestine” is a state, and second that it may put Israelis in the dock while they are the victims of true war criminals, the Palestinians.
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    Report: US officials warn breach of protocol could have consequences for Netanyahu  

    T. Belman. The Administration is acting like we betrayed a friend. On the contrary, the administration has proved in a number of ways that they are not our friend. Israel owes them nothing.


    No indication of Netanyahu’s visit or even the invitation by US house speaker John Boehner was mentioned in a recent meeting with the Israeli ambassador, a US source says.

    Following Wednesday’s announcement that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been invited to speak to Congress about Iran without first consulting President Barack Obama’s administration, US sources warned Thursday that the breach of protocol could have lasting effects for the Israeli premier, according to The Washington Post.

    “Neither [Speaker of the House of Representatives John] Boehner nor Netanyahu gave the administration any notice of his planned visit, and some US officials were warning that the breach of traditional diplomatic protocol could have lasting consequences for the Israeli leader,” The Washington Post reported.
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    Perhaps America will rise to the Jihad challenge  


    (Washington, DC): Dozens of national security professionals and conservative thought leaders have signed a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana congratulating him on his recent remarks to the Henry Jackson Society in London, during which he forthrightly identified the threat posed by the Islamic jihadist movement and the shariah doctrine it seeks to impose globally, and the fundamental incompatibility of that doctrine with American Constitutional freedoms.

    The letter, organized by the Center for Security Policy, states in part:

    “We want to congratulate you for your recent remarks at the Henry Jackson Society in London in which you exhibited exemplary clarity of thought, commitment to truth and dedication to our Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees.  The fact that you are being severely, and reprehensibly, attacked for doing so in connection with the central threat of our time – the Islamic supremacist doctrine of shariah and the global jihad being conducted to impose it on all of us – is an indictment of your critics, not of you.  To the contrary, such criticisms should be regarded as a badge of honor.

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