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  • April 19, 2015

    ‘Bennett, Liberman join forces in coalition talks with Netanyahu’  


    Bayit Yehudi Chaiman Naftali Bennett is making common cause with his right-wing rival, Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman, in a bid to bolster both men’s bargaining position in coalition talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Channel 2 reported on Friday.

    According to the network, Bennett and Liberman reached an agreement whereby the former would drop his demand to be named foreign minister – Liberman’s current position – in exchange for the latter’s assistance in obtaining other key portfolios while thwarting any attempt by Netanyahu to form a national unity government with the center-left Zionist Union.

    The two nationalist politicians were vocal critics of Netanyahu’s handling of Operation Protective Edge, frequently second-guessing what they perceived to be the premier’s timid strategy in defeating Hamas.
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    Articles on Atlas Shrugs  

    US halted Israeli arms transfer to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

    Obama administration intervened to silence prosecutor in Argentine probe of Iranian leader

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    Articles from the Jewish Press  

    Obama’s Creativity: A Signing Bonus for Iran Rather Than Lift Sanctions
    Obama to maintain phased-in sanctions relief pegged to compliance; he’ll give Iran a huge signing bonus instead!

    U.S. President Barack Obama

    Putin Warns Israel Against Weapons Sales to Ukraine as it Lifts Ban on S300 Sale to Iran
    In the past, both Russia and Israel stopped their weapons sales to avoid excess friction between the countries. Not anymore.


    Israel Caves in to US and Frees Tax Money for PA without Erasing Debt
    Netanyahu’s “humanitarian considerations” are a euphemism for political considerations.”

    Mahmoud Abbas gets his cake and eats it, too.

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    April 18, 2015

    When did America forget that it’s America?  

    By Natan Sharansky  WASHINGTON POST 4-17-15

    On a number of occasions during the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, the Israeli government has appealed to the United States and its allies to demand a change in Tehran’s aggressive behavior. If Iran wishes to be treated as a normal state, Israel has said, then it should start acting like one. Unfortunately, these appeals have been summarily dismissed. The Obama administration apparently believes that only after a nuclear agreement is signed can the free world expect Iran to stop its attempts at regional domination, improve its human rights record and, in general, behave like the civilized state it hopes the world will recognize it to be.

    As a former Soviet dissident, I cannot help but compare this approach to that of the United States during its decades-long negotiations with the Soviet Union, which at the time was a global superpower and a existential threat to the free world. The differences are striking and revealing.
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    April 17, 2015

    Into the fray: Bibi- Vindicated, validated, not yet victorious  

    By Martin Sherman, JPOST

    I trust the Obama administration to get a good deal. – Isaac “Buji” Herzog to Jeffrey Goldberg, Saban Forum, December 2014

    For 20 years, three presidents of both major parties proclaimed that an Iranian nuclear weapon was contrary to American and global interests – and that they were prepared to use force to prevent it. Yet negotiations that began 12 years ago as an international effort to prevent an Iranian capability to develop a nuclear arsenal are ending with an agreement that concedes this very capability… –Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, “The Iran Deal and Its Consequences,” The Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2015

    As more and more emerges as to what we know – and what we don’t know – about the deal being brewed by the Obama administration with Tehran’s theocracy on its nuclear program, the more mindlessly moronic the pre-election platitudes of the former (and probably, the future) head of Israel’s opposition appear to be.
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    Column one: American Jewry’s moment of decision  

    By Caroline Glick, JPOST

    This week in two meetings with prominent American Jews, President Barack Obama threw down the gauntlet. Either the Jews of America will rise to the challenge or they will allow Obama to marginalize them.

    It is their choice, and now is the time for them to decide.

    In the first meeting, Obama met with centrist Jewish leaders from major Jewish organizations like the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the Anti-Defamation League and AIPAC. Major donors to these groups, like to almost every other major Jewish organization in America, are largely Democrats.
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    Bibi must say “no” to a ‘national unity’ government  

    Great list

    By David M. Weinberg, ISRAEL HAYOM

    Here is a quick review of 10 important policy modifications that can come about only if a conservative-nationalist coalition forms the next Israeli government.

    1. Housing: The Israel Lands Authority must sell off all unplanned urban lands slated for eventual development. The government must radically streamline regulation in zoning, planning and building. This is the only way to truly bring down the high price of housing. Labor under Shelly Yachimovich fought such reforms tooth and nail, because the free market and privatization principles run up against her party’s socialist leanings.

    2. Banking: Regulatory hurdles preventing Internet banking must be eliminated. The Labor-affiliated big banking elite (Bank Hapoalim and others) is adamantly opposed to this.

    3. Food: All statutory powers must be stripped away from the “moatzot yetzur,” the state-protected “production councils” in the food industry, to bring about true competition and bring down food prices. These behemoth, archaic cartels were established by the kibbutz movement, which still holds significant sway in the Labor party.
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    US chooses not to stop Iran from getting the bomb  

    Only a profound misunderstanding of the nature of the Iranian regime could lead anyone to believe any deal will satisfy Tehran’s nuclear ambitions • The truth is the U.S. can bring Iran’s nuclear program to a halt — it simply chooses not to do so.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Lausanne

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    Senate re-wrote the constitution to give Obama more power  

    ‘Now we need a super-majority to override the president’

    By Bob Unrah, WMD

    The bill that would enable Congress to review any nuclear deal with Iran is coming under fire for allegedly altering the Constitution’s requirements for treaties.

    One prominent talk-radio host even is accusing the U.S. Senate of rewriting the Constitution to allow approval of a treaty with only one-third of the Senate, plus one.
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    April 16, 2015

    The target of negotiations has nothing to do with the real Iranian nuclear activity  

    Clare Lopez comments on the Iran and p5+1 negotiations in Washington Times

    But if we take a step backward and consider what we already know or ought to know about Iran’s nuclear weapons program, it should become rather quickly obvious that all this diplomatic wrangling about centrifuges, enrichment levels, inspection regimes, and sunset clauses is nothing but window dressing.

    That’s because the real Iranian nuclear weapons program very likely is not the one they’re all tussling over. The real Iranian nuclear weapons program long ago was withdrawn behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy guarded by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS—Iran’s primary intelligence agency).

    Something to think about.

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    Israel is the needed lifeboat for French Jews  

    Shelley Neese, who produced this video, writes:

    My name is Shelley Neese. We have communicated in the past as Israpundit has published some of my op-eds. I am also a regular reader and so appreciate the work of Israpundit. Anyways, I wanted to share a new video that I have produced and went live with yesterday. It has huge potential to go viral and I produced it with the intent of educating a younger audience on the rise of antisemitism in France. Its part of an effort to help the Jewish Agency finance the thousands of requests from French Jews to make aliyah. The hard-hitting lyrics cover 200 years of Jewish history in France, from Dreyfus to the most recent kosher supermarket attack.
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    Holocaust Remembrance Day: 70 years after World War II, Jew-hatred is back in Europe  

    By Rabbi Abraham Cooper, FOX NEWS

    Seventy years after the end of World War II, the first and last documents authored and signed by Adolph Hitler continue to impact on events and the hearts and minds of men.

    At 4 am, on April 29, 1945, the man who had vowed that his Third Reich would last a thousand years signed his final political will and testament. Later that same day he would marry his longtime girlfriend Eva Braun. The next day they committed suicide rather than be captured by the Soviet army.

    Despite the fact that the genocidal monster had succeeded in destroying two out of every three European Jews, including Anne Frank and 1.5 million other Jewish children, in the document Hitler still blamed the Jews for the catastrophic global conflict he had unleashed.

    And then he added these words about his archenemy — the Jews:
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    Major Holocaust Inversion in Europe  

    Israel is portrayed as a Nazi state, an extremely dangerous inversion of the truth.

    By Manfred Gerstenfeld, INN

    The widespread anti-Semitism in Europe is coming increasingly in the open. The more it develops, the more Israel is accused by hatemongers or by using double standards against it. For many, Europeans this is a necessity in order to whitewash both the continent’s past and present. For some it serves to specifically cover their ancestors’ crimes

    The classic core theme of anti-Semitism is that Jews embody absolute evil. This extremely false accusation has been propagated intensely for many centuries and has lead to major discrimination, murders, pogroms, and the Holocaust. The notion of what absolute evil is has mutated over the centuries as cultures evolved. In contemporary Western societies, the main perception of absolute evil is behaving like the Nazis, or committing genocide.
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    One-Man Nuclear Deal  

    T. Belman. I am opposed to this legislation. The focus of the Senate should be to deal with this as a treaty. No one is talking about the fact that the deal is giving Iran the right to have a nuclear bomb in 13 years and the right to destroy Israel. It stinks to high heaven.

    WSJ Editorial

    President Obama says he wants Congress to play a role in approving a nuclear deal with Iran, but his every action suggests the opposite. After months of resistance, the White House said Tuesday the President would finally sign a bill requiring a Senate vote on any deal- and why not since it still gives him nearly a free hand.

    Modern Presidents have typically sought a Congressional majority vote, and usually a two-thirds majority, to ratify a major nuclear agreement. Mr. Obama has maneuvered to make Congress irrelevant, though bipartisan majorities passed the economic sanctions that even he now concedes drove Iran to the negotiating table.
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    Can Egypt tackle its terrorism problem?  

    T. Belman. Egypt could be on the verge of a civil war. Obviously Egypt can’t do much to help Saudi Arabia fight the Houtis in Yemen. Egypt has about the same population as does Iran but Iran has oil wealth. Saudi Arabia is in a quandary. It supports ISIS in Iraq and Syria as a force to confront Iran. It also wages war against the Muslim Brotherhood. In Eqypt both ISIS and the MB are fighting Egypt. Obviously Israel has vital interests here. If you think Gaza represents a problem to Israel, think how much bigger a problem will be if The Sinai starts attacking Israel?

    Perhaps simply too many sympathize with the insurgency.

    By Ariel ben Solomon, JPOST

    The Egyptian government led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seems to be unable to deal with the growing, non-stop Islamist insurgency on its territory.

    Almost every day there are reports of army operations against Sinai-based terrorists and/or terrorist attacks against security personnel, government structures or civilian targets.

    On Tuesday, assailants shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others in Qalyubia Governorate, in the Nile Delta, on Monday, gunmen shot a soldier in Sinai, Aswat Masriya reported, citing Egypt’s state news agency MENA.
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    Liberal Jews Push Obama to Drop Support for Israel at UN During White House Parley  

    Dovid Efune, ALGEMEINER

    Members of a group of Jewish supporters of the Democratic Party who met with President Barack Obama this week urged him to remove the long-standing American veto protection of Israel at the United Nations. The group, affiliated with the left-wing lobby group J Street, pledged to support the president within the Jewish community in the event of a Security Council resolution calling for the creation of a Palestinian State.

    The exchange took place in the second of two meetings Obama held with American Jewish leaders to discuss the current negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, as well as other regional issues. According to a source who was in the room, one J Street supporter told the president that if he decided to back a Palestinian state resolution over Israeli objections, “let us know first, and we’ll do the legwork for you, in the community… so you’re not going to come in cold.” Among the J Street supporters who were part of the delegation meeting with Obama were Alexandra Stanton, Lou Susman and Victor Kovner.
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    Netanyahu Not the Cause of Obama’s Dislike of Israel  

    By Rabbi Aryeh Spero, AMERICAN THINKER

    Much has been said about the strange behavior of Barack Obama, who can’t let a day go without maligning Israel and Mr. Netanyahu. In contrast, he displays friendship to a thug and anti-Semite like Recip Tayyip of Turkey, palled around with the deceased communist Hugo Chavez, and keeps standing up for the Iranian mullahs who want to kill us all or make us slaves to Islam. Those in the media who see politics simply as a stand-off between personalities ascribe all this to a clash of personalities: Obama doesn’t like PM Netanyahu and Netanyahu returns the dislike.

    No doubt the dislike is there, but what underlies the animosity of Obama toward PM Netanyahu goes beyond schmoozability to seismic differences in outlook and policy. In fact, at Mr. Netanyahu’s very first White House meeting, before they really knew each other, Obama purposely mistreated PM Netanyahu by forcing him to enter through a side entrance and, then, abruptly left the meeting and went upstairs by himself for dinner while leaving PM Netanyahu and his staff without hospitality or even a piece of bread. This was a deliberate, unheard of disparagement, directed more at Israel, the state represented by Netanyahu, than it was at Mr. Netanyahu per se.
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    April 15, 2015

    Bloomberg Poll: Voters Split Along Party Lines on Support for Israel  


    Israel has become a deeply partisan issue for ordinary Americans as well as for politicians in Washington, a shift that may represent a watershed moment in foreign policy and carry implications for domestic politics after decades of general bipartisan consensus.

    Republicans by a ratio of more than 2-to-1 say the U.S. should support Israel even when its stances diverge with American interests, a new Bloomberg Politics poll finds. Democrats, by roughly the same ratio, say the opposite is true and that the U.S. must pursue its own interests over Israel’s.
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    The Senate vote was not a victory but a cave-in to Obama  

    Rick Moran commenting on the Senate committee approval as reported in the NYT just below, wrote, in American Thinker,

    In the end, Democrats – even those who dearly want Congressional input in the Iran deal – balked at the prospect of undercutting Obama by holding the threat of Congressional disapproval over his head. As for Corker and the Republicans, it’s clear that the president is going to take the deal to the UN Security Council to seek approval there rather than Congress. The only realistic chance they had of having any input at all was in watering down the bill so that Democrats would feel comfortable voting for it.

    In the end, the principle of Congressional oversight is maintained, but the reality is that Congress will have its hands tied in giving an up or down vote on the deal. There is still a chance that Congress can derail the agreement if the final deal is unpalatable enough. But as we’ve seen with the framework deal, the administration will interpret the agreement any way they want in order to sell it to a skeptical country.

    Some victory.

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    Very Good News Israel  

    Time is on Our Side
    After 2000 years of exile, the citizens of the modern State of Israel can be proud of their phenomenal technological achievements in just 67 years.  It’s as if the gift of Time itself has been bestowed on the Jewish State for the benefit of humanity.

    Israel is at the forefront of the age-old fight against cancer.  In 2004 Professor Aaron Ciechanover of Israel’s Technion won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry by identifying the ubiquitin pathway that controls the timing of cell death.  11 years later, scientists working in Professor Ciechanover’s laboratory, have identified the chemicals in the body that suppress malignant growth and protect healthy cells.  In another line of research, scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute have identified that tumors can be triggered by information-overload at the cell level.  They have also found a molecule that can block inter-cell messages, allowing the cell nucleus more time to behave correctly.  Meanwhile, up to 20 Nobel Prize laureates are giving up their time this summer, in order to attend the World Science Conference in Jerusalem. The five-day event will be the largest such event of its kind ever to be held, attracting scientists and thinkers from 60 countries.
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