Last year Iran was selling gasoline for less than 50 cents a gallon. This year a desperate regime hiked prices up to over a dollar. Meanwhile, Iranians pay about a tenth of what Americans do for electricity.
Unlike Japan, Iran does not need nuclear power. It is already sitting on a mountain of gas and oil.
Iran blew between $100 billion to $500 billion on its nuclear program. The Bushehr reactor alone cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $11 billion making it one of the most expensive in the world.
This wasn’t done to cut power bills. Iran didn’t take its economy to the edge for a peaceful nuclear program. It built the Fordow fortified underground nuclear reactor that even Obama admitted was not part of a peaceful nuclear program, it built the underground Natanz enrichment facility whose construction at one point consumed all the cement in the country, because the nuclear program mattered more than anything else as a fulfillment of the Islamic Revolution’s purpose.
Khamenei needs to hate America. This article explains why in its surprising information about the people of Iran.
Iran’s Supreme Leader has been behaving rather strangely since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed in Vienna on July 14: two days after he signed the agreement, his Id el Fitr speech was business as usual – that is, filled with the same old hatred and hostility towards the West.
The following list of the main catchphrases in Khamenei’s speech is accompanied by my explanations of their real meaning:
Why Donald Trump Isn’t Going Away
Two decades ago, in the spring of 1996, Newsweek magazine described a group of voters it called the “radical middle.” Formerly known as the Silent Majority, then the Reagan Democrats, these voters had supported Ross Perot in 1992, and were hoping the Texas billionaire would run again. Voters in the radical middle, Newsweek wrote, “see the traditional political system itself as the country’s chief problem.”
The radical middle is attracted to populists, outsiders, businessmen such as Perot and Lee Iacocca who have never held office, and to anyone, according to Newsweek, who is the “tribune of anti-insider discontent.” Newt Gingrich rallied the radical middle in 1994—year of the Angry White Male—but his Republican Revolution sputtered to a halt after the government shut down over Medicare in 1995. Once more the radical middle had become estranged from the GOP. “If Perot gets in the race,” a Dole aide told Newsweek, “it will guarantee Clinton’s reelection.”
She can save the Iran deal or she can sink it. Her choice may determine the fate of two administrations—Obama’s, and her own.
Two of the top candidates for the Republican nomination for president are fighting over the Iran deal. Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker says he’d tear up the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Day 1 of a Walker Administration. That’s a rash novice speaking, says Jeb Bush. The former governor of Florida hates the deal, too, but says he’d have to appoint his national security cabinet and confer with allies first.
The truth is that wherever the Republican candidates profess to stand, none of them has the slightest practical influence over the Iran deal. The one and only presidential candidate who does is Hillary Clinton, who can crash the deal a year and a half before the 2016 election. Sure, she already came out with a statement tentatively praising the deal, but with a vote in Congress due in the fall, she still has time to shape the results. If Clinton comes out against the deal, she will start a chain reaction in her own party, with Democrats on the Hill abandoning President Barack Obama’s signature foreign policy initiative like a sinking ship and joining Republicans in an overwhelming No.
The most disingenuous & infuriating contentions made by supporters of the ignominious Iran “deal” is that its opponents offered no better alternative
Our goal is to get Iran to recognize it needs to give up its nuclear program and abide by the UN resolutions that have been in place…the deal we’ll accept is: They end their nuclear program. It’s very straightforward.
– Barack Hussein Obama, October 2012, presidential election debate
I don’t think that any of us thought we were just imposing these sanctions for the sake of imposing them. We did it because we knew that it would hopefully help Iran dismantle its nuclear program. That was the whole point of the [sanctions] regime.
– John Kerry, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, December 2013
As details emerge on the deal concluded with Iran last week in Vienna, the full extent of its calamitous significance is coming to light. Indeed, it appears that when, shortly after the announcement of the agreement, Benjamin Netanyahu described it as a “stunning, historic mistake,” he was grossly understating the case. (Read more…)
A clear explanation of how Israel is ruled by a judicial despotism that is not accountable to the people.
Israel is ruled by the Supreme Court. The legislature is not sovereign to legislate, and the executive lacks actual control to execute the instructions of the legislature. The judiciary has established itself as superior to all other branches of the government; intimating that it knows better what the country needs than the people and their elected representatives.
Israel has no constitution. It has “Basic Laws” passed by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, at different times by different governments led by different political parties.
Basic Laws are enacted by ordinary legislative procedures. Only about one-quarter of the Knesset’s members voted for those Basic Laws! In Israel, no quorum is required to pass legislation.
Kerry indirectly tells Senate deal will have US protect Iranian nuclear program from Israeli sabotage; ‘wait till we get to that point.’
US Secretary of State John Kerry indirectly conceded that the US would defend Iran’s nuclear program from Israeli sabotage on Thursday, in a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in which he was grilled over the dealreached last Tuesday.
In Michael Oren’s new book, Ally, (which I like quite a lot), he expresses a sentiment that is often heard in Israeli discourse:
If the First Intifada was not sufficiently convincing, the Second thoroughly persuaded me that Israel had to change the status quo in the territories. Yes, these were our tribal lands. The Bible speaks of the West Bank cities Bethlehem, Shiloh, and Hebron, not of Tel Aviv or Haifa. And many of the settlements helped thicken our pre-1967 lines, which were as narrow as nine miles across. But Israel had to weigh its historic rights and security needs against [a] the moral and political costs of dominating another people. It had to reconcile its real fears of the West Bank becoming a terrorist haven similar to South Lebanon, with [b] its need to preserve its right to defend itself and its international legitimacy as a sovereign Jewish state. [p. 36, my emphasis]
I don’t reproduce this to criticize Oren in particular. It is a view that many Israelis share, and Oren has earned his right to think and say what he wants about his country, both as a public servant and as a combat soldier. But I think if we look at precisely what this statement means, we can see that it is wrong, even self-contradictory.
The Jews of Israel oppose the agreement with Iran. The Jews of America support it. The just-released LA Jewish Journal survey turns an assumption into a fact: The two largest Jewish communities cannot agree on a major world development that could significantly change the state of the Jewish state.
Israel will discover today — much to many Israelis’ surprise (because they don’t much understand American Jews) — that it cannot count on the majority of American Jewry to fight the battle against the agreement alongside it. A majority of American Jews will discover today that amid all the noise made by opponents of the deal, not much has changed for them as a group: They support President Barack Obama; they vote Democratic; they approve of the agreement. American Jews are just like Americans, as sociologist Steven Cohen, who oversaw the survey, writes: They are all skeptical about the deal, but their politics dictate the way they ultimately see it.
By Ted Belman
He is for job creation, against illegal immigration, against the Iran deal, against Hillary, Jeb Bush and John McCain, for bombing the oil supplies that ISIS controls, for protecting Israel, for standing up to Iran etc etc.
He is not polished but he holds your attention. He knows his stuff and speaks without a teleprompter.
I’d vote for him
LOPSIDED RESOLUTION GIVES FREE PASS TO HAMAS, ISLAMIC JIHAD
The UK, France and Germany joined 39 other nations on the UN Economic and Social Council in singling out Israel as the world’s only violator of economic and social rights.\
Dan Freeman. For my money, this is a very significant event. Father Gabriel Naddaf, is a native of Israel and a pro-Zionist Greek Orthodox priest – a friend of Jews and Israel. Independently, I do know that on Monday British PM David Cameron announced his government’s new plan to fight “Islamist extremism,” and that it was widely reported in the UK press (but not here naturally.) Judging by Cameron’s words, Britain has finally decided it’s had enough, and “Islamic extremism” has become a threat to their country and way of life they won’t tolerate anymore. This is quite a turnabout for a nation that only yesterday was inured to Islamic beheadings, child grooming rings, no-go zones and Muslim attempts to take over British school systems. This means that England and its leaders have just leapfrogged the duplicitous Barack Hussein Obama and the PC-infected American people. Maybe, if and when Obama leaves office, we can summon up our own disgust and get the Islamist monkey off our backs too.
By Father Gabriel Naddaf
In a truly remarkable and historic speech, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron dealt head on with the issue of extremism today and what underlies it, whilst introducing his national Counter-Extremism Strategy.
“What we are fighting, in Islamist extremism, is an ideology. It is an extreme doctrine. And like any extreme doctrine, it is subversive. At its furthest end it seeks to destroy nation-states to invent its own barbaric realm. But you don’t have to support violence to subscribe to certain intolerant ideas which create a climate in which extremists can flourish” said Mr Cameron. “Ideas based on conspiracy: that Jews exercise malevolent power; or that Western powers, in concert with Israel, are deliberately humiliating Muslims, because they aim to destroy Islam. In this warped worldview, such conclusions are reached – that 9/11 was actually inspired by Mossad to provoke the invasion of Afghanistan; that British security services knew about 7/7, but didn’t do anything about it because they wanted to provoke an anti-Muslim backlash.”
Feiglin is one tough son-of-a-bitch. He gives Netanyahu no slack.
The comparison between PM Golda Meir’s Yom Kippur War debacle and PM Netanyahu’s nuclear Iran debacle does a great disservice to Golda. Golda was surprised, Golda was misled; Netanyahu had the information and he also had yours truly, who attempted in every way possible to explain to him the significance of the information that he had.
Netanyahu’s fiasco is exponentially bigger than Golda’s. But not because he didn’t succeed in ensuring accords more favorable to Israel. Netanyahu failed when he transferred Israel’s Iran problem to the international arena.
The anchor, Tomi Lahren, is only 22 years old and her show reaches an audience of 15 million. She already has over 3 million hits on this video. Major newspapers in the UK are reporting on her.
Read about her here.
The horrific Iran nuclear deal is, these days, overshadowing the miracle of the Israeli economy, particularly in the area of high technology. With the exception of the U.S., Israel–a country of a mere 8 million people–leads the world in high tech, an astonishing feat. In this interview Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks about the big, exciting things that are happening in the high-tech powerhouse center emerging in Beersheba–and much else, including why Israeli milk cows are the world’s most productive and how this desert nation solved its water crisis (California, take note).
Steve Forbes: Thank you very much, Prime Minister. We’re meeting here in Beersheba. By all accounts Israel is now one of the top two or three high-tech powers in the world–ahead of the European Union, with its 500 million people. You’ve done this with 8 million people. How? And how do you maintain your leadership with only 8 million?
Permits seen as attempt by Defense Minister Ya’alon to appease settler leaders after High Court ordered demolition of two illegal structures in settlement of Beit El.
The Civil Administration in the West Bank is set to grant permits for the construction of a total of 906 new housing units on Thursday, the first such approval in a year.
The permits are seen as being part of an attempt by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to appease settler leaders following a High Court ruling that two illegal structures in the settlement of Beit El must be demolished.
Among the permits to be issued by the Civil Administration’s planning and building committee today is approval for the construction of 296 units in Beit El, to be built on the site of a Border Police base that will be evacuated. This construction is compensation for Beit El’s agreement to evacuate five buildings on the site known as Ulpana Hill, which had been built on private Palestinian land.
July 20, 2015, a Ma’agar Mochot poll found that 46% of Israelis opposed any withdrawal from Judea and Samaria; 39% said that they would consider a partial withdrawal under certain conditions; only 12 % supported withdrawal.
Containing Iran is no longer practical or possible. Obama has fulfilled his promise to change the world. The State of Israel has been abandoned and whatever regional stability undermined. That is Obama’s legacy.
The danger of Obama’s deal with Iran is not only that it enables Iran to become a nuclear power, but that it empowers Iranian proxies, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Alawite regime in Syria led by Assad, Shiites in Iraq, Houthis in Yemen and terrorist organizations everywhere. Given access to the international banking system, moreover, the deal also allows Iran to transfer funds directly into bank accounts; no more need to smuggle suitcases full of cash. This will provide Hamas and other terrorist groups in the Palestinian Authority (PA) with resources to overthrow the current ruling clique, led by Pres Mahmud Abbas.
European Council on Foreign Relations calls on EU to differentiate between activities in Israel and in disputed territories, targeting banking, loans, tax-exemption status and recognition of professional qualifications from West Bank institutions.
The European Union agreed this week to push ahead with labeling Israeli goods made in settlements in the West Bank, a move that has alarmed the Israeli government; but now there are proposals to go much further, including targeting Israeli banks.
In a paper to be published on Wednesday, the European Council on Foreign Relations, whose proposals frequently inform EU policymaking, argues that the EU is in breach of its own laws and must move much more firmly to distinguish its dealings with Israel from Israel’s activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which it has captured in 1967 Six-Day War.