Saturday, February 20, 2010

Headlines for February 11 - February 17

A Stand For Justice

Attack on Iran's nuclear facilities 'worries' US admiral
"The outbreak of a conflict will be a big, big, big problem for all of us, and I worry a great deal about the unintended consequences of a strike," Admiral Mullen said. ......Mullen, who was speaking to journalists during a visit to Israel, went on to say however that US President Barack Obama had been "very clear that from a policy standpoint, Iran cannot have a nuclear weapons."

Al Khalil Hebron Settlers from Beit Hadassah harass Palestinian family living nearby

Mossad's licence to kill
Mossad is one of the world's smallest intelligence services. But it has a back-up system no other outfit can match. The system is known as sayanim, a derivative of the Hebrew word lesayeah, meaning to help.
There are tens of thousands of these "helpers". Each has been carefully recruited, sometimes by katsas, Mossad's field agents. Others have been asked to become helpers by other members of the secret group.

Clinton says Blair to play bigger role in Mideast

Congressman says US should break Gaza blockade
The United States should break Israel's blockade of Gaza and deliver badly needed supplies by sea, a U.S. congressman told Gaza students.

Ahmadinejad warns Israel against any military move

U.S. vows commitment to Israel, wary of war over Iran nukes
"If Russia agrees to sanctions, China will find itself alone and may be forced to line up with the Western powers," an Israeli official said. "That's why persuading the Russian leadership is so important." .....Jerusalem and Washington have held several high-level consultations on Iran in recent weeks. Last month U.S. National Security Adviser James Jones visited Israel for talks with Israeli colleagues, and two weeks ago Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta paid a secret visit to the country. The U.S. officials briefed their counterparts on sanctions the Obama administration intends to levy against Iran, but reportedly asked them to keep a low media profile and to "act responsibly."

Lebanon troops fire at 4 Israeli warplanes flying overhead
Lebanese soldiers opened fire on four Israeli warplanes that flew into its airspace, the Lebanon Army said on Sunday, The Lebanese army said in a statement that its units used anti-aircraft fire Sunday to force the Israeli warplanes out of Lebanese airspace.

Israel says no proof it carried out Dubai killing
Six of the men are Britons who immigrated to Israel. The seventh is an American–Israeli, whose name Dubai said was on a German passport used by one of the assassins.

Ireland confirms 'Irish' Dubai killers don't exist
"We are unable to identify any of those three individuals as being genuine Irish citizens. Ireland has issued no passports in those names," the department said in a statement.....British government sources told the Daily Telegraph earlier Tuesday that the three Irish passport-holders were most likely Mossad agents carrying false documentation.

Hezbollah warns of retaliation for any Israeli hit
"If you bomb our ports, we will bomb your ports. If you bomb our oil refineries, we will bomb your oil refineries," said the black–turbaned Nasrallah. "If you bomb our factories, we will bomb your factories. If you bomb our electricity stations, we will bomb your electricity stations."

Israel is accused of waging covert war across the Middle East
Under the current Mossad chief, Meir Dagan, Israel is believed to have renewed efforts to kill high-level opponents.

Israel general doubts power to hit Iran atom sites
"I think that the State of Israel should not take it upon itself to be the flag–bearer of the entire Western world in the face of the Iranian threat," Halutz, whose previous military post was as air force commander, told Channel Two. This is precisely why Israel will get us to do it for them.

Lebanese troops open fire on Israeli warplanes
The Lebanese army said in a statement that its troops used anti–aircraft fire Sunday to force the Israeli warplanes out of Lebanese airspace. The army said the planes were in southern Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley in central Lebanon.

Two U.S. Democrat congressmen visit Gaza
The two U.S. congressmen, who were escorted by United Nations vehicles, visited areas which were bombarded by the Israeli army during last winter's "Operation Cast Lead" military offensive that lasted for 22 days.

Netanyahu: Israel not planning war with Iran
That's because he knows he can get US to do it.

US military chief discusses Iran on Mideast tour
Egypt's state news agency says President Hosni Mubarak met with Adm. Mike Mullen on Sunday. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will travel later in the day to Israel.

U.S., Israel up pressure for sanctions on Iran

Myth of the Iranian Nuke by Patrick J. Buchanan
Last December, however, The Times of London reported it had a secret document, which “intelligence agencies” dated to early 2007, proving that Iran was working on the final component of a “neutron initiator,” the trigger for an atom bomb..... U.S. intelligence, however, has not confirmed the authenticity of the document, and Iran calls it a transparent forgery. When former CIA man Phil Giraldi sounded out ex-colleagues still in the trade, they, too, called the Times’ document a forgery. Shades of Saddam seeking yellowcake from Niger. Are the folks who lied us into war on Iraq, to strip it of weapons it did not have, now trying to lie us into war on Iran, to strip it of weapons it does not have?

Isolated and battered, Israeli doves hold protest
Activists have gathered each Friday since November in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah to protest the eviction of Palestinians from their homes to make room for Jewish settlers.....Activists point to a recent campaign vilifying a prominent human rights campaigner, arrests of protesters and attempts by government officials and right–wing groups to halt international funding of Israeli organizations they deemed disloyal.

IDF Turns To Human Rights Watch for Help
As human rights organizations continue to be vilified by an Israeli government still smarting from the effects of the Goldstone Report, the Forward has learned that the Israeli military has been in conversation and even actively working with Human Rights Watch, the international organization that has been often — and loudly — denounced by the Jewish world.

AT-TUWANI UPDATE: January 2010
Despite continuing pressure, harassment, and attacks from the Israeli
military and settlers, Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills continued to
organize nonviolent actions and marches to assert their right to land
access and education.

Israeli group accuses Irish Gaza investigator of anti-Semitism
Desmond Travers was one of four members of the panel headed by retired South African jurist Richard Goldstone, mandated by the UN to investigate last winter’s Israeli military operation in Gaza.
Israel refused to co-operate with the inquiry, although a number of Israeli human rights groups provided information. After visiting Gaza and questioning witnesses the team produced a report accusing both Israel and Palestinian militant groups of committing war crimes.

Abbas aide in sex tape scandal urged to quit
The footage of the aide, Rafiq Husseini, has sent shock waves through conservative Palestinian society since it was broadcast on Israeli TV earlier this week.

'Livni may cause own arrest to shame U.K. into changing law'
Livni reportedly added that getting herself arrested was the only way to "shame" the British government into changing the law giving judges the power to arrest visiting Israeli politicians and generals. ....Foreign Secretary David Miliband later announced that Britain would no longer tolerate legal harassment of Israeli officials in this fashion.

At least five Israelis 'share names with Dubai hit squad suspects'

Palestinian protesters pose as Na'vi from "Avatar"
Palestinian protesters have added a colorful twist to demonstrations against Israel's separation barrier, painting themselves blue and posing as characters from the hit film "Avatar."

Hamas: Next war with Israel will be regional conflict
Meshal's visit to Russia angered Israeli officials, who sent a letter of protest to Moscow over the matter.

Russia tells Netanyahu it will hold off on Iran arms deal
An hour before Netanyahu's plane took off on Sunday, Russian officials said that Moscow sees no reason to delay the sale of the S-300, a powerful air-defense system, to Iran. In addition, on Friday, Russian intelligence officials leaked comments expressing their displeasure with plans by an Israeli firm to close a major arms deal with Georgia.

US senators seek regime change in Iran
Senators John Cornyn and Sam Brownback introduced the so-called “Iran Democratic Transition Act” bill on February 11, coinciding with the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, in which unprecedented tens of millions of Iranians poured into the streets to rally and celebrate the 31st anniversary. .....Observers point to the fact that both conservative Senators Brownback of Oklahoma and Cornyn of Texas have been on the payroll of pro-Israeli lobby groups in the United States and have regularly submitted anti-Iran measures in congress to satisfy the influential pro-Israeli lobby.

Suburban homeless: Rising tide of women, families
As more Americans are finding themselves jobless and possibly even homeless, the billions of taxpayer dollars continue to flow to the Middle East where Israel sees the lion's share of the foreign aid budget (in many different forms such as aid to Egypt and Jordan for making peace with her). Americans could use that money RIGHT HERE at home, where liberty and justice for ALL reigns, unlike in Israel.

Saudi official questions new sanctions on Iran
Prince Saud al–Faisal told a news conference in the Saudi capital that the threat posed by Iran's nuclear ambitions demands a more immediate solution than sanctions. He described sanctions as a long–term solution, and he said the threat is more pressing. ....The Saudi minister also said efforts supported by the U.S. to rid the Middle East of nuclear weapons must apply to Israel.

Obama backs justice for Hariri killers
Obama gave the assurance in a telephone call, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said, adding the president also emphasized US support for Lebanon's "sovereignty and independence." Then he will step in and ask the Israelis to stop the (illegal) overflights of Lebanon? Doubtful.

Robert Fisk: Passport to the truth in Dubai remains secret
Far too many police forces are now sending their minions to Israel to learn about "terror". The Canadians actually dispatched a team of cops to Tel Aviv who allowed themselves to wear "suicide vests" for publicity pictures. Air France now hands the US details of all its passengers' profiles – which, of course, go straight to the Israelis – despite the fact that Israeli security officers (like hundreds of Arab security officers in the Middle East) may well be involved in war crimes.

Israel asks Russia for Iran "sanctions with teeth"

Israel No reason to think Mossad killed Hamas man
"Israel never responds, never confirms and never denies," he said. "There is no reason for Israel to change this policy."

Secession in the Air by Patrick J. Buchanan
When the tea partiers want to rally against the evils of the passionate attachment that George Washington warned us against, one if not the greatest danger to America (as the war cries against Iran from the neocons and ilk reach near hysteric levels), then I will be there with bells on.

Obama, The War President
In his speech, Obama warned Iran of "consequences" if it didn't play ball and co-operate on nuclear inspections. It's unclear whether those consequences are of the financial variety or of a pre-emptive military strike by the U.S. or Israel. All this comes at a time when the U.S. has bolstered its naval presence in the Persian Gulf and the neo-conservatives are calling for "regime change" in Iran.

Quarter of Israeli settlements violate building ban group
A quarter of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank have begun new construction despite a government order banning new housing starts, an anti–settlement group said on Monday.

U.S. lawmakers in Israel 'puzzled' by Ayalon boycott
"In our opinion this is an inappropriate way to treat elected representatives of Israel's closest ally who are visiting the country - and who through the years have been staunch supporters of the U.S.-Israeli special relationship."

Israeli FM: Palestinian government smearing us
Israel's foreign minister on Monday accused the Western–backed Palestinian government of spearheading an international smear campaign against Israel and predicted that even if negotiations between the two sides resume, they would fail. Israel has engaged in an international campaign to smear the Palestinians for over 60 years. Please.

Israeli deputy FM advice to Arab minority sparks anger
Arab Israeli MPs were angered on Saturday by advice from Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon that their minority should be transferred to a future Palestinian state.

More Homeless Americans Living in Cars and Campers
How much will another war in the Middle East, being pushed by the same corners that got us into Iraq, cost American taxpayers?

Democracy in the Balance
The human rights groups whose reports are cited in the Goldstone Report are the canary in the coal mine of Israeli democracy. These organizations did their job, recording and reporting, and their findings were used primarily as background material; the most significant quotes used in the Goldstone Report came from military personnel and political leaders.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Headlines for February 4 - February 10

A Stand For Justice

Iran nuclear issue the 'top global security threat'
Iran's defiance over its nuclear programme poses the greatest threat to international security, US National Security Advisor James Jones warned on Saturday. Because my Israeli masters tell me so!

US accelerating missile defenses in Gulf report
The US administration is speeding up deployment of defenses against potential Iranian missile attacks in the Gulf to heed off any possible retaliation, The New York Times reported Saturday. ....."Our first goal is to deter the Iranians," a senior administration official told the newspaper. "A second is to reassure the Arab states, so they don't feel they have to go nuclear themselves. But there is certainly an element of calming the Israelis as well."

At-Tuwani Release: Israeli settlers invade At-Tuwani village, enter
On Tuesday, 26 January 2010 approximately fifteen Israeli
settlers from the Israeli settlement of Ma’on and the Israeli outpost of
Havat Ma’on attacked Palestinians in the village of At-Tuwani. The
settlers were accompanied by Israeli soldiers in three army jeeps and the
settlement security agent of Ma’on. Villagers

Israel closes case on US man wounded in protest
Israel's Justice Ministry declared Sunday that no indictments will be filed against police in the case of an American activist who was hit by a tear gas canister and left comatose during a violent demonstration in the West Bank last year.

Israeli forces detain pro-Palestinian activists
In recent months, Israel has intensified its crackdown on those involved in the barrier protests, arresting dozens of Palestinians.

Israel: Attacks on New Israel Fund, Critical Groups, Threaten Civil Society
The growing harshness of attacks by Israeli government officials on nongovernmental organizations poses a real threat to civil society in Israel, Human Rights Watch said today......"What we're seeing in Israel is a greater official intolerance of dissent,"

Abbas give in to U.S. pressure for indirect Mideast talks
Senior Palestinian sources confirmed Sunday that Abbas has agreed in principle to the U.S. proposal for indirect talks. According to the same sources, Abbas intends to ask for a number of clarifications with the U.S. administration and will consult with Arab leaders prior to giving Washington his final response.

Lebanon warns of dangerous situation with Israel
"We see what's happening on the ground and in our air space and what's happening all the time during the past two months –– every day we have Israeli war planes entering Lebanese air space," he said. "This is something that has been escalating, and this is something that is really dangerous,"

UN likely to refer Goldstone findings to The Hague
The United Nations is likely to refer the findings of the Goldstone report to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, diplomatic sources in New York said on Saturday. Israel would probably ignore any guilty verdict by the ICJ much like it did in 2004 when the ICJ ruled illegal Israel's wall and settlements. International law doesn't seem to apply to Israel, only to Israel's enemies.

Obama turns up the heat on Iran
He indicated that his administration had made headway in persuading Russia to overcome its traditional resistance to imposing new sanctions on Iran, even if there was still some opposition from China. ....The loudest call for sanctions came from Israel where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for "crippling" measures against Tehran during a gathering of European Union ambassadors in Jerusalem.

Dubai could seek Netanyahu arrest over Hamas murder
Dubai will issue an arrest warrant for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if Israel is found to be implicated in the murder of a top militant Palestinian in the emirate, The National newspaper reported on Friday

U.S. Senator Lieberman: Impose sanctions on Iran or attack it
The world faces a stark choice between imposing tough sanctions on Iran to stop its nuclear program, or attacking it, United States Senator Joe Lieberman said Saturday. Lieberman is the influential chairman of the Senate committee on homeland security.

Israel Slain Hamas leader key arms smuggler
Israeli officials said Sunday that a Hamas commander assassinated in Dubai played a central role in smuggling weapons from Iran to Gaza militants. But they refused to say whether Israel was responsible for killing the man it had sought for two decades.

Syria: We're ready for peace, but also for war
Lieberman on Thursday said "Assad should know that if he attacks, he will not only lose the war. Neither he nor his family will remain in power." His remarks came after Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday told Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos that Israel was pushing the Middle East toward a new war.

Wars sending U.S. into ruin
Obama’s total military budget is nearly $1 trillion. This includes Pentagon spending of $880 billion. Add secret black programs (about $70 billion); military aid to foreign nations like Egypt, Israel and Pakistan; 225,000 military “contractors” (mercenaries and workers); and veterans’ costs. Add $75 billion (nearly four times Canada’s total defence budget) for 16 intelligence agencies with 200,000 employees. Much of that money - and that includes aid to Egypt and Jordan to buy peace with Israel - is for the protection of Israel.

Four things Netanyahu needs for an Israeli strike on Iran
Four-star General Kevin Chilton was in Israel last week. He is head of the U.S. Strategic Command, whose sphere of operations includes responsibility for missiles on submarines and in underground silos, as well as bombers and satellites, and computer-network warfare. If American forces were to take part in an offensive campaign against Iran, Chilton would play a significant part in preparing them for battle and in long-distance missile launches......The crushing blow that comes after the [US] pressure will not be dealt before next year. It's coming, folks. Round 2.

Iran's leader predicts Israel's destruction
"Definitely, the day will come when nations of the region will witness the destruction of the Zionist regime," Khamenei was quoted as saying. "How soon or late (Israel's demise) will happen depends on how Islamic countries and Muslim nations approach the issue." He did not elaborate.

U.S. missile test mimicking Iran strike fails
The abortive test over the Pacific Ocean coincided with a Pentagon report that Iran had expanded its ballistic missile capabilities and posed a "significant" threat to U.S. and allied forces in the Middle East region.

Palestinians question US on reviving peace talks
The Palestinians insist first on a full freeze of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank. They rejected a partial 10–month freeze imposed in late November as insufficient because it does not include east Jerusalem, where Palestinians hope to establish a capital

Palin: Obama Will Win Again If He Backs Israel and Bombs Iran
Speaking on Fox News, Palin stated, “Say he decided to declare war on Iran or decide to really come out and do whatever he could to support Israel–which I would like him to do. That changes the dynamics of what we can assume will happen between now and three years. Because I think if the election were today, Obama would not be elected.” Yes, she really did say this.

Rights group faults Israel's Gaza war crimes probe
"Israel claims it is conducting credible and impartial investigations, but it has so far failed to make that case," said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director for Human Rights Watch. "An independent investigation is crucial to understand why so many civilians died and to bring justice for the victims of unlawful attacks."

Congressional Letter To End Gaza Blockade Splits Activists
The administration has not responded so far to the congressional letter.

Do Israelis and Their Politicians Disagree on the 'Bi-National' Issue
The belief across the center of Knesset is that Israel needs a peace deal that will take it out of the West Bank, otherwise the only option left will be a single bi-national state in which, as demography runs its course, Jews will be outnumbered (it was this consideration that drove the disengagement from Gaza).

Dershowitz Explains Critical Goldstone Remark
After calling Goldstone “an evil, evil man” and “an absolute traitor” for his role in a United Nations report charging that Israel’s military deliberately targeted civilians, Dershowitz now claims to have stepped back from some of those comments.

Israel Moves To Shut Down Demonstrations Against Security Barrier
In related news, Jerusalem police said Thursday that it plans on forcibly shutting down weekly demonstrations taking place in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

'U.S. Jews concerned over state of pluralism in Israel'
Ben-Ami added, saying that in that way "perhaps, he will come to see that our purpose is not to represent the government of Israel, our purpose is to represent moderate Jewish Americans in the construction of American foreign policy who believe, as Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in Herzliya this week, that Israel's very future is at risk without a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

AT-TUWANI RELEASE Palestinians plant 450 almond trees in Umm Mraiga, near Jinba village
At the end of the 90's, a wide portion of this area was declared by the
Israeli Army a “closed military area” and used for military training.
Since then, the Palestinians of Jinba, despite being the owners of the
land, have not been able to access and to cultivate the fields in
proximity of the firing area.

Text and signers of Ellison McDermott “Dear Colleague” Letter on Gaza

Mondrowitz Escapes Another Trial
The saga of Mondrowitz’s escape from extradition began when he was indicted in Brooklyn on multiple counts of sodomy and sexual abuse of five children.
He fled to Israel, where courts ruled that because Israel’s definition of rape did not include sodomy, Mondrowitz had not broken Israeli law and could not be extradited.

Israelis disciplined in attack on UN warehouse
Israel is trying to stave off the report's central threat of launching war crimes proceedings if it does not carry out an independent investigation into the military's conduct during the fighting.

Video: Crocodile Tears
Dr. Norman Finkelstein at the University of Waterloo A participant tries to play the Holocaust card on Norm Finkelstein. Think he allowed it?

Israel Rewrote the Rules of War for Gaza

West Bank Rabbi, Author of Terror Text, Arrested for Mosque Torching
Just a week after the Forward published a feature about a book by two West Bank settler rabbis discussing scenarios for Jews to kill non-Jewish babies and innocents with the supposed blessing of Jewish law, one of the rabbi-authors has been arrested in connection with the recent torching of a nearby mosque.

Video: Gaza - Did You Know?
On December 27, 2008, Israel launched an Assault on the Gaza Strip. The attack of Dec. 27 caused the deadliest one-day death toll in 60 years of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Over 3 weeks, 1,417 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed

UN chief can't judge if Gaza probes are 'credible'
U.N. Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon said he could not determine whether the Israelis or Palestinians had conducted credible investigations into allegations of war crimes during last year's Gaza conflict, as required under a U.N. resolution

Shaking the Pillars of Israeli Democracy
There’s another reason for Israel’s current mood of impatience and intolerance. Netanyahu is under enormous international pressure to resume negotiations toward permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians. If and when talks get serious, it’s clear that the Palestinians will insist on a sharing or division of Jerusalem. That’s a red line for many Israelis. In anticipation, groups on the right are racing to solidify Israeli residential presence in Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, in hopes of making partition impossible.

Report: Assassins of Hamas official used Irish passports
Up to seven people were said to have been involved in Mabhouh's killing, four of whom used Irish passports to enter Dubai and who later fled to a "European country" after the killing, police sources in Dubai told the newspaper.....
However, both Hamas and Dubai police have said that Mabhouh had enemies across the Middle East, any of whom may have had a motive for his murder.

Congresswoman Rues Signing Gaza Letter
Clarke’s retraction of her support for the Gaza letters echoes similar pressure put on lawmakers in the run-up to J Street’s first national conference, in October 2009. Then, too, some members of Congress from strongly Jewish districts came under constituent pressure to withdraw from a list of sponsors for the event.

Palin Misreads Pat
Say he decided to declare war on Iran, or decided to really come out and do whatever he could to support Israel, which I would like him to do

The Truth About the US - Israel Relationship as told by former CIA
Anyone that tells us Americans that we are attacked for our freedoms is either grossly misinformed, or a liar.

Immigration Debate Prompts Growing Jewish-Latino Ties
Jewish activists also see the joint work as an opening for cooperation with the Hispanic community on other issues, such as Israel. I've read similar articles in the past which basically state as this one does that pro-Israel groups (which historically are very powerful) are the ones behind the push for amnesty for illegals. Why? Because they see it as a way to get more support for Israel. Let's not forget, it's the Latino community that is expected to become the majority in America in the years to come.

Wiesel: If Ahmadinejad were assassinated, I wouldn't shed a tear
"We all know that Ahmadinejad - an open anti-Semite and the world's biggest Holocaust denier - intends to destroy Israel and bring disaster to the entire world," Wiesel told Army Radio commentator Razi Barkai.

Netanyahu calls for 'crippling' Iran sanctions
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called for “crippling sanctions” against Iran in a meeting with European ambassadors in Israel.

Time for an American Intifada?
Republican George W. Bush, another Christian-Zionist president, was induced with phony intelligence to wage war in Iraq. The false intelligence was traceable to Israelis, pro-Israelis or assets developed for that purpose. That invasion had long been a priority goal of those who believe-truly believe-in their right to an expansionist Greater Israel. Intifada literally means to shake off. Yes, it is time for Americans to shake off Israel like a bad set of fleas. It's the reason I have owned and operated the website with the aforementioned name for as long as I've known the true nature of Israel. Read further into the article to find out what went on behind the scenes in the Truman administration when it came time to ponder recognizing the newly-created state of Israel.

I don't mean to say I told you so, but...
In his testimony to the Iraq war commission in the U.K., former Prime Minister Tony Blair offered the following account of his discussions with Bush in Crawford, Texas in April 2002. Blair reveals that concerns about Israel were part of the equation and that Israel officials were involved in those discussions. Israel is pushing us to attack another country - this time, Iran.

Video: Rep. Mike Pence: Israel Should Dictate U.S. Policy
Pence is literally saying, Israeli officials should tell us what they want us to do, and we'll support it. That's an insane premise, and if you replace "Israel" with any other country, no U.S. politician would accept it.

Senate Passes AIPAC's Iran Sanctions Bill in Five Minutes
just last week the Senate passed comprehensive sanctions on Iran -- a bill being pushed by AIPAC neocons and the other "usual suspects" -- in record time. It was brought up with only three senators on the floor; there was a five minute debate and it passed by voice vote. Just like that.

Tories would back war with Iran
The Tory policy on Iran differs from the Government's stated position that military action was "inconceivable". ....He said that while for the west Iran was a major diplomatic challenge, for Israel it remained an "existential threat". Oh Canada, you too have been sucked into Israel's problems.

Goldstone co-author: Hamas fired 'something like two' rockets before Gaza war
Travers rejects the idea that Israel launched the offensive in Gaza on December 27, 2008, as an act of self-defense in response to Hamas rockets. ....Travers also rejects Israel Defense Forces photographs as proof that Hamas hid weapons in mosques during the conflict.

UN prepares to intervene as Iran declares new nuclear plans
"This is additional proof that Iran is ridiculing the world," Barak told members of his Labor party at a faction meeting. "The correct response is to impose decisive and permanent sanctions. I hope that the international community will not turn a blind eye to Iran's declaration."

Embattled New Israel Fund Fights Back
Adopting a notably combative tone under new leadership, the American- based charity is depicting an accusatory report by a new Israeli organization — trumpeted in a front-page story in Maariv, a major Israeli daily — as the last straw in a series of attacks against likeminded groups.

Rabbinic Text or Call to Terror
“The prohibition ‘Thou Shalt Not Murder’” applies only “to a Jew who kills a Jew,” write Rabbis Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur of the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. Non-Jews are “uncompassionate by nature” and attacks on them “curb their evil inclination,” while babies and children of Israel’s enemies may be killed since “it is clear that they will grow to harm us.”.... the book’s wide dissemination and the enthusiastic endorsements of prominent rabbis have spotlighted what might have otherwise remained an isolated commentary. I'm sorry, but which side was it that I was supposed to believe preaches hatred in their religion?

Netanyahu Israel open to peace talks with Syria

Israel warns Syria it would lose future war
Israel's outspoken foreign minister harshly warned Syria Thursday against drawing the Jewish state into another war, saying the Syrian army would be defeated and its regime would collapse in a future conflict.

U.S. Jew indicted as possible Israel spy
The FBI searched Nozette's home and computer and found additional proof of his connection to Israel. He visited here several times, but did not report this - as is required by his high security clearance.

Settler house to be evacuated in Jerusalem
The Jerusalem mayor has agreed to evacuate a Jewish settlers' house built illegally in the heart of a predominantly Palestinian neighborhood – but also plans to demolish dozens of Palestinian buildings erected without permission in the area, his spokesman said Thursday.

Israelis To Move Security Barrier At Site of Palestinian Protests
Khatib told the Forward that the tactics reflect “civilian people asking for justice and looking for peace.” When those in attendance approach the barrier and try to open a gate, it is a symbolic act of trying to reach villagers’ farmland, he said. He condemned the IDF’s response as heavy-handed and unnecessary.

Palestinians irate over new Jerusalem tram
"The purpose of this project is to make a bridge between the settlements ... and west Jerusalem and they use our land, Palestinian land," said Ahmed Rweidi, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. "The train is illegal and the settlements are illegal."

A Tale of Two Articles
Two articles in the Forward demonstrate the influence of the Israeli lobby on American foreign pollicy.

Hamas wants ICC to judge 'Zionist war criminals'
However, he also said he expected that the United States would block any such move.

From Russia, With No Love
he escaped the country in 2003 and emigrated to Israel he was charged for ordering contract killings of Yukos’ enemies (for which he was tried and found guilty in absentia in 2008). In Israel, Nevzlin has rebranded himself, becoming a prominent Israeli philanthropist through his foundation, NADAV, and its many charitable projects to promote with Nevzlin calls “Jewish peoplehood.”
Israel seems to give shelter for criminals.

Arab media: 2 Israeli Navy ships passed through Suez Canal
The sources did not provide the exact ultimate destination of the missile boats. However, Egyptian maritime sources quoted in the Arab media estimated that both ships were headed to the Persian Gulf and may reach it within four days. The veracity of these estimates is unclear. The sail through the Suez Canal was coordinated with Egyptian authorities, which reportedly adopted strict security arrangements to ensure the safe passage of the two Israeli ships

11 arrested for disrupting Israeli ambassador
Eleven people were arrested Monday evening during a raucous lecture at UC Irvine where Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren came to talk about U.S.-Israel relations. (UCI earlier said that 12 were arrested.)

The Wiesenthal Center Digs Itself Deeper
Building on this cemetery denies Palestinian history and humanity — it will leave an irreversible scar on Jerusalem. The museum will never be an “embodiment of human respect and compassion” at this location.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Headlines for January 27 - February 3

A Stand For Justice

U.S. lawmakers to Obama: Press Israel to ease Gaza siege
Fifty-four members of the U.S. Congress have signed a letter asking President Barack Obama to put pressure on Israel to ease the siege of the Gaza Strip.

'Iran, Nazi Germany must be compared'
Comparisons between contemporary Iran and Nazi Germany are not only appropriate, but pertinent and true, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said while on a visit to Hungary on the morning of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Settler rabbi arrested over West Bank mosque arson
The suspect, Rabbi Itzik Shapira, is one of the heads of the "Od Yosef Chai" yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar. ....The yeshiva is behind the "price tag" policy whereby settlers have vowed to instigate actions against Palestinians in retaliation for the government's enforcement of a construction freeze in West Bank settlements. Terrorist.

Israeli commander: 'We rewrote the rules of war for Gaza'
His remarks reinforce testimonies from soldiers who served in the Gaza operation, made to the veterans' group Breaking the Silence and reported exclusively by this newspaper last July. They also appear to cut across the military doctrine – enunciated most recently in public by one of the authors of the IDF's own code of ethics – that it is the duty of soldiers to run risks to themselves in order to preserve civilian lives. The Israelis have a history of deliberately targeting civilians. Witness Lebanon 2006.

Israeli officer says rules of engagement ignored
Another soldier was blunter: "If you see any signs of movement at all, you shoot. This is essentially the rules of engagement."

Why the Mistrust Between U.S. and Israel?
This sensitivity became apparent after an hour-long interview that the administration’s Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, gave on January 6 to Charlie Rose on PBS. Pressed by the interviewer to list the sticks the United States could use in order to pressure Israel to move forward with the peace process, Mitchell answered, “Under American law, the United States can withhold support on loan guarantees to Israel.” He mentioned that Bush did so in the past.....The issue even reached American Senator Joe Lieberman, who was on a congressional delegation in Israel and stated that American lawmakers will never allow the administration to cut back on aid to Israel......A recent poll conducted by the New America Foundation found that a majority of Israelis do not believe that Obama is pro-Israel. While the survey showed a good approval rate for Obama in Israel, it indicated that he still has a problem in coming through as supportive of the Jewish state. For whom does Lieberman work, America, or Israel? Could it be any more obvious? As to the second part of the excerpt, who gives a damn what the Israelis think of Obama? He's the president of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Italy's prime minister links Gaza war to Holocaust

In the West Bank's stony hills, Palestine is slowly dying by Robert Fisk
Palestinian requests to build houses are either delayed for years or refused; houses built without permission are ruthlessly torn down This goes on not in Israel but in Palestinian territory.

Senators Seek 'Crippling' Iran Sanctions
The letter is signed by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and David Vitter (R-La.). Say, I wonder if this has anything to do with Israel? Nahh..

Iran Sanctions, ‘Regime Change,’ Take Center Stage
With the Senate set to take up major sanctions legislation against Iran by mid-February, neo-conservative and other hawks are calling on the administration of President Barack Obama to pursue a more aggressive course of "regime change" in Tehran.....Under heavy pressure from the so-called "Israel Lobby", the House of Representatives last month approved one long-delayed bill that would, among other things, impose penalties on foreign energy companies that provide gasoline to Iran or invest more than 20 million dollars a year in Iran’s energy sector. The vote was 412-12.

Clinton: China risks diplomatic isolation over Iran
The United States is the most visible leader in the new push for UN Security Council sanctions, and Clinton spent much of her time in Europe this week lobbying major powers whose support she needs to pass and enforce new economic penalties Our government officials are once again doing the bidding of Israel.

The United States is expediting the deployment of missile defenses against Iranian missile attacks in the Persian Gulf, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
According to the New York Times report, the Obama administration is also trying to show Israel that there is no immediate need for military strikes against Iranian nuclear and missile facilities. Read the third to last paragraph where Peres is telling the new head of the IAEA that Iran isn't respecting the rules. Iran, unlike Israel, has actually signed on to the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and has its nuclear sites opened up for inspection. The Israelis are total hypocrites.

US raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles
American officials said the move is aimed at deterring an attack by Iran and reassuring Gulf states fearful that Tehran might react to sanctions by striking at US allies in the region. Washington is also seeking to discourage Israel from a strike against Iran by demonstrating that the US is prepared to contain any threat.....The director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, met the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and other senior officials in Jerusalem last week to discuss Iran.....Pro-Israel lobby groups in the US have joined Republican party leaders in trying to build public pressure on the administration to take a tougher line with Iran. One group, the Israel Project, has been running a TV campaign warning that Iran might supply nuclear weapons to terrorists. Beware America, the Israel crowd is now gearing up for our next war for Israel. This time - target Iran.

Obama adviser: U.S. and Israel working very closely on Iran
Jones said the United States and Israel are in close coordination over how to handle Iran. "We have very good dialogue with Israel, continual dialogue," he told The Jerusalem Post. "We're working very closely with them." No kidding?

Assad: Israel leading the Middle East to war

Strengthening US 'Defense' In Gulf A Step To War
An article in the New York Times by David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt states: "The Obama administration is accelerating the deployment of new defenses against possible Iranian missile attacks in the Persian Gulf." It continues that this move "appears to be part of a coordinated administration strategy to increase pressure on Iran." Since there is about a zero chance that Iran would dare to launch a first strike on the US or its Arab allies, the US would only need to strengthen its missile defenses in order to deal with an Iranian counterattack after the US had first bombed Iran. Oh, you noticed that too, hmm?

U.S. report: Iran's nuclear program gaining ground
"Iran's technical advancement, particularly in uranium enrichment, strengthens our 2007 NIE assessment that Iran has the scientific, technical and industrial capacity to eventually produce nuclear weapons, making the central issue its political will to do so," Blair said.
"We continue to assess Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons in part by developing various nuclear capabilities that bring it closer to being able to produce such weapons, should it choose to do so. We do not know, however, if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons," Last sentence. Iran has not built the bomb, folks, despite all of the BS Israel has been feeding us (for several years now).

Israel Says Iran Can Build Nuclear Bomb by 2011
Iran will possess the technology to build a nuclear bomb by early 2010 and be able to produce one the following year, Israeli media quoted Israel's defense minister as saying Monday.

U.S. Eases Pressure on Israel, Leans On Palestinians
“I think they received the message,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, of the Obama administration. Foxman, who has been at the forefront of the effort to ease American pressure on Israel, said that “reality has come to Washington” and that Obama and his advisers now understand “that singling out Israel doesn’t work.” Another example of who is the driver of US foreign policy right here. The author of the related Forward piece in this news roundup is deluded if they think Israel is not the driver. It is. It's all here in print. Read the rest of the article for more proof of Israel's unprecedented influence of our high - level officials.

Bereft and Healing, a Father Returns Home to Gaza

Israel’s Airport Security, Object Of Envy, Is Hard To Emulate Here
“Americans find it hard to swallow a security policy that employs different standards to different groups.” While for most Jewish Israelis the policy of profiling in airport security is viewed as acceptable, Arab citizens of the country see it as outright discrimination. Oddly, Israel's history of Arab discrimination has long preceded the Arab terrorism.

Netanyahu Singles Out Iran, Venezuela for Anti-Semitism

Israel's history of state-sponsored assassination

Netanyahu at Auschwitz: World must unite to confront new threats

Video: Israeli Confessions

Government plans land giveaway to combat troops
Land will be allocated in the Galilee, the Negev desert, the Jordan valley and the Golan Heights - with the result that the move is likely to be seen as a continuation of the government's controversial policy of encouraging Israeli Jews to reside in rural regions with large Arab populations.

Author David Grossman: Settlers abuse Palestinians

Swedish mayor calls both Anti-Semitism and Zionism forms of 'unacceptable extremism'
Swedish Jews are upset about comments made this week by the mayor of Malmo, who said anti-Semitism and Zionism were both forms of "unacceptable extremism," and urged local Jews to disassociate themselves from Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip. Oh dear.

German firm cancels deal with Iran port due to Israeli pressure

Auschwitz survivor: ‘Israel acts like Nazis’
Speaking as his tour got under way, Dr Meyer said there were parallels between the treatment of Jews by Germans in the Second World War and the current treatment of Palestinians by Israeli

Q&A: ''Hamas Accepts Existence of Israel Within 1967 Borders''
We have already stated repeatedly that we accept the existence of Israel within the 1967 borders as a political reality even if we do not approve its moral legitimacy.

Barack Obama, Interventionist and Ultimate Jihadi Hero by Michael Scheuer
For Obama and most members of our governing elite, today’s Iran fairly screams for Western intervention to break the mullahs’ backs and install secularism; to destroy an Israeli foe and ensure AIPAC funds to continue to flow into their pockets; and to make them feel good about themselves, no matter the cost to Americans and their children. God love you, Mr. Scheuer. You dare speaketh the truth.

Blair warns that world faces decision to halt Iran’s nuclear programme
He warned that world leaders, including the British Prime Minister, now faced the same kinds of decision about the dangers posed by repressive regimes as he did seven years ago. Tony Blair - still a stoolie for Israel despite not holding office in the UK.

How to Save the Obama Presidency: Bomb Iran
Daniel Pipes is a noted Israel-firster. He and like 'Americans' should be deported to Israel where he can bring no (more) harm to America and her (America First) citizens herein.

Truth about Israeli influence over US foreign policy gets out on C-SPAN

Can Tax-Free Donations Fund Settlements?
An early January announcement that Israeli authorities had approved a new Jewish settlement on the campus of an American-funded yeshiva in East Jerusalem came just weeks after President Obama issued a statement condemning new Israeli construction in the area. The yeshiva, called Beit Orot, received nearly half a million tax-free dollars in donations from an American affiliate in 2007. And according to one expert, the group constructing the new housing is a subsidiary of Elad, a settlement organization that received $2.7 million in 2007 from its tax-exempt American affiliate.

Time for George Mitchell to resign
the main obstacle has been the Netanyahu government's all-too obvious rejection of anything that might look like a viable Palestinian state, combined with its relentless effort to gobble up more land.

The Terrorism Conundrum by Philip Giraldi
Terror is not a nation nor is it a group. It is a tactic. It has existed since men first picked up rocks to strike each other but in its modern form it was developed in Palestine in the 1940s when the Haganah and Stern Gangs struck against civilian targets like the King David Hotel to drive the British out. It was then used by the nascent state of Israel against Palestinian Arabs to force them to leave their homes. Terrorism consists of attacking civilian targets to demoralize the local population and weaken its ability to resist.

What a Dollar Gets You on Capitol Hill, and What It Doesn’t
Lawmakers often compete to introduce, sponsor or vote for pro-Israel measures — generally non-binding and mostly meaningless “sense of Congress” resolutions — to prove their pro-Israel bona fides without taking any political chances. It’s part of their search for bragging rights. One curmudgeonly old chairman blocked a senator’s amendment not because he opposed it but because, as he explained, “I ain’t gonna be out-Israel’d by anyone.” I don't agree with the author; not only does the Israeli lobby steer US foreign policy, it is in fact the driver.

Iran a threat to the world - Peres

Counterterrorism in Shambles; Why?
Take, for example, what Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the "mastermind" of 9/11, said was his main motive. Here's what the 9/11 Commission Report wrote on page 147. You will not find it reported in the Fawning Corporate Media (FCM): "By his own account, KSM's animus toward the United States stemmed...from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel."

Israel accuses Turkish PM of inciting anti-Semitism
The seven-page report, which was submitted to the "septet" of key cabinet ministers a few days ago, also charged that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan "indirectly incites and encourages" anti-Semitism.

Israel calls UN Gaza report 'anti-Semitic'
YNet's report suggested the Israeli leadership is planning an all-out attack on the report to coincide with Wednesday's anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz. Naturally

U.S. official: Hezbollah arms flow may signal plans for war with Israel
The U.S. is concerned that the continued flow of arms to the Hezbollah militant organization could prompt a war between Israel and Lebanon, State Department official Jeff Feltman said in remarks published Sunday by the London-based Al-Hayat daily. Why is this our problem?

If America Sneezes, Israel Gets Pneumonia. What Happens When America Gets Pneumonia?
As America’s role goes on the world stage, so goes Israel. A weak America can’t protect an embattled Israel. If Israel doesn’t find a way to normalize its relations with its neighbors by the end of the decade, it may have to adjust to life without the protection of the world’s sole superpower. Oh the horror.

Blair the British Neo-con
Though the Chilcot Inquiry is concerned only with Iraq - how Blair’s government made the decision to go to war and what lessons should be learned – Blair could not resist beating the drum for war on Iran. He did that four times. One might have been listening to John Bolton or any of America’s or Israel’s lunatics. When he was going on about terrorism being a threat to all, he threw in: “It’s a constant problem for Israel. They get attacked.”

Neocon junket: ‘live penetration raids in Arab territory’
Below is an ad that was in Haaretz lately for the Ultimate Mission to Israel. The trip is a red-meat propaganda trip of a retro-masculine character–"live exhibition of penetration raids in Arab territory"– pitched to American professionals, accountants, doctors, lawyers.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Headlines for January 2010

A Stand For Justice

Some links are from 2009

US congressmen fighting for Gaza

Palestinian official: Israel razed 150 Arab homes in West Bank
Atef Hanini, a local Palestinian official, disputed the Israeli justification and said the Palestinian farming community had lived in the area of Tana, east of Nablus, for decades.

Graham: U.S. may have to use military action against Iran
Israel, which Iran’s leaders have threatened to destroy, must weigh its options, Graham said, but it does not have the capabilities.
“Israel attacking Iran is a nightmare,” Graham said.
The U.S. may have to act militarily, he said, if other methods fail. What Graham is saying is that since Israel cannot attack Iran, the US must.

Palestinians fake cancer to flee blockaded Gaza

World Aid Agencies Appeal to Israel to Unlock Gaza

US Tells Israel Iran Has Eight Weeks

Amnesty - Israel's Gaza blockade continues to suffocate daily life Amnesty International
“The blockade constitutes collective punishment under international law and must be lifted immediately.”

Amnesty: Israel withholds water from Palestinians
Amnesty International is accusing Israel of pumping disproportionate amounts of drinking water from an aquifer it controls in the West Bank, depriving local Palestinians of their fair share.

Analysis Iran looms over Obama Mideast peace bid
Israel wants to see the Iranian threat dealt with before pursuing peace deals with the Arabs.

Israel harvested organs in '90s without permission

50 Palestinians evicted from their Jerusalem homes

UN vote sends Gaza war report to Security Council

UN rights council endorses Gaza war crimes report

Gulf war jitters
Gulf Cooperation Council members -- Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman -- are getting ready for what many now assume will be retaliation from Iran following Israeli bombing of Iran's nuclear facilities later this year. Up and down the Persian Gulf, Patriot missile batteries have been quietly deployed around key oil installations.

Scientist appears in court in secrets case
A scientist who allegedly tried to sell classified secrets to Israel had worked on the U.S. government's Star Wars missile shield program, and the Justice Department declared Tuesday that he had tried to share some of the nation's most guarded secrets.

World Has Betrayed Gaza Civilians Rights Groups 
The world has "betrayed" civilians in the Gaza Strip by failing to end a blockade of the Hamas-run enclave, 16 rights groups, including Amnesty International and Oxfam, said Tuesday.

Palestinians say hopes in Obama 'evaporated'
The Palestinian president's political party says all hopes in the Obama administration have "evaporated," accusing the White House of caving in to pressure from the pro-Israel lobby and backing off a demand to freeze Jewish settlement

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Gazans welcome UN war crimes report
The report echoed findings in a string of human rights reports released in recent months, but it could carry more weight, both because it was authored by a widely respected former war crimes prosecutor, Richard Goldstone, and because at least in theory it opens the way to charges against Israel before the International Criminal Court

Israel authorizes new settler homes in West Bank

Palestinians, allies reopen Gaza war crimes debate

Hamas crushes challenge by al-Qaida-inspired group
The leader of an al-Qaida-inspired group in the Gaza Strip blew himself up during a shootout Saturday with Hamas security forces, ending hours of violence sparked by a rebellious sermon at a mosque near the Egyptian border.

Palestinians to seek UN endorsement of statehood
Palestinian officials said Sunday they are preparing to ask the United Nations to endorse an independent state without Israel's consent because they are losing hope they can achieve their aspirations through peace talks.

U.S. Intelligence Found Iran Nuke Document Was Forged
Philip Giraldi, who was a CIA counterterrorism official from 1976 to 1992, told IPS that intelligence sources say that the United States had nothing to do with forging the document, and that Israel is the primary suspect. The sources do not rule out a British role in the fabrication, however.

Palestinians want urgent UN debate on Goldstone Gaza report
Palestinian diplomats in Geneva said Friday they are pushing to bring forward a United Nations Human Rights Council debate on alleged war crimes committed by Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in Gaza earlier this year

Iran's leader predicts Israel's destruction
The all-powerful Iranian leader also said that Israel's continued "pressure to erase Palestine from the world of Islamic nations" will fail

FBI Alleged spy wannabe asked for Israeli citizenship
An FBI agent posing as a Mossad agent contacted Nozette in September. In conversations transcribed in the complaint, Nozette says he is surprised that Israel did not approach him to spy sooner and asks for an Israeli passport, saying he is entitled to Israeli citizenship because his parents are Jewish. He allegedly told the FBI agent that he had top security clearance until 2006 and could remember details that would be of use to Israel.

Israel angers U.S. by approving new West Bank homes
Gibbs also said the United States objected to continued evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.

Israel arrests Palestinian barrier protest leader
Since 2005, demonstrators led by Abu Rahmeh have marched every Friday from the West Bank village of Bilin to the nearby separation barrier that slices off 60 percent of the village land. Their acts of protest, which have also included chaining themselves to trees, have won praise from Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu and support among Israeli peace activists.

Gaza's Christians look to tunnels for scant holiday cheer
"Some of these gifts came from Egypt through the tunnels because the crossings were closed," Emad Barakat, a Gaza City gift shop owner said, pointing to rows of chocolate Santas. "They've been selling well."

Israel on edge as US presses to halt settlements

U.S. Rebukes Israel Over Settlement Plan

Israel says still has military option on Iran
A Kremlin transcript of an interview Medvedev gave to CNN last Tuesday quoted him as saying that an attack on Iran would lead to "a humanitarian disaster" and risk provoking retaliation against Israel that would also affect other nations.

Israel Says Iran Can Build Nuclear Bomb by 2011

Israel rejects US call to halt Jerusalem project
Israeli officials said the country's ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, was summoned to the State Department over the weekend and told that a project made up of 20 apartments developed by an American millionaire should not go ahead.

Israeli study Civilians majority of Gaza war dead
Well over half of nearly 1,400 Palestinians killed in Israel's Gaza war were civilians, including 252 children younger than 16, a leading Israeli human rights groups said Wednesday, challenging Israel's claim that most of the dead were militants.

Israel rejects bill allocating equal land to Jews and Arabs
"Since the foundation of the state, the Israel Lands Administration is solely used as Jewish land administration. The director of the Israel Lands Administration has used all the tactics, with the help of the Jewish Agency, to allocate state land only to Jews. Despite the bitter attempt over the decades, not even one Arab town has been established since the state's foundation. Therefore a bill must be passed which stipulates that the Israel Lands Administration will serve all the state's citizens without discrimination on religion or nationality, and will promise an equal allocation of land to better the Arab population of Israel."

Jerusalem Poses New Crisis for Obama As Tensions Rise
Spurred by the Obama Administration's efforts to revive final-status negotiations and emboldened by its successful rebuff of Washington's demand for a settlement freeze, Israel has moved to consolidate its control of occupied East Jerusalem by demolishing Palestinian homes and expanding Israeli construction there.

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Netanyahu To Obama Stop Iran, Or I Will
The American president, he said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons--and quickly--or an imperiled Israel may be forced to attack Iran's nuclear facilities itself.

Israel on Iran Anything it takes to stop nukes
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates reassured Israel that the new Obama administration was not naive about Iran's intentions, and that Washington would press for new, tougher sanctions against the Iranians if they balk.

British court issued Gaza arrest warrant for former Israeli minister Tzipi Livni
Livni, head of the opposition Kadima party, played a key role in decisions made before and during the three-week offensive. Palestinian officials and an Israeli human rights organisation say about 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the Gaza offensive.

Accepting Various Truths
Michael Scheuer, a former CIA specialist on the al-Qaida terrorists, complained on C-SPAN recently that any debate about American support for Israel is "normally squelched." "For anyone to say our support for Israel doesn't hurt us is to just defy reality," he added. Another former CIA analyst, Ray McGovern, says the 9/11 Commission report noted that Khalid Sheikh -- the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks -- cited his violent disagreement with U.S. support for Israel as the motivating dynamic behind the attacks.

U.S.-Israeli Arms Cooperation Quietly Growing

Eyeing Iran, Israel tests missile defenses with U.S.
Israel and the United States launched a major air defense drill Wednesday as part of what Israeli public radio called preparation for a faceoff with Iran. Whose war is this?

Netanyahu says all Jerusalem to remain Israeli

Israel cuts 1948 'catastrophe' from Arabic texts

Netanyahu Israel will never share Jerusalem with Palestinians

New Israeli demand complicates US peace mission
Washington's Middle East envoy faced a new obstacle Thursday as he launched his latest attempt to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks: Israel wants to keep troops on the West Bank's border with Jordan even if a deal is reached.

Obama approves aid to Israel, PA
US President Barack Obama this week signed the 2010 foreign aid budget law which includes $2.775 billion in security aid to Israel. This is the second year the budget is transferred to the Jewish state as part of understandings that the American assistance to Israel in the coming decade will total $30 billion.

Obama Urges Halt to 'Drift' in Mideast Peace Talks
Israel rejected blunt U.S. requests to freeze Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank

Bin Laden Attacks on U.S. to go on as long as it supports Israel
A purported audio tape of Osama bin Laden aired on Al Jazeera television claimed responsibility for a Dec. 25 attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound plane, and vowed to continue attacks on the United States, as long as it supports Israel. The irony here is that the US media failed to mention Israel in its headlines for this story - but the Israeli news source Haaretz here DID headline it. Americans are being deceived (by our own media, as one example) as to the true reasons for the bullseye on our country.

White House Israeli housing plans dismaying

War crimes fears force Israelis to cancel UK trip
More than 1,400 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, were killed in the three-week offensive, which was launched to quash years of rocket attacks on southern Israel. Thirteen Israelis were also killed. A U.N. investigation has accused both Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes during the fighting

U.S. Counters Israeli Claim Iran Nuclear Facility Bomb-proof
A top U.S. commander on Sunday countered Israeli claims that Iran had constructed its nuclear facilities to be resistant to attack.

Showdown looms over West Bank construction curb
Extremists have taken to attacking Palestinians each time the government acts against settlers in a strategy known as the "price tag." That phrase was scrawled on the wall of a Palestinian mosque not far from Elon Moreh that was attacked by vandals who burned prayer carpets and holy books on Friday, the Muslim day of rest.

US to give $37.5 million for Arrow-3 missile program

US Ships Arrive in Israel for Joint Drill
The arrival of the ships began a day before Defense Minister Ehud Barak was scheduled to fly to Washington for talks with his American counterpart, Robert Gates. Defense officials said that their talks would focus on the Iranian threat, Israeli-US defense cooperation as well as the role Israel will play in the new American missile defense shield announced last week.

Iran nuclear leaks 'linked to Israel'
That false and misleading charge from an intelligence official of a foreign country, who was not identified but was clearly Israeli, reinforces two of Israel's key themes on Iran - that the 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran is wrong, and that Tehran is poised to build nuclear weapons as soon as possible

U.S. To Store $800 Mil in Emergency Gear in Israel
The deal allows Israel access to a wider spectrum of military ordnance, and the U.S. official said his government was considering which forms of military supplies would be added to stores in Israel. Missiles, armored vehicles, aerial ammunition and artillery ordnance are already stockpiled in the country. The agreement is expected to aid Israel in its effort to bolster its weapons stockpiles for use in an emergency. While our men go without necessary equipment in Afghanistan and Iraq, we are instead giving the state of the art equipment to Israel 'in case of emergency'. Courtesy of the Israeli lobby.

Egypt starts building steel wall on Gaza Strip border
The Egyptians are being helped by American army engineers, who the BBC understands have designed the wall.
The plan has been shrouded in secrecy, with no comment or confirmation from the Egyptian government.

Senators McCain, Lieberman downplay Mitchell's threat
Mitchell can threaten Jerusalem, but there will be others ready to defend Israel in Washington: Four senior US senators visiting Israel said Sunday that they oppose attempts to apply pressure on Israel by freezing aid. The senators, including former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, emphasized that they would not allow the US government to authorize such a proposal.

Bin Laden reportedly calls Obama 'powerless'
The purpose of his address Sunday, bin Laden said in the SITE translation, is "to remind you of the causes" of Sept. 11, chiefly "your support to your Israeli allies who occupy our land of Palestine."

US raps Israel over limit on Palestinian-Americans

US harshly rebukes Israel on settlement plans

UN warns 250,000 Palestinians 'vulnerable' to settler violence

Carter says Israel must stop building settlements
Israel must stop building settlements in the Palestinian territories if peace is ever to be achieved in the Middle East, former President Jimmy Carter said Monday night as he received an award at a Virginia university for his humanitarian efforts

CIA Working with Palestinian Security Agents
US agency co-operating with Palestinian counterparts who allegedly torture Hamas supporters in West Bank

Clinton US wants Israel settlement halt 'forever'

Diplomats Palestinians drop Gaza resolution
The Palestinian Authority, under heavy pressure from the United States, has withdrawn its support for a U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on alleged war crimes in Gaza,

US sees Iran edging closer to nuclear arms knowhow

U.S. funds for Israeli settlements
But critics of Israeli settlements question why American taxpayers are supporting indirectly, through the exempt contributions, a process that the government condemns. A search of IRS records identified 28 U.S. charitable groups that made $33.4 million in tax-exempt contributions to settlements and related organizations between 2004 and 2007. Actually, to fund these settlements is to fund war crimes since the settlements themselves are a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention (article 49).

Pity for a Constitution Stomper
Congresswoman Jane Harman is indignant. A National Security Agency wiretap reportedly picked up her conversation seeking favors from a suspected Israeli agent in return for Harman lobbying the Justice Department to drop the lawsuit against AIPAC’s former top officials.

'U.S. furious over Israeli incitement against Obama'
The source, who met in Washington with administration officials and members of Congress, told Haaretz he was stunned by the level of anger there over attempts to portray Obama to the American public as an enemy of Israel because of his efforts to restart peace talks and freeze settlement construction.

Making Jane Go Away by Philip Giraldi
The Israeli on the phone was committing espionage against the United States by trying to influence the actions of a government official and Harman was committing a number of possible crimes by agreeing to cooperate in return for her own personal advancement.......why isn’t the MSM interested in aggressively pursuing this story?
Because it's about Israel

Why They Are At War With Us by Patrick J. Buchanan
First, the U.S. military presence on the sacred soil of Saudi Arabia. Second, U.S. sanctions causing terrible suffering among the Iraqi people. Third, U.S. support for Israel’s dispossession of the Palestinians.

U.N. commission accuses Israel, Hamas of Gaza war crimes

Telling Israel No by Patrick J. Buchanan
an Israeli strike on Iran, which Joe Biden foolishly said was Israel’s call, would drag this country into a third war in the Middle East and destroy a policy that is visibly succeeding.

Black Propaganda Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran
In sum, the conclusion among Israelis is that the Obama administration won't lift a finger to stop Iran, much less will the "international community." So Israel has pursued a different strategy, in effect seeking to goad the U.S. into stopping, or at least delaying, an Israeli attack by imposing stiff sanctions and perhaps even launching military strikes of its own.

War on the Internet by Philip Giraldi
An Israeli peace activist publication called “Occupation Magazine” has printed an article called “The Foreign Ministry presents: talkbackers in the service of the state.” It starts “After they became an inseparable part of the service provided by public-relations companies and advertising agencies, paid Internet talkbackers are being mobilized in the service in the service of the State. The Foreign Ministry is in the process of setting up a team of students and demobilized soldiers who will work around the clock writing pro-Israeli responses on Internet websites all over the world, and on services like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. The Foreign Ministry’s department for the explanation of Israeli policy is running the project, and it will be an integral part of it.

Work begins on first planned Palestinian city

And It’s Not Only Sibel Edmonds Who Says So by Philip Giraldi
John M. Cole, a former FBI Counterintelligence and Counterespionage Manager, has publicly confirmed the FBI’s decade long investigation of the former State Department Official Marc Grossman. Cole worked for 18 years in the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. According to Cole, as in over one hundred cases involving Israeli espionage activities directed against the US government, the Grossman case was covered up and buried despite mountains of evidence that was collected.

U.S. Jew indicted as possible Israel spy
The FBI searched Nozette's home and computer and found additional proof of his connection to Israel. He visited here several times, but did not report this - as is required by his high security clearance

Israel: Turkey calls off joint air force drill
Turkey has canceled an annual multinational air force drill including the U.S. and NATO because it opposed Israeli participation, the Israeli military said Sunday, in a sign of further deterioration in relations between the two countries.

Israel to build 2 fences on porous Egyption border
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the structure would help preserve Israel's Jewish majority.....the massive influx of African migrants into Israel in recent years has given the project added momentum. U.N. officials and human rights workers estimate some 17,000 to 19,000 people have poured into Israel through the southern border since 2005, most of them from Eritrea, Sudan and other war-torn African countries, searching for a better life in Israel's relatively affluent Western-style society.

Israel rejects U.N. assembly vote on Gaza war
Goldstone's report blasted both sides in the conflict but was harsher toward Israel which refused to cooperate with the judge's investigation.

Glimmers in the Holy Land Time to Reset U.S. Mideast Policy

Israel to review its own Gaza war probe source
Israel has lobbied against any bid to bring the Goldstone report to the U.N. Security Council.

Israel trying to dodge overseas prosecution
Stung by a damning U.N. report alleging war crimes in Gaza, Israel is taking extraordinary steps to fend off potential international prosecution of its political and military leaders, hiring high-powered attorneys, lobbying Western governments and launching a public relations blitz.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Bernard Shaw
In his usual let-the-words-fall-where-they-may manner, Vice President Biden let it be known one early July weekend that the U.S. would not intervene if Israel decided to militarily attack Iran.

Israel recalls Boston envoy over critical memo

VFW Tribute to USS Liberty

Why Palin and Huckabee Dig Settlements

Israel offers, Palestinians reject temporary settlement ease
The international community considers all Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land seized in the 1967 Middle East war to be illegal and does not recognise Israel's annexation of east Jerusalem. How much of Europe did Nazi Germany get to keep after the war? How much of Iraq, Japan, Nazi Germany did the US keep for civilian 'settlements'? Why is Israel allowed to keep territory taken by military force?

YouTube - Is Israel spreading misinformation about Iran

Israel funnels millions of dollars to settlements

Mission Memorial: Remembering the USS Liberty

Irish slammed for Gaza ban
The Israeli government has been sharply criticised in the Irish parliament for refusing Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin permission to visit Gaza.

The Media: Israel and Nuclear Weapons
Congresswoman Jane Harman is indignant. A National Security Agency wiretap reportedly picked up her conversation seeking favors from a suspected Israeli agent in return for Harman lobbying the Justice Department to drop the lawsuit against AIPAC’s former top officials.

Israel accused of silencing political protest
Since the summer, dozens of Palestinian and Israeli activists have been picked up, including those organizing weekly protests against Israel's West Bank separation barrier as well as others advocating international boycotts of Israeli goods.

Why Israel and Hamas are meeting with Jimmy Carter

Israel pulls textbook over reference to 'ethnic cleansing'
Israel's Haaretz newspaper said the secondary school textbook was removed from shelves because it sought to present both Israeli and Arab perspectives on the departure of some 750,000 Palestinians during the fighting that erupted after the creation of the Jewish state.

For Israel, a Reckoning
Palestinian resistance to the theft of their country reached a critical moment in 2001 when Israel was identified as an apartheid state at a United Nations conference on racism in Durban, South Africa. To Nelson Mandela, justice for the Palestinians is "the greatest moral issue of our time."

Pope to meet Abbas, hold mass in Bethlehem

Netanyahu draws fire in Israel over secret trip
Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Netanyahu had, in fact, flown secretly to Moscow to voice concern over the possible sale of Russian anti-aircraft missiles to Iran

Spy Conference: The Strange Pollard Spy Case
At the Raleigh Spy Conference last week, Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent Ron Olive spoke about how his team solved the strange spy case involving Jonathan Jay Pollard, who literally passed truckloads of U.S. secrets to Israel in the 1980's.

Sweden's foreign minister cancels Israel visit
Sweden's foreign minister abruptly called off a visit to Israel this week, an Israeli spokesman said Sunday, amid a feud over a Swedish newspaper article and a growing gulf between Israel and the international community over West Bank settlement construction

Bibi Wins, Barack Loses by Patrick J. Buchanan
Undaunted, the War Party has a new war planned for us.
Target: Tehran. And Obama may just have boxed himself in.

Bibi’s Dead End by Patrick J. Buchanan
In the long run, demography is destiny.

J Street Changing Course by Philip Giraldi
There is in fact little difference between J Street’s position and that of AIPAC.

The Dark Side of the ‘Special Relationship’ by Justin Raimondo
The search for Mega and his underlings continues to this day, as U.S. counterintelligence attempts to rip up what appears to be a vast Israeli spy operation by its very deep roots. That’s why they went after Ben Ami Kadish, who handed over U.S. secrets to Tel Aviv and shared a handler with Pollard, and why they indicted Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, two top officials of AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group. That’s why they were listening on the other end as Jane Harman promised an Israeli agent to intervene in the Rosen-Weissman case. And now a new front has been opened up in this subterranean war with the arrest of Stewart David Nozette, a top U.S. scientist who worked for the Pentagon, had access to the most closely guarded nuclear secrets, and was the lead scientist in the search for water on the moon.

U.N. rights body considers condemning Israel on Gaza

U.S. indicts four Israelis in international bribery case
The United States Justice Department indicted four Israeli businessmen Tuesday for allegedly attempting to bribe the defense minister of an African country in order to secure a multimillion-dollar contract to supply his country with military equipment. 18 other businessmen were indicted in the same case.

Israel withholding NGO employees' work permits
The Interior Ministry has stopped granting work permits to foreign nationals working in most international nongovernmental organizations operating in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, Haaretz has learned.

Helen Thomas Deviates From the Terrorism Script
Brennan's answer -- they do this because they're Evil and murderous -- is on the same condescending cartoon level as the "They-Hate-us-For-Our-Freedom" tripe we endured for the last eight years. Apparently, if Brennan is to be believed, Islamic radicals, in their motive-free quest to slaughter, write down the names of all the countries in the world and put them in a hat and then stick their hand in and select the one they will attack, and the U.S. just keeps getting unlucky and having its name randomly chosen.

Pope ends Holy Land trip with call for two-state solution

Answering Helen Thomas on Why They Want to Harm Us
why isn't there a frank discussion by America's leaders and media about the real motivation of Muslim anger toward the United States? Why was Helen Thomas the only journalist to raise the touchy but central question of motive? by yet another former CIA - Ray McGovern

Abbas says he won't seek re-election in January
Abbas' announcement follows months of failed attempts by the United States to restart direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Activists in Gaza and Israel protest Gaza blockade
Hundreds of protesters gathered on opposite sides of the Gaza-Israeli border crossing on Thursday, to rally against the blockade surrounding the territory.

Aipac's hidden persuaders Richard Silverstein
Israel is in the midst of a massive diplomatic, political and intelligence campaign, both public and covert, that could lead – if those officials behind it have their way – towards a military strike on Iran. It is a war for the hearts and minds of Americans....Aipac's members carried a unified message to Capitol Hill during their lobbying of US senators and members of Congress. They demanded that Congress pass the most draconian sanctions ever proposed against Iran.

Awaiting Gaza March, Holocaust Survivor Stages Hunger Strike
An 85-year-old Holocaust survivor was among a group of grandmothers who began a hunger strike in Cairo on Monday to protest against Egypt's refusal to allow a Gaza solidarity march to proceed.

Boycott Israel
Americans can't - it's illegal for any American company/citizen to boycott Israel. And this is the case with ONLY the nation of Israel.

British lawmaker Gerald Kaufman calls Gaza blockade 'evil'

Can Obama stand up to Israel
President Obama urgently needs to distance Washington from the provocative – and illegal – actions the Israeli government has been undertaking in Jerusalem.

Citizens Group Urges Fair Trial for AIPAC Employees Indicted Under Espionage Act
The Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, Inc. (IRmep) urges the Department of Justice to proceed with its long delayed prosecution of former AIPAC employees Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman. The case was dropped altogether shortly thereafter.

Differences with US on Mideast 'semantic' Israel
Katz, a member of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, said discussions with Washington will focus on security issues, particularly the "threats by Iran as well as Hamas," the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip.

U.S. suggestion of sanctions causes stir in Israel
"Under American law, the United States can withhold support on loan guarantees to Israel," George Mitchell said on U.S. television on Wednesday after being asked about the kind of pressure that could be brought to bear on Israel. George Bush the 1st tried this but later backed down due to the subsequent and overwhelming pressure brought upon him by the Israeli lobby.

Netanyahu vows never to let Israelis be tried for war crimes

Israeli vigilantes target young Arab-Jewish couples
For more than a decade, David has considered it his unofficial job to patrol the streets looking for mixed Arab-Jewish couples. “We are protecting the Jewish people, our traditions, our heritage. Some people just get mixed up. We talk to them, explain why it’s important for Jews to be with Jews,” he said.

Jewish Leaders Firm on Broad Iran Sanctions Despite Unrest
“For us, this was always the primary concern, because a nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel,” said Meagan Buren, director of research and training at The Israel Project, a pro-Israel group active on the Iranian issue. Another war for Israel is in the making. The target this time: Iran.

Israeli PM offers new benefits to settlers

Postwar Gaza Scars frozen, Mideast at an impasse
A man who lost two daughters and his home can't visit his surviving 4-year-old girl in a Belgian hospital because Gaza's borders remain sealed. A 15-year-old struggles to walk on her artificial limbs, while dozens of other war amputees still await prostheses.

Palestinians accuse U.S. of killing peace prospects
Pointing an accusing finger at the United States, the Palestinians on Sunday said Washington's backing for Israeli refusal to halt Jewish settlement expansion had killed any hope of reviving peace negotiations soon.

Israeli pleads guilty to leaking classified U.S. documents
Politico goes on to report that Leibowitz, the grandson of famous Israeli Torah scholar, philosopher and leftist, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, supports a one-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which most Israelis reject because it would eliminate a Jewish demographic majority.

He has also encouraged efforts to get U.S. institutions to divest in Israeli bonds.

Israeli officials routinely face UK legal threats

J Street, Obama, and Israel
The J Street philosophy is that there is a kind of "silent majority" of US Jews who aren't happy with Israel's expansionist polices and intransigence, and who don't believe they're represented properly by right-leaning groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Israeli Detention of Palestinian Activists Must End
The Israeli authorities must immediately release, or bring before a fair trial, three Palestinian human rights activists detained in Israel following their protests against the construction of the West Bank fence/wall, Amnesty International said today.

Lieberman ‘Stay out of our politics’
Israel's foreign minister said other governments should stay out of Israeli politics....."We have never interfered in the affairs of others, and we expect from others that they not interfere in ours," he added. BS. It is ISRAEL that needs to stay out of the affairs of other nations, particularly my country - AMERICA. Hypocrisy.

Israeli chief rabbi visits mosque that was torched

Obama Fails in Middle East
Next, the Obama adminstration capitulated, refusing to insist on any penalty for Israel's defiant intransigence. Not even a hint of any retaliation by the United States to enforce what it had called the path to a peace deal. No talk of reducing US aid to Israel, or cutting back on US-Israeli military cooperation, or anything. Score: Netanyahu 2, Obama 0. ......Finally, the United States cravenly supported Israel over the Goldstone Report on Gaza, the report that accused Israel (and Hamas) of war crimes

Israel's New Visa Rule for Foreigners If You Want To Visit Palestine, Stay There

Obama prods Netanyahu, Iran in Mideast foray

Obama Settlement Demands Stir Rising Tensions in Israel

Obama's lost senate seat is a victory for Netanyahu
Over the past nine months, Netanyahu has managed to curb pressure from Obama, who enjoys a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress. Now, however, Obama will be more dependent on the support of his Republican rivals, the supporters and friends of Netanyahu.

Palestinian nun takes step toward sainthood

Palestinians accuse Clinton of hurting peace talks
"Calling for a resumption of negotiations despite continued settlement construction doesn't help because we have tried this way many times,"

Israel's Netanyahu vows long fight against U.N. report
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a lengthy diplomatic battle to "delegitimise" United Nations charges that Israel committed war crimes in the Gaza Strip, an official said on Saturday.

Medvedev Israel not planning to strike Iran

Analysis Iran plant could defer Israel strike
It may seem counterintuitive, but the news that Iran has a second, clandestine uranium enrichment plant, and has just test-fired long-range missiles, could actually put off any plans for a quick Israeli strike.

Video Israel Is Spying In And On The U.S. Part 1

Jewish lobby wages war on Christmas trees

Letters We must not renege on war crime laws
We are shocked at suggestions by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Ivan Lewis and foreign secretary David Miliband that Britain may consider changing its laws to avoid any future attempts to prosecute suspected war criminals, Israeli or otherwise.

Lobby Denial
Yes indeed, the US Congress, what a joke, “stands staunchly on the side of Israel in its struggle.” What a bunch of disgusting traitorous pigs. Your government, ladies and gentleman, has been hijacked whole-sale by a Lobby that does not exist.

What Role Did The U.S.-Israeli  Relationship Play In 9-11

Netanyahu to have additional meeting with Mitchell on Sunday

Podhoretz asks Why are Jews liberals
"Why Are Jews Liberals?" also praises President Richard Nixon, whose determination to send military supplies during the 1973 Yom Kippur War "saved Israel from a defeat that could have spelled the extinction of the state," Podhoretz writes. But Nixon also complained that "most Jews are disloyal" and even commissioned aides to draw up a list of Jews at the Bureau of Labor Statistics because he suspected a "cabal" was trying to undermine the administration.

Just 6 More Months to Victory! by Philip Giraldi
So what might happen in President Obama’s next six months? A number of highly plausible scenarios come to mind.

U.S. Antisemitism Envoy Scored on Criticism of Oren
Two dovish organizations that are members of the Presidents Conference — Americans for Peace Now and Ameinu — have recently issued statements criticizing Oren’s attacks on J Street. This, too, is a first in the history of relations between Israeli diplomats and American Jewish groups.

Syria's Mufti Islam commands us to protect Judaism
"If the Prophet Mohammed had asked me to deem Christians or Jews heretics, I would have deemed Mohammed himself a heretic," Sheikh Ahmed Hassoun, the Mufti of Syria, was quoted as telling a delegation of American academics visiting Damascus.