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The Leak Goes On

Ok, Ok, the WikiLeaks documents have been released.

Good news.

Israel should hardly feel incriminated. Discriminated against, perhaps; but not incriminated. Not unless you subscribe to the dangerous Iranian world-view, which much of the world agrees, should have been secured and unplugged, years ago.

The Jewish Country is not guilty of selling the organs of Lebanese killed in the 2006 war. Nor are we using the blood of Palestinian children to bake matzah. Nor are we using the blood of Swedish children to bake matzah. Nor is the Israeli government guilty of selling crack to inner-city Americans. Nor is the IDF guilty of murdering Sudanese refugees at the Egyptian border. No, the Mossad was not behind 9/11.

Among the WikiLeaks disclosures was an Israeli plan to coordinate its 2008 invasion of Gaza with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; as well as details of Israel’s covert ties with governments in the United Arab Emirates.

What else….what else?

Ahmadinejad and Hariri While Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri was concluding his first diplomatic visit in Iran, and supporting the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, the New York Times published contents of a cable quoting Hariri’s 2006 conversation with a U.S. diplomat, in Beirut. The attack on “Iraq was unnecessary,” said Hariri, but an attack on “Iran is necessary.” The U.S., he said, “must be willing to go all the way” to stop Iran.

Hardly a week after Syria’s president, Basher Assad, had promised to stop supplying Hezbollah in Lebanon with weapons, a cable from WikiLeaks reports that Damascus actually increased its regular shipments of sophisticated missiles. The kicker is that America had this information, but did not warn Israel, doubtless the would-be victim of any usage of these arms.

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Wikileaks release a “Satanic conspiracy.”

Here’s why:

In a meeting with the commander of the U.S. Central Command, General John Abizaid, military leaders from the United Arab Emirates assessed the Iranian as “crazy.” Stir crazy.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Muhammad Bin Zayed, urged the U.S. to “take action” against Iran within a year.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah repeatedly urged Washington to attack Iran, to “cut off the head of the snake.” as he phrased it. “May God prevent us from falling victim to their evil…We have had correct relations over the years, but the bottom line is that they cannot be trusted.”

And a senior Jordanian official warned the Americans to, “bomb Iran or you will have to learn to live with its bomb.”

If The World Is Blaming Iran, Why Is Obama Blaming Israel?

The Knesset will not hold a debate on WikiLeaks, as there are more pressing matters at hand. Israel should, however, be wary of any breach of confidentiality, exposed by WikiLeaks. But as long as the world is in agreement that the source of the conflict is indeed, Tehran, Israel should also be wary of any information, the U.S. may harbor, for instance Syria’s insistent supplying of arms to Hezbollah. This leaves America’s adamant attitude about freezing Jewish construction in the region very much in question.

In the video below, Speaker of the Knesset, Danny Danon explains to Fox News’ Mike Huckabee, his frustration with Obama’s attitude toward the Jewish State; namely his pressure to freeze settlement building, in lieu of an attack on Iran, say; while the American President continues to fumble his own homeland security – not learning a valuable, how-to, from his snubbed Israeli friends.

Watch:

Festival of Smites

WikiLeaksWhile a quasi-sharav continues to confound the regular rains and chills of Kislev; while Jewish families get ready for the annual Hanukkah rigmarole; while Israel, like the rest of the world, is dealing with the dreaded WikiLeaks report; the dream of peace is as far away as ever.

The Fatah Furor

The most levelheaded of Palestinian factions, the Fatah Revolutionary Council, according to an article in United Press International, said it refuses the recognition of Israel as a Jewish State and has called on Palestinians to actively resist it. A unanimous Jihad because such demands – that is calling Israel a Jewish State, per a Knesset-approved law, last month – violates “international law” and “human rights conventions.”

Summing up its fifth convention during a three-day session in Ramallah, the Fatah Revolutionary Council said:

“The council affirms its rejection of the so-called Jewish state or any other formula that could achieve this goal. The council also renews its refusal for the establishment of any racist state based on religion in accordance with international law and human rights conventions.”

Furthermore, PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, told the council he will not resume peace negotiations with Israel until there is a halt on building settlements.

Meanwhile, Hamas security forces arrested four Fatah party supporters, Sunday in the Gaza Strip. The detainees were identified as Adel An-Naji, Ra’fat Shahin, Sami Abu Samra, and Rizq Abu Al-Kas.

The German Judgment

On Sunday, Shimon Peres met with German President Christian Wulff, who arrived on an official visit to the Middle East. Wulff said that he specially chose Israel as the first country to visit outside the European Union because the countries are bound by a special relationship, and Germany remains the guarantor of the existence and security of Israel.

The two presidents called for pressing forward with the Middle East peace process. The German president added that the Israeli government should “adopt a constructive attitude” to the issue of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.

Also on Sunday, WikiLeaks started publishing about 2.8 million secret American documents, representing for the most part, the Foreign Office correspondence with U.S. embassies, including the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.

The documents have already been released, in private, to the New York Times, Der Spiegel and the British Guardian.

Big Gaza No No

“Gaza, Gaza, Gaza, we understand it is too much to ask for you to recognize the State of Israel, or to cease acts of terrorism and violence. But when you fire rockets at Israel, can you please not use white phosphorous.”

Your pal,
The Jewish State of Israel.

Last week, Israel fielded a protest at the United Nations because Palestinians were firing mortar shells and rockets across the Gaza border, using white phosphorous; the chemical frequently used in weapons since World War II, which causes severe burns. Three were fired in September, and on November 19th (and last August) the Salah al-Din Brigade fired four mortar shells containing white phosphorus into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.

White phosphorous, a.k.a. WP, “Willie” or “Peter” is a material made from an allotrope of the chemical element phosphorus used in smoke, tracer, illumination and incendiary munitions. The use of phosphorous on civilians is banned under international law. Israel admits to using white phosphorous during Operation Cast Lead, two years ago, in Gaza, but in risking UN sanctions, have since stopped. At that time, NATO forces also used white phosphorous, but have also since reportedly stopped.

The United States has accused Taliban militants of using white phosphorus weapons illegally on at least 44 separate occasions and likewise, in May 2009, Colonel Gregory Julian, spokesman for General David McKiernan, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, confirmed that Western military forces in Afghanistan use white phosphorus in order to illuminate targets or as an incendiary for destroying bunkers and the equipment of enemies. In November 2009, Houthi fighters in Yemen claimed Saudi warplanes dropped phosphorus bombs on villages in north Yemen. The Saudi government denied this.

A coalition of militant Palestinian groups (including the al-Qaeda linked, Ansar al-Sunna) known as the Popular Resistance Committees claimed responsibility for the latest attacks on Israel. They claim it was retaliation for Israel’s targeted killing of two leaders of the al-Qaida-linked Army of Islam in recent air strike on Gaza last Wednesday. Israel claimed the group was planning to kidnap nationals in Sinai Peninsula to use them as bargaining chips for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Meanwhile some polling by the Jerusalem Post does show some improvement. 56% of Gazans and 53% of West Bank Palestinians are sick of Hamas. The Islamo-Fascists in green are getting the Palestinian cause nowhere! These numbers are down from the 35% and 44% who had favorable views of Hamas in July 2009. Fatah got high approval ratings, also in Gaza, which is a positive sign. While most Palestinians (like Israelis) favor a two-state solution, they see it as a step towards having a one-state solution someday, Insha’Allah.

Palestinians in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip hold animosity toward Iran.
Altogether, 54% of Palestinians think peace with Israel is a possibility and only 43% are despondent. The majority are ready for renewed Peace Talks with the Jews.

This Week in Palestine

Palestinian Soccer TeamKicking the Ball Against the Wall

On Tuesday, The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was chagrined by the cancellation of the scheduled soccer match between the Palestinian National Soccer team and the Central African soccer team in Palestine, by the Central African Republic government. FIFA had slated the match for the 17th of November 2010.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in an official statement, the decision is a sign of deference to Israel. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said such incidents impede the path to peace in the region, which is supported by the International Community. The Ministry claimed that it illustrates the link between politics and sports. The Ministry forgot about the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

The so-called link between politics and sports, which the Palestinians claim should not exist, has slighted Israel so often in the past. Israeli tennis talent, Shahar Pe’er was refused a visa by the United Arab Emirates, preventing her from competing in the Sony Ericsson World Tennis Association Tour in Dubai, in February of 2009.

Ever since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iranian athletes have refused to compete against Israeli athletes in international sporting events. Iran lost a possible medal and points in the 2010 World Wrestling Championships in Moscow, earlier this year when the Greco-Roman wrestler Taleb Nematpour refused to compete against his Israeli rival for the championship match. He said:

“I avoided the match as a sign of sympathy with the people of Palestine.”

Esmail Kowsari, a legislator and staunch opponent of any direct competition between Iranians and Israelis, claims that:

“Such justifications – made to international athletic federations and committees to avoid penalties – are unnecessary and athletes should be proud of withdrawing…I say our athletes shouldn’t even use illness as an excuse for their honourable deed…We have repeatedly announced that we don’t recognize Israel.”

When the Iranian Arash Miresmaeili refused to fight Israeli Ehud Vaks in the Judo championship of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Ayatollah Khamenei told the young athlete, “This was worth a hundred medals.”


Hamas: Ahmadinejad, Visit Gaza Like You Visited Lebanon!

This week, Hamas invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Gaza.

In an interview Tuesday with the Fars news agency in Gaza, Hamas Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmed Yousef said a visit by the Iranian president would:

“Boost the morale of the Palestinian people and the resistance.”

“We invite Ahmadinejad to visit the Gaza Strip and we are confident that this trip will be of paramount importance.”

Yousef said to the Iranian Press TV network.


Obama Inhaled Too Many Volcanic Ash Fumes in Indonesia:

U.S. President Barack Obama criticized Israel on Tuesday during a news conference in Indonesia, following an announcement on Monday that Israel has proceeded with plans to build 1,345 homes in east Jerusalem.

“This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations.”

Said Obama in Jakarta.

Boeing, Raytheon and United Technologies in Bed with Saudi Arabia: Why?

I found it peculiar when, last month, Saudi Arabia purchased, under the aegis of the Obama administration, 84 Boeing Co. F-15 fighter jets, attack helicopters and helicopters made by United Technologies Corp. (70 Apaches, 72 Black Hawks and 36 Little Birds), satellite-guided bombs and an advanced radar from Raytheon Co..

But one should not be too shocked: according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the U.S. sold, roughly, a combined $37 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait between 2005 and 2009.

Saudi Arabia MilitaryIsrael has historically been apprehensive about U.S. military sales in the Arab world, especially to Saudi Arabia who, while opposed to the current Ayatolla, Ahmadinejad regime, funds terror and does not recognize the Jewish State; ergo, Israel not showing any opposition, let alone a tantrum over the massive deal is a little strange; especially given that last August, the Obama administration cut funding for Israel’s Arrow 3 program missile defense system (more powerful than the Iron Dome), a project totaling just $108.8m out of the American wallet.

Last week, the Washington Post reported:

“According to the military, Boeing – maker of the F-15, the Apaches and the Little Birds – has estimated that the purchase would involve 77,000 direct and indirect jobs in 44 states. Some of those would be jobs that would be kept, but an unspecified number of new jobs would also be generated, officials said.”

And:

“Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace industry analyst at the Teal Group in Fairfax, said the overseas weapons market has become more active in recent years. Last year, the U.S. exported $3.2 billion in combat aircraft overseas, up from $2.4 billion in 2008. Among the biggest buyers in 2009 were Singapore for $1 billion worth of F-15 aircraft; Greece and Poland, receiving $1.9 billion worth of F-16s; and Australia, receiving $200 million worth of F-18s.”

The word on the street was that America contacted Israel first, (about the recent Saudi sale) who gave the thumbs up. Spokesman of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Jonathan Peled said that while the Jewish Country is not “thrilled” by the proposal, it has not requested such actions as congressional hearings or assurances.

But if Israel does not have an EVEN WORSE taste in its mouth from the sale, some American politicians do. As far as domestic opposition to the deal, an article in Bloomberg News reported that a letter was put into circulation on the hill, for the signature of lawmakers. Composed by top Democrat and Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the letter stresses the danger of the deal – though stops short at pleading the need to nullify the $60 billion transaction.

The letter was written by California Democrat Howard Berman and Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and is addressed to Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary, Robert Gates.

The lawmakers raise “the potential repercussions for our friends and for our own forces in the region in the event of political change in Saudi Arabia,” saying:

Howard Berman

“We have serious concerns about the nature of Saudi involvement in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, particularly since the Saudis have failed to take steps toward normalization of relations with Israel or to augment their financial support to the Palestinian Authority.”

The letter inquires how thoroughly the Pentagon and the State Department have considered the sale’s effect on U.S. policies in the Middle East, specifically the righteous goal of securing Israel’s “qualitative military edge” over its neighbors; a winning goal for American security too.

The two lawmakers cite a report by the Government Accountability Office, concluding the Departments of State and Defense:

“Did not consistently document how arms transfers to gulf countries advanced U.S. foreign policy and national security goals.”

The Saudi F-15 package reportedly does not include arms that could pose a serious threat, like weapons which can be fired from long distances, threatening thereby little Israel. The arrival of F-15s to Saudi Arabia would not begin until 2015, the same year Israel is slated to commence the reception of F-35s.

At the time the deal was announced, Andrew Shapiro of the U.S. State Department said the sale would:

“Protect (Saudi) security in a dangerous neighborhood against legitimate security threats.”

Ros-Lehtinen and Berman, in the letter, ask what Saudi Arabia has done to quell Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. The lawmakers cite potential Saudi “leverage in the international oil market to diminish Iran’s oil revenue” as well as actions to stem financing for terrorism or reduce the spread of nuclear-weapons technology.

Congress has until November 20th to prevent the sale before the Defense Department and companies proceed with more detailed talks on contracts.

Other Notes of Interest:

And last month, number two in the House Republican leadership, Eric Cantor of Virginia proposed that when the GOP wins control of the House – and now they have – they should move Israel’s financial aid package and add it to the Pentagon’s budget.

Writes C. Hart of American Thinker:

“House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, a staunch supporter of Israel, will become House Majority Leader in the next Congress. He will be holding the highest ranking post a Jew has ever held in Congress. His actions will, most likely, focus on giving less U.S. military support to Saudi Arabia. The United States recently approved $60 billion in weapons sales to the Saudis, which only hinders Israel’s qualitative military edge in the Middle East over Arab States. The sale is expected to be the largest in U.S. history if all purchases are made by Saudi Arabia. Ros-Lehtinen has already spoken out against the sale.”

“According to The Israel Project (TIP), Cantor has also cosponsored legislation that would end U.S. taxpayer aid to the Palestinian Authority until it stops its culture of hate toward Israel. He also wants to see an end to unauthorized WAQF excavations of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which are encouraged and supported by the Palestinian Authority.”

The Bibi and Biden Show:

Meanwhile, Israel PM, Binyamin Netanyahu of the Likud party is in America this week. First, D.C., to recall the nostalgic stench of a Republican majority House and then New York for a corned beef on rye at Katz’s Deli.

A source who was present at the meeting in Washington reported that Bibi told Biden:

“The only way to ensure that Iran will not go nuclear is to create a credible threat of military action against it if it doesn’t cease its race for a nuclear weapon…The economic sanctions are making it difficult for Iran, but there is no sign that the Ayatollah regime plans to stop its nuclear program because of them.”

Bibi will not be meeting with the American president this time, who is currently abroad on diplomatic duties.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

While the PA attempts to convince the world that they are ready for skyscrapers, country clubs and an Imax theatre, Egypt will host a set of negotiations between Fatah and Hamas leaders to determine a solution to the ugly, ever-widening schism between them.

Previously, the meeting was to be held in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on October 20th. However, the scheduled timing was delayed due to Hamas’ rejection of a Fatah request to hold the negotiations in a different Arab country.

Meanwhile in Gaza, citizens suffer from a lack of electricity, casting much of the strip into a daily eight-hour blackout.

“The lack of electricity is largely due to a protracted disagreement between Gaza’s Hamas government and the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank over who will pay the territory’s electricity bill, estimated at more than 80 million shekels ($21 million) each month.”

Reported Liam Stack of the Christian Science Monitor,

“Both Hamas and Fatah accuse each other of corruption and of mishandling tax revenue and international aid, all to the detriment of Gaza’s 1.5 million residents.”

Meanwhile, senior Hamas official, Ismail Haniyeh has compromised Sharia Law which he holds his people to under pains of imprisonment and worse. He has crept into the Hamas whiskey supply and taken to the mega-phone, assuring that there is no de facto war against Israel brewing:

“I don’t think that there is a war knocking at our doors because the Israeli enemy was taught a great lesson…”

He is referring to Operation Cast Lead of 2009, in which the IDF killed at least 1,400 Palestinians as a response to a constant rain of rocket attacks on Israel and the still-missing soldier, abducted in 2006, Gilad Shalit.

In a recent interview with Ynet, IDF commander Eyal Eisenberg warned that the next war on Gaza would be “more painful, complex, and powerful.”

Jon Stewart is a Bigot, Rick Sanchez Is Unemployed and Fidel Castro is a Zionist

Rick Sanchez
After he made tetchy rhetoric on a radio program, CNN has put the axe in one veteran news anchor Rick Sanchez.

According to Mr. Sanchez, Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” is a bigot.

The former CNN news anchor was born in Cuba and worked at CNN since 2004. He was host of the two-hour “Rick’s List” on CNN’s afternoon lineup. The prime-time version of that show ended when the time slot was filled by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker.

Sanchez often found himself the butt of Stewart’s jokes — other than frequent features on the show’s “Moment of Zen” segment, the most recent example of Stewart’s bigotry directed at Sanchez was when he said on the air that his show had received a tweet from House Republican leader John Boehner. Stewart said it was a case of “send a twit a tweet.”

In rebuttal, Sanchez told Pete Dominick in a satellite radio interview that:

“He’s upset that someone of my ilk is almost at his level,” he is bigoted toward “everybody else that’s not like him.” Jon Stewart “can’t relate to what I grew up with”.

alluding to his family’s needy fiscal findings and prejudice directed at his dad.

Dominick pointed out that Stewart, Jewish, is a minority too.

The response came,

“I’m telling you that everyone who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority?”

Sanchez added a sarcastic “yeah.”

“I can’t see someone not getting a job these days because they’re Jewish.”

Stewart was labeled by Sanchez as a member of “elite, Northeast establishment liberals “who ”deep down, when they look at a guy like me, they see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier, and not the top tier.”

Sanchez even talked about Jewish influence in the media:

“Very powerless people… [snickers] He’s such a minority…”

Here is Jon Stewart’s response:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Hurty Sanchez
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

Meanwhile, in a recent interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, former Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro lambasted Iranian Holocaust denial, supported the Jewish Country’s right to exist and had amicable wishes for Binyamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres.

“I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews…I would say much more than the Muslims. They have been slandered much more than the Muslims because they are blamed and slandered for everything. No one blames the Muslims for anything.”

Said Castro:

“Now, let’s imagine that I were Netanyahu…that I were there and I sat down to reason through [the issues facing Israel], I would remember that six million Jewish men and women, of all ages were exterminated in the concentration camps.”

Castro also expressed an admiration for Netanyahu’s father, Ben-Zion, who is the foremost historian of the Spanish Inquisition in the world.

Strange, even for the former Communist dictator who was once a vehement supporter of the ultra-left movement to delegitimize the Jewish Country.

In a separate public announcement, Castro also recently pitted Israel and the US against Iran by cautioning about the could-be catastrophic effects on global climate change that could come as a result of a ‘nuclear winter’.

Meanwhile, this year according to Haaretz, 5,000 Israelis traveled to Cuba on vacation. A number that is sure to increase.

Missiles, Worms and Space Creatures

According to Iran’s defense minister, the Revolutionary Guard has received its first batch of brand new missiles, featuring enhanced guidance systems to hit ground targets.

Developed by Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization and successfully test-fired last month, General Ahmad Vahidi says the Defense Ministry supplied the guard with the upgraded surface-to-surface Fateh-100 missile. Previous versions of the missiles had ranges of up to 120 miles or 193 kilometers. The specifications on the new Fateh-100’s are still up for speculation.

Mahmoud AhmadinejadWhile rumors have surfaced that Ahmadinejad is considering ending the country’s uranium enrichment, a complex computer worm has affected the personal computers of the staff at that country’s first-ever nuclear power plant, just weeks before the facility is to go online.

Named Stuxnet, the computer worm can do serious damage to systems which control the inner workings of industrial plants.

Let’s Make a Deal

On a semi-related note, Moscow and Jerusalem signed a military cooperation agreement – actually the first of its kind – in early September, during a visit by Defense Minister, Ehud Barak. Israel is to sell the not-always-trusted and not-always-rational, builder of the Iranian Nuclear Power Plant, Russia, 36 UAV’s at a price of just $100 million.

Is $100 million worth Russia’s Iranian cooperation and human-rights violations in Georgia? Well how about a $300 million joint-venture to manufacture Israel drones in that country?

Hang on Ehud Barak!

Yes, the rumors are true. Russia will continue to supply Syria with advanced P800 sea-to-surface cruise missiles. These are the most advanced of their kind in the world! Will they be transferred to Hezbollah? Most signs point to yes.

The Russians, however, won’t deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems to Iran. Apparently that would be taking things one step too far.
Ahmad Vahidi said this on Iranian state-run TV:

“We think Russia should show it has an independent stance in choosing its relations with other countries as well as on international issues…”

The S-300, capable of shooting down aircraft and missiles at ranges over 144 kilometers and altitudes of 27,342 meters, would have been helpful to the Islamic Republic in combating an attack by Israel.

Meanwhile, last Tuesday, Italian authorities seized seven tons of explosives at a shipping container port in Gioia Tauro, Calabria. The shipment, sent from Iran, headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, was being transported by a Swiss-Italian shipping company to Syria.

What’s Happening at the United Nations

The UN is appointing a Malaysian Astro-physicist to head the Office of Space, to welcome extra-terrestrial visitors to the planet.

She is expected to explain that the recent discovery of hundreds of stars have made the possibility of the discovery of alien life more likely than before and that the United Nations should be ready for the chance of “initial contact.”

Yellow Belly Republic

The al-Khaleej newspaper’s got the scoop! Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will soon be visiting Lebanese dictator, Saad Hariri to discuss

“Iran’s ownership of what he regards as the struggle of the Muslim world against Israel.”

As Jerusalem Post’s Jonathan Spyer worded it.

Will he visit the Southern border with Israel? Does the Iranian leader have the chutzpa?

Spyer observed that the visit could be a signal that the Republic of Lebanon is making a de facto initiation into the “axis of evil,” to borrow a phrase from the Bush-era.

Iran wishes to make itself the crux authority in the region, despite its non-Sunni and non-Arab population. Of course Abbas’ Western diplomacy and recent reception of $400 million from the World Bank only has the Iranian leader salivating more to make his proxy weapon, Hezbollah, more of a bona fide sovereignty in the region – and thereby lifts Iran to an even more authoritative position through the world over.

As a result of Iran’s weight, the good citizens of Lebanon have not stood a chance to build a state which is respectable and buoyant at-best since their 2005 withdrawal from Syria.

Restrictions on banking services and shipping are reducing Iran’s ability to sell the crude oil which is critical to its economy; a result of the country’s nuclear policy. Yet Ahmadinejad refuses to cite any other root cause than the Jewish Country for its woes.


And speaking of which, Iran lost a possible medal and many points in the 2010 World Wrestling Championships in Moscow, this month, when the Greco-Roman wrestler Taleb Nematpour refused to compete against his Israeli rival for the championship match.

Supposedly, Miresmaeili withdrew because he exceeded the weight limit – however, he was quoted on his return home saying he had

“avoided the match as a sign of sympathy with the people of Palestine.”

Wrote Foreign Correspondent, Maryam Sinaiee of the Abu Dhabi news source, The National.

If that were the case, why not stay and fight? I don’t know – call it Jihad or something! Pin the Jew and cry, “Free Palestine!”

Nematpour had won the 2010 Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées Golden Prix Finals and was also a 2010 World Cup bronze medalist.

Iran reported that he withdrew due to “severe appendix pains.” Though Esmail Kowsari, a legislator and staunch opponent of any direct competition with Israelis, claims that:

“Such justifications – made to international athletic federations and committees to avoid penalties – are unnecessary and athletes should be proud of withdrawing.”

Kowsari said:

“I say our athletes shouldn’t even use illness as an excuse for their honourable deed…We have repeatedly announced that we don’t recognize Israel.”

Ever since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iranian athletes have refused to compete against Israeli athletes in international sporting events.

“This was worth a hundred medals,” said Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei to Arash Miresmaeili after the judo champion refused to fight Israeli Ehud Vaks in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

A political analyst in Tehran, who insists to remain anonymous said:

“Iranian and Israeli athletic performance has significantly improved since 1983 and resulted in more frequent chances of their confrontation in international athletic competition…It has also become more difficult for the Iranian athletes and authorities to justify absence from competitions to Olympics committees and international athletic federations. The denial of the consideration of lifting the ban shows that the dilemma of facing the Israeli athletes or not facing them and bearing the consequences will not be resolved any time soon…”

In July, Iran was accused of putting politics before sports at the Youth Olympics because of its withdrawal from a taekwondo final against the Jewish Country – known to be talented in the Martial Arts.

Anyway, now-a-days, any conflict which is beyond resolution by cathartic sportsmanship is very much a risk to world peace!

Get in the ring guys!

Rabbi Ovadia Sends a New Years Wish to Abbas


Spiritual leader of the Shas party, Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef made a public wish during his Rosh Hashana sermon that

“our enemies and haters may come to an end, Abu Mazen and all these villains – may the Holy One, Blessed Be He, afflict them with the plague… these evil enemies of Israel.”

Abu Mazen is the same as Mahmoud Abbas.

Nissim Ze’ev, a veteran Knesset representative for the Shas said on Sunday that the Rabbi was misunderstood:

“He means that the Holy One, Blessed Be He should end the hatred that the villains harbor against us. It is easy to interpret what he said as meaning that we do not want peace, but this is untrue. The Rabbi supports negotiations for peace. The Jewish people has many enemies and the Rabbi does not mean to say that all of them should be annihilated, just that their hatred for us should end.”

Hilmi al-Ghoul, an “adviser on national matters” to the chief of the Palestinian Authority said that Rabbi Ovadiah’s “racist” pronouncements, pronounced on the eve of resumption of direct talks between the Jewish Country and the PA, under American auspices, sends a message to the world that the Jews refuse to accept the “two state solution.”

Israel Lays Down Some New Tracks

According to United Press International, an Israeli railway line in Samaria will lead on to the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s Transport Minister Yisrael Katz made the plans known at a meeting early in the week with supporters of Netanyahu’s Likud Party.

The track begins in Rosh Ha’ayin, near Petach Tikvah in Israel via Ariel to Nablus in the West Bank – and then between Ramallah and Latroun in the West Bank and Israel, respectively.

There passengers could catch a connection to the main line between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Another railway track will also be built between Jenin and Beersheba in Israel’s Negev desert.

Katz declared his wishes to construct train tracks between the Gaza Strip and Yad Mordechai in southern Israel, as well, where passengers may link up to the West Bank railway line or other lines in the Jewish Country.

Israel Railway, according to Haaretz, has invested more than $700,000 in the framework stages of the initial section of the line between Rosh Ha’ayin and Nablus.

The train will link the historic Valley Train to Haifa and the Jerusalem line.

The Valley Train, inaugurated in 1905, once ran from Haifa to Damascus in Syria where it linked up with the Hejaz Railway to Medina in the Arabian Peninsula.

I RAN TO HELP LEBANON’S DUBIOUS FUTURE

According to a recent article in Reuters, Washington lawmakers are delaying funds of aid to the Lebanese army for fear of their working with Iran.The article made no specific mention of the Hezbollah.

Could they be more idiotic?

“Isn’t it obvious?”

Thought OneJerusalem. Why else would the Jewish Country have needed to crush the country’s infrastructure during the 2006 invasion? Who else could be responsible for the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri? UNIFIL, Michel Suleiman – nay – democracy isn’t calling the shots in Beirut. The Iran-funded Hezbollah is.

What Lebanese Defense Minister, Elias al-Murr had in mind with his personal contribution of $670,000, according to the Reuters article, was to convince Lebanese citizens living abroad throughout the world and domestically to help pitch in – build up the Lebanese army that is.

But would the $100 million from the United States really be such a good idea? Firstly, after recent clashes between Lebanon and the IDF along Israel’s northern border, it undermines the Jewish Country, which – let’s face it – is only to be expected from this current American administration. At the same time the dangerous Tehranian goofballs too have donated $720 million to Lebanon since 2006. Why should we believe that money donated to Lebanon is going anywhere but into the pocket of Nasrallah the notorious?

The Indian Giver

The United States of America has officially decided on cutting funding for Israel’s defense system.
 
The budget signed off by Congress for the Arrow 3 program totaled $108.8 million in 2011.
 
Well, this included a White House request for $50.8 million, combined with another $58 million added by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
 
Now, the allotment from the White House for the project in 2010 was substantially higher, see? The White House had initially budgeted $60 million, and Congress had added another $97.4 million, bringing the total American donation to the program $157.4 million.
 
American Lieutenant General Patrick J. O’Reilly, Director of the Missile Defense Agency, once said:
 

“The design of Arrow 3 promises to be an extremely capable system, more advanced than what we have ever attempted in the U.S. with our programs…This has to do with the seekers that have greater flexibility and other aspects, such as propulsion systems – it will be an extremely capable system.”

 

Is he an Indian giver?

In May the White House announced a $205 million grant supposed to fund a 10-unit battery of the Iron Dome system. The Iron Dome is something of a fence which will surround the country and protect its southern flank against short-range Kassam rockets fired by disgruntled Islamists.
 
The munificent aid package will probably be a one-time grant, while the Arrow 3 funding cuts are permanent.
 
Besides for this, more cuts could be on the way. For instance, the Magic Wand system (known as “David’s Sling”), used to defend Israel against medium-range missile attacks was $84.7 million, while last year’s budget was $134.7.

The Arrow 3 anti-missile system, with a kill ratio of 99% is intended to intercept and destroy long-range ballistic missiles, such as the ones that could possibly be fired at Israel by the Iranian regime in Persia.

The system which is one of the most advanced defense systems in existence is being jointly funded and produced by the Israel Aerospace Industries and the U.S.- based billionaire Boeing aerospace and defense contractor.

Also known as Hetz, the Arrow 3 is a family of anti-ballistic missiles designed to fulfill a theater missile defense system which would be even more efficient than the MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile.

Jointly funded – jointly produced by both the Jewish Country and the former British colonies of the New World – the corporate sector that is, development of the system began in 1986. Israel Aerospace Industries and Boeing are responsible for the fiscal infrastructure.

Everybody Must Get Stoned

“In feature films about John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon and George W. Bush, Oliver Stone, gave free rein to his imagination and was often criticized for doing so”

Writes Larry Rohter of the New York Times. During the recent New York Times interview, Rohter wrote that Stone stated,

“People who are often demonized, like Nixon and Bush and Chávez and Castro, fascinate me…”

And the famed director does not wane in his creative calling or his denouncement of demonization.

Stated Stone:
Oliver Stone

“We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions …Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM. Hitler is just a man who could have easily been assassinated.”

What is so fascinating is that such a political and historical skeptic would not come to the side of Israel – the true victim and even the archetypal victim of demonization.

Furthermore, is not anti-Semitic rhetoric really a kind of “funding” for neo-Nazism?

Stone stated in the recent New York Times interview as the cause for disproportionate attention to the Holocaust in American media:

“The Jewish domination of the media. There’s a major lobby in the United States” he said “They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***ed up United States foreign policy for years.”

Mr. Stone will be attacked for his comments by those who love America and by Jews who love themselves – just as Mr. Stone is attacked by critics for the historical and biographical motion pictures which he makes. The common denominator is his masterful misrepresentation of the truth.

There is no defense for the artist who tells lies in the real world. His honorable occupation of story-telling on the silver screen loses credibility, you see.

So while Stone slanders his father’s people and Mel Gibson digs his hateful hole deeper; while Meg Ryan boycotts Israel and Stone’s boy Hugo Chavez lets the Hezbollah operate freely in Venezuela, and the “demonized” Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to tell lies and facilitate the murder of Israelis – not one Christian Hollywood notable has stepped up and said, “enough!”

Aside from this, Stone should be aware: the true demon is within himself. Because of this, his art suffers.

Unpublished Kafka to see Light of Day

For more than 40 years, the treasure trove of unseen and unpublished possibly important Franz Kafka works lay stacked in piles in a humid apartment in a Tel Aviv suburb. The cache consisted of thousands of decomposing postcards, letters, manuscripts and drawings by the Czech-born Jewish writer.

Franz KafkaWell, after a legal battle taking more than two years, papers from a collection began to emerge from the vaults, yesterday, of a bank in Zürich, Switzerland.

The amount of works discovered could lead to a re-assessment of the tormented and reclusive writer, who died at age 40 in 1924, from Tuberculosis, whose family was killed in the Holocaust.

Kafka was born in 1883 in Prague – when he died, he was a little-known Jewish writer with a handful of published German stories to his name.

Just prior to his death in a Vienna sanatorium, the writer entrusted his friend, Max Brod with his collection of unpublished handwritten documents, insisting famously that all papers “should be burned unread and without remnant” after his death. Well this never happened and Max Brod’s former secretary was watching over them in the cat infested first floor Tel Aviv suburb.

Brod, after Kafka’s death did not follow his friends wishes and instead published some of the works including The Metamorphosis, The Trial and The Castle.

When the Nazi’s invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939, Brod, a fervent Zionist, stuffed the collection of manuscripts into a suitcase and left for Israel.

Esther Hoffe, Brod’s housekeeper and alleged lover sold an original manuscript of The Trial in 1988 at Sotheyby’s, on behalf of the German literary archive in the city of Marbach. It fetched an estimated one-million dollars. On a separate occasion, when she was arrested at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport on suspicion of smuggling, letters and a travel journal by Kafka were found in her bag.

Israel’s state archive was allowed to catalogue Hoffe’s collection, yet there was always a suspicion that she had hidden away the most valuable portions of it.

Now that Hoffe has recently passed away at age 101, many in the Jewish Country are angry about talk of removing some of the papers from the country and selling them to Germany’s Marbach archive. Israel regards the Kafka legacy as a national treasure and a very key to pre-Holocaust European Jewish life.

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