From Ian:The Democrats Now Own Iran. They’ll Soon Wish They Didn’tObama and the Democrats now say they will get behind Israel and strengthen its defenses even though the deal makes Iran a threshold nuclear power almost immediately. That renders talk of preserving Israel’s qualitative military edge over potential foes meaningless.
The most common trick that President Obama uses in fending off criticism is to assert a false choice between his policies and what his critics want. Thus, he'd say that his opponents just wanted to leave people uninsured when faced with criticisms of Obamacare and totally ignore all the proposals that Republicans put forward in place of his plan. He does the same thing with Iran.
Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question: What Will Be The End Result Of The Iran Nuclear Deal?The Independent Sentinel : Iran will continue to work on nuclear weaponry and intercontinental ballistic missiles during the term of the faux deal.
From Ian:Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians Vote for Iran's New Ally: HamasHamas has apparently now realigned with Iran, which is "rebuilding relations with the military wing of Hamas." Iran also, it seems, has sent Hamas millions of dollars over the past few months.
From Ian:Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians: Turning Refugee Camps into Weapons WarehousesMost of the Palestinian camps in Lebanon and Syria have long served as large weapons warehouses controlled by various militias belonging to different groups.
Over the weekend, I received intel from some of my sources outlining the framework of the proposed deal by John Kerry and the P5+1 with Iran regarding its illegal nuclear weapons program, where I reported on here.
From Ian:Child-Killer Samir Kuntar 'Killed in Syria Airstrike'Reports are coming out that Israel targeted and killed the notorious child murderer Samir Kuntar today (Wednesday).According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Israel Air Force struck a vehicle carrying five fighters loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Hope springs eternal!The latest fantasy train to pull up at the station is the notion that the recently concluded Iran deal is going to lead the United States to some kind of strategic realignment or rebalance, with Iran now playing a more central role in Washington's relations with the region.
From Ian:The Ayatollah's Plan for Israel and Palestine"The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem."This is how the blurb of "Palestine," a new book, published by Islamic Revolution Editions last week in Tehran, identifies the author.The author is "Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Husseini Khamenei," the "Supreme Guide" of the Islamic Republic in Iran, a man whose fatwa has been recognized by U.S.
From Ian:Israel’s Foreign Ministry chief: Sunni Arab nations are our ‘allies’The director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Dore Gold, called the Middle East’s Sunni Arab nations “Israel’s allies.”Gold used the term twice in a presentation Wednesday in New York focused on the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal.
From Ian:PodCast: Focusing on Israel, the U.S.-Iranian detente, and the conflicted Middle East: with Caroline Glick and Richard BaehrWe make no secret of our respect, admiration and, yes, love of Israel.
From Ian:Heatwave, bikes and Jerusalem tensions: Israel prepares for Yom KippurIsraelis preparing to begin the 25-hour Yom Kippur fast were greeted Tuesday by a heatwave, with meteorologists warning that temperatures would rise further on Wednesday.
From Ian:Patronage and paralysis: UN marks 70 years of ineffectivenessThe worsening war in Syria, allegations of child sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers and the mishandling of the Ebola epidemic cast a spotlight on the inadequacies of the United Nations in a globalized world, operating with a power structure that hasn’t changed since 1945.
From Ian:UNRWA Chief Admits Hamas Hid Weapons in FacilitiesPierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, the UN body tasked with aiding "Palestinian refugees," admitted on Wednesday that Hamas terrorists hid weapons at UNRWA facilities during their terror war against Israel last summer.
It was already difficult to imagine Congress mustering up enough support to override a presidential veto of a bill to kill the Iran deal, but it will be impossible now that Kerry Secures Gulf Support. Gulf Arab countries gave cautious backing on Monday to the nuclear deal with Iran, giving the White House an important diplomatic card as it seeks to gain congressional support for the agreement.
From Ian:‘This is our country, there is no other,’ says teary-eyed Aharish in ArabicLucy Aharish, an Israeli-Arab news anchor and actress, was among the 14 torch lighters in the official ceremony kicking off Israel’s celebrations of 67 years of independence on Wednesday night. Almost breaking down at the ceremony, she was the only one of the honorees to give part of her brief address in Arabic.
Prominent Senator Chuck Schumer has come out opposing the Iran fiasco.This surprised me. It may very well cost Schumer his status as the heir apparent to Minority Leader Harry Reid as well as other retaliation.Schumer indicated in his statement that he will work to get other senators to oppose the bill, but how hard he works at it...well, we'll see.