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Entries in Israel (8)


Oh, Debbie... You Done Stepped in it Now

Unfortunately for DNC figurehead Debbie Wasserman Schultz some smells don't wash off that easily.

After misquoting an Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren and insinuating that he said the GOP was "dangerous for Israel", both the ambassor and the Israeli embassy quickly denied such a statement and any implied negative sentiment.  

Now Debbie is singing a different tune...  she never said he said that at all.   It's those mean ol' Republicans:

“I didn’t say he said that,” Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, later insisted to Fox News. She added that inasmuch as the Examiner is “a conservative newspaper,” it was “not surprising they would deliberately misquote me.”

Sadly,  Debbie...  there's audio proving otherwise:

(Her talking about things "spewed by Republicans" was merely the icing on the cake)

Sorry Debbie, but you are truly a liar and it's quite obvious that only one person has "deliberately misquoted" anybody here for political posturing.   :: sniff sniff ::



Obama Panders To Iran, Throws Israel Under The Bus

YNETNEWS                                                                                           (skip to most recent comments)

According to a ynetnews report Monday, the Obama administration used covert back channels to assure Iran that the the U.S. will not back Israel if they decide to unilaterally attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

The United States has indirectly informed Iran, via two European nations, that it would not back an Israeli strike against the country's nuclear facilities, as long as Tehran refrains from attacking American interests in the Persian Gulf, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.

The Obama Administration's anti-Israel position has repeatedly been a major concern for our only true ally in the Middle East.

Throwing Israel under the bus, seems to be a top foreign policy for this president.


Obama Throws Israel Under The Bus


In a speech today regarding U.S and Middle East relations, President Obama said that a Palestinian State should be recognized by 1967 borders.

President Barack Obama is endorsing the Palestinians' demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in a move that will likely infuriate Israel. Israel says the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.

Israel is said to be, indeed, infuriated.


Saudi Arabia Will Turn A Blind Eye To An Israel Flyover En Route To Iran


When? That's been the burning question for some time now. When will Israel take it's defense against a nuclear Iran into it's own hands?

As Iran repeatedly threatens to annihilate Israel, all while racing to develop nuclear weapons, the world's powers have seemed to twiddle their thumbs in response. Even with recent tougher sanctions, Iran still remains defiant and says they'll continue with their nuclear program.

Now, no one in the Middle East, or in anywhere for that matter, wants to see Iran as a nuclear power...and all seem to be secretly and unofficially hoping that Israel will take care of the problem if sanctions ultimately fail. Last year, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphatically informed President Obama that if the U.S. didn't do something with Iran, that he would.

Sources in Saudi Arabia say it is common knowledge within defence circles in the kingdom that an arrangement is in place if Israel decides to launch the raid. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will let them [the Israelis] through and see nothing,” said one.

Recent reports say that Saudi Arabia will look the other way and permit Israel to fly through a section of it's airspace in the event of an Israeli bombing raid to Iran. The 1400 mile trip pushes the limits of Israel fuel capabilities but cutting through Saudi airspace would help with less fuel consumption.

Apparenty, the U.S. is on board, but is currently withholding support of a flyover of Iraq.

“The Saudis have given their permission for the Israelis to pass over and they will look the other way,” said a US defence source in the area. “They have already done tests to make sure their own jets aren’t scrambled and no one gets shot down. This has all been done with the agreement of the [US] State Department.”

One can only assume that when the U.S. finally decides to look the other way, the question of "when" will be swiftly answered.


Iranian Ships May Be Headed To Gaza

Jerusalem Post

A week after Israel enforced a blockade against Gaza by boarding ships headed to the area with, supposedly, humanitarian aid, Iran says that they'll break the blockade themselves.

Israel says they won't let that happen.

“If we didn’t let an Irish ship reach Gaza, we are certainly not going to let Iranian ships pass,” one diplomatic official said.

The seriousness of Iran is under question.

The official added that it was not yet clear how serious the Iranian threat was, and that there was often “a lot of bluster” coming out of Teheran.

Obviously, such a clash between Israel and Iran has the potential for major consequences. Iran has repeatedly threatened to erase Israel from the map.

Iran claims the ship s will leave within the week.


"Israel Is Number One Threat To Middle East" Says IAEA Chief

That's what Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei said yesterday.

At a joint press conference with Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran, ElBaradei brought Israel under spotlight and said that the Tel Aviv regime has refused to allow inspections into its nuclear installations for 30years, the report said.

"Israel is the number one threat to the Middle East given the nuclear arms it possesses," ElBaradei was quoted as saying.


It's been a foregone conclusion that Israel has been a nuclear nation for decades.  As a result, ElBaradei is claiming that Israel in the big threat to the region.  Israel has never confirmed or denied the nuclear assumption but they certainly have never threatened to use nuclear weapons on it's enemies.

However, Iran HAS threatened to obliterate Israel and does so almost on a daily basis. Even as the west and Russia continues to placate, accommodate and coddle them.

Now, why is ElBaradei attempting to put the onus on Israel as the threat, when it's so blatantly apparent that Iran is the country spewing the threats and  violent rhetoric? Anti-Semitic spin? Perhaps.


"Yes to Israeli Independence! No to American Demands!"

Although popular with the American Jewish community, President Obama is not looked upon fondly with some in Israel.

While America is pouring millions of dollars into Palestinian causes, rebuking Israel for settlements and making demands of Netanyahu to divide Jerusalem...many Israelis are beginning to believe that the Obama administration is biased against them.

Calling on Israel to simply say "no" to US pressure to freeze settlement activity and to divide the capital, close to a thousand people rallied outside Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Jerusalem home Monday evening.


Remembering One of the Living

He isn't what you would call famous: he hasn't sold millions of records, nor has he starred in any popular television broadcasts. Instead, Gilad Shalit was performing the unheralded duty of all soldiers--to serve in his nation's  defense--when he was kidnapped by members of  Hamas three years ago today. Other than a few letters and an audiotape, Shalit has been kept incommunicado.

In our 24 hour world, news quickly becomes old news. But the young Israeli, Gilad Shalit, should not be forgotten.

h/t to Aussie Dave.