A Time To Betray - The Astonishing double Life of a CIA Agent inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. Reza Kahlili (not his real name) was born and raised in Iran, came to America for his college education, then returned to Iran. Reza Kahlili, seems to represent the heart of the Iranian people who love freedom, America, peace, and are not religious fanatics in any way. Khalili's friend gets him a job with the Revolutionary Guard working with computers, not realizing what he is getting into.
When Kahlili does realize what is happening in his country, beginning with the ouster of the
Shaw, the takeover by the mullahs, the rise of the Revolutionary Guards and abuse by those in power, he decides he must contact the FBI.
Kahlili's two closest friends from childhood take different paths as adults, one joining and rising in the ranks of the Revolutionary Guard. The other friend is arrested, tortured, executed, in Evin Prison along with his little sister, who suffers the same treatment as all girls and women -- rape, torture, starvation and eventually execution.
The FBI connect Kahlili with the CIA and be begins sharing vital secrets he learns from high-ranking Revolutionary Guard members and others. The secrets revealed in the book, the intrigue, the mixed feelings Kahlili has working as a spy, keeping his actions secret from everyone he knows and loves, makes the reader feel like a fly on the wall -- seeing, hearing, feeling and smelling what Kahlili experiences.
Eventually Kahlili, his wife and son get safely to America, but the trip isn't quick and it isn't easy.For almost three decades he keeps his actions as a spy from everyone, including his wife. When he finally confesses to her, she insists that he tell and this book, A Time to Betray is that public confession.
In the book we learn never-before mentioned facts: Iran has been pursuing
a nuclear weapon for 25 years; previously unknown facts about
Lockerbie and the Iranian connection; details of the Iran-Iraq war and the Iran-Contra affair. Kahlili reports to his CIA handler almost immediately about Iran's support of terror groups in Lebanon, Syria and other places, Hezbollah and Taliban training and arming.
Just yesterday U.S. General Stanly McChrystal said there is clear evidence of Iranian activity — in some cases
providing weaponry and training to the Taliban, and training Taliban inside Iran. This isn't new today and it certainly isn't "news" to Reza Kahlili who informed the United States of this over 20 years ago.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and say if you do not read it you are missing out of the book of the year.
Arabs Try to Lynch Israeli Paint-Gun Commandos – Myths and Facts about the Israeli Naval Operation
BY: YEKUTIEL GUZOFSKY
If it wasn't so sad it would make great material for a comedy. The Israeli government sends its most elite military unit - its navy seals - to overtake the Turkish terrorist supply ships as they penetrated into Israeli territorial waters with the stated intent of breaking the Israeli naval blockade around the terrorist Hamas entity that controls Gaza. That Israel sees it as a priority to continue blocking the free flow of weapons into Gaza is not the problem. However, the feeble tactics used by the Israeli government to enforce the blockade needs to be studied and never again duplicated. Did Israel use disproportionate and excessive force? The absolute opposite is true – Israel armed its fighters with toy paint-guns, and gave specific orders to all troops not to open fire with their pistols unless their lives were in danger. In fact, the poor soldiers refrained from shooting back until some of their comrades were already being lynched, shot at, firebombed and stabbed.
The Israelis had spent tens of millions of shekels to set up hotel-suite jail cells, cake and coffee, and promised that they would not use unnecessary force to reroute the ships to the Ashdod port, where they would run a security check of all of the items and then transport the cargo, free of charge into Gaza. Israel also announced in advance that they would send all of the Turks and Europeans back to their countries of origin at Israel's expense. The European and Turkish Hamas sympathizers had two goals - to break through the blockade thereby easing present and future restrictions to transport and smuggle weapons freely into Gaza, and to embarrass Israel - knowing just how sensitive and obsessive Israel is about international public opinion. Israel also had two primary goals: To minimize damage to its image and to prevent direct passage into Gaza. In Israel's suicidal and futile quest to be loved by the Gentiles and to look good in their eyes, Israel once again risked the lives of is finest soldiers and civilians, lowering them onto the boats, one by one, armed primarily with toy paint-guns. This was after having undergone weeks of mental preparation to be "sensitive" to the terrorists who were known to be on board along with their radical supporters who came along for the voyage.
Israel's futile attempt to look pretty was doomed to failure from the onset, as the Voice of Judea predicted and published Friday, three days before the dangerous debacle at sea that resulted in severe injuries to several Israeli soldiers and in the deaths of some 15 Hamas sympathizers on the boat. In the prophetic words of that Judean Voice issue: "Israel lacks the means to offset anti-Israel bias on campuses and in the international press. Whatever Israel does, she will be portrayed as the culprit. It is nothing more than extreme stupidity and a mere exercise in futility to enter that uneven playing-field, where the deck (no pun intended) is stacked against Israel. Whatever Israel does she will be treated like an Apartheid state. Thus Israel should focus on one thing and one thing only – the prevention of the ships entering into Israeli waters, by any and all means necessary. Israel needs to make it clear to any and all that if they penetrate Israeli waters, they will be immediately sunk." We continued in our Friday commentary - "Nothing will be gained by placing our soldiers unnecessarily at risk by having them physically board the ships, and face off with terrorists and whatever unknown weapons and surprises await them. We have our limits and our borders and whoever penetrates them do so at their own risk. There is not a sane country in the free world that would have operated any differently than the way we have suggested when faced with a terrorist enemy who seeks to destroy them and to smuggle in weapons to annihilate them."
We even predicted the exact outcome: "Unfortunately Bibi lacks the backbone and the faith to do anything else but to play right into the hands of the terrorists, as he already promised to transport all of he ship's loads to Gaza, while on the other hand, he will not be able to avoid the bloody broadcasts of the Israeli commandos overtaking the boats – giving the Hamas the very victory that he is so frightened to deliver to them. This is the true danger of a secular head of state who lacks faith in G-d and the justice of his cause. For one who is scared of the prophetic scenario for Israel to "dwell alone" in separation and in isolation, and one who places his faith in Washington and who sees the Biblical isolation blessing as a dreadful curse, will inevitably lose out on all fronts and in all worlds. And we urge all to watch closely the unfolding of this saga at sea, because it is apparent that we will see yet another rerun of frightened myopic Jewish leaders, who with all of their insane preparations to greet the enemy boats with kid's gloves - it will all be to no avail. The same tons of supplies will be brought to Gaza and Israel will lose the media battle regardless."
What should be done? Firstly, we must not leave any doubt in anyone's mind that we will not risk one soldier unnecessarily, and we couldn't care less about international opinion. We must do what needs to be done to protect the integrity of our borders and the lives of our people. And if you as much as think about entering Israel by sea, land or air, we will blow you to kingdom's come. Bad P.R.? Better to stay alive with bad P.R. that makes the world boil over with anger at us, than to die and "benefit" from the sympathy at Yad Vashem as they come to cry their crocodile tears and place wreaths of flowers, wreathed with smiles and pity for the helpless Jewish victims. There is no way to buy the love of the Gentiles with misplaced mercy of fools. However, we can achieve respect and fear by taking the necessary steps to secure our borders thereby fulfilling the verse, "And the fear of the Jews has befallen the nations". Indeed the time has come to recover from our Jewish ghetto complex of seeking favor in the eyes of the Gentile, and to replace that with faith in G-d and Jewish power. That is the Jewish way, and the only way to restore Israel's deterrent factor lost at sea and lost when Israel fled Lebanon, surrendered Gaza, froze "settlement" growth, permitted Iran and Syria to pump weapons into Lebanon with impunity and forfeited her sovereignty over the Temple Mount. The situation will continue to deteriorate as long as Israel chooses to fight her battles with toy guns in the futile hope to gain favor in the eyes of her enemies.
The Saga at Sea and the Eaters of Stinking Fish
This latest saga at sea can only remind us of that famous Jewish story where a king sends his servant out to buy him fish. The servant returns with fish that stinks. The enraged king offers his servant to choose one of three punishments: to eat the fish, to pay for the fish, or to take 20 lashes. The servant, not wanting to fork over money, tries to eat the fish, but it is so disgusting, that he stops in the middle, and chooses to suffer the lashes. But the whipping is so painful, that he stops in the middle and finally offers to pay for the fish. And so, the servant ends up paying for the fish anyway, but only after suffering all the other punishments as well. The parable is clear: Israel is so worried about it's world image, that it bends over backward and risks the lives of its soldiers to show they are not aggressors. But in the end, they get condemned anyway, like eaters of stinking fish.
A June 6th rally opposing the construction is planned
BY: FERN SIDMAN
A palpable tension filled the air on Greenwich Street in lower Manhattan on Tuesday evening May 25th, as an emotionally charged meeting was held by Manhattan's Community Board 1 over the proposed construction of a 13-story mosque and cultural center just blocks away from Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 twin towers terror attacks.
After four hours of rancorous public debate, hostilities reached a zenith when members of the board voted 29-1 with 10 abstentions in support of the plan. Several board members proposed a postponement of the vote until the next meeting in order to obtain more detailed information about funding of the project and the organizations sponsoring it, but the motion failed.
The Cordoba Initiative, headed by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is the chief sponsor of the project that is to be called The Cordoba House, a name that refers to the city in Spain which, in the Middle Ages, was a center of Islamic culture and learning. Cordoba was also the seat of an Islamic caliphate in which Jews and Christians suffered under second-class dhimmi status. It was the site of a large-scale pogrom, perpetrated by Muslims, in the year 1011.
The mosque will be built at 45 Park Place, is the site of a four story edifice built in 1857 and was a Burlington Coat retail store until 9/11, when part of the plane's landing gear crashed through the roof. The building which currently houses a mosque will be razed to make room for the new structure. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission could conceivably thwart the intended project if they determine that the building has historic status, thus rendering it a landmark. Elisabeth de Bourbon, a spokeswoman for the Landmarks Commission said a hearing is scheduled to take place on that very subject.
Failing to abide by Roberts Rules of Order, project opponents jeered at the speakers and yelled comments such as, "You're building over a cemetery!" while holding signs that read, "Show respect for the 3000" among other things. Among the groups standing in opposition to the proposed mosque are the Families of the 9/11 Victims, the Tea Party activists of Staten Island and Brooklyn, the New York City Firefighters, Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA), Jihad Watch and the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI).
Pamela Geller, executive director of "Stop Islamization of America' (SIOA), an organization that is spearheading the June 6th rally to protest the proposed mosque blasted the Cordoba Initiative and its leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, saying the project is "an insult to the people who were murdered there on 9/11 to build a mosque that will teach the same holy book, the same belief-system, that motivated the 9/11 terrorists." She added that, "In Islam there is a history of placing mosques over the cherished sites of conquered people: the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where the Dome of the Rock now stands, and the conversion of the Hagia Sophia cathedral in Constantinople into a mosque are two of the most famous examples, but there are thousands of others. In the Islamic world a mosque at Ground Zero would be no less unmistakably a sign of Islamic triumphalism and supremacism."
Before the vote, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said that he understood the sensitivities of the families of the 9/11 victims. "I don't think anybody wants to do anything to disrespect those families. They made the ultimate sacrifice" he said. "At the same time, we have to balance diversity and look for opportunities to bring different groups together." Stringer released a statement on behalf of the community board saying that support of the construction of the mosque "sent a clear message that our city is one that promotes diversity and tolerance."
Stringer has been the target of disparaging remarks by Tea Party activist Mark Williams who has called the proposed center a monument to the terror attacks. Stringer has defended his position in support of the plans to build the mosque and has denounced what he perceives to be offensive speech directed at him or at Muslims.
Council member Margaret Chin said early in the meeting that those who assume a posture of strong resistance to the plans for the proposed mosque are "haters and bigots." The reference was directed at members of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI) and others who held aloft signs condemning the decision of the board to support this endeavor. According to a 1991 article in "The City Journal" author Richard Brookhiser revealed Ms. Chin's political agenda. He states, "For Ms. Chin had risen to prominence by way of the Communist Workers Party, a Maoist sect that decided several years ago to begin infiltrating mainstream politics."
Satya Dosapati, a leader of the Hindu Human Rights Watch and an active member of the Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam said that "my observation has been that people are waking up to the very real threat that Islamic radicalism represents." Mr. Dosapati is working on mobilizing the large Hindu population in central New Jersey and is arranging buses to the rally on June 6th. "We need exceptionally large numbers of people to attend this rally if we want our voices to be heard. We are assembling at 12 noon on June 6th at Zucotti Park on the corner of Church and Liberty Streets and we beseech all those who are concerned about the future of democracy, liberty and freedom to come out."
Imam Rauf insists that the $150 million project is meant to heal the wounds of 9/11. "We've approached the community because we want this to be an example of how we are cooperating with the members of the community, not only to provide services but also to build a discourse on how Muslims and non-Muslims can cooperate together to push back against the voice of extremism", he said.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy says there are more productive ways to fight Islamic extremism and has questions about the financing. According to reports, the building that occupies the site was purchased last year for $4.85 million in cash by Soho Properties, a real estate company run by Muslims. Imam Rauf, who is also the founder of the American Society for Muslim Advancement was an investor in that transaction.
Dr. Jasser said that with such a financial commitment, there needs to be full disclosure about where the money is coming from. "There should be transparency about who those investors are; whether that money is coming from a domestic source or not, and if it's coming from foreign interests we need to know, because I think that's a liability, and it shows that there is another agenda rather than domestic security and tranquility" he said.
Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of ten books on the nature of Islam expressed doubts about the purportedly benign views of Imam Rauf. "After the 9/11 attacks, Imam Rauf was quoted on the CBS 60 Minutes program of September 30, 2001 as saying, "US policies were an accessory to the 9/11 crime. In the most direct sense Osama Bin Laden was made in the USA". It is clear from the language that Imam Rauf uses now as opposed to back in 2001 that he is a prototypical dissembler as he boldly insinuated that American foreign policy was to blame for the heinous atrocities that took the lives of close to 3,000 people on 9/11" he said.
"Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is an open proponent of Sharia, which institutionalizes discrimination against Jews, Christians, women, and others, and denies freedom of speech and freedom of conscience" said Pamela Geller of SIOA. Her sober warning was crystal clear: "If we do not confront this threat now, then in the future we will see increasing assertiveness from Islamic supremacists in this country; demanding that we accept elements of Islamic law, and increasing conflict as free Americans see their rights being abridged and Muslims set up as a privileged class here."
Islam has always co-opted the civic and religious buildings and sites in
those territories it managed to subdue. A well-known and recurring
theme of Islam is to obliterate and then build over what was there
before, using a symbol of Islam to replace a given culture’s own sacred
So let's get this straight -- Obama refuses to honor America's military who gave their lives for the United States of America -- and he goes to Chicago to spend the day with Louis Farrakhan at the home ofMarty
Nesbitt(treasurer of OFA -- Organizing for America). The
is "is tax exempt for being a
institution." What??? The press pool reporters were intimidated outside by roughly a dozen Fruit of Islam agents for the Nation of Islam and extra Secret Service agents had to be called in to protect the press. Details at Drudge.
“If you ever meet me when I'm just a man, you may have to use a little charity.”
Maj. Robert Rogers (Spencer Tracy) Northwest Passage 1940
I wanted to write an article appropriate for this Memorial Day weekend, a solemn remembrance for all those who bravely gave their lives for our freedoms and liberty, but I just cannot. Not while our nation is under the yoke of an administration that makes a mockery out of everything near and dear to Americans‟ hearts and minds. I simply cannot discuss what this holiday means while high-ranking administration officials are doing everything humanly possible to water down our efforts at destroying our enemies. To honor the memory of those brave men and women who fought battles both known and unknown just to give me an opportunity to speak my mind and conduct myself as I see fit, I decided to write something to inform the world that I, for one, will not abandon the war against radical Islamists. Not now. Not ever. --R.J. Godlewski, Michigan May 27, 2010
Ours is still a nation at war. Not all of those responsible for 9/11 have been brought to justice. Those responsible for the Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut during 1983 have not yet been brought to justice. Those Iranians who overran our sovereign territory in Tehran during 1979 have not all been brought to justice. To make matters far worse, there are still Islamic radicals out there, who wish to destroy America, kill its citizens, and impose Sharia Law upon our democratic republic.
To complicate matters further, our naïve administration actually believes that by slandering the United States and blaming its citizenry for everything since the Great Flood, these radicals will somehow quickly see the light, lay down their arms, and become functional members of society.
There is only one way to defeat a determined enemy – you pounce on them, drive their head into the ground, incinerate that ground into ash, and then go after everyone who even thought nice things about your enemy. That is how you win wars. Throughout history, conquerors conquered, they did not sit down for tea and biscuits, or to discuss (continue reading pdf)
The leader of the world's Ismaili Muslim community was in Toronto
Friday to break ground on what is being billed as the largest Islamic
art and culture centre in North America.
The $300-million development slated for Wynford Drive near Don Mills
is the money coming from]]]
....will cover 6.8 hectares and will include a museum, an Ismaili
cultural centre and a park. [[[prime
land and location in Toronto and they get it]]]
The Aga Khan, leader of the group of Shia Muslims known as Ismailis,
said the Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture is his gift to
"The museum's focus on the arts of Islam will make it a unique
institution in North America, contributing to a better understanding of
Islamic civilization, the plurality within Islam and Islam's
relationship to other traditions," said the Aga Khan.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who presented the spiritual leader
with honorary Canadian citizenship, attended the ceremony.
An artist's rendering of the Toronto development, which
will include an Ismaili cultural centre, a museum of Islamic art and
culture and a park.(Imara Wynford Drive Ltd.)
Designed by eminent Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, the museum is
likely to be the most public aspect of the complex. Demonstrating
tremendous restraint in an age of architectural spectacle, this is a
building intended for contemplation. The idea, the Aga Khan explained at
Friday’s ceremonial gathering, is that of light. The building, he
pointed out, will be “lit by the sun and the moon.”
The Ismailis Center:
By contrast, the Ismaili Centre seeks to create quiet spaces more
appropriate for prayer and spirituality than exhibition-going. The
designer, influential Indian architect Charles Correa, is probably most
recognized for his efforts to adapt Modernism to non-Western contexts.
Based in Mumbai, he has produced a building that is actually a series of
structures that house a library, social and prayer halls, classrooms
and an entrance foyer. Extensive use of glass, including a glazed dome,
will ensure natural light throughout.
Finish date 2013.
An artist's rendering shows the
reflecting pools and formal garden that are to be part of the park.
(Imara Wynford Drive Ltd.)
Countering post-9/11 stereotypes
Jehad Aliweiwi, who runs a
newcomer's settlement agency called Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office,
said since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, young Muslims have
struggled with negative stereotypes about their religion and identity.
"I think this will present them with a spatial and physical
institution that they can look up to," said Aliweiwi. "They can feel
proud of and say, 'Yeah, we do have a legacy of architectural marvel and
Toronto Canada and New York City, both prominent cities in North America, both submitting to Islam.
Christopher Hume (urban issues and architecture)writes, "Of all the gifts ever given to Toronto, none is more beautiful than the
Aga Khan’s." Right. Be careful of certain people and their gifts, there's is a price to pay. (hat tip- Jan)
As you read the following questions and answers concerning the U.S. and terrorism, keep
in mind that this is Memorial Day weekend, when we remember those men and women who gave their lives to protect this country.
How has the United States contributed to the increase in terrorism?
The increase in Islamic terrorist operations in the US has been a direct result
of the substantial growth in the number of Jihad-oriented Imams in US
penitentiaries, seminaries and mosques: the dramatic boost in the number of
Muslim Brotherhood-inspired US mosques: the expanded exposure of US Muslims to
the Jihad ideology via Saudi and Qatari-funded Muslim TV channels and Internet;
the rise in the number of Muslim terror organizations posing as charity
foundations and summer camps, which benefit from tax exemptions; and, the surge
in the number of activists, who draft American Muslims to training and
indoctrination camps in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and the
Palestinian Authority. Most Muslim terrorists in the USA are Arabs and
Rep. Darrel Issa (R-C.A.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-M.E.) aredemandinganswers following the Investigative Project on Terrorism's discovery
that taxpayer money is going to the radical Dar al-Hijrah mosque of
Falls Church, Virginia. The revelation is an unsettling reminder of
how jihadists are using America's freedoms and ineptitude of the
government to their advantage.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism has foundthat the Census Bureau has been paying Dar al-Hijrah about $23,000 per
month since November 2008 to rent space in one of its buildings. The
State Department has used the mosque in its videos about America's
Muslim community and sent students from its Foreign Service Institute to Dar al-Hijrah this
Taxpayer money going to Islamic charter schools in the US where unsuspecting Americans send their children. The children are taught Islamic, specifically Turkish song, dance, customs and undoubtedly religion. Symbols of other religions, like crucifixes, are forbidden.
Why do they hate us?
intensification of the Muslim terrorist threat, despite Obama’s
rough/critical/cold attitude toward the Jewish State, refutes the claim
Arab-Israel conflict, the Palestinian issue or the US-Israel friendship
root cause of anti-US Islamic terrorism.
The inherent religious animosity toward the US has been intensified by Muslim
leaders, who consider US values – such as freedom of expression, freedom of
movement, freedom of religion, free election, free market and free Internet – as
a present and clear danger to their own dictatorial regimes. Moreover, Iran
considers the US as the most effective obstacle to the attainment of its
megalomaniac aspirations. Syria views the US as a key obstacle to Damascus’
historic goal of controlling “Southern Syria” - Jordan. Therefore, they support
anti-US terrorism, irrespective of the Palestinian issue, the Arab-Israeli
conflict, Jerusalem, settlements or the existence of the Jewish State.
Does our current President Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama get it? No, but ...
John Quincy Adams, the 6th president of the USA, researched the causes of anti-Western Islamic terrorism, concluding that its core cause was endemic
hostility toward the “infidel.”
Will trying to win hearts and minds help?
“No strategy of winning hearts and minds, no great outreach, will bring this
(Western democracies vs. radical Islam) struggle to an end. America can’t
conciliate these furies.” --The world leading Middle East scientist, Prof. Fuad Ajami of Johns Hopkins and
Stanford universities, a Lebanese Shiite, in the Wall Street Journal on
May 10, 2010. Ajami
attributes contemporary Islamic fury and
terrorism to the teaching of Egypt’s Sayyid Qutb – one of the founding
of the Muslim Brotherhood – who considered the US a moral threat to
condemned Christians and Jews to hell.
Are the terrorists just from the Middle East?
Anti-US Islamic terrorism has been bolstered by the expansion of Hezbollah’s
operational, financial and political infrastructures in Latin America,
notwithstanding the contention by Obama and his advisors that supposedly there
is no global Islamic terrorism (only Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorism), that
ostensibly there is no Jihadist terrorism (“because Jihad means to purify
oneself…”) and that terrorism has been seemingly a derivative of Western
exploitation of the Third World.
Part of the above excerpted from an article, President Obama is right - Islam has
indeed always been part of America’s story, when it comes to terror, by Yoram Ettinger at YNET.
Please take time this weekend to remember our military who fought for this country all over this globe, protecting innocent people, giving their all for freedom.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet
President Barack Obama in Washington on June 1, 2010. One must wonder how Mr. Netanyahu feels about this visit, considering how he was mistreated on his last visit. Obama received quite a bit of flack for his rude and arrogant comments and treatment so perhaps he has learned a lesson?
The reason for the meeting is for Obama to hit Netanyahu over the head with a new deadline for Middle East peace. Obama hasn't learned yet that just because he orders something to be doesn't mean it will actually happen. As Caroline Glick says, Obama will use Netanyahu as a "prop".
Both Ma'ariv and Yediot Aharonot reported this week
that Democratic congressmen and senators are deeply concerned that the
administration's harsh treatment of Israel has convinced many American
Jews not to contribute to their campaigns or to the Democratic Party
ahead of November 2's mid-term elections. They also fear that American
Jews will vote for Republican challengers in large numbers.
is these concerns, rather than a decision to alter his positions on
Israel specifically and the Middle East generally, that now drive
Obama's relentless courtship of the American Jewish community. His
latest move in this sphere was his sudden invitation to Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu to visit him at the White House for a "warm
reception" in front of television cameras next Tuesday.
is clear that electoral worries rather than policy concerns are behind
what the White House has described as a "charm offensive," because since
launching this offensive a few weeks ago, Obama not changed any of his
policies towards Israel and the wider Middle East. In fact, he has
ratcheted up these policies to Israel's detriment.
Be sure to read all of Caroline Glick's article, where she digs deep into the behind the scenes workings of the Obama Administration to lure Jewish voters back into the fold.
after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled visit to
the White House Tuesday (June 1) for meetings with President Barack
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is also due in Washington for
talks with Obama.
The two sets of meetings
will likely focus on the current round of indirect negotiations between Israel
and the Palestinians mediated by U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East
However, the chief negotiator for the Palestinians emphasized Thursday
(May 27) that Abbas will not meet with Netanyahu while in Washington.
The White House has not yet confirmed the dates of Abbas’ trip.
Netanyahu kicked off the
first leg of his trip to Washington in Paris Thursday for a ceremony marking Israel’s
acceptance into the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development, a 31-member group of economically developed nations.
Said Netanyahu in an interview with the French daily Le Figaro,
“On the first day I took office, I called for the resumption of
peace talks with the Palestinians. I acknowledged in my speech at Bar-Ilan the idea of two states
for two peoples and I am in favor of peace with a demilitarized
Palestinian state that would recognize Israel as a Jewish state. We
have, over the past year, removed hundreds of checkpoints in the West Bank to facilitate economic recovery among
the Palestinians.”Click here for the full transcript of the interview
has undertaken numerous actions and initiatives to pave the way for
Palestinians and Israelis to live side by side in peace since President
Obama was sworn into office in January 2009. Following is a timeline of
highlights of those efforts and examples of Israel’s
attempts to grow the Palestinian economy and
improve freedom of movement for
Palestinians. The timeline includes
Palestinian extremists' attempts to thwart peace as well as successful
efforts by U.S.-trained Palestinian security forces to crack down on
terrorism. (continue at the Israel Project)
The Palestinians have to want peace before peace can happen, and they don't:
Despite the goodwill gestures, the Palestinian Authority (PA)
has said it will not accept an Israeli offer for extended Palestinian
security control over Nablus, Tulkarem
and Qalqilyah. Instead, the PA is continuing to pressure the U.S. administration to demand that Israel withdraw from large parts of the West Bank and give the Palestinian security
forces control over nearly the whole territory.Israel is reluctant to agree to such
moves due to security concerns.
leaders to take risks to prepare their population for peace remains a
challenge for U.S. and Israeli negotiators. Former U.S. Mideast
negotiator Aaron David Miller recently wrote in Foreign Policy magazine
that “Arab-Israeli peacemaking is politically risky and
life-threatening. Consider the murders of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat
and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. At Camp David, I heard
Palestinian leader [Yasser] Arafat say at least three times, ‘You
Americans will not walk behind my coffin.’”
During the 1990s, the Oslo peace process broke down in part because
Arafat continued to incite the Palestinian population against Israel in
violation of the Oslo Accords.
A poll conducted by the
Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in
March 2010 showed that 47.2 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank and
Gaza either strongly support or support armed attacks against Israeli
civilians inside Israel.
These findings come against
the backdrop of continuing Palestinian glorification of terrorism and
violence. (continue at the Israel Project)
Netanyahu has every right to be upset with Obama and every right NOT to meet with him again. But being the person he is, representing the nation he does, he will be there, he will be polite and conciliatory as always.
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On another note: With no further ado, on to this week’s results.
Stripped from the headlines and applied to the future, that's where this novel by Michael Santos hits the reader. 2076 Reagan's Last Word shows the reader the United States of America in 2076 after the damage done by the Barack Hussein Obama presidency, and it isn't pretty. Thanks to a few brave souls who put their lives on the line to preserve America's history and former President Ronald Reagan's words, America has a chance to return freedom to her citizens.
The book is an easy and quick read, but that doesn't take away anything from the
compelling and chilling events and decisions that the characters are forced to make. The emphasis on personal responsibility and duty run from cover-to-cover. Freedom cannot exist nor can it be preserved without individuals standing up for what is right and just.
I highly recommend this book to readers and hope you will purchase and read this book. Share it with your family, friends and especially with your children. History needs to be preserved and shared, passed on from generation to generation.
In 2076 every attempt is made to destroy history and historical documents that do not meet with the current administration and their followers.Generations of Americans have been deprived of the words of Reagan and other Conservatives. They have been raised with an altered view of history, a history that has been edited to serve a political need.
We've seen that done already here in the U.S. in schools, textbooks, universities. We are also seeing that Americans get what is happening and are standing up to set things right. 2076 is a warning to Americans who haven't been willing to stand up and speak out. The events in 2076 could be our future, but they don't have to be.
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