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April 9, 2015

The Israeli Iran and Obama Dilemma

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What do you do when you presumed ally’s leader appears to have joined the other side? This is only the tip of the iceberg that Israel and her elected Prime Minister will be facing when the new government is formed sometime this month, possibly towards the end of the month as the forming of a coalition often takes the threat of an impending deadline to alter demands into something more tenable. The Framework Agreement has not made the dilemma any simpler as it appears that every party to the negotiations walked away with a completely different piece of paper or each translation took great amounts of liberty with definitions of the terms. Whatever the actual cause, the statements coming out of Washington D.C. and out of Tehran, Iran appear to be diametric opposites. The classic example is the claim by the Administration in Washington D.C. that the Iranians will be limited to using their slowest, least productive and most problematic centrifuges while the Iranians have had numerous military, civilian and IRGC (Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps) commanders relate that at the date the agreement is signed they will be able to fully implement the use of their advanced IR-8 centrifuges which are twenty-times as productive and reliable as compared to their earliest models. Such gaps in interpretations of the Framework Agreement does not bode well for reaching any desired result in a final agreement with both sides permitted their own so very liberal translations and definition of the terminology. These disparate readings of the Framework Agreement should signal to Secretary of State Kerry and the negotiating team that their attempts to make the wording inconclusive in its desired definitions which has apparently led to such a different take on the Framework Agreement which is probably best served reading the French and European Union versions which are so opaque and generalized using terminology which was technically meaningless leaving the entire document a singular masterpiece in diplospeak doubletalk worthy of a George Orwell novel.

 

The definitions and interpretations are even less worrisome for the Israelis as they probably have yet to receive a copy of the Framework in any language. The one saving grace is that the Israelis do not need to research the Framework and what might be concluded from the disparate interpretations; they need only consider whatever the Iranians believe is the intent. As much as President Obama has raked the United States relationship with Israel over hot coals and through a harvester shredder, the United States President does not pose any threat or difficulty by having a unique definition of the terms in the Framework while whatever the Iranians discern from the document is potentially a direct threat to Israel and her survival. Yes, it is true that the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was chanting “Death to America” right along with the throngs chanting and cheering right along with their leader, the same man also this past weekend called for the destruction of Israel referring to Israel as that “barbaric” Jewish State which “has no cure but to be annihilated.” The Iranian Supreme Leader went on to present a strategy titled “Nine key questions about the elimination of Israel” which was also placed on his Twitter account Saturday night where he used the hashtag of #handsoffalaqsa, an oblique reference to the continuing terrorist riots and other tensions on the Temple Mount especially in reference to the right for Jews and other non-Muslims to pray on the holy site to three religions. The Ayatollah’s plans laid out a political path to replacing Israel completely with an Islamic run state where the Jews and other non-Muslims would necessarily be forced to accept Dhimmitude and a life of constant disgrace and the downtrodden shame as second class citizens living at the grace and good tidings of their Muslim masters. What he left out and even went so far as to claim his plan did not include was the death of the Jews living in the area once the Muslims were granted rule as at any point the Muslim rulers could give the Jews the choice of paying the Jiyza special tax or converting to Islam and eventually at their whim change that choice replacing the Jiyza tax making the new choice between conversion to Islam or death. Should any Jew choose to convert, if any Muslim believed that the Jew was not a true and faithful believer in Islam, they could bring charges which would inevitable result in the death penalty for apostasy. That is the truth behind the nine point plan by the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

 

But there is another bothersome problem which has raised it head some claim as many as four different times. Israel, as an ally, so as not to interfere with or be mistaken for a hostile force, will present any military plans to the United States Pentagon who shares these plans with the White House. Off the top I recall once when it was understood that the Israelis would be granted overflight permission which would include potentially refueling of F-15 and F-16 Fighter-Bombers over Saudi Arabian territories potentially just before launching a raid into Iran and potentially repeating such a refueling on their return flight. This was a quiet, under the radar, under even the kitchen table as this was obviously a super sensitive and secret permission being extended by the Saudis. Any revelation of such permission of such a sensitive and volatile agreement would immediately cause massive denials from both sides and the agreement would crash and burn. Not all that surprising but that was exactly what occurred at some point before said raid was launched when somehow the news of this agreement between Saudi Arabian rulers and Israel leaked to the press with in the aftermath it becoming obvious that the leak originated not with the Pentagon but with either the White House or the State Department, which it actually was is irrelevant as the real source of the leak was much closer if not actually to the top man in the White House. Months upon months later there was an arrangement for Israel to lease a pair of derelict unused military airfields in Azerbaijan which both lay a short distance north of Iran. The agreement might have been for these airbases to solely be used in cases of emergency such as a damaged or short on fuel fighter jet needed a landing point for repair or refueling as they would otherwise not be capable of making the entire return trip to Israel from their mission over Iran. Once again there was a leak that Azerbaijan was working with and assisting the Israelis on a potential attack on the Iranian nuclear sites. Needless to say but the complete rejection of there being such a plan was claimed and sworn to by both sides. Again the leak was traced back to the White House. Obviously Israel has a problem informing the United States about any plans to address the Iranian nuclear program in a manner separate from the Framework or any negotiated agreement but rather a more direct approach.

 

There is another problem with the United States when it would come for Israel to launch an assault on the Iranian nuclear sites or any other targets which might be included in such a scenario, and that is the fact that there are probably always two aircraft carriers and the airbase at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and within range of any Israeli attack route on Iran. These United States assets matter because it has also been rumored that the United States forces in the region have orders to intercept the Israelis and force them to return to their bases in Israel or face being shot out of the air. The actual leaked information stated that the United States pilots were to make it as difficult as possible but not to shoot at the Israeli aircraft first but to sweep them from the skies as soon as one fired at a United States aircraft or ship. These intercepts were to be taken over Iraqi airspace which is technically under United States security until the Iraqi Air Force is competent enough to do the job themselves. Needless to point out that the most direct route for Israeli aircraft would take them over Jordanian airspace followed by Iraq airspace and in reverse order upon their return to Israel. A further problem might exist within the Israeli political and military command and personnel where there are those who firmly believe that nothing Israeli has plans to do should be attempted until they receive affirmation of their plans by the United States. In many cases that person is also a member of the Prime Minister’s inner security Cabinet. One such was Defense Minister Ehud Barak who was feeding intelligence and all plans in detail directly to the White House and quite possibly directly to President Obama. Odds are this was done with the knowledge of Prime Minister Netanyahu and it is possible or even likely that it was Bibi Netanyahu who has ordered the exchange of information, especially on plans for attacks on the Iranian nuclear sites.

 

This leads to the current Israeli dilemma on what path to take and whether any or every plan should be shared with Israeli allies. Israeli leadership does need to take under consideration the obvious fact that President Obama has an apparent amorous desire to complete a deal with Iran and nurture said plan while building up the Iranian power granting them recognition and respect while protecting the Iranians from threats of a military address to destroy their nuclear program by preventing that option from being taken off the table and put into practice. It appears that President Obama and his closest advisors not only seek to empower Iran granting them hegemonic powers throughout the Middle East and even into South East Asia, Northern Africa and Eastern Europe, surpassing Israeli powers in similar areas, and completing this shakeup and restructuring of the Middle East, the President seems set on pressing Israel to take steps President Obama sees as the solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict even if those steps end up being performed unilaterally and result in Hamas or ISIS taking control over Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and causing a direct threat to the Israeli heartlands where close to three-quarters of her citizens reside and an even higher percentage of her infrastructure, industry, manufacturing, commercial and service industries exist. Pulling back to the borders envisioned by President Obama would return Israel to the borders which would permit any attack on Israel from Judea and Samaria to cut Israel completely in half isolating the Galilee from the Negev and destroying and occupying a quarter of Israel simply by advancing the approximately the diameter of the Washington D.C. Capital Beltway which is just a smidge over nine miles. That is the width of the central neck of Israel should she be forced back to the Green Line, the pre-June 1967 Six Day War. As modern artillery is capable of firing well beyond ten miles with great effect and accuracy, simply mounting artillery batteries almost anywhere in western Judea and the Arab forces could systematically destroy all of central Israel within a single twenty-four hour period. Israel would not need fear an attack by missiles from Iran when artillery from Iran would do just as well if not better and cost far less. This would be the biggest gift President Obama could grant Iran, even better than the ambiguous Framework and the agreement to follow. This was why it was assumed even in the United Nations that Israel would be allowed to retain the lands of Judea and Samaria and any refugees would be settled within the country where they were located and considered an even treatment as Israel absorbed many hundreds of thousands refugees from Middle Eastern and North African Arab and Muslim states by 1960 as these were Jews chased from their homes and towns where they had resided often for over fifteen-hundred-years, some even over two-thousand-years.

 

All those who have been claiming that all Israel has to worry about is surviving the remainder of President Obama’s term in the White House, this is far from true. Israel is facing so numerous threats of annihilation and from so many directions that it is almost impossible to get one’s arms around it. Even Egypt and Jordan, two nations which have made their peace with Israel and now reside with frosty borders and relations, have at least kept those borders peaceful. There are even those occasions where Israel will take steps to aid Jordan and Egypt and they, mostly Egypt, have been known to take measures which assist Israeli survival. The greatest example of such cooperation has been the enforcement by the Egyptians of their own embargo and strict rules enforced for passage through the Rafah Gate into the Sinai Peninsula from Gaza. This is not done by Egypt completely out of friendship as much as it is due to the assistance that Hamas provides the terrorist groups located in the Sinai Peninsula who attacks Egyptian soldiers, border guards, and even attack Egyptian resorts located in the Sinai Peninsula along the coast of the Red Sea. The truth is Iran is also a threat to Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and all of the other Arab Sunni nations with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and so on. Currently the Iranian threat and control has spread to some very challenging areas where they threaten far more than Israel. Iran is openly supplying arms and also IRGC soldiers to Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad along with Hezballah terrorist forces from Lebanon allowing al-Assad to survive against ISIS and the other rebel groups. Iran has great influence over the Shia majority in Iraq and is assisting the fighting again ISIS in Iraq. This is not entirely altruistic as it is a definitive possibility, some might say inevitability, that ISIS has plans for engaging Iran directly at some point once it gets control over Iraq.

 

Furthermore, Iranian backed Houthis are moving directly across Yemen and have already swept the United States backed government from the capital and disbanded replacing themselves as the rulers of Yemen. Yemen is doubly important as it furthers the Iranian encirclement of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. Their reaching the southwest corner of Yemen gives Iran control of the Bab el Mandeb Strait (Arabic: باب المندب‎) which translates as “Gateway of Anguish”, or “Gateway of Tears” and is important because it connects through its narrow waterway the exit from the Red Sea, which includes all shipments from the Israeli port of Eilat and the Jordanian port of al-Aqabah and ships passing southward through the Suez Canal, into the Gulf of Aden and on to the Arabian Sea and the east coast of Africa or on to the Indian Ocean and all of Asia. This would be an additional maritime choke point which matches well with their ability to shut down the Straits of Hormuz which is the choke point for the Persian Gulf through to the Gulf of Oman and on to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean with passing through the straits what is claimed to be at least one-third of the world’s oil. Should Iran ever close both of these points then international trade would be greatly hampered and Europe would basically have to take the old route around the Cape of Good Hope or across the Atlantic Ocean and through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific Ocean which would be longer but some might believe it provides safer waterways. Still, closing these two passages would still bring much of maritime trade to a screeching halt while greatly increasing shipping times and place a burden on retail outlets to raise their prices on many if not all imported goods.

 

Finally, the biggest threat of an nuclear armed Iran is the threats posed to Israel and other nations of a nuclear armed Saudi Arabia, a nuclear armed Egypt with the potential to have the Muslim Brotherhood return to power, a nuclear armed Turkey, Syria, Hezballah, al-Qaeda, nuclear armed UAE, Kuwait, Iraq and who knows who else as terror elements gain access to nuclear weapons supplied by their state sponsors such as Iran or Saudi Arabia. The spread of nuclear armed states spreading throughout the Muslim world might inspire and motivate other nations to begin their own nuclear armed program and they might receive assistance from other new nuclear powers. The fact is that a nuclear armed Iran would forever alter the balances of power everywhere. We very well might need to adjust to a world without any restraints on who can have nuclear weapons and it simply becomes anybody with the cash to finance their breakout point making it realistic for every nation who really desires such weapons. Of course if your neighbor decides to join the nations with nuclear weapons stockpiles and then another neighbor announced their advanced program and claims to have developed thermo-nuclear devices, hydrogen bombs, and has produced a number of those in their stockpile, how long before the nation, now surrounded by nuclear armed neighbors, makes the only logical decision they can for their future survival they begin their own nuclear weapons research and development. As we pointed out in our April 7, 2015, article titled Historic Lessons and Future Nuclear War where we traced some of the super weapons through the ages as man developed from clubs to thermonuclear devices which can level whole cities or destroy only the electronic infrastructure bring a nation to its knees, we realized that there has never been the development of a super weapon which was not used, sometimes these weapons made such a difference that it decided which trail the human genome traveled from that one crucial super weapon for that warfare. We also found that often the super weapon from the last war is the standard for weapons used in the next war and thus one can only deduce that there will be a future war where some form of nuclear weapon will be used on the battlefield which may easily lead to an exchange of nuclear weapons which might be misinterpreted as a launch and use their nuclear weapons against their enemies while they are still able and the spread continues from this one episode to a conflagration which would be immeasurable. All this might be the eventuality after Iran becomes a nuclear armed state and it spreads through the Arab and Muslim worlds and from there beyond spanning the globe. Perhaps holding such power under one’s control will temper their arrogances and put their pride and conceits in perspective and nation shall choose to no longer lift their sword against their neighbor as war might then draw too large a cost to even be imagined. But what about the terrorist entities of which there are a number who are supplied by Iran which include Hezballah and Hamas, both of which border Israel and have started conflicts using every weapon they could muster. What will be the result if these entities are given access to nuclear weapons which they could then use against Israeli cities? Additionally, Iran has been attempting to gain favor and supply Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority which occupy Judea, Samaria and have access to all of Jerusalem and control the Temple Mount through the use of civil disturbances and rioting. Should Fatah receive a nuclear device it would not be impossible to place it in a vehicle, likely a stolen vehicle from within Israel and sporting Israeli citizen plates granting it free travel with relative ease. Such a situation could result in such a device being set to detonate right outside the Knesset Parliament Building and possibly even timed to coincide with a second device being set-off in central Tel Aviv. Such an attack would leave Israeli little choice but to strike back and to do so with the ferocity of a wounded mother protecting her children as that would be exactly what Israel would be engaged in, protecting those Children of Israel who had survived despite having much of her heart torn from within her. Never Again also meant that we would never allow the Masada ending to be played out again and no longer would Israel sit still to be carved-up by her neighbors, Never Again!

 

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January 23, 2015

Obama Deceit and Vindictive Contempt Erupts Even Further

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One has to wonder if there actually is no limit to the perfidy, dishonesty and betrayal by the White House in their double-dealings with Israel and particularly with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. It is no secret that President Barack Hussein Obama reserves a special visceral hatred towards Israel and most of her leadership. This has come to the fore repeatedly and has now boiled over with what borders on treasonous misrepresentation and direct meddling in just the past week. There was the insistence by Martin Indyk who demanded that since Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was invited by the leadership in the United States Congress to address them and share with them his reservations and any pertinent information which he may think the Congress should include in their deliberations pertaining to the Iranian nuclear program and the possibility and wisdom for applying additional sanctions at this time that the Congress must also invite Labor Party leader Yitzhak Herzog to address them in an attempt to be fair considering that Israel is heading for elections on March 15th. Mr. Indyk did not also believe that any other of the party leaders be invited including even Tzipi Livni who would be sharing the Prime Minister position should the combined Labor Party with her Hatnua Party nor did they suggest the somewhat of an outside but viable candidate for the position from the Jewish Home Party, Naftali Bennett. The singling out of the Labor Party leader and placing him on an even level of importance to the current Prime Minister reeked of partisan politicking and interference with the Israeli elections. It would have been the equivalence of the Knesset having invited Mitt Romney to address them along with requesting President Obama to have addressed them on a sensitive and vitally important issue months ahead of the 2012 elections. Israel had immediately extended an invitation to President Obama before the 2012 elections upon being informed that candidate Romney was planning on visiting Israel, an invitation the President chose to decline and then spokespersons from the Democrat Party then claimed that the visit by Romney was an Israeli attempt to sway the Jewish vote away from President Obama and that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had endorsed Romney which the Prime Minister had gone to extreme lengths to assure the media that he did not favor one candidate over the other and was ready and willing to work with either candidate when the elections were over. But all of this pales when compared to the latest revelations which are on a par with some of the other select betrayals by the White House over the last six years.

 

Over the last couple of days a source from the White House released information claiming that the head of the Mossad Tamir Pardo had during a private briefing with a select group of United States Senators at their request disclosed his disagreement with Prime Minister Netanyahu and that he was opposed to the Congress passing additional sanctions on Iran as such a move would disturb any possibility for diplomacy to work. The high level leaked news story was reported by Bloomberg News which stated that Mossad officials advised US senators who were visiting Israel recently to hold off on further Iran sanctions, saying that they would hamper, not help, efforts to persuade Iran to give up or allow full international supervision of its nuclear program. This was a rather alarming report which was claiming that the Prime Minister and the Mossad were at odds over support for the intention of Democratic Senator Robert Menendez and Republican Senator Mark Kirk to impose stricter sanctions on Iran if a nuclear deal is not reached by March, a timetable that has already been extended for a second time this one past the reset November deadline from the original June deadline, a postponement which put off any agreement until after the midterm elections. The top level Mossad briefing was given during a meeting with Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with fellow Republican Senators Lindsay Graham, John Barrasso, and John McCain, and Democratic Senators Joe Donnelly and Tim Kaine. Senator John Barrasso was the person quoted by Bloomberg News as stating that they “met with a number of government officials from many different parts of the government. There’s not a uniform view there.” The quote did not claim as to where the dissenting opinions were given to the Senators and definitely did not present such as coming from Mossad Head Tamir Pardo. Still, a statement from the White House was quoted claiming that Mossad Head Tamir Pardo was the source of the dissenting opinion from the known position against much of the seeming weakness demonstrated by the White House in their negotiations with Iran and their seeming inability to force concessions from the Iranians as well as an eager willingness to alleviate much of the sanctions pressures from further pressing Iran just as the stronger sanctions were beginning to show some real progress.

 

The reactions from both the Prime Minister’s Office, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steintz, senior government source and from the Mossad all disputing the fraudulent claims from the White House and expressing disdain and feelings of injury and the breaking of trust and decency by these fraudulent mischaracterizations expressed by the Americans. A senior source expressed vehemently the distrust which these misrepresentations had caused stating, “The fraudulent claims against the Mossad Head were raised by the Americans yesterday, despite a message that had been transmitted to them on Tuesday by Intelligence Minister [Yuval] Steintz.” He relayed how the minutes had been gone over numerous times in order to positively discern whether there might have been anything stated which may have led to a misunderstanding and no such possible statements had been recorded in the minutes. The senior source went further protesting that any such comments were released about a private and secure conversation stating, “Leaking the Mossad Head’s statements, even if they had not been falsified, is a serious breach of all the rules. Friends do not behave like this. Information from a secret meeting must not leak out.”

 

A spokesperson Mossad added officially, “The Head of Mossad did not say that he opposes additional sanctions on Iran.” This was in response to the United States White House claims that Mossad officials advised United States Senators visiting Israel to hold off on further Iran sanctions claiming that such sanctions could hamper rather than help the United States efforts to persuade Iran into giving up their nuclear weapons program while pressing for Iran to permit the full implementation of international supervision over the entirety of their nuclear program. The agency further claimed, “The Head of Mossad did not say that he opposes additional sanctions on Iran.” Furthermore, the Mossad released an official statement which read, “Mossad Head Tamir Pardo met on January 19, 2015, with a delegation of United States Senators. The meeting was held at the request of the senators and with the Prime Minister’s approval. At the meeting, the Head of Mossad stressed the extraordinary effectiveness of the sanctions that have been placed on Iran for several years in bringing Iran to the negotiating table. The Head of Mossad noted that in negotiating with Iran, a policy of ‘carrots and sticks’ must be adopted, and there are not enough ‘sticks’ nowadays.” The Mossad concluded stating that Mossad Head Tamir Pardo “said specifically that the agreement that is being formed with Iran is bad and could lead to a regional arms race.” The Head of the Mossad could not be in any greater agreement with Prime Minister Netanyahu and the claims of and differences were erroneous and an attempt to place distrust in both the Mossad and the Prime Minister for reasons which only the White House is aware. Whether their intent was to muddy the waters before Congress by implying that the Israelis were divided on the issue of sanctions on Iran or that the Prime Minister was demanding actions not supported by the intelligence agency and against the information gathered and presented him or whether this was an attempt to bolster the campaign of the opposition by presenting the Prime Minister as being unreasonable and over the top and being out of step with all information and especially of causing difficulties between Israel and the United States, the actual reason will remain unknown but hopefully the record stands corrected.

 

What makes this attempt to paint Prime Minister Netanyahu as out of step with the rest of the universe and not just the White House and President Obama by implying that the briefing given visiting United States Senators by the Mossad was contradictive of the position represented by the Prime Minister was bad enough if it was the only perfidy and treachery coming from the White House which has compromised Israeli positions over Iran at every turn over the past six years. The one instance which sticks out as potentially the most significant betrayal by President Obama and the White House goes back to a report in Foreign Policy on Line on March 28, 2012 which detailed the rumored agreement between Israel and Azerbaijan whereby Israel would have obtained the right to use four abandoned, Soviet-era airfields should the Israelis need such for refueling or for emergency landing should the Israelis strike the Iranian nuclear sites. The initial prospect of Israel and Azerbaijan having reached some amount of agreement on the use of airfields for an Iranian attack was first made public in December of 2006, when retired Israeli Brigadier General Oded Tira angrily denounced the George W. Bush administration for their lack of action on curbing the Iranian nuclear program. The availability of rights to use these airfields is of vital importance for Israel as they would provide an alternative such that the Israeli F-15 and F-16 attack aircraft would not have to perform mid-air refueling at some point in their flight likely both just before entering Iranian airspace and soon after departing after their potential need to burn fuel in order to avoid or engage Iranian forces from wither ground fire or air combat during their strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The making even the slightest chance of such an agreement exploded the Muslim world such that after the report of the potential agreement Azerbaijan was forced to deny any dealings with the Israelis and definitely were not permitting any use of their airfields, airspace or any other Azerbaijani facilities or assets for any reason, let alone an Israeli strike on neighboring Iran. The leaking of the cementing of this deal ended that possibility for Israel to militarily target the Iranian nuclear facilities. A similar leak killed an agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia which terminated another avenue with which Israel could have potentially struck the Iranian nuclear sites thus setting Iran back hopefully decades if not longer.

 

These betrayals by the White House under President Obama almost appear as if they have been working with Iran to give them the needed funding and cover from Israeli interference or attack in order to guarantee that Iran realize their aim of attaining nuclear weapons capability and potentially be given the time to build up a sizeable arsenal of deliverable nuclear weapons. In a USA Today article on February 28, 2013 the theory that the latest nuclear bomb test carried out by North Korea was not a weapon of indigenous production but was rather an Iranian device tested by North Korea in order to prevent affirming the Western World, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni nations as well as European nations worst nightmare of an Iranian bomb. Unlike the previous nuclear devices tested by North Korea, this was not a plutonium bomb such as the previous two North Korean tests but rather an enriched uranium device similar to what the Iranians have been working towards. The reason Iran might desire testing their device in North Korea boils down to two main reasons, first so as to not affirm beyond and plausible deniability that they have mastered the production of a nuclear device and secondly that they do not as of yet have a test facility within their borders while North Korea has a fully functioning test facility and both nations have cooperated before on rocket and missile technology and likely also their nuclear weapons expertise. The additional fact that there was a full complement of Iranian nuclear physicists and engineers present at this nuclear weapons test makes the case for the origin of the device as having been Iran. Such would mean that President Obama’s lifting of nearly half of the sanctions on Iran was a direct response to their already having developed nuclear weapons and now sanctions were useless in the mind of President Obama. Having failed to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear bomb production capability, President Obama felt that it was no longer necessary to continue the strict sanctions on Iran. Should this be an actually honest assessment which is completely valid, then the lessening of the sanctions was the exact opposite to what was necessary as the loosening of the sanctions gave the Iranians the immediate funding to now produce a few hundred of such bombs. Perhaps this was part of the reasoning behind the last two extensions of the final date for reaching an agreement as President Obama is granting Iran all the time they need to produce sufficient nuclear arms to utilize in whatever manner benefits Iran the most. Even considering such an eventuality should send cold shivers up the spine of even the most hardy and strong of those amongst us as I know it does me.

 

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April 27, 2014

Please Look and Choose a Real and Urgent Problem

There is a reason that Mahmoud Abbas travels all over the world demanding that the world must rescue the Palestinians from imminent doom. It is because the reality is that those very same Palestinians are living lives of ease compared to most of their brethren in the rest of the Arab world. They have a higher average annual income, better healthcare, greater amount of peace, higher levels of education and a better general ease of life in virtually every measurable way than exists throughout the rest of the Middle East and North Africa. Look around the rest of the Arab World and decide for yourself if this is true. Here is a short list for comparison’s sake, Syria is experiencing the ravages of a horrific civil war, Egypt is in political turmoil with the Muslim Brotherhood in a violent standoff with the military government, Libya is experiencing inter-tribal wars, Iraq is racked with Sunni-Shia violence, Turkey is in the midst of a governmental breakdown over a corruption scandal, the two Sudanese nations are at war with each other, Yemen is experiencing a three way civil war, Somalia has not had normal governance for over two decades, and on and on it goes. Abbas has his work cut out trying to make the Palestinian’s lives appear desperate but he has one thing working for him, he gets to blame Israel and that simply invites many of the world’s greatest haters the invitation they so desperately desire, an invitation to hate the Jewish nation of Israel, so they flood to his aid with apparent glee and great vigor.

 

Do not get this wrong, Israel has her friends, some in the most unlikely of places. The short list includes but is not limited to; Evangelical Christians in the United States, the nations of Azerbaijan, Canada and India, most of Eastern Europe’s former Soviet Nations, a number of Central African States as well as various Pacific Island Nations. The largest troublesome nations are those which officially claim to be friendly with Israel but on the other hand give generous amounts of funding and political cover to NGO’s which claim to be dedicated to assisting and aiding the Palestinians but whose efforts are applied more generously towards the vilification and destruction of Israel often through the means of violent demonstrations including attacks on IDF bases, patrols and checkpoints, the necessary efforts by Israel to prevent terrorism and make the area safer for all residents. The number of NGOs which claim to be pro-peace and to supporting Israel by furthering the two state solution often are no more than a front for aiding terrorists and violent demonstrations which tie up Israeli security forces from performing their primary duties dealing with the general security of residents in areas under which include both Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs and those Palestinians living within Area C and sharing responsibility for those in Area B. What are often omitted from the news which reaches the majority of the peoples of the world are the terror attacks which are prevented or fail to cause serious injuries or other casualties. Hardly a week ever goes by that there are not at least three and as many as ten to twenty rockets fired originating in Gaza towards southern Israeli communities. These rocket attacks are largely ignored by the Western press as they claim that these attacks have become so common that they no longer rate as news demanding coverage. Try telling the children in Sderot who have learned to always keep in mind that they play close enough to shelters such that they can reach them within fifteen seconds when the Code Red alarms sound signaling incoming rocket or mortar attacks. To them life is spent with the constant fearful knowledge that at any moment they may need to literally run for their lives even if it is not important enough to report it in the Western press.

 

The one thing that is guaranteed is that whenever the world responds to the protestations of Abbas speaking of the great desire for peace and the need to provide the Palestinians with their own national homeland, the news will carry every word he speaks without any examination of the validity or lack thereof of his assertions. Then once there are peace negotiations, most often with the United States as the mediating power, the press is very careful to measure out any blame for difficulties in equal measure on Israel as they lay onto the Palestinians. Should there exist blame which can be laid at the feet of the Israelis, or simply claims of such from the Palestinians, those will be carefully placed solely on the Israelis. Wordings are often also misleading. Many of the Palestinian claims against Israel are reported as Israel not meeting their obligations, a wording often utilized by Abbas and company, while the Palestinian refusals are reported as differences between the parties and more negotiable than the presumed Israeli obligations. The item about the coverage of the Israeli Palestinian peace process is how it can consume almost the entirety of the international news coverage despite any other pressing story. One might believe, if visiting Earth for the first time, that the entire planet was at peace and in complete cooperation with the sole exception being the Israelis and the Palestinians. The Israeli Palestinian peace process dominated the news during the entirety of the Rwandan Genocidal wars, the genocide in the south of the Sudan at best received equal coverage for a while but was being completely eclipsed during its initial stages, actually pushed the coverage of Syria’s civil war catastrophe off the front pages and has most recently eclipsed the coverage of Russia and Vlad the Invader’s escapades in the Ukraine with a few days of coverage breaking through for the annexing of the Crimea.

 

What is remarkable is that the only times when peace rules over the small strip of land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, which is currently under the control of the Israelis, is when the entire world finds someplace else to give their undivided attentions. But we can be assured that eventually the frequency of the terror episodes will return in greater numbers just as soon as Abbas sets out on his next world attention demanding tour. Then the donations begin to pour in to the Palestinian’s coffers which subsidizes the terrorists and while the world is watching the terror increases as the world has been convinced to believe that the terrorism is the result of Israeli oppression and not simply a form of attack used to murder Israelis. This belief is so completely imbedded in the Western psyche that the Western media and politicians speak of there being two completely unrelated forms of terrorism, those acts of terror which occur in the rest of the world which are criminal acts which must be weeded out and its perpetrators brought to justice and those acts of terror upon Israel which are understandable, have valid reason, and whose perpetrators are to be used as pawns and freed to return to killing Israelis so as to provide Abbas and his cronies political cover to enter into negotiations. Then when these very same negotiations break down, which Abbas had predicted initially when refusing to negotiate until Israel was forced to bend to his demands and give concessions as if Israel needed to prove their desire for peace and Abbas was lauded as the initiator of the process, then many in the West predict smugly that Israel will now suffer more terrorism as a result of the failed talks. United States Secretary of State Kerry actually went further when he threatened not only increased terrorism if Israel did not immediately surrender completely to the Palestinian demands, but that “there will be an increasing isolation of Israel. There will be an increasing campaign of delegitimization of Israel that’s taking place on an international basis. That if we do not resolve the question of the settlements and who lives where and how and what rights they have; if we don’t end the presence of Israeli soldiers perpetually within the West Bank, then there will be an increasing feeling that if we cannot get peace with a leadership that is committed to nonviolence, you may wind up with leadership that is committed to violence.” He even went so far to actually use the words “Third Intifada” in an interview during the early parts of the negotiations. That certainly does not sound like a neutral and fair mediator, yet the Western and World press most often claim that Kerry is biased in favor of the Israelis, echoing a Palestinian claim who had accused Kerry of having only Jewish advisers approved by Israel. Is it any wonder that in Israel there are mixed feelings when the rest of the world takes a rest from dwelling on all things Israel and turns their attentions to any of the world’s other problems, many of which are far more serious and damaging than the Peace Process between Israel and the Palestinians. We have heard there might be a small problem next door in Syria and that the Ukraine, Poland and others in Eastern Europe have some pressing concerns of threats from Russian appetites fueled by Vlad the Invaders desire to reestablish Russian hegemony similar in scope to the old Soviet domination of half of Europe.

 

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