Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and
peaceful New Year!
by Isi Leibler
Over 120 countries - equating to two thirds of total United Nations
membership - convened in Teheran to partake in the 16th
The Iranians boasted that 3 Kings, 27 presidents, 8 Prime Ministers and
50 Foreign Ministers attended.
Despite appeals from the
In his address to participants, Ban, without explicitly naming
…representatives from 120 nations, the UN Secretary General’s presence
effectively provided legitimacy to
...The willingness of so many countries to attend such a conference in
Teheran at this time and unanimously endorse the Ayatollah’s nuclear policies,
clearly demonstrates the abysmal failure of Obama’s initial policy of
According to PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas asked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to help establish a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 borders, which they rejected. Abbas’ meeting with Ahmadinejad took place on the sidelines of the summit of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement. Earlier this week, he threatened to pull out after Hamas’s Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, announced he had also received an invitation to the summit.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
The Foreign Ministry - along with the World Jewish Congress and the Pensioners Affairs Ministry - is ramping up its campaign to bring the issue of Jewish refugee rights to public and diplomatic attention. According to the Foreign Ministry more than 850,000 Jews from Arab states fled their countries of birth following persecution that ensued after the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Many also had their property confiscated. (Arabs left Palestine - all 460,000 of them - following orders from their leaders, to facilitate genocide of the Jews by advancing armies of seven Muslim countries. Their number has ‘magicly’ doubled after the UN granted them a status of refugees with generous life-lasting benefits!)
The Palestinian Authority has granted jailed terrorists hefty pay hikes for murdering Israelis, with salaries higher for those with Israeli citizenship. The PA, which has been screaming for foreign funds to stay solvent, spends 6 percent of its annual budget to pay $4.5 million a month to jailed terrorists and another $6.5 million to their families.
1) To keep the truce with the Islamist terrorist groups in Sinai in place, Egypt is releasing dozens of jailed Salafist gunmen every few days in batches, so feeding them a steady supply of reinforcements. Cairo is also in negotiation with Bedouin tribal elders to grant a body of 6,000 Al-Qaeda-linked Salafi gunmen the status of an approved, independent militia. Armed with up-to-date Egyptian weapons (paid by the US taxpayer), this militia is to be charged with responsibility for maintaining security. 2) A day after Egypt claimed to have completed a military offensive for cutting down Islamist terrorist activity in Sinai, Salafi gunmen attacked an Egyptian army post at Sheikh Zuweid in northern Sinai.
US Partly Responsible for Iranian Nuclear Threat
Israel’s Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon said that mixed messages from foreign powers, including the US, were responsible for Iran not fearing a real military threat. Iran believes it can carry on developing a nuclear bomb without interference. (In 1990, similar policies of political ambiguity and irresponsibility, conducted by the US, caused Saddam Hussein to think that Iraq could invade Kuwait)
Archaeologists have discovered remains of a large 1,500-year-old Jewish town near Be’er Sheva, including two public ritual pools, or mikvehs and a synagogue or Torah study centre.
Israel Talks, Iran Doubles Nuclear Centrifuges
The UN International Atomic Energy Agency says the number of nuclear centrifuges, used to enrich uranium, more than doubled to 2,140 from 1,064 in May this year. In the weeks and months when Israeli politicians increased their talk of air strikes on Iran's nuclear sites, the Islamic Republic was rapidly increasing the enrichment capacity of its Fordow site, buried deep underground to withstand any such hit.
US Making Another Friendly ‘Gesture’
Just days after a report that the US was sharply cutting its participation in a military exercise scheduled with Israel, US planes landed in Egypt Tuesday for a joint exercise. The exercise is one of a series of steps the US has undertaken in recent weeks to build ties with the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi. Washington is set to forgive a billion dollars of Egyptian debt as part of its international assistance program for Egypt. The debt will be dumped in the laps of US taxpayers. Egypt currently owes the US some $3 billion.
The 14-member Security Cabinet, the body authorised to approve military attacks, met Tuesday to hear the annual intelligence assessments provided by the country’s intelligence agencies. The 10-hour meeting is believed to be the first time in months that this body conducted an in-depth discussion on Iran that is believed to have included timelines. The situation in Egypt and Syria was also discussed. Uzi Arad, the former head of the National Security Council, said that they could include a declaration that any uranium enrichment beyond 20 percent would be a direct trigger for military action.
Energy and Water Minister Dr. Uzi Landau wrote a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, demanding his intervention in regards to a Palestinian Authority debt to the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC). Debt accumulated by the Palestinian Authority to the company stands at more than 700 million shekels. The PA acquires 95% of its electricity in Judea and Samaria and 75% of its electricity in Gaza from Israel. Several months ago, Environmental Minister Gilad Erdan recommended that Israel cut power to Gaza in order to conserve electricity for its own use. (Sounds like a good idea! Israel regularly transfers collected tax to PA - why not withhold debt for electricity, water and compensation to Jewish victims of terror? After all, PA has funds to finance terror campaign against Israel!)
Compliment Haaretz Feel Proud?
French Ambassador to Israel Cristophe Bigot acknowledged that Israelis are portrayed in France as “occupiers who are against Palestinian aspirations" but, he noted, “that is exactly how Israel is portrayed in its own paper, Haaretz.” (Jewish self-haters give ‘legitimate’ excuse to international anti-Semites)
Quote of the Week:
“Helping the rebels (in
By US Gen. Martin Dempsey’s assertion on Thursday, Aug. 30 that the US would not be “complicit” in an Israel strike against Iran, President Barack Obama was telling Israel: You are on your own! (since-when has US army personnel started making political statements?) The drastic reduction in the scale of next month’s joint US-Israeli war game is disclosed. Instead of the 5,000 US troops originally assigned for Austere Challenge 12, the annual joint exercise, the Pentagon will send only 1,200 to 1,500 service members. The missile interception systems at the core of the joint exercise will be reduced in number and potency: Patriot anti-missiles will come without crews and maybe one instead of two Aegis Ballistic Missile Defence warships. (It is a well-known secret that the US government, even since the establishment of Israel, continuously undermines Israel’s right for self-determination and prevents the Jewish state from delivering decisive victory against her enemies!)
Throwing Israel “Under the Bus”
While accepting Republican convention’s nomination, Mitt Romney devoted a part of his speech to Obama’s foreign policy, especially on diplomatic engagement with Iran: “We’re still talking and Iran’s centrifuges are still spinning,” he said. “Every American is less secure today because he has failed to slow Iran’s nuclear threat,” said Romney. He accused Obama of having “thrown allies like Israel under the bus.”
Facing sharp criticism from Mitt Romney and Republicans, President Barack Obama ordered his Democratic party to reinsert references to G-d and Jerusalem in their party platform. Romney called the change a "shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel's capital." He accused Obama of distancing the US from its ally Israel. (They voted three times! Delegates were clearly equally split on the subject. Organisers were embarrassed, but pretended that they have 75% approval and made fake adaptation of the resolution! We need to see solid deeds, not hollow words!)
PA officials had originally announced that Abbas would submit a request for membership in the UN during the General Assembly session in New York at the end of this month. However, following American pressure, Abbas has decided to delay the move until after the US presidential election. PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo said that the PA would coordinate its move with Arab countries, the EU and members of the Non-Aligned Movement. (All of them are known anti-Semitic bigots!)
Israel Must not Trust Obama
Wall Street Journal says it is no wonder Israelis are upset when President Obama who is fond of saying he “has
Please view the list of Obama’s Broken Promises