Betrayal in the Shadow of the Arab Spring

With its latest acquisitions from Washington and Europe, the Saudi Air Force will have more fighter-bombers of more advanced models that the Israeli Air Force…

Last month, the US agreed to sell Saudi Arabia 84 advanced F-15SA fighter-bombers worth $29.4 billion. First deliveries are due in 2015. The package included the upgrading of 70 F-15 planes of the Saudi air fleet. Riyadh is also buying 72 advanced Eurofighter Typhoon fighter bombers. All in all, the oil kingdom will have the largest and most sophisticated fighter-bomber fleet in the Middle East.

Israel leaders reminded the Obama administration of its standing pledge to maintain Israel's qualitative military edge in the region. The aircraft supplied to the Saudis will place that edge in doubt. They voiced two additional causes for concern:

1.  One fine day, Saudi Arabia, which has never agreed to peace relations with Israel, may be moved to attack the Jewish state from an air base very close to Israel's shores. That proximity and the size and quality of its air force will allow dozens of warplanes to penetrate Israel's air defences and drop bombs on southern and central Israel.

2.   Israel also fears that four or five Saudi pilots or hired Islamist fliers may one day form an al Qaeda cell inside the Saudi Air Force and conspire to carry out a suicide attack on Israeli cities on the model of al Qaeda's 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, most of whose participants were Saudis.

Israel has brought its concerns to the notice of the Obama administration without making specific requests to hold up delivery. Israel is conscious that the Gulf region is on tenterhooks over its security and the Saudis are deep in military preparations to beat back potentially aggressive Iranian moves in the wake of the oil embargo approved by the US and the European Union against Tehran's nuclear program.

Jerusalem also takes into consideration the importance to the flagging American economy of the huge warplane transaction with the Saudis which will support 50,000 jobs in the US air industry and 600 American contractors of aircraft parts. (Too much understanding and consideration is complacency. It undermines Israel’s security!)

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

Sometimes I am asked to make my letters more positive and balanced. What does it mean? Must I ignore the ugly nature of Islamic terrorism and the intent of international anti-Semitic hypocrisy to destroy Israel? There are many “balanced” publications about Middle East conflict. Their politically correct approach only facilitates the demise of Israel. This editorial is not one of them!

Iran's Nuclear Arms Program is Complete

Iran has completed the development of a nuclear weapon and is only waiting for a sign from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to start assembling its first nuclear bomb”, said Israeli Military Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi on Thursday, February 2. By the end of 2012 or early 2013 Iran may have a single nuclear bomb. (There is no time left to waste)

‘Friendly’ Meeting after 18 Month Freeze

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met in Washington. The visit is the first face to face meeting between Lieberman and Clinton in 18 months. There has been widespread speculation that Clinton has been intentionally ducking a meeting with Lieberman. It is well-known in Washington and Jerusalem that the Obama Administration does not approve of the hard-line Lieberman whose own policy positions  vis-à-vis the 'Peace Process' are not conducive to US (Arab pleasing) strategic goals.

Madonna Starts Her World Tour in Israel

Fresh off her Super Bowl halftime show performance, Madonna is going on a world tour. The Material Girl will hit the road on May 29, starting in Tel Aviv, Israel. The tour will stop in 26 European cities, including London, Paris, Milan and Berlin. (Barack Obama only visited Israel during his presidential election campaign to fool gullible Jewish voters and gain their financial support! Since then, Israel has endured only political humiliation from Obama administration. Obama is not friend of Israel, Madonna is!)

Aid Delivered without Fuss and Media Coverage

Twenty months after the Mavi Marmara incident, a Turkish ship carrying medical aid for Gaza has arrived at Ashdod Port in Israel. The ship will unload its cargo at Ashdod, and Israel will then transfer the supplies into Gaza. Turkey had submitted a request to the Israeli Defence Ministry, to allow safe passage for the aid ship in October last year.

Sarkozy: Military Action is Not the Solution - Why not?

French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned on Wednesday that military action was no way to deal with nuclear-minded Iran. “The solution is political, the solution is diplomatic, the solution is in sanctions,” Sarkozy was quoted as having said. “We want the leaders of this country to understand that they have crossed a red line, and to reassure Israeli leaders so that the irreparable is not carried out.” (After helping Islamists to take over Libya, Sarkozy is so eager to change the regime in Syria, but not in Iran? Is it because of Iranian oil flow to France or the threat that nuclear Iran poses to Israel’s existence?)

Only Strength Ensures Survival of Jewish People

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the “only thing that ensures our existence, security and prosperity is our strength.” The Iranian regime recently announced that it has the ability to wipe out Israel in nine minutes. The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, proclaimed that the “Zionist regime is really the cancerous tumor of this region and it needs to be removed and will be removed.” (First of all, Jewish political leadership must exercise strength and Israel’s sovereignty! Secondly, any independent country, with the military superiority of Israel, would destroy the cancer of PA’s terror and threat by Arabs to Israel's existence long ago!)

PA Unity Government “Need Not Recognise Israel”?

Fatah official Nabil Shaath on Monday said the new interim PA government to be headed by Mahmoud Abbas "need not recognise Israel." "It is the PLO, not the PA, that recognises Israel," Shaath insisted in an interview with the Hamas-affiliated Arabic-language Al Quds. Shaath was attempting to justify forming a unity government with Hamas, which continues to call for Israel's destruction. (This statement completely negates the Oslo Accords and all others agreements with the PA. Israel must free itself from the illusion of the peace process, reunite Jewish land and remove enemies from it!)

Disgraceful Honour of a Traitor

The State of Israel has awarded the nation's highest honour to elder diplomat Henry Kissinger. The awards were presented at a news conference at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem. Kissinger, who was born to Jewish parents, received the award for his “unique contribution to Israel and his peace-making efforts in the Middle East.” (It is a matter of public record that Kissinger was not a friend of Israel - In late 2010, a set of audio tapes came to light revealing shocking comments between the veteran diplomat and President Richard Nixon. Kissinger was heard telling the American leader, "And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern...")

Rats are Leaving a Sinking Ship

According to the report in the London-based Al-sharq Al-awsat, Mashaal has decided not to return to Damascus, where Hamas has been based for decades, because of the likelihood that President Bashar al-Assad, with whom Hamas has thrown in its lot, will fall. In addition, the report says, Mashaal has ordered all suspension of remaining Hamas activities in Syria. Mashaal is currently in Qatar where he is opening his terror shop.

Quote of the Week:

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie." - Josef Goebbels, Nazi minister of propaganda - The second sentence is less known, but much more important to understand! Many governments had been using this principle!

Israel is Admired for the Enemies it has Made

by Rachel Hirshfeld

New Jersey governor Chris Christie, speaking to an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) group in New York, emphasised his commitment to Israel.

“America should stand by its friends and its democratic allies, even, and sometimes especially, when it’s unpopular to do so," Christie said. "And you know I know, that it may not be fashionable in some of the chancelleries, the foreign ministries, and salons around the world to talk about why America stands with Israel - but that’s no excuse not to be saying, and saying it loudly.”

Christie went on to quote President Franklin Roosevelt, “Please judge me by the enemies I have made.” The governor affirmed, “In that same spirit, I would like to say to all of you tonight: I admire Israel for the enemies it has made.”

Christie addressed the issue of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons by stressing that both “Americans and Israelis believe - we know deep in our bones - that if the Islamic Republic of Iran acquired a nuclear weapons capability, it will be an existential threat to Israel, to America, and to world civilization itself.”

He continued by stressing, “stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability must be a top priority of the United States of America. Any president, Republican or Democrat, who allows such a thing to occur on his watch, would be acting in a way that is profoundly against the national security interests of the United States and the security interests of our friends in Israel.”

“It’s only by speaking the truth boldly, or by speaking the truth to power that we will prevent this from happening," Chrisite continued. "It is only by decisive actions by leaders who truly understand that a threat to Israel is a threat to America. A threat to the Israeli way of life is a threat to the American way of life...”