by Gavriel Queenann
Former US ambassador to the United Nations blasted President Barack Obama's sanctions-driven approach to curtailing Iran's nuclear ambitions…
"Sanctions have long been touted as the answer, but they are not," Bolton explained. "Sadly, we have been behind the curve for years, and recent Obama administration claims about slowing Tehran down are little more than re-election propaganda."
Noting that Iran's alliances with China, Cuba, Russia, Venezuela and others are sufficient to undermine sanctions, Bolton called Obama's stance 'naive' and said that Tehran does not "buy our theories of deterrence."
"The most likely outcome is stark: The world's central banker of terrorism will very soon become a nuclear weapons state," Bolton predicted. The end result, Bolton predicted, would be "a multipolar nuclear Middle East [that] simply awaits the first match." "The only other option is to take pre-emptive military action to break Iran's program," Bolton opined, adding sabotage operations and targeted assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists were merely “a distraction.”
Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that an Israeli pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities was "far away." Nonetheless, Barak maintains there are strategic red-lines - such as Iran approaching 90% uranium enrichment - that would force Israel to take military action.
Gulf Arabs and Western states share Israel's fears Iran is seeking an atomic bomb - with officials in Saudi Arabia saying, should Tehran obtain nuclear weapons, they too will follow suit. (Could it be that Obama, by his inaction, deliberately allows Iran to develop its nuclear weapon program beyond the point of no return?)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Contrary to reports in
PA Complains Abbas No Longer Israeli VIP
Palestinian Authority officials complained that Israel has stripped President Mahmoud Abbas of his VIP status and given him a temporary travel permit good for only 60 days, suggesting that Israel was punishing him for his now stalled application for recognition of statehood membership at the United Nations. (Unilateral track is a direct violation of the 1993 Oslo accords which has expired long time ago. But, the game of ‘peace process’ is still on!)
A top PA cleric claimed at a major Fatah event that Muslims are in a religious war with the Jews -- the descendants of "apes and pigs." The Mufti Muhammad Hussein also presented the murder of Jews by Muslims as a religious Islamic goal while celebrating the 47th anniversary of the PA's Fatah faction.
Raise of Cyberwar
Several days after a hack attack by Saudi and other Arab hackers against the web sites of El Al and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Israel's hacker group, “IDF-Team”, struck back against web sites of large banks in the United Arab Emirates and in Gaza. The same group hit the sites of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, and Tadawul, the Saudi stock exchange site. The group threatened to take down even more sites in Arab countries, as the cyberwar between Israel and its Arab enemies heated up. “We will decide on our next actions based on the actions of the terrorists, who seek to interfere with normal life in Israel.”
Thai police's capture of a Lebanese-Swedish Hezbollah suspect thwarted a
terrorist attack on Bet Habad in
Saudis are Eager to Stop Nuclear Iran
Even as Western officials try to tamp-down the drums of war with Iran amid spiking oil prices, Saudi Arabia says it is ready to go to war to defend its interests. Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal told delegates at a Gulf Cooperation Council conference that Riyahd will use "all available options" to defend itself against Iranian "threats". (Will Saudi Arabia persuade Obama take action against Iran? Security of Israel is definitely not his concern.)
Quote of the Week:
"Any threat to our interests or security will force us to use all available options to defend our interests, and national and regional security" - Prince Turki al-Faisal, Former Saudi intelligence chief - Israel must have the same attitude regarding threat from its enemies. Any pressure from so-called friends that compromise national security must be ignored.
Good, Bad and Ugly anti-Semites
by Steven Shamrak.
Dear human beings. It has become apparent that a phenomena of anti-Semitism, in old and modern forms, is on the rise again. At the same time, according to one of the EU directors there is "…a problem with the definition of anti-Semitism…” For that reason, I would like to focus on the definition of the people who subscribe, perform and propagate anti-Semitism. They are anti-Semites:
1. Good anti-Semites: They express freely their prejudicial feelings toward Jews. I admire people who have an opinion and openly express it, regardless of their political inclinations. I welcome and respect any opinion, even if it is based on lack of factual knowledge. When an opinion is expressed it is opened for discussion. Discussions facilitate growth and change for the better.
2. Bad anti-Semites: They actually act on their prejudicial belief system. They paint graffiti, smash Jewish tombstones, break windows in Synagogues or even sacrifice themselves in suicide attacks. The rule of law must be indiscriminately applied to any act of violence against individuals, organisations and government institutions regardless of their political, racial or religious affiliation!
3. Ugly anti-Semites: They are the worst kind. Many of them are, seemingly, nice people. They could be beggars or multi-billionaires, your neighbours or Prime Ministers. Most of them are nice, polite and very illusive. They are quiet when their voice must be raised but vocal when it is not. Their silence facilitates the rise of any ugly discrimination and prejudice, not just anti-Semitism.
Only simple human decency and intolerance to “killer silence” can stop the sickening circle of hate.