Experts on Decertifying Iran Deal: Trump Should Have Killed Terror-Fueling Agreement  

By Edwin Mora, BREITBART

WASHINGTON, DC — Some experts welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, but they said the American leader should have gone a step further and killed the agreement, which some analysts argue has strengthened Tehran’s narco-terror proxy Hezbollah and its hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

While some analysts praised Trump for decertifying the Iran deal, others stressed that the president did not go far enough.

“The Iran deal was, as the president said, a bad deal, possibly the worse in modern history. We should kill it. That’s what I recommended the president do, but I’m happy to see him decertify it,” Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a former deputy assistant to President Trump, told Breitbart News.
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October 15, 2017 | Comments » | 473 views

The Rest of the Russia Story  

Justice shouldn’t protect the FBI and Fusion GPS from House subpoenas.

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board

The House Intelligence Committee recently issued subpoenas to Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that paid for the dossier that contained allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump and ties to Russia. The dossier’s details have been either discredited or are unverified, but the document nonetheless framed the political narrative about Trump-Russian collusion that led to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Democrats and Fusion seem to care mostly that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes issued the subpoenas, given that he officially recused himself from the Russia probe in April. But only the chairman is allowed to issue subpoenas, and Mr. Nunes did so at the request of Republican Mike Conaway, who is officially leading the probe.
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October 14, 2017 | 3 Comments » | 589 views

How The Trump Administration Just Changed US Policy Toward Iran  

The new strategy includes major sanctions and a threat to end the deal regarding Iran’s controversial nuclear program.

By Joseph Trevithick, THE WAR ZONE

President Donald Trump has revealed a new, overarching American policy strategy toward Iran, which includes refusing to certify the controversial deal over the country’s nuclear program and new sanctions that formally label an entire portion of the Iranian government, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a terrorist organization. The announcement has already prompted criticism from the Trump Administration’s domestic opponents, foreign allies, and unsurprisingly the government in Tehran and its international partners, and will undoubtedly have massive ramifications in the months to come.
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October 14, 2017 | Comments » | 855 views

We Palestinians hold the key to a better future  

By Bassem Eid, 

I am a proud Palestinian who grew up in a refugee camp and raised a large family. I want peace and prosperity for my people. I want an end to the misery and the destruction.

After 66 years of mistakes and missed opportunities, it is time for us Palestinians to create the conditions for peace and to work for a better future. It is time that we stopped pretending that we can destroy Israel or drive the Jews into the sea. It is time that we stopped listening to Muslim radicals or Arab regimes that use us to continue a pointless, destructive, and immoral war with Israel.

Our sad state of affairs
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October 14, 2017 | Comments » | 1,326 views

The decision plan: The key to peace is on the right  

The “two-state” model has brought Israel to a dead end: despair of ending the conflict and turning to its “management” as a cruel and eternal destiny. The alternative depends on the willingness of Israeli society to reach a decision instead of managing the conflict, a decision based on the understanding that there is no place in the Land of Israel for two contradictory national movements

By Bezalel Smotrich

For over a century of Zionism, the Jewish people had to wage a struggle over its very existence as sovereign in its renewed state in the Land of Israel.

This existential struggle takes shape and takes shape, consists of many systems, and, thank God, victories. But to this day it has not yet been decided. To this day, there are those among the inhabitants of this country who refuse to recognize the right of the State of Israel to exist as the state of the Jewish people, and continue to undermine its very existence and its Jewish identity. In recent decades, this struggle has been going on mainly in the so-called “Palestinian arena” with the Arabs of Judea and Samaria, who are striving to establish an Arab state within the 1967 borders, but have never concealed that this is only a stop on the way to the real goal: the return to Haifa, Jaffa, Israel. That is why they educate their children at home, in schools, in summer camps and summer camps, and no one denies that this is the founding ethos of “Palestinian nationalism” wherever it is.
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October 14, 2017 | Comments » | 400 views

Trump’s Iran Fury  

Editorial of The New York Sun

President Trump’s refusal to certify that Iran is complying with its nuclear deal came after he “threw a fit,” according to a source of the Washington Post. The president was, the Post reported, “incensed by the arguments of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and others that the landmark 2015 deal, while flawed, offered stability and other benefits.” That left Mr. Trump, the Post’s source said, “furious. Really furious.”

Well, why shouldn’t Mr. Trump have been furious? The Post seems to suggest that he is somehow unstable, a line that’s being hawked by the New York Times. By our lights he was right to blow his celebrated stack. He had run for president, after all, on a bright line promise to exit the Iran deal. The deal itself was entered into by President Obama and Secretary Kerry with the full knowledge that both houses of Congress were against it.
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October 14, 2017 | Comments » | 656 views

Bassam Eid and Naftali Bennett Seem to Agree  

By Sheri Oz,  ISRAEL DIARIES

Oct 7, 2015 · Updated Feb 

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Palestinian Arabs and The Jewish Home party may seem like strange bedfellows but sometimes life offers truths that fiction would never dare propose. The Arabs might actually not think too badly of the solution to the conflict that has been offered up for consideration by The Jewish Home party. In contrast, our own left-wing Jews consider party leader Naftali Bennett a racist and attribute to him no other desire than to annex all of the so-called West Bank and freeze the Arabs in the territories into a permanent state of second-class status with no chance of gaining sovereignty over their own affairs. Serious attention to what Bennett’s party actually proposes, as opposed to what people think it proposes, may surprise some. Furthermore, when comparing what Bassem Eid says about the Palestinian condition and the desires of many Arabs living on the West Bank, we may find that Bennett is not so far out there.
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October 14, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 410 views

FULL TEXT: Trump’s Speech Decertifying Iran Nuclear Deal  

Trump says he hopes ‘new measures directed at the Iranian dictatorship’ will compel Tehran to ‘reevaluate its pursuit of terror’

My fellow Americans, as president of the United States, my highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people.

History has shown that the longer we ignore a threat the more dangerous that threat becomes. For this reason, upon taking office, I’ve ordered a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran.
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October 14, 2017 | Comments » | 387 views

Iran’s war with Kurdish Independence may be underway in disputed Kirkuk  

by Jerry Gordon

It pays to have knowledgeable social media contacts to get the truth about Iran’s war against  Kurdish  independence.

Last night I received a post from US Army  Brig. General  (ret.) Ernie Audino who has deep connections with the Peshmerga  and Kurdish  Regional Government as a result of liaison during the Second Gulf War.  We had interviewed  Audino for the  New English Review published in December 2015. See: “No War Against ISIS Without the Kurds”: an interview with US Army Brig. Gen. (ret.) Ernie Audino.  Audino had been in Erbil just prior to the September 25, 2017 Independence Referendum  had  met with an interviewed  both Peshmerga and Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) figures

General Qassem Soleimani of Iran’s Quds Force

He had sent out an alarm in his post last night regarding the provocative movement towards Kirkuk of  Iraqi  Shia Hashd  al- Shaabi  Popular Mobilization Force, under the control of Iranian Quds Force commander, General Qassem Soleimani with Iraqi National Army  US supplied M1-tanks.
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October 14, 2017 | Comments » | 401 views

US-Israel strategic partnership inspired by Col. Meinertzhagen  

Yoram Ettinger, ISRAEL HAYOM, December 05, 2014

Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, the Chief Political/Intelligence Officer of the British Mandate in Palestine, inspired the late Senator Daniel Inouyewho laid the foundation for the landmark US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014,  which was overwhelmingly supported by Congress. The Act reflects Israel’s increasing and unique strategic contribution to vital US defense and commercial interests, and the mutually beneficial, two-way-street nature of the US-Israel relationship.

Col. Meinertzhagen’s Middle East Diary 1917-1956 is as relevant today, for the USA, as it was 80-100 years ago, for Britain, maintaining that a Jewish State would be the most reliable and effective beachhead of Western democracies in an area, which is vital to their critical economic and national security interests.
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October 14, 2017 | 17 Comments » | 579 views


US officials: Trump won’t scrap Iran deal in Friday speech  

President set to decertify accord, but let Congress decide its fate; won’t declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terror organization

By ANDREW BEATTY and DAVE CLARK TOI

US President Donald Trump nominates Kirstjen Nielsen to be next US Secretary of Homeland Security in the East Room of the White House October 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.(AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski)
US President Donald Trump nominates Kirstjen Nielsen to be next US Secretary of Homeland Security in the East Room of the White House October 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.(AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski)

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Donald Trump will unveil a more aggressive strategy to check Iran’s growing power Friday, but will stop short of withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal, or declaring the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization.

During a White House speech at 12:45 pm (1645 GMT), Trump is expected to declare the landmark 2015 agreement — which curbed Iran’s nuclear program in return for massive sanctions relief — is no longer in the US national interest.

Officials say he will not kill the international accord outright, instead “decertifying” the agreement and leaving US lawmakers to decide its fate.
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October 13, 2017 | Comments » | 293 views

The Sunni nations and the “Jordan Option”  

By Ron Jager, AMERICAN THINKER

On September 1, 1967, the Arab League summit delivered the “Three No’s” – no to peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no negotiations with Israel. This declaration was passed as part of the Khartoum resolution, at a summit attended by eight Arab heads of state in the shadow of the Six-Day War, which saw Israel’s unprecedented defeat of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. For the past 70 years, this has been the official policy of all Sunni nations in the Middle East, no to Israel and yes to the Palestinians demand for an independent state, until now. All of this has now come to an end.
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October 13, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 437 views

Jordan: Jews on Temple Mount are a ‘provocation’ to Muslims  

ONE MORE REASON TO INVOKE THE JORDAN OPTION

Jordanian minister claims Jews visiting Temple Mount ‘harm’ Al-Aqsa mosque, ‘provoke’ Muslims around the world.

By Dalit Halevi, INN

The Jordanian government condemned Israel for allowing Jews to visit the Temple Mount, calling it “irresponsible” and “provocative to Muslims around the world.”

Jordan’s Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani published a statement declaring Israel’s actions “unacceptable.” Israel, he said, is “provoking in an irresponsible fashion” Muslims around the world.

Momani also claimed Israel is “harming” the “blessed Al-Aqsa mosque.”
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October 13, 2017 | Comments » | 297 views

Israel to join US in quitting UNESCO  

Netanyahu announces Israel also withdrawing from UN body after US plans exit following series of anti-Israel UNESCO resolutions.

By David Rosenberg, INN

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Thursday night that Israel will be exiting the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over the organization’s anti-Israeli bias, following a similar announcement by the Trump administration.

UNESCO’s board is set to meet next week and had announced that the anti-Israel resolutions it had intended to bring to a vote would be postponed for six months. This is seen by sources as a possbile attempt to stave off the actions of the US and Israel.
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October 13, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 323 views


The “Jordan-is-Palestine” Conference-Why I agreed to participate  

By MARTIN SHERMAN

Of all the “Right-wing” alternatives for the two-state formula, the “Jordan-is-Palestine” concept is the only not one inconsistent with the underlying principles of the “Humanitarian Paradigm”

Palestine and Transjordan are one, for Palestine is the coastline and Transjordan is the hinterland of the same countryKing Abdullah, Cairo, April 12, 1948.

Jordanians and Palestinians are considered by the PLO as one people -Farouk Kaddoumi, Head of the PLO Political Department, Newsweek, March 14, 1977.

Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine…Prince Hassan, Jordanian National Assembly, February 2, 1970.

The truth is that Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan -King Hussein of Jordan, Amman, 1981.

Let us not forget the East Bank of the Jordan [River] where seventy percent of the inhabitants belong to the Palestinian nation.  George Habash, leader of the PFLP of the PLO, February 1970.

Next Tuesday (Oct 17), a well-publicized conference on the “Jordan-is-Palestine”  idea, as the preferred resolution for the Israel-Palestine conflict, will be held at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center  in Jerusalem, organized by Ted Belman, editor, the well-known news blog, Israpundit  and  Mudar Zahran, Secretary-General of the Jordan Opposition Coalition.
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October 12, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 726 views

Hamas, Fatah reach Palestinian unity deal at Cairo talks  

Gaza-based terrorist organization says reconciliation talks with West Bank rivals successful, wider negotiations to follow in coming weeks

By FARES AKRAM and MOHAMMAD DARAGHMEH, TOI

GAZA CITY (AP) — Rival groups Hamas and Fatah have reached a preliminary, partial agreement that could pave the way for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resume governing the Gaza Strip, a decade after Hamas overran the territory, officials close to Egyptian-brokered negotiations said on Thursday.

Details of the deal were to be presented at a news conference in Cairo later Thursday.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement that the agreement was reached under “generous Egyptian auspices,” but provided no details.
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October 12, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 349 views

US to withdraw from UNESCO to save money, protest anti-Israel bias — report  

Washington could announce exit from UN cultural body as early as next week, after final rounds of leadership vote

TOI

The United States reportedly plans to formally withdraw from the UN’s troubled cultural body out of financial considerations and what it says is an ingrained anti-Israel bias.

Washington could announce its exit from UNESCO as early as next week, Foreign Policy magazine reported Wednesday.

The US will remain an observer in the Paris-based cultural, scientific and educational organization.

According to the report, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made the decision several weeks ago at the UN General Assembly, but the State Department urged Washington to remain in the organization until a new director general is voted in the coming weeks.
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October 12, 2017 | Comments » | 419 views

China may now have leverage to push Saudis to accept RMB for oil  

Hard to imagine even just one year ago, this could be a giant step toward internationalization of the yuan

By DAVID P. GOLDMAN, ASIA TIMES

Now that King Salmon has gone to Moscow and bought the Russian’s S-400 air defense system, all sorts of things become possible.

China is the marginal buyer of oil in the world, and there has been a big shift in its imports toward Russia and away from Saudi Arabia. The Iranian sphere (Iran+Iraq+Oman) remain roughly constant:

China oil imports by source
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October 12, 2017 | 1 Comment » | 439 views

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