US to punish UN and PA re non-member status

House Foreign Affairs Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, ChairmanFor IMMEDIATE Release

             November 29, 2012

U.S. Must Impose Severe Economic Consequences for UN’s Irresponsible Support for Palestinian Statehood Scheme, Ros-Lehtinen Says

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding the United Nations General Assembly’s vote today to adopt a resolution granting “Palestine” (the Palestine Liberation Organization) the status of non-member observer state at the UN.  Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“Abu Mazen, instead of condemning the Gaza rocket fire and negotiating with Israel for lasting peace, spent the past week congratulating Hamas for its efforts to murder Israeli civilians, while offering condolences for Hamas’s ‘martyrs.’  Now the UN’s vote to grant de facto UN recognition of a non-existent Palestinian state has pushed peace with Israel even further away. 

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November 30, 2012 | 18 Comments » | 145 views

Benghazi ‘Narrative’ Reads Like TWA 800’s



Earlier this week on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer came to the same — and obvious — conclusion as to why the Obama White House felt compelled to misrepresent the events at Benghazi on September 11. As O’Reilly noted, the administration hoped “to tamp the story down so it didn’t intrude on their narrative that the Obama administration had decimated al-Qaeda.”

“The real story would have gone against the narrative,” Krauthammer agreed, adding, “I’m not saying that there was a deliberate conspiracy from day one, but as this story unfolded, they saw a way to make this non-political.”
Sixteen years ago, also in the home stretch of a difficult re-election campaign, Bill Clinton faced a problem very similar to Obama’s. An event took place that threatened the “peace and prosperity” theme of his campaign — specifically, the July 17, 1996, shoot-down of TWA Flight 800, with 230 people on board, just 10 miles off the coast of Long Island.

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November 30, 2012 | 5 Comments » | 133 views

U.S. Officials: Resolution Endangers “Prospects of a Durable Peace”

By Ted Belman

The only way it can do so is to make the Palestinians even less flexible. But since the Palestinians have never exhibited flexibility or a willingness to compromise, the resolution will simply reinforce their past behavior.

Can anyone explain how the resolution “endangers prospects for peace”. Has PM Netanyahu ever indicated that he will accept “67 lines with swaps” or the division of Jerusalem. Did anyone ever expect that Netanyahu would cave on these red lines. Mind you he did say recently the UN resolutions can’t get Israel to compromise on security. I hate when he says things like that instead of saying that no UN resolution will get Israel to cross those red lines.

So what prospects for peace were there before the resolution which have been endangered. The only prospect lay in getting Israel to cross her red lines. I don’t see how the Resolution will steel Israel’s refusal to cross the red lines.

November 30, 2012 | 4 Comments » | 109 views

Abbas speech to U.N.


    “We will accept no less than the all the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967”

    “a solution for the refugee issue on the basis of resolution 194 (III), as per the operative part of the Arab Peace Initiative” = as the Arabs explain, flooding Israel with anyone who has an ancestor who was in Israel around the period of the founding of the State of Israel (the majority of these ancestors, by the way were relatively new to the area as they were drawn by the economic opportunity created by Jewish immigration).


    “The world watched a defamatory and venomous speech that was full of
    mendacious propaganda against the IDF and the citizens of Israel. Someone
    who wants peace does not talk in such a manner.”


Mr. President of the General Assembly,

Palestine comes today to the United Nations General Assembly at
a time when it is still tending to its wounds and still burying its beloved
martyrs of children, women and men who have fallen victim to the latest
Israeli aggression, still searching for remnants of life amid the ruins of
homes destroyed by Israeli bombs on the Gaza Strip, wiping out entire
families, their men, women and children murdered along with their dreams,
their hopes, their future and their longing to live an ordinary life and to
live in freedom and peace.

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November 30, 2012 | 33 Comments » | 200 views

U.S. overseeing mysterious construction project in Israel

By Walter Pincus, Washington Post

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to supervise construction of a five-story underground facility for an Israel Defense Forces complex, oddly named “Site 911,” at an Israeli Air Force base near Tel Aviv.

Expected to take more than two years to build, at a cost of up to $100 million, the facility is to have classrooms on Level 1, an auditorium on Level 3, a laboratory, shock-resistant doors, protection from nonionizing radiation and very tight security. Clearances will be required for all construction workers, guards will be at the fence and barriers will separate it from the rest of the base.

Only U.S. construction firms are being allowed to bid on the contract and proposals are due Dec. 3, according to the latest Corps of Engineers notice.

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November 30, 2012 | 5 Comments » | 114 views

The Legal Fiction of Palestinian Statehood

By Brooke Goldstein & Benjamin Ryberg, Breitbart

Following last year’s failed attempt by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to gain admission to the United Nations as a full member state via UN Security Council vote (known as the Unilateral Declaration of Independence, or UDI), PA President Mahmoud Abbas has announced another upcoming attempt at statehood recognition. Today, Abbas will request that the UN General Assembly vote to upgrade the status of the Palestinians to non-member state from the current status of observer entity.

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November 30, 2012 | 5 Comments » | 129 views

Official: Egypt to crack down on Gaza tunnels

Maan News
Published yesterday (updated) 28/11/2012 19:50

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security services are planning an
“extraordinary” crackdown on smuggling tunnels under the Gaza border, a
security source said Wednesday.

The Egyptian security official said tunnels were operating at 5 percent of
previous levels, and were mostly smuggling construction material to Gaza.

Israel bombarded the tunnels area in the southern Gaza Strip during its
eight-day war which ended with a ceasefire on Nov. 24.

The official said Egypt’s planned campaign to end smuggling was part of the
truce agreement brokered by Cairo.

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November 29, 2012 | 4 Comments » | 118 views

Analysis: Gaza arrangement begins to take shape


A week after Operation Pillar of Defense ended, an arrangement between Israel and Hamas is beginning to taking shape.

With the Egyptians acting as intermediaries, the setup has seen all terror factions in Gaza, without exception, committing themselves to the cease-fire, from the ruling Hamas regime to Islamic Jihad (which is as well-armed as Hamas), down to the smaller Popular Resistance Committees and the al- Qaida-inspired jihadi groups.

Under the new terms, the IDF will patrol its side of the border with Gaza, and carry out vital border security missions free from all attacks.

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November 29, 2012 | 19 Comments » | 158 views

The Gaza Operation: Less a War than an Anti-Iran Coup

Israel’s operation was an intel coup to shut Iran’s gateway to Cairo via Hamas.


The eight-day Gaza duel between Israel and Hamas was the showcase. Behind it, a coup went forward, masterminded by at least three intelligence wizards: Israel’s Mossad Direct Tamir Pardo, Turkish National Intelligence Organization – MIT chief, Hakan Fidan and the Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Jassim al Thani, who also heads the emirate’s intelligence service. The CIA was in close touch.

Their aim was to abort the military ties Tehran was cultivating with Hamas before the Gaza Strip is grabbed as Iran’s springboard to Cairo. To this end, wave upon wave of multiple missile assaults on Israel were provoked.

Obama’s overall Plan
The coup action was designed as Part One of US President Barack Obama’s overall plan, which is to harness the Arab Spring to key US objectives. His partners were – and are – Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

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November 28, 2012 | 16 Comments » | 105 views

J’lem to take ‘low profile’ approach to PA UN move

Til now Israel made all kinds of threats,especially Liberman did, threatening to abrogate Oslo or annex the leand etc. Obasma counselled against such response. Guess Obama won again. Ted Belman


Senior diplomatic source says Israel doesn’t want to make moves that divert attention from PA’s violation of int’l agreements.

Israel will take a “low-profile” approach to the Palestinians’ expected bid to upgrade their status at the UN on Thursday, so as not to divert attention from the Palestinian Authority’s violation of international agreements, a senior diplomatic source said Tuesday.

The source said that if Jerusalem, as some in the international community feared, greeted the Palestinian move with a decision to build thousands of new housing units in the settlements, then that would become the center of attention, not the Palestinian step.

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November 28, 2012 | 40 Comments » | 114 views

Senior diplomatic source: Qatar is a bitter enemy


Reflecting intense anger and frustration at Qatar for its diplomatic and financial support of Hamas, a senior diplomatic source on Wednesday characterized the Persian Gulf state as a “bitter enemy of Israel.”

“Qatar is an opportunistic regime,” which is one of the “most problematic regimes” in the region, the source said. Without elaborating, the source said Israel should be using some of the leverage it has with Qatar to induce it to change its behavior.

The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, visited Gaza last month, the first foreign leader to do so since Hamas took power there in 2007. That move angered Jerusalem because it gave Hamas strongly desired legitimacy.

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November 28, 2012 | 7 Comments » | 124 views

Gaza’s Not the Key, Philadelphi Is

A week ago I wrote:

    My suggestion to Bibi is to invade with the goal of occupying the northern part of Gaza and the Philidelphi Corridor rather than to destroy Hamas. This would greatly reduce the death toll on both sides and will not be seen as a humiliating defeat of Israel. Then Israel should demand an agreement to their liking as the cost of vacating. Res 242 all over again.

by Daniel Pipes, National Review Online

The Second Hamas-Israel War of Nov. 10-21 inspired a mighty debate over rights and wrongs, with each side appealing to the large undecided bloc (19 percent of Americans according to CNN/ORC, 38 percent according to Rasmussen). Is Israel a criminal state that has no right to exist, much less to deploy force? Or is it a modern liberal democracy with the rule of law that justifiably protects innocent civilians?Morality drives this debate.

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November 28, 2012 | 1 Comments » | 130 views

US-led NATO intervention begins in Syria war. Patriots in Turkey

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2012, 9:47 AM

Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Middle East military spotlight swung around from Gaza to the Syrian war with steps for the start of US and NATO intervention in that conflict. Without spelling this out, a game changer began unfolding when a joint Turkish-NATO team began making a site survey for the deployment of Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems, manned by American military teams.

The team, said the statement from Ankara, will assess where to station the missiles and how many would be needed. It reiterated that the system is “for defensive purposes” and not for a “no-fly zone or offensive operations,” but just for use “against an air or missile threat from Syria.”

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November 27, 2012 | 20 Comments » | 137 views

Americans in Israel Sue Clinton for US Funding of Arab Terror

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, INN

Two dozen Americans in Israel are suing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for negligence in allowing the United States to fund the Palestinian Authority, which used money for terror.

The suit was filed in a federal U.S. court in Washington by the Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin), which has revolutionized the war against terror through “lawfare,” winning colossal lawsuits against terrorist organizations and banks that handle their funds.

The Federal suit alleges that the U.S. State Department violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, and abandoned Congressional safeguards, transparency and reporting requirements.

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November 27, 2012 | 29 Comments » | 135 views

The Battle for the Iron Dome

Continues the false narrative that Obama was the source of all U.S. support for Iron Dome.

It never mentions Bush’s 2007 $30B 10 year military aid package for Israel.
In fact, never mentions Bush at all, but instead mentions negative U.S.
response until Obama came in to office. It also doesn’t mention that
Obama’s budget this year cut funding for Israel’s missile defense systems
(all missile defense systems, but also Israel’s, including Iron Dome) while
it was Congress that practically doubled his request. Lori Lowentyhal Marcus


TEL AVIV—Israel’s Iron Dome rocket-defense system spent the past two weeks successfully blasting Hamas rockets out of the sky—many in dramatic nighttime explosions—helping to end the recent hostilities between Israel and Hamas in just seven days.

The battle to build Iron Dome, however, lasted years and provided fireworks of its own.

Before Wednesday’s cease-fire, Iron Dome knocked down 421 rockets launched from Gaza and bound for Israeli cities, an 84% success rate, according to the Israeli military. The system limited Israeli casualties to six during the seven days of bombardment. As a result, there was markedly less political pressure on Israel’s decision makers to invade Gaza.

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November 26, 2012 | 3 Comments » | 175 views

Canadian FM Baird: ‘Why Israel holds such a special place in my heart’

What follows is the text of a keynote speech delivered by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to the Jewish National Fund’s annual Negev Dinner, held at Ottawa’s National Gallery last Tuesday night.

Ambassador Ziv, Rabbis, Honoured guests:

Thank you for the warm welcome; I am truly humbled to be tonight’s honouree. I want to begin by thanking tonight’s Dinner Chair Barbara Farber who has been a great friend and supporter of mine for many, many years. I am deeply grateful to you Barbara, your husband Len and your son Steven who recently served in my office. Your support and friendship over the years is deeply appreciated – as are all of your efforts in both the Jewish and general community.Tonight, I want to try something different. I want to depart from the traditional role as government spokesperson.

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November 26, 2012 | 2 Comments » | 124 views

Lessons from Gaza

By Jackson Diehl, WaPo

When Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to a cease-fire with Hamas rather than a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, he surely knew that his opposition would taunt him with these words from 2009: “We must smash the Hamas power in Gaza,” he said then. “The next government will have no choice but to finish the job and uproot .?.?. the Iranian terror base.”

That Netanyahu held back from doing so is testimony to not only his prudence or the influence of Barack Obama. It is ratification of the most important outcome of the latest Gaza crisis, which is the consolidation of a new Islamist front as Israel’s principal Arab counterpart, adversary and potential interlocutor. It comprises not just Hamas but the allied, Muslim Brotherhood-led government of Egypt, with Turkey and Qatar as supporting partners.

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November 26, 2012 | 32 Comments » | 147 views

Syria is central to holding together the Mideast

By Condoleezza Rice, WaPo

The civil war in Syria may well be the last act in the story of the disintegration of the Middle East as we know it. The opportunity to hold the region together and to rebuild it on a firmer foundation of tolerance, freedom and, eventually, democratic stability is slipping from our grasp.

Egypt and Iran have long, continuous histories and strong national identities. Turkey does as well, except for the matter of the Kurds, who are still largely unassimilated, mistrusted by Ankara and tempted by the hope of independent nationhood.

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November 26, 2012 | 2 Comments » | 108 views

Why Netanyahu Blinked

By Steven Plaut, Daily Mailer, FrontPage

The Hamas terrorists fired over 1,500 rockets into civilian areas of
Israel just before and during the recent “Pillar of Defense” military
operation, rockets that killed at least five Israelis, wounded many
others and did loads of damage. Southern Israel underwent the
regional equivalent (and the moral equivalent) to the Londoners of the
1940s who endured the German Blitz.

Israel had learned in its 2006 war with the Hezb’Allah Islamofascist
terrorists in Lebanon that bombing from the air does not achieve very
much against entrenched terrorist infrastructure. Nevertheless, that
was essentially the same failed military strategy used against the
Hamas savages by the Netanyahu government in the “Pillar of Defense”
campaign. Air attacks with conventional weapons not only failed in
Lebanon, they also failed to end the aggressions by Germany and Japan
in World War II, and they generally failed elsewhere.

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November 26, 2012 | 12 Comments » | 112 views