No Senate Democrats block measure backing Bibi’s speech
The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution welcoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to America and endorsing his speech before a joint session of Congress.
Critics of the Obama administration view the unanimous approval as a rebuke to the White House and Democrats, who have vowed to boycott Netanyahu’s address and work to counter his warnings about the dangers of a nuclear Iran.
No Senate Democrats sponsored the measure, which attracted 50 Republican cosponsors. However, none attempted to block its passage, signaling that support for Israel and Netanyahu’s message has outweighed a pressure campaign by the Obama administration to sabotage the address.
Reported details of a possible U.S.-Iranian nuclear deal indicate more than ever that President Barack Obama is under the deadly delusion that he has the magic power to transform the Iranian regime into a responsible, peaceful player on the world stage. As Times of Israel editor David Horovitz sums it up:
Iran is to be allowed to keep 6,500 centrifuges spinning, and there will be a sunset clause providing for an end to intrusive inspections in some 10-15 years…. Some of the terms reported by the AP are even more worrying than those that were leaked in Jerusalem: “The idea would be to reward Iran for good behavior over the last years of any agreement,” the AP said, “gradually lifting constraints on its uranium enrichment program and slowly easing economic sanctions.” There is also no indication of restrictions on Iran’s missile development—its potential delivery systems.
Meanwhile the Middle East Media Research Institute—or MEMRI, an essential resource for translations of Middle Eastern media—has published an alarming report on Iran’s growing military presence along Israel’s border with Syria. The authors are Yigal Carmon, founder of MEMRI and a former counterterrorism adviser to two Israeli prime ministers, and MEMRI director Yossi Yehoshua.
Signatories of public letter announcing support of ultra-right party include rabbis Dov Lior, Zvi Tau, and Shlomo Aviner, among others.
A group of senior rabbis from the religious Zionist movement announced Thursday it had withdrawn its endorsement of Habayit Hayehudi in the March 17 election in favor of Yahad, the party established recently by former Shas chairman Eli Yishai.
The announcement was in the form of an open letter published as an advertisement in the religious Zionist weekly BeSheva.
“At this time, we are called upon to make our calculations according to the Torah’s truth,” the letter said.
“Of all the tickets running for the next Knesset, there’s one whose representatives promise to listen to the Torah’s instructions on matters of principle in their leadership of the public, so as to maintain the state’s Jewish character, and with special attention to the integrity of the Land of Israel.”
[I should point out that YNET, Netanyahu’s arch enemy, published this article.]
Op-ed: Seventy-five years after the Holocaust, Herzog is underestimating evil and its promises to wipe the Jewish state off the map, while the media and left-wing camp are concentrating on PM’s so-called ‘corruption.’
Until the current election campaign and the daily vicious, personal attacks against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, I think I never really gauged the media and center-left camp’s cruelty, or their recklessness in regard to the security and safety of Israel and the Jewish people.
I never realized how low they are willing to descend to have an Israel without Netanyahu and to replace him with Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog as US President Barack Obama’s and the Europeans’ weak and obedient poodles.
Ted Belman. Brigitte Gabriel is a personal friend of mine. I first met her over 10 years ago when she was just beginning her organization ACT for America. She built the organization to the point where it is the biggest national security organization in America with chapters in eleven countries. It is committed to defending the Jewish people. THIS IS A GREAT SPEECH. She delivered it in Sept 2014.
Nobel laureate Professor Robert (Yisrael) Aumann says Israel can learn from Iran how to stand its ground and get its way • Aumann supports Netanyahu’s Congress address: “If you chase peace it only eludes you. That’s not game theory; that’s history.”
Nobel laureate Professor Robert (Yisrael) Aumann is convinced that both Iran and North Korea are making a mockery of the international community.
“Iran in mocking the entire world and it is still getting its way. North Korea is also mocking the entire world and it too is getting its way,” says Aumann, 84, who in 2005 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.
“The world aligns itself with those who are strong, even if they are the embodiment of evil. That is why [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s insistence on addressing Congress in an effort to prevent a deal between the United States and Iran is vital,” Aumann says.
Through ongoing attrition by the Arabs and capitulation by the Jews, what once were unthinkable concessions have become perceived policy imperatives.
Rabin, Clinton, and Arafat
From left; Former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, former US president Bill Clinton, and the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn.. (photo credit:REUTERS)
We regard the agreement signed last night… as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again… a British prime minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time.
Against the backdrop of ‘Bottlegate,’ the ‘Magazine’ sits down with Sara Netanyahu – to meet the very human wife, mother and educational psychologist behind the figure the press loves to hate.
It is 3:59 p.m. on February 18, about an hour after my scheduled interview with Sara Netanyahu was supposed to begin. I call my husband: “I’m seriously considering leaving.” He advises patience.
I am sitting in the office that once belonged to former house manager Meni Naftali, who is suing the Netanyahus for NIS 1 million – claiming he was insulted, treated unfairly, yada yada yada.
There are piles of plastic bags stuffed with unidentifiable material, a randomly placed iron, an unhappy plant, a round top to something or other, and a half-eaten bar of Elite chocolate. I’m thinking: If this is the way Naftali left it, the Netanyahus should be suing him.
The emerging nuclear deal with Iran is indefensible. The White House knows it. That is why President Obama does not want to subject an agreement to congressional approval, why critics of the deal are dismissed as warmongers, and why the president, his secretary of state, and his national security adviser have spent several weeks demonizing the prime minister of Israel for having the temerity to accept an invitation by the U.S. Congress to deliver a speech on a subject of existential import for his small country. These tactics distract public attention. They turn a subject of enormous significance to American foreign policy into a petty personal drama. They prevent us from discussing what America is about to give away.
Putin’s Cyprus deal gives Russia a foothold in the EU: British MPs blast island’s decision to let Moscow’s navy use its ports
British MPs said Nicosia’s decision to let the Russian navy, including heavily armed frigates, use its ports for counter-terrorism and anti-piracy was ‘worrying and disappointing’.
Cyprus, an EU member, thrashed out the agreement despite already hosting two British military bases and 3,200 troops. President Putin insisted the deal ‘should not cause worries anywhere’.
Netanyahu is coming to Washington next week because Obama has left him no choice.
It is hard to get your arms around the stubborn determination of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today. For most of the nine years he has served as Israel’s leader, first from 1996 to 1999 and now since 2009, Netanyahu shied away from confrontations or buckled under pressure. He signed deals with the Palestinians he knew the Palestinians would never uphold in the hopes of winning the support of hostile US administrations and a fair shake from the pathologically hateful Israeli media.
Israel Electric Company to stop cutting power to Palestinian Authority in exchange for state’s promise to use NIS 300 million in Palestinian tax revenues to defray PA’s debt.
Israel also agrees to hook up Rawabi to the water grid.
This week, the IEC twice cut power to the northern West Bank for periods of up to an hour to protest the PA’s unpaid debt to the company, which totals some 1.9 billion shekels ($483 million).
Under the deal reached Thursday between the Prime Minister’s Office and the IEC, the electric company will receive 300 million shekels ($75.8 million) from the frozen PA tax revenues, equivalent to the Palestinian debt for the last three months – December, January and February.
Two Seas Canal will help rehabilitate Dead Sea by pumping water from Red Sea, provide solutions to Jordan’s chronic water problems.
Israel’s Silvan Shalom with Jordan’s Nasser sign deal
Jordan and Israel signed a deal on Thursday to build a pipeline to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea and combat regional water shortages. The official Petra news agency said that the agreement signed in the Jordanian capital, Amman, would set in motion the implementation of the first phase of a long-awaited project.
The Red Sea–Dead Sea Conduit also known as the Two Seas Canal will carry some 100 million metric cubes of water to the north annually, thus hopefully slowing down the process Dead Sea’s desiccation. As part of the cooperation, a joint water purification plant will be formed and Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians will share the water.
The first half of the speech focuses on Veteran’s Affairs. The second half deals with ISIS and Obama.
By Ted Belman
Susan Rice has been castigated for her remarks about Netanyahu’s “destructive behavior”. Here’s that WaPo has to say, Susan Rice: Netanyahu’s speech ‘destructive’
Greta Van Susteren had a great comeback.
Has President Obama’s Nation Security Adviser Susan Rice gone off the deep end? What kool aid is SHE drinking?
Rice, who as you know ridiculously went around to the 5 Sunday shows claiming Benghazi was caused by a video, just claimed to CBS Charlie Rose that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next week is “destructive” to the relationship between the US and Israel. Really? PM Netanyahu is the destructive one to the relationship?
Ah…maybe she ought to look at her boss’ conduct if she wants to talk ‘destructive’ to the relationship.
Ted Belman. Last night at an all party forum, it was made clear that 2014 was a record setting year for housing starts, namely 50,000. This year was not included in the Report.
But if State Comptroller Joseph Shapira managed to show anything with his analysis of five years of half-hearted half-measures aimed at tackling the housing crisis, it was that there is a larger problem in Israel’s political system, which prevents it from tackling even the most important issues.
The consistent political instability, the inability to create and follow long-term plans and the bureaucratic disarray that stops multiple ministries from communicating and coordinating is as much to blame as the slew of politicians listed in the report.
Despite its hype as a political bombshell, the report is irrelevant to the upcoming election in many ways; it would have been more useful before the last election. The people do not need Shapira’s report to know that home prices keep rising, not only because the Central Bureau of Statistics continues to publish the data proving it, but because they feel it in their wallets.
Netanyahu, Olmert, Atias, Ariel, Interior Ministry, ILA on hook; Lapid gets pass for now; Housing prices skyrocket 55% in 5 yrs, some housing units take 12 yrs to build because of red tape.
State Comptroller Joseph Shapira’s report on the country’s housing crisis, issued on Wednesday, threw the political world into a whirlwind of opposing parties blaming one another in the run-up to the March 17 election.
A new campaign has been launched by the David Horowitz Freedom Center to combat rapidly growing anti-Semitism on college campuses in the United States. The campaign, “Jew Hatred on Campus” aims to educate the public about the anti-Semitic acts occurring throughout the nation’s colleges and universities and calls on university administrators to withdraw campus privileges from the hate groups responsible.
As one of its first initiatives, Jew Hatred on Campus has compiled a list of the 10 U.S. campuses having the worst anti-Semitic activity in 2014. Universities included in the top 10 played host to numerous incidents of anti-Jewish acts, such as Israeli Apartheid Week (a week-long event that demonizes the Jewish state); interrupting university activities by staging mock “checkpoints” on campus; campus speakers that call for the destruction of the Jewish state; and verbal or physical harassment and violence against Jewish and pro-Israel students. These anti-Semitic incidents occur on university property, often with the support of university funds, despite the fact that such behavior is explicitly forbidden under campus codes of conduct.
New study recommends university administrators take anti-Jewish activity as seriously as other forms of ethnic/racial bias, and that Jewish groups focus more resources on the subject
NEW YORK – A study of American Jewish university students has found that a majority experienced or witnessed at least one anti-Semitic incident during a single year.
The study’s organizers say that they are surprised and alarmed that 54 percent reported experiencing or witnessing an incident that the respondent defined as anti-Semitic.
Anti-Semitic experiences were reported across an unusually wide swath of students. The study found only slight variation in anti-Semitic experiences across different regions of the U.S., “which strongly suggests that anti-Semitism is a nationwide problem,” according to the report.