Israel Is Going to War in Syria to Fight Iran

Israeli officials aren’t shying from confronting Tehran’s forces — since no one else will.

By Jonathan Spyer, FOREIGN POLICY

Israeli soldiers manuever Merkava tanks and Namer armored personnel carriers (APCs) during the last day of a military exercise in the northern part of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on September 13, 2017.
Israel’s military began in September 2017 a massive exercise simulating conflict with Hezbollah, the largest drill in nearly two decades. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY (Photo credit should read JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM – Israeli officials believe that Iran is winning its bid for dominance in the Middle East, and they are mobilizing to counter the regional realignment that threatens to follow. The focus of Israel’s military and diplomatic campaign is Syria. Israeli jets have struck Hezbollah and Syrian regime facilities and convoys dozens of times during Syria’s civil war, with the goal of preventing the transfer of weapons systems from Iran to Hezbollah. In an apparent broadening of the scope of this air campaign, on Sept. 7 Israeli jets struck a Syrian weapons facility near Masyaf responsible for the production of chemical weapons and the storing of surface-to-surface missiles.

September 30, 2017 | 4 Comments » | 1,090 views

Switzerland’s legislature has voted to ban the foreign funding of mosques

T. Belman. The US should do the same. 80% of the mosques in the US are funded by Saudi Arabia who also insists that Wahhabist Imans are in charge.Read How Saudi Arabia dangerously undermines the United States and EXPERT: SAUDIS HAVE RADICALIZED 80% OF US MOSQUES

.. including from Saudi Arabia, as well as to force mosques to use local languages instead of Arabic or other foreign tongues.

By Liam Deacon,BREITBART

The Swiss National Council, the parliament’s lower house, voted by a narrow majority to ban the financing of mosques from abroad and for generally increasing the transparency of how mosques are funded.

If the law passes the Senate, individual mosques will need to declare who they are backed by as well as preach in one of Switzerland’s official languages, namely German, French, Italian, or Romansch, Neue Zuercher Zeitung reports.

September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 371 views

Is Trump another Truman? The Upcoming Challenge of Kurdish Independence

By Norman Berdichevsky, NEW ENGLISH REVIEW October 2017

The future of Kurdistan, a potentially valuable Muslim ally, friendly to both the United States and Israel, poses a major challenge for President Trump. Is he another Harry Truman, ready to defy the additional ingrained resistance and deep objections of traditionalists in the State Department and the army chiefs of staff on this question? Their views only solidified under eight years of the Obama administration.

What the president has already said about the Kurds claims to value them as decisive and true allies in the campaign against ISIS and authentic friends of the United States. Soon, however, he will be forced to put up or shut up on what is certain to become a major foreign policy issue, and like so much else, admit that running the country as president is completely different from his stump campaign speeches.

September 30, 2017 | 4 Comments » | 473 views

Mort Klein – There Is No Israeli ‘Occupation’: It’s Not Arab Land and 98 Percent of Palestinian-Arabs Live Under Arab Rule

T. Belman. Pres Trump forwarded this article to a mutual friend who forwarded it to me. What does that say about Pres Trump?

By Mort Klein, BREITBART

The U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, recently made headlines for using the term “alleged occupation” during an interviewwith the Jerusalem Post. Palestinian Authority (“PA”) dictator and Holocaust denier Mahmoud Abbas condemned the term “alleged occupation” and then falsely proclaimed that there is an Israeli “occupation of the territory of the state of Palestine” and variations of the same line some 27 times during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly last week.

However, an honest examination of the facts and actual international law reveal that Ambassador Friedman’s words were correct: In fact, the presence of Israel and Israeli Jews in Judea/Samaria (“West Bank”) and the old city of Jerusalem is not an “Israeli occupation.”

September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 779 views

OBAMACARE: The Best Deal Trump Didn’t Make

By Alexander G. Markovsky

There is an adage in business that “sometimes the best deal is the one you didn’t make.” The latest failure to repeal and replace Obamacare is such a deal for President Trump.

Had the hastily assembled legislation passed the Senate, the President risked being sucked into the agonizing process of a reconciliation in which he would be facing an ideologically incompatible but nevertheless united front of opposition. Trump, who has already spent enormous effort, time and political capital, would have had to spend even more on an uncertain outcome.

But what is certain is that the country, at least for now, has avoided a looming social turmoil that was about to emanate from the corrupt ideology of the contemporary Democratic Party.

September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 314 views

Troubling questions for Khaled Abu Toameh

By YONIT GEFEN – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

It is never easy to determine whether loyalty is genuine. In the middle east one good test is : Does the person have the same positions when he speaks Arabic as when he speaks in English. Khaled Abu Toameh’s views are not the same.

This and several other troubling incidents prompted us to pose questions. So far none have been answered. We wish to give Mr. Toameh an opportunity to explain before concluding that despite his excellent journalism, his loyalty is questionable.

• What ties do you have to Jordan’s ex-intelligence chief Mohammad Dahabi, who is now in jail, and was documented to have told the media “Jordan must support the resistance against Israel choice, like Hezbaollah”,

September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 2,086 views

Revisionist History, Fascism, and Holocaust Survivor Eva Moses Kor

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, CFP

As the socialist teachers in the halls of academia around the country continue the indoctrination of American children into the utopian society of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Ceausescu, Castro, the rocket man of North Korea, and other dictators around the world, the Che Guevara t-shirt wearing young Americans have made their way into West Point and Main Street USA, protesting as paid mobs of racist BLM anarchists, fascist ANTI-FA anarchists, and other seasoned communist agitators.

Newspapers of note and the main stream media continue to rehabilitate communism and paint it in a positive light, spinning its non-existent egalitarian and social justice qualities, while hiding communism’s death toll of 100 million people.

September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 422 views

‘Free Kurdistan’ inevitable, and war may be unavoidable

By Bilal Kahn, ASIA TIMES

The recent referendum for a “Free Kurdistan” in northern Iraq is another crucial link in a long chain of events that will further fracture and bleed the Middle East region. And caught in the middle is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Many in the West are tired of Erdogan’s Ottoman revivalism, but somehow, he has outsmarted them up to now. It is said that he has dealt with opposition with an iron fist. Still, it is quite a feat to remain in power once the proponents of the “new Middle East” want you gone.

And the new Middle East is coming whether Erdogan (below) likes it or not. War is simmering in Turkey’s back yard. The second phase of the Arab Spring, the making of the new Middle East, has begun.

September 29, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 336 views

COLUMN ONE: BREAKING ISRAEL’S IMPERIAL COURT

If the Knesset and the government do not act immediately to end the Supreme Court’s escalating judicial coup, 10 years from now there won’t be a ceremony to mark 60 years of settlement.

By Caroline B Glick, JPOST

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had an applause line that should have brought the house down in his speech at Wednesday’s official ceremony celebrating 50 years of settlement in Judea and Samaria, the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights.

Netanyahu was speaking before a crowd of thousands in Gush Etzion, which was destroyed by the Arab Legion in the War of Independence, and rebuilt by the children of its massacred defenders immediately after the area was liberated in the 1967 Six Day War.

Netanyahu pledged to the audience: “There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the Land of Israel.”

September 29, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 316 views

INTO THE FRAY: Oslo at twenty-four – Failing the “crystal ball” test

By MARTIN SHERMAN

If Rabin had a crystal ball that allowed him to foresee the terrible trauma and tragedy the Oslo Agreements would cause, there is little doubt that he would have never agreed to its signature.

We have come to try and put an end to the hostilities, so that our children, our children’s children, will no longer experience the painful cost of war, violence and terror. We have come to secure their lives and to ease the sorrow and the painful memories of the past to hope and pray for peace.  – Yitzhak Rabin at the signing ceremony of the Oslo I Accords, Washington, D.C. September 13, 1993.

This September marked the passing of 24 years since the signing of the Oslo Accords. Although little is left of the heady—the less charitable might say, “irresponsible”—optimism that accompanied the signing ceremony on the White House lawns on that fateful day in September 1993, the “two-states-for-two-peoples” format it forged, still – inexplicably—dominates the discourse as the sole principle upon which a resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict can be based.

September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments » | 307 views

Is the headquarters of the Deep State in Moscow?

[MIL-EDPosting note: Confessing our Cliff Kincaid evaluation dilemma.We confess our bias.

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Why this inconsistency? We confess our bias. Our initial reaction is no-no-no. However, he is factually correct and analytically perceptive. Thus, we are posting his materials without comment for your information.]

By Cliff Kincaid September 28, 2017

A reporter from Bloomberg called the other day about complaints that television producer Jerry Kenney and I had made years ago regarding the operations of Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) television. Kenney challenged Obama’s Department of Justice to register RT as a foreign agent of influence in the U.S. I challenged the Federal Election Commission to sanction RT for interfering in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. The Bloomberg reporter was curious about the complaints because of the brouhaha that has now transpired over Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

September 29, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 290 views

Caroline Glick attacks Mudar Zahran. Zahran defends himself.

By Ted Belman

As you know, Mudar and I are working diligently to make our conference  The Jordan Option, succeed. Everything is going fine. There is a lot of buzz and registrations are flowing in.

But there is a campaign to discredit the conference and both Mudar, and to a much lesser extent, myself. We believe Khaled Abu Toameh is behind it. Accusations going both ways have resulted.

Caroline, citing Khaled as a “dear friend for 15 years”, did a major post  on her FB page.

Caroline accepted what she was told by three unnamed sources that “Zahran is not a credible source. He is not a leader of an opposition movement. He doesn’t have an organization.”

As it happens she had previously written “I think the best way to compel Abdullah to behave responsibly, as behooves an ally in the war against jihadist terror, is to make clear to him that he isn’t the only option.”

Now she writes “My colleagues effectively told me that despite the fact that we could use an alternative to Abdullah, none exist today, at least none that are better than he.”

September 28, 2017 | 7 Comments » | 2,803 views

Jewish aide who helped launch Trump’s campaign sees him dropping early positions

Thrice fired but still loyal, Sam Nunberg says Trump is surrounding himself with people who don’t represent his ‘America First, Israel next’ base

By ERIC CORTELLESSA, TOI

WASHINGTON — Sam Nunberg has a “strange relationship” with Donald Trump. If anyone knows what it’s like to go through the wringer with America’s mercurial president, he does.

Currently an independent public affairs consultant based in Manhattan, Nunberg has endured three separate rounds of being hired and fired by Trump and was sued by him at one point — for $10 million — until the matter was settled amicably.

Today, he remains a strong supporter of the president, despite his disappointment with some personnel decisions and political maneuvering that he believes do not reflect the brand of politics that propelled Trump’s rise.

September 28, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 617 views

Iran Must be Contained, but Iran Must Also Not be Viewed in Isolation

America needs to form as broad an international coalition against Tehran as possible—and simultaneously to develop a strategy for the Middle East as a whole.

By Michael Doran AND pETYER rOUGH, MOSAIC

in the final years of his administration, President Barack Obama drastically reduced the aperture through which Washington viewed the Middle East. Identifying counterterrorism operations against the Islamic State as the top priority, he succumbed to a seductive vision: perhaps the Russians and the Iranians, America’s traditional adversaries, would partner with him to defeat Sunni radicalism.

Promising as it did to offer the United States a way to avoid costly troop commitments to the Middle East, this idea was as beguiling as it was wrongheaded. Obama’s pursuit of it led directly to the rise of the Russian-Iranian alliance and to a significant reduction of American influence in the Middle East.

September 28, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 352 views

The German AfD party has surged and Europe is falling apart

It is not the old fascist hate, although that exists, that led the AfD to surge in the elections. It is something much more urgent.

By Giulio Meotti, INN

n the course of last year, the European Union has faced an emergency known as the so-called “populist wave”: Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, Marine Le Pen in France, Ernst Hofer in Austria, Brexit in the UK, AfD now in Germany.

The mainstream media repeats the mantra that behind this right-wing surge lies the xenophobic and fascist hate that has raised its head in Europe, citing Vladimir Putin with his hackers, Donald Trump and his tweets, and other children’s fairy tales. These are the real fake newsmongers.

September 28, 2017 | 2 Comments » | 631 views

More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan back independence

Referendum results in overwhelming endorsement of split from Baghdad, after troops are sent into disputed areas

GUARDIAN

More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan have opted for independence, according to election monitors, in an overwhelming endorsement of a proposed split from Baghdad that has sparked increasing threats of air and land blockades that could be imposed as early as Friday.

The result came after Iraq’s parliament authorised the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, to send troops into areas disputed between Arabs and Kurds that were contentiously included in the ballot.

Euphoria on the streets of Erbil in recent days has been met with sharply increasing tension in the region, which is likely to escalate in the wake of the result.

September 28, 2017 | 1 Comments » | 265 views