Then there’s the State Departement’s hack spox:

Matt Lee, one of the few remaining real journalists left, takes the State Dept. hack to task for treating Israel different than it does any other Western state attacked by islamonazis.

matt leeMATT LEE, AP: Last one. Do you recall — and this is going back to first — my earlier question, which I don’t think you answered, which is — do you recall ever feeling the need to advise, to warn, to urge governments in Europe to use restraint as they respond, when they respond to terrorist attacks?


MARK TONER: I can’t come up with an instance, nomark toner.




matt leeMATT LEE, AP: OK, so why is it — is the situation with the Israelis and the Palestinians just so unique that you think that it is required?


MARK TONER: Well, again — so a couple of thoughts on that, actually. First of all, these are — this is an ongoing conflict that involves two parties.mark toner




matt leeMATT LEE, AP: Right.



mark tonerMARK TONER: We don’t want to see tensions exacerbated on either side, and we realize that when these senseless acts of violence and terrorism take place, that they only escalate tensions, understandably.

We want to see a diminution of violence — we want to see an end to violence, we want to see a diminution of tensions. With that understanding and that awareness, that we do comment on the actions that Israel has taken.

And frankly — and I’m not pointing the finger at anyone else, but if another country, we felt, were taking severe or draconian measures in the wake of some kind of attack, we might also comment. I’m not saying that this is that case, but I’m saying we might. You’ve actually done well. You forced me to answer a hypothetical.

NOTE: The SD’s line of reasoning is simply indefensible.


Matt Lee, one of the few remaining real journalists left, takes the State Dept. hack to task for treating Israel different than it does any other Western state attacked by islamonazis.

matt leeMATT LEE, AP: Last one. Do you recall — and this is going back to first — my earlier question, which I don’t think you answered, which is — do you recall ever feeling the need to advise, to warn, to urge governments in Europe to use restraint as they respond, when they respond to terrorist attacks?


MARK TONER: I can’t come up with an instance, nomark toner.




matt leeMATT LEE, AP: OK, so why is it — is the situation with the Israelis and the Palestinians just so unique that you think that it is required?


MARK TONER: Well, again — so a couple of thoughts on that, actually. First of all, these are — this is an ongoing conflict that involves two parties.mark toner




matt leeMATT LEE, AP: Right.



mark tonerMARK TONER: We don’t want to see tensions exacerbated on either side, and we realize that when these senseless acts of violence and terrorism take place, that they only escalate tensions, understandably.

We want to see a diminution of violence — we want to see an end to violence, we want to see a diminution of tensions. With that understanding and that awareness, that we do comment on the actions that Israel has taken.

And frankly — and I’m not pointing the finger at anyone else, but if another country, we felt, were taking severe or draconian measures in the wake of some kind of attack, we might also comment. I’m not saying that this is that case, but I’m saying we might. You’ve actually done well. You forced me to answer a hypothetical.

NOTE: The SD’s line of reasoning is simply indefensible.


Everything that this street organizer-in-chief does is flawed.

netanyahu and obamination

Here is Dr.Gerstenfeld’s new article on Obama’s flawed doctrine. It was first published in Israel National News and republished here with the author’s permission.


Manfred Gerstenfeld

Dr.Manfred GerstenfeldThe lengthy description of “Obama’s doctrine” recently published by Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, reflects the confusion of the American President’s behavior.1 Israel occupies a minor place in the article. Yet an analysis of Obama’s positions on Israel and Netanyahu as presented in this text reveals more than the President’s stance on these issues. It also serves as a prism bringing various flawed elements of Obama’s doctrine into focus.

One can begin a review of the article with Goldberg’s description of Obama’s admiration for Israel’s resilience in the face of constant terrorism. He added that “it is clear that he would like to see resilience replace panic in American society.” Such an American response is unlikely. A sizeable minority of Americans agree with Donald Trump regarding his proposal to temporarily prevent foreign Muslims from entering the US.2 3 This indicates that resilience, a more passive stance, is probably not on the cards, especially if more crimes are committed in the US motivated by Islamist views.

Obama stated that there are only a limited number of moral issues, not directly concerning the United States, where he would feel the need to intervene. Israel’s defense in extreme circumstances made the shortlist, supported by Obama’s words that “it would be a moral failing for me as president of the United States” not to defend Israel.

Yet Goldberg writes that Obama has “long believed that Netanyahu could bring about a two-state solution that would protect Israel’s status as a Jewish-majority democracy, but is too fearful and politically paralyzed to do so.” This view is bizarre. It is highly improbable that a lasting ‘peace’ agreement could be reached with Abbas and Fatah, who glorify murderers of Israeli civilians. Such an agreement with this Palestinian minority group would encourage the anti-Israel genocide efforts of the Hamas Islamo-Nazis even further. Goldberg would have done well to ask Obama what he meant when he said he wanted to help the Palestinians achieve “dignity,” a warped concept given that the Palestinians’ main “contributions” to humanity to date are their innovative terror and hate mongering techniques.

Obama also mentions that Netanyahu was publicly condescending in giving him “‘something of a lecture about the dangers of the brutal region in which he lives.’ Finally, the president interrupted the prime minister and said: ‘Bibi, you have to understand something … I’m the African American son of a single mother, and I live here, in this house. I live in the White House. I managed to get elected president of the United States. You think I don’t understand what you’re talking about, but I do.’” Obama’s words can be easily exposed as a non-sequitur, as it is not clear what the relevance is of Obama being the African American son of a single mother and having made it to the White House, as proof of understanding the Middle East.

Continue Reading


Addressing Trudeau and his wife on the White House lawn, Obama beamed at his guests. “It’s long been said that you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your neighbors,” he announced.

Yes, Mr. President, that’s what Israel has been trying to tell you for the past seven years. But you haven’t been listening.

netanyahu and obamination

RIGHT FROM WRONG: Obama’s Middle East

biden netanyahu

US Vice President Joe Biden meets Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, March 8, 2016. (photo credit:AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)

Last week was a busy one for the Obama administration.

On Tuesday, US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in the Middle East to meet separately with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. One presumes this was part of a flimsy effort to get some peace-brokering going – or at least to bang on the lid of the jar, to loosen it for the State Department or the French government. Whatever.

Lo and behold, however, upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport, where he was greeted by a slew of Israeli dignitaries, including the defense minister, the whir of ambulance and police-car sirens put a bit of a damper on the festivities. A terrorist was in the midst of a 20-minute stabbing spree spreading from the area of the Jaffa Port to the Tel Aviv promenade.

During his rampage, which was finally stopped by a quick-witted guitar player who chased and hit him with his instrument, enabling police to finish the job, the 22-year-old Palestinian managed to seriously wound many innocent people, and kill American graduate student and US Army veteran Taylor Force.

More here.  H/T: ChanahS.


Because that is how the Arabophiles in the anti-Israel State Dept., and especially under a radical anti-Israel president like Obama can be expected to behave.

Israeli PM Netanyahu in sending his condolences: His name is Taylor Force. He was a graduate student at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Taylor was visiting Israel with his classmates in order to expand his understanding of global entrepreneurship and also to share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel. Taylor served as a United States Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan after he graduated from West Point. 

On behalf of the people of Israel, I send my condolences to Taylor’s family and friends. May his memory be a blessing.

US citizen killed in israel by islamonazi

State Dept. Condemns Murder of American But Never Mentions Israel or Arab Perpetrators

State Dept. condemned three terrorist attacks Tuesday, but never mentioned they happened in Israel or that Arabs were the perpetrators

U.S. State Dept. Spokesperson John Kirby, Feb. 3, 2016.

U.S. State Dept. Spokesperson John Kirby, Feb. 3, 2016.
Photo Credit: screen capture

The Assistant Secretary and State Department Spokesperson John Kirby issued a statement on Tuesday, March 8, condemning three terrorist attacks in Israel, in one of which an American tourist was killed.

The statement mentioned the American, Taylor Force, by name. Kirby named all three Israeli cities in which the terrorist attacks occurred, but neither mentioned that all three took place in Israel, nor that Palestinian Arabs were the perpetrators of each of the attacks.

The statement reads:

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s outrageous terrorist attacks in Jaffa, Petah Tikvah, and Jerusalem, which tragically claimed the life of U.S. citizen Taylor Allen Force and left many others severely injured. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Taylor and all those affected by these senseless attacks, and we wish a speedy recovery for the injured. As we have said many times, there is absolutely no justification for terrorism. We continue to encourage all parties to take affirmative steps to reduce tensions and restore calm.

Another fact left unmentioned in the statement issued by the U.S. State Department was that U.S. Vice President was less than a few miles away when the terrorist attack took place in Jaffa.

Jewish Press




Israel’s Netanyahu declines offer to meet with Obama: White House

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined an offer to meet U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House later this month and canceled his trip to Washington, the White House said on Monday.

Netanyahu’s decision to nix his U.S. visit marked the latest episode in a fraught relationship with Obama that has yet to recover from their deep differences over last year’s U.S.-led international nuclear deal with Iran, Israel’s arch foe.

The White House said the Israeli government had requested a Netanyahu meeting with Obama on either March 18 or 19 and that two weeks ago he was offered a March 18 encounter.

“We were looking forward to hosting the bilateral meeting, and we were surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit,” White House spokesman Ned Price said in an emailed statement. “Reports that we were not able to accommodate the prime minister’s schedule are false,” he said.

More here.


And the Leftist faux pro-Israel crowd will still vote for her in droves…….

Clinton: I’ll defend Israel but push for ‘two-state solution’

Former Secretary of State says she’ll do everything she can to support Israel but the Palestinians “deserve a state of their own”.
By Elad Benari   First Publish: 2/22/2016, 6:14 AM
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton believes both Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz “missed the mark” with their approach to the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict.

Speaking Sunday to CNN, Clinton vowed to support Israel but also said she would insist on the “two-state solution”, that is the formation of a Palestinian state, in order to bring an end to the conflict.

In the interview, Clinton was asked about Trump’s and Cruz’s comments last week. While Trump indicated he would be “sort of a neutral guy” on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, Cruz said, “I have no intention of being neutral” and stressed he would be standing by Israel.

“I think both of them missed the mark,” she replied, stressing that “Israel is our partner, our ally. We have longstanding and important ties with Israelis going back to the formation of the state of Israel.”

“I will defend and do everything I can to support Israel, particularly as the neighborhood around it seems to become more dangerous and difficult,” declared Clinton, but also added, “I also believe the Palestinians deserve to have a state of their own. That’s why I support a two-state solution. That’s what I have worked on. That’s what I tried to move forward when I was secretary, and holding three very intense conversations between the prime minister of Israel and the president of the Palestinian Authority.”

More here.


Oh, and they never fail to mention Israel when voicing their displeasure over certain policies or events.

Don’t kid yourself, the Arabs failed to miss Kerry’s omission.

Abbas and Obama

Kerry’s State Dept ‘Appalled’ by (Unnamed) Terrorist Attacks on Israelis

The US State Dept condemned the brutal attacks on two Israeli women, but failed to assign blame to anyone for the attacks.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Ramallah. Nov. 24, 2015.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Ramallah. Nov. 24, 2015.
Photo Credit: Flash 90

Apparently attacking two defenseless women, one the mother of six, the other a pregnant woman, was too much for even Secretary of State John Kerry’s State Dept. to ignore.

About midday D.C. time on Monday, Jan. 18, the U.S. State Department issued a statement condemning the barbaric attacks on two Israeli women in less than 48 hours. One of the women was murdered at the door of her own home as several of her children watched or heard in horror. The other victim, a woman five months pregnant, was stabbed in a clothing store in her home community, who remains in Shaare Tzedek Meical Center’s Trauma Unit.

The U.S. acknowledged the horrific attacks on the two Israelis, mentioning each by name.

This is the full, six sentence, one paragraph condemnation issued by Kerry’s State Department’s spokesperson John Kirby:

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks over the past two days against Israeli civilians. We were appalled and deeply saddened by the death of Dafna Meir, a mother of six, who was attacked on Sunday in her own home. We extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and community. Today, a pregnant Israeli woman, Michal Froman, was stabbed in the West Bank. We wish her a full and complete recovery. These horrific incidents underscore the importance of affirmative steps to restore calm, reduce tensions and bring an immediate end to the violence.

It is appropriate for the State Dept. to condemn these brutal attacks, as they do others even when far less brutal, when they occur in the region.

The title of the statement uses the term “West Bank” to note where the attacks took place, rather than simply stating Israel. On the other hand, at least neither the title nor the statement itself describes the places where the women were attacked as “settlements,” as did, for example, the BBC  and even the JTA, in their reports.

More here.


Do you hear that Finland, or are you going to hide behind EU skirts once again?

Finland is notorious for not standing up for the right thing because it has embedded itself with international bodies such as the EU and UN. I understand the importance of self interests directly connected with self survival, but there comes a time when you simply have to stand for something, and buck the system.

US Senators: ‘EU Plans to Label Israeli Products Mere Figleaf for Boycott’

Bipartisan Senate Effort to Stop EU’s plan to assist its residents in, effectively, boycotting Israeli products.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Photo Credit: YouTube screen capture

Sometime in the near future the EU is expected to publish guidelines on consumer labeling of all Israeli products produced over the so-called “Green Line,” the armistice line created when the war against the nascent Jewish State ended.

The EU considers all Jewish cities and towns over the pre-1967 lines to be illegal. As such, anything produced, grown or packaged in either eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria or the Golan Heights will be labeled so that consumers can more easily boycott those products.

The guidelines will be published by the office of Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief. No vote is required for this measure to be taken.

There is pushback to that labeling plan coming not only from Israel, but also from many members of the U.S. Senate.

Three dozen U.S. Senators sent a letter to Mogherini, decrying the decision of the European Union to place labels on all those products imported into the EU which are produced beyond the “Green Line.”

The bipartisan letter, co-sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), calls on the EU to refrain from this labeling effort which, they explained, is a mere cover for boycotting Israeli products.

“As allies, elected representatives of the American people, and strong supporters of Israel, we urge you not to implement this labeling policy, which appears intended to discourage Europeans from purchasing these products and promote a de-facto boycott of Israel, a key ally and the only true democracy in the Middle East,” the letter states.

More here.


The fruits of Obama’s antisemitism and anti-Israel hatred.

This is how far US-Israel relations have sunk, that the IDF has to warn its soldiers not to become targets of CIA operatives trying to cull traitors into its web to spy on the Jewish state.

netanyahu and obamination

IDF warns soldiers against CIA recruitment efforts

Illustrative image of soldiers belonging to the IDF's ultra-Orthodox Netzah Yehuda unit. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

Illustrative image of soldiers belonging to the IDF’s ultra-Orthodox Netzah Yehuda unit. (Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)

Unusual letter issued by Military Intelligence calls on all soldiers and officers to ‘remain alert and report any unusual incidents’

November 1, 2015, 5:59 pm

MMilitary Intelligence has issued a letter warning all soldiers and officers in the Israel Defense Forces against attempts by the American Central Intelligence Agency to recruit Israeli soldiers.

“Be alert and report any unusual incidents,” the letter urged, according to a report by Channel 2 Sunday.

In the letter, Military Intelligence described a case that took place in 2012 when Israelis who served in sensitive and confidential roles were grilled for hours when they traveled to the United States.

According to a report on the case published in the Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth, American interrogators, presumably CIA operatives, tried to convince the Israelis to join the ranks of the spy agency.

More here.


They’re guilty as hell……..


How Obama and Kerry caused the stabbing terror spree in Israel.

Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

Before the Muslim terror stabbing spree, Netanyahu had made repeated efforts to meet with the leader of the PLO. And for once, Abbas, the PLO leader, had not been averse to a meeting.

Instead it was Secretary of State John Kerry who told Abbas not to meet with Netanyahu.

Abbas went to the UN and disavowed the Oslo Accords. The first Muslim stabbings of Jews, with the encouragement of the PLO, began a few days later.

More here.


Because Kerry is such a douche bag and no friend of Israel.

Washington Free Beacon:

US walks back criticism of Israel security response to terror wave

Israeli security forces stand guard in front of the Damascus Gate near the Old City of Jerusalem

Israeli security forces stand guard in front of the Damascus Gate near the Old City of Jerusalem. (photo credit:AFP PHOTO)

Washington– Israel has a right to defend itself and the United States has not determined its law enforcement has used “excessive force” against Palestinians amid the recent wave of violence sweeping the country, State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday.

Kirby’s comments came one day after he said the State Department had seen credible reports of the use of such force.

More here.


Tundra Tabloid readers are invited to call the principal of school in question, and politely ask why they would allow a professional Jew hater (and islamonazi) into their school to propagandize their students.

Beverly J. Martin Elementary School: If you would like to speak with our principal, Susan Eschbach please call 607-274-2209.

NOTE: Listen up fellow Americans, you have to act, you have to get as motivated as our opposition is, otherwise you’re going to see all of the values you hold dear, slip away, but not before you are relentlessly pummeled for holding those values and views.

Anti-Israel Propaganda – Now, in US Elementary School

The trickle-down effect: Palestinian with terror links speaks to third graders in Ithaca, NY about ‘Israeli oppression.’

By Tova Dvorin First Publish: 9/21/2015, 4:32 PM

Young children (illustrative)

Young children (illustrative)
Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Anti-Israel propaganda has long been a problem on US university campuses – but now it has trickled down to the elementary school level.

Infamous Palestinian Arab “activist” Bassem Tamimi spoke at an Ithaca, NY elementary school on Friday to present to third-graders a presentation on the “suffering” of Palestinian Arab children in Israel.

Tamimi’s visit to Beverly J. Martin Elementary was arranged via anti-Israel activist Ariel Gold, the current head of the North American branch of Sabeel International – an anti-Israel Christian organization actively working to skew Christian dominations toward divestment resolutions against the Jewish state.

Gold and Tamimi met in late 2014, during the former’s visit to the Palestinian Authority (PA) town of Bil’in; she has since then become Tamimi’s official agent for international trips to hawk anti-Israel propaganda. Gold proudly posted a photo from his visit to the school on Facebook.

Tamimi is infamous for using his young children as props in anti-IDF mediafilms; he was convicted in 2012 for orchestrating rock-throwing attacks from the rooftops of the Arab settlement of Nabi Saleh.

One of his relatives, Ahlam Tamimi, personally brought the suicide bomber Izzadin Al-Masri by taxi and bus through the security checkpoints and into Jerusalem to the site of the Sbarro restaurant and fled the scene after instructing Al-Masri not to explode until she was safe. This attack at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem in August of 2001 was one of the deadliest terror attacks in Israel’s history, and it took place during the Second Intifada, also known as the Oslo War. 15 people were killed in the Sbarro attack, including five members of the Schijveschuurder family from the community of Neria in Binyamin and 130 wounded, including one young mother who has never regained consciousness.

Ahlan Tamimi has been filmed expressing her pleasure over her role in killing innocent Jews during the attack, and has been hailed as a Palestinian hero – even more so after being released as part of the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal.

More here.


They all are a bunch of Israel haters.

Blumenthal is nearly as radical as his son, Max, who has compared the Israelis to the Nazis and called for the destruction of the state of Israel outright. And yes, Sidney sent Max’s work to Hillary.


The release of the latest tranche of Hillary Clinton emails from her private server while she was Secretary of State reveals her State Department’s long-standing anti-Israel bias.

Not only does a wildly disproportionate amount of correspondence concern Israel, but much of it comes from rabidly anti-Israel smear artist Sidney Blumenthal, who routinely sent Hillary articles from left-leaning media criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

On May 17, 2010, Blumenthal wrote Hillary a direct email excoriating Israel for barring anti-Israel psychotic Noam Chomsky. Blumenthal wrote:

His political views may be ridiculous or objectionable, though he is the greatest linguistic scholar in the world, but barring him for his political opinions has created a needless PR disaster, not least for the US, as he is, after all, a US citizen, and a very prominent one internationally. It is unfortunate on every level. And the US should not be a passive onlooker. He is a US citizen barred for his political views, after. This story is splashed across the European press this morning. Not what anyone needs, yes, yes, like a hole in the head, and bone stupid, but the US effort to gain entry should be part of the story. This incident can be profitable if Israel understands it should not be doing this to US or European critics in the future. This is a downward slope, bad news for everyone involved.

Hillary’s response: “Pls print 3 copies.” The same day, Blumenthal sent Hillary a piece from the New York Review of Books critical of Israel. Blumenthal blasted “The hysterical tone of much of Israeli leadership and US Jewish community.” Hillary’s response: “Pls print 3 copies.”

In May 2010, after Israeli forces boarded a terrorist flotilla aimed at the Gaza Strip, Clinton’s email box filled with anti-Israel critiques from other members of the State Department, as well as media members like Daniel Kurtzer of The Washington Post. On May 31, Blumenthal and Clinton had an email exchange about an article concerning Netanyahu’s reaction to the Gaza flotilla—naturally, from left-wing Israeli outlet Ma’ariv. The article painted Netanyahu as wildly unflattering toward the United States, even though the prime minister strongly denied all allegations in the article. Clinton wrote to Blumenthal, “Are you up? Can I call?” That same day, Blumenthal sent his ridiculously anti-Israel observations:

First observation: Bibi’s Entebbe in reverse. The father, Benzion Netanyahu, 100 years old, secretary to Jabotinsky, and denounced as too radical by Begin, adored his son Yoni, heroically killed at Entebbe. Benyamin has never measured up….The raid on the ship to Gaza resembles the raid on Entebbe, except that there are no hostages, no guns, it’s not in Africa, and it’s a Fiasco; otherwise, it’s Entebbe…whatever the outcome of such a raid, one of the inevitable ones would be the death of the peace process, such as it is, on the very eve of Bibi’s scheduled visit to Obama, which would have been, under any circumstance, in light of the raid, profoundly humiliating for the president. Or are the Israelis bone stupid? I don’t think so. Cheers, Sid.

More here.


The master of disaster does it again.

If not for the feckless GOP (RINO) phony leadership, this, and many other of Obama’s “successes” would never have happened. Like I keep saying, this is the perfect storm in politics, a hard boiled leftist radical as a president, and tepid, unitelligent, back stabbing GOP opposition “leadership” who never fail to whine and complain that they’re only 1/2 (now fully) of 1/3 of the government, and Obama has a pen.’ It’s something that you’ll never hear a Democrat say, ever.

Obama and the world

Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on MSNBC today claiming the deal would prevent a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, even as every Sunni regime scrambles to arm themselves against the coming Iranian bomb.


Senator Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) 2% of Maryland just became the deciding Democat vote to push President Obama’s nuclear sellout to Iran through Congress.

“No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime. I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb. For these reasons, I will vote in favor of this deal,” said Mikulski in a statement, having apparently missed the part where President Obama admitted his deal put Iran only about ten years away, at most, from having a nuclear bomb.

Thanks to a special deal worked out by Republicans, President Obama needed only a handful of Senators to push his deal through. “Mikulski’s backing gives supporters the margin they need to uphold an expected Obama veto of a congressional resolution of disapproval that Republicans hope to pass later this month,” the Associated Press notes. “And it spells failure for opponents of the international agreement who sought to foil it by turning Congress against it. Leading that effort were Israel and its allies in the U.S., who failed to get traction after spending millions of dollars trying.”

As the AP goes on to note, the ability of the American people to influence this process through representative government was always an illusion anyway: “Even if Congress were able to pass the disapproval resolution, it can’t stop the deal, which was agreed to among Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. In July, the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed the nuclear deal, approving a resolution that would lift the international sanctions on Iran in 90 days.”

As more than one observer has noted, the Iranian Parliament has considerably more sway over this deal, and receives a great deal more legal and rhetorical respect from its executive branch, than the American Congress does. The truly entertaining act of this farce will begin when the Iranian legislature starts knocking down every bit of the “deal” they still find inconvenient, or the Iranian military simply ignores those bits.

More here.


Sir Winston Churchill did everything in his power to convince FDR to finally engage the US in hostilities against the Third Reich, having to deal with the multi layered Democrat buffer around that president then, as Israeli PM Netanyahu now. The big difference being, while FDR was a full fledged Democrat regressive statist, he didn’t hate America, nor the UK.

Comment: Netanyahu emulates Churchill in trying to influence US policy to protect Israel


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is acting properly in lobbying against the Iran deal.  And President Obama is acting improperly in accusing him of interfering in American foreign policy and suggesting that no other foreign leader has ever tried to do so:  “I do not recall a similar example.”

President Obama is as wrong about American history as he is about policy.  Many foreign leaders have tried to influence US foreign policy when their national interests are involved.  Lafayette tried to get the United States involved in the French Revolution, as the early colonists sought support from France in their own revolution.  Winston Churchill appeared in front of Congress and lobbied heavily to have America change its isolationist policy during the run up to the Second World War.  Nor can President Obama claim ignorance about recent events, when he himself sent David Cameron, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, to lobby Congress in favor of the Iran Deal.  Recently, Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, lobbied us with regard to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s nation has a far greater stake in the Iran Deal than most of the countries that negotiated it.  But Israel was excluded from the negotiations.  Any leader of Israel would and should try to exercise whatever influence he might have in the ongoing debate over the deal.

There can be no question that Israel is the primary intended target of Iran’s quest for a nuclear arsenal.  Recall that Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former Prime Minister of Iran, has described Israel as a one bomb state that could be destroyed instantaneously, and that even if Israel retaliated, it would not destroy Iran or Islam.  No similar threats have been made against Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia or China.  Although the United States is still regarded by Iran as the “Great Satan”, it has less to fear from an Iranian nuclear arsenal than does Israel.

Does President Obama really believe that Israeli leaders are required to remain silent and simply accept the consequences of a deal that puts its population at risk?  As Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly said, Israel is not Czechoslovakia, Czechoslovakia too was excluded from the negotiations that led to its dismemberment, but it had no ability to influence the policies of the negotiating nations.  Nor did it have the ability to defend itself militarily, as Israel does.

More here.


A chess move to thwart Obama?

IAF thumbs up

Back channels tell me it might be an Israeli response in not wanting to get too tied down with military exercises that would diminish their military responsive capabilities vis-a-vis Iran. If they do sign on to some exercise, it will be on their terms alone. They don’t trust Obama as far as they can spit, nor should you.

Report: Israel Refusing US Invite to Joint Military Exercises

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Boogie Yaalon (R) hugs with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter before departing at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on July 21, 2015
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Boogie Yaalon (R) hugs with U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter before departing at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on July 21, 2015
Photo Credit: David Azagury/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

( The first operational consequences of the bitter dispute between Israel and the White House on the Iran agreement have begun to pop their ugly heads, as Israel is refusing extensive US offers of military and security cooperation, IsraelDefense and Makor Rishon columnist Amir Rapaport reported.

At this point, Israel is refusing to participate in a massive joint training exercise with the US military, scheduled for 2016.

The exercise, code-named Juniper Cobra 2016, was expected to include a long list of cooperative activities, and to include the US-financed Israeli missile defense system, which is partially based on American capabilities.

Over the past few weeks, Rapaport says Israel, in an unprecedented manner, has been doubtful as to its willingness to participate—compared to previous times, when the IDF went out of its way to take part in joint exercises, and, in 2012, complained bitterly that it was being kept out of a key NATO summit meeting in Chicago because of Turkey’s objection.


It tells you what kind of age we live in when we wait on the edge of our seats for someone nicked named “Chucky Schmucky” to do the right thing and help stave off another holocaust of the Jews.

Will Jewish Democrats Sink the Iran Deal?

(Drew Angerer/Getty)

by MONA CHAREN July 31, 2015 12:00 AM

‘Seven Jewish Lawmakers Could Tilt the Scales on Iran Deal,” headlines the Times of Israel. The members — Senator Charles Schumer, Representative Steve Israel, Representative Eliot Engel, Representative Adam Schiff, Representative Nita Lowey, Senator Ben Cardin, and Representative Ted Deutch — are all Democrats. They must choose between loyalty to their party’s president, and concern about what the deal portends for Israeli and American security.

There are long and short answers to the question: “Why are Jews liberal?” The long answer traces back to the Enlightenment in Europe when parties of the right were monarchist and anti-Semitic, while parties of the left favored pluralism and religious freedom. I don’t buy the long argument. Tsar Alexander III, who instigated pogroms against the Jews, is long dead. So is Napoleon, who liberated them. In the meantime, Jews have suffered under Communists, who proved just as cruel as the monarchists.

Jewish liberals often explain that their views spring from Jewish tradition, which admonishes the Jewish people to engage in “tikkun olam” or “healing the world.” I’m skeptical. Tikkun olam is traditionally understood as adhering faithfully to the commandments (keeping kosher, visiting the sick, and observing the Sabbath, for example), the better to prepare the world for the messianic age. Many of those who brandish the Hebrew phrase today have commandeered it to bolster support for same-sex marriage, government-run health care, and the rest of the progressive agenda — an interpretation that would, to quote the immortal words of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, “cross a rabbi’s eyes.”

Read more.


netanyahu and obamination


Manfred Gerstenfeld

Dr.Manfred GerstenfeldIn the recent Israeli election campaign, the reparation of Israeli-American relations was touted by many as being a priority for the incoming government. This claim, as formulated, however, is sufficiently deceptive to warrant being assessed in greater detail.

The election platform of the Zionist Union, for instance, began by claiming that the party would, “rescue Israel from its international isolation, restore our relations with the United States and Europe, and unite the world in our war against terrorism and aggression.”1

The platform mentions three different subjects, and each one merits a detailed discussion. Therefore, it would be best to leave the topics of Israeli-European relations and the war on terror aside, and focus on the main issue: the reparation of Israel’s relations with the United States.

Shortly before being re-elected, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited, for the third time, to speak before the US Congress. Even though not all congressional members attended his speech, the great majority who did so gave him twenty-two standing ovations.2 That is not an issue which requires any reparation. This does not belie the fact, however, that the manner in which the invitation to speak to Congress was extended to Netanyahu contained a strong element of insult to Obama.

The real problem doesn’t lie in Israel’s relationship with the United States, but rather in its relationship with President Barack Obama. In order to determine whether this could be improved, one has to analyze Obama’s politics and behavior.

Before Obama’s re-election in November 2012, a certain balance was maintained by Obama in his relationship with Israel. His administration had been supportive of Israel after an initial lukewarm period. Such backing was expressed by supplying military equipment to Israel, cooperation in fighting the cyberwar, and in broad strategic collaboration. At the time, the alliance was praised by Israel’s senior leaders. One of Obama’s very negative points, however, was how he whitewashed the reality of radical Islam.3

Obama came to Israel on an official state visit in March 2013. After his visit, 39% of Israelis polled said their opinion of him had changed for the better, and only 2% said it had changed for the worse.4

A current assessment of Obama’s standing with the Israeli public finds it to be far more negative. In mid-December 2014, a Panels Research poll asked respondents who was to blame for the deterioration in relations between the United States and Israel: 39% answered Obama, 29% said Netanyahu, and 25% blamed both. A Times of Israel poll in late February found that 72% of Israelis have no faith in Obama’s capability to prevent Iran from getting the nuclear bomb, up from January’s 64%. Only 33% of respondents polled viewed Obama favorably, while 59% saw him unfavorably. In short, Obama’s speechwriters at the time of his visit did a great job providing him with the appropriate rhetoric, which Obama successfully employed. Today, however, the illusions regarding Obama have worn off and the majority of Israelis do not trust the American president.5

Beyond these popular sentiments, there are additional facts that have come to light. Over the past few years, the enormous criminality emerging from parts of the Muslim world has further increased, culminating in the creation of the so-called “Islamic State”, or IS. Obama absurdly claimed that IS is “not Islamic” because, “no religion condones the killing of innocents.”6

The dishonest politician is a common phenomenon. As far as American presidents are concerned, one only has to think about Nixon and Watergate, or about George W. Bush and his claim of the existence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction as a reason to go to war. In both cases, the average citizen did not have access to the real facts. This is not the case with Obama’s statement regarding IS. Any reasonably informed individual knows that the murderous and extremist IS movement is one among several currents of Islam, and claims a substantial number of adherents and sympathizers. If that were not so, the United States wouldn’t have considered it necessary to go to war against IS.

Another recent deceptive remark by Obama concerned the killings in Paris, perpetrated by Muslims. Obama said that, “it is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” The murderer who killed four Jews at the Paris Hyper Cacher supermarket, however didn’t shoot “randomly”, as Obama claims, but rather purposely chose the Hyper Cacher as his place of attack because it was a kosher store, frequented by Jewish customers.7

The American president’s distorted views are also evident from his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in 2013. Obama stated that, “in the near term, America’s diplomatic efforts will focus on two particular issues: Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.”8 There were however many other more important issues in Middle East than the latter, which warranted American attention, such as the many thousands being murdered across Syria and Iraq, a fact which was clearly evident then, and even more so now.

A recent example of Obama’s ongoing manipulations was his 2015 Easter address where he said, “On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day.”9 Many will remember that Obama and his wife Michelle were married by Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a Christian pastor in Chicago. Obama and his family were members of Wright’s congregation for twenty years. In 2008, this Christian inciter-pastor said, inter alia, that African-Americans should not sing “God Bless America”, but rather, “God Damn America”, this while the Obamas were still congregants of Wright’s church.10

It has become increasingly clear that the disparity between Obama’s claims and the truth is integral to his politics and has become increasingly prevalent. All of those who speak about repairing Israel’s relations with the United States — which de facto means relations with Obama — should explain how they would want to achieve this goal, other than by appeasement and concessions to the Palestinians, which would cause Israel substantial harm, and for which it would pay dearly in the future.11


Continue Reading


While Sen.McCain is indeed a military hero, as a politician he’s been a disaster. Israel is not ”going rogue” if it decides to take out Iranian nukes sites by itself, on the contrary, it’s fighting for its very survival like any other state would faced with such an existential threat.

H/T: Vlad via: Alternet