Senate Bill S.2265


House Resolution H.622



The United States has been providing the Palestinian Authority (PA) with approximately $600 MILLION/yr. for the express purpose of strengthening the PA economy and encouraging the PA to adopt a more peaceful stance with Israel.   The PA continues its incitement to violence towards Israel and has joined with HAMAS, a designated Terrorist organization.  There is now no reason to continue funding the PA.  It is time for the United States to take strong and meaningful action to assert itself as a powerful supporter of Israel.


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It is time that Congress and the Obama administration take this action.  Continued funding of the PA is tantamount to funding HAMAS which is currently raining down missiles on Israeli cities including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, forcing Israel to respond to protect its citizens.  The legislation to do this is contained in the “Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act” of 2006 which bans U.S. funding for a “HAMAS-linked Palestinian Authority”.  Presidential action is necessary to cancel funding, but to date this funding is still taking place.

The Senate bill - Stand with Israel Act of 2014, S.2265 – initiated by Sen. Rand Paul is now stalled in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  It strengthens the original 2006 bill, adding further requirements.  It must be brought to the Senate floor for a vote. This legislation prohibits any direct US assistance, loan guarantee, or debt relief to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as long as they are affiliated with Hamas.

The new House Resolution, H.Res.622 – initiated by Rep. Trent Franks Introduced on June 12, 2014 has passed. It expresses the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the national security interests of the United States and its allies and partners with respect to the Palestinian Authority. Hamas and Fatah have now unified. Regardless of the unity government being made up of Hamas and Fatah technocrats, the Secretary of State should, if the unity government is not dissolved, designate the PA and such unity government as a foreign terrorist organization. It also designates the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as a foreign terrorist organization.

Taken together, both the Senate and the House are in accord in their desire to stop funding a Hamas terrorist Palestinian Authority. Both bodies of our Government are very specific in their demands.

The only way for Hamas to receive funding would be if the President certifies to Congress that during each fiscal year the PA has:
(1)          formally recognized Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state,
(2)          publicly recognized the state of Israel,
(3)          renounced terrorism,
(4)          purged all individuals with terrorist ties from security services,
(5)          terminated funding of anti-American and anti-Israel incitement,
(6)          publicly pledged to not engage in war with Israel, and
(7)          honored previous diplomatic agreements.

Both the Senate and the House documents would demand obedience to the laws of the United States and demonstrate that American citizens are serious in our desire to deny the financing of the very forces whose goal is to destroy Israel, our loyal ally and the one vestige of democracy in the Middle East.

Today, Hamas has spurned the cease fire and resumed rocket attacks forcing Israel to continue Operation Protective Edge. It is extremely important that our government officials hear from you, their constituents, on this vital legislation.

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Contents: (summaries below)
  1. David Horowitz Joins Hannity to Discuss Obama's Anti-American Agenda, Frontpage Magazine,
  2. Border surge puts Obama legacy on immigration at stake, The Washington Times, Stephen Dinan
  3. Want a Real Anti-Poverty Plan? Stop Amnesty!, Townhall, Michelle Malkin
  4. With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support, Times of Israel , AP and Times of Israel staff
  5. ISIS militants take control of Iraq and exterminate everything that isn't Islamic, news.com.au, Grace Koelma with AP
  6. Khamenei's Team of Rivals: Iranian Decision-Making, June-July 2014, Iran Tracker, Frederick W. Kagan
  7. Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case, The Washington Times, Andrea Noble
  8. A Hippocratic Tragedy, Forbes, Gerald Gianoli, M.D.

David Horowitz Joins Hannity to Discuss Obama's Anti-American Agenda

Frontpage Magazine, July 30, 2014

Below is the transcript for David Horowitz’s appearance on Monday, July 28th, on The Hannity Radio Show to discuss his just released new book,  Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left.

Sean Hannity: David, it’s good to have you back on the program.  How are you?

David Horowitz: Thanks, Sean.  Let me just say that you have the best media voice of anyone on this issue of the Middle East, and I thank you for it.

Obama is an anti-American.  He supports the terrorists, he’s supporting Hamas in this battle.  He supports the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the fountainhead of al-Qaeda and all the terrorist groups in the Middle East.  He is leading a retreat of America from the world.  He is taking us down as a nation.  He’s an anti-American radical with Communist views.  And we need to have more people saying this, telling it like it is.

Sean Hannity: Let me just say — whenever somebody — I have so many people that tape this program on a regular basis — they’re going to say — Hannity allows Horowitz to say the President hates America.  Let me –

David Horowitz: He does hate America!

Sean Hannity: Let me ask you this question.

David Horowitz: Yes?

Sean Hannity: Why would this President give Mohamed Morsi 1.5 billion –

David Horowitz: Exactly.

Sean Hannity: Now, Mohamed Morsi referred to the Israelis, Jews, as descendents of apes and pigs.  We gave him tanks –

David Horowitz: These are followers of the jihad, they’re supporters of the jihad.  They want to kill every infidel and make everybody subservient to their version of Allah.  That’s basically what it’s about.

Sean Hannity: Well, look at what’s going on in Mosul.  We now have a situation where if you’re a Christian and you live in Mosul, and the new radical ISIS — because we never supported Iraq with intelligence and training; we just pulled out, because politically that was expedient for Obama.

David Horowitz: Obama came to office determined to lose the Iraq war, which he has done.  And he has lost the war in Afghanistan, which he has done.  And he has lost the Middle East.  And Republicans are not shouting this from the rooftops.  Obama’s actions are all very deliberate.  He is a lifelong anti-American radical....

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Border surge puts Obama legacy on immigration at stake
Stephen Dinan

The Washington Times, July 28, 2014

...Then came the border surge, with tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and families from Central America trying to cross into the U.S. and counting on immigration authorities to release them so they could gain a foothold in the interior of the country.

Advocates argue that the two issues are separate, but many Americans see them as the same and have reacted negatively.

A majority a CNN/ORC International poll last week said the most important thing in the immigration debate is to secure the border. That was a reversal from February, when a majority said legalizing illegal immigrants was more important than border security.

“In the early part of this decade, a solid majority consistently said that the main focus of the U.S. government should be stopping the flow of illegal immigrants and deporting those already in the country. But in 2012, that flipped dramatically, with a solid majority believing that the government’s main focus should be on a plan to allow illegal immigrants to become legal U.S. residents,” CNN polling director Keating Holland told the network. “Now — and in a matter of months — the pendulum has swung back.”...

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Want a Real Anti-Poverty Plan? Stop Amnesty!
Michelle Malkin

Townhall, July 30, 2014

...President Obama has already granted administrative amnesty to an estimated two million illegal aliens and renewed "temporary" work permits for 520,000. The administration is planning an expansion that would grant amnesties to at least six million more lawbreakers.

Where is the opposition? Appeasement Republicans refuse to support Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's on-target proposal to repeal Obama's "DREAM" magnet and Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions' clarion call to block any more executive amnesties as a precondition to border bill negotiations. According to my sources on the Hill, the staffs of Sens. McCain, Flake and Murkowski met privately and opposed any changes to Obama's DREAM passes for illegals -- which makes them willing and suicidal accomplices in the perpetual Democratic voter recruitment drive. On the House side, GOP House Speaker John Boehner is also openly opposed to stopping the DREAM nightmare.

There are no longer two separate parties in Washington. There's just one big Amnesty Inc. conglomerate addicted to Big Business donations and Big Government grievance politics. The Obama White House needs to buy off Hispanic voters, keep immigration lawyers employed and secure a left-wing permanent ruling majority. Establishment Republicans need to pay off the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, pander to minority lobbyists and curry favor with open-borders CEOS led by Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.

The real crisis is not at the border. It's being fomented inside our nation's capital. The "border crisis" is a bipartisan D.C. catastrophe of craven politicians abandoning their constitutional duties to defend our sovereignty and put American workers first.

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With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support
AP and Times of Israel staff

Times of Israel , July 29, 2014

Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.

While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a ceasefire, US lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military operations, which began July 8 to stem rocket fire on Israeli civilians and counter a vast network of tunnels used to launch cross-border attacks.

Many have criticized the administration’s effort to stop violence that Gazan sources claim has killed more than 1,100 Palestinians, along with 53 Israeli soldiers and three civilians. Israel says that the Palestinian casualties include hundreds of armed operatives.

“At times like this, people try to isolate Israel,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Monday. “We are here to stand with Israel, not just as a broker or observer but as a strong partner and a trusted ally.

“What does that mean? Well, it doesn’t mean issuing vague, on-the-one-hand, on-the-other-hand statements. No, it means backing up our words and showing solidarity with our friend.”

This week, legislators will discuss a $225 million request from the Defense Department to urgently bolster Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system....

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ISIS militants take control of Iraq and exterminate everything that isn't Islamic
Grace Koelma with AP

news.com.au, July 29, 2014

Iraqis inspect the damage caused by an alleged air raid by Iraqi air force, hitting several districts in Mosul which destroyed 12 houses and injured 9 people, among them women and children. 
(Photo: AAP Source: AAP)

IRAQ is on the brink of a civil war as rebel militant Islamic troops pour into Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, to purge it of everything that doesn’t fit their radical interpretation of Islam.

So what exactly is going on in war-torn Iraq? In short, the bombing of ancient religious relics, death threats forcing Christian civilians to flee into the desert, heavy restrictions on women’s rights and orders for genital mutilation. Here’s everything you need to know....

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Khamenei's Team of Rivals: Iranian Decision-Making, June-July 2014
Frederick W. Kagan

Iran Tracker, July 29, 2014

...The relationship between Rouhani and Khamenei is central to almost all Western analyses of Iran’s likely trajectory in foreign and security policy, and in the nuclear negotiations.  Much of the hopefulness about the negotiations themselves has stemmed from the assessment that Rouhani is a determined reformer willing to buck the pressures of the “hard-liners,” by which is usually meant the IRGC and the clergy.  Rouhani statements suggesting a desire to open Iran to the world appear to contradict the desires of the Supreme Leader, setting up speculation that Rouhani may even be able to press Khamenei further than he would like to go.

But the crisis of the last two months tells another tale.  IRGC and clerical criticism of Rouhani died away as Mosul fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS).  Khamenei seems to have worked hard to build a new relationship between the president and the IRGC, moreover.  One of his oldest and most trusted friends in the military, Armed Forces Chief of the General Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, publicly shut down criticism of Rouhani in IRGC-affiliated media in May and June.  Two meetings of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) brought the president and the generals together in July and had them singing from the same hymn sheet on Iraq, the nuclear negotiations, and even Rouhani’s economic proposals by the end of the month.  Rouhani hosted the commanders for an iftar dinner on July 16, an unusual event followed by mutual public statements of support.

Khamenei’s actions do not suggest that he fears Rouhani or feels pressured by him.  Rouhani’s interactions with the Supreme Leader and with the IRGC do not show a factionalized government riven by power-struggles.  On the contrary, the events of the past two months show the Supreme Leader strongly supporting Rouhani, the president, in turn, enthusiastically backing the Supreme Leader’s statements, rhetoric, and policies, and the IRGC supporting both leaders....

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Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
Andrea Noble

The Washington Times, July 29, 2014

...An order issued Saturday by the judge struck down the city’s ban on the carrying of guns in public as unconstitutional. While still struggling to comprehend the scope of the order, D.C. police ordered officers to stop arresting people for carrying legally registered guns on city streets.

More than 3,000 guns have been registered in the city since a 2008 Supreme Court ruling overturned the city’s near-total ban on gun ownership. Gun owners since then have only been allowed to keep their firearms in their homes or businesses.

D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan asked Monday for a stay either pending a potential appeal of the case or for 180 days to give city lawmakers time to craft appropriate legislation to regulate the carrying of guns in public.

Guns no longer have to stay inside the businesses or homes of D.C. residents who own them, according to a landmark federal court ruling issued last week.
(Associated Press)

Plaintiffs in the case, who include three D.C. residents who own guns, agreed to a 90-day stay so the rulemaking could occur. The stay will be in effect until Oct. 22.

Judge Scullin wrote in the order that he granted the stay based on the agreement by the two parties that “an immediate 90-day stay is appropriate to provide the city council with an opportunity to enact appropriate legislation consistent with the Court‘s.”...

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A Hippocratic Tragedy
Gerald Gianoli, M.D.

Forbes, July 29, 2014

In the unfolding drama that is Obamacare, the current scene focuses on the law’s looming premium hikes. State insurance commissions are currently analyzing and releasing their expected premium rates for 2015. The early diagnosis isn’t good: Premiums are increasing almost without exception, with some states seeing spikes as high as 20 percent.

But from my perspective as a doctor, there’s another Obamacare storyline that deserves top billing. This subplot involves potentially radical changes to how doctors choose patients—changes that may even violate the Hippocratic Oath.

At the end of 2014, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services will start penalizing doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers for not participating in the Physician Quality Reporting System. Originally introduced in 2007 as a voluntary program, PQRS asks providers to report on their compliance with pre-approved treatment paradigms for their Medicare patients. Doctors must obtain various health data on at least 80 percent of patients, which they must then submit to CMS. Until 2014, providers who met this goal received a monetary bonus.

This is a dagger aimed at the heart of medicine—it can perversely encourage doctors to limit the number of patients with complex medical problems they see. Why? Because those patients may need treatments that fall outside the program’s cookie-cutter protocols or they may require lengthy and frequent attention. This may jeopardize a doctor’s ability to meet the PQRS quota. Potentially affected patients may have conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc., all which can make the management of a patient’s other medical conditions more difficult to treat.

This is wholly incompatible with a doctor’s promise to put a patient’s needs above our own. It turns a doctor into a practitioner of data extraction, when we should instead be focused on our patients’ well-being. Thankfully, the vast majority of doctors, myself included, refused to participate in this farce.

Enter Obamacare. It forces the majority of doctors to join PQRS by levying a penalty on non-participating doctors. (It also eliminates the bonus). The penalty starts in 2015 at a 1.5 percent cut on a doctor’s Medicare reimbursement rate, rising to a 2 percent cut in 2016 and beyond. While the program is still technically voluntary, Medicare’s low reimbursement rates give most doctors little choice but to give in to this financial coercion....

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