U.S. President Donald Trump, left, on July 22, 2018, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Feb. 6, 2018 (AP Photo). In his latest salvo, Trump tweeted late on Sunday, July 22 that hostile threats from Iran could bring dire consequences. This was after Iranian President Rouhani remarked earlier in the day that “American must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.” Trump tweeted: “NEVER EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKE OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”
EXPLOSIVE ROUHANI-TRUMP TWITTER EXCHANGE – FOX FOLLOWUP VIDEO. Danny Danon, Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, on President Trump’s warning to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s allegation that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, is profiting off a tax-free $95 billion hedge fund. FOX BUSINESS – July 23, 2018
(Image right) An effigy of US President Donald Trump is burned at a rally organized by the Fatah Movement in the West Bank city of Nablus. Photo: Fatah Nablus.
Palestinians Burn Effigy of US President Trump at Anti-Peace Initiative Rally Attended by Israeli-Arab Lawmaker. ARTICLE & VIDEO – ALGEMEINER – July 20, 2018
Today we present our 3rd article in our series, A History of Jihad, by Clare Lopez of Center For Security Policy entitled Israel’s Position in The Jihad Quagmire. Ms. Lopez gives us a clear history of the region and why Israel struggles so with her neighbors. CLICK HERE TO READ.
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- Netanyahu: Israel will never again fail to preempt attacks, JERUSALEM POST, Herb Keinon
- Houston: Muslim doctor convicted of raping hospital patient, but gets probation only, no prison time, JIHAD WATCH, Robert Spencer
- Did John Kerry Commit Treason?, CLARION PROJECT, Meira Svirsky
- Why equality doesn’t belong in the nation-state law, COMMENTARY, Evelyn Gordon
- Putting the PLO in its place, ISRAEL HAYOM, Ariel Kahana
Netanyahu: Israel will never again fail to preempt attacks
by Herb Keinon for the JERUSALEM POST, September 16, 2018
On the eve of the 45th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet Sunday that Israel will never repeat the mistake it made in 1973 by not preempting an enemy attack.
“Forty-five years ago, our intelligence misjudged the war intentions of Egypt and Syria,” Netanyahu said, referring to the intelligence assessments at the time that discounted an Egyptian and Syrian surprise attack.
“When these intentions became clear beyond any doubt, and when the danger was already at hand, the political echelon committed a grave error in that it did not approve a preemptive strike. We will never repeat this error,” he said.
According to minutes from the cabinet meeting six hours before war broke out on Yom Kippur in 1973, then-prime minister Golda Meir and defense minister Moshe Dayan opposed a preemptive strike, even though by that time Israel had clear intelligence information of an imminent Egyptian and Syrian attack.
According to minutes of that meeting that were released for publication eight years ago, then chief of staff Lt.-Gen. David “Dado” Elazar raised the idea of a preemptive strike and said it would give Israel a “huge advantage and save many lives.”
“We can wipe out the entire Syrian air force at noon,” he said. “We need another 30 hours to destroy the missiles. If they plan to attack at 5 p.m., the air force will operate freely against the Syrian army. This is what we are capable of.”
Meir said that she was “tempted,” but that a decision could wait for a number of hours until there is a dialogue with the Americans. DayanHe also opposed, as Elazar suggested, calling up the reserves, saying that it was important that the world does not blame Israel for starting the war.
Netanyahu, in an apparent reference to reported Israeli preemptive military actions in Syria to prevent Iranian entrenchment there or weapon transfers to Hezbollah in Lebanon, said that today “Israel is constantly working to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weapons.”
Houston: Muslim doctor convicted of raping hospital patient, but gets probation only, no prison time
by Robert Spencer for JIHAD WATCH, September 17, 2018
In a similar vein, Muzzammil Hassan, the Buffalo, New York moderate Muslim leader who beheaded his wife, claimed she beat him, and he was just defending himself. Turkan Lowmani, who stabbed his wife 21 times, claimed that his wife “had grabbed the knife first and he had taken it from her before a struggle ensued.” 68-old-year Komar Uddin, accused of raping a teenage girl, claimed she made all the advances upon him. Mohamed Noor, the Minneapolis cop who shot dead an unarmed woman, is also claiming that he acted in self-defense.
What if the prosecutors had brought up all those cases in order to illustrate that victim-blaming is common in Shafeeq Sheikh’s culture and should be discounted accordingly? Or would that have been “Islamophobic”?
Did John Kerry Commit Treason?
by Meira Svirsky for the CLARION PROJECT, September 17, 2018
Did John Kerry commit treason? It’s a good question considering the events of the last few days.
Promoting his new book Every Day Is Extra, the former secretary of state in the Obama administration confirmed he met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a number of times in recent months to help the Iranians salvage the nuclear deal canceled by President Trump and later to strategize with him on how to get around the administration’s policies.
Current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented at a news conference:
“What Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented…It’s inconsistent with what the foreign policy of the United States is, as directed by this president. It is beyond inappropriate.”
The president had harsher words in a tweet:
“John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!”
Why equality doesn’t belong in the nation-state law
by Evelyn Gordon for COMMENTARY, September 17, 2018
The answer is that doing so would elevate Israel’s democratic character above its Jewish one. And that would negate the entire purpose of the nation-state law, which was to restore Israel’s Jewish character to parity with its democratic one—not superiority, but merely parity.
To understand why this is so, it’s first necessary to understand why adding an equality provision would violate basic constitutional logic. This argument was cogently made from the liberal side of the political spectrum by Haim Ramon, a former senior Labor Party Knesset member and former justice minister. Writing in Haaretz’s Hebrew edition last month, Ramon argued that if anyone thinks equality isn’t sufficiently protected by the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, they should work to amend that law rather than the nation-state law, as the former is where any provision on equality belongs.
Putting the PLO in its place
by Ariel Kahana for ISRAEL HAYOM, September 17, 2018
Twelve hours and an ocean separated two important speeches this week. On Monday, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton addressed the Federalist Society in Washington. The next day, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini spoke before the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
Bolton made an unprecedented attack on the International Criminal Court in The Hague, saying, “The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” he said.
“If the court comes after us, Israel or other US allies, we will not sit quietly,” Bolton said, adding that ICC judges and prosecutors could face personal sanctions from the U.S., including being banned from entering the U.S. and/or prosecution in the U.S. justice system.
Little was said about Bolton’s speech in Israel but the appreciation for it was as great as the silence about it. The ICC is a major concern for the country’s leaders. The threat of Israelis being tried in The Hague hangs like a sword over their heads. IDF soldiers and commanders could be tried for actions taken as part of their military service, and any approval of construction plans in Greater Jerusalem or on the Golan Heights or in Samaria, could be defined by the ICC as a war crime. This is the widely held position in the ICC, which is exactly where law and politics meet.
Over the years, Israel has taken steps to prevent ICC intervention, but as with any other legal measure, it is hard to know whether they were sufficient. Therefore, we need another level of defense, which Bolton and U.S. President Donald Trump have just supplied. The defense tactics of one small Middle Eastern country bear no similarity to explicit threats from the only superpower in the world. Because the ICC, like all international law, includes both law and politics, there is no doubt that the American threats are having an effect. For years, the ICC has been trying to increase its international legitimacy. Western Europe and Japan are behind it, but the U.S. is not a member, and plenty of other countries criticize its approach and policies.
The ICC might have responded to Bolton’s speech by saying declaring it would continue to work undeterred, but even in The Hague they know that while if you spit in America’s face, it gets wet, but if America spits back, you’ll drown.