Harassment of Jews Worldwide Reaches Seven-Year High (Pew Research Center)
In 2013, harassment of Jews was found in 77 countries (39%) - a seven-year high,
according to the Pew Research Center's latest annual study on global restrictions on religion.
In Europe, Jews were harassed by individuals or social groups in 34 of the region's 45 countries (76%).
Israel Embassy Tweets NY Times Front Page Ten Years After Iran Deal - Barak Ravid (Ha'aretz)
Israel's Washington embassy on Thursday tweeted a fake New York Times front page, dated March 31, 2025, "reporting" how Iran had hoodwinked the world on the nuclear deal.
Future headlines include: "P5+1: We Have Regrets"; "Despite
Inspectors, Iran Completes Arak Plutonium Reactor"; and "IRGC Test New
Generation ICBM, Range to SF, LA."
See also Headlines from the Future: "How We Duped the West," Iran Pres. Declares (Embassy of Israel-Washington-Twitter)
Islamic State Selling Looted Syrian Art in London - Daniela Deane (Washington Post)
Almost 100 Syrian artifacts looted by the Islamic State have been
smuggled into Britain and sold to raise money for the extremist group's
activities, art crime experts and archaeologists have warned.
The items include gold and silver Byzantine coins as well as Roman
pottery and glass worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, the London Times reported Wednesday.
See also New ISIS Video Shows Militants Smashing Ancient Iraq Artifacts (NBC News)
The Islamic State released a video on Thursday showing militants
using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts at the Mosul Museum in
The artifacts destroyed included several large Assyrian statues which date back to as early as the 7th century.
Will Egypt Bomb Gaza? - Yoni Ben Menachem (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs-Hebrew)
Fears are growing within Hamas that Egypt will bomb targets of its
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades in Gaza, just as it attacked Islamic State
targets in eastern Libya last week in response to the beheadings by IS
of 21 Egyptian workers.
Last week Egyptian media reported that a unit of "an extremist
Islamist group" entered northern Sinai from Gaza in order to participate
in attacks against the Egyptian army.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Gaza said the TV station
reporting the incident had reported the previous week that a member of
Hamas' military wing had been killed in northern Sinai in an attack by
the Egyptian army.
Hamas also has reported on Egyptian aircraft flying above the border
and photographing areas in Rafiah and Khan Yunis, possibly to prepare
Saudi Convicted in 1998 Bombings of U.S. Embassies (Reuters-Guardian-UK)
Khalid al-Fawwaz, 52, a Saudi man described by prosecutors as one
of Osama bin Laden's most trusted lieutenants, was convicted in a
federal court in New York on Thursday in connection with the 1998
bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Prosecutors said Fawwaz, while living in London, disseminated the
al-Qaeda leader's declarations of war to the media and sent equipment to
al-Qaeda members in Africa.
He was also accused of operating an al-Qaeda training camp in
Afghanistan in the early 1990s and helping lead an al-Qaeda cell in
Nairobi that later conducted surveillance ahead of the embassy bombing
U.S. Spy Chief: Fighting Islamic State Not a Priority for Turkey (AFP-Hurriyet-Turkey)
Turkey does not place a high priority on fighting the Islamic State
and as a result foreign fighters are able to travel through the
country into Syria, U.S. director of national intelligence James Clapper
told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Feb. 26.
"Public opinion polls show in Turkey they don't see ISIL as a
primary threat," he said. The effect of Turkey's approach was to allow a
"So somewhere in the neighborhood of 60% of those foreign fighters find their way to Syria through Turkey."
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- Gen. Allen: Islamic State Has Lost Half of Its Leaders in Iraq - Dan Lamothe
U.S. intelligence shows that half of the Islamic State's leaders in Iraq
have been killed, Gen. John Allen told the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee on Wednesday. Allen said the last six months "have amply
demonstrated that ISIL is little more than a criminal gang and death
cult, which now finds itself under increasing pressure, sending naive
and gullible recruits to die by the hundreds." However, the belief is
still there that a caliphate run by the militants will be created, Allen
Turning the tide will require showing that the Islamic State does not
have the capacity to hold territory, he said.
- "Jihadi John" Identified as London-Raised College Grad - Jill Lawless
"Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing
Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group, was
identified on Thursday as a London-raised university graduate known to
British intelligence for more than five years. Mohammed Emwazi, in his
mid-20s, was born in Kuwait, raised in west London, and studied
computer programming at the University of Westminster, graduating in
Shiraz Maher of the King's College radicalization center said Emwazi's background was similar to other British jihadis,
and disproved the idea "that these guys are all impoverished, that
they're coming from deprived backgrounds. They are by and large upwardly
mobile people, well educated." (AP-San Francisco Chronicle)
- Inside Gaza's Tunnels, Militants Get Ready for the Next War - Quentin Sommerville
In an olive grove close to houses in southern Gaza, a deep pit contains
a 120mm mortar tube, and three fighters from Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Fully armed and in combat fatigues, the men practice loading and
unloading the tube from a stack of mortars at the back of their
position. This is a show of readiness, a show of strength, for the next
war with Israel. Viewed as a terrorist group in the West, Islamic Jihad
is committed to Israel's destruction.
At the back of the firing position is a small curtain that leads
into a tunnel cut through the earth. It turns a corner and enters a
larger, even deeper tunnel, perhaps 20m down. Its reinforced concrete
walls have an arched roof, tall enough for the men to stand up and
run through it.
This is their escape route, running for hundreds of meters.
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- Abbas Rejects Western Push to Restore PA Rule over Gaza - Yasser Okbi
PA President Mahmoud Abbas rejected an international effort to impose
his government's rule on Gaza, it was learned on Thursday.
Western governments sought to advance a UN Security Council resolution
that would confer upon the Ramallah administration a mandate to rule
Gaza, which is currently in the hands of Hamas. After they were
presented with a draft of the resolution, the PA rejected the document
out of hand.
The draft, formulated last September immediately following the 2014
Gaza war, stipulates that Gaza and its border crossings must be
effectively returned to administrative rule of the PA, headed by Abbas.
(Maariv Hashavua-Jerusalem Post)
- Israel to Use Frozen Palestinian Tax Funds to Offset PA Electricity Debt; New Palestinian City to Get Water Hook-Up - Barak Ravid
The Israel Electric Corporation has agreed to stop cutting power to the
Palestinian Authority in exchange for the Israeli government's promise
to use some of the Palestinian tax revenues it has been withholding to
partially defray the PA's debt, a senior Israeli official said Thursday.
In addition, Prime Minister Netanyahu has approved a compromise
stipulating that both the new Palestinian city of Rawabi and several
neighborhoods in nearby settlements will be connected to the water
- Israeli Security Forces Uncover Two Palestinian Terror Cells in West Bank - Yaakov Lappin
Security forces uncovered two terrorist cells in December and January
that carried out shooting attacks on Israeli targets, the Israel
Security Agency announced Thursday. One cell belonging to the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) carried out a shooting
attack on Israeli vehicles in the Benjamin region, targeted an IDF
position in Nabi Salih, and took part in fire bombings and pipe bomb
incidents directed at IDF units in the West Bank. Security forces seized
four firearms used to shoot at Israelis.
"The members of the cell confessed to their intention to carry out
more attacks, including a combined gun and pipe bomb attack on an IDF
base, stabbings against soldiers, and kidnapping a soldier," the ISA
A second cell from Bani Naim near Hebron carried out several
shootings at Israeli vehicles on Route 60 near Kiryat Arba.
During one gun attack, bullets were lodged in an Israeli vehicle. "The
suspects turned in a gun, a rifle, and ammunition hidden in one of the
suspect's homes," the ISA said. A PFLP operative in Hebron confessed
to providing some of the cell's weapons. (Jerusalem Post)
- A Deal with Iran Must Not Come at Any Price - Editorial
Sadly, the straws in the wind suggest that a bad deal on Iran's nuclear ambitions is a real possibility. A leak to the Associated Press
raises the possibility that America would phase out all sanctions if
Iran were to accept temporary constraints on its nuclear program for the
next 10 or 15 years.
If the West lifts sanctions and allows Iran's leaders to fill their
coffers with oil revenues, in return for graciously agreeing to defer
their ambition to be a nuclear threshold state until somewhere between
2025 and 2030, then that would not be good enough. The whole point of
this immense diplomatic effort was to remove the threat posed by a
nuclear-armed Iran for the foreseeable future. Simply deferring that
possibility by a decade or so - and then leaving the future leaders of
the West to deal with the consequences - would be cowardly and
That is particularly true when Iran's own difficulties are weighed
in the balance. Sanctions and a collapsing oil price have combined to
crush the Iranian economy. The result is that Iran's morally bankrupt
"Supreme Leader," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, needs a nuclear deal far more
than we do. Now is exactly the moment for the West to show more steel.
- The Fatal Flaw in the Iran Deal - Charles Krauthammer
News leaked Monday that President Obama had accepted the Iranian demand
that any restrictions on its program be time-limited. After which, the
mullahs can crank up their nuclear program at will and produce as much
enriched uranium as they want. Sanctions lifted. Restrictions gone.
Nuclear development legitimized. A few years of good behavior and Iran
would be home free. The agreement thus would provide a predictable path
to an Iranian bomb. Indeed, a flourishing path, with trade resumed, oil
pumping and foreign investment pouring into a restored economy.
Meanwhile, Iran's intercontinental ballistic missile program is
subject to no restrictions at all. Why is Iran building them? Their
only purpose is to carry nuclear warheads. Such an agreement also means
the end of nonproliferation. When a rogue state defies the world,
continues illegal enrichment and then gets the world to bless an
eventual unrestricted industrial-level enrichment program, the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty is dead and regional hyperproliferation becomes
The deal now on offer to the ayatollah would confer legitimacy on
the nuclearization of the most rogue of rogue regimes: radically
anti-American, deeply jihadist, purveyor of terrorism from
Argentina to Bulgaria, puppeteer of a Syrian regime. In fact, the
Iranian regime just this week, at the apex of these nuclear talks,
staged a spectacular attack on a replica U.S. carrier near the Strait of
There is a third choice in addition to appeasement or war. Don't
give away the store. Keep the pressure, keep the sanctions. Indeed,
increase them. After all, previous sanctions brought Iran to the
negotiating table, and that was before the collapse of oil prices, which
would now vastly magnify the economic effect of heightened sanctions.
Congress is proposing precisely that. We are on the cusp of an epic
capitulation. History will not be kind.
- Converting the Ayatollahs - David Brooks
Western diplomats have continually projected pragmatism onto their
ideological opponents. They have often assumed that our enemies are
driven by the same sort of national interest calculations that motivate
most regimes. They have assumed that economic interests would trump
ideology and religion - that prudent calculation and statecraft would
trump megalomania. They assumed that Islamic radicals could not really
want to send their region back into the 12th century.
The Obama administration is making a similar projection today. It
is betting that Iran can turn into a fundamentally normal regime, which
can be counted upon to put GDP over ideology and religion and do the
Obama has made a series of stunning sacrifices in order to get a
nuclear agreement. All of this might be defensible if Iran is really
willing to switch teams, if religion and ideology played no role in the
regime's thinking. But it could be that Iran finances terrorist groups
and destabilizes regimes like Yemen's and Morocco's for a reason. It
could be that Iranian leaders are as apocalyptically motivated, paranoid
and dogmatically anti-American as their pronouncements suggest they
are. Do we really want a nuclear-capable Iran in the midst of all that?
If the Iranian leaders believe what they say, then U.S. policy should be
exactly the opposite of the one now being pursued. Instead of embracing
and enriching Iran, sanctions should be toughened to further isolate
and weaken it. Instead of accepting a nuclear capacity, eliminating that
capacity should be restored as the centerpiece of American policy.
Instead of a condominium with Iran that offends traditional allies like
Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel, the U.S. should build a regional
strategy around strengthening relations with those historic pillars.
(New York Times)
- Why Israel Is Fighting Obama's Iran Deal - Michael Crowley
Concerns that a final deal restricting Iran's nuclear program will
"sunset" any agreement as early as 2025 have thrown a new jolt into
"Ten years is nothing. It's tomorrow from our point of view," said
Yaakov Amidror, who served as national security adviser to Netanyahu.
"It's a license for Iran to be a threshold nuclear state." "When do bad
people become good people? When a time is over - or when they change?"
Critics say that after the expiration of any deal, Iran would be free to
produce as much fuel for nuclear weapons as it likes. Citing reports of
a 10-15-year sunset period at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee
hearing Tuesday, the panel's top Democrat, Robert Menendez, called that
"a matter of time that is far less than anyone envisioned." Obama
officials deny that any specific sunset clause has been agreed to in the
"We certainly can't know what Iran will look like in 10 to 15
years," said Gary Samore, who handled the Iran nuclear portfolio in the
Obama White House until 2013. A 10-year time frame would be a
"catastrophic mistake," said Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign
Iran is "a system permeated by ideology, so Khamenei dying tomorrow is
not likely to change the system dramatically." (Politico)
- Deterring an Iranian Nuclear Breakout - Robert Einhorn
To deter Iran's leaders from making the decision to break out of an
agreement and produce nuclear weapons, any deal should meet three
requirements. First, it should have rigorous monitoring measures to
convince Iran that any attempt to violate and break out of the agreement
at either declared or covert sites would be detected very quickly. This
would require intrusive verification provisions that go beyond the
measures contained in the International Atomic Energy Agency's
additional protocol, including frequent access to centrifuge production
facilities, detailed reporting of nuclear-related procurement and robust
Second, the accord should ensure that the time Iranians would need
to produce one bomb's-worth of weapons-grade uranium would be long
enough to enable the U.S. to intervene decisively to stop them. The
Obama administration is seeking to increase this "breakout time" from
the current two-to-three months to at least one year. Getting to one
year would depend on a package of interrelated constraints, including on
the number and type of operating centrifuges and the amount of enriched
uranium Iran would be allowed to retain.
Third, it is necessary to convince Iran's leaders not only that
breakout would be detected promptly, but also that they would face a
harsh international response that would prevent their breakout from
succeeding. To supplement any agreement, the Obama administration should
collaborate with its international partners and the Congress on
contingency plans - including both economic and military options - to
ensure that the threat of a decisive response to a breakout attempt is
credible. The writer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution,
served on the U.S. delegation to the Iran nuclear negotiations from
2009 to 2013.
(New York Times)
- Nuclear Deal Would Allow Revolutionary Guards to Continue Terrorist Activities - Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi
The future nuclear deal is about to grant Iran entry back into the heart
of the international theater, without having to meet even minimal
admission requirements outside the nuclear context. It will allow the
Revolutionary Guards to continue their extensive terrorist activities,
without inhibitions, restrictions, or supervision by any international
forum. The writer is a professor of international relations at the University of Haifa.
Netanyahu's Speech to Congress
- Speech of the Year - Editorial
Speeches by foreign leaders to Joint Meetings of Congress are routine
events, and often among the more forgettable. So it might have been with
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress next
Tuesday. But leave it to the political wizards of the Obama
Administration to turn it into the global diplomatic event of the year.
This week the Administration unleashed a withering personal and
political attack that is unprecedented against a close ally. National
Security Adviser Susan Rice even said the speech is "destructive of the
fabric of the relationship" between Washington and Jerusalem. That's
some claim against one speech, and it's worth asking why the
Administration has gone to such extraordinary lengths to squelch it. Mr.
Netanyahu is expected to make the case against President Obama's
looming nuclear deal with Iran, and perhaps the Administration knows how
vulnerable it is to such a critique.
The Prime Minister did nothing more than accept an invitation from a
co-equal branch of government, with its own important foreign-policy
role. If there is partisanship here, it is from a president whose Iran
policy is no longer trusted by much of his own party.
Israelis are naturally wary of becoming estranged from their most
important ally. Then again, Israelis are even more wary of a nuclear
The trashing of Mr. Netanyahu has done nothing but increase public
interest in his speech. Recent polling finds Americans overwhelmingly in
favor of giving the Israeli leader a fair hearing in Congress.
(Wall Street Journal)
- Rumsfeld: I'm Amazed at How the White House Is Handling Netanayu's Invitation to Speak to Congress - Boaz Bismuth
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Israel Hayom
that the focus on Netanyahu's visit rather than on his message is an
"unfortunate distraction" from the important issue - the Iranian threat.
"Iran is a critical issue and Israel is an important ally, and there is
nothing inappropriate at all for the speaker to invite the prime
minister or for the prime minister to come over. Historically he is a
good friend of the U.S....and I find it stunning to see the comments out
of the White House on this issue."
"They have said things that are undiplomatic and inconsistent with
the relationship between our two countries and its importance, and I
can't imagine that, among the American people, it will affect our
relationship adversely in any way. I'm really amazed at the rudeness, at
the undiplomatic way this administration is handling this issue."
"It is unfortunate because it damages, or appears to damage, the
relationship with an important ally for the United States. I think it is
exactly what the Iranians are happy to hear - it has to be encouraging
for them. But it is also unprofessional." (Israel Hayom)
- Trial Provides Glimpse into PA Funding for Terrorists - Stewart Ain
Monday's decision by a Manhattan federal jury ordering the Palestinian
Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization to pay $655.5
million in damages for their part in terror attacks came after six
weeks of testimony that shined a light on how the PA used financial
rewards to encourage suicide bombings in Israel.
Expert witnesses, among them Israel Shrenzel, a former supervisor in the
Israel Security Agency, testified that there were "close links"
between the PA and the Al-Aqsa Martyr Brigade, the group that carried
out the attacks.
"All of them get paid by the PA," he said. "Some of them get promotions
and the promotions are very impressive. Two of them are colonels."
Evidence was presented showing that one suicide bomber, Wafa Idris,
obtained the bomb she used from Arafat's compound at the Mukata in
Evidence was presented showing that terrorists who were arrested
and convicted continued to receive their salaries - and even promotions -
as PA employees. And the families of those killed in those attacks
received what were called "martyrs" payments.
Kent Yalowitz, an attorney for the victims, argued that this practice
of payments in effect says: "Come on, we'll put you on the payroll when
you commit a crime, and the longer you're in jail the more money we will
pay you." (New York Jewish Week)
See also The Palestinian Authority's Bad Day in Court - Jessica Kasmer-Jacobs (Wall Street Journal)
- Boycott Israel Movement Stunts the Palestinian Economy - Carrie Sheffield
A push to "boycott, divest and sanction" (BDS) Israeli companies has
limited impact on the credit profile of Israel, yet it directly harms
its intended beneficiaries, the Palestinians.
"The impact of BDS is more psychological than real so far and has had no
discernible impact on Israeli trade or the broader economy," said
Kristin Lindow, senior vice president at Moody's and its lead analyst
"The sanctions do run the risk of hurting the Palestinian economy...as
seen in the case of SodaStream."
Israel (population 8.3 million) has a GDP of $291 billion, the
Palestinian territories (population 4.1 million) $11.3 billion. Such
asymmetry shows the Palestinians needs Israel, economically speaking.
Yet the BDS crowd would impair economic ties, despite evidence that
trade between peoples lessens the outbreak of war.
Israel employs 110,000 Palestinians and has built 16 industrial
parks in the West Bank and east Jerusalem hosting 1,000 facilities where
Jews and Arabs work shoulder-to-shoulder.
- Egypt Left to Fight Alone Against Islamist Terrorism - Zvi Mazel
Egypt's Al-Ahram published a lengthy article on Feb. 12 accusing
the U.S., Qatar and Turkey of acting in a hostile manner toward Egypt
through its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, and of ignoring the
plight of Egypt which is under attack in Sinai and from Libya by
Should nothing be done to block the progress of Islamist militias, Libya
will turn into the forward base of Islamic State.
While Jordan's attacks on Islamic State after the horrific murder
of its pilot met with understanding from the West, Egypt received no
such support when Egyptian planes struck in Libya after the massacre
there of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Yet Cairo cannot afford to sit
back and wait for a political solution while Islamic State's advance
outposts in Libya and other Islamist militias affiliated with the
Brotherhood pursue their relentless attacks to weaken Egypt and hamper
its economic recovery. The writer, a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is a former ambassador to Romania, Egypt, and Sweden.
- Egypt Sees Changes in Saudi Foreign Policy - Dina Ezzat
Last Thursday, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issued a statement
criticizing statements made by the Egyptian representative to the Arab
League in which he accused Qatar of supporting terror groups in Libya.
The Qatari ambassador accused Egypt of having compromised the life of
innocent Libyan citizens by conducting air strikes against Islamic
State-allied targets in the eastern Libya city of Derna.
Later on Thursday, the GCC issued another statement saying, "GCC
countries totally support Egypt in all the military procedures that it
has been taking to fight the terrorist groups in Libya," with GCC
secretary-general Abdel-Lateif El-Zeiyani saying he was misquoted by
the media in the first account.
One diplomatic source in Cairo stated, "We have noticed an
improvement in relations between the Saudis and Qataris following the
demise of King Abdullah [of Saudi Arabia]." Egyptian officials noted
that the hostility of King Salman to the Muslim Brotherhood is not as
sharp as his predecessor.
- Is ISIS the Champion of the Downtrodden? - Amir Taheri
The recent three-day White House conference on "violent extremism"
exposed an unwillingness to understand the challenge of Islamist
terrorism. At the conference, President Obama said: "If we are going to
prevent people from being susceptible to false promises of extremism,
then the international community has to offer something better" -
specifically, "economic growth."
This is painfully naive. The "Caliphate" isn't recruiting among
the world's downtrodden. Its administration is run by highly-educated
individuals, many from wealthy families in Arab countries.
Its army does not consist of poverty-stricken individuals protesting
against Western imperialism. They all seem fairly well-fed and stylishly
dressed, bearing smartphones and expensive Swiss watches.
(New York Post)
- Islamist Realities - Efraim Karsh
The depiction of Muslims as hapless victims of the aggressive
encroachments of others, too dim to be accountable for their own fate,
is not only patronizing but the inverse of the truth.
The story of Islam has been the story of the rise and fall of an
often-astonishing imperial aggressiveness and of never quiescent
imperialist dreams that haunt Islamic and Middle Eastern politics into
the 21st century. Even as these dreams have repeatedly frustrated any
possibility for the peaceful social and political development of the
Arab-Muslim world, they have given rise to repeated fantasies of
revenge and restoration and to murderous efforts to transform fantasy
If, today, America is reviled in the Muslim world, it is not
because of its specific policies but because, as the preeminent world
power, it blocks the final realization of this same age-old dream of
regaining the lost glory of the caliphate. The writer is professor
emeritus of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College
London and professor of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
- Key Document in Jonathan Pollard Case Declassified - Eliot Lauer and Jacques Semmelman
On Nov. 13, 2014, after years of litigation, the Interagency Security
Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) granted our appeal and ordered the
declassification of significant portions of a declaration submitted to
the court in 1987 by then-secretary of defense Caspar Weinberger in
connection with Jonathan Pollard's sentencing. As a result, longstanding
government assertions that this document contains proof that Pollard
caused unprecedented harm to the U.S. have now been exposed as utter
In 1987, Pollard was sentenced to life in prison, largely on the basis
of the Weinberger declaration. Since then, the government has invoked
the Weinberger declaration, as recently as Pollard's parole hearing in
July 2014, as its basis to oppose executive clemency or parole. The
newly disclosed material shows that any harm that may have been caused
by Pollard was in the form of short-term disruption in foreign relations
between the U.S. and certain Arab countries. That is not the same as
harm to U.S. national security.
While the phrase "damage to the national security" is used as a
section heading, what appears below it is, once again, in the nature of
potential impact on foreign relations. For example, Weinberger bemoans
the fact that Pollard provided information that enabled Israel to
conduct a "successful strike on PLO headquarters in Tunisia."
Another recently declassified document, a 1987 CIA study of the
Pollard case, concludes that Pollard supplied Israel with information
regarding Arab and Pakistani nuclear intelligence, Arab military
capability and weaponry (including biological and chemical weapons),
Soviet advisers in Syria and Soviet training of Syrian personnel, the
PLO's Force 17, and a radio signal notation manual requested by Israel
to help in the decryption of intercepted communications of Soviet
military advisers in Damascus.
The writers have been Jonathan Pollard's pro bono attorneys since 2000.
- Israel Doles Out Mock Oscars: Iran Awarded Best Actor, Hizbullah Supporting Role - Vasudevan Sridharan
Israel has doled out mock Academy Awards for the geo-political drama.
The Israeli foreign ministry gave Iran the Oscar for "best actor" -
"For acting like a peace loving country while developing nuclear
capabilities, denying the Holocaust and threatening the destruction of
another member state."
The ministry bestowed the "supporting actor" award to Hizbullah,
often seen as a long arm of Iran, "for its unrelenting support to the
Assad regime in killing thousands of civilians." Israel also awarded the
"best editing" award to the Palestinian Authority for "rewriting
history." (International Business Times)
See also Behind the Curtain at the Theater of the Absurd - Ron Prosor
As Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, I have a front row seat to
the world's foremost theater of the absurd.
At the General Assembly, the very nations undermining international
peace were elected to the UN bodies responsible for maintaining global
The world's most notorious human rights abusers commandeered the Human
Rights Council. The inmates have taken over the asylum.
The Struggle over the Iranian Nuclear Program - Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser (Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies-Bar-Ilan University)
The current Iranian nuclear program is the result of 27 years of
Iranian investment. Over these decades, Iran's scientists have
successfully overcome a raft of technical hurdles, often with the help
of foreign experts, and have accumulated essential knowledge in missile
technology and nuclear enrichment, as well as apparently acquiring a
significant proportion of the technologies necessary for creating a
warhead and fitting it to the Shahab 3 missile.
Throughout this period, Iran's leaders have taken advantage of
Western laxity to create a previously unthinkable reality in which the
international community, and in particular the United States, is
prepared to accept the existence of an active Iranian nuclear program,
one that supports a leap to nuclear weaponization, and thus to accept -
and even grant formal legitimacy to - the reality of Iran as a nuclear
Iran continues to hold some 7.5 tons of enriched uranium to a
level of 3.5% (which represents around half the investment in enrichment
required for military-grade material). Once brought up to a 90%
enrichment level, this would be sufficient fissionable material to make
four or five atomic bombs.
The practical upshot of this is that Iran is today only several months
away from producing sufficient fissionable material for the creation of
its first nuclear warhead device, and maintains the capabilities
required to develop nuclear weapons.
The leaders of Iran, who are driven by a sense of mission that
is both Islamic and revolutionary Iranian-nationalist, believe it is
their duty to bring about a wholesale change in the world order, using a
combination of cunning, force, and daring, and making the most of the
freedom of action afforded to them by the reined-in West. As a result,
the talks between the powers and Iran are not conducted in a manner
reflecting the true balance of power, but rather the exact opposite. It
is Iran that dictates the agenda, while America and the West attempt to
placate the other side, and are hesitant about bringing up issues that
they fear Iran will refuse to discuss.
Consequently, according to the agreement being drawn up, and
contrary to American declarations that its intent is to keep Iran at
least a year away from acquiring military-grade fissionable material, in
actual fact Iran will be able to achieve that goal in very short period
of time, if its infrastructure remains untouched.
Israel's view is that Iran under the current regime seeks,
through a variety of ways, to bring about the destruction of the
national state of the Jewish people. This is a central component of its
broader efforts to form a new Middle East, controlled by extremist
forces aligned with it and under its influence, from which basis it can
go on to change the entire world order. Nuclear weapons are directly
essential to this scheme.
the prime minister acting correctly? Having been closely involved in
the campaign against the Iranian nuclear program from the beginning, I
believe that the advantages of this course of action outweigh its
disadvantages. Certainly the intervention in the decision-making
processes of Congress represents a last resort, but in light of the
seriousness and urgency of the threat, it would seem that the use of
irregular means is justified. There is not likely to be a second chance
to get things right.
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser was chief of the research
division in IDF Military Intelligence, and until recently, director
general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs.