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Friday, March 7, 2014
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- Netanyahu in Los Angeles: "We Cannot Be Tolerant to the Intolerant"
Speaking at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on Thursday,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was determined to
contain Iran's nuclear program and protect the State of Israel from
The Iranian regime calls for the annihilation of the State of Israel
"openly and unabashedly," only 70 years after the Holocaust, Netanyahu
"We see who is lying and we shall expose what Iran is really doing -
building weapons of mass death and dispatching weapons of immediate
death right now to the worst terrorist groups in the world."
"We cannot be tolerant to the intolerant. We cannot be tolerant to
the fanatics," he said. "These people are out to destroy a section of
people called the Jewish people. We will not let them, we shall expose
them and we will fight them. And I'll tell you another thing: We shall
beat them." (AP-Washington Post)
See also Seized Iran Arms Ship to Arrive in Israel Saturday
A ship carrying advanced rockets from Iran to Gaza that was intercepted
by the Israeli navy will reach the port of Eilat on Saturday evening,
IDF Brig.-Gen. Motti Almoz told Army Radio Thursday.
"There is clear and unequivocal information that this (shipment) came
from Iran," he said. (AFP)
- Abbas Aide: Gaps Widen, Extension of Mideast Talks Unlikely - Karin Laub
Gaps between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators only have widened in
seven months and an extension of talks appears unlikely after their
April 29 deadline for a framework deal, Mohammed Ishtayeh, an aide to
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Thursday. "We don't have
terms of reference...which means we and the Israelis are reading from
different books," he added. (AP)
- Syria to Miss Deadline to Destroy Chemical Arms Sites - Anthony Deutsch
Syria will miss a March 15 deadline to destroy its chemical weapons
production facilities, sources at the Organization for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons said on Thursday. An official said there were seven
"hardened" aircraft hangars and five underground facilities. "None of
them have been destroyed at the moment," he said. Syria has until June
30 to eliminate its chemical weapons program completely.
Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
- Captured Rockets Could Have Bypassed Israel's Anti-Missile System - Ron Ben-Yishai
According to foreign reports, Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system
finds it difficult to intercept heavy, medium-range rockets like the
M-302 that were captured on the Klos C ship. Such rockets are
supposed to be intercepted by a system called David's Sling, which is
still being developed and will not become operational before 2016. Had
the rockets reached Gaza, they could have been launched unhindered at
Tel Aviv and Haifa.
The shipment was at the initiative of Iran's Revolutionary Guards'
Quds Force and involved a very complicated logistic operation which
cost tens of millions of dollars.
See also Israel in Continuing Battle Against Iranian Arms-Smuggling and Terror-Financing - Yaakov Lappin
Israel's defense establishment is continually monitoring Iranian
arms-smuggling and terror-financing networks as part of a "war between
wars," a security source revealed on Thursday. Not a week passes
without Israel blocking or thwarting an Iranian attempt to transmit arms
to terrorist entities threatening Israeli national security.
Countering Iran's Quds Force can be done by sharing with other countries
the name of a bank used for financing the movement of arms or by
exposing the name of a company that provides components for missiles,
the source said.
See also Lessons from the IDF Interception of the Iranian Arms Ship - Yossi Melman
The Israeli Navy has once again proved its ability to act successfully
far from Israel's shores, as it has done for more than a decade. The
intelligence that led to the ship's capture was precise. There is a
high probability that the rockets were meant for Islamic Jihad which
enjoys Iranian sponsorship, but the possibility that the weapons were
meant for Hamas should not be ruled out. (Jerusalem Post)
- U.S. Funding for Joint Missile Defense Programs Intact, Pro-Israel Groups Say - Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
Rebuffing reports that President Obama's budget for fiscal year 2015
gutted funding for the U.S.-Israel missile defense partnership, Jewish
groups said Thursday that the onus was on Congress, not the president,
to bring funding up to previous years' levels.
The budget presented by the president for missile defense is slightly
higher than numbers submitted by the White House last year for the same
programs. In previous years, budgets have been further augmented by
Congress allocating funding substantially above levels requested by the
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of
Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said he hoped that
Congress would "do again what it has done in the past" and add over $100
million to the presidential budget for the program. "While we recognize
the budgetary pressures, it is especially important this year as the
United States and Israel face a proliferation of long- and short-range
missiles in the hands of terrorist organizations and rogue states,"
Hoenlein and Conference of Presidents Chairman Robert G. Sugarman said
in a statement.
"The seizure this week of a ship carrying the Iranian-supplied
advanced missiles, destined for Gaza and Sinai terrorists, underscores
the urgency and immediacy of expediting the development of missile
defense systems." (Times of Israel)
Iran Weapons Ship
- Iran's Secret Weapons - Editorial
In a Red Sea raid Wednesday, Israeli naval commandos intercepted a
M-302 rockets that had been loaded on a freighter in the Iranian port
of Bandar Abbas and were destined for Gaza. Iran denies sending the
weapons, which happened to be disguised among cement bags labeled "Made
in Iran." The seizure of the ship is a reminder that the aims and
methods of Iranian foreign policy remain unchanged despite the alleged
moderation of President Hassan Rouhani. (Wall Street Journal)
- No Separating Iran's Nukes From Terrorism - Jonathan S. Tobin
White House spokesman Jay Carney dismissed the idea that there ought to
be any connection between the interception of an Iranian arms shipment
headed for Gaza and the U.S. pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran. Yet
Iran's nuclear program and its participation in international terror are
two elements of a common strategy aimed at destabilizing the Middle
East and increasing Iranian influence. The seizure of the arms ship is a
clear warning of what lies ahead if the U.S. continues to blindly
pursue engagement with Iran.
While an Iran nuke constitutes an existential threat to Israel,
which has been repeatedly threatened with annihilation by Tehran, a
bomb also gives the ayatollahs a way of creating a nuclear umbrella over
Syria, Lebanon and perhaps Gaza and the West Bank. That changes the
balance of power in such a way as to threaten moderate Arab states as
well as Israel.
What is really going on is a two-track policy in which Iran engages
in diplomatic activity designed to deceive Western leaders and
undermine sanctions on the regime, while at the same time actively
building a weapon and seeking to dominate the region via terrorism and
The seizure of the weapons ship ought to serve as a wake-up call to the
West that nothing has changed in Iran. We should have no illusions
about Iranian moderation or a desire for detente with the West.
- Red Sea Deja Vu - Aaron David Miller
The Israeli capture of a freighter carrying high-trajectory weapons from Iran to Gaza
is reminiscent of a similar episode - the seizure of the Karine A in January 2002 carrying tons of weapons shipped from Iran to the Palestinian Authority.
Karine A marked the beginning of the end of Jerusalem and Washington's efforts to even consider Arafat part of the solution.
The weapons seizure validates and legitimizes Israel's concern that
Iran's regional game is still the same. It should be obvious to the
Obama administration by now that while Iran may be sending signals that
it's ready for some kind of negotiated solution on the nuclear issue,
that hardly means it has changed its spots on other issues.
It boggles the mind to believe that the administration would be in a
position to lift comprehensive sanctions if Iran is still backing the
murderous Assad and supplying Hamas with weapons that can target Israeli population centers.
This episode will only add to the obvious reality that while the
Iranian nuclear issue is the hottest issue on the agenda, it isn't the
only one. Removing sanctions will not only depend on a resolution of the
nuclear issue but on reformed Iranian behavior. It is a fantasy for
Iran to feel as though it can continue to negotiate with the U.S. while
supplying the enemies of its allies.
The writer, a vice-president and distinguished scholar at the
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, served
for two decades as an adviser to secretaries of state on the
Arab-Israeli peace process.
- Scream and Shout that Iran Is Lying - Dan Margalit
The West had been dreaming about Iran being gradually transformed into a
moderate nation when those rude Israeli commandos raided a merchant
vessel, seizing M-302 missiles that had been dispatched from Syria to
Gaza by way of Iran.
The seizure of the Klos C was designed to make sure Hamas did
not lay its hands on a lethal weapons system whose explosive payload of
150 kg. can target major population centers in Israel. The images of
Israeli special forces on that ship offer a counter-narrative in stark
contrast to what the Iran-pleasers in the West are doing.
The world may be tuned out, but Israel must nevertheless scream and shout. The attempted shipment of arms through the Klos C
was in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Eventually
people will realize that for the ayatollah regime, lying is just part of
its daily life, part of a routine.
- Behind the Goldberg-Obama Interview - Joshua Levitt
Journalist Jeffrey Goldberg interviewed President Barack Obama last
week on the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to
the U.S. and he discussed the controversial interview with "Bloomberg
View" talk show host Charlie Rose on Wednesday. Goldberg, who has been
interviewing Obama on the subject of Israel for seven years, said that
several years ago Obama thought Netanyahu would leave the stage. But
"Obama's thinking about [Netanyahu] has shifted to a remarkable degree,
not about his politics, but about his staying power."
Goldberg described the dynamics between Secretary of State John
Kerry and Obama as a "good cop, bad cop" approach to propel the peace
talks to the framework agreement.
He described Kerry's approach, which has been to note down all of
Netanyahu's concerns and try to resolve them one by one.
Goldberg also saw the harsher comments from the U.S. as a way to signal
to the PA that Israel is also under pressure to make the deal, and that
the U.S. is not simply taking Israel's side.
Goldberg said that after backtracking on his "red line" for using
military force in Syria, Obama's threats to use military force against
Iran are now being seen as toothless.
He said that even "our Arab allies don't really believe Obama would
ever use force." (Algemeiner)
See also With Netanyahu, Obama Plays Bad Cop to Kerry's Good Cop - Mark Landler
Obama has fixed ideas about how best to pursue peace in the Middle
East, and a far less solicitous style than his secretary of state, John
Kerry, who has drawn close to Netanyahu over many hours of painstaking
With the deadline nearing for the Israelis and Palestinians to sign on
to an American framework accord, Obama and Kerry have fallen into a
good-cop, bad-cop routine with Israel.
Regarding the Goldberg interview with Obama, "We thought the
interview didn't reflect what we think has been going on in this process
with Secretary Kerry," said a senior Israeli official. "Our perception
is that Israel has been going the extra mile." Israeli officials played
down the long-term implications from Obama's comments. (New York Times)
- What Happened When Israel Turned Over Security Control in the West Bank to the PA? - Reuel Marc Gerecht
Most Israelis would surely prefer to have as little administratively to
do with the Palestinians as possible. And it would certainly be better
for Israelis if Palestinian terrorists planning a strike against
Israelis were always taken down by Palestinian security forces without
Israeli assistance. It would no doubt be an incredible relief to
Israelis to have a responsible Palestinian gendarmerie in the Jordan
Valley that could police the border to ensure nothing crosses that
threatens Israel or Jordan. Duty on the West Bank is certainly no fun
for Israeli soldiers.
Yet since Israel turned over part of the West Bank to Fatah, the
lead group within the Palestinian Liberation Organization, in 1994,
Fatah-orchestrated security, despite tutorials from the Central
Intelligence Agency, was an inadequate, lethal mess until the building
of the West Bank barrier, started in 2002. The death in 2004 of Yasser
Arafat, the spiritual father of Palestinian nationalism, helped
improve the situation considerably since Arafat had personally
The writer is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. (Weekly Standard)
- The Palestinians' Real Enemies - Efraim Karsh
Had Israel lost its war of independence in 1948, its territory would
have been divided among the invading Arab forces. The name Palestine
would have vanished into the dustbin of history. By surviving the
pan-Arab assault, Israel paradoxically saved the Palestinian national
movement from complete oblivion.
After the war, the Arab states continued to manipulate the Palestinian
national cause to their own ends. Neither Egypt nor Jordan allowed
Palestinian self-determination in the parts of Palestine they occupied.
In the West Bank, King Abdullah of Jordan moved to erase all traces of
Palestinian Arab identity. On April 4, 1950, he formally annexed the
territory and its residents became Jordanian citizens.
In Egyptian-occupied Gaza, the Palestinians were kept under oppressive
military rule. "The Palestinians are useful to the Arab states as they
are," President Gamal Abdel Nasser told a Western reporter. "We will
always see that they do not become too powerful. Can you imagine yet
another nation on the shores of the eastern Mediterranean?"
The writer is professor of Middle East and Mediterranean studies at
King's College London and professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan
(Middle East Quarterly)
- The False Urgency of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process - Jed Babbin
Look at the "peace process" track record. In 2000 at Camp David, Bill
Clinton wanted to rush things along. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak
offered essentially the same deal that Obama wants now - a return to
Israel's 1967 lines with land swaps.
That fell apart when Palestinian chieftain Yasser Arafat abruptly left
the negotiations and never asked to resume them.
In 2005, Ariel Sharon pulled back from Gaza and the West Bank -
without land swaps - and the Palestinians launched rocket attacks on
Israel. In 2008, Ehud Olmert presented Abbas with a map proposing a
Palestinian state on nearly 100% of the West Bank and Gaza. Abbas left
and never came back.
Now Obama is again pushing the same deal, cloaking it in an urgency
that isn't there, because there is no flexibility whatsoever in the
Palestinians' position, no compromise they will accept. The
Palestinians' desire for peace was demonstrated Wednesday when the
Israeli navy seized the Klos C carrying missiles for terrorists in Gaza that can reach almost all of Israel. The
writer served as a deputy undersecretary of defense in the George H.W.
Bush administration and is a senior fellow of the London Center for
- Palestinian Incitement - An Obstacle to Peace
The culture of hatred cultivated by the Palestinian Authority against
Israel undermines the chances for peace between Israel and the
The terrorism which results from the Palestinian hate campaign not only
takes a human toll, but challenges the basic tenets of peaceful
There has been a noticeable rise in the number of terrorist attacks
and violent acts against Israeli citizens in the West Bank and Jerusalem
since the start of the negotiations with the PA in July 2013.
Incitement to hatred and terrorism must end. Terrorists should not
be glorified, Jews should not be demonized, and Israel's existence
should not be called into question. (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- Implications of a Sisi Presidency in Egypt - Adel El-Adawy
Field Marshal Sisi is part of a new generation of U.S.-educated Egyptian
military leaders whose close relationship with various power centers -
especially his military colleagues - enhances his prospects of enduring
if he becomes president. Given his extremely good chances of winning
the election, it would be shortsighted for Washington to jeopardize its
three-decade investment in close relations with Egypt's armed forces by
prolonging its military aid suspension. Moreover, Sisi's greater focus
on counterterrorism compared to his predecessors creates an opportunity
to better advance mutual strategic security interests.
The writer is a fellow at The Washington Institute.
(Washington Institute for Near East Policy)
- How Talking Theology Can Help Defuse Anti-Israel Activism in Mainline Churches - Yishai Schwartz
In January, the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian
Church (USA) published a 74-page educational booklet that accused
Israel of Jewish supremacism, and essentially questioned Israel's moral
right to exist. At its heart, the Christian critique of Israel is not a
political problem but a theological one - which means it needs a
The authors of the misguided tract view themselves as protecting
the weak and as emulating Christ's defiance of established powers.
A theological predisposition in favor of universalism, utopianism and
the pleas of the powerless makes Israel a particularly inviting target.
Those of us who believe that Zionism has at its core discernible
spiritual and moral teachings must explain what these are to our
Christian interlocutors: If we believe that peoplehood, historical
consciousness and national identity are not outmoded constructs, we
should say so. If we believe we have a duty to actualize our ancestors'
millennia-old dreams and aspirations, we should say so.
If we believe that communities that share history, texts and
language inspire a sense of collective responsibility unmatchable in
cosmopolitan fantasies, we should say so. And if we believe that doing
justice is more complex than simply acceding to the demands of the less
powerful, then we should persuade others to follow. (Tablet)
The European War on Israel's Courts: The Role of Foreign-Funded NGOs in the Israeli Legal System - Anne Herzberg (Jerusalem Post)
- NGO Monitor has discovered massive funding provided by the UK, the
EU and Norway to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), which in turn is
funneled to local NGOs in order to flood Israeli courts with hundreds of
Since 2011, these governments have provided the NRC with $20 million
to wage legal warfare on Israel, funding at least 700 cases in Israeli
- In a public presentation, an NRC-affiliated lawyer commented
that the strategy behind the project is to undertake "every possible
legal measure to disrupt the Israeli judicial system...to increase the
workload of the courts and the Supreme Court to such an extent that
there will be a blockage." In other words, the objective is to sabotage
the Israeli justice system.
- The NRC has also used this funding to attack the Canadian
justice system. In 2008, a lawsuit was filed in Quebec seeking to hold
two Canadian companies guilty of aiding and abetting alleged "Israeli
war crimes." The courts fined the plaintiffs and threw their frivolous
case out of court. Refusing to accept Canadian rule of law, the NRC then
filed a complaint to the UN Human Rights Council claiming that Canada
had violated human rights by dismissing the lawsuit.
- It is inconceivable that the UK, the EU, Norway, or any other
European country would countenance mass foreign state funding for
hundreds of lawsuits in their courts on the most contentious policy and
security issues. Imagine the reaction of the British government if it
learned that Germany or France was providing tens of millions of euros
to the IRA to finance hundreds of lawsuits in British courts challenging
its policies in Northern Ireland.
The writer is the legal advisor of NGO Monitor.
Israeli Prime Minister and His Country Star in "Israel: The Royal Tour" - Catharine M. Hamm (Los Angeles Times)
Travel journalist Peter Greenberg's "Israel: The Royal Tour" made
its debut on Thursday. Greenberg's series gives an in-depth look at a
country through the eyes of its head of state.
The hour-long film gives a close-up view of Israel that's suffused with history and humor.
The accent is on portraying a range of places, enhanced by the prime
minister's willingness to pilot a boat in the Red Sea, feed dolphins,
raft the Jordan River and ride a bike in Tel Aviv.
There is an end-of-the-film shot of the journalist and the prime
minister reading the newspaper as they bob in the Dead Sea.
View "The Royal Tour" Trailer (The Royal Tour)
Report: Hizbullah Built Military Airport near Syria - Spencer Ho (Times of Israel)
Hizbullah has constructed a small military airport in the Bekaa
Valley for transporting weapons between Syria and Lebanon, according to
In addition, housed at the base are 14 unmanned drones (Mirsad-1 and -2 types), the Israeli daily Maariv reported, citing the Qatar-based Al-Watan.
Hizbullah also reportedly dug tunnels around the base under Iranian supervision.
Egyptian Clampdown Leaves Hamas Government in Gaza on Brink of Bankrupcy - Zvi Bar'el (Ha'aretz)
An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned Hamas activity in Egypt and
seize its offices and assets. This is one step before declaring Hamas a
terrorist organization, which is how the Muslim Brotherhood is
The ban is basically a declarative step, since Hamas doesn't have
any active institutions in Egypt. The court did not touch Hamas bank
Nevertheless, the ruling is a significant statement that undermines
the movement's legitimacy in Egypt, and reflects the Egyptian public's
mindset since the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood's regime, whose
leadership is accused of conspiring with Hamas against the state.
No less important is the closure Egypt has imposed on Gaza, which
includes the opening of the Rafah crossing only three days every two
weeks and the destruction of the smuggling tunnels, putting the Hamas
regime on the brink of bankruptcy.
Many government workers have not been paid for four months.
In Pictures: Hamas Propaganda Billboards in Gaza (The National-UAE)
Egypt's Top Muslim Institution Bans "Noah" Movie (Al Arabiya)
Egypt's top Muslim institution, Al-Azhar, announced Thursday that
it "prohibits the screening of a film that characterizes Noah,"
the upcoming Paramount Pictures movie.
"Depicting prophets in art is a crime, not art, that is harmful to
the image of prophets," Salafi Sheikh Sameh Abdel Hameed said
View the "Noah" Movie Trailer (YouTube)
And the Oscar Goes to ... Israel? - David Suissa (Los Angeles Jewish Journal)
The Egyptian film "The Square," which follows the uprisings in Tahrir Square, was nominated for an Academy Award.
As I watched the Arabs of Egypt scream for their rights, I couldn't help
thinking that they were screaming for precisely what the Arabs in
Israel already have.
As I watched Egyptian demonstrators protest the lack of opportunity
in their crumbling society, I couldn't help but think about an
Arab-Israeli woman, Mais Ali Saleh, who recently graduated No. 1 in her
class at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
The suffering masses across the Middle East would love nothing
more than to have the same freedoms and human rights that their brethren
have in Israel.
While the mainstream media is still obsessed with Israel and its
conflict with the Palestinians, "The Square" cuts through this fog with a
missile of truth: The misery across the Middle East has absolutely
nothing to do with Israel.
During Israel Apartheid Week, pro-Israel groups ought to organize
showings of "The Square" and follow these screenings with panel
discussions that include Israeli Arabs who can explain how different
their lives would be if they lived in any Middle East country besides
Israeli Soldiers Save Palestinian Lives after Car Crash (Israel Defense Forces)
A car accident in the Jordan Valley injured four Palestinians
Saturday. Rescuers from the IDF's 669 Airborne Rescue Unit evacuated
two severely injured passengers and a two-year-old infant to
Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital by helicopter.
"Our rescue effort was very difficult because the vehicle fell into a
wadi, and we needed to rescue the passengers on foot using stretchers,"
said Jordan Valley Brigade Medical Officer Lt. Moran Gershoni. "We
arrived at the scene within 10 minutes and then carried out our
life-saving procedures on site."
"We treat everyone, regardless of any differences, whether they are Israeli or Palestinian civilians," she said.
Revolutionizing Indian Farming - with Israeli Technology - Rahul Vaishnavi (IANS-India)
Indian farmer Deepak Khatker, 40, visited the Indo-Israel Center of
Excellence for Vegetables in Gharaunda a couple of years ago, adopted
Israeli farming skills, and within months saw production increase a
Last year, over 16,000 farmers were trained at the center.
Experts from Israel organize free training sessions, teaching
farmers to increase their crop yields while using fertilizer and water
"The idea is to transfer applied research and technologies to the
farmers in various states across India," said Israeli Embassy spokesman
At present there are 10 such Centers of Excellence. By 2015, their
number will increase to 28 as they branch out to flowers, bee-keeping