The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.
Following Obama’s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.
According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel’s back.
The report claimed that an unnamed Israeli minister who has good ties with the US administration revealed the attack plan to Secretary of State John Kerry, and that Obama then threatened to shoot down the Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.
Al-Jarida quoted “well-placed” sources as saying that Netanyahu, along with Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon, and then-Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, had decided to carry out airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear program after consultations with top security commanders.
According to the report, “Netanyahu and his commanders agreed after four nights of deliberations to task the Israeli army’s chief of staff, Benny Gantz, to prepare a qualitative operation against Iran’s nuclear program. In addition, Netanyahu and his ministers decided to do whatever they could do to thwart a possible agreement between Iran and the White House because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel’s security.”
Posted by Jim Hoft on Sunday, March 1, 2015, 9:31 AM
According to a letter signed by terrorist leader Ayman al-Zawahiri that was intercepted in 2010, the Iranian regime was providing “monetary and infrastructure assistance” to Al-Qaeda.
It was believed that Iran was protecting Saad Bin Laden, the son of Osama Bin Laden, and other Al Qaeda leaders including Saif al-Adel who fled Afghanistan in 2001. The Al Qaeda leadership holds regular meetings in eastern Iran according to a 2007 report.
Osama bin Laden with his son Saad on his wedding day.
Now there is more evidence that the Iranian regime was cooperating with Al-Qaeda for years.
Documents captured during the Osama Bin Laden raid revealed Al-Qaeda links to the Iranian regime.
More than 1 million documents and files were captured by the Navy Seals who raided bin Laden’s safe house in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011. One year later, in May 2012, the Obama administration released just 17 of them.
While there is some overlap between the files introduced as evidence in Brooklyn and those that were previously made public in 2012, much of what is in the trial exhibits had never been made public before.
The files do not support the view, promoted by some in the Obama administration, that bin Laden was in “comfortable retirement,” “sidelined,” or “a lion in winter” in the months leading up to his death. On the contrary, bin Laden is asked to give his order on a host of issues, ranging from the handling of money to the movement of terrorist operatives.
Some of the key revelations in the newly-released bin Laden files relate to al Qaeda’s dealings with Iran and presence in Afghanistan.
A top al Qaeda operative asked bin Laden for permission to relocate to Iran in June 2010 as he plotted attacks around the world. That operative, Yunis al Mauritani, was a senior member of al Qaeda’s so-called “external operations” team, and plotted to launch Mumbai-style attacks in Europe…
…Although Iran and al Qaeda have had significant differences, there is much intelligence showing that the two continue to collude.
During President Obama’s administration, the Treasury and State Departments have repeatedly exposed the formerly “secret deal” between the Iranian regime and al Qaeda that allows the terrorist organization to shuttle operatives around the globe. Some of those operatives included Yunis al Mauritani’s men.
The June 2010 memo to bin Laden indicates that al Qaeda had a significant presence in Afghanistan at the time.
Sometime around 10:15 on the morning of June 7, 1967…
The first reservist paratroopers of Brigade 55 broke through the Lion’s Gate leading into the Old City of Jerusalem and reached the narrow enclave of the Western Wall. Having just fought a fierce two-day battle in the streets of east Jerusalem, they grieved for lost friends, and grieved as well for their own lost innocence in what for many was their first experience of combat. They leaned against the Wall, some in exhaustion, some in prayer. Several wept, instinctively connecting to the Wall’s tradition of mourning the destruction of the Temple and the loss of Jewish sovereignty—precisely at the moment when Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem had been restored.
Several hours later, Yitzhak Yifat, a twenty-four-year-old reservist about to begin medical school, reached the Wall. As part of the brigade’s 66th Battalion, he and his friends had fought in the Six Day War’s toughest battle: Intimate combat against elite Jordanian Legionnaires in the trenches of Ammunition Hill, on the road to Mount Scopus.
Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:39 PM
This ad appeared Saturday in The New York Times… “Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,”
The ad attacks Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice and her history of genocide.
Rabbi Shmuley wrote this at his website.
Need someone to fraudulently blame the murder of an American Ambassador in Libya on a stupid film? Send Susan to the Sunday talk shows.
Need someone to savage the leader of the only democracy in the Middle East as damaging the “fabric” of Israel’s relationship with the United States? Put Susan in the makeup chair of Charlie Rose.
Yes, it seems there is nothing Susan isn’t prepared to do.
And why should that surprise us?
This is the same Susan Rice who forbade Israel from criticizing John Kerry in her infamous tweet: “Personal attacks in Israel directed at Sec Kerry totally unfounded and unacceptable.” Yes, Israel’s freedom of expression is circumscribed by none other than Susan Rice.
But there is another reason Susan Rice’s attack on the Prime Minister of Israel on Charlie Rose merits special opprobrium and that is the unique insensitivity she is famous for when it comes to genocide.
Iran is threatening to annihilate Israel. It is building the bombs to make that possible. It has lied to the world for more than a decade about its nuclear program. Iran is an oil superpower and energy exporter that needs nuclear energy about as much as I need a pork sandwich.
America is about to do a bad deal with Iran that will leave them something in the range of 5000 spinning centrifuges enriching Uranium. Israel is not party to the talks. It has been cast in the same position of Czechoslovakia in the Munich agreement of 1938 where Britain and France negotiated away Czech security (and much of the country) without the Czechs even allowed to be present.
And while Israel faces the possibility of genocide, Susan Rice shows gross insensitivity to an Israeli leader for simply speaking out.
But why shouldn’t Netanyahu entrust Israeli security to Susan Rice?
Perhaps its because of her record of trivializing genocide.
The ad also touts a talk on Iran this week in Washington hosted by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the New Jersey-based author and pro-Israel advocate.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) will meet with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel on Monday prior to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyuhu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday. The Observer reported:
Prepare for some bipartisan fireworks in the Senate office building Monday afternoon.
Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:48 PM
Police in Bremen, Germany have warned of a potential Islamist terrorist attack.
The local Islamist center was searched.
Bremen police revealed on Saturday evening that “some persons have been detained.” Deutsche Welle reported:
Fearing an Islamist attack, police in Germany’s northern port city of Bremen have swooped after adopting “security measures in the public arena.” Apart from detentions and an arrest, an Islamic center was searched.
Federal authorities had been receiving tip-offs since Friday evening about the activities of potential Islamists, the police said, without clarifying whether it was a terrorist threat.
People in Bremen were said to have remained relaxed despite the apparent threat. A Bundesliga match between Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg at the Weser stadium went ahead as planned.
In the evening, police searched an Islamic cultural center near the railway station, refusing to give any details of the operation for the moment. Heavily armed police were sighted in the city throughout the day, protecting places of special significance such as Jewish community sites, the town hall and the marketplace.
A police spokesman revealed on Saturday evening that “some persons have been detained.” There had been an official arrest as well, he added. Again, the spokesman did not give any details, merely referring to a police statement released earlier in the evening, in which the talk was of a “security net” which had been set up to cover the city center.
Posted by Kristinn Taylor on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 6:26 PM
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) gave an impassioned speech on the House floor on Friday during debate on funding the Department of Homeland Security and President Barack Obama’s un-Constitutional executive actions on immigration.
Gohmert accused Obama of usurping Congress by ‘speaking’ laws in to effect—not even bothering to write anything—that are then enacted from thin air by means of a Homeland Security memorandum without any involvement by Congress.
While Gohmert didn’t say so, the image of Yul Brynner as the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses in the film The Ten Commandments comes to mind. One of Brynner’s memorable lines was when he would make law for Egypt simply by speaking his dictate followed by, “So let it be written, so let it be done.”
Text of Rep. Gohmert’s speech as transcribed by Kristinn Taylor.
“Thank you, Madam Speaker. I appreciated so much my friend Mr. Scott bringing that oath. It does mean a lot taking that oath–to serve in the Army for four years taking basically the same oath; to be a prosecutor in Texas; to be a judge in Texas; to be a chief justice in Texas and now to be in Congress–it means something.
“And protecting the Constitution means that if we don’t preserve the balance of power then this little experiment in democracy or the ‘Republic, madam’ as Benjamin Franklin referred to will be lost.
“So I appreciated what my friend from Maryland said and I wrote it down because it was profound and I quote, “We gave up the opportunity to act responsibly.”
“And I would humbly submit Madam Speaker that that’s been going on for the last six years. Now some of it went on during the Bush administration as the president used executive orders and took powers that probably shouldn’t have been his.
“But in talking to people that have been in Congress over the last thirty-five years or so, they’ve told me that whether it was Gerald Ford, or Richard Nixon—Goldwater went down Pennsylvania Avenue—Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush there was a willingness on both sides of the aisle to get in a car together and go down Pennsylvania and say, “Mr. President, you have usurped far too much power. We can’t let you destroy the Constitution any further. We are taking a stand.”
“And we have missed that opportunity to act responsibly but fortunately it’s not yet too late. This will act respon-(glitch in video)-say and if you don’t know what irresponsibility is then look at Judge Hanen’s opinion he spells it out.
“This president didn’t even have the gumption to write an executive order and sign it. He spoke his new amnesty law in to being and then Jeh Johnson did a memo. That took the power of Congress away from us.
“So the question on acting responsibly is, “Do we make that message clear? We’re not having laws spoken in to being in this country and having some bureaucrat—unelected—come around with a memo that undoes laws by different Congresses all these years, signed by different Presidents with a memo?”
“Come on. It’s time to act responsibly. Now is the time, please, I know party divisions run deep but stand with us for the Constitution.