Saturday, August 11, 2012

Video: Obama's classmate and The Chicago Way

The Scandal That Ends The Obama Presidency

Hello Saudi Arabia (video)

Bee's Note:  Not everyone bows to Islam!


The best of Israel’s agri-tech and clean-tech innovation is combined in a new oasis system that could help feed millions of desert-dwellers.

These crops are being grown with solar-energy desalinated water.

These crops are being grown with solar-energy desalinated water.

Growing the most crop per drop of water is an Israeli specialty. With little rain and a hot desert sun as unforgiving as the Sahara, Israel’s high-tech researchers and farmers have combined their expertise to grow a cornucopia of salt-tolerant crops in dry desert conditions. People from hungry countries far and wide come to learn from Israel’s expertise.
Now, a new research project by two desert research institutes has strung several Israeli agriculture and clean-tech specialties together to help alleviate world hunger and push back the desert through an artificial desert oasis using low-cost desalination technology that runs on solar power.
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A small model is up and running in the desert north of the Dead Sea, while the researchers aim to build a larger testing and training facility for agronomists from across Israel and other countries.
This new desert oasis, engineered by researchers from Ben-Gurion University and the Central and Northern Arava Research and Development center, follows decades of Israeli accomplishments in plant genetics married with desalination and solar energy advances.
No mirage
Deserts get little or no rainfall, but often there are aquifers deep below the surface that may hold an abundance of water. The problem is getting the salt out of this water so it can be useful for farmers to grow cash crops. The new oasis solves the problem with an ecosystem that produces a variety of freshwater and salt-hardy crops that feed on saline wastewater from the desalination process. It’s in tune with Mother Earth and affordable for some of the poorest farmers subsisting on areas of encroaching desert.
From the outset, the main idea was to create a solution to feed the world’s hungry, says Rami Messalem from Ben-Gurion University’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research. A Jewish philanthropist from Switzerland gave the researchers the fuel to develop the sustainable system, which hinges on a low-energy desalination nano-filter designed and engineered at Messalem’s lab.
Ben-Gurion University’s Rami Messalem has been researching desalination membranes since the 1960s.
Ben-Gurion University’s Rami Messalem has been researching desalination membranes since the 1960s.
With experience in membrane technology since the 1960s, Messalem says this filter is unique because it runs on about a quarter of the power that traditional desalination units require. This means that fewer expensive solar panels are needed to support it off-grid, although the oasis can also run on electricity from the grid.
The entire system was designed with cash-strapped countries in mind.
“There is no use to try and compete with huge companies who make the best membrane which can do the right job. It’s very easy to make these kinds of filters and put them out into the market,” Messalem tells ISRAEL21c. “What we are using here has been designed very cleverly, and we’ve accomplished this with some tricks.”
He notes, “One of the biggest challenges when using desalination technologies is what to do with the waste concentrate — the brine. We found that there are some plants like the red beet, which is a halophyte, a plant that likes salty water.”
Brackish water cannot be sent back down into the soil because it pollutes the groundwater below. Red beets are one solution for soaking it up above ground, and another is using the concentrate to raise ornamental fish in the desert, a business already proven successful in Israel.
Test oasis up and running
The desalination filter in the new oasis system removes the undesirable salts while leaving in the minerals to sustain plant life. In fact, the filters are engineered in such a way, explains Messalem, that farmer could use less fertilizer for their crops — a bonus for the environment, too.
The solar-powered model oasis, located on a quarter of an acre near the Dead Sea, is successfully sustaining four different crops. Each system would be custom-made to maximize each customer’s particular crop needs and energy availability.
This is good news for regions in the Middle East and Africa where micro-farmers are losing ground to desertification.
A 1.25-acre area has been leased to develop into an operational demonstration site and field school where Israel’s thousands of agricultural visitors could come to learn the new oasis method every year. Learning directly from the people who built it could be a life-changing experience for those looking to farm for their future, such as the Nigerian rebels who come to Israel to learn how to trade their weapons for plows.

Debt Up $6.35T Since Ryan Predicted--in 2008-U.S. Was Headed Toward Bankruptcy

( - Rep. Paul Ryan, whom Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked as his running mate, told four years ago, in August 2008, that the U.S. was heading toward bankruptcy on the fiscal path it was then following and that it would be “mindboggling” to make the problem worse by adding the sort of health-care plan that then-Sen. Barack Obama was advocating in his presidential campaign.
Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney(Photo:Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts in Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 11, 2012, where Romney announced Ryan as his running mate. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) asked Ryan: “If our country, if the federal government of the United States, stays on the fiscal path it is currently following, is the government going to go bankrupt down the road?"
“Yes. We know that for a fact,” said Ryan. “All the actuaries, all the objective score-keepers of the federal government are predicting this. So, this much we know. What we know is our government is growing at an unsustainable pace and it will overwhelm our economy’s ability to pay the bills.”
Since first published Ryan making this prediction on Aug. 4, 2008, the debt of the federal government has grown by $6.35 trillion--rising 66 percent, from $9,565,042,361,845.53 then to $15,915,814,457,919.46 now.
Ryan then pointed out that estimates by the Government Accountability Office at that time indicated that the U.S. government already faced $53 trillion in unfunded liability to pay the promises it had made through entitlement programs, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Each year the government put off dealing with these problems, Ryan said, the unfunded liabilities would increase by $3 trillion. To pay for these government promises without reforming the entitlement programs themselves, Ryan explained, would require imposing massive tax increases on future generations of Americans.
Ryan said he had asked the Congressional Budget Office to calcuate what the tax rates would need to be on Americans of his childrens’ generation to pay for the entitlement promises the government had already made.
“Well, what they told me was really startling,” said Ryan. “They said that the current low rate, the 10 percent bracket for low-income Americans, would have to go up to 25 percent. The middle-income tax rates for middle-income Americans would have to go up to 66 percent. And the top rate, which is what small businesses pay, would have to go up to 88 percent. Those would be the tax rates you would have to if you wanted to tax your way out of this problem. And if you did that, all experts conclude you would literally crash the American economy.”
If we continued down the fiscal road we were on, Ryan said, America would be bankrupted and the children and grandchildren of his generation would be forced into a lower standard of living than Americans have enjoyed in the past.
“What is happening is that these three entitlement programs--Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security—are going to basically to crowd out the rest of the federal budget,” said Ryan. “In about 30 years, they consume 100 percent of the budget. Right now, entitlements are about 60 percent of the federal budget. In about 20 to 30 years, the estimates are that they crowd out 100 percent of the federal budget.
“And we all know that we are going to have an army, we are going to have a navy, we are going to do these other things that the federal government does,” said Ryan. “So, that piles on top of it.
“The point is this: The legacy of this country has always been, each generation confronts the challenges before it so that the next generation is better off,” said Ryan. “With making us safer, by confronting—in the past, we brought down the Iron Curtain and won the Cold War. We got through World War I. We got through World War II. We won the war and Great Depression. The problem we have right now—putting foreign policy aside and our fight with Islamic radicalism—we have an economic crisis, we have a fiscal crisis. And that is, we will bankrupt this country and the best century in America will be the last century.
“Unless we turn our fiscal situation around, and pay off this debt, and change the way these programs work to a more sustainable path, the next generation will have inferior living standards,” said Ryan. “We will not have higher living standards for our children and our grandchildren if we continue down the current path we are on.” asked Ryan about the potential fiscal impact of the sort of proposal then-Sen. Barack Obama was talking about to enact a national health care program that guaranteed to pay for health care for people who needed it. asked: “If we create a national health care program where the government guarantees to pay for everybody’s health-care if they need it, what is going to happen to this problem?”
“The current government-guaranteed program, Medicare right now, for people over the age of 65 itself is in the hole by $34 trillion,” said Ryan. “So, the current deficit or unfunded liability for Medicare right now is $34 trillion. So, these proposals to basically have Medicare and expand it to cover the rest of the population is mind-boggling given the current program we have right now is so unfunded.”
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that President Obama ended up signing in March 2010—and which Rep. Ryan strongly opposed in Congress—will pay federal subsidies for the health insurance premiums of people earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level.
Currently, the federal poverty level for a family of four—two parents and two children—is $23,050. That means Obamacare would subsidize the health insurance premiums of a family of that size earning up to $92,220 per year.

VIDEO: The Best of Paul Ryan

Published on Aug 11, 2012 by 
Best of Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan’s VP Acceptance Speech (Video)


Today, Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Here is Ryan’s acceptance speech:
Bee's Note:  Click to Read excerpts of the Ryan speech:
I listened to Paul Ryan's acceptance speech and felt as though someone opened up all the windows and let fresh air and honesty enter the rooms.  Congratulations to Mitt Romney for choosing the best of the best for his running mate and Vice President candidate, Paul Ryan.
To the world leaders, I would suggest you don't hold your breath for all the "false" promises made by President Obama - Russia, there will be no more "flexibility" awaiting off stage; and to the Palestinians, you had better not be waiting until after elections to obtain whatever Obama promised your organization - not going to happen!  It's a new day!  I am here to announce that the apology tour for America will no longer be taking center stage - Americans do not apologize for our great country. 
To the small business men and women, "You did build that" (and to Israel, I add "You did build that"!)
"Our rights came from nature and God,  not from government", said Paul Ryan.

SHEMA YISRAEL by Micha'el Ben David

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WORDS from Deuteronomy 6:4 and a small excerpt from Zechariah 14:9 except for the yada dai of course! That's spiritual language ;-)




YAIDA DAI YADA DAI YAIDADAI....then Whistle part



How well we met - Avraham Fried - It's so good that we met - Avraham Fried

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If a short while ago, we were far 
now has a big relief, crying and laughing 

because it's a connection of souls, it's a real relationship 
and good feelings are warm, accompanied me how good, how well we met, what am I without you with thrilling, all this for you some good, some Well we met, here face to face favorite songs, thanks for the years you are with me in any situation, accompanied me to look in your heart right now, light that stays with me because you give me strength, give you joy your heart wide open to me Chorus ... just before we part, collect the songs for a while that happy days will come a new day for us, Yair clear skies and even sing together all the songs dedicated to love Hamutal Ben Zeev talents!

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Egypt is pouring forces into Sinai - What are they actually doing there?


10-Aug-12: Egypt is pouring forces into Sinai but does anyone know for sure what they are actually doing there?

Epypt: From Israel's perspective in the ongoing war
against the terrorists - a riddle 
A syndicated report from EuroNews headed "Egypt army kills and arrests ‘terrorists’ in Sinai" says Egyptian soldiers have "poured into the region, and claim to have killed 20 people considered ‘terrorists’ during an offensive... New [Moslem Brotherhood] head of state, Mohammed Mursi fired the regional governor and Egypt’s Intelligence Chief on Wednesday, and has vowed to restore stability in the area.

On the other hand, Reuters is reporting under the heading "Little sign of battle in Egypt's Sinai region" that despite the reports that "Egypt poured troops into North Sinai on Thursday in an offensive meant to tackle militants in the Israeli border region", local residents 
were skeptical, saying they had seen no sign of anyone being killed in what they described as a "haphazard" operation. Army commanders said as many as 20 "terrorists" had died in the offensive launched after suspected Islamist militants killed 16 Egyptian border guards on Sunday and drove a stolen armored car into Israel which was then destroyed by Israeli forces. Hundreds of troops and dozens of military vehicles had reached al-Arish, the main administrative center in North Sinai, security sources said on Thursday. Armored vehicles, some equipped with machineguns, could then be seen driving out of al-Arish towards the border settlement of Sheikh Zuwaid - which had been targeted by aircraft on Wednesday. The troops saluted passersby and flashed victory signs, or filmed their departure with video cameras. But residents interviewed later in Shaikh Zuwaid and surrounding villages said they had seen no sign of fighting. In al Toumah, a village surrounded by olive fields, one witness said he saw troops firing in the air. "We thought they were chasing someone, but their arms were directed up and we didn't see who they were fighting with," the witness, who declined to be named, said. "We couldn't find any bodies or signs of battle after they left." [Full story]
The signs of confusion were already there yesterday (Thursday). AFP reported ("Renewed clashes hit Egypt's Sinai: Clashes between armed forces and militants continue in Sinai for the second day running") that 
Police and gunmen clashed Thursday in the Sinai town of El-Arish, Egyptian TV said after authorities vowed to crush a surge in Islamist militancy, although the state news agency MENA denied the report. The state-owned Nile News television said there were clashes outside a police station in the north Sinai town a day after reported air strikes killed 20 militants in a neighbouring village. However, MENA said later that a "security official denied reports that the ... police station in El-Arish came under fire," in an account backed by witnesses who said they did not see or hear any clashes. MENA said that a man driving a unlicensed car had fired several shots in the air on the street housing the police station, without aiming at it.
The idea that the Egyptians are in fact engaging the Sinai terrorists is a popular one here in Israel as well as in Egypt. Here's analyst Makram Muhammad Ahmad writing in the Al-Ahram newspaper:
Nobody would disagree that ultimate priority should be given to the issue of bringing back Egypt's security… because in the absence of Egypt's security it is difficult to achieve stability.
And Sharif Riyad in Al-Akhbar
Operation Eagle should extend to destroy all the tunnels leading to the Gaza Strip. It should continue until this whole issue is closed. The entire people stand by their armed forces, supporting and encouraging them.
And Israeli analyst Yossi Beilin, a former Deputy Foreign Minister, in Yisrael Hayom
The military operation Egypt carried out this week was a vital move for both Egypt and Israel, and it is a pity it was not done earlier… The emerging new situation obliges all of us to rethink the demilitarisation as a solution … The real interest of Israel is to give the Egyptian army the possibility of taking over the peninsula and preventing the Bedouins from doing what they like.
On the other hand, Dan Margalit also writing in Yisrael Hayom ("In Sinai, Israel sees a double-edged sword")  has some unconventional takes on the unfolding events and the unanswered questions behind them:
  • Egyptian planes bombing targets in the Sinai? Missiles are again being fired in the Peninsula? For those who fought in this grand but also terrible desert, these reports are accompanied by tough memories. Thirty-nine years ago, Egyptian planes and missiles were attacking IDF soldiers defending the Bar-Lev line [Israel's Egyptian front].
  • The current Egyptian military's operations in Sinai are welcome, but they also set a precedent [because]... in the end... there will also be a price tag for the erosion of Egypt's commitment to keeping Sinai demilitarized of large forces. 
  • Israel must remain vigilant that the Egyptian army's latest moves, ordered by Morsi, won’t in the future become a trend whereby decisions such as these are taken unilaterally by Cairo, without consulation with and the agreement of Israel. 
  • There are also disturbing voices in Egypt, where an order was given that Israeli commentators should not be interviewed on media outlets about the bloody incident in Sinai. The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas have claimed that Israel, of course, initiated the attack, the proof of which was that the terrorists succeeded against Egyptian soldiers but failed against the IDF. These claims are ungrounded.
So is this unprecedented Egyptian military campaign a "haphazard operation" or something more serious and professional? Are the victory signs premature or a sign that the battle was won? Does Egypt under a Moslem Brotherhood president stand on the right side of the war to defeat the terrorists? And is Israel reducing the dangers from Sinai or exacerbating them in agreeing to a renewed Egyptian military presence there?

Barak: A nuclear Iran is taking shape before us. Time for decisions is short

DEBKAfile Special Report August 9, 2012, 2:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak
Defense Minister Ehud Barak
Stout refutation of reported disagreements over the military option against Iran’s nuclear program between the US and Israel, and himself and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, took up most of a long radio interview given by Defense Minister Ehud Barak Thursday, Aug. 9. He explained that US and Israeli intelligence essentially see eye to eye on this matter and so do he and the prime minister.
Barak referred to the new US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran as confirming that both capitals understand that not much time is left for making decision on whether or not to go on the offensive against Iran’s nuclear facilities and when, because, he said, “a nuclear Iran is taking shape right before our eyes.” 
(Note:  see US Intelligence Reported to Obama: Iran’s Nuclear Program Nearing Critical Phase - the Jewish Press staff)

Defense Minister Barak's key remark was this: "I am aware of an American intelligence finding (not the new National Intelligence Estimate) that brings American intelligence assessments [of the current state of the Iranian nuclear program] very close to ours. This makes the Iranian question [i.e., the issue of the Iranian nuclear program and a possible military operation against it] extremely urgent," he said without further explanation.Barak disclosed that the US and Israel have been essentially of one mind for many months in their estimates of Iranian nuclear progress and the factors holding Tehran back from starting to build a nuclear bomb. All options therefore remain on the table, he stressed.
DEBKAfile's military and intelligence sources add:  American-Israeli talks about a military operation against Iran wound up months ago in early 2012. The administration was made aware that notwithstanding President Barack Obama’s objections, Israel would soon go into action against Iran's nuclear facilities.
This presumption has been adopted as their working hypothesis by the top US command echelons, from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and down to the head of the US Central Command, Gen. James Mattis, who has both Israel and Iran in his jurisdiction.
Barak stressed that he and the prime minister are in total harmony on this issue.  "What we (the prime minister and I, and the Americans) understand is that there is not much time left for deciding [about an attack on Iran]"  He referred in answer to a question to the comment by former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy made last week: “if I were an Iranian, I would be very worried in the next twelve weeks.”To this, Barak said "There is some basis to what Halevy said." He added: “We will soon have to make some difficult decisions.”
As to the public disputes over the media on the wisdom of attacking Iran, the defense minister said some of the debates and public disclosures not only harm Israel’s security but actually aid Tehran.
The price of allowing Iran to attain a nuclear weapon will be much greater than the cost of an attack.  It is already happening, said the Israeli minister. "And we must take into account the dangers and the very steep price in human life and in resources, if Iran goes nuclear. First, we must consider the outcome of first Saudi Arabia, then Turkey, and then the New Egypt becoming nuclear powers in their turn.”
Asked about an unattributed report Thursday that Saudi Arabia had sent a message to the Obama administration threatening to intercept any Israeli bomber planes using its air space to strike Iran, Barak replied he was not familiar with any such message. But, he said, Saudi Arabia is a sovereign state and makes its own decisions like any other country.
He went on to warn that another consequence of Iran’s nuclearization would be the strengthening of terrorist elements in the region, such as Tehran’s proxy, the Lebanese Hizballah.
At the same time, Barak also said: It's quite possible that we may have to deal with Hizballah anyway.”
This was taken by DEBKAfile’s sources as suggesting that Hizballah is a rising menace - both because of its support for Bashar Assad in the civil war and for performing Iranian-sponsored terrorist attacks on Israelis in different parts of the world.
In discussing the situation in Egypt and Sinai-based jihadist terror, Defense Minister Barak asserted his confidence that Egypt is capable of dealing with it. “But I can’t say whether it has the will to do so,” he added.
For more than a year since Mubarak’s overthrow, “Israel has been readjusting its military and intelligence resources in the areas abutting Egypt and Sinai,” he said. "We have deployed an Iron Dome missile interceptor battery near Eilat in case it becomes necessary in that sector."
Barak did not elaborate upon what he expects to happen in the Eilat sector, which is the southernmost point on the Israeli map, or against whom the missile defense system was deployed.
He did offer a prediction on Syria, estimating that quite soon "we would see Syrian President Bashar Assad hunkering down with his army in a fortified Alawite enclave" encompassing the Syrian coast and the Alawite Mountains.
"The longer the war in Syria drags on," he said, "the greater the prospects of total chaos."
The defense minister underlined the importance of attempts to renew peace negotiations with the Palestinians as quickly as possible. He cited the growing strength of Hamas and its ties with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and in other Arab countries as lending urgency to the revival of the peace process.
"On this issue, time is not on our side," he said. "But if progress proves evasive, both of us [Israel and the Palestinians] may be faced with having to perform certain mutually-agreed unilateral measures.” 
(NOTE: The Palestinians, united with Hamas, agree that Israel should not exist.  It is in both their Charters.  I believe this was the sole purpose of both parties signing an "Agreement" more than one year ago.  Therefore, I disagree that there will ever be a "mutually-agreed unilateral measure" between Israel and the Palestinians.)
Leon Panetta Leon Panetta, director of Central Intelligence Agency, listens at a luncheon at the Pacific Council On International Policy on May 18, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Panetta's speech comes amidst controversy concerning allegations by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the Central Intelligence Agency had misled Congress concerning interrogation tactics used on high-profile terrorists during the Bush-era.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Leon PanettaBee's note:  It's a good thing the IDF does not determine their strategy from newspaper reports.  If they did, military plans would be upside down and changed every 5 minutes! Supporters of Israel must also not depend upon everything we read, no matter how trustworthy a link/organization may be in reporting news.  I find it difficult to believe every quote made by Barak in the Debka report and for good reasons.  Understand this: political leaders must not reveal (leak) their actual intentions in order to protect their national security.  (Which is why the leaks coming from the White House are so damaging to both the U.S. and our allies.)  Secondly, if you think I trust the anti-Israeli sentiment poured out like poison from this administration is in "harmony" with Israel, regarding Iran, then I have a bridge I want to sell you.
Panetta was sent to Israel last week to "calm" down and "reassure" Israel that the U.S. has its (Israel's) back.  After meeting with PM Natanyahu, there were less than friendly remarks quoted by both Panetta and PM Netanyahu about their meeting.  Does that sound like Israel and the U.S. are on the same wave lengths?  Of course not, and understandably - since the last four years demonstrate that in more than one occasion, Obama was (and still is) willing to throw Israel to the wolves: from its suggestion that Israel return to the 67 borders; complaints about where Israelis build their homes; refusing to accept Israel's choice of its Capital, Jerusalem; and its refusal to admonish the Palestinians for their rejection to sit down with Israel's leaders to discuss peace.

As I have said many times, Israel stands alone when it comes right down to protecting its citizens and their homeland.  Nato, the UN, and the West have not been involved in the wars between Israel and the Arab nations (never fighting alongside Israel), nor will they be when it boils down to Israel doing whatever is necessary to remove the Iranian threat.  The world prefers to look at Iran's attempts to wipe out Israel as an "Israeli problem", when actually it is a problem that involves the world.  You would think that every civilized nation would be standing with and backing up Israel's right to defend herself.  Instead, since the rebirth of Israel in 1948, she has had to fight off military attacks from her neighbors; terrorist attacks from organizations wishing to see her demise, and propaganda that flows throughout the world from the Palestinians and Arab nations, along with that of world "leaders".
Enough said ...........

see: White House pours cold water on Barak, by Israel Matzav/Carl in Jerusalem

A prayer for the IDF soldiers (video)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Iran's nuclear program ... by Israel Matzav

Bee's Note:  The following two articles on Iran are posted by Carl in Jerusalem, Israel Matzav.

'Iran's nuclear program is designed to finish off the Zionist enterprise'
This is about as candid an admission as you are likely to get anytime soon. Hezbullah MP Walid Sakariya told Lebanon's al-Manar television on Tuesday that Iran's nuclear program is designed to 'finish off' the 'Zionist enterprise. '

Let's go to the videotape.

What could go wrong?
posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 12:38 AM

AND ...


Thursday, August 09, 2012
What a joke: US 'green light' for Iran operation depends whether it believes Israel can get the job done
Things are improving. My laptop now has a hard drive. Now, all I have to do is to find the time to copy my back-up drive onto it and then figure out how I can recover everything I did since May 10....

Haaretz is reporting that the United States will give Israel a 'green light' to attack Iran if it believes that Israel can get the job done.
U.S. President Barack Obama is capable of ordering a military attack on Iran, but the U.S. would probably prefer to yield to Israel if it was convinced that it “could get the job done” – this is the assessment of Walter Russell Mead, a renowned expert on American foreign policy.

“The U.S. has a lot of things to think about in a lot of places and I’m sure Obama feels that he has enough wars in the Middle East already,” Mead said in a conversation with Haaretz.

But he said that if America became convinced that an attack on Iran is necessary and that only the U.S. is capable of carrying it out successfully, then Obama “would not hesitate to pull the trigger.”

Mead said that it is probably the Republicans themselves, and not Israel, that has turned Iran into a partisan issue in American politics, though it is unwise for Israel “to collaborate” with this Republican agenda, which is harmful to Israel’s short and long term interests.

At the same time, Mead said that he believes both Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu realized this year that they need a “more correct relationship” than the confrontational mode in which they found themselves during the 2011 AIPAC Conference, when Obama spoke of the 1967 borders.
You've got to be kidding. Obama is not capable of ordering an attack on Iran, and he's not going to green light an Israeli attack before the elections, even if it means that Iran becomes a nuclear-armed mullahcracy.

On the other hand, no one said Israel is going to ask his permission to attack.

Read the whole thing.
posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 11:38 PM

Shin Bet Arrests 2 Ramallah Lynch Suspects

Bee's Note:  A few years ago, an Israeli friend told me the story of the Ramallah lynch mob on October 12, 2000.  Today, the Israeli newspapers announce that they have caught two lynch suspects.  For most, it is just another day in the lives of Israelis being attacked/murdered by "peace loving" Palestinians.  Not so!  This particular crime is so horrific, so evil, in order to appreciate today's news, I would like to share with you the background and what led up to two young IDF soldiers murdered in the streets of Ramallah 12 years ago:

On the morning of October 12, 2000, two Israeli reservists, Yesef Avrahami and Vadim Novesche, took a wrong turn on the highway and ended up being stopped by several of Arafat's Palestinian Authority "policemen." They were taken to a police station within Ramallah where they began undergoing an interrogation. Soon word got out on the streets that two Israelis were being held for questioning. Suddenly a mob gathered outside the police station. Chants of "Kill the Jews" and "Allah Akbar" rose from the mob and young men rushed through the gate and the second story window. The interrogation ended and the barbaric, cannibalistic mutilations began.
[Upper Left Photo] Abed al-Aziz Tzalha, 19,  needs to have HIS intestines ripped out. Ramallah itself could stand a good dose of radiation therapy!
    Avrahami and Novesche were beaten, stabbed countless times, their eyes were gourged from their sockets and literally disemboweled and dismembered with the attackers' bare hands. Then the filthy animals of Ramallah threw one down to the waiting mob down below where his face was further crushed with stones, feet, fists and even a heavy metal window frame. One Jew was set on fire and dragged along the street as the other Moslem psychopaths danced and cheered in a frenzied, hideous ecstasy.

      Some might be led to believe that this monstrous barbarism was merely an expression of "pent-up rage." That is what the PLO terrorist mouthpieces Hanan Ashwari and her alcoholic ex-boyfriend Peter Jennings of ABC Nazi News would have us all believe!  However, there is something much more sinister working here... and something much less human. What we saw in Ramallah was not the result of an "Israeli occupation." Nor was it a frustrated people expressing their "legitimate rights to self-determination." This was the act of a primitive and savage people. This was an act carried out EXACTLY as directed by Islamic clerics and mullahs who in daily tirades from the mosques, instruct those totally incapable of forming original thought to go out and remove the Jews from "Palestine." So in addition to hitting the police station and TV tower, the Israeli Air Force would have been well-advised to flatten a few mosques!

May the G_d of Israel avenge the deaths
of these brave young defenders of Israel and the Jewish People.

Shin Bet Arrests 2 Ramallah Lynch Suspects

Two Ramallah lynch terrorists are among those arrested as part of a Hamas terror cell.
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By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/9/2012, 3:41 PM

Flash 90
The Shin Bet has discovered a terrorist cell operating in the Ramallah area, north of Jerusalem. Members of the cell were arrested in June, but the affair was kept under wraps until Thursday.

The heads of the Hamas-affiliated cellwere the top coordinators for Hamas terrorism in the entire Binyamin region.

Two of those arrested have admitted to involvement in the infamous lynch of two IDF reservists in the streets of Ramallah in 2000. The reservists were savagely murdered by a mob after being arrested by Palestinian Authority police.

Some of the killers were pictured shortly afterward smiling and waving blood-covered hands. One of the smiling murderers was arrested and jailed, but was later freed in exchange for captive soldier Gilad Shalit.

The two confessed killers have been identified as Ibrahim Taufik Maadi, 51, of Ramallah, and Yasser Ibrahim Mohammed Hatab, 40, of Ramallah. They were indicted earlier this week by a Judea and Samaria military court.

“The arrest of the two for involvement in the lynch that occurred in 2000 shows yet again that even after 12 years, security forces are working to bring all those involved to justice,” a Shin Bet spokesperson said.



Source: Jerusalem Post