Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Britain's blatant anti Semitism

  • Britain's National Sickness - Melanie Phillips
    Liberal Democrat MP David Ward recently compared the persecution of the Jews during the Holocaust with the Jews' treatment of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Yet the Palestinian population has more than quadrupled since the rebirth of Israel in 1948, and they have benefited from some of the highest rises in GDP and lowest child mortality ratios in the Middle East.
        It is the Palestinians who are committing crimes against humanity by targeting Israeli innocents for mass murder without remission, both from Gaza and from the West Bank. It is the Palestinians who are brainwashed from the cradle to hate Jews and to believe that murdering Israelis is their highest glory. When the Israelis offered them more than 95% of the possible land for a state in 2000 and 2008, the Palestinians responded by murdering more Jews.
        The insane belief that Israel is trying to wipe out the Palestinians is now common currency in British progressive circles. The belief that, in Israel, the victims of one of the greatest crimes against humanity are themselves now guilty of crimes against humanity is the collective libel that has become the default position amongst the British intelligentsia.
        British Jews who support Israel and try to counter these Big Lies are treated as pariahs by baying mobs whose obsession with Israel has brought about nothing less than a mass derangement in British public debate. Self-defense against extermination is now considered a crime against humanity. (Daily Mail-UK)
  • Iran nuk site explosion

    A British newspaper quoted anonymous Israeli officials on Monday confirming that a massive explosion struck an Iranian nuclear facility in Fordo.
    The explosion was originally reported at a conservative American website, and went unconfirmed until Monday. One unnamed official said that Israel is still uncertain "what happened and how significant it is."
    Iran has denied the report, but the original online article claimed that a former intelligence official claimed the explosion was real and had "destroyed much of the installation and trapped about 240 personnel deep underground."
    The description of the explosion described it as occurring "deep within" the facility, which would be consistent with several scenarios, including an accident. It could also indicate sabotage, but makes an air strike unlikely.
    Israel has made no formal statement on the incident, and the quoted officials did not outright deny possible Israeli involvement. Their comments do imply, however, that this was not the case.

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    What is Israel to do now?

    Shifting Sands, Shifting Alliances

    By Victor Sharpe
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 10:00 AM
    Under the hostile and imperial presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, the mutually beneficial special relationship between Israel and the United States is rapidly and systematically being torn apart and may become irreparable.
    To quote the esteemed conservative Talk Show host and expert on the U.S. Constitution, par excellence, Mark Levin, “Obama hates Israel.” And anyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear cannot but agree with him.
    The greatest threat to the Jewish state comes not from Iran, not from the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians, but from Barack Hussein Obama.
    In a highly problematic article, US columnist Jeffrey Goldberg - yet another Jewish American who would presumably not resist seeing Israel forced back to the pre June 4, 1967 nine mile wide armistice (Auschwitz) lines - quoted US President Barack Obama as saying that, “Israel under Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not know what is in its own best interest. Netanyahu, while visiting the Gaza border last week, was told that December was the quietest month in the last 12 years and essentially replied to Obama: Yes I do.
    “I think everyone understands that only Israel’s citizens will be the ones to determine who faithfully represents Israel’s vital interests,” Netanyahu said on a visit to an army base near Gaza in his first direct response to Obama’s criticism. “Over the last four years we stood up against strong pressure, and I will continue to do so for Israel’s security.”
    And that strong pressure is set to become almost overwhelming in its intensity, especially if Netanyahu receives a mandate from the Israeli electorate to continue as Prime Minister for a third term. Not only will Obama, with his likely appointed Israel bashers – Kerry at the State Department, Hagel as Secretary of Defense and Brennan as head of the CIA – turn on Israel but the European Union is reported to be ready, even anxious, to isolate the Jewish state if it does not bow down to European diktats and allow the creation – for the first time in history – of a Palestinian terror state within the biblical Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria; or what the world likes to call the West Bank.
    And yet, that vicious anti-Israel pressure may well have an effect the Europeans, ever anxious to appease the Arab and Muslim world, and the American president whose growing tyrannical posturing is transforming America for the worse, do not expect. According to Fox News, the circulation of Obama’s reported comments, far from being detrimental for Netanyahu’s leadership prospects, might only help to band Israelis together ahead of the election.
    And according to the website Hot Air, senior representatives in Netanyahu’s governing Likud party seethed, accusing Obama of “gross interference.” Barry Rubin recently wrote that Obama, Kerry, Hagel and Brennan are the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” certainly as far as Israel and the Middle East are concerned - and likely beyond.
    Brennan cannot bear to use the name Jerusalem when referring to Israel’s capital city. He prefers to use the Muslim Arabic term, Al Quds. And Hagel has talked darkly of a “Jewish lobby” and wishes to join with his master in the White House in drastically reducing the United States armed forces and its antiquated nuclear defense abilities. Kerry, for his part, infamously once threw America under the bus with his hysterical and largely false charges of American atrocities in Vietnam.
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who recently returned from a visit to Israel, described President Obama as “arrogant and presumptuous” for reportedly claiming to have a better understanding of Israel’s best interests than Prime Minister Netanyahu.
    So what is Israel best advised to do when the combined anti-Israel tsunami strikes sometime after Netanyahu’s re-election despite what the despicable Israeli Left spews against him and which anti-Semites around the world gloatingly love to repeat?
    We should remember that the United States has not always been Israel’s consistent supporter politically or militarily since the Jewish state was reconstituted in its biblical homeland in 1948. It was the Soviet Union, not the USA, which sent the first shipment of arms to the Haganah on April, 1st, 1948 through its Czechoslovakian controlled satellite by air and sea. This supply helped the fledgling Israeli forces at a critical juncture in repulsing Arab aggression. And as Egyptian forces, led by the Egyptian 2nd Brigade, moved north towards Ashdod, the first four Messershmitt aircraft arrived from Czechoslovakia and their appearance had a disastrous psychological effect upon the invading Egyptian army.
    Similarly Britain and France helped arm Israel, especially before and during the 1956 One Hundred Hour War. It was France, not the United States, that provided Israel with nuclear technology and supplied the IAF with the Mirage and Mystere 1V jets which were used to destroy the Arab air forces at the outset of the 1967 Six-Day War.
    Little, if any, help came at that time from the United States and visits between U.S. Administrations and Israeli politicians were few and far between. It was Prime Minister Levi Eshkol who was the first Israeli head of state to visit an American president when he met with Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
    Ironically the state that emerged from the breakup of Czechoslovakia, after the earlier Soviet collapse, is the Czech Republic. It alone stood out in an honorable act at the United Nations, rare among the cowardly European Union states. It opposed the recent illegal action by the Palestinian Authority in ditching all its previous peace agreements made with Israel by going to the General Assembly and predictable obtaining support from the 57 member Muslim bloc, the assorted leftist regimes and the majority of European appeasers for recognition as non-member state observer status.
    The ever prescient Yoram Ettinger points out in his excellent website, www.TheEttingerReport.Com that, “since March, 2009, irrespective of harsh disagreements over the Palestinian issue, the mutually-beneficial US-Israel strategic cooperation has expanded, especially in intelligence-sharing, counter-terrorism, homeland security, missile defense, training, battle tactics, joint exercises, pre-positioning of military hardware, medical treatment of soldiers and civilians, research and development, space, commercial and defense industries and high tech in general.”
    But though this relationship has been a boon to the United States as much as it has been to Israel, the Jewish state would be well served in realizing that alliances appear and disappear like the shifting sands of the desert as has happened before with countries like France and Great Britain. Under the hostile and imperial presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, the mutually beneficial special relationship between Israel and the United States is rapidly and systematically being torn apart and may become irreparable -even as the Obama Administration is sending F16s and Abrams tanks to the anti-Western Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt: Is this Presidential insanity or mendacity?
    The Jewish state urgently must therefore prepare to recognize this unfolding tragedy and seek new alliances before it is too late. Even now the writing is on the wall as Obama trashes American exceptionalism and works tirelessly to bring America down to the same level as the failed states of the world. America’s few remaining allies may find themselves increasingly cold shouldered and betrayed; and Israel is no exception.
    Even if the will would still be there to support embattled Israel, the U.S., after Obama’s term of office is at an end, may no longer have the ability to be even a shadow of its former super power status or a force for stability in an increasingly perilous world.
    Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer with many published articles in leading national and international conservative websites and magazines. Born and educated in England, he has been a broadcaster and has authored several books including a collection of short stories under the title The Blue Hour. His three-volume set of in-depth studies on the threats from resurgent Islam to Israel, the West and to Judeo-Christian civilization is titled, Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state.

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    The Israeli elections

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    Meet next Knesset's 53 new MKs

    Nearly half of 19th Knesset seats to be occupied by fresh faces; five former MKs return to parliament
    Yaron Druckman
    Published: 01.23.13, 14:40 / Israel News

    Nearly half of the 19th Knesset seats will be occupied by fresh faces. Coming in all political shades, 47 members will enter parliament for the first time, and five will be re-admitted to after previous stints.

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    In addition, statistics show that the next Knesset will likely include 26 women and 38 religious representatives – a record number for both groups.

    Though the list might change after soldiers' votes are counted, these are the expected new MKs:


    Yair Shamir (67) – Former PM Yitzhak Shamir's son. Former colonel in the Air Force. Former chairman of the Israel Aerospace Industries.

    Moshe Feiglin (50) – Major (res.) Head of the Jewish Leadership faction in the Likud. Founded the Zo Artzeinu movement.
    Shimon Ohayon (67) - Professor at Bar-Ilan University's School of Education. Former Brit Yotzei Morocco chairman.
    Tzachi Hanegbi (55) – MK between 1988 and 2010, save for a brief period. Former minister of health, justice, environment, transportation,
    public security and a minister in the Prime Minister's Office. His last role in parliament was as chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

    Yesh Atid

    Yair Lapid (49) – Chairman and founder of the Yesh Atid party, writer, former journalist and TV host. Son of writer, journalist and politician Yosef (Tommy) Lapid and of writer and playwright Shulamit Lapid.

    Shai Piron (53) – Rabbi. Until recently chairman of the High School Yeshivas in Petach Tikva and of the Hakol Hinuch movement. Founder and leader of the Tzohar foundation, dedicated to religious-secular dialogue.

    שי פירון (צילום: מוטי קמחי)
    Shai Piron (Photo: Moti Kimchi)

    יעקב פרי (צילום: בני דויטש)
    Yaakov Peri (Photo: Benny Deutsch)

    מאיר כהן ויעל גרמן עם לפיד (צילום: מוטי קמחי)
    Meir Cohen and Yael German with Lapid (Photo: Moti Kimchi)

    Yael German (65) – Mayor of Herzliya between 1988-2013. MBA in public leadership, BA in history and a teaching diploma.

    Meir Cohen (57) – Mayor of Dimona for Yisrael Beiteinu since 2003. Former high school principal.
    Yaakov Peri (68) – Former Shin Bet director. Served as president and CEO of Cellcom and as chairman of the Mizrahi-Tefahot bank board. Harvard business school graduate and BA in oriental studies and Jewish history.
    Ofer Shelah (52) – Journalist since 1988. Former leading basketball commentator for the Israeli Sports Channel. Host of various news and political TV shows.
    Aliza Lavie (48) - Scholar and writer, publicist and social activist. Senior lecturer at the School of Communication at Bar Ilan University. Her study focuses on communications, multi-culturalism, and the world of feminine Jewish knowledge.
    Yoel Razvozov (32) – Former Israeli Judo Team captain, won two silver medals in the European championships and represented Israel in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

    יואל רוזבוזוב (צילום: ראובן שוורץ)
    Yoel Razvozov (Photo: Reuven Schwarz)

    Adi Kol (36) – Columbia University Law School doctorate. Founded the Dinei Rechov program which rehabilitates juvenile delinquents through education and empowerment.
    Karin Elharar (35) – Advocate Elharar directs the Bar Ilan Faculty of Law clinics, including the disabled and the elderly and holocaust survivors rights clinics, founded during her term.

    קארין אלהרר וד"ר עדי קול יחד עם לפיד (צילום: מוטי קימחי)
    Karin Elharar (R) and Adi Kol (B) with Lapid (Photo: Moti Kimchi)

    Miki Levi (61) – Former Jerusalem District Police chief. CEO of Egged Transportation and public and urban safety consultant in Russia and Brazil.
    Shimon Solomon (44) – Major (res.) Made aliya on foot from Ethiopia in 1980 with his parents and five brothers and sisters. Until recently director of education in Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village for Rwandan genocide orphans.

    מיקי לוי (צילום: מוטי קמחי)
    Miki Levi (Photo: Moti Kimchi)

    Ruth Calderon (51) – Doctor Calderon was the TV host of a culture program. Was a consultant to Yedioth publishing, and for the Shenhar committee which examined Jewish education in public schools. Head of the culture and education division of the National Library.
    Pnina Tamano-Shata (31) – The first Ethiopian woman in the Knesset. Former Channel 1 correspondent.
    Rina Frenkel (56) – Deputy CEO of the Employment Services.
    Yifat Kariv (39) – Social activist for education, women and youth causes. Former Youth Division director in the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and a member of the Galilee and Hod Hasharon municipal council.
    Dov Lipman (41) – Rabbi Lipman was involved in education, public and community activity in the US and Israel for 20 years. Former principal and a teacher at various US high schools, and a rabbi and teacher at various yeshivot in Beit Shemesh.
    Boaz Toporovski (32) – Former National Union of Israeli Students chairman. Head of the Public Committee for Equality in Higher Education, former member of the Tel Aviv University board, member of the Higher Education Committee and member of the European Students' Union board.

    בועז טופורובסקי (צילום: קובי קואנקס)
    Boaz Toporovsky (Photo: Kobi Koanks)

    Ronen Hoffman (49) – Lecturer on government, political psychology and communications at the IDC in Herzliya. Doctor Hoffman was an active member in the Israel-Syria peace delegation, a diplomatic advisor to the defense minister and personal assistant to former PM Yitzhak Rabin.


    Merav Michaeli (46) – Journalist. Host of various TV and radio programs. Feminist activist.

    Hilik Bar (37) – Labor party secretary general. Jerusalem city councilman, and holder of the tourism and foreign relations portfolios for the Jerusalem municipality.
    Omer Bar Lev (59) – Former General Staff Reconnaissance Unit commander, Hi-tech entrepreneur, founder and chairman of the Aharai! movement.
    Stav Shaffir (27) – Leader of the 2011 social protest and founder of the Hatnua Hachevratit movement to promote young leadership. Will be the youngest MK.

    סתיו שפיר (צילום: עידו ארז)
    Stav Shafir (Photo: Ido Erez)

    Erel Margalit (52) – Hi-tech and social entrepreneur from Jerusalem. Founder of the JVP hedge-fund.
    Itzik Shmuli (32) – Former Student Union chairman and leader of the 2011 social protest. Lod resident and leader of a national initiative for its development.
    Miki Rosenthal (57) – Investigative journalist, mainly in social-economic matters. Made the film "The Shakshuka System" which exposed the relationship between wealth and power in Israel.
    Michal Biran (34) – Chairman of the Young Guard of the party and a doctorate student of political science at the Tel Aviv University, specializes in pension policy.
    Moshe Mizrachi (61) – Founder and first chief of the International Crime Investigations Unit, former head of investigations and chief of the Judea District Police, a leader of the struggle against corruption.

    משה מזרחי (צילום: ירון ברנר)
    Moshe Mizrachi (Photo: Yaron Brener)

    Habayit Hayehudi
    Naftali Bennett (40) – Major (res.) in the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit, team leader in Magelan unit. Founding member of the Cyota hi-tech company, which specialized in internet security, sold in 2005 for $145 million. Former PM Netanyahu's chief of staff and Yesha council chairman.

    Nissan Slomiansky (66) – First Gush Emunim chairman, Elkana founder and council head. Previous Knesset member.
    Eliyahu Ben Dahan (58) – Rabbi, former director of rabbinical courts. Wrote various articles debating Jewish law as opposed to civil law.
    Ayelet Shaked (36) – Rightist activist. Chairwoman and founding member, together with Bennett, of the My Israel movement. Former bureau manager for Benjamin Netanyahu, while he was the opposition leader.

    איילת שקד (צילום: אביגיל עוזי)
    Ayelet Shaked (Photo: Avigail Uzi)

    זבולון קלפה (צילום: צביקה טישלר)
    Zevulun Calfa (Photo: Tzvika Tischler)

    Zevulun Calfa (50) – Secretary of the Shomria kibbutz, Bnei Shimon plenum and council member, community director in the Dvir kibbutz and secretariat member of the Amana Settlement movement.
    Avi Wortzman (42) – Beersheba deputy mayor in charge of welfare and community. Founder of the largest Garin Torani in Israel, Beit Moriya. Former Mibereshit movement chairman.
    Moti Yogev (56) – Served as platoon and division commander in the Paratroopers Brigade and special units. Commander of the Magelan unit. Former secretary general of the Bnei Akiva youth movement.
    Orit Strook (52) – Mother of 11. Chairwoman of the Yesha Human Rights Organization, former head of the Lobby of the Eretz-Israel Front in the Knesset.

    אורית סטרוק (צילום: גיל יוחנן)
    Orit Strook (Photo: Gil Yochanan)

    Yoni Chetboun (33) – Major (res.) Awarded the Chief of Staff citation for his actions during the Second Lebanon War. Head and Founder the Raananim religious Zionist youth movement.


    Tzipi Livni (54) – Former Foreign and Justice Minister, in addition to other governmental roles. Former Kadima chairwoman. After losing the party chairmanship to Shaul Mofaz she resigned from the Knesset.

    Amram Mitzna (67) – Major General (res.). Haifa mayor for nearly 10 years. Labor chairman during 2003 elections, MK for the 16th Knesset. Former Mayor of Yeruham.
    Elazar Stern (56) – Major General (res.). Former head of the IDF Personnel Directorate and chief education officer.

    אלעזר שטרן (צילום: מוטי קמחי)
    Elazar Stern (Photo: Moti Kimchi)

    David Zur (53) – Served for 28 years in the police. Was the Border Guard chief and the Tel Aviv District Police chief.


    Michal Rozin (43) – Former CEO of The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, led a coalition of nine organizations which worked with the Knesset and government to fight sexual violence and for sexual assault victims' rights.

    Esawi Freige (49) – Member of the Peace Now secretariat, founder of a forum dedicated to encouraging Jewish-Arab business ventures.
    Tamar Zandberg (36) – Tel Aviv-Yafo councilwoman, chairwoman of the women promotion committee, deputy chairwoman of the affordable housing committee and member of the finance and municipal administration committees.

    תמר זנדברג (צילום: גיל לביא)
    Tamar Zandberg (Photo: Gil Lavie)

    United Torah Judaism

    Meir Porush (57) – Jerusalem councilman for nearly 13 years and member of the zoning committee. MK between 1996 and 2011.

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Must oppose Hagel nomination

    Dear Friends,

    We MUST stand together in protest of the Hagel nomination by contacting our Senators and especially those in the NY district of Senator Schumer. Please encourage your lists to participate in a MASSIVE PROTEST and ask them NOT to support Chuck Hagel's nomination for Secretary of Defense. Congressional offices keep tallies of these responses.  

    Read below the history of how Chuck Hagel really feels about Jews and Israel.

    Please share with your lists,

    Beverly Sandler


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    To Protect Our Heritage PAC, the Midwest's oldest and largest bi-partisan pro-Israel
    political action committee, urges you to contact your senators and ask them not
    to support Chuck Hagel's nomination for Secretary of Defense.

    Hagel has consistently argued for appeasing our enemies and deserting our friends.
    Hagel has a long history of standing on the wrong side of foreign policy decisions:

    On Syria, Hagel failed to stand up for American interests and against tyranny.

    In 1998, Hagel returned from a meeting with Hafez Al-Assad assessing Assad as a
    peace partner.

    In November 2003, Hagel did not vote for the Syria Accountability Act, which passed
    by a vote of 89 to 4.

    In July 2006, after Hezbollah attacks on Israel, Hagel called on President Bush
    to in effect reward the terror group by engaging in open direct talks with its sponsors,
    Iran and Syria.

    In June 2008, Hagel sought to further encourage the terror-sponsoring Syrian regime
    by returning the U.S. Ambassador to Damascus." Later he failed to understand the
    threat of the Iranian-Syrian alliance, calling it merely a "marriage of convenience."

    In October 2009, Hagel continued to view Assad through benign-colored glasses, and
    called for direct U.S.-Syria talks at the highest levels.

    Tens of thousands of dead Syrians are testimony to Hagel's poor political judgment.

    On terrorism, Hagel has favored reducing pressure on terrorist groups and their
    sponsors but has shown no reluctance to heap blame on Israel and the U.S.

    Aug. 27,  1998, Hagel blamed Israel for Peace Impasse" saying Israel has ''essentially
    stopped the process'' and excused Palestinian violence.

    ''What I fear more today is that desperate men do desperate things when you take
    hope away...And that's where the Palestinians are today.''

    In October 2000, Hagel was one of only four Senators who refused to sign a letter
    expressing support for Israel during the Palestinian intifada.

    In November 2001, Hagel was one of 11 Senators who refused to sign a letterrequesting
    President Bush not meet with Yasser Arafat until Arafat's Fatah ceased attacks on

    In May 2002, Hagel said he would have opposed a House resolution that blamed Arafat
    and the Palestinians for terrorism.

    In June 2002, on CNN, Hagel refused to call Yasser Arafat and insisted that Arafat
    had a constructive role to play in the peace process.

    In June 2002, after two years of Palestinian suicide bombings and terror attacks
    had murdered hundreds of Israelis, Hagel told an anti-Israel conference that the
    U.S. alliance with Israel should not come at the expense of Palestinians, and that
    the U.S. must impose an "end game" on Israel and the Palestinians.

    In July 2002, in a Washington Post op-ed written after several of the most deadly
    months of Palestinian suicide bombings, Hagel absolved the Palestinians of responsibility
    stating that Palestinians could not be expected to make reforms as long as "Israeli
    military occupation and settlement activity." Hagel insisted that "Israel must take
    steps to show its commitment to peace" - after Israel had twice offered the Palestinians
    a state in negotiations.

    In April 2004, Hagel refused to sign onto a letter asking the UN not to support
    an International Court of Justice "advisory opinion" (i.e. automatic condemnation)
    on Israel's security fence, which stopped the entry of suicide bombers into Israel
    and saved countless lives. The letter garnered 79 Senate signatures.

    In December 2005, Hagel was one of 27 Senators who refused to sign a letter to President
    Bush requesting the U.S. pressure the Palestinians to ban terrorist groups from
    participating in legislative elections.

    In July 2006, Hagel called on President Bush to demand an immediate cease-fire when
    Israel retaliated against Hezbollah. He accused Israel of "the systematic destruction
    of an American friend - the country and people of Lebanon."

    In different remarks during the same month, Hagel accused Israel of carrying out
    a "sickening slaughter."

    In January 2007, Hagel said that Palestinians have been "chained down for many,
    many years." "But when people have no hope, when there's despair, little else matters.
    And this is not about terrorists [who]don't like freedom. Tell that to the Palestinian
    people who have been chained down for many, many years."

    In August 2006, Hagel was only of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter asking
    the EU to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

    In March 2009, Hagel signed a public letter urging President Obama to open direct
    negotiations with Hamas.

    In March 2009,as mentioned, in an interview on Al Jazeera, Hagel agreed that the
    U.S. is "the world's bully."

    On Iran, Chuck Hagel has sought to protect that rogue nation from U.S. sanctions
    and diplomatic pressure.

    In June 2001, Hagel denounced proposed sanctions on Iran, asserting they "isolate

    In July 2001, Hagel voted against the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act, which passed


    In June 2004, Hagel refused to sign a letter urging that President Bush highlight
    Iran's nuclear program while at the G-8 summit.

    In October 2007, Hagel sent a private letter to President Bush urging "direct, unconditional"
    talks with Iran to create a "historic new dynamic in US-Iran relations."

    In March 2007, Hagel declined to join 72 Senators in supporting a bipartisan sanctions
    bill called the Iran Counter Proliferation Act.

    In September 2007, Hagel opposed 76 Senators in voting against designating Iran's
    Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization.

    In November 2007, Hagel claimed that "Continued hostile relations between the United
    States and Iran will have the effect of isolating the United States."

    In July 2008, Hagel voted in the Senate Banking Committee against legislation imposing
    sanctions on countries conducting certain business with Iran. It passed 19-2.

    In October 2008, Hagel was cited as "solely responsible" for holding up a bipartisan
    Iran sanctions bill in the Senate that had 72 co-sponsors.

    In March 2009, in an interview on Al Jazeera, Hagel agreed that the U.S. is "the
    world's bully."

    Not only has Chuck Hagel has sought to blame Israel for Palestinian terrorism and
    for all the unrest in the Middle East, he has been both silent and disturbingly
    outspoken about anti-Semitism.

    In June 1999, Hagel was the only U.S. Senator who refused to sign an American Jewish
    Committee ad in the New York Times asking Russian President Boris Yeltsin to combat
    anti-Semitism in Russia.

    In 2008, in an interview with author Aaron David Miller, Hagel used a well-tested
    anti-Semitic trope: the accusation of dual loyalty. "The political reality is that
    ... the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here." He continued, describing
    his reaction to a meeting in New York with supporters of Israel, where he told the
    audience: "Let me clear something up here if there's any doubt in your mind. I'm
    a United States Senator. I'm not an Israeli senator. I'm a United States Senator."

    While the Ayatollahs in Iran are hopeful []
    about Hagel's nomination, we who are committed to a strong U.S., a safe Israel,
    and an unshakable alliance between the two democracies are very concerned,very concerned.


    Thursday, January 10, 2013


    Says Israel must give olive branch
    Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times
    January 9, 2013
    The Washington think tank overseen by President Obama’s defense secretary-designate predicts that Iran one day will be a “natural partner” for the United States and could possess nuclear weapons.
    It also puts the onus on Israel to make peace with Palestinians, many of whom are governed by Hamas, an Iran-backed terrorist group bent on the destruction of the Jewish state.
    The views are contained in a major policy paper by the Atlantic Council, for which former Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska serves as chairman. The paper shows the foreign policy culture from which Mr. Hagel emerges to face Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearings.
    The paper also may explain the underpinnings for Mr. Hagel’s dovish views on Iran for which he will receive close scrutiny by fellow Republicans.
    Mr. Obama on Monday presented Mr. Hagel as the nominee to replace Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. Mr. Hagel has taken a far less hawkish stance than Mr. Panetta, who has vowed that Tehran will not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons and talks of a military option to stop the regime.
    Iran's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday approved Mr. Hagel’s nomination, saying it hopes his appointment as Pentagon chief would improve relations between the U.S. and the Islamic republic.
    Mr. Hagel upbraided President George W. Bush for not offering unconditional talks with Iran’s hard-line Islamic leaders. He does not emphasize a military option to counter Iran’s nuclear program, and he has suggested that Iran one day will own atomic weapons.
    In December, the Atlantic Council issued the major position paper — part advice to Mr. Obama in his second term, part vision for the world in the next 17 years.
    Mr. Hagel did not write “Envisioning 2030: U.S. Strategy for a Post-Western World,” but it corresponds with his and the Atlantic Council’s efforts to seek global cooperation, not confrontation.
    The paper predicts that Iranian hard-liners will be unable to insulate the population from democratic movements in Egypt, Tunisia and other neighboring states.
    “It is difficult to envision an already globalized Iranian public not being inspired by regional examples of popular democratic governance,” the Atlantic Council says. “For U.S. strategy, Iran should be viewed as a potential natural partner in the region. … A post-mullah dominated government shedding Shia [Muslim] ideology could easily return to being a net contributor to stability by 2030.”
    Iran brutally put down protesters who contested the fairness of the 2009 election that kept in power President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who also has called for the destruction of Israel.
    Arguing for a smaller U.S. nuclear arsenal, the Atlantic Council paper says that Iran one day may achieve nuclear weapon status.
    “To deter and if necessary to defeat micronuclear powers such as North Korea, or Iran if it does cross the nuclear threshold, numbers substantially lower than those of the current U.S. nuclear arsenal may be possible,” the paper says.
    On a pessimistic note, it says: “Iran’s nuclear ambitions are proving to be a difficult test for the already fraying nuclear non-proliferation regime.”
    Mr. Hagel has urged Israel to negotiate with Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist group that governs the Gaza Strip and has launched rockets into Israel as recently as November before Egypt brokered a cease-fire. He was one of 12 senators who declined to sign a letter to the European Union asking it to designate as terrorists the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, another Israeli foe funded and armed by Iran.
    The Atlantic Council paper puts pressure on Israel to make peace. A word search of the document did not produce a reference to Hamas.
    “The U.S. will need to persuade its Israeli ally to recognize that the changing strategic calculus in the region will require Tel Aviv to make peace with its Arab neighbors to have a secure future as a democratic, Jewish state,” the document states. “However, the United States would be wise to also develop a contingency strategy that takes into account a possible scenario where the Israel-Palestinian issue remains unresolved to 2030 and the impact of such a reality on the U.S. role in the region.”
    The report was drafted principally by analyst Robert A. Manning, who specializes in arms control. He has served as a State Department adviser and most recently worked in government as a senior strategist in the director of national intelligence’s National Counterproliferation Center.
    The Atlantic Council on Monday celebrated Mr. Hagel’s nomination by praising him on its website.
     “His approach to addressing crucial global challenges is to forge bipartisan support at home and deepen engagement with allies and friends abroad — the essence of the Atlantic Council mission. We praise President Obama for his wisdom in employing Senator Hagel’s unique experience and talents,” said Frederick Kempe, the institution’s chief executive officer.
    Mr. Hagel’s record of public statements, especially in his last two years as a senator in 2007 and 2008 when he aligned himself with Barack Obama, show some key positions have not passed the test of history:
    • He predicted the Iraq troop surge of 2007 would be a historical blunder — and it was not.
    • He urged unconditional talks with Tehran. Mr. Obama, in his first few months as president, reached out to the mullahs in a diplomatic message and video — but was rebuffed.
    • He opposed more sanctions on Iran. Mr. Obama has endorsed sanctions, and the Senate voted 94-0 to impose sanctions in November.
    • He blamed Mr. Bush for America’s low popularity in Muslim-dominated countries. The Pew Research Center has found in polling that the U.S. ranks lower today in favorability than in 2009, when Mr. Obama took office.

    Patience, Not Panic, on Israeli-Palestinian Peace - Michael Singh (Foreign Policy)
    • There is a view that only tough love from Washington and European capitals - in the form of a dictated peace plan or other such ultimatum - can salvage any hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace, and ultimately secure Israel's own survival. But analysts who fret that the Israeli election will diminish prospects for peace have confused cause and effect.
    • Heightened security worries sparked by Iran and the upheaval in the Arab world, compounded by fading hopes for peace with the Palestinians after four years of backsliding in the peace process, have fueled the electoral shifts that will be manifest in the Jan. 22 results.
    • A Dahaf poll from December 2012 indicates that Israelis increasingly believe that concessions will not bring real peace. 83% did not believe that even a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines would bring an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    • This pessimism about peace has undoubtedly fueled a view that "defensible borders," not a peace agreement, is the surest route to actually achieving peace. 61% of Israelis express that view, compared to 49% who did so in 2005.
    • Right now, only 39% of Israelis believe that they can rely upon the U.S. to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

      The writer is managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

    Appeasing our enemies

    USA Sending the Wrong Message to Our Enemies

    Senator Chuck Hagel has been nominated to serve as U.S. Secretary of Defense. The announcement has received one enthusiastic response:
    The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran applauded the decision.
    Why? Because Senator Hagel is a long-time advocate of "engaging" the Islamic Republic. Hagel wishes to perpetuate the failed policy of confronting America's enemies by way of cordial talks. So while the new administration talks, Iran will further develop its nuclear weapons.
    Tell the Senate: No Hagel!
    Consider Hagel's track record. As a member of the United States Senate, Hagel opposed imposing economic sanctions on Iran and opposed designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. Keep in mind that the Revolutionary Guards are the very ones responsible for arming the Iraqi insurgency and killing American soldiers.
    Hagel even opposes supporting Israel if it attacks Iran’s nuclear program. Instead Hagel believes the U.S. should turn a blind eye to terrorist tenets, and magically "normalize" relations with the terrorists. Hagel explicitly endorsed such an approach, in his signed letter to President Obama.
    Is Hagel fit to lead America's national defense?
    We can think of many people more qualified for the job. The U.S. needs a Secretary of Defense who understands that the U.S. is at war with radical regimes like Iran. If we do not stop terror states from developing nuclear weapons, they will point their weapons at us, and threaten U.S. freedom and security.
    Hagel's appointment will send the worst possible message to the world -- that the United States is not committed to stopping a nuclear Iran, and in a larger sense, not resolved to stopping terror.
    We must all do what we can to stop Hagel from becoming Secretary of Defense.
    Please contact the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and let them know you oppose Hagel.

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    Is Hagel an anti Semite?

    Posted: 07 Jan 2013 08:34 AM PST
    (Paul Mirengoff)
    In writing about Chuck Hagel, I have been disinclined to accuse him of anti-Semitism. One can hold noxious views about Israel without disliking Jews. And if one isn’t terribly bright, one can sometimes state anti-Israel views in ways that suggest (but don’t prove) anti-Semitism.
    But this piece by Elliott Abrams makes me wonder whether Hagel has a problem with Jews. Abrams cites two sources of concern. The first is the view of the Jewish community in Nebraska, Hagel’s home state:
    The former editor of the Omaha Jewish Press recalled that “Hagel was the only one we have had in Nebraska, who basically showed the Jewish community that he didn’t give a damn about the Jewish community or any of our concerns.” Another community leader commented that “During his last year in office, we knew he was not going to run again, he never returned any of our calls.”
    The second source of concern is Hagel’s attitude towards the Sixth Fleet’s USO Center in Haifa, Israel. Despite the great success of that facility (the Israeli who headed it was given a prize by the U.S. Navy for her work) Hagel wanted to shut it down. Fair enough, if you’re a fiscal hawk. But in stating his case, Hagel said, “Let the Jews pay for it.”
    The evidence marshaled by Abrams should be of concern to the Senate Armed Services Committee in its consideration of Hagel’s nomination:
    They ought to call as witnesses some of the Nebraska Jewish leaders who recall Hagel as a man hostile to their community and ask why they formed that conclusion. They ought to call those who attended the USO meeting where Hagel said, “Let the Jews pay for it,” and ask about his demeanor at that session. That the USO had budget problems is clear, but what other locations did Hagel seek to close? Did he ever suggest that the Japanese or Germans or Emiratis or Italians pay for a USO site? Did he ever suggest that Italian-Americans or Japanese-Americans pay for USO facilities overseas? Did he ever try, in good faith and without bigotry, to work with the American Jewish community and the government of Israel to see if, in fact, additional private support could be found for the immensely popular Haifa site—or did he just say, “Let the Jews pay for it,” with the hostility recalled by Nebraskan Jews?
    Perhaps there are answers, and perhaps Mr. Hagel actually has no problem with “the Jews.” But one purpose of confirmation hearings should be to find out.
    We already knew that Hagel is not above low prejudice — his comments about the gay nominee for ambassador to Luxemburg demonstrate that. It is hardly far-fetched, therefore, to believe that Hagel’s references to Jews and the “Jewish lobby” reflect prejudice.