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Aug. 31, 2015


Cheney: Obama’s Falsehoods on Iran Deal will Bring Nuclear War

 By DEBKAfile & CNN


Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney, former senior official at State in the Bush administration, devote a chapter in their book due shortly for publication to the nuclear accord signed last month with Iran.


“Nearly everything the president has told us about his Iranian agreement is false,” they write in an almost unprecedented attack on Barack Obama. He claims that the accord will prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon, but in fact, say the Cheneys,. “This agreement will actually facilitate and legitimize an Iranian nuclear arsenal” and almost definitely lead to the “first use of a nuclear weapon since Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”


Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz,, are likening Obama's nuclear deal with Iran to the Munich agreement that paved the way for World War II, saying it makes war "more, not less, likely." And for members of Congress, who face a vote on the agreement next month, the choice before them is whether to facilitate "Tehran's deadly objectives with potentially catastrophic consequences for the United States and our allies.


"The president has tried to sell this bad deal by claiming that there is no alternative, save war. In fact, this agreement makes war more, not less, likely," they wrote in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed. "In addition to accelerating the spread of nuclear weapons across the Middle East, it will provide the Iranians with hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief, which even the Obama administration admits likely will be used to fund terror."


The Cheneys criticize what they see as inadequate verifications for inspections of Iran's nuclear sites, the removal of restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program and the lifting of sanctions against the regime, which they believe will help Iran fund terror.


"It is possible to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon, but only if the U.S. negotiates from a position of strength, refuses to concede fundamental points and recognizes that the use of military force will be required if diplomacy fails to convince Iran to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons," they wrote.


But they said the 2016 presidential election provides hope that the United States' can reverse course. "The right person in the Oval Office can restore America's strength and alliances, defeat our enemies, and keep us safe. It won't be easy. There is a path forward, but there are difficult decisions to be made and very little time," they wrote.


The op-ed was adapted from an upcoming book by the Cheneys entitled "Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America," which is set to be published on Tuesday.


Asked about an upcoming foreign policy speech Cheney is set to give next month at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest dismissed the former vice president's criticism of the nuclear agreement. "The same people making the same arguments against the Iran deal were the people who advocated for getting us into the war of Iraq in 2002 and 2003," he said at a news briefing. Cheney's speech on Sept. 8 is being billed as "a major address concerning the deal's consequences for the security and interests of the United States and its allies in the Middle East."



Netanyahu: Israel Not Opposed to Iranian Civilian Nuclear Program



Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday held a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Florence, where he said that Israel was only opposed to an Iranian military nuclear program, not one meant for peaceful purposes. "Let me make clear, Matteo, that Israel doesn’t oppose a civilian nuclear program in Iran," said Netanyahu. "We oppose a military nuclear program in Iran."


 The prime minister also told Renzi: "All the people of Israel were moved by your historic speech in the Knesset. I've heard many speeches in the Knesset. Yours was one of the exceptional ones that touched on basic truths that bind our two countries and our common civilization... I look forward to discussing with you this evening how we can further expand the cooperation between Israel and Italy in technology, in agriculture, in culture and science, in fighting terrorism, in security and stability for our world.


Netanyahu discussed the threat posed by Iran with Renzi, saying: "The savagery of the Islamic State of ISIS captures the world’s attention, and justifiably so. But I believe that a far more serious threat is posed by another Islamic state, the Islamic State of Iran, and specifically its pursuit of nuclear weapons... And regrettably, the deal with Iran allows it to keep and expand a formidable nuclear infrastructure that is completely unnecessary for civilian nuclear purposes, but is entirely necessary for the production of nuclear weapons.


"The deal will give Iran within 13 years the ability to make as many centrifuges as they want, enrich as much uranium as they want to whatever level that they want," continued Netanyahu. "And this will put the Iranian Islamic state that practices terrorism worldwide, it will put it on the threshold of an entire nuclear arsenal.


Netanyahu further warned that "Iran will get hundreds of billions of dollars of sanctions relief and investments to fuel its aggression and terrorism in the Middle East, in North Africa and beyond that. I think that this will make Iran far richer and far stronger militarily, and it will make it far more difficult to confront its nuclear ambitions in the future."


An Italian exploration firm searching for gas and oil off Egypt's shores announced Sunday that it had found a huge natural gas deposit – the “biggest ever” find for the Mediterranean ever, according to officials for Eni SpA.


According to the company, the find could provide as much as 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in an area of 100 square kilometers (38.6 square miles). Called Zohr, the field, the company said in a statement, is “is the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea and could become one of the world's largest natural gas finds.”


The Leviathan field, until now the largest field in the Mediterranean, has 22 tcf of proven reserves. The other large Israeli gas field, Tamar, has 10 tcf, but both fields may be larger than that, geologists said. Eni did not say how much of the Egyptian find has been proven yet.


The company made the announcement a day after Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi met in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The government has not yet commented on the Eni announcement. Egypt had been in on-again, off-again talks to buy gas from Israel.



Huge Off-Shore Natural Gas Discovery Found Near Egypt



Italian energy giant ENI has announced the discovery of what it says is the largest-ever off-shore natural gas field in the Mediterranean, inside Egypt's territorial waters. In a statement Sunday, ENI said the 100 square-kilometer field holds a potential 850 billion cubic meters of gas in the deepwaters of Egypt. It said the discovery well is 190 kilometers from the Egyptian coast at a depth of 1,450 meters. 


The news follows a visit by ENI CEO Claudio Descalzi to Cairo for talks with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and other Egyptian leaders. Descalzi, quoted in the ENI statement, said the discovery could potentially "transform the energy scenario of Egypt," with his company aiming for a fast production startup. ENI, the world's 11th-largest industrial company, has operated in Egypt for decades through its subsidiary IEOC.


An Italian exploration firm searching for gas and oil off Egypt's shores announced Sunday that it had found a huge natural gas deposit – the “biggest ever” find for the Mediterranean ever, according to officials for Eni SpA.


According to the company, the find could provide as much as 30 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas in an area of 100 square kilometers (38.6 square miles). Called Zohr, the field, the company said in a statement, is “is the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea and could become one of the world's largest natural gas finds.”


The Leviathan field, until now the largest field in the Mediterranean, has 22 tcf of proven reserves. The other large Israeli gas field, Tamar, has 10 tcf, but both fields may be larger than that, geologists said. Eni did not say how much of the Egyptian find has been proven yet.



Jew to Stand Trial for Fighting Back After Ambush



Well-known Jewish activist Noam Federman of Kiryat Arba will stand trial for an incident last year in which Arabs ambushed his vehicle with rocks. Federman will be charged with damaging a vehicle.


The incident took place when Federman was driving through Hebron with two of his children. They were ambushed at close range. Federman and his son immediately got out of their car and chased the rock throwers into an alley.


In the alley, Arabs threw more rocks at Federman and his son, who threw rocks back. A video shot by Arabs shows Federman approaching an Arab vehicle, pulling out some egg cartons that were in it and throwing them onto the ground. He also appears to hurl a rock at the vehicle.


According to Federman, when police questioned him, they showed him a military video showing how an IDF vehicle was attacked at the same spot just before his vehicle got there. Instead of catching the attackers, the soldiers drove off, he said – leading the ambushers to attack his car next. Federman said that Judea and Samaria Police filed the charge sheet without first holding a hearing with him as he had requested.


"It is a very grave matter, that the prosecution in the State of Israel has turned the attacked into the accused,” he said. “We all know that rocks were thrown at me and my family, and all my actions were in self defense. I intend to turn this trial into a political one, which will examine the IDF's policy of restraint in Judea and Samaria. The policy has led, and is leading, to the murder of Jews and one must not remain silent, even at the cost of a charge sheet.”



 UK Reality Show Star: Hitler Was a 'Good Man'



Playboy model and singer Tila Tequila has been kicked out of Celebrity Big Brother after it was revealed that she has praised Adolf Hitler on Facebook. UK's Channel 5, which hosts the show, called her posts "totally unacceptable," and expressed that it had not known of her attitudes before she began the program on Thursday.


Tequila, whose real name is Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, posted a picture of herself wearing a swastika and an SS hat on Facebook. She also made a blog post entitled "Why I sympathize with Hitler Part 1: True History Unveiled." She denies accusations of anti-Semitism, and once said that she may convert to Judaism.


After she was fired, Tequila apologized on Twitter: "Back in 2013, I made a statement about Hitler not being a bad person and immediately realized soon after that I had made a terrible mistake that would ultimately come back to haunt me. During that time, I had been suffering from severe depression and drug addiction for many years prior to that. I also attempted to commit suicide in 2012 and overdosed on prescription pills. I wanted to die. I felt worthless and unloved as that pain continued to grow, causing me to further spiral out of control.


"I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible, reckless and selfish actions and I hope that everyone can forgive me for the pain that I may have caused," she added. " I want to be a good role model for my daughter because I don't want her to go through what I had to endure. I hope that I will be given a second chance at life to make things right again."



Meet Be'er Sheva's Future Desert Oasis



Construction work has begun on an ambitious project to build Israel's largest man-made lake in Be'er Sheva, spanning 90 dunams (approximately 22 acres)


The lake will be filled with high quality reclaimed water from the cities water treatment facility. The waters will play host to range of fish, swans and small boats. The project is estimated to cost NIS 100 million and will be funded by: The city of Be'er Sheva, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the KKL and the US JNF. Work on the lake is set for completion in 2018.


The construction is an important and central step in the project to develop a large park in the Be'er Sheva River area, which will include: A body of water spanning 90 dunams, a boardwalk, bike and running paths, a central island, a bird island, a pier and bridges, unique water fountains, three picnic areas, 15 dunams of decking, meeting areas, commercial areas, restaurants, cafes and restrooms, as well as large grass fields for the public at large to enjoy. The project including the lake will span an area of about 450 dunams (about 111 acres), and will be completely open to the public.


The mayor of Be'er Sheva, Ruvik Danilovich, who green lighted the project, visited the construction site a number of times in recent weeks, and even held a tour for Environmental Protection Minister, Avi Gabai, in order to closely watch the progress of the work. He said: "The lake facility will be the focal point of the Beer Sheva River Park. We are creating an attraction on an international level, and are turning the city into a living breathing oasis, for the benefit of all the Negev's citizens."





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 Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost

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This year marked the 34th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.

Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.

Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.

Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.

Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.

The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.

Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."

April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.

That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.

Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."

The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.



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