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July 31, 2015



Iran Orders from China 150 J-10 Fighter Jets That Incorporate Israeli Technology

By DEBKAfile


Iran is about to conclude a transaction with China for the purchase of the Chengdu J-10 multirole jet fighter, known in the West as the Vigorous Dragon, according to an exclusive report from DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources. Beijing has agreed to sell Tehran 150 of these sophisticated jets.


While the Chinese J-10 is comparable to the US F-16, our sources report that it is virtually a replica of the Lavi, the super-fighter developed by Israel’s aerospace industry in the second half of the 80s. Israel sold China the technology, after Washington insisted on Its discontinuing the Lavi’s production. The US also objected to the sale of the Lavi’s avionics, claiming that it contained some American components. The Chinese plane comes in two versions – the multirole single-seat J-10A and the two-seat J-10B, which serves for training, ground assaults and electronic warfare.


Iran has additionally weighing the purchase in Moscow of 250 highly-advanced Sukhoi-Su-30MK1 twinjet multirole air superiority fighters, known in the West as Flanker-H. On Wednesday, July 29, an Indian Air Force Su-30MK1 took part for the first time in a British air maneuver, Rainbow, where it dueled with the European Typhoon fighter.


The sophisticated Flanker has been found to have a major shortcoming. To carry eight tons of ordnance, it must use both of its AL-31FP engines, and the transition from one to two – and the reverse - often causes engine failure. The Indian Air Force has reported three such malfunctions in a month, as well another shortcoming: The time needed for making the aircraft serviceable is too long. As a result, only half of the Indian fleet can be airborne at one time.


In a confrontation, the Iranian Air Force may find that, because of these drawbacks, the Chinese Su-30MK1 is outmatched by its American and European counterparts in the service of the Israeli, Saudi and UAE air forces.


On July 22, DEBKAfile revealed that Moscow and Tehran had concluded a giant transaction for the acquisition of a fleet of 100 IL78 MK1 (Midas) in-flight refueling planes for extending the range of its warplanes up to 7,300 km and able to refuel 6-8 planes at once.


DEBKAfile reports that the scale of Iran’s multibillion acquisitions from China and Russia – 550 warplanes in all so far - indicates that Tehran’s top spending priority upon receipt of the funds released by the removal of sanctions, is to be a spanking new air force.



Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Man Attacks Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, Wounds 6

By & VOA News


An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man, Yishay Schlissel, stabbed and wounded six participants, two of them seriously, in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, with police saying the suspect was jailed for a similar attack 10 years ago.


About 5,000 people celebrating the event were marching along an avenue when a man jumped into the crowd, apparently from a supermarket, and plunged a knife into some of the participants, witnesses said. "We heard people screaming, everyone ran for cover, and there were bloodied people on the ground," Shai Aviyor, a witness interviewed on Israel's Channel 2, said.


It was the worst attack in years on the event in Jerusalem, a divided city where the religious population is more prominent than in other parts of Israel and highlighted the tension nationwide among disparate social groups. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called it "a despicable hate crime", and President Reuven Rivlin warned that social intolerance could spell disaster for Israel. Netanyahu said Israel would prosecute those responsible to the full extent of the law, adding: "Freedom of individual choice is a basic value in Israel."


Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau also condemned the attack, saying, "the Torah of Israel forbids any act of violence and attacking a person, all the more so in the case of someone who harms another and tries to kill them. This is a very severe incident, and it is clear to all that this is not the way of the Torah and Judaism," emphasized the rabbi.


He was joined by Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, who said, "the sentence of the stabber on the Jerusalem streets today should be like the sentence of every murderer and even more severe; it cannot be that a man should rise up and as if in the name of the religion raise his hand against a soul of Israel. I pray from the depths of my heart for the recovery of the wounded, and against expressions of hatred of this sort I call on the nation of Israel to return in unity, in pleasantness and tolerance."


The Jerusalem Police have been seriously criticized for failing to keeping a close watch on Shlissel, especially since he gave public warning of his intent. Police said they arrested the suspected perpetrator, an ultra-Orthodox man. Spokeswoman Luba Samri said he was the same assailant jailed for the stabbing of three marchers at a similar Jerusalem event in 2005. Israeli media said the suspect had been released from prison several weeks ago.


The parade has long been a focus of tension between Israel's predominantly secular majority and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish minority, who object to public displays of homosexuality. Many devout Jews, Muslims and Christians criticize homosexuality as an abomination of their beliefs. Gay marriages performed inside Israel are not recognized by the authorities.


Police and medics said the attacker wounded six people. Two were taken to hospital in serious condition, including a young woman, said a doctor at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital, where the victims were being treated. The march is held in the largely Jewish side of the divided city. Palestinians predominate in annexed East Jerusalem.


Oded Fried, the head of a leading gay rights group, said the attack would not deter the movement. A similar Gay Pride event on June 12 in the more gay friendly business hub of Tel Aviv passed off without incident. "Our struggle for equality only intensifies in the face of such events," Fried said.


Trump Defends Huckabee’s ‘Ovens’ Imagery

 By The Jewish Press


Donald Trump, who has been known to take aim at his political opponents in the GOP Presidential campaign with insulting tweets, actually stood up for rival Mike Huckabee after the former Arkansas governor criticized the Iran deal in a manner that compared President Obama to a Nazi leading the Jews to the ovens of death camp crematoria.


Huckabee defended his remarks and said that “the response from Jewish people has been overwhelmingly positive.” He didn’t specify which Jewish people, and it must not have included the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL released a statement that “to hear Mr. Huckabee invoke the Holocaust when America is Israel’s greatest ally and when Israel is a strong nation capable of defending itself is disheartening.”


The National Jewish Democratic Council said that while the organization regularly has to denounce invocation of the Holocaust in offensive ways, Huckabee’s remarks are “the most inexcusable we’ve encountered in recent memory,” and urged other candidates to condemn Huckabee’s statements.


Not surprisingly, Trump is doing davka, the opposite. He took a break from his negative campaigning and calling his opponents dummies, and applauded Huckabee for what others considered chutzpah.


Trump, whose daughter Ivanka converted to Orthodox Judaism and has taken the name Yael, said, “I mean, I’m okay with it. I think Huckabee is a very good guy, by the way, and I’m really OK with it. Some people are saying ‘oh, the tone,’ and I saw Jeb Bush, who is really a nice person, but it’s not about the tone. I mean they’re chopping off Christians’ heads in Syria and lots of other places, and we’re worried about tone. I think what Mike has done has hit a nerve and he’s made people think a little bit.”


Although those offended by Huckabee’s remarks mentioned the word choice and the imagery used rather than the candidate’s tone of voice, Trump said the comments were just fine. Getting away from personalities and onto the subject of the Iran deal, Trump said, “The deal with Iran is a terrible deal. I think it is going to lead to nuclear proliferation.”


He blamed Jeb Bush's brother, President George Bush, for taking a strike against Iran off the table, and said the Iranians “are fabulous negotiators” who knew that there would be no military consequences, and “took us to the cleaners.”


Back to personalities, Trump said he questioned Secretary of State John Kerry’s and President Obama’s intelligence. “Maybe they’re not bright. I’ve watched Kerry negotiating, and I’ve said to people, ‘Is he bright? Is he an intelligent man? Maybe they’re not bright. Maybe there is something wrong with them.’”



Just How Close Is John Kerry to Iran?

 (Editorial, The Jewish Voice)


This editorial deals with the major American diplomat involved with the Iranian deal: John Kerry. His involvement with Iran not only concerns his seat across from the terrorists at the negotiating table, it includes as well, the Iranian factor including his political fund raisers and hold the phone! In his own family.


Iranian born Behruz Nahed, is his son in law. Married to his daughter, Vanessa, in 2003, Behruz has a sizable family still residing in that nation. And anyone not considering these relatives as possible hostages would be foolish indeed. Strangely enough, the happily married couple traveled to Iran in 2003 although there was a warning at that time from our Department of State for "U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Iran."


The notice specified that the departures of American citizens have been prevented while others have been imprisoned on charges of espionage. Iranian-Americans are considered by authorities to be solely Iranian citizens and when imprisoned on trumped up charges and are denied access to any diplomatic resources." Strange that a daughter of a then sitting United States senator and presidential aspirant would put herself in the position of compromising the interests of the United States with a such a marriage and trip to a very hostile nation. Now John Kerry has signed a deal enriching Iran with billions of  dollars and nuclear capabilities.


Another Iranian close to Mr. Kerry is Susan Akbarpour who came to this country in 1997, claiming to be a political refugee from Iran. She and her husband, Farj Aalaie have since become outright supporters of that terrorist regime and were major fund raisers for John Kerry's presidential campaign. This Iranian couple are members of the Iranian American Political Action Committee which supports the opening of trade with Iran and having their homeland join the community of nations and prosper with such a compromise.


It and other such Iranian-American groups as the National Iranian Council, which had our own Senator Chuck Schumer at its 2003 kick-off, are wholehearted supporters of that terrorist regime and have the clout of their sophisticated dollar support of politicos to be considered a danger to Western survival. In short, we are in danger of having our security and that of Israel compromised by political Quislings. And we wonder how Hitler came to be!


British Historian Reveals the U.K. Freed Hundreds of Nazi War Criminals After World War II

By  Ha'aretz & The  Jewish Chronicle (UK).


Dr. Dan Plesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, part of the University of London, found United Nations War Crimes Commission documents that show former Nazis were freed from British jails after the Holocaust.


According to the documents, Britain freed Oskar Groening, known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz," Erich von Manstein, Gerd von Rundstedt and Albert Kesselring, the Jewish Chronicle reported. Groening was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this month.


Plesch says that the former Nazi officers were released under pressure from the U.S., which wanted Germany on its side in the Cold War. “There was a political argument at the time in which those opposed to international criminal justice succeeded… There were lots of people who were either released without much investigation — and then there were people who were actually in prison camps and let out. Hundreds of suspects and convicted Nazis [were released],"the Jewish Chronicle cited him as saying.


He added: “Indeed, British jails were empty by 1957 after much pressure from Germany and German army veterans associations who refused to support rearmament against the USSR while they remained in jail.” According to Plesch, we should learn from this incident, and probe charges of war crimes leveled against countries like Israel and Syria.


“These are very important lessons for our own time… states, including Israel, need to give much more serious attention to the importance of international criminal law today," the Chronicle cited him as saying.








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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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