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March 7, 2014
Netanyahu on Arms Ship: We'll See Who's Lying
By The Times of
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ended his three-day trip to
Jared Sichel of the Jewish Journal reported that Netanyahu gave an eight-minute speech at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance in West Los Angeles, during which he said that the world had ignored Adolf Hitler’s threats in the years leading up to 1939, and the entire world, particularly Jews, paid a horrible price. “The leading powers of the world did not heed that warning, nor did they act on it.”
Today, Netanyahu said, as Iranian leaders call for the destruction of the Jewish State, the West’s governments are making a similar mistake. “I think it’s outrageous that 70 years after the Holocaust, this could be accepted with virtual silence,” Netanyahu declared. “People say, ‘Well, you know, they say it, they mean it for internal consumption.’ Does this sound familiar?”
In a reference to the weapons ship seized by naval commandos Wednesday,
Netanyahu noted that besides developing nuclear weapons,
The prime minister’s speech at the
Video Shows Commando's-Eye View of Naval Raid
On Wednesday, a video was released, showing the Klos C, labeled as Panamanian but carrying Syrian missiles and warheads on a Tehran-built ship, being surrounded by Israeli forces as it floated along the Red Sea.(See http://youtu.be/Q4RoPWgxX)
Earlier Wednesday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon revealed that the ship had
Regarding the timing and location of the operation, a senior naval officer said that various factors were taken into account, including the height of the waves. “We were concerned that the ship's crew would think that we were pirates," he explained, "and that is why we identified ourselves from the outset as the IDF, and when the captain looked right and left, he saw two Navy missile ships, including additional vessels – and it was a show of force he could not resist, and therefore the boarding of the ship was quiet.”
One day after IDF Navy commandos stopped a ship carrying missiles from
The Israeli defense establishment believes that Iranian activity along the
so-called “southern route” will be halted for the next few months, but that it
is quite possible that
A senior IDF officer said that there is tension between Iranian president Hassan
Rouhani, and the Quds Force commander, Kassem Sulimani. The tension stems from
Rouhani's strenuous objections to actions of this type, and the fact that he
places internal issues at the top of his agenda. The officer said that Rouhani
and Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, they may harm efforts to reach an
agreement with the West on
A senior naval officer said that “all of the possible ways” to stop the weapons
The officer added that the IDF took into account “extreme scenarios,” including “a ship with explosives, exploding terrorists, including booby-traps on board, and for that reason, we were accompanied by experts in bomb disposal and a great variety of combat fighters and tools of various kinds, including two missile ships, a helicopter, and fast and efficient ships.” The officer said that the Turkish captain and the rest of the crew did not know that there were weapons on board.
House Passes US-
DEBKAfile & The Times of
The House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted in a 410-1 vote the United
States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013. The passage of the bill comes
after AIPAC held its annual policy conference this week in
The bipartisan bill includes a number of
areas of expansion between the two countries, such as expanding forward-deployed
The American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC) applauded the adoption
of the bill, which came one day after the organization’s annual policy
conference came to an end. AIPAC said in a statement quoted by JNS.org that the
bill would “dramatically strengthen the relationship between the two allies as
they work to confront new threats and challenges in the
The bill’s approval, which shows the bipartisan support for
Pope Francis Cancels
By The Times of
Pope Francis has been forced to cancel his planned visit to
In early January, Francis announced that he would be visiting
On Wednesday, it was announced that British Prime Minister David Cameron was
also forced to reschedule his planned visit to
Francis’s trip was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting
between Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Christian spiritual leader Ecumenical
Patriarch Atengora, in
President Shimon Peres first invited Francis to
Both of the pontiff’s immediate predecessors visited
The Workers Union, which is fighting for higher salaries and better working
conditions for diplomats serving abroad, published a list of more than two dozen
measures that took effect as of Tuesday. For instance, Foreign Ministry
officials will no longer cooperate in organizing visits of foreign presidents,
prime ministers, foreign ministers and other officials. Likewise, the diplomats
will henceforth refuse to assist Israeli officials currently abroad or planning
overseas trips. No diplomatic passports will be issued and “no assistance
whatsoever” will be granted to Israeli officials abroad. In addition, all
consular services to Israeli citizens are suspended; exceptions will only be
made in cases where lives are in danger or bodies need to be returned to
Furthermore, the ministry is temporarily suspending any cooperation with
government institutions, specifically the Finance Ministry but also the Shin Bet
and Mossad intelligence services and the IDF. No diplomatic cables are being
sent by diplomats and the cadets course and distribution of pro-Israel public
diplomacy materials has been put on hold. Diplomats have been instructed to
cease any contact with the United Nations, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
and the Security Council, and other international organizations, including
peacekeeping missions on
Peres Fields Questions from the Muslim World
The Times of
President Shimon Peres on Thursday conducted an interview broadcast on
Panet.co.il, a popular Arabic-language website serving
Much of the discussion focused around
“I don’t understand why the Iranians continue to do this” as the
Without the threat of terror emanating from
In response to a direct question from an Iranian about Israel-Iranian relations,
Peres said he could not understand why
The president noted that
Today, Peres said, “the whole world condemns
Answering another query and turning to Israeli-Arab relations, Peres said, “I
think the Arab world understands that its main problem is not
The president opined that the general consensus regarding a two-state solution as the desired outcome of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a great achievement, since such was not always the case. Peres expressed optimism about the current round of US-brokered negotiations, and said he has peace “will come sooner than we think.”
“The whole world is watching and expects a peace deal,” he said. “I believe we
can solve the disputes over land and the dispute over recognition of
“This isn’t a simple process,” he acknowledged, and added, “I remember the total
lack of trust during the peace negotiations with
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YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
By Frances Bernay-Cohen
I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.
Whether our forefathers and forI'm sure you will find some truth in this song.
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 29th 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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