Their only enemy is the Jews
A senior Hezbullah commander was assassinated in Beirut around midnight on Tuesday night, and the Shiite terror organization is blaming the Jews
A previously unknown group, Ahrar al-Sunna Baalbek brigade, claimed
responsibility for the attack in a message on Twitter. The group's name
suggested it had Lebanese Sunni Muslim links.
Al-Laqqis was on
his way home when he was killed, the official Hezbollah television
station Al-Manar said. It gave no detail of the operation but said "the
accusation is directed at the enemy, Israel.”
Laqqis, who will be buried in the Bekaa Valley town of Baalbek later in
the day, as "one of the leaders of the Islamic resistance" against
Israel who had been frequently targeted by the Jewish state.
had been with Hezbollah since its first days in the 1980s, when it was
set up with Iranian support to fight Israeli troops occupying south
Lebanon, and his son was killed in the 2006 war, Hezbollah said in a
"The Israeli enemy tried to get to our martyr brother
several times, in more than one location, but these attempts failed
until this repugnant assassination," it said.
Israel would "bear full responsibility and all the consequences for this heinous crime", it said.
But Israel denied involvement. "This has strictly nothing to do with Israel," foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.
has made a fool of itself in the past with these automatic and
groundless accusations against Israel ... If they are looking for
explanations as to what is happening to them, they should examine their
Hezbullah does indeed have its own set of enemies in Lebanon. But to admit that would mean admitting to failing to subjugate the Lebanese people and would deprive them of blaming the enemy everyone loves to hate.
Labels: Hezbullah, Lebanon
It takes one to know one
Maybe Putin should be President of the United States and Hussein Obama should be President of Russia....
And by the way, in Israel, capitalism is still considered a dirty word among many circles, while socialism
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, socialism, Vladimir Putin
Great news: Iranian warships headed for Atlantic
It's been a rough week for reasons I won't start explaining....
Jews are often referred to as the canary in the coal mine. The reason is that frequently when someone attacks Jews, or plans to attack Jews, there is a longer-term plan to attack a larger group.
Iran apparently has such a plan and has started to implement it. The mullahcracy is deploying warships in the Atlantic Ocean
. Whom do you think they might be after?
Commander of the Navy’s Fourth Naval Zone, Admiral Rezayee
said, “The previous flotillas of warships were sent to the Mediterranean
Sea and passed the Suez Channel and even sailed through the Pacific
Ocean and the China Sea. Now we intend to enter the Atlantic Ocean and
this will be materialized after dispatch of the next flotillas of
Rezayee said the warships are sent to international waters
for a three-month stretch, and this would be Iran’s 29th flotilla, which
would include two logistic and combat warships, as well as one
The statement comes a week after defense magazine Jane’s unveiled satellite photography of Iran’s new Fateh-class submarine, the largest Iran has ever built, which it launched into the Persian Gulf.
Iran is also building a second at the Caspian port of Bandar Anzali.
Jane’s said that at about 48 meters, the Fateh-class is bigger than the
largest subs built by North Korea, which is believed to have helped Iran
produce its 29-meter Ghadir midget subs. The one being built at Bandar
Anzali will also be the first submarine launched in the Caspian.
What could go wrong?
UPDATE 1:35 PM
Much, much more here
Labels: Iran, Iranian nuclear threat
Shocker: French forensic experts say Arafat wasn't poisoned
French forensic experts have found that Yasser Arafat did not die of poisoning
"The results of the analyses allow us to conclude that the death was not
the result of poisoning," the source told Reuters, quoting from
conclusions of a report by French forensic experts handed over to
Arafat's widow Suha.
Swiss forensic experts said last month that results from their tests
of samples taken from Arafat's body were consistent with polonium
poisoning but were not absolute proof of the cause of death.
died in a French hospital in November 2004, four weeks after falling
ill after a meal, suffering from vomiting and stomach pains.
official cause of death was a massive stroke, but French doctors said at
the time they were unable to determine the origin of his illness. No
autopsy was carried out.
A lawyer for Suha Arafat said her legal
team would do a counter-expertise and was confident it would show that
the French findings would in fact support the Swiss conclusions.
"We have no doubt that the most comprehensive and thorough report
that examined all aspects of this case remains the Swiss report," Saad
Djebbar told Reuters.
The French report is not due to be published.
radiation scientist who examined the Swiss and the French reports for
Suha Arafat said both studies had found similar levels of Polonium 210
in Arafat's body but differed in their explanations of how it got there.
scientist, who declined to be named, said the French report concluded
that some of the radioactivity could be explained by the presence of
radon gas in the tomb where Arafat was buried.
That's what happens when you start looking for 'evidence' nine years after the fact.... But then, we all know how Arafat really died
Labels: AIDS, Yasser Arafat
Synagogue or yeshiva?
I found this picture on Facebook
, and as you can see it says that it's a picture of a synagogue from 1911. While the political message is 100% correct, the caption might not be - I can't really tell. You see, the official name of what is now known as the Hebron yeshiva (two branches - Jerusalem and Kiryat Sefer) is Knesset Yisrael. The yeshiva moved to Jerusalem after the massacre there in 1929.
Is this a synagogue or is it the yeshiva building?
More than intellectual interest: My Great Grandfather studied in the yeshiva when it was located in Slobodka (Lithuania) about 120 years ago.
UPDATE WEDNESDAY 12:29 AM
I was right. It's the yeshiva
(Hat Tip: YYW
Labels: 1929 Hebron massacre, Hebron, Hebron yeshiva, Yeshiva
Women for the Wall will be out in force on Wednesday
Wednesday morning is Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the new Jewish month, and once again thousands of Women for the Wall are coming out to pray - but not necessarily to be seen and certainly not to make a scene. Ronit Peskin appeals to other women to join them
In the past few months, increasing numbers of Dati Le'umi
(Religious Zionist) women have come to the Kotel on Rosh Chodesh, the
first day of the new Hebrew month, , to join Women For the Wall in
showing, through sincere prayer, Tefillah, that we wish to preserve an
opportunity for undisturbed traditional prayer at the Wall.
Why is this important? What is it that we hope to accomplish?
start at the beginning. When King Solomon built the Holy Temple, Beit
HaMikdash, thousands of years ago, he prayed that G-d should always hear
our prayers when directed towards that site. The prophets said that
the Kotel HaMa'aravi, the Western Wall, would never be destroyed, and
whenever Jews were able to come to the Holy Land, we returned to pray
And once the Wall was liberated from Jordan in 1967,
Israeli Jews immediately requested a place for traditional prayer at the
The plaza is less than 50 years old. It is less than
12%, of less than one sixth of the length of the Wall. Robinson’s Arch
is one of several other exposed sections. No one is told they can't pray
at “the Wall” in whatever fashion they choose, they are merely asked to
respect tradition in this small section. It's not about the
“ultra-Orthodox;” it's what every one of us – from all around the world,
with all of our different and wonderful customs, minhagim – expect to
find when we, as Jewish women, go to pray.
Read the whole thing
The bottom line is this:
1. After 25 years, WOW is unable to bring 75 Israeli women to the Kotel.
2. The American students of HUC are trying to change the way that we pray in the Jewish State.
support everyone's right to pray in their own fashion, including those
who pray in accordance with millenia of Jewish tradition.
Conservative and Reform movements have both endorsed Ezrat Yisrael, the
area set up at Robinson's Arch, as a place for alternative prayers. WOW
alone has put up untenable obstacles, including their demand to disrupt
the traditional plaza even after they move.
WOW should move to
Religious Minister Naftali Bennett's new Ezrat Yisrael platform without
delay, without telling the government how prayers at our traditional
plaza should be run. WOW cannot dictate the terms under which they will
stop trying to change us, stop insulting our intelligence, our
independence, and our Judaism.
And that is why your prayers with
us, on Wednesday, the second day of Rosh Chodesh at 7:30 am at
the Kotel, are so important. We hope you will join us!
Labels: Kotel plaza, Rosh Chodesh, Western Wall, Women of the Wall
Abu Mazen threatens 'action' against Israel if 'talks' fail
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
is threatening to take 'action
' against Israel if the current round of 'talks' fails.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has warned that the PA
will "take action" against Israel via international bodies if peace
talks fail, ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
"The talks are going through great difficulties because of the
obstacles created by Israel," Abbas told visiting Arab journalists late
Monday at his headquarters in Ramallah.
"If we don't obtain our rights through negotiations, we have the right to go to international institutions," he said.
"The commitment to refrain from action at the UN ends after the nine-month period agreed for talks."
US-brokered peace talks, which resumed at the end of July after a
three-year gap, have already begun to flounder as disputes continue over
numerous core issues, such as PA demands for all Jews to be deported
from any future "Palestinian State" in Judea and Samaria, as well as
ongoing incitement against Israel.
The PA negotiating team has tendered its resignation in protest of
Israeli construction in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, but
Abbas has yet to accept it.
What a brilliant idea it was to hold these ill-prepared talks. What could go wrong?
Labels: Abu Mazen, International Criminal Court, Middle East peace process, Palestinian state RIGHT NOW syndrome, United Nations
Terrorists target Jerusalem bus in Gilo
'Palestinian' terrorists targeted an Egged bus # 32
in Jerusalem's Gilo section on Tuesday afternoon. The bus' windows were shattered but no physical injuries to passengers were reported.
A police investigation into the incident has found that the Egged
Route 32 bus was making its way to the stop when suddenly a crashing
sound was heard as rocks shattered the windows of the bus.
Police officers who were called to the scene began searching the area
for the rock throwers. The passengers were evacuated from the area.
There were no reported injuries.
Just last week, two-year-old Avigail Ben-Tzion was seriously injured by Arab rock-throwers in Jerusalem.
Arab terrorists hurled rocks at the car she was travelling in
the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in southern Jerusalem. The incident was
just the latest in a string of violent attacks on Jewish motorists by Arab extremists in Jerusalem.
Avigail was taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and was released Sunday.
The incident is mostly being ignored by mainstream media (Arutz Sheva - the source of this report - definitely does not qualify as mainstream). After all, we can't say anything that might hurt the 'peace process.'
Labels: Egged bus company, Jerusalem, Palestinian terrorism, stone throwers
May God Perform miracles
May God Perform miracles for us as He did for our forefathers in those days at this time.
Labels: Chanuka, Temple Mount, Third Temple
White House denying Obama and Mooch to visit Iran
The White House is denying a report
that President Obama and Mooch will visit Iran
The White House denied the claims late Monday. "There is no truth to
this report," said Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson for the National
Jimmy Carter was the last U.S. president to visit Iran, before the
Islamic revolution in 1979 and the subsequent hostage crisis.
Anyone else find that denial hard to believe?
Labels: Ayatollah Ali Khameni, Barack Hussein Obama, Hassan Rohani, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, outrageous apologies
Netanyahu aides call Olmert a 'continuous failure'
While Prime Minister Netanyahu stays above the fray, his aides have lashed out at former Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert
, who criticized Netanyahu
over the weekend, calling Olmert a 'continuous failure
Netanyahu's aides defended the premier's tough and defiant public
criticism of the interim deal signed between the Islamic Republic and
world powers freezing Tehran's nuclear program for six months in return
for minor sanctions relief.
"There's a collapse of the sanctions against Iran, what are we to do? Send faxes to the White House?"
years ago, before we had a state, the Jews tried to hold backroom talks
with [then-US president Franklin D.] Roosevelt, and it did not really
help the Jews of Europe," they added, according to Channel 2.
While Netanyahu himself did not respond to his predecessor's comments
directly, his aides offered a harsh condemnation of Olmert's views.
everyone has experience in continuous failure like Ehud Olmert does,"
they were quoted as saying. "Like his failure in running the country, in
understanding the international state of things and in diplomacy."
"can talk to the Americans about the borders of Qalqilya in backrooms,
but at the end of the day, in these kind of topics, you have to raise
your voice," they added.
They were too kind to Olmert. Way too kind.
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Ehud K. Olmert
Prime Minister Netanyahu meets with the Pope
Prime Minister Netanyahu met with the Pope on Monday....
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Pope Francis I
Encouraging investment in 'Palestine'
They sure know how to create an attractive investment climate, don't they?
UPDATE 6:06 PM
Here's video (Arabic only) of the investor calling for toppling Abu Mazen and the police coming to arrest him.
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Abu Mazen, Canada, freedom of speech, Palestine
So much for that Israeli-Saudi alliance
For those of you who thought that Messiah's times would be ushered in by an Israeli-Saudi alliance against Iran, you might want to rethink your scenarios. The Saudis are now threatening a religious war
over plans to hold Jewish prayers on the Temple Mount.
[Saudi Arabia's highest religious council, the Majlis al-Ifta’ al-A’ala] condemned what it said were "Israeli attempts to split
the Al Aqsa Mosque" by implementing alternate prayer arrangements for
Jewish and Muslim worshippers, as well as by establishing a fixed area
for Jewish worship.
In an announcement issued on November 30th, the council alleged that
"the occupation authorities [i.e. Israel] are trying to create a
Jerusalem 2.0", and went on to claim that the Israeli government is
trying to "complete the construction of a museum at the foot of the Al
Aqsa Mosque". That latter allegation echoes claims by Palestinian
Authority media that the Israeli government plans to build a large complex - complete with a "Jewish museum" - near the Mughrabi Gate.
Israel has not officially responded to the claims, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News,
but similar claims have been made in the past by Muslim extremists to
encourage riots and other violence against Israeli police and Jewish
The council continued by alleging that the ultimate aim of the
Israeli government was "to facilitate a breakthrough at the holy Al Aqsa
Mosque and to defile it in an intensive way through the settlers
[referring to Jewish worshippers - ed.], and by providing them with
It further warned that "the offensive activity against the holy
Palestinian [sic] sites, and first and foremost the holy Al Aqsa Mosque,
will turn the region into a ticking time bomb and trigger an imminent
religious war", and declared that "the Al Aqsa Mosque, will all its
corridors and expanses, and every part of it - both over and underground
- is the absolute right of the Muslims alone, and the city of Jerusalem
will remain Islamic and Arab".
The threat was likely a response to a bill,
tabled by Israel's Religious Affairs Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan,
which would put an end to discriminatory practices on the Temple Mount
and instate shared prayer arrangements similar to those in effect at the
Cave of the Patriarchs (Me'arat Hamachpela) in Hevron.
Again, although I would not ascend the Temple Mount myself because my rabbis don't allow it, a situation where only Muslims can pray on the Temple Mount, which is 'controlled by Jews,' is a bit absurd.
Labels: Saudi Arabia, Temple Mount
Egypt revoking citizenship from Hamas leaders
Egypt is revoking citizenship that was granted to Hamas leaders
during the rule of Mohammed Morsy.
Under Morsi’s rule, the Egyptian authorities granted Egyptian
citizenship to thousands of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, including
top Hamas officials.
One of the Hamas leaders who received an Egyptian passport was Mahmoud Zahar, who was born to an Egyptian mother.
Palestinian daily Al-Quds reported that the Egyptian authorities have
taken effective measures to revoke the citizenship of Zahar and many
other Palestinians from the Gaza Strip.
The paper quoted an
Egyptian source as saying that the latest measure targeted Palestinians
who are “affiliated with certain Palestinian political parties or those
who are connected to outlawed groups in Egypt.”
pointed out that Egyptian law prohibits those who obtain Egyptian
citizenship from engaging in political activities or membership in
political parties in the first five years.
claimed last year that the Egyptian authorizes had agreed to grant
citizenship to more than 50,000 Palestinians who were born to Egyptian
I'm fine with this so long as it's limited to 'Palestinians' who live in Gaza. You might recall that Jordan's King Abdullah revoked citizenship from 'Palestinians' living in Jordan
in order to ensure that they don't 'give up' their 'right of return.' If Egypt behaves similarly, that would be troublesome. But in the context of the Egyptian government's dispute with the Muslim Brotherhood, I can't really see a problem with what they're doing now.
Labels: Egypt, Gaza plenty, Hamas, Mahmoud al-Zahar, Mohammed Morsy, Muslim Brotherhood
Can Israel attack Iran?
This post is not about whether Israel is politically capable of attacking Iran. It's about whether Israel is militarily capable of attacking Iran. There's a May 2012 article on Time Magazine's website by Karl Vick and Aaron Klein which claims that we're not militarily capable of attacking Iran
(Hat Tip: Shy Guy via Tomer Devorah
). This isn't a question of whether we have planes or missiles. It's a question of how we'd defend ourselves from a counter-attack without the use of American-supplied x-band radar.
The discreet complex atop Mt. Keren is a U.S. military installation,
and the 100 U.S. service members who staff it are the only foreign
troops stationed in Israel. Most are guards; a few are support. The
technicians are recognizable by the protective suits they wear to shield
them from the extraordinary amounts of radiation generated by the no
less extraordinary apparatus the base is built around.
The small, rectangular-shaped portable radar peeking around a concrete
blast wall is so advanced it can see over the horizon, and so sensitive
it can spot a softball tossed in the air from 2,900 miles away. (Tehran
is a mere 1,000 miles away to the northeast.) On Mt. Keren, the X-band
radar is indeed pointed northeast, toward Iran, where it could detect a
Shahab-3 missile launched toward Israel just seconds into its flight —
and six to seven minutes earlier than Israel would know from its own
radar, called Green Pine.
The extra time means a great deal. Six additional minutes increases by
at least 60% the time Israeli officials would have to sound sirens that
will send civilians scrambling into bomb shelters.
It also substantially
increases the chances of launching interceptors to knock down the
incoming missile before it reaches Israel, hiking the likelihood its
wreckage or warhead falls in, say, the wastes of the Jordanian desert
rather than Israel's heavily populated coastal plain. And should the
interceptor miss, the extra time might allow for the launch of a second
All this is possible, however, only if U.S. officials choose to share
the information, because only Americans have eyes on the radar. And if
it's difficult to imagine a U.S. commander-in-chief choosing to withhold
an early warning that could save civilian lives of a close ally, both
sides recognize that if the Iranian missiles were launched in
retaliation for an Israeli air strike, the onus might be on the Israeli
government that set such events in motion. In any event, military
officials and outside analysts say that uncertainty can only inhibit any
Israeli impulse to "go it alone."
I wrote many, many posts about the x-band radar when it was first installed. X-band was a parting gift from George W. Bush
, and was installed in early 2009, shortly before Bush left office. The Americans did insist on controlling it, but they insisted on that in every other installation too (you may recall that in Turkey there was a dispute because the Turks object to information from their x-band radar being shared with Israel
). But in mid-2009, the Americans did allow Israel to station at least one person in the control room
. Here's what I wrote about it then, and I think it still applies.
Note that the Americans are running the show and that there's still only one Israeli being allowed in. I argued here
that we are better off with the Americans running the show without us
than we would be without the radar at all. I still believe that. If
there's really an attack, God forbid, the Americans are unlikely to
refuse to turn the radar on. They know that Iran would like nothing more
than to have some 'high quality' American casualties.
On the other hand, with Hopenchange in power, one never knows for sure....
In 2011, x-band radar installations in Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia were linked
All this is not to say that the US will definitely turn on the radar if Israel attacks Iran. We already know that the Obama administration refused to turn on Japan's radar
during a North Korean missile test. And we already know that the US sharply cut back joint exercises with Israel
and denied it anti-missile systems that could be used against Iran.
Bottom line: Israel may not benefit from the x-band radar in defending against counter-strikes from an attack on Iran. But to jump from there to say that not having the x-band radar would prevent Israel from attacking Iran is still a big jump. A military strike on Iran is considered a last resort anyway. The fact that we might not have an extra layer of defense that would be nice to have won't stop it.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Iranian nuclear threat, Israeli attack on Iran, x-band radar
Behold I Have Redeemed
Here's David Simcha with Hein Ga'alti (Behold I Have Redeemed) from the Sabbath and Holiday Musaf Kedusha prayer.
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: David Simcha, Hein Ga'alti, overnight music video
'Palestinians' to stay at 'peace talks' long enough for terrorists to be released
Admitting that the 'peace talks' are going nowhere, the 'Palestinians' are planning to keep them going nonetheless to get their 104 terrorists released
Nabil Shaath, one of the senior officials in the terrorist
organization Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has declared in a Maariv interview
Friday that the PA will remain in talks until all of their terrorist
"prisoners" are released - despite admitting that talks have tanked.
"We have committed to negotiations for a period of 9 months, and by
then we hope to see all 104 of our prisoners released," Shaath claimed.
He also noted that if not for the release of the more terrorists, PA
negotiators would have left the peace talks entirely - just as they
threatened to do earlier this month.
Earlier this week, Shaath declared to Ma'an that
the PA was ready to appeal to international bodies, e.g. the
International Criminal Court (ICC), in the event that talks fail.
Shaath repeated those sentiments Friday, adding that he wished to
petition all of the UN organizations - not only for the terrorists to be
released, but also to push Israel back into talks and into surrendering
land under 1949 Armistice lines.
"The declaration of the PA as a UN non-member observer state
recognizes the PA as having borders on 1967 lines," he declared. "This
gives us the right to be full members of other international
organizations, the International Criminal Court, and other UN
institutions." The PA was admitted as a UN non-member observer state last year.
Despite these threats, Shaath nonetheless has admitted that the PA
will not break the negotiations - if only for the sake of more
terrorists. "For the prisoners sake, we will not break off ties, we will
not go running to the UN." he stated, "But I'm not sure there will be
much else to do, given the current policies of the Israeli government."
And they're 'negotiating' with Tzipi Livni, who is way to the Left of the rest of the government and of most Israelis.
Well, US Secretary of State John FN 'third intifada' Kerry will be back in the country later this month.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Abu Mazen, John Kerry, Middle East peace process, Nabil Sha'ath, Palestinian state RIGHT NOW syndrome, Saeb Erekat, Tzipi Livni
'Senior officials in the White House' call Netanyahu 'desperate and weak'
'Senior officials in the White House' are calling Prime Minister Netanyahu 'desperate and weak' due to his refusal to just sign the damn agreement
Israeli television Channel 10 quoted the officials as saying
“His pronouncements show a lack of self-confidence,” in an unusually
harsh personal attack on Netanyahu. “We are not perturbed by his vocal
This from the President who has done more to weaken the United States than any President ever.
"As the prime minister of Israel, I warn time and time again of the
dangers that are related to the Iranian nuclear program,” he added.
“When I see a danger to the citizens of Israel I will not remain
In the meantime, that crooked worm, Ehud K. Olmert
, has also criticized Netanyahu
"We've declared war on the United States administration,” Olmert said
at a special debate at the Institute for National Security Studies on
"First and foremost,” said Olmert, “we must steer clear of anything
that might give the impression that we want to lock horns with our
Disagreements with the US must never be handled in a way “that might
give the impression, G-d forbid... of a provocative tone of personal
confrontation with the man whose goodwill and support for the state of
Israel are perhaps the most important basis for the state of Israel's
"There is one state in the world that votes for Israel in the UN
throughout the years, systematically, even in cases when we were not
necessarily 100% right. They always stood at our side. All of these
attacks, all the attempts to sic Congress against the American
administration – this is a very serious mistake. The only way is to
cooperate with the US, modestly, with restraint, with wisdom, and not
carry out the argument in unceasing attacks on the Amercian
With the exception of the Carter years, that was all true until the current occupant of the White House was elected. Now, we have little choice but to fight. And Olmert, the egotistical sleaze bag who sent over a hundred IDF soldiers to their deaths after signing a lopsided cease fire in Lebanon, ought to learn to keep his mouth shut.
The fact that the slimy Olmert has become Netanyahu's biggest domestic critic argues in favor of supporting the Prime Minister.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Ehud K. Olmert
What's it like to be in a rock attack?
Here's a video from a car camera of a rock attack that took place near Hebron on Friday.
Let's go to the videotape.
Previous rock attacks were captured on video here
Labels: stone throwers
Why Jews have Obama's back
Former Congressman Allen West wonders why Jews have Obama's back if Obama doesn't have Israel's
would require some operational logistics and intelligence support from
the United States, and I would not put it past the Islamist-centric
President Obama to withhold such support. Furthermore, it is the “day
after” which should mainly concern Israel. Will the United States back
their play and have their backs?
This career soldier and former Paratrooper thinks not, and that is a
major concern for PM Netanyahu — to a point. Since his rise to power,
President Obama has effectively destabilized the neighborhood in which
Israel resides, and not by incompetence, but by intention.
Yet the American Jewish community blindly followed this mastermind of
disaster, not once but twice. And don’t forget, Hillary and Bill
Clinton entertained Yasser Arafat in the White House. The question is,
now that Obama doesn’t need the Jewish community for another election,
will they awaken from their misguided politically-driven stupor?
No, of course they won't. American Jews are liberals
much more than they are pro-Israel.
Labels: Allen West, American Jewish indifference to Israel, American Jewish support for Israel, American Jews, Barack Hussein Obama, Judaism, liberalism
Five years later: Interview with hero nanny of Mumbai
Five years have passed since Moshe Holzberg was saved from Islamic terrorists by his nanny, Sandra Samuel. Here's an interview with Sandra - who is still helping to raise Moshe - five years later.
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Mumbai, Mumbai terror attacks
Report: Nasrallah injured in bomb blast
An unconfirmed posting on Facebook by a Syrian rebel group claims that Hezbullah politburo chief Hassan Nasrallah was injured
in a bomb blast that killed 22 members of his group on Sunday.
Syrian rebel forces claim that they have succeeded in injuring Hezbollah
leader Hassan Nasrallah, a Lebanese website reported this morning,
citing a Facebook message. No other source has confirmed the report.
According to the report, a commander of the Free Syrian Army
announced that members of Jabhat Al-Nusra, an Islamist Sunni rebel group
linked to Al Qaeda, succeeded in the early morning hours in blowing up
the headquarters where Nasrallah lives in Bint Jbeil, Lebanon.
The Lebanese report relies on a Facebook message published by one of
the rebel organizations, according to which 22 Hezbollah members
guarding Nasrallah were killed during the blast while Nasrallah himself
Labels: Free Syrian Army, Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbullah, Nusra Front
Report: IDF soldier missing
Israeli police are looking for IDF soldier Daniel Kadosh, who has not been heard from since he left his Carmiel home around 8:00 am Sunday morning.
He is described as being 1.70 meters tall, wearing gray training clothes and carrying a blue and red bag.
Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the police at 04-990-1444 or to call 100 at any police station in the country.
Original post here
Labels: IDF, IDF soldier
The real goal of 'Women of the Wall'
Jonathan Rosenblum destroys 'Women of the Wall
AVRAHAM’S RESEARCH demonstrates that Hoffman and Kallus are
political animals, not just spiritual seekers motivated by their intense
attachment to the Western Wall. And it strongly suggests that the prime
motivation of the leaders of WoW is to advance an agenda consistent with their
other political work.
Read the whole thing
The power of the Western Wall derives, in large
part, from its role as a symbol of Jewish continuity, from the time of the First
and Second Temples until today. Those who identify with organizations like Ir
Amim and Emek Shaveh, which oppose Israeli archeological work in the Old City,
as part of a sinister “Judaization of Jerusalem,” and who are allied with groups
calling for the return of east Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and Western
Wall, to Palestinian control, are apparently not terribly moved by Jewish
continuity and its symbols.
In truth, Hoffman has always been rather
forthright that the Western Wall Plaza had value in her eyes primarily as a
place to make political statements – “to be seen,” in her words – and provoke
confrontation. Hoffman admits she feels no particular attachment to places, the
Western Wall included. And her Reform Movement long ago declared, “One should
not consider the Western Wall as possessing any sanctity.”
She has no
answer for the question posed long ago by Hillel Halkin, “Are there no other
places in Jerusalem to practice Jewish feminism, that they must do it at the one
site where it is sure to infuriate large numbers of Orthodox Jews?” – a question
that takes on special gravity given Hoffman’s admission that the Western Wall
has no real sanctity in her eyes.
Offending others is not an unfortunate
byproduct, but the very purpose of WoW. Again, Hoffman admitted as much recently
in explaining her theoretical acceptance of Jewish Agency chairman Natan
Sharansky’s proposal for WoW to move their prayer rites from the current Western
Wall Plaza to a fully refurbished area further south on the Western Wall (albeit
while conditioning that acceptance on 16 untenable conditions). “WoW,” she
conceded, in explanation of the new approach, “is not the right group for
bringing about change in the Orthodox world.”
In other words, the 25
years of confrontation were not, at least for Hoffman, about the yearning for
proximity to the Western Wall, but to “model” new and better modes of prayer for
her benighted Orthodox sisters.
IT IS IMPORTANT to understand the ways in
which WoW’s activities serve the radical agenda of Hoffman, Kallus and Sachs.
WoW serves to “kasher” many of the organizations with which it is associated, in
particular the NIF, which serves as both a funder of WoW and a conduit for its
WoW wraps itself in the cloak of religious
For most American Jews, the belief that “there is no right way
to be a Jew” is both the first and last of their theological principles.
Accordingly, religious pluralism is as “American Jewish” as apple pie and
motherhood – sadly, a good deal more so than the latter.
itself as an organization committed to the benign cause – at least in the eyes
of non-Orthodox American Jews – of religious pluralism, the NIF is able to
obscure other parts of its agenda that might find less favor with many of its
But there is another more insidious way in which WoW helps
to advance the radical Left agenda in Israel.
Groups like B’Tselem and
Breaking the Silence, which uses former IDF soldiers to advance a narrative of
widespread Israeli war crimes, seek to alienate American Jews from their
identification with Israel. By doing so, they hope to increase Israeli Jews’
sense of isolation and lack of international support, and to thereby convince
them that the only way out is to conclude a “peace” with the Palestinians on
almost any terms.
Labels: Adalah, archaeology, Israel's suicidal Left, Jerusalem, New Israel Fund, Women of the Wall
What socialism means
Kitty Werthmann is a WW2 survivor. She is 87 years old and is President
of the South Dakota Eagle Forum. Werthmann lived under Nazi rule through
the war, and strongly feels the need to warn Americans about the
horrors of socialism. Werthmann said that Adolf Hitler spoke just like
an American politician. She says: When the people fear the government,
that's tyranny, but when the government fears the people, that's
Liberty! Sighting Switzerland's policy where citizens are required to
own guns, Hitler did not attempt to invade the country and it has not
been involved in a war for 600 years. Kitty advocates: 'Keep your guns.
Keep your guns, and buy more guns! and stock up on ammo because: "What
good is a gun without ammunition?"
Let's go to the videotape. More comments after the video.
What bothered me about this video is that there is no mention of Jews - the word "Jew" isn't even spoken. There's one small reference at the end that claims that they didn't know about the concentration camps - let's say I find that difficult to believe.
The Austrians are masters at turning themselves into Hitler's victims when in fact they were quite complicit in the slaughter of Jews.
While her depiction of socialism may be (and probably is) accurate, her failure to acknowledge the special role of Jews as Hitler's victims left a bad taste in my mouth.
Labels: Adolph Hitler, Austria, Barack Hussein Obama, Nazis, socialism
A bad deal
How bad is the deal between the P 5+1 and Iran? David Weinberg counts the ways
You know it’s a bad deal when just about
every administration spokesman has explained over and over again in recent weeks
that war with Iran is not an acceptable option.
Thus residual, ritual
American incantations of the diplomatic formula that “all options remain on the
table” – one being that military action could still be contemplated if the
Iranians don’t follow through on their new commitments – ring totally hollow.
It’s clear that the Obama administration has no intention of striking the
Iranian nuclear military complex, ever, under any circumstances.
it’s a bad deal when the Geneva accord may not really be much of an actual
agreement at all.
Former US National Security Council official Elliott
Abrams has pointed out that the accord summary released by the White House is
couched in “aspirational” terms, suggesting that actual “implementation” of
Iranian commitments still need to be negotiated, and the White House now admits
as much. Zarif has actually called the White House texts “invalid and one-sided
interpretations of the texts agreed to in Geneva.”
Abrams assertion has now been confirmed
. But wait, there's more.
You know it’s a bad
deal when the French foreign minister and others are already saying that the
so-called interim accord could be in place for a year or more, since talks on a
longer-term agreement may be prolonged and difficult.
Read the whole thing
And who knows
whether Tehran will ever agree to a tougher accord.
So Obama’s “interim”
accord could become a lasting arrangement; the worst possible
You know it’s a bad deal when President Shimon Peres and
Ambassador Uri Savir, who negotiated the disastrous Oslo accords, think the
Geneva accord is a good deal.
You know it’s a bad deal when Obama and
Kerry have taken to belittling Israel’s concerns, and to battering American
Jewish and congressional critics of the Geneva deal with insinuations of
disloyalty, dual loyalty and warmongering.
But all is fair in Obama’s
drive for a new regional order in which Israel is a bit player and side concern,
and America’s grand reconciliation with radical Islam is the paramount strategic
According to a report on Friday night on Israel's Channel 2, the Iran sanctions regime is already well on its way to collapsing
Privately, the unnamed officials were quoted
as indicating Friday, Jerusalem is feeling a bitter, dismayed and
helpless sense of “We told you so.” Noting that officials and
businessmen from around the world — notably including China, Turkey,
France, Russia and India — are already converging on Iran, ready to
resume large-scale oil, banking and all manner of other business
dealings as sanctions are eased in the wake of Sunday’s Geneva deal, the
officials were quoted saying that Israel knew the sanctions pressure
would collapse, “but even we didn’t imagine it would happen this fast.”
The Channel 2 report quoted one official
saying that the US was “not leading but is being led” by Iran, and that
the Obama administration has indicated that it has “no red lines” in its
dealings with the Iranians.
We live in very trying times. But God's salvation is always the wink of an eyelash away.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat
An idea whose time has come
At a protest in Samaria last night, Jewish residents called on the IDF to change its open fire orders to allow soldiers to shoot at stone-throwers
The protesters are calling on the army to step in to protect
motorists. Specifically, they said, the army must reopen a security post
that formerly existed along the highway, and must change the open-fire
orders to allow soldiers to shoot at rock throwers.
“It’s a question of life and death,” they declared.
Attempts to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority have only
exacerbated the problem, they argued. “The more the peace talks move
forward, the more rock attacks there are,” protesters explained.
Several rabbis from the region were present, including the rabbis of the towns of Shilo, Maaleh Levona, Eli, and Shvut Rachel.
Dozens of residents of a nearby PA Arab town responded to the protest outside their community by burning tires.
In principle, I definitely agree that the IDF ought to have the right to open fire on stone throwers. For that matter, so should any motorist who believes that his life or the life of his passengers is being endangered.
Having said that, what do we do with the inevitable 'Palestinian' response of sending 10-12-year old children out to throw stones? My view is that the parents ought to be arrested and jailed for neglecting their children. Oh yes, and let the IDF use tear gas and rubber bullets on the kids if that's enough to stop them.
Stone throwing is not 'non-violent.'
Labels: IDF, open fire rules, stone throwers
Do I hear $30 billion?
Do you all remember when Israel accused the US of trading $40 billion in sanctions relief
to Iran in exchange for a 24-day delay in Iran's nuclear capability? As recently as Wednesday, the Obama administration was still claiming that the amount of that sanctions relief was 'only' $4-7 billion
. But the Iranians keep releasing ever-increasing numbers
and given that the Iranians seem to be much more truthful
about what was or what was not agreed in Geneva, I'd take the Iranians' numbers more seriously. Their latest number is $23 billion
#1 ‘Iran to access $15bn under nuclear deal’
PRESS TV (Iran) Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:0PM GMT
An Iranian deputy foreign minister says Tehran will have access to nearly USD 15 billion in oil revenues after the implementation of the Geneva nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers.
Abbas Araqchi, Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said Saturday the Geneva deal will be implemented as of late December 2013 or early January 2014.
“With the implementation of the agreement, nearly USD 15 billion of oil revenues will be accessible over the next six months,” he said.
He added that of the 15 billion dollars nearly 10 billion, which was previously used to purchase foodstuff and medication, will be accessible with the implementation of the agreement.
#2 Gov't spokesman confirms US release of dlrs 8b of Iran frozen assets
Tehran, Nov 25, IRNA - Government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nowbakht confirmed the release of dlrs 8 billion of Iran's blocked assets by the US administration.
He made the remarks here Monday while talking to reporters on the sideline of a local gathering.
Nowbakht noted that the recent nuclear agreement will have significant impact on the Iranian economy.
I'd look for Iran to pocket the money and then continue to develop nuclear weapons. That's how things work in the Middle East bazaar.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat
No kidding: Netanyahu orders Mossad to look for Iranian violations of P 5+1 agreement
As most of you undoubtedly know by now, I generally don't take reports from the Sunday Times of London very seriously. But when I saw this one, my response was "no kidding." The Sunday Times is reporting that Prime Minister Netanyahu has ordered the Mossad to try to find a smoking gun indicating Iranian violations of the P 5+1 agreement
. Gee, ya think?
“Everyone has his own view regarding the Geneva agreement,” the Times
quoted an Israeli intelligence source as saying. “But it is clear that
if a smoking gun is produced, it will tumble like a house of cards.”
quoted Israeli defense sources as saying that Israeli intelligence was
seeking to uncover clandestine activity in three areas of Iran's nuclear
program - hidden uranium enrichment sites, ballistic missiles and bomb
“Iran would not have invested such a fortune [estimated at
$200 billion] if in the end it does not produce nuclear weapons and
turn Iran into a regional superpower,” the paper quoted an Israeli
official as saying.
And they're not looking for construction at the Arak plutonium plant? Of course they are. And they'd be fools not to look for it. What else can Israel do to stop the Obama juggernaut?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, intermediate range ballistic missiles, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, P 5+1, plutonium, uranium enrichment
Obama Claus comes early to Iran
(Hat Tip: Jack W
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat
One candle giving off light
The picture above was posted to the Prime Minister's Facebook page on Saturday night. The following message
went with it (Hat Tip: Leah P
recall something the Lubavitcher Rebbe told me when I went to the UN.
He told me: 'Remember that even when you are in a world that is all dark
and you light one candle, one candle of truth, the light – the precious
light that this candle gives off, is seen from afar!' We will continue
to act in this spirit. Happy Chanukah
Happy Chanuka to you too Mr. Prime Minister. Although I often disagree with you, I believe that your heart is in the right place. Please let me remind you that the Lubavitcher Rebbe was a staunch opponent of giving territory - any territory - to the 'Palestinians.'
Happy Chanuka to you too.
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Chanuka, Lubavitch
The truth about BDS's support for genocide
Here's an excellent video that dismembers the BDS campaign. The BDS'ers are really supporting genocide.
Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Bruce T
Labels: Arab genocide, BDS, genocide, Palestinian genocide
From the depths
Here's Simcha Leiner with Mimamakim (From the depths).
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Mimamakim, overnight music video, Simcha Leiner
Tel Aviv Istanbul weekly flights: Turkish airlines 112 - El Al 0
What's wrong with this picture?
What's wrong with it is that there are 112 weekly Turkish flights between Tel Aviv and Istanbul and NO El Al flights. El Al is furious. And Israel's government doesn't seem to care
Since the Prime Minister’s Office and the
Transportation Ministry seem unwilling, for political reasons, to
challenge the Turks on their refusal to accommodate Israel’s special
security requirements, effectively preventing Israeli airlines from
landing in their country, El Al is now pinning its hopes on Avigdor
Liberman, Elyezer Shkedy said. Israel’s newly returned foreign minister
is known not to shy away from controversial issues and has spoken out
frequently in the past against the current government in Ankara.
“What’s happening now between Israel and
Turkey is unacceptable,” El Al’s CEO and president Shkedy, a former
commander of the Israel Air Force, said in an interview. “This is
something I can’t understand, honestly. I can’t understand how the
leaders of the State of Israel allow this situation to continue.”
Shkedy refused to estimate how much the crisis
was costing El Al, but described it as a financial “disaster” that
could bring down the company. The government in Jerusalem would surely
not want to see “Israeli aviation crash because of this,” he added, but
this scenario is “a real possibility.”
Air traffic between Israel and Turkey has
soared by over 150 percent since the 2010 Gaza flotilla episode sent
bilateral ties hurtling into the abyss. But only Turkey is benefiting
from the increase: The total number of Turkish airline flights out of
Ben Gurion Airport each week has reached a staggering 112. The total
number of Israeli airline flights on the route: zero.
For reasons Jerusalem blames squarely on Ankara, Israeli airlines have
been unable to fly to any destination in Turkey since 2007 and are
locked out of the market. As first reported by The Times of Israel,
Shkedy on October 22 sent a letter to Netanyahu
in which he demanded Israel preclude Turkish airlines from flying to
Israel as long as Ankara prevents Israeli airlines from competing, or at
least halt the expansion of Turkish companies.
Until 2007, Israeli companies operated about
30 weekly flights to and from Turkey. But starting that year, Turkish
authorities ceased accommodating Israel’s security requirements, thus
preventing Israeli companies from landing in Turkey. Israel’s security
agencies have higher security requirements than other countries’
regarding the operation of flights. Officials in Jerusalem refuse to
specify Israel’s security demands on record, but in private
conversations say accommodations could certainly be found if there was a
desire to do so, and squarely blame Turkish authorities for
deliberately making the Israelis’ lives more difficult.
“Everywhere we fly to — China, India, Ukraine,
France, Belgium, England — everywhere we found a solution,” El Al’s
deputy director for international affairs, Stanley Morais, told The
Times of Israel. “There are all these countries that have all these
requirements and demands. How come in Turkey we can’t find a solution?
It doesn’t make sense.”
Other countries, most recently Russia, have
also sometimes objected to Israel’s special security procedures, but a
crisis was averted at the last minute with Moscow when Jerusalem
threatened to bar Russian planes from landing in Israel, according to
Shkedy. “We told them that until they let us fly there, you won’t be
able to fly here to Israel,” he said. “They found a solution [on the
security arrangements]. A solution that both Russia and Israel were
I find it amazing that the government has allowed this situation to continue for the last six years....
Labels: El Al, Turkish Airways, Turkish obsession with Israel
Actually, I got a lot of Black Friday email in Hebrew this year. But then, we don't have Thanksgiving....
Labels: humor, Thanksgiving
Obama and Mooch to Iran? Will Mooch have to cover up?
President Hussein Obama wants to visit Iran
according to a report in a Kuwaiti newspaper. Here's a Google translation of the report.
Al-Jarida has learned from a U.S. diplomat that President Barack Obama is
seeking to visit Tehran in the middle of next year. The source said that the desire to visit is shared, and that Tehran and
Washington are waiting for the conclusion of the arrangements prior to
Iranian President Hassan Rohani issuing an official invitation to his
American counterpart to visit Tehran.
He pointed out that the most important detail that is outstanding regarding
the meeting is the question of a meeting with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
and the possibility of not holding the meeting.
The source said that Obama was waiting for the invitation to devote his new
administration's policy in the region based on the principle of non-military involvement and balance. He wants to be the first U.S. president to
visit Iran since the Khomeini revolution in order to show that he is an
advocate of peace and dialogue even with those who chant death to America.
I'm not sure Mooch will want to go along
on this trip.
And I doubt that most Americans will be happy about their President going either.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Iran
French court fines BDS'ers
A French court has fined a group of BDS'ers
who invaded supermarkets in France in 2009 and 2010.
A French court imposed a $1,300 fine on members of an anti-Israel group
who called on supermarket shoppers to boycott Israeli products.
Court of Appeals of Colmar near Strasbourg fined each of the group’s 12
members individually on Wednesday for their participation in a
pro-boycott activity in 2009-2010, which the court qualified as
“provocation to discrimination.” The court also gave the activists a
suspended jail sentence, according to a report by the CRIF umbrella
group of French Jewish communities.
The ruling reversed a 2012
verdict by the Correctional Tribunal of Mulhouse, which found the
defendants not guilty. Prosecutors filed the appeal, CRIF said in a
The actions for which the defendants were sentenced
took place in 2009 in a supermarket in Mulhouse and again in 2010. Some
of the defendants received a double fine for each action, CRIF reported.
perpetrators were sentenced in accordance with strict
anti-discrimination laws, including one passed by the French parliament
in 2003 known as the Lellouche Law, after the lawmaker who drafted it,
In September, seven activists were given a $650 fine for a similar action in 2010 in a supermarket in Alençon.
I believe that one of the incidents in question is in the video I posted here
. There's video of a 2011 incident here
Labels: BDS, Carrefour, France
US freed Iranian scientist who tried to acquire nuclear equipment
Shavua tov, a good week to everyone, and a freilichen (happy) Chanuka.
As part of its back channel talks with Iran, the United States freed an Iranian scientist in April, who had been arrested in California for trying to acquire nuclear equipment for Iran
(Hat Tip: Memeorandum
Iranian officials have been meeting secretly in Oman on and off for
years, according to a respected Israeli intelligence analyst, Ronen
Solomon. And in the past three years as a consequence of those talks,
Iran released three American prisoners, all via Oman, and the US
responded in kind. Then, most
critically, in April, when the back channel was reactivated in advance
of the Geneva P5+1 meetings, the US released a fourth Iranian prisoner,
high-ranking Iranian scientist Atarodi, who was arrested in California
on charges that remain sealed but relate to his attempt to acquire what
are known as dual-use technologies, or equipment that could be used for
Iran’s military-nuclear programs. Iran has not reciprocated for that latest release.
Solomon, an independent intelligence analyst
(who in 2009 revealed the crucial role played by German Federal
Intelligence Service officer Gerhard Conrad in the negotiations that led
to the 2011 Gilad Shalit Israel-Hamas prisoner deal), has been
following the US-Iran meetings in Oman for years. Detailing what he
termed the “unwritten prisoner exchange deals” agreed over the years in
Oman by the US and Iran, Solomon told The Times of Israel that “It’s clear what the Iranians got” with the release of top scientist Atarodi in April. “What’s unclear is what the US got.”
The history of these deals, though, he said,
would suggest that in the coming months Iran will release at least one
of three US citizens who are currently believed to be in Iranian
custody. One of these three is former FBI agent Robert Levinson.
The facts of his case are still shrouded. On
December 7, 2011, Atarodi, a faculty member at the prestigious Sharif
University of Technology (SUT) in Tehran — a US-educated electrical
engineer with a heart condition, a green card and a brother living in
the US — arrived at LAX and was arrested by US federal officials.
He appeared twice in US federal court in San
Francisco and was incarcerated at a federal facility in Dublin,
California and then kept under house arrest. The US government cloaked
the contents of his indictment and released no statement upon his
release. His lawyer, Matthew David Kohn, told The Times of Israel he
would like to discuss the case further but that first he had to “make
some inquiries” to see what he was allowed to reveal.
In January, shortly after Atarodi’s arrest, his colleagues wrote a letter to the journal Nature,
protesting his detention. “We believe holding a distinguished
55-year-old professor in custody is a historical mistake and not
commensurate with the image that America strives to extend throughout
the world as a bastion of free scientific exchange among schools and
academic institutions,” they said.
Solomon, who compiled a profile of Atarodi,
believes that the scientist, prior to his arrest, played an important
role in Iran’s missile and nuclear programs. Atarodi, he said, has
co-authored more than 30 technical articles, mostly related to
micro-electric engineering and, in 2011, won the Khwarizmi award for the
design of a microchip receiver for digital photos. “That same
technology,” he said, “can be used for missile guidance and the analysis
of nuclear tests.”
Solomon further noted that the then-Iranian
defense minister and former commander of the revolutionary guards, Ahmad
Vahidi, attended the prize ceremony and that Professor Massoud
Ali-Mahmoudi, an Iranian physics professor who was assassinated in 2010, was an earlier recipient of the prize.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Atarodi
came to the US at the behest of the logistics wing of the IRGC [the
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps],” Solomon said.
On April 26 Atarodi was flown from the US to Seeb military airbase in
Oman, where he met with Ismaily, and onward to Iran. “The release of
someone who holds that sort of information and has advanced strategic
projects in Iran is a prize,” Solomon said. The US, said Solomon, must
have already received something in return or will do so in the future.
Read the whole thing
. So glad to hear that we're not the only country with an early release program for political expediency.
Labels: Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, prisoner exchange