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Ben Carson: Yes, Obama is Anti-Semitic

By Reuters

Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson accused President Barack Obama Sunday of being anti-Semitic, as evidenced by Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.

Carson told Fox News Sunday, in response to a question on his criticism of the Iran deal, : "Well, all you have to do, Chris, is, like I have, go to Israel, and talk to average people, on all ends of that spectrum. And I couldn't find a single person there who didn't feel that this administration had turned their back on Israel. And I think the position of president of [the] United States should be one where you begin to draw people together behind a vision, not one where you castigate those who believe differently from you. I think it's a possibility for great healing, if it is used in the correct way."

When asked what specifically is anti-Semitic in what Obama said," Carson replied, "I think anything is anti-Semitic that is against the survival of a state that is surrounded by enemies, and by people who want to destroy them. And to sort of ignore that, and to act like everything is normal there, and that these people are paranoid, I think that's anti-Semitic."

Carson spoke out against the Iran nuclear deal in July, warning that it puts the "whole country in jeopardy" and represents "a complete lack of common sense. It [the deal] doesn't disassemble the nuclear infrastructure of Iran," Carson charged. "It lifts the economic sanctions … It allows for arms dealing and ballistic missiles. And if we want to inspect something, it has to go through a committee on which Iranians sit, and on which the Russians sit."


Head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' Israel Intelligence Desk is Executed as Israeli Spy

By DEBKAfile

Highly credible Iranian exile sources in Europe have revealed to DEBKAfile that the Director of the Israel Desk of the Revolutionary Guards clandestine service was executed by a firing squad in late June or early July after he was accused of spying for Israel.

Aged 46, Seyyed Ahmed Dabiri was his codename. His real name is not known. The sources report that he was tried by a Guards martial court and found guilty of tipping Israel off on classified information, including the movements of Iranian military commanders in Syria, Iranian arms shipments to Syria and arms convoys bound for Hizbullah in Lebanon.

Suspicion first fell on Dabiri after the Israeli air force struck the convoy of Iranian and Hizbullah commanders that was on a top-secret visit to the village of Mazraat Amal near the Golan town of Quneitra on January 18. They were there to survey the terrain preparatory to planting a Hizbullah rocket position just across from IDF's Golan outposts, a mission which ended in disaster.

Killed in the attack were the Iranian general in charge of the Syrian front, Gen. Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi, the high-ranking Hizbullah intelligence officer Ali al-Tabtababni, who was in charge of liaison with the Iranian Guards, and Jihad Mughniyeh, son of the iconic Hizbullah commander in chief, the late Imad Mughniye. He had been assigned command of the Hizbullah Golan base whence to launch a new offensive against Israel.

After the air strike, the plan was abandoned, a setback with devastating effect on the Iranian and Hizbullah high commands. Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah announced at the time that the gloves was now off against Israel and that "rules of engagement" with the Jewish state were no longer in force. No more than a handful of big shots were privy to the Golan tour in the highest Revolutionary Guards highest echelon and the inner circle of Nasrallah.

The IRGC's chief Gen. Ali Jafari and Iran's Middle East commander in chief Gen. Qassem Suleimani ordered an all-encompassing investigation to find out who was responsible for leaking to Israeli intelligence the secret of the Golan tour. According to the Iranian exiles, the high Hizbullah command and the Guards headquarters in Tehran were exhaustively investigated.

DEBKAfile's sources point to the fact that on January 5, two weeks before Israel's deadly air strike, Nasrallah's deputy, Sheikh Naim Qassem, complained that "Hizbullah is battling espionage within its ranks and has uncovered some major infiltrations." A short time earlier, in December 2014, Mohammad Shawraba, 42, the deputy chief of Unit 910, which is responsible for external terrorist operations, was arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel.

So in the weeks leading up to the Israeli Golan attack, Hizbullah was buzzing with Israeli spy fever. Yet the Guards probe failed to discover the source of the leak either in Beirut or Tehran. When no Israeli mole was identified, the Guards intelligence chief Gen. Hassan Taeb set a trap and baited it with a false piece of intelligence.

On April 25, Israel air planes struck what they believed to be Syrian and Hizbullah bases and arms dumps in the Qalamoun Mountains on the Syrian-Lebanese border. Middle East media carried confused reports on this attack – some claiming it targeted an arms convoy heading into Lebanon from Syria; others cited missile stores or even the Syrian army's 155th and 65th Brigades. Israeli sources declined to confirm or deny any of those versions.

The cause of the mix-up was that the target was a red herring. But the attack enabled Iranian spy catchers to narrow down the source and discover that Ahmad Dabiri was the mole who had tipped Israel off..


Trump: 'Iran Deal Leads to Nuclear Holocaust, Israel's in Big Trouble'

By IsraelNationalNews.com

Republican candidate for the presidential nomination, Donald Trump, warned that the nuclear deal with Iran would lead to a doomsday scenario but said it would be difficult to just "rip up."

In an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," he said that the deal would greatly strengthen Iran: "They are going to be such a wealthy, such a powerful nation. They are going to have nuclear weapons. They are going to take over parts of the world that you wouldn't believe. And I think it's going to lead to nuclear holocaust," Trump said. "Israel is in big trouble. Obama has really let Israel down." But he said that as president, he may have to abide by it. "It's very hard to say, 'We're ripping it up,'" Trump explained.

Had he negotiated the deal, Trump insisted, he wouldn't have allowed Iran to access any of the estimated $150 billion in frozen funds that have been unfrozen by the deal; he would have demanded they return US prisoners before sitting down at the negotiating table; and he would have "doubled up" the sanctions to gain leverage. He also criticized the 24-day waiting period for nuclear inspectors, saying it amounts to much longer than that and in "24 days plus numerous weeks, you can do anything."

But while admitting he'd likely be stuck with the deal, Trump said he would at least "police the contract. I'm really good at looking at a contract and finding things within a contract that even if they're bad," he said, in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd on his private plane. "I would police that contract so tough that they don't have a chance. As bad as the contract is, I will be so tough on that contract."

Against ISIS, Trump expressed a tough stance, proposing another ground invasion of Iraq to take the oil fields from the terrorist groups, the proceeds from which he said he'd give to wounded soldiers and the families of soldiers killed in battle. When told the Obama administration's current strategy for combating ISIS includes a similar plan, Trump insisted: "If they are trying to do it, they picked it up from me. Because I started saying it three weeks ago."


Bin Laden's Son Calls to 'Wage Holy War' on Tel Aviv

By IsraelNationalNews.com

The Al Qaeda terrorist organization has published a voice recording it claims belongs to Hamza Bin Laden, the son of arch-terrorist and Al Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden. The message is believed to be the first time Al Qaeda has presented Hamza Bin Laden as an official member of its organization.

In the recording published Friday and shared by the organization's supporters on Twitter, Hamza calls on followers to attack the United States as well as its allies, including Israel. Preaching to "Al Qaeda faithful" in Kabul, Baghdad and Gaza, he urges followers to wage jihad, or holy war, on Washington, London, Paris and Tel Aviv. The audio message also called "for the targeting of Jewish American interests globally."

In response, the national Jewish security arm founded by the Jewish Federations of North America warned Jewish institutions in the US to be on alert. However, "there is no information at this time to suggest a credible or imminent threat as it relates to this audio message," the Secure Community Network said in its message.

Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda's founder and former leader, was behind the September 11 terror attacks in the United States. He was killed by US special forces four years ago during a raid on his compound in Pakistan.

Little is known about Bin Laden's son, Hamza, who is believed to be in his early to mid-twenties. He was born to Bin-Laden's third wife and was once designated to succeed his father. Hamza's whereabouts are also unknown, with the last documented footage of him fighting alongside the Taliban appearing on Al-Jazeera during the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.


IDF Prepares for Possible Incursion into Syria

By YnetNews.com

The IDF has prepared plans to attack Syria in light of a recent military assessment that Iran has opened a new front against Israel on the Golan Heights.

Military exercises in the area over the last two weeks have focused primarily on a scenario of offensive operations inside Syrian territory in response to possible action from the Syrian border such as the infiltration of dozens of terrorists armed with anti-tank weapons, machine guns, grenades and light weapons into one of the communities along the border.

The exercises included possible IDF responses to such infiltrations with troops firing at fixed points on the Syrian side of the border. Simultaneously, officials expect a barrage of mortar bombs to be fired at communities in the Golan Heights during such a scenario.

Commanders in the field put theoretical defensive plans into action using aircraft and combat helicopters alongside tank-fire, artillery guns and even hundreds of reserve fighters who participated in the exercise.

The Northern Command estimates that despite the relative quiet on the Golan Heights, strategists suggest it is quite possible an errant jihadist organization pushed into a corner by Assad's army, or by competing organizations, could try to carry out an attack in Israel in order to draw it over the border, into Syria's civil war. In light of this concern, the main jihadist organization in the Syrian Golan, Nusra Front, who hitherto has not fired a single shot toward Israel, may try to do so in the future.

The Northern Command does not believe the escalation will necessarily occur in the near future, but hope to be a few steps ahead in accordance with Northern Command Chief Aviv Kochavi's new outlook. According to his perception, Hizbullah command's focus over the past decade has become broader and concerns not only Lebanon but also Syria, with emphasis on the terrorist organizations operating there.

The Syrian army now controls only two enclaves in the Golan Heights: the Quneitra area which leads to Damascus, in the center-north of the Heights and the Druze village Hader at the foot of Mount Hermon.

The remaining border areas are in the control of rebel groups, primarily Nusra Front, whereas Hizbullah militants are not operating near the border fence as most of them have left the Golan Heights in recent months to reinforce their positions on the Syria-Lebanon border, but hundreds still remain deep in the Golan Heights.

Regarding Islamic State, they have begun to move their focus from north and eastern Syria to the south during the past few months. They are still far from the border fence and are 70 kilometers from Israel in the Druze mountains.

With respect to the Druze, The Northern Command has drawn up plans to deal with a situation in which rebels try to occupy the Druze village of Hader. Many of the 12,000 inhabitants have relatives in Israeli Druze villages. The plans include Israel assistance and messages regarding these plans have already been sent to the various rebel groups.


Temperatures Rise as Israel Experiences 3rd Heat Wave of the Year

By YnetNews.com

The intense heat wave that has engulfed Israel over the past few weeks refused to relent on Sunday, as 44 degrees Celsius (111 degrees F) were noted in Sde Eliyahu, a religious kibbutz in northern Israel, while Be'er Sheva in the south reached 42 degrees (107.6 degrees F).

Temperatures in the coast area were not as high, but humidity was between 70-75% making it feel like over 40 degrees. According to Shlomo Oberman, a forecaster for the Meteo-Tech meteorological service, this is the third heat wave to hit the area this summer.

While Monday's forecast showed some cooling, the humidity was predicted to rise, meaning it would still be very hot, but also humid. The forecaster said that even the sea temperature would set a seasonal record at 30-31 degrees Celsius (about 86-88 degrees Fahrenheit).

The Health Ministry on Thursday released a warning about the heat wave and called on the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases to avoid exposure to heat and sun as much as possible, to avoid unnecessary physical exertion, to be careful to stay hydrated, and to be in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible. An intense heat wave caused 93 deaths in Egypt over the past week, mostly elderly people, according to Egyptian news agency MENA.


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