Newsletter : 15fx0819.txt
| Previous file
| Next file
Huckabee Declares West Bank to be Part of Israel
By The Guardian (UK)
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee waded into Middle Eastern politics by
declaring the West Bank to be part of Israel. Huckabee made the remarks on Tuesday while
visiting a West Bank settlement. He told reporters "if you're going to visit Israel you
should visit all of Israel, and that would include Judea and Samaria", the biblical name
for the West Bank. His comments are at odds with US policy.
Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in the 1967 war. Palestinians demand the area
along with Gaza and East Jerusalem for a future state. The fate of West Bank settlements
is one of the core issues at the heart of the conflict. Palestinians blamed settlement
expansions for the breakdown in 2014 of US-mediated peace talks with Israel a
position supported in part by Washington, but rejected by the Israelis.
Many evangelical Christians in the US view Israel as the modern iteration of the Old
Testament Israelites designated as God's chosen people. Huckabee, an ordained southern
Baptist minister, noted on Sunday that he has traveled to Israel "dozens and dozens of
times" since his first trip in 1973. Huckabee said he is visiting Israel to meet with
officials to discuss the Obama administration's nuclear agreement with Iran. Last month,
Huckabee said President Obama was "marching the Israelis to the door of the oven" with the
recent Iran nuclear deal.
Netanyahu on Golan Border: We're Ready for Any Scenario
By DEBKAfile & IsraelNationalNews.com
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said during a visit to Golan and Northern Command HQ
Tuesday: "I'm here to check on the IDF's preparedness for meeting threats. We are ready
for any scenario. If anyone seeks to harm us, we shall harm them."
Netanyahu was accompanied on his visit by top defense and military chiefs, led by
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott and OC Northern
command Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi. The prime minister did not name the potential source of
harm. But this was the second official reference in a week to Israel's military
preparations on the Syrian border and Golan.
Netanyahu used Tuesday's opportunity to warn against the funds that will flow to Iran
as a result of the nuclear deal struck with world powers. "Iran's leader (Ali) Khamenei
said yesterday: 'We will take all steps to support all those who fight Israel. Iran's
foreign minister (Mohammad) Zarif said a few days ago in Beirut, in a meeting with
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah: 'the nuclear deal has created a historic opportunity to
stand against the Zionist entity."
"Everything we have always said is true and accurate," Netanyahu said. "The money that
will flow to Iran following the nuclear accord will be used to strengthen the terrorist
organizations that operate against us in its name and under its sponsorship, with the
avowed aim of destroying Israel.
Ya'alon also said that the Iranians are sending their proxies to carry out attacks
against Israel. "Representatives of the (Iranian) Revolutionary Guards are, in effect,
waiting here for the implementation of the bad deal being made with the powers, in order
to bring more money to Hizbullah and to the other terror organizations, both in the Golan
Heights and in the Palestinian theater."
Iran Deploys New Fighter Jets Meant to Combat Israel
Iran's Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan on Tuesday gave a run-down of the
army's upcoming military buildup, and revealed that a new fighter jet announced in
February has been delivered to the Iranian Air Force. He said the domestic double-cockpit
supersonic Saeqeh 2 jets - whose name means "Thunderbolt" - have been deployed, reported
the semi-official Fars News Agency.
The jet, unveiled in February, is meant to be capable of tracing American and Israeli
fighter jets according to the paper, which cited a senior Air Force commander Col.
Houshang Monfaredzadeh saying as much back in February. "Saeqeh 2 fighters have been
delivered to the Air Force and a training jet has also been tested and is ready for
manufacturing," Dehqan announced on Tuesday in time for National Defense Industry Day. He
also spoke about Iran's ballistic missile program, which it is preparing to test while
flouting UN resolutions concerning the missile tests in context of the Iran nuclear deal.
Speaking directly about the upcoming ballistic missile drills, he said they will not be
stopped by the UN Security Council resolution. "We are working on increasing our missiles'
precision and want to make them impenetrable to electronic warfare and interception, "
adding that long-range ballistic missiles with multiple reentry vehicle payloads have been
domestically produced, saying, "we are after turning our ground-based missiles into
Turning his attention to the advanced S-300 anti-missile system from Russia, which
Dehqan said would be transferred by next week, he said Tehran has requested 3 batteries of
the system and a fourth system has recently been added to the order. It is estimated that
the advanced system would be able to thwart a strike against Iran's nuclear program.
Dehqan spoke about the Iranian Navy as well, saying "a new 500-ton sub-surface vessel
will join the navy this year and we will take other steps to develop heavy subsurface
vessels in future. We are also working on the phased-array radars and are on the path to
make them passive systems," he said of attempts to make Iran's analog wireless systems
digital. Finally he spoke about Iran's various drones for combat, reconnaissance and
surveillance, which he said has brought customers from various countries without
elaborating which states.
Abbas' Fatah Asks Iran for Money to Destroy Israel
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, often touted
internationally as a "moderate" potential peace partner, asked Iran in an Iranian TV
report for money to finance its terror war aiming to destroy Israel.
Iranian Al-Alam TV ran a report on the activities of Fatah's "armed wing," the Al-Aqsa
Martyrs' Brigades, which was translated and exposed by Palestinian Media Watch on Tuesday.
In the report, a female Iranian TV reporter interviewed Fatah terrorists in an attack
tunnel said to be 3.5 kilometers (just over two miles) long leading from Gaza into Israel,
meant to be used to launch large scale terror attacks against Israeli civilians.
"There will now be a qualitative change in the unit named after Martyrdom-seeker
(suicide terrorist - ed.) Nabil Mas'oud in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, by using attack
tunnels against the Zionist entity," the terrorist said, explaining the growing role of
terror tunnels before showing off the tunnel.
Down in the tunnel, he said, "we spend all our time trying to get money to fulfill our
duty concerning our occupied lands and liberate them from the Zionist entity. This is why
we are asking (for money)...especially (from) Iran, which is a known long-time supporter
of the resistance and the Palestinian cause."
In response to the appeal, the Iranian reporter said, "the book of resistance is still
open...and its last line will not be written until Palestine is liberated." The call for
funding from Iran by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, internationally recognized as a terror
organization - as was Fatah until the 1993 Oslo Accords removed that status
internationally - comes as the PA announced Abbas is set to visit Iran, likely in a bid
for funding. Senior PLO official Abbas Zaki said recently that strengthening ties with
Iran is "an inevitable step if we want to confront the Israeli occupation."
It is likely that the revamped requests for funding are consciously timed to come now,
after the Iran nuclear deal was reached last month putting Iran in position to receive
hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief. Even President Barack Obama has
admitted the released funds to Iran, the leading state sponsor of terror, will go to
While Fatah has been held up as a "moderate" alternative to Hamas, its charter also
calls for terrorism to destroy Israel, and Abbas has openly called for religious war
against Jews. Fatah launched rockets at Israeli civilians in last summer's terror war from
Gaza, in addition to its terror tunnel activity, and has falsely claimed to have murdered
`Israel Must Be Obliterated': New Iranian Video Imagines Muslim Invasion of
A new video out of Iran presents the imagined scenario of Jerusalem being conquered by
a military alliance of the country's Revolutionary Guard forces and Hizbullah and Hamas
terrorists, a Jewish news site reported Tuesday.
Quoting the Middle East terrorism research organization the Investigative Project, the
Algemeiner reported that the video was released two weeks after the Iran nuclear deal was
announced. The video showed the fighters preparing for battle with their gear, headbands,
shoes and weapons, then descending on Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has repeatedly pointed to Iran's continued
sponsorship of international terrorist groups including Hizbullah and to its dedication to
destroying Israel as two reasons he believes the deal is dangerous for Israel.
The Algemeiner detailed the lineup of fighters portrayed in the video which, according
to the Investigative Project, was produced by the Islamic Revolution Design House: "One
dons the IRGC [Revolutionary Guards] insignia on his left arm, another the emblem of the
Iran-backed Iraqi Shia Badr Organization. Yet a third dons a headband bearing the Lebanese
Hizbullah logo, and a fourth is seen clad in Hamas' characteristic balaclava and the
Qassam Brigades green headband."
The animated video shows the soldiers approaching Jerusalem, with the iconic yellow
dome of the Dome of the Rock situated on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism and
third-holiest site in Islam. Later in the video, a wider shot is presented, showing dozens
of fighters on a hilltop across from the holy city.
At the end, Persian script appears saying "Israel must be obliterated," or literally,
"erased from the annals of history
and the youth will definitely see that day when
it comes," the Algemeiner noted. It's not only the "Islamic Revolution Design House" that
favors destroying Israel. The same sentiment has been expressed recently by Iran's supreme
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday asserted his support for those who fight Israel,
tweeting: In a speech following the nuclear agreement, Khamenei praised Iranian
demonstrators who in July chanted "death to Israel" and "death to the U.S." during
protests marking the pro-Palestinian Al Quds Day commemoration.
British Tourist Under Attack for Expressing Love for Israel
Emma Carter, 34, from London fell utterly in love with Israel and its people during her
first visit to the Holy Land. She took to social media to share her new found passion for
Israel, but found herself under attack by her friends. It got so bad that she had to close
her Facebook account altogether.
Carter's good friend, Dafna Endoditch-Rau, a young Jew who lives in the British
capital, decided to celebrate her 40th birthday in Tel Aviv and invited her to join her
for the trip. "I was worried about visiting Israel and I hesitated quite a bit before I
agreed," Carter said. "As an Englishwoman, all I knew about Israel were the wars in Gaza.
But Dafna told me that I would be safer in Israel than in London, and I decided to go and
see the country for myself."
Twenty-four hours is all it took for Carter to fall in love with Israel. She said she
clicked with Tel Aviv on the very first night. "Everything I saw was completely different
from the way Israel is portrayed in the media," she recounted. "Tel Aviv is a vibrant and
liberal city, people here are kind, and the welcome I have received here was more
incredible than any other place I have ever visited in the world. Strangers invited me to
visit their homes. Israelis are warm and inviting, not aggressive or bad as described in
Carter recounted an experience that changed her perception of Israel more than any
other: "During my second evening I met a friend of Dafna's, a reserve officer, who told me
about the Iron Dome system and the enormous budget that Israel invests in security to
protect itself. He told me that Israel was constantly being criticized by the whole world
for its attempts to protect itself. My conversation with him and my personal acquaintance
with Israelis influenced me greatly."
Highly inspired, Carter decided to write her impressions in a detailed and well-written
Facebook post. "There are a few factors I consider when liking a place - people, food and
architecture! All are fully met in Israel. Learnt the most amazing facts today. For
example Israeli cities have an 'Iron Dome' in the atmosphere surrounding their cities
which intercepts short range missiles. Israelis only ever respond to an attack never
provoke. The various defense systems defend the only democracy in the Middle East. "Israel
is considered to be a state at war, and yet I feel calmer here than in London. Why?
Because life's values are appreciated here. And there are also ice cream shops open 24
hours a day," she remarked.
Carter ended her post with a recommendation to her friends: "I've just finished
spending an amazing day in a country the BBC describes as barbaric just to pander to
Muslim viewers. I recommend you place a question mark next to any piece of news,
especially when you are watching a news network financed by the government."
When Carter wrote the post, she never could have imagined the wave of opposition it
would provoke. Within a short amount of time, a couple of her Facebook friends started to
attack her: "Israel murders innocent Palestinian children and steals their land," wrote
one of them. Another added: "You're justifying an apartheid state."
Following the messages she received from Facebook, Carter decided to close her Facebook
account. "What kind of a social network site is it if it does not allow one to carry on a
debate or express an opinion?" she asked in anger. "I didn't attack anyone. Instead of
using Facebook, I'll tell all my friends in London personally my impressions of Israel.
I'm in love with Israelis and with that beautiful country."
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)