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Jed Babbin says when Barack Obama meets Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu today, he will have only two goals. He may succeed in one and will certainly fail in the other.
   
Obama's goals are simple. First, to avoid a repeat of the televised lecture by Netanyahu immediately after the two met. Before Netanyahu's arrival last year, Obama harshly criticized Israel and demanded peace talks based on the pre-1967 war borders with the Palestinians. In what was supposed to be a friendly televised chat after their Oval Office meeting, Netanyahu politely but firmly took Obama to school and bluntly rejected the 1967 baseline. It was a public relations disaster for Obama that he can prevent this time by just refusing another such event. He may even deny Netanyahu the side-by-side press conferences common to meetings with other nations' leaders.
 
Second, Obama wants Israel to commit that it will not attack Iran this year. His administration has been frantically trying to persuade Israel to delay any attack, and has been met with quiet opposition and growing silence from the Israeli side.
 
Obama's two goals are based only on avoiding damage to his campaign. If there is another public break with Israel or if -- as is most likely -- Israel attacks Iran's nuclear facilities, Obama's campaign will be distracted and damaged. Any resemblance between Obama's goals and America's national interest is purely coincidental.
 
Obama is playing for time. He wants the world's nuclear cauldron -- Iran, North Korea, Pakistan et al. -- not to boil over before his election. That is the primary reason that we've -- again -- filled the North Korean begging bowl to cease nuclear production. This is, what, the third or fourth time we've done this? And this time, like every time before, we'll deliver the bribes (fuel oil, food, whatever) which will be used to prop up the Norks' regime, their people will continue to starve, and they will go on with their nuke program. But nothing will be noisy until after the election.
 
If only those noisy Israelis would go along and shut up for the rest of the year. But their interest in Obama's campaign is less than their interest in national survival. Which is why, in Canada before coming here to meet Obama, Netanyahu warned against some new attempt at negotiations with Iran because they would just serve to give Iran more time to produce nuclear weapons.
 
Building up to today's meeting, Team Obama has puffed and fumed. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey went so far as to say Iran is a "rational actor." Indeed it is, but only in the sense of the Iranian theological "rationale." Iran is governed by Shia "twelvers," believers in a mystical "twelfth imam" whose return to earth will create a global Islamic paradise. And the "twelvers" -- unique among the world's religions - believe that an act of man can bring about the deity's return to earth. Unfortunately, they believe that an apocalyptic event is the way to bring the twelfth imam back. This is a rationality that makes nuclear war a career objective for the "twelvers."
 
Obama has been making noise about how tough and decisive he is on Iran. In a widely-reported interview with the Atlantic magazine, he said that we "have Israel's back" and will destroy Iran's nuclear weapons program if economic sanctions don't succeed.
 
Obama also said that, "I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don't bluff." He went on, "I also don't, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say."
 
Obama's formulations are artful. He says that we would destroy Iran's nuclear weapons program if economic sanctions fail.
 
Obama's "bluff" is open-ended. Sanctions have been tried against Iran for many years, and have had zero effect on its nuclear program. They can go on forever, giving Iran whatever time it needs to complete its nuclear development program. The regime has made its nuclear program a top national priority and isn't going to give it up peacefully.
 
Obama wants to sound tough without committing himself to anything. The Iranians understand this. For eight years, George W. Bush said the same things: that for Iran to have nuclear weapons is unacceptable and that all options are on the table. But saying those words and actually trying to effectuate them as a policy are two different things. Both Bush and Obama said the words and did nothing to deny Iran's nuclear progress. By repetition of words, passage of time, and inaction, two presidents have proven that we are willing to do nothing to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and that, whatever options may be "on the table," none that will be exercised will be the only thing that can work: extensive and intense military interdiction of Iran's nuclear weapons development.
 
Obama now tells Iran not to call his bluff. What bluff? Obama has made no threat with a date certain for enforcement, only that someday, if economic sanctions "fail" will we take military action. That's not a bluff, it's barely a schoolyard taunt. It's rhetorical, a campaign promise and nothing more. The only bluff Obama is running is to the American voters so that he can get through the election without doing anything about Iran (and a host of other war issues, especially Afghanistan).
 
There's no hope of anything better from Obama. Which makes an Israeli attack on Iran not just inevitable but essential.
 
If Israel does not attack Iran soon, Obama -- and Bush before him -- will have gifted the mullahs with the time they needed to develop their nuclear arsenal. When they have done so, it is not only Israel that will be in mortal danger. So will we and every other nation that is a target Islamic terrorism.
 

Obama can't fool anyone most of the time, certainly not Iran or Israel.


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Just watched the televised photo-op prelude to the meeting. 

Wish we could get $1 for every "uhhhh" bracco utters when the teleprompter is off...

Netenyahu retained the option to defend itself how/when it chooses.

Almost puked last night watching the AIPac speech....when bracco said to judge him by actions, not words...

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Israel seeks pledge from Obama on Iran action



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Obama offers Netanyahu assurances over Iran

 

Barack Obama appealed to Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to give sanctions more time to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, but the Israeli prime minister gave no sign of backing away from possible military action.
  

Obama took a double-barreled approach, seeking to assure Netanyahu that the United States was keeping the military option open against Iran and always "has Israel's back," but also urging Israeli patience to allow sanctions and diplomacy to work.
  

Netanyahu, speaking in historical terms about the Jewish state's determination to be the "master of its fate," focused on Israel reserving the right to defend itself against Iran. Israel sees Iran's nuclear program as a threat to its existence.
 

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/05/us-usa-israel-obama-idUSTRE8230EM20120305

  

Reminds me of the old adage...I've got a bridge to sell you...or the checks in the mail!

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Obama has Israel's back alright!

 


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Daylight: The Story of Obama and Israel

 

If you have 30 minutes....a great you tube video!

 

This is on topic for this thread!  But, very troubling and honest....I believe.

 

 

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U.S. Officials believe Netanyahu has already decided

Channel 2 in Israel, sourcing a "senior American official", says that the decision has already been made by the Israeli government to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities.
 
"All U.S. intelligence officials are confident the Israeli leadership has already decided to attack Iran, unless a significant change happens in the coming weeks or months with  the Iranian nuclear program," Channel 2 reports.
 
The report comes just hours ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to AIPAC in Washington.
 
AIPAC is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and is widely considered the most powerful pro-Israel lobby group in the United States.
 
"A senior official stressed in a conversation with News 2 there is a dispute between Israel and the United States on the question of 'day after,' which means the price of attacking Iranian nuclear facilities."
 
American officials have warned their Israeli counterparts about a regional war in the region following an attack on Iran, along with the collapse of Israel’s stock market and an arms race in the Middle East, according to the report.
 
In response to the American official’s statement to Channel 2, "sources close to Netanyahu" said the U.S. is doing what it can to "handcuff"  the Israelis and to "frighten the Israeli public."


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Netanyahu has already decided

That's exactly the feeling I came away with. Everything he said indicated he was "selling" us his plan. He seemed very lighthearted throughout most of the speech, even joking from time to time, but I couldn't help hearing WHAT he was saying. We're going to war. And who can blame him. I stand with him!
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Excerpt from an interesting article in Israeli newspaper:

Netanyahu to Obama:  We can't wait much longer,  Iran has not just one but 10 Fordows
 
Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama took a break from rhetoric and used a brief private interlude during their three-hour long meeting attended by advisers to get down to brass tacks over their argument about how and when to arrest Iran's race for a nuclear weapon.

DEBKAfile's Washington sources disclose a couple of their comments. While publically reiterating that there is still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution of the issue, Obama admitted privately to Netanyahu that the Fordow underground uranium enrichment plant can no longer be destroyed by bombs and missiles; American commanders say that all that can be done is to block the vents of this underground facility and slowly stifle the personnel inside.  Time and several strikes would be needed to accomplish this.

Netanyahu: Iran is building not one Fordow but ten.  We can't wait much longer. In other words the talk of open windows and more time is moot.
 
Obama:  There is no intelligence that Iran has made a  final  decision to pursue a nuclear weapon.  Netanyahu:  Time is growing short.


http://www.debka.com/article/21797
 
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Lieberman Rejects Times’ Report on ‘No-Nuke Iran’

IsraeliNationalNews.com reports Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman rejected Monday morning a New York Times’ report that the Mossad allegedly agrees with the United States that Iran may not be seeking an atom bomb.

Furthermore, the article states: "The New York Times generally supports President Barack Obama, who by all accounts is anxious to avoid involvement in another regional war before the presidential elections in November."

We here know it, Israelis know it, Iran I'm sure knows it...and they are laughing at our ignorance.

 

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Try Obama for treason

Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch, says in the last weeks in particular -- following the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat -- Barack Hussein Obama has stepped up his "Muslim crusade" to discredit the Jewish state’s assessment that Iran is close to acquiring weapons of mass destruction and that a pre-emptive joint military strike is now necessary. In this way, Obama hopes to justify his refusal to join with Israel to use force to remove these nuclear weapons before they are targeted against the Jewish state, the United States and our European allies to further Tehran’s Islamic revolution. Outrageously, in so doing Obama’s "evil anti-Semitic and anti-Christian express" has committed additional acts of treason against the United States, seriously compromising our national security.
 
In front-page lead stories of last Sunday and Monday in the New York Times, Obama administration henchmen, obviously as his direction, have leaked high-level intelligence information to discredit Israeli claims of Iranian nuclear capabilities and to blame Jews and by extension sympathetic Christians if war erupts with Iran following a unilateral Israeli pre-emptive strike. If you or I had been responsible for somehow getting our hands onto this classified information and leaking it to the press, under our nation’s laws against treason and aiding and abetting the enemy -- in this case Iran -- we would would most certainly be criminally charged and, if convicted, could be given the death penalty. Indeed, in a similar and recent classified information dump -- this one by Sgt. Bradley Manning of the Wikileaks scandal -- this officer has been so charged and, ironically, Obama himself, effectively as commander in chief, is asking a military tribunal to have him executed.

The criminal law for civilians, at 18 U.S.C. 2381, provides just one example of the consequences for engaging in acts of treason. Its states: "Whoever owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States." The military code of justice also carries the death penalty as a possible sentence.
 
In the New York Times story of last Sunday, entitled "U.S. Faces a Tricky Task in Assessment of Data on Iran," written by James Risen, the paper’s top national security reporter, he dutifully discloses Obama’s politically motivated classified-information breach, however manipulated and falsified the administration’s so-called findings. He writes:
 
"Today, as suspicions about Iran’s nuclear ambitions have provoked tough sanctions and threats of military confrontation, top administration officials have said that Iran still has not decided to pursue a weapon, reflecting the intelligence community’s secret analysis. … As a result, officials caution that they cannot offer certainty. ‘I’d say that I have about 75 percent confidence in the assessment that they haven’t restarted the program,’ said one former senior intelligence official. …
 
"Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service, agrees with the American intelligence assessment, even while Israeli political leaders have been pushing for a quick, aggressive action to block Iran from becoming what they describe as an existential threat to the Jewish state. … ‘There is not a lot of dispute between the U.S. and Israeli intelligence communities on the facts.’ …
 
"While the National Security Agency eavesdrops on the telephone conversations of Iranian officials and conducts other forms of electronic surveillance, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency analyzes radar imagery and digital images of nuclear sites. … Clandestine ground sensors, which can detect electromagnetic signals or radioactive emissions that could be linked to covert nuclear activity, are placed near suspect Iranian facilities. The United States also relies heavily on information gathered by inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency. …
 
"And, today despite criticism … American intelligence analysts still believe that the Iranians have not gotten the go-ahead from Ayatollah Khamenei to revive the (nuclear weapons) program."
 
There you have it! Obama, through his proxies inside of the U.S. intelligence community, released our "sources and methods" for gathering spy data on the Iranian nuclear program, an act of treason even worse than what Wikileaks leaker Sgt. Manning has been charged with.
 
And, if this were not enough to damage our national security, the next day, Monday, March 19, Obama then leaked classified U.S. war intelligence through New York Times reporters Mazetti and Shanker in an article entitled "U.S. War Game Sees Perils of Israeli Strike Against Iran," in a cynical and transparent effort to set up Israeli and pro-Israel American Jews and Christians as the scapegoats if there are resulting American casualties. They write:
 
"A classified war simulation held this month to assess the repercussions of an Israeli attack on Iran forecasts that the strike would lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States and leave hundreds of Americans dead, according to officials."
 
The article then discloses classified U.S. war scenarios, plans and contingencies -- actions which clearly aid and abet our enemy, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
 
Over my decades of legal activism in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, I have witnessed other American presidents disclosing classified information to suit their own political ends, but never to such an extent as now. This more than egregious classified-information dump, however falsified, is perhaps the worst in American history -- not only for its evil motivation to harm the Jewish state but even more importantly to harm U.S. national security.
 
Our so-called president must not only be quickly removed from office by all legal means, but he must also be prosecuted for treason. If the Justice Department or a military tribunal won’t act, then the "citizen’s grand jury," which the Supreme Court has acknowledged exists in principle in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, must now be taken out of the legal closet to indict Obama for these treasonous acts.
 
The nation’s national security and well-being depend on quick and forceful justice for this truly evil president and commander in chief -- particularly since time is short with regard to Islamic Iran and its nuclear plans to annihilate Israel and to kill other infidels, meaning Jews and also Christians worldwide.


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Obama State Department says Jerusalem is not in Israel

Adam Kredo is reporting that an official State Department communication has labeled Jerusalem and Israel as separate entities.
 
In an official press release yesterday, the State Department announced that "Acting Under Secretary Kathleen Stephens Travels to Algeria, Qatar, Jordan, Jerusalem, and Israel."
 
Keeping up with its longstanding policy, the State Department refuses to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s official capital -- despite a U.S. law stating otherwise. Obama faced criticism on the issue last year, when it was revealed that the White House had scrubbed all references to Jerusalem being part of the Jewish state from a collection of photos on its website.
 
Obama has also been lambasted by pro-Israel leaders and some on Capitol Hill for capitulating to pressure from the State Department, which has long opposed U.S. law on the matter.
 
A senior GOP aide condemned the State Department’s recent press release as unsound foreign policy.
 
"Once again, President Obama’s administration reminds Jewish voters why he cannot be trusted when it comes to Israel’s security," said the source. "He doesn’t think Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Is it its own sovereign nation?"
 
The GOP source also chided Obama for continuing to buck U.S. law on the issue.
 
"Under U.S. law, Jerusalem is recognized as the undivided capital of Israel -- period," said the adviser. "Unlike the U.S. embassy’s move, that fact is not subject to any waiver or exception. So the question really is, why is Barack Obama ignoring U.S. law and refusing to recognize Israel’s capital?"
 
The White House did not respond to request for comment.

Update:  State changed the wording -- after all it's an election years and Hussein still needs to fool his Jewish voters


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The gathering storm, cont’d

Scott Johnson says a highly knowledgeable Democratic friend emails Ron Ben-Yishai’s YnetNews report US thwarting Israeli strike on Iran.” The report asserts that the Obama administration is leaking information to the media in order to avert an Israeli strike in Iran. Ben-Yishai observes that in recent weeks the administration has “shifted from persuasion efforts vis-à-vis decision-makers and Israel’s public opinion to a practical, targeted assassination of potential Israeli operations in Iran.” My friend comments succinctly on the report: “Wow. Ron Ben-Yishai is considered to be one of the most serious Israeli defense correspondents.”

Ben-Yishai gives few examples of the Obama administration’s efforts to thwart an Israeli strike on Iran, but the news this week provides what seems to be a case study supporting his thesis. Foreign Policy reports that, according to “four senior diplomats and military intelligence officers,” Azerbaijan has granted the Israelis access to airbases in that country. Such access would dramatically mitigate the difficulty of an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

At Commentary, Jonathan Tobin comments on the Foreign Policy story and speculates that one of the administration’s motives in leaking it “is to forestall any Israeli attack. Making public the Azeri role in the military plan might force the Jewish state’s Asian ally to back away from any involvement in the project.”

Tobin further speculates that the administration’s goal is to push the Israeli strike to a time after Obama’s reelection. That’s one interpretation, and it’s arguable. I wonder, however, if it’s not too optimistic. The leaks could also be an extension of what Charles Krauthammer dubs Obama’s “flexibility” doctrine. After the election, Obama will have greater latitude to sell Israel out rather than simply undermine it. One can only hope we don’t have to find out.

 


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Israelis suspect Obama media leaks are to prevent strike on Iran

Alexander Marquardt is reporting that two reports  today about Iran's nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli military strike have analysts in Israel accusing the Obama administration leaking information to pressure Israel not to bomb Iran and for Iran to reach a compromise in upcoming nuclear talks.

The first report in Foreign Policy quotes anonymous American officials saying that Israel has been given access to airbases by Iran's northern neighbor Azerbaijan from which Israel could launch air strikes or at least drones and search and rescue aircraft.

The second report from Bloomberg, based on a leaked congressional report, said that Iran's nuclear facilities are so dispersed that it is "unclear what the ultimate effect of a strike would be…" A strike could delay Iran as little as six months, a former official told the researchers.

"It seems like a big campaign to prevent Israel from attacking," analyst Yoel Guzansky at the Institute for National Security Studies told ABC News. "I think the [Obama] administration is really worried Jerusalem will attack and attack soon. They're trying hard to prevent it in so many ways."

The Foreign Policy report by Mark Perry quotes an intelligence officer saying, "We're watching what Iran does closely…But we're now watching what Israel is doing in Azerbaijan. And we're not happy about it."

If true, the deal with Azerbaijan "totally changes the whole picture," says Guzansky, making it far easier for Israel to strike faster and harder, rather than having to fly 2,200 miles to Iran and back over Iraqi airspace.

Thursday's reports come a week after the results of a classified war game was leaked to the New York Times which predicted that an Israeli strike could lead to a wider regional war and result in hundreds of American deaths. In a column this afternoon titled "Obama Betraying Israel?" longtime defense commentator Ron Ben-Yishai at Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper angrily denounced the leaks as a "targeted assassination campaign."

"In recent weeks the administration shifted from persuasion efforts vis-à-vis decision-makers and Israel's public opinion to a practical, targeted assassination of potential Israeli operations in Iran," Ben-Yishai writes. "The campaign's aims are fully operational: To make it more difficult for Israeli decision-makers to order the IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] to carry out a strike, and what's even graver, to erode the IDF's capacity to launch such strike with minimal casualties."

Ben-Yishai says much of the information in the reports has either been published or is simply wrong, but in the case of the Bloomberg report on American knowledge of Iran's nuclear facilities, "instead of forcing the Iranians to piece together all the assessments themselves, the Congress report offers them everything in one place."

The reports pressure both Israel and Iran, fellow Yedioth columnist and military analyst Alex Fishman told ABC News, but he doesn't buy into the theory that Azerbaijan will be a base for potential Israeli operations.

"I don't believe that there's news behind this story because it doesn't make sense. It's very romantic, very John le Carre, but less practical," he says, explaining that the airstrips as they are now are far too basic for a "huge wing of airplanes."

The report's purpose is "to show the Iranians that something is going on, to make them much more suspicious, much more nervous. You need this pressure in order to put them in a lower position when negotiations start."

Iran has agreed to international nuclear talks next month, negotiations that the U.S. hopes will help avert a conflict but that Israel dismisses as a stalling tactic by Iran. Asked whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees the reports as pressure from the Obama administration, an Israeli official indicated that they fall into the very category of "loose talk" of war that President Obama recently criticized.

"When we [Netanyahu's office] were in Washington [in early March], President Obama called publicly for people to tone down the rhetoric," said the official. "The prime minister has called on ministers not to talk. We agree with Obama that loose talk is not doing anyone any favors."

 

 


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Bolton accuses Obama Administration of leaking story on Israeli planning along Iran border

Former U.S. diplomat John Bolton alleged Thursday that the Obama administration leaked a story about covert Israeli activity in order to foil potential plans by the country to attack Iran's nuclear program.

Bolton, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration, was responding to an article in Foreign Policy magazine that quoted government sources claiming Israel had been granted access to airfields in Azerbaijan -- along Iran's northern border.

The article did not state exactly what the Israelis' intentions were, but it suggested it could point to a possible strike on Iran.

"I think this leak today is part of the administration's campaign against an Israeli attack," Bolton claimed on Fox News.

The White House did not respond to Bolton's claims Thursday.
 


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"Diplomatic, military and even operational damage"

The World Tribune is reporting that Israel has been alarmed by what officials determined  were leaks by the Obama administration of purported Israeli preparations to attack Iran.
 
A leading U.S. analyst who returned from talks with the Israeli leadership reported that the Obama administration was accused of staging a  campaign to undermine Israel. The analyst, Robert Satloff, said Washington  was also blaming Israel for the rise in global crude oil prices, deemed as  harming the U.S. economy.

“I cannot underscore how deep and visceral the [Israeli] comments of the leaking that came out of Washington were,” Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said.

In late March, several reports were published by leading American newspapers and journals [including Foreign Policy: Israel-Azerbaijan ties could expedite Iran strike] that questioned Israel’s military capability. One report asserted that Israel was developing a strategic relationship with Azerbaijan to pave the way for air strikes on Iran. On March 31, a U.S. official told the Israeli news web site, Ynet, that the administration was not responsible for the story on Azerbaijan.

“The United States is leaking information to the media in order to avert an Israeli strike in Iran,” Israeli military analyst Ron Ben-Yishai said.

“It is blatantly clear that reports in the past week alone have caused Israel substantive diplomatic damage, and possibly even military and operational damage.”

For his part, Satloff, who met “virtually everybody in the Iran debate,” said the Israeli leadership also saw the administration as blaming Israel for the sharp rise in U.S. gasoline prices. He said Washington attributed the higher prices to “Israel’s posturing” on Iran.

“They think the Iranians should be held responsible for the higher gasoline prices,” Satloff said.

In an address to the institute on March 27, Satloff referred to Obama’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in early March.
During the Netanyahu visit to Washington, Obama asserted that Israel was justified in taking decisions to ensure its defense in face of Iran’s nuclear threat.

“Real deep [Israeli] consternation at the highest level at what they saw after the prime minister’s visit to Washington as leaks that came out of the capital designed to undercut the president’s commitment to the right of Israeli independent sovereign action,” Satloff said.

 


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I heard this Mark Levin caller last week and was so p!ssed after learning the details of why this was so important.

Ex-Marine F4 Phantom Radar Intercept Officer explains to Mark Levin why Azerbaijan crucial to Israel’s strike on Iran


This is a very enlightening caller from Mark Levin’s radio show last night who explains why the US leak of Azerbaijan as a staging ground for Israel’s strike on Iran is so detrimental to Israel:

I can't figure out how to get the audio here, so you'll have to listen  at

http://www.therightscoop.com/ex-marine-f4-phantom-radar-intercept-officer-explains-to-mark-levin-why-azerbaijan-crucial-to-israels-strike-on-iran/

Or listen to the whole show at http://rope.zmle.fimc.net/player/player.html?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpodloc.andomedia.com%2FdloadTrack.mp3%3Fprm%3D2069xhttp%3A%2F%2Fpodfuse-dl.andomedia.com%2F800185%2Fpodfuse-origin.andomedia.com%2Fcitadel_origin%2Fpods%2Fmarklevin%2FLevin03302012.mp3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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Obama blaming Israel for rising fuel prices

Elad Benari is reporting that the Obama administration is blaming Israel for the recent rise in global crude oil prices, according to a Sunday report in The World Tribune. The rise in fuel prices is deemed as harming the U.S. economy and has also hurt Obama in the polls as he seeks re-election in November.

The report cited a leading U.S. analyst, Robert Satloff, who returned from talks with Israeli officials.

Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said, according to The World Tribune, that the Israeli leadership saw Washington as attributing the higher gas prices to “Israel’s posturing” on Iran.

“They think the Iranians should be held responsible for the higher gasoline prices,” Satloff was quoted as having said.

He added that the officials told him the Obama administration was staging a campaign to undermine Israel.

“I cannot underscore how deep and visceral the [Israeli] comments of the leaking that came out of Washington were,” Satloff said, noting Israel is alarmed by what officials determined were leaks by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama of purported Israeli preparations to attack Iran.

The Israeli concerns come in the wake of a report in Foreign Policy magazine last week, according to which Israel has purchased an airfield in Azerbaijan on Iran's northern border, prompting the United States to watch very closely.

Journalist Mark Perry wrote that the Obama administration is monitoring Israel's relations with Azerbaijan, particularly its military ties.

The Americans believe Israel may use the site as a springboard for an attack on Iran's nuclear plants, or as a landing and refueling spot following one. The site could also be used for aircraft needed for search, rescue and recovery in the wake of an attack.

“We're watching what Israel is doing in Azerbaijan. And we're not happy about it,” an official told the Foreign Policy writer.

Azeri president Ilham Aliyev later dismissed the speculation and said, “Azerbaijan's territory will never be used to launch an attack against its neighbor, Iran.”

 


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Daylight -- the story of Obama and Israel

Lengthy but enlightening . . .


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Is Jerusalem in Israel?
 

Seems like a simple question, but James Morrison says it stumped a State Department spokeswoman who refused to answer this simple question:

What is the capital of Israel and where is it located?

The ever-quotable chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee knew the answer, and she jumped on the State Department for appearing to claim that Jerusalem isn’t even inside Israel.

 

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican quipped, "Where does the [Obama] administration think Jerusalem is, on Mars?"

Her zinger followed the announcement of travel plans for Kathy Stephens, acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

The State Department in late March said Ms. Stephens would be visiting "Algeria, Qatar, Jordan, Jerusalem and Israel" between March 23 and April 5.   That announcement sounded as if the State Department refused even to concede that Jerusalem is within the boundaries of Israel, as Ms. Ros-Lehtinen noted.

On March 26, three days after Ms. Stephens left Washington, the State Department issued another announcement that removed all references to the countries she was visiting.  It said she would travel to the cities of "Algiers, Doha, Amman, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv."

An alert reporter, Matt Lee of the Associated Press, noticed the original announcement and challenged State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland to explain whether the United States considers Jerusalem as part of Israel and whether it recognizes the Holy City as the capital of the Jewish state.

Lee and Nuland parried through nine questions as he pressed for answers and she stuck to the diplomatic script.

Nuland made it clear that even Jerusalem’s western part, the Jewish side of the city, controlled by Israel since 1949, is not recognized as part of Israel.

 The question was asked repeatedly:

 Q: "What is the capital of Israel?"

 A: "Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through negotiations.  That's all I have to say on this issue."

Lee pressed Nuland:

 Q: "Is it your -- is it your position that all of Jerusalem is a final-status issue, or do you think -- or is it just East Jerusalem?"

 A: "Matt, I don't have anything further to what I've said 17 times on that subject.  Okay?"

 And again:

 Q: "All right.  So hold on.  So I just want to make sure.  You're saying that all of Jerusalem, not just East Jerusalem, is a final-status issue."

 A: "Matt, I don't have anything further on Jerusalem to what I've already said."

 


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and America NEVER LANDED A SPACE SHIP ON THE MOON.......OR PLANTED THAT AMERICAN FLAG THERE!!!!    Same kind of ADULTERED TRUTH!!!

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These people are professional propagandists dedicated to a 'secret' agenda totally at odds with our Constitution. You can't pry the Truth out of 'em with a crowbar! (This is border-line perjury & malfeasance, and should be treated as such.)
 
And "our Media" protects them. Does this airhead qualify for Secret Service protection, yet?  Can thereby be protected from protest or questions. That's a FELONY now Mr. Lee!
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Following this weekends G5+1 negotiations with Iran, Benjamin Netanyahu stated he felt Iran got a "freebie" on sanctions regarding their ongoing nuclear enrichment programs.
(Netanyahu's viewpoint here)

Of course Obama denies giving freebies to anyone.
(Obama's story here)

I think saying "goodbye, see ya in 5 weeks, take care now. By the way leave that nuclear stuff alone till we talk again or you'll be in trouble"... is a pretty good freebie. As the song goes, "Time is on my side..."
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