It is this Deal and War

Breaking Israel News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 01:00

On July 23, 2015, when the Obama administration was in the throes of trying to push, what they considered their signature, landmark, foreign policy achievement, the Iranian nuclear deal, through Congress, John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and gave the members a stark choice: “It is either this deal or war”.

As it turns out, Congress never really had the opportunity to vote on the nuclear deal. The Obama administration in order to avoid the constitutionally -mandated Senate approval with a foreign power, simply used a linguistic trick, and avoided calling the agreement a “treaty”, but a “deal”.

Rather, the United States, leading the charge, injected itself as only one of six nations, so the international momentum for this deal would take on a life of its own. Then, before Congress even had the opportunity to vote on it, the Obama administration did an “end run” around Congress and took it to the United Nations for a vote.

In an incredibly revealing,  New York Times of May 5, 2015 article by David Samuels of Obama’s Deputy National Security Council Advisor, Ben Rhodes, Mr. Rhodes was very upfront about how the Obama White House orchestrating a campaign to manipulate the news media by generating  false stories to paint Iran as more benign, to a team of newly-minted, guileless reporters.

Rhodes admitted to Samuels that this campaign was manufactured by “legions of arms control experts (who) began popping up at think tanks and on social media”, and who became “sources for clueless reporters.” According to Rhodes, “We created an echo chamber. They were saying things and validated what we were giving them to say.”

Most people have ignored the profound and deeply consequential immorality of what the Obama administration had done here. Many historians have written critical analyses of  how  the Sulzberger family, the publishers of the New York Times, buried the stories f the holocaust on its back pages. However, they did not create false narratives about the Nazis regarding the holocaust.

Iran might shortly have the ability to create a nuclear holocaust, and the Obama administration is guilty of manufacturing stories to whitewash the Islamic Republic, and  kicked the can of what was  then an emerging  danger down  the road. It is quickly, however, becoming a clear and present danger.

We are now approaching 2020. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, (JCPOA) which was agreed upon in July of 2015 has 8 to 10 year sunset clause. Tha sunset is not in the too distant future.

So even if the Iranians were keeping to this extraordinarily generous deal, we would have a problem in a few years.

The truth, however, is that they are not keeping to the deal. When they were intent on selling the deal to a skeptical public, we were told by President Obama that there was going to be “anywhere, anytime inspections”.

Subsequently, we were told that the International Atomic Energy Administration (IAEA) would have 24 hours to get into a nuclear site. Then the Iranians succeeded in pushing the 24 hours to 24 days.

Ultimately, however, the Iranians were able to convince John Kerry and his team of negotiators that “military sites were off limits”.

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If I were an Iranian nuclear scientist, and was working on something that I would like to hide from the IAEA, I would simply work on it on a “military site”.

Technically, according to the JCPOA, Iran is in violation of the deal if the IAEA formally requests access to a suspicious site. However, according to an August 31, 2017 Reuters report, the IAEA has not visited a military site since the deal was implemented “because it has no reason to ask”.

Said the official, “We are not going to visit a military site just to send a political signal.”

By not inspecting the military sites, however, they are sending a clear political signal. They are sending a signal that the agency that is set up for the sole purpose of monitoring illicit nuclear activity is asleep on the job because of their political cowardice.

They are sending a signal of vitiation and of appeasement

We all know that Iran has become vastly more enriched, emboldened and empowered in the region because of the nuclear deal, and that they have created a land bridge from Tehran, to Baghdad, to Damascus to Beirut and are involved in military adventurism throughout the region, in Yemen, Iraq, Syria  and  Lebanon.

On May 13th,  Iran  attacked four shipping vessels in the Persian Gulf, two carrying the flag of Saudi Arabia, one of Norway and one of the United Arab Emirates. They are obviously trying to flex their muscles by attacking our allies.

John Kerry, I am afraid you were wrong. Dead wrong. Because of your administration’s policy of Iranian appeasement, this might ultimately become an issue of this deal and war.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Endowment for Middle East Truth

Comfort and Pray for Israel’s President

Breaking Israel News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 00:00

Most people at least recognize the name of Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. But few outside Israel know the name of Israel’s President, or that Israel even has one. In Israel, the Prime Minister is the head of the government and the president is the head of State.

Israel’s current, and tenth, President is Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin.  He was elected to a seven-year term five years ago this week. He has a long and remarkable family life and political career in Jerusalem. This week his wife, Nechama, of nearly 50 years died. As per Jewish tradition, she was buried and eulogized the next day.

Based on an outpouring of love and condolences, Run for Zion is enabling Christians and others who love and support Israel to send their condolences and prayers to President Rivlin and his family.  Please write to prayers@runforzion.com to share yours.

Israel’s First Lady, Nechama Rivlin, died the day before her 74th birthday on which she was laid to rest in a state funeral at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl national cemetery. She was eulogized by her husband, President Reuven Rivlin, who began his remarks by acknowledging her birthday.

“My Nechama, our mother. I got up this morning — you know that I didn’t manage to sleep — I looked at the date that is so familiar — June 5. Happy birthday, my dear. Sad birthday. To you, Nechama, my wife, to you Nechama, my love, I’m having a hard time accepting that these are my parting words… Thank you for being with me…thank you for allowing me to be the husband of the First Lady of Israel.”

Born and raised in central Israel he lauded her adopting Jerusalem as her home, “You became more of a Jerusalemite than Jerusalem natives.”

“You never wanted to be in the limelight, but you understood that as the president’s wife you had a role to fill. You chose to support children with special needs, to stand alongside women without being a demonstrative feminist.”

President Rivlin also acknowledged his children and grandchildren, who he said did not leave his wife’s bedside “for one moment” over the past months of her illness, testimony to the kind of mother and grandmother that she was, and to the kind of family that they built over five decades.

Since her death it was revealed that no matter how long a day he had, or when his day ended, President Rivlin would visit Nechama in the hospital, every day.

According to Jewish custom, the funeral and seven-day mourning period (shiva) was open to the public. It’s considered something righteous, even an obligation, to participate in a funeral and to comfort the mourners. In addition to being eulogized by Israeli political and religious leaders, Nechama Rivlin was also eulogized by many foreign diplomats. One of the President’s formal roles is greeting and accepting the credentials of foreign ambassadors. The diplomats paying their respects is both a sign of affection for Mrs. Rivlin and the president.

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Other than being First Lady, Mrs. Rivlin was an accomplished professional. She graduated from and worked for years as a researcher at the Hebrew University. After she retired in 2007 she learned that she had severe lung disease and was the recipient of a transplant from a young Israeli man who died then.  Because of President Rivlin’s political career including cabinet minister, and speaker of the Knesset, Nechama Rivlin was in the public eye for decades. She was highly regarded and stood out for her modesty and lack of pretense, and was known for her messages of reconciliation and peace. Recently, she would be seen in public appearances with a portable oxygen tank.

The Rivlins were married since 1971. They had three children together. To the extent that Israel has a royal family, and other than his current role as head of State, the Rivlins are one of them.  President Rivlin was born in Jerusalem during the British Mandate era as part of a family which has lived in Jerusalem since 1809. When his family arrived in Jerusalem, the population was in the tens of thousands. Over the centuries they became one of Israel’s leading families and now represent hundreds of descendants who have left their mark on Israeli society in many ways.

He frequently tells the story of how his ancestors perceived that the coming of Messiah was imminent and wanted to be in Jerusalem. Among other notable things in his family, Rivlin’s father is credited for creating the first Hebrew edition of the Koran.  So central Jerusalem is to his family, he is often heard on the radio beginning interviews with “greetings from Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.”

If you’re not able to come and express your condolences in person this week, you can still join in comforting President Rivlin an extend your condolences by sending your personal prayers to prayers@runforzion.com.

Saudi teen faces death sentence for supposed crimes as a minor

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 23:44

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Iran hires 'morality police' to ensure women are wearing their hijab

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 22:46

One group that has caused the morality police ire is an activist group called “White Wednesday,” which supports women wearing white and discarding their hijabs, the Telegraph reported.

British Police expose Hezbollah explosives outside of London

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Iranian minister: Country circumvents sanctions, yet admits difficulties

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 22:31

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Iran shuts 547 restaurants for not observing Islamic principles

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 22:28

The Iranian news service, Fars, said the shut downs occurred because the establishments were "unconventionally advertising in cyberspace, playing illegal music and conducting debauchery."

Young religious Turks growing skeptical of Islam - Report

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 18:01

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PA, left-wing groups call to fire Friedman for annexation comments

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 15:44

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Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 14:03

Speaking in Rome, UNHCR spokesperson Carlotta Sami warned that thousands might die trying to enter Europe illegally unless humanitarian aid be possible.

Qatar says U.S. needs Palestinians on board for Middle East peace plan

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 13:46

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Iran claims to have new air defense system

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 12:46

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Former Iraqi politician to JPost: Hope for normalization with Israel

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 11:08

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German minister to meet Iran's Rouhani in bid to save nuclear pact

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 10:31

West European signatories, including Germany, want to try to keep the nuclear accord alive although they share the Trump administration's disquiet about Iran's ballistic missile program.

Civil disobedience campaign empties streets of Sudan's capital

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 10:21

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Syrian rebel town buries soccer goalie who became 'singer of the revolution'

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 10:05

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Palestinian Authority says mulling complaint against U.S. ambassador in ICC

Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 08:18

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Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 07:33

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Jerusalem Post - Middle East News - Sun, 06/09/2019 - 04:29

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