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Former secretary of state John Kerry to Palestinians: “Stay strong and do not give in to Trump”

Kerry shows his treasonous side

While the White House confirms that since the “Jerusalem Declaration” there has been a complete disconnect between the Palestinian Authority and the Trump administration, it turns out that the previous administration actually maintains contact with PA officials. Ma’ariv reported that former US Secretary of State John Kerry met in London with a close associate of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha, for a long and open conversation about a variety of topics. Agha apparently reported details of the conversation to senior PA officials in Ramallah. A senior PA official confirmed to Ma’ariv that the meeting took place.

This is not coy politics, folks.  This is TREASON.

Obama, ever the devious and dishonest Democrat and his just-as-dishonest Deep State team, is NEVER willing to (and never was while he was in the White House)  do what’s best for the USA.

Obama and team do not even have enough decency to be properly ashamed of themselves.

What a scummy bunch!

 

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Israel’s enemies emboldened as never before, thanks to betrayal of Israel by Obama just before he left office

Obama’s deliberate betrayal of Israel at the UN just before he left office has emboldened Israel’s enemies with a new determination to harm the Jewish state and, if possible, the USA.

The UN, and the International Criminal Court, both seek any possible opening to embarrass, threaten, and harass the State of Israel, the only democracy in the entire Middle East.  If the ICC can manage to control Israel, it will be able to control ANY nation including the United States.

The US Congress is now considering a new bill called the Safeguard Israel Act, which will cut off US taxpayer funding for the UN ($620 million per year plus $2 billion for “peacekeeping”) until the UN repeals the outrageous anti-Israel resolution which Obama allowed to be approved.  Congress is also working to renew sanctions against Iran and undo the disastrous nuclear deal Obama made with Iran, a deal which endangers Israel directly and the US as well.

Here are some details which you need to know:

Obama deliberately betrayed Israel at the UN in his final days in office, allowing passage of the viciously anti-Israel UN Security Council Resolution 2334.  This move by Obama was an act of utter cowardice, abandoning our longstanding policy of supporting our important ally at the United Nations.  Joining this attempt to delegitimize Israel at the UN was something no other US president had ever considered doing.  This resolution at the UN calls Jewish settlements and Jerusalem itself “occupied territory” and attempts to cripple Israel’s sovereignty, weaken its borders, leave it susceptible to false criminal charges at the International Criminal Court, and strengthen the pernicious BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) which seeks to not just undermine but absolutely destroy the Jewish State.

Among other things, this resolution attempts to provide legal diplomatic cover for genocidal aggression incited by radical anti-Israel groups like Hamas and Fatah.

This betrayal at the UN emboldens the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) and other enemies of Israel to bring charges against Israel at the ICC.  If we allow the ICC to gain jurisdiction where it now has none, America’s own sovereignty will be at risk, as well as that of all other independent UN member nations.

Emboldened by Obama’s stupid and disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, that nation is now testing ballistic missiles — which in itself is a violation of the nuclear deal.  The Iran nuclear deal was born of US (and Obama’s) weakness; Secretary of State John Kerry begged Iran’s ayatollahs almost daily to come to the table with an agreement in just about any form.  During the negotiations, Kerry caved in to virtually all Iranian demands.  As the deal was finally agreed upon, US citizens who had been held hostage in Iranian prisons for years were made to wait in a plane sitting on the tarmac in Tehran until Obama finally flew in a planeload of hundreds of millions in cash for the ayatollahs.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  We watched Obama for eight years try to construct some sort of meaningful foreign policy, but all he could ever do was re-emphasize over and over to the rest of the world that he had no leadership ability and no backbone.  Obama made the US a laughing-stock among the countries of the world.  With Obama in the White House, our enemies no longer feared us and our allies no longer respected us.

 

[The post above was taken from a recent communication to us from the American Center for Law and Justice.]

 

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Obama continues to back the wrong side…

Obama shows no respect for Netanyahu..or anyone else.Obama is fuming.

Israel’s citizens dared to re-elect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

So now Obama is threatening Israel’s security.

He’s reportedly willing to use the U.N. as a weapon against Israel, to force it to bargain with terrorists who seek only Israel’s destruction.

For the sake of political revenge, President Obama is willing to risk innocent lives, to play U.N. games at the expense of our closest Middle East ally.

This is inexcusable. At the ACLJ, we’re taking action. We will engage the White House directly. Working from our offices in Washington and Jerusalem, we will defend Israel. Join this new campaign.

Obama is increasing tremendously the pressure on Israel.

He wants to force Israel into an impossible position by negotiating with terrorists who want to destroy it, our closest Middle East ally.

He’s demanding Israel immediately embrace a “two-state” solution in the Middle East, but Hamas — a terrorist organization dedicated to destroying Israel — occupies the Gaza strip.

In fact, Hamas has been invited into the Palestinian government.

Obama pretends to ignore these facts. Once again, he’s backing the wrong side — just as he backed the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Islamic radicals in Syria, and jihadists in Libya.

Enough is enough. Send a message to the White House. We’re taking direct action.

 

[from a letter sent to us by Jay Sekulow, Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice]

 

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A word from Jerusalem: Obama is seeking confrontation with Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the intensifying global pressures on Israel is to firmly reject any further territorial withdrawals that would put Israel’s security at risk, stating that “Israel will not lose hope for peace, but neither will it cling to false hope.”

He was also forthright about his intention to continue residential construction in Jerusalem, noting that “all previous Israeli governments have done so. … It is also clear to the Palestinians that these territories will remain within Israel’s borders in any deal.”

The Obama administration’s response to Israel’s confirmation that it would continue to create homes in the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem was vindictive, brutal and in stark contrast to its deafening silence in relation to Palestinian incitement.

Still no cure for STUPID...The US State Department went so far as to accuse Israel of acting “illegally,” and in a manner “incompatible with the pursuit of peace”.

In an interview with American journalist Jeffery Goldberg published in The Atlantic, a senior US official referred to Prime Minister Netanyahu as “chickenshit” and described him as “the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most”. More than Assad, Erdogan, the Iranian Ayatollah and Putin the ‘peace loving’ Abbas?

The curtain drop to the administration’s malice was displayed last week in the Ya’alon imbroglio. In a private conversation earlier this year, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon disparaged Secretary of State John Kerry’s behavior in relation to the peace process as “obsessive” and “messianic.” He made his remarks when Kerry was repeatedly making provocative statements against Israel and then retracting them.

As defense minister, Ya’alon is limited in what he can say publicly and the fact that he spoke off-record is irrelevant if he was subsequently quoted. But he apologized and reiterated the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Nevertheless, the White House inflated his unofficial remark totally out of proportion.

To invoke such a vendetta against the defense minister of its most important regional ally, months after the event, exposes the pettiness of the Obama administration. That Ya’alon was denied access to Vice President Joe Biden and National Security Adviser Susan Rice is problematic. But that this was leaked by State Department sources at the end of his visit was odious. To make matters even worse, the information was leaked to the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, whose publisher is engaged in a long-standing crusade to demonize Netanyahu and his government and which was the source that had initially released Ya’alon’s off-the-record comments.

Clearly, the White House regarded this as an opportunity to undermine not only Ya’alon’s standing, but the entire Netanyahu government.

This is just the latest in a series of vindictive incidents by the Obama administration because Israel has dared to reject its diktats. Nothing illustrates President Barack Obama’s contemptuous attitude toward Israel more than his directive to withhold arms to Israel during wartime because Israel had rejected Kerry’s initiative to engage Qatar as the mediator to end the Gaza hostilities.

As virtually every foreign policy initiative by Obama has proven to be disastrous, his recommendations or directives must be viewed with skepticism. After all, it is we who will have to live with the consequences.

This administration adamantly insists that the Israel-Palestine status quo is untenable. Yet it remains silent as Hamas boasts of efforts to restore its terror tunnel network; barely reacts to the mayhem in Syria and Iraq where close to a quarter million people have been butchered; ignores the Qatari funding of Hamas and other terrorist entities including the Islamic State; fails to castigate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for enabling jihadists to traverse Turkey’s territory in order to fight in Syria, while standing by and allowing the massacre of the Kurds on his border.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas humiliated the U.S. administration by merging with Hamas without prior consultation. But the U.S. failed to criticize this move, has not responded to Abbas’ policy of ethnic cleansing by making any future Palestinian state Judenrein, nor condemned him for executing any Palestinian found selling land to an Israeli. The U.S. did not reprimand him for failing to denounce the act of terror in which a baby and a young woman were killed last week in Jerusalem. Yet when an Arab teenager was shot to death while hurling potentially lethal Molotov cocktails at Israeli automobiles, the U.S. immediately conveyed its condolences to the family and urged Israelis to initiate an investigation.

Israel, the principal regional ally of the U.S., is the only country consistently facing criticism and has become the punching bag for the inept Obama administration, even being denunciated for opposing a nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Only recently, Kerry again conveyed to an Arab audience the absurd allegation that the Arab-Israel conflict fanned ISIS and Islamic extremism. Yet the U.S. assiduously avoids condemning or responding to rogue states guilty of criminal bloodletting, out of fear of being further humiliated and exposed as lacking leadership.

It should be noted that there is a broad consensus throughout Israel that the government is justified in resisting efforts by the U.S. and others to restrict construction in its capital Jerusalem and the major settlement blocs – which were never challenged prior to the Obama administration.

There are those who question the wisdom of such an announcement at this time, but if there is one issue for which we should stand united and maintain our rights, it is construction in Jerusalem, whose development must not be dependent on endorsement from other countries.

The administration’s efforts to demean Israel’s leaders have always been counterproductive. Despite the initial media frenzy, Israelis have in such circumstances responded by rallying in support of their government. And yet, now when the house of Israel should display unity, some of our politicians are behaving irresponsibly.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni public response to the recent pathetic and mean attempt to humiliate Ya’alon implying that the fault for the breakdown in relations rests with Israel rather than with a bumbling and spiteful U.S. administration were highly inappropriate. They promote chaos and bring shame upon themselves and the government they purport to represent, conveying the mistaken impression that Israel suffers from battered wife syndrome.

It is also regrettable that, in the face of a vindictive U.S. administration, Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog failed to suspend political infighting and accused Netanyahu of being “personally responsible for the destruction of relations with the U.S.” He could have gained respect by stating unequivocally that there cannot be any limits on construction in the Jewish suburbs of Jerusalem.

Yes, there is constant tension and endless recriminations bouncing between the U.S. administration and Israel. And according to Goldberg, there is now even the threat that the US “may actually withdraw diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations”.

The government has made every effort to avoid aggravating the situation but Israel is a sovereign democratic nation and there are occasions when it must reject unrealistic or dangerous demands from the U.S.

Netanyahu should be commended for his extraordinary diplomatic balancing act in withstanding the unreasonable pressure from Obama and Kerry, avoiding outright confrontations and in so doing, retaining the support of American public opinion and Congress.

Israel is a small country and its people are aware that the U.S. is crucial to their survival. But does that oblige us to forfeit our self-respect or sovereignty and fawn toward an administration that repeatedly displays its contempt and humiliates us?

We should display unity by supporting our prime minister’s policy of rejecting further territorial concessions until the Palestinian leaders separate from Hamas, engage in negotiations and display flexibility to enable us to achieve our security requirements. We will not be denied the right to construct homes in our capital or in the major settlement blocs, which will remain within Israel. We seek the support of the United States but we must retain our sovereignty.

[by Isi Leibler, writing for WORD FROM JERUSALEM]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  The Bible could not be more clear when it says in Genesis 12:3, speaking of Abraham and God’s Chosen People, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you.”  To be in a position of opposing God is not only dangerous, but it is usually terminally stupid.  And that is precisely where the Obama administration is putting the United States, in opposition to God and the Jewish people.  Another quotation from the Bible that is well worth remembering is this one: “The fool has said in his heart that there is no God.”  Learn more at WHOFIRST.COM.
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Hamas fires hundreds of rockets a day into Israel, yet has the audacity to accuse Israel of war crimes

Eighty rockets.

That’s one rocket explosion every 18 minutes.

That’s what Israel endured on Monday.

140 rockets.

That’s one earth-shattering blast every 10 minutes.

That’s what Israel endured the day before, on Sunday.

As Hamas launches these rockets at Israeli civilians – minute by minute, hour by hour – it has the audacity to accuse Israel of war crimes, to threaten to take Israel to the International Criminal Court.

Israel continues to do nothing more than (1) defend itself against this unprovoked onslaught against its citizens, and (2) make every attempt it can to force the onslaught to stop.

 

Rocket threat from Hamas

Continued rocket threat from Hamas

More rockets from Hamas

The ACLJ  continues to gear up for this fight. The American Center for Law and Justice will defend Israel’s right to self-defense. They have fought and won at the International Criminal Court before, and they will fight again.
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Needless to say, and perhaps this is why our FFFA is being requested, there have been lots of not very good news reports lately. Not very good, as in Very Not Good. Totally not good. ISIS wants to take the world by force, starting with the nearest non-Muslim population. Hamas wants to obliterate Israel, starting with anyone who has the misfortune to be in the way of an incoming rocket from Gaza. The US has seen several nights of rioting in Missouri over the shooting death by police of an unarmed teenager. Our feckless president, Mr. O, is off on another luxury vacation to try to improve his golf game because staying in the White House and watching his poll ratings go down the drain proved to be too depressing.

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Journalists and reporters in Gaza are being severely restricted by Hamas. The truth is what Hamas says it is…

If you’ve been following the conflict in Gaza you’ve seen dramatic pictures of heavily armed Israeli soldiers, their tanks and helicopters. You’ve seen pictures of neighborhoods reduced to rubble, with Palestinian men, women and children in desperate circumstances. What you almost certainly have not seen are the combatants Israelis have been fighting. It’s as though they were fighting ghosts.

Also scarce in the major media: stories about Hamas deploying civilians as human shields, storing missiles in mosques and UN schools, setting up command posts in hospitals, using ambulances to ferry terrorists to battle, and children to dig tunnels — with at least 160 killed in the process. And how many stories have you seen about humanitarian supplies flowing from Israel to Gaza in the midst of this bloody conflict and the hundreds of Gazans treated in Israeli hospitals?

The explanation: Hamas restricts what journalists in Gaza may film, photograph and even write about. Hamas threatens and intimidates journalists who do not follow what might be called Hamas rules – rules designed to shape media coverage and influence perceptions around the world.

Let me say this as clearly as I know how: The journalists covering Gaza are brave. I’m not saying they should be braver – much less reckless. I do think they should be honest with their readers and viewers about the conditions under which they are operating:  conditions of coercion, manipulation, restriction and censorship.

A few have acknowledged their predicament, mostly on social media. For example, Italian journalist Gabriele Barbati on July 29 tweeted: “Out of #Gaza far from #Hamas retaliation: misfired rocket killed children [today] in Shati.” In other words: having left Gaza he can now say what he would not dare report while in the territory: that it was a Hamas rocket, not an Israeli rocket, that killed 10 people, 8 of them children, at the al Shati refugee camp along the northern Gaza seacoast.

Gaza body armor by HamasIsraeli filmmaker Michael Grynszpan wrote on Facebook that he had met with a Spanish journalist who had just left Gaza and asked him why TV viewers are not seeing Hamas fighters in action. Grynszpan said he was told: “It’s very simple, we did see Hamas people there launching rockets, they were close to our hotel, but if ever we dared pointing our camera on them they would simply shoot at us and kill us.”

An oped in The Australian noted that after TV reporter Peter Stefanovic tweeted that he had seen rockets fired into Israel from near his hotel, a pro-Hamas tweeter warned: “in WWII spies got shot.” French-Palestinian journalist Radjaa Abu Dagga was “detained and interrogated by members of Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigade at a room in Shifa hospital next to the emergency room.” He published an account of his treatment in the French newspaper Liberation – but that article has since been “unpublished” at Dagga’s request.” Why do you suppose?

John Reed of the Financial Times was threatened after he tweeted about rockets being fired from near that same hospital. The Wall Street Journal‘s Nick Casey posted a photo of a Hamas spokesman being interviewed from a room in the hospital along with this tweet: “You have to wonder (with) the shelling how patients at Shifa hospital feel as Hamas uses it as a safe place to see media.”After “a flood of online threats,” the tweet was deleted. But Twitter accounts “continued to attack Casey, including him on lists of ‘journos in Gaza (who) lie/fabricate info for Israel’ and ‘must be sued for crimes.'”

Of course, litigation is the least of the perils weighing on the minds of journalists in Gaza. On any day, any foreign reporter could be abducted, handcuffed and hooded, while their captors reviewed their dispatches. If not satisfied with what they see, that could be all she wrote – literally.

Most reporters know that in 2006 Fox reporter Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig were kidnapped in Gaza by a group calling themselves the Holy Jihad Brigades. Both were eventually released but not before, as Mr. Centanni stated, they were “forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint.”

Some reporters slant for other reasons. Last month, NBC News pulled correspondent Ayman Mohyeldi out of Gaza. Many inferred that his bosses found his coverage unbalanced. A few days later, after an outcry from Hamas sympathizers, NBC reinstated him.

Mohyeldi tweeted: “I’m returning to #Gaza to report. Proud of NBC’s continued commitment to cover the #Palestinian side of the story.” How to interpret that except as an admission that he covers only one side of the story? Can you imagine a reporter saying he was proud his media outlet was committed to covering “the Israeli side of the story”?

I would argue, too, that never questioning Hamas’ “facts” and casualty figures is not tantamount to telling the Palestinian side of the story. I would further argue that Hamas is not on the side of Palestinians – at least not those who want normal lives for their children and whose highest priority is not exterminating the Jewish state next door.

Finally, a few words on more subtle forms of journalistic bias: Early in the current round of fighting, reporters for The New York Times asked an Israeli military spokesman “about the repercussions of carrying out” operations against Hamas “during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.”

If it occurred to these reporters to ask Hamas spokesmen about the “repercussions” of firing missiles at Jerusalem during Ramadan, I missed it.

I know: It would be foolhardy to pose such questions to a Hamas spokesman. I would just ask that principled journalists, once they are safely out of Gaza, tell the truth — not just on Twitter — about the pressures they faced and the way it influenced their reporting.

[by Clifford D. May, who is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a policy institute focusing on national security.  This piece was published by CNS News.]

NORM ‘n’ AL Note: The illustration in this piece was inserted by us.

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