US' Middle East policies come home to haunt America and ally, Israel, against Iran and Russia. Next moves? and more...
US' Middle East policies come home to haunt America and ally, Israel, against Iran and Russia. Next moves?
Amidst finger-pointing over who in Washington is most to blame for Russia and Iran's aggression against Syria and Israel, how will America and Israel adapt and respond?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his nation dealt "severe blows" to Iranian and Syrian forces following the weekend downing of an Israeli fighter jet over northern Israel.
In U.S., Israel-Syria Border Clash Triggers New War Over Iran Nuclear Deal by Allison Kaplan Sommer in Ha'Aretz Feb 12, '18
Republicans and pro-Israel camp point finger at Obama for being soft on Iran and Syria, while Democrats blame Trump for decertifying Iran deal
... For Democrats, it is President Donald Trump’s decertification and weakening of the Iran deal that’s to blame, sending Iranian leaders a message that they have little to lose by thumbing their nose at the United States. They also point to Trump’s refusal to criticize or pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin’s support and protection of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime would, presumably, put him in a position to rein in the Iranians.
"Iran’s Stealth Drone that Penetrated Israel’s Border a Gift from the Obama Administration" in the Jewish Press, Feb 11, 2018
Several areas of concern emerged from Saturday’s short aerial war: the fact that an Israeli F-16’s deflection system was unable to avoid a dense barrage of some 25 S-300 Soviet-era anti-aircraft missiles, and, presumably, shrapnel from those missiles cut through; the fact that Iran today appears to be operating independently inside Syria; and the fact that Iran-proxy Shiite militias are so important to the Russians, serving as they do as gun fodder for the Russian army in its war against the Western-allied rebels, that Moscow is ready to endorse Iranian adventurism to secure their cooperation.
Knock-off of American drone brought down in Iran in December 2011, which Obama refused to destroy on the ground
before the Iranians got to it. Posted by William A. Jacobson in Legal Insurrection| Sunday, February 11
Despite Iranian claims, it remains a mystery how the Iranians brought down the American stealth drone, if indeed it wasn’t just an accident, Who Tracked, Hacked-N-Jacked, the Beast of Kandahar?
"Russian troops were involved in Iranian-Syrian clash with Israel" - DebkaFile
This situation underwent a fundamental strategic change when Iran sent a UAV over Israel from a Syrian base it shares also with the Russians. It may be assumed that the Russian command, which keeps a close eye on all Syria’s air facilities, was in the know about the Iranian operation and was not surprised when Israeli warplanes retaliated. One of those jets was shot down and its two pilots landed safely in northern Israel. One of them was badly injured.
Iran Expert, Berman: Post-Obama/Kerry nuclear deal, the emboldened Islamic republic seeks to expand global reach, build an anti-US axis in Latin America
The publisher's description of "Iran's Deadly Ambition: The Islamic Republic's Quest for Global Power" by Ilan Berman (published August, 2015). In this sobering book, Ilan Berman illuminates the multiple dimensions of the Iranian threat and exposes the perils of lodging confidence in diplomacy with the Islamic Republic."
"There is ample reason for skepticism that the United States and its allies can truly curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions by diplomatic means. Moreover, the West’s current focus on Iran’s nuclear program is deeply dangerous insofar as it fails to recognize—let alone address—Iran’s other international activities or its foreign policy aims. Those objectives are global, and they continue to grow in scope and menace.
Ilan Berman, VP, American Foreign Policy Council interviews with Democracy Broadcasting on the then Democrat administration's enabling of Iran nuclear deal and how the then rival presidential candidates would handle it from 2017-2021. Recorded at the AIPAC Policy Conference, March 4, 2016.
Iran’s Saegheh drone in Syria – a worry for US as well as Israel in DebkaFile Feb 11,'18
Iran, by deploying a fleet of Saegheh drones in Syria, armed with missiles, has not only ramped up its threat to Israel, but also raised a tough regional challenge to America. If one of these drones can be used against Israel, why not against American forces in the Middle East or Saudi Arabia? The Revolutionary Guards' Dep Chief Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami made no bones about this on Saturday, when he declared that Iran had the military power “to destroy all American bases in the region.”"It’s time for Trump to attack Iran’s Revolutionary Guard" - Op/Ed in the New York Post by Richard Goldberg, senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Feb 12,'18
Now is the time for Trump to re-establish a robust military deterrent toward Iranian expansionism in close collaboration with regional allies.
His administration declared the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist entity in October, and he should target key Guards’ bases and weapons in Syria accordingly. Such an approach could help prevent a larger-scale conflict.
Joe Mantegna reacts to journalist's smear of New Year's "Rose Parade" being led by patriot, Gary Sinise
Joseph Mantegna and Gary Sinise are two of Hollywood's greatest patriots. In addition to hosting PBS' National Memorial Day Concert broadcast for longer than a decade, they are advocates for American service-members and veterans. The Los Angeles Press Club presented Mr. Mantegna with their 2015 Visionary Award for using his "high-profile status to make the world a better place and to spread information about issues of freedom and importance."
Mr. Mantegna serves as Honorary Chairman for the Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. He has helped raise millions of dollars for various charities, including autism, as parent of an autistic daughter. Gary Sinise also performs work to benefit both active-duty and veteran US service-members.
Two of the 22 marching bands in Monday's parade represent America's military service-members: The U.S. Marines Drum and Bugle Corps, and the U.S. Marines West Coast Composite Band.
The next day, Stephen Kruiser, writing in PJ Media, reviewed Mr. Romero's piece:
"... the article is one long tantrum about President Trump that they are trying to make stick to Sinise. To say it's reaching would redefine understatement. The only actual fact about Sinise that the author points to involves him disagreeing with then-candidate Trump over his remarks about John McCain. Once mostly crypto-fascists, the American Left is letting its totalitarian, freak-flag fly more and more these days. The people who are making a stink about Sinise want to publicly condemn someone who has a connection (that is tenuous at best) to people who might have voted for Donald Trump last year. It's a kangaroo court of public opinion."
On December 3rd, Joe Mantegna came with his autistic daughter, Mia, to the L.A. Press Club's National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards to honor Sesame Street's co-founders - who added an autistic character to the show.
Mr. Mantegna was surprised to learn of Mr. Romero's stirring-up of animus for Mr. Sinise and the Rose Parade. Watch this DemoCast exclusive video interview to hear his reaction:
Stephen Kruiser summed up: "One would be hard pressed to find a prominent voice to speak ill of Gary Sinise. Google "Gary Sinise well respected" and you'll find a lot of mainstream media sources singing his praises. Using him as a vehicle to act out because they still haven't learned to emotionally deal with last year's election is yet another low for the "tolerant" liberal crowd."
Even Rush Limbaugh chimed in on Mr. Romero's hit-piece on the Rose Parade's appointment of Mr. Sinise. “This year’s theme is ‘making a difference.’ Sinise was cited for being a humanitarian and donating time and cash to veterans. They’re mounting an effort to deny Gary Sinise the opportunity to be the grand marshal of the 129th Rose Parade simply because he is supposedly a conservative."
British-Israeli survivor of Palestinian terror campaigns to end incentivizing Muslim hate and violence
In this video interview, Ms. Wilson shares her story and aim of ending Western taxpayer money being paid to the Palestinian governments who offer encourage incentive pensions for terrorism acts against Jews. Kristine, Kay says, was murdered because the Muslims presumed that she was Jewish.
On December 18th, the anniversary of her assault, yesterday, she published the following message from her home in Israel's capital city, Jerusalem:
1) Until tragedy struck I was oblivious just how fragile life is. Yes, I paid it lip service but had not absorbed it. Now I am fully cognizant that today may be my last day alive.
2) The terror attack revealed that up until then, I thought life was all about me. I mean, terrorism happens to others, but it could never happen to me.
4) The question is not "where was G-d", but "where was mankind?" What kind of sick world do we live in where people can chop up other people? And is there something I can do about it?
5) There are always people far worse off than me.
6) Wealth is to be found in the richness there is in appreciating moments not just occasions.
7) If you love or appreciate someone, tell them why. Be specific.
8) I maintain my right not to forgive. The only moral response to evil is to hate it. "Those who are merciful to the wicked will be wicked to the merciful." This wisdom from the Talmud has given me clarity and also enabled me to form friendships with very dear Arab Muslims.
9) The Israel-Palestinian conflict is not in essence about land. It is a continuation of Islamic pogroms against Jews that began in the 7th century and has not stopped ever since. Kristine was murdered because they thought she was Jewish. That's what her executioners said. Period.
10) My story is in part, Israel's story. They tried to murder us but we are still here. And we are here to make our world a better place.
May Kristine's name be a blessing, may her family be comforted, and may G-d avenge her blood."
Two weeks ago, the British-raised Ms. Wilson published this note:
The British government may claim that these funds only goes to education, but Palestinian Media Watch (see link below) have repeatedly shown the British, that at least 7% goes to the cold-blooded murderers. For a civilized country that claims it is against terrorism, it sure has a funny way of showing it.
I'm beside myself with disgust and outrage. Actually I am near to tears. It is the rabid injustice of it all. Knowing that you good people will feel the same, I have tagged the British Embassy. Please do comment so the message that it is NOT ok, can be passed onto this politically correct and spineless government. Thank you!"
UK in Israel https://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=24412
'Feminist' Linda Sarsour bullied, blackballed Muslima employee - reveals victim of Palestinian sex-abuser in her Arab-American Assoc. building
Linda Sarsour, the anti-Israel activist who helped spearhead the Women's March in Washington earlier this year, allegedly enabled a Muslim neighbor's sexual assaulting and harassment of a woman who worked for her- in a report quoted by Fox News. Allegations of groping and unwanted touching were brought to Sarsour's attention during her time as executive director of the Arab American Association in New York City.
In “Mossad 101” (“Hamidrasha” Hebrew for “The Academy”) cadets from every level of Israeli society undergo intense training to join their country’s elite, classified intelligence service, the Mossad.
Fauda, which means “chaos” in Arabic, follows a close-knit unit of Mista’arvim, the commando unit of the Israel army whose soldiers are trained in the language, dress and mannerisms of Palestinians, and whose undercover work is hailed in Israel for scuppering terror attacks and guiding military operations. The show won six Ophir Awards, including Best Drama Series, at the Israeli Academy Awards.
CNN: Netflix says it has found the next "Homeland"
Two-years ago, Israel Film Festival organizer Meir Fenigstein introduced "Fauda" to American audiences- which led to C.A.A.'s TV agent, Adam Berkowitz, selling the subtitled action/suspense series' rights to Netflix. This year, the Fest debuted the 2nd season opener to Israeli series "Mossad 101," which of C.A.A. TV intends to sell the format rights to internationally.
Video playlist includes interviews with Fauda actors Lior Raz and Tsakhi Halevi- and classic Israeli-American actor/director Mike Burstyn. The Fauda actors are joined for a post-screening panel discussion moderated by Itay Hod, entertainment editor of Hollywood's The Wrap news-site, leading a discussion with Fauda co-founding producer Avi Issacaroff, actresses Laetitia Eido (Dr. Shirin), Rona-Lee Shimon (Nurit), composer Gilad ben Amram, director Rotem Shamir. The panel was introduced by Sam Grundwerg, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles.
Iconic Israeli actor, Mike Burstyn, says that the Israeli TV and film productions are as good as any international productions- and for a fraction of the Hollywood budget. Productions like these, he says, have made greater international recognition of Israel's predicament in the past 5-years than in the previous 50-years.