Weekly Briefing – March 16-20, 2015

By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Saturday, March 21st, 2015 @ 12:39AM

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“Anti-Semitism is a Huge Menace” – The Netherlands Chief Rabbi – Emerson Vermaat, Exclusive to ACD – “The growing wave of anti-Semitism in Holland forces Jews  to be careful and hide any symbol that would give away their identity.”  “I don’t think anti-Semitism is growing in the Netherlands. It is just getting more visible now on a daily basis. Twenty or forty years ago it never happened that people call me ‘a dirty Jew,’ but today it’s normal, it happens frequently. It’s not safe for me to take the train, especially in the evening,” says Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs, in this exclusive interview. “It’s too easy to put the blame on Muslim immigrants only, but I believe that native Dutch people are also susceptible to anti-Semitism.” The Rabbi noted that people from the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, such as Moroccans and Tunisians are more spontaneous in their behavior and expressions…more

Obama’s Deal With IranRachel Ehrenfeld – The Obama administration’s efforts to advancing a deal with Iran resembles final rehearsals before the raising of the curtain on the ultimate theater of the absurd. If Obama gets his way,  Americans will be forced to pay with their taxes to watch how the much talked about on-again, off-again secret negotiations will lead to enriched uranium, enough to arm as many ballistic missiles as Iran would like. This will happen while Iranian terrorist activities and influence will increase in the Middle East and beyond. It is doubtful that turning Iran into a nuclear power, thus turning the world into a much more dangerous place, was not the “change” most Obama voters had hopped for. Obama’s aspirations to go to Tehran has been made clear when he made his first inaugural speech in January 2009, announcing his “willingness to open contacts with Iran.” But…more

The Embryonic Palestinian State – A Monster in the Ultra-Sound – Daphne Netanyahu – As of now, in Judea, Samaria and Gaza there is a sort of embryonic state, or “Arab state in progress”. And just as with pregnancy, it is possible, with ultrasound, to see the embryo’s organs and know generally, what shape the fetus will be when it is born, it is so when speaking of a country as well. This embryonic state carries out – in schools, in mosques and in the media – brainwashing on an entire generation. It puts into the heads of its youth the idea that “there is no solution to the Palestinian problem other than by means of “jihad.” If a Palestinian state is born, it will have control over its borders, and nobody would be able to prevent this over the course of time. …more

The Egyptian BetSol W. Sanders – Any hope for an exit from the current Middle East chaos lies with the efforts of Gen. Pres. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stabilize its politics and rebuild the Egyptian economy. With its 90 million people and traditional role as the intellectual leader of the Sunni Arab world, el-Sisi’s efforts to move out of the collapse of four years ago is critical not only for his own country but for the region as a whole. There is general acknowledgement in the area of Egypt’s overwhelming importance and leadership – except in the pro-Iranian elements dominant in Damascus, Lebanon-Hezbollah, Gaza-Hamas, and Yemen-Houthi, and increasingly in Baghdad. Egypt’s importance brought thirty country leaders, dozens of financial companies– …more…

News & Analysis

Pakistan’s National Interest & Sentiment – Husain Haqqani

TIMELINE: Yemen’s most deadly attacks since 2011 – Al Ahram

The US’s ambiguous stance on SyriaOsman Mirghani

Combating Cyberattacks In The Age Of Globalization – Shavit Matias

French Comedian Dieudonné Sentenced for “Condoning Terrorism Global Research

The Allure of ISIS for Young Recruits Brian Michael Jenkins

Israel, Hamas and Hizbollah on a Collision Course: Undesirable yet InevitableOrit Perlov

Saudi grand mufti calls for demolition of churches. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah says Christian religious sites in Arabian Peninsula must be razed in accordance with Muslim lawTimes of Israel 

What Assad Knows. He is a prime beneficiary of the U.S. outreach to Iran Bret Stephens

Unless He Changes Course, Putin’s Fate Will Be That of Nicholas II or Milosevic, Strelkov SaysPaul Goble

China’s Game of Thrones: A World TransformingBilahari Kausikan

Capitol Hill

House-

Negotiations with Iran: Blocking or Paving Tehran’s Path to Nuclear Weapons?Foreign Affairs Committee

The Growing Cyber Threat and its Impact on American Business – Committee on Intelligence

Agents of Opportunity: Responding to the Threat of Chemical TerrorismSubcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications 

Combating Terrorist Travel: Does the Visa Waiver Program Keep Our Nation Safe? – Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security 

FCC: Process and Transparency Committee on Oversight 

Assuring Assured Access to Space Armed Service Committee

Unmanned Aerial System Threats: Exploring Security Implications and Mitigation Technologies – Homeland Security Committee –  Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

The President’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIL and the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense Armed Services Committee

U.S. Election Support in Africa Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

Iran and Hezbollah in the Western HemisphereForeign affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

Cybersecurity: The Evolving Nature of Cyber Threats Facing the Private SectorOversight Committee

Senate-

Examining the Evolving Cyber Insurance Marketplace Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation 

The State of Technological Innovation Related to the Electric GridCommittee on Energy & Natural Resources

Deepening Political and Economic Crisis in Venezuela: Implications for U.S. Interests and the Western Hemisphere Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues

Securing the Southwest Border: Perspectives from Beyond the Beltway Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs

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