Weekly Review, June 1-5, 2015

By Rachel Ehrenfeld
Friday, June 5th, 2015 @ 11:27PM

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Fueling the ISIS Fire – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Under growing criticism of handling the war against ISIS, the Obama administration decided to send more weapons to the Iraqi army and has already sent the first shipment of the 2,000 AT4 anti-tank missiles to be used against ISIS driven American tanks and armored vehicles that the withdrawing Iraqi army left behind. How long will it take before these missiles will join the more than an estimated $1 billion worth of mostly American made Iraqi weapons that have been already captured by ISIS? ”…more

What if the Iranian Deal Fails? – Aaron Shenhar – There is no question that the nuclear deal with Iran is risky. Even its supporters, and of course Obama himself, admit that it may not work. The question of course, is the extent of risk and the cost we would pay in case of failure. Opponents and supporters would clearly disagree on the extent of risk, but it is reasonable to assume that just based on their recent statements; Obama’s supporters would rank the risk at 20% or even higher. As we will see, that level is unacceptable….we must also assess the cost of failure.…more

US Risky Economic Recovery – Norman Bailey – The US remains Israel’s most important market, but its economic recovery is stalling. In recent years the Israeli government and the Israeli private sector have been very busy diversifying export markets and sources of financing and investment. They have concentrated on South Asia and the Far East, especially but not only India, China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. These countries and others have proven to be vital resources for the Israeli economy and in the case of China, an eager participant in joint educational projects as well…more

Obama Doesn’t Understand Israel – Yossi Kuperwasser – As an Israeli familiar with U.S.-Israeli relations, I would like to set the record straight on President Obama’s recent comments in The Atlantic and at the Adas Israel synagogue. First, let me stress the shared values that anchor the U.S.-Israel relationship, as well as the gratitude I and every Israeli feel for the president’s unwavering support for our country. I also want to make clear that I have no issue with the president’s public criticism of our policies, even if it reveals differences between our two countries. We’ve gotten used to the criticism, and our relationship is strong enough to endure it. With that said, though, there are a few things I need to get off my chest…more

Another UN Step to Legitimize Jihadist Hamas – Rachel Ehrenfeld – As if the Jihadist terror group ISIS wasn’t enough, twelve of the United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations moved today towards legitimizing jihad against Israel by granting NGO statues to Hamas’s London branch, the Palestinian Return Center (PRC). China, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey and Venezuela, supported the decision, while Greece, India and Russia abstained. Only Israel, the United States and Uruguay opposed the decision. In 2010, the Israeli government identified the Palestinian Return Center (PRC) as a “an organizational and a coordinating wing of Hamas in Europe” and designated it as terrorist…more

ACD in the News
Cyber Experts: FBI Ignoring Hack Threats to Airplane Wi-FiFree Beacon

News & Analysis
Khamenei Says US Police Are Like ISIS TerroristsArutz Sheva

Saudis consider Iran -not Israel- their top enemy, study findsHaaretz

Why Did Saudi Arabia Intervene in Yemen?U.S. News & World Report

Pakistan denies Saudi Arabia ‘nuclear sale’Pakistan Today

Next Up: Nuclear Talks With North Korea?Claudia Rosett

China’s Rising Military: Now for the Hard PartBloomberg View

Russia reveals new high-tech weapon vehicles in a rehearsal for the country’s biggest military paradeBusiness Insider

A Short History of Russian PoisoningJeffrey Gedmin

West Still Approaching Conflict in Ukraine Tactically Rather than Strategically, Shevtsova SaysPaul Goble

Cyberattack Leaves US Looking VulnerableSky News

With a series of major hacks, China builds a database on AmericansWashington Post

Islamic State Is Rapidly Expanding in Southeast Asia – Josh Rogin

ISIS: Cyber department I-HLS

Safety in Numbers: The world’s first uncrackable quantum encryption device goes to marketLANL

Gertz Expose: Pentagon docs show Obama supports Muslim BrotherhoodAmerican Thinker

2015 US-Islamic World Forum Features Myriad Individuals Tied To Global Muslim BrotherhoodThe Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch

Capitol Hill

House:
U.S. Policy Towards ISIL After Terror Group Seizes Ramadi and PalmyraForeign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, June 3, 2015

Americans Detained in IranForeign Affairs Committee, June 2, 2015

The Outer Ring of Border Security: DHS’s International Security ProgramsHomeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, June 2, 2015

Terrorism Gone Viral: The Attack in Garland, Texas and Beyond – Homeland Security Committee, June 2, 2015

Senate:
Security Assistance In AfricaForeign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, June 4, 2015

Implications Of The Iran Nuclear Agreement For U.S. Policy In The Middle East Foreign Relations Committee, June 3, 2015

The IRS Data Breach: Steps to Protect Americans¹ Personal InformationHomeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, June 2, 2015

GAO Reports
Broadband: Intended Outcomes and Effectiveness of Efforts to Address Adoption Barriers Are UnclearGAO-15-473, June 2, 2015

Insider Threats: DOD Should Strengthen Management and Guidance to Protect Classified Information and SystemsGAO-15-544, June 2, 2015

State Department: Preliminary Observations on the Bureau of Counterterrorism’s Resources, Performance, and CoordinationGAO-15-655T, June 2, 2015

CRS Reports
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty: Background and Current Developments – Jonathan E. Medalia, Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy, June 2, 2015

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