ACD/EWI Blog

Countering BioTerrorism 2020*

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Bio-terrorism dates back to the New Stone Age. The Scythians (7th century BC – 4th century AD), the Gauls (Celtic people, 5th century BC – 3rd century AD), the ancient Romans (first and second centuries AD), the Aztecs, and the Mayans have used toxins from plants, such as the Curare,... ...

Investigate Obama’s and Kerry’s Unlawful Deals with Iran

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Two years ago, as then-secretary of State John Kerry was boasting in Davos about Obama’s deal with Iran,  he acknowledged that some of the $150 billion given to the mullahs in Tehran “will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that... ...

Soros is No Dreyfus*

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Anti-Semitism should always be condemned. But it is somewhat ironic that leaders of Hungary’s Jewish community and Israel’s Ambassador in Budapest are rallying on behalf of a man who demeans Jews and gives millions to anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian organizations. That man who is Jewish by birth, but proud for growing up in... ...

Was Russia behind Ukraine Cyberattack?

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Left: A payment terminal out of order at a branch of Ukraine’s state-owned Oschadbank in Kyiv on June 27. Photo credit: Reuters. –  Some US authorities and ‘private researchers’ claim NotPetya attack was either carried out by Moscow or backed by it, but the evidence is questionable. The press is... ...

Will NATO fight? And for What? (la NATO combatterà? E per cosa?​)

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

The one thing I am convinced about is that the Russians can count.  They know the size and capability of NATO-directed forces deployed in the Baltic States and Poland, and they know that NATO is, despite recent frenetic activity and the delivery of tanks and equipment, far from prepared.  But... ...

Israel Steers Clear of Europe and U.S. Social Alienation*

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Not nearly enough attention is being paid to a social phenomenon that is sweeping through Europe and the US. Great swaths of the population are becoming, or more accurately have already become totally alienated from the political, economic and social structures of the societies to which they belong. Furthermore, they... ...

Israel’s Kurdish Conundrum*

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Israel may soon be forced to choose between the Turks and the Kurds. In this week’s column, I will compare and contrast two developments of great significance for Israel’s regional future: the Kurdish question and the development of the offshore natural gas fields. They are more related than may appear... ...

Preserving the Mullahs’ Pride

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

President Obama holds Iranian national pride in higher esteem than the security of the American people. He made no secret that a nuclear deal with Iran was a priority of his, and he determined to keep most of his dealings with the Mullahs from the American people. When the first Joint Comprehensive Plan of... ...

The Obama/Soros Legacy

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

The Obama’s endorsed and Soros’ funded Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has promised to “defend and build on the progress…made under President Obama,” including his and the billionaire’s efforts to change America. American voters should keep this in mind when voting for their next President. Donald Trump’s choice of his VP... ...

Special Relationship II*

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Back in 1887 the famous poet and storyteller Oscar Wilde quipped: ‘We [English] have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language’. We got another example of this malediction in the blah-blah-blah which has attended Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. What is most apparent to... ...

Palestinian Terrorism *

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Popular terrorism is violent by nature. Thus, Mahmoud Abbas’ claim that the “popular resistance” is “peaceful” and “unarmed” is baseless. On September 13, 2015, the Palestinians began a wave of popular terrorism (called a “popular awakening” by the Palestinian Authority [PA]).[1] It began with riots on the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem... ...

Through the Eyes of an Islamist Extremist: The World according to Bosnia’s Fatmir Alipahić

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Over the past twenty-five years, the militant Islamist movement in Bosnia & Herzegovina has developed a broad range of electronic and print propaganda vehicles designed to draw recruits and spread ethnic and religious intolerance. These propaganda outlets include the openly pro-ISIS websites Put Hilafeta (“Way of the Caliphate”) and Vijesti... ...

Celebrating Our Freedom

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

As Jews everywhere are celebrating the Festival of Freedom and Liberty, known as Passover, others in the West are losing their freedoms. These 3,400 years old “Jewish Spring” legacy, is celebrated each year to commemorate and rejoice their liberation from oppression. This legacy, as noted by Amb. Yoram Ettinger, “inspired... ...

Europe: How Many Minutes to Midnight?

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

https://www.investigativeproject.org/1100/hizb-ut-tahrir-shariah-takes-precedence-over-usLeft: ISIS supporters attack German police before Solingen Town Hall, May 1, 2012. Decades of European efforts to avoid stigmatizing Muslims and to allegedly understand ‘root causes’ of Islamist terrorism have yielded horrific dividends. The BelgiumTerrorist Offenses Act of 2003, which criminalizes terrorism and participation in terrorist groups, got out of... ...

Beware of The Black Flag

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Left: Pro-ISIS demonstrators in the Netherlands, call for “Death to Jews” – Newsweek, 7/30/14.  Review of Nidra Poller’s The Black Flag of Jihad Stalks La République, (Authorship Intl., November 2015). Reporting from Brussels on March 18, after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam, the Belgian ISIS operative who participated in the November 13 attacks... ...

Dying for Allah *

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Left: Fatah memorial poster to an attacker with the Dome of the Rock in the background. January 25, 2015 The sensitivity to criticism of the Islamic fundamentalist attitude on the “death for Allah” concept, which has been fully adopted by the Palestinian cultural code, is a further instance of our difficulty in understanding... ...

Europe: A Grave Security Risk*

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Left: The power plant in Doel, Belgium.  There is no reason to any longer trust Europe.  Europe is a collection of incompetent and dangerous nation-states with reduced sovereignty that are incapable of defending their borders and inept at ferreting out the terrorists in their midst.  Typically greedy and stupid, Europe’s... ...

ISIS Adopts Palestinian Children’s Jihadi Indoctrination

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Left: A nine year-old soldier joined ISIS in Iraq. The Western media is shocked, shocked by the findings of a six months’ study, documenting the jihadist indoctrination of “The Children of the Islamic State.” Released on March 7, the research by the London-based Quillian Foundation, which was supported and endorsed by... ...

The “Radicalization” Elephant in the Room: Violence Against Women

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Left: ISIS considers women as “war spoils” and has adopted special regulations how to rape and manage their slavery. Around the globe from Europe, Pakistan, the Middle East to Minnesota everyone seems to be talking about extremism and radicalization these days. Rohan Gunaratna, an al Qaeda expert, defines radicalization as... ...

Canadian Editor Suspended for Advocating Palestinian Jihad against Israel*

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The CIJNews expose of an editorial lauding Palestinian knives attacks of Israeli Jews as a “sacred duty of jihad,” led to the suspension of the Canadian Lebanese Mohamed Hisham Khalifeh (محمد هشام خليفة), from the Windsor Multicultural Council. Khalifeh is the founder, CEO, and Editor in Chief of the Windsor Ontario Al Forqan Newspaper‎ (جريدة الفرقان), which is distributed in Canada and the... ...

Muslims, Islamists Terrorists, and Islam*

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The time has come, and indeed, has long passed for a frank and open discussion of the growing confrontation between the Western democracies and the Muslim world. Were there no other issue than the fact that there are some 1.3 billion world inhabitants who consider themselves Muslim, whatever their differences,... ...

The Palestinian Knife Campaign: A Policy of Limited Liability*

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Left: From the Palestinian “Stab a Jew” Guide, Credit: Raoul Wootliff, “Videos teach would-be Palestinian attackers ‘how to stab,’” Times of Israel, October 15, 2015. Five months into the stabbing terror campaign, the Palestinian leadership keeps evaluating its costs and benefits to date and the prospects for its future. As described... ...

Syria Ceasefire Will Not Defeat ISIS

Friday, February 26th, 2016

The United States and Russia brokered ceasefire agreement between the Syrian government and few of the fighting groups is scheduled for February 27, 2016, 00:00 local time.  While Washington described the agreement as yet another major diplomatic achievement, it will not end the war in Syria, destroy ISIS or the al Nusra Front, or stop... ...

Washington: Russia Should use Smart Bombs in Syria*

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Washington has ramped up criticism of Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria, complaining that the Russians are using “dumb” bombs when America uses “smart” bombs almost exclusively. Is Washington right, and are the Russians just trying to wipe out civilians and cause overall chaos in “enemy” areas? The actual truth is,... ...

The Syrian Threat to Israel*

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Left: Map of Syrian Civil war/ Global conflict in Syria – liveuamap, February 22, 2016 There are more than two dozen state and non-state actors battling over the prostrate body of what used to be Syria, one of the artificial entities carved out in the Middle East by the British and... ...

Obama and Israel: The Final Year*

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

President Barack Obama will vacate the White House on January 20, 2017, but he is unlikely to do so in the traditional manner. In their eighth and final year of service, American presidents generally behave like “lame ducks.” They don’t initiate new policies or programs, particularly those that might stir... ...

China Against The Wall!

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Left: Deutsche Bank’s estimate of China’s 2016 economic growth –  There is a hoary [if you pardon the pun] tradition among the mainline media to always give the Chinese Communists the benefit of the doubt, so to speak. It goes back to the World War II days in the Nationalist refugee... ...

Misnavigating America

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

As if seven years of Obama’s efforts to diminish the world’s superpower were not enough, recent events in the Middle East highlight the need for American leadership capable of righting the ship. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s statement that the U.S. sailors “obviously had misnavigated” two boats into Iran’s territorial waters illustrates the... ...

The Heroin Epidemic and The Zika Virus

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The number of people killed by heroin and opiate overdose in the United States has been growing exponentially, making this epidemic difficult to ignore in an election year. Thus, President Obama’s 2017 proposed budget includes an increase of  $1.1 billion to address this domestic epidemic. The proposed budget also includes... ...

ISIS’s Libyan Expansion

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Left: Locations of ISIS presence and control in Libya. It has territorial control over the square outlined in black. Outlined in red are large cities where ISIS is present but not in control, while Misrata and Ajdabiya are on its agenda (Google Maps) ISIS control of Libya’s Mediterranean coastline allows it... ...

China’s New Grand Strategy for the Middle East*

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Tehran, January 23, 2016 –  After decades of distance, China is moving closer to the region’s sectarian feuds — and its vital oil reserves At the start of 2016, prospects weren’t good for what would later become one of Chinese President Xi... ...

Settlements, Schmettlements and Israeli Security*

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Left: US Amb Shapiro follows White House lead in the delegitimization of Israel speech. (Watch the video.) – Pres. Barack Hussein Obama appears determined as part of his “legacy” to leave relations in ruins with the U.S.’ most important ally in the Mideast, Israel. Last week U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro... ...

Increasing Militarization of the Middle East *

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Left: Definition of Middle Eastern countries: Central Intelligence Agency Recent developments in the Middle East show a disturbing trend to add to all the other disturbing trends that have emerged in the region since the “Arab Spring” began in 2011. Both regional and international actors have begun to take advantage of... ...

Palestinian Attacks Against Israel at Home and Abroad ( January 13-20, 2016)

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Left: Picture posted on the Facebook page of QudsN, after the lethal stabbing attack in Otniel, in which Dafna Meir, 39, the mother of six, was murdered at the entrance to her home, while her children were watching helplessly.  The single word in the center of the post reads: “Otniel.” The inscription at the... ...

America’s Nuclear Power Plants Vulnerabilities*

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Left: The Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown, March 12, 2011 –  A year-long study found that the present legal and regulatory approach to EMP/Space weather threat to America’s nuclear power plants are inadequate and dangerous. This sorry state is anchored in the industry efforts to maintain safety regulations dating back to... ...

Feeding Iran’s Terrorist Agenda

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Left: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif waving [goodbye] to the Peace Dove. (cartoon by Keyvan Varessi, Iranian daily Iranian daily Ghanoon) –  The lifting of the sanctions on Iran is significant not only because it rewards the regime with $150 billion, allowing to increase its... ...

The Real Abu- Mazen*

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Left: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “We bless you, we bless the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), we bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every... ...

Obama’s Millennial Problems

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address to Congress, along with calling Ukraine a Russian “client state”, which infuriated the Ukrainians, referred to conflicts in the Middle East “…that date back millennia”  It’s not clear what he was referring to, unless he thinks the Palestinians of today are... ...

The Petrokingdom In Peril*

Friday, January 8th, 2016

“The decision makers of the Saudi government should not have any doubt that this blood will trouble them.  It will haunt them.”– Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  – The eastern province, bordering on the Gulf, not only has a concentration of oil, it has a concentration of Shiites, who have traditionally chafed under... ...

A Century after Sykes-Picot: Strategic and Geopolitical Aspects*

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

“The instability and the uncertainty that characterize the current state of affairs is best exploited, as mentioned before, by the most prominent enemies from the Radical Islamic camp – both Iran and its surrogates and the Sunni Radicals.” The rationale behind the plan produced by British diplomat and Middle East... ...

Palestinians Terrorist Attacks, January 1-5, 2016*

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Left: Palestinian websites and social networks continue to glorify the Palestinian terrorists who carry out attacks against Israel, blacken Israel’s name and issue calls and post notices encouraging terrorist attacks and the continuation of violence and stone throwing. Hamas is in the forefront of encouraging terrorist attacks. Palestinian Terrorist Attacks and... ...

Stopping The Palestinians’ Simmering Terrorism*

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Left: Arabic Caption: “We’ve come to slaughter you.” Published after the massacre of four rabbis and a Druze policeman in Jerusalem in November 2014. The Palestinian terror wave is not letting up, and fighting it more effectively requires a close examination of its roots and its objectives.  While not baseless,... ...

Key factor in sharply-improved Putin-Netanyahu strategic ties? The Obama White House

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Left: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Sept. 21, 2015 / EPA Israeli-Russian strategic cooperation already good was markedly improving in early October 2015. The primary impediment to this improvement had been the incessant pressure put by the U.S. Barack Obama White House... ...

Sisi and Rouhani on Crisis in Islam

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Left: Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressing Islamic scholars at al-Azhar university in Cairo, December 22, 2015. Two Muslim Presidents. Two speeches celebrating the anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s birth. Two very different messages. Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on two different occasions ((Dec. 22 and Dec. 24) iterated his call for “changes... ...

Dancing with Tyrants*

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Left: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal. The communist leadership of China; President Putin of Russia; Turkey’s Erdogan, King Salman of Saudi Arabia. Should Israel deal with such regimes? They are all wholesale violators of civil and human rights. They persecute, jail and often execute political opponents and... ...

Abbas’ Belligerent “Christmas Message”

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Left: The Christmas tree in Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, December 2015 In his “Christmas Message”,  like Arafat before him, PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas portrayed Palestinian terrorists as victims of Israeli oppression and urged, “international intervention is “desperately needed to protect the Palestinians.” How do... ...

Characteristics of Palestinian “Popular Activists” Confronting the IDF (Oct 3 – Nov 22, 2015)

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Left: Cartoon from the website of Fatah’s information unit accusing Israel and the United States of executing Palestinian children (website of Fatah’s information department, December 12, 2015). The latest ongoing Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians began with the killing of Alexander Levlowitz, by throwing stones at his car near Armon... ...

U.N. Resolution Will Not Stop ISIS Funding

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Left: Security Council first ever meeting at Finance Ministers’ level. UN Photo/Evan Schneider Today’s U.N. Security Council’s resolution to curb the funding of ISIS is essentially the same as resolution 2199 that was adopted earlier this year, and the sanctions that were adopted in mid-2013 under the “Al-Qaida Sanctions List”.... ...

The Middle East Poker*

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Left:U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and foreign ministers from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Europe in Vienna, November 14, 2015  in a bid to step up diplomatic efforts to end the four-year-old conflict in Syria.Credit: Tusgaar.mn The chaotic, not to say anarchic situation in much... ...

The Salafis Daddy Warbucks – Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

The first-ever global meeting of  the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) network of some 200 jurisdictions over the weekend in Paris, “to  discuss actions…to combat the financing of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) …and to combat the financing of terrorism,” will probably make the participants feel... ...

Benghazi: The smoking gun

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Left: President Obama and Secretary Clinton honor the Benghazi attack victims at the Transfer of Remains Ceremony held at Andrews Air Force Base on September 14, 2012. Perhaps the most honored dictum in the code of the American warrior is that no fellow fighter is left behind in a struggle, no... ...

Connecting the Terror in Paris with the Terror against Israel

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Left: Kashmiri demonstrators hold up Palestinian flags and a flag of the Islamic State during a 2014 demonstration (AFP) Seemingly, the connection between the Islamic terror against the West and the Palestinian terror against Israel is confined to technical aspects and does not run deeper than that. It mainly involves... ...

Turkey’s Story on Downing Russian Jet Doesn’t Add Up*

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Left: Putin: Turkey’s Downing Russian jet “is a stab in the back, carried out by the accomplices of terrorists.” The Turkish story on the Russian jet shoot down does not hold up.  In fact, the evidence points to a deliberate provocation by Turkey with the intention of drawing NATO into... ...

A Response to Bernard-Henri Lévy*

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

On November 16, 2015, French public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy published a commentary in which he urges the West to acknowledge that it is at war and must call things by their right names. He subsequently argues that we must battle Islamic jihad while understanding the difference between those Muslims who... ...

Refugees, Terrorists and Morality

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Not for the first time, and certainly not for the last, America’s leaders are presented with a vexing problem of statecraft, which poses realism versus idealism. Millions of refugees are pouring out of Syria; victims of the more than four years bloody Civil War. Many choose a perilous path on... ...

Islamist Terrorism and European Amnesia

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Left: Jo Goldenberg’s restaurant at the Marais district, Paris, attacked in 1982 by PLO mastermind Souhaur Mohammed Hassan Khalil al-Abbassi, aka “Amjad Atta” that killed six people and wounding 22 others. Politicians and the media in Europe and the United States are talking about the latest terrorist attacks as if... ...

Vive la France!

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Left: Eiffel Tower goes dark,  after Paris terrorist attacks, Nov. 13, 2015 There are perhaps three all engulfing observations to be made from the horrific events in France this past Friday evening as the Muslim day of prayer and rest ended: The enemy we face is as barbarous as has... ...

Palestinian Propoganda Fueling Anti-Israeli Terrorism

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Left: A cartoon by Hamas-affiliated Omaya Joha (Facebook page of PALDF, November 8, 2015). Spreading Lies: Riyadh Mansour, the permanent Palestinian observer in the UN, sent a formal complaint to the president of the Security Council claiming that autopsies performed on the bodies of Palestinians after Israel returned them indicated... ...

Obama is No Reagan*

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The Obama Administration’s utter strategic confusion, particularly in foreign affairs, was nowhere more exhibited than in Sec. of Defense Ashton B. Carter’s recent statements at the Reagan Defense Forum. Irony was added to insult when Carter equated the Obama policies with those of Pres. Ronald Reagan. How quickly it is... ...

Do the Palestinians Want Two States?*

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Is the Palestinian “popular uprising” in its current manifestations the preferred form of struggle for the Fatah leadership – as opposed to small-scale demonstrations at focal points of friction? When an interviewer on a prominent TV show on the official Palestinian channel directed this question to Tawfik Tirawi, a member... ...

MANPADS Threats To Civilian Aviation

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Left: Two insurgents in Iraq with SA-7b and SA-14 MANPADS. Courtesy of U.S. Department of Homeland Security What crashed the Russian Airbus A321 in the Sinai Peninsula is yet to be determined. The British Telegraph reported an ISIS “bomb plot was uncovered by British spies,” while ISIS’s claimed it downed the Russian plane... ...

The incremental Road To Hell*

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

If there were one lesson from America’s tragic Vietnam encounter – and as some dead white man has said, all historical analogies are odious — it is that incremental approaches to war inevitably result in disaster. News reports suggest that Pres. Barak Obama is reversing his strategy of limited engagement... ...

The Real Story Behind the Undersea Cable Caper*

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

When the latest Russian ocean surveillance ship, the Yantar (Amber) sailed off the coast of Florida, US Navy senior officials sounded an alarm.  The Russian ship, they said, carried deep surveillance underwater vehicles which could be used to cut the fiber optic cables that connected the United States to the... ...

Iran Unleashed*

Monday, October 26th, 2015

As Iran extends its influence to Israel’s northern border, the madness of the nuclear deal is becoming apparent. The two greatest physicists in history, writing centuries apart, agreed on one thing. Sir Isaac Newton wrote: “I can calculate the motion of the heavenly bodies but not the madness of people”.... ...

Egypt’s Salafist* Party Returns to the Wilderness

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

“Running for the Salafi Party was a loss…I regret it. [My] popularity in the constituency was very strong, but joining the party caused it to decline.” – Daily News Egypt, October 24, 2015 Results from the first round of phase one of Egypt’s parliamentary elections earlier this month show that... ...

Taiwan’s Democracy Needs U.S. Arms*

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

“Taiwan is part of China is a sacred mission for all the sons and daughters of China” – Yu Zhengsheng, fourth-ranked leader of the Communist Party of China, Oct. 23, 2015. If there was any doubt that Taiwan is the first democratic state in the long history of the Chinese,... ...

ISIS Takes a Chapter from the Palestinian Incitement Book

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Left: Screenshot“Infographic by Islamic State militants on how to kill Jews” Bi-Partisan Congressional condemnations of the Palestinian Authority (PA) for inciting violence against Israelis, such as passed by House Foreign Affairs Committee on October 22, 2015 provides moral support, but do nothing to stop the attacks. Moreover, condemnations by Congress... ...

U.S. Conflicting Objectives in Syria

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Left: The A- 10 plane is famed for its tank-destroying capabilities. A day before Bashar Assad’s meeting with Russian President Putin in Moscow, the United States signed a deal with Russia, to avoid entering “the same battle space” over the Syrian sky. However, according to Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook, this agreement, does “not... ...

Palestinian Bar Association Honors Terrorists *

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Left: The Palestinian Bar Association is funded by the European Union. (PBA website, October 15, 2015). Overview 1.      Last week the EU-funded Palestinian Bar Association (PBA) expressed solidarity with two of the Palestinian terrorists (a law student and a lawyer) who carried out lethal stabbing attacks in Jerusalem: a)  PBA members took a... ...

Martyrs unremarked*

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Left: Syrian Christians are being murdered, kidnapped, driven out of their country, or displaced within Syria. (Photo/AFP) One of the many mysteries of the current political and media scene is the neglect which accompanies a growing worldwide Christian martyrdom, but particularly in the Middle East. Ancient Christian enclaves, some of them... ...

State Dept: Nuke Deal Allows Iran Ballistic Missile Development

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Left: Iran successfully test-fires its domestically-built Emad ballistic missile on October 11, 2015. © Tasnim news agency.  The administration’s campaign on the Iran deal involved commitments that Iran would not be allowed to: increase its military threat to American allies, make progress on its ballistic missile program, or violate U.N.... ...

For Palestinians, Conflict With Jews Is Existential in Nature*

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Left: “Jerusalem is thirsty, and this thirst will be quenched with blood.” Today, “three Israelis are killed and dozens injured during a Palestinian ‘day of rage.’ Two Palestinians shot and stabbed passengers on a Jerusalem bus. Another Palestinian rammed his car into a bus stop in Jerusalem and began stabbing... ...

Weekly Review, October 5-9, 2015

Friday, October 9th, 2015

U.S. Does Not Condemn Palestinian Violence – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The White House latest condemnation of the escalating violence in Jerusalem is akin to that issued by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Both are talking from both sides of the mouth. Last month Abbas encouraged the Palestinians to go the... ...

U.S. Does Not Condemn Palestinian Violence

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Left: The logo designed for the Palestinian social networks depicting a Palestinian throwing stones. The White House latest condemnation of the escalating violence in Jerusalem is akin to that issued by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Both are talking from both sides of the mouth. Last month Abbas encouraged the Palestinians... ...

The Palestinian Victimhood Narrative as an Obstacle to Peace*

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The false Palestinian narrative of one-sided victimhood is a major hindrance to all efforts in the direction of Israeli-Palestinian peace. Global actors need to help the Palestinians move beyond wallowing in self-pity and rituals of bashing Israel, and towards difficult compromises with Israel. The speech delivered by Palestinian... ...

Russia’s Return to the Middle East*

Monday, October 5th, 2015

A Russian army pilot poses at a cockpit of SU-25M jet fighter at Hmeimim airbase in Syria on Oct 3 2015. (Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP) Russia is back in the Middle East in a wholesale fashion signing huge aircraft sales to Iran, making weapons supply contracts with Egypt and particularly, injecting... ...

Iran’s “Chanting ‘Death to America’” Jobs

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Left:  Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei presiding over chants of “Death to America” – July 2015 (MEMRI TV) In his remarks before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama attempted to dismiss the function of “Death to America” calls by the Iranian leadership in keeping millions of their people energized... ...

The U.S. Moral Decline

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

What would Eleanor Roosevelt say about the election of Saudi Arabia’s Geneva ambassador Faisal Trad, as Chair of the United Nation Human Rights Council’s monitoring panel? She would wonder how Saudi Arabia, which refused to sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 because it did not comply with... ...

A Tale of Two Viennas*

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Left: The EU’s Federica Mogherini (L), Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif, Russia’s Sergei Lavrov (R) in Vienna after the deal was signed. (Reuters/Leonhard Foeger) VIENNA 1815:  The great powers of Europe; Russia, Prussia, Great Britain and Austria, meet in Vienna with the representative of a France defeated, disarmed and occupied by foreign... ...

Weekly Review, September 7-11, 2015

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Europe’s refugee crisis a warning to Israel – Norman A. Bailey – There are certain situations that do not lend themselves to any reasonable solution which will fulfill all the objectives of the actors in the drama. The tidal wave of political and economic refugees threatening to engulf Europe is... ...

Europe’s refugee crisis a warning to Israel*

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Left: Spain warns of jihadist infiltration threat with ‘avalanche’ of refugees – Israel needs to fence all its borders, quickly There are certain situations that do not lend themselves to any reasonable solution which will fulfill all the objectives of the actors in the drama. The tidal wave of political... ...

Democrats Who Are Willing to Trust Iran

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Left: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “there will be no deal” if the sanctions are not lifted. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP) “If somebody tells you he wants to cut your throat, the last thing you do is buy him a knife” – Senator Lindsey Graham Unable to... ...

Russians facing up to a Syrian climax?

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Left: Syria has reportedly received six MiG-31″Foxhound” interceptor aircraft from Russia, although there has so far been no official confirmation of this. Source: Russian Air Force With Pres. Obama’s self admission that the U.S. has no Syria strategy and a destabilizing flood of millions of refugees piling into neighboring countries... ...

Selling the Iranian Deal

Friday, September 4th, 2015

As a used lemon-car salesman, Secretary of State John Kerry continues to peddle the defective agreement with Iran. While his boss, who commands the lemon car dealership has successfully persuaded enough Democratic Senators to assist him in preventing a congressional veto of this bad deal, which the majority of the American people do not buy. ... ...

Obama’s Threats Unlikely To Stop Cyber Attacks

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Left: US President Barack Obama is expected to take a firm line on the issue of hacking during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit. Photo: AP Talk about imposing sanctions on Chinese and Russian individuals and a company benefiting from their government’s looting of American trade, military and personnel secrets, is cheap, but futile.... ...

Turkey’s Growing Instability*

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Left: Credit: political cartoonist Latuff, for التقرير (Altagreer) Once NATO’s formidable eastern anchor, Turkey is increasingly becoming a major problem for Washington policymakers and a contributor to the Mideast chaos. The change is all the more remarkable since at the outset of the Obama Administration, the President saw then Turkish... ...

Reporting on ISIS and the Global Jihad

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Left: A Twitter account affiliated with ISIS in Libya: Masked ISIS operative saying “we will conquer Rome, Allah willing, this is a promise by our Prophet [Muhammad], Allah’s prayers upon Him and His blessing of peace” (ISIS-affiliated Twitter account, August 23, 2015) News that White House pressure on military and intelligence... ...

How should Israel treat an alliance with Saudi Arabia?*

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Left:  Israel’s Foreign Ministry  director Dore Gold, and Saudi Arabia’s director of the Strategic Research Center in Jeddah, Anwar Eshki at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington DC, June 4, 2015. The answer is: very carefully. While the world’s attention has been focused on the six-power agreement with Iran,... ...

The Iran Deal Encourages Tehran’s Regional Ambitions

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Left: Iranian students hold pictures of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in front of an anti-US mural, painted on the wall of the former US Embassy in Tehran. (photo credit:REUTERS) In complete contrast to Obama’s claim that the concessions to Iran will convince the totalitarian regime to change its belligerent... ...

Energy: let’s go!*

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

The markets – including old-fashioned American technological know-how – has almost turned the Obama Administration’s original energy policies 180 degrees.  But there is still a lot to be done. And it will require the cooperation of a Congress, too long besotted with narrow-minded subsidies for powerful lobbies. The Obama Administration... ...

Obama’s Flawed WMD Agreements

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Recent reports of chemical weapons taken from Syrian military bases by al Qaeda groups, ISIS and the al Nusra Front should highlight the flaws of Obama’s Iran deal. On August 18, 2014, Obama marked “an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria’s declared (emphasis added) chemical weapons.”... ...

Weekly Review, August 10-15, 2015

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

The Advancement of Global Jihad – The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center – The weekly report on Global Jihad details and analyses, ISIS, al Qaeda and their affiliated terror groups during between August 6-12, 2015. In Derna, Libya, “ISIS operatives are trying to regain control of the city... ...

Ukraine Chicken Out

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Left: Pro-Russian forces have been seen taking a navy base in Sevestapol hours after Russia signed a treaty on Crimea, March 14, 2015. The Obama administration sold out another country: Ukraine. This is in spite of a bi-partisan authorization to provide arms to Ukraine, voted by both houses of Congress... ...

The Deluge After the Iran Deal

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Left: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s post-Iran deal twitter graphic. Seeking the Jewish votes and its financial support, presidential candidate Barack Obama told AIPAC, on June 8, 2008:  “The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat.” Once in office, President Obama no longer spoke... ...

Have the Media Lost Their Minds, Or Only Their Morals?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

An American dentist on safari in Zimbabwe shot and killed a lion, who, it turned out, was a local favorite and even had a name:  Cecil. Subsequent to this tragic event the Western media went certifiably insane reporting on all the horrible details over and over again.  The dentist, in... ...

Canadian Cousins: Stick with Harper!*

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

You wouldn’t know it from the American media, of course, but Canada too is headed into a national election. And they also just had their first debate. Among the 35 million Canadians, of course, many welcome the fact we don’t take more interest in their affairs. For when we do,... ...

Who Mongers War?

Friday, August 7th, 2015

In an interview with Fareed Zakaria, “Obama defends comparison between Iran hardliners and GOP.” In the interview to be aired on CNN, on Sunday, Obama insists, “What I said is absolutely true, factually….The truth of the matter is, inside of Iran, the people most opposed to the deal are the Revolutionary Guard, the... ...

China’s Shaky Economy*

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

A Chinese broker covers his eyes at a brokerage house, Aug. 3, 2015. Credit: BBC The Shanghai stock market is dipping again. {Four] weeks ago, it fell by nearly a third in total value wiping out some $3 trillion. The cavalry arrived with Communist Party leaders throwing everything they had... ...

“What are Israel’s options regarding Iran?”*

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The White House release of what it claims is “the entire Iran deal,” on VentureBeat‘s Medium (candidate Obama’s mouthpiece since 2007), instead of in a press release, is telling. The President will do whatever he can to further mislead and influence Congressmen still seating on the fence, while attacking the opposition to... ...

After Vienna: Three Scenarios for Likely Confrontation with Iran*

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Left: TEHRAN (FNA) – Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan stressed plans to powerfully continue manufacturing different modern weapons and equipment to increase the country’s deterrence power. Summary It is impossible to claim, in light of all the shortcomings of the agreement as described above, that the... ...

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