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White House Is More Concerned With Israel Than Iran

Posted on February 4, 2012, 11:45am

Hey, by default the Left blames the Joooooz. But a bomb that hits NYC courtesy of the Iranians, not a worry. They’re entitled to their peaceful nuclear program.

Investors – Nuclear Terror: The administration claims economic sanctions are working in preventing Iran from making a nuclear weapon. Why, then, is Tehran apparently assembling a missile that can reach the U.S.? To carry TNT?

President Obama has described the waves of economic sanctions imposed on Islamofascist Iran as “the sort of pressure that will have a direct impact on the Iranian government.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last month claimed that “sanctions have been working,” making it “much more difficult for Iran to pursue its nuclear ambitions.”

Foundation for Defense of Democracies President Cliff May concedes that sanctions have done some good, but are far from enough. In a column last week, he noted Iran’s currency has lost half its value since December, inflation is officially over 20% and may really be twice that, and crude oil production is falling.

Plus, “Iran’s rulers have forfeited more than $60 billion in energy investment and $14 billion in annual oil sales,” with hundreds of billions of dollars in potential natural gas sales prevented.

Yet May adds that sanctions should be “just one weapon in an arsenal of policies aimed at weakening Iran’s fanatical rulers immediately and dislodging them eventually” — with material support of Iran’s grass-roots dissidents a vital ingredient absent from U.S. policy.

As the head of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Mohammad Nahavandian, told Reuters, “the sanctions have raised the cost of trade and economic transactions, but it has not managed to change Iran’s political behavior.”

And political behavior is the key point. These fanatic tyrants view material and economic pain differently than America and Europe. Obama’s insistence that intensified sanctions “will have a direct impact on the Iranian government” is sheer wishful thinking.

Secretary Clinton, what’s more, offers no evidence to back up her contention that sanctions are working beyond what she calls “technological problems that have made it slow down its timetable” on building a nuke — factors that likely have nothing to do with sanctions.

The proof is in the plutonium — or in this case, uranium. Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s vice prime minister, Thursday announced that a 6,000-mile-range missile being built in Iran, which suffered a suspicious explosion in November, was a prototype that could reach the U.S.

There is no point launching an ICBM at Washington if it’s a conventional weapon; clearly this is a nuclear vehicle. And does anyone with his head on straight really believe that any level of U.S.-imposed economic pain will convince a regime planning to nuke U.S. cities for Allah’s glory to cease its efforts?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has apparently leaked to liberal reporters the administration’s fears that Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in the spring, spoiling Obama’s “successful” sanctions strategy. It seems that little short of a nuclear explosion can jar this president and his minions out of their naive stupor regarding the most serious threat facing the world.

White House – Israel more of a threat than Iran

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Israel To Hamas – Dismantle Your Terrorist Infrastructure And We Will Negotiate

Posted by Fullcouch on January 24, 2012, 1:35pm

If the Palestinians renounced terrorism and asked Israel to negotiate on a Monday. By Tuesday, Israel would be seated at the table all ears. Thousands of Arabs live in Israel with no threat of harm. Can the same be said for a Jew living in Gaza?

Jerusalem Post – Israel will negotiate with a Palestinian unity government if Hamas agrees to Quartet conditions and dismantles its terror infrastructure, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview with Israel Radio Tuesday.

“The continuation of the peace process is in the interest of Israel, the Palestinians and the world,” Barak said. “If Hamas adopts the Quartet’s conditions and dismantles its terror infrastructure, we will negotiate with them.”

Israeli and Palestinian representatives have met in Amman several times in recent weeks in an attempt to agree upon a negotiations framework in the context of guidelines laid down by the Middle East Quartet: the US, EU, UN and Russia.

The Quartet-set January 26 deadline for presenting proposals is not a “holy date,” Barak said, expressing hope that the Palestinians “will understand that it makes sense to continue” the talks further.

Emphasizing that Israel is preparing for all possible scenarios from successful negotiations to an outbreak of violence, Barak said, “We won’t bury our heads in the sand and we will not abandon Israel’s security interests.”

“We must be prepared to shake hands with our left hand and have our finger on the trigger with our right hand,” he added.

Responding to newly-imposed EU sanctions on Iran, Barak praised the new energy sector focused sanctions, but urged increased attention on Tehran’s central bank.

“We are seeing a big improvement in the sanctions, but it’s still not enough and we need to tighten sanctions more,” he said.

EU foreign ministers on Monday agreed upon a phased ban on Iranian oil imports and to freeze the assets of the Iranian central bank, among other measures.

The EU’s unprecedented effort to take Iran’s output of 2.6 million barrels of oil per day off international markets has already had an effect, pushing down Iran’s currency and causing a surge in the cost of basic goods for Iranians. Iran is the fifth largest oil exporter in the world.

But sanctions, Barak said, should be judged by their effect on Iranian behavior, not solely on their toughness. If the EU were to expand its central bank sanctions to the extent of its planned oil sanctions, he explained, it would have a powerful impact on Iran.

If Hamas halts terror, Israel will negotiate

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Israeli Hackers Offer Saudi Hackers Some Instant Karma

Posted by Fullcouch on January 18, 2012, 7:25am

Cyber war is Hell. Instant payback is a good thing.

Jerusalem Post – Israeli hackers said they brought down the official websites of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency and Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange on Tuesday in retaliation for a denial of service attack on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange the previous day.

Both websites appeared to be offline following the announcement by the hackers.

An Israeli hacker told The Jerusalem Post that members of the Internet group Israel Defenders were behind the attack.

They said in a forum message that they acted “because lame hackers from Saudi Arabia decided to launch an attack against Israeli sites,” noting the denial of service attacks against TASE and El Al, as well as three Israeli banks on Monday. They signed their message with the name “IDF Team.” The hackers warned “this is only the beginning,” saying “there may be disruption to the [Saudi] government’s stock exchange site” as well.

“If the lame attacks from Saudi Arabia will continue, we will move to the next level, which will disable these sites longer term,” they said, adding that the damage could last for weeks or even months.

Also Tuesday, an Israeli hacker named “Anonymous 972” published the e-mail details, including passwords, of 89 Saudi university students.

“Usually we do not like to hurt innocent sites, but there is now a cyber war, and every war has victims,” the hacker wrote.

“Every time an Israeli site get[s] hacked, the same thing will happen to Saudi sites.”

A pro-Israeli hacker named Hannibal published the details of 30,000 Facebook account holders from Muslim countries. He said he could publish 10 million bank details and four million credit card companies belonging to Arab citizens if web attacks on Israel continued. On Monday, 0xOmar, the hacker who claims to be from Saudi Arabia, and who has been behind a wave of Internet attacks on Israeli sites, told the Post he did not take the threat of a retaliatory strike by a network of Israeli hackers seriously.

“No one from my country would suffer!” he said in an email.

0xOmar said he would continue to organize cyber attacks on Israeli sites until the government apologized for what he described as a “genocide against Palestine.”

Israeli hackers payback Saudi hackers

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The Left Thinks Killing An Iranian Nuclear-Powered Hitman Just Might Be A Little Much

Posted by Fullcouch on January 16, 2012, 3:00pm

So the mob tells you they are hiring a hitman to murder you, (and your friends, and your countrymen). He’s told you he’s getting things ready to wipe you out, so you know all about it. But it’s NOT OK to kill him before he kills you?
The inverted world of the Left never ceases to disappoint.

L.A. Times – Iran’s development of nuclear weapons poses a grave threat to world stability and possibly an existential threat to this country’s Middle Eastern ally, Israel. But how far can one go in efforts to thwart Tehran’s nuclear ambition before going too far? Economic sanctions are one thing, but what about launching viruses to ravage Iranian computers? And how about the targeted assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists?

That appears to be what happened Wednesday, when Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a supervisor at the uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, was killed — reportedly by a car bomb that had been magnetically attached to his vehicle by a passing motorcyclist. That’s the kind of clean, covert assassination method favored by Western intelligence agencies.

Roshan wasn’t the first Iranian scientist to be targeted. At least two others have been killed (also by vehicle bombs) and a third injured within the last two years. Tehran’s Security Council chief said Roshan’s killing was “an act of the Zionists,” and while we’re not in the habit of believing such pronouncements, one would have to willfully ignore accounts of past covert Israeli activities not to at least suspect Israeli involvement — especially because the Israeli government has made little effort to deny it. The closest thing to an official statement from Jerusalem on the bombing was a Facebook post by Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai: “I don’t know who took revenge on the Iranian scientist, but I am definitely not shedding a tear.”

The denial was more strenuous in Washington. “I want to categorically deny any United States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran,” said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

She went on to deliver a lecture about the need for Iran to shut down its nuclear program, which we agree with. But we also think the bombing merited something more — a strong statement that the United States decries political assassinations. The U.S. is already on shaky legal and ethical grounds with its own program of targeted drone assassinations of suspected terrorists. But at least we’re at war with Al Qaeda. State-sponsored extrajudicial killing is a serious violation of international law, and car-bomb assassination is a tactic little different from the methods used by terrorists. It would be nice to hear Clinton, or President Obama, emphasize such principles.

Economic sanctions don’t appear to be doing much to slow Iran’s nuclear progress, and that is worrisome. But slaughtering scientists on the streets of Tehran isn’t the answer. It is as inefficient as it is morally bankrupt, because killing a handful of experts won’t erase the country’s institutional nuclear knowledge. If Israel is involved, it’s a shameful and foolish policy.

The Left asks, is killing an Iranian nuclear scientist going to far.

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Was Israel Behind The Latest Iranian Scientist Assassination? Hope So.

Posted by Fullcouch on January 12, 2012, 12:00pm

Somebody’s got to have the sense and courage to bring down the Iranian nuke program. While the world sits on their hands, Israel is forced to act alone.

CS Monitor – Israel has emerged as a key suspect in the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran yesterday, thought to be the latest strike in a covert war that has targeted technicians, military plants, and computer systems at the heart of Islamic Republic’s uranium enrichment program.

While Israel has maintained its official policy of ambiguity, analysts here say that Israel’s Mossad is very likely involved in a joint venture among foreign intelligence agencies that want to ratchet up pressure on Iran as new economic sanctions bite. They also suggest that while such attacks may risk an escalation of hostilities, the calculation makes sense for the Jewish state, faced with the potential threat of a nuclear-armed enemy in its neighborhood.

Few believe that the strikes will ultimately deny Iran of its goal of nuclear capability, but observers credit the covert campaign with slowing down Iran’s nuclear progress over years, giving more time for diplomats and pushing back the possibility of a military strike.

“If anyone has a strategy to slow down the process, it’s a wise strategy,’’ says Meir Elram, a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies who considers assassinations as a legitimate tool in the fight against Iran. “If you weigh it against the risks, compared to an all-out assault on Iranian installations, it’s a much more measured and perhaps constructive tactic in the long run.”

Experts suggest that those responsible for the attack might be more than one foreign intelligence agency as well as local groups in Iran opposed to the Islamist regime.

In the distant past, Israeli intelligence agencies have teamed up with groups in Morocco and Algeria to fight militants, says Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar Ilan University.

“Judging by the sophistication, the number of events, and the widespread network throughout Iran, it makes sense to see it as a combined operation,’’ he says.

A total of four Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated in two years, and a fifth was targeted but escaped. Over the same period of time, computers managing the enrichment efforts have been paralyzed by two computer viruses – Stuxnet and Duqu. In recent months, three explosions have sown destruction at Iranian military sites believed to be linked to the nuclear program.

Did Israel take out Iran’s nuclear scientist?

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