This week, the main topic is Iran, Iran and again, Iran. And some more Iran. The United States signed a ridiculous agreement with Iran, in which they basically capitulated to all of Iran’s demands, removed sanctions and paved the way for the most dangerous country in the world to acquire the means for destroying the world.
I’ll just point out a few things, and then I’ll let the very numerous links I’ve shared on the subject this week do the rest of the talking.
1. Iran is the #1 sponsor of terrorism in the world. The butt of Iran’s terrorist activities is not just Israel, but the entire Western world. Bombings that have Iran’s fingerprints all over them have been carried out in Bulgaria, Argentina, Lebanon, just to name a few. Iran also controls an entire country- Lebanon, via its proxy Hizballah, a terrorist organization which has become stronger than the Lebanese army, has an arsenal of missiles which can cover most of Israel, can decide on its own when Lebanon will go to war (and it has), and basically is holding the entire country by the balls. Hizballah is currently waging war in Syria, in Iran’s name, as the murderous dictator Bashar Assad’s closest ally.
2. Iran is run by a fundamentalist Shiite Islamic supremacist dictatorship, which has on extremely numerous occasions declared its intentions of carrying out a second genocide against the Jewish people. The leaders of Iran have also called for “death to America” and “death to Israel”, two countries which it also nicknames “the Great Satan” and “the Little Satan”. These calls have been made during the nuclear deal negotiations, as the deal was being signed, and even after the agreement was signed.
3. The agreement between the US and Iran basically guarantees Iran’s ability to reach nuclear-weapons capability within a few years, putting the most dangerous weapons the world has seen in the hands of the most dangerous country in the world. Good luck to us.
4. You may say- “but ISIS!”.
It’s true that Iran is Shiite and ISIS is Sunni, and that Iran’s proxies are fighting ISIS in Syria. So f***ing what? If you see two homocidal maniacs going at it in the street, you don’t hand one of them a gun, in the hopes that one will take care of the other, because when he does- you’re next. Keep the guns to yourself.
And now I’ll just let the links do the rest of the talking. I’ve separated the Iran related links from the others, which are at the end.
Iran related links:
* Education Minister and leader of the Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennet, responds on CNN to the Iran agreement. Link (05:06). “On July 14th, 2015 Iran became a terror nuclear superpower; Israel will defend itself”.
* Prime Minister Netanyahu responds to the Nuclear deal, in a press conference. Link (03:58). “The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday…Israel not bound by this deal and Israel will protect itself.”
* “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to relive it”, via Chagit Moriah-Gibor.
* Minister Naftali Bennet on the BBC: ” ‘Verifiable inspections’ with a 24 day notice. Come on! Imagine a police raid on a drug baron with a month notice”. Link (03:55).
* “The worst agreement in US diplomatic history” by Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post.
* This status by Eytan Morgenstern:
To help explain the Iran deal.
A man negotiated with his wife that she would give him 24 days notice before she inspects the hotel room where he meets his young good looking secretary on a daily basis.
* If I sign a piece of paper, can I get a Nobel peace prize too? Then again, Obama got one and didn’t even need to do that. “Kerry, Iran’s Zariff recommended for Nobel peace prize“, from Arutz7.
* Thank God for Canada! “Canada to keep sanctions against Iran despite nuclear deal“, from The Globe and Mail.
* “How to con America and get a nuclear bomb!” (video, 05:24).
* “The end of an era“, an analysis by Dr. Mordechai Kedar for Arutz7.
* “16 reasons nuke deal is an Iranian victory and a western catastrophe“, The Times of Israel.
* Prime Minister Netanyahu is interviewed by Steve Forbes on the Iran deal- link (06:37).
* This (via standwithus):
* “The enemy of my enemy is my enemy“, by Yoram Ettinger for JewishPress.
Before I move on to other links, I would like to make an observation. International spectators are often baffled by the things said by Israeli politicians in the international media. They can be quoted saying quite extreme things against their own country and its policies. While the norm in many countries is that when speaking abroad, even opposition members will speak with reserve when criticizing their own government, in a form of “keeping the dirty laundry in the house”. This norm used to exist in Israel as well, but it has been eroded over the years, mainly since the Left has had a long stretch of sitting in the opposition after basically owning the country for almost five decades. Without the power of influencing policy from within the government, Opposition members have made a habit of badmouthing Israel abroad, in order to bring international pressure on the government. A good example of this was the very vocal criticism against Netanyahu’s speech in the American Congress against the Iranian deal, shortly before the Israeli elections. Netanyahu was accused of fear-mongering and sabotaging Israel’s relations with President Obama. How do I know that this was actually political election blah-blah? Because this week, those same opposition leaders stood firmly with Netanyahu: Labor party and opposition leader, Yitzhak Hertzog, the main contender against Netanyahu in the elections is travelling to the United States in order to lobby against the Iran deal in Netanyahu’s name. Yesh Atid leader and former Finance Minister, Yair Lapid, who previously was part of the criticism against Netanyahu’s visit to Congress, this week criticized him for not doing enough to thwart the Iranian nuclear deal. So next time you hear extreme statements made by Israeli politicians from the opposition on international television, keep in mind that a lot of what they’re saying is internal political rhetoric.
And in other matters:
1. July 14th, 30 Holocaust survivors celebrate a belated Bar/Bat- Mitzvah at the Western Wall in an emotionally moving ceremony. Photo via Standwithus. Link from Times of Israel.
2. July 14th, status by Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center:
This man deserves a PhD in hypocrisy
BDS founder Omar Barghouti actively lobbies for worldwide economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel.
Barghouti is currently studying at Tel Aviv University, from which he already holds a masters degree in philosophy and is pursuing a PhD.
When interviewed regarding his degree from TAU, Barghouti commented: “my studies at Tel Aviv University are a personal matter and I have no interest in commenting.”
Way to walk the walk, Barghouti.
Barghouti justified himself by arguing that Palestinians “cannot possibly observe the same boycott guidelines as asked of internationals,” adding that the “indigenous population” is entitled to all services they can get from the system.
Kudos to Honest Reporting for making this important point: “If Palestinians really can’t observe the same boycott guidelines asked of internationals, what’s wrong with Palestinians working for good wages in, say, a West Bank SodaStream factory?
Fighting Terror – Doing Justice
3. July 14th, “Home is not where all the stuff is” by Ariane Mandell in Times of Israel, about moving to Israel.
4. July 14th, via StandwithUs:
Lebanese and Israelis standing together Ultra Music Festival in Croatia! Another example of how music can unite!
5. July 14th, one year ago, Israel was at war in Gaza. This time of year is when we return to the stories of that operation, as well as remembering the soldiers who fell. Here is an amazing story of how Jewish religious customs foiled a major terrorist attack. Link (04:06), via Noa Hanin.
6. July 15th, “Jewish peer who fled Nazis is rescuing Christians fleeing ISIS to repay ‘debt’“, from the Independent.
7. July 15th, This is probably THE most important piece you could read about the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. Spoiler: it’s not about settlements. “Why Palestinians cannot make peace with Israel“, by Khaled Abu-Toameh for the Gatestone Institute.
8. July 16th, going back to operation Protective Edge and the 11 (!) ceasefires broken by Hamas. via IDF spokesperson.
9. July 16th, one year later, Palestinian terrorists continue to fire rockets at Israeli civilians. “Renewal of rocket attacks on Israel” (from the IDF Blog). I must point out that the IDF is using the term “renewal” quite loosely, since Palestinians have been firing rockets on an almost weekly basis for some months now.
10. July 16th, Israel is not just about conflict. Israel has a vibrant and caring society. This is a presentation at the UN on how Israel cares for its elderly in new and innovative ways. link (03:14).
11. July 16th, How cool is it that I actually know people who are involved in the development of two of these ten amazing inventions? “Sci-fi: Top ten Israeli inventions that allow the blind to ‘see’ “, from nocamels.com.
12. July 17th, we stand with America against terrorism. Status by Standwithus:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 4 US Marines who were senselessly murdered by terrorists today in Chattanooga, TN. Absolutely heartbreaking to see such honorable Americans who defend their country targeted.
The gunman, who was also killed, has been identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
In these dark times, we stand united with all Americans against terrorism.
14. July 19th, “You have a right to freedom of information, as long as the information doesn’t contradict the narrative that we’re supporting”.
This is the point when true believers in freedom are supposed to wake up.
“Pro Palestinian group in South Africa suspends its own members for visiting Israel“, from the Algemeiner.
15. July 20th, Israelis are usually barred from entering Arab countries. “Israeli emergency response medics let into Dubai for conference” from Jewishnews.co.uk.
16. July 21st, thank you David Cameron, for standing up for Israel in its fight against terrorism.
17. July 21st, a year after operation Protective Edge, a bereaved sister remembers her brother, a dual Israeli-American citizen who fell in Gaza. video via FIDF. link (03:01).
18. And finally- July 22nd, an impressive and significant historical find, made even cooler by the technology used to discover it: “Seales’ research team reveals biblical text from damaged scroll“, from UKNow.
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