Intelligence Committee Chair Describes Explosive Confrontation Between Netanyahu and American Ambassador
From TheAtlantic.com, by Jeffrey Goldberg, September 6, 2012 –
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro allegedly argued over the Obama’s administration’s Iran policy.
Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, says that his much-discussed meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem late last month did, in fact, devolve into an sharp confrontation between Netanyahu and the American ambassador to Israel, the former National Security Council official (and former Obama campaign Jewish liaison), Dan Shapiro.
Less than 1,000 miles from Jerusalem, the Iranian government is operating in open violation of international law in a singular pursuit of developing nuclear weapons. Under the cloud of this threat, Israel is considering all options in order to defend its very existence, yet President Barack Obama is failing to grasp the nature of the Iranian beast and has not offered Israel the resolute support it so desperately needs and deserves.
Let’s just get it out in the open right now. I would like to trade Barack Obama for Benjamin Netanyahu. I know, I know, Netanyahu was not born in the United States, but then…well, let’s don’t open that can of worms again. The bottom line is that the Israeli prime minister is one of the premier leaders in the world today, while Obama is one of the premier aspiring dictators. Ask yourself; wouldn’t you honestly prefer an Israeli conservative to a Muslim sympathizer? Continue reading →
from The Washington Post
Mideast peace talks resume this week, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveling to Egypt and Israel for negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Is religion helping or hurting the attempt to forge peace between the Jewish state and the Palestinians?
Until Palestinian political leaders and the Palestinian people accept Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, peace talks will continue to be a meaningless charade. While the Islam that Hamas espouses may currently play a damaging role in the Palestinian’s quest for statehood, religion does not play a key role in the conflict. If Hamas were to conquer the West Bank, their terrorist methods combined with their radical Islamic faith would make any peace talks impossible. Currently, while the Palestinian Authority “represents” Palestine, this is a conflict over land, not religion. Four key issues must be handled before real negotiations on Palestinian statehood actually commence. Continue reading →