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Second Thoughts? Trump Orders Review of Iran Nuke Deal

April 26, 2017 News

Could the US end up battling Iran at sea? US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Crouch/Released.

United States President Donald Trump has long said that the Iran nuclear agreement, which involved the major world powers and included the U.S., was a “bad deal.” He hasn’t been as clear about the possibility that he could pull the U.S. out of the deal… until now. Recently, following a Congressional review of Iran’s commitment to their side of the deal—known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—Trump ordered an interagency review of the deal that opens the door to its repeal.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in comments to Congress summarized on the State Department website, “raised concerns about Iran’s role as a state sponsor of terrorism and alerted Congress to an effort directed by the President to evaluate whether continuing to lift sanctions would be in U.S. national security interests.” Once the review is done, Trump’s Administration “looks forward to working with Congress on this issue,” noted Tillerson’s letter to Congress. Roughly a week after the comment, Iran got too close for comfort to an American warship in the Persian Gulf. … Continue Reading

Israel, US Agree Iran and Terrorists Are Two Key Middle East Threats

April 23, 2017 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Jerusalem. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben Gershom – GPO

United States policy in the Middle East has changed with the new Trump Administration, and Israel believes it’s for the better. That they agree on the two greatest threats to the region helps too. U.S. Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis visited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend and pointed to Iran and terrorists such as ISIS as two key dangers in the region. Those strong words from Mattis, similar ones from President Donald Trump, and the recent American missile strike on Syria in response to chemical weapons used the regime in that nation’s civil war haven’t been missed by Israel.

“We sense a great change in the direction of American policy,” said Netanyahu in comments with Mattis released by his office. “…This has been appreciated around the world and in our region. I think this is a welcome change, a strategic change of American leadership and American policy.” Mattis made it clear that the two regional threats of Iran and ISIS aren’t risks to Israel alone. … Continue Reading

Wondering How to Stop ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorism? PM Says ‘Come to Israel’

April 20, 2017 News

PM Netyanyahu and ISA Director Nadav Argaman. Photo courtesy of Kobi Gideon / GPO

The same day a gunman killed a police officer in the heart of Paris in an apparent terror attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a solution to nations wondering how to stop the growing plague of solitary terrorists. He pointed to the efforts of the Israel Security Agency. “I must tell you that the entire world is impressed because this problem has already spread to many countries,” said Netanyahu on Thursday in comments from his office. “You ask, ‘How is it possible to deal with lone attackers who are incited by the same forces?’ And you tell them, ‘Come to Israel.’”

Netanyahu praised the actions of the ISA—not all of which is public—that have helped the Jewish State limit the impact of a surge in what some call “lone wolf” terror attacks over the last couple years. “We know, I know and, to a certain degree, the public knows your contribution in lowering the attack curve, in providing security, and in giving and saving life,” said the Israeli leader during a visit with the ISA. “This is only a small part of what you do, which entails considerable innovation.” … Continue Reading

Israel Offers Condolences to Victims, Calls for United Global Fight against Terror after Egypt Church Attack

April 9, 2017 News

Terrorists targeting tourists and Christians in Egypt. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Following terror bombings that killed dozens in Egyptian churches on Palm Sunday, Israel offered their nation’s condolences to the families of the victims and a call for global counterterrorism. They also urged their own citizens to return from Egypt to Israel. Prime Minister’s office spokesman Ofir Gendelman posted to his Twitter feed that they wished a quick recovery to the wounded and said that “the world must come together, unite and fight terrorism everywhere.”

CNN reported that ISIS claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing attacks that targeted two Coptic Christian churches. More than 40 people were killed in the acts of terrorism. And that wasn’t the only ISIS threat in Egypt. On Twitter, Gendelman said that the terrorist group is also plotting to attack terrorists in the Sinai. Given the security risks, he said Israelis in Egypt should leave and “return immediately to Israel.” … Continue Reading

Israel Can Now Take on Missile Goliaths with David’s Sling Defense System

April 2, 2017 News

The David’s Sling missile defense system. Photo courtesy of the IDF.

Israel faces enemies armed with missiles from virtually every direction—Hamas in Gaza and ISIS-affiliates in Sinai to the south; Hezbollah, ISIS, and Syria to the north; and Iran to the East. But while facing a wide array of missile threats, Israel is now armed with a wide array of missile defense systems, as their final main system—the David’s Sling—went operational on Sunday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that not far from the ceremony marking the launch of their newest defense system is the valley where David defeated Goliath and started a career of defeating Israel’s enemies 3,000 years ago.

“He did so with a combination of extraordinary daring and extraordinary ingenuity,” said Netanyahu in an IDF press release. “…As an ancient people that treasures life, we continue to march in the path of King David. David’s sword in our hand, David’s Sling is in our skies and David’s shield is on our flag. We will join strength to spirit and we will ensure Israel’s victory.” … Continue Reading

UK Puts UN ‘On Notice’, Threatens Widespread ‘No’ Vote If Anti-Israel Bias Continues

March 26, 2017 News

The UK fights back against anti-Israel bias at the UN. UK, Israeli flags. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Just days after the United States assailed the United Nations Human Rights Council for its anti-Israel bias, the United Kingdom took a similar path and issued an ultimatum to the international body: the anti-Israel bias must change, or else. “Today we are putting the Human Rights Council on notice,” said a statement last Friday from the British Mission to the UN in Geneva and posted on the UK government website. “If things do not change, in the future we will adopt a policy of voting against all resolutions concerning Israel’s conduct in the Occupied Syrian and Palestinian Territories.”

Earlier in their comments, the British explained that while they still support the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict and voted yes on that resolution, they opposed other resolutions because of their one-sided approach. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he thanked British Prime Minister Theresa May for this approach and, in comments from his office on Sunday, called upon others to take a similar tact. … Continue Reading

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