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EGYPTIAN INTIFADA: New VP Omar Suleiman would ‘welcome’ Israeli invasion of Sinai, leaks reveal

Posted in ZOGs on February 9, 2011 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘WikiLeaks: Israel’s secret hot-line to the man tipped to replace Mubarak’

The Telegraph (UK); February 7, 2011

[The WikiLeaks phenomenon is no doubt a psy-op. But the latest revelations concerning Egypt’s new vice-president ring true, and could be instructive — 800]

The new vice-president of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, is a longstanding favorite of Israel’s who spoke daily to the Tel Aviv government via a secret “hotline” to Cairo, leaked documents disclose.

Mr. Suleiman, who is widely tipped to take over from Hosni Mubarak as president, was named as Israel’s preferred candidate for the job after discussions with American officials in 2008.

As a key figure working for Middle East peace, he once suggested that Israeli troops would be “welcome” to invade Egypt to stop weapons being smuggled to Hamas terrorists in neighboring Gaza.

 

The details, which emerged in secret files obtained by WikiLeaks and passed to The Daily Telegraph, come after Mr. Suleiman began talks with opposition groups on the future for Egypt’s government.

On Saturday, Mr Suleiman won the backing of Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, to lead the “transition” to democracy after two weeks of demonstrations calling for President Mubarak to resign.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spoke to Mr. Suleiman yesterday and urged him to take “bold and credible steps” to show the world that Egypt is embarking on an “irreversible, urgent and real” transition.

Leaked cables from American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv disclose the close cooperation between Mr. Suleiman and the US and Israeli governments as well as diplomats’ intense interest in likely successors to the ageing President Mubarak, 83.

The documents highlight the delicate position which the Egyptian government seeks to maintain in Middle East politics, as a leading Arab nation with a strong relationship with the US and Israel. By 2008, Mr. Suleiman, who was head of the foreign intelligence service, had become Israel‘s main point of contact in the Egyptian government.

David Hacham, a senior adviser from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, told the American embassy in Tel Aviv that a delegation led by Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak had been impressed by Mr. Suleiman, whose name is spelled “Soliman” in some cables.

But Mr. Hacham was “shocked” by President Mubarak’s “aged appearance and slurred speech”.

The cable, from August 2008, said: “Hacham was full of praise for Soliman, however, and noted that a ‘hot line’ set up between the MOD and Egyptian General Intelligence Service is now in daily use.

“Hacham noted that the Israelis believe Soliman is likely to serve as at least an interim President if Mubarak dies or is incapacitated.” The Tel Aviv diplomats added: “We defer to Embassy Cairo for analysis of Egyptian succession scenarios, but there is no question that Israel is most comfortable with the prospect of Omar Soliman.”

Elsewhere the documents disclose that Mr. Suleiman was stung by Israeli criticism of Egypt’s inability to stop arms smugglers transporting weapons to Palestinian militants in Gaza. At one point he suggested that Israel send troops into the Egyptian border region of Philadelphi to “stop the smuggling”.

“In their moments of greatest frustration, [Egyptian Defense Minister] Tantawi and Soliman each have claimed that the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] would be ‘welcome’ to re-invade Philadelphi, if the IDF thought that would stop the smuggling,” the cable said.

The files suggest that Mr. Suleiman wanted Hamas “isolated”, and thought Gaza should “go hungry but not starve”.

“We have a short time to reach peace,” he told US diplomats. “We need to wake up in the morning with no news of terrorism, no explosions, and no news of more deaths.”

Yesterday, Hosni Mubarak’s control of Egypt’s state media, a vital linchpin of his 30-year presidency, started to slip as the country’s largest-circulation newspaper declared its support for the uprising.

Hoping to sap the momentum from street protests demanding his overthrow, the president has instructed his deputy to launch potentially protracted negotiations with secular and Islamist opposition parties. The talks continued for a second day yesterday without yielding a significant breakthrough.

But Mr. Mubarak was dealt a significant setback as the state-controlled Al-Ahram, Egypt’s second oldest newspaper and one of the most famous publications in the Middle East, abandoned its long-standing slavish support for the regime.

In a front-page leading article, the newspaper hailed the “nobility” of the “revolution” and demanded the government embark on irreversible constitutional and legislative changes.

The above article can be found here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8309792/WikiLeaks-Israels-secret-hotline-to-the-man-tipped-to-replace-Mubarak.html


 

 

Also see ‘Israel puts assets at Suleiman’s disposal to protect regime, approves deployment of Egypt troops in Sinai’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20110204085244747

Also see ‘Israeli planes carrying crowd dispersal weapons arrive in Egypt, says rights group’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20110204084827850

Also see ‘Leaked memos expose treachery of Palestinian Authority, futility of US-brokered peace process’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=201101251654412

Also see ‘Egypt uncovers Israeli spy network that eavesdropped on govt officials’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101219211241699

Also see ‘Israel applauds Egyptian regime’s suppression of Muslim opposition in rigged parliamentary elections’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101213015150152

Also see ‘Zionist state comes out of WikiLeaks debacle smelling like roses’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101203223707519

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WAGGING THE DOG: World’s only superpower admits failure to stop Israel’s illegal settlement drive

Posted in ZOGs on December 18, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘Obama administration gives up on settlement freeze’

Associated Press (AP); December 7, 2010

WASHINGTON — From the start of his term, President Barack Obama was determined to defy the cynics and doubters and push for peace in the Middle East.

[False. The latest developments only serve to confirm what we already knew: that the Zionist-managed Obama regime, from the very beginning, was never sincere about its stated desire to see the emergence of an independent Palestinian state — 800]

But by Tuesday, the White House’s efforts to broker a deal in the decades-old dispute between Israelis and Palestinians had faltered — demonstrating once again why it is one of the world’s most intractable conflicts.

After months of grueling diplomacy, using a mixture of pressure and promises, the White House abandoned attempts to persuade Israel to slow West Bank settlement activity.

The Palestinians had demanded the freeze in exchange for engaging in direct talks that were supposed to lead to a Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace with Israel. That deal, it was hoped, would lead to a broader Middle East peace accord.

Two American officials said the administration has concluded that the strategy of seeking a freeze wasn’t working, while insisting the administration was not back at square one.

But the talks stalled in September, barely a month after they started. The Palestinians refused to return to direct negotiations until a new freeze was in place following the expiration of an earlier, 10-month Israeli slowdown in settlement expansion.

Now, said the US officials, American pressure for a three-month moratorium and the US incentives package, which included political, diplomatic and security assurances for Israel, are off the table. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Obama’s ambitious bid to succeed in the Middle East where other presidents had failed was always a gamble.

But the effort’s apparent breakdown comes at a time when the administration is struggling on a number of other fronts abroad. There is slow progress in the Afghanistan war, increasing friction with China and the embarrassing deluge of confidential diplomatic cables released by the website [read ‘psy-op’] WikiLeaks.

The US officials said the administration was not giving up efforts to broker a peace deal and noted that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will visit Washington next week for consultations.

The US will be talking with both sides in the coming days, one of the officials said, while Arab states and other interested countries also will be consulted.

However, the administration’s decision to drop support for the Palestinians’ key demand could mean the end of the moribund peace process.

Obama had made Israeli-Palestinian peace a major goal of his administration, appointing seasoned peace negotiator George Mitchell as his special Mideast envoy on his second day in office.

Mitchell made dozens of trips to the region to get the parties to agree to direct talks. In early September, with the expiration of the initial slowdown looming, Obama brought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian [Authority] President [and Zionist front-man] Mahmoud Abbas along with the leaders of Jordan and Egypt to launch the face-to-face discussions, which failed.

Neither Israeli nor Palestinian officials would comment on the developments in Washington before their official announcement.

Earlier Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the US had halted talks with Israel on settlement activity because Washington was distracted by the WikiLeaks release of secret documents.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley responded that Israel may have been preoccupied with putting out a huge forest fire that burned until Sunday.

The US had been pressing Israel to renew a moratorium on new settlement construction in exchange for security guarantees and diplomatic assurances of support. Israel wanted those in writing, as well as a pledge that east Jerusalem would be exempt from the moratorium.

The Palestinians refused to return to the peace talks unless Israel halted all building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem — lands they want for part of their future state.

Peace talks began in September but ground to a halt three weeks later after Israel’s original moratorium on new West Bank construction expired.

Netanyahu returned from a November trip to the US with a list of guarantees, including 20 next-generation stealth fighter planes and US pledges to veto anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations, according to Israeli officials.

In exchange, Israel was asked to renew the expired limits on settlement construction.

Days later, the deal snagged after members of Netanyahu’s Cabinet demanded a written pledge from the US that the moratorium would exclude east Jerusalem. Such a pledge never materialized.

The US had wanted a moratorium in the hopes that it would allow Israel and the Palestinians to make enough progress in drawing their future borders to make the settlement question irrelevant.

With borders determined, Israel could resume building on any territories it would expect to keep under a final peace deal.

But Israeli officials said Tuesday that short of an understanding on borders, a crisis could erupt if Israel agreed to the freeze sought by the US.

Now, said Israeli officials, insisting on anonymity because of the sensitivity of the contacts, the US and Israel have agreed on a statement that “in the coming days and weeks, efforts will continue toward finding ways to renew the direct negotiations in order to reach a framework that would lead in the end to an agreement between the two sides.”

Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the PLO, blamed Israel for the impasse.

It is clear that the failure of the American efforts is entirely a result of the obstacles and conditions placed by Mr. Netanyahu,” Rabbo said. He said the Palestinians would have to consult with their Arab allies on their next move.

The above article can be found here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/08/AR2010120800454.html


 

 

‘Disappointment all round’

Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt); December 16, 2010

On 7 December, the Obama administration admitted defeat in its attempts to cajole, beg and bribe the Israeli government into accepting a partial West Bank settlement “freeze” so that direct negotiations with the Palestinians could continue — and that the anchor of its Middle East policy for 20 months had sunk.

Not that failure, shipwreck, collapse appeared in any of the official Washington dispatches.

“We have been pursuing a moratorium as a means to create conditions for a return to meaningful and sustained negotiations,” said State Department spokesman PJ Crowley. But “after a considerable effort, we have concluded that this does not create a firm basis to work towards our shared goal of a framework agreement.”

The moratorium — a 90-day limited freeze on settlement starts in the occupied West Bank — had been sugarcoated with incentives (such as 20 free F-35 stealth bombers and a guaranteed US veto on “hostile” resolutions at the UN Security Council) for Israel’s ultranationalist coalition government to swallow.

Binyamin Netanyahu spat them out. He knew such gifts will come gratis given Washington’s promises to protect Israel at the UN or preserve its “qualitative” military edge in the region. Even as he was negotiating the moratorium Congress was approving an increase in military aid to Israel from $2.75 billion in 2010 to $3 billion in 2011.

What the Israeli prime minister was really looking for was a written US pledge that occupied East Jerusalem would be excluded from any freeze, in effect conferring an Israeli “right” to build there. Even for an administration as supine as Obama’s this was an “incentive” too far.

Instead, the moratorium idea was ditched amid un-attributable briefings that Israel and the Palestinians were unlikely to resolve in 90 days final status issues they had been unable to resolve in 17 years.

True, but no amount of spin can camouflage the scale of the American retreat. Barack Obama began his presidency accepting the Palestinian and Arab view that a complete settlement freeze throughout the occupied territories was necessary for any credible peace process to resume.

Faced with pretty minor Israeli resistance, he accepted a partial moratorium in the West Bank while arm-twisting the Palestinians to go back to negotiations they knew were meaningless.

Now — while still not accepting the “legitimacy of continued settlement activity” on Palestinian land — he has simply tossed back settlements as one more bilateral final status issue to be sorted out by the parties themselves. In less than two years, his administration has swung from absolute opposition to absolute acceptance of settlements.

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Yasser Abed Rabbo was aghast: “If they [the US] can’t convince Israel or force it to stop settlement construction for a specified period of time, how will they make Israel accept a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders?”

The short answer is they can’t or won’t. At a Washington conference on 9 December, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her administration would be replacing its single-minded focus on a freeze (full or partial) with an even more hopeless policy: proximity talks so the two sides can talk to the Americans about the issues that divide them, something they have been doing for even longer than 17 years.

She said nothing about her government’s goal of reaching a framework agreement within a year. And she warned the Palestinian leadership not to take their case to international forums like the UN Security Council: an “alternative” to bilateral talks buoyed by the recent decisions of Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina to “recognize Palestine as a free and independent state” based on the 1967 armistice lines.

“The US and international community cannot impose a solution,” she said. “And even if we could, we would not, because it is only a negotiated agreement between the parties that will be sustainable… Unilateral efforts at the UN are not helpful and undermine trust.”

The West Bank Palestinian leadership met the US failure with anger, dismay and inaction. But there would be no Palestinian response to this “difficult crisis in peace process” until the PLO had consulted with Egypt, Jordan and the Arab League, said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on 7 December.

It’s easy to see why. If the crisis is humiliating for the US, it’s downright impossible for Abbas and his Arab allies. In scrapping the freeze and opposing any attempt to take the conflict to the UN, the Americans have left them with no diplomatic, peaceful options. And resistance has never been part of Abbas’s armory.

Instead, he will be left heading a West Bank PA obligated to provide unconditional security to Israeli settlers while offering only conditional economic security to a small part of its people. He will also have to bless indirect negotiations with an Israeli government, the core settler constituency of which has made colonization, especially in East Jerusalem, the touchstone of support.

Such a political reality cannot last. But the likely victim of any opposition will not be Israel or even the settlements but Abbas and those other Arab leaders who have given license to a process that has long been void of substance. For the last two years the hope had been that Obama would spare them such a fate. But Obama has no policy other than capitulation when faced by the obduracy of Netanyahu’s Israel — and neither do they.

The above article can be found here: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/1027/re2.htm


 

 

‘Netanyahu hails US retreat on settlement freeze demands’

Haaretz (Israel); December 13, 2010

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed on Monday a US decision to drop efforts to achieve a construction freeze on Israeli settlements and focus on resolving core issues of the Middle East conflict.

“To reach peace, we have to discuss the issues that are truly delaying peace … I welcome the fact that we will now begin discussing these issues and try to narrow gaps,” Netanyahu said in a speech to an economic forum, hours before a US envoy George Mitchell was due to arrive in Israel.

In the speech, Netanyahu cited issues such as his demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, security arrangements and the future of Palestinian refugees.

Mitchell will meet with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday evening to put forth US ideas for moving the peace process forward.

Mitchell is expected to make clear to Netanyahu that the Obama administration wants the prime minister to take a position in the coming weeks on the core issues, with an emphasis on borders.

Mitchell is also scheduled to hold talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. But the brunt of the work will be in Israel because the Palestinians have already submitted their opening positions on all the core issues — borders, security, Jerusalem, refugees, water and the settlements.

The Americans have heard little new from Netanyahu, with the exception of ideas on security and aspects considered secondary such as the environment and the economy.

Mitchell’s visit to Israel will be his first in three months. On September 15 he took part with Clinton in a tripartite meeting with Netanyahu and Abbas.

Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians stalled when Israel’s 10-month freeze on settlement construction expired on September 26.

Last week, the US and Israel announced that talks on a deal for Israel to renew the settlement freeze in exchange for a set of US guarantees had reached a dead end.

The US now wants a return to indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks.

On Monday, Netanyahu hailed the US decision to drop its efforts to get Israel to renew the settlement freeze.

“I welcome this American decision. It is good for Israel. It is good for peace,” Netanyahu said.

The above article can be found here: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/netanyahu-hails-u-s-retreat-on-settlement-freeze-demands-1.330368


 

 

Also see ‘Obama offers Israel free stealth fighters, UNSC vetoes, Jordan Valley for 90-day settlement freeze’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101127013253495

Also see ‘Israel-firsters sweep US mid-terms; GOP majority will ‘serve as check’ on Obama, republican leader tells Netanyahu’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101118171349469

Also see ‘OTHER PEOPLE’S LAND: Zionist state to build another 1300 Jewish-only housing units in occupied W. Bank’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101113221900526

Also see ‘While Washington plays peacemaker, US Treasury supports illegal Israeli settlement drive’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100809143242274

 

Avowed Talmudist to decide issue of ‘Internet neutrality’ in U.S.

Posted in ZOGs on December 17, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘A Talmud ace tackles thorny issue of net neutrality’

The Jewish Daily Forward; December 8, 2010

WASHINGTON — How should the United States regulate the Internet?

The answer to this question — which affects the flow of information and culture, the growth of the economy and the future of communications, education and democracy itself — rests largely in the hands of Julius Genachowski, a 48-year-old Jew from Long Island with knowledge of Talmud and an appointment to one of the most critical policy posts in Washington.

If his December 1 proposal to address Internet regulation is any indication, Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since June 2009, is seeking a solution in a very Jewish way: He issued a compromise in the pitched debate over the Internet’s openness, a concept often referred to as net neutrality.

The information and communication technology sector comprises about one-sixth of America’s economy. With more business, paperwork and personal connections moving online, the matter of who can access which website, through which service, and how fast, is becoming increasingly important throughout the country, as is the ability to create new Web businesses.

The high stakes of his job — which includes complicated issues relating to the regulation of television and radio, as well as to the Internet — mean that Genachowski (pronounced jen-uh-COW-ski) spends his days threading the needle between the interests of global media concerns and grassroots activists, telecommunications corporations and think tanks, Congress and the White House.

Those are tensions he may be comfortable mediating in part because he once was a Talmud ace.

“The education I was lucky enough to receive is a very important part of my background,” Genachowski, whose schooling has run the gamut from Orthodox day school to Harvard Law School, told the Forward in an interview at his Washington office. “We’re all the products of our background, and I’m sure it informs what I do in many ways.”

He said the FCC’s most immediate goals are to employ underused parts of the broadcast spectrum for innovation and increased wireless capacity, and to make the country more economically competitive through technology. “We have real opportunities to help improve the American economy through information and communication technologies,” he said. “To be in this job at this time, working on economic issues and our global competitiveness, is something that’s rewarding and that keeps us all working around the clock every day.”

But the question of net neutrality — how open the Internet should be, and the FCC’s role in enforcing that openness — has received the most press attention and controversy of late. Because of broadband Internet’s current classification within the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the FCC cannot regulate broadband communications, as determined by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Comcast vs. FCC last April.

Calls for increased regulation stem from consumer groups and liberals who say that the lack of competition between Internet service providers is detrimental to Internet users — especially when service providers can freely block or slow down content that competes with their own offerings, or offer different speeds and access levels based on price.

Genachowski landed in this demanding role because of his past association with the FCC and with the president, as well as his experience as a media executive. While attending Harvard Law School, Genachowski worked as co-notes editor of the Harvard Law Review — under Barack Obama. The two became and remained friends, even attending each other’s weddings.

After graduating, Genachowski worked in the office of then-US Rep. Charles Schumer and clerked for Abner Mikva, former chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for Supreme Court justices William Brennan Jr. and David Souter. He worked in the FCC as chief counsel to Chairman Reed Hundt, who served under President Clinton. His longest private sector gig was as chief of business operations at the media company IAC.

The Obama campaign tapped Genachowski in 2008 to chair its Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Working Group. “I was not looking to come back from the private sector,” he recalled. He advised the campaign’s use of technology and articulated a clear plan for achieving net neutrality, one that excited free Internet purists.

This past January, Obama sent Genachowski and his family as part of America’s delegation to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. “To be on the ground of Auschwitz as a representative of President Obama… it was a proud moment for me,” Genachowski said. In his office he keeps a stone that he picked up at the camp.

Although reluctant to discuss his personal religious practices publicly, Genachowski is proud and open about the cultural component of his Judaism. In fact, he began his remarks at his Senate confirmation hearing by telling the story of his parents, Lithuanians who fled the Nazis.

His family’s roots are deeply enmeshed in the Jewish world. The chairman’s brother, Joey Genachowski, is president of the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach and a board member of the Young Israel of Woodmere, both on Long Island. His first cousin once removed is Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of the Orthodox Union’s Worldwide Kosher Division. His great uncle, Eliyahu Moshe Genachowski, served in the Israeli Knesset. Genack told the Forward that the Genachowskis can even be traced back to the students of the storied Vilna Gaon, the Vilnius Genius.

Julius Genachowski was born August 19, 1962, to Adele and Azriel Genachowski. He grew up in Great Neck, a Long Island suburb, in a family that attended the local Young Israel. He attended Orthodox day school at North Shore Hebrew Academy and summered at Camp Raleigh. His high school was the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy, which is part of Yeshiva University. Though he says he cut classes to play basketball, he won the Talmud award.

Genachowski spent a year after high school studying in Jerusalem at Yeshivat HaKotel, where he and his peers practiced “learning, discussing, questioning each other, even the possibilities of different points of view,” he recalled. “One of the things that you take away from learning Talmud, learning Gemara, is that two or three brilliant people can look at the same passage and have different interpretations and views, each of which makes a lot of sense, but they’re not all consistent. So I enjoyed that.”

Today, Genachowski attends Sabbath services regularly at Adas Israel, Washington’s largest Conservative synagogue. He’s married to Rachel Goslins, a maker of such film documentaries as “God’s House,” a feature about Muslim Albanians who rescued Jews during World War II. Goslins now serves as executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The couple lives in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of DC with their three children.

Genachowski’s Talmudic streak was evident in his recent proposal on regulating the Internet. In a speech December 1, Genachowski outlined what he called the “rules of the road” for regulation. They included an obligation of transparency for ISPs, the prohibition of ISPs from blocking content, gutting “unreasonable discrimination” on the flow of Internet traffic, and allowing providers to charge different prices for different amounts of broadband use and different speeds. In short, the proposal would have the FCC regulate telecommunications corporations more than the companies would have liked, but less than consumer groups felt was necessary for preserving an open Internet.

“He was able to balance both the current constituencies with the need to keep the eye on the future,” said Steven Waldman, who is Genachowski’s senior adviser at the FCC as well as his good friend (and the founder and former editor of Beliefnet). “He was practical in that he listened for a year to the concerns that different groups had, and he made some adjustments.”

Another associate takes a dimmer view of Genachowski’s moves at the FCC. Sascha Meinrath worked under Genachowski during the Obama campaign and used to be a fan of the telecom czar. But now, as director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative — one of the interest groups, along with players like Free Press, that are lined up against industry lobbies like the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in the ongoing fight over net neutrality — Meinrath is a critic.

“As chairman,” Meinrath said, “he’s incredibly timid in that he has initiated a number of processes that are either far too drawn out — we have not seen incredibly important decisions made in a timely manner — or he’s attempted to create third ways or compromise solutions.”

As soon as Genachowski announced the plan, the FCC’s Republican commissioners criticized it for exceeding the FCC’s mandate. Telecommunications companies stayed neutral, with some delivering mild praise and others saying it would take an act of Congress to solve the problem.

On the other side, public interest groups were incensed, saying the regulations failed to protect consumers and had a weak legal foundation. Democratic FCC Commissioner Michael Copps — whose vote Genachowski needs — agrees, and recently told an audience at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism that if establishing stable rules that force openness “requires reclassifying advanced telecommunications… we should just do it and get it over with.”

Over the next few weeks, Genachowski will discuss the plan with associates and adversaries. He needs at least two votes from the four other commissioners at a meeting set for December 21. He may have to tweak his proposal before then, and his training in Talmudic reasoning could come in handy during the process.

“Not to stereotype Jewishness, but he’s a questioner,” Waldman said. “He likes to probe and discuss and argue. That’s certainly part of Jewish tradition.”

The above article can be found here: http://forward.com/articles/133806/


 
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Also see ‘At Lubavitch retreat, Virginia senator reveals secret Jewish heritage’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101012154813191

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Also see ‘Jewish US attorney general blocked moves to combat mortgage fraud in 2008’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101022185110916

Also see ‘Former senior Washington correspondent: Congress, White House, Hollywood, Wall Street owned by Zionists’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101204172453196 

 

Israel applauds Egyptian regime’s suppression of Muslim opposition in rigged parliamentary elections

Posted in ZOGs on December 13, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘Ex-Israeli envoy hails NDP suppression of Islamists’

Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt); December 8, 2010

Jerusalem — While controversial in Egypt and abroad, the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP)’s ”success” in the recent parliamentary elections is being quietly applauded by many Israelis.

Former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Eli Shaked, said Israel is satisfied with the poll because it dealt a blow to radical Islamist forces and, in his view, strengthened the position of the regime, seen by Israel as a linchpin of regional stability and a de facto partner against Hamas and Iran.

[This report supports the theory that the autocratic Arab regimes to emerge following the post-WWI breakup of the Ottoman Empire (including Egypt) were put in place by the Rothschild-financed colonial powers — and maintained until today — for the express purpose of suppressing majority-Muslim populations in the Middle East in the face of an ascendant Israel — 800]

Several leading independent Israeli analysts of Egyptian politics, however, take a different view of the elections. They predict that the shut out of the opposition will increase domestic tensions and ”boomerang” on the NDP in the run up to the presidential elections, scheduled for September 2011.

Hebrew University’s Elie Podeh expects increased street violence as the date of the presidential election approaches, adding that its intensity will depend on the behavior of security forces.

Shaked, who served as ambassador to Cairo from 2003 to 2005 and is now retired, said the results ”are positive from an Israeli point of view, for the West in general and for reasonable actors in the region because the Mubarak regime has proven to be moderate and stable and the alternative might bring dangerous instability.”

Final results showed the NDP won 474 out of 508 seats. The Muslim Brotherhood, which had gained a fifth of the assembly seats in the 2005 elections, secured only one seat in the 2010 elections. Brotherhood leaders have threatened to oust the lone victor from the movement if he claims office. Analysts expect him to bow out, leaving virtually no Brotherhood representation in the new chamber.

Shaked was unimpressed by rights groups’ charges that fraud and manipulation determined the NDP sweep, saying that the elections were never expected to be clean.

”The results are not surprising,” Shaked said. ”You would have to be very stupid to repeat twice the same mistake,” he said in reference to the regime’s permittance of the Brotherhood’s relative success in 2005. ”The results have shown the regime has learned the lesson of the mistake of the previous election,” he added.

Reflecting a widely held view among the Israeli policy making elite, Shaked suggested that free and fair elections are not appropriate in the Egyptian context and should not be demanded of Egypt.

”You cannot let anti-democratic, radical forces enjoy freedom in a crucial time of elections just in order to take advantage of this freedom to advance an antidemocratic, anti-liberal agenda,” he said. “I prefer this kind of non-democratic Egypt ruled by moderate, sensible people rather than an Egypt ruled by radical fundamentalists like the Muslim Brotherhood.”

”The alternative to the regime in Egypt is a fundamentalist radical Muslim regime that will bring Egypt down. It is not to the benefit of Israel to have this kind of regime in Egypt. We should pray for Mubarak to live until he is 120 years old. The alternative can be horrible.”

”It’s enough for us to know that Mubarak won the elections,” Shaked added. ”How he did it and whether it was clean is of less importance.”

Shaked argues the method of NDP victory was irrelevant, while arguing the shut out of the opposition carries a signal to the international community in advance of the September presidential elections.

”People have seen the regime is not playing anymore with [soft] gloves and is ready to take the toughest measures,” he said.Whenever it feels there is a challenge it will stop it before it raises its head. The regime in Egypt won’t appease the US and Europe with nice words about democracy.”

In Shaked’s view, security conduct during the poll seeks to inform the international community to not “interfere and don’t send observers. We won’t let them move around.”

Hebrew University’s Elie Podeh, says, however, that the regime ”overplayed its hand” and harmed its own interests by aggressively stifling the opposition.

”In the long run this will be a setback for the regime,” he said. ”The result looks completely rigged. There is no way you can persuade anyone that this reflects public opinion, that it reflects Egyptian society.”

Podeh foresees an amplification of voices critical of the regime on the street and on the internet.

”There are other opposition parties now with no representation in parliament,” he said. “They will have to work on the street, the internet, wherever possible. So from below there will be a lot of mounting pressure against the government and this will be dealt with forcefully by the government.”

Podeh says it’s nearly impossible to determine the exact nature of street clashes in the future. He does not expect radical change, such as a successful coup, but predicts sizable unrest.

”The amount of confrontation depends on the response of the government, and the police, how forcefully they will react,” Podeh said.

Ben Gurion University Egypt specialist Yoram Meital also believes the regime overplayed its hand.

”If the major aim of the NDP was to take back parliament, they succeeded but they did it in a counterproductive way,” Meital said. “There will be a boomerang effect. The severe harm the regime caused the opposition camp would most probably make its way back to the face of the regime. The regime could have achieved a significant majority in parliament without putting the opposition to the wall.”

Meital believes the Muslim Brotherhood and the Wafd Party will now enter a more ”face to face struggle” against the NDP’s efforts to promote its own candidate for the presidency, be it President Mubarak or his son Gamal.

”The way the regime handled the elections has put the opposition in a much more antagonistic position to fight against the regime. Now I think the opposition will try to take to the streets to actually protest against inheritance,” Meital said. ”Opposition criticism won’t be focused on the parliamentary level but on the presidency itself.”

“The opposition shutout in the parliamentary elections and their lack of credibility will be used by the Muslim Brotherhood for ‘de-legitimization’ of the NDP and the regime itself. It’s not that the Muslim Brotherhood camp will grow in terms of numbers. The most significant outcome will be the de-legitimization of the NDP members in parliament, in general, and it will harm the regime’s efforts to promote its own candidate for the next election to the presidency.”

From the Israeli government perspective, the parliamentary elections were ”excellent news,” Meital says. “They don’t want to see the Muslim Brothers even close to the power they had in 2005.”

The above article can be found here: http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/news/ex-israeli-envoy-hails-ndp-suppression-islamists-analysts-fear-popular-backlash

With US economy in freefall, Washington to foot bill for Israeli missile shield

Posted in ZOGs on December 11, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘US allocates $205 million for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-rocket system’

Haaretz (Israel); December 12, 2010

Barack Obama’s administration has allocated $205 million toward funding Israel‘s advanced anti-rocket system, the Iron Dome.

The House of Representatives made the decision 212-206 after it passed a continuing resolution regarding funds for the 2011 fiscal year.

“This was a priority of Congress and President Obama, and it is the first funding of its kind for this important short-range rocket and artillery shell defense system,” said Representative Steve Rothman (D-NJ), a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.

The funds are in addition to the more than $200 million allocated for the Arrow and David’s Sling, joint US-Israel anti-missile systems.

“This funding sends a strong message, to both our enemies and allies, by providing more total dollars than ever before toward these rocket and missile defense programs,” said Rothman. “This is only the latest example that when it comes to defense, military, and intelligence cooperation, the relationship between the US and Israel has never been stronger.”

“Given the scrutiny that our nation is appropriately giving to every dollar expended for all purposes — including the defense of the United States and its allies — it is a mark of the great importance of these projects that they were included in this funding bill,” Rothman added.

The US Congress passed last week the Obama administration’s initiative to provide Israel with the grant to procure Iron Dome batteries just before the system aced its final test over the summer.

To date, the Defense Ministry has bought two batteries. Several months ago, the ministry’s top brass estimated the sum the Americans allotted would be sufficient for procuring eight or nine batteries, half of what is necessary to protect the Negev and the Galilee from short- and intermediate-range rockets and missiles.

The defense establishment is still weighing the balance between the number of radars for the systems to the number of intercept missiles necessary. Different estimates suggest that each intercept missile will cost $40,000.

The above article can be found here: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/u-s-allocates-205-million-for-israel-s-iron-dome-anti-rocket-system-1.329668


‘US House approves Israel missile defense aid’

Agence France Presse (AFP); December 9, 2010

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday approved more than $200 million to help Israel deploy a short-range anti-missile defense system called “Iron Dome.”

The money was included in a catch-all spending bill covering government expenses in the fiscal year that began 1 October, which cleared the House by a 212-206 margin and now heads to the Senate.

“This is only the latest example that when it comes to defense, military, and intelligence cooperation, the relationship between the US and Israel has never been stronger,” said Democratic Representative Steve Rothman.

Israel completed tests in January on its Iron Dome system, designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells fired at Israel by Hamas and Hezbollah. The next phase is to integrate the system into the army. Israel hopes the Iron Dome will help counter rocket fire from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and from Lebanon.

Palestinian militants have fired thousands of home-made rockets into southern Israel [causing few, if any, casualties — 800], prompting Israel’s devastating assault on Hamas in Gaza on 27 December 2008 [which killed more than 1500, mostly civilian, Palestinians — 800].

The Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah also fired some 4,000 rockets into northern Israel during a 2006 war with Israel. The group is believed to have an arsenal of some 40,000 rockets.

“This funding sends a strong message, to both our enemies and allies, by providing more total dollars than ever before toward these rocket and missile defense programs,” said Rothman, a key backer of the funding.

The above article can be found here: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/1506/World/Region/US-House-approves-Israel-missile-defence-aid.aspx


‘House Okays administration earmark for Israel’s Iron Dome’

National Journal (US); December 10, 2010

Tucked into a massive continuing resolution approved by the House on Wednesday is $205 million for an Israeli missile-defense system that the Obama administration views as essential to the security of the Jewish state.

President Obama sought the funds in May — well after his fiscal 2011 budget request was sent to Congress — to help pay for production of Israel’s Iron Dome missile shield, which is designed to stop short-range rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. The money comes on top of a separate $200 million provision in the CR to support the Arrow theater missile-defense program and other well-established US-Israel missile defense ventures.

This was a priority of Congress and President Obama, and it is the first funding of its kind for this important short-range rocket and artillery shell defense system,” Rep. Steve Rothman, D-N.J., a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said about the Iron Dome funds. “Given the scrutiny that our nation is appropriately giving to every dollar expended for all purposes — including the defense of the United States and its allies — it is a mark of the great importance of these [missile defense] projects that they were included in this funding bill.”

The added funds for Iron Dome have received scant attention inside the Beltway, probably because, as a Democratic appropriations staffer noted, there was no particular controversy over adding the money to a measure that traditionally provides funds to keep the federal government operating at the previous year’s spending levels. “Israel does enjoy strong bipartisan support in Congress, so it was more amenable to include these types of funding,” the aide said.

But the looming switch to Republican control in the House next month has clearly changed the political environment in favor of deficit reduction and greater discipline in drafting spending measures, the staffer acknowledged. “I’ve talked with very pro-Israel Republican members of Congress who obviously supported the project because they support Israel, but even they hesitated because of the costs,” he said.  “They didn’t want to support any of these [appropriations in the CR] because they interpret their [overall] mandate as cutting spending.”

Nonetheless, the ever-growing threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, and the increasing strength of its proxies in Lebanon and Gaza, made the funding for the Iron Dome essential to pass, he added.

As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama went to Sderot, Israel, to affirm Israel’s right to defend its citizens against Qassam rockets fired at the town and nearby communities by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

“The president recognizes the threat missiles and rockets fired by Hamas and Hezbollah pose to Israelis, and has therefore decided to seek funding from Congress to support the production of Israel’s short-range rocket defense system called Iron Dome,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said when Obama asked Congress for the extra funding in May.

Cables released in the latest WikiLeaks dump [read ‘psy-op’ — 800] of secret diplomatic documents also confirm the administration’s concerns about proliferation of weapons in the region not just by Iran, but also Syria. Cables reveal Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “deep concern” over Syrian efforts to supply Hezbollah with ballistic missiles. A Pentagon official quoted in The New York Times fears that conflicts could erupt into full-scale regional war now that Hezbollah’s arsenal includes about 50,000 rockets and missiles, including some 40 to 50 Fateh-110 missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv and most of Israel, and 10 Scud-D missiles.

An official from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the Israeli manufacturer of Iron Dome, told National Journal that the mobile defense shield has been deemed “operational” and “ready to be used” after achieving a 100 percent success rate during the last set of tests in July. The system’s name is derived from the literal translation of its Hebrew name, “Kippah Barzel” or “Dome of Iron” — with “kippah” being the same word for the head covering worn by Jewish men.

“It was tested against a variety of threats — the same kind of threats it was designed to intercept, all the way from mortars to artillery shells, Qassams and Katyusha rockets,” he said. Even under a barrage of missiles all fired at the same time, the system successfully intercepted all of them, the official said.

Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz, a former Israeli defense minister recently appointed chairman of the Israeli Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Relations and Security, confirmed that Israelis are very worried about the increasing threats of Hezbollah during a briefing arranged for reporters by the Israel Project, a nonprofit media group with offices in Jerusalem and Washington.

Of the Iron Dome shield, designed to protect a specific area from short-range rockets, Mofaz said, “It’s good to have it, but it’s not the answer.”

Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, along with the Western countries should “build a wall against Iran,” Mofaz said. This “wall” would require the combination of economic sanctions, leaving “all options on the table” in terms of a possible military strike, he said, and pushing for peace negotiations between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Syria.

The above article can be found here: http://www.nationaljournal.com/nationalsecurity/house-oks-administration-earmark-for-israel-s-iron-dome–20101210


‘Eisenkot: Missile defense for IDF bases, not civilians’

YNetNews (Israel); December 1, 2010

Northern Command Chief Major-General Gadi Eisenkot on Tuesday said that active rocket and missile interception systems — such as the Iron Dome and Arrow — are designed to protect the Israel Defense Forces’ offensive capabilities, and not necessarily civilians.

During a speech at the University of Haifa, Eisenkot stressed that “the residents of Israel shouldn’t be under the illusion that someone will open an umbrella over their heads.

The systems are designed to protect military bases, even if this means that citizens suffer discomfort during the first days of battle,” he added.

At the beginning of November, regional council heads from the Gaza vicinity appealed to the High Court of Justice and demanded that the state installs the Iron Dome in order to protect its residents — or alternatively place portable shelters throughout the vicinity.

‘Army must act according to gov’t decisions’

Eisenkot’s comments stirred a storm in the Gaza vicinity regional councils.

Shaar Hanegev Regional Council head Alon Shuster said that he was not entirely surprised by the major-general’s comments.

“In a sense it explains the ambiguity surrounding our appeal. Every one knows that the government promised the Iron Dome for the protection of Israel’s citizens — no one mentioned IDF bases in the decision,” he said.

“I do not deal with strategy and defense, but it was made clear that the system was allocated to the Gaza vicinity. Two years after the government decision it seems we were all led astray, including perhaps the government,” Shuster said, adding that the council heads intend to present Eisenkot’s statements during their appeal hearing at the Supreme Court.

Eshkol Regional Council Head Haim Yalin said, “I wish to remind everyone that there is a government decision in regards to the development of the Iron Dome, which is part of the NIS1 billion (about $270 million) of the state budget that was allocated to the protection of the Gaza vicinity communities.

“Last time I checked on Google, we were still living in a democratic country [!], and the army is obliged to act according to the government’s decisions,” he said.

Israel’s aerial defense apparatus consists of various systems including the Iron Dome — meant to intercept rockets with ranges of 5-70km; David’s Sling — scheduled to be operational by 2013 and designed to intercept long-range missiles; and Arrow — designed to intercept ballistic missiles at high altitudes.

The newest Arrow 3 missile interception system was unveiled during an aerospace convention in Jerusalem earlier this month.

The system is slated to be completed by 2015 and will include an interception system for short-range missiles as well as “Kamikaze satellites” that can blow up ballistic missiles outside of the atmosphere.

The above article can be found here: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3992238,00.html


Also see ‘Zionist state comes out of WikiLeaks debacle smelling like roses’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101203223707519

Also see ‘Analyst: Iran nuclear weapons allegations fabricated by Israel’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101206010316536

Also see ‘US to store another $400 million worth of military equipment in Israel’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101127180959255

Also see ‘Obama offers Israel free stealth fighters, UNSC vetoes, Jordan Valley for 90-day settlement freeze’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101127013253495

Also see ‘Israel-firsters sweep US mid-terms; GOP majority will serve as check on Obama, republican leader tells Netanyahu’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101118171349469

Former senior Washington correspondent: Congress, White House, Hollywood, Wall Street ‘owned by Zionists’

Posted in ZOGs on December 4, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

‘Helen Thomas says Zionists control US foreign policy’

Detroit Free Press; December 2, 2010 DETROIT — Helen Thomas said Thursday that she stands by her comments about Israel she made earlier this year that led to her resignation as a national columnist.

And she went further, saying that Zionists control US foreign policy and other institutions.

The local Jewish community condemned her remarks.

In an interview, Thomas, 90, said that criticizing Israel led to her resignation and ostracism in Washington.

“I can call a president of the United States anything in the book, but I can’t touch Israel, which has Jewish-only roads in the West Bank,” Thomas said. “No American would tolerate that — white-only roads.”

Thomas, a longtime White House correspondent who grew up in Detroit as the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, was in Dearborn for a workshop on anti-Arab bias.

In a speech inside a center in Dearborn, she talked about “the whole question of money involved in politics.”

“Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists. No question, in my opinion,” she said. “They put their money where their mouth is. We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.”

Jewish groups have called Thomas’ earlier remarks unfair and bigoted. They slammed Thursday’s remarks as well.

“Ms. Thomas repeated the anti-Semitic stereotypes that have been used for more than a century to incite hatred of Jews. Her comments should be condemned by all people who oppose bigotry,” said Robert Cohen, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit.

Asked by the Free Press how she would respond to those who say she’s anti-Semitic, Thomas said: “I’d say I’m a Semite. What are you talking about?”

In the interview, she said the Iraq war was “built on lies. No weapons of mass destruction. No ties to al-Qaida. What is this? Why are we killing those people? And why are we there?”

Thomas resigned from Hearst Newspapers in June after telling a rabbi on camera that Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to “Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else.”

The above article can be found here: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/12/02/2493818/helen-thomas-says-zionists-control.html


 
“WSU pulls Helen Thomas award over ‘anti-Semitic’ remarks”The South End (Wayne State University, US); December 3, 2010

Wayne State is pulling its Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award after alumna and former White House Press Corps member Helen Thomas reportedly made anti-Semitic remarks at an Arab-American media workshop held in Dearborn on Dec. 2, the university said in a statement.

“As a public university, Wayne State encourages free speech and open dialogue, and respects diverse viewpoints,” the statement said. “However, the university strongly condemns the anti-Semitic remarks made by Helen Thomas during a conference yesterday.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, Thomas said Zionists controlled US foreign policy and Wall Street.

WSU held back on pulling the award in the spring after Thomas responded to a question by saying Jewish people should “get the hell out of Palestine.” She suggested that they “go home” to “Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else,” during the White House’s Jewish Heritage Day event on May 27.

She resigned shortly after from her position as a columnist for the Hearst News Service. But, at that time, WSU decided her comment was more of a knee-jerk reaction and kept intact the award named after Thomas and given to local and national journalists.

The above article can be found here: http://thesouthend.wayne.edu/index.php/article/2010/12/wsu_pulls_helen_thomas_award_over_antisemitic_remarks#comment428


 

 

‘Helen Thomas steps down over Israel remarks’

The Washington Times; June 7, 2010

Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas has retired abruptly amid the fallout over her controversial statements about Israel, her employer, Hearst Newspapers, announced Monday morning.

News of Ms. Thomas’ retirement, which Hearst said is effective immediately, came shortly after the White House rebuked the veteran journalist for saying the Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine” in a Web interview last week. Press secretary Robert Gibbs called the statement “offensive and reprehensible” at Monday’s briefing with reporters.

Mr. Gibbs noted that Ms. Thomas, 89, has apologized for her remarks, which she made to the website RabbiLive.com. As a result of the comments, her speaking agency has dropped her, and a suburban Maryland high school has canceled a commencement address she was slated to deliver.

Asked during a White House event celebrating the nation’s Jewish heritage if she had any comments on Israel, Ms. Thomas told the website that Israelis should “go home” to Poland, Germany and the United States. The clip, posted on YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnALLK5g–I&hd=1], has been circulating for the past few days, drawing condemnations from across the political spectrum, as well as from journalistic colleagues.

The diminutive, outspoken Ms. Thomas was not present for Monday’s press briefing, where she occupied a prime seat in the center of the first row.

On Friday, she posted a statement on her website apologizing for the comments.

“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon,” she wrote.

But the damage appears to have been done as renunciations continued to pour in Monday. In a statement, the White House Correspondents’ Association called the remarks “indefensible.”

“The White House Correspondents’ Association board firmly dissociates itself from them. Many in our profession who have known Helen for years were saddened by the comments, which were especially unfortunate in light of her role as a trailblazer on the White House beat,” the group said.

The above article can be found here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/7/white-house-denounces-thomas-israel-remarks/


 

 

OP-ED: ‘Israel’s political occupation of Obama’s press corps

Press TV (Iran); June 8, 2010

Hold the front page! The docile White House Press Corp has got steamed up about something and finally taken a scalp as a result.

It seems the Capitol Hill cocktail set who usually sit and preen themselves like pampered Pomeranians while asking pre-screened, pre-approved, Obama-friendly questions have forced a resignation.

So what provoked them and who were they gunning for? Was it one of Obama’s aids caught lying – may be some political sleaze or even another Watergate in the making? Could they have been making a final stand for journalistic integrity and freedom over the Administration’s plans to prosecute and imprison investigative reporters who refuse to reveal their sources?

Well sorry to disappoint — it was none of the above.

It seems the most famous gaggle of journalists in the world finally got steamed up about a comment made by one of their own … against Israel.

And their target just happens to be an 89-year-old columnist who has nailed more US Presidents with her hammer-blow questions than any other member of the White House Press Corps (WHPC).

The formidable grand dame of the WHPC has now been forced to quit her much coveted front row seat — from where she made no less than ten US Presidents sweat with her probing questions.

Helen Thomas resigned just before the White House Correspondents Association announced it was considering stripping her of her prime position.

No doubt some of these are the same gutless scribes who gave President George W Bush such an easy ride over Iraq, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, torture, waterboarding etc.

Now had Helen Thomas blasted: “Palestinians should get the hell out of Israel,” she would have been feted.

Instead, what the redoubtable Ms Thomas, a lifelong critic of Zionism said, was that Israeli Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and return to Germany and Poland “or wherever they came from.”

Ms. Thomas, a columnist for Hearst Newspapers apologized almost immediately for her off-the-cuff comments she made to a rabbi who was conducting a video interview with her outside the White House during a recent celebration of Jewish heritage.

Now the decision to retire her, with immediate effect, was announced by Hearst Newspapers, which syndicates her column. The announcement was made just weeks ahead of her 90th birthday on August 4.

The board of the correspondents association which recently gathered to consider how to respond to her controversial remarks, issued this very wordy statement: “Helen Thomas’ comments were indefensible and the White House Correspondents Association board firmly dissociates itself from them. Many in our profession who have known Helen for years were saddened by the comments, which were especially unfortunate in light of her role as a trail blazer on the White House beat. While Helen has not been a member of the WHCA for many years, her special status in the briefing room has helped solidify her as the dean of the White House press corps so we feel the need to speak out strongly on this matter.

“We want to emphasize that the role of the WHCA is to represent the White House press corps in its dealings with the White House on coverage-related issues. We do not police the speech of our members or colleagues. We are not involved at all in issuing White House credentials — that is the purview of the White House itself. But the incident does revive the issue of whether it is appropriate for an opinion columnist to have a front row seat in the WH briefing room. That is an issue under the jurisdiction of this board. We are actively seeking input from our association members on this important matter, and we have scheduled a special meeting of the WHCA board on Thursday to decide on the seating issue.”

What a gutless, feckless collective of cabestros [castrated bullocks that accompany fighting bulls to keep them docile].

Just a few days ago, no less than 60 journalists on board the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla were shot at, abused, beaten up and robbed by the military representing the Zionist regime of Israel.

Was there one word of anger, one word of recrimination, or a statement released about the treatment of fellow journalists who were on board a series of ships which were attacked in international waters?

Israeli soldiers destroyed and stole their cell phones, confiscating video footage and photographic equipment. The later unauthorized use of journalists’ footage shows the contempt that the Israeli authorities have for journalism. By showing old photographs and edited footage there was a clear violation of journalist ethics.

Such blatant attempts at control of news coverage are nothing new. The same strategy was carried out during Israel’s last invasion of Gaza.

But what do these Washington scribes know?

However, what they have proved by their swift action against Helen Thomas is that while Israel conducts a military occupation in Palestine it is conducting a political occupation of The White House Corps.

The above article can be found here: http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/129527.html

 



Also see ‘Helen Thomas: In appreciation’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100618211636400

Also see ‘Israeli ambassador on Colbert Report: We executed them!’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100618070412527

 

U.S. to store another $400 million worth of military equipment in Israel

Posted in ZOGs on November 29, 2010 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

Haaretz (Israel); November 11, 2010

The US government is to move an additional $400 million worth of military equipment to emergency storage in Israel over the next two years. The equipment, which includes so-called smart bombs, will stand at Israel’s disposal in an emergency.

The US Congress approved the hike last month, which will bring the value of American military equipment stockpiled in Israel to $1.2 billion by 2012.

The story was first reported this week by Defense News magazine’s reporter in Israel, Barbara Opall-Rome.

The US stores equipment in Israel by virtue of a special clause in US foreign aid law governing war reserves stockpiles for [so-called] allies. According to the clause, the equipment can be utilized by American forces throughout the world, and also, in an emergency, by the military in the country where the equipment is stored.

The clause was originally intended to allow South Korea use of American equipment in case of a surprise attack by North Korea.

The type of equipment stockpiled in Israel is determined through dialogue between the Israel Defense Forces and the US Army’s European Command. The issue was raised in discussions last week during the visit by the IDF’s logistics and technology chief, Maj. Gen. Dan Biton, at the Pentagon in Washington.

The agreement between the two armed forces also includes conditions under which the IDF may use the equipment. It is believed that a great deal of the equipment will include precision weapons launched from the air.

IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said this week that in Israel‘s future wars, much more precise weaponry will be needed to strike urban targets from the air without injuring civilians.

During Operation Cast Lead [which killed more than 1500 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom were civilians — 800], 81 percent of the missiles and bombs launched from the air on and by IDF artillery were of the precision type.

Use of the American equipment is allowed with permission of the American administration; Israel used such US weaponry during the Second Lebanon War.

The first time equipment was stockpiled in Israel was in 1990, when a ceiling of $100 million in value was set, which was raised to $300 million during the first Gulf War and later raised to $400 million. It was doubled in 2007 after the Second Lebanon War, and, as noted, will reach $1.2 billion by 2012.

It is assumed in Israel that the US administration asked Congress to increase the value of US emergency equipment to signal its continued commitment to Israel’s security. It is also believed the increase is meant to as an indication to Israel that it will not need to mount a surprise attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities and that it can take risks for peace.

Israel is also expected to be allowed more involvement in selecting the types of equipment and weapons to be stored here and greater freedom to use it in an emergency. The equipment is stored in special bases for emergency supplies that are under American supervision.

Ben-Gurion International Airport and a base in Nevatim are expected to stockpile US equipment arriving by air during both war and peacetime.

The agreement on the additional stockpiling is part of the very significant upgrading in security relations between Israel and the United States, which also involved an increased number of joint exercises with the United States, during which joint command over complex operations were also drilled.

The upgrading of relations in the security realm also involved the special allocation of $500 million to finance the purchase of an Iron Dome battery, and the signing two months ago of an agreement to supply the IAF with the first squadron of the future F-35 fighter aircraft.

The above article can be found here: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/u-s-to-store-another-400m-worth-of-emergency-military-equipment-in-israel-1.324046


Also see ‘Obama offers Israel free stealth fighters, UNSC vetoes, Jordan Valley for 90-day settlement freeze’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101127013253495

Also see ‘Jewish congressmen want convicted spy’s release added to long list of US gifts to Israel’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101127170248775

Also see ‘EU steps up research funding for Zionist murder machine’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100628141626701