Mark Steyn: U.S. boxes in Israel, not Iran

Mark Steyn, a syndicated columnist, eloquently and utterly trashes the deal with Iran.

“Mark Steyn: U.S. boxes in Israel, not Iran,” OC Register, November 29, 2013:

“Iran, U.S. Set To Establish Joint Chamber Of Commerce Within Month,” reports Agence-France Presse. Government official Abolfazi Hejazi tells the English-language newspaper Iran Daily that the Islamic Republic will shortly commence direct flights to America. Passenger jets, not ICBMs, one assumes – although, as with everything else, the details have yet to be worked out. Still, the historic U.S.-Iranian rapprochement seems to be galloping along, and any moment now the cultural exchange program will be announced, and you’ll have to book early for the Tehran Ballet’s season at the Kennedy Center (“Death To America” in repertory with “Death To The Great Satan”).

In Geneva, the participants came to the talks with different goals: The Americans and Europeans wanted an agreement; the Iranians wanted nukes. Each party got what it came for. Before the deal, the mullahs’ existing facilities were said to be within four to seven weeks of nuclear “breakout”; under the new constraints, they’ll be eight to nine weeks from breakout. In return, they get formal international recognition of their enrichment program, and the gutting of sanctions – and everything they already have is, as they say over at Obamacare, grandfathered in.

Many pundits reached for the obvious appeasement analogies, but Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal argued that Geneva is actually worse than Munich. In 1938, facing a German seizure of the Sudetenland, the French and British prime ministers were negotiating with Berlin from a position of profound military weakness: it’s easy to despise Chamberlain with the benefit of hindsight, less easy to give an honest answer as to what one would have done differently playing a weak hand across the table from Hitler 75 years ago. This time round, a superpower and its allies, accounting for over 50 percent of the planet’s military spending, were facing a militarily insignificant country with a ruined economy and no more than two-to-three months’ worth of hard currency – and they gave it everything it wanted.

mx1q87-b781225053z.120131129141932000gg71h9g3l.1I would add two further points. First, the Munich Agreement’s language is brutal and unsparing, all “shalls” and “wills”: Paragraph 1) “The evacuation will begin on 1st October”; Paragraph 4) “The four territories marked on the attached map will be occupied by German troops in the following order.” By contrast, the P5+1 (U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China plus Germany) “Joint Plan of Action” barely reads like an international agreement at all. It’s all conditional, a forest of “woulds”: “There would be additional steps in between the initial measures and the final step…” In the post-modern phase of Western resolve, it’s an agreement to reach an agreement – supposedly within six months. But one gets the strong impression that, when that six-month deadline comes and goes, the temporary agreement will trundle along semipermanently to the satisfaction of all parties.

Secondly, there are subtler concessions. Explaining that their “singular object” was to “ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon,” John Kerry said that “Foreign Minister Zarif emphasized that they don’t intend to do this, and the Supreme Leader has indicated there is a fatwa which forbids them to do this.” The “Supreme Leader” is not Barack Obama but Ayatollah Khamenei. Why is America’s secretary of state dignifying Khamenei as “the Supreme Leader”? In his own famous remarks upon his return from Munich, Neville Chamberlain referred only to “Herr Hitler.” “Der Führer” means, in effect, “the Supreme Leader,” but, unlike Kerry (and Obama), Chamberlain understood that it would be unseemly for the representative of a free people to confer respectability on such a designation. As for the Führer de nos jours, Ayatollah Khamenei called Israel a “rabid dog” and dismissed “the leaders of the Zionist regime, who look like beasts and cannot be called human.” If the words of “the Supreme Leader” are to be taken at face value when it comes to these supposed constraints preventing Iran from going nuclear, why not also when he calls Jews subhuman?

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Syrian school: Muslims must slaughter infidels, “Islam elevates the Muslims and humiliates the infidels”


“Al-Qaeda in Syrian School: Infidels Must Be Slaughtered; Obama, World Leaders Are Infidels,” from MEMRI, n.d.:

Following are excerpts from a video featuring an ISIS operative at a Syrian school, which was posted on the Internet on November 26, 2013:

Al-Qaeda operative: The mujahideen are coming here, to Syria. They come from Egypt, from Chechnya, from Morocco, from the U.S., from Belgium, from China, from Russia, from Cameroon… Who unites them?

School children: Allah.

Al-Qaeda operative: Why did they gather here?

School children: For the sake of Islam.

Al-Qaeda operative: Islam unites everyone under one word, with no distinction between skin color, nationality, or anything. The entire Earth belongs to Allah. Islam elevates the Muslims and humiliates the infidels. The “Crusaders” – who are the Christians – are they Muslims or infidels?

School children: They are infidels.

Al-Qaeda operative: Allah said: “Those who say that Jesus son of Mary is God have disbelieved.” Allah said: “Those who say that God is the third of three have disbelieved.” They cross themselves like this. Allah said:”Those who say that God is the third of three have disbelieved.” Whoever says that God is three is an infidel.

He is paraphrasing Qur’an 5:72-3.

Whoever says that God is two and that Jesus is His son is an infidel as well. Whoever says that Jesus is God is also an infidel.

[…]

Anyone who does not believe in Islam is an infidel. Is Obama a Muslim or an infidel?

School children: An infidel.

Al-Qaeda operative: What about the president of Russia?

School children: An infidel.

Al-Qaeda operative: What about the president of China?

School children: An infidel.

Watch one of the biggest jewelry heists in history unfold in under 1 minute

TheBlaze (Nov 29) — New security footage obtained by the French newspaper Nice Matin appears to show what is being called one of the biggest jewelry heists in history. The thief, who remains at large, reportedly stole $136 million worth of jewels in a brazen heist that was over in less than a minute.

The surveillance video shows the very calm crook stealing a briefcase and a small box from a jewelry exhibit by the Leviev Diamond House as he held two vendors, a manager and three security guards at gunpoint.

It took less than a minute for the professional thief to escape with 72 pieces of jewelry. Though the heist was caught on camera, the thief’s face was covered with a scarf and hat, providing little help to investigators.

Watch the video of the huge jewelry heist below, the thief enters on second 27:

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Kanye: Obama not as connected as Jews

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American pop rapper and frequent foot-in-mouther Kanye West was recorded recently defending US President Barack Obama by saying he doesn’t have the same kinds of connections Jews have.

The rapper is no stranger to controversy, though he has mostly steered clear of offending Jews, instead saving much of his folksy vitriol for former presidents and country singers.

In 2005, West came under fire for telling a national audience that then-president Bush “doesn’t care about black people.” Four years later, he once again garnered controversy by hopping onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards to interrupt a Taylor Swift acceptance speech.

West’s comments put him in esteemed company with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, David Duke and Miley Cyrus, who recently told an interviewer that pop culture was driven by out-of-touch 70-year-old Jewish men who sit behind desks all day.

Members of the tribe, however, can take solace in the fact that two upstanding Jewish American actors, Seth Rogan and James Franco, recently won over the Internet by parodying a video of Kanye and his baby mama Kim Kardashian.

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Jimmy Kimmel enlists elementary school kids to present ‘the first Hanukkah Thanksgiving’

2013 is a special year. The first full day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are celebrated on the same day. This has not happened since 1888 and it won’t happen again for more than 79,000 years.

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live took advantage of this very rare calendar confluence to speculate on what the first Hanukkah Thanksgiving might have looked like. Using a group of school children from Shepard Hill Elementary, Kimmel’s crew offered the “one and only” performance of “The First Hanukkah Thanksgiving.”

Watch the entire segment here:

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This Iran deal is getting worse all the time

Iran-dealpngBreitbart (Nov 29) — The Obama administration has been forced to admit that the nuclear deal to which Iran agreed last weekend in Geneva, Switzlerland has not actually been finalized. In the interim, Iran is continuing its enrichment of uranium, as well as continuing construction on the Arak nuclear plant it is meant to suspend. And the White House is being criticized for misleading the public about the terms of the Iran deal, which keep getting worse.

The Washington Post noted, in an editorial otherwise supportive of the deal, that the Obama administration had not told the whole truth: “What the White House didn’t report is that the text of the accord makes several major concessions to Tehran on the terms of a planned second-stage agreement…the United States and its partners have already agreed that Iranian enrichment activity will continue indefinitely. In contrast, a long-standing U.S. demand that an underground enrichment facility be closed is not mentioned.”

Iran clearly expects that the deal will eventually lead to the end of all sanctions against the regime for its repeated violations of UN Security Council resolutions that ban any nuclear enrichment, and that it will see its so-called “right” to enrich uranium recognized either explicitly or de facto, without restrictions–and not in 15-20 years, as the administration has implied, but in a mere five years from the signing of the deal.

No one is quite sure when the deal begins, and when the six-month window contemplated under the terms will be over. So Iran continues to play for time, and the Obama administration, having accepted Iran’s nuclear enrichment in principle, is forced to accept interpretations of the deal that favor Iran, having lost the leverage sanctions once provided. As the line from The Empire Strikes Back goes: this deal’s getting worse all the time.

Iran Announces Development of Ballistic Missile Technology

img245908Washington Free Beacon (Nov 27) — A top Iranian military leader announced late Tuesday that Iran has developed “indigenous” ballistic missile technology, which could eventually allow it to fire a nuclear payload over great distances.

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the lieutenant commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), made the critical weapons announcement just days after Iran and the West signed a deal aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear activities.

Salami claimed that “Iran is among the only three world countries enjoying an indigenous ballistic missile technology,” according to the state-run Fars News Agency.

“While we did not have any knowledge about drones, we have developed and acquired drones that travel 2,000 kilometers, conduct their operations, and then land in our desirable regions,” he was quoted as saying.

Iran’s claim to ballistic missiles would be a major development for a country known to use its military machinery as a means of intimidating its regional neighbors.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Iran’s ballistic missile announcement is no surprise.

“Iran’s ballistic missile program has always been to provide the delivery vehicles for nuclear warheads,” Bolton said. “The timing of the IRGC announcement is no coincidence.”

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Baby Seriously Injured in Muslim Rock Ambush

IsraelNationalNews (Nov 28) — A two-year-old baby was seriously injured Thursday when Muslim terrorists hurled rocks at the car she was in, at the entrance to the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in southern Jerusalem.

A Magen David Adom (MDA) team gave the baby initial medical care and took her to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital. She suffered a serious head injury.

Security forces are combing the area in search of the terrorists.

Refael Herbst, an MDA paramedic who treated the girl, said: “When we arrived we saw a woman holding a baby aged about 2 years, with a bleeding wound in her head. She was apathetic and in a foggy state of consciousness. We gave her medical treatment on the spot. We were told she had been hit by a large rock as she was traveling in the car with her mother and two brothers, who sat beside her in the car’s back seat.”

…Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) reacted to the attack and said that it joins a long list of similar serious incidents. “I strengthen the prime minister’s hands,” he said, “[in the hope] for a determined, quick action to put an end to the Stone Age.”

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Hanukkah lights banish the darkness

HanukkiyahIsrael HaYom (Nov 27) — The Hanukkah holiday is an ancient expression of Judaism’s victory over Hellenism. The ascendancy of hope over tragedy, light over darkness and faith over doubt. For millennia, humanity has swung like a pendulum between an idolatrous Greek culture whose highest ideals are wisdom, beauty, power and the material world, and the culture of Israel, which sanctifies God, spirituality, faith and a transcendence beyond human understanding.

The Greeks gave the world a sense of the tragic, of man’s insignificance, the pointlessness of our suffering, and the idea that there is nothing new under the sun. What has been is what will be. All rivers lead to a sea of suffering and the sea is never filled. Therefore we need to live in the moment and seize the day. There is no point to hard work or exertion.

The Jews, on the other hand, endowed the world with hope: the belief that time is not cyclical, but a long straight line leading to progress. Humans live in the present, but their spirit is directed toward the future. Every moment of life has significance and is an expression of man’s supreme duty towards God, his family, friends, nation and humanity. Human beings are not opaque self-contained bubbles. Rather, we are wellsprings of abundance and the desire to do good. Jews gave the world the divine desire to give as opposed to man’s bottomless hunger to receive.

…The Jews, descendants of the Maccabees, are still here, living and breathing. Against all odds, they renewed their independence in their ancient homeland. Israel’s Torah is still relevant and connected to reality. Many Jews know its contents and have been in continuous dialogue with it for thousands of years.

We’ve remained small in number. It has always been so — because carrying the torch of values, morality, and concern for others is a mission that is not for everyone. That torch unites the light of thousands of small Hanukkah candles. Together these candles ignite a huge flame that dispels the fear and darkness trying to wrest control of our complex human reality.

My mother told me that during the most difficult days of the Holocaust, in the concentration camp, she and her friends commemorated Hanukkah. There were no candles and certainly no Hanukkah menorahs, but there was a fire burning in their hearts — allowing them to hope that some Jews would remain in the world after the Holocaust, because no power in the world could snuff out the flame of Hanukkah.

The children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of these survivors plucked from the fire now live in an independent state, who symbol is a menorah. That same ancient menorah that embodied our nation’s faith, determination and strength of soul to stand up against the strongest cultures and empires in history. Our role has not ended. The victory over Greek culture is not complete. The Western world, including many of us, have been captivated by this culture. The Hanukkah holiday reminds us that there are good days in store when values will defeat nihilism and light will banish the darkness.

First night of Hanukkah: Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah song”

This is my favorite Hanukkah song. Happy Hanukkah to all our readers worldwide!

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“Hannukah Begins Tonight; Celebrations Commence Worldwide,” IsraelNationalNews, November 27:

Hannukah has begun in Israel, as most of the Jewish people across the globe prepare to light the first candle Wednesday night.

Also known as the Festival of Light, the holiday commemorates the defeat of the Greek army by the Maccabees, a small group of Jews who were dedicated to preserving Jewish religion and autonomy in the Land of Israel, and the rededication of the Temple after it had been defiled by the Greeks.

According to the Talmud, one small flask of pure oil was enough to provide light for eight days, the time it took Temple priests to purify more oil for use in the Menorah in the war’s aftermath.

Every night, Jews add one more candle to the hannukiah, a lamp that symbolizes the Temple’s Menorah. The ritual serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining Jewish sovreignty, spirit, and tradition, among other things.

Special prayers are also added to the daily services. Traditional foods during the holiday include latkes, potato pancakes, and sufganiyot, jelly doughnuts – oily food in honor of the oil of the Temple. Milk products are also sometimes served, in commemoration of the story of Judith, who assassinated the Greek commander after inducing him to sleep by serving him wine and milk – helping the Maccabees to a Jewish victory.

Children also play the game of sevivon, or dreidel in Yiddish, which involves a spinning top labelled with Hebrew letters nun, gimmel, heh, and shin, standing for the words Nes Gadol Hayah Po (lit. “a great miracle happened there”). In Israel, the shin is exchanged for a peh – and the letters stand for the words Nes Gadol Hayah Po (lit. “a great miracle happened here”).

According to one tradition, the dreidel served as a distraction when hostile authorities inspected Jewish homes to uphold decrees preventing Torah study. Once the officials left, these authorities say, the Jews were free to continue their learning.

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U.N. declares 2014 as ‘year of solidarity with the Palestinian people’

The evil, corrupt, and anti-Semitic U.N. knows no bounds. Go to our video page for simple, but well-explanatory videos about the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias.

“U.N. declares 2014 as ‘year of solidarity with the Palestinian people’,” TheBlaze, November 27, 2013:

The United Nations has adopted a resolution naming 2014 as the “Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”

To mark the occasion, the U.N. said it will work in the coming year to organize special activities along with governments and non-governmental organizations.

UN Declares 2014 as Year of Solidarity With the Palestinian People While Israel Slams UN

The resolution was passed on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which was held four days early to accommodate Thanksgiving weekend. The day is usually marked at the world body on Nov. 29, the anniversary of the voting for the “Partition Plan” which in 1947 divided territories held in British Mandatory Palestine between the Jews and Arabs. While the Jews accepted the vote, five Arab states declared war.

According to U.N. Watch, a nonprofit that monitors activity at the U.N., the “Year of Solidarity” resolution was one of 21 resolutions that singled out Israel during this year’s General Assembly session. In 2012, the U.N. passed 22 resolutions condemning Israel.

This is compared with only four resolutions this year that singled out any other country in the world, which were Syria, Iran, North Korea and Myanmar.

“There were will be zero UNGA resolutions on gross and systematic abuses committed by China, Cuba, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Zimbabwe, nor on many other major perpetrators of grave violations of human rights,” U.N. Watch reported.

“Broadway may be down the street, but the real theater is here at the United Nations,” Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor said.

“The worst human rights abusers receive a fraction of the condemnation that Israel – the only democracy in the Middle East – receives,” Prosor said in a speech Monday. “These irresponsible actions have irreversible consequences. The states that rubberstamp the anti-Israel resolutions every year, have given the Palestinians a false sense of reality and fed their culture of victimhood.”

Prosor also addressed the irony of the U.N. condemning Israel for allegedly ill-treating Syrians even though Syrians have massacred more than 100,000 of their own people and Israeli hospitals have been treating Syrian civil war victims.

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Iran deal: Myths vs. facts

Breitbart (Nov 25) — The deal is, according to The New York Times, a no-brainer: “no one can seriously argue that it doesn’t make the world safer.”

The problem is this: the deal that the Obama administration and its allies in the press are presenting to the world is a mythical one. Here, then, are the major deal points, and the flaws in them:

“The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.”

Myth: The agreement is a step forward in that it bars Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Fact: The agreement explicitly allows Iran to develop nuclear capabilities in violation of United Nations resolutions, giving Iran the leeway to lie about its use of fissile material.

“From the existing uranium enriched to 20%, retain half as working stock of 20% oxide for fabrication of fuel for the TRR. Dilute the remaining 20% UF6 to no more than 5%. No reconversion line.”

Myth: This rolls back the existing Iranian nuclear weapons program to a significant degree.

Fact: The difference between 20% enrichment and 5% enrichment is relatively minute. There is no verification mechanism to ensure that the watered-down stuff is not reconverted.

“Iran announces that it will not enrich uranium over 5% for the duration of the 6 months. Iran announces that it will not make any further advances of its activities at the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant (1), Fordow (2), or the Arak reactor (3), designated by the IAEA as IR-40.”

Myth: This significantly hampers Iran’s nuclear development capabilities.

Fact: Not only does the agreement’s verification provide only weak checks on facilities the west knows about, it completely ignores the Parchin facility near Tehran.

“Provision of specified information to the IAEA, including information on Iranˈs plans for nuclear facilities, a description of each building on each nuclear site, a description of the scale of operations for each location engaged in specified nuclear activities, information on uranium mines and mills, and information on source material. This information would be provided within three months of the adoption of these measures.”

Myth: This gives the west brand new information about Iranian nuclear facilities.

Fact: This gives the Iranians three months to fabricate information about their nuclear facilities.

“Daily IAEA inspector access when inspectors are not present for the purpose of Design Information Verification, Interim Inventory Verification, Physical Inventory Verification, and unannounced inspections, for the purpose of access to offline surveillance records, at Fordow and Natanz.”

Myth: This is serious surveillance.

Fact: This is deeply unserious surveillance. Inspectors may not show up unnaounced to check out design information, physical inventory, or interim inventory. Unannounced inspections are only allowed under the agreement “for the purpose of access to offline surveillance records” at two of the nuclear reactors, but not at Arak or Parchin at all. The most important type of nuclear verification is monitored by the Iranian government, including “managed access” to centrifuge assembly, uranium mines and mills, and centrifuge rotor production workshops and storage facilities. In other words, all the important information gets filtered by the Iranian government.

…It is no wonder the Iranian government is so thrilled with this deal. They gave up virtually nothing, and gained six months during which Israel is completely isolated internationally – a period during which they can speed along their path toward a nuclear weapon. And anyone who thinks President Obama is humble enough to declare this deal a failure in six months, no matter how much of a failure it is, has never seen this egotistical Commander-in-Chief in action.

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Angola reportedly just became the first country in the world to ban Islam

The Blaze (Nov 25) — Angola, a nation located in southern Africa, has reportedly become the first country in the world to officially ban Islam.

In addition to outlawing the religion, India Today reported that “the demolition of mosques” will also be implemented as part of the new government policy.

Credit: Shutterstock

Credit: Shutterstock

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos reportedly said Sunday that the new regulations will usher in “the final end of Islamic influence” in the country.

The ban was first announced Friday by Angolan Minister of Culture Rosa Cruz e Silva, Israel’s Arutz Sheva reported. While Silva did not reference destroying mosques, she is quoted as advocating and mandating their closure.

“The process of legalisation of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice,” Silva said according to India Today, adding that Islam is ”contradictory to the customs of Angola culture.”

Islam isn’t the only religion being targeted: India Today reported that other religions will also be restricted under the law, though it is unclear which ones it will include.

Angola has an estimated population of approximately 20 million people, with the vast majority subscribing to Christianity of some sort, but with tens of thousands who belong to other religions.

“A small portion of the rural population practices animism or indigenous religious beliefs,” the U.S. Department of State described. “There is a small Muslim community, unofficially estimated at 80,000 to 90,000, most of whom are migrants from West Africa or of Lebanese origin.”

It is unclear if this latest ban is new or simply a continuation of previous policy. In its 2012 “Report on International Religious Freedom,” the State Department said that Angola was already scrutinizing non-traditional religious beliefs in the country.

‘World’s Oldest’ Wine Cellar Uncovered in Galilee

Wine Cellar (illustrative)

Wine Cellar (illustrative)

Arutz Sheva (Nov 24) — Israeli and American archaeologists have uncovered what may have been the world’s oldest wine cellar in the Galilee, Business Standard reports. The cellar is estimated to be about 3,700 years old and to have held up to 2,000 liters of strong, sweet wine.

Forty intact jars were found in the cellar, which dates as far back at 1700 BCE. Each of  the jars would have held fifty liters of wine. The cellar is located in the Tel Kabri ruins, which are off of Kibbutz Kabri, a village near Nahariya.

“This is a hugely significant discovery – it’s a wine cellar that, to our knowledge, is largely unmatched in age and size,” said Eric Cline, chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at The George Washington University.

Andrew Koh, assistant professor of classical studies at America’s Brandeis University, analysed the jar fragments using organic residue analysis.

He found molecular traces of tartaric and syringic acid, both key components in wine. Koh also found compounds suggesting ingredients popular in ancient wine-making – including honey, mint, cinnamon bark, juniper berries and resins.

Koh also analyzed the proportions of each diagnostic compound and discovered remarkable consistency between jars. “This wasn’t moonshine that someone was brewing in their basement, eyeballing the measurements. This wine’s recipe was strictly followed in each and every jar,” Koh said.

According to Yisrael HaYom, the team’s next project is to try to replicate the ancient wine.

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Netanyahu says Iran nuclear deal is ‘historic mistake’

Premier tells cabinet the world has become more dangerous as a result of agreement; Bennett: “Israel does not see itself as bound by this bad, this very bad agreement that has been signed.”

John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Photo: Reuters

John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Photo: Reuters

The Jerusalem Post (Nov 24) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized the agreement signed with Iran early Sunday morning as a historic mistake.

Directly contrasting US President Barack Obama who praised the agreement as opening a “new path toward a world that is more secure,” Netanyahu – speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting — said the world has become more dangerous as a result.

“What was agreed last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement, it is a historic mistake,” he said. “Today the world has become much more dangerous because the most dangerous regime in the world took a significant step to getting the most dangerous weapon in the world.”

For the first time, he said, the leading powers of the world agreed to uranium enrichment in Iran, while removing sanctions that it has taken years to build up in exchange for “cosmetic Iranian concession that are possible to do away with in a matter of weeks.”

Netanyahu said the consequences of this deal threaten many countries, including Israel. He reiterated what he has said in the past, that Israel is not obligated by the agreement.

“Iran is committed to Israel’s destruction, and Israel has the right and the obligation to defend itself by itself against any threat” he said. “I want to make clear as the prime minister of Israel, Israel will not allow Iran to develop a military nuclear capability.”

Netanyahu’s government denounced world powers’ nuclear agreement with Iran on Sunday as a “bad deal” to which Israel would not be bound.

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Iran Infographic: Good Deal vs Bad Deal

Arutz Sheva (Nov 22) — Josh Block, CEO and President of The Israel Project (TIP), has started an information campaign to combat the risks of the Iran nuclear talks being conducted in Geneva.

Block writes that “to help educate and fight a dangerous deal, TIP has created (an) infographic…and a website laying out the terrible impact of deal that would breathe life into Iran’s economy while leaving the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism with the capability to build nuclear weapons.”

A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday that the Geneva talks, which started again Wednesday, were “substantial and detailed.”

While New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has attacked the “Israel lobby” of preventing a deal with Iran, saying “I’m certain this comes less from any careful consideration of the facts and more from…(doing) whatever the Israel lobby asks them,” TIP’s infographic offers detailed figures and analysis of Iran’s potential benefits from a bad deal.

One point raised in the graphic is that a bad deal would allow Iran time to enrich enough uranium for a nuclear bomb. The enrichment concerns are very real, particularly given that US Secretary of State John Kerry has said an interim deal will not prevent Iran from enriching uranium.

If a bad deal were to go through, Israeli experts say an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure would be risky and complicated, but is “within reach.”

The assessment comes as US security experts Tuesday warned that America is “unprepared” for an Iranian “Electromagnetic Pulse” attack.

TIP’s infographic appears as follows (download the image if you have trouble reading the small print, then zoom in):

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