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Israel reaches out to France before resumption of Iran nuclear talks

by Dan Williams and John Irish
March 22, 2015

Top Israeli envoys were sent to confer with French officials on Sunday about preventing what Israel considers an unfavorable nuclear deal with Iran after tensions surfaced between France and the United States ‎over negotiation strategy. Though France has demanded more stringent restrictions than other Western delegations during talks with Iran, one French diplomat played down Israel’s sway in Paris, saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had overplayed his hand in a March 3 speech to the U.S. Congress. France, the United States and four other world powers suspended negotiations with Iran in Switzerland on Friday and are to reconvene next week to try to break the deadlock over sensitive atomic research and lifting of sanctions before a March 31 deadline for a framework deal. Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, however, told Israel Radio that he is flying to Paris at short notice…READ MORE

Khamenei calls ‘Death to America’ as Kerry hails progress on nuke deal

The Crisis Has Exploded

by John Podhoretz
March 19, 2015

….If you want to hate what Netanyahu said, hate it. Here’s the thing: How the prime minister of Israel talks about Israeli citizens who possess equal rights under the law and have their own means of redress under the law if they are mistreated should have no basis whatever in the “assessment” of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Israel. The president has spent years making very nice patter with Turkey’s Erdogan and other foreign leaders whose treatment of minorities do not deserve mention alongside Israel’s and whose suffering small sub-populations have no means of achieving redress. So even those who are furious with Netanyahu should really take a breath and a close look and consider this point carefully: The Arab-vote business is a pretext. American presidents, this one especially, typically do not revisit special strategic relationships based on election-day maneuvers in a democracy, however unpleasant they might find them. READ MORE

Losing Yemen

by Richard Fernandez
March 22, 2015

The last US special forces have been withdrawn from Yemen without exciting much notice from the US press.  Max Boot tweets: “All US SOF evacuating Yemen. Huge win for AQAP, huge defeat for US. How many foreign policy disasters can we handle?”  Reuters reports, “the United States has evacuated its remaining personnel, including about 100 special operations forces, from Yemen because of the deteriorating security situation there, U.S. officials said on Saturday.” This means that the last vestiges of what the Obama administration only recently touted as their model counter-insurgency operation are gone.  The collapse has flown largely under the media radar [outside conservative media]. Last week Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post reported that $500 million dollars in American supplied weapons are now in the hands of “Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda”. READ MOR

Six Arrested After Mob Attacks London Synagogue Reportedly Shouting ‘We Will Kill You’

by Staff
March 22, 2015

Six people were arrested by London police on Sunday after a gang of 20 attacked a synagogue late Saturday night tearing books and assailing worshipers in the Stamford Hill suburb, according to multiple media reports. The attackers reportedly shouted “we will kill you” during the attack on the “Ahavat Torah” synagogue in the Craven Park Road area, and police confirmed they were treating the assault as an antisemitic incident and that they were viewing the attack as “grave.” Footage of part of the incident shows a group of Jewish youths inside the synagogue brandishing makeshift clubs as they try to fend off the mob of attackers from outside. The windows of the house of worship are seen to be shattered and a projectile is fired towards the Jewish group towards the end of the video. Two girls in miniskirts, apparently part of the attacking party, are seen entering the synagogue, possibly attempting to intervene. READ MORE

Obama Peddles Osama’s Propaganda

by Benjamin Weingarten
March 19, 2015

….But there is something worse than the absurdity of the president’s remarks, his implicit banal Bush-bashing and unwillingness or inability to ever take responsibility for anything – the least of which includes his failure to negotiate a status of forces agreement with Iraq. President Obama’s argument in the main is that America’s actions in the Middle East create terrorists. But by invoking “blowback,” he is parroting precisely the propaganda that Al Qaeda, Islamic State and other jihadist groups want us to repeat, while ignoring the self-evident truth that their actions come not from without but from within. In so doing, as when he raised the scepter of The Crusades, the president provides a veneer of legitimacy and even moral standing to genocidal Islamic supremacists who seek to destroy Western civilization and create a global caliphate. READ MORE

In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas

by Judith Shulevitz
March 21, 2015

….A few weeks ago, Zineb El Rhazoui, a journalist at Charlie Hebdo, spoke at the University of Chicago, protected by the security guards she has traveled with since supporters of the Islamic State issued death threats against her. During the question-and-answer period, a Muslim student stood up to object to the newspaper’s apparent disrespect for Muslims and to express her dislike of the phrase “I am Charlie.” Ms. El Rhazoui replied, somewhat irritably, “Being Charlie Hebdo means to die because of a drawing,” and not everyone has the guts to do that…. She lives under constant threat, Ms. El Rhazoui said. The student answered that she felt threatened, too. A few days later, a guest editorialist in the student newspaper took Ms. El Rhazoui to task. She had failed to ensure “that others felt safe enough to express dissenting opinions.” Ms. El Rhazoui’s “relative position of power,” the writer continued, had granted her a “free pass to make condescending attacks on a member of the university.” READ MORE