Allen West: You Are Seeing This Global Jihadist Movement Coming Together

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Lt. Col. Allen West appeared on Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal on Tuesday to discuss the vacuum left by the pullout in Yemen – also categorized as Obama’s “success story” – and Iran’s expanding control amidst nuclear talks.

While President Obama continues to disregard Congress in the nuclear negotiations, West voiced his concerns about the imminently nuclear Iran.

“The biggest argument of not allowing Iran to have a nuclear device is they’re on the terrorist list,” West said. “I mean, they’re the number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism in the world.”

West argued that the administration should not be accepting any deal with Iran because it has not changed its terroristic behavior, and added that it is currently holding four Americans hostage.

The host then asked West if he thought that, if Obama pushes the Iranian deal through, Saudi Arabia and other U.S. allies would go off on their own to counter the terror threat.

“What I am really looking at, from a strategic perspective, is from Nigeria all the way across over to the Philippines you’re seeing this global jihadist movement coming together,” West said. “…[War on terror] is a horrible misnomer that we have to get away from because terror is a tactic.”

“What you really are seeing is Islamic totalitarianism come together, and we have to understand that you have non-state, non-uniform, unlawful enemy combatants and state sponsors that we have to deal with,” he concluded. “And right now this administration is sitting back and they’re not focused on it whatsoever.”

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What’s Behind The ‘Israel Spying On The US’ Story?

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The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Israel has spied on the United States to get information about the ongoing negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program. The paper cited unnamed officials in the Obama administration who said that the White House was upset that Israel used the obtained information to lobby Congress to try to sink the emerging deal with Iran.

“It’s one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy,” said a senior U.S. official, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Israeli government denied the story. A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s office said: “These allegations are utterly false. The State of Israel does not conduct espionage against the United States or Israel’s other allies. The false allegations are clearly intended to undermine the strong ties between the United States and Israel and the security and intelligence relationship we share.”

Commentators in Israel suspect the Obama administration leaked the story to the Wall Street Journal in order to increase the pressure on Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. They pointed to the timing of the publication of the story a week after Netanyahu booked a resounding victory in the Israeli election and a couple of days after Obama escalated the conflict with Netanyahu over his pre-election comment about the impossibility of establishing a Palestinian state anytime soon.

Middle-East expert Tzvi Yechezkieli commented on the affair during an interview with TV channel Arutz 10. He said that it is fair to assume Israel did spy on the nuclear talks with Iran, but that everybody knows that the Mossad obtains its information via sources in Iran. So Israel has been spying on Iran, he said.

Others pointed to the fact that the administration didn’t say a word when Iranian FM Zarif leaked details about Obama’s Security Council gambit.

The White House didn’t protest either when Zarif revealed that the Obama administration had repeatedly given ground on the centrifuge count and has now agreed to allow Iran to operate 6000 centrifuges.

The Israeli pundits also said that the Wall Street Journal story is replete with references to how US spying on Israel is how the Obama administration learned about it. The administration discovered the Israeli operation when U.S. intelligence services spying on Israel intercepted communication among Israeli officials, WSJ reported.

This was not the first time U.S. intelligence services were caught spying on Israel. In 2013, Time Magazine revealed that the United States and Great Britain had been monitoring e-mail from former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. This spying scandal also ignited a spat between the strategically allied countries.

The leaking of stories about Israel spying on the United States has been a tool to pressure Israel for the last 40 years whenever relations were bad between the governments of the two countries.  But now, the Obama administration accuses Israel of delivering classified information to U.S. lawmakers in order to influence the  political dispute on Iran between the President and Congress.

The same Israeli commentators say that this shows that the administration admits that the reason the U.S. was classifying details of the negotiations was to keep Congress out of the loop. Furthermore, they say, if Israel needed to spy on the U.S. to get information about a deal that is of enormous importance for the future of the country and the Middle East as a whole, what does that say about the special relationship between the countries and Israel’s status as a true and trustworthy ally?

Analyst Ron Yishai wrote on the Ynet news site that the reports of alleged Israeli espionage are part of a campaign waged by the United States, with a clear political purpose.

Yishai: “This is not just a political vendetta against Benjamin Netanyahu, but a calculated political move by the Obama administration that was planned long before the Israeli elections, in case Netanyahu won.

Netanyahu is facing a media blitz against him being managed by the White House.

Behind this media campaign, the administration is hiding deep concerns regarding two issues: the danger that Israel will torpedo the nuclear agreement with Iran and the fear that a narrow right-wing government in Israel will lead to an even larger and more violent conflict with the Palestinian Authority and Hamas in Gaza.

The Americans want to lower the flames of the steadily developing conflict between Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. To achieve this, the US administration wants to influence the composition of the next Israeli government.

In Washington they are saying that if possible, they will prevent the establishment of a narrow right-wing government, and if such a government is formed, ensure that the key ministerial posts are given to relative “moderates”.

In addition, the Obama administration is trying to influence the political platform of the next Israeli government,” Yishai wrote

He continued:”The accusations of spying made against Israel are primarily designed to limit the ability of Republican lawmakers in Congress to act against the agreement with Iran. Any member of Congress, Republican or Democratic, who uses the information received from Israel to vote against the agreement with Iran, is actually guilty of a form of treason as he or she made use of material obtained through alleged espionage against the United States.

In the battle for hearts and minds, Obama is waging war on Netanyahu not only out of revenge, but also as a way of setting a strategic policy, before the Israeli government is formed and before it is too late,” he concluded.

Yishai is probably right; the WSJ journalist who wrote the story about the spy scandal told Israeli News Show Mabat that he started to work on the story after the U.S. administration threatened Netanyahu not to divulge any secrets during his speech to Congress.

Netanyahu heeded that warning and told Congress all details of the emerging deal he discussed during the address could be googled. But Obama’s threat showed that the administration knew that Israel obtained secret details of the emerging deal.

The question now is what Obama’s administration will achieve.

Israeli analysts think that the administration might be overplaying its hand, inviting a backlash of sympathy for Netanyahu. Obama’s words and actions are regarded as patronizing and as disrespectful not only to Netanyahu, but to the Israeli public as well.

Obama seems to forget that Netanyahu just won an impressive victory in the Israeli election and that the President’s standing in Israel has sunk to an all time low. He should have learned something about Israeli politics and the spirit of the Israeli people after his interference in the Israeli election backfired.

His interference in the composition of the new Israeli government will only lead to more resistance in Israel against his politics on Iran and on the conflict with the Palestinians.

Bret Stephens, who was once the editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, probably got it right in his analysis about Obama’s Middle-East policies and Israel in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

Stephens concluded his article as follows: “The Israelis will need to chart their own path of resistance. On the Iranian nuclear deal, they may have to go rogue: Let’s hope their warnings have not been mere bluffs. Israel survived its first 19 years without meaningful U.S. patronage. For now, all it has to do is get through the next 22, admittedly long, months.”

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U.S. House’s Lone Jew Pens Devastating Letter To Obama Over Israel Position

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In a recent editorial published on The Journal, New York Rep. Lee Zeldin took Barack Obama to task for his position regarding America’s closest Middle Eastern ally, Israel. Zeldin’s perspective is particularly relevant given his status as the only Jew currently serving in the U.S. Congress.

The military veteran began by pointing out that threats against Israel are also an inherent threat against the U.S.

“If a nation like Iran was to receive nuclear capability,” he wrote, “America’s security would be immediately weakened. That’s why we must do everything possible to stop Iran from ever having nuclear capabilities.”

It is that Iranian threat, Zeldin pointed out, that prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to America to share his concerns in an address before Congress.

During the speech, he explained, Netanyahu affirmed that “he does not oppose an agreement with Iran; he opposes a bad agreement.”

Zeldin echoed Netanyahu’s remarks, writing that a “bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all” and lambasting the idea that America would be best served by “making a slew of permanent concessions on our side in return for temporary concessions on the part of Iran.”

It is incumbent upon legislators, he wrote, to “work together to strengthen our relationship with Israel and protect both of our nations against those who want to harm us.”

In his concluding sentence, Zeldin addressed the Obama administration’s reluctance to join in that effort.

“It is my hope,” he stated, “that the Obama administration will start standing with our allies in Israel and stop protecting our enemies.”

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Obama Says Don’t Worry About Iran’s Supreme Leader Saying ‘Death To America’–He Didn’t Really Mean It

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Recently, the Obama administration had egg on their faces regarding its dealings with Iran. While Obama and Kerry feverishly worked to allow Iran to get the bomb and threaten Israel, America, and the rest of the developed world, inconvenient truths have been raising their ugly heads and putting barriers in the administration’s quest to appease the mullahs.

For example, 47 members of the United States Senate wrote an open letter to Iran and explained the workings of our Constitutional system where an agreement with a foreign power that is not approved by the Senate will have no standing and can be immediately repealed with the election of a new president. This greatly angered the administration and those on the appeasing left, but it had the fortunate quality that it was the truth.

Another issue has risen its ugly head over the last few days; Iran’s Supreme Leader, while speaking to a group in-country, chanted “Death to America!” This was immediately after our Dear Leader had pleaded with the Iranian people to give him a deal. The five or six people outside of the government who actually heard Obama’s address, since they don’t have an independent media, probably were unimpressed.

However, the Ayatollah’s comments made the world press–and I’m sure were heard by most Iranians.

Breitbart reports:

On Monday, the White House dismissed Ayatollah Khamenei’s “Death to America” rhetoric, telling CNN that it was “intended for a domestic political audience.” That comment came on the heels of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explaining that such rhetoric provided even more reason for negotiating a deal with the Iranian regime.

You can’t make this stuff up!

I suppose if we suddenly found out about secret Iranian bomb-making facilities (which in all likelihood exist), the administration would find a way to shrug this off as well.

Obama’s agenda is to allow Iran to get the bomb to counter Israel. There is no other explanation for his behavior.

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Israel To The Rescue: Innovation Addresses The Desert

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Israel’s Arava Desert is a dry and salt-encrusted wasteland getting about one inch of water each year. At least, it would be a wasteland anywhere but Israel. As things stand, the region’s dairies host happy cows producing eight million gallons of milk yearly. Bell pepper crops flourish, and Kibbutzim are lush, with vineyards yielding shiraz and sauvignon blanc. Israel is home to one of the finest can-do spirits in the world and ready to benefit the world. Even her enemies are welcome in peaceful partnership.

Much of Israel’s agricultural land features the same conditions. Wasteful farming practices – such as flooding a field to irrigate it – depleted what water there was by the 1960s. The Israelis pioneered drip irrigation. At one stroke, they delivered water to roots more efficiently and cut water losses to evaporation; crop yields grew exponentially. They committed to treating 80% of household sewage as a precious (fertilizing) resource. Their neighbors still tend to dump sewage, threatening public health through contamination of wells and aquifers.

Innovative agriculture is not new to Israelis. When Galilee was a malarial swamp in the 1880s, they planted eucalyptus trees to drain the land and transformed the Galil into some of the most fertile farmland in the world. Helping their neighbors is likewise something not new.

Before the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Israel came to Iran’s rescue, partnering with the Iranians in the developing of the water resources of both nations. The cooperation began in 1962, following a severe earthquake in Qazvin, Iran, resulting in twelve thousand dead and the destruction of a chain of water wells. Hundreds of thousands more Iranians were left without drinking water. Israel flew in drilling teams; newer and safer artesian wells were so successful Iran hired Israel to develop her water resources across the board. Beginning in 1968, Israel brought her expertise – still under development – to bear in the building of desalination plants for Iran.

With the revolution, the Israeli crews had to flee for their lives. Today, the plants they built and the wells they dug are aging while Israel receives half her drinking water from the seawater treated in her ever-improving desalination plants at home. It is purer, cleaner, and less salty than freshwater sources. It is available to any nation willing to work with Israel. Some – even in the region – are willing; others are not.

Egypt has ten times Israel’s population and fifty times her water. Her water usage methods are antiquated; but with the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood from power, there is potential for Israel to bless her neighbor. In Gaza, controlled by Hamas, there is massive pollution of the available water. No solution is likely without Israeli help, but Hamas refuses it. Yemen is another regional neighbor; Yemenis may literally run out of water in fifteen years–yet radicalism likely precludes their accepting help from Israel. California – mired in drought– could benefit from Israeli know-how, but there has been no interest from Sacramento. Political correctness hobbles California, and the hatred of Mideastern Islamists brooks no positive contact with Jews.

News from the US is not all negative. The University of Chicago recently concluded an agreement with Ben Gurion University for cooperative development of water technology and resources that will benefit our two nations and many more. Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, not known for Zionist sympathies despite his Jewish background, flew to Israel to endorse the agreement. There is hope for mutual cooperation and understanding grounded in mutual need, although it is highly unlikely the forces of hate will cooperate when only the needs of their people are at stake. I intend no sarcasm; the hatred really burns that deeply.

On the other hand, what we see here is one more promise of God dynamically coming to pass. The prophet Zechariah writes in 8:12-13:

The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give you these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. As you have been an object of cursing among the nations, O Judah and Israel, so will I save you and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.

It was never God’s plan to bless Israel and curse everyone else – or anyone else. It was always His plan to bless all others through His blessings on Israel. All that is required of the rest of us is to recognize His hand at work in Israel and joy in it. But there is no viable alternative to that recognition and joy.

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