Obama Dispatches Biden and Power To Force This Upon Israel; Netanyahu REFUSES To Budge

We live in an upside down world, British journalist Melanie Philips said in a book that was published in 2010.

A significant part of that book, World Turned Upside Down, deals with Israel.

“What is unique about the treatment of Israel is that a conflict subjected to an unprecedented level of scrutiny should be presented in such a way as to drive out the truth and rationality,” Philips wrote. “History is turned on its head; facts and falsehoods, victims and victimizers are reversed; logic is suspended, and fictional narrative is now widely accepted as incontrovertible truth. This fundamental error has been spun into a global web of potentially catastrophic false conclusions.

“The fraught issue of Israel sits at the epicenter of the West’s repudiation of reason. Many of the errors and misrepresentations about the Middle East conflict (Philips wrote her book before the real Middle East conflict – called the Arab Spring – between Sunni and Shia Muslims started) not only promote falsehood but turn the truth inside out. This is because the West has swallowed the Arab and Muslim narrative on Israel.”

Six years after the book’s publication, little seems to have changed in the world. The Middle East is burning everywhere, but the world is still obsessed with the Jewish State and its relatively minor conflict with the Arab Palestinians.

Over the last month alone, Israel had to deal with several plans, ultimatums, dictates, false claims and punishing measures by the international community that were all meant as initial steps to force the so-called Two State Solution upon Israel.

First there was the European Union that, after imposing a new label policy on Israeli companies that oblige them to differentiate between products made in Israel ‘proper’ (Israel before the Six Day War in 1967) and the so-called West Bank, decided to turn up the heat on the Jewish State. The EU did this by adopting a new resolution that ‘unequivocally and explicitly’ stated no business deals between Israel and European companies can apply to the Jewish communities in these areas.

The Obama administration followed suit and reinstated 20 year-old guidelines about the labeling of products manufactured in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

“It is not acceptable to mark the aforementioned goods with the words ‘Israel,’ ‘Made in Israel,’ ‘Occupied Territories-Israel’ or any variation thereof,” a statement from the U.S. Customs agency read. Both the EU and the Obama administration denied the measures had anything to do with a boycott of Israel.

Then France issued an ultimatum to Israel about an international conference aimed at breaking the current deadlock in the negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. When the conference would not yield the desired result (Two State Solution), French foreign minister Laurent Fabius threatened his country would recognize a Palestinian State in the so-called West Bank and Gaza.

Israel reacted furiously to the French dictate, but Fabius remains unfazed and sticks to his position on the matter.

At the same time, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon upped the pressure on Israel and seemed to put the blame for the current wave of Palestinian Arab terror squarely on Israel’s shoulders when he said, “After nearly 50 years of occupation — decades after Oslo — Palestinians, especially young people, are losing hope. Israelis, Palestinians, and the international community need to read the writing on the wall: The status quo is untenable, it undermines the security of Israelis and the future for Palestinians.”

“It is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism. Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process,” Ban Ki-Moon said during a meeting of the UN Security Council.

Israel Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu reacted angrily to the statements of the UN boss.

“There is no justification for terrorism,” he said in a video statement last month. “The Palestinian terrorists don’t want to build a state; they want to destroy a state, and they say that proudly. They want to murder Jews everywhere, and they state that proudly. They don’t murder for peace, and they don’t murder for human rights.

“The UN has lost its neutrality, and its moral force, and these statements by the secretary-general do nothing to improve its situation. Ban’s remarks stoke terror.”

Ban Ki Moon shot back with on op-ed in the New York Times in which he complained he had been misrepresented by his Israeli critics. He again defended his remarks on Palestinian frustration about the continuing “occupation,” harshly criticized Israel for building new homes for Jews in Samaria and Judea (West Bank) and claimed Israel is planning ‘the demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes.’

Apparently Ban had ‘swallowed the Arab narrative’ on Israel’s actions in Judea and Samaria because only 5 percent of the Palestinian Arabs live in territory under Israeli control in the so-called West Bank. In 2014, for example, Ban’s own UN reported the demolition of 1,177 structures. That included some homes, but most of these structures were illegally built agricultural buildings, pergolas, barns and other structures.

But Ban’s message was clear: Israel is guilty of the failed peace process, and therefore, the Palestinians have lost hope. The solution, according to the UN Secretary General, is to end the “occupation” and to give them a state, no matter what.

A couple of days after the incident with Ban Ki Moon, the ‘Quartet’ (Great Britain, France, U.S., and Russia) that had been silent on the conflict for a long time, suddenly showed renewed interest in the establishment of a Palestinian State .

Diplomats of the Quartet met on the sidelines of the international security conference in Munich and decided to draw up a new report that would include suggestions on how to move forward ‘to advance the two-state solution.’ The Quartet issued a statement saying the situation in Israel was “dangerously imperiling the viability” of an independent Palestinian state.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who attended the conference in Munich, added to the sense of urgency when he said that the stalemate between the Palestinian Arabs and Israel could lead to “religious conflict of a global dimension,” no less.

President Obama apparently agrees with the prophets of doom and decided to dispatch two prominent members of his team to Israel.

Samantha Power, the U,.S. ambassador to the UN, arrived in Israel Sunday after having tweeted that she “will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders… to discuss U.S. commitment to two states side by side in security and peace.”

A couple of hours after Power’s arrival in Israel, news broke that Vice President Joe Biden will come to Israel very soon. Netanyahu announced the news during his opening remarks at the weekly cabinet meeting.

“Vice President Biden is a welcome guest in Israel any time he decides to come here,” Netanyahu said.

The Israeli Prime Minister doesn’t seem overly impressed by the international pressure to establish a Palestinian state in Israel’s biblical heartland.

Last week during a debate in the Knesset on the issue, Netanyahu said that considering the current political reality Israel has no choice but to continue its control over Judea and Samaria (West Bank). Netanyahu said that as long as the Palestinian Arabs refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish State and accept demilitarization of a Palestinian state, Israel will stay in the disputed territories.

“In the face of the incredible changes around us… in the current circumstances, we can’t implement two states for two nations,” Netanyahu said while adding that Judea and Samaria will fall in the hand of Islamist extremists who aim to destroy Israel after an Israeli withdrawal.

He told the Knesset that Palestinian children were being taught to “liberate” Israel in its entirety ,including Haifa, Acre, Jaffa. “No one is talking about ’67. They’re talking about ’48,” he said about the PA leadership and the Palestinian media. He rejected the claim the current Arab terror war stems from ‘desperation’, as Ban Ki Moon has claimed

“Terror is not a result of occupation,” Netanyahu said. “The terror stems from a culture of death. Its goal is not to free a state it is to destroy a state.”

“Terror is the result of a totalitarian ideology” and a desire to kill Jews, Netanyahu said.

The Israeli Prime Minister, who’s name means “God-given,” realizes Obama and the Europeans will do everything in their power to implement the two-state solution. But he has vowed to ensure the security of the Jewish people, sees himself as the protector of Israel ,and enjoys the support of the overwhelming majority of the political establishment and the Jewish people in Israel on this matter.

Syrian War Escalates After ‘Ceasefire’ Anouncement; Russia Warns Of World War III

News broke Friday that world powers had agreed on the “cessation of hostilities” in Syria. The announcement came after marathon talks in Munich aimed at facilitating the restart of the negotiations about a permanent cease fire in Geneva.

The first round of the UN-sponsored talks at the beginning of February ended abruptly after three days because the Russian/Iranian pro-Assad coalition started an offensive against rebels in Syria’s largest city Aleppo on the first day of the conference in the Swiss city.

After the announcement of the deal in Munich, the parties emphasized it’s not a formal cease fire, since the fight against Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra will continue, and Russian vowed to continue its bombing campaign against “terrorist” targets in Syria.

The deal should be implemented within one week. But immediately after the announcement of the agreement it became clear that, as Secretary of State John Kerry put it, “more work needs to be done.”

Kerry said during a press conference after the announcement of the deal that “what we need to see in the next few days are actions on the ground, in the field.”

If the actions on the ground are an indication, there’s little chance the agreement will be implemented at all.

Since Friday, the Russians stepped up their airstrikes against rebels that fight Assad’s army in Syria. On Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed pessimism about the chances the deal will achieve a cessation of the hostilities. He said the chances to implement the deal were “49 percent.”

At the same time the Russian-backed Syrian Army continues to advance north of Aleppo and has captured positions in the Raqqa Province the Islamic State stronghold in Syria. The government forces aim to advance in the direction of the ISIS capital in the coming days. A Syrian general said the Raqqa front is now open.

Meanwhile, Russia again vowed to continue airstrikes against the “terrorists.” This includes Western-backed rebel forces.

Kerry and other Western leaders such as French Foreign Minister Manual Valls now call on Russia to stop the “bombing of civilians” but it didn’t prevent them from agreeing to the deal. This is why Israeli Middle East expert Ehud Yari said Kerry sold out Aleppo and the pro-Western rebels by agreeing to the deal.

Also on Saturday, reports emerged about Turkish attacks on Kurdish YPG positions in Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the artillery strikes were targeting the village of Malkiyeh and the Mannagh air base, which was captured by Kurdish fighters and their allies earlier this week.

Amer Hassan, an opposition activist based in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, confirmed Turkish troops have shelled the Mannagh air base, Associated Press reported.

The Turkish military action started immediately after Prime Minister Achmed Davutoglu threatened the Kurds with military action.

“We can, if necessary, take the same measures in Syria as we took in Iraq and Qandil,” Davutoglu said on Turkish television.

He was referring to the Turkish crackdown on the PKK in Iraq and its stronghold in the Qanndil mountains in the country. Davutoglu said he expected  Turkey’s “friends and our allies will stand by us,” a reference to the Obama administration that is at odds with Ankara over the approach toward the Kurds in Syria and Iraq.

The U.S. sees the Kurds as an important ally in the battle against Islamic State, while President Erdogan of Turkey demands the Obama administration recognizes the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG as a terrorist organization. The YPG has ties with the Turkish Kurdish Workers Party PKK, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the EU and the United States.

Also on Saturday, Turkey announced  it is coordinating with Saudi Arabia on a possible ground operation against “Islamic State” in Syria. The Turkish announcement came after the United Arab Emirates said it was willing to deploy ground forces in Syria to help rebels in the battle against Islamic State.

Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, made clear what the real goal of the Turkish-Saudi cooperation is. “There will be no Bashar al-Assad in the future,” he said.

Both the UAE announcement and the Turkish-Saudi preparations for a ground offensive in Syria led to sharp-worded Russian statements about an impending “world war” and a return to the cold war.

“We can say it even more clearly: We have slid into a new period of Cold War,” Russian PM Medvedev said Saturday at the Munich Security Conference.

His comments cannot be dismissed as mere rhetoric. While Medvedev was referring to the NATO actions in Eastern Europe, the Russian intervention in Syria has caused a tectonic shift in the power balance in the region.

Russia has filled the vacuum in the Middle East that has been created by the Obama administration and is working to replace the United States as the dominant force in the region.

In Syria, Russia has already succeeded in changing the power balance and has tied the hands of other powers. The U.S.-led coalition, for example, has stopped manned flights over Western Syria and does not provide air support to pro-Western rebel forces in the region anymore.

The deployment of the S-400 air defense system means Russia is controlling all of Syria’s airspace and can even hit Israeli warplanes flying over the northern part of Israel.

Iranian media reported Saturday the deployment of the S-400 system will be followed by more advanced air defense systems that will make any foreign intervention in Syria much more complicated and increase the chances of further escalation in the powder keg the Middle East already is.

Obama’s Secret Post-Presidency Plan Reportedly Uncovered- Netanyahu Plots Immediate Sabotage

Barack Obama is reportedly already lobbying for his post presidency position: Secretary General of the United Nations.

According to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, Obama has discussed the topic with Republican, Democrat, and Jewish officials in the United States.

The Jerusalem Post is reporting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working behind the scenes with moderate Arab governments in order to thwart the president’s potential succession plans.

A source close to the prime minister told Al-Jarida that he “sees an opportunity to establish good relations based on shared interests with moderate states from which Obama has moved away.” These would likely include the Persian Gulf states who believe Obama betrayed them by pushing through the nuclear deal with Iran. 

“Obama’s term is ending with him forging an alliance with Iran, coming to an agreement with it on its nuclear program which in the end will result in a similar scenario that took place with North Korea,” the source said.

“Wasn’t eight years of having Obama in office enough?,” Netanyahu is quoted in the Kuwaiti daily as telling associates. “Eight years during which he ignored Israel? And now he wants to be in a position that is liable to cause us hardships in the international arena.”

Current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s term ends Dec. 31.

Obama took a very high profile role at last month’s UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. While running for president in 2008, the candidate described himself at a rally in Berlin not only as a citizen of the United States, but a “citizen of the world.”

Politico reports the president is also planning an aggressive overseas travel schedule during his final year in office, with the possibility of hitting every continent except Australia and Antarctica.

h/t: The Gateway Pundit

Exposed: Iran Just Utterly Embarrassed Obama With A Nuclear Move That Could Cost Them

A new report says that Iran recently tested another mid-range ballistic missile, breaching United Nations restrictions. This is the same country that President Obama imagines is going to obey his nuclear agreements.

Fox News reported that Iran tested a medium range ballistic missile despite two separate U.N. resolutions supposedly prohibiting them from carrying out such tests.

On December 7, Fox reported that “the test was held Nov. 21 near Chabahar, a port city in southeast Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province near the border with Pakistan. The launch took place from a known missile test site along the Gulf of Oman.”

The missile that was tested is known as the Ghadr-110. The bomb has a range of 1,200 miles and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

“The United States is deeply concerned about Iran’s recent ballistic missile launch,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power said in a statement. But Power made no further statement of actions against Iran for the illicit testing.

As to actions, the president also mentioned Iranian missile tests in an October 16 press conference saying he’ll “review” any possible infractions.

“I think what we’ll be doing is we’ll review, as we have in the past, any violations of U.N. resolutions, and we’ll deal with them much as we have in the past,” Obama said.

Otherwise the administration is not addressing this test firing directly and is issuing no other comments on the matter.

In any case, Iran’s missile tests are supposed to be banned by U.N. resolution 2231, an agreement that purportedly compels Iran to forego missile tests for eight years. That is in addition to U.N. resolution 1929 which supposedly prevents Iran from conducting any ballistic missile testing.

Steve Bucci noted at the Heritage Foundation, Obama’s Vienna agreement is based too much on blind trust. “The Vienna agreement,” Bucci wrote, “is built solely on faith in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s leaders, and their willingness to play along with Obama’s grab for a foreign affairs legacy.”

Yet, Iran is already thumbing its nose at international agreements before the Vienna nuclear deal is even implemented.

Watch: When Obama’s Speech Goes Off The Rails, Conference Organizer Forced To Make Awkward Move…

President Barack Obama blew well past requested the United Nations’ time limits for leaders speaking on climate change on Monday during the COP21 conference held in Paris.

Obama’s lack of decorum did not go unnoticed. The U.N. requested all of the 140 leaders present for the conference to limit their remarks to three minutes. While the president was given the rule, he talked for 14 minutes and completely ignored the buzzer.

According to reports, organizers buzzed the United States president five times. They hit the buzzer every 30 seconds until finally giving up after hitting the buzzer one last time as Obama’s speech closed in on the nine minute mark.

Those watching the speech noticed.

The international community has a responsibility to work on correcting climate change, Obama said in his address. He boasted over an agreement with China, ensuring the Asian country voluntarily makes an effort toward working on climate change. China is well known to be one of the world’s most polluted countries and is tremendously dependent on coal for energy.

Obama was passionate about the topic, according to reports from those listening.

“If we place our own short-term interest behind the air that our young people will breathe, the food they will eat, the water they will drink, and the hopes and dreams that sustain their lives, then we will not be too late for them,” Obama said.

Obama stated that the issues of climate change will go on for a while. Observers of his address noted that is something the political issue has in common with the president’s speeches.

“Accepting this challenge will not reward us with moments of victory that are clear or quick,” he said.