Israel Wants Increase In US Military Aid, to $4.5 Billion a Year
Israel reportedly wants the U.S. to increase its annual defense assistance package by half, to an average $4.5 billion. Defense News reported this weekend that Israel and U.S. officials have in recent months begun negotiations on the next ten-year aid package. The previous package, negotiated by the George W. Bush and Ehud Olmert governments in 2007, averaged $3 billion of assistance each year, for a total of $30 billion, from 2007-2017. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants that to increase to $42-45 billion over the 2018-2028 period, Defense News reported, adding that President Barack Obama during his March 2013 visit to Israel "endorsed in principle" that range.
Americans are Fatter Than Ever
Americans are fatter than ever. The U.S. obesity rate climbed to 27.7 percent in 2014, up from 27.1 percent in 2013, and significantly higher than the 25.5 percent recorded in 2008, when Gallup first began tracking obesity. "With roughly 250 million American adults, a couple of percentage points means there's over five million more people who are obese today than were obese back in 2008 in the U.S.," said Dan Witters, research director for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. "More states are getting fatter than are getting slimmer. It's sobering but not surprising." Mississippi (35.2%) and West Virginia (34.3%) continue to have the top two obesity rates in the nation as they have since 2012. More than one-third of all residents in those states are obese.
Another Wave of Migrants is On Its Way
Peter Hitchens - The Mail (Britain)
... A wave of human misery is now heading to Europe - and eventually to Britain - from the fiery chaos of post-Cameron Libya. In one week, at least 10,000 migrants have been ferried to Italy by greedy criminal traffickers ... And of course civilised Europe does pick them up. What choice do we have? It goes against centuries of Christianity to leave them (as the ruthless traffickers happily do) to their fate, and hope that this will discourage them. And how can we send them back to the failed and lawless state which has already driven them out after robbing them? So it will not be long before they arrive at Calais and join the queue to be smuggled into Britain. I can see no obvious solution to this. It reminds me of the great illegal migration of Latin Americans that utterly transformed the USA in the 1990s, and continues to do so.
'It's My Name on This': Pres. Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal
Jeffrey Goldberg - The Atlantic
... As President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating hour-long conversation about the Middle East to an end, I brought up a persistent worry ... On Israel, Obama endorsed, in moving terms, the underlying rationale for the existence of a Jewish state, making a direct connection between the battle for African American equality and the fight for Jewish national equality ... He made two things clear. One is that he will not stop criticizing Israel when he believes it is not living up to its own founding values. And two - and this is my interpretation of his worldview - he holds Israel to a higher standard than he does other countries because of the respect he has for Jewish values and Jewish teachings, and for the role Jewish mentors and teachers have played in his life.
US Must Criticize Israel If It Is to Defend It, Says Pres. Obama
The Times of Israel
President Barack Obama defended his fierce criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the wake of the March elections in Israel, arguing that such criticism lends him credibility when defending the Jewish state in international arenas, and rejected attempts to equate his censure of the Israeli government with anti-Semitism ... in a wide-ranging interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic ... Obama conjured many of Israel's most iconic figures and symbols to stress his long-standing support and admiration for the Jewish state ... Despite his frayed relations with Netanyahu, Obama claimed the Jewish community in the US has been consistently supportive of his approach ... He also warned against equating support of the Jewish community with unconditional support of Israel.
Obama: I Have Been Called 'The First Jewish President'
Friday in Washington, D.C. at the Jewish American Heritage Celebration, President Barack Obama told the audience The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg once called him the "first Jewish president." Obama said, "Most of all, I want to thank the entire congregation of Adas Israel for having me here today. Earlier this week, I was actually interviewed by one of your members, Jeff Goldberg. And Jeff reminded me he once called me the first Jewish president. Now, since some people still seem to be wondering about my faith, I should make clear this is an honorary title, but I was flattered. And as an honorary member of the tribe not to mention somebody who has hosted seven White House seders and has been advised by two Jewish chiefs of staff."
Obama Cares Too Much About Israel
Eli Lake - Bloomberg
After President Barack Obama delivered a pre-Sabbath address Friday about his deep admiration for Israel and the Jewish people, I had many questions ... The way Obama frames this matter is a whitewash of history. In his telling, Israel's founders understood the importance of treating all Palestinians with decency, but over time these nasty right-wingers came into power and Israel is now careening toward a kind of apartheid ... The truth is that Israel's founders didn't think much of the Palestinians ... The national character of Israel is not shaped by a desire to be a light unto nations, as Obama says, but by the ordinary desire to survive. Zionism, at its core, is the recognition that Jews and only Jews can be counted on to save themselves from the people who will inevitably try to destroy them.
VP Biden Acknowledges 'Immense' Jewish Role in American Mass Media and Cultural Life
In a remarkable but under-reported address, Vice President Joe Biden recently acknowledged that the "immense" and "outsized" Jewish role in the US mass media and cultural life has been the single most important factor in shaping American attitudes over the past century, and in driving major cultural- political changes. "Jewish heritage has shaped who we are - all of us - as much or more than any other factor in the last 223 years. And that's a fact," Biden told a gathering of Jewish leaders on May 21, 2013, in Washington, DC.
Why are We in the Middle East?
... Since 1980, we have invaded, occupied and/or bombed at least 14 different Muslim countries. After the sacrifice of thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars, the region is now a cauldron of death and destruction ... Democrats and Republicans snipe over tactics, but neither wants to discuss the question of whether we should be there in the first place ... Iran is not a threat to U.S. security and will not be as far as one can see into the future ... Why, the inquiring American citizen might ask, is it OK for Israel and Pakistan to refuse to sign international treaties and allow inspection of their nuclear facilities, but not Iran?
Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert Sentenced To More Prison Time For Corruption
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for corruption on Monday, the latest legal blow in a spectacular fall from grace. Lawyers for Olmert, who was premier from 2006 to 2009, crowning a political career spanning decades, immediately announced they would appeal. The 69-year-old already faces a six-year prison sentence handed down in a separate bribery case which is the subject of an appeal to the supreme court. He remains at liberty until the appeals have been heard, but will have to serve the two jail terms consecutively if they are upheld. The Jerusalem district court convicted Olmert of fraud and corruption in March following a retrial over allegations that he had received envelopes of cash from a US businessman while trade and industry minister in the early 2000s.
In India, Sales of 'Hitler' Brand Ice Cream Cone Prompt Complaints
Daily Mail (Britain)
Even for the most dedicated of ice cream lovers this sweet treat may prove a little hard to swallow. Unbelievably a brand of ice cream cone is readily available in India which is named after Hitler. It's difficult to fathom what the Nazi leader may have in common with the crunchy snack, but Hitler's name is splashed across boxes of the tasteless delicacy which is hawked across the country. Meanwhile the cold eyes of the killer stare out at ice cream customers from the side of the packaging. In some instances he appears in cartoon form in a Swastika-shaped top hat with a jaunty red bowtie, which is somewhat at odds with his furious expression.
New Group Seeks to Blacklist Pro-Palestinian Student Activists
A secretive new organization called Canary Mission has established a slick website intended to identify pro-Palestinian activists on American college campuses and prevent them from getting jobs, The Forward reports.
The group’s website profiles more than 50 students, recent graduates, and faculty members whom it denounces as “anti-freedom, anti-American, and anti-Semitic.” The group says it compiled such a list because “we believe in the right of employers to know which potentially threatening organizations prospective employees were affiliated with during their time on campus.”
Some of His Best Friends Are Jewish: The Saga of a Holocaust Revisionist By Nathaniel Popper. Link: http://tinyurl.com/3v6m88c
...an Israeli lawyer has filed a class-action lawsuit against former President Jimmy Carter, seeking $5 million in damages because his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” allegedly defamed Israel. Link: http://tinyurl.com/3pltqg2
"...when you have laws against questioning the Holocaust narrative, you are screaming at the other person to stop thinking!!!" ---Mike Santomauro. *Anthony Lawson's Holocaust Video "were the Germans so stupid"... Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gycNMf0xAc
Your Overlords: Onward Christian Soldiers...fight for Israel's wars!
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Denial: Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson to star in film about Holocaust d...
Denial: Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson to star in film about Holocaust denier David Irving Tuesday 28 April 2015 http://www.independent.co.u
They call it a "gate tour", but it's nothing a tour of racism, incitemen...
From Brandon Martinez:During a monthly march called "Tour of the Gates" which goes through the Arab sections of the Old City of Jerusalem, t
RUTH BADER GINSBURG: "Do I think it should be a crime to deny the Holoca...
RUTH BADER GINSBURG: "Do I think it should be a crime to deny the Holocaust? That is a very difficult question." http://www.ushmm.org/mobile
Jewish sensibilities is now mainstream in the legal community.
Jewish sensibilities is now mainstream in the legal community. When an ethnocentric Jewish Judge (and the Jewish lawyers) loses their object
It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been foo...
“It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” ~Mark Twain · Tweet. Related quotes. Not to know is bad. Not
Ahmadinejad's Holocaust Problems are My Holocaust Problems
September 2007 Ahmadinejad's Holocaust Problems are My Holocaust Problems From Michael Santomauro, another great article following the Zunde
Paul Eisen: What happened to Joel Hayward and how long are we going to p...
A few weeks ago I posted The Hayward Thesis and remarked that it was my favourite Holocaust revisionist text. I also mentioned that, under p
Peace with Iran Could Limit Ability to Bomb It, Warns McCain - The New Y...
“If we all wake up on July 1st and we’re at peace with Iran, don’t say I didn’t warn you,” McCain said.
Op-ed calls on Israel to nuke Germany, Iran | The Times of Israel
’20-30 nuclear bombs will assure the job gets done,’ opinion piece on right-wing Israel National News site says