The Jewish New Year, better known as Rosh Hashanah in Judaism, in 2018 began on the evening of September 9 and culminates on the evening of September 11.
Christianity and Judaism are closer entwined than many Christians (and Jews for that matter) may understand. Here’s a brief reminder for Christians.
Christians trace the history of their faith to Jesus the Christ the Son of God and the son of Mary. Essentially Mary’s husband became step-father. Mary and Joseph were Observant Jews following the traditions of Judaism. That means Jesus was raised an Observant Jew following the Judaic Traditions including Festivals of great religious importance in Judaism. The Gospels share over and over about how Jesus preached to the people in relating to the significance of Jewish Traditions and religious Festivals especially hearkening back to the Patriarch Fathers and the Prophets how their actions were a forthtelling of the Christ who is Jesus. (Any Antisemite Christians should think about that before they embark on any Jew-hatred rants.)
Ergo with that incomplete bit of Christian faith in relation to Jesus and Judaism, here is a bit of info on Rosh Hashanah from a Judaic perspective according to Judaism 101:
Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of the Jewish month of Tishri.
Jewish “New Year”
The name “Rosh Hashanah” means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game.
There is, however, one important similarity between the Jewish New Year and the American one: Many Americans use the New Year as a time to plan a better life, making “resolutions.” Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year, continuing through the Days of Awe and Yom Kippur.
You may notice that the Bible speaks of Rosh Hashanah as occurring on the first day of the seventh month. The first month of the Jewish calendar is Nissan, occurring in March and April. Why, then, does the Jewish “new year” occur in Tishri, the seventh month?
Judaism has several different “new years,” a concept which may seem strange at first, but think of it this way: the American “new year” starts in January, but the new “school year” starts in September, and many businesses have “fiscal years” that start at various times of the year. In Judaism, Nissan 1 is the new year for the purpose of counting the reign of kings and months on the calendar, Elul 1 (in August) is the new year for the tithing of animals, Shevat 15 (in February) is the new year for trees (determining when first fruits can be eaten, etc.), and Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah) is the new year for years (when we increase the year number. Sabbatical and Jubilee years begin at this time).
The name “Rosh Hashanah” is not used in the Bible to discuss this holiday. The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar). The holiday is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25.
How quickly time passes! Here are blessings and curses of the past year – embassy moves, earthquakes, Gaza and Syria.
A year ago Christian media professionals from around the world convened unto Zion Jerusalem for the Government of Israel’s First Christian Media Summit(pictured below with Israel’s President Rivlin). Little did any of the participants envisioned that just months later, the United States of America will move its embassy to Israel’s capital.
President Rivlin Addressing Christian Media Summit October 2017
This was likely the single most significant action of Israel’s ally and friend, the United States of America; what my colleague Norma Zager calls “a simple reality check.”
It was quickly followed by Guatemala and Paraguay, although the latter gave in to pressure and is reversing the move of its embassy. More countries promised to follow suit, yet the USA remains the one beacon of sanity and stability, an anchor of steadfast resolve.
President Cabrera-Mayor Barkat Congrats Guatemala Embassy Jerusalem
Another “reality check” by the US administration and its Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, was to look at the utilization of US funds overseas and to stop the flow of money when it is earmarked to pay convicted terrorists and their families (the greater the dead and wounded, the higher the remuneration); incite terror and educate young children to become martyrs; and perpetuate the myth of “refugeedom” for all eternity instead of focusing on assimilation.
A new street sign in Jerusalem, the Walls of the Old City with a special tribute, a group giving thanks to God the Almighty
There were also several moderate earthquakes in Israel (of the very physical/real type; Israel sits atop the Syrian-African Fault). Not used to earthquakes and having undergone relatively minor preparedness and nation-wide training, Israelis suffered several waves of anxiety, but quickly returned to normalcy.
Then, there were two major developments to which one must pay attention. On the Gaza border, Hamas is determined to instigate constant mayhem, sending its people to “walk unto the border of Israel and breach that border.” It also has engaged in a new favorite summer pastime, “Go Fly A Kite.”
Most of us will immediate start singing “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” from Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BA-g8YYPKVo). The song was composed by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, two Beverly Hills brothers.
The Gazans’ idea of flying a kite is diabolically different. Israel’s neighbors affix incendiary devices and have caused huge regional fires around Gaza, with devastating results to agriculture and property.
Week after week, this favorite summer activity has been taking place, yielding great amusement and thrill to the Gazans.
Up north, in Syria, the global superpowers are flexing their arms; the local population suffers and continues to be slaughtered by the Assad regime in the ongoing civil war; and Iran continues to strengthen its presence. Hizballah, Iran’s proxy in Syria and Lebanon, alongside special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard of Iran are training in urban-warfare.
This, too, is most eye-opening. Israel’s Defense Forces are training for urban warfare, with specific focus how to safeguard the lives of civilians and of its own soldiers. Hamas, Hizballah and other like-organizations embed themselves within dense civilian populations, which they use as human shields.
In contrast, Iran and Hizballah are focused on conquering Israeli cities and inflicting terror. Several decades ago it was kidnapping school buses and holding school kids hostage or smashing skulls of very young children in front of their parents. Several decades earlier it was butchering the Jewish inhabitants in entire towns, slicing open pregnant women, raping children, women and men, young and old, and using heads for soccer games. (For those to whom this seems very far-fetched, Daesh is doing the very same in recent years; and much worse.)
And thus, we see that Tiny-Mighty Israel is constantly on the alert. Many good things are happening, but Israel exists in a most perilous neighborhood, and her continued existence is never something to be taken for granted.
Safeguarding Israel is her Defense Forces, her Government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the power of prayer. Israel’s enemies rise not only against Israel but against God Lord of Hosts Himself. (The Prophet Zechariah told us that he who touches Judea, Israel and Jerusalem – those who negate their very existence – touches the Apple of God’s Eye, for God dwells in their midst. (Zechariah 2:12, 14))
4 for the LORD your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’
Recognizing the power of prayer, Jewish people throughout the world say a special prayer (text below, translation by the Jewish Agency for Israel) in which we ask the God will send His light and truth to the leaders of Israel, her ministers and her advisors, and will provide them with good counsel and advice.
Prayer for State of Israel
Our Father in Heaven, Rock and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel, the first manifestation of the approach of our redemption. Shield it with Your loving kindness, envelop it in Your peace, and bestow Your light and truth upon its leaders, ministers, and advisors, and grace them with Your good counsel.
Strengthen the hands of those who defend our holy land, grant them deliverance, and adorn them in a mantle of victory. Ordain peace in the land and grant its inhabitants eternal happiness.
Lead them, swiftly and upright, to Your city Zion and to Jerusalem, the abode of Your Name, as is written in the Torah of Your servant Moses: “Even if your outcasts are at the ends of the world, from there the Lord your God will gather you, from there He will fetch you.
And the Lord your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will make you more prosperous and more numerous than your fathers.
Draw our hearts together to revere and venerate Your name and to observe all the precepts of Your Torah, and send us quickly the Messiah son of David, agent of Your vindication, to redeem those who await Your deliverance.
Manifest yourself in the splendor of Your boldness before the eyes of all inhabitants of Your world and may everyone endowed with a soul affirm that the Lord, God of Israel, is king and his dominion is absolute.
Intro to Bussel’s ‘The Gospel of Jerusalem – Jewish New Year’
Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.
Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.
Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.
Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.
Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.
Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford … READ THE REST
I am on Tom Trento’s email list sent via The United West. The United West has a Counterjihad and pro-Israel agenda. This is the obvious reason I’m on Trento’s email list.
The 3/4/18 Trento email highlights the pro-Israel activist Jane Kiel who Trento calls Jerusalem Jane. I’m using the email as an intro to Kiel’s Jerusalem Post article entitled, “Is Israel heading towards war?” And since I am a Trento fan, I’ll include the rest of the email which advertises a United West sponsored trip to Israel.
At The United West we work with many brave people, all over the world. Few are as brave as Jane “Jerusalem Jane” Kiel, a Christian woman from Denmark who lives in Israel and serves as a “goodwill ambassador” and journalist for Jewish people and for the nation of Israel. In that capacity, Jane has received more death threats from Muslims than any person I know! Yet, undaunted, following her calling from God, Jane keeps moving forward, never complaining, always, Israel first!
magine the scene: More than 3,000 years ago, the big Philistine army was facing the Israelite army. In the midst of that, a huge giant stepped forward. Goliath was frightening and he was mocking the God of Israel. He was calling out the soldiers who would dare to come and fight him, one on one, winner takes it all.
The Israelite army was petrified. Nobody dared to step up and face this giant, so a few days went by while Goliath mocked the Israelites and mocked their God. All of a sudden, a young redheaded shepherd boy stepped forward only carrying his staff that he used to watch his sheep. He walked toward Goliath, who was cursing and mocking him for coming against him, only with a staff and no armor.
We all know the ending of the story, how David in one shot took out this huge giant with his sling and one small rock, and the Israelites won the battle.
Did you ever stop to wonder why David, without any armor, went up to face this huge giant? I think it was because David had faith in the living God of Israel, and nobody dared to step up and stop this bully who was cursing his God, and because of David’s strong faith, that he simply had to act.
Yes, David was brave and courageous, but he acted because of his faith in God and because somebody was mocking his God and his people. He later became King David. He moved the Jewish capital to Jerusalem and fought many wars bringing great victories to Israel!
Today the Jewish nation is still facing giants who are mocking the God of Israel and want to wipe out the Jews and the Israeli army.
The little underdog, Israel is now a thriving nation with the best military in the world, but is still surrounded by Goliaths who have only one goal, and that is to wipe out the Jewish state.
Iran is moving deep into Syria. New satellite images show evidence of a new Iranian military facility at Jabal Ash Sharqi, some 12 kilometers northwest of Damascus. They show two recently constructed hangars that are similar in appearance to Iranian bases in Syria. Reports are saying the new base is operated by Iran’s Quds Force, a branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) responsible for operations in foreign countries. When the Iranians say they want to eradicate Israel, you better believe them!
The prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has clearly stated that ”Israel will not allow Iran to set up these military bases in Syria, which makes Israel sittings ducks.” These bases are only 50 km away from the Golan Heights.
Israel has attacked Iranian targets in Syria before and Israel will strike this new military base in Syria. She has no other choice than to defend herself. Chances are big that this could lead to a short and bloody war — a war the IDF is preparing for right now, and it is even saying it has to take out some of the leaders, but there is not really any alternative when your enemies are closing in on you.
King David went into war when it was needed to protect his people, that is exactly what Israel will have to do at this present time.
As I am writing this blog, Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to meet with US President Donald Trump within a few days in America.
There is no question these two world leaders are going to be discussing the deal made with Iran, as Trump did extend a waiver on nuclear sanctions that were imposed on Iran, but he also said it would be the last time he will do so. Trump also ordered allies in Europe and the US congress to work with him to fix “the disastrous flaws” in the 2015 deal or America would pull out. That will only make the situation worse with Iran, but it will be the right thing to do. Bibi and Trump will of course also speak about the whole situation in Syria, and that Israel has no choice but to defend herself.
Pray for wisdom that they will do what is right, and that they will do what is absolutely necessary to protect Israel against not only the mighty aggressor Iran, but also Syria, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Turkey and Russia. Israel will not be facing only one enemy or nation, it will be several nations that will come against this tiny nation as we have seen before.
Lets not forget the thousands of rockets and missiles that Hezbollah has in Lebanon pointing toward Israel.
Israel is in the palm of God’s Hands. He has been faithful to His own nation and people. He will always be that but it’s not enough to just say “God is in control.”
War means that young Jewish men and women are going to go into battle, it is horrifying! It means that there would be many casualties and Jewish families will have to say goodbye to loved ones, lots of tears and funerals again.
When Israel will have to do this, you can bet that the entire Arab world will accuse Israel and the mainstream media will again turn on Israel and accuse her of being the aggressor. So it’s crucial that Christians around the world wake up and get into the fight for the Land Of The Bible, and stand united in prayers, words, deeds and actions. It is important that your priests and pastors are calling to prayer and you have huge pro-Israel rallies around the world, so Israel will know she is not alone.
When Israel’s enemies are taking on The Holy Land and Her people, they are taking on God as well. Israel and God are united. This is His Nation and His people. As Christians, we cannot say it has nothing to do with us. It has everything to do with us and our faith!! (Please feel free to share this blog with your pastors and leadership around the world)
We are living in interesting times, and as we are celebrating Purim and that Haman didn’t succeed in wiping out the Jewish people, nor will Iran or any other enemy of Israel succeed in taking out the Jews!
Israel is here to stay as a blessing to the whole world, I’m honored and blessed to have a front row seat living in Israel. When war will come you can count on me being out reporting the truth for Israel, being your girl with boots on the ground in The Holy Land.
Pray for Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli Government!
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
The United West is dedicated to defending and advancing Western Civilization against the kinetic and cultural onslaught of Shariah Islam so that America remains a land of freedom, justice, and opportunity grounded in the principles of our Constitutional Republic. The United West has taken up this challenge because the ever increasing forces of darkness, whether political, social, or philosophical seek to destroy, subvert or subjugate all that Americans hold to be right and true. The United West will succeed in this mission by educating, training and activating Americans to stand on proven principles, guide public opinion and amend public policy so that leadership is selected on November 6, 2016, which affirm the canons of jurisprudence.
Specifically, TUW educates and activates freedom minded people, wherever they may live, to effectively develop strategies and tactics which propagate exceptionalism of Western Civilization over and against the totalitarian choke-hold of Shariah Islam. Immediately, our objectives include the mobilization of Americans and Europeans to stand firmly for the defense and protection of the State of Israel.
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Is Israel heading towards war?
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Wes Pruden writes about the obvious collusion the Mainstream Media (MSM) refuses to cover because of its irrational hatred of President Trump. This story would be huge in any period in the 20th century. In a polarized 21st century, not so much.
Here’s a clue: Nefarious Barack Obama and Project Cassandra. If there is not a crime in this somewhere, then the Left can do whatsoever it pleases and basically screw the U.S. Constitution and We The American People.
You’ve got to give the Democrats and their acolytes in the media credit for courage and a talent for tolerating bad taste and smell. It’s not easy to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a corpse.
How else to keep alive the Trump-as-Russian agent investigation? Robert Mueller keeps hiring help, reluctantly cutting loose his chief investigator who turned out to be a Hillary plant eager for revenge, and keeping skeptics at bay with promises that he’ll light the fuse on a bombshell just as soon as he can find one.
Mr. Mueller may have a secret witness or two ready to come forward, but Deep Throat is dead and gone, and secrets are never kept in Washington. The Nation’s Capital leaks like a month-old infant.
From time to time someone obsessed with finding the key to nullifying the 2016 election and restoring Hillary to the White House, has stepped up with something new — not new evidence, but the same old song sung in louder voice, full of noise and gas, only to be soon revealed as signifying nothing. It’s back to waiting for something next week, or next month or even next year for the bombshell that will rattle the universe, or at least a few of the suburban precincts.
There’s lots of scandal out there, with fuses waiting for the match, and but for preoccupation with Russian collusion some of the more energetic Woodward-and-Bernstein impersonators might stumble upon some of it. One ambitious reporter, Josh Meyer of Politico, the Capitol Hill political daily, has delivered with a remarkable story on the weekend of how Barack Obama, with connivance of John Kerry, the Obama secretary of State, and John Brennan, Mr. Obama’s director of the CIA, scuttled an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of Hezbollah, one of the most lethal distributors of worldwide terror, because the investigation was getting too close to Iran.
Mr. Obama’s obsession was with cutting a deal with Iran, and he cut it by giving the Iranians everything they wanted. Then he set out to avoid upsetting the mullahs. Mr. Obama knew enough about Islam, radical and otherwise, not to hurt the feelings of mullahs.
Called Project Cassandra, the investigation was opened in 2008 to track Hezbollah’s trafficking of drugs and weapons, money laundering and other sordid crime. Some of it was plotted in the United States. One investigator likened Hezbollah to the John Gotti crime family in New York, Gotti the so-called Teflon don who eluded justice for years.
In fact, the story does read like the plot of a double episode of a British detective mystery with so many twists, turns and dead-ends that only the man who wrote the script could keep up with them all (and he was never sure).
What comes through loud and clear is how Barack Obama, whose first presidential trip was to Cairo to apologize to the Muslims in the name of the United States for being the United States. He and his administration were determined never to disappoint Islam again.
The faces of Project Cassandra were those of John (“Jack”) Kelly, 51, and David Asher, 49, who, working out of a secret DEA safe house near Dulles International Airport, scoured wiretaps and patiently built a network of informants to map Hezbollah mischief with the help of U.S. and foreign intelligence and security agencies. The Politico account describes how Messrs. Kelly and Asher tangled with rival agencies that, in true and tested Washington bureaucratic practice, were sometimes more interested in protecting their turf than the nation’s security.
“But other agents embraced their swashbuckling reputation,” according to Politico, “claiming that more aggressive tactics were needed because the CIA had long turned a blind eye to Hezbollah’s criminal networks, and even cultivated informants within them, in a misguided and myopic focus on preventing terrorist attacks.”
They were so determined, Politico reports, that they damaged their careers by the intensity of the pursuit of the investigation. “It got to the point where a lot of people didn’t want to have meetings with them,” said one FBI terrorism task force who worked often with the two. “They refused to accept a ‘no’ for an answer. And they were given a ‘no’ for an answer, even though they were usually right.”
John Brennan, the former CIA director, was determined that the United States would embrace Hezbollah as an influence for tolerance and compassion, and this appealed to Mr. Obama’s instinct to blame America first for the sins of its tormentors. Mr. Brennan has been dogged for years by a story that he converted to Islam years ago in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Obama wanted a deal, any deal, with Iran to cement his “legacy.” Now he has one. It’s just not the legacy he ordered.
JWR contributor Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.
The update is from a Five in Ten broadcast on SkyWatch TV talking about this Project Cassandra Catastrophe that Obama secured drug and arms dealing for Hezbollah so that Iran would sign the bad for America Nuke deal. The story is in the first 5-minutes or so, then moves on to other brief current event issues.
A bombshell report by Politico shows how the Obama administration protected Hezbollah while it built an international drug and weapons dealing empire because a major investigation by the DEA might have derailed the nuclear deal with Iran.
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Here is a primer of the Stealth Jihad of Islam courtesy of The Realistic Observer. Examined is the obsession to cover-up Islamic terrorism and attribute it to mentally disturbed or common criminal elements. Then there is a look of the potential of Hezbollah terrorism released on U.S. soil at the behest of the Iranian fascist dictatorship.
The enemies of freedom never sleep. They seek to dominate and enslave those whom they can conquer and to eliminate those who resist. Unfortunately, this pattern has been an integral part of recorded history from ancient to modern.
Warfare will never stop. Idealists have dreams of a perfect world in which all of humanity will be peaceful, prosperous and loving. They are susceptible to the siren song of collectivism know as Marxism, Communism, and Progressivism— now also known as Globalism.
The drivers of these totalitarian forces have their own motivations, and there has been much discussion about the goal of the Elites and Globalists.
They have many tools with which to work. Weakening a culture in general via attacking its social institutions is the work of the enemy within. Alliance with a foreign entity is another.
Geert Wilders was right — about everything.
Muslims are rioting in Holland because the Dutch government barred Turkish political parties from campaigning in Holland. The action was taken in an effort to avoid violent campaign “demos” and import divisions into the Turkish Muslim community in Holland. Prime Minister Rutte’s preventative actions were for naught. Muslims rioted anyway. Turkish President Erdogan is looking to the large number of Turkish migrants living in Europe, especially in Germany and the Netherlands, to help clinch victory next month in a referendum that would give the would-be caliph sweeping new powers.
Turkey has told the Netherlands it will retaliate in the “harshest ways” afterTurkish ministers were barred from speaking in Rotterdam in a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among Turkish emigres. Will Erdogan unleash another migrant invasion? continue
Blackmail from a country that is no friend or ally of the U.S., Europe or the West in general. This amounts to an ultimatum: let in huge numbers of “refugees” who will enable jihad attacks and foster the Islamization of Europe, or allow Turks visa-free travel, which would enable jihad attacks and foster the Islamization of Europe. Erdogan’s agenda should be clear to everyone who is not an EU functionary. continue
In a Dusseldorf train station, Fatmir, a Muslim refugee from Kosovo, went on the attack with an axe. His victims included several adults and a 13-year-old girl.
The authorities are blaming his attack on that familiar standby; drug and psychological problems…
But there appears to be a species of psychological problems unique to Muslims which causes them to head to the nearest train station with an axe or a knife.
A Muslim terrorist went off to the Carcassonne train station in France. He had a machete and a knife. His plan was to kill American and English tourists before going after soldiers and police officers. Even though he was on an Islamist watch list, the authorities blamed psychological problems…
There have been quite a few Muslims in Germany boarding the crazy train and trying to ride it all the way to the 72 virgins, dazzling white camels and musk mountains of Islamic paradise.continue
American intelligence agencies have growing evidence that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group maintains a network of sleeper cells in the United States, according to a new report.
Though Hezbollah has not conducted a major attack on U.S. soil, the group could decide to strike key American sites should U.S.-Iran relations deteriorate substantially, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
“Preparations to combat Islamist terrorism broadly should strongly consider the nuanced and growing Hezbollah threat to U.S. national security,” the report concludes.more
Until We Are Free: My Personal Fight for Human Rights in Iran is a biographical account of Shirin Ebadi, a 2003 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. A native Iranian Muslim and proud of it, Mrs. Shirin Ebadi documented the cruelty of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In her book, Ebadi provides moving descriptions and clear evidence of the repressive nature of the Iranian regime. What emerges is a clear picture of a Stalinist-like regime absent the Soviet Gulags. The regime’s Intelligence Ministry shuts down all criticism of the regime, by arrests, torture and murder. There is no free press in the Islamic Republic of Iran, no free speech, and every facet of free life is controlled and repressed by the Ayatollahs, through their praetorian guards — the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and the Basij Resistance Force, a voluntary paramilitary organization operating under the IRGC. It is an auxiliary force with multiple duties, including internal security, law enforcement, special religious and political events, and morals policing. To read more about her heroism go here
A cogent series of short videos: For convenience, direct links are below. The title of the series is The Third Jihad:
Frank Gaffney has sent an email that has a hook – a petition, and a goal – fund raising. Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy (CSP) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gaffney is the host of Secure Freedom Radio, a nationally-syndicated radio program. Secure Freedom Radio is a part of the CSP strategy as a Counterjihad organization dedicated to America’s National Security especially against the threat of Radical Islam toward Americans. The CSP looks at the dissemination of Radical Islam via the fifth column aspects of the Muslim Brotherhood and their deceptive offshoots of Muslim-American organizations that outwardly attempt to promote the image of Moderate Islam and the mesmerization of the concept that Islam is peace on the non-Muslim American people yet have a Caliphate agenda to Islamize America.
The petition itself serves an awesome purpose if you can get past CSP fund raising. Although admittedly, CSP is an awesome organization to invest. Largely because most of the CSP educational resources are FREE. One of the points this email makes you aware of is that CSP is donor supported and receives no funding from the government. As if an Obama led U.S. government would ever support any actual Counterjihad strategy to keep America safe from any Caliphate agenda.
(Washington, DC): If there were any lingering doubts that the United States and the rest of the Free World are losing a decades-long war with the Global Jihad Movement (GJM), events of the past week should have put them to rest. Murderous attacks in Europe, warnings by MI5 of more – and worse – to come, there and perhaps here and an intercepted plot to attack the U.S. Capitol are the most obvious indicators.
Less evident, but no less portentous, is the absence of the President of the United States from the Western effort to push back – compounded by his record of accommodation to, and collaboration with, those seeking to impose “blasphemy” and other restrictions driven by their shariah ideology at the expense of Americans’ constitutional freedoms.
Such developments have moved a remarkable, ad hoc group of highly skilled national security professionals to step forward and offer an alternative approach: a strategy for actually countering and defeating totalitarians and their supremacist ideology that has been proven effective in the one environment that matters: the real world.
This “Tiger Team” has been sponsored by the Center for Security Policy, an organization whose mode of operation from its founding 26 years ago has been modeled after the best of America’s military – its elite unconventional warfare units. As the “Special Forces in the War of Ideas,” the Center has pulled together, much as the real special operators would do, sixteen of the best in the business, individuals with unique and necessary skill sets for the mission at hand: Adapting the strategy that defeated the last totalitarian ideology that sought our destruction, Soviet communism.
At a National Press Club conference at noon on Friday, 16 January 2015, ten members of this Tiger Team will introduce and explain the component parts of … READ ENTIRE PDF press release (NATIONAL SECURITY TIGER TEAM PRESENTS THE ‘SECURE FREEDOM STRATEGY’ FOR VICTORY OVER THE GLOBAL JIHAD MOVEMENT; CSP Press Release; 1/15/15)
On The Secure Freedom Strategy page at CSP one of the exponents of the strategy – Tommy Waller (a Marine Reserve Major – LinkedIn profile) – has a roughly four-minute video introducing the concept of Civilization Jihad:
Tommy Waller, Director of State Legislative Outreach at the Center for Security Policy, discusses matters of information dominance and civilization jihad at the launch of the Center’s new “Secure Freedom Strategy” to combat jihad.
The Secure Freedom email you are about to read is informative. At the very least it gives you a great idea to go to one of the great Internet sites to educate yourself on what many call Radical Islam – I just call it Islam. The petition link allows you to read the petition that will be sent to your Congressman according to your zip code. Then as you sign by clicking “submit,” you will be redirected to the donation page of CSP. If it’s in your budget, throw a little support toward the Center for Security Policy. If it’s not in your budget, feel good about doing the right thing for joining the CSP petition that will reach your Congressman. And of course take advantage of educating yourself at CSP. ( For that matter wouldn’t hold it against you to through a little financial love to your Blog Editor via the SlantRight 2.0Paypal button or perhaps this Paypal link.)
The Petition is to encourage your Congressman to do this:
This petition is part of a targeted signature campaign being launched in response to elevated security concerns over the vulnerability of our country due the lax security of our southern border.
This petition is part of a targeted signature campaign being launched in response to elevated security concerns over the vulnerability of our country due the lax security of our southern border.
I do not want to alarm you. We are aware of no actionable intelligence of an immediate threat of violence in your vicinity or against the United States.
But there are growing concerns regarding the threat posed by documented numbers of drug and sex-traffickers, gang members and suspected jihadists who are taking advantage of the border’s porousness.
It is widely known, for example, that Iran and its proxy, the terrorist organization Hezbollah, have had a presence in Latin America for years.
And most recently, ISIS, the notorious terrorist jihad group, has been discovered operating a camp about 8 miles from the U.S. border near Juarez in Mexico. And another ISIS cell in Puerto Palomas is close to the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming and has easy access to the United States.
And perhaps the gravest warning was sounded by the Home Secretary of Great Britain, a key ally in the war on terror, who stated that “ISIS could become the world’s first truly terrorist state,” and that “we will see the risk . . . that the terrorists will acquire chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons to attack us.”
Some “experts” and Members of Congress dismiss these concerns. But as Pearl Harbor should have taught us, it is the nature of warfare to exploit surprise and vulnerability. And it is widely acknowledged that our insecure southern border offers enemies of this country abundant vulnerabilities and opportunities for surprise attacks.
In the words of the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Representative Michael McCaul:
“President Obama claims that our borders are more secure than ever before . . . This is simply not true. As of last count, only 44 percent of the border was under operational control.
“Just last year the Border Patrol apprehended almost half a million individuals along our Southern border — representing only the people we know that are being stopped. We have no way of telling how many people we didn’t catch, or what they brought with them.”
WHY IS CONGRESS NEGLECTING TO TAKE THE COMMON-SENSE STEPS NEEDED TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS FROM THE LIKELIHOOD OF TERRORIST INTRUSION?
We believe a good part of the answer lies with the policies of Barack Obama.
President Obama’s political agenda of dramatically increasing immigration appeals to many of his partisans. And the prospect of more and more aliens-turned-voters causes even some of his political opponents to shy away from taking key steps to secure our borders lest they alienate potentially influential voting blocs.
Politics, in short, has again taken precedence over Congress’ responsibility to do what is right for our country — which is why we have made the decision to launch this citizens’ campaign and ask for your support by signing this letter to your Member of Congress.
Surprise attacks are, by definition, “unlikely.” That is why they are “surprise attacks.” But there are often forewarnings.
For example, the surprise 9/11 attack was preceded by a failed attempt to bomb the World Trade Center years earlier.
And the Wall Street Journal last year ran an account of an attack on a California power station, reporting that the former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission “is calling it a terrorist act that, if it were widely replicated across the country, could take down the U.S. electric grid and black out much of the country.”
And the intent of ISIS to launch attacks on shopping malls and kill as many Americans as possible is being widely reported.
Even the threat of nuclear or chemical terror attack, while also dismissed as “unlikely” by some, cannot be responsibly ruled out.
According to Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, “Terrorist organizations could seek to leverage . . . smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even quite easily bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States.”
The hard truth is, a mass-destruction assault on the U.S power grid, or financial or communications hubs, a population concentration such as a sporting event or shopping mall, or to our seat of government could be catastrophic to our nation.
And who would argue that such attacks are not being discussed, planned and encouraged right now as part of the global Jihad strategy in terror in training camps in places like Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia and countless other places around the world?
In light of this, we believe that leaving the “back door” of our nation unlocked, open and unguarded in the face of these gravely serious threats is utterly unacceptable.
THERE ARE SIMPLE, PRUDENT STEPS THAT CONGRESS CAN TAKE.
Under former Texas Governor Rick Perry, his state’s Department of Public Safety, Border Patrol agents and other federal officials utilized an array of military-grade video cameras to monitor key crossing points along the Texas-Mexico frontier.
The cameras’ feed was posted on the Internet, drawing on many thousands of volunteers to help monitor and alert the authorities to aliens sneaking across the border. This army of “online deputies” helped achieve a 92% rate of interception of individuals crossing the Rio Grande and elsewhere illegally. But, incredibly, this practical and proven system — which could be very cost-effectively deployed across the entire U.S.-Mexico frontier — has been discontinued.
In short, we have the technology, know-how and resources to secure our borders. That is not the issue.
WHAT IS NEEDED IS THE POLITICAL WILL TO ACT.
And that is why we are launching this campaign to educate and remind Congress of their prime responsibility to protect our country by protecting our borders — and why your signature is so important.
Limited resources mean we must begin by focusing on certain key Members of Congress for this campaign. Our goal during this phase is to gather a minimum of 1,000 signatures from every targeted Congressional District.
YOU ARE ONE OF THE SIGNATURES NEEDED TO HELP MEET THIS GOAL.
Secure Freedom receives no funding from the government. We are entirely independent — so we must rely on voluntary contributions like yours to sustain our efforts.
Even just the mailing portion of a campaign such as this costs upwards of $100,000 for printing, postage and processing. And, if we have the resources, we hope to heighten the awareness of this critical issue through a campaign of TV, radio and print ads, op-ed articles, position papers and studies to be distributed to the press and Congress.
We face very real, very ominous threats from some of the most ruthless and brutal adversaries our nation has ever encountered. They have said — and demonstrated — that they will do anything to harm and destroy us.
Protecting our “back door” to keep these sworn enemies of freedom and America from literally walking in and doing us harm is just common sense.
Please ask your Member of Congress to act responsibly and protect our borders.
Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
President, Secure Freedom
P.S. Some try to discount these warnings as “alarmist.” But U.S. Representative Lamar Smith, chair of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, recently substantiated our concern over the border’s insecurity, stating flatly: “The border is not more secure than it’s ever been.” And with reports that ISIS has now set up a camp in Mexico, just a few miles away from the border, I feel it is grossly irresponsible for Congress to wait for another devastating surprise attack on our nation before it takes concrete and long-overdue action.
This year Congress will authorize well over half a trillion dollars in defense spending in order to protect our nation from jihadist enemies and others now on the march around the globe — from Iraq and Iran to Afghanistan and Africa to our own hemisphere.
Taking steps to protect us from harm right here at home just makes common sense. And choosing NOT to do so — for fear of “offending” the political interests of pro-immigration voter-blocs — is grossly negligent and irresponsible. We are, after all at war. The global Jihad mission to destroy the West –and in particular America — is fully known. And our lack of defense of our homeland has already cost thousands of American lives.
If you agree, please let your Member of Congress know how you feel ASAP.
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Just below is a quote from the Ari Bussel article sent about what the real detractors of ISIS call “Daesh”:
The Palestinian Authority is spouting venom in all directions, firing without notice. It blames the USA for ISIS.
Fear has not frozen the PA. Instead, it has sprung to action in the only manner it knows: it attacks, pleads, lies and cheats. It deceives. It creates a false reality in which it is at the center – the light and the embodiment of innocence – and everyone around is trying to harm it.
It asserts the world must spring into action to protect it. Even Israel, its sworn enemy, must do all it can for the PA, “for Israel’s own sake.”
Let us look at the PA’s twisted logic: Save us, or else Daesh will take over, we will be gone and you will face a fiercer enemy on your borders.
You will shortly comprehend from Ari’s article that even the Muslim terrorists that surround Israel are becoming afraid of Daesh. Those same Muslim terrorists are crying for Israel to protect them from Daesh so that the Muslim terrorists kill all the Jews of Israel and renamed the Land of the Jews as Palestine.
“Daesh is on our border; they are here with their ideology; and they are looking to find a suitable platform to establish their base. Therefore, we must prevent a collapse here, because the alternative is anarchy, violence and terrorism.” Major General Majid Faraj, head of the Palestinian General Intelligence Service, in an interview with Defense News.
Those who remember the self-made financial crisis of 2008-2009, would also remember that the top banks – Bank of America, Citibank, Chase, Wells Fargo – were to be safeguarded as “too big to fail.”
If these business entities were allowed to topple, we were warned, the world would collapse and systems fail and an end of apocalyptic proportions would descend upon us.
Not really. Quite the contrary—it is healthy in a free marketplace for systems to fail from time to time, and they should not receive immunity just because of their size or market domination.
A few years later, a new crisis has erupted and the world is awash in fear. It is known as the Islamic State, ISIL, ISIS or by its abbreviation in Arabic, Daesh.
The Palestinian Authority and Hamas alike are afraid of Daesh, “dead afraid,” and there is no pun intended. The moderate Jordanian regime likewise feels threatened. Its strong neighbor to the north is fighting for its survival against the forces of Daesh. Even the American President is afraid for some reason of the word “Daesh” and is enraged by it.
Daesh is good, though, for Muslims in the USA. They have found a new bull’s eye to which to direct any criticism. Overnight they became “moderate” and the Islamists who want to establish an Islamic Caliphate and have expanded throughout the Arabian Peninsula and Middle East are just a “perversion” of their “peaceful religion.”
Except, there is not much difference between the ideology of Daesh and that of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, Iran and Hezbollah or Saudi Wahhabism so prevalent in the USA. They all strive to establish a global Islamic Caliphate, and their varying degrees of fanaticism only differ in the extent to which atrocities are carried out.
Wahhabism has seemingly adapted to Western living, whereas Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran have mastered duplicity, talking to Western ears in one manner and still behaving as they wish. Whereas Daesh behaves as they believe, in the same manner accepted by all previous cancerous organisms: They behead, burn live people, shoot hundreds at point blank just to make a point, rape and mutilate women and children and sell them for slavery, all done for the world to see and fear.
All these forms of Islam are not perversion, but modern day manifestations and feelings of strength and power. Current-day Islamists grow, multiply, conquer and spread, and the world seems unable to stop them. In a way, they are like a biological system, where Daesh is similar to an Ebola-type disease, Iran a cancer with long latency period, Hamas and Hezbollah more aggressive types of cancer and Wahhabism is similar to AIDS (we have grown accustomed to living with it).
The day has now come when evil is worried about the spread of something even more evil. Even in nature, one knows its exact place in the food chain, and predators are prey to even larger, more vicious predators they cannot ignore if they wish to remain alive.
Not knowing what to do and how to protect itself, each behaves differently. Hamas suddenly becomes a bit more compromising, realizing that Israel is much more bearable than Daesh.
The Palestinian Authority is spouting venom in all directions, firing without notice. It blames the USA for ISIS.
Fear has not frozen the PA. Instead, it has sprung to action in the only manner it knows: it attacks, pleads, lies and cheats. It deceives. It creates a false reality in which it is at the center – the light and the embodiment of innocence – and everyone around is trying to harm it.
It asserts the world must spring into action to protect it. Even Israel, its sworn enemy, must do all it can for the PA, “for Israel’s own sake.”
Let us look at the PA’s twisted logic: Save us, or else Daesh will take over, we will be gone and you will face a fiercer enemy on your borders.
Do all you can for our sake, for then you will be helping yourselves.
We are your peace partners who for the past four months, had to kill 29 of you and wound some 300, only because you left us no choice. The land was thirsty for your blood, because we say you were defiling the Temple Mount and threatening the Al Aqsa Mosque.
You stole our capital and our cities, from Acre to Haifa to Jaffe. Yes, you do not appear on our maps, but you do not really expect to remain here, do you? Go back to Europe, from where you came. You have no claim or connection to this land.
Millions of us are waiting in refugee camps, in Jordan, in Europe and in the USA, to return to their homes. We kept the keys. We are the true owners of the land. It will be ours once again one day very soon.
We see Palestine with no Jews. Oh, any loyal Arab who dares to sell his land to the Jews is a traitor. He must pay the price and be made an example for all to see and fear. The Jews have already stolen all that was ours, and they still want more!
Boycott Israel! Divest from Israel! Sanction Israel! The Zionist dream is nothing short of Colonialism, Imperialism and Apartheid all combined. It is the most evil and dangerous experiment the world has ever seen.
Why are you silent? Why do you not help us? You must maintain the flow of money. You must pressure Israel even more.
Those Settlements must be dismantled and removed. They are the true obstacles to peace. The Settlers are the worst embodiment of evil on earth. Even the Israelis who live in Tel Aviv admit this is the case and would not go beyond the Green Line, buy wines from Occupied West Bank or extend services to the wild west there in Satan’s land.
The world must come to our rescue! You must protect us, for Daesh is at our borders and our power is limited by those Israelis.
We must receive more weapons, ammunition and money. We must be strengthened, or else Daesh is here and might topple us down!
The PA seems to think it is too important to fail, and I humbly submit it is too evil and must fail.[Blog Editor: Bold Print Mine] Only then the world might wake up to the realization it has wasted the past few decades fighting the body Israel instead of strengthening it, for if Israel dies, the world will die next without a vaccine.
You see, in the laboratory of the Middle East, Israel is the guinea pig. If no inoculation becomes available against the fanatical Islamists (PA, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran), Israel will die and the world will be next. It has already been infected and is has weakened tremendously.
Thus, the fate of humanity as we know it and of the free world rests in this laboratory. Is Israel the canary in the Middle-Eastern coalmine, or will she manufacture the necessary antidotes?
History has taught us that for millennia the Jewish people managed to survive. The Black Plague is once again threatening the world, and those in the Middle East have felt the threat and are shaking with fear. Without Israel, the world is doomed. Without the PA, Israel may still survive to save the world.
This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.
Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related. Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.
So … this is the guy President Barack Hussein Obama made a nuke deal with which includes secret side deals not made available to Congress. Hmm … since I do consider Obama an intelligent person rather than an idiot, what nefarious intention does he have for the United States of America?
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released a video published to YouTube this week in which he warned of an American defeat in any war with Iran.
The clip — published September 13 to Khamenei’s official YouTube channel — is entitled “If Any War Happens.” It features Khamenei’s voice and is accompanied by English subtitles.
The video was viewed almost half a million times by September 18.
The clip begins by showing an image of US President Barack Obama sitting down for an interview in which he says that the US will not have a problem “knocking out [Iran’s] military with speed and dispatch if we choose to,” after which Khamenei’s voice appears to dismiss such a warning, calling it “boasting among strangers,” according to a translation provided in a report by MEMRI — the Middle East Media Research Institute.
The supreme leader then advises the Americans to “use their experiences [in the Middle East] correctly” as images play of suggested American “failures” in the background including photos of the advanced American RQ-170 drone that Iran brought down on its soil in December 2011; a photo of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah against a backdrop of a man flying the Hezbollah flag atop a missile and a mention of the Second Lebanon War in 2006; depictions of US forces being bombed in Afghanistan; and images of US forces carrying a coffin with the text “2003-2011 Iraq war” above it.
“We neither welcome nor begin any war. They must know that should any war break out, one who will emerge humiliated out of it will be invading and criminal America,” says Khamenei, according to the English subtitles.
In the background of the clip, a crowd says: “We will stand until the end, Khamenei is the leader.”
The Iranian leader has issued several threats against the US — and Israel — following the Iranian nuclear deal signed July 14 with world powers, which allows for sanctions relief in exchange for Iran curbing its controversial nuclear program and submitting to inspections.
The US is set to start implementing the deal October 18, but it is not yet clear when punitive measures will be lifted, as the International Atomic Energy Agency must first ensure Iranian compliance with the accord.
I have typically been a supporter of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In part because Netanyahu has stood up to America’s Leftist-in-Chief Barack Hussein Obama. That drove BHO and his Leftist minion Democrats nuts. I am still okay with that. I am on the Historical and Investigative Research (HIR) email list. I finally took the opportunity to read an August 31 email from HIR which highlighted some disturbing news about Iran, Judea/Samaria, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and unfortunately Benjamin Netanyahu.
This email provides an understanding of a possible reason Netanyahu may face some hostility from the further Right Wing of his Conservative base. In summary the more Conservative faction is a bit upset their Prime Minister that Iran has a path to acquire nuclear WMD which will be used against Israel but still supports the idea (at least publically) for the existence of Palestinian State in which the PA leadership is receiving clandestine financial and military aid from Iran. The more Conservative Israel Right is seeing a big load of hypocrisy from Benjamin Netanyahu.
It is my humble opinion though that Netanyahu is dealing with the realities of a rock and a hard place.
Obama is willing to throw Israel under the bus either under the delusion of peace in our time (can you say Neville Chamberlain?). OR Obama is embarking on a more nefarious agenda of disrupting the current global power structure which includes weakening the USA, to usher in a more Left Wing globalist power structure paradigm. Either way Obama sells out both America and our closest ally in the Middle East – Israel.
I am still convinced Netanyahu is the best man for the job in Israel. He is simply being forced into a geopolitical game in which Netanyahu is waiting to see who the next U.S. President will be, with the hope the new President understands the danger of a nuclear armed Iran and proceeds accordingly.
On the other hand, if Netanyahu’s geopolitical gamesmanship fails between Obama and Israel’s Jewish Left then followed by Iran actually acquiring nuke WMD resulting in a Palestinian State carved out of Israel’s heritage with Iran as hegemonic master and the new Palestinian State the new client. The next domino would be the destruction of Israel and a second modern Holocaust so devastating that Hitler’s final solution look like a picnic.
The article makes reference to HIR’s short documentary film: PLO/Fatah and Iran: The Special Relationship (on Vimeo, on YouTube), which tells the story documented in an earlier HIR piece. This is exciting, because it is the beginning of political awareness on this crucial issue.
I wholeheartedly support this very important article from our US Director, Rob Muchnick.
Please read it and demand that Bibi answer the questions that Rob poses.
I wish to ask you a question.
Will the Israeli government — the government of the Jewish State — give Judea and Samaria to Iran?
That may seem impossible.
First, because our prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, daily warns that Iranian leaders wish to destroy us.
Second, because the media, although they discuss the connection between Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran, never mention the deeper ties that bind Iran and PLO/Fatah (better known as the ‘Palestinian Authority’).
And what is not in the news goes to sleep in the mind.
But a few days ago, Iran’s official news agency brought this connection back into view by reporting that PLO/Fatah and Iran have signed an “all-out cooperation agreement.”
In the Second Intifada, the Iranian ayatollahs were running PLO/Fatah’s deadliest terrorists, the Al Aqsa Martyrs, and mobilized them to ensure that Mahmoud Abbas became Yasser Arafat’s replacement. At the same time, Iran also sent the Karin a freighter with 50 tons of weapons to the PLO/Fatah. Thankfully, this ship was intercepted by Israel.
But the relationship is older.
In 1979, when the Iranian Islamist regime came to power, the New York Times reported on its front page that PLO/Fatah had been architect of that revolution:
• Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas armed and trained Ayatollah Khomeini’s troops;
• Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas were invited, before any others, to celebrate with Khomeini in Teheran; and then
• Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas helped created the Iranian security services and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
As they celebrated in Teheran, Arafat declared that PLO/Fatah and Iranian aims were identical: the violent destruction of the Jewish people and State.
Meanwhile, Mahmoud Abbas explained to Arab reporters how it would be done:
First, promise peace. Then, gain some territory. And last: annihilate Israel. Abbas called it the ‘Plan of Phases’; the media called it the ‘Peace Process.’
So far, all goes according to plan. But will they conclude it?
Will we let them?
Join me, as Israeli citizens and Jews worldwide, in demanding from our prime minister answers to these questions:
Why is PLO/Fatah still in Israel?
Will our government give Judea and Samaria to Iran?
PLO/Fatah, now better known as the “Palestinian Authority,” will govern a Palestinian State in the militarily strategic territories of Judea and Samaria (or “West Bank”) if the Middle East “peace process” concludes with a “Two-State Solution.” Given that Iranian leaders daily promise the destruction of Israel, most people assume that PLO/Fatah has nothing to do with Iran. It would be absurd, they implicitly reason, for Israeli leaders to give strategic territory to an Iranian proxy. And yet, it is a historical fact that PLO/Fatah helped install Ayatollah Khomeini in power and helped create the current Iranian Islamist regime. It has maintained a close relationship with this regime ever since. This short film documents that relationship.
The Obama administration, like any government, routinely makes public statements about its intentions, values, and policy imperatives. For example, the Obama administration claims publicly to be enemy of Iran and friend of Israel. In fact, the US government claims that “‘concerning policy, we have done everything that we can that is in Israel’s security – and long-range interests.”
But what if PLO/Fatah, also known as the ‘Palestinian Authority,’ is a proxy of Iran?
The US government pushes veryhard for Israel to give strategic territory to PLO/Fatah in exchange for a promise of ‘peace.’ So if PLO/Fatah is helping Iran destroy Israel, the US government’s behavior is quite interesting.
About the future PLO/Fatah state, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu states: “I think it’s important to make peace with the Palestinians. And I’m prepared to negotiate that peace right away. …They should have their own independent country.” Consistent with this, Netanyahu is rushing to give PLO/Fatah its independent state, and has even put Jerusalem on offer. But Netanyahu has also said: “We should be assured that this country [the future PLO/Fatah state] is not used as a staging ground for Iranian-sponsored terrorist attacks on us.” So if PLO/Fatah is a proxy of Iran, the Israeli government’s behavior is also quite interesting.
One should then ask: What in the world are the US and Israeli governments doing?
This must be answered, becausePLO/Fatah, like Hamas and Hezbollah, is indeed part of an Iranian offensive to destroy Israel.
We will show here that PLO/Fatah has always been and continues to be very closely allied with Iran.
PLO/Fatah’s role in Ayatollah Khomeini’s coup
The regime that still rules Iran was inaugurated by Ayatollah Khomeini (see pictures, top right), a ferocious Islamist terrorist who led the 1979 Iranian Revolution to depose the previous ruler, the Shah of Iran. With whom did the Ayatollah Khomeini want to celebrate, right away and before sharing the joy with anybody else?
With Yasser Arafat, then head of PLO/Fatah.
It was just two weeks after the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran and took power that the New York Times reported how Yasser Arafat had accepted an invitation to visit Teheran. Why so soon? Why so much deference? Because the Ayatollah Khomeini was grateful: “Palestinian sources said that Mr. Arafat’s group had sent arms to the [Iranian] revolutionary forces in the last four months and had trained Iranian guerillas since the early 1970s.” Only four days later Arafat was already in Teheran, celebrating the Iranian theocratic Islamist revolution, and promising to help export it everywhere. Wrote the New York Times: “Bantering and grinning, the guerrilla leader declined to furnish details about support the PLO had given to various Iranian guerrilla organizations.”
Fact: PLO/Fatah played a key role in the Iranian revolution, arming and training Khomeini’s troops.
Naturally, PLO/Fatah expected the favor to be repaid, and the Iranians rushed to state that they would honor their debts. The Globe and Mail reported:
[Quote from Globe and Mail begins here]
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said yesterday that Iranian guerrillas would fight alongside Palestinian forces against Israel.
… Mr. Arafat, the first prominent visitor to Iran since the revolution, said the Palestinian and Iranian aims were identical. “We will continue our efforts until the time when we defeat imperialism and Zionism,” he said.
A close aide of Ayatollah Khomaini, Deputy Premier Ibrahim Yazdi, also attended the inauguration of the PLO office and referred to the identity of the two causes and the large number of Palestinian sacrifices in the PLO’s struggle against Israel.
… The son of Ayatollah Khomaini, Seyyed Ahmad Khomaini, a Moslem clergyman who also spoke at the inauguration of the new PLO office, pledged Iran would continue its revolutionary struggle until all Islamic countries had been set free.
The bearded, black-turbanned Seyyed Khomaini said: “We will continue our struggle until we free all Islamic countries and hoist the Palestinian flag together with ours.”
This makes it rather obvious that the PLO was very powerful in Iran.
In fact, the New York Times wrote in November of 1980 that “The P.L.O. currently enjoys close ties with some of the Iranian revolutionary leaders who rose to power with the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,” including the Defense Minister Mustafa Chamran and the leader of the Revolutionary Guards Abu Sharif. “Like Yasir Arafat,” wrote the New York Times,“both Abu Sharif and Mustafa Chamran are fervent advocates of exporting Iran’s Islamic revolution to the rest of the Middle East – in particular, to the conservative states of the Arab Gulf” (emphasis added). The Times also explained that PLO/Fatah had played a role in the creation of the Revolutionary Guards (for it trained Abu Sharif) and in creating the new Iranian secret police: SAVAMA (because Sharif and Chamran “relied heavily on their P.L.O. contacts” in setting it up). The Times added:
“The current head of the P.L.O. network in Iran is Hani al-Hassan, alias Abu Hassan, a Jordanian citizen who belongs to Arafat’s inner circle of advisers. Before he was sent to Teheran, Abu Hassan served as deputy chief of Fatah’s security department. He enjoys a remarkable entree to Khomeini and other key members of the Iranian regime — so much so that one Western diplomat suggests that the P.L.O. envoy should be counted as one of the most influential men in Teheran.”[6b] [(HIR) emphasis added]
The picture is clear.
1) PLO/Fatah played a key role in the creation of the Iranian Islamist terror state.
a) It armed and trained Khomeini’s troops for his revolution.
b) It helped create the all-important Revolutionary Guards.
c) It helped create the Iranian secret service SAVAMA.
2) The idea of spreading Iranian Islamist terror everywhere was closely associated with “the PLO’s struggle against Israel.”
a) Iran pledged itself to assist PLO/Fatah against Israel.
b) PLO/Fatah pledged itself to export the Iranian Islamist Revolution.
For years now PLO/Fatah has been represented not only as unlinked to Iran, but also as a secular organization, to be distinguished from the ‘fundamentalists’ and ‘Islamist’ Iranian terror proxies of Hamas and Hezbollah. Most people accept this, and that is a testament to how a media barrage can alter the perception of history. It is obvious, however, that if Yasser Arafat’s ideology was to spread the Iranian Revolution, then he was an Islamist. Historian Howard Sachar, writing in 1982, agreed with how the New York Times represented things back then: “from the outset… the Fatah’s reputation depended largely upon the success of its Moslem traditionalist approach of jihad against Israel.”[6c]
Not just any kind of jihad: Iranian jihad.
PLO/Fatah’s alignment during the Iran-Iraq war
To understand just how intimate the relationship between the Islamist Iranian government and PLO/Fatah, one must take into account that such a strong alliance with the Iranian Shiites angered almost every Arab government that was supporting PLO/Fatah. One cannot imagine that they were pleased to hear Arafat announce his goal of exporting the Iranian revolution to the Gulf States (see above), because this would mean deposing the governments in the Gulf States. And yet Yasser Arafat remained close to his friend Khomeini.
A month after the Iran-Iraq war broke out in late 1980, the Arab governments had sided with Iraq and the situation had become politically dangerous for Arafat. So much so that Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states cracked down on their Palestinian populations. “The reason,” reported the Globe and Mail, “is that the authorities are suspicious of Palestinian ties to the militant Shiite Moslems in Iran, who have vowed to export their Islamic revolution.” And it observed: “Palestinian opinion, while reflecting the PLO’s reluctance to choose sides in a war between its two allies, appears much more pro-Iranian than that of conservative Gulf governments” (emphasis added).
That was October 1980. In December, this was the situation:
[Quote from Washington Post begins here]
Dependent on fellow Arab governments for virtually everything — physical protection, diplomatic backing, arms, money — Arafat has had to watch helplessly as the Persian Gulf war split his benefactors into antagonistic blocs with the PLO caught uncomfortably in the middle.
More damaging was the way the PLO’s much advertised independence crumbled under the arm-twisting pressures of the two camps. When the showdown came before last month’s divided Arab summit meeting, Arafat and the PLO were forced by Syrian President Hafez Assad, leader of the pro-Iran axis, to join a boycott of a summit whose aim was to organize a long-term strategy for the Palestinians’ crusade against Israel.
[Quote from Washington Post ends here]
I would call this remarkable. Even though the PLO was dependent on Arab states for everything, when these states got together to plan a long-term strategy for the PLO’s fight with Israel, the PLO sides with Iran. It was “uncomfortable,” sure, but it sided with Iran.
In March 1981 Arafat had a sympathetic meeting with Iraqi Shiites allied with Iran, as reported by Tehran’s news service.
‘Estrangement’ leads to renewed love
But this could not last. As observed above, the PLO’s entire infrastructure was based in the Arab states. Soon the PLO was forced to take a more pro-Arab position. And then, as the Iran-Iraq war was ending with the cease-fire in 1988, the prelude to the Oslo ‘Peace’ Process was getting into high gear. This process quite suddenly represented the terrorist PLO/Fatah as a moderate organization that wanted to make peace. So to keep matters propagandistically consistent, Iran just had to accuse Arafat of ‘treason’ against the Palestinian cause, while Arafat just had to pronounce himself in public against Iranian terrorism.
Thus, for example, when a bomb exploded in Tel Aviv in 1996, the Egyptian news agency MENA reported that Arafat was blaming the Iranians: “Nabil Abu Rudaynah, adviser to Palestinian President Yasir Arafat, …accused foreign, non-Palestinian, elements in the region of being behind these terrorist incidents to wreck the peace process. He specifically accused Iran…” Shortly before that, Arafat had claimed that two Palestinians working for Iran had tried to assassinate him. This is how a story of ‘estrangement’ between Arafat (formerly Khomeini’s best friend) and the Iranian regime was built.
But was it true?
Just one year later, the Palestinian daily Al Quds reported that a top PLO/Fatah leader had come back from Iran with a renewed relationship. What’s an assassination attempt between friends? But in fact this made perfect propaganda sense, because the newly elected Iranian president Mohammad Khatami was supposed to be an Iranian Gorbachev pushing liberal reforms, and Arafat was ‘making peace’ with Israel. Under this guise, an open friendship could resume.
In 2002 the Second Intifada, a series of hair-raising terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians, was raging. This was Arafat’s — that is to say, PLO/Fatah’s— war. Not even the mainstream Western media, so often a cheerleader for Arafat, was denying that most of the violence was due to the activities of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, a Fatah terrorist group. Here is the Times of London, in April 2002: “A new group directly linked to Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement through its Tanzim military wing, the [Al Aqsa Martyrs] brigades are behind the majority of recent shootings and suicide attacks against Israelis.” And here is The Australian, in September of 2003:
[Quote from The Australian begins here]
Israeli officials said documents captured last year in a massive military raid on the West Bank after a series of suicide bombings inside Israel showed the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which carried out many of the attacks, was an arm of Fatah, Arafat’s political organisation. They also said the documents proved the Palestinian Authority’s intelligence apparatus, also headed by Arafat, was involved in planning terror activity.
Israeli officials said the documents showed Arafat had personally authorised fund transfers for such activity. ‘Arafat views terrorism as a legitimate tool for obtaining the Palestinian national goal,’ said one official.
[Quote from The Australian ends here]
In the Second Intifada, behind PLO/Fatah, was Iran. Here is the Christian Science Monitor,writing in January 2002 under the headline: “Palestinian ties to Iran, Hizbullah look firmer”:
[Quote from the Christian Science Monitor begins here]
… [T]he once-frosty relationship between Iran and Arafat appears to have thawed since the outbreak of the [second] intifada in September 2000. Iran, which opposes Israel’s very existence, is a staunch backer of the intifada, opening its hospitals to wounded Palestinians, training fighters, and rallying support for the uprising.
In April last year, Tehran hosted a conference for 34 Arab and Islamic countries and organizations. All the hard-line Palestinian groups were there as well as Hizbullah. But also attending was a representative of the Palestinian Authority, Salim Al Zeenoun, who admitted that the Oslo Accords had turned out to be a “sandcastle of illusion.”
Two months later, Arafat sent a telegram to Iranian President Mohammed Khatami to congratulate him on his re-election.
“We look to all the people of the Islamic world, foremost among them the Muslim Iranian people and their faithful leadership, to support, aid, and assist [Palestine],” Arafat said. He also asked Iran to “work fast to end this bloody and savage war which the Israeli government has been waging for eight solid months.”
Israel says that the military alliance between Iran and Arafat and the scheme to smuggle a shipload of [Iranian] weapons to the Palestinian Authority [the famous Karine A incident] was born at around this time. 
[Quote from the Christian Science Monitor ends here]
So PLO/Fatah, once installed inside Israel thanks to the Oslo ‘Peace’ Process, began functioning as a terrorist proxy of Iran.
At the same time, however, the road was being prepared for Mahmoud Abbas to posture as the anti-terror ‘peacemaker.’ Notice what The Australian wrote in September 2003:
“Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas resigned last month after Arafat refused to hand over control of the security forces Abbas said he needed to make Hamas and Islamic Jihad halt their suicide bombings.”
So, yes, the terrorist activity is all being directed by Arafat, but when Abbas takes over there will be peace, became the media message. In fact, the mainstream Western media went quite out of its way to laud Mahmoud Abbas (alias Abu Mazen) as a supposed arch moderate.
Only one problem with this. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades — the most violent Palestinian terrorists, and the ones most involved in the Second Intifada that Iran was sponsoring — in fact preferred Abbas to their own Tanzim boss Barghouti as a replacement for Arafat when the latter died. An Associated Press wire dated December 2004 reports that:
“Abbas already has been nominated as Fatah’s presidential candidate, so Barghouti must run as an independent. But as a leading Fatah member, he would likely undermine Abbas’ prospects… Zakaria Zubeidi, the 29-year-old West Bank leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a violent group linked to Fatah, said he would back Abbas. ‘Barghouti … should resign from Fatah,’ he told The Associated Press.”
It is already clear that Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades was linked to Iran, because Iran was sponsoring the Second Intifada, which was being waged especially by the brigades. In fact, only two months earlier, with Arafat still alive, the Daily Telegraph had reported: “Israel believes that much of the Fatah-affiliated armed faction, calling itself the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, has now come under Iran’s sway, especially in the West Bank.” Who were they directly working with? None other than Hezbollah, the Iranian proxy Fatah is supposedly so different from: “Scores of Palestinian attacks, accounting for roughly a third of the 98 Israelis killed so far this year, are believed to have been orchestrated by the Lebanese Hizbollah movement.” Arafat did not deny this, though he tried to give it a different spin: he claimed to be upset, and accused Iran of trying to “infiltrate Fatah.”
The upshot is that nobody was denying that Iran was heavily involved with the PLO/Fatah terrorists, the same terrorists who pushed for Mahmoud Abbas becoming the new PLO/Fatah leader.
Oh wait. Somebody would deny the link between PLO/Fatah and Iran. Guess who? The Israeli government.
As Frontpage magazine explained in 2007:
“Iran’s direct connection to Hamas is openly discussed and widely acknowledged. Where Fatah is concerned, the issues are more complex; but the link has been established. In March, Brig. Gen. (res.) Shalom Harari, a Senior Research Scholar with the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, wrote an Issue Brief for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in which he noted: ‘There is a growing strategic alliance between Iran and the radical Palestinian forces in the territories. Iran is involved in supporting both the Islamic factions and Fatah, as well. Today, at least 40 percent of Fatah’s different fighting groups are also paid by Hezbollah and Iran.’
Corroborating Harari’s analysis, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant, head of the IDF Southern Command, wrote an Issue Brief for the JCPA one month later in which he observed: ‘A few years ago, Fatah’s Al Aqsa Brigade in Judea and Samaria was bought out by Iran.’Checks with various security and intelligence sources have provided additional confirmation of this information. Iranian funding of Fatah is not direct, but comes through the conduit of Hezbollah and goes in the main to Al Aqsa Brigades.
The government of Israel… maintains that Al Aqsa, although originally a spin-off from Fatah, is no longer part of Fatah and no longer answers to Abbas. This spin makes it possible to continue to promote Fatah as potentially moderate, in spite of Al Aqsa’s very radical connections. Experts refute this scenario, however. Said one security source who provided background information: ‘Abbas is formally the commander of Al Aqsa…he has little to do with them to ensure deniability…but privately supports Al Aqsa. US money to PA security agencies go to Al Aqsa people as well. Indeed, Abbas has ensured that most of the Al Aqsa people are on the payroll.’”[17a]
The Israeli government goes out of its way to pretend that Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is not part of Al Fatah, thus supporting Abbas, who pretends that he has nothing to do with them in order “to ensure deniability” for Al Aqsa’s murders of Israeli civilians. The Israeli government is covering for those who murder Israeli citizens. We have already seen above how absurd the Israeli government’s position, for Abbas owes his position to Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades: they were the ones lobbying for him—marching in the streets, in fact—and intimidating his competition.
So PLO/Fatah (or the ‘Palestinian Authority’) is allied with Iran to destroy the State of Israel.
But the US government wants PLO/Fatah to inherit strategic Israeli territory. And the Israeli government is cooperating. What are they doing?
What are the US and Israeli governments doing?
It is now probably a good idea to review HIR’s First Principles, in order to do some hard thinking about US geopolitics.
Premise 1. The way to do better geopolitics is to have a more accurate representation of the intentions and capabilities of other players in the international system.
Premise 2. The Government of the United States, the most important geopolitical player, has the strongest motivation to do better geopolitics.
Therefore: The Government of the United States works very hard to obtain a better understanding of the intentions and capabilities of other players in the international system.
Fact: CIA director George Tenet said in the year 1998 that the budget on that year had been a little under 27 billion. Recently, a US Intelligence official said in a press conference that the yearly budget was now 44 billion. But the truth is that nobody knows for sure, because the budget for US Intelligence is a state secret.
Hypothesis: The Government of the United States has very good information—definitely better than my own—on which to base its geopolitical decisions.
Premise 1. The Government of the United States, for many years running, has been the most powerful in the world.
Premise 2. Idiots don’t become the most powerful people in the world.
Therefore: The Government of the United States is not run by idiots.
Hypothesis: If the Government of the United States behaves in ways that seem idiotic to me, then a) there is something I don’t yet understand; or b) this government has different values than my own. Or both. (And I have yet to accept this, which is why I think the behavior is idiotic.)
Premise 1. The true preferences of someone are revealed in his/her expensive behaviors.
Premise 2. Saying “My intentions are X” is not expensive but cheap.
Therefore: Speech acts (e.g. public and official declarations) don’t necessarily convey information about the true intentions of a government.
Hypothesis: If the Government of the United States consistently, year after year, spends billions of dollars and achieves always similar results, and if these results contradict the government’s publicly declared intentions, the publicly declared intentions must be deliberate deceptions.
US Intelligence knows perfectly well everything that I have documented in this article. And it knew it long before I did. Hence, the US Government is applying very strong pressure on Israel to create a ‘Palestinian State’ run by PLO/Fatah on strategic Israeli territory knowing full well that PLO/Fatah is allied with Iran to destroy Israel.
Is this consistent with other expensive US Government behaviors? It is.
On the basis of this evidence we may conclude that when President Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel states to a group of rabbis that “ ‘concerning policy, we have done everything that we can that is in Israel’s security — and long-range interests,’ ” the Obama administration is lying. If the US government is lying, then we must consider the alternative hypothesis: that the US Government — not the American people, but the US Government — is an enemy of Israel.
Israeli leaders are cooperating with this process, because they have not yet expelled PLO/Fatah from Israel. On the contrary. Though they pretend to drag their feet, they are engaged in an on-again, off-again process with PLO/Fatah that (let’s face it) is designed to give it everything it wants, in exchange for… Well, for nothing, because PLO/Fatah has not laid down its arms and does not intend to.
The Israeli government is also much better informed than I am, and likewise knew everything I have reviewed here long before I did. After all, the documentation I use is publicly available, and one of the main targets of Israeli intelligence-gathering is, naturally, PLO/Fatah.
So what are Israeli leaders doing? It is an important question.
Any effort to begin answering this question must examine what certain important Jewish leaders did in the prelude to, and during, World War II. HIR has much documentation on this topic, but two articles in particular offer a good place to start.
First, to examine the behavior of (soon-to-be) Israeli leaders during the Holocaust, please read:
► “The responsibility of the mainstream (Labor Zionist) Israeli leaders during the Shoah (‘Holocaust’)”; from THE PROBLEM OF JEWISH SELF-DEFENSE: An HIR series; Historical and Investigative Research; 21 February 2007; by Francisco Gil-White http://www.hirhome.com/israel/leaders4.htm
Then, to examine the behavior of a string of Israeli prime ministers, consistent with the history documented above, please read:
►”Leaders Lied, Jews died: Why have Israeli leaders been lying to their fellow citizens about the PLO/Fatah?; Historical and Investigative Research; 10 July 2007; by Francisco Gil-White (with the editorial assistance of Ted Belman) http://www.hirhome.com/israel/leaders_lied.htm
If History is indeed repeating itself, then the Jewish people is in great peril, for when the causes recur, so do the consequences. And if the Jewish people is in peril, then so are ordinary people all over the West, because 2500 years of Western history show conclusively that periods of Jewish persecution coincide with periods of savage oppression against non-Jews (a recent and dramatic example is the 20th c. Holocaust). www.hirhome.com/colapso/colapso_eng.htm
Footnotes and Further Reading
 Last Friday it was reported that “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is pushing for another round of United Nations sanctions against Iran.”Here, the US government is projecting that Iran is the bad guys and that the US will work to undermine Iran.
SOURCE: “Obama the appeaser; The transnational dove has left a vacuum that Iran is filling”; The Washington Times, May 21, 2010 Friday, B, COMMENTARY; Pg. 3, 777 words, By Jeffrey T. Kuhner SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
 A week ago, President Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel stated to a group of rabbis that “‘concerning policy, we have done everything that we can that is in Israel’s security – and long-range interests. Watch what the administration does.’ ”Here, the US government is projecting that Israel is the good guys and will work to strengthen Israel.
SOURCE: “US ‘screwed up’ message on Israel, Emanuel tells rabbis. Officials deny administration changing view on Israeli nuclear policy”; The Jerusalem Post, May 16, 2010 Sunday, NEWS; Pg. 1, 1197 words, HERB KEINON, JTA contributed to this report.
 “The PLO announced today that its chairman, Yasser Arafat, had accepted an invitation to visit Teheran soon. It also said that followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had seized the former Israeli diplomatic mission in Teheran, and the PLO had accepted an offer to turn it into a Palestinian embassy.
Wafa, the Palestinian press service, reported that the Ayatollah’s forces had contacted Mr. Arafat by telephone yesterday and proclaimed their solidarity and gave their thanks.
Palestinian sources said that Mr. Arafat’s group had sent arms to the revolutionary forces in the last four months and had trained Iranian guerillas since the early 1970s.”
SOURCE: P.L.O. Is Cool to Dayan Remarks; Statements Given Prominence; By MARVINE HOWE Special to The New York Times. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Feb 15, 1979. p. A12 (1 page)
 “An exultant Yasir Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, proclaimed here today that the Iranian revolution had ‘turned upside down’ the balance of forces in the Middle East.
‘Today Iran, tomorrow Palestine,’ he said.
Mr. Arafat received a pledge from Ayatollah Khomeini that the Iranians would ‘turn to the issue of victory over Israel’ after Iran had consolidated its strength, the Teheran radio reported.
…Bantering and grinning, the guerrilla leader declined to furnish details about support the PLO had given to various Iranian guerrilla organizations, saying:
‘It is enough that we are here, and no matter how much we have helped we cannot offer as much back as the Iranian people have offered us. It is enough for us to be among the Iranian people.
Asked whether the Palestinian movement felt ‘stronger’ since the Iranian uprising, he said:
‘Definitely. It has changed completely the whole strategy and policy in this area. It has been turned upside down.’ ”
SOURCE: Arafat, in Iran, Reports Khomeini Pledges Aid for Victory Over Israel; Visit a Sign of Iran’s Sharp Turn; ARAFAT, IN TEHERAN, PRAISES THE VICTORS; By JAMES M. MARKHAM Special to The New York Times. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Feb 19, 1979. p. A1 (2 pages)
 “Four more generals executed; PLO, Iran will fight Israel, Arafat says”; The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Feb 20, 1979. p. P.10
[6a] “Grand Theater: The US, The PLO, and the Ayatollah Khomeini: Why did the US government, in 1979, delegate to the PLO the task of negotiating the safety of American hostages at the US embassy in Tehran?”; Historical and Investigative Research; 10 December 2005; by Francisco Gil-White http://www.hirhome.com/iraniraq/plo-iran.htm
[6b] “The P.L.O. currently enjoys close ties with some of the Iranian revolutionary leaders who rose to power with the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. One of the most intriguing delegates at the Fatah conference in Damascus at the end of May, for example, was Arbas-Agha Zahani whose nom de guerre is Abu Sharif. He was then the head of the Ayatollah’s Revolutionary Guards, or Pasdaran Enghelab, a post he resigned in a power play in June that was designed to weaken the position of the relatively ”moderate” President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr. (Abu Sharif was subsequently reappointed deputy chief of the Pasdaran Enghelab.) Abu Sharif rose to a position of influence thanks to the patronage of the present Iranian Defense Minister, Mustafa Chamran. Like Yasir Arafat, both Abu Sharif and Mustafa Chamran are fervent advocates of exporting Iran’s Islamic revolution to the rest of the Middle East – in particular, to the conservative states of the Arab Gulf.
Abu Sharif’s links with Arafat, Abu Jihad and other key figures in the P.L.O. leadership date back to the early 1970’s, when he attended a guerrilla training course at a Fatah camp in Lebanon. After the downfall of the Shah, Abu Sharif and Mustafa Chamran relied heavily on their P.L.O. contacts for help in setting up a new secret police to replace the Sha’s notorious Savak. A special P.L.O. unit, whose members had received intelligence training in the Soviet Union, was dispatched to Teheran to assist in rooting out ‘counterrevolutionaries.’ Abu Sharif repaid his personal debt to the P.L.O. by successfully lobbying — with the backing of, among others, one of the Ayatollah’s grandsons — for a big Iranian contribution to the Palestinian war chest and for the dispatch of more than 200 Iranian ‘volunteers’ to fight with the P.L.O. in southern Lebanon
The current head of the P.L.O. network in Iran is Hani al-Hassan, alias Abu Hassan, a Jordanian citizen who belongs to Arafat’s inner circle of advisers. Before he was sent to Teheran, Abu Hassan served as deputy chief of Fatah’s security department. He enjoys a remarkable entree to Khomeini and other key members of the Iranian regime — so much so that one Western diplomat suggests that the P.L.O. envoy should be counted as one of the most influential men in Teheran.” [(HIR) emphasis added]
SOURCE: “TERROR: A SOVIET EXPORT”; New York Times. (Late Edition (East Coast)). New York, N.Y.: Nov 2, 1980. pg. A.42; by Robert Moss
[6c] Sachar, H. 1982. A history of Israel: From the rise of Zionism to our time. New York: Knopf. (pp. 698)
 MANAMA BAHREIN — MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) – Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states have tightened restrictions on an estimated 400,000 Palestinians since the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war, diplomatic sources say.
A ban on political gatherings by Palestinians has been imposed and strict visa requirements are being rigidly enforced. The reason is that the authorities are suspicious of Palestinian ties to the militant Shiite Moslems in Iran, who have vowed to export their Islamic revolution.
Other sources said that Yasser Arafat, head of the Lebanon-based Palestine Liberation Organization, has reassured Persian Gulf governments that his guerrilla movement would never upset the stability of the oil- rich area and ordered his representatives in Gulf capitals to remain neutral in the Iran-Iraq conflict. “The PLO has been treading a delicate path of neutrality between Iraq and Iran and that has not been easy,” one Arab diplomat said. “Iraq, and all other Arab powers, insist that the PLO must put its political cards on the table and declare its unchangeable commitment to the Arab cause against that of the (non-Arab) Persians.” At the same time, Iranian leaders are reported to have asked the Palestinians to support Iran in return for their support of the guerrilla movement.
Palestinian opinion, while reflecting the PLO’s reluctance to choose sides in a war between its two allies, appears much more pro-Iranian than that of conservative Gulf governments.” [(HIR) emphasis added]
SOURCE: “Gulf states tighten hold on Palestinians”; The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ont.: Oct 23, 1980. p. P.14
 “War, arab Feuding Leave Arafat, PLO in Disarray; Gulf War and Arab Feuding Leave Arafat and PLO in Disarray”; The Washington Post, December 14, 1980, Sunday, Final Edition, First Section; A1, 1487 words, By Loren Jenkins, Washington Post Foreign Service
 “Arafat’s Meeting with Iraqi Da’wah Party Delegation”; BBC Summary of World Broadcasts, March 3, 1981, Tuesday, Part 4 The Middle East and Africa; A. THE MIDDLE EAST; ME/6663/A/8; , 395 words.
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts
March 3, 1981, Tuesday Arafat’s Meeting with Iraqi Da’wah Party Delegation
SOURCE: Tehran in Arabic for abroad 1430 gmt 1 Mar 81
Excerpt from abroad
SECTION: Part 4 The Middle East and Africa; A. THE MIDDLE EAST; ME/6663/A/8;
LENGTH: 395 words
A delegation representing the Da’wah Islamic Party in Iraq met with Brother Yasir Arafat the Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee and member of the delegation commissioned to study the issue of the war that has been imposed on Iran by the Iraqi regime, at noon today.
The spokesman for the Iraqi Da’wah Islamic Party briefed Brother Arafat on the measures of suppression, oppression and banishment that have been carried out by the infidel Tikriti regime against the Iraqi Mujahidin. The spokesman, who supported his statement with pictures, statistics and documents, added that during the past year alone, Saddam’s regime had killed and executed 100,000 Iraqi strugglers. The spokesman added that the Iraqi regime’s suppressive measures have escalated to the extent that even women, children and old men are not spared. They, too, have been subjected to tyranny, injustice, imprisonment and execution.
The spokesman stressed that the stance of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran did not represent the stance of the Government and people of Iran alone, but also the claims of more than 60,000 exiled Iraqis and the claims of the help- less Iraqi people. Speaking to Brother Arafat, the Iraqi spokesman added: We ask you, as a true revolutionary, not to deal with us in terms of international political principles and international relations; we call upon you to help our voice of truth be heard through- out the world and to pressure Saddam’s bloody infidel regime to change its position on the oppressed Iraqi people and end the war he has imposed on both of the Muslim peoples in Iraq and Iran.
Then one of the Iraqi mujahidin spoke and said to Brother Arafat: O Brother Abu Ammar, I am a struggler and revolutionary just as you are, and my duty is to fight at your side against the Zionist regime and for the liberation of Palestine and not to be exiled by Saddam’s regime to Iran after a period of torture. Then the struggler showed the marks that remained on his body after being tortured by the Iraqi regime to Brother Arafat, and said that the torture carried out by Saddam’s gang against the Iraqi mujahidin was much more than that carried out by the Zionist entity against the Palestinian combatants. Seeing and hearing all this, Brother Arafat could not prevent his tears of sympathy for the Iraqi brothers from falling. . .
 “PALESTINIAN REACTION; Arafat’s adviser accuses Iran of sheltering terrorism”; BBC Summary of World Broadcasts, March 5, 1996, Tuesday, Part 4 The Middle East; THE MIDDLE EAST; AFTERMATH OF TEL AVIV BOMBING; EE/D2553/ME, 326 words
 “ ‘SABOTAGE’ ATTEMPT; Two pro-Iran Palestinians reported arrested for plotting to kill Arafat”; BBC Summary of World Broadcasts, February 21, 1996, Wednesday, Part 4 The Middle East; THE MIDDLE EAST; ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS; EE/D2541/ME, 79 words
 “Bethlehem: Brig-Gen Abu Khalid al-Lahham, who recently returned from Iran, said that Hojjat ol-Eslam Mohammad Khatami is considered a close friend of Palestine and the Palestinian people, as well as a personal friend of President Yasir Arafat. Moreover, he called him the Iranian Napoleon and described him as Iran’s saviour.
In an exclusive interview, Lahham said… the new Iranian leadership will strive to refute its image of exporting revolution and interfering in the internal affairs of other people.
On the internal level, the new leadership will engage in building a free economy and will allow freedom of thought and faith and the formation of political parties.
Lahham, who arrived in Iran 10 days before the elections on an assignment by President Yasir Arafat, added that the new leadership will support the Palestinian people with all their leaders and inclinations, including the peace process, but it will fight to defend its role and presence as a major Middle Eastern state. The Palestinian people will be able to ask for Iran’s support”
SOURCE: “Arafat adviser visits Iran, brings message of support for Palestinians”; BBC Summary of World Broadcasts, June 12, 1997, Thursday, Part 4 The Middle East; THE MIDDLE EAST; ISRAEL; ME/D2943/MED, 428 words
 “Palestinian ties to Iran, Hizbullah look firmer”; Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA), January 18, 2002, Friday, WORLD; Pg. 08, 1353 words, Nicholas Blanford Special to The Christian Science Monitor
 “A bitter taste for vengeance”; Sunday Times (London), April 7, 2002, Sunday, Features, 2938 words, Marie Colvin in Ramallah
 “Arch-terrorist or hero of peace: Arafat’s enduring image”; The Australian, September 25, 2003 Thursday All-round Country Edition, WORLD-TYPE- FEATURE-BIOG- YASSER ARAFAT; Pg. 8, 1079 words, Abraham Rabinovich
 Barghouti Seeking Palestinian Presidency, Associated Press Online, December 1, 2004 Wednesday, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, 836 words, MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH; Associated Press Writer, RAMALLAH, West Bank
 “Israel believes that much of the Fatah-affiliated armed faction, calling itself the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, has now come under Iran’s sway, especially in the West Bank.
Scores of Palestinian attacks, accounting for roughly a third of the 98 Israelis killed so far this year, are believed to have been orchestrated by the Lebanese Hizbollah movement.
The Shia group pioneered the use of suicide bombings in the 1980s, kidnapped westerners and successfully drove the Israeli army out of south Lebanon in 2000. Hizbollah is now a political party in Lebanon.
‘Hizbollah is a finger of Iran’s hand,’ the senior Israeli security source said. ‘In the past year we can see increasing Iranian influence in Palestinian attacks on Israel.
‘The same people sometimes receive money both from Arafat’s headquarters and from Hizbollah. If the attack succeeds in causing fatalities, they get a bonus from Hizbollah.’
Another security source said Hizbollah rewards Palestinian cells to the tune of $5,000 (pounds 2,900) for each Israeli killed.
Israel regards Teheran as its mortal enemy, and has every interest in presenting Iran as a dangerous state sponsor of international terrorism. But on the issue of penetrating Fatah, Israel is in unusual agreement with Palestinian leaders.
Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian ‘president’ who has been confined to his Ramallah headquarters for more than three years, said this week that Hizbollah was trying to infiltrate Fatah.
He said Iran was financing radical Islamist groups, and denounced Iran’s spiritual leader, Ali Khamenei.
He said: ‘Khamenei is working against us. He is giving money to all these fanatical groups. Khamenei is a troublemaker.’ ”
SOURCE: “Iran ‘in control of terrorism in Israel’; Hizbollah, described as a ‘finger of Teheran’s hand,’ is said to be paying $5,000 for every Israeli killed.” Anton La Guardia reports from Tel Aviv; THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON), October 15, 2004, Friday, 803 words, by Anton La Guardia
 The Israeli soldiers were under orders to protect civilians (apparently no matter the cost, because they defended themselves, at first, with non-weapons such as paint-ball guns). It was only after one of the wounded Israeli soldiers was thrown from the upper deck and the lethal weapons of the soldiers were taken from them by the attackers, that their fellow soldiers opened fire to protect them. The result was that some of the attackers died.
The images of the brutal attack against the Israeli soldiers—a blood curling lyinching (sic)—are available to the public. http://www.vimeo.com/12555636
 “How did the ‘Palestinian movement’ emerge? The British sponsored it. Then the German Nazis, and the US”; from UNDERSTANDING THE PALESTINIAN MOVEMENT: An HIR Series, in four parts; Historical and Investigative Research; 13 June 2006; by Francisco Gil-White http://www.hirhome.com/israel/pal_mov4.htm
Francisco Gil-White has a Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a PhD in biological and cultural anthropology from UCLA. His PhD thesis work was in rural Western Mongolia, where he did 14 months of fieldwork studying the mutual ethnic perceptions of neighboring Torguud Mongol and Kazakh nomadic herders. Until June 2006, he was Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Today he teaches at ITAM, in Mexico City. His research is broadly concerned with the evolution of the proximate mechanisms responsible for social learning and social perception and cognition. His main interests are the evolution of ethnic processes, with a special focus on racism, and particularly anti-Semitism; prestige processes; the evolution of language; the structure of narrative memory; the structure and interaction of media and political processes; the laws of history; Western geopolitics; and the political history of the West.
An Iran war is inevitable. We can fight a bloody conventional war now or fight a nuke war later with catastrophic results that will for future generations.
Has anyone noticed that as far as Iran is concerned they are in a state of war with the United States of America? From acts of terrorism conducted by client Islamic terrorist organizations who killed American civilians and military personnel, giving aid to U.S. enemies in Iraq causing deaths to American soldiers and harboring for a time al Qaeda operatives while the U.S. led an allied army invading Afghanistan whose Taliban government gave political sanction to the same al Qaeda organization.
AND YET media outlets and a significant amount of Dems do not want to rock Obama’s Titanic boat deal because the Obamasiah claims some deal with a nation not renouncing war against the USA while public railing for America’s and Israel’s death is better than no deal with a warmongering hate-America deceiving nation.
Obama’s Titanic will run into the iceberg Iran with dire consequences whether now or after Obama leaves Office. Lawrence Franklin below gives a picture of the idiocy of Iran Nuke Deal.
Iran has been at war with the “Great Satan” (USA) since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979. Its opening move was the regime’s seizure of the American Embassy and its taking U.S. diplomats hostage for 444 days in 1979-1980. Technically, the move was an internationally recognized casus belli, legitimate cause for war.
In addition, the Iranian regime’s proxy terrorist group, Hezbollah, engineered the murder of 241 U.S. soldiers, sailors, and marines in Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Iran also sponsored the truck bombing that murdered 19 US Air Force personnel at the Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia on June 25, 1996, in an attack allegedly executed by a Bahrain-based cell of Hezbollah, with the cooperation of a Saudi-trained Hezbollah cell.
Iran was behind the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. The Islamic Republic’s intelligence services facilitated travel across Iran by several of the hijackers in the weeks leading up to 9/11.
Additionally, after the 9/11 attacks, Iran granted refuge, reconstitution, and a base of operations for several high-level al-Qaeda terrorists.
After the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in April 2003, when Tehran activated its underground intelligence network in Iraq to target American troops, Iran was responsible either directly or indirectly for about a third of U.S. casualties in Iraq.
The Islamic Republic also has given military assistance to the Afghan Taliban to kill U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan.
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) naval assets have repeatedly instigated confrontations with U.S. naval ships in Persian Gulf waters.
IRGC gunboats also have threatened commercial shipping, as well as U.S. and allied military assets in Persian Gulf waters, including the Strait of Hormuz. In late April 2015, Iran seized the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel Maersk Tigris, and detained the ship and crew for weeks. In July, several IRGC gunboats surrounded the U.S.-flagged Maersk Kensington.
The most recent Iranian provocation reportedly occurred this month, on August 4, when an Iranian Navy Vosper Class frigate pointed a deck-mounted machine gun at an American helicopter that had just landed on an allied warship.
Tehran’s assistance to the Shia Houthi tribesmen in Yemen has enabled Iran to expand its territorial control of the country. If the Houthi become the dominant force in Yemen, Iran would be in a position to threaten shipping in the Bab el-Mandab Strait, a maritime chokepoint between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. A blockade there, as well as at the Strait of Hormuz on the other side of the Arabian Peninsula, would be a clear violation of freedom of navigation on the high seas, a vital international interest acknowledged by the U.S.
Iran has also taken its offensive against the United States to the Western hemisphere. Iran has forged intelligence relationships with several Latin American countries that do not have friendly diplomatic relationships with the U.S., such as Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Bolivia.
Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy terrorist group, has also infiltrated parts of the United States, with sleeper cells in Dearborn, Michigan; Charlotte, North Carolina; and several other locales.
On a strategic political plane, Iran probably believes that it has been able to drive a wedge between the U.S. and its ally, the “Little Satan,” Israel, over the Obama Administration’s effort to forge a negotiated nuclear treaty with the Iran.
This strategy has also been applied to America’s political and military alliances with the conservative Sunni Arab governments on the Arabian Peninsula.
The IRGC also continues to manage several weapons-development projects, including intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) systems capable of launching nuclear-armed re-entry vehicles at the continental United States.
It seems clear that despite the American political establishment’s failure to recognize that a state of war already exists between Iran and the United States, the Islamic Republic has no doubt with whom it is at war.
The diminution of American influence in the region, the destruction of the “Zionist Entity” (Israel), and challenging the legitimacy of Sunni Arab Gulf monarchies appear to be the main motive forces driving Iran’s foreign policy.
The regime’s hardliners use their hostility to the “Great Satan” (America) to demonstrate their loyalty to the Islamic Revolution.
U.S. policymakers who hope that the nuclear deal will help nudge the Islamic revolutionary state into becoming a normal member of the international community seem to forget the past. Policymakers, journalists, and intelligence analysts had all predicted that the era of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami was a sure sign of the evolution of the revolution. Khatami was replaced by the even more hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Dr. Lawrence A. Franklin was the Iran Desk Officer for Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. He also served on active duty with the U.S. Army and as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve, where he was a Military Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Israel.
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