The White House was quick to credit President Obama for brokering the cease-fire deal between Israel, Egypt and in turn, Hamas. In the official statement released by the White House Wednesday, it said "The President commended the Prime Minister [of Israel] for agreeing to the Egyptian cease-fire proposal -- which the President recommended the Prime Minister do." (Snip) In fact, Hamas spokesmen had leaked to the press that the cease-fire would begin at 9 p.m. local time on Tuesday, but that was before Clinton had landed in Jerusalem. It would take another 24 hours for the deal to be finalized.
Comments: When Griffin gave this report on Fox News this afternoon, it sounded as though the cease fire, agreed upon, was then held until Hillary got there to "put the final touches on it" and give her and Obie the victory dance.
One of Jennifer Griffin´s in-depth reports on material other journalists will skip entirely or skim over.
How many times have we seen these ceasefires? Hamas launches a sneak attack. Israel starts blowing their brains out. But before Israel can wipe them out entirely, the magic ceasefire is ostentatiously negotiated...but not until Hamas blows up another bus or two filled with civilians.
The ceasefire begins. Hamas regroups and gets resupplied with more rockets. They relaunch another sneak attack.
Obviously this deal was in the bag long before Hilldawg arrived on the scene but you have to love the left´s creativity at theatrics.Nobody will say how much US foreign aid was just spent on this deal.Israel needs to reload itself with more iron dome components.
It´s actually pretty funny how Obama hasn´t even been sworn in for the second term yet and they´re already lining up Hillary for 2016.When Bubba went out and campaigned for Obama is wasn´t to give his vocal chords some exercise,there was an agreement to clear the path to these people getting back in the WH.
I hear a lot of people say Hillary would be better than Obama which is really a low bar to set,considering there isn´t that much difference between the two.
Maybe after the next 1 1/2 to 2 years Obama will dump Biden and make her VP to em brazen her credentials.
After seeing the savages win the fight in this country, I was hoping the good guys would win the fight in the middle east. Guess not. And the announcement coming just after the bombing on the bus in Israel, and right before the barrage, certainly gave the bad guys the look of a win. Which is what counts in that part of the world. Strong horse is obama´s allies, the muslim brotherhood, weak horse is Israel and liberty.
Where does one begin the list of what is wrong with this "deal", considering that the truce has already been broken AFTER the deal was made? (AFP story on Drudge)
First, “The goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians alike,” Clinton said in Cairo.
In her dreams. Israel and the Palestinians know that this "peace deal" won´t last and in fact, only gives a decimated Hamas some breathing room until they re-up.
Second, Egypt’s president, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, now will be held accountable if Hamas or anyone else fires rockets from Gaza into Israel. On the line is $1.5 billion dollars in U.S. aid to Egypt.
Does Morsi care if the US holds him "responsible" for attacks? Do Americans really believe he won´t claim deniability the next time a rogue rocket or crowded-city pipe bomb clobbers Israeli citizens? I can hear it now: "We agreed to not bomb Israel. We can´t help it if somebody strikes out on their own." ....continued
Third, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal... said that as part of the deal Israel has agreed to ease control of all Gaza’s border crossings, including its sea routes. But...Israel has not agreed to end its maritime blockade of Gaza ... In other words, all ships that want to approach the Gaza coast are still subject to search and seizure. And security at the border crossings into Israel will not be eased, according to sources familiar with the talks... and there is no agreement allowing Palestinians from Gaza to enter Israel.
“The President said that he was committed to seeking additional funding for Iron Dome and other U.S.-Israel missile defense programs,"
...except for the US´ defense. Didn´t the Democrats get rid of our missile-defense system a while back? So Obama is made to look like the great Israel-protector while at the same time decimating our military and refusing to fund troops and in fact, even disallowing their absentee ballots.
This entire "peace deal" is a shameful sham. Already, hours AFTER the truce, rockets have already been fired into Israel from Gaza (http://www.france24.com/en/20121122-twelve-rockets-hit-israel-after-truce-police)
So the posturing goes apace, as is de rigeur for this Administration, while the Israelis are still getting shelled. Where is the "peace deal", the "truce"?
I just can´t figure out why Israel keeps participating in these cease-fire dog and pony shows. There is never an up-side for them that I can see. In a few days or weeks the rockets will start falling again and be totally ignored by the world until Israel gets fed up and returns fire; then peace suddenly becomes an issue again. An unending vicious cycle.
Israel hasn´t survived all these years because they are stupid....
I´m sure She got what She needed. Don´t let your guard down -- Israel.
Wonder how much WE the taxpayers had to fork over to make obama look good. Well -- no amount of money can make him look good. WE´ve finally seen him without his clothes and he´s nothing much to brag about....
Who could possibly trust anything Hamas says? Yet, we will once again give them the benefit of the doubt. They need to be held accountable for the death and destruction that is their way of life. These people are NOT victims. They are willing terrorists whose only goal is the total annihilation of the Jews.
I hope that Israel does not trust Obama to broker any kind of peace. This regime always has an ulterior motive and I suspect it is not peace and security for Israel.
If Obama believes negotiating with terrorists is a good policy for ending wars, as he´s forced Israel to do with Hamas, why hasn´t he negotiated with the al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan during his almost four years in office to end the war in that country and bring our troops home?
Surely, with the extraordinary diplomatic skills the MSM is currently attributing to Hillary Clinton, she could have easily talked the Afghan terrorists into signing the same kind of treaty she negotiated between Israel and Hamas.
So why isn´t Hillary inviting al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to a meeting? I´m sure he´d be just as thrilled to sign a meaningless piece of paper as the Hamas leaders were.
The basic problem, ignored by the liberals, is that hatred of Jews and Polytheists (i.e. Christians who believe in the Trinity) is a core teaching of Islam. See Qur’an (9:30) and Qur’an (5:82) as quoted in a recent PJmedia article for examples. This is an ugly fact not easily accepted by the all religions are equal crowd but one which is fervently believed by many in the Middle East.
It is just a tad confusing when I just read an article on the Drudge Report ( by the A>P> no less ) speaking about statements by the Head of the Egyptian Brotherhood and headlined "Egypt Brotherhood Leader blasts Peace with Israel". We all know that Hamas obtains there weapons overland through Eqypt through tunnels at their common border.
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J F Ackerman, 11/22/2012 11:09:32 AM (No. 9029309)
Israel! Listen up! Your survival depends on telling the United States and the islamophiles in this administration to go to blazes. This American administration seeks your destruction by playing you for peace-loving fools.
In Thanksgiving, here I venture an amateur list of reasons it seems to me Israel belongs to the Israelis. Because they lived there before any of the other claimants and were ejected by force. Because they bought the land they live on, because they were given it by Britain the last other legitimate ruler, because they were assigned it by the U.N., because they conquered it in several regional wars. Because they improved it, because they run a just government where people can live in freedom. Because they protect everyone´s Holy Places. Because the people who claim it drove the Jews out of the places where they lived before and will not allow the Jews a right of return. Because they live there now. And because the principle of putting people back to where they lived in 1945 would throw the entire world into turmoil. Leave them alone for God´s sake.
It is time to be thankful for the work Mesdames Griffin and Herridge are doing. Save for those two we would not know what really is going on in Israel and that this so called cease-fire was brokered before Clinton got there and that Benghazi was an organized terrorist attack. Keep up the good work telling the truth, Ladies. It is refreshing to see these Ladies shine a spotlight on this government that presents us with Potemkin villages and lying ambassadors.
This entire charade is just one big phony kabuki dance with Clinton playing the head dancer. If it wasn´t for Fox and their superb reporters no one would even know about it. I´m not sure where the mainstream media journalists went to college but they should close them all down.
Florida is the New Selma, and not for the first time. On a visit to Tallahassee Tuesday, Jesse Jackson "used the phrase ´Selma of our time´--a reference to civil rights marches in Alabama that helped prompt change in the 1960s," the Miami Herald reports. By way of explanation, the paper quotes an earlier, ungrammatical comment the septuagenarian would-be provocateur made last month on CNN, where he "talked about an economic boycott to ´isolate Florida as a kind of apartheid state given this whole stand your ground laws.´ "
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. (Snip)The files shed light on one of Snowden´s most controversial statements, made in his first video interview published by the Guardian on June 10.
Dream Defenders Executive Director Philip Agnew has said he knew the group would have to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” during its now-13-day sit in at the Capitol. The college activists reached a new level of “uncomfortable” over the weekend – the group said Capitol police stopped food from coming into the building, leaving a group of about 50 protesters with little more than snack items and a few cups of water. Reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicate that´s not accurate.(Snip)phone calls to FDLE in support of the protest shut down the center’s ability
The Department of Justice civil rights unit sent to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to mediate the anti-George Zimmerman protests has a history of putting racial advocacy ahead of its mandated duties, according to a former head of the unit. “At CRS headquarters, we (meaning I) regularly had to warn or take corrective action against career employees for acting as advocates instead of mediators,” Ondray Harris, the former director of the DOJ’s Community Relations Service (CRS), told The Daily Caller. CRS was the unit deployed to Sanford in 2012 to oversee anti-Zimmerman protests.
The family of the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has accused the army of abducting him. His daughter Shaimaa told a news conference in Cairo that the family was taking legal measures against the army. Mr Morsi has been held at an undisclosed location without charge since he was removed from power on 3 July. (Snip)One of Mr Morsi´s sons, Osama, said: "What is going on is a violation of human rights and a scandal in every sense of the word."
In the charade that became the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, and in the continuing aftermath of the verdict, there was one thing the American people didn’t get from much of the national broadcast media: fairness. In the hours of continuous coverage that I monitored and recorded, I couldn’t believe the lack of balance in coverage.(Snip)Some news organizations seemed to resist the temptation of balanced reporting from the onset. What happened to investigating stories thoroughly? What happened to balancing a report with all points of view? And what happened to keeping agendas and
George Zimmerman, who has not been seen publicly since being acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this month, surfaced last week to rescue an unidentified driver trapped in an overturned truck in Florida, police said Monday. Sanford Police Department Capt. Jim McAuliffe told Fox News that Zimmerman, 29, was identified by a crash victim as the man who pulled him from the mangled vehicle last week. “George Zimmerman pulled me out,” firefighters were told by the unidentified driver, according to McAuliffe.
I have to admit, I’m stumped. Either something fairly important happened yesterday in Washington, or as readers of The Dallas Morning News might say, “I have no idea what you mean.” News reports, mostly from the right-of-center media, would indicate a 50-year IRS employee, recently retired as a tax specialist, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Carter Hull, we’re told, said the inappropriate screening of tea party-related applications reached at least the office of the IRS chief counsel, one of two political appointees in the building. You remember the IRS scandal, right?
The brother of Trayvon Martin, whose shooting death by George Zimmerman gained international attention over the past year, is currently serving as an intern for Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., her office confirmed to NBC News. A Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty of of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter on July 13. Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self defense. Martin’s brother Jahvaris Fulton attends Florida International University in Miami, Fla., (Snip) According to Wilson´s office, Fulton is also part of the 5000 Roll Models of Excellence Project.
In 2005 the Florida legislator enacted statute 776.032. “Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.” This immunity statute is often erroneously referred to as Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground (SYG) law, even by lawyers, judges, and law professors who ought to know better.(Snip)In fact, SYG is a different statute entirely, 776.013(3). Although many states have adopted some form of self-defense immunity law, Florida’s is remarkably broad in many respects. It provides not only immunity from both civil liability and criminal prosecution, but even from arrest in instances that lack probable cause
In the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous of the NAACP are calling on the black community to rise up in national protest. Yet they know — and Barack Obama, whose silence speaks volumes, knows — nothing is going to happen. "Stand-Your-Ground" laws in Florida and other states are not going to be repealed. George Zimmerman is not going to be prosecuted for a federal "hate crime" in the death of Trayvon Martin. The result of all this ginned-up rage that has produced vandalism and violence
President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, had a close relationship with Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi that continued from the 1980s until the dictator’s death. A photograph obtained by the Daily Caller shows Malik smiling with Gadhafi. Photos of Gadhafi from the time period appear to place the photo somewhere between 1987-1990, around the same time as the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing and the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, for both of which Libya was responsible. Obama was a vocal supporter of the Libyan dictator and once interceded with his brother on Gadhafi’s behalf during the Libyan civil war,
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
An odd dark vertical line that was observed in the sky over Florida earlier this week has left meteorologists puzzled. The shadowy apparition was spotted and photographed by Mike Weight at Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin, Florida, Wednesday. Weight was walking on the beach at around 12.30pm. The day was bright and sunny, but there were thunderheads forming to the east. ‘I was looking North when I observed what looked like a ray of dark light coming down from a small cloud to the surface of the Gulf about a half-mile away,’ the 73-year-old man wrote in an email