Archive for March 15, 2018

Trump Admin Defends Bid to Give Terror-Tied Qatar $200M in Military Tech

March 15, 2018

Sale comes as Congress calls for investigation into Qatar’s Al Jazeera network

Donald Trump and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani

Donald Trump and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani / Getty Images

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http://freebeacon.com/national-security/trump-admin-defends-bid-give-terror-tied-qatar-200m-military-tech/

Trump administration officials are defending new plans to provide Qatar with nearly $200 million in advanced military equipment amid efforts by Congress to investigate the country’s ties to terror groups and backing for a recent stealth spy operation on American citizens, U.S. officials told the Washington Free Beacon.

The administration has come under fire in recent days from conservative allies for signing off on a $197 million military sale to Qatar, the source of much regional controversy due to its ongoing financing of terror groups and efforts to spy on American citizens via its propaganda network Al Jazeera.

The military sale has come under criticism from some White House allies who told the Free Beacon that Qatar’s behavior continues to undermine the United States, particularly its efforts via Al Jazeera to spy on the U.S. Jewish community.

Asked if the sale is being reviewed in light of Qatar’s terror financing and efforts to undermine the United States in the region, a State Department official defended the $197 million sale.

“Qatar is an important partner in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and we share the common goal of working collectively to establish a stable, secure, and prosperous Middle East,” the official, speaking on background, told the Free Beacon.

The U.S. administration continues to honor a memorandum of understanding, or MOU, reached between America and Qatar in July. This includes increased information sharing on regional terror groups, the administration official said.

“As a result of the MOU the [former] secretary signed with the Qatari foreign minister in July, the United States and Qatar have increased information sharing on terrorists and terrorist financiers, participated in counterterrorism technical trainings, and rolled out programs to improve aviation security and passenger screening measures,” the official explained.

“We continue to work with Qatar to crack down on terrorists and their financiers through the implementation of an improved terrorist designation program,” according to the administration.

Qatar has promised the United States that it will review funding efforts identified as benefiting terror groups, the administration official maintained.

“Qatar is also reviewing their charitable and financial sectors to identify and eliminate the vulnerabilities exploited by terrorist financiers,” the official disclosed.

“All of our Gulf partners do important work to fight the terrorist threat, and all must do more to combat terrorism and terrorism finance.”

Despite criticism of the latest military sale, the United States remains committed to ensuring that “Qatar is able to safely and effectively coordinate their military air operations, and be interoperable with the United States,” the official said.

Information provided by the Trump administration has not assuaged fears that the military sale will moderate Qatar’s terror financing activities, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Free Beacon.

Jonathan Schanzer, a former U.S. terrorism finance analyst, said the United States is continuing to look the other way when it comes to Qatar’s support for regional terror groups, which include Hamas.

“It’s understandable that Qatar needs weapons,” said Schanzer, senior vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “They are under a blockade by their Gulf Arab neighbors and therefore feel threatened. But Washington continues to ignore the fact that Qatar’s support for a range of terrorist groups—from Hamas to the Taliban to al-Qaeda—makes them an entirely unreliable ally. It sends the wrong message, indeed a dangerous one, when we throw our weight behind them without holding them to account.”

Another source with knowledge of the matter said the latest military sale is part of a rogue policy pursued by recently fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The Free Beacon first reported earlier this week that Tillerson’s efforts to balk White House policy, particularly regarding Iran, led to his dismissal from the administration.

“This isn’t exactly why the president replaced Tillerson with [Mike] Pompeo, but it’s also not unrelated,” said the source, a veteran foreign policy adviser who works closely with Congress on Middle East issues.

“The State Department under Tillerson tried to lock in many of Obama’s worst Middle East policies, including turning a blind eye to Qatar’s support of terrorist groups and anti-American groups including the Muslim Brotherhood,” added the source. “It may take years for Pompeo to unwind all of this, but at least he’ll be pursuing the right policies instead of making up excuses for the wrong ones.”

Other sources pointed to Al Jazeera’s recent spy operation on American Jews as a reason to revaluate the sale.

“Qatar still finances Hamas and allows its state propaganda outlet, Al Jazeera, to spy on Americans on U.S. soil,” said the source, who has been working on efforts to see Al Jazeera designated as a foreign agent under U.S. law.

“We’ve seen that Congress has taken the lead in standing up to the Qataris and Al Jazeera in a strong, bipartisan way,” the source said. “I’m surprised that the Trump administration is taking a back seat on fighting terror. This seems more like a Tillerson move than a Trump move. Someone should check with him.”

IDF tanks pound Gaza after bomb explodes along border

March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

The IDF launched one of the largest strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip since Operation Protective Edge in response to the latest aggression.

https://worldisraelnews.com

An IDF tank in action. (IDF spokesman)

By: TPS

Several improvised explosive devices (IED) were detonated adjacent to the Israel-Gaza border fence Thursday morning. No ןnjuries were reported, and IDF tanks returned fire at Hamas targets inside the Strip, including at least one Hamas lookout point.

The incident was the latest in a series of incidents along the border fence in recent weeks. Last month, four IDF soldiers were injured, including two seriously, when an IED exploded as sappers checked for suspicious devices.  Two days before that attack, hundreds of Palestinians rioted on the Gaza side of the border fence; IDF officials believe the events served as cover to place the explosives that seriously injured the soldiers.

In response to that incident, the IDF launched one of the largest strikes against targets in the Gaza Strip since the 2014 Operation Protective Edge, including a Hamas attack tunnel running from the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City toward Israeli territory, and Hamas military compounds in the Netzarim and Khan Younes regions.

 

Gallup poll finds Americans’ favorable views of Israel at 17-year high

March 15, 2018

Source: Gallup poll finds Americans’ favorable views of Israel at 17-year high – Israel Hayom

( God bless the American people… –  JW )

Putin is no anti-Semite

March 15, 2018

Source: Putin is no anti-Semite – Israel Hayom

Issi Leibler

A very significant portion of my life has been devoted to personally combating Russian anti-Semitism. I experienced firsthand the extent of hatred against Jews that was ingrained in most Soviet leaders and bureaucrats. I will never forget the day when a leading KGB officer proudly told me it would be the happiest day in his life to see Jews being strung up from the lamp posts in Moscow’s streets.

Russian anti-Semitism dates back centuries. It was encouraged by the Russian Orthodox Church and the czars perpetrated pogroms to divert attention from social issues. While the Communists initially condemned anti-Semitism, in practice they maintained it as a state policy.

Given all I have witnessed and battled against during the campaign to free Soviet Jewry, it would be bizarre for anyone to accuse me of being soft on Russian anti-Semitism.

But I believe the hysterical attacks on Russian President Vladimir Putin following his recent misplaced comments about interference in the U.S. elections are outrageous and could lead to dire consequences.

In a rambling interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly, who was pressing him to respond to allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. elections, Putin facetiously referred to the possibility of Russian Jews being involved.

This was catapulted to front-page headlines, many of which accused Putin of outright anti-Semitism and of resurrecting Judeophobia, including the notorious “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” These hysterical denunciations were echoed by the Anti-Defamation League, which called on U.S. President Donald Trump to condemn Putin as an anti-Semite for attacking Jews and other minorities. Even the normally restrained American Jewish Committee joined in the fray. A Jerusalem Post editorial urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to denounce Putin.

All these condemnations were based on taking Putin’s comments out of context and totally distorting them.

What did he actually say? In the course of an interview insinuating that he had interfered in the U.S. elections, Putin, in exasperation, turned on the interviewer and in Russian snapped, “Maybe they are not even Russians. Maybe they were Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be checked. Maybe they had dual citizenship. Or maybe a green card. Maybe it was the Americans who paid them for this work. How do you know? I don’t know.”

Anyone with a semblance of intelligence would appreciate that this gibberish was simply a tactic to end the interview.

The Jews were mentioned in passing, as a Russian nationality. Had he mentioned Jews alone and sought to blame them, that would be another matter. But that was not the case.

I am not entering into the issue of whether Putin, a former KGB agent, interfered in the U.S. elections.

But he certainly did not engage in anti-Semitism. There is an element of madness in the air.

The indoctrinated hatred of Jews among Russians over the past centuries cannot disappear overnight, and plenty of anti-Semitic paranoia remains among the masses.

Even if one opposes Putin’s autocratic behavior and foreign policy, he must be recognized as one of the most positive forces in Russia combating Jew-hatred and supporting the local Jewish community.

There are various explanations for Putin’s apparent philo-Semitism. Some say he was influenced as a youngster in St. Petersburg, where he was looked after by a Jewish couple and deeply affected by a German-Jewish teacher, Mina Yuditskaya, who later moved to Israel. He met her on a visit to Israel in 2005 and purchased an apartment for her in Tel Aviv, where she lived until she passed away recently.

Putin has encouraged the Jewish renaissance in Russia, developed a warm relationship with Chabad Rabbi Berel Lazare, and has many Jewish friends. He has made a distinct effort to attend Jewish functions such as the opening of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, to which he contributed $50 million of state funds and even symbolically personally donated a month’s salary. He attends Hanukkah celebrations and conveys goodwill for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year – something utterly unprecedented from a Russian nationalist leader.

Despite his strategic involvement with the Syrians, Putin has determinedly kept the channels to Israel open. He has personally visited Israel on several occasions, making it the first country to visit after his election in 2012. He speaks warmly of the Jewish state, expressing pride that it contains the largest diaspora of Russian Jews. At the Western Wall, he donned a kippah – undoubtedly making his Bolshevik predecessors turn in their graves and enraging his Arab allies.

Putin holds regular meetings with Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other Jewish leaders, who all testify to his deep respect for Israel, especially its military and intelligence capabilities.

This is not to say that we should be party to idealistic delusions and could necessarily rely on Putin if he were forced to choose between supporting Israel and abandoning his control of Syria. For the time being, we will continue the balancing act and hope we can sustain the relationship.

But to accuse this man of anti-Semitism and link him with the dark forces of Russian Jew-baiting because of an ad lib comment taken out of context is utter madness. If such hysteria is not halted, it could inflict enormous harm on the Jewish people and Israel.

We have enough enemies and do not need to abuse those who display genuine friendship toward us.

Isi Leibler’s website can be viewed at http://www.wordfromjerusalem.com. Email: ileibler@leibler.com.

Saudi Arabia vows to obtain nuclear weapons if Iran does

March 15, 2018

In US interview, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman threatens atomic arms race, says the Iranian supreme leader ‘very much like Hitler’

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman seen talking to CBS News, March 15, 2018. (Screenshot)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince warned in a US television interview on Thursday that if Tehran got a nuclear weapon, his country would follow suit.

“Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible,” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in an excerpt of the interview that aired Thursday on “CBS This Morning.”

The full interview will be broadcast on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” show.

In the excerpt, the prince said in Arabic that Iran is “far from being equal to Saudi Arabia,” with its smaller army and economy.

But, he added, Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is like Adolf Hitler “because he wants to expand. He wants to create his own project in the Middle East very much like Hitler who wanted to expand at the time.

“Many countries around the world and in Europe did not realize how dangerous Hitler was until what happened, happened. I don’t want to see the same events happening in the Middle East,” he said.

The interview was the first with a Saudi leader for a US network since 2005.

On Sunday, Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu warned against “nuclearizing the Middle East,” saying that the nuclear deal signed by Iran and the international community could, in its current form, lead to a dangerous arms race.

“Many countries in the Middle East say that they too should be allowed to enrich uranium if Iran is allowed to,” Netanyahu said at the opening of his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem detailing his meetings with US officials, including President Donald Trump, during his five day-trip to the US.

In recent months Saudi Arabia has announced its intentions of embarking on a massive program to become “self-sufficient” in producing nuclear fuel. Preliminary plans suggest the Saudis may be looking to build as many as 17 reactors in all.

US President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House, March 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In his meeting with Netanyahu earlier this month, Trump reportedly refused to commit to halting an emerging deal to sell reactors to Saudi Arabia, telling the prime minister that if the US did not supply the reactors, then the Russians or Chinese would, Channel 10 news said, citing unnamed senior Israeli officials.

Netanyahu and his team reportedly requested that, if the Americans insist on going ahead with building the reactors, Saudi Arabia be prevented from enriching uranium by itself. They demanded that this be a precondition for the entire deal, the report added.

The Internet of Things Poses Human Health Risks: Scientists Question the Safety of Untested 5G Technology at International Conference

March 15, 2018

Replicated research shows that Millimeter waves – used by the Department of Defense in crowd control weapons – interacts with human skin and eyes.

http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/the-internet-of-things-poses-human-health-risks-scientists-question-the-safety-of-untested-5g-technology-at-international-conference-779643.htm#.WMM-9FE3jzM.twitter

Teton Village, WY — (SBWIRE) — 03/09/2017 — Israeli research studies presented at an international conference reveal that the same electromagnetic frequencies used for crowd control weapons form the foundation of the latest network – branded as 5G – that will tie together more than 50 billion devices as part of the Internet of Things. Current investigations of wireless frequencies in the millimeter and submillimeter range confirm that these waves interact directly with human skin, specifically the sweat glands. Dr. Ben-Ishai of the Department of Physics, Hebrew University, Israel recently detailed how human sweat ducts act like an array of helical antennas when exposed to these wavelengths. Scientists cautioned that before rolling out 5G technologies that use these frequencies, research on human health effects needed to be done first to ensure the public and environment are protected.

“If you are one of the millions who seek faster downloads of movies, games and virtual pornography, a solution is at hand, that is, if you do not mind volunteering your living body in a giant uncontrolled experiment on the human population. At this moment, residents of the Washington, DC region – like those of 100 Chinese cities – are about to be living within a vast experimental Millimeter wave network to which they have not consented – all courtesy of American taxpayers,” stated Dr. Devra Davis, President of the Environmental Health Trust. Davis proposed that the Trump Administration could provide funds for research and training by implementing 2 cents per month fee on all wireless devices, their manufacturers and network providers. “Training and research in bioelectromagnetics including the evaluation of new technologies is essential before universal deployment”.

“This work shows that the same parts of the human skin that allow us to sweat also respond to 5G radiation much like an antenna that can receive signals. We need the potential adverse health impacts of 5G to be seriously evaluated before we blanket our children, ourselves and the environment with this radiation.”

Research studies from the Dielectric Spectroscopy Laboratory of the Department of Applied Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, headed by Dr. Yuri Feldman, indicate that millimeter and submillimeter waves may lead to preferential layer absorption. The number of sweat ducts within human skin varies from two million to four million. The researchers pointed to replicated peer research of these biological effects in laboratory research conducted in other countries and considered this mechanism of action well proven.

Today’s cellular and Wi-Fi networks rely on microwaves – a type of electromagnetic radiation utilizing frequencies up to 6 gigahertz (GHz) in order to wirelessly transmit voice or data. However, 5 G applications will require unlocking of new spectrum bands in higher frequency ranges above 6 GHz to 100 GHz and beyond, utilizing submillimeter and millimeter waves – to allow ultra-high rates of data to be transmitted in the same amount of time as compared with previous deployments of microwave radiation.

“Most people are unaware that these waves are cycling several billion times per second. 75 GHz is in fact 75,000,000,000 cycles per second, ” stated Davis about these frequencies rapidly penetrating the skin.

For years, the U.S., Russian and Chinese defense agencies have been developing weapons that rely on the capability of this electromagnetic technology to induce unpleasant burning sensations on the skin as a form of crowd control. Millimeter waves are utilized by the U.S. Army in crowd dispersal guns called Active Denial Systems. Dr. Paul Ben-Ishai pointed to research that was commissioned by the U.S. Army to find out why people ran away when the beam touched them. “If you are unlucky enough to be standing there when it hits you, you will feel like your body is on fire.” The U.S. Department of Defense explains how: “The sensation dissipates when the target moves out of the beam. The sensation is intense enough to cause a nearly instantaneous reflex action of the target to flee the beam.”

The conference at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University (IIAS) was organized in cooperation with the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Environmental Health Trust (EHT).

Verizon just announced that 5G networks will be tested in 11 U.S. cities. 5G Networks will involve the deployment of millions of antennas nationwide, thousands in each city, because millimeter waves cannot easily travel through buildings or other obstacles. Proposed installations have led to public outcry in residential areas where homeowners do not want antennas mounted at their yards or near schools.

Several researchers at the conference raised concerns that current regulations are not adequate to protect public health.

“There is an urgent need to evaluate 5G health effects now before millions are exposed. We need to know if 5G increases the risk of skin diseases such as melanoma or other skin cancers,” stated Ron Melnick, the National Institutes of Health scientist, now retired, who led the design of the National Toxicology Program study on cell phone radiofrequency radiation.

Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, Chief Editor of Radiation and Health, stated that the international organization – called ICNIRP – developing recommendations for public exposure limits of these higher frequencies was planning to classify all the skin in the human body as belonging to the limbs rather than to the head or torso. Leszczynski cautioned that, “If you classify skin as limbs – no matter where the skin is – you are permitted to expose it more than otherwise.”

“The use of sub-terahertz (Millimeter wave) communications technology (cell phones, Wi-Fi, network transmission antennas) could cause humans to feel physical pain via nociceptors, ” stated Dr. Yael Stein, MD, who wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission about 5G Spectrum Frontiers.

SCIENTIFIC REFERENCES

Human Skin as Arrays of Helical Antennas in the Millimeter and Submillimeter Wave Range
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51394628_Human_Skin_as_Arrays_of_Helical_Antennas_in_the_Millimeter_and_Submillimeter_Wave_Range

Research Study Summaries at Hebrew University Department of Applied Physics
http://aph.huji.ac.il/people/feldman/research.htm#Human%20Skin%20as%20Arrays%20of%20Helical%20Antennas%20in%20the%20Millimeter%20and%20Submillimeter%20Wave%20Range

PDF of Abstract for January 24, 2017 IIAS Presentation
http://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/Yuri-Feldman-and-Paul-Ben-Ishai-Abstract.pdf

Letter from Dr. Yael Stein to Federal Communications Commission on Spectrum Frontiers
http://ehtrust.org/letter-fcc-dr-yael-stein-md-opposition-5g-spectrum-frontiers/

REFERENCES

US Department of Defense Non-Lethal Weapons Program FAQS
http://jnlwp.defense.gov/About/Frequently-Asked-Questions/Active-Denial-System-FAQs/

A Narrative Summary and Independent Assessment of the Active Denial System The Human Effects Advisory Panel
http://jnlwp.defense.gov/Portals/50/Documents/Future_Non-Lethal_Weapons/HEAP.pdf

Everything You Need to Know About 5G
http://spectrum.ieee.org/video/telecom/wireless/everything-you-need-to-know-about-5g

Potential Risks to Human Health from Future Sub-MM Communication Systems: Paul Ben-Ishai, PhD Video Lecture Presentation
https://youtu.be/VuVtGldYXK4?list=PLT6DbkXhTGoArWUNJc0tUcKW9Ue_sbCk1

Saudi crown prince: If Iran develops nuclear bomb, so will Saudi

March 15, 2018

CBS News March 15, 2018, 4:32 AM

Source Link: Saudi crown prince: If Iran develops nuclear bomb, so will Saudi

{Everyone had to see this coming. – LS}

The next leader of Saudi Arabia says his country would quickly obtain a nuclear bomb if arch rival Iran successfully develops its own nuclear weapon. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made the statement about a possible nuclear arms race in the Middle East to “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell, in an interview set to air on this Sunday’s “60 Minutes.”

The interview is the first with a Saudi leader for a U.S. television network since 2005. O’Donnell, a contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes,” asked the 32-year-old crown prince about the political, economic and social reforms unfolding in his kingdom.

The heir to the throne has ushered in significant changes for women in the conservative Sunni Muslim kingdom, including granting them the right to drive for the first time. The crown prince discussed foreign policy, including his views on Saudi Arabia’s longtime foe, Shiite Muslim-ruled Iran.

Below is a preview of O’Donnell’s conversation with the crown prince, and above is a clip in which Mohammed explains why, in his view, Iran’s supreme leader is behaving like Adolf Hitler during the rise of Nazi Germany.

NORAH O’DONNELL: You’ve been rivals for centuries. At its heart, what is this rift about? Is it a battle for Islam?

MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN: Iran is not a rival to Saudi Arabia. Its army is not among the top five armies in the Muslim world. The Saudi economy is larger than the Iranian economy. Iran is far from being equal to Saudi Arabia.

O’DONNELL: But I’ve seen that you called the Ayatollah Khamenei, “the new Hitler” of the Middle East.

MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN: Absolutely.

O’DONNELL: Why?

MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN: Because he wants to expand. He wants to create his own project in the Middle East very much like Hitler who wanted to expand at the time. Many countries around the world and in Europe did not realize how dangerous Hitler was until what happened, happened. I don’t want to see the same events happening in the Middle East.

O’DONNELL: Does Saudi Arabia need nuclear weapons to counter Iran?

MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN: Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.