Archive | October 30th, 2013

KSA against political solution to Syria crisis: Nasrallah

Hezbollah Secretary-General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has accused Saudi Arabia of sabotaging a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Nasrallah said during a speech on Monday in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut that “there is no military solution” to Syria conflict.

He described the political solution as the “acceptable” one, which could be attained through dialogue.

Nasrallah further said Saudi Arabia is “very angry” as the developments in Syria “did not go according to its wishes,” adding, “We cannot continue to have the region ignited in flames because one country is angry… [and] is behaving in a different manner.”

He went on to say that Riyadh is seeking to prevent any national dialogue in Syria and accused the country of “striving to delay” Geneva 2 peace talks.

The planned peace conference was proposed by Russia and the US on May 7. The date of the long-delayed event has changed many times as Syria’s foreign-backed opposition coalition remains divided over participating in the meeting.

On Sunday, more than twenty foreign-backed militant groups fighting against the Syrian government rejected the conference.

“We announce that the Geneva 2 conference is not, nor will it ever be our people’s choice,” the groups said in a statement read out by the Suqour al-Sham (Falcons of the Levant) Brigade chief, Ahmed Eissa al-Sheikh, in a video posted online.

The militant groups also warned that anyone who attends the Geneva 2 peace talks would be committing “treason, and … would have to answer for it before our courts.”

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. Reports indicate that the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside the country.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.

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Torah in one hand, newspaper in the other, rabbi-lawmaker makes Argentine history


Rabbi Sergio Bergman campaigning for the PRO party


When he takes the oath of office in December as a new member of Argentina’s lower house of parliament, Rabbi Sergio Bergman will eschew the Christian Bible used by other legislators in favor of the Five Books of Moses.

Bergman, a Buenos Aires City lawmaker from the center-right PRO party, garnered 34.5 percent of the vote to edge Elisa Carrio of the center-left UNEN party, who had 32.2 percent. He will represent Buenos Aires City in the Lower House of the National Congress.

The victory makes Bergman the first Argentine rabbi to win a seat as a national lawmaker, and possibly the only rabbi elected to a national parliament outside Israel.

“We were selected to improve the country as we did before in the city,” Bergman, currently a Buenos Aires legislator, told the media after the vote. “We were selected to protect the law and the constitution.”

Trained in biochemistry and pharmacology, Bergman abandoned a career with the German pharmaceutical giant Boehringer Ingelheim for the rabbinate at the urging of his wife, Gabriela.

“Let’s follow your vocation,” he said she advised him. “If then you find that rabbinical work doesn’t fit, you can return to your profession as a pharmacist. But I don’t want to see you in your 40s unhappy with your life.”

Now 51, Bergman has four children, is the author of five books and is recognized internationally. He founded a network of Jewish schools and educational projects that includes a gay alliance and a rural farm. In May he received the Micah Award from the World Union for Progressive Judaism for his commitment to social justice at the organization’s convention in Jerusalem.

But he is also recognized beyond the Jewish community as a leading thinker on the issues of spirituality and interfaith activism.

Pope Francis, then Buenos Aires Archbishop Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, wrote in a prologue to Bergman’s 2008 book “Argentina Ciudadana,” or “Argentina Citizen,” that the rabbi uses the Bible “as an inspiration to build a basis of our civic behavior and elaborates the fundamentals of a civil spirituality.”

Bergman launched his political career in 2011, when he was tapped by Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri to lead his PRO party’s list for the municipal legislature. Among 10 parties, Bergman’s was the leading vote getter, tripling the vote total of the second-place finisher.

As a legislator, Bergman employed unorthodox methods to reduce tensions in the city, organizing a day of meditation for legislative employees and installing a popcorn machine in his office.

“The struggles and also some projects are funnier than some movies,” he said.

Throughout his political career, Bergman has not hidden his Jewish identity. Indeed, he has celebrated it, wearing his colorful yarmulke at public appearances. At a recent campaign rally, his speech was full of biblical allusions, saying citizens needed to join together in “building the holy land of the city of Buenos Aires in order to develop the promised land of Argentina.”

In the 2011 election, he wanted to be listed on the ballot as “Rabbi Sergio Bergman.” Opponents challenged the bid, and a court ruled eventually that while Bergman might be well known as a rabbi, his title suggests positive connotations that are inappropriate for an election ballot.

In a country only three decades removed from dictatorship, the acknowledgment was seen as a democratic advance.

Argentina is “in a deep crisis of values,” Bergman told JTA. “I believe that Torah can also be taught in the legislature. I’m against the union of state and religion. I’m in favor of the separation of church and state, but also in favor of putting deep values in politics.”

The juxtaposition has a notable history in Argentina.

Rabbi Marshal Meyer, an American who lived in Buenos Aires from 1958 to 1984 and founded the Conservative rabbinical seminary here, was famous for saying that a religious person can handle the Torah in one hand and a newspaper in the other. Meyer spoke openly about Argentina’s social problems and fought for human rights against the dictatorship that ruled the country from 1976 to 1983.

A disciple of Meyer, Mario Rojzman, was the first Argentine rabbi to attempt a political career. In 1997, Rojzman sought to be a congressional candidate with the Nueva Dirigencia party, but fierce criticism persuaded him to abandon the effort.

“I have in mind that Rabbi Mario Rojzman also tried to create a political space with non-Jewish sectors 10 years ago, but he was criticized so much,” Bergman said. “That was a matter of timing. Maybe he was ahead of his time.”

Bergman dismisses concerns about embracing such a high public profile in a Jewish community that still lives in the shadow of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center that killed 84 and injured hundreds.

“I’m not worried about prejudices; in fact non-Jews love me more than Jews,” Bergman told JTA. “If the society knows us better, the level of anti-Semitism will become lower. I’m not sure that this is the right idea, but I’m sure that this is my objective.

“What I can guarantee is that I can be criticized for many things, but not for being a rabbi. I receive criticisms that I’m on the right or that I ask for law and order, but nobody criticizes me for being Jewish. If I am attacked for being a rabbi, the first to come out to defend me are the non-Jews.”

A fellow alumnus of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, Daniel Fainstein, says much has changed since Argentina restored democracy in 1983, and Jews are now much more visible in the public arena.

“For some people, this situation can potentially increase anti-Semitism through the high visibility of a political figure who is a rabbi,” Fainstein said. “For others, it’s a symbol of the full integration of the Jews in the national society.

“On the other hand, as a committed citizen, Rabbi Bergman has the right to be active in the political contest, choosing the political party he likes.”

Bergman lives in the middle-class Belgrano neighborhood, where the seminary and most of the city’s Conservative congregations are located.

At one time he was a member of two rabbinical organizations — the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly and the Reform Central Conference of American Rabbis. But in 2012, he resigned from the Rabbinical Assembly, citing his failure to get rabbis from both movements to work together.

Bergman has an active presence online, with more than 65,000 followers on Facebook and more than 35,000 on Twitter. According to his most recent financial disclosure, his personal wealth amounts to approximately $500,000.

Analysts say Bergman’s political future is linked to the fate of his patron Macri, who has announced he will run for president in 2015. If Macri wins, there is speculation that Bergman could be given any number of plum positions, from minister of education to mayor of Buenos Aires.

But in the short term, Bergman’s success hinges on the success of an initiative he is championing as a legislator: the rollback of Argentina’s agreement to cooperate with Iran in investigating the 1994 AMIA bombing and the impeachment of the country’s Jewish foreign minister, Hector Timmerman, who negotiated it.

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I$raHelli leaflets ask US Jews: are you loyal to I$raHell or the USA?


Jewish dual allegiance – the notion that Jewish citizens of, say, Britain, France, the United States or some other country could be as loyal, or even more loyal, to a foreign state, Israel, than they are to their own country – is understandably a sensitive and inflammatory subject.

The idea that some of your compatriots are potentially traitors creates distrust in society, undermines social cohesion and, in the worst cases, could lead to religious and racial strife. Consequently, to encourage dual allegiance among Jewish citizens, or to sow doubt about the loyalty of the Jewish citizens of countries whose populations are predominantly non-Jewish, is not just amoral but criminal.

Yet, this is precisely what Israel has been doing for decades through its absurd claim that it is the state of all Jews – a claim that allows it to confer rights on Jews who are not actually yet citizens or present in Israel.

Recently, in what seems to be a concerted attempt by Israel and its Zionist American backers to create a ghetto of disloyalty to the United States among American Jews, the Israeli Foreign Ministry, acting through the Israeli American Council (IAC), has been distributing tens of thousands of leaflets to Jewish Americans asking them to indicate where their allegiance would lie in the case of a crisis between the two countries.

The IAC is a private non-profit group established in Los Angeles in 2007. In September it announced plans to expand by establishing new branches throughout the United States, funded by Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, one of the biggest financial backers of both Binyamin Netanyahu and failed US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Why, you might ask, would Israel want to promote disloyalty among US Jews or sow disharmony and hatred between Jewish and non-Jewish citizens of the United States?

The answer is simple: to create anti-Semitism in the US and thereby back its fallacious raison d’être argument as the haven of last resort of Jews the world over.

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Syria Christians targeted for supporting Assad


File photo shows Takfiri militants in Syria.

File photo shows Takfiri militants in Syria.
Tahmineh Bakhtiari

While Syria has turned into the scene of deep and spiteful aggression by the United States and its allies, Christians in this country are facing very difficult conditions.

The Christian-populated city of Sadad, located north of Damascus, has been under siege by militants for several days. The city of Ma’loula, which is considered the cradle of Christianity in Syria, has also been traded between the Syrian army and the militants from time to time.

There are also many Christians among the abducted civilians in Syria and even in April, two bishops were kidnapped in northern Syria in the areas controlled by armed opposition forces fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Bishops Paul Yazigi and Yohanna Ibrahim were abducted by Takfiri militants while they were travelling to Aleppo from the Turkish border Zones.

In September, Bishop Ibrahim told Reuters that hundreds of Christian families residing in Aleppo had fled the city due to the clashes between government troops and armed opposition forces.

He said, “In its modern history, Aleppo has not seen such critical and painful times,” adding, “Christians have been attacked and kidnapped in monstrous ways and their relatives have paid big sums for their release.”

In Ma’loula, there are significant Christian worship centers and historical sites, which date back to the 10th century BC. The Christian and Muslim residents of the city speak Aramaic (Syriac), the language spoken by Jesus Christ, along with Arabic, and Ma’loula is the only region in Syria with a mainly Christian population.

According to figures, Christians make up around 8 percent of the Syrian population. All Christians in Syria do not belong to a single sect. Syrian Christians have different sects including the Roman Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Latin and Protestant, Maronite, Chaldean, Assyrian, Catholic Syriac and Armenian Christians.

In Aleppo alone, there are 10 centers under church supervision while the Syrian capital, Damascus, is also the central headquarters for some Christian sects and is home to three global churches.

Although the Christians in Syria politically support the government, some famous figures such as writer and thinker Michel kilo, are not on the government’s side and has spent many years behind bars during the rule of the Assad family. However, they never supported a militarized approach to reach political reforms.

The Christians had concluded that despite living in an Islamic and Arab country, they never face any limitations in performing their religious rituals and social conduct, an issue which was albeit criticized by some Salafi groups in Syria who had asked President Assad before the outbreak of unrest to impose limitations on the Christians so that they are forced to leave the country.

When the Christians escaped the civil war in Iraq during the US-led invasion of the country, they decided to settle in Damascus because the Christians in Syria were living in peace.

Since half a century ago until the outbreak of unrest in Syria, sectarian conflict was not visible in the country and all religious and ethnic groups were living together in peace. Even a civil war was ignited in neighboring Lebanon due to sectarian differences while such conflicts were never witnessed in the history of Syria.

At the beginning of the turmoil, Christians in Syria backed the opposition but they gradually joined Assad supporters as the true nature of the armed opposition came to light.

A bishop in the Orthodox Church voiced full support for Assad and said, “Yes, we agreed to an uprising against Assad at the beginning, but we wanted a peaceful protest. However, things suddenly changed and danger knocked on our doors; therefore, we should stand by the government, particularly President Assad, in order to prevent Takfiris from gaining control over this country.”

In fact, attacking the Ma’loula village was a strategic mistake on the part of foreign-sponsored armed terrorist groups, which exposed their true nature. In reality, assaulting a Christian-populated village proved two fundamental points; On the one hand, the attack on Ma’loula proved to both the Syrian nation and the regional countries that these assailants are not Syrians as the residents of this village had been living in peace with Muslims for over 10 centuries and they were not even once harassed by Muslims.

On the other hand, it became clear that if these terrorist groups ascend to power in Syria, they will target everyone but the Wahhabis and they will finally set the stage for the occupation of this country by the Israeli regime and the United States.

Such conditions have prompted some Christians to take up arms and fight against the Takfiris along with the Syrian army. Most of the Christian volunteer soldiers are battling in ranks known as “National Defense Committees”, which were created by the Syrian army. One of these units, dubbed “Lions of the Valley,” is predominantly Christian and is led by a Christian commander. This group is operating in Wadi al-Nasara or Valley of the Christians near Homs.

It is not only the Christians that are targeted by Takfiri groups but other ethnic and religious minorities in Syria, which are mainly the supporters of President Assad, are also assaulted by militants.

According to principles of the al-Qaeda, which is the follower of Wahhabism, all Muslims, except Salafis, have exited the religion of Islam and the Christians are also infidel and should be eliminated.

This is while Western states, which always claim to fight terrorism, violence and extremism and are mostly Christians themselves, have forgotten that they have dispatched their weapons to militants in Syria and the terrorists open fire on their fellow Christians with these very weapons.

According to reports, Christian communities in Syria have called on Western countries not to leave them alone by adopting illogical policies and standing by al-Qaeda-affiliated foreign militant groups. They have also urged the Western governments to order Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which fund al-Qaeda militants, to withdraw from the battle in Syria.

It could be said in general that the Westerners, particularly the United States, which held al-Qaeda responsible for the terrorist incidents on September 11, 2001, and formed an alliance to invade Iraq under this pretext, are now supporting al-Qaeda which will target Christians if it comes to power in Syria.

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Report: Putin seeking to resume Russia-Egypt military ties amid US vacuum



Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering paying a state visit to Egypt to take advantage of frayed ties between Washington and Cairo and possibly gain access to Mediterranean ports, the Sunday Times of London reported.

The United States announced on October 9 that it had decided to “hold the delivery of certain large-scale military systems and cash assistance to the [Egyptian] government pending credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government through free and fair elections.”

The US move came days after 57 people died in clashes amid the crackdown by security forces on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Putin is seeking to resume military ties with Egypt in light of the vacuum created by Washington’s decision and fears of a return to the Cold War era rivalry in the region, the Sunday Times reported.

Among Russia’s motivations, the newspaper suggests, is access to Egypt’s Mediterranean ports. Russia’s only base in the Mediterranean, the Syrian port of Tartus, could be lost if ally President Bashar Assad’s is driven from power.

“Tartus is vulnerable and not good enough and the Egyptian ports are perfect for the Russian navy,” the British paper quoted an Israeli defense source as saying.

Putin is also seeking to fill the void left by the US withdrawal from Iraq and strained ties between Washington and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the Sunday Times reported.

“The US is in retreat all over the Middle East: Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. And the Russians are stepping in and intend to stay,” the paper quoted the Israeli security source as saying.

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‘Russia eyes Egypt’s ports in bid to boost military presence



Cold-shouldered by Washington, Cairo could be just the thing Putin needs to secure more influence in the region, report says

ed note–at the risk of sounding like one of those ‘we told you so’ websites, nevertheless, we told ya so.

Times of Israel

Russia has been seeking to upgrade its military ties with Egypt in an effort to augment its limited access to the Mediterranean and bolster its navy’s presence in the region, the London Times reported Sunday.

According to the report, Moscow has been shopping for alternatives to the Tartus port in Syria, where it maintains a limited naval facility, due to fears that President Bashar Assad’s regime will eventually be toppled by rebel forces.

The Times of Israel could not independently confirm the report.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that Russia would seek to maintain a permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean, but experts say the base in Tartus can’t provide sufficient support for such a presence and is too small for large ships.

“Tartus is vulnerable and not good enough and the Egyptian ports are perfect for the Russian navy,” the Times quoted an unnamed Israeli defense source as saying.

An Egyptian diplomatic delegation was in Moscow over the weekend for meetings with Russian officials. According to the Times, the purpose of the trip was to lay the groundwork for a visit to Cairo by Putin.

Egypt, whose relationship with the US has been suffering in the wake of recent political turmoil in the country, has been on the lookout for a new military patron, and Russia’s need for a larger, more reliable port of call in the Middle East could present a confluence of interests for Cairo and Moscow.

On October 19, Israel’s Channel 2 reported that Egypt was looking to Russia to supply it with arms after the US froze much of its military aid in protest over the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi.

Dissatisfied with Egypt’s progress toward reinstating a democratic government, the US announced earlier this month that it was freezing a sizable portion of the $1.5 billion it provides Egypt each year.

US officials said the aid being withheld included 10 Apache helicopters, at a cost of more than $500 million, M1A1 tank kits and Harpoon anti-ship missiles. The US had already suspended the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets and canceled biennial US-Egyptian military exercises.

Israel has reportedly argued “directly and bluntly” with the Obama administration against cutting aid to Egypt, telling Washington it was making “a strategic error” in reducing financial assistance to Cairo.

A renewed alliance with Moscow – the Soviet Union was Cairo’s chief backer for much of the second half of the twentieth century – could also infuse Egypt’s ebbing economy with much-needed tourism and investments.

Another ally of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, said Saturday that it had boosted its aid pledges to Egypt’s military-backed government to a total of $4.9 billion.

The deal, signed for $1.9 billion in new loans, fuel supplies and other assistance, came during a visit to Abu Dhabi by Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi.

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I$raHell Released 26 Veteran Palestinian Detainees – After 10 Year Delay

The Release of another 26 of 104 Palestinians which should have been released ten Years ago as Part of the Oslo Accords, to “Secure the Continuation of Talks”, One more Israeli Violation of Geneva Conventions.


Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) , – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, along with other officials and thousands of people, welcomed 21 Palestinian veteran prisoners in Ramallah and another 5 received a hero’s welcome by thousands at the Eretz border terminal. The 29 are part of a group of 104 Palestinians which should have been released from Israeli prisons as part of the Oslo Accords of 1993 and have been used as de facto hostages by Israel, to “secure the continuation of direct talks” between Israel and Palestine.

Palestinians celebrating the release of detainees.

The veteran prisoners were released at dawn on 29 October. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah personally greeted the 21 who arrived in Ramallah welcome, with President Mahmoud Abbas dancing in celebration as thousands cheered on and chanted slogans for the liberation of Palestine. Other thousands, along with political leaders from Fatah, Hamas and other factions had gathered at the Eretz border terminal to Gaza to greet the five who were released to the Gaza Strip welcome.

Another 26 prisoners were released by the Israeli authorities in August, and the remainder of the, all together, 104 detainees will be released in two groups, on respectively 29 December 2013 and 28 March 2014. The release has been met with considerable opposition in Israel, especially because some of the detainees have been involved in the death of Israeli citizens.

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Nazi Rabbi R’ Avihai Ronsky–’The Torah is Clear – No Releasing Terrorists’



ed note–the rebbe is right–showing mercy to the enemies of the  Jews is a  violation of the Torah, meaning the Old Testament, just anther example as to  why  real truthseekers must–if they are going to be honest with themselves and with others–abandon  using only the Talmud in explaining violent, rapacious, criminal Jewish behavior, since the origin for al of this was indeed the Torah which predates the Talmud by more than 1,000 years.
As we like to say here often, there was no Talmud on the afternoon of Good Friday, 33 ADwhen Jesus was crucified.

Israel National News

Rabbi Ronsky stated, “during my tenure as Chief Rabbi of the IDF, I was invited to testify before the Shamgar Commission about the Torah standpoint regarding terrorist release in general, and the release of murderers in particular, as part of a prisoner exchange and diplomatic negotiations.”

The Shamgar Commission was the official, State-run Commission of Inquiry which investigated the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronsky

Ronsky holds that a Torah warning against the move appear in a verse, “Do not take ransom for a murderer, who is wicked [and destined] to die, and let the dead, die” (Numbers 35:16). He continues that “what the Torah is saying is simple: there is no pardon for a murderer deliberately taking a human life [. . .] much less so the release of murderers of [the Jewish] people, whose sole purpose is to create fear and terror and to prevent us from living in the Land [of Israel].”

Ronsky notes that “according to my understanding — and I even heard this from the Committee member and reserve General Amos Yaron — the consensus is not to release or exchange terrorists for our own purposes, unless conditions are such that it would prevent further conflict. Unfortunately, the Committee’s conclusions were not taken into account by the Defense Ministry, and have effectively been shelved.”

Ronsky also points out that the original members of the Shamgar Committee “are not known right-wingers, and their conclusions are derived from the simple, logical, and professional [analysis] of this issue.” He also emphasizes that the notion of releasing terrorists immediately, only as a pre-emptive measure for negotiations, are “a fatal blow to our national dignity, which is a vital source of our national strength,” weakening the power to intimidate potential terrorists “who cannot claim to know how long their ‘life sentence’ will be”, cheapens the legal system, and “severely injures bereaved families” of terrorist victims.

Ronsky went on to encourage participation in protests against the measure, saying it is a threat to national dignity and security.

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Drop in Jewish support for US strike on Iran



ed note–please allow us to be so bold as to state what is going on here.

With the wars in the Middle East, the various economic crises in the West and beyond, as well as Netanyahu’s brash, gansteresque behavior, Gentiles are awakening to the fact that indeed the stereotypes that have been associated with Jews now for the last 4,000 years have existed with good reason and is not merely the product of ‘some irrational mental illness known as ‘anti-Semitism’.

The smarter Jews within that community don’t want to go back to the life their ancestors lived, wandering from country to country after being kicked out, etc. They have amassed too much power to see loud, abrasive Jews such as Netanyahu blow it all for them.

So what is going on here is an operation in (A) Isolating Netanyahu and the ‘right wingers’ within the Jewish community who are letting the cat (or  Katz, whichever you prefer) out of the bag while at the same time creating the illusion that Zionism/Jewish power does not necessarily equate to war, economic despoilment, etc. 

In short, it is an exercise in the old Marxist dictum ’2 steps forward, 1 step back’ done in the interests of putting the Gentile world back to sleep so that later, once the snoring starts, ’2steps forward’ may be implemented again.

Times of Israel

The annual American Jewish Committee poll of American Jews shows a decrease in support for a U.S. strike on Iran should diplomacy not end its suspected nuclear weapons program.

According to the 2013 poll released Monday, 52 percent of American Jews favor such a strike – 24 percent strongly and 28 percent somewhat.

That’s down from last year’s poll, when 64.1 percent of respondents said they would support such a strike, 36.1 percent somewhat, and 28 percent strongly.

There was a smaller drop in support for an Israeli strike in such a case: 67 percent this year as opposed to 72.5 percent last year, almost within the poll’s margin of error of 5 percentage points.

The poll also showed a drop in support in confidence in how President Obama is handling national security, although he still commanded strong majority support.

His score last year of 76.8 percent dropped to 67 percent this year.
Among politicians who might seek the presidency in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state, U.S. senator from New York and first lady, scored highest on a scale of how warmly respondents felt about a likely candidate.

She earned an average of 60 on a scale of 0-100, followed by 45 for Vice President Joe Biden, 40 for Secretary of State John Kerry and 37 for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – the highest Republican on the list.
Scoring lowest was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a leader of the Tea Party movement, at 20.

The online poll of 1,034 American Jews was conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 15 by KnowledgePanel, owned by the GfK group.

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Cheney: Military action in Iran unavoidable


Former US Vice President Dick Cheney

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney
Former US Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday that military action in Iran is likely unavoidable in order to stop Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Cheney, who served from 2001 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, made the remarks after George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s ‘This Week’ program, asked him, “is military action against Iran inevitable?”

“I have trouble seeing how we’re going to achieve our objective short of that (military action),” Cheney said.

“I doubt very much that the diplomacy will be effective if there’s not the prospect that, if diplomacy fails, that we will, in fact, resort to military force,” he added. “I don’t have a lot of confidence in the administration to be able to negotiate an agreement.”

Cheney said such action would have served as a deterrent to Iran, and would have put the US in a better negotiating position with Iran today.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and European Union using the claim as an excuse to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran.

The sanctions come on top of four rounds of US-instigated UN Security Council sanctions against Iran under the same pretext.

Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, stressing that as a committed member of the IAEA and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and will not relinquish that right.

Cheney was a key architect of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 that according to some estimates killed over one million people.

According to leaksource, American and foreign companies hugely profited from the war. It says the companies reaped over $138 billion from the war with KRB, formerly known as Kellogg Brown and Root, the former subsidiary of Halliburton, which was once run by Dick Cheney, raking in the most profits. The company was awarded at least $39.5 billion in federal contracts related to the Iraq war over the past decade.

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