Incompetence and Betrayal: How The Obama Regime Muffed The Israeli/Hamas Ceasefire Agreement

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The Times of Israel’s DJohn Kerry’s ceasefire proposal, Friday. He writes that he “wondered if something had gotten lost in translation.”

It seemed inconceivable that the American secretary of state would have drafted an initiative that, as a priority, did not require the dismantling of Hamas’s rocket arsenal and network of tunnels dug under the Israeli border. Yet the reported text did not address these issues at all, nor call for the demilitarization of Gaza.

It seemed inconceivable that the secretary’s initiative would specify the need to address Hamas’s demands for a lifting of the siege of Gaza, as though Hamas were a legitimate injured party acting in the interests of the people of Gaza — rather than the terror group that violently seized control of the Strip in 2007, diverted Gaza’s resources to its war effort against Israel, and could be relied upon to exploit any lifting of the “siege” in order to import yet more devastating weaponry with which to kill Israelis.

Israel and the US are meant to be allies; the US is meant to be committed to the protection of Israel in this most ruthless of neighborhoods; together, the US and Israel are meant to be trying to marginalize the murderous Islamic extremism that threatens the free world. Yet here was the top US diplomat appearing to accommodate a vicious terrorist organization bent on Israel’s destruction, with a formula that would leave Hamas better equipped to achieve that goal.

The appalled response to the Kerry proposal by the members of the security cabinet on Friday night, however, made plain nothing had gotten lost in translation at all. The secretary’s proposal managed to unite Israel’s disparate group of key political leaders — from Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Liberman on the right, through Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni on the center-left — in a unanimous response of horrified rejection and leaked castigation.

But actually, it’s worse than that. What emerges from Kerry’s self-initiated ceasefire mission — Israel had already accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal; and nobody asked him to come out on a trip he prefaced with sneering remarks about Israel’s attempted “pinpoint” strikes on Hamas terror targets — is that Jerusalem now regards him as duplicitous and dangerous.

Contrary to his public claim at his press conference in Cairo that his ceasefire proposal was “built on” the Egyptian initiative, it manifestly is nothing of the kind. As indicated by the unconfirmed text reported by Issacharoff, by other subsequent reports of its content, and by the cabinet’s outraged rejection, it is a proposal that, to quote an unnamed official cited by Channel 2, “tunneled under the Egyptian initiative,” a document, to quote from another of those leaked comments, that reads like it was drawn up for or even by Hamas’s Khaled Mashaal.

Horovitz describes Kerry’s intervention as nothing short of a betrayal by Israel’s (heretofore) staunchest ally.

Obama further inflamed the Israelis with a late night phone call, Sunday night, demanding an unconditional ceasefire:

Via The Blaze:

Israeli politicians from the right and left are fuming at President Barack Obama following a late-night phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling for an “unconditional” humanitarian cease-fire, likening Obama to “background noise” and one Israeli lawmaker calling for a “cease-fire from Washington.”

In their Sunday night telephone call, Obama “underscored the United States’ strong condemnation of Hamas’ rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself” and said that “ultimately” a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should disarm terrorist groups and demilitarize Gaza, the White House said in a statement.

But leave it to the malicious – yet still comically inept Obama – to give the Israelis cover in rejecting the ceasefire proposal.

Obama attempted to impose his will on Israel one more time –and save face after Kerry’s disastrous ceasefire mission — at an emergency UN Security Council midnight session overnight, which resulted in a demand for a ceasefire, Monday morning.

Via Joel Pollak of Breitbart.com:

The war has continued Monday, since Hamas keeps firing rockets and boasting about terror tunnels, and Israel–which promised not to initiate fire for three days–has responded. Israeli politicians are very reluctant to defy the U.S. openly (albeit less so as the grievances against Obama mount). Yet it is far easier to defy the UN–even the UN Security Council–for which Israelis of all political stripes have long ago developed a studied contempt.

Ironically, therefore, while Obama’s stunt at the UN was meant to isolate Israel, he made it easier for Israel to keep fighting. Now Israeli leaders can say they are not defying Obama directly, or alone: they are defying such human rights paragons as Nigeria and Rwanda, along with Russia and China, which presume to sit in judgment of Israel’s self-defense efforts.

Just more of that “Smart Power” we were promised when Obama came into office.

UPDATE:

Via Weasel Zippers: White House Furious With Israel’s Criticism of John Kerry, Warn It May Put Israel’s Relationship With U.S. In Jeopardy…

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over a torrent of Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

In unusually harsh language, officials said the criticism of Kerry could put the relationship between the U.S. and Israel in jeopardy. They also said the personal attacks on Kerry crossed a line and were particularly disappointing at a time of active conflict.

Has it occurred to these officials that John Kerry actually does suck at his job?

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Weasel Zippers: Facebook: “Death To Zionist Baby Killer Israeli Jews” Page Doesn’t Violate Our “Community Standards”…

A Facebook page calling for the death of Israeli Jews does not violate the social network’s “community standards,” according to multiple messages sent by Facebook in response to user complaints.

The page in question, is named, “Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews.” The page, which spells “Zionist” incorrectly, features an Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire with blood dripping down his chin as he feasts on a child. It was started on July 25.

Keep reading…

Facebook claims to be dedicated to providing a “safe and welcoming environment” – which it certainly does – for haters of a conservative Christians and Jews.

Judge Jeanine: It’s Time For The Pope To Start Protecting His Christian Flock

It’s usually Barack Obama who is taken out to the woodshed every weekend on Justice with Jeanine Pirro, but this Saturday night, it was the Pope’s turn.

In her opening statement, tonight, Judge Jeanine more than ever – spoke for me, a Catholic who has been repeatedly disappointed by this particular pope.

“I mean no disrespect,” Pirro – a Catholic herself – said, “but it is time for the papacy – and Pope Francis in particular – to start protecting his Christian flock.”

She continued, “this month, Pope Francis preached that immigrant children in facilities around the United States should be welcomed and protected.”

She argued that the immigrant children are being protected and fed, here – “No children are being killed in the United States. But Christian children are being killed in the Middle East!” She went on to argue that the pope’s prayers for the Middle East are not enough because Christian culture and artifacts are in the process of being destroyed.

“They are taking crosses off churches and turning them into mosques with loudspeakers. Priceless relics are being destroyed or sold. And for the first time in 1,600 years, Mass will not be held in the ancient city of Mosul, Iraq. The language of Jesus – Aramaic – could be lost as well as Christians who speak it are murdered.”

“Your holiness – you are the leader of the flock – you control one of the wealthiest organizations in the world. And with wealth – comes power. Your recent trips and your planned trips do not reflect the urgent concern necessary for Christians in Iraq and Syria and Egypt,” Pirro said.

“Every church in the world should be repeating a strong, urgent message from the papacy –  condemning this slaughter and calling for the world to stop the annihilation of innocents instead of worrying about immigrant children already protected by America.”

“You must act!” Pirro declared. “It is time for the papacy to get out in front of this Christian massacre!”

“The Vatican is a country with Ambassadors and a Secret Service. You can put political pressure on nations. You can provide sanctuary. You have resources for humanitarian aid. But most of all, you have the power of the pulpit, you have the power to change the world.”

“Turn the other cheek doers not mean that you cannot respond. It does not mean that you cannot provide humanitarian aid. Turn the other cheek does not mean, that the most you can offer is a prayer,” Pirro protested..

I keep waiting for a statement from the Bishops or the Vatican – or at least a prayer offered by my own church for suffering Christians throughout the Middle East during the general intercessions – and I haven’t heard it. What is the matter with us?

Pirro had former UN Ambassador, John Bolton on to discuss the danger Christians are in worldwide because of radical Islam.

She also had on Father Anthony Hanna, a Coptic Christian Pries, to discuss the plight of his people in the Middle East.

The Anchoress reports that the USCCB,  sent a letter to the Regime requesting aid for Iraq. It just released a pdf of Bishop Pates’ letter to White House national security adviser Susan Rice.

Last month I wrote to you about the escalating violence in Iraq that targets Christians and otherreligious communities. I asked that the U.S. government urge Iraqi political leaders to form an inclusive government representative of all ethnic and religious groups, thus reversing the exclusion that has been exploited by extremists. Only in this way can the rule of law be restored and the common good of all be served.

Sadly the situation in Iraq has only deteriorated in the past month.

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While the bishop was writing to Rice, requesting humanitarian assistance for Iraq, Rice (who always seems to get the worst jobs) was writing a letter to Congress on behalf of the administration, seeking to insure that no US Troops ever go to Iraq again:

The Obama administration is calling on Congress to fully repeal the war authorization in Iraq to ensure that no U.S. troops return to the country, which is under siege by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).

White House national security adviser Susan Rice petitioned Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) in a letter Friday (pdf) to completely repeal the war authorization, officially known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq, or AUMF.

Rice’s letter was sent as Congress just hours before it approved a resolution opposing U.S. military intervention in Iraq, where the terrorist group ISIL claims to have established an Islamic caliphate.

“We believe a more appropriate and timely action for Congress to take is the repeal of the outdated 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq,” Rice wrote, according to a copy of her letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

“With American combat troops having completed their withdrawal from Iraq on December 18, 2011, the Iraq AUMF is no longer used for any U.S. government activities and the administration fully supports its repeal,” Rice wrote. “Such a repeal would go much further in giving the American people confidence that ground forces will not be sent into combat in Iraq.”

Walid Shoebat: Pope Francis And The Vatican Fight Against The Islamic Persecution Of Christians, And Rescue A Christian From Being Killed By Muslims:

 

 

Cruz: “Did President Obama Just Launch an Economic Boycott of Israel?” – Updated

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today, called out the Obama Regime for its decision to ban flights to Israel while, at the same time, announcing continuing aid to Gaza that will be funneled to the terrorist organization, Hamas.

Where is the rest of the Republican party on this? Congress holds the purse strings. Why on earth would they allow this travesty to happen?

“Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things. One, it helps our enemy. Two, it hurts our ally,” said Sen. Cruz.

He added, “The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.”

Sen. Cruz is asking the Obama Administration to answer five specific questions regarding the FAA’s decision to suspend flights to Israel.

Sen. Cruz’s full statement is below.

“Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was extending its ban on flights by U.S. carriers into Israel. The rationale was that because one Hamas-launch rocket had landed in a field one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport, the ‘potentially hazardous security situation created by the armed conflict between Israel and Gaza’ necessitated this extreme action that has so far cancelled some 160 flights and left tens of thousands stranded.

“Obviously, no one wants to place civilian travelers in harm’s way, and the recent downing of Malaysian Airways flight 17 by pro-Russian militants in Ukraine is a stark reminder of the dangers posed by regional unrest. But security concerns in Israel are hardly breaking news, and given the exceptional challenge Israel faces, Ben Gurion has rightly earned the reputation as one of the safest airports in the world due to the aggressive security measures implemented by the Israeli government.

“Given that some 2,000 rockets have been fired into Israel over the last six weeks, many of them at Tel Aviv, it seems curious to choose yesterday at noon to announce a flight ban, especially as the Obama Administration had to be aware of the punitive nature of this action.

“Tourism is an $11 billion industry for Israel, which is in the middle of a summer high season already seriously diminished by the conflict initiated by Hamas. Group tours have been cancelling at a 30% rate. This FAA flight ban may well represent a crippling blow to a key economic sector through both security concerns and worries that additional bans will down more flights and strand more passengers. It hardly matters if or when the ban is lifted. At this point, the damage may already be done.

“Even given the remarkable resilience and prosperity of its economy, Israel has always been vulnerable to economic blackmail. In the 1970s, we saw the Arab League boycott, which tried to punish any financial institution that did business with Israel.

“Today we have similar noxious efforts by the Boycott, Divest, Sanction or ‘BDS’ movement, which seeks to punish Israel for the fact that the militant terrorist elements embraced by the Palestinian Authority make any peace deal an intolerable security risk to Israel at this time. But the Obama Administration has refused to robustly denounce this effort to undermine our ally.

“Instead, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a veiled threat last February when he encouraged boycotts of Israel and said that absent serious Israeli concessions at the negotiating table, Israel’s economic prosperity was ‘not sustainable’ and ‘illusory.’ Secretary Kerry unfortunately reprised this theme just this April, when he threatened that Israel risked becoming an ‘apartheid state’ if Israel did not submit to his chosen solution to the Israel-Palestinian crisis.

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“Taken in the context of Secretary Kerry’s comments, yesterday’s action by the FAA raises some serious questions:

· Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House?

· If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights are still permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?

· What was the FAA’s ‘safety’ analysis that led to prohibiting flights to Israel, while still permitting flights to Ukraine—where a commercial airline flight was just shot down with a BUK missile?

· What specific communications occurred between the FAA and the White House? And the State Department? Why were any such communications necessary, if this was purely about airline safety?

· Was this a safety issue, or was it using a federal regulatory agency to punish Israel to try to force them to comply with Secretary Kerry’s demand that Israel stop their military effort to take out Hamas’s rocket capacity?

“When Secretary Kerry arrived in Cairo this week his first act was to announce $47 million in additional aid to Gaza, which is in effect $47 million for Hamas. In short order, this travel ban was announced by the FAA. Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things. One, it helps our enemy. Two, it hurts our ally.

“Until these serious questions are answered, the facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands.

“If so, Congress should demand answers.”

The State Department responded to Sen. Cruz’s questions, calling them “ridiculous” and “offensive.”
Hamas, however fully endorses the Obama administration’s decision to suspend U.S. flights to Israel. A spokesman for Hamas said: “The success of Hamas in closing Israeli airspace is a great victory for the resistance, and is the crown of Israel’s failure.”
Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier said, “to suggest the administration’s move does not directly empower Hamas is misguided and short-sighted.” In response to The State Department’s reaction to Cruz’s questions, she added, “we find the Obama Administration’s foreign policy to be ridiculous and offensive. The American people deserve answers to these questions and Sen. Cruz will continue to press for them.”
These days, I’m constantly reminded of the warning signs so many of us saw back in 2008 regarding  candidate Obama and his affinity for the terrorist group Hamas. Would that more Americans had seen it.
UPDATE:
Cruz Vows To Hold All State Department Nominees Until Questions Are Answered About Israeli Flight Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced that he will hold all State Department nominees until the Obama Administration answers questions about its unprecedented decision to cancel flights to Israel, while at the same time announcing continuing aid that will be funneled to the terrorist organization, Hamas.

Earlier today, Sen. Cruz questioned whether the FAA’s decision to ban all U.S. flights to Israel amounted to an economic boycott of the nation and asked that five questions about the ban be answered.  When asked about his remarks, a State Department spokesperson said the questions were “offensive and ridiculous.”

“Serious questions were asked about the nature of a decision that handed Hamas a public relations victory and will cost Israel billions of dollars,” said Sen. Cruz. “The only thing ‘offensive’ about this situation is how the Obama Administration is spurning our allies to embolden our enemies; the only thing ‘ridiculous’ is the administration’s response to basic questions. Until the State Department answers my questions, I will hold all State Department nominees.”

The five questions Sen. Cruz is asking are below:

  • Was this a political decision driven by the White House? For instance, who was this decision made by – a career official, a political appointee, or someone else (at the FAA, State Department or White House)?
  • If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out when flights would be permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?
  • What was the FAA’s ‘safety’ analysis that led to prohibiting flights to Israel, while still permitting flights to Ukraine—where a commercial airline flight was just shot down with a BUK missile?
  • What specific communications occurred between the FAA and the White House?  And the State Department?  Why were any such communications necessary, if this was purely about airline safety?
  • Was this a safety issue, or was it using a federal regulatory agency to punish Israel to try to force them to comply with Secretary Kerry’s demand that Israel stop their military effort to take out Hamas’s rocket capacity?

UPDATE II:

WaPo: FAA announces that U.S. flights to and from Tel Aviv can resume:

The Federal Aviation Administration announced late Wednesday night that U.S. carriers were allowed to resume flights to and from Tel Aviv.

This came nearly 36 hours after the agency had first banned U.S. airlines from traveling to and from Ben Gurion International Airport, halting service after a rocket landed about a mile away from Israel’s largest airport. The rule change allowing flights to resume went into effect as of 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

“Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the agency said in a statement.

The FAA said that it “will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport.”

No other countries had cancelled flights. Just ours.

Obama was applying his tried and true “the never let a crisis go to waste” method of radical governance – but the Regime was called out, and had to back down.

State Dept. Rejected Benghazi Compound Security Requests To Avoid Alarming The Terrorists Next Door

I can picture Benghazi Special Committee Chair,  Trey Gowdy looking at this latest information and just shaking his head. Multiple sources that were on the ground in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 have revealed to Fox News more facts about what happened in Benghazi on that fateful night.

According to these sources, the Consulate notified the State Department that the Islamic militia Ansar al Sharia had moved next door to the Benghazi compound less than a year before the attack, and the State Department’s response was something akin to, “and your point is?”

And when the Ambassador responded with, “um okay, can we at least have some uh – sandbags and um –  weapons so we can protect ourselves?” the response was, “no, that might upset the neighbors” (aka TERRORISTS.) Wish I were kidding.  So do the loved ones of the four dead Americans who were on the ground, there.

This is more of that amazing “smart diplomacy” we were promised in 2008. Oh yeah – the Obama brain trust were totally going to show up the Bushies with their “smart power.”.

A couple thoughts:

1. If you’re thinking no, no, no….NO administration – not even a Democrat one –  can be this weak and pathetic – congratulations, you are correct.

2. I know I’ve said this before, but does Hillary really think she’s running for president with this clusterfark under her belt? No, she’s done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israeli Forces Strike 34 Targets in Gaza – Flatten the Homes of Suspects

Bibi Netanyahu speaks with moral conviction and clarity. When he said Hamas would pay for the murders of the three Israeli teenagers, he wasn’t kidding.

And when Obama, who lacks  anything like moral conviction, makes a statement urging “all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation,” a serious leader rightfully ignores him.

Israeli soldiers broke into the homes of Hamas operatives and suspected kidnappers Marwan Qawasameh and Amar Abu Aisha in Hebron, Monday night.

Via Haaretz:

According to Palestinian reports, the Israeli army detonated the houses. According to the report, around 8 P.M. the forces surrounded the houses, called on the families to evacuate and then blew them up. One Palestinian child was wounded by an explosion. Palestinian firefighters are attempting to distance the crowds from the burning houses. It was also reported that Israelis have attacked Palestinian in the Hebron old city in several different incidents. (Amira Hass)

The Israeli Air Force also carried out what it called “precision strikes” on 34 “terror targets” in the Gaza Strip overnight.

The Israeli Defense Forces said the strikes were in response to rockets being launched earlier into Israel from Gaza.

The waves of rockets from Gaza and IDF retaliations have picked up since the teens were kidnapped and the Israeli crackdown began.

Hamas has not claimed responsibility for launching the rockets but Israel holds them responsible for everything coming out of Gaza.

The Palestinian leader, Abbas is now bawling to the Hamas- friendly Obama administration, the EU and Arab leaders to make the bad Jews stop bombing them back.

Palestinians report Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talked with top officials in the U.S. and EU administrations, as well as with Arab leaders, in order to prevent Israeli action against the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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Gateway Pundit: BARBARIANS: Palestinians Attack IDF Ambulance Carrying Bodies of Dead Kidnapped Israeli Teens

Brett Stephens, WSJ: Where are the Palestinian Mothers? A culture that celebrates kidnapping is not fit for statehood.

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Netanyahu on Murder of Israeli Teenagers: “Hamas Will Pay” (Video)

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Heartbreaking news

The bodies of three boys, abducted three weeks ago – were found dead in the West Bank, in the city of Hebron, where two suspects in the case — Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha lived.

Via The New York Post:

The families of Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, have been given the grim news, according to Israeli broadcast reports.

Their remains were reportedly found in Halhul, in an open field just a 15-minute drive from where they went missing in Hebron. Jerusalem immediately blamed Hamas for the kidnapping, though the terror group has yet to claim credit.

Israeli officials have convened an emergency security cabinet meeting at 9.30 pm local time, amid new details in the ongoing search for the three teens with a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expected afterwards.

Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) sent in troops in the Hebron area and set up roadblocks around the city, following the new developments in the investigation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement: “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay.”

“[The teenagers] were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by wild beasts,” Netanyahu said.

 

 

Obama’s Response?

Obligatory condemnation and this:

“I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

Compare and contrast that weak twaddle with “Hamas will pay.”

But don’t even think of asking his royal highness to stop funding the  Palestinian government which has united with Hamas. 

Senator Ted Cruz issued the following press release: Hamas is a Terrorist Organization with Blood on its Hands:

The world should condemn Hamas for murder of three Jewish teenagers

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding news that the three Jewish teenagers who had been kidnapped by Hamas have been found dead.

“The brutal murder Hamas carried out of three innocent Jewish teenagers is a terrorist-led atrocity that demands justice,” said Sen. Cruz. “While we lift Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frankel, and Eyal Yifrach and their loving families up in prayer, we must also act. Hamas is, unequivocally, a terrorist organization with blood on its hands that must be condemned on the world stage. There should be no path forward for Hamas to have any role in any future government formed by the Palestinian Authority, and no nation should accommodate, legitimize, or negotiate with this group that engages in the killing of innocent civilians. The Palestinian Authority should immediately renounce Hamas and actively work to expel Hamas from civil society. The United States should stand unequivocally with the Nation of Israel as it responds to this brutal terrorism and acts forcefully to protect its people.”

 

 

 

Meriam Ibrahim RE-ARRESTED By “Agents of Fear” With Her American Husband At Khartoum airport UPDATE: Free At Last

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The nightmare is not over for Meriam  Ibrahim, the mother of two babies, who was freed from death row in Sudan, yesterday. Originally sentenced to receive 200 lashes and hang, for marrying a Christian, Ibrahim had given birth to her second child a month ago, while shackled in the squalid prison.

She and her entire family were snatched by the feared National Intelligence and Security Services aka “the agents of fear” at the Khartoum’s airport on Tuesday. It is not clear if they are being detained for a document check, or something more sinister is going on.

 The Daily Mail reported:

The couple were detained by around 40 security agents with their two children, Maya, one month, and Martin, 21 months.

Meriam’s lawyer, Shareif Ali Shareif, told MailOnline: ‘Meriam Ibrahim and Daniel Wani were arrested at the airport two hours ago [about 1230GMT).

‘They are now in the detention of the National Security forces. The family were trying to leave Sudan for a safe place.

‘The children are with Meriam. They were arrested as well.

‘We don’t have any information about what charges they face. But the National Security force does not have to take them to court. This is not a criminal matter, it a national security matter.’

Religious freedom group Hardwired confirmed that Meriam and Daniel had been taken into custody by the feared National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

NISS does not operate through the courts if it claims to be working on a matter of national security and can detain people indefinitely, Hardwired said.

The organisation was described as ‘Agents of Fear’ in a damning report by human rights campaigners Amnesty which outlined a catalogue of abuses they had carried out.

NISS is also notorious for taking prisoners to secret ‘ghost houses’ where they are tortured.

Daniel’s brother Gabriel, a naturalized American citizen who lives in Manchester, New Hampshire told MailOnline: ‘This is very concerning. It’s bad news.

The Daily Mail reports that  the Sudanese embassy in Italy is claiming that the family will be released as soon as their documents are checked.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted, ‘Troubling reports Meriam Ibrahim & her family have been detained.’

He also urged the president and Secretary of State  to ‘immediately join calls for their release’.

A State Department spokeswoman told NBC News that  “Ibrahim was “safe,” but declined to say where due to security reasons.”

MORE:

Allen West says the US should have provided a platoon of Marines to escort the family out of that hellhole:

The message needs to be sent to Sudan by a platoon of U.S. Marines who will escort this family out of this backassward barbaric state to safety. The Sudanese have crossed a “red line” — they are unlawfully detaining an American family. But then again, why not? Obama has allowed the Mexican government to do the same to U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi. Obama has allowed the Iranians to do so to American Pastor Saeed Abedini. Obama has allowed the North Koreans to do so with American Kenneth Bae.

But Obama made a big deal about recovering a known deserter as he released five senior Taliban. I have to ask again, whose side is he on?

 UPDATE:

Via the BBC, the US State Dept says the Ibrahim family has been set free:

“They were temporarily detained for several hours over questions related to their documents,” Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the US state department, told journalists.

Sudan’s government had assured the US that Mrs Ibrahim and her family were safe, Ms Harf added.

She said the US is working with Sudan to ensure their safe passage out of the country.

Meriam Ibrahim Finally Freed After International Outcry

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Meriam Ibrahim, the 27-year-old woman sentenced to death last month in Sudan on charges of apostasy and adultery, was freed from prison Monday and sent to a safe house for her own protection.

An  international outcry is credited with embarrassing the Sudan government into releasing her and who two children – a newborn baby girl and a  20 month old son.

Meriam Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, gave birth to her daughter while shackled  in prison.

The Daily Mail, which has been on the forefront of pushing this case into the public eye, reported:

Her lawyer Shareif Ali Shareif confirmed to MailOnline that she had been released after the court of appeal in Khartoum accepted her appeal and overturned the death sentence.

‘She has been released from prison and she is on her way home with the children,’ he said.

‘She is very happy and the children are fine.

‘Her husband Daniel Wani is overjoyed. He is so happy he is almost crying.’

He added that for now she was staying in Khartoum.

MailOnline has led the way in highlighting the plight of Ms Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death on May 15. After international pressure a government official said on May 31 that Sudanese officials were working to release her.

She was only finally freed this afternoon.

Ms Ibrahim’s lawyer Mohaned Mostafa said after her release she had been sent ‘to an unknown house to stay at for her protection and security.’

‘Her family had been threatened before and we are worried that someone might try to harm her,’ he said.

In an interview with CNN earlier this month, Al Samani Al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah said that if Meriam was killed, it would have ‘enforced God’s word’ because she broke sharia. He has threatened to kill her himself if she was not executed.

Safwan Abobaker, an activist who works with religious campaign group Hardwired, which is based in the United States, said that the pressure to release Ms Ibrahim paid off.

He said: ‘The Sudanese government was embarrassed by all the attention so they freed her.

‘It’s better for her to come to America now as her half brother said that he would kill her if the court did not carry out the sentence.

‘The Sudanese government needs to protect Meriam and the U.S. embassy in Sudan needs to find a way of bringing her to America quickly.

‘The U.S. government needs to grant Meriam asylum or find a way to let her come to America right away. She needs to come to America.’

The United States had led from behind on this issue like it does on all  issues of international import. Meriam’s death sentence came down on May 15. She had her baby under brutal conditions while shackled in prison on May 23. The Obama Regime put out a tepid statement on the 15th, but didn’t join the international outcry until May 30. Earlier this month, Sec. of State Lurch finally screwed up  his courage enough to urge Khartoum to repeal its laws banning Muslims from converting.

But Meriam’s nightmare began in September of 2013 when she was arrested on charges of apostasy and adultery for practicing Christianity and marrying a Christian. Her young son, an American citizen was held in prison with her. When her desperate husband reached out to the US State Dept for emergency help in April, he was met with complete indifference.

Daniel Wani described the unconscionable indifference to his wife and family’s plight. Re-affirming what is quite evident, “My wife was never a Muslim,” Wani—a U.S. citizen—pleaded with “the government of the USA to help me.” But Wani claims that when he called the U.S. Embassy on April 9, 2014 a representative in Khartoum informed him of their lack of interest in the case. Noting that the couple’s toddler boy, Martin, is a U.S. citizen by virtue of his father’s U.S. citizenship, Daniel Wani also declared that U.S. Embassy officials in Khartoum have not cooperated in granting the family travel papers to leave The Sudan, and further have told him he must prove he is the father with a DNA test prior to even offering any assistance!

I have tried to apply for papers to travel to the USA with my wife and child, but the American Embassy in Sudan did not help me. My son is an American citizen living in a difficult situation in prison. I will have to take a DNA sample in Khartoum, then send it to the USA for testing. I have provided wedding documents and the baby’s birth certificate, and doors were closed on [my] face.

Hopefully, now that Meriam’s story has been front page news around the world, she’ll have more luck with the Regime on the asylum front.

Via Hot Air: 

Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, holds dual U.S.-Sudanese citizenship, and Ibrahim’s supporters argued that their children, including a daughter named Maya born in prison in May and a 20-month-old boy named Martin who was imprisoned with her, are U.S. citizens.

Sources close to the situation tell FoxNews.com that Ibrahim was whisked away to a confidential location and that her lawyers will be meeting with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday.

“This is a huge first step,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization Subcommittee. “But the second step is that Ms. Ibrahim and her husband and their children be on a plane heading to the United States.”

Also via Hot Air: “The archdiocese of Khartoum had hailed Ibrahim’s fidelity to the faith:

“There are many people trying to persuade Meriam to renounce Christianity in order to be freed, but she is refusing. Some people are pleading with her husband to convince her to abandon Christian faith in order to save her life, but to no avail,” the archdiocese said.

A modern saint if ever there was one. The Vatican should start the canonization process forthwith.

This is not the Miriam’s song I was looking for – but it will do in a pinch:

Miriam’s Song of Triumph, D. 942 performed by the VoceChamberSingers

Video: Sen. Cruz Calls On Obama To Bring Meriam Ibrahim And Her Children Home

In his speech before  the Faith and Freedom Coalition “Road to Majority” Conference, Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas) called the president to find a way to bring  Meriam Ibrahim and her children home.

He discussed the importance of standing for religious freedom at home and abroad, specifically highlighting the stories of Meriam Ibrahim and Pastor Saeed Abedini, who are imprisoned in Sudan and Iran, respectively, for being Christians.

“Meriam Ibrahim is someone every elected official, every American should be speaking out for. Meriam Ibrahim is a young woman, she’s a wife, she’s a mother and she is in prison in Sudan for the crime of being Christian. Meriam has a 20 month old son, his name is Martin. And, she has a newborn baby daughter, Maya. Meriam gave birth to baby Maya just a few weeks ago, in a Sudanese prison while in leg irons. Meriam and Martin and Maya are in that prison right now today. And the government of Sudan has sentenced Meriam to 100 lashes and then hanged by the neck to die, for the simple crime of being Christian.

“You know for all of us our faith is an incredible part of who we are, and yet few, if any, of us have had our faith tested like that. Meriam has been told, ‘you will be spared this horrific sentence if only you will renounce Christ.’ And, Meriam has told her captors, ‘I cannot and I will not renounce Christ.’ Every one of us needs to be lifting Meriam Ibrahim up in prayer. But every bit as important, we need leadership in America. The President of the United States should stand up and speak on [behalf of] Meriam Ibrahim.

“Meriam is married to an American citizen from New Hampshire. Meriam’s two babies are American citizens and they are languishing in a prison in Sudan, waiting for their mother to be whipped and hung to death. We need to speak out against these atrocities, we need to speak with one uniformed, powerful, clarion voice for freedom and we need the President of the United States to say in no uncertain terms, ‘Send Meriam home.’”

 

Obama needs to do this –  if for no other reason than it might boost his sagging approval ratings – which I tend to think would be his only consideration.

Tony Blair Blames Obama and Malaki For the Rise of ISIS

In a 2,800-word ‘essay’ on the “new Middle East conflagration”, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair refused to apologize for joining Bush in fighting the Iraq war, arguing that Obama ordered US troops to leave Iraq too soon.

Via Daily Mail:

Tony Blair last night attacked ‘bizarre’ claims that his decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003 caused the current wave of violence in the country – and blamed everyone but himself for the crisis.

The former Prime Minister insisted he was right to topple Saddam Hussein with the US and said things would have been worse if the dictator had not been ousted from power a decade ago.

Mr Blair ended a week-long silence after mounting claims by diplomats and Labour MPs that his and Mr Bush’s handling of the Iraq War sowed the seeds of the attempt by the Al Qaeda-backed ISIS terror group to conquer Iraq.

Meanwhile, British-born ISIS fghters are vowing to bring jihad back to Britain…

SEE ALSO:

Weasel Zippers: BREAKING: Baghdad International Airport Under Attack

Gateway Pundit:ISIS ADVANCES – BAGHDAD AIRPORT UNDER ASSAULT – Close to US Embassy (Photos)

Gateway Pundit:HORROR! ISIS Executes Truckloads of Iraqis in a Ditch Near Tikrit (PHOTOS)

Gateway Pundit: Shia Muslims Distribute Khomeini Photos in Baghdad – 2,000 al-Quds Forces Sent to Baghdad

 

Hagel: No Assessment Made on How Many American Lives at Risk If Taliban 5 Have to Be Recaptured

This morning, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel took questions from members of the House Armed Services Committee on the release of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) asked Hagel if an assessment was made of  how many American lives were lost capturing the detainees, and how many more would  be put at risk to stop them if they return to the battlefield.

Hagel indicated that no assessments were made, while asserting that there are threats to American lives every day, anyway.

Comparing the prisoner exchange to the equivalent of releasing deputy secretaries of defense, intelligence and interior, a governor and a commander, the congressman asked, “Mr. Secretary, you have said it here that if they rejoin the fight, they do it at their own peril. My question is a pretty simple one. Did you make an assessment of how many American lives may be put at risk if they have to be recaptured?”

“Congressman, we have American lives at risk, every day,” was Hagel’s incredible answer.

Forbes tried again: “In the calculus that you made for releasing these individuals, were you asked or did you make an assessment of the number of American lives that were lost or put at risk in capturing these individuals in the first place, and did you make an assessment of the number of American lives that could be put at risk if we have to go and capture them again.”

“Again – I saw no evidence – no facts,” Hagel stammered, (now apparently trying trying to run out the clock.) “I asked the question about how these five found their way to Guantanamo, and I have— in front of me — the facts on the five. Two of them were detained by US forces…”

Forbes interjected to ask if there had been an assessment to determine the number of  lives that could be put at risk to capture them again, and Hagel repeated his previous lame answer: “there are risks that we have to our country – threats to our country every day, everywhere.”

That was his answer and he stuck to it.

Hagel is arguing that it’s okay to release top level terrorists back onto the battlefield to potentially kill more Americans because we already face threats, anyway.

This man is a great strategic thinker – which I’m sure is why Obama chose him to be his Secretary of Defense.

Obama Finally Earns that 2008 Hamas Endorsement

Conventional wisdom says the heinous Bergdahl swap was green-lighted to take the heinous VA scandal off the front pages. But what if it was to distract America from another heinous foreign policy catastrophe that slipped under the radar due to Obama’s non-stop avalanche of scandals?

Mere hours after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a government backed by the Islamic extremist Hamas group, the US State Department legitimized the arrangement, declaring that it would work with the new government because it “does not include members affiliated with Hamas.

What was saddest about Washington’s insistence on accepting Abbas’s paper-thin veneer over his government’s new nature — his “technocrat” ministers were all approved by Hamas — is that it represents only the Obama administration’s latest abrogation of leadership, logic and leverage at Israel’s expense. Rather than rushing to embrace a Palestinian government in which an unreformed Hamas is a central component, what was to stop the US conditioning its acceptance on a reform of Hamas? What was to stop Washington saying that it would be happy to work with Abbas’s new government, the moment its Hamas backers recognized Israel, accepted previous agreements and renounced terrorism? Not a particularly high bar. What was to stop the US making such a demand, one of tremendous importance to its ally Israel? Only its incomprehensible reluctance to do.

What if it came out that the  Obama Administration Has Been Holding Talks With Hamas For Six Months?

The two Palestinian factions, Fatah and the terrorist group Hamas, formed a unity government this week in the West Bank.

US law restricts aid from going to the Hamas terrorist group.

Then there’s this…
The Obama administration has been holding talks with Hamas terrorists for six months.
BuzzFeed reported:

United States officials have been holding secret back-channel talks with Hamas over the last six months to discuss their role in the newly formed unity government, according to two senior diplomatic sources with direct knowledge of the talks.

The meetings were held between U.S. intermediaries and Hamas’ leadership, which lives outside the Gaza Strip in third-party countries ranging from Egypt to Qatar and Jordan. Topics included the ceasefire agreement with Israel and the recently formed unity government between Hamas and Fatah.

Flashback to April 2008 when the terrorist group Hamas endorsed candidate Obama, creating all sorts of awkwardness for him:

During an interview on WABC radio Sunday, top Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef said the terrorist group supports Obama’s foreign policy vision.

“We don’t mind–actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance,” Yousef said in response to a question about the group’s willingness to meet with either of the Democratic presidential candidates.

That was from my Radicals, Terrorists And Tyrants Of The World Root For Obama opus from April of 2008, posted when I noticed a pattern of very unsavory groups and characters coalescing around the goon we now have as president.

For all the good it did…

 

 

Bob Bergdahl’s Message To Bowe: “I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people” (Video)

Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl held another press conference, Sunday, to send a messages to their son.

Mrs. Bergdahl sounded like you would expect any mother to sound like after enduring such a long ordeal – tearfully happy and thankful that her son is coming home.

Mr. B. was an entirely different matter, though – raising more questions than he answered.

“I hope your English is coming back and know that I love you, so proud of your character,” he said of the son who was not well regarded by his former comrades at all. After deserting his post, no less than six soldiers from his unit were killed trying to find him.

Seeming to confirm that Bowe indeed went AWOL, he said, “I’m proud of how much you wanted to help the Afghan people and what you were willing to do to go to that length…”

Later in the presser, he said of Hailey, Idaho – “We’re so much like Afghanistan.”

Huh???

 Bowe Bergdahl and His Father Have Some Explaining To Do

When I saw Bowe Bergdahl’s father on the news yesterday – with his Talibanesque beard speaking Arabic (supposedly so he could better relate to his son’s captors) I thought, “okay…something is wrong with this picture.”

The good news of his son’s release was tempered by the fact that Obama released five Gitmo prisoners in exchange. Later in the day, when we found out who those prisoners were- five top Taliban commanders – some of whom had committed war crimes – all of whom were deemed to be a risk to Americans – the “good” news was tempered even further.

Then more and more information came out about Bowe – who had deserted his company in the middle of the night and walked straight into the arms of the Taliban, and the whole thing really began to stink.

Now we discover this deleted tweet from dad.

free-guantanimo-prisoners-tweet-zigler

 Something is definitely wrong with this picture.

SEE ALSO:

PJ Media:Taliban Joyous Over Bergdahl Swap, Vows to Get All Mujahideen Released ASAP  

Michelle Malkin: Flashback: A reminder about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion problem

The NY Post: The bizarre tale of America’s last known POW

Weasel Zippers: Taliban Claimed Bergdahl Converted To Islam And Was Teaching Them Bomb-Making Techniques

The Daily Caller: Obama Submits To Taliban Demands, Allows Praise For Allah

Obama used a Rose Garden press event to tout the surprise trade — which he won by making critical, last-minute concessions — while the parents of the freed soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, stood alongside.

At the end of brief event, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.”

After Bergdahl finished his statement and his praise for Allah, Obama hugged him.

Sooper Mexican: American Soldier Who Served With Freed POW Casts Doubt on Official Story; Fears Reprisal From Obama Administration

 

And Via This Ain’t Hell - in the comment section:

I found this post a few months ago and did some research…it all seems to pan out:

I WAS THERE. I’m sick of all the lies. Here is the TRUTH, from someone on the ground. We were at OP Mest, Paktika Province, Afghanistan. It was a small outpost where B Co 1-501st INF (Airbone) ran operations out of, just an Infantry platoon and ANA counterparts there. The place was an Afghan graveyard. Bergdahl had been acting a little strange, telling people he wanted to “walk the earth” and kept a little journal talking about how he was meant for better things. No one thought anything about it. He was a little “out there”. Next morning he’s gone. We search everywhere, and can’t find him. He left his weapon, his kit, and other sensitive items. He only took some water, a compass and a knife. We find some afghan kids shortly after who saw an american walking north asking about where the taliban are. We get hits on our voice intercepter that Taliban has him, and we were close. We come to realize that the kid deserted his post, snuck out of camp and sought out Taliban… to join them. We were in a defensive position at OP Mest, where your focus is to keep people out. He knew where the blind spots were to slip out and that’s what he did. It was supposed to be a 4-day mission but turned into several months of active searching. Everyone was spun up to find this guy. News outlets all over the country were putting out false information. It was hard to see, especially when we knew the truth about what happened and we lost good men trying to find him. PFC Matthew Michael Martinek, Staff Sgt. Kurt Robert Curtiss, SSG Clayton Bowen, PFC Morris Walker, SSG Michael Murphrey, 2LT Darryn Andrews, were all KIA from our unit who died looking for Bergdahl. Many others from various units were wounded or killed while actively looking for Bergdahl. Fighting Increased. IEDs and enemy ambushes increased. The Taliban knew that we were looking for him in high numbers and our movements were predictable. Because of Bergdahl, more men were out in danger, and more attacks on friendly camps and positions were conducted while we were out looking for him. His actions impacted the region more than anyone wants to admit. There is also no way to know what he told the Taliban: Our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities. The Government knows full well that he deserted. It looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They refuse to acknowledge it. Hell they even promoted him to Sergeant which makes me sick. I feel for his family who only want their son/brother back. They don’t know the truth, or refuse to acknowledge it as well. What he did affected his family and his whole town back home, who don’t know the truth. Either way what matters is that good men died because of him. He has been lying on all those Taliban videos about everything since his “capture”. If he ever returns, he should be tried under the UCMJ for being a deserter and judged for what he did. Bergdahl is not a hero, he is not a soldier or an Infantryman. He failed his brothers. Now, sons and daughters are growing up without their fathers who died for him and he will have to face that truth someday.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim ‘to be freed’ Within Days

It appears as though the UK played the leading role in ramping up pressure on Sudan to release Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for apostasy.

Calls to overturn the sentence, first reported in The Telegraph on the day that Judge Abbas Khalifa handed down his ruling, has mushroomed into a global campaign. David Cameron, Tony Blair and Bill Clinton have all asked the Sudanese authorities to quash the “barbaric” decision.

It is being reported that she is to be freed in a few days, but her lawyers say they won’t believe it until they see her walk out of prison.

As John Hayward wrote at the Conversation, “thanks for nothing, President Obama.  Head back to the golf course and your fundraisers, the Brits have got this.”

In their defense, the Obama State Dept was still waiting for the results of a blood test to prove the baby was Meriam’s husband’s child before they would take any action on their behalf.

UPDATE:

Via Truth Revolt – 

Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice believe the announcement of the release is only temporary. Some think that she is only being released to nurse her newborn for two years and then the execution will resume. Ibrahim’s attorney agrees:

It’s a statement to silence the international media…This is what the government does. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison…If they were to release her, the announcement would come from the appeal court, and not from the ministry of foreign affairs…We must keep up the pressure.

Global outcry and support through various petitions signed by hundreds and thousands of people are hoping to do just that. Sekulow said she will not be truly free until she is on U.S. soil:

It is also important that the U.S. State Department be ready to grant Meriam asylum immediately upon her release.  She will not truly be free, her American children will not be safe, until she is safely on U.S. soil.

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