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KERRY LINKS ISRAEL TO ISLAMIC STATE!

Kerry hints Israel is partly to blame for Islamic State!

Secretary of State John Kerry

 Returning home from the Cairo meeting to rebuild Gaza, the U.S. Secretary of State has hinted that Israel is partly to blame for the rise of Islamic State:

 "There isn't a leader I met with in the region who didn't raise with me spontaneously the need to try and get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause for recruitment and street anger and agitation. People need to understand the connection of that, and it has something to do with humiliation, and denial, and absence of dignity."

 First of all, Kerry should have listened to President Barack Obama's recent speech to the UN General Assembly on September 24th:

"Understand, the situation in Iraq and Syria and Libya should cure anybody of the illusion that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the main source of problems in the region."

 "Understand, the situation in Iraq and Syria and Libya should cure anybody of the illusion that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the main source of problems in the region."

 Obviously, Kerry has not been cured of his illusions. On the contrary, Kerry and his former aid, Martin Indy,k are incensed by Israel's refusal to accept their proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal that were based on an American security plan that proved to be so 'successful' in Iraq! Indyk accused Israel of being in a state of hubris because it dared to differ when it came to surviving in the Middle East where the Obama administration has bungled one thing after another. Whether he is aware of it or not, by pointing the finger at Israel, Kerry is creating the image that Israel is complicit in the abominable atrocities of Islamic State. This vile slander is inexcusable and even flies in the face of President Obama's position - what next for Kerry? Will the Jews also be guilty for the spread of Ebola?

 

 Fortress Israel…

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon

 What happens if the 5P+1 fail to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran by the November 24th deadline? Or if the 5P+1 let Iran off the sanctions hook in return for Tehran joining the U.S. led coalition against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria? Israeli leaders, primarily Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, are closely monitoring developments. Their concern is understandable in light of the fact that Iran is stonewalling on the key issue of giving up nuclear capabilities that could develop nuclear weapons and are not necessary for its professed 'peaceful program'. Tension is mounting with the second deadline due to expire on November 24th. In an interview with the Israeli weekly 'Makor Rishon', Yaalon assessed the Iranian nuclear crisis and the ascendancy of Islamic State in neighboring Syria and in Iraq:

 Question: Is Islamic State starting to breath down Israel's neck?

"I'm not recommending the Americans or the British deploy boots on the ground. There are local forces and with the air superiority of the coalition they must exploit the opportunity to fight by themselves.”

 Yaalon: ‘At present IS is not threatening Israel and is not near Israel's borders. But as a phenomenon, we see it as a threat to our interests because its forces can approach us on the Golan Heights, or penetrate Jordan and undermine its regime. In Lebanon they are already waging battles in Arsel and Brital, two key Shiite villages in the Bekaa valley, and there is a daily war being fought with the combined forces of IS and the Ansar Front. Both are fighting Hezbollah and the Lebanese army, which have joined forces, but are not really managing to cope and are suffering casualties and kidnappings. If IS is not stopped they could reach our border’.

 Yaalon of course is rooting for the Western coalition against IS, but stresses that eventually ground forces will have to be employed.

 Yaalon: "I'm not recommending the Americans or the British deploy boots on the ground. There are local forces and with the air superiority of the coalition they must exploit the opportunity to fight by themselves.”

 Question: Meanwhile it is the Iranians who are fighting on the ground. Are you concerned that due to the war against IS, the West will offer concessions to Tehran?

Iran's new and improved centrifuges for uranium enrichment.

 Yaalon: "Until now that hasn't happened, but that concern has surfaced in recent weeks. We are monitoring with concern the negotiations by the six-power led by the US. The deadline was extended from July to Nov. 24th. On that date we may see a bad agreement or an extension of the negotiations. There is an Iranian determination to preserve their capability to acquire a nuclear weapon, but not after a significant time. We're talking about a year and a half to two years away from the Bomb from the point they’ll be at the end of the current negotiations. Therefore the agreement that may be in the offing will not be good."

 Question: Do we have a military nuclear option against Iran?

 Yaalon: "As a matter of principle we are built to defend ourselves by ourselves."

"On this issue: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? Israel is not defenseless."

 Question: You speak of defense, what about offense?

 In his reply, Israel's defense minister refers to two Talmudic sayings.

 Yaalon: "Hopefully the work of the just will be done by others." but Yaalon added, "On this issue: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? Israel is not defenseless."

 Israel's Defense Minister must constantly be prepared to cope with an escalation and war on all fronts - in Lebanon, Syria, and those forces trying to dominate Syria, Gaza, and also a possible escalation in Judea and Samaria (West Bank).

 Question: Is Hezbollah interested in an escalation at this time?

 Yaalon: "The attempted attack in the Har Dov area (on Syrian frontier that lightly injured two IDF soldiers) was the second of its kind recently, but it should be viewed within the framework of Hezbollah's preserving the rules of the game, or to deter us from acting in Lebanon, but not something that will lead to an escalation in the north."

Hamas would now think twice before again provoking Israel, and therefore there was a good chance they would preserve the truce for some time to come:

 As for the 50 days of conflict with Hamas this last summer, the IDF was now conducting an intensive study and drawing conclusions about both the conduct of the IDF and the terror organizations. In Yaalon's view, Hamas would now think twice before again provoking Israel, and therefore there was a good chance they would preserve the truce for some time to come:

 Yaalon: "In any case we dealt a severe blow to the Islamic Jihad and Hamas. They were left with only 20 percent of their flat trajectory firing capability. They were very interested in kidnapping IDF soldiers but they failed. We conducted more than 40 targeted killings of Hamas leaders and another 20 from Islamic Jihad. They themselves speak of Gaza being set back by 10 to 20 years."

 Question: In Gaza this week, a very generous international aid to rebuild Gaza was decided upon. How does that jibe with Israel's demand that the reconstruction be conditional on the demilitarization of Gaza?

IDF uncovers terror tunnels in Gaza (photo credit: IDF)

 Yaalon: "You should recall that Hamas spoke of building an airport, the release of prisoners in Judea and Samaria and more, but all that is not on the agenda. As for the demilitarization, Israel has an interest in letting residents of Gaza live a normal life. In fact, the situation that led to the military operation was the pressure cooker atmosphere in Gaza resulting from the change in Egyptian policy (closing the Palestinians' smuggling tunnels from Sinai into Gaza). Money must enter Gaza, because it is impossible to strangle a million and something people. There are 120,000 people there without a roof over their heads. We have begun consultations with the Egyptians, the Palestinian Authority (President Mahmoud Abbas), and the UN to facilitate the entry of cement into Gaza, but it must be prevented from being exploited again for building attack tunnels into Israel. If Hamas again tries to use the cement for building new tunnels there will be no cement. This is why we insist that there be safeguards and inspection so that this doesn't recur. This also applies to materiel that can be used for producing rockets and weapons. We and the Egyptians do not allow the entry of machines that can be used for dual purpose, military and civilian."

 The Defense Minister, a former IDF Chief of Staff, has a reputation for speaking his mind; undoubtedly he would be a front-runner to succeed Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, when he steps down. (Netanyahu has stated that he has no plans to retire in the foreseeable future and will run in the next election). Obviously Yaalon, after serving as Israel's top soldier, commands a lot of military expertise, and he and Netanyahu worked hand in glove during the recent 50 days of fighting with Hamas in Gaza. In interviews marking the Succot holiday, Yaalon spelled out where he, and most likely his boss, stand amid the current turmoil that is sweeping the region.

"The other side does not think an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines will be the end of the story and they have never said so. From their standpoint it would only be another stage..."

 Although a former kibbutz member (who are usually considered to be Left wingers), Yaalon does not believe Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is a true Palestinian peace partner:

 "The other side does not think an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines will be the end of the story and they have never said so. From their standpoint it would only be another stage, and what they are now engaged in is not the forming of their state, but how to destroy the Jewish state and not to make its existence possible. For our part, we must know how to manage this conflict without illusions."

 

 

 

 

 David Essing

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

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