Jul 212014
 

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The Daily Beast: “Now that the U.S.-Russia relationship has broken down, Moscow could throw a wrench into the teetering nuclear negotiations with Iran.

The escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow, brought to fever by the MH17 airliner disaster, are finally to the point where they threaten to spoil the number one item on President Obama’s foreign policy agenda: the nuclear talks with Iran. The man doing the threatening is Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

Opinion: July 16, 2014 President Obama said this “We have repeatedly made clear that Russia must halt the flow of fighters and weapons across the border. We have to see concrete actions and not just words.”

With those words, new sanctions were imposed on Russia that target major banks, energy companies, the Russian defense industry, and individuals the White House said were responsible for the continuing support of the Ukrainian separatists .

On July 17 a surface-to-air missile hit flight MH17.

At this point the war of words between the two presidents is crucial. The US must move quickly to form an energy policy to supply Europe or Putin could punish the EU this winter.

At the same time the US must supply Ukraine with weapons or the Russian Czar will push harder to acquire his former empire.

If all the US can do is threaten to isolate Russia economically, it will only make maters worse.

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Jul 212014
 

JPost: Likud Minister Erdan says operation can’t be stopped until a demilitarized Gaza is ensured; says Israel may have to reconquer northern Gaza to ensure this; Steinitz: If we need to, we’ll take over the whole Gaza Strip.

“We cannot stop the operation while it is still unclear whether the Gaza Strip will be demilitarized or not. If that means the IDF needs to stay in the northern Gaza Strip to ensure quiet, then we will have to reconquer the area near its northern border,” Erdan said.

The cabinet member added that he hopes there will not be a ceasefire in the coming days, until the threat of terror tunnels, with which Israel cannot live, is removed.

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Opinion: But hold everything… John Kerry and Ban Ki Moon will attempt to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Arutz Sheva reports the US Secretary of State is flying to the region after President Barack Obama urged an “immediate ceasefire“, echoing a call by the UN Security Council.

Meanwhile:

UN chief Ban Ki-moon was already in the region on a whistle-stop tour to build support for a truce and was to meet the ruler of Kuwait, current chair of the Arab League, before heading to the Egyptian capital.

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Jul 192014
 

GazaBigWarDebkafile: “So the IDF has not yet applied the full weight of its might against Hamas. The troop movements in the early hours of the ground operation appeared designed more as a signal to Hamas that the incursion would stop right there, if it accepted a ceasefire on Egyptian and Israeli terms.

This sort of tactic, which was evidently dictated by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, has never worked with Hamas.”

Opinion: Last week PM Netanyahu had an exit plan. The Israeli Prime Minister has tried to avoid this ground war by agreeing to ceasefires and truce talks. The incredible force of the IDF is being held back. Sound familiar?

Hamas is escalating knowing that the Obama administration will pull Israel back. If I didn’t know the outcome of Psalm 83, I would be worried Israel would lose that war.

PM Netanyahu is fighting like the US did in Iraq and Afghanistan – politically correct and destined to be repeated.

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Jul 192014
 
Obama Points to Pro-Russia Separatists

The New York Times: “Mr. Obama said the loss of life was an “outrage of unspeakable proportions” and a “global tragedy.” He vowed to investigate exactly what had happened to end the lives of “men, women, children, infants who had nothing to do with the crisis” in the region. He also said that at least

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Jul 182014
 
Downed 777 In Ukraine - War in Gaza - Where Is the President?

Breitbart: “Obama Literally Out to Lunch During Ukraine Downed Passenger Plane Crisis.” Opinion: The president briefly addressed the downing of Malaysian  jet as  a “terrible tragedy” while attending a political event in Delaware yesterday afternoon –  then went back to jokes.

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Jul 172014
 
Obama Should Learn From Canada

The Algemeiner: “This past week, as hundreds of Hamas rockets rained down upon the Jewish State, and Israel really needed an ally to have its back, President Obama called Prime Minister Netanyahu to demand that Israel show “restraint.” That was followed the next day by a phone call from Secretary of State John Kerry to

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Jul 172014
 
Illegal Immigrant Surge: Unexpected — or Planned?

The New American: “As our nation struggles to deal with an almost uncontrollable surge of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border, many in government seek to place the blame for the crisis on their political opponents. But some who have studied the worsening situation have concluded that the crisis is neither accidental nor unavoidable, but

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