Lebanese Shiite Politician Blasts Iran Nuclear Deal

Source: unitedwithisrael.org

A Lebanese Shiite Muslim politician has come out in strong opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, warning that Iran will create terror franchises in the Middle East.

While President Obama falsely claims that Israel is alone in opposing the Iran nuclear deal, voices are emerging from elsewhere the Middle East, specifically from other countries that are expressing their disapproval and opposition to the deal.

Ahmad El Assaad, Chairman of the Lebanese Option party warns about the consequences of Iran attaining $150 billion due to the deal. He explains how Iran will use this money to fund Hezbollah and other terror organizations in the Middle East, completely disrupting the region.

Click here to watch the video on unitedwithisrael.org

Obama: Nuclear Deal with Iran or Rockets on Tel Aviv

Source: United with Israel

In a meeting to promote the Iran nuclear deal, Obama warned American Jewish leaders that if the agreement is cancelled, there will be war and rockets will rain on Tel Aviv.

Continuing in his effort to rally support for the Iran nuclear deal, US President Barack Obama met privately for more than two hours with Jewish leaders at the White House on Tuesday evening, making a detailed case for the accord and urging opponents — including some in the room — to “stick to the facts in making their own arguments,” according to participants.

Obama referred to tens of millions of dollars being spent by critics, most notably the pro-Israel group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

The president’s meeting came just hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated in a live webcast aimed at Americans Jews, arranged by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The Israeli leader railed against the agreement, calling it a “bad deal” that leaves Tehran on the brink of a bomb.

Greg Rosenbaum of the National Jewish Democratic Council was one of 20 Jewish leaders who attended the meeting. He told Israel Radio that Obama said that American military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities is “not going to result in Iran deciding to have a full-fledged war with the United States.”

Instead, the president reportedly threatened, “You’ll see more support for terrorism. You’ll see Hezbollah rockets falling on Tel Aviv.”

“I can assure you that Israel will bear the brunt of the assymetrical response that Iran will have to a military strike on its nuclear facilities,” Obama stated, adding that he had invited Netanyahu to discuss increased US military assistance but that the Israeli leader declined.

Participants at the White House meeting who oppose the agreement raised their concerns at being painted as eager for war. Obama continued to argue that if Congress rejects the agreement, he or the next president will be forced to consider taking military action to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Obama described the deal as “historic,” adding that it would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. He also stressed that the US will continue to support and help strengthen Israel’s security.

The back-to-back sales pitches from the leaders came on the eve of a foreign policy address Obama was to deliver as he seeks to bolster support for the deal in Congress. A White House official said Obama would frame lawmakers’ decision to approve or disapprove of the deal as the most consequential foreign policy debate since the decision to go to war in Iraq.

The official said Obama would also argue that those who backed the Iraq war, which is now widely seen as a mistake, are the same ones who oppose the Iran deal.

Enough Votes for Obama’s Deal?

The White House is preparing for the likelihood that lawmakers will vote against the deal next month and is focusing its lobbying efforts on getting enough Democrats to sustain a veto. Only one chamber of Congress is needed to so do.

Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that the White House is confident it can sustain a veto “at least in the House.”

The president got a boost in the Senate Tuesday with Senators Barbara Boxer of California, Tim Kaine of Virginia and Bill Nelson of Florida announcing their support for the deal. However, the administration lost the backing of three prominent Jewish Democrats — New York Reps. Steve Israel and Nita Lowey and Florida Rep. Ted Deutch.

Obama, who has long been criticized for his lack of engagement with Congress, has become personally involved in selling the deal to lawmakers and other influential groups. Those who have met with him say it seems to be his top foreign policy priority.

“It was pretty solid evidence of a couple of things: first of all, just how engaged the president is on this issue, and second, how important it is to him,” said Andrew Weinstein, a South Florida community leader who attended the meeting.

Also among the roughly two-dozen leaders joining Obama in the Cabinet Room were Michael Kassen and Lee Rosenberg of AIPAC, which is vehemently opposed to the deal, as well as Jeremy Ben-Ami of the left-wing J Street, who is among the deal’s most vocal proponents. The White House said representatives from the Orthodox Union (OU), the Reform Movement, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also attended.

By: AP and United with Israel Staff

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Kerry Will ‘Skip Israel’ on Upcoming Middle East Trip

Source: unitedwithisrael.org

After a series of harsh comments from the US regarding Netanyahu’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, Israel is interpreting Kerry’s decision to skip Jerusalem during his upcoming Middle East trip as a snub.

Israel is not included in US Secretary of State John Kerry’s itinerary for his upcoming trip to the Middle East.

Kerry has openly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for speaking out against the Iranian nuclear deal, in which the US commits to defending Iran, and he warned Israel against attacking the Islamic Republic.

Kerry’s itinerary includes a stop in Egypt for bilateral dialogue followed by a visit to Qatar to meet with the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to discuss the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Asked by reporters on Monday why Kerry was not stopping in Israel, State Department spokesman John Kirby replied, “It’s just not part of the parameters for this trip. It’s not – it wasn’t a deliberate decision not to go… [Kerry] has been in touch with Prime Minister Netanyahu many, many times over the last several weeks in terms of discussing the deal and the parameters of it. So it’s not as if we aren’t in constant communication with Israeli counterparts about this.”

Kirby clarified that Netanyahu and Kerry last spoke on July 16.

Nonetheless, Kerry’s itinerary is being interpreted in Israel as a rebuke to Netanyahu for openly campaigning against the Iranian nuclear deal based on several recent statements by the US secretary of state. In a speech Friday at the Council on Foreign Relations, Kerry warned, “I fear that what could happen is if Congress were to overturn [the deal], our friends in Israel could actually wind up being more isolated and more blamed.”

When asked by NBC the same day whether the nuclear deal increased the odds that Israel would unilaterally attack Iranian nuclear sites, either by conventional military means or by cyber warfare, Kerry said, “That’d be an enormous mistake, a huge mistake with grave consequences for Israel and for the region, and I don’t think it’s necessary.”

An Israeli official told The New York Times in response, “We reject the threats directed at Israel in recent days… The regrettable attempt to intimidate Israel will not prevent us from voicing our concerns about this deal, which poses direct threats to Israel’s security.”

By: Sara Abramowicz, United with Israel

Sign the Petition to US Congress: Stop Iran

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Please visit stopiran.org and sign the petition opposing the nuclear deal with Iran.

The US Congress must reject the dangerous deal with Iran and ensure that sanctions remain in force until the nuclear threat is eliminated.
A nuclear Iran is a threat not only to Israel but to the entire world.

URGENT CALL TO US SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN

We strongly oppose the dangerous deal with Iran that allows for easing sanctions before the nuclear threat has been completely eliminated. Any agreement with Iran that allows it to enrich uranium and lacks ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections is extremely dangerous and unacceptable. This bad deal with Iran is far worse than no deal and must be rejected.

Crippling Iran’s economy had succeeded in weakening Iran’s negotiating position. In order to force Iran to completely abandon its nuclear program, the best course is to maintain harsh economic sanctions. The current deal provides Iran with hundreds of billions of dollars of relief that will fuel Iran’s support for terror around the world.

Israel’s very existence is at stake. There can be no compromise with or appeasement of regimes that are committed to the destruction of Israel. The Jewish People cannot and will not be threatened with another Holocaust.

The international community must keep the pressure on Iran with harsh sanctions and demand that its nuclear program be completely dismantled. A nuclear Iran is a threat not only to Israel but to the entire free world.

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Zechariah 2:7-10 – King James Version (KJV)

Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.

For thus saith the Lord of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me.

10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord.

Jewish Holidays 2015/2016

Major Holidays:

Rosh Hashana – Sep 14-15, 2015 – Monday‑Tuesday – The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur – Sep 23, 2015 – Wednesday – Day of Atonement
Sukkot – Sep 28-29, 2015 – Monday‑Tuesday + Sep 30-Oct 4, 2015 – Wednesday‑Sunday – Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret – Oct 5, 2015 – Monday – Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah – Oct 6, 2015 – Tuesday – Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah – Dec 7-14, 2015 – Monday‑Monday – The Jewish festival of re-dedication, also known as the Festival of Lights
Purim – Mar 24, 2016 – Thursday – Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach – Apr 23-24, 2016 – Saturday‑Sunday + Apr 25-28, 2016 – Monday‑Thursday + Apr 29-30, 2016 – Friday‑Saturday – Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot – Jun 12-13, 2016 – Sunday‑Monday – Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish’a B’Av – Aug 14, 2016 – Sunday – The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples

Minor Holidays:
Tu BiShvat – Jan 25, 2016 M – New Year for Trees
Purim Katan – Feb 23, 2016 Tu – Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Shushan Purim – Mar 25, 2016 F – Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Days of the Omer – 7 weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot
Pesach Sheni – May 22, 2016 Su – Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag B’Omer – May 26, 2016 Th – 33rd day of counting the Omer
Leil Selichot – Sep 24, 2016 Sa – Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays
Tu B’Av – Aug 19, 2016 F – Jewish holiday of love, similar to Valentine’s Day
Minor Fasts:
Tzom Gedaliah – Sep 16, 2015 W – Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah
Asara B’Tevet – Dec 22, 2015 Tu – Fast commemorating the siege of Jerusalem
Ta’anit Esther – Mar 23, 2016 W – Fast of Esther
Ta’anit Bechorot – Apr 22, 2016 F – Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz – Jul 24, 2016 Su – Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple
Modern Holidays:
Yom HaShoah – May 5, 2016 Th – Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron – May 11, 2016 W – Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma’ut – May 12, 2016 Th – Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim – Jun 5, 2016 Su – Jerusalem Day
Sigd – Nov 11, 2015 W – Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur
Special Shabbatot:
Shabbat Shuva – Sep 19, 2015 Sa – Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)
Shabbat Shekalim – Mar 5, 2016 Sa – Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor – Mar 19, 2016 Sa – Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah – Apr 2, 2016 Sa – Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh – Apr 9, 2016 Sa – Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol – Apr 16, 2016 Sa – Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon – Aug 13, 2016 Sa – Shabbat before Tish’a B’Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu – Aug 20, 2016 Sa – Shabbat after Tish’a B’Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Rosh Chodesh – When Shabbat falls on Rosh Chodesh
Shabbat Machar Chodesh – When Shabbat falls the day before Rosh Chodesh
Rosh Chodesh:
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan – Oct 13, 2015 Tu – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev – Nov 12, 2015 Th – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet – Dec 12, 2015 Sa – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet
Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat – Jan 11, 2016 M – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh’vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar – Feb 9, 2016 Tu – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II – Mar 10, 2016 Th – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar II (on leap years)
Rosh Chodesh Nisan – Apr 9, 2016 Sa – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar – May 8, 2016 Su – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan – Jun 7, 2016 Tu – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz – Jul 6, 2016 W – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av – Aug 5, 2016 F – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul – Sep 3, 2016 Sa – Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul

Oldest Biblical Text Since Dead Sea Scrolls Discovered in Israel

Source: www.rt.com

Israeli scientists discovered a 1,500-year-old charred scroll and “digitally unwrapped” it to find it contained Biblical text from the Old Testament, namely Leviticus.

Quote from RT.com:

Although it looked little more than a burnt piece of wood, the object Israeli researchers uncovered at Ein Gedi turned out to house one of the most precious texts of the Old Testament: the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus.

Israeli scientists originally discovered the scroll in the 1970s in the region of Ein Gedi, which lies on the shores of the Dead Sea. The town used to house a Jewish community during the Byzantine period. Among the notable features of the village were its mosaics, synagogue and the Holy Ark that contained pieces of the Torah, the Old Testament.

However, the town mysteriously burned to the ground and none of the inhabitants ever returned to collect their belongings.

Read the whole story here: https://www.rt.com/news/310495-israel-charred-biblical-scroll/

Latest News from Israel as of July 20, 2015

Source: The Jerusalem Post – www.jpost.com

Netanyahu: Iran deal will not distance war, it will bring it closer

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued on Monday to speak out against the nuclear deal signed between world powers and Iran.

Speaking at the beginning of the Likud faction meeting, Netanyahu said that the Iran deal would not distance the prospects of a war in the Middle East, but rather it would advance the chances of war.

He reiterated his concern that Iran would use the influx of money it will receive from sanctions relief to arm its terrorist proxies.

Netanyahu rejected the opinion that the whole world accepts the Iran deal, so it cannot be that bad. He said that many Mideast countries are against the deal and the world has been wrong before.

10 Afghan soldiers killed in US airstrikes, officials say

Afghan officials have reported that at least 10 Afghan soldiers have been killed in airstrikes on Monday morning just south of Kabul, AFP reported.

The airstrikes were carried out at a checkpoint in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province. The airstrikes targeted members of the Taliban who are deeply embedded in the region.

Feinstein: Major war on America’s part if Israel attacked

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Sunday said that “America has Israel’s back,” after Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear in recent interviews that he is unhappy with the terms of a nuclear agreement  struck between world powers and the Islamic Republic, claiming the deal poses the “biggest security problem” facing the Jewish State.

Feinstein added that if Israel were to be assailed “this would be major war on [America’s] part.”

While speaking to the Face the Nation Sunday morning talk show program, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee and supporter of the nuclear agreement attempted to assuage any reservations Netanyahu might have about the recent agreement.

“I think it’s pretty clear to everybody that America has Israel’s back. We give huge amounts of money, $25 billion dollars, we give security help, help with the Iron Dome, help with other sophisticated programs, precision weapons,” adding  “if Israel were to be attacked, this would be major war on our part.”

Lapid: The world sees that the US has stopped listening to Israel

Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett criticized Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid on Monday for his increasingly fierce criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lack of success in preventing the international community from reaching a deal with Iran.

Bennett and Lapid were political allies and self-proclaimed “brothers” in the previous government. But now that Lapid is in the opposition, he has increasingly irked Bennett.

“We need unity in trying times like these,” Bennett said. “There are those calling for a commission of inquiry to investigate the government’s handling of the Iran issue. Every private knows that probes are conducted only when a battle is over. I expect our politicians to show responsibility, especially at a time like this.”

Lapid continued his attack on Netanyahu Monday, saying that Israel required different foreign policies and a completely different approach on Iran. “The UN will approve the Iran deal today because Israel had no influence,” Lapid said. “This is the nadir in Israeli diplomacy since the founding of the State and Netanyahu refuses to take any responsibility. Has he really not made any mistakes at all?”

Lapid pointed out five errors Netanyahu has made on Iran, which his advisers said were whittled down from among many ahead of speaking to the press.

“We have no functioning Foreign Ministry because Netanyahu took it apart and divided it among six ministers to the point that no one knows who is in charge, or what its policies are,” Lapid said. “Our ambassador in Washington [Ron Dermer] is being shunned by Democrats because he works for the Republicans. Meanwhile, we have a great ambassador at the UN who doesn’t know how long he will be in office, because two Likud hacks are fighting over the job.”

Lapid was referring to Likud ministers Danny Danon and Ophir Akunis, who are both interested in becoming ambassador to the UN, a post that Netanyahu used as a launching pad for his own political career.

The Yesh Atid leader said Netanyahu was making a mistake by refusing to hear about compensation for the Iran deal from American Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. He pointed out that the Israeli defense establishment wants compensation. “But the worst mistake is allowing the world, especially the Arabs to see that the US has stopped listening to Israel,” Lapid said.

Netanyahu, meanwhile continued on Monday to speak out against the nuclear deal. Speaking at the beginning of the Likud faction meeting, the prime minister said that the Iran deal would not distance the prospects of a war in the Middle East, but rather it would advance the chances of war.

He reiterated his concern that Iran would use the influx of money it will receive from sanctions relief to arm its terrorist proxies.

Netanyahu rejected the opinion that the whole world accepts the Iran deal, so it cannot be that bad. He said that many Mideast countries are against the deal and the world has been wrong before.

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‘Iran have been given a licence to kill’: Furious Israel condemns ‘historic surrender by the West to the axis of evil’ as Tehran agrees nuclear power deal

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3160393/Iran-given-licence-kill-Furious-Israel-condemns-historic-surrender-West-axis-evil-Tehran-agrees-nuclear-power-deal.html#ixzz3fruLqsi3 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal ‘a bad mistake of historic proportions’.

‘Iran will get a jackpot, a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars, which will enable it to continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region and in the world,’ he said.

‘Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons.’

Miri Regev, a former military spokeswoman who serves as Israel’s culture and sports minister, said it gave Iran a ‘licence to kill’ adding that it was ‘bad for the free world (and) bad for humanity.’

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called the deal ‘a historic surrender by the West to the axis of evil…

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