Obama Official Calls Israeli Prime Minister A ‘Chickens**t’

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Those are just a few of the words Obama administration officials have used to describe Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Jeffrey Goldberg, a deeply-sourced reporter at The Atlantic who covers the Middle East.

The officials’ displeasure towards Netanyahu stems from disagreements over how to handle Palestinian peace talks, as well Netanyahu’s own growing frustration with President Barack Obama, Goldberg reported Tuesday.

Ironically, the digs also stem, in part, from Netanyahu’s decision to forego preemptive strikes against Iran when it was threatening to continue its nuclear program.

“The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” an unnamed Obama administration official told Goldberg, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname.

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” the official told Goldberg. The Obama administration is pleased the Israelis did not launch strikes against Iran, though the threat of Israeli force was used to bring allies into line to back sanctions against the country.

“The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states,” the official asserted. Comparing Netanyahu to previous Israeli prime ministers and saying Netanyahu only cares about his political future, the official said, “He’s got no guts.”

Netanyahu is a former soldier in the Israel Defense Forces and leader in Sayeret Matkal, Israel’s special forces.

Another official agreed with the first’s official’s assessment of Netanyahu, but used another descriptor: “coward.”

“It’s too late for him to do anything,” the official said in reference to the aborted strikes against Iran.

“Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late,” said the official, talking about Israel’s pullback from launching preemptive strikes against Iran.

“The feeling now is that Bibi’s bluffing,” the official told Goldberg.

The cooling is due “in good part,” according to Goldberg, to Netanyahu’s statements that he has “written off” the Obama administration. Should a nuclear deal with Iran be reached in the future, Netanyahu plans to communicate it directly to the American public and to Congress, Goldberg reported.

In Goldberg’s assessment, tensions between the two countries are at their highest in recent memory.

“Israel and the U.S., like all close allies, have disagreed from time to time on important issues. But I don’t remember such a period of sustained and mutual contempt,” Goldberg wrote.


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Russia and China also agreed to trade with each other using the ruble and yuan


The move away from the U.S. dollar is yet another reaction to Western sanctions placed on Russia since it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March.

Russia and Iran have agreed to use their own national currencies in bilateral trade transactions rather than the U.S. dollar.

Iran’s IRNA news agency reported that the plans were announced in a meeting on Tuesday in Tehran by Iranian business magnate and head of the Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce, Asadollah Asgaroladi.

An original agreement to trade in rials and rubles was made earlier this month in a meeting between Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.

Similarly, Russia and China also agreed to trade with each other using the ruble and yuan in early September, following a Russian deal with North Korea in June to trade in rubles.

The move away from the U.S. dollar is yet another reaction to Western sanctions placed on Russia since it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March.

In response to sanctions on Russia by the European Union, Russia has also threatened to cut off Europes gas supply and close its air space to European airlines. Russia has also boycotted European food imports, in a move likely to affect farmers in the EU.

Iranians caught with fake Israeli passports: Time for biometric versions?

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Written by Allen West on September 22, 2014

Obviously immigration security is vital to the security of a sovereign nation — well, at least most of us do — progressive socialists don’t seem to like the concept of a border. But at a time when transnational criminal organizations, narco-terrorists, and Islamic jihadists are looking for that soft underbelly, we should be even more vigilant with our border security but also with our visa processes and passport security.

We know ISIS has been quite adept at transiting wannabe jihadi fighters from the West to enhance their ranks. And we’ve come to realize the Obama administration hasn’t been forthcoming with tightening our visa security — especially student visas to individuals coming from countries on the terrorist list. Heck, we need to list the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization as a good start.

Anyway, our best ally in the Middle East — no Obamabots, not Qatar or Turkey, but Israel — has uncovered an issue with passport control. As reported by Ynetnews.com, “Two Iranians in their early 20s, a man and a woman, were arrested in the Kenyan capital Nairobi earlier this week when they were discovered using fake Israeli passports and going by the names Adi and Avshalom. This is not the first time Iranian nationals are caught abroad with Israeli passports. These passports are very popular in the world because of the relatively extensive freedom of movement they grant their owners. The difference this time, however, was that the two did not intend to use the passports to move freely in the western world, but in order to enter Israel.”

Now at the time of this report there was no definitive indication as to why these two Iranians sought entry into Israel — it could have been they were trying to escape the Islamic totalitarian rule of the Ayatollahs. Then again it could be to spy or in the worst case, carry out a terrorist attack.

Ynetnews.com says “the two tried to board a Brussels Airlines flight to Belgium, and from there, board a flight to Tel Aviv. They were arrested at the Nairobi Airport and taken to the Kenyan immigration office, which informed Israeli authorities of the arrest. The arrest was also reported to the Israeli Embassy in Kenya.”

“The passport documents were not forgeries. An investigation found the passports were real passports stolen abroad. It is yet unclear how the two Iranians procured these passports and who replaced the original photos with their photos. In this day of passport theft and global islamic terrorism this incident does demonstrate the necessity and advantages of biometric passports, which are impossible to forge.”

“A biometric passport ensures that even if the passport is lost or stolen, no one else would be able to use it, as it would be immediately evident the user is not the passport’s original owner.”

So for all of you traveling abroad, make sure you are protecting your passport because it’s worth more than its weight in gold.

Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority introduced the option for a biometric passport in late June 2013. A biometric passport requires fingerprints of the two index fingers, and a picture of a person’s facial features. Imagine if we had such a system in America? We’d have a much better chance of tracking these Americans who’ve gone over to fight for ISIS — or perhaps we already do have such a system in place.

However, if it were not for elements in Syria, we may not have known about the two Americans killed on the battlefield fighting for ISIS. Their passports were used to confirm their identity. Regardless, we have some serious work to do in the Western world in order to preclude this infiltration. The 21st century battlefield isn’t very complex, it just requires understanding your enemy, cutting him off and not exposing any gaps by which he can exploit you.

Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2014/09/iranians-caught-fake-israeli-passports-time-biometric-versions/#Gs3zJiC2qc4tX3JY.99