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Hamas get military weapons ideas from Iran and North Korea

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It is well known that Iran supplies Hamas with weapons, but it appears that they are also sharing weapons technology and designs with the North Koreans.

Hamas claimed recently it has created its own tank, repurposing parts of another tank captured from Israel Defense Forces two years ago

The vehicle was put on public display during a parade last week at the funeral of seven Hamas members, killed during a tunnel collapse near the Israeli border.

A Hamas leader told the assembled crowd: “The Tufah neighbourhood (in Gaza) has a long story with enemy tanks, and therefore, we are preparing ourselves for the day we shall meet those tanks … Let the locally-produced vehicle move forward.”    Read more »

The ‘inexcusable bias’ of the BBC over Israel

The BBC is much like Radio NZ, a veritable feast of lefty dogma. But a former chairman of the BBC has spoken out against what he calls the ‘inexcusable bias’ of the BBC in reporting events in Israel.

The BBC is facing a new row over its coverage of Israel, after former chairman Michael Grade accused the broadcaster of an ‘inexcusable’ bias.

Lord Grade claimed that the BBC ‘directly misled’ viewers in a report about the recent wave of stabbing attacks on Israelis, by failing to show militant Palestinian groups praising the attacks.

Over the last two months, seven Israelis have been killed and dozens have been wounded in a shooting, a stoning and a series of stabbings.

At least 40 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including several identified by Israel as attackers.

But in a letter to BBC director of news James Harding, Lord Grade accused the BBC of drawing unfair comparisons between the Israeli victims of terrorism, and Palestinians terrorists who had been killed by Israeli forces trying to stop them.

It created an ‘equivalence between Israeli victims of terrorism and Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli security forces in the act of carrying out terror attacks,’ he said.   Read more »

Why is the Media party ignoring the wave of terrorists attacks in Israel?

Israel is under increased terror attacks and it is pretty much being ignored by the world and especially the Media Party:

In the last week, my country, Israel, including our capital, the Holy City of Jerusalem, have come under an unprecedented wave of Palestinian terror.

A week ago, Eitam and Na’ama Henkin were brutally executed by Palestinian terrorists point-blank in their car. Their four children, Matan, 9, Nitzan, 7, Neta, 4, and Itamar, 9 months old, who are now orphaned, were still in the back seat and miraculously unharmed. Their lives are now irreparably altered.

Days later, two more Israelis were stabbed to death in Jerusalem. One of the men killed was holding his two year old child at the time. More lives and families torn apart.

Two weeks ago, Alexander Levlovitz, who was on his way home after Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) dinner, was murdered when Palestinian youths threw rocks at his car and he lost control.

Over the past 48 hours in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and virtually all parts of Israel, we have had over 150 terror attacks, including stabbings, shootings, stones thrown and vehicular rammings.

Yet somehow the international community is silent in the face of this terror onslaught against my people. Is our blood cheaper? Do Jewish lives not matter?

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Disgusting display of anti-semitism in London, journalist calls for death of all Jews in Israel

This is absolutely disgusting, but it’s what you get when you import terror masquerading as “immigrants” or “refugees”.

At yesterday’s violent, pro-terrorist, anti-Israel rally outside Number 10 Downing Street in London, a pro Palestinian woman openly called for the genocide of six million Jews while accusing others of racism. Another anti-racist stood before a group of Jews waving a penny, telling them “money… is all you understand.”   Read more »

Face of the day

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New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

Today’s face of the day, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully has played a part in a historic deal. A deal that will be remembered by the history books as a deal with the devil and one where the UN Security Council threw Israel to the wolves and helped finance Iran’s commitments to pursue Islamic terrorism throughout the world.

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Labor senator castigates his own party over Palestinian claims

Rationality on the vexed question of Palestinian”rights” can not usually be found from the left.

In Australia an ALP senator, Joe Bullock, has some pretty wise words for the ALP and for anyone involved in progressing any form of settlement in the region. Murray McCully would do well to acquaint himself with some of these views.

As I said in [my maiden] speech, a lifetime of representing working people is not easily set aside, nor should it be.

Naturally I assumed the Labor Party, my party, would share this focus. I did not imagine that at its first national conference since the election of the present Liberal government a few obsessives within the ALP would choose to concentrate instead on the Middle East peace process.

Much less did I imagine that these cranks would seek to undermine the bipartisan commitment to a two-state solution with a reckless, poorly thought-out and frankly foolish motion urging the immediate recognition of a state of Palestine.

Yet here we are.

It is quite absurd for everyone to be running around deciding to recognise a “state” that doesn’t exist in reality, is split ideologically and whose leaders refuse to renounce terrorism.

It would appear to be stating the obvious to say that all sides in this discussion want to see a resolution of the conflict on the basis of “two states for two peoples”. And so, in this context, it is quite accurate to say that everyone, certainly within the ALP, supports a Palestinian state. However, sensible people recognise the vast gulf between wanting to see a Palestinian state established within a framework of secure borders, the renunciation of violence and terrorism, and a final peace settlement on the one hand and, on the other, demanding a Palestinian state be established at once without regard for these issues.

The advocates of immediate recognition have never answered five key questions about their position.    Read more »

John Kerry has an oh f*ck! moment

The fools in Obama’s administration have just had a real oh fuck moment over Iran.

Not more than 24 hours after Murray McCully banged the gavel down approving the Iran nuclear deal were their leaders pronouncing death and destruction upon the US and Israel.

In an interview Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said a recent speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling for “Death to America” and vowing to maintain anti-American policies was “very disturbing, very troubling.”

“You heard ‘Death to Israel,’ ‘Death to the U.S.’ You could hear it. The whole nation was shaken by these slogans,” said Khamenei in a speech broadcast live on Iranian television Saturday. “So we ask Almighty God to accept these prayers by the people of Iran,” assuring citizens that the regime’s opposition to the “arrogant” U.S. “won’t change at all”:

KHAMENEI: The Islamic Republic of Iran will not give up support of its friends in the region — the oppressed people of Palestine, of Yemen, the Syrian and Iraqi governments, the oppressed people of Bahrain and sincere resistance fighters in Lebanon and Palestine… Our policy will not change with regards to the arrogant US government.

In an interview Tuesday with Saudi television network Al Arabiya, Kerry responded to Khamenei’s “troubling” speech.

“I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy,” said Kerry. “But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different,” he said, attempting to insert some sense of optimism, but added, “If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling.”

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McCully pats himself on the back while Iran makes threats against Israel and the US

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The New Zealand media were waxing lyrical about how great it was that New Zealand was in the chair of the Security Council (Murray McCully flew over specifically to do this) when the deal with Iran was voted unanimously in favour.

While McCully and Key were busy clapping each other on the back for a job well done the Supreme Leader of Iran was extorting Allah to help Iran destroy Israel and the USA.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had some hard words for those celebrating the nuclear deal with Iran. Speaking to his cabinet ministers Sunday, Netanyahu pointed to the recent speech given by Iran’s Supreme Leader as proof that the “extraordinary concessions” given to Iran would not lead to changes in their destructive policies.

In a speech broadcast live on Iranian television Saturday, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asked Allah to accept the prayers of Iranians for the destruction of America and Israel.

“You heard ‘Death to Israel,’ ‘Death to the U.S.’ You could hear it. The whole nation was shaken by these slogans,” said Khamenei. “So we ask Almighty God to accept these prayers by the people of Iran,” assuring citizens that the regime’s opposition to the “arrogant” U.S. “won’t change at all.”   Read more »

A good question but the answer is no

Richard Harman asks if a deal between Israel and Palestine will save McCully’s political reputation.

Beleaguered Foreign Minister Murray McCully, under fire in Wellington over the Saudi sheep deal, could yet emerge as a hero of the Israel/Palestine peace process.

His attempts to bring Israel and Palestine back to talks about recognising each other’s state are being widely reported in Israel.

And the Prime Minister, John Key, told his weekly post Cabinet Press Conference that New Zealand over recent months had been constantly looking for a way in which the Security Council could jump-start negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

New Zealand’s role depends on it assuming the Presidency of the Security Council on Wednesday and the fate of a French resolution on Israel/Palestine which is expected to be discussed by the Council.

There is also a question of timing with some argument that the peace process could not begin until talks with Iran over its nuclear capabilities and sanctions have been completed which is not expected till the end of the month.

Mr McCully, speaking last week, at the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said there was a general acceptance in New York that it would be unhelpful to have a new initiative come forward before the Security Council before the Iran talks were completed and that was scheduled to be the end of June.   Read more »

Face of the day

Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, on June 28, 2015.

Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, on June 28, 2015.

Todays’s face of the day is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He wrote the below letter to the Maori TV journalists activists (and others) aboard the so-called Freedom Flotilla after they were deterred from seeking to circumvent international law. I love how he manages to have a sense of humour while simultaneously making some very serious points.

Welcome to Israel!

It seems you got lost. Perhaps you meant to sail to a place not far from here – Syria. There the Assad regime slaughters his people every day with the support of the murderous Iranian regime.

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