Friday, October 26, 2007

Headlines for 10-25-07

US imposes new sanctions on Iran ** The US declared the Revolutionary Guards a "proliferator of weapons of mass destruction", a reference to ballistic missiles they are allegedly developing, while their elite overseas operations arm, the Quds Force, was singled out as a "supporter of terrorism". The opening shot has just been fired, folks.

Putin warns against more Iran sanctions Russian President Vladimir Putin warned strongly Thursday against imposing new international sanctions on Iran, in words that appeared to be a response to newly announced U.S. measures to punish Tehran.

Bush heads for a dreadful miscalculation over Iran

Edwards raps Clinton, Romney on Iran Republican candidate Mitt Romney said he would consider a military blockade or "bombardment of some kind" to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon.

Olmert: No peace deal at Annapolis Strange that this comes on the day that the US government does this.

How Did We Get Here?

Members Take up Issue of Permanent Sovereignty Over Natural Resources in Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syrian Golan

US to speed up stealth fighter delivery to Israel "We asked that for every two jets manufactured for the US, one be manufactured for Israel," a senior defense official said, adding that acquisition of the aircraft would greatly increase Israel's deterrence as Iran races toward nuclear power.

Lebanese troops fire on Israeli planes Lebanese troops today fired on Israeli warplanes flying low over southern Lebanon, security officials in the country said.

Syria 'air strike site removed' The images, though, were far from conclusive.

House aims to curb Iran's sway in West ?Argentines are still waiting for justice, and warrants are out for the arrests of several Iranians and members of Hezbollah.?

Canada presses U.S. to take Arar off no-flight list

Israel reissuing gas masks ** Israel plans to reissue gas masks to its citizens. 3 guesses why.

Syrian official: Mideast peace conference won't tackle major issues in region Syrian Minister of Expatriates Buthaina Sha'aban asserted on Wednesday that a peace conference sponsored by the U.S. administration would not tackle the essential issues in the Arab-Israeli conflicts, the official SANA news agency reported.

More Evidence That Critics of Israel Are Gaining in the U.S.

Medved Takes On Israel's Foes Radio talk show host and Philadelphia native Michael Medved spoke to hundreds at Bala Cynwyd Middle School Tuesday evening to debunk what he considers calumnies against Israel.
Pro-Israelis seem to have embarked on a full out frontal propaganda assault on America. This is probably due to the recent release of the Mearsheimer and Walt book among other things. They cannot seem to grasp the notion that true patriots will win out in the end. The Israel narrative is a house of cards based on myths. Debunk one, and the whole thing comes into question. Unfortunately for us white hats, pro-Israelis have our media sewn up lock, stock and barrel. No matter. Soldier on.

Influence for Israel Indeed, the fact that their book has encountered such outrageous abuse surely vindicates one of their central arguments: that pro-Israel lobby groups are so one-eyed that they toss accusations of anti-Semitism around like balloons at a birthday party.
The point cannot be made too strongly: this is not an anti-Semitic book. It's a work of scholarly analysis, and it deserves to be taken seriously.
An unusually unbiased piece in the Telegraph (UK).

Israel to halt large Golan manoeuvres: reports

Report: Israel to get F-35s early Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has persuaded the Pentagon to supply the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a supersonic stealth jet that is still under construction, to Israel ahead of schedule.

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