Reports from various watchdog organizations monitoring foreign media have revealed that Iran is funding the Palestinian terrorist organizations attacking Israel, just a month after it was announced that President Biden intended to lift sanctions on Iran and reinstate the counterproductive Iran nuclearMore
Reports from various watchdog organizations monitoring foreign media have revealed that Iran is funding the Palestinian terrorist organizations attacking Israel, just a month after it was announced that President Biden intended to lift sanctions on Iran and reinstate the counterproductive Iran nuclear deal.
In a transcript provided by Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Palestinian Islamic Jihad Official Ramez Al-Halabi said, “The mujahideen in Gaza and in Lebanon use Iranian weapons to strike the Zionists. We buy our weapons with Iranian money. An important part of our activity is under the supervision of Iranian experts. The contours of the victories in Palestine as of late were outlined with the blood of Qasem Soleimani, Iranian blood.”
Later, Al-Halabi added, “I am not sorry, I am proud to say that the rockets that are used to pound Tel Aviv have an Iranian signature on them, the signature of Qasem Soleimani. The Kornet missiles that we use to blow up the Israeli tanks – the pride of the Israeli and global defense industry – are the Kornet missiles of Qasem Soleimani and Iran. The guns that we use to shoot at the Israeli enemy… Those who use these guns were trained by our brothers in the IRGC. We say this loud and clear.”
David A. Daoud, a research analyst at the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), posted a similar clip on Twitter with the caption, “Palestinian Islamic Jihad Quds Force Brigade spox thanks ‘Resistance Axis, headed by Islamic Republic of Iran,’ for the addition of Badr-3 missiles to PIJ arsenal.”
Palestinian Islamic Jihad Quds Force Brigade spox thanks "Resistance Axis, headed by Islamic Republic of Iran," for the addition of Badr-3 missiles to PIJ arsenal pic.twitter.com/3N8nIia2Jd
— David A. Daoud (@DavidADaoud) May 12, 2021
In the past week, Palestinian terrorist organizations have launched over one thousand Iranian-funded missiles at Israel – a month after reports of Biden’s plans to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal and lift sanctions on Iran. As previously reported, “The Iran nuclear deal was widely criticized as Iran used the funds acquired from the deal, estimated to be between $100 to $150 billion, to fund terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Unsurprisingly, Iran also secretly violated the nuclear deal after it was passed.”
“In 2019, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, revealed that JCPOA negotiations had required Iran to destroy parts of their nuclear reactors by filling them with cement, but Iran secretly acquired replacement parts so that the functionality of the reactors would not be ultimately affected. Salehi also revealed that pictures of the reactors filled with cement had been photoshopped.”
On Tuesday, after 48 hours of Palestinian terrorist organizations launching hundreds of rockets at Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the terrorist organizations “will pay a very heavy price for their aggression,” and Israeli Defense Forces had already successfully killed multiple terrorist commanders.
“We are in the midst of a major campaign — Operation Guardian of the Walls,” Netanyahu said. “Yesterday and today, the IDF attacked hundreds of Hamas & Islamic Jihad terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. We have eliminated dozens of terrorists, including senior commanders. We have bombed Hamas command centers and toppled buildings that serve the terrorist organizations.”
“We will continue to attack with full force,” Netanyahu continued. “We have just finished a consultation and assessment of the situation with heads of the security establishment and we made decisions. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have paid — I tell you here — will pay a very heavy price for their aggression. I say here this evening — their blood in on their heads. Citizens of Israel, we stand united against a reprehensible enemy.”
“We will grieve for those who have been killed. We all pray for the wellbeing of the wounded,” Netanyahu concluded. “We all stand behind the IDF and the security forces. I ask everyone, without exception, to strictly follow the directives of the IDF Home Front Command and enter protected spaces, this saves lives. I tell you something else this evening: This campaign will take time. With determination, unity and strength, we will restore security to the citizens of Israel.”
Hamas and Islamic Jihad have paid and will pay a very heavy price for their aggression. Their blood is on their heads.
This campaign will take time. With determination, unity and strength, we will restore security to the citizens of Israel." pic.twitter.com/FRhEE34hRQ
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) May 11, 2021
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is known for her ability to lose presidential elections, said that President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan will have “huge consequences.”
“Well, it’s been made. And I know it is a very difficult decision,” Clinton told CNN on Sunday. “This is what we call a wicked problem. You know there are consequences both foreseen and unintended of staying and of leaving. The president has made the decision to leave.”
“I think these two huge sets of issues have got to be addressed,” she said. “I mean it’s one thing to pull out troops that have been supporting security in Afghanistan, supporting the Afghan military, leaving it pretty much to fend for itself. But we can’t afford to walk away from the consequences of that decision.”
Clinton said that the Taliban would gain strength again to fill the power vacuum created by the United States’ absence, and the instability would result in a “huge refugee outflow.”
“The potential collapse of the Afghan government and a takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban probably with a resumption of civil war in certain parts of the country,” she said. “But a largely, Taliban-run government at some point in the not-too-distant future.”
Despite the Biden administration being overwhelmed with record levels of illegal immigration that the president seems unable to handle, Clinton said the administration needs to be willing to accept refugees from Afghanistan after U.S. withdrawal.
“I hope that the administration in concert with the Congress will have a very large visa program and will begin immediately to try to provide that channel for so many Afghans to utilize so that they are not left in danger,” Clinton said.
As Retired Army General Jack Keane told Fox News, the development of ISIS into a regional power was largely a result of the Obama administration’s decision to “prematurely” withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.
“I’m surprised somewhat that [Biden’s] withdrawing with no conditions whatsoever,” Keane told Fox News, adding that former President Trump set an exit date if outlined conditions were met.
“Why aren’t we putting that into play negotiations with his conditions for a withdrawal to give our negotiators some leverage with the Taliban? We have walked away from that opportunity,” Keane said. “Second thing here is, we are forgetting lessons learned. We ended the war in Iraq prematurely and we got ISIS. It was an absolute disaster on our part.”
If the Biden administration withdraws troops irresponsibly, the fear of a resurgence in terrorist groups like the Taliban has some worried that his decision could encourage future U.S. intervention, delaying an actual end to the “endless” war. According to Axios, “Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee they’re worried about President Biden’s plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, with Rice suggesting the U.S. may need to go back.”
Vice President Kamala Harris, who is the “point person” on immigration issues, announced that one of her major solutions to fighting illegal immigration and the ongoing border crisis would be fighting climate change.
“We want to help people find hope at home, and so we are focused on addressing both the acute factors and the root causes of migration. I believe this is an important distinction. We must focus on both,” Harris said. “First, the acute factors, the catastrophes that are causing people to leave right now; the hurricanes, the pandemic, the drought, and extreme food insecurity. Then there are the long standing issues, the root causes. I’m thinking of corruption, violence and poverty, the lack of economic opportunity, the lack of climate adaptation and climate resilience, the lack of good governance.”
Harris later added that “The work from combating corruption to combating climate change will not be easy, and it is not new, and it could not be more important, and it will take all of us, all of us.”
The Vice President’s claim that climate change is largely contributing to illegal immigration to the United States is not backed by data. The number of major hurricanes have not increased since the industrial revolution, with the top three decades for category five hurricanes being, in order, the 2000s, 1930s, and 1960s. In fact, a University of Cambridge study found that since 1900 “no change in the frequency or severity of extreme weather events.”
Harris also bragged about the United States rejoining the Paris Agreement, which requires developed and developing countries to curb their economic development to abide by climate change policies and has been estimated to result in the loss of as many as 2.7 million jobs by 2025. According to Harris’s theory that “poverty” and “the lack of economic opportunity” lead to further illegal immigration, then the Paris Agreement increases illegal immigration.
Further, in December 2020 the United Nations released a report that advised the United States to not rejoin the Paris Agreement, since the United States had been leading the way in reducing climate emissions after leaving the agreement. Forbes reported, “But for the United States, the real value in this report is as an advisory that it need not join the Paris Climate Accord. This report is evidence that, instead, the U.S. should just keep doing what it is doing to cut its own emissions. The U.S. is the most successful major country at mitigating its own pollution, and the U.N. shows this.”
The United Nations’ advisory was released just before President Biden took office, yet he still rejoined the Paris Agreement because the optics matter more than the results, especially when the results will not become apparent until after the next election.
Ya can’t make it up. Here – right here – is then-President Trump accusing then-former Secretary of State John Kerry of violating the Logan Act:
The Logan Act, to remind, was passed in the long-ago dawn of the Republic in 1799 – when John Adams was busy being the second President of the United States! To crib from Wikipedia, the Logan Act “criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. The intent behind the Act is to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining the government’s position.” Violation of the Logan Act is a felony.
The Logan Act has been rarely used in American history. Yet it was in the news not that long ago that Democrats were demanding the Logan Act be invoked against then-President-elect Trump’s incoming national security adviser General Michael Flynn.
Recall that the accusation against Flynn revolved around his conversation with the Russian Ambassador – a conversation well within his rights as he was the named if not yet installed National Security adviser to the incoming president. There was nothing in the least wrong, much less illegal, about this. Way back in 1976, then ex-Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter, then the new Democratic presidential nominee, dispatched the longtime statesman and Democrat, Ambassador Averill Harriman, to the Soviet Union for talks with President Leonid Brezhnev. No one blinked.
But in 2017, 17 House Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform committee demanded that because General Flynn “secretly discussed with the Russian ambassador, in possible violation of the Logan Act, sanctions imposed by President Obama” Flynn should be investigated and prosecuted.
In 2020, declassified documents revealed that in January of 2017 then-outgoing Vice President Joe Biden suggested in an Oval Office meeting with President Obama that Flynn be prosecuted. It didn’t happen. Flynn, take note, was later prosecuted for making false statements to the FBI.
Now? Now here comes the validation that what President Trump was discussing about John Kerry in 2018 was in fact correct. Kerry, per the leaked tapes out of Iran, was indeed having conversations with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. He is, with specificity, said by Zarif to have told the Iranian about “over 200 covert Israeli attacks on Iranian interests in Syria.”
Astonished Republican Senators are abruptly calling for Kerry to be investigated if not fired by Biden outright.
All of which is to remind that, yes again, then-President Trump was 100% right about Kerry in 2018.