January 21, 2014—SnyderTalk Editorial: “Kerry can survive failure, but can Israel?”


“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you.”

Psalm 122: 6


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 “Kerry can survive failure, but can Israel?”

The headline in Haaretz reads “Kerry can survive failure, but can Israel?”  Regrettably, in the short-term that’s probably true.  In President Obama’s administration, failure, malfeasance, and political corruption are business as usual.  Congress and the press are inept or they just don’t care, and despite a lot of hoopla, no one in a high position is ever held accountable.  That’s called “survival”, but it won’t last.  Eventually, they will have to pay the fiddler.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder are the two most notable higher-ups in the Obama administration to have avoided serious legal scrutiny and possible jail time, but there are others in the IRS, the EPA, and other federal agencies.  Why should the current secretary of state be held to a higher standard—not a high standard, mind you, but a higher standard?  The bar in the Obama administration has been set so low that any standard at all seems high.

Take Clinton, for example.  She helped to concoct a story about the Benghazi tragedy to shield her and her boss from a critical examination of the roles they played in the incident; she pointed her finger at an obscure filmmaker as the cause of the violence that resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans; and she told the story to an accommodating press who dutifully reported the Obama party line as if it was true.  U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice then took the story to the world, and President Obama gave several speeches in which he claimed that a film that virtually no one had seen caused all of the trouble.

But Clinton didn’t stop there.  She told the American people and the people of the world that the filmmaker would be held accountable.  In short order, he was arrested and held without bail.  Later, facts emerged proving beyond any reasonable doubt that the attack in Tunisia was carried out by terrorists, that it was orchestrated by Egyptian President Morsi with help from his Muslim Brothers and al-Qaeda, and that President Obama was complicit because he was actively involved in arming the terrorists, but nothing was done.

In other words, an innocent victim, a sacrificial lamb as it were, was sent to jail to take the heat off of the guilty parties—Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Susan Rice.  That is a crime for which no one has been held accountable to this day.

The real culprits are still at large.  President Obama continues to give speeches that make no sense to anyone except his diehard supporters.  In his latest foray, the president blames “racists” for his rapidly falling poll numbers.  Clinton is busily raising money for yet another presidential run, and Rice has been promoted to national security advisor.  Under these conditions, anyone who thinks that John Kerry will be held accountable for his role in helping to destabilize the only real ally we have in the Middle East and maybe the world is living in a fantasy world.

In Tunisia, 20 perpetrators were arrested, convicted, and given two-year suspended jail terms for their role in the Benghazi massacre—a penalty that is not consistent with the crime.  Even so, in the United States the guilty parties are still running the country.  It’s a travesty of justice.  I’m amazed that no responsible jurist has stepped forward to pursue the case.  I guess it goes to show how corrupt and callous we have become as a nation.

Galatians 6: 7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”  One day the real culprits will be held accountable in the highest court, but for now, they are free to cause havoc with impunity.

Regrettably, Israel is the principal loser in the short-run, but we will suffer as well—probably more than most of us can imagine at this stage of the game.  Eventually, Israel will be vindicated and, as I said, the guilty parties will have to pay the price.  About that, I am certain, but in the meantime, we are building up to a crescendo that will be more violent than anything we have ever seen.




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9--Jerusalem Post


Netanyahu pours cold water on interim nuclear agreement on its first day

Iran halts higher-grade uranium enrichment, IAEA report shows

Blasts heard in Eilat, security forces looking for fallen rockets

Knesset producing film to fight anti-circumcision laws

Harper: Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you

Harper announces $66 million aid program for Palestinian Authority

Bennett: A Palestinian state will destroy Israel’s economy

US begins Iran sanctions relief, sees tough talks ahead

Syria’s Assad says peace talks priority is to discuss terrorism

Doubt cast on Syria summit after UN invites Iran



10--Arutz Sheva


Obama’s Faltering Legacy

Tibi Screams at Netanyahu, Harper During Speeches

Home Front Command: 1600 Schools at Risk from Earthquakes

Health Ministry: J-M Bus Depot Most Polluted Site in Israel

 Canada, Israel Agree: No Nuclear Weapon for Iran

Bennett: Start Building in E1 Now

Police Combing Eilat After Loud Explosions Heard

‘Here in This House Lives the Democracy of Israel’

Video: Abbas Calls Terrorists ‘Heroes’ 4 Times 

Abbas: There’s No Progress, It’s Israel’s Fault








Only one in five Israelis trusts Obama on Iran

Once-illustrious Labor seeks a path back to power

Police suspect negligence in deadly Jerusalem explosion

Iran halts enrichment to 20% as nuclear deal commences

Ministers nix bill defining ‘Price Tag’ attacks as terror

4,000 schoolchildren stay home in Ashdod over rocket fears

In Gaza, a slow-burning escalation courtesy of a weakened Hamas

Russian terrorist group threatens Sochi Olympics

New round of Syria talks marked by low expectations

Palestinian official slams Australian view on settlements



12--Other News


Muslim Brotherhood delegation bypassed US airport checks

Hezbollah is Preparing for War With Israel

Israeli Flags Seen Flying Over Lebanon Cause a Stir Among Local Residents

‘Assad has no place in Syria’s future,’ says Kerry

Over 1,000 Killed in Syrian Rebel Infighting 

Obama: Less than 50% chance for Israeli-Palestinian peace deal 

Iran Atomic Chief Defends Geneva Nuclear Deal in TV Interview

‘Kerry to present framework proposal at end of month’

Pakistani Taliban Kill 13 in Blast as Sharif Weighs Fresh Talks

Dismembered Boar Left on Doorstep of Chabad Synagogue, North of Paris




Iron Dome downs five rockets headed for Ashkelon



13--Perspectives 2


Joseph Frager, MD: Obama’s Faltering Legacy—Robert Gates, former U.S. Defense Secretary from 2006 to 2011 has fired the first salvo in what will no doubt be a recurring theme as History judges President Obama. Obviously, the legacy is not yet complete since the Iranian crisis is still looming larger than ever. As it stands right now it does not appear by any stretch that the President is going to do anything militarily against Iran. Unless the Ayatollahs fall by some miracle that means that President Obama’s legacy of appeasement, disengagement, and laissez faire will remain for the rest of his Presidency. Unless Robert Gate’s book “Duty” changes the President’s thinking which is highly unlikely, Robert Gates assessment remains operative. By early 2010 regarding Afghanistan Gates writes the President “doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him it’s all about getting out.”

Michel Abu Najm: Palestinian foreign minister: We will never recognize Jewish character of Israel— Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki attends the Arab League Foreign Ministers emergency meeting at the League’s headquarters in Cairo, December 21, 2013. (REUTERS/ Mohamed Abd El Ghany) Paris, Asharq Al-Awsat—Unsurprisingly, the latest round of talks between Israel and Palestine has been no less difficult than previous ones, with US Secretary of State John Kerry warning shortly before the talks began last summer that their failure could “lead to a third intifada,” and Israel announcing the construction of thousands of additional settlements on Palestinian land and demanding that Palestine recognize the State of Israel’s “Jewish” character.

Ali Salim: The Last Christian in the Middle East?— The increasing speed with which the Christians of the Middle East are fleeing would suggest that… it is entirely possible that the next time the Pope celebrates Mass in Bethlehem, he will be the last Christian in the Middle East. The fact, like it or not, is that under the rule of the Jews in Israel, the Christian and Muslim communities live in complete security and have absolute freedom of worship. Churches are not burned. Mosques are not burned. In some places, such as Myanmar, Muslims are indeed being grievously victimized (by Buddhists), and these abuses should not be tolerated.

Boaz Bismuth: Iran still playing for time— This week, the interim deal signed last November with Iran will go into effect. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency landed in Tehran on Saturday to ensure that Iran has ceased enriching uranium to levels of 20 percent, as per their obligation according to the agreement. We can assume that the Iranians will fulfill their end: Why would they complicate matters for themselves by torpedoing a deal that is so favorable to them? They struck a deal that allows them to continue nuclear research (the interim deal does not prohibit them from developing advanced centrifuges); lifts a portion of the economic sanctions, which will prevent the collapse of the country’s economy (which could incite the street and destabilize the regime); and also provides immunity from any type of military option, because U.S. President Barack Obama feels like talking. With Iran.

Melanie Phillips: ‘Game on’: why Iran goads the gullible west—One of the more notable characteristics of what we must surely call the world jihadi community is how proud – indeed, positively boastful – they are about their murderous intent. That’s presumably because they really do believe they are fulfilling a sacred mission.  From Gaza to Mogadishu, from Ramallah to Tehran, those bent on holy war repeatedly announce their support for and encouragement of the defeat of the west, the murder of Jews and the destruction of Israel. Much, but by no means all, of this incendiary rhetoric is delivered in Arabic. Statements in English often comprise the emollient phrases of compromise and moderation which are a mandatory precondition of jihadi participation in talks with the west, and which accordingly are carefully crafted to exploit the fathomless gullibility of the cultural-suicide crowd.

Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi: Ya’alon crisis and the Iran connection— Diplomatically speaking, last week was dominated by the so-called “Ya’alon crisis,” which cast a pall over the American-Israeli alliance and recalled the heated days of spring 2010. This time, however, and unlike the crisis over the settlement freeze (which broke out over Israel’s announcement of a new housing development in Ramat Shlomo during U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the country), it appears the fire was contained before it could lead to a true meltdown in relations. But despite the issue being swept aside and failing to leave an indelible mark on the nature of American peace-process mediation, one shouldn’t overlook the possibility that the incident could have serious repercussions on domestic U.S. politics.

Dr. Haim Shine: We won’t dance to the European flute— In January 1904, just a few months before he died, an infirm Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl traveled to Italy to persuade the Italian king and the pope to support the Zionist cause, highlighting the surging tide of anti-Semitism inundating Europe. The pope had expected Herzl to bend down on one knee and to kiss his extended hand, but Herzl, a proud Jew, refused. The pope explained to Herzl that the Holy See would neither accept a Jewish entity in the Holy Land, nor the restoration of Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem. An independent Jewish state with its capital in Jerusalem blatantly contradicted the Christian faith, as it would have refuted Christianity’s replacement of Judaism. The Catholic leadership refused to condemn anti-Semitism, and throughout the 20th century, it continued to wage a consistent campaign denouncing Zionism.

Martin Sherman: Sovereignty? Yes, but beware of annexing Area C– Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely: Sovereignty, Issue 2, January 2014—There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact. Sherlock Holmes: “The Boscombe Valley Mystery”—As readers will recall, last week I mentioned that a new edition of the political journal Sovereignty was recently published by Women in Green and the Forum for Sovereignty. The journal carried various ideas for alternatives to the two-state paradigm. Among them was my proposal for a tripartite “Humanitarian Paradigm,” the details of which I have elaborated on here in numerous columns.

Simon Plosker: Palestinians Fire First, Israel Breaks Ceasefire— This LA Times headline is a sneak preview of more misleading reporting of Palestinian terrorism: Israeli forces attack Gaza in new round of cross-border violence.  The headline deliberately portrays Israel as an aggressor while a “new round of cross-border violence” is the equivalent of the “cycle of violence” where Palestinian terrorism and Israeli responses are treated as morally equivalent. Unfortunately the LA Times is no stranger when it comes to this mentality.

Dana Nasi: Iran: Centrifuges extinguished at Natanz— Iran implemented the first step agreed upon with the world powers, to halt uranium enrichment at its nuclear reactor. Now, the sanctions against Iran are expected to be lessened. “The glacier of sanctions against Iran is melting,” the head of Iran’s nuclear program, Ali Akhbar Salehi, stated.






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4--Scripture of the Day Yahweh

Zephaniah 2: 8-9

“I have heard the taunting of Moab and the revilings of the sons of Ammon, with which they have taunted My people and become arrogant against their territory. Therefore, as I live,” declares Yahweh Sabaoth, the God of Israel, “surely Moab will be like Sodom and the sons of Ammon like Gomorrah—a place possessed by nettles and salt pits, and a perpetual desolation. The remnant of My people will plunder them and the remainder of My nation will inherit them.”


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  • “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
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  • Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)


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