Saturday, September 01, 2012

Saturday night links

From Ian:

Bolton to Israel: Attack, It's Your Right
Former U.S. Ambassador to UN says Obama will not attack Iran, so Israel has to do it.
"I blame not only Obama, but the [G. W.] Bush administration," he added. "Sanctions are only good if they are comprehensive, swiftly applied and rigorously enforced. Obama has met none of those conditions."

‘Sparks fly’ over US policy on Iran at meeting between Netanyahu and US envoy
Prime minister bashes Obama’s ineffectual stance, US Ambassador Shapiro says he’s misrepresenting president’s position, newspaper claims
“Instead of effectively pressuring Iran, Obama and his people are pressuring us not to attack the nuclear facilities,” he reportedly said. He concluded by saying that the time for diplomacy had run out, the Yedioth report said.

Iran doubles capacity of bunker enrichment plant, ‘significantly’ hampers inspection, IAEA charges
UN nuke agency says Fordo site now contains more than 2,000 centrifuges that can enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels

Ayatollah Khamenei Embraces Occupy Wall Street Movement
He claimed that just as 99% of Americans allegedly battle "against the wealth and power in America," so too the 120 nations of NAM battle against "a faulty international structure" dominated by the U.S. and Israel.

Ahmadinejad, hosting Abbas, offers to mediate reconciliation talks with Hamas
Iranian president boasts ‘We are the only country which has never recognized the Zionist regime’

CIF Watch: ‘Comment is Free’ contributor claims International Solidarity Movement is“non-violent”.
“Just because individual ISM members may not personally fire the weapons which kill and maim Israelis, an organization which aids and abets the Islamist terror groups, like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, that intentionally murder innocent Jews is – by definition – a reactionary,
anti-peace, pro-violence movement.
No amount of sophistry or doublespeak can obfuscate this painfully obvious fact.”

Fresno Zionism: Rachel Corrie and Evergreen State
“Shockingly, Evergreen State College is proud of her, and offers an annual scholarship in her name:
This [$2,000] scholarship is for students dedicated to gaining a better understanding of the Middle East and to working locally or internationally to further Middle East peace. Applicants must show how they will use their studies to promote human rights and social justice through community activism and/or political advocacy.”
“Areas of interest related to the Middle East may include: Arab culture and Arabic language, US Policy in the Middle East, and peace, justice and conflict resolution studies.”

Air force strikes two terror targets in Gaza
The Israel Air Force struck two terror targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Friday. Direct hits were confirmed. The military was responding to rocket fire on southern Israel from the strip.


JE Dyer on "Egypt trash talks US; US shows weak on Iran"