This issue looks at the deteriorating American-Egyptian relationship, the ugly reality of life in Israel these days, good news from Syria, and more.aid
OUR ISRAELI CONNECTION
News from The Israel Project
White House officials announced Wednesday night that the Obama administration will
substantially curtail assistance to Egypt – among other things by withholding delivery on high-priority military items such as F-16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters, M1 tanks, and Harpoon missiles – but that they aspired, according to the Washington Post, “to maintain a robust military and diplomatic partnership with Egypt.” The Wall Street Journal described frustration and anger across the Arab world, both within Egypt – where officials noted that the U.S.’s critical, preferential access to the Suez Canal may have to be “adjusted” – and more broadly among the U.S.’s Arab allies. A diplomat “from an Arab country closely allied with Washington” was described a new regional reality in which “more and more voices which say America is no longer someone you can rely on, or someone who really counts in the Middle East.”
A top Lebanese leader today slammed Hezbollah for trying to create “another front with Israel” by escalating tensions revolving around underwater energy resources near the country’s coast.
An Iranian dissident group is accusing Tehran of moving nuclear infrastructure to new
facilities in order to avoid detection, just days before Tehran is scheduled to meet with Western powers in a bid to resolve a decades-long crisis over the opacity of its nuclear program.
A nine year old Israeli girl was shot and wounded this weekend by attackers she described as masked gunmen who approached her family’s house in the Israeli community of Psagot. The incident comes a week after Palestinians killed two Israelis in two separate incidents, deepening fears – already aired in the aftermath of those murders – that incitement by official Palestinian organs was driving a spike of violence in the West Bank. Following the Saturday evening attack in Psagot, the Facebook page of the Palestinian Fatah faction praised the shooter, declaring that “the sniper of Palestine was here… he left a signature of [real] men.” The incitement echoed other recent statements from the organization and its top officials, including statements glorifying convicted terrorists, calls for further attacks against Israelis, and claims that Jews are endangering Muslim holy sites.
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
From Infidels to Bible People
Voice of the Martyrs reports: The war in Syria is one of the greatest crises seen in the Middle East in the last 20 years. It has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people, both Muslim and Christian. More than 2 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries. In the midst of this crisis, our persecuted family is boldly reaching out. And the reactions of Muslims have been astonishing. “When you hear about one Muslim coming to Christ, it’s a great thing, and everybody rejoices,” said a VOM Syrian contact. “Today in Syria I’m not talking about one person. We’re talking about hundreds and even thousands of Muslims coming to know Christ.” Teams of believers are working in the refugee camps, providing Christ’s love while sharing material aid, such as medical supplies and Bibles, as well as spiritual aid. Christians, widely considered “infidels” in Syria, are now often and affectionately referred to as “the Bible People.”
Obama’s Golf Course Has Been Spared from the Shutdown. Read details.
This poem was written by an anonymous MARINE CORPS Officer in response to Obama calling Benghazi a “bump in the road.”
THE BATTLING BOYS OF BENGHAZI
We’re the battling boys of Benghazi
No fame, no glory, no paparazzi.
Just a fiery death in a blazing hell
Defending our country we loved so well.
It wasn’t our job, but we answered the call,
fought to the Consulate and scaled the wall.
We pulled twenty Countrymen from the jaws of fate
Led them to safety, and stood at the gate.
Just the two of us, and foes by the score,
But we stood fast to bar the door.
Three calls for reinforcement, but all were denied,
So we fought, and we fought, and we fought ’til we died.
We gave our all for our Uncle Sam,
But Barack Obama didn’t give a damn.
Just two dead seals who carried the load
No thanks to us……….we were just “Bumps In The Road”.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
You can tell a lot about a woman’s mood just by her hands. If example, if they are holding a gun, she’s probably angry.