This issue looks at the Pope’s latest insane comment, some interesting views inside Israel, the latest gun control tactic, and more.
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World Jewry ever more uneasy with Israel, major study finds
Timesofisrael.com reports: World Jewry is finding it increasingly difficult to support Israel due to its ongoing conflict with the Palestinians, leading many communities to shun discussing the Jewish state altogether, a new major study has found. Read more.
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The provision in the Iran deal allowing for a 24-day delay on inspecting suspicious sites would allow the Iranians to cheat on their commitments, according to a nuclear expert. Olli Heinonen, the former Deputy Director-General for Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told reporters on Tuesday: “Much of this equipment is very easy to move… So you can take it out over the night… and then there is this dispute settlement time which is 24 days – you will use that to sanitize the place, make new floors, new tiles on the wall, paint the ceiling and take out the ventilation.” Heinonen continued, “Secretary Kerry has said if there is big installation, 24 days is enough… But there are certain activities where unfortunately in my view, it’s not enough.” According to Heinonen, the parts necessary to construct a nuclear weapon could fit in a room only 239 square yards.
In eight years or less, the US and the EU will be lifting sanctions on Iranian scientists, military officials, and companies suspected of developing nuclear weapons, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Wednesday. Sanctions will be lifted from a German engineer convicted of supplying centrifuge parts to A.Q. Khan’s black market network, which is known to have illicitly sold nuclear equipment to North Korea, Iran, and Libya. Sanctions will also be removed from an Iranian company that secretly ran a uranium enrichment facility, and a university accused of supplying scientists involved in weaponization work.
More Women fly F-16’s in Israel than drive cars in Saudi Arabia.
AIPAC girds for rare high-noon showdown with White House
Iran deal marks first open rift in more than 20 years over a president’s major foreign policy initiative. Precedents indicate the pro-Israel lobby has cause for concern
Timesofisrael.com reports: WASHINGTON – It will be the DC equivalent of the showdown at the OK Corral. Stepping into the summer haze on Capitol Hill, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee and its allies are set to face off against the ultimate power broker – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – backed up by a cadre of its allied groups. Read more.
IT’S NEWS TO ME
Pope Francis: “Koran and Holy Bible are the Same”
Conservativebyte.com reports: On Monday the Bishop Of Rome addressed Catholic followers regarding the dire importance of exhibiting religious tolerance. During his hour-long speech, a smiling Pope Francis was quoted telling the Vatican’s guests that the Koran, and the spiritual teachings contained therein, are just as valid as the Holy Bible.”Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Jehovah, Allah. These are all names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world. Read more.
Iran preparing for tourism boom following nuclear deal
Jpost.com reports: With the new Iranian nuclear deal comes new horizons. Several large hotel companies, including the Abu Dhabi-based Rotana, confirmed that they are planning on opening new hotels in Iran in hopes of increased tourism due to the lifting of sanctions, The Telegraph reported. Read more.34
Jade Helm 15: Innocent Military Training or Federal Takeover in Disguise?
Punchingbagpost.com reports: The controversial military exercise known as “Jade Helm 15” began yesterday and is scheduled to last until September 15th. The domestic training exercise will span seven southwestern states, making it the largest of its kind to occur within US borders. The clandestine operation involves more than 1,000 soldiers, including members of the Special Ops, Marines, and Navy SEALS. The goal of the exercise, according to the Pentagon, is to help soldiers practice “unconventional warfare.” The exercise itself is certainly unconventional. Secrecy is a huge part of the operation, which will be conducted under the mysterious motto, “Mastering the Human Domain.” Read more.
Islamic State Publishes First Child-Beheader Video
Clarionproject.org reports: The Islamic State has carried out its first beheading using a child as an executioner. Its latest grisly clip shows a boy around 10 beheading an Assad-regime pilot. Read more.
Obama Administration Looks to Ban Gun Ownership by Some Social Security Recipients
Punchingbagpost.com reports: The Los Angeles Times and Fox News report that the Obama Administration is attempting to involve the Social Security Administration (SSA) in managing gun ownership. If the SSA by its own standards determines a beneficiary is no longer able to manage his own affairs, then that beneficiary would be banned from owning a gun. Read more.
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