Former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dies at Age 85

Former Israel prime minister Ariel Sharon has passed away at the age of 85 after spending many years in a coma. Sharon had suffered a massive stoke in January 2006 that left him in a coma and on life support. Ariel Sharon died at 7 a.m. ET at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer with his family gathered at the hospital to be with him in this final moments.

Israel’s 11th premier passes away eight years after a stroke left him comatose; Sharon was one of Israel’s legendary politicians and military leaders; Sharon’s son Gilad: “He went when he decided to go.”

Former prime minister Ariel Sharon died on Saturday at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, days after his condition deteriorated dramatically.

Sharon would have turned 86 next month. His family gathered at the hospital to be with him in his final moments. His sons Omri and and Gilad had been by his side since his condition deteriorated on January 1.

Gilad Sharon reacted to the death of his father on Saturday, saying that “he went when he decided to go.”

ABC News (VIDEO)

NY Times Obit:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the nation bowed its head to a man he described as “first and foremost a brave soldier and an outstanding military commander” who “had a central role in the battle for Israel’s security from the very beginning.”

In many ways, Mr. Sharon’s story was that of his country. A champion of an iron-fisted, territory-expanding Zionism for most of his life, he stunned Israel and the world in 2005 with a Nixon-to-China reversal and withdrew all Israeli settlers and troops from Gaza. He then abandoned his Likud Party and formed a centrist movement called Kadima focused on further territorial withdrawal and a Palestinian state next door.

Mr. Sharon was incapacitated eight years ago, in January 2006, and in elections that followed, Kadima still won the most votes. His former deputy, Ehud Olmert, became prime minister. But the impact of Mr. Sharon’s political shift went beyond Kadima. The hawkish Likud Party, led by his rival, Mr. Netanyahu, was returned to power in 2009, and Mr. Netanyahu, too, said then that he favored a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Statement from Israeli President Shimon Peres:

 ”My dear friend, Arik Sharon, lost his final battle today. Arik was a brave soldier and a daring leader who loved his nation and his nation loved him. He was one of Israel’s great protectors and most important architects, who knew no fear and certainly never feared vision. He knew how to take difficult decisions and implement them. We all loved him and he will be greatly missed. I send my condolences to the Sharon family, may he rest in peace.”

Statement from Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement today on the passing of Sharon.

“Ariel Sharon gave his life to Israel — to bring it into being, to sustain and preserve it, and at the end of his long service, to create a new political party committed to both a just peace and lasting security,” the Clintons said in a statement. “It was an honor to work with him, argue with him, and watch him always trying to find the right path for his beloved country.”

Deal Reached Between Iran & Six World Powers (US, Britain, Russia, China, France and German) Over Tehran’s Nuclear Program … Obama Claims It Will Put “Substantial Limitations” to Prevent Iran From Creating a Nuclear Weapon (Israel PM Calls Deal a ‘Historic Mistake’

OH DEAR GOD … From the President who gave us Obamacare and promised Americans that if they liked their insurance and doctors, they could keep them, PERIOD! comes the following promised deal.

The WAPO is reporting that an agreement was reached over night between Iran and six world powers, the United States, Britain, Russia, China, France and German, that will freeze key parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for temporary relief on some economic sanctions. What does this mean? For the next six months Iran is supposedly going to freeze or reverse progress at all of it’s major nuclear facilities and is supposed to halt the installation of new centrifuges used to enrich uranium and caps the amount and type of enriched uranium that Iran is allowed to produce. For this Iran will some relief of trade sanctions and access to some of its frozen currency accounts overseas, concessions said to be valued at less than $7 billion over the six month term of the deal.

Iran and six major powers agreed early Sunday on a historic deal that freezes key parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for temporary relief on some economic sanctions.

The agreement, sealed at a 3 a.m. signing ceremony in Geneva’s Palace of Nations, requires Iran to halt or scale back parts of its nuclear infrastructure, the first such pause in more than a decade.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hailed the deal, which was reached after four days of hard bargaining, including an eleventh-hour intervention by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and foreign ministers from Europe, Russia and China.

“It is important that we all of us see the opportunity to end an unnecessary crisis and open new horizons based on respect, based on the rights of the Iranian people and removing any doubts about the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program,” Zarif told reporters in English. “This is a process of attempting to restore confidence.”

VIDEO – CNN

Hmm, and we are supposed to trust Iran why exactly? Well at this point very few Americans trust the Obama administration. As anyone knows, an agreement is only as good as those signing it. The fact that Iran has never kept its word means nothing to Neville Chamberlain Barack Obama.

Just mere hours after the nuclear deal was reached, the Associated Press reported that Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said the deal recognizes Tehran’s “rights” to maintain an atomic program.

As part of the deal, according to Zarif, Iran retains the right to nuclear technology, including the enriching of uranium under the terms of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons — which requires it not to create nuclear weapons or enable other countries to obtain them.

Iran has agreed to what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described as “unprecedented international monitoring” of its nuclear program.

Check out at the 3:40 mark in the video above and also reported on by the Gateway Pundit that Neville Chamberlain Barack Obama says, “Iran should be able to access ‘Peaceful’ nuclear energy. Are you kidding me. This would be a kin to the Russian village of Oymyakon, that has the coldest recorded temperatures of any permanently inhabited location should have access to peaceful air conditioning. Exactly how could one be this clueless and trusting, unless you are Charlie Brown thinking that this is the one time Lucy will not pull the ball away before you kick it? In the very sentence that Obama claims Iran should have access to nuclear energy, he comments they have a record of violating its obligations. Um, and it is going to be different this time, how exactly?

“Iran should be able to access peaceful nuclear energy, but because of its record of violating its obligations, Iran must accept strict limitations on its nuclear program.”

The NRO opines, that this is a  “Foreign-Policy Disaster”.  Yeah, how did that piece of paper signed by Adolph Hitler and peace in our time work for Britain and Europe?

This wretched deal offers one of those rare occasions when comparison with Neville Chamberlain in Munich in 1938 is valid. An overeager Western government, blind to the evil cunning of the regime it so much wants to work with, appeases it with concessions that will come back to haunt it. Geneva and Nov. 24 will be remembered along with Munich and Sep. 29.

Barack Obama has made many foreign-policy errors in the past five years, but this is the first to rank as a disaster. Along with the health-care law, it is one of his worst-ever steps. John Kerry is a too-eager puppy looking for a deal at any price.

With the U.S. government forfeiting its leadership role, the Israelis, Saudis, and perhaps others are left to cope with a bad situation made worse.

UPDATE I: Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, said in a statement broadcast live on television Sunday morning: “Trust is, of course, a two-way street, and we must also find this trust in others. The first step in creating that trust has been taken.”  But then again, who has proved they cannot be trusted?

One of the achievements of Sunday’s agreement, according to Rouhani, is that “the sanctions will be broken. The cracks in the sanctions started began last night, and in future those gaps will be grow.”

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has long doubted the sincerity of Western leaders, expressed guarded approval of the agreement.

Responding to a letter from Rouhani, Khamenei thanked the efforts of Iran’s negotiating team, led by foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, but asked them to continue their vigilance in dealing with old enemies.

“God willing, standing against the arrogant powers is and will be the main criteria on the path forward for those in charge of this issue,” Khamenei wrote.

UPDATE II: Israeli Leader Calls Iran Deal ‘Historic Mistake’ … I think they would know better than John Kerry or Barack Obama seeing that it is Israel that is in the cross-hairs of Iran.

Because why would the Obama administration not get the OK from its greatest ally in the Middle East and the target of Iran’s offensive nuclear capability? PM Netanyahu said, ”What was reached last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement, it is a historic mistake. Today the world became a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world made a significant step in obtaining the most dangerous weapons in the world.”

Israel’s prime minister harshly condemned the international community’s nuclear deal with Iran on Sunday, calling it a “historic mistake” and saying he was not bound by the agreement.

Speaking to his Cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the world had become a “more dangerous place” as a result of the deal and reiterated a long-standing threat to use military action against Iran if needed, declaring that Israel “has the right and the duty to defend itself by itself.”

Israel believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, and in the weeks leading up to Sunday’s agreement, Netanyahu had warned the emerging deal was insufficient.

He had called for increased pressure on Iran, and warned that any relief from economic sanctions would make Iran less willing to compromise during a coming, six-month period aimed at reaching a final agreement.

Netanyahu told his Cabinet that Sunday’s deal gave Iran much-needed relief from the sanctions, but left most of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure intact. In particular, he cited Iran’s continued ability to enrich uranium, a key step in making a nuclear bomb.

Grammy Winning Singer Alanis Morissette Defies Muslim Boycott & Death Threats over Israel Concert

OH CANADA!!!

Seven-time Grammy award winner Alanis Morissette is going forward with her concert in Israel and is defying the Muslim boycott and death threats. She is scheduled to give a concert in Tel Aviv on Monday, December 3, for the first time since she performed in Israel in 2000. Morissette will not back down to the pressure  bullying and threats. As stated at Legal Insurrection, it appears to be “courage week” in Canada as last week Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird provided strong support for Israel in the UN and unlike Stevie Wonder, Morissette went forward with her concert.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, however, is urging her to cancel at the last minute, due to the recent Gaza conflict and ongoing political situation.

“We would find it especially disturbing should you choose to play in Israel given its recent onslaught on Gaza,” the campaign group said in an open message to the vocal artist. “Palestinian civil society groups are calling on artists to shun Tel Aviv in the same way that South African activists called on artists to boycott Sun City.”

“We hope that you will not be persuaded by the argument that music builds bridges and can bring smiles to people’s faces, thus hopefully spreading a message of peace,” they added. “Any message of peace you hope to bring will be drowned by Israel’s well-oiled publicity that will use you to rebrand itself as a normal state that promotes music and culture.”

Daily Commentary – Monday, November 19, 2012 – Kim Kardashian Gets Death Threats Over Israel Tweet

  • You would wonder who cares what she tweets, but she has over 16k followers, more than Fox News viewers!

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The Fighting Escalates Between Israel and Hamas … Iron Dome Intercepts Iranian made Missiles Aimed at Tel Aviv

Do not ever forget that a country has a right to defend itself … If the rockets are continues to be shot at Israel, this is going to turn into a ground offensive.

Further damage and death to Israel has been adverted thanks to the success of the Iron Dome missile defense system. As reported at the Jerusalem Post, Iron Dome intercepted two Iranian-made Fajr-5 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv on Saturday. The missiles marked the third attack on the heavily populated central city in as many days. It should not be lost in this story that Hamas is firing missiles into populated cities without care and the missiles are made in Iran. If this continues, an Israel ground war is not far off.

The Iron Dome intercepted two Iranian-made Fajr-5 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv on Saturday. The missiles marked the third attack on the heavily populated central city in as many days, after Palestinian terrorists from Gaza fired four missiles toward the financial capital on Thursday and Friday, prompting red alert air raid sirens to sound in the city.

The Defense Ministry deployed an upgraded Iron Dome battery in the Gush Dan area in the center of Israel on Saturday morning, after rushing its production in light of escalation. The battery is the fifth Iron Dome system operational in Israel.

Islamic Jihad leader Khalid Batsh said on Saturday that the launch of rockets at Tel Aviv from Gaza show “the rules of the game have changed in the region,” Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.

Brian in a Blue State

Mitt Romney: “When I’m President of the United States, we will stand with Israel”

During tonight’s Presidential Debate in Boca Raton, FL, Mitt Romney was asked by moderator Bob Schieffer, would either of you be willing to declare that an attack on Israel is an attack on the United States? Romney’s response was … “When I’m President of the United States, we will stand with Israel”

Transcript of debate (CNN):

ROMNEY: Well, first of all, I want to underscore the same point the president mad,e which is that if I’m President of the United States, when I’m President of the United States, we will stand with Israel.

And if Israel is attacked, we have their back, not just diplomatically, not just culturally, but militarily. That’s number one.

Number two, with regards to Iran and the threat of Iran, there’s no question but that a nuclear Iran, a nuclear-capable Iran is unacceptable to America. It presents a threat not only to our friends but ultimately a threat to us to have Iran have nuclear material, nuclear weapons that could be used against us or used to be threatening to us.

The Gateway Pundit reminds us that Obama’s comments tonight rang a little hollow when it came to Israel. Obama also said he was with Israel; however, when he had his chance to put up or shut up, Obama failed. How soon Obama forgets that he invited Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi to meet with him in New York at the UN, but he blew off Israeli PM Netanyahu.

Another power moment for Romney during the debate was when he KO’d the president with Obama’s apology tour.

Number two, Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East and you flew to Egypt and to Saudi Arabia and to Turkey and Iraq. And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region, but you went to the other nations.

And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel. And then in those nations, and on Arabic TV, you said that America had been dismissive and derisive. You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations.

MISLEADER: Obama Senior Adviser Robert Gibbs Struggles To Explain Why Obama Finds Time to be on ‘The View’ & Whoopi Goldberg But Not World With World Leaders

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA – MISLEADER …

Talk about a total disgrace on the part of Barack Obama. He makes time to be on ‘The View’ but not to meet with Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu as the Middle East burns and tensions mount with as Iran is about to become nuclear. Barack Obama fiddles goes on The View as the Middle East burns.

On Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Barack Obama senior consultant struggled to answer the question as to how President Obama found time to meet with Whoopi Goldberg and the ladies of ‘The View” but some how could not manage a face to face meeting with world leaders, like Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Transcript from NewsBusters.com:

CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I want to go back to the UN though and New York this week. You say that he’s got schedules, that foreign leaders have schedules. But the President has blocked out time to appear on The View on Tuesday. So, he has time for Whoopi Goldberg but he doesn’t have time for world leaders?

ROBERT GIBBS, OBAMA SENIOR CAMPAIGN ADVISER: No, Chris. Look, the President is going to be actively involved at the UN General Assembly.

WALLACE: He’s not meeting with any private leaders. He’s giving a speech.

GIBBS: Chris, they have telephones in the White House. Last week, he talked to the President of Egypt. He talked to the leader in Libya. We don’t need a meeting in Washington just to confer with leaders. We’ve got a strong…

WALLACE: But he does need the time to be on The View?

GIBBS: We have a strong diplomatic – I’m sure if he was doing an interview with you on Fox News, you’d have no problem with that.

WALLACE: Well, he hasn’t, but that’s not the point.

GIBBS: I’m sure that’s not the point. No, look Chris, he’s got a strong schedule. He’s actively involved.

WALLACE: You don’t have a problem with the fact that he’s not meeting with any world leaders, but he’s going to appear on The View?

GIBBS: I have no problem with that, because, Chris, you’re the President of the United States every minute of every day.

Priorities … Meet with a Pirate Good, the hell with the PM of Israel

Barack Hussein Obama is not a serious President. He is more concerned with being and campaigning for president than he is actually doing the job as the president. Obama would rather joke around with the likes of David Letterman, hand with the Hollywood elite, fund raise and of course golf. When will America wake up and realize that Obama is not serious and is either overwhelmed by the job, or actually wants war to break out?

Sorry, but this should be considered criminal, how about impeachable? At what point is Barack Obama going to be and do the work of the President of the United States, rather than just campaigning for the position? Obama, the “Campaigner in Chief’ has time for David Letterman, The View, ‘Talk like a pirate Day’, the Woman’s USA Olympic basketball team, Beyonce & Jay-Z but not the leader of our greatest ally in the Middle East as Iran goes nuclear. This is nothing more than dereliction of duty on the part of Obama. Honestly, I can understand how individuals voted for Obama in 2008 as they bought his BS of Hope and Change and were fooled by the political rhetoric of an “outsider” candidate. However, for those who vote for Obama in 2012 knowing what this President has done for four years, his failed economic polices and his lack of leadership are either woefully ignorant, are total leaches on society or just have a disdain for their country.

If a Republican President was every doing the same as Obama, the corrupt liberal media complex would be ripping him to shreds.

UPDATE I: However, Gibbs was not done on the FOX News Sunday shredding his brand of Democrat Obama manure as reported by CNN. Gibbs actually said with a strait face that Romney ha the advantage over Obama in the debates because he had previously participated in many debates in the GOP primary. The Political Wire has called it the quote of the day. Please, spare us the BS. Obama is a master campaigner and BS’er. Also, how can any one be considered a favorite when they will have the liberal corrupt MSM complex moderator against them?

A senior Obama campaign adviser said Mitt Romney has a leg up on President Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential debates.

“Mitt Romney I think has an advantage, because he’s been through 20 of these debates in the primaries over the last year,” Gibbs said Sunday on Fox News.

UNBELIEVABLE … MSNBC Host Asks, ‘Who’s More Dangerous, the Supreme Leader in Tehran or Netanyahu?’

What is wrong with the liberal MSM, these people have serious, serious issues.

This is how the LEFT talks about the leader of the United States greatest ally in the Middle East. During this mornings“Morning Joe” host Mike Barnicle asked Joe Klein the preposterous question, who is more dangerous, the supreme leader if Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei or Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. What kind of an idiot would even pose this question?

From the Washington Free Beacon:

MIKE BARNICLE: Who is the more dangerous player on the world stage right now, the supreme leader in Tehran or Bibi netanyahu?

(UNCLEAR): Don’t answer that.

JOE KLEIN: It’s not netanyahu. the supreme leader is a fascist. and he right now is causing great pain to his people in a way that Bibi Netanyahu never would.

DONNY DEUTSCH: I understand the point of your question, but that was a silly question.

(UNCLEAR): That was a clown question, bro.

LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: One point we know with Netanyahu, as Joe can tell you, anybody’s who’s who’s been in the room with Netanyahu, you don’t have to be with him long to know that there’s only one way, only one way, to get along with him and that is to agree with every single word he says, which Mitt Romney apparently does.

Jay Carney, The Press Secretary of Barack Obama the Most Knowledgeable Jewish President Ever Unable to Identify Capital of Israel … Other Difficult Questions Like White House Leaks

This is startling …

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney refused to answer the press corps question regarding what the Obama Administration considered the capital of Israel,  Tel Aviv or Jerusalem? Stunning, simply stunning that Carney could not provide an answer other than out position has not changed. When confronted with what the position was, he responded, you know what our position is. Some angered members of the press shouted back, if we knew, we wouldn’t be asking the question. The back and forth diatribe between Carney and the press can be seen HERE.

Carney would not say whether President Obama believe it’s Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. For nearly a minute, in response to repeated questioning, Carney only says that “our position hasn’t changed” and that he hasn’t gotten that question in a while.

How is it that the press secretary of the most knowledgeable President of Judaism  not know the capital of Israel? More to the point, why is is he unwilling to say it? What would one expect from the Obama Administration that has been so cold to Israel?

As Powerline stated, the capital question of Israel may not have been his most difficult of the day. He twisted and turned trying to answer with a non-answer.

House was involved in the torrent of leaks of classified information obviously emanating in part from high administration officials.

Punked Muslim Style … Why Shows like “Punk’d” Not Such a Good Idea in the Arab World, Egyptian Actor Beats Female Host on Live TV

I am guessing that the TV show Candid Camera would have got Allen Funt killed had it been filmed in the Arab world.

WOW, talk about your unreal Reality TV … The following is an example of why shows like ‘Punked’ are probably not the best idea in the Arab world. An Egyptian actor loses his mind in a prank gone horribly wrong, then  beats a female host live on TV not realizing he is being “punked”. Good grief, it is a good thing the guy did not shot some one or cut someone’s head off. This is a must see.

Hat Tip: The Gateway Pundit

As reported at The Times of Israel, not such a good idea to punk and Egyptian with an Israel story line. I am not sure if the folks on the show understand the point of a punked show. Its not to espouse hate and nearly get some one killed. Who would have thought this would have gone horribly wrong? What’s next, Punk’d … Al Qaeda?

Two Egyptian actors, “pranked” by an Egyptian TV station over the weekend into thinking that they were being interviewed by Israeli TV, responded furiously onscreen. Both of them attacked a man they thought was the show’s Israeli producer, and one of them, Ayman Kandeel, smashed up the studio and slapped the female host he thought was Israeli so hard that she crumpled to the floor.

Kandeel also appeared to reach for a gun at one point, having earlier said he had one. But he didn’t pull one out, and later said he didn’t have a gun with him.

A third pranked guest, an actress, called all Israelis liars and denounced them for “whining about the Holocaust and its lousy figures.”

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