Monday, August 8, 2016

50 Republican National Security Experts: "Trump Is Dangerous"

Donald Trump’s meltdown inside his own party was further illustrated Monday when 50 senior national security officials who have served under GOP administrations going back to that of Richard Nixon warned he “would be the most reckless president in American history.”
"None of us will vote for Donald Trump," said the letter, in which some of the most influential players in global defense policy warned he would be "dangerous" in the Oval Office. 
Those who signed the letter include Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge, both former secretaries of Homeland Security, as well as John Negroponte, who served as director of national intelligence.   
“Mr. Trump lacks the character, values, and experience to be president,” the officials warned. 
“He weakens U.S. moral authority as the leader of the free world. He appears to lack basic knowledge about and belief in the U.S. Constitution, U.S. laws, and U.S. institutions, including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and an independent judiciary.”
The letter accuses Trump of showing no interest in educating himself on foreign policy and displaying “an alarming ignorance of basic facts of contemporary international politics” while at the same time boasting of knowing more about Islamic State than military generals.
"He is unable or unwilling to separate truth from falsehood,” the letter said. 
"He does not encourage conflicting views. He lacks self-control and acts impetuously. He cannot tolerate personal criticism. He has alarmed our closest allies with his erratic behavior. All of these are dangerous qualities in an individual who aspires to be president and commander-in-chief, with command of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.”

Monday, June 20, 2016

Alan Weinkrantz – An Israeli PR Soldier

Alan Weinkrantz – An Israeli PR Soldier

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Tel Aviv, Israel — June 19, 2016 … Alan Weinkrantz was a mensch. A highly skilled Texas PR professional who was there for Israel when fax machines were used, was there for Israel as Facebook and Twitter evolved.
Alan was one of a rare handful of seasoned, Anglo public relations professionals who dedicated much of his work to Israel. He taught the Israeli start up community valuable skills in connecting with the media. Alan taught us how important it is to give. To be helpful.
Alan taught us to live every day, every hour as we know not when death arrives.
For Alan, it was not cancer or heart disease. It was not an act of terrorism. Who would ever suspect that while eating a Chinese meal in Tel Aviv, in seconds one’s life would be stolen by a runaway car?
Alan loved Israel. He was seduced by it’s beauty, it’s historical, biblical charm and by the warm, direct and honest relations that Israelis are known for. If there was a hi tech conference scheduled for Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, Alan was there. He would sit in the front row asking questions to a Google executive or take notes and upload a live Internet stream as a Prime Minister spoke.
Alan Weinkrantz may have never have worn an IDF uniform but he contributed to the state as if he did. He engaged Israeli industry and strengthened our home front. Alan realized that of all aspects of Israeli culture, none was and is as critical than a thriving economy. That Israel has been and remains in desperate need of experienced, international PR professionals who with their native English are able to create B2B bridges with North America, Europe and Asia.
Alan knew that the money was in the States. That he would be better off with PR retainers from New York, Chicago or Dallas. Alan’s love for Israel transcended all personal financial considerations. He, as American-Israeli PR pro Charley Levine before him, placed Israel first and we will never forget.
Alan’s family has created a Website where we can donate for his funeral expenses.
Alan was a beloved father to his daughter Lauren and son Aaron.
Baruch Dayan Emet. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Netanyahu At AIPAC 2016

Netanyahu @ 
‪#‎AIPAC2016‬ holds an ancient Roman arrow used against the Jews.

"We survived this arrow then, we will continue to survive arrows today."

Monday, March 14, 2016

Israel News Agency Endorses Ted Cruz

Jerusalem, Israel — March 14, 2016 … No candidate running for the office of Presidency in the United States has both the documented foreign policy experience and dedication to Israel’s security as Senator Ted Cruz.
“Off the charts brilliant,” is how legendary Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz described his former student in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer a year ago.
As both Republican and Democrat candidates attempt to prove who loves Israel more, Cruz has been an outspoken critic of Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran for several years. As Donald Trump could not articulate where the capital of Israel is at the recent RJC Conference and continues to state that he is “neutral” on Palestinian terror, Ted Cruz has been in the forefront of closing the PLO offices in Washington and confronting BDS in the US.
The below statement from Senator’s Cruz’s Senior Adviser Nick Muzin, says it all:
“The events of the past few days – terror attacks in Israel, coupled by further demonstrations of the Obama administration’s hostility toward PM Netanyahu, reinforce the importance of this election,” said Muzin.
“With Hillary, we know what we’re getting – Iran will develop a nuclear weapon, and the White House will continue to show moral ambivalence between Israel and Palestinians. With Donald Trump, we just have no idea what we’re getting, and he has said more than once that he wants to “be neutral” and try to “do a deal.”  Since Olso, we have paid a dear price for U.S. Presidents who are eager to push bad deals on the Israeli people.”
Muzin concludes: “The reality is that Ted Cruz is the only candidate with a viable path to defeat Donald Trump and win the general election against Hillary Clinton.  Both Senator Rubio and Governor Kasich have good records on Israel, but neither has a realistic path to winning the nomination.  The Jewish community needs to come out in full force tomorrow and put Senator Cruz on path to becoming our next President.”
We ask our readers to consider one last factor. Trump proposes a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Netanyahu rejected this ban as racist and stated it would only serve to create more conflict. The State of Israel does not ban religions or races of people. Rather, when threatened we enhance our security methods. By proposing a ban on Muslims, Trump has made himself unwelcome in every Arab and Muslim capital. How can a world leader effectively function as such? How can a world leader coordinate an Arab coalition against ISIS when he insults Jordan, Egypt and other moderate Arab states?
Senator Cruz, who has vowed to rip up the Iranian Nuclear Deal on his first day in office, has stated:
If you will not stand with Israel and Jews, then I will not stand with you.”
The Israel News Agency proudly stands with Senator Ted Cruz.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Senator Ted Cruz @ Londonderry, New Hampshire

Photo: Joel Leyden

Referencing Trump's obsession with "winning," Senator Ted Cruz told the packed audience in Londonderry, NH: "It's not just going to be us winning and winning and winning until your tired of winning. There's also this little thing called the Constitution."

We Must Call Islamic Terror What It Is

By Joel Leyden

“Shots fired! … I’m bleeding heavily! I’m bleeding. Get us another unit out here!”
It was with these words that another act of Islamic terrorism was announced to the world.

It was Thursday, January 9, at 11:40 p.m., when a man dressed in Islamic clothes approached the car of Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett and unloaded 13 bullets at point-blank range. The police officer survived due to his bulletproof vest. Three bullets ripped apart his left arm, and, with blood pouring out of a ruptured artery, Hartnett gave chase after Edward Archer.

Archer, 30, soon admitted that he committed the attack on behalf of ISIS.

Under police questioning, Archer was specific about his alleged motivation: “I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State and that’s why I did what I did.” Archer, who is from a Philadelphia suburb, traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2011 and Egypt in 2012, FBI Special Agent Eric Ruona said.

And yet, with the attacker’s confession and the FBI stating that he had traveled to the Middle East, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney still said the shooting had nothing to do with Islam.

“It is abhorrent,” he said. “It does not represent the religion in any shape or form or any of the teachings.”

It appears that Kenney is more concerned with the image of Islam than the safety of the civilians and police officers he has sworn to protect. Kenney’s words mirror those of Barack Obama, who still refuses to use the words “Islamic terrorism.”

The attack in Philadelphia comes at a time of heightened fears about terrorism nationwide, occurring a little more than a month after a husband-and-wife pair in San Bernardino, California, murdered 14 people in the name of ISIS. And hours before the shooting in Philadelphia, Federal prosecutors announced that two Palestinian men who were born in Iraq and came to the United States as refugees had been charged as part of terrorism investigations.

We cannot place blame on the entire Muslim community. Like any religious group, it has its good and bad individuals. And the last thing we want to do is alienate the majority of moderate Muslims and corner them into bonding with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and ISIS. Donald Trump’s recent proposed ban on all Muslims entering the United States is not what we want.

But at the same time, we must not be in denial as to where the roots of this terrorism comes from.

According to the Koran, the Islamic commandment of jihad (holy war against the infidels — Jews and Christians) is the cure to the illness of the Islamic nation and is the first and foremost commandment for all Muslims striving to achieve victory and introduce the rule of Islam worldwide.
It’s apparent that Philadelphia Mayor Kenney and the many Democrats that he associates with do not know this simple fact.

There is a direct association between Islam and Islamic terrorism. Just ask Obama what the “I” in ISIL stands for.

If we can’t identify our enemies, we are sentencing democracy to death by Islamic terror. If we can say “Jewish terrorism,” and arrest Jewish terrorists today in Israel, Kenney and Obama can say “Islamic terrorism.” Islamic terrorism has been around since the 7th century. It is very well documented.

According to some scholars, though Islam teaches Muslims not to kill women, children or the aged, jihad is an unlimited offensive to bring the whole world under Islamic law.
Saying the words “Islamic terrorism” is not hate speech. It is free speech that enables global law enforcement to investigate and locate those who seek our very destruction.

We can no longer bury our heads in the sand. If we do, we might just lose them.