Monday, 20 April 2015 | Speaking at the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu linked Russia's sale of missiles to Iran with Iran's well-known involvement in conflicts throughout the Middle East. Accordingly, he said that "Israel views with utmost gravity the supply of S-300 missiles from Russia to Iran, especially at a time when Iran is stepping up its aggression in the region and around the borders of the State of Israel.”
Netanyahu speaking at Yad Vashem on Yom HaShoah Thursday, 16 April 2015 | Speaking last night, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu connected lessons from the Holocaust with Israel today. Iran, he said, is the 21st-century version of Hitler's Germany, and radical Islam is its variation of Nazi ideology.

Just past sunset in Jerusalem, Netanyahu stood to speak. He was the keynote speaker at a ceremony that marked the start of Yom HaShoah—Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event took place at Yad Vashem. According to its website, Yad Vashem is the "World Center for Holocaust Research, Documentation, Education and Commemoration." For Israelis, the institution and its work are like the nation's soul.

Netanyahu delivering plan for Iran Monday, 13 April 2015 | Less than twenty-four hours after US President Obama lashed out at Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, saying he had not heard an alternative plan to his proposed deal with Iran, Netanyahu (a.k.a., Bibi) gave him one.

Two days ago President Obama held a press conference in Panama City. The topic was his friendly meeting earlier that day with Cuba's communist president, Raúl Castro. But the first question put to the President threw Iran into the conversation.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Wednesday, 8 April 2015 | While US President Barack Obama and his team aggressively work to sell their 'framework agreement' with Iran, the Islamic Republic is announcing plans to aggressively manufacture weapons-grade uranium. It is also asserting that all differences between its understanding of the agreement as compared with the US is proof that American officials are "liars and untrustworthy."

  Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu Thursday, 25 June 2015 | "Israel is a unique place,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said earlier this week. Because what it is and where it is, it is "absolutely necessary [for the State] ...to challenge assumptions." This dynamic, he said, "is deeply embedded in the DNA of our people. The father of our nation, Abraham, challenged God. That's as big a challenge as you can have. And we have had that embedded in our culture throughout and it's very much something that we see in the development of businesses."

Perhaps counter-intuitively, Netanyahu's philosophical ruminations were at the heart of comments made at Israel's 5th Cybersecurity Conference where he spoke last Tuesday.

 Tuesday, 7 April 2015 | Major General Nimron Sheffer, says that vis-à-vis Iran, inasmuch as "Israel feels its existence depends on action, we will take it."

Sheffer is no schnook. He is head of the IDF's Planning Directorate which, for its part, is the central body of the IDF's General Staff. Its primary function, for the IDF and Israel's Ministry of Defense, is strategic planning. When Sheffer speaks, he does so as the ultimate insider to Israel's military doctrine.

Several days ago Sheffer met with Yoav Limor, correspondent for Israel Hayom. Just before Pesach, Limor reported what Sheffer had to say.

US President Barack Obama Monday, 06 April 2015 | The ‘Obama Doctrine,’ says Thomas L. Friedman, is to engage America's enemies in lieu of sanctions and isolation. It is a doctrine President Barack Hussein Obama has consistently pursued with countries like Cuba and Burma. And now, Iran. According to Obama, his doctrine is that the US "will engage, but we preserve all our capabilities."

Two days ago, Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the New York Times, met with Obama in the White House. For forty-five minutes, Friedman asked questions about Obama's 'framework' agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program. The Times subsequently released a video of the interview along with Friedman's written report published yesterday.

Map showing the extent of the first Persian Empire Thursday, 2 April 2015 | The first Persian empire is well-known to students of the Bible. Its founder, King Cyrus the Great, is lauded as the ruler God used to return the Jewish people from 70 years of exile. It is also portrayed by the book of Daniel as one of the world's most powerful and influential governments in human history.
  Russian President Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Tuesday, 22 September 2015 | Concerned about Russia's new military stronghold in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu went to Moscow yesterday. Before a joint meeting between the country's two leaders, Russian President Putin chuckled at the notion that Syria poses any meaningful threat to Israel.

 In the aftermath of Russia's sudden establishment of a military presence in Syria, Netanyahu quickly arranged a trip to Moscow. Signaling his country's keen concern, Netanyahu brought along top military advisers. "I asked IDF [Israel Defense Forces] Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, General Commanding Officer of Intelligence, and of course my Military Secretary, to join me in order to clarify things," Netanyahu said after a three hour meeting with Putin.

President Rivlin signing the document that asks Binyamin Netanyahu to form the new government. Thursday, 26 March 2015 | Late yesterday Israel's President Rivlin formally received the final count of votes from election day in Israel on Tuesday, 17 March. Afterward, he declared that his choice for building a coalition government was Benjamin Netanyahu. It was a declaration that included a solemn admonition to Israel's once and future Prime Minister.

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