Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Elections Slated in Iran

By Micah Halpern
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Iran has announced that next year on May 19th they will conduct presidential elections. The decision was made by the Iranian Guardian Council.

President Rouhani is expected to run for election. If he does not run and win, he will be the first president in the history of Iran since the 1979 not to win a second term.

The real power in this election will not be the voice of the people. The real power will come from the Supreme Leader, The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei.

We do not yet know who the other candidates will be. But we do know that that there has been serious tension between The Grand Ayatollah and the current president. May 19, 2017 will be the perfect time for the Ayatollah to remove Rouhani from office and from power.

But removing Rouhani from the presidency could cause a huge loss of confidence in Iran. It could be devastating for the future of Iran.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ISIS Murders in Church

By Micah Halpern
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ISIS terror strikes Normandy in northern France. Two terrorists enter a Catholic church and slit the throat of an 85 year old priest. The terrorist then tape themselves declaring their goals and their motives.

One of the terrorists was on a watch list and was outfitted with an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor him activities. He was, however, permitted to remove it for several hours each morning. And indeed the murder took place at 9:30 AM. His mother turned in her son saying that he had become an extremist.

The West was shocked by the murder.

This murder in a church is exactly what ISIS wants. It proves ISIS' superiority and demonstrates the inferiority of Christianity. ISIS wants to attack the essence of Western and Christian values and traditions.

ISIS is trying to attack the very heart of the West. Going into a church is part of that plan. For ISIS it is even more important than attacks against Shiite mosques or pilgrimages.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Iran Destroys 1 Mill TV Sat Dishes

By Micah Halpern
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Iran destroyed 100,000 private satellite dishes yesterday in its capital Teheran. All the satellite dishes were handed over by their owners in order to avoid a stiff $2800 fine for having the TV dish.

The general in charge of destroying the satellite dishes, General Reza Neghdi, said that these dishes "deviate morality and culture." They are un-Islamic. They "increase divorce, addiction and insecurity in society."

He said: "Most of these satellite channels not only weaken the foundation of families but also cause disruptions in children's education and children who are under the influence of satellite have improper behavior."

Iran leadership as well as Iranian citizens know that there is a vast world of ideas out there. Their leadership wants to shut out that influence. But people in Iran yearn for that which their leaders shut out - information and news.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Heat Wave in MidEast

By Micah Halpern
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If you think there is a heat wave in the US right now, think again.

This is probably the hottest year in history, at least since 1880 when they started keeping records in the Middle East.

Temperatures in Basra in Iraq reached as high as 53.9 degrees Celsius this past Friday, that's 129 degrees Fahrenheit. It was a record high. On Thursday Kuwait it hit 54 C which is 129.2 F.

The heat has gripped the entire region. Offices are closed.

Electricity is in shortage as is drinking water. This is serious.
The temperatures are 30 to 40 degrees hotter than our own heat wave.

It means that people stay inside during the day. They rest and drink. In the evening, when the heat breaks, people can finally go outside. And the pleasant breeze brings a welcome change in temperature.

It is summer and it is the Middle East so heat and high temperatures should be expected - but this is unusual even for a Mid East summer.

It is hard to be creative in such heat so people take it extra slow and lounge around a lot. Everything slows down, even government activity.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Saudi Delegation Visits Israel

By Micah Halpern
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A group of Saudi businessmen and academics wrapped up a three-day visit to Israel. The delegation was led by former high ranking Saudi general Anwar Eshki.

The delegation met with high level Israeli diplomats.

The objective of this visit was to resurrect the 2002 Saudi- Arab peace initiative. The essence of the initiative was land for peace wherein Israel was to give the Palestinians land taken during the 1967 Six Day War. In exchange for the resolution, the Arab world would normalize relations with Israel.

The messages we are receiving are that the meeting was very successful. More important, however, is the message that comes with that success: Creating a solution to the Palestinian question is a priority for moving ahead on the diplomatic front.

This was not General Eshki's first meeting with Israelis. Last year he met with Dore Gold, director general of Israel's foreign ministry. They met in the United States.

The photo-op for this meeting took place at the history-infused King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Abbas' Brother DIes

By Micah Halpern
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in Qatar. He went to Qatar from Paris.
Abbas went to Qatar to bury his brother Omar who just died from cancer.

Omar Abbas, also known Abu Loway, died at the age of 76. I have discussed his cancer and his medical care in the past. Abbas' brother received regular cancer treatments at Asuta, a private hospital in Tel Aviv.

Of course they have hospitals in Qatar, world class hospitals. But they are not even close to providing the level of quality of Israel's hospitals. They were not good enough for the brother of the Palestinian president.

Despite all the myths and all the lies, Palestinians get the best medical treatment in the world - in Israeli hospitals.

Arab news outlets never covered the fact that Omar Abbas was treated in an Israeli hospital. It does not fit their narrative. In their narrative all of Israel and all Israelis are evil.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bibi Sends Message To Abbas Via Youtube

By Micah Halpern
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Prime Minister Netanyahu posted a YouTube video directed at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

On his video, Netanyahu spoke directly to Abbas saying: "President Abbas, over the past several years, you refused to meet me and sit down and negotiate peace, I hope you'll hear this message."

Netanyahu's message to Abbas was, let's talk and make peace - we owe it to the future. He said the time has come to stop supporting terror and that he needs to put an end to the statements of his underlings who repeatedly make comments supporting terror attacks.

Finally, Netanyahu asked Abbas to stop paying premiums to the families of terrorists. That, according to Netanyahu, only incentivizes terrorism.

Now we wait and see if Abbas responds to the Netanyahu message.

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