Shalom: Israel ‘Fully Determined’ to Halt Syria Missile Deal

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PM is “fully determined” to halt sales by Russia of advanced missiles to Syria, Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom said on Sunday.

Israeli Premier Binyamin Netanyahu is “fully determined” to halt sales by Russia of advanced missiles to Syria when he visits Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin, Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom said on Sunday.

A reported Russian plan to sell Damascus S-300 missile batteries “worries us at the highest level and the prime minister is fully determined that this contract should not be fulfilled,” Shalom, a member of the security cabinet, told public radio.

“Such a sale to Syria would alter the balance of forces in the region and these weapons could fall into the hands of Hizbullah,” the ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iran, Shalom said.

Should Syria obtain the ultra-modern Russian weapons, which can destroy aircraft or guided missiles, “action by countries seeking change in Syria would become much more difficult,” he added, according to the AFP news agency.

Russian and Israeli officials have said the two leaders are to meet shortly, with Russia’s Interfax news agency quoting Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying the visit was being planned for next week.

Israel carried out air strikes near Damascus twice last week, which were aimed at preventing the transfer of sophisticated weapons to the Hizbullah terrorist organization.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that the sale of S300s to Damascus would be “potentially destabilizing” for the region.

Russia however refuses to rule it out however, saying it has to honor existing contracts.

On a visit to Warsaw on Friday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was continuing to fulfill agreements by delivering military hardware to Assad’s regime in defiance of calls for a freeze.

“Russia has sold and signed contracts a long time ago, and is completing supplies of the equipment, which is anti-aircraft systems, according to the already signed contracts,” he told reporters, according to AFP.

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Russia Not to Tolerate Further Israeli Attacks on Damascus

TEHRAN (FNA)– Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, while in Shanghai, was given a sharp dressing-down by Russian President Vladimir Putin, a warning that Russia would not tolerate further Israeli attacks on Damascus and would respond.

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Putin did not say how, but he did announce he had ordered the acceleration of highly advanced Russian weapons supplies to Syria.

Israeli Debkafile’s military sources disclosed that the Russian leader was referring to S-300 anti-air systems and the nuclear-capable 9K720 Iskander (NATO named SS-26 Stone) surface missiles, which are precise enough to hit a target within a 5-7 meter radius at a distance of 280 kilometers.

In his phone call to Netanyahu, the Russian leader advised the prime minister to make sure to keep this in mind.

Since Syrian air defense teams have already trained in Russia on the handling of the S-300 interceptor batteries, they can go into service as soon as they are landed by one of Russia’s daily airlifts to Syria. Russian air defense officials will supervise their deployment and prepare them for operation.

Moscow is retaliating not just for Israel’s air operations against Syria but in anticipation of the Obama administration’s impending decision to send the first US arms shipments to the Syrian rebels.

Intelligence agencies in Moscow and the Middle-East take it for granted that by the time Washington goes public on this decision, some of the Syrian rebel factions will already be armed with American weapons.

That the measure was in the works was signified by the introduction Monday by chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez of legislation allowing the US to provide arms and military training to the Syrian rebels.

US military instructors have been working with Syrian rebels at training camps in Jordan and Turkey for some months. So putting the arms in their hands only awaited a decision in Washington, the Israeli website alleged.

Putin’s message to Netanyahu was intended to reach a wider audience than Jerusalem, such as Barack Obama in Washington and President Xi Jinping in Beijing ahead of Netanyahu’s talks there Tuesday.

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EVIL IS ALMOST AT YOUR DOORSTEP By Greg Evensen

The stories are told of the gunfight in Tombstone, the cattle thieves near Abilene, and train robbers in Missouri, who just kept killing and robbing because they had the backing of other bad guys to get the job done. Many times, it fell on the small town Marshal or the county sheriff to step into the street and end the crime spree. We know from history that this happened, and evil was confronted by determined lawmen who knew that keeping the peace (hence peacekeepers, or Constables of the Peace-COPS) was a community’s first and last line of defense. There were also moments when citizens would step in to fill the gap and directly help to pay the price in taking down the rustlers and highwaymen. On occasion the sheriff called out a Posse when the job called for it. Good sheriffs, wise sheriffs, determined lawmen do that today as well. We need citizens to once again do their duty right now!

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The one terrifying constant of evil is that it just gets more evil if it is not “called out,” confronted, and taken down. As many of you know, I served with the Olathe, Kansas police department, was a Marshal in Rice County, Kansas, and a Kansas State Trooper. I spent nights alone on the desolate stretches of US 56, north of Dodge City, Great Bend and Lyons. I broke up fights, chased home invaders and arrested other felons without a Taser, or remote radio and on occasion took an armed assailant at the point of my shotgun. Almost all the time, it was done alone without a SWAT uniform or back-up. I kept the peace because I took an oath to defend the citizens, I WAS a Kansas lawman, and I knew clearly who the criminals were. When not in hot pursuit, I talked with the bank president, school principal and local businessmen without intimidation and mostly with an easy going smile. Men like me succeeded because we knew our jobs, upheld the law, knew the difference between justice and retribution and set the standard for our communities. I played softball with the church team, was invited to the school prom as a guest, and stood with my friends at the graveside services for veterans and others who had walked the ridge with me.

What the hell happened, America? When did you decide that it was acceptable to turn our peaceful efforts into a whirlwind of disaster because you had the “right” to do what you want, when you want, to whom you want, and then blame someone else for it, all under the guise of civil rights? America has itself to blame for rampant drug abuse, families with no moral compass, parents who cannot be bothered with investing necessary time in their children’s lives, and demanding that a corrupt, inept and arrogant government write checks to cover every conceivable outrage known to man, and then fail to show up for what little work is available.

The brainless, perverted cowards who demonstrate in the nude, take their same-sex partner to church and convince “elect me for the 20th term” Congressman Joe Stupid–that taking firearms away from the honest, decent folks who have the absolute need to defend themselves from the bad guys in and out of government–to legislate them away once and for all. A quick check of history will show that tyrannical governments, which evolved out of immoral freedom and complacency moved to disarm the people for one reason. The zealots in government knew that sooner than later, even the remarkably ignorant would be pushed to rebellion. They also knew that the best trained legions of Rome, Germany, Russia, China, or the United States, would not be able to stand with brute force alone against true justice and personal freedom fighters forever.

However, liberation has always come at a huge loss of life, property and treasure. The same is about to be repeated in our nation as well. Government has taxed us, beaten us down, and legislated us into a maze of confusion, anger and desperation. The uniformed legions of police and military have trained for, equipped with billions of dollars for domestic war, and have begun the final effort to demonize millions into a terrorist mold conceived by politicians, labeled by fusion center and homeland security bastards, set up for persecution by raging homosexuals, vengeful Muslims and politically correct ministers who would not recognize Scripture or a prophetic word from God if it were sent to their pulpit in a 510C(3) official IRS sealed envelope.

As a nation, we are beyond redemption or repair. As a people, we are now under the scrutiny of a generation of children and young adults who crave moral leadership even if they have never seen it. They tremble when alone knowing that their lives are meaningless and subject to every type of degenerate influence because parents refuse to hold them accountable to any righteous standard of behavior. Schools expel 1st graders for making a gun shaped object in art class while funding the gay club and supporting abortion on demand for students who ask for it. Where is the crime here? Where is the LOSS OF LIFE? The great threat is of course that a child would fashion a gun from clay. God Almighty, no wonder we cannot figure all of this out. My summer water melon patch has more collective brain cells than 310 million Americans.

I said on the radio five years ago that the events that have unfolded in the past year WOULD occur and that America would face a civil uprising. I warned that guns would be endangered, ammo would be the currency of the future, and would be difficult to find. I also said the banks would steal from your safety deposit boxes, confiscate your accounts, fail altogether, and that government in America would reduce this nation to a petty police state where citizens would lose all of their cherished rights. Patriots would be imprisoned on contrived charges including owning unregistered weapons, specialized ammo, large capacity magazines for those weapons and for standing against the Muslim threat, the communist Jewish threat, the homosexual vendetta against Christians and “straight” people, and most damning, the loss of individual spiritual foundation building from the “church.”

North Korea can be destroyed in 15 minutes. Syria and Iran are a regional problem that a good uprising can begin to destroy and soon finish one if the people elect to free themselves. But I tell you this: Iran, Syria, North Korea and even China itself has a better chance of finding their way out of the Muslim and communist darkness that surrounds them than does the United States of America. Our love of abortion, filth, greed, and gutless churches, have conspired more than Korean Fat-boy UN to bring down the USA. Occult worship and the rump ranger battalions in the faggot movement remind us that for many, morality means nothing. Drug dealing teachers in Antigo, Wisconsin, prove that holding a teaching license does not always prove you deserve one.

Cheating teachers in Atlanta led by a moron superintendent shows again that money trumps integrity almost every time. Abortion doctors were criminals, after the German war crimes trials in Nuremburg, but here they make millions by murdering the innocent.

When we hold our “Castle Defense” training camps for those trying to learn the skills necessary to sustain and protect their families, we stress self-reliance, not system welfare. When we produced an entire series for those wanting to teach themselves and others, we did so with the design of helping thousands return to the traits that built Godly homes, communities, and for a brief time, a nation. There will always be those that pursue evil and are destructive. However, it is time to mount a Posse that will rise to the task now set before them and again, take the bad guys down.

As former Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Director and dear 35 year friend of mine Maynard Brazeal instilled in thousands of Kansas police officers, “remember who you serve, and they will gratefully remember who you are.” Thanks Maynard, for your service to Kansas, and honorable men wearing a badge who are worthy—because of you–to be called lawmen.

As Americans with a world class Christian freedom legacy that has been squandered and handed to the most vile among us, we must now either confront the collective evil across our land in its many forms, or surrender finally and completely to the destroyer of worlds, Lucifer and his servants.

For many years, I walked the streets alone; looking for the evil just beyond the street light’s reach. I am willing to confront evil again, but this time I need a partner. Let’s team up and get this job done. Time has run out. If you walk away from this now, evil will be on your doorstep when you get home tonight. The outcome of that struggle may well take you out of the fight and leave those you cherish in harm’s way. Breathe a quick prayer, let’s confront this national evil, and let’s get to the task.

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Iran Nuclear Talks Stall as Contradictions Among Powers Emerge

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Iran and six world powers weren’t able to seal a deal to curb the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear program on the first of two days of talks, which ended with the two sides still far apart.

The optimistic tone officials struck at the close of a previous round of negotiations in Almaty, Kazakhstan, six weeks ago faded last night as contradictory signals emerged from Iran and the six nations negotiating with the Islamic Republic.

Diplomats from the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China met with Iranian officials for more than five hours yesterday. The Iranians met separately with the Chinese, Russian, British and German delegates, and the full group will convene again today, officials said.

Iran’s deputy negotiator said that his side had offered “practical” suggestions to resolve the nuclear dispute, and the head of Russia’s delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, called the Islamic Republic’s response “refreshing.”

Western diplomats complained that Iran failed to respond to the specifics of a confidence-building proposal made six weeks ago that would ease some economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for Iran’s curbing uranium enrichment.

A failure to make progress in this second round of negotiations in Kazakhstan would bring new pressure on Iran. The Islamic Republic, already subject to dozens of international sanctions on oil, banking, trade and shipping, will face additional economic penalties if it fails to work toward a deal, U.S. officials said. Israel and the U.S. have also threatened to use military force to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Iranian Threat

Iran, with the world’s fourth-largest proven oil reserves, has threatened to stop crude shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if attacked.

Commodity markets so far haven’t reacted to the stalemate. Oil rose to a nine-month high of $119 a barrel on Feb. 8 on concern that tension with Iran would disrupt Middle East oil exports. Prices subsequently have declined as signs of a wider conflict eased.

Brent crude for May settlement declined $2.22, or 2.1 percent, to end the session at $104.12 a barrel on the London- based ICE Futures Europe exchange, the lowest closing price since July 24. Trading was 79 percent above the 100-day average.

While Iran has sought a broad lifting of the sanctions saddling its economy, world powers have offered an interim deal: a partial easing of the restrictions in return for Iran halting its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity. Iran says it needs the medium-enriched uranium for isotopes to treat cancer patients, while other nations have said that the uranium could easily be further enriched to create weapons-grade material.

Sunk Costs

It may be difficult for leaders in Tehran to offer concessions because of Iranian national pride in the nuclear science program and sunk costs estimated at $100 billion and rising, according to a study by researchers at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Federation of American Scientists in Washington.

Iran wants to define the “final outcome” of the international negotiations, Ali Bagheri, deputy secretary of Iran’s supreme national security council, told reporters yesterday afternoon. The six powers entered the talks seeking “concrete” responses to the confidence-building proposal made six weeks ago, European Union spokesman Michael Mann said.

Iran didn’t respond to the international community’s proposal, and instead reiterated its desire for a comprehensive nuclear resolution, according to Western officials at the talks.

‘Indisputable Fact’

Russian delegate Ryabkov appeared to contradict the U.S. and Western European position, saying it was “an indisputable fact” that the Iranian delegation “addressed concrete elements of the position outlined by the group of six.” The Iranian reply, he said, was “evidence that the negotiations are serious.”

“We are not going over the same things and that’s refreshing,” he said. Still, Ryabkov declined to predict how the meeting would end.

One Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that while the two sides had a long and substantial discussion, they remain far apart.

Failure to produce some interim deal in Almaty could stall further talks, fueling an escalation of sanctions and military threats, according to analyst Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.

“Time for peaceful pressure is running out,” said Dubowitz, who advises U.S. lawmakers on sanctions. “If the Almaty talks fail, Congress likely will move forward on new sanctions that will massively intensify the economic pressure on Iran.”

Limited Time

In an interview on the sidelines of the talks in Almaty, Ali Vaez, a senior analyst with the Washington-based International Crisis Group, said that “in the absence of concrete progress,” international negotiators “can’t sustain this process for much longer.”

While receiving formal recognition of its “right” to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes isn’t a precondition at the meeting in Almaty, Iran wants to know that right will be recognized eventually, said an Iranian official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Iran’s insistence on knowing the “endgame” rather than making an interim agreement first, puts the talks at risk, Vaez said. In conversations with Iranian officials, he said he had advised agreement “on a limited deal that would break this vicious cycle.”

Enriched Uranium

Enriched uranium is used to power electric power plants and make medical isotopes. Highly enriched uranium, or HEU, is needed to produce nuclear weapons.

After a decade-long standoff, during which agreements to continue talking were defined as success, both sides remain entrenched. A United Nations investigation, international sanctions, military threats and diplomacy all have failed to ease international concerns that Iran is developing the ability to make nuclear weapons.

Iran, with 75 million people and a $484 billion economy, has maintained that its program is peaceful and within the boundaries of the international nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, called the previous Almaty negotiating round a “turning point” after its Feb. 27 conclusion. Ryabkov said in an interview during those talks that the group offered to ease restrictions on Iran’s exports of petrochemical products and some additional items.

Iran Tests

Patrick Clawson, director of research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said in an interview that Iran’s willingness to adopt confidence-building measures such as greater access for UN inspectors or unilateral steps to make its enriched uranium less useful for a weapons program is a test of “whether talks are worth continuing.”

Bagheri of Iran said yesterday that “actions referred to as confidence-building measures must be considered part of a larger, more comprehensive plan. They are not separate.”

“The credibility of the process itself is on the line this time around,” Suzanne Maloney, an Iran analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington, said in an e-mail interview from the United Arab Emirates. “I think we need the win more than” the Iranians “do, despite the presumptions to the contrary among many U.S. policy makers.”

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, a member of the country’s nuclear negotiating team, said the diplomatic process should be expected to move slowly and be fraught with challenges. Iran should be rewarded with the lifting of sanctions along the way or it won’t continue on the path, Araghchi said.

‘New Approach’

“If there is balance between steps to be taken by the two sides, we likely will be able to start a new approach, and this new trend will be long and will require many steps,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with the state-run Mehr news agency. “There are great obstacles” that require “patience and resistance” to overcome, he said.

“President Obama says that there is an open door in front of Iran, but the Iranians are very skeptical,” said Trita Parsi, author of “A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran” and president of National Iranian-American Council. “Even if an agreement can be reached on 20 percent, Iran is not likely to accept unless it has clarity on what the end game is.”

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