Palestinians release songs inciting violence against Israelis

Palestinian musicians have been producing violent music, often accompanied by videos, exhorting listeners to carry out attacks against Jews, The New York Times reported Friday. One CD, entitled “Jerusalem is Bleeding” incites the listener to “it’an, it’an” (“stab, stab”) the Jews. Other songs include lyrics such as: “Stab the Zionist and say God is great,” “Let the knives stab your enemy,” and “Resist and carry your guns. Say hello to being a martyr.” The “Arab Idol” winner Mohammed Assaf, a Gaza resident and United Nations goodwill ambassador, released a song on Saturday in which he sings, “There is no perseverance like yours in Jerusalem and Afula” (the latter is a reference to a Arab Israeli woman who attempted to stab Israeli policemen). Another song is entitled “Run Over, Run Over the Settler.” The Times reported a 15-year-old boy as saying that such songs get him in the right mood for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.

In another “Day of Rage” announced by Palestinian groups on Friday, there were several attacks and attempted attacks on Israelis. In the West Bank, near the settlement Beit El, Palestinian terrorists firebombed a vehicle, injuring an Israeli family of five. The youngest child, a four-year-old girl, is in moderate condition and the other four family members were lightly injured. Palestinian rioters in the Hebron and Bethlehem areas, as well as Qalqilya, Tulkarem, and Ramallah, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers. In the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, a soldier was stabbed by a 16-year-old Palestinian. In the Nof Zion neighborhood of Jerusalem, vigilant Israeli citizens pointed out a suspicious man to Israeli police, who discovered that the man had a knife hidden in his sleeve. Four Palestinian schoolboys were arrested in Jerusalem when they were discovered trying to smuggle in a backpack containing two large knives; one of the boys said that the four of them were planning to stab Israelis at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

Among the hacked emails of CIA director John Brennan to be posted this week by WikiLeaks was a memo written after the 2008 election urging President-elect Barack Obama to “come to terms with” whoever was ruling Iran, Business Insider reported Wednesday.

 

In a post-election memo, purportedly written to Obama, Brennan laid out a pragmatic roadmap on dealings with Iran. His suggestions are similar to the carrot-and-stick approach the administration would eventually use in nudging Tehran toward joining negotiations over slowing the momentum of its growing nuclear reactor program.

“The United States has no choice but to find ways to coexist – and to come to terms – with whatever government holds power in Tehran,” Brennan said in the three-page memo. He added that Iran would have to “come to terms” with the U.S. and that “Tehran’s ability to advance its political and economic interests rests on a non-hostile relationship with the United States and the West.”

 

In the memo, Brennan advised Obama to “tone down” rhetoric with Iran, and swiped at former President George W. Bush for his “gratuitous” labeling of Iran as part of a worldwide “axis of evil.” Brennan also said the U.S. should establish a direct dialogue with Tehran and “seek realistic, measurable steps.”

Brennan served as a White House advisor on counterterrorism for President Obama for four years before becoming director of the CIA in 2013. His rapprochement recommendations match those he made in “The Conundrum of Iran: Strengthening Moderates without Acquiescing to Belligerence,” a paper he published in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in July 2008.

Other leaked documents showed that Brenner advocated appointing former Secretary of State Colin Powell to serve as the president’s envoy to Iran, even though Iran remained on the State Department’s list of state sponsor of terror. (via TheTower.org)

 

Israeli high-tech companies are likely to shatter 2014’s record-year of funding and acquisitions, according to a new survey by IVC-KPMG.  The third quarter of 2015 concluded with $1.1 billion raised by 165 Israeli high-tech companies, some 55 percent above the $703 million attracted by 170 companies in the third quarter of 2014. So far in 2015, 506 Israeli high-tech companies have raised a phenomenal $3.2 billion, reaching in nine months, nearly 95 percent of the entire 2014’s record capital raising. Some of the biggest acquisitions this year include Heartware’s purchase of Valtech Cardio for $929 millionAmazon’s buyout of Annapurna Labs for $370 million, ClickSoftware’s price tag of $438 million, and Lumenis selling for $510 million “We believe 2015 may end with as much as $4.4 billion in total capital raising by high-tech companies,” said Koby Simana, CEO of IVC Research Center. The survey is based on reports from 180 investors of which 44 were Israeli VC management companies and 136 were other entities. (via Israel21c)


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