Did you know:
- that the French- Algerian singer Enrico Macias was one of Bin Ladin’s favorite singers? (Macias is pro-Israel)
- or that the Saudi National Guard invited Bin Ladin to speak before their officers in Saudi Arabia in 1989?
These are just some of the very interesting facts which were discovered as part of 1500 tapes belonging to Bin Ladin and Al Qaeda in the city of Kandahar in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban.
You can listen to the fascinating podcast about these tapes here
The interview below with Yossi Alpher who was the Mossad’s former Iran desk officer reveals how the Mossad turned down a request by former Iranian Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiyar to assassinate Ayatollah Khomeini.
He also talks about how if the current regime in Iran changes its stance towards Israel, there would be a very long line of Israelis willing to reestablish ties and to do business with the regime in Tehran, and the sense of betrayal which some Israelis feel towards president Obama.
Yossi Alpher has recently published a book on Israel’s relations with non-Arab countries in the region, including Iran in the 70s.
You can watch the interview here:
Today Netanyahu appointed Likud MK Danny Danon as Israel’s envoy to the UN.
He is one of the most hard-line, anti-peace, pro-settlement and pro-annexation of MORE land in the West Bank.
In 2013 he published an op-ed in the New York Times stating that Israel should annul the Oslo peace accord.
In 2011 he published another op-ed saying that Netanyahu should:
annex the Jewish communities of the West Bank, or as Israelis prefer to refer to our historic heartland, Judea and Samaria.
Just listen to his interview below. This person is going to represent my country at a forum as important as the UN.
He is a gift to anyone who wants to boycott and isolate Israel. He is going to make their job far easier. And its all thanks to Netanyahu. What a gift to our enemies.
Yesterday Amir Oren published a piece in Haaretz about the Iran deal and the view of some of Iran analysts working for the Israeli military intelligence. Among other things, in the article he states:
“There are those in the Intelligence Corps, including those in the research division dealing with Iran, who have a very positive view of the nuclear agreement. “
Last night I was interviewed alongside Amir for the i24 news program, where Amir discussed his article in more details. He also mentioned an unprecedented intelligence sharing offer being made by the U.S which would give Israel access to raw intelligence material which no one else except the US would have. Netanyahu has not accepted this offer.
And how some in the military intelligence community are very concerned about the damage being caused to the Israel – US relations.
You can watch interview here:
One way of explaining it:
Oil prices have been falling over the last few years +
Saudi Arabia has been fighting a new war in Yemen +
The Saudi government has been increasing handouts to government employees over the last few years =
The Saudis are starting to feel the financial strain. So much so that they have started borrowing quietly on the domestic market.
The podcast below from the Financial Times explains more: