Jerusalem News (19 August, 2015, 4 Elul, 5775)
1. MK Bezalel Smotrich: Homosexuals Monopolizing Media in Israel to Spread their Filthy Agenda!Â by Gil Ronen
2. ISIS used Mustard Gas on Kurds, Likely Obtained from Syria by Lori Lowenthal Marcus
3. Funding ISIS byÂ Rachel Ehrenfeld
1. MK Bezalel Smotrich: Homosexuals Monopolizing Media in Israel to Spread their Filthy Agenda!
JEWISH HOME MK: BENNETT 'CENSORS TORAH'
by Gil Ronen
MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) took a swipe at his own party chairman, Naftali Bennett, Thursday, over the issue of homosexuality.
In an interview on Galei Yisrael radio, Smotrich was asked if he would repeat the phrase "abomination parades," which he recently used in a tweet with regard to the "gay pride" parades.
Smotrich replied that the use of the word "abomination" regarding homosexuality did not originate with him but with the Torah. "If my party's chairman wants to censor the Torah, then let him. I do not censor the Torah."
In the interview, Smotrich said that gay people have a controlling influence on Israel's media. "There are many senior people in Israel's media market, from among those who hold the microphone and determine for all of us what we should think and what we should say, a very large number who are [gay] themselves," he opined. "When you lookÂ at the list, there are dozens and dozens of the most dominant elements today. So obviously, they will not be able to hear an opinion like mine... They will cut me off in mid-sentence and make me look like an oddball because I am not given a chance to explain my position thoroughly."
He said that for years, he had asked himself why it seemed that such a large portion of Israel's population had "gone astray" in this sense, until he understood that the media was only making it seem that way. "I am convinced that 95% of the citizens in the state of Israel would very much like to see their children establishing wonderful families and giving them grandchildren. A healthy person, a normal person, that is what he wants."
2. ISIS used Mustard Gas on Kurds, Likely Obtained from Syria
ISIS used mustard gas against Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq.
By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Published: August 14th, 2015
U.S. officials said on Thursday, Aug. 13, that Islamic State terrorists this week used mustard gas against Kurdish forces in Iraq.
Mustard gas, or sulfur mustard, is a type of chemical warfare agent that is not found naturally in the environment and which today has no medical use. It blisters the skin and may lead to blindness, adverse effects to the respiratory and digestive tracts and bone marrow abnormalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No antidotes currently exist for mustard gas exposure.
And where did ISIS get that mustard gas? They probably obtained it from Syria, Wall Street Journal reporter Adam Entous said he was told by U.S. officials.
CBS is reporting that a senior Department of Defense official said the mustard gas was either 'leftover from Saddam Hussein stockpiles' or 'were brought over from Syria.' Of course, it could be the same chemicals from both sources, as Hussein was believed to have whisked stockpiles of chemical weapons from Iraq and hid them in Syria.
In 2013, Syria's Bashar Assad's government admitted having caches of mustard gas as well as other chemical warfare agents.
At that time, U.S. President Barack Obama claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin removed Syria's chemical weapons, but U.S. intelligence now admits Syria was able to hide some chemical weapons reserves from international inspectors.
Saddam Hussein also used mustard gas against the Kurds in 1988.
The Kurds claim that ISIS used chlorine gas, another chemical weapon, against them in a Jan. 23 suicide truck bomb attack in northern Iraq.
3. Funding ISIS
Presidential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump has the right idea how to stop ISIS. "I would knock out the source of their wealth, the primary source of their wealth, which is oil," he told MSNBC.
But a year into the United States-led daily air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has done little, if anything, to stop the murderous Islamists group's oil lifeline.
Reportedly, targeted bombing had killed a few of ISIS leaders and hundreds of their easily replaceable fighters. Yet strangely, it did not slow down the easy-to-spot movement of hundreds oil tankers and thousands of smaller vehicles on the same route daily. You'd think a continuous movement would not escape notice of the intelligence services given the war-torn landscape and the small number of border crossings into Turkey.
As Dr. Norman Bailey, points out, the "Islamic State's barbaric conquests are financed by collaborators among the business and financial circles of the West." In his Globes online commentary, Bailey identifies two major sources: funds seized from banks in the cities it has overrun, especially Mosul in Iraq, and from the sale of crude oil and products from the oil fields and refineries it has seized."
He goes on to explain: "banks nowadays don't hold hundreds of millions of dollars in banknotes and crude oil and products are good only to lubricate engines unless there are buyers as well as ways to get the products to the buyers. In other words, the funds of the banks can be obtained for use to pay its terrorist hordes and for other purposes only through the cooperation of other correspondent banks."
"As to the oil," Bailey rightly argues that "buyers are readily found in the West and tanker trucks are permitted to reach ports where oil tankers are waiting to load it."..."All this requires ready, willing and able collaborators among the business and financial circles of the West as well as surrounding countries. ... the buyers and the facilitators and the financiers are not that difficult to identify, so that if the opponents of Islamic State were really serious about doing something about it, along with the occasional bombing raid, the Islamic State could be starved of funds to continue its rampage of murder, destruction, rape and slavery."