Turkish “Humanitarian Aid” To Gaza: Ball-Bearings And Cement Mixers…

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I suppose if you’re Palestinian this would qualify as “humanitarian aid.”

Via INN:

Customs officials at southern Israel’s Ashdod port discovered hundreds of ball-bearings and cement mixers in a Turkish shipment of “humanitarian aid” to Gaza on Wednesday, raising fears the cargo could have been used by Hamas to support its ongoing war against Israel, according to Channel Two.

While both items have civilian uses, both have played a central role building Hamas’s rocket arsenal and its vast network of “terror tunnels” into Israel.

Terrorists in Gaza regularly use ball-bearings to maximize the lethality of locally-made, short-range Qassam rockets. Unlike other, more powerful long-range rockets and military-grade mortar shells smuggled into Gaza from state-sponsors such as Iran, Qassam rockets have a relatively small warhead. But while the explosion itself may be relatively “small”, the rockets are also packed with shrapnel – including nails, razors and, most commonly, ball-bearings – which are scattered throughout a relatively wide radius upon impact, maiming or killing anyone in the vicinity.

The co-opting of hundreds of tons of concrete supplies by Hamas to build its underground tunnel network, used to store and transport weapons as well as carry out attacks inside Israel, has also been well-documented.

The timing of those specific items of “humanitarian aid” is particularly suspicious; Gaza’s civilian population are hardly appealing for fresh supplies of ball-bearings, and rebuilding targets struck by the Israeli Air Force while it is still operating over Gaza’s skies seems a rather unfruitful endeavor.

Gross: Secret Service Agents Say Biden A Big Fan Of Skinny Dipping…

Joe Biden

Pass the brain bleach.

Via NYDN:

It’s the Joe Biden you didn’t know — and might not want to see.

Secret Service agents dread being assigned to protect the vice president, in part because Biden’s a big fan of skinny dipping, according to a new tell-all book.

In “The First Family Detail,” author Ronald Kessler quotes unnamed Secret Service agents dishing about the supposedly “hidden lives” of Presidents and the other important people they protect.

Biden is portrayed as being more interested in coming off as a “regular Joe” than being potentially responsible for the nation’s nuclear codes.
Not to mention he’s a guy who apparently doesn’t have a problem getting naked.

“Agents say that, whether at the vice president’s residence or at his home in Delaware, Biden has a habit of swimming in his pool nude,” Kessler writes.

Dallas Judge Jenkins Says 2,000 Illegal Alien Children At Border Will No Longer Be Coming To Dallas

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Sleight of hand. Update to this story.

Weeks after Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said three Dallas County facilities would be used to temporarily shelter 2,000 migrant children at the border, he reversed course at a press conference held Thursday afternoon at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas.

Said Jenkins, the number of children coming across the border had dropped from 300 a day in June to 150 a day in July, and there are now reports of “bed vacancies” at facilities along the border. The drop in numbers, said Jenkins, has allowed federal officials to reduce the backlog of children needing temporary housing.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services is “reporting increasing bed vacancies at refugee resettlement facilities,” Jenkins said. “Health and Human Services has decided to stand down efforts to create more temporary sites outside military basis.”

But, Jenkins added, “Due to strong community support [in Dallas County], had sites been selected the first choice would have been here.”

Jenkins was surrounded by political and religious leaders, and read from a prepared statement over the din of nearby construction workers.

“In Dallas our shared values direct us to stand up for children,” he said at the beginning of the press conference. “We don’t turn out back on children fleeing death and chaos … All children are precious and made in the image of God, a god that is bigger than the border.”

Said the judge, he was proud of Dallas County residents for doing what other communities around the country wouldn’t: offer temporary shelter to kids who were overcrowded in facilities along the border.

“Leaders can empower compassion and reason or incite fear and anger,” said Jenkins. “Our community changed the conversation about unknown, faceless immigrants … to a humanitarian crisis involving children, like your child and my child, children who need love and reassurance.”

Dallas County, said Jenkins, has become “unexpected outlier in the United States for those who don’t know us, a place where love and compassion overcomes fear and anger.”

Dallas County was looking to house the children in Hulcy Middle School, Grand Prairie ISD’s shuttered Lamar Alternative Education Center and a Parkland Memorial Hospital warehouse near Maple and Inwood. Those facilities were evaluated by federal officials, and Jenkins says no county taxpayer money had been used.

Illegal aliens to be Housed in ‘Suites’ Near San Antonio Via KRGV

Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday will open a refurbished detention center three hours north of the Rio Grande Valley.

The Karnes City center will house women and children who entered the country illegally through the Valley.

The 532-bed facility underwent a massive renovation to house women and children. The center housed only adult immigrants in the past.

Immigrants will be at the facility for an average of 23 days.

The feds said the immigrants will be referred to as “residents” and the rooms as “suites.” The suites are furnished with flat-screen television sets and landline telephones. The center has a soccer field covered with artificial turf, ping pong tables and a weight room.

A charter school nearby will provide schooling and access to a library for the immigrant children.

HT Theo Spark

BREAKING: Hamas Uses Cease-Fire To Kidnap Israeli Soldier – Update: Cease-Fire Was Brokered By John Kerry…

Hamas is about to get the ass-whooping of a lifetime by the IDF.

Via Ynet:

An IDF soldier is feared kidnapped by Hamas, the IDF said Friday, with a senior official blaming Hamas for using the ceasefire to take a soldier hostage. Two other soldiers were killed in the incident.

It was cleared for publication that Givati Battalion Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin (23) from Kfar Saba was missing and feared to have been abducted Friday morning during clashes in the Gaza Strip near Rafah. [...]

Speaking with Ynet, a senior IDF source said that the possible kidnapping of an IDF soldier was carried out in a skirmish near a smuggling tunnel and was aided by a suicide bomber. According to him, a terrorists appeared while forces were searching for tunnels, one of them then blew himself up, during which time others kidnapped the soldier.

“I can confirm that at 9:30 Hamas broke the ceasefire and that there is a growing fear that a soldier has been kidnapped,” a senior IDF source told Ynet, adding the incident took place while forces were searching for tunnels, a right Israel maintained as part of the ceasefire agreement.

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Update: According to State Department officials, Kerry made 100 calls over the last few days to broker the deal which Hamas used to kill and capture IDF troops only hours after the deal was announced.

Via State Department press release:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry announce that the United Nations Representative in Jerusalem, Special Coordinator Robert Serry, has received assurances that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza.

This humanitarian cease-fire will commence at 8 am local time on Friday, August 1, 2014. It will last for a period of 72 hours unless extended.

During this time the forces on the ground will remain in place.

We urge all parties to act with restraint until this humanitarian cease-fire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the cease-fire.

Islamic State Has Destroyed Or Occupied All 45 Christian Institutions In Mosul…

Interfaith outreach nearly complete.

Via AINA:

Since taking over Mosul on June 10, ISIS has destroyed, occupied, converted to mosques, converted to ISIS headquarters or shuttered all 45 Christian institutions in Mosul.

The following is the complete list of the Christian institutions in Mosul, grouped by denomination.

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FRIDAY OPEN THREAD…

Fun fact: Along with blogging and smoking, I also enjoy roller skating.

Obama, Clinton Could Collide On Vineyard

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Get ready to rumble.

Via The Hill

President Obama and Hillary Clinton will both be on Martha’s Vineyard next month at the same time, The Boston Globe reports.

Clinton is scheduled to sign copies of her memoir Hard Choices at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven on Aug. 13. She’s considered the 2016 Democratic front-runner for president if she decides to enter the race.

The trip by Clinton overlaps with Obama’s Aug. 9-23 vacation at Martha’s Vineyard.

The bookstore appears to only be a 25-minute drive away from Chilmark, Mass., which is where the Obamas will be staying, according to Martha’s Vineyard Times.

It’s unclear, however, if the two will meet up.

The president and his family have vacationed on the island every year since he took office, except 2012 because of his reelection campaign, the report noted.

This year, locals told the Times that the Obamas will be staying in a seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom house worth an estimated $12 million that overlooks the Vineyard Sound.

Joanne Hubschman owns the home, which features 17 rooms in total, a hot tub, infinity pool, and a tennis-basketball court. Hubschman’s late husband was a former executive at General Electric.

The Obamas vacationed last December in Hawaii, which is where the president grew up.

German Officer To Serve As U.S. Army Europe’s Chief Of Staff

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Nein, this could open the door for a UN blue beanie.

Via Army Times

A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position.

Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal, most recently the commander of Germany’s 12th Panzer Brigade in Amberg, and chief of staff of Regional Command North, International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan, will be stationed at USAREUR headquarters, Wiesbaden, Germany. He could report to duty as early as Monday.

Laubenthal also has served as military assistant to the deputy commander of operations and assistant chief of staff of operations for NATO forces in Kosovo.

As the major staff assistant to USAREUR commander Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell, Laubenthal will synchronize the command’s staff activities much as American predecessors have in the past.

“This is a bold and major step forward in USAREUR’s commitment to operating in a multinational environment with our German allies,” said Campbell.

“U. S. and German senior military leaders have been serving together in NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan for years. Sustaining the shared capability from this experience will benefit both the U. S. and German armies,” said Campbell who has headed the Army’s largest and oldest overseas command since 2012.

HT Indy1826

War College To Make Final Decision On Sen. Walsh

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Walsh is being thrown under the MRAP. Update to this story.

Via Stars and Stripes

The U.S. Army War College will have the final say over whether any punishment is warranted in a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.

Spokeswoman Carol Kerr said Wednesday that the Department of Defense and U.S. Army inspectors general will be notified before the release of the findings, but the authority to take disciplinary action remains with the college.

Provost Lance Betros previously said the Defense Department had asserted jurisdiction over the investigation because it involved a member of Congress, and the department would decide any sanctions.

The college asked for and received clarification about that jurisdiction after an Associated Press story reporting Betros’ comments.

A New York Times story showed Walsh used others’ work without attribution in a 2007 research paper.

The school’s investigation begins Aug. 15.

Sheila Jackson Lee’s Staff Calls Blogger A “Tea-Bagger Nut Job” After Inquiring About Her Impeachment Claims, Veiled Threat To Have IRS Go After Him…

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Then again, they do work for Sheila Jackson Lee.

Via PJ Media:

. . . I was transferred to a gentleman on Lee’s staff. When I again asked him about the contradiction and stated that perhaps I was confused, the man said “Oh look it here, we have one of those right wing, tea-bagger nut jobs on the phone taking his cues from FOX News.”

He then accused me of being un-American, raising his voice at me while asking me to calm down, and telling me that I am just on some mission to destroy our country. When I calmly asked for his name, he said “I don’t have to give it to you because I don’t want to show up on some right wing blog and be on your Twitter account.” Keep in mind, I never said who I was – he just made assumptions and attacked me. When I reminded him that he gets paid by our tax dollars, he said “I doubt you even pay taxes and the IRS will find you soon enough,” and hung up on me.

Was that a threat from Rep. Lee’s staff to use the IRS as a weapon against citizens for just asking questions?

Astounded at what happened, I called back and asked to speak to the Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Lee because I had been treated rudely and threatened. After being transferred, another nice gentleman said “This is the Chief Counsel, you have 15 seconds.”

I said “Really?”

“Fourteen seconds now.”

When I asked him for his name, he said “Chief Counsel.” Of course that’s not his name, and I said “No, I mean your name, not your title.”

“Chief Counsel.”

Every time I asked, he counted down another second.

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NY Times On Why They Have Not Published A Single Picture Of A Hamas Fighter: We Don’t Have Any…

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Not buying it.

Via JTA:

After my piece Thursday morning asking why mainstream media outlets aren’t showing photos of Hamas fighters in Gaza, The New York Times offered me this response: We don’t have any.

Of the 37 images that make up the Times’ most recent three slide shows of photos from the conflict, there’s not a single shot of a Hamas rocket launch (though more than 2,800 rockets have been fired at Israel) or of Hamas fighters using mosques, schools or hospitals as bases of operation.

Why not? After all, Hamas attacks against Israel are crucial to understanding what’s underpinning this conflict.

Here’s what Eileen Murphy, the Times’ vice president for corporate communications, says:

Our photo editor went through all of our pictures recently and out of many hundreds, she found 2 very distant poor quality images that were captioned Hamas fighters by our photographer on the ground.  It is very difficult to identify Hamas because they don’t have uniforms or any visible insignia; our photographer hasn’t even seen anyone carrying a gun.

I would add that we would not withhold photos of Hamas militants.  We eagerly pursue photographs from both sides of the conflict, but we are limited by what our photographers have access to.

But here’s what I don’t get: With the hundreds of journalists there, including numerous photojournalists with experience covering bloody conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, Iraq and Afghanistan, how is it that they aren’t able to get any images of Palestinians fighting the Israelis? We know these images exist — unless you believe the Israel Defense Forces is fabricating its footage of Palestinian fighters using ambulances to transport rockets, firing from hospitals and mosques, and launching rockets at Israel.

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Obama: I Won’t Stop Issuing Executive Orders…

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Badass Barry.

Via USA Today:

Lawsuit or no lawsuit, President Obama said Thursday he will continue to take executive actions without Congress when necessary, and when he can.

“It’s not going to stop me from doing what I think needs to be done in order to help families all across this country,” Obama said.

Obama spoke as he signed a new executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose any labor law violations they have had, and to help workers address disputes over pay, sexual harassment, and safe working conditions.

Washington Redskins Donate $200,000 Playground To Montana Tribe

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Pride over political correctness.

Via GF Trib

Mike Sangrey understands some people think his Chippewa Cree Tribe is selling out by taking money from the Washington NFL team’s Original Americans Foundation. Sangrey doesn’t care about that. There’s a spanking-new playground scheduled to open at noon Friday on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, and that’s what matters to him.

“If us accepting the money makes (the team and its owner) sleep better at night, then fine, I wish them a good night’s sleep,” Sangrey said. “What matters is our kids get to enjoy a new playground. And how can that be bad?”

The rodeo-themed playground belongs to the tribe, but the branding belongs to the Washington Redskins. The place is awash in the team colors of burgundy and gold. The team’s logo appears four times, near a slide here and a teeter-totter there. The team’s foundation paid roughly $200,000 for this gleaming tribute to itself.

Arguments over the Redskins are heard from the White House to trademark court to barrooms across the land, but there is little debate amid the rolling high-plains grasslands of northcentral Montana, where members of the business council of the Chippewa Cree Tribe say the name is fine with them.

“I have no problem with the name,” tribal chairman Rick Morsette said. “And if they’re willing to help our youth, that’s good too.”

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Call 911! Nancy Pelosi Appears To Be Despondent And In Need Of Psychiatric Help…

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Pelosi’s emails over the last day:

Update: Another cry for help just arrived in my inbox.

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Border Bill Back On Deck, Members Plan To Take Action Before Recess

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What kind of back door deal are Reid and Boehner planning?

Via Townhall

Update (Amanda): House leadership announced that members will stay until a vote on border legislation takes place. Currently, there is no set schedule for the vote. It could take place late Thursday or Friday.

#BREAKING House GOP plans to hold another conference in morning on border Source says “almost every mbr said stay..it was pretty hot.”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 31, 2014

#BREAKING Sr Hse GOPer after border mtg: I know 1 thing, we’re not leaving here until we get the votes.”
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 31, 2014

– Original Post –

House leadership has pulled a border security bill from the floor, which means it will not receive a vote before Congress goes on their August recess tomorrow. The bill was pulled due to a lack of support and the necessary vote threshold could not be met.

Boehner says nothing about pulling bill and what’s next as he walks to chamber.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 31, 2014

Here are details on what the bill would have done from Speaker Boehner’s office:

-Makes changes to a 2008 law to expedite the return of unaccompanied minors to their home countries by treating Central American children the same as those from Mexico. President Obama and members of his administration have repeatedly called for such a change, characterizing it as a “bipartisan priority.”

-Prohibits the Interior and Agriculture secretaries from limiting the activities of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents on federal public lands within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Provides funding for National Guard troops at the southern border which, as Speaker Boehner noted in a letter to the president last month, are “uniquely qualified to respond to such humanitarian crises” and will “relieve the border patrol to focus on their primary duty of securing our border.”

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HT Kat

Federal Court Orders DOJ To Release Fast And Furious Documents Withheld Under Obama Executive Privilege Claim…

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I wouldn’t be surprised if the lawless Obama regime fails to hand the docs over.

Via Townhall:

Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit pursued against the Department of Justice by government watchdog Judicial Watch, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled documents being withheld from Congress under President Obama’s claim of executive privilege must be turned over. Obama made the claim on the same day Attorney General Eric Holder was voted in criminal and civil contempt of Congress in June 2012.

“This order forces the Obama DOJ, for the first time, to provide a detailed listing of all documents that it has withheld from Congress and the American people for years about the deadly Fast and Furious gun running scandal,” Judicial Watch released in a statement.

The FOIA lawsuit has been ongoing for 16-months and is now proceeding after a lengthy delay. The Justice Department originally asked the court for an indefinite hold on a FOIA request from Judicial Watch, citing executive privilege and an ongoing investigation. That indefinite hold request was shot down more than a year ago.

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Pelosi: Republicans Are “Anti-Governance, Anti-Science And Anti-Barack Obama”…

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As if being “anti-Barack Obama” is a bad thing.

Via CNS News:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the House GOP “is anti-governance, anti-science and anti-Barack Obama.”

Pelosi made the comment during her press conference on Thursday, “This is a tactic. It’s always been a tactic of those who are anti-governance. Here we have a majority in the House – I speak to the House – that is anti-governance, anti-science and anti-Barack Obama.”

The House Minority Leader says a goal of the Republicans’ “anti-governance” stance is to decrease voter turnout. “If you’re anti-governance, what you want people to do is not participate in the electoral process.”

Illegal Aliens Get All Expenses Paid Trip To Hawaii…On Your Dime

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We get screwed, while they get lei’d.

Via Watchdog:

HONOLULU — Although 2,500 miles from the continental United States, Hawaii has joined the list of states temporarily housing unaccompanied minors from Central America who have illegally crossed into America through the Southwest border.

Who’s paying the freight? You, the taxpayer.

Some 60,000 Central American youths fleeing their home countries have come to the United States in the past few months. That number could reach 90,000 by the end of the year. Politicians, border agents and social service workers call the migration a “humanitarian crisis.”

Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told Watchdog.org that “between January 1 and July 7, a total of eight minors were discharged from the unaccompanied alien children program to sponsors in Hawaii.”

Wolfe couldn’t offer any details on the ages and countries of origin of the children, where the children are now living, or who is sponsoring them in Hawaii. However, he added the sponsors are “mostly family members of the child. In fact, more than half are parents of the minor.”

Federal taxpayers cover the cost of transportation and housing for the refugee children, including airfare to Hawaii, Wolfe said.

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Emory Hospital In Atlanta To Receive Ebola Patient

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No notice of which country the patient is from.

Via WGLC

Emory University Hospital has been told that a patient with the Ebola virus will be transferred to its hospital in Atlanta.

Emory says it has a special isolation unit to treat patients that are exposed to serious infectious diseases that is separate from other patient areas at the hospital.

Emory’s isolation unit is one of only four such units in the country, according to the hospital, which also said that its staff are highly trained in the procedures necessary to care for the patient.

A spokesperson from the hospital said the exact arrival date of the patient is unknown.

NYU Professor Blames Jews For “Islamophobia” In Movies, TV Shows…

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You know, because Jews control the media.

Via FPM:

Arabs and Muslims have an image problem in media and entertainment as a result of a pro-Israel political agenda. So claimed Edmund Ghareeb and Jack Shaheen, professors at American and New York Universities, respectively, on June 11, 2014, before an audience of forty middle-aged individuals at Washington, D.C. Jerusalem Fund think tank.

Ghareeb and Shaheen’s presentation, “Portraying Arabs: 30 Years Later,” commemorated their respective 1984 publications, Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media and The TV Arab.  Drawing upon personal experiences, Ghareeb decried a “lack of balance” in Middle East news coverage in Israel’s favor, although groups such as CAMERA and Honest Reporting routinely demonstrate the reverse. According to Ghareeb, this allegedly biased media stereotyping “dehumanizes a people” and “allows for the use of force” against Arabs. [...]

Shaheen began his presentation by recounting how, in 1974, his children told him about “bad Arabs on television,” prompting him to study Arabs and Muslims in popular entertainment.  For his interest in this subject, Shaheen claimed he was “tagged the Arab professor” and had his research dismissed as “not academic; it’s propaganda.” A Rockford Filesproducer, meanwhile, allegedly rejected his interview request with the statement, “I hate Arabs.”

Hollywood prejudice has now “spread its wings” from Arab Muslims to Muslims in general. Shaheen claimed, noting in a subsequent article on the event that “Islamophobia [has] joined Arabophobia.”  He objected to headlines involving “Islamist extremists” in stories where Islam is not a factor, although he neglected to provide any examples. He did concede that, when pertinent, religion “should be part of the story.”

Shaheen alleged that “people who have a political agenda” play a significant role in creating such stereotypes, while entertainment involving an “Israeli connection” is “pervasive.” Eight seasons of the television crime show NCIS, he noted, featured American intelligence cooperation with an Israeli Mossad agent, not with a Palestinian or Yemeni agent. Yet despite CIA cooperation with Palestinian and Yemeni agents, American ties with Israel are clearly much stronger and mention of them in a TV show involving spies simply reflects reality. Vaguely referenced “friends of Israel” in the media are “much more influential, powerful,” than their opponents, Ghareeb added conspiratorially.

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