March 3, 2015

Netanyahu: 'Even If Israel Has to Stand Alone, Israel Will Stand'

Benjamin Netanyahu

(BREITBART)—On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the State of Israel reset the agenda for the Western world in a speech before a joint session of Congress.

For weeks, the Obama administration has attempted to direct attention away from Netanyahu's actual agenda—stopping the Iranian nuclear deal—and toward petty political maneuvering over permissions to speak and Democratic boycotts. All of that fell away in the wake of a clear, powerful, and emotional call by Netanyahu for the United States and Israel to stand united against the evil terror of Iran....

Netanyahu got to the heart of his message: absolutely devastating Obama's reported Iranian peace deal. In the shadow of the Jewish holiday of Purim, when a Jewish woman pled for the survival of her people from the genocidal intentions of a Persian anti-Semite, Netanyahu echoed Queen Esther's language:

I feel profound obligation to speak to you about a threat to the survival of my country and the survival of my people, Iran's quest for nuclear weapons. In nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people.

Netanyahu expressed that the threat was not only to Israel, but to the West, explaining, "Iran's regime is not merely a Jewish problem any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem...Iran's regime poses a grave threat not only to Israel but to the peace of the entire world."...

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Citing Russia and IS Threat, Kosovo Urges Faster EU Expansion

Hashim Thaci

(REUTERS)—Kosovo's Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci urged the European Union and NATO to speed up integration of Balkan states or risk the spreading influence of both Russia and Islamist extremists.

Thaci, the first prime minister of independent Kosovo until last year, told Reuters he hoped for tangible results in the coming months, such as a new EU visa regime for Kosovo.

"It is the moment when Brussels should move from rhetoric and nice words about Kosovo to concrete measures," Thaci said in Berlin on Tuesday, after meeting his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Kosovo, a poor, landlocked state of 1.7 million people, declared independence from Serbia in 2008, but Belgrade and its former Soviet master Moscow refuse to recognize this and have blocked its membership of bodies such as the United Nations....

While Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo are all looking to join the EU, Brussels has said organized crime, corruption and media restrictions are limiting progress.

Thaci called for the membership process to be speeded up.

"The EU should not delay the accession and enlargement processes and integration of Kosovo and the region into the European Union, but also in NATO," he said.

Russia has drawn parallels between its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea last year, and NATO's military support for Kosovo's self-determination in 1999. Thaci rejected this and said Pristina's future lay in the "Euro-Atlantic family".

"Any delay in this process is a dangerous one. It opens the way for penetration and the increase of influence of Russia in political terms, economic term and military terms," he said.

"But it also opens the way for ISIS to penetrate the region and influence the region," he said, referring to Islamic State....

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