Saturday, April 20, 2024

Biden Regime Proudly Abolishes Title IX – Will Now Force Women to Allow Biological Men in Their Locker Rooms, On their Team Sports and in Their Bathrooms

On Friday, the Biden regime proudly announced that women will be forced to allow men in their locker rooms and bathrooms with a new 1577-page Title IX ruling.

Women will be forced to compete against men.

And women will be forced to accept men on their sports teams.

Women and young girls will be forced to share locker rooms and bathrooms based on gender identity rather than biological sex.

And, as May Mailman, Director of Independent Women’s Law Center, notes, Title IX is not a college law.  This will impact girls as young as those in the Headstart program, geared to children from three to five-years old, those in daycare, and those in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Young girls everywhere will be subject to the type of sexual exposure allegedly faced by the female athletes forced to share a locker room with trans swimmer Lia Thomas.

Preferred pronouns are also now mandated, and even the single use of the “wrong” pronoun can require discipline.

They believe this is progress.

Title IX is now a thing of the past.

The new rules cement protections for L.G.B.T.Q. students under federal law. Additionally, it reverses Trump-era policies, including one that protects women by dictating how schools should respond to cases of alleged sexual misconduct in K-12 schools and college campuses.

The New York Times reports:

The new rules, which take effect on Aug. 1, effectively broadened the scope of Title IX, the 1972 law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational programs that receive federal funding. They extend the law’s reach to prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and widen the range of sexual harassment complaints that schools will be responsible for investigating.


Through the new regulations, the administration moved to include students in its interpretation of Bostock v. Clayton County, the landmark 2020 Supreme Court case in which the court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination. The Trump administration held that transgender students were not protected under federal laws, including after the Bostock ruling.

Airstrike hits military base south of Baghdad used by terror organization, sources say

One killed and six wounded in an airstrike on a military base used by Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) to the south of Baghdad on Friday, according to Iraqi sources.

Significant strikes were carried out overnight between Friday and Saturday against targets of Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, south of Baghdad, as reported by Saudi-owned Al-Hadath network. Additionally, Iraqi media claimed that the attack was carried out by a number of drones targeting a military base belonging to the militias.  Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces said on Saturday that the explosion which took place at its command post at Kalso military base was the result of an attack.

One member of Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces was killed and eight wounded in an explosion at its command post on the Kalso military base 50 km (30 miles) south of Baghdad, a military statement said on Saturday.

There were no drones or fighter jets detected in the air space of the Babylon area before or during the blast, the military confirmed in a statement.

According to reports, during the attack, two separate waves of strikes were conducted. Two PMF sources claimed that the strikes did not lead to casualties but caused material damage.

"The blast has caused material damage and injuries," PMF said in a statement, adding that a team was investigating. This is despite a report from two sources at a hospital in the nearby city of Hilla who said that one PMF fighter was killed and six were wounded.

PMF sources said the strikes targeted a headquarters of the PMF at the Kalso military base near the town of Iskandariya around 50 km south of Baghdad. READ MORE

According to Al-Hadath, the attack was carried out by three F-35 jets. An American official claimed the attack was conducted outside Iran's territory. However, another report by CNN stated that no significant damage was recorded at the site. The attack took place near Osfia, located in Iran.

US military strategy in Mideast tested as Iran-Israel warfare comes out of shadows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US military’s success helping Israel stop a massive wave of Iranian missiles and drones last weekend might suggest Washington is well prepared militarily for whatever comes next as Iran and Israel move from shadow warfare to direct confrontation.

But current and former US officials say US forces are not positioned for a major, sustained Middle East conflict and the Pentagon may have to revisit assumptions about military needs in the region if the crisis deepens.

“I don’t think we have all the forces that we would want to support Israel if there was a direct war between them and Iran,” said Michael Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East under the Trump administration.

Though Tehran has indicated it had no plans to retaliate for an apparent Israeli strike on Friday, the tit-for-tat attacks have raised fears of an unpredictable regional war that the United States has sought to prevent.

In the months since the October 7 attack by Hamas terrorists triggered a war in Gaza that has ignited unrest throughout the Middle East, the United States has rushed thousands of US service members to a region that had seen a steadily declining US presence over years. READ MORE

In ‘message,’ IDF said to fire missiles at radar defense for secret Iran nuclear site

An alleged Israeli strike in Iran overnight Thursday-Friday went beyond the scope of several small drones described by Tehran, US media reported later Friday. The strike reportedly included three missiles launched by Israeli Air Force warplanes that targeted an air defense radar site near Isfahan that was part of an array defending the nearby top-secret Natanz nuclear site.

The reports, first published by ABC, cited a US official as saying that the missiles were fired from outside of Iranian airspace.

According to the ABC report, the strike was “very limited.” It said that according to an initial assessment, the strike took out the radar site, but the assessment had not yet been completed.

The ABC report did not say if the missiles were in addition to the drones reported by Iran.

A New York Times report late on Friday, which also said Israeli planes fired the missiles, noted that the new information suggested that the Israel strike “included more advanced firepower than initial reports indicated.” READ MORE

IDF strikes Hezbollah infrastructures in southern Lebanon

IAF aircraft on Friday evening struck Hezbollah terrorist infrastructures in the areas of Mansouri and Aitaroun in southern Lebanon, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.

The strike came hours after three launches were identified crossing from Lebanon into the area of Yiftach in northern Israel.

No injuries or damages were reported. IDF artillery fired toward the sources of the launches, the IDF statement said.

On Wednesday, 19 people were injured after a kamikaze drone hit a community center in Arab al-Aramshe, a Bedouin village in northern Israel.

As of Friday, seven victims of the aerial attack were still hospitalized at the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, and one of the victims is still in critical condition.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the Wednesday attack, saying that they launched both antitank missiles and kamikaze drones. The terror group also claimed that they had been launched towards a military target. READ MORE

US official: Israeli strike targeted air defense radar system for Natanz nuclear facility

Three missiles were fired from Israeli fighter aircraft outside of Iran in Friday morning’s very limited strike, a senior US official told ABC News.

The Israelis were targeting an air defense radar site near Isfahan that’s part of the protection of the Natanz nuclear facility, the official said.

The first assessment is that the strike took out the site, but assessment hasn’t been completed, added the official.

The strike was intended to send a signal to Iran that Israel has these capabilities, but was not looking to escalate the situation, according to the official.

An Israeli official told The Washington Post earlier on Friday that the strike on Iran "was intended to signal to Iran that Israel had the ability to strike inside the country."

The strike was carried out in retaliation for Iran's Saturday night launch of 350 drones and missiles towards Israeli territory. A full 99% of the launches were intercepted, only five fell in Israeli territory; only one person, a Bedouin child, was injured.

An intelligence source told CNN that that initial estimates are that Iran will not respond to the attack on its territory. Despite this, reports in Israel said that the Israel's aerial defense system is at peak readiness.

Friday, April 19, 2024

Attack on Iran next to nuclear site sends message: We could have done worse here - analysis

Sources have confirmed to the Jerusalem Post that the attack on Iran at Isfahan, attributed by sources in the New York Times to Israel, hit Iranian air force assets at Isfahan, almost right next door to the Islamic Republic's nuclear site in the same area.

The message was unmistakable, 'we chose not to hit your nuclear sites this time, but we could have done worse right here,' sources told the Post.

Israel sends a clear message to Iran

In other words, the attack at Isfahan was designed not only to hurt Iran but also to make it eminently clear how vulnerable to attack its nuclear sites are.

Long-range missiles from aircraft were used to avoid Tehran's radar detection capabilities.

This could be done again at any time. READ MORE

With mild reported strike, Israel aims to bolster coalition to tackle Iran nuke threat

The United States had implored Israel to think carefully and strategically when weighing a response to the hundreds of missiles and drones Iran launched at Israel overnight Saturday-Sunday.

Amid the limited reliable information emerging Friday about Israel’s reported retaliation, insistent official silence in Jerusalem, and the military censor’s requirement that any allegation and detailing of an Israeli retaliatory strike be attributed to overseas media reports, it appeared that the government had indeed taken that advice to heart.

After days of protracted war cabinet discussions, visits by foreign leaders urging caution, and innumerable consultations with the United States, it would appear that the reported Israeli response was far more symbolic than damaging — designed to send messages, preserve alliances, avoid any further escalation in the short term, and keep a focus on the strategic, indeed existential, imperative of ensuring that the regime in Iran does not attain a nuclear weapons capability.

The response also appears to have been designed with a greater government awareness than in recent months of the central importance of Israel’s relationship with the United States — and specifically with a Biden administration that rallied to Israel’s defense on Saturday night, that is maintaining the vital flow of military assistance for the war against Hamas and other defense needs, and that a very few hours before the reported Israeli strike single-handedly prevented UN recognition of Palestinian statehood.

The symbolism of the reported Israeli strike was unmistakable: Five days after the sole Israeli military target hit by Iran’s direct onslaught was the Nevatim Air Force Base, which sustained minor damage, Israel is said to have targeted an Iranian military base at Isfahan. According to the former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, the base in question is a kind of Iranian “equivalent to Nevatim” — an air base, used by combat aircraft and military transport planes, likely with air defense systems. READ MORE

Iranian air base reportedly attacked in ‘limited’ Israeli reprisal strike

Explosions were heard near the Iranian city of Isfahan early Friday as Israel reportedly launched a heavily anticipated reprisal strike for an Iranian attack on Israel days earlier, defying international pressure to stand down.

There was no official confirmation of a strike from Israeli authorities; state-run media in Iran reported only that air defenses were activated, downplaying claims of an attack on a military site in the city some 315 kilometers (196 miles) south of Tehran and describing the incident as business-as-usual.

But unnamed Israeli and American officials told US news outlets that Israel had carried out a strike. And the New York Times said three Iranian sources confirmed that a military air base in Isfahan had been struck. The scope of the damage was not clear.

The apparently limited nature of the strike, reportedly carried out with drones rather than missiles or airstrikes, and the lack of official acknowledgment will likely give the regime in Iran the strategic deniability needed to wriggle out of its bellicose threats to attack Israel a second time, providing an early indication that both Israel and Iran may be seeking to step back from the brink of war.

The attack had been widely expected, with Israel providing indications throughout the week that it would not let an unprecedented Iranian barrage of over 300 ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and drones early Sunday pass without a response, leading to fears of spiraling tit-for-tat attacks giving way to all-out war. READ MORE

EU announces new sanctions on Israelis

The European Council decided today to list four persons and two entities under the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime.

"The listed individuals and entities are responsible for serious human rights abuses against Palestinians, including torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and for the violation of right to property and to private and family life of Palestinians in the West Bank," the EU stated.

"The listed entities are Lehava, a radical right-wing Jewish supremacist group, and Hilltop Youth, a radical youth group consisting of members known for violent acts against Palestinians and their villages in the West Bank. Two leading figures of Hilltop Youth, Meir Ettinger and Elisha Yered, are also listed. Both were involved in deadly attacks against Palestinians in 2015 and 2023."

The EU listed two new figures for sanctions: "Today’s designations also include Neria Ben Pazi, who has been accused of repeatedly attacking Palestinians in Wadi Seeq and in Deir Jarir since 2021, and Yinon Levi, who has taken part in multiple violent acts against neighbouring villages from his residence in the Mitarim farm illegal outpost. With today’s listings, restrictive measures under the EU’s Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime now apply to 108 natural and legal persons and 28 entities from a range of countries."

According to the EU, "those listed under the sanctions regime are subject to an asset freeze, and the provision of funds or economic resources, directly or indirectly, to them or for their benefit, is prohibited. Additionally, a travel ban to the EU applies to the natural persons listed."

"The European Council calls for an immediate halt to violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and for safe access to the holy sites to be ensured. The European Council strongly condemns extremist settler violence, stating that perpetrators must be held to account; and called on the Council to accelerate work on adopting relevant targeted restrictive measures. The European Council also condemns the Israeli government’s decisions to further expand illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank and urges Israel to reverse these decisions," the Council stated.

FBI Director: Lone actors could target Passover gatherings in the US

FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Wednesday that his organization remains particularly concerned that lone actors could target large gatherings, high-profile events or symbolic targets ahead of the beginning of the holiday of Passover next week, Haaretz reported.

"This is not a time for panic," Wray told a briefing organized by the Secure Community Network, "but it is a time for continued vigilance."

"Even before October 7 the threat to Jewish Americans had already elevated," he added. "In the six months since then, we've seen those threats elevated," he continued, adding the FBI opened three times more anti-Jewish hate crime investigations between October and January than in the four months before October 7.

Wray noted there has been a marked increase in hoaxes — including fake bomb and active shooter threats — but insisted that hoaxes disrupt activities while intimidating and terrorizing individuals and communities alike.

He repeated what he has told US lawmakers over the course of the past six months — that foreign terror organizations have increased calls for attacks against the US and its allies, highlighting Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) and affiliate organizations in addition to Hamas and Hezbollah.

Noting the close proximity to Iran's attack against Israel, Wray said that "due to the sheer volatility and fluidity of the environment abroad, we are urging all of our partners here and around the world to stay vigilant when it comes to potential threats that may emerge from Iran or its proxies — both overseas and even here in the homeland."

The FBI chief’s comments come a day after the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) published a new report which found that the Jewish community in the US has experienced an unprecedented rise in antisemitic incidents in 2023, far beyond any numerical data recorded in the last 45 years.

The ADL reported 8,873 incidents of assault, harassment, and vandalism across the US.

This is a 140% increase compared to 2022, which was considered a peak year for antisemitic events.

An examination of the antisemitic incidents by the Anti-Defamation League also indicates a dramatic jump comprising 5,204 antisemitic events after October 7, a figure that reflects global trends, while Jewish communities around the world contended with increased tension and hatred in response to the slaughter and ongoing war – in campuses, public places, and anti-Israel demonstrations.

Last week, a bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced legislation to combat rising antisemitism in the US.

The Countering Antisemitism Act was introduced by US Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and James Lankford (R-OK), along with Representatives Kathy Manning (D-NC-6), Chris Smith (R-NJ-4), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1), and Randy Weber (R-TX-14).

The bill would require the President to appoint a federal coordinator to oversee efforts to combat domestic antisemitism and create an interagency task force to ensure cooperation between government agencies on the issue.

IRGC commander threatens Iran could review 'nuclear doctrine' if Israel retaliates

A senior member of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Ahmad Haghtalab, who is responsible for Iran's nuclear security, today (Thursday) delivered a threatening message to deter Israel from attacking the country and added that Tehran may reexamine its nuclear policy.

Officially, over the years, in Iran it has been claimed that the nuclear program is not used to obtain nuclear weapons but for research and peaceful purposes, even though it has enriched uranium far beyond levels that have any non-military purposes in addition to other activity that has no civilian purpose.

Hagetalev said that "a review of our nuclear doctrine and politics as well as considerations previously communicated is entirely possible."

In addition, he said that the various nuclear facilities are under full security against the possibility of Israel attacking them.

Hagetaleb conveyed another threatening message and said that in the event that Israel responds to Iran's massive attack over the last weekend, Iran is ready to launch powerful missiles to destroy designated targets in Israel. Our hands are on the trigger."

On Saturday night, Iran launched an unprecedented direct attack on Israel, launching over 300 attack UAVs, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles at the Jewish State. Nearly all of the projectiles were intercepted by Israel's air defense systems and air force, as well as through the cooperation of the US, UK, France, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

The Israeli government has vowed to retaliate for the historic attack, but has not done so yet.

Report: Israel making progress on preparation for Rafah evacuation

Israel has made significant progress in preparations for the evacuation of around one million civilians from the Gazan city of Rafah ahead of the Israeli military’s impending operation in the city, an Israeli source told ABC News on Thursday.

Preparations have been ongoing for over a month, including repairing water and sewage pipes and amassing thousands of tents, the source said.

There are around 1.5 million Palestinian Arabs estimated to be in the Khan Yunis and Rafah areas in southern Gaza. It is believed around 1 million people would evacuate north. The evacuation process, which could take weeks, would not start until after Passover, according to ABC News.

State Department principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel stressed to reporters that "any kind of forced relocation or displacement of the Palestinian people within Gaza cannot and should not be part of any plan or an operation."

US and Israeli officials on Thursday held a virtual discussion on, among other issues, a possible Israeli operation in the Gazan city of Rafah.

The White House said in a statement following the meeting, “The two sides agreed on the shared objective to see Hamas defeated in Rafah. US participants expressed concerns with various courses of action in Rafah, and Israeli participants agreed to take these concerns into account and to have further follow up discussions between experts.” 

Earlier this week, officials told CNN that Israel was set to begin its operation against the last Hamas battalions in the Gaza Strip this week, but delayed the operation following Iran's massive attack over the weekend.

According to the report, the IDF had planned to begin dropping leaflets over Rafah on Monday to warn civilians of the impending operation, but ultimately did not do so. READ MORE

Israeli source: Attack on Iran was 'carefully calibrated'

An Israeli source on Friday morning said that the aerial attack on Isfahan, Iran, "carefully calibrated," the Washington Post reported.

The source is an individual familiar with an Israeli briefing on the attack but not authorized to speak about it, the Post said.

The source also said that the IDF carried out an aerial attack within Iran in response to the Iranian barrage of missiles and UAVs launched towards Israel on Saturday night. The attack was intended to signal to Iran that Israel is capable of attacking within Iranian territory.

Iran's IRNA news agency quoted Iranian army chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi as saying that the explosion heard in Isfahan was due to air defense systems shooting down “a suspicious object” and that no damage was caused. Experts are investigating the incident.

Another senior Iranian official responded to the attack through the Reuters news agency emphasizing that at the present time there are no plans to respond immediately and it is not clear who is responsible for the attack.

Iranian news agencies claimed that the country is examining if the attack was launched from its own territory, and not outside of its borders, in light of the assessment that the attack was accomplished with drones or small UAVs.

Army officials admit that their radar facilities did not identify any unknown aircraft entering the country's airspace.

A official in President Biden's administration said to Reuters that the United States did not take part in the Israeli attack, and that Jerusalem updated Washington on the attack beforehand.

He added that it is estimated that Iran will not escalate the situation by attacking again.

Israel has not responded to the attack in an official fashion. The Foreign Ministry has instructed Israeli embassies around the world not to respond to the events in Iran.

An IDF spokesperson said Thursday night that there are no changes to the guidelines for the Israeli home front. If such changes are made, the public will be informed.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

After Christians Forced to Tear Down Cross – They Slam California with 1 Strong Move

Christians have been attacked more and more in recent years. Believers have been forced to endure attacks from the courts, local and state governments, and violent activists who want to suppress religious freedom and expression.

The attacks have occurred across the globe from the recent stabbing of an orthodox priest in Australia, to the slaughter of Christians in Nigeria, to the burning of churches in America. Anti-Christian activists have spread the attacks by using the legal system.

Those who stand against Christian symbols mounted a legal assault against a private club in California for its display of the cross. Now the Christians are fighting back through the courts.

From Fox News:
A California club is fighting to get its cross back on what they say is their private property after an atheist group campaigned for it to be removed.

“The City’s public statements and actions have been hostile and targeted the Christian cross because [of] its religious message,” the petition, filed on March 22, said. “The City Council lacked neutrality and attacked the cross and the Lions for its free exercise of religion and free speech.”

“If there was a giant LGBT flag or something like that, this city would embrace it. No problem. So it’s specifically because of the viewpoint and the religious viewpoint and perspective of the cross. That’s their agenda,” said Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI).

The conservative legal defense organization based in California filed a petition for relief after the City of Albany removed the cross in June 2023. The cross stood for 50 years prior to its removal.

A devout Christian originally asked the Albany Lions Club to build and maintain a large lighted steel and plexiglass cross on his private land. During the Christmas and Easter seasons the lighted cross was visible for miles. The Lions Club said this sent “its message of God’s love and as a comfort to the Christian community.”

The action against the Lions Club cross has been brewing for years. Dacus said city officials have openly expressed how they wanted to take down the cross.

Fromer mayor Aaron Tiedemann, who is associated with the Green Party and now an Albany City Council member, said the city “put its money where its mouth is” by removing the cross. He said a small group of people “had such privilege for so long” and them having to get used to not having the cross is a “real benefit.”

Dacus said the city is using eminent domain to claim ownership over the private property and legitimize removing the cross.

“The takings clause doesn’t allow the government to take property because they don’t like the religious speech,” he said. “If they could get away with this, make no mistake, then they could get away with taking down a church with eminent domain, or any other kind of religious entity or organization. And, of course, we all know that the Constitution forbids that.”

Dacus said his team is prepared to take the issue all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. He encouraged people to be aware of who they elect to office who might promote a “leftist extremist ideology” that works to oppress freedom of religion.

Iran evacuates Hezbollah, IRGC commanders from Syria amid fears of Israeli retaliation

Reports have claimed on Wednesday that Iran is currently preparing for a potential Israeli retaliation against its territory or proxies following Tehran's missile attack onto Israel on Sunday. As such, Iran has allegedly removed senior  Hezbollah and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from Syria. 

This comes amid US and European pressure onto Israel to respond in a way that prevents further escalation following Tehran's missile and drone attack over the weekend.

Reports citing Iranian officials said Wednesday claimed that that Iran is currently preparing its air force for potential strikes, and its navy would commence escorting Iranian commercial ships in the Red Sea.

Additionally, Tehran has initiated the evacuation of personnel from sites in Syria with a significant presence of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to Syrian and Iranian officials and advisers. READ MORE

Iran warns it may review ‘nuclear doctrine’ amid threats of Israeli reprisal for attack

Iran could review its “nuclear doctrine” amid Israeli threats after Tehran’s unprecedented missile and drone attack, says a senior commander in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

“A review of our nuclear doctrine and politics as well as considerations previously communicated is entirely possible,” says Ahmad Haghtalab, the IRGC commander in charge of nuclear security.

Tehran has long claimed its nuclear program was for civilian purposes. Israel has accused Iran of wanting to acquire an atomic bomb, and has said that it will not allow it to happen.

Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel overnight from Saturday into Sunday morning in its first direct attack on Israeli territory.

The barrage came in retaliation for an alleged Israeli airstrike on what Tehran said was an Iranian consular building in Damascus, that killed seven IRGC soldiers, including two generals.

Israel and its allies shot down the vast majority of the drones and missiles and the attack caused only one injury, but concerns about a potential Israeli reprisal have nevertheless stoked fears of all-out regional war.

FBI Director: Lone actors could target Passover gatherings in the US

FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Wednesday that his organization remains particularly concerned that lone actors could target large gatherings, high-profile events or symbolic targets ahead of the beginning of the holiday of Passover next week, Haaretz reported.

"This is not a time for panic," Wray told a briefing organized by the Secure Community Network, "but it is a time for continued vigilance."

"Even before October 7 the threat to Jewish Americans had already elevated," he added. "In the six months since then, we've seen those threats elevated," he continued, adding the FBI opened three times more anti-Jewish hate crime investigations between October and January than in the four months before October 7.

Wray noted there has been a marked increase in hoaxes — including fake bomb and active shooter threats — but insisted that hoaxes disrupt activities while intimidating and terrorizing individuals and communities alike.

He repeated what he has told US lawmakers over the course of the past six months — that foreign terror organizations have increased calls for attacks against the US and its allies, highlighting Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) and affiliate organizations in addition to Hamas and Hezbollah. READ MORE

FBI Director Chris Wray predicts Iranian terrorism on US soil

Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger is author of, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative”

The State Department has adhered to the diplomatic option toward Iran, rewarding the Ayatollahs with a financial and diplomatic bonanza, waiving and softening economic sanctions. However, FBI Director Chris Wray has concluded that Iran and its Islamic terrorist proxies are set to hit the US mainland. Iran is leveraging its cooperation with US criminal organizations and with Latin American drug cartels in the areas of terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking and money laundering.

Addressing cadets at the West Point US Military Academy, Wray stated: “The ongoing war in the Middle East has raised the threat of an attack against Americans inside the US to a whole another level…. Although we cannot discount the possibility of another coordinated 9/11-style attack by a foreign terrorist organization, our most immediate concern has been that individuals or small groups will draw twisted inspiration from the events in the Middle East to carry out attacks here at home….”

In his testimony at the House Committee on Homeland Security, Director Wray stated: “As the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, the Iranians [who collaborate with all Latin American drug cartels] have directly, or by hiring criminals, mounted assassination attempts against dissidents and high ranking current and former US officials, including right here on American soil…. Hezbollah, Iran’s primary strategic partner, has tried to seed operatives, establish infrastructure and engage in spying here domestically… planning future operations in the US…. READ MORE

Egyptian sources: US agreed to Israel's plan for Rafah operation

Egyptian sources told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the US agreed to accept Israel's plan for an operation in Rafah - so long as Israel does not carry out a widescale strike on Iranian soil.

The source said that his country's military is on high alert along the Gaza-Egypt border, in preparation for a potential ground incursion by the IDF into Rafah.

According to the source, Egypt raised its alert level following a lengthy conversation with Israel and the understanding that the IDF is carrying out intensive preparations for a widescale operation in the area.

On WednesdayABC News quoted three Israeli sources as saying that Israel prepared for and then aborted retaliatory strikes against Iran on at least two nights this past week.

According to the report, a range of responses to the drone and missile attack have been presented to the Israeli War Cabinet. The potential responses include options ranging from attacking Iranian proxies in the region but not on Iranian soil to a potential cyber attack, the sources said.

In addition, a senior US official told ABC News that Israel is unlikely to carry out a strike on Iran until after Passover, which begins at sundown on Monday, although that could always change.