Roughly two dozen huge oil tankers are idly turning figure eights around the Mediterranean or on the high seas, loaded with oil pumped from wells in Iraqi Kurdistan but with nowhere to legally offload it.
President Barack Obama began his remarks prior to Wednesday’s bilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by reaffirming “the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel, and our ironclad commitment to making sure that Israel is secure.” Prime Minister Netanyahu responded by thanking the President “for the unflinching support you gave Israel during our difficult days and difficult summer we had” and expressed appreciation “for the continuous bond of friendship that is so strong between Israel and the United States.”
The BBC reports: “A fire and explosion at a military explosives facility near the Iranian capital Tehran has left at least two people dead, reports say. The semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (Isna) said the fire was in an ‘explosive materials production unit.’ … A pro-opposition website reported a huge blast near the Parchin military site, south-east of the capital, but this was not confirmed. … The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has not been given access to the complex since 2005. Analysts say the IAEA suspects Iran of experimenting with explosives capable of triggering a nuclear weapon at Parchin.”
Dr. Michael Makovsky, JINSA CEO and Lt. Gen. David Deptula, Former Chief of Air Force Intelligence and Senior Advisor at JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy recently spoke in Oxnard, CA and Los Angeles, CA to groups of JINSA leaders and friends on June 23 and 24.
Israel’s former National Security Advisor Major General Yaacov Amidror (ret.) has joined the Gemunder Center for Defense and Strateg as a Senior Advisor. In his new position with JINSA, Maj. Gen. Amidror will provide expert policy guidance and share his extensive knowledge with other Gemunder Center leaders as well as the public.
09/04/2014 - 3:00pm
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