LESSON NO.1: RESPECT PRESIDENT TRUMP– Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. needs a lesson in diplomacy

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

The first lesson an ambassador needs to learn is to respect the President of his host country, no matter the venue or geographic location. But Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, must have skipped that lesson.

With cameras rolling and in plain sight of journalists, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, showed fragile amusement (including a smirk) when President Trump innocently remarked, “we just got back from the Middle East, we just got back from Saudi Arabia.”  This meeting with Israeli officials was open to the press. And the mainstream media, which is mostly comprised of a few clowns short of a circus, is running loose with the story– claiming that Trump implied that Israel is not in the Middle East.

This innocent mistake on the part of President Trump, should have been overlooked by Ron Dermer, considering that Dermer’s duties as a “top” diplomat require that he show respect for the U.S. President– a President who has made sure that Israel remain untouched under his administrations’s deep cuts to foreign aid.

Trump’s plan calls for slashing the State Department’s $50 billion budget by about 28%. But Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, announced that U.S. annual aid to Israel, which this year was close to $3.1 billion, would not be touched under Trump’s plan. A very generous aid indeed from American taxpayers.

Israel gets more U.S. aid than any other nation– which is something that Mr. Dermer should consider, before smirking and throwing his hand up to his face in front of President Trump.

Ron Dermer’s fragile demeanor

So, did it ever occur to Mr. Dermer that President Trump may have been very tired? These foreign trips involve a monumental and extremely complicated schedule of security checkpoints and requirements, just for the President to move from point A to point B. I doubt that Mr. Dermer could keep up with such a schedule, considering his fragile demeanor.

President Trump’s exhausting good-will, peace-dealing tour through the Middle East is not just rigorous, but it is non-stop.  For example, the President had to meet with Mahmoud Abbas at 3:00am, U.S. Eastern time!

Moreover, in order to broker the ever-elusive peace deal in the Middle East, President Trump is forced to taste the bitter fruits of more than one thousand years of religious, tribal and cultural discord between Moslems and Jews– and 2,017 years of religious conflict, since Christ walked on the streets of the Holy Land preaching peace and love, for which he was nailed to the Cross!

Mr. Dermer needs a reprimand and retraining in diplomacy– if he wants to keep his job. All he had to do is keep a straight face when the President made the innocent erroneous remark.

As a key host during President Trump’s visit to Israel, it was Mr. Dermer’s obligation to practice diplomacy and show some class.

Someone has to say the truth…

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ADDITIONAL REFERENCE: 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be regretting forcing his ministers to meet Donald Trump | The Independent
Israeli diplomat facepalms after Trump's Middle East gaffe | Daily Mail Online

President Trump’s schedule for Saturday – Sunday, 5/20/17 – 5/21/17 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Ron Dermer could never keep up with this!)

Saturday (all times are local//eastern)

  • 9:50 AM // 2:50 AM Arrive in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – King Khalid International Airport
  • 1:30 PM // 6:30 AM President and First Lady participate in the Royal Court Official Arrival Ceremony – The Royal Court Palace
  • 1:45 PM // 6:45 AM President and First Lady participate in the Coffee Ceremony and Presentation of the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal – The Royal Court Palace
  • 2:15 PM // 7:15 AM President and First Lady participate in the Royal Banquet Luncheon – The Royal Court Palace
  • 3:20 PM // 8:20 AM The President participates in a United States – Saudi Arabia bilateral meeting – The Royal Court Palace
  • 3:55 PM // 8:55 AM The President participates in the Signing Ceremony – The Royal Court Palace
  • 5:05 PM // 10:05 AM The President participates in a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia – The Ritz-Carlton
  • 5:40 PM // 10:40 AM The President participates in a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia – The Ritz-Carlton
  • 8:25 PM // 1:25 PM President and First Lady arrive at Murabba Palace and participate in the Welcome Ceremony – Murabba Palace
  • 8:45 PM // 1:45 PM President and First Lady participate in a reception with King Salman and members of the United States and Saudi delegations – Murabba Palace
  • 8:55 PM // 1:55 PM President and First Lady participate in the Royal Banquet Dinner – Murabba Palace
  • 9:40 PM // 2:40 PM President and First Lady participate in a National Museum Tour – Murabba Palace

Sunday

  • 9:00 AM // 2:00 AM The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the King of Bahrain – The Ritz-Carlton
  • 9:20 AM // 2:20 AM The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the Amir of Qatar – The Ritz-Carlton
  • 9:50 AM // 2:50 AM The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the President of Egypt – The Ritz-Carlton
  • 11:10 AM // 4:10 AM The president participates in a United States Gulf Cooperation Council Meeting – The King Abdulaziz Conference Center
  • 12:45 PM // 5:45 AM The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the Amir of Kuwait – The Ritz-Carlton
  • 1:05 PM // 6:05 AM The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister of Oman – The Ritz-Carlton
  • 2:25 PM // 7:25 AM The president participates in a reception with Heads of State – The King Abdulaziz Conference Center
  • 3:00 PM // 8:00 AM The president delivers comments at the Arab Islamic American Summit Luncheon – The King Abdulaziz Conference Center
  • 4:15 PM // 9:15 AM The president participates in the Arab Islamic American Summit – The King Abdulaziz Conference Center
  • 7:50 PM // 12:50 PM The president participates in the Inauguration of Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology – Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology
  • 8:25 PM // 1:25 PM The president participates in Remarks at Tweeps 2017 – The Ritz-Carlton

President Trump’s schedule for Monday, 5/22/2017

All Times Local // Eastern

  • 9:30 AM // 2:30 AM The president and first lady depart Riyadh, Saudi Arabia en route to Tel Aviv, Israel – King Khalid International Airport
  • 12:15 PM // 5:15 AM The president and first lady arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel and participate in the Airport Welcome Ceremony – Ben Gurion International Airport
  • 1:20 PM // 6:20 AM The president participates in a bilateral meeting with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel – President Rivlin’s Residence
  • 1:55 PM // 6:55 AM The president delivers remarks with President Rivlin – President Rivlin’s Residence
  • 2:15 PM // 7:15 AM The president and first lady visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • 3:25 PM // 8:25 AM The president and first lady visit the Western Wall – Western Wall
  • 6:00 PM // 11:00 AM The president meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel – King David Hotel
  • 7:25 PM // 12:25 PM The president delivers remarks with Prime Minister Netanyahu – Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Residence
  • 7:30 PM // 12:30 PM The president and first lady have dinner with Prime Minister and Mrs. Netanyahu – Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Residence

President Trump’s schedule for Tuesday, 5/23/17

All Times Local//Eastern Time

  • 9:50 AM // 2:50 AM The president participates in an arrival ceremony with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority – Presidential Palace, Bethlehem
  • 10:00 AM // 3:00 AM The president participates in a bilateral meeting with President Abbas – Presidential Palace, Bethlehem
  • 10:40 AM // 3:40 AM The president gives remarks with President Abbas – Presidential Palace, Bethlehem
  • 1:00 PM // 6:00 AM The president and first lady participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem – Yad Vashem
  • 1:15 PM // 6:15 AM The president gives remarks at Yad Vashem – Yad Vashem
  • 2:00 PM // 7:00 AM The president gives remarks at the Israel Museum – Israel Museum
  • 3:45 PM // 8:45 AM The president and first lady depart Tel Aviv, Israel en route to Rome, Italy – Ben Gurion Airport
  • 6:30 PM // 12:30 PM The president and first lady arrive in Rome, Italy – Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International Airport

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SO MUCH FOR “DIPLOMACY” WITH CUBA: Is Trump listening?

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Señor Trump… are you listening to the pleas of the dissidents and political prisoners inside Cuba? Are you listening to the voices of those of us that support you– as freedom-loving Americans who survived Communism? I hope so.

Aman was arrested in Havana for waving an American flag– as an apparent “ship of fools” arrived in Havana’s harbor. The vessel was filled with tourists eager to enjoy themselves in the island prison– a sad and morbid style of tourism.

Townhall posted the following report on May 4, 2016 at 6:55pm, titled “Cuban Dissident Arrested For Waving American Flag As Cruise Ship Enters Havana” [excerpt]:

A Cuban dissident was arrested on Monday for waving the American flag near the Havana pier where the Carnival cruise ship Adonia docked on Monday.

The man, Daniel Llorente, was holding the flag across his back at the waterfront as the ship approached. He was detained after making a speech about liberty on the communist island. It’s unclear what charges were leveled against him.

A video of the event shows a crowd of tourists and locals gathering around Llorente, and him getting into a verbal exchange with an unnamed woman. The arrest was first reported by Noticias Martí, a Miami-based news organization focused on Cuba.

“You’re making a clown of yourself,” the woman told him. “The American flag. What are you doing, for God’s sake?”

He responded testily.

“What are you doing here? Hypocrite,” Llorente said. “This is a symbol of American pride.”

Cuba is the ultimate representation of globalism– where the good of the collective comes before the God-given rights of the individual. As such, anything a person says or does can be considered disruptive to the interests of the Communist government.

Everything is controlled in Cuba, which means that the government restricts food consumption, population growth (through a horrific 60% rate of abortions). In addition, Cuban citizens do not have the right to peaceful public assembly nor to move freely inside the island. Anything considered suspicious can land the person in jail– or worse.

But the above Dantesque scenario did not stop Obama from enacting his one-way “diplomacy” with Cuba, which has proven to be a total embarrassment  considering the barrage of insults and condemnations spewed at him by Fidel Castro and his thugs, since his “historic” visit to Cuba. In fact, the insults began as soon as Obama left the island.

Señor Trump, I admire your rejection of globalism, as expressed in your foreign policy speech on April 27.  I have raised my glass in support of your campaign for POTUS– but remember that there’s no such thing as a “deal” with Communists. You have said that you will always improve or change on issues where you are wrong. Two of these issues are abortion and Cuba’s rogue government. I have always insisted that you must be absolutely strict against both– because they involve matters of life or death– where there’s no room for “deals.”

Please listen to the pleas of the dissidents and political prisoners inside Cuba and the voices of those of us, freedom-loving Americans that support you–  who survived Communism, the most horrific totalitarian nightmare known to humanity, with over 120 million dead victims– and counting.

Someone has to say the truth…

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FOR THE RECORD: Barack Obama’s Speech before Communist Stone-Faced Vultures in Havana, Cuba– on March 22, 2016

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

President Barack Obama spoke today in the presence of the hardliners in the Communist Party of Cuba, who sat like stone-faced vultures on the balcony of the Gran Teatro in Havana.  The Washington Post commented: “… the Americans clapped and the Cubans sat in stony silence.”

Ironically (and tragically) Obama’s speech took place while news unfolded of terrorists attacks in Brussels. This is where my readers need to stop and think– because socialists (this includes the mainstream media) want you to forget the following “minor detail:”

Cuba has been a state sponsor of terrorism for decades— and was listed as such by the U.S. State Department– along with Iran, Syria and Sudan. Obama removed Cuba from this list recently, as part of his one-way farcical diplomacy with the Communists in Havana.

Obama’s visit to Cuba has only served to further legitimize the murderous Communist dictatorship in Cuba– which continues to internationalize its hatred towards the United States, while it steps up the persecution and murder of its people.

It is extremely important for the world to note that while Obama was speaking, thousands are fleeing Cuba, by any means possible. On March 19, nine Cubans  died at sea and 18 were rescued by a Royal Caribbean cruise ship after their 30-foot boat was found about 130 miles from Florida’s southwest coast (off Marco Island), pursuant to a report issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. They had been at sea for 22 days.

Here is Barack Obama’s speech in audio format:

Someone has to say the truth…

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Obama’s Visit to Cuba: 57 Years of Communist Terror Erased from History

Washington, Israel, the Vatican, and the world– does anybody care about Cuba?

Someone has to say the truth…

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Obama’s one-way diplomacy with Cuba and his visit to the island prison legitimizes Castro’s brutal Communist dictatorship and its hatred of America.

The following article, which I published two years ago, is as current today as the day I wrote it– except for the fact that the Communist dictatorship of Cuba has stepped up the persecution and murder of the Cuban people.

CUBA: 55  57 years of Communist Terror, Erased from History

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

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Erased from history

It’s time to retrace your steps, so that you will remember the history that the socialists would like you to forget.

January 1 is a very dark day for those of us who are living in exile, having left Cuba, the Communist island prison.  It is also a dark day in modern history, as the international community continues to ignore 55 years of murder and oppression committed by Fidel Castro and his band of Communist criminals.

The longer you ignore injustice, the more it is erased from history.  As such, each generation that comes along is slowly removed from the moment in history when the atrocities were committed.  Yet, over 120 million lives have been lost at the hands of communist regimes in different parts of the world, not counting millions murdered through forced abortions, as part of socialist depopulation programs.

Most countries are celebrating the New Year, but those still trapped in Cuba are reminded that while dissidents are imprisoned and tortured, another Communist anniversary celebration has arrived, where Fidel Castro and his thugs can toast to the lasting power and  “international relevance” of their murderous “revolution.”

As the years pass and the world moves further into socialism, Communism in Cuba has been packaged and repackaged in so many misleading ways by “intellectuals” and self-proclaimed experts on Cuban political matters, that it is hard to understand how humanity can tolerate such monumental and nauseating deception—which begins very early in public education classrooms, all over the world.

Since January 1, 1959, Cuba’s Communist dictatorship has been an illegitimate government.  It has violated every treaty and human rights law ever written.  Because communism is based on deceit, each and every claim to progress in Cuba is based on lies. Absolute lies.  And now, the Communists in Havana have an ever-growing socialist international community to support them and applaud them.

Israel and Cuba:  The Yom Kippur War (aka, the 1973 Arab-Israeli War) and Operation Entebbe

Americans have always relied on Israel’s vote in the United Nations, in support of the embargo against Cuba’s Communist government, as a means of putting economic pressure on Castro.

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Please remember all who have died, and will die, at the hands of Cuba’s Communist dictatorship.

But after more than half a century of Communist rule in Cuba, and so many concessions to Castro, the embargo has become merely symbolic, since the entire world trades or does business with Castro.

American taxpayers are not asking for much when they expect Israel’s vote on the floor of the United Nations in support of the U.S. embargo– considering that we give billions of dollars to Israel annually—and when you take into account the fact that Castro broke diplomatic relations with Israel in 1973, in support of the Palestinians, during the Fourth Non-Aligned Movement Summit (NAM) held in Algiers.

My conservative Jewish friends agree that historically and morally speaking, Israel should have been the one to break relations with Communist Cuba.

Was the government of Israel waiting to receive moral support from a Communist terrorist like Castro?

Aren’t the people of Cuba worthy of the same political and human rights that the Israeli government claims for its people?

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Reality check

During the Yom Kippur War (aka the 1973 Arab-Israeli War) Fidel Castro’s government sent 4,000 troops to prevent Israeli forces from entering Syrian territory— while Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, was leading a commando team deep in the Syrian territory.

On another front, during Operation Entebbe in July 1976, commandos of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) conducted a high-risk operation at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, in order to rescue over 100 Israeli citizens and Jewish passengers of various nationalities, who were being held hostage at Entebbe Airport, following the hijacking of an Air France plane, by a terrorist group who had received training in South Yemen, at camps supported and staffed with 1,500 Soviets, 700 Cubans and 116 East Germans.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan, died during Operation Entebbe, as the commander of the elite Israeli army commando unit Sayeret Matkal.

When the terrorists took control of the AirFrance plane, they announced that they were under the leadership of none other than the “Che Guevara Groupand Gaza Unit of the Popular Front of the Liberation of Palestine.” As my readers know by now, Che Guevara was one of Fidel Castro’s closest henchmen, responsible for the execution of thousands of innocent Cubans.  Che Guevara’s long trail of blood has earned him the reputation as one of the most vicious and ruthless Communists in history.

Yet, in September 2010, President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the top two government leaders of Israel, issued statements praising Fidel Castro’s recognition of Israel’s right to exist, including an emotional letter from Shimon Peres to Castro, where Peres goes into rapture about the Cuban Communist dictator.

Are the billions of dollars that American taxpayers send to Israel each yearnot enough affirmation for Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres?  Why is the opinion of Fidel Castro so important, to even warrant a personal letter from the President of Israel to a murderous Communist thug like Castro?

Quotes:

The remarks attributed to Castro demonstrate his deep understanding of the history of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.” – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, September, 2010.

Cuba is an island, surrounded by water. Israel is a political island, surrounded by threats. You tried to sail to bigger seas, to show that a small geographical size doesn’t have to reflect human smallness, and we are trying to prove that small political size doesn’t have to reflect the size of our values. Therefore, we want to see our neighbors as friends, and the better things are for them, the better things will be for us.” 

“Your words presented a surprising bridge between a harsh reality and a new horizon,” Peres continued. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You proved that even those who are distant from each other can be close.” – President Shimon Peres, September 2010.

As I perused Shimon Peres’ letter to Fidel Castro, I was reminded of the socialist-agricultural spirit that defined the foundation of Israel.  One can see how Peres shares this socialist ethos with Castro, through the emotions expressed in his letter.

President Shimon Peres’ entire letter to Fidel Castro can be read HERE.

Those of us who have lived through Communism are never surprised by political expediency– but it is impossible to understand Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement praising Fidel Castro, in the shadows of his own brother’s death at Entebbe and Castro’s military staffing and support of training camps, for the terrorists that killed his brother. Given this scenario, why should anyone expect Benjamin Netanyahu to care about the Cuban people and their suffering under Fidel Castro’s murderous regime?

The story of Peres’ and Netanyahu’s praise of Fidel Castro was quickly dismissed by the American mainstream media.  The news of this scandal could have easily disappeared, were it not for a member of Congress, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who cried foul — prompting a predictable apology from Netanyahu. Such apologies of convenience, as we all know, do not mean much.

Here is what’s really going on…

While Israeli officials cast their symbolic vote in the United Nations in favor of the Cuban embargo, there is a long-standing, very lucrative and well-established citrus business connection between Israel and Cuba, which the government of Israel appears to ignore.

The following quote from Waknine & Berezovsky Co., Ltd., a company with an address in Israel, describes it best, in a paper presented at the IFEAT International Conference in Budapest, Hungary, 23 – 27 Sept. 2007.  IFEAT stands for The International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades:

Reut Berezovsky

Waknine & Berezovsky Co. Ltd., 36 Magal Street, 56528 Savyon, Israel 

r.berezovsky@wb-il.com

You may wonder why a woman from Israel is talking in Hungary about the citrus industry in Cuba. The answer is because our company has a long-term joint venture with two citrus factories in Cuba that represent 80% of the total citrus industry in Cuba.”

Even during Bill Clinton’s liberal administration, Washington still showed some indignation by invoking the Helms-Burton Act, when Israeli or other international companies would do business in Cuba– on property that had been expropriated from Americans (not to mention the property that was viciously confiscated from millions of hard-working Cuban citizens).

But the little indignation that was left in Washington, against Castro, has slowly disappeared as the U.S. government continues to submerge Americans in a sea of socialism.

Enrique Rottenberg

Enrique Rottenberg is another Israeli who joined the chorus of Castro supporters and materialistic opportunists who operate in the open, without any publicly known restrictions from the government of Israel.

Rottenberg’s business record with the Cuban Communist government, ranges from large-scale real estate projects, to nauseating and offensive photographic “art” projects in Cuba, of a sexual nature. When confronted about his business activities in Cuba through the secretive BM Group, in violation of The Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (Libertad) Act of 1996 (Helms-Burton Act), Rottenberg responded: ”We are working in accordance with the laws of Israel and Cuba.” 

There you have it.

Enrique Rottenberg could not have said it better—even though the government of Israel excuses itself by claiming that BM Group is not based in Israel.

The Helms–Burton Act was quickly condemned by our “friends”—such as the Council of Europe, the European Union, Britain, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina –and other U.S. “allies” that enjoy active trade relations with Cuba. To make matters worse, the economic and geopolitical conditions that existed in the 1990’s, when the Helms-Burton Act came into being, are no longer there—as more enemies of the U.S., including China, establish strategic and economic alliances with our “friends.”

More than half a century of terrifying persecution, political imprisonment, torture, executions, hunger, human trafficking, forced depopulation practices (reflected in the highest abortion rates in the Western Hemisphere)—in addition to hundreds of thousands of Cubans who fled in rafts and are buried in the cemetery known as the Strait of Florida, does not seem to matter.

Why, you ask yourself, can’t the Cuban people get the same support that the people of South Africa received from the international community, in order to bring down Apartheid?

Are Cubans less worthy of freedom and human rights than South Africans?

In fact, as a cynical reminder of the world’s indifference to the Cuban tragedy, there are now flights from Key West to Havana. The opportunities appear now endless, for those who wish to celebrate and enjoy themselves in Cuba, while having their hedonistic fantasies fulfilled at Cuban government-run resorts and hotels, including engaging in prostitution with minors.

What about defense exports to the enemy?

If the government of Israel is not willing to put restrictions on Israeli companies and citizens that do business with Cuba– then what are we to expect from the current questionable state of the extremely lucrative and powerful Israeli defense export industry?– which has been put under scrutiny by the governments of the United States and Great Britain, for large-scale defense exports to Venezuela, and Pakistanas well as several other Muslim countries.  In addition, Israel also sells weapons to China, which is very disturbing to the United States.

UPDATE:Israel’s Defense Ministry refuses to cooperate, by refusing to release full list of countries that purchase weapons from Israel.

Israel is known for practicing arms-sales diplomacy in order to expand its sphere of influence. While this practice is not uncommon, unless the Defense Ministry of Israel has a tight grip on transactions, the arms will end up in the wrong hands through fraudulent end-user certificates and other secretive practices.

Venezuela is Castro’s closest ally in the Western Hemisphere– and has a strong military relationship with Cuba.  In 2005 Hugo Chavez threatened to send F-16’s to Cuba and China, in defiance of the U.S. blocking of Israel’s exports of F-16’s to Chavez.

The last thing the Cuban people need is more oppression from a stronger Cuban military force, which could benefit from fraudulent defense export maneuvers.

Excerpt from UPI report (July 19, 2013)

“Israeli defense exports, a major revenue generator, are under scrutiny after the state comptroller reported serious flaws in the supervision of exports, suggesting some could have been suspect.

The report, citing poor enforcement, follows the tightening in May of regulations on defense exports that could limit foreign sales, and an order this week by Tel Aviv District Court that the Defense Ministry disclose the identities of some of the nearly 7,000 arms dealers, a staggering number, it has authorized.

The report by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira, published Wednesday, said there is legislation that standardizes military exports in accordance with international norms, but the ministry’s Defense Export Controls Agency, known as DECA, was “failing to use the full extent” of its authority “to ensure proper enforcement.”

The report, as published, did not cite any specific instances in which export restrictions may have been violated. However, Israeli arms dealers, overwhelmingly former military men, certified by the Defense Ministry have been found to engage in some murky operations over the years, under which unsavory regimes, mainly in Africa and Latin America, as well as criminal organizations like cocaine cartels, received Israeli-made or Israeli-supplied weapons. [Bold added for emphasis].

A British government report in June said Israeli arms were exported to several Muslim countries — Pakistan, Egypt, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco — in 2008-12.”

Security analyst Yossi Melman, who has written extensively on intelligence and defense issues, has observed that several Israelis who ended behind bars in other countries in recent years were all licensed by the Defense Ministry and “driven by pure greed.”

All were former members of the armed forces, some holding senior rank, he said, and all “were familiar faces in the corridors of the defense establishment.”

It remains to be seen how forthcoming the ministry will be.”

The Vatican: It’s called rapprochement

While this harrowing communist scenario has unfolded for 55 years, the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy, including every modernist Vatican II Cardinal elected to sit on the Throne of Peter—yes, every single one, from John XXIII to John Paul II  to Francis-– has chosen to dialogue with communists in every continent, instead of denouncing them head on.

It’s called rapprochement.

Let’s not forget that John Paul II, after vigorously negotiating the freedom of the Polish people from communism, proceeded to pat Fidel Castro on the back, praising his socialized health care and education.  John Paul II’s double standards are legendary—and his betrayal of the Cuban people has left deep scars in the hearts and minds of many who looked up to him for the work he had done in Poland.

The average faithful Catholic, unless he or she is actively following the events and publications of the Holy See, has missed the Ostpolitik agenda of the modernist Vatican during the last 50 years.

Excerpt from John Paul II’s address to the Cuban Ambassador to the Holy See, Raúl Roa Kouríon January 8, 2005:

“I am grateful for your kind words and for the greetings from Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Council of State and the Government of the Republic. I express my best wishes to him for his good health and for the integral prosperity of the beloved Cuban Nation. For this Nation I ask God, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, venerated in your Country under the lovely title:”Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre”, to deepen the sentiments of mutual understanding and genuine brotherhood that will enable the Homeland to be the true home built by all. 

At the same time, I can tell you of the interest with which I follow the commitment of the Cuban Authorities to maintaining and developing the goals they have succeeded in achieving with effort in the areas of health care, education at various levels and culture in its different expressions. The Holy See considers that by assuring these conditions of human life one sets in place some of the pillars in building up peace, which means not merely the absence of war but also the possibility for all a society’s members to enjoy integral human advancement, good health and the harmonious development of mind and body.” 

Both John XXIII and John Paul II will soon be canonized, as part of the modernist Roman Catholic “saint factory”– without regard for the millions of victims of communism who these Popes betrayed.  This is one of the manifestations of the erosion of Catholic traditions under the disastrous rules of Vatican II.

Socialism looks great, from the comfort of a private jet

This rapprochement business has also lined the pockets of many professors, analysts, corporate opportunists and politicians who write books, give lectures, and influence public policies, while analyzing socialism, vis-à-visCuba, Africa, Asia– and now the entire Western Hemisphere. In other words, they fill their stomachs in the fanciest restaurants and live the good life, after examining and readjusting the socialist model under a microscope, in the comfort and safety of their university lecture halls, private jets and mansions.  Others, such as modernist Catholic monarchs, enjoy their vacations in Cuba so that they can “return to their roots.”

In my Christmas and New Year message I expressed my view, that in spite of the harsh reality that we face with society’s moral and economic decline, we still have a great opportunity to educate the next generation on the great values that have been lost.

The present socialist environment in the United States—and the materialistic atheism that drives so many to do business with Fidel Castro’s Communist murderous dictatorship, are perfect examples of why it is imperative that we educate the next generation on the Natural Law and our God-given right to life and freedom.

Cuba’s reality under the Communist dictatorship of Fidel Castro is being erased from history, before your very eyes.

The lines have been blurred, in order to transition humanity into a materialistic, atheist and socialist environment– for the good of the collective.

Trading and doing business with communist states, violating the sovereignty of nations, redefining marriage and asserting the “human rights” of homosexuals based on their sexual activities and preferences, are all part of this plan.

Asserting the human rights of those who suffer under communism, is not.

This has been long in the making– and is the mechanism used by international socialist operatives and their fellow travelers, through the United Nations initiative for world governance, called Sustainable Development (Agenda 21). Sustainable Development has been implemented all over the world– including Cuba. The last 55 years of subjugation of the Cuban people served as a socialist testing ground for Sustainable Development.

Washington, Israel, the Vatican– and the rest of the world, have bought into this agenda.  Their actions prove it. If this weren’t so, Cuba would have been freed from communism long ago.

Someone has to say the truth…

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Cuba Matters

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As someone who suffered under the bloody Communist dictatorship of Fidel Castro, I am deeply concerned about the lack of interest in discussing the plight of the Cuban people during the Republican presidential debates. There has also been little or no discussion of Obama’s one-way diplomacy with Cuba. This silence about Cuba, on the part of the candidates, extends to their time on the campaign trail. Two of the candidates for POTUS, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, are sons of Cuban immigrants. What’s going on?
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EVIL BEGETS EVIL: Terrorism seen through the eyes of a Cuban

Doing business with the Devil

“… how can the international community do business for more than 50 years with Castro’s communist pro-terrorism regime?  Cuba has supported the most violent Islamic terrorists in the world, and until Obama’s recent “diplomacy,” Cuba was listed as a state sponsor of terrorism by the State Dept., in Washington DC. Specifically, the State Department determined that Cuba had “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism”– along with Iran, Syria and Sudan.

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It’s 7:00pm in Havana…

… do you know what’s happening inside the local political prison?

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While Americans– as private citizens, members of the business community and politicians are pouring into Cuba with morbid curiosity for the communist island prison, a group of 126 former political prisoners has written a letter to Barack Obama on the first anniversary of his establishment of the new U.S. Cuba Policy with Castro’s Communist regime.

When you reach the end of the letter you will find the name of each political prisoner and the number of years they served, which total 1,945. Add to that the years served by members of my immediate family and thousands of others who are now dead.

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December 17, 2015

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President of United States of America
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Mr. President:

Based on our history and experience as political prisoners under Castro’s totalitarian regime, the new Cuba policy established by your Administration has been a regrettable mistake. This will prolong the life of the dictatorship, is worsening the human rights situation there, marginalizing the democratic opposition and compromising U.S. national security.

The normalization of relations is creating false expectations and granting benefits to the tyrannical regime in Cuba; it is also allowing the Paris Club to forgive billions in debt providing the regime hard currency which it funnels into its most repressive institutions: the military and intelligence services giving new life to what were dying institutions. Human rights violations in Cuba have a terrible history, but the current policy has taken a bad situation and made it worse. Violent beatings against activists peacefully assembling have escalated and worsened over 2015.

Politically motivated arbitrary detentions in Cuba as of the end of November 2015 are a documented total of 7,686 and are on track to break the previous record set in 2014 with 8,899 arrests. Over the course of this year the number of detentions have escalated: 178 in January; 492 in February; 610 in March; 338 in April; 641 in May; 563 in June; 674 in July; 768 in August; 882 in September; 1,093 in October; and 1,447 in November. Political prisoners continue to be a reality in Cuba.

Despite the claim that there would be continued support for improved human rights and democratic reforms in Cuba the past year has demonstrated otherwise. Inviting the Castro regime to the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama in April of 2015, violated the democratic ideals of the summit. The dictatorship’s anti-democratic and violent nature was made evident during the Summit with Cuban nationals and U.S. citizens beaten up by state security and requiring hospitalization and summit events interrupted by acts of repudiation organized by the Castro regime. The U.S. government responses were low level pro-forma protests while President Obama met with Raul Castro as an equal.

The Administration’s new Cuba policy over the past year has compromised U.S. national security. First, commuting Gerardo Hernandez’s two life sentences; he was convicted for among other things conspiracy to murder three U.S. citizens and one resident of the U.S., and returning him to Cuba where he received a hero’s welcome in what was an immense propaganda victory for the Castro regime, sending a dangerous signal to those who would harm Americans.

Secondly, removing Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list on May 29, 2015 despite: 1) the Castro regime being caught smuggling heavy weapons and ammunition through Colombia on February 28, 2015. 2) Being linked to international drug trafficking along with its client state Venezuela as reported on January 27, 2015. 3) Being in violation of UN international sanctions to North Korea on July 15, 2013 when caught smuggling tons of weapons and ammunition including ballistic missile technology. Ignoring this will get more Americans killed and undermine U.S. interests.

Finally, having the US Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas meet with the Castro regime’s Interior Minister Major General Carlos Fernandez Gondin in what was officially described as a visit of collaboration and engagement sends worrisome signals that should concern those who care about national security. Gondin has a history of engaging in the mistreatment of opposition activists and has an agenda to undermine U.S. interests, legitimizing him with an official visit sends a terrible message.

We the undersigned are political prisoners who collectively have served 1,945 years in prison for resisting the Castro dictatorship and fighting for democracy in our homeland of Cuba. We are writing this letter out of a deep conviction that this new U.S. Cuba policy will not only harm Cuban aspirations for a free and democratic Cuba while worsening human rights there but also endanger American lives.

Sincerely,

(Name, Years in Political Prison)

Orestes Abreu, 5
Israel Abreu Villarreal, 14
Dr. José Aguiar, 15
Nicolás Aguiar, 15
Ángel Alfonso Alemán, 18
Miguel Álvarez Cardentey , 24
Bernardo Álvares Perdomo, 10
Francisco Álvarez Rojas, 13
Jorge Arrastía, 15
Ángel Ávalos, 17
Gabriel Astengo, 9
José Bello, 9
Emilio Bringas, 15
Rodolfo Camps Verdecia, 9
Aurelio Candelaria Velázquez, 18
Héctor Carbonell, 5
Carlos Casanova, 20
Pedro Castillo, 20
Orlando Castro, 10
Joaquín Chanyín, 18
Georgina Cid, 15
Pedro Corzo, 7
Enrique Cosío, 13
René Cruz Cruz, 17
Ángel Cuadra Landrove, 29
Ileana Curra Luzón, 3
Pascual Ovidio Delgado, 16
Ángel F. De Fana, 20
José M. Del Pino Martínez, 19
Jesús Díaz Martínez, 14
Ernesto Díaz Rodríguez, 22
Vicente Echerri, 2.5
Cándido Elejalde, 12
Guillermo Estévez, 19
Mario Fajardo, 17
Jorge Fernández, 6
José L. Fernández, 6
Oneida Fernández, 10
Alberto Fibla González, 26
Osvaldo Figueroa, 24
José Luis Fornell, 12
Pedro Fuentes Cid, 16
Ángel García Martínez, 10
Hiran González, 11 months
Teodoro González Alvarado, 16
Jesús González Martínez, 15
Rubén Gonzalo García, 18
Elias Gonzalo García, 14
Alberto Grau, 25
Manuel F. Guevara, 29
Jorge Gutiérrez Izaguirre, 18
José A. Gutiérrez Solana, 10
Basilio Guzmán Marrero, 22
Jorge Guzmán Chaple, 13
Ambrosio Guzmán, 15
Rafael Hernández , 4
Sergio Hernández, 12
Dasio René Hernández Peña, 28
Servando Infante, 18
Kemel Jamis Bernal, 14
José A. Jiménez, 12
Roberto Jiménez, 17
Tobías Junco, 10
Antonio Lamas, 22
Gloria Lassales, 6
Isidoro López, 2
Pedro López González, 10
Pedro Juan López Díaz, 10
Reinaldo López Lima, 23
Antonio López Muñoz, 27
Jesús Lucena, 18
Maritza Lugo, 5
Carlos Fausto Mariscal, 28
Ino Martel Casuso, 6
Domingo Martínez, 9
Leuterio Martínez, 12
Teodoro Martínez, 16
Emilio Martínez Venega, 14
Luis Massón, 6
Eduardo Ochoa, 9
Ángel Pardo Mazorra, 24
Ramón Méndez Pimentel, 26
Ricardo Montero Duque, 25
Eduardo Morales, 6
Alejandro Moreno Maya, 18
Olga Morgan, 14
Sixto Nicot, 18
Emelina Núñez, 6
Pablo Palmiere, 18
Roberto Martín Pérez, 28
Ildefonso Pérez, 6
Roberto Perdomo, 28
Roberto Pizano, 18
Carlos Pons, 20
Ramón (Rino) Puig, 15
Pablo Prieto Castillo, 26
José L. Pujals Mederos, 27
J. René Ramos, 21
Hernán Reyes, 8
Roger Reyes, 20
José del Río, 15
Agapito Rivera, 25
Agustín Robaina, 15
Ofelia Rodríguez, 14
Nelson Rodríguez Pérez, 9
Jesús Rodríguez Beruvides, 16
Tebelio Rodríguez San Román, 15
Aracely Rodríguez San Román, 15
Gerardo Rodríguez San Román, 15
Rodolfo Rodríguez San Román, 15
José O. Rodríguez Terreiro, 10
Ana María Rojas, 12
Nellys Rojas Morales, 9
Caridad Roque, 16
Alvin Ros, 6
Enrique Ruano Gutiérrez, 8
Ariel Semanat, 18
Evaristo Sotolongo, 16
Arturo Suárez Ramos, 23
Luis M. Tapia, 11
Efraín Taquechel, 10
Ricardo Toledo, 9
Armando Yong, 21

[END OF LETTER]

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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES: There’s no such thing as a deal with Communist Cuba 

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AN ACT OF COWARDICE: U.S. Diplomatic Relations with Communist Cuba

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I am listening to Secretary of State John Kerry’s poor pronunciation in Spanish as he addresses the Cuban people in Havana during the opening of the American Embassy in the communist island prison. A Cuban woman stands in the crowd wearing a red Che Guevara tee shirt and waves a Cuban flag.

In case you don’t know, Che Guevara was a blood-thirsty communist responsible for ordering the execution of thousands of innocent Cubans during the beginning of Castro’s takeover of the island. The dissemination and glamorizing of his image on everything from coffee mugs to tee shirts is one of the most evil and deceitful communist marketing ploys of modern times.

Barack Obama and his troupe of socialist operatives have managed to not only humiliate the United States in the eyes of history– but are also attempting to erase Castro’s murderous communist history of more than half a century.

As John Kerry stands with the beautiful azure Caribbean Sea in the background I ask myself how he can ignore the Cuban people who are behind prison bars for peacefully expressing their views about Castro’s tyrannical government. I ask myself, how he can stand there and ignore that a few hours ago the Cuban government did another ruthless roundup of peaceful political dissenters.

Now Kerry is speaking about lifting the embargo, which he explained only the U.S. Congress can lift– a step which the Obama administration strongly favors. Ah yes, the U.S. Embargo against Cuba’s Communist regime– which exists only on paper– because the amount of goods and aid that the U.S. provides Cuba each year is breathtaking.

The entire world does business with Cuba.  The entire world! So the truth is that Cuba has had an incredible flow of commerce which has ended in the hands of the communist military government– and is used to line the pockets of military and government officials– while oppressing and starving the people of Cuba.

Kerry thanked those who brought about this diplomatic abomination– most notably Barack Obama, Raul Castro and “the Holy Father.”

Isn’t it interesting that socialists love Pope Francis? But of course, Francis’s narrative has been rich in laudable statements for Marxists, Sustainable Development (U.N. International socialism), climate change– in other words, Pope Francis is crowning the socialist modernism that Vatican II envisioned.

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Meanwhile, Castro’s government remains defiant as a communist nation– going as far as to state that the United States owes Cuba millions of dollars! Imagine that, a communist government which stole and confiscated private property– and destroyed the Cuban economy along with the hard-work and livelihood of thousands of Cubans– is now demanding money from Americans!

Kerry quoted José Martí (Cuba’s most famous national hero and a prominent literary figure in the Spanish language) with the words, “everything that divides men is a sin against humanity.”

Indeed the division between Cuba and the rest of humanity runs deep. The deaths of thousands of Cubans whose bodies lie in the watery graves of the Strait of Florida are silent witnesses of this division– along with those who have been imprisoned, tortured, executed and thrown into unmarked graves, like members of my family.

Yes, the communist sin against humanity continues in Cuba. I was born and raised under Castro’s tyranny– and I will not cease to denounce the diplomatic abomination that has taken place today.

I urge my readers to do the same.

It’s time to lift the fog… someone has to say the truth.

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Cuba’s Dangerous Environment

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In spite of this scathing 2014 U.S. State Dept., report on violation of human rights in Cuba, President Obama moved right ahead with his plan to reestablish diplomatic relations with the communist government of Cuba. What a farce! The exercise of diplomacy is anathema to communists!

This is a colossal betrayal of my family members– who along with thousands of other Cubans were imprisoned, tortured and executed by the communists– as well as those who died fighting against Castro’s murderous thugs. Their loss remains alive in my heart. The memory of their sacrifice will be with me forever.

Politicians in Washington who see this as a positive event seem to be oblivious to the fact that under a communist tyranny politics always remain undemocratic, cynical and unconstitutional– that’s why it’s called tyranny!

The only thing that will fix the situation in Cuba is an end to communism with free and transparent elections. In addition, Cuba will remain a security threat not just to the United States– but to the entire Western Hemisphere, in spite of the fact that some politicians in Washington are feeling good about themselves by having removed Cuba from the State Department list of countries who harbor terrorism.

And while the crowds scream “Death to America!” in the streets of Tehran, the Iranian government (which is extremely friendly with the Castro brothers) is delighted about this diplomatic event– which only benefits the communists in Havana. This scenario should further define the magnitude of this disastrous decision.

When the enemies of the United States celebrate Obama’s rapprochement with Cuba– doesn’t that tell you something? But we should not be surprised. Iran’s ruthless rulers know exactly that with Obama in the White House they can say and do just about anything– and they will get away with it as we have recently seen with the “deal” that the U.S. has extended to them.

In fact, the Cuba-Iran relationship with the participation of Venezuela (which is politically and militarily under the influence of the Cuban communist regime)– has grown into a close collaboration to buttress the activity of terrorist groups, such as Hamas and Hezbollah.  Two Shiite individuals, Ghazi Nasr Al din and Fawzi Kanaan, have been operating out of Caracas– and work closely with the Cuban regime in facilitating aid to Hezbollah and the growing Iranian presence in Latin America– which believe me has nothing to do with promoting Persian culture and cuisine for tourism purposes.  This criminal activity has many tentacles– as it is also carried out through “charitable” fronts– and includes Hamas as a beneficiary. As such, the three regimes of Cuba, Iran and Venezuela dovetail their resources and devious stratagem against United States policies– and rely heavily on Cuba’s international intelligence and illegal arms trade.

Please read my commentary on the subject of Cuba and illegal arms trade, titled The USCCB, Cuba and the Chong Chon Gang

These are very dark times in modern history– no matter where we turn. Even the guidelines that used to define conservatism have been replaced with tolerance of the most abominable acts and situations imaginable– from abortion to homosexual “marriage” to befriending tyrants. God help us all.

Someone has to say the truth…

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