Jeb in Bed with Iran and Cuba?

Can we really be surprised at this? Corrupt politicians are funded by corrupt money. Let’s not forget about the Masters of Corruption in all this, the democrats. If you want to save your country America, don’t vote for dynastic candidates in the upcoming primaries for both parties, especially on the Republican side; democrats are born dynastic. Don’t let contaminated money win the people’s house. –PBN

Émigrés from Iran and Cuba are at the top of Jeb Bush’s record-breaking presidential fundraising haul, according to campaign finance disclosures that paint the former Florida governor’s opposition to Barack Obama’s twin foreign policy priorities in stark new light.

Mike Fernandez, a Florida-based private equity billionaire who moved from Cuba in the 1960s, appears to be the largest single donor – giving just over $3m in three contributions to the Bush-supporting Right to Rise group since March.

Hushang Ansary, Iran’s ambassador to the US before the revolution who is now based in Texas, is joint second on the list – contributing $2m together with his wife, Shahla Ansary.

Only US citizens or green-card holders can make contributions to political campaigns. Both men have lived in the US for decades.

Nineteen families or corporations have given more than $1m, according to the filings made available on Friday.

Please tell me that, whether you are a Democrat or Republican, you can’t see the utter corruption that is Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Tell me that out of 300 million people we have to resort to another Clinton or Bush as our choices for president. Haven’t we had enough of both? Isn’t it time that we elect someone who isn’t a lifetime politician, or that comes from an entire family of them? These two candidates offer nothing more than corrupt views of multi millionaires running the country.

I say the people who lead in the donation race are the least likely to be what America needs in office. The very fact that the most wealthy of people donate these obscene amounts of money tells us that they will expect something in return. And that from the start guarantees that the people of the U.S. will not be the ones getting represented. read more

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#Iran limited to 6K Centrifuges in draft #Liars #ScriptureReferences #KerryDangerousTraitor USA #Proverbs30and5

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No deal certainly is better than this deal.  Below the AP shares with the world feckless imbecility of the traitor John Kerry.

It’s unclear how complete the draft agreement is. Iran’s deeply buried underground enrichment plant remains a problem, officials said

It’s very clear when you read a few paragraph down in the AP article.

(after list of scriptures referencing liars)

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spoke of eventually operating enough centrifuges to produce what 190,000 of its current models churn out.

Tehran runs 10,000 centrifuges, we wanted them to have 500-1500 but so far in this pathetic deal we seemingly are caving to allow them 4000-6000, that’s a far cray from 500-1500.  We have heard that Libya is dumping oil on the market and part of this deal that is not being talked about is that Iran will also be allowed to do the same thing.  As far as sanctions and trust go, even though We The People in the USA are now living under a Soft Tyranny, and know that Persia and read more

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USA’s PBN Welcomes PM Benjamin “Bibi“ .@Netanyahu “For Such A Time is This…“ #Purim #Fast&Pray #Israel

In the Prime Minister of Israel’s own words…

“I’m going to Washington on a fateful, even historic, mission,” he said as he boarded his plane in Tel Aviv. “I feel that I am an emissary of all Israel’s citizens, even those who do not agree with me, and of the entire Jewish people,” ~Prime Minister of Israel, Bibi Netanyahu  (Reuters)

spoken March 1st, 2015 as Benjamin “Bibi“ Netanyahu was boarding his plane from Israel to the United States in order to give a highly important speech Tuesday morning to our United States Congress.

Bibi’s speech before Congress will air on FoxNews Channel Tuesday morning. Check your local cable network for details

Mr. Netanyahu will be speaking on a topic of historic importance regarding Iran obtaining Nuclear weapons capabilities and Iran’s hostile intent to use those weapons to destroy Israel and even reach The United States of America.  The Obama administration has been aiding and abetting Iran and other Islamic nations and entities such as IS by not even speaking of the existence of radical Islam, Islamic Jihad or Iran and other Islamic nations to establish a one world order global Islamic Caliphate at the behest and approval of all 57 Islamic States who are members of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) not loosely, affiliated with the UN (United Nations).

For the very first time in the history of our two nation’s allegiance, The President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama, the 44th,  has refused to meet with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Christian Broadcasting Network wrote of the historic significance of Israel’s Prime Minister, Netanyahu’s arrival and the apocalyptic Toranical and biblical timing of Bibi’s speech on the eve of Purim, a Holy day of Fasting and prayer for Jews and Christians who celebrate Holy Days in both of their faiths united by the Word.

In the days ahead, Jews around the world will celebrate Purim, a festival the Bible directs us to remember, when the Jewish people were delivered more than 2,000 years ago in Persia (modern day Iran) from an evil anti-Semite –Haman — who had manipulated the king into issuing a decree that would annihilate the Jews.

According to the biblical account, Esther, a Jew, and her cousin, Mordecai, who raised her, were the instruments of deliverance.

This Tuesday, just hours before the Purim holiday begins, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the U.S. Congress, at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner, to explain why his country cannot tolerate the threat from another group of evil anti-Semites in Iran to annihilate the Jews: the acquisition of nuclear weapons by the Ayatollah Khamenei and his government…

In the meantime, the gravity of the world situation and the daily reports of the persecution and murder of Christians and Jews has focused the attention of millions of Christians, as well as Jews, on what Netanyahu has to say. Many will pray and intercede, and others will fast, as Esther and her people did in biblical times.

We will pray for Israel, for Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s leaders, for wisdom for our own leaders, and for discernment to navigate the dangerous waters ahead. Who knows whether, as in the days of Esther and Mordecai, the address wasn’t appointed “for such a time as this…

~ John Waage, Senior Editor CBN

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#BenjaminNetanyahu Warns USA To See #IranThreat Clearly #NuclearIran #MakeDCListen

Please watch and share this short video bursting forth with pertinent, Godly wisdom from one of the world’s most humble and great leaders of our time, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu on Fox’s On The Record w/ Greta Van Susteren PM Netanyahu warns USA to not trust Iran as it has helped kill many US Troops in battle overseas for a variety of Islamic terrorist factions such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and now ISIS/IS The Islamic State previously derived from al Qaeda in Iraq and Syrian Rebels.

Bibi warns USA that if Iran has access to a nuclear weapon, it will use it against not only Israel but our great Republic of The United States of America in order to usher in the grand goal of Islam, a one world order under the banner of Sharia as mandated by the strictest and most violent crop of Muslims yet.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns USA to take the threat of a nuclear Iran very seriously and to not team up with them even to fight ISIS. In the end, Iran is still our enemy and will turn on us to accomplish the same goals as ISIS/IS The Islamic State of a Global Islamic Caliphate. Iran would gladly do anything to accomplish that goal.

~M. Katherine Orts and husband Pastor David A. Orts founders of USDefenseLeague.com “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth” for the Glory of God and our Good USA #ProIsrael

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#Hamas Losing Battle Against #Israel: Executes 18 #Palestinians #Gaza [VIDEO]

Rick Leventhal reports for FoxNews from Gaza on the most recent violent murders by Hamas against Gaza residents it is supposed to be protecting. Hamas does not protect anyone at all except for its own jihadist murderers. The ruse is over.

Hamas is losing the war against Israel so it is now turning openly against the Palestinians it is feigning to protect. All who can see clearly, have known all along that Hamas, funded by Iran, is aligned with ISIS/ISIL/IS, al Qaeda, Boko Haraam, Islamic Jihad and all branches, no matter what their names have the same goals. Islam desires to wipe Israel “little satan” and USA “Great satan” off of the global map. The Koran mandates that ALL Muslims participate in jihad and kill the “kafir=jew/christian/non-Muslims” wherever they may be found. ~ M. Katherine Orts pastor’s wife to Pastor David A. Orts founders of USDefenseLeague.com “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth” for the Glory of God and our Good USA #ProIsrael

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Iran to Activate New Iron Dome Style Missile Defense System in September

Ali KhameneiAs Iran continues to ramp up it’s nuclear weapons capability, it would appear they are gearing up their defenses as well. This editor believes that if Israel doesn’t strike soon to defend itself, it may not get the chance in the future. Iranian leaders have stated time and time again in the past that they wish to see Israel “wiped off the map”. How long will Israel be bullied in the Middle East before they decide to protect their people? –PBN

Iranian military leaders announced on Wednesday that Tehran is readying new mid-range and long-range missile defense systems reminiscent of Israel’s Iron Dome system, which destroys rockets in mid-air before they strike the ground.

Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli, commander of Iran’s Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base, said on Wednesday that the latest defense systems will go online on September 22, according to comments made Wednesday to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.

The missile defense announcement comes as the successes of Israel’s Iron Dome system are featured prominently in Western media outlets. Israeli officials have hailed the highly advanced system for protecting lives during the most recent conflict with Hamas by knocking many of the terror group’s attacks off course.

Esmayeeli, who did not reveal many technical details about the new equipment, said that the mid-range and long-range defense systems will be connected to read more

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#JihadSex & #JohnKerry Just Landed in Iraq #BreakingNews #tcot #ccot #MakeDClisten

Sex_Jihad1USDefenseLeague Report – US Secretary of State, John Kerry just landed in Iraq to meet with the nation’s Prime Minister Maliki. US President, Barack Obama has sent over three hundred “advisers” which  arrived in Baghdad June 21 according to an anonymous defense official. The increasing war is motivated mainly by the desire for a global Islamic Caliphate to be established by strict Sharia law. Towns that have been seized by ISIL/ISIS in the province of Anbar, Iraq are: Al-Qaim, Rawa, Ana and Husaybah,  ISIL/ISIS Jihadists are known for their extreme cruelties and violence and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have both recently ordered “all unmarried women to report to fulfill their duty of Jihad by sex.”

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US Gen. Dempsey, Service Chiefs & UK Prime Minister Cameron Meet: #WorldWarIII? #Iraq #Afghanistan #ISIS #Islam #GlobalWar

rare.british.mtg.US..06.10.2014Why is USA meeting with Britain over alleged ongoing pullout of troops in Afghanistan? It probably isn’t. The two military allies haven’t met like this since World War II. The last published public meeting was in the 1940’s. This is significant as it tends towards there being a silent active World War III happening. Right now. Obama just authorized 275 Special Ops only: “boots on the ground in Iraq” even though he said he wouldn’t. If we are going back into active Middle East conflict again it should be to win, not to get our best spec ops troops cornered and killed by ISIS and/or Iran. If you hadn’t heard Secretary of State John Kerry was authorized, by our Islamist sympathizing POTUS, Barack Obama, to consider immediately allying with Iran to fight ISIS in Iraq. Iran, the same militant political Islamist government that has been torturing and holding captive the US Pastor Saeed Abedini solely for his Christian faith.

~M.Katherine Orts and husband Pastor David A. Orts founders of USDefenseLeague.com “Pushing Back Tyranny With Truth” Subscribe for free now. Donate to become a USDefenseLeague.com Patriot ($5.oo monthly) Only Donate as led and able after first providing for your own family’s needs and tithing to your own church/synagogue of choice. Jesus Loves you and so do we. Please pray IJN+ for USA & Freedom for all Christians, Jews and non-Sharia compliant Muslims around the world. USA and our allies are at war with the Muslim terrorist political militant ideology called Islam of all branches in every nation right now. 

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WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 – Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. service chiefs met in London today with British Prime Minister David Cameron at No. 10 Downing Street and with their counterparts at the British Defense Ministry.

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Britian’s All Party Parlimentary Group (APPG) Urges Iran To Release #SaeedAbedini

APPG Press Release: Pastor Saeed Abedini

Published: 11 FEBRUARY 2014
All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief

Issued: 10 February 2014, London

CROSS PARTY GROUP OF PARLIAMENTARIANS WELCOMES SUGGESTION OF CLEMENCY FOR AMERICAN PASTOR IMPRISONED IN IRAN

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on International Freedom of Religion or Belief welcomes recent statements by Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif with respect to Saeed Abedini, an American Pastor imprisoned in Iran. The group especially appreciates his statement about the “various clemency measures in Iran that can be introduced, [have] happened in the past, [and] can be introduced again in these cases.”

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FBI Offers $1 Million Reward For Information to Bring Iranian Hostage Robert A. Levinson Home to USA Safely

Former FBI Agent: Robert A. Levinson Needs our help USA.

Robert Levinson Needs our help USA.

March 10th, 2013 marked the 64th birthday and 6th anniversary, of  US citizen Robert “Bob” A. Levinson being held hostage allegedly by Iran.  It is highly likely that Levinson is  currently still being held hostage in Iran, Pakistan or Afghanistan. ” Bob Levinson is now the second-longest-held hostage in American history.  Only Terry Anderson who was held as part of the Lebanon Hostage Crisis was in captivity longer.”  6’4″  formerly 225 pound Levinson, is a former retired FBI agent who specialized in Russian organized crime and served his country and the United States government faithfully.  

Mr. Levinson was last seen March 9, 2007 leaving his hotel in Kish Island, Iran.  He was visiting the Iranian Island while working on a case as a private investigator researching a lead about a criminal cigarette import/export scheme.  

A ‘proof of life’ video was released in December 2011 by Levinson’s family that Levinson was still alive and was still held hostage.  Robert Levinson suffers from diabetes, gout and his health was evidently failing and may be deteriorating further.  The untraceable 54 second video and five photographs were anonymously sent to his family in November 2010.  “Whoever was behind the photos and video was no amateur, U.S. authorities concluded. They made no mistakes, leading investigators to conclude it had to be a professional intelligence service like Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security,” according to the analysis of the US government as reported by the Associated Press January 9, 2013.  

In March, 2011, Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton attempted to get Iran off the hook and stated in an attempt at obtaining the goodwill of Iran in March 2011 that, “Levinson was being held somewhere in South Asia.”  The Levinson family has its own website to help spread the word of their father and husband’s plight.  

The family desperately seeks increased support from the mainstream media and the US Government for immediate resolution in Levinson’s return.  

Mrs. Christine Levinson had appealed to President Obama, former Counter Terrorism Czar and newly appointed (as of today’s Congressional vote 63 yay  34 nay) head of the CIA, John Brennan. There has been, for the past six years now, zero response, updates or success by either Obama, Brennan or Clinton et al.   It is now up to us, USA, to put pressure on Congress and the US State Department to bring this honorable servant of the US Government, United States Citizen, loving husband and father of seven, back home safely to his family.  

The prayers of the United States of America are with you, and your entire family, Mr. Robert “Bob” A. Levinson. -PBN

Note: The FBI has posted reward information and pictures of Mr. Levinson on the Kidnappings & Missing Persons page of the FBI.gov website. We encourage anyone with information regarding Robert Levinson or his captors to contact the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov. Information will be confidential and can be shared anonymously. (202) 278-3519. ”

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Across the USA: Obama Quietly Allowing China to Own Major Interests in Oil and Natural Gas

http://i1.wp.com/foreignpolicyblogs.com/wp-content/uploads/usa_china_oil.jpg?resize=600%2C413Before we talk about China and the US, did you know that China’s crude oil imports from Iran, according to the figures released by China’s General Administration of Customs, China’s daily crude imports from Iran in December 2012 also rose 3.6 percent compared to December 2011, It marks China’s biggest crude import from Iran since it won a renewal of exemption from the United States’ oil embargo against Iran. Shanghai-based oil analyst Li Li predicted that China’s oil purchase from Iran would reach between 1.7 and 2 mt per month for the first half of 2013.  For the whole 2012, the highest level of China’s crude imports from Iran stood at 633,000 barrels per day. Full article here.

NEW YORK – The Obama administration is quietly allowing China to acquire major ownership interests in oil and natural gas resources across the U.S.

The decision to allow China to compete for U.S. oil and natural gas resources appears to stem from a need to keep Beijing economically interested in lending to the U.S. The Obama administration has run $1-trillion-plus annual federal budget deficits since taking office that likely will continue in the second term.

Allowing China to have equity interests in U.S. energy production is a reversal of the Bush administration’s policy. In 2005, the Bush administration blocked China on grounds of national security from an $18.4 billion deal to purchase California-based Unocal Corp.

As WND reported Monday, Beijing has been developing a proposal in which real estate on American soil owned by China would be set up as “development zones” to establish Chinese-owned businesses and bring in its citizens to the U.S. to work.

China leased first oil rights in Texas

China’s first major move into the U.S. oil and natural gas market can be traced to October 2009, when the state-owned Chinese energy giant CNOOC bought a multi-million dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields.

Reporting the story, Monica Hatcher of the Houston Chronicle suggested China was “testing the political waters for further energy expansion into U.S. energy reserves.”

China’s purchase of U.S. oil and natural gas rights will strike millions of Americans as paradoxical, since the U.S. continues to be a net importer of approximately 60 percent of the oil consumed in the U.S.

The Chronicle reported China paid $2.2 billion for a one-third stake in Chesapeake Energy assets, with CNOCC laying a claim to a share of energy resources in South Texas that could produce up to half a million barrels of oil per day.

The Houston paper reported that as part of the deal, CNOCC agreed to pay approximately $1.1 billion for a share of Chesapeake’s assets in the Eagle Ford, a broad oil and gas formation that runs southwest of San Antonio to the Mexican border.

The Chronicle also reported that the deal with China could create as many as 20,000 jobs in the U.S. and provide the capital Chesapeake needs to increase its rig count in South Texas from 10 to 42 by the end of 2012.

China’s oil interests

Along with CNOOC, which is 100-percent owned by the communist Chinese government, Sinopec Group also is purchasing energy interests in the U.S.

Sinopec Group is the largest shareholder of Sinopac Corporation, a state-owned investment company incorporated in 1998 largely to acquire and operate oil and natural gas interests worldwide.

The Wall Street Journal recently compileda state-by-state list of the $17 billion in oil and natural gas equity interests CNOOC and Sinopec have acquired in the U.S. and Canada since 2010.

  • Colorado: CNOOC gained a one-third stake in 800,000 acres in northeast Colorado and southwest Wyoming in a $1.27 billion pact with Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
  • Louisiana: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 265,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale after a broader $2.5 billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Michigan: Sinopec gained a one-third interest in 350,000 acres in a larger $2.5 billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Ohio: Sinopec acquired a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 235,000 Utica Shale acres in a larger $2.5 billion deal.
  • Oklahoma: Sinopec has a one-third interest in 215,000 acres in a broader $2.5 billion deal with Devon Energy.
  • Texas: CNOOC acquired a one-third interest in Chesapeake Energy’s 600,000 acres in the Eagle Ford Shale in a $2.16-billion deal.
  • Wyoming: CNOOC has a one-third stake in northeast Colorado and southeast Wyoming after a $1.27 billion pact with Chesapeake Energy. Sinopec gained a one-third interest in Devon Energy’s 320,000 acres as part of a larger $2.5 billion deal.

The Wall Street Journal reported China’s strategy – implemented since 2010 by Fu Chengyu, who has served as chairman of both CNOOC and Sniopec – is to “seek minority stakes, play a passive role, and, in a nod to U.S. regulators, keep Chinese personnel at arm’s length from advanced U.S. technology.”

China moving into Gulf of Mexico

After a difficult political struggle, China received permission last month from the Canadian government to make its largest overseas acquisition of oil and natural gas interests outside China, acquiring Canadian energy producer Nexen Inc. for $15.5 billion. In the process, China acquired Nexen oil and natural gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico in U.S. waters.

Although the deal still requires approval from CIFUS, the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment, the acquisition of Nexen’s high-tech ultra-deepwater drilling resources in the Gulf of Mexico was a major reason China sought to acquire the company. CNOOC, a company that derives nearly all its domestic capacity from shallow waters, has announced a goal of producing 1 million barrels of oil per day from ultra-deepwater oil and natural gas facilities by 2020, more than doubling current capacity.

In 2010, China passed the U.S. to become the world’s largest energy consumer, according to the International Energy Agency. China consumed 2.252 billion tons of oil equivalent in 2009, approximately 4 percent more than the U.S.

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Obama and Netanyahu – More Than a Bad Feeling, Total Dysfunction

israel_flag_animatedEven Obama could understand this video. Please share it with your friends and any anti-semite that crosses your path. Every American, especially the Secretary of Defense should want to ally with our long time friends Israel. Ever believer understands the scriptural reasons. “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3
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Obama: The Enemy of Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heads into his second term weighed down by an American government snarled in partisan gridlock, but also by an unproductive relationship with the leader of Israel, the bedrock U.S. ally in the tumultuous Middle East.

And the puzzle that is the U.S.-Israeli relationship under Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is only growing more complex.

“It’s troubled. It’s the greatest dysfunction between leaders that I’ve seen in my 40 years in watching and participating,” said Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center who served under six secretaries of state in both Republican and Democratic administrations. He was deeply involved in negotiations involving Israel, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinians.

“I don’t think we are headed for a showdown,” he said, “but the relationship will continue to be dysfunctional.”

Even so, the United States routinely backs Israel when much of the world is deeply critical of the Jewish state. For example the U.S. was among the few nations opposing the Palestinians’ successful bid for upgraded status at the United Nations and did not criticize Israel’s bombardment of Gaza late last year in retaliation for rocket attacks from the tiny Palestinian enclave.

Still, an array of issues muddies the alliance.

Netanyahu likely will win re-election on Jan. 22, two days after Obama is sworn in for a second term. Netanyahu is a hardliner on making peace with the Palestinians, a goal that Obama said was foremost on his foreign policy agenda at the beginning of his first term. Beyond that, Netanyahu has been pressing Washington to adopt policy specifics that would trigger a military strike if Iran does not pull back on its nuclear program — widely believed to be aimed at building an atomic bomb. Iran claims its program is for generating electricity.

A further complication is Obama’s nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.

Known as a maverick when he represented Nebraska in the Senate, Hagel is viewed by many in Washington and Israel as insufficiently supportive of the Jewish state. He has castigated what he called the “Jewish lobby” in the U.S., prompting some to label him anti-Semitic. While he voted for billions in aid for Israel, he has also called for engagement with its Hamas and Hezbollah enemies.

What’s more, he opposed unilateral American sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program, which the Netanyahu government believes is an existential threat to Israel.

Netanyahu’s office refused comment on Hagel when contacted by The Associated Press in Jerusalem. But Reuven Rivlin, parliament speaker and member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, told AP that Israelis are worried because of Hagel’s “statements in the past, and his stance toward Israel.”

But Ori Nir, a spokesman for Americans for Peace Now, a Jewish group that pushes for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, said fears of Hagel are wrongheaded.

“Talk of anti-Semitism is unjust and over-the-top,” Nir said.

Republican lawmakers’ opposition to Hagel is the latest in the partisan battles that have snarled the U.S. government.

Disputes over the budget almost led to major tax increases for middle class taxpayers, which neither party wanted. Other fights are pending over spending cuts and the government’s borrowing authority — both with potentially dire consequences for the economy. The newly elected Congress, with a Republican-led House of Representatives and a Democratic-led Senate, is similar to the previous one, which passed fewer laws than any Congress since the end of World War II.

While most of the partisan disputes have been on domestic issues, Republicans have continually accused Obama of not doing enough to support Netanyahu’s government.

The bad blood between Obama and Netanyahu began early.

In their first public appearance together at the White House in 2009, Netanyahu pointedly rebuffed Obama’s call for Israel to stop building Jewish housing on land the Palestinians want in a future state. Obama dropped the issue after it became obvious that it was a waste of political capital at home and that Netanyahu would not budge. Netanyahu’s government has continued to announce plans for new settlements in the Palestinian West Bank.

During the presidential campaign, Netanyahu hosted Obama opponent Mitt Romney in Israel as if he were already a world leader. Netanyahu denied backing either candidate, but his words and actions clearly showed favoritism for Romney.

On Iran, Netanyahu called at the United Nations in September for the United States to draw a “red line” on Iran’s nuclear program, beyond which Iran would face military action. Obama continues to insist there is time for diplomacy, but has said he would not countenance a nuclear-armed Iran.

“The more Netanyahu believes Obama is serious about preventing Iran from getting a bomb, the better they will manage their relations,” said David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “If not, the issue of an Israeli first strike on Iran becomes more likely.”

Miller, of the Woodrow Wilson Center, said Obama will be too consumed with battling Congress on the budget, gun control legislation and other issues to spend much time on disagreements with Netanyahu.

“Is he going to go after Israel-Palestinian peace talks or war with Iran given all his domestic challenges?” Miller asked. “He will go to extreme lengths to avoid war with Iran.”

He said the two leaders are moving further apart on the Palestinian issue, but have found some consensus on Iran. “For the next six to eight months, I don’t think the president is going to push on those issues.”

But Nir, of Peace Now, says time is running out for a peace deal with the Palestinians and Israel could face another armed uprising like the one that bloodied the region in 2000.

“There’s more and more an atmosphere among Palestinians that there is no political horizon,” he said, “a feeling that diplomacy doesn’t work.”

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Associated Press writer Amy Teibel in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

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