Netanyahu bars Mossad head from briefing opposition party on ISIS

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Tamir Pardo reportedly agreed to brief Zionist Union, but conditioned talk on PM’s approval, which wasn’t forthcoming.

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By Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has forbidden the head of the Mossad to brief Zionist Union Knesset members on the threat posed by ISIS (Islamic State) in the Sinai Peninsula.

Zionist Union faction chairwoman Merav Michaeli, who submitted the request, said Netanyahu claimed such a briefing would set a precedent, and therefore, he didn’t want to approve it.

Michaeli told Haaretz that the faction decided it needed more information about ISIS in light of three recent events: last week’s attack on Egyptian security forces by the organization’s Sinai affiliate, Wilayat Sinai; the group’s rocket fire at southern Israel over the weekend; and the statement by former CIA director David Petraeus that ISIS is currently a bigger threat than Iran.

On Sunday, therefore, she asked Mossad director Tamir Pardo if he would attend Zionist…

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‘WE’RE TRAINING ISIL’: WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE CORRECTS OBAMA’S SPEECH BLOOPER

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President’s embarrassing error during press briefing amended on official transcript

The White House.gov website has corrected an embarrassing mistake made by Barack Obama during his press briefing yesterday about the Islamic State when the President said that U.S. forces were “training ISIL.”

During his speech, Obama uttered the line, “with the additional steps I ordered last month, we’re speeding up training of ISIL forces.”

The White House.gov transcript left in the original quote, but placed the word ‘Iraqi’ in brackets after the word ISIL, correcting Obama’s mistake.

This is by no means the first time that the White House has edited transcripts of Obama’s speeches to put the president in a better light or cover up for his mistakes.

Last October, the White House completely scrubbed a reference Obama made to unpaid pills being stacked up at his home in Chicago, replacing it with the quote, “there’s still junk on…

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