David Meir-Levi is an American-born Israeli currently living in Palo Alto, CA. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in Near Eastern Studies from Brandeis University. He taught Archaeology and Near Eastern History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the University of Tel Aviv in the 60's and 70's, during which time he completed his service in the Israeli military. Upon returning to the USA, Mr. Meir-Levi has worked as a professional Jewish educator, most recently in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Since the outbreak of the second Intifada (9/29/00), he has lectured throughout northern California and abroad at synagogues, churches, universities, and service organizations on topics related to the history of the Arab-Israel conflict and the roots of terrorism in the Arab world. He has most recently taught a series of courses at Cal-Poly Institute, the Monterey Institute for International Studies, and for the Evangelical and Catholic communities in Guatemala, on the history of the Israel-Arab conflict.
Several months ago he joined me for a discussion about the threats posed to U.S. national security by the failures of the administration to effectively deal with border security along the U.S./Mexican border as well as with other failures to effectively enforce and administer the immigration laws of the United States.
Since that discussion much has happened.
On Wednesday, December 19, 2012 David will once again join me for a followup discussion to take a hard and objective look out how things now stand. There will be much to explore and consider.
First of all, President Obama was been elected to a second term. The will of the American people continues to be thwarted by the administration through the issuance of executive orders that bypass the legislative process. The President's use of "Prosecutorial Discretion" to provide employment authorization for potentially millions of illegal aliens who would have qualified under the failed DREAM Act are now being granted such authorization without the law being enacted.
The situation in the Middle Easter continues to fester- the Embassy at Benghazi was attacked and, contrary to the carefully crafted narrative of the administration in the days before the election- this attack was not a spontaneous occurrence that resulted when a demonstration against an anti-Muslim YouTube video got out of hand but was apparently a carefully orchestrated terrorist plot- likely involving al-Qaeda.
Meanwhile Iran continues to move towards its goal of acquiring fissile materials to create a nuclear bomb and North Korea has lofted a satellite into orbit around the earth demonstrating that it has developed an ICBM (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile).
Finally, on about November 15, 2012 Congressman Mike McCaul of Texas, the Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations issued a highly detailed and cautionary report on the threats posed to the United States by growing cooperation between Iran, Hezbollah and the Mexican Drug Cartels. The report was entitled:
A LINE IN THE SAND: COUNTERING CRIME, VIOLENCE AND TERROR AT THE SOUTHWEST BORDER
Here is the press release Chairman McCaul issued to announce the completion of that report and the forthcoming hearing to make the findings known to Congress and the American citizenry:
McCaul Subcommittee?Report Connects?Dots Between Iran, Hezbollah and Mexican Drug Cartels Underscores Terrorist Threat to the?Southwest Border
WASHINGTON, D.C. ' Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the Homeland Security Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, today released the?report?"A Line in the Sand:?Countering Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border", an assessment of the threat from drug cartels and terrorist organizations.
While the original?Line in the Sand?report in 2006 focused primarily on Mexican drug cartel activity,?this report connects the dots between Iran and Hezbollah's growing presence in Latin America, and their recently documented nexus with Mexican drug cartels.? The Subcommittee believes this underscores a threat that is not fully on the radar of this administration.
The Subcommittee believes the presence of Iran and Hezbollah in Latin America represents a strategic migration to position terrorist operations within striking distance of the United States. ?If Iran is provoked, the report asserts Hezbollah finance cells in Latin America will have the ability to turn operational.
The report cites the central criticism of the 9/11 Commission was our failure to connect the dots and to use our imagination when assessing the threat landscape. ?This report is an attempt to be pro-active and not reactive.?
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