What an anti-Semite!
No, this post is not about Jimmy Carter or Barack Hussein Obama. It's about their good friend Desmond Tutu, who once again proves that his unbridled hate of Israel and Jews
overcomes anything - including supporting his own people.
"I have witnessed the systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women
and children by members of the Israeli security forces," he said in a
statement. "Their humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans
who were corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the
security forces of the apartheid government."
The former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town made the statement as the 10th annual Israel Apartheid Week
opened Sunday in South Africa. The initiative, part of the
international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement’s campaign
against Israel, is being marked in 87 cities this year. Tutu visited
Israel in 1989.
International pressure similar to the BDS movement led to the end of apartheid in South Africa, the statement said.
South Africa, we could not have achieved our democracy without the help
of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means,
such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other
corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the apartheid
The same issues of inequality and injustice today motivate
the divestment movement trying to end Israel's decades long occupation
of Palestinian territory and the unfair and prejudicial treatment of the
Palestinian people by the Israeli government ruling over them."
who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for standing up against
white-minority rule in South Africa, added that people who don't act
against injustice are complicit in it.
''Those who turn a blind
eye to injustice actually perpetuate injustice. If you are neutral in
situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor," he
said. "It doesn't matter where we worship or live. We are members of one
family, the human family, God's family."
Tutu has apparently forgotten what real apartheid is like. Let's remind him. Recall that I linked to a post from a South African blog here
. Here's some of what Steve - who grew up with it - had to say about apartheid
were two components to Apartheid – grand apartheid with its goal of
political separation, and petty apartheid which sought to segregate
whites from non whites. Both components were equally important and
intertwined for one could not succeed without the other.
apartheid was to be achieved by creating separate political realities
for whites and non whites. This was done by revoking the citizenship
from non-white South Africans reducing the ‘legal’ population of South
Africa so that the whites would be the demographic majority. Homelands
called Bantustans were created and these were eventually to become
separate independent states. Blacks were to either be physically moved
into these homelands, or nationally tied to them (i.e. they would become
a citizen of the homeland that they might have never set foot in; and
not a citizen of South Africa). Naturally, even blacks that were not yet
assigned a Bantustan, were denied suffrage (i.e. they were denied the
right to vote).
Legislation was passed to legally separate blacks
from whites in all aspects of daily life. The separate public amenities
act ruled that blacks and whites would receive separate public
services. Blacks and whites were to have separate education, medical
care, transport and beaches. The legislation even pervaded to the use of
parks – blacks could not sit on the same benches as whites and they
could not even use the same water fountains used by whites.
were also passed prohibiting blacks and whites from having sexual
relations. This was policed to the extent that a white could be
incarcerated for allowing a black of the opposite sex to sit on the
front seat in their car.
Apartheid ensured the domination by a
white minority over a black majority in every apsect of their daily
lives. Blacks could not participate in the political process, they were
forced to study in languages selected by the government and their
education was geared towards making them useful labourers for their
It is thus easy to see that Israel is not an
apartheid state. All citizens of Israel (whether Muslim or Jewish, Arab
or European) have equality before the law. There is nothing close to
resembling the separate provision of amenities – Muslims and Jews use
the same hospitals, Muslims and Jews use the same public transport,
Muslims and Jews all vote in Israeli elections, Muslims and Jews can run
for election etc etc. Muslims in Israel can choose to study in the
language of their preference and Arabic is even one of the national
languages of Israel. In apartheid South Africa, although blacks made up
over 80% of the population, not a single African language was recognised
by the state.
Tutu is cheapening what his own people endured out of hatred for Jews and Israel. He went through the entire experience of apartheid and learned nothing.
Labels: anti-Semitism, apartheid state, Desmond Tutu, Israeli apartheid, Israeli apartheid week, South Africa
'Mid-air disintegration'? You mean an explosion?
It's looking more and more like the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared from the radar screens early Saturday morning exploded in mid-air
"The fact that we are unable to find any
debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have
disintegrated at around 35,000 feet," said the source, who is involved
in the preliminary investigations in Malaysia.
the plane had plunged intact from such a height, breaking up only on
impact with the water, search teams would have expected to find a fairly
concentrated pattern of debris, said the source, speaking on condition
of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the
The source was
speaking shortly before Vietnamese authorities said a military plane had
spotted an object at sea suspected to be part of the missing airliner.
Asked about the possibility of an explosion,
such as a bomb, the source said there was no evidence yet of foul play
and that the aircraft could have broken up due to mechanical issues.
authorities have said they are focused on finding the plane and have
declined to comment when asked about the investigations.
the source said the closest parallels were the explosion on board an
Air India jetliner in 1985 when it was over the Atlantic Ocean and the
Lockerbie air disaster in 1988. Both planes were cruising at around
31,000 feet when bombs exploded on board.
On Sunday, they were comparing this plane to Air France 447
, but in that case there was wreckage. Pan Am 103 had wreckage because it went down over land. Air India 182
took years to resolve. That's what this one sounds like.
Labels: airport security, Malaysia, terrorism
'I suggested cutting off the negotiations, but Abu said not until we get all the terrorists released'
What a nice guy 'Palestinian' chief
negotiator bottle washer
Saeb Erekat is. He suggested to 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
that the 'Palestinians' end the 'negotiations' with Israel. But Abu Bluff would have nothing of it. Not until he gets all his terrorists released
Abbas reportedly told Erekat that he wasn't willing to quit until the
fourth prisoner release takes place at the end of the month.
When asked if he had seen a document which proposes that the talks
continue until the end of 2014, Erekat denied that he had seen anything
of the sort, despite reports in the media that he had.
"I have not seen this paper, contrary to what you say in the Israeli media," he said.
"The gaps between the two sides is still very wide," he added.
Erekat claimed that the main obstacle to the talks was the issue of Israel as a Jewish state.
"We've talked about the core issues: Jerusalem, borders, refugees, water and prisoners," he said.
The negotiator continued and said that the 'character' of Israel, whether its a Jewish state of not, has not been decided upon.
demand is that Israel recognize the state of Palestine within the 1967
borders. Then the two countries will live in peace and it will end the
conflict between us," he claimed.
This is incredible. Four groups of the hardest of the hard core terrorists are being released.... for nothing. What could go wrong?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Middle East peace process, Palestinian terrorists, Saeb Erekat
Iranian cleric claims Albert Einstein was a Shiite Muslim
And Abraham sacrificed Ishmael, and Moses was a Muslim, and Jesus was a Muslim and Maimonides
was a Muslim, and Rachel
was a Muslim, and... oh, wait... they've claimed all those things too. So why not claim that Albert Einstein
was a Muslim?
The report cites a video by Ayatolla Mahadavi Kani, described as the
head of the Assembly of Experts in the Islamic Republic of Iran, who
says that there are documents proving the Jewish scientist embraced
Shiite Islam and was an avid follower of Ja’far Al-Sadiq, an
eighth-century Shi’i imam.
In the video, Kani quotes Einstein as saying that when he heard about
the ascension of the prophet Mohammed, “a process which was faster than
the speed of light,” he realized “this is the very same relativity
movement that Einstein had understood.”
The ayatollah adds: “Einstein said, ‘when I heard about the narratives
of the prophet Mohamad and that of the Ahle-Beit [prophet's household] I
realized they had understood these things way before us.’”
Reports of Einstein’s affinity to Islam circulated in 2012 as well, when
the grandson of the late Ayatollah Hossein Borujerdi claimed the
scientist was “corresponding with the cleric and had admitted Shia Islam
was the most scientific and just religion in the world.”
Labels: Albert Einstein, Islam, lies
Thousands demonstrate in New York against drafting yeshiva students
Anywhere from 50,000
(link in Hebrew) Haredim filled a 10-block area of lower Manhattan on Sunday to protest against the government of Israel's proposed draft of yeshiva students.
Let's go to the videotape.
So what's it all about. I'd like to quote two sentences from the first link, which I think summarize why the Haredi community - both in Israel and abroad (there was also a huge demonstration in London last week) - has reacted so strongly.
'We're all united against military service for religious men in Israel because it doesn't allow for religious learning,' said Peggy Blier, an interior designer from Brooklyn. 'The Israeli government is looking to destroy religious society and make the country into a secular melting pot.'
'They came out of fear of one thing: that they are going to be changed, that they will be put in a melting pot and changed,' ultra-Orthodox lawmaker Israel Eichler told Israeli Channel 2 TV.
Yes, that's really what it's all about. When the Israeli government makes the effort to convince Haredim otherwise - which they won't do through sanctions, criminal or otherwise - they might succeed in getting Haredim to join the army and/or the workforce. Until then, all they've accomplished is to undo the progress which has been made in the past ten years:
In 2011, for instance, 55 percent of ultra-Orthodox women and 45 percent of the men held jobs, up from 48 percent and 33 percent respectively nine years earlier, according to Israel's central bank and its central bureau of statistics. The numbers, while still far below the national average of around 80 percent, show the community is far from the homogenous mass viewed by outsiders.
I suspect 2014's numbers will go back in the other direction.
Labels: draft, God, Haredim, IDF, peaceful demonstrations, prayers, Torah
(via Bad Blue
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, humor
Listen my son
Here's Yitzi Rosinger together with the Shira choir singing Shma Bni (Listen my son) (the original of this tune was Mordechai Ben David).
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Mordechai Ben David, overnight music video, Shira Choir, Shma Bni, Yitzi Rosinger
Final inventory of weapons ship posted
The big show won't be until Monday, when the government hopes to bring most of the foreign diplomats in the country to Eilat, but the IDF has already posted its final inventory
of the weapons discovered on the Klos-C - the Iranian weapons ship that was intercepted off the coast of Sudan this past week.
After detailed analysis carried out by the Engineering Corps, the IDF
found 40 M-302 rockets, with a range of between 90 to 160 kilometers,
hidden in crates.
The Klos C also carried 180 120mm. mortar shells and some 400,000 7.62mm. bullets.
are advanced weapons that were intended to threaten the security of
millions of Israeli civilians. The IDF will continue in its mission to
prevent arms smuggling across the Middle East to various terrorist
organizations, under Iranian cover and funding,” the military said in a
Before being intercepted,
the ship was heading for Port Sudan, where the Iranian Quds Force had
planned to pick up the rockets and move them overland via Egypt and
into Gaza through smuggling tunnels, the IDF determined.
Thank God the IDF was able to stop this.
Labels: Egypt, Gaza, Hamas, Iran, Iraq, Islamic Jihad, Sudan, weapons shipment, weapons smuggling
It's come to this: This is how Catherine Ashton observed International Women's Day
Now don't get me wrong. I'm an Orthodox Jew, and Mrs. Carl covers her hair (not with a hijab) and wears sleeves below the elbow and skirts below the knee all the time. But Mrs. Carl does that because she chooses to and because that's how we choose to live our lives. Ashton clearly does not choose to walk around in a hijab. Only in Iran.
As to Ashton's statement, it really is vacuous. It sounds like she just wants an agreement - any agreement. And given that she seems quite unsure that there will ever be one, you have to wonder again why the sanctions were eased at all.
Labels: Catherine Ashton, Iranian nuclear threat, women
Abu Bluff: Referendum on Any Agreement among Palestinians Worldwide, No to Jewish State
Does anyone still believe there's really going to be an agreement?
Let's go to the videotape.
Abu Bluff is meeting with President Obama on the day that is Purim in Jerusalem. How appropriate.
Labels: Abu Mazen, Barack Hussein Obama, Palestinian refugees, Palestinians, right of return, two-state solution
Religious soldiers forced to shave off beards, video taken aboard Navy ship on Sabbath blogged on Sabbath by IDF spokesperson
Yeah, this has a lot to do with their ability to be good soldiers. Oh yeah, and it really gives the IDF tons of credibility when they say that they are prepared to accommodate Haredi religious practices. In one of the IDF's top units, soldiers were recently threatened that they would be charged with insubordination
if they did not shave off their beards (link in Hebrew). Several soldiers panicked and did shave them off.
One of them told 0404 news "It was the worst Sabbath of my life. I sat in the synagogue and I was embarrassed to tell my friends that I was beardless because the IDF, in the army of the Jewish state, I was forced to shave off my beard. I am considered an outstanding soldier. They sent me to an officer's course, but they demanded that I and my religious friends shave off our beards. One of my friends doesn't plan to have his off, and we are afraid that they will expel him, and all because of a demand that is against IDF rules.
I shaved off the beard because I was forced to do so a minute before I was to receive new soldiers for instruction. I was afraid they would expel me. I could not concentrate the entire Sabbath. I am sorry I did this.
Over the weekend, many of you saw a video from last week of IDF soldiers singing Sabbath songs on the deck of a ship on their way to intercept the Iranian weapons ship. While going on that mission on the Sabbath was clearly allowed (saving someone from mortal danger takes precedence over all but three cardinal sins - idol worship, murder and forbidden sexual relations, and in any event, if a ship embarks before the Sabbath you are allowed to continue on the journey on the Sabbath), videotaping the soldiers singing Sabbath songs was clearly not a matter of life and death. And even if it was staged and did not happen on the Sabbath, or if it was done by non-religious soldiers who didn't know better, the fact that it was uploaded on the Sabbath by the IDF spokesperson is a clear, non-essential violation of the Sabbath by an official IDF office - the office of the spokesperson.
I won't link that video. Many years ago, one of my rabbis told me that it is forbidden to watch a video or listen to a broadcast of a live event that you know was made by a Jew on the Sabbath.
And you wonder why Haredim say that they cannot serve in the IDF without having their religious values compromised?
Labels: Haredim, IDF
Israeli travelers restricted by cruise line
Received by email:
B'nai Brith Canada has learned from Canadian Jewish tourists aboard a Norwegian Jade cruise ship that Israeli tourists have been denied the right to disembark when the ship dropped anchor at the Port of Tunis, Tunisia. As passengers began preparations to visit the country, Israelis on board were quietly told that they were not welcomed by the Tunisian Government and would have to remain onboard.
According to some Jewish passengers no prior notice was issued, either in writing or by public announcement. The cruise line also failed to advise passengers in advance that Israeli tourists would be confined to the ship when arriving at the Tunisian port. Other Jews aboard were unaware that their coreligionists were being detained and were outraged when news of the incident spread.
According to B'nai Brith Canada's CEO, Frank Dimant, "The cruise line has a responsibility to it's passengers to advise them of this discriminatory policy in advance. Better still the cruise line should avoid ports that have such policies. "
Aren't you glad that there was an Arab spring so that all the Muslim countries get self-determination?
Labels: Jews, Muslim anti-Semitism, Tunisia
Kedar: It's time to end the fantasy of a 'Palestinian people'
Professor Mordechai Kedar says it's time to end the fantasy of a 'Palestinian people.' But first, let's look at this video in which Kedar talks about the possibility of 'peace' between Israel and the Arabs.
Let's go to the videotape.
Here's what Kedar thinks should be done
Despite the benefits of this ambiguous situation, Israel should adopt
a clearer policy: Since the PLO has not abandoned its plan to destroy
Israel, it must end the dream of establishing a state under the rule of
this organization. The Hamas movement began the process in Gaza, and
Israel must continue it in Judea and Samaria in order to establish seven
city-states and to leave the rural areas under Israeli control.
The seven city-states will free most of the Arab population in Judea
and Samaria from Israeli control and Israel can offer citizenship to
residents of the rural space. These city-states based on local clans
will be real entities and not the fantasies of some Palestinian
intellectuals and tired Israeli souls regarding the existence of a
single united Palestinian people in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria.
The Palestinian people exist just as the Syrian people do, the Iraqi,
Libyan or Sudanese people. The social reality in the Middle East is
rooted in the culture of the tribe, the ethnic group (Arabs, Kurds,
etc.), the religious group (Muslims, Druze, Alawites, Christians, etc.)
and sectarian group (Sunni, Shia, etc.). Only countries based on one
homogeneous group can survive in this area, and provide their citizens
with a reasonable life.
Israel must base its policy on reality, not on dreams and fantasies of a new Middle East.
Read the whole thing
Labels: Mordechai Kedar, Palestinian people, tribalism
Israeli 'justice' in action
I really did not want to get involved in Beit Shemesh's 'do-over' Mayoral election (a family friend is running one candidate's campaign), but this is really too much and has to at least be pointed out.
For those who are not familiar with the story, in the Beit Shemesh Mayoral election in October, the Haredi incumbent defeated the secular challenger by less than 1,000 votes. During the day, police supposedly found 'hundreds' of identification cards in a home in Beit Shemesh. But it turns out - at least if this story
by a supporter of the secular candidate (link in Hebrew, but I'm embedding an English translation below) is correct - that the total number of identification cards found was... 161. Those identification cards were not used to vote. They were turned in by people who were paid (yes, that happens in the Jewish state) not
to vote, and who deposit their identification cards for the day in order to ensure that they really don't
vote. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
The Jerusalem district court ruled that the elections should be done over, and the Supreme Court upheld that ruling. The new elections are taking place on Tuesday.
I'm embedding the English translation below. A comment will follow (Hat Tip: Asher G
President Obama and his Chicago friends have nothing - nothing - on the Israeli court system.
But the key to this article is the last sentence:
It is difficult to imagine that there is any other sector, other than the Chareidi sector, whose election victory the court could feel so free to invalidate based on such flimsy evidence.
Labels: Beit Shemesh, Haredim, Israeli democracy, lies, Supreme Court
This is rich: 'Equal burden' law to be debated on Lapid's great-great-great-grandfather's yahrtzeit (anniversary of death)
This is rich....
Israel's Knesset is going to debate the 'Equal Burden
' law on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday is the yahrtzeit (anniversary of death) of Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke Klein, a well known Hassidic rabbi who was the rabbi of the town of Chust
, Ukraine (link in Hebrew), and later of the town of Selish, Romania. Rabbi Klein passed away on the 9th day of the Second Adar in 5635 (corresponding to the Gregorian year 1875) and is buried in Selish. Tuesday is the 9th day of the Second Adar in 5774.
Rabbi Klein was the great-great-great-grandfather of Yair Lapid. The book pictured above was a biography of Rabbi Klein written by his
grandson - Lapid's great grandfather - Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Klein.
On Tuesday, a delegation of rabbis from Israel will fly to Selish to pray at Rabbi Klein's grave
, asking Rabbi Klein to foil his progeny's plan to draft Haredim into the IDF and impose criminal sanctions on those who refuse to go (link in Hebrew).
Rabbi Klein was the author of a work called Tzror HaChayim (the Secret of Life), which the article says is studied in many yeshivos (I don't recall seeing it, but that doesn't mean much).
Labels: God, Haredim, IDF, Torah, Yair Lapid
Hamas 'work accident' kills 10
Just a month after an Iraqi weapons instructor killed himself and 20 students
, a Hamas instructor killed himself and seriously wounded nine bomb-making students on Saturday night.
The military wing of Hamas said on Saturday evening that a field
commander was killed in an accidental "internal explosion" in the
Hashashin neighborhood of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, while
medical sources said that nine others were wounded.
The Qassam Brigades said that Ibrahim Nagib al-Ghoul, 30, was killed in the explosion.
spokesman for the Gaza Strip Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said
that the majority of the nine individuals wounded in the explosion were
suffering from serious injuries.
Labels: Hamas, Palestinian terrorism, work accident
Malaysia Airlines jet may have turned back
This one gets more suspicious by the minute.
A Malaysia Airlines 777-200 that disappeared off Vietnamese controllers radar screens on Friday night may have tried to turn back to Kuala Lampur
over the South China Sea.
A missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have turned back from its
scheduled route before vanishing from radar screens, military officers
said on Sunday, deepening the mystery surrounding the fate of the plane
and the 239 people aboard.
More than 36 hours after the last contact with Flight MH370, officials
said they were widening the search to cover vast swathes of sea around
Malaysia and off Vietnam, and were investigating at least two passengers
who may have been using false identity documents.
Despite dozens of military and civilians vessels and aircraft
criss-crossing waters to the east and west of Malaysia, no wreckage has
been found, although oil slicks have been reported in the sea south of
"What we have done is actually look into the recording on the radar that
we have and we realized there is a possibility the aircraft did make a
turnback," Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, told
reporters at a news conference.
There were no reports of bad weather and no sign of why the Boeing
777-200ER disappeared about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur
bound for Beijing early on Saturday.
The plane may also have had four people - not two - traveling with false identities.
European officials said it appeared two people on board were using
stolen passports and Malaysian Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein
said authorities were also checking the identities of two other
"All the four names are with me," said Hishamuddin, who is also defense
minister. "I have indicated to our intelligence agencies and I have also
spoken to international intelligence agencies for assistance."
Malaysia Airlines recently joined OneWorld, the consortium where I have my frequent flier miles. But I'm about as likely to use them as I am to use Qatar Airlines, which also recently joined.... And of course, no one is mentioning that Malaysia is a mostly-Muslim country whose former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, was an open and virulent anti-Semite
. Just sayin'....
Labels: hijacking, Malaysia, Muslims, terrorism
Medea Benjamin's miraculous 'recovery'
On Thursday, I posted part of Medea Benjamin's rant about her group's detention at Cairo Airport
on its way to Gaza. I posted it together with the picture above rather than the picture below, because I focused on the group, rather than on the rock star. I should have known better.
By the way, the caption of that picture says that she is being 'welcomed home by loved ones.' Do you see any?
In describing her ordeal, Benjamin claimed
Little did I know I would be stopped at the Cairo airport, detained, held overnight in a cell, then in the morning brutally assaulted by Egyptian authorities. They threw me to the ground, stomped on my back, handcuffed me so tightly they dislocated my shoulder, and then deported me to Turkey.
But by Friday, Benjamin had miraculously 'recovered.' Here's a guest post by Kristinn Taylor on Jim Hoft's Gateway Pundit
Three days after she claimed to have been brutally attacked, stomped
on, her arm ripped out of its socket and ligaments torn by Egyptian
authorities trying to deport her from the Cairo aiprport, Susan ‘Medea’
Benjamin appeared to be miraculously healed as shown on a video of an interview recorded Friday.
Benjamin, leader of the terrorist support group Code Pink, spoke to
Bill Hughes at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The camera
shot is tight from the shoulders up. Benjamin looks quite healthy. No
scabs, no bruises, no swelling, no torn scalp, no broken teeth. When the
camera pulls back to show her torso, her left arm which she claimed was
broken, dislocated and had ligaments torn, is seen free of any sling,
cast, or means of support. Benjamin is wearing two pullover shirts,
meaning she had to lift her arms to get dressed. She does however hold
her left arm folded against her abdomen.
Let's go to the videotape.
. That's an awfully fast 'recovery,' isn't it?
Labels: Code Pink, lies, Medea Benjamin, useful idiots
The truth about 'Palestinian' rock throwing: The Wadi'a Maswadah Hoax
Here's a really important video for you all to watch, especially in light of recent stories
about Baby Adele
Let's go to the videotape.
For those who want to help Baby Adele, here's
Labels: Palestinian terrorism, stone throwers, terror victims
Most pro-Israel President evah says no need for PA to recognize Israel as a Jewish state
The self-proclaimed 'most pro-Israel President evah' has decided that the 'Palestinians' need not recognize Israel as a Jewish state
as part of a 'peace agreement.'
The United States believes there is no need for the Palestinian
Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a peace
agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday.
Psaki, who spoke to the PA-based Arabic-language Al-Quds
newspaper, said, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish
state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this
position as part of the final agreement.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been adamant on the PA
recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, explaining that the Arabs’ refusal
to recognize Israel stands at the heart of the conflict.
Is there any more Obama could do to undermine Israel's position?
What could go wrong?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel is a Jewish state, Palestinian state RIGHT NOW syndrome
Here's Nachas with Badaboom!
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Badaboom, Nachas, overnight music video
Freedom of Speech, Israeli style, part 2
In Beit Shemesh in a few days there's a re-election, the result of a Supreme Court appeal after a very close election last October. The election pits a Haredi candidate against a secular candidate. The election is very hotly contested, and there are posters all over the city.
The poster above pictures Yair Lapid, the national leader of the secular Yesh Atid party. It says "This man is counting on your indifference. Come together and stand up for [your] lives." (The second sentence is a verse from the Purim Megilla to be read one week from tonight in Beit Shemesh and one week from tomorrow night in Jerusalem).
The poster - which was posted on the side of a private home - has gotten the Haredi candidate's campaign manager called in for questioning by the police
, even though the posters are apparently being put up by individuals and not by any official campaign. The proposed charge is 'incitement.' (Link in Hebrew).
The Yesh Atid party filed a Supreme Court appeal against the sign, and Israeli Arab judge Salim Jubran has ordered it taken down, because it exceeds the permitted size for campaign signs. Yesh Atid admitted that the sign had been posted anonymously on a private home, but Jubran ruled that he has been in many election campaigns and posting oversized posters on private homes is forbidden.
Gotta love Israeli 'democracy'.....
Labels: Beit Shemesh, freedom of speech, Israeli democracy
Guess who's treating seriously wounded people from Ukraine
It's about a three-hour flight from here, but two Israeli hospitals - Hadassah in Jerusalem and Kaplan in Rechovot - are treating the wounded from Ukraine
The initiative stemmed from the desire of Ukrainian Jews to help
their countrymen using the advanced medical capacities of Israeli
hospitals, Arieli wrote in an open letter to supporters.
“We are a group of Jews from Ukraine,” Arieli wrote. “What binds us
together is our Jewish identity and our deep desire to do something to
alleviate the suffering of those who have been injured during recent
“We love our fellow Ukrainians,” he continued, “and we are proud of
the Jewish state, Israel, whose first-class medical treatment will give
our countrymen the best chance at resuming a normal life.”
Dr. Valeriya Babchik, a doctor at Kaplan, helped to organize the project, along with Arieli and Marina Lysak, a Kiev resident.
Alexander Levin, an American Jewish businessman with extensive ties
to Ukraine, donated $50,000 to the initiative, which covered the initial
costs of transporting the first group. But Arieli and others estimate
the cost of transportation and medical care for 20-30 severely wounded
individuals to reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Hadassah Hospital, Ukraine
Obama's situation room gazebo
Russia may have invaded the Crimea today, but guess where President Hussein Obama is....
(Hat Tip: Jack W
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, golf, Vladimir Putin
BDS goes vulgar in Ireland
Watch these BDS bullies try to break up an anti-boycott meeting on the
campus of National University of Ireland Galway, 5 March 2014.
Disgraceful, but typical. Defend free speech on campus! At the lectern
is Professor Alan Johnson, editor of the pro-’two states for two
peoples’ journal ‘Fathom: for a deeper understanding of Israel and the
region’. The anti-Israel fanatic shouting vile abuse, threatening the
students, and trying to break up the meeting is Joseph Loughnane.
Let's go to the videotape. Language warning.
Much more here
Labels: anti-Semitism, BDS, Ireland
Abu Mazen says it again, is anyone listening?
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
keeps saying it over and over again, and no one listens. He said it again on Friday
in a statement published by the WAFA news agency.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said there is "no way" he will
recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept a Palestinian capital in
just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, rebuffing what
Palestinians fear will be key elements of a U.S. peace proposal.
comments signaled that the gaps between him and Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu remain wide after seven months of mediation efforts
by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Abbas, whose remarks were
published on Friday by the Palestinian news agency WAFA, said he
withstood international pressure in the past, when he sought U.N.
recognition of a state of Palestine over Washington's objections.
to youth activists of his Fatah party, he suggested he would stand firm
again, particularly over the demand that the Palestinians recognize
Israel as a Jewish state.
"They are pressing and saying, 'no peace
without the Jewish state'," he said, though not spelling out who is
applying the pressure. "There is no way. We will not accept."
US Secretary of State John FN Kerry has until April 29 to reach an increasingly unlikely agreement.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel is a Jewish state, John Kerry, Middle East peace process
Defenders of the free world?
With defenders like this
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, John Kerry
Abu Mazen responsible for the deaths of thousands of Syrians
Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
is responsible for the death of this child and thousands of other 'Palestinian' refugees in Syria. To see why, go here
Labels: Abu Mazen, Palestinian refugees, refugee camp, right of return, Syrian uprising
Here are Bentzi Marcus and Dovid Dachs with Yedid Nefesh (Soul Mate), which is often sung as the introductory prayer on Friday night, as well as during the third meal on the Sabbath afternoon.
Let's go to the videotape.
Shabbat Shalom everyone.
Labels: Bentzi Marcus, Dovid Dachs, Sabbath music video, Yedid Nefesh
Erdogan threatens to cut off Facebook and YouTube
As Iran finally admits that it will not be able to ban Facebook forever
, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Obama's Best Friend Forever, is trying to ban Facebook and YouTube
in his country because they have posted items that are hostile to him in the current local elections.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could ban Facebook and
YouTube, which he says have been abused by his political enemies, after
local elections on March 30.
Erdogan is locked in a power struggle
with the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally who he
says is behind a stream of "fabricated" audio recordings posted on the
Internet allegedly revealing corruption in his inner circle.
"We are determined on this subject. We will not leave this nation at
the mercy of YouTube and Facebook," Erdogan said in a late night
interview with the Turkish broadcaster ATV.
Asked if the possible barring of these sites was included in his planned measures, he said: "Included."
says the release of his purported conversations is part of a campaign
to discredit him.
Gulen denies any involvement in the recordings, and
rejects allegations that he is using a network of proteges to try to
influence politics in Turkey.
So why doesn't he just ban them now? Oh... wait... Erdogan wants to be able to claim he was 'democratically elected' before he acts undemocratically. Hmmm.
Labels: Facebook, Iran, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, YouTube
You kick my shins, I'll kick yours
One of the results of the lack of individual accountability for Knesset members is that Israel's government usually operates using the method of 'you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.' Now, we're seeing the opposite, and it's becoming a full-blown war.
Infuriated at Jewish Home's Ayelet Shaked's vote in committee on Wednesday for criminal sanctions against Haredi draft dodgers, Yated Neeman, the mouthpiece of the mainstream Lithuanian Haredi community, does an expose on the budget for 'settlements'
in Judea and Samaria (link in Hebrew).
The article claims that the 'settlements' (which presumably does not include the Haredi 'settlements' of Beitar Ilit and Kiryat Sefer) are an economic and security burden.
The article claims that budgets are passed through hidden methods for 'isolated settlements' and for dangerous roads, and that doesn't even take the security costs into account. According to Moshe Gafni, a Haredi MK from the United Torah Judaism party and the former chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee, "the reality in which a company of soldiers [100-200 soldiers] guards one and a half 'settlers' at fantastical expense is a set way of operating."
"We're talking about the most sectoral group in the country," said Gafni. "They worry about themselves without end, and add paragraphs and sub-paragraphs [into the budget] that bring them billions."
The line beneath the headline reads:
So long as we are paying in the hard currency of damaging the Haredi yeshiva world - will their partners in Yesh Atid ask them 'where is the money'?
The article claims that in 2011, the number of 'settlers' increased by 5% while the government's cost of maintaining them increased by 38%.
The article is one of three in Yated this Friday against the 'settlers' and it says that it's the first in a series.
During the debate over drafting Haredim, Gafni warned that he had information that would show how much the government spends on 'settlers' - a contingency of the Jewish Home party, and that he would release it if Jewish Home was instrumental in bringing about criminal sanctions for Haredi draft dodgers.
'You scratch my back, I scratch yours. You kick my shins, I kick yours.' Sounds a lot like the period of the destruction of the Second Temple (which was destroyed due to baseless hatred). And no, that's not meant to exclude Jewish Home's actions on the draft from the definition of 'baseless hatred' either.
Labels: draft, God, Haredim, IDF, Israeli Knesset, Jewish Home party, Second Temple, settlements, Torah
Save this quote
This is President Hussein Obama
on Ukraine (Hat Tip: Debbie R
Speaking from the White House, Obama said any decisions on the future
of Crimea, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine, must include the country's
"The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea
would violate the constitution and violate international law," Obama
said. "We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the
heads of democratic leaders."
Until the borders are Israel's and the democratic leader is Binyamin Netanyahu (or anyone else who doesn't buy into the demography lies enough to make him want to commit suicide).
Let's go to the videotape.
Like I said, save that quote. If nothing else, it shows once again what a hypocrite Obama is.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, defensible borders, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin
The 'official' response to the 'official' video of the Haredi prayer rally
I suppose this was inevitable. There is now an 'official' response to the 'official' video of the Haredi prayer rally. It's been posted by a YouTube user who has no other videos posted under his account (what a shock).
I have no complaints about this one. The only scene of someone learning is a soldier (who looks Haredi) with another man (who also looks Haredi). The video is not attacking Torah learning.
And I love the song (three weeks to the next Daf Yomi - daily Talmud folio - party for finishing a tractate and I'll have this song in mind the entire time I'm saying that passage).
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: God, Haredim, IDF, peaceful demonstrations, prayers, Torah
Lois Lerner takes the 5th and what it has to do with Israel
For those of you who think that this story
has nothing to do with Israel, please keep in mind that we know of at least one pro-Israel organization that was denied tax-exempt status
because it opposed the 'two-state solution.' And the IRS admitted it
The second revelation was one made by Bloomberg News.
That media agency obtained IRS documents revealing that, in addition to
the terms Tea Party and 9/12, other terms were used in flagging
organizations seeking tax exempt status for additional scrutiny. While
the headline of the article, and what was the object of most media
attention, was that terms that suggested not just conservative groups,
but also liberal or progressive groups were given the IRS evil eye –
words such as “occupy” and “progressive” were allegedly triggers, as was
the word “Israel.”
But far down in a long article the Bloomberg reporter explains that, “Disputed Territories” was considered problematic. To wit:
The November, 2010 [BOLO - Be On the Look Out] list also has terms
that could be related to Israel, looking for applications that ‘deal
with disputed territories in the Middle East’ and ‘may be inflammatory.’
Well, golly! What kind of a group calls a particular area of land
“disputed territories,” which the vast majority of people, either for
ideological or simply conformity refer to as the “West Bank?” Yes, that
would be strong Zionist groups such as Z STREET.
Labels: Internal Revenue Service, taxation, Tea Party, Z Street
Who's the 'tourist' with the camera?
This picture of Ronald Reagan meeting a boy in Russia in 1988 has been floating around the internet all week. Who's the guy with the camera standing behind the boy? I've seen several reports that it's a KGB agent named Vladimir Putin
The most interesting part of the trip, though, was unscheduled and
was initially unremarkable.
Gorbachev was introducing the president to
tourists. When Pete Souza, the photographer, remarked to secret service
that he was surprised by the pointed questions, the agent told him that
they were all KGB families. Looks like he was right.
In the photo above, Reagan is talking to a young boy. The man
standing behind the kid with a camera around his neck? Vladimir Putin.
Turns out that Putin, a KGB agent, was undercover as a tourist. Can’t
have the American president meeting random citizens in 1988 Russia.
Russian authorities, however, deny that the camera-wearing tourist is Putin.
Who believes the big bad
Labels: KGB, Ronald Reagan, Russia, Vladimir Putin
Marco Rubio explains the difference between Reagan and Obama, and outlines a post-Obama foreign policy
Here's Marco Rubio speaking at CPAC on Thursday about the difference between Ronald Reagan and Barack Hussein Obama. In the speech, Rubio outlines a vision of a post-Obama foreign policy, and explains Obama's delusion that he can change the world with the force of his personality.
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Marco Rubio, Ronald Reagan, US economy, US foreign policy, US presidential campaign 2016
The Reveal with Lipa Schmeltzer and Ari Lesser
Just in time for Purim 2014 comes "The Reveal", an all new music video that takes a giant leap forward in Jewish cinematography, turning back the clock to the golden age of cinema.
Starring Lipa Schmeltzer and Ari Lesser and featuring Zvika Bornstein as none other than Charlie Chaplin, The Reveal takes a look back in time at Purim of the past in order to drive home an important lesson.
"There is a famous Jewish law that if you read the Megilla backwards, you are did not fulfill the mitzvah of Megilla," explained producer and director Danny Finkelman. "The Chasidic interpretation of that statement is that if you think the story of Purim is something that happened back in the day, then you have missed the whole point of Purim. Just like G-d's name isn't mentioned in the Megilla, but his presence can be felt throughout the story of Purim, so too, G-d continues to be with us today, every day of our lives."
Featuring an original composition by Cecelia Margules and music by Ruli Ezrachi, The Reveal has a distinctly retro feel, enforcing the timelessness of Purim and all that it teaches us.
"Maybe we don't feel G-d's presence in our everyday lives or maybe we only feel that connection on Yom Kippur at Neilah, but it is there, every single day," says Lipa.
A fun, feel good video that embodies the true spirit of Purim and emphasizes its eternal relevance, The Reveal is a Sparks Next production.
Let's go to the videotape.
I love this one.
Labels: Ari Lesser, God, Lipa Schmeltzer, overnight music video, Purim, The Reveal, Yom Kippur
Freedom of speech, Israeli style
It's come to this.
In March 2014, a resident of Jerusalem has been convicted of sexual harassment for calling a woman 'loose
' (the word 'slut' - used in a different article - is not an accurate translation).
In February 2014, calling someone a Nazi
was deemed a criminal act.
But from 1948-2014, it has been deemed free speech to call someone a parasite, a leech, a bloodsucker, an extortionist, a vicious bacteria, a cancer in the nation's heart, a milker of the public treasury, an evader and a Khomenist.
I didn't translate all of them, but those are just some of the names Haredim are called in Israel.
And if I posted this on Facebook (where I cannot control the comments), I'm sure I would have dozens of explanations as to why they deserve it.
Something is really wrong here.
Labels: freedom of speech
Obama the Democrat has a pen and a phone
And he has a pen and a phone....
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Democrats, humor, Vladimir Putin
Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin posts a rant after she is deported from Egypt to Turkey instead of being allowed into Gaza for - get this - International Women's Day. Meanwhile, her fellow travelers, pictured above, remain at Cairo airport
Just the other day I hopped on a plane to Egypt, eager to join the international delegation of 100 women headed to Gaza for International Women’s Day. Little did I know I would be stopped at the Cairo airport, detained, held overnight in a cell, then in the morning brutally assaulted by Egyptian authorities. They threw me to the ground, stomped on my back, handcuffed me so tightly they dislocated my shoulder, and then deported me to Turkey.
Now the Egyptian authorities are blocking most of the remaining delegates from entering Egypt and traveling to Gaza. It has been frustrating and disappointing for us, but we cannot forget that almost two million Palestinians remained trapped in Gaza while the Egyptian Rafah border remains closed or tightly controlled
What happened to me was traumatizing, but is minor compared to what Egyptian activists are going through, including women. Thousands of peaceful Egyptian demonstrators have been killed or jailed by the Military Junta since the July 2013 military coup.
And just how does this moron think that Hamas is treating 'Palestinian' women in Gaza? Here's an example
There's only one country in the Middle East which strives to treat its women like human beings. But Benjamin and her ilk cannot even acknowledges that country's existence. Jew hatred takes precedence over women's rights for these self-proclaimed women's rights activists.
Labels: Arab treatment of women, Cairo, Code Pink, Egypt, Egyptian treatment of women, Gaza, Hamas, Leftist anti-Semitism, Muslim treatment of women, women
Video: IDF soldiers board Klos-C weapons ship
Wednesday morning, the IDF intercepted an Iranian shipment of rockets to terrorist organizations in Gaza 160 kilometers off the coast of Sudan.
Israel Navy forces identified the target, and upon arrival requested to board. With the full consent of the crew, the IDF soldiers opened a number of containers on board the ship. They discovered a substantial amount of weapons hidden behind bags of cement.
Let's go to the videotape.
So how did they get the full consent of the crew. Apparently, the captain realized he didn't have a choice
As for the timing and location of the operation, the officer said
that various factors were taken into account, including the height of
the waves, “We were concerned that the ship's crew would think that we
were pirates, and that is why we identified ourselves from the outset as
the IDF, and when the captain looked right and left, he saw two Navy
missile ships, including additional vessels – and it was a show of force
he could not resist, and therefore the boarding of the ship was quiet.”
The officer said that the Turkish captain and the rest of the crew did not know that there were weapons on board.
Rumor has it that this is what the captain said when he was captured.
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Gaza, Gulf of Aden, Israel Navy, Sudan, weapons shipment
The joke of the year
The cartoon shows Vladimir Putin but it could as easily have been Masoud Jazayeri. And who is Masoud Jazayeri? He's an Iranian general who says that President Hussein Obama's threats against Iran are the joke of the year
“The low-IQ US president and his country’s
Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US
options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has
become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,”
General Masoud Jazayeri said, according to the semi-official Fars News
Jazayeri was responding to the US president’s interview in Bloomberg on
Sunday, in which Obama maintained that the Iranian leadership should
take his “all options on the table” stance — including the warning of a
potential military strike — seriously.
“We have a high degree of confidence that when
they look at 35,000 US military personnel in the region that are
engaged in constant training exercises under the direction of a
president who already has shown himself willing to take military action
in the past, that they should take my statements seriously,” the
president told Bloomberg.
Jazayeri called Obama’s statements regarding
the deployment of US troops “completely inexpert remarks far from the
reality, and these statements can be used as the joke of the year.”
The Iranian news agency Tuesday published a political cartoon mocking the US president, calling it: “All Options on Table.” This Time for Russia.”
In a jab at US non-intervention in Ukraine, the
cartoon portrays Obama peering forlornly into an empty paint can with
the label “Red Line” while Russian President Vladimir Putin walks away
saying, “I think you used it all on Syria.”
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, Vladimir Putin
Egypt seeking weapons that would undermine Camp David treaty
Egypt is seeking a weapons package from Russia, which would include the S-300 anti-missile defense system, and which would undermine the Camp David treaty
that Egypt signed with Israel 35 years ago.
Cairo is seeking air-defense systems such as the advanced S-300
that Syria and Iran have sought, MiG fighter jets, and Kornet antitank
weapons, which could cause Israel worry, according to a Washington
Institute for Near East Policy report.
Despite the fact that
Egypt has maintained the peace deal with Israel since 1979, a transfer
of such advanced weapons “would degrade Israel’s qualitative military
edge,” said the report, titled “Egypt’s arms deal with Russia:
Potential Strategic Costs,” by David Schenker and Eric Trager.
“To be sure, the strategic cooperation and level of trust between
Israel and Egypt, particularly on Sinai, has never been better. But
changing the status quo could undermine that trust and perhaps even the
Camp David peace treaty,” it said.
“Egypt’s priorities right now should be all about counterterrorism
operations, both in the Sinai and the Nile Valley,” Schenker added.
“Russian helicopters fit the bill, though S-300s and sea-to-land
missiles obviously do not.”
And guess how much influence the United States has in Egypt right now? Yes, zero....
Egyptians see the US as an unreliable ally, stated the report, which
led Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi “to seek
Moscow’s help in diversifying the country’s sources of military
What could go wrong?
Labels: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Barack Hussein Obama, Egypt, Egyptian army, Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, Russia, Russian weapons
Obama and Kerry take a step toward 'peace' in the Middle East
Sad, but true
(Hat Tip: David W
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, Middle East peace process
Jeffrey Goldberg: Obama interview remarks tantamount to a threat
Here's an interview that Charlie Rose did with Jeffrey Goldberg earlier this week in which Goldberg discusses his interview with President Obama
on the 'peace process' last week. Goldberg says that Obama's remarks in the interview are tantamount to a threat.
Let's go to the videotape. Unfortunately, I could only embed the entire show, but the interview with Goldberg starts at the 35:00 mark.
Pretty harsh stuff. Anyone think Goldberg is wrong?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Charlie Rose, Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama's obsession with Israel
Israel sought to avoid confrontation with Iran over weapons ship
Reports indicate that the location chosen for the interception
of an Iranian weapons shipment to Gaza was chosen in order to avoid a direct confrontation between Israel's Navy and Iran's
The operation was performed very close to the ship’s destination,
possibly, in order to avoid potential confrontation with Iranian naval
forces operating in the area. In previous occasions Israeli forces have
struck missile convoys in Sudan, on their long journey north through
Egypt to Sinai. The Iranian Navy is routinely operates in the Gulf of
Aden, Bab-el Mandeb and the southern part of the Red Sea, where the
Iranian Navy’s 29th Fleet recently thwarted two piracy
attacks on an Iranian oil tanker sailing at the Red Sea. Last month,
Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that
his naval forces have foiled tens of attacks by international pirates on
the country’s cargo ships and oil tankers. He noted that the Iranian
Navy warships have escorted some 2,000 merchant vessels and freighters in the same period.
to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their
warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the
pirates. Linking the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the
Mediterranean Sea, the Gulf of Aden is an important energy corridor for
tankers transporting oil from the Persian Gulf to the West, via the Suez
Hmmm. And they wonder why we don't just let them ship whatever they want into Gaza....
Labels: Gaza, Gulf of Aden, Iranian warships, Israel Navy, Sudan, weapons shipment
Kerry didn't like Obama's Jeffrey Goldberg interview either
The Hebrew daily Maariv reported on Wednesday night that US Secretary of State John FN Kerry is feels that President Obama's interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, in which Obama criticized Prime Minister Netanyahu
, undermined Kerry's peace efforts
According to NRG/Maariv, Kerry’s associates said that Obama’s comments sabotaged Kerry’s efforts to secure peace between Israel and the PA.
Two sources, one in Washington and one in Jerusalem, told the Israeli
daily that the White House did not inform Kerry in advance that the
interview was taking place.
"Obama’s interview, done without Kerry’s knowledge and which
personally attacked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, undermines
Kerry’s efforts," said one source.
The second source said, "Kerry's greatest fear is that the interview
hurt the confidence of Netanyahu and the Israeli public opinion in the
U.S. government efforts to secure peace."
Goldberg himself was quoted by NRG/Maariv as having explained that the interview was probably an attempt to show Abbas, who has expressed anger
that Kerry’s framework is biased in favor of Israel, that Obama is also
pressuring Netanyahu. Obama plans to place similar pressure on Abbas
when he visits the White House on March 17, said Goldberg.
Jonathan Tobin called this
a couple of days ago.
By abusing Netanyahu even though he knows the Israelis have agreed to
the peace framework, Obama vented his spleen at what is obviously his
least favorite foreign leader. But rather than cheering his scolding of
Netanyahu those who claim to be “pro-peace and pro-Israel” ought to be
Unfortunately, the audience for the Goldberg interview was wider than
the membership of AIPAC or the Israeli Cabinet. The Palestinians were
also listening and what they heard will constitute a far greater
impediment to peace than settlements or the Israeli prime minister.
By speaking in this manner at this particular time, the president
made it clear that his administration doesn’t care what the Israelis or
the Palestinians actually do in the talks. He will take sides against
Netanyahu and for Abbas no matter what the Israelis say or how the
Palestinians continue to obstruct the process. It tells the Palestinians
they need not fear American pressure either at this stage of the talks
or if they ever get close to final status discussions.
That’s a catastrophe for the peace processers because they know that
the real pressure for peace on Netanyahu doesn’t come from the White
House. It stems from the desire of his people for an end to the
conflict. Should there ever be a credible peace offer from the
Palestinians that pledges them to recognize Israel’s legitimacy and
respects Israeli security and sovereignty, Netanyahu knows that no
government could turn it down.
But in contrast to the Israelis, there is no Palestinian peace camp
or faction within either Abbas’ Fatah or his Hamas rivals that will push
for peace even if it doesn’t grant their maximal demands. The only
possible source of pressure on Abbas to do make peace must come from the
U.S., Europe and the Arab States. But if President Obama is not willing
to hold Abbas accountable for his behavior, then no one will. In the
absence of an American determination to hold Abbas’ feet to the fire in
spite of the enormous Palestinian constituency that will always oppose
even the most generous Israeli offer, the already slim prospects for
peace are altogether extinguished.
By attacking Netanyahu and lauding Abbas, the president has accomplished
something that no Israeli right-winger could possibly accomplish: kill
the peace process. Without American insisting that Abbas change his
ways, there is no possible way for him to withstand the far greater
pressure he gets from the descendants of the 1948 refugees — who still
dream of flooding Israel and turning it into another Arab state — or his
Labels: Abu Mazen, Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Jeffrey Goldberg, John Kerry, Middle East peace process
Jonathan Pollard, who has been imprisoned in the United States for nearly 30 years for spying for Israel, was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night
after his medical condition deteriorated.
Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard was hospitalized on Wednesday night after a deterioration of his medical condition.
Pollard had been suffering from various medical ailments and has suffered from extreme pain for an extended period of time.
Sources close to him hope to receive more information when it is morning in United States.
The long list of ailments that he has suffered from over the years
include diabetes, nausea, dizziness, blackouts and ongoing issues with
his gall bladder, kidneys, sinuses, eyes and feet. He also suffers from
Meniere’s disease, which causes him to lose consciousness and fall
Sounds like the Americans really have to worry about him disclosing 30-year old secrets, doesn't it? /sarc.
Jonathan Pollard is being held hostage to be used as a bargaining chip for the 'peace process.' It's disgusting.
Labels: double standards, Jonathan Pollard
I am a servant of God
Here's David Gabay with Ana Avda (I am a servant of God).
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Ana Avda, David Gabay, overnight music video
Vladimir Putin is looking out his window
Vladimir Putin is looking out his window (Hat Tip: Jack W
And yes, I know she never said that, but it's still funny.
Labels: Sarah Palin, Vladimir Putin