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Thursday, April 24, 2014

The true believers

There remain only two true believers in the 'peace process,' neither of whom has gotten the message yet: Israeli Justice Minister and chief negotiator bottle washer Tzipi Livni, and US Secretary of State John FN Kerry. And no, neither of them is giving up. Here's Kerry:
"There's always a way forward, but the leaders have to make the compromises to do that... if they're not willing to make the compromises necessary it becomes very elusive," Kerry said Thursday night.
Kerry, whose peace talks are set to expire on an April 29 deadline, acknowledged the talks have reached "a difficult point," reports AFP.
"We will never give up our hope or our commitment for the possibilities of peace. We believe it is the only way to go, but right now obviously it's at a very difficult point, and the leaders themselves have to make decisions," said Kerry.
"It's up to them," concluded the American secretary of state.
Yeah, there's always a way forward, but if you're going to run into a brick wall, there's not much point to it.

Here's Livni, who as usual is worried about her position in the government more than anything else. 
Livni, who is Israel's chief negotiator in the talks, told Channel 2 that "the decision to suspend the talks is the right decision, the combination of the PA and Hamas is bad." The two signed a unity deal on Wednesday, leading to the suspension.
The minister stressed that Israel is only "suspending" that talks, saying "the door has not been shut today," and that the financial sanctions on the PA were "measured" and "would not collapse the PA."
"It could be that this is a political move by (PA Chairman) Mahmoud Abbas, but Hamas is a terror organization that doesn't recognize our existence," stated Livni.
It is worth pointing out that Abbas himself has repeatedly refused to recognize Israel as the Jewish state, leading peace talks to a dead-end even before he torpedoed them by breaching talk conditions and applying to 15 international conventions at the start of the month.
When asked if Abbas is still a "peace partner" in her estimation, Livni responded that Abbas "made bad decisions in the peace process at sensitive time points; if he's a partner we'll need to see more."
Livni added "I don't like to use the expression partner, he's the representative of the other side."
Regarding her Hatnua party's joining of the coalition government last year, Livni commented "exactly what I wanted happened in the government. The process was stipulated by the opening of the peace talks after five years of a freeze, the contents were discussed in a manner that could lead to an agreement."
"The fact that Abbas chose a different path forces me to think about the agreement," acknowledged Livni.
However, Livni emphasized that her fellow Hatnua members agree with her not to leave the government until the end of the peace talks, which are set to expire on an April 29 deadline.
Livni declared that her fellow Hatnua MKs "are synchronized, none of them thinks we need to leave the government. They see how I represent our positions, and even the decision today in the cabinet is measured and doesn't close the door."
Let's see. She got this position because she has a spell on Netanyahu and because Lieberman couldn't be Foreign Minister when the government started. Her policy is a complete and utter failure (can you imagine Matt Lee asking Yigal Palmor to list one accomplishment of Livni's in her position?). Anyone think she should stay on? I think not.

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It's official: Cabinet votes unanimously to stop talking

After a seven-hour meeting on Thursday, Israel's cabinet voted unanimously to end 'talks' with the 'Palestinians' and to stop trying to extend the current round of talks.
"Instead of choosing peace, Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] formed an alliance with a murderous terrorist organization that calls for Israel's destruction," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said. "Abu Mazen formed an alliance with an organization whose covenant calls for Muslims to wage Jihad against Jews."
Netanyahu said that Hamas has fired more than 10,000 missiles and rockets on Israel, and has never stopped "for a minute" its terrorist actions against Israel.
Pointing out that the new Fatah-Hamas pact was signed even as efforts were being made to keep the negotiations going, Netanyahu said this was a direct continuation of the Palestinian refusal to move forward on the current track.
Last month, Netanyahu said, Abbas refused the framework agreement proposed by the United States, refused to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, and then applied – in contravention to the understandings that led to the current round of talks – to 15 international treaties and conventions.
"And then," Netanyahu said, "he signed an accord with Hamas. Anyone who chooses the terror of Hamas does not want peace."
These talks were a mistake in the first place.... Does anyone recall a report anywhere outside of Israel that acknowledged that the 'Palestinians' refused the framework agreement?

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Pro-Russian units in Ukraine connected to Cossak's?

A magazine from the Ukraine reports that at least some of the pro-Russian forces in the eastern Ukraine are connected to the Cossack's. Yes, those Cossack's.
From the identified militants, a few notes can be made from the following gunmen who appear to be connected to the raids in Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. For one, not all are from Russia.
While some may be local radicals, others appear to come from Belorechensk in Russia, or have connections to related neo-Cossack groups. This does not necessarily exonerate Russian state involvement, however. While it’s been known that military veterans and Russian ‘tourists’ have been actively involved for some time, the presence of Registered Cossacks of the Russian Federation connects Russia officially to the ongoing crisis. Registered Cossack organizations enjoy financial and organizational support from the authorities, including monthly salary as police auxiliaries. This, of course, isn’t the first controversial deployment of Cossack forces, who made a name for themselves on the world stage enforcing the law in Sochi.
Another point of interest is the insignia seen on a number of the gunmen. For clarity’s sake, the symbol is that of Andrei Shkuro‘s ‘Terek Wolf Company’, a detachment of White emigre Cossacks who fought for Nazi Germany during the second world war.
You might surmise that these units that fought for Nazi Germany in World War II aren't exactly lovers of Jews.

Read the whole thing

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Shocking video: Muslim savages attack Jewish children on the Temple Mount

Once again, a reminder that I do not ascend the Temple Mount because my rabbis do not permit it.

In this deeply disturbing video, you will see a group of children and their escorts attacked on the Temple Mount by Muslims - women, and men who are presumably over the age of 50, who all carry Israeli ID cards and are therefore considered 'safe.' Eventually, the group is evacuated from the Mount by the green-clad border police. At one point in the video, you can hear someone distinctly yelling 'lo l'fached' (don't be afraid) as if the children are escaping a natural disaster or a storm.

My sources claim that the children are Belzer Hasidim - I have not been able to confirm that.

There is supposed to be a version with English captions. I have not seen it yet, but will update to post it if I do.

What's 'shocking' about this video is not that the children were attacked, but that the police think the answer is to stand by and do nothing. The border police are a paramilitary police unit, and are supposed to be among our toughest. 

Let's go to the videotape.

The Temple Mount is in our hands?

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'As long as the Muslims hate us anyway'....

What if a company that was already a target of BDS decided to buy into another company that's already a target of BDS? Wouldn't that be neat? It might yet happen. Starbucks is in advanced talks to buy a significant stake in SodaStream.
Sources inform ''Globes'' that Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) is in advanced talks to acquire 10% of SodaStream International Ltd. (Nasdaq: SODA) at a company value of $1.1 billion. SodaStream has a market cap of $850 million; Starbucks' offer reflects a 30% premium on the market price. Sources close to the deal say that an official announcement will be made soon.
The move comes 11 years after the failure of Starbucks' Israeli franchisee Delek Group Ltd. (TASE: DLEKG) to operate the US cafe chain in Israel.
Market sources have previously believed that SodaStream was seeking a partner, like the partnership between Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) and coffee machine maker Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (Nasdaq: GMCR). The two companies plan to launch a home soda maker machine, which could make carbonated beverages from Coca-Cola syrups, next year. This would increase the competitive pressures on SodaStream, compelling it to seek a strategic partner of its own. 
Despite SodaStream's clear advantages, its machines are found in only 1% of American homes, compared with 25% of homes in many European countries, such as Sweden. Collaboration with Starbucks would give SodaStream a distribution platform and marketing incentives, such as sales campaigns and special flavors for Starbucks customers. 
 I hope this deal goes through. I really hope this deal goes through.


Playing for the Yankees does not require a brain these days

Please forgive me for starting the day with a baseball post, but this is the most amazing piece of idiocy I can recall in a LONG time.

The Hated Yankees were in Boston last night to play the Red Sox, and here's what happened.

Let's go to the videotape.

In Thursday's Boston Globe, Adam Kaufman slams pitcher Michael Pineda's idiocy.
After days of discussion on the issue, including pregame media conferences and scrums with managers and players during this very series, Pineda decided to press his luck once more, this time layering what looked again to be pine tar on his neck.
How stupid could a person be? Seriously.
This isn’t homerism. If a Red Sox player was under the spotlight for supposed cheating and pulled the same stunt against the same opponent in the very next meeting without fear of penalty, I’d be equally curious how many fruits came in the basket.
With Pineda’s latest stunt, he’ll almost assuredly receive a 10-game suspension. Broken down, that may as well be one game for the use of pine tar, two games for doing it twice, and seven games for belligerent buffoonery.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said prior to the game on Wednesday, “I would expect that if [the pine tar] is used, it will be more discreet than last time.”
Not on his hat. Not on his belt. Not on his shoe.
Instead, it glistened off his neck under the evening lights. Give him a hand for trying something different. At least that’d be clean this time.
Farrell didn’t sit back. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Or, as President George W. Bush said…well, you can’t get fooled again.
With that – and a swipe of Pineda’s neck, only 1 2/3 innings into his outing – umpire Gerry Davis made the only call he could. The pitcher was out. It’s amazing Davis didn’t walk back to his post behind the plate laughing the whole way.
Pineda decision was beyond dumb; it was selfish, and it may very well have cost the Yankees the game. Debate the importance of a contest on a chilly night in late-April if you’d like, but all 162 count the same in the end, even for clubs currently in first-place.
 The New York Yankees. All the stupidity that money can buy.

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Who Shall Give

Ari Taylor sings Mi Yitain (Who Shall Give) with Ohad and Shloime Gertner in concert, Jan 6th 2014. Accompanied by the incredible Asaf Flumendorf and his orchestra.

Let's go to the videotape.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The serpent bares her tongue

Joshuapundit writes a devastating letter to Catherine Ashton.

Read the whole thing.

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State Department places ball in 'Palestinian' court

The State Department's press briefing is still going on, but in response to questions by the persistent Matt Lee, spokeswoman Jen Psaki has placed the ball in the 'Palestinian' court for continuing negotiations.

Let's go to the videotape. This is a live broadcast....

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Matt Lee PWN's Jen Psaki

I'm still waiting to see what happened on the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation today, but here's Matt Lee embarrassing State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Tuesday.

Let's go to the videotape.

You just know this will be a campaign commercial if Clinton is the Democratic nominee in 2016.


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In the aftermath of the Hamas-Fatah unity deal, Israel has canceled 'peace talks' that were scheduled for Wednesday evening.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin (Likud-Beytenu) said that the PA “once again has exposed the true unity of purpose between the hamas terrorists and the Fatah leaders – the annihilation of the Jewish state.”
"One should not be surprised that those who refuse to even discuss recognition of the Jewish state in any borders whatsoever, and pays huge salaries to Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israelis and are doing time in Israeli jails, finally found his natural place in the warm embrace of the Hamas murderers.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Likud-Beytenu) said that PA head Mahmoud Abbas “needs to decide if he wants to make peace, and if so – with whom. One cannot make peace both with Israel and Hamas, a terror organization that calls for the annihilation of Israel.
"The signing of an agreement on a unity government of Fatah and Hamas is also the signing of the end of negotiations between Israel and the PA,” he declared.
Jewish Home chairman, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, stated that “Hamas will continue to send terrorists to murder Jews and Abu Mazen [Abbas] willl continue to demand their release. Whoever thought of Abu Mazen as a partner needs to recalculate his route.”
“The agreement joining Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad puts the Middle East in a new era,” Bennett added. “The PA has become the largest terror body in the world, just 20 minutes from Tel Aviv. Just as the US does not talk to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al Qaeda, Israel has to state clearly: no talks with terrorists.”
Does Bennett mean to imply that the 'Palestinian Authority' was anything but a terror organization  before this happened?

In the meantime, one of our useful idiots is more bothered by the fact that the IAF responded to rocket strikes while shortly after the agreement was being signed.
MK Nachman Shai (Labor) said that it was a “serious mistake, in time and location,” to send the IAF to strike in Gaza while fatah and Hamas were signing an agreement. “Any action of this nature will be seen as an attempt to torpedo the Palestinian reconciliation and will present Israel again as tripping up any chance of an accord.”
Why shouldn't Israel try to trip up a reconciliation between terror organizations? 

JPost has comments from another useful idiot.
On the left, Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pushed Abbas toward Hamas and then asked the PA president to choose between Hamas and Israel.
"This request goes against Israeli interests. Any reconciliation between Gaza and the West Bank is necessary, as long as any agreement between Abbas and Israel includes Hamas, which would include the end of violence [from Gaza]," she explained.
What could go wrong? 

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Anyone recognize this place?

Here's a video from 1946.

Let's go to the videotape.

Here's a description from the YouTube page:
Various shots of the large crowd gathered at Jerusalem's Haifa Road - location of the bomb explosion. Damaged buildings, rubble, glass etc. Children posing, looking at camera. Many orthodox Jews in traditional black suits, white shirts and hats seen. Several shots of the people clearing rubble. 
And of course, that should be Jaffa Road, not Haifa. I actually think the date on this is wrong. There's a list of Irgun attacks during the pre-Independence period here. I think it's this one:

1948, January 7 20 Arabs killed by bomb at Jaffa Gate.

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Breaking: PLO and Hamas announce agreement

Note that it's the PLO and not the 'Palestinian Authority.' That technicality may be jumped on in an attempt to salvage the 'peace process' with Israel. Hamas and the PLO have signed a 'reconciliation agreement.'
The move envisions forming a unity government within five weeks and holding national elections six months after a vote of confidence by the Palestinian parliament.
Previous agreements to form unity governments between the factions have failed to bear fruit.
The two sides were also discussing details of potential presidential elections, parliamentary elections and the reconstruction of the PLO. 
Anyone know how to watch the State Department briefings before they get posted on the web page (which happens after 11:00 pm here)?

What could go wrong? 

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No wonder Obama and Rohani get along so well: The Iranian Mooch

It's no wonder that Hassan Rohani and Barack Hussein Obama get along so well. Aside from their mutual contempt for Israel, it seems that Rohani is married to an Iranian version of Mooch Obama.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came in for criticism from opponents on Tuesday for a "lavish ball" thrown by his wife, Sahebeh Arabi.
The "ball" was held on Sunday on Women's Day, which in Iran is set to the birthday of Mohammed's daughter Fatima. It was held in a palace of the deposed Mohammad Reza Shah in upscale northern Tehran, reports Reuters.
The supposedly lavish festivities were slammed by conservative members of Iran's parliament, at least 11 of whom have signed a petition condemning Rouhani over the party.
"Can one preach austerity and financial sacrifice and yet throw a lavish party on the public coffers?" remarked one of the irked Iranian parliamentarians, noting on the financial situation caused by world sanctions on Iran's nuclear program.
The "lavish ball" was viewed as particularly hypocritical given that Rouhani's government is expected to announce price hikes on Thursday, in a massive cutback of government subsidies for essential goods.
The 'parliamentarians' sound just like the Republican party slamming Mooch's trips abroad... but let's not go there. Rohani's reaction sounds even more like Obama's. Just substitute 'vacation in China' for 'party,' 'event' and 'gathering.'
For his part, Rouhani denied the allegations, saying "it is most shocking and regrettable that even a pure innocent gathering cannot escape an orchestrated chorus of gossip, slander and politically-motivated lies filling the air."
"All Islamic proscriptions were observed in this event ... women turned out in traditional folk dress ... only a few little girls capered and rejoiced," the statement added, in an attempt to play down impressions of a lavish foreign-influenced party.
Maybe the Americans should send Mooch to Iran for a couple of weeks. I wonder whether it's on her map. Or maybe we can introduce Rohani to that cute blonde Prime Minister of Denmark. Hmmm.

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Thank God for automatic alarms.

The flight crew of an El Al 737 'forgot' to deploy the plane's landing gear on an approach to London's Heathrow Airport on Tuesday. Fortunately, when they hit 800 feet above ground level an alarm went off.
The pilots were supposed to deploy the landing gear about six miles before reaching their destination, according to the report, and conduct tests to make sure the wheels would fully deploy.
But the checks were allegedly not made before attempting to land - in an incident that almost ended in tragedy.
About 800 feet above the landing strip, landing gear alarms began sounding in the cockpit - alerting the pilots to their mistake. They quickly performed a go-around to drop the landing gear; passengers were not notified of the mistake. 
El Al responded to the report Tuesday. "The incident is under investigation, in coordination with the Chief Air Crash Investigator of the Ministry of Transport," it said in a statement.
I don't know how many of the passengers will figure out that this was their flight. Circling London is routine. Doing a pass, coming down that low and not landing is not routine. El Al had five flights to London on Tuesday (many Israelis save money by flying overseas on the second holiday day - which is still a holiday abroad - and then if they are religious, waiting in the airport until the holiday ends at their destination). At least one of them was a 747, so it wasn't that flight. I have no idea which of the other flights is the one under discussion.

I have no idea how often flight crews 'forget' to deploy their landing gear, but thank God I am not aware of it having happened on any flight I have flown.

Maybe they were too busy eating cholent? 

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'Me or Haniyeh'

With reports indicating that there could be a Hamas-Fatah unity government within five weeks, Prime Minister Netanyahu has warned 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen that he faces a choice: Netanyahu or Haniyeh.
Netanyahu, at the outset of a meeting in his office with visiting Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, said that instead of moving peace forward with Israel, Abbas is moving toward reconciliation with Hamas.
"He must choose," Netanyahu said. "Does he want reconciliation with Hamas, or peace with Israel? Only one is attainable, not both. I hope he chooses peace, until now he has not done so."
Regarding efforts to negotiate a continuation of the diplomatic talks with the Palestinians beyond their April 29 deadline, Netanyahu said that every time the sides get close, Abbas adds new conditions "knowing that Israel cannot accept them."
Let's go to the videotape.

But for now at least, Abu Mazen seems much more interested in Hamas.
Fatah and Hamas have agreed to form a unity government within five weeks, Al Jazeera reported Wednesday.
According to the report, the agreement was reached during a Tuesday meeting between a Fatah delegation to Gaza led by Azzam al-Ahmad and Hamas leaders, including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and senior official Musa Abu Marzouk.
Al Jazeera quoted Haniyeh as telling the Fatah delegation that "the possibility for further separation between the two movements is no longer possible given the current circumstances."
The reconciliation talks between the factions were scheduled to continue on Wednesday.
 Matt Lee should have a field day at the State Department on Wednesday.

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Foxman: State Department 'hypocritical, almost irrational'

In an interview with the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, ADL National Director Abe Foxman decried the State Department's denial of visas to Israelis, and US intelligence agencies' refusal to allow Israel to join the visa waiver program, as 'hypocritical, almost irrational.'
The Anti-Defamation League has reacted harshly to reports that several members of US Congress and representatives of the country’s intelligence community have cautioned against admitting Israel into the State Department’s visa waiver program due to concerns over espionage.

During an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said he could not square such worries with the “special relationship” and high level of intelligence cooperation between the two nations.

“Is there a certain amount of hypocrisy? Sure,” Foxman told the Post, referring to recent revelations of widespread American spying on close allies. “Every couple of years something publicly surfaces, focusing the light on Israelis or Israel spying…. It is inordinate and inappropriate and inaccurate. This is the most recent example of it.”


Foxman said he continued to be “disturbed at the level of preoccupation, primarily in the American government, not just now but going back for years” in relation to alleged Israeli spying.

“I have a file of people who applied for [a security] clearance, American Jews who had difficulty getting it and didn’t get it because of questions which were inappropriate,” the ADL head stated.

“But none of these people wanted to take the case public because they were afraid it was going to destroy their employment opportunities.”

Foxman alluded to what he believes is an inbuilt institutional bias connected to a widespread belief that American Jews hold dual loyalties.

“One out of three Americans believe that they [US Jews] are not loyal,” and the current allegation of Israeli spying “enhances the stereotype and it fuels it,” he said. “This is endemic in our political system out of Washington.”

A 2013 poll by the ADL found that 30% of Americans believe Jews are “more loyal to Israel” than to the United States, a number that remains unchanged from a previous poll taken in 1964.

Such attitudes predate the arrest of Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish-American intelligence analyst convicted of passing information to Israel. The Pollard case, Foxman averred, gave those concerned with Israeli spying “legitimacy” but did not create such worries.

“The exchange of information and data and specific research on technology is very high, and so at the same time to say we have to be careful of Israelis who come here on tourist visas because they can spy on us is almost irrational,” he said. “But if we are talking about being motivated in part by stereotypes, stereotypes are not rational. It’s a prejudice.”
That should make all you American Jews feel warm and cozy as you head back to work on the morning after the Passover holiday, no? 

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With one heart

Here's Shloime Gertner with b'Lev Echad (With one heart).

Let's go to the videotape.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Guess who's threatening to leave the coalition

Yair Lapid is threatening to leave the coalition if there are no 'negotiations.'
Officials in Yesh Atid confirmed a Channel 10 report that past commitments Lapid made to remove his party from the coalition if there are no peace talks applied to the situation that could arise in upcoming days. The officials said the threat to leave was serious but not immediate.
"It is not as if we will leave the day after talks break down," a Yesh Atid official said.
Netanyahu's coalition is facing threats from Yesh Atid and Hatnua on the Left if negotiations with the Palestinians end and from Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett if Israeli Arab prisoners are released in a deal to extend the talks.
But Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman downplayed Bennett's threats Tuesday at a press briefing with his Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurz.
"There is no chance Bayit Yehudi will quit the coalition," Liberman said. "Dont take Bennett's threats too seriously."
 What could go wrong?

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'Palestinians': 'Our blood is redder than Jewish blood'

A 'Palestinian Authority minister' who condemned the Passover eve terror attack in which Baruch Mizrachi HYD (May God Avenge his blood) was murdered, is still being subjected to condemnation by other 'Palestinians,' including his own family.
The report in the Israeli media about the minister's supposed condemnation has triggered an unprecedented smear campaign against al-Habbash.
Within minutes, a photograph of the minister, dressed up as a Jewish rabbi, appeared on many Palestinian websites, making him the public's number one enemy.
Al-Habbash's attempts to deny that he had condemned the terrorist attack have fallen on deaf ears. Many Palestinians appealed to PA President Mahmoud Abbas to fire him and bring him to trial for causing damage to the Palestinian cause.
In a futile bid to contain the public outcry, the beleaguered al-Habbash told a Ramallah-based TV station, "I didn't use the word condemn. I only said that the Palestinian leadership rejects all acts of violence."
The minister's family in the Gaza Strip rushed to issue a statement "disowning" him over his purported condemnation of the terrorist attack.
In the statement, the al-Habbash clan said, "We are proud of the heroic operation in Hebron and of every man and child fighting against the occupation. We disown him and anyone who embraces the despicable Israeli enemy."
The family later issued another statement denying that it had disowned the minister.
The attacks on al-Habbash have come from Palestinians representing all walks of life, including the ruling Fatah faction in the West Bank.
Zakariya Zubeidi, a well-known former leader of Fatah's terrorist group, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, called on al-Habbash to apologize to the Palestinians. "If your blood is like the blood of the Zionists, our blood is not," Zubeidi declared.
What nice people! I'll bet they'll stop behaving this way once we give them a 'state.' /sarc

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And again: Abu Bluff threatens to dissolve 'Palestinian Authority'

'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen  says he's ready to meet Prime Minister Netanyahu anytime, anywhere. But he has also set a whole slew of preconditions for extending the 'talks' deadline. And he apparently missed the decision to walk back the threat to dissolve the 'Palestinian Authority.' In a Tuesday conversation with Israeli reporters, he threatened dissolution once again.
Abbas said that Israel would have to assume authority over the Palestinians if it were to continue its current policy toward the Palestinian Authority.
Abbas seemed to be reiterating his reported threat to dissolve the Palestinian Authority in the event that peace talks fail, even as chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was quoted Tuesday as saying that the PA leadership had no intention of dismantling the Ramallah government.
The comments came as Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams were  meeting in Jerusalem Tuesday afternoon in an effort to come up with a package that would extend the negotiations beyond next week's deadline.
Good guy and bad guy? 

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New Israel Fund-supported hate group holds pro-BDS demonstration on 8th day of Pesach in New York

The anti-Israel hate group Adalah, which is supported by the New Israel Fund, is holding a demonstration outside Zabar's in New York City on Tuesday to pressure the chain to stop carrying SodaStream products. The demonstration is to be held from 5:00 - 7:00 pm New York time, which is still the 8th day of the holiday of Passover in New York City, thus ensuring that fewer counter-demonstrators will show up than would otherwise be the case.

Fortunately, the witches of Adalah are afraid of melting, so there is a rain date of Sunday if it rains. While it is currently partly cloudy in New York, there is a 60% chance of rain later today. We can only hope.

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Obama's new Indian name

President Hussein Obama has a new Indian name. You can read all about it below. Please make sure you read through to the end or you will not understand why I posted this


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Vishnitzer Rebbe instructs followers not to report for draft

Until now, all Haredim have been reporting for the initial screening at the IDF draft headquarters with the exception of followers of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach. And it has been the followers of Rabbi Auerbach who have been arrested. If all the Haredim en masse were to refuse to even show up for the draft - a tactic that was discussed and deferred shortly after the 'equalization of the burden' law was passed - the government would be left in the untenable position of mass disobedience of the law, and not enough jail cells to hold those who refuse to register.

Now, it seems that at least one large group will stop appearing for draft registration. The Vishnitzer Rebbe has told his Hasidim not to show up for the initial registration and screening.
"People are walking around in a state of embarrassment and confusion, there are harsh and terrible decrees here in Israel on military affairs," the rabbi wrote.
"They send letters to come and report to the recruitment bureau, and if one fails to report – they threaten to jail him,” he added. "People receive letters – the first summons, the second summons, the third summons – and it says that their child must report, and they do not know what will happen, and start to think – 'here come the police to take our son into custody.'"
"So the first thing is not to panic, and to trust the Creator... do not pay any attention to all the letters that arrive from them," he counseled. "Parents should treat the order as if it is just some kind of note, and ignore all letters from the army. Of course, as I have said, you must increase Torah study, and thus the decrees will be cancelled."
Despite the recent changes in legislation regarding hareidi military service, the three councils of hareidi Torah sages have not changed their longstanding decisions regarding service. This means that the haredi public has continued to report to the first summons, except for a faction of the followers of Rabbi Auerbach who ignore the summons.
The real question is how many more will follow. The more Haredi leaders who tell their followers not to report, the greater the chance for a mass insurrection. One can only look on with amazement at the fact that the Knesset did not anticipate this. 

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Delusions of grandeur

The 'Palestinians' believe that they are so important that the United States will never cut funding to them, come what may. Reports over the holiday indicated that the United States had threatened to do just that if the 'Palestinian Authority' is disbanded. This is from the first link.
Veteran Fatah leader Qadura Fares told Army Radio that officials in Ramallah were not overly concerned about the American warnings, as the main concern of the Palestinian "struggle" was the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, and not the procurement of money from the international arena.
"The struggle is for the establishment of a Palestinian state, so that the Palestinian people will have freedom and liberty," Fares, the president of the Palestinian Prisoner's Society told the radio station.
He added that the Palestinians alone were not responsible for resolving the Middle East conflict, and said that if the conflict was going to continue, it would continue.
Fares pointed toward moves that would prolong the conflict, stating that Israel could go ahead and annex the West Bank and build more settlements if it wanted to.
The 'Palestinians' would not be saying this if George W. Bush was still President. He would have taken them up on the invitation to cut funding. 

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New Yorker misses father's burial due to 'Palestinian' rock ambush

A New York woman missed her father's burial on the Mount of Olives on Friday afternoon after her car came under attack by 'Palestinian' rock throwers near one of the cemetery's two entrances, and it was too close to the Sabbath to wait for her any longer.
Richler, 59, drove to the funeral Friday afternoon in a car with her sister, her brother-in-law and her young nephew, reports Israel Hayom. Near the church of Gethsemane, however, about ten Arab youths ambushed the car and pelted it with rocks and cinderblocks – an action that has become a favorite local Arab pastime in recent years, as Israeli deterrence has weakened.
Richler was in a state of shock following the attack and the car was disabled for a long time.
The funeral organizers were left with no choice but to conduct it without Richler and the other relatives who were with her, because the Sabbath was about to begin.
"I never dreamed that my father's funeral would look like this,” she told Israel Hayom. “I came especially from New York, thousands of kilometers away, to take part in it. When the attack upon us began, I was in a state of total shock. I heard shouting, booms and thuds on the car. I have heard sometimes that people were attacked with rocks on the way to the Mount of Olives, but I never thought something like this would happen to me.”
The My Israel movement intends to launch a media campaign this week, to pressure the Jerusalem Police and the Minister of Public Security to improve the security situation in Jerusalem. “The entire region has been completely forfeited and we intend to put pressure on the decision makers,” said movement chair Sarah Haetzni Cohen.
Jerusalem Councillor Yael Antabi told Arutz Sheva that cameras need to be installed wherever violence is rife. She said that cameras placed around the Mount Scopus university campus have helped female students there feel less threatened by the Arabs of Issawiya, but noted that another trouble spot is the Light Rail, where there is daily Arab-Jewish violence that goes unreported.
Imagine how much worse things would have been if then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak's plan to give the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem to the 'Palestinians' would have gone through in the lead-up to Camp David in 2000. 

But what a miserable experience Mrs. Richler suffered....

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US defends Kuwait Airways discrimination against Israelis

The United States Secretary of Transportation is defending Kuwait Airways against charges of discrimination due to the airline's refusal to carry Israelis on its non-stop New York - London route.
In late 2013, a formal complaint was filed with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) alleging illegal discrimination by Kuwait Airways (KA) on the basis of national origin, in violation of federal law proscribing such discrimination by air carriers. The complaint concerned the airline's refusal to transport Israeli nationals on nonstop flights from New York to London. KA's bigoted policy is readily apparent: to purchase tickets through the airline's website, the passenger must select his or her nationality from a drop-down list of countries, as well as the passport issuing country. Israel is absent from these drop-downs and, consequently, Israeli nationals cannot buy tickets.

The Secretary denied the complaint earlier this year, asserting that KA had not violated any U.S. anti-discrimination law because the airline is required to comply with Kuwaiti law, which prohibits Israeli passport holders from entering Kuwait. As the attorney now pursuing this matter correctly articulated, "In essence, the Secretary determined that Kuwait Airways did not violate U.S. law because that airline was required by Kuwaiti law to discriminate against Israeli nationals." The Secretary's rationale is particularly unfounded because the flight at issue goes from New York to London; the fact that Israeli passport holders cannot enter Kuwait is wholly irrelevant. Moreover, if any entity conducts business in the United States, it must comply with U.S. law.

Dissatisfied with the response, Eldad Gatt, who filed the initial complaint, commenced an action in U.S. federal court in March 2014, appealing the Secretary's denial and requesting appropriate relief, arguing that "[t]he Secretary has officially endorsed Kuwait Airways' policy of boycotting Israeli nationals, and has explicitly authorized Kuwait Airways to continue its blatantly discriminatory practices."
The complainant is hoping that Kuwait Airways will be barred from operating in the United States if it refuses to change its discriminatory practices.

I'm planning a trip next month, so just for the fun of it, I went to Kuwait Airways' website and tried to book a round trip between London and New York. It keeps telling me that there are no flights available. In fact, I even tried pushing the reservation to June and got told no flights available. And I never reached the nationality question. You don't think they're refusing to transport me because my computer is in Israel, do you?

You know, back in 1991, Israel took a whole bunch of missiles for Kuwait....

Just sayin'....

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BDS is anti-Semitism

Robert Fulford uses a Vanity Fair interview with Scarlett Johansson to show that the BDS'ers are anti-Semites.
My own belief is that the BDS people and their fellow travellers, whatever their background, are anti-Semites. They do all they can to stigmatize the Jewish state and reduce its ability to defend itself. They know that Israel is surrounded by neighbours who will never recognize its existence, much less sign a treaty developed in a “peace process” quarterbacked by Washington. The Palestinians and the Arab states who claim to support them are not hoping for a more generous Israel or a BDS-approved Israel or an Israel willing to hand over the West Bank. They are working for a day when Israel will be gone forever.

In order to satisfy this generation’s anti-Semites, Israel must meet standards that no other country in the world has ever met or ever will. At the United Nations Israel is condemned more often than all other countries combined.

It is, of course, an imperfect democracy, like Canada and all other free countries, and its human rights record could certainly be improved. But its treatment of Palestinians has never been even remotely comparable to China’s oppression of Tibetans or Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women, two among many outrageous practices that apparently never trouble the students who direct their anger at Israel.

In devising their purposes the BDS campaigners have never shown even the beginning of a sense of proportion. It’s remarkable that the world needs a 29-year-old movie star to point this out.

Read the whole thing.

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#BDS_Fail Asia to overtake US as number 2 destination for Israeli exports

For the first time, Israel exported nearly as much to Asia as to the US in 2013, and is likely to export more in 2014.
The region is expected to come in as Israel’s second-largest trade partner for 2014 behind the European Union, shifting the United States into third place, according to the ministry’s Foreign Trade Authority. In 2013, exports to Asia nearly equaled those to the US for the first time, coming within 0.6 percentage points as a share of total exports.

When countries are not clustered into regional groups, however, the United States remains Israel’s largest single trade partner.

The ministry expects exports to Asia to grow from 21 percent of total exports in 2013, to 24.5% in 2018, while combined exports to the EU and US will shrink from a 63% share to 59.9%.

Exports to all other countries amounted to 16% in 2013, and are projected to fall to 15.5% by 2018.

A decade ago, Asia accounted for just 15% of Israeli exports, while the US provided more than a third of the market, Foreign Trade Authority director- general Ohad Cohen said.

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Negotiations with Hamas replacing 'talks' with Israel

In the aftermath of the apparent collapse of 'peace talks' with Israel, 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen has opened negotiations over reconciliation with Hamas.
Senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said Monday he is optimistic that political tensions between Fatah and Hamas will come to an end following upcoming reconciliation talks in Gaza.

Al-Ahmad, who is currently in Egypt, told Ma'an that a PLO delegation of five members will travel to Gaza from the West Bank within 48 hours to meet top Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Mousa Abu Marzouq.

"We are going to Gaza not to propose new suggestions, but rather to carry out a clear mission which is to end the state of disagreement and address three decisive issues," al-Ahmad said.

"We are going to address the formation of a national consensus government, elections and restructuring the PLO in order to maintain Palestinian unity so we can dedicate our efforts to confronting Israeli occupation."

The meeting will likely set a deadline for forming a unity government which will begin implementing the Cairo agreement.

Egyptian security forces will allow Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq to cross into Gaza via the Rafah crossing on Monday, officials said.
Meanwhile, Israel has denied permission for a PLO official to enter the Gaza Strip via the Erez crossing point. 
Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti has been denied a permit to the Gaza Strip via the Erez crossing, a PLO official said Monday.

PLO Executive Committee member Jamil Shehada told Ma'an that Israel rejected Barghouti's application for a permit to enter Gaza, where he intends to travel as a member of a delegation to discuss national reconciliation.

Shehada said the delegation would travel to Gaza via Egypt if necessary.
They don't really expect us to facilitate this, do they?

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But he won't say it in Arabic

'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen has told one of America's most useful idiots - Marc Schneier - that the Holocaust was the ‘single greatest tragedy in modern-day history.’Of course, Abu Mazen only said it in English, and he still hasn't disavowed his Holocaust-denying thesis. He also didn't say it to anyone except Schneier, which has to remind you of last week's statement to Israel's Leftist MK's, which was subsequently denied. This is from the third link.
According to Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a Jewish-Muslim interfaith group, Abbas agreed to make a public declaration on behalf of Holocaust-remembrance efforts around the world, as well as to speak out against attempts to ban circumcision and ritual slaughter in several European countries.

Abbas told Schneier that “remembrance should be an issue of increased concern to both Jews and Muslims,” the rabbi said after the meeting.
With regard to the part I bolded, don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen. And if it does happen, you can bet it will be in English and not in Arabic.
Abbas has been a subject of criticism in some Israeli circles over accusations of Holocaust denial because of his graduate thesis, written while studying in the former Soviet Union, which asserted that “a partnership was established between Hitler’s Nazis and the leadership of the Zionist movement” and that the Zionist movement “gave permission to every racist in the world, led by Hitler and the Nazis, to treat Jews as they wish, so long as it guarantees immigration to Palestine.”

Last year Abbas defended his thesis, saying that he “challenges anyone who can deny that the Zionist movement had ties with the Nazis before World War II,” according to a report in the Palestinian news service Ma’an.
He won't deny the thesis this year either. 

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Amazing speech by a young 'Palestinian' woman

This was sent to me by Andreas F, a reader in Norway. He writes:
This is truly an amazing speech that was recently held at a Swedish university by a brave young Palestinian woman.  She speaks out against the 'Palestinian Authority' and the Palestinian society in general... And she says she supports the building of the security barrier, even when it created problems for her family. She explains how Palestinian children are taught to attack Israeli soldiers and die in battle.

She takes the hypocrisy head on and explains how twisted parts of the Palestinian society is. Please take the time to watch this... An amazing 25-minute speech. This brave woman had to flee to England because of death threats from 'Palestinians.'
Let's go to the videotape.

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Living children

Here's Abish Brodt with Zaro Chaya v'Kayama (Living children). It's partly in Yiddish.

Let's go to the videotape.

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'Palestinian Authority' walking back dissolution talk

What a shock. The 'Palestinians' are walking back talk of dissolving the 'Palestinian Authority.'
Palestinian officials in Ramallah on Monday denied that the Palestinian Authority has been considering dissolving itself if the peace talks with Israel fail.

Members of the Fatah Central Committee who met in Ramallah on Monday night to discuss the crisis in the peace talks did not have the issue of dissolving the PA on their agenda, according to a senior Fatah official.

Gen. Adnan Dmeiri, spokesman for the PA security establishment, dismissed the talk about dissolving the PA as an “Israeli invention.” Israel was trying to create frustration among Palestinians by spreading such reports, he claimed.

The PLO Central Council, which is expected to meet later this week, does not plan to discuss the dismantlement of the PA, said Wasel Abu Yusef, a top PLO official.

The council would discuss the situation in Jerusalem, the prisoner release and efforts to establish a Palestinian unity government headed by Abbas, Abu Yusef said.

“No one is talking about the option of dissolving the Palestinian Authority,” he said.

“Rather, we are talking about international recognition of a Palestinian state and our efforts to join international treaties and organizations.”


However, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency quoted unnamed sources in the PA leadership as saying that the PA might be dissolved as a result of Israeli “intransigence.”

The sources said that the PLO’s Negotiating Department has begun studying ways of dissolving the PA and the repercussions of such a move.

The threat to solve the PA was not an “exercise,” the sources said. This option is on the table, they added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Netanyahu pulled a George H.W. Bush tonight, telling the 'Palestinians' to call him when they're ready to discuss peace.
“Today, we saw the Palestinian Authority speak of dismantling itself and also talking about unity with Hamas,” the premier told revelers at a Mimuna celebration in Or Akiva. “They should decide – either dissolve, or enter into a union with Hamas. When they want peace, they should let us know. Because we want a genuine peace.”
With eight days left, it looks like the current round of 'talks' is over. What could go wrong?

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US to revoke aid to 'Palestinians' if 'Palestinian Authority' disbands?

Has 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen outsmarted himself by threatening to disband the 'Palestinian Authority' if the 'peace process' collapses? Get a load of this exchange from Monday's State Department press briefing (Hat Tip: Arutz Sheva).
QUESTION: Are you telling Abbas not to keep issuing statements and proclamations that they are going to sort of just close shop with the PA and turn over the occupation responsibility to the Israelis?
MS. PSAKI: Well, let me speak to that, because it’s an important question. That – we’re aware, of course, of these reports and comments. That type of extreme step would obviously have grave implications. A great deal of effort has gone into building Palestinian institutions by Palestinians as well as the international community, and it would certainly not be in the interests of the Palestinian people for all of that to be lost. We – the United States has put millions of dollars into this effort. It would obviously have very serious implications for our relationship, including our assistance going forward. And as I just noted, of course, the parties are continuing to work to find the basis for extending the negotiations. Ambassador Indyk is there to help facilitate that, and that’s where our focus is.

Is Abu Bluff about to find out that the world doesn't give a damn about the 'Palestinians' unless they can be used as a club against the Jews?

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It's come to this....

This is the newest tactic of 'Jewish' Voice for 'Peace.'

Likable? What is this, a beauty contest?

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Monday, April 21, 2014

US Supreme Court agrees to decide whether Congress can decide that Jerusalem is Israel's capital

Maybe by Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky's Bar Mitzva they'll resolve it. Zivotofsky v. Kerry (formerly Clinton and several others) is going back to the Supreme Court again.
Now at the high court, the case will examine a constitutional question of checks and balances: whether the president of the United States is the sole authority able to declare US foreign policy, or whether Congress may pass law overriding the policy.
Congress attempted to pass such a law in the 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act ​, which declared that “the Secretary [of State] shall, upon the request of the citizen or the citizen’s legal guardian, record the place of birth as Israel ​" in that citizen's passport.​ ​ ​
The legislation had wide support among major American Jewish organizations, such as the Jewish Federations of North America and the American Jewish Committee.​ But over the summer, a federal appeals court struck down ​key provisions of that law, ​ ​ruling the president retains the ability to determine ​Jerusalem's ​ sovereignty over Congress based on constitutional grounds.
Congress has pushed against the White House ​on this matter ​ through several administrations. However, the State Department, through both Democratic and Republican administrations, has refused to directly declare Jerusalem the Israeli capital or indirectly declare the city Israeli territory through passport listings.
​Asked on Monday to comment on the ruling, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the government's position on Jerusalem's status had not changed.​
For those who have forgotten, here's AP's Matt Lee taking apart Jen Psaki's predecessor, Victoria Nuland on this issue.

Let's go to the videotape.

Today's press briefing isn't up yet. Stay tuned.

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The flyer may have been fake, but the fire was real

A Ukrainian synagogue was set on fire by two firebombs around 2:00 am on Saturday (Hat Tip: MFS - The Other News).
The Nikolayev Synagogue in Ukraine was reportedly firebombed by vandals at approximate 2 AM on Saturday morning, according to Chabad blog Shturem and closed-circuit footage of the attack, uploaded to YouTube at the weekend.
The footage was posted by Yisroel Gotlieb, son of the city’s chief rabbi, Sholom Gotlieb.
One firebomb was thrown at the door of the synagogue, which was unoccupied at the time, and another was lobbed at a window, according to the blog.
The junior Gotleib told Shturem that “miraculously a person passing by the shul was equipped with a fire extinguisher, and immediately put out the fire that had erupted, preventing massive damage.”
Let's go to the videotape.

But there's no anti-Semitism.... Only hoaxes....

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And the Holy One Blessed Be He Saves us from their hands

A Gutten Zummer, a good summer to everyone. And a reminder that I am allowed to be online because in Israel there is only one holiday day for Israelis and I fit both of those qualifications.

A rocket from Gaza - one of seven shot during the course of the day on Monday - exploded next to a crowded Sderot synagogue. Miraculously, no one was hurt.
Two of the rockets landed in Sderot, which lies on the border with the Hamas-controlled territory, as hundreds of worshippers were gathered for the final day of the Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover).
Miraculously, however, no one was hurt, although police said in a statement that a road in a residential neighborhood was damaged.
Israel responded Monday by eliminating "two terror activity sites in the southern Gaza Strip and a third site in the central Gaza Strip, in response to the latest severe aggression emanating from Gaza," according to an IDF statement. "Direct hits were confirmed." Pictures confirm that at least one of the strikes was in or near Rafah. 
Sources in Gaza also claimed that the Israeli Navy had eliminated targets near Khan Younis, but the report remains unconfirmed. 
The IDF also stated that Hamas fired an anti-tank missile at IDF patrols near the border fence earlier Monday. The missile caused no injuries or damage.
Just some more 'harmless' rockets that we're expected to take in order to keep the 'peace process' going. /sarc

JPost adds:
Reuters cited medical sources in Gaza as saying Israel's retaliatory strike had left two Hamas militants lightly wounded.
“Israeli civilians celebrating the Passover Holiday woke up this morning to the sound of Code-Red alarms and rockets. It is our obligation to seek out and target those who wish to attack our civilians and soldiers and to eliminate their capabilities. Hamas rocket terrorism is an intolerable reality Israelis should not have to accept," IDF Spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement.
According to the IDF, 100 rockets fired from Gaza have hit southern Israel since the beginning of 2014.
 But 'peace' is at hand..... What could go wrong?

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Stand and watch God's salvation

Tomorrow morning, we will read of the splitting of the Red Sea and of the Children of Israel being saved one last time from the Egyptians. Some of us will even re-enact it at midnight tonight (not me - not conducive to awakening to pray at sunrise tomorrow).

Here's Avraham Fried with one verse from the Torah portion: Hithyatzvu u'Ru eth Yeshuath Hashem, Stand and watch God's salvation. It should only happen again speedily and in our time (and may those in need of proper mates be remembered tonight and find those mates very, very soon).

Let's go to the videotape.

Chag Sameyach - a good holiday to all of you. Because I am an Israeli in Israel, the holiday is only one day for me, and I will be back online tomorrow night, God willing.

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Report: Israel to turn David's tomb over to the Vatican

A report in Makor Rishon (a Hebrew paper that is only distributed in hard copy and as a pdf by email) indicates that a deal has been reached to turn over to the Vatican control over David's tomb.
An investigative report in Makor Rishon cites La Stampa Vatican Insider journalist Andrea Tornielli as saying that the deal has been nearly completed, and that Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin is in charge of the negotiations with the Vatican, but Israel denies any such deal.

The agreement allegedly contains two elements. The first is Israel's forgoing the levying of property tax and other taxes for all “churches, holy sites, prayer houses and cemeteries.” The second is the transfer of the “Last Supper room” on the floor above David's tomb to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land (Custodia Terræ Sanctæ).
Rabbi Yaakov Sevilia, an activist for King David's Tomb, told Arutz Sheva Sunday that there is also a deal between Christians and Muslims, according to which the Muslims will retain control over the Temple Mount whereas Mount Zion will become Christian property. He cited journalist Gulio Meotti, who contributes regularly to Arutz Sheva, as the source for this knowledge.
Rabbi Sevilia emphasized that the tomb is, without a doubt, the burial place of King David, and mentioned a recent book – “The Secret of David's Tomb” – as containing proof of this claim.
"The Christians believe that the Tomb of David is indeed located here, but they do everything possible to confuse us, the Jewish people, so that we lose our connection to this place,” he accused. He added that while there has been a Jewish awakening with regard to the site, the Christian presence at the tomb is still much greater than the Jewish presence, with about 200 tour buses bringing Christians to the site daily.
There have been reports in the past about a deal to transfer the second floor of the Tomb to the Vatican. Tornielli says that this is the core issue in talks between the Vatican and Israel.
Rabbi Sevilia claims that the Last Supper Room is just a toehold that the Vatican intends to expand in the future, in a ploy to take over the entire Tomb site.
Two points. First, I'd like to know what Israel is getting in this 'deal.' If anyone can find anything, please let me know because I don't see it.

Second, not that I'm advocating turning the site over to the Christians (the very fact that thousands of Jewish prayers have been said there makes the location holy to Jews), but the question of whether the tomb is actually located on Mount Zion is not quite as settled as Rabbi Sevilia is making it out to be. Last Succot, we did a tour of the City of David, in which we were shown a site (admittedly without a tombstone) which could potentially have been King David's burial place. And the location fit more closely with the scriptures (although I honestly do not remember how or why).

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Abu Bluff threatens to dissolve 'Palestinian Authority'; Bennett: Go right ahead

Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen is threatening to dissolve the 'Palestinian Authority' when and if the 'peace talks' finally collapse. And Economics Minister Naftali Bennett is daring him to go ahead and do it. This is from the third link.
Palestinian sources confirm that the government in Ramallah was considering the unprecedented move. Senior sources in the IDF's Central Command, who recently met with the heads of the Palestinian security services confirmed their West Bank counterparts were sincerely debating dismantling and disarming the PA's forces.

"A new generation arrives and asks us: 'What have you done?' I am now 79 years old, I cannot escape from passing off the flag," said Abbas during a weekend interview with Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm.

"The settlements endanger the peace process, and the new generation sees the two-state solution is becoming less and less likely, and that there is no escape from the one-state solution."

Behind the scenes, the PA has concocted a plan to gravely complicate matters for Israel – a declaration that the Palestinians are an "occupied government."

Such a move would annul the Oslo Accords and revoke the status of the PA as a sovereign authority, leaving Israel with full responsibility of the Palestinian population in the West Bank.
If the plan proceeds, the Palestinian leaders will their official authority, but settlements will be significantly more vulnerable to litigation in international courts.
Officials in the Israeli administration have been informed of the dramatic threat, according to Palestinian sources. With the deadline for the end of the agreed-upon frame for the negotiations looming, the Palestinian Central Council will convene Saturday for a special conference.
"The proposal may be discussed at the conference, but it is not clear it will pass," said Palestinian sources.
And from the fourth link....
“Abu Mazen (Abbas’ nom de guerre) encourages terrorism against Israel as the head of the Palestinian Authority, and then he threatens us with his resignation,” Bennett, who heads the pro-settler Bayit Yehudi party, said on Sunday.
“If he wants to go, we won’t stop him,” the minister said. “The Jewish people do not negotiate with a gun held against their temple.”
Let them disband the 'Palestinian Authority.' It will cause a flight of any 'Palestinian' who is able to leave. And a good riddance to all of them. 

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Outrageous: 'Jews for Jesus' makes promotional video that puts Jesus in Auschwitz

A video that is bound to offend every practicing Jew has been posted by 'Jews for Jesus' (an oxymoronic title if there has ever been one - it's a contradiction to be a Jew and believe that Jesus was the son of God) that places none other than Jesus himself in Auschwitz.

Let's go to the videotape.

Find more videos like this on Jewish Israel

Jewish Israel summed it up well:
No words for this desecration of our people created as a promotional clip for Jews for Jesus.
JPost adds:
If messianic Jews were seeking to court controversy, they certainly found the most provocative way of doing that – releasing a video depicting Jesus bearing the cross just as he is about to be sent to the gas chambers at Auschwitz.
Nauseating. Simply nauseating. 

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