By Ted Belman
Beit Halochem (Disabled Veterans of Israel) hosted an evening tonight in Toronto at which Efraim Eitan MK spoke. I was there.
Effie reached the level of Brigadier General in the IDF and is a member of the Israeli parliament’s Security and Foreign Affairs Committee. As a result he was in the loop with those who were investigating the failures in the recent war in Lebanon. The Washinton Times recently reported on his talk to members of Congress.
Here’s what he reported tonight.
1. The quality and dedication of the Israeli soldiers was as good as ever.
2. The leadership both military and political failed them. The military leaders have been replaced and the political leaders are next.
3. The IDF knows how to deal with Hezbollah next time.
By P. David Hornik
FrontPageMagazine.com | February 28, 2007
During Condoleezza Riceâ€™s three-hour meeting with Mahmoud Abbas last week in Ramallah, she reportedly â€œemployed a threatening tone.â€ A Palestinian Authority official said that â€œWeâ€™ve never seen her in such a bad mood.â€
Later at a press conference after meeting in a Jerusalem hotel with Abbas and Ehud Olmert, she â€œbriskly walked into . . . the hotelâ€™s main ballroom, gave a vacuous 90-second declaration and unceremoniously left, taking no questions.â€
Rice was angry with Abbas for having earlier signed an agreement in Mecca that officially makes his Fatah movement a junior partner of Hamas. Abbas is said to have protested that â€œthe only two options facing me were civil war or national unity, and I chose the second.â€ Rice apparently didnâ€™t buy it.
Riceâ€™s anger suggests that she has sincerely believed that Abbas is a constructive force who is worth American coddling and encouragementâ€”even to the extent of funding, training, and equipping his militia. The anger, in other words, seems to be a case of empiricism catching up with delusion and denial. It must especially sting that it was the Saudisâ€”whom Rice, the State Department, and the U.S. generally are always trying to impress by demonstrating their tenderness toward the Palestiniansâ€”who pressured Abbas into formally capitulating to Hamas and further enshrining the latter as the Palestinian standard-bearer. CONTINUE
Europe’s Runaway Prosecutions
By David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey
Wednesday, February 28, 2007; Page A19
An Italian court announced this month that it is moving forward with the indictment and trial of 25 CIA agents charged with kidnapping a radical Muslim cleric. These proceedings may well violate international law, but the case serves as a wake-up call to the United States. Overseas opponents of American foreign policy are increasingly turning to judicial proceedings against individual American officials as a means of reformulating or frustrating U.S. aims, and action to arrest this development is needed. CONTINUE
Frontpage Interviewâ€™s guest today is Phyllis Chesler, the author of classic works, including the bestseller Women and Madness, The New Anti-Semitism, and The Death of Feminism: Whatâ€™s Next in the Struggle for Womenâ€™s Freedom. Her website is www.phyllis-chesler.com.
Dr. Chesler will be chairing the opening panel in the upcoming Secular Islamic Summit Conference of Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents. The Conference will be held on March 4th and 5th in St Petersburg , Florida at the Hilton Hotel. The dissidents are planning to issue a Declaration for freedom throughout the Islamic world.
Russia hosted the top leader of Hamas.
Khaled Meshaal landed in Moscow on Monday for talks that he said would help end a Western aid embargo imposed on the Palestinian Authority since the terrorist group Hamas took power last year.
Russia is a member of the diplomatic Quartet overseeing Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, but has broken with its partners in engaging Hamas diplomatically and speaking out against the embargo.
The other Quartet partners â€” the United States, United Nations and European Union â€” have stood firm in their demand that Hamas recognize Israel, accept past peace agreements with the Jewish state and renounce terrorism before direct aid can be restored.
(From JTA Daily Briefing. The above short piece is found on the url
The leftâ€™s fiery obsession with removing Ten Commandments monuments from public property throughout the United States may seem odd and irrational but actually reflects the deepest values of contemporary liberalism.
By Andrew L. Jaffee, netwmd.com
Where else in the Middle East would baseball be permitted, except Israel? Anywhere else in the region, the game would be decried as a Western cultural invasion and, of course, lots of heads would have to be chopped off. You know, baseball represents all those “evil” values like apple pie, hot dogs (kosher, of course), democracy, having a good time at the ballpark, etc. Be that as it may, the new league’s founders have found “challenges:”
By Ted Belman
I have been reading the Summary of the Judgement of the ICC on the charge of Genocide.
The Court will therefore examine the facts of the case on the basis that genocide may be found to have been committed if an intent to destroy the Bosnian Muslims, as a group, in whole or in part, can be established.
The Court further specifies that for the purposes of Article II, first, the intent must be to destroy at least a substantial part of the particular group. That is demanded by the very nature of the crime of genocide: since the object and purpose of the Convention as a whole is to prevent the intentional destruction of groups, the part targeted must be significant enough to have an impact on the group as a whole. Second, the Court observes that it is widely accepted that genocide may be found to have been committed where the intent is to destroy the group within a geographically limited area.
Terrorists say Tehran providing instructions in case U.S., Israel strike atomic facilities
By Aaron Klein
Â© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
JERUSALEM â€“ Iran is anticipating a U.S. or Israeli military strike on its nuclear facilities and has been providing Palestinian terrorists and other regional allies with contingency plans for attacks against the Jewish state and American regional interests in the event of war, according to Palestinian terrorist leaders.
A senior leader of the Islamic Jihad terror group, which Israel says is backed by Iran, told WND Tehran is expecting to be attacked, but he didn’t provide a time frame in which Iran anticipates a strike.
The general tendency of Westerners is to view global jihad as a foreign policy issue. But today it is clear that it is also a domestic policy issue.
Over the weekend The Sunday Telegraph reported that a recently circulated British intelligence report warned: “The terrorist threat facing Britain from home-grown al-Qaida agents is higher than at any time since the September 11 attacks in 2001.”
After foiling the jihadist plot to down US-bound British passenger aircraft last summer, MI5 director Eliza Manningham-Buller claimed that there are some 1,600 British Muslims actively involved in plotting attacks against Britain. According to the intelligence report cited in the Sunday Telegraph, today that number exceeds 2,000.
As one senior British political source told the newspaper, “The Security Services have constantly warned that the task of countering Islamic terrorism is a daunting one. There will be more attacks in Britain.” CONTINUE
What do Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Noam Chomsky and George Soros have in common?
They were/are all radicals, born to Jewish parents, had no Jewish identity and hurt Jews (not to mention non-Jews).
The term “non-Jewish Jew” is generally attributed to the Jewish historian Isaac Deutscher, who wrote an essay by that name in 1954. The term describes the individual who, though born a Jew (Judaism consists of a national/peoplehood identity, not only a religious one), identifies solely as a citizen of the world and not as a Jew, either nationally or religiously.CONTINUE
In Going Nowhere Fast, David Ignatius looks at polls in the Arab world and concludes
The US and EU with NATO are aware of Kosovo being used by the Islamofascists and by big time criminals, and they wish to draw a line under their “massacre”, but that simply cannot be done.
So far as I can gather from the publications of the Folklore Society, the science of Folklore is in a promising condition. The doctors seem to be agreed neither about the facts nor the methods nor the conclusions, but otherwise their unanimity is wonderful. Originally the science was made
in Germany, where it still flourishes, like all sciences that require infinite pains and inexhaustible dullness. All that can be done with any fruitfulness is apparently the collection and classification of stories, songs and superstitions. Hypotheses and theories are mainly bricks without straw, and the only certain conclusion that may be drawn from the prevalence of folk-tales all over the world is that all men are liars.
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In a wide-ranging interview, the former assistant Secretary of Defense under President Reagan and chairman of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2003 under President Bush calls former Secretary of State Colin Powell a “disaster” and says current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “was in way over her head from the beginning.”
Others fall within his sights: Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha, and George Tenet, among others.
Surprising words from the man critics of the White House have dubbed “the Prince of Darkness” â€“ a leading neo-conservative who was one of the key proponents of the 2002 invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
YNET is a left leaning Israeli newspaper and news site. They published an article in which the author ranted about the choice of Esterina Tartman as Tourism Minister.
The title of the article was Racist minister just what we need. It was sub-titled “Tourism minister who carries firearm, holds racist views fitting for current-day Israel”.
Tartman of all people, who responded decisively to the appointment of Arab Minister Majadele and declared that “we must eradicate the affliction within us”, while stating that the appointment of an Arab minister is akin to “taking an ax to the tree trunk known as Zionism and a Jewish State” â€“ gets to head the national battle for attracting tourists and boosting Israel’s image abroad.
The good news is that most comments applauded her. Here are two examples;
The more I read about her, the more I like her!
As a woman, I am proud that Tartman has been appointed. I had never heard of Tartman until this appointment but everything I hear about her, including her concern for the survival of the Jewish State, is GREAT! I think you folks over at Peace Now are just riled because she looks good, is well educated and knows how to state a case. I say kol hakavod. This is the kind of woman that we need to lead us. So Etkes and the rest of you can EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT!
Bruce Brill, IsraelInsider
[..] One person in history saved tens of millions of people from starvation and homelessness, the Great Humanitarian, US President Herbert Hoover. He was also known as the Great Engineer and had an engineering plan to relieve the plight of the Palestinian Arabs and also benefit Iraq. Hoover’s plan called for an extensive damming and irrigation program for Iraq to create adequate arable land for Palestinian settlement — for their good, and Iraq’s.
His 1945 plan is even more relevant today: Palestinians’ current economic and security state is desperate. A November 2004 survey done in cooperation with the reputable Palestine Center for Public Opinion showed that 71% of West Bank Palestinians would emigrate with certain financial inducements and 40 % have considered emigrating permanently even without such inducements. A Birzeit University survey conducted by veteran pollster Nader Said shows that in September 2006, over 50% of young Palestinian men are willing to relocate.
Egyptian blogger jailed for insulting Islam and president
(The Daily Telegraph – London)
[It turns out The telegraph got it wrong. Sandmonkey is still blogging. A year ago he wrote Help us Free Alaa. That’s probably who was jailed.]
An Egyptian who enraged his government with outspoken views on Islam and politics expressed in his internet diary was jailed yesterday amid an international outcry. The 22-year-old former law student, whose own father has disowned him and called for his execution under Islamic law, was sentenced to four years by a court in Alexandria . The convictions resulting from the views published on his weblog, Sandmonkey, included counts for “spreading information disruptive of public order and damaging to the country’s reputation”; “incitement to hate Islam” and “defaming the President of the Republic”. Abdelkareem Suleiman was also found guilty of criticising Al-Azhar University . He was expelled from the university last March after writing in his blog that the “professors and sheikhs at Al-Azhar who stand against anyone who thinks freely” would “end up in the dustbin of history”.
By Ted Belman
Top UN court rules Serbia did not commit genocide – The top U.N. court ruled 13 to 2, on Monday that Serbia did not commit genocide through the killing that ravaged Bosnia during the 1992-95 war, but said Serbia had failed in its obligation to prevent and punish genocide.
This is the first time a state has been on trial for genocide, outlawed in a U.N. convention in 1948 after the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews.
Although the killing of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men in Srebrenica did constitute genocide, Serbia was not responsible and was not complicit in the massacre, Judge Higgins said.