Islamic Bloc Scores ‘Defamation of Religions’ Resolution at UN
By Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews.com International Editor
Alongside a resolution adopted by the U.N. General Assembly this week calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, the world body passed a raft of other human rights-related motions. One of them, introduced by Islamic nations, focuses on combating the “defamation of religions.”
Resolutions on the human rights situation in North Korea and Iran also passed, although dozens of countries — including human rights violators Cuba, Sudan, Syria and Zimbabwe — voted against the motions.
An annual resolution on “the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination” also passed by an overwhelming margin, with only the United States, Israel, and three small Pacific island nations voting “no.” There were four abstentions.
DEBKAfile Exclusive: Two ferries with 1,700 passengers now involved in Gulf of Aqaba standoff against Hamas threat. A Palestinian woman dies under the strain
Our military and intelligence sources reported earlier that the hundreds of Hamas and other terrorist chiefs aboard the Jordanian ferry The Princess are threatening to torch the craft anchored opposite Nuweiba, Sinai, and scuttle it with everyone aboard unless Egypt permitted them to land without conditions.
A 62-year old Palestinian female passenger, Shafiqa Bahisi, has since died under the strain. It also transpires that an Egyptian craft is involved in the standoff. Rather than surrender, the lead Hamas negotiator aboard the ferry, Kemal Neirab, aka Abu Awad, of the Popular Resistance Committees, Gaza, is threatening a world-class human tragedy.
By Elan Journo, AYN Rand Institute
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto has, we’re told, upended Washington’s foreign policy. “Our foreign policy has relied on her presence as a stabilizing force. . . . Without her, we will have to regroup,” explained Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) in the Washington Post. “It complicates life for the American government.”
But in fact U.S. policy was in disarray long before the assassination.
U.S. diplomats have been scrambling for months to do something about the growing power of Islamists in the nuclear-armed nation which Washington hails as a “major non-NATO ally.” Having supported President Musharraf’s authoritarian regime, Washington helped broker the deal to allow Bhutto back into Pakistan, hoping she might create a pro-U.S. regime, but then decided to push Musharraf to share power with Bhutto, then insisted that he’s “indispensable,” but also flirted with the idea of backing Bhutto.
Hopefully everyone here enjoyed their holidays this month from Hanukkah, to Christmas to Festivus (for you Seinfeld fans).
Anyways, just in case you were busy opening presents or eating too much food (like turkey, more turkey and some holy cow in the form of ribs) here are some news items you may have missed over the break.
First off our fearless leader Ted has a post about how America could become oil independent thanks to Israeli technology. While this is good news for gas guzzlers, home owners may want to check out Israel’s latest breakthrough in solar power.
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto has put on notice the leaders of every European nation.
Your secularism, your democracy will not stand. The growing Muslim populations in your own lands that you have done so much to tolerate, protect and celebrate, will soon rise up against you. Sharia law shall become your law. The Caliph shall rule you.
It remains only for you to choose submission or assassination.
Coal in Israel’s stocking
By Clifford D. May
In this holiday season, there are journalistic conventions one comes to expect: stories lamenting the commercialism of Christmas; stories summing up the 12 months gone by and predicting the direction of the New Year; and stories blaming Israelis for the problems afflicting the Holy Land.
Reuters, the BBC, McClatchy, ABC News — in recent days, all have run pieces in the last category. But the one that troubled me most appeared in the Wall Street Journal — my favorite national daily newspaper — on Dec. 24. It was written by Ken Woodward, a religion writer whose work I’ve long respected. But in this instance his subject was not religion but foreign affairs, and what he produced was the usual anti-Israeli dogma.
By Ted Belman
The LA Times continues with its pro-Palestinian advocacy and it misinformation. It recently published Will peace cost me my home? by Ghada Ageel who is a self professed “third-generation Palestinian refugee”. There are tens of millions of third generation refugees all over the world who neither claim a right of return nor would they ever claim to describe themselves that way. They and their parents have gotten on with their lives.
She demands that “Any Mideast pact must give Palestinians the right to return home.”
- But in 1948, in the first Arab-Israeli war, many people lost their lives defending our village from the Zionist militias. In the end, with their crops and homes burning, the villagers fled. My family eventually made its way to what became the refugee camp of Khan Yunis in Gaza. We were hit hard by poverty, humiliation and disease. We became refugees, queuing for tents, food and assistance, while the state of Israel was established on the ruins of my family’s property and on the ruins of hundreds of other Palestinian villages.
by Brigitte Gabriel, Family Security Matters, December 28, 2007
Harvard- and Oxford-educated Benazir Bhutto, who twice served Pakistan as its Prime Minister, was assassinated yesterday by Taliban and al Qaeda supporters in a spectacularly violent act in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This act threw the country into a spasm of violence on the eve of national elections planned for January 8th. The agony of Pakistan splattered across the small screen was palpable, as was the transformation of Bhutto into a martyr for democracy in the world’s media. That was reflected in comments from leaders in the US, France, India, Russia and even Iran.
Daniel Pipes argues it will help in a strange sort of way.
- [..] For Palestinians, hope derives from a perception of Israeli weakness, implying an optimism and excitement that the Jewish state can be eliminated. Conversely, when Palestinians cannot see a way forward against Israel, they devote themselves to the more mundane tasks of earning a living and educating their children. Note that the Palestinian economy peaked in 1992, just as, post-Soviet Union and post-Kuwait war, hopes bottomed out to eliminate Israel.
Exhilaration, not hardship, accounts for bellicose Palestinian behavior. Accordingly, whatever reduces Palestinian confidence is a good thing. A failed economy depresses the Palestinians’ mood, not to speak of their military and other capabilities, and so brings resolution closer.
Leah Rafaeli reports
A very close friend of one of my friends, recently went to a wedding in New Jersey. A Jewish wedding.
Before the ceremony, both families were on the stage or bima. The parents of the bride and groom had previously met, but the grandparents who were all alive and in their 80’s had never met before the wedding. The grandfather of the bride kept looking and looking at the grandmother of groom. He finally said to her, “You were my wife.” There was dead silence and he repeated, “You were my wife.”
Email from Andrew Hingston (Jerimiah Wails)
If you will please put a hollow point (or two or ten) through the head of this hysterical Right Wing sonofabitch, and the heads of Rabbi Marvin Hier, Rabbi Israeli Singer, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Bibi Netanyahu, the team at IsraPundit, the team at the Ariel Center for Policy Research, the Shas party, John McCain, Ron Paul, the steering committee of AIPAC, and all the Right Wing Loonies who think Israel is the most important place on earth, plus all the other people who think that their petty little tribal issues and their particular version of monotheism are more important than the long term survival of the Human Race, then billions upon billions of people will be grateful, and a great many of them will, I am certain, be more than happy to put a dollar (or pound, or euro) each into your secret Swiss bank account. Think of it as a win-win solution. Be a hero, and get rich quick at the same time. (Just like George Soros.)
2008 had better be happy, really happy, seriously happy, or else! If it’s not happy, start running. Because if you aren’t part of the solution, you will be dealt with as if you are part of the problem.
“To Restore Jerusalem as the City of Truth”
By Prof Paul Eidelberg
Is Israel a Democratic State?
Virtually everyone persists in calling Israel a “democracy,” including critics of the peace process. Apart from such criticism, the critics do little more than lament this or that government’s “betrayal of democracy.” Heaven forbid they should candidly state that Israel is not and never has been a democracy.
- · Whoever heard of a democracy that not only lacks a Constitution (like England) but whose legislators (unlike England’s) represent political parties rather than constituents or citizens?
· Whoever heard of a democracy whose Prime Minister can disregard the law with impunity?
By Jacob Berkmann
NEW YORK (JTA) — Thousands of evangelical Christian donors now have a powerful seat at the table of the Jewish Agency for Israel, the vanguard of the Zionist movement.
The Jewish Agency announced last week it has forged a “strategic partnership” with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, an organization that depends primarily on conservative Christian donors to raise tens of millions of dollars per year to help Israel and impoverished Jews in the Diaspora.
This is historic. I like it.
McCain-Lieberman ticket is the buzz at O.U. parley
LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Radio host Michael Medved, a hardcore Republican, and political scientist David Luchins, former adviser to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.), disagree on just about everything related to the presidential race.
Except the idea of John McCain.
In a campaign that they say is filled with adulterers, fundamentalists, crooks, bigots and wildcards, the GOP senator from Arizona is the only candidate both men say they could endorse — especially if his running mate were Senator Joe Lieberman, the Sabbath-observant Democrat-turned-Independent who crossed party lines last week to endorse the Republican war hero.
On Sunday, at the Orthodox Union’s West Coast Torah Convention in Beverly Hills, during a session titled “Should Torah Jews Vote Democratic or Republican?”, Medved and Luchins examined the campaign lineup. With about 100 peo! ple in attendance, they ruminated on which candidates deserve the support of Orthodox voters, the majority of whom bucked the overall Jewish trend and voted for President Bush in 2004.
I know that many of you who live abroad must be wondering why there seem to be so many former Israelis in your home towns. In fact, it’s a major problem. With all our success at attracting immigrants, nearly as many Jewish Israelis leave this country permanently every year as arrive here to stay. One reason is that those who leave recognize that ‘Israeliness’ is an empty value system that leaves them groping for ‘meaning’ in their lives. And they have had a resentment for Judaism ingrained in them that often does not allow religion to be the answer.
For those who have never heard the term, Israeliness is a way of describing what many of the country’s founders tried to substitute for Judaism. There was (and is) a belief among many on the left of the religious spectrum that Judaism was a religion for the exile, that once people came here they no longer needed it. Therefore, they tried to substitute a value system I (and I did not coin the term) refer to as ‘Israeliness.’ This is one of the reasons – probably the biggest one – that much of the religious establishment in Europe did everything in its power to keep its youth away from Zionism at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. They saw that the left-wing Zionists were as interested in separating Jews from their religion as they were in reuniting Jews with the Land of Israel.
The first issue is Pakistan’s nuclear potential; although this is the most pressing issue, it is probably the least worrying as the military is in control of Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities. The second issue is the strength of the radical Islamists, and finally the question of elections and democratisation in Pakistan.
In August 2008, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry issued a statement dismissing any concern that the international community may have in relation to the country’s nuclear facility. It appears that the American assessment is that the US has full knowledge of where Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are located.
There is increasing evidence of rising division in Pakistan with the radical Islamists seeking to assert their ideas on the rest of the country. It became visible last year with the Red Mosque incident, when a group of radical Islamists took over a mosque in the capital Islamabad.
By Ted Belman
I listened to the press conference on the assassination. The Whitehouse was at pains to support and defend democracy against the attempts of the terrorists to destroy it.
The only problem is that democracy in the Islamic world is no defense against extremists. In fact democracy often puts Islamists in power.
Everybody is playing this tune. Wrong, wrong , wrong.
The US should focus on putting the lid on Jihadists any way possibly. Democracy will hurt not help.
The attack on Bhutto is an attack on the US. The message “Get out of the Islamic world.”
FORECAST: BUSH WILL CANCEL HIS TRIP TO ISRAEL
IT WAS A STUPID IDEA TO BEGIN WITH. ASIDE FROM THE DANGER, THERE WILL BE MAJOR PROTESTS IN ISRAEL AND GAZA AND THE WEST BANK AGAINST HIS PLANS.
FROM HIS POINT OF VIEW, IT WILL BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE.
“I think we are very close to a decision point,” John Bolton says. “And if the choice is between nuclear Iran and use of force, I think we have to look at the use of force.”
Resistance by partisan ”shadow warriors” at the Department of State has limited the president’s options and is bringing us dangerously close to a military showdown with Iran, former Bush administration official John Bolton told Newsmax in an exclusive interview.
Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice initially had planned to provide significant aid to the pro-democracy movement in Iran, as a means of giving the president more policy options, Bolton said. But resistance by the State Department bureaucracy crippled the programs and rendered them ineffective. CONTINUE
This article includes the interview of Bolton by Timmerman.
Bolton rejects the NIE and argues that you can’t wait until the last moment to move. It may be too late then. He is also critical of the fact that Bush shed himself of conservatives, leaving him without a support group.
And as he points out in the following quote, the threat is not limited to Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.
- It’s not just the nuclear program. It’s Iran’s support for terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, the Gaza strip, including their activity particularly against our forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. So if steps are not taken soon, Iran and other nations in the region will draw the conclusion that we are not serious about stopping Iran’s nuclear program, we are not serious about stopping Iranian support for terrorism and they will draw the appropriate conclusions, all of which will be negative to American interest.
Finally he points out that pursuing diplomacy is not cost free. He argues there is the opportunity lost cost. US should have been doing other things rather than wait for negotiations.
Western financial aid to the Palestinians has, I showed last week, the perverse and counterintuitive effect of increasing their rate of homicides, including terrorist ones. This week, I offer two pieces of perhaps even stranger news about the many billions of dollars and record-shattering per-capita donations from the West: First, these have rendered the Palestinians poorer. Second, Palestinian impoverishment is a long-term positive development. …
Cross-posted at netwmd.com and IsraPundit