America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag
By Olivia Rodan Jacobs, author of Jerusalem 3000 THE POISONER’S AGENDA. Olivia tells me she is an avid reader of Israpundit.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah Palin’s autobiographical book, GOING ROGUE, I was initially disappointed when I picked up AMERICA BY HEART and realized this wasn’t going to be an anecdotal STORY book but a serious explanation of the ideology that governs Sarah’s life–and by her analysis, also shaped the founding fathers of our nation and still inspires the majority of hard-working Americans today. Fortunately, I found her writing style not only kept me enthralled but also made understanding her point of view easy.
U.N. Resolution and Political Correctness Aim to Curtail Freedom of Speech in the West
By Matthew M. Hausman
Freedom of speech is a right that is often taken for granted in the West, but one that is essential for the continuity of democratic society. It is also an endangered species that is currently under stealth attack by religious extremism masquerading as multicultural tolerance. As the United Nations recently called for member states to ratify the “Defamation of Religions Resolution,” as European nations enact legislation to designate as hate speech the critical discussion of specific religions, and as the political left blames western democracies for inflaming Islamist passions by refusing to submit to doctrinal totalitarianism, the right to speak freely is being threatened by a culture of political correctness in which progressive policymakers seek rapprochement with the Arab-Muslim world.
By watching this two part video of her recent speech you will learn of her great appeal and also of the battle lines for the next two years. T. Belman
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Quote for the Week
- “I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” Bob Dylan American poet and songwriter. (Our young women translate this nostrum into action. [See Below])
* We’ll start with the GN story of the day, the week, the month and probably the year. Israel is a high tech super power and there’s no denying that; it has been a chicken schnitzel champ for years and now for the first time it is in the enviable position of being a natural gas power to be reckoned with, with the confirmation yesterday of the presence of a huge deposit of natural gas sitting below its shore in the Leviathan gas field. Estimates show that the find contains 16 trillion cubic feet of gas whose monetary value ranges from $US45bn to $US90bn depending on which report you read. Fact is that Leviathan officially became the biggest deep-water gas discovery in the whole world for the last 10 years and has fulfilled the most optimistic hopes pinned on it. “Leviathan is the latest major discovery for Noble Energy and is easily the largest exploration discovery in our history.” said Noble Energy CEO Charles Davidson. Mr David Stover President and COO of the company continued, saying, ‘Leviathan has the potential to position Israel as a natural- gas-exporting nation.’ But we feel it only right and proper to leave the last word[s] to our Prime Minister, Mr Netanyahu: “A day in which we learn about the Leviathan gas field, a day in which we pass a two-year budget [as distinct from its one year predecessors], and a day in which we are told that the Israeli economy grew faster than most of the economies of the west [see below for details] and created 100,000 jobs – this is a day on which to be very optimistic indeed,” And there’s no need to add to that.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his new attempt to get the United Nations to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank was specifically designed to win U.S. support.
The Palestinians have drafted a proposal and are lobbying for a Security Council resolution that would declare West Bank settlements illegal and an “obstacle to peace.”
The U.S. has said it does not support the move. Israel has said it’s an attempt by the Palestinians to avoid negotiations.
Speaking in Brazil on Thursday, Abbas said the Palestinian draft used the “same words” as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has in criticizing settlements.
Phyllis Chesler, FrontPageMag
Although he was loyal to a Middle Eastern country, the American military hired him as an intelligence officer and translator anyway—partly because he knew an important Middle East language. Nevertheless, he was a poor choice. This man passed classified documents to “insurgents” in Iraq who were battling American forces; he also had conversations with members of Al Qaeda and kept their documents on his computer.
His name—one of five aliases—is Noureddine Malki. He pretended to be from Lebanon, the persecuted son of a Muslim father and a Christian mother, and on this basis allegedly sought and received asylum in America, naturalized citizenship, and a job as an Arabic translator for the Army. He received top secret clearance and was working in Iraq where he took bribes from various Sunni sheikhs and passed classified information on to them.
I love our kids
Green light org. (Prevent traffic accidents)
yes glee flash mob Tel Aviv
In a move that caught the Israeli government and the Jewish world by complete surprise, on October 21, 2010, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Tomb of the Hebrew Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem “an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territories,” admonishing the Israeli decision to add these biblical shrines to the list of Jewish historical and archaeological sites as “a violation of international law.” …
A couple of months ago I posted an article which listed many leading Jewish intellectuals that support Sarah Palin for President. In this article David Solway adds his name to the list. T. Belman
There is probably no one more qualified for the White House than Sarah Palin. But is she electable?
by David Solway,PAJAMAS MEDIA
Sarah Palin continues to galvanize the imagination of both her ardent supporters and her hectoring adversaries. It is easy to understand her appeal to those who have rallied behind her and her possible candidacy for the office of president of the United States. She has a lot going for her: charm, personableness, natural smarts, moral probity, executive competence, independence of character, and a passionate love of country. These are undeniable advantages, or should be in any sane political environment.
By Barry Rubin
Since I have written about how easily fooled Western politicians, officials, journalists, and academics are by Middle Eastern radicals, I’m going to try to provide examples in a regular feature called Dopes of the Day. This is a good starting point. (Be sure to read this article to the end to find out about both Dopes of the Day.)
There is a newspaper in Lebanon called al-Akhbar. Curiously, while other newspapers are in decline or starved for funds, al-Akhbar is expanding. The New York Times reporter fell for the foolish notion that this newspaper is some model of independence and enterprise. In fact, it is not exactly a secret in Lebanon that it is a hard-line, Syrian backed newspaper that repeatedly slanders the moderate forces there as well as delivers propaganda for Hizballah. And that’s where the money comes from.
Southern Sudan does not plan to establish relations with Israel
Today’s Asharq al-Awsat quotes the minister of information for the possible state as saying, unequivocally, that the state would not establish diplomatic relations with Israel if and when it is established. Sudan’s Christians are concentrated in the south and many are spearheading the efforts for independence. Israels reward for helping them! Yamit
When it comes down to it, all of the anti-Israel agitators, protesters and complainers use the same method for their smears. It is easy, effective and sometimes even partially truthful.
The method is to simply compare Israel with their idea of perfection, and note where it falls short.
It is insidious, because when it is done well, it is difficult to argue against on a point by point basis, and that tends to make people think that Israel is guilty of horrendous crimes. It is criticism without context, calumnies without comparisons, arguments without considering the alternative.
A classic example is being broadcast today on NPR, on the very real problem of tens of thousands of illegal African immigrants who are sneaking into Israel:
In Israel, No Welcome Mat For African Migrants
Israeli officials have stepped up efforts to stem the flow of African asylum seekers and migrant workers into Israel. With numbers reaching into the tens of thousands, Israeli officials are pressed to find a policy to combat the ever-increasing flow of people.
Israeli construction workers are battling against the blustery wind and sandstorms to build a fence across one stretch of desert.
The $270 million fence will cover 87 miles of Israel’s southern border with Egypt. African refugees are smuggled through this area almost daily. They travel thousands of miles and often spend their life savings to try to reach Israel, a country they see as their doorstep to the West.
Lieberman can feel at home at the Kremlin
Russian officials see Lieberman as one of their own: His worldview and value system are the same as Putin’s.
By Ari Shavit
A year and a half ago Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met in Moscow with President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The talks, which were very optimistic, went on in Russian, and among other things sharply criticized the United States. For that reason, they stirred a great deal of interest at American Embassy in Moscow. According to WikiLeaks, the acting deputy chief of mission, Alice Wells, sent a secret cable to Washington on June 2, 2009, stating that the senior Russian government officials view Lieberman as one of their own.
It is not difficult to imagine what would have happened in Israel if it were discovered that the Russians, the Chinese, or the French saw Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak or former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as one of their own. But the WikiLeaks revelation made no impression here. No main headlines, no further journalistic investigation, no editorials. Just as we knew nothing about the Eastern European life of the foreign minister before WikiLeaks, we know nothing about it today, either. The strong man of Israeli politics was and remains a mystery.
OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
At the United Nations, 2011 will be a challenging year. I want to brief you on what lies ahead, share highlights from the year that was, and ask you to please consider donating to ensure the vital work of UN Watch.
Consider, first, what’s being decided today. The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote overwhelmingly to hold a “Durban 3” celebration in New York during September 2011, days after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
As you know, the U.N.’s original Durban “anti-racism” conference, in 2001, turned into a festival of anti-Semitic and anti-American hatred, incited by PLO chief Yasser Arafat and other supporters of terrorism. It’s outrageous that anyone would now celebrate that event.
“The French know very well that those missiles will never be used against any foe besides Israel, and they also know that Israeli tanks will never enter Lebanon except in response to direct attacks on Israel or Israeli soldiers. So, in effect, the sale says, “We wish to help Lebanon attack Israel and defend against Israeli counter-attack.”
But fear not, the French too recognize Israel’s “right to exist.”
by Jonathan Rosenblum
Three South American countries – Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay — have formally recognized a Palestinian state defined by the 1949 armistice lines, and the European Union has expressed its intention of doing so at the appropriate time. The Palestinian Authority claims that ten European states have already committed to full diplomatic relations with the phantom state of Palestine.
The Palestinians have been down this road before. In 1988, before Oslo and before the Palestinian Authority, they persuaded over 100 nations to duly recognize a Palestinian state, with precious little to show for it. What more do the Palestinians hope to achieve this time? And what claim do they have to such recognition?
Blacks as well as Latinos were far behind whites in employment levels even when the economy was booming. Hmmmm maybe we should send aid ships to American Blacks? Is this why Obama pushed to extend unemployment benefits? Yamit
From the Washington Post:
Unemployment for African Americans is projected to reach a 25-year high this year, according to a study released Thursday by an economic think tank, with the national rate soaring to 17.2 percent and the rates in five states exceeding 20 percent.
Better not tell human rights organizations, or else they will start writing a whole lot of reports about how the US is oppressing blacks to cause this high unemployment rate.
Laura: The Guardian once again exposes its moral depravity. If not granting recognition to a “palestinian” terror state makes America a rogue nation which stands out and apart from the rest of the world, then I’m proud to be considered a “rogue”. The fact that 80%-90% of the world recognizes “palestine” does not confer legitimacy upon such an entity. There are people who have far greater claims to statehood than the so-called “palestinians”, such as the Kurds based on being a people with a distinct ethnicity, culture and language. Yet the world isn’t clamoring for the creation of Kurdistan. A combination of dependency on Arab oil, fear of islamic terrorism and yes of course anti-Semitism is the reason “palestine” has worldwide support. There is no historical, ethnic or religious justification for such a state. As to the notion of recognizing “palestine” “with its full pre-1967 borders”, no such borders existed since no state of “palestine” ever existed. Those areas were controlled by Jordan and Egypt respectively. The reason America has been an admirable country is because we stand for freedom and individual liberty. However, in the perverse mind of the writer of this editorial, the only way America can be admirable again and stand for human rights is to abandon a democratic ally and join the rest of the morally bankrupt world in favoring a gang of terrorists instead. In the perverse minds of the advocates for “palestine”, to be for human rights is to support the creation of an islamic terror state under sharia law at the expense of a free and democratic Israel which respects human rights.
On 17 December, Bolivia extended diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine within its full pre-1967 borders (all of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem). Coming soon after the similar recognitions by Brazil and Argentina, Bolivia’s recognition brought to 106 the number of UN member states recognising the state of Palestine, whose independence was proclaimed on 15 November, 1988.
While still under foreign belligerent occupation, the state of Palestine possesses all the customary international law criteria for sovereign statehood. No portion of its territory is recognised by any other country (other than Israel) as any other country’s sovereign territory and, indeed, Israel has only asserted sovereignty over a small portion of its territory – expanded East Jerusalem – leaving sovereignty over the rest both literally and legally uncontested.
Eli E. Hertz, MYTHS AND FACTS
Calls for a freeze on Jewish construction in disputed Territories – while Arab construction, which far exceeds Jewish development, continues unfettered – are clearly biased.
Arabs claim that Jewish settlements “change the status” of the Territories and represent a distortion of the Oslo Accords. The phrase applies to acts that change the political status of the disputed territory – such as outright Israeli annexation or a Palestinian declaration of statehood. Since Jewish settlements are legal, any halt in construction should be reciprocated.
Haven’t you heard, Israeli democracy is in danger. That’s the latest media talking point on Israel. And where is the threat to Israeli democracy coming from? From its democracy.
Who’s Afraid of Israeli Democracy?
Haven’t you heard, Israeli democracy is in danger. That’s the latest media talking point on Israel. And where is the threat to Israeli democracy coming from? From its democracy.
Confused? That’s probably because you think that the word ‘democracy’ has something to do with the popular vote and the right of every person, irrespective of their religion, country of origin or accent to vote for the party of their choice – as misguided as the vote may be in some eyes. However, it actually means- the right of media pundits, academics and elitist judges to dictate how the country is run based on the values of a entitled upper class scrambling to hold on to power.
Out of their concern for Israeli democracy, the American media and the Obama Administration have been pressuring Netanyahu to “broaden” his coalition by replacing the Shas party of Middle Eastern Jews and the Israel is Our Home party of Russian immigrants, with the Kadima party. Traditionally, calls for a broader coalition usually mean one that represents more of the country. But due to their fear for “Israeli democracy”, this is actually a call for a coalition that represents fewer sectors of the country.
If Israel discovers a major oil find will the nations of the world love us? Probably not! Yamit
Leviathan as big as estimated
Natural gas reserves in the Leviathan structure total 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Noble Energy CEO Davidson: Leviathan is easily the largest exploration discovery in our history.The reserve, Leviathon, is the largest amount of natural gas discovered in the world in the last decade and is located in approximately 5,400 feet (1,645 meters) of water, about 130 kilometers offshore of Haifa and 29 miles (47 kilometers) southwest of the Tamar discovery
Israel’s GDP grows 4.5%
Growth in 2010 was well above the OECD average.
The natural gas reserves in the Leviathan structure total 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, based on preliminary results of the production tests received in the past few days. This is the amount estimated from the 3D seismic survey. The quantity is double the gas reserves at Tamar.
The results have been reported by Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL), which owns 39.66% of the prospect.
According to Noble Energy, “The well encountered a minimum of 220 feet (67 meters) of net natural gas pay in several subsalt Miocene intervals. Apparent reservoir quality is very good, and the intervals discovered are geologically similar to those intersected at Tamar.”
Cinnamon Stillwell and Eric Golub:
… What is odd is why more Middle East studies professors don’t relish the opportunity to condemn the medieval practices sanctioned by Shariah — stonings, beheadings, honor killings, and execution for apostasy, for starters.
Instead, Abou El Fadl spent over fifteen minutes describing alleged acts of violence worldwide against Muslims by non-Muslims, a trend he ascribed to “the effect of the Islamophobic hate tract.” …