Into the fray: Will the West withstand the Obama presidency?

By Martin Sherman, JPOST

I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. – Barack Hussein Obama, Cairo, 2009

For anyone who understands that the US Constitution is not a Sharia-compliant document –neither in letter nor in spirit – it should be alarmingly apparent that the Obama-incumbency is a dramatic and disturbing point of inflection in the history of America and its “Western” allies. By “Western” I mean countries whose political practices and societal norms are rooted in Judeo- Christian foundations in a cultural rather than in any religious sense.

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Surviving the New Middle East

By Ted Belman

The US is embracing fundamentalist Islam. First, she embraced Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and now its the turn of Shiite Iran. The US certainly doesn’t want to take the side of the Sunnis against the Shiites. And she is tired of taking the side of Israel against both the Shiites and the Sunnis. That’s why the US, especially under Obama, has been undermining Israel at every turn. That’s the new ME.

Israel and the Gulf states are imperiled by this reality. Fundamentalist Islam, what other kind is there, doesn’t accept the Balfour Declaration and the creation of Israel. It is dedicated to its destruction. The Arab Peace Initiative suggests they would be willing to accept Israel in ’67 “borders” but I wouldn’t count on it. Even if we accepted the ’67 lines they would still demand the right of return which is a euphemism for the destruction of the Jewish state. Clearly, if Israel falls or is weakened, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states will also fall and maybe Egypt too.

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“Is American Racist?”

Oprah Bravely Names the Hatred Roiling the American Body Politic

by David Solway with tongue in cheek

The United States, as many informed celebrities, experts and political figures would have us believe, is without doubt an impenitently racist nation. Most recently, for example, the divine Oprah told the BBC that the “disrespect” which many Americans feel for Barack Obama has to do with the fact that he is African American. Of course, Obama is not African American, he is half-white, so he is at least as Caucasian American as anything else that he might conceivably be. But this is a mere triviality—he is, after all, what we have come to call a “racialized person.” The skepticism with which many Americans have come to regard Obama plainly has nothing to do with his incompetence, his frivolity, his bald-face lying, his betrayal of America’s long-time allies, his overriding of Congress, his pro-Islamic politics, his divisive style of governing, his playing of the race card, his undermining of the Constitution, his susceptibility to scandals, his socialist convictions, his appointment of 32 unaccountable “czars,” his counter-productive economic agenda, or the destructive travesty of Obamacare. On the contrary, it is entirely a matter of skin tone. Unlike the country in which Oprah gave her interview, which never so much as entertained the prospect of a black (or brown) head of state, America continues to sink deep into a racial quagmire.

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Michele Bachmann: Iran Nuclear Facilities ‘Must be Bombed’

Geneva Deal Obama’s ‘Biggest Cudgel’ to Prevent Israel Self-Defense

Michele Bachmann.

House Intelligence Committee member Michelle Bachmann said that Iran’s nuclear facilities “must be bombed.”

In a speech at a Zionist Organization of America gala on Sunday night, Bachmann said that the Geneva deal reached between Iran and world powers at the weekend will severely limit Israel’s ability to operate freely in the interests of its self defense.

Bachmann said, “It may be incumbent upon the Prime Minister to make a decision he has no desire to make, and that would be to bomb facilities, that must be bombed, in Iran.”

The former presidential candidate framed the deal as a deliberate effort to harm Israel’s security interests.

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Arik Einstein was Israel’s Frank Sinatra

By Ted Belman

Til his passing I never heard of him. But judging from the reaction of the Israelis and their media, he was well beloved in Israel. An icon.

Steven Plaut wrote to his list, recommending these two albums of his as his best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHdb6YDvHII&list=PL5026A8C0FD04BBF6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkaJC0zXxvY&list=PL0978CBD3A2C3646A

‘He was a giant. He was our Frank Sinatra’
Thousands of mourners from across the country pour into Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to pay last respects to Israeli music icon Arik Einstein • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: In a nation of great artists and singers, you were greater than all of them.

November 29, 2013 | 4 Comments » | 3 views

No future for an Israeli Bi-national State

Failure of the Two-State Solution: A Reply to Ian Lustick

By Yale Zussman, ALGEMEINER

After making it very clear that there is no Palestinian nation, Zussman goes on to make some other useful points which I have highlighted in the extract below:

    The “dirty secret” on the Israeli side is that the Oslo process was initiated not solely to make peace with the Palestinians but also to discredit the Israeli Right. It is no coincidence that the Left took up this issue shortly after their monopoly on forming the government was broken. The idea was that by solving this problem, the Left would demonstrate that it alone was worthy of ruling the country. The Palestinian response to the possibility of peace, to raise the level of violence, ended up proving to the Israeli electorate that the Oslo Process was a failure and this strengthened the Israeli Right. The response from the Israeli Left has been an ever more desperate effort to force the peace process toward a solution that will “vindicate” the Left’s claims about their right to rule the country, regardless of the consequences for the country.

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“The Vatican Against Israel”: Review of New Meotti Book

In his new book, “The Vatican Against Israel: J’Accuse”, Giulio Meotti explores the theological foundation for 1,700 years of Catholic enmity toward Jews and how this is played out against Israel since the start of modern Zionism.

By Janet Levy, INN

With the election of Pope Francis this past March as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, hopes have run high for a much-needed turnaround in Jewish-Catholic relations that would finally extinguish centuries-old, Catholic anti-Semitism and its concerted efforts to sabotage the Jewish State.

Those hopes took shape when, as cardinal of Argentina, he maintained close ties with the local Jewish community, attended Rosh Hashanah services, co-hosted a Kristallnacht memorial ceremony, and was the first public figure to condemn the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires by the Islamic terrorist group, Hezbollah.

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SHOCKER: Israel to Join United Nations Human Rights Council

By Arutz Sheva Staff

Israel has been accepted to join the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Maariv reported Thursday. The international body infamous for condemning the Jewish state will now add it to the list of 9 Western states.

The move is a complete about-face for the UNHRC, which in its 5-year history has condemned Israel over 46 times – more than any other nation in the world.

The UNHRC was also the body that appointed the Goldstone Commission’s investigation of ‘Operation Cast Lead’ in the December 2008 – January 2009 Gaza War, eventually concluding that Israel had committed war crimes.

While Judge Richard Goldstone rescinded parts of his report in 2011, heavy damage had already been done to Israel’s reputation following what many view as a highly politicized smear campaign.

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First Sinai-based Al Qaeda cell to infiltrate the West Bank eliminated in Hebron hills

DEBKAfile Special Report November 28, 2013,

The three terrorists killed by Israeli forces in the southern Hebron village of Yata Tuesday, Nov. 26, were depicted officially as a band of “Salafi jihadists,” a vague term meant to cloak their real identity. DEBKAfile’s counterterrorism sources disclose that the trio represented the first al Qaeda cell to infiltrate the West Bank from Sinai, either through Jordan to the east or the Gaza Strip to the south.

Hence the combined army, Shin Bet and special anti-terror forces deployed to expeditiously deal with the menace.

The Sinai-based cell is believed to have landed in the Hebron area of Judea and Samaria in the past month as the precursors of a major network. Their job was to build infrastructure to accommodate an al Qaeda offshoot of the Sinai organization fighting the Egyptian army. The trio’s first step was to recruit operatives for the launch of a big terrorist campaign against Israel as well as the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.

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Poll: Majority of Israelis Believe Settlements to be Legal

Algemeiner

A strong majority of Israelis believe Jewish settlement in the West Bank to be legal under Israeli law, a new poll shows.

The survey, conducted by New Wave Research on behalf of Regavim, found that 60 percent of Israelis view the settlements to be legal, while only 16 percent consider them to be illegal. 24% were unsure.

When respondents were asked about the legality of settlements under international law, the results differed substantially. A slight majority of 36% said they were legal and 35% said they believed them to be illegal. 29% said they didn’t know.

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Israel is incapable of saying “no”

By Ted Belman

America has forced Israel to:

1. Accept the Roadmap which contained the Saudi Plan and prohibited settlement construction. Our 14 reservations meant nothing and Res 242 was forgotten about.

2. Sign the Rafah Agreement that squeezed us out of the Rafah Crossing thereby giving rise to unrestricted smuggling. The result of which was over 10,000 rockets coming our way.

3. Accept Res 1701 at end of the second Lebanon war which was to stop Hezbollah from rearming. It did no such thing and now the US is negotiating with Hezbollah.

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November 28, 2013 | 23 Comments » | 6 views

EU punishes Israel on settlements, rewards it on UN club

We don’t know enough about what is going on. As I understand it, they give us 900 million EUROS providing it is spent west of the green line. Israel contributes 600 EUROS to the fund. Presumably everyone shares the intellectual property created but we don’t how they share it. The appendix sounds like our 14 reservations to the Roadmap. Nothing will come of it. I don’t understand why this program is so important to Israel. The net difference of 300 EUROS would be easy to find especially now that we are an energy rich country. What’s in it for us. Please enlighten me. Ted Belman

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BY ANDREW RETTMAN, EUOBSERVER

BRUSSELS – Poor Israeli PR has seen the EU enforce new rules on science funding, but EU states compensated Israel with a UN gift.

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IDF: We Foiled a Huge Terror Attack

Senior officer says success like that of counterterrorist operation against Salafi cell happens ‘once in a decade.’

By Gil Ronen, INN

The IDF’s Central Command is highly pleased with an operation that killed three Salafi terrorists Tuesday at Yata, south of Hevron.

“Succeeding in preventing a terror attack of this magnitude, before it is executed, and with no one hurt from our forces, is an event that happens once in a decade,” a senior source from the Judea and Samaria Regiment said

“The elimination of three terrorists and the arrest of six collaborators are a meaningful achievement,” the source said. “There are definitely people out there, we do not know how many and where, whose lives have been saved by this move.”

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Livni: Israel must advance peace talks to help Iran deal

“Solving the conflict with the Palestinians would enable a united front with Arab countries against Iran,” Justice Minister says.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni

Israel should take steps to advance the diplomatic process with the Palestinians in order to ensure the best possible deal between the world’s leading countries and Iran, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni suggested at a peace conference in the Knesset on Monday.

Livni pointed out that the six months in which the P5+1 countries will be negotiating a permanent accord with Iranare, not coincidentally, the same period left in the nine months US Secretary of State John Kerry allocated for talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Should Bibi lead his party or his country?

By GIL HOFFMAN, JPOST

Premier will appear at Likud convention next month which will discuss annexation of Judea and Samaria, Temple Mount prayer rights.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to attend a controversial Likud convention meeting next month, despite his opposition to right-wing proposals that are expected to pass at the event, sources close to him said Wednesday.

Netanyahu has tried to prevent a convention in his party on diplomatic issues from being held for years. But the meeting will be held December 18 with an agenda that is being approved by a panel headed by hawkish Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon.

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Obama is determined to create Palestine on ’67 lines

If Israel has to accept Obama’s terms on Palestine. It should reject the embrace. Its not worth it. Even the Palestinians don’t accept his terms.  Even if he gives us better offensive capabilities, the world won’t let us use them preemptively. On the other hand if Obama wants to end the Palestinian conflict he must agree to Israel unilaterally drawing new borders, more to our liking, and arrange for the world to recognize such borders. Its that easy but this he will not do as it will upset Iran. Ted Belman

Livni is touting this line. She wants Israel to focus on a Palestine deal rather than the interim deal with Iran Livni says she is making progress.

Washington to stop wrangling with Israel, instead offer “embrace” with benefits, some military

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2013, 8:27 AM (IDT)

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have decided to put a stop to the row with the Netanyahu government over the interim nuclear accord signed with Iran Sunday, Nov. 24 in Geneva, DEBKAfile’s exclusive Washington sources report – partly because they need the prime minister’s cooperation for bringing the peace process with the Palestinians to a resolution. On this they are set.

As one US official put it Tuesday night, Nov. 26: the administration has determined “to embrace Netanyahu” from now on, instead of hitting back at his powerful castigation of Washington’s dealings with Tehran.  The administration hopes to stop this flow of rhetoric by a package of measures which it hopes will allay Israel’s concerns over the nuclear deal and the rapprochement in progress between the US and Islamic Republic.

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The motives and objectives of US policy toward Israel


FRESNO ZIONISM

With the US jumping to promote an interim agreement with Iran which weakens sanctions — probably forever — and does little or nothing to prevent Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon, many people are asking “what are the intentions of the Obama Administration in the Middle East?” The answer will be particularly important to Israelis, who see the development of an Iranian weapon as an existential threat.

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Obama has transformed the Middle East

By Ted Belman

When Pres. Obama first took office, Israel was surrounded by secular dictatorships for the most part. They included Eqypt, Jordan and Syria. The first two had peace agreements with Israel and still do.  Iraq, thanks to Pres Bush, had a fragile democratic government and did not share a border with Israel. Lebanon was dominated by Hezbollah, a proxy for Iran.

Prior to taking office Obama ran with a pro-Palestinian crowd made up of the radical left.  But more specifically it extended to Ali Abunimah, the founder of the anti-Israel Electronic Intifada, William Ayers, Edward Sayyid and Rashid Khalidi, former mouthpiece for master terrorist Yasser Arafat.  In 2003 Obama attended a farewell bash in honor of Khalidi who was going to a Columbia  to assume a professorship endowed in honor of Edward Sayyid another known terrorist apologist. What was said at this event was presumably, so damaging to Obama’s political career that the LA Times, that liberal bastion, who came into possession of a tape of the event, refused to release it.

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