Perhaps it’s only fitting that we should end 2013 with the dumbest Jewish debate of the year, namely whether Swarthmore College’s Hillel should be allowed to have an open policy of bringing anti-Zionists and other Israel haters to lecture under its banner. Firstly, Swarthmore’s announcement of their “Open Hillel” policy is wildly hypocritical. Really? You’re that open to free speech? Then why only on Israel? Jesus is arguably the most famous Jew who ever lived. Allow Christian evangelists to lecture to the Hillel students as well, not to mention anti-Jewish conspiracy theorists who espouse Jewish dominance of the media and finance to advocate their positions as well.
- Palestinian sources told the Saudi daily Al-Watan on Sunday that the Kerry plan offers Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a political trade-off: Israeli recognition of the 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state, in return for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people.
[I’d rather have no recognition and no negotiations based on ’67 lines. Ted Belman]
- US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a political trade-off: Israeli recognition of the 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state, in return for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, Palestinian sources told the Saudi daily Al-Watan on Sunday.
Defense Ministry spokesman Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Monday said that if compromises in peace negotiations would lead to “rockets from Nablus, Ramallah and Jenin onto Ben-Gurion Airport, then I would rather have a European boycott” on Israel.
The State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in Washington Tuesday, Dec. 31, that Secretary John Kerry would discuss with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas a “proposed framework” to serve as “a guideline for addressing all core issues” in the decades-long dispute.
“Some people say this would be an interim agreement. No, that’s not the case,” she said. The core issues she listed were “borders between Israel and a future Palestine, security arrangements, the fate of Palestinian refugees and conflicting claims to the holy city of Jerusalem.
”Kerry leaves for Israel and Ramallah on New Year’s Day to continue his shuttle, after Monday night, Dec. 30, Israel released from jail 26 Palestinian terrorists serving life sentences for murder.
DEBKAfile reported earlier that the US Secretary does not expect Israeli and Palestinian leaders to approve the proposed framework – only to contribute their comments. We also reported that Abbas had indicated to the Secretary that that Palestinians were preparing to reject his proposals by demanding their referral to the various pan-Arab forums.
DEBKA Weekly No. 616 of Dec. 20 was first to divulge the nine points of the unpublished draft Kerry planned to present to Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week. Since then, certain amendments were introduced – especially in relation to Israel’s military presence in the Jordan Valley and Judea and Samaria. The document continues to be molded by Kerry’s ongoing back-and-forth communications with the two parties.
Nevertheless, the nine points disclosed hereunder stand as the basic guidelines of the proposed US framework:
By CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST
“Today a core goal of US Middle East policy is to secure the release of Palestinian mass murderers from Israeli prisons.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Israel for his 14th visit this week. And to assure that his stay will be a happy one, Saturday night the government approved the release of 26 more Palestinian mass murderers from prison. This will please Kerry because today a core goal of US Middle East policy is to secure the release of Palestinian mass murderers from Israeli prisons.
by Rabbi Dr. Daniel M. Zucker
After four and a half years of the most inept administration of foreign policy concerning the Middle-East since a Georgia peanut farmer played a term as POTUS and managed to lose the late shah’s Iran as a valuable ally in favor of a theocractic tyrant who wished to drag his country and the region back to the seventh century, it would seem hard to display any increased ineptitude. But the events of the last several month have proven that the White House has outdone itself in demonstrating ignorance and its ability to promulgate rankly absurd policy. From Syria to Egypt and Iraq and on to the Palestine-Israel question and now to Iran’s nuclear bid, amidst lingering questions about Libya worthy of impeachment, the American foreign policy establishment as represented by the current administration has shown that it has no comprehension of who is friend and who is foe in that crucial region, or worse yet, doesn’t care. A more dangerous situation is hard to imagine.
The people have the power to stop terrorist releases – all it takes is a simple change of mindset.
Here we go again. Another “batch” of 26 convicted killers set to go free in a futile “goodwill gesture” to those who seek our lives; another campaign by the bereaved families of their victims completely ignored by the powers-that-be. Another betrayal of justice. More tears, more heartbreak. It is so exhausting.
The will of the people in all this is, of course, completely ignored. Support for such “gestures” exists only among Arab nationalists and the fringes of the far-left, and Israeli national consensus is staunchly and vocally opposed. Yet there seems to be little the silent majority can do other than shake our heads in dismay, powerless to stop the impending, heart-wrenching abandonment of all sense, justice and compassion. As we watch the tears roll down the faces of bereaved mothers, siblings, sons and daughters, we witness the eternal truth of the Jewish saying that “he who is merciful to the cruel will ultimately be cruel to the merciful”.
Mudar Zahran, a person I have been closely connected to for a few years, contacted me and informed me that Jordan will be seeking his extradition and if successful extradition would be a death sentence for him. I have been discussing his options with him and advised him I would help him if I could. Ted Belman
Mudar Zahran is a political refugee and has been granted asylum by the British Government.
Mudar Zahran, a Palestinian writer and academic from Jordan who has written op-eds for The Jerusalem Post, was indicted in a Jordanian court for incitement and damaging the image of Jordan.
By Daniel Greenfield, FPM
American progressives like to think of their country as backward and reactionary compared to Europe. And they have never been more right than now when Europe and the rest of the First World have gone right while America under Obama has been left back.
Suleiman mentioned the “Israeli threat” because that’s Arab boiler plate. What is important here is to note the Saudi interest is in strengthening the Army over Hezbollah which is the Iranian threat. Key here is the desire to help UNIFIL enforce Res 1701 as quickly as possible.
Mohamad Chatah, was assassinated a few days ago. According to Elliot Abrams, Chatah was a brave foe of Hezbollah and Assad, Hezbollah hass been pushing to have the same power over Lebanon as Syria did. No doubt this was a factor in Saudi arabia stressing the urgency and providing the money.
The thrust of this resolution is for Lebanon to deploy troops in south Lebanon and to stop smuggling of arms and to disarm Hezbollah.
Perhaps this is part of a deal in which The Saudis ensure that Hezbollah will not reign rockets down on Israel and Israel attacks Iran. Ted Belman
+++SOURCE: Naharnet (Lebanon)
President Michel Suleiman on Sunday[29 Dec.] announced that Saudi Arabia has
decided to donate three billion dollars with the aim of purchasing French
weapons for the Lebanese army as soon as possible.
“Enhancing the army’s capabilities is a unifying national and popular demand
and a source of pride and it is a dream that I always had during my 41 years
of military service, and it is the dream of every Lebanese since
independence to confront the Israeli threat, protect democracy, face
terrorism and put an end to the proliferation of arms,” said the president.
Everyone is talking about Dr. Denis MacEoin’s letter to St. James Church
St. James’s Church, in Piccadilly, London, decided to celebrate Christmas by erecting, outside its church, a monumental replica of the Israeli security barrier .
Through the association of Palestinian Arabs with Jesus’ story, St. James Church invokes classical anti-Semitic tropes.
We should not be surprised. The same motivation is behind the burying of the Levy Report. It was also behind Dayan’s turning the keys over to the WAQF
See also Arieh Eldad’s comments on the matter.. Ted Belman
I saw this report last week, and unfortunately thought it was just another report about about how the Muslims are destroying priceless Jewish archaeology on the Temple Mount (see picture above). Sadly, there’s more to it than that.
In 2008, Israel’s state comptroller produced a report that was highly critical of the State’s handling of the Temple Mount. The issues involved included the aforementioned destruction, the prevention of Jewish prayer on the Mount (which as some of you may recall is not something my rabbis permit me to do), and the general control that the Muslim Wakf exercises on the Mount.
With the Geneva Nuclear Accord still far from implementation a month after it was signed in Geneva, the United States and Iran are moving into stage two of their rapprochement: They are now fighting together to crush Al Qaeda terror in Iraq, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military sources report.
Iraq is two weeks into a major offensive for cutting al Qaeda down – the first major military challenge the jihadists have faced in the past six years. Three armies are fighting alongside Iraq: the United States, Iran’s Al Qods Brigades officers and Syria.
by Simon Deng
Simon Deng, a former South Sudanese slave taken by a neighbor as a young boy to Islamist Northern Sudan, gave this impassioned speech at the Durban Watch Conference in New York, Sept 22, 2011.
I want to thank the organizers of this conference, The Perils of Global Intolerance. It is a great honor for me and it is a privilege really to be among today’s distinguished speakers.
I came here as a friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I came to protest this Durban conference which is based on a set of lies. It is organized by nations who are themselves are guilty of the worst kinds of oppression.
It will not help the victims of racism. It will only isolate and target the Jewish state. It is a tool of the enemies of Israel. The UN has itself become a tool against Israel. For over 50 years, 82 percent of the UN General Assembly emergency meetings have been about condemning one state – Israel. Hitler couldn’t have been made happier.
by Yosef Juarez
When I was three years old, I fell from the second story of my house and dropped head-first onto the concrete, fracturing my skull. I was rushed to the hospital and wasn’t moving at all, just gazing off into the distance. The situation was very grave. But then something strange happened. The next day, it was as if nothing had happened. The doctor ordered new x-rays, and there was no sign of any damage – no fracture, not even a scratch.
[ALON PLAN, HERE WE COME. T. BELMAN]
Yesh Atid, Hatnua are likely to appeal vote on bill that would apply Israeli law to the area, significantly limit PM, Livni in peace talks; Erekat: Bill shows Israel’s “indifference” to international law, undermines peace efforts.
The government may be on the way to annexing the Jordan Valley, with the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approving a bill to that effect Sunday.
By Arlene Kushner
There was never any need to draw a connection between building in Israel and releasing terrorists. It’s a crooked comparison, but since the world is also crooked, we’re left with one of two options: Either we can fix it, or we can mitigate the damage and isolate the benefits. This time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose the second option, and because of that decision, Jerusalem and its environs have to form the core of the Zionist enterprise.
I get a real charge out of reading articles like this. I love reading about how Jews from all over the world are choosing to live in Israel What a common bond. Ted Belman
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Operation Dove’s Wings – Immigrants from Ethiopia greeted at Ben Gurion Airport (Aug 2013)
Copyright: Jewish Agency/Moshik Brin
According to data compiled by The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israel Ministry of Immigration and Absorption, some 19,200 immigrants arrived in Israel in 2013, a modest increase from the 18,940 who arrived in 2012.
2013 saw an overall increase of 35% in Aliyah from western Europe, with the arrival of 4,390 immigrants this year as opposed to 3,258 in 2012. The most dramatic increase was noted in Aliyah from France, which saw the arrival of 3,120 immigrants as opposed to 1,916 last year thanks to the Israel experience programs for French Jewish youth and Aliyah encouragement efforts amongst the French Jewish community. 2013 also saw the arrival of some 3,000 immigrants from North America, and 1,240 immigrants from Latin America in 2013 – a 34% increase over last year’s 926.
Hillary & Co. create a climate for bullying.
In “protecting the rights of all people to worship the way they choose,” then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton vowed “to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.”
Mrs. Clinton required translation into the language of truth, as she generally does when her lips are moving. By the “rights” of “all people” to “worship” as “they choose,” she meant the sharia-based desire of Muslim supremacists to foreclose critical examination of Islam.Madame Secretary, you see, was speechifying before her friends at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) — the bloc of 56 Muslim countries plus the Palestinian territories.
In the 29th Dec 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:
- An Israeli biotech has developed five antibodies to fight cancer.
- Four amazing Israeli treatments for diabetes, including a pill for “type 1” sufferers.
- A brilliant music video ridicules the comparison of Israel to Apartheid South Africa.
- Intel-Israel is at the core of the new “two-in-one” tablet-laptop computers.
- Israel’s TowerJazz is to manufacture Panasonic products for the Japanese market.
- Israel’s Or Aviram is the new men’s world ten-pin bowling champion. Read more …