By Anne Bayefsky, HRV
President Obama’s hemorrhaging foreign policy is creating an increasingly embarrassing mess at the United Nations. A four-week session of the U.N.’s top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, ended in Geneva on March 28, 2014, with a series of humiliating defeats for the president’s calling card of indiscriminate engagement.
Joining, and legitimizing, a U.N. Human Rights Council with no human rights conditions for membership was one of President Obama’s first foreign policy moves. Hence, the United States was elected to the council in 2009, re-elected in 2013, and currently sits alongside such human rights luminaries as Russia, China and Saudi Arabia.
By Ted Belman
I recently posted J Street’s hypocrisy must be exposed by Allan Dershowitz. I also posted Lies, Damn Lies, and J Street by Janet Tassel. She tells of the movie The J Street Challenge which Charles Jacob recently helped produce.
This movie is intended to be shown on campuses all across the US. It was introduced last week to an audience of 600 people in Philadelphia. Charles Jacobs and Alan Dershowitz were on the panel to discuss it. One of the people in attendance, who is a Christian, wrote to Jacobs, to complain about Dershowitz’s participation and sent me a co-copy.
Thundering ruling shakes country, Judge also convicts former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, former Bank Hapoalim Chairman Dan Dankner, Olmert’s former chief-of-staff Shula Zaken and 10 out of 13 individual defendants.
Completing nearly two years of what may be looked back on as the trial of the century, the Tel Aviv District Court on Monday convicted former prime minister Ehud Olmert on charges of bribery.
With a thundering ruling that will shake the country, Judge David Rozen also convicted former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, former Bank Hapoalim Chairman Dan Dankner, Olmert’s former chief-of-staff Shula Zaken and, in total, 10 out of 13 individual defendants (3 defendants are corporations.)
Israel is committed to buying this plane in a controversial deal. The purchase has been criticized because the plane is far too expensive and this was so even before these problems. Ted Belman
An F-35B fighter jet / AP
A major delay in the shipment of new F-35fighter jets is expected to diminish U.S. “warfighting capabilities” across the globe and force the Pentagon to significantly boost funding for the plane at a time when military leaders say they cannot afford to, according to a new government report.
I am surprised that the use of that term required an apology. Hereafter I will stop using it. Algemeiner reports on this apology:
Disgraced former New York congressman and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner on Saturday went up against a Jewish BuzzFeed honcho who said he sees no problem with using the term “occupied territories” when describing disputed areas under Israel’s control.
BuzzFeed editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, tweeted on Saturday, “I don’t think ‘occupied territories’ is actually a disputed term. Yikes.” Weiner, who is also Jewish, retorted, tweeting, “yeah it is. Is Gaza ‘occupied’ since Israel withdrew?”
The exchange came in response to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s controversial use of the term, and the uproar that followed, in a speech he gave Saturday.
The phrase is rejected by Israel and the Jewish state’s supporters who see it as representing the Arab position in the ongoing Israeli-Arab conflict.
Who knew that Weiner was so knowledgeable.
LAS VEGAS – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized to Sheldon Adelson in a meeting Saturday for stepping on a fault line in Middle East politics during a speech he gave earlier in the day, according to a source familiar with the conversation.
Invoking a 2012 trip he and his family took to Israel, Christie recalled in the speech: “I took a helicopter ride from the occupied territories across and just felt personally how extraordinary that was to understand, the military risk that Israel faces every day.”
|Raymond Ibrahiim appearing on CBN.|
Raymond Ibrahim’s recent piece for CBN, “Why ‘Moderate Islam’ is an Oxymoron,” has prompted questions because it contradicts my views and yet (because he is a fellow at the Middle East Forum) it appears on MEForum.org and was sent to the MEF mailing list.
It seems that Israel is willing to release extra prisoners, perhaps up to 400 for an extension of negotiations. But why would this be considered “benefit to Israel”. Such a large number suggests to me that there is an attempt to include the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state or the state of the Jewish people. This would be considered a benefit. Furthermore Kerry’s proposal just offers the Palestinians a suburb of the eastern part of Jerusalem as opposed to East Jerusalem. Ted Belman
Prime minister says no deal will be made until it’s clear what Israel’s getting in return; earlier, Israel offered to release additional prisoners in exchange for an extension of the peace talks deadline.
Any deal with the Palestinians to extend peace negotiations that involves additional Israeli gestures like releasing prisoners will be subject to cabinet approval, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud ministers Sunday morning.
The prime minister’s clout on the national level is in inverse proportion to his poor grip on his party, which holds its
In the past two weeks, Benjamin Netanyahu put on a nose plug, took an anti-nausea pill and dived deep into the murky waters of Likud party politics, which he abhors. A titanic battle has been underway for months between the prime minister and the chairman of the Likud convention, MK Danny Danon, over the agenda of the convention next Monday.
Seemingly, the brawl is purely procedural: over what the delegates will discuss and who bears the authority to convene party institutions. But in Likud, procedure is everything. And if there is anything Netanyahu, in his many years as party leader, has learned and internalized, it’s that whoever controls the procedure, decides the outcome.
When I posted this yesterday, US issues scathing attack against UNHRC for singling out Israel , I was surprises that the US would do such a thing. I wondered whether it was part of a deal to get Israel to be more “flexible” on the peace process.
I didn’t have to wait even a day for the answer.. ‘Israel offers to free 400 more prisoners if Abbas extends talks’.
Bennett says it won’t happen. Will the government fall? wait and see.
If there is any truth to this offer, it tells me that Israel is not prepared to face the world’s animosity without some help from the US.
Syrian rebels allowed to attack Latakia from Turkish soil under Turkish air cover. Iran raises Cain in Ankara
Turkey has ratcheted up its intervention in the Syrian war to an unprecedented level, according to exclusive DEBKAfile military and intelligence sources. For the first time in the three-year conflict the Turkish army is allowing Syrian rebel forces, including the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, passage through Turkish territory for their offensive to capture the northwestern Syrian coastal area where the Assad clan’s lands are situated.
Ankara’s support for the rebels is inclusive: Turkish troops are posted at the roadside with supplies of ammo, fuel, food, mechanical repair crews and medical aid for rebel forces as they head north. The Turkish air force gives them air cover and Turkish agents arm them with surveillance data on Syrian military movements ahead.
J Street’s ‘Big Tent’ is open only to one side – the anti-Israel and BDS-supporting hard left of its own position; pro-Israel centrists are censored.
J Street, the American organization that calls itself pro-Israel and pro peace but that always seems to be taking positions that are anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian, is asking America’s Jewish leadership to have a big tent and to open its doors to J Street. While I generally support that position, it is imperative that J Street’s hypocrisy be exposed. J Street insists that all major pro-Israel organizations be open to speakers who favor opposing views—such as supporters of the BDS movements, supporters of the single secular binational state approach, and those who oppose Palestinian recognition of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.
I am posting this article in response to an email I got from Shirley Lewis as follows:
I was accidently invited to a very small, rich donor AIPAC early morning meeting, with Nita Lowey, a supposedly very pro-Israel congressperson. Here is what I learned. AIPAC and the Jewish pro-Israel contingent in Congress are delusional about Abbas. They actually think he is a peace partner and if he does not “make peace” it is the fault of the more right wing people in PA/Fatah. Yes you have read this correctly.
Also, they are clueless about the fact that all the land in true international law belongs to the Jews. They are also clueless about UNESCO perfidy. Lowey says UNESCO does good things, if they had not admitted PA to membership she would still be funding them – Lowey is on a key appropriations committee, she chairs it. She is also clueless about OXFAM, just mad at them for being anti-Sodastream, the fact that OXFAM is rabidly anti-Israel escapes her and she says she funds OXFAM too.
By Yoram Ettinger April 27, 2010
Since 2007, US foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority and to PA-controlled NGOs reached nearly $2BN, in addition to $3.7BN contributed by the US to UNRWA since 1950. Has American foreign aid to Abu Mazen advanced moderation, the pursuit of peace and US national security interests?
By Paddy Monaghan..
Giulio Meotti launched his book The Vatican Against Israel – J’accuse- in November 2013. My initial response to the many untrue and exaggerated statements in it was that people will see through it and ignore it as it deserves. However an Anglican Minister friend strongly encouraged me, as a Catholic Lay Leader, to research and respond to it. Unfortunately I needed to buy it first and then review. The book makes many unsubstantiated and unfair claims against the Catholic Church. I agree with Meotti on some things such as his highlighting of blatant anti-Semitism emanating from some Middle East Catholic Leaders which needs to be exposed.
TOI reports on the murderers release,
The US negotiators reportedly urged Abbas to agree to extend peace negotiations beyond the April 29 deadline before the 30 prisoners are released. Netanyahu has insisted agreement be reached for extending the talks before the prisoners can go free, and has ruled out releasing Israeli Arab inmates
In a gymnasium on the campus of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, which is used for sports, concerts and normally happy and festive events of student life, I saw the future. It was in the form of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) vote that passed overwhelmingly. The vote passed but will not take effect at this time because they did not get quorum (they needed over 600 students but they had a little over 400). I am told that the pending vote will be passed along to senate where its fate will be in the hands of that body. Regardless, one day soon, as on hundreds of campuses throughout the land, these and similar anti-civilization votes are or will be taking place. They are attended by hundreds of students, a good portion dressed in Islamic attire; some older students who do not appear to be students at all, angrier and more determined than your average Canadian student. Also in attendance are many Muslims and other supporters who are often bussed in by various religious and other groups, churches, unions, etc.
Think of Barack Obama this way and getting the big picture will be yours: Obama is the magician on the world stage; the daily diversion to keep your enrapt attention while the fate of you and your loved ones is being planned elsewhere.
The far-reaching fate for a captive new human society is not being planned in Washington, D.C., but in New York City.
Ambassador (ret.) Michael Oren: Israel must take its fate in its own hands and adopt measures that are a riposte to any Palestinian effort to declare a state unilaterally at the UN…we must not sit idly but declare what our borders are; borders that leave the maximum number of Israelis on our side and afford maximum security for Israeli citizens.
The Levy Report is Israel’s response to those who unfairly and incorrectly conclude that the settlements are illegal under int’l law.
Unfortunately, in recent years we have seen a major escalation regarding the issue of the legality of Israeli communities over the 1949 Armistice Line (known as the “Green Line”). When asked about this, many foreign officials give little if any explanation for their accusations of illegality, fostering the inescapable impression that the issue is less about law and more about interests and politicking.