By Ted Belman
Beit Halochem (Disabled Veterans of Israel) hosted an evening tonight in Toronto at which Efraim Eitan MK spoke. I was there.
Effie reached the level of Brigadier General in the IDF and is a member of the Israeli parliament’s Security and Foreign Affairs Committee. As a result he was in the loop with those who were investigating the failures in the recent war in Lebanon. The Washinton Times recently reported on his talk to members of Congress.
Here’s what he reported tonight.
1. The quality and dedication of the Israeli soldiers was as good as ever.
2. The leadership both military and political failed them. The military leaders have been replaced and the political leaders are next.
3. The IDF knows how to deal with Hezbollah next time.
By P. David Hornik
FrontPageMagazine.com | February 28, 2007
During Condoleezza Riceâ€™s three-hour meeting with Mahmoud Abbas last week in Ramallah, she reportedly â€œemployed a threatening tone.â€ A Palestinian Authority official said that â€œWeâ€™ve never seen her in such a bad mood.â€
Later at a press conference after meeting in a Jerusalem hotel with Abbas and Ehud Olmert, she â€œbriskly walked into . . . the hotelâ€™s main ballroom, gave a vacuous 90-second declaration and unceremoniously left, taking no questions.â€
Rice was angry with Abbas for having earlier signed an agreement in Mecca that officially makes his Fatah movement a junior partner of Hamas. Abbas is said to have protested that â€œthe only two options facing me were civil war or national unity, and I chose the second.â€ Rice apparently didnâ€™t buy it.
Riceâ€™s anger suggests that she has sincerely believed that Abbas is a constructive force who is worth American coddling and encouragementâ€”even to the extent of funding, training, and equipping his militia. The anger, in other words, seems to be a case of empiricism catching up with delusion and denial. It must especially sting that it was the Saudisâ€”whom Rice, the State Department, and the U.S. generally are always trying to impress by demonstrating their tenderness toward the Palestiniansâ€”who pressured Abbas into formally capitulating to Hamas and further enshrining the latter as the Palestinian standard-bearer. CONTINUE
Europe’s Runaway Prosecutions
By David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey
Wednesday, February 28, 2007; Page A19
An Italian court announced this month that it is moving forward with the indictment and trial of 25 CIA agents charged with kidnapping a radical Muslim cleric. These proceedings may well violate international law, but the case serves as a wake-up call to the United States. Overseas opponents of American foreign policy are increasingly turning to judicial proceedings against individual American officials as a means of reformulating or frustrating U.S. aims, and action to arrest this development is needed. CONTINUE
Frontpage Interviewâ€™s guest today is Phyllis Chesler, the author of classic works, including the bestseller Women and Madness, The New Anti-Semitism, and The Death of Feminism: Whatâ€™s Next in the Struggle for Womenâ€™s Freedom. Her website is www.phyllis-chesler.com.
Dr. Chesler will be chairing the opening panel in the upcoming Secular Islamic Summit Conference of Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents. The Conference will be held on March 4th and 5th in St Petersburg , Florida at the Hilton Hotel. The dissidents are planning to issue a Declaration for freedom throughout the Islamic world.
The leftâ€™s fiery obsession with removing Ten Commandments monuments from public property throughout the United States may seem odd and irrational but actually reflects the deepest values of contemporary liberalism.
By Ted Belman
I have been reading the Summary of the Judgement of the ICC on the charge of Genocide.
The Court will therefore examine the facts of the case on the basis that genocide may be found to have been committed if an intent to destroy the Bosnian Muslims, as a group, in whole or in part, can be established.
The Court further specifies that for the purposes of Article II, first, the intent must be to destroy at least a substantial part of the particular group. That is demanded by the very nature of the crime of genocide: since the object and purpose of the Convention as a whole is to prevent the intentional destruction of groups, the part targeted must be significant enough to have an impact on the group as a whole. Second, the Court observes that it is widely accepted that genocide may be found to have been committed where the intent is to destroy the group within a geographically limited area.
Terrorists say Tehran providing instructions in case U.S., Israel strike atomic facilities
By Aaron Klein
Â© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
JERUSALEM â€“ Iran is anticipating a U.S. or Israeli military strike on its nuclear facilities and has been providing Palestinian terrorists and other regional allies with contingency plans for attacks against the Jewish state and American regional interests in the event of war, according to Palestinian terrorist leaders.
A senior leader of the Islamic Jihad terror group, which Israel says is backed by Iran, told WND Tehran is expecting to be attacked, but he didn’t provide a time frame in which Iran anticipates a strike.
The general tendency of Westerners is to view global jihad as a foreign policy issue. But today it is clear that it is also a domestic policy issue.
Over the weekend The Sunday Telegraph reported that a recently circulated British intelligence report warned: “The terrorist threat facing Britain from home-grown al-Qaida agents is higher than at any time since the September 11 attacks in 2001.”
After foiling the jihadist plot to down US-bound British passenger aircraft last summer, MI5 director Eliza Manningham-Buller claimed that there are some 1,600 British Muslims actively involved in plotting attacks against Britain. According to the intelligence report cited in the Sunday Telegraph, today that number exceeds 2,000.
As one senior British political source told the newspaper, “The Security Services have constantly warned that the task of countering Islamic terrorism is a daunting one. There will be more attacks in Britain.” CONTINUE
What do Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Noam Chomsky and George Soros have in common?
They were/are all radicals, born to Jewish parents, had no Jewish identity and hurt Jews (not to mention non-Jews).
The term “non-Jewish Jew” is generally attributed to the Jewish historian Isaac Deutscher, who wrote an essay by that name in 1954. The term describes the individual who, though born a Jew (Judaism consists of a national/peoplehood identity, not only a religious one), identifies solely as a citizen of the world and not as a Jew, either nationally or religiously.CONTINUE
In a wide-ranging interview, the former assistant Secretary of Defense under President Reagan and chairman of the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee from 2001 to 2003 under President Bush calls former Secretary of State Colin Powell a “disaster” and says current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “was in way over her head from the beginning.”
Others fall within his sights: Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha, and George Tenet, among others.
Surprising words from the man critics of the White House have dubbed “the Prince of Darkness” â€“ a leading neo-conservative who was one of the key proponents of the 2002 invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
YNET is a left leaning Israeli newspaper and news site. They published an article in which the author ranted about the choice of Esterina Tartman as Tourism Minister.
The title of the article was Racist minister just what we need. It was sub-titled “Tourism minister who carries firearm, holds racist views fitting for current-day Israel”.
Tartman of all people, who responded decisively to the appointment of Arab Minister Majadele and declared that “we must eradicate the affliction within us”, while stating that the appointment of an Arab minister is akin to “taking an ax to the tree trunk known as Zionism and a Jewish State” â€“ gets to head the national battle for attracting tourists and boosting Israel’s image abroad.
The good news is that most comments applauded her. Here are two examples;
The more I read about her, the more I like her!
As a woman, I am proud that Tartman has been appointed. I had never heard of Tartman until this appointment but everything I hear about her, including her concern for the survival of the Jewish State, is GREAT! I think you folks over at Peace Now are just riled because she looks good, is well educated and knows how to state a case. I say kol hakavod. This is the kind of woman that we need to lead us. So Etkes and the rest of you can EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT!
Bruce Brill, IsraelInsider
[..] One person in history saved tens of millions of people from starvation and homelessness, the Great Humanitarian, US President Herbert Hoover. He was also known as the Great Engineer and had an engineering plan to relieve the plight of the Palestinian Arabs and also benefit Iraq. Hoover’s plan called for an extensive damming and irrigation program for Iraq to create adequate arable land for Palestinian settlement — for their good, and Iraq’s.
His 1945 plan is even more relevant today: Palestinians’ current economic and security state is desperate. A November 2004 survey done in cooperation with the reputable Palestine Center for Public Opinion showed that 71% of West Bank Palestinians would emigrate with certain financial inducements and 40 % have considered emigrating permanently even without such inducements. A Birzeit University survey conducted by veteran pollster Nader Said shows that in September 2006, over 50% of young Palestinian men are willing to relocate.
Egyptian blogger jailed for insulting Islam and president
(The Daily Telegraph – London)
[It turns out The telegraph got it wrong. Sandmonkey is still blogging. A year ago he wrote Help us Free Alaa. That’s probably who was jailed.]
An Egyptian who enraged his government with outspoken views on Islam and politics expressed in his internet diary was jailed yesterday amid an international outcry. The 22-year-old former law student, whose own father has disowned him and called for his execution under Islamic law, was sentenced to four years by a court in Alexandria . The convictions resulting from the views published on his weblog, Sandmonkey, included counts for “spreading information disruptive of public order and damaging to the country’s reputation”; “incitement to hate Islam” and “defaming the President of the Republic”. Abdelkareem Suleiman was also found guilty of criticising Al-Azhar University . He was expelled from the university last March after writing in his blog that the “professors and sheikhs at Al-Azhar who stand against anyone who thinks freely” would “end up in the dustbin of history”.
By Ted Belman
Top UN court rules Serbia did not commit genocide – The top U.N. court ruled 13 to 2, on Monday that Serbia did not commit genocide through the killing that ravaged Bosnia during the 1992-95 war, but said Serbia had failed in its obligation to prevent and punish genocide.
This is the first time a state has been on trial for genocide, outlawed in a U.N. convention in 1948 after the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews.
Although the killing of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men in Srebrenica did constitute genocide, Serbia was not responsible and was not complicit in the massacre, Judge Higgins said.
The latest report from the U.N.
By Anne Bayefsky
A newly released United Nations report epitomizes the foul anti-Semitism which has overtaken the U.N. human-rights machinery. In language reminiscent of Nazi Germany, John Dugard, the U.N.â€™s â€œSpecial Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967,â€ has announced that Jews seeks racial domination.
In Dugardâ€™s words: â€œThe IDF inflicts serious bodily and mental harm on Palestinians…Palestinians throughout the OPT [Occupied Palestinian Territory] are denied freedom of movement. Can it seriously be denied that the purpose of such action is to establish and maintain domination by one racial group (Jews) over another racial group (Palestinians) and systematically oppressing them?â€
By Daniel Pipes
My Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
The Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on February 14, 2007, titled “Next Steps in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process.” Three witnesses appeared before the subcommittee: Martin Indyk of the Brookings Institution, David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and myself. (A complete video of the hearing, nearly three hours long, can be seen on the committee website; the transcript is available on my website.) The Democrats chose Makovsky and Indyk, the Republicans chose me. Gary Ackerman is the chairman of the committee and Mike Pence the ranking minority member.
The terrorist threat facing Britain from home-grown al-Qaeda agents is higher than at any time since the September 11 attacks in 2001, secret intelligence documents reveal.
The number of British-based Islamic terrorists plotting suicide attacks against “soft” targets in this country is far greater than the Security Services had previously believed, the government paperwork discloses. It is thought the plotters could number more than 2,000.
Under the heading “International Terrorism in the UK”, the document – seen by The Sunday Telegraph – states: “The scale of al-Qaeda’s ambitions towards attacking the UK and the number of UK extremists prepared to participate in attacks are even greater than we had previously judged.”
It warns that terrorist “attack planning” against Britain will increase in 2007, and adds: “We still believe that AQ [al-Qaeda] will continue to seek opportunities for mass casualty attacks against soft targets and key infrastructure. These attacks are likely to involve the use of suicide operatives.” CONTINUE
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook – PMW
Anyone who hopes for peace should be horrified by the content of the latest set of Palestinian schoolbooks. In many respects, these new books for Grade 12, written by Fatah-appointed Palestinian educators, are the worst of the textbooks produced by the Palestinian Authority since 2000. These newest books deny Israel’s right to exist, anticipate its destruction and define the conflict with Israel as religious, not merely territorial.
As is documented in the new report by Palestinian Media Watch entitled “From Nationalist Battle to Religious Conflict,” the ideological divide between Fatah and Hamas appears to be disappearing. Hamas has always defined its war with Israel as religious and existential, and now that is what all Palestinian children will learn in school:
“Ribat for Allah is one of the actions related to jihad for Allah, and it means: Being found in areas where there is a struggle between Muslims and their enemies. The endurance of Palestine’s people on their land these days… is one of the greatest of the Ribat.” (Islamic Education, grade 12, p. 86-87)
THE PALESTINIAN conflict with Israel is a unique and eternal Ribat with a special Islamic destiny:
“The reason for this preference [of the Palestinian Ribat] is that the momentous battles in Islamic history took place on its land.”
As to when there will be peace with Israel? Never, according to the schoolbooks:
By Dr. Aaron Lerner February 23, 2007
In all the IDF’s war games, exercises and simulations, which presuppose thousands of Israeli casualties in a clash with Syria, the aim of the war is defined in identical terms: to arrive at negotiations with Damascus “from an advantageous position.” By Amir Oren, Haaretz
What in the world does this mean?
[Ted Belman: Lerner argues if Israel just wants to cede the Golan in exchange for a peace agreement with Syria, why have the war. Why not use the war to achieve a better result. Brilliant. Israel lost the war in Lebanon because it didn’t have the right goals. It feared another occupation and simply wanted an effective UN resolution. Instead it had to settle for an ineffective one. The same goes for any war Israel may have with the PA. The goal should not be return to the Roadmap but to create a whole new reality and a more advantageous result for Israel.]
That the worse case scenario for Syrian president Assad if he murders thousands of Israelis in a surprise attack is that he might have to agree to more generous security arrangements — at least on paper — in order to get the Golan?