A group of 12 Orthodox priests have called on their Church to review its longstanding theological positions toward Jews and the State of Israel, and to excise anti-Semitic passages from its liturgy.
The dissident priests made their demands in a 12-point declaration adopted during a week long visit to Israel that is meant to spur debate in the Orthodox Christian world and to challenge centuries-old anti-Semitic views.
Dore Gold of JCPA has written on Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas and the Global Jihad:A New Conflict Paradigm for the West
It is well worth reading. I have long questioned whether the US needs the Saudis or the Saudis need the US. It seemed to me that Iran poses a threat to the Saudis and so they are not in a position to demand Israel’s demise. Dore agrees,
[..] Yet while Iran seeks greater influence in the Sunni-dominated states, the Iraq War has exacerbated Sunni-Shiite tensions across the Middle East, leading Sunni leaders like Jordan’s King Abdullah to openly talk about the dangers of a Shiite crescent encircling the core of the Middle East. And in anticipation of a U.S. pullback from Iraq, the Saudi Arabian leadership has voiced its concern regarding the prospect that Iraqi Shiites intend to ethnically cleanse Iraq of its Sunni minority population with Iranian backing.
As a result, the Sunni-Shiite rivalry is likely to emerge as the central axis of conflict in the Middle East in the years to come. Given this new strategic context, the U.S. and its Western allies have enormous leverage with the threatened Sunni Arab states. As a consequence, the West does not have to pay for their cooperation in Israeli coin. Moreover, Saudi Arabia’s continuing support for radical jihadi movements among Sunnis needs to be carefully monitored and addressed.
JCPA issued a new brief The Strategic Challenge of Gaza by
Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant, Head of the IDF Southern Command.
Here’s an extract:
Fighting terrorism is unlike a regular war when the more power you use, the better. Fighting terror that takes cover among the civilian population requires accuracy so as to hit only the terrorists. This means that Israel is not using its full potential in the fighting because this is our law and our moral system, and because it would not be in Israel ‘s best interests to do otherwise.
Hamas understands that Israel has many military advantages, and most of them are connected to technology, determination, understanding of the situation, and fighting under night conditions. Hamas, an Iranian proxy, is trying to close the gap through explosives and missiles which can penetrate tanks and armored vehicles.
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Likud Chairman and head of the Opposition Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to abandon his wait-and-see strategy and to launch a public campaign for toppling Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s government. In a rally held Tuesday at the Likud headquarters building ‘Metzudat Ze’ev’ in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu reportedly told his supporters “this government has to go home and we need to start acting to make this happen.”
He told them to begin holding weekly protest vigils every Friday in busy intersections throughout Israel as well as street demonstrations. “The slogan is simple,” he said: “‘You’ve Failed â€“ Go Home’.”
Ibn Warraq has written a major essay on the subject of ISLAMIC ANTISEMITISM. Here’s an extract:
[..] Maimonides points out that persistent persecutions of the Jews by the Muslims amounts to forced conversion:
â€¦the continuous persecutions will cause many to drift away from our faith, to have misgivings, or to go astray, because they witnessed our feebleness, and noted the triumph of our adversaries and their dominion over us…
He continues: â€œAfter him arose the Madman who emulated his precursor since he paved the way for him. But he added the further objective of procuring rule and submission, and he invented his well known religion.â€ Many Medieval Jewish writers commonly referred to Muhammad as ha-meshugga’, Madmanâ€”the Hebrew term, as Norman Stillman notes, being â€œpregnant with connotations.â€ 4
First it was Johnny Muhammad, now it was Cho Sueng Hui aka Ismail Ax. Precisely how many mass shooters have to turn out to have adopted Muslim names before we get it? Islam has become the tribe of choice of those who hate American society. I’m not talking about people who grew up as Muslims, confident and secure in their faith, good fathers, sons and neighbors. I’m talking, about the angry, malignant, narcissist loners who want to reject their community utterly, to throw off their ‘slave name’ and represent the downtrodden of the earth by shooting their friends and neighbors.
[Not everyone agrees with what it means.]
This morning I read that the Virginia Tech shooter died with the name Ismail Ax written in red ink on his arm. The mainstream press doesn’t seem to have a clue as to what this might mean. To quote Indiana Jones, “Didn’t any of you guys go to Sunday School?”
The Jewish National Fund is outraged at â€“ but not denying â€“ allegations that it has effectively forfeited land to the Arabs worth millions of dollars and done little to prevent squatters from building upon it.
The Jewish National Fund is scandalized by allegations published by Arutz Sheva that it has not booted Arabs who have constructed communities on some 320 acres (1,300 dunams) of Jewish-owned land in the Jerusalem area. WorldNetDaily’s Aaron Klein, who first reported the matter, found out that the land on which Arabs built dozens of apartment complexes and a United Nations school was entrusted to the JNF for settlement by Jews. Parts of the land, writes Klein, are cut off from the rest of Israel by the separation fence.
Salute to a brave and modest nation –
Kevin Myers, The Sunday Telegraph LONDON –
Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region. And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.
David Hornick comments on Israel’s Next War.
After reviewing the buildup of forces and weapons in Syria, Lebanon and Gaza with the help of Russia and Iran, he concludes
If there is a chanceâ€”apart from a strike on Iran that would alter the regionâ€™s strategic balanceâ€”for Israel to avoid another two-front entanglement, it lies mainly in regaining its deterrence by making an effective move in Gaza. A hard-enough blow to Hamas and its friends there could make Hezbollah and Syria think twice about starting more trouble in the north. But there may be little time left, and such an outcome requires a functioning government in Jerusalem. It also calls for a Washington able to look past short-term diplomatic concerns and give Israel the backing it needs.
When the outcome of a tragedy is known in advance, it finds ways of occurring earlier than expected. In this case, the fate of 100,000 Serbian Christians who remain in Kosovo may pre-empt the debate over Europe’s eventual absorption into the Muslim world.
[Compare the dismemberment of Serbia with the dismemberment of Israel. The US motivation is the same.]
A new book on the Islamification of Europe appears almost weekly, adding to the efforts of Ben Wattenberg, Oriana Fallaci, Bat Ye’or, George Weigel, Mark Steyn, Philip Jenkins and a host of others. Scholars debate whether the decline and fall of Europe will occur by mid-century, or might be postponed until 2100. The inconvenient Serbs may force the issue on Europe a great deal sooner.
By Don Morris
As a non-Jew living in Israel these past 9 years, I continue to be struck each year with the power of the Holocaust Remembrance Day. Beginning yesterday at sundown, most of the Israeli TV channels ceased programming-the day of remembering had begun. I watched several shows about the Holocaust and the most powerful ones interviewed survivors and their stories. To not be moved by these words is to demonstrate a callous disregard for your fellow human being or an amoral attitude toward life.
Today, as I was returning home along the sea, the sirens went off, precisely at 10 am-we all stopped, some bowed their heads in prayer, others had tears rolling down onto their cheeks and I felt and experienced yet another day of remembering. You know, it is truly something to be privileged to be in this country at any time but especially today. I invite all of my colleagues,
friends and family to one day join us-if you have an ache in your heart and/or a concern that we are losing our sense of humanity, come to Israel and be renewed in faith and spirit.
Why some freewheeling Westerners so easily morph into fanatical Islamists
By Christian Beenfeldt, Ayn Rand Institute
[This is an affirmation of The True Believer by Eric Hoffer]
Interest has recently been renewed in the puzzling phenomenon of Western-raised Islamic militants–in “Australian Taliban” David Hicks, who received a surprisingly light sentence for his armed involvement with al Qaeda; in “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh, whose parents and lawyers are renewing their attempts to have his 20-year sentence for serving as a Taliban fighter commuted by President Bush; and in “Jihad Jack” Thomas, who also received al Qaeda training and was charged with being a terrorist “sleeper” agent.
The long road to victory
Caroline Glick, JPOST
[..] Since Iran and Syria view the US as their enemy, their ideal scenario is for the US to bleed in Iraq while propping up a weak Shi’ite government that has no inclination or ability to threaten them. That is, for Iran and Syria, the current situation in Iraq aligns perfectly with their interests (which explains why they are working so diligently to maintain it).
As for the Arab world, the administration believes that since the Arabs oppose Iran’s quest to become a regional nuclear power, they will help the US both in stabilizing Iraq and in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Here too, the administration confuses common interests with common agendas. The fact that the Arabs share common interests with the US does not make them allies. As a young Saudi imam put it this week to The Wall Street Journal, “We are waiting for the time to attack [the US]. Youth feel happy when the Taliban takes a town or when a helicopter comes down, killing Americans in Iraq. It is a very dangerous situation for the US in the whole Muslim world.”The fruits of America’s disorientation were revealed in last month’s three Saudi summits: the Hamas-Fatah summit, the King Abdullah-Ahmadinejad summit and the Arab League-Iranian summit.
April 16, 2007 — A FEW months ago, Washington circles saw Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as “Tehran’s man” in Baghdad. Today, Tehran circles label him “Washington’s man” in Baghdad.
Maliki’s government has the unenviable task of keeping the Americans in, when they don’t want to stay – and the Iranians out, when they want to come in.
Some Americans blame Maliki for doing nothing to hasten the departure of U.S. troops, for not decreeing a blanket pardon of Baathists (regardless of what they did during four decades of despotic domination), and for rejecting federal schemes that could lead to the disintegration of the Iraqi state.
Monday, April 16, the British National Union of Journalists voted to boycott Israeli goods as part of a protest against last yearâ€™s war in Lebanon. The vote, carried 66 to 54, read:
â€œThis ADM calls for a boycott of Israeli goods similar to those boycotts in the struggles against apartheid in South Africa.
It also called for sanctions to be imposed on Israel by the British government and the United Nations.
After a show of hands twice failed to give a clear result, the conference room was closed for the final vote. The motion also called for the end of â€œIsraeli aggression in Gaza and other occupied territories.â€
DEBKAfile notes that no sanctions were proposed against the Palestinian kidnappers of the British journalistsâ€™ BBC colleague Alan Johnston [who claimed two days later to have killed him.] On the contrary; the NUJâ€™s national executive committee was instructed to support pro-Palestinian organizations.
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu and Nissan Ratzlav-Katz, INN
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s agreement on Sunday to an American plan to provide weapons and training to expanded numbers of Fatah militia members in the Palestinian Authority (PA) comes at the same time the PA is uniting Hamas and Fatah militia forces.
[This blows the mind]
The United States will transfer weapons and funds for the Fatah forces, which will be trained by foreign Arabs and possibly Americans at American-built facilities.
Abbas offered in return a new scheme to put a halt to weapons smuggling and terror attacks that have plagued Israel despite the Gaza ceasefire that he and Prime Minister Olmert announced in late November. However, this time the two leaders agreed to allow the newly-armed Fatah gangs to patrol the smuggling route along the Egyptian border. Along this route, a huge arsenal of advanced weapons has been smuggled from Egypt to the same Fatah and Hamas terrorist groups under the noses of the Egyptian soldiers.
As a Middle East expert, I daily see material from Arab and Islamic sources containing hair-raising threats against America, Israel and the West, as well as media reports on the details of horrendous terrorist attacks. But this item in a British newspaper may be the scariest sentence I ever read.
It’s so frightening because the story reveals how the institution most entrusted with preserving democratic society and Western civilization–the school system–is betraying that trust. According to a report by the British government’s Department for Education and Skills, schools in England are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today attended the annual Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, Yom Hashoah, on Parliament Hill. The Canadian Holocaust Remembrance Day was first observed in 2004 to commemorate one of the greatest tragedies in human history.
â€œLet us plainly state the awful, incontrovertible truth that brings us here today: millions, including six million Jewish men, women, and children were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust,â€ said the Prime Minister.
While honouring those who lost their lives during the Holocaust, Prime Minister Harper spoke of how the hatred that gave rise to that unprecedented atrocity lives on.
â€œItâ€™s not good enough for politicians to stand before you and say they remember and mourn what happened over six decades ago. They must stand up to those who advocate the destruction of Israel and its people today. And they must be unequivocal in their condemnation of anti-Semitic despots, terrorists and fanatics. That is the only real way to honour the memory of those who were consumed by the Holocaust. And the only way to ensure it never happens again,â€
By Frank J. Gaffney Jr., NRO
On March 21, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the federal budgets of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) challenged the leaders of those two organizations concerning their handling of the film Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center. The film was produced at a cost of some $675,000 in taxpayer funds for the PBS series â€œAmerica at a Crossroads,â€ which will begin airing next week. As one of the executive producers of this documentary, I was surprised, and gratified, by Rep. Jim Walshâ€™s questions.
The congressman from Syracuse noted that he had seen the documentary, and he wanted to know why, considering how things stand in the world, PBS would not allow it to be viewed by the American people, whose taxes had enabled it to be made.
American universities are precious as centers of higher education. Young people of all nationalities study together. Most instructors are intellectually honest and good scholars whose goal is the pursuit of knowledge. Most students want to learn and gain the tools to succeed in life.
But despite the good intentions and positive mission of the university experience, a growing problem pulsates on many campuses: anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism masquerading as academic freedom and free speech. Antagonism trumps intelligent conversation in this setting.
So says Aryeh Weinberg. And he should know. He and his team of researchers have studied the politics and propaganda in American education since 2001. Their findings should shake every American.
Weinberg is a fellow at the San Francisco-based Institute for Jewish and Community Research, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank. He and Institute director Gary Tobin co-authored the 2005 book The UnCivil University. The Institute gave key testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (CCR) in 2005 on the subject of campus incivility – a subversive state ripe for sowing seeds of Jewish and Israel hatred.
“More and more,” says Weinberg, “instead of reasoned debate on campus, we have shrill yelling and sloganeering. Learning based on facts is discarded in favor of politicized polemics. Open-minded discussion falls victim to anger, accusations and vilification of those with whom one disagrees.” CONTINUE