Insubordination is appropriate when government is illegitimate.

When a number of soldiers refused to participate in the evictions of Jews from Hebron The pros and cons of such insubordination were discussed in an article on Netanyahu‘s reaction and one written by Aryeh Eldad. Many people took the trouble to comment. I myself called for insubordination or conscientious objection, if you will.

In fact I commented on Mass defection would bring the government to its knees

Personally I believe that when a government becomes illegitimate it should not be followed. Of course it is not always easy to discern when the line from legitimate to illegitimate has been crossed. Is it enough not to have the support of the people. Many argue that once elected, leaders are expected to lead and not follow public opinion. I argue, only to a point.

The issue of keeping or giving away Judea and Samaria is so fundamental to Judaism and Zionism that a government at odds with the people is not legitimate. Fundamental principals are what wars are fought over.

August 31, 2007 | 2 Comments » | 9 views

The God Delusion

Atheist Chic

By: Steven Plaut, JEWISH PRESS

I suppose I should begin by explaining why I bothered to read the book The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (Bantam, 2006). Dawkins is Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and a zealot with a mission: to wipe out religious belief of all sorts. The God Delusion is his call to arms.

My reading of the book was largely in response to a triple dare made by a friend, Dr. M., a true Zionist Israeli, an outspoken Jewish patriot, and someone who describes himself as a militant agnostic. Dr. M. has long found it incomprehensible – indeed, a downright insult to his intelligence – that a nice educated fella like myself does not share his staunch agnosticism.

August 31, 2007 | 6 Comments » | 8 views

Israeli Arabs remain disloyal to Israel

Democracy and Equality

by Prof. MK Arieh Eldad

The complexes of Jewish legislators are beyond me.

The Israeli government decided to establish an administrative unit “to encourage those sectors that do not serve in the Israeli army to volunteer for civilian service.” The government chose its words carefully in the laundered announcement it made. It did not refer, heaven forbid, to “national service,” as thousands of religious Jewish girls have served in Israel for many years. Nor, heaven forbid, to “Arabs,” so as not to offend them. But the laundering did not help the Israeli ministers much.

Israeli Arab leaders hurriedly met and angrily rejected the idea that young Arabs could volunteer for civilian service. And the government had not spoken, heaven forbid, of obligatory service. But even volunteer service, within the framework of the State of Israel, was seen by the Arabs as “a distortion of national identity and a justification for discriminating against the Arab public.”

August 31, 2007 | 8 Comments » | 6 views

U.N. troops accused of abetting genocide in KOSOVO

American Council for Kosovo documents 8 years of ethnic cleansing against Serbs

© 2007

The cross that sat high atop St. Andrew the First-Called in Podujevo was torn down in one of many acts of vandalism designed to terrorize the Christian Serb community
WASHINGTON – United Nations forces moved into Kosovo in 1999 to “stop genocide.”

But, according to a blistering new report from the American Council for Kosovo, U.N. troops have aided and abetted the deliberate, systematic and nearly complete ethnic cleansing of the mostly Christian Serb population by mostly Muslim ethnic Albanians.

“Every facet of the way of life of the Serbs of Kosovo is threatened by the new reality established since June 1999 under KFOR (the NATO Kosovo Force) and the U.N. and therefore the very existence of the Serbs there is threatened,” says the report “Hiding Genocide in Kosovo.”

August 31, 2007 | 8 Comments » | 12 views

Hamas Now Shutting Down The Few Medical Clinics That Are Still Working

by Omri Ceren

Pop quiz: what does Hamas hate more than “having their own people die slow, painful deaths”? If you answered “doctors”, you’re the big winner. Except in a particularly sad and tragic way:

The Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip ordered the shutdown Monday of private clinics run by doctors loyal to the West Bank-based Fatah government, a new blow to a medical system already crippled by the Palestinian power struggle. Most doctors at Gaza’s public hospitals are paid by Fatah and loyal to its West Bank administration. They cut their daytime hospital schedule to three hours a day this month on Fatah’s orders to protest Hamas’ arrest of a prominent Fatah-linked physician… A physician who identified himself only as Dr. Nabil, for fear of Hamas retribution, said doctors would resist the shutdown order. “We will not allow them to close the clinics down,” he said… “Hamas is not interested in the quality of medical service,” Fatah Information Minister Riad al-Malki said in the West Bank.

Here is where we’d predict that Israel is going to get blamed by the UN, Red Cross, and global media for the soon-to-be-declared “Gaza health care crises”. But we’re going to try to avoid that: it’s the obvious prediction, it’s obviously going to come true, and then we’ll have to hunt down this post for a “we told you so” follow-up. And those are both time consuming and depressing. On the other hand, it appears that Ibrahim Barzak (not our favorite person) got through an entire article without blaming Israel for something that’s obviously not Israel’s fault. Good for Ibrahim Barzak.

[Cross-posted to Mere Rhetoric]

August 31, 2007 | 2 Comments » | 7 views

Russia Gives Iran Cutting-Edge Anti-Ship Missiles To Give To Hezbollah

by Omri Ceren

We’d like to thank the State Department for keeping the IAF leashed during Lebanon II, the United Nations for stopping the war just as Israeli soldiers were getting poured across the border, and pretty much everyone else for the fantastic job they’ve been doing with Iran:

The recent delivery of an advanced Russian-made anti-ship missile to Iran has defense officials concerned it will be transferred to Syria and Hizbullah and used against the Israel Navy in a future conflict… Called the SSN-X-26 Yakhont, the supersonic cruise missile can be launched from the coast and hit sea-borne targets up to 300 kilometers away. The missile carries a 200-kilogram warhead and flies a meter-and-a-half above sea level… The missile homes in on its target using an advanced radar guidance system that is said to make it resistant to electronic jamming. The Yakhont is an operational and tactical missile and can be used against both a medium-sized destroyer and an aircraft carrier. It would pose a serious threat to the Israel Navy,… While officials could not confirm that the missile had reached Syria or Hizbullah, the growing assumption is that any weapons system or missile that can be taken apart and fit into a shipping container can easily be transferred.

Of course, any significant Hezbollah attack would now also send the IAF to Syria’s doorstep. So at least Russia’s not also pouring offensive and defensive weapons into Syria. We’re not too worried. The UN was very clear that they would prevent any arms smuggling to Hezbollah, if only Israel agreed to withdraw behind the border.

[Cross-posted to Mere Rhetoric]

August 31, 2007 | 7 Comments » | 17 views

What about the African refugees?

By Arlene Kushner

A brief word about the issue of African refugees coming into Israel via Egypt, as I suspect this is something that’s making press in the US.

Some of those who have come — as I understand it, roughly 3,000 over time — have been kept here in Israel (where there is discussion as to what to do with them) and some have been turned back to Egypt. The situation is vastly complicated — far more complicated than would appear at first glance — and exceedingly painful.

In a nutshell, there is the feeling that we Jews here in Israel have a moral obligation to receive suffering refugees. And that perspective tugs at my own heart, without a doubt. It comes from the gut, in terms of who we are and how we are supposed to act.

August 31, 2007 | 1 Comments » | 12 views

Israel urged US to attack Iran – not Iraq

By Gareth Porter, ASIA TIMES

WASHINGTON – Israeli officials warned the George W Bush administration that an invasion of Iraq would be destabilizing to the region and urged the United States instead to target Iran as the primary enemy, according to former Bush administration official Lawrence Wilkerson.

[..]After the Israeli government picked up the first signs of that intention, said Wilkerson, “The Israelis were telling us Iraq is not the enemy – Iran is the enemy.”

Wilkerson describes the Israeli message to the Bush administration in early 2002 as being, “If you are going to destabilize the balance of power, do it against the main enemy.”

The warning against an invasion of Iraq was “pervasive” in Israeli communications with the US administration, Wilkerson recalled. It was conveyed to the administration by a wide range of Israeli sources, including political figures, intelligence, and private citizens.

August 31, 2007 | 0 Comments » | 9 views

Blocking Bush Policy: Preventing the formation of a terror state

David Bedein, The Center for Near East Policy Research Ltd. has put forward a plan


The Bush administration has determined that – in order to serve its perceived goals in the Middle East – a Fatah-led Palestinian state should be established in Judea and Samaria. To that end, the US government has communicated to Israel the need to withdraw its presence from Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem , and is committed to providing aid and military training to Fatah.

This US policy is predicated on the myth that Fatah is ‘a moderate’ entity that can be relied upon; it is willfully ignorant of all the evidence to the contrary:

August 30, 2007 | 7 Comments » | 8 views

Kosher Thursdays: Madonna, Leukemia Cancer Cells, And Call Me Through My Email?

It’s another week of Kosher Thursdays and today’s highlights include everything from celebrities to medical breakthroughs.

First off is our fearless leader Ted who has a post about Israel’s booming economy, news which is sure to make anyone investing in Wall Street VERY happy. Despite being a tiny Jewish state, Israel has managed to export the best of itself globally, something Turkey can easily attest to.

Meanwhile, in the health segment, it looks as if Israeli scientists have discovered a new way to fight leukemia cancer cells, while an American-Canadian fund looks to Jewish scientists for answers its war against cancer.

More after the jump.

August 30, 2007 | 0 Comments » | 5 views

Facing Enemies Who Prefer War To Peace The Endless Futility Of Israeli Diplomacy

Louis Rene Beres – The Jewish Press

Already from its imperiled beginnings in May 1948 – indeed, even before statehood – Israel has sought desperately to negotiate with its enemies. Always, always – it has preferred peace to war. Nonetheless, challenged by interminable Arab aggression and subversion, diplomacy has almost always failed Israel. This sad point is altogether incontestable. What real chance is there that, somehow, things can now be different?

Now, of course, Prime Minister Olmert continues to seek Israel’s basic security in diplomacy. Although there is assuredly nothing wrong with such a conciliatory posture on its face, especially as Israel remains under constant pressure from Washington to negotiate, there is very good reason for skepticism. From Oslo to the so-called “Road Map,” diplomacy over Israel’s rights and obligations has always been a determinably asymmetrical process. “Land for nothing!” This manifestly pathetic phrase pretty much says it all.

Ironically, Israel’s principal enemies remain candid. On some things they do not lie. On their intention to annihilate the Jewish state, they are sworn to truth.

August 30, 2007 | 0 Comments » | 6 views

A General Policy Statement and Political Analysis

1. The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy is an independent, non-profit, educational institution. Its primary goal is to promote Constitutional Democracy in Israel. The Foundation has drafted a Constitution for this purpose.

2. The Foundation’s first practical objective is to empower the people by making legislators individually accountable to the voters in regional or multi-district elections.

3. The Foundation’s constitutional method of analysis reveals how the flaws inherent in Israel’s political and judicial institutions render it virtually impossible to solve Israel’s domestic and international problems. By showing how these flaws may be corrected, the constitutional approach enables us to think constructively and offer people a positive goal.

August 30, 2007 | 0 Comments » | 3 views

A Case for a Larger Israel

My friend Nathan Shuster on behalf of IsraPundit interview with lawyer David Naggar, author of A Case for a Larger Israel

A Case for a Larger Israel is a most important primer on the antecedents of the Israel-Arab wars, not only for those who have become fuzzy on the origins of the “problem,” but also an extremely useful resource for those who are intimately involved. With a treasure trove of maps, charts, and historical and Quranic citations, the book is a fount of information. Unlike the solutions proposed over the last fifty years that appear to be a rehashing of what has failed many times before, David Naggar, a California advocate, dares to suggest a radical departure from the tried and tired. A Case for a Larger Israel may prove to be the true “road map” to Israel’s future prosperity, security and eventual peace.

Welcome Mr. Naggar to IsraPundit and congratulations on a most important contribution to the literature on the subject which even after almost sixty years continues to evade solution.

David Naggar:
Thank you Nat.

You begin your book by revealing to the reader the simple device used by lawyers when their clients are sued—the counter suit. Why do you think Israel never resorted to this courtroom counter-suit device when dealing with the Arabs?

August 30, 2007 | 0 Comments » | 5 views

Kinneret Lives

Kinneret Lives is documentary which asks the question

    “What happens to a beautiful girl whose world burns down one night and she wakes up 5 months later to a harsh reality?

The HOUR with George Stroumboulopolous covered the documentary after it appeared in the Toronto Jewish Film Festival in May

Kinneret Boosany
Bombings are part of life in Israel. Suicide bombers, rocket attacks — the threat is always there. We’ve got a woman who knows that first hand.

Kinneret Haya Boosany. It was 2001, and in one instant, her life was changed forever. A suicide bomber walked into her cafe.

After that bombing, Kinneret was pronounced clinically dead. She was revived and put into a coma for 5 months. 70 per cent of her body was burned, she lost sight in one eye, she was deaf in one ear, and missing half a lung.

The story of her recovery is told in a documentary called ‘Kinneret Lives.’

In the film, she makes video diaries about what she went through. They’re raw, sometimes hopeful and painful.

Spend the time to visit this site and to watch the videos and to be up lifted by the story.

August 30, 2007 | 2 Comments » | 21 views

Justice Minister Friedmann alarms leftists

Justice minister under criticism because he threatens Supreme Court’s leftist hegemony

Shaul Rosenfeld

[..] When we see former Deputy Chief Justice Mishael Cheshin becoming jealous of the Saudis and threatening to cut off the arm of the justice minister, and when the Supreme Court’s guardians argue that soon enough we’ll have to mourn the premature death of the judicial and ideological apple of their eyes – it means that for them all hope has apparently been lost, and therefore they have no choice but to declare an all-out war against he who threatens to destroy the “judicial temple.”

But why is the judicial guard so furious? In fact, an objective examination of most of Friedmann’s moves so far makes it appear that alongside minor reforms, which are very far from shaking up the system, he indeed worked to advance several fundamental and highly important initiatives, although most of them are still at nascent stages.

August 30, 2007 | 0 Comments » | 9 views

Sarkozy: Let’s Engage Syria! Barry Rubin: Let’s Not!

by Omri Ceren

Oh come on:

Breaking with the policy of his predecessor Jacques Chirac, Sarkozy said he was prepared to hold high-level talks with Syria if it backed French efforts aimed at ending the political crisis in Lebanon. “If Damascus committed itself to this path, then the conditions for a Franco-Syrian dialogue would be in place.”

We’re not saying that he’s not Europe’s second-best hope when it comes to growing a spine and holding on to what’s left of its Western legacy – here’s another article from yesterday that implies that he very much is. But really? Here’s an article that the GLORIA Center’s Barry Rubin, he of “knows something about Syria” fame, put out a few days ago:

August 30, 2007 | 0 Comments » | 10 views

Israel and AIPAC: Walt And Mearsheimer Too Crazy To Bother With

Israel And AIPAC: We’ll Respond To Walt And Mearsheimer When Their Vicious Anti-Semitism Gets Sophisticated Or Relevant

by Omri Ceren

In a way they’re absolutely right: when it comes to anti-Semitism Walt and Mearsheimer are total amateurs. They’re still running the “we’re being silenced argument” – even fanatical anti-Semitic imams have figured out that they sound silly screaming that from the podiums of talks they’ve been invited to give.

Anyway, JPost has a pretty decent article about how AIPAC and the Israeli government intend to counter Walt and Mearsheimer’s The Israeli Lobby (subtitle: “how the Jews came from across the ocean, corrupted good Christian Americans, and tricked them into betraying their country”). The basic strategy: do nothing. Israel can’t go around countering the claims of every vaguely disgruntled, largely discredited academic who discovers that “hey, these Jews make pretty good scapegoats”. It’s got all of its resources tied up dealing with the ones who are already on UN committees:

August 30, 2007 | 5 Comments » | 8 views

Ovadya Yosef (Shas) Kills IDF Soldiers

By Sultan Knish

Ovadya Yosef recently made a pronouncement that Israeli soldiers die in wars because they do not keep Shabbat or wear Tefilin. As usual Eli Yishai claimed that the statements had been taken out of context and that the Rabbi was speaking of biblical times, even though his statements were in the present tense. But let me provide some context.

Today the IDF has more religious soldiers and officers than it has ever had before. It has a higher proportion of soldiers who keep Shabbat and wear Tefilin than ever before. Today IDF soldiers are dying because of Ovadya Yosef.

Without Shas there would have been no Oslo Accords voted in and no Palestinian terrorist state. Without Shas, the entire Rabin-Peres reign of terror that has brought Israel to the brink of destruction and turned over a part of Israel to Arab terrorists would not be. Every Israeli soldier and civilian who has died since Oslo is a bloody stain on the hands of Ovadya Yosef, Shas and its voters. Every last one.

August 30, 2007 | 2 Comments » | 13 views

Democracy was a failed experiment

By Ted Belman

When Anatole Sharansky published A Case for Democracy in 2004, President Bush, and soon to be Secretary of State, Condeleeza Rice, bought into it hook, line and sinker, with the emphasis on “sinker”. With a religious faith in its power, promoting democracy became the central theme of US foreign policy.

As a result, the US lead with its chin in the Iraqi elections of ’05 and the Palestinian elections of ’06. In both case it received knockout blows from which it has yet to recover.

According to David Ignatius, In democracy’s name, the US has helped cede Iraq to Iran. Apparently,

August 29, 2007 | 5 Comments » | 7 views