Prof. Paul Eidelberg
MK Arieh Eldad, responding to Prime Minister Olmert’s ban on further construction in Judea and Samaria is calling for “civil disobedience.” I wonder whether he fully understands what he is up against?
Olmert’s decision is perhaps the first tangible consequence of the Annapolis Conference, which sanctions the establishment of a Palestinian state by the end of 2008. Of course, a Palestinian state was tacitly agreed upon when the Rabin government signed the Oslo or Israel-PLO Agreement of September 1993. It thus appears that Mr. Eldad’s call for “civil disobedience” against Olmert’s ban on construction in Judea and Samaria is actually a protest against Oslo.
This recalls Moshe Feiglin’s “civil disobedience” in 1995, when he organized demonstrations across Israel blocking main intersections in protest against Oslo. The following year, however, Mr. Feiglin was convicted of sedition for what he had naively termed civil disobedience!
By Prof Paul Eidelberg
When I started blogging about eight years ago one of the people I most learned from was Prof Paul Eidelberg. Over the years, I have read much of what he has written to my great benefit. I have also gotten to know him and we correspond often. Don’t miss this great article. Ted Belman
Two Munichs occurred in 2007: (1) the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate, and (2) the U.S-sponsored Annapolis Conference. The two Munichs may lead to a world war that destroys what is left of a decaying Western civilization.
The National Intelligence Estimate reported that Iran had stopped its nuclear-weapons development program in 2003. This gives Iran the green light to complete that program. A nuclear-armed Iran will control Saudi Arabia as well as pacifist Europe on which America’s economy and survival depend. Of course, a nuclear-armed Iran dooms Israel.
The Annapolis Conference buys time for the United States, while Israel retreats to its indefensible 1949 borders to accommodate the establishment of Palestinian state which, in a second stage orchestrated by Iran, will cover all of Palestine.
Prescott Bush, $1.5 million, and Auschwitz: how the Bush family wealth is linked to the holocaust
While the Enron scandal currently unfolds, another Bush family business scandal lurks beneath the shadows of history that may dwarf it.
On April 19, 2001, President George W. Bush spent some of Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Capital Rotunda with holocaust survivors, allied veterans, and their families. In a ceremony that included Jewish prayers and songs sung by holocaust victims in the camps, Benjamin Meed, a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, movingly described to the gathering what he experienced on April 19, 1943.
“I stood outside a Catholic church, which faced the ghetto,” Mr. Meed said, “a young Jewish boy posing as a gentile. As I watched the ghetto being bombarded by the German artillery, I could see many of the Jews of my community jumping out of windows of burning buildings. I stood long and mute.”
By Anita Tucker
Constructing a community ,a public building, a home all demand defining goals, identifying a location ,planning , permits, financial backing ,building , then planning and filling the structures with functional and aesthetic furnishings.
Most important and most difficult is filling it with people, content, meaning, then evaluating its success in meeting the original goals.
It is a big team effort that can take years. Destroying it all takes only minutes.
I lived in Netzer Hazani for thirty years –we built this town on bare sand dunes that were not inhabited since Abraham and Isaac, our forefathers, who lived there.
We built from scratch. We built synagogues, mikvahs, schools, community centers, youth centers, homes, businesses, playgrounds sports fields and swimming pools, agro-businesses, community based businesses, light industry.
Israel’s 2008 plans: Engage Syria, Palestinian peace, upgrade U.S. ties
By Leslie Susser, JTA
[This is a startling report and I don’t know what to make of it.]
Israel seems set to start 2008 with a major foreign policy achievement: During U.S. President George W. Bush’s visit here next week, Israel and the United States are expected to announce a significant upgrading of diplomatic, economic and military ties.
The upgrade is bound to affect Israel’s other major foreign policy goals for the coming year: curbing Iran, launching negotiations with Syria and making progress toward peace with the Palestinians.
Confident of success, Israeli officials say the Bush visit will focus on three issues: energizing the peace process with the Palestinians sparked at Annapolis, Md., upgrading U.S.-Israel ties and coordinating policy on Iran.
By Ted Belman
Arlene Kushner is preparing a major report on Fatah, documenting the fact that Fatah is neither moderate nor a viable partner for peace. It is to be published just prior to the arrival of Pres Bush. After providing a number of recent terrorist items in support she provides one particular piece of information that is very pertinent to Fatah’s true intentions. You will not see this in any media — it was acquired via someone doing private translating from PA radio. It tells the story that must be told.
Abbas spoke in Ramallah today during celebrations marking Fatah’s 43rd anniversary. He said the PA would never cede a single inch in negotiations with regard to Jerusalem. And he made conciliatory gestures to Hamas: he called for “dialogue, dialogue, dialogue,” and held out the hope of reconciliation (based still on Hamas relinquishing its control over Gaza).
“Friday sermons delivered at the Al Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount are broadcast on PA radio. On Friday, December 28, 2007 (just one month after Annapolis), Sheikh Mohammed Hussein delivered the sermon. It included the following fabrications and incitement to violence:
By Ted Belman
The Jewish Press has a very interesting article A Glimpse Into The Mindset Of A Judicial Oligarch by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky which begins
- “A democracy must fight terror with one hand tied behind its back.”
So stated Aharon Barak, the former president of Israel’s Supreme Court at a forum I recently attended at the Shasha Center for Strategic Studies at the Mount Scopus campus of Hebrew University.
The discussion centered on the potential and real conflict between democracy and the war on terror, and featured a debate between Barak and Judge Richard Posner, former chief judge of the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (based in Chicago), and one of the leading conservative legal scholars in the United States.
Into the article he charges
- Barak’s words, actions and philosophy are powerful weapons in the hands of terrorists and a major reason why Israel’s strategic position has declined so precipitously in the last 15 years.
By Ted Belman
On 30 November 2007 FrontPageMag published a lengthy and hostile article by Andrew G. Bostom on Matthias Kuentzel’s book, Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11, entitled “Brothers of Invention?”
In today’s FrontPage, Kuentzel charges Bostom Misses the Islamist-Nazi Connection. And Bostom replies with Wrath of Con?
Are they arguing apples and oranges or which came first, the chicken or the egg?
By Ted Belman
Senator Arlen Specter returned from Syria and reported,
- “Syrians and Israelis are in a position to proceed to have a peace treaty,”
“The parties are going to have to continue talks through intermediaries. The core of any agreement is accepted that Golan Heights will have to come back [to Syria]. It is fair to say that if there is no Golan Heights, there is no deal,”
Its fair to say Israelis would rather keep the Golan.
By Ted Belman
Egypt cannot be trusted. We know that but our leaders have short memories.
Thousands of Muslims from Gaza returning by ship from the Haj were blockaded in the Gulf of Aquba for days. On the ships were many Hamas terrorists and they had with the $150 million to fund further terrorist activities. Egypt had agreed with Israel to force them to disembark and go through an Israeli checkpoint.
Now Hillel Fendel reports Egypt Defies Israel, Lets 2,300 Gazans Escape Israeli Security
- In the past, Egypt had allowed Arabs of Gaza to return via Rafiah, sparking an Israeli protest that wanted Hamas terrorists were thus saved from Israeli security forces. Defense Minister Ehud Barak officially requested of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, during their meeting in Cairo last week, that Egypt route the Arabs through Israel. Barak said that allowing the Arabs to enter via Rafiah was a diplomatic coup for Hamas, in showing that it has ties with an important country. Mubarak agreed to Barak’s request.
On the rights of ‘settlers’
by Shmuel Katz
US Ambassador Richard Jones was recently reported to have asked Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch about the legal status of the “settlements.”
This is indeed a subject which has long been neglected – or simply ignored. The answer to the question is a simple one, but in view of the obfuscation which has for years gathered around it, it is essential to examine its roots. They lie comfortably in the text of the Mandate for Palestine which was conferred on Britain in 1922 by the League of Nations.
The Mandate’s objective was to facilitate the “reconstitution” of the Jewish National Home in Palestine. It was intended to serve as the legal instrument for implementing Britain’s 1917 Balfour Declaration. The essential obligations of the mandatory were to facilitate the immigration of Jews and encourage their “close settlement” on the land, including state and waste lands. (In accordance with the Balfour Declaration, “the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities” were to be protected.)
Here’s an interesting story that was sent to me by its author. Given that I recently posted an vicious attack on the hysterical Right Wing sonofabitch, David Horowitz, this article, by Scott Jaschik, A Moderate MLA, in INSIDE Higher Ed is welcomed.
- The Modern Language Association frequently helps out its critics with provocative session titles and left-leaning political stands offered by its members. At this year’s annual meeting, in Chicago, some MLA members have worried that the association was poised to take stances that would have sent David Horowitz’s fund raising through the roof with resolutions that appeared to be anti-Israel and pro-Ward Churchill.
But in moves that infuriated the MLA’s Radical Caucus, the association’s Delegate Assembly refused to pass those resolutions and instead adopted much narrower measures. The association acknowledged tensions over the Middle East on campus, but in a resolution that did not single out pro-Israel groups for criticism. And the association criticized the University of Colorado for the way it started its investigation of Ward Churchill, but took no stand on whether the outcome (his firing) was appropriate.
I came upon this list of FOX women who I have great respect for. Pics included.
They have pleasing personalities, good looks and are very intelligent for the most part.
My farvorite is Lauri Dhue because of the way she dominates Bill O’Reilly.
Check it out. Who is your favourite and why?
By the way, I received an email from someone at FOX and I wrote back as follows
- By the way I watched a clip recently in which Amy Kellogg whom I really like was interviewing an Imam in Saudi Arabia. When she asked him about Jihad, he answered in a good natured way that Jihad is about striving for peace and she left it at that. Talk about a softball interview.
Peace means something entirely different to a Muslim than to everyone else. For Muslims peace only comes after the land is conquered for Allah.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal asserting his influence I presume.
Al-Qaeda leader issues unusually direct threat against Israel, promising Palestinians his organization plans to expand its jihad to the region.
- ‘We will not recognize even once inch for Jews in the land of Palestine as other Muslim leaders have,’
says Bin Laden in audio recording posted to website.
Osama Bin Laden warned Iraq’s Sunni Arabs against joining tribal councils fighting al-Qaeda or participating in any unity government in a new audiotape posted on the Web on Saturday.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Washington’s chosen linchpin-to-be in Islamabad, was an unmitigated disaster for America’s war on al Qaeda and its jihadist allies in the key Pakistan-Afghan arena. The 27/12 murder closed a cycle sent spinning by al Qaeda’s 9/11 assault on America in the early days of President George W. Bush’s first term. It has left him clutching at thin air.
This single act of violence hit the West as US-led NATO forces suffer one setback after another in Afghanistan and Taliban and a Qaeda are in control of more than 75 percent of the country. It has done more harm than all the evil wrought against US forces by al Qaeda’s ace commander in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in the two years before he was slain.
by Yoram Ettinger
1. “Bethlehem will become a town of churches devoid of Christians, if you transfer the area to the Palestinian Authority,” predicted the late Mayor of Bethlehem, Elias Freij, pleading – in 1993 – not to transfer the area to PLO control. The heads of Bethlehem and Beit Jallah monasteries begged the US and Israel – in 1993 – to refrain from transferring the area to the Palestinian Authority. Their request was denied, in order to advance the Oslo Process…
2. Christian Arabs shrank from a sizeable 15% minority to a 1.5% splinter group in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Their plight has intensified since the 1993 establishment of the Palestinian Authority, which has supported/tolerated physical, social, economic, legal and political harassment/terrorism against Christian minorities.
The Daily Mail has a warning for us all in Jihadists and this disaster for us all by Michael Burleigh.
- [..] But in the maelstrom that follows Bhutto’s assassination the Islamists will be free to flourish in vast tracts of the country.
Huge areas will become a giant training camp for the sort of Anglo-Pakistani jihadists who struck in London in July 2005. Entire regions in the north west are already violent badlands occupied by extremists, which the government can only enter with thousands of soldiers – and these badlands are now likely to expand massively.
It was entirely in the interests of extremists to kill Bhutto. Even if Al Qaeda itself did not murder her, one of its spokesman has called the Asia Times newspaper claiming that the killers were from the fundamentalist Lashkar-i- Jhangvi group, acting under Al Qaeda’s orders.
by Arieh Eldad, Ma’ariv, December 28, 2007
If one’s car is totaled in an accident, he needs to thank Heaven by reciting the blessing “HaGomel” in synagogue and take comfort in the insurance money that enables him to purchase a new car. But if one survives an accident by the skin of his teeth and the insurance assessors decide that the wreck must be repaired, he is now condemned to drive a twisted, worthless, stalling hulk that is doomed to continual and rapid erosion. In the summer of 2006, Israel came out of the war in Lebanon in pieces. Despite public clamor for the prime minister’s resignation and new elections – Olmert held fast to his chair and insisted on repairing the twisted government, and the public that was condemned to continue being led by the man who caused the crash – continues to be worn down in despair. Though we are rid of former Chief of Staff Halutz and former Defense Minister Peretz, the man most responsible is still sitting behind the wheel and speeding towards the abyss.
By Ted Belman
I rarely link to an article in Counterpunch for obvious reasons, but I found Worthy and Unworthy Victims, Turkey’s Bombing of Iraq by ANTHONY DiMAGGIO interesting.
- [..] U.S. support for the Turkish campaign has been justified under the rubric of fighting terrorism, as Turkish officials claimed the December 23rd bombing targeted only Kurdish secessionist rebels, and resulted in no civilian deaths.
Turkey’s war on the Kurds provides an ideal test of Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s “propaganda model.” Mass media coverage, they argue, is characterized by a dichotomy between “worthy” and “unworthy” victims of state violence. Those who are “abused in [communist or other] enemy states” receive substantial attention in the news, as their oppressors are subject to the “high moral and self-righteous tone” of reporters, columnists, and editors. Herman and Chomsky analyze news coverage in the New York Times, CBS, Newsweek, and Time of religious leaders killed in Soviet-dominated countries such as Poland, contrasting it with coverage received by religious figures killed in U.S. allied capitalist states in Latin America.
By Andrew C. McCarthy
A recent CNN poll showed that 46 percent of Pakistanis approve of Osama bin Laden.
Aspirants to the American presidency should hope to score so highly in the United States. In Pakistan, though, the al-Qaeda emir easily beat out that country’s current president, Pervez Musharraf, who polled at 38 percent.
President George Bush, the face of a campaign to bring democracy — or, at least, some form of sharia-lite that might pass for democracy — to the Islamic world, registered nine percent. Nine!