By Ted Belman
No candidate for their party’s nomination for President offers any relief to Israel. All support the two state solution and that includes pre ’67 borders with minor modification. At best they vary on how much pressure they will apply on Israel to cave in.
If you doubt the State Department’s resolve to create another terrorist state in Israel, just look at what it intends doing in Serbia. And don’t forget, NATO, led by the US, bombed Serbia to make it more compliant.
John Bolton, Lawrence Eagleburger and Peter W. Rodman combined to write Warning Light on Kosovo and take a dim view of its intentions.
The Bush administration has indicated its readiness to recognize a unilateral declaration of independence by ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, a province of the Republic of Serbia that since 1999 has been under United Nations administration and NATO military control.
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Breadth of the Beast is one of my favourite essayists on the web today.
His current essay Live incorrect or die correct
[..] Having our way so habitually has even made us a little shame-faced about it. We try very hard not to rub it in- not to appear to be “running up the score” on the opposition. In fact, we invented multiculturalism so that we could pretend that there really is no competition- that we are all just the same as everyone else and that there is no reason why any other culture should feel anymore threatened by us than we do of them.
The problem is that our perspective has become warped. We are not afraid of them because we have been on such a long winning streak. They hate us for our success and power- and they despise our smarmy, condescending, back-handedly racist multiculturalism.
At the same time, non western challengers are rising up in the Islamic world and Asia who do not share our values and our scruples. We don’t believe it, but they have no interest in becoming like us. We are so busy trying to console them for being so backward that we cannot comprehend that they don’t see it that way.[..]
Political Correctness is Unilateral Cultural Disarmament. As bad as it is here in the U.S. it is even worse in Israel.[..]
Felix remains a fighter for the Jewish people believing that what is needed is a United Front and new leadership.
His blog is called My Weblog.
Good luck Felix.
By Ted Belman
MJ Rosenberg of Israel Policy Forum comments on the events in Gaza and repeats all the Arab propaganda about Israel causing an humanitarian crisis then gives his, not so sage but predictable, advice,
But unilateral withdrawal failed. It failed because unilateralism is no way to solve any international conflict. Had Israel negotiated the Gaza withdrawal with Mahmoud Abbas, as Abbas wanted, there would have been a signed and binding agreement between Israelis and Palestinians governing Gaza’s future. As it was, Israel just picked up and left, handing Hamas the opportunity to increase its support by claiming that it drove Israel out, weakening Abbas and setting the stage for the shelling of Sderot and the ultimate Hamas takeover of Gaza.
By Caroline B. Glick , JPOST
On Tuesday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had his first reported telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Their conversation was a sign of the rising intimacy in Egyptian-Iranian relations in the wake of November’s US National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear weapons program. According to media reports, the two men discussed the situation in Gaza.
Their conversation brought immediate results. Wednesday Mubarak allowed Hamas to take control of the international border between Egypt and Gaza. Hundreds of thousands of Gazans streamed across the border. Mubarak maintained his faith with Ahmadinejad even after the US Wednesday afternoon began demanding that he reassert Egyptian control over the border. Wednesday evening Mubarak said that the border will remain open.
Wednesday’s border takeover by Hamas was but the latest escalation of the Palestinian campaign for control over the international border. This campaign has been ongoing since Israel withdrew in 2005 and was sharply escalated after Hamas seized control over Gaza last June.
The prayer asked of “Victory over those who disbelieve,” and “Protection from the great Satan” among other things.
Pastor Steve Smith of the Evangelical Free Church in Albert City is among those concerned about the Muslim prayer. Rev. Smith admits that he doesn’t know about all the levels of Muslim but knows that the Jihadists believe those in the U.S. are the great Satan.
Rev. Smith also wants to point out the mention of
“victory over those who disbelieve.” He feels “this is a request in the Iowa Legislature for God to grant the Muslims victory over every non-muslim. Not a request for salvation.”
Richard Landes relentlessly exposes Arab lies and fabrications such as inherent in al Dura and Qana. His blog is Second Draft.
Second Draft has just put up a ten-minute film entitled, “Gaza Beach Tragedy: Exploiting Grief,”
He blames the the Western Media who were willing participants in promulgating these lies.
Now as you know the latest fabrication is the “humanitarian crises” in Gaza.
By Ted Belman
Yisrael Beiteinu has been clear about the need to expel the Arabs from Israel. It recognizes them as a dangerous fifth column.
Now Haim Misgav says its Time to say goodbye
By examining the Israeli Arab protests at Gaza’s Erez crossing we can understand that Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi, as well as Ra’ed Salah and his comrades in the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, a body holding anti-Jewish positions, do not think that the Jewish people deserves its own state; at least not in this part of the world, which in their view was always meant to be the home of the Palestinian people.[..]
Those who wish to stay and be part of the Jewish state should know that their loyalty lies only with this country. They cannot protest on behalf of those who wish to destroy it. All the others, such as Ra’ed Salah and Ahmad Tibi, must decide where they want to live. If they think that another “Palestinian state” should be established here, instead of the State of Israel, they should get up and leave. They can fight us – but from the outside. Not from within us, and not at our expense.
By Ted Belman
The Benny Elon Plan is now called The Israel Initiative. It argues for an humanitarian solution to the refugee issue and cooperation with Jordan, not the PA.
The Israeli Initiative said it was due to launch a massive advertising campaign “that seeks to place the solution to the problem of the Palestinian refugees at the center of the political agenda”.
Titled “Don’t give them guns – give them homes”, the campaign will consist of hundreds of billboards, Internet ads and a PR booklet that will be distributed during the first stage to thousands of decision makers and public opinion shapers in Israel, the US, Europe and in Arab countries.
by Hillel Fendel
(IsraelNN.com) A new poll presented at the prestigious Herzliya Conference shows that the religious-Zionist public is the most patriotic of all. [..]
MK Effie Eitam (National Union) spoke at the conference about the findings of the poll, and said that the “left-wing elites” must take this opportunity to re-evaluate their negative views and plans regarding the religious-Zionist camp.
“There are amongst us,” he said, “those who see patriotism not as a value, but as a burden – and even as a swamp that breeds nationalism, aggression, occupation, etc. Some of our elites have decided to dry out this swamp, in order to prevent these ‘mosquitoes’ from spreading.”
Left Seeks to Destroy Right in Every Area
Eitam said that the religious-Zionist public, with its accomplishments and patriotism, “should be the main source of human capital in building up a healthy and strong society. Yet, if we check how the leadership echelons in the country actually act, we will be astonished to see that they relate to this human capital in precisely the opposite manner – and in every single area, they try almost systematically to destroy them. In recent years, there has been no area in which the State of Israel did not try to dwarf, to send into despair, to liquidate and to split this patriotic camp.”
By Ted Belman
JPOST reports in Hamas calls for shared border control with Egypt
Mubarak, who has been under heavy pressure from Palestinians and Egyptians to reopen the Rafah terminal, told reporters in Cairo that when Gazans began storming their way through the border, he ordered the Egyptian army to allow them in to purchase food.
Hamas leaders expressed satisfaction with the developments at the border. They also voiced readiness to work out a deal with Egypt and the PA over joint control of the Rafah border crossing.
Syria-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said his movement would insist that the border be placed under exclusive Palestinian and Egyptian control.
By Ted Belman
The Israel Policy Forum, a decidedly Peace Now kind of organization, comments on American Jews and the Peace Process. Based on a recent study and perhaps other inputs, it counsels,
[..] As the Bush era draws to a close, and “change” is the buzzword of the presidential campaign, the moment may well have arrived for American Jews to clarify their position on the peace process and speak out. Great numbers of liberals and moderates among Israel’s supporters may refuse to be eclipsed any longer by those who have until now gripped the gavel of authority on this critical issue. Those who oppose Israel’s need to compromise on territory in order to end the conflict, those who bang relentlessly on the doors of Congress in the name of a united Jerusalem, those who use political or financial threats to command political support—simply do not reflect the plurality of American Jews who, like the majority of all Americans today, are seeking compromise.
By Nidra Poller
President George W. Bush at Yad Vashem, his eyes flooded with tears, turned to ask Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice why the Americans did not bomb Auschwitz. The day before, in Ramallah, he fired hopes for what has come to be known as peace between Israel and a Palestinian state living side by side along slightly modified—or mollified– 1967 borders…elsewhere known as “Auschwitz” borders. The irony is clanging, but not everyone hears the same bells.
Jerusalem Post readers engaged in Talmudic disputation. The American president is tooling up for a new Shoah by helping the Palestinians get a state that will be a toehold for the destruction of Israel. Versus: How dare we—you– deny Palestinian aspirations and flout international law; Israel must end the occupation, whatever the risk. Just do the right thing.
Readers of the French daily Libération, consumed by Bush-hatred, slap the American President up ‘side the head. Hmph! Tears for the long ago victims of the Nazis but what about the hundreds of thousands of victims in Afghanistan and Iraq? What about the Palestinians? Bush is the world’s worst criminal. We’re tired of hearing about the Shoah.
By Ted Belman
The Gaza conundrum has left the “peace process” on the back burner. But what is more important than either is the battle over settlements which is ongoing.
The GoI has committed to uprooting 21 “illegal” or “unlawful”, depending on your choice of adjectives, outposts and to freeze settlements. When the freeze was first accepted by Sharon he reserved the right to natural growth and only committed to not building outside settlement boundaries. Now the US is insisting that no building take place even in Jerusalem as defined by Israel if the settlement, such as Har Homa, is east of the ’67 line. Olmert has accepted this dictate and has ordered that no construction take place without his approval. Jerusalem’s Mayor Lupolianski, has announced defiance of Olmert’s illegal decree.
So far the Kadima government has not made a move to remove the 21 outposts but it has tried to prevent new settlements from being built particularly at Chomesh. Every time the government tears it down Jewish kids return to rebuild it. In addition MK Eldad stands with them in opposition to the government. The recent incarceration of the Jewish girls and their refusal to recognize the authority of the government is part of this ongoing battle.
Haaretz editorializes under the title, A thundering silence. The problem, as it sees it is set out.
Sultan Knish is one of the smartest guys in the blogosphere. His latest is The Caliphate vs Multiculturalism
The cult of multiculturalism has been the biggest failure of liberal Western governments in the previous century. It might have survived its many failures however to slowly strangle its host societies had it not been for the emergence of a competing vision against which it is helpless, that of the Caliphate.
In any showdown between a multicultural society against the caliphate, the caliphate will always win among Muslims, simply because a multicultural society is incapable of defending its own existence and must tolerate the proponents of the caliphate.
The problem with multiculturalism and the reason why in the end Muslims and even many non-Muslims will choose a romanticized caliphate over the bleak reality of a multicultural system, is that in the end it stands for nothing. Tolerance of everything really means standing for nothing and embracing all cultures means lacking any culture of your own.
J. Peter Pham, NRO
Although, as the Jerusalem Post reports, the so-called “Gaza blackout” was instigated by the Hamas terrorists who run the enclave as a sort of cynical publicity stunt, it has drawn the usual dire warnings of impending humanitarian crisis and protests from neighboring Arab countries and the European Union. What tends to be forgotten in moments like this is that, even if Israel, which supplies more than 75 percent of the terrorist enclave’s power, did cut off the flow, it would not only be morally but also legally justified in doing so. As Prof. Michael Krauss of George Mason University Law School and I pointed out in a commentary last year when Gaza was designated “hostile territory” by the Israeli cabinet:
Stereotypical Jewish performers?
Blacks have a name for this kind of performer – Uncle Tom. I’ve never heard of a similar name for Jewish performers who took on the streeotypical role.
Back in Europe, Yiddish musicians who succumbed to Gentile demands that they act the part of stereotypical Jews were sometimes referred to as “Ma Yofusnikes” an allusion to the ubiquitous melody “Ma Yofus” (the Hava Negila of its day,) and the best known Jewish melody among Gentiles.
In America, there was a name given to performers who trod the vaudeville boards in grotesque depiction of Jews: they were called “Hebe” or “Jew” comics. Wearing clothing either too big or small and a derby hat mashed down over their ears, these characters held sway on mainstream stages from the 1890s until the Depression. Though a good number of the performers who depicted the hunched shouldered, hand wringing, cringing, whining abrasive conniving Yids on turn-of-the century vaudeville stages were Gentiles, a great number were Jews such as Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor and George Jessel who, by being Jewish themselves, gave legitimacy to these demeaning characterizations.
A few days ago, I was interrogated for 90 minutes by Shirlene McGovern, an officer of the government of Alberta. I have been accused of hurting people’s feelings because, two years ago, I published the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in the Western Standard magazine.
Ms. McGovern’s business card said she was a “Human Rights Officer.” What a perfectly Orwellian title.
Early in her interrogation, she said “I always ask people ? what was your intent and purpose of your article?”
It wasn’t even a question about what we had published in the magazine. It was a question about my private thoughts. I asked her why my private feelings were of interest to the government. She said, very calmly, that they would be a factor taken into account by the government in determining whether or not I was guilty.
Traditionally, Tu Bishvat was not a Jewish festival. Rather, it marked an important date for Jewish farmers in ancient times. The Torah states, “When you enter the land [of Israel] and plant any tree for food, you shall regard its fruit as forbidden. Three years it shall be forbidden for you, not to be eaten” (Leviticus 19:23). The fruit of the fourth year was to be offered to the priests in the Temple as a gift of gratitude for the bounty of the land, and the fifth-year fruit–and all subsequent fruit–was finally for the farmer. This law, however, raised the question of how farmers were to mark the “birthday” of a tree. The Rabbis therefore established the 15th of the month of Shvat as a general “birthday” for all trees, regardless of when they were actually planted.
Fruit trees were awarded special status in the Torah because of their importance in sustaining life and as a symbol of God’s divine favor. Even during times of war, God warns the Israelites, “When in your war against a city you have to besiege it a long time in order to capture it, you must not destroy its trees… Are trees of the field human to withdraw before you into the besieged city? Only trees that you know do not yield food may be destroyed” (Deuteronomy 20:19-20).