When Does Partition End? When the Muslims want it to.

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The United States State Department and the EU have hypocritically refused to consider the “partition” of Kosovo into Serb and Kosovar Muslim areas.

VOA: US Rejects Any Kosovo Partition

Burns has joined the European Union’s new special envoy for Kosovo, Pieter Feith, in flatly rejecting any partition of the former Serb province. But in remarks to foreign reporters in Washington, reflecting Vienna comments earlier Thursday by EU diplomat Feith, Burns said the United States will not tolerate or support any move toward partition be it informal, creeping or de jure.

February 29, 2008 | 3 Comments » | 18 views

Two-state solution in jeopardy

Arabs are rethinking it.

By Leslie Susser j

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Irked by the slow rate of progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, major Arab players are threatening to withdraw their offer to normalize ties with Israel once a Palestinian state is established.

Underlying the Arab reassessment is a deeper problem: Arab belief in the viability of “the two-state solution,” Israel and Palestine at peace, is diminishing. And the worry in Jerusalem is that this growing lack of confidence could undermine the fragile negotiating process so carefully put in place at the regional peace conference in Annapolis, Md., last November.

The Arab offer to normalize ties with Israel was part of the 2002 Arab League peace plan initiated by Saudi Arabia. The idea was to give Israel an added incentive to make peace with the Palestinians.

February 28, 2008 | 2 Comments » | 8 views

The definitive post on Obama’s life so far

By Ted Belman

If you think my post on Obama was something, you ain’t heard nothing yet.

Pamela at Atlas Shrugs has put together a very well researched post covering entirely different matters particularly Obama’s early life.

Obama and Islam:The Third Rail in American Politics

Here’s one tidbit

    He called himself Barry as a child. Why did he change and go back to Barack Hussein? This was a conscious decision that he made. Why? And if Barack went to all the trouble of going from Barry to Barack Hussein, why are we vilified when calling him by the name he prefers?
February 28, 2008 | 0 Comments » | 7 views

Abbas the “moderate”

Abbas rejects Jewishness of Israel, doesn’t rule out armed conflict and is proud to have taught terror to world

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, Palestinian Media Watch

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he doesn’t rule out armed conflict against Israel. He also said that he was “honored” to have fired the first bullet of the Fatah terror organization in 1965, and to have taught terror tactics around the world, including to such groups as Hizbullah.

In an in-depth interview published today in the Jordanian daily Al-Dustur, Abbas said that the PA is “unable” to pursue armed conflict for now, but said that “in the future stages things may be different.”

He rejected Israel as a Jewish state, and said that it was the PA’s rejection of Israel’s Jewishness that almost aborted the Annapolis Conference last November.

February 28, 2008 | 2 Comments » | 13 views

Is Israel Bound by International Law to Supply Utilities, Goods, and Services to Gaza?

Abraham Bell, JCPA

SUMMARY

    · British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Development Secretary Douglas Alexander recently alleged that Israel’s decision to respond to ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks by limiting the supply of fuel to Gaza violated international law. The new UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert H. Serry, also asserted: “Israeli measures amounting to collective punishment are not acceptable. We call on Israel to meet its obligations toward the civilian population of Gaza under international law.” Yet international law does not require Israel to supply Gaza with fuel or electricity, or, indeed, with any other materials, goods, or services.

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February 28, 2008 | 1 Comments » | 11 views

Paragraph 97: The Charge of Treason

By Arieh Eldad, Ma’ariv, February 29, 2008

arieh-eldad-picture.jpgThe legal and political status of Judea, Samaria and Gaza are complicated and subject to debate. To our great detriment, the Knesset did not extend Israeli law to these areas immediately following the Six Day War.

The status of Jerusalem is different. On June 28, 1967, the Knesset extended Israeli law over the territories of Greater Jerusalem. In 1980, the Knesset went further and buttressed the city’s status in its wider boundaries by enacting the Basic Law “Greater Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel.” Anyone who wishes to change the status of the city or its boundaries must turn to the Knesset and ask for a change in the law.

At the height of the wave of terror called “The Second Intifada,” the government of Israel decided to build a separation fence to prevent terrorists from crossing over the Green Line and into Jerusalem. The fence – proclaimed Ariel Sharon and his government’s representatives in various international arenas, and also in Israeli courts – is only a security fence; it has no political significance. When the fence was built around Jerusalem, the country’s leaders decided to use it to also block Arab immigration into the city, and so they detached from the city several Arab neighborhoods that lie within Jerusalem’s municipal borders. Tens of thousands of Arabs who carry Israeli identity cards live in these neighborhoods between the fence and the areas of Judea and Samaria.

February 28, 2008 | 3 Comments » | 15 views

Gaza: “Cry Havoc! Let loose the dogs of War”

by Jerry Gordon

jerry-gordon.jpgOver the past two days more than 100 Kassem and Katyusha rockets have fallen on Israel. The rockets are falling in Sderot, the western Negev and in Ashkelon spreading death, injuries and terror. These recent Kassem and Katyusha rocket attacks have resulted in the killings and maiming of Israeli civilians, such as deaths of a 19 year old Sderot student at Sapir College, a 47 year old father of four and injuries to more than 17 persons in the Southern town of Ashkelon. These recent unrelenting attacks have raised the level of outrage among Israelis clamoring for action. The Kassem rocket attacks have been going on for over six years. With the recent blockade of Gaza, they have intensified both in volume and types of missiles being unleashed against Israeli towns, cooperative farms and kibbutzim in the South and Western Negev. The US would never have tolerated rockets fired into San Diego and its suburbs from across the border in Mexico. We would have retaliated, with or without the permission of the central Mexican government.

February 28, 2008 | 0 Comments » | 20 views

More Efforts to Diagnose Israel’s Hasbara Problem (Part 2 of “Israel’s PR Efforts Have Collapsed”)

Part Two of two on the Jerusalem Conference’s Session on Israel’s Public Relations Efforts

by Hillel Fendel

Elyakim HaEtzni

Following speakers Caroline Glick, Isi Leibler, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, and Tzafrir Ronen, former MK Elyakim HaEtzni presented his thesis that the simple explanation for Israel’s failure at effective PR is “pathological. Israel is sick, with a condition called ‘Jewish self-hatred,’ and this phenomenon must be investigated… For 2,000 years, the world has been telling us that we’re no good – so finally, like a child who receives only criticism, he naturally begins to believe he is no good! In addition, there is something in the Jewish religion that is very noble, but that if taken too far, can be dangerous. Other nations, when they are hit, blame the hitter – but we always blame ourselves; we ask what we did wrong. We originally thought this was just an Exile-mentality phenomenon, but that’s not true; there are Jews abroad who are much prouder than many born-in-Israel army officers…”

February 28, 2008 | 8 Comments » | 8 views

After Annapolis: Israeli Rights, Arab/Islamic Antisemitism And International Law (Part II)

By:Louis Rene Beres

“This second part of the column by Professor Beres (“After Annapolis: Israeli Rights, Arab/Islamic Anti-Semitism and International Law”) continues his legal examination of Arab/Iranian anti-Semitism, with particular reference to pertinent norms under international law and to recommended strategies for authoritative enforcement of Israel’s fundamental human rights.”

Some years ago, following one of the devastating suicide bombings in which small Jewish children were blown to bits, prominent Palestinian columnist Fahd al-Rimawi – then writing with obvious approval of Nobel Peace laureate Yassir Arafat in Amman’s al-Majd newspaper, gleefully celebrated the monstrous act of terror: “Let us rejoice and applaud the operation with the sweetest of songs and ululations (sic). We greet that act of ingeniousness with the sweetest of chants and we bid farewell to our bold martyrs who have lit the night of Jerusalem…and given luster and meaning to Arab valor…. We will not apologize for the Jewish blood that will be spilt nor denounce the heroic actions of the Mujahideen who represent the soul of this nation and echo the pulse of the masses and the Palestinian people’s conscience….”

February 27, 2008 | 1 Comments » | 8 views

Israeli killed by Kassam hit on Sapir College in Sderot

THE JERUSALEM POST Feb. 27, 2008

A student at Sapir College in Sderot was killed and one other person wounded by shrapnel after a Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit the western Negev campus.

At least five other people were reported in shock. Army Radio reported that everyone present on the college campus was being shepherded into sheltered areas.

The rocket that struck the college’s parking lot was one of a barrage of six fired late Wednesday afternoon, two of which landed in Sderot. One rocket hit and caused severe damage to a residential building in the city’s Neveh Eshkol neighborhood. No one was wounded.

February 27, 2008 | 3 Comments » | 22 views

Sderot: Playing Defense is not the Solution

sultanknish.jpgDeterrence Only Works When They’re Not Shooting at You – by Sultan Knish

The revelation that the Iron Dome system can’t protect Sderot is only the latest bad card played by the Olmert government as it goes through all its options for dealing with the problem of rocket attacks from Gaza, except the only one that will actually work– reoccupying Gaza.

Month after month, Hamas has made the political and strategic case for reoccupying Gaza. Yet even with Israeli soldiers being held hostage in Gaza and Sderot continually under fire, it’s the one card off the table as far as the Olmert government is concerned. And that is why Hamas has boldly made the case for reoccupying Gaza, because it knows this government is too weak to actually do it.

February 27, 2008 | 2 Comments » | 10 views

Glick: Israel’s PR Efforts Have Collapsed

by Hillel Fendel

Part One of two on the Jerusalem Conference’s Session on Israel’s Public Relations Efforts

Caroline Glick, a columnist and editor at the Jerusalem Post, told the Jerusalem Conference this week that ever since Oslo, when Israel recognized the PLO and accepted the establishment of a Palestinian state as its goal, the efforts of the Jewish State to explain and defend its policies abroad have basically collapsed.

The popular commentator moderated a session at the annual conference held at Jerusalem’s Regency Hotel, heading a panel including Tzafrir Ronen, Isi Liebler, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Elyakim HaEtzni and Melanie Phillips (some of whose remarks are cited below).

Glick explained that there are three chief elements to any country’s hasbara (public relations) efforts: The desire to explain, the specific objectives and strategies of the hasbara campaign, and the style in which the hasbara is delivered.

“We are essentially saying that our goal is to advance the interests of our enemies.”

February 27, 2008 | 12 Comments » | 12 views

Obama:”U.S. needed to be more evenhanded”

By Ted Belman

According to Aaron Klein’s latest article Obama raised funds for Islamic causes, it is clear where Obama’s sympathies lie.

Klein quotes Ali Abunimah, a Chicago-based Palestinian-American activist and co-founder of Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian online publication,

    “I remember personally introducing [Obama] onstage in 1999, when we had a major community fundraiser for the community center in Deheisha refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. And that’s just one example of how Barack Obama used to be very comfortable speaking up for and being associated with Palestinian rights and opposing the Israeli occupation,”

    “And that’s just one example of how Barack Obama used to be very comfortable speaking up for and being associated with Palestinian rights and opposing the Israeli occupation,” .

February 27, 2008 | 2 Comments » | 23 views

The Sderot Calculus

By Bret Stephens, WSJ

The Israeli town of Sderot lies less than a mile from the Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of the intifada seven years ago, it has borne the brunt of some 2,500 Kassam rockets fired from Gaza by Palestinian terrorists. Only about a dozen of these Kassams have proved lethal, though earlier this month brothers Osher and Rami Twito were seriously injured by one as they walked down a Sderot street on a Saturday evening. Eight-year-old Osher lost a leg.

It is no stretch to say that life in Sderot has become unendurable. Palestinians and their chorus of supporters — including the 118 countries of the so-called Non-Aligned Movement, much of Europe, and the panoply of international aid organizations from the World Bank to the United Nations — typically reply that life in the Gaza Strip is also unendurable, and that Palestinian casualties greatly exceed Israeli ones. But this argument is fatuous: Conditions in Gaza, in so far as they are shaped by Israel, are a function of conditions in Sderot. No Palestinian Kassams (or other forms of terrorism), no Israeli “siege.”

February 26, 2008 | 12 Comments » | 30 views

Love to Brigitte from Naomi Ragen in Israel

By Jerry Gordon, American Congress for Truth blog, February 26, 2008

naomi_big.JPGThis morning when I opened up my email there it was. A note sent out by Naomi Ragen to her vast email list. In it Ragen had a web link to Brigitte’s response to the ‘slamming’ by UJC head, Howard Rieger, and the JTA article about the kerfuffle at the West Palm Beach Jewish Federation event when a woman in the audience asked “was Obama anti-Semitic”. The ACT post was entitled “Sacrificing Clarity on the Altar of Appeasement”.

Who is Naomi Ragen?

Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and playwright who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She has published seven internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play. Naomi also publishes a regular column that deals with Jewish subjects, especially Israel.

February 26, 2008 | 3 Comments » | 33 views

“Islamic Links on Obama Web Site Stir Criticism”: Muslim Brotherhood Front Groups

by Jerry Gordon, American Congress for Truth blog, February 26, 2008

muslim4obama1.jpgWhy does Obama have a webpage for Muslim for Barack Obama ’08 with links to several unindicted co-conspirators from the Dallas Holy Land Foundation trial, all Muslim Brotherhood fronts in America? Groups like the Islamic Society of North Amercia (ISNA), the Islamic Circle of North Amercia (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS). Not only that but on the web page is a link to the Sounds of Islam with notorious Koranic hate screed from Saudi Wahhabi trained clerics.

Witness this from this investigative article by Fred Lucas of CNSNews.com:

February 26, 2008 | 2 Comments » | 29 views

Kadima MKs discuss Jerusalem without Olmert

YNET

Eleven Kadima Knesset members met Monday afternoon at the Knesset to discuss the diplomatic negotiations and their fear of talks with the Palestinians on the future of Jerusalem.

Most of the meeting attendees expressed their absolute objection to a division of the capital and even to discussions on its future.

The MKs, who had apparently taken advantage of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s trip to Japan, suggested that the party’s institutions discuss “any change in Kadima’s platform.”

February 26, 2008 | 0 Comments » | 9 views

Shas Plans to Quit Within Months, Some Say It May be Too Late

by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) The Sephardic hareidi-religious Shas party hopes to make some political gains before quitting the government. Shas observers and opponents say: It won’t work.

“The die has been cast,” writes political commentator Sophia Ron-Moriah in the Makor Rishon newspaper.

    “Shas will quit the Olmert government before mid-summmer, or before – depending on the pace of the two or three matters that are important to Shas.”

The legislation that is important to Shas includes the expansion of rabbinical court authorities, restrictions on internet access to pornographic sites, and the restoration of previous levels of monthly child allowances.

February 26, 2008 | 1 Comments » | 6 views

SDEROT MATTERS

By Ted Belman

ted-4.jpgTonight, Toronto Jews and Christian Zionists rallied for Sderot and what a rally it was. Over 2000 people were in attendance including many high school and university students. They filled to capacity a huge hotel room.

For many of us, Sderot represents a news story about the daily rocket attacks and the question of when and how is Israel going to stop them.

No longer, at least for those in attendance. We were hooked up with the Community Hall in Sderot. Though it was three in the morning there, many residents of all ages with emphases on the youth, were in attendance and we all participated in a two way hook up.

February 26, 2008 | 7 Comments » | 14 views