Are U.S. Officials Understanding and Responding to Middle East Crises? Ya Think?

The Sate Department wants Israel to disappear. That explains everything. T Belman

By Barry Rubin, GLORIA *

If you’ve lost faith in the current administration’s ability and mass media’s ability to respond to Middle East developments, here’s more evidence. There’s a relatively new American idiomatic expression, “Ya [you] think?” Said sarcastically, it means: Wow, duh, the answer to that question is really obvious!

So consider how hidden, obscure stories [sarcasm] are being dug out by policymakers and top media. The New York Times reports that the U.S. government is “increasingly alarmed by unrest in Lebanon, whose own fragile peace is being threatened by militant opponents of a politically charged investigation into the killing in 2005 of a former Lebanese leader.”

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October 31, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 157 views

The Liberal Political Agenda Discourages a Strong Israel

By Matthew M. Hausman

The recent conference of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (“CAMERA”) provided a glimpse into the subtle ideological struggle for control of the Jewish political spirit and its place in the world of Israel advocacy. Those who believe that the merit of the Jewish State stems from her liberal political character were well represented by Professor Alan Dershowitz, who spoke eloquently about the hypocrisy of media coverage of Israel and the disproportionate criticism of her right to defend herself. In contrast, those who endorse Israel simply because she represents the historical expression of Jewish nationalism in the ancestral homeland – irrespective of the transient political values of her popular culture – were better represented by Melanie Phillips. The friction between the two positions was apparent during a spirited Q and A session after Ms. Phillips’ remarks.

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October 31, 2010 | 5 Comments » | 134 views

Obama has destroyed the Democratic Party

By Ted Belman (h/t SarahSue)

Come 2012 there is going to be enormous fallout from the battle Obama and his thugs waged against the the Clinton machine. Hillary’s supporters are inching to get even. Not because they lost in a fair fight but because of the voter fraud and intimidation that her campaign and supporters were subjected to. One of her greatest supporters were the boys at HIllbuzz who are now anabashedly supporting Sarah Palin.

They have just posted a letter to Rush Limbaugh on the Democrat Civil War Already In Progress

    I don’t think even you understand just how much damage Obama has done to the Democrat Party — to the point where formerly lifelong Democrats like myself, and everyone here at, are actively working to expose the party and literally burn it to the ground for the good of the country.

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October 31, 2010 | 7 Comments » | 150 views

Good News, Israel

Compliments of Anglo Raannana Real Estate

Quote for the Week

    “Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.”

    (Winston Churchill. The late. PM of the UK during WW2. Author and Historian [see items below])

· Eureka! While the word wasn’t exactly invented by Archimedes he certainly made it famous and its fame is assured because of an intergovernmental initiative established in 1985 that goes by the name, Eureka. It’s a pan-European network for market-oriented, industrial R&D and boasts a membership of 40 countries. It approves projects that total €1.5 billion per year and Israel holds the rotating presidency. Why are we not surprised it is after all the country that spends more on R&D per capita than any other!? Israel will now be part of more than one-third of Eureka’s almost 60 projects. And the first meeting ever to be held outside of Europe is being conducted right here in Israel as we write.

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October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 161 views

Leibler: “Dissolve the Chief Rabbinate”

by Isi Leibler

Ten years ago, it would have been inconceivable to visualize myself endorsing moves by the Knesset to dissolve the Chief Rabbinate. In the early years of the state, the Chief Rabbinate was one of the jewels in the crown of religious Zionism. It was headed by charismatic and respected Zionist personalities like Rabbi Shlomo Goren – learned men whose principal objective was to reinterpret and harmonize a halacha which had evolved in the context of the Diaspora to cope with the requirements of a modern, industrial Jewish state.

Regrettably, with the collapse of the National Religious Party, non-Zionist haredi parties filled the vacuum. While enjoying the benefits of Jewish statehood, they employed their political leverage to extort funds to subsidize institutions which deterred youngsters from serving in the army and denied them an education which would enable them to earn a living. They granted sinecures and jobs in the state rabbinical system to their followers.

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October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 149 views

The Great Arab Land Grab

Pushing Back Against Arab Land Grabs

    Israel is in the midst of a national crisis of hitherto unknown proportions that is not well known to the average citizen, according to Joel Busner, founder of the “Buy a Piece of Israel” project. He says that Jewish farmers and landowners are victimized by the illegal takeover of their land in the Galilee and the Negev through means of robbery, violence and intimidation by their Arab neighbors. Illegal grazing, planting and residential construction by Arabs have taken place over huge tracts of Jewish owned land that were liberated at the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. It would appear that the government of Israel has been unwilling or unable to enforce laws that would prevent such actions.

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October 29, 2010 | 2 Comments » | 156 views

Pilar: Jews have six arms

This speech was given December 16, 2009 at the Conference in the Global forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem. Pilar Rahola is a Spanish Catalan journalist, writer, and former politician and Member of Parliament, and member of the far left.

A meeting in Barcelona with a hundred lawyers and judges a month ago.

They have come together to hear my opinions on the Middle-Eastern conflict. They know that I am a heterodoxal vessel, in the shipwreck of “single thinking” regarding Israel, which rules in my country. They want to listen to me, because they ask themselves why, if Pilar is a serious journalist, does she risk losing her credibility by defending the bad guys, the guilty? I answer provocatively – You all believe that you are experts in international politics when you talk about Israel, but you really know nothing. Would you dare talk about the conflict in Rwanda, in Kashmir? In Chechnya? – No.

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October 28, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 122 views

GAFFNEY: Obama’s not-so-hidden agenda

Gaffney tells it like it is with Obama. But he doesn’t comment on how it was without Obama, at least up to now. America keeps pushing the “peace process”. Neither party will compromise. What’s America do? Walk away? I hardly think so not after the US has followed an agenda without letup since before Israel issued its Declaration of Independence, of favouring no Israel or at least a shrunken one. Will the America of the future abandon that policy? I hope so. Maybe Pres Palin will shake things up.”

Obama plans to trade Israel’s support for Palestine’s

By Frank J. Gaffney Jr., Washington Times

Earlier this year, President Obama drove U.S.-Israeli relations – to use one of President Obama’s oft-employed analogies – into a ditch. Arguably, ties between the two countries were never more strained than last spring when Mr. Obama serially insulted the elected leader of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, vilified his country and tried to euchre it into making territorial, political and other ill-advised concessions to Arabs determined as ever to destroy the Jewish state. Unfortunately, what the president has in mind for Israel after the election next week will make his previous treatment of the Jewish state look like the good old days.

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October 28, 2010 | 9 Comments » | 126 views

Pilar: “My name is Daniel Pearl.”

Early this month Spanish journalist Pilar Rahola was presented with the ADL Daniel Pearl Award for “writing and speaking out about anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in Europe and elsewhere throughout the continent.” (h/t AE)

    Dear friends, good morning.

    Without doubt, he must be afraid. He faces the camera, but… where is his gaze aimed? Perhaps towards his family, his ancestral memory, his identity… or perhaps he is looking beyond, towards the broken future, the woman he loves, the son he will never know… His last words… “My name is Daniel Pearl. I am a Jewish American from Encino, California USA”. Today is February 1st, 2002, he is 38 years old and is about to be brutally murdered. “My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish…”

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October 28, 2010 | 3 Comments » | 135 views

A Missionary Sham and Shame for the Knesset:

By Tee Belman

I want to introduce you to Jewish Israel which takes a critical look at Israel’s alliances with Fundamentalist Christian groups, and provides a platform for ongoing monitoring and pro-active responses to evangelical missionary campaigns targeting Jews for conversion.

It just published Part 4 of its series “Now there arose new rabbis in Israel who knew not the Rav”

    From November 2nd through 11th, the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (KCAC) is holding the Third Jerusalem Assembly with their partners from Covenant Alliances -an organization run by missionaries. In part 4 of the Rav series, Jewish Israel exposes the missionary connections and the “Judeo-Christian” theological agenda of the Caucus. Does encouraging a theological, covenantal relationship with passionate Christians put the foundations of Judaism at risk? What would Rav Soloveitchik say? And has former MK Rabbi Benny Elon learned from his mistakes and changed directions in his approach to the International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation (IIACF)?…CONTINUE



October 28, 2010 | 12 Comments » | 106 views

Benefits of US aid to Israel exceed cost

Aid to Israel; Does the U.S. get its money’s worth?

What Israel does for the US

04/09/2010 09:00

There is no economic aid to Israel, other than loan guarantees.
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The argument that American military aid to Israel is damaging to the United States is not only erroneous, it hurts the national security interests of this country and threatens the survival of Israel.

US support for Israel is essential, not only for Israel’s national security, but for America’s. Every bit of that support – and more – withstands all reasonable scrutiny.

Under the 2010 US budget, about $75 billion, $65 billion and $3.25 billion will be spent on military operations and aid in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan during this fiscal year, respectively. Israel will receive $3 billion, in military aid only. There is no economic aid to Israel, other than loan guarantees that continue to be repaid in full and on time.

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October 27, 2010 | 24 Comments » | 126 views

Are the constitutionalists realistic?

By Ted Belman

The Real Newt Gingrich from Frank on Vimeo.

I found this video fascinating. It pits the views iof the Council of Foreign Relations whose members include Gingrich, Kissinger, Clinton and 500 others who support internationalization, globalization and World Government (which implies a loss of sovereignty) against the views of the Constitutionalists who want limited federal government as mandated by the constitution. This means that if a power is not specifically given to the federal government, it resides in the states. It also means that sovereignty must be guarded at all costs.

The constitutionalists argue that being the policeman of the world is not constitutional and all troops should be brought home including from Japan, Germany and S. Korea. Nevertheless Palin who argues for constitutional government still wants a militarily strong US and wants to support Israel.

Is it a pipedream to believe that in this modern day and age that the vision of the founding fathers is workable. In other words are the constitutionalists realistic?

October 27, 2010 | 1 Comments » | 106 views

Cantor; US “aid” to Israel should be in defense budget

Regardless of the opposition to this proposal, it makes sense. Besides, it is not aid. It is a payment for various military benefits the US receives in return. T Belman

US Funds for Israel not ’Foreign Aid,’ says GOP’s Cantor

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Jewish Republican Congressman Eric Cantor, who is likely to be the next House Majority Leader, has caused an uproar in Washington by saying funds for Israel are not “foreign aid.”

One week before the mid-term Congressional elections, Rep. Cantor suggested that American money for the Jewish State should be outside the lump sum of foreign aid, which the Republican party usually is in favor of cutting.

He echoed the party’s general aim to cut foreign aid to countries that do not share interests with the United States. He said that keeping Israel out of the “foreign aid looping” would allow the funding to be part of the defense budget, and not the foreign aid budget.

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October 27, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 84 views

Iran’s unlikely understanding with Saudi Arabia

Iran and Saudi Arabia are working together to divide up their sphere of influence in Lebanon and Iraq.
By Zvi Bar’el, HAARETZ

“Iran is not the enemy, Israel is the enemy,” the head of the Center for Strategic Studies in Saudi Arabia declared in an interview with Al Jazeera. This was his response to a question on whether the $60 billion arms deal between Riyadh and Washington was meant to deter Iran. The American efforts to portray the deal as aimed against Tehran doesn’t fit with the Saudi point of view, and it seems this isn’t the only subject over which these two countries fail to see eye to eye.

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October 27, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 97 views

Is the US an ally of Israel?

A chronological look at the evidence

Historical and Investigative Research — by Francisco Gil-White


Around the world, there is a striking convergence of opinion concerning the relationship between the US and Israel.

Supporters of the PLO – synonymous with “supporters of a Palestinian state”, because the PLO will run any such state – are convinced that the US is an ally of Israel. Some believe the US employs Israel in order to expand the American empire, and others – echoing the claims of that infamous forgery, “The Protocols of Zion” – believe that history’s greatest superpower, the US, is actually the pawn of tiny Israel. Either way, they are agreed that the US and Israel are supposedly ‘a team.’

Supporters of Israel naturally disagree with supporters of the PLO about most things but not on this point, as they also believe that the US is a friend of Israel – perhaps its only real friend. Whereas those who are pro-PLO are especially infuriated by perceived US support for Israel, those who are pro-Israel are deliriously grateful for the same (especially so in the case of Zionist Jews).

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October 27, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 134 views

PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the OECD Conference in Jerusalem


Thank you. I am very pleased to see you all in Jerusalem.

Richard Boucher, OECD Secretary-General Deputy and an old friend, and Cameron Kerry and Lawrence Trikling and Dr. Guy Rotkoff, and Yoram Hacohen, and everybody else who is here, OECD delegates, representatives of the various companies, and countries that are dealing with this issue.

I am going to surprise you. I am going to talk about the issue of this conference later on, but first I have to say that it’s a pleasure to receive all of you in the context of the first OECD meeting held in Israel. As the famous line goes, we think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Israel is looking forward to being a full partner with other OECD countries and with the organization itself in addressing the global economic challenges that face each one of our countries.

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October 26, 2010 | 1 Comments » | 96 views

Syria and Iran in violation. Who cares?

Because of this news report ‘Syria helped Hezbollah amass some 40,000 missiles’, I thought I would remind everyone what UN Res 1701 which ended the last war in Lebanon, had to say about it.

    “15. Decides further that all States shall take the necessary measures to prevent, by their nationals or from their territories or using their flag vessels or aircraft:

    “(a) The sale or supply to any entity or individual in Lebanon of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned, whether or not originating in their territories; and

    “(b) The provision to any entity or individual in Lebanon of any technical training or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of the items listed in subparagraph (a) above;

October 26, 2010 | 1 Comments » | 104 views