By Ted Belman
Evidently there is a new poll out that advises that Sarah Palin is supported by the poor and uneducated rather than by the educated and well off. Since Jews are both of the latter, you might think that Jews don’t support her much.
In my own experience I am usually confronted with scorn and derision should I mention my support of Palin to Jews, but not all Jews.
Benjamin Korn the founder of American Jews4 Sarah in his article Sarah Palin Gaining in Support from ‘Educated Jews’ begs to differ.
- [..] While it is certainly too early to assume that 1980 will repeat itself in 2012, there are signs of growing respect for Gov. Palin’s policies and positions – especially among some of the Jewish intellectuals whom Besser presumes now oppose her.
Laura: Who would think that leaders of Arab countries would have more common sense about Iran than America’s own foreign policy establishment. WikiLeaks also reveals that these Arab leaders are less consumed with hatred of Israel than many pundits in the west. Unlike those pundits, they actually regard Iran as a greater threat to the region than Israel.
By JPOST EDITORIAL
Prominent pundits of Mideast affairs have argued Israel alone was pushing for military attack on Iran, WikiLeaks debunked these theories.
In recent years, prominent pundits of Middle East affairs such as Foreign Policy’s Marc Lynch, The Nation’s Robert Dreyfuss, and Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, authors of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, have argued that Israel alone was pushing for a military attack on Iran.
It was the ubiquitous “Israel lobby” that would make sure the US continued to threaten Iran with military strikes, said Walt and Mearsheimer. It was clear to all that “for Saudi Arabia the worst thing that could happen would be… an Israeli attack on Iran,” Dreyfuss claimed just this month. Lynch, meanwhile, asserted that “while Arab leaders would certainly like Iranian influence checked, they generally strongly oppose military action which could expose them to retaliation.”
If I had to choose today who is Israel’s primary existential enemy? I would still go with the Saudis. As bad as Iran looks, the Saudis are worse and it is believed they have up to five nukes given to them as payment for the Saudis financing the Islamic Bomb, developed by Pakistan with Saudi money. Yamit
Wikileaks: Arab World Agrees With Israel--Iran Is More Urgent Than A Palestinian State which makes sense from the viewpoint of keeping the status quo–particularly Sunni Arab dominance vis-a-vis Muslim non-Arab Shiites.
On the other hand, based on a small snippet reported in passing by The New York Times, we see that Saudi Arabia still supports Al Qaeda–in a big way:
Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda, and the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, a generous host to the American military for years, was the “worst in the region” in counterterrorism efforts, according to a State Department cable last December.
Grant Lawrence notes that The New York Times does not link to the cable it is quoting from, and goes on to point out:
As the WikiLeaks Embassy Cables show the Saudi King has been urging an attack on Iran. The Saudis are worried about Iran gaining superiority in the region. The King doesn’t seem to be worried about triggering a World War or even a nuclear exchange. He doesn’t care how many people will die.
Nice to see that most of the country of Israel is catching up to me and those who have advocated an Arab Free Israel and by extension all of Y&S. The IDI is a very leftist group who are pro Arab and pro Peace (divesting of the Land of Israel) as opposed to divesting the Arabs. I’ll bet that the real % is much higher than the 53% in this survey. Many Jews are afraid to voice in public such sentiments lest they are accused of racism etc. Seems that Kahane was right just 20 years ahead of his times. Yamit
Israel Democracy Institute poll shows only 51% think Arabs, Jews deserve equal rights; Israel ranked least-stable democracy in the world.
The Israel Democracy Institute released the results of its Israeli Democracy Ranking and poll on Tuesday, revealing that 53 percent of Jewish Israelis say the government should encourage Arabs to emigrate from Israel, and only 51% believe Jews and Arabs should have equal rights.
The poll showed that the more religious respondents were, the less they believed Arabs should have equal rights, with 33.5% of secular Jews opposing rights for Arabs, as opposed to 51% of traditional Jews, 65% of religious Jews, and 72% of haredim. In addition, 86% of Jewish Israelis believe that important decisions should be made by a Jewish majority.
Laura: See the horrible plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christians who live a life of persecution and poverty. Anyone still doubting how evil islam is, is guilty of being willfully blind. These apologists ought to be made to live in a muslim country for a year. But does the world give a damn about the Copts? Of course not. They are too busy obsessing over the well-off “palestinians”.
The only conclusion I can reach from this excellent analysis of Israels basic security requirements that must be our final red lines is: No security is possible within a Two State Solution and only Israeli annexation and Transfer of all the Arabs out of the West Bank is the only guarantee of security for all of Israel, A Must Read! Yamit
Israel requires full control of that airspace to protect against potential attack from the air. Gen. Udi Dekel reveals how at Camp David in 2000, Israeli negotiators raised the possibility of a civilian airplane being diverted to a suicide attack as a reason in favor of Israeli control of a unified airspace over the West Bank. American mediators ridiculed the overactive imaginations of the Israelis – at least until 9/11.
by Jonathan Rosenblum, Mishpacha Magazine.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s June 14 2009 foreign policy address at Bar Ilan University made headlines around the world for his acceptance of a Palestinian state. Less noticed by the foreign press was the second part of Netanyahu’s speech: His demand for reciprocity from the Palestinians. That Palestinian state, he said, would have to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, it would have to be demilitarized, and Israel’s critical security needs would have to be honored.
That reference to Israel’s critical security needs represented a return to the traditional Israeli position that peace with its Arab neighbors can only come through secure borders for Israel. The classic statement of that doctrine was the so-called Allon Plan, formulated by Foreign Minister Yigal Allon in the wake of the 1967 Six-Day War. Allon envisioned Israel retaining captured territory in Judea and Samaria vital to Israel’s security, especially the Jordan Valley – the entire area from the Jordan River bed to the crest of the eastern slope of the Judean and Samarian mountain ridge facing the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan. In a speech to the Knesset, one month before his assassination, Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, who served under Allon in the pre-state Palmach, reiterated the vision of his mentor. “The security border of the State of Israel will be located in the Jordan Valley in the broadest meaning of that term,” Rabin said. He added that Israel would not return to the 1949 armistice lines, which were in place until June 5 1967.
Here is an interesting idea: West to the West Wing 2012 Lt. Col. Allen West for President in 2012 and he isn’t afraid to call Islam the problem like all the rest. Has great pro Israel credentials 2 masters degrees and knows how to kick ass. Just a thought. Yamit
Allan West: Islam will destory Western civilisation
LTC Allen West in support of Israel
The billboards ask me if I miss George W. Bush, and my honest answer has to be, “No, I don’t.” I do miss Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. I miss John Bolton. But I don’t miss Bush. I appreciate that Bush, who found himself suddenly leading a country at war, said most of the right things, and even did some of them too. But he didn’t say the most important things of all. And that’s the problem.
Bush looks best against the background of Obama. But that’s setting the mark fairly low, because there is hardly an occupant of the White House in the last 60 years who doesn’t look pretty good compared to Obama.
[I prefer Bolton for Secratary of State and Palin for President]
In radio interview, former US ambassador to UN slams US foreign policy, says Obama trying to “restructure the American way of life.”
Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton on Sunday night announced that he is considering a bid for US president in 2012.
The End of the Right of Self-Defense? Andrew C. McCarthy, Commentary. If it gains currency, a ruling by the International Court of Justice will impair not only Israel’s power to protect itself but the American war on terror, and place in question the future of international law. (2004, PDF)
By Anne Herzberg, JEWISH IDEAS DAILY
For more than six decades, Israel has been subjected to violence, warfare, and a relentless campaign of terror attacks deliberately targeting civilians. Today, these attacks are spearheaded by states, including Iran and Syria, and terror organizations like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hizballah, Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the PFLP, and even al-Qaeda.
‘Israel and Cablegate’
Consider how odd is the Cablegate. Governments easily shut down child porn, warez, racist and other kinds of websites. Even peer-to-peer networks are taken down and individual uploaders prosecuted. Hacking and DDOS attacks are a regular fare of the Internet. And yet we must believe that the mightiest power on earth is powerless against a website? Perhaps the same idiocy is at play here as that which led the State Dept to post hundred of thousand cables on a widely available internal web server.
Wikileaks has done a great service to the world by publishing those documents. They contain no tactical wartime information and, contrary to the White House’s statements, do not endanger many lives. Heads will roll down here and there because the cables reveal American contacts in foreign lands, but equally possibly, local dissidents will be protected by being connected to the White House.
Gates of Vienna covered the trial of Sabaditsch-Wolff and now they covered her speech. Very important.
Do not think for a minute that what she says for the WU doesn’t apply as well to the uS.
The International Free Press Society sponsored a conference today in Copenhagen. Below is the speech that was given during the event by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff
I stand here before you in the city of Copenhagen in the year 2010. This is widely considered to be an enlightened country in the heart of an enlightened continent.
Our basic freedoms have long been guaranteed — first by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as passed by the United Nations in 1948, and then buttressed by the Council of Europe in 1950 through the European Convention of Human Rights, which was later affirmed by the European Union. Our individual countries have additionally codified the same basic rights in their own constitutions.
Omri Ceren has a great take on what went down at Obama’s meeting with Saudi King Abdullah.
- It didn’t get nearly as much play as it should have, but Obama’s June 2009 meeting with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah ended with the monarch flying into a tirade and more or less telling the President to get a grip. This was the Riyadh meeting that Obama took on his way to his insulting and failed Cairo Speech, the better to prepare himself by visiting “the place where Islam began.” The sit-down was such a disaster that Dennis Ross was hurriedly brought into the White House and given a broader role, yielding the impression that the President wanted a Middle East adviser who kind of understood something about the Middle East – and didn’t think he had one.
It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 1947, and Abba Eban and the Jewish Agency delegation to the United Nations were concerned. A preliminary vote showed that the Zionists did not have enough support to pass the Partition Plan. Rodriguez Fabraget, Uruguay’s UN delegate, kindly obliged Abba Eban’s request for a filibuster that succeeded in postponing the vote until after Thanksgiving. They hoped the brief extension would be enough time to secure the requisite two-thirds majority that would approve the establishment of a Jewish State.
On November 29th, when the day of the vote came, Jews around the world listened anxiously. Within a few brief moments, 20 centuries of Jewish homelessness came to an end.
Tel Aviv is the total flipside of Jerusalem, a modern Sin City on the sea rather than an ancient Holy City on a hill. Hedonism is the one religion that unites its inhabitants. There are more bars than synagogues, God is a DJ and everyone’s body is a temple. Yet, scratch underneath the surface and Tel Aviv, or TLV, reveals itself as a truly diverse 21st-century Mediterranean hub. By far the most international city in Israel, Thanks to its university and museums, it is also the greenhouse for Israel’s growing art, film and music scenes.
Introducing Tel Aviv: Jerusalem may only be 80km up the road, but culturally, socially and psychologically it may as well be a million miles away. While Jerusalemites flock to the holy sites, Tel Avivans hit the clubs.
No matter how many prizes Professor Robert Wistrich’s massive tome A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad garners the book still deserves more attention than it has received. Indeed no amount of attention would be sufficient.
Its packed 938 pages of text reflect neither authorial grandiosity nor editorial lassitude. The copious detail amassed is required in order that Wistrich’s central arguments not be dismissed as cherry-picked quotes used to exaggerate the seriousness of the phenomena under discussion. Random House, a commercial publisher, did not request him to cut a single sentence.
A Lethal Obsession stands as a refutation of three widespread misconceptions fostered in the West, partly out of ignorance and partly out of fear. The first is that radical Islam is a relatively minor phenomenon in the Muslim world. The second is that the Palestinian-Israeli dispute is primarily about borders, and amenable to solutions on that basis. And the third is that a nuclear Iran can be deterred in the same manner as the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
On his recent visit to India, President Obama provided a good example of Western ignorance or dissembling with regard to radical Islam. Asked about jihad, he began his reply, by insisting that jihad has several meanings in Islamic thought. Wrong. In contemporary Muslim discourse, jihad invariably refers to conquest to establish the domain of Islam.
BREAKING—Twitter “Bombshells” Cause WikiLeaks to Release “The Bad Stuff” Early
Sometimes even the “leakers” get leaked. Earlier today, a German Twitter user bought a copy of Der Spiegel (cover above)a German news magazine outlining the anticipated document dump from WikiLeak after it was placed on newsstands too early. Badische Bahnhof Basel!” wrote Freelancer_09. “We’ll see what it says…… :)” He and another user, sa7yr, have been tweeting excerpts since early this AM Read More
Classified cable quotes Ehud Barak as saying strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities was viable only until the end of 2010.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2009 claims that Iran was months away from achieving military nuclear capability were dismissed by the Americans, according to a German weekly, quoting classified U.S. documents set to be released by the WikiLeaks website on Sunday Read More
Barak in Wikileaks: ‘Fate of world rests on stopping Iran’
Diplomatic cables show Israeli focus on Iran since 2005; officials try to maintain Israel’s “qualitative military edge” in the Middle East, prevent smuggling into Gaza. Read More
Arabs asked for Iran strike’
WikiLeaks documents released to press after much hype say Netanyahu, Mubarak agreed that nuclear Iran would be as dangerous as Cuban missile crisis; leaders from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and UAE called Islamic Republic ‘evil’
Full Story . . .
Deja Vu ? Yamit
by Chana Ya’ar
The faction that is led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and which leads the PA has officially declared its formal refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish State. Its announcement recalled the three no’s of the Khartoum Arab League Conference of September 1967, following the Six Day War, which squelched all efforts to reach a peace agreement by declaring “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it”.
The Fatah Revolutionary Council over this weekend voted to “affirm its rejection of the so-called Jewish state or any other formula that could achieve this goal” at its fifth convention in Ramallah.
“The Council also renews its refusal for the establishment of any racist state based on religion in accordance with international law and human rights conventions,” the council said in a statement issued at the end of the convention.
In addition, the statement said Fatah was opposed to the concept of swapping land for peace, because “illegal settler gangs cannot be placed on an equal footing with the owners of the lands and rights.” Israel has long considered land swaps to be part of a final solution.
[This article is one of the best. It focuses on her qualities rather than her policies.]
Holding Sarah Palin to Her Promise
By Robert Eugene Simmons Jr., AMERICAN THINKER
In a recent interview, Sarah Palin said to the interviewer that she will consider running for president if there is no one willing to do the job and take on the problems facing America. I think America is going to have to hold her to that promise.
I can’t think of a reason why Palin would want to be president and move to Washington. She clearly loves Alaska and has a wonderful family who also love Alaska as home. Palin clearly has a good thing going with the influence she has on national politics and election cycles. On a personal level, she has been able to amass a small fortune in being who she is. I don’t begrudge her the fortune, and I don’t blame her for her love of the wild beauty of Alaska.
Lately a certain person has been using his computor to post comments under the name of Bill Narvey and Joseph Norland.
The monikers used from time to time on this computor includes Phat Fur, Malibou, bobby jo, doodiel, lognieu and Mandy. I believed that Hyman Peskin may be that person.
Recently he tried to fool the system by registering under the name of Laura. The first time he put a period in front of it and the second time, a period after it. That’s when I required all registrations to be approved by me.
I recently changed the system so that registration wasn’t required to comment but the first comment had to be moderated to give me some control.
I still have the ability to blacklist any name or IP address.
This same person had a practice of posting in my name on other sites like JPOST. His comments were the opposite of what mine would have been.
He also set up some email addresses that looked like mine or Honest Reporting and then send out emails to a list he had put together. Once again with a different message than I would have sent.
Is he just having perverse fun or is he more sinister than that. Why would anyone take so much trouble?
Very recently Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, journalist Lauren Booth, embraced the faith after what she described as a “holy experience” in Iran. Based on what Ayaan Hirsi Ali has described as the brutal, totalistic character of Islam, one is obliged to ask why any modern career woman would opt for conversion to the Muslim religion.
After all, as so many autobiographies of Muslim women note, the religion bans anything that is fun (“haram,” or forbidden). No chewing of gum, no bicycle riding, no make-up, no eating in public, no painting of nails, no pets, no questions, and of course, no answering back. For many Muslim women, there is an eagerness to assert independence as soon as adulthood is reached.
How then does one explain Lauren Booth? She notes that in the city of Qom “I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy.” What precisely was Ms. Booth seeking, and why did she find it in Islam? Although it is difficult to generalize, I suspect that the convert is in a search for meaning in societies where the “anything goes,” permissive attitude of the moment proves to be a superficial void. Islam is totalistic; modernity, with all its freedom, is often vacuous.