Many Jewish intellectuals support Palin

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.

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November 30, 2010 | 34 Comments » | 170 views

John Bolton considering bid for US president in 2012

[I prefer Bolton for Secratary of State and Palin for President]

By JPOST.COM STAFF

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.

Speaking on Jerusalem-based Aaron Klein’s WABC Radio show, Bolton said he was motivated to run for president over concern “about the direction of national security policy.”

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November 29, 2010 | 7 Comments » | 100 views

Israel vs. the International Criminal Court

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.

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November 29, 2010 | 5 Comments » | 112 views

Wikileaks in a Nutshell

‘Israel and Cablegate’

Samson Blinded

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.

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November 29, 2010 | 12 Comments » | 334 views

Free Speech in peril in the EU and U.S. too

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 Time That is Given 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

Ladies and Gentlemen,

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.

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November 29, 2010 | 7 Comments » | 195 views

Wikileaks discredits anti-Israel ME experts

Omri Ceren has a great take on what went down at Obama’s meeting with Saudi King Abdullah.

Wikileaks – Anti-Israel Foreign Policy Experts Got Saudi Arabia, Other Arab Countries 100% Backward On Iran Attack

    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.

    There were two theories on why the meeting went so badly.

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November 29, 2010 | 17 Comments » | 107 views

SARAH PALIN’S qualities recommend her for the Presidency

[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.

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November 28, 2010 | 1 Comments » | 99 views

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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?

Ted Belman

November 28, 2010 | 7 Comments » | 215 views

Why Would a Woman Convert to Islam?

By Herb London, PYJAMAS MEDIA

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.

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November 28, 2010 | 14 Comments » | 229 views

Min Ayalon:”Palestinian lies and distortions,.. plucked from thin air”

Minister Danny Ayalon sets the record straight in Palestinian revisionism is the only obstacle to peace

He covers such issues as Rachel’s Tomb, the Kotel and the claimed Palestinian identity of Jesus. He ends by saying

    Peace can only arrive after acceptance of the other, not just a laying down of arms and weapons. It needs to be enforced by mutual recognition. The current Palestinian revisionism doesn’t just distort history and deny our connection with our ancestral home; it denies the possibility of a peaceful resolution to the conflict and a better future for the people of the region.

This article comes at the right time as the Fatah Revolutionary Council came out against

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November 28, 2010 | 1 Comments » | 95 views

OU does not favour a Palestinian State, they say

The talk in the shul this week has been about the alledged change of position of the Orthodox Union on the uestion of a Palestinian state.

In responds to a letter to them, they clear the air.

    Thank you for your e-mail. Please be advised that, contrary to what you may have read or heard, the Orthodox Union has not changed its policy, and has not come out in favor of a Palestinian State. The Orthodox Union’s policy remains as stated in the following resolution, adopted at our most recent Convention in November 2008:

    “The Orthodox Union feels an historic obligation to preserve for the Jewish people the right to live and travel freely and safely in the land of our heritage, including the territories of Yehuda and Shomron [Judea and Samaria]…

    Thus, while we strive for security and peace, we are skeptical of any policy that relinquishes part of Eretz Yisrael without obtaining both.”

    Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
    Executive Vice President, Emeritus
    Orthodox Union

From what I read, they certainly aren’t against a Palestinian state.

November 28, 2010 | 2 Comments » | 96 views

IRS to Z Street

IRS to Jewish group: ‘Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel?’

Ben Smith, POLITICO

A Pennsylvania Jewish group that has claimed the Internal Revenue Service is targeting pro-Israel groups introduced in federal court today a letter from an IRS agent to another, unnamed organization that tax experts said was likely outside the usual or appropriate scope of an IRS inquiry.

“Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel?” IRS agent Tracy Dornette wrote the organization, according to this week’s court filing, as part of its consideration of the organizations application for tax exempt status. “Describe your organization’s religious belief sytem toward the land of Israel.”

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November 27, 2010 | 13 Comments » | 161 views

Good News, Israel

Compliments of Anglo Saxon Raannana Real Estate

Quote for the Week

    “Eretz Israel is a land of signs: It shows signs of oil, signs of gas, signs of copper and many other encouraging signs.”

Levi Eshkol, Prime Minister of Israel 1963-69 (Perhaps not as elegant as some of our quotes but prophetic? Well most of the signs were pointing in the right direction and a lot more besides)

* We’ll start with an all too brief salute to our young people

* 15 year old “D’ had been suffering from Crohn’s disease for some time when her parents were told that she’d need an operation costing NIS40 000. It would be extremely difficult for them to raise that sort of money in a short time but D’s classmates were unfazed and set about the task of collecting the necessary with military precision. Within two days they had canvassed every home in the town [Sderot, as it happens] and within three they had the cash needed. All this in the week that included their end of the year exams. What can we say? This is what today’s young people look like.

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November 27, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 103 views

The Left unfairly and dishonestly attacks Palin again.

One of our commenters commented that Sarah Palin made a stupid mistake again when she referred to N Korea as our friend. Any fair commentor who heard the interview in which she said it would agree that it was a slip of the tongue as she had referred to them correctly both before and after. The MSM preferred to ignore that and pile on. Really despicable.

I find another things very dissappointing. Why aren’t her fellow Republicans coming to her defense. I am talking about the Republican elite and Presidential hopefuls.

Here’s Palin’s reply with both guns blazing.

A Thanksgiving Message to All 57 States

by Sarah Palin on Friday, November 26, 2010 at 2:35am

My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that…

Of course, the paragraph above is based on a series of misstatements and verbal gaffes made by Barack Obama (I didn’t have enough time to do one for Joe Biden). YouTube links are provided just in case you doubt the accuracy of these all too human slips-of-the-tongue. If you can’t remember hearing about them, that’s because for the most part the media didn’t consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe – even news anchors.

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November 27, 2010 | 7 Comments » | 82 views

George Soros says Obama must go

PRAVDA

Last Tuesday, November 16 , Soros told financiers of the Democratic party that Obama must go. The liberal “Huffington Post” quoted Soros as saying:

    “…if this president can’t do what we need, it is time to start looking somewhere else.”

Yes, Soros wants another puppet that he can use to control America with. The one he currently uses has a few broken strings and it keeps going on vacation. Also, his old puppet no longer captivates his audience like it did back in 2008.

Did he really mean that Mr Vachon? Soros’ adviser Michael Vachon tried to do some damage control and stated, “Mr. Soros fully supports the president as the leader of the Democratic Party. He was not suggesting that we seek another candidate for 2012. His comments were made in a private, informal conversation that was about the need for progressives to be more forceful in promoting their agenda. He was stressing the importance of being heard by elected officials.”

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November 27, 2010 | 6 Comments » | 105 views

“I am a Muslim by faith…. a Christian by spirit….a Jew by heart….and above all I am a human being.”

From the heart of a Muslim – Tawfik Hamid

I was born a Muslim and lived all my life as a follower of Islam.

After the barbaric terrorist attacks done by the hands of my fellow Muslims everywhere on this globe, and after the too many violent acts by Islamists in many parts of the world, I feel responsible as a Muslim and as a human being, to speak out and tell the truth to protect the world and Muslims as well from a coming catastrophe and war of civilizations.

I have to admit that our current Islamic teaching creates violence and hatred toward Non-Muslims. We Muslims are the ones who need to change. Until now we have accepted polygamy, the beating of women by men, and killing those who convert from Islam to other religions.

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November 27, 2010 | 10 Comments » | 84 views

The History Channel sucks as history

By Ted Belman

The History Channel posts a reminder, Nov 29,1947. U.N. votes for partition of Palestine but their article is pure Arab propaganda and gives the lie to history.

    Despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an independent Jewish state.

    The modern conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine dates back to the 1910s, when both groups laid claim to the British-controlled territory. The Jews were Zionists, recent emigrants from Europe and Russia who came to the ancient homeland of the Jews to establish a Jewish national state. The native Palestinian Arabs sought to stem Jewish immigration and set up a secular Palestinian state.

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November 27, 2010 | 23 Comments » | 118 views

Arabs don’t want peace

Syrian FM warns of war with ‘peace evading’ Israel

Hariri slams Netanyhu for ‘not believing in peace’

And these aren’t the only Arab voices saying so. In fact most countries will start to blame Israel for not wanting peace.

What they are saying is that since Israel rejects peace based on the Saudi Plan, it doesn’t want peace. That’s like saying that since you didn’t accept my offer to buy your house at 50% of its value, you don’t want to sell. No. Israel wants real peace based on a negotiated settlement.

The Roadmap requires a negotiated settlement.

Since the Arabs don’t want to negotiate a settlement, it is they who don’t want peace.

November 26, 2010 | 5 Comments » | 119 views

NYT casts aspersions on GOP support for Israel

The NYT published a major article yesterday, namely, G.O.P. and Tea Party Gains Are Mixed Blessing for Israel

They raise concerns for Israel by saying many in the Tea Party are isolationist and that the strong stand of the GOP in favour of Israel is perhaps destroying the bi-partisan support it has enjoy til now. No mention is made that Republicans overwhelmingly (85%) support Israel compared to the Democrats (55%)

I am part on a email list of leading advocates for Israel representing academia and bloggers. Here are some comments;

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November 26, 2010 | 6 Comments » | 91 views

Rocking Obama’s world

By Caroline B. Glick, Jewish World Review

Crises are exploding throughout the world. And the leader of the free world is making things worse.

On the Korean peninsula, North Korea just upended eight years of State Department obfuscation by showing a team of US nuclear scientists its collection of thousands of state of the art centrifuges installed in their Yongbyon nuclear reactor.

And just to top off the show, as Stephen Bosworth, US President Barack Obama’s point man on North Korea was busily arguing that this revelation is not a crisis, the North fired an unprovoked artillery barrage at South Korea, demonstrating that actually, it is a crisis. But the Obama administration remains unmoved. On Tuesday Defense Secretary Robert Gates thanked his South Korean counterpart Kim Tae-young for showing “restraint.” Thursday, Kim resigned in disgrace for that restraint.

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November 26, 2010 | 8 Comments » | 68 views