Dennis Ross disappoints J Street

By Jennifer Rubin, WaPo

The administration’s chief Middle East adviser Dennis Ross went to the J Street confab. It was an odd assignment, given that J Street, in concert with the pro-Iranian-regime NIAC had conspired to try to prevent his appointment. The applause greeting him was slight, almost imperceptible.

Ross in some clever ways communicated to J Street that its agenda and strategy are out of touch with reality. J Street perpetrates the myth that Israel, and specifically Israel’s settlements, are the center of most if not all woes in the region. He, however, didn’t mention “Israel” for the vast majority of his address and never referred to “settlements.” Instead, he explained that the main issue in the Middle East is the toppling of autocratic regimes. He told the group that from “Algeria to Yemen” pressure is coming from the people of the Middle East. Using a term the left likes to apply to Israel’s possession of the West Bank, Ross said that the old autocratic regimes are “unsustainable.”

February 28, 2011 | 4 Comments » | 17 views

Palestinian Arab Self-Determination

Fallacious Interpretation by the International Court of Justice in the Hague (ICJ)

February 27, 2011  |
Eli. E. Hertz
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in its Advisory Opinion in the matter of the construction of the “wall” in Judea and Samaria, cites the right to self-determination as a fundamental right almost two dozen times, always in the Palestinian context, never in the Jewish framework.

The Bench even takes the liberty to interpret what Israel ‘s recognition of “Palestinian rights” in a legally-binding accord [ Camp David ] meant, basing its own interpretation on a declarative statement of sentiment by the United Nation’s General Assembly. With no reliance on legal standing, the ICJ says:

February 28, 2011 | 3 Comments » | 12 views

Stop the deligitimation

[Google translated this article from the original Hebrew.]

The end of military regime in the territories falling discrimination, as long as repressive regimes in the Middle East. If the settlers really important to their proximity to Judea and direct dialogue with the Palestinians

The fact that Israel has not yet applied Israeli law to Judea and Samaria is the one that created and continues to fuel the global devils dance against Israel

Shaul Goldstein, YNET

Knesset debate about the application of Israeli law in the West Bank sounds a bit unrealistic by the media. Undermines the very idea of uploading all the media discourse behavior: If suddenly be equal to two sides of the law the Green Line, which was done without “settlers”? Who blame the evils of the world? How can we talk about the evils of “settlers” When there are no more “settlers” but only Israel? And what will tell the world about a one – sided one? It is our end in terms of international relations …

February 28, 2011 | 0 Comments » | 12 views

The Region: Eyes wide shut

By BARRY RUBIN, JPOST

The more ‘reassurances’ we receive from Western governments and pundits about the ‘new Arab realities,’ the more we should ignore them.

It’s now clear that the Egyptian revolution wasn’t all roses, but also had a dangerous number of thorns (and I think I was the first to warn about it). The more Western governments and media reassure us, the more I worry. Why? Because it shows they have no idea what they are facing.

Michael Slackman, writing from the Gulf, has been talking to Arabs and trying to make Americans see reality. His article “Arab unrest propels Iran as Saudi influence declines” says: “The popular revolts shaking the Arab world have begun to shift the balance of power in the region, bolstering Iran’s position while weakening and unnerving its rival, Saudi Arabia… Iran has already benefited from the ouster or undermining of Arab leaders who were its strong adversaries, and has begun to project its growing influence…”

February 28, 2011 | 4 Comments » | 10 views

Yesha Jews Have Rights, Too, Says Orit Strook

by David Lev, INN

If police, the Knesset, and the justice system have more respect than they used to for residents of Judea and Samaria – or, at least, more willingness to treat them like other Israelis with rights, instead of “second-class settlers” – it’s largely thanks to the efforts of the Yesha Human Rights Organization, headed by attorney Orit Strook. The group has filed hundreds of complaints against police officers who tended to release their frustrations on Jewish youth in places like Amona and Gush Katif, and it has also pursued criminal and civil cases against dozens of police officers guilty of police brutality. In addition, it has lobbied for and successfully pushed through important legislation that protects the rights of residents of Judea and Samaria.

February 28, 2011 | 12 Comments » | 12 views

Sarah Palin Shines

A few weeks ago Sarah Palin was interviewed in Long Island in front of 1000 socially liberal Democrats and Republicans.

PalinTV compiled this short 14 minute video of Governor Palin addressing a wide range of issues including healthcare, deficit, budget, energy, environment, foreign policy, civil debate and much more unscripted . The full video is also available and it runs for 65 minutes.

Sarah Palin will also deliver the keynote address in India in March at the leading conference India Today Conclave

NY Sun: Palin Will Draw a Contrast With Obama in Her Visit Next Month to India

February 28, 2011 | 3 Comments » | 12 views

Poll: Most Americans Favor End To U.S. Foreign Aid To Middle East, Except Israel

IMRA

Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans believe America should end all foreign aid to Arab countries in the Middle East, a view shared by just a plurality (48%) of Democrats and 50% of adults not affiliated with either major party.

Similarly, 61% of Republicans support a continuation of foreign aid to Israel. But Democrats and unaffiliateds agree by a much narrower 46% to 34% margin.

Most Americans Favor End To U.S. Foreign Aid To Middle East, Except Israel Friday, February 25, 2011

February 27, 2011 | 6 Comments » | 10 views

Bibi’s leadership test

Op-ed: Netanyahu must end ambiguity over Israel’s policy regarding Judea and Samaria

Moshe Dann, YNET

Thanks to uprisings throughout the Arab world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has avoided one of the most difficult domestic – and international – issues on the table: the fate of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, “the settlements,” “the occupation,” and the “two-state” delusion.

Having recognized the “right of the Palestinian people” to a second, or perhaps third Arab Palestinian state, after Jordan and Gaza, and agreeing to a year-long moratorium on Jewish building beyond the Armistice lines of 1949 – a freeze which remains in place despite its expired time-limit and accomplished nothing except a fiercer Palestinian resistance to enter peace negotiations, PM Netanyahu’s leadership is being tested.

February 27, 2011 | 5 Comments » | 112 views

A first taste of the New Middle East

By Caroline B. Glick, JWR

The “brilliant” “academic” president who theorized that diplomacy-by-apology was more powerful than governing-by-strength is being outmaneuvered — and outright humiliated — by the Arab world: Hamas, the Muslim brotherhood and Fatah

Wednesday night, Israelis received our first taste of the new Middle East with the missile strike on Beersheba and Netivot. Iran’s Palestinian proxy, the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood known as Hamas carried out its latest war crime right after Iran’s battleships entered Syria’s Latakia port.

February 27, 2011 | 12 Comments » | 9 views

CANADA’S BIG MISTAKE

By Ted Belman

Canada barred Dr. Srdja Trifkovic from entering Canada last week to speak at the University of British Columbia after being invited by the Serbian Students Association. Trifkovic is a hero to Serbs because he was a staunch supporter in their fight against NATO and the Muslims in Kosovo.

This is all the more surprising because Canada’s Maj Gen General Lewis Mackenzie has long said “We Bombed The Wrong Side – Kosovo’s Independence Immoral”. Here is a video interview that was done three years ago.

Dr. Trifkovic has posted an account of what happened at the Chronicles website:

February 27, 2011 | 1 Comments » | 11 views

The Global Caliphate and the Universal Delusion

by Diana West, BIG PEACE

    Here is what is “delusional”: the belief that American principles — freedom of religion, freedom of speech, equality before the law — have a natural place as “universal principles” in a culture grounded in Shariah principles.

I almost forgot how the Pundit Right smacked down Glenn Beck over his wholly rational concern that out of Tahrir Square a new caliphate might arise in the Islamic world until I read William Kristol’s op-ed this week.

February 27, 2011 | 57 Comments » | 21 views

Esther Cailingold, a woman of valour

By Ted Belman

I recently promoted a new book The Prime Ministers written by one who served them, Yehuda Avner. At the age of 18, in November 1947, Avner made aliya from Manchester and crossed the Mediterranean Sea along with hundreds of survivors looking for a new life in what was then Palestine and soon to be Israel.

Now that I have read a third of the book, I can’t recommend it highly enough. I intend to do a number of reviews of the book but for now wanted to share with you, a letter that Avner included in the beginning of the book that moved me to tears.

He tells the story of Esther Cailingold whom he knew from Bnei Akiva in England. She had made aliya in 1946 at the age of 20. Both she and Yehuda lived in Jerusalem at the time so their paths naturally crossed. When the seige of Jerusalem began she volunteered for the Hagana.

February 26, 2011 | 5 Comments » | 27 views

Thousands of Jordanians protest for democratic gains

YNET

Around five thousand Jordanian protestors took to the streets of Amman on Friday demanding political liberalization, wider parliamentary representation and constitutional changes limiting the powers of the throne.

“Reform and change, this is the demand of people,” angry protestors shouted among a mainly Islamists and leftist crowd joined by some tribal and liberal figures marching from the main Husseini mosque in the capital’s downtown to a nearby square.

The Jordanian opposition, spearheaded by the mainstream Islamists, the country’s largest political party, have been protesting for weeks for wider democratic gains as anti-government demonstrations sweep across the Arab world.

February 26, 2011 | 5 Comments » | 13 views

Rubicon: A river in Wisconsin

By Charles Krauthammer, WaPo

The magnificent turmoil now gripping statehouses in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and soon others marks an epic political moment. The nation faces a fiscal crisis of historic proportions and, remarkably, our muddled, gridlocked, allegedly broken politics have yielded singular clarity.

At the federal level, President Obama’s budget makes clear that Democrats are determined to do nothing about the debt crisis, while House Republicans have announced that beyond their proposed cuts in discretionary spending, their April budget will actually propose real entitlement reform. Simultaneously, in Wisconsin and other states, Republican governors are taking on unsustainable, fiscally ruinous pension and health-care obligations, while Democrats are full-throated in support of the public-employee unions crying, “Hell, no.”

February 25, 2011 | 10 Comments » | 11 views

AYALON: The death of ‘linkage’

Palestinian issue was never the key to stability

By Danny Ayalon, The Washington Times

The last few weeks and months have finally proven the fallacy of one of the most mistaken theories about development and peace in the Middle East. For a number of years, foreign officials, experts and commentators have claimed that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was solved, then there would be peace in the Middle East. This was coined “linkage.”

Former President Jimmy Carter was once asked, “Is the linkage policy right?” He replied, “I don’t think it’s about a linkage policy, but a linkage fact. … Without doubt, the path to peace in the Middle East goes through Jerusalem.” Another enthusiast of linkage is former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who said, “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the single most combustible and galvanizing issue in the Arab world.”

February 25, 2011 | 4 Comments » | 11 views

J Street’s Troubles Began Even Before its National Conference Convenes

Could This Year be Its Swan Song?

by Ron Radosh, PAJAMAS MEDIA

Even before its national conference convenes on Saturday night (which I and other PJM folk will be covering and blogging about throughout the conference), J Street is facing opposition from Kadima, the Israeli centrist party headed by Tzipi Livni, because some of its members agreed to attend and speak at the event.

Writing today in the Jerusalem Post, Gil Hoffman reveals that the few who accepted the invitation to speak were told by colleagues in their own faction that “they should not be supporting the left-wing American lobby.” By putting it in this way, the opponents of participation have accurately portrayed J Street for what it is: a fringe leftist sect trying to appear as a mainstream part of American Jewish life.

February 25, 2011 | 6 Comments » | 8 views

The West is planting the seeds of its own destruction

By Ted Belman

Long after the creation of Kosovo was a done deal made necessary by the “war crimes” of the Serbs, Felix Quigley, aided by Nathan Pearlstein and Robert Peter North, educated me and our readers for over a year and a half on the propaganda campaign throughout the world, that labelled the Serbs the bad guys and which lead to the bombing of Serbia by NATO..

As a result I came to believe that not only was there no Srebrenica Massacre but that the Serbs were simply defending against jihad and Clinton was at fault for siding with the Jihadists.

My fear was that this was a harbringer of things to come in Israel.

February 25, 2011 | 50 Comments » | 9 views