That Palestinian Arab state and the UN

By Arlene Kushner


I think it’s reasonably clear at this point, in spite of occasional media reports to the contrary, that nothing will change on the ground for Israel after the PA goes to the UN in September — something Mahmoud Abbas continues to insist he will do unless Israel caves on his major demands. 
What he is seeking to do is secure his state without committing to end of conflict.  He, in fact, made it clear just recently that he would still push for “right of return” even after the founding of a Palestinian state (although he may run into difficulty on this — see below).
Israeli concerns about outcome focus on a possible increase in violence by the Palestinian Arabs — perhaps with large numbers at the borders attempting to enter Israel — and greater international legitimacy for the PA.  This might give it leverage with regard to bringing charges against Israelis in the International Criminal Court and against Israel in the International Court of Justice.

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August 31, 2011 | 1 Comments » | 143 views

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen takes on the UN

To protect Israel at U.N., money talks


The recent onslaught of violent attacks against Israel reminds us of the growing threats facing the Jewish state. But even as extremists from Gaza fire rockets and mortars at civilians in southern Israel and cause death and destruction, we must not forget about another danger facing Israel: a unilateral campaign by Palestinian leaders to secure recognition from individual foreign governments and from the United Nations for a self-declared Palestinian “state.” This anti-Israel, anti-peace scheme must be stopped.

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August 31, 2011 | 9 Comments » | 130 views

Republican Bill to Force Major Changes at the UN

By Nicole Gaouette and Bill Varner – BLOOMBERG

House Republicans introduced legislation today that seeks to force major changes at the United Nations, using as leverage the threat to withhold some of the U.S.’s 22 percent contribution to the world body’s operating budget.

The bill by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Republican chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, would demand that the UN let countries decide how much to pay and which programs they will support, rather than assessing payments based on a formula. It would end funding for Palestinian refugees, limit use of U.S. funds to only purposes outlined by Congress and put a hold on creating or expanding peacekeeping operations until management changes are made.

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August 31, 2011 | 8 Comments » | 143 views

Terrorist Alive ‘Thanks to Beinisch’ – MK Katz

NU chairman has no doubt as to how a lone terrorist could have injured 8 security men and emerged alive: court policy is to blame.
by Gil Ronen, INN

The terrorist who went on a rampage in Tel Aviv Sunday night managed to injure eight security men, some seriously, but is still alive and has only light injuries. How did this happen? National Union Chairman MK Yaakov Katz says soldiers and police are simply afraid that the courts will persecute them if they use force against the enemy.

“The fear of Supreme Court President Beinisch has fallen upon the soldiers and policemen of Israel,” MK Katz said.

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August 30, 2011 | 11 Comments » | 641 views

Poll: Israeli Youth Identifies with the Right

Poll finds Israeli teens identify with the right, want Lieberman to be prime minister and don’t want Israel to concede territories.
by Elad Benari, INN

A new poll whose results were released on Monday has found that most youth in Israel tend to identify with the right side of the political map.

According to the results reported on Channel 10 News, 17% of high school students believe that Israel’s next Prime Minister should be outspoken rightist Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu). Lieberman is followed by well-known leftist journalist and television personality, Yair Lapid (who has not officially announced he is running for politics but who has openly expressed his desire to rebuild his late father’s, Tommy Lapid’s militantly secular and anti-hareidi Shinui party), who got 13%. Current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu received only 8%.

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August 30, 2011 | 2 Comments » | 139 views

Palestinian strategy document

By Akiva Eldar, HAARETZ

This version will make it difficult for the United States and the Marshall Islands, and even for Israel, to explain their votes against the proposal. Instead of recognizing Palestine within the 1967 borders, it will state that the permanent borders will be determined in negotiations with Israel based on the borders of June 4, 1967. This approach made it possible to enlist the support of leading moderates in Hamas, who claim that recognition of the 1967 borders before the signing of a final-status deal means waiving the claim to the right of return.

Several of those people are signatories to a new strategic position paper, drafted by more than 50 Palestinian government officials, researchers and advisers ? members of the Palestine Strategy Group. This is the forum that in 2008 composed a document recommending that the leadership transfer the conflict to the United Nations.

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August 30, 2011 | 4 Comments » | 115 views

Netanyahu is going with the flow

By Ted Belman

Barak made a generous offer in 2001. Livni was even more generous and Olmert went “as far as Israel could go”. Now its Netanyahu’s turn to give away the land.

David Radek, HAARETZ, reports Netanyahu examining possible future borders of a Palestinian state.

You will recall that Obama wanted Israel to present a map. Evidently Netanyahu has been working on one with the advice of Tezra, who prepared the map for the Olmert offer.

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August 30, 2011 | 14 Comments » | 145 views

Pro-Al Qaeda brigades control Qaddafi Tripoli strongholds seized by rebels

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 28, 2011,

Members of the Al Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group – LIFG, are in control of the former strongholds of Muammar Qaddafi captured by Libyan rebels last Sunday, Aug. 21, debkafile reports from sources in Libya. They are fighting under the command of Abd Al-Hakim Belhadj, an al Qaeda veteran from Afghanistan whom the CIA captured in Malaysia in 2003 and extradited six years later to Libya where Qaddafi held him in prison.

Belhadj is on record as rejecting any political form of coexistence with the Crusaders excepting jihad.

His brigades were the principal rebel force in the operation for the capture of Qaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya ruling compound on Aug. 23. Saturday, Aug. 27, those brigades overran the Abu Salim district of southern Tripoli taking it from the last pro-Qaddafi holdouts in the city. Many of the prisoners released from the local jail belonged to al Qaeda.

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August 29, 2011 | 1 Comments » | 106 views

Soros’ Gang

Center for American Progress Defends Shariah, Charges America with Islamophobia

Center for Security Policy | Aug 26, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 25, 2011: There they go again. Friday, the Center for American Progress released “Fear, Inc.,” yet another report in the increasingly hysterical bullying campaign to shout down criticism of political Islamist efforts to influence American foreign and domestic policy. Their latest “copy and paste” effort duplicates large sections of five nearly identical “investigations” just this year, complaining that millions of concerned Americans are Islamophobes.

The primary organizations— what should be called the “Shariah Defense Lobby”— are the Center for American Progress/ThinkProgress, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) with support from a handful of other far-left or Islamist bloggers and Washington lobbyists.

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August 29, 2011 | 4 Comments » | 201 views

Israel, flex some muscles

By Amb Yoram Ettinger

Israel’s battle against Palestinian terrorism and conventional military threats must not be inhibited by its ties with the U.S. and Egypt.

In 1981, Prime Minister Menachem Begin ordered the bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor. In 1982, he launched a comprehensive war on the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s terrorist headquarters in Lebanon. Both operations were executed irrespective of bullying and pressure from the U.S. and notwithstanding the fragile 1979 Israel-Egypt peace treaty. Begin realized that failing to eradicate these threats would imperil Israel’s survival, erode its power of deterrence and thus undermine Israel’s deterrence-driven peace with Egypt and its strategic cooperation with the U.S.

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August 28, 2011 | 9 Comments » | 172 views

The real obstacles to peace

By Ted Belman (First published in American Thinker)

When Israel announced construction plans for 300 units in Judea and Samaria,  Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton,  was quick to declare them illegal and an obstacle to peace,

    “We reiterate that the EU considers that settlement activities in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, are illegal under international law, undermine trust between the parties and constitute an obstacle to peace,”

France made a similar statement. The U.S was a little more circumspect. Whereas last year it was far less restrained and kept calling proposed housing units as “obstacles to peace.”

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August 28, 2011 | 12 Comments » | 140 views

Tarik Fatah attacks Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood.

I spent most of my life in Toronto where Tarik Fatah lives and delivered this message. We met on a couple of occasions. He warns against Islamism and the Muslim Brotherhood like no Muslim I know. Nevertheless he believes that there is a good Islam and a bad Islam. But he is no friend of Israel. I can tolerate this because of the message he courageously delivers here. Compare his attack on the MB with Obama’s embrace or them.Ted Belman

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August 28, 2011 | 4 Comments » | 119 views

Islam Is Not Part of Our Civilization

By Bill Warner

Obama said at the latest White House Iftar dinner:
    Like so many faiths, Islam has always been part of our American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life.
These words have no basis in fact. Islam is not part of our civilization because its foundational principles are opposite to ours. Our civilization is built on the foundation of critical thought (how we think) and the Golden Rule (ethics). Islam is built on submission (authoritative thought) and ethical dualism.

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August 28, 2011 | 13 Comments » | 151 views

Arab World: Is Bashar next?


The apparently imminent eclipse of the Gaddafi regime in Libya has re-ignited hope among some Western commentators concerning the so-called Arab Spring. The entry of Libyan rebels to Tripoli is being depicted in some circles as the removal of a major obstacle to the onward march toward freedom alleged to be taking place this year throughout the Arabic-speaking world.

Some of the more enthusiastic observers are now turning their hopeful gaze toward Syria. They hope that with liberty victorious in Libya, the Assad regime will be the next to fall.

These hopes are mistaken on two levels.

First, it is mistaken to maintain that a great battle for liberty is currently under way in the Arabic-speaking world. Sober analysts of the region have long noted that the key stand-off in the main countries of the Arab world is between sclerotic and dictatorial regimes, and popular Islamist movements seeking to overthrow them.

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August 28, 2011 | 1 Comments » | 162 views

Stealth Jihad

Losing Malmo… And Brussels, and Rome, and Amsterdam . . .

By Andrew C. McCarthy, NRO

Do you remember the jihadist terror campaign that ravaged Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city? Do you recall the bombings, the suicide-hijackings, and the random assassinations that finally coerced the city to surrender to Islamization?

No? Funny, I don’t remember them either. Yet there is no question that Malmo has surrendered. Large enclaves of the city, like similar enclaves throughout Western Europe, have earned the dread label “no-go zone.” They are unsafe for non-Muslims, particularly women who do not conform to Islamist conventions of dress and social interaction. They are especially perilous for police, firefighters, and emergency-medical technicians.

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August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments » | 124 views

Good News, Israel

Compliments of Anglo Saxon Ra’anana

Quote for the Week

    “The social graph is very simple here. Everybody knows everybody”

    Yossi Vardi, one of Israel´s legendary business ambassadors. It certainly helps in time of stress. See below.

How does a country react under fire? Well if it’s Israel that you have in mind the answer is, rather well. Now it’s no secret that things are hotting up in the south and we’ll have a look at the way the country is maintaining its balance and equilibrium under a situation of obvious stress. So, first

Most of Israel’s leading tourist attractions are offering southern residents free entrance in the coming week, in a bid to help them to have a break from the goings on down there. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority, for example, offers southern residents free entrance to a number of national parks and nature reserves in the eastern Negev and central Israel. This is Israel at its best.

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August 26, 2011 | 1 Comments » | 153 views


By Prof Steven Plaut

Israeli leftists have long had an intense hatred towards American
conservatives. This is in spite of the fact that American
conservatives are almost all pro-Israel. On second though, the hatred
of Israeli leftists towards them is precisely BECAUSE they are

Israeli leftists insist that Israel should only allow itself to be
befriended by foreign leftists. Never mind that the search for
pro-Israel foreign leftists is about as productive as the search for
human life on other planets. The Left outside of Israel is almost
entirely anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, and foreign liberals are by and
large (although not entirely) anti-Israel. Israeli leftists want
foreign pro-Israel conservatives to be regarded as persona non grata
by Israel. A few years back, Amiram Goldblum, a professor at the
Hebrew University and a founder of Peace Now, called upon Israel to
prevent American evangelist Christians from entering Israel. He
objected to them because they are too pro-Israel.
The Israeli Left is outraged that Israeli cable TV carries Fox
News, because it is pro-Israel. The anti-Israel BBC and CNN channels
though are fine.

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August 26, 2011 | 6 Comments » | 140 views

Rep Allen West stands by Israel


Allen West doesn’t move through the lobby of Jerusalem’s David Citadel like most of the other 20 or so freshmen congressmen in his delegation visiting Israel – anonymously, with no one really knowing the difference between them and the regular tourists.

No, West walks through the lobby almost like a rock star – not the world’s most famous rock star, but one that enough people have seen, and heard, to attract attention.

“Excuse me,” a seemingly star-struck woman in her late 20s-early 30s bursts out, interrupting the interview with West in a semi-isolated corner of the hotel. “I love you so much,” she gushes, “thank you for coming.” Then she bends down to give the Republican congressman from South Florida a hug around the neck.

And she is not alone. Some four other people stopped West, introduced themselves and wished him well in the two minutes it took to meet him in the hotel and find a private place to sit.

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August 26, 2011 | 10 Comments » | 147 views

Back to surgical strikes

Op-ed: Israel resumes pinpoint eliminations of terrorists, the most effective anti-terror weapon

Alex Fishman, YNET

Since last Thursday there has been a change in the IDF’s modus operandi in the Gaza Strip. The political leadership granted the army and Shin Bet much more leeway and much more flexibility with regard to undertaking pinpoint eliminations of wanted terrorists: Whether they are ticking time bombs or hostile parties planning to perpetrate terror attacks at a later point.

Hamas sought a ceasefire, albeit nothing was put down in writing, and Israel rushed to establish the substance of this truce. One of its principles, as of today, is that if they fire rockets we will return to pinpoint eliminations according to a master list, along the same lines of the fugitive lists in the days of the Second Intifada.

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August 26, 2011 | 2 Comments » | 152 views