As Palin said, “polls are for strippers”

These numbers sure sound like BS to me. In order to reach 63 seats, the left would have to include the Arab Parties with 10 seats which has never been done before. But more important is the fact that Liku with the greatest number of seats would be asked to form the government. Furthermore, I believe that they the combined YB and Likud would have 10 seats more than what this poll indicates. Ted Belman

Poll: Party headed by Israeli journalist Yair Lapid could become second-largest in Knesset

According to the poll, if Lapid chooses to set up a new party, it would receive 15 Knesset seats in Israel’s next elections, as opposed to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s party, Yisrael Beiteinu, which would receive 14 seats. Likud would remain the largest party in the Knesset, with 24 seats, and the Labor Party would tie in second place with Lapid’s party with 15 seats.

December 31, 2011 | 9 Comments » | 29 views

The West is complicit in resurgence in antisemitism

MARK STEYN: Resurgence in antisemitism may lead to second Holocaust

by Joanne Hill. THE JEWISH TRIBUNE

TORONTO – Western society is complicit in a resurgence of antisemitism that may lead to a second Holocaust, for which humankind will have no excuses, warned Mark Steyn.

“There is something profoundly wicked in the contortions that Europeans are willing to make with respect to their own complicated history with the Jewish people,” said Steyn. “We are on the verge of the biggest, most disgusting and evil event of all, in part because of the complicity of the West.”

About 1,000 people filled the sanctuary at Holy Blossom Temple last week to hear the best-selling author and political commentator in conversation with Dr. Elliott Malamet, founder of Torah in Motion and associate professor of Jewish Education at York University.

December 30, 2011 | 31 Comments » | 10 views

Egypt police raid U.S.-backed pro-democracy groups

By Marwa Awad and Sherine El Madany

(Reuters) – Egyptian prosecutors and police raided offices of 17 pro-democracy and human rights groups on Thursday – drawing criticism from the United States which hinted it could review its $1.3 billion in annual military aid.

The official MENA news agency said the groups had been searched in an investigation into foreign funding.

“The public prosecutor has searched 17 civil society organizations, local and foreign, as part of the foreign funding case,” MENA cited the prosecutor’s office as saying. “The search is based on evidence showing violation of Egyptian laws including not having permits.”

December 30, 2011 | 4 Comments » | 5 views

New York Times Ridicules Gingrich on Sharia

by Ryan Mauro, FRONT PAGE MAG

On December 21, the New York Times? published an article by reporter Scott Shane titled “In Islamic Law, Gingrich Sees Mortal Threat to U.S.” The article tried to subtlety discredit Gingrich and others talking about the Islamist agenda in the U.S., twice stating that “many scholars” feel the threat is being overblown and it is “roundly rejected” by most experts.

The Times opens up with some of Gingrich’s quotes, such as when he called Sharia a “mortal threat.”

“Stealth jihadis use political, cultural, societal, religious, intellectual tools; violent jihadis use violence. But in fact they’re both engaged in jihad, and they’re both seeking to impose the same end state, which is to replace Western civilization with a radical imposition of Shariah,” Gingrich says.

Gingrich’s warning is then characterized as a “much-disputed thesis in vogue with some conservative thinkers but roundly rejected by many American Muslims, scholars of Islam and counterterrorism officials.” Those warning about the Islamist threat within the U.S. are thus depicted as being part of a political fringe without credibility.

December 30, 2011 | 33 Comments » | 11 views

Report: US Pushing Israel to Free Barghouti

The Obama administration wants Israel to release arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti so he can run for election.

By Gavriel Queenann, INN

The Obama administration is trying to convince Israel to release arch-terrorist and mass-murderer Marwan Barghouti.

According to the Hamas-aligned Al Quds daily, Washington views Barghouti as its preferred candidate for Fatah to field against Hamas in Palestinian Authority (PA) elections in May 2012.

“A high-profile US delegation has regularly discussed with officials in Tel Aviv the option to free Al Barghouti to lead Fatah against Hamas in the next elections,” the sources that the daily did not identify, said.

December 30, 2011 | 23 Comments » | 8 views

Moshe Dayan’s colossal blunder

Bulldozing Jewish history

Op-ed: World should not allow Arab effort to deny Jewish connection to Jerusalem

Giulio Meotti, YNET

It’s the site where humanity received the gift of one God. It’s where God’s “shechina”, or presence, dwelt. Even the secular imagination, Jewish or not, has been shaped by the “Holy of Holies,” the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the most sacred site of the Jewish people.

It’s there that King David raised a sanctuary for the Ark of the Covenant and King Solomon and Herod built the Temples. This holy place – not Shenkin Street, Jerusalem’s Rehavia neighborhood, or Herzliya Pituach’s high-tech hub – prompted the Jews’ return to their land after two millennia of dispersion and pogroms.

December 30, 2011 | 8 Comments » | 16 views

Israel brings gifts to the world

By Michael Ordman, JPOST

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As the lights of the festival of Chanukah flicker out, it is comforting to know that the modern day miracle of the Start-up Nation will continue to spread its effects far into the future. The Jewish State’s research discoveries, technological innovations, humanitarian efforts, business ventures and social programs will be impacting lives across the world from today until next Chanukah and beyond.

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Just take a look at these recent medical achievements. Researchers from Israel’s Technion and Rambam medical centre are the first in the world to create new blood vessels using pre-programmed embryonic stem cells. These cells can be produced from heart patients to treat cardiovascular diseases without fear of being rejected by their immune systems. In another breakthrough, scientists from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University have genetically engineered the “evil” tobacco plant to produce artemisinin – a natural compound that produces large numbers of anti-malaria drugs. Combating malaria is a United Nations Millennium Development goal. Some 250 million new malaria cases occur each year, causing nearly a million deaths. 

Read more …

December 30, 2011 | 3 Comments » | 10 views

Gil-White takes on Conrad Black

Optimism is dangerous

Israelis, and Jews more generally, are better served by healthy pessimism

Historical and Investigative Research – 29 December 2011
by Francisco Gil-White

    More than ever, Israelis, and Jews more generally, should beware of “friends” who tell them not to worry, that everything is going to be fine. Everything will not be fine. However it happens, things are going to get ugly. The only question is whether Israelis, and Jews more generally, will wake up in time and prevail.

At HIR we have been arguing with our usual vehemence that things are not going well for Israel. In particular, we have warned that the “Arab Spring” bodes nothing but great trouble:

“Here comes the Muslim Brotherhood”

And yet I must have missed something because yesterday Conrad Black published an opinion editorial in the New York Sun titled: “Israel’s Prospects Have Never Been Brighter, As Arab Spring Fades Into Winter of Discontent.”[1] This was immediately republished on Israpundit to cheery acclaim. I am very busy, but this made me angry.

See what Gil-White had to say here.

December 30, 2011 | 6 Comments » | 10 views

5,500 Reports of Honor Attacks This Year In UK

Thousands of Others Unreported

Atlas Shrugs

These thousands of women whose cases go unreported are not just the victims of the fathers and brothers whom they fear. They are also the victims of Western apathy and silence, and it’s only getting worse. Almost no one in the dinosaur media talks about honor killing. All those loud-mouthed charlatans talk big when excoriating and trashing those who fight for these women and recognize their plight, but they cower when forced to report on Islam. Instead, they search for benign euphemisms for this most brutal and ugly ideology.

Thus as the Islamic supremacists, the leftist apologists, and useful idiots continue to obfuscate the truth behind these terrible honor murders and attacks, Muslims who engage in such practices are sanctioned by society at large. As the West bows to Islamic supremacism, it’s the women and children, who in Sharia states are nothing more than chattel, who suffer the brunt of it. Our silence, and in effect complicity, has consequences. Honor killings in the West are on the rise.
CONTINUE

December 30, 2011 | 0 Comments » | 10 views

Vile Jew-Hater Qaradawi, Key Mediator In U.S.-Taliban Talks

“Egypt’s New Hitler,”

Atlas Shrugs

Qaradawi, the vile America-hater and virulent Jew-hater, the spiritual guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, is an advocate of suicide bombings who has often called for the death of all Jews: “…oh Allah, take this oppressive, tyrannical band of people…take this oppressive, Jewish Zionist band of people…do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one.”

Remember that this is the annihilationist whom the Ground Zero mosqueteer Imam Rauf lauded and admired. Listen here, in his own words.

So of course he is the perfect mediator for the Obama Administration.

December 30, 2011 | 0 Comments » | 10 views

Women’s Rights and Double Standards

By Steven Plaut, FRONT PAGE MAG

Well, it seems the Obama team lately was running short of things over
which to bash Israel and so it decided that the treatment of women in
Israel is something that needs condemnation. Led by Hillary Clinton,
the Obama administration thinks that Israel does not treat its women
nicely or respectfully enough. This is the same Hillary Clinton who
never had much to say about the treatment of women in the Clinton
White House. Other administration bashers of Israel joined the feeding
frenzy.

This is the same Obama team that rarely has had anything to say about
the treatment of women in the Muslim world, without a doubt the very
worst such treatment that can be found on the planet. Hillary
insisted that Israel’s treatment of women is as bad as that in Iran,
although Obama people do not exactly speak out against the treatment
of women in Iran before breakfast each day. Hillary also used the
same opportunity to condemn Israel for considering the adoption of
transparency laws that would require disclosure of foreign funding to
political NGOs operating inside Israel, laws that are similar to what
the United States and many other democratic countries already have.
After all, how will those who desire Israel’s annihilation be able to
finance picayune treasonous radical anti-Israel propaganda NGOs inside
Israel if such transparency ever takes effect?

December 30, 2011 | 2 Comments » | 112 views

Abbas primes West Bank for “Palestinian Resistance” (Third Intifada)

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2011, 11:49 AM (GMT+02:00)

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas kicked off preparations for a fresh outbreak of anti-Israel “resistance” – which concerned US and Israeli security circles believe will develop into “Intifada No. 3” – Tuesday, Dec. 27, by suddenly firing, the West Bank’s top security officer Maj. Gen. Diab el-Ali. He did not notify US Lt. Gen. Michael R. Moeller, the American Security Coordinator between Israel and the PA appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Israel’s military coordinator, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, of this step which caught them unawares.

Palestinian military intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Nidal Dokhan, was appointed to replace Maj. Gen. el-Ali.

December 29, 2011 | 18 Comments » | 13 views

If You Care for the Palestinians, Boycott the Palestinian Authority

by Mudar Zahran, HUDSON NY

The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas, went to the UN General Assembly in September, seeking recognition for a Palestinian state — a request that was not only unilateral in breach of UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 838. In response, three congressional committees blocked $200 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority, a move the PA described as “collective punishment” — although it is hard to understand why it does not consider firing thousands of rockets at civilians in Israeli villages “collective punishment.”

December 29, 2011 | 2 Comments » | 9 views

What is ‘private Palestinian land’?

What follows is two articles by Moshe Dann in which he explores the question of “private Palestinian Land”. Beinisch’s decosion that all land not specifically designated as “state land” would henceforth be considered “private [Palestinian] land.” is indeed a bombshell and must be vigorously opposed. Furthermore the Attorney General, Weinstein, who was appointed by PM Netanyahu is a powerful leftist who thwarts the democratic process. He has opposed the government in all its attempts to legislate laws to protect our democracy. Why does the PM put up will him? Ted Belman

Beinisch’s bombshell
Moshe Dann, JPOST

Claims that Jews have stolen and built on “private Palestinian land” should not be decided by politically motivated individuals and advocacy groups.

Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch’s decision on September 12 broke sharply with traditional interpretations of law, yet the media largely ignored it.

In a case brought by Peace Now against the Binyamin neighborhoods (“outposts”) of Hayovel – where Maj. Eliraz Peretz’s widow and children live – in Eli, and Harisha, in the Talmonim bloc, Beinisch directed the state – i.e., the Civil Administration for Judea and Samaria – to determine what constitutes state land. According to her ruling, all land not specifically designated as “state land” would henceforth be considered “private [Palestinian] land.”

December 29, 2011 | 6 Comments » | 102 views

Nigeria’s Christmas Present – Blowing Up Christians

The New York Times Screws It Up Again

by Raymond Ibrahim, HUDSON NY

Several churches in northern Nigeria were bombed December 25, in what has been described as “Nigeria’s blackest Christmas ever.” The attacks, perpetrated by the Muslim militant group Boko Haram, killed at least 39 people, “the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church [in Madalla near the capital of Abuja] after celebrating Christmas Mass as blood pooled in dust from a massive explosion.” Charred bodies and dismembered limbs lay scattered around the destroyed church.

December 28, 2011 | 6 Comments » | 12 views

Qatar builds Sunni intervention force of Libyan, Iraqi terrorists against Assad

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2011,

The Qatar oil emirate, encouraged by its successful participation in the campaign to overthrow Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi, has established a Sunni Arab intervention force to expedite the drive for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ouster, debkafile’s military sources report. The new highly mobile force boosts the anti-Assad Free Syrian Army, whose numbers have jumped to 20,000 fighters, armed and funded by Qatar and now forming into military battalions and brigades at their bases in Turkey.

When they saw the Syrian massacre continuing unabated this month, the Qatari and Saudi rulers approved a crash program for the Qatari chief of staff Maj.-Gen Hamas Ali al-Attiya to weld this mobile intervention Sunni Muslim force out of al Qaeda linked-operatives for rapid deployment on the Turkish-Syrian border.

December 28, 2011 | 2 Comments » | 13 views

Tougher foreign policy vital to Canada: Baird

By Lee Berthiaume, Postmedia News

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird knows some of his government’s positions on the world stage are unpopular. Supporting Israel and walking away from the Kyoto accord earlier this month are two examples.

Baird won’t apologize for either.

“We don’t develop foreign policy to be popular around the world,” he says in a recent interview with Postmedia News. “Sometimes you’re alone saying something, and then a number of years later, it’s conventional wisdom.”

December 28, 2011 | 2 Comments » | 11 views

Israeli military prepares for a new type of war

Ben Frankel, Homeland Security Newswire

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has created a new military command – the Strategic Depth Command; this new command, and the new, commando-heavy, look of the IDF’s higher echelon, should tell us that Israel is preparing for a new type of war; adversaries of Israel who have been entertaining the thought that sheer distance from Israel would offer them some protection, may want to think again

At times it is not enough to read a given text — you have to read between the lines as well to get at the deeper meaning. This is the case with the news from Israel that the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has created a new military command – the Strategic Depth Command.

December 28, 2011 | 6 Comments » | 11 views

The Arab-Muslim Lobby

Laura: We hear all the time about the Israel lobby and its supposed omnipotent powers controlling the US and other western governments. In reality of course, it is the vast insidious Arab-muslim-oil lobby which has a chokehold on western governments, dictating its Mideast policies. How else have we come to a situation in which an invented “palestinian” people claim that the ancient homeland of the Jewish people really belongs to them and that the Jews are colonialist occupiers, and the world simply accepts this preposterous claim? Why else would the world be demanding the creation of a 22nd Arab state, a 57th muslim state and a second Arab-muslim state in mandatory Palestine out of land to be taken away from the sole, tiny Jewish state? And this injustice against the Jewish people we are told is a fair, just and equitable solution. Whenever you hear people in the media, academia and former diplomats ranting against an insidious Israel lobby, chances are that they themselves are bought and paid for by the wretched saudi-Arab-muslim lobby.

 
Between Mecca and Jerusalem
Daniel Greenfield
Posted: 25 Dec 2011 07:46 PM PST

Forget Athens and Jerusalem, the new dialectic is between Mecca and Jerusalem. On one side is support for the spread of a repressive theocratic ideology across the region and around the world through violence and intimidation, on the other side is the rise of indigenous states from the pre-Islamic era employing technology and ingenuity to transform the region.

Every time a politician pays tribute to Saudi Arabia, a journalist endorses the Arab Spring and a diplomat goes on about how Israel must make concessions to Islamic terrorists or it will destabilize the region, you see a man used to raising his arse and bowing his pate to Mecca.

December 27, 2011 | 12 Comments » | 10 views