You know we really have it easy in the US. When our government lies to our faces about the Iranian Nuke deal we can pound our chests, talk about the debasement of democracy and how these poor decisions are making the middle east a less safe place knowing that in the end it will be a long hard slog for Iran to hit us with a nuke.

However if you are a nation actually IN the middle east and not half a world away from Iran this threat is not theoretical it’s happeing right in front of you and is cause some people to think twice about things that have always been:

Among Egyptian writers, the idea of regular dealings with Israel still excites fierce debate, even after nearly four decades of official peace. The owner of the prominent independent daily al-Masry al-Yawm outspokenly advocates pragmatic close bilateral ties, in Egypt’s own interest. But leading al-Ahram columnist Hassan Nafaa, in sharp contrast, argues strenuously against “free gifts” to Israel.

It is intriguing, however, that today even some Egyptian writers and academics most critical of ties to Israel acknowledge that the younger generation, turned against Iran, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood both by their own experience and by their government’s changing positions, is losing some of its animosity toward their Israeli neighbors. Examples of this discourse can be found in articles penned this year by Egyptian authors Muhammad Laithi in al-Watan and by Ahmed Hidji in al-Monitor, who cites three different Cairo professors lamenting their students’ growing openness to Israel.

and not just in Egypt but in Saudi Arabia too

Particularly noteworthy in this respect is a long article in the current issue of the popular and influential pan-Arab weekly al-Majallah, based in London but widely circulated and read in both print and online editions in the region.  This article not only reviews the long history of Arab-Israeli relations, but also cites statements about that by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer at great length.

Responses by Saudi writers are mixed, but some are very vocally in favor of dealing with Israel.  For example, Ahmed Adnan, writing in the alarab.co.uk website, even argues that Arabs should follow Turkey’s model:  “Ankara has ties with Israel, but no one can accuse Turkey of being biased against the Palestinians.”  His article was reprinted in the leading al-Arabiya website on August 8.

And this stuff isn’t just going on in Theory, it’s happening in practice:

After several decades of unremitting hostility, some of the fiercest opponents of Israel are starting to view the Jewish state very differently. Covert ties with Saudi Arabia are now becoming more open. Egypt, whose cold peace with Israel remained frozen in open hostility since Anwar Sadat’s assassination, has a government that is no longer shy about treating Israel as an ally if not a friend. Jerusalem’s relations with much of the Third World, especially African nations, are also warming up.

Oddly enough our liberal friends are not amused as the cause of this effect are the failing policies of Barack Obama.

those nations that are targeted most directly by Iran—Israel and Saudi Arabia—understand that U.S. appeasement of Iran advances the latter’s drive for regional hegemony as well as merely postponing the moment when it will achieve nuclear capability. The coming together of other Middle East nations in reaction to this travesty is evidence that those most at risk consider Obama’s false promises and his desire for a general U.S. retreat from the region a clear and present danger to the region.

Or to put it simply the realities of the world are asserting itself and the fictions that might be comfortable to the readers of the NYT are of scant comfort to those actually in the Middle east.

All of this is via Elder of Zyion which should be a regular stop if you wish to know what is going on in the Middle East.

 

 

Israel is one of the most advanced countries in the world.

They are leaders in technology, science, medicine and they have one of the strongest economies in the world.

Furthermore they have a military and an intelligence agency that is world renowned both for its power and its effectiveness.

However there is apparently one thing they are lousy at:

Carrying out a Holocost on the arabs.

We hear over and over again from our friends on the left that Israel is an apartheid state, that they during wars against Hamas target civilians and that they are out to exterminate the arabs and we are repeatedly told that this is the case. In fact when I tweeted out this link concerning Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad’s anti Israel tweets that came to light

It prompted this completely expected response.

The problem with this argument is the same one I mentioned a few years back:

So consider, if we are to believe the Arabs who are claiming on twitter, Facebook , in the Arab media and in front of every western camera that is put in front of them that Israel is deliberately targeting Palestinian civilians since day 1 , we have to conclude that the Israeli Army and Air Force, given a full week, are less efficient killers than 50 British soldiers armed with bolt-action rifles, introduced when Grover Cleveland was President of the United States, were in 15 minutes.

General Dyer, the dead of Amritsar and simple logic call such claims a nonsensical lie.

How is it possible that Israel, a country so adept and successful at just about everything they do, can’t manage to exterminate a people that can’t match them in armament, will to fight, tactics etc etc etc.

The logical conclusion is the reason Israel hasn’t exterminated the palestinians is they aren’t trying to now, haven’t tried to in the past and have no plans to do so in the future.

The bottom line is if Israel wanted the Palestinians dead, they would be.

While if the palestinians had the power of Israel, there would not be a jew alive in the entire country.

This is reality and no amount of spin will make it otherwise.

Not anymore:

On Thursday morning, a young girl was murdered in her bed by an Arab terrorist in the Israeli city of Kiryat Arba. The terrorist scaled a security fence around the city and broke into the girl’s home. Hillel Yaffe Ariel was 13 years old, an aspiring dancer. Before the attack, the attacker went on Facebook and praised other terrorists, including a woman who rammed a car into a crowd in Kiryat Arba. He called her a martyr and said her name was “exalted.”

Of course I’m also old enough to remember when groups that honored people who murdered 13 year old girls in their beds were not proudly supported by the American left:

Fatah’s official Facebook page immediately posted his picture, declaring him a Martyr – “Shahid,” the highest honor achievable in Islam according to the Palestinian Authority.
WAFA, the official PA news agency, likewise honored the terrorist, referring to him as a Martyr – “Shahid.”
According to Palestinian Authority law, the family of today’s murderer will immediately start receiving a monthly PA stipend that the PA pays to the families of all the “Martyrs.”
The mother of the terrorist told a local Hebron news network that her son was “a hero” who made her “proud”:

The next time you are on a college campus and students go on about the evil jews and zions, remind them of this young girl who could have been their kid sister.

Via Elder of Ziyon

You see Lieutenant, when enemies fall out, it’s time to make friends

The Adventures of Robin Hood Goodbye Little John 1960

At the Tablet they have come to the conclusion that thanks to Barack Obama America’s days of keeping the peace in the Middle East are over.

The era of Pax Americana has now been replaced by an era of renewed Cold War, even if in a modern version, a war in which Russia competes—with no competitors—for status and influence in the Middle East. Russia is acting on its own, but at the same time it is prepared to cooperate with local godfathers—like Iran and Hezbollah—all of them enemies of the United States and its friends in the region.

In 2009 President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Announcing the prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee declared: “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.” However, ironically, it turned out that during the Obama Administration more people have been killed in the Middle East and around the world than during the administrations of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who became the object of international obloquy for the wars he conducted in Afghanistan and Iraq.

So what happens when you are a country , surrounded by enemies who wish your destruction and constantly singled out by Muslim nations in the UN for opprobrium and your oldest friend decides to retreat from the word?

Why you find yourself some new friends

Next month, Benjamin Netanyahu will be the first Israeli prime minister since Yitzhak Rabin to travel to African capitals for meetings with the leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Netanyahu’s visit to Uganda is particularly significant because his brother was killed in Israel’s raid on Entebbe in that country 40 years ago to free hostages kidnapped by German and Palestinian Marxists. Back then, Uganda’s government gave refuge to terrorists; today it seeks Israel’s help in fighting them.  

Well big deal, it’s not like Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda & Uganda are going to make a difference in international affairs.

Israel under Netanyahu is also expanding links with China, now the country’s third-largest trading partner. Gold told me this week at his Foreign Ministry office that it’s almost impossible to get a seat these days on the El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Beijing. A similar story can be told about Israel’s relationship with India, whose Narendra Modi is expected to be the first Indian prime minister ever to visit Israel later this year.

Yeah sure China & India re big international players but you don’t see them directly taking action in the Middle East like say Russia:

Netanyahu has met with President Vladimir Putin four times in the last year. He has also worked out a deal, according to senior officials who spoke to me on background, in which Russia will allow Israeli jets to target members of the terrorist group Hezbollah operating in Syria, where Russians now control the air space.

And we haven’t even touched on nations in the middle east that, due to fear of ISIS and Iran are doing backdoor deals.

Via Elder of Ziyon

 

There is one thing about the Syrian refugee crisis that makes no sense.

We are hearing the left demand that the west to all it can to accept and resettle Syrians displaced by the current war.

What about the right to return?

I mean after all, these Syrians lived in Syria just four years ago. They must have had places to live, either that they rented or owned. They had attachments to the land that went back a very long way and the only reason why they no longer have those places is due to a war that has driven them out even though many if not most of them had no involvement in the war or took any sides.

Yet we don’t hear any kind to demand by our friend on the left that their land and homes remain theirs. They don’t insist that the eventual winning side in the syrian civil war give back said land. They do not insist that any attempt to deny them that right to return is an outrage.

Contrast that to the Palestinians.

You had a partition of a UN protectorate divided between arabs and jews and yet the Arabs decided to make war against the jews (with a lot of help from neighboring countries. They lost time and time again and the state of Israel grew because of it, but the same leftists who INSIST that Palestinians have a right to return to Israel because a grandfather or great grandfather once lived there and lost a war of extermination to the Jews.

Perhaps the refugees in Syria can somehow tempt Israel into the war, one Israel takes a single step into the Syrian Civil War then the Syrians now streaming into Europe and their descendants can be sure the banner of their rights to their old homes will be carried by every leftist in the world

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Star Trek A Taste of Armageddon (1967)

There was a famous exchange between Harry Truman and Soviet Foreign Affairs Minister Vyacheslav Molotov over the Soviets refusal to carry out their agreements concerning Polish Self Determination.

He then walks into the room with Molotov and has a very, very tough conversation in which he tells Molotov that the Soviets are not carrying out their agreements on Poland. And Molotov says, “We are.” And according to Truman’s record of this, “I then explain to him in words of one syllable,” Truman said, “exactly why they were not.” Molotov apparently said, “I have never been talked to like that in my life,” and Truman said, “Carry out your agreements and you won’t be talked to like that.”

That comes to mind when I hear about the aftermath of the “Dialogue” between Facebook/Zuckerberg and Conservatives:

Dana Perino, co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” says that Facebook recognizes that it has a ‘trust problem’ with conservatives following her meeting Wednesday with the social network’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Perino, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, was among a group of leading conservatives invited to the meeting at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., following a Gizmodo report that stories about conservative topics were prevented from appearing in Facebook’s trending module. “FOX & Friends Weekend” co-host and Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson also attended the meeting.

“They acknowledged that they have a trust problem with a significant portion of their customer base and that they were trying to figure out a way, at least a first step, to open a dialogue so that they can try to fix it in the long run,” said Perino, speaking on “The Kelly File” following the meeting.

This perfectly illustrates why said “dialogue” is useless.

Facebook doesn’t acknowledge a bias problem, the only see a “Trust” problem, thus they will hold “dialogues” in the hope of showing “progress” in the hopes that these visuals will cause conservatives to believe they are doing something.

Alas for facebook, not only is the bias problem real but as reported at The Lid , the Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin) was able to prove it by setting up a pair of “hate” sites one anti-jewish & one anti Palestinians gradually ramping up the rhetoric on both until they both called for the death of their targets. Then they reported each site to facebook.

Jeff Tells us what happened:

On the very same day as the complaints were lodged, Facebook closed the anti-Palestinian page emailing back to the “person” who complained:
“We reviewed the page you reported for containing credible threat of violence and found it violates our Community Standards.”

The page inciting violence against Jews, which used the same hate terms as the anti-Palestinian one, was not closed by Facebook. This complained received a message stating that site calling for the death of Jews was not in violation of their rules.

The only thing less surprising than this is what happened next

Only after the Israel Law Center published the video below did Facebook change its mind. “As you may have noticed, we have now taken down both those pages as we made a mistake earlier,” a Facebook spokesperson explained in an email to the Law Center.

Oh it was a “mistake”, what was that mistake? Getting caught!

If facebook actually wanted to solve their “trust” problem the solution is actually pretty simple: Stop showing bias against conservatives and conservative sites.

However I submit that Facebook given the choice between abandoning their liberal bias, or continuing a “dialogue” in the hope that conservative journalists gullible enough to believe them, or greedy enough to play along will be appeased, they’ll go with “dialogue” every time while they continue to do stuff like this:

An Emmy award-winning actress on “The Middle” and formerly “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Heaton often uses her social media pages to speak out for unborn babies. Last week, Heaton shared her support of a Washington, D.C. pregnancy resource center’s work on her Twitter page:

The post was so popular that it became a trending news story on Facebook. However, the social media site didn’t use Heaton’s words; instead, it characterized her post this way, according to Hot Air: “Patricia Heaton: Actress Shares Anti-Abortion Message, Says ‘Support Life.’” “Is there anything in that message that is ‘anti-abortion’? Absolutely not,” O’Connor wrote. “She is celebrating and honoring an organization, the Northwest Center, which cares for pregnant women and their children after they are born. … That is political bias. That is what it looks like. This is what we are talking about.”

It’s worth noting that this was done three days AFTER the Gizmodo story with the blowback already taking place.

And I suggest that the Israel Law Center’s solution to the facebook bias problem is the best one:

They allege that social media, particularly postings by Palestinians on Facebook, “is spurring on the terrorist attacks against Israelis in the past month.”

The complaint says the plaintiffs “have been living in the crosshairs of a murderous terrorist rampage carried out by killers who attack people with knives, axes, screwdrivers, cars and Molotov cocktails for no reason other than that the attacker perceives the victims to be Jewish.”

In a wave of violence this past month, 10 Israelis have been killed in shooting and knifing attacks, and more than 50 Palestinians, more than half of them assailants, have been killed as well.

“Many of these murderers were motivated to commit their heinous crimes by incitement to murder they read on Facebook – demagogues and leaders exhorting their followers to ‘slaughter the Jews,’ and offering instruction as to the best manner to do so, including even “anatomical charts showing the best places to stab a human being.”

 

20,000 Jews have already joined the suit and Shurat HaDin is encouraging others to sign on:

Israeli attorney, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Director of Shurat HaDin, said that “for every Israeli that is sitting now at home – there is something that can be done against terror. Join us now. This action is important in the same way as actions to increase security on the ground and its goal is to stop the terror. Today, Facebook has become a haven for terrorists: they publish their actions on their Facebook pages, garner support, receive instructions and direction to murder Jews – and all this under the sponsorship of a commercial company that has the power to stop it easily. At the time that Facebook suffices with words and tells us that it intends “to remove inciting pages” – the website is filling up more and more each moment with severe incitement and it is our task to do everything to stop this.”

This suit is going to do more to change things at Facebook than any amount of meetings and photo ops.

Update: Milo gets it as well as the give em hell Harry reference:

The problem for Facebook is: nobody’s buying it. Here’s the thing, Zuck — you’ve spent a year trying to out-do Jack Dorsey with your barking-mad progressive proclamations (America should “follow Germany’s lead on immigration,” messages in support of All Lives Matter are “deeply hurtful”).

Conservatives — by which I mean the people at home — are not dumb. They know what the political priorities of your company are, and they want to see truth and transparency or they will simply leave the platform.

Zuckerberg’s staff aren’t prone to hiding their biases, which doesn’t help public relations efforts. In April, we learned that a number of Facebook’s staff voted to ask the CEO what the company was doing to stop Donald Trump becoming President. In other words, there are people at Facebook who want the social network to influence elections, and aren’t afraid of wearing that opinion on their sleeves. And they’re most likely in the majority.

Remember their goal isn’t  to solve a bias problem their goal is to solve a trust problem without touching their bias.  If you aren’t there to lay down the law then Glenn Beck’s not withstanding you’re wasting your time.

Update 2:  This is the headline at Time

Glenn Beck: Facebook Made Us Feel More Welcome Than the Republican Party Has 

Who knew conservatism was all about “feelings” and here I was thinking it was about facts

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Just a reminder just because the national & international media doesn’t consider Palestinian terrorism newsworthy doesn’t mean they’ve taken a breather from it:

Two elderly women were stabbed and moderately injured in what police said was a terror attack at the Armon Hanatziv promenade in southern Jerusalem, police said Tuesday morning.

Both women were rushed to a local hospital in moderate condition, the Magen David Adom rescue service said.

And in a twist that fits in so well with Holocaust remembrance day

The two victims were in a group of five elderly Israelis who were on a walk together. One of the two is a Holocaust survivor.

Police said two stabbers, both of whom were masked, fled the scene toward the nearby East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.

It’s things like that that is the reason for things like this

after all, had it not been for the bravery of our Allies holding out against the Third Reich and the geographical inconvenience of our island geography, British Jewry would have also been swept up by the systematic slaughter of the Holocaust. As would other detractors of the genocidal Nazi regime.

Fortunately, despite Hitler’s best intentions, this never came to pass.

But such fears remain deeply ingrained in the Jewish DNA. What if joined-up political lunacy ever spread across Europe again? Would Britain be so well-equipped to stand alone were we to be yoked together in an already legitimate alliance with Europe?

It’s for these reasons that nothing will convince me of the rightness of staying in the EU – even after David Cameron predicted on Monday that a Brexit will increase the risk of Europe descending into war.

People forget the mass slaughter of jews took place in living memory although  in fairness these attackers were doing their bit to change that

I wonder if this is one of those stories that Facebook won’t promote?

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…is this paragraph from Kevin Williamson via Israel Matzav

For the Jew-hater, this is maddening: Throw the Jews out of Spain, and they thrive abroad. Send them to the poorest slums in New York, and those slums stop being slums. Keep them out of the Ivy League and watch NYU become a world-class institution inspired by men such as Jonas Salk, son of largely uneducated Polish immigrants. Put the Jewish state in a desert wasteland and watch it bloom, first with produce and then with technology. Israel today has more companies listed on NASDAQ than any other country except the United States and China. The economy under Palestinian management? Olives and handicrafts, and a GDP per capita that barely exceeds that of Sudan.

The reality is the Arab world will never forgive the state of Israel for being what they could be. Every day they exist and thrive is a reminder that left to their own devices they have failed to do so.

Last year I noted a plan being advanced for 24/7 cameras at the Temple Mount in order to substantiate Palestinian claims of Israel violating agreements concerning it which the Jordanians, John Kerry and the Israelis agreed.

However for some reason our peaceful Palestinian who have been accusing Israel of misdeeds objected even though such cameras would allow any Jews violating said agreements to be caught in the act.

Of course the question was exactly who would be caught in what acts?

Another reason the Palestinians are opposed to King Abdullah’s idea is their fear that the cameras would expose that Palestinians have been smuggling stones, firebombs and pipe bombs into Al-Aqsa Mosque for the past two years. These are scenes at the PA, Hamas and the Islamic Movement do not want the world to see: they show who is really “contaminating” the Haram al-Sharif. Needless to say, no Jewish visitors have thus far been caught trying to smuggle such weapons into the holy site.

Well five months later the final verdict is in:

Following fierce palestinian protests and threats, Jordan said on Monday that it has abandoned its plan to install security cameras on the Temple Mount.

The decision was announced by Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour.

The security cameras were supposed to be installed on the Temple Mount in accordance with an agreement reached late last year between Israel and Jordan under the auspices of US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Apparently the Palestinians were so opposed to cameras recording all the evil actions of Israelis and the peaceful non threatening nature of Palestinian actions at the temple mount that they distributed leaflets urging Palestinians to break the cameras if installed.

One might be shocked at the lack of transparency on the part of the Palestinians, of course that’s because I find their actions transparent in the extreme.

At Israeli Cool (Via Elder of ziyon) Ryan Bellerose tells the truth about the consequences of supporting the arabs over Israel for leftists there:

He starts by acknowledging the short term reasons for doing so:

Now if one is short-sighted, it is rather obvious that one would choose the Arabs. They have Arab oil money behind them, they have the “cool” leftists behind them

However if you are actually living in Israel here is the bottom line for such a person if the arabs actually won. If you are a woman

First, I hope you didn’t like those human rights you got so used to, because you won’t get to keep those. That whole equal rights for everyone thing? Not so much. If you are a woman, your rights are roughly equal to half that of a man. You won’t be able to leave the house without supervision and if you are lucky enough to get raped, you better hope there is a witness besides yourself or you will likely have insult to injury and be stoned – and not stoned in a good way.

If you are Gay:

Don’t worry, as long as nobody finds out you should be fine. If they do, I hope you are OK with being thrown off a roof. That’s if they don’t hang you by a crane.

If you are a Christian, even a nominal one

as long as you pay your dhimmi taxes (roughly double) they will only ask that you NEVER TALK ABOUT YOUR RELIGION IN PUBLIC AGAIN or carry a bible in public. Upon pain of death by the way.

How about if you’re not a monotheist or a believer of any type:

If you are like me and are a “pagan” Indian who doesn’t follow the bible as your central holy text, don’t worry, you will be given the chance to convert to Islam before they kill you.

As for Human Rights

one need only look at EVERY SINGLE MUSLIM MAJORITY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. Find me one that isn’t rife with human rights abuses, where religious freedom or even basic human rights are respected.

These are all truths that our friends on the left often forget when they attack Western Civilization without asking the obvious question: What will we replace it with?

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Yesterday at AIPAC Ted Cruz gave a stirring speech in defense of Israel which I agree with wholeheartedly

In a sense while excellent this speech was not much different than others he has given in the past and frankly is not different that things you will see at this blog or many other conservative blogs.

The difference is that yesterday that speech was broadcast live in its entirety on FOX News, CNN & MSNBC.

Why? I hate to admit it the reason is Donald Trump.

All three networks carried the Donald Trump speech at AIPAC. Trump raised many of the points that Ted Cruz did, Trump brought up the points about Palestinians indoctrinating their kids into Jew hatred and rewarding terrorists.

His line concerning kids heros was spectacular.

Meanwhile, every single day, you have rampant incitement and children being taught to hate Israel and hate the Jews. When you live in a society where the firefighters are the hero’s little kids want to be firefighters. When you live in a society where athletes and movie stars are heroes, little kids want to be athletes and movie stars. In Palestinian society, the heroes are those who murder Jews – we can’t let this continue. You cannot achieve peace if terrorists are treated as martyrs. Glorifying terrorists is a tremendous barrier to peace.

But for the most part Trump like Ted Cruz didn’t say anything that folks like me haven’t said before.

The difference is, when Trump says it, the message no longer has the effect of a tree falling in an empty forest.

I wrote about this a while back noting the number of Twitter followers he has:

2.9 MILLION. He has more people following him on twitter than all the candidates above combined except Rubio & Paul and easily has more than double of the two of them combined. In fact there is only one person in the race that has more followers than him


That was Hillary Clinton with 3.6 million twitter followers.

I wrote that on June 16th of last year since then Hillary’s Twitter followers have soared to 5.7 million an increase of 63%. Not bad at all.

Ted Cruz my guy has done well too, he’s gone from 416K followers to 955K more than doubling his followers. Not up to Clinton’s numbers but quite an increase.

However Donald Trump went from 2.9 Million twitter followers to SEVEN MILLION an increase of 194%. He has gone from having 700,000 less twitter followers than Hillary Clinton to having 1.3 million more in under a year.

You might not be impressed by those numbers, but the networks are. Les Moonves explained this well:

“I’ve never seen anything like this, and this going to be a very good year for us. Sorry. It’s a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going,” said Moonves.

“Donald’s place in this election is a good thing,” he said Monday at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco.

“There’s a lot of money in the marketplace,” the exec said of political advertising so far this presidential season.

Beyond politics, Moonves said ad sales in general are strong because there’s not a lot of places beyond The Big Bang Theory where advertisers can reach 20 million people all at once.

There are a lot of reasons to oppose Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, but his ability to get the conservative message out on Illegal Immigration, on Radical Islam and yesterday on Israel to the public who have been shielded from facts by the Democrats and the media that serves them is game changing.

Instead of a tree falling in a forest he is a meteor smashing in the city, when he talks about subject they can’t be ignored.

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Jake Blues: I Hate Illinois Nazis

The Blues Brothers 1980

I absolutely love this story:

Yisrael Kristal survived two world wars and the Holocaust but doesn’t consider himself particularly remarkable, despite being named the world’s oldest living man Friday at age 112.

The Israeli was born in what is now Poland on September 15, 1903, three months before the Wright brothers’ first powered and controlled aeroplane flight.

He lived there after the First World War until the Nazi occupation in World War II, when he was eventually sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Kristal survived and moved to Israel, where he has lived for over six decades.

Guinness World Records confirmed on Friday he was now considered the world’s oldest living man, but Kristal remained modest.

Every day he lives is a stake in the heart to every Nazi who ever lived and all those who want to see Jews dead.

 

Pacifist:Strongly and actively opposed to conflict and especially war.

Merriam Webster online dictionary

King Henry IV:As the good Lord said: “Love thy neighbour as thyself, unless he’s Turkish, in which case, kill the bastard!”

Black Adder Born to be King 1983

One of my regular stops on the net is to the Elder of Ziyon links page which gives an excellent roundup of what is happening in Israel.  On Friday I saw this piece linked:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded on Friday to an investigative report that appeared last night on Channel 2’s “Uvda” show, which revealed how radical leftist activists hand Palestinian Arabs over to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to be executed.

Right-wing activists infiltrated leftist groups and caught the activist Ezra Nawi on camera saying he gives the PA the names of Arabs who are interested in selling land to Jews, so that the PA can torture and “kill them.” Other radical leftists were also exposed involved in the activities.

I did not recognize the name of Ezra Nawi so I googled him and found his entry in Wikipedia which says the following at of 12:53 PM on Friday January 8th.

Ezra Itzhak Nawi (Hebrew: עזרא יצחק נאווי‎; born 1952) is an Israeli human rightsactivist and pacifist. He is particularly active among the Bedouin herders and farmers of the South Hebron Hills[1] and against the Israeli illegal settlements.[2] He has been described as a “Ta’ayush nudnik“,[3] and “a working-class, liberal gay version of Joe the Plumber“.[4][5]

His critics regard him as an extreme leftist activist and troublemaker.[6][7] He has been charged for numerous infractions of the law, convicted for a number of offences, and served several short stints in prison as a consequence of his activism.[2] According toDavid Shulman, he is an Israeli exponent of Gandhian civil disobedience.[8][9][10]

Now I’m not a pacifist nor do I claim to be an expert on Gandihian civil disobedience but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t involve neither turning over the names of people to “governments” so they can be executed for selling land.  I also don’t know Joe the Plumber but I’m not aware of him secretly or otherwise trying to arrange the death of anyone for trying to sell land they own.

And of course this practice is being defended by the group doing it while claiming:

B’Tselem added that it “opposes all torture and all executions…whether they are done in Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) cellars or in the Palestinian Authority,” but did not comment on the fact that the sales are reported with the full intention that the seller should be killed.

That in itself is ironic, but consider for a second we are talking about a Jew actively working for the death of Palestinian Arabs, who is celebrated by the left.

So remember if you are a Jew, leftist are OK with you facilitating the death of Palestinian Arabs, as long as they are the right Arabs.

Unexpectedly

This morning I mentioned a spate of anti-semitic incidents in the US that were not considered newsworthy.

But apparently you don’t have to be a jew to have attacks against you ignored:

Palestinian security forces say they arrested two suspected Islamic radicals in the burning of a Christmas tree in the northern West Bank.

A Palestinian security officer said Friday the suspects set fire Wednesday to the tree inZababdeh, a Christian majority village near Jenin. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he isn’t authorized to speak to reporters.

Now you might be saying, but DaTechGuy there is an AP story right there, but there is a lot more than meets the eye

It didn’t mention that Christians in the West Bank are being persecuted and forced out by Muslims, and that this attack was meant to continue that practice. That is essential context that AP decided not to mention because it violates the media meme of “Christians fleeing because of Israeli actions” that pop up every year.

But the problem is bigger than that.

If this story hadn’t been leaked, it would never have been reported

And why:

In other words, outside of a single Palestinian security official who wanted the world to hear this story, there is a conspiracy of silence among Palestinians to keep this story of attacks on a Christian symbol by the Muslim majority hidden. Christians don’t talk about it because of fear; Muslims don’t talk about it because they want the world to believe that their only problem is Israel’s existence.

In September, a church in Bethlehem was burned by Muslims, according to locals. The PA claimed it was an electrical fire even though local Christians had been threatened by Muslims.  Again, there was a conspiracy of silence – a tacit agreement between Palestinian Christians and Muslims to not publicize these incidents.

You see attacks against Palestinians can safely be ignored, as long as they are done by other Palestinians.

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For almost my entire life I’ve been hearing that all it takes is some concessions from Israel and you will have peace in the middle east.

There is however a poll at Israel National News that suggests otherwise:

A new public opinion poll among the Arab residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza found that an overwhelming majority supports continuing the ongoing terror wave to the bitter end.

The poll was conducted by the Watan Research Center between November 14-21 and included 1,167 Arab respondents.

A full 72% said they support continuing the “Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Intifada,” as it has been termed, until it achieves its “goals,” which they were later asked to define.

That refers to the series of fatal attacks on Jews that has been going on for the last two months.

At Elder of Ziyon Mike Lumish puts it in perspective


This is to say that 72 percent of Arabs who live within the Land of Israel believe that they have a religious-political imperative to send their kids into the streets with kitchen knives for the Allah-inspired purpose of murdering random Jews.
It does not matter the age of those Jews; a woman in her 80s, a child in her crib, it does not matter. Nor does it matter the personal beliefs of those Jews. All that matters is that, if you are to kill them – and you are, young Achmud – that they be Jewish.

 

Maybe it’s just me but I’d say it’s pretty had to make peace with people when the vast majority of them want you dead and are willing to sacrifice their kids to do it.

 

Another way of gaining perspective on this 72% figure is to understand that it also means that 72% of Arabs within Israel yearn for the genocide of the Jews. It can mean nothing else. If you believe that Allah wants you to send your children into the streets for the purpose of killing Jews then, ipso facto, you favor the genocide of the Jews.

There is no way to escape from that conclusion, now, is there?

 

Well that doesn’t mean that our friends on the left won’t try.

Why Israel doesn’t act accordingly frankly is beyond me, given the situation with ISIS there is never going to be a time where they can do more with less pushback from the west.

Arab American National Museum
Arab American National Museum, Dearborn

By John Ruberry

When Muslims say they condemn the radicals within their faith, a common retort is, “If that is so, then why don’t you hold anti-terrorism marches?”

Well, one was held yesterday in Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the largest Arab-American population in the Untied States. The peace rally was organized by Imam Husham Al-Husainy of the Karbalaa Islamic Center, the cultural hub of the Detroit suburb’s Muslim community. Al-Husainy was an early supporter of Operation Iraqi Freedom, although he later turned against the war. The cleric gave an invocation at a Democratic National Committee event in 2006. Al-Husainy was was the featured cleric on The Learning Channel’s reality show All American Muslim. If you are seeking a mainstream Muslim leader, Al-Husainy may be your guy. Or he may not be. More on him in a little bit.

Watch the march video here. You’ll see that many of the parade’s participants were dressed all in black, which happens to be the get-up that members Islamic State wear. Oops. There was singing–or was it chanting?–in Arabic, not English. Many of the marchers held banners and flags in Arabic–and I counted just one lonely American flag. Of course there weren’t any Israeli flags.

In a statement prior to the march, Al-Husainy declared, “We are for peace, coexistence, respecting all religions, protecting human life and believing in God.” But does that include Jews? The Dearborn cleric is a signatory of the anti-Israeli Jerusalem Document that Christian convert Walid Shoebat, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, calls “the ‘Mein Kampf’ of Document of Jerusalem.”

Muslims–in Dearborn and beyond–also need to forcefully speak out against the slaughter by ISIS of Christians and Yazidis. That message was also absent in the Dearborn rally.

Al-Husainy’s peace march was at best only a good first step for American Muslims to counter radical Islamic terrorism. And maybe not even that.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit. He visited Dearborn in July.

Some interesting historical news out of Israel:

A dump site is the last place you would expect to find an 8th century B.C. seal for a papyrus document signed by one of the kings of Judah.

Perhaps that’s why it has taken 2,700 years for the piece of clay inscribed with King Hezekiah’s seal to be discovered in Jerusalem.

The King’s seal isn’t something that just anyone had access to

“Therefore, it’s very reasonable to assume we are talking about an impression made by the King himself, using his own ring.

While this is of great interest to Biblical scholars and a setback for those who say it’s made up out of the whole cloth the real people hurt the most are those who insist that there is no Jewish connection to the land.

But it’s not a big deal for them, so many facts are ignored by the BDS left that one more won’t make a difference.

Via Elder of Ziyon let me tell you about a company called Asal technologies

“We have a window of opportunity to demonstrate our skills,” said Murad Tahboub, CEO of Asal Technologies, a Palestinian outsourcing company that works with Comply and a handful of other Israeli-based companies. “The more people know about us … the more comfortable they will be in doing business with us.” This is easier said than done. Comply’s office in Hod Hasharon is only about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Asal Technologies in the West Bank city of Ramallah – but they are worlds apart.

and when it comes down to outsourcing code for Israeli companies there is a real advantage to going local it when not surrounded

 

In the past three years, however, some have turned to Palestinian engineers and programmers. They are cheaper, ambitious, work in the same time zone, and – surprisingly to many Israelis – are similar to them.

“The cultural gap is much smaller than we would think,” said Gai Anbar, chief executive of Comply, an Israeli start-up in this central Israeli town that develops software for global pharmaceutical companies like Merck and Teva.

 

Well of course it is, you live in the same area, generally speak the same language and have many of the same concerns. If you check out their web site and twitter feed it looks like any other tech company, but the most important page is the careers page:

Client project:A large international software company is building new products and technologies and is seeking senior and junior software engineers to join an outsourcing project at ASAL Technologies.

The details:

B.Sc. in computer science, software/computer engineering, or related disciplines.
Strong knowledge in core computer science areas.
Solid object-oriented programming skills and OO design patterns.
Strong theory/algorithms and very good understanding on how to apply advanced knowledge to solve real problems.
Hands-on experience in agile software development, mobile applications, and multiple release cycles.
Strong analytical and organizational skills.
Methodical approaches to solving technical challenges with high attention to detail and data accuracy.
Highly motivated and self-reliant individual with true willingness to learn and work as part of a team.
Strong communication skills (oral and written) with the ability to act proactively.
Extra credit: Experience with mobile application development, cloud services, web scripting languages, Android, and Microsoft platforms/technologies.
Experience with mobile personal assistants is a plus.

The kicker, these jobs are located in Ramallah/Rawabi and the West Bank

Of all the stories of the middle east I suspect this is the one which is of the greatest threat to Hamas & the PA, first of all it destroys the false narrative out there:

Do you have internet?
Yes. We do have internet and electricity. Over the past 60 years, the West Bank had not sustained any outages due to political reasons. Currently ASAL Technologies has two fiber optic cables from two different ISPs to ensure 24/7 internet connectivity. And short term plans are to move the headquarters of ASAL Technologies to Rawabi -the first Palestinian smart city- where the infrastructure of the whole city has been optimized to meet international standards.

It’s an odd question to ask a software company, if they didn’t have internet they couldn’t operate now could they?

But how can you do business amid the violence and oppression?

Does the political situation affect your work?
No. Though it is hard to visualize if one hasn’t visited Palestine, the reality is that the political situation does not affect our ability to conduct business as usual with all of our clients. And to ensure that our employees can always access their workplace, we opened up a new branch in north of Palestine, and future plans are to open up yet another branch in the south.

You mean to say the evil jooes aren’t stopping you from making your business successful? Well put me in the laundry and pre-soak me 15 minutes!

All of these shatters the careful helpless meme built up concerning Israel. That’s bad for the PA, but the real threat to them is this:

If you have a class of Palestinians unshackled from the “death to Jews” mentality and furthermore not dependent on either terror dollars from Iran or handouts from the west for a living the entire dynamic changes.

I’ve said before that there is no limits to what the Arabs can achieve if they abandon their “death to the Jews” mantra and concentrate on making a better life where they are, these guys have the  potential to prove it.

I suspect ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad et/al  doesn’t approve they’d rather teach kids to stab jews. and as for the BDS movement it will have them going Kryten

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Via Carl In Jerusalem (who is in my neck of the woods at the moment) a reminder that our Islamic Friends have not let their desire to hit the west distract them from the primary duty to kill Jews:

The names of the victims of the erev Shabbos terror attack near Otniel are Rabbi Yaakov Litman HY”D, 44, and his son Netanel HY”D, 18. The levayas will begin at 21:00 in Har Menuchos in Yerushalayim.

According to the information released by police, the terrorists opened fire from a vehicle that was stopped on the side of the road. In addition to the fatalities, a 16-year-old was injured by shrapnel and a number of others treated for hysteria. They were all transported to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva

Carl Has more details on the murdered men:

It seems that Yaakov and Netanel were on their way to their future son-in-law and brother-in-law’s aufruf (the calling to the Torah that takes place the Sabbath before the wedding) in Meitar, which is just outside Be’er Sheva. Yaakov’s daughter, Netanel’s sister is scheduled to be married on Tuesday night

Well of course we shouldn’t make conclusions about all Palestinians or followers of Islam by stuff like this after all they share a common humanity right?

From eyewitness reports, it is confirmed there was a Red Crescent (PA (Palestinian Authority) ) ambulance in the area, which saw the attack, but preferred to drive off rather than assist ‘settlers’ who were wounded by Islamic terrorists.

Picture for a moment what Amnesty International would have said if an Israeli Ambulance left wounded arabs to die, but then again Amnesty is busy arguing for the safety of those committing the attacks:

One case cited is that of Fadi Alloun, the man from Issawiya who stabbed a Jewish teen in the incident mentioned above. According to Amnesty, the Jewish boy was only “lightly injured.” A news account at the time said that the young Moshe Malka was “moderately injured” and taken to the hospital “in stable condition with wounds to the chest and back.” But one can hardly expect Amnesty’s investigators to waste time ascertaining the degree of injury to a Jew.

Apparently the inability to successfully kill a jew is a mitigating factor for a Palestinian 

Amnesty maintains that the Israeli police had no right to shoot a man advancing on them with a knife when he was still “some metres away.” They should have allowed Mr. Alloun to get close enough to stab a police officer or nearby civilian first. That’s how the game is supposed to be played.

But we still shouldn’t be drawing conclusions about Islam based on stats like this:

And like the Paris attacks they have a single goal in common:

believe that the targets were chosen for their symbolic value and for their variety. The attack on the Russian jet (which despite its differences I lump in with the Paris attacks in terms of broad goals) was aimed at transportation. The places chosen in Paris—restaurant, sports arena, concert—were a nice sampling of Westerners at play. The idea is to make people feel vulnerable everywhere they gather.

Of course on the bright side, protestors in Amherst Massachusetts, Yale & at Missouri University can take comfort that the murders of those jews like Vaakov, unlike the Paris attacks, didn’t push them off the front pages.

 

Closing thought #1 If the attacks in Paris had happened in Jerusalem or Tel Avi, would the world be flying Israeli colors in sympathy or would they be justifying the targeting of Jews & pointing to Israel as the cause? Of course it would be the latter although in fairness the the spin machine of the left on Paris is in full swing:

in the U.S., the gun control crowd is worried about that sort of “gun violence” happening here. From an actor, to CNN, to a group of moms, the attacks are being shamefully politicized without laying blame where it squarely belongs.

Closing Thought #2  When it comes to Paris some US Candidates are blunt like Ted Cruz:

We must make it crystal clear that affiliation with ISIS and related terrorist groups brings with it the undying enmity of America—that it is, in effect, signing your own death warrant.”

and Ben Carson:

‘I think America’s involvement should be trying to eliminate them completely,’ he said. ‘Destroy them!’

I submit and suggest that Israel would be totally justified in applying the same solution to the daily attacks on their citizens. Update: Bingo!

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George Washington McLintock: Now Katherine, are you going to believe what you see, or what I tell you?

McLintock! 1963

Given all the tension in the Palestinian areas after rumors that Israel was violating agreements concerning the Temple mount spread among Palestinians the Jordanians advanced a plan to stop the trouble, cameras!:

The proposal for the surveillance cameras was initiated by Jordan’s King Abdullah. Although his father, the late King Hussein, had waived Jordan’s claim on the West Bank in favor of Palestinian sovereignty in the area, Jordan retained custodianship over the Temple Mount, third holiest site in Islam. As such, it has a direct interest in the current flare-up.

Secretary of State John Kerry loved the idea and ran with it

Secretary of State John Kerry applauded Abdullah’s proposal as “an excellent suggestion” and brokered an agreement between the king and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Such surveillance, said Kerry, “could really be a game-changer in discouraging anybody from disturbing the sanctity” of the Mount.

And despite the Obama administration’s reputation vis-a-vis Israel Netanyahu sold the idea to his cabinet

Netanyahu told his Cabinet Sunday that Israel had an interest in the installation of video cameras on the Temple Mount to demonstrate that Israel was not deviating from the status quo that permitted non-Muslims, including Israeli Jews, to visit the holy site at pre-determined hours but not to pray there.

Sounds like a great idea, if you have cameras install then if Israel is doing anything wrong it will be seen.  It’s like a body cam on a policeman, if Israel was doing what the Palestinians say, they’d be caught in the act!

There’s just one problem. While Israel has no problem with the world seeing first hand what they’re actually doing the Palestinians aren’t so keen on the idea:

Hamas and other radical Palestinian groups rejected the agreement, which calls for installing 24-hour surveillance cameras at the Temple Mount, holy to Muslims as the site of al-Aksa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock.

In statements issued from the Gaza Strip, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other groups called for escalating attacks on Israel, alleging that Kerry’s efforts were designed to “thwart the Intifada.”

They have a point there, after all if the video shows that Israel isn’t doing what the palestinians claim, entering the Mosque, preventing muslims from praying etc they are the it’s going to be hard to persuade people to go around stabbing jews in retaliation isn’t it? But it seems our Palestinian friends hesitation over cameras isn’t just about what we won’t see:

In an attempt to prevent Jews from entering the approximately 37-acre (150,000 m2) site, the Palestinian Authority and the Islamic Movement in Israel hired scores of Muslim men and women to harass the Jewish visitors and the police officers escorting them. The men are referred to as Murabitoun, while the women are called Murabitat (defenders or guardians of the faith).

What you haven’t heard of this? Perhaps because the west hasn’t bothered to cover it?

The installation of surveillance cameras at the site will expose the aggressive behavior of the Murabitoun and Murabitat, and show the world who is really “desecrating” the Islamic holy sites and turning them into a base for assaulting and abusing Jewish visitors and policemen.

Hmmm so if there were cameras at the temple mount there might be newsworthy video available to the press of arabs harassing jews and that’s not all they might find newsworthy either:

Another reason the Palestinians are opposed to King Abdullah’s idea is their fear that the cameras would expose that Palestinians have been smuggling stones, firebombs and pipe bombs into Al-Aqsa Mosque for the past two years. These are scenes at the PA, Hamas and the Islamic Movement do not want the world to see: they show who is really “contaminating” the Haram al-Sharif. Needless to say, no Jewish visitors have thus far been caught trying to smuggle such weapons into the holy site.

Yeah the whole idea of “Jews desecrating a holy site” argument might be tough for the BDS movement if there are real time images of muslims brings bombs into the Mosque.

Jordan as you might guess isn’t thrilled with the PA over this:

The Jordanian newspaper Al-Ghad quoted Jordanian politicians as denouncing Malki’s remarks as “inappropriate and unfair.” They said that the PA leadership should have relayed its position on the cameras directly to the Jordanian government instead of making such “inflammatory” public remarks.

Adnan Abu Odeh, a veteran Jordanian politician and former advisor to both King Abdullah and King Hussein, said he did not believe that the cameras would serve Israel’s interests, as the PA claims. “The cameras will document everything, including those who want to assault Palestinians or Israelis,” he said. “The cameras will document anyone who caries out an assault or Jews who want to pray there.”

Abu Odeh dismissed Malki’s remarks as “provocative, tasteless and inappropriate.” He said that it was in the interest of the Palestinians to have cameras at the Temple Mount.

But the Palestinians are having none of it

Many Palestinians, however, were not enthusiastic about the security camera idea, a move that Israeli police have sought for years. “It is an additional trap to arrest Palestinians on charges of incitement,” Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki said.

I don’t see how it can be a trap. After all the Palestinians have insisted that they haven’t been inciting anybody or smuggling weapons or doing anything nasty, if they’re telling the truth how could film backing them up be a trap? That would be like a police office arguing that dash cameras and body cams were all about framing him for something he hasn’t done.

You’d think they were trying to hide what’s actually going on or something?   Or as Bibi put it:

it would show where the provocations are really coming from.

Closing thought expressed via twitter:

I suspect there is plenty of BDS & Black Lives Matter crossover, would you buy that line from a cop?

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A few days ago there was a story about Donald Trump saying he thinks Obama hates Israel.

If you want to know where he would have such an opinion all you need is this paragraph at Elder of Ziyon

Finally, it is a sad but not surprising fact that the Obama administration does not care about this case. Obama has not breathed a public word. Lakin was an American. He was an educator. And he was a peace activist who stood up for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Israeli-Arabs shot him in the head and knifed him in the chest at the age of 76.

If you haven’t heard about this murdered American. If you wonder why the butchering of this peace activist and civil rights warrior’s has not produced outrage, it’s because for all the good he has done to he committed the ultimate crime.

He dared to be a Jew on a bus in Israel. His crime is / was his very existence and as far as today’s left and this president is concerned, that is unpardonable.

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Is the Israel lobby as powerful as they say?

Question both Jimmy Carter & Roland Reagan asked Tip O’Neil after being elected

For a very long time antisemitism was a fashionable sort of bigotry in the United States and around the world from “restricted” golf courses and clubs to some pointing at Jewish success as part of a plot.

World War 2, the and revolution of the final solution of Hitler in one fell swoop turned this around in a dramatic way.  Suddenly open jew hatred was not socially acceptable and with the foundation of the state of Israel hatred of Jews was an actual foreign policy issue.

Determined never to be exterminated again American Jews stood by Israel with both their votes and their money and those who would sell out Israel would have a price to pay.

but the people who hated Israel in general and Jews in particular didn’t lose their views and dreamed of a time when they could openly oppose them.

“No one quite realizes just how passionately anti-Israel Carter is. William Safire has reported that Cyrus Vance acknowledged that, if he had had a second term, Carter would have sold Israel down the river. In the 1990s, Carter became quite close to Yasser Arafat. After the Gulf War, Saudi Arabia was mad at Arafat, because the PLO chief had sided with Saddam Hussein. So Arafat asked Carter to fly to Riyadh to smooth things over with the princes and restore Saudi funding to him — which Carter did.

Jimmy Carter has for a long time been the patron saint of those who hate the Jews.  He openly painted Israel as the segregationist of the south (who he once supported)

“The intifada exposed the injustice Palestinians suffered, just like Bull Connor’s mad dogs in Birmingham.”

He has actively sought to split the Israel Evangelical alliance

Wading into the delicate fray over the alliance between Jews and pro-Israel Evangelicals, former President Jimmy Carter last week reportedly said it was a mistake for Jews to accept such ties, and that he was working to convince Southern Baptists to change the way they look at Judaism and the Middle East.

And called for the recognizing of Hamas

Former President Jimmy Carter once again is getting way out in front of the U.S. government on the Middle East, co-authoring an op-ed in which he calls for Washington to recognize designated terror group Hamas as a legitimate

But while Carter was always portrayed as a lone actor in the Democrats that’s not exactly true, democrats have always known how to count and with the growing arab population in America combined with serious money being thrown around by Arab states things began to change:

Senator Edward Kennedy endorsed Obama in a highly emotional speech. Earlier “Kennedy was the keynote speaker at a gala dinner for the Arab-American Institute that was sponsored in part by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” He was greeted “with enthusiastic applause.” Among the guests was Congressman James Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, who had earlier declared that “without the support of the Jews, America would not have gone to war in Iraq.” Moran was also “greeted “with enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation.” One of the guests, Charlotte Kates, a Rutgers University law student and a leader of the National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, declared
Israel is an apartheid colonial-settler state. I   do not believe that apartheid colonial-settler state has a right to exist.

You would think that democrats like Kennedy & Moran would have distanced themselves from this kind of thing before an election but they both knew how to count and also knew the MSM wouldn’t bother to give this much press as evidenced by this story that everyone has forgotten:

The LA Times addressed its own controversy today in a news story (although one lacking a byline). Yesterday, the McCain campaign demanded the newspaper release a videotape it had obtained for an April story that mentioned Barack Obama speaking at a banquet in honor of Palestinian scholar Rashid Khalidi.

“The Los Angeles Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided to us by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not release it,” said the newspaper’s editor, Russ Stanton. “The Times keeps its promises to sources.”

Jamie Gold, the newspaper’s readers’ representative, said in a statement: “More than six months ago the Los Angeles Times published a detailed account of the events shown on the videotape. The Times is not suppressing anything. Just the opposite — the L.A. Times brought the matter to light.”
The National Review, and many conservative outlets, write that the Times is“suppressing” information for Obama’s benefit, while claiming that Khalidi was a PLO adviser and pointing out that 60’s radical-turned-University professor Bill Ayers was also in attendance. Meanwhile on the other side, Huffington Post is reporting on McCain’s ties to Khalidi’s organization (as did Harper’s).

incidentally the LA Times STILL hasn’t released that tape.

What does all of this mean?  It means that for a long time the Democrat position on Israel has been hidden for fear of a political backlash.  It’s analogous to their Gay Marriage stance.  A few true believers with a lot of secret support purchased by donation covered by a web of MSM supported lies until they felt strong enough to openly say what they always thought.

Well with the Obama 2nd term today it’s official, the day when Democrats have to pretend to support Israel is gone and now for the few Jewish voters willing to see what’s in front of their faces decision time has come.

Political dork that I am, I like to make lists for myself during an election season, ranking the five issues most important to me at the time. I started doing this years ago (though I skipped 2012). While certain issues appear on each list, the most surprising development is that the list changes a lot over time.

And yet support for Israel has never made the list before — until now.

It’s not because supporting Israel was never important to me. On the contrary, it was — it’s just that I never expected either major party to nominate someone who wouldn’t pass muster as a friend to Israel. Considering the Democratic Party’s turn during the Obama years, that can no longer be taken for granted.

It’s doesn’t shock me that people are starting to see this and write about it openly in newspapers.  What surprises me is that it took so long to happen.

Closing thought:   Jews as we speak, are being attacked and murdered in Israel because they are Jewish, why isn’t the MSM considering this a newsworthy story?

At the tablet Liel Leibovitz laments the NYT playing fast and loose with historical data concerning the Temple Mount:

But hey, never mind any of that. Never mind the physical existence of the Western Wall, which the Times mentions in passing in the fourth-to-last paragraph, even though the existence of an enormous external supporting wall directly below the site where the temple is said to have stood should sort of answer the question. Never mind plentiful Roman historical accounts of the structure built by Herod that was widely regarded as one of the wonders of the ancient world. And never mind the fact that among scholars who actually study this stuff, there is no controversy whatsoever about the existence of Jewish Temples on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, anymore than any controversy that exists between Judaism and Islam on this point, or the fact that there is no contradiction between Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Roman or pagan sources. Don’t bother the Times with any of these facts: Just as long as it is possible to make any Jewish claim on Judaism’s holiest site seem like yet another irrational piece of fiction invented by feverish religious Jews, Zionists, and other troublemakers who are very unlike the good and logical and educated and clean Jews who read and write for the Times.

I’m a big fan of Historical truth in the face of political pin so I’m right behind him on the facts, but Mr. Leibovitz lost any claim to my sympathy in the paragraph that followed:

Denying that a Jewish temple stood on the Temple Mount is not a form of historical argument. It is akin to denying that the earth is not flat. Or denying that global warming is real.

And here we see illustrated for all to see one of the facts of life.  We see the equating of a historical fact with literally thousands of years of evidence behind it with a fad so tenuous that witnesses under oath in congress are unwilling to testify that they’d change their views based on evidence is against them and that attempts to sue critics like Mark Steyn into silence.

Leibovitz is correct about the Temple Mount but he forgets one of the primary reasons the left in general and the  anti Israel NYT in particular has the credibility to push this nonsense is the support of liberal jews who have backed them tooth and nail for decades.

Yeah the NYT and the left have decided the Jewish state & jewish history are expendable, yes they’ve decided the useful idiots aren’t useful anyore but at least they’re not those icky christian conservatives or tea party types.

Sowing, meet Reaping

Update:  the Times has had 2nd thoughts

This morning Twitchy featured this tweet from Jake Tapper:

His confusion comes from this story:

Four Israelis were injured, two of them critically, in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City Saturday evening.

A mother and father in their 40s and a two-year-old boy were among the victims. The parents were stabbed and the baby was lightly hurt in the leg.

Police said the attacker, who was shot and killed by security forces, may have grabbed a firearm the father was carrying but it was not clear if he managed to fire it.

That certainly puts a different face on the story doesn’t it.

Al Jazeera was not alone in their spin as evidenced by this:

The head of Israel’s Government Press Office issued a warning to the BBC Saturday evening, following its eyebrow-raising initial coverage of the deadly terrorist attack in Jerusalem last night which killed two people and injured three others, including a toddler. The terrorist murdered 21-year-old Aharon Banita-Bennett and wounded his wife and two-year-old child, along with another person, and murdered 41-year-old father of seven, Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, as he attempted to save them.. The terrorist attacker – a 19-year-old college student and Islamic Jihad member – then stole Lavi’s gun and opened fire on police, who responded by fatally shooting him. But to the shock and anger of many readers – who took to social media to vent their outrage – the BBC’s initial headline read: “Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two”.

An apology was forthcoming:

Al Jazeera english on Sunday said it regretted “the wording of a tweet posted regarding an attack in Jerusalem” after receiving a wave of criticism from their audience.

They apparently forgot that unlike their arabic reading customers English readers have other sources of info but at least unlike the BBC who quietly changed their headline they said something. The Palestinian authority isn’t going to stand by and let innocent terrorists be shot down just for killing Jews.

In a written communique published on the official news agency Wafa, PA government spokesman Ihab Bseiso called on the international community to intervene following “the killing of two young men in occupied Jerusalem and the series of incursions into cities and villages in the West Bank.” The statement made no mention of the fact that the two dead Palestinians had been killed while carrying out stabbing attacks against Israeli civilians.

Yeah how dare to evil Israeli security forces kill those poor arab youths just for the crime of killing jews. Jake Tapper thought it was “strange framing” but if you are trying to paint Jews as the villains and paint palestinians are victims it’s not odd framing at all.  It would be like a headline out of Oregon saying.  Black youth shot at community college, ten others also dead. I use that as an example because there over at Mr. Tapper’s network there is a bit of “strange framing” going on as well starting with this picture of the killer:

At the Conservative Treehouse they’ve been talking about it:

Summary:  The immediate on-line web history of Chris Harper-Mercer showed him to be a mixed-race, angry young man in general alignment with various radical racially aligned groups such as Black Lives Matter, Fuck The Police and Fuck Yo Flag – all of which carry a sentiment of favorability and ideological alignment with Islam which was similarly evident in the Ferguson protest movement.

[ Against this backdrop shooting “White” “Christians” makes sense. ]

Ann Althouse noticed Race suddenly disappeared from part of the story:

Harper-Mercer was discharged from the Army 5 weeks into basic training for failing to meet “minimum administrative standards.”

Harper-Mercer was born in the United Kingdom, stepsister Carmen Nesnick told CBS Los Angeles, moving to the United States when he was very young. He grew up in the Torrance area. His parents, Ian Bernard Mercer and Laurel Margaret Harper, divorced in 2006.

Note the erasure of the racial element. As The Daily Beast reported: Harper’s father is white and his mother black.

That’s because as Ed Driscoll noted at Instapundit there is a narrative to be had

MEDIA NARRATIVE: HALF-BLACK OREGON KILLER IS A “WHITE SUPREMACIST:” “One slight problem. Mercer identified as multi-racial. His mother was black. He doesn’t seem to have even known his father. He identified with black TV killer Vester Lee Flanagan. This doesn’t seem to have stopped the media with George Zimmerman who was labeled a white Hispanic, so maybe Chris Harper Mercer was a white Black? Was he a Half-White Supremacist?”

Thus we see CNN’s “white washing” the killer literally, conservative Treehouse again:

Perhaps the answer lies within the response to the shooting from the White House where President Obama took quickly to the microphones to decry another school shooting without fully understanding the motive and intent.

Mercer’s possible motive and intent would now represent a political embarrassment against the backdrop of Obama’s speech if it aligns with something other than needed.

 

I wish I could say all of this was “strange framing” but after 5 years of following the MSM I don’t find it strange at all.

You know it’s pretty funny.

For many years every country in Europe has attacked Israel for it’s “separation wall” to keep out people who are doing things like this:

An Israeli bus was set on fire late Thursday in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud after Palestinians hurled a firebomb at the vehicle, witnesses said.
Locals said that the bus went up in flames after youths targeted it while driving through the neighborhood. Israeli forces arrived in the area and cordoned off the scene of the incident.

And this:

At 1:05pm, Palestinians threw stones at police and border police forces at the ancient city’s Damascus gate. The forces responded with riot dispersal means and arrested one suspect. Palestinians also reported a wounded protester in A-Tor.

At 2:11pm, Palestinians threw stones toward security forces at the Qalandia checkpoint. Twenty-five minutes later, masked Palestinians threw stones at a combined police & border police force at the Salman Al-Farsi ally in At-Tur. In both incidents police responded with riot dispersal means. Palestinians reported one wounded protester in A-Tor.

At 2:59pm, a paint bottle was thrown at the light rail train in Jerusalem on the Shuafat junction. No one was hurt.

Starting at 4pm, severe riots broke out in the Shuafat refugee camp, with dozens of youths, some wearing improvised masks and some in gas masks, threw stones and Molotov cocktails toward border police fighters in the area. The forces used riot dispersal means and arrested one Palestinian from Hebron.

But once this started happening in Europe

groups of migrants rioted outside the town of Röszke and were driven back only with the help of water cannons. Gone were the little girls—because, however photogenic little girls may be, the lion’s share of the travelers are young men, and now they were heaving rocks at the authorities and showing up on YouTube videos shouting Allahu Akbar.

they rapidly discovered that good fences make good neighbors

But on September 12 alone, 10,000 migrants walked out of the Munich train station, and the city was overwhelmed. Merkel’s interior minister Thomas de Maizière announced that Germany was closing its border. (And here we should stress that the borders in question were not the EU’s external borders but internal borders with other EU countries, which have been open for two decades.)

The irony of course is that at the same time they will try to control the young muslim men who believe they have a right to be coddled by Europe without adopting European standards of behavior they will excuse things like this:

And be shocked SHOCKED if Israel defends itself from attack.

I’m betting Bibi is looking at his TV and grinning just waiting for the migrants once blocked from Europe demand a “right to return” .

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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what they’re good for.

at Israelly cool there is a seven minute video (that I can’t get the embed code for) where Einat Wilf a former Israeli moderate explains what changed her position. Two key quotes

I remember going back from those meeting deeply troubled thinking: These are the moderates, so if these are the moderates than the conflict between us is about far more than what I was led to believe.

This was because the Palestinian “moderates” while recognizing the reality of Israel, supported by a powerful army did not recognize any Jewish connection to the land, to them it was a complete fabrication and they expressed such sentiments openly.

And comparing her willingness to recognize the right of the arabs to self determination and their connection to the land vs the lack thereof drew her to an inescapable conclusion:

I realized they don’t recognize my right, they recognized my might, but, what happens the day I no longer have might? They merely reinforcing the notion that I have to continue to have might to survive here.

The difference between the Palestinians and the Jews is very simple.

If the Palestinians disarmed tomorrow, if they got rid of every single mortar, bomb, rocket and suicide vest that they used against Israel in that moment there would be peace because the Jews would live their lives and leave the Arab alone to live theirs and if by disarming they were threatened by someone like ISIS, Israel would protect them:

“Today, no Arab feels safe in his country,” he said. “Ironically, the sole exceptions are Palestinians in the West Bank because they know Israel will defend them if ISIS attacks. Even in Gaza, most people secretly believe that Israel is their ultimate protection against ISIS fighters trying to strike roots in the Sinai.”

If Israel disarmed tomorrow, the war would also be over, but for a different reason. The Arabs would also be alone to live heir lives, but not the Jews because starting in that moment the Arabs would begin exterminating every single jew from the Jordan to the Mediterranean until there wasn’t a single one left.

That’s the reality it took Einat Wilf half a lifetime to figure out, that the reality proved over and over in Europe these days.

American Jews thousands of miles away from both Jerusalem and Paris have the luxury of ignoring this reality.

Ms. Wilf does not have that luxury.

Update: Compare and contrast the jews who come to pray at the Temple Mount & the Arabs who harass them:

Via Elder of Ziyon who notes:

The entire time the Jews are being harassed and screamed at, simply because they are Jewish. The Muslims aren’t there for prayer or for reflection or even to play ball – their entire lives are focused on trying to prevent Jews from walking around in peace..

Exit question. If there was not Israeli “might” there to protect those Jews in prayer, how long would they live?

Update 2: The Harassment is not confined to Israeli’s:

A delegation of U.S. congressmen in Israel was harassed by a large group of Muslim men during a visit to the historically significant Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Tuesday, according to a Jerusalem Post report.

Reps. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), Keith Rothfus (R., Penn.), and Evan Jenkins (R., W.Va.), who was also joined by his wife, were approached by several Muslim men when they ascended the Temple Mount.

The men were “surprisingly intolerant and belligerent,” according to Rothfus.

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A year ago we saw this story from paris

I’m in Paris.

I had seen these videos where you shout “Death to the Jews” in the streets of Paris. But the truth is that with a video, we not went well even when that reality.

So when I came completely by chance, Republic Square in the middle of the afternoon, and I saw this pro-Palestinian rally, I first paid attention to me … But I wanted to see from close.

I do not have enough peace of mind to write as it should. It’s too hot.

But there:

– Death to the Jews
– Ashkenazi Death to!

– Hitler was right
– We’ll burn you
– white Sales!
– Hamas Resistance!
– Jihad! Jihad! Jihad!
– Palestine must finish the job (note: started by Hitler)

Where are the police?

…And in the streets, scooters reversed. Police remains speechless. Jews who lock themselves in synagogues.

Here is a glimpse of some video:

At the time Elder of Ziyon said

The attack on the synagogue has been denounced by politicians in France, but the real problem of huge numbers of Muslims who have no desire to act in a lawful manner, and who can be easily whipped up into a pogrom, does not seem to be a high priority for the French police.

Seven months later we saw this:

A gunman who would later say he was acting on behalf of the Islamic State walked into her neighborhood’s kosher market and opened fire, launching a siege that would leave four hostages dead — all of them Jewish.

two month later Jeffrey Goldberg in a Piece at the Atlantic wrote asking if it was time for Jews to leave Europe wrote:

 

France’s 475,000 Jews represent less than 1 percent of the country’s population. Yet last year, according to the French Interior Ministry, 51 percent of all racist attacks targeted Jews. The statistics in other countries, including Great Britain, are similarly dismal. In 2014, Jews in Europe were murdered, raped, beaten, stalked, chased, harassed, spat on, and insulted for being Jewish. Sale Juif—“dirty Jew”—rang in the streets, as did “Death to the Jews,” and “Jews to the gas.”

 

as for 2015?

The number of anti-Semitic attacks recorded in France during the first quarter of 2015 increased by 84 percent over the corresponding period last year, a watchdog group said.

The SPCJ security service (Service de Protection de la Communauté Juive) of France’s Jewish communities released the figures Monday in a quarterly report that counted 508 anti-Semitic acts recorded between January and May.

I think the Jews in France need to arm themselves or leave. I’d suggest coming here, at least you can defend yourselves legally, but

We saw it in the manifestation of UCLA and it was one kid. But it was worse in Stanford. When the Jewish girl in Stanford, who wants to be a rabbi, cleansed her Facebook and removed her (expressions of) support of Israel, in the United States, that’s scary to me. That’s like Jews taking off their kippa in the streets of Paris, and here it’s in the US. I have a feeling that Jewish kids, and I’m (also) looking at it in high school, feel intimidated.

If you are a Jew and are not free to be openly Jewish for fear of your safety you’re not free.

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There is an awful lot of news right now that I should be writing about but there is no single paragraph more worthy of repeating that I’ve read in years:

The setting a Ramadan dinner in London and the speaker Abu Furas:  The emphasis mine

One reason was cited the other evening by a Jordanian businessman, Abu Furas, at a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner in London. “Today, no Arab feels safe in his country,” he said. “Ironically, the sole exceptions are Palestinians in the West Bank because they know Israel will defend them if ISIS attacks. Even in Gaza, most people secretly believe that Israel is their ultimate protection against ISIS fighters trying to strike roots in the Sinai.”

via Elder of Ziyon. Think about it for a second the next time someone at a college describes Israel as the source of all evil.

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Reading the details of the Obama Administration hated for Israel related in Michael Oren’s book Ally as quoted by Pam Geller is not really news for most people.  To those who have followed this administration Israel policy there is nothing that doesn’t confirm what they already knew and frankly if you’re what Evan Sayet calls “plop Jews” who worship the democrat party, Obama’s & his administration hatred for Israel doesn’t matter.  They’re still monotheists just with a different God.

However while that information might not shock anyone on either side I suspect both groups would be surprised at this exchange between Michael Oren and Andrew Rosenthal of the NYT Editorial Page concerning the veracity of a published piece by PA President Mahmoud Abbas as quoted by Commentary Magazine: (emphasis mine)

“When I write for the Times, fact checkers examine every word I write,” I began. “Did anybody check that Abbas has his facts exactly backward?”

“That’s your opinion,” Rosenthal replied.

“I’m an historian, Andy, and there are opinions and there are facts. That the Arabs rejected partition and the Jews accepted it is an irrefutable fact.”

“In your view.”

Tell me, on June 6, 1944, did Allied forces land or did they not land on Normandy Beach?”

Rosenthal…replied, “Some might say so.”

And here it was that my next door neighbor thought his father was buried in Normandy but the NYT is not so sure Normandy every happened.  Perhaps he never came home because he changed his name to Fang and ran off with a young Phyllis Diller all those years ago.

And Perhaps Yogi Berra

and those Band of Brothers

was lying all these years but I don’t know.

I’d ask the NYT but they can’t be sure.

Closing thought: Just remember that the Newspaper that apparently can’t confirm that D-Day Happened is the primary source for all the News broadcast by the primary networks in the United States.

Yid with Lid provides the answer:

In a unanimous Opinion issued Friday, June 19, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with and affirmed the D.C. District Court’s ruling that the pro-Israel organization Z Street correctly brought a lawsuit alleging the Internal Revenue Service violated Z Street First Amendment rights by engaging in viewpoint discrimination.

It’s actually worse than it sounds:

2013 when Democrats trying to defend the administration and prove the IRS was not just engaging in viewpoint discrimination against politically conservative groups. As part of its defense, the Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee and Senator Sander Levin (D-MI)​ released 14 IRS documents indicating the IRS created a category for review it labeled “progressive.”

Within that “progressive category” there was a subset labeled “occupied territory advocacy” (page 12 of linked document) That particular subset contained only one organization: Z Street. According to the documents, a notice to IRS inspectors to “be on the look out” (BOLO) for groups under this category was sent on August 6, 2010, just days after Z Street’s file was reviewed.

In other words, the IRS was indeed singling out applications for tax exempt status on the basis of a particular political viewpoint, advocating for the “occupied territories” which is inconsistent with this administration’s.

You mean to say the administration of the first Jewish president would do a thing like this? I can hardly credit it.

The MSM has been spinning Pope Francis from almost the moment he was elected.

I wonder how they’ll spin this:

In comments made to veteran Portuguese-Israeli journalist Henrique Cymerman Thursday, Francis was quoted as saying that “anyone who does not recognize the Jewish people and the State of Israel — and their right to exist — is guilty of anti-Semitism.”

What really makes this problematic for the left that just two weeks ago lying concerning the Pope’s remarks about PA chief Abbas is the Pontiff made these remarks in writing

At least this would be problematic is they bother to report it, for example I did two googles searches under google news at the time of this writing (1 PM friday) Pope Francis Israel & Pope Francis Abbas. In both cases the false story concerning the “angel of Peace” business had nearly 1000 supplemental links

pope abbas With international stories from the BBC, CNN, Fox, Newsweek et/al.

Meanwhile these remarks equating not recognizing Israel with antisemitism has yet to draw double digits:

pope israel existcompare the

The Times of Israel being the #1 news outlet carrying the story, next to The Lid of course.

While the Anti-Zionism=Antisemitism statements of those national leaders are crucially important, the declaration by the Pontiff is the first recognition by a world-wide religious leader that you can’t align against the rights and moral aspirations of the Jewish people and claim to be shocked when you’re accused of Antisemitism.

I have a funny feeling that our friends on the left & in the MSM will not find this very newsworthy.

Update: The problem with writing your lead blog post for Saturday at 1 pm on Friday is on occasion an Ed Morrissey at Hotair will get there first

In order to get some perspective on this story, I contacted long-time Vaticanista John Thavis, a friend of mine, to get his reaction to the story. John has covered the Vatican for over 30 years and wrote the essential book The Vatican Diaries, so he has some significant perspective on this question. He notes that this isn’t terribly different from other defenses of the State of Israel from the Vatican in the past, and that it may be more of a reminder that the Holy See supports both Israel and the Palestinian proto-state

That won’t make it any more acceptable to the anti-israel left

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Every now and then Amnesty International notices the things that some of us have been highlighting for a while:

A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes.
Amnesty International detailed the abuses in a report entitled “Strangling Necks’: Abduction, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict.”
According to the London-based human rights group, some 23 Palestinians were shot and killed and dozens more were arrested and tortured by Hamas, which rules Gaza. The Palestinians targeted were either political rivals of Hamas, including members of the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, or people the militant group had accused of cooperating with Israel, Amnesty said.

the report notes executions and beatings such as this:

While I was there Internal Security came to the house and knocked loudly at the door; a relative told them no one was home and the family was in Gaza City at their brother’s home. I went downstairs to see what was happening and two men took me into a Mitsubishi car. They said they were from Internal Security and I was wanted for questioning.

I sat in the back seat between two of them. They put a blindfold on me and a pistol to my head and told me not to raise my head. I don’t know where they took me; it seemed far away and they kept going around in circles with the car.

They asked if I knew why I had been taken. When I said I did not, they said, “Now you will find out”, and started
beating me. I was taken down steps to what seemed like a ground floor, where I was beaten for about half an hour while my hands were tied with rope. Someone else came and said I was to be brought upstairs, so I was taken to either the second or third floor, as we went up steps. Upstairs, I was hung by the legs and handcuffed and beaten.

Finally, someone said, “He does not want to confess, hang him up.” They hung my legs from the ceiling while I was handcuffed, then beaten with metal bars and pipes. I was accused of using and dealing the drug Tramal [a painkiller], and also of using and dealing in hashish and procuring women. I would not confess to any of the charges.

But while the report strongly and rightly hits Hamas, Amnesty being Amnesty reserves a strong critique of Israel in the 2nd & third paragraphs of the executive summary.

For a strange reason I suspect our friends in the press (you know the once who aren’t noticing the rockets being fired at Israel this week will be much more interested in reporting those paragraphs than the rest of the 40+ pages of the report, particularly since they need not fear for their physical safety for press attacks on Israel.

Elder of Ziyon sees Amnesty’s report as simply another means to make demands of Israel:

What does this have to do with the subject of the report?

Under the excuse of allowing any UN or international investigation into Hamas activity – investigations that simply will never happen – Amnesty is demanding that Israel open itself up to biased prosecutions, for example under the Rome Statute that includes text written specifically to damn Israel and no other country.

Amnesty isn’t interested in justice for Hamas. It wants to use Hamas as a fig-leaf to issue more ultimatums against Israel.

That sounds about right.

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This weekend everyone was all a twitter about the Saudi’s intention to arm themselves with Nuclear Weapons to answer the Obama enabled mullahs of Iran.

But unlike the Iranians who decided to develop their own program the Saudi’s being glutted with the wealth that comes from having only to poke a hole in the ground to find it are looking at a quicker route:

Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.

While the kingdom’s quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran’s atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic.

Now given the effect of Obama’s retreat in Iraq, and the results of the Ukrainian surrender of their nukes the Saudi move is a prudent one but there is an obvious question worth asking.

Since 1947 the arab nations of the area have insisted the Israel is the greatest danger to peace, an aggressor out to enslave arabs and until 1973 fought multiple wars in an attempt to destroy them.

While Israel did not publicly admit it, the entire Arab world suspected that Israel had the bomb , and the first unofficial confirmation came out in 1986 meaning that they have known Israel had nukes for at least 30 years.

Yet the knowledge that the scourge of humanity, the country that the UN condemns more than any other.  The state that Arabs the world over consider the ultimate aggressor at knowledge did not compel the Saudi’s to either develop or buy the bomb.

Why not?

There is lot of talk that comes from our friends on the left, about the threat of Israel but the only crisis that Israel nukes brought to the middle east was arresting of the potential of Arabs to slaughter Jews en masse.  And Arab nations for all their talk acted accordingly

Compare this to how Arab nations are reacting to a potential nuclear bomb.

Glenn Reynolds often says this Global Warming:  “I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who keep telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.”

The Saudis/Arabs never acted like Israel with a bomb for 30+ years was a crisis because for all their talk they knew it was not.

Now with the Iranians about to get the bomb the Saudi’s are acting like it’s a crisis.

Reality always trumps rhetoric

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Here is a bit from a story in the Independent:

Just 24 hours ahead of a planned five-day truce in Yemen, the country’s capital Sanaa has been hit with one of the worst days of bombing since a Saudi-led coalition began their air campaign against Houthi rebels in late March.

In videos taken by residents in Sanaa massive explosions can be seen across the capital before a planned ceasefire to allow the UN to deliver essential aid into the beleaguered country begins today at 8pm GMT on Tuesday.

The Independent has videos of those attacks the story continues

According to the UN, over 1,400 people die as a result of the conflict in Yemen, with many more displaced by the fighting.

In war people die furthermore if you are going to fight a war in a location other than an open field you are going to get civilian casualties. It’s one of many reasons why war is to be avoided.

But Avi Meyer in Israel has is wondering why these Arab Casualties are producing sounds of silence from Activists all over the world:

Apparently arab lives don’t matter until they are killed by jews

These human rights activist remind me of the “Black Live Matter” crowd. The thousands of blacks slaughtered by other black men in the inner city didn’t create the #blacklivesmatter hashtag, but if a black man is killed by a policeman in the performance of their duty that’s a cause celeb worth rioting over.

So there is a simple solution. Want to get the activist crowd worried about those 1400 dead in Yemen, tell the world the Saudi aircraft doing the bombing runs are being piloted by Israeli pilots.

Do that and the will be no other story in the world worth reporting.

Update: It’s worth noting that at least one Syrian Paper is not only going there but doing one better

Why is Saudi Arabia so concerned over Israel? Not because they are Zionist.

It is because, you see, the Saudi royal family is really Jewish!

Jews who were fleeing persecution ended up in the Gulf and pretended to be Arabs, according to his version of the legend. They prayed with Muslims and buried their dead in Muslim cemeteries.

But those crafty Jews, who took over Arabia, created the Wahhabi faith in order to destroy Islam from within.

I haven’t seen such lame propaganda since the Clinton’s last attempt to explain their finances.

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Since the United States isn’t going to stop Iran it’s going to fall to Israel, but this is going to make things a tad harder:

President Vladimir Putin on Monday sanctioned the delivery of a highly capable Russian air defense missile system to Iran, a game changer move that would significantly bolster the Islamic republic’s military capability and fuel Israel’s concerns.

As the president’s attempt to arm Iran continues Israel’s options keep dwindling and this news isn’t going to help.

The question is this, if Israel can’t take out Iranian nukes with conventional weapons what are the odds that they risk angering a world that hates them anyway but using the Nuclear option?

Anyone who thinks backing the Jews into a corner is a good idea is a fool and anyone who think Israel is going to just let themselves be destroyed is even more of one.

Update:  I would have mentioned this Red Line being crossed

Russia’s announcement on Monday that it will proceed with the sale of advanced missile systems to Iran crosses a so-called “red line” established by the Obama administration in 2010, according to comments by senior administration officials.

But as nobody actually takes an Obama redline seriously I didn’t think it was newsworthy.

Ford Prefect: We’re safe.
Arthur Dent: Ah. Good.
Ford Prefect: We’re in a cabin of one of the spaceships of the Vogon Constructor Fleet.
Arthur Dent: Ah. This is obviously some strange usage of the word “safe” that I hadn’t previously been aware of.

The Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy

While the American left was busy crying over the re-election of bibi in Israel they missed something that is even more damaging to their argument and narrative, particularly those of the divestment crowd who have been telling us for more years than I can remember how Israel is an apartheid state built on the oppression of the Palestinians.

Now we could turn to a cartoon to expose this BS for what it is but there is a more concrete proof available to those willing to see it. I first noticed it from a tweet

Let that sink in for a moment.

And the increase in arab members didn’t just come from the Arab union:

 

The number of Arab MKs jumped from 12 to 17, in part because the parties making up the Joint List’s numbers went up from 10 to 13, and also because the Likud and Zionist Union each added an Arab lawmaker.

 

Nor was the arab vote confined to arab parties:

While the Arab list received over 92% of the vote in Nazareth, the remainder of the votes went to: 2.68% for the Zionist Union, 2.09% for Meretz, 1.06% for Likud, 0.42% for Kulanu, 0.39% for Yisrael Beiteinu, 0.22% for Yesh Atid, 0.19% for Shas, 0.13% for Aleh Yarok and 0.04% for Yahad.

So I have this to say to the BDS crowd that our friends at Legal Insurrection have written about at length.

To paraphrase Arthur Dent:  This is obviously some strange usage of the word “apartheid” that I hadn’t previously been aware of.

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One of my favorite memories of Scott Brown’s 2010 Special election victory was just after the three of us (Stacy McCain and Dan Collins) got back to my house at 3:48 AM turned on the TV to MSNBC in time to see Keith Olbermann absolutely melting down. The next morning the on air Schadenfreude continued and even four years later (despite the Senator’s electorally costly abandonment of the Tea Party) it still brings a smile to the face.

Now that Benjamin Netanyahu’s party has managed to win I expect today will be more of the same.

Alas because of my long term contract commitment not only will I spend absolutely no time with my wife on her birthday but I also won’t be seeing any of MSNBC or CNN the day after the Israeli election which had been the source of nearly orgasmic glee among the left at the prospect of the defeat of Bibi as this Memeorandum screen shot shows:

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Now given the nature of a parliamentary election with a plethora of parties there is of course a chance that Bibi will not be able to form a government (the same of course was possible if they ended up in the minority) and I suppose the left could spin it in terms of him getting nowhere near a majority which might convince the ignorant that victory is in fact defeat but it will be very hard for our friends on the left to hide what they think from their faces.

I guess they will have to be content in the hope that the president can through his deal shepherd Iran toward the Bomb so they can make those pesky Jews pay for insulting the dear leader.

And if you think that’s harsh, ask why these guys have suddenly decided Hezbollah isn’t a terrorist group anymore.

Closing thought Zogby predicted a Brown loss to Coakley too.

Update: Misery, Misery Misery

The outcry from Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) over the speech by Prime Minister Netanyahu was incredible.

One of the reasons of course is the contrast between our own leadership

I had been in assuming that this was going to be some cheap, catchpenny display. This was, as I said on Twitter in the moments following the address, one of the most powerful speeches which I have seen delivered in that chamber in the modern era. Netanyahu was the essence of many attributes so lacking in American politics today.

Another was how it exposed what has been true for a while, that the Democrats have thrown Israel under the bus (but dare not say it in public for fear of alienating donor $

“She also kept commenting to her seat-mate, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), using forceful gestures,” noted The Hill. She’s been in Congress for nearly 30 years and served her first two years as Speaker alongside the left’s bete noire, the Bushitler, somehow without resorting to rage-driven “forceful gestures” during a major speech.

But the real problem that the left has is indicated by the missing word from the critics of his speech.

False.

The problem the left is Bibi was telling the truth in a very public forum, and the truth told before people who have been selling lies for more than half a decade is a powerful thing.

There is nothing that undermines cowards or liars more than truth.

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Once you start reading the story concerning President Obama threatening to shoot down Israeli airplanes if they tried to hit Iranian nuke site it doesn’t take much time to decide it has problems.

For a start the source is a Palestinian news agency quoting a paper in Kuwait.  Not one of the more reliable information chains for reliable news data.

Furthermore the facts on the ground are an issue because, as Roger Simon put it, the US didn’t have the assets deployed to intercept such an attack

The U.S. simply does not have the facilities in place anymore, and if it were to get them, the “spin up” would be obvious to almost everyone, making it ineffective. Moreover, there have been many reports that Saudi Arabia has agreed to let the Israelis fly over their territory if they attacked Iran, making U.S. interception all the more difficult.

Still further, the source noted, it would be unclear if U.S. air force personnel would obey an order to attack their Israeli colleagues — some of whom they may have trained with. On top of that, the Israelis are often more experienced fighter pilots. The ones chosen to attack Iranian nuclear installations would undoubtedly be an elite team.

Whatever the intent of the story or the facts of the matter there’s one thing that going to be an issue for this administration.

Can any person with even a vague acquaintance with this administration’s attitude toward both Iran & Israel honestly say that when they saw the Headline at Drudge  (before clicking through to the story) that they found it the slightest bit unbelievable?

Frankly because the facts are weak on this I suspect the left will come out swinging here.  It sure beats defending the actual record of this admin vis-a-vis Israel & Iran.

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