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Elections in Israel
Sleepless in L.A. The pro-Zionist American Jews would have had a very hard time working with Herzog if he had won Israel’s election since we work primarily with Congress, and most of Congress would consider Herzog delusional — at best. Can you imagine if that dingbat had won? We went to Capitol Hill saying, “Stop that Iranian Nuclear Express (Obama is driving).”
Then we’d have Herzog who says he trusts Obama to make a good deal with Iran. So we’d have to say, “Never mind…”?
Boy, that would really be great for our credibility, wouldn’t it? Not to mention Israel’s security. Not to mention cutting the ground right out from under all our friends in Congress. In one of Herzog’s more bathetic moments, he channeled the 2008 Obama campaign, claiming he would “heal” Israel’s relationship with the world. Apparently Herzog hasn’t heard that Jews aren’t supposed to believe in false messiahs — Obama notwithstanding….But we dodged that bullet to the brain…..
Yes, today is a great day…for Israel. Obama got his ass kicked. The elephant in the room from this election, however, may be the united Arab list. Portent of things to come. This list has the potential to seriously compromise Labor in the long run.
G-d bless Bibi!
Aliyah by French (and Other European)
To the editor of the Jewish Journal
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That’s the least noxious of it when it is less than irrelevant that I am a Jew.There are the conversations I’ve had with French Jews in Paris — the ones with grown children already in Israel and the parents making their own plans because “We can’t stand it anymore.”
Sort of like the time I was wearing a kipah in St. Emillion and some Arab Frenchman with his kid looked at me with pure, unmitigated hatred and made sure his 7-year old boy saw it. I glared right back. Over the years, there have been other incidents. The horrendously anti-Semitic remarks or glares if I am wearing a kipah on a Jewish holiday. Incidents that I just don’t generally experience in the U.S. There is no break from the torrent of Israel bashing there. There is no Fox News. There is Bad Israel All the Time News. Or haven’t you heard?As usual, the logic in your editorial was facile and uninformed. Facile because it argued against the extreme cases of violence being reason enough to leave and uninformed because it ignored the constant assaults to the sensibilities. But first as to violence, you miss the point there as well. The point of the violence against Jews is not that there was a turn out of so many Danes (actually rather few) or Frenchmen — finally — but that these turnouts, such as they were, followed the murders of leftist atheists. If the attacks had been “merely” that deli where some random folks got shot, there would have been a miniscule turnout of mostly Jews. So I guess we better hope that the next massacre of a handful of Jews follows only a massacre of leftist atheists, right? The fact is that France has had many hundreds of its “citizens” leave to fight for ISIS. Obviously, there are many less venturesome but hate-filled sympathizers who remain in France. If nothing else, Jews are a target for their open hate. Or haven’t you heard? There is no reason why Jews should have to put up with this. Last weekend, I talked to two Israeli women briefly visiting the U.S. on business. One described how in Paris, while riding a bus, she spoke Hebrew to her companion, and when she was heard, a number of the people around her began threatening her and to make ugly comments. But then, if it comes from French Arabs it’s just to be expected and doesn’t count. Is that it? It only counts if it comes from white atheist secularists?You missed the point of De Gaulle’s anti-Israel rant. In the end, we are not wanted by a great many Europeans. How many does it take to wear out one’s sense of welcome? Is 10% dedicated Jew haters not enough to say “Dayenu”? 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%? A massacre a year? Every two years? Two or three times a year? A daily assault in the press against Israel? Emotionally violent and obscene demonstrations against Israel any time the country defends itself? Where to draw the line? You didn’t address that. Indeed, you completely ignored the day-to-day insult and intellectual and emotional barrage that occurs. You ignored the fact that those killed in the (kosher) deli were buried in Israel largely because the families feared their graves would be desecrated — as many Jewish graves have recently been vandalized.De Gaulle’s anti-Israel rant reminds me of your kneejerk criticism of Netanyahu’s calling for an aliyah from Europe. Given how many European leaders have so hideously trashed Israel, the criticism of Bibi on this point by yourself and others is worse than gratuitous: It is utterly fatuous. The anti-Israelism I have encountered in Europe is frequent and intense for those who live there and speak the language and are exposed to everyday life in the streets. Generally, it crosses into some form of anti-Semitism if only because no other nationalism is held in such contempt other than America and that quasi-racism is the nearly exclusive domain of leftists and Muslims (again). But anti-Israelism is even more pervasive. I’ll never forget the argument I had one night with a bunch of drunk Europeans in a hotel bar in Ghent, Belgium. The only other sane person in the room was a Frenchman. I said, “Pardon, monsieur. Vous etes triste. Etes-vous Juif? Je suis aussi. Je pense il est tres difficile pour vous.” “Oui,” he nodded sadly. Ah, yes. Israel did 9/11. The Mossad, that is. The Arabs are always the victims of the Jews. The worst were the two guys from Lichtenstein. The bartender was a real Jew hating bastard. The rest — an Englishman, a couple of Belgians, were just plain nuts. And this was an upper middle class hotel. My otherwise sober head was swimming.My world is one of sophisticated businessmen and they are generally pro-Israel and pro-American. But get out there otherwise: The schools, the waiters, the cab drivers, the bookstores — it is often unpleasant. One time in an art gallery in Belgium in a North Sea village, I put up with an uninvited and irrelevant harangue against Chagall’s art, in so many words, as a conspiracy of Jewish art dealers. He thought it was — somehow — appropriate to bring this up in a conversation about the COBRA artists. (Never mind….) I guess I looked Jewish…. And after all, I was an American interested in art….*****
One other thing since your paper did not see fit to publish my letter taking to task your editorial that there would be another Gaza war by June, 2015. Clock’s ticking, Mr. Eshman. But if it does happen, I predict you will (cluelessly) blame Israel’s “lack of progress” with the Palestinians as your editorial presumed to prognosticate. Actually, if it happens, it will be because President Sisi is squeezing Hamas so hard that Hamas will feel compelled to attack Israel on the assumption that the blame will automatically shift to Israel, particularly by the Europeans. Which leads me back to why the Jews should just get out already. What you also appear to be oblivious to is that no amount of talking between Israel and Abbas is going to dissuade Hamas from attacking if it believes that will distract from their problems with Egypt. An attack also have the added three-fold benefits: First, it would undermine any talks between Israel and Fatah/the PA; second, it would trigger howls of blame from you, J Street and others of your ilk; and third, it would give Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes another excuse to say that “Israel isn’t being careful enough” and to call for a ceasefire immediately after saying that Israel has a “right of self-defense.”Incidentally, it is inexcusable that your propaganda rag publishes only one more letter on your website. It should publish all if not most letters. But then, your Jewish Journal is just another organ in the Ministry of (Mis)Information of the (Not So) Democratic Party. So why should it publish dissents? I can’t wait for your editorial praising Obama’s clearing Iran’s path to nukes on missiles. What’s a decade (or less) between implacable enemies?
FDD’s Reuel Marc Gerecht on President Obama’s comprehension of the Islamic world’s “particular problem with ‘violent extremism.'”
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Democrat Support for Israel Falls 10%
What Jarrow Thinks Unsurprisingly, the B-HO’s non-stop hostility is having its effects.Remember Bush 1’s Chief of Staff James Baker?Baker: Fuck the Jews. They don’t vote for us anyway.
Obama: Fuck the Jews. They’ll vote for us anyway.Can’t wait for a Democratic National Convention speaker to give a full-throated damnation of Israel and praise of Palestinians. Trust me. It’s coming.http://www.gallup.com/poll/181652/seven-americans-continue-view-israel-favorably.aspx
Susan Rice: “Damaging the Relationship”
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Iranian Dissidents Disclose New Secret Iranian Site Near Tehran
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February 23, 2015
President Putin Visits Egypt*
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This is the destruction to our relationship with Egypt that Obama has reeked.
The real threat is proliferation. Assuming Russia supplies a reactor, there will be far less safeguards than if the U.S. does.
With Iran obtaining a nuclear arsenal, Egypt will simply build one of its own.
February 17, 2015
The Ayatollah Spring: The Ferengis vs. The Orcs
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The Iran negotiation charade has been a slow motion nightmare that is gaining frightening, unstoppable momentum. Are you feeling wrung out by it yet? Obama obligingly, constantly ceded ground as if on cue. His goal is a “grand bargain” with the Ayatollah Ferengis. The Ferengis (Star Trek fame) were vulgarly unethical traders: So the Ayatollahs and the IRGC get regional hegemony, “rights” to nuclear technology just hopefully not a nuclear bomb until after Obama leaves office (right?), and Obama gets to claim he “prevented war,” “got a deal with Iran,” made a “historic breakthrough,” and, in truth, further truncated the Pax Americana which he clearly disdains. Wendy Sherman — the negotiator who gave the North Koreans their nuclear turf — is now running the same merry-go-round with Iran and she’s right on schedule. It’s just those damn Israelis and their allies in Congress that are getting in his way.What Jarrow thinks:
In order to get Democrats — who would rather see a nuclear Iran than upset their Oval Office rock star — to sign on, the Senate version of the “sanctions bill” now contains a provision for an ongoing 30-day administration reauthorization, rendering it worse than meaningless. For any flimsy excuse, Obama can — and absolutely will — put off reimplementation of any sanctions. He won. Iran won. Congress lost. Israel lost. Bibi lost. The American people lost. And hey, civilization lost. I mean, what’s a little mass proliferation of weapons of mass destruction amongst enemies these days, anyway? Bipartisanship has been redefined: It now means partisanship to the White House before patriotism, even before promises to “allies.” Even the term ally has been rendered into a fungible. If an enemy can be assuaged, the ally be damned.
ISIS is just a freak show, a distraction, compared to Iran. Yeah, the Lithuanians and Ukrainians could be pretty ghoulish during the Shoa, but the real monsters were still the Germans. So it is with ISIS and Iran. Between beheadings and burnings versus nuclear blast and immolation, the nuclear Iranian Ferengis have the cannibal Orcs from ISIS beat hands down. And Obama’s heart beats in orgiastic anticipation of the headline: “Obama in Teheran.” If he can’t get that, he’ll settle for the current nightmare: A nuclear threshold Iran and Iranian hegemony over the region.
Whether Iran goes fully nuclear within two years (or sooner!) or a little later, well, a little later will give the Obamaites time and space to blame….ISRAEL! After all, they have nukes! Or, Well, the U.S. has nukes, so…. It’s all relative, you know. How about this scenario? Right now, Iran’s developmental missile can only reach Europe (and Israel). So they can keep spinning up 5% or so enriched U235 until they have an arsenal of missiles that can hit the U.S. also. Then they can sprint for a mess of that 90% finished grade stuff: 20-30 bombs at one time with ICBMs to match. By that time, Barrack Hussein Obama will have played a few more rounds in his new Rancho Mirage golf course home.
I hope AIPAC is not planning to send people out to lobby for that now meaningless Iran sanctions measure. Sure it means “taking on the president,” but he’s more than taken us on.
He’s declared war against us. He’s accused the stop nuclear Iran lobby of being the ones who are trying to start a war.
I will not lobby for that measure. I’ll fly home. I will not be complicit in further empowering that administration’s passive aggressive scheming, manipulation and fraud.
It’s better that there is no bill than a bill that is a fraud, that shines light on Obama’s naked supplicative prostration before Iran’s nuclear menace — not to mention “Death to America” and other ambitions.
A nuclear “Death-to-Israel-Iran” will chill immigration to Israel, even chill tourism. How many Israelis will pack up themselves, their children and leave rather than live under a constant existential threat? Iran won’t even have to drop The Bomb on Tel Avid to cripple Israel. And don’t think Obama isn’t aware of this, apologists.
As for those irremediable, incorrigible, relentlessly retrograde “Palestinians” — think of them as Southern Syrians — they will now have their long sought ultimate Dark Champion. Nasser and the other nationalists failed. The original religious fanatic and neo-nationalist the Grand Mufti failed. Hamas and Hizbollah have failed. But a nuclear Iran? Now that’s hope! Eventually, no more Nakba Day. The Ayatollahs are exactly what the old Grand Mufti and Arafat themselves would have wished for.
Obama has always been antagonistic to Israel and, in the final analysis, a Palestinian facilitator, and he found the perfect Trojan Horse: An “agreement” with Iran.
This is why he can’t tolerate a speech from our Jewish Paul Revere, PM Bibi. He doesn’t want the world or the American people to hear: “Nuclear Iran with ICBMs is coming. And with it, regional nihilism and global chaos.”
Welcome to Springtime in Iran for the Ayatollahs. This episode brought to you by that White House in D.C.
Hersh (Annals of Nat’l Sec): Obama’s Mideast policy (New Yorker 2007 article)
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The opposite seems more likely: That he is using ISIS as an excuse to empower Iran. That actually seems rather obvious.If he truly wanted to undermine Iran, he would take a much more aggressive position on both sanctions and in the nuclear talks.
He’s not. In fact, he’s spending more energy fending off Israel’s frantic efforts to stop Iran than he is making to stop Iran’s own leisurely lope toward its nuclear manifest destiny.If any argument can be made, it is perhaps ISIS that is its own worst enemy. Yesterday’s mass beheadings of Coptics in Libya is a case in point.
ISIS seems to think it can cause us to spread ourselves too thin for our own good with these outrages. I see Obama passing a tepid AUMF for a limited region and time period while ignoring Libya, the Sinai and such. In truth, he barely helped the Kurds. In fact, the disconcerting disgrace of it was that it was Iran that passed critical arms to the Kurds in their fight to save Kirkuk. In the meantime, Obama’s bombings of Kobane was desultory. If Obama wanted to undermine the growing strength of the Iranians in Iraq, he would be sending heavy weapons to the Kurds. If he wanted to undermine Iran, he would have helped the Yemenite government stay in power against the Iranian-backed Houthis. Now, the Bab al-Mandeb Straight is virtually under the control of Iran: The critical, narrow approach to the Red Sea and southern shipping lane into Israel and the Suez Canal — the Suez Canal! — will be subject to an Iranian chokepoint. Couple that with the ongoing threat to the Straight of Hormuz in and out of the Persian Gulf and you have growing Iranian hegemony. Throw in a nuke and you have global mayhem hegemony. If only Bibi would just shut up. Everything would work out for the best. I have it on good authority. Iran told me. No. Obama told me. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/annals-of-national-security
Leibler Mailing List: Obama’s shameless Jewish cheerleaders
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What does it take already?http://wordfromjerusalem.com/obamas-shameless-jewish-cheerleaders/
Romeny and Bain/Off-shoring and all that jazz
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2. Did he understand the security issues, first and foremost the Iranian threat?
3. Where is he at on the underlying political cultural issue of America’s role in the world and the worth of our culture.I give Romney high marks on all of those. I flunk the B-HO on all of those.1. That Romney ran Bain capital was not a threat to capitalism and entrepreneurship. The B-HO’s being a shill for Saul Alinsky was and is and will be.
Obama is insidious. His attacks on the business class, including my moderate level in the grand scheme of things, is divisive and corrosive. It is not without meaning that he is profoundly hated by entrepreneurs. AS A GROUP, WE HATE HIM. It is the heart of the matter. This is, at its essence, an entrepreneurial country. He is the enemy. He and the DamnoKratz have egregiously wounded the category. You have to be a millionaire to begin most any business now. Big business and Republicans didn’t do this. DamnoKratz, their bureaucrats and their trial lawyers did this. They have mortally wounded entrepreneurship.2. Obama has given away the region to Iran. PERIOD. This is not even discussable. I suggest you start doing some serious analyses on Iran. The situation IS dire. He has done made the entire region a cauldron far worse than anything Bush has done. He gave away the store to them. He lied to our country repeatedly. He ceded ground to Iran every step of the way and then lied some more. That evil snake Trita Parsi of NIAC (National Iranian American Congress) bragged in a tweet that the B-HO has accepted every talking point of NIAC’s, which is Iran’s. He’s a front for the regime. But he was also tweeting the truth: There is no daylight between the B-HO’s position or NIAC’s.3. Identity politics, race, gender, class warfare: That is the essence of the B-HO’s domestic agenda. It is the antipathy of Romney’s. FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE meant: Much more government intrusion and control over the economy and much higher taxes. They are demanding even more so it can be a 2016 campaign issue. My top marginal rate b/n state and federal is already over 56%. How much more do you want, Dallas, in your endless apologia to this Manchurian Candidate?FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE meant: Stabbing our traditional Arab allies and Israel in the back and turning the region over to Iran. He’s done it.FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE meant: Making the role of Identity Politics in our society its dominant theme, particularly with a view to building a patchwork of constituencies that would be the “tent” of the DamnoKratz and condemn our society to a class-race-gender riven society at constant war with itself. He creates a “War Against Women” — IN AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But not a word from that lying scum about the Real War Against Women by Islam and Arabs. In his infamous Cairo speech (June 4, 2009), that crappy, shitty, lying, cowardly little twerp’s sum total of addressing the brutalization and annihilation of women and womanhood was some febrile, pathetic reference to “some people” objecting to “a woman covering her hair.” THAT WAS IT!G-D I HATE HIM!
Tell me I’m wrong.— Following is an article about the letter the Grand Ayatollah sent the B-HO. Yeah, nukes for ISIS. Khameini is supposedly “non-committal.” Yeah, sure. The Nazi would never openly “agree.” It’s obvious because it’s already happening on the ground. Iran and Hizbollah are fighting ISIS and the sanctions regime is all abut dead while Iran’s centrifuges are spinning at full speed. Read the press on the evolving situation. It was always about that because it was ALWAYS about turning the region over to Iran.Iran Ayatollah Khamenei Sent Obama Secret Letter: WSJ
Reuters Posted: 02/13/2015 7:28 pm EST Updated: 9 minutes ago
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/13/iran-khamenei-obama-letter_n_6682002.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=PoliticsCiting an Iranian diplomat, the paper said the Iranian cleric had written to Obama in recent weeks in response to a presidential letter sent in October.Obama’s letter suggested the possibility of U.S.-Iranian cooperation in fighting Islamic State if a nuclear deal was secured, the paper said, quoting the diplomat.Khamenei’s letter was “respectful” but noncommittal, it quoted the diplomat as saying.Both the White House and the Iranian mission at the United Nations declined to comment on the report.Khamenei said this week he could accept a compromise in the nuclear talks and gave his strongest defense yet of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s decision to negotiate with the West, a policy opposed by powerful hardliners at home.The nuclear talks with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany are aimed at clinching an accord that would ease Western concerns that Tehran could pursue a covert nuclear weapons program, in return for the lifting of sanctions that have ravaged the Iranian economy.Negotiators have set a June 30 final deadline for an accord, and Western officials have said they aim to agree on the substance of such a deal by March.Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is due to address the U.S. Congress on Iran on March 3 – to the annoyance of the Obama administration – has vowed “to foil this bad and dangerous agreement.” (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Additional reporting by Jeff Mason in San Francisco and Michelle Nichols at the United Nations; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)
He’s a monster.
February 4, 2015
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This article is about all the arms we’ve left in Yemen. So much, they don’t even kokw what it all is.
February 3, 2015
Palestinian West Bank students admire terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who led killing of 37
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This is based on translations of the West Bnak media by Palestinian Media Watch of Israel.
This is typical; it is not the exception.
The “two-state solution” is no more than the creation of a maxi-terror mini-state.
For now and the foreseeable future, Israel has to control the situation. Whether or not it is an “occupation” is irrelevant.
The Arabs of Judea and Samaria are a hostile population seething with Jew hatred. The PA is in complete bad faith with Israel, the U.S. and its European funders.
They continue to teach incitement. They never stopped. Security cooperation is in the PA’s interest because Fatah wants to maintain power and keep out Hamas.
Such are Arab politics.
If Obama paid a fraction of the attention to this as he does to demonizing, hectoring, undermining and attacking Netanyahu, he might actually have something to say to Abbas and the rest. But he doesn’t. His attitude is fundamentally antithetical to Israel.
At FDD, Jonathan Schanzer, who is VP for Researcher, has written and lectured extensively on the PA and participated in an audit of the PA that uncovered corruption included the Abbas family.
February 3, 2015
Iran — Unafraid and Undeterred
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He is a traitor.
Dershowitz: “Trigger Mechanisms” Are Not on the Iran Talks Agenda Either
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This is an increasingly more rapidly unfolding nightmare.
Also, an Israeli satellite photographed a 27m tall rocket. This is a multi-stage ICBM. It can hit easily hit Europe, probably every part.
An ICBM that can hit the U.S. is not far off. Rocketry is not on the “agenda” either — the talks agenda, that is. They certainly are on Iran’s agenda.
Also Saudi Arabia’s new king. He has a long and highly involved role in fundraising for extremists and terrorists.
January 28, 2015
Should Netanyahu address Congress?
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As the American in the room, HELL YES! Speak, Bibi! Speak!
You have no idea how disgusted and/or frustrated so many in the Congress are over the B-HO’s total suck up to Iran.
The B-HO believes:
- The bad relationship is our fault. He’s said so on one of his apology tours.
- As you know, he wouldn’t back the Green Revolution against the ayatollahs and has said nothing about the doubled rate of judicial murders; e.g.., the murder of the poet Hashem Shaabani.
- Iran is the rightful hegemon of the region even to the extent that we are barely bombing ISIS so Iran can take the lead. Worse, we stabbed the Kurds in the back by barely arming them. Heavier equipment had to come from Iran. That is truly horrendous.
- He really doesn’t give a flying frap if Iran gets nukes. He thinks we can — and probably should — live with it. After all, ISRAEL has nukes. In fact, it’s probably ISRAEL’s fault that Iran even wants them.
- First Cuba, then “Palestine.” Stay tuned. He has until January 2017 and that Alinskyite intends to “fundamentally change” everything he can. He is NOT incompetent. He’s horrible.
What was out of line was Obama having Cameron lobby Congress. Imagine if Bush did that with Blair. They’d be screaming for the next 100 years. Bibi is speaking form the dais of the People’s House. It’s all up front. Furthermore, he will be talking to the American people. Speaker Boehner is asking Israel’s PM to help educate our population. Israel is not just a follower in this relationship anymore. It is a major player on the world stage. Get used to it. You’re pretty damned important actually. Get over yourselves and step up to the plate. Your ally needs you.
10 Dem senators signed a letter to Obama that they want the original March 24 deadline kept; no June date. Second, that the earlier terms adhere not the lesser present ones. They will vote for sanctions, which will be immediately applicable, on March 24 if this does not happen. (Diane Feinstein led 11 Senators sign a letter that they are staying the B-HO’s course but it does matter: We have all Republicans but maybe one and the ten Dems make at least 63 of the 67 needed for veto override and I think there some very outspoken Dems like Menendez who are already on board.)
Congress has a very important role in foreign policy. Obama says the JPOA is not a treaty so Congress has no voice. Congress will win that one. They are not going to get cut down to size by him on something like this. The majority know that this is the nation’s vital security at stake. The murders in Europe are not lost on us.
The PM’s speech could even lead to a movement to further pressure the holdout senators. BTW, I am not concerned about the House. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is whipping the votes on that one.
January 28, 2015
Update on Turkey
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The events described become more serious further into the article.
Bear in mind that during the recent Gaza war, Obama-Kerry ignored the proposals of Egypt (which Israel could live with) and went to Paris to meet the representatives of
Turkey and Qattar, who are allied with Hamas. Peace b/n Israel and Egypt is (was) a keystone of U.S. Mideast policy and Egypt was worse than snubbed. The “proposals” brought back from Paris were all Hamas’s talking points. The Israeli cabinet voted it down unanimously and Egypt waved it off.
And Erdogan appears to be a megalomaniac tyrant.
The United States of ‘American Sniper’
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Le plus ca change que plus ca meme choses. The more things change, the more they remain the same.
Btw, also another GREAT film and a MUST SEE as is American Sniper.Reminds me when I was in the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow and an old soldier from WW2 was there and his wife and with all the metals from the war on his suit jacket.
I went up to him and in virtual tears thanked him profusely and told him my father had been in the jungle of Bougainville. A museum docent translated. He greatly appreciated it as did I.
He helped save civilization and G-d knows what he saw and experienced.
PM Netanyahu’s coming speech to US Congress, I respectfully submit these modest suggestions…
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France vs. Italy: Europe’s Jewish Dilemma and the Israel Dialectic
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To toll me back from thee to my sole self!
Adieu! the fancy cannot cheat so well
As she is famed to do, deceiving elf.
Adieu! adieu! thy plaintive anthem fades
Past the near meadows, over the still stream,
Up the hill-side; and now ’tis buried deep
In the next valley-glades:
Was it a vision, or a waking dream?
Fled is that music:—do I wake or sleep?With apologies to Keats, the music’s over, but I heard it again that night in Kiryat Shmona.When I visited the Keats-Shelly House in Roma next to the Spanish Steps, I wrote in the visitors’ book a little quip:
“Sad and beautiful like my last e’erlasting love.” The docent’s titter at my little literary ditty aside, the sad and beautiful relationship with France, with Paris, has become the irony of the last everlasting love. One cannot have one e’erlasting love after another. It is not the same. Le quartier du latin is not the same. The ex pats of Gertude Stein are no longer. The modernists are no longer. Les philosophes are no longer. The Jewish niche is no longer so nice.We are building a state, a culture and lives in Israel. I try to help from here. Many of us do. We are the big galoots of the Galout — and some of us have the gall to kibbitz from afar, but otherwise, we have a fairly heavy burden of our own from here to shore up the indispensable alliance. And part of that is to urge those who can to make aliyah. The Jews of France will bring to Israel more than France will lose considering France has long ago declared itself a lost soul by rights.L’hitraot,Sleepless in L.A._____________________________________________January 22, 2015
The hanging of Shaabani would hit home.
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I have a point that would deeply affect the concerns and understanding of the members of the U.S. Congress. On January 27, 2014, the judicial murder of the Ahwazi (Arab-Iranian) poet Hashem Shaabani was carried out. Though arrested, “tried” and sentenced under Ahmadinejad, a death sentence must be reaffirmed by the sitting president before execution. That sitting president was the “moderate” Hassan Rouhani, under whom the pace of judicial murders has doubled over those of the “extreme” Ahmadinejad.
Hashem Shaabani was 32. He taught high schoolers Arab literature and philosophy. He was not at all violent. He was convicted of “waging war on God” and “sowing corruption on earth.” Well, some of his poetry did protest persecution of the Awhazis and you know how that goes. He was tortured in prison for three years and the “confession” was televised. And then they finished their murderous plot. His poem, “Seven Reasons Why I Should Die” ends with the line: “Friday: You’re a man, isn’t that enough to die?”
The U.S. Congress and the American people get it: Regimes who murder poets cannot be permitted to be nuclear “threshold” states with a full arsenal of ICBMs capable of reaching Israel, Europe, America and for that matter any part of Asia.
Seven Reasons Why I Should Die
By Hashem Shaabani
For seven days they shouted at me:
You are waging war on Allah!
Saturday, because you are an Arab!
Sunday, well, you are from Ahvaz
Monday, remember you are Iranian
Tuesday: You mock the sacred Revolution
Wednesday, didn’t you raise your voice for others?
Thursday, you are a poet and a bard
Friday: You’re a man, isn’t that enough to die?
The links have several pictures of Shaabani. Perhaps the PM could hold one up if he chooses to present this atrocity. This is the face of true martyrdom. This is the face of what “corruption on earth” really means: The murder of an innocent, gentle poet.
The story of the judicial murder of the poet Hashem Shaabani will clarify in the minds of the PM’s American audience something personal, something they can grasp, understand and identify with in this too momentous geopolitical, geostrategic struggle. They will see the enormity of the threat in the obsession to murder the poet Shaabani. Americans support their Congress in response to such evil and will agree that sanctions must be a real element in the next round of negotiations, and that in the end, everything indeed, must be “on the table” if Iran is going to be stopped from achieving nuclear status.
Undoubtedly the Prime Minister will have much to say, but we have had a tradition for more than a generation now that when speaking to the Congress and the American people, the example of the individual, of the personal, is part of the message. We are, after all, the nation that most extolls the cause of the individual.
God bless the Prime Minister and God give him strength, wisdom and clarity to speak to my great nation in its House of the People, that we may rally our own clarity and strength and do what a mighty and righteous nation is called upon to do.
I think the story of the hanging of Shaabani would hit home. It would make every network in the world.
January 22, 2015
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Could you imagine that at some point, some reporter in Geneva shoves a mic in Rouhani’s face and demands an explanation why he murdered a poet?
Perhaps the Prime Minister could challenge the worlds’ journalists at Geneva — which is poorly covered btw — to demand this explanation.
Why Iran should be trusted to have nuclear technology when it murders a poet?
What a visual that would be.
Can you push this message along also?
Another death, another message: Alberto Nisman. Iran’s footprints stomping around South America.
Claudia Rossett shook one helluva big tree when she broke the Iraq oil-for-food UN scam.
This could also be another tectonic moment by her.
The PM has a monumental task: Enormous appreciation for America. Respect for the President.
Deep humility for the opportunity that Congress has given the leader of Israel to explain the dilemma of civilized people and the threat of Iran.
Such a moment was the book of Esther. I wonder who my rabbi would compare this moment to?
Who went before a foreign friend and warned of danger? Mordecai perhaps. “Mr. President, as in Shushan of yore, there are plots afoot to destroy all that is dear to you.”
Not literally to be spoken, but the plot’s afoot.
I confess I have always wanted Israel to take out Iran’s nukes on Purim.
May America know only
(Timothy: The expression “From Strength to Strength”)
January 22, 2015
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If this much we can do for Alberto Nisman, to make his name resound in that great chamber, then he shall have struck a blow in the battle for a more just world.
Alberto Nisman deserves to be named A Righteous Gentile. It would be a post-Shoa first.
January 22, 2015
I have a problem with the “key” in the inside door lock business.
What Sleepless in L.A. Thinks:
How convenient if you want to make it look like a suicide. So tell the story. Who knows if the key was even inside the lock — and that does not necessarily mean it would block the outside lock either.
If a key inside the inside door lock would frustrate entry, then that could be taken to have been a security measure taken by him to protect himself.
If Nisman committed suicide, why would he seek to frustrate discovery of his own body?
Would he want his body to decay half a week before discovered? Likely not.
Also, did anyone hear the gunshot? If so, why weren’t the police called then?
Is there another way into the apartment such as through a window even if they had to lower themselves from a higher story?
(You should have seen the graffiti I saw in Sao Paolo, 30-40-50 stories up. They obviously hung from ropes to do it.)
Claudia Rosett’s recent piece is devastating — speaking of Angleton and MOs. It reeks of murder being the obvious conclusion.
January 21, 2015
Interfaith Peace Delegation begins Pilgrimage
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As far as I know, ISNA just another permutation of the Muslim Brotherhood.
If so, I believe the first proper topic of discussion is to correctly identify the true affiliation of ISNA and what their agenda is other than that of the MB.
How do they distinguish themselves from the MB. Do they disavow the MB credo?
Please correct me if I am mistaken but I do not believe I am.
I tend to be reasonably up to date on such things.
January 21, 2015
From Nisman to U.S. Backers of Israel
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I guess murdering thugs don’t panic. They just thug.
The key in the inside door lock is intriguing. That had to be deliberate — assuming the Argentine police didn’t make that up to add to the “suicide” story.
The first time I heard the story, the news report said it was congress he was supposed to testify before. The fog of assassination.
Regarding U.S. Backers of Israel :
1. Defamatory remarks about supporters of the pending Iran sanctions legislation which we take as a direct attack on us, our patriotism, our motives, honesty and integrity.
2. Deliberate, defamatory remarks about the Prime Minister with no one being held accountable. The remarks clearly being intended to send a humiliating message about Bibi and Israel to both Iran and Israel
3. Two, and going on three, extensions of the Iran talks with a reduction in expectations each time.
4. The failure and refusal to call out Rouhani on his doubling of the judicial murder rate, particularly the murder of innocents such as Hashem Shaabani and the continued stoning, hanging, etc. of gays and women. This is particularly objectionable because Rouhani is being portrayed as a moderate, a reformer, and a harbinger of a new Iran. It is all knowingly false.
5. Iran is holding innocent Americans in jail as captives yet sanctions are substantially relieved without it being contingent upon release of these hostages.
6. Saying Israel has a right of self-defense the first day of the latest Gaza war and then calling for a ceasefire the very next day.
7. Ben Rhodes accusing Israel of not being careful in its conduct of the war against Gaza.
8. Completely failing to have Iran’s ICBM development on the talks agenda.
9. Our concern that Iran should not be granted the status of indispensable partnership in the conflict with ISIS as it can only add to regionally instability.
10. Our concern that the Kurds are not only being inadequately armed and funded but that Iran has actually become an arms supply to the Kurds due to this failure to take on this role by the administration. The security of the Kurds can affect the security interests of the U.S. and Israel in the region and permitting Iran to insinuate itself into Kurdistan runs serious further geostrategic risks..
Yes, we appreciate the weapons supply, financial support and UN voice, but that cannot give license to treating Israel and its leadership with open contempt and disrespect, the same with American supporters of Israel, Jewish and non-Jewish, and, frankly, making unacceptable statements in expressing opposition to the pending Iran sanctions legislation.
January 20, 2015
A charming, dedicated, vital man.
I do not believe he committed suicide. Certainly not the night before he was going to testify to congress.
His testimony would have been damaging to the so-called nuclear negotiations with Iran.
I am convinced that Iran panicked and murdered him.
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Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center (the AMIA building) in Argentina,
has been found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment. Nisman was famous in intelligence and law enforcement circles for amassing evidence that implicateIran in the AMIA attack,
which left 85 people dead and hundreds more wounded. Early reports suggest that Nisman may have been murdered, but the circumstances surrounding his death are unclear.
Nisman had also accused senior Argentine officials, including President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, of protecting some of the Iranian officials responsible for the bombing. Kirchner and other officials scoffed at his claims. Nisman was reportedly set to testify before a congressional hearing today about the matter.
I did not know Nisman well, but I did meet with him some years ago. We discussed the evidence of Iran’s responsibility for the AMIA attack for several hours. I found his detailed knowledge of the players involved to be impressive and convincing.
INTERPOL also became convinced that various Iranian officials, and their terrorist proxies in Hezbollah, were responsible. In 2007, INTERPOL issued a Red Notice saying that six individuals were wanted in connection with the AMIA bombing.
For Nisman, the AMIA bombing was not a one-off event. It was part of a decades-long pattern of Iranian behavior.
From the Iranian regime’s perspective, terrorism is not some taboo. It is an instrument of statecraft to be employed around the world.
One of the terrorists listed in INTERPOL’s Red Notice was Imad Fayez Mughniyah, who served as Iran’s master terrorist until his assassination in 2008. It is widely assumed that the Israelis were responsible for Mughniyah’s death, by way of a car bombing, in Damascus. Mughniyah is a natural suspect in the AMIA attack. He was the godfather of modern suicide bombings, having patented the technique in Iran’s and Hezbollah’s earliest strikes against American interests, including the 1983 bombings of the U.S. Marine barracks and U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
Al Qaeda’s founder, Osama bin Laden, was so impressed by the efficacy of Mughniyah’s operations, which helped force the U.S. out of Lebanon, that he reached out to the Shiite for help. As the 9/11 Commission and various other sources have confirmed, Mughniyah and Iran agreed to help al Qaeda in the early 1990s. They showed bin Laden and his subordinates how to execute simultaneous suicide attacks. Indeed, al Qaeda’s 1998 twin bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were consciously modeled after Mughniyah’s and Iran’s terror spree in the early 1980s.
In the years since then, Mughniyah has been tied to various terrorist plots around the world – all while operating as part of Iran’s international terror network. While Mughniyah’s death was undoubtedly a victory in what was once known as the global war on terror, it did not stop Iran and Hezbollah. Instead, they have groomed a new generation of Mughniyahs.
Just recently, Imad Mughniyah’s son, Jihad Imad Mughniyah, was killed in Syria. He was serving as a Hezbollah operative at the time.
All the while, the Iranian regime does not hide its affection for the Mughniyahs. In January 2014, Iran’s minister of foreign affairs honored the senior Mughniyah by laying a wreath at his grave.
The gesture prompted the White House to respond. “The inhumane violence that Mughniyah perpetrated – and that Lebanese Hezbollah continues to perpetrate in the region with Iran’s financial and material support — has had profoundly destabilizing and deadly effects for Lebanon and the region,” National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said. “The decision to commemorate an individual who has participated in such vicious acts, and whose organization continues to actively support terrorism worldwide, sends the wrong message and will only exacerbate tensions in the region.”
The Iranian regime has been sending the “wrong message” since 1979. Few have understood this better than Alberto Nisman.
From my conversations with Nisman, I got the impression that he was deeply perplexed by the international community’s lack of resolve, especially America’s, when it comes to dealing with Iranian-sponsored terrorism. Most of the terrorists responsible for the AMIA bombing have never really been held accountable for their acts. Imad Mughniyah was held accountable. But it was, presumably, an elite team of Israeli counterterrorism commandos who did Mughinyah in — not an international court.
Nisman sought justice for those killed in the AMIA building. But he was keenly aware that Iranian-backed terrorism is a problem that stretches around the globe.
January 20, 2015
Obama Warns Dems Not to Bow to (Jewish) Donors
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OMG. You can’t make this stuff up, can you?
Okay, gang. I am really sick of this.
There is now a BIPARTISAN majority to pass the sanctions. In the meantime, that B-HO is sowing some very dangerous seeds of anti-Semitism.
His repeated vitriolic insinuations are not going to just pass. They are of record and they are going to come back to haunt. He is leaving a legacy of a debacle in Iran and he is setting this up, among other things to blame the Jews, AIPAC, Jewish donations, etc. He is sowing the groundwork for making Israel a PARTISAN issue. He is doing this methodically and deliberately. After all, he wants to “fundamentally change America.” Clear enough?
This needs to be called out already. Senator Menendez was deeply offended at the accusation that he was bowing to donations and pressure. That will not stop that mamzir. It won’t phase him in the slightest.
We are now headed toward the third extension of the so-called talks with Iran while the centrifuges keep spinning and ICBMs are not even on the agenda.
Iranian ICBMs are not a “Jewish agenda.” They are not a “Jewish pressure group.” They are a serious threat to civilization and it more than gravely insulting that that B-HO
We are disgusted with the insults, bullying, blatant use of anti-Semitism — and most of all, your miserable failure to deal with Iran. In fact, your DELIBERATE failure to deal with Iran.
The clock is running very fast. When P8 centrifuges are installed, they are 32x more productive than the P1 is.
While I am at it, I once was privileged to meet Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor who worked on the Hizbollah-Iran bombings of the Jewish Cultural Center and Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires. He was supposed to testify this morning before a Congressional Committee. I do not believe for one second that he committed suicide. Given the pending Iran sanctions legislation and the devastating damage his testimony would do to the administration’s idiotically reckless Iran policy, I have no doubt whatsoever he was murdered. Suicide right before such an significant moment? Not likely. Not one bit.
Remember Hashem Shaabani, the Ahwazi poet Hassan Rouhani murdered (I mean “executed”) on January, 27, 2014, be Rouhani didn’t like his poetry? And not a word out of the administration? At most they might say, “That wasn’t helpful.” Yes it was. That’s why Rouhani did it. It silences dissent internally and makes the B-HOs all the more obsequious and malleable. MAY I SUGGEST THAT ONE OF THE PRESENTATIONS AT THE MARCH POLICY CONFERENCE EVOKE THE MEMORY OF THAT DEAR MAN? THAT REGIMES WHO MURDER POETS SHOULD NOT BE GRANTED (AS A MINIMUM) NUCLEAR THRESHOLD STATUS WITH A FULL PANOPLY OF OPERATIVE ICBMs???? And administrations that are mute over such atrocious murders cannot be relied upon to deal competently with such murderers? It’s like the Nazis: People who burn books (or hang poets) are likely to kill people.
And we have an administration that wants to blame the whole thing on “Jewish donors.” Read: AIPAC and such. Read on.
Obama Warns Dems Not to Bow to (Jewish) Donors
Posted By Susan L.M. Goldberg On January 18, 2015
The New York Times reported on the latest Senate Democrat strategy meeting that took place in Baltimore this past week. Among the issues on the table was the Iran issue, namely potential sanctions to be voted on in the form of the beleaguered Kirk-Menendez bill.
According to one of the senators and another person who was present, the president urged lawmakers to stop pursuing sanctions, saying such a move would undermine his authority and could derail the talks. Mr. Obama also said that such a provocative action could lead international observers to blame the Americans, rather than the Iranians, if the talks collapsed before the June 30 deadline.
The president said he understood the pressures that senators face from donors and others, but he urged the lawmakers to take the long view rather than make a move for short-term political gain, according to the senator. Mr. Menendez, who was seated at a table in front of the podium, stood up and said he took “personal offense.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) was quick to assert that the Jewishness of “donors and others” was inferred in Obama’s statement. While Religion Dispatches disagreed, they also pointed out, “…it does look as though Menendez received more ‘pro-Israel’ money than all but 2 Senators between 2006 and 2014. Number one on that list, incidentally, is his co-sponsor on the current Iran sanctions bill, Mark Kirk.”
The Kirk-Menendez bill has been battered around Capitol Hill for nearly a year. In a recent CNN report, Kirk went on record citing their need for American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the largest pro-Israel lobbying group in D.C., to support their efforts to get the bill passed and an inevitable Presidential veto overridden. In light of the strong relationship between AIPAC, Kirk and Menendez, perhaps the Jewish Press was right in their observation: “‘Neocon’ used to be the code word for Jews, now it appears to be ‘donors,’ at least when used by certain politicians, including U.S. President Barack Obama.”
January 18, 2015
OMG. You can’t make this stuff up, can you?
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Is Clancy nuts? Most of his tweets were non sequitors with a dash of paranoia.
Apparently, Clancy is so dedicated to the “Religion of peace” mantra that he
can’t even see that Hebdo was a total anti-religion cynic with a special grudge
for Islam, which was not surprising in the circumstances.
Hebdo may have bordered on crude and was certainly rude, but he couldn’t have
been accused of being an anti-Semite.
Clancy seems to be an apologist for Islamism with a resentment for Jews that
finally boiled over.
Bizarre, you know. Quite Bizarre.
Cliff May of “Foundation for the Defense of Democracy”
CNN’s Jim Clancy resigns after controversial Israel tweets
CNN’s Jim Clancy resigns after controversial Israel tweets
Debate over the nature of Charlie Hebdo cartoons gets anchor in hot water.
Veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy stepped down on Friday, one week after a series of
Twitter posts in which he mocked pro-Israel tweeters on a thread discussing the
Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Neither CNN nor Jim Clancy gave a reason for his departure, which was reported
by AdWeek. Clancy had worked at CNN for 34 years.
Although Clancy’s Twitter account no longer existed as of Thursday, the tweets
have been preserved on a number of websites, including Twitchy and Mediaite, and
by Tablet journalist Yair Rosenberg.
On Jan. 7, Clancy posted a tweet arguing that the cartoons posted by the French
satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked last week by Islamist
gunmen who killed 12, did not mock the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
“The cartoons NEVER mocked the Prophet,” he wrote. “They mocked how the COWARDS
tried to distort his word. Pay attention.”
Challenged on the accuracy of the statement by Oren Kessler, a deputy director
of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Clancy tweeted,
“Hasbara?,” a Hebrew term used to describe public relations efforts by the
In the ensuing debate, Clancy argued that “Pro-Israel voice [sic] try to
convince us that cartoonists were really anti Muslim” and accused a pair of
Twitter accounts of being part of a public relations campaign for Israel. One of
those accounts, called Jews Making News, is an anti-Semitic account “Dedicated
to fingering #Jewish main players & their minions in news stories.”
Clancy later told the Twitter account for Human Rights News, “You and the
Hasbara team need to pick on some cripple at the edge of the herd.”
Jay Ruderman, head of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which is dedicated to
advocacy and inclusion for the disabled, demanded an apology from Clancy and
CNN. Ruderman said the use of the term “cripple” was insensitive.
January 15, 2015
Palestinian Guard at U.S. Jerusalem Consulate to be gtiven guns
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Apparently, there is no end of it.
And who said we have “only” two more years of Obama?
When the second intifada began, one of the first murders was by a Palestinian of an Israeli on a joint security patrol.
Apparently, there is no end of it.
And who said we have “only” two more years of Obama?
When the second intifada began, one of the first murders was by a Palestinian of an Israeli on a joint security patrol.
Janurary 4, 2015
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Another basic issue regarding the Cold War, which I perhaps did not make clear.
The slaughters were all horrible, but civilization itself was generally not at stake.
The Cold War was potentially cataclysmic, but the major impulse of the main players was not to commit suicide.
The greatest threat, ironically, was accidental nuclear war.
The current situation is more like WW2 as being a very real threat to civilization but in some ways even worse.
While the Nazis sought to commit ethnic and cultural genocide, there was some semblance of science and such that would have been preserved.
These bastards not only seek genocide but also to extinguish all intellectual and cultural advancement.
The difference is that in WW2, the allies knew who we were and what our values were. Today, thanks to the left, we don’t even have that much.
It is the right that is fighting on two fronts, tragically, the first front is the homeland that the left is out to surrender to the savages.
BDS is just one example. Demonstrators screaming, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” is another.
Major political figures acting as agents provocateurs does not help either.
Academia teaching the West is nothing but racism and exploitation has done great harm and continues to.
The left defends endlessly the politics and the politicians that represent this Fifth Column.
“Open hand” comments praising Obama’s idiotic appeasement of Iran is a classic.
Even Chamberlain figured Hitler out and after Munich began the immediate preparations for war and then declared war after Hitler invaded Poland.
The left’s guy is now trying to make an informal alliance with Iran against ISIS. He has surrendered on all counts to Iran’s nuclear demands and all but collapsed the sanctions regime.
Iran’s economy is in rapid recovery. In the meantime, about four months ago, Iran hanged a poet. For his poetry. Not a word from the left’s outstretch hand jerk off.
It’s too much. It’s so obvious and you leftists just don’t get it.
January 4, 2015
Need to Vet Speakers Like Ari Shavit – The Lydda Libel….
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I didn’t care much for Ari Shavit when he spoke at a dinner for significant supporters. I found him miserable, whiny, negative, defeatist — all wrapped up in a pretext of praise.
Shakespeare damned with such faint praise.
His book has a substantial section on the reputed Lydda massacre. He also mentioned it when he spoke that night. I didn’t like it then. I suspected something “untold.”
I like it even less now.
Ari is too much of a whiny creep on the one hand, a schmoozer on the other, and a liberal’s darling not to be suspect. He reeks of being sloppy. There is nothing about that man that assures me he is a careful scholar. Now I know he’s worse than sloppy. He wanted a miserable tale to tell and he…created one. I quipped in an earlier email that Ari needs to be miserable to be happy. Well, he needs to condemn in order to praise. There is a sick cognitive dissonance with him.
The first link to Mosaic Magazine is a lulu. It is a longish article by Martin Kramer examining the evidence in a scholarly fashion, going back to archival film interviews and carefully analyzing them against Shavit’s “narrative.” Ephraim Karsh’s brief review in praise of Kramer’s work follows in the same link. Immediately below the link is a brief piece from CAMERA that got me going on this.
Frankly, I’m pissed. Pro Israel groups need to vet speakers who give fuel for the propaganda of the enemies of Israel and Jews. It may even be best to take a wait and see before facilitating the book tour if vetting is difficult. Reaching out to other community sources such as CAMERA or Scholars for Peace in the Mideast who defend Israel or TIP could help.
That man has been given credibility he absolutely does not deserve and now we have another Deir Yassin myth to deal with.
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And we have one of our own major publishing houses participating. They should be called to account.
HarperCollins, one of the world’s largest publishing houses, sells English-language atlases to schools in the Middle East that omit Israel.
January 3, 2015
Saudi Clerics Fight for the Right to Marry Children
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Part of the crisis is that we have leadership elites in the U.S. and Europe that are doing and saying nothing about this.
This is why the situation is so distressing: The civilization is decaying from within.
Thank you leftism.
December 21, 2014
Obama to the Rescue of a collapsing Cuba
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With oil down, Cuba’s dictatorship was down and possibly going out. Russian and Venezuelan subsidies were out of the question.
How much longer could Cuba hang on?
With Obama’s latest foreign policy ballocks, I have no doubt that the Castros and their goon squad cronies will be bailed out — and the U.S. taxpayer stuck with a lot of the bill — unless the Congress can somehow stop it this further perfidy and mischief by the Obamaites.
Was Obama’s move coincidental with the drastic changes a lower price for a barrel of oil is bringing or was this a rescue operation? I think it was intentional and fully informed. This is Operation Cuba Bailout. Obama can take a break from his cigarettes and stoke up a Havana stogie.
It’s not just that the regime will continue to oppress its 12 million hostages. The regime will have more resources to continue its sabotage of the U.S. in concert with the Castros’ alliance with our worst enemies.
The Cuba-Venezuela-Ecuador-Bolivia-Iran-North Korea axis will likely be immeasurably aided. For those who say the embargo didn’t work after 50 years, the response is obvious: First, easing up on North Korea when we did only got us a Nuclear NK. Embargoing Cuba at least reduced the resources at their disposal to dole out their revolutionary socialist misery and mayhem.
I have repeatedly said, “Obama can do a huge amount of damage” in response to those who think relief is “just two years away.”
Stay tuned. It will only get worse.
December 20, 2014
The Muslim Brotherhood’s International Union for Muslim Scholars
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Great review of the MB, including near the end, some of the MB’s activities in the U.S.
This is a very important article. It shows the international reach and growing strength of the MB.
The Obama administration has been disconcertingly embracing of the MB including CIA Director’s comment that the MB is “largely secular.”
There will be another “agreed principle” with Iran. But in the end, Obama will claim some cosmetic concession is a breakthrough.
In the meantime, Iran will heighten its threats against Israel, further encouraging random murders.
U.S. fecklessness will also encourage random murders.
Iran will end up the hegemon of the oil-producing region.
Following reports that two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem and killed four Israeli worshipers, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement: “This act of terror must immediately be condemned by the international community. As we mourn the death of the three American citizens involved in today’s attack, our hearts go out to all the victims and their families as they attempt to recover from today’s senseless act of violence,” said Turner.“We recognize and support Israel’s right to defend its territory and its citizens against further attacks by radical elements such as Hamas. The nation of Israel and its people continue to have my full support,” said Turner.
The Islamization of Jerusalem
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Why I don’t believe that Hillary would be much of an improvement.
While she does not wish to advance the Islamist agenda in the same manner as Obama, she kowtows to them and sees bullying Israel as the line of least resistance.
In the end, much of the outcome is the same.
October 27, 2014
Iran’s Pragmatic Camp Calls For Exploiting Obama’s Weakness To Attain Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement On Tehran’s Terms
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This is another disaster of Obama’s in the making: Iran’s ultimately unhindered nuclear program.
I have no idea how Israel can seriously be expected to take on an extensive bombing campaign against Iran’s nuclear and ICBM facilities, particularly if Hizbollah — with 100,000 rockets — starts attacking Israel. Further, the administration has made it perfectly clear that it would consider any Israeli strike a deliberate act to try to force America into a war with Iran that America does not want. The administration is guaranteeing the success of the Iranian project.
The failure and refusal of the political leadership of this country to lead, to educate the American people further on this threat, will be our own undoing. This is a disaster in the making right in front of us.
Re the above editorial/link, I disagree with most of Eshman’s predictions starting with whether the next war will be with Hamas, as Hizbollah’s options against Israel will continue to erode. Though Iran wants to pretend it is negotiating the future of its nuclear ambitions and keeping Hizbollah in check helps maintain the illusion, and helping Assad diverts Hizbollah, Assad’s continuing misfortunes may leave Hizbollah with one last best chance to attack Israel and add to the region’s chaos. After all, Iran and Hizbollah are also in competition against ISIS. (FYI to President Obama: The acronym ISIL is aspirational for this terrorist state-in-the-making and should not be used as it cedes to it the Greater Levant.) The motivations of Hizbollah aside, the idea that Hamas could possibly be logistically repaired and prepared enough by June 2015 — less than a year away — is fantasy. If there is any success in assembling “international” repair efforts, launching a war while Gaza has a substantial contingent of non-Gazan busybodies and do-gooders present would not be PR that even the most fanatic Israel bashers could pull off: Not even Hamas could get away with using visitors as human shields for their rocket launching.
Eshman fails to take into account that the U.S. Congress — and a Republican Senate — is not about to fund reconstruction of a Gaza still rife with tunnels and rockets. As well, substantial pressure is likely to be brought to bear on Europe not to facilitate Hamas’s next war after the new Congress convenes. Congress may demand that the rockets and tunnels be destroyed before any rebuilding is funded. AIPAC is likely to work towards that laudable goal even though Mr. Eshman generally considers AIPAC to be kneejerk, rightwing marionettes.
Another logistical matter Eshman does not consider is that Israel is likely to have more intelligence on the intra-Gaza tunnel network in the next year. Even if there is a war, new intelligence does not bode well for Hamas and likely reduces the number of Israeli casualties that Eshman implies to be likely. Another part of Eshman’s second prediction — after his anticipation of “casualty count” — is that Hamas will supposedly have a great many more Syrian-made 302mm Khaibar (M-302) rockets with 300-lb warheads and a range of 130 miles. Again, I have no idea how Mr. Eshman thinks that besieged Syria is going to get M-302s through the much tighter restrictions on its Philadelphia Corridor border with post-Morsi Egypt. The same is true with Iranian made missiles or smuggling in materials for homemade rockets as well. It is doubtful that sacks of concrete and steel rebars are going to handed over without some degree of accountability — at least not for the coming year.
By logistics alone, Mr. Eshman’s “insights” are blindsided — but I would not expect someone so enthralled with “peace” and “takun olam” to be able to think along military lines.
Eshman’s third point about pledges to date — $2.5 billion from the Cairo conference — and the cost of the next war also lacks reflection. Arab pledges are often not met. Whether there is a next war where the damage exceeds the estimated $5 billion of the last one depends on Israel’s intelligence: If it is good enough, a lot of damage can be done to the remaining missiles and key tunnel points without as much bombing as the last war. Bear in mind that Hamas has already used up and lost 60-80% of its rockets, and a lot of angry Gazans who have lost everything might be willing to inform on where the tunnels and rockets are located. In-Gaza HUMINT is difficult but the presence of numerous international personnel will create new opportunities.
I do agree with Rob Eshman’s name for the next war, “You Can’t Be Serious,” but only that it should have been the name for his predictions column.
And the fifth prognostication, that the next war will be “Much, much worse.” Yes, for Hamas if they are foolish enough to try anything. Hamas was badly damaged. It is highly unlikely to rebuild to its previous strength, particularly not in the amount of time Eshman predicts which is by June of 2015, which is barely 8 months away.
And then there is Mr. Eshman’s usual “Peace Now” mantra: “Of the 1.8 million residents in Gaza, 50 percent are under age 15 — if they don’t see a chance for a better, more peaceful future, they will throw their youthful rage and energy behind the hardliners.” As if Hamas has not already brainwashed the “little” urchins. As if they are just dying for peace rather than “martyrdom.” If the reports were correct — and I believe they were — Egypt offered over 600 square miles of Sinai to expand Gaza in exchange for their agreeing to peace with Israel, and predictably actually, it was rejected. But American liberal Jews like Eshman would rather blame the Zionists in the wood pile. So now we know the real reason for Eshman’s next war predictions: It was another excuse for his Solutionism/Peace Nowism.
Mr. Eshman is not much of a soothsayer on matters of war or peace. But I do predict that Mr. Eshman will soon write another handwringing column that Israel must make peace. Well, Mr. Eshman, I’m sure if Israel could, it would. Try writing columns for the Gazan press for a change. Start with that Egyptian offer of Arab land for peace, for instance, or the Hamas Charter — its Preamble (destroy Israel), Articles 7 (kill ALL Jews), 13 (condemning any peace or peace process; no solution but jihad), etc.
The U.S. should withhold any funding for construction in Gaza — and we should pressure Europe to do so as well — until a UN, or other appropriate international military supervisory force is allowed in to destroy all internal tunnels inside Gaza along with all remaining stocks of rockets, launchers and componentry and end this infrastructure of terror. It is obviously crucial that this be the position of the U.S. Congress. Otherwise, the basic infrastructure for again rocketing Israel and the next conflict will remain intact.
1. US has not sold Israel our most powerful bunker busters. We sold them 5,000-lb bb’s. We have 30,000-lb MOPs, Massive Ordnance Penetrators, but only B2s or B52s can deliver them.
An F-15 can carry one 5,000-lb BB. Refueling is an issue too….
2. Israel could also fly over Iraq. Given the bombing campaign, it would give Israeli jets cover from radar. There could be initial confusion to Iran as to whether anything was coming especially flying low. Would have to fly at night tho’ because Iraqi Shia would warn Iran upon just visual observation.
3. The fact that Obama left any mention of Iran’s nuclear threat out of The Speech demonstrates how little he thinks of the threat from Iran. He accepts a nuclear Iran. Which is the real reason Israel has to strike — if it can.
4. I would not put it past Obama to order US planes to shoot down Israeli planes on the way to Iran.
I disagree with Caroline Glicks article that Israel needs to replace not only Gantz but several other senior generals. She states, “Their replacements must be commanders who understand that the role of the IDF is to win wars, not lose them.”
Ephraim Inbar got it right.
Periodically, Israel just has to “mow the lawn.” That’s the way it goes.
Bear in mind, Hamas lost billions of dollars in this war. Many tunnels, a good number of “fighters”, a coterie of leaders and a massive amount of infrastructure and housing. The war was economically devastating.
Invading to knock off the leadership would have cost many more Israeli lives – 500-1,000 – and may not have succeeded. Hamas is well dug in and hidden. Too many “civilian” casualties. And what would take Hamas’s place? Israel pulls out and then…Hamas takes over again.
Israel is not going to reoccupy Gaza.
It could cause problems with the Egyptian population. It’s a tightrope. We have a good relationship with President Sisi but the Egyptian people have been taught to hate us. Unfortunately, U.S. policy has not been helpful or useful on this at all. The Egyptian relationship is absolutely critical to Israel. Nothing should be done to jeopardize it and an all-out invasion of Gaza would have done that.
Also, America has to watch its own back in the Arab world. There can’t be a “blood bath”in Gaza and there not be consequences for the U.S. I think Bibi struck the best balance he could. The machinations of Kerry were of little help.
The biggest thing, if possible, is to try to disarm Hamas and destroy as many tunnels as possible before Gaza can rebuild or the border restrictions relaxed.
This will be very difficult.
The other big issue is to demand that the incitement be placed front and center. It must be exposed.
Our big job through AIPAC is to work with Congress to investigate the Hamas-UNRWA connection.
With Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, to continue to support their work to investigate, supply information and testify to Congress about the problems with Hamas and UNRWA. UNRWA perpetuates and feeds the problem. UNRWA has insitutionalized the conflict. Reconstruction money absolutely must not go to or through Hamas.This may be the best way to weaken Hamas: To take rebuilding — and siphoning off fundnig — out of their hands.We have plenty to do without worrying about Israel’s military command.Also on the Congressional calendar needs to be a long hard look and rethink regarding Qatar. OY!~ The $11.4 billion weapons deal is not a good idea. And that’s only for starters. We are now also at war with ISIS/ISIL/IS and Qatar is funding them…and Hamas and Hizbollah and, and, and….
In the meantime, further to the east, are the Kurds. Daniel Pipes is pointing out that this is an important opportunity for statehood for what would become an important ally. Unfortunately, U.S. policy seems to oppose this.
Typical. She viciously attacks Jews. Hate speech laws? What hate speech laws? We’re talking about JEWS here.
But Allah forbid anyone did such a thing against Islam or Muslims…those speech cops would be all over them.
So what’s “good” for the Jews is not “good” for anyone else. Just Jews. Just gotta love Europe.
And this Madame Goulet is a an actual French senator running for reelection. Charmant!
Jews, get out of Europe already for crying out loud. Enough is enough. Make Aliyah. That’s what Israel’s there for.
And if we have to bomb Gaza, we’ll bomb Gaza. If that’s what it takes, so be it. They are not going to decimate us again.
Those Gazan tunnels are the mental entrails of cannibalistic ghouls. And Europe blames the Jews.
In the “lovely” climate for Jews in France, we have French Senator Nathalie Goulet praising a campaign featuring fake pictures of Israeli leaders murdering Disney cartoon characters–Bibi Netanyahu bludgeoning a dying Pinocchio, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni stabbing Cinderella (or is it Snow White?), and former Israeli President Shimon Peres choking Peter Pan.
The pics were lovingly displayed and their message glorified in an article entitled “Innocence vs.Tyranny” in an e-publication of umma–an acronym for the united muslim movement for (yes they have the gall to say) antisectarianism.
Thankfully, at least one (obviously conservative) French publication, Le Nouvel Observateur, condemned the presentation of Jews as killers of children, warning that it echoed “many such caricatures in the period before World War II.”
Needless to say, I mostly quite agree with Goldman (below). Most of this, indeed, I’ve been saying myself for a good long time.
First, go after Iran. That is truly a no-brainer, and Obama’s view of Iran as a rational actor is radically irrational.
Second, Obama, as usual, is wrong about Iran not being another North Korea. Indeed, the two are close allies and collaborate on all things nuclear and ballistic.
Third, I do disagree with Goldman about overthrowing Saddam Hussein. I think it was the right thing to do but executed poorly, particularly the post-invasion period.
My position on Iraq was clear from even before the invasion: Break up Iraq into three parts: Kurdish, Sunni, Shia. I was right then and I still am. Kurdistan would be an important ally of the U.S. and if not an ally of Israel openly, certainly an ally covertly. Saddam was too dangerous to leave alone. Rogue actors make for rogue states, and these aggressions, when possible, should not be left to stand.
Fourth, I have also long held that culling this herd of mad cows would take some 1,000,000-5,000,000 fatalities, many of them in Iran if we supported a counterrevolution. In the grand scheme of civil wars, this may be unfortunate but not unforeseeable nor, in circumstances such as the current ones, impermissible. Iran is simply too dangerous to leave be, as is ISIS and its related misbegotten progeny.
Fifith, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mike Mullen’s fear that Iran could too easily take vengeance against Americans in the region if we bombed their nuclear and missile facilities is likely the manipulation of fear by an overwrought general with clay feet. Our troops in Iraq were constantly being hit by IEDs and other weapons — and by personnel — via Iran anyway. Our troops nevertheless could take care of themselves and a more overt challenge should have been welcome: It would have led to an overdue final reckoning with a deadly earnest and malignant foe.
Sixth, overthrowing Saddam did not unleash a regional jihad. This was building up already and it was due to the machinations of theocratic Iran and its Hamas and Hizbollah proxies as well as by al-Qaeda, its offspring, and the global funding of various Saudis, Kuwaitis, Qataris and others. Started in 1928 with the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, regional and then Global Jihad was on its way. Call it Arab Spring or Unsprung or Winter, madness was on its way.
Now, the mad fools are us for not having a Plan B — other than free morning after pills sponsored by healthcare “reform.”
I have a measure of sympathy for your anti-Islamist horror video stance, but in the end I am compelled to disagree.
How different is viewing these atrocities from what the allies did to many Germans after WW2 by busing them out to Dachau and other camps and forcing them to witness the horrors they pretended to have been unaware of. In some instances, they were even forced to bury the dead with the awful stench of the rotting corpse, one at a time, coming off the body draped over the “innocent” German’s shoulder.
Michael Ledeen has written a number of times on the travesty of good people failing and refusing to recognize evil as playing a major, if not often decisive, role in determining the course of opposition to evil — or more often, lack of opposition. Yes, I have copied some of these horrific videos to people. I have done so as an educational matter. Others, to chastise them for their wish to be “uninvolved,” not to be “bothered,” to “mind our own business.” Every nonsensical excuse for pacifism, non-disturbance, isolationism or any other rotten excuse for cowardice, apathy, cupidity, or obdurate denial — I place the consequences of their obdurate denials in front of them. These scenes are not merely “placed” before one: They scream, they grab, they shake, they strangle. They punch in the gut. They focus the ever-wandering attention of an over-pampered, delusional population who believed that they were the ones they were waiting for when they voted for Barrack Hussein Obama and the coming of the Age of the Presidential Messiah.
I will never forget the young Christian man’s beheading after his “conversion” to Islam. In a manner, I witnessed his martyrdom and I will carry it with me the rest of my life. Is it so different than visiting Auschwitz or Yad Vashem? The video is easily an exhibit, or an artifact in keeping for the use of scholars and other students. I do feel that he is somehow owed this: That humanity should never forget him, what humanity there is, what humanity there is that cares. The savagery unleashed against Christians is an alarm to civilization. If the recordation of his murder has the unintended affect of calling people to action, it will have served some useful purpose.
For those who use it improperly, I will hold no breach but I will not be held to account for their lack of couth.
I cannot help a wistful notion: If only we had a film of a train arriving and then the gassing in Auschwitz-Birkenau or Treblinka in 1942 available to the movie theater news reels, perhaps FDR could not have kept the doors of this country sealed as tight as those of the gas chambers.
For those of you who have read Shoshana’s article, this is merely a comment on it. For those of you who have not read her piece, please do so from below and then my comment.
According to the administration and the State Department, they are miffed that Israel has not been “cautious” enough in Gaza. After all, it used artillery when it could — read, “should” — have used “precision” munitions. First, artillery is not so imprecise. Ask any naval commander. But you wouldn’t expect such expertise from a CIC who doesn’t even bother to take a break from his evening boogying in Martha’s Vineyard long enough to attend the funeral of a two-star general, the highest ranking American killed (murdered) in Afghanistan. There is a good reason to use artillery shells when fighting a terror group fielding anti-civilian rocket barrages: Artillery is more likely to be real-time than “precision” munitions from drones, copters or jets. Too often, a Hamas launcher is spotted at the last minute and the counterattack must be made immediately; otherwise, the attack is launched and the terrorists escape. Senator Diane Feinstein of California made the same mistake about Israel’s use of cluster shells during its 2006 war against Hizbollah. But these intellectuals have never even visited a battlefield after the fact much less been in one during live fire.
Far worse than the virtual accusation of war crimes against Israel by our own government — yes, think about it — is Obama’s command that Israel’s requests for Hellfire missiles must now go through both the White House and the State Department. This is truly amazing: The pro-Arab, anti-Israel diplomats will have a veto over the military requirements of a putative ally? Even the Pentagon will now be second guessed by a two-stepped procedure through two totally incompetent institutions that are hostile to the client in question.
Yet, 5,000 Hellfire missiles have already been delivered to that other stalwart Mideast friend and ally, that most reliable pillar of Persian Gulf defense doctrine, Iraq. And 5,000 to boot. After all, if you want to ensure that an untraceable number go missing to Islamist terrorists, that some number of them get to Iranian diagnostic labs and probably to North Korea for copying, even to China, then dump 5,000 of these wall bangers to that pavilion of courage, strength and stability — Iraq.
And I’ll bet that Iraq didn’t have to go graveling to Massuhs Obama and Kerry for their approval either. That’s how reliable they are! But those dhimmi Jews will.
If Obama has Israel’s back, it’s because the view helps him stick in the knives: First, the Blood Accusation of incaution with civilian lives, particularly of children (how much more Blood Libel can that be?); and, second, to feather the throttle on military equipment.
Time for Israel to diversify. They can’t afford to be caught short.
I have always held that Obama’s guiding obsession is a deal with Iran at any price.
Apparently, Brookings’ Michael Doran is of the same (brilliant and insightful) mind.
There is simply no way to keep drinking the Kool Aid without it being nothing less than an act of blind, childish, pure churlishness.
Iran is evil and bent on destruction.
Anyone still addicted to Obama deserves what’s coming.
The problem is that the rest of us don’t.
August 16, 2014
Hamas protests; Norway et al rebuild
Sleepless in L.A.
Incredible: Already a conference to rebuilt Gaza in Norway.
That aid should be blocked until the rockets are surrendered and the tunnels all destroyed.
It would be an amazing confrontation if Israel did this….
Would Norway and all those terror loving/Jew haters demand that the rockets and tunnels stay?
Below is a link to the Israel Channel 2 interview of William Schabas, the head of the UN HCR’s kangaroo court on the actions of Israel defending against rockets and terror tunnels from Gaza. This cold-blooded monster doesn’t give a straight answer to anything. He is a dedicated, single-minded anti-Semite and Israel hater. He’s over calm and methodical — like a real SS officer, a would-be Grand Inquisitor straight out of the Inquisition. With a straight and gravely serious face, he claims he now has a duty of objectivity and can’t comment on the blatant contradictions in selective criticism — begging the question of whether he should have been so solicitously objective all along. It is vicious subterfuge. The outcome is as foreordained as any post-torture “trial” by the Spanish Inquisition.
He rationalizes an endless assortment of contradictory outrages with an overly calm, glib patter.
He has the air of the over intellectualized sociopath about him.
He says that Netanyahu and Shimon Perez should be brought before the Inter’l Criminal Court — but won’t name anyone else who should be — not in the whole world. But of course, he is neutral and not biased. He refuses to describe Hamas as a terrorist organization with the excuse at this point he has to be objective. That he can even say this with a straight face indicates that the depth of his derangement and malice — and his ability to deceive.
His rationale for why Israel is to be singled out from amongst all the others is more or less, “It’s just tough for Israel because they don’t have the political protection racket that the other rights violators do so we’ll just take the one we can.” Which just “happens” to be Israel. In fact, there is no effort by him to just name anyone else. There is no voting bloc in the UN to prevent him from enunciating his personal condemnation. He doesn’t because he is a Jew hater. He does have a double standard that is not a function of organizational politics. He is a Jew hater through and through.
His phone # in Britain and email address are:
CONTACTS: Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone +44 (74) 2878 4703 — From the U.S., put “011” before the “44” country code for out-of-country calling or use “+”.
Post this for people to call and email him without surcease. Repeatedly. He should be dunned with examples of psychotic, murderous incitement and actual acts of mayhem and murder throughout the Mideast including and especially by the Palestinians. This should be a grassroots campaign with no time out or foreseeable endpoint. This man is evil and he is scheming to commit one of the greatest anti-Semitic propaganda attacks since Goebbels. It is he who is the criminal: He is facilitating terrorism and genocidal hate speech. The allies hanged Joseph Goebbels for exactly the same crime.
Schabas should be inundated by overwhelming international condemnation from people of conscience and good will. This mild-mannered monster should be exposed for the evil he is and denounced at every opportunity.
From Honest Reporting:
The man leading the UN Human Rights Council’s probe of Operation Protective Edge, William Schabas, acknowledged that the UN applies double standards to Israel. Schabas badly waffled on whether he thinks Hamas is a terror organization and couldn’t articulate why Israel should feel confident it will get a fair hearing
- People looking into previous statements by Schabas and Schabas and fellow investigator Doudou Diene turned up some comments that raised my eyebrows. Schabas has said that Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria is technically not a war crime.
And Human Rights Voices points out that Diene — a UN expert on racism and xenophobia — has written that anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism. Why single out the Jewish people for the denial of national aspirations? Sounds like racism to me.
Enough is enough already. How many times can we be stabbed in the back?Time for the Jews to leave France for Israel. Way past time. This is a disgusting article.
Over a thousand years of betrayals. There were Jews in France — Gaul — before there were Christians.
So what. They’ve always hated us. Time to get out of Dodge.
This is why there is Israel. It’s a place for Jews to go.
We were treated horribly for over a thousand years by the Muslims and now it’s happening in France. No point in staying and going through the same thing all over again.
The Jews don’t have to be dhimmis. There is an Israel.
Contrary to the WSJ headline below, Israel’s flanking maneuver was temporary. The White House and State Dept are now going to interfere and interrupt Israeli munitions and arms requests as a matter of routine. This is deadly dangerous in the long run — not so long run, in fact.
The Obama administration’s Mideast Wrecking Ball is now being aimed directly at Israel. This is a very dangerous turn of events. It is of a piece with the U.S. not wanting Israel to take action against Iran’s nuclear ambitions and is undoubtedly intended to serve as a warning that Obama would leave Israel high and dry if they dare to bomb Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile facilities.
In the meantime, Hamas has claimed that it is now manufacturing replacement rockets. There is a question of where they are getting the materials from and presumably their inventory is limited, but the claim at least bodes ill for any relaxation of border restrictions — which the U.S. administration seems to be pressuring Israel and Egypt to concede on.
And it will only continue to worsen.
Dear Senator Feinstein:
I thank you for your support of Israel and support for helping to fund Israel’s essential missile defense systems.
I am concerned, however, at certain sentiments expressed in your message (below) that you “strongly urge both sides to exercise restraint and believe all parties should refrain from steps that would further destabilize this dangerous situation.” As well, the message calls for an immediate ceasefire.
I respectfully disagree with both statements as being contrary to sound military doctrine and self-defeating politically and diplomatically. The language to “strongly urge both sides…exercise restraint” declares that there is an equivalence in actions between Israel and Hamas, which I know you do not agree with; however, the language used militates otherwise. Further, the same sentence expresses a concerns over “steps [that] would further destabilize this dangerous situation,” which in context includes Israel’s military activities. Nothing could be further from reality than concern that Israel implementing strong military measures that reduces the large numbers of rockets and deadly attack tunnels that lead straight into Israeli communities are what would lead to further destabilization. Nothing would be more destabilizing than leaving Hamas with a greater capacity to launch rockets, and even worse, to launch mass casualty and kidnapping attacks from those tunnels. Leaving the tunnels intact would leave intact an existential threat to many thousands of Israelis.
Likewise, a permanent cease fire would give Hamas permission to launch any number of rockets at any time in the future as the only party who would adhere to such terms would be Israel — until compelled to desperate self-defense. A premature cease fire works only to the benefit of Hamas which will use it only to prepare the next attack. This is called a hudna, a temporary truce of convenience until the Islamist party has prepared itself to reattack. This must not be permitted to be the situation and pressuring Israel into premature cease fires (note the plural) is worse than counterproductive.
Again, I thank you for your votes in steadfast support of Israel’s capacity to defend itself, but please bear in mind, Senator, that this is a capacity that must be deployed and effectively wielded if it is to bring security if not peace to Israel, at least in the form of an enemy that is too chastened to attack again — at least for a long while.
Last, Senator, please hold hearings into the relationships between Hamas, Hizbollah, Iran and ISIS — and the relationships between these actors and North Korea and Venezuela — the content and nature of the Hamas Charter, and the threat these actors pose to the United States, Israel, and yes, Europe, even if they are in denial.
Sleepless in L.A.
When are our politicians going to do something about this already? The left, particularly in academia, is, ultimately, spreading an anti-Semitic virus.
This is despicable and knowing Napolitano, she’ll “tsk-tsk” and that’ll be it.
Time to start revoking tax exempt status for starters. This is pernicious hate.
Incredible: Already a conference to rebuild Gaza in Norway.
It would be an amazing confrontation if Israel did this….
Would Norway and all those terror loving/Jew haters demand that the rockets and tunnels stay?
The video is horrifying beyond belief. The link is below but you should think carefully
before watching it.
There is a point: Israel is fighting exactly the same type of people when it fights Hamas.
This young man is horribly murdered because he is Christian. The murderers are evil beyond comprehension.
“Palestinians” last year in the “West Bank,” did this to a two month old baby girl because she was Jewish. They slaughtered five our of the seven family members.
Pamela Geller, author below, has written that in the war between the civilized man and the barbian, we should side with the civilized man.
She was condemned for this as racist.
August 9, 2014
“The UNRWA Is Hamas”
Sleepless in L.A.
In case you didn’t catch this one. Something has to be done to defund it already. At least the American portion — no matter what the Israelis say. Enough already.
There need to be Congressional hearings on UNRWA funding. Follow the money.
UNRWA knew. They knew everything. Everything means everything. Tunnels, missile storage, firing positions, human shields, hate/incitement education.
And UNRWA facilitated it all.
Their funding needs to be cut off.
UNRWA should probably be designated a terrorism supporting organization.
August 7, 2014
Rockets fired on Israel Again
Sleepless in L.A.
It is actually better for Israel to “earnestly” pursue a ceasefire — Ohaiv Shalom, Love of Peace — knowing it is likely for naught.
Then, when predictably it is violated by Hamas, respond — Rodaif Shalom, pursue peace with the appropriate passion, fierceness.
It is better that Melech Bibi rise again in righteous action against Malach lest he be seen as Goliath against vanquishing the pitiful.
Better to be Yoshua. Rising again in righteous wrath doth he slay the iniquity of the enemies of B’nai Yisrael. Gathering again the men of Yisrael, calling the kibbutz farmer, the clerk, the teacher, the driver, the clerks, their young, their common, their brilliant, their strong, their brave, their frightened and weak, all to their arms, all to their tasks. Called all together to be warriors in their own lands again. And let those who come against them become afraid, all about those who did not fear Israel become broken and turned to ashes. Let them sit upon the ground with the daughters of Babylon and weep and be forlorn, they and their children and their children’s children. For they have offended the righteousness and peace of Israel and shall be rent asunder.
P.S. Keep our fingers crossed….
There are NO excuses for Hamas. NONE AT ALL!
It is an organization of criminal, mad dog, mass murderers. They are insane and evil.
Period. No excuse. They need to be wiped out. There is no reform. No compromise.
They are mad dog killers. You don’t “train” a rabid job. You put it down.
Hamas are rabid jackals.
Typical of the Arabs to grossly inflate and misrepresent the facts. They’ve done this about Israel and the Jews there for 100 years — before there was an Israel even.
But the UN will scream “War crimes!” So will the Gazans and the “West Bankers.” But those Arabs want there to be war crimes whether there were any or not. And if there weren’t any, they’d “volunteer” people to get killed to make sure there were “war crimes.”
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has evidence that almost half of Palestinians killed in the 25-day-old Gaza war were combatants, its deputy foreign minister said on Saturday, pushing back against international allegations of a lopsidedly heavy civilian death toll.
Gazan human rights groups say at least 80 percent of the 1,669 Palestinians killed have been non-combatants, including hundreds of children. The U.N. Human Rights Council last week accused the Israelis of “disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks” and launched an inquiry into possible war crimes.
Israel, which has lost 63 soldiers and 3 civilians to the fighting, says it has done everything possible to avoid harming innocents and that Gaza’s dominant Hamas Islamists invite such casualties by operating in densely populated areas.
“There is research being done in the military, very professionally and reliably, (whose) conclusion is that at least 47% of the fatalities are terrorists, with photographs and names,” Tzachi Hanegbi told Israel’s Channel Two television, adding that the data would be presented to investigators.
He did not elaborate. Israel rejected the U.N. Human Rights Council’s probe announcement, describing the forum as biased, but usually conducts its own combat inquiries.
Israel says Hamas and other Palestinian guerrillas in Gaza are terrorists and in past conflicts has used broad definitions of combatants – including, for example, Palestinian policemen working for the Hamas administration.
(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Giles Elgood)
This one, obviously no. More typical Arab criminal fraud.
It’s called Paliwood, the phony “Hollywood” of these Pali creeps.
They are always staging extravaganza frauds.
They can NEVER be trusted. NEVER.
There is a pattern here of who voted against the $225MM funding for more Iron Dome missiles.
The Democrats who did so are left wing with one left wing Muslim, Keith Ellison of Minnesota.
The other three, O’Rourke (NM), Lofgren (CA) and Moran (VA) are all left wing and Moran is probably an anti-Semite. (I wouldn’t bet on Zoe Lofgren either.)
The Republicans, with one Palestinian exception, did so because they are isolationists.
Even though it broke down 4-to-4, Dem-Rep, there is reason for concern because the Democrats did so as part of a philosophical alignment typical of many Democrats, not so the Republicans. Isolationism exists in BOTH parties. The Republicans do not own that one. Isolationism, furthermore, is more prevalent with the Democrats than the Republicans.
The Dems have ownership of left wing opposition to Israel’s right of self-defense.
What is also interesting is that a good number of members did not vote — 32, in fact. I suspect these were mostly Dems who did not want to go on record against Israel but would have if they could have. In other words, there is reason to be concerned about the Dem Party.
The measure passed the House with a 395-8 vote after the Senate approved the legislation earlier in the day. Here are the eight congressmembers who voted no:
- U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso,
was one of eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted against additional funding for Israel’s missile defense system Friday.
“I could not in good conscience vote for borrowing $225 million more to send to Israel, without debate and without discussion, in the midst of a war that has cost more than a thousand civilian lives already, too many of them children,” O’Rourke said in a statement.
Other members of the House who voted against the bill were
- U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; — Muslim
- Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.; – San Jose area. Very left wing
- Jim Moran, D-Va.; Left wing; possible anti-Semite
- Justin Amash, R-Mich.; He’s a Palestinian; no surprise
- Walter Jones, R-N.C.; Tea Party. BUT. He’s aligns himself with J-Street and voted NO on Iran sanctions. Tea Party backs Iran sanctions and Israel. Odd man out. Likely an isolationist. Was heavily opposed by Republican establishment including Sarah Palin. He may have as nutty a district as Ron Paul did in Texas.
- Thomas Massie, R-Ky.; A staunch if not fanatical isolationist.
8. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. — Former, disgraced governor of South Carolina. He seems to be an isolationist.
The old hate is coming back with a vengeance.
I did say something about the Jews getting out, didn’t I?
This is to be expected. The Grand Mufti has always understood that his Jew hatred — the basis for his opposition to the immigration of Jews and resurrection of Israel — was what it was ultimately about. Husseini always wanted to make killing the Jews a pan-Arab, Islamic issue and to join with European anti-Semites in a global war against the Jews.
They are going to commit mass murder and mayhem. It’s guaranteed.
And it’s not about any “siege” or “state.” It’s about their Nazi view of the world.
It’s about their “caliphate.”
It’s about their hatred of Jews, Christians, Hindus, moderate Muslims.
It’s about their hate and their passion to commit murder and be martyrs.
This is what Arafat wanted. This is what his uncle the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem wanted.
This is what al-Q and ISIS want. This is what the Muslim Brotherhood wants.
This is what needs to be wiped out one way or the other.
Educate when you can. Kill it when you can’t educate it.
IT IS NOT ALWAYS EDUCABLE. IT IS PROBABLY MORE OFTEN NOT AND IS.
Hamas shows dead kids. They don’t show their kids as the killers they are trained to be.
Hamas has even put “suicide” vests on retarded kids and sent them to Israeli checkpoints hoping to commit mass murder.
Since 2001, the terrorist Arabs have fired 15,373 rockets into Israel.
How much should the Israelis have to tolerate?
Killing 1,800 to get it to stop is not at all disproportional, especially since:
- A lot of the dead are Hamas fighters; and
- Hamas wants as many dead civilians as possible for their PR value.
Fancy that: Hamas wants its people dead for the sake of a picture and Israel gets the blame.
The damned Arabs should be held responsible for their own murderous nonsense.
The above link keeps track of how long since the last rocket into Israel. If one is fired, it is reset. Let’s see how long it takes before it resets.
If it’s a long time, then Israel’s bombs worked. GREAT!
Proportionality is not a compared body count. That’s utter nonsense. Many, many more Germans died in WW2 than Americans and many more Russians died than Germans.
If there were the same “proportionality” applied to German vis-a-vis Russia as is being applied to Israel and the Arabs, then every single German would have been killed. Not one would have been left.
Virtually the same with Jews vs. Germans: Killed 2/3 of Europe’s Jews, they did. O.K. Kill 60 million Germans. Sounds fair to me, now.
But that is NOT what proportionality means. It means how many civilians die in order to achieve a military objective.
1,800 Gazan (monsters) to stop terror attacks by rocket and tunnel into Israel? 1,800 is more than fair. It’s a drop in the bucket.
The Gazans are lucky it wasn’t 20,000-50,000. If it had been Egypt attacking to stop the attacks, that would have the death toll, 20,000-50,000.
Just like Jordan in 1971.
Stop complaining about a few lousy Gazan Jew haters. They deserve no sympathy. The kids? The babies? Their parents should have thought of that before putting Hamas in power and supporting them.
When the bodies of the 3 Israeli teens were found, the Arab animals in Judea and Samaria (there is no “West Bank”), danced, sang and passed out candy.
Really? The Arabs in Judea and Samaria are freer and more prosperous than most of the Arab world.
The Palestinians are sick monsters. Enough of them already.
I wish they could be pushed into Syria and Jordan. Let Bashir Assad deal with them.
Oh yeah, speaking of Assad: HE STARVED TO DEATH 1,800 PALESTINIANS IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS, AS MANY AS WERE KILLED IN THE GAZA WAR.
HOW MANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THAT? NONE, NONE, NONE, NONE, NONE.
Because Assad isn’t a Jew. Otherwise, NO ONE CARES. And don’t tell they do because THEY DON’T. THEY ONLY CARE IF IT’S JEWS.
The Obama administration and State Dept have made a huge muck of things with Egypt. To compound the ongoing bungling, Sec. St. Kerry went to Qatar and met with Turkey and Qatar leadership and came back with Hamas’s demands as his talking points. What a huge insult to Israel as well as Egypt. If President Sisi was not disgusted, it would have been only because he has such low if not negative expectations of the U.S. under the Obama-Kerry axis of bungling and cupidity. Egypt has major terror concerns of its own from Hamas. How dare Kerry do what he did? To make it worse, he has Turkey there: Turkey, which is led by a man who’s Jew hatred is reminiscent of Hitler and Goebbels, it is that intense. So they have further estranged both Israel and Egypt.
August 4, 2014
Sign petition denouncing falsehoods in the LANCET MEDICAL JOURNAL regarding Israel’s Op Protective Edge
Sleepless in L.A.
There goes those “intellectuals” again, defaming Israel and misrepresenting falsehoods as truth.
In this case, the authors of the Lancet article are actually Hamas supporters — but they claimed “No Conflict of Interest” and did not disclose their Hamas connections.
The petition follows the “Declaration of Interest” below. Please sign it. Lancet needs to be embarrassed into the truth.
In all likelihood, it will achieve little but perhaps the journal may not permit these authors to publish another such editorial again. Perhaps.
Pass this on to your friends, of course.
Pelosi gave an outrageous description of Hamas based on Qatari leadership: “who have told me over and over again that Hamas is a humanitarian organization”.
Does your Dem opponent CONDEMN Pelosi for that statement. Not just “disagree” with it, but soundly CONDEMN HER for saying it?
Do they CONDEMN Obama for bypassing our (former ally since he’s destroyed the relationship) Egypt’s ceasefire plan and going to Hamas’s Muslim Brotherhood allies at Turkey and Qatar? A ceasefire plan UNANIMOUSLY rejected and condemned by Israel’s cabinet as being HAMAS’S PLAN FOR GETTING FREE OF ANY SUPERVISION AND THEREBY PERMITTING FREE ENTRY OF MORE WEAPONS?
Do they CONDEMN Kerry for doing this?
Read Isi Liebler’s post. There is a rich vein of opportunities here to drive a wedge b/n your opponent and his/her leaders — or force them to come across as weak.
This article goes a long way to address the question of whether Bibi, the military and intelligence were asleep at the switch.
Apparently, not so much.
I am not surprised that the very left, cynical and constantly grousing Haaretz did the number they did claiming that Bibi was too preoccupied with Iran and missed the Gaza situation with its tunnels, etc. Apparently, Israel’s intelligence had a good warning of what was coming. It’s also apparent from how well Israel has militarily responded to the situation. The IDF’s performance has been spectacular. So they had a good amount of time to plan and prepare.
That the left would snipe the way they have is almost tragically typical and totally predictable. I remember their truly deprecating articles on Iron Dome that they ran for a number of years. Well, they were dead wrong, weren’t they? Now, they think they can repeat the same tactics to destroy a government that is doing an amazing job.
As Reagan said to Carter during the debate, “W-e-l-l-l, there you go again.” The audience cracked up and Reagan won in a landslide and a miserable failure slinked out of the White House.
Wish it could happen again…. Though I have to admit, even Jimmy Carter was tougher than Obama which is pretty amazing.
Peter Beinart is a putz – if that’s not redundant. I’ve met him and he’s just this side of repulsive.
I really can’t stand him. His manner is arrogant, condescending, condemning, insulting and know-it-all, which is pretty audacious when you consider that he is ultimately nothing more than a solipsistic, superficial ideologue. He conveniently leaves out major underpinning facts and circumstances. He is a drearily predictable wielder of the straw man argument. He is predictably leftist in his tactics by his constant resort to the ad hominem. His whole riff on the Fatah-Hamas alliance was stupifyingly dishonest, but actually, I think It just reflects the fact that he is simply meretriciously mendacious.
Did I miss anything?
Oh yeah. Jonathan is a bucher. He has a real Yiddisheh kup that one. He’s a mechaiye. Oy! His parents must be so proud!
I have to disagree with you on Obama desperately seeking love from Iranians and others who don’t love us. If you think that perpetual state of teen age emotional distress afflicts him as well.
He’s a cold and aloof man, a dissociative complex left over from not having had a proper father.
He does, however, want Americans to think he does want global love and that they do as well. After all, it’s like one big rock concert. His campaign appearances were a combination revival meeting and rock concert, right? Far out! It’s global, man!
The truth is much starker: He simply wants to hand the Persian Gulf over to Iran as being “rightfully theirs.” They are the region’s “natural hegemon,” etc.
I guess this is his version of his conversion to Christianity, the meek inheriting the earth bit — meaning the disenfranchisement of the United States.
He’s insidiously dangerous. Dinesh D’Souza is right that he’s a post-colonialist ideologue.
Otherwise, he’s an atheist whose Jungian collective unconscious is Muslim.
This is “fundamental change.”
Happy now, Obama voters? Happy? Happy? Happy?
This is what “fundamental change” means, you know.
FC is not a birthday cake in every refrigerator.
FC is not a nifty new bike lane.
FC is the world turned upside down and the guts of a lot of innocent people ripped out of them by a grinning, grimacing fanatic.
FC is not a “green” job.
FC is jobs that never see a real raise; very few new jobs; and more people leaving the workforce than finding jobs.
FC is Putin’s artillery attacking Ukraine.
FC is Putin’s antiaircraft missile shooting down a civilian Boeing 777 airliner and murdering 298 people — and then his thugs covering up the evidence and desecrating the bodies.
FC is Nancy Pelosi calling Hamas a “humanitarian organization.”
FC is John Kerry proposing a “cease fire” that gives Hamas everything it wants and ignores Egypt’s and Israel’s security demands on tunnels and rockets.
FC is when your president’s BFF amongst world’s leaders is that Muslim Brotherhood member in highest standing, Reccyp Erdogan of Turkey.
FC is when your country has completely lost control of its southern border and the nation is flooded with semi- and illiterate and unskilled people who are little but a welfare load for years and that we can’t afford. But you FC voters figure the “rich will pay their fair share” so why worry about a million more illegals bankrupting the country. Besides, when it’s their turn to vote, you bet they are going to support more FC. The illegals win. The FCers win. Only the country loses. Who cares? Countries are so passé anyway.
As you read the following article, bear in mind that Iraq asked us to bomb ISIS when they were in open desert, caravanning with their weapons out in the open — no collateral damage.
President FC did nothing. ISIS did plenty. Here’s what Fundamental Change gets you.
By the way, you guys disdain, despise, loathe “fundamentalism,” right? Last I checked, you did.
Well, you guys have given “fundamentalism” a new meaning. Be proud of yourselves. You have redefined America — I meant, fundamentalism….
The amount of concrete used in the tunnels is a huge issue. And they killed a lot of their kids — at least 160 — doing it…See links….
Apparently, there was a report on this in 2012 by their own people. They promised to do better but didn’t.
The problem is getting this information out. How interested in this is the MSM? Does “our side” have its act together enough to publicize these reports?
So what is worse? Deaths from Israel’s collateral damage or deaths because Hamas used youngsters to do some of the tunneling?
A moral person would condemn what Hamas did as not only unnecessary to begin with but doing so forced Israel to undertake a heavy bombardment. But since the world does not accept the necessity of the latter, it gives no thought to the former. That is how the world works now — which is also why it hasn’t been working so well lately.
Ironically, “the world” will focus on “What Israel Did!” It won’t be Hamas using their people as human shields while the leadership hid in the tunnels. It won’t be how many of their kids they killed building the tunnels. It will be about how Israel committed war crimes — even if they have to invent new categories of them. The UN HRC has already voted to investigate “whether” Israel has committed them. The “whether” is in parentheses because the finding is a foregone conclusion. Hamas undoubtedly wishes there were even more dead civilians. It is not irrelevant that there is not a terribly convincing case that there are any civilians in Gaza. When you look at the pictures of these “kids” dressed up like terrorists and going to summer “camp” to learn to hate and murder Jews, there is a greatly diminished innocence, isn’t there? Basically, the society seems to be mostly in accord: Make war on the Jews. There will be no settlement. Only war. Truces are hudnas, temporary, until they can make war again.
It seems they intended to pop out of these tunnels on Rosh Hashanah to carry out a planned mass murder-kidnap assault throughout the border region. It makes little sense when you think about it. Such an attack could only result in a horrendous reprisal. It makes you wonder about the sanity of these people. Seriously, think about it. There is something frighteningly, deeply depraved in their view of the world. How is this a group with which Israel — or any society they are at war with — could come to terms? If an organization is so fanatic that it thinks it can and should undertake such an expensive, long term project in preparation of such a barbaric, savage attack, this is a group that is beyond any reason, outside of any definition of normal human beings. They seem more like mythical creatures of dread, death and destruction and naught else.
These are those science fiction aliens who devour life and light as their macabre ritual. They boast: “We love death more than the Jews love life. That is why we will win.” Perhaps we should take them seriously, meaning literally, and stop trying to impose our standards of “cease fire,” “nationhood” and all the accoutrements which we naively believe to be some sort of norm even when we go through the awful enterprise of war. Apparently, they’re not constrained in any manner by those considerations. Not in their world of suicide/murder bombings, tunnels to kibbutzim, the kidnapping and murdering of teens. We should start describing Hamas as the Proto ISIS. Giving it the right name is the start of tunneling the truth into the public’s minds.
Palestinian protest stops Maccabi Haifa Football Club match. Punches and profanities
were exchanged between the handful of youngsters and the Haifa players
The problem is that if these are Arabs doing this, they aren’t “tourists.” They live in Europe.
One way or another Europe’s storm troopers are back, even if they were imported.
But then again, were they “Palestinian” or “merely” pro-Palestinian white Eurotrash.
(The irony is that there is no such thing as a Palestinian anyway. They are southern Syrians, they are Jordanians, they Lebanese who got lost when “free” UN food and shelter was offered, they are rump ends of Egypt that the Egyptians don’t want (Gaza) — but there is no such thing really as a “Palestinian.”
Just a mob that wants to murder Jews. And then there are their supporters.
From the picture in the article below, the Nazi with the vicious sidekick likely seem to be another white European Jew hater.
Either way, they’re b-a-a-a–a-a-c-k…..
The only question is how many of them will there be?
He looks like a proto-Nazi but these days there are lots of left wing anti-Semitic thugs. Basically, they’re synonymous. Though this one may be just a Nazi.
Oh….Ironically, one of Israel’s best soccer players is an Arab Israeli. Wonder if he was on this team?
Stewart’s “skit” was basically anti-Semitic, anti-Israel diatribe and sickening. I sent the following the Comedy Central on their comment line….
“Stewart’s “ISRAEL!!!!” “skit” was a sickening display of moral relativism — at best. It denigrated the seriousness of thousands of rockets hitting Israel year after year and covered up entirely the Nazi-like Jew hatred and Israel hatred of Hamas. Article 7 of the Hamas Charter states: In the end of days, even the rocks and trees will say, ‘Oh, Muslim, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him.” It is quoting one of the Hadiths.
The “skit” denigrated Jews and other friends of Israel, mocked us, belittled us and dismissed us as hysterics. Is John Stuart Liebowitz a self-hating Jew? Let him go to a shrink to work out that bit of his psychpathology, but John Liebowitz’s malicious mocking of Israel and its supporters is sowing the seeds of a new anti-Semitism in his low information viewers.
What is funny about dozens of tunnels dug from Gaza into Israel, Liebowitz? What is funny about teaching 7 year olds to shoot at targets made to look like Jews and Israelis, Liebowitz? What is funny about Hamas handing out copies of Meinkampf, Liebowitz? What is funny about Hamas burning Gaza’s only Christian bookstore and then knifing its owner to death, Liebowitz? What is funny about Hamas helping radicalize Sinai Bedouins murder Egyptian border soldiers, Liebowitz? What is funny about a Hamasniks being found in a tunnel to Israel with handcuffs and tranquilizers, Liebowitz? What is funny about Hamas killers lining up Fatah soldiers after Hamas took over Gaza and shooting one after another in the back of the head, Liebowitz? What is funny about Hamasniks throwing Fatah personnel off buildings, Liebowitz? What is funny about Hamas instituting Sharia law, Liebowitz? Frankly, sir, you are not half as smart as you think you are. What you are is a smart ass — and the closest thing to a smart ass when you come down to it is a dumb shit.
Liebowitz is an irresponsible putz. Viacom, however, has no excuse. It should issue an apology for this classless, vulgar display of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel. And to argue that it also made fun of Arabs would be disingenuous. I’m an educated viewer. The parties that got the bad review were Jews and Israel. At best, all the tidbit thrown at Arabs did was to make the case that Jews and Israel are as bad as Hamas.
Final thought: The skit would be something that CAIR, Students for Justice in Palestine and other anti-Semitic and anti-Israel groups would be happy to show.”
Too many, especially Europe and much of the press, focus on Palestinian casualties, failing to point out that most of them are due to Hamas using civilians as shields. They soft pedal Israel’s seeming lack of casualties but that is due to two things: Yes, Iron Dome, but also they have people in shelters. Hamas does not have people in shelters. They have their fighters in shelters and their civilians deliberately exposed. And what if Israel did not have Iron Dome? Would a sudden increase in Israeli casualties make Israel’s self-defense somewhat less to be condemned? Actually, they’d still condemn Israel for “settlements” and “occupation” when Hamas considers Tel Aviv to be a settlement.
Hamas’ Charter calls not just for the annihilation of Israel but of all Jews. That needs to be constantly pointed out. Hamas is a genocidal, terrorist organization and the focus on “peace” and civilian casualties misses the point. There is no “peace” with Islamonazis. It is a contradiction in terms.
This is a completely credible report — and only the tip of the iceberg. The B-HO administration commission a Rand Corporation study on reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood including embedding MB youth in our government agencies! — Not non-MB youth to better train them on democracy but MB youth, which would only corrupt our agencies. This is also the administration whose CIA Director, John Brennan, stated that the path to democracy in the Muslim world goes through the Muslim brotherhood, speaks some Arabic (former CIA station chief to Saudi Arabia) and spoke to a Muslim luncheon in WDC calling Jerusalem “al-Quds” — the Arabic name that repudiates the Hebrew “Jerusalem” — to applause from the audience.
The damage done to our rel/p with Egypt should speak for itself.
For those of you copied on this who back the B-HO, I know this will make no difference to you. Why? Because you are religious fanatics yourselves: Obamunism, the religious rite of which is Obasms. After all, gay marriage and a non-existent threat to abortion trumps…the entire planet of problems. But the next time you are losing your mind having an OBASM, remember the poor bastards who lost their heads when ISIS sawed it off when it conquered another district.
Israel was right all along and the U.S. was wrong. Period.
Israel has been consistently warning us about Iran’s ballistic missile threat.
The U.S. not only ignored it but has refused to have the missile threat as any part of the so-called negotiations with Iran in Geneva.
2015 is only next year. The B-HO will still be president.
As Joseph Conrad wrote: “Oh, the horror.”
But it goes further. Too many, especially Europe and much of the press, focus on Palestinian casualties, failing to point out that most of them are due to Hamas using civilians as shields. They soft pedal Israel’s seeming lack of casualties but that is due to two things: Yes, Iron Dome, but also they have people in shelters. Hamas does not have people in shelters. They have their fighters in shelters and their civilians deliberately exposed. And what if Israel did not have Iron Dome? Would a sudden increase in Israeli casualties make Israel’s self-defense somewhat less to be condemned? Actually, they’d still condemn Israel for “settlements” and “occupation” when Hamas considers Tel Aviv to be a settlement.
Hamas’ Charter calls not just for the annihilation of Israel but of all Jews. That needs to be constantly pointed out. Hamas is a genocidal, terrorist organization and the focus on “peace” and civilian casualties misses the point. There is no “peace” with Islamonazis. It is a contradiction in terms.
He was — and is — after all, an acolyte of the MB.
And he’s doing it again for the ISIS gang in Syria.
(And he was Obama’s go-to guy from amongst all the world’s leaders for B-HO to have a chat with. At least until things got too hot….)
Because then there was Benghazi. The weapons starting to go from Benghazi to Turkey for Syria’s Islamist fighters. And then the attack. Whoops.
Gee, why do you think they blamed it on a film?As the Greeks said, a man is known by the company he keeps.I knew about the weapons connection. I knew that Erdogan was an Islamist. I knew he was B-HO’s bud.
I didn’t know he was MB. I didn’t know he was a gunrunner.It does start to piece together more and more. Along with Daniel Greenfield’s piece on Obama attempted wooing of the Taliban.Impeachment anyone?http://acdemocracy.org/turkey-erdogan-and-the-muslim-brotherhood-in-iraq/?
I’ve observed that there is so much going wrong it is overwhelming to just try to keep track of the catastrophes.
Then it becomes: How can you hold the B-HO responsible? It’s THE WORLD. The problem is THE WORLD — not America’s most brilliant president since Thomas Jefferson.
Well, I guess if you don’t believe we should be the world’s policeman and then everything goes wrong, you can blame the world. Right?
Takes a liberal to believe that bathetic crapola.
Oh yes. He now believes in American exceptionalism. He must. He even said so — this time.
It was at graduation class speech he gave at West Point a few weeks ago. Of course, that flies in the face of what he said around the time he was first elected:
Then, he supposed he believed in American exceptionalism the same way a Greek would in Greece’s or an Englishman would in the U.K.’s. How (almost) too-clever-by-a-half of the bastard to pick two fallen empires. If everyone’s exceptional…no one really is…. And all empires fall anyway.
So another one bites the dust? (I wish he would….)
Yes, the Obamaites can now explain how our new found BFF Iran is going to be our soul mate in fighting ISIS in Iraq — while they are fighting for Bashir Assad in Syria; while they are building nukes; while they hang a poet; while they have doubled the pace of judicial murders since the time of Ahmadinejad. After all, this is the MODERATE, new, President Rouhani.
You gotta just love Catherine Ashston’s (High Representative of the European Union Commission for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy/Vice- President of the European Commission) toothy grins for Rouhani. Reminds me of the gleaming white dumb assed grin of Joe Biden. Remember when he said that Iraq was the Obhama’s administration greatest triumph? That was before the bloom of Bush’s surge wore off, before the B-HO’s and Biden’s failure and refusal to get a SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) with Iraq so we could have a 15,000 or so troops there to continue training and provide leadership when needed — like now?
What could be next? Well, probably not Iran’s nuke test. A whole bunch of other things will get a lot worse before that happens — which it will.
You probably heard some feedback already, but between the governor’s speech in San Francisco and the resolution for the state party platform in support of “reparative therapy,” Texas Republicans are destroying the future of the party among young voters. This demographic is completely turned off by homophobic rants and that is exactly what both the governor’s statement in San Francisco and the party platform are. The governor and the Texas platform people could not be more tone deaf. Downright dumb, actually.
In San Francisco, there were groans of dismay from people in the conservative group. For those around the country who heard about the Texas party platform resolution regarding “reparative therapy” to be used against gays, they were disgusted when not infuriated.
The governor’s comment likening being gay to being an alcoholic is so inexcusable as to be contemptible. It is so foolish and ignorant, it is incomprehensible how that man could be so ignorant, not to mention so without impulse control, that he could not keep that awful remark to himself. This is the 21st Century, Jeff. What is wrong with him? Is he that out of touch with reality? Does he have no idea how vilely, personally insulting such a degrading and disgusting remark is? I could politely demur and say, “Gee, I disagree with the gentlemen,” but I would be lying. I am disgusted, revolted, infuriated and sick and tired of that sort of repulsive bigotry and its accompanying obtuse attitude that such bullying is either acceptable or will be tolerated without a withering response.
As for the even more reprehensible plank supporting “reparative therapy,” this is little better than believing in witchcraft. In California, it is illegal to inflict such psychological abuse on minors under 18 because it is deemed by experts to be child abuse and likely to cause long term psychological damage. If any adult wishes to undergo such self-inflicted torture, they should, I suppose, be able to do so but they should be required to read a disclaimer and warning from the American Psychological Association first. “Reparative therapy” is a cross between voodoo and believing in witchcraft. Even as long ago as Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis did not believe this claptrap.
Governor Perry and the Texas Republican Party damage the ability of the party to attract young voters — heterosexual, young voters. Young people are strongly revolted by this balderdash already.
The governor needs to stay out of the presidential race after this further misstep by him. He can only damage the Republican brand if he announces. The Democrats will have a field day if he runs. They will paint the GOP as the hate party, a bit over the top perhaps, but the cupidity of Governor Perry and the stupidity of the party platform have been a perfect set up for the Democrats. Governor Perry and the state party platform people have committed a serious disservice to the national party.
May I suggest that the governor, somehow, meet with a group of psychologists and get a clue? In the end, he might decide to apologize but I doubt it. Frankly, he just needs to keep quiet on this topic from now on. One would have thought he would have known better. Apparently not so.
Knesset member accuses activewear giant of ‘anti-Semitic propaganda’ over Star of David-like logo in World Cup clip
Not so cleverly, the logo created by Nike for the “clones” in this long (5″) ad for their gear in a soccer setting, combines the Star of David with a Swastika look.
Fortunately, they are few. They are dangerous otherwise. Intense hatred. Frightening people. Bona fide heirs of Hitler.
And then there is the “soft” version of these monsters: BDS groups like the English Methodist Church and the U.S. Presbyterian Church.
The horror of it is that the English Methodist Church and the U.S. Presbies have more in common with these Nazis than they would with many synagogues.
The churches would disagree with the rants about racial purity — except for their collaborative wish for a Judenrein Mideast. But they share the priority of singling out Jews as the world’s biggest problem to be addressed.
These Nazis certainly have their arguments in order. They may be outright lies, sly arguments, and almost clever misreadings of history or philosophies, but they certainly know how to make their case. “The Jews caused WW2 [Hitler’s song book] and then ended it by developing the nuclear bomb.” Now THAT is cynical.
Glib bastards, especially Andrew Anglin.
Andrew Anglin’s distortion of Freud is almost clever. A modest knowledge of Freud, however, is enough to challenge his claim that Freud rationalized libertine behavior without constraint. Anglin’s Freud is all degenerate id, and the clever (ergo Jewish) ego figures out how to endlessly re-sate the id — but omits Freud’s trump card: the constraining super ego. “Intellectually,” Anglin’s argumentation is patterned after his own pseudo Freudian model: All id (get the Jews), ego (how to get the Jews) and no super ego, no restraint of decency or sense of duty to look further for perhaps the truth. There’s no question that Anglin would have been a rabid SS officer, not just a killer but a torturer. He’s the guy you find out is a secret S&M fetishist. His reflexive homophobia easily provokes some speculation as well. In the end, I wonder what a brain scan would reveal.
Hannah Arendt was wrong about the “banality of evil.” (Lacking originality; trite; without creativity.) Someone like Anglin is a relentless, remorseless pursuer of evil intents. Given the right circumstances, he’s dangerous. The irony of an outfit like the English Methodist Church, is that it really is banal. In which case, they are perhaps more dangerous in these times than outright Nazis: The result of their anti-Israel/Jewish BDS fixation will be to lay the groundwork for monsters like Anglin. They are what Lenin called “Useful Idiots” in reference to pro-Soviet western liberals. EMC and the USPC are too stupid to be anything but banal, dumb to the results of their own stupidity.
Anglin’s facial expressions and body language remind of a particularly notorious and obnoxious self-hating Jew, Max Blumenthal.
It’s odd that the (not so merry ol’) England keeps out U.S. scholars like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, but this vile Nazi rat Andrew Anglin is able to get into England and give a “talk.”
From the clapping, his audience is (thankfully) small, but it makes him no less loathsome. How is it that the nasty little jackal got in?
So who needs a big Nazi party when they have finks like the English Methodist Church or the U.S. Presbyterian Church to do their handiwork?
Sleepless in L.A.
Reply from Congressman Adam Schiff
Re: Failure of you and other Democrats to support Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act
Dear Congressman Schiff:Enclosed for your convenience (and my file) is copy of email I respond to herewith.
I am the gentlemen who severely tongue-lashed you at the April 3, 2014, AIPAC dinner in Century City for your feckless Kerryism: Being FOR the NWFIA before you were AGAINST it. Your position remains inexcusably partisan, miserably cowardly, hypocritical and a disgrace to your office and oath to defend the Constitution — meaning the country — from its enemies.
I did NOT contact “regarding your [my] support for a diplomatic solution with Iran over its nuclear weapons program.” And I remind you that you were deservedly red-faced with embarrassment as you were visibly incapable of responding — because there is no excuse — and you certainly did not “appreciate hearing from [me]“. I do NOT support any “diplomatic solution” with Iran because no such thing is any more feasible than was one with Hitler. You are either delusional or a fantastic liar. In either event, you are unqualified for office. These are dangerous times and you and your crowd are no better than were the Copperheads during the Civil War: Treacherous if not treasonous and utterly useless.
Your bathetic, bloviating gas bag of a Secretary of State, John Kerry, actually admitted this week at a Congressional hearing that Iran is presently two months from a nuclear breakout and after the much vaunted “DEAL” you and the rest of you dolts have touted so loudly would set back Iran to a mere FOUR TO TEN MONTHS FROM NUCLEAR BREAKOUT. This is after you SOBs — starting with the White House and then the Pentagon and State and Congressional Sycophants like yourself so publicly chastised and trashed Israel’s intelligence and strenuous public warnings. Have you no shame? Damn you! HAVE YOU NO SHAME?!
I support sanctions solely as a means to help bring down that evil, monstrous, incredibly dangerous and deranged theocratic, millenarian tyranny. And you fools pulled the rug right out from under the sanctions and rewarded those murdering monsters for sucker punching us with billions of dollars. And you people also lied about the size of the economic relief. Oh, CONGRATULATIONS! By the way, about six weeks ago they hanged the poet Hashem Shabaani. They didn’t like his poetry. Let me explain that for your thick wits: This is like the Nazis burning books. People who burn books — or hang poets — burn and people. And before they go down, as with Hitler, it will be Valhalla. Do you get it yet? (Nah-h-h!)
I support the further sanctions because they were, unfortunately, the only “game” in town but the cowards and dolts in Congress, the White House and the State Department have even taken just the threat of military action off the table. It is a LIE that the threat of military action is on the table and the Ayatollahs know it. The non-stop braggadocio of Khameini, Rouhani and Zarif prove it — and not that you care because you lied in your email about Rouhani’s statements. You blatantly misrepresented that bastard. If this were you testifying before Congress, it’d be perjury. You obviously care about your pathetically obsequious partisanship at the expense of the U.S., Israel and Western civilization, as I made clear to you that night at the Century City Plaza Hotel dinner.
What I actually support is whatever amount of bombing it takes to wipe out Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions. Israel has done so to tremendously good effect in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. has become a cowardly, spastic giant led by Lilliputians. Any attempt by Iran to “respond” would easily be countered including any attempt to close the Straight of Hormuz. In fact, a bombing campaign as we did in Serbia to bring down Milosevic is easily within our capability — but the so-called Commander-in-Chief of this country and his equally spineless minions in the Congress are, in fact, disinterested in preventing the most dangerous regime since Hitler from acquiring nukes and ICBMs. As a Jew, you’ve apparently learned nothing from the Shoa and you’ve disgraced yourself. The only concern of your crowd is to kick the Iranian nuclear can down the road to the next administration. Your true views were published in Foreign Affairs journal in an article by Ken Waltz, “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb.” The thesis — feces is more like it — is that it would make Iran more “responsible” and finally “stabilize” the regime. Somehow, I suspect you are unaware of that essay but your actions certainly don’t reveal any opposition to the ultimate realization of its proposal.
You should also learn to listen and read. THERE WAS NO AGREEMENT AT ALL IN NOVEMBER. NONE! Whatever in the world are you referring to in that ridiculous email of yours? Do you LISTEN? Do you READ? Are you remotely capable? Iran has made it perfectly clear that all that was done was to “identify” key issues. That’s it. NOTHING has been agreed to. Further, as stated above, your Secretary of State has (finally) admitted that the potential agreement would actually accomplish very little — in distinct contrast to the propagandistic balderdash contained in your email. In fact, worse than nothing because a four to ten month breakout period is functionally not subject to accurate monitoring but you are too ignorant of the technical details or deceitfully publicly denying them to recognize that such a short period of time is not practical to keep track of much less provide metrics for deciding when they should be stopped. They will, in fact, continue to decentralize further their nuclear project. The metrics that would signal the time has arrived to stop them have long since materialized.
You’re hopeless, sir, but just don’t lie to me or send me witless, clueless rubbish. I don’t have time or forbearance for such rot.
You might try to surprise some of your constituents if not yourself and get a spine. But I doubt it very much. Nice world you people are leaving the kids. Proud of yourself? You shouldn’t be.
Sleepless in L.A.
Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for a diplomatic solution with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome your input.
For much of the past decade, Iran’s nuclear weapons development program has been one of the top national security concerns for the United States. An Iran armed with nuclear weapons, capable of threatening Israel and other regional states, would touch off a nuclear arms race in the world’s most volatile region.
For this reason, I have pressed for ever-tightening sanctions to isolate Iran from the global economy and have supported a policy that leaves all options on the table, including military force. The stakes are simply too high to risk any miscalculation of our resolve by Iran’s leaders. In pushing for ever more punitive sanctions, we held out the hope that by increasing the economic pressure enough, we might be able to force Iran to give up its nuclear weapons ambition and rejoin the community of nations. Now, we are at a moment in the standoff with Tehran that will test that assumption.
In repeated statements since his election as Iran’s new president in June, President Hassan Rouhani expressed interest in exploring a negotiated end to the sanctions in exchange for walking back its nuclear program and verifiable inspections to ensure compliance. If Iran’s President can make good on his stated intention, we may be at a turning point in our relations with Iran of historic significance.
The agreement reached last November 25 between the world powers and Iran is a positive step forward in the diplomatic effort to roll back Iran’s nuclear program. This interim deal, which provides limited and reversible relief from sanctions for a six month period, requires Iran to eliminate its stockpile of uranium enriched to 20 percent, and freezes its 3.5 percent stockpile, while submitting to intrusive inspections. The hope is that during the next six months a final agreement can be reached to verifiably end Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
There have been calls for the Senate to continue work on a new round of sanctions that was passed by the House with my support last year. Advocates of this approach say that sanctions brought us to this point and passage of a new round of sanctions during the negotiations will improve the likelihood of success at the bargaining table. I disagree. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have asked for more time to test Iran’s willingness to enter into a tough and verifiable process of ending its nuclear weapons program, and I think we should give it to them.
The sanctions have succeeded in forcing Iran to the table, and a further round right now — when it has the potential to derail the negotiations — is unnecessary and may very well be counter-productive. We will know soon enough whether the Iranian regime is serious about a new direction in its nuclear program and its relationship with the West. If it is not, there will be ample opportunity to tighten the stranglehold on Iran’s economy, and further sanctions will have my full support.
I have little trust in the Iranian regime, and we will need to scrutinize Iranian behavior to ensure they do not cheat. If they do, or if at the end of six months they fail to agree on a final resolution, we must freeze all Iranian assets and ramp up even more punitive sanctions. Iran must not mistake our resolve that it never be permitted to obtain the bomb, threaten the U.S. and Israel, and touch off a regional nuclear arms race.
No negotiation is without risk, and the Iranians’ track record is cause for great skepticism. The Administration must not accept a bad deal — and any interim agreement that provides sanctions relief must be easily and quickly reversible. But neither should the Administration be prevented from testing whether it can obtain a good deal that advances our security interests and those of our allies.
As a member of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee and a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I have made nuclear nonproliferation and especially keeping Iran from gaining nuclear capabilities a top priority. We have had over a decade of war, and our troops have paid a dear price. We must do everything possible to avoid another conflict and diplomacy and sanctions on Iran offer the best hope of doing so. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind on this vital issue.
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Thank you again for your thoughts. I hope you will continue to share your views and ideas with me.
Adam B. Schiff
Member of Congress
“As you know, the President has stated he will veto the Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act because its passage would lead to the collapse of the negotiations and the stark choice between a nuclear Iran or a war. Without getting into whether a bombing strike to take out facilities is a war and whether Iran has been at war with us since 1979, the question for the moment is that the pro-Israel lobby and this organization has been called out for being responsible for any such consequences. Iran, of course, is listening. In light of this public position taken by the President and the Secretary of State, why would not Iran proceed toward becoming a nuclear state fully expecting this organization and its allies and Congress to be blamed for the consequences? We look forward to hearing that the Secretary has either seen the light or can enlighten us. Keeping in mind that if you have nothing nice to say, then say… nothing… as we welcome the Secretary of State of the United States.”
Sound: One hand clapping….
February 27, 2014
Sleepless in L.A.
response to AIPACS request to embrace the bipartisan spirit
that has formed the basis of that relationship.
Please be courteous, respect all views and perspectives….
Actually, I think Kerry and Lew should be met with frigid global cooling. Dead silence.
Stand out of respect for the office when they enter — in utter, total deafening calm.
Maintained throughout. And studiedly when they leave.
The sanctions bill is at stake here.
AIPAC’s credibility is also at stake here.
Applauding those two is applauding their policies which are not just caving to Iran but openly inimical to AIPAC — and y’all know it.
The administration’s opposition to the sanctions bill is not just a death blow to stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons but is a body blow to AIPAC from which it may never recover.
This is about the history of the struggle to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Anything less than absolute resoluteness, including demonstrable displeasure expressed through overt coolness to the administration’s wrong and destructive policies will redound to AIPAC’s detriment.
They need to be made to own their own words, that passage of the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act will lead to a war that will be the fault of AIPAC and the (Jewish) pro-Israel lobby.
This is the stuff of anti-Semitism. It is utterly vile, unforgivable and cann0ot be ignored or met with feigned welcome.
We cannot stand for such treachery without betraying ourselves, our values, who we are and what we are about.
THEIR DEMAGOGUERY DOES NOT WARRANT A WARM WELCOME!
If AIPAC is going to have a future and keep its credibility, its membership needs to greet those two with dead, total, absolute silence.
That message will be the MUTE BUTTON HEARD AROUND THE WORLD. Anything less (more decibels) will be organizational suicide.
Listen to your membership on this one. We are listening to each other and to the comments of our friends.
Do not send a mixed message, a confused message, the wrong message. The message a warm message will send is that we are weak, ineffectual and no longer need to be taken seriously.
They have to know that they are neither appreciated nor feared; rather, that we will ignore their position and pursue the sanctions act until we have a veto-proof majority.
We are determined.
Their script may play in the salons of Europe but it does not sell with AIPAC’s membership.
It does not sell with Congress, and at this point, even our credibility with Congress is at stake. Congress will never forget if we back off.
And it is not selling with the American people who are dismayed at Obama-Kerry-Ashton’s romancing of Rohani and Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif.
Dead silence will be met with thunderous applause in the hearts of a frightened, dismayed, civilized public who is looking for real leadership.
So you can say, “If you cannot greet with warmth, then greet in silence.” They’ll get it.
It’s the best thing AIPAC’s leadership can do at this point if only for our own credibility and survival.
FDD’s Mark Dubowitz and Ali Alfoneh on what’s wrong with the administration’s negotiating strategy.
This article is a critical must-read. FDD, as you know, is an important leadership partner in this most critical of world issues. Lee Smith’s article is a devastating indictment of either the administration’s utter lack of any strategic vision or comprehension of the Iranian situation and Rohani’s “role” — or, worse, in my view its tacit complicity in an historic disaster. The irony is that Obama has actually strengthened Ayatollah Khameini’s hand, and, supposedly, weakened Rohani’s but that’s only if you believe that Rohani ever intended to lead Iran away from joining the nuclear club. I think few on the AIPAC board, if any, believe that bubbeh meise.
The fact is, we are at complete loggerheads strategy-wise with the administration — at a minimum. The question is whether we are ready to acknowledge and embrace this fact or are we going to finesse it out of any cognizable form? We are, far more likely, at odds with the administration on the ultimate goal, which makes matters far worse. In that regard, in an earlier post, Michael Kassen opined that we may have to cast about for a post-nuclear Iran policy. Perhaps the least of our worries, a nuclear Iran would be a devastating blow to the credibility, effectiveness and membership participation in AIPAC. As an organization, we have to be seen as having fought in hand-to-hand combat if, G-d forbid, we end up confronted with a nuclear Iran — and it will be a never-ending confrontation, won’t it? (I add that I see nothing that is going to stop them other than an Israeli attack, and I have no more an idea of what Israel will decide than most of you do. Frankly, I would not put it past this administration to actually warn the Iranians that Israeli planes are in the air. [In so many words, they threatened to do so, demanding that Israel seek “permission” to strike Iran’s facilities. So the administration has gone from “Israel’s right of self-defense” to Israel’s “right to request permission.”] In effect, an Israeli attack would not just save America’s super power status, it would revive AIPAC’s raison d’etre at a critical juncture because we are quickly running out of rhetoric, options, and tactics — which, as discussed below, is part of Obama’s strategy anyway. Right now, the administration is on a roll: The strategy to contain Iran and maintain American hegemony in the Persian Gulf is falling apart and as a side benefit, the pro-Israel lobby is being crippled.)
The administration has to be told, politely as possible (I suppose…) but firmly and without any question, that the pending sanctions bill must not only be passed and signed if we do not have a veto-proof majority, but if it is not signed, that the outcome will not be the war that was predicted if it is passed, but a nuclear Iran without question if it does not pass. That message has to be hammered home to Harry Reid until he releases the bill for a vote. As we helped lead the “Free Soviet Jewry” movement, so must we now lead the “Free the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act from Committee” movement! (You gotta smile at that one.) Harry Reid cannot be allowed to get away with this.
So I ask you to imagine the effrontery of having to sit there and be lectured by that gas bag Secretary of State on how far we’ve come with Iran and how the pending bill would not only undo all that good work but even threaten war, and that the war would be our fault! That’s the rankest chutzpah from an administration in my lifetime. It is an aggression on the truth and on AIPAC that must not stand. I would actually support uninviting the administration to present. There is no way to send a stronger message than to let them know we are not going to be lied to, bullied, or intimidated — or, much worse, scapegoated, which is what they have the obscene effrontery to be doing. It should be made clear that it is not a partisan matter as many Democrats support our position. It is a question that we are not going to allow the administration to get away with slandering AIPAC as a war-monger nor are we going to let the real war mongers, Iran, get away with developing nukes as the admnistration clearly uninformed policy is doing.
The sides are drawn. We all know this. It is a matter of daring to engage. If we do not, it is more than our own organizational future that will be at stake. Obama has targeted AIPAC for virtual destruction. So far, he is on schedule. Will we be passive observers to our own demolition? He has slandered us by accusing us being held responsible for any military action, which he describes as “war”. His rhetoric in this regard is calculatedly overblown. He is appealing to hysteria. This is the rhetoric of a demogogue. He has, in one sentence, surrendered any claim to “All options are on the table”. (That was always his own taqqiyah, so to speak, which is Arabic for the Islamic practice of deception.) He has raised the ante. It is more than a matter of our simply supporting immediate passage of the bill. It is a matter of strategy: Supporting passage of the bill and openly criticizing what has been worse than a strategic miscalculation. It is a cynical strategy of retreat masked over by a cunard against the opponents of retreat coupled by an non-credible denial that it is a retreat at all. Our CIC has surrendered to the Ayatollahs and declared war on AIPAC — and the “Jewish lobby.” His comments even echo historically freighted anti-Semitic slurs. Let’s not fool ourselves. That man has overstepped all bounds of reason and decency in what is now a crisis. Our conversations on Capitol Hill must be the toughest and frankest we have ever had. Hold outs must be given a stark choice: They must confront their role at a historic moment. But first, so must we.
Re-read that previous paragraph. I ask you to pass this out to the board members.
America, Israel, AIPAC — civilization –we are all at stake here and it is time to rise to the occasion. There can be no “Sunshine Patriots”* here.
Sleepless in L.A.
I have to disagree with the column on a key point: Rouhani is not the problem. Khameini is not the problem. Their position, their point is very clear: They want nukes and they loathe us and they seek our destruction. Their intent is very clear. I have no problem with that. It is naive to describe them as problematic at this point. The only ones being fooled is us and by our own government. I have a much bigger problem with a government that is not supposed to lie but does so anyway than one that is expected to lie and we all know it.
In supporting passage of the pending Iranian sanctions bill, it is not merely a matter of urging that Iran be stopped from becoming a nuclear state. It is more a matter of stopping the administration from stopping the Stop Iran Movement! The target is not so much Iran as it is our own U.S. administration.We know how to deal with Iran. Economy busting sanctions until there is a counter revolution or just get it over with and bomb their nuclear and missile facilities already..
We all know what the options are. The problem is our own government that is loathe to implement either one because it is eager not to worry about Iran. It believes, it has always believed, that a nulcear Iran can be “contained.” “Containment is not an option” really means that it is definitely the outcome we have always been heading toward. Not an option to pick from but the inevitable end game — at least of this phase. It is simply a matter of parsing what the term “option” means in the context of a nuclear Iran: It isn’t optionable, it is expected, and worse, embraced.
Why does Obama claim that a sanctions bill would leave war as the only option? Because a serious sanctions bills would call the bluff both he and his administration have been playing out — right along with the Iranian regime. They have been in on this one together since before Obama was elected. We are finally getting to the end game is all. Obama has had his own agenda with Iran just as much as he has had his own agenda with Israel and the Palestinians, with Iraq, with Afghanistan.
There is a very serious problem with a so-called Commander in Chief who lies to the nation, not just AIPAC. The problem is a so-called CIC who believes that we are the problem. That makes him the problem, not America and not even Iran. Obama never had the slightest intention of taking serious measures to stop Iran, not early and tough sanctions, not bringing the internal situation to the point of a counter revolution.
Obama very obviously believes that this is the “Post-America World,” and the natural hegemon of the Persian Gulf is Iran, not the U.S. Navy. The fact is that the day Iran is nuclear, the U.S., quite simply, is rendered a super power in name only. The quinteseential defining point of American super power status is hegemony over the global energy transportation chokepoint, the Straights of Hormuz. That becomes a debatable proposition the day Iran goes from its present nuclear threshold state to actual nuclear power status.Obama is out to castrate U.S. power including reducing U.S. forces down to the level they were prior to WW2. (Yes, that’s a fact, not speculation and technology cannot adequately close the resulting gap.)
AIPAC has a unique problem: It does not simply have to deal with a president who has an inimical attitude towards Israel. It has to deal with a president whose “doctrine” — the actual Obama Doctrine — is to facilitate America’s not-so-soft fall from its super power status. He is leading a global withdrawal hoping that all the careening and crashing will not be too overtly noticeable — at least not reported on by his dutifully slavishly ever-adoring press. (Yes, there are a few protests lately, but not enough to call it a sea change.)
AIPAC’s leadership needs to contemplate the depth of the country’s plunge into a historical abyss, its calculated forfeiture of leadership, its withdrawal from any role in shaping world events.
The Ukraine’s civil insurrection is historic. What will not be said or written of these days is that the U.S. stood strongly with the country’s people. The U.S. will be remembered for a mamby pamby, whiny expression of concern over violence. There was not a single utterance of stirring rhetoric that a people abused unspeakably by Stalin, subjugated by the Tzars and the Commissars must finally be free. Just a handwringing “Children, play nice.”
But this administration does not play nice with Israel. It ignores the depraved hatred of the Palestinians. For that matter, it ignores the depravity of the Iranian regime. Despite the fact that state murders have doubled since Rouhani came to his post — I won’t call it a coming to power — the administration has said nothing. The horror, the tragedy, the evil of the judicial murder of the poet Hashem Shaabani was met with nary a word from this cringing, paraplegic administration. Obama coos like Golum in Lord of the Rings, hissing obsessive praise on his “Pretty,” his Rouhani, the Lord of Iranian Politics saving the Obama’s day. The Secretary of State plays cheerleader. Yes, “tough diplomacy” he drones — insipidly.
No one believes this crap anymore. Not if they are not B-HO droogs, dragging themselves over every word as if it were a test like walking over hot coals or glass.
So AIPAC has a problem.
AIPAC needs to challenge this garbage administration to redeem its credibility because it has none. The polls even say so at this point. Obama has not hesitated to take to task maliciously and viciously AIPAC and members of Congress concerned about Iran’s nuclear progress and the collapse of the regime’s regimen.
It is not just the credibility of AIPAC that is at stake or some of its more ideologically, if not personally, committed and confused board members. The credibility of the United States itself is just about bankrupt. If I were a rating agency, politically I’d give the U.S. a CCC-. We are junk bond status. And a nuclear Iran will light its hookahs with those junk bonds.
A European Boycott of Israel?
but I believe there are U.S. anti-boycott laws pertaining to Israel from the
heyday of the Arab Boycott years.
employ the anti-boycott laws to this latest economic warfare. I do not believe
that the Europeans would hold up for a day to U.S. countermeasures.
would lose his (their) prime cudgel against Israel, but they would not dare to
reveal this hand.
“anti-nuclear Iran” solidarity — whatever’s left of it?
Middle East Quarterly by Steven J. Rosen, Spring 2014
And this is just the start of what is going to be an avalanche. When Horowitz and Greenfield are taking pot shots, we know we’re in trouble.
Granted that there is a lot of room for rebuttal of Greenberg citing other successes, PERCEPTION is the issue here and the sanctions issue has created
a perception issue. This is just too big a collapse of a lobbying effort not to be damaging.
The Syria ploy by Obama was bad enough. That was one huge defeat. When Obama saw that AIPAC couldn’t change anything, he went in for the kill.
He’s succeeding. If we don’t fight back, we’re crippled.
For what it’s worth, I play some chess and even some go. I try to think strategically as well as tactically.
I over the years, I maneuvered a one-man show into a 250-employee company.
I know something about marketing and fighting for market share and such.
Obama was just kicked out of the Walmart of political action and now even the boutiques are taking shots.
No, don’t take on Obama. Don’t take on THE DEMOCRATS per se.
Call it a “Targeted Strike.” First, my fellow Jews, TARGET THE JEWS, those six turncoat senators.
At the same time, target Harry Reid.
Now that’s a strategy. It will end up Obama who will need to keep his head down. Remember, he’s down in the polls, his foreign policy rating
has tanked and his handling of Iran is at the bottom of the Persian Gulf. With each ad targeting a senator, Obama takes another hit as well — but indirectly.
Ads: Each state with a Jewish senator. By name. Senator Shumer. Senator Boxer. In this case, Senator Feinstein. And keep going.
Nationally with Harry Reid. “Stop your opposition. Bring it up for a vote.” And pressure him to vote yes.
They’ll be risking a clean sweep against the Democrats in November in NV. It could hurt them een in Las Vegas.
After some VO narration and a quick clip of Rouhani about how Iran’s gotten all and given nothing…
Image: Poll #s (with VO) of % of Americans who don’t like this deal and want to stop Iran. And support sanctions.
“It’s not just about Israel. It’s about security. It’s about the region. It’s about civilization….IT’S ABOUT AMERICA!”
Images: The mobs with their “Death to America” signs, parading missiles, the centrifuges, The IRGC marching like Nazis.
“The sanctions were working. Bill XXXX will bring down the toughest sanctions ever if Iran does not cooperate.
Telling Iran it must cooperate or suffer sanctions does not cause a war. It is a strong message that Iran will not be allowed to threaten NUCLEAR WAR. |
No Iranian nukes threatening us. No Ayatollah nukes threatening our friends. No kidnappers of a hundred American diplomats are going to get nukes.
Iran supplied the improvised explosive devices to terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan that wounded and killed thousands of American and allied soldiers.
Iran must not get a fleet of ballistic missiles equipped with nuclear bombs.”
IMAGE: Friends throughout region.
“The alternative is the nightmare of nuclear proliferation throughout the entire Middle East.”
Image: Map of mushroom clouds over any potential nuclear state.
“Call Senator ____. Our futures depend on it.”
(?Use the LBJ thing and a picture of some kids????)
Make it PERSONAL. It’s not about Democrats. It’s about THEIR senator. It’s about Harry Reid.
How many people are not Harry fans anyway? Not everyone is wild about Harry, you know.
AIPAC, Israel and America need to win this one. Putting this off will break us.
It will break every egg I can think of and it won’t make an omelet.
It’ll make an Iranian nuclear stockpile with missiles.
I make the following predictions: If Iran gets nukes:
1. America will be a superpower in name only.
2. AIPAC will shrink and will be reduced to what? More money for missile defense? What will be able to say or do?
Give $5,000 or more or less to accomplish…what’s left? We lost.
And another ad: “The so called Joint Action Plan did not even consider the ballistic missile — the coming INTERNATIONAL BALLISTIC MISSILE
— threat either. What kind of security negotiation is that? Tell your Senator ___ that they are not doing their job. They must vote for Bill XXXX.
When I called Boxer and Feinstein’s offices, the voices of the staff were nervous. They were feeling the heat. Then AIPAC backed off. NOT GOOD!
Which leads to one last thing: The decision to “put off” pushing for passage of the bill was not done in concert with consulting membership.
NOT A GOOD IDEA EITHER!
Back to the drawing board. This is a major screw up to fix.
“Reassuring” me is not going to fix a thing. AIPAC now has a big problem. Both perception and real. Very, very real.
Daniel Greenfield’s article
French Jews Migrate To Israel Citing Rising Anti-Semitism
Jewish children are now being attacked by Muslim “kids” in France.
Teachers are attacked by Muslim “kids” if they “dare” teach about the Shoa.
Jews have been beaten up in the street, being ganged up on, of course.
This is why there’s an Israel. We don’t have to put up with this abuse anymore.
The Europeans will never protect the Jews. The Europeans will never “upset” their Muslims by enforcing laws against violence when the victim is a Jew.
The Europeans will never enforce their hate speech laws when the violator is a Muslim fanatic calling for mass Jewish death — as happened recently in France, but it was a mob in the thousands, not just some lone nut. The Long March out of the European Cemetery for Jews is finally beginning — after 2,000 years.
Europe will, eventually, be Judenrein.
It will be piece by piece. Jew by Jew. Country by country. But it is inevitable.
Even if it takes 50 years, it will happen. The next generation of Europe will hate the Jews exponentially more than the present generation. And the one after that will be even worse. Europe is changing for the worse. Well, except in its hatred of Jews. That just had a hiatus. It never really changed. Europe’s oldest hate is back and growing. The “shock” over the Shoa is dissipating. The truth is that Europe will never forgive the Jews for the Holocaust. So it’s o.k. to hate Jews again. They’ll call it anti-Zionism, but when they beat up a Yid on the street, we know what it really is. European Churches like the spiritually polluted and intellectually corrupted English Methodist Church don’t call us “Christ Killers” anymore. They’ve gotten sophisticated. They call it “pro-Palestiniian” or even “anti-Zionist.” The stupid, bloody bastards should stop pretending they’re fooling anyone because they haven’t really changed one whit. England has always, in its heart of hearts, felt the Jews were to be disdained because they just didn’t belong. Not really. Kicked us out. Allowed us back. But the 1939 White Paper on Palestine and the closure of the only escape from death says all we really need to know about not-so Great Britain. Picture a Blue Blood peering disdainfully at a Yorkshire gamekeeper or a washer woman with a ‘Puddlian accent — or whatever those snots do when the snit someone. That’s how they feel about Jews. Some character in the parliament in Hungary proposed that the country should register its Jews. I don’t need to catalogue it. The bottom line is that some will call for BDS against Israel, some will march in the streets calling for Jewish blood as they “hide” amongst the deranged fundamentalist Muslims with signs reading “Bring back the ovens”. Some will be more “civilized” and support academic boycotts. Or that piece of leftist, Jew-hating filth, the “Guardian” will “painfully” decide that Israel’s right to exist has (somehow) been forfeited. (It’s really hard sometimes to just be disgusted and angry and not really hate Europe.) In the end, it’s all just another version of the Nuremberg Laws, isn’t it? Cut the Jews from the herd, demonize them, and it goes from there. Ask the French fellow who was kidnapped and tortured to death by — guess who. Dayenu. Enough is enough.Am Yisrael Chai! And to hell with Europe at last — even if slowly.After WW1, the pogroms murdered 500,000 Jews. For some reason, it’s barely known. It was equivalent to what that Cossack Chmelnicki did to the Polish Jews in 1648.
It was the warm up to Hitler — and his willing executioners…all over Europe. Time to say “Good bye.” And: “Shalom!” After all, it means peace. Even if they have to fight for it, it’s peace to the sense of dignity and place. It’s existential. They’re going home. The final chapter in the European Diaspora will be written over the next two generations.
Iran either has a bomb already or is about to get one.
February 9, 2014
Sleepless in L.A.’s response to AIPAC
PM Netanyahu Will Speak Live at AIPAC Policy Conference
The P5+1 formula should be modified: P5+1 = None? Or, P5+1 = Iranium 235?Since the PM will be in WDC, he’ll be obliged to see BHO. The Bibi and BHO Show! It’s actually a No Show. Or should be one….
Actually, Bibi may as well fly in, speak to the AIPAC crowd and fly right out.
That would send a message. Sort of like having to walk past the White House trash cans.I see no value in the PM’s visit.
Obama wanted to break the “Jewish lobby” and he’s succeeded. Bibi’s visiting him would only be an exercise in dhimmitude.
It’s going to be a further humiliation. Obama will say “No” to everything and anything of substance.I would rather the PM had a last minute “schedule problem”, addressed us by satellite, and skipped the White House Tour.
It’s going to be bullshit and that’s not good. Call it the Prime Minister version of the Diplomatic Flu. They’ll get it on Pennsylvania Avenue. And they won’t care — either way.I presume that we’ll get Kerry sent to us. We’ll get a blast of gibberish about backing Israel “But the settlements….” and “tough diplomacy” with Iran….and s-n-o-r-e. (Wake me up when the nukes go off.)
Or they could even send Hagel to finagle some B.S.: We have Israel’s back! Something about weapons, of course…. Everything but actually ending the Iranian nuclear threat.
Or they could be really brazen and the B-HO himself could come and lecture us about not “blowing it” with Iran with a bill that promised sanctions for non-compliance. Uh-huh. Got it!Are you having any sessions on post-Apocalypse nuclear Iran? Not useful in the circumstances but informative in a depressing sort of way. It’d be sort of like Concentration Camp art. Instructive, in a horrifying way.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is Confirmed to Speak at the 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference!
Sleepless in L.A. writes a poem in honor of Kipling
It’s an age of lies and plunder. Kipling’s poem, “The Gods of the Copybook Headings”?
UP THE EMPIRE!
Up the Empire!
Of Kipling and its lingo,
A ruddy Hip Hooray!
And all that that burden he would have us brutefully bear
to e’er bear witness to truths our post-modern erudites dilute.
They reek their ire, their national friar declaiming
“All is dire. Be restored by revolutionary aspire!
Let The People be the triers when you (dare) call me ‘Liar’
(and we sell by guile)
We can spread the wealth you’ve piled.”
They ply by welfare
plea class warfare
teach classification by group identification.
Promise New Wealth
“Without their wicked avarice,
those Unfair Squires who dare to acquire.”
(Build a drab, and seamless sameness enforced by regulation, tithe and decree.)
It has become a gyre,
a civilizational funeral pyre.
The flames of resentment ascending;
the nobility of striving and deeds descending.
Envious “Fairness” demeans what’s so fair;
Thus devious “Fair” comes to fear and thus fair unspared,
And I unfardled yet fouler bear.
My empire! My empire! My empire!
For a well-spoken tongue, some distinguished mannered groom.
Wed me again to a play of manners not staged in Sartre’s gloomiest room,
belief in monuments,
distracted evening interludes,
politesse and solicitude.
I fear the annihilation of the lowest common denominator,
The anschluss of zero sum societal wrought
by those of superficial notoriety
and their throngs too, too enthralled
to accumulated cultural sobriety.
on Jewish Ties to the Holy Land.
The English Methodist Church BDS project revives this disgraceful history
of Jew hatred, slander and libel.
Counterpoint – The HJS Editorial: “The Importance of Mavericks in the Middle East”, From the Director’s Desk & 2014 Global Dangers
Ironically, a bombing attack by Israel will set back Iran sufficiently such that if harsh economic sanctions are also maintained, the Iranian regime could well fall. It is a serious question whether even that brutal regime could survive both a catastrophic loss of its trophy nuclear bomb enterprise coupled with devastating sanctions. In that scenario, Israel will have played the roles of both grand vizier and praetorian guard to the king, saving the unsteady royal’s shaky throne. In this approaching season of Purim, Israel would be Mordecai and the Shushan guard, saving a foolish and feckless King Ahasuerus from his own folly. A bit convoluted, as it is Obama who is Ahasuerus and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini who is wicked, wicked Haman in a surreal regional replay where there are players but no real country. But in the real world, it would be (not so) little Israel that would be saving the giant but timorous America from itself — in the end, the alternative consummation devoutly to be wished.
revised and updated
The U.S. and Russia Are Triangulating Israel Not to Bomb Iran:
Actually, I believe the one way to force Obama into having something resembling a foreign policy would be for Israel to bomb Iran. He could, at that point, ill-afford to continue Perhaps they should declare him some sort of Prophet? What do you think? How about…Prophet of Doom?
Sleepless in L.A.
Responding to Time Magazine article on Syria, Israel, and Obama
September 5, 2013
Sleepless in L.A. writes the House of Commons
George Galloway Statement to Parliament on Chemical Weapons Used in Syria To: The Right Honorable Speaker of the House of Common John Bercow:On Russia’s Press TV Galloway accused Israel of supplying al-Qaeda with CW (it would have been sarin gas) that was used two weeks ago in the east suburbs of Damascus, Syria.Galloway then lied in front of the English nation and the Members of Parliament by denying he had ever said such a thing. The statement, on its face, is not just juvenile; it is insane and evil. Here is the video of George Galloway lying in Parliament:
Dear Mr. … ,
there are 20 years we produced this Linea dalla Storia and it’s not our principal business we produced another Linea Classica with our wines and also too much wine in bulk, we have started with this Historical Line for a joke under a request from one of our customer, and now we sell many bottles, but we never want to do politics or to elogize Hitler and his men or Mussolini or to offend someone, in fact we have removed from the images the nazi simbols like the svastica and the simble SS during making the labels, than we never used racist phrases but only nationalist phrases or names of the characters, than our historical line includes many characters from history : apart from the above Stalin, Lenin, Gramsci, Napoleon, Sissi, Franz Joseph, Dracula ;-), bikers, Italian Army, women, famous paintings ( http://www.vinilunardelli.com ) and we are making new labels about great music composers like Mozart for all these reasons in all these years we have won 5 cases in court … our customers are differentely wine shops and also we sell by our website but not in the USA because we have no importer for FDA but last year when there was a similar news in the USA i had in one day more than 200 e.mail from all the States in USA to request Hitler wine but unfortunately we couldn’t fulfill the orders. Instead there are some company ( not wine producers ) they copy us and made labels with svastiche, SS and not correct phrases, but we are the first we are the most famous and so people come against us. But i am a no politic man and i don’t go to vote, i think those bad famous characters can not come again but actually we have a bigger problem and enemy : multinational corporations and their soldiers : the politics, they are destroying the world and killing a lot of people, but this persons that live in the past and they schocked to innocent wine bottles why don’t shocked for the new monsters ?!? … Past is past and can not come again in this current situation.
I don’t want absolutely to offend jewish people and i apologize to them, but they have so many new enemy in the world and i am not one of them because i respect all the people, all human races, all poor people, all people in difficulty. We only try to work to survive, the good thing with this marketing : we have gained new customers because we don’t want to sell the labels but labels that attract new customers to taste our good wine inside 🙂 …. Most cutomers who buy those kind of wine with Hitler label are German people ( but no one is a skin they are against italian products only DE or AT ), Austrian people, East Europe people but also we have requests from all the world . … In the end we don’t stop to sell this wine until people require !
Andrea LUNARDELLI ( direct manager and creator of the line )
ed in più :
Hi Mr. … ,
i understand what kind of monster and evil mean Hitler for those family and i am sorry for this problem but it’s not in my intention to offend them, i think only to my work and to survive, i hate Hitler but fortunately he is dead and doesn’t exist anither person like him ( i hope ) , i think tha kind of story couldn’t repeat . i have to twins child 11 years old and i am more worried for the future … past is past, to remember to not repeat, i hope this is my message .
Dear Vina Luardelli wines,
Perhaps you people lost nobody in the war.
Israel’s reviled strategic wisdom by Caroline Glick
One thing is crystal clear from Glick’s column, U.S. strategy — that is, Obama’s chaotic strategums — has been an absolute disaster. He understands none of it and worse. The Egyptians hate us more than ever. Good Morsi is gone, yes. But you’d never know it from this White House, and still, it refused to side with the removal of a man who hates us and threatens what little peace there is in the region.
to editor of German paper that published ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon attacking Israel
I’ve been to Germany, especially Berlin, over 50 times. I can’t believe your paper actually had the gall to publish that horrendous misrepresentation of the artist’s original drawing and used it in an entirely unintended context to demonize Israel. This use is vilely anti-Semitic and any attempt to deny this is intellectually utterly corrupt and dishonest. The artist has disavowed your use of his art as having nothing to do with what the unpolitical fantasy piece he created and condemned what your paper did with it; yet, you continue to defend your bigoted and likely illegal misappropriation of the artist’s intellectual property.
Further, Israel is legally and morally justified in its defense of itself, and Germany certainly has an eternal moral obligation to generously support Israel in its defense and its right to utilize that capability. Germany, of all country’s, needs to be extremely cautious before criticizing another country — and Israel in particular — when acting in self-defense. It is a particular cowardice of Europe’s media to misrepresent and over report matters concerning Israel and the Palestinians, as if this is the most important problem in the region if not the world. It is not in either case. European media including your paper give scant coverage to the Congo, to Tibet, to North Korea, not really even to Syria considering, first of all, that Bashar Assad has been murdering his people from the outset of his dictatorship as did his father. I doubt that you covered the recent murder of the Syrian Catholic priest in a public beheading by al-Nusra jihadis in front of a cheering crowd. If such a thing occurred in Israel by Jews — which is unthinkable — it would be on your front page. I doubt that you covered the slaughter of this priest even on your backpage.
The Palestinians are spoiled rotten brats who need to get on with their lives already — as Jews did by building Israel after your Auschwitz, Chelmno, Treblinka, Sobibor, Auschwitz-Berkinau, Dachau, Majdanek, Kristallnacht, Terizenstadt and hundreds of others. Your Palestinian endless “victims” have received more aid already than did all of Europe through the Marshall Plan after WW2. They praise their murder-bombers as “martyrs,” teach their kids to hate Jews and want to kill and be “martyrs”. Your paper says virtually nothing about this. They’ve abused and driven off most of their Christian population. They commit honor killings against females for frivolous reasons and against gays. Israel gives unofficial asylum to gay Palestinians and I doubt you report on that. In the meantime, Abbas’ sons and hundreds of other Palestinian “officials” steal hundreds of millions of dollars of “aid” money. And aid money otherwise gets used to honor “martyrs” and teach hate.
Your paper, your country and your EU have all these rules about “hate” speech but say and do nothing about the genocidal hate against Jews and Israel spewing out from Europe’s mosques and mobs of Muslims and their leftist cohorts for whatever most recent reason prompts this rabble of ROPO – Religion (and political cult) of Perpetual Outrage.
You hold Israel to a higher standard than you do any other people on the planet. You infantilize Arabs and hold them to no standard. Your paper’s recent cartoon is properly printed in Der Sturmer. You know no shame. So be true to your multi-culturalism and pacifist delusions: Go live in Saudi Arabia or Somalia. Convert to Islam. Have a daughter. And stand there and watch her genitals get mutilated. No? Then stop mutilating the truth about Israel and the Palestinians. You’re a shanda – a shame that turns the soul itself crimson.
Next time, dare to make the maid an image of The Prophet serving the demon — and see how long you keep your heads. No? Not surprised. You people are cowards, hypocrits and bullies.
on Obama’s trip to Deutschland. What a pile of platitudes and lame nonsense.
comments on “Syria and Egypt Can’t be fixed” by Spengler of the Asia Times
Re Syria, I am in complete agreement with Spengler. I have repeatedly written that partition of Syria is the best option. There is no other way to reduce the coming sectarian bloodbath. I do not believe it can be averted in its entirety. Turkey will be most displeased due to growing Kurdish independence. Too bad. Kurdish sovereignty is long overdue and Turkish hegemony over this issue has long been stale. A lot of Turkey’s political gamesmanship is long gone rancid. We should look to a new iron triangle in the Mideast: U.S., Israel and Kurdistan. The Arabs will be as shifting as their sands, at least for a good while. The great economic question is reducing famine in Syria and Egypt. In Egypt, certainly, we need to leverage significant political concessions for every grain we give them. No more playing court jester to their Mubarrak. Enough is enough already. Syria? We need to end any possibility of a Syria that can be a sponsor of Hizbollah. That will mean a truncated and not-so-truculent Alawite rump state in the west incorporating a good portion of the Mediterranean shore. However, another state should be created in the northern sector to allow for another Med-accessible polity. Various arrangements for the Druze, Christians and secularists are essential, perhaps abutting the current Israeli portion of the Golan but that may not be geographically possible given current demographic locations. The Sunnis? Good question. In one sense, it would be ironic to combine them with Iraq to balance the sectarian census but that would be difficult. It would, however, resolve the Iraqi refugee issue in that area. As for Syria’s economy? The agriculture is shot: No rain, no technology.
Yes, we should support the formation of such a coalition, federalist entity, but it would never encompass the whole country. Too many other factions I think.
Read Gary C. Gambill: http://www.meforum.org/3501/bashar-assad-syria-civil-war
Dear Mssrs Ruskay (United Jewish Appeal), Levin (Jewish Federation) and Sadler (92nd St Y):
Roger Waters is so pathologically anti-Israel, he’s anti-Semitic. If you haven’t already done so, you can google his “presentation” to the UN Human Rights Commission – an oxymoron as you know – and listen to it. Rogers’ gruel is the usual unfair fare of half-truths, untruths, double standards and out-of-context misrepresentation. The manner of his presentation oozes contempt.
Stratfor’s article regarding Israel’s totally failed “apology” to Turkey (that Obama forced Israel to give), is utter rubbish!
As usual, Stratfor gets Israel and its region dead wrong. This is one of their worst though.
I disagree with Dr. Pipes, which is usually unthinkable for me. I think the apology was a big mistake. Pipes takes an ironic view: It backfired so badly, it taught Israelis who thought Israel should swallow the guff and do it and Obamaites (who usually can’t think straight about anything) a lesson about Erdogan and Turkey. I take a more literal view: It was obvious that Erdogan was going to abuse the apology (he did), it undermined Erdogan’s domestic opponents who criticize him for screwing up relations with Israel, and it turns facts (and a UN investigation finding) on their head and is now an ongoing problem for Israel, in effect taking blame for what was an unprovoked, murderous assault by Turkish and other Islamists. I agree with Ephraim Inbar’s article that Israel’s apology to Turkey was a mistake.
Turkey cannot help the U.S. in the region. In fact, the Syrian debacle has proven how hopelessly helpless Turkey actually is. Further, Turkey will never help the U.S. against Iran, not seriously.
Again, Stratfor is pathetically wrong: Rather than needing Turkey more than ever in the world of Arab Climate Change, Turkey has become part of the problem. We have only one real ally: Israel. If we are going to save Jordan — if we can — only Israel can help us. Turkey cannot and would not. Further, Turkey’s motives are highly suspect at this point.
PA removed map-shaped monument so Obama wouldn’t see it
Liberals and their media will not be able to find any issue that will gain as much traction as Israel (Jews) and the Arabs.
Assuming the hostilities were settled (HAH!), how easy it would be to ignore slaughters in Africa, starvation and water shortages there and elsewhere — except for announcements at rock and roll concerts — and focus on something truly pressing such as more “free” health care.
What care they about women and gays in the Muslim world? The Israel-Arab confrontation seems to be the sole excuse for these crypto anti-Semites to begrudgingly allow there is a world outside of their domestic redistribution schemes. Otherwise, they truly wish to withdraw America from a world they believe we are otherwise afflicting by our mere existence.
A line-by-line critique of your “Iron Dome” report would be too much, but even the opening lines of Mr. Simon’s reporting begs correction. The “only thing” Israelis could do was not run for cover from the rockets and missiles besieging them for so many years. Israel is actually capable of a massive invasion of Gaza and Lebanon — simultaneously if need be — that would utterly destroy every single structure and eliminate the entire terrorist threat, albeit with a high rate of collateral damage. So Israel has shown forbearance that no other country on this planet would, partially because of the hyperbolic, histrionic, vituperate, relentless, grossly distorted criticism that would be elicited from your Mr. Simon – an acerbic criticism reserved, apparently, for Israel but not the heirs of Nazi propaganda, Jew hatred and genocidal yearnings that are the hallmark of Hamas, Hizbollah, and yes, even Fatah, daily incitement. Oh, would that Mr. Simon would actually report on that as well. So, the Israelis have chosen to suffer PTSD, causualties, property destruction and hellish lives so that Mr. Simon can ask the inane question, “Will Iron Dome Mean Peace”? Gentlemen, Iron Dome will mean peace and quiet for Israelis but it will not bring a peace treaty, and at this point, I do not understand how supercilious questions such as Mr. Simon’s can get asked by presumably sophisticated international reporters. Turning to the end of the peace, Mr. Simon confounds history as his opening remark confounds one’s reason. The Arabs were killing Jews before there was an Israel, and not just in “Palestine.” The Arabs were allies of Hitler. Please read some WW2 history. I can’t give you a history course in an email, but the leader of the Palestinians, the Grand Mufti Haj Amin El-Husseini (a cousin of Arafat, whom he later mentored) was a Nazi ally, was given a tour of Auschwitz by Himmler, was made a Commander in the Waffen-SS by Hitler himself, raised two battalions of Muslim Croats to fight with the Germans, murdered en masse Jews, Gypsies and partisans. He personally interceded twice to assure the gassing first of 900 Hungarian children and then 5,000 Hungarians of all ages. He was active in East Europe urging the destruction of the Jews and the cooperation of local governments. His adamant refusal to allow Jews into the British Mandate over the holy land was a direct, major influence in the drafting of the Wansee Protocols, the Final Solution. The Arabs have sworn genocide against the Jews for 100 years. They have attempted it repeated against Israel beginning in 1947 with increased Palestinian attacks and in 1948 with the attacks by Israel’s neighbors. The charter of Hamas repeats a Haddith that invokes the final destruction of the Jews in the Muslim version of the end of days. This is repetitious already. It’s been stated countless, unfathomable times, including to this network. How can your producers and Mr. Simon still put out this simplistic jingoism that the “settlements” have anything to do with Arab Jew hatred? If that is true, then why do Sharia fundamentalists advocate stoning homosexuals? Are there homosexual settlements somewhere in Saudi Arabia? Surrounding the al-Aqsa mosque? Fanatic hate is fanatic hate. Further, why is there even more hatred of Jews in Gaza, where there are no Jews, then in Judea and Samaria where there are many Jews? Apparently, actually living near or next to Jews seems to be somewhat helpful, contrary to the Judenrein vision unintentionally advocated by your report. So before CBS advocates a true Apartheid state — one without Jews — consider much more carefully the accuracy and logic of what you are advocating. (The question of whether a report such as this one should be advocating anything rather than reporting is another matter.) The real story of Iron Dome however, is that it has changed military strategic thinking about missile defense — and that Ronald Reagan was right. For this, the U.S. potentially owes Israel an enormous thanks for protecting the future of our troops in battle theaters as well as civilian populations all over the world. In the future, please get the story right.
Sleepless in L.A.
Hagel is weak, dim…
Hagel is weak, dim…loves our enemies and hates our friends. For Obama, whats not to like? Hagel will try to reduce our military to a paper tiger that Ron Paul will hail.
Sequestration’s Devastating Effects Will Be Felt at Home and Abroad – JINSA Report
Gage some of these cutbacks such as missile defense and withdrawing a carrier from the Gulf region against the money foolishly squandered by this incomprehensibly incompetent administration on its crony capitalism faves in Green Energy nonsense. Billions are frittered away while hundreds of millions would shore up critical technology and a few billion would shore up needed security.
Even less likely to happen with the Kerry-Hagel-Brennan Troika. If Hagel is replaced, no matter how sensible he/she might be, the new Sec. Def. won’t stand a chance given the momentum from the White House, State and CIA.
Yeah, I know. It’s like TOTALLY LAME! Already….
What does one do with these facts? Well, if you’re an Obama-ite you spin, ignore, blame George Bush, find a multi-cultural reason not to reason it through — or have a sudden need to go meditate so your groove doesn’t come unglued. I know a few of those too. We all do, don’t we? And don’t forget, gay marriage and abortion trumps nuclear Iran or Syrian chemical weapons spreading like water from a broken dam. Or, “I just want a president who agrees with my positions on those issues. It’s how I FEEL.”
You’ve got an incoming Director of CIA who refuses to say that Islam itself is largely responsible for the world’s mess. A Director who has purged texts at the direction of the heads of CAIR and other domestic Islamist radicals. (I know, “Islamist radical” is redundant, but some people still don’t get it — including our CIA director.)
The title left out torture. Brace yourselves for the details in the article. This stuff has been going on forever in Saudi Arabia, but Europe’s “intellectual” class would rather stay obsessed with those damned Jews. I mean, “illegitimate Zionist occupiers.” Of course, “the occupation” now includes Tel Aviv. But we have a detour here from the usual. One case finally leaked out in Saudi Arabia. Will they behead “Daddy” now that it’s causing a ruckus? Will they do it on live tv just to make it “look good”? Since they practice punitive amputation, perhaps they’ll opt for Daddy’s little head over his big one? Whatever is a decadent, vilely primitive Saudi despot to do when one of his baboon collection goes out of control? Before this is over, Daddy will blame it on a Zionist plot. After all, he is a popular tv imam. When he goes to Paradise — after all, he’ll blame it all on the Jews and should receive dispensation from Allah for that — according to him, his daughter can’t be one of his 72 virgins. That’s why Dirty Dingbat Daddy claimed he had a right to torture, rape and murder her. The sooner Saudi Arabia’s degenerate leadership gets it over with, the sooner the West’s Chattering Useful Idiots can get back to condemning Israel. I had one amusing thought. On BHO’s upcoming trip to Israel, he is also supposed to go to Saudi Arabia. Wouldn’t it be funny if the feminist left in Europe and America protested that leg of the trip in memory of that poor little girl? Nahhh! They’re in bed (with the devil, so to speak) — and the left will NEVER do anything so uncouth as to imply any criticism of Prophet BHO. But I’m sure our State Department condemns such acts — by an individual…. After all, they can’t condemn the society that bred Dirty, Dingbat Dad — and then let him go. File this one along with all the college dorm young women who burned to death in Saudi Arabia because the key keeper wouldn’t unlock the door so they could escape when the building was burning. After all, they wouldn’t be properly attired if they ran out in their nighties. But at least they died virgins. Maybe Dirty Dingbat Dad could ask Allah for a few of them?
Syria: Everyone But Obama Wanted Action Jarrow
This is the London Sunday Times?
Sleepless in L.A.
EU sanctions are not working against Ahmadinejad and Iran. Almost every sanctioned Iranian company or individual
is suing the EU — and some of them are winning. …
Read on. It only gets worse. http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/comment/regulars/thinktank/article1206387.ece