Thursday, April 24, 2014

The company you keep

Dan Margalit

"Will two walk together, except they have agreed?" asks the Bible (Amos 3:3).
The Hamas-Palestine Liberation Organization national unity government, signed between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, fits the old Talmudic adage, "Not for nothing did the starling follow the raven, but because it is of its kind." Yes, Abbas and Haniyeh are indeed Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Two days ago the trickster from Ramallah summoned Israeli journalists to elaborate on his preconditions for extending the peace talks. He said he was committed to peace, but he withheld an important piece of information: Before the sun rises on the following day, he will have effectively signed a "reconciliation agreement" to end the schism among Palestinian terrorist groups.

It’s Prom Time, and Abbas Must Choose a Dance Partner – Israel or Hamas

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas now must choose between Hamas and Israel.

It’s that time of year again — the Fatah terror faction led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has for the ‘nth’ time managed to reach a “reconciliation” with the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza.
The two sides agreed Tuesday evening after talks in Gaza City to form a unity government “within the next five weeks,” according to an announcement by officials on both sides released Wednesday.
But Hamas is unwilling to negotiate with – or for that matter, even recognize the existence of – the State of Israel.
So the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) which represents the PA in all its affairs at the United Nations (UN), and thus the PA, meaning Mahmoud Abbas – who heads both – must choose who to take to the prom.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fatah's military wing: "Armed resistance until the liberation of all of Palestine"

The period of "calm has ended"
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Fatah's military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, has announced they "will adhere to the option of armed resistance until the liberation of all of Palestine," the independent Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported. The expression "the liberation of all of Palestine" is a common Palestinian euphemism used to refer to the destruction of Israel.

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is also the head of Fatah and his movement's military wing stressed that the "calm has ended, as the occupation continues to kill, Judaize and settle." They urged Mahmoud Abbas not to accept US Secretary of State John Kerry's plan and not to give in to "political extortion by the Western powers." [Ma'an, March 11, 2014]

Earlier this year, Palestinian Media Watch reported that Fatah posted a video promising to "turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire."

Despite US court ruling, ‘Jerusalem’ not likely to be on American passports


Decision to rehear case on putting Israel on passports no cause for optimism; weakest aspect of case is that it doesn't really explain how and why a court is equipped to make these kinds of judgments about foreign policy.

MK Nissan Smolanski and Housing Minister Uri Ariel inaugurate the building of housing units.
MK Nissan Smolanski and Housing Minister Uri Ariel inaugurate the building of housing units. Photo: REUTERS

Is it possible that the word “Israel” may finally get onto the passports of Americans born in Jerusalem, following the US Supreme Court’s Monday ruling to hear the case a second time? Probably not.

The court’s decision follows a July 2013 decision by the US District of Columbia Appeals Court declaring unconstitutional a 2002 congressional law that directed the US State Department to let US citizens born in Jerusalem register their birthplaces as “Israel” on their passports.

The same appeals court tried to halt the initiative of placing the word “Israel” on passports once before, in 2011. That time, the US Supreme Court swept in by surprise to put the case back on track.
With the Zivotofsky family – which started the march by suing the State Department for not registering “Israel” on their son’s passport – succeeding in getting the US Supreme Court to rehear the case, some underinformed observers may assume that the court will come in again to “save the day.” They would likely be mistaken.

The Israeli Biblical Slave Mentality that Tragically Exists to this very Day

By SaraLehmann
The Jewish Press

Aside from the clichéd quip about Pesach (Passover) preparations mirroring Jewish labor in Egypt, a concept I can well relate to, Pesach is universally regarded as the Jewish holiday of emancipation. The precept of Zeman Cheiruseinu (Season of our Liberation) is so fundamental to our Jewish identity that it is not consecrated solely on Pesach but is repeated throughout the year in much of our davening, berachos (prayer and blessings) and practices.
This idea of Jewish independence from other nations and dependence on Hashem (G-d) alone has guided Jewish thinking and influenced humanity as to the innate worth of the individual. And it is a reason so many Jews have found themselves at the forefront of liberation movements over the years.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Turning a Blind Eye to Palestinian Bloodlust

.President Obama has described Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas as “somebody who has consistently renounced violence.”  Just the opposite was on full display once again last week.  An Israeli father was killed and his pregnant wife and child were injured in a Palestinian terrorist shooting attack, as the family members were on their way to a Passover Seder on April 14th.  

Israel is monstrous soldier eating the Dome of the Rock Mosque

Cartoon repeats PA libel
that Israel is planning
to destroy Jerusalem mosques

PLO official: Israel wants
to "erect what they call 'the Temple' over Al-Aqsa"
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
One of the libels continuously repeated by the PA is that Israel is planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and everything else on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem - in order to build what the PA refers to as the "alleged Temple."

 Official PA TV reiterated this libel when it broadcast on its show Circle of Events a cartoon from the Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustur, which  depicts Israel as a monstrous soldier gorging on the Dome of the Rock Mosque, while a Hamas activist holding a flag with the word "Land" and a Fatah activist holding a flag with the word "Day" commemorate the Palestinian Land Day. [Official PA TV, March 30, 2014]

The Islamic war on Christians in the Middle East

Egypt-Christians-APThis piece is generally good, as there is far too little attention paid in the mainstream media to the escalating Muslim persecution of Christians, but Prosor, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, manifests the same ignorance (or refusal to speak explicitly) that hamstrings the free world’s response to the jihad threat. “Radical Islamists in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa,” he writes, “are using an ancient law called the ‘dhimmi pact’ to extort local Christians. The community is faced with a grim choice: pay a tax and submit to a list of religious restrictions or ‘face the sword.’”

ROP: Syria: Islamic jihadists kidnap Italian priest, negotiating for ransom

Dall'Oglio: la Coalizione delle opposizioni, e' vivoThe Islamic jihadists know that this kind of action cuts right to the heart of the free world’s dilemma. If Western leaders ignore the jihadist demands for ransom, they will be condemning the priest. But if they negotiate with the jihadists and pay them a healthy ransom, they are ensuring that there will be many more such kidnappings in the future.
“Negotiations ongoing for Italian Jesuit’s release in Syria,” fromANSA, April 21 (thanks to all who sent this in):
(ANSA) – Beirut, April 21 – Negotiations have been ongoing at various levels in Syria and outside the country for the liberation of Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, an Italian Jesuit priest who went missing in the north of the country in July, for several months, ANSA sources said Monday. The sources close to the negotiations, who asked to remain anonymous, said that “there was comforting news about Dall’Oglio being alive” two weeks ago.
But they also stressed that “there can be no certainty about this, given the difficulty in penetrating the organisation that is keeping him prisoner”. The sources added that Dall’Oglio is being held in northern Syria by a branch of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an al-Qaeda-linked group led by fighters from Iraq and other countries. The Italian foreign ministry said Monday that it was maintaining “maximum confidentiality” about the case.

Monday, April 21, 2014

UK: Probe of Islamic Takeover Plot Widens

The problem of Islam in public schools has been allowed to snowball to vast proportions... not hundreds but thousands of British schools have come under the influence of Muslim radicals.
Bains was also instructed to stop teaching citizenship classes because they were deemed to be "un-Islamic," and to introduce Islamic studies into the curriculum, even though Saltley is a non-faith school.
Schools should not be allowed to become "silos of segregation." — Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister
British authorities say they have widened their investigation into an alleged plot by Muslim fundamentalists to Islamize public schools in England and Wales.
The expanded probe now encompasses at least 25 schools in Birmingham, up from four initially. Investigators are also looking into new allegations that Muslim extremists have infiltrated schools in other British cities, including Bradford and Manchester.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lieberman: EU foreign policy chief oblivious to global problems

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticizes Catherine Ashton for condemning Israeli actions in Judea and Samaria • "It is fortunate that the EU knows how to diagnose the critical problems in the world and deal with them," Lieberman says, sarcastically.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman [Archives] 
 Photo credit: AFP

Iran's clean profit

Boaz Bismuth

That is it. From the perspective of Ali Akbar Salehi, the man who was Iran's foreign minister under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and currently presides over Iran's nuclear portfolio, the world can sleep quietly. A deal has been reached.
Does this mean Iran is dismantling its centrifuges? No need to exaggerate. On the contrary, their number is expected to increase. Hold on, it means the Arak heavy water reactor is shutting down? You've hit your head. There will only be a few cosmetic changes. Indeed, there will also be inspectors… as long as it suits Iran.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Why Not Arm the Jews In Ukraine?

John Ransom | Apr 19, 2014

As finger-pointing and accusations tumble out about whether Russian nationalists or Ukrainian nationalist are responsible for flyers in eastern Ukraine demanding that Jews register with local municipalities, the most important thing is being lost in the shuffle.

Without Vladimir Putin stirring the embers of Russian nationalism in Crimea and in Ukraine into a flame, it wouldn’t have happened in the first place.

"We are skeptical about the flier's authenticity, but the instructions clearly recall the Nazi era and have the effect of intimidating the local Jewish community," U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League Director Abraham Foxman said in a written statement according to CNN.
Whether the fliers were distributed by pro-Russian nationalists attempting to discredit Ukrainian nationalists or by pro Ukrainian nationalists looking to discredit pro Russian nationalists hardly matters anymore.

Congress prompts review of high visa rejection rate for Israelis

Julian Pecquet
Secretary of State John Kerry has ordered a review of the surging visa rejection rate for young Israelis following a backlash from Jewish members of Congress, according to a letter obtained by Al-Monitor.
SummaryPrint Secretary of State John Kerry ordered the review after receiving letters from lawmakers.
Author Julian Pecquet 
In the letter sent April 17 to Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., the State Department's assistant secretary for legislative affairs wrote that Kerry "shares" lawmakers' concerns. The secretary, it says, "has directed the Department to take a range of immediate actions to ensure that, consistent with U.S. immigration law, we make every effort to maximize the number of young Israelis able to travel to the United States."
"The Secretary has directed us to address these matters quickly and comprehensively," reads the letter from Julia Frifield. "The Department can and will do more to encourage and assist qualified Israelis to visit the United States."
The review follows a doubling of the rejection rate — from 16% to 32% — for tourist visas for Israelis between the ages of 21 and 26 from 2009 to 2013. The State Department says it has observed "increased rates of overstays and illegal employment," particularly for young Israelis who visit the country between the completion of their military service and the resumption of their college studies, but insists that the "perception by some that young Israelis are unwelcome" in the United States is flat wrong.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Murderer laments negative impact of prison life on his stamp collection

Issa Abd Rabbo who tied up two Israeli hikers
and then shot them in the head
complained that while in prison
he couldn't update his stamp collection properly
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Terrorist Issa Abd Rabbo murdered two Israeli university students, Ron Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem on Oct. 22, 1984. He tied them up at gunpoint, put bags over their heads, and then shot both in the head. He was serving two life sentences until he was released in October 2013 as one of 104 terrorists whom Israel agreed to release to fulfill the PA's precondition for renewing negotiations.

Recently, official Palestinian Authority daily honored Issa Abd Rabbo with an interview, reporting that the murderer "has enthusiastically resumed his hobby [of collecting stamps], which the occupation had prevented him from [pursuing] during the 30 years he spent in the occupation's prisons." In the interview, Abd Rabbo complained of the "many restrictions" in prison that made it "difficult for me to pursue [my] hobby.":

Top-notch intelligence

In recent years, Israel's operation intelligence has been undergoing a revolution that could transform the way Israeli military forces operate in the field • In the next war, troops will know exactly what they face in each sector.

Shaping the nature of the next war. An intelligence briefing
Photo credit: Ziv Koren

Hezbollah terror plot against Israeli tourists in Bangkok foiled

Hezbollah reportedly planned attack on Israelis in Bangkok's popular Khao San Road tourist hub • Bangkok Post reports suspects were arrested at different locations in Bangkok after Thai police received intelligence from Israel about a Passover attack.

Suspected Hezbollah operative, Lebanese-Filipino national Youssef Ayad
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Time to draw new lines

Ze'ev Jabotinsky
In 1928 my grandfather, my namesake, wrote in an article that the "character of a person is not black and is not white; it is the result of the relation between appetite and ability. Man has appetites and he seeks to fill them by turning to the path of least resistance. If the resistance is too great, the person says to himself that the benefit is not worth the cost and he forgoes his desires. But because he sees a lack of resistance, he says to himself: 'Here I can…' The most poisonous venom capable of infecting the virtue of man is the phrase 'here I can.' Any place where this term is valid, virtue is noneffective."