Has the war already begun? -
According to Kerry Patton Iran has already started the war -
Zerohedge: "Are US Troops Deploying on the Jordan-Syrian Border?"
The U.S. planned "regime change" in Syria and Lebanon long before 9/11. So the allegation by Boiling Frogs Post (former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds' site) that the U.S. is amassing troops on the Jordan-Syria border is disturbing. BFP noted yesterday:
Report: Foreign Troops Begin to Spread Near the Villages of Al-MafraqDec. 12, 2011
Update 1: Today at 12:00 P.M. we contacted DOD Press Office via two voicemail messages and one e-mail asking for comment(s) on this story. As of 6:00 P.M. EST we have not heard back.
Update 2: Another journalist with a major mainstream media publication was told by his editors that there would be no coverage or follow up on these developments. (...) >>>
The disaster of foreign policy -
Caroline Glick: "Calling things by their proper names"
Next month, America's long campaign in Iraq will come to an end with the departure of the last US forces from the country. Amazingly, the approaching withdrawal date has fomented little discussion in the US. Few have weighed in on the likely consequences of President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw on the US's hard won gains in that country.
After some six thousand Americans gave their lives in the struggle for Iraq and hundreds of billions of dollars were spent on the war, it is quite amazing that its conclusion is being met with disinterested yawns. The general stupor was broken last week with The Weekly Standard's publication of an article titled, "Defeat in Iraq: President Obama's decision to withdraw US troops is the mother of all disasters." (...) >>>
Nov. 26, 2011
Fall out of the Obama ME policy -
Caroline Glick: "Israel at the UN: A sucker's game"
This week's Palestinian-statehood extravaganza at the U.N. is being billed as something of a modern-day showdown at the O.K. Corral. If the Palestinians gain recognition of their state, then Israel is the big loser. And if the Palestinians fail to gain U.N. recognition of "Palestine" as a member state, then Israel is the big winner.
But the situation is more complex. By going to the U.N., the Palestinians have shown their absolute bad faith in previous negotiations with Israel, and indeed exposed the entire peace process as a lie. The peace process was based on the assumption that a Palestinians state could emerge only at the end of a comprehensive peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. That is, such a state would be at peace with Israel. (...) >>>
Sept. 24, 2011
Hellhole Gaza? -
On the day of Benyamin Netanyahu's great speech in the joint session of Congress, giga pica of the terrible situation in Gaza ... you remember, the one of the (r)aid flotilla infamy -
Geen Stijl Gigapica: "Fun and Wealth in Gaza"
May 24, 2011
Update on the #ArabSpring -
Hat tip @Metzada3833
Asia Times: "The hunger to come in Egypt"
Egypt is running out of food, and, more gradually, running out of money with which to buy it. The most populous country in the Arab world shows all the symptoms of national bankruptcy - the kind that produced hyperinflation in several Latin American countries during the 1970s and 1980s - with a deadly difference: Egypt imports half its wheat, and the collapse of its external credit means starvation.
The civil violence we have seen over the past few days foreshadows far worse to come. The Arab uprisings began against a background of food insecurity, as rising demand from Asia priced the Arab poor out of the grain market (Food and failed Arab states, Asia Times Online February 2, 2011). The chaotic political response, though, threatens to disrupt food supplies in the relative near term. (...) >>>
May 23, 2011
What Bama said to the Big Jewish Lobby. Emails were sent round prior to the speech please not to heckle the President, who is now claiming his foreign policy speech was 'misunderstood' -
The Lonely Conservative: "Transcript and Summary for Obama’s AIPAC Speech"
May 22, 2011
Fallout of the 1967 borders debacle -
|- Bibi- - Bama -|
- Foreign Policy: "Obama alters U.S. policy, tells Israel to start with ‘67 borders"
... Bibi telling Bama to stick it where the sun don't shine - HT @TheSexyLex ...
- Brutally Honest: "Netanyahu to Obama - Kiss my Jewish rear-end"
- Presser ...
... and the aftermath in the Arab Street ...
- Atlas Shrugs: "THE MUSLIM WORLD SMELLS BLOOD"
May 21, 2011
Naqba Day & the '3rd Intifada' -
Honest Reporting: Naqba Day Violence: What We Know"
Live blogging the beginning of "3rd Intifada" (...) >>>
May 15, 2011
Iran's arms for Hezb -
Military Ring: "The Israelis Intercept an Iranian Ship"
(...) They (Israel) intercepted an Iranian merchant ship and found missiles and mortar shells aboard which were bound for Gaza to reach the hands of some of the Palestinian groups there.
I don’t know how they knew what the ship was carrying but this shows that they have some excellent intelligence. I seriously doubt if they will be able to make a dent in the weapons being smuggled into Palestine especially when a government like Iran is sponsoring the weapons smuggling. Of course the Iranians tried to hide the evidence of where the weapons came from but the Israeli’s found some pretty good evidence which indicates that it did. Since Israel and the US are staunch allies I wonder how and if our navy ring personnel will fit into this. (...) >>>
Mar 19, 2011
Barack's 3 a.m. call just arrived - FEATURE
Debka File: "Iran to build permanent naval base in Syria"
Just two days after two Iranian warships reached the Syrian port of Latakia via the Suez Canal, Friday, Feb. 25, an Iranian-Syrian naval cooperation accord was signed providing for Iran to build its first Mediterranean naval base at the Syrian port, debkafile's military and Iranian sources reveal.
The base will include a large Iranian Revolutionary Guards weapons depot stocked with hardware chosen by the IRGC subject to prior notification to Damascus. Latakia harbor will be deepened, widened and provided with new "coastal installations" to accommodate the large warships and submarines destined to use these facilities.
Iran has much to celebrate, debkafile's military sources report. It has acquired its first military foothold on a Mediterranean shore and its first permanent military presence on Syrian soil. Tehran will be setting in place the logistical infrastructure for accommodating incoming Iranian troops to fight in a potential Middle East war. According to our sources, the "cadets" the Kharg cruiser, one of the two Iranian warships allowed to transit the Suez Canal, was said to be carrying were in fact the first construction crews for building the new port facilities.
Two more events were carefully synchronized to take place in the same week. On Feb. 24, as the Iranian warships headed from the Suez Canal to Syria, Hamas fired long-range made-in-Iran Grade missiles from the Gaza Strip into Israel, one hitting the main Negev city of Beersheba for the first time since Israel's Gaza campaign two years ago - as debkafile reported on that day. (...) >>>
Mar 2, 2011
Bernard Lewis, no quick fix -
JPost: "A mass expression of outrage against injustice"
Historian Bernard Lewis diagnoses the fundamental cause of the region-wide explosion of protest, and dismisses Western notions of a quick fix. (...) >>>
Feb. 27, 2011
Instability, insanity reign -
While the Iranian poke in the eye at the lowest possible level of diplomacy with the war ships passing the Suez Canal, Khadaffi, the mad dog of the dessert has opened war on his own people with African mercenaries.
Libya is an interesting case in statecraft, by its lack thereof. Traditionally Libya is an emtpty space full of oil, sand and loose tribes. There are hardly any institutions, let alone a civil society. Ghadaffi doesn't even have a title, apart of 'dear leader of the revolution' or something. Libya is a minimalistic state! Libertarians eat your heart out. God only knows what the outcome will be. Not an anarcho-capitalist Utopia, methinks.
The looney left (i.q. activist journolists) are already calling dictators an endangered species. In fact we are in danger of breeding just that - new strongmen and potentates. The prices of oil and commodities are going through the roof. The cheer-leading Left and other naive transnationals calling for 'sanctions' is beyond insane considering these circumstances.
EA WorldView: "Libya (and Beyond) LiveBlog: Into the Abyss?"
In the meanwhile in the Jeffersonian Democracy of Egypt:
Human Events: "Egypt’s Islamic Supremacist is Man of the Hour", by Robert Spencer
Last Friday one of the biggest crowds of the entire Egyptian revolution thronged to Cairo’s Tahrir Square to hear Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most influential Muslim clerics in the world—who on Monday called for the murder of Libya’s Gaddafi. The enthusiastic reception Qaradawi received, along with the barring of secular liberal Wael Ghonim from the same stage, were ominous signs that genuine democracy is not in the offing in Egypt. (...) >>>
Feb. 23, 2011
Forget the junta too! -
Big Peace: "The Egyptian Military Takes Sides. Not Ours."
I thought I was the only one that noticed this crucial and portentous development in the Middle East: the Egyptian military– the force so many Western observers believed would be the bulwark keeping the Islamist parties at bay– gave a permit to the Ikhwan for the recent massive Friday prayers in Tahrir Square and acted as security for Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s trip back to Egypt. (...)
The old idea of the ’secular’ military in Muslim countries keeping a check on explicitly Islamist or jihadist forces is a bit of conventional wisdom I’d really like to see put to pasture. When dealing with both Turkey and Pakistan, the military was revealed to be as ineffective in dealing with the threat as the secular political class. Over time, the military becomes comprised of a mix of both the still secular, and those sympathetic to a broad range of Islamist philosophies; there’s no guarantee enough of the military will side with a secular government if really challenged. And so it seems to go with Egypt– and not even after a week’s time. (...) >>>
Feb. 20, 2011
The Palestinian pee - Arabs hate Palestinians. They are using 'the Palestinian question' as a crowbar against Israel. This is elementary knowledge -
The Australian: "Palestine an obsession of radical West, not Arabs"
"UNTIL the Palestinians are given back their rights we're going to have instability throughout the Middle East," declared John Pilger on ABC1's Q & A last night. "That is central to everything." Yet, one of the most striking things about the uprising in Egypt was the lack of pro-Palestine placards. As Egypt-watcher Amr Hamzawy put it, in Tahrir Square and elsewhere there were no signs saying "death to Israel, America and global imperialism" or "together to free Palestine". Instead, this revolt was about Egyptian people's own freedom and living conditions.
Yet on the pro-Egypt demonstration in London on Saturday, there was a sea of Palestine placards. "Free Palestine", they said, and "End the Israeli occupation". The speakers had trouble getting the audience excited about events in Egypt, having to say on more than one occasion: "Come on London, you can shout louder than that!" Yet every mention of the word Palestine induced a kind of Pavlovian excitability among the attendees. They cheered when the P-word was uttered, chanting: "Free, free Palestine!" This reveals something important about the Palestine issue. In recent years it has moved from the realm of Arab radicalism, where Egyptians and other peoples frequently demanded the creation of a Palestinian state, and has instead become almost the exclusive property of Western middle-class radicals, such as Pilger. (...) >>>
Feb. 17, 2011
The seeds of theofascism in Egypt have been sown -
UPI: "Muslim Brotherhood steps into politics"
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt announced Tuesday that it began the processes necessary to become a formal political party. The Muslim Brotherhood was banned under the regime of Hosni Mubarak from competing openly as a political party. Its candidates won 20 percent of the seats in the Egyptian Parliament by running as independent candidates in 2005. Mubarak's ruling National Democracy Party last year, however, wiped the group off the political map in elections widely criticized by the international community.
Leaders of the group said that once it formed a legitimate committee, it would apply to become a formal political party in Egypt. Ruling military authorities in Egypt dismantled much of the previous structure of the Mubarak regime, pledging to move forward with plans to hold national elections within six months. (...)"Although it fully understands that change does not happen overnight, the Muslim Brotherhood believes change will lead to a new beginning rooted in justice and progress," the group said (...) >>>
Feb. 15, 2011
The propaganda war is continuing unabated -
Elder of Zion: "Erekat gone; AFP lies"
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat tendered his resignation on Saturday amid deadlock in efforts to renew peace talks with Israel, a Palestinian official said. (...) The chief negotiator said he was assuming "responsibility for the theft of documents from his office" that he said had been "deliberately" tampered with. Last month, Erakat accused Al-Jazeera of taking part in a campaign to overthrow the Palestinian Authority (PA) after the Doha-based television began to release more than 1,600 confidential files known as "The Palestine Papers." (...) The files allege that Palestinian negotiators offered unprecedented concessions during peace negotiations, including on the ultra-sensitive subjects of Jerusalem and refugees, with nothing in return from Israel.
The files allege no such thing. The Guardian and Al Jazeera falsely reported that the papers said that; which means that AFP didn't bother to look at the files either and blindly believed the false reporting of their fellow anti-Israel advocates masquerading as journalists. Any way you look at the papers, Israel offered to uproot tens of thousands of Jews from their homes, offered the Palestinian Arabs a state with about the same area as the West Bank and Gaza today, offered to take in some so-called "refugees," and offered to establish an atmosphere of true peace and normalization between two states for two peoples. It is simply a lie to say that these do not represent concessions from Israel. >>>|
Feb. 14, 2011
The stench of 'democracy' -
Apart of the Uber Left there's also the involvement of transnational progressivism -
We the People: "Klein: Soros fingerprints on Mideast chaos. Tied to opposition leader, funded groups opposing U.S. allies"
Philanthropist George Soros (right) has funded opposition organizations in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, where anti-regime chaos has already toppled the pro-Western leader of Tunisia and is threatening the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, a key U.S. ally.
Also, Mohamed El Baradei, one of the main opposition leaders in Egypt, has sat on the board of an international “crisis management” group alongside Soros and other personalities who champion dialogue with Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that seeks to gain from the Mideast protests.
El Baradei suspended his board membership in the International Crisis Group, or ICG last week, after he returned to Egypt to lead the anti-Mubarak protests. Soros is one of eight members of the ICGs executive committee. (...) >>>
Feb. 7, 2011
Egyptian Revolt and the Uber Left -
Atlas Shrugs: "Egypt: Obama and Ayers's Post-American Middle-East"
The involvement of the uber-left, dangerous agitators and provocateurs like CODE PINK, Bill Ayers, even the AFL-CIO in the destruction of an America allied, no accident. There are no accidents, not with these terrorists. Obama's goodfriend and sponsor, Bill Ayers has been active in Gaza and Egypt agitating against the Jewish people promoting the destruction of Israel. (...) From the hard left’s perspective, Israel is the Mini-Me to America’s Dr. Evil. For this crowd, Islam is a little more than a tool with which to destroy both.
In the way of background, Ayers was among the 1400 or so leftists from around the world who descended on Egypt a little more than a year ago with plans to march on Gaza. The Mubarak government quickly disabused the would-be marchers of their fondness for Muslim governments by denying all but 100 of the international activists their promised trip to Gaza. Still, the 1300 left behind, including Ayers and his weatherbride Bernardine Dohrn, made enough noise in Cairo to get everyone’s attention.
“Our direct actions and demonstrations seem to be awaking Egypt, a little,” wrote activist-journalist Philip Weiss of the group, “and getting a lot of publicity.” (...) >>>
Feb 6, 2011
The fable of the monkey and the scorpio -
A fable comes to mind in which a scorpio hitches a ride with a monkey across a river. Says the monkey to the scorpio: "Do you promiss not to sting?" The scorpio assures the monkey he'll behave. Half way across the river the scorpio stings the monkey. "But you promised," cries the monkey. "I can't help it," says the scorpio, "it's my nature." The postmodern world is preparing to make the Muslim Brotherhood and its off shoots respectable government material -
Israel Insider: "Barry Rubin: The American debate over Egypt has gone stark, raving, mad"
The mass media in America generally presents only one side of the debate nowadays. Then, it publishes nonsense which survives because it is protected from the withering critique it deserves. And even people who should know better are just losing it. Consider one example (Roger Cohen has gone beyond ridicule so let's focus on someone who should know better). I regret criticizing Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution as he is one of the smarter, saner people.
Yet the kinds of things he is quoted as saying in the New York Times remind me of why the "neo-conservatives" have been so dangerous because of their naivete about the Middle East. They are fitting counterparts of the apologists for radicals who have demonized them. Both groups are trying to impose their fantasy model on the real Middle East. Of course, if Kagan didn't say things like this he wouldn't be quoted at all in the New York Times. Kagan explains to us (...) >>>
Feb. 3, 2011
Caught between two Narcissist paradigms -
Puppet politician ElBaradei leading National Front for Change.
Here's another truly brilliant, Must Read piece by Caroline Glick. As a constitutionalist blog we can't agree with her that the right to freedom isn't universal. Here's our answer -
JPost: "Our World: Clueless in Washington"
Does the US fail to understand what will happen to its strategic interests in the region if the Muslim Brotherhood is the power behind the throne of the next regime? (...) >>>
Feb. 1, 2011
The O Team is moving (a bit) -
EA World View: "Egypt Special: Your 4-Point Guide to US Plans for Mubarak Out, New Government In"
Here's an interesting fact about Frank G. Wisner, Jr., the former US Ambassador to Egypt and now President Obama's special envoy, as he starts talks in Cairo today with the Egyptian Government.... His father Frank G. Wisner, Sr., was quite the specialist in regime change. Frank G. Wisner, Sr., headed up covert operations at the CIA in the late 1940s and 1950s. His schemes were legendary, even if most of them failed: Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic States, East Berlin, Hungary 1956.
So is Wisner Junior spearheading a 21st-century regime change effort? Or is the Obama Administration propping up President Mubarak? Your 4-point guide (...) beyond Wisner's mission, there is no indication of an American post-Mubarak strategy. Still, one interesting shift: the Administration is letting it be known that --- until the case with Hamas in Gaza --- it will not turn its back on the participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in the political discussions. (...) >>>
Feb. 1, 2011
Politeia: "The Nature of the Revolution Is Socialist, Stupid!
(...) While we are all watching the Islamist component of the revolution in Tunesia and Egypt, the root of the uprising remains undeclared and unnoticed: it's International Socialism, stupid! (And yes, Wikileaks and SoroS are in it, too...)
Who is the young dissident who attended a US-sponsored Alliance of Youth Movements summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police? On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011. The secret document in full. He has already been arrested by Egyptian security in connection with the demonstrations and his identity is being protected by The Daily Telegraph. Commentary by DebkaFile.
Who's behind the Alliance of Youth Movements summit in New York and which members of Congress did the activist meet? George W. Bush was in office in 2008, so that would be the hated Neocon "freedom agenda". (...) >>>
Jan. 31, 2011
Remember the evil Neocons? -
The utter hypocrisy on the part of the Left is once again in full evidence. When George W. Bush was in office, pursuing the Neocon policy of bringing democracy to the Middle East, that was rejected as "democracy by coercion".
The people of the MidEast in this narrative ostensibly [sarc] like their regimes on the tyrannical side. Who are we to judge with our Jeffersonian brand of democracy. There are as many forms of democracy as there are people! [/sarc].
Now it's "America is propping up dictators". Well, actually, Obama is. He loves talking to Hamas and the fascist regimes in Iran and Syria. See how many peoples and causes he's already thrown "Under the Bus". This just in! Yeah, remember the darned Neocons?
WaPo: "George W.Bush was right about freedom in the Arab World", by Elliott Abrams
(...) In November 2003, President George W. Bush laid out this question: "Are the peoples of the Middle East somehow beyond the reach of liberty? Are millions of men and women and children condemned by history or culture to live in despotism? Are they alone never to know freedom and never even to have a choice in the matter?" (...)
All these developments seem to come as a surprise to the Obama administration, which dismissed Bush's "freedom agenda" as overly ideological and meant essentially to defend the invasion of Iraq. But as Bush's support for the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon and for a democratic Palestinian state showed, he was defending self-government, not the use of force. Consider what Bush said in that 2003 speech, which marked the 20th anniversary of the National Endowment for Democracy, an institution established by President Ronald Reagan precisely to support the expansion of freedom. (...)
U.S. officials talked to Mubarak plenty in 2009 and 2010, and even talked to the far more repressive President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, but they talked about their goals for Israeli-Palestinian peace and ignored the police states outside the doors of those presidential palaces. When the Iranian regime stole the June 2009 elections and people went to the streets, the Obama administration feared that speaking out in their support might jeopardize the nuclear negotiations. The "reset" sought with Russia has been with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, not the Russian people suffering his increasingly despotic and lawless rule.
This has been the greatest failure of policy and imagination in the administration's approach: Looking at the world map, it sees states and their rulers, but has forgotten the millions of people suffering under and beginning to rebel against those rulers. "Engagement" has not been the problem, but rather the administration's insistence on engaging with regimes rather than with the people trying to survive under them.
If the Arab regimes learn the wrong lessons and turn once again to their police and their armies, the U.S. reaction becomes even more important. President Obama's words of support for both the demonstrators and the government late Friday, after speaking with Mubarak, were too little, too late. He said Mubarak had called for "a better democracy" in Egypt, but Obama's remarks did not clearly demand democracy or free elections there. We cannot deliver democracy to the Arab states, but we can make our principles and our policies clear. Now is the time to say that the peoples of the Middle East are not "beyond the reach of liberty" and that we will assist any peaceful effort to achieve it - and oppose and condemn efforts to suppress it.
Such a statement would not elevate our ideals at the expense of our interests. It turns out, as those demonstrators are telling us, that supporting freedom is the best policy of all. (...) >>>
Egypt is lacking a civil society -
Our reporting on Egypt's uprising: "Revolution in Motion" will be continued on this dossier. 'The Arab Street' is demanding liberty and democracy, but it needs a civil society first (though this stems hopeful). Without it, it will be the second coming of the Gaza Strip, where Hamas was voted into power. The Muslim Brotherhood or Baradei holding the reigns in Egypt will make a dangerous neighborhood seem an Islamofascist Gaza on steroids -
Caroline Glick: The Pragmatic Fantasy" (On the dangers of Kifaya and Muslim Brotherhood tool and leader in waiting, ElBaradei)
Jerusalem Post comment is making an effort to debunk the logic in which Israel is seen as the source of the Middle East's instability. But AngryArab is agreeing with Caroline Glick on this one -
Jerusalem Post: "Recent unrest in Arab world is not about us"
(...) True, there is hopelessness in the Arab world – but the source is not the Arab masses concern about the Palestinians; the source is the Arab masses concern about their own lives, their own unemployment and their own lack of freedoms. Fix that and you get stability; ignore that, and you get revolution. But everyone – led by the US under Obama and the EU – ignored that, fixating instead on the building of another house in Ramat Shlomo, another apartment unit in Efrat.
How many times have international leaders bewailed the humanitarian situation in east Jerusalem and in Gaza? How many statements have been issued expressing righteous indignation and concern? And, by comparison, how much attention did these same leaders pay to the humanitarian situation in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Morocco, Jordan and Algeria – in the “moderate” Arab states. And which situation, really, threatens the stability of the region? (...) >>>
Jan. 30, 2011
Who's behind Palileaks and why does it happen now? -
There're some confusion who's behind this information dump. An unknown source has handed the info to Shiite Qatar's Al-Jazeera, who've been making hay with it for days. It has nothing to do with Assange or Wikileaks. The following post seeks to find some answers -
Israel Matzav: "Why Palileaks now?"
One of the most interesting questions that arises out of what's already known here as Palileaks is who leaked the documents and why now. Here's some speculation (...) So who disclosed the documents? The 'Palestinians' themselves? The Negotiating Support Unit (which is supported by the Europeans and has taken a harder line than the 'Palestinians' themselves)? An Arab country that received the documents from the 'Palestinians'?
And why were they disclosed? There's no Julian Assange here who is trying to bring down the 'Palestinian Authority.' Or is there? Who benefits from this disclosure? Clearly Hamas does. Who loses by this disclosure? Aside from the 'Palestinian Authority' - whose constituents were probably totally shocked to discover what their representatives were discussing with the Israelis - other losers are Tzipi Livni and Barak Obama. (...) >>>
Jan 24, 2011
Wikileaks Explode Israel myths -
PJM: "WikiLeaks Cables Vindicate Israel", by Ryan Mauro
The picture of Israel that is emerging from the documents is the opposite of the damaging narrative that has been advanced for 60 years. (...) >>>
December 18, 2010
The leftist cabal in the US and Israel -
JWR: "Bringing down Bibi", by Caroline B. Glick
The media and the Obama administration are again colluding with the Israeli Left's political leadership to overthrow the Netanyahu government. How they intend to succeed at their goal (...) >>>
Dec. 17, 2010
The end of Neo Conservatism in foreign policy - tolerating tyranny
Newsweek: "Never Mind Democracy"
Julian Assange’s data dump has helped confirm that America’s democracy agenda is over. The project of liberating the Middle East from tyrannical regimes and installing free governments was once a centerpiece of the United States’ post-9/11 strategy, but the latest cables released by WikiLeaks reveal a far different reality. In his second inaugural address, George W. Bush proclaimed that “the best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world. America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one.” (...) >>>
Dec. 1, 2010
The tide may be turning -
Noah Simon Studio: "CiF’s Kieron Monks supports terrorism" (commentary: the tide may be turning)
(...) The real sign that things are turning in Israel's favor is that the creativity and innovative thinking of their enemy is gone. At least back in the day they were inventing so called "facts on the ground". Listening to this guy you would think he was plagiarizing a dead man named Edward Said. These academics don't have anything new to add or any intellectual discourse to travel. (...) >>>
Nov. 21, 2010
High noon in Jerusalem -
JP: "Column One: We are not for sale", by Caroline Glick
If Netanyahu wishes to be remembered as something more than another hack, no different from Livni and all the rest, he should end these destructive talks and tell the Obama administration the truth.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is playing with fire. And Israel is getting burned. Over the past week, it has been widely reported that the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government are conducting secret negotiations regarding future Israeli land surrenders to the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem. According to the reports, the Obama administration has presented Netanyahu with a plan whereby Israel will cede its rights to eastern Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley to the Palestinians and then lease the areas from the Palestinians for a limited period.
The reports on the length of the lease vary. Some claim that the White House is offering a seven-year rental. Others claim the Americans are offering Israel leases for Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley for several decades before it relinquishes them completely.
Netanyahu has reportedly accepted Obama’s proposal in principle. The only remaining dispute is the length of the lease. Netanyahu is demanding that Israel be permitted to lease Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley from the Palestinians for somewhere between 40 and 99 years. The Americans foresee a shorter timeframe.
The fact that these discussions are taking place is deeply disturbing both for what they tell us about the Obama administration’s view of Israel and for what they tell us about Netanyahu’s wisdom and character. (...) >>>
Nov. 6, 2010
Will Obama make 'Palestine' a reality? -
WSJ: "Obama and the Coming Palestinian State - What if the president abstains from a Security Council vote establishing one?", by John Bolton
Direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, for 21 months the centerpiece of Obama administration Middle East policy, are moving inevitably toward collapse. The talks may limp past our Nov. 2 election, but they are doomed to fail.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) fully understands that the talks—and the "two state solution"—will fail. It needs a plan B. Accordingly, several ideas are circulating to skip bothersome negotiations with Israel and move immediately to Palestinian "statehood."
Two different tactical approaches have emerged. In one, the PA would persuade the United States to recognize a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, within the pre-1967 cease-fire lines (often characterized, wrongly, as "borders"). The other option would have the United Nations Security Council call upon U.N. members to recognize "Palestine" within those lines. Critical to this second tactic is a U.S. commitment either to support such a Security Council resolution or, at a minimum, not to veto it. (...) >>>
Oct. 20, 2010
So much for peace (they wouldn't know what to do with themselves) - 13 terror groups hold all options open -
Haaretz: "Gaza militants warn of further attacks as peace talks get underway"
Palestinian militant groups have joined forces to step up attacks against Israel, possibly including suicide bombings, the Hamas Islamist faction said on Thursday, after Palestinian and Israeli leaders launched direct peace negotiations in Washington.
A spokesman for Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, said some 13 militant groups had joined forces to launch "more effective attacks" against Israel. Asked if this included suicide bombings, he said: "All options are open."
The declaration came hours after Palestinian Authority security forces detained two men in the West Bank suspected of involvement in a deadly shooting attack in which four Israelis were killed earlier this week. (...) >>>
Sept. 2, 2010
Provoking another regional war? -
Newstimes: "Israel threatens to retaliate against attacks on three fronts"
(...) "Over recent days we've witnessed three attacks against Israel. An attack from Gaza on Ashkelon, an attack by the Lebanese army on Israel Defense Forces troops carrying out a routine operation, and another attack from the Sinai at Eilat," Netanyahu said Wednesday. "I want to make very clear to Hamas and to the Lebanese government that we view them as responsible for the violent provocation against us. Don't test our determination to protect our citizens."
The IDF was on high alert Wednesday, military officials said. Additional Israeli military units moved into the north as IDF soldiers moved to complete a tree pruning operation that led to violence Tuesday. (...) >>>
Caroline Glick: Iran and Israel, After the Bomb
Aug 4, 2010
First blood in a new campaign? -
Debka File: "Lt. Col. Dov Harari was killed by Lebanese snipers"
The border tensions brewing for weeks on the Lebanese-Israel border boiled over Tuesday, Aug. 3 into a heavy exchange of cross-border fire. Lt. Col. Dov Harari, 45, from Netanya, brigade commander of the eastern Lebanese sector was killed in a surprise Lebanese cross-border attack. He was killed by what Maj. Gen. Gady Eisencott, OC Northern Command, later called one of two, well-planned, unprovoked "sniper ambushes" set by the Lebanese army - one against a group of Israeli officers standing behind the border fence and the second an RPG attack on an Israeli tank. An Israeli major was seriously injured. Doctors are fighting for his life. Lebanon reported three soldiers and one civilian killed in Israel's heavy retaliation for the attack.
Israel has complained to the UN. Maj. Gen. Eisencott described the incident, the most serious since the end of the 2006 war with Hizballah, as follows (...) >>>
Aug 3, 2010
Arab Apartheid -
Here's the angle everyone forgot: Palestinian refugees are second class citizens because the governments of Lebanon and Jordan refuse to integrate them. They use the refugees in their camps to keep 'the issue' alive - Hat Tip: Het Vrije Volk
National Post: "The Palestinian victims no one talks about", by Khaled Abu Toameh
When was the last time the United Nations Security Council met to condemn an Arab government for its mistreatment of Palestinians? How come groups and individuals on university campuses in the United States and Canada that call themselves “pro-Palestinian” remain silent when Jordan revokes the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians?
The plight of Palestinians living in Arab countries in general, and Lebanon in particular, is one that is often ignored by the mainstream media in West. How come they turn a blind eye to the fact that Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and many more Arab countries continue to impose severe travel restrictions on Palestinians?
And where do these groups and individuals stand regarding the current debate in Lebanon about whether to grant Palestinians long-denied basic rights, including employment, social security and medical care? Or have they not heard about this debate at all? Probably not, since the case has failed to draw the attention of most Middle East correspondents and commentators.
A news story on the Palestinians that does not include an anti-Israel angle rarely makes it to the front pages of Western newspapers. (...) >>>
Aug 1, 2010
Terror summit in the margins of a funeral -
Jihad Watch: "Hamas, Hizballah top dogs meet in Lebanon"
The leader of the Hamas political office in exile, Khaled Meshaal, has had a meeting in Lebanon with the head of the Shia movement Hezbollah, Hasan Nasrallah. This was reported this morning by the pan-Arab daily al Hayat. (...) >>>
Jul 13, 2010
Tthe persistent confusion at a glance -
Jihad Watch: "Just after Abbas calls on Arab states to war against Israel, Obama calls him and expresses "strong support" for his "commitment to peace"
At the Arab League summit last week, Abbas said to the Arab states: "If you want war, and if all of you will fight Israel, we are in favor. But the Palestinians will not fight alone because they don't have the ability to do it."
And now this (thanks to Ken).
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
July 09, 2010
Readout of the President's Call with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority
The President spoke with Palestinian Authority President Abbas today. The President expressed strong support for President Abbas's leadership on behalf of the Palestinian people and his commitment to peace. (...) >>>
Jul 10, 2010
Hezbollah's military civilian complex - Under the watchful eye of the UN Hezbollah in South Lebanon has been armed to the teeth. Weapon caches are close to hospitals and schools. The military and civilian installations are intrinsically linked. The IDF has declassified some material and presented it to the UN ... just in case something untoward might happen -
JP: "IDF reveals Hizbullah positions"
(...) The IDF recently dispatched a delegation to UN headquarters in New York to present the evidence to diplomats. The evidence was also presented to the new commander of UNIFIL, Maj.-Gen. Alberto Asarta Cuevas of Spain.
The IDF said that Hizbullah today maintains about 20,000 guerrilla fighters throughout southern Lebanon, whose main objective is to prevent an Israeli ground invasion. The fighters are also responsible for operating Hizbullah’s extensive missile capability, which would allow them to strike deep within Israel.
Hizbullah has an estimated 40,000 short-, medium- and long-range missiles. The declassification of the material on Wednesday is a demonstration of the IDF’s penetration of Hizbullah and Israeli efforts to collect intelligence on the Iranian-backed Shi’ite terror group.
Hizbullah has split its forces into three divisions. The Southern Division, the IDF said, consists of 5,000 fighters and has approximately 30,000 missiles and rockets and a number of subdivisions. Each subdivision is responsible for approximately 15 villages. Each village contains between 20 and 200 fighters, hundreds of mortar shells, hundreds of short-and medium- range rockets, and a number of command centers.
In the maps unveiled by the IDF, Hizbullah weapons caches are shown approximately 50 meters from schools and hospitals. Storage and command centers are in most cases located inside or adjacent to civilian homes.
“It is important to show the world that Hizbullah has built up its military infrastructure inside villages, with the objective that we will kill the maximum amount of civilians in a future conflict,” a senior IDF officer said. “We want to warn that if we are attacked by Hizbullah – this may happen.” (...) >>>
Jul 8, 2010
Obama's dangerous pomo lingo - The following is another illustration of the Obama (Oblahblah) postmodern approach to language: since pomo lingo has no referent in the real world, it is very well possible to say or do two contradictory things simultaneously. It isn't lying, since to them, truth does not even exist -
TWT: "Obama: My policies don't hurt Israel's security"
Freedom's Light House has posted the video clip above of President Barack Obama responding to a question from a reporter during a joint White House press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Mr. Obama is asked whether he thinks his policy distances the U.S. from Israel and Netanyahu was “a mistake.”
Mr Obama appears taken aback by the question and answers, "Let me first of all say the premise of your question was wrong, and I entirely disagree with it. (...) >>>
Jul 7, 2010
The tally so far this year -
Arutz Sheva: "Ongoing Palestinian Terrorism: 5 Dead, 232 Hurt in 6 Months", by Hillel Fendel
The Yeshanews.com website has prepared a detailed summary of Palestinian terrorism against Israelis in the first six months of 2010. The picture is not as serene as a quick, occasional glance at daily newspapers, or even a detailed perusal thereof, might provide.
In short, five people -- a civilian Thai worker, a policeman and three soldiers -- were murdered, and a soldier was killed by friendly fire. Two Israelis were critically wounded, nine were moderately wounded, and 232 were lightly hurt in terror attacks or while fighting against terrorists.
A total of 139 rockets were fired during the six months, while 130 Arabs were apprehended with knives, of whom 22 admitted intending to perpetrate a terror attack. There were 60 shooting attacks, bombs, missiles fired, and attempted infiltrations at the Gaza border fence. There were three documented attacks in which Arab drivers attempted to run (...) >>>
Jul 4, 2010
The anti Israel agenda - Following expose underscores what the anti Israeli agenda is - far from a 'two state solution', the agenda is and always has been, first the delegitimization, then the destruction of the state of Israel -
American Thinker: "Israel's PR Is Not the Problem", by Ted Belman
When Israel loses yet another PR battle, many of her friends complain that she is partly to blame because she is woefully inept when it comes to PR. I am not one of them. (...) To start with, there is a coalition of forces, including anti-Semites, leftists and Islamists, that is dedicated to Israel's destruction. They couldn't care less about truth and justice, so a better PR campaign would be irrelevant. Then there is the main stream media, which presents news to support their agenda rather than the truth.
The fact that they suppressed the flotilla videos, which made Israel's case better than a thousand words could have, is testimony to this fact. They have constructed a narrative in support of their agenda, and any facts not in keeping with it are ignored. But there is something more going on that is little-noticed yet quite determinative. Governments like the U.S.'s also construct a narrative depending on their agenda, and they don't let truth and justice get in the way. (...) >>>
Jun 27, 2010
The other solution, which is more in keeping with the Palestinian agenda -
George Gilder is proposing the Palestinians should try to form a confederation with Jordan, as Geert Wilders as recently done to the fury of Jordan, which demanded 'an explanation'. In the meantime PM Netanyahu, speaking in the Knesset, precisely nails it: the strategy is to deligitimize the Israeli right to sovereignty and to defend itself, and eventually also the right of the country to exist -
MEF: "The Israel Test", a briefing by George Gilder
According to Mr. Gilder, the Arab-Israeli conflict is shaped by the undeniable fact that Israel is a fully modern state, while its neighbors are not. America must recognize this stark division to navigate the minefields of Middle Eastern politics and advance its own interests, to which Israel's success is inexorably linked. (...) >>>
Jun 23, 2010
Turkish military arrive in Israel - Reminding that the Turkish military support the relationship with Israel as the watchdog of the secular democracy. It's the government of Erdogan that's in bed with the Islamists. Apparently the tug of war in Turkey is still on (see also "Turkey Trot: Turkey in Crisis") -
Arutz Sheva: "Turkish Military Officials in Israel to Pick Up Drones", by Hana Levi Julian
A Turkish military delegation arrived Tuesday in Israel to pick up the rest of an order of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones – this, despite rumors just a week ago that Ankara had canceled the deal. According to a report in the Turkish Zayman daily newspaper, the delegation is expected to stay for at least two weeks. The military officials allegedly came “to conclude test runs in the delivery of four Israeli-made drones, the remaining lot in a 10-UAV deal between Turkey and Israel.”
Last week the same paper reported that all military agreements with Israel had been canceled by Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan in another slap at the Jewish State following the clash on the Turkish-sponsored six-ship flotilla that attempted to break Israel's sovereignty over Gaza waters. Among the deals that were nixed, according to that report, was the agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries to supply the Heron UAV to the Turkish Air Force. The $180 million contract with IAI and Elbit Systems included electronic equipment and spare parts in addition to the 10 Heron drones. (...) >>>
Jun 22, 2010
A great new effort in support of Israel -
WJC: "If Israel goes down, we all go down", by Jose Maria Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain (1996-2004)
For far too long now it has been unfashionable in Europe to speak up for Israel. In the wake of the recent incident on board a ship full of anti-Israeli activists in the Mediterranean, it is hard to think of a more unpopular cause to champion. (...) Uniquely in the West, it is the only democracy whose very existence has been questioned since its inception. In the first instance, it was attacked by its neighbours using the conventional weapons of war.
Then it faced terrorism culminating in wave after wave of suicide attacks. Now, at the behest of radical Islamists and their sympathisers, it faces a campaign of delegitimisation through international law and diplomacy. Sixty-two years after its creation, Israel is still fighting for its very survival. Punished with missiles raining from north and south, threatened with destruction by an Iran aiming to acquire nuclear weapons and pressed upon by friend and foe, Israel, it seems, is never to have a moment’s peace. (...)
The core of the problem lies in the ambiguous and often erroneous manner in which too many Western countries are now reacting to this situation. It is easy to blame Israel for all the evils in the Middle East. Some even act and talk as if a new understanding with the Muslim world could be achieved if only we were prepared to sacrifice the Jewish state on the altar. This would be folly. (...)
Motivated by the need to rebuild our own Western values, expressing deep concern about the wave of aggression against Israel, and mindful that Israel’s strength is our strength and Israel’s weakness is our weakness, I have decided to promote a new Friends of Israel initiative with the help of some prominent people, including David Trimble, Andrew Roberts, John Bolton, Alejandro Toledo (the former President of Peru), Marcello Pera (philosopher and former President of the Italian Senate), Fiamma Nirenstein (the Italian author and politician), the financier Robert Agostinelli and the Catholic intellectual George Weigel. (...) >>>
June 19, 2010
Another Sorelian myth blasted - See also Walid Shoebat's vlog "Gaza, not as poor as the propaganda suggests"
Jewish Chronicle: "Palestinian territories beat Egypt in well-being", by Jennifer Lipman
The United Nations has published a report showing that the Palestinian territories have higher standards of development and well-being than the surrounding countries of Egypt, Yemen and Pakistan. The Palestinian territories appear at number 110 out of 182 countries on the list. Compiled by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the annual report ranks countries on education, life expectancy and living standard. (...) >>>
Jun 14, 2010
The drums of war -
David Horowitz and Brigitte Gabriel yesterday in an interview with Sean Hannity predicted Hezbollah and Hamas will open two fronts this summer. The Gaza propflots are but drums of war. Haaretz describes how NATO watches Syria smuggling weapons to Hezbollah -
Breitbart: "Lebanon fires on Israeli warplanes: security official"
Lebanon's military fired anti-aircraft artillery at Israeli warplanes that were flying over Lebanon, a senior Israeli security official said on Tuesday. "Our aircraft have been targeted by the Lebanese anti-aircraft guns while flying over southern Lebanon, and there was no damage," the official who requested the anonymity told AFP.
A military spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the report.
Lebanon issues almost daily reports of Israeli violations of its air space, but its military rarely opens fire unless the planes fly within range of its guns. The overflights violate UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended a devastating 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah militia, but Israel argues they are needed to monitor arms smuggling. >>>
Jun 2, 2010
A marked escalation, updated update -
Politeia: "The Real Purpose of the Gaza Propflot"
(...) 'Free Gaza', the harassing 'peace' group is a coalition made up of the Turkish socio-political group, the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedom and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), a member of sheikh Qaradawi's Union of the Good (Muslim Brotherhood), and Marxist groups which includes Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and Jodie Evans (Code Pink). Here are the NGOs involved.
While Israel has announced it will free 600 prisoners, 'Free Gaza' just let it be known it has dispatched yet another harassment vessel to Gaza. (...) >>>
A marked escalation, update -
Warning Signs: "Israel's Next War Begins", by Alan Caruba
As this is being written, the news is about an Israeli effort to interdict a “humanitarian” flotilla of ships that refused to dock at its port of Ashdod to have its passengers and cargo checked. When Israeli troops boarded a Turkish ship in international waters on Sunday they were met with violent resistance that led to casualties. (...) Largely unreported are the fierce battles Egyptian Special Forces are waging in central Sinai with Bedouin tribesman smuggling weapons and fighters into Gaza on behalf of al Qaeda. (...) I believe that war will come again soon and will originate in Lebanon. In the end, the decision will be Iran’s, not Syria’s, its sock puppet and stalking horse. Syria has reportedly provided the Lebanon-based Hezbollah an estimated 1,000 Iranian-made rockets and missiles, all aimed at Israel. (...) >>>
Jun 1, 2010
A marked escalation -
JIDF: "Israel stations nuclear missile submarines off Iran"
Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the Gulf near the Iranian coastline. The first has been sent in response to Israeli fears that ballistic missiles developed by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, a political and military organisation in Lebanon, could hit sites in Israel, including air bases and missile launchers.
The submarines of Flotilla 7 — Dolphin, Tekuma and Leviathan — have visited the Gulf before. But the decision has now been taken to ensure a permanent presence of at least one of the vessels. The flotilla’s commander, identified only as “Colonel O”, told an Israeli newspaper: “We are an underwater assault force. We’re operating deep and far, very far, from our borders.” (...) >>>
May 31, 2010
The attack ballerina admits 'screw up" -
JP: "Emanuel to rabbis: US 'screwed up'"
The Obama administration has “screwed up the messaging” about its support for Israel over the past 14 months, and it will take “more than one month to make up for 14 months,” White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said on Thursday to a group of rabbis called together for a meeting in the White House.
“During the elections there were doubts about President Obama’s support for Israel, and now they have resurfaced,” Emanuel said, according to one of those who participated in the meeting. “But concerning policy, we have done everything that we can that is in Israel’s security – and long-range interests. Watch what the administration does.”
Dennis Ross, who runs the administration’s Iran policy, tried to allay fears during the meeting that by calling for a nuclear-free Middle East, US policy regarding Israel’s alleged nuclear capabilities was changing. Since 1995, Ross explained, the administration’s policy, supported by Israel, was to push for a nuclear-free Middle East in conjunction with comprehensive peace. Emanuel, according to a participant in the meeting, said, “We understand Israel’s full layer of deterrence.” (...) >>>
May 17, 2010
Obama orders regime change...in Israel -
World Tribune: "Bibi be gone: Obama team plotting overthrow of Israel's Netanyahu"
The administration of President Barack Obama has launched what officials termed a psychological warfare campaign meant to topple Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Sources in the administration and Congress asserted that the White House and State Department have sought to destabilize Netanyahu's government by forcing him to agree to an indefinite freeze on Jewish construction in the West Bank and most of Jerusalem as well as the establishment of a Palestinian state by 2012. They said the campaign sought to replace Netanyahu with opposition leader and former foreign minister Tsipi Livni. (...) >>>
May 2, 2010
How Israel is dealing with bullies -
Hot Air: "Netanyahu to Obama: Pound sand"
Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an unequivocal message to the Obama administration this morning, rejecting completely a call from Barack Obama to stop building settlements in Jerusalem. The rejection creates a standoff between the two traditional allies in the region and all but halts Obama’s efforts to force Israel back to the bargaining table (via JWF) (...) >>>
Apr 22, 2010
Abdullah: "war imminent" -
Apr 17, 2010
Another Scud crisis brewing -
Arutz Sheeva: "Peres: Syria Arming Hizbullah with Scuds While Talking Peace", by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Syria is providing Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon with the Scud missiles that traumatized Israel in the 1991 Gulf War, and a "Scud Crisis" is threatening to ignite an all-out war between Israel and Hizbullah, the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper reported. President Shimon Peres confirmed the reports (...) Al-Rai reported this week that Israel warned the Obama administration “it will take steps” if the United States does not succeed in pressuring Syria to cease arming Hizbullah with the weapons. The U.S. State Department then summoned Syrian Ambassador Imad Mustafa "to inform his government about the level of danger if the missiles crossed the border.”
Israel reportedly sent warnings it would bomb Lebanese and Syrian targets if the long-range missiles cross the border into Lebanon. There are conflicting reports on whether several Scud missiles already have been delivered to Hizbullah terrorists. Despite the almost invisible line between Lebanese armed forces and Hizbullah, the Obama has administration shipped weapons to the Beirut-based government, which is heavily dominated by Syrian interests. (...) >>>
Apr 14, 2010
A short history of negotiations (end game?) -
Pajamas: "Obama Seeks to Impose a Solution on Israel — Which Is Not a Change in Policy", by Ted Belman - FEATURE
Saudi peace plan” and put enormous pressure on Israel to accept it. The hallmark of this plan was “ending the occupation that began in 1967″ and the division of Jerusalem.
Can we conclude from this that Obama is anti-Semitic, just hostile to Israel, or intent on changing U.S./Israel relations? The answer is not immediately self-evident. (...) President Obama does not have a new plan in mind. He just wants to force Israel to agree, and failing this, to impose a solution on Israel, thereby removing her one remaining right: the right to negotiate. This includes the right to reject offers.
Throughout the years, the American people and their representatives in Congress and the Senate have been very supportive of Israel, though they never confronted, much less thwarted, the State Department as Truman did. Obama is not sensitive to American public opinion, but he is sensitive to Arab opinion, just as the State Department is. He is prepared to go to the mat on this. And why not? He has the backing of the liberal/left in America, Jews included.
The time has come for Israel to say “no” to further concessions or the imposition of a solution not to her liking. She must appeal to the American people to thwart the Arabist State Department. It is not enough to get Congress to pass resolutions supporting Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, which they have done a number of times in the past. Congress and the Senate must commit to making it a reality. >>>
Apr 4, 2010
Congress pledges loyalty to Israel -
Haaretz: "Nearly 300 Congress members declare commitment to 'unbreakable' U.S.-Israel bond"
(...) Dear Secretary Clinton:
We are writing to reaffirm our commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel and to express to you our deep concern over recent tension. (...) The United States and Israel are close allies whose people share a deep and abiding friendship based on a shared commitment to core values including democracy, human rights and freedom of the press and religion. Our two countries are partners in the fight against terrorism and share an important strategic relationship.
A strong Israel is an asset to the national security of the United States and brings stability to the Middle East. We are concerned that the highly publicized tensions in the relationship will not advance the interests the U.S. and Israel share. Above all, we must remain focused on the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear weapons program to Middle East peace and stability. (...) >>>
This is the post American view from Israel - dar-al-Islam uniting against Israel -
JP: "Amr Moussa: We must prepare for failure of peace process"
The chief of the Arab League warned Saturday that Israel's actions could bring about a final end to the Middle East peace process. Amr Moussa urged an Arab leadership summit in Libya on Saturday to forge a new strategy to pressure Israel, saying the peace process could not be "an open ended process." (...)
Speaking at the event, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said there would be no peace agreement without ending the occupation of Palestinian land, first and foremost east Jerusalem. He accused Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu's government of trying to create a de facto situation in Jerusalem that would torpedo any future peace settlement. (...) >>>
Mar 27, 2010
The Sun King's diktat -
Obama is dictating the terms now - and then there's this on the false Petraeus anti Israel construct -
Debka File: "Netanyahu flies home amid disagreement with Obama on key issues"
US president Barack Obama kept on turning the screw on Israeli minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday, March 24, after their harsh conversation in the White House Tuesday: Netanyahu was told bluntly to issue a White House-dictated public pledge before leaving Washington for home to eschew further construction in East Jerusalem, or else face a US presidential notice condemning Israel and holding its government responsible for the failure to restart indirect Israel-Palestinian talks.
Reporting this, DEBKAfile's Washington sources add that Netanyahu's public renunciation of Jerusalem construction was required to include also the large Jewish suburbs of the city and remain in force for the duration of negotiations. He must also pledge further concessions to the Palestinians. (...) >>>
Mar 25, 2010
Obama's manufactured drama -
Caroline Glick: "Obama's war on Israel" - FEATURE
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to present Netanyahu with a four-part ultimatum. (...) Obama's ultimatum makes clear that mediating peace between Israel and the Palestinians is not a goal he is interested in achieving. Obama's new demands follow the months of American pressure that eventually coerced Netanyahu into announcing both his support for a Palestinian state and a ten month ban on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria. No previous Israeli government had ever been asked to make the latter concession.
Netanyahu was led to believe that in return for these concessions Obama would begin behaving like the credible mediator his predecessors were. But instead of acting like his predecessors, Obama has behaved like the Palestinians. Rather than reward Netanyahu for taking a risk for peace, in the model of Yassir Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, Obama has pocketed Netanyahu's concessions and escalated his demands. This is not the behavior of a mediator. This is the behavior of an adversary. With the US President treating Israel like an enemy, the Palestinians have no reason to agree to sit down and negotiate. Indeed, they have no choice but to declare war. (...) >>>
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Mar 20, 2010
Obama delivers a chutzpah -
NRO: "The Biden Incident", by Charles Krauthammer
Why did Pres. Barack Obama choose to turn a gaffe into a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations? (...) When Biden left Israel on March 11, the apology appeared accepted and the issue resolved. The next day, however, the administration went nuclear.
After discussing with the president specific language she would use, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Netanyahu to deliver a hostile and highly aggressive 45-minute message that the Biden incident had created an unprecedented crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations. Clinton’s spokesman then publicly announced that Israel was now required to show in word and in deed its seriousness about peace.
Israel? Israelis have been looking for peace — literally dying for peace — since 1947, when they accepted the U.N. partition of Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state. (The Arabs refused and declared war. They lost.) Israel made peace offers in 1967, in 1978, and in the 1993 (...) >>>
Mar 19, 2010
Cranking up the war rhetoric - It's coordinated. Washington Times has this on the diplomatic spat: "Looks like the Palestinians got the message - days after the Secretary of State gave Israel's Prime Minister a 45 minute dressing down, they have taken to the streets, throwing rocks and burning tires. Is this any way to make progress in the Middle East?" Demotix has the pictures (see what a collective looks like) -
CNSNews: "Islamic Officials Stoke Anger Over Jerusalem, Warn of 'Religious War'", by Patrick Goodenough
The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is accusing Israel of risking “religious war” by rededicating a restored 300-year-old synagogue in Jerusalem’s Old City. In a statement that made no calls for restraint by protesting Palestinians, the bloc of Muslim countries sought to link the synagogue reopening to often repeated claims about Jewish plots to destroy important mosques in the Israeli capital.
The landmark Hurva synagogue was formally rededicated Monday after a 10-year rebuilding project. Once the most prominent synagogue in Jerusalem, it was left in ruins by Jordanian forces during fighting against the newly declared state of Israel in 1948.
The Hurva stands in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. (The small walled area – less than half a square mile in area –also has Muslim, Christian and Armenian quarters.) The Jewish Quarter has been home to Jews for millennia, with the exception for the 19 years between 1948 and 1967 when Jordan controlled the area.
Despite its Jewish Quarter location (see map), in a statement condemning the reopening, OIC secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu claimed that the synagogue was “erected at the heart of the Muslim Quarter, just dozens of meters away from the Western Wall of the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque.” (...) >>>
Mar 17, 2010
Sinister minds meeting in Damascus - the doc has a great analysis (the following two are twin entries) -
Dr Sanity: "DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS ? OR, WHOSE MOVE IS IT ?"
Headline: "US TELLS SYRIA TO STOP ARMING HEZBOLLAH IMMEDIATELY". Yeah, right. Or else we'll say bad things about them or something. Or maybe we'll propose the dreaded....sanctions. (...) One can only stand in wonder and awe at the incredible amount of self-delusion necessary to believe such nonsense. Who in their right mind could possibly imagine that these dysfunctional leaders in the Middle East are the "victims" of U.S. policy? Oh wait. I forgot there is an entire contingent of useful idiots marching and chanting the slogans of the political left, who are not only ready and willing to believe it; they desperately hope it is actually true. (...) >>>
Mar 4, 2010
Haaretz: "Assad hosts Nasrallah, Ahmadinejad for 3-way meet"
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah met in Damascus late Thursday, Hezbollah's Al-Manar television station has reported. The three held their meeting over dinner at the presidential palace, accompanied by senior advisers from all three sides. This was the first time a Nasrallah visit to Damascus has been reported.
Al-Manar did not report whether Hamas political chief Khaled Meshal, who is based in Damascus, took part in the meeting. However, the station did say that Ahmadinejad met with a number of top Palestinian officials from at least 10 political movements during his visit. During that meeting, the Iranian president and the Palestinians expressed their desire for cooperation against Israeli "threats, aggressions" and moves regarding Islamic holy sites in Israel. (...) >>>
Feb 26, 2010
Hamas' peaceful mind -
Haaretz: "Hamas backtracks: We didn't apologize for rocket fire against Israel civilians"
The Hamas government in Gaza distanced itself on Saturday from an earlier statement in which it expressed regret for harming Israeli civilians in rocket attacks. Hamas, in an unusual move, expressed regret for the deaths of Israeli civilians in Palestinian rocket attacks during fighting in Gaza a year ago. That apology was part of the Hamas government's response to a United Nations report that alleged both Hamas and Israel committed war crimes during Israel's Gaza offensive last winter. The UN report, authored by South African jurist Richard Goldstone, accused Hamas of firing rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilians. On Saturday, the Gaza government said the report it submitted does not include any apologies in this regard (...) >>>
Feb. 6, 2010
The Balkans as a source of inspiration?
JPost: "Is Abbas ignoring Israel and eyeing Kosovo?", by Dan Diker - FEATURE
(...) The Palestinians have been looking to the Balkans for inspiration, not Israel. Specifically, Kosovo's February 2008 unilateral declaration of statehood and secession from Serbia has captured the Palestinian imagination as the model for "Palestine." In the past months, both Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad have referenced the Kosovo model. (...) they use Kosovo as a political symbol to shape international perceptions and strengthen their case for a unilaterally declared statehood on the '67 lines with eastern Jerusalem as their capital, including the Old City and the Temple Mount. Gaining international endorsement of the '67 lines is the goal and it's a zero sum game. They see Kosovo as the best option to get there.
The Palestinians believe their own case for unilateral statehood is even more convincing, especially to a US president whose has just won a Nobel Peace Prize in the context of a faltering Middle East peace process. (...) One of the more unfortunate yet effective Palestinian tactics driving the Palestinian Kosovo strategy is the delegitimization of Israel which they employ as a lever to criminalize and isolate it in the international community. (...) PA Justice Minister Ali Khashan's petition to the International Criminal Court in January 2009 charging Israel with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Gaza is a good example. (...) while legally unfeasible, there are indications that a Kosovo strategy might corner Israel.
The Europeans appear more than sympathetic. (...) Abbas has also reportedly discussed a UN Security Council resolution to impose a Palestinian state along the 1949 armistice lines with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who has reportedly expressed support. (...) President Barack Obama is inclined to back the key Palestinian demand of a potential unilateral declaration. (...) Israel has good reason to be concerned. The Palestinian unilateral Kosovo strategy demands new strategic thinking. (...) >>>
Jan. 24, 2010
HuffPo: "It's Not About Israel", by David Harris
Tony Blair has been among the most prominent of these voices. (...) True, genuine peace between Israel and the Palestinians would remove one of the long-standing conflicts in the Middle East. Moreover, to state the painfully obvious, peace would serve the best interests of those involved.
But the suggestion made by Prime Ministers Blair, Erdogan and others that such a settlement is a necessary precondition for wider peace in the Middle East and would take the wind out of radical Islam's sails is unsupported by the facts. Let's assume for a moment that Israel did not exist. Would that have changed the basic story line of the bulk of events in the Middle East? (...) >>>
Jan. 11, 2010
The silent shift in the balance of power is taking place. Thank heaven for the ever attentive Caroline Glick. No matter how the world allows itself to be distracted, she never drops the ball ...
JP: "Column One: Israel's PTA commander-in-chief", by Caroline Glick
Unbeknownst to most Israelis, this week marked a critical shift for the worse in the regional balance of power. (...) few paid attention to Iran's newest strategic successes. Over the past week Lebanon capitulated to the Iranian axis. Turkey solidified its full membership in the axis. And Egypt began to make its peace with the notion of Iran becoming the strongest state in the region. (...) On Wednesday, Hizbullah forces deployed openly to the border with Israel under the permissive eye of the US-armed Lebanese army.
Lebanon announced that it was no longer bound by binding UN Security Council Resolution 1559 that requires Hizbullah to disarm. And Hariri announced that he will soon visit Teheran. While Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his media echo chamber insist that Turkey has buried its hatchet with Israel, on Wednesday Prime Minister Recip Erdogan led a delegation with 10 cabinet ministers to Damascus. There, according to the Syrian and Turkish Foreign Ministries, they signed 47 trade agreements. This Turkish-Syrian rapprochement is not limited to economic issues. It is a strategic realignment. (...) >>>
Dec. 25, 2009
So much for the two states solution ...
VOA: "Israel Seizes Ship Loaded With Weapons", by Robert Berger
Israel says it has seized an arms shipment on the high seas and it is pointing a finger at Iran. Israeli naval commandos stormed onto a ship loaded with weapons near Cyprus and took it to Israel's southern port of Ashdod. The vessel was flying an Antiguan flag and disguised as an aid ship. The military says 54 metric tons of weapons were on board, including missiles, anti-tank weapons and mortars. Israeli military officials say the weapons were from Iran and the shipment was destined for the Islamic guerrilla group Hezbollah in Lebanon. Iranian officials had no immediate comment on the allegations. (...) >>>
Nov. 4, 2009
In the meantime at that immoral forum, the UN:
Fox News: "CHARGE: OBAMA SPEECH PUT ISRAEL ‘ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK’" (video)
... this from the "peace partner", who's blasted for even marginally meeting in the UN corridors ... thanks to Obama's preconditions to the Israelis ...
Fox News: "Analysis: Tripartite summit undermines Abbas" (video)
Haaretz: "Report: Chemical weapons in Hezbollah arms cache blast"
Sept. 25, 2009
Hezbollah was keeping chemical weapons in the arms stockpile which exploded more than a month ago in southern Lebanon, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa reported on Thursday. European sources quoted in the article also said that three out of the eight Hezbollah operatives who were killed in the blast died after coming in contact with the chemicals. According to Al-Siyasa, the Lebanese militant organization attempted to keep Lebanese Army personnel as well as UNIFIL forces away from the blast site in order to cover up any evidence. (...) >>>
Sep. 3, 2009
Israeli News: "Saudi-Iranian war is on"
Saudi fighter jets flew over Yemen to bomb the pockets of Iranian-backed insurrection there. Now that the American incursion in Iraq has delivered it to the Shiites and Obama’s overtures to Assad have resulted in a Hezbollah government in Lebanon, the Saudis can ill afford to have Iran controlling Yemen as well.
The Saudis are furious at Obama for letting Iran acquire nuclear weapons, which would spell unrest in the Saudi oil field region, which has been settled by Shiites. The Saudis, accordingly, are conducting independent military actions in Yemen, and are likely to cooperate with Israel against Iran. (...) >>>
Aug. 31, 2009
Fattah narrowly averting peace ...
Memri: "Fatah Sixth General Conference Resolutions: Pursuing Peace Option Without Relinquishing Resistance or Right to Armed Struggle", by C. Jacob
On August 13, 2009, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud 'Abbas declared the end of the Fatah Sixth General Conference, during which the movement's amended political plan was ratified. This report will examine three aspects of the results of the conference: what, if any, changes were made in Fatah's charter; the stance taken by 'Abbas in his opening speech, which he stated should be viewed as expressing Fatah's political plan; and Fatah's updated official political plan. (...) >>>
Aug. 16, 2009
Israel Min. of Foreign Affairs: "Behind the Headlines: Warning bells in Lebanon"
The underlying reality in Lebanon is profoundly troubling and, despite the wishfulness of many international actors, is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. (...) Under UN Security Council resolution 1701, which put in place the cease fire arrangements following the Israeli withdrawal in 2006, southern Lebanon is to be free of all weapons other than those of the Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL troops. Yet when UNIFIL inspectors arrived to investigation the explosions, they were barred entry by LAF soldiers until Hizbullah could remove the evidence of their presence.
What Hizbullah was unable to remove, however, was the sense of betrayal and frustration felt by the Lebanese residents if Khirbat Salim. In an open letter to the President of Lebanon (Al-Mustaqbal, 16/7) they declared: "The explosion of the arms depot in our town ... exposes to the air of the world that which everyone is trying to obscure, to blur and ignore, and that is the illegal weaponry and its storage in our areas and our children's basements." Turning to Hizbullah, the residents wrote: "We have had enough of the pains and disasters of the 'victory' of 2006! If you, as you claim, relate your activities to religion and to Allah, then you must empty the residential areas of weapons and ammunitions and of everything that poses a menace to our lives."
All indications are that the quantity of weapons smuggled into Lebanon through the Syrian-Lebanese border has not only replenished Hizbullah arsenal, but significantly increased it. (...) >>>
Aug. 5, 2009
The Bulletin: "Obama And Israel, Into The Abyss", by Daniel Pipes
What I dubbed the Obama administration's "rapid and harsh turn against Israel" has had three quick, predictable, and counter-productive results. These point to further difficulties ahead.
First result: Barack Obama's decision to get tough with Israel translates into escalating Palestinian demands on Israel: (...)
Second result: The U.S. government takes marching orders from Abbas and passes them along to the Israelis: (...)
Third result: The U.S. demand has prompted an Israeli resolve not to bend but to reiterate its traditional positions. Oren rejected State's demand. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who confessed to being "surprised" by the U.S. demand, assured colleagues "I won't cave in on this matter." (...) >>>
July 22, 2009
If the Green Wave doesn't topple the regime ... perhaps this will (read it all):
BPT: "Netanyahu Tight-Lipped About Imminent Iran Attack"
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office refused to respond to a report today purporting to quote an Israeli defense official stating the recent deployment of warships across the Red Sea should be seen as serious preparation for an attack on Iran. (...) >>>
July 18, 2009
The boys at Dutch Conservative blog "De Dagelijkse Standaard" remind us that the Khartoum Resolution is still very much at the heart of Palestinian politics. At the psychological level we can put it this way: if peace were to break out tomorrow Palestine would sink into a huge, black hole of its own making, and they know it. That's why the collective misery and victimhood will continue indefinitely.
July 13, 2009
PJM: "Reassessing Israeli Settlements", by Samara Greenberg
On June 4, 2009, President Barack Obama delivered his much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Obama asserted that he will pursue the creation of a Palestinian state and that Israeli settlement growth must be stopped because it is illegitimate. The previous week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated, “He [Obama] wants to see a stop to settlements — not some settlements, not outposts, not ‘natural growth’ exceptions.” (...)
(...) Israeli withdrawal from settlements has yielded, at best, negligible gains. At worst, it has brought bloodshed. (...) The president’s focus on Israeli settlements appears incongruous with other foreign threats. Even amidst anti-government protests, the Islamic Republic of Iran marches forward with its nuclear weapons program. It is doubtful that Israeli settlements are a more pressing issue than this. Now, however, the only two countries with the will and capabilities to disrupt or destroy the Iranian nuclear program are sidetracked by a diversion from the Iranian nuclear issue, which threatens Middle East peace and U.S. interests around the world.>>>
July 12, 2009
While this is going on, in Jerusalem they got the message too, loud and clear ...
Memri: "Reactions in the Arab World to Obama's Cairo Speech – Part I"
The day after the June 4, 2009 address to the Muslim world by U.S. President Barack Obama, at CairoUniversity in Egypt, the government Saudi, Egyptian and Palestinian press reactions were diverse. In their editorials, some papers called it an historic speech heralding a new world order based on justice and human rights, and called on the Arab world to heed Obama's call for partnership, to improve relations with the U.S., and to advance the Arab peace initiative. Other newspapers discounted the importance of the speech, stating that Obama's policy should be judged by his actions, not his words.The following are excerpts from editorials and other articles on Obama's address (...) >>>
June 7, 2009
Pomo diplomacy hits center stage and Obama thinks up a new state: Islamland ...
Politeia: "Krauthammer on Obama's Islamic Re-Set Speech"
(...) Obama says he came to Cairo to tell the truth. But he uttered not a word of that. Instead, among all the bromides and lofty sentiments, he issued but one concrete declaration of new American policy: "The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements," thus reinforcing the myth that Palestinian misery and statelessness are the fault of Israel and the settlements. (...) >>>
June 5, 2009
Middle East Strategic Threats: see if you live within missile range
May 21, 2009
Mere Rhetoric: "US Security Assistance To Lebanon Already Being Turned Against Israel"
I honestly thought that the resigned "well that was hard to predict" post about security assistance to Lebanon would come next month, when Hezbollah will probably win the electionand assume control over "all the security and administrative apparatus of the state." It's been obvious since 2007 - when the Pentagon got the brilliant idea to modernize the Lebanese military - that US weapons would eventually be turned against Israel. I should probably say "turned against Israel again," since the exact same thing happened with the hundreds of tons of weapons that the US gave to Fatah troops in Gaza. It's almost as if there's a flaw in the Arabist logic of arming "least of all evils" Arab regimes even while those regimes incite anti-Western hatred. (....) >>>
May 18, 2009
(...) Obama's Middle East policy is not based on facts. If it were, the so-called "two state solution," which has failed repeatedly since 1993, would not be its centerpiece. Obama's Middle East policy is based on ideology, not reality. Consequently, it is immune to rational argument.The fact that if Iran acquires nuclear weapons, all chance of peace between Israel and the Palestinians and Israel and the Arab world will disappear, is of no interest to Obama and his advisers. They do not care that the day after Hamas terror-master Khaled Mashaal told The New York Times that Hamas was suspending its attacks against Israel from Gaza, the Iranian-controlled terror regime took credit for several volleys of rockets shot against Israeli civilian targets from Gaza. The administration stills intends to give Gaza $900 million in US taxpayer funds, and it still demands that Israel give its land to a joint Fatah-Hamas government. Regardless of the weight of Netanyahu's arguments, and irrespective of the reasonableness of whatever diplomatic initiative he presents to Obama, he can expect no sympathy or support from the White House. (...) the Obama administration is telling Israel that regardless of what it does, and what objective reality is, as far as the White House is concerned, Israel is to blame. (...)>>>
May 9, 2009
NY Post: "TEAM OBAMA'S ANTI-ISRAEL TURN", by John Bolton - FEATURE
THE Obama administration is increasingly fixed on resolving the "Arab-Is raeli dispute," seeing it as the key to peace and stability in the Middle East. This is bad news for Israel - and for America. In its purest form, this theory holds that, once Israel and its neighbors come to terms, all other regional conflicts can be duly resolved (...) Some advocates believe substantively that the overwhelming bulk of other Middle Eastern grievances, wholly or partly, stem from Israel's founding and continued existence. (...) The Mideast "peace process" is thus the ultimate self-licking ice cream cone (...) >>>
Mar 14, 2009
Jewish World Review: "Change has come", by Caroline B. Glick
(...) Over the weekend the IDF acknowledged that six weeks later, daily Palestinian missile barrages against Israel have returned to pre-Operation Cast Lead levels. Moreover, the IDF warned that over the past six weeks, Hamas and its sister terror groups have rebuilt their missile arsenals both through imports of Iranian arms from Egypt and through local production lines. They have also brought in fairly advanced anti-aircraft missiles capable of shooting down IAF helicopters. (...)
To understand how it came to pass (...) it is necessary to understand Israel's domestic politics. (...) The main rule of politics that has guided Kadima since its founding in November 2005 is never be perceived as failing. For the past three years, with the active collusion of the local media, Kadima has managed to control the flow of information to the public and so successfully covered up the abject failures of its strategic policies. Its success in last month's elections is testament to its extraordinary capacity to spin and obfuscate information. (...)
Now, as the Likud-led rightist bloc is forming the next government, information about Israel's actual situation is finally being reported. Not only did Israel not deter Hamas, the inconclusive end of the campaign has paved the way for a massive diplomatic onslaught against Israel and a diplomatic campaign to legitimize Hamas. Today Israel is being blamed for Hamas's war against it. (...) we must understand how we got here. We are here because Kadima has placed its political success above Israel's security. >>>
Mar 4, 2009
Israel Matzav: "Gaza: We've been had"
(...) I flew to Tel Aviv and on Wednesday, January 28, using my press card to cross the Erez checkpoint, I walked across the border into Gaza where I was met by my guide, a Palestinian journalist. He asked if I wanted to meet with Hamas officials. I explained that I'd come to bear witness to the damage and civilian suffering, not to talk politics.
Corroboration of my account may be found in tardy and piecemeal retractions of claims concerning the UNWRA school at Al-Fakhora; an isolated acknowledgment that Gaza is substantially intact by The New York Times; Internet media watch corrections; and the unresolved discrepancy between the alleged wounded and their unreported whereabouts. World, we've been had to the tune of $4.481 billion. Read it all. >>>
Mar 3, 2009
Memri: "Article in Saudi Daily 'Al-Sharq Al-Awsat' Calls for Arab-Jewish Conciliation"
The London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat recently published an article by liberal Syrian philosopher Hashem Saleh, who resides in Paris, titled "Towards an Arab-Jewish Conciliation." In it, Saleh argues that the time is has come for the Arabs to make peace with Israel and to focus on developing their own countries, and that the Palestinian problem will resolve itself via the natural Palestinian demographic superiority over the Israelis. Following are excerpts (...) >>>
Feb 27, 2009
Inst. for Nat'l Sec. Studies: " Operation Cast Lead and International Law Strategic Assessment", by Robbie Sabel - Hat Tip: Tom Carew
A combination of factors has led to particular interest in issues of international law in the study of Operation Cast Lead. These factors include the amorphous political status of the Gaza Strip; the problem of application of the rules of war to asymmetrical warfare between a modern military and urban guerrillas; the role of the UN Security Council; the involvement of European and other states in attempts to resolve the dispute; the intensive involvement of NGOs in Gaza; the widespread coverage by the international press and particularly Arab TV; the increasing involvement of judicial discourse in Israeli society and the IDF; and attempts by Palestinian organizations and their supporters to brand Israel's campaign and tactics as illegal. The article that follows reviews several international law issues that are particularly related to the operation in Gaza. (...) >>>
Feb 23, 2009
CNN: "U.S. resumes diplomatic talks with Syria"
The State Department's top Middle East official will meet next week with the Syrian ambassador to the United States as part of what senior administration officials call a resumption of diplomatic dialogue with Damascus after nearly four years. (...) "The meeting is an opportunity for dialogue to discuss our concerns with the Syrians," Duguid said. "There remain key differences between our governments." Duguid cited Syrian support for terrorist groups, its pursuit of nuclear weapons, its interference in Lebanon and worsening human rights situation as issues Feltman will address at next week's meetings. On Thursday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report that the U.N. nuclear watchdog found traces of uranium from samples retrieved at a Syrian site suspected to be the location of a nuclear site (see the dossier on Articles) (...) >>>
Also today ... "Hamas slip Kerry note for Obama"
Feb 21., 2009
Doc's Talk: "Hamas Stole UN Weapons in Gaza"
Hamas stole tons of explosives, weapons and unexploded bombs that it was guarding for the United Nations, which gathered the ordnance during Operation Cast Lead. The Hamas guard has disappeared along with the bombs and explosives. The discovery of missing weapons, first revealed by British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), is the latest in a number of embarrassing episodes for the U.N. and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner charged Hamas with "commandeering" the bombs, explosives and artillery shells. Israel previously has proven that Hamas has used U.N. facilities to attack Israeli civilians and soldiers, and the terrorist organization has routinely stolen humanitarian aid delivered to U.N. groups. "We are anxious to get the return of this ordnance," U.N. Jerusalem spokesman Richard Miron told the BBC. "It's clearly extremely dangerous and needs to be disposed of in a safe manner. (...) >>>
Feb 19, 2009
Or why the transnational template wouldn't work for the Middle East ...
Irish Times: "Hamas must be brought to book for havoc they have sown", by EDWIN BENNATAN - Hat Tip: Tom Carew
(...) Some arguments are so blatantly flawed that they do not even deserve being called wrong. Such is Lara Marlowe’s simplistic view of the Israel-Palestinian conflict (Opinion and Analysis, February 3rd) in which she proposes that the US and the EU impose a solution on the two sides. “The UN should flood the Gaza Strip with blue helmets,” she suggests, “who would prevent Hamas firing rockets.”
She continues: “The most maddening thing about the conflict is that there is such an obvious solution, as there was in Northern Ireland.” First, the Middle East is not Northern Ireland. Cambridge historians John Bew and Martyn Frampton have stated in a recent report that although it has become “fashionable to look to the lessons of the peace process in Northern Ireland as holding insights for other areas of conflict, simplistic comparisons may be unhelpful”. (...) >>>
Feb 10, 2009
Jerusalem Post: "Our World: The Israeli solution", by
Operation Cast Lead caused many people to reassess the viability of the sacrosanct "two-state solution." A growing number of observers have pointed out that Hamas's Iranian-sponsored jihadist regime in Gaza is proof that Israel has no way to ensure that land it transfers to the PLO-Fatah will remain under PLO-Fatah control. (...) These reassessments have led three leading conservative thinkers - former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton, Middle East Forum president Daniel Pipes, and Efraim Inbar, director of Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies - to all publish articles over the past month rejecting the two-state solution.
Bolton, Pipes and Inbar not only agree that the two-state paradigm has failed, they also agree on what must be done now to "solve" the Palestinian conflict. In their view the failed "two-state solution" should be replaced with what Bolton refers to as the "three-state solution." (...) the three argue that the best thing to do is to return the situation to what it was from 1949 to 1967: Egypt should reassert its control over Gaza and Jordan should reassert its control over Judea and Samaria. Bolton, Pipes and Inbar acknowledge that Egypt and Jordan have both rejected the idea but argue that they should be pressured to reconsider. (...)
First, a Jordanian reassertion of control over Judea and Samaria and an Egyptian reassertion of control over Gaza would likely increase the chances that the moderate regimes in both countries would be weakened and perhaps overthrown. Second, like Fatah-PLO, neither Egypt nor Jordan would have any interest in protecting Israel from Palestinian terrorists. (...) Not only would Israel be unable to trust that its security situation would improve if the areas were to revert to Jordanian and Egyptian control, Israel could trust that its security situation would rapidly deteriorate as the prospect of regional war increased.
With a retrocession of Gaza, Judea and Samaria to Egyptian and Jordanian rule, Israel would find itself situated within indefensible borders, and facing the likely prospect that the Egyptian and Jordanian regimes would be destabilized. (...) What new policy paradigm should replace the failed two-state solution? The best way to move forward is to reject the calls for a solution and concentrate instead on stabilization. With rockets and mortars launched from Gaza continuing to pummel the South despite Operation Cast Lead, and with the international community's refusal to enforce UN Security Council resolutions barring Iran from exporting weapons, it is clear that Gaza will remain an Iranian-sponsored, Hamas-controlled area for as long as Hamas retains control over the international border with Egypt.
So Israel must reassert control over the border. (...) The option of continued and enhanced Israeli control is unattractive to many. But it is the only option that will provide an environment conducive to such a long-term reorganization of Palestinian society that will also safeguard Israel's own security and national well-being. While it is vital to recognize that the failed two-state solution must be abandoned, it is equally important that it not be replaced with another failed proposition. (...) >>>
Feb 3, 2009
You can sign the petition to indict Hamas with war crimes here ...
JP: "Gazans tell Israeli investigators of Hamas abuses",
Nuaf Atar spoke about the use of Gazan schools to shoot rockets at Israel. Zabhi Atar revealed that Hamas used food coupons to entice Palestinians to join its ranks and Hamad Zalah said Hamas took control of UNRWA food supplies transferred to Gaza and refused to distribute them to people affiliated with Fatah. These are three examples of testimony from Hamas and Islamic Jihad men who were captured by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead. Details of their interrogations have been released for publication by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). More than 100 Palestinians were captured during the three-week operation but most were released and only a few dozen - members of Hamas and other terrorist factions - are still being held by Israel (...) Nuaf Atar, 25, lives in Atatra, in the northwest Gaza Strip, and was captured by paratroopers on January 11. In his interrogation by the Shin Bet, Atar said Hamas government officials "took over" humanitarian aid Israel allowed in to the Strip and sold it, when it is supposed to be distributed for free. Hamas set up rocket launchers and fired rockets into Israel from within school compounds since the operatives knew that the Israel Air Force would not bomb the schools, he said. Palestinians who opposed Hamas's use of their land and homes as launch pads were shot in the legs, Atar added. (...) >>>
Feb 2, 2009
Memri: "PLO Executive Committee Secretary Yasser Abd Rabbo Accuses Hamas of New Atrocities Against Fatah Members in Gaza"
Al-Jazeera TV, January 22, 2009: "Today, Hamas Gangs Are Unleashed Like Packs of Animals on the Streets of Gaza Against Fatah Members" Yasser Abd Rabbo:
"Yesterday, we heard Khaled Mash'al talking from Damascus about new, additional preconditions for national reconciliation - the only goal of which is to hinder the achievement of reconciliation. [...] "Today, Hamas gangs are unleashed like packs of animals on the streets of Gaza against Fatah members. Because the military bases and the prisons have been destroyed, they have turned Gaza schools, Al-Nasser Hospital, the radiology department at Shifa' Hospital, Al-Aqsa University, and other places, including mosques, into centers for the detention, interrogation, and torture of Fatah members and members of other national Palestinian factions. (...) >>>
Jan 28, 2009
NGO Monitor: "The NGO Front in the Gaza War: Debate over Palestinian Casualties"
Since the end of the IDF's operation in Gaza, there is a growing debate over Palestinian casualty claims. While the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and the Palestinian Ministry of Health have announced that the majority of fatalities were civilians, the IDF has estimated that "more than two-thirds of [the deaths] were Hamas members." (The Jerusalem Post has reported that "IDF Military Intelligence has set up a team to produce a comprehensive list of Palestinian fatalities… It will be completed within two weeks, officials said, but it is not clear whether it will be made public." The International Herald Tribune claimed that "Israel … said it has the names of more than 700 Hamas militants killed in fighting.") PCHR is a highly politicized NGO, a leader in the anti-Israel "lawfare" movement (...) >>>
Jan 27, 2009
Commentary Managzine: " Gaza Post-Mortem, by
(...) reality is sinking in: Hamas lost. According to news reports, Hamas’s Damascus leadership ordered the group to attack withdrawing IDF forces — and Hamas refused. Hamas vowed that there was nothing Israel could do to make it stop firing rockets, and today Sderot is quiet. Hamas vowed that it would fight until the blockade was lifted, and today the blockade remains in place. Assuming Hamas continues to hold its fire, there are a few conclusions we can draw about the war (...) For Hamas, the war was a major setback, but not a devastating one — only because Israel decided not to make it so. In the long term, Israel’s refusal to press its advantage will likely become the most salient fact of Cast Lead. >>>
Jan 26, 2009
A politically and historically very insightful article, a must read for anyone with an interest in the "peace process"; Mitchell is the typical representative of the postmodern class of realists: we cling to delusion because reality is far too realistic to contemplate!
Caroline Glick: "History's tragic farce" - FEATURE
It is a fundamental truth that while history always repeats itself, it almost never repeats itself precisely. There is always a measure of newness to events that allows otherwise intelligent people to repeat the mistakes of their forebears without looking completely ridiculous. Given this, it is hard to believe that with the advent of the Obama administration, we are seeing history repeat itself with nearly unheard of exactness. US President Barack Obama's appointment of former Sen. George Mitchell as his envoy for the so-called Palestinian-Israeli "peace process" will provide us with a spectacle of an unvarnished repeat of history. (...) In an address at Tel Aviv University last month, Mitchell said that the US and Israel must cling to the delusion that Palestinian statehood will bring about a new utopia, "for the alternative is unacceptable and should be unthinkable." (...) >>> READ IT ALL
Jan 24, 2009
Pocono Record: "Gaza: Hamas' camera-ready victims",
(...) Regarding the plight of Gaza, remember this: Between 1948, when Israel was created, and 1967, when Israel captured Gaza in a defensive war, the Gaza Strip was administered by Egypt. During those 19 years, the Egyptians never offered citizenship to the Palestinians living in Gaza, nor did they permit them free transit from the Strip into Egypt proper. They did nothing to encourage the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. In fact, in 1958, Egypt's President Nasser formally annulled the so-called "All Palestine Government" — a remnant of the Palestinian state the Arabs rejected in 1948. Egypt, like all of the other Arab states and, importantly, the U.N., chose to keep the Palestinians bereft and stateless — a permanent and growing dagger aimed at Israel.
Even more instructive is this: When Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Gaza's residents had a golden opportunity to begin to build the sort of state they have claimed to desire. The Israelis even left behind the infrastructure to give the Palestinians a start: roads, houses, swimming pools, fish farms, nurseries, orchards, and factories. The Palestinians chose to kill each other (see Jonathan Schanzer's new book, "Hamas vs. Fatah") and to fire missiles across the border at Israel instead. (...) >>>
Jan 19, 2009
YNet: "UN envoy: Hamas uses Gazans as human shields"
In letter of complaint to Ban Ki-Moon, Security Council Gabriela Shalev says Islamist group operating out of mosques, schools and private homes; adds Hamas war room discovered under largest hospital in Strip (...) During Israel's Gaza operation, Hamas has operated out of mosques, schools and private homes while using civilians as human shields, she said. The ambassador said that Hamas was booby-trapping homes with complete disregard for the safety of their occupants, and assured the UN chief that Israel was taking all necessary measures to prevent civilian casualties. (...) >>>
Jan 14, 2009
Yahoo!News: "Israel and Lebanon trade fire"
According to Shalev, a Hamas war room was discovered beneath the largest hospital in Gaza, and terrorists are frequently opening fire from inside private residences while holding the tenants hostage.
Israel has launched shells into Lebanon in response to rockets fired into its territory. A military spokesman said Israel aimed "a pinpoint response at the source of fire" in Lebanon. An Israeli security source said Israel had fired five artillery shells. The four rockets fired from Lebanon hit the Israeli resort town of Nahariya and three other locations (see earlier report), wounding two people, police and medics said. (...) >>>
Arutz Sheva: "Mortar Attack Wounds 5 in Eshkol Region"
Jan 8, 2009
Excerpts do it no justice: just, read it all ...
Israel Politik: "Gaza by Numbers"
Remarkable and true: the revolution eats its own children and gangs end up in cannibalism ...
Front Page Magazine: "Killing Their Own", by Jacob Laksin
From reprimands of “disproportionate response” to condemnations of civilian casualties, Israel’s military offensive in Gaza has drawn de rigueur denunciations from the international community. Less noticed is that while Israel has taken great pains to avoid innocent deaths in Operation Cast Lead, at great peril to its fighting men and women, Hamas vigilantes have spent recent days deliberately assaulting and killing their fellow Palestinians, just as they have done for years. According to the Jerusalem Post, since the beginning of the Israeli offensive, more than 75 Gaza Palestinians have been shot in the legs or have had their hands broken; more than 35 have been executed by Hamas operatives who accuse them of being Israeli “collaborators.” (...) >>>
Jan 6, 2008 - update Jan 7: here's a confirmation:
YNet: "Hamas executes 6 suspected collaborators - Palestinian group puts to death six men suspected of delivering information to IDF, guiding IAF warplane"
Gazamom is a real piece of work: bewailing Gaza deaths while feasting on the corpses of fallen enemies - this is the difference between us: civilization.
IDF Spokesperson: "Summary of Overnight Activity"
The IDF operation continued overnight with many infantry, tank, engineering, artillery and intelligence forces operating throughout the Gaza Strip in conjunction with the Israel Air Force and the Israel Navy. IAF aircraft struck over 30 targets including: (...) Israel Navy boats assisted the ground forces and attacked a number of targets including rocket launching sites, a bunker and Hamas naval outposts. An IDF officer and five IDF soldiers were lightly to moderately wounded (...) >>>
In Memoriam: SSgt. Dvir Emmanueloff
Daily Telegraph: "Israeli troops close in on Hamas stronghold"
Israeli forces closed in on Gaza City today with raids on densely populated Palestinian settlements targeting fighters loyal to the Islamic militia controlled by Hamas. Shelling and aerial attacks were heavy on the southern approaches to the area as Israeli infantry units engaged in close quarters combat with Hamas fighters. Israeli operations bisected the Gaza strip on Sunday, setting the stage for an assault on the group's strongholds within the urban areas.(...) Troops were hunting Hamas members in house-to-house combat, and that during one clash Palestinians attempted to capture a soldier. The military said six troops were wounded in fighting overnight but gave no further details. The Islamist militia fought in the Zeitoun suburb of Gaza City amid anxiety that the new day could bring an escalation of clashes in other parts of the territory's main city. (...)
European governments have lined up behind the call for both sides to observe an immediate ceasefire. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France will press this demand when he visits Jerusalem. But President George W Bush has thrown America's weight behind the attack, calling on Israel to avoid civilian casualties but blaming Hamas for the crisis and blocking efforts in the United Nations Security Council to issue a statement calling for an immediate ceasefire. Moreover, Israeli public opinion remains strongly behind the assault. (...) Israel did not comment on a claim from Hamas that its fighters had captured two soldiers. Palestinian fighters have made the capture of prisoners a priority so they can be used as bargaining chips (...) >>>
Jan 5, 2009
EU4Israel: "12,000 gathered in Paris today to support Israel"
Jan 4, 2009
Lists a number of new news outlets that bypass the traditional media ...
Politeia: "Can the Propaganda War Be Won?"
Israel now gets its message out through Twitter and YouTube, thereby bypassing the entire hostile mainstream crowd. (...) The article relays the innovation of the Israeli consulate in New York holding a press conference on Twitter on their own hashtag stream for anyone to follow. Hashtag #AskIsrael to this day produces a variety of tweets, largely balancing #Gaza which is an echo chamber for Hamas fans (yes, they exist). (...)
- BNO News: "IDF: Second Stage of Operation Cast Lead Begins"
The Israeli Government issued the following statement:
A short while ago IDF forces began to implement the second stage of Operation Cast Lead. Land forces have begun to maneuver within the Gaza Strip. (...) >>>Jan 3, 2009
Cynicism vying with hypocrisy: while some are quite reasonably questioning the Western media's uncritical acceptance of the Hamas bodycount, another article throws an interesting light with respect to "the rival PLO Palestinian Authority" in the Westbank, President Abbas (no mistake, read on):
WND: "PA leader 'begged' Israel to hit Hamas - To world, however, Abbas condemns
Gaza strikes as 'barbaric,' 'unnecessary'"
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his office today slammed as "barbaric" and "unnecessary" Israel's air strikes in Gaza, but according to top diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, Abbas for months now has been petitioning Israel to launch a massive military raid against his Hamas rivals in Gaza.
The sources, speaking to WND on condition of anonymity, said Abbas and his top representatives have waged a quiet campaign for months asking the Israeli government to target Hamas in Gaza just before his term in office is scheduled to expire on Jan. 9.
Hamas leaders have repeatedly warned they will not recognize Abbas after the 9th, and that they will launch a major campaign to delegitimize the PA president and install their own figures to lead the Palestinian government. Abbas hopes a large-scale Israeli military campaign in Gaza would distract Hamas from attempting to undermine his rule, the diplomatic sources told WND. "It's an open secret (...)
In a move that could have monumental ramifications, the Hamas terrorist organization is quietly working to create its own Palestine Liberation Organization, or PLO, to compete with the well-known group of the same namesake headed by Abbas, Hamas officials told WND earlier this week. The effort is part of a larger expected Hamas campaign to delegitimize Abbas after Jan. 9. (...) >>>
Dec 28, 2008
Politeia: "Human Sacrifice in the Pit of Hell"
Israeli retaliation is under way on Iran's proxy in Gaza. The IDF has named the Gaza War "Oferet Yetzuka" (referring to the Hanukkah Dreidels).
Qassam Count states: "16 rockets have been fired at Israel since the attack on Gaza has begun. 1 woman dead, 4 injured" - and "More than 5000 rockets have been fired at Israel in the past 3 years; 200 in the past 20 days."
If the Palestinians left the miserable refugee camps and started picking up their lives, resettling elsewhere in the Dar-al-Islam, the 'Palestinian issue' would be effectively over - something the Arab Governments would never condone! (...)
Update: The title of this post should be understood quite literally. Israel Politik touches upon the barbarism of just one of the methods of human sacrifice in "Who invented the “Human Shields” method?": "Hamas has released an official statement declaring that Dr. Nizar al-Rayyan who was killed in a pinpointed attack earlier today is the father of the “Human Shields” method". He invented this practice to stop the Israelis from phoning the occupier of the home, warning him to evacuate it before a strike. (...) >>>
Dec 28, 2008
CNN: "At least 155 killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza"
Israeli aircraft launched air attacks across Gaza on Saturday, killing at least 155 people, including the Hamas police chief and other officials, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources. The Hamas military wing issued a statement saying it had fired a rocket toward the Israeli city of Askelon (...) >>>
Dec 27, 2008
YNet: "IDF faces stronger Hamas - Lull had benefits, but it also allowed Hamas to build up its military strength"
(...) Hamas possesses a rocket arsenal that is double the size and range of what it had six months ago. Hamas has 8-10,000 rockets of various types. Six months ago, its rockets had a 20-km. range (12 miles). Today, its rockets may be able to hit Beersheba. Hamas' defense system for Gaza includes eight divisions and 16,000 armed personnel, as well as anti-aircraft and anti-tankweapons, and 50 km. of underground tunnels. (...) >>>
oh, and eh ...
Haaretz: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday criticized Hamas' announcement that its Egyptian-brokered truce with Israel in Gaza was formally over. (...) >>>
Dec 19, 2008
... not sure if this is the right place to put this story on record ... don't forget to scroll down to the comments section as there's some important extra info there ...
PJM: "Violence Rattles Ancient Port City in Israel"
On Israel’s Mediterranean coast, the usually sleepy port city of Acco has been hit by an ugly wake-up call: its Arab and Jewish residents currently need hundreds of police officers in riot gear to keep them from attacking one another. Following the ongoing riots that first erupted hours after Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, Acco looks like a mini-war zone. (...)
Acco is a mixed Jewish and Arab city and on Wednesday, despite the holiday, Tawfik Jamal, an Arab resident of the city, drove through a Jewish neighborhood, reportedly at high speed. Jewish youths in the area who said they saw the act as provocation swarmed him and his son when they emerged from his vehicle and hurled stones at them, forcing them to flee. The driver was protected by local police but word reportedly spread in the Arab community, incorrectly, that he had been killed. Local mosques called for revenge on loudspeakers and soon after the streets filled with young Arab men chanting “Kill the Jews” (...) >>>
12th Oct 2008
... whatta mistaka to make! .... we'll be regretting this shortly ...
Reuters: "Second Palestinian battalion begins U.S.-funded training"
About 500 members of a security force loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas crossed into Jordan on Thursday for U.S. funded training, the second such battalion to do so.
Washington wants to train the backbone of a Palestinian gendarmerie that would underpin any future state. (...) >>>
19th Sep 2008
Washington Times: "Israel aims to break up Syria-Iran alliance"
Israel's envoy to the U.S., Sallai Meridor, said Tuesday that the main reason his government began talks with Syria earlier this year was to "bring about a strategic repositioning" in the Middle East by breaking up Damascus' alliance with Iran. He said a "U-turn" in Syria's policy is a "litmus test" for reaching a broad peace agreement with Damascus. "There can't be true peace if Syria continues to align with the Iranian regime and with terror groups," such as Lebanon's Hizbullah. (...) >>>
... a survey conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in the West Bank and Gaza between 28 and 30 August 2008 asked: If a peace agreement is reached and a Palestinian state is established and recognized by Israel, how soon do you think full reconciliation between the two peoples will be achieved? 43% - reconciliation is not possible ever; 21% - only in many generations to come; 7% - only in the next generation; 9% - only in the next decade; 11% - in the next few years ...
Updated: 11th Sep 2008
NYTimes: "U.S. Sees Much to Fear in a Hostile Russia"
The president of Syria spent two days this week in Russia with a shopping list of sophisticated weapons he wanted to buy. The visit may prove a worrisome preview of things to come. Although Russia has long supplied arms to Syria, it has held back until now on providing the next generation of surface-to-surface missiles. But the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, made clear that he was hoping to capitalize on rising tensions (...) “It’s Iran, it’s the U.N., it’s all the counterterrorism and counternarcotics programs, Syria, Venezuela, Hamas — there are any number of issues (...) Russia appeared intent on trying to “disrupt the international order” and had the capacity to succeed. (...) >>>
Updated: 22nd Aug. 2008
CNN: "Despite Gaza truce, Palestinian militants still building rockets"
In a rare public relations display, spread over two days and intended to be viewed by Israel and the rest of the world, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees last week showed off its training techniques and a rocket factory to journalists. The PRC said the rockets it displayed recently are but a drop in an ocean of surprises in store for Israel should it attempt to reoccupy Gaza, from which it withdrew in 2005. The militants showed off what they said was a new rocket, called the Nasser-4, which can travel 16 miles (25 kilometers), or double the range of the existing Nasser-3. If true, larger Israeli cities such as Ashkelon -- with a population of about 120,000 -- and Ashdod -- home to about 200,000 -- would be under greater threat of attack. (...) >>>
Updated: 15th Aug. 2008
... welcome to the twilight zone ...
BBC: "Ill Palestinians 'asked to spy' "
(...) Physicians for Human Rights says it has documented about 30 cases of people from Gaza being denied treatment for not providing information. The Tel Aviv-based group says this breaches international law. An Israeli official dismissed the claims, saying patients were only questioned as a security measure. (...) The group cites cases in which patients were summoned for questioning and others where patients did not come to a crossing for fear of being arrested. (...) Although most people cannot leave the territory, medical cases are being considered for permission to get out. Physicians for Human Rights says doctors, not security forces, should decide who can be granted that permission. Israeli defence ministry spokesman Shlomo Dror told AFP news agency that everybody who entered Israel had to be questioned about the reason for their visit, "especially if they are in a terror organisation". "These people are not going to assist us, because the moment they come back to Gaza they are already suspected of being collaborators," he added. (...) >>>
Update - note the discrepancy in heading and text
"Gaza fugitives 'being sent back'"
Israel opened the border after both Egypt and President Abbas asked for the men to be allowed in. It also agreed to an initial request by Palestinian Authority leaders to send the men to the West Bank. However, Israel's defence ministry now says Mr Abbas has asked for the group to be sent back into Gaza. (...) one of the injured men being treated in an Israeli hospital, said it was his duty to go back to Gaza. "We won't give up Gaza - our families and children are there," he told the BBC. (...) >>>
Melanie Phillips has two more suggestions. And she adds: "When reading the coverage of these clashes later today in the British press or watching and listening to it on the BBC, just consider what that coverage would have been like if it had been Israel rather than Hamas that had behaved like this. The Jerusalem Post reports: At least 12 of those who were wounded in Saturday's fighting were under the age of 15... What is that unfamiliar sound emanating from all those who routinely scream that Israel kills Palestinian children? It is called silence. >>>
Not, reports CNN a day later: "Israel helps Palestinians in escape from Gaza" - The Israeli army said Monday it has helped approximately 85 Fatah-allied Palestinians -- who escaped a bloody Hamas crackdown in Gaza -- relocate to the West Bank city of Jericho. >>>
Updated: 4th Aug. 2008
Yahoo!News: "Fleeing Hamas, Fatah men enter Israel"
More than 180 Fatah supporters who fled into Israel from the Gaza Strip were in Israeli custody Sunday, after a dramatic escape from a Hamas crackdown that left nine people dead in fierce fighting. (...) When Israeli soldiers went to open the gate, heavy fire erupted, apparently from Hamas forces, said Col. Ron Ashrov, an Israeli military commander in the border area. Twenty-two of those who crossed were injured, he said. The incident punctuated one of the new realities of the conflict: Palestinian infighting has become so bitter that some Palestinians fear Israel less than they do each other. Haim Ramon, Israel's vice premier, said Sunday that Israel has a responsibility to help supporters of Abbas, who is negotiating a peace deal with Israel (...) >>>
Updated: 3rd Aug. 2008
Memri: "In Wake of Tahdiah Agreement, Escalation in Hamas-Fatah Conflict and in Fatah's Position Vis-à-vis Israel"
Under the tahdiah agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, which went into effect on June 19, 2008, the Palestinians agreed to stop the rocket attacks on Israel in exchange for a cessation of Israel's military activity in Gaza. It was also agreed that there would be negotiations for opening the Rafah crossing, with the participation of Palestinian Authority, Hamas and E.U. representatives. The agreement was the result of prolonged negotiations, during which both sides withdrew some of their original demands. Hamas waived its demands to include the West Bank in the agreement and to open the Rafah crossing immediately. Israel, on its part, withdrew its demand to stop arms smuggling as a condition for signing the agreement, and did not insist on a clause linking the tahdiah to the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Hamas was very interested in the tahdiah, mainly out of concern that the continued siege on Gaza would weaken its status among the Palestinians, and out of fear that Israel would target its leaders. Nevertheless, the movement has presented the agreement as an Israeli capitulation and as a Hamas victory, emphasizing the lifting of the siege on Gaza and Israel's apparent recognition of Hamas. Though some of the Palestinian factions expressed reservations about the agreement, they all agreed to the tahdiah. Despite this, some of them have violated the agreement by firing rockets (...) >>>
Updated: 2nd Aug. 2008
...what stands out? the asymmetry of the going 'market value' of a human being, dead or alive; that Israel was unaware whether they would be the recipients of living men, or just their corpses; "Today is a great victory for the resistance movements and to Hezbollah, said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. "It shows that the only successful way to free the prisoners is by kidnapping soldiers."
Haaretz: "Lessons of the swap "
Now that the bodies of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser have been returned to Israel, perhaps it is possible to conduct an intelligent discussion of the many issues surrounding the deal with Hezbollah. On the one hand, the government declared it would "do everything" to return the abducted soldiers. On the other, it said it would not negotiate with the captors. Both declarations were irresponsible and handcuffed the government. On the one hand, it is impossible to say - and should not be said - that "everything" will be done, since everything includes measures that are best not even considered. On the other hand, it is obvious that sooner or later negotiations will be held with the abductors, as was done in the past. (...) >>>
Updated: 17th July 2008
... on the day it was disclosed that Israel and Syria are holding peace talks, the German postmodern English language website Signandsight experiences a paradigm shift in its standards of objectivity (in the classical sense of the word) by carrying an article by exiled Iraqi writer Najem Wali, "A Journey into the Heart of the Enemy":When a child is born in Israel or to us in the Arab world, the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict is flowing in its umbilical cord. Since the declaration of the state of Israel on May 14 1948, Israel has been the official enemy number one for the Arab states.
But even as a child I found the rhetoric didn't add up. How could this somehow "all-powerful" country so successfully "let the Arab nations sink into lethargy", as the official speeches would have us believe? And why, at the same time, were they so confident that the "small state of Zionist gangs" would inevitably "disappear from the map"? I never found a convincing answer. Nor did I ever make the connection between the "Jew question" and the "Palestine question", between the victims of the Holocaust and the victims of Israel's foundation. (...) >>>
Updated: 21st May 2008
Atlas Shrugs: "Israel: Death blow by Death blow" - relating comments by Arlene From Israel - recommended reading
Arlene Kushner has written a devastating recap of the terrible series of events in the hand over of Israel to Islamic jihad. Condi is so out of her depth, it breaks the human heart. The Arabs have co-opted her so completely and Bush incomprehensively believes in her and so what we have here is surrender in chunks.The terrible pity is when the consequences of these annihilationist moves begin to unfold Israel will have no choice. None.
Arlene from Israel gives us the death blow by blow (...) >>>
Updated: 31st Mar 2008
A VERY INFORMATIVE, HISTORICAL OVERVIEW, GREAT INSIGHTS AND A GOOD IDEACommentary Magazine: "The Peace Planners Strike Again", by Hillel Halkin
The Peel Commission report (that was in 1937), the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry’s recommendations (1946), the UN partition resolution (1947), the Bernadotte plan (1948), the Lausanne conference (1948-49), Security Council Resolution 242 (1967), the Rogers plan (1970), the Jarring mission (1971), the Camp David “framework for peace” (1978), the Madrid conference (1991), the Oslo declaration of principles (1993), the Palestinian-Israeli interim agreement (1995), the Wye summit (1997), the Camp David summit (2000), the Sharm-el-Sheikh summit (2000), the Taba conference (2001), the Bush road map (2003): if none of these could end the Jewish-Arab conflict in Palestine, what hope is there for Annapolis? (...) >>>
Updated: 18 Jan. 2008
Jerusalem Post: "Fatah map shows all of Israel as Palestine" - Hap Tip: American Thinker: "Fatah Shows its True Intentions"
Fatah is planning to mark its 43rd anniversary this year with a new poster that presents all of Israel as Palestine. A Fatah 43rd anniversary poster depicts a map of Israel that is entirely draped with a Palestinian keffiyeh next to a rifle signifying armed struggle. Designed specifically for the occasion by Abdel Mun'em Ibrahim, the poster features a map of Israel that is entirely draped with a Palestinian keffiyeh scarf. It also carries a drawing of a rifle as a symbol of the "armed struggle" against Israel. The poster, which has been endorsed by the Fatah leadership, has already been posted on a number of Fatah-affiliated Web sites. The underlying message of the poster is that Fatah, like Hamas, does not recognize Israel's existence. >>>
Updated: 23rd Dec. 2007
Atlas Shrugs: ""Jews..... we have already dug graves for you" Give 'em a Terror State!"
"Our people are capable of launching a third and a fourth intifada (...)
Updated: 16th Dec. 2007
The Lighthouse: Review of DVD Documentary "Farewell Israel: Bush, Iran and the Revolt of Islam" (includes trailer)
Joel Gilbert has pulled off a remarkable tour de force: in “Farewell Israel” he has produced a (...)
The Spectator: "Bolton he is not", by Melanie Phillips
(...) another spectacular car crash has been Bolton’s successor as UN Ambassador, the much-lionised Zalmay Khalilzad, (...)
Atlas Shrugs: "We are not Worthy", by Pamela Geller
American Thinker: "After Annapolis, what?", by Edward Bernard Glick
Israpundit: "Annapolis is about Syria or should be"
Updated: 29th Nov. 2007
The Wall Street Journal: "On the Jewish Question ", by Bernard Lewis
"What is the conflict about?" There are basically two possibilities: that it is about the size of Israel, or about its existence. If the issue is about the size of Israel, then we have a straightforward border problem, like Alsace-Lorraine or Texas. That is to say, not easy, but possible to solve in the long run, and to live with in the meantime. If, on the other hand, the issue is the existence of Israel, then clearly it is insoluble by negotiation. There is no compromise position between existing and not existing, and no conceivable government of Israel is going to negotiate on whether that country should or should not exist. PLO and other Palestinian spokesmen have, from time to time, given formal indications of recognition of Israel in their diplomatic discourse in foreign languages. But that's not the message delivered at home in Arabic, in everything from primary school textbooks to political speeches and religious sermons. Here the terms used in Arabic denote, not the end of hostilities, but an armistice or truce, until such time that the war against Israel can be resumed with better prospects for success.
Updated: 26th Nov. 2007