Tuesday, November 30, 2010

He Didn't Hear It From Me

Herb Keinon, as far as I know, is not a reader of Jerusalem Central (there are some people left on the planet who shockingly enough, are not); however, Herb has written a piece in today's Jerusalem Post, "Burying Linkage Between Peace Process, Iran", which reiterates my comments yesterday as to the Obama administration's contrived policy of "linkage", which is of course as we knew already but certainly now verified by Wikileaks' documents, to be simply one more tool with which to batter Israel.

Monday, November 29, 2010

This Week's Most Important Story

This week's most important story has nothing to do with Palestinians, Iran, Hezbollah or Hamas, but rather with Shas party Knesset member Haim Amsalem, who is openly defying Ovadia Yosef and has called for the unthinkable in the ultra-Orthodox world: studying secular subjects like math and science, working for a living and bringing others closer to a Torah "with all its paths pleasant and harmonious". He has engendered hatred from Shas, with one rabbi even referring to him as "Amalek". This is hopefully just the beginning of re-integrating the ultra-Orthodox back into Israeli society - the most important challenge that Israel faces over the coming years.

Linkage: Wikileaks Exposes the Utter Fantasy

It's not exactly news,  but one of the most significant stories coming out of the Wikileaks documents is the extent to which Arab countries have continually exhorted the United States since at least 2005 to attack Iran - just do anything to stop Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon - to "cut off the head of the snake", as the Saudi king would have it.

But the real story here is putting to rest the utterly incomprehensible notion of the administration, State Department, Defense Department, CIA and others that an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement should somehow be "linked", or would somehow would make it easier for President Obama and the administration to deal with the Iranian issue. Of course, Arab countries have never demanded such a thing and are scared witless of a nuclear Iran and even more scared that the United States does not have the will to deal with it, preferring as it does "talking" and "engagement".

No less an expert than the measured Arab affairs commentator on Israel's Channel 2, Ehud Ya'ari, a man who commands considerable and deserved respect for his understanding of the Muslim world, spoke extensively tonight (in Hebrew) on the news of the obvious, i.e. that as far as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the other Gulf countries are concerned, the term "linkage" doesn't even exist.

Let's get to the bottom line: "Linkage" is simply a crock designed to batter Israel and blackmail it into concessions while letting Iran develop an atomic weapon.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

And These are the "Moderates"...

Did I see a State Department condemnation of this? Must have missed it...

Only the GOP Will Save Us?

We're running out of options here - Caroline Glick is hanging her last hope on a GOP-controlled House that will somehow pull our chestnuts out of the fire. With a President who makes no indications of wanting to work with the other side of the aisle and a row of appointments in the State and Defense Departments of officials who make him look like a right-winger, things are looking rather hopeless. In other words, as usual, Israel is going to have to rely on Israel. Been there, done that, and looks like we'll have to do it again. While excoriating previous administrations as well, Glick asks:

So is Obama really worse than everyone else or is he just the latest in a line of US presidents who have no idea how to run an effective foreign policy? The short answer is that he is far worse than his predecessors.

A US president’s maneuver room in foreign affairs is always very small. The foreign policy establishment in the Washington is entrenched and uniformly opposed to bending to the will of elected leaders. The elites in the State Department and the CIA and their cronies in academia and policy circles in Washington are also consistently unmoved by reality, which as a rule exposes their policies as ruinous.

The president has two ways to shift the ship of state. First, he can use his bully pulpit. Second, he can appoint people to key positions in the foreign policy bureaucracy.

Since entering office, Obama has used both these powers to ill effect. He has traveled across the world condemning and apologizing for US world leadership. In so doing he has convinced ally and adversary alike that he is not a credible leader; that no one can depend on US security guarantees during his watch; and that it is possible to attack the US, its allies and interests with impunity.

Obama’s call for a nuclear-free world combined with his aggressive stance towards Israel’s purported nuclear arsenal, his bid to disarm the US nuclear arsenal, and his ineffective response to North Korea’s nuclear brinksmanship and Iran’s nuclear project have served to convince nations from the Persian Gulf to South America to the Pacific Rim that they should begin developing nuclear weapons. By calling for nuclear disarmament, he has provoked the greatest wave of nuclear armament in history.

GIVEN HIS own convictions, it is no surprise that all his key foreign policy appointments share his dangerous views. The State Department’s Legal Adviser Harold Koh believes the US should subordinate its laws to an abstract and largely unfounded notion of international law. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy believes terrorists become radicalized because they are poor. She is advised by leftist extremist Rosa Brooks. Attorney-General Eric Holder has decided to open criminal investigations against CIA operatives who interrogated terrorists and to try illegal enemy combatants in civilian courts.

In all these cases and countless others, Obama’s senior appointees are implementing policies that are even more radical and dangerous than the radical and dangerous policies of the Washington policy establishment. Not only are they weakening the US and its allies, they are demoralizing public servants who are dedicated to defending their country by signaling clearly that the Obama administration will leave them high and dry in a crisis.

Running Out of Time

The Jerusalem Post's David Horovitz is banging away every week in his Friday column at the Obama Administration and on the Iran question. Bottom line: sanctions may well be having an economic effect - but no effect on the Iranians push to build a bomb. As Horovitz notes: "There is widespread agreement, uniting Israel and the other key international players pushing the sanctions effort, that for all the economic distress, there is absolutely no sign at present of Iran changing course. To the central question, Will Iran abandon its nuclear weapons drive as a result of sanctions?, the answer for now is an emphatic no. To the subordinate question, Will Iran slow or suspend its nuclear weapons drive as a result of sanctions?, the answer for now is sadly no as well".

And for those who watched Obama's flimsy response to North Korea, Horovitz adds: "But Iran has watched trifling North Korea – throwing its weight around again this week – ignore warnings of international hellfire and expose the US as a paper tiger. And it delighted in the fact that Obama recognized Ahmadinejad’s election victory 17 months ago, essentially legitimizing a regime that the US hadn’t recognized for the previous three decades, and doing so precisely when the Iranian people were staging their most determined effort to date to break free of it. The bottom line: Two years ago, the Iranians were wondering whether the US and/or Israel might seek to intervene militarily to stop them. Now, they believe that the US is out of the equation".

Friday, November 26, 2010

Oh Canada! A Moral Beacon to the World

Even though my mother (or as they up north, my "mum") was born in Canada (but moved to the US at age 2), I have never really thought of myself as Canadian, but just might start doing so. I'm certainly much prouder of the across-the-board moral beacon that Canada has become than the specious multiculturalism of the United States, led by a president and administration that literally strips its citizens of self-respect while failing to recognize the hate that threatens its society, morally and physically.

This past week the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to host a one-day "anti-racism" conference, knows as Durban III, that commemorates the 10th anniversary of the "World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance", which was held in 2001 in Durban, South Africa. For those who don't remember this Antisemitic hate-fest, the conference was simply a cover for Jew-hating taken to new extremes, complete with groups distributing handouts praising Hitler and featuring caricatures of hook-nosed Jews thirsting for Gentile blood.

Canada has already responded and will boycott the conference: its Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney said on Thursday that Canada will have nothing to do with the planning of the conference nor will the government finance any Canadian NGO's who want to attend the meeting. The opposition leader of the Liberal party, Michael Ignatieff, also threw his support behind the government's decision, callind the first Durban conference "a festival of racism against Israel and the Jewish people that Canada was right to condemn".

And the Obama administration? We haven't heard from them yet, but they will no doubt want to participate in order to "engage" all the Antisemites who will flood America's shores for this one-day hate-fest of Jews.

Is Your Organization Against Obamacare?

Is your non-profit organization against Obamacare? Well, if the IRS's latest Obama-inspired outburst against Jewish organizations who may have policies that contravene those of his administration, this might be the next question that the tax people ask. This is clearly an outgrowth of a piece published in the New York Times this past July.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I Should CAIR, I Should Go Around Weeping...

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and two other Islamic organizations (the Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust), pressed hard to have a 2009 ruling unsealed that supposedly linked the organizations to Hamas, thinking that a release of the ruling would show that their reputations were unfairly harmed. Now, after a federal court order, the ruling indeed has been unsealed, and in fact, the judge in the case found that the government "presented ample evidence" to establish the association of the three organizations with Hamas. You can read the entire ruling here, showing that these unindicted co-conspirators are indeed linked to the Holy Land Foundation terrorism case, who were found guilty on all counts.

CAIR came into the news more prominently recently during the campaign of Joe Sestak, the Democratic challenger in the Pennsylvania Senate race who was ultimately defeated by Pat Toomey. Sestak keynoted a CAIR banquet back in 2007 and also hired CAIR staffer and its former head of communications, Adeeba al-Zaman. Needless to say, Sestak was a darling of J Street and the most prominent of the many losers that J Street backed in this month's mid-term elections.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ben Smith Finally Gets It

Ben Smith from Politico apparently has arrived in Israel and written a piece called "President Obama is a Problem". And in five long pages, he outlines exactly why.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Between Fantasy and La-La Land

The New York Times' Ethan Bronner succinctly sums up in about 4 paragraphs the fantasy land in which President Obama and the assorted Obami live:

It is worth noting that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been largely drained of deadly violence in the past few years. Moreover, the Palestinians are increasingly divided between the Fatah-led West Bank and the Hamas-led Gaza, and the Israeli government is dominated by pro-settler politicians largely opposed to a Palestinian state. In other words, the dispute is calmer than it has been in years, which, in the brutal logic of the Middle East, means that neither side is eager right now for the necessary compromises. So why push so hard?

The answer has a number of levels, but the most important is this: The United States believes that if it can end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its fraught relationship with the Muslim world will greatly improve, thereby allowing America to accomplish much that is currently eluding it in places like Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, not to mention easing its role as the prime guarantor of Israel’s own security.
Gen. James L. Jones, who stepped down recently as President Obama’s national security adviser, often told visitors that if he had to pick one foreign policy issue to tackle, it would be the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, because its resolution would help with all the others.
Gen. David H. Petraeus, who oversaw American war efforts in Iraq and now in Afghanistan, told Congress this year that the lack of progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict created a hostile environment for the United States in the region.
The idea isn’t that the Americans would walk away from Israel, their staunch ally, or see its vital interests undercut in a peace settlement. The idea is that if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were resolved, anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world would diminish, American prospects in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would brighten, and Arab governments would find it easier to cooperate with Washington as it seeks to blunt Iranian ambitions.
Of course, this is just utter fantasy as Bronner notes the Israeli position, grounded as it is, in reality as opposed to 1001 Arabian Nights: 
“Let’s play a mind game,” suggested Mark Heller, a researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. “Let’s assume that you’ve resolved the conflict or that Israel has disappeared or that Israel and the United States are now enemies. Will the Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq suddenly start making love? Will the Sunnis, Shiites and Christians in Lebanon get together? Will it end the oppression of Christians in Egypt? Will it raise the status of women or put an end to the use of violence as a political weapon in the Muslim world? It’s a total illusion.”

Bedbugs at the United Nations

British comedian Pat Condell strikes again!

Don't Touch My Junk!

Don't Touch My Junk! Americans swallow hard and pretend airline attackers are somehow just randomly distributed throughout the population. How long are they prepared to take this nonsense? Constitution shmonstitution - Amercains need to stop pretending, starting with Obama and his administration, as to who are the perpetrators of terrorism.

Here's the original YouTube of the man who has given us the modern version of "Don't Tread On Me":

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Why Is This Allowed?

Why does Defense Secretary Gates keeps arguing publicly against a military option vis-a-vis Iran while President Obama says that "all options are on the table"? Why does the President let him do this? In an administration where messages are tightly controlled, this cannot be an accident. And if the Iranians don't think that there is a creditable military option on the table, why would they have any reason to stop development of a nuclear weapon, whatever the sanctions happen to be (and the situation is currently: the sanctions are probably having an effect - and continuation of a nuclear weapon proceeds full speed ahead).

NIF Sinks Into the BDS Swamp

When Jeffrey Goldberg - not someone with whom I always agree but is an absolute liberal Zionist bellweather - takes the other side from the New Israel Fund, you know they are way out in left field on the BDS issue. Too bad, because it detracts from lots of other good things that they do.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

There is a Better Way

Noah Shachtman asks, "Has Airport Security Gone Too Far" and wonders if there isn't a better way.

No, Noah, U.S. airport security hasn't gone too far - it has gone in the wrong direction. And yes, Noah, there is a better way: it's called "comprehensive intelligence" starting from the time the passenger reserves a ticket and includes "profiling". If the United States can't get on board with that idea, it will simply destroying the airline and travel industry.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Obama Plays the Air Guitar

Brett Stephens (his WSJ commentary: by subscription) has it right: the United States in its pursuit of multilateralism and silly ideas is becoming Europe, which is a lot like playing the air guitar: lots of motion, with virtually no noise, and ultimately, largely irrelevant.

Ouch! That Security Check Hurts!

We Israelis sit around and laugh - yes, that's right, we laugh - at America's airport security. If it wasn't so serious it would be almost hilarious. Any time we travel inside the US we get those silly tickets with that mysterious "SSSS" at the bottom, which means "special security for you buddy boy", because you just came from Israel, where most of us spend our time apparently plotting how to bring down American airliners.

We are joined in those annoying "special security" lines by some of the most scariest potential terrorists on the planet, which includes 80 year old grandmothers from Kansas, and 12 year olds who are fanatic Yankee fans - which come to think of it, is indeed a scary sight.

All of this comes about as a result of America's "PC" view of the world and refusal to profile, which is a direct result of not confronting the reality of Islamic terrorism.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Let's Do the Freeze - Won't Matter Anyway

The PA has been pushed so far up the proverbial tree that they can hardly come down. So I say, let's do the freeze, get our 20 F-35's and other goodies 'cause it doesn't matter anyway.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wayyyyyyy Up A Tree

Jerusalem Post editor David Horovitz asks the obvious question: "Why does the US insist that pressuring Israel over settlements is the way to bring Abbas back to peace talks, when Abbas says it isn't?"

Horovitz's piece, which is worth reading in its entirety, slams President Obama for exacerbating the problem, in essence becoming a part of the problem, and not the solution. In fact, Horovitz indeed goes further and almost explicitly says that this administration has set the peace process back by years. Some excerpts:

All three sides are following what have become predictable behavior patterns, too often insensitive to each other’s needs. But if that is sadly unsurprising in the cases of Israel and the Palestinians, the two protagonists who have been locked in conflict for so long, it is remarkable and hugely counterproductive in the case of the United States, the third party that is supposed to be mediating the differences rather than exacerbating them.

Where the Obama administration has differed from many of its predecessors is in making this area of disagreement so publicly central to peace efforts. And in so doing, it has serially derailed the very efforts it is ostensibly seeking to encourage.

BY DEMOLISHING the entire settlement enterprise in Gaza, and by proposing a series of peace agreements that would require the dismantling of the vast majority of West Bank settlements, successive Israeli governments have made plain a readiness to sanction acutely wrenching concessions – giving up central areas of the biblical Land of Israel, and forcing large numbers of Israelis out of their homes – in the cause of a viable, permanent accord.

Meanwhile, by negotiating with Israel over the years, even as building not just in east Jerusalem but across the West Bank continued, the Palestinian leadership was essentially accepting that construction would quietly go on at a relatively low level until an accord was reached – that no Israeli government was going to initiate a bitter confrontation with the potentially affected settlers before the painful deal was done, and that the eventual signature of such an accord would resolve the final status and disposition of the disputed territory.

In repeatedly urging Israel to halt all building over the pre-1967 lines, including in east Jerusalem, however, President Barack Obama and his administration shattered that pragmatic framework.

Ramat Shlomo, the last Jerusalem neighborhood where the announcement of new building plans caused a Netanyahu-Obama flare up, had quietly become home to thousands upon thousands of Israeli Jews before it became a headline issue last March, and was ratcheted up into a full blown crisis when the administration most deliberately flayed Israel publicly over it. As with the neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev and Har Homa, the focus of this week’s row, it is an area that Mahmoud Abbas can never seriously have contemplated would come under the sovereignty of a future Palestine.

Even Binyamin Netanyahu’s unprecedented 10-month freeze on new building in the West Bank wasn’t deemed good enough for this administration, because it didn’t include east Jerusalem – where no conceivable Israeli government would formally order a freeze, whatever it might do quietly in practice. While it was Abbas who frittered away the first nine of those 10 months – in part, it might be noted, during the US-exacerbated Ramat Shlomo tussle – it was Netanyahu who was again pressured to renew the moratorium when it expired. And although, on the ground, there has actually been precious little new building in the West Bank settlements or in east Jerusalem for the past year, this week’s mere announcement of another stage of the approvals process for construction of homes in Har Homa and Pisgat Ze’ev prompted further public expressions of dissatisfaction with Israel from the American president and his secretary of state.

The very bitter irony here is that while the administration evidently continues to believe that pressuring Israel over this issue will help mollify the Palestinians and thus bring them back to the peace table, Abbas himself is telling anybody who’ll listen precisely the opposite. As the Washington Institute’s savvy analyst David Makovsky noted this week, Abbas “felt trapped by Obama’s call for a complete settlement freeze in the spring of 2009.” It meant that he couldn’t now come back to the peace table without it.

Back To Where We Were

So much for the charm offensive and of course the run-up to mid-term elections. With all of that beyond us now, the President is back to slamming Israel at every possible opportunity. He just can't help himself. Now he has National Security Council official telling American Jews that President Obama didn't really mean to "chide Israel" for announcing additional construction in Jerusalem's Har Homa neighborhood, but that he was "only answering a question".

The Feminist Politics of Islamic Misogyny

It doesn't get much sicker than this at Islam's favorite school, Columbia University, where Professor Lila Abu-Lughod (unbelievable, but indeed Halachically Jewish) believes that indigenous Arab and Muslim behavior, including honor-related violence, is best understood as a consequence of Western colonialism - perhaps even of "Islamophobia". As reported in an online newsletter from the American University of Beirut, Abu-Lughod recently warned in a lecture there that "an obsessive focus on the so-called honor crime may have negative repercussions. Alongside recognizing the positive legal or social reforms international and national campaigns might bring about, Abu-Lughod explained why people should be wary of classifying certain acts as a distinctive form of violence against women".

Examining popular novels, human and women's rights reports, and scholarly works, and drawing on her own ethnographic research, Professor Abu-Lughod revealed that the concept of the honor crime subliminally uses fantasies of sex and violence to encourage simplistic civilizational thinking. It makes it appear as if there are clearcut divisions between cultures. Imprisoning rural and immigrant communities in timeless cultures, the concept simplifies reality and distracts attention from very real and historically specific circumstances that today shape actual women's and men's lives. She concluded that talking in terms of honor crimes leads both scholars and activists to ignore important contexts for violence against women: social tensions, political conflicts, forms of racial, class, and ethnic discrimination, religious movements, government policing and surveillance, and military intervention."

Disastrous Trip

From his "Jihad has many meanings" to his speech in Jakarta where he just had to mention Israel in order to appease more Muslims - while at the same time driving Abbas up a few more branches in the trees - to his snub by South Korea, President Obama is coming back from his swing through Asia with virtually nothing to show.

The effects of the "shellacking" that he and the Democrats took in the elections could already be seen in Seoul where the U.S.and South Korea could not come to an agreement, potentially killing the biggest bilateral deal the U.S. has taken up in more than a decade. Of course, basically the only people that couldn't be happier about this are labor leaders, who think that by keeping protectionist tariffs, they are somehow protecting U.S. workers' rights as opposed to killing potential jobs. Obama and the Democrats, who are at this point so beholden to the unions for funds and volunteers, are going to find themselves in a terrible situation as the administration's train wreck of a trade policy continues to wreak havoc on the American economy, while India, China and Germany plow forward and America's influence and interests are diminished worldwide. This hardly bodes well for Israel's security in the Middle East.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Take the A Train to Emek Refaim

Big street fair tonight on Emek Refaim Street, in the heart of Jerusalem's German Colony neighborhood. Here's the Sadna Conservatory high school big band and an excerpt of their rendition of Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train".

Middle East Policy at the Middle Point: A Disaster

David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy pens a stinging rebuke of the Obama Administration and reviews its almost innumerable blunders over he past two years.

"Abbas, for his part, found himself cornered: He did not trust Netanyahu and he felt trapped by Obama's call for a complete settlement freeze in the spring of 2009. As Abbas has stated both in public interviews and in a private conversation we had in Ramallah this summer, he had never insisted upon a settlement freeze being a precondition for talks during previous negotiations with Olmert. Nor had Arafat made this a precondition in negotiations with Rabin and Barak. In several public interviews over the last year, Abbas has blamed the United States for instilling a settlement freeze as his own precondition (although to be fair to the administration, it never called it a precondition). Abbas feels Obama, in his words, got him "up a tree" without a "ladder" -- he could not be outflanked by appearing to be less pro-Palestinian than President Obama."

"Indeed, something odd would transpire. With the bar set so high, the Abbas government rejected the U.S.-endorsed settlement moratorium of November 2009 as falling short of what was truly needed. Yet, by August 2010, what was insignificant the previous fall had suddenly become indispensible. Abbas insisted that the settlement moratorium must continue. Suddenly, the inconsequential become indispensible in a remarkable turn of events. Moreover, nine of the ten months in which the moratorium was in place were utterly wasted by the Palestinians. Moreover, the Arab states did not come through with their promise of early 2009 to match Israelis steps towards the Palestinians with steps of their own towards Israel. "

Way Ahead of Obama

At least President George Bush could have put the military option on the table when it came to preventing Iran from having a nuclear weapon. The Obama Administration not only doesn't have a military option for Iran - they refuse even to consider such a possibility.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hey America - Time to Get Real About Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu seems to have turned up the volume on the Iran discussion, telling US Vice-president Joe Biden during their meeting on the sidelines of the JFNA General Assembly currently taking place in New Orleans that "the only way to ensure Iran is not armed with nuclear weapons is to create a credible threat of military action".

But the United States doesn't think that's a prudent course of action. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates rejected Netanyahu's comments, saying, "We know that they are concerned about the impact of the sanctions. The sanctions are biting more deeply than they anticipated and we are working very hard at this", adding, "We are prepared to do what is necessary but at this point we continue to believe that the political-economic approach that we are taking is in fact having an impact in Iran".

The sanctions may be having an impact, but they haven't stopped the Iranians at all from moving ahead with their plans to develop a nuclear weapon. The clock is ticking down and obviously, Bibi's comments in New Orleans reflect a growing concern on Israel's part.

In the meantime, President Obama has explained to Indians, including families of the millions of Hindus slaughtered in the name of Islam, that "Jihad has many meanings", and while he's looking for his inner jihad, Iran is marching inexorably towards a nuclear weapon.

Evergreen State - Ever Antisemitic

This shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with Evergreen State University near Olympia, WA and the venomous anti-Israel activity that exists in the area. Of course, anti-Zionists are never against Jews - only against Jews having their own state and expressing their self-determination, as opposed to every other peoples; but, as always, the fine line between anti-Zionist and Antisemitism is never a line at all, but just a veneer for Jewish hate. The only thing that surprises me is that this story has taken this long to get out. It certainly could have been predicted.

Getting In Touch With My Inner Jihad

Here's more narrischkeit from the President of the United States spouting off his usual poppycock about "Jihad having several meetings" in answer to a question during his trip to India. While Obama wanted to talk about Gandhi (I attach the all-time greatest movie review ever: the late Richard Grenier's review in Commentary - "The Gandhi Nobody Knows"), the Indians wanted to talk about Islam and Pakistan. He did actually say in response to a question about Jihad: "The phrase jihad has a lot of meanings within Islam and is subject to a lot of different interpretations". Of course, this is a load of nonsense and scary, considering it's coming from the President of the United States, and even scarier if you are an Israeli and worried about Muslim fundamentalism, Hamas, Hezbollah and Iranians trying to get a nuclear bomb.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

More PA Incitement - Don't Buy From Jews

A Palestinian man was indicted by the Palestinian Authority for trying to bring into Bethlehem wood products produced at a settlement. We wouldn't want to have any of that now, would we?

More Holes in the Goldstone Report

Hamas is now reporting that about 700 fighters were killed during Israel's 2008 "Cast Lead" operation in Gaza. Those numbers match almost exactly Israeli figures of 709. Of course that would not interest Judge Goldstone, nor presumably J Street, his sponsor on Capitol Hill.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

So How Did Israel Do?

The good news for real supporters of Israel is that the J Street-sponsored candidates got toasted. All three J Street-sponsored senatorial candidates got beat, including the Pennsylvania faux pro-Israel supporter, Joe Sestak, who signed the infamous "Gaza 54" letter and headlined for the notorious Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Eleven J Street House candidates were also soundly beaten. Democratic pro-Israel activist and former AIPAC communications director Josh Block wrote:

"Being associated with a group that helped [Richard] Goldstone slander Israel on the Hill, that refuses to condemn his report and accusation that the leadership of Israel PURPOSEFULLY targeted civilians in Gaza,  that says there’s no difference between Israel defending itself and Hamas terrorism, that lies about their secret money from anti-Israel George Soros, and derives half their budget from Hong Kong — not from American Jews as they claim — and that lies again and again, even twisting the arm of a former Israeli MK to lie for them after she is on tape exposing their ties to Goldstone, is HAZARDOUS for one’s pro-Israel reputation. … The question candidates in competitive races will be asking themselves is this: Is it worth it to lie down with dogs if all you get is fleas!? The answer, I predict, will increasingly be no, it’s not worth it." 

wo of the more notorious anti-Israel bashers, Mary Jo Kilroy and Kathy Dahlkemper, were also routed from their seats in the House.

Oh and by the way: we're still not done with J Street, Soros funding and the $812,000 that came to the organization from Hong Kong via an unknown woman named Consolacion ("Connie") Ediscul. News and details at 11! 

Monday, November 1, 2010

CYA Time

Nate Silver, for whom I had more respect for before his statistical projections started taking on partisan overtones, sounds like a guy who is trying to cover his butt in light of tomorrow night's record GOP victory that is starting to be predicted by all corners. Jay Cost gives a good explanation why the GOP is going to over 70 seats in the House and the Senate is going to end up 50-50 with Lieberman still caucusing with the Democrats. RealClearPolitics is now projecting a swing of 67 seats for the GOP (with a range of 45-88) and a virtual tossup now in WA between Rossi and Murray. Should be fun!

Liberalism Is Not a Religion

"Liberalism is not our religion", writes Aryeh Rubin.
I have not elevated liberalism to the status of religion. I do not blindly follow the liberal agenda and my convictions take a backseat to my commitment to the well-being of Israel and the Jewish people. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the majority of U.S. Jews, who have substituted liberalism for Judaism and whose actions are often governed by misguided priorities. In lieu of traditional Jewish belief or value systems, many American Jews have adopted what is essentially a theology of universalism and tikkun olam, or social justice. In doing so, much of American Jewry has essentially become de-Judaicized. 

hen the lives of my family, my friends, and my people are in jeopardy because we are Jewish, when there are very real threats to the continued existence of the State of Israel and by extension the Jewish people, when our enemies have declared that their intention is to annihilate us and are acquiring tools to this end with the world standing by, then my pro-humanist beliefs give way to my commitment to the sanctity and security of Israel and the Jewish people.