Saturday, August 31, 2013

Alan Dershowitz and Caroline Glick clash on two-state solution

By Maxine Dovere/

NEW YORK—Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Jerusalem Post columnist and senior contributing editor Caroline Glick, following their sharp disagreement on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a panel discussion at Sunday’s second annual Jerusalem Post Conference in New York City, continued their debate in interviews with

Fatah: 'Without Blood Palestine Will Not Return'

Kochava Rozenbaum 

Fatah's official Facebook page pays homage to the female suicide bombers who are described as the "stars glittering in the sky"

The official Facebook page of the Fatah movement continues to encourage young children to glorify violence and terrorist activity, the Palestinian Media Watch reported on Thursday.

In one of the many controversial posts noted by PMW, young Arab children rejoice as each one clutches a gun; the caption reads: "Children of Palestine – this is how they celebrate their holidays."

In another chilling post on Fatah's official Facebook page, a masked youth holds up a rifle with chains of bullets wrapped around his neck. Next to the picture a text reads:

Friday, August 30, 2013

 Chana G.
I have rec'd emails from abroad asking how people in Israel feel about Obama's actions - of lack thereof.  How to answer that is not difficult; gas masks are being distributed again - even for babies. 
Iran, pushing ahead with its effort to create nuclear bombs, has been watching to see Washington's response to anything.  They have learned that Obama's oratory is not to be taken seriously; he rec'd the 'Peace Prize' for his talk but is leading us into war. Instead of organizing a serious response to Iran he chose useless sanctions - as though no previous administration had undertaken this. He has antagonized Muslim/Arab countries in the Middle East who are quite vociferous in their denunciation of him.  In Egypt each side claims that he is supporting the other.  Just a short time ago, Egypt was considered a friend of the U.S. 
Iran has cleverly been supplying proxy groups with weapons and, therefore, considered 'not culpable' when those terrorists use them.  Recently, 22 American embassies were closed because of a terror threat - a real show of strength!!   Wonder what the reaction will be when Iran does get the bomb.  Spelling it out: the whole Western world will be terrorized - paralyzed - and it will be too late to do anything. 


I thought perhaps I would not post again about Syria until something actually happened, or until the whole shebang was called off.
But I've thrown up my hands with incredulity. And now I've decided to make a few comments.
What I find most incredible is how President Obama is behaving.  Since when is it proper form for a head of state to go on television and discuss a hostile military action he's thinking of taking, complete with multiple details? 
This may come as something of a shock to him, but a president is supposed to make decisions, not just waffle.  Those decisions should be made quietly in consultation with appropriate decision-makers within the country -- Secretary of Defense, leaders in Congress, etc.  Then, as has been decided, action should be taken, after which public explanations of what is being done and why it is being done are very much in order.
Methinks he has it backwards.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

PA promotes religious hatred against Jews

"Those who planned the burning of Al-Aqsa
were senior Jews of high position"

PA Minister: Al-Aqsa was burnt "by criminal hands...
in collusion with the criminal occupation"

Israeli Arab MP: "Israel set fire to Al-Aqsa"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
In 1969 a non-Jewish Australian started a fire in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. He was arrested and tried in Israel. The Israeli court found him to be mentally ill and ordered him hospitalized. He was later sent back to Australia.

As part of its promotion of religious hatred against Jews, the Palestinian Authority disseminates the libel that Israel and Jews were behind the 1969 arson. Since the Al-Aqsa Mosque is an important holy site for Muslims, accusing "senior Jews of high position" of trying to destroy it is clearly an attempt by the PA to promote religious hatred against Jews. This particular accusation appeared in a documentary film about the arson, and was shown at an event under the auspices of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Click to view

Palestinian Media Watch has documented that this libel has been propagated by the PA for years.

Joining the PA in spreading the libel this year:

IPT Rebuts Apologist for Radical Cleric's Column in The Hill Newspaper

IPT News

Earlier this month, Ufuk Gokcen, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's permanent United Nations observer, took issue with the Investigative Project on Terrorism's report exposing the radical record of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah.
Bin Bayyah is vice president of radical, virulently anti-Semitic Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi's International Union of Muslim Scholars. But that connection, and Bin Bayyah's statements in support of terrorists, was not enough to dissuade the Obama administration from welcoming Bin Bayyah to the White House in June.
In a column published by The Hill, Gokcen argued Bin Bayyah is really a moderate, and an appropriate outreach partner for the White House. Gokcen's column can be seen here. The Hill published our reply Wednesday:

Bin Bayyah is no moderate

"No Choice?"

Dear friends, I can do no more than write in response to the moment. The situation with regard to Syria is so fluid, that by the time you receive this, it may have shifted.  Accept my apologies in advance if that occurs.
As to choice: More and more it's looking as if there are no alternative options for Obama with regard to whether the US hits Syria.  He is being squeezed into something that he might have otherwise passed on.
Certainly, the climate is heating up, and the media are talking about "when, and not if."  What is more, the leaders of Britain and France are ready to go and expecting him to participate with them.  From behind the scenes, the Gulf states, most notably Saudi Arabia, are encouraging this action because of their fear of Iran.
I read about Obama as the head of the coalition, and I laugh.  It is not altogether clear that he has even decided definitively; Defense Secretary Hagel keeps saying the military is ready for whatever the president decides.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

IDF Chief of Staff: We Are Ready to Defend Our Citizens Against Every Threat

Israel Defense Forces
At an annual ceremony honoring fallen soldiers, Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz discussed the situation in the Middle East and Syria, and the IDF’s duty to protect the State of Israel.

“The Middle East has been going through a historic upheaval these past few years where waves of armed and dangerous terror groups have come into the picture, posing many challenges,” said Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon. “However there hasn't been a better expression of the dangers of extremism, from the south to the north, than the pictures that were broadcast last week from Syria, where innocent civilians are being slaughtered without any intervention from Bashar al-Assad’s regime."

In reference to the use of chemical weapons, Ya’alon said: “I am sure that every person is shocked by these scenes of children dying in excruciating pain as a result of Assad’s forces using, and not for the first time, chemical weapons to kill. Today, the civilized world understands the power that he has. This axis of evil begins in Tehran, goes through Damascus and is based in Beirut. Crimes against humanity are its very nature.”

Intervention in Syria Is a Very Bad Idea

Victor Davis Hanson 

Syria is turning out to be a sort of Spanish Civil War of our age, with Hezbollah and Iran playing the role of fascist Italy and Germany, and the Islamic nations and jihadists that of Stalin’s Russia, as the moderates disappear and the messy conflict becomes a proxy war for greater powers, with worse to come.

There were always problems for the Obama administration intervening in Syria besides the usual bad/worse choices in the Middle East between authoritarianism and Islamic extremism and the president’s own preference for sonorous sermons rather than rapid action.

For all of 2012, Barack Obama ran on the theme that he had removed the last troops from Iraq and soon would do the same in Afghanistan. So a third intervention in Syria was not to be a campaign talking point, especially after Benghazi.

Op-Ed: I Will Stop Defending Israel if it Gives Up the Land

If Israel gives up its Biblical heartland, why should we support a Jewish state?

The Zionist project was based on the historical necessity, to use a Marxist phrase, of creating a safe haven for European Jews as a reaction to 19th-century anti-Semitism.

But this miraculous process of Jewish reappropriation of the military also spurred the conflict between the State of Israel and the Land of Israel. Such a state for assimilated Jews could have been actualized in Argentina, Uganda or Birobidzhan.

Syria strikes imminent, and right

Even in spite of understandable reluctance to get involved in a messy situation in Syria, the US, Britain, and the West cannot set a precedent that chemical weapons can be used with impunity 

This is not a drill...
No, this is not a drill. The US warship presence in the Mediterranean is emphatically there and being enhanced for a reason. Syria is about to be hit. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said the following today:
"We are prepared, we have moved assets in place to be able to fulfil and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take, if he wishes to take any of the options he’s asked for. We are ready to go, like that."
This is what he added, and see below as to why this effectively guarantees military action:
"In our opinion, I think the opinion of the entire world community, Syria used chemical weapons against its own people. I think most of our allies, most of our partners, most of the international community that we’ve talked to, - and we have reached out and talked to many – have little doubt that the most base international humanitarian standard was violated in using chemical weapons against their own people."

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Intelligence insider: Syria, World War III & the hidden objective

It’s about oil, energy and the global economic system
By Doug Hagmann, CFP
“Pay attention! You are seeing the opening acts to a global war, to World War III. Refer to the information I gave you right after the attacks in Benghazi, specifically to the information contained in‘Lemmings…at the precipice of WW III’ and you will see that everything I divulged to you was precisely correct.
World War III will begin in Syria, and no one on the planet (and Americans in particular) will be left untouched by what is about to take place. This has been planned for some time, and we are now seeing it happen right in front of us.” Those are the words of a trusted source with deep ties to the intelligence community, before providing more insight into what we might expect as this ‘crisis’ escalates and “Syria explodes.”

As I wrote in that article published on October 8, 2012, “All that is needed now is for a dutiful media to present one image, a video, or some other proof that Assad or someone else is using, or has their hands on, unconventional weapons. This will provide the necessary pretext for the U.S. and NATO, to intervene and ramp up the war against Assad. The UN will assist, and the red line will then have been crossed.” That will be the trigger event for U.S. involvement, and the escalation into a global conflict.

Op-Ed: First They Came for the Sunnis...

The logical next step after murdering the Sunnis is aiming for the Israelis.

By: Mark Langfan
Pastor Martin-Niemöller, who was arrested by Hitler in 1937, stated:
"First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me."

In the end, 85,000,000 died in World War II.
Assad and Iran just mass-murdered 1,200 human beings, mostly women and little children, because they were Sunnis.  U.S. President Barack Obama does absolutely positively nothing.  The world does nothing.  Today there are 120,000 dead Sunnis; in a year or two, there will likely be 500,000 dead Sunnis. 

"THE Question of the Moment"

Is Obama going to give the word to bomb Syria? 
The parameters of the situation are not simple.
An exceedingly strong case can be made for the fact that he must at this point.  For deterrence matters, and threats made must be acted upon.  It just about a year ago that the president said:
"...we have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.  That would change my calculus."
Obama cannot fail to follow through on what he said without causing damage -- weakening the US position and essentially giving the Assads of the world a license to conduct themselves as they please.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Australian Islamic Cleric Incites Violence

IPT News

An online video of an Australian Islamic cleric calling for Hindus and Buddhists to be killed is under investigation by South Australian police.

"The YouTube clip is an edited version of a longer sermon. Police will examine the entire content of the sermon to gain the full context and determine whether any crime has been committed," a statement said.

The video, published last week by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), contains excerpts from a sermon by Australian cleric Sheikh Sharif Hussein. He attacks and curses Jews, Australian troops, former Prime Minister John Howard, and President Obama.

He calls Australian soldiers "crusader pigs" and accuses them of helping British and American troops rape women in Iraq, claiming that "The Australian participation in the Crusaders' war on Iraq is 6 per cent. This is out of approximately 365,000 Crusader pigs sent to Iraq, during the term of (Mr Howard), Allah's wrath be upon him."

atah official says PA will soon make ‘painful decisions’ against Hamas


Azzam al-Ahmed: Hamas will not be considered partner.

Palestinian Hamas rally
Palestinian Hamas rally Photo: REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini 
The Palestinian Authority will soon take “painful decisions” against Hamas, senior Fatah official Azzam al- Ahmed announced on Sunday.
Ahmed did not specify the nature of the decisions.

However, he said that Hamas would no longer be considered a partner in any process after the decisions are taken by the PA leadership.

The official denied that the PA leadership in the West Bank was considering declaring the Gaza Strip a “rogue entity.”

PA President Mahmoud Abbas had already declared the Gaza Strip a “rebellious entity” back in 2007 after Hamas seized control of the area.

But Abbas’s decision then did not stop him from continuing to seek reconciliation with Hamas and from reaching three unity agreements with its leaders.
Nor did Abbas’s decision back then stop the PA from allocating about 55 percent of its annual budget to the Gaza Strip.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The "Apartheid Roads" Clip Is Back


I was informed that a clip I had posted some two and a half years ago, showing that the claim of the existence of "apartheid roads" is patently false in that you saw Israeli-licensed cars and Palestinian Authroity-licensed vehicles travelling on the same road was gone (how, I do not know).
So, here's a new one from today. that I shot:

Okay, it's too shaky and a bit amateurish, but I was in the backseat and this is what one gets.

Jews and non-Jews on the same road, Highway 60, from Shiloh towards Jerusalem.

If you watch closely, or stop the clip to check, you'll notice that the three cars in front of us are PA plates and half the cars passing us going north are also PA plates.

Syria Rebels: We'll Use Chemical Weapons, Too

Rebel forces say they will retaliate for regime's chemical attack with all the means they possess, no compunctions.

By Dalit Halevy

Senior commanders in the rebel forces in Syria published a videotaped announcement Thursday in which they expressed their intent to respond to the chemical gas attack by President Bashar al-Assad's forces last week, by hitting back with all the means at their disposal and no “red lines.”