Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Today, the British Parliament took a largely symbolic vote to recognize 'Palestine'. The motion and the vote were largely symbolic, carried out by what are known as 'backbenchers', about one third of Parliament consisting of members of the House of Commons who are not in government, mostly from the Left wing Labour Party.
This follows the remarks of new Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, head of a minority coalition of Leftist Social Democrats and Greens in his inaugural speech that "A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine."
The House of Common’s vote that urges David Cameron’s government to “recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution” isn't going to change British policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - at least not yet. But it is a clear sign of which way the wind is blowing.
Let's be clear about what these members of Parliament are voting for. They want Britain to recognize a 'country' with no recognized borders, ruled for the past decade by an unelected dictator who is now in a unity government partnered up with Hamas, a genocidal terrorist group.
That's what they have signaled that they favor. It isn't a 'state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel' but a state of Palestine instead of Israel, since that is what Hamas and Fatah both want.
Mahmoud Abbas' draft UN Resolution calls for forcing Israel to turn over all of Judea and Samaria as well as all of East Jerusalem to 'Palestine', so at the very least, they are telling the world they favor the ethnic cleansing of 500,000 Jews from their homeland, the barring of Jews from their holy sites in Jerusalem and since those borders are indefensible, eventually the eradication of any Jewish presence at all in the Middle East.
They are also telling the world that appeasing their restive domestic Muslim populations and garnering temporary quiet and Muslim votes means more to them than Jewish lives, most immediately in Israel but eventually in their home countries as well.
And the huge deal the EU is making over Jews building homes in East Jerusalem and even in Gush Etzion, an area legally purchased by Jews back in the 1920's should tell us something else. They are not remotely 'honest brokers.' They have accepted the PLO position in its entirety, and they are, for the most part. simply lying when they talk about favoring negotiations. What they want is the surrender of Israel , with the Jews moving back to the ghetto that former Israeli diplomat Abba Eban famously referred to as 'the Auschwitz lines.'
That's even more true today then when he first said it.
There's no mistaking this message, and expect it to be repeated by Norway, France, The Netherlands, Denmark and a number of other EU countries. In fact, the EU is already threatening sanctions against Israel if Israel 'fails to make progress in the peace process', which given the demands of Hamas/Fatah means essentially surrendering to their diktats and committing national suicide.
But believe it or not, this is something of a blessing in disguise. And a major opportunity for Israel.
Israel now has the chance to face and accept reality. As far as much of the EU is concerned, no matter what concessions Israel makes, it will never be enough. And no matter what Israel does to defend its people, it will always be disproportionate.
There's also this simple truth. When You're dealing with blackmail, the demands never end, as long as you're willing to keep giving in.
It's time Israel realized that, and acted accordingly, both with the Palestinians and with certain nations in the EU. This doesn't call for any grand speeches, but a simple 'no' and the national will by the government of Israel to do what they were elected to do..look after Israel's interests. And that includes asserting its national rights to the land of Israel. Including building homes and infrastructure for its citizens in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria.
What kind of nation puts up with other countries telling it where it can build houses and schools? For that matter, what other country would put up with the blatant hypocrisy of the EU sticking its nose into any of the other disputed areas of the world and recognizing 'states'? For instance, do you see Britain or the EU recognizing an 'independent Tibet' or an 'independent Kashmir' and throwing billions their way? Could that be because China and India would tell them to mind their own business? In fact, India's National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan told U.S. President Barack Obama openly that the president was 'barking up the wrong tree' when Obama tried to 'Palestinize' Kashmir in February of 2009.
Yes, yes, I know. The EU is a prominent trade partner of Israel. In 2013, (excluding diamonds) bi-lateral trade came to around €31.4 billion (over 147 billion NIS) with EU exports to Israel reaching €17.9 billion (close to 85 billion NIS)in 2013, while imports from Israel were €13.5 billion (63.5 billion NIS). Some 32% of Israel’s exports (excluding diamonds) went to the EU and 34% of its imports (excluding diamonds) came from the EU.
But the numbers don't tell the whole story.
With the exception of Germany, many of the EU countries are in a precarious, debt ridden financial condition. Israel, comparatively, is not. And it is Germany that is by far Israel's biggest trading partner in the EU, a relationship that is likely to continue..especially when you consider Israel's oil and natural gas wealth. Britain does a fair amount of trade with Israel as well.
The amount of trade that goes on isn't because the UK has any great love for Israel.It's because Israel produces things they very much want to buy and purchases things the UK needs to seell..On the other hand, many of the things Israel buys from the UK and most other EU nations can be purchased elsewhere if necessary.
And Israel's trade with Asia is also growing by leaps and bounds, and may actually surpass trade with the US this year. In fact, with the new pro-Israel government in India and the growing trade with China, Vietnam, South Korea and Singapore, Israel's trade with Asia could easily surpass its trade with the EU in a year or two.
To put it bluntly, Israel has other markets for its goods,if it comes to that. And in spite of the threats, much of the EU needs trade with Israel economically much more than they need to continue throwing money at Hamas/Fatah...or disturbing what is a very profitable relationship. That's especially true when it comes to gas and oil not controlled by Vladimir Putin.
read the rest at The Times of Israel
Monday, September 22, 2014
Exactly. Until the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians accept that Israel is here to stay and give up their dreams of destroying it, a two state solution is not only farcical and impossible but dangerous.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Jibril Rajoub, the deputy secretary of the Fatah Central Committee went ballistic over a recent youth soccer match between Palestinian and Israeli children hosted by the Peres Center for Peace as a way to build bridges between Israeli and Palestinian children.
Rajoub, a member of the Fatah Old Guard wrote in a September 6 Facebook post, “Any activity of normalization in sports with the Zionist enemy is a crime against humanity.”
He said the match represented “an Israeli attempt to cover up their crimes against [Palestinian] athletes,” according to a Palestinian Media Watch report released Monday.
Perhaps he's forgotten about his part planning the massacre of Israeli athletes in Munich in 1972, or all the other very real 'crimes against humanity' he, Abbas and the others in Fatah have happily participated in.
The kids themselves appear to not be affected by the hatred their adult leaders are pushing...at least not yet. Over 600 children from Israel and the Palestinian territories were scheduled to take part this year in the Twinned Peace Soccer Schools events.
“I love it when we play together like this. I hope that one day there will be peace between Arabs and Jews and that there will be no more wars and death,” a Palestinian boy told AFP after the first event.
Not if Jibril Rajoub and the PA have anything to say about it. A number of PA officials echoed Rajoub's sentiments
"The Palestinian organizers of this match betrayed the blood of the children of Gaza and of the martyrs, which has yet to dry a week after the end of the barbaric Israeli aggression,” said Palestinian Olympic Committee member Abd al-Salam Haniyeh in an article published last Thursday by Palestinian news agency Sama
Haniyeh went on to demand that Rajoub punish the Palestinian organizers associated with the match, who hail from Yatta. “Immediately interrogate the organizers of the match, settle the account with them and prosecute them on charges of serious treason against the blood of the martyrs [who died in the Gaza conflict] and violating the decisions made by the Palestinian sports community’s leadership,” Haniyeh urged.
Last year, in an interview with Palestinian TV, Rajoub stated his opposition to participating in sporting events with Israelis and threatened to remove anyone accused of doing so from the Palestinian Football Association.
Jibril Rajoub,you might remember is the PA leader who said that if the Palestinian Authority had a nuclear weapon, they would use it on Israel the next day.
It's pretty easy to predict what's going to happen here, because I know how these things usually end up. Remember that Arafat, Abbas, Rajoub, and the rest of the Fatah mafia were trained by their Soviet masters on how to enforce party discipline.
The organizers, coaches and any other Palestinian adults involved in this will receive a visit from Fatah thugs in the 'security forces' and will receive a lesson, a physical one if necessary on the error of their ways. The program will be cancelled, because all of a sudden no Palestinian children or adults will be participating in it. If the regime decides it's necessary, the kids who were involved, especially if they were exposed to the hated Jews enough to see them as human beings will be subjected to intense reprogramming.
There will be no real peace between Israel and the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians as long as Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and the other allied factions are around.You could sign any papers you want and give in to all their demands, and that wouldn't change.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have what they think is a clever scheme up their sleeves.
Abbas and the Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians have announced that the PA is going to go to the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly on Sept. 15 to demand a resolution that Israel be forced to provide “a clear and defined timetable for withdrawing from the Palestinian territories.”
By 'Palestinian Territories' , Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas/Fatah mean all of Judea and Samaria as well as half of Jerusalem, an area now inhabited by something like 500,000 Jews who would be forced to become refugees
And if the UN doesn't give Abbasa what he wants? Threats and blackmail.
PA 'commissioner for international relations' Nabil Shaath said that PA leader Abbas has issued an order for the Palestinians to prepare the paperwork to go to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and demand that it try Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated against the Palestinians if they don't get the UN resolution they want.
In an interview on Palestinian television, Abbas said he insists on “bringing the Israeli occupation to an end” and establishing a Palestinian state that would exist alongside Israel in peace.
Sure it will. Especially with Hamas involved. You can trust Mahmoud Abbas's word on that.
“The only thing remaining for the negotiating teams is to outline the borders between the countries,” Abbas said. “We will not agree again to designating areas A, B, C. We want for every country to know what [its] borders are. Israel is the only country in the world without clear borders.”
Abbas is actually incorrect in that last statement ( there are numerous border disputes ongoing throughout the world) but I actually like his idea, for once. In fact, I've been saying Israel ought to unilaterally delineate its borders for years.
I think it would be a great idea.
Israel should immediately announce that its going to give Abbas what he wants. Israel's newly declared and annexed borders will include all of Area C, where only a few thousand Arabs live that's under full Israeli sovereignty anyway.. The borders will also include the strategic Jordan Valley, again mostly populated by Israeli Jews, and essential for ensuring that Abbas can't import any nasty toys he shouldn't have from say, Iran. And they would also include any bits of Area B necessary to demarcate a clear and defensible border between Israel and 'Palestine'..Jericho, and part of the area surrounding Hebron perhaps. By the way, 98% of the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians live in Areas A and B. Talk about your attempted land grabs! Abbas would be left with Area A, the part under Palestinian sovereignty per Oslo (which the PA never abided by anyway) where the majority of the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians live, and the parts of Area B not necessary for Israel's security needs.
Jerusalem? How about the fifth of never?
Israel should announce this formal adoption of its new borders before Abbas goes to the UN on September 15th. And Israel should add three additional things:
So Abbas will get what he asked for..clearly designated borders and his Jew free reichlet, 'Palestine.' It won't be what he wants or says he can accept, but tough tahini.
And the UN? As I write this, Abbas and Hamas/Fatah are crying about how broke they are because no one, not even the EU let alone the Arabs has forked over more than a small amount of the funds pledged for the Hamas/Fatah government...and as we all know, 'Palestine ' has received more aid per capita over the years than any other developing nation in history, but virtually none of it has been used to build an economy. One of the longest and most successful scams in world history may finally be coming to an end.Perhaps the PA can dip into its private multi-billion slush fund created by skimming and stealing donor aid and use it for the people it was intended for. I'm sure Abbas and his cronies from the Fatah Old Guard would gladly want to replace the money they umm..'borrowed' for 'Palestine'. Ri-ight.
If the 'international community' doesn't even trust Hamas/Fatah enough to fund them, do you actually think they're going to do anything concrete to enforce Abbas's attempt to blackmail Israel? For that matter, can you recall the last time the UN did anything really effective? I can't. When it comes to pimping for 'Palestine' the international community relies on Israel taking them seriously. A simple 'no thanks' would clarify things quite a bit, and given Israel's vibrant economy, any hot air and worthless paper that comes out of the UN would have a lot less of a negative impact on Israel than people imagine in the long term.You see, Israel has a future. And countries with a future don't need to live on their knees or in a perpetual defensive crouch.
And try as Abbas and his friends might, the fact that 'Palestine' is a dysfunctional kleptocracy with no future can't be blamed on Israel. It will always be one no matter how much aid money they get. So indeed, Israel should give Abbas exactly what he's asking for - end the so-called 'occupation' and all Israeli connection with this new 'Palestine' and let them make a go of it. Let Qatar pick up the tab as 'Hamas/Fatah's new mark if they're stupid enough to fall for the con.
I doubt Netanyahu has the stones to do it, but it's time someone called this superannuated mafioso's bluff. Long past time.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
While there are still some who call Mahmoud Abbas a moderate and think of him as Israel's 'peace partner' they're deluding themselves. Abbas and Hamas leader Khalid Mesha'al are on the same page. Here's one more proof, if it was needed.After all, the two are now part of the same Hamas/Fatah entity!
Iranian official news agency Fars is reporting on the remarks of Palestinian Authority Envoy to Iran Salah al-Zawawi, who told reporters today that “Israel’s annihilation has begun and the new generation in Iran will certainly witness our victory over Israel.
”The U.S. and the Western countries have created a fake regime in Palestine to get rid of it and have supplied it with the most advanced weapons and are seeking to create an Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates,” Zawawi said.
Remember, this is one of Abbas's hand picked diplomats, not some loose cannon representing himself.
Yesterday, Hamas Envoy to Tehran Khaled Al-Qadoumi told a conference on Gaza that, “The only mechanism for liberating Palestine is resistance and we have no option other than supporting the resistance,” according to Fars, which also cited him as saying “that Hamas will not talk to those who are willing to make compromise and have negotiations with Israel.”
He reiterated that Hamas will not talk to those who are willing to make compromise and have negotiations with Israel. By that, I assume he means actual peace negotiations rather than self-serving horse manure designed to get concessions so Hamas can rebuild for the next round of fighting.
Al-Qadoumi also made reference to the help the Iranians have been giving them with heavy weapons, saying, "We hope to be able to make our missiles more advanced with the help of the knowledgeable Iranians."
Iran has already supplied Hamas with Fajr-5 missiles and Ababil drones for use against Israel.
Two sides of the same coin. And not a dime's worth of difference. That ought to be something to think about for those who like the idea of giving Abbas and Fatah control of entry into Gaza. That would simply be a green light to Iran toi start the missile shipments.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
By David Gerstman
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told the U.S. Ambassador to Israel "not to ever second guess me again" when it comes to Hamas, after Hamas' refusal and eventual breach of ceasefire agreements.
Did he have a point?
The international community in its zeal to solve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians makes plenty of suggestions about what needs to be done. One would think that with the number of suggestions it has made that have backfired, it would learn a little humility and perhaps listen a little bit more to Israel when it comes to Hamas.
For example, in a recent column, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen called the Israel-Palestinian conflict an "obscenity." At the end of the column he made a suggestion as to how to go about ending the conflict.
Real reconciliation can only come on the basis of an ironclad commitment to nonviolence and to holding of free and fair elections, the first since 2006. Good Palestinian governance, unity and nonviolence constitute the path to making a free state of Palestine irrefutable. The longer Hamas fights this, the greater its betrayal of its people.
What happened in those "free and fair elections" in 2006? Hamas won and established its political legitimacy among Palestinians. A year and a half later it violently forced Fatah out of Gaza and established a stranglehold on the territory. With its newly found freedom to operate it launched thousands of rockets into Israel forcing three wars.
But how and why did Hamas, a terrorist organization with a genocidal charter come to participate in those elections? International pressure, including pressure from the Bush administration, forced Israel to drop its objections to Hamas' participation. In retrospect that pressure doesn't look so good. After Fatah and Hamas announced their unity deal earlier this year, Elliott Abrams, who was a member of the administration, recalled:
The last parliamentary elections were held in 2006, and there was a major dispute about whether Hamas should be allowed to run. Abbas then argued strongly and successfully (in that he persuaded Washington to back off) that an election without Hamas would be illegitimate: He would be barring his only real opponent, in the manner of all Arab dictators. We in the Bush administration made the wrong call and sided with Abbas, over Israeli objections. As Condoleezza Rice wrote in her memoirs, “In retrospect, we should have insisted that every party disarm as a condition for participating in the vote.” She was right, for several reasons.
Subsequent developments have shown Israel's objections to having Hamas run in those election to be valid.
In addition to supporting the events that led to Hamas' gaining power, the United States and other allies pressured Israel to loosen its blockade of Gaza following the Mavi Marmara incident. When the boat, Mavi Marmara, captained by the terrorist organization IHH, tried to run the Israel blockade in 2010, Israeli commandos who stormed the ship were violently attacked. When they responded with force, nine of the attackers were killed. In response to Turkish outrage over the incident Israel was forced to relax the blockade. President Obama hailed the decision:
The President has described the situation in Gaza as unsustainable and has made clear that it demands fundamental change. On June 9, he announced that the United States was moving forward with $400 million in initiatives and commitments for the West Bank and Gaza. The President described these projects as a down payment on the U.S. commitment to the people of Gaza, who deserve a chance to take part in building a viable, independent state of Palestine, together with those who live in the West Bank. These announcements resulted from consultations with the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
Today, the United States welcomes the new policy towards Gaza announced by the Government of Israel, which responds to the calls of many in the international community. Once implemented, we believe these arrangements should significantly improve conditions for Palestinians in Gaza, while preventing the entry of weapons. We will work with Israel, the Palestinian Authority, the Quartet, and other international partners to ensure these arrangements are implemented as quickly and effectively as possible and to explore additional ways to improve the situation in Gaza, including greater freedom of movement and commerce between Gaza and the West Bank. There is more to be done, and the President looks forward to discussing this new policy, and additional steps, with Prime Minister Netanyahu during his visit to Washington on July 6.
Barry Rubin criticized this announcement at the time:
Note that Obama did not mention the conditions for easing the blockade--that Hamas abandon terrorism and accept Israel's existence--nor did he say that anything the Palestinian Authority or Hamas is doing is "unsustainable." Only Western and Israeli policy are said to be unsustainable. In effect, Obama is saying that the policies of Hamas, Iran, Hizballah, and Syria, among others, are infinitely sustainable, especially because of his reluctance to do things to make them unsustainable.
And thus in Middle East terms, he's saying: Your intransigence has won. We couldn't move you so our policy has failed. We must give in.
Practically speaking the policies that the United States advocated weren't just a surrender, but likely helped Hamas build its strategic capabilities.
It's reasonable to ask if the relaxing of the blockade help Hamas smuggle the cement it needed to build its terror tunnels. Did the American aid abet Hamas in its efforts? By IDF estimates, the tunnels cost at least $90 million. How much of that was paid for by international aid? (How much of the aid went to building the fortunes of Hamas' leaders?)
The international community will lament the violence in the Middle East and criticize Israeli self-defense measures. But when will it conclude that with the best of intentions it is encouraging terrorists by rewarding them for their violence and intransigence? Maybe it's time to start taking Israel's security concerns seriously.
Cross posted at Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion
Monday, July 28, 2014
One of Israeli PM Netanyahu's problems with both John Kerry's Hamas friendly ceasefire offer and the UN's call for an unconditional ceasefire was that neither mentioned demilitarizing Gaza, which Netanyahu rightly considers one of the prime goals of the current conflict.
But when he mentions this as something 'the international community' should be calling for, he's kidding himself. And to go even farther, even if the 'international community' agreed to do so and put it in writing, Netanyahu and the Israeli people would be incredibly naive to accept it at face value.
Does anyone remember the 2006 Lebanon ceasefire? That resulted in a binding Series 7 UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that guaranteed the disarming of a terrorist group , Hezbollah. In exchange for the IDF ending hostilities and withdrawing all its forces back over the border, UNIFIL and the Lebanese army were supposed to see to it that Hezbollah never returned to its strongholds in South Lebanon and to disarm Hezbollah and all other militias or 'armed groups' as the resolution put it.
With Syria and Iran in mind, there were even mention of specific penalties to be evoked in UNSCR 1701 in the event of any foreign entity rearming Hezbollah.Even Sheik Nasrallah of Hezbollah agreed to the resolution's terms.
So, what happened? Once the IDF pulled out all of a sudden things changed. Hezbollah refused to be disarmed, and the then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan suddenly came up with the brand new position that the UNIFIL troops were not going to take any responsibility to do so, and that it was up to the Lebanese government..who were far too weak to disarm Hezbollah on their own.
And when Hezbollah said that it was going to ignore UNSCR 1701's provision that Lebanon south of the Litani River was to be a Hezbollah free zone, did the UN or UNIFIL say one word? Maybe 'not our job' but not much else.
And in August of that same year, when Turkish authorities intercepted five Iranian cargo aircraft and one Syrian aircraft carrying missiles to Hezbollah forced them to land at Diyarbakır Airport in southeastern Turkey, did the UN do anything about it? Uhhh, no.
That is how the 'international community' does disarmament and demilitarization. Especially when it comes to Islamist terrorists where Israel is concerned.
My point here? Expecting the US or the UN to demilitarize Gaza and disarm Hamas is to believe in a fairy tale no matter what either of them put on a piece pf paper.Especially with President Obama in charge.
The only way to disarm and 'demilitarize' Gaza and make sure it stays that way is for the IDF to defeat Hezbollah completely. And Israel can only trust Israel to actually do it.
After that, to ensure it stays that way Israel needs to annex Gaza and and remove a substantial part of the population to UNRWA camps outside Israeli territory, or to Area A, or to a combination of the two Then repopulate Gaza with Jews and watch it become a Singapore or a Hong Kong.
This would not be a solution without cost. Solutions deferred for years never are.
But in the end, peace comes from victory. And after all of the 'sacrifices for peace' written in Jewish blood forced on Israel since the Oslo debacle, I think the Israeli people would support this over these constant wars of attrition that grow more costly each time. Enough of the balagan gadol.
Cross Posted at The Times Of Israel
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Tawfiq Tirawi is the Palestinian Authority's Intelligence Chief and a Fatah Central Committee member. On July 24th. He was on Lebanese TV taking about Fatah attacks on Israel and saying there was going to be 'a big explosion.' Per PMW:
“These are small explosions, which happen occasionally, but the big explosion is coming. The big explosion is coming. After the big explosion, no one will know where it will lead and what its results will be…It is legal to use all means – to shoot, throw stones, to hold a demonstration and a sit-down strike. All these means will be possible and permissible for our people, and let no one say that weapons are forbidden in the West Bank.”
Today, A car loaded with gas canisters and a large explosive charge was stopped by the border police on its way to Jerusalem at the Beitar Ilit checkpoint 6 miles southeast of the capital. Its Palestinian driver approached the checkpoint at a faster than normal speed which tipped off the border police.
When he was ordered to stop, he tried to keep on driving, but one heroic border policeman, Officer Yeshuron Tzoran, jumped inside the vehicle, attempted to shut the engine off himself and finally got the driver to stop by pulling his weapon on him and threatening to shoot him.
The man was arrested and handed over to the Shin Bet General Security Service for questioning. Inside his car officers found pipe bombs, gas canisters, explosives, and detonators, according to a statement put out by the IDF after the incident. The officer who arrested the man said the back seats of the car had been removed and the entire area was full of gas canisters rigged with electric wires.
The incident caused massive gridlock as police shut down traffic in both directions from the junction in order to send in sappers to handle the explosives.
At the moment it's unclear where the man was taking the explosives, though one working assumption is that they were meant to be used for a terror attack in Jerusalem.
The officer who stopped the suspected bomber, Inspector Yeshuron Tzoran, described how he and the other officers in his region have been instructed to be on high alert during the IDF operation in Gaza due to the assessment that terror groups will try to carry out an attack in Israel. Therefore they set up the temporary checkpoint and began stopping cars. On Sunday afternoon Tzoran said he "couldn't feel better, we feel that we saved many lives in Israel and this is our duty."
It's excellent that the driver was taken alive. He was obviously delivering this car bomb and the explosives to someone. The Shin Bet will find out whom they are, believe me.
But if you look at the juxtaposition of Tawfiq Tirawi's boast on Lebanese television and this event, it's obvious they're connected. This is the Third Intifada and Fatah is an active participant.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
As Hamas' forces are decimated in Gaza, Mahmoud Abbas and the PA put together massive, violent riots against Israel in an effort to support their Hamas allies.
The festivities started near the Kalandia checkpoint, located in Judea between Jerusalem and Ramallah. An estimated 10,000 Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians rioted near the checkpoint, throwing rocks, firebombs and fireworks at Israeli security forces, and setting tires ablaze. Police also had to put up with gunfire, for which credit was claimed by the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, Fatah terrorists on Mahmoud Abbas' payroll. No Israeli police were reported killed although a number were injured. Two of the rioters were killed, and a large number arrested.
Riots were also reported in the East Jerusalem areas of Shuafat, Abu Tor and East Talpiot.Arabs allowed on to the Temple Mount to attend services at the al-Aksa Mosque also rioted,throwing rocks, bottles and fireworks at police and down on passersby. Ten of them were arrested,and the Israelis may very well simply elect to close the mosque for the duration of Ramadan, eliminating the celebration of Laylat Al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) which commemorates the day Mohammed claimed to have received the Qu'ran.
Hamas, of course, thought this was an absolutely wonderful development and urged the entire PA to 'join in the struggle.'
As I explained before, what's going on here is the Third Intifada, using a strategy created by Mahmoud Abbas in conjunction with Hamas.While Hamas shoots rockets and engages what amounts to war against Israel (and hopefully picks up a few photogenic bleeders to use as propaganda) Abbas and Fatah will engage in lawfare and gin up massive riots, a few selective terrorist attacks, and civil disorder in the Arab occupied parts of Judea and Samaria as well as in Israel itself.
Want more proof Abbas and Fatah had this planned in advance? Only two days ago, Abbas and other members of the Fatah Old Guard, who all have Jordanian citizenship and passports sent their families en masse from Ramallah to Jordan.
Don't be at all surprised if Abbas and Fatah create an 'incident' enabling him to bring the Palestinian security forces, including those shiny new U.S. equipped and trained combat brigades into the fight 'to protect the Palestinian people.'
The idea won't be to militarily defeat the IDF, but to kill as many Jews as possible and create enough international outrage while doing it to try and get the 'international community', especially President Obama to try to enforce a 'Palestine' on th epre-1967 borders including a divided Jerusalem and a massive ethnic cleansing of Jews in Judea and Samaria.
For all the Israeli efforts to make those Israelis whom identify themselves as Palestinians feel full citizens of Israel, for all the attempts as co-existence and political correctness, the fact remains that a significant number of these Palestinians not only have no appreciation for those efforts or of Israel itself and the freedoms they enjoy there.They hang on to the dream of pushing al-Yahudi into the sea and simply want their neighbors dead.
The sooner Israel decides to initiate a divorce on its own terms, with a boundaries of its own choosing, the better. Oslo died a long time ago and there is no living with rattlesnakes in the house.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Jewish Home Party leader and Israeli economic minister Naftali Bennett has excited some ire over a recent editorial he published in the Wall Street Journal
In short, his proposal, which he calls the 'Stability Plan' contains these main elements:
1) Complete self-government for Palestinians living in Area A and B, with Israel getting rid of all checkpoints and the dismantling of Israel's security barrier.
2)Encouragement by Israel to get multinational corporations to invest in Palestinian areas by offering economic incentives such as insurance guarantees and tax breaks, as well as streamlining the export process for Palestinian manufacturers. Bennett calls for Israel, known as the "Startup Nation," to build a "Startup Region."
3) The part of Judea and Samaria known as Area C, where the overwhelming majority of the Population are Israeli Jews would be annexed by Israel, with the Arabs living in Area C to be given full citizenship.
Essentially, Bennett's 'Stability Plan' is a mixture of Israeli PM Netanyahu's often stated ideas on jump starting the Palestinian economy combined with a restatement of Caroline Glick's 'One State solution', with which I have my own reservations.
Taken at face value, Bennett's proposal isn't entirely wacky, merely very unrealistic. Oddly enough, he tells us why in the beginning part of the article, which deals with the merger of Fatah and the genocidal Hamas:
Hamas is a terrorist organization dedicated to Israel's destruction. The group has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings and missile attacks. That is the organization's very mission: The Hamas charter calls for perpetual jihad against the Jewish State while forever rejecting peace negotiations or compromise. Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.
Not just against Israel, by the way, but Jews world wide. And Hamas is already strategizing about creating a new front for launching terrorist attacks against Israel from the much closer platform of the Arab occupied areas of Judea and Samaria. Not, perhaps, a good time to be talking about tearing down Israel's highly successful security barrier!
Bennett also ignores that the Palestinian Authority has already pretty much rejected any idea of creating a 'start-up' region and real any economic cooperation. The PA already does its best to prevent Palestinian shops from carrying Israeli-produced goods and frequently confiscates them.
And if, as Bennett says, an Israeli government isn't going to negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas ( assuming Hamas would ever negotiate anything with a country who's existence it soesn't recognize), how exactly are all of these deals on trade and investment supposed to be worked out? Not to mention the illogic of strengthening the economy of someone who's an avowed enemy.
Another huge problem with both Glick (and Bennett's) scenario is the idea that Israel will swallow a poison pill consisting of Arabs living in Area C, a majority of whom have been radicalized and indoctrinated for two generations that violent terrorism is a great thing and killing Jews is a holy act. Making these people full citizens merely creates a larger,more indigestible Umm al-Fahm.
The very term 'Stability Plan' denotes the idea that rather then solving this impasse, it will just be allowed to continue. The Hamas/Fatah government isn't going to allow that to happen, and neither will the EU, the UN and quite possibly the Obama Administration.
One thing Bennett gets entirely right is the fact that the current status quo In Judea and Samaria is unsustainable. The Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians don't want an actual two state solution, and thanks to the Oslo Accords and the Wye Agreement, the areas under Arab sovereignty and Jewish sovereignty are so tangled and confused as to make any solution along those lines entirely unworkable.
A real solution is fairly simple, in my view. And it's based upon realizing that this is not about creating any kind of 'partnership' between Israel and people sworn to its destruction, but a divorce.
The Palestinian Authority has already declared that it's no longer bound by Oslo or the Road Map, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad never were. So there is certainly no reason for israel to be bound by agreements that are essentially no longer in force.
Some maps were meant to be redrawn.
I have seen the same solution to all this for almost fifteen years now. Israel needs to unilaterally delineate its borders, annex those areas and move any Jews on the Arab side to the Israeli side and move any Arab non-citizens to the Palestinian side, including almost a quarter million Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians in the Jerusalem area alone. The new map would be redrawn with the idea of contiguous borders, with outlying Arab cantons like Qalkilya, Bethlehem, and parts of Tulkarem, Jenin, Hebron and Tubas being annexed to the Israeli area for the sake on that contiguity which would almost certainly also consist of Area C and the Jordan Valley.
The Israeli government should make clear to whomever ruled 'Palestine' that while Israel was prepared for peaceful relations, any terrorism or violent attacks on Israeli territory would not only result in disproportionate retaliation but the annexation by Israel of more Arab territory.
Any agreements between Israel and the new Arab state would be determined from scratch. No more free electricity, water or other amenities unless new agreements were made.
The advantages to this are self-evident. Because the Clinton Administration and the Rabin government allowed Arafat to take over the Arab areas of Gaza, Judea and Samaria, 'Palestine' was and is never going to be a democratic state living in peace next to Israel for a long time, if ever. The fact that the Palestinians would never accept it is moot, because they don't accept Israel period. But they would have the Jew free reichlet Abbas and Hamas have always wanted to determine their own destiny, and Israel's possession of the Jordan Valley and control of the airspace would eliminate most of the shipments of heavy weapons and insure a mostly demilitarized 'Palestine'.
Such a solution would also likely minimize the diplomatic feedback. Oh, it would certainly occur (after all, in much of the EU and UN anything short of a successful jihad against Israel is going to provoke that) but by and large the world is tired of Palestine, and the EU in particular have much more pressing problems to deal with.H having a 'Palestine' to point to point to would eventually make a lot of the international reaction fade away.after a short period of intense reaction to the level of say, Jammu and Kashmir.
This, by the way, is the way is how every single refugee crisis in history has been successfully solved, and exactly why the refugee crisis resulting from the 1948 attack against Israel has not been. As desirable as a one state solution might seem, I think that all things considered, this works a lot better.
Crossposted at Jews Down Under
Thursday, May 22, 2014
In view of the upcoming Fatah-Hamas unity government and the anticipated elections, a Palestinian think tank, the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion polled 1,015 of the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, the Arab occupied parts of Judea and Samaria, and Gaza as to their preference for a future leader.
Their choice? Convicted murderer and terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti, who is currently serving five life terms for his activities during the Second Intifada.
Barghouti easily won out over Hamas Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh, current Palestinian Authority dictator Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas politburo chief Khaled Masha'al. The closest one to Barghouti was Mahmoud Abbas, who Bargouti out polled 33% to 26%. The two Hamas politicos finished a lot further behind Barghouti, which makes me wonder how much of the Hamas 'electorate' in Gaza was sampled as opposed to Jerusalem and the other Arab occupied areas of Judea and Samaria.
So who is this Marwan Barghouti? What did he do to deserve five life terms in prison? And why are the Palestinians so enamored of him?
Barghouti ran the Tanzim and the al-Aksa Martyr's Brigade for Yasser Arafat during the Second Intifada, both terrorist groups affiliated with Fatah. They deliberately targeted civilians for murder,and Barghouti planned numerous 'operations', including the murder of 9-month-old Shalhevet Pas, who was shot by a Tanzim sniper while she was sitting in her stroller in a park surrounded by other children, none of whom by grace of G-d were killed.Her killer, Mahmud Amro admitted deliberately targeting the baby with his U.S. - supplied M-16 and is still in prison, drawing a salary from the Palestinian Authority.
Another good friend of Marwan Barghouti was Samir Kuntar shown here with Barghouti on your right:
This picture was taken of the two of them together at Ashkelon's Hadarim prison,when they were both serving their life sentences there.
One night in April back in 1979, Kuntar and three accomplices landed at the Israeli coastal town of Nahariya from the sea and kidnapped Danny Haran, 28, and his daughter Einat, 4, from their home. They shot Danny dead in front of his daughter, so that was the last sight she ever saw. Then Kuntar murdered the four-year-old Einat by smashing the child's head on a rock with his rifle butt.
Barghouti and Kuntar got on so well that the Palestinians made Kuntar an 'honorary Palestinian citizen' and gave him a hero's welcome when Kuntar was released in exchange for the tortured and mutilated bodies of the two Israeli servicemen who were kidnapped by Hezbollah, the act that along with Hezbollah's missile attacks on Israel precipitated the Lebanon War.
Barghouti himself was convicted in Israeli civil court of being personally involved in five murders - a shooting and grenade attack on a Tel Aviv restaurant in on March 5, 2002 that killed three Israeli civilians and wounded 15 people including 5 Arabs,some of them critically, the brutal murder of a harmless Greek monk in Ma'ale Adunim, an attack on a gas station in Givat Ze'ev, and a car bombing in Jerusalem that murdered an Israeli woman and injured 8 people, including two children.
While he was in prison, the same Palestinians who elected Hamas by an overwhelming majority also elected Barghouti to represent them in what passed for a parliament.
Needless to say, this new poll will probably spark cries on the Israeli Left, the Eu and of course the Obama team to pressure Israel to free Barghouti. MK Zahava Gal-on from the EU funded far Left Meretz party was quoted as saying “The only figure who can replace Abu Mazen [Abbas] is Barghouti.”
“Knowledgeable people say that the only one capable of stabilizing the situation after [Abbas] is Barghouti,” Gal-on said.
Knowledgeable people...the same sort of knowledgeable people that brought Israel Oslo, who talked about Barghouti's old boss Yasser Arafat the same way they're talking about Barghouti now. The same knowledgeable people who have blood on their hands they still refuse to acknowledge.
I do take one bit of comfort from this. Now that the Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians continue to make their choice for new leadership clear, it's becoming apparent to all but the most blind and clueless Israelis that the two state solution so beloved of people like MK Gal-on is simply a recipe for giving Israel's genocidal enemies a closer platform to attack them from.
The citizens of the sort of 'democratic peaceful state living next door to Israel' so beloved of those creatures still working to get Israel to retreat to indefensible borders and give away the country's birthright wouldn't choose a murderer like Barghouti to lead them if they were at all serious about peace.
A significant number of them aren't serious about it in the least. They favor Barghouti as a war chief, another Arafat - because of his record of success at Jew killing.
Such men are best suited to be the guests of honor at what the pioneers of the Old West called a necktie party under a sturdy tree. Barring that, keeping them under lock and key for the rest of their lives is a poor substitute, but it's the next best thing.
Crossposted at Jews Down Under
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is making the rounds in the run up to her presidential race in 2016, and one of her stops today involved trawling for Jewish votes and Jewish money at the always reliably Left leaning and Obama friendly American Jewish Committee.
Today, she spoke at their annual Global Forum, doing some chest beating about what a tough Secretary of State she was on Iran:
Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and likely Democratic presidential candidate, talked tough on Iran Wednesday morning, declaring that “no deal is better than a bad deal” and voicing skepticism regarding the chances of current negotiations to bear fruit.
Clinton, in a plenary address at the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum, took credit for setting up a tough sanctions regime on Tehran and laying the groundwork for the current negotiations over a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
“When I left, we were in a position to really explore if we had set the table well enough,” Clinton said, recounting the work done between 2008 and 2012 in strengthening the sanctions regime, “revitalizing” the partnership with the other P5+1 powers — Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany — and “establishing bilateral connections.” [...]
Should talks fail, she warned, “the onus is on the Iranians” and “there will be room to restore the crippling sanctions in the future.” But even if a deal will be achieved, she said, “Iran’s support for terrorism and its aggressive behavior in the region remains a threat for ourselves and our allies.”
Clinton also spoke to her previous involvement in Washington’s attempts to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, beginning with the efforts of her husband, president Bill Clinton, which brought about the Oslo Accord and Israel’s peace treaty with Jordan.
A key part of the American role, she said, was “to help leaders carve out the political space to negotiate” and to “make a persuasive case that the status quo is unmaintainable for both sides.” The latter point has been a major source of contention, with Secretary of State John Kerry facing fierce Israeli protests over his warning that in the absence of a two-state solution, Israel would become an apartheid state.
Describing the recent Hamas-Fatah reconciliation as “troubling,” Clinton said that the Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip “must reject violence, honor previous agreements and accept Israel’s right to exist.”
“If not,” she warned, “they will remain a pariah.”
There was also, of course, the usual verbiage on how important Israel's security was to her.
We can always expect a certain flexibility when it comes to what most of us would regard a truth from Mrs. Clinton.
The truth of the matter is that she was hardly involved in any major matters of state at all during her tenure in the Obama Cabinet. The president appointed special envoys for most if not all of the important issues who reported directly to him, and even our UN Ambassador, for the first time in U.S. history, became a cabinet post reporting directly to the president rather than being under the State Department. Mrs. Clinton functioned essentially as a messenger girl, and not a particularly effective or respected one either.
As we also know now, the Iran sanctions were neither particularly tough or 'crippling', and she had little or no voice in dealing with Iran anyway. That was Valerie Jarrett's department.
While a significant portion of the membership of the AJC is not particularly concerned with Israel, once again, Mrs. Clinton's remarks to those that are ought to set off warning bells. While it's possible that Mrs. Cinton as First Lady might have had something to do with Yasser Arafat's coming to the Clinton White House more than any other foreign leader,his subsequent empowerment and the bloody fiasco that was Oslo, I'm not certain it's a good idea for her to brag about it as an accomplishment in the same speech where she talks terrorists being a 'pariah'. For that matter, in the past, back when the Obama Administration was facilitating Islamist Mohammed Morsi's control of Egypt, she's on record as having been just fine with the Obama Administration supporting Hamas and with Egypt breaking the Israel-Egypt peace treaty.
And those of us who follow such matters might remember that Mrs. Clinton's as Secretary of State when it came to Israel consisted of lying about previous American commitments to Israel in front of the press as well as a number of other instances and screaming at Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu for 45 minutes over the phone about some houses being built in a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem.
But thoughtfully, Mrs Clinton had the courtesy to give Jews and anyone else who thinks America's alliance with Israel is important a warning not to believe a single word that comes out of her mouth.
Here's the proof of her real feelings about the matter and America's Jews, from a video of her speaking to Tunisian Islamists taken when she was a bit more off guard:
Nice of her to do that. But with her record, it's disturbing that the AJC would even give her a platform. Partisan politics has to end somewhere.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
If you thought that the implosion of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks was going to mean the end of the Obama team's team's efforts to attack, demonize and dismantle Israel, you're sadly mistaken. They've merely changed tactics.
Borrowing a page from President Clinton's success in shoving Oslo through, the new gambit is to slander and alienate the current Israeli government both within Israel and abroad, destroy the current coalition, and push Israel into new elections. Then, the Obama team will provide logistical and financial support to the Israeli Left to get a more 'flexible' government(most likely headed by Labor's Isaac Herzog) into power to 'negotiate' Israel's surrender.
The effort started with Secretary of State John Kerry's infamous 'apartheid' remarks on Israel, using language never before used by a sitting American government figure. Kerry, of course, tried to spin it, but what he said was exactly what he meant; the onus for the failed peace talks is all Israel's.
At about the same time, there was an interview by by two 'unnamed American officials' with Nahum Barnea in Yediot, one of Israel's most well known columnists. A couple of inquiries enabled me to find out that the two 'unnamed officials' were none other than Kerry's deputy Martin Indyk and his gofer David Makovsky, who created the maps that were referenced in the interview.
In the interview, Indyk and Makovsky placed the blame for the failure of the talks totally on Israel and Netanyahu, not on Abbas' alliance with Hamas. And they essentially gave the go ahead to another intifada war on Israel's civilians.
Barnea described the interview as “the closest thing to an official American version of what happened” in the talks.
According to Indyk and Makovsky, they had prepared maps of what were supposed to be the new borders based on the Clinton plan, which Arafat had already turned down and which Abbas had already said numerous times he wasn't interested in. The proposed maps also divided Jerusalem, "Jewish neighborhoods to Israel, Arab neighborhoods to the Palestinians.”
And the Jewish population? All the Israelis were required to do under this so-called plan was to uproot and ethnically cleanse 20% of them, a mere 100,000 people.
This version by Indyk and Makovsky, of course, totally contradicts what Abbas has always said,that he wouldn't settle for anything less than all of East Jerusalem. And what the Israelis have always said, that they're not going to divide Jerusalem and that putting the Jewish holy sites under Arab control will never happen again.
The Israelis, according to them simply never countered the map they presented, and it's all Israel's fault that Abbas went to the UN and to Hamas.
Even more bizarrely, the two amigos blamed the collapse of the talks on - wait for it - the Israeli OK on the construction of 700 housing units in Gilo, a Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem that according to the story these two were peddling was supposed to be under Jewish sovereignty anyway on the maps they themselves created!
That's what they claim drove poor, peace loving Mahmoud Abbas to Hamas and the UN..building homes in one of those Jewish neighborhoods these two clowns claim Abbas had already agreed to cede to Israel.
Indyk and Makovsky claim that Abbas agreed to a demilitarized 'Palestine', agreed to those American border outlines that would have created a mere 100,000 Jewish refugees, and agreed that Israel could keep security control of areas in the Jordan Valley for five years.
"He also agreed that the Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem would remain under Israeli sovereignty, and agreed that the return of Palestinians to Israel would depend on Israeli willingness. 'Israel won't be flooded with refugees,' he promised.
In his public pronouncements, Abbas has said no to every one of those conditions time and again. Obviously, the bit about Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem is a fairy tale if building houses in Gilo was what blew the talks up.The idea that he was willing to abrogate the so-called 'right of return' is almost certainly another tall tale.
You see, in the interview,Indyk and Makovsky, who are supposedly knowledgeable about these things professed being puzzled by Abbas' refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Which of course, also seems to makes their account of Abbas being willing to give up a Palestinian right of return another cock and bull story, since that's one of the chief reasons Netanyahu has consistently insisted on it!
And the Jordan Valley? The Israelis understand full well that Abbas is on the way out and that Hamas will be taking over. The idea that they would agree to put a time limit on control of the Jordan Valley and leave it in the hands of 'Palestine' or anyone else but the IDF so that Iran and Syria could create another Hamasistan there and ship in heavy weapons would be a folly of massive proportions. They've already gone through this with Gaza, where Israel was given security guarantees by the EU and the Bush Administration before the Disengagement that it would never be a security problem. And in Lebanon, where the main condition of Israel agreeing to a ceasefire was UN SC 1701,which called for Hezbollah to be disarmed and stay that way and the deployment of UNFIL, which was supposed to see that Hezbollah neither re-armed not returned to its bases in South Lebanon.The reality, of course was something very different in both cases.
In the end, the message Indyk and Makovsky were pushing all came down to "It's Israel's fault".
“At this point, it’s very hard to see how the negotiations could be renewed, let alone lead to an agreement,” the two Americans said. “Towards the end, Abbas demanded a three-month freeze on settlement construction. His working assumption was that if an accord is reached, Israel could build along the new border as it pleases. But the Israelis said no.”
At that point, according to the dynamic duo, Abbas “lost interest. He turned to the reconciliation talks with Hamas and to the question of who would inherit his mantle.”
Never mind that Abbas had already signed a unity agreement with Hamas months before!
"I guess we need another intifada to create the circumstances that would allow progress" one of them reportedly told Barnea.
When Barnea challenged them on that they backed off and said that a third intifada, of course, “would be a tragedy. The Jewish people are supposed to be smart; it is true that they’re also considered a stubborn nation. You’re supposed to know how to read the map: In the 21st century, the world will not keep tolerating the Israeli occupation. The occupation threatens Israel’s status in the world and threatens Israel as a Jewish state.”
“As of now, nothing is stopping the Palestinians from turning to the international community. The Palestinians are tired of the status quo. They will get their state in the end — whether through violence or by turning to international organizations.”
Nothing except a U.S. veto, that is. Which probably was never going to be forthcoming anyway.
And notice those last two paragraphs. Abbas gets no grief for getting in bed with a genocidal terrorist organization or fro violating the Road Map and the Oslo Accords. Israel is the culprit for building in an area that they're going to retain in any conceivable peace agreement anyway, for not observing a 'building freeze' applying to Israel and Israel only that Israel never agreed to in the first place.
And need I say that these two Obama functionaries praised the ever flexible Tzipi Livni as a 'heroine' while demonizing every Likud politician even remotely involved?
But wait, there's more. Fast forward to today and what's in the headlines?
The Obama-friendly Newsweek runs a lovely story about those dastardly Israeli spies targeting American defense and industrial secrets, written, of course, by a reporter with the last name of Stein who is likely Jewish for cover purposes. This bit of 'news' states in it's headline about how Israel spies on the US more than any other ally, and quotes a few unnamed 'congressional staffers' and one former CIA operative who talked about how the 'Zionists' have always spied on America even before Israel was a state:
“They’ve found creative and inventive ways,” Pillar said, to get what they want.
“If we give them free rein to send people over here, how are we going to stop that?” the former congressional aide asked. “They’re incredibly aggressive. They’re aggressive in all aspects of their relationship with the United States. Why would their intelligence relationship with us be any different?”
And to top it off, the always reliable Labor Party stalwart Shimon Peres,Israel's 90-year-old ceremonial president. His contribution to the cause today? To blame Israeli PM Netanyahu for the failure of the peace process, because Netanyahu rejected a deal Peres supposedly concocted with his good friend Mahmoud Abbas three years ago, in an interview on Israel's Channel 2. Peres, of course, isn;t oo definite of th e actual details, but he throws this one out there:
“He was supposed to agree [to recognize] a Jewish state and we were supposed to agree to recognize [a future] Palestinian state,” said Peres.
"I’ve known Abu Mazen [as Abbas is known] for 30 years…and the truth is he has fought terror with the resources that he has,” Peres said during the interview.
“He talks about peace and makes courageous remarks” he added.
Oh, of course he does. And Abbas would never pay murderers a salary for killing Jews,or call them holy martyrs, or give them a hero's welcome when they're released, would he? Or allow PA State TV to lionize them?
You know, if I had been conducting that interview, I might have asked Shimon Peres whether his view of Abbas was tempered just a bit by the fact that they're business partners. In Paltel, among other things, which has a monopoly as the sole cell company in the Arab Occupied parts of Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Then there was the "Peace Technology Fund", a project of the Peres Peace Center to the tune of $62 million,back when Arafat was running things. Yes, Peres had a lot of good things to say about Yasser Arafat too,back in the day. The "Peace Technology Fund" back then had large investments in Paltel and in the Palestinian Mortgage Housing Corporation, 'Palestine's' corrupt equivalent of Fannie Mae. Peres' partner back then? None other than Muhammad Rashid, then Arafat's economic adviser and a major stockholder in PalTel.
There's a lot more that would make some must see TV, much of it concerned with the Peres Center for Peace and the substantial percentage of donations that comes in as donations from the EU and elsewhere and goes out as salary and expenses to none other than Shimon Peres and a few select insiders.
I point this out merely to show that President Peres' perceptions on things are rather easily influenced and flexible, and they always have been on these matters.
Expect to see a lot more remarks from figures on the Israeli left, in the Obama regime and in the Obama Media echoing Peres, Indyk and Malkov in demonizing the current government.
President Barack Hussein Obama was quite clear as far back as 2009 about his agenda towards Israel. He's not ending that obsession by any means.
Friday, May 02, 2014
UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon had a few things to say as the deadline for Israeli-Palestinian talks passed.
The Secretary General urged Israel and Palestinians, as well as the international community, to "reflect on how to preserve the prospects for a two-state solution."
Ban also urged the parties to refrain from unilateral actions that could prevent peace negotiations from resuming.
According to Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric, the secretary general "urges caution and (calls the parties to) avoid any unilateral action that would reduce the chances of seeing negotiations resume and reach an agreement ."
"Avoiding unilateral action' ? After the Secretary General just approved the unilateral actions of 'Palestine' by accepting Mahmoud Abbas' applications to join UN bodies and conventions in violation of all previous agreements?
And wouldn't you call signing Abbas and Fatah a unity agreement with a genocidal terrorist group like Hamas 'unilateral action'?
Ah, I see..that only applies to Jews and Israel!
Monday, April 28, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made some interesting remarks on Israel and the Middle East peace process over the weekend that reveal not only the Obama Administration's mindset, but a signpost as to its future direction.
The Left-leaning Daily Beast got its hands on a recording of Kerry speaking before the Trilateral Commission before a number of world leaders described by the UK Telegraph as 'senior US, Western European, Russian and Japanese officials' (who was in the audience hasn't been revealed yet).
Kerry said that unless Israel surrenders to Palestinian demands for a peace deal, it could become ‘an apartheid state,’ like the old South Africa.
Kerry also said that a failure of Middle East peace talks would lead to a resumption of Palestinian violence against Israeli citizens, as though that isn't happening on a daily basis, criticized what he called Israeli settlement-building and said that a change in Israeli or Palestinian leadership would make a peace agreement more possible.
"A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative, said Kerry. "Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second class citizens - or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state."
Oddly enough, it's not Israel but the Palestinians who are constantly promoting a one state solution in their mosques, media and schools. And an apartheid one, where the Jews have been driven out.
Kerry also said that at at some point, he's thinking about presenting his own peace framework and telling both sides to “take it or leave it.”
The Secretary seems to have forgotten that he already did that, and that it was the Israelis that accepted it as a starting point and Mahmoud Abbas that rejected it.
It's worth noting that Kerry singles out Israel, which has a 20% Arab minority with full voting and legal rights as the 'apartheid state'. Meanwhile, both the Arab occupied areas of Judea,Samaria and Gaza contain not a single Jew and never will according to Mahmoud Abbas' own statements, and Kerry is apparently just fine with that kind of judenrein.
The focus here is, as usual entirely on Israel. It is Israel who needs to make concessions, Israel who had better give in and deal with a Palestinian government with the genocidal Hamas as a partner, Israel who needs to stop building homes for its people, Israel who had better surrender or face even more arb violence.The Arabs whom identify themselves as Palestinians need do nothing.
While this nonsense appalled a number of people within the pro-Israel community here in America, it's important to realize that Kerry wasn't just mouthing off on his own.
U.S. State Department spokesmouth Jan Psaki commented that Kerry was simply stating his views.
“Secretary Kerry, like Justice Minister Livni, and previous Israeli Prime Ministers Olmert and Barak, was reiterating why there's no such thing as a one-state solution if you believe, as he does, in the principle of a Jewish State. He was talking about the kind of future Israel wants and the kind of future both Israelis and Palestinians would want to envision,” she said. “The only way to have two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two-state solution. And without a two-state solution, the level of prosperity and security the Israeli and Palestinian people deserve isn't possible.”
The Israeli politicians Psaki holds up as role models are quite revealing. There's Tzipi Livni, who has a miniscule political constituency in Israel because of her toxic persona and general incompetence and was so despised by other Israeli politicians that none of them, not even the Leftist Labor or Meretz were interested in forming a coalition government with her Kadima party to make her prime minister, after which Kadima imploded. There's Ehud Barak, who offered Yasser Arafat 98% of Judea and Samaria along with half of Jerusalem only to have Arafat refuse and use this weakness as his signal to launch a war against Israel's civilians. And Ehud Olmert, one of Israel's worst and most corrupt leaders who been convicted and is headed for prison. These three dysfunctional, failed politicians are symbolic of the Obama Administration's choice for Israeli leadership. Weak and oh so flexible, you understand.
But Psaki's statement along with a few other details tells us quite a bit. First of all, her statement in an official capacity tells us that John Kerry is definitely not off the reservation here. He is voicing the views of the Obama Administration. This is simply a case of the servant carrying out the Massa's orders, either in fact or by inference, and he will not suffer as a result. Why would he?
President Obama wants to end the alliance between Israel and America. He said so directly in 2009 after he was elected in no uncertain terms and his actions since have underlined it. America's official stance now mirrors the EU's.The only small brake on this has been the fact that at least 2/3 of congress is still pro-Israel, in part out of conviction and in part because almost all of the $3 billion in U.S. aid Israel receives gets spent here in the U.S. and goes into the pockets of America's defense industry, creating jobs, taxable economic activity and financing joint weapons projects utilizing Israeli high tech.
But President Obama has been successful in making Israel a partisan issue. The perfidy of the majority of America's Jews whom voted for Obama made this possible and provides cover for it.
As I pointed out, the Obama Administration has already signaled that it has endorsed the new PLO-Hamas unity deal.
What we'll see, as Kerry has so helpfully signaled is a de facto normalization of the U.S. relationship with Hamas, another part of President Obama's enthusiasm and patronage of the Muslim Brotherhood. And we will see Israel presented with an ultimatum - that 'take it or leave it' deal Kerry was blustering about - to accept the diktats of the new PLO/Hamas government.
If Israel refuses, watch as the United States takes a major part of collaborating with the EU to install a genocidal Arab reichlet on Israel's borders via the UN.
At the same time, look for the president to send cash and political operatives to work on getting Leftist Israeli politicians like Labor's Isaac Herzog and a leftist coalition elected..exactly what President Bill Clinton did to shove Oslo through and empower Yasser Arafat 'for peace'.
The bottom line is that on Yom HaShoa, the day Jews commemorate the victims of the Holocaust the Obama regime is working on putting together its support for forces that want very much to be part of the next one.
Simply put, they are knowingly aiding and abetting evil.