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Redacted from in-depth article by Raed Omari

SOURCE: Al Arabiya News

29 July, 2014

ISIS in less than two months,  has gone from a militia to a self-proclaimed caliphate. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has undergone the quickest  transformation to statehood in modern history. ISIS controls large parts of Iraq and Syria. In addition to its military power, it is said to be building an economy from taxes, theft, and black-market oil and gas sales.

Its horrific abuses have led to anger among those under its rule. However, there has been a gradual acceptance of a new reality, and a preference to the sectarian rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. I was shocked to hear this from Syrians and Iraqis living under ISIS.

The detachment of ISIS from Al-Qaeda has enabled ISIS to act independently without carrying al-Qaeda’s reputation and baggage. The near future is expected to bring about an abrupt change in Al-Qaeda’s radical ideology towards more moderation due to ISIS’s brutality and intolerance. This resembles the decades-old ideological disagreements between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist movement: when one shows extremism, the other shows (RELATIVE) moderation.

The relationship between ISIS and Al-Qaeda also resembles that between the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. As ISIS is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda, the Taliban in Afghanistan were either members of the latter, or received military training and guidance from it. Given present realities, we may even see ISIS with a central place at the negotiating table.

Exploiting the state of chaos and sectarianism prevailing Iraq and Syria, where the Arab Sunnis blame Shiite Iran for their marginalization, ISIS has presented itself as the defender of the Sunni identity in a bid to gain the sympathy of those sidelined segments.

Prominent Islamist groups researcher Hassan Abu Hanieh has written an insightful piece on such a notion, attributing ISIS’s success in building alliances with the Iraqi Arab Sunnis to the latter’s belief in the Sunni Islamist militia’s willingness to eradicate Maliki’s Shiite government.

Throughout its state-building endeavor, ISIS has been adopting an “alluring” narrative, so to speak, full of anti-Iran sentiments in an effort to add legitimacy to its rule over the Sunni communities in Syria and Iraq. Its  abhorrence of the “imposed” territorial state as opposed to the collective Islamic state, or Caliphate, has no doubt attracted supporters who still blame the Levant’s and Arab Peninsula’s woes to the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement. A video showing ISIS members from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other countries tearing and burning their passports was meant to show the group’s alluring belief in the collective Muslim identity.

All in all, ISIS’s presence and rule within the region is largely linked to Syria and Iraq restoring their security and stability. Once people in those pivotal war-torn countries succeed in eliminating the totalitarian rule of Assad and Maliki, their next target will be definitely destroying ISIS’s “caliphate.”

The two radical groups, ISIS and al-Nusra, have been engaged in ideological disputes over the past period, manifested in their leaders trading accusations of deviation from Sharia law. Since his release from prison, which coincided with ISIS’s declaration of its Caliphate, Jordanian Salafist leader Isam al-Barqawi — better known as Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi — has been attacking Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Islamist “state.” Sheikh al-Maqdisi, perceived as supportive of al-Nusra’s ideology, has forcefully rejected ISIS’s declaration of a new caliphate and branded the newly formed group a  “deviant.”

(But,  Let not the West be confused. All of these terrorist organizations have only one common  goal — the return of Muslim domination to the Middle East, North Africa and well into the European continent, thus regaining their “Caliphate” with of course, the incidental destruction of Israel, the little Satan with, without question, the ultimate goal being the destruction of the Big Satan – The US .

Our biggest current problem however, is that Barack Obama, Muslimphile, is doing a super job of complementing their every move) jsk

*Raed Omari is a Jordanian journalist, political analyst, parliamentary affairs expert, and commentator on local and regional political affairs. He is a writer for The Jordan Times, and contributes to Al Arabiya English. He can be reached via raed_omari1977@yahoo.com.

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More Than a Smidgen

BY STEPHEN F. HAYES

Weekly Standard

JUL 21, 2014, VOL. 19, NO. 42

The facts are simple. The IRS systematically targeted conservative and Tea Party groups after their activism proved decisive in the 2010 midterm elections—Obama’s famous “shellacking.” The effects of this targeting were widespread. Some Tea Party groups were neutered in the months before the 2012 presidential election.

Few of the explanations or justifications of this targeting provided by IRS leaders and Obama administration officials have held up.

IRS officials at first denied that any targeting had taken place. That was false.

They later claimed that the targeting had involved only low-level employees in the Cincinnati office. That was false.

They argued that conservative groups weren’t singled out, that progressive groups were subject to the same level of scrutiny. That was false.

They argued that the IRS has complied with all requests for information from Congress. That was false.

Three years ago, on June 3, 2011, Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, wrote to the IRS requesting all information—including emails and other communication—related to the alleged targeting of conservative groups.

Ten days later, Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the targeting, reported to the IT team at the IRS that her hard drive had crashed. IRS leaders, questioned repeatedly about Lerner’s emails in subsequent congressional hearings, made no mention of the hard drive crash.

Earlier this summer, IRS director John Koskinen disclosed that thousands of Lerner emails—including many of those sent to executive branch agencies—were missing because of the alleged computer problems. From her first appearance before a congressional committee, back in May 2013, Lerner has exercised her right against self-incrimination and refused to testify.

Last week brought a significant new revelation: an email in which Lerner seeks advice about keeping information from Congress. On April 9, 2013, Lerner emailed Marcia Hooke, an information technology specialist at the IRS, with an inquiry about an internal IRS message system known as OCS—Office Communications Service.

Lerner writes:

I had a question today about OCS. I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress has asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails—so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails. Someone asked if OCS conversations were also searchable—I don’t know but told them I would get back to them. Do you know?

Hooke responds that OCS conversations are not automatically saved, but adds the obvious disclaimer that the communicating parties may save them on their own. For that reason, it’s possible that they could turn up in a search. But the answer to the original question? No, they’re not saved.

Lerner responds: “Perfect.”

The exchange raises several questions:

• Why would Lerner “caution folks about email” and urge them “to be cautious about what we say in emails” if she and her colleagues had done nothing wrong?

• What was in these OCS communications that Lerner wanted to keep from Congress?

• Why would a senior IRS bureaucrat think it appropriate to withhold any information from lawmakers elected to provide oversight of agencies like the IRS?

• Why was Lerner concerned that Congress would see these internal IRS communications?

There’s actually an answer to that last question: She knew that the IRS scandal was about to explode.

At the time Lerner sent the email, IRS officials had recently learned that the Treasury inspector general would be issuing a report the following month criticizing the agency for its targeting of conservative groups. And Lerner’s email came just before she planted a question in the audience at an American Bar Association conference on May 10 in an effort to get out in front of the controversy.

These facts lead to one conclusion: Lois Lerner and other top IRS officials were desperate to keep information on the targeting of conservative groups from Congress.

It’s crucial to understand why. And that will require a special prosecutor.

Congressional Democrats have repeatedly called for an end to the investigations on Capitol Hill. The Justice Department investigation—using that word loosely—is being run by an Obama contributor. And Barack Obama, who once worried that such targeting was a subversion of our democracy, has since pronounced, in the face of a steady accumulation of evidence to the contrary, that there is not a “smidgen of corruption” to the IRS targeting.

That, too, is false.

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard and author of two New York Times bestsellers: Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President and The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America. He is a regular Fox All Stars panelist on Special Report with Bret Baier and is my personal favorite after Chas, Krauthammer. Of course, Brit Hume is not exactly chopped liver.

Video: Lois Lerner pleads the Fifth Amendment

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From: The last Parsha of the Fourth Book of the Hebrew Bible, Bemidbar (Numbers)

Parsha Mas’ei 33:48-56

The end of the Israelite journey to Canaan following G-d’s releasing them from Egypt 40 years earlier.

48 They set out from the hills of Abarim and encamped in the steppes of Moab, at the Jordan near Jericho;

49 They encamped by the Jordan from Beth-jeshimoth as far as Abel-shittim, in the steppes of Moab. 

50 In the steppes of Moab, at the Jordan near Jericho, the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 

51 Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,

52 You shall dispossess all the inhabitants of the land; you shall destroy all their figured objects; you shall destroy all their molten images, and you shall demolish all their cult places. “

53 And you shall take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have assigned the land to you to possess.

54 You shall apportion the land among yourselves by lot, clan by clan: with larger groups increase the share, with smaller groups reduce the share. Wherever the lot falls for anyone, that shall be his. You shall have your portions according to your ancestral tribes. 

55 But if you do not dispossess the inhabitants of the land, those whom you allow to remain shall be stings in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land in which you live; 

56 So that I will do to you what I planned to do to them.

(Maybe the Israelis have now been given another opportunity by the Lord to mend their egregious errors of the past?)

II Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman met this morning with British Foreign Sectretary Philip Hammond.

FM Liberman told Secretary Hammond that Israel expects special understanding on the part of the the British. During one of the most difficult but greatest hours of Great Britain, when London was bombed during World War II, we learned from Churchill that even if the price is blood, sweat and tears, a nation that wants to survive must fight for its freedom. We, too, cannot allow Jerusalem, Tel Aviv or the cities in the south to be threatened by rockets, and we must act with determination to allow the citizens of Israel the freedom to live normal lives.

Hamas is not interested in a two-state solution. The aims of Hamas are very similar to those of the Nazis – the annihilation of the Jews – and Hamas’ fate and the fate of its leaders must be the same.

FM Liberman also noted during the meeting his satisfaction at the decision by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to investigate the rockets caches uncovered in UNRWA schools in Gaza but, these rockets were returned to Hamas!

III A beautiful video prayer for Israel and the Jewish people (And, incidentally, the well-being of the world itself)

With Shayna Nechama Naveh

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Video – Arab leaders unequivocally pray that Israel eliminates Hamas in that,  “The enemy of their enemy is their friend.”

Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs Newsletter  (MFA)

Operation Protective Edge – Update July 21

Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, at least 1,850 rockets were fired at Israel, of which 1,400 rockets hit Israel and 376 rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome.

IDF uncovers terror tunnels in Gaza

July 20: 13 Israeli soldiers of the Golani Brigade were killed overnight in the course of the IDF operation in Gaza. 65 are hospitalized. In the first incident, terrorists detonated an explosive device on an armored vehicle, causing the death of seven soldiers. In the second, terrorists opened fire at two IDF soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip, killing one. Later, IDF soldiers were attacked by a terrorist squad in northern Gaza, leading to the death of two soldiers. Lastly, three IDF soldiers lost their lives when they became trapped in a burning building.

Israel agreed to the Red Cross request for a humanitarian window in Sejaiya and will hold fire there from 13:30-15:30. Since July 8, Hamas has fired over 140 rockets at Israel from Sejaiya, and 10 tunnel openings have been uncovered. IDF: Although we agreed to the Red Cross’ request to extend the a ceasefire in Sejaiya until 17:30, Hamas has not stopped shooting from Sejaiya and opened fire from near Wafa Hospital.

Israel opened a field hospital on the Israeli side of the Erez Crossing for Palestinians in Gaza.

Hamas’ use of civilians as human shields

Hamas takes advantage of the fact that the IDF avoids attacking targets where it is know there are civilians.

After IDF fired a warning shot at this target in Gaza, civilians ran to the roof and brought their kids !

UNRWA, the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, officially admitted that on 16 July it had found some 20 missiles hidden in one of its schools in Gaza. (And, Chas. Krauthammer on Fox News reported that the UN simply handed them back to Hamas to kill Israelis!)

In an article in the Canadian “The Globe and Mail” published on 16 July, the newspaper’s correspondent in Gaza Patrick Martin gives an eye-witness report about missiles being fired next to a school: “Heading toward the exit, we were overwhelmed by the jet-like sound of two rockets being launched from somewhere near the school. Hamas, or some or militant group, clearly is hoping the Israelis won’t strike at the launchers, which are kept underground until the moment of firing, because they’re close to the school and so many refugees.”

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge (8 July) 673 trucks entered Gaza Strip via Kerem-Shalom crossing, carrying food, medicines and medical equipment.

Since the beginning of the operation the following amounts were provided to the Palestinians via Kerem-Shalom crossing:
2.8 Million liters of diesel for the power station in Gaza Strip, 1.4 million liters of fuel, 304,000 liters of gasoline for transportation, 1084 tons of gas for domestic needs.

Erez Crossing: Since the beginning of the operation, there were 1,272 Palestinians entered Israel from Gaza and 1,066 from Israel into Gaza. So far, Israel has coordinated 27 cases of back-to-back ambulance procedures, mainly from Gaza to Israel (58 Palestinian patients were hospitalized in Israel) and Jordan, but also vice versa. 247 Jordanian field hospital staff members crossed into Gaza to replace their colleges. 1000 units of blood from Jordan and the Red Cross were transferred to Gaza.

On Friday (18 July), two high voltage lines supplying electricity from Israel to northern Gaza Strip were repaired, despite the dangers to which Israeli Electrical Corporation workers were exposed due to Hamas firing rockets on this area. The two lines provide a total of 25 Mega-Watt from Israel to some 40,000 people in the Gaza Strip.

II  YES,  THE  ISRAELIS  ARE OUT OF THEIR MINDS  GIVING SUPPORT AND SUCCOR TO THEIR ENEMIES.

THE  ISRAELIS   HAVE  LEARNED  NOTHING FROM THREE THOUSAND PLUS YEARS OF ATTEMPTING TO PACIFY THEIR ENEMIES.

IT DOES NOT WORK. THEY HATE THE JEWS REGARDLESS. THE ONLY THING UNDERSTOOD THE WORLD OVER IS POWER, STRENGTH, VICTORY WITH COMPLETE SURRENDER OF YOUR TOTALLY DEFEATED, DEFENSELESS ENEMY.

WAKE UP JEWS! LEARN FROM DWIGHT EISENHOWER, DOUGLAS MAC ARTHUR. HARRY TRUMAN DROPPING ATOMIC BOMBS ON NAGASAKI, HIROSHIMA.

WHERE WAS THIS “EXCESSIVE FORCE” GARBAGE WHEN IT APPLIED TO ITS USE BY THE AMERICANS, THE BRITISH, THE RUSSIANS? THE PHRASE IS EMPLOYED ONLY WHEN THE JEWS ARE WINNING OR HAVEN’T YOU NOTICED?

Jerome S. Kaufman

II  Arab Excessive Force on their own people.

In the meantime, the ISIS Arabs just killed 700 of their own in Syria  and whose complaining about excessive response. I don’t hear the UN or the dedicated phony anti-Israel Leftists in the world making one peep.  Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat – More than 700 people were killed in Syria over the course of Thursday and Friday, in what activists say were the bloodiest 48 hours of fighting in the conflict to date.

III PM Netanyahu Continues Series of Interviews in the International Media

He told Sky Arabic:

“They [Hamas] have taken billions of dollars. Instead of building kindergartens with it, they’re building tunnels, concrete tunnels to blow up our kindergartens.

I can tell you that we opened up a hospital, a field hospital, a humanitarian field hospital on the edge of Gaza and Hamas doesn’t let the people come there. They’re hiding rockets in hospitals; they’re hiding arms in hospitals; they’re shooting from hospitals. So they just don’t care.

I agreed now to three different calls for ceasefires. We kept them even though Hamas kept firing and they violated every one of those ceasefire calls: the Egyptian ceasefire, the UN ceasefire, the Red Cross ceasefire. We kept them, they broke them.

The goal is to restore quiet and security for the people of Israel for a significant period of time and we’ll take whatever action is necessary to achieve that goal.”

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II Video: Megan Kelly (Fox News) with Ben Shapiro: “Obama’s administration – Borderline Jew-Hating!”

By Jerome S. Kaufman

Obama chided the GOP for opposing his agenda in a speech at a political rally in Austin, Texas, July 10, 2014. This was one day after meeting with Texas Gov. Perry and other state officials to discuss the immigration crisis. Obama, took the occasion, at his narcissistic best, to brag about the job he is doing.

Au contraire! It is now clear that by a recent WSJ/NBC poll, 54% of Americans feel that Obama is no longer able to lead and 41% feel his incompetence has gotten worse over the last year! In fact, By his job record, President Obama should be given a pink slip not a star on his forehead. He should be demoted back to the job in which he was truly successful — community organizer, voter hustler and political fraud.

The Huffington Post, July 2, 2014, not exactly a right wing rag, reports the following public opinion poll results:

* President Obama’s Approval Rating was very high among Muslim Americans – (Terrific! Is that supposed to be some sort of comfort to the rest of us?)

*President Obama’s approval rating has dropped in the general population to 43% from its one-time high of 69% in January 2009.

*A third of voters think Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Fouad Ajami, recently deceased Arab/American political analyst, had Obama pegged a long time ago. In an article written in the Weekly Standard by Lee Smith July 14, 2014, Ajami wrote in 2008, “The Tragedy of Arab Political Cultures has been the upending expectation of the crowd — the ‘street’ as we call it. The message promises there will be a redeemer who will put an end to centuries of Arab decline. It will be an Arab leader who will restore the faded splendor and greatness of Muslim culture.”

Ajami was alarmed listening to this same sort of “Politics of Charisma” message emanating from Obama in 2008 — virtually mesmerizing Americans. He felt he was hearing the same message that wreaked havoc upon Arab and Muslim societies over the centuries. The insidious problem is that a charismatic leader of this sort does not have to do anything but stimulate the imagination and the latent dreams of his audience.

Obama has been expert in both of these areas. But, he has gone much farther. He has deliberately put us into a frightening state of disarray and decline reminiscent of Arab culture and more recently, the socialist failed experiment of the European Union.

What exactly has Obama done? What is this glorious record of which Obama is so proud?

1. The Obama Affordable Care Act (ACA) — enacted in 2010 promised to reduce the Federal Budget Deficit while hugely expanding health care coverage. Instead, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the ACA will cost $92 billion per year by 2015 and up to $200 billion by FY 2020 propelling us inexorably toward Federal bankruptcy.

2. The National Debt – (From CBS News) The National Debt now exceeds 100% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods and services. In simpler terms – We are spending more money than the country is producing! Mr. Obama doesn’t mention the National Debt much because the National Debt will top $20 trillion in 2016, the final year of his second term. That would mean the Debt increased by 87 percent, or $9.34 trillion, during his two terms. So, his redistribution of wealth is working beautifully. He is making us all poor and deliberately, systematically bankrupting the whole country and will put us soon under the domination of our worst enemies.

3, Obama has empowered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to routinely by-pass the US Congress and become a virtual fourth arm of government — legislating and enforcing questionable policies lethal to the economy with little if any scientific justification but long on political advantage to the far Left wing of his political party.

Over the past three years, the Obama EPA has conducted a scorched earth campaign against fossil fuel producers and users, especially the coal-fired power industry, with multibillion-dollar rules that provide no meaningful environmental or public-health benefits. The EPA has also created greenhouse gas emission standards for power plants with rules that will make it financially impossible to construct new coal-fired power plants in the United States and diminish our own energy independence to even more dangerous levels.

4. Obama has engineered a Justice Department under his long time buddy and fellow traveler, Eric Holder, that ignores the laws of the land, ignores the Congress, refuses to prosecute cases that do not promote their so-called liberal agenda while resolutely pursues harassment of those on the Right.

5. Uses the Internal Revenue Service to harass Conservatives that will not vote for him and prevents their organizations from obtaining tax exemptions and the huge benefits given to Labor Unions, Teacher’s Unions and the Unions of government employees.

6. As a result of Federal government largess to its employees, the average salary in Washington, DC is now $72,000 — 25% higher than comparable jobs in the rest of the country!

7. The Food Stamp Program, administered by the US Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever — to 47  million people, according to the most recent figures available in 2013! Television is replete with employees of the Obama Administration begging people to go on to food stamps and helps them fill out all the necessary papers — often over the objections of the people solicited!

8. The myth of Obama’s outstanding teaching and political career

Washington Examiner SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

Obama’s 12-year tenure as a law lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School.
During his first two years, he did rank first among the law school’s 40 instructors, with students giving him a rating of 9.7 out of a possible 10. But, law student evaluations made available to The Washington Examiner reveal that students quickly began to see past the glitter with no substance. It showed that his popularity fell steadily. In 1999, only 23 percent of the students said they would repeat Obama’s racism class. He was the third-lowest-ranked lecturer at the law school that year. Obama’s byline did not appear in a single legal journal while he taught there. By the way, Obama wasn’t a professor; he was a lecturer.

The pattern of minimal performance at the Chicago campus was not an exception to the modus operandi of Barack Obama. In the State of Illinois Senate during the same years he was lecturing, Obama voted “present” nearly 130 times — the most of any legislator in the chamber.

And during his lone term as a US senator, according to GovTrack.us: “From Jan 2005 to Oct 2008, Obama missed 314 of 1300 recorded or roll call votes, which is 24.0%. This is worse than the median of 2.4%.”

The Weekly Standard July 14, 2014, points out the one area where Obama is quite resolute. It is in grossly diminishing our military preparedness by firing military officers who have served the nation with great honor. He has terminated the careers of 1100 Captains and about 500 Majors. He is in the process of diminishing our armed forces from 570,000 soldiers to 420,000 at a time when the Western world is directly imperiled by Islamic terrorism and blatant Chinese and Russian aggression — thanks to Obama’s deliberate nation-destroying policies and so-called “Leadership from Behind” — which means no leadership at all.

Obama’s foreign policy is an unmitigated disaster. The record speaks for itself. China and Russia are now making aggressive advancements all over the globe. Putin in making outrageous advances in the Ukraine and already in Georgia attempting to resume the former power and breath of the Soviet Union. China is treating the huge South China Sea as its private lake encroaching with force into the territorial waters of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Viet Nam. Obama’s Middle East foreign policy evidenced by the civil wars in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, the disenchantment of Saudi Arabia and the disassociation from our only reliable ally in the Middle East, Israel is an unqualified gargantuan disaster.

Unfortunately, the above pathetic list by the way, is just the tip of the iceberg.

Yes, President Obama, you may wax eloquent, as always, as to the great job you are doing. But, the claim now resounds only with the deaf, dumb, blind, congenital Democrats and the inexplicably loyal devotees of the mindless Left.

Video: Megan Kelly with Ben Shapiro: Obama’s borderline Jew-hating Administration!

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1967

By Elaine Rosenberg Miller

The year was 1967. My parents and sister and I resided in Boro Park, Brooklyn, a densely populated center of modern Orthodoxy. Our apartment overlooked a magnificent Italianate synagogue, Temple Beth-El, where the most celebrated cantor in the world, Moshe Koussevitsky, a regal, barrel chested man, led the prayers on the Rosh Chodesh (beginning of the new month) and the High Holidays. Listening to him as I sat in the women’s section in the balcony, watching his white silked figure, plead and chant for hours, I knew that I was in the presence of majesty, someone, it seemed, who had a direct connection to the Heavens.

But this day was different.

It was an ordinary weekday

The rabbi stood at the lectern.

The anguish and fear in the sanctuary was palpable.

It was twenty-two years since the end of World War Two and the liberation of the camps revealing the murder and death of six million European Jews.

The room was filled with Holocaust survivors, including my parents, five aunts and uncles and their children. Some of my relatives had black ink tattooed on their forearms, the mark of the concentration camp where they had been imprisoned.

Modern Israel, just completing its second decade was the depository of their hopes and pride and I, a teenager, enrolled in the American dream, fast-tracking the realization of their aspirations, was aware, that this day, here in Temple Beth-El was a watershed. We were not safe. Israel was not safe, despite the photographs of beaches, oranges and hora dancing young people.

What was going to happen to Israel? To us?

Israel was surrounded by hostile enemies. Tiny Israel, the size of New Jersey had been attacked and her enemies were determined to destroy her.

The rabbi spoke, money was raised.

I remember one man standing up. I don’t recall whether or not if he had the familiar accent of members of my family.

“I am giving my entire fortune,” he said. “If Israel falls, I have no reason to live.”

How that shocked me, me dancing to the Supremes, in love with The Beatles.

If Israel falls, I have no reason to live, he said.

I don’t recall how the Rabbi responded.

Though the adults seemed to be in a state of paralysis, they joined together under the massive domed ceiling, trying to comfort each other and take action.

The truth is the Rabbi didn’t say anything profound, didn’t quote Pirkei Avot (Sayings of the Fathers) or the Torah. He had been shaken to his core.

I don’t remember how much money the congregants raised, but I am sure that the amount was substantial.

I am likewise confident that this scene was repeated in synagogue after synagogue from Brooklyn, NY to Kansas City, MO to San Francisco, CA.

Within days, the news arrived that Israel had defeated its enemies. Spectacularly.

And we knew that we had witnessed a miracle.

Today, as bombs rain on Israel again, we pray, once again, that our pleas, both conscious and unconscious be answered.

There is a young rabbi in my community of Palm Beach, FL who traveled to Israel yesterday with his wife and children and a group of teens.

When asked “Are you sure you want to be going to Israel now?” he answered “Why? Is there a better or more important time?”

This morning, he sent us an email announcing that they had arrived in Israel. He wrote “We’re all in high spirits. Jerusalem is as beautiful as ever. We feel safe and secure in the land in which ‘Gd’s eyes are from the beginning of the year until the end.’”

Elaine Rosenberg Miller is a poetess but sustains herself and family as a highly respected practicing attorney and political activist in Palm Beach, FL

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I Op-Ed: A “Sane Country” Would Not Create a PA Terror State
By Mark Langfan

II Video: A “sane country” would not allow the terminology of outright lies and propaganda overwhelming the world’s discourse
By President Mort Klein of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).

Upon inspecting the Katyusha damage in Sderot, Israel Minister Lapid remarked “this is a house in which five children live in and which was bombarded by Hamas with missiles during the night. Any sane country will not tolerate a situation in which their kids are being killed on a daily basis.”

The problem is Israel does not behave like a “sane country.” And Yair Lapid is a minister in a government where he voted and strongly argued against striking Hamas so as to cripple their ability to fire the very rockets Lapid is now complaining about. As he said, “no sane country” would tolerate any rocket fire on their territory. And, Israel’s current government allows such attacks to continue unabated.

Let us review the evidence:

1 – 1993 Oslo Accords

Would any “sane country” have allowed a terror state to be created in adjacent land if the “sane country” held the land and its inhabitants openly vowed to annihilate that country? And would its voters have elected leaders like Rabin, Peres, Sharon, and Netanyahu who created new terror enclaves to add to the ones from which Israel’s citizens have been murdered for over 100 years?

Before 1993, Rabin, Peres and the delusional peace cultists knew that Arafat’s South Lebanese terrorists had fired thousands of katyushas into Israel from Lebanon. So one could easily imagine that if Arafat controlled Gaza, Palestinian Arab terrorists would fire the same rockets from there into Israel Any “sane” leader would have realized that if you gave land to the same people who fired rockets from Lebanon, they would fire them from there, but Israel signed the accords.

2 – Netanyahu’s Hevron Retreat and Wye River Memorandum

Would any leader have given away land after hundreds of Israelis were murdered by Palestinian Arab suicide bombers coming from Gaza and Judea and Samaria? Netanyahu gave away land to the terrorists. What’s worse, he says he never gave away land.

What was “Wye River”? In Wye, Netanyahu transferred Areas C to Areas B, and Areas B to Areas A. Changing legal designation of land is giving away land. Also, he created the very terrorist cancer of Hevron where the three precious Israeli Jewish boys were murdered.

He also let Arafat get away without amending the PLO Charter that calls for Israel’s eradication. Even today, the PMW(Palestinian Media Watch) constantly reports that the PLO Charter clauses are cited verbatim almost daily by the PA TV and newspapers. But Israel doesn’t do a thing to stem the torrent of Jew-hate.

3 – 2005 Gaza “Disengagement”

After hundreds of rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza into pre-1967 Israel between 2001 and 2005, would any “sane country” in 2005 have disengaged from Gaza and allowed the terrorists’ ability to fire terror rockets on Israel grow exponentially? Prime Minister Sharon along with the Netanyahu voted for the unilateral retreat from Gaza where they knew the trickle of rockets would soon grow into a torrent of rockets.

Would any country cede territory to ISIS or Islamic Jihad if it knew the Islamic terrorists would as a result have better access to murder more of its citizens? No “sane country” would have retreated from Gaza. If it were able to, it would have wiped out any threat with overwhelming military force.

4 – Prisoner Releases to “Negotiate” with Abbas

After all the Israeli Knesset members saw both Fatah and Hamas fire over 16,000 rockets from Gaza between 2001 and 2014, would any “sane country” consider negotiating a retreat from Judea and Samaria (aka “West Bank”), an area which is in katyusha rocket range of 70% of Israel’s population and 80% of her industrial base? The Prime MInister of Israel not only sits down with a bunch of Jew-murdering terrorists, he also pays for the right to sit with these suit-wearing Palestinian terrorists by releasing a hundred other blood-stained terrorists.

These released murderous Palestinian terrorists then go on to murder more Jewish Israelis. No “sane country” would have released blood-stained terrorists. They would have executed them.

The Leftist members of the present government are not “sane” for even contemplating ceding any land from which Hamas and/or ISIS and/or Fatah will only try to murder more Jewish Israelis.

5 – “Ceasefire” with Hamas

How pathetic it is to hear the government’s pusillanimous offer that “Quiet will be met with quiet.” The rational statement should be “Rockets have been (past tense) obliterated, and the Hamas HQs have been leveled with their terrorist leaders inside.” Instead, dozens of Israel raids against empty buildings have only yielded 2 dead Gaza terrorists. How can dozens of Israel missiles only kill two terrorists? Because Israel is knowingly firing against empty buildings..

Five examples are enough

It isn’t that the Israeli governments have committed just one insane policy. That would have been enough and possibly, excusable. One would think that after Israel’s first mistake, the ministers would have rationally understood that their “peace” policies have failed. Instead, they repeated the same policy again and again. Consequently, the string of Israeli governments created a structurally insane entity that committed 5 major blunders plus hundreds of others along the way.

In answer to Lapid’s question “Would any sane country” allow its citizens to be bombarded with rockets, the answer is clearly no. But, the Israeli government, and the messianic left-wing opposition parties think of nothing other than creating a new katyusha-terror-state in the very heart of Israel: Judea and Samaria.

And until the Jewish Israeli voters wake up, one can expect even more terror and kidnappings. And, one can rationally expect, of course, even more accurate and more deadly katyusha rockets on Israeli civilians.

The Author: Mark Langfan is a New York-based attorney who writes frequently on Middle Eastern affairs and security issues confronting Israel. He has created a three-dimensional topographical model of Israel to explain the implications of strategic height and depth for Israel’s security.

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An emotional analysis video, well worth watching in its entirety.

But, hang in there. Only the initial prayer is in biblical Hebrew. The rest is a message in English that will search your soul.

“The tragedy is not about settlements. It is not about borders. It is about us and our reaction and our attempt at understanding.”

I loved the included story about the Rabbi who asked Rabbi Wein to ask his wife if he could hold a parlor meeting at his home. No, it was not the usual fund raiser.

Jerome S. Kaufman

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I US Funding the PA is a Problem
By Sharona Whisler
June 30, 2014

II Senator Rand Paul sticks up for Israel
By Katie Glueck

The problem is that US taxpayer money is provided to the Palestinian Authority and the PA has a consistent history of funding terrorism. And while aiding and abetting terrorism is a federal offense, the US hasn’t halted its $600 million annual contribution to the PA even since its newly formed government with Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza and which calls in its Charter (Article 7) for the global murder of Jews and celebrates the recent kidnapping of three Israeli yeshiva students.

Partnering with a terrorist organization like Hamas shows the PA’s true colors. However, even if the PA-Hamas partnership ended tomorrow, taxpayer money is still falling into the wrong hands because the PA is granted it unconditionally. That means that the PA can do whatever it wants without fear that US aid will be withheld.

So, in addition to its unity government with Hamas, what has the PA done with this unconditional flow of income? It names schools, streets and sport tournaments after known terrorists. It sponsors children’s television programs that glorify suicide terrorism. It refuses to outlaw terrorist groups. It rewards families of suicide bombers with thousands of dollars. It pays terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons stipends; the more heinous the crime, the bigger the stipend.

Unless the US makes funding to the PA conditional, the US taxpayer will continue to fund the enemies of America’s closest ally, the Jewish State of Israel. The PA is not an entity that wants peace. Although Mahmoud Abbas may sometimes claim that he wants peace, action speaks louder than words. Moreover, when speaking to Arab audiences, he has been explicit about not accepting Israel and even said that if Arab countries would join the PA in war against Israel, he would be in favor.

In an effort to curb this consistent cash flow, US Rep. Rand Paul (R-KY) has introduced the Stand with Israel Act of 2014. And on the house side, Florida’s own, Ron DeSantis of District 6 is the author of the Palestinian Accountability Act. If passed, the Stand with Israel Act of 2014 will require the PA to formally recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish State; publicly recognize the state of Israel; renounce terrorism; purge all individuals with terrorist ties from security services; terminate funding of anti-American and anti-Israel incitement; publicly pledge to not engage in war with Israel and honor previous diplomatic agreements in order to receive funding from the US

Similarly, the Palestinian Accountability Act mandates that the PA recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State, embrace free elections, end corruption in its governance, end incitement and endorsement of terrorism, end support for the boycott of Israel, and exclude Hamas from the government, unless Hamas meets these conditions.

This makes sense. In fact, these are basic mandates that should have been written into policy from the beginning. Instead, the US has been rewarding terrorism and extremism, at taxpayers’ expense. The good news is that it’s not too late to do the right thing.

Sharona Whisler is the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) executive director, Florida Region.

II Rand Paul rebukes White House in pro-Israel column

By KATIE GLUECK
POLITIC.COM
7/2/14

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul blasted the White House’s response to a kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers in a strongly worded column designed to highlight his pro-Israel credentials.

Paul, a potential GOP presidential contender who is often leery of interventionist foreign policy, has been highly critical of the more hawkish wing of the GOP, most recently in the debate over what to do in Iraq. But Paul also has been trying to show the Republican establishment that his overall approach to foreign affairs is not out of the mainstream, and his tough rhetoric in the National Review op-ed could be seen as another overture.

In the column, Paul reiterated his call to end US aid to the Palestinian Authority, which reached a unity agreement with Hamas. Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by America and Israel, controls the Gaza Strip.

Paul, who has in the past introduced a bill to cut off the aid, referred to the kidnapping and killing of the Israeli teenagers to bolster his case. The boys’ deaths have rocked Israel, and, along with allegations of a reprisal killing of a Palestinian teen, threaten to trigger more violence in the area.

The White House has expressed outrage over the Israeli teens’ deaths, but it also has called for judiciousness in response, and Paul skewered the administration for urging a show of “restraint.”

“Children are murdered — please show restraint. Cafés and buses are bombed — please show restraint. Towns are victimized by hundreds of rockets — please show restraint while you bury your dead once again,” Paul wrote. “I think it is clear by now: Israel has shown remarkable restraint. It possesses a military with clear superiority over that of its Palestinian neighbors, yet it does not respond to threat after threat, provocation after provocation, with the type of force that would decisively end their conflict.”

“But sometimes restraint can work against you,” he continued. “Sometimes you just have to say, enough is enough.”

Paul has a history of opposing foreign aid — including, at one time, to Israel, though his emphasis has since shifted to entities such as Egypt and the Palestinian Authority. But as he has taken steps toward a possible 2016 presidential bid, he has also upped his outreach to establishment figures over foreign policy issues, and is slated to give a major address on the topic in the next several months.

Katie Glueck is a reporter at POLITICO.

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By clairvoyant political analyst, Dinesh D’Souza

Synopsis of the film, AMERICA

Someone once observed: “America is great because she is good; if she ever ceases to be good she will cease to be great.” Today that notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack, replaced by another story in which theft and plunder are seen as the defining features of American history—from the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor to a contemporary foreign policy said to be based on stealing oil and a capitalist system that robs people of their “fair share”.

Our founding fathers warned us that, although the freedoms they gave us were hard fought, they could very easily be lost. America stands at a crossroads, and the way we understand our past will determine our future. America, the movie takes 21st-century Americans into the future by first visiting our past.

Gerald Molen, the Academy-award winning producer of Schindler’s List, and Dinesh D’Souza, the creator of 2016: Obama’s America, invite you on a journey of discovery that will bring you face-to-face with the heroes who built America, in the times in which they lived, bled, and sacrificed in order to build a great nation: Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and others. You’ll be there as Columbus sets foot on American soil, as bullets whiz by Washington’s head, as Douglass demands that America live up to the promises of her Founding Fathers, and as Lincoln sacrifices thousands of lives, including his own, to right a great wrong of history.

We’ll also meet their present-day critics, hear their stories, and then let you decide which America you believe in. From the team that created 2016: Obama’s America comes the story not of a man but a nation, at the crossroads of hope or disaster, whose destination will soon be decided.

Now, at a theatre near you.

Enjoy

II A commentary on Dinesh D’Souza’s predictions on Barack Obama

Who is Barack Obama? – A Terrifying Analysis

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Video below on Islamists by Robert Spencer.

I National Mourning
By Steve Emerson, Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT)

June 30, 2014, 5:56 PM EDT

Israel is in a state of national mourning Monday after troops found the bodies of three teenagers last seen near a school near Hebron two weeks ago.

Eyal Yifrach, 19, and 16 year-olds Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar’s bodies were discovered in a field after more than two weeks of intense search efforts.

Israel’s security cabinet is meeting this evening and an aggressive reaction is expected to follow. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised that Hamas will pay for the murders.

Two Hamas members from Hebron, Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Issa, are considered the prime suspects. Neither has been seen since the boys disappeared while hitchhiking June 12. Hamas continues to describe the boys falsely as soldiers. They were Yeshiva students. Frenkel also is an American citizen.

Many Palestinians celebrated the kidnappings, with editorial cartoons in Palestinian newspapers mocking them and people posed with three fingers held up as a salute.

II Three Israeli kids, kidnapped by Arabs, found dead.
Have we had enough?

By Alan Bergstein
June 30, 2014 3:24:26 PM EDT

News of the deaths of the three Israeli kids is only a few hours old. I would have imagined that there would have already been some words from the mouth of Obama concerning this report. We will probably have to wait until he’s finished with some intimate business with Reggie Love or after his current round of golf with some one percenters to hear his feigned “grief.”

Not being a citizen of Israel, I can only hope that they will clean out the Arab residents of Hebron, where the kidnappers lived and Gaza from where rockets are now bombarding Israel and send them packing into Arab controlled countries for permanent relocation. These Jewish lands would be used for more new Israeli refugees from Holland, Norway, Sweden or France where the Holocaust II is already a reality.

There is apparently no problem with refugees from Syria, Pakistan and Iraq being tossed out of their own countries. No mumbles of racism or apartheid in those areas. With the region in turmoil, let Israel take advantage of this time and clean house of terrorists and their supporters. Defensive actions never win wars.

No more cringing, organized prayer meetings for me when it comes to begging G-d for no more atrocities against Jews. No more accepting the prayers from rabbis, at these meetings, who actually support the enemies of Israel. No more tolerance for their groups such as J Street, Americans for Peace Now, Rabbis for Human Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace or any other self hating Jewish groups. They are directly responsible for these kids’ deaths by supporting the claims of Arab terrorists that Israel is the villain, oppressor, occupier and denier of “Palestinian” rights.

It’s time for Israel loving Jews to tell our Jewish “Quislings” to shut up, say Kaddish for and beg the victims of Arab terror for forgiveness.

III Time to topple the Palestinian Authority
By Michael Freund
The Jerusalem Post
June 17, 2014

For over two decades, ever since the signing of the Oslo Accords, Israel has had to endure one atrocity after another at the hands of Palestinian terrorists. Enough already! We were told that patience was in order, even as our ostensible peace partners sent young men strapped with explosive vests to blow up buses in rush hour and dispatched masked militants to fire rockets at Israeli towns and cities.

Just a few more concessions, it was said, and the Palestinians would forgo violence, finally stop likening Israel to the Nazis and cease calling for attacks in their official media.

Well, I don’t know about you, but my patience ran out a long time ago.

The kidnapping of three Jewish teenagers by Palestinian terrorists last week is a wake-up call to Israeli society.

This bestial act is a painful reminder of a simple yet incontrovertible truth: our struggle with the Palestinians is not a battle over borders, it is a clash of civilizations. It is a contest between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and falsehood. It will not be solved by signing a piece of paper, holding a joint press conference, or even sharing a couple of beers.

So instead of continuing to pretend otherwise, let’s put an end to this tragedy once and for all. It is time to topple the Palestinian Authority and reassert full Israeli military control over all of Judea and Samaria.

The Palestinians have proven that they do not want peace, are not interested in it and prefer to keep the flames of hatred alive. Just look at how news of the kidnapping was received in the areas currently under its rule.

Throughout the territories, Palestinian men, women and children were photographed handing out sweets to celebrate that three young Israelis had been snatched. There were no voices of condemnation or criticism, no Palestinian marches or protests against such a vile act, and no calls from the Palestinian leadership to refrain from harming innocent Israeli children. It says a lot about Palestinian society that their reaction to the kidnappings was one of delight rather than disgust.

How much longer must we tolerate such barbarism? For the sake of our future, we cannot and must not allow a hostile terrorist entity to continue to take root and grow in Judea and Samaria. If the Fatah-Hamas unity government that now rules in Ramallah is allowed to endure, it will pose a direct threat to the heart of the country.

The very existence of the Palestinian Authority provides terrorists with a safe haven and a launching pad, a place where they can plot, train and perpetrate with virtual impunity.

Complete Israeli military control is simply the surest way to ensure that the Palestinian terrorist threat is contained.

Will there be a price to pay diplomatically? Absolutely. And will it be difficult to implement? For sure.

But if one has to choose between a bad solution and a worse one, then the choice to be made is obvious.

Don’t let the prattle in the media about other matters divert your attention from this, which is the underlying core issue. Indeed, on Sunday morning, one of Israel’s leading radio news shows devoted a large portion of its program to discussing the danger to Jews of hitchhiking in Judea and Samaria. Activists and experts spoke authoritatively about the need to improve public transportation, asserting that increasing its frequency and availability would prevent similar abductions from taking place in the future.

That may be true, but it misses the point entirely.

Let’s get one thing straight: the kidnapping of three Israeli teens is not a transportation problem, it is a terrorism problem.

And the only way to solve it is to tackle the terrorist threat.

Doing so means denying the terrorists the territory from which they continue to attack us. This has been a critical element in the US war on terror, and it should be part of ours as well.

Instead of allowing the terrorists of Fatah and Hamas free rein in various parts of Judea and Samaria, let’s finally put an end to the experiment that was the Palestinian Authority and dismantle it.

Rather than appeasing the terrorists, it is time to oppose them. Reasserting full Israeli control over the territories may sound like a frightening prospect to some. But at this point, there is no other choice.

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British Muslims Flock to Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)

By Dominic Kennedy

Two British jihadists appeared in a terrorism recruitment video for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the insurgent group now on a bloody rampage towards Baghdad, urging Muslims to fight in Syria. Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, both 20, went to the Al-Manar Centre in Cardiff, which is aligned to the ultra-conservative Salafi wing of Islam. The Salafis have seen their places of worship increase by 50% in four years and are poised to control half the mosques in Britain within a generation.

While in the US, 56% of mosque leaders there have a modern outlook, only two out of nearly 1,700 mosques in the UK are controlled by modernists. (Times of London-UK)

A glimpse of the passionate loyalty inspired by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, comes in a recent video made by a 20-year-old Muslim recruit from Cardiff, Wales. “In a few days we will go to Iraq and will fight them and will even go to Lebanon and Jordan, wherever our sheik [Baghdadi] wants to send us. Send us, we are your sharp arrows. Throw us at your enemies, wherever they may be,” pledges the young man to Baghdadi on the video.

Baghdadi’s ability to inspire such intense support worries US officials. His fighters combine a fanatical passion with an unusual degree of organization, technical skill and tactical planning. Baghdadi is creating his own “emirate,” guarded by tanks and heavy weapons, something bin Laden only dreamed of. (Washington Post)

II Cooperation with Iran on Iraq Is Foolish and Immoral
By Zalman Shoval

There are voices in Washington who want to join forces with Iran to fight the Sunni Islamists threatening to roll through Baghdad. There is no doubt that ISIS is the sworn enemy of the US and the West. However, the claim that this justifies cooperation with Iran is foolish and immoral. There are no good guys or bad guys here, rather two unequivocally bad sides.

Iran is striving to acquire nuclear weapons and has threatened to commit genocide; it is a country headed by a regime that is the world’s primary exporter of terrorism and whose interests and ambitions are completely contradictory to the interests and hopes of the free world.

Any warming of relations with the US – and this will be the immediate outcome of American-Iranian synergy — will grant further legitimacy to the ayatollah’s regime, strengthen its hand in nuclear negotiations and lead to the permanent deployment of Iranian military forces in Iraq, meaning the “Eastern Front” will draw even nearer to the Jordanian and Israeli borders.

The writer is a former Israeli ambassador to the US (Israel Hayom)

III ISIS Success in Iraq and Syria: Strategic Ramifications

By Kobi Michael and Udi Dekel (Institute for National Security Studies-Tel Aviv University)

The takeover of northern and northwest Iraq by ISIS is further evidence of the growing strength of the radical jihadists. The Sunni attack has resulted in the disappearance of the Syrian-Iraqi border and has provided a tailwind for ISIS forces in Syria and strengthened their hold on the country’s eastern sector.

Captured US weapons, especially anti-tank missiles and armored vehicles, are being moved to Syria. It is only a matter of time before ISIS gears up for an attack on southern Syria and the capital city of Damascus.

Jordan is confronting a growing number of cells of jihadist organizations infiltrating the state under the guise of refugees and through assistance and supply channels to the rebels in Syria. Jordan needs a clear strategic military ally. Although it cannot admit it openly, its only such ally is apparently Israel.

What is needed now is a joint U.S.-European effort (with low-profile Israeli involvement) to strengthen Jordan both economically and militarily. Israel must continue to prepare for a scenario in which recent events spill over its borders. As such, it will have to prevent the penetration of influence by Islamist-jihadist elements.

The time may have come to prepare conceptually as well as practically for the formation of a new organizing principle of the Syrian-Iraqi region, whose main point would be the dissolution of existing nation states and the establishment of ethnic nations: Alawite in western Syria, Kurdish in northern Iraq and Syria, a Sunni nation in northwest Iraq and northeast Syria, and a Shiite State in central and southern Iraq.

(Makes a whole lot of sense if the Arabs would subscribe but, good luck and someone tell Obama/Kerry to keep their noses out of it. They obviously have no idea what they are doing) jsk

Kobi Michael served as deputy director and head of the Palestinian desk at the Israel Ministry for Strategic Affairs. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Udi Dekel served as head of the IDF Strategic Planning Division.

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SIMONE RODAN-BENZAQUEN and DANIEL SCHWAMMENTHAL
The Wall Street Journal
June 10, 2014

Just ahead of last month’s European Parliament elections, which saw the rise of far-right and anti-Semitic parties, four people were murdered in the Jewish Museum of Brussels. The shootings underscored that, in addition to political extremism, Europe’s Jews also face the violent threat of jihadists.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a French Muslim, was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the attack. He appears to have been radicalized in prison, and is believed to have fought for Islamist rebels in Syria. Like Mohamed Merah, who murdered three soldiers, three Jewish children and a Rabbi two years ago in France, Mr. Nemmouche appears to have mixed gangsterism with radical Islam, anti-Semitism and hatred of the West.

With roughly 1,000 European fighters like Mr. Nemmouche estimated to be in Syria, European Union officials are working to devise better strategies for combating radicalization and detecting the movements of people to and from Syria.

But Europe’s Jews also face almost daily attacks — both verbal and physical. In France, home to Europe’s largest Jewish community of about 650,000, the situation is particularly severe, with 170 anti-Semitic acts reported by the Paris-based Jewish Community Protection Service (SPCJ) and the French Ministry of the Interior in the first trimester of 2014 alone. According to the French League of Human Rights, nearly 50% of all racist acts in France are anti-Semitic, even though Jews represent only 1% of the population.

Such attacks take place in the context of an extremely charged public debate. French comedian Dieudonné has managed not only to popularize an openly anti-Semitic discourse, but to forge the most unlikely of alliances. Though his father is from Cameroon, Dieudonné has united behind him individuals from the extreme right such as Alain Soral, a self-described “national-socialiste intellectual,” National Front founder Jean-Marie le Pen and Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson.

In nearby Belgium, Laurent Louis—until last month a member of parliament—is trying to reproduce Dieudonné’s mass appeal. In early May, Mr. Louis organized a conference to unite French and Belgian anti-Semites, which the Belgian authorities canceled at the last minute.

Government attempts to silence Dieudonné and his followers by prohibiting his shows have failed, largely thanks to the Internet. Dieudonné’s anti-Jewish YouTube diatribes receive millions of viewers within hours of uploading.

This environment leaves many in the Jewish community, perhaps for the first time since they rebuilt their homes in Europe after the Holocaust, fearing once again for their security and future. Fortunately, some European leaders have begun to grasp the depth of the problem. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has started to put France right.

“Today exists a new form of anti-Semitism that is born in our suburbs,” he said in a radio interview in July 2012. He was referring to young Muslims, as apartment blocks outside French city centers typically house large immigrant communities. At the same time he warned “not to stigmatize fellow citizens notably of Muslim faith.” Mr. Valls went further two years later, in March this year, at a rally against anti-Semitism in Paris. The old anti-Semitism of the French extreme right “is renewed,” he said. “It feeds off hate for Israel. It feeds off anti-Zionism. Because anti-Zionism is an invitation to anti-Semitism.”

So what can governments and civil society in Europe do to combat anti-Semitism?

First, we need more leaders such as Mr. Valls speaking the truth and showing zero tolerance. When demonstrators at so-called “pro-Palestinian” rallies scream slogans like “Hamas, Hamas, Jews into the gas,” as has frequently happened around Europe, political leaders and the media cannot stay silent. Public hate speech must not be tolerated and anti-Semitic acts need to be systematically prosecuted and punished.

Second, not all expressions of anti-Semitism should be fought with the same weapons. Regarding the Muslim community, for example, improving social cohesion is key. Better integrating Muslim Europeans is not only a virtue and a necessity in itself, it can also help lower the susceptibility of these communities to anti-Semitism and radicalization.

It is equally important to empower moderate Muslims. People such as Latifa Ibn Ziaten, whose son Imad was one of the French soldiers murdered by Merah, and who now visits France’s most difficult neighborhoods, speaking to youth groups and trying to steer them away from the influences of anti-Semites and extremists.

Third, more needs to be done early on in the process, before people develop anti-Semitic views. New educational programs ought to focus on this problem, assisting students to recognize prejudices. Youngsters need to learn about the culture, history and religion of other communities, by focusing on similarities and shared values.

Fourth, fighting anti-Semitism at home may also have a foreign-policy dimension. To this day, Saudi and Qatari money is pouring into European mosques, helping to spread an extremist form of Islam. In addition, we know that through satellite television and the Internet, Islamist and anti-Semitic content can easily be accessed in Europe. Much of it is unfortunately produced in the Arab world.

Much is at stake. Anti-Semitism is always symptomatic of a more profound problem in society, something that might start with Jews but will not stop there. So it is not just the well-being and future of the Jewish community in Europe that is at risk, but the very values Europe stands for.

Mrs.Rodan-Benzaquen is the director of the AJC Paris office and Mr. Schwammenthal is the director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute in Brussels.

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What is ISIS?

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (alternatively translated as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham), abbreviated ISIS or ISIL, is an unrecognized state and active Jihadist militant group in Iraq and Syria influenced by the Wahhabi movement. In its unrecognized self-proclaimed status as an independent state, it claims the territory of Iraq and Syria, with implied future claims intended over more of the Levant—including Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and Southern Turkey. It was established in the early years of the Iraq War and pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda in 2004.
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From: Dr. Daniel Pipes
Sent: June 16, 2014
To: Dr. Aaron Lerner

Review: ISIS Rampages, the Middle East Shakes

Dr. Pipes: As in the Syrian theater, I advocate helping neither side, Sunni rebel or Shi’i oriented regime, unless it is in danger of collapse, in which case we help it live to fight another day. We want the jihadis at war with each other, not us. ​We want Turkey and Iran to deal with this mess of their own creation, not us.

Our focus should be on providing humanitarian assistance to the many whose lives are harmed in this war; and to urging the states supplying weapons to desist.

Our ultimate goal should be that the miserably failed states of Syria and Iraq devolve into Kurdistan and other small, more homogenous, less repressive, and less aggressive states.

The jihadis’ takeover of Mosul on June 9 won them control of Iraq’s second-largest city, a major haul of weapons, US$429 million in gold, an open path to conquer Tikrit, Samarra, and perhaps the capital city of Baghdad. The Iraqi Kurds have seized Kirkuk. This is the most important event in the Middle East since the Arab upheavals began in 2010. Here’s why:

Regional threat: The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a designated terror group, is in a position to overthrow the governments of Iraq and Syria and perhaps beyond, starting with Jordan. Straddling the Iraq-Syrian border, it may both erase the nearly century-old border between these two colonial creations and end their existence as unitary states, thereby overturning the Middle Eastern political order as it emerged from World War I. Rightly does the U.S. government call ISIS “a threat to the entire region.”

Unexpected strength: These developments establish that the most extreme and violent form of Islamism, as represented by Al-Qaeda and like groups, can go beyond terrorism to form guerilla militias that conquer territory and challenge governments. In this, ISIS joins the Taliban in Afghanistan, Al-Shabaab in Somalia, Al-Nusra Front in Syria, Ansar Dine in Mali, and Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Muslims hate Islamism: Thanks to the ferocious reputation ISIS has established in its capital city of Raqqa, Syria, and elsewhere, an estimated quarter of Mosul’s population of almost two million has fled. The current round of ISIS brutality will newly render Islamism obnoxious to millions more Muslims.

Ultimate frustration: Therefore, however much damage the Al-Qaeda-type organizations can do to property and lives, they ultimately cannot emerge victorious (meaning, a caliph applying Islamic law in its entirety and severity) because their undiluted extremism both alienates Muslims and scares non-Muslims. In the end, tactically cautious forms of Islamism (e.g., that of Fethullah Gülen in Turkey) have the greatest potential because they appeal to a broader swath of Muslims and less worry non-Muslims.

Sunnis vs. Shi’ites: ISIS military advances directly threaten Iraq’s Shi’ite dominated, pro-Iran regime. Tehran cannot allow it to go under; accordingly, Iranian forces have already helped retake Tikrit and greater Iranian involvement has been promised. This points to a replica of the ethnic lines in Syria’s civil war, with Turkish-backed Sunni jihadis rebelling against an Iranian-backed Shi’ite-oriented central government. As in Syria, this confrontation leads to a humanitarian disaster even as it turns Islamists against each other, thereby serving Western interests.

American failure: More clearly than ever, the success of ISIS forces exposes the over-ambitious goals of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq (and, likewise, of Afghanistan), which cost the West thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars. The fancy façade of $53 billion in American-sponsored institutions, from failed hospitals to the Iraqi National Symphony, have been exposed as the fiasco they are. ISIS soldiers standing triumphant atop U.S.-supplied military equipment brings home the folly of once-high American hopes for “a stable, democratic, and prosperous Iraq.”

Republicans: Republicans unfairly blame the ISIS victories on Barack Obama: no, George W. Bush made the commitment to remake Iraq and he signed the “Status of Forces Agreement” in 2008 that terminated the American military presence in Iraq at the close of 2011. For the Republican Party to progress in foreign policy, it must acknowledge these errors and learn from them, not avoid them by heaping blame on Obama.

Democrats: The execution of Osama bin Laden three years ago was an important symbolic step of vengeance. But it made almost no difference operationally and it’s time for Obama to stop crowing about Al-Qaeda being defeated. In fact, Al-Qaeda and its partners are more dangerous than ever, having moved on from terrorism to conquering territory. The well being of Americans and others depend on this reality being recognized and acted upon.

Western policy: This is basically a Middle Eastern problem and outside powers should aim to protect their own interests, not solve the Middle East’s crises. Tehran, not we, should fight ISIS.

Daniel Pipes is an American historian, writer, and political commentator. He is the president of the Middle East Forum, and publisher.

II Israel’s concerns about US/Iran “alliance”
(From: Reuters)

Israel voiced concern on Monday at the prospect of the U.S. cooperating with Iran in Iraq. Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said Iran should not be helped to extend its sway in Iraq. That would give Tehran an arc of control running through Syria, where the Iranians back President Assad, and on to Lebanon, where they have powerful allies in Hizbullah.

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By JEROME R. CORSI
World Net Daily (WND)
June 12, 2014

NEW YORK – Two US congressmen tell WND they believe the flooding of America’s Southwest border with thousands of illegal-alien children seeking government handouts and citizenship is the intended outcome of policies by the Obama administration derived from a strategy by radical sociologists to transform America into a socialist state.

In the 1960s, professors Andrew Cloward and Francis Fox Piven of Columbia University, Obama’s alma mater, devised a plan to provoke chaos by deliberately overwhelming governmental systems and the US economy to the point of collapse, paving the way for state intervention that would ultimately replace America’s free-enterprise republic with a collectivist system.

“I do feel this attempt to flood the border with illegals is a playing out of the Cloward-Piven theory,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, agreed that Obama – who studied the chaos strategy at Columbia, according to a classmate — “is trying to do a Cloward-Piven thing with the border.” “Obama follows all the far-left, Leninist, socialist-type stuff,” Stockman told WND.

He said it’s “an open secret Obama is trying to flood Texas with illegals to make it into a blue state,” with a Democrat majority. “If we lose Texas, and it becomes like California, then the Republicans lose the chance of ever getting a Republican elected president,” the Texas lawmaker warned.

The nearly 1,000 illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America crossing into Texas each day is being compared to Hurricane Katrina by overwhelmed officials

Among the policies allegedly attracting illegal aliens is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allows some illegals who came to the US as children to defer deportation.

In the meantime, Obama’s foreign policy has also been a deliberate calculated disaster. Stockton continued, “All that blood and treasury and Iraq is going to al-Qaida,” he said, referring to news Wednesday that a second city has fallen to al-Qaida-inspired Islamic militants.

“And don’t forget Libya. We have the black flag of al-Qaida flying over Libya now, and if Obama had his way, we’d also have the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of Egypt,” he said.

Stockman also criticized Obama’s diplomacy in Egypt, saying he “was rude to the Egyptian leader,” President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is working with Israel to remove terrorists from the Sinai.

“The whole Middle East is going to become a radical Islamic State,” he said.

Jerome R. Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., is a WND senior staff reporter. He has authored many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times best-sellers “The Obama Nation” and “Unfit for Command.” Corsi’s latest book is “Who Really Killed Kennedy?”

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