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 Diaspora Jewry – Paying the Price for Gaza?

Review and Commentary by Jerome S. Kaufman

Melanie Phillips is a British journalist, commentator and author. Among her multiple academic honors, she was awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996. She is the author of, All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain’s educational and moral crisis. Her book Londonistan, describing the Muslim take over of London, was published in the US and UK in 2006 and immediately became a best seller. Her latest book is The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth and Power.

Ms. Phillips began her discussion by advising the Israeli audience that it was a great privilege, a blessing to be addressing them here in Israel – despite the rockets, the constant tension and the surrounding enemies hell bent upon Israel’s destruction. Here Jews no longer have to be on their knees begging for mercy. Nor do they have to go begging someone else to defend them, which has been an exercise in degradation and futility. Instead, the Israelis are justifiably proud to defend themselves with perhaps the best army, pound per pound, in the whole world and to finally have their destiny in their own very capable hands. That is indeed, G-d’s blessing.

What the western world still fails to understand or appreciate is that Israel is the one defending them against barbarism and inhumanity from a monstrous enemy dedicated to destroying the Western world. The current Islamic Nation (ISIS) is no accident. The Muslims hope and pray this to be the beginning of their Grand Caliphate, their return to world domination. Unfortunately, they have in Barack Obama a better enabler and compatriot than they could have ever imagined.

Phillips spoke of current hate attacks agains Jews throughout the United Kingdom, France, Spain, the Netherlands, the rest of Europe and even Australia. The convenient issue used to trigger these attacks is Israel’s war in Gaza. Israel’s right to defend itself against thousands of rockets indiscriminately rained upon its civilian population is ignored or challenged and minimized. The world’s haters are enraged and chagrined that more Israeli lives are not lost and the fact that Israel is again overwhelmingly winning, with G-d’s great help, yet another war initiated by its mortal enemies.

These acts against Jewish citizens are just the usual sick, cowardly acts of obscene hatred against defenseless Jewish citizens at their places of business, synagogues, their rabbis and religiously garbed Jews. For some inexplicable reason local police and the involved governments have been deliberately lax in defending their Jews. Attacks against Jews in Britain have gone up 500%. Even on New York City’s East Side, a Jewish couple was attacked by hoodlums proudly carrying a Palestinian flag!

The source of all this is clear cut. The world is once again using its easiest fall guy to mask its own problems and failures. Just blame the Jew. Revive anti-Semitism, which is unfortunately, an absurdly simple ploy to use successfully.

What should we Jews and Israel do about all this? Should we use the age old Jewish ploy of hiding in the cellar, using our great powers of rationalization by pretending the haters don’t really mean it, the Cossacks are really not there and will surely soon go away or the government will protect us? Unfortunately, literally millions of dead Jews have proven that strategy dead wrong.

Despite this indisputable fact, Melanie Phillips accuses British Jewry of continuing this delusion. They are denying any relationship with or responsibility for Israel and again present the ridiculous pose that they are the “good Jews” and are really just another group of uninvolved British citizens. Are the American Jews that far behind?

According to Melanie Phillips, the latest attacks against the Jews revolves around three elements — separate but interconnected:

1. The Muslim problem – Muslims are greatly overrepresented in the current mindless hatred and the numerous physical attacks against the Jews —particularly on the streets. The Muslims are deliberately sending a strong threatening message to the non-Muslims of Britain, France, Europe and the rest of the world. They are attempting to intimidate people with fear and their raw exaggerated power — that they own the streets. They deliberately use extreme violence and are perfectly willing to employ suicidal attacks with total disregard of human life even that of their own wives, sons, daughters and certainly the rest of the population.

They also use the clever ploy of projection. They accuse the Jews and the Israelis of the very crimes they themselves are committing. It is an ancient inversion and projection bought into by an uninformed and already well prejudiced, indoctrinated West.

2. The British and Europeans are themselves complicit. Why do they believe and re-enforce with their populations the entire, patently false narrative against the Jews and Israel which presents them as the aggressors rather than the obvious victims of a Muslim culture whose only object is to destroy them? Of course, part of this acceptance of the Muslim narrative is age-old anti-Semitism going across party lines, Left and Right, without ever allowing the facts and truth to get in the way.

It is also possible that some governments need a cop out of their own to relieve themselves of their own responsibility for their bankrupt economies, unemployment, graft, prejudice, lawlessness, political incompetence and moral depravity?

In addition the Muslims and Western civilization haters deliberately portray Israel as an exploiting residual Western colonial power. The fact that of all peoples, the Jews are the most indigenous to their land dating for over 3000 years and predating the birth of Muhammed by some 2000 years, never reaches Western consciousness.

The only reason millions of Jews have not lived in Israel over all these centuries is that they were expelled by the Romans in 70 AD and have been kept from returning by all the forces of history. In the meantime, they have been used as the world’s primary victim with millions slaughtered in the Diaspora in which they have been frequently forced to live as a displaced and despised minority.

3. What about those of the Jewish Diaspora?

What has been the response of US and UK Jews to this outrageous attitude and action of Obama and the UK? Phillips is kind and says it is “deeply problematic.” UK Jews have spent most of their time, instead of vehemently protesting, hiding their heads under the bed proclaiming that they are British Jews that have no loyalty to Israel and should not be responsible for Israel’s reprehensible behavior in responding to thousands of missiles fired at their civilian population from Gaza. These ignoramuses have evidently not learned that Adolph Hitler and all the other anti-Semites of the world are not impressed by this convenient loss of Jewish identity.

Phillips then addresses Israel’s foreign relationships.

Israel has a genuine problem with its ostensible allies, the UK and US governments. Not surprisingly cooperation between Israel and their respective military and intelligence gathering people is at a high level of cooperation. Israel is respected as a valuable, irreplaceable source of skills and experience in dealing with Islamic terrorism. Israel is also the source of unique analytical hardware of great use to other nations to deal with this terrorism and this equipment is eagerly gobbled up along with Israel’s expertise.

At the same time, The UK and US governments publicly express great support and affection for Israel but simultaneously, militarily and politically, kick Israel in the head. Recently both the UK and Obama threatened Israel with withholding vital military supplies if Israel escalated its attack upon Hamas forces in Gaza and would punish Israel in other ways.

Even worse, it is no secret that both Obama and the UK would love to make a deal with Iran allowing them to continue their enrichment of uranium and the creation of a nuclear bomb that the Iranians have bragged for years they would use as soon as possible, to permanently eliminate the Jewish State.

Ms. Phillips speaks regretfully of the “sustained malice” of Barack Obama against Israel. She says he professes to have Israel’s back but it is his history that he, in fact, has a knife in Israel’s back. The Obama administration has repeatedly leaked out vital information to the Arabs undermining Israel’s security and any plans Israel may have to wage war against its dedicated enemies.

Obama/Kerry have insisted Israel make suicidal concessions to Mahmoud Abbas while they ignore Abbas’ failure to fulfill any of his or Hamas’s obligations under the many cease fire and previous long established agreements. Neither have the UK or American governments ever challenged Abbas and Palestinian Arab statements that they will never accept a Jewish State nor give up on their demand that the Israelis allow three generations of so-called PA refugees to emigrate to Israel. At the same time Obama continues to cozy up to Israel’s mortal enemies – Qatar, Iran and Turkey.

But, never mind Israel and the Jews. Will the US, the UK and the rest of the Europeans finally wake up to their own peril? Will they finally genuinely understand that Israel is their point man in the Middle East and their main bulwark against the Islamic Caliphate already declared and enlarging before our very eyes?

Have they not heard the Muslim cry that Israel is the little Satan to be eliminated and the US is the Great Satan to be eliminated next? Maybe that is finally sinking in. The Islamic State with its beheadings, flagrant deliberate killings of Christians and other minorities and killing of non-conforming Sunnis and all Shiites may wake them up?

Finally, it is the UK, US, and European oxen that are being gored. What happens next is conjectural but with Barack Obama in the mix, I don’t like our chances.

By Jerome S. Kaufman, Publisher/Editor Israel Commentary

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Redacted from Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Newsletter

Netanyahu: There is a realignment of forces in the Middle East based on the common concern with the dangers posed by radical Islamic terrorists. I’d like to translate this understanding into cooperation and peace between Israel and our Palestinian neighbors.

Upon the establishment of the ceasefire, I can say that there is a major military achievement here, as well as a major diplomatic achievement for the State of Israel. Hamas was hit hard and it did not receive even a single one of the conditions that it set for a ceasefire, not even one. As Prime Minister of Israel, I hold the supreme responsibility for the security of Israel’s citizens and this is what guided my colleagues – Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz – and I during each stage of Operation Protective Edge. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the cooperation and the joint work for the security of Israel’s citizens.

From the first moment we set a clear goal: The goal was to strike hard at Hamas and the terrorist organizations and in so doing bring prolonged quiet to all Israeli citizens. I can say that Hamas was indeed hit very hard. First of all, we destroyed the network of attack tunnels that it built over the years. I would like to make it clear that we introduced the ground force for this goal. When the mission was completed, when the IDF reported to us that this mission had been completed, we pulled the force back in order to deny Hamas the possibility of killing our soldiers or abducting them, goals that it very much aspired to.

We continued to attack from the air. Approximately 1,000 terrorists were killed, including senior terrorists, very senior terrorists from among its top command. We destroyed thousands of rockets, rocket launchers, rocket production facilities and other weapons, arsenals, command and control positions, hundreds of command positions, hundreds. We also foiled, of course, attempts by Hamas to attack us by land, sea and air. Above all, thanks to Iron Dome, we foiled hundreds of attempts by Hamas to kill very many Israeli civilians. This was achieved, inter alia, thanks to a decision I made as Prime Minister, in my previous term, to equip the State of Israel with thousands of interceptors which, of course, blocked the murderous aerial assault by Hamas and the other terrorist organizations.

The blow that Hamas has now taken is unprecedented since it was founded, a very hard blow. I must say that it also took a diplomatic hit. See, Hamas set conditions at the outset for a ceasefire. We accepted the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire, already in the first days, unconditionally and without time constraints whereas Hamas set conditions. It demanded a seaport – it did not get one. It demanded an airport, it did not get one. It demanded the release of the Shalit prisoners, those who were released in the Shalit deal whom we returned to prison following the murder of the three youths, it did not get this. It demanded Qatari mediation, it did not get it. It demanded Turkish mediation, it did not get it. It did not receive any condition. It demanded further conditions. It demanded the rehabilitation of the institutions that we dissolved in Judea and Samaria, it did not get this. It demanded salaries and money from us, it didn’t get them. I t did not receive any of the conditions that it set.

We agreed at the outset to one thing – to carry out the humanitarian rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip, with supervisory mechanisms and oversight abilities in our hands. This is in order to prevent the entry of weapons or materials that could be used to produce weapons. We have always agreed to this but we did not agree to accept any of Hamas’s conditions and the fact is that this ceasefire was achieved without the conditions that it set.

II Frustration Grows in Israel Over Outcome of Gaza Conflict

Redacted from article By JOSHUA MITNICK
Wall Street Journal  Aug. 30, 2014

TEL AVIV—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces frustration over how the conflict with Hamas is winding down — both from the Israeli public and from parties that wanted harsher action against Gaza’s Islamist rulers.

Two political parties that take a harder line on Palestinians than Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud faction saw an upswing in support in a new poll published Friday in the Israeli daily Maariv. The survey also found 58% of Israeli Jews believe it was a mistake for the government to accept an open-ended cease-fire with Hamas this week, while 61% don’t think the prime minister achieved his goal of prolonged quiet.

“I think that there is a general atmosphere of disappointment after 50 days of war, 72 victims, billions of shekels lost, we are back at square one,” said Likud parliament member Danny Danon, a leading critic who Mr. Netanyahu fired as deputy defense minister early on in the conflict. “You cannot ignore the fact that it’s problematic.”

Mr. Danon has called for a meeting of Likud’s central committee within two weeks to discuss the results of the Gaza conflict and he predicted that the prime minister will face stiff criticism over his handling of it.

Mr. Netanyahu’s governing coalition, formed after elections in 2013, has always been potentially unstable because of ideological disputes between the main partners.

But the rising criticism from right-wing allies within the government could force the prime minister into calling early elections that may produce a government with an even tougher line against concessions to the Palestinians. It could also lead him to break up the current coalition in favor of another combination of parties.

Sam Lehman-Wilzig, a political-science professor at Bar Ilan University in Israel, said Mr. Netanyahu’s decision to pull troops out of Gaza after a ground offensive has highlighted how much of his party is more hawkish than he is.

Mr. Netanyahu declared in a news conference on Wednesday that Israel had delivered a crushing blow to Hamas in the offensive dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” and that Hamas got no concessions. He said calls by rival politicians to reoccupy Gaza for an all-out defeat of Hamas were “populist” and “unrealistic,” adding that eviscerating the group is “very difficult.”

Hard-line Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman cautioned in a Facebook post on the same day as Mr. Netanyahu’s news conference that upcoming cease-fire talks wouldn’t boost Israeli security because “it’s impossible to reach an arrangement with Hamas.” Mr. Lieberman, another critic of Mr. Netanyahu’s handling of the conflict, was one of those who called for a re-occupation of Gaza.

“I think Netanyahu needs a protective edge internally with the rest of his party,” Mr. Lehman-Wilzig said. “More and more people are realizing he’s out of sync with views on national security.”

The poll commissioned by Maariv showed rising popular support for two parties more hawkish than Likud based on a gauge of how many seats the those parties would get in the 120-member parliament if new elections were held now.

One of them was Jewish Home, the pro-settler party of Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, who was another frequent critic of Mr. Netanyahu during the war. It got 18 seats, up from the 12 it actually received in the last election. Yisrael Beiteinu, headed by Mr. Lieberman, got 17, up from 11. Likud also gained, up to 32 from 20 in the poll conducted on Wednesday night after Mr. Netanyahu spoke.

Another poll published Thursday in the Haaretz daily found a similar rise in support for Mr. Bennet’s party but no gains for Mr. Lieberman’s party. That poll indicated that the public considers the Israel-Hamas conflict a draw and showed declining public approval of Mr. Netanyahu. His approval rating fell to 50% from 77% in a poll on Aug. 5, at the height of Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza. The poll surveyed 464 Israelis on Aug. 27 and had a margin of error of 4.64%.

“If they start shooting in six months, I would say Netanyahu is dead meat, said Mr. Lehman-Wilzig.

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Despite this despicable Anti-American cast, Gov. Snyder is  naive enough to believe this gathering is not for the benefit of Hamas! I had honestly thought this news item a plant by Democrats to discredit Snyder in his election campaign. Not so.  I just spoke to his office and told the Governor is well aware of the organization and happy to be a speaker!

Jimmy Carter to Headline Fundraiser for Hamas Front Group

By John Blosser

Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 01:51 PM

Newsmax.com http://wwww.Newsmax.com/Newsfront/Jimmy-Carter-Fundraiser-Hamas/2014/08/28

Former President Jimmy Carter will headline a fundraising convention for Hamas, a group which has been recognized by the U.S. as a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. (And the US)

Breitbart News reports that Carter, 89, long known as a supporter of Hamas in its struggle with Israel, will be welcomed this weekend to the Detroit event by members of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), implicated by the Justice Department in a scheme to funnel $12 million to Hamas.

Expected to speak at the meeting at Cobo Hall are unindicted co-conspirators Jamal Badawi, named in 2007 in the Holy Land Foundation Trial, and Siraj Wahhaj, listed for his involvement in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the US, and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim member of Congress, also will speak.

Carter’s involvement may be in violation of the law, US Code 2339B, Section 18, which makes it a crime for any US citizen to provide material support to any group designated as a foreign terrorist organization. Constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz stressed that Carter’s actions, in raising funds for the ISNA, place him “very close, if not across the line,” of criminal behavior.

In a recent article in Foreign Policy, Carter accused Israel of “war crimes” and wrote that in order to end the Israel/Hamas conflict, Hamas must be recognized as a “legitimate political actor” in the Middle East.

“There is no humane or legal justification for the way the Israeli Defense Forces are conducting this war. Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery have pulverized large parts of Gaza, including thousands of homes, schools, and hospitals. More than 250,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinian noncombatants have been killed. Much of Gaza has lost access to water and electricity completely. This is a humanitarian catastrophe.”

“There is never an excuse for deliberate attacks on civilians in conflict. These are war crimes,” Carter wrote.

“The United States and EU should recognize that Hamas is not just a military but also a political force. Hamas cannot be wished away, nor will it cooperate in its own demise. Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor — one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people — can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons.”

Carter’s position on Israel also is bringing political trouble to his grandson, Democrat Jason Carter, in his effort to unseat Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, while Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was “offended” by Carter’s comments.

“I have been on the front page of the paper talking about the ways in which I disagree with my grandfather. I believe that Israel has a right to defend itself, especially against Hamas’ terrorist actions,” Jason Carter said.

Register your disgust with Governor Snyder’s office: 1-517-335-7858

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II Hebrew Bible Parsha of past week

I  A word of advice to PM Netanyahu

By Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis

August  21, 2014

Let’s not fool ourselves: The very same Arab leaders who are rooting for us in our conflict now with Hamas and consider the regional concerns they share with the Jewish State to be of magnitudes greater importance than their true interest in the Palestinians will set this all aside when attending an international conference dealing with Palestinian affairs.

Have an international conference and to a man they will support the Palestinians and oppose us. Ditto for the Europeans, the Russians and I don’t care to speculate what Washington will do.

Foreign security forces deployed in the Gaza Strip will be driven by a clear hierarchy of interests:

#1. Completing their tour of duty in one piece.

#2. Serving their own national interests.

#3. Performing the role assigned to them subject to #1 and #2.

The one certain outcome of the deployment of foreign security forces in the Gaza Strip is that the so-called “Security Forces” will  become human shields for terrorist activity while at the same time Israel is subject to severe restrictions on its ability to either monitor or react to developments in the Gaza Strip.

It is mind boggling that the same week that we learned that the PA security forces were unaware of the existence of a huge Hamas operation in the West Bank to overthrow Mahmoud Abbas there are people suggesting that we can somehow rely on the efficacy of the same clueless PA security forces in the Gaza Strip. Huh!

And what of international involvement in demilitarization?

It is clear from the Lebanon experience that the most that foreigners in the Gaza Strip can be realistically expected to do is document the destruction and/or removal of contraband that is willingly relinquished by Gazans. The challenge in this case would be to create circumstances that compel the Gazans to hand over contraband.

Simply put: it is one thing to have some foreigners with clipboards signing off that some numerical quota or goal for contraband destruction was met. It’s a fantasy to expect foreigners to take the initiative and effectively search for contraband rather than just go through the motions and file reports that no contraband has been found.

As tempting as it may sound, we simply cannot afford to subcontract our security.

II  Parsha of the week: Third Haftorah of Consolation for Parsha R’eih
Isaiah 54: 11- 17

11 Unhappy storm-tosses one, uncomforted! I will lay carbuncles as your building stones and make your foundations of sapphires.

12 I will make your battlements of rubies, Your gates of precious stones. The whole encircling wall of gems.

13 And all your children shall be disciples of the LORD. And great shall be the happiness of your children;

14 You shall be established through righteousness. You shall be safe from oppression, And shall have no fear from ruin, and it shall not come near you.

15 Surely no harm can be done without my consent: Whoever would harm you shall fall because of you.

16 It is I who created the smith to fan the charcoal fire. And produce the tools for his work; So it is I who create the instruments of havoc.

17 No weapon formed against you shall succeed, And every tongue that contends with you at law you shall defeat.

Such is the lot of the servants of the LORD, Such their triumph through Me declares the LORD.

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Of Ferguson, Mo.  and Fallujah, Iraq

(Fallujah is a city in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar, 43 mi west of Baghdad on the Euphrates. In January 2014, a variety of sources reported that the city was controlled by Al-Qaeda and/or its affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS; sometimes called ISIL). It had been re-taken after a gargantuan effort by US Forces had the area neutralized and safe. Unfortunately, the area was turned back to Iraqi forces to govern but reverted very quickly to terrorist control) jsk

By the brilliant BRET STEPHENS

The Wall Street Journal
Aug. 19, 2014

Bill Bratton has no doubt as to what went wrong with policing in the US in the bad old days of the 1970s and ’80s. “The biggest mistake,” he insists, was too much “focus on response to crime and not enough focus on trying to prevent it.”

In a lengthy Monday morning interview with The Wall Street Journal, New York’s top cop refuses to be drawn into second-guessing his colleagues in Ferguson, Mo. When I ask about the seeming militarization of police forces in the US, he replies that each community “equips its police based on the needs for its city.” If people can lawfully own Kalashnikov-style weapons, the cops inevitably are going to go one better.

What Mr. Bratton mainly wants to underscore is that crime in the Big Apple continues to plumb historic lows, never mind recent tabloid headlines. He wants to underscore, also, the reason for it: “broken-windows” policing methods. Such is his belief in broken windows that he comes to the meeting flanked by the man who helped come up with the idea: George Kelling, the legendary criminologist.

Broken windows stresses that endemic criminality is not primarily a function of the usual “root causes”—poverty, racism, bad schools, broken families and so on. The real problem is disorder itself.

“Disorder and crime are usually inextricably linked, in a kind of developmental sequence,” Mr. Kelling observed in a seminal 1982 Atlantic article, co-written with the late James Q. Wilson. The mere appearance of disorder—graffiti, broken windows, an abandoned car, drug dealers or prostitutes openly plying their trades—creates a sense that nobody’s looking, nobody cares, nobody is in charge. Bad guys respond to these environmental cues by acting badly. Good people stay off the street, bolt their doors, move out.

Ferguson is hardly the most dangerous neighborhood in St. Louis County; rates of violent crime are just below the national median, and far below those of East St. Louis, probably the most violent neighborhood in America.

But there is disorder in Ferguson. The city has 190 crimes per square mile, compared with a national median of 39.3. If you live in Ferguson, you are nearly twice as likely to have your car stolen, get mugged, or have your house broken into, than if you live in Averageville, USA Before last week, the biggest story out of Ferguson was the case of a woman who had opened a strip club/brothel in the basement of her home. Her 16-year-old son had the job of tending bar.

This was the environment in which police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed teenager Michael Brown. Whatever the exact circumstances of Brown’s death, everything else about the case suggests a town where broken-windows policing was not being done, or at least not done well. A sense of insecurity and disorder. A police force badly out of step with the community it ostensibly serves. Reactive law enforcement.

At the Journal, Mr. Bratton made a point of emphasizing the nine principles of policing laid down in the 19th century by Sir Robert Peel, founder of London’s Metropolitan Police. Principle No. 9: “The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.” By this standard, policing in Ferguson has been a total failure.

II Which brings me to Fallujah.

Last October I wrote a column with the headline “Iraq Tips Toward the Abyss.” It was prompted by the news that 7,000 Iraqi civilians had been killed over the previous 10 months alone.

“Americans may think they’ve changed the channel on Iraq, but the grisly show goes on,” I wrote. “Pay attention before it gets worse.” The world yawned and the Obama administration did nothing.

In January came the news that a group called the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham had retaken Fallujah, just 40 or so miles west of Baghdad, a city that US Marines had liberated a decade earlier at a major cost in lives. The media ran a few stories about the heartache of the battle’s veterans. President Obama said nothing.

In July, ISIS took Mosul and seized six divisions worth of US supplied Iraqi military equipment. For once, President Obama took public notice but waited another month before doing anything, ostensibly because he disapproved of the leadership in Baghdad. That was around the time Kurdistan nearly fell to ISIS and the Yazidis were nearly wiped out.

This is a case study of allowing neighborhoods to decay and disorder to fester; of doing things reactively, not preventively. Where would we be in Iraq today if Mr. Obama hadn’t simply walked and looked away for the past three years?

The answer to disorder is to provide order. To engage community leaders. To enforce norms. To reassure good citizens that their security is being looked after and it’s not every man for himself. To maintain a visible presence that deters would-be lawbreakers from committing criminal acts. To prevent bad people from acting badly, and to punish them swiftly when they do.

This is how a successful police force like the NYPD works. And it’s how a competent foreign policy should operate. Bill Bratton knows his job—which is more than can be said of the Keystone cops in Ferguson, or at the White House.

Obama’s foreign policy is disastrously reactive—like the police response in Ferguson, Mo

(But no one states the obvious underlying motivation except acute, clairvoyant Dinesh D’Sousa.  At least 5 years ago, D’Sousa warned us that Obama is doing it on purpose with one goal in mind – DESTROY THE US.  And … how successful he has been in such a short time! Not even the astute political analyst Dick Cheney with Sean Hannity or the brilliant Bret Stephens in this column has the plain guts to spit out the truth of Obama’s motivation and culpability and … we continue to suffer the dire consequences)  jsk

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By Brenda Battle Jordan

Aug 17, 2014

Liberals are afraid of black conservatives. Black conservatives mean the end to their rhetoric and threaten to shatter the chains of dependency. Harriet Tubman said, “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more; if only they knew they were slaves.” If only Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman were here now to stand with Allen West, Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, Mia Love, Brenda Jordan and many more…

As a black conservative often times you are thought of as an Uncle Tom or perhaps a traitor to your own race… Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman are heroes…Their strength and conviction to free blacks from slavery are a testament to what happens when individuals think more of their community than themselves and are willing to risk everything for a cause greater than themselves.

In comparison, modern black “leaders” like Jesse Jackson Jr. and Al Sharpton are tiny and self-serving. They don’t serve black Americans or champion freedom and liberty for all. They champion liberal politics and ideology, and that’s odd; liberals want to see blacks tucked neatly into the roles of their design.

There has been much written about the racial rhetoric that has permeated political discourse since President Obama took office, and the media often highlights the racially inflammatory language used by some of his opponents. But racially charged language targeting black Republicans rarely receives much coverage, further fueling conservative suspicion of the mainstream media.

Yet, neither Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, nor the liberal elites who prop them up represent the true values of the black community. Most black folks oppose abortion, support traditional marriage and favor school choice. Black leaders ignore these facts and dance to the tune of their liberal benefactors.

My convictions come from my proud black father who took me out of foster care, raised me as a single Dad and never took a dime of government assistance. They come from my church upbringing which taught me to trust God, not government. Black conservatives want to break the cycle of poverty in the black community, not use it to perpetuate the grievance industry.

Who are the real sell-outs? Who are the real racists?” After seventy percent of black voters supported California’s Proposition 8, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, they were called homophobes, bigots and ingrates. The black community’s support of Proposition 8 was characterized as a “betrayal” of those who claimed a right to their loyalty — the liberal establishment.

One hundred and fifty years after slavery, a new generation now claims ownership of the thoughts and behavior of Americans of African descent. These ersatz masters believe they deserve absolute fealty. Slave owners usually think themselves beneficent, but those who thirst for freedom have a different perspective. We have largely rid ourselves of the old racism. It is time to rid ourselves of the new form.

The burden is on the liberal elites in the Democrat Party and the media to end the paternalism and condescension with which they treat the black community, and renounce the hateful attempts to destroy black conservatives. They need to stop pointing the finger of racism at others and take a hard look at themselves. They are not the racial conscience of the country, but the cause of racial regression.

MT. MORRIS TWP, MI — Brenda Battle-Jordan, a member of the Genesee County Republican Executive Committee, has announced her campaign for a seat on the county Board of Commissioners.

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II Torah portion of the week: Devar’m (Deuteronomy) Parsha Eikev, Chapter 7, Verses 7-26

I US Post Offices Reportedly Refusing Mail to Israel

ADL complains to US Postmaster General after mail to Israel turned away in several states.

From: Arutz Sheva (Israeli TV and International news service)

8/14/2014, 1:52 PM

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has written to complain to the US Postmaster General, after receiving widespread reports that US post offices around America have been refusing to accept mail to Israel.

In the last several days ADL reports that it has received complaints from Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey, revealing postal customers were incorrectly told that the US Postal Service is not accepting mail for Israel due to Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

“The postal employees have told these individuals that current USPS policy says that mail to Israel cannot be accepted because of the current crisis,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.

Foxman added Onlythat,  “Only once employees sought clarification from supervisors in Washington did these post offices accept packages and letters to Israel.”

Writing to US Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, ADL stated that the phenomenon presumably stems from a misunderstanding by postal workers, who apparently thought the temporary suspension of service to Israel during a 36-hour period in July was a permanent policy change.

That suspension came after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned flights to Israel, following a Hamas rocket landing near Ben Gurion International Airport. The ban was later lifted, but not before Hamas declared it a “great victory.”

The issue of mail to Israel being denied comes as Wall Street Journal reports on Wednesday night revealed that US President Barack Obama’s administration blocked a weapons transfer to Israel during the operation, and further ordered closer scrutiny of future Israeli weapons requests.

II Torah Portion of the week: Eikev 

D’Varim  (Deuteronomy)

Parsha: Eikev Chapter 7 Verses 12-21

12  And if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully, the LORD your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made on oath with your fathers: 

13  He will favor you and bless you and multiply you; He will bless the issue of your womb and the produce of your soil, your new grain and wine and oil, the calving of your herd and the lambing of your flock, in the land that He swore to your fathers to assign to you. 

14 You shall be blessed above all other peoples: there shall be no sterile male or female among you or among your livestock.

15 The LORD will ward off from you all sickness; He will not bring upon you any of the dreadful  diseases of Egypt, about which you know, but will inflict them upon all your enemies. 

16  You shall destroy all the peoples that the LORD your God delivers to you, showing them no pity. And you shall not worship their gods, for that would be a snare to you.

17  Should you say to yourselves, “These nations are more numerous than we; how can we dispossess them?”

18  You need have no fear of them. You have but to bear in mind what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and all the Egyptians:

19  The wondrous acts that you saw with your own eyes, the signs and the portents, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm by which the LORD your God liberated you. Thus will the LORD your God do to all the peoples you now fear.

20 The LORD your God will also send a plague against them, until those who are left in hiding perish before you.

21 Do not stand in dread of them, for the LORD your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.

22 If, then, you faithfully keep all this Instruction that I command you, loving the LORD your God, walking in all His ways, and holding fast to Him,

23 The LORD will dislodge before you all these nations: you will dispossess nations   greater and more numerous than you.

24 Every spot on which your foot treads shall be yours; your territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River—the Euphrates—to the Western Sea.

25 No man shall stand up to you: the LORD your God will put the dread and the fear of you over the whole land in which you set foot, as He promised you.

(“Your territory shall extend from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River—the Euphrates—to the Western Sea.” (Mediterranean.) Please look at a map of the Middle East and see where the Euphrates River is to the east of Israel. This happens also to have been the territory delineated for the Jewish Homeland with the British Balfour Declaration.

No “West Bank”, No Jordan, No Iraq shown until Britain and France designed a map of their own dividing up the Ottoman Empire after WWI to suit their own colonial ambitions.) jsk

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II Video: The Death of Klinghoffer – An Inappropriate “Opera”

Achille Lauro hijacking

Redacted from Wikipedia

In 1985, Klinghoffer, then 69, retired and in a wheelchair, was on a cruise on the Achille Lauro along with his wife Marilyn  to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary. On October 7, 1985, four hijackers from the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) took control of the liner off Egypt as it was sailing from Alexandria to Port Said, Egypt. Holding the passengers and crew hostage, they ordered the captain to sail to Tartus, Syria, and demanded the release of 50 Palestinians then in Israeli prisons, including the Lebanese prisoner Samir Kuntar.

The next day, after being refused permission by the Syrian government to dock at Tartus, the hijackers singled out Klinghoffer, a Jew, for murder, shooting him in the forehead and chest as he sat in his wheelchair. They then forced the ship’s barber and a waiter to throw his body and wheelchair overboard. Marilyn Klinghoffer, who did not witness the shooting, was told by the hijackers that he had been moved to the infirmary. She only learned the truth after the hijackers left the ship at Port Said. PLO Foreign Secretary Farouq Qaddumi said that perhaps the terminally ill Marilyn Klinghoffer had killed her husband for insurance money. However, the PLO later accepted responsibility and apologized.

Initially, the hijackers were granted safe passage to Tunisia, but US President Ronald Reagan ordered a US fighter plane to force the get-away plane to land at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy. After an extradition dispute, Italian authorities arrested and later tried the Palestinian terrorists, but let Abu Abbas, fly to Yugoslavia.

Klinghoffer’s body was found by the Syrians on October 14–15, and it was returned to the United States around October 20. His funeral, with 800 in attendance, was held at Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. Leon Klinghoffer was buried at Beth David Memorial Park in Kenilworth, New Jersey. Four months after her husband’s murder, Marilyn Klinghoffer (October 5, 1926 – February 9, 1986) died of colon cancer, aged 59. The Klinghoffers are survived by two daughters, Ilsa and Lisa Klinghoffer.

After his death, their daughters established the Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer Memorial Foundation with the Anti-Defamation League. The foundation combats terrorism through educational, political, and legal means. The foundation is funded by an undisclosed settlement paid by the PLO to the Klinghoffers, to settle a lawsuit seeking damages for the PLO’s role in the hijacking.  This lawsuit spurred passage of the Antiterrorism Act of 1990, which made it easier for victims of terrorism to sue terrorists and collect civil damages for losses incurred.

PLF leader Muhammad Zaidan, a.k.a. Abu Abbas, was freed by the Italian government in the aftermath of the Achille Lauro affair, but was continually sought by the United States government.  He was captured in Iraq in 2003 by US forces during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and he died in custody a year later of heart disease, according to the US Government.

The ship involved in the hijacking, the Achille Lauro, returned to cruise duty until she caught fire off the coast of Somalia on November 30, 1994. After evacuating the ship of passengers, the crew could not control the fire, and the abandoned ship sank on December 2.

The hijacking was made into a television movie in 1990, Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair starring Burt Lancaster and Eva Marie Saint. Leon Klinghoffer was portrayed by Karl Malden in the 1989 television film The Hijacking of the Achille Lauro.

American composer John Adams’ second opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, based on the events of 1985, opened to great controversy in 1991. The concept for the opera was suggested by director Peter Sellars and it featured a libretto by Alice Goodman. The Los Angeles Opera shared in the work’s commission but never presented it, after the work was criticized  as overly sympathetic to the terrorists. 

(Please register your dismay and disappointment right now with the General Director, Peter Gelb of the Metropolitan Opera and ask the Met to re-consider production of this anti-American, anti-Israel, pro-Islamist propaganda piece.  It only adds fuel to the Muslim  fantasy  of ultimately destroying us. The Met might also consider the very likely economic push back from a disenchanted, dwindling list of  long time Met supporters.) jsk

Contact:

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The Metropolitan Opera

Lincoln Center

New York, New York 10023

Customer Care 212-362-6000
Administrative Offices 212-799-3100

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Redacted From: Wikipedia and Israeli TV Ch. 1

The Yazidi  are a Kurdish religious community who practice an ancient religion linked to Zoroastrianism and ancient Mesopotamian religions. They live primarily in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq, a region once part of ancient Assyria. Additional communities in Armenia, Georgia and Syria have been in decline since the 1990s, their members having migrated to Europe, especially to Germany.

The Yazidi believe in God as creator of the world, which he placed under the care of seven “holy beings” or angels, the “chief” (archangel) of whom is Melek Taus, the “Peacock Angel.” In Zoroastrian-like tradition, the Peacock Angel embodied humanity’s potential for both good (light) and bad (dark) acts, and due to pride temporarily fell from God’s favor, before his remorseful tears extinguished the fires of his hellish prison and he reconciled with God.

Historically, the Yazidi lived primarily in communities in locales that are in present-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, and also had significant numbers in Armenia and Georgia. However, events since the 20th century have resulted in considerable demographic shift in these areas as well as mass emigration. As a result population estimates are unclear in many regions, and estimates of the size of the total population vary.

In August 2007, some 500 Yazidis were killed in a coordinated series of bombings in Qahtaniya that became the deadliest suicide attack since the Iraq War began. In August 2009, at least 20 people were killed and 30 wounded in a double suicide bombing in northern Iraq, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said. Two suicide bombers with explosive vests carried out the attack at a cafe in Sinjar, a town west of Mosul. In Sinjar, many townspeople are members of the Yazidi minority.

The Salafist militant group Islamic State ISIS) which considers the Yazidi devil-worshippers, overtook Sinjar in August 2014 following the withdrawal of Peshmerga troops, forcing up to 50,000 Yazidis to flee into the nearby mountainous region. Threatened with death at the hands of militants and faced with starvation in the mountains, their plight received international media coverage, leading President Obama to authorize humanitarian airdrops of food and water onto Sinjar Mountain and US airstrikes against militants in support of the beleaguered religious minority. The humanitarian assistance began on 7 August 2014.

Israeli TV news expert reporter, Ehud Yaari, 8-8-14, CH1:

Obama sent TWO airplanes which dropped TWO SMALL bombs ONLY , each of 160 Kg (350 pounds) (I have read 500 pounds elsewhere) on the ISIS Muslim terrorists who are killing ten of thousands of innocent people there and sell women to slavery (yes, in 2014), and the UN council said it “should be stopped”  with no condemnation. The war there has been going on for two months and only now Obama dropped two bombs on the butchers. He has also dropped via air, food supplies that are totally inadequate and are not falling into the hands of people who truly need them.

… ISIS has treated Iraqi minority groups absolutely brutally during its advance. This has included Christians and other groups, but in early August ISIS began threatening Iraq’s Yazidi group, who are trapped in a horrifying plight. The Yazidis are an ethno-religious minority with about 600,000 adherents worldwide. Yazidi religion is often described as a blend between Zoroastrianism and Islam, particularly mystical Sufi Islam, but ISIS calls them “devil-worshippers.”

The planned humanitarian airdrops are explicitly designed to help the trapped Yazidis. Still, airdrops alone may not be enough. One analysis suggests that “24 C-130 transport aircraft flying round trips every day would be necessary to keep the Yazidi supplied with water” — and that doesn’t even include food. US airstrikes will attempt to break ISIS’ encirclement of the mountain.

Iraqi Christians are also victims of ISIS’ march. On August 6, ISIS took Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian town. The town of 50,000 has had limited access to food, power, and water since, and some Christians have been given the “choice” to convert to Islam or be killed…”

(Obama’s intervention is as usual, too little too late with his foreign policy in complete disarray. The only question is can the US survive two more years of his administration? Obviously, there are hundreds of thousands of people that cannot) jsk

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Member of Knesset (MK) to European envoys: ”Day when Islamic terror will reach your homes is near”

Publicized: July 28, 2014

The Danish, Swedish and Dutch ambassadors to Israel, as well as officials from the embassies of Britain, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Austria and Germany took part on Monday in an urgent meeting of the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee on the situation of Jewish communities in Europe.

MK Israel Hasson (Kadima), a former deputy director of the Shin Bet internal security service, told the ambassadors: ”NATO bombed 5,000 civilians in Kosovo just because it was insulted; 27,000 Iraqi civilians were bombed during the American invasion because they posed a danger to the US; there is not a country in the world that can talk to us about morality.”

MK Hasson told the foreign envoys that ”if the European countries fail to protect the Jews within their territory, the state of Israel will.  Jewish blood is not cheap blood. ”

He warned that ”if you do not stand by our side, the day when Islamic terror will reach your homes, your beds and your kindergartens will come soon.”

MK Shimon Ohayon (Yisrael Beitenu) addressed the pro-Palestinian protests across Europe and said Israel is fighting ”the war of the free and enlightened world against the darkness of Islam.” According to him, had the world truly been concerned about the violence, ”we would have seen protests all over Europe against the terrible acts being committed in Syria, where some 200,000 people have been raped and butchered.”

MK Avraham Michaeli of Shas noted that a quarter of the patients who are being treated at the hospital in Safed, Israel  were injured in the civil war in Syria.

Representatives of the Jewish communities in Europe, who arrived in Israel with the help of the Israeli Jewish Congress, spoke about their sense of insecurity. ”Calls of `death to Jews` and `burn the Jews in gas chambers` are heard regularly on the streets,” one representative said.

Nathan Gelbert, a Jewish resident of Berlin, said the city has seen ”severe pro-Palestinian demonstrations” since the IDF launched Operation Protective Shield in Gaza. ”These protesters don`t know how to say `hello` in German, but they know very well how to shout that Israel is fascist and cruel,” he said.

The European envoys condemned the anti-Semitic attacks in their countries and described the tools their governments use to combat the phenomenon. A representative of the French embassy in Tel Aviv said his country pledges ”zero tolerance for displays of anti-Semitism, adding that ”every attack on France`s Jews is an attack on all of France.” France, he said, has beefed up security around the Jewish communities even before the recent anti-Israel demonstrations. ”France is not denying that there is a problem…The French government`s efforts against acts of racism will gradually increase,” said the official.

Dutch Ambassador to Israel Caspar Veldkamp noted that his country`s attorney general has opened cases against 40-50 people who participated in a radical demonstration and chanted anti-Semitic slogans. ”The acts of anti-Semitism call for strong measures; otherwise we will all slide down the slope. Europe should have exported a position of mutual respect rather than import the hate and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he told the meeting.

Danish Ambassador Jesper Vahr said: ”As an ally and as a country we will not tolerate anti-Semitism…but Denmark, as a country that respects freedom of speech, allows people to express their objection to actions taking place on the ground. My government`s position is that Israel has a right to defend itself.”

Absorption Committee Chairman MK Yoel Razvozov (Yesh Atid) said a distinction must be made between freedom of expression and incitement. The European countries must protect the Jews within their territory,” he said. ”Otherwise, terror will eventually reach you.”

The first secretary of the German embassy in Tel Aviv said his country was very concerned by the anti-Semitic acts within its territory. ”Our ministers condemn these violent means and the anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic calls. This is an attempt to undermine our social order,” he stated.

Akiva Tor of the Israeli Foreign Ministry said the ministry`s position is that the European governments are obligated to protect the local Jewish communities. ”It cannot be that the communities will not have the possibility to demonstrate and express their support for Israel without being afraid that they will be harmed,” he said.

MK Razvozov concluded the meeting by saying that the State of Israel is committed to protecting every Jew in the Diaspora. Turning to the foreign officials, he said: ”Take into account that if the terror groups lay down their arms, there will be peace; but if Israel lays down its arms, Israel will cease to exist. This is the sad truth.”

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II Video – Winston Churchill speaks to the waging of war against ones monstrous enemies

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FECKLESSNESS AND UNWISDOM

By Rabbi Berel Wein

July 30, 2014

In Winston Churchill’s epic six-volume memoir of the Second World War, in the first volume entitled “The Gathering Storm,” he wrote of the British foreign policy of the 1930s as follows: “[The later disaster was caused by] the English-speaking peoples, [who] through their unwisdom, carelessness and good nature, allowed the wicked to rearm.”

A good nature is a necessity for personal life and domestic harmony. It is however a disastrous national policy. This is especially true when a nation realizes that it is surrounded by bitter and fanatical enemies who publicly proclaim their intention to destroy it.

There are many reasons and causes for the current Gaza war. But certainly one of those reasons is the good nature of Israel and its governments. The stubborn refusal to recognize the realities that we face, the inability to admit that past policies may have been terribly mistaken, combined with a generous sprinkling of unwisdom, carelessness and good nature have certainly allowed our wicked foes to rearm and threaten our very existence.

Is it possible that the great Israeli intelligence system was completely unaware of the tens of tunnels being dug from Gaza to Israel? It is most probable that the governments of Israel were aware that these tunnels were being dug but our good nature and carelessness prevented our taking any strong preventive measures. Of course it is the good nature of the rest of the world — in reality, its hypocrisy and latent enmity to Jews and the Jewish State – that colored our vision and restrained our actions. Nevertheless, we have certainly been guilty of, carelessness and a surfeit of good nature.

Surveying the crisis points in the world that we inhabit, one cannot be amazed at the naïve capacity of Europe and the United States in reacting to mortal dangers that will eventually reach them as well. Putin aggressively kills, annexes and blusters, all the while the West clucks and dithers and finally does nothing. Putin is certainly not impressed by Obama warning him that he is “on the wrong side of history.”

And Hamas does not at all care about the fact that it is responsible for the deaths of so many innocents and thereby illustrates for us its almost genetic lack of good nature. The United Nations’ Human Rights Commission, shamed and debased by its previous Goldstone Report, continues on its merry way of finding Israel as the guilty party committing “war crimes” in Gaza. The makeup of the commission itself is a roster of the worst human rights abusers in the world. But in our un-wisdom and good nature we participate in its deliberations and give it a credence that it certainly does not deserve.

Iran continues to enrich its store of uranium and build its bomb while the West continues to negotiate. Somehow the world always thinks that if one continues to feed the tiger it will refrain from biting and clawing its victims. Somehow one would hope that by now the necessary lessons have been learned and that we realize that this is not how to be dealing with the tiger. But “unwisdom” and good nature always seem to win out temporarily until the mortal danger is brought home face-to-face. Then it is much more expensive and costly to deal with the foe. But the foe must eventually be dealt with.

There is no easy discernible solution to the situation that we currently find ourselves in. Crying over spilled milk rarely helps and the rehashing and criticism of past errors is also usually not constructive in the midst of a war. But one lesson can be learned — a lesson that is necessary for the pursuit and success of the current war itself. And that lesson is that we should restrain our good nature somewhat so that we do not fall into the trap of unwisdom and carelessness.

The people of Israel have already absorbed thousands of rockets, rioting by Palestinians, worldwide protests that always border on violent anti-Semitism, the fecklessness of Western leaders and the biased reporting of much of the world media. We have withstood all of this because we must do so or otherwise, God forbid, perish.

It is difficult to imagine what our fate would be if we were not so strong and resolute in the face of such evil and violence. Being strong and resolute many times does not allow us to be expansive or expressive of our innate good nature. Well then, so be it, for the choices and options are starkly clear. We shall not allow our good nature to create for us the climate of carelessness and “unwisdom” quoted from Churchill in the opening quote of this essay. Eventually our good nature will win out, but only when it is reciprocated by the good nature of others as well.

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Berel Wein

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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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