The Shtetl (Ghetto) Jews take over again and may G-d help us

The Shtetl (Ghetto) Jews take over again and may G-d help us

Redacted from an article by Gil Solomon

February 10, 2014

I could not have been more disgusted when hearing about a recent prayer rally organized by thousands of orthodox Jews at the Kotel (Western Wall), the aim of which was to beseech the almighty to “cancel the decrees” of the US Secretary of State. Cancel the “decrees”! Do they regard Kerry as an Emperor who issues decrees from on high for which they, as poor ghetto Jews, have no power over whatsoever? This act of cringing passivity only reinforces the view that these people do not regard Israel as a sovereign nation in control of its own destiny.

The way Israel is behaving one could easily come to this conclusion but to the main issue, if a rally is organized it should be to beseech G-d to put some sense and a spine into the current Israeli leadership and once the prayers are over to move on and:

1. Demand that the sovereign nation of Israel finally gets up off its knees and cease its relentless capitulation to Kerry’s demands.

2. Demand that the true story of the nation be told whereby the so called “Palestinian” narrative be exposed as the fiction that it is.

It is my opinion that Obama and Kerry aim to destroy Israel or at least bring it to its knees. The 2003 Bush Road Map was in theory a blueprint of where these so called “negotiations” could revolve, but Obama and Kerry have deviated so far off course as to make this “roadmap” a dirt track in the middle of nowhere. This is the track they want Israel to travel on and to date Israel has foolishly indulged their every whim, including the release of the most heinous terrorist murderers in order to just bring Abbas to the table. It should be of great significance that Obama has put Muslim Brotherhood members/sympathizers in key administrative positions in his administration.

The current US administration, headed by someone whose credentials for office are dubious, is a clear and present danger to the Jewish nation, yet American Jews, by a vast majority and to their shame have voted for Obama not once but twice!

All the warning signs were there for those whose eyes were open and were not deaf. Now we have the disgraceful recent spectacle of a brainwashed American Jewry, a group truly worthy of the title of ghetto Jews of the diaspora, attacking the New York City (NYC) Mayor, Bill de Blasio for his support of Israel!

(The author neglects to mention the vaunted American Jewish political lobby AIPAC (American Israel Political Affairs Committee) that recently genuflected, capitulating to Obama/Kerry and pouring cold water in the faces of the dedicated 42 Republican Congressmen that demanded sanctions continue and in the process AIPAC also spat in the faces of PM Netanyahu and the state of Israel that knows these sanctions are the only weapons remotely successful in slowing down Iran’s nuclear arsenal. Someone at AIPAC evidently forgot that supporting Israel is supposedly AIPAC’s main raison d’être ) jsk

Israel’s own paralysis is the net result of being sucked into the Obama so called “peace process”. Combined with the constant lack of support and hostility towards Israel and what it stands for has led to an IDF that has lost the confidence or will to even deal with a rag tag bunch of rock throwers on the West Bank. The IDF is taunted daily but refuses to respond in the only way that these people will understand. No other army on the face of the earth would put up with this nonsense.

Worse still, according to Israel’s Chief of Military Intelligence, Major General Aviv Kohavi, Israel faces 170,000 rockets aimed at her. To quote General Kohavi: “Israel is surrounded by 360 degrees of actual enemies. We call this period in time the ‘Era of Fire,’ in light of the amount of missiles and rockets we face as a constant threat. There are about 170,000 rockets and missiles that threaten Israel. For the first time the enemy now has the ability to hit Israeli cities hard. IAF pilots can no longer move freely towards their targets and have to dodge missiles that threaten them.”

MK Tzipi Livni, is the disaster of a “negotiator” — a woman totally out of her depth but who unbelievably heads the so called “peace talks” on behalf of Israel is a prime example of a left winger hell bent on capitulation. A woman who has no concept of the fact that capitulation after capitulation brings more and more outrageous demands.

Not lost too are Kerry’s stupid hints that, should the peace process fail, the intifada will resume. One has to assume that Abbas is not a fool. He would have realized that he has just been given the green light by a US Secretary of State to restart a massive terrorist campaign when these talks break down. Peace to Abbas would mean obscurity and this man, together with the rest of the PA will not give up their lavish lifestyles which includes them being feted by world leaders on centre stage and indulging themselves with money that is bestowed on them by foolish nations who think they are aiding the cause of peace and the supposed suffering of a people who have attempted to rewrite history.

The Israelis, for some inexplicable reason, fail to present the irrefutable history that in biblical times, all of what is now Israel and Judea and Samaria (West Bank) was Jewish. When the Romans conquered the territory they named the entire area “Philistina” in order to rub salt into the wounds of the defeated Jews by renaming it in honour of the Jews’ ancient and mortal enemies the Philistines. Decades later, Arabs cleverly commandeered the term “Palestinian” as their own designation when for all the centuries before they were just Arabs who happened to be living on what was historically Israeli land.

No other country or people on the face of the earth would have even indulged their ludicrous and incessant claims nor given them the time of day. Unfortunately for Israel, it to this day has no concept of Hasbara (public relations), let alone realizes that Hasbara is a war that Abbas and Co. have mastered to an extent beyond their wildest imagination. They have turned history on its head and convinced the world of the truth of the Palestinian narrative.

It is now up to supporters of Israel and finally the Israelis to counter this gross lie and get Israel off the defensive and unleash the great power that G-d has once more given the Jews to insure their survival.

(Gil Solomon is a retired finance manager and author.)

The Dark Side of the War on ‘the One Percent’

http://israel-commentary.org/?p=8488

From the brilliant RUTH R. WISSE
The Wall Street Journal
Feb. 3, 2014

Two phenomena: anti-Semitism and American class conflict. Is there any connection between them? In a letter to this newspaper, the noted venture capitalist Tom Perkins called attention to certain parallels, as he saw them, between Nazi Germany’s war against the Jews and American progressives’ war on the “one percent.” For comparing two such historically disparate societies, Mr. Perkins was promptly and heatedly denounced.

But is there something to be said for his comparison—not of Germany and the United States, of course, but of the politics at work in the two situations? The place to begin is at the starting point: with the rise of anti-Semitism, modernity’s most successful and least understood political movement.

The German political activist Wilhelm Marr, originally a man of the left, organized a movement in the 1870s that charged Jews with using their skills “to conquer Germany from within.” Distinguishing the movement that he called anti-Semitism from earlier forms of anti-Judaism, Marr argued on professedly rational grounds that Jews were taking unfair advantage of the emerging democratic order in Europe, with its promise of individual rights and open competition, in order to dominate the fields of finance, culture and social ideas. Though some of Marr’s rhetoric and imagery was based on earlier stereotypes, he was right to insist that anti-Semitism was a new response to new conditions, channeling grievance and blame against highly visible beneficiaries of freedom and opportunity.

These were some of its typical ploys: Are you unemployed? The Jews have your jobs. Is your family mired in poverty? The Rothschilds have your money. Do you feel more insecure in the city than you did on the land? The Jews are trapping you in factories and charging you exorbitant rents.

Anti-Semitism accused Jews of undermining Christian authority and corrupting the German legal system, the arts and the press. Jews were said to be rabid internationalists spreading Bolshevism—and ruthless capitalists exploiting for their own gain the nation’s natural and human resources. To ambitious politicians seeking office, to rulers of still largely illiterate populations, “the Jews” became a convenient catchall explanation for deep-rooted and sometimes intractable problems.
(So, What else is new?)

But though the origins of modern anti-Semitism may be traced to Germany, anti-Semitism itself remains sui generis and cannot be simply conflated with either Germany or Hitler. True, the latter gained power on a platform of anti-Semitism and then proceeded to put his Final Solution into effect, but the modern organization of politics against the Jews is independent of Nazism—and of fascism, since the Italian variant did not specifically target the Jews. Features of anti-Semitism are present in other political movements, on the left fully as much the right.

The parallel that Tom Perkins drew in his letter was especially irksome to his respondents on the left, many of whom are supporters of President Obama’s sallies against Wall Street and the “one percent.” These critics might profitably consult Robert Wistrich, today’s leading historian of anti-Semitism. His “From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel” (2012) documents the often profound anti-Semitism that has affected socialists and leftists from Karl Marx to today’s anti-Israel movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions. It was Marx who said, “The bill of exchange is the Jew’s actual god,” putting a Jewish face on capitalism and accusing both Judaism and capitalism of converting man and nature into “alienable and saleable objects.”

Herein lies one structural connection between a politics of blame directed specifically at Jews and a politics of grievance directed against “the rich.” The ranks of those harping on “unfairly” high earners include figures in American political life at all levels who have been entrusted with the care of our open society; in channeling blame for today’s deep-rooted and seemingly intractable problems toward the beneficiaries of that society’s competitive freedoms, they are playing with fire.

I say this not only, and not even primarily, because some of those beneficiaries happen also to be Jews. So far, mainstream American politicians and supporters of movements like Occupy Wall Street have confined their attacks to the nameless “one percent,” and in any case it is doubtful that today any U.S. politician would be electable on an explicitly anti-Jewish platform.

My point is broader: Stoking class envy is a step in a familiar, dangerous and highly incendiary process. Any ideology or movement, right or left, that is organized negatively—against rather than for—enjoys an inherent advantage in politics, mobilizing unappeasable energies that never have to default on their announced goal of cleansing the body politic of its alleged poisons.

In this respect, one might think of anti-Semitism as the purest and most murderous example of an enduring political archetype: the negative campaign. That campaign has its international as well as its domestic front. Modern anti-Zionism, itself a patented invention of Soviet Communism and now the lingua franca of the international left, uses Israel just as anti-Semitism uses Jews, directing grievance and blame and eliminationist zeal against an entire collectivity that has flourished on the world scene thanks to the blessings of freedom and opportunity.

Herein lies a deeper structural connection. On the global front today, the much larger and more obvious beneficiary of those same blessings is the democratic capitalist system of the United States, and the ultimate target of the ultimate negative campaign is the American people. Anyone seeking to understand the inner workings of such a campaign will find much food for thought in Mr. Perkins’s parallel.

Ms. Wisse, a professor of Yiddish and comparative literature at Harvard, is the author of “Jews and Power” (Schocken, 2007) and “No Joke: Making Jewish Humor” (Princeton, 2013).

The Dinesh D’Souza/Wm. Ayers debate – Polar Opposites Collide

The Dinesh D’Souza/Wm. Ayers debate – Polar Opposites Collide

By Jerome S. Kaufman

On January 30 we viewed a live debate between Dinesh D’Souza, political commentator and author and William Ayers, retired educator and political activist. The focus of the debate was What is so great about America?

D’Souza is the author of six New York Times best-selling books. In 2012, D’Souza released 2016: Obama’s America, a film based upon his 2010 book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage. The film has been the highest grossing conservative political film produced in the United States. D’Souza also served as a policy advisor to President Ronald Reagan and, during 2010–2012, as president of The King’s College, a small Christian school in New York City.

William Ayers is an American elementary education theorist and a former leader in the counterculture movement that opposed U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1969 he co-founded the Weather Underground, a self-described communist revolutionary group that conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings during the 1960s and 1970s in response to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

Ayers participated in the bombings of New York City Police Department headquarters in 1970, the United States Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972, as he proudly noted in his 2001 book, Fugitive Days. Diana Oughton, his former girlfriend, died in 1970 after a bomb exploded while she was preparing the bombs for Weather Underground activities!

Ayers opened the discussion What is Great about America by making the outrageous statement that his home city of Chicago was what is great. He authenticated this statement with a rambling bunch of platitudes including Chicago being the former home of community organizer Barack Obama along with Michael Jordan with an aside for Al Capone.

Somehow absent from his discussion was the fact that University of Illinois at Chicago professor and former alderman, Dick Simpson labeled Chicago, “The Most Corrupt City in the Nation.”

As to the state of Illinois, its previous Governor, Rod Blogojevich, was convicted of corruption in 2011, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat for personal gain. Incidentally, Illinois’s last four of seven Governors have served prison terms!

No wonder Ayers is so proud of Chicago and the state of Illinois. Their actions obviously conform to the basic tenets of his destructive communist Weather Underground.

The rest of his speech was devoted entirely to advising the students to keep an open mind, stay clear of the recommendations and orders of the establishment, view Congress as just an auction house. No need for them to accept rulers or authority of any kind — certainly no need to follow society’s mores outlining manners, sexual preferences, or anything counter to their own idea of social justice.

Ayers has never expressed regrets over his bombing career and seemed to be advising the students to take a similar path. He was very proud of the fact that his wife, Bernadine Dohrn was part of the leadership of the Weather Underground, has a long history of arrests and finally did spend several months in jail.

He recommended absolutely nothing constructive. How to study for a profession, learn a trade, make an honest living, start a family, participate within the political system and try to change it within the law. None of these archaic establishment ideas were presented. He also managed to make a pitch for the Left’s ridiculous, scientifically denied “global warming.”

Ayers must be very proud of his star pupil, Barack Obama, who is doing a fine job of destroying the United States of America in every possible way — economically, politically, militarily and obliterating its aura as an exceptional nation and a force with which to be reckoned.

What did Dinesh D’Souza say? He rightfully paid no attention whatever to Ayers rambling dissertation that could only appeal to naive first and second year college students. He instead made a genuine attempt to stay on topic as to What makes America Great.

D’Souza presented, with his brilliant mind, an unusual concept. He said the unique contribution of America to the world was the “Creation of Wealth”. Somehow, no previous nation in history has ever concerned itself with allowing the common man to make a decent living and to genuinely participate and develop the wealth of the nation in which he lived.

Quite the opposite — the little guy has always been kept down. D’Souza described his India where lump-teen classes of society were created and climbing up from one to the other was virtually impossible — little different from the apartheid state of South Africa. What about the Czars of Russia, the various European Kings, the Kings, Queens, Noblemen of England, France? Were they concerned with “creating wealth’’ or prosperity for their common man? To my mind that is indeed the basis of how this country became great and D’Souza hit the nail right on the head.

D’Souza did disappoint me badly in one area.

At the end of the question and answer session some sick little pip squeak got up and launched into the usual spew of Jew Hatred declaring that Israel was an apartheid state and the Arabs were a persecuted minority and lived as second class citizens. His motive was transparent — the Jew Hater’s and far Left’s supreme goal of destroying the Jewish nation.

It was a terrific moment for William Ayers who immediately jumped on the pip squeak’s band wagon echoing his words saying that Israel was indeed an apartheid state and why should we support them.

I know that D’Souza understands and greatly appreciates the importance of Israel to US interests and democratic philosophy and vice versa. Unfortunately, he presented a very weak, apologetic defensive response to the little pip squeak.

He did say that Israel is our best friend in the Middle East; that the Arabs declared Israel as the little Satan while the US is the Big Satan and both were destined to destruction by the Arabs, the Muslims and the haters of the world.

But, then he backed off and explained to the audience that the US was just picking the lesser of evils. How dare he? Is he really that stupid. I doubt it. He relegated Israel as the lesser of evils thus placing the Israelis in the same general category as the Muslims and Arabs who are directly responsible for the death of thousands of American soldiers while Israel saves American lives through their shared intelligence and military prowess every hour of the day.

D’Souza did not, nor did anyone in the audience, refute the obvious lie of the pip squeak. 1.6 million Arabs, roughly 20% of the population are full citizens and have full voting rights in Israel. They now have currently 12 members of the total of 120 in the Knesset (The legislative body of the Israeli government) to protect their rights. The Arabs have full access to all of Israel’s many social services and take overwhelming advantage. As to apartheid state, Miss Israel is a gorgeous black Ethiopian whose parents escaped to Israel and the harassment and killing of Jews in virtually all Arab countries. The 800,000 Jews that had lived for centuries there as second class citizens, were driven out penniless, their property confiscated. The few Jews left have no voting rights, no civilian rights and the thought of a representative in the government is laughable. They are afraid to even walk the streets.

As to Israel “occupying Arab land” That is another gross lie since the Israelites were a nation in Israel over 1600 years before Mohammed was even born!

As to US aid to Israel. Israel pays back every dollar and is the best bargain the US ever had. Israel is saving American lives contributing to the American economy in thousands of ways every day of the week. One admiral years ago described Israel as a virtual US aircraft carrier at the Eastern end of the Mediterranean and much more.

D’Souza failed to say all that even though I am sure he knows it, In a moment of weakness he may have just been catering to his Left leaning student audience.

But, never mind all that. How did the debate turn out? I am not so sure. It seemed as if many in the young, unworldly, naive bright faces were buying into Ayers descriptions of nothing but falsehood, evil, revenge, hatred, jealousy and defeatism . How long will it take for them to shake off the likes of the Wm Ayers and Barack Obamas of the world plus the thousands of other academics that brain wash them against the very country that furnishes the great largess that few of these same academics deserve?

I hope not too long. Dinesh D’Souza believes we are on a downward slope right now.

Jerome S. Kaufman

So, What’s new in the State of the Union?

So, What’s new in the State of the Union?

Obama Goes Through the Motions

By Jonathan S. Tobin
@tobincommentary

January 28, 2014

There was plenty of big talk in the 2014 State of the Union address. President Obama exhorted Americans to accept his baseless claim that the economy is reviving and urged them to believe his jarringly upbeat view of the nation’s future. He tried to sound assertive as he vowed to use executive orders to get his way if Congress didn’t give him what he wanted. He touted ObamaCare. And he closed with an inspiring story of a wounded Army Ranger.

But there’s no mistaking that this was a speech given by a president mired in second-term doldrums. There were not only a total of zero new ideas; almost everything in it was recycled from past addresses including a grimly risible vow to close the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that he has kept open throughout his presidency even though he’s been promising to close it since 2008.

Although everything in this message was poll-tested and designed to be popular, this State of the Union (SOTU) did nothing but reinforce the impression that the president is mechanically going through the motions. The press had been prepped to believe the president would come out swinging tonight, defying Congress and vowing to seize the reins of government into his own hands. But what the country heard instead was confirmation of what many had already suspected after a disastrous 2013 for the president: he has passed over the historic bridge from celebrated re-election to the status of an irrelevant lame-duck.

Virtually every item in the president’s speech had been heard before and introduced with greater passion and urgency in the past. Everything on his long, dreary laundry list had a tired feel to it, showing the country and the world that his only answer to the nation’s problems is to continue recycling the timeworn and ineffective policies that he’s been peddling for five years.

All his proposals were cribbed from the 2013 State of the Union including calls to address income inequality, raise the minimum wage, invest in solar energy, universal pre-kindergarten, and student loans. But the difference between the two speeches could be measured not simply in terms of the mind-numbing number of tedious repetitions, but in the drab, lethargic affect the president projected as he droned on.

Last year he managed to convey the liberal agenda with confidence and urgency. That energy was completely lacking in tonight’s speech. After a year of scandals and a disastrous rollout of his signature health-care plan—whose problems were never once mentioned in the speech—the president seems unable to muster the requisite emotional enthusiasm or the intellectual firepower to challenge or inspire the nation.

As to specifics, the much-trumpeted “year of action” on inequality was merely a rehash of the same proposals that have already been rejected. The only new idea he presented was an absurd call for all employers to give their employees raises, a shameless populist appeal that makes no economic sense. The man who promised to turn back the oceans and remake America is now reduced to an utterly pathetic plea that America should get a raise. Even the talk of governing by executive orders was delivered more as a talking point than a genuine appeal for change.

On foreign policy, his strongest words were delivered in a threat to veto new economic sanctions on Iran that he thinks will upset his diplomatic outreach to the Islamist regime. His drive for détente with Iran—bolstered by false claims about inspections and Iran destroying its uranium stockpile—seems to fire him up but his chutzpah in proclaiming Syria—where he endured total humiliation in 2013—as a triumph for his policies shows just how shockingly removed from reality this administration has become.

With three years to go, there is still plenty of time for Obama to continue spinning his wheels on a health-care plan that is a fiasco and proposals such as the minimum wage that will only serve to increase unemployment. But tonight made clear that there is nothing new left in his bag of tricks. The sounds you’re hearing now, and will for the next three years, are the querulous quacks of a very lame duck.

PM Netanyahu speaks to the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) laying out Israel’s position.

http://israel-commentary.org/?p=8461

Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs Newsletter

Redacted from a much longer, and his usual eloquent address, by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
January 28, 2014

Speaking at the seventh conference in The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) annual series “Security Challenges of the 21st Century,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed three principal issues: Iran, the Palestinian issue, and the global economic challenge.

“Thank you for the opportunity to discuss several of the larger challenges we face, some of the largest ever faced by the state of Israel. There are three such challenges, or at least three which I wish to discuss: Iran, the political process vis-à-vis the Palestinians and the global economy.

With regard to Iran, although there is internal dissent in Iran about the allocation of resources — how much comes in, how much goes out — there is no dissension in the Iranian regime, which continues to be controlled by Ayatollah Khamanei. There is no dissension, first about its aspirations to obtain military nuclear capability and there is also no dissension regarding the goal of erasing the State of Israel from the Earth. They say it all the time domestically of course, and occasionally also internationally.

Iran “remains close to nuclear weapons,” it must be understood that there are three stations when producing nuclear weapons, in manufacturing the fissile material needed for nuclear weapons: producing enriched uranium at a level of 3.5%, uranium enriched to 20% and finally a quick jump to uranium enriched to 90%, which is the level needed for a weapon.

What the Iranians did, and this is what the agreement determined is that they would return the train to the first station, but at the same time, they are upgrading the engine and strengthening it so that they will be able to break through all at once, without any stations in the middle, straight to 90%.

The agreement made in Geneva is not a good agreement — it is a bad agreement. In our estimation, this agreement delayed Iran by six weeks — no more — from where they were before, and therefore the test was and remains the final agreement, if such an agreement is achieved, to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability.

Of course, Iran is trying to fool the West; it makes all kinds of statements and claims. You heard Rouhani in Davos recently. He said, for example, that they object to any intervention in Syria at a time when they are up to their necks in Syria. In fact, they are propping up Assad’s regime. They actively participate in the mass slaughter there. He said they object to harming the innocent; in Iran hundreds of people every year are executed. Most of them are innocent, including dozens of people who were hung there last week. You would undoubtedly define most of them as innocent. They were executed.

He speaks of free access to technology; that’s what Rouhani said in Davos at a time when Iran is denying its citizens to surf on the internet freely. And of course, he repeated his statement that Iran does not seek to obtain nuclear weapons, that it only wants nuclear power for peaceful purposes. Iran has directly invested at least 40 billion dollars in its nuclear facilities and nuclear program, and an additional 140 billion dollars as the cost of the sanctions. A country does not invest nearly 200 billion dollars in nuclear energy for peaceful purposes when it is so rich in other sources of natural energy.

Now of course the Iranian threat is not just an unconventional threat; it is also a conventional threat which mainly focuses on missiles and rockets brought to the Iranian enclave which surrounds us, in an attempt to strangle us from two sides, from Lebanon and from Gaza.

We want to ensure that in the political negotiations with the Palestinians, we achieve two goals: one, we don’t want, I don’t want a binational state. I think that in this, I reflect the will of most citizens of Israel. And second, we do not want another country to be established here under Iran’s sponsorship that fires missiles and rockets at us or that launches terror attacks on us. We need to achieve both these goals, not just one of them — both of them.

The Americans are working to formulate the American positions. But I would like to emphasize that they are not Israeli positions, but rather American ones. Israel does not have to agree to anything the Americans present, but we insist on two fundamental things. The first is, of course, recognition of the Jewish State or the nation-state of the Jewish people. I would like to explain the reason for our insistence on this issue, because it is at the root of the conflict. This conflict has gone on for nearly 100 years. The date I choose to mark for its beginning is 1920, 1921 – one year after my late grandfather arrived in Jaffa. When he arrived, he made his way to the Jewish immigration office. In 1921, rioting Palestinian Arabs attacked that office; they attacked in Jaffa. There were no settlers there; there were no settlers as they are defined today. There were no territories. There was a basic objection to any Jewish presence, an opposition that grew and resulted in the attacks in 1929 in Hebron and of course the great riots of 1936-1939.

This struggle, which continued through the War of Independence and afterwards until 1967 – this struggle was not over the territories of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Those were in Arab hands. This struggle was against the very existence of the Jewish state, against Zionism or any geographic expression of it, any State of Israel in any border.

The conflict is not over these territories; it is not about settlements; and it is not about a Palestinian state either. The Zionist movement agreed to recognize a Palestinian state during the partition plan, and various governments also agreement later on to recognize a Palestinian state. But this conflict has gone on because of one reason: the stubborn opposition to recognize the Jewish state, the nation-state of the Jewish people. To end the conflict, they must recognize that in our land, this land, in the Jewish homeland, there are two peoples.

We cannot be sure that this recognition would take root in Palestinian society which has experienced and continues to experience methodical incitement against Jews and the Jewish state. And that is why there must also be robust security arrangements. These security arrangements must also include long-term Israel Defense Forces (IDF) presence along the Jordan River and other security arrangements that fundamentally rest on the State of Israel, the IDF and Israel’s defense system.

The most condensed version of the formula for a peace agreement with the Palestinians is a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state. I cannot tell you this arrangement will take place.

I said there was a third challenge and that was the global economy. We are in the age of knowledge, in an outburst of knowledge, and the economy is globalized. This provides the State of Israel with a tremendous opportunity. Not only do we produce more knowledge-based products per capita at the highest level in the world, we can do more. Even in absolute terms, our technological product is large, even very large. For example, in the cyber field, we create approximately 50 times more than our relative size. That means that the State of Israel has the same weight as a country with a population of 400 million in terms of these products, and that provides us with an opportunity, alongside the development of the global economy, to reach many more markets that would have been very hard to reach if it were not for these two trends, globalization and technology, especially the internet.

I do not know how many of you were at the cyber conference we held yesterday. It was pioneering. There were 1,500 people there, including the most advanced companies in the world in this field — and they did not come here because of our beautiful eyes, nor did they come because of any kind of political consideration. They came, they told me, for three reasons — those same three reasons I am given with I meet with the leaders of China or of Mexico or of other countries, as I did recently.

They want three things: Israeli technology, Israeli technology and Israeli technology. They know what they want. Our advantage in this field, I believe, results from unique reasons that created a crystal of tremendous technological capabilities here, and we must continue to nurture it.

The reasons are, first of all, our military needs which created special capabilities in the ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES (IDF) and the security branches; our excellent universities – I am at one of them — our research institutions; our special culture, which is connected to the fact that we always ask questions. This tradition burst forth after the French Revolution and the fall of the ghetto walls into new fields, fields like science, mathematics, physics and chemistry. The results of this are clear.

Let me touch on China. China is very interested in Israeli technology, to say the least. We think we can gain a small share of a huge market, which for a country with eight million citizens can help us a great deal. This is an opportunity which exists and there are other opportunities with China.

China must still move a significant portion of its goods for the next 20 years to central markets in the West, including Europe. These goods still must move there physically. 95%-98% of them come by sea, a significant portion of that through the Suez Canal, and we are building a valve in the form of a train that would connect the Red Sea with the Mediterranean, between Eilat, Aqaba to Ashdod and Tel Aviv. This is a land connection between Asia and Europe and between Europe and Asia, and then there will be a passenger train that will allow you to travel from here, from Tel Aviv to Eilat in two hours.

If there are two huge engines driving the global economy today, the first is the rise of Asia, first and foremost China; and the second is the rise of the internet. I made the decision to ease the exportation of Israeli cyber companies. There are now several hundred and their numbers continue to increase — half of them didn’t even exist four years ago. We are in a position where we can transform Israel into a world power in technology.

Let me say a few words about the Israel Defense Forces, especially about the members of the regular army. Everything we are describing: these tremendous opportunities alongside dealing with the dangers lurking at our doorstep and the desire on the one had to prevent the dangers of a nuclear Iran and terror, while on the other hand ensuring a stable agreement with the Palestinians – our entire existence depends on the IDF. It also depends on many other factors, but first and foremost it depends on the IDF, and the core that leads the IDF is the regular army and the regular army has recently suffered irresponsible attacks.

In order to sustain a regular army, in order to achieve the goals of repelling the threats we face and advancing the secure peace at the same time — this obligates a very strong army. I do not see a situation in which we will not need a very strong army and an additional security system — including the Mossad and the Shin Bet – in the coming years. We will also need special cyber capabilities. All this necessitates a great deal of money. We will not get this money through contributions and handouts. It will come from the development of that same economic capability in a global economy and the economy of tomorrow. We are developing it with the goal of reaching our main target: the Jewish state.

Thank you very much.”

Complete speech at:
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/PressRoom/2014/Pages/PM-Netanyahu-addresses-INSS-Annual-Conference-28-Jan-2014.aspx

Global warming, a Surplus of Hot Air and the farce of Chinese involvement

President Obama just spent a whole lot of time in his speech addressing a problem described below that does not even exist and upon which he has already wasted billions of tax payer dollars in his rush to destroy this great country. That is his primary objective. Wake up America. jsk

http://israel-commentary.org/?p=8426

A Surplus of Hot Air
THE Weekly Standard JAN 27, 2014
Redacted from editorial BY THE SCRAPBOOK

The political debate over what to do about global warming rages on, largely because liberals refuse to have an honest discussion about their plans to deal with it. The heart of their every proposed “solution” to climate change is a radical economic program that would threaten the livelihood and well-being of millions, based on computer models of dubious accuracy trying to project weather patterns decades into the future. Via Bloomberg News, last week we got an unsettling glimpse into just how extreme the economic plans of the climate commissars really are:

China, the top emitter of greenhouse gases, is also the country that’s “doing it right” when it comes to addressing global warming, the United Nations’ chief climate official said, “They actually want to breathe air that they don’t have to look at,” she said. “They’re not doing this because they want to save the planet. They’re doing it because it’s in their national interest.” China is also able to implement policies because its political system avoids some of the legislative hurdles seen in countries including the U.S., Figueres said.

In other words, if international bureaucrats could impose economic restrictions and reduce energy production by fiat, we’d be well on our way to healing the planet. Of course, the Communist party in China comprises only a small minority of the Chinese people, and the idea that they do anything because it’s in the “national interest” is laughable. China’s ruling party only cares about enriching themselves and holding on to power, which is why their exploitative and repressive economic program has resulted in environmental calamities on a colossal scale.

About half a billion Chinese lack access to safe drinking water and 99 percent of the country’s 560 million city dwellers breathe air that would be considered unsafe by EU pollution standards. But because the Communist party is paying lip service to a renewable energy program, U.N. officials are falling all over themselves to uphold the country as an environmental model.

So long as concern over global warming remains little more than a cudgel to advance a left-wing political program, any cure for the problem will be worse than the disease. Of course, there’s also ample evidence that the dangers of global warming have been overhyped — to the point where credulous people are increasingly willing to sacrifice anything precious on the altar of environmentalism.

Rolling Stone recently received widespread and well-deserved mockery for an idiotic article titled “5 Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For.” Said reforms were all essentially tenets of communism, including “guaranteed work” and the abolition of private property. When the writer, Jesse A. Myerson, was challenged about his retrograde views, his response on Twitter was curious: “If I have to answer for Soviet gulags, these market/capital twits have to answer for climate collapse, the greatest genocide in history.”

Well, so far the global warming death count is hypothetical, unlike the tens of millions actually killed by Mao and his henchmen and the Soviet terror. And not to forget, China is currently the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases. Whether you care about global warming or humanity, it’s pretty easy to conclude that communism is certainly not the answer.

Dinesh D’Souza to debate Obama mentor Communist bomber Wm. Ayers on your computer, Jan 30 7:30 PM

II A Message from 2016 Co-Producer Gerald Molen

Dinesh D’Souza to debate Obama mentor Communist bomber Wm. Ayers on your computer, Jan 30 7:30 PM

January 21, 2014

Dear Friends,

Next Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7:30 PM I am going head-to-head with Bill Ayers on the campus of Dartmouth, my alma mater, on the topic “What’s So Great About America?”

You and I both know that there are many things that make America exceptionalism, but progressives like Ayers don’t like to admit it. In fact, if they had their way, American exceptional would be reduced to the point where we are just another small country in a world with no American influence. Next Thursday, I hope to set the record straight: America affords opportunities that are unmatched by every other country on the planet.

I hope you’ll tune in to see the action. I’ve set up a free livestream on my website just for my fans, and it’s my hope that we can have as much energy and excitement about American exceptionalism online as we will in the auditorium at Dartmouth next week. You can watch live right here, and we’ll send you out a reminder to tune in next Thursday.

In the meantime, you can forward this email to all of your friends so they can sign up to get a reminder to watch next Thursday too. All they have to do is click here. You can also help me out by tweeting about the upcoming debate!

Sincerely,

Dinesh D’Souza

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II A Message from 2016 Co-Producer Gerald Molen

Dear Friends of Dinesh,

In America, we have a long tradition of not doing what is commonly done in too many other countries — criminalizing dissent through the selective enforcement of the law. But that has seemingly changed in Obama’s America.

Yesterday, I explained the politcally-motivated events that led to Dinesh’s indictment on campaign-finance charges to the Hollywood Reporter. In the same article, I explained that the Feds have chosen to pursue this alleged minor violation in the same way the IRS targeted conservative Tea Party groups for retribution. In light of the way the IRS has been used to stifle dissent, this arrest should send shivers down the spines of all freedom-loving Americans.

Our production team for America has issued the following statement: “We believe this is an unfortunate misunderstanding arising out of Dinesh D’Souza’s desire to help the uphill campaign of a friend. There was no intent to do anything illegal or corrupt in any way. This will have no impact on the film “America” which will be released on the Fourth of July this year as previously announced. Filming is on schedule and D’Souza will continue to lead the enterprise.”

Neither the filmmakers nor the American public can allow this prosecution to deter us from the film’s release, and I am calling upon the American people to show their elected officials that this kind of selective prosecution will not stand by joining us at the box office.

I look forward to my good friend Dinesh being vindicated as we hold federal authorities accountable to enforce the law equally and without mind to their personal political agenda. You can leave your support on Dinesh’s Facebook Page and with a #StandWithDinesh tweet.

As one insightful commenter wrote on the article in THR, Obama’s DOJ is out to settle scores.

All my best,
Gerald R. (Jerry) Molen

And… Here comes Hillary, Benghazigate and a short summary of her previous illustrious history

And… Here comes Hillary, Benghazigate and a short summary of her previous illustrious history

THE TRUTH ABOUT HILLARY

By Dick Morris

If you happen to see the Bill Clinton five minute TV ad for Hillary in which he introduces the commercial by saying he wants to share some things we may not know about Hillary’s background.  Beware, as I was there for most of their presidency and know them better than just about anyone, I offer a few corrections:
 
Bill says: “In law school Hillary worked on legal services for the poor.”
 
The facts are: Hillary’s main extra-curricular activity in law school was helping the Black Panthers, on trial in Connecticut for torturing and killing a federal agent.  She went to court every day as part of a law student monitoring committee trying to spot civil rights violations and develop grounds for appeal.
 
Bill says: “Hillary spent a year after graduation working on a children’s rights project for poor kids.”
 
The facts are: Hillary interned with Bob Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party.   She met Bob when he represented the Panthers and traveled all the way to San Francisco to take an internship with him.
 
Bill says: “Hillary could have written her own job ticket, but she turned down all the lucrative job offers.”
 
The facts are: She flunked the DC bar exam, yes, flunked; it is a matter of record, and only passed the Arkansas bar.  She had no job offers in Arkansas, none, and only got hired by the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville because Bill was already teaching there.  She did not join the prestigious Rose Law Firm until Bill became Arkansas Attorney General and was made a partner only after he was elected Arkansas Governor.
 
Bill says: “President Carter appointed Hillary to the Legal Services Board of Directors, and she became its chairman.”
 
The facts are: The appointment was in exchange for Bill’s support for Carter in his 1980 primary against Ted Kennedy. Hillary then became chairman in a coup in which she won a majority away from Carter’s choice to be chairman.
 

Bill says: “She served on the board of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.”

The facts are:  Yes she did.  But her main board activity, not mentioned by Bill, was to sit on the Wal-Mart board of directors, for a substantial fee.  She was silent about their labor and health care practices.
 
Bill says: “Hillary didn’t succeed at getting health care for all Americans in 1994, but she kept working at it and helped to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provides five million children with health insurance.”
 
The facts are: Hillary had nothing to do with creating CHIP.  It was included in the budget deal between Clinton and Republican Majority Leader Senator Trent Lott.  I know; I helped to negotiate the deal.  The money came half from the budget deal and half from the Attorney Generals’ tobacco settlement.  Hillary had nothing to do with either source of funds.
 
Bill says: “Hillary was the face of America all over the world.”
 
The facts are: Her visits were part of a program to get her out of town so that Bill would not appear weak by feeding stories that Hillary was running the White House.  Her visits abroad were entirely tourism and symbolic and there was no substantive diplomacy on any of them.
 

Bill says: “Hillary was an excellent Senator who kept fighting for children’s and women’s issues.”
 
The facts are: Other than totally meaningless legislation like changing the names on courthouses and post offices, she has passed only four substantive pieces of legislation.  One set up a national park in Puerto Rico.  A second provided respite care for family members helping their relatives through Alzheimer’s or other conditions.  And two were routine bills to aid 911 victims and responders which were sponsored by the entire NY delegation.
 
( Please remember all of the above when you find yourself in the voting booth in 2016. And, remember which party is most likely to nominate her when you vote for Congress in 2014.) jsk

John Kerry’s misguided obsession with Israel demanding concessions that will result in its extinction. (G-d forbid)

http://israel-commentary.org/?p=8360

Obama Administration Ignores Palestinian Arab Pro-Terror, Anti-Peace Words & Deeds

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is understanding of Israeli Defense Minister and former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff, General Moshe Ya’alon stating that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is ignoring the realities of continuing Palestinian opposition to Israel’s existence.

General Ya’alon refuted Secretary Kerry’s insistence on the centrality of the conflict to the peace and stability of the Middle East and that it be resolved quickly, saying,

“The American security plan that was presented to us [by Secretary Kerry] is not worth the paper it was written on. It contains neither security nor peace. Only our continued presence in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan River will guarantee that Ben Gurion Airport and (the northern city of) Netanya do not become targets for missiles from every direction … [The PA’s Abbas] lives on our sword. Once we leave Judea and Samaria, he is finished. In fact, throughout the recent months, there is no negotiation between us and the Palestinians –– but rather, between us and the Americans”

The ZOA stated that General Ya’alon’s comments about Secretary Kerry underscores the entire problem to which Mr. Ya’alon was alluding. Consider: the PA’s Abbas can say and do anything and everything –– honor Jew-killing terrorists, demanding they all be released from Israeli prisons; say he’ll never accept a Jewish State; personally protected wanted Jew-killers; tell Palestinians there is no obligation for any Palestinian movement to accept Israel, let alone as a Jewish State, and all the other items we list below –– and attract no criticism or censure from the Obama Administration.

This mirrors the fact that the U.S. has also ignored recent statements by Iranian top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressing a rally of tens of thousands calling for ‘death to America,’ calling the U.S. a ‘great Satan’ and an ‘enemy who smiles,’ and Iranian president Rouhani boasting that the ‘the U.S. and world powers surrendered to the Iranian nation’s will.’ The Obama Administration and Secretary Kerry are silent about all these horrific Palestinian and Iranian actions and words, yet when General Ya’alon points out that Secretary Kerry is being dangerously unrealistic in ignoring the realities facing Israel (and pressuring Israel to make dangerous concessions to the Holocaust-denying Abbas and the PA), the Obama Administration suddenly finds its voice and strongly criticizes the Israeli Defense Minister.

Moreover, given the insistence on negotiations, the consistent ignoring of every infamous Palestinian deed and violation, the Obama Administration seems to be turning itself into the PA’s attorney and chief negotiator while largely ignoring America’s best ally Israel’s serious and legitimate concerns.

The Obama Administration also seems to ignore, or deem irrelevant, the following PA actions and inactions. These actions and inactions prove that the PA has no interest in peace or even statehood, only Israel’s destruction as a Jewish State.

The PA has not fulfilled its 20-year-old, signed obligations under the Oslo agreements to arrest and jail terrorists, outlaw and disband terrorist groups, confiscate illegal weaponry and end the incitement to hatred and murder that suffuses the PA-controlled media, mosques, schools and youth camps.

Abbas has a record of continuing pro-terror, and anti-peace words and deeds, including:

Calling and physically embracing Jew-killing terrorists as “heroes”;\

Praising living and dead Jew-killing terrorists

Insisting on a Jew-free future Palestinian State, encompassing the forcible uprooting of nearly 400,000 Jews from Judea/Samaria and eastern half of Jerusalem.

States the PA will never accept Israel as a Jewish State

Always insists that all Palestinian refugees (only about 50,000 still living) and their millions of descendants be allowed to returned to Israel

Declaring that dismantling terror groups is a “red line” that must not be crossed

Stated that the war on Israel will not end even with the creation of a Palestinian State, but rather “internationalize[e] of the conflict as a legal matter, not only a political one … paving the way for us to pursue claims against Israel at the United Nations, human rights treaty bodies and the International Court of Justice

Protecting wanted terrorists in his presidential compound

Naming schools, streets, sports teams and children’s camps after terrorists

Paying stipends to terrorists and their families

The Fatah Constitution (not to be confused with the PLO Charter) was never cancelled and still calls for Israel’s destruction in ten of its clauses, including calling for a “revolution” utilizing terrorism against Israel as an indispensable element in the effort to achieve that goal and also calling for international action to stop Jews from moving to Israel

A PA leader demands that even future Jew-killers arrested by Israel must be released; and

A Fatah emblem showing all Israel labelled ‘Palestine’ and draped in a Palestinian headdress, flanked by a Kalashnikov rifle and an image of arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat.

(Gee whiz! How come Israel does not want to agree to such declarations. Maybe show them to John Kerry?)

II Comment:

Of course, diplomatic protocol and US pressure required General Yaalon to apologize for telling the truth a day later …

Text of Yaalon apology to Kerry January 14, 2014:

“Israel and the United states share a common goal to advance the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians led by Secretary Kerry. We appreciate Secretary Kerry’s many efforts towards that’s end. The defense minister had no intention to cause any offense to the secretary, and he apologizes if the secretary was offended by words attributed to the minister.”

Obama finds another way to destroy our military — unilateral disarmament making us powerless against Russian, Chinese and Iranian aggression

Obama finds another way to destroy our military — unilateral disarmament making us powerless against Russian, Chinese and Iranian aggression

Inside the Ring
Redacted from an article by Bill Gertz
The Washington Times
December 25, 2013

Obama finds another way to destroy our military — unilateral disarmament making us powerless against Russian, Chinese and Iranian aggression

(“It is hard to overstate the dangerous implications of what happened this week when President Obama was caught by an open mic sending a message to Russia’s dictator-in-waiting to wait quietly till after the November elections, after which Mr. Obama could make concessions on America’s national defense.” http://blog.heritage.org/2012/03/27/morning-bell-obama-whispers-away-americas-security/)

( Well, he has been keeping his word in spades. Don’t you wish he were keeping his multiple promises to the American people the same way. No Chance!)

The Obama administration has drawn up a plan to shut down one Minuteman III squadron and destroy its 50 in-ground silos by 2017. The rationale behind the plan is said by the administration to be compliance with the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.

The Pentagon, under the orders of Obama via his defense minister, Chas. Hagel, is facing strong opposition from Congress to an environmental study of Minuteman III missile silos that is needed before 50 land-based strategic missiles can be deactivated under President Obama’s disarmament agenda.

Critics in Congress have said there is no requirement under the treaty to cut land-based strategic missiles.

The Pentagon must conduct an environmental study before launching its plan to dismantle the 50 Minuteman IIIs. A U.S. official said the study would be followed by the removal of the missiles from silos by October, and then destruction of the silos beginning in May 2016.

Current Minuteman III missile fields are located at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., and Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

A bipartisan coalition of eight senators wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week to urge the Pentagon not to begin the environmental study. It was signed by Sens. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat; Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming Republican; Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican; Jon Tester, Montana Democrat; John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican; John Hoeven, North Dakota Republican; Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota Democrat; and Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat.

“Both the Senate and House versions of the fiscal year 2014 defense appropriations bills unambiguously prohibit funding a silo environmental assessment,” the senators said in this Dec. 18 letter. It also was sent to Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale.

“We therefore urge you not to begin such a study before it is clear whether funds will be available to complete it,” the senators said, adding that passage of defense appropriations legislation containing the funding restriction is expected in January.

The senators said that even though the recently passed defense authorization bill allows the Pentagon to begin the silo assessment, “Congress‘ final response to the department’s budget request will come through the fiscal year 2014 appropriations process.”

Critics of the administration plan said destroying the missile silos, instead of just removing the missiles from their silos, could undermine U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence. Strategic analysts say new threats to strategic submarines, or a large-scale buildup of nuclear arsenals by China, Russia or other states could require adding ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to compensate. That option would be lost if the silos are destroyed.

The plan to cut land-based ICBMs was not announced as part of the Pentagon’s April 2010 Nuclear Posture Review. All 450 Minuteman IIIs are being redesigned from three warheads to a single warhead.

Mr. Obama announced in June that he plans to make further cuts in U.S. nuclear warheads from the New START level of 1,550 to about 1,000 warheads.

Russian strategic forces commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said in a speech Dec. 17 that Moscow plans to keep 1,500 nuclear warheads, a level that would render Mr. Obama’s announced plan for further warhead cuts unilateral disarmament.

Mr. Obama and Mr. Hagel are advocates of eliminating all nuclear weapons.

A Pentagon spokeswoman had no comment.

The far out misinterpretation of Tikkun Olam (Healing the World) by the Jewish Left

The far out misinterpretation of Tikkun Olam (Healing the World) by the Jewish Left

Subject: The Pseudo-Jewish Fetish with “Tikkun Olam”
 
Redacted from a needed epiphany by Professor Steven Plaut
University of Haifa
Haifa Israel
 
 “The central mitzvah or commandment for our era is the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam.   It is the defining mission of Jews to strive for the repair of the world by making society more just, fair, egalitarian, and sensitive.   Judaism demands that we repair the world by striving for social justice.  It is the mission of Jews in the Divine Plan for the universe to repair the world by repairing man, by improving and advancing mankind.”
 
The above paragraph is a fair representation of what has become the defining raison d’être of Judaism as conveyed by non-Orthodox liberal Jewish organizations and synagogues in America.  It is not a direct citation from any, but is an accurate paraphrase of what has become the canon of non-Orthodox Jewish liberalism, in essence the orthodoxy of the non-Orthodox.  It is the “modernized” and contemporary “reinterpretation” of “Jewish ethics” as defined and inculcated by much of the Reform and Conservative movements.

So just what are we to make of the above “Tikkun Olam” proclamation and manifest?
 
The most important thing that must be understood about the Tikkun Olam catechism of non-Orthodox Judaism in the United States is that each and every sentence in the above proclamation is false.

First of all, there is no such thing as a mitzvah or commandment of “Tikkun Olam.”   Jews are nowhere commanded to “repair the world.”  In all the authoritative or traditional compilations of the commandments of Judaism, none list “Tikkun Olam” as one of them. The expression itself does not appear anywhere in the Torah or in the entire Bible.

Those assimilationist liberals who insist that the entire “ethics of the Prophets” can be reduced to the pursuit of “Tikkun Olam” will have to explain why none of the Books of the Prophets use the term. “Tikkun Olam” is used sporadically in the Talmud, but as a technical term for resolution of certain judicial problems that arise before rabbinic courts.  The only place where the expression appears in Jewish prayer is in the “Aleinu” and there it clearly has nothing at all to do with social justice.  In the “Aleinu,” Tikkun Olam is explicitly explained in the prayer text itself as the quest to eliminate pagan superstition and to see God’s rule of the universe implemented. In other words, it is a theological notion, not a social or political or environmental one.  In Judaism, the world does not get repaired by redistribution of income and wealth nor by cutting carbon emissions but by humans subordinating themselves to God’s will.   

Secondly, “Tikkun Olam” does not mean that Jews are obligated to strive to make the earth a more just, clean, fair and equal place.  Nowhere in Judaism are Jews commanded to restructure or re-engineer the societies of the nations.  Jews have a certain obligation to participate in the Jewish community and to assist other Jews, especially Jews living in hardship, including through Tzedaka or charity. Even within the Jewish community, there is no religious imperative or justification for coerced schemes of income or wealth redistribution, aside from payments to the Levites and priests. And while there is no prohibition as such upon Jews using their resources to assist the downtrodden among the non-Jewish nations, there is also no Judaic imperative to do so and such generosity would be considered morally inferior to the assisting of other Jews.
 
The idea that it is somehow the religious duty of Jews to “repair mankind” is not only complete nonsense, but it is a manifestation of the ignorant megalomania of assimilationist Jewish liberals.  The simple fact of the matter is that in actual Judaism, it is none of the business of Jews to fix or repair humanity.  More generally, in Judaism it is the job of Jews to repair the Jews, not to repair the world. 

Non-Jews are not in need of being “repaired” by Jews, at least as long as they observe the seven “Noahide Commandments,” the rules of living that Jews interpret to be conferred upon all humans, all descendants of Noah, by God.  Beyond that, what the gentiles do and how they do it is none of the business of Jews, and Jews simply have no religious standing to interfere.  It is certainly not the job of Jews to instruct non-Jews about matters such as income and wealth distribution, abortion, environmentalism, health care provision, or discrimination. Jews are commanded to speak up only if they witness non-Jews tearing off limbs from live animals and eating them, and in a very small number of other cases.
 
Indeed, the very notion that Jews are so ethically superior that they are entitled to instruct non-Jews in ethnics is completely foreign to the Torah. The self-image of Jews in the Torah/Bible is that of a group of people awash in their own moral failures and foibles, from the Golden Calf to the paganism of the era of the kings of Judah and Israel. The moral imperative of the Torah is for the Jews to improve and reevaluate their own behavior, not to pretend to have the moral superiority to preach to the entire non-Jewish world.
 
Jews are in general not obligated to oppose or reform unjust laws of the nations, at least as long as those laws do not require Jews to bow down to idols. It is the religious moral imperative of Jews to obey the law and that is all.   In democracies in which Jews may vote and express ideological positions, there is no Torah-based objection to their doing so.   But at the same time there are generally no Torah-based ideological positions when it comes to the same policy questions. A Jew is free to favor or oppose Obamacare, shale oil extraction, and Quantitative Easing for any reason he or she sees fit.  It would be a sacrilege and disrespectful to drag the Torah into the debate as the basis for the Jew’s opinion.   The Torah has more important matters on its theological plate.
 
As for the insistence by the “Eco-Judaism” groups that vegetarianism is the highest form of “Tikkun Olam,” the REAL position of the Torah on the subject needs to be mentioned.  The Torah completely prohibits vegetarianism at least once a year, on the evening of Passover, and, while it does not exactly prohibit it for other holidays, eating meat on those holidays is strongly recommended.  As for the recruitment of “Tikkun Olam” as the moral basis for other trendy political positions, some of the clearest ethical positions in all of Judaism are the SUPPORT by the Torah for capital punishment and its strong OPPOSITION to homosexual relations.
  
 The bottom line is that, at the hands of the assimilationist liberals, “Tikkun Olam” has become a nonsense mantra representing nothing more than the replacement of actual Judaism with a pseudo-theology consisting entirely of the pursuit of liberal political fads

Just in case there is any misunderstanding as to Ariel Sharon’s impending obituary

II Video – The Disengagement from Gush Katif (Israeli developed strip of Gaza) with Ariel Sharon

http://israel-commentary.org/?p=8308

By David Wilder

January 06, 2014

Ariel Sharon is dying. It’s not considered nice to say bad things about dead people, especially immediately after their passing. So I’m writing this while he’s still alive. Barely. When I heard the news I wasn’t sure if I wanted to laugh or cry. Laugh, that finally, he’s leaving us. Or cry, because his ‘this world’ suffering is coming to an end.

That’s how much I like Ariel Sharon. He had many positions, and many titles. I will remember him as a monster. When elected to the office of Prime Minister in March, 2001, the 2nd Intifada, or what we call the Oslo War, was well underway. Terror attacks, shootings, and the like had begun. In Hebron, Arab terrorists had taken positions on the hills surrounding the Jewish neighborhoods and were shooting at us like ducks in a pond. Great for target practice, but not when the targets are men, women and children, in their homes, cars, or just plain walking down the street.

Sharon could have stopped it. He didn’t. It continued for almost a year and a half, here in Hebron. Only after the Passover Massacre in Netanya and the killing of five year old Danielle Shefi at Adura, just outside of Hebron, did he finally put an end to the nightmare. He was Prime Minister when most of the over 1,500 people murdered during that war. He could have stopped it. He didn’t. But that was just the beginning.

The expulsion from Gush Katif (Jewish communities on the coast of Gaza) and the Northern Shomron, abandoning the southern tip of Israel to Hamas, brought over 13,000 rockets into Israel, into Ashkelon, Ashdod and Tel Aviv – to this very day. Actually, it began with Menachem Began. He set the precedent, with Ariel Sharon as his right-hand man, implementing the expulsions from the Sinai, giving it to the Egyptians after the Yom Kippur War in 1973, There Sharon learned that it is possible to forcibly remove Jews from their homes, destroy Jewish communities and abandon land to our enemy (without the Israeli nation executing him as a traitor.)

What then is the punishment of people who remove cities from Israel, abandoning the land, expelling the people, endangering the population? What happened to them, what was their fate: Begin, the hero of Jewish underground, the leader who destroyed the Iraqi nuclear threat, secluded himself for years following his resignation as Prime Minister, unseen until his dying day.

Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.

Ehud Olmert, one of the primary initiators of the Gush Katif catastrophe, has undergone numerous trials on charges of corruption, facing disgrace.

Katzav, who as President refused to oppose the Gush Katif expulsion, imprisoned following conviction for rape, from the president’s mansion to a jail cell.

Ariel Sharon, suffering the worst kind of hell, neither here nor there, not dead, not alive, for the past eight years. Some 8,600 people were expelled from the Gush, a year for every thousand people. And one can only image what he will face when trying to enter the pearly gates of heaven.

It is written that there is a ‘place’ somewhere between this world and the next, called in Hebrew “Kaf HaKelah.” This is a kind of nether land — not here, not there. It is written that here, such souls who have so sinned in this world, float around, not being in this world, or the next, a kind of horrible limbo. Usually, for such deserving souls, this aspect of punishment happens following a person’s death. In Sharon’s case, it began here in this world.

There is a story, told now for years, about how a famous Rabbi cursed Ariel Sharon, saying he should receive a blow on his head. People approached the Rabbi and expressed their opposition to this curse. So, the Rabbi then blessed Sharon, saying, ‘he should live a long life.’ It seems that both the ‘curse’ and the ‘blessing’ were achieved.

So what (or who) should this come to teach, what is the lesson for the future? This is what I ask the present Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, as he seems to be negotiating away our land, Eretz Yisrael. Be it Hebron or Shilo, Gitit in the Jordan Valley, or the Arab villages of the ‘Mishulash, on the eastern Sharon plain, bordering Samaria. This is all our land.

It is clear that, at present, there are at least two parallel sets of discussions going on; those led by Justice Minister Tzippy Livni and those being led by Netanyahu himself, seemingly with Abbas, aka Abu Mazen. The US is pushing, but Israel doesn’t necessarily have to budge. That’s up to us; it is up to our Prime Minister, Foreign Minister (who today came out publicly in favor of an agreement), and the Defense Minister. And the others.

What will be in store for them, what will be their fate, should they choose to walk in the footsteps of Ariel Sharon?
It is difficult to fathom their blindness, how and why they reach such depths of absurdity — to even speak of such concessions, of such abandonment, of such expulsions, again.

One thing is very clear: the United States, and in this case, the Secretary of State John Kerry, is pushing very hard, harder than any of his predecessors in recent history. We can only imagine the types of pressure he is applying on Netanyahu. However, it should be known, the word ‘Kerry’ in Hebrew has a distinct meaning: impurity. It is a term utilized to express a tainted uncleanness, almost a defilement, of body and soul. This term quite accurately describes the American SOB. Sometimes, such scum can be contagious. It seems that, in this case, it is starting to rub off on others.

I can only say: Bibi beware. Don’t fall into the potholes left to you by Sharon. And to the others, who can join him, or leave him, can support him or bring him down, your fate is too hanging in the balance. Purify yourselves from the contamination of Kerry. Before Sharon’s miserable fate will almost look good to you.

(David Wilder is a US citizen that emigrated to Israel in 1974. He has been the titular head and spokesperson for the brave Israelis that have chosen to live in Hebron and Kiryat Arba protecting the Cave of Machpelah – the biblical piece of land that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite as a burying-place for his wife Sarah at the exorbitant price of four hundred silver shekels. The cave became the family burying-place, Sarah being the first to be buried there; later, Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Leah, and Jacob, the Patriarchs of the Jewish people, were placed there (Genesis xxiii).

It is the area that PM Netanyahu, in an apparent moment of insanity gave apx 90% over to the Arabs at the tail end of the Oslo Accord agreement in the vain hope that it would bring peace. Peace has not even come close. It has been nothing but another Arab center for terrorism ever since. Now David Wilder rightfully fears that Netanyahu is on the verge of another such gargantuan error giving Arabs more land in Judea and Samaria and allowing them a so-called Palestinian State for which the Arabs have only one goal — the final destruction of the State of Israel.) jsk

II The Disengagement from Gush Katif (Israeli developed strip of Gaza) with Ariel Sharon

From the Great Chas. Krauthammer – Article 1, Chapter 12 of his best seller, Things that Matter

Plus: II The real truth about Palestine and Jesus Christ – Short Video by Member of Knesset Danny Ayalon

From the Great Chas. Krauthammer – Article 1, Chapter 12 of his best seller, Things that Matter

CHAPTER 12

THE JEWISH QUESTION, AGAIN

THOSE TROUBLESOME JEWS

Originally in The Washington Post, June 4, 2010 (and nothing has changed)

The world is outraged at Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Turkey denounces its illegality, inhumanity, barbarity, etc. The usual UN suspects – Third World and European – join in. The Obama administration dithers. But as Leslie Gelb, former president of the Council on Foreign Affairs writes, the blockade is not just perfectly rational, it is perfectly legal.

Gaza under Hamas is a self-declared enemy of Israel – a declaration backed up by more than 4,000 rockets fired at Israeli territory. Yet, having pledged itself to unceasing belligerency, claims victimhood when Israel imposes a blockade to prevent from arming itself with still more rockets.

In World War II, with full international legality, the United States blockaded Germany and Japan. And during the October 1962 crisis, we blockaded (“quarantined”) Cuba. Arms-bearing ships headed to Cuba turned back because the Soviets knew the US Navy would either board them or sink them. Yet Israel is accused of international criminality for doing precisely what John Kennedy did: impose a naval blockade to prevent a hostile state from lethal weaponry

Oh, but weren’t the Gaza-bound ships on a mission of humanitarian relief? No. Otherwise they would have accepted Israel’s offer to bring their supplies to an Israeli port, be inspected for military materiel and have the rest trucked by Israel into Gaza — as every week 10,000 tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are sent by Israel to Gaza.

Why was the offer refused? Because, as organizer Greta Berlin admitted, the flotilla was not about humanitarian relief but breaking the blockade, i.e., ending Israel’s inspection regime, would mean unlimited shipping into Gaza and thus the unlimited arming of Hamas.

Israel has already twice intercepted ships laden with Iranian arms destined for Hezbollah and Gaza. What country would allow that? But even more important, why did Israel even have to blockade? Because blockade is Israel’s fallback as the world systematically de-legitimizes its traditional ways of defending itself — forward and active defense.

(1) Forward defense: As a small, densely populated country surrounded by hostile states, Israel had, for its first half-century, forward defense—fighting wars on enemy territory (such as the Sinai and Golan Heights) rather than its own.

Where possible (Sinai, for example), Israel has traded territory for peace. But where peace offers were refused, Israel retained the territory as a protective buffer zone. Thus Israel retained a small strip of southern Lebanon to protect the villages of northern Israel. And it took many losses in Gaza, rather than expose Israeli border to Palestinian terror attacks. It is for the same reason America wages a grinding war in Afghanistan: You fight them there, so you don’t have to fight them here.

But under overwhelming outside pressure, Israel gave it up. Israelis were told the occupations were not just illegal but at the root of the anti-Israel insurgencies and therefore withdrawal, by removing the cause, would bring peace.

Land for peace. Remember? Well, during the past decade, Israel gave the land — evacuating South Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005. What did it get? An intensification of belligerency, heavy militarization of the enemy side, multiple kidnappings, cross-border attacks from Gaza, years of unrelenting rocket attack.

(2) Active defense: Israel then had to switch to active defense — military action to disrupt, dismantle and defeat (to borrow President Obama’s description of our campaign against the Taliban and al Qaeda) the newly armed terrorist mini-states established in southern Lebanon and Gaza after Israel withdrew.The result? The Lebanon war of 2006 and Gaza operation of 2008-09. They were met with yet another avalanche of opprobrium and calumny by the same international community that had demanded the land-for-peace Israeli withdrawals in the first place.

Worse, the UN Goldstone report, which essentially criminalized Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza while whitewashing the casus celebri — the preceding and unprovoked Hamas rocket war — effectively de-legitimized any active Israeli defense against its self-declared terrorist enemies.

(3) Passive defense: Without forward or active defense, Israel is left with but the most passive and benign of all defenses — a blockade to simply prevent enemy rearmament. Yet, as we speak, this too is headed for international de-legitimation. Even the United States is now moving toward having it abolished.

But, if none of these are permissible, what’s left? Ah, but that’s the point. It’s the point understood by the blockade-busting flotilla of useful idiots and terror sympathizers, by the Turkish front organization that funded it, by the automatic anti-Israel Third World chorus at the United Nations, and by the supine Europeans who have had quite enough of the Jewish problem.

What’s left? Nothing. The whole point of this relentless international campaign is to deprive Israel of any legitimate form of self-defense. Why just last week, the Obama administration joined the jackals and reversed four decades of U.S. practice, by signing on to a consensus document that singles out Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons — thus de-legitimizing Israel’s very last line of defense: deterrence.

The world is tired of these troublesome Jews, 6 million hard by the Mediterranean, refusing every invitation to national suicide for which they are relentlessly demonized, ghettoized and constrained from defending themselves, even as the more committed anti-Zionists — Iranian in particular — openly prepare a more final solution.

The Washington Post, June 4, 2010

(And, here we are three and one half years later and Israel’s position is only worse with the same jackals, useful idiots, supine European Union, misdirected enemies John Kerry and Barack Obama yapping at Israel’s heels demanding more concessions that will indeed result in another Final Solution –  Exactly what they all have in mind, Hashem forbid!

Wake up Israel! Do not weaken yourself in any way and give succor to your dedicated, hate-filled enemies. And PM Netanyahu please finally conclude another Arab state two minutes away whose only goal is your destruction should have no place in your considerations.

If they want Israel to disappear let them lose their own lives in huge numbers in the attempt. No more Polish Ghetto, No more Holocaust, No more Willing Executioners without a whole lot of company on the other side. Let them be fully awakened to the reality that Jewish blood is no longer cheap.)

Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor Israel Commentary, www.israel-commentary.org

II The real truth about Palestine and Jesus Christ

By Member of Knesset Danny Ayalon

Israel’s impending raid on Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

Israel’s impending raid on Iran’s Nuclear Facilities

Redacted from: A Raid on Iran

BY URI SADOT
The Weekly Standard
DEC 30, 2013

As world powers debate what a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran should look like, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to maintain that Israel is not bound by the interim agreement that the P5+1 and Iran struck in Geneva on November 24. Israel, says Netanyahu, “has the right and the obligation to defend itself.” One question then is whether Netanyahu actually intends to strike Iranian nuclear facilities. The other question, no less important, is whether Israel could really pull it off.

American analysts are divided on Israel’s ability to take effective military action. However, history shows that Israel’s military capabilities are typically underestimated. The Israel Defense Forces keep finding creative ways to deceive and cripple their targets by leveraging their qualitative advantages in manners that confound not only skeptical observers but also, and more important, Israel’s enemies.

Military triumphs like the Six-Day War of June 1967 and the 1976 raid on Entebbe that freed 101 hostages are popular Israeli lore for good reason—these “miraculous” victories were the result of assiduously planned, rehearsed, and well-executed military operations based on the elements of surprise, deception, and innovation, core tenets of Israeli military thinking. Inscribed on one of the walls of the IDF’s officer training academy is the verse from Proverbs 24:6: “For by clever deception thou shalt wage war.” And this has been the principle driving almost all of Israel’s most successful campaigns, like the 1981 bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor, the 1982 Beka’a Valley air battle, and the 2007 raid on Syria’s plutonium reactor, all of which were thought improbable, if not impossible, until Israel made them reality.

And yet in spite of Israel’s record, some American experts remain skeptical about Israel’s ability to do anything about Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities. Even the most optimistic assessments argue that Israel can only delay the inevitable. As a September 2012 report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies contends: “Israel does not have the capability to carry out preventive strikes that could do more than delay Iran’s efforts for a year or two.” (Excuse me. What’s the matter with that? This is an existential problem for Israel)

Part of the reason that Israeli and American assessments diverge is the difference in the two countries’ recent military histories and political cultures. While the American debate often touches on the limits of military power and its ability to secure U.S. interests around the globe, the Israeli debate is narrower, befitting the role of a regional actor rather than a superpower, and focuses solely on Israel’s ability to provide for the security of its citizens at home.

Any account of surprise and deception as key elements in Israeli military history has to start with the aerial attack that earned Israel total air supremacy over its adversaries in the June 1967 war. Facing the combined Arab armies, most prominently those of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, Israel’s Air Force was outnumbered by a ratio of 3 planes to 1. Nonetheless, at the very outset of the war, the IAF dispatched its jets at a time when Egyptian pilots were known to be having breakfast. Israeli pilots targeted the enemy’s warplanes on their runways, and in two subsequent waves of sorties, destroyed the remainder of the Egyptian Air Force, as well as Jordan’s and most of Syria’s. Within six hours, over 400 Arab planes, virtually all of the enemy’s aircraft, were in flames, with Israel losing only 19 planes.

The 1981 raid on Iraq’s nuclear reactor at Osirak is another example of Israel’s ability to pull off operations that others think it can’t. The success caught experts by surprise because every assessment calculated that the target was out of the flight range of Israel’s newly arrived F-16s. Washington later learned that Israel’s success came from simple and creative field improvisations that gave the Israeli jets the extra mileage needed to safely reach Baghdad and return, and also to gain the element of surprise by extending their reach beyond what the tables and charts that guided thinking in Washington and elsewhere had assumed possible.

Surprise won Israel a similar advantage one year later in the opening maneuvers of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. For students of aerial warfare, the Beka’a Valley air battle is perhaps Israel’s greatest military maneuver, even surpassing the June 1967 campaign. On June 9, Israel destroyed the entire Soviet-built Syrian aerial array in a matter of hours. Ninety Syrian MiGs were downed and 17 of 19 surface-to-air missile batteries were put out of commission, while the Israeli Air Force suffered no losses.

The 1982 air battle was the culmination of several years’ worth of tension on Israel’s northern border. Israel was concerned that Syria’s deployment of advanced aerial defense systems in Lebanon’s Beka’a Valley would limit its freedom to operate against PLO attacks from Lebanon. When Syria refused to pull back its defenses and U.S. mediation efforts failed, Israel planned for action. Although Israel was widely understood to enjoy a qualitative advantage, no one could have imagined the knockout blow it was about to deliver. When Syrian pilots scrambled for their planes, their communications had already been severed and their radars blinded. Israeli pilots later noted the “admirable bravery” of their Syrian counterparts, whom they downed at a ratio of 90 to 0.

And then there is Israel’s most recent high-profile conflict with Syria. When Israeli intelligence discovered that Bashar al-Assad’s regime was building a plutonium reactor in the northeast Syrian Desert, Israeli and American leaders disagreed on the best course of action. Israel’s then-prime minister Ehud Olmert argued for a military solution, while the Bush administration feared the risks, demurred, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pushed to take the matter to the U.N. (That would have been a big help — almost as big as John Kerry’s and Tzippi Livni’s current recommendations in the latest “peace proposal”) The Israelis, however, confident in their cyberwarfare capabilities, knew they could disable Syria’s air defenses. And on September 6, 2007, Israel once again overturned the expert predictions and assessments of others and successfully destroyed the Syrian reactor at Al Kibar.

The question of how exactly Israel might act to stop the Iranian nuclear program is an open one. …What is certain, however—what many historical precedents make clear—is that it would be an error of the first order to dismiss Israel’s ability to take meaningful military action against Iran. Israel has left its enemies, as well as American policymakers and military experts, surprised in the past, and it may very well do so again. (And, let us say, Amen)

Uri Sadot is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Princeton University.

PM Netanyahu addresses the double crime of Iran, Lebanon, Hezbollah

http://israel-commentary.org/?p=8255

At the weekly Israeli Government Cabinet meeting today (Sunday, 29 December 2013):

1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks:

“Today, the IDF responded quickly and forcefully to the rocket fire from Lebanon. This is our policy regarding Lebanon just as it is with the Gaza Strip. We will not allow a drizzle and we will respond strongly, and if need be, will carry out preventive action. We hold the Lebanese government responsible for firing that is carried out from within its territory. What is happening in Lebanon is that Hezbollah is stationing thousands of missiles and rockets in apartments, in the heart of the civilian population, and is thus perpetrating two war crimes simultaneously. It is organizing the firing at civilians, just as it did today, and it is hiding behind civilians as human shields.

This is a double war crime that that is being perpetrated under the aegis of the Lebanese government and army, which are not lifting a finger to prevent this arming and these crimes. We hold the Lebanese government responsible for this development. We also know that Iran, of course, is behind this arming by Hezbollah. It is the same Iran which is continuing to assist the Syrian government in slaughtering civilians and which is continuing to arm terrorist organizations that are perpetrating acts of terrorism in many countries. It is also the same Iran that is currently developing centrifuges that are capable of enriching uranium six times faster than its regular centrifuges.

All of this is being done now, before the agreement with Iran is written. Even before the agreement is signed I see that the Iranian economy is recovering somewhat. We are monitoring these developments and are pointing them out to the world. We continue to see preventing the nuclearization of Iran as our main goal vis-à-vis the national security of the State of Israel, as well as the security of the region and the entire world.”

II Iran disavows the nuclear agreement made in the minds of John Kerry and the rest of the world’s useful idiots.

Iran nuclear facilities will keep running
Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:9PM GMT
http://presstv.com/detail/2013/12/19/340831/iran-nuclear-facilities-to-keep-running/

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country’s nuclear facilities, including Arak heavy water reactor, will continue running, dismissing Western governments’ call on Tehran to suspend activities of the facility.

“Iran’s nuclear facilities, including the Arak reactor, will continue running at full capacity,” Ali Akbar Salehi said on Thursday. He made the remarks in a meeting with Grand Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani in the holy city of Qom.

“We will never give up this important achievement and we have no intention of losing it,” Salehi said of the Arak reactor.

Earlier this month, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited the Arak heavy water facility as part of Tehran’s goodwill gestures to remove ambiguities about the peaceful nature of its nuclear energy program.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Salehi also said Iran’s recent nuclear deal with the six world powers protects the Islamic Republic’s nuclear rights.

In November, Iran and six world powers ˆ the US, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany ˆ signed a landmark nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva to set the stage for the full resolution of the Western standoff over Iran’s nuclear energy program.