What Is He Talking About?

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Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat)

“What Is He Talking About?”

We have just completed the holiday of Sukkot, during which time we live in sukkahs.  While conforming to certain specifications, a sukkah is in its essence a temporary and thus fragile structure.

Credit: Mishpacha

This comes to remind us that what protects us is not the walls of the sukkah, but the embrace of the Almighty. And I believe that now, especially, this is a lesson we need to carry with us: As is obvious from my postings, I believe we are commanded to act as decisively as we can.  Never do I suggest that we should leave it to Heaven and stop exerting our own effort to protect Israel – on the contrary!

But in the end, we indeed must rely upon the embrace of the Almighty.  The world grows less comprehensible day by day.


John Kerry’s statements serve as a perfect example of the incomprehensible nature of current events.  This past Thursday, he linked the lack of a “two-state solution” to rising Islamic radicalism:

“there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation…

“People need to understand the connection of that. And it has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity.”


This position is not only daft and outrageous, it is dead wrong and dangerous.

The vast majority of the Arabs across the region care very little about the “Palestinians” and their call for a state.

ISIS is about an Islamic caliphate established on the basis of sharia law.  Were there (Heaven forbid) no Israel, the Islamic radicals would still be seeking a caliphate.

More to the point with regard to the rise of ISIS is the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq at a premature time.


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, who was in Gaza this past week, echoed a refrain similar to that of Kerry:

“The Gaza situation is a symptom of a larger problem: the stalemate in the Middle East peace process.”

It doesn’t end.

One must ask what it is that Ban doesn’t get: Hamas in Gaza was not part of negotiations for “peace” and has declared it never will be.  The goal of this terror organization is the elimination of Israel and it would not be pacified by a “two-state solution.”  It would merely utilize the presence of a “Palestinian state” in Judea and Samaria to advance its opportunities for attacking Israel.

How has it come to pass that successful peace negotiations are touted as the panacea for everything that ails this part of the world?

From where I sit, it looks like a serious epidemic of “blame it on the Jews.”


But here we are, with Kerry declaring:

“It is imperative that we find a way to get back to the negotiations.[We need] to find a way to create two states that can live together side by side, two peoples, with both of their aspirations being respected.”


I confess, my friends, that I was naïve.  I believed that when Abbas signed with Hamas for a unity government it was the kiss of death for negotiations, at least for some interim of time.  I was convinced that it would be clear that Israel could not negotiate with an entity that encompassed a terrorist organization and that Abbas’s credentials as a “partner for peace” had been severely tarnished.

But, alas…I was wrong. We are expected to negotiate anyway.

We will not.


From a purely pragmatic perspective I also saw Kerry as having too much on his plate to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict right now.  Go know…


This past Sunday, a donor conference was held in Cairo to raise money for the rebuilding of Gaza.   A staggering $5.4 billion dollars was pledged, the largest pledge of $1 billion coming from the Hamas-supporting nation of Qatar.

Israel, the PA and the UN have ostensibly worked out a mechanism for ensuring that materials brought in will not be utilized by Hamas.  I have not quite figured out yet how this can be the case, when the PA encompasses Hamas.  Please, do not hold your collective breath expecting success on this score.  My understanding is that it will be impossible to effectively monitor dual-use items (that can be used for civilian building or for military purposes) once they are in Gaza.  This past Tuesday, cement and steel entered Gaza for the first time in a year.

Yuli Edelstein, speaker of the Knesset, expressed double concern about a lack of proper supervision of the funds donated: It will not reach the population that needs it, and it will embolden Hamas to more violence

Edelstein regretted that Israel had not been invited by Cairo to the conference.


I call your attention in particular to a piece on this issue by Michael Freund, “Is rebuilding Gaza more important than halting Ebola?” (emphasis added):

“…despite the Islamic terrorist group’s [Hamas’s] cynical use of the area as a launching pad for thousands of rocket attacks against Israel, Western powers and others have rushed to open their checkbooks to help with reconstruction.

This is morally obtuse, politically obscene and strategically oblivious behavior

“…At the Gaza donor conference, which was held in Cairo, a whopping $5.4 billion was pledged, half of which will go towards rebuilding efforts, while the rest will be used to sustain the budget of the Palestinian Authority, which now includes Hamas through 2017.

In other words, even though the Palestinians siphoned off previous aid and used it to prepare for war with Israel, they are once again becoming recipients of Western largesse.

Needless to say, the funds pledged are not contingent on Hamas disarmament, nor will any demands be made of the terrorist group to cease building tunnels to try and burrow into Israel and murder innocent Israelis

The inanity at work here is even more pronounced when one considers that the United Nations has been having difficulty raising just $1 billion to fight Ebola.

“Although the disease has killed more than 4,000 people and spread to at least seven countries, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said on Friday that just $250 million…has been raised thus far…

“And so, even though the number of Ebola cases is reportedly doubling every three to four weeks, billions of dollars will be lavished on Gaza rather than on the jeopardized populations of Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“Similarly, a recent donor conference in Washington aimed at combatting cholera in Haiti, which has killed more than 8,000 and infected 700,000 others, raised just $52.5 million out of the $400 million needed for the program’s first two years.

“And just last month, Ertharin Cousin, the head of the World Food Program, said that because of funding shortages, the organization has had to reduce food rations and distributions.

“’We’re going to need to cut rations to those people we’re supporting inside Syria, and to cut the size of the vouchers to those Syrians who are refugees outside Syria…’”

Concludes Freund, “no reasonable moral calculus can justify prioritizing the reconstruction of Gaza apartment buildings over preventing an Ebola epidemic that threatens millions of people.”


All this makes me long for the peace of the sukkah. But I’ll be here, with a great deal more to write about.

As I had recently written about Hezbollah, and increasing concerns about its intentions, I end with this article by Jonathan Spyer, who has considerable expertise on the issue:

The Nusra Front – a Sunni Jihadist group in Syria – “is demonstrating its ability to hit at [Shi’ite] Hezbollah across the border [from Syria into Lebanon] with increasing impunity.”  In the past, Hezbollah has tangled with weak Sunni elements inside of Lebanon, or with Syrian refugees located in Lebanon, but this is different.  Nusra is attacking Hezbollah positions; there are indications that the Syrian civil war is moving “irrevocably” into Lebanon.

All of this must be followed closely because of the complex implications for Hezbollah’s motivation to hit Israel in the near future.  Hezbollah is facing new challenges.  On the one hand, it is distracted and under pressure.  But it is eager to justify itself to the Lebanese population, which has not been pleased with Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian civil war.


Will Obama Order US Military to Fight Ebola in Liberia Clinics?

By: Diana West

DVIDS screen-grab of US Marine Ospreys landing in the Ebola hot zone last week.

Do you get the feeling the United States government is trying to get us all killed?

OK, not all of us. Some of us.

I almost don’t know how else to interpret the headlines, whether it’s the 167,000 convicted criminal aliens who, despite deportation orders, remain “currently at large,” or it’s the U.S. consulates in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea that are still issuing travel visas to citizens from these Ebola-stricken nations at a rate of 100 per day.

The White House refusal to exercise elementary precautions to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the United States has become another notorious hallmark of the Obama years. I refer to the administration’s failure to prohibit travel from the Ebola-stricken region into our formerly Ebola-free nation for the duration of the horrific epidemic. This wouldn’t have guaranteed the virus would never surface here – not with that porous border of ours – but it would have prevented the initial Dallas outbreak. It would have prevented subsequent Texas cases, continuing havoc, mounting costs and a national panic that is largely a response to a White House demonstrably more committed to the principles of globalism than to the health and welfare of American citizens.

Even now, the Obama administration continues to permit 150 travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to land every day, their unimpeded ease of movement our government’s top priority. The rest of us take our chances. So far, our chances are exceedingly good. To date, we are looking at “only” two infected nurses. From the globalist perspective, this mean Obama’s policies are working. The golf course beckons.

What kind of leader thinks like this? One who doesn’t care about Americans as Americans. To Barack Obama, as to all globalists (most of both the Democratic and Republican parties), We, the People, are just interchangeable denizens of the world, subject to the diktats of transnational elites.

To keep this utopia moving, the administration has installed temperature monitors at airports. These monitors are expected to check 94 percent of West Africans entering the USA – and never mind that stealth 6 percent (the Obama administration doesn’t). But what’s to stop someone from passing undetected by popping a few Advils before deplaning? Presto – no fever for an airport monitor to pick up, but plenty of deadly germs to spread around the country.

Most troubling of all is Obama’s outrageous order to send U.S. military forces into the Ebola hot zone. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin explained why to WND.com: “This is a president who thinks like a community organizer, and not like a commander in chief who takes his responsibility for his troops seriously. At a time when our military has been at war for 13 years, suicide is at an all-time high, (post-traumatic stress disorder) is out of control and families are being destroyed as a result of 13 years of war, the last thing the president should be doing is sending people into West Africa to fight Ebola.” Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely also opposes the deployment. Aside from this pair, I haven’t seen much criticism.

Just as it’s important to understand the thinking behind White House policies that permit a steady flow of potential new Ebola cases into this country, it’s important to consider what calculus President Obama used to decide to expose some 4,000 service members and, just announced, unspecified numbers of reserve and National Guard units to a heightened risk of contracting and dying from Ebola in West Africa – or bringing it home.

Is there some “national” interest at stake? No. If there were, no self-respecting globalist would deploy a single U.S. soldier – something we know from the absence of troops at our own besieged border where the national interest is paramount. Is there some military mission in West Africa that the battle-tested, also war-weary 101st Airborne Division or U.S. Marines are specifically suited for? The answer again is no. There’s no military mission, period. “Fighting Ebola” is not the same thing as fighting a war. Our troops are trained to fight armed enemies, not infectious diseases. Nor is there any “humanitarian mission” these forces are trained to execute.

The U.S. military is being sent to provide “structure,” “support structure” and “infrastructure” for other organizations, as Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno vaguely told Congress. Commanders emphasize that U.S. troops will have no contact – “maybe, a tiny amount,” Odierno confessed – with Ebola patients. Meanwhile, they continue training to put on and take off hazmat suits.

So why are they there? I dearly hope three House Democrats – Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, and Karen Bass and Barbara Lee of California – haven’t revealed the answer. In a letter to President Obama noting the difficulties in staffing West African Ebola clinics, these House members requested that U.S. military personnel be allowed “to provide direct care to, and to come into contact, with patients in West Africa.”

Does this all begin to sound diabolical? Will we soon be seeing U.S. military manning Ebola clinics? This is a question to give night sweats particularly to military families, who, our leaders need to be reminded, are people, too. There is increasingly overt callousness toward American lives, both civilian and military, at the very top of the government pyramid. That’s where totalitarians like to live, by the way. The air is pure up there, and the people look so small.



Mothers to Oppose Radical Islam and Sharia at Speakers’ Corner, London, UK – Sunday 19 October


Marble Arch - a landmark close to Speaker's Corner.

We have just received news that Anne Marie Waters, Director of Sharia Watch UK, will join principled speakers on Sunday 19th October to support Mothers Against Radical Islam and Sharia.

Anne Marie said:

“Extremist Islam represents a grave threat to the safety and freedom of women, as does the political correctness which allows some men to get away with crimes against women, simply because the authorities don’t want to cause offence.  It is up to women to stand up and demand that our freedom and safety are not compromised by our leaders in the name of political correctness.  It is also significant that we are doing this at Speakers’ Corner, the home of British free speech, as we demand the right so speak our minds and tell the truth about the menace of radical Islam and sharia in our society”.

ICLA wishes those that attend this important event at Speakers Corner every success with their efforts tomorrow.


Left Tries to Blame Ebola Crisis on Republicans

By: Roger Aronoff
Accuracy in Media

A new ad put out by the left-wing Advocacy Project seeks to link Republican budget cuts with the spread of the Ebola virus, a shameful fear tactic that could take hold among a populace rightfully concerned about this epidemic. While media organizations such as Time Magazine and Real Clear Politics have reported on the existence of the video, all they did was cite the ad, not challenge the veracity of its information. In doing so, they’re acting as vehicles for spreading its misinformation.

The Heritage Foundation’s news website, The Daily Signal, reported that “Erica Payne, the founder and president of The Agenda Project, told CNN that ‘people should be deathly afraid of Republican policies,’ and that there is ‘no question’ about the link between budget cuts and Ebola.”

The Washington Post’s fact-checker Glenn Kessler calls the arguments in this ad, and the similar strategy by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee of blaming Republicans for cuts, “absurd.” He bestows such claims with four Pinocchios. According to him, appropriations for the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health are down, but this has as much to do with bipartisan action and inflation as anything else. “Obama’s Republican predecessor oversaw big increases in public-health sector spending, and both Democrats and Republicans in recent years have broadly supported efforts to rein in federal spending,” he writes. In other words, both parties have increased and decreased health care budgets. “There’s no doubt that spending has been cut, or at least failed to keep pace with inflation, but the fingerprints of both parties are on the knives,” he writes.

But the news media have taken this Democrat message and tried to further it in its own reporting, either by disseminating the ad or through outright partisanship. MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted on October 12, “To the anti-government wingers in my thread: so far, the only ‘spread of Ebola’ in the U.S. was caused by a private hospital in a red state.” This comes from the same news channel where a host claimed that Alton Nolen’s beheading of an innocent woman in Moore, Oklahoma had as much to do with Islam as what the alleged perpetrator ate for breakfast.

While some in the news media seem content to blame the GOP for cuts in the government’s protective apparatus, resulting in the spread of Ebola, the data shows that misplaced priorities may have contributed to the crisis rather than budget cuts overall.

The Centers for Disease Control budget has, indeed, declined since 2010—from $6.5 billion to $5.8 billion, according to CDC data. However, an examination of the chart provided by the CDC shows that the shortfall has been largely made up by Prevention and Public Health Fund monies, which are added above and beyond the declining budgetary authority. In addition, President Barack Obama’s suggested Fiscal Year 2015 budget would reduce the CDC budgetary authority to $5.4 billion, below even Fiscal Year 2014 and 2013 levels.

According to The Hill newspaper, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton recently slammed the sequester, saying, “The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is another example on the response to Ebola—they’re working heroically, but they don’t have the resources they used to have.”

Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal hit back hard, writing for Politico magazine that “In recent years, the CDC has received significant amounts of funding. Unfortunately, however, many of those funds have been diverted away from programs that can fight infectious diseases, and toward programs far afield from the CDC’s original purpose.” According to his data, of the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) monies—which, as discussed, are often making up the shortfall in funding—only six percent over the last five years was used for “building epidemiology and laboratory capacity.” And, “While protecting Americans from infectious diseases received only $180 million from the Prevention Fund, the community transformation grant program received nearly three times as much money—$517.3 million over the same five-year period,” Governor Jindal writes.  The PPHF is part of Obamacare.

What is community transformation? Such funding is spent on neighborhood grocery stores, sidewalks, and street lights. These things are clearly outside the traditional CDC mission. Kessler failed to discuss this aspect of the CDC’s misplaced priorities.

If these things are promoted by the PPHF, shouldn’t we call these, at least in part, President Obama’s misplaced priorities? And if the Democratic President Obama is proposing a cut in the CDC budget as well, the liberal media and Democrats cannot fairly blame budget cuts solely on Republicans.

National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins recently told The Huffington Post that “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”

But the NIH has been spending its resources over the last several years—nearly $3 million as of this August—measuring why American lesbians are obese but American gays are not. And it spent nearly $400,000 in 2012 to study the appropriate duration of massage in rabbits, one of among a number of NIH funded studies that Forbes found questionable. The Heritage Foundation adds to that reprehensible record studies on “the sex lives of fruit flies and another looking into the communication skills of chimpanzees that throw their own feces.”

The Daily Signal also notes that NIH spending hovered around $30 billion from 2010 to 2013, and that the current budget request “puts spending at the same level.” The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler describes the NIH as having “relatively little change in the size of the budget,” but down a bit when accounting for inflation. And, The Daily Signal states, the infectious diseases branch of NIH simply “did not regard Ebola as a top priority prior to the current outbreak,” preferring instead to prioritize AIDs, malaria, influenza, and hepatitis C. The lukewarm interest may have been affected by a history of relatively few cases of Ebola, according to The Daily Signal.

As for the World Health Organization, New York Times correspondent Sheri Fink told NPR in September that “these were cuts that happened during the global financial crisis. And the WHO’s proposed two-year budget, a billion dollars had to be knocked off.” But, Fink continues, “…it was not just the budget cuts. It was also the prioritization. So I think it was 16 percent of staff were cut across the organization. About 35 percent were cut in the departments that deal with outbreak preparedness and response.” In other words, WHO shortsightedly cut those persons dealing with “outbreak preparedness and response,” as opposed to other programs.

Fink also said, “To break it down really simply, 20 percent of the WHO’s budget comes from these assessed dues to its member nations. And then 80 percent are a matter of voluntary contributions.” According to this chart from WHO, net assessed contributions from the United States were the same for 2014 and 2015, and when compared with older data, one sees that assessed contributions for WHO from the U.S. government have increased since 2007, and are remaining relatively stable. If WHO is suffering budget-wise, it’s not the U.S. government’s fault.

Efforts to blame the Republican Party for budget cuts at these health organizations are based on misinformation, and don’t pass the litmus test. But in an election season, do the liberal mainstream media really care about facts? Or are they desperately seeking any means possible to help the Democrats retain control of the Senate?