12/3/15

The Road to War

by Sharon Sebastian

Road to War

John Kerry is wrong. The Secretary of State displayed a dire lack of knowledge when he stated that the world is “not in a war of civilizations.” The enemy can only smirk at the naiveté or seeming ignorance of yet another American leader that blurs the reality of an ancient war in modern times. Kerry was right when he stated that Islamic radicals are recruiting “thugs” into their ranks. The criminal element has no cause. Their purpose is not religious. They are recruited as a front line of terror to be unleashed by hardcore jihadists.

We are at war. It is critical that Americans understand this ancient war in order to comprehend the long-term strife and bloodshed that is ahead. Some leaders, led by the American President, deny its root causes. Disturbingly, we are at war when Americans increasingly use words like liar, traitor, or incompetent to describe the Commander-in-Chief. Opinion grows that the sitting President is doing more harm to the country than any terrorist could as Americans suspiciously eye his actions.

The American people already hold the Obama administration accountable for the coming harm. Most question why our government would allow terrorists to penetrate our cities secreted among the refugees that are fleeing the bloodletting in their own countries. False identity documents are common. Male and female suicide bombers are equal threats. Whether a moderate Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Rastafarian or Mormon, as a nation, we all look the same to the jihadists. Whatever your skin color, all American blood runs red.

Historical hindsight is not needed to reveal that our government gave cues to the enemy that America was being weakened. To America’s profound loss most Americans missed the cues, but the enemy did not. Based on both our government’s wrong footed action or inaction, the enemy was strengthened with the resolve to do America harm. History will not dispute that recent actions and inactions by the White House enabled a ancient war of civilizations to emerge from a comparatively suppressed state into a new World War.

The enemy takes notes and the sabers of war are sharpened as:

  • America’s President refuses to name the enemy as a radical arm of Islamists hell-bent on committing violence against the American people based on Islamic teachings that they hold sacrosanct in the Koran.
  • America’s President announced support of the Arab Spring which has manifested violent actions that today devastate the Middle East and are erupting in Europe.
  • America’s President drew a Red Line in the Syrian sand and then abandoned its intent.
  • America’s President withdrew American troops from Iraq leaving Iraq unprotected and vulnerable to take-over with portions functioning today as an enemy base of operations.
  • Patriotic Americans and their Ambassador fell at Benghazi with no life-saving, rescue efforts from the American government.
  • Convoys of trucks carrying enemy combatants openly crossed the desert out of Syria into Iraq as the White House watched the build-up of a combatant army with the known intent to not only establish a Caliphate, but to establish a State from which to wage war against America and its Middle-Eastern and European allies.
  • America’s President released five hardened enemy captives from Guantanamo Bay with promises to free others and to bring those remaining into America’s prison system.
  • The U.S. government signaled that America’s borders were open as human smuggling routes without protections in place that would both identify and keep the terrorist enemy out of America’s soft-target population.
  • U.S. Military forces are thinned, long-time ally Israel is treated with disdain and the list goes on…

The actions of President Obama have become so blatantly obvious that even the liberal press can no longer feign befuddlement.

Unsettling are the unacceptable actions by our government as it appears to choose sides on a basic human level. Evidence of that is an immigration quota that favors Muslim refugees over Christian refugees. The U.S. State Department released data showing that under 3% of Christian refugees are allowed into the country verses 96% of Syrian Muslims who are allowed in. Statistically that is discrimination. Ideologically that is discrimination. Blatant discrimination lies at the feet of this American President in this ancient war that has targeted Christians and Jews from its inception.

It is important to note, with irony, that in regard to the porous vetting of Syrian refugees, the stark difference between their entry versus many entering our country’s porous southern border is that they do not have to pay the coyotes. Most critically, among those in both groups who are escaping poverty or oppression are terrorists. True identities are smoke in the air for those infiltrating with the intent of doing harm.

What is this War of Civilizations that the administration is downplaying through the words of its Secretary of State? What is this centuries old war that erupts on the world’s stage when conditions are right for it to do so? Though it initially targets the world’s oldest faiths, Judaism and Christianity, none of the other world religions need apply for exemption from the coming violence.

The War of Civilizations is based on the enemy’s desire to hasten the return of the 12th Mahdi. While such a statement is foreign to most in the West, it is the basis for this current World War.

President Barack Obama understands this war’s connection to Islam having studied the Koran in Indonesia. That curriculum identifies The Twelfth Imam or 12th Mahdi as the Islamic savior — its Islamic messiah. Islam requires that in order for the 12th Imam to reveal himself, the world must be in a global war. Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad openly revealed a divine mission to “hasten the return” of the 12th Mahdi” as Iran sought nuclear weapons.

Destroying Israel, then America, facilitates the 12th Mahdi’s return. Iran’s former leader was clear that the world must first erupt into chaos as a signal for the Mahdi to appear. Both ISIS and the Iranian theocracy seek the return of Islam’s messiah. The two factions of   Islam, the Sunni and Shia doctrinal divides of the Islamic faith, differ on who the 12th Mahdi is and remain engaged in an ancient war with each other.

Islam came into existence some 600 years after the groundswell of Christianity. The Christian Messiah is the Savior Jesus Christ. Islam reveres Jesus as a lesser prophet and not God, which puts Islam at inextricable odds with Christianity. The belief is that the “Mahdi” or “Twelfth Imam” will appear publicly during a time of great disaster, with Jesus at his side, to bring peace to a war-torn world. It is said that the 12th Mahdi will take Jesus to Mecca to replace the Bible with the Koran so that Christians worldwide will convert to Islam. A “Muslim anti-Christ” is also to surface in the world and falsely convince Jews that he is the Jewish people’s “Jesus” or “Messiah” that they have long awaited.

An “Islamic Jesus,” it is said, will kill all Jews and behead anyone worldwide who does not accept Islam as the only true religion. The Islamic Mahdi will set-up his kingdom in Jerusalem, establish a worldwide Caliphate, along with Sharia Law, and rule the world. Non-believers must convert, be fined, or put to death. Homosexuals will be killed and women will become property and be oppressed. Such belief is a driving force of today’s war on non-Islamic nations; an ancient war based on fundamental Islam that has entrenched the globe in a war on terror. Moderate Muslims declare that only extremists hold such beliefs.

Only the foolish would categorize this war as a war of political ideologies between the West and the Muslim world. A radical jihadist movement forced turmoil in the Middle East to set up the Caliphate and enslave global societies via a rampage of death and destruction. The youth in Paris at the concerts and coffeehouses now understand the savagery that is involved. Will America’s youth understand what is coming to our shores, that American blood runs as red as Parisian blood? Will the world community have the same conviction when it proclaimed “never again” after witnessing the horrors of the holocaust?

President Obama’s denigrations and actions against Christians and Jews signals to the enemy that they have commonality with America’s President. If the American President does not recognize that as a threat, the American people do.

Obama’s years of studying Islam should have taught him that he cannot unmoor this enemy from what they believe is the sole reason that they exist on the planet. To retreat in any degree from a war not of our choosing or to repeatedly mock a growing warrior response among others intent on protecting our nation is not leadership. It is acquiescence. Islamic radicals seek world chaos. Such intent nullifies comments by members of Congress who state that “they do not want to get sucked into this war.” Both misunderstandings of this new World War reveal either a profound ignorance or a dangerous, home-grown ideology. Americans did not seek this war, Americans do not want this war, but as many in Congress are proving, America will defend its homeland in spite of a recalcitrant White House and a reticent Commander-in-Chief.

Sharon Sebastian, author of the book, “AGING: WARNING Navigating Life’s Medical, Mental & Financial Minefields” (here), is a columnist, commentator, and contributor in print and on nationwide broadcasts on topics ranging from healthcare, culture, religion, and politics to domestic and global policy. Sebastian’s political and cultural analyses are published nationally and internationally. Website:  www.AgingWarning.com

11/16/15

Horrendous

Arlene from Isreal

I know my readers have become accustomed to seeing a good news piece or two at the beginning of a posting.  Not today.

Does not mean there is no good news – there always is.  But we must focus now on the horrendous news just past.

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It began here in Israel, right before Shabbat, outside of Hevron.  Every single terrorist attack endured here is painful for the nation.  But some are harder because of unique circumstances.  And this was true on Friday.

There is an Ashkenazi custom for a prospective groom (chatan, in Hebrew) to be called to the Torah on the Shabbat before his wedding.  The air is festive and there is traditionally rejoicing after the Torah reading.  This is Shabbat Chatan.

In Hevron this past Shabbat there was going to be a Shabbat Chatan, and Rabbi Ya’akov Litman was on his way – for this was the celebration for the man who was going to be his new son-in-law in a matter of days.  Outside of Hevron, at Otniel, terrorists shot at the Rabbi’s car.  He was killed as was his son, Netanel, 18.

Rabbi Ya'akov and Netanel Litman

Courtesy: family

The prospective bride was not in the car, but other members of the family were wounded – including, I believe, her mother.  Her 16 year-old brother, shot in the leg, contacted security forces and directed them to the scene.

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When the news came to me Friday at almost sundown, my thought was, How little the world understands of what we Israelis endure.  Nor does the world understand how strong we are. My mind flew to the Applebaums.  Twelve years ago, father, David, and daughter. Nava, met in the Jerusalem café Hillel for talk a day before her wedding, and were blown away.

And then, I lit my Shabbat candles, and went to synagogue, and sang at the Shabbat table. Because this is what we do.

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The funeral – attended by hundreds and vastly emotional – was last night, in Jerusalem.  The young woman who was scheduled to be married this week is instead sitting shiva (observing a stringent one-week mourning period) for her father and brother.  Reports are that she was inconsolable, and who could blame her?

Friends and family attend the funeral of Rabbi Ya’akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

President Ruby Rivlin spoke at the funeral, and he said (emphasis added):

“We are not afraid, we do not surrender and we do not retreat – even when our blood, the blood of fathers and sons is spilled, we remember that our roots are planted in the earth of this land.”

THAT, my friends, is how strong we are.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/hundreds-attend-funeral-of-father-and-son-killed-in-terror-attack/

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Security forces have the weapon that was used in the attack, and have located the car, which had been abandoned.  As the result of a massive manhunt, and a joint security operation, one of the terrorists has been apprehended. In the course of interrogation, he implicated himself.  Rest assured, his accomplices will also be apprehended.

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There were reports that an ambulance of the Red Crescent, the Muslim version of the Red Cross, passed by the dead and wounded at Otniel, and declined to stop and lend assistance. Officials from the prime minister down are furious.  A campaign will be launched against Red Crescent by Israel: a complaint will be registered with the International Committee of the Red Cross, along with a demand for Red Crescent officials to explain themselves.

A foreign ministry official said, “Israel will enact all necessary sanctions against the Red Crescent.”

What must be understood here is that this is routine practice for Red Crescent, despite ethical obligations to treat all casualties – as the Israeli Magen David Adom does.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/203375#.Vkios5uhfIX

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And then, no sooner was Shabbat over then I received word of the ISIS jihadi attacks in Paris, which had occurred later Friday night and had huge dimensions.  While many of my readers may not have heard what went on here before Shabbat, I doubt there is anyone who has not heard about this.

At least 130 people have been killed and 352 more injured (99 critically).  This was not one attack, but a series of six timed and coordinated attacks in different locations in Paris, in the 11th and 12th arrondissements.  A very sophisticated, well-planned operation, it all occurred within 30 minutes, starting at 9:45 PM.  This strongly suggests a lack of adequate French intelligence, especially as France was on a high security alert even before the attack.

In the worst attack, at least 88 people were killed at a concert at the Bataclan night club/theater.  There is reason to believe that this club was chosen because of its Jewish ownership.

bataclan theater

Credit: Gatewaypundit

“French magazine Le Point says the Bataclan theater has for years been the target of anti-Zionist groups as its Jewish owners often put on pro-Israel events.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/french-mag-bataclan-an-islamist-target-due-to-jewish-owners/

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In another hit, there was a double suicide bombing right outside the Stadium of France, where French President Hollande and the German foreign minister were watching an international soccer game.  Altogether too close…

Several select restaurants were also attacked.

France is now observing three days of mourning, with many shops closed, and people remaining at home.  Certainly all Jewish institutions in Paris are shut.

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Heartfelt  condolences came from many quarters, including, of course, Israel.  Last night, Netanyahu said, “An attack on any one of use should be seen as an attack on  all of us…Terrorism is the deliberate and systematic targeting of civilians .  It can never be justified.”

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Netanyahu-responds-to-Paris-attack-An-attack-on-one-of-us-is-an-attack-on-all-of-us-433056

Additionally, Netanyahu said:

“You can’t fight terrorism selectively. You can’t say these are the good terrorists and these are the bad terrorists. All terrorists are bad.

Just as we have condemned murderous acts around the world, so too I expected condemnation to be issued against the murders that occurred yesterday, of Yaakov and Natanel Litman.”  (emphasis added)

Dearly do I wish the Western world would respond to this expectation.  I do not for a moment believe it will.

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In a spirit of solidarity with Paris, the walls of the Old City in Jerusalem were lit up in the colors of the French flag.

Credit: Perry Mandelbaum

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Three teams of ISIS- affiliated attackers acting in unison carried out the terrorist operation.  All the attackers carried assault rifles and wore suicide vests. The coordinator of the entire attack is still at large, as is the bomb-maker and apparently a member of one of the terrorist teams.

While some French nationals were involved – Belgian authorities say two of the French nationals were living in Belgium – there were also at least two attackers who came into France as Syrian “refugees.”

“Syrian passport found by police at the scene of the mass shooting in a Paris concert hall belonged to an asylum seeker who registered on a Greek island in October, a Greek minister said Saturday.

“’We confirm that the Syrian passport holder came through the Greek island of Leros on October 3 where he was registered under EU rules,’ said a statement issued by Nikos Toskas, the minister for citizen protection.

“’The most logical assumption is that it’s the same person, sent on a mission to Europe,’ said a European security expert speaking on condition of anonymity.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/greece-syrian-terrorist-passed-through-country-as-migrant/

“Second Suspected Paris Attacker Likely Passed Through Greece as Refugee
“Holder of Syrian passport found near gunman’s body arrived in Europe with 69 refugees in island of Leros in October, Greek official says…”

http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/1.686021

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This entire matter of jihadists posing as “refugees” is of enormous import for all of Europe, which has been welcoming those coming from Syria with open arms.  Of course not every person who claims refugee status is a jihadist, but analysts – yours truly among them – have been warning that the signs of a dangerous situation have been clear for all to see.

The unrest and anxiety this now causes in Europe is tremendous; already Poland has indicated a reluctance to take future refugees according to an allotment spelled out by the EU.

Whatever the reluctance now to take more refugees, the fact remains that thousands who are militants are likely already inside Europe’s borders.  That is, Europe has a humungous problem which we’ve seen coming down the road.

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President Hollande has declared:

“It is an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army, Daesh [ISIS], against France. It is an act of war that was prepared, organized and planned from abroad, with complicity from the inside, which the investigation will help establish.”

He is planning to call out the army in strength; Paris, which he expects will remain under a state of emergency for three months, will be patrolled by the military.

France, said Hollande, will “be unforgiving with the barbarians from Daesh,” Acting within the law, France would respond with “all the necessary means, and on all terrains, inside and outside, in coordination with our allies.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/15/world/europe/paris-terrorist-attacks.html?_r=0

There are reports of French planes flying over ISIS strongholds in Libya, and there is an investigation already begun, to determine precisely who each of the terrorists was, and how it all came together.  But beyond this, there is no clarity on what Hollande intends.

I will be returning to this.

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Ana Bekoach is an ancient kabbalistic poem set to music.  A prayer.  It allegedly has great mystical power and meaning.  What I know is that I love it, and think it appropriate for ending this posting.  We need to reach for the mystical powers.

“We beg thee, with the strength and greatest of Thy right arm,
Untangle our twisted fate.

“Accept your peope’s song, elevate and purify us…

“Accept our cries, and hear our screams,
oh knower of mysteries.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp4HRYBhtSI&list=PLrEf38ndf2USoU2Jvi0KUEHQuoaNWS32V

11/14/15

Trevor Loudon to non-voting Christians: ‘Their blood is on your hands’

By: Renee Nal
New Zeal

Men in orange jumpsuits purported to be Egyptian Christians held captive by the Islamic State

Men in orange jumpsuits purported to be Egyptian Christians held captive by the Islamic State

Author and speaker Trevor Loudon believes that non-voting American Christians have contributed to the vastly under-reported persecution of Christians worldwide.

In an article written by Faye Higbee and published at “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children,” Loudon pointed out that rampant worldwide Christian persecution could have been averted if America had not twice elected an anti-American president.

Trevor was quoted as saying:

There is a huge section of America that has the power to stop this – the Evangelical Christians.

Before WWII, the church, the moral authority of the nation of Germany, decided that if they left Adolf Hitler alone he would leave them alone. The result was the slaughter of 6 million Jews and hundreds of thousands of Christians and Allied lives.  They could have stopped the Holocaust, but did nothing.

Today, ISIS and other jihadists have massacred thousands upon thousands of Christians across the Middle East. The blood of those people is on the hands of the church – those  who refused to vote to stop Barack Obama from getting into office.

Read entire article here.

11/5/15

The Big Stuff

Arlene from Israel

As has become my practice now, I start with some good news.

As to this first item, it’s possible that the jury is still out on whether we are certifiable, or whether we simply have a higher moral standard than the rest of the world.  I go with the second option, and believe we must continue in our efforts to let the world know who we are (emphasis added):

While the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Syrians by the Assad regime and a raft of regional Islamic terror organizations shows no sign of ending, an unheralded Israeli humanitarian mission recently marked the treatment of 2,000 Syrian patients.

“Although the two countries remain sworn enemies, advocates of Israel’s program caring for badly wounded Syrians highlight the Jewish imperative to save life whenever possible. Despite endangering the lives of Israeli soldiers and medical personnel, it has enabled critically injured Syrians, with no one else to turn to for lifesaving treatment, to cross the border to an Israeli field hospital…

One of the most senior IDF officials involved in the program described it:

“’This [pointing across the valley to the Syrian warzone from a high vantage point] is the main area of the fighting…Many wounded people come from this area.

’All of the doctors in this area were probably killed.  Most of the people that are left are the poor and the most vulnerable.  The [Syrian refugees] who go to Europe are the people with thousands of Euros who are fit enough for the journey.  Any time the rebels occupy one of the villages the regime places it under siege, stopping electricity, water [and food]. This has been going on for about three years…

’As an orthopedic surgeon I can tell you this is the most horrible thing that I have ever seen. Blast injuries, shrapnel, amputations, head injuries. In my orthopedic department we say the people aren’t dead because they haven’t read the record of their trauma…’”

http://www.investigativeproject.org/5016/israel-unheralded-syrian-humanitarian-project

Members of the Israeli army medical staff tend to a Syrian man who was wounded in the ongoing violence in Syria, in a military hospital located in the Golan Heights near the border with Syria on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Since the Syrian conflict erupted almost three years ago hundreds of Syrians have received treatment in Israeli hospitals. (AP Photo/Menahem Kahana, Pool)

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Credit: AP/Menahem Kahana

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Another, “Mazel Tov! It’s about time.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has given instructions that Foreign Ministry cadets [diplomatic trainees] will now also tour settlements and study about their legality.

What? you may say on reading this.  Until now people moved into the world as representatives of Israel without solid knowledge about our rights in Judea and Samaria?  You’ve got it. The diplomatic corps has a reputation for tilting left, which has been one of our problems.

So I say, “Hurray for Tzipi,” who observed:

“It is important that ambassadors be able to deal with the challenge of the boycott of Israel and the delegitimization of our right to self-defense that is linked to the fundamental issues of the connection of the Jewish people to its land.”

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Hotovely-Foreign-Ministry-cadets-to-tour-settlements-430678

Credit: Flash 90

Credit: Flash 90

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“Dry Bones” cartoonist Ya’akov Kirschen is also fighting BDS and delegitimization of Israel.  For many years he has done a sterling job of presenting Israel’s positions in his cartoons.  But now, understanding the importance of fighting media bias, he has a Dry Bones Academy that will train “an army of cartoon activists” to fight anti-Israel media-bias.

Bravo, Ya’akov, and much luck in moving forward with this!

Please see this major JPost feature about his new venture below and spread the word:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Dry-Bones-battles-against-BDS-media-bias-431999

Credit: Courtesy

Credit: Courtesy

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Now, “the big stuff”:  Not terror attacks, not the incitement of Abbas.  I’m talking Iran, the dangers of which trump all the rest.  In any event, terror attacks are fomented and funded by Iran and its proxies – so the issues are intertwined.

Because I’ve been focusing more on immediate domestic issues, I’ve not addressed the Iran situation for a while, and the fact is that it is horrendous and grows more so daily.

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Item one:
In late September, Reuters conveyed Iranian media reports establishing that the Iranians recently took their own environmental samples at their Parchin military facility, where they conducted tests relevant to the detonation of nuclear warheads, in lieu of having IAEA inspectors take the samples

Item two:
In mid-October, Omri Ceren of TIP wrote, “Iranian media reported that Tehran recently tested a new precision-guided long-range ballistic missile, the Emad (show below), which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The test is a black-letter violation of United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 2231, in which ‘Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology’ for the next eight years.”

Credit: Telegraph (UK)

Credit: Telegraph (UK)

However, the Obama administration and its allies “insist that the nuclear deal does not ban Iran from developing nuclear missiles.”

Wrote Ceren regarding this: “[The situation] is a fairly damning indictment of how badly American negotiators got rolled in Vienna, but the immediate question is much more straightforward: the Iranians have definitely advanced their ballistic missile program and have definitely violated a binding United Nations Security Council resolution in the process, and what is the Obama administration going to do about that?

To the best of my knowledge Obama is going to do nothing, whatever the ferment within Congress.  Obama espouses this position in spite of the fact that ”from the earliest days of Iran negotiations, White House officials promised Congress that they would bring home a deal limiting Iran’s ballistic missile program.”

Please, absorb the full import of this.

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Item three:
Also in mid-October, the Iranians arrested Siamak Namazi an Iranian-American businessman, with dual citizenship, who operated from Dubai and was in Iran to visit a friend.

According to the NYTimes, he is “head of strategic planning at Crescent Petroleum… also alleged to have ties with people in the National Iranian American Council.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/30/world/middleeast/iran-is-said-to-detain-another-american.html

Namazi was reportedly picked up by Iranian intelligence officials and taken to the Evin torture prison; according to the Wall Street Journal, friends say Iranian intelligence agents ransacked his family home in Tehran and confiscated his computer.

A Daily Beast article suggests that he was central in assisting the White House in pushing the Iran deal (which would fit with ties to the National Iranian American Council).  The implications here are huge, regarding who is running Iran and what hardline backlash we may be seeing against those who promoted the nuclear deal.

Another theory suggests that Iran is deliberately trying to provoke the US.

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These scenarios are all bad news with regard to Iran’s relationship with the US, particularly in the context of the nuclear deal.  Iran was already holding four Americans prior to this incident and since has arrested Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese with permanent US residency.

In some quarters it’s being said that for Iran it’s open season on Americans.

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There was a bit of a firestorm over these incidents in Congress, with demands to know what the US government was going to do about the situation.

On Tuesday, State Department press office director Elizabeth Trudeau held a briefing and was asked about the issue of the arrests.

After saying a couple of times that of course the government is concerned and of course those arrested should be home, she was asked about consequences [for Iran].

Her answer: “Consequences. You know, on this, this is something that we continue to have dialogue on. You know, this is something we will continue to discuss.”

There you have it, my friends:  Dialogue.  The Obama panacea.

You can access the briefing here:  http://www.c-span.org/video/?400251-1/state-department-briefing

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Lastly, but possibly most importantly, I refer to a briefing by Yigal Carmon, president and co-founder of MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute), “The Emperor Has No Clothes.” (Emphasis has been added)

“What is mistakenly perceived as an agreement under the title of ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’ (JCPOA)…is neither a contract nor even a real agreement between Iran and the P5+1. It is a set of understandings and disputes compiled into a single document.

“For example, the JCPOA states that in the event of Iranian violations, sanctions will be re-imposed (snapback). However, the Iranian position, which rejects all sanctions, is incorporated in the same document…This is not merely an Iranian reservation expressed outside of the negotiating room. It is incorporated into the text of this selfsame document – and one that completely contradicts preceding provisions that stipulate otherwise

The JCPOA is best characterized by bangs and whimpers – by bold prohibitions on Iran that peter out in qualifying terms such as ‘unless,’ ‘except if,’ and the like.

“The JCPOA includes a timetable and obligations applying to both sides. Within this time frame, both parties had 90 days from July 14 to secure approval for the agreement from their respective national institutions. By ‘Adoption Day,’ set for October 19…agreement was meant to have been approved by both sides. The EU was to have announced the lifting of its sanctions, while President Obama, on behalf of the U.S., was to have announced the lifting of the U.S. executive branch’s sanctions, along with waivers on sanctions imposed by the U.S. legislative branch…

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“The Western side showed its consent long before October 19…

In Iran, however, following discussion in both its Majlis [legislative body] and its Guardian Council, the JCPOA as concluded and announced on July 14 was not approved. The Majlis ratified something else – a set of recommendations to the government of Iran regarding how it should execute the JCPOA…The Guardian Council, for its part, approved what the Majlis had done…

Was this a fulfillment of what Iran was obligated to do under the JCPOA? No! Did the U.S. administration insist that Iran approve the JCPOA, as concluded and announced in Vienna on July 14? No! Does the U.S. realize that Iran’s ultimate authority to approve laws rests with Supreme Leader Khamenei, and that he has not yet approved the JCPOA? NO! Nevertheless, the U.S. and Europe have chosen to regard what Iran has done as approval – so that the peace process will not be halted.

“The U.S. and Europe then proceeded to the first post-Adoption Day phase in the JCPOA timetable: The EU announced that its sanctions would be terminated. President Obama announced that the U.S.’s executive sanctions would be lifted and its legislative sanctions waived; this announcement was not for immediate execution, but in fact advance notice that these measures would come into effect by December 15 – provided that the IAEA would report that Iran has fulfilled its obligations under the JCPOA.

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“What are these obligations that Iran has to fulfill between Adoption Day and December 15 in order to merit this sanctions relief?”

[A list follows: reducing and storing centrifuges, reducing the stockpile of uranium, etc.]

Did Iran hasten to meet these obligations? No!

“At this stage, events have taken an absurd turn. Iran has started dragging its feet…No one wanted to budge without explicit permission from Supreme Leader Khamenei.”

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In an interview this week, Carmon declared, “Not one centrifuge has been removed.”

In this report, he writes: “Now the big secret is out. Khamenei has not approved the JCPOA.”

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Explains Carmon, once Khamenei knew that President Obama was “either unwilling or unable to capitulate any further, Khamenei broke his silence. Stepping in in the final act, Khamenei…dictated, in a letter to President Rohani, nine new conditions for the JCPOA, and declared that if these were not met Iran would stop the agreement.”

Carmon says that a key demand of Khamenei is the full lifting of sanctions, whereas where the Congressional sanctions are concerned, Obama, cannot override them; he can only issue a suspension via waiver.  “Politically too, it might be too far for him to go to break his promise of the JCPOA’s built-in security mechanism – snapback of the sanctions. Obviously, snapback is possible only if the sanctions remain in place under suspension.”

Carmon believes it would be impossible for the AIEA to provide confirmation that Iran has complied with required stipulations because “the Iranians themselves are declaring loudly that they are not going to do it.

With every passing day, Iran is more and more in violation of the JCPOA. But neither the Republicans nor the Democrats, nor the media, nor anyone else will acknowledge this, for the implications are too devastating. The agreement is no longer in effect. Its clock has stopped.”

http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/8833.htm

Credit: Flikr

Credit: Flikr

A great deal to assimilate, I know. But this cannot be ignored.

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Yesterday, in the Hevron area, a young Border Police officer was critically wounded in a car attack. The terrorist was shot dead.

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Yehoram Gaon is one of my very favorite Israeli singers.  And so I was pleased at comments he made this week about our situation (emphasis added):

“I’ve been here long enough to look back and say honestly that there were attempts to establish genuine peace. There were enough prime ministers who tried. There have been enough negotiations…

“We have been living for years with the feeling that if we return these territories or others, a tremendous peace will be established here and we’ll drink coffee in Damascus. But in light of recent events, I’ve begun to realize that it’s much more complex, deep, rooted and most importantly – not a story of territory.

“I lived in Jerusalem before the IDF’s conquest of the city, and I remember well the families slaughtered in the Jewish Corridor, before there was a dispute over territories…

These latest events make me think, in fact, that the other side’s will is we simply not be here at all, no matter what we do.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202735#.Vjp6jpuhfIV

Twitter

Twitter

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All right then!  I close with a song by Yehoram Gaon.  A classic celebrating Israel, “Shalom Lach Eretz Nehederet” – Shalom to you, glorious land.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDLmJdxpktA

10/25/15

Horrific

Arlene from Israel

Yesterday was a horrible day with regard to terror attacks.  Jerusalem was quiet except for one foiled attack – I think Netanyahu was correct in saying that extensive work in the city, including deployment of many security forces, has had a positive effect. The attacks are taking place mainly in Judea and Samaria, outside Ma’ale Adumim, and the Gush Etzion area, Yitzhar, on Route 60, etc. etc. There were five attacks that wounded six – all police and soldiers, one critically. Knifings and car attacks. For the first time there was an attempted attack in Beit Shemesh.

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Said IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot in a Channel 2 interview yesterday:

”There is no focused, clear solution to this kind of challenge.

“There is an integrated, multi-dimensional response. I believe that a solution to this problem will be found, even if it takes time.”

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Five-West-Bank-terrorist-attacks-leave-6-Israelis-wounded-428687

Not encouraging for those of us weary of all this and eager to see a strong hand raised against those who threaten us. Rightly or wrongly, this is not the way our government is going to play it.

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The response of the international community is both tiresome and infuriating: So many words, so many platitudes, so much that distorts rather than seriously confronts the reality.  We are facing evil and hatred, and a desire to eliminate Israel (much more on this below).  German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meeting with Netanyahu in Berlin yesterday, declared that she expects Abbas to condemn acts of terrorism.  That’s nice.  As Netanyahu pointed out, Abbas has not condemned a single one.

Merkel also said, “Israel has the obligation to protect its citizens, but the means have to be commensurate with the goals.”  (Emphasis added)

Here we go again, with the “proportionate” mentality.  The world does not like it when we kill terrorists who have attacked our people.  Just because some Arab tried to make a Jew dead doesn’t mean we should make him dead, right?  We should give him a comfy prison cell instead and let him watch cable TV.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Merkel-We-expect-Abbas-to-condemn-acts-of-terrorism-428676

UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon was here, and, as expected, expounded on the need for a “two state solution” to give hope to the Palestinian Arabs.  I cannot help wonder when I hear people such as Ban propose such a solution, whether they truly can believe it.  I seriously doubt it, whatever their political orientation.

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A major focus of this violence, at least ostensibly, continues to be the Temple Mount, which we are charged with attempting to take over.  The PA and Jordan are seeking full control of the Mount, with decisions as to how many non-Muslims can come up totally in their hands. That is not going to happen.  What did happen is that Netanyahu offered to further restrict the number of non-Jews allowed up.  (You may have heard the huge thump that followed this offer, as I banged my head into the wall.)  This is NOT the way to go – as concessions signal weakness.  At any rate, his offer was rejected because it didn’t go far enough.

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I want to repeat again here what the original understanding in 1967 was: the wakf, in Jordanian hands, has day to day administration of the Muslim religious sites on the Mount.

The Arabs do not have sovereignty over the Mount; we do.

Our current situation is not new – and goes back way before modern Israel existed.  Charges that Jews are going to take over the Al-Aksa Mosque on the Mount have been utilized time and again to incite Arabs in the land to the murder of Jews.

Most notably there is the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who, in 1929, spread just this rumor. This led to the massacre of 67 people in Hevron. See on this and similar incidents here:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/01/31/inciting-violence-against-jews-through-inaccuracy/#

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In 2000, Ariel Sharon, who was then head of Likud, the opposition party, went up on the Mount after having coordinated his visit with Wakf security.

Credit: Flash 90

The second intifada – the Arab war – that followed was said to have been ignited by this visit, which Palestinian Arabs claimed they found offensive. But this was a pretext.  I have material indicating clearly that the PLO had been planning for the intifada and were just waiting for the excuse to pin it on.  They even had fliers printed and stones stockpiled.

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But before we move away from the subject of the Mufti, I want to take a look at the furor that erupted yesterday because of a statement Netanyahu made regarding him.  In this instance I stand behind the prime minister, whose words were a bit distorted by media.  It was made to sound as if he said the Mufti and not Hitler was responsible for the Holocaust.

What Netanyahu said at the World Zionist Congress meeting here in Jerusalem:

“…the Mufti…was…sought for war crimes in the Nuremberg trials because he had a central role in fomenting the Final Solution.

“He flew to Berlin.  Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you will expel them, they’ll all come here.’ ‘So what should I do with them?’ he [Hitler] asked.  He [Husseini] said, ‘Burn them.’”

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Netanyahu-trivializing-Holocaust-by-claiming-mufti-persuaded-Hitler-to-kill-Jews-Herzog-says-427598

Netanyahu subsequently made it clear that he was not in any way trying to absolve Hitler of the crimes of the Holocaust. However, it is “absurd” to ignore the role played by the mufti in encouraging Hitler.

“There is abundant proof of this.”  Adolf Eichmann’s deputy, at the Nuremberg trials said that the mufti played a role in the decision to destroy European Jewry.  He thought this was “a reasonable solution to the Palestinian question.”

Credit: hirhome

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My friends, there is a direct line from the Mufti to Mahmoud Abbas, and within certain parts of Palestinian Arab society there is an endemic hatred of Jews that has a long tradition.  To ignore this is to ignore the reality of what we are dealing with now.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is to be congratulated for raising this significant issue.  Please share this information broadly, for it is obvious the world, in a desire to exonerate the Palestinian Arabs, would prefer to sweep it under the rung.

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Middle East Forum scholar, historian and author Wolfgang G. Schwanitz supports Netanyahu’s contentions (emphasis added):

It is a historical fact that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem al-Hajj Amin al-Husaini was an accomplice whose collaboration with Adolf Hitler played an important role in the Holocaust. He was the foremost extra-European adviser in the process to destroy the Jews of Europe.”

https://madmimi.com/p/62c2d6?fe=1&pact=33998600335

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Please see this article by Daniel Gordis, “No Country for Jews?”

Gordis is not a right-winger or a nationalist, not by a long shot. But what he describes here is dialogue that ensued between students and a religious Muslim woman who is an instructor at the very moderate Shalem College in Jerusalem.

How did she think the current tensions would be resolved? the students asked her (emphasis added):

’It’s our land,’ she responded rather matter-of-factly. Stunned, they weren’t sure that they’d heard her correctly. So they waited. But that was all she had to say. ‘It’s our land. You’re just here for now.’”

“…What upset them was that she — an educated woman, getting a graduate degree (which would never happen in a Muslim country) at a world class university (only Israel has those — none of Israel’s neighbors has a single highly rated university) and working at a college filled with Jews who admire her, like her and treat her as they would any other colleague — still believes that when it’s all over, the situation will get resolved by our being tossed out of here once again.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/daniel-gordis-no-country-jews-article-1.2400841

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And see this, by David Horovitz, editor of The Times of Israel, who tilts left much of the time.  “Not an uprising against the occupation. An uprising against Israel.” (emphasis added):

“…what we face now is unknown numbers of potential attackers, who’ve been stirred to murderous fervor by a thoroughly organized campaign of hatred against us.

“…the result is that we set out each day knowing that people around us want to kill us…the brainwashing has been so effective that they come at us ready and willing to die in the act of killing the Jew — the evil Jew, they have been so effectively persuaded, who has no right to be here, who has no connection to Jerusalem and to this land.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/not-an-uprising-against-occupation-an-uprising-against-israel/

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These messages carry more weight because they are being delivered by people who are not rightist, people who would have opted for two-states, but are strong enough to tell the truth now.

Please! share this broadly.  These are existential issues.

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In Berlin today, Kerry met with Netanyahu.  The Secretary of State, who is oh so eager to ignore the realities, and probably has cotton between his ears:

“…called on Israel to move ‘beyond the rhetoric’ and take steps to ‘rekindle’ the peace process with the Palestinians….

“’It’s very important to settle on the steps that can be taken that take us beyond the condemnations, beyond the rhetoric.’”

As if there could be a “peace process” in the face of the hateful rhetoric.

He said he has been encouraged by recent statements by Abbas and Hussein regarding a de-escalation of the violence. He is now going to meet with them in Amman.  But of course Abbas will tell him what he wants to hear.

Netanyahu’s response (emphasis added):

There is no question that this wave of attacks is driven directly by incitement — incitement from Hamas, incitement from the Islamic Movement in Israel, and incitement, I’m sorry to say, from President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority.  I think it’s time for the international community to say clearly to President Abbas: Stop spreading lies about Israel.

To generate hope, we have to stop the terrorism. To stop the terrorism, we have to stop the incitement.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/kerry-to-netanyahu-lets-rekindle-the-peace-process/

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One other subject I want to touch on here.  It is one that generated furious anger in Israel, but in the end has only PR value.

UNESCO passed a resolution yesterday.  I had been optimistic before the vote, for the original resolution called for the Kotel, the Western Wall, to be identified as part of the Temple Mount (i.e., in Muslim hands) and even the the head of UNESCO condemned this.

I was, it seems, too quick to see hope.  The final resolution dropped this claim but advanced two others: That Kever Rachel (Rachel’s Tomb) just outside Jerusalem, and the Machpela (the Tomb of the Patriarchs) in Hevron are “Muslim sites.”  Ludicrous, outrageous.

I want to visit this in more detail, just as I wanted to come back to the issue of Kever Yosef (Joseph’s Tomb). But will not take the time to do so until I am certain that my postings will be received by my readers.

For now, just know that this vote is purely symbolic and has less than no impact in the de facto situation, and no legal implications whatsoever.  Wrote one major international lawyer, whom I queried on this:

“…they can resolve that the moon is Palestinian territory and it would have no effect whatsoever. Just another Palestinian exercise.”

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Vehi She’amda is for Pesach, from the Haggada, but it is appropriate for today as well:

And it is this [covenant] that has stood for our Forefathers and us. For not just one enemy has stood against us to wipe us out. But in every generation there have been those who have stood against us to wipe us out, and the Holy One Blessed Be He saves us from their hands.”

I particularly love this duet, with Ya’akov Shwekey and Yonaton Razel (who did the musical arrangement):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo6WMef3SP0

10/19/15

A Huge Problem Confronts Us

Arlene from Israel

It was eerie how precisely I called it.  Yesterday, in describing the terror situation, I said: “I might write about the most recent attack and then, within hours, there might be another one.”  As it turned out, it wasn’t even hours.  I had just sent out my posting when word came in of another attack.  But this wasn’t a relatively simple matter of an attempted knifing. This was an horrendous affair:

It happened in the Central Bus station in Be’ersheva, in the Negev:

Credit: barefootholy
A major attack.  A terrorist carrying a pistol and a knife stormed into the bus station, killed a soldier, grabbed his rifle and began shooting.

The soldier was Omri Levi, 19, of the Golani Brigade. He was on his way to his base.

Omri Levy

Courtesy

Before he was shot dead by security, the terrorist wounded ten people, including four security personnel – some critically, some less seriously.

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It is deeply regrettable that one other person died in the course of this attack: An Eritrean, standing nearby, was thought by security to be an accomplice to the terrorist, and so was shot.  The crowd in the station, assuming he was complicit in the attack, then set upon him, beating him.  He ultimately died of his wounds.

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The terrorist has been identified as an Israeli citizen – a Bedouin, Muhand Al-Okabi, 21,

Credit: radiojai

News reports that identify him as having come from the Bedouin town of Hura, near Be’ersheva, are incorrect: he lived in an illegal Bedouin village outside of Hura.  (They like to call these villages “unrecognized,” as if the government has failed to give them their due, but “illegal” is the proper term.)

His father is an Israeli Bedouin from the area, his mother had been brought by his father from Gaza, and acquired citizenship when she married him.  I’ll come back to this.

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What has been determined is that security was lax at the bus terminal – someone with a gun and a pistol should not have been able to enter.

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From all sides, Palestinian Arabs celebrated this attack.

On the Hamas website, spokesman Husam Badran blessed “the quality operation.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/hamas-praises-quality-terror-attack-in-beersheba/

While Jibil Rajoub, Fatah strongman and former head of PA preventative security, in an interview with official PA media, referred to the attack as “an act of heroism.”

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Veteran-Fatah-strongman-Rajoub-praises-Beersheba-attack-as-act-of-heroism-427366

And a Lebanese Internet site reported “heavy celebratory gunfire” at Palestinian refugee camps al-Beddawi and Ain el-Hilweh in Lebanon.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/celebrations-reported-in-lebanon-after-beersheba-attack/

I doubt that many expected anything else.

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The big question being asked is how an Israeli citizen could have done this – this is not a Palestinian Arab from some village in Samaria.

Bedouin leaders in the Negev, including the mayor of Hura, have expressed horror at what happened.  One insisted, “His family is known and not as a family that encourages terrorism.” The family was lauded, in fact, as having helped to found the State of Israel.

Another leader protested: “This is not our way. Our way is the way of peace and reconciliation, love and brotherhood, of intermeshing and loyalty.” (Quite a mouthful.  Does he not protest too much?)

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Well, my friends, I am here to tell you that the situation is much more complicated and much uglier than what the Bedouin leaders would have us believe.  We tend to think of the Bedouin of the Negev as loyal Israeli citizens and undoubtedly some still are. Undoubtedly some are genuinely horrified by what has taken place and are proud to serve in the army (though fewer do these days).  What we need to face, however, is that for several reasons there has been a radicalization of the Negev Bedouins.

This is in part because the Islamist – Hamas affiliated – Islamic Movement in Israel, Northern Branch, comes down into the Negev to incite them.  They are heavily invested in the Bedouin community there, including in the schools. There is a recent history of the Bedouins – incited and guided by the Islamic Movement – who make radicalized demands of the State with regard to illegally constructed villages, which they misrepresent as having a legitimacy that does not exist.  Those of you who have been reading my posts for any length of time know I have reported.  This is not a benign phenomenon, but rather one intended to marginalize Jewish settlement.

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Then there is the matter of his mother, who is from Gaza.  This is another part of the story of the Israeli Bedouin, who adhere to the Muslim practice of polygamy.  Since this is against Israeli law, they do it serially, nominally divorcing one wife before marrying another.  When there is a “wife shortage,” they seek women from places such as Gaza. But these women are not pro-Israel.

Al-Okabi’s mother is not his father’s first wife.  What ideology did she bring with her from Gaza, as she raised her son (and, presumably, other children)?  Perhaps Muhand Al-Okabi’s family was a good family in the past, as is being claimed.  But in his generation?

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This is a phenomenon, in all its aspects, that has not been addressed sufficiently by Israeli officials.  More than once, I have been horrified by what I learned. For example:  Bedouin in those illegal villages frequently extort. They come out and tell the company paving a road in the area that if a road is not also laid down in their illegal village, the road that is being put down will be torn up over night.

Because the rule of law has not been enforced on relatively small matters, the chickens are now coming home to roost – as we confront major issues.

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There is one other very major aspect to the problem of the Negev Bedouin that must be addressed.

Reports have surfaced that the terrorist was a supporter of ISIS.  So says a man who worked with him (although I have not been able to discover what sort of “work” we are talking about).

“Channel 2 television reported that the worker said, ‘He talked about it all the time.’”   (Emphasis added)

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/bedouin-terrorist-who-attacked-beer-sheva-had-isis-ideology/2015/10/19/

If this is so, how surprised could his family have been?  But let’s carry it further: How startled could the Bedouins of Hura been, their elaborate protests not withstanding?

This past June, the Shin Bet arrested six residents of Hura, “after it was discovered they were actively spreading the ISIS ideology, and attended secret meetings for the movement. Four of the suspects are school teachers. The official statement said that the suspects used their position as educators to spread the ISIS ideology.” (Emphasis added)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4676824,00.html

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The best analysis I’ve seen with regard to what we are dealing with now is by Ari Soffer in Arutz Sheva, “Israel Must Tackle Its Own Extremism Problem” (emphasis added):

“…This is no ‘war’ against a foreign country or entity, but a struggle to wrest a portion of Israel’s own citizens from the claws of a poisonous ideology that is incinerating country after country in our immediate neighborhood…

“Yet far from countering it, in the absence of any real strategy Israel authorities are achieving the very opposite, with an approach which is in practice completely, absurdly, illogically backwards.

“As any counter-extremism expert will tell you, one of the most basic elements of such a strategy must be empowering moderates and marginalizing extremists as much as possible.  Yet here in Israel, we do the very opposite.

Extremist Arab MKS who openly support terrorist groups like Hamas, who actively engage in racist harassment against Jews (and police) on the Temple Mount, who have attacked soldiers in the past (remember the Mavi Marmari?), and who are even now calling for an ‘intifada,’ are free to serve in the Knesset and receive a government-funded salary.

“And while our politicians vow to crush Hamas and attack the Palestinian Authority for not doing more, we allow Hamas’s little brother, the Islamic Movement – particularly its jihadist northern branch – to operate openly and legally in Israel, alongside other fascist Islamic groups…Why are these organizations still legal in Israel?

“At the same time, those Israeli Muslims, Christians and Druze who are loyal citizens, who do serve in the army and contribute as much as any Israeli Jew to Israeli society are sidelined…drowned out by the extremists we ourselves allow to flourish here…

Much of this is due to the rampant political-correctness of the Supreme Court and some politicians, who are afraid of ‘discriminating’ against Arabs by taking action against extremists.  But the result is a perverse one: if discrimination and distrust towards Israeli Arabs still persists, it is in great part because the liberal elite has fed it by effectively legitimizing the most rabid extremists as their ‘legitimate representatives’ – whether their ‘constituents’ actually like it or not…And…it is Israel’s Arab population that ultimately suffers the most…

So instead of battling the extremists who encourage and facilitate terrorism, while empowering moderates who encourage and facilitate integration and participation in Israel society (some of whom, like Father Gabriel Nadaf, are doing incredible work even with the limited resources they have) we are getting the worst of both worlds: sidelining the moderates while allowing the extremists to run riot.

The time has come to flip that irrational approach on its head. The government must act decisively to not only follow through with Netanyahu’s latest pledge to ban the Islamic Movement, but toshow a true zero-tolerance policy towards all purveyors of Arab and Muslim supremacy.  Extremist MKs such as Hanin Zoabi, Ahmed Tibi, Basel Ghattas, and Jamal Zahalka should not be free to abuse their positions and act as an effective fifth-column operating within Israel’s own legislature. And rabid anti-Semitic preachers should not be allowed to spread their hate on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site.”?

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202111#.ViTib5uhfIU

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I have grown exceedingly weary in recent weeks of reading apologetics, including in mainstream Israeli media, about how we must be more sensitive to our treatment of Arabs in our midst – for we see that our treatment has fostered the current terrorism.  Or about how it’s all about “occupation,” and how even the Israeli Arabs witness this and are radicalized by it.

The issues I’ve raised here are painful to confront, but it is very necessary to do so.  The time has come to grapple with the situation with seriousness.

What our government requires most of all now is introspective honesty and a very determined strength in working to correct the problem.  Everyone who truly cares about Israel must be behind our government on this.  For we are going to face a firestorm of criticism from the politically correct, left-leaning international community – as well as from those same politically correct and left-learning elements inside our society. (Already there are pro-Palestinian Arab NGOs here registering distress about the “injustice” of depriving terrorists of their citizenship or residency rights.)

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What I’ve been doing, during this time of renewed terrorism, has been to track the government’s strength in taking sane steps to adjust the situation.  I’ve been encouraged in several respects – as if the light had suddenly dawned, and major parties within the government had had enough. But we are not where we need to be yet, not by a long shot.

I will go back to doing this tracking, and discussing related issues, in my next post.

Here I simply want to report on what is happening with Hamas and Fatah.  Yesterday, Hamas declared itself dissatisfied with the results of the ‘knife intifada,” which wasn’t killing many.  Put down your knives, they advised and go back to killing with vehicles.

And now Hamas has ordered its followers to conduct suicide bombings.

“Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas official, said Sunday that the ‘intifada’ needs to be turned from a ‘popular’ terror war into a fully-militarized terror war, making an open call for the use of guns and explosives”.

While Fatah brags that is can “blow up buses in Tel Aviv,” Jibil Rajoub isn’t sure it’s a good idea at this time:

“The world doesn’t accept exploding buses in Tel Aviv…
“However…the international community seems to allow the murder of IDF soldiers and Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria.

“The world doesn’t ask about a settler or soldier who is on occupied territories at the wrong place and the wrong time, no one asks about that.”

Got that?

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202109#.ViUZspuhfIV

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And then, as with every post now, I close with good news. This is a beautiful video, that let’s people see who we are (with thanks to Deena M):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzfIuJkYl_Y&feature=youtu.be

10/18/15

Telling Truth to a Reluctant World

Arlene from Israel

h of you, my readers, is to run with the information that I am providing. This is information that is often not shared by media outside of Israel.  I think the tide is beginning to turn: Abbas has gone too far.  Please!  as always, put this information out in every way you can, share it as broadly as possible. Additionally, if you encounter news sources that slant the information or neglect to report on the situation, challenge them directly.

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I wrote yesterday about Ahmed Ansara, the Palestinian Arab boy who lay in good condition in Hadassah hospital at the very moment that Abbas and his cohorts were claiming that Israel had “executed him in cold blood.”  Ahmed had been run over by a car when fleeing Israelis who went after him because he had stabbed two people.  This was NOT an innocent child.

Now there is follow-up on this, as police have questioned him. “I went there to kill Jews,” he told them.

Ahmad Manasra, one of two cousins who went on a stabbing frenzy in Jerusalem on October 12, 2015 is seen at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem on October 15, 2015. Manasra was hit by a car while fleeing from the scene of the attack. (Courtesy)

Courtesy

As Times of Israel reports:

Manasra said he was motivated to carry out the attack by the Palestinian claim that Israel has been trying to change the status quo on the volatile Temple Mount in Jerusalem.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/terrorist-teen-executed-by-israel-confesses-to-attack/

Please, mark this very well.

He explained that “I came with my cousin Hassan. He brought the knives and I agreed to join him.”

Both Ahmed’s family and the PA have denied that he had anything to do with it, but security camera videos of the boys proving otherwise exist.

Here’s a still from a police video, showing the boys carrying knives.

A still image from footage of knife-wielding Palestinian teens who stabbed and wounded two Israelis in Jerusalem on Monday, October 12, 2015. (screen capture: Israel Police)

Screen capture: Israel Police

Footage in the video shows them chasing a man, and then attacking a boy on a bike.

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I want to take a moment here to mention the boy who was attacked (whose name is apparently not on record, and wisely so).  About the same age as Ahmed, he was scheduled to have his bar mitzvah next month.  Thank Heaven he is still alive, but he was taken to the hospital in critical condition and put on a respirator because of stabbing to his throat.  I am without words for this.

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The incredible thing is that the PA does not let up, as foolish as they begin to look.  Netanyahu held a press conference yesterday (about which more below) at which he discussed the incitement by the PA and the outrageous charges it makes.

Following this press conference, PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, who lies with the best of them, said, “Mr. Netanyahu’s attack on President (sic) Abbas is a failed attempt to distract from the fact that Palestinian civilians, including children, are being systematically targeted for extra-judicial executions by Israel.”  (Notice that Abbas is “president” while Netanyahu, is not “prime minister” but “Mr.”)

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At his press conference, held partly in English and partly in Hebrew, Netanyahu, filled with his own fury about what is going on, minced no words (emphasis added):

Abbas is inciting murder.

Make him accountable and stop trying to justify him in any way – not with settlements, not with the peace process, not with anything.  The first order of the day in fighting terrorism is moral clarity. Nothing justifies terrorism, nothing exonerates it. Stop trying to explain it away

“We expect our friends…to see the truth and not draw false symmetry between Israeli citizens and those who would stab them and knife them to death.”

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/WATCH-LIVE-Prime-Minister-Benjamin-Netanyahu-speaks-to-foreign-press-amid-wave-of-terror-426087

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Netanyahu also took strong issue with State Department spokesmen John Kirby. On Wednesday, during the daily briefing, the air-headed, bumbling Kirby said (emphasis added):

Israel has a “right and responsibility to protect its citizens.”

However, he declared, “We’ve certainly seen some reports of what many would consider excessive use of force. Obviously we don’t like to see that. We’re concerned about that.”

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/US-State-Department-has-been-traditionally-hostile-to-Israel-Erdan-says-424998

At the time, Security Minister Gilad Erdan, retorted that (emphasis added):

The comments by the US State Department spokesman are so crazy, deceitful and baseless, that I expect President [Barack] Obama and US Secretary of State [John] Kerry to distance themselves from them, and to clarify the US position.

“…every reasonable person knows very well how the police in the United States would act if terrorists armed with axes and knives would come to kill citizens in New York and Washington.”
His point here is a crucial one: The world seems to feel free to judge Israel by a standard that is applied to no other nation.

Netanyahu also addressed this yesterday:

“What would happen in New York if they saw people rushing into crowds trying to murder people?  What would happen in London, in Paris, Rome, Moscow, or anywhere?”

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I asked rhetorically yesterday if we are daft sometimes, regarding how nice we are to Arabs within our midst and how we cut them slack. This is certainly the case with some of the Arab members of the Knesset, who pump for the other side, and incite, and yet still sit in the Knesset. Many is the time that I have asked myself, “What the hell is wrong with us?” after hearing one of them mouth off.

Well, as I have indicated before, the very worst of these inciteful offenders is Hanin Zoabi, who has been consistently sympathetic to Hamas and other jihadists.  She has been cut altogether too much slack over time – especially after her involvement with the Mavi Marmara flotilla.  But I think her days as a free-wheeling traitor sitting in the Knesset are numbered. The proper place for her to sit is in a prison cell.

Yesterday, she repeated Abbas’s charges about “execution” of innocent Arabs.

Then she called again for the end of “lone wolf attacks” and said she wanted to see a “true popular intifada.” This is major incitement.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/201965#.ViDfH5uhfIV

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Hamas has declared today to be a “Day of Rage,” which means security has to be particularly vigilant.  Here I wish to note several incidents, one critical:

Kever Yosef, Joseph’s Tomb, a Jewish religious site, is located inside PA territory in Shechem (Nablus). According to the Oslo Accords, Jews are to have regular access to this site, which is to be protected.  I will return to this broader issue as appropriate and as time allows in coming days.

Last night, an Arab mob set fire to the Tomb and caused considerable damage:

joseph's tomb

Credit: Facebook

The fire was brought under control by PA police and the IDF – which announced that it views the incident with “utmost severity” – said it will do necessary repairs so worship can take place there.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Josefs-Tomb-set-ablaze-by-Palestinian-rioters-426143

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There are now calls here for Israel to retake the Tomb, because religious sites are only safe when under Israeli control – which is absolutely the case!

What is more, it is understood that the incitement of Abbas was almost certainly a strong motivating factor of what was done.  Wrote Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) on Facebook (emphasis added):

Torching one of the places holy to the Jewish people is a new low, and a result of Palestinian incitement. While the Palestinians brazenly lie about us harming the status quo on the Temple Mount, they go out and burn and desecrate the sacred places of Israel, and that won’t be forgiven.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/rightists-call-to-retake-josephs-tomb-after-torching/

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A Palestinian Arab disguised himself as a journalist in Kiryat Arba, next to Hevron today, approached an IDF soldier and then stabbed him.  The terrorist was shot dead.  The soldier is in the hospital in moderate condition.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Initial-report-One-hurt-in-stabbing-attack-near-Kiryat-Arba-426170

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Because of that “Day of Rage,” border police were monitoring the area near Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem, as many areas, with special care.  In the course of a sweep of the area, a bomb-sniffing dog and his handler located a pipe bomb, which was then neutralized, saving lives.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Police-thwart-attempted-attack-after-finding-pipe-bomb-in-Jerusalem-426163

Credit: Police

I never mention the hard working police and military dogs, but they do a great job and I say hurray! for them here.

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I’m going to close with this article, although the report is still tentative.  It has the potential to be a very significant story.

This has to do with the suspicion, being investigated by Minister of Health Ya’akov Litzman, that when Jews were critically injured in an attack in the Old City, Arab doctors from an adjacent clinic did not come out to help them.  If this turns out to be true, it is huge, in light of the fact that Jewish doctors consider themselves ethics-bound to treat Muslim terrorists.  Here we’re not talking about terrorists, but innocent Jewish victims. They died, and there is the thought they might have been saved.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/201984#.ViDoLJuhfIW

The blood pressure shoots up at the mere thought that this might have been so.  It would change the equation.

Will stay on top of this.  And I thank reader Ya’akov G. for alerting me.

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Shabbat is on the way.  We must keep Shabbat, as Shabbat keeps us.  I carry hope in my heart always, and want to convey this to readers.

Here a video of songs about Shabbat peace and the peace of Jerusalem that is so very appropriate.  Shabbat Shalom to all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCMBkxr2WSc