Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
The New York Times, in a front-page story last week about its investigation into what really happened in the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi last year, purported to debunk the accepted wisdom concerning the incident.
As it turns out, according to the Times, President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice got it right from the get-go: there was no involvement by al Qaeda or any other international terror groups; only locals were involved, to whatever extent the attack was organized and pre-planned; and yes, the attack “was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.”
Of course, one of these local perpetrator groups identified by the Times is Ansar al-Sharia, notorious as the largest Libyan affiliate of al Qaeda. And of course even President Obama has acknowledged that his administration was wrong when it initially blamed the attack on the spontaneous reaction of enraged Muslims furious about that anti-Muslim video.
Yet The Times ignores those seemingly relevant facts. Nor does the Times satisfactorily explain why its investigation was superior to those conducted by various Congressional committees, the State Department and the various U.S. intelligence agencies.
So one wonders what the Times was up to. Perhaps the answer lay in a Times editorial that ran two days later: good old presidential politics. An embattled President Obama, who at one time boasted that he had virtually eliminated terrorism in Benghazi, had to be thrown a lifeline. And the road to the White House must be cleared for Hillary Clinton, on whose watch the Benghazi tragedy occurred and who notoriously responded to a senator’s questions about her role in the debacle with this gem of compassion: “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of protest or was it because guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference does it make?”
The Times editorial – “The Facts About Benghazi” – said, somewhat pretentiously:
An exhaustive investigation by The Times goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.The report by David Kirkpatrick, The Times’s Cairo bureau chief, and his team turned up no evidence that al Qaeda or another international terrorist group had any role in the assault, as Republicans have insisted without proof for more than a year. The report concluded that the attack was led by fighters who had benefited directly from NATO’s air power and other support during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and that it was fueled, in large part, by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.
And then the piece de resistance:
In a rational world, that would settle the dispute over Benghazi, which has further poisoned the poisonous political discourse in Washington and kept Republicans and Democrats from working cooperatively on myriad challenges…. But Republicans long ago abandoned common sense and good judgment in pursuit of conspiracy-mongering and an obsessive effort to discredit President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who may run for president in 2016.
In other words, the race to salvage what is left of the Obama legacy and to push the anointment of Hillary Clinton as his successor is clearly on. But we take this strange episode as yet one more indication of the dread that has spread among liberals whose championing of Mr. Obama as an exemplar of competence and virtue now seems like a sad joke, even to them.
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With $2 billion on hand the Islamic State is an extremely well-funded terrorist group that may pose a major international crisis for the U.S. and the world. Learn about their rise to power and the toll they’ve taken thus far.
In the recent Gaza war and its aftermath, we saw a totally illogical reaction from the world.
A., a teacher: “I do not know a single Gazan who is pro-Hamas at the moment, except for those on its payroll.”
Like our fabled character, Don Quixote, President Obama has constantly spawned his own reality.
Boroujerdi was informed that “the pressures and tortures will increase until he has been destroyed.”
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Washington remains ignorant of the need to dismantle alliances with various Muslim countries.
Defeating IS requires bombing its strongholds and recognizing the violent nature of Islam.
Abbas again used the UN to attack Israel, distort history, and undermine prospects for peace.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority cannot even agree to move their clocks back on the same day.
Shemita is about relating to each other by temporarily eliminating gaps of wealth power & status
David transcended adversity to become a leader; Who are we to make excuses for a lack of greatness?
sympathy: Feeling sorrow or pity for another’s tribulations; Empathy:sharing an emotional experience
Particularly galling was the complaint by one Jo Anne Simon about Judge Dear’s supposed “mobilizing on behalf of apartheid and his insensitivity to minority communities.”
A little less than 10 percent of eligible Democratic voters came out on primary day, which translates into Mr. Cuomo having received the support of 6.2 percent of registered Democrats.
The reality, though, is that the Israeli “war crimes” scenario will likely be played out among highly partisan UN agencies, NGOs, and perhaps even the International Criminal Court.
Peace or the lack of it between Israel and the Palestinians matters not one whit when it comes to the long-term agenda of ISIS and other Islamists, nor does it affect any of the long-running inter-Arab conflicts and wars.
His many articles on education showed great insight into the problems facing Jewish teachers in a changing student environment.
We cannot forget Secretary Kerry’s obsessive and relentless focus on the Middle East peace process.
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