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Can IKEA Put Together a Middle East Peace Package?

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Sweden’s foreign minister has told her Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman’s that she would be happy to send him some IKEA furniture as a model for understanding how to make peace with the Palestinian Authority.

Lieberman, responding to Sweden’s decision to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a country, said that the peace process is “more complicated than self-assembly furniture at IKEA.”

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom shot back, “I will be happy to send him a flat pack of IKEA furniture and he will also see that what you need to put it together is, first of all, a partner. And you also need to cooperate and you need a good manual and I think we have most of those elements,” she said in an interview with CNN.

“If we want to use them also for the conflict in the Middle East and for peace, you need the partners to actually sit down at the same table.”

It really is a simple as putting a round peg in a square hole. If they don’t fit, you simply make the hole square or the peg round, depending on which one is Arab and which one is Jewish.

Israel has been making peace, or trying to make peace, with enemies for 3,500 years, but IKEA was not around, and now Wallstrom has come up with the solution that has been lacking for so many centuries. It’s kind of weird she did not suggest her magic potion for the Ukraine and Russia, Iran and the rest of the world, Obama and Netanyahu and Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s, of whom perhaps you, like me, know nothing about without a Google search on “Hollywood fight.”

But, really, let’s give Wallstrom a chance to build peace following the IKEA approach. Maybe she has something going that all of the king’s men and all of the king’s horses never came up with.

Forget Rabbi Kook, whose writings include the phrase that the Land of Israel is not a piece of property.

Forget religion, which always messes up logic.

Forget culture, which ruins conformity.

Forget a future. Just put the pieces together. The worse that can happen is that you throw it out after five years and by another peace package.

But is IKEA so simple, as Wallstrom indicates?

The Digital Trends website has written, “IKEA is a place of heaven for a lot of homeowners, renters and young professionals on a budget. Its furniture pieces are modestly priced and have a minimalist design that suits every kind of lifestyle.

“The problem with IKEA never was its pricing structure or array of furniture lineup, it’s what happens when you bring the box home and realize you have to put these funky-named pieces together yourself.

“Do you fancy a game of real life Tetris?”

The report continues that IKEA is aware that maybe its instructions are not so great, so it now has YouTube tutorials

Digital Trends is not so impressed.

“The MALM bed frame instruction video has been live for about three weeks, and the public’s verdict?

“I watched this and still didn’t understand,” one commenter said.

“IKEA’s YouTube representative responded to the poor commenter… But it’s not exactly the videos that users are truly having a problem with, it’s the basic idea that these instructions are not at all intuitive…. How is someone supposed to figure out how to create a computer desk out of piles of wood with just random figures and barely any words?”

Swedish-American blogger Ken Arneson’s blog offers some helpful insights on why Rabbi Kook was so right and why the simplistic view of the West repeats the idiotic mistake of imposing one’s culture on another.

Elections? Polls Show Center-Left on the Skids

Friday, October 31st, 2014

A new poll shows that the center-left parties have no chance of winning general elections and that the Jewish home party, headed by Naftali Bennett, would be the number two party after the Likud, chaired by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israel’s media establishment, which likes Netanyahu as much as President Barack Obama likes him, recently has been talking up an atmosphere of instability in the coalition government and that elections will be held in the spring.

A survey by the reputable Rafi Smith firm, carried out for the left-leaning Globes business newspaper, reveals that the center-left has everything to lose and nothing to win by pushing for an early vote.

The popularity of the Jewish Home party has increased, and it could expect 15 Knesset Members, three more than in the current session. It would be the second largest party after the Liked, with a projected total of 24 MKs, and would replace Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party.

Yisrael Beitenu and Likud ran together in the last elections but since have gone their separate ways. The poll shows the Likud would win 24 seats today and that Yisrael Beitenu would garner only 10 mandates.

The number-three party would be Labor, with 14 seats, one less than it now enjoys.

The biggest loser is Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party, which would be left with only 9 MKs, 10 less than the current 19.

Lapid swept into the Knesset as the great hope of the mainly secular, center-left voters who consider a Jewish presence in all of Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem a drain on their pockets.

Lapid promised everything under the moon, which so far remains eclipsed both by his failure to produce results and by his wake-up call from the war with Hamas, which proved once again that it might be so smart to play Monopoly with the Palestinian Authority and draw a border between Ventnor Avenue and Park Place, or between Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria.

The projected line-up if elections were held today is, on the right with a total of 49:

Likud – 24;

Jewish Home – 15;

Yisrael Beitenu – 10.

On the left, with a total of 22:

Labor – 14;

Meretz – 8.

The parties that could go either way, depending on the wind, have a total of 28 MKs:

Yesh Atid – 9;

Shas – 7;

Yehadut HaTorah – 8;

Tzipi Livni’s HaTnua party – 4.

Kadima, as earlier polls have shown, would disappear. The Arab parties would have 12 votes but would not join a center-left coalition. The wild card is Moshe Kahlon, former Likud Minister of Communications who broke the mobile phone oligarchy in Israel and brought prices of mobile phone calls down by 90 percent. His new party is projected to gain 9 seats in the next elections, and he could go left or right.

Even if all the swing parties and Kahlon were to join a center-left coalition, they would have only 59 seats, two less than the needed absolute majority of 61. In any case, a coalition of the seven parties would be a nightmare and have zilch chance of becoming a reality.

With 49 projects MKs on the right, Netanyahu would have a choice of re-negotiating with Lapid and tempting Kahlon, or he could go with the Haredi parties.

In either case, he would have a majority without having to worry about having to deal with Livni again.

Israel Recalls Ambassador from Sweden over Recognition of PA

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Israel has ordered its ambassador to Sweden to return home and has “invited” the Swedish envoy to Israel for a “talk” following Stockholm’s decision Thursday to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a country.

Lieberman stated flat out that Sweden’s new prime minister, Stefan Löfven, “acted before he had time even to study the issue in depth.”

He said Swedish Ambassador, Carl Magnus Nesser, “will be invited for a talk at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem,” but there was no indication when that will happen.

Lieberman lectured Löfven from a distance and said the prime minister “must understand that relations in the Middle East are more complicated than the self-assembly furniture from IKEA and must be dealt with in a responsible and sensitive matter.

“The only way to reach an agreement is honest an negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians and not steps that only reinforce the unreal demands of the Palestinians and move an arrangement further away.”

Löfven took the helm of the country after last month’s general election.

Sweden was the first western European country to recognize the Palestinian Authority, following a similar move by Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania. Iceland, which is not in the European Union, also has recognized the Palestinian Authority as have more than 110 other countries.

The United States said that Sweden’s recognition was “premature.”

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström , showing how far Stockholm is detached from reality, insisted that the recognition might “facilitate a peace agreement by making the parties less unequal, supporting the moderate Palestinian forces and contributing to hope at a time when tensions are increasing and no peace talks are taking place.”

Diplomacy is being played out on the stage by pro-Palestinian Authority countries, but they have not noticed that there is no one in the audience. Sweden figures that if enough countries join the cast, Israel will be forced to take a seat and agree to meet all of Mahmoud Abbas’ demands.

Sweden also has not noticed that Abbas is not interested in taking a seat anywhere except behind the intifada.

 

Lieberman: Terror in Jerusalem and Ottawa Part of ‘Global Epidemic’

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Wednesday’s terrorists attacks “almost at the same time in both ends of the world show that terror is a global epidemic,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wrote on his Facebook page.

“Terrorism is not because of building in Jerusalem, Ottawa, New York, Madrid, London or Mombasa but is a result of radical Islam’s battle against the West,” he added.

Three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun was killed and eight others were injured when an eastern Jerusalem Arab, with a history of crimes against security, rammed the Jerusalem light-rail train near French Hill.

In Ottawa, a recent convert to Islam shot and killed a Canadian soldier guarding the National War Memorial. The House of Commons sergeant-at-arms killed him before he could carry out a murder spree in the Canadian parliament.

The terrorist was identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, whom had been flagged by Canadians security as a “high-risk traveler.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to convey condolences and expressed his full support for Canada’s fight against terrorism.

Canada in general and Harper in particular are considered Israel’s best friends, if not only friends, in the world.

Arab MK Zoabi Says IDF ‘Worse than’ ISIS

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Hanin Zoabi, Israel’s de facto Minister for Anti-Zionism and chair of the Fifth Column, outdid herself on Sunday be comparing the IDF with the Islamic State (ISIS).

Actually, that is not true. She did not compare them. The IDF is much worse, she stated on Channel 2 television, because the Islamic State “kills one person at a time with each knife while an IDF pilot kills dozens of Palestinians by pressing a button.”

Not to be totally outdone by Zoabi’s love for hate, another one of her Balad party colleagues, MK Basel Ghattas, chimed in on Army Radio Monday to say that there is a big difference between the Israeli army and the Islamic State, which “unlike the IDF, has not committed crimes against humanity.

Zoabi, a resident of Nazareth in the Galilee, is the same cheerleader for terror who was on the IHH terrorists’ Mavi Mamara ship aimed at breaking the maritime embargo on Hamas.

She previously has used the Knesset podium to call Israel a Nazi state, reject Israel as a Jewish state, a basic part of the Balad party’s platform, and to dismiss the Iranian nuclear threat simply as one of “potential.” She also has sung the Palestinian anthem at a Hamas rally.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, on cue, called the Balad party a “terrorist organization” that exploits the Knesset to “advance terrorism while taking advantage of parliamentary immunity.”

Previous moves to indict her for incitement were ditched by Israel’s cowards in the office of the Attorney General.

Transportation Minister Israel Katz of the Likud party called Zoabi’s statement “treason and sedition.”

As usual, everyone is trying to matching Zoabi’s mouth with shocking words , but no one ever does anything about Zoabi, who would long have been thrown into jail in any other democratic country that understands the principle that freedom of speech does not include yelling ”fire” in a crowded theatre just to get attention.

The Jewish Press has come up with a practical idea and is asking you to put some money in the pushkie to raise enough shekels to buy her a first-class airline ticket for her to fly to Syria.

Once there, Zoabi can see herself the difference between the ISIS and the IDF, and when she comes back to Israel, maybe she will have some more sense in her head, unless it comes back on a separate ticket.

Lieberman and Indyk Bash Bennett for Bashing Kerry

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Martin Indyk, another failed American messiah for the Palestinian Authority, and none other than hawkish Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman unwittingly were on the same soapbox Saturday to bash Jewish Home Minister Naftali Bennett for bashing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s incredible comments linking ISIS recruitment with the failure of the “peace process.”

Lieberman’s criticism of Bennett clearly reflects the dependence of the Netanyahu administration on the United States to cast a veto against any vote in the United Nations Security Council in favor of admitting the Palestinian Authority as a full member in the General Assembly.

For the record, Kerry’s spokeswoman Marie Harf claimed that Kerry never made such a suggestion although her convoluted explanation essentially said the same thing in other terms.

But Bennett stole the limelight with his remarks Friday that were very undiplomatic and politically incorrect, if not correct from the standpoint of truth, that Kerry was “encouraging global terror.

“It turns out that even when a British Muslim decapitates a British Christian, there will always be someone to blame the Jew,” Bennett said. “There is no justifying terror, only fighting it. To say that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is strengthening the Islamic State is encouraging global terror.”

Kerry stated at a reception for Muslims Wednesday, as reported here, “As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions … 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 that they felt – and I see a lot of heads nodding – they had to respond to.

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

We will leave it to the reader to figure out how Harf could claim that there was no linkage.

Israel’s Communications Minister Gilad Erdan was just as caustic as Bennett and said, “Kerry is breaking records for a lack of understanding of what is going on in our region.”

Indyk, who has joined a long list of American “experts” at the State Dept’s ever-expanding foreign policy graveyard, tweeted, “There they go again: Israeli rightist ministers attack Kerry for wanting Israeli-Palestinian peace to help fight IS.”

He supposedly was defending Kerry but his tweet actually spelled out in capital letters that the cause and effect is obvious: Israeli-Palestinian peace will help the United States fight the Islamic State.

Lieberman’s defense of Kerry was not so idiotic.

The foreign minister, who is on top of the list of those panning Kerry’s Peace Talks Follies, can fairly be presumed to have applauded in his heart every word Bennett and Erdan said, but his position as foreign minister took precedence. He clearly is worried about the reaction from Washington, which already has been reeled by several remarks this year by Israeli officials that Kerry is “messianic” and doesn’t have a clue about the Middle East.

That is absolutely untrue. Kerry knows the Middle East is located somewhere between the Atlantic Ocean and the China. He also knows that the King David Hotel is located in Jerusalem, the part that is not “occupied.”

“Let’s state some facts,” Lieberman said. “When our ammunition supplies ran out during Operation Protective Edge, it was the United States that sent us more. It was the Americans who gave us money which enabled us to develop Iron Dome. It was the US who voted with us in the UN Human Rights Council. The United States is the only country that saves us a good deal of grief in the Security Council with its veto.”

Sweden Stuttering and Sweating over ‘Recognition of Palestine’

Monday, October 6th, 2014

The United States has slapped Sweden on its wrist for recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a state, a declaration that Stockholm already is trying to tone down without losing face, as reported here yesterday.

“We believe international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

“We certainly support Palestinian statehood, but it can only come through a negotiated outcome, a resolution of final status issues and mutual recognitions by both parties.”

She then tossed out the outdated diplomatic cliché that Israel and the Palestinian Authority must “agree on the terms on how they live in the future two states, living side-by-side.”

That may have been possible – on paper- in the hey-day of the Oslo Illusions. Given the Arab and Israel red lines today, the “two-state” idea is only a solution to prevent mass unemployment the State Department.

Sweden decided the time has come to publicly announce that the “peace process” is nothing more than a scam to keep down the unemployment rate, and its newly-elected Prime Minister Stefan Löfven made his name a household world by making Sweden the first Western European country to formally recognize Palestine.

Israel was aghast, and the Swedish ambassador to Jerusalem – whoops, make that Tel Aviv – has an audience with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday.

As for the American criticism, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said, “It’s not the United States that decides our politics.”

If that is the case, why did Stockholm suddenly stutter and sweat to the point that the Swedish Foreign Ministry tweeted on Sunday that Sweden would recognize the Palestinian state “soon” and not immediately?

Löfven told Israeli Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog, who has stayed in touch with Löfven for several years, that Sweden “wasn’t going to recognize a Palestinian state tomorrow morning,” Haaretz reported.

Herzog added that Sweden “wants to speak first with all the relevant parties, including Israel, the Palestinians, the United States and other EU states.”

In other words, yes Mr. America, the announcement was premature, but let us climb down the tree without breaking our neck.”

Hertzog also spoke with Swedish Foreign Minister Wallström, who will get an earful from Lieberman at high noon today, and she further backtracked by saying, “We don’t want to surprise any of the relevant parties.”

The Labor party, left-wing as it is, still is not ready to urge national suicide. Herzog told Wallström, according to the Haaretz report, “Your policy challenges the principle of mutuality. I’m not sure that’s the right thing to do. Negotiations are preferable to unilateral moves that are liable to lead to undesirable consequences.”

Negotiations have not taken place for four years. They ended with the last concession that Israel could stomach without sacrificing more land and lives.

It is questionable whether even the Obama administration really believes its own words and is not simply babbling to keep its hat in the ring, but the Palestinian Authority certainly knows the “peace process” is lost somewhere between Mars and Pluto.

Mahmoud Abbas believes that he can unlock the door to a Palestinian state in the United Nations, where at least 112 countries have already recognized the State of Palestine.

If it comes into existence, it will be the first country in history that has no borders.

That may be exactly what Abbas wants so the Arab world can still fight to determine the borders as those of Israel, from the Jordan to the Mediterranean and from Lebanon to Egypt.

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