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September 30, 2016 / 27 Elul, 5776

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Abbas Sends Condolences to Family of Dead Jordanian Terrorist

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas sent his condolences to the family of Sayid Amro, the Jordanian national killed by the Israeli Border Guard soldiers in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem last Friday. In his letter, Abbas called Amro “a martyr who has quenched the land of Palestine with his pure blood.”

After Jordan condemned Israel for what it dubbed “an act of barbarism,” Israel presented to the Jordanian foreign office a video showing Amro waving two knives and threatening passers by near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.

David Israel

It’s My Opinion: Heartfelt Condolences

Monday, June 6th, 2016

The lifeguard stand at Haulover Beach had two signs: “Swim in guarded area only” and “No lifeguard on duty.” Recently, several vacationers ignored the warning and entered the ocean from this isolated spot.

Three of these men would soon be caught up in an inlet known for its rip currents. Despite valiant efforts by an off-duty police officer and a lifeguard on a Jet Ski, two of them lost their lives.

The two who perished were businessmen from New York. One was a diamond dealer. The other was a real estate developer. They were pillars in the Satmar communities of Brooklyn and Kiryat Joel.

One can hardly fault the desire of these men to enjoy the beautiful sand and surf Hashem has created. They went to a deserted part of the beach to have an innocent swim. Obviously, they were trying to comply with the halachic directives on modesty by avoiding mixed swimming. Many have done the same thing.

Summer is here and many will be entering the ocean, lakes, and pools. Unfortunately, some of these warm-weather encounters have the capacity for disaster. The proverbial tide can turn quite quickly.

Take precautions. Heed all warnings and posts. Most of all, make sure there is always a lifeguard on duty.

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the men who drowned. May we only hear good news in the future.

Shelley Benveniste

IDF Reserve Officer Succumbs to Wounds from Gush Etzion Junction Terror Attack

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

An IDF Reserve Officer Eliav Gelman hy”d has succumbed to the grievous wounds he suffered after fighting off an Arab terrorist during an attack Wednesday at the Gush Etzion Junction.

Gelman was targeted by the terrorist but managed to pull out his pistol to defend himself during the attack, which took place at a hitchhiking post at the Gush Etzion Junction, about 15 minutes south of Jerusalem.

A 31-year-old resident of the Jewish community of Carmei Tzur — which he helped to build — Gelman grew up in the Gush Etzion town of Kiryat Arba. He was a father of two and soon to be three: his wife is in an advanced stage of pregnancy.

The Gush Etzion Regional Council said in a statement, “The Council and residents of the region join hands in sending their condolences to Gelman’s family, and embrace them in deep grief.”

Details of the funeral are not yet complete.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu, El-Sisi Send Condolences Over Pilot’s Death, Confirm Support for Jordan

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent his condolences Wednesday to King Abdullah II and to the people of Jordan “for the grisly murder of the air force pilot of the Jordanian air force.”

Netanyahu was referring to Tuesday’s release of a new execution video by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group, showing the January 3rd death of Jordanian air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh. The group killed the pilot by burning him alive in a metal cage.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi also strongly condemned the murder, calling ISIS a “savage, cowardly organization that violates all heavenly doctrines,” the MENA state news agency reported, and also confirmed Egypt’s support for Jordan.

El-Sisi added that the international community “needs to unite to fight terrorism in all its forms and to confront the terrorist groups that use Islamic slogans, even though religion has nothing to do with their actions.”

Netanyahu spoke about the murder while visiting the IDF Hermon Brigade base Wednesday for a briefing by Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan and GOC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi. Netanyahu also met with local council chairs from the area.

“In the Islamic State of ISIS they burn people alive,” the prime minister commented. “In the Islamic State of Tehran, they hang them from cranes in the public squares. Both are motivated by an extreme ideology of militant Islamic terrorism that has a cruelty that is unbounded.”

Netanyahu also reiterated that although world leaders are “racing to forge a deal” that would enable Iran to have nuclear weapons, “Israel will oppose this deal, which is dangerous to us, dangerous to the region, and dangerous to the world.

“But the greatest danger to the future and the security of the world is that this extremism will be backed up by nuclear weapons,” he added. “This is something everyone must oppose.”

Hana Levi Julian

Dead Pilot’s Father Offers Condolences to Jordan’s King

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The father of murdered Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh on Wednesday called on the international community to wipe out the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and offered his condolences to King Abdullah II.

In an interview with Jordanian state-run television, Safi al-Kasaesbeh said that he had met with the Hashemite monarch twice since his son had been captured by ISIS on December 24. Once meeting included Crown Prince Hussein, the Jordan Times reported.

“The King told me he was following up personally on Muath’s case,” the pilot’s father told the interviewer. “He said ‘Crown Prince Hussein, may God protect him, is no dearer to me than Muath.’

“Today I offer my condolences to His Majesty over the death of his son Muath, and I implore the Almighty to grant his other son [Prince] Hussein long life,” he said.

The bereaved father added that his son was the son of all Jordan and all Jordanians, and that he “feels the loss at every Jordanian home.” Jordanians need to unite behind their leaders and military forces, he said, to fight terrorism and those who target Jordan.

Hana Levi Julian

Looking Back on the Life of Barack Obama

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Originally published at Sultan Knish.

He Taught us to Laugh, He Made Us Believe, and then He Took All Our MoneyHe was the first black President of the United States, and he also became its last President when in 2019, after his term in office had been extended indefinitely by HR:0666 or “The Hope and Faith in Obama’s Everlasting Presidency Act” (Holo-Link), he was forced to leave office because the government had run out of money to pay for itself.

Though he lived a very public life, few could agree on even the basic facts of his life. For a man who spent most of his life in front of the camera, his death leaves us with few answers about who Barack Obama (Holo-Link) really was. Obama only added to the uncertainty swirling around him by using multiple names,  multiple birthplaces and even passports.

The bestselling Presidential biographies of Obama, from Edmund Morris’ “America’s Greatest Con-Man” to Michael Beschloss’ “Obama: Citizen of the World” cover the range of opinions on Obama’s presidency.

And long after the fall of the United States, there is still no real consensus by former Americans on who Obama really was.

Yet to many Barack Obama represents a nostalgic time in history; the last years when such diverse nations as the Confederate States of California (Holo-Link), the Republic of New Hampshire, the People’s Republic of Minnesota, the Empire of Texas, El Reino de Aztlan and the Arch-Duchy of Upper New York were all part of one single nation that stretched from ocean to ocean.

His Life

Born in a hospital in some still undetermined part of the world, Barack learned to use multiple names and identities at an early age. Traveling from country to country, the young Obama or Soetoro, would quickly become adept at blending into any culture. This skill would prove crucial in his political career, allowing him to invent new identities and win the trust of his audience. If there is one thing his biographers agree on, it’s that he had a genuine gift for sensing what his audience wanted to hear. Unfortunately like most con artists, he lacked the same ability for long term financial planning, that he did for short term schemes to extract money from a gullible American public.

There is no denying that Obama cheerfully used fraud and strong arm tactics throughout his political career, but the chief weapon in his arsenal was flattery. Many of his supporters remember the special feeling of being made to feel that he was their friend. As one former aide wrote, “He taught us to laugh, he made us believe, and then he took all our money”.

This conflicted legacy helps explain Barack Obama’s popularity, even after his corruption and abuses of power destroyed the  government, ending the era of the United States for good– he was ranked 4th on the prestigious Dow Jones’ “Most Likable Celebrities in North America in 2019” index (Holo-Link).

It helped that Obama left the White House voluntarily after learning that there would be no more money left for his trips abroad, and that due to the failure of the Federal Reserve and the secession of 23 states from the Union, no national budget would be possible.

He did leave with everything of value in the White House that his family and associates could grab or pry out of the walls, but by then most Americans were too busy dealing with the problems of the Great Partition to notice. Even the farewell party that burned down most of the White House seemed a small thing in the wake of the Detroit Food Riots or the discovery of the Red River Gulag (Holo-Link).

His popularity afterward enabled Obama to begin several successful careers in the entertainment industry, including a long-running stint on the soap opera General Catastrope, his own line of shammy infomercials and a music career with such nostalgia singles as, “Where’s Da Money”, “Where All Da Money Go” and “What Happen to All Da Money?”

Even today viewers watching old fashioned television can still catch commercials of Obama in his older years, holding up a shammy cloth, dipping it in a spilled pool of olive oil and telling the audience to have faith that the mess would be gone. Even his famous tagline, “At a price that won’t bankrupt you, unlike me” was meant to be a good humored reference to his controversial two and a half terms in office.

Daniel Greenfield

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