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Abbas’ ‘UN Bomb” Might Be Proclamation of Independence of New Arab Country

Monday, September 21st, 2015

The most likely “bomb” that Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmud Abbas said he will drop at the end of his speech in the United Nations later this month is a declaration that the PA is an independent country.

Speculation that his bomb will be the announcement of the extinction of the Palestinian Authority or the end of the Oslo Accords does not stand to reason. He has resigned or threatened to resign several times, so officially doing so from the podium of the United Nations would not even qualify as a stink bomb.

As for the Oslo Accords, officially breaking them also would not mean anything. The Agreement exists only as an historical record of one the modern history’s most ignorant, ill–conceived and poisonous ideas, a document that hypnotized the world to grant arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat the Nobel Peace Prize.

Israel Shield wrote here yesterday that Abbas’ “bomb” will be“to say he accepts Israel as the Jewish State and proclaim he is willing to negotiate a full and extensive deal based on the 1967 borders.”

I don’t know if the writer was being funny or serious, but in either case, “Mr. Shield,” Abbas never would make such an announcement unless he wanted one of his brethren to shoot his brains out.

Yes, it would make sense for Abbas to declare Israel as a country for the Jews. It would be a cunning concession that would shut up Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has baited Abbas several times to make such a statement.

No, Abbas won’t do it because taking a step backwards in order to take two steps forward is forbidden in the Arab world when it comes to dealing with Israel. That is why Arafat did not grab the insane offers of former Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, one a suspected crook and the other a convicted crook, to give away all of the land it wants, for the time being, except for 3 percent of it.

The Arab world has never given up on its single-minded goal to erase Israel as a Jewish state. Despite the help of Britain during the period of the Mandate, it was not able to prevent the re-establishment of the State of Israel.

Instead of accepting the United Nations’ recognition of Israel with the Partition Plan’s indefensible borders that would have made it easier for them to overrun the tiny country, the Arabs eagerly threw all their ammunition and weapons against Israel to try to annihilate it immediately. They ended up with the 1949 “Temporary Armistice Lines” that gave Israel much more territory than under the Partition Plan.

Israel overcame economic hardship, undeclared war by Egypt and constant Arab raids until the Six-Day War in 1967, when Israel foiled the attempt by seven surrounding Arab states to finish off the Jews.

Abbas is an Arab Muslim and thinks like one, but he also is a brilliant though narrow-minded politician and magician who has hypnotized the world to accept him as man of peace at the same time he and his regime extol hate, venom and terror against Israel.

When he succeeded Arafat in 2005, he presented a new image of a Palestinian Authority leader, replacing the gun on the holster with a suit and tie. Abbas traveled around the world dozens of times, picking up diplomatic support from every continent and establishing embassies that helped convince politicians and media that the PA is a state for all intents and purposes.

All that was lacking was Israel’s agreement to his conditions, which one by one dropped off as topics of “negotiations” as provided by the Oslo Accords and various declarations by the Bush and Obama administrations.

IAEA Nixes Resolution to Control Israel’s Nukes

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Israel has once again escaped an attempt by the Arab bloc to force Israel to submit its nuclear facilities to international scrutiny.

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) voted overwhelmingly against the resolution sponsored by Egypt calling for international monitoring of Israel’s nuclear facilities.

This year’s proposal – which is presented annually – was voted down by 61 member nations, including the entire European Union.

Forty-three nations supported the resolution and 33 countries abstained from casting a vote.

The office of Israel’s prime minister hailed what it called a “great victory for Israel in the international arena” following the vote, held Thursday at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s 59th General Conference in Vienna.

“In recent weeks, there has been a combined national effort, led by the Prime Minister and the National Security Council, the Foreign Ministry, and the Atomic Energy Commission,” the office observed in a statement.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday night that he personally had spoken directly with more than 30 presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers about the importance of the issue.

“I explained that there was no place to hold a discussion of this kind as long as the main problem in the Middle East is Iran’s efforts to arm itself with nuclear weapons and its clear declarations regarding its intention to destroy the State of Israel.

I welcome the fact that the gap in Israel’s favor was significantly larger than the votes in previous years,” he said, adding that he thanked all the countries that supported Israel, and “especially the U.S., Australia and Canada.

“I thank the EU for voting as a single bloc in favor of Israel against the decision,” he added.

The resolution included a clause referring to Israel’s nuclear arsenal as a “permanent threat to peace and security in the region,” and would have forced the Jewish State to become a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, thus placing Israeli nuclear facilities directly under IAEA supervision. Israel has never formally acknowledged any possession of nuclear arms, and maintains an official position of “atomic ambiguity.”

Egypt itself is presently in the process of negotiating construction of its own nuclear facilities with Russia, which has been involved in producing nuclear plants for Iran for more than a decade.

Netanyahu Hints at Nazi Germany in Reaction to EU’s ‘West Bank’ Labeling

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The European Union promotes anti-Semitism while saying it fights it.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu implicitly referred to Nazi Gammy in his reaction to yesterday’s European Union resolution to label products from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights as being “made in settlements in occupied territories.”

The European Parliament, as reported here, voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to label products from the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria “in the spirit of differentiation between Israel and its activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory,” although it is Syria and not the Palestinian Authority that claims the Golan.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated:

This is unjust. It is simply a distortion of justice and of logic and I think that it also hurts peace; it does not advance peace. The root of the conflict is not the territories, and the root of the conflict is not the settlements.

We have historical memory of what happened when Europe labeled Jewish products.

European Parliament Votes 525 to 70 to Label Jewish Products from Territories

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

(JNi.media) The European Parliament on Thursday supported labeling products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights settlements. The vote was 525 in favor, 70 against, and 31 abstained.

In its resolution, the European Parliament “Welcomes the EU’s commitment – in the spirit of differentiation between Israel and its activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory – to ensuring that all agreements between the EU and Israel must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967, takes note of the letter sent to the VP/HR by 16 EU Foreign Ministers on 13 April 2015, encouraging her to take the lead within the Commission with a view to completing the work on EU-wide guidelines on the labeling of Israeli settlement produce.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanue

l Nahshon told Ha’aretz that the EU motion was “discriminatory with a sharp smell of boycott,” and “under the guise of a technical step, this is an attempt to force a diplomatic solution instead of encouraging the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table. Europe is acting with hypocritical sanctimoniousness toward Israel when it does not consider proposing similar solutions to northern Cyprus or Western Sahara.”

In a Monday meeting between teams led by Israeli Foreign Ministry deputy director-general for political affairs Alon Ushpiz and deputy director-general of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid, the Israelis argued that the labeling would be a “slippery slope” on the way to discriminating against all Israeli products, and to an eventual boycott. This did not go over well.

“When we told then this was a boycott they blew up and really lost their minds,” a senior Foreign Ministry official in Jerusalem told Haaretz. “We told them that labeling products from the settlements is like a door, that once opened, cannot be closed. We made clear to them that we did not see this as a technical step, but as a political step against Israel in every sense.”

European Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to ‘Fight Anti-Semitism’

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

European leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to fight anti-Semitism, according to Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director of the European Jewish Association (EJA), who received greetings from the heads of most countries in the EU.

Margolin was the recipient of holiday greetings from Europe’s leadership ahead of the upcoming Jewish high holy days, particularly Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, which begins next Sunday night.

The continent’s leaders are seeking to “reinforce with Europe’s historic Jewish communities and reaffirm their commitment to fighting the wave of anti-Semitic acts that have blighted cities across the European Union,” Margolin said.

Messages of support and solidarity were led by France’s Francois Hollande, who departed from the secular protocol of the French Republic to send his new year wishes to European Jewry. The French president offered a firm commitment to fight “against all words and acts of an anti-Semitic nature, and to allow everyone to live together, without exception, with the same values of freedom, tolerance and community”.

French Premier Manuels Valls added his “readiness to fight against anti-Semitism, and all forms of racism and intolerance, and to tirelessly support European initiatives designed to defend the values which shape our democracies”.

Austrian President Heinz K. Fischer spoke out in support of “the common interest of Jews in Europe.” Fischer said he sought to renew Austria’s ties with the Jewish State by way of its commitment to “the safeguarding of Israel.”

He added that Austria remains committed to the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms in Europe and the world, and to the “safeguarding of minorities including the Jewish community in Austria, which has always strongly influenced our country’s culture,” he added.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel also reaffirmed his “excellent relationship with the Jewish community in Belgium.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte recalled his country’s endorsement of a joint statement on anti-Semitism at an informal meeting of the United Nations General Assembly last January.

“I share your concern about rising anti-Semitism in Europe,” he said in his message to European Jewry. “This scourge affects Jewish communities first, but in essence it is a threat to society as a whole,” he added.

EJA General Director, Rabbi Margolin thanked the European leaders for their wishes and commitments.

“Rabbis and community leaders across Europe report that in light of the growing anti-Semitism and nationalist atmosphere there has been a significant decline in the number of Jews who take part in community activities,” he said.

“However, Jewish communities are working hard to help Jews attend Rosh Hashanah services. Major security measures are being taken and we can report that there is a relative increase in the number of Jews who have expressed their intention to attend synagogues over Rosh Hashanah with their families, compared to last year. “

In Manchester, England alone, anti-Semitic incidents rose by nearly 80 percent in 12 months, according to a report issued by the Community Security Trust earlier this year.

A 17-year-old boy was beaten unconscious in an attack by three men who attacked him and three other Jews this past Saturday night. The boy remains hospitalized with a suspected brain bleed. The three other victims, ages 17, 18 and 20, were also verbally and physically assaulted but did not require admission to hospital.

EU Administrator Says He Launched Anti-Semitic Assault after 5-Hour Drinking Binge

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

(JNi.media) Stefan Grech, 45, a Maltese EU administrator who is being investigated for an anti-Semitic assault on a woman, told Brussels police he had been drinking for five hours before the incident. He assured the cops his attack had nothing to do anti-Semitism, the Times of Malta reported.

Grech allegedly struck an Italian woman on the head with a metal plate that bore a commemoration of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and grabbed her neck between his hands in an attempt to strangle her. The woman complained that Grech also called her “a dirty Jew” and later opined that “Hitler should have finished off the Jews.”

“He was talking about Nazis and Jews,” a friend of the victim told police, “They were racist comments, that was very clear.”

“I was out celebrating 10 years working with the European Commission and had been drinking mojitos from 7 PM till about midnight when all this happened,” Grech said. Then he said that despite his five hours of imbibing alcohol, he was not really drunk, just not “100 per cent.”

A Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball, consisting of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and mint. It’s the kind of cocktail that can be consumed in large amounts before the full effect of the alcohol is felt.

Grech admitted he had “tapped” the woman on the head with the steel plate, according to the Times of Malta, which may be socially accepted on his home island, but is frowned on in Belgium—an element of etiquette he might have picked up over his ten-year stay there. Grech insisted the tapping was used only to punctuate his heated argument with the woman, and entirely free from any anti-Semitic sentiments.

“I am not a racist. I have Jewish and black friends and have nothing against them,” Grech said, who did tell the press that he held “firm views on the situation in Palestine.”

In 2002, Grech was found guilty of owning and distributing child pornography and was sentenced to six-months in prison, suspended for two years.

Joel Rubinfeld, president of the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism (LBCA), told The Jerusalem Post that the fight started after the Italian woman had expressed surprise at the metal plate that was engraved with Mussolini’s name. She told Grech that, despite his positive sentiments about the man, “Mussolini was still a dictator,” which is when the anti-Semitic insults came flying out. The victim, by the way, is not Jewish, but when he asked, she told him, “I could be a Jew.”

In Midst of Refugee Influx, EU Chief Promising to Label Jewish Products

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

(JNi.media) EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Saturday, after a two-day informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg that Europe will soon decide on the rules concerning labels that will inform consumers when imported Israeli products come from Jewish farmers in Judea and Samaria.

“The work is close to being finished but it is still ongoing,” she said. Some EU countries, including Britain, already warn consumers about products made by Jews in the area largely east of the 1949 armistice line, also known as the “green line.” That area, which includes parts of Jerusalem, was captured by Jordan in 1949 but was never formally annexed, so that when it was captured by Israel in 1967, it had the status of a no man’s land. International Law forbids an occupying country to transfer civilians into land taken in war, but it does not hold the same restrictions in a case where the land did not legally belong to anyone.

Having resolved the issue of alerting European consumers about the different identities of the Jews who sell them goods, Mogherini turned to dealing with the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq, and east and north Africa, declaring that the refugees are not going anywhere, and member states must adjust to this new reality.

“It is here to stay; the sooner we accept it, the sooner we will be able to respond effectively [and] united as Europeans,” Mogherini said, admitting that the problem “affects all of us. A few months ago, it was Italy, Greece and Malta. Now it is Hungary and it could (be the) turn of other member states in the future.”

Even while Mogherini speaking, Austrian police reported that 4,000 people had crossed into the country early Saturday morning, with their number rising to as much as 10,000 during the day.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his country had an understanding with Austria and Hungary on easing the pressure by letting the refugees through this time, but warned that this should not set a precedent. “The help in the emergency situation was linked to an urgent appeal not to make out of this the practice for the coming days,” he said.

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