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December 11, 2016 / 11 Kislev, 5777

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John Kerry, Straw Men and the Saban Echo Chamber

Monday, December 5th, 2016
  • The Saban Echo Chamber and the Trump Effect
  • Peace with Other Arab Countries
  • Which Arab Countries?
  • Just Plain Insulting
  • Skipping Over the Peace Process
  • Jews, Settlers and Settlements and Obstacles to Peace
  • Kerry’s Straw Man
  • Kerry’s Complicated Solutions and Lack of Imagination
  • Just to Throw one Idea at Kerry
  • Conclusions

Secretary of State John Kerry’s rant at the Saban Forum was fascinating in that it illuminated everything that is wrong with the supporters of the two-state solution “peace” process.

 

The Saban Echo Chamber and the Trump Effect

To begin, Kerry asked the room to raise their hands to indicate their support for the two-state solution, and then to raise their hands if they are against it. Perhaps one or two hands were raised against it.

There’s no better indication that either nearly all the participants of the Saban Forum are out of touch with what Israelis believe and reality itself, thus forming a Saban echo chamber, or the participants are too intimidated to publicly admit to their peers that they don’t support it, just like Americans were publicly afraid to disclose they were voting for Trump.

I got the impression from Jeffrey Goldberg’s tough questions, that Goldberg realizes and acknowledges there’s an incorrectable problem with the two-state solution “peace” process and Kerry’s perception of reality, but Goldberg is unable or unprepared to make that intellectual leap and reach the logical conclusion.

 

Peace with Other Arab Countries

I was honestly baffled at Kerry’s absolute insistence that an Israeli peace with the other Arab countries, including Egypt and Jordan, is predicated on peace with the “Palestinians.”

Kerry insisted that while the Arab countries need Israel’s expertise in areas like agriculture, technology and finance, they refuse to take it because of the “Palestinian” conflict.

First of all, if these Arab countries want to shoot themselves in the head, gei gezunterheit.

Second of all, Jordan takes Israel’s water. Jordan’s parliament just approved a natural gas deal with Israel. And Israelis even manage agricultural farms in Jordan (shhhh) .

Egypt, under the non-fundamentalist Al-Sisi – whom the Obama administration pushed away, is discussing major cooperation projects with Israel, where Israel will assist Egypt in solar energy, agriculture, desalination, and even expanding tourism.

So, when Kerry includes Jordan and Egypt not taking what Israel has to offer, one has to wonder about his disconnect.

 

Which Arab Countries?

But here’s the real question. Which Arab states was John Kerry referring to, and are the real benefits to Israel so earth-shattering?

In this new Middle East, we already quietly get oil from Kurdish controlled Iraq.

Now that Erdogan is close to consolidating his position as Turkish dictator, he is calming down and making deals with Israel, especially over Israel’s natural gas.

Lebanon, for as long as it remains controlled by the Hezbollah terrorist organization and the Islamic regime in Iran, will never make any peace.

Syria, doesn’t exist anymore as a country, and no one is rushing there to eat Hummus in Damascus.

Iraq? Yemen? The Islamic State of Iran (who aren’t even Arabs, and don’t care about “Palestinians”)?

We already have quiet business happening with some of the Gulf states.

That pretty much just leaves Saudi Arabia, and personally, besides overflight permission for El Al, I could pass on them.

 

Just Plain Insulting

John Kerry doesn’t like how Israel turned out. He believes it’s not faithful to the original vision.

“It’s because we want to be able to see this thing develop into the full-blossomed beacon that Israel has the potential of being…”

A nasty word directed at Kerry, is the only proper response I can think to such a condescending and false statement such as that.

There’s nothing more to say on that one.

 

Skipping Over the Peace Process

I found it fascinating how Kerry confused the timeline between Oslo I (1993) and Oslo II (1995).

I found it instructive how Kerry completely avoided discussing and glossed over the only reason that Oslo II was stopped in its tracks – and that was the horrifying terror attacks by our so-called peace partners.

Terror attacks so extreme, that even then Prime Minister Shimon Peres threatened to end any further IDF pullouts if the attacks didn’t end.

Yet, he somehow expects Israel to not learn from history and experiences and what our own eyes see before us.

 

Jews, Settlers and Settlements and Obstacles to Peace

Let’s discuss settlements, that being an area dear to my heart.

Kerry says the vision of the settlers is to control all of Judea and Samaria and to prevent peace and a Palestinian state.

To the first part, I finally congratulate Kerry on finally saying something factually correct.

We “settlers” believe in greater Israel. We believe in applying sovereignty over all of Judea and Samaria.

On the last part, I congratulate Kerry on recognizing the truth, we “settlers” do not want a Palestinian state in the Land of Israel, in any form.

As for his middle part, that’s Kerry’s straw man argument. As the only vision for peace that Kerry will accept or consider is his repeatedly failed two-state solution.

 

Kerry’s Straw Man

Kerry only believes peace is possible on his terms.

He warns that Israel could become a “unitary” state. He claimed there are more Arabs on this side of the Jordan river than Jews.

He pooh-poohs any other idea and concept for peace as leading down the same road.

He then knocks down his straw men.

 

Kerry’s Complicated Solutions and Lack of Imagination

What is most amazing is how he bragged about all the “complicated”, convoluted, ridiculous and impossible to implement solutions he came up that he claims would allow Israel to maintain its security after evacuating strategic territories.

The man is capable of building absurd castles in the skies for implementing his peace process, but when it comes to challenges that applying sovereignty might encounter, Kerry can’t even conceive there might be any solution to the problem.

It’s a religion for him.

 

Just to Throw one Idea at Kerry

Kerry raises the central concern that anyone considering a Sovereignty solution encounters. Long-term demographics.

Naftali Bennett has addressed the problem, Caroline Glick has addressed the problem and even Betzalel Smotrich has addressed the problem.

Yet Kerry acts as if no one advocating Sovereignty has any solution.

Kerry spoke about the Marshall Plan after WW2. Kerry spoke about complicated networks of drones, fences, and cooperation with terrorists on our border with Jordan.

I have a simpler, less expensive, and less convoluted solution for his concerns.

I’ve spoken with a number of Arabs living under the Palestinian Authority regime, and they would love if Israel freed them from under the PA thumb.

But do you know what they want more than that?

A Green Card.

If Kerry really was worried about the demographic problem and the future of Israel, he would find a way to offer a Green Card to every “Palestinian” family who chooses to voluntarily and permanently leave the Land of Israel.

He would get his peace partners in crime, France and the EU to offer the same.

Most of Gaza and the West Bank would likely be empty within a few months time.

Kerry has 6 weeks to implement this idea before Trump takes over and closes the borders.

That’s just one possible solution.

 

Conclusions

Is Kerry really serious about peace? Or does his vision of peace only involve kicking indigenous Jews out of our ancient homeland?

After listening to his rant last night, the answer is self-evident.

JoeSettler

Report: Leftwing Reporter Tried to Derail Religious Brigade Commander with False Accusations

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Brig. Gen. Ofer Winter, former commander of the Givati infantry brigade and currently Chief of Staff of Central Command, and one of the most prominent IDF Orthodox senior officers, was the target of a political assassination attempt by Israel’s Channel 10 reporter Raviv Drucker, according to Winter’s attorney Oded Savorai, who spoke to Army Radio Sunday.

Savorai accused Drucker – dubbed by Ynet “the thorn in Netanyahu’s side” over a series of insulting and embarrassing reports about the PM and his wife Sara – of trying to incriminate Brig. Gen. Ofer in a case involving the shooting death of an innocent Arab boy.

The entrapment attempt took place four years ago, according to Savorai, when Winter was commander of the IDF Northern Division, and a soldier carrying a concealed recording device came to his office and tried to get the commander to admit having ordered him to shoot the boy.

According to Savorai, the soldier told Winter, “I can’t sleep well nights, it comes back to me in my dreams.” Apparently, “he expected that Ofer would admit something that had never happened, or, more plausibly, that Ofer would ask him to whitewash the story, but Ofer did the opposite.”

Instead of trying to hide anything, the commander offered the soldier help and psychological care. “Ofer’s office manager immediately recognized something suspicious about the man who had just entered to see him, and dug into his smartphone which he had to leave behind,” Savorai related, suggesting she discovered suspicious signs showing he was deceitful.

Drucker posted a response in his Facebook page essentially confirming the story, but adding that the soldier in question had approached his program staff with complaints about Winter murdering the Arab child. Drucker insists that it was the soldier who insisted on meeting up with Winter to try and record him confessing to a crime that never happened.

Drucker accused Brig. Gen. Winter of sending his surrogate out to besmirch the reporter’s good name in advance of an Exposé on Winter being prepared by Drucker.

In July 2014, as commander of Givati in Operation Protective Edge, Winter caused a public debate on the place of the Jewish religion in he IDF when he issued a message to his troops that recalled biblical calls of historic Jewish commanders to their soldiers: “History has selected us to be at the forefront of the fight against the terrorist Gazan enemy, who curses and swears and blasphemes against the God of Israel […] I raise my eyes to heaven and recite with you, Sh’ma Israel, Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echad.”

“God, the Lord of Israel, please send us success in our path,” Winter continued, “for we are going to fight for Your nation Israel against the blaspheming enemy.”

Under Winter’s command, the Givati Brigade exposed dozens of terror tunnels and other Hamas infrastructure.

JNi.Media

Not Trusted to Evict Jews? IDF Plans Relocating Haredi Troops from Amona Vicinity

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

As the security apparatus is completing plans to evacuate the Amona community in Samaria on December 25, by decree of the Supreme Court, NRG reported that the Haredi Nahal battalion Netzach Yehuda which has been posted in recent months downhill from Amona, in Ofra, has received orders to prepare to relocate to a different section – despite the fact that the battalion’s original date to relocate was, reportedly, on December 14.

Then, following leaks to the news media about the relocation, which probably means these religious soldiers are not trusted to carry out the relocation, the order to relocate was rescinded for the time being.

A source inside the battalion said, “We received an order over the weekend to prepare for an immediate relocation, but who knows if it’ll happen today or in three weeks. It was supposed to be kept secret, and now that it’s becoming public knowledge it puts commanding officers under pressure.”

David Israel

Firebombing Attack on IDF Soldiers

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Arab terrorists attacked IDF soldiers Tuesday night who were stationed near the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Issawiya.

The attackers hurled five firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at the Israeli forces deployed in the area, according to local sources.

No injuries were reported in the attack.

All personnel returned safely to base, military sources reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Exclusive Report on Israeli-Syrian Border: Islamic State’s West Syrian Branch Attack on IDF

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Israel was still busy battling wildfires across the country when the Islamic State’s west Syrian branch, Jaysh Khaled Ibn al-Walid (formerly known as the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade), engaged the Israeli Defense Forces in a battle on the Golan Heights for the first time.

At 8:30 a.m. Sunday, ISIS operatives opened fire at a Golani Brigade patrol of the IDF near Avnei Eitan on the southern Golan Heights in north-east Israel.

The IDF soldiers had crossed the border fence to conduct an “ambush operation” while remaining within Israeli territory when they were fired upon by ISIS terrorists on the other side of the border.

The soldiers returned fire but then came under attack from mortar shells.

At that point, the Israeli Air Force intervened and a drone targeted the four terrorists with a missile while they tried to flee in a truck with a heavy machine gun on top of it.

IDF spokesman Col. Peter Lerner said that “it was a short exchange” and called it “productive,” meaning the four ISIS terrorists were killed.

On Monday morning, the Israeli Air Force again targeted the Jaysh Khaled Ibn al-Walid brigade, named after Muhammad’s top general, Khaled Ibn al-Walid, who lived in the seventh century and died in a battle in Syria.

This time an abandoned U.N. Disengagement Observer Force compound that ISIS used as an operations center was bombed to bits with no fewer than 10 2,200-pound bombs.

“This is an additional response to yesterday’s attack, and it is aimed at preventing the terrorists from returning to the installation which poses a significant threat,” an IDF statement read.

The Israeli army said the former UNDOF compound was the base from which the four terrorists had departed prior to their attack on the Golani patrol.

Analysts and pundits in Israel were quick to point out that the attack by the ISIS branch was not the beginning of a war between Israel and the Islamic State and that the reason for the attack was an internal feudISIS’ crumbling caliphate, a reaction to an Israeli provocation, or even an operational error.

Ha’aretz military affairs analyst Amos Harel went as far as suggesting that the Syrian border area had been quiet and claimed that “militias keep the border quiet and keep the extremist rebels away, above all the Al-Qaida-linked group formerly known as the Nusra Front.”

The reality is somewhat different, however.

The Syrian army, together with Iranian-backed Shiite militias, is working to retake the Kuneitra province while the Islamist rebel groups on the Israeli-Syrian border are increasingly cooperating.

Two weeks ago, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham — formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, an Islamist rebel group that was affiliated with al-Qaida but decided to go it alone this year — together with other Islamist rebels, launched a massive attack on the Druze village of Khader just across the Israeli border near Magdal Shams on the northern Golan Heights.

Hassan Fagredin, a Druze political activist from Magdal Shams, told Western Journalism that nine Druze fighters and 50 Islamist rebels had died in the battle.

He partly confirmed a NOW Lebanon report of Nov. 14 that said a large battle had taken place between the Syrian army and its allies and a Jabhat Fatah al-Sham-led Islamist coalition that tried to overtake Khader, one of the three Bashar al-Assad strongholds near the Israeli border.

Fagredin, who said he has remained loyal to al-Assad because the Syrian dictator is the only one who guarantees the safety of the Druze minority in Syria, asserted that the Syrian army now has the upper hand in the protracted battle against the Islamist rebel groups in the border area.

The Druze activist suggested the ISIS attack on Israel could have been related to the anger in Syria over Israel’s activities on the Golan Heights, where existing communities will be expanded on a large scale and where plans exist to build new villages.

Fagredin said there have been more battles recently between al-Assad’s army and the rebels in the border area with Israel.

This was also confirmed by foreign journalists at the Kuneitra observation post some 10 miles from Magdal Shams.

The reporters told Western Journalism they had witnessed how the al-Assad alliance had recently attacked rebel positions near the abandoned UNDOF base at Kuneitra.

By using binoculars one could see the bombed-out buildings near the U.N. compound on the Syrian side of the border, they said.

The pro-al-Assad coalition is reportedly also laying siege on rebel-held towns in Kuneitra province while the Islamist rebels frequently fire rockets and mortar shells on government-controlled towns in the region.

In September, the Islamist coalition made another attempt to stop the advances of the pro-al-Assad coalition, but the offensive ended in an abysmal failure, according to Al Masdar News.

The latest spillover of the Syrian civil war into Israel comes a year after the pro-al-Assad coalition launched a major offensive that was expected to have ended in a victory over the Islamist rebels in Kuneitra.

However, the situation on the ground shows that al-Assad might need the sort of offensive that is currently taking place in Aleppo (Halab) to realize his goal on the Golan Heights.

As Western Journalism reported in September, the Islamist groups in the area of the Israeli border are increasingly cooperating, and some of them have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State.

The battles for control over Khader and Kuneitra show the Islamist coalition is far from defeated and could pose a long-term danger to Israel.

The IDF, meanwhile, is preparing for more incidents like the one that occurred Sunday as a massive drill involving Merkava tanks and armored vehicles a few miles from the Kuneitra observation post showed Monday.

Yochanan Visser

Along the Syrian Border

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Israeli tanks and patrol vehicles protecting the border with Syria on the Golan Heights.

IDF on Syrian border

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Knives, Pipe Bombs Seized, 18 Arrested, in Judea and Samaria Raids

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

by Ilana Messika

IDF and security forces arrested 15 wanted Arabs in nightly raids in Judea and Samaria, on suspicion of involvement in terrorism along with violence towards civilians and security forces. Seven of the detained are wanted Hamas terrorists. They were transported for questioning.

During search operations in the village of Katana, the IDF seized several knives and uniforms that were passed to security forces.

A Police spokesperson stated the Israel police arrested three additional suspects on Tuesday morning, during police and IDF operations in the village of Bet Awa near Hebron, on suspicion of making and possessing seven improvised pipe bombs. The bombs were all destroyed by bomb disposal experts and the investigation is still ongoing.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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