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Fact Check: Release of Terrorists Depends on Progress in Talks

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Statements made in public by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and forgotten by the entire media world reveal that Israel promised to free 104 terrorists in four batches on return for the resumption of peace talks “in accordance with the circumstances of their progress.”

Those are the Prime Minister’s words in an “open letter to the citizens of Israel” he wrote last year. Foreign media also reported at the time that “an Israeli official said no prisoners would be released before direct talks begin, and the process would then be dependent on the Palestinians proving they are ‘really serious and not playing games.’”

The problems with these direct quotes are that they do not fit the agenda of the Obama administration, the Palestinian Authority, the United Nations and the media establishment, which has forgotten or never learned that Journalism 101 teaches that one should check the facts.

Instead, every news outlet, including those in Israel, is accepting as fact Mahmoud Abbas’ telling the Arab League in Kuwait  Tuesday, “The Israeli government is trying to dodge an agreement it had with the US administration to release pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners.”

He added, “The Israeli government took every chance to foil the American efforts. This proves what we say about the lack of seriousness and preparedness of the Israeli government to withdraw and create peace.”

It is not an interpretation and it is not editorializing to state that this is a lie.

Netanyahu said more than once that the release of the 104 terrorists was spread over a period weight months ending at the end of this week in order to test Abbas’ intentions.

The same media reporting Abbas’ statements know as well as you and I that the talks have been a dismal failure, so much so that  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is flying to Jordan on Wednesday to meet with Abbas and will be on the phone to jawbone Netanyahu to save his own behind and come up with some kind of formula to add another chapter to one of the most shaggiest dog stories ever created.

The facts, without any editorializing, show that it is Abbas and not Netanyahu who has not fulfilled his obligations, unless one accepts the Arab world attitude that the entire point of “negotiations” was to convince Israel not to negotiate and simply say “yes” to every Arab demand.

Those principal demands, without any interpretation, are:

  • Turning over to the Palestinian Authority all of Judea and Samaria and all parts of Jerusalem that abandoned by Jordan in the Six-Day War in 1967;
  • Expelling more approximately 700,000 Jews – 10 percent of the Israeli population – form those areas;
  • Removing all soldiers from Judea and Samaria, including the Jordan Valley;
  • Establishing eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian Authority state; and
  • Accepting the immigration of millions of Arabs whose claim to Israel as homeland depends on the United Nations’ unique definition of Arabs as the only refugees in the world whose refugee status passes from generation to generation.

Abbas has left no room for compromise or negotiation on any of the points. He and his “negotiators” have complained since the resumption of talks in July that “no progress” has been made.  Not par for the course for Abbas, truer words were never spoken.

On the other hand, he has refused to accept Netanyahu’s one demand that he recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He has “no” to allowing Jews to live in a Palestinian Authority state, a direct violation of U.N. laws. He has said “no” to giving up on the phony refugee issue. he has said “no” to allowing IDF troops in the Jordan Valley.

Iran – Yes, That Iran – Picked as a Leader of UN Disarmament Committee

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Admit it.  How many of you secretly enjoyed eating popcorn while watching the circus show the United Nations had become?  Who can forget the performance given by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, which featured invocations of sulphurous smoke and the devil himself; or wily Yassir Arafat the gunslinger; or even the slightly more refined Nikita Kruschev, the shoe banger?

Despite the passing of those three, and the sartorial splendor of Muammar Gaddafi joining the others in clown heaven, or elsewhere, the U.N. is back in the entertainment business.

The international body has chosen the Islamic Republic of Iran as rapporteur of the U.N. Disarmament and International Security Committee. While it is true that the rapporteur is not the same as the chairman, it is still a leadership position with a seat on the dais of this 193 member committee. The position also has enough teeth to cause problems.

The rapporteur of a U.N. committee is responsible for various written documents produced by the committee, it maintains the speakers list, is in charge of the roll call and has responsibility for other administrative tasks.

One should first ask how it is possible that Iran is even a member of the committee which oversees all international security matters within the purview of the U.N. Charter.

Here’s something that should tickle the irony bone of all readers. This committee oversees “the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments; promotion of cooperative arrangements and measures aimed at strengthening stability through lower levels of armaments.”

How many years has it been that the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors were led down endless hallways leading to shut doors in their quest to uncover Iran’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons?  And the guys who slam shut, lock the door and throw away the keys are among those in charge of those inspections? Actually, this farce is at least as good as anything Chavez ever did.  But far more dangerous.

“Allowing Iran to be on the U.N. committee dealing with nuclear disarmament and weapons proliferation is like inviting Assad, the Syrian dictator responsible for the death of 100,000 of his own people, to be the head of the population census bureau,” Israeli U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said last month in response to Iran’s initial bid to become the rapporteur of the U.N. committee.

HOW UN COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP IS SELECTED

How is this possible?  Here is the how U.N. committees are constructed.

There are six main U.N. committees, the Disarmament and International Security Committee being the First Committee.  Any member of the U.N. is eligible for membership on any committee.  The members choose a chairman before the U.N. session begins, and then the members chose three vice-chairmen and a rapporteur. Any committee member (other than special technicians or experts who do not represent member nations) is eligible to hold any of these positions.

Although the rules provide that “These officers shall be elected on the basis of equitable geographical distribution, experience and personal competence,” the elections are held by secret ballot. There’s the problem right there.

And Rule 111 is a tad alarming.  It provides that the chairman as well as the rapporteur of a committee “may be accorded precedence for the purpose of explaining the conclusions arrived at by their committee.”

Some may take cold comfort that at least Iran was not chosen as the chairman of the Disarmament Committee.  Don’t. Committee chairmen do not have a vote; rapporteurs do.

SELECTION SEEN AS INSULT TO ISRAEL

The selection of Iran in this official capacity, on the heels of the Israeli Prime Minister’s two public appearances forcefully laying out the existential dangers and fundamental untrustworthiness of Iran must be considered a slap in the face. One minor mitigating factor is that the only other nominee for the position was Kuwait, not exactly a model of best behavior, but also a country not engaged in a race to destroy first the Jews and then the rest of the kuffar.

It was no surprise that the BBC represented its version of a report card on Netanyahu’s speeches, concluding that most Israeli newspapers and all the Iranian media gave him failing grades. “Iranian media criticized the speech as “Iranophobic” while some Israeli newspapers found it unconvincing.”  Thanks, guys. No popcorn for you.

Kerry Heads to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait before Visiting Israel

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Globe-trotting U.S. Secretary of State John Kelly has left India for Saudi Arabia and Kuwait before flying to Jordan and Israel later this week to tackle the issue of Palestinian Authority demands.

The Saudi kingdom is a powerful ally of the United States and is solidly behind the rebels in the Syrian civil war. Kerry and the Obama administration want to get rid of Assad and have come out in favor of arming the rebels but still are concerned that a terrorist regime might replace Assad, if and when he is ousted or killed.

“If the United States does nothing, and the rest of the world does nothing, then Syria is going to wind up in an even worse condition than it is today,” Kerry told CBS News from New Delhi. He said it would be even worse if Syria were to break up, “with radicals, extremists able to get a hold of chemical weapons and free to use it as a base to begin to conduct their operations again against the West and the United States.

Israel Ranks 10th in Number of Millionaires per Capita

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Israel is the home to 84,000 millionaires, putting it in 10th place in the world’s ranking of the number of millionaires as a percentage of the number of households, according to The Boston Consulting Group, in its report “Maintaining Momentum in a Complex World: Global Wealth 2013.”

In percentage term, there is a millionaire in one of every 92 households

“Israel had about 84,000 millionaire households in 2012, and there are plenty of thriving businesses here to keep them afloat, from booming technology companies to exploiters of natural gas fields,” according to the report.

It noted that Israel is a large exporter of diamonds and agricultural products.

The Boston Consulting Group reported that global household wealth grew by 7.8% in 2012, to $135.5 trillion, double the 3.6% growth in 2011 in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Qatar topped the rankings with 50,000 millionaire households, 14.3% of all households, out of a population of 2 million. It was followed by Switzerland, Kuwait, Hong Kong, and Singapore

The United States, with 5.87 million millionaire households, has the largest number of such households, amounting to 4.9% of all households.

Prisoner X Met With Lawyer Before Suicide

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

More details are slowly coming to light in the case of Ben Zygier, also known as Prisoner X.

A day before he committed suicide, Zygier met with outside defense attorney Avigdor Feldman, besides his meetings with his regular attorneys Roi Belcher, Moshe Mazor and Boaz Ben-Tzur. Zygier had been considering his legal options, including the possibility of a plea bargain. What the charges were is still unknown, but Feldman said the charges were very serious.

On Thursday, a Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Jarida, claimed that Zygier was one of the members of the Mossad team which assassinated Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. But after the assassination, for some reason, Zygier contacted the Dubai authorities and gave them detailed information on the assassination. According to the paper, Zygier was then captured by Israel after he went into hiding.

What has also come to light is that Israel is not running “black prisons” as some people claimed, but rather that Zygier was kept out of contact with other prisoners and his identity was secret to those without high enough clearance for security reasons, though all the while Zygier was allowed to meet with his lawyers who were defending him against the charges being brought against him by the state of Israel.

Questions arose as to how Zygier managed to kill himself in a maximum security cell with 24 hour camera surveillance. It turns out that the cell’s bathroom is not monitored, and that is where he hung himself.

Kuwait Institutes Death Penalty for Blasphemy

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Kuwaiti lawmakers have passed a legal amendment authorizing the death penalty for Muslims who curse their God or the Quran, or who defame their Prophet Mohammed or his wife. In the amended article, if the defendant publicly repents and apologizes for the crime, the penalty will be reduced to five years in jail, a fine of 10,000 Kuwaiti Dinars (KD), or both.

The approved article states that non-Muslims who commit the same crime face at least 10 years in jail. Some MPs demanded the death penalty should also apply to them as well. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan boast the same death penalty law for blasphemy. In other Muslim countries, there are different interpretations to executing people who are outspoken and have different opinion. The Islamic states also never tolerate apostasy, conversion, or freedom from religion.

Islam is a belief. It is not clear in any Muslim country why a man before a court in any Muslim country would be termed Muslim if he does not believe in the religion, or possibly any religion, just because he happened to be born into a home in which Islam happened to be the religion of the family living there.

Overriding Kuwaiti disapproval, international human rights organizations, including the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), expressed deep concern. The Chairman of USCIRF, Leo Leonard, said he judged these penalties as alarming and contrary to international human rights standards.

As the commission recognizes the Quran as a holy script for the Muslims, however, the question arises as to how the commission can feel concerned about the new law if the law has been derived from the Quranic instructions of which they ostensibly approve?

Although most Islamists formally say that the Quran itself does not prescribe any earthly punishment for apostasy, in fact Sharia Law and Islamic schools of jurisprudence strongly advocate that an apostate must be either executed or imprisoned until he or she re-converts to Islam. In the last 1400 years, Islam has been always harsh and brutal to non-believers, apostates, and people who might have different opinions. Here is what Quran says on these issues:

–But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever you find them (4:89).

–Therefore, we stirred among them [unbelievers] enmity and hatred, which shall endure till the Day of Resurrection, when Allah will declare to them all that they have done (5:14).

–O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends are one of them. God does not guide an unjust people (5:54).

–Make war on them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme (8:39).

–O Prophet! Exhort the believers to fight. If there are 20 steadfast men among you, they shall vanquish 200; and if there are a hundred, they shall rout a thousand unbelievers, for they are devoid of understanding (8:65).

–It is not for any Prophet to have captives until he has made slaughter in the land (8:67).

–Allah will humble the unbelievers. Allah and His apostle are free from obligations to idol-worshipers. Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers (9:2-3)

–When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them (9:5).

–Believers! Know that idolators are unclean (9:28).

–Fight those who believe neither in God nor the Last Day, nor what has been forbidden by God and his messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are People of the Book, until they pay the tribute and have been humbled. The unbelievers are impure and their abode is hell. Humiliate the non-Muslims to such an extent that they surrender and pay tribute (9:29).

–Whether unarmed or well-equipped, march on and fight for the cause of Allah, with your wealth and your persons (9:41).

–O Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites. Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey’s end (9:73).

–Allah has purchased of their faithful lives and worldly goods, and in return has promised them the Garden. They will fight for His cause, kill and be killed (9:111).

–Fight unbelievers who are near to you  [Different translation: Believers! Make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Let them find harshness in you; Another source: Ye who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers....] (9:123).

Hamas Leader Embarks on Second ‘Official’ Tour

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Ismail Haniyeh, leader of the terrorist group Hamas and prime minister of Gaza, has departed Monday for his second “official” trip, with intended stops in Iran, Qatar, and Kuwait.

Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nono said Haniyeh, was going to Iran at the invitation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The trip comes amid reports that Hamas is seeking another financier as Iran struggles under the pressure of international isolation.

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