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Saving the Druze, Understanding BDS

Thursday, June 18th, 2015


Yishai delves into various aspects of Israeli Justice. First, he is joined by Knesset insider Jeremy Saltan, to talk about Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s offensive against boycotts.

Then, Yishai is joined by Dr. Mordechai Kedar, research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and lecturer in the department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, to discuss the Druze community in Syria. It is in grave danger from jihadists on the slaughter. But Israel have a moral responsibility to protect them, because of their literal and figurative brothers and sisters in Israel who are loyal to the state?

Then, Yishai is joined by Israeli journalist and author Ben Dror Yemini, who says that though many people think that BDS is an organization or a movement, they’re wrong. It’s an atmosphere, Yemini asserts. It’s an “evil spirit,” not criticism of the occupation or settlements.

Finally, Yishai hears from VOI Bureau Chief Daniel Seaman the tale of his grandparents’ burial on the Mount of Olives.

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Abbas May Re-Submit Resolution to UN while Erekat Says PA May Disband

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that Jordan may re-submit to the U.N. Security Council a resolution calling for creating the Palestinian Authority as a country, but the same day his so-called chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinian Authority may dissolve.

Remember the joke in the Six-Day War?

Questions: How many gears does an Arab tank have?

Answer: Seven – one forward  and six for reverse.

Abbas’ behavior is nothing less than insane.

After leading a brilliant 9-year diplomatic battle to win international support for his terms for creating a Palestinian Authority country within Israel’s borders, he is ramming his bulldozer into the same wall he has mined with explosives. The wall was supposed to fall on Israel, but it is going to collapse on him.

The Security Council, as of January 1, has more pro-Arab countries who have taken their rotating places, supplanting others who now are off the Council.

So why was Abbas in such a hurry last week to submit the resolution, only to see it fall by one vote? Jordan presented the resolution to call on Israel to agree to Abbas’ terms for a PA country within one-year and carry out the conditions within three years and expel 600,000 Jews from Judea and Samaria and half of Jerusalem.

And does Jordan realty want a dangerous Palestinian Authority state on its borders. Or perhaps Jordan gladly presented the resolution, knowing it would fail or be vetoed?

It is insane even to think about such a nightmare that would leave Israel exposed to Palestinian Authority terrorists and would leave Palestinian Authority civilians at the suffering of another corrupt and autocratic regime.

If the solution goes back to the United Nations and wins the required two-thirds majority, it now is almost a given that President Barack Obama will order a veto, not because he loves Israel but because the United States needs Israel for intelligence and military cooperation.

Regardless of needs, Obama has no reason not to order a veto as a return slap in the face to Abbas for knifing the president and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the back by dismissing Washington as a power-broker in the Middle East.

So why is Abbas even thinking about re-submitting a resolution? If he is trying to expose or portray Obama as pro-Israel, he will pay a heavy price.

The United States is not the power it once was, but it still is not to be treated like the neighborhood weakling. Americans quickly get their back up when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu scolds President Obama and even more so when the Palestinian Authority tells him to get lost.

Congress, which is far more pro-Zionist than Obama, would very likely make Abbas pay a fine of $500 million by suspending annual aid to Ramallah.

That comes on top of $128 million in December tax revenues for the Palestinian Authority that Israel is spending in retaliation for the Abbas’ asking to join the International Criminal Court, where he can sue Israel for war crimes – and where he can be sued just as well.

If that is not enough of another reverse in the Arab diplomatic tank, Erekat has pulled another gear backwards.

He told Yediot Acharonot that Palestinian Authority leaders soon will meet to discuss to tell Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to take over Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

“Netanyahu is destroying the Palestinian Authority. What authority did he leave? The Israeli people don’t see us anymore and that’s the problem,” according to Erekat.

The Palestinian Authority never has taken responsibility for anything, not even for terrorist attacks it promotes.

Like the old Arab generals at war with Israel and who used to declare they were victorious at the same time their armies were retreating, Abbas said Sunday that the Palestinian Authority did not fail at the United Nations.

Then who failed?

The United Nations, of course, to wit: ”We didn’t fail. The U.N. Security Council failed us. We’ll go again to the Security Council. Why not?”

Indeed, why not?

The United States will veto a resolution calling for a Palestinian Authority state while Erekat says the Palestinian Authority may be dissolved.

And then what? Does Israel get saddled with ruling a population that does want Jordan, Israel or the Palestinian Authority to rule it?

Not at all.

As Dr. Mordechai Kedar has written  years ago, the Palestinian Authority will disintegrate into several nation-states based more on tribal affiliations – Hebron, Jenin, Jericho, Tulkarm, Kalkilya, Gaza and Ramallah.

It is a win-win solution, and Abbas can live out his days talking to Kerry about resuming the peace process.


Beware! Beheading Becoming New Fashion for Jihad Terrorists

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Beware! Beheading is rapidly becoming the new fashion method for terrorists. The Islamic State’s methods are spreading very quickly to other geographic arenas in the Middle East and Africa.

In the past couple of weeks we have heard about cases of beheading in numerous other countries. There have been such cases reported in Lebanon, in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, and in Nigeria as well, the latter carried out by the Boko Haram group who kidnapped hundreds of Christian girls for slaves several months ago.

Unfortunately the media – especially the social media – has no doubt played a major role in exporting the idea of beheading from Iraq and Syria to other parts of the world.

Reports of the incidents zip around the world with each new beheading, although such barbaric methods are not new. Journalist James Foley was not the first victim. And journalist Steve Sotloff, a Jewish Israeli-American dual citizen who hid both his Judaism and his Israeli citizenship, just joined his beheaded colleague.

We have already seen what Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi did to Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. We saw what happened to British soldier Lee Rigby in the streets of London.

Now, I am afraid, beheading has become a fashion; an acceptable, legitimate, ‘regular’ method of jihad.

The Western silence is shocking. Everyone says it is “there” and not “here.” “Who cares about ‘them’?” “Let them kill each other.”

Where are the demonstrations against the beheading of the Yazidis? Where is the support for the Christians in Nigeria? Where are all the moderate Muslims? Why don’t we hear their condemnation of this ‘fashion’ of beheading?

The world is sleep-walking!!

Be warned: if the world continues to simply bat helplessly away in deafening silence, beheading will become a fashion in “our” place as well. If will cross continents and oceans, and no place will remain immune.

Wake up before it’s too late. I hope and pray I am wrong; but I fear that I am only too right.

Moredechai Kedar on Changes in the Muslim World

Thursday, February 14th, 2013


Yishai is joined by activist and professor Dr. Mordechai Kedar. Together, they discuss the Muslim world, changes in Africa in Mali and Libya, Europe’s low birthrate, and the real wish of Arabs in Israel. Be sure to listen in to catch this segment where Kedar gives his frank and matter of fact view on the Middle East and what could happen in the future!

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The End of Oslo and a Glimmer of Hope

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Recently, it seemed that the “Arab Spring” might have come to Judea and Samaria, when demonstrations broke out protesting the rise in the prices of gas and food. Palestinian Authority officials blame – could it be otherwise? – Israel for all of its troubles, and can even point to the source of the problem: the Paris Protocol, which binds the economy of the P.A. to the Israeli economy, the Israeli currency, the Israeli tax system and from here also to the prevailing prices in Israel. Their conclusion is that the P.A. must detach itself from the Israeli economy so that it can be independent. This demand was supported by several international bodies, who determined almost unanimously: The occupation is strangling the Palestinian economy.

However, the situation is much more problematic, because the economy is only the symptom of the illness; its result, not the real problem. The actual problem is the failure of the Palestinian project to establish one unique “Palestinian people,” with a shared national identity, on the basis of which civil systems can be established, like an economy and legitimate self-administration. The Oslo Accords brought refugees to the area of Israel known as Judea and Samaria, most of whom are not native to the area (Abu Mazen was born in Safed) and were never accepted by the local Arabs as “one of us”.

Those “architects of Oslo,” chiefly Shimon Peres, imported these foreigners and put them in control of the local population, lacking any legitimacy to rule. Perhaps Yasir Arafat – who was born in Egypt – had the aura of a national symbol, but his successors do not enjoy this aura. He was a leader, and they are politicians. The intention of Oslo, from Israel’s point of view, was – as the late Yitzhak Rabin put it – that Fatah should deal with Hamas “without the constraints of the Supreme Court or human rights organizations,” meaning that Fatah would do the security work for Israel, and it would be its collaborator.

Arafat and his successors never intended to carry out this task, because the Hamas movement is composed of locals, especially in the Gaza Strip, and if the PLO waged a real war against Hamas, it would cause the whole population to rise up against it. So the PLO played the “revolving door” game: they arrested a few activists for the sake of appearances to appease Israel, and freed them after a few days. Therefore the P.A. and its security apparatuses never fought seriously against terror, and for long periods even engaged in terror actively. As a result, the Hamas movement grew and developed so that today it rules in Gaza.

Unsolved Problems

Another basic and negative feature of the Oslo Accords is the fact that these agreements left the settlement of the fundamental problems for the phase of the final status agreements: nothing at all was agreed upon regarding issues such as the borders, the Jewish settlements of Judea and Samaria, Jerusalem, the refugees, water, security arrangements and other issues, and they were left for settlement by negotiations that were supposed to have occurred within five years (“the interim period”).

The architects of Oslo naively thought that within five years the two sides would be able to arrive at a final status agreement. The great failure of the Oslo architects is that they did not determine in the agreements what would happen if the two sides did not arrive at a final status agreement. If the agreements expired would all that was written in them be cancelled? Would each side be free to do whatever it wants? The fact that the agreements do not relate to this is criminal negligence, because the manner of exit from agreements must be written into them: If a person rents out an apartment, and the tenant doesn’t pay the rent, the agreement must stipulate what will happen in this case, and what the exit strategy is. Without a detailed description of an exit process, no agreement is worth more than a garlic peel, and this is the case with the Oslo Accords.

Since in July 1999, the “interim period” of five years had elapsed without achieving a final status agreement, the Oslo Accords are now hanging in the air and are subject to the interpretation of each side: the Palestinians claim that it is their right to declare a state unilaterally, despite Israel’s objection, and Israel disagrees with this interpretation.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar: Iran’s Culture of Deception Marks its Policies

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Since the dawn of Islamic history, the conflict between the Shi’a and the Sunna has been the axis around which public and political conduct in both sides has turned . The Shi’a challenged the legitimacy of the rule of the Sunni Caliphs, and in places under Shi’a control the Sunnis challenged their right to rule. The struggle was for “the whole jackpot” and when the government seized a person and suspected that he belonged to the other side, his fate was usually death.

Over the years the Sunna and the Shi’a developed different religious systems: the Shi’ite Qur’an includes two chapters which establish the Shi’ite claim to rule, while the Sunnis claim that these chapters are a forgery. The Hadith (the oral tradition that describes the words of Muhammad and how he related to various matters) of the Shi’a side glorifies and elevates Ali bin Abi Talib, the founder of Shi’a, and his right as well as that of his descendants to rule, while the Sunni Hadith represents the Shi’a in a totally negative light. The Shi’a and the Sunna differ from each other in theology, religious law, in the names of men and women, in the calendar, in traditions and customs, etc. The differences are so marked that there are many Sunnis who see Shi’a as a sort of heresy, and the Shi’ites see the Sunnis in a similar light.

Due to the political conflict and religious differences, it was very dangerous for a Shi’ite to live in a Sunni environment, and therefore in order to survive, Shi’a permitted its faithful to engage in taqiyya– concealment in order to survive – one of whose components is khud’a – deception. According to the principles of taqiyya, a Shi’a is permitted to pretend to be a Sunni, to pray like a Sunni, and to act in accordance with the Sunni calendar, as long as in his heart he continues wilaya – fidelity to Shi’a and its leaders.

Thus the Shi’ites became accustomed over the generations to pretense, deception, lying, and among many of them this phenomenon has become almost innate. They learn it from their parents, from the environment and from their social tradition. Lying does not affect the physiology among many Shi’ites and as a result, police departments in many parts of the world know that it is very difficult to detect a lie among Shi’ites by using a polygraph.

Political Ramifications

The culture of Shi’ite deception has been evident in recent years in a concrete way. The first Iranian emissaries who came to Lebanon in 1980, approximately one year after the Iranian Revolution, were represented as educators, teachers and counselors whose mission was cultural and religious only, and therefore the government of Lebanon agreed to their presence and their activities.

Today, looking back, it is clear that this was when the Revolutionary Guard – an actual army – began penetrating into Lebanon, taking control of the Bekaa Valley and establishing training bases where the military strength of Hizb’Allah, a party that has a militia with tens of thousands of missiles, was consolidated. Today there are many in Lebanon who regret that they fell into the trap of Iranian deception.

The most obvious political consequence of the Shi’ite culture of deception is the convoluted and devious manner in which Iran has been conducting contacts with the West regarding the nuclear plan for almost twenty years. The Iranians have violated every commitment that they have undertaken, including their commitment to the I.A.E.A.

They removed all signs of illegal activity, lately they cleared away the remnants of experiments that they conducted in military bases in Parchin, and they still do not permit the U.N. inspectors to visit these bases. The long and complicated negotiations that the Iranians have been conducting with the West have one specific goal – to gain time in order to progress in their military nuclear program. Today this is clear, and Europeans and Americans who have pinned their hopes on negotiations with the Iranians now admit that they have fallen victims to the ongoing Iranian deception.

The Lie Will be Exposed in the End

Recently the conference of the Non-Aligned Movement was held in Teheran. This gathering in Iran of leaders from dozens of states was intended to portray Iran as a well-liked and accepted state and an inseparable part of a large and important group of states, contrary to the image of the “pariah state” that it has in the West. Photographs of the embraces, kisses and handshakes of Ahmadinejad with the leaders of states who came in pilgrimage to him are intended to portray him as an accepted and popular leader, both to the Iranian public and to the Western observer.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar on Israel and its Neighbors

Thursday, September 6th, 2012


Yishai is joined by Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a scholar of Arabic literature and academic expert on the Israeli Arab population.  Together, they discuss Israel’s relationship with it’s neighbors, especially Turkey, Egypt, and Iran and how the rapidly changing situations in each of these countries affects Israel.  Keep informed and listen to this segment!

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