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Netanyahu – US Forced Construction Freeze

Friday, May 30th, 2014

In a meeting this week between Prime Minister Netanyahu and twenty settlement leaders, Netanyahu said that it was the US’s demand to freeze settlements that prevented the meeting of the Department of Planning in the Civil Administration.

Netanyahu said he was the one who gave the order for the department to not meet, but didn’t anticipate the extensive damage that came about as a result, where, even to put up a light post, much less build a needed nursery school, became impossible.

Netanyahu told the leaders that Obama had demanded of him that not even one house be built.

Brilliant Animation Explaining the Dangers of a Nuclear Iran

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett’s staff put together a brilliant video clip explaining the dangers of a nuclear Iran and how the U.S. Obama’s negotiations won’t help.

Please watch and share, thanks.

PS I hope that crew is now working on a clip of similar quality showing the dangers to the State of Israel if a Palestinian sic State would be established here in the Holy Land.

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Everyone is with David HaNachlawi

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

OK. Obviously this is photoshopped, but a senior IDF officer has said the IDF is facing a “Tsunami” of anger and responses from IDF soldiers who are showing support to David HaNachlawi and posting thousand upon thousands of support photos on Facebook and the internet.

IDF soldiers are tired of having their hands tied in the face of Arab provocations and attacks, and worse, not having the backing of the IDF’s senior staff, who are terrified of the media.

Who knows. Maybe this will change something.

Obama Censures LA Clippers’ Jewish Owner for Racist Comments (Video)

Monday, April 28th, 2014

President Barack Obama joined the verbal bombing raid Sunday on the LA Clippers’ Jewish owner Donald Sterling for his blatantly racist comments reportedly made to his non-Jewish mistress, known as V. Stiviano.

Even worse, Sterling’s alleged comments were circulated by the TMZ website on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance and Memorial Day.

And who ever denied that Jews are their own worst enemies?

Details of the reported exchange between Sterling and his mistress are reported below, but the gist of it is that blacks are inferior, and even black Jews are inferior to white Jews.

At a press conference in Malaysia, where President Obama is touring as part of his Asian tour, he was asked to comment on Sterling’s alleged remarks.

Obama stated, “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you really don’t have to do anything; just let them talk….. I am confident that the NBA commissioner Adam Silver, a good man, will address this…. “

Silver said Saturday, “All members of the NBA family should be awarded due process, which is why I’m not yet prepared to issue any potential sanctions against Donald Sterling,. We will move extraordinarily quickly. We plan to have this wrapped up in the next few days.”

Sterling denied he is a racist and told TMZ, “We have heard the tape on TMZ Sports. We do not know if it is legitimate or if it has been altered. We do know that the woman on the tape — who we believe released it to TMZ Sports — is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family, alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would ‘get even.’”

It’s a messy case.

Sterling’s former wife, Rochelle Stein, wants few things that her former husband allegedly gave Stiviano, such as a 2012 Ferrari, two Bentleys and a 2013 Range Rover. They were allegedly paid for from community property money without her permission.

Stiviano, by the way, allegedly has a few aliases – Vanessa Maria Perez, Monica Gallegos and Maria Valdez.

Sterling is 80 years old. His black-Latino mistress looks young enough and reportedly is in her 20s, young enough to be his granddaughter or even great-granddaughter.

The fuss over the reported exchange between the two already has convinced Sterling not to make matters worse and to stay away from the next few Clippers’ games.

The U.S. Department of Justice sued Sterling in 2006 for housing discrimination in using race as a factor in filling some of his apartment buildings. The suit charged that Sterling refused to rent to non-Koreans in the Koreatown neighborhood and to African Americans in Beverly Hills.

He allegedly said, “Black tenants smell and attract vermin.”

Sterling agreed to pay a fine of $2.73 million to settle claims brought by the Justice Department and others and also was ordered to lawyers’ fees that amounted to nearly $5 million.

Donald “I am not a racist” Sterling was sued in 2009 by a former Clippers official for employment discrimination, allegedly telling his executive Elgin Baylor that he wanted to fill his team with “poor black boys from the South and a white head coach.”

With that kind of history, why would the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) plan to award Sterling for a second time with its lifetime achievement award next month?

Indeed, that is what it intended to do until the report of the audio finally convinced the NAACP to find someone a bit more deserving.

Below are some of the juicy quotes from the alleged conversation between Sterling and his mistress, but it is not less disturbing that no Jewish leader has publicly said that Sterling’s romantic adventure is a role model for decadence and assimilation.

Kerry’s Talks Achieve Peace Between Hamas and Fatah

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Rival Hamas and Fatah factions reached a unity agreement Wednesday afternoon, the big success of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s nine-month Peace Talks that now have given birth to political Siamese twins, guaranteed to destroy the Palestinian Authority.

The outline of the agreement was reported earlier today here.

Hamas announced in Gaza, and Ramallah officials confirmed to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency, that peace between Hamas and Fatah will be finalized within five weeks, with elections to take place in six months.

Both rival factions agreed to release political prisoners that each side is holding.

Hamas and Fatah were unified in the Palestinian Authority administration until 2006, when the United States, as it is wont to do, blew it up by encouraging democratic elections that resulted with Hamas winning a majority in the PA legislature and making a fool out of then- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Slightly one year after the elections, Hamas and Fatah waged all-out war in Gaza. Fatah’s American-trained troops, those who remained alive, scuttled out like scared rabbits and jumped backed into their foxholes in Ramallah while Hamas took control of Gaza and continue its successful effort to its subjects deeper into hell.

Previous unity agreements have fallen flat on their terrorists’ faces, but this time it doesn’t matter  because the announcement itself, less than a week before the official end of Kerry’s nine-month charades, leaves Kerry only being able to announce that he unwittingly really has succeeded in achieving a peace agreement. Given the upside-world today, it would not be a wonder if he gets a Nobel Prize for his efforts.

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett reacted to the anticipated unity agreement with the most superfluous statements of the year.

Lieberman said, “It is impossible to make peace with both Israel and Hamas, a terror organization that calls for the destruction of Israel,” and Bennett called the unity an “alliance of terror.”

More interesting will be the reaction of the Obama administration, starting with Wednesday’s daily press briefing at the U.S. State Dept., whose spokeswomen certainly are meeting with Kerry to figure out to get out of the trap the entire administration has set for them by hardly even mentioning the word “Hamas” the past nine months.

As Kerry would say, “’Poof,’ and it is gone.”

“Poof” is gone, but Hamas is around and kicking, when it is not shooting.

Basem Naim, a foreign affairs adviser to de facto Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh was quoted by The Washington Post two months as saying, “Any talks that do not take Gaza into consideration will fail. Obama sees Gaza as a side issue, and he believes that Gaza and Hamas are not at the center of things, because we are not participating in these negotiations. This reflects a kind of naiveté, for the success or failure of all efforts depends on Gaza.”

What, Obama naïve?

How could that possibly be?

He has a grand strategy, just like all his other failed strategies for a new Middle East. Kerry was to hammer out a “framework” for peace, entangling Israel into a web it could not get out of, and then bringing in Hamas with some fancy doubletalk to tie the noose. President Barack Obama, during his visit to Israel and Ramallah last year said, “If there is a model where young Palestinians in Gaza are looking and seeing that in the West Bank, Palestinians are able to live in dignity, with self-determination, that’s something that the young people of Gaza are going to want.”

As in the story of Purim, he made a noose for himself.

President Obama’s Passover Statement

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The following is President Obama’s statement on Passover (April 14, 2014).

As he has in the past, the President held an official Passover Seder at the White House.

Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.

On Tuesday, just as we have every year of my presidency, my family will join the millions taking part in the ancient tradition of the Seder. We will enjoy the company of friends and loved ones, retell a timeless story, and give thanks for the freedom we are so blessed to enjoy.

Yet even as we celebrate, our prayers will be with the people of Overland Park, Kansas and the family and friends of the three innocent people who were killed when a gunman, just one day before Passover, opened fire at a Jewish community center and retirement home on Sunday. As Americans, we will continue to stand united against this kind of terrible violence, which has no place in our society. We will continue to come together across faiths to combat the ignorance and intolerance, including anti-Semitism, that can lead to hatred and violence. And we will never lose faith that compassion and justice will ultimately triumph over hate and fear.

For that is one of the great lessons of the Exodus. The tale of the Hebrew slaves and their flight from Egypt carries the hope and promise that the Jewish people have held in their hearts for thousands of years, and it is has inspired countless generations in their own struggles for freedom around the globe.

In America, the Passover story has always had special meaning. We come from different places and diverse backgrounds, but we are bound together by a journey from bondage to liberty enshrined in our founding documents and continued in each generation. As we were so painfully reminded on Sunday, our world is still in need of repair, but the story of the Exodus teaches us that with patience, determination, and abundant faith, a brighter future is possible.

Chag Sameach.

What Just Happened to the Peace Talks?!

Friday, April 4th, 2014

To anyone who has been through a few rounds of these peace talks over the years, it was kind of obvious that they were going to have to collapse. What wasn’t obvious was how, when or what excuse would be given.

Abba Eban once incorrectly said that the Arabs “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” I say incorrectly because he assumed that the Arabs must have the same desire and goal for peace as he did, and they just keep messing it up.

But that statement is wrong because the underlying assumption is wrong. The Palestinian Authority is not interested in peace. At least not in the way Abba Eban understood it.

The Palestinian Authority was obtaining the release of some very horrible terrorists, a lot of them, and even lots more of them in the future. If the leaks were even partly true, they were, in their salami method, getting some seriously bad concessions from Israel, and they were doing it with the help of the most friendliest, pro-PA, anti-Israel government in US history.

And all they had to do was keep talking.

Yet they threw it all away.

Why?

It wasn’t because they weren’t getting major concessions in the talks, they were, and over time they would have gotten even more.

It wasn’t because they were being forced to offer any concessions in return – because they weren’t.

Well, except for one nonnegotiable.

Netanyahu demanded they acknowledge Israel as the Jewish state.

This would mean ending the fight, and recognizing the Jewish right to the land of Israel, and admitting that Israel was making concessions to the PA. But primarily it meant declaring an official end to the war and trying to destroy Israel.

Look at one of the precondition demands the PA made yesterday.

They demanded that 15,000 PA citizens be granted Israeli citizenship. Does that really jive with the narrative that they want their own state for their own people, or does that jive better with the fact that they still want to destroy Israel and overrun it with Arabs? The answer speaks for itself.

The PA collapsed the peace talks, most likely because they were reaching that point, just like they reached that point in the past, where they had to decide, do they want to be a normal, productive country, or do they want to continue to try to destroy Israel.

The answer is clearly the latter, and perhaps partially, because they have no culture to be the former.

But unfortunately, as experience shows, this doesn’t mean the end of the peace talks. It means the end of this round, and at some point they’ll be started up again.

Perhaps after (yet another) unilateral declaration of statehood. Perhaps after a UN vote. Perhaps after another intifada (which Israel will win). Perhaps next week, if the US gives them a big present.

And the game will continue. The talks will restart, and they’ll reach the point near the end, where they’ll collapse again, for only one reason, because a signed peace agreement won’t allow for the destruction of Israel.

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