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Terrorists Against the Wall

Monday, July 18th, 2016

A group of “former” Arab terrorists and their leftwing Israeli enablers held a protest in Gush Etzion on Friday, between Beitar and Efrat.

They shut down Highway 60, the main highway between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion. They held up signs with ridiculous statements on them, such as “The wall is violent”.

While my regular readers know that I am not a fan of the security wall or of Iron Dome, as these are defensive measures we use instead of fighting to win, there’s no question that the psychological shock the Jihadists and their supporters felt when the security fences and walls went up, forced them to reevaluate the “success” of their suicide bombing campaign and ability to continue them.

Almost immediately the Israeli Left and the Arabs began fighting the wall, always leaving out of their narrative the fact that the Arab terrorists were the ones responsible for it having to go up in the first place.

The group who blocked Highway 60 in Gush Etzion describe themselves as having “actively participated in the cycle of violence”, which in plain English means, the Arabs in their group were active terrorists who tried to, and perhaps succeeded in hurting and killing Jews.

In fact, it may very well be that included in this group protesting the security wall are failed suicide bombers and the people that sent them.

Of course people like that would consider the wall “violent”, as perhaps more than anything it affected their ability to kill lots of Jews, and it heavily reduced the active Arab support for their acts of terrorism.

It’s an obvious question to ask, are these “former” terrorists still supporting terror? Is “peace” simply a new tactic for their same nefarious goals?

We could talk about their one-track, mostly one-sided message, and how they don’t block the roads to Yata and Dura in colorful protest of the serial Arab terror emanating from those villages.

They explain away their one-sided protests and imbalanced messages citing the “occupation”. Their catchall word for excusing everything.

But to me, the real warning sign is how “former” terrorists, whose plans were thwarted by the security wall, are now calling to tear down one of Israel’s primary passive deterrents against suicide bombers and Arab terrorism – right in the midst of a new wave of terrorism.

I think they’ve answered the question.



Monday, June 13th, 2016

The mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, has blamed Israel’s occupation of the ‘Palestinian territories’ for an attack on a cafe in his city that left four Israelis dead.

Should the mayor be sent to a psychologist’s couch or to court on charges of incitement and treason?

One might expect that the “New Middle East” serum concocted by the high priest of national self delusion, Shimon Peres had long expired its shelf life. Experimental potions based on dangerous cliches such as “land for peace,” “sacrifices for peace ( a euphemism for ‘terror victims’)”, moderate peace partner, “two state solution,” ” Peace now,” “one makes peace with one’s enemies” have run their course and done their damage

The Tel Aviv mayor seems to be among the dwindling number of Israelis who have not yet woken up from their tranquilized stupor and still cling to the “Oslo addiction.” Most Israelis are indeed waking up after being administrated the ultimate antidote – reality- like the latest terror attack.

The mayor’s comments were not greeted with the same glassy eye acceptance as they would have in the post Oslo period of mass hypnotism. He and his electorate in Tel Aviv must know that their hopes for leadership in this country are gone. Their hopeful vision of Israel looks like San Francisco on the Mediterranean. That would probably include safe haven for illegals who have committed crimes. Mr. Mayor is proud of his city’s title as the international gay capital of the world. They want a genuine Jewish state.What can be more Jewish then that?

It is a package. In Sodom there were judges and laws and “progressive” ideology too. How coincidental that some of Sodom ‘s values and those of Mr. Huldai sound so similar.

The Torah does not agree with the idea that Jews are “occupying any part of the Promised Land.
The Torah would never lend a sympathetic ear and tongue to the killers of Jews.
The Torah also would not support raising the flag of what it refers to as an abomination,” as a defining moral and social value of the “Jewish state”.

I could not help but ponder the stark contrast last week of the annual Jerusalem Day parade.

I was there, in the midst of tens of thousands of Israeli teens waving the nations flag with joy and pride.
At the Western wall the entire tightly packed plaza rang out in unison, “Shema Yisroel.” “The Lord is God!”
If you have only one day of the year to be in Jerusalem, do come on Jerusalem day. You will know at that moment that there is indeed a healthy future for this country.

There will be more Arab attacks on Jews, in Tel Aviv and other “occupied” parts of our country. There will be more “sacrifices for peace.”
There will be more incorrigible Oslo addicts, blabbering about the occupation – to, mercifully, a decreasing audience.

The process is slow and painful but if you look at a graph spanning our modern history, it reads like a long term stock performance graph: Lots of zig and zags, with some dramatic jumps and steep drops – but a great long term investment. In fact it was the most undervalued stock when it hit the big board but now it’s appropriately recognized as the miracle country that defies all conventional wisdom.

It seems to me that our current “nationalist” leadership does not get it yet either.

Always looking over their shoulders in fear of their image”abroad” and in the opinion pages of the “important” circles, they fear any accusation of being “intransigent.”
This of course means “keeping the door open” to a “peace settlement.” blah, blah, blah…
We know what that code word means and where it has gotten us until today. Our current leaders can explain the dangers wonderfully, but can not jump off the out of control train. The seats are too comfortable.

The average Israeli has disdain for the Ron Huldais of Israel. His language is open, honest and–revolting to most Israelis.

I am convinced that the future leadership of Israel will come from the beautiful youth I was swept up by on Jerusalem Day.

And it will come – soon.

Shalom Pollack

Arab Joint List MK Leader Condemns Tel Aviv Sarona Attack

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The head of the Arab Joint List, MK Ayman Odeh issued a statement Thursday morning condemning Wednesday night’s terror attack on the upscale Tel Aviv Sarona Center.

“I condemn this horrific attack on civilians. (My) heart goes out to the families. Harming innocents is always condemned; there is no [justice to this] and there can be no justification for shooting civilians in the street,” he said. Four Israelis were killed and four more critically injured in the attack. One of the killers was shot and wounded by a police officer; he is in serious condition at Ichilov Hospital. The second was tracked down and arrested; he is undergoing interrogation. Both are 21-year-old cousins from the Palestinian Authority village of Yatta, in the southern Hebron Hills area of Judea.

But Odeh’s condemnation of the violence was qualified: he blamed the Jews, and specifically the Netanyahu administration for the attack. “The government is only intensifying hate and violence. All Israeli and Palestinian civilians should be removed from this circle of horror and blood,” he said.

Further, his remedy for ending the terror is to end the existence of the communities in which more than half a million Jews are living. “We must fight together in a just way to bring an end to the occupation, (and usher in an era) of justice and peace for the two peoples,” he added.

The “occupation” is a reference to Israel’s continued presence in areas of Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights won during the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War, and parts of Jerusalem that were restored to the capital in those defensive conflicts in 1967 and 1973.

Both the Golan Heights and those areas of Jerusalem have long since become official parts of the State of Israel, as legally annexed to the state by the Knesset, although neither action was accepted by the international community.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Day – Or ‘Occupation Day’?

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Although most Israelis and Zionists celebrate what is known as “Jerusalem Day” – the liberation of eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria from Jordanian occupation, the Golan from Syrian occupation, and Gaza from Egyptian occupation – some lament Israel’s victory as an “illegal occupation” and a “moral disaster.”

This year, a group of media and academic leftists and NGOs, financed by J Street, Peace Now, the New Israel Fund, and others are planning to protest the presence of Jewish communities (“settlements”) in “occupied Palestinian territory.”

They charge that Israel has become an “obese empire” that worships the acquisition of land rather than Jewish values. This, they argue, has created a moral dilemma that threatens the soul and integrity of the state. As Ari Shavit wrote in Haaretz, “controlling another people…is tearing apart, weakening and distancing the nation.” The “idolatry of land…power…and tribe” has led to a “moral depravity.” It has “caused us to betray what we are…endangering the state of Israel, the Jewish people and the Jewish heritage.”

Calling for an “end to the occupation,” opponents of settlements argue that as long as Israel controls areas conquered in 1967, there is no possibility of a deal to end the conflict. They support creating a sovereign Palestinian state in “the territories” – the “two state solution – in order to give its Arab residents self-determination. But self-determination is not meant to be a weapon of destruction.

For those who oppose “the occupation” and “settlements,” the problem is that the Arab world and especially the Palestinians are unwilling to end the conflict. Although unhappy with the status quo, they also understand that the alternative – a dysfunctional, hate-driven Palestinian state – will likely be worse. Stuck in a fantasy that giving up land will somehow improve Israel’s moral position, yet aware of the security dangers, they offer no realistic, reasonable solution to this stalemate.

Their critique, however, raises fundamental questions about what constitutes the state of Israel, its national identity, its ethos, its right of self-defense, and – faced with terrorism and foreign and domestic threats – its survival.

Since Zionism means reestablishing the Jewish national home in Eretz Yisrael and ingathering the Jewish people to its homeland, critics of settlements undermine the raison d’etre of the state itself.

What legitimately belongs to the state of Israel and the Jewish people? According to all legal experts, the law of occupation is invoked when one country seizes territory that legitimately belongs to another country. Since Jordan’s occupation of Judea and Samaria was not recognized by anyone (except Britain and Pakistan), its occupation was illegal. Moreover, Jordan renounced its claims to the territory in 1988 and re-confirmed that renunciation in its 1994 peace treaty with Israel, which recognized the Jordan River as the international boundary. The treaty makes no reference to Palestinian claims or a Palestinian state.

Although most opponents of “the occupation” insist on retaining the territory within the armistice lines of 1949, Arab Palestinians and their leaders do not accept this as a basis for ending the conflict. Focused on their “Nakba,” they demand that millions of Arabs who claim to be refugees and their descendents be allowed to descend on Israel and reclaim property confiscated in Israel’s War of Independence. In addition, they demand that all Jews living in areas conquered by the IDF in 1967 be expelled.

Since the establishment of another Arab Palestinian state (in addition to Jordan and what exists in Gaza) represents a strategic danger to Israel and would not bring about peaceful co-existence, why do some Jews advocate it? What “morality” puts Jews at risk in order to satisfy Arab Palestinian demands for statehood? And which Jewish values are jeopardized by settlements, or when Jews defend themselves?

To be sure, ruling over others, depriving them of national self-determination, is an issue faced by most countries in the world. But as a result of the Oslo Accords, nearly all Arabs living in Areas A and B in Judea and Samaria are under the Palestinian Authority. And, via the 2005 Disengagement, Arabs living in Gaza are under Hamas. In both cases they enjoy full political, economic, social, and cultural autonomy. These are expressions of self-determination.

Israel exercises vital security controls in order to prevent terrorism and apprehend terrorists – a right that is included in the Oslo Accords and is supported by international law. Checkpoints, like those in every airport, are meant to save lives, not impede them.

Conflating the issues of Israeli “occupation of Palestinian territory” and “Palestinian self-determination,” Israel’s critics have distorted questions of legal and historical rights and confused them with humanitarian rights. Thus, the more benign moral argument impels the malignant territorial one. Palestinian statehood is transformed from a dangerous option to an absolute moral imperative. When this is advanced by non-Jews, especially those who hate Jews and Israel, it is understandable. But when Jews, most of whom claim to be Zionists, adopt this argument, it goes beyond political differences. It strengthens the hands of our enemies. It is betrayal.

Solid public support for settlements within Israel has not translated into a coherent government policy. The Edmund Levy Commission – named after its head, a retired High Court justice, and staffed by legal experts – was commissioned by Prime Minister Netanyahu to examine Israel’s legal position in Judea and Samaria and provide just, coherent solutions for disputes over land.

The Commission rejected the canard of “occupation” and determined that settlements are not illegal or illegitimate since (1) Judea and Samaria were designated as part of the “Jewish national home” by the League of Nations; (2) Jordan illegally occupied this area; (3) the areas acquired in 1967 were taken in a war of self-defense and were never part of any state or proposed “Palestinian” state. Alas, the report, issued four years ago, lies abandoned in a political dungeon.

Twenty-four thousand Israelis have been killed in wars with Arab countries and by Arab terrorists. We dare not be seduced again by false promises of peace, or weakened by fear and self-doubt. We will not allow our victories to be turned into defeat.

On Jerusalem Day we celebrate not only the liberation of Jerusalem but Judea, Samaria, and the Golan as well. We have much to be thankful for.

Moshe Dann

The Four-State Solution

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

No one who claims to be an advocate of a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict is really being honest about it.

If they were, they’d admit that a Palestinian state already exists, more than one in fact.

75% of Mandatory Palestine, which was promised for the Jewish state, was ripped away and given to the Hashemite invaders, eventually being renamed Jordan.

Some 80% of Jordan’s citizens self-identify as Palestinian.

So despite the Hashemite occupation and dictatorship, there already exists a fully-functioning Jew-free Palestinian state with a self-identified Palestinian majority.

But put Jordan aside, then there’s Gaza.

100% Arab ruled. 100% self-identified Palestinian population. Zero Jews.

Under blockade? True, but only because of their ongoing terrorism. The blockade would end tomorrow if they stopped trying to destroy Israel today.

So Gaza is the second Palestinian state currently in existence.

But for the two-staters, those two existing Jew-free Palestinian states just aren’t enough.

They want Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem to be the third Palestinian state.

The autonomous Palestinian Authority, with zero Jews, already acts as a State in those areas it controls, but the two-staters want it bigger, much bigger. They also want the Jewish People’s holiest sites to be included in this third Palestinian state.

And then finally, there’s little Israel, with it’s 20% Arab population, into which some two-staters want to import/flood with even more self-identified Palestinians, to eventually outnumber the Jews, creating a fourth Palestinian state.

So enough with the two-state solution, because we already have more than that.

It’s time you two-staters admit that what you really want is a four-state solution, or maybe not even that – perhaps all you really want is no-Jewish state solution.


‘Israeli Occupation Forces’ Commit ‘Several Violences’ and Other SJP Gems [video]

Friday, May 20th, 2016

On Thursday we received an alert from Campus Reform about activists from Muslim Student Union (MSU) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at the University of California, Irvine, who disrupted an event run by a Jewish student group Wednesday night, chanting anti-Semitic and anti-police slogans. We watched the enclosed video and concluded, as any reasonable person would, that these are unpleasant but boisterous young people, and that society should be grateful to UCI for keeping them on campus rather than having them roam the streets.

For context, Kevin Brum, Vice President of Students Supporting Israel (SSI), told Campus Reform that the event those hooligans had interrupted was a showing of the film Beneath the Helmet, “about IDF soldiers, with personal interviews that sort of humanizes them.” He added, “One of the campus advisers for Hillel is an Israeli citizen who served in the IDF, so she has former IDF friends, and two of them stopped by. Someone posted that information on Facebook, and SJP and MSU got wind of it.”

So we went to the Facebook page of SJP at UC Irvine, and dug up their account of the event:

“Today we successfully demonstrated against the presence of IDF soldiers on campus. We condemn the Israeli ‘Defense’ Forces, better defined as Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF), because they enforce Zionist settler colonialism and military occupation of Palestinian land by the Israeli nation-state. Not only does the IOF commit murders and several violences (sic) against the Palestinian people, including its use of Gaza as a laboratory for weapons testing, but it enforces militarization and policing all over the world. The United States send delegations of police forces to train in Israel by the IOF, such as the LAPD and NYPD for example.”

Then they added:

“The presence of IDF and police threatened our coalition of Arab, black, undocumented, trans, and the greater activist community. Thank you to all that came out and bravely spoke out against injustice. ‪#‎UCIntifada”

The account by the SSI (We strongly recommend a better acronym) was more factual: “Tonight one of our events was disrupted by certain student organizations. They were in violation of UC Regents Hate Speech policy and were shouting various anti-Semitic statements. The police had to escort attendees out of the event for their own safety. While it saddens us that there exist individuals who are more interested in shutting our Peace Week down, we at SSI want to assure you all that we are not backing down in the slightest. We are not going to give in to their intimidation tactics and anti-Semitic rhetoric.”

And now to the video, which puts things in perspective. What we have here is a group of loud youths who enjoy music, sunsets, long walks on the beach and screaming like mad people for half an hour or so at Jews.


Those Poor, Confused Palestinians

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Those poor, confused Palestinians!

A new poll shows that most Palestinian Arabs say the Palestinian Authority (which rules over them) is to blame for their troubles, and not Israel (which stopped occupying them more than twenty years ago).

For some reason, the Palestinians refuse to toe the party line that New York Times reporters and American Jewish radicals keep feeding them.

Those reporters and radicals seem to have swallowed the myth that the Palestinians are still “occupied” by Israel, and that the Israeli “occupation” is the source of all their problems.

But those poor, confused Palestinians look around and don’t see any Israeli soldiers and therefore refuse to go along with everyone else and pretend the Israelis are still there.

The new poll was conducted by the Palestinian organization AWRAD among 1,200 Palestinian Arabs in late April. It has a margin of error of three percent.

Residents of Judea/Samaria were asked: “How do you view the overall situation in the West Bank since the appointment of the Hamdallah government in 2013?” That’s Rami Hamdallah, who became prime minister of the Palestinian Authority under chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Some 44 percent responded that things have “worsened.” So they were asked a follow-up question: “If worsened, who do you believe is responsible?”

The possible answers were “Israel,” “the Palestinian Authority,” “Hamas,” “International donors,” or “Don’t know.”

Now, if these Palestinians had been paying close attention to what their American supporters were telling them, they would have known that the “correct” answer is Israel.

Diaa Haddid, the Times’s new correspondent in Jerusalem, and Thomas Friedman, its longtime foreign affairs columnist, are constantly claiming that Israel is “occupying the Palestinians” and that Israel is responsible for whatever goes wrong in the territories.

J Street and the S. Daniel Abraham Center push the same line. And just last week, a group of American novelists, led by Michael Chabon, an outspoken Jewish critic of Israel, toured parts of Judea/Samaria in preparation for their forthcoming book on the “50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation” – you know, the occupation that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin ended in 1995.

These American advocates of Palestinian statehood don’t seem to know that the Israelis withdrew in 1995 from the cities where 98 percent of the Palestinians live. But the Palestinians know it because they actually live there, and they know the Israelis are gone. They know there are no Israelis left in Ramallah. Or Bethlehem. Or Nablus (Shechem). The list goes on and on.

And because the Palestinians know they are occupied by the Palestinian Authority, most of them find it impossible to rail (to the pollster) against Israel’s nonexistent occupation.

Only 28 percent of the poll’s respondents answered that Israel is mostly to blame for their troubles. Fully 59 percent said the PA is to blame. (Five percent blamed the donors; 7 percent had no opinion.)


Those politically incorrect poll results were particularly inconvenient for the Chabon-led gang of traveling novelists. Just last week, Chabon, a self-appointed “expert” on the situation after returning from a few days in the territories, was telling anyone who would listen about that awful Israeli “occupation” which he imagines he saw.

“The occupation [is] the most grievous injustice I have ever seen in my life,” he announced.

AWRAD, the aforementioned pollsters responsible for the survey, should be receiving an angry letter from Chabon’s publicist any day now. After all, if AWRAD keeps asking Palestinians simple, logical questions, there is a real danger the respondents might continue telling the truth about the Palestinian Authority occupation regime. And if they do that, sales of Chabon’s “Israeli occupation” book are likely to be meager indeed.

Michael Chabon might even be compelled to return to writing fiction – although some might say he never stopped.

Stephen M. Flatow

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