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Obama-Kerry’s ‘Peace Process’ Team Falling Apart

Friday, September 5th, 2014

David Makovsky, a member of the State Department’s Middle East peace team, is returning to his think tank position.

The departure of Makovsky announced Thursday by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy is the latest signal that the Obama administration is retreating from its intensive efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Talks collapsed in April and, over the summer, team leader Martin Indyk also quit and returned to the think tank that employed him before he joined the effort in 2013, the Brookings Institution.

Other team members have left in recent months and not been replaced.

The team, numbering over a dozen at one point, was considered large for such an effort and represented Secretary of State John Kerry’s intense interest in brokering a deal.

Makovsky is director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy Project on the Middle East Peace Process and is the co-author of the book Myths, Illusions, & Peace with Oslo architect Dennis Ross, another disillusioned leftist.

The “peace process” died and was buried years ago, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s reincarnation efforts have produced nothing but war, which was going to happen anyway.

President Barack Obama once named George Mitchell as the great savior who was going to rescue the world, all of whose problems were seen as rooted in the lack of a new Arab country for the Palestinian Authority.

Mitchell slowly faded away into oblivion, as did Indyk, both of whom carried on with the American two-faced policy that it was up to both sides to decide the conditions for a peace accord while Kerry nevertheless unabashedly kept dictating the terms of a final agreement, mostly but not totally at the expense of Israel. He managed to lost the trust of both Israel and Mahmoud Abbas.

Even President Obama apparently has finally realized that the “peace process” is a dead-end that will give historians even more evidence in their indictments of his administration whose accomplishments can be counted on one hand with amputated fingers.

JTA contributed to this report.

Islamist Terror Group Threatened Oslo: ‘Shari’a or Else’

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Norwegian officials are holding their breath, waiting to see whether Islamist terrorists are going to strike — and if so, when and how.

The Police Security Service received a concrete alert in July (2014) about an imminent threat from a Muslim terrorist organization, one affiliated with a group in Syria.

In 2012, the Ansar al-Sunna Muslim terrorist organization sent a letter to Norwegian authorities bearing the logo of ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — now called the Islamic State — ordering Oslo to designate a part of the capital as an independent, Shari’a compliant Muslim state, or suffer the consequences.

Translated by Michael Laudahn, the letter was sent to politicians and editorial offices.

“If Norwegian soldiers can take planes to Afghanistan, then Osama and Mohammed can also take planes to Norway, insha’Allah,” the group wrote in a threat to the Norwegian authorities.

“Now, the government must wake up and assume responsibility, before this war spreads to Norway. Before the counterpart reacts. Before moslems take the step necessary.

“Do not confuse the Muslims’ silence with weakness. Do not profit from the Muslims’ patience. Do not force us to do something that can be avoided.

“This is not a threat, only the words of truth. The words of justice. A warning that the consequences can be fatal. A warning about a 9/11 on Norwegian ground, or larger attacks than the one carried out on 22 july. This is for your own good and in your own best interest.”

According to VGNett, the group has been under surveillance by Norwegian security for some time. Prime Minister Jens Stotenberg, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store and Defense Minister Espen Barth Eide were all mentioned in the group’s communique.

Grønland is a district in the heart of the capital, in downtown Oslo. There have been Shari’a patrols in that area of the city already for years, according to a blogger known as ‘Fjordman.’

“It’s not Norway or Europe anymore, except when there is welfare money to be collected. The police have largely given up,” according to a 2011 article translated from the Norwegian Aftenposten.

“In just the past ten years more than 4,000 people have been robbed in the town center and the area of the Grønland police station [an immigrant ghetto]. Most of them are young men… The robbers play on fear, violence, and severe threats that leave a mark on the victims… ‘We have lost the city,’” police told one victim.

Ansar al-Sunna made their threat in 2012 remarkably clear.

“We do not want to be a part of Norwegian society. And we do not consider it necessary either to move away from Norway, because we were born and grew up here. And Allah’s earth belongs to everybody. But let Grønland become ours.

“Bar this city quarter and let us control it the way we wish to do it. This is the best for both parts. We do not wish to live together with dirty beasts like you.”

Israel’s Post-Redeployment Expectations

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Two things have become clear regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announced IDF redeployment when the fighting in Gaza eventually ends: Israel is incapable of defeating its enemies within its Oslo mentality, and Israelis are still currently unable to shake free of this mentality.

The essence of war is territory. The enemy wants the territory on which the Jews are living. They do not want sovereignty alongside Israel; they want sovereignty instead of Israel. To win a war, the opposite result must be achieved: the enemy must lose its territory.

Over the past 20 years, the Oslo mentality has severely compromised Israelis’ belief in the justice of their bond to the Land of Israel. The handshakes of Israel’s leaders – from both ends of the political spectrum – with Yasir Arafat and his successors have turned Israelis into colonialists in Tel Aviv. It has fostered an apologetic mentality, a mentality whereby Israelis are guests in their own land.

The prime minister cannot change this mentality, and thus cannot direct the IDF to conquer Gaza.

Demography is not the problem. With thought and pre-planning, Israel can deal with the demographic problem. Its demographic situation is good and a very large wave of aliyah is about to take place. And Hamas is not the problem, either. The IDF can easily defeat these terrorists – if, instead of being directed to get entangled in tunnels and alleys, it will be directed to win.

All the tactical problems have solutions. But the real problem is not with the enemy; it is with us. Are we now willing – after all the blows we have received – to negate the Oslo mentality and internalize that this is our land?

The answer Netanyahu has so far given is, “Not yet.”

We can anticipate the results of Netanyahu’s plans on three fronts:

Terror: All the tentacles of the octopus that threatens us – from Iran to Gaza, from ISIS to Hizbullah, from the Arabs of Judea and Samaria to the extremist Arabs who are Israeli citizens – now understand that Israel is not capable of winning. They have all received a strong tailwind to continue their attacks against us. Henceforth, life in Israel will be much less safe until the next significant round of fighting – which will be much worse.

The diplomatic front: A weak Israel has always beckoned diplomatic pressure. Our lack of faith in the justice of our sovereignty in our land has not only led to hesitation on the battlefield. It has also caused the West to adopt a new approach according to which Israel is a mistake. And mistakes, of course, must be mended.

Judea and Samaria: The non-defeat of Hamas will necessarily bring about Israeli submission and unilateral withdrawals in Judea and Samaria (after all, we must find a solution). As our experience with previous withdrawals has proven time and again, the newest round of pullbacks will feed and accelerate the same process of delegitimization, terror and additional withdrawals.

This is the sorry state of affairs that we face.

I am filled with faith in the strength of our nation and the state we have established after 2,000 years of exile. These energies will galvanize us to rise, shake off the Oslo mentality, change direction and save ourselves from the strategic danger hovering over our heads. They will motivate us to bequeath to our children a future of both physical and spiritual security and prosperity.

At this point, however, we have not yet reached the point that will engender the necessary revolution of consciousness.

For now, we must fearlessly tell the Israeli public the truth and consistently present the faith-based alternative for leadership of Israel. I will continue to do both. And I know that the Nation of Israel will win.

Turkey Promises Housing Aid to Gaza

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Turkey has promised to send 3,000 new pre-fabricated houses to Gaza, although it is not clear how or when they will be delivered.

The announcement was made by Palestinian Authority unity government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who was quoted by Voice of Israel public radio. The houses, which are easy to assemble, are intended to replace those destroyed in air strikes by Israeli fighter jets aiming at concealed rocket launchers and weapons storage sites.

The PA unity government prime minister said an international donor conference may also meet in Oslo on September 5 to discuss the issue of rebuilding Gaza.

All That’s Left in London – Planning Oslo 3

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

What a strange coincidence. Yossi Beilin was spotted flying out of London’s Heathrow airport on Thursday afternoon.

Beilin was the initiator of the secret “behind the government’s back” effort that brought the PLO and their terror into Israel, via the Oslo Accords.

US Secretary of State John Kerry was also in London at the same time, ostensibly for “different reasons”, and met with Tzipi Livni for”“an opportunity for them to catch up since the pause in the negotiations.”

Later that evening, Israel’s peace negotiator Tzipi Livni met with PA president Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the failed peace process, as part of what was supposedly a private initiative on her part.

As it happens, Kerry also met with Abbas while they were there.

Beilin and Abbas were the two main negotiators of the Oslo Accords. The initial secret meetings between Ron Pundak and the PLO took place first in London, then in Oslo.

So let’s see, Beilin, Kerry, Livni and Abbas all in London together at the same time.

A week earlier, after he was reportedly done bashing Israel, Martin Indyk met with Ehud Barak in a Washington D.C. bar for a long talk.

Netanyahu even made a point on Saturday night to let it be known that Livni did not represent the government in that conversation.

Is this another “behind the government’s back” attempt to foist another secret deadly peace process onto the rest of us?

Should we be worried?

Maybe we can get Jack Bauer to save us from them, I hear he’s in London too.

The Golden Opportunity

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and Mahmoud Abbas’s formal application to numerous United Nations organizations to gain de facto Palestinian statehood is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s golden opportunity. He can continue his “whose fault is the breakdown of talks” strategy – in other words, Zionism’s rearguard war – and pay outrageous prices for the fact that a dialogue is taking place. Or he can emerge from his defensive strategy and go on the offensive. He can go from reacting to taking the initiative, from stammering to making clear statements, from making excuses to executing justice.

The Rabin-Arafat handshake – and later, the Netanyahu-Arafat handshake – caged Israeli mentality in the Oslo concept. Twenty years have passed since we adopted the “justice” of the Palestinian cause, surrendering our own in the process. The result is international pressure that erodes all of the moral, sovereign and security achievements of Zionism.

Israel’s recognition of a Palestinian nation and its rights to our heartland turned Zionism into colonialism and the State of Israel into a state founded in sin. Oslo laid Zionism bare of its moral expression. Twenty years later we are no longer the good guys, the ingathering of exiles mandated to make the desert bloom. In the eyes of the international community, we have become the new Nazis.

Israel’s willingness to retreat from parts of its land, to freeze construction in Jerusalem, and to transfer the Temple Mount to Jordanian rule, and much more, have dealt a severe blow to Israel’s sovereign achievements. Since Oslo, Israel is less and less a sovereign nation. Before Oslo, Israel’s position ensured that the U.S. would not recognize the PLO. Today, Israel recognizes the PLO, but the PLO does not recognize Israel – but still merits American backing. Instead of demanding an apology from Turkey for the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, Israel apologizes and reimburses Turkey. Israel’s loss of sovereignty is also closely linked to the rise of the underworld in Israel. Where government is weak, the Bedouin law rules the Negev and gangster law rules Israel’s cities.

Most severe of all is the security damage brought about by the Oslo Accords. It is not only the narrow dimension of our technical ability to defend ourselves, namely due to the thousands of Israeli terror victims and the rocket attacks on Sderot and Tel Aviv. It is also the deeper dimension of the loss of legitimacy for Jewish existence. Israel’s willingness to free convicted murderers has returned the status of Jewish existence to something less than sanctified. First, the murderers were freed for the sake of “peace.” Today, they are being freed for the privilege of talking with their leaders. For when you have agreed that you are nothing more than a colonialist in their land, you need a peace process to justify your continued occupancy of both Beit El and Tel Aviv.

There is no real moral difference between the conquest of 1948 and the conquest of 1967. If Beit El belongs to the Palestinians, then so does Jaffa. After all, everybody knows that both places are part of one country. The loss of our sense of justice brings about the terrorist release, and the terrorist release brings about the loss of our existential legitimacy. When we see how the Jews release the murderers of women and children (including infants), we no longer ask how the world remained silent as the transports traveled east.

Netanyahu now has a golden opportunity to turn all of this around. By turning to the UN, Abbas has announced the end of the Oslo Accords. Israel has already said that this would bring about the nullification of those accords. Netanyahu must announce that the Oslo Accords are null and void. He must declare full Israeli sovereignty over all the territory under IDF control and afford the Arab residents of Judea and Samaria permanent resident status. Those Arabs who prove their loyalty to Israel may be offered a future option for citizenship. This is the same option that Israel gives the Arabs of East Jerusalem.

Jonathan Pollard: An Israeli Hero

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Our Sages say that in the month of Nissan, the people of Israel were redeemed from Egyptian bondage, and in the same month they will be redeemed in the future. This is a special month: the month of liberty. So who knows? Maybe this will be the month of our brother Jonathan Pollard’s redemption.

According to news reports, Secretary of State John Kerry is proposing that Israel expand the fourth scheduled release of Palestinian terrorists (a group that includes 14 Arab citizens of Israel) along with instituting a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria. All of this in exchange for the privilege of continuing to bask in the glory of the presence of the murderer of our Israeli sportsmen at the Munich Olympics, Mahmoud Abbas.

For all of this, Israel may get Pollard. Or maybe not.

On numerous occasions, Pollard has told me that he is not willing to go free in exchange for murderers. In principle, he is certainly right. The terrorists should have been executed long ago, and Pollard should have been out of prison long ago. Israel, however, being utterly at odds with its identity, is incapable of justifying its existence as a Jewish state. It cannot deal with the claim of the “justice of the Palestinian cause.” The result: we pay in the hard currency of a construction freeze or the release of murderers in exchange for the farce of a “peace process” that is supposed to address the Arab demand for justice.

Since Oslo Israel has discarded all the fundamental values of a normal nation, values like sovereignty, justice, morality and the sanctity of life. In light of that, and since this process will lead to the terrorist release and construction freeze that Kerry proposes with or without Pollard’s release, then at least he should go free.

The amazing Jonathan Pollard, however, refuses to participate in a Parole Board hearing as a precursor to his possible release. “I am not willing for other Jews to be murdered in exchange for my release,” he has said to me. When his words have been put to the ultimate test, he stands by them – making Pollard a modern-day hero of Israel. For the U.S. to use Pollard as a political bargaining chip is unbelievably villainous. In a meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Israel a few weeks ago, I made this position clear to him.

As a side note regarding a construction freeze, the 2011 crisis over the high cost of housing broke out as a result of a previous construction freeze in Judea and Samaria. The additional pressure that was suddenly added to the housing market in Israel’s pre-1967 borders was like the extra vehicles that turn a traffic jam into a traffic gridlock. Thus I assume that an additional construction freeze will result in an additional housing shortage and an additional leap in housing prices.

But what won’t we do for the privilege of chatting with Mahmoud Abbas for another half year?

Nissan means “our miracles.” Apparently, we need a miracle. No, not the splitting of the physical Red Sea – as our physical and material situation has never been better. Instead, we need a miraculous “splitting” of our slave mentality. We need to leave the bondage of a slave’s mentality for the mentality of liberty.

The modern-day redemption from Egypt is totally an internal, Jewish affair. We are the Children of Israel and we are Pharaoh. It is we who are breathing life into the puppet, Mahmoud Abbas, and enslaving ourselves to his puppeteering. I pray that in this propitious month of Nissan, we will choose redemption.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/moshe-feiglin/jonathan-pollard-an-israeli-hero/2014/04/10/

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