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US Does not Know If Israel Freed Terrorists or ‘Freedom Fighters’

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The U.S. State Dept. is not able to decide whether the 26 murderers and attempted murderers whom Israel freed early Wednesday morning are “terrorists,” “prisoners” or  “freedom fighters.”

As Jewish Press journalist Lori Lowenthal Marcus wrote Tuesday in her profile of the State Dept.’s song and dance on whether Jewish “settlements” are “illegal “ or “illegitimate,” Associated Press reporter  Matt Lee also wanted to know how the United States agrees with the Palestinian Authority title of freed terrorists as “political prisoners.”

A rose is a rose is a rose, but Gertrude Stein isn’t around today, when a murderer is a freedom fighter.

“Most of these people have been convicted of murder, of killing people, and the Israelis are very clear on the fact that they think that these people are terrorists,” Marcus quoted Lee as saying. “The Palestinians say that they are political prisoners, and…they have instructed their ambassadors, all their representatives around the world, to refer to them as freedom fighters, political prisoners.

“Do you object to the Palestinians referring to them as political prisoners?’ Lee asked State Dept. deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf.

He response was, “I do not have a position on that.”

The State Dept. indeed has to be careful about every word it uses regarding the Palestinian Authority’s demands. Every word is placed under a microscope by each side and by the predominantly pro-PA media.

As yesterday’s article by Marcus clearly illustrated, the State Dept. refused to be backed into a corner by Lee when it comes to defining settlements as illegal. Doing so would effectively be a position that Israel’s borders are those that existed under the Temporary Armistice Lines in 1949 until the Six-Day War in 1967.

State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Harf settled for the not very complimentary word of “illegitimate.”

But the American government has no problem in labeling as a “settlement” every place where Jews live in Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights, and areas in Jerusalem claimed by the PA. The word itself is a disguise for “illegal” because “settlements” that are legal are called cities and towns.

The United States even uses the word “settlement” to describe the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Gilo and Ramot, each of which are home to more than 50,000 Jews.

At least the State Dept. does not call Gilo an “outpost,” but the word “settlement” implies is should not part of Israel.

The U.S. government does have a serious problem of stating where the capital of Israel is located. It does not place the capital as Tel Aviv, where the American and virtually every other foreign embassy is located. It also does not call Jerusalem the capital, and it even refuses to allow Americans living in Israel to state on their U.S. passports that their residence or their children’s birthplace is “Jerusalem, Israel.”

If it were to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it would open up a can of worms, very violent worms, with the Arab world by recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem as its  capital. Of course, the United States could simply state that Jerusalem, based on the old borders, is Israel’s capital. But even that would be too much for the Arab world to swallow, out of fear that such recognition might leave open the future possibility of acknowledging the entire city as Israeli.

But what is the United States’ problem with stating that murderers are not freedom fighters or just plain “prisoners,” even if not terrorists? Calling them “political prisoners” would be an outrage to any sane person in the Western world. Recognizing them by either term would be a justification for terror.

Would that affect the outcome of the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Apparently so.

Calling them terrorists would imply that the Palestinian Authority employs terror, and that would contradict the ugly lie that the State Dept. perpetuates with the claim that Abbas has stopped terror, even though it is the IDF that has been mainly responsible for the decrease, but not the eradication, of terror.

The U.S. government, outside of the Congressional branch, has never condemned Abbas for glorifying terrorists and his official media for encouraging “martyrdom.”

When Lee asked, “If there isn’t anything that you call them, do you object to the Palestinians referring to them as freedom fighters?” spokeswoman Harf replied,  “The answer is I don’t know, and I will endeavor to get an answer for you on that as well.”

Stay tuned, but rest assured that although a rose is a rose is a rose, a terrorist is not a terrorist and a murderer is not a murderer.

Bloomberg News: Netanyahu Running Scared from Worldwide Boycott

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to resume direct talks with the Palestinian Authority and meets its demand to free terrorists because he fears an international boycott that could devastate Israel’s economy and ability to defend itself, according to informed sources quoted by Bloomberg News columnist Jeffrey Goldberg.

Netanyahu “met recently with some of Israel’s leading manufacturers, who expressed their worry that their products may one day be boycotted in Europe, a worry he shares,” wrote Goldberg. “Kerry, capitalizing on this anxiety, has warned Netanyahu in recent weeks that if the current peace talks bear no fruit, Israel may soon be facing an international delegitimization campaign — in his words – ‘on steroids.’”

Goldberg quoted Israeli government sources who insisted on anonymity. The Prime Minister supposedly is afraid that an international boycott and worldwide hate of Israel theoretically would not only disrupt the economy but also would make the country vulnerable to terrorist attacks and even all-out war by Hamas and Hezbollah.

The theory is that Israeli would not be able to defend itself in the wake of condemnation that would come from the pro-Arab United Nations even if terrorists were to strike.

The European Union already has taken a step in the direction of a boycott. Last month, it issued guidelines that limit or ban funding activities in the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria and Palestinian Authority-claimed areas of Jerusalem.

International condemnation could also weaken Israel’s ability to act against the Iranian nuclear threat, according to Goldberg, who like most foreign journalists is convinced that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are the ultimate obstacle to peace.

Goldberg assumes that “the majority of Israelis are sensible, and they know, as Netanyahu knows, that Israel can’t exist in an entirely friendless world.”

The reasoning is based on a universal brainwash and would be flawed if not for the fact that the international media and virtually the entire world have focused on “settlements” as obstacles to peace and have totally ignored Palestinian Authority incitement and even  PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ outrageous statement that a not a single Jew would be allowed to live in a future PA state.

That kind of restriction violates the United Nations charter, but that is not of interest to anyone outside of Israel.

At Monday’s State Dept. briefing, journalists time and time again tried to convince deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf to state that settlements are “illegal,” but not one single mention was made of continued Palestinian Authority incitement and Abbas “no Jews allowed” statement.

When an Associated Press reporter says at a State Dept. briefing that “settlements are a problem that “Palestinians have with the Israelis; this is a problem that you have with the Israelis, that the Europeans have with the Israelis, that everyone but some in Israel have with the Israelis,” it is clear that Netanyahu indeed has his back against the wall.

And like Shamir in 1991, he is surrendering Israel’s right to exist rather than standing up for its right to exist. The consequences for Israel since Arafat won international recognition in the debate with Shamir have been 22 years of concessions for peace with the result of war.

Tuesday, the same day that Goldberg reported on Netanyahu’s fear of an international boycott, the Israeli Supreme Court, as expected, removed the last obstacle to freeing 12 murderers or attempted murderers  who are among thousands who have brutally and primitively murdered, kidnapped and wounded thousands of Israelis, no matter who they are and where they live. The terrorists even murdered a few Arabs with Israeli citizenship.

Kerry’s message to Netanyahu that an international boycott is in the offing is only half of the story. The other half is terror.

Netanyahu prefers to avoid an international boycott rather than face terror. The only problem is that so far, terror has struck and will strike, boycott or no boycott, until Israel does not exist.

Arab and Israel Rock Bands Launch Their Own Peace Process

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Move over John Kerry. Two Israeli rock bands, one Arab and one Jewish, are spreading a message of “metal brotherhood” with an 18-day European tour to show that co-existence is possible, CNN reported Monday.

The Arab band is named “Khalas,” Arabic for “enough.” And the Jewish band is called “Orphaned Land.” Both bands will ride the same tour bus for three weeks.

“We will snore at each other, we will do laundry together, we will make coffee for each other,”  Orphaned Land’s vocalist Kobi Farhi told the network.

Palestinian Authority Arabs have not been one-sidedly enthusiastic. The bands’ concert  scheduled last year in what predominantly Arab-populated eastern Jerusalem was cancelled because of complaints.

PA Fails to Stop Terror; IDF Arrests Islamic Jihad Leader in Jenin

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The Palestinian Authority again has failed to reign in terror and left the “dirty work” for the IDF, which arrested an Islamic Jihad leader in a pre-dawn raid in Jenin Wednesday.

Approximately 15 local Arabs rioted and threw rocks and Molotov cocktails and rolled burning tires at the soldiers, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.

The Obama administration continually praises  chairman Mahmoud Abbas for stopping terror, but senior IDF officers have said dozens of times the past two years that while the PA security forces work with the IDF, they are  not capable politically or militarily to reigning terror and ensure that terrorists won’t attack Israelis.

State Dept. Creating False Picture of ‘Constant’ PA-Israel Talks

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Israeli and Palestinian Authority leaders have freely denied the request of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry not to talk behind his back on direct talks, but the State Dept., has been trying to create a false conception that the two sides are talking with each other more than they really do.

Tzipi Livni, who doubles as Justice Minister and unofficial Peace Process Minister, said earlier this week that the direct talks will resume next Tuesday.

When asked yesterday about the nest discussions, State Dept. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that they will take place “soon” but, “I don’t have an announcement today, though, for you… .I’m happy to check.”

As for contacts in between direct discussions, she said, “ I can tell you that the parties have agreed – they remain engaged in sustained, continuous, and substantive negotiations.”

“How exactly are they doing that?” Associated Press journalist Matt Lee asked. Psaki answered, “The telephone is a wonderful tool.”

So are the Israeli and Palestinian Authority negotiators chatting back and forth on the phone?

“I don’t have anything specific on that,” Psaki admitted. When pressed to answer if she was “aware of any contact between the two sides since they went their separate ways from Washington last week,” she again could not answer and responded, “I’d have to check on it for you.”

Livni Says Israel to Hold ‘Round Two’ with PA in Israel Next Week

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The next round of Israeli-Palestinian direct talks will be held in Israel next week, according to Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator.

She told Israel’s Channel 10 that the negotiations, scheduled to last about nine months, would alternate between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The next round will be held after the first group of 104 terrorists, including those who are Israeli citizens, is to be freed.

The rest will be released depending on the progress of the negotiations.

Deny Israel’s Existence and You Can Win $100 (Video)

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The Palestinian Authority’s official television authority is broadcasting entertainment programs that offer the “Arab on the street” $100 for correctly identifying Israeli landmarks and borders as being “Palestinian,” another step in educating people that Israel does not exist.

The program, of course is broadcast in Arabic, so U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry does not watch it. He also probably does not read the Jewish Press or the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) website, which translated and published the program’s dialogue.

Unlike the chosen people who know that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is talking out of both sides of his month when he backs “two states side by side,” the Obama administration remains ignorant of the program, which shows that Yafo (Jaffa), Tzfat (Safed), the port of Ashdod and metropolitan Tel Aviv all are really cities in “Palestine.”

“On the beach of which Palestinian village did the whale spew out the prophet Jonah? Naturally, it’s a coastal city,” the “reporter on the street” asked an Arab, who immediately answered, “Ashdod.”

Give that man $100 for the “correct” answer.

Here is another question that won a lucky respondent $100: “Which city did [Palestinian writer] Mustafa Dabbagh call ‘The city that fell from Heaven?'”

The man asked if the city is “in Palestine or outside of Palestine?” When he got the big clue that, of course, it is inside Palestine, he came up with the “right” answer as “Maybe Jaffa?”

The reporter gleefully told him, “Correct answer. Jaffa. You win $100 from [the sponsor] Wataniya Mobile.”

Here is more of the transcript provided by PMW.

PA TV reporter: “A lake in Northern Palestine drained by the Israeli occupation. What is the name of the lake?”

Man: “The Sea of Galilee? Kinneret].”

PA TV reporter: “Think.”

Man: “The Hula [Lake].”

PA TV reporter: “You’ve earned $100 from the [sponsor] Bank of Palestine.”

The reporter also asked, “Name the Palestinian village in Northern Safed whose name means ‘beetle’ in the Syriac language, and whose residents are mostly Druze.”

PA TV reporter: “The correct answer is Hurfeish, the Palestinian village in Northern Safed whose name means ‘beetle’. Congratulations. You win $100.” The answer would be a big surprise to the residents of Hurfeish, who are Druze.

PA TV reporter: “What is the highest mountain in Palestine?”

Man: “Mt. Meron.” (Mt. Meron is in Northern Israel.) The reporter also asked respondents to identify which “country has the longest border with Palestine?”

The answer “Jordan” won a person $100 for identifying the country and eliminating the existence of Israel in one swipe.

The program is not the first time Palestinian Authority television has educated its viewers that Israel does not exist, but to do so at the same that the Obama administration is pushing Israel into direct talks to establish the Palestinian Authority as an independent country raises the validity of Abbas’ position that the talks should be based on the 1967 borders.

The program shows that he favors that the borders remain as they are, from the Golan Heights and the Lebanese border to the Egyptian border and from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

One small change he wants is to change the word “Israel” to “Palestine.”

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