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BREAKING: Pollard for Murderers, Just to Keep Talks Going

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

In order to extend the “peace” negotiations, the U.S. has offered to release Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of espionage decades ago, in exchange for Israel’s release of the remaining convicted terrorists that had been part of the peace deal, plus hundreds of others, plus an agreement to freeze building homes for Jews, according to the Middle Eastern news outlet Al-Arabiya.

The Palestinian Arabs will agree not to do what they already agreed not to do: suspend their ongoing plans to join various UN bodies, including the Geneva Convention on the conduct of war and occupation.

Can you imagine? Israel feels threatened by the Palestinian Arabs’ promise to accuse the Jewish state of war crimes? Virtually the only way in which the Palestinian Arabs engage in military actions constitute war crimes: the use of human shields, hiding amongst civilians, shooting amongst civilians, kidnapping civilians, and refusing to allow hostages to meet with the International Red Cross.

Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. army analyst, was sentenced to life in prison in 1987. At the time of his trial, Pollard entered a plea agreement with the U.S. government to admit to espionage, in exchange for a sentence that was not excessive. Instead, the U.S. government reneged on its end of the deal and sentenced Pollard to the harshest sentence ever given to anyone who passed secrets to an ally.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had harshly criticized Israel, and tossed a few comments of “unhelpful” towards the Palestinian Arabs, regarding the breakdown in negotiations last week.

According to an informed source, although U.S. officials in the Middle East are confirming that a deal has been reached, and Israeli officials are saying a deal has been reached, White House and State Department officials in Washington are saying there is no deal.

The original date set for the negotiations to culminate in an agreement was April 29. This new alleged deal is sure to extend that deadline.

Poll: Most Israelis are Against a Settlement Construction Freeze and Terrorist Release

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The following is the results from a Mina Tzemach poll on the peace process, broadcasted on the Knesset channel on Thursday:

Is the Israeli government interested in progressing with negotiations? 58% Yes 42% No

Is the Palestinian Authority interested in progressing with negotiations? 29% Yes 71% No

What is the likelyhood that the negotiation will bring about an arrangement? 7% High 29% Average 27% Somewhat Low 12% Low 25 Very Low

Do you support the release of 80 prisoners as a gesture? 77% Against 23% Support

Do you support freezing settlement construction? 55% Against 45% Support

Did the EU boycott help jump start the negotiations? 53% No effect 47% Had an effect

Will the EU boycott hurt Israel’s economy?
21% Will definitely hurt
46% It might hurt
28% It might not hurt
5% It will definitely not hurt

Today’s Syria Is Tomorrow’s Palestine

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

It’s become apparent to all that Syria is the natural Arab state. Without a strong and powerful leader, anarchy and internecine murder swiftly develops.

This is not because Arabs are primitive, though in part it is because Islam is fundamentally a violent religion. The real reason is that the Arabs are not really one people, as the root word in Hebrew “Arev” attests to. Arev translates as mixture. The Arabs are in reality a mix of distinct sects, tribes and clans who don’t really like one another. When they are supposedly unified, it is only because a strong leader temporarily suppresses their independent identities and locks them together under his strong thumb.

Arab state after state proves this to be true.

This brings us to our first obvious question about the current peace process….

1) Who does Abbas actually represent in the peace talks? While Abbas controls the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria, he doesn’t control the Palestinian Authority in Gaza, as that is under control of a different group – a competing terrorist gang that not only doesn’t he speak for, but a gang who is prepared to overthrow him once conditions are right.

Abbas also doesn’t have the support of the Chamulot, the traditional clan and tribes, who despise him, and would also overthrow Abbas in a second if given the chance.

So if Israel negotiates with Abbas, when the reality is that he doesn’t represent Gaza, when he doesn’t represent the Chamulot, and in fact, since there haven’t been elections, we don’t even know if he represents the rest of the Arab citizens he rules, and he is likely to be overthrown soon, what value does his signature have?

The answer is nothing.

That brings us to the second question…

2) What will keep the “West Bank” from turning into Syria? As we pointed out above, the so-called “Palestinians” are a mixture of different religious sects, tribes and clans, and Bedouin too, who all hate each other, if God forbid, Israel were to pull out the IDF further, we will quickly see a repeat of the Hamas takeover in Judea and Samaria. But this will end up as messy as Syria, when all the groups will start to kill each other to take over. The “West Bank” would quickly deteriorate, and it would be as if we had listened to Shimon Peres as his idiotic ideas to give away the Golan to Syria – pointless and dangerous.

What will stop this Syria-like collapse in the “West Bank”?

Again, the answer is nothing.

And that brings us to our third question and final question…

3) Why in the world would Abbas even want to make peace, when he knows that as soon as he does, his dead, mangled, and cannibalized carcass will be hauled through Bethlehem’s Manger Square by one of the many sects, clans, and tribes that want him dead, and will use this as an opportunity to attempt a coup?

The answer is, he does not.

Reaching peace in these peace talks is the last thing Abbas wants or needs. Ignoring for a moment that he will never obtain the terms of agreement that his cohorts and various friends and enemies are demanding, reaching a true peace agreement means his death, and no further access to his Swiss bank accounts.

For Abbas (or any other future “Palestinian” leader), nothing is better than the current situation. The continuation of the conflict provides him a lifeline (and access to his Swiss bank accounts).

What Abbas does need to get out of this, is a strengthening of his position vis a vis Hamas. The only subject of tangible value for him is the release of terrorists and baby killers.

“Palestinian” society is so sick, that the value they hold most dear, is the value of murdering Jewish babies, and those who murder Jewish women and children are their society’s heroes.

That is why releasing these baby-killers is their first and most non-negotiable demand.

That is why Abbas made it a requirement for talking peace.

Abbas expects nothing else from the talks. He wants nothing to succeed from the talks, but if he is being forced to talk, he can at least demand the one concession that he knows from experience Israel will give him that will temporarily buttress his position as the “Palestinian” leader before the talks collapse.

Kerry Leaves without a Date for Talks, but Says Progress Is at Hand

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel without bringing Israeli and Palestinian officials back to the peace negotiating table.

Kerry said, however, that “real progress” had been made during his whirlwind trip and he would return to the region.

He left Israel for Asia on Sunday afternoon, following three meetings each with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

“We started out with very wide gaps and we have narrowed those considerably,” Kerry said before boarding his plane. “We are making progress. That’s what’s important and that’s what will bring me back here.

“I believe that with a little more work, the start of final status negotiations could be within reach.”

Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday morning that Israel will not compromise on security in a peace deal with the Palestinians. He also said any agreement would be brought to a vote of the people.

“Israel is ready to begin negotiations without delay, without preconditions,” Netanyahu told his Cabinet. “We are not putting up any impediments on the resumption of the permanent talks and a peace agreement between us and the Palestinians.

“There are things that we will strongly insist on in the talks themselves, especially security,” Netanyahu said.

PLO official Saeb Erekat said on Sunday that there had been no breakthrough in the marathon.

“There has been no breakthrough so far and there is still a gap between the Palestinian and Israeli positions,” chief PLO negotiator Erakat told reporters after Kerry had finished talks in Ramallah with President Mahmoud Abbas, his third meeting in as many days.

“Netanyahu and his government are not serious about establishing a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders, they speak of a state without clear borders, and we need clarity according to international resolutions,” said Azzam al-Ahmed, a senior official of Abbas’s ruling Fatah party.

“We are ready to resume negotiations according to our clear guidelines,” he told Voice of Palestine.

“Even with regards to the prisoners’ issue, Israel did not provide any clear answer. We want a serious process to be launched,” he said.

JTA and Ma’an content was used in this report.

Kerry and Netanyahu Met Saturday Night, Breakthrough Unlikely

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

A Palestinian source told Reshet Bet that a breakthrough is not expected as a result of U.S. Secretary John Kerry’s efforts, because, after two meetings between Kerry and Palestinian leaders, and several meetings between Kerry and Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israel has not veered from its position regarding the recognition of 67 lines as a basis for negotiation, and the settlement freeze.

The source believes that there will not be a 4-way summit this week with Israel, the Palestinians, the United States and Jordan, and also no lower level round of meetings between Sa’aib Erekat and Minister Tzipi Livni.

Earlier, an Israeli source suggested Netanyahu would agree to the Palestinians’ preconditions, but only if he would be able to deliver them gradually, and not all at once.

Netanyahu met with Kerry Saturday afternoon, when the latter came back from Amman, Jordan, where he had met for about two hours with the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas). No details were given about the content of their conversation.

An Israeli official who is involved in the attempts to resume negotiations with the Palestinians, told Reuters that Secretary Kerry’s trip may lead to an announcement of a meeting between the two parties under the auspices of the United States and Jordan.

On Friday night, following his meeting with Netanyahu, Kerry joined President Shimon Peres for a Shabbat meal.

Kerry, who delayed his departure to a conference of Asian foreign ministers in Brunei, will be there in time for the opening on Monday.

Roger Cohen Praises AJC’s Harris Attack on Bennett

Friday, June 21st, 2013

There’s no doubt that liberal U.S. Jews are becoming alarmed that fewer and fewer Israelis are prepared to support the delusional view that, in order to gain acceptance on paper by the Arabs, Israel must first render itself completely vulnerable by handing over its most important territorial assets.

Roger Cohen praises, in this morning’s NY Times (Why American Jews Matter), A.J.C. Executive Director David Harris, who rebuked Minister Naftali Bennett’s comment about the need to “build, build, build” in Judea and Samaria, and to accept that the Palestinian issue, like that by now notorious shrapnel in his friend’s backside, will continue to cause us the occasional, but not critical, pain.

Harris said the minister’s remarks were “stunningly shortsighted,” that they must be “repudiated by the country’s top leaders,” and that they offered “only the prospect of a dead-end strategy of endless conflict and growing isolation for Israel.”

Roger Cohen praised “Harris’s shots inside the troops carrier,” writing admiringly: “To say such language is unusual at major U.S. Jewish organizations is an understatement: Israel has had near carte blanche from them, with negative consequences.”

Did you get that part? Israel was enjoying a carte blanche, as if the Jewish State actually needs the approval of possibly three million, loosely organized but oh so vociferous American Jews in order to carry out its policies.

Some cases of Chutzpah run deeper than its mere insolent bruising. Every once in a while, you can glean from the Chutzpah an entire world view.

Roger Cohen, sitting on West 46th Street, sipping a cool lemonade, actually believes that his opinion matters. That the good people of Israel, having buried thousands of their dead after two intifadas and two Gaza wars, will actually take into account some leftist American Jew’s view about giving the Arabs a fourth chance to annihilate us. Or that we will continue to accept a policy of construction freeze in our population areas that are literally bursting with the highest birth rate in the country.

Sitting on 46th Street, a member of an economic elite in a country whose middle class is mired in poverty, in a country so panicked by the fear of terrorism, it has annulled at least five of the first amendments to its constitution, Roger Cohen is calling the views of Bennett and Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon, “messianic:”

“This Messianic view of the Jewish state’s destiny has grown for the past 46 years, despite undertakings from various leaders, including Netanyahu in 2009, to seek a two-state peace. If the number of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, outside East Jerusalem, has almost doubled in the past dozen years to over 350,000 (Bennett put the number at 400,000), it is because the notion that all the land belongs to Israel by divine decree has been ascendant and compromise increasingly seen as a deficit of faith. Construction has spelled out what official government policy could not quite say: We have no plans to leave.”

You understand that the Jewish person Roger Cohen uses “messianic” as a pejorative term. In his world, faith in the Messiah is inherently delusional. Faith in our life here, in Eretz Israel, being part of an ongoing messianic redemption – that’s as foreign a concept to him as voting Republican.

But now, that Bennett and Danon have shown their true faces—as, I’m sure, will be the case with the majority of the Likud-Beiteinu delegation, should the day come for an up or down vote on the 2-state—now, says Roger Cohen, we caught those messianic perversions in time, and we can stop them.

“It is in this sense that Bennett’s statement is a true public service. Far better to have clarity about the meaning of Israel’s actions in the West Bank than to have a fait accompli — the growing settler presence — cloaked in governmental opacity about the ultimate objective. If the aim is known then a judgment can be made, not least by American Jewish organizations.”

How marvelous. There’s a story that was told by the Holy Rizhiner, that in the end of time, Elijah will have another bout with the Baal prophets, except this time they will be able to set their alter ablaze, while Elijah will not. They will look grand and victorious, and Elijah will appear like the defeated fool.

Say It Like You Mean it: It’s a ‘Colony Freeze’

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

On occasion, reading how the news that’s dearest to our own heart is reported by a source that is diametrically opposed to our position can be an eye opening experience. So, here’s Gulf News reported our own shocking story about the fact there are no housing starts in Jerusalem, and that the Netanyahu government—that right wing, pro-settlement government so many of us voted for—has been keeping a near-perfect housing freeze, at least for Jews. Arabs are a different story.

So, I’m not changing a word, this is strictly a copy and paste job:

Israel Freezes New Colony Projects

Housing minister says move may be temporary to placate US Secretary of State

Occupied Jerusalem: Israel has frozen nearly all housing starts in colonies in the West Bank and Occupied East Jerusalem, Housing Minister Uri Ariel said on Tuesday, in an apparent bid to help US efforts to revive peace talks with the Palestinians.

The step, confirmed several weeks ago by the Israel’s anti-colony Peace Now movement, has had no impact on construction already under way in colonies – projects that have raised Palestinian concern and drawn international condemnation.

Colony construction on Palestinian land was the main reason for the breakdown of US-sponsored negotiations in 2010 and has been cited as a stumbling block to Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to restart talks.

“I’ll give you the facts: in Jerusalem, since the beginning of the year, there have been no tenders except for one and the same goes for Judea and Samaria,” Ariel, using the Biblical names for the Israeli-occupied West Bank, told Army Radio. Ariel, a member of the pro-colonist Jewish Home party, said he believed the step was temporary and that he was working to end it.

All right, you fellow colonists, now you know what’s down. It appears there’s more of an understanding between Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office and Gulf News, than there is between Netanyahu and Minister Uri Ariel.

Bibi Mocks Jerusalem Day

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

When God facilitated Israel’s unexpected and glorious victory in the 1967 Six Day War, it was very obvious to many of us that we were supposed to have rapidly and enthusiastically begun settling all of the Holy Land liberated as a result of that victory.

Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley, Golan and the Sinai were pretty empty.  Those lands had never been independent countries.  There had never been a “Palestine,” sic, not there nor in pre-1967 Israel.  The Golan had been used as a launching pad for missile launchings and terror attacks on Jews in the valley below.  The kings of Jordan ignored and didn’t develop the Jordan Valley, Judea and Samaria.

When we first began visiting Shiloh in 1981, the few phones were via old-fashioned operators.  It was Israel that brought in electricity, modern phone systems, piped water and sewerage. Remember that this was the late twentieth century when computers were becoming popular all over the developed world.  Shiloh, even though it has always been a well-known archaeological and Jewish religious site, was only reachable by a difficult to traverse path. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Jordan illegally had taken over all of that land and eastern Jerusalem.  They took advantage of their closeness to Israel to send in terrorists and have snipers shoot at Israelis.

The Sinai was a loosely controlled buffer protecting Israel’s south. But it, too, was a popular route for those who wanted to attack Israelis.

It’s now forty-six years after the Six Days War.  Egypt now “controls” the Sinai, since then Prime Minister Menachem Begin, soon after his historic election in 1977, gave it to Egypt.  And a very large part of Judea-Samaria is in the de facto and even de jure control of local Arabs and the P.A.

Jews who live in Judea-Samaria are treated as second class citizens of Israel.  We’re constantly maligned by politicians, the media and academics.  Even though we pay full taxes, we don’t get full benefits. One example is the “TV Radio Broadcasting Tax.”  All television owners in Israel, including Jews in Land liberated in the 1967 Six Days War are required by law to pay this tax.  Inspectors even go around the yishuvim, a.k.a., “settlements,” fining families who own televisions but don’t pay.  There’s a big problem here.  The Broadcasting Authority doesn’t broadcast to us.  We have never gotten the same television reception you’d get in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Beersheba, kibbutzim all over or Eilat.

It’s also much, much more complicated to get building permits.  Supply and demand aren’t factors in government decisions.  It’s all politics.  The larger cities and communities in Judea and Samaria such as Ma’ale Adumim, Efrat and Ariel have suffered the most. Thousands of people want to buy homes in those communities and the government, that is, the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,  keeps refusing to finalize permits, even after announcing that he is in favor of building.

Will this refusal by Bibi to sign the tenders break up his coalition? Many of Bayit Yehudi’s voters and MK’s won’t stand for it.  By refusing to allow building for Jews in Judea and Samaria, Bibi is making a farce out of our great 1967 victory.

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