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Does The Carnegie Endowment for Peace Support BDS?

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) has significantly contributed to the progress of global peace and promotion of global citizenship.

Nonetheless, recently, CEIP Vice President for Middle Eastern Studies, Jordanian Marwan Muasher, has made confusing comments that puts his stance on peace itself in question, and further sheds a doubt on CEIP’s overall commitment to its mission, which is: “dedication to advancing cooperation between nations”.

On 31 August 2016, Mr. Muasher published an OpEd in the Jordanian daily, AlGhad, entitled “Lets Support the Civil Democratic State”. In this article, he exhibits passionate support for a list of candidates running for the Jordanian parliamentary elections that took place on 20th of September 2016. The block of candidates is named “Maan List”, or “Together List.” All of these ‘candidates’ openly are anti-peace, pro-BDS and avidly against the United States, West, with their focus being Israel and the Jewish state.

With that in mind, let’s take a close look at the Maan list. On their “official website,” in which they provide a clear and unapologetic description of political stances and positions. Combined, or even at plain face value its quite clear that Muasher’s has supported a group that upholds and publicizes positions that are in direct conflict with the very values that CEIP stands for. Here are examples of what “Maan List” supports:

“Despite the very complicated regional circumstances, we keep our eyes on the Palestine of Arabhood which is fighting the Zionist occupation and the spreading settlement cancer which has become a threat to our holy Jerusalem and our Islamic and Christian holy places as well as our Arab identity. This is in the name of Jordan’s historical responsibility towards the land and the human of the beloved Palestine, and we shall remain the strong backbone for our Palestine as well as its lung through which it breathes and gains power against the occupier. We shall remain standing behind the global anti-normalization with Israel movement (BDS), which has become an effective pressurizer against the occupier all over the world, and we demand anti-normalization all through our Jordan of dignity and pride and we tell the government there is another option as the gas production of Arab brothers is much bigger than that of the occupation”.

The Maan list does not stop there, read this: “We also utterly reject the racist project of the Judization of the state and we demand the government to work avidly with our brothers from the beloved Palestine to sustain the human on his soil and hold on tight to the right of return, self-determination and the independent state.”

“And last but not least, all the freedom for our hero prisoners in prisons of the occupation, and a healthy recovery to the wounded, and glory to the martyr”.

Now, let’s see what CEIP’s Vice President, Muasher says about the group that supports the stances above, in his article:

* “I have to admit that my sprits have pretty much gone up since I have attended, days ago, the launch ceremony of ‘Maan List’ which calls for a civil democratic state”.

* “For the first time, I heard public talk about civility and democracy that was very frank and clear about the goals which the list is trying to achieve”

* “It is the right, in fact the duty, of this civil and democratic movement to be heard. I have always believed that large numbers believe in this movement, but nonetheless remained silent or [too] incapacitated to organize itself within a framework that allows it to express itself”

* “What I hope for is that the boredom of these groups with the classic approaches that do not meet its needs, would not only push it towards going to the launch ceremonies of the lists that support such argument, but also would go on the day of elections to voting box and to vote for whom it believes is aligned with its dream of a civil and democratic state”.

* “This should not be an obstacle from going to vote, especially to ideological lists like “Maan” that does not depend on tribal foundations, but rather calls for ideas which we could never become an advanced society without.”

To make matters worse, the CEIP even provided a link from their site to the article in question.

This raises a variety of questions about the CEIP and the VP’s statements, for one, was Mr. Muasher speaking for himself, or because of his position, an extension of the CEIP?

Also, does the CEIP actually know what the Maan List stands for, and what it means to the countries in the region? How does comply with CEIP’s mission statement, and even further, its tax-deductible status?

In addition, was CEIP VP Muasher spreading innuendo and hate against Israel and Jews? Why is Mr. Muasher supporting a pro-BDS group? Does he support BDS himself? Does CEIP support the BDS movement?

At the same time, how does Mr. Muasher see supporting BDS as contributing to world peace and especially peace in our region? And in fact, why is CEIP’s VP playing a key role in helping Jordan’s king keep his people down while expanding his powers through radical groups such as Maan List, which Muasher supports?

CEIP is in a position where it must take a stance, clearly and utterly distancing itself from their VP’s statements. Especially that Mr. Muasher cannot claim he did not know of Maan List’s stances against peace and Israel, if he did not actually know; then why did he go the extra mile to support the list in one of Jordan’s most read dailies? Also, him being the head of

CEIP’s MidEast research; is it even possible he has failed to do the research before supporting anti-peace group, when all he had to do is check their website?

In closing, we believe that these statements were wrong and do not reflect the CEIP and its programming in any way. Even so, we do know that Mr. Muasher is a CEIP VP and as such, he is recognized around the world as a leader in the organization. As such, we believe that CEIP should clearly state that it does not support Muasher’s position.

Further, CEIP must not tolerate pro-BDS and anti-Semitic stances as they endanger Israel and thus the direct interest of Jordanians and Palestinians, and this is in turn directly compromises regional and global peace.

CEIP and other global political organizations must exclude, eliminate and besiege all supporters of hatred including those who promote BDS, which simply means: less jobs, less stability and more unrest as far as we Jordanians and Palestinians are concerned.

{Abed AlMaala is the Secretary of Commerce in the Jordanian Opposition Coalition; www.facebook.com/abed.almaala}

Abed AlMaala

Netanyahu Departing to US: The World Must Also Support Our Fight Against Terrorism

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday departed for the US, for a meeting with President Obama and a speech before the General Assembly. As he was leaving, Netanyahu said, “We are in the midst of a very important diplomatic week for the State of Israel. I am leaving now for the United States. There I will first meet with President Obama and I will thank him for the great and important security assistance to the State of Israel over the coming decade. I will then address the United Nations General Assembly. I will present Israel’s case, Israel’s truth, Israel’s justice and also Israel’s heroism – the heroism of our soldiers, our police officers and our citizens, who are waging an uncompromising struggle against brutal terrorism.”

“I expect from the international community a uniform standard in the war on terrorism,” Netanyahu insisted. “Today the entire international community says that there is a need to wage a determined and uncompromising fight against terrorism. And indeed, they must also support the determined and uncompromising fight against terrorism, and this moral clarity is necessary to both fight against – and defeat – terrorism.”

David Israel

Survey: Jewish Voters Give Hillary Lowest Support of All Democratic Nominees Since 1980

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has issued a survey of American Jewish opinion, conducted by the research company SSRS based on telephone interviews from August 8 to 28, with a national sample of 1,002 Jews over age 18 and a margin of error of +-3.57%, showing the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton enjoys the support of 61% of the voters who identify themselves as Jewish. And although her opponent, Republican nominee Donald Trump, only gets 19% of the Jewish vote, Hillary’s figure is the lowest scored by a Democrat among Jewish voters since Jimmy Carter only took 45% of the Jewish vote against Ronald Reagan in 1980.

The highest Jewish vote in the 20th century went to FDR in 1940 and 1944, 90% each time; LBJ also took 90%, in 1964; JFK received 82% of the Jewish vote in 1960; Humphrey 81% in 1968; Bill Clinton 80% in 1992; Gore 79% in 2000; and Obama 78% in 2008 and 69% in 2012.

Even George McGovern, with 65%, did better with the Jewish voters than Hillary has been doing. Trump, by the way, is doing about as well as GW Bush did in 2000. Bush later took 24% of the Jewish vote against Kerry in 2004, McCain 22% in 2008, and Romney 30% in 2012. (Source: Jewish Virtual Library)

Only 51% of the American Jews surveyed identify as Democrats. 26% are Independent and only 18% Republican. The Green Party attracts 2% of the Jewish vote, the Libertarians, despite their admiration for the strong ideas of one Russian Jewish lady, only attract 1% of US Jews to their ranks.

US Jews are still more left- than right-leaning: 51% are Liberal or lean Liberal, 24% Conservative or lean Conservative. 23% say they are moderates.

How about that famous Jewish optimism about the future of America? Not a whole lot of it is left, apparently. When asked if their children would be better or worse off than their parents when they grow up, 39% said the kids better get ready for a worse future; 29% believe in a better future; 27% don’t see a big change coming in either direction.

A whopping 57% of the American Jews questioned identified anti-Semitism on US campuses a problem, 23% of them think it’s a very serious problem at that. Only 6% don’t see it as a problem at all.

Here’s a kind of nice surprise, although in an underhanded sort of way: only 15% of the Jews asked are married to a non-Jew. But wait, don’t celebrate yet: only 35% are married to a Jew, either from birth or a convert, and a full 49% are not married. In other words, close to half of the American Jewish community is probably not involved in promulgating the Jewish community.

52% of the Jewish respondents have never been to Israel (that percent goes up when you exclude the Orthodox – of which 85% have visited Israel), 21% have only been once. So that when they were asked what they think of the fact that Orthodox Judaism is the only denomination recognized by Israel as an official form of Judaism, and 48% said it “Weakens Israel’s ties with American Jews,” it’s likely most of them have not forged their opinions based on personal experience.

And when they were asked what they consider the most important change necessary in Israeli Judaism, and 41% answered, “Securing legal recognition of equality for all streams of Judaism,” that answer, too, was provided based mostly on op-eds and Facebook posts. Likewise when 74% insisted “legal recognition should also be extended to non-Orthodox weddings, divorces, and conversions,” this opinion was mostly theoretical.


Hillary Clinton Taken from 9/11 Ceremony for Medical Reasons [video]

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Video of the “medical episode” at the bottom of the article.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton experienced a “medical episode” during a 9/11 ceremony that forced her to leave, a law enforcement source who witnessed the event told Fox News.

The Democratic campaign released a statement saying Clinton left the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York early on Sunday because she “felt overheated.”

“Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement, adding, “During the ceremony, she felt overheated so [she] departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.”

Rik Leventhal of Fox News tweeted, citing the source, that it looked as if Clinton had fainted on her way into a van and was aided by her security detail. The source said the candidate was “clearly having some type of medical episode.”

The Fox News report said Clinton “stumbled off the curb,” her “knees buckled” and she lost a shoe, as she was being helped away from the ceremony.

Fix News cited a second law enforcement source who confirmed that Clinton had left the 9/11 event because she wasn’t feeling well.

Clinton’s campaign has not yet respond to the breaking news.

The video of Hillary’s collapse (watch in full-screen mode):

Video of Hillary after resting at her daughter’s apartment:

David Israel

Knesset Committee Approves $80 Million to Support New Immigrants

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The Knesset Finance Committee, headed by MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism), on Monday approved the transfer of an additional $80 million to the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, mainly for the purpose of finding housing solutions for elderly immigrants.

Some of the funds are designated for encouraging entrepreneurship among new immigrants from France, Belgium, and Ukraine.

Of the amount allotted, about $68 million are designated for housing solutions for elderly immigrants; $4 million for encouraging entrepreneurship among new immigrants, including employment fairs and seminars for new immigrants, coupons for Hebrew lessons, absorption-related activities in local authorities, encouraging Aliyah abroad by strengthening the professional capabilities of potential olim, and adding more operators to the information call center for those interested in making Aliyah; $2 million for the implementation of the government’s decision to allow members of the Bnei Menashe community entry into Israel, and $1.3 million are designated for increasing the assistance provided to immigrant soldiers who are recognized by the IDF as lone soldiers or as soldiers who are eligible for family stipends.


More ‘Trump Truth’: Obama Covered Up His support to the Founding of ISIS

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, Liberty Unyielding}

A key feature of “Trump truth” is Donald Trump’s unvarnished, attention-grabbing imprecision when he frames contentious statements.

In the latest iteration, Trump said something even Obama’s biggest enemies in conservative media would not have said, at least not in those exact terms. Emphasis added:

After lamenting the “mistake” the US made by going to war in Iraq — a conflict he repeatedly says that he opposed, despite evidence to the contrary — Trump then criticized Obama’s attempts to “clean up.”

“Normally you want to clean up; he made a bigger mess out of it. He made such a mess. And then you had Hillary with Libya, so sad,” Trump said.

“In fact, in many respects, you know they honor president Obama. ISIS is honoring President Obama. He is the founder of ISIS. He’s the founder of ISIS, OK? He’s the founder. He founded ISIS.”

He then said that the “co-founder” of ISIS was Clinton.

Critics of Obama’s policies have long argued that those policies (pulling out of Iraq, arming rebel groups in Syria with little vetting) allowed ISIS to form and flourish.  But critics who think of themselves as serious and responsible haven’t called Obama the founder of ISIS.

The responsible critics also haven’t made any headway in gaining public traction for their concerns.  The leftosphere – including the MSM – has succeeded in obfuscating the whole question by burying it in a specious comparison of “Obama’s blame” with “Bush’s blame.”

This debate tactic ignores the defining fact about ISIS’s rise, which is that its main impetus was not the breakdown of security in Iraq, but the chaos from the Arab Spring, especially (although not only) in Syria.  Everything was different, and uniquely Obama’s problem, after the first half of 2011.  Bush’s arrangements from 2008 or before were not the governing factor in anything at that point.

But responsible critics were never able to get their points made above the general noise level.  Trump, by making an outrageously-worded statement, has brought the issue front and center.  Now everyone is talking about Trump saying “Obama founded ISIS.”

And Trump’s not walking it back this time.  Talking on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program on Thursday, 11 August, Trump doubled down (tripled down?) on the proposition:

Trump was asked by host Hugh Hewitt about the comments Trump made Wednesday night in Florida, and Hewitt said he understood Trump to mean “that he (Obama) created the vacuum, he lost the peace.”

Trump objected.

“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS,” Trump said. “I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”

Hewitt pushed back again, saying that Obama is “not sympathetic” to ISIS and “hates” and is “trying to kill them.”

“I don’t care,” Trump said, according to a show transcript. “He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that that was the founding of ISIS, okay?”

Now, there isn’t anything Trump has said in these passages that I would put in the words he uses.  I don’t think the advisor whose hand I detect here would put it in those words either.  The advisor is retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former director of Defense Intelligence who in 2015 said that the Obama administration willfully ignored the predicted consequences of arming the groups that ultimately became ISIS.

The administration was warned as early as 2012, Flynn pointed out last year, but made a “willful” decision to ignore the warnings.  (See here for a very good extended treatment, one with echoes of intelligence insider-dom that resonate as valid with me.)

The point here is not that that’s different from saying that Obama literally founded ISIS.  I assume y’all folks are smart enough to get that.

The point is that Trump has succeeded, where no one else could have, in making this a major topic of public conversation this week.  Everywhere you look, the words “Obama founded ISIS” are being blasted in the headlines.  Madison Avenue should function so effectively.

The MSM are doggedly railing against Trump for saying it.  And most of the right is distancing itself – as with Hugh Hewitt – from the wrongly-couched assertion.  (LU contributor and colleague Jeff Dunetz also points out that the MSM coverage of this Trump-truth incident has been “psychotically literal,” which in an important sense is true.  But I think the MSM do their cause more harm than good by trying to frame Trump as the crazy one.  We really are watching the childhood rhyme come to life this year: Trump is rubber, the MSM’s glue.)

Preparing the way for a damning report from Congress on cooked intel

Just at this time, along comes a related development: the report from Congress that it does look, as alleged last year, like senior officials at CENTCOM “cooked” the CENTCOM intelligence reports on how well the counter-effort against ISIS was going.

The initial allegation about that was made public 11 months ago.  A large group of 50 analysts working at CENTCOM headquarters in Tampa filed a complaint that they were being pressured to make assessments rosier than the facts warranted.  They said their work was being edited to present a falsely positive picture of how things were going in the fight against ISIS.

There was at least one major data point at the time that suggested complicity at the highest levels of the Obama administration in this alleged intel-cooking.  The director of intelligence (J2) at CENTCOM, Army Maj. Gen. Steven Grove, reportedly spoke nearly every day with James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.

As the Guardian’s “former intelligence” source says, that is indeed “highly, highly unusual.”  Normally, the CENTCOM J2 doesn’t speak directly with the director of national intelligence.  The J2 has a circuit of daily contacts with the intelligence community, but they don’t include the DNI – who functions at a nosebleed level far above the CENTCOM J2’s paygrade.  Any work-related discussion with the DNI is inherently about national policy, and there are three layers of command and/or policy authority that would ordinarily sequester the CENTCOM J2 from the DNI: his own boss, the CENTCOM commander; the Joint Staff at the Pentagon (which has its own J2 and intelligence staff); and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Only the latter is the equivalent in decision-making seniority to the DNI.

If General Grove was talking every day to James Clapper, something very unusual was going on.  (General Lloyd Austin, the CENTCOM commander at the time, quite probably knew about these discussions.  As widely as they seem to have been known in the J2 directorate, it would have been impossible for Austin to be unaware of them.  Presumably they had his approval, spoken or otherwise.)

CENTCOM employees further alleged that Grove and his civilian deputy, Gregory Ryckman, destroyed electronic records to hide their doctoring of analysts’ reports.

Now a House task force, after an investigation that included dozens of interviews with these analysts (at which CENTCOM always had a command representative present), has concluded that “structural and management” conditions at CENTCOM yielded intelligence products that were “significantly more optimistic than that of other parts of the Intelligence Community (IC) and typically more optimistic than actual events warranted.”

Based on its own investigation, the Joint Task Force has substantiated that structural and management changes made at the CENTCOM Intelligence Directorate starting in mid-2014 resulted in the production and dissemination of intelligence products that were inconsistent with the judgments of many senior, career analysts at CENTCOM. These products were consistently more optimistic regarding the conduct of U.S. military action than that of the senior analysts. Based on specific case studies evaluated by the Joint Task Force, during the time period evaluated by the Joint Task Force, CENTCOM produced intelligence that was also significantly more optimistic than that of other parts of the Intelligence Community (IC) and typically more optimistic than actual events warranted. Additionally, many CENTCOM press releases, public statements, and congressional testimonies were also significantly more positive than actual events.

The timeline of bad news versus cover-up

The sequence of events is, thus, that in 2012, the Obama administration was warned about what would happen if it continued to arm and encourage the groups that became ISIS (and Al-Nusra, which remained directly affiliated with Al-Qaeda).  (The administration was even warned very precisely about where ISIS would make its headquarters and capital in eastern Syria.  See the links above on General Flynn’s public comments in 2015.)

What was predicted did happen: ISIS began its career of exceptionally bloody and grotesque territorial conquest, pushing out from a redoubt in eastern Syria.  The acquisition of territory accelerated rapidly in the spring and summer of 2014.

And in mid-2014, the CENTCOM intelligence directorate made “structural and management changes…[that] resulted in the production and dissemination of intelligence products that were” all of the following:

“…inconsistent with the judgments of many senior, career analysts at CENTCOM.”

“…consistently more optimistic regarding the conduct of U.S. military action than that of the senior analysts.”

“…significantly more optimistic than that of other parts of the Intelligence Community (IC) and typically more optimistic than actual events warranted.”

“Additionally,” after these structural and management changes, “many CENTCOM press releases, public statements, and congressional testimonies were also significantly more positive than actual events.”

This amounts to spinning intel to make the counter-ISIS effort look more effective than it was.  Interestingly enough, that implication fits with this presentation by Fox of the ways in which Obama has painted the counter-ISIS picture more rosily (to the point of outright falsehood) than his senior officials.  He has been directly contradicted by his senior officials on a number of occasions.


The “Trump truth” may not fit the exact words Trump uses to say something.  But it seems to take over the media’s own precincts and make a hash of their narrative, paving the way for a truth to come out that the American public would not otherwise have seen.

It’s at work again with the “Obama founded ISIS” theme.  It sure looks like somebody tried to cover up Obama’s complicity — advertent or otherwise — in fostering the development and growth of ISIS.  Without Trump’s “Obama founded ISIS” statement, that set of facts would have been buried in the noise.

J. E. Dyer

Thousands March 9 B’Av Night in Support of Israeli Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Thousands of marchers from all across Israel participated in the 22nd annual walk around the walls of the old city of Jerusalem on Tisha B’Av night, Saturday, organized by Women in Green. This year the walk, which began following the traditional reading of the scroll of Lamentations at the Independence Park in downtown Jerusalem, was focused on Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. The marchers circled the ancient walls carrying Israeli flags, accompanied by police.

The march was concluded with a rally that began with a rousing speech by Women in Green co-founders Yehudit Katsover and Nadia matar. Katsover asked why did the 9th of Av become the time of the year when so many calamities took place in the history of the Jewish nation (the destruction of two temples, the fall of the city of Beitar to the Romans, the expulsion from Spain, the expulsion from the Gaza Strip). She pointed to the fact that the sin of the spies, the first event that established Tisha B’Av as a day of mourning for the ages, was the sin of fear of going out to conquer the promised land. The spies convinced the nation that we couldn’t do it.

9 B'Av Jerusalem march 2016 organizers Yehudit Katsover and Nadia matar / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

9 B’Av Jerusalem march 2016 organizers Yehudit Katsover and Nadia matar / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

“We can’t do it! The state of mind of ‘I can’t do it’ is the cause of defeat. That’s the root of the destruction,” Katsover said. “Tisha B’Av is here to remind us to mourn the things we could have done but didn’t … because of our fear. We don’t build in Judea and Samaria because we’re afraid of pressure from the dwarf Obama. We fail to save [the community set for demolition] Amona because the Supreme Court is afraid of the world. We don’t impose sovereignty because we fear the demographics. We don’t carry out this march in the direction of the Temple Mount because we fear the Arabs and the deteriorating State of Jordan.”

“If we allow our subjective fears to dictate our objective reality, we’ll keep falling time and again,” Katsover declared. “This is the root of our destruction. The first time this approach was introduced was on Tisha B’Av and since then, each year, we cry over the fact that we failed to trust ourselves.” And she announced, “On this Tisha B’Av we’ll decide that we can do. We can and we will. We will not permit the baseless tears to stop us.”

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Dov Kalmanovich / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Dov Kalmanovich / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

Dov Kalmanovich, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, the first Israeli victim of the First Intifada (the skin of his face and a large part of his body were burned away by a Molotov cocktail that was hurled at his car on December 9, 1987), said the way to bolster Israel sovereignty across the Land of Israel was through unrelenting construction. He said liberation didn’t end with the conquering of the city, that’s where it started — and the rest is all about building the city. “With your support we’ll cry out for a sovereign Jerusalem,” but this sovereignty must be borne by physical building, Kalmanovich told the marchers.

Former MK Aryeh Eldad / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

Former MK Aryeh Eldad / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson


Former MK Aryeh Eldad told the audience about his late father, MK Israel Eldad, who each year on Tisha B’Av would visit the Israel Museum, stand in front of the statue of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who suppressed the Bar Kokhva rebellion (132 – 135 CE) and tell him, “So, what do you say? Where are you and where are we now?”

“On the surface he appeared to be right,” Eldad said about his father. “The Roman Empire disappeared and we are here, a sovereign nation returning to its homeland after destruction and catastrophe the likes of which history has not known. But it isn’t that simple.”

“The curse of Hadrian is still hovering above us,” Eldad continued. “After he destroyed Beitar and hundreds of other communities, and massacred half a million Jews, he was not satisfied, and sought to revise history and erase the memory of Israel. This is why he rename Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina (after Jupiter Capitolinus, the same god who eventually lent a derivation of his name to Capitol Hill). And he changed the name of the province of Judea to the province of Syria-Palestine.”

“This curse of Palestine has been chasing us to this day,” Eldad said. “If we want to return to the mountain, we must erase the name Palestine from Eretz Israel.”

The crowd responded with soaring applause.

Other speakers included Rina Ariel, mother of 13-year-old Halel Yaffa Ariel hy”d who was murdered in her bed a few weeks ago by an Arab terrorist; former Russian dissident Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich; and Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan.

MK Yehuda Glick / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

MK Yehuda Glick / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

The last speaker at the rally was MK Yehuda Glick, whose name and personal history have become intertwined with the story of Jewish efforts to return to the Temple Mount. “For two thousand years we’ve kept the commandment of ‘Bitterly she will weep at night’ (Lamentations 1:2), but no more! We stop crying and start doing! The fathers of the Zionist movement have taught us the diaspora is not only the punishment but the sin, too. Zion is the holy Mt. Zion, and Zionism took that name because it wanted to return to Zion, to the Temple Mount, and you,” he turned to the audience, “are part of the return to Zion, to the Temple Mount.”

Pointing out that when he began ascending to the Temple Mount only about a hundred Jews a year would go there, but in the past year some 20 thousand have come.

“Since the day fifty years ago, when God gave us, through the IDF, the land of our fathers, the Golan, Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, and we said that Temple Mount is in our hands (the famous victory cry of Paratroopers commander Gen. Motta Gur, June 7, 1967), it really has been in our hands,” Glick said. “Temple Mount is holy, not the status quo,” he continued, crying, “Eicha-How [the Hebrew title of the Book of lamentations] is a scream. How can there be such and absurd reality in which we cannot pray in this place? How can it be that the global center of ‘Nation will not take up sword against nation’ fall in the hands of people who sanctify the sword? How can we give more and more power to the Waqf?”

Glick, whose first few months in office have been marked by liberal and tolerant statements that puzzle the media, concluded decidedly, “We must make clear that all the talk about the chance for a Palestinian State is finished. We will proceed in imposing Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, and anyone wishing to live in peace is welcome, and if they don’t we’ll use harsh measure against them.”

“We are now a nation of building in the daytime, not a nation of weeping at night,” Glick concluded.

The rally then erupted in three calls of “Higia z’man ribonut” (the time for sovereignty is now) and proceeded to the Kotel Plaza to sit down and say Lamentations.

9 B'Av Jerusalem marchers 2016 / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson

9 B’Av Jerusalem marchers 2016 / Photo credit: Gershon Elinson


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